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This Issue M AY 2014


his month I’ve spent a lot of time practising what we preach here at NVL, i.e using our local businesses. Some highlights have included: • Afternoon tea at The Old Barn, Wadenhoe. The home made cakes are so fantastic here, and the setting close to a gentle riverside walk could not be better. • Hanging out at garden centres: we’re spoiled for choice in terms of great family run businesses. Try The Barn in Peterborough or Oundle, Elton Walled Garden (under new ownership, see feature on page 7) and the hugely popular Olive Grove Nurseries at Polebrook (also featured this issue on page 20). • Visiting Circles of Yaxley, a dress agency. If you thought that dress agencies were only about mother of the bride outfits, think again (although there is a wide selection of wedding attire too!). Owner Sue has some gems on sale here, and it’s such a relaxed place to shop for clothes, shoes and accessories. • Coffee from The Little Soup Kitchen. Rachael Kelley’s vintage Citroen van is her mobile canteen, and I stopped by when I was shopping on Oundle’s Thursday market recently. A great tasting coffee and a really enterprising business. We talk to Rachael on page 14. It’s no chore to shop locally when the goods and services are so appealing. Enjoy the month.

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5 Editor’s selection

Treat yourself and your home

22 Elton Hall Food & Drink Festival

7 Upfront

Jean-Christophe Novelli on the menu

8 Upfront

Everything you need to know about canine care

A visit to the Walled Garden, Elton

Australia in two weeks

11 Upfront

A spring recipe

13 Upfront

Could you join a choir?

14 Soup to go!

Rachael Kelley’s charming mobile canteen

16 Blue belles

24 The A-Z dogs

26 Health and beauty notes New treatments and offers

28 Letters from the Front Memories of WW1

31 Focus on Yaxley A stroll around the village

37 River Lane

Colourful fashion for May

A new community theatre production in Peterborough

19 Food news

41 Now showing…

20 Mediterranean living

45 Diary dates

The White Swan, Woodnewton, reviewed

New developments at Olive Grove Nurseries

Alternative cinemas

What’s happening in May

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UpFront THE WALLED GARDEN AT ELTON HALL Visiting a garden centre can be a soulless experience but not if you go to The Walled Garden at Elton Hall. Nick and Christine Smith have taken over the running of the charming garden centre, once the kitchen garden of nearby stately home Elton Hall, and a grade II listed site. The beautiful mellow brick walls remain, creating the perfect environment for a business where plants are top of the agenda. “We took over from the previous owners in November and as well as refreshing the interior, including our popular tea rooms, we are bringing in a lot of new stock,” explains Nick. “We now have 15 varieties of apple tree and six types of pear tree. We also offer a wider choice of perennials than before, as well as our popular range of David Austen roses. Then of course we have bedding plants, compost, plant foods and tools, with regular offers for our customers.” Nick and Christine plan to make the most of the stunning setting, revitalising neglected areas. “We even have a ‘secret garden’ on the site, which we plan to open in the future,” says Nick. The popular tea room is open for light lunches, cream teas, home made cakes and fresh coffees. “We’re a great destination for visitors,” says Nick. “There is plenty of historical interest as well as plants to buy.” Groups are welcome to hold events at the garden centre, and Nick and Christine plan to host a series of talks throughout the gardening year. The couple own one other garden centre between Wisbech and Kings Lynn and take a hands on role in running their family business. “Our aim is to bring the garden centre back to being a part of the community, just as it used to be,” says Nick. • The Walled Garden at Elton Hall, Elton, Peterborough PE8 6SH Tel: 01832 280058


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Stamford based luxury watchmakers Robert Loomes & Co are confirmed as official timekeepers for Brigstock International Horse Trials at Rockingham Castle. The three day equestrian event takes place on May 2, 3 and 4. It’s the second year that Robert Loomes & Co have returned as official timekeepers for the event. For the first time they are offering one of their exclusive hand built watches as a prize for the rider who completes the official cross country course in the optimum time. Robert Loomes, technical director, said: “This is a superb opportunity for us to showcase the very best in British watchmaking in front of top international competition.” The course design runs over the Rockingham escarpment, giving stunning views of Rutland on one side, with Rockingham Castle behind it. Robina Hill, managing director at Loomes, said: “British eventing is about displaying the very best in horsemanship. It requires a combination of commitment, excellence and timing, which reflects exactly what we do in our watchmaking.” • For more information, visit and

OUNDLE’S FESTIVAL FORTNIGHT Tickets are now on sale for Oundle International Festival’s traditional outdoor concert on Saturday July 12. The popular party has changed venues and will take place at the Wharf, and the evening will be headlined by Ben Smith, described by Time Out as “one of the finest guitarists in Britain today.” He will cover classics from across the spectrum, from blues to rock to swing. To get the party started, the evening will open with local support bands. The concert will help to raise funds for a primary school in the Mbeqweni township in South Africa as a group of year 11 students from Prince William School are visiting Mbeqweni this summer and will be working with children at the school. Tickets cost £15 in advance, £10 for under 18s in advance and under 12s are free, but places must be booked. You can also purchase a canopy site at £20 (tickets must be purchased in addition to this price). • Call the box office on 01832 274734 or visit This will also provide information about all the other events which are taking place as part of Festival Fortnight.

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he reality is that most of us are only able to take two weeks’ annual leave and few employers are willing to honour three weeks in one go, so with this in mind Oundle Travel, the area’s designated ‘Aussie Specialist’ for 2014, focuses on just what you can achieve in two weeks.

Sydney, Rock and Reef The Sydney Rock and Reef combination is a classic itinerary offering a fantastic mix of city, outback and coastal experiences in some of the most stunning parts of Australia. Days One to Four – Start your holiday in Sydney, endowed with a sparkling harbour and dazzling beaches. Make the most of your stay by climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, cruising the harbour or watching a performance at The Royal Opera House. The Blue Mountains are perfect for bush walking and wildlife spotting. The Hunter Valley is perfect for wine enthusiasts and day tours are available. Days Five to Eight – Fly into the heart of the outback to Alice Springs, a vibrant town famous for its colourful atmosphere and art galleries. Alice is the perfect place to either hire a car or join a tour to explore The Red Centre and Ayers Rock. Learn about the Aboriginal culture or why not relax with The Sounds of Silence Dinner, at Ulhuru mixing fantastic food and wine in the most iconic outback location. Days Nine to Fourteen – Fly northbound to Cairns, gateway to The Barrier Reef and Queensland. Oundle Travel recommends staying in Port Douglas just north of Cairns, a busy beachfront escape with a relaxed vibe, delicious seafood and a vibrant café culture. From Port Douglas the possibilities are endless – A Day on the Barrier Reef snorkelling and diving, Cape Tribulation where rainforest meets the reef, this area is great for kayaking, horse riding and walking, plus a day or overnight at The Daintree Rainforest. • This is just one of many itineraries Oundle Travel offers, so for up to date flight information and prices together with hotel suggestions from backpackers to five star luxury contact the team on 01832 273600

NEARLY NEW SALE A nearly new sale for babies and toddlers takes place in Yaxley on Saturday May 31. Clothes, toys and equipment will be on sale from 12 -2pm at Austin Hall Amenity Centre, Yaxley. Entry by voluntary contribution to Amazon Children’s Ward. • To book a table, call Tracy Whitwell on 07769717982 or email

MAY EVENTS FOR OUNDLE FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE Friday May 2: Adventurer Jason Lewis is back in Oundle to talk about the second part of his trilogy detailing his circumnavigation of the earth without using motors or sails. Tickets £7 (£5) from Oundle Box Office, 4 New St, Oundle 10am-1pm, Monday to Friday or online www. Tuesday May 6: Cycling journalist William Fotheringham will be talking about his book Racing Hard, giving insights into his life as a journalist covering the world’s top cyling events. Sponsored by Waitrose. Ticket details as above. Both events take place in St Peter’s Church, Oundle.



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ay is the new vegetable year. There are plenty of homegrown delights to cook with, particularly if you love salads and simple greens. As June arrives, there is even more to add to the harvest, from new potatoes and broad beans to bunched carrots and summer turnips. At this time of year, we like to keep our cooking simple so the freshly picked veg can take centre stage. Here is a delicious salad to try:

BROAD BEAN, QUINOA, WATERCRESS AND FETA SALAD Serves 4. Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes • Juice of one lemon, more to taste • 100g quinoa • 2 tablespoons chopped mint • 700g broad beans, in their or dill pods, shelled • 100g watercress • 4 spring onions, chopped • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 150g feta cheese Method Heat a frying pan to medium heat. Add the quinoa and toast until you can smell it and it starts to pop. Transfer to a pan of boiling water. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until just tender but with some bite. In another pan of boiling water, boil the broad beans for four minutes. Drain and refresh in a bowl of cold water. Remove outer skins to reveal the bright green beans. Toss with the quinoa, spring onions, oil, lemon juice and mint. Season and add more lemon juice to taste. Serve on the watercress with the feta scattered over. • To order your vegbox, contact 01780 789700 or visit

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Lakeside @ Ferry Meadows has reopened its doors, following a £2.5 million investment from Nene Park Trust and a year of extensive works to the building and surrounding landscape. Lakeside provides a hub for activity and relaxation within Ferry Meadows as the home for Nene Outdoors, a new watersports and outdoor activity venture, and Lakeside Kitchen & Bar, a contemporary dining and function venue at the Park. Nene Outdoors is a new company, which offers the hire of kayaks, canoes, rowing boats, pedaloes and group activities such as raft building, land games and orienteering, as well as structured courses in sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. Lakeside Kitchen & Bar will be headed by Raj Regmi of Regmi & Sons, who many will know as operator of the Ferry Meadows café, and Mike Lucy of the prestigious London catering firm, Company of Cooks. This partnership will offer a new lakeside eating experience for park visitors, as well as an ideal setting for functions such as parties, weddings and conferences. Cycle hire will also be available at Lakeside. As well as introducing new faces and facilities, the complex is also still home to long-standing Park associates, Lakeside Sailing Club, Peterborough Sailability, Nene Bowmen and Peterborough Adapted Cycling. • On May 10, Lakeside will be hosting a Family Fun Day with opportunities to watch and take part in various activities, as well as lots of family friendly offers. For more details, visit the Nene Park Trust website or pop into the Visitor Centre.

THE GREEN FESTIVAL IS BACK! The Peterborough Green Festival returns on May 24 – June 1. This year, it is helping people to get walking, cycling and using the bus. The launch event takes place in Cathedral Square in Peterborough city centre on May 24, and will feature a circus style tent complete with ringleader and an old fashioned arcade of eco-friendly games and activities with prizes including a brand new bike! Selina West from Peterborough Environment City Trust, who is helping to organise the event says: “whether you want to have a go at the coconut shy, hook-a-duck, or hoopla, there is something for all ages at the Green Festival launch day. This is followed by a week of great events all over the city.” • To find out what else is happening as part of the Green Festival, visit


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UpFront FUN AND GAMES AT BURGHLEY HOUSE Burghley Game and Country Fair is back over the May Bank Holiday, with plenty of attractions for visitors. In the Andy Singleton Arena, you can see the Horsemen of the Knight, with trick riding displays and jousting. The Walk Up Shoot features top gundog handlers and dogs simulating a typical day out at a shoot. In the Falconry Village, there is a new Eagle Show, joining the ever popular Owl Show. Expect lots of activities in the Country Kitchen with chefs including Tony Robertson, Mark Lloyd and seafood specialists Henry Farrant and Mark Lees. Don’t leave your own dog at home: there’s all sorts of fun events for them to enter, including the Fundog Show. Added to this, you can enjoy lots of shopping opportunities, a Craft Village, and a Food Show, plus various food courts to rest and relax in. • The Burghley Game and Country Fair, Sunday and Monday, May 25 and 26. Burghley House, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 3YG. Admission: £12 adults, £11 over 65s, £4 children. Full show details available at

GETTING PETERBOROUGH TO SING! Are you looking for a new challenge? Something to enrich your life and bring back some excitement? Sing for Life 2014 could be for you. Forty women from in and around Peterborough need to be recruited to form a choir which over the course of 12 weeks will rehearse to perform with Peterborough Voices in a gala charity concert hosted by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Jane Smith on Saturday October 11. Together with Peterborough Male Voice Choir’s Sing for Heroes project in aid of Help for Heroes, Sing for Life has raised over £20,000 for charity since 2010. In previous years, the charity has supported Cancer Research UK but this year Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall appeal to raise £6 million for a state of the art hospice has presented a unique opportunity to raise funds for a very worthy local cause with personal relevance for many people. As in previous years, Sing for Life will be led by award winning conductor Will Prideaux. He works across the country as a consultant and guest conductor specialising in developing choirs and in Peterborough he is currently leading the Arts Council funded Sing! Initiative to develop vocal provision in the city’s schools. “I highly recommend Sing for Life,” says Will. “Singing is such a life affirming activity and to come together for such a fantastic cause creates a real buzz. It doesn’t matter if your previous singing experience has only been in the bath, come along and have a go!” • Joining couldn’t be easier, with recruitment events in the city centre on Saturday May 31 (12.30 – 2.30pm) and Saturday June 7 (12.30-2pm) and introduction sessions at The Broadway Theatre, Peterborough on Friday June 13 (7-9pm) and Saturday June 14 (10.30am-12.30pm). For further information, please call Roz Elliott on 07411 275578 or email


Artist Garth Bayley is holding an exhibition at Peterborough Museum from May 31 to June 29 which reflects his time as artist in residence at St John’s Church in the city centre. Garth works loosely with bold colours showing form and movement. His subjects vary widely, from sport and dance to abstract landscapes. For this exhibition, he has fine tuned his techniques to respond to the community which uses the church.

NEW HEAD CHEF AT OUNDLE MILL Oundle Mill has announced the appointment of Carl Long as its new head chef. Following the departure of Gavin Austin, who is looking to pursue a new challenge, Carl will step up to the top job, following two years as Gavin’s sous chef. Carl has previously experienced a number of the country’s award winning kitchens, and has successfully entered the prestigious Roux scholarship, where he reached the regional finals. Carl started as Head Chef in early April and says: “This is a great opportunity for me. I’m in this profession because I love doing what I do, my passion is to cook excellent food, using quality seasonal ingredients and using local producers wherever possible.”

YOUNG LAWYER OF THE YEAR Hegarty Solicitors’ Ashley Kidd has been named Peterborough Young Lawyer of the Year at the Peterborough and District Law Society’s 84th annual gala dinner in March. Ashley was nominated for the award by Andrew Heeler, head of the Company Department at the leading local firm. He said: “ Ashley has joined the firm as a trainee solicitor and this award recognises her hard work both during her training contract and since qualification.” NENE VALLEY LIVING MAY 2014

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Soup to go! Rachael Kelley has started a mobile catering business with a difference. Sarah Lyon reports


ravelling through Kings Cliffe to Oundle I couldn’t help but notice a rather smart looking Citroen H Van parked in a lay by. A closer look revealed a tidy little catering business comprised of owner and cook Rachael, and ‘Hugo’, her 1976 classic Citroen, an import from France and now soup kitchen on wheels. Since November 2013, Rachael and Hugo have been travelling the highways and byways of the Nene valley passing on the love of good food, great coffee and friendly conversation. “Once I took delivery of Hugo, we started work on converting him to a versatile kitchen,” explains Rachael. “That includes a top of the range coffee machine and grinder, four bains maries, gas burners and sinks.” Rachael has thrown 100% of herself into this new foodie venture and I was intrigued to know where her inspiration had come from. “I think the idea for The Little Soup Kitchen has been simmering away in the back of my mind for the past nineteen years when after a business trip to San Francisco I was impressed by seeing how vendors on the famous Pier 39 were serving sourdough bread bowls full of soup. I kept thinking that I could take this idea to football matches and other events and that is where the soup idea and Hugo was born.” Redundancy from her job in 2013 presented the perfect opportunity for Rachael to fulfil her dream. “I love cooking for the family but I don’t know where this interest in catering and cooking has come from. As a teenager I would cook the evening meals for my family so when my parents came home from work there was a hot evening meal waiting for them. My mum worked for years at the Lady Anne’s Hotel (as it was then) in Stamford and I was given the job of preparing the cricket teas during my summer holidays. I loved it! My favourite summer holiday job was as a parking attendant at Rutland Water where I was outside and talking to people. I think with The Little Soup Kitchen I have combined the things I love doing most – food, being outside and interacting with people.” Rachael prepares everything fresh, from soups and cakes to chutneys and jams. Bread comes from King’s Cliffe Bakery, cold meats from Seven Wells Butchers in Oundle, vegetables from Normans in Oundle and


Lincolnshire Poacher cheese from the farmers market. She keeps it all seasonal with lovely roots in the winter and fresh fruits in the summer months. The newest addition to Rachael’s menu is Trendall’s Butcher’s (Market Place, Oundle) Bratwurst sausages in a bun. “The Little Soup Kitchen has changed family life too,” says Rachael. “We are all working at it together. I have my 16 year old daughter helping at weekends. My little daughter Amelia has become my soup taster. My husband has taken his level two Food Hygiene certificate and my sister in law and my 19 year old nephew are on hand to help, too. And at the end of a busy day when I am tired and past wanting to clean down the van my mother who lives locally comes by to do just that.” Rachael admits that this new venture has been risky. “Hugo was not cheap to buy and the days are long. I think I was somewhat naïve about the hours it would involve. But the benefits of being able to share the adventure with my family outweigh the downsides,” she sums up. Find Hugo at the weekly Oundle Market (Thursdays). Soups made to order or to take away, cakes, coffee and banter. Tuesdays: Nene Valley Business Park Wednesdays : Thomas Cook, Peterborough Thursdays: Oundle Market Fridays: Thomas Cook, Peterborough Rockingham Castle Horse Trials: Friday May 2 – Sunday May 4 The Women’s Tour cycle race, Oundle: Tuesday, May 7 Victorian Cricket Match, Stamford Meadows: Sunday, June 8 Rainbow Summer Solstice Fest, Tydd Saint Mary near Wisbech: Saturday, June 21 Oundle Food Festival: Saturday, July 5 CLIFFETOBERFEST: Sauturday, October 11 • You can hire The Little Soup Kitchen for parties, sports matches, weddings and festivals. Contact Rachael at,


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Blue Belles Fill your wardrobe with colour this spring. Sally Stillingfleet shows you how


olours are vivid and bright, blues come in all shades from pale and icy through to cobalt and navy. Coverups and wraps will keep you warm over floral shirts and fine gauge knitwear.

Claire (left) Ochre graphite lightweight sweater £95, BZR grey cropped trousers £90 from Attic. Blue brogues £129.99 Marcia May Shoes. Earrings £98 from Paradise Found. Isabella (right) White Noa Noa shirt £70, worn with Great Plains patterned trousers £50 and brogues also Great Plains £80, all from Attic. Maison Scotch cardigan £95 from Energy. • Pictures by Elli Dean (07932 055548) • Many thanks to Faith Bailey from Perch and Preen (01572 755096) for doing the gorgeous spring Make-up and Hair and many thanks to Claire and Isabella for modelling. • Thanks also to Isabella and her Mum for the wonderful backdrop for our photoshoot.



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Coral Oui silk shirt £75 Cavells, worn with Navy lace Mulberry skirt £290 and Jimmy Choo handbag £250, Sergio Rossi shoes £100 from Arch Label Agency.

Above: Breton striped top £70, worn under duck egg blue lined jacket £180 both by Maison Scotch. Levi’s grey leggings jeans £80 and Beck Sonder Gaard scarf £25 all from Energy. Victoria grey plimsols from £35 from Attic

Ochre one size wrap / poncho £80 from Attic worn over clothes as before.

Love Molly ‘denim’ cashmere and silk wrap £85 from Sly, worn over clothes as before.

One size loose petrol blue chiffon top £25 Baubles and Bangles, worn with Pepe ‘Cher’ pinky tinted jean £90 from Energy.

CONTACTS Marcia May 41 St Mary’s Street Tel: 01780 766608 Sly 4 St Mary’s Passage Tel: 01780 482870 Energy 9 Ironmonger St Tel: 01780 765633 Attic 33 St Mary’s Street Tel: 01780 766667 Baubles and Bangles 10 St Mary’s Hill Tel: 01780 763633 Arch Label Agency 43 St Peter’s Street Tel: 01780 764746 Cavells 16 Mill Street, Oakham Tel: 01572 770372 23/7 3 Stamford Walk, Stamford Tel. 01780 238008 NENE VALLEY LIVING MAY 2014

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Bavarian Beer Festival


The King’s Head Apethorpe


Tel: 01780 470627


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Food News All the latest on local food and drink




Chef patron Andrew Corrick has owned The Cherry House in Werrington village for two decades. He serves British food with a classic French influence, and offers a simple formula which works extremely well. There is a table d’hote menu priced at £26.95 that includes a choice of five starters, six main courses with side vegetables, desserts or cheeses, coffee and petit fours. Steaks are also available with a supplement. Helen and I visited on a Wednesday evening and the restaurant was comfortably busy. On arrival, we sat in the bar area with drinks and menus. I enjoyed having a drink first without being rushed to the table and I felt that it added to the sense of occasion. Because the menu is fixed price, there is no worry about ‘are we having starters or desserts or side orders?’ Helen decided on the cream of cauliflower and chive soup with crispy croutons and I chose the tian of vine tomatoes and Mozzarella cheese wrapped in Parma ham and drizzled in basil oil. We were shown to our table, spread with a spotless white linen cloth, and complete with napkins and fresh flowers. A selection of warm breads and butter arrived with our starters. Portions are generous and a lot of care and attention is given to the presentation


of the food, as well as the taste. Our starters both looked and tasted delicious. Mains arrived on warmed plates with our own side portion of seasonal vegetables. Helen chose the grilled Dutch calves liver and smoked bacon served with watercress, Gaurfrette potatoes and onion gravy. It was tender, pink in the middle and tasted as wonderful as it looked. I had the medallions of local venison served on a bed of braised red cabbage with a poached pear and a rich sage and port sauce. The venison was meltingly tender, really beautifully cooked. For dessert, Helen had the fresh fruit trifle and I chose the raspberry brulee. Both were a delight. To finish, we enjoyed a peppermint tea and home made petit fours. This is traditional hospitality, a restaurant with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and a place for serious food lovers. Bridget Steele The Cherry House is open Tuesday – Saturday, 12 -2pm and 6pm -10pm. Sunday lunch is available at £21.50. Booking advisable. 125 Church St, Werrington, Peterborough PE4 6QF Tel: 01733 571721


THE WHITE SWAN, WOODNEWTON When the news came that landlord Ian Simmons was moving on from The White Swan, Woodnewton, having created a popular business, locals were concerned that their village pub might close. But they need not have worried. It’s now in the capable hands of Julie Heywood. It’s Julie’s first pub, but she has had a long career in the drinks trade and brings experience and ideas to this charming village establishment. The pub has been redecorated, and new menus are on offer, created by head chef Chris Tye, formerly of The Paper Mills, Wansford. I visited on a weekday lunch time. I was in the mood for a hearty lunch and I had two options: the reasonably priced two courses for £10 menu is available Monday to Saturday, or there is a very appetising a la carte menu, plus daily specials. I went with the a la carte. To start, I chose the grilled field mushrooms with balsamic glaze on char-grilled toast. This was a lovely rustic dish, with juicy little mushrooms on top of a slice of country brown bread.

The mushrooms were succulent and I enjoyed the sweetish reduced glaze. For my main course came a chicken breast stuffed with cheddar and apple, with Dijon mash and green beans. This was a generous serving, presented in a tower. I loved the delicately flavoured mash, and the chicken was thick and tender with a crisp skin. Other choices on the menu included slow roasted shoulder of lamb with mash and ratatouille or pan fried fillet of sea bass with lemon and herb butter, new potatoes, broad beans and garden peas. Sandwiches are also served at lunch time, or you could opt for a pub classic such as local ham, egg and chips (£8.95) or a falafel burger served with chips, salad and mint yogurt. I was too full for dessert, but they are all homemade and include treacle tart with berries and classic bread and butter pud. Sunday lunch is a popular choice, with two courses for £13.50. Julie has created an excellent wine list, and as this is her field of expertise, it’s worth a special mention. There is a

good selection of wines by the glass and bottles are reasonably priced: a bottle of Shiraz is £12.95 for example. There is also a fine selection of champagne. Look out for special events coming soon, including a Champagne Gourmet dinner with the Piper-Heidseck UK ambassador. Every Wednesday, there is a discounted lunch for pensioners, with main courses at £5.95 each, and starters and puddings at £3.95 each. Fiona Cumberpatch To book, call the pub on 01780 470944. The White Swan, 22 Main Street, Woodnewton, PE8 5EB. See website for upcoming events


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Mediterranean Living With a new show garden, outdoor bar, cocktails and delicious Spanish style snacks on the menu, Olive Grove Nurseries, near Polebrook, aims to deliver the feel good factor to its customers this season. Fiona Cumberpatch reports


ach time I visit the Olive Grove Nurseries near Polebrook, owners Jackie and Tim Thackeray have introduced a new element to their expanding business. This year, the enterprising couple have had an oak framed tiki hut complete with thatched roof and bar built in the suntrap courtyard of their plant nursery. The aim is to serve cocktails, accompanied by traditional Spanish snacks called pintxos (pronounced pinchos) to their customers. “Our aim has always been to provide a relaxed and friendly environment where people are encouraged to linger with their families and friends,” explains Jackie. “Tim and I have travelled a lot and when we’re in Spain, we always enjoy popping into a traditional bar for a drink and some pintxos. When we were thinking about introducing a new element to our business, it seemed the ideal choice: it is sociable food for sharing and we wanted to try to emulate that relaxed feeling you get when dining in Spain or Italy.” Pintxos (which literally means a ‘thorn’ or a ‘spike’) are bread based snacks with a variety of interesting toppings, which are held in place with a cocktail stick. Customers help themselves and pay at the end of the meal, based on the number of cocktail sticks on their plate. Jackie and Tim’s head chef Rob Heyde and coffee shop manager Dale Sardeson went on a visit to Spain to learn how to prepare and serve the authentic food. As well as the new bar, there will be a mobile coffee cart in the courtyard, so that customers can order their freshly ground coffee and see the barista make it outside. “We are still offering our coffee shop service, and our popular wood fired pizzas, but we are always thinking of new ideas to keep our customers coming back,” says Jackie.

Show garden The outdoor bar is not the only addition to the nurseries this year. The couple have also teamed up with Helpston based company Alfresco Landscaping Ltd to create a show garden which demonstrates how the Mediterranean plants and trees can be used to best effect. “It gives customers an idea of what can be achieved. The garden is based on the size of a typical new house garden,” says Jackie. Hard and soft landscaping has been used to create a tranquil, and stylish outdoor space with many different textures and shapes. There is also a new display area for outdoor furniture. “Tim and I recently went on a three day buying trip to Bali, where we dealt directly with the artisans who are producing the furniture and items for our home interiors shop,” says Jackie. “We source from many countries, and our trademark blend is the


Head chef Rob Heyde (right) and the Spanish pinxtos at the new outdoor thatched bar

combination of huge statement pieces with smaller items for the home.” Vast pots in different colours and sculptural shapes are also for sale, attractively displayed in clusters.

Team spirit Customers visit from all over the country to buy plants and enjoy the gelateria, deli, and regular live music in the coffee shop. Groups meet regularly for coffee here, and some loyal clients call in as many as five days a week. The internet business is also thriving. “We’ve just delivered five large olive trees to London and another five to Brighton,” smiles Jackie. “Things are going really well for us.” The couple now employ 31 staff, and they work hard to instil a sense of team spirit. “We want to invest in our staff, so they grow with our

business,” says Jackie. “Our baristas, Jamie and Jason, are just off to a coffee school in London where they’ll study latte art, and our chef has recently returned from the Fine Food Fair in Birmingham. Tim and I are passionate about our business, and we want to foster that feeling in our team.” The ethos is simple, says Jackie: “We’re all about Mediterranean living, eating, dining and relaxation. We want people to come here and linger, and feel a part of it. We will never rush you in and out. Step in to Olive Grove Nurseries and you will switch on to Mediterranean time.” • Olive Grove Nurseries. Oundle Rd, Polebrook PE8 5LQ Tel: 01832 275660 Open: Seven days. Weekdays and Saturdays 10am – 5pm. Sundays 11am - 4pm.


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Elton Hall’s food and drink festival M

ulti award winning celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli is appearing at next month’s three day Elton Hall Food & Drink Festival. The French chef will be staging three demonstrations at the event, organised by Cambridgeshire based Market Square Group, which starts on Friday June 6. Mr Novelli, the AA Chef’s Chef of the Year, said: “I am delighted to be invited to play my part in the Elton Hall Food & Drink Festival which promises to be a fantastic family event. As well as my cookery demonstrations, I am looking forward to meeting local food and drink producers, chatting with festival visitors and signing copies of my book, Simply Novelli.” The chef will be in the kitchen theatre on Sunday June 8 cooking one of his favourite classic dishes at 11am, a Mediterranean meal at 1pm and at 3pm a culinary creation focusing on locally sourced produce. Visitors are invited to put their cooking skills under the spotlight and enter a homemade summer fruit dessert competition which will be judged by the international chef between 4.30pm and 5pm. Elton Hall Food & Drink Festival will showcase some of the best food and drink available in the UK alongside high quality products and services for home and garden. Local chefs and comedy cooking duo The King Elvises will also be cooking for the crowds and there will be free children’s baking workshops by local company Coco’s Kitchen, a beer festival, tasting arena, and talks and demos by The Historic Gardener Mike Brown and potter Jim Newboult. On Saturday evening there will be a live music event accompanied by Indian cuisine and a multi course Medieval banquet with musicians and entertainers. • Tickets are available from Adult prices start from £9 with children and concessions £5. Children under five, free. There are some additional charges for some entertainments and demonstrations.

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It’s showtime at the Showground… The humble honey bee is set to give youngsters a real buzz this summer at the East of England Showground as they can find out all about the fascinating world of the honey bee at the new Central England Co-operative’s bee observatory and garden. This fun way of learning is completely FREE. (All you have to do is provide your own transport). The educational visits for schools last for about an hour-and-a-half and include a short classroom session with members of the Peterborough and District Beekeepers Association during which the children are told all about the bees and what they will see from the observatory. The children can view beekeepers at work from the safety of our observatory, with a close-up view of the inside of one of our fully working hives and the chance to see the Queen! It’s a hands on experience with a chance to try on the clothing and use equipment used by beekeepers. There is also a chance to explore the wildflower garden and the maize maze as well as spotting wildlife and minibeasts by the pond. Each child receives a packet of bee friendly wildflower seeds to start their own ‘bee garden’ and the school is given an education materials full of ideas for follow-up sessions back at school.

The education visits are perfect for children aged between 5 and 9 (Years 1-4). Our hives should be open from May. To register your school’s interest in making a visit to our bee observatory, please telephone Siobhan Lakey on 01733 225554 or email

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The A-Z of Dogs

Keep your pet well fed, exercised and at the peak of health with our local guide to canine shops and services. Words: Yasmin Bradley


is for Adventures. Discover new footpaths and open spaces. Tiptoe through the bluebells at Short Wood, near Southwick, or delight in doggy heaven at Ferry Meadows. You can grab coffee or tea and cakes at Ferry Meadows café or the newly opened Lakeside Kitchen & Bar. is for Boots. Invest in wellies or walking boots with waterproof Gortex linings, a comfortable foot -bed and gripping sole. Cottons at 7 Market Place, Oundle, PE8 4BA. 01832 272534. stocks unusual brands. Visit Trek Shop on Oundle Wharf, Station Road. Oundle, PE8 4DE. 01832 272 050. Or check out Danti Dress Agency, 2 West Street, Oundle, PE8 4EG – those size 4 red Hunters might still be there! is for Chewing. Leather is particularly attractive to canine teething toddlers so keep your best sandals out of reach and provide chewable alternatives. From 12 weeks, you can offer raw beef knuckle and lamb bones available free from local butchers (not supermarkets) and pick up top-quality, local-sourced meat at the same time. Seven Wells Family Butchers, 8 West Street, Oundle, PE8 4EF. www. 01832 273522. Trendall’s Butchers, 22 Market Place, Oundle, PE8 4BQ, 01832 27350. Bell’s Butchers & Game Dealers, Hautboy Lane, Warmington, PE8 6TQ. 01832 280216. Willow Brook Farm Traditional Butchers, Helpston, Peterborough PE6 7EL. 01780 740 261. www. is for Designer Dogs e.g. labradoodles and cockerpoos. “There is no such thing as a non-allergic dog,” advises Nicola Scott, RVN of Pampered Pets (pamperedpetsuk.;; 01832 281096) “and crossbreeds may inherit traits from either parent or even a double dose of shared breed characteristics such as excitability!” Size too can be unpredictable with some labradoodles growing




up to 40kg! “A pedigree from a good breeder should offer predictability,” advises Nicola. is for Ears. Look after them with thorough drying after baths wetweather walkies and have long internal hair gently plucked out to prevent infections. See Grooming. is for Food. A glance at the ingredients of some proprietary dog foods sheds light on the debate raging in the media. Dogs too ‘are what they eat’ and store up health problems if fed exclusively on cheap animal derivatives, grains and E-numbers. Because of potential salmonella, the BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet is controversial. Microwave cheap cuts of human-grade meat or fish with vegetables (not onion), and mix with super premium dog food for a healthy compromise. Lily’s Kitchen seems expensive, but less is needed and pound for pound of high quality protein, all these can work out cheaper. Pets’ Corner, Peterborough Garden


Park, Eye, PE1 4YZ stocks a good range 01733 221 369., as does Leo Saddlery & Pet Supplies, 15c Market Place, Oundle, PE8 4BA, who sell their own super premium dog food without the premium price tag! 01832 275699. leo-saddlery-pet-supplies is for Grooming. The delights of the non-drop coat have a downside … your dog needs regular brushing and regular trips to the groomer’s. Tracey Wilkinson at Hampton Dog Grooming gave up a high -flying career to cater for her beloved canine clients and offers bespoke grooming. “Rover” returns clean, clipped and fragrant. Hampton Grooming Studio. 1 High Court Way, Hampton Vale, Peterborough, PE7 8ER. 01733 248240/ 07919 332115. In Yaxley, Hayley Burroughs comes highly recommended at Paws 2 Paws Grooming at 151, Main Street, Yaxley, PE7 3LD. 01733248513/07711597900



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is for Home from Home luxury boarding. For small, pampered pooches, try the PamPooch Guest House, 10 Ferndale, Yaxley, PE7 3ZW. 01733 241413 is for Insurance: essential unless you maintain a substantial pets’ emergency fund to cover costly bills: accidents and illnesses can, and will happen. John Lewis Pet Insurance has three levels of cover with 20% off currently, if you join online for Jealousy. To facilitate friendship, feed the cat on a cover impregnated with a new dog’s scent and visa versa, but don’t be surprised if your dog wants all the attention all the time! is for Kennels for the times when you go on holiday or into hospital. We are spoilt for choice locally with home accommodation as well as traditional boarding. england/east/cambridgeshire/ is for Loyalty. Properly train and treat your dog and s/he will reward you with loyalty like no other creature on earth. is for Mud. Use inexpensive, washable fleece covers in your home and car. Brush the coat when dry and encourage your dog to groom himself. In extremis, gently use a hose or a watering can to get off the worst, then bath! is for Neutering. Unless you are considering breeding, neutering is the only sensible option for bitches but “it will not solve all behavioural problems,” advises Nicola Scott of Pampered Pets, Oundle, “though ‘overzealous’ sexual behaviour should improve in males. Some seemingly sexual mounting though may be a form of dominance including between bitches.” is for Organic Dog Biscuits at Oundle Mobile Pet Supplies delivering quality dog food at the lowest possible price (free around Oundle). 01832 281594 info@ is for Poo bags. Always clean up after your dog: dog faeces are disgusting to clean off a toddler’s shoes and can cause blindness. Use hole-free bags and dispose of responsibly. is for Re-homing. Wood Green The Animals’ Charity, HQ, London Road, Godmanchester, PE29 2NH. 0844 248 8181. www. have many dogs needing new homes. is for Socialisation: getting your dog used to a variety of situations, people and animals early and make interaction stress-free. Essential!




is for Training. Kerry Mills, with 20 years of experience, runs various classes for puppies and older dogs including one in Wansford.;; 01733 233503. is for the Umpteenth time you will have repeat commands!


is for Vets … and Vaccinations. Oundle Veterinary Surgery, traditionally owned and run for over 75 years, prides itself on a friendly and caring approach whilst constantly improving services offered - including senior and free of charge dental clinics. 92 South Road, Oundle, PE8 4BP. 01832 273521. is for Walkies … of course! Use code to avoid the frenetic excitement engendered by the mere mention of the W-word. is for eXercise - for you too .Walk at least once daily on lead but with a good run off lead to maintain fitness and prevent destructive behaviour. “Wear them out!” suggests Nicola Scott. Too busy or poorly to walk the dog? Contact her for all kinds of advice on Pampered Pets: in Warmington /Oundle on 01832 281096, or her parents, Lesley and John in Thorney on 01406 330845; . is for yucky things to roll in such as decaying animals -with fox poo absolutely topping the bad smell list. The good news? Fox Poo shampoo (from all good pet shops) really does restore doggy deliciousness! is for the great quality of sleep after all those walks … Canine cushions, soft beds and robust plastic ones are all available …or enjoy the warm, comforting proximity of your canine companion.





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Health & Beauty Notes All the latest on local health and beauty businesses. By Bridget Steele IMPROVE THE LOOK OF DAMAGED SKIN

For natural skin regeneration and scar repair the genuine Dermapen FNS® therapy can dramatically improve the appearance of acne scars, aged and sun damaged skin, facial and décolleté lines, wrinkles and stretch marks. The procedure provides advanced micro-medical skin-needling which stimulates the skin to regenerate and repair itself naturally, creating smoother, brighter, healthier and younger looking skin. The micro needles of the Dermapen FNS® create new collagen and elastin and at the same time boost new capillary growth which improves the blood supply and gives a healthy foundation for the new skin. The more the skin is stimulated the more the scar tissue is broken down leaving the existing skin to look smoother and thicker. The healing time is approximately two to three days, considerably less than other micro-needling treatments. The treatment is available at The Cosmetic Clinic’s Peterborough clinic (01733 310090) or King’s Lynn clinic (01553 692531). Phone for a consultation, where you will be professionally advised on a specific course of treatment for your particular skin concerns.


It’s hard to imagine using the words “different” and “optician” in the same sentence but it’s instantly obvious when you visit The Oculist that things are, well, a little different. Clean lines and vibrant colours welcome you to the boutique environment. Eyewear is exhibited like art in a gallery, fully accessible for you to try on at your leisure. The music and the smell of freshly ground coffee add to the ambience. The staff are enthusiastic and friendly, and instantly make you feel at ease. They obviously love what they are doing and complement each other well as a team. Their honesty when helping you with a style consultation is refreshing. “ You are an advert for us everywhere you go wearing Oculist eyewear. If you choose a frame that we think is wrong for you we have to let you know. If your choice is wrong then you are a bad advert. We would rather not sell you a frame than let you buy the wrong one,” says director Gerry Sondh. Gerry’s goal in 2007 was to change the mindset for people when buying glasses. He wanted to make the experience fun and exciting rather than dull and necessary. “People often get bored when they are choosing glasses and settle on a pair because they have limited availability or just can’t be bothered looking anymore. At The Oculist you will have lots of lovely frames choices to excite you. The hardest choice will be which frame to have first!” Dispensing opticians Rob and Hannah have extensive spectacle lens knowledge. They discuss occupation and hobbies with you before recommending a spectacle lens type. Freeform varifocals and wrap around lenses are a speciality at The Oculist. Bespoke lenses can be designed to suit your occupation maximising your area of clear vision. The combination of these lenses with hard wearing anti-reflection coatings set you up to have amazing clarity whatever you are looking at. The Oculist also has an impressive range of contact lenses. “Varifocal contact lenses are increasingly popular. Lots of our patients like the freedom of choosing whether they wear their glasses or wear contact lenses.” says dispensing optician Hannah. “We can fit you with daily replacement lenses, two weekly lenses or monthly lenses. We also fit hard lenses”. Children’s eyewear is thought of along the same lines as adult eyewear. “Glasses are a huge change for children so we want them to be confident and comfortable with their choice,” says manager/ dispensing optician Rob. “We get their lenses specially made so that they are not thick and heavy.” • The Oculist Opticians, 24 Westgate Arcade, Queensgate Centre, Peterborough. Tel: 01733 555 621.


Elysia Health and Beauty offer a wide range of holistic, high tech and standard beauty treatments. If you fancy the ultimate in relaxing treatments try a Tranquility Massage, which uses the art of shiatsu, Swedish and sports massage techniques to leave muscles relaxed and skin supple. I had a 90 minute full body massage and could choose from an invigorating or relaxing treatment. The only hard bit is trying to staying awake whilst savouring every moment. This is a great treatment leaving you feeling revived and pampered. • Elysia Health and Beauty, Tel: 01832 226328


Serenity Loves is a Peterborough based salon in Oundle Road that offers hair and beauty Treatments. They have just launched a playroom with CRB registered professionals to mind children whilst parents enjoy their treatment. Cost for the playroom service is £2.99 per hour or £1.50 for a half hour. • Serenity Loves, 438 Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 7DB. Tel: 01733 687835


For all pedicures booked during May, Beauty with Ruth in Oundle is offering a free pair of flip flops. The treatment is £37 for one hour and includes polish. • For more information contact Beauty with Ruth Tel: 01832 275578.


Prestons Health are increasing their clinics in Oundle with appointments in Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Acupuncture, Yoga, Pilates and Mindfulness. • Contact: 01733 565911 or visit


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Letters from the Front To mark the centenary of the start of World War I, six Nene valley villages joined forces to stage a touching commemorative exhibition - with the enthusiastic assistance of children at a local school. Jonathan Craymer reports


pread out on a table in Nassington like so many scattered petals is a heart-tugging sheaf of letters written from the front-line in the Great War to their parents and families back home at Christmas. The phraseology used vividly betrays the sadness and horror of the conflict. Yet these were not scribbled in the mud and bullets in 1914. They were written on computers in 2014 in the classroom at Nassington Primary School. It’s just one of several projects the children have undertaken to immerse them in what life (and death) was like a hundred years ago, when the First World War began. Touchingly one writes: “the wounded soldiers looked like toppled-over snowmen” and because it’s Christmas another adds “the barbed wire glistened like tinsel…”. Whilst being careful to avoid exposing them to the worst horrors of the conflict, teachers have been gratified to see how enthusiastically the children have been researching what happened to those who fought and died, or came back, and how those tending the home fires fared a hundred years ago. It’s part of a major collaboration by the villagers of Nassington, Yarwell, Wansford, Apethorpe, Woodnewton and Stibbington who set to, digging up what they could about World War I and how it affected the area. The results of their research will be put on show in the tithe barn at Nassington’s Prebendal Manor, from May bank holiday (grand opening 5th May, 2pm) under the heading of ‘A Zeppelin over Yarwell.’ Jane Baile,

owner of the Manor, has been acting as curator, along with the committee of six, one from each village, including historian David Stuart-Mogg from Wansford. Financial support has come from the National Lottery and Northamptonshire County Council’s Empowering Councillors and Community Scheme. A NEW ERA OF WARFARE One thing we know is that the Great War changed the face of warfare. Previously campaigns in which British forces took part had always taken place overseas, at a safe distance. But this conflict gave us not only the slaughter and deadlock of trench warfare - taking literally millions of our young men in their prime on a scale never before seen ¬- it also introduced new and terrifying aspects of conflict, such as poison gas, the wholesale use of machine guns and tank warfare. It also brought the threat for the first time of attacks from the air. In one of these a German Zeppelin apparently dropped a bomb on or near Wansford. No one quite knows why, but one theory is that it may have been intended for nearby RAF Wittering - one of the country’s first military airfields which went into active service from 1916. As a centrepiece of the exhibition a large model of a Zeppelin has been constructed to hang from the barn ceiling. At the time, the new idea of bombs falling out of the sky clearly struck terror into the local community, and the exhibition organisers have uncovered evidence that a wily insurance salesman began selling Zeppelin insurance at two shillings a year in the villages. Jane plans to write a booklet about the whole project, which has opened up an Aladdin’s cave of memories. “We found the remains of a bonfire dating back we assume to shortly after the war, containing fragments of someone’s military kit with cap badges et al. Whoever it belonged to had clearly decided to erase the horrors of the conflict by burning it,” she says. The children at the Primary School have produced their own leaflet, documenting their research - which started at the village church. At the memorial in Nassington churchyard, they counted the names of 84 dead from the local area, including 17 from the village. But what’s also fascinating is the small detail of life in our area during those four terrible years. The children have written: “Instead of summer holidays, they had harvest holidays so the children could go and help work on the farm.” Another touching thing that children did to help the war effort was to knit mittens for the troops.

Jane Baile, curator of the exhibition



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A VISIT TO THE TROOPS It appears that older children were allowed to go on a Jane Baile and the school visit to the Northants regiment based in Elton model Zeppelin on 9th October 1913, followed up by soldiers from the regiment coming into the school assembly on 24th October to demonstrate bomb making. “If that happened now we would be shocked!” the children have commented. conflict had to carry, in case they were thought to be deserters. They also saw in the school logbook that the then headmaster, Joseph Especially poignant is a photo of hundreds of men enthusiastically Hoare, was given four days off after his son Robert died in action in 1917. marching off to war, on (it is assumed) a local road. It may be between Another historical discovery was that the schoolchildren had picked Wansford and Elton, perhaps as they go to join the rest of the Northants blackberries to make jam for the troops fighting in the war – a task regiment camped there. They’re accompanied by a brass band and ladies they appear to have taken extremely seriously, as it’s recorded that no in big hats waving to them. It raises the question: how many of these men less than 412lbs were picked in just one day. “All these bits of history, came back? especially little details like fruit picking, cast a fascinating light on how Two of Jane’s favourite exhibits are a scrap of wreckage from a different life was then,” says Jane. Zeppelin in a little tin box, passed down in one local family and a set of Local adults have joined in to support the project by digging in attics postcards which when inverted show cartoon-like faces, designed to mock and cellars for photos, documents and artefacts of the time. These the German enemy. include an amazingly sophisticated trench periscope, complete with zoom The exhibition will show mannequins dressed to look like a man and feature, allowing the user to peep over the top without risking mortal woman of the time. The female one sports socks made on an original injury. 1915 sock-knitting machine Jane managed to source, and she’s hoping to A photograph of Nassington resident Gerald Longfoot, supplied by one of wear them afterwards. The female mannequin arrived with a spare right his surviving relatives, Martin Longfoot shows that Gerald was sent home arm. She laughingly adds: “I was afraid to throw it away, worried what the for medical reasons after spending 215 days at the Front. His varicose dustman might think!” veins made him unfit for service. He was given a document, which is also • For more details, visit on display, which presumably he and anyone else invalided out of the


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Focus on Yaxley Yaxley is reputedly the largest village in England. Yasmin Bradley explores


axley lies four miles south of Peterborough and five miles east of Oundle, but has a character and history all of its own. The name Yaxley, rather romantically, means “Cuckoo’s Clearing” and the village was recorded in the Doomsday Book. Even though much needed modern housing development continues to take place, the beautifully preserved, listed buildings still nestle round the old pump on the village green giving the sense of an ancient village steeped in time. It was only just over 200 years ago that French and Dutch Napoleonic prisoners-of-war were transported from King’s Lynn on the waterways, loaded off at the port near the Duck and Drake in Main Street to be marched down to Norman

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Cross Prison Camp. There is a stuffed sea eagle at Peterborough Museum caught around this time, before Whittlesey Mere, the largest lake in England was drained to produce some of the finest agricultural land in the country. Today, Yaxley still has a vibrant business community that serves the village well. Local people need have no worries about losing their only pub, primary school or post office. The village is well provided with an award-winning GP surgery, a dentist surgery, three primary schools and a wide variety of small, individual shops, many of which are family businesses. Even the shopping centre itself is owned by a local family, who choose to live in the village.

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River Lane A new community theatre production celebrating the story of Peterborough hits the stage this month. Sue Dobson dropped in on rehearsals


ith a cast of over fifty local people and professional direction from members of Eastern Angles Theatre Company, Peterborough’s latest community theatre production celebrates the city and promises to be an exciting event. Anchored in 1968, but with a timeline spanning the 12th to the 21st centuries, River Lane tells the story of three friends: Tom, Joe and Kaye, the girl they both loved. Its author, playwright Tony Ramsay, was a teenager in Peterborough in the Sixties. He told me: “My family moved south in 1968 and I hadn’t been back until a couple of years ago. I was really impressed by the changes. The city has been transformed, there’s a completely different atmosphere now.” The location that gives the play its name was a favourite haunt in his young life. “It was marginal land, right in the centre of the city. Warm water from the old power station ran through the cut, which swarmed with fish but was invariably shrouded in mist and the steep banks were treacherous when they were wet. Day and night people came to fish from the narrow strip of land between the cut and the river. It was rough down River Lane and my parents hated me going there, but we all loved it.” A combination of youthful memories and his reaction to returning to his old home town inform the core of the play, an Eastern Angles commission. Tony, who lives in Norfolk and writes for the stage, radio and television, has worked with the theatre company on several occasions, most recently with his highly successful play about John Clare. “That was a three-hander whereas this has a huge cast, so there are different challenges. River Lane has the younger and older selves of the main characters on stage at the same time and historic and modern characters all weaving their way through the narrative.”

Core members of the cast watch and wait their turn at rehearsals

A story through time The play opens with the ancient laying out of modern Peterborough as Abbot Martin De Bec and his retinue of monks emerge from the watery Fens in the 12th century. As the marshland recedes, the city gradually appears. Traditional cobblers morph into modern day shoe retailers, ancient apothecaries into high street chemists and medieval market traders into fast food outlets.

“River Lane has the younger and older selves of the main characters on stage at the same time and historic and modern characters all weaving their way through the narrative.” Naomi Jones, Director, of River Lane with a mock-up of the set and storyboard

River Lane author, playwright Tony Ramsay

Patchwork of the city Quick switches between timelines have proved the biggest challenge for Nicky Bunch, who has designed the set and the costumes for River Lane. “I wanted to get a sense of playfulness in the set, to have fun with key buildings of the story and in the transitions from one scene to the next,” she explains. “I’ve aimed to create a patchwork of the city, to have elements that have been there since way back, some that have disappeared now but were important in the Sixties, like the power station, and some buildings that have changed use in modern times. For the costumes, I’ve used people’s photographs for reference and there was a good response when we had a call out for retro and vintage clothes.” Guy Torrance plays Frank Brierley and Abbot Martin De Bec

Meanwhile Tom is returning to Peterborough after 40 years, bewildered by the parkways and scale of change. The central characters take the audience back to the days of Frank Brierley’s store, Walter Cornelius and the Birdmen, 1960s nightclubs, Desmond Dekker and the soul music that was the soundtrack to their lives. But it’s not all rooted in the past. “Peterborough today has got so much going for it,” Tony says, “but there are still some negative attitudes around, so I’ve included a part for a naysayer called Gordon Gloom!”


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PE R SPE CT IVE S Appearing in sequences of choreographed movement against a backdrop of iconic buildings, ensemble performers physically manipulate sections of the set and bring the city to life. “It’s these group ensembles that underpin the piece,” says the play’s director Naomi Jones. “Initially we rehearsed the movement separately from the rest of the cast, which meant that rehearsals were a bit fragmented, but they’ve come together well. “There can be anywhere between 55 and 70 people on stage, adults and children. We wanted as many people as possible to be part of this community project, so we went into schools and did workshops with youth groups. The response has been fantastic. Altogether there are not far off 100 people involved in the production, whether performing or propmaking, technical or front of house, all ages, all volunteers.” Matt Smith plays Brother Hugh

Amy Fisher, Eastern Angles Community Play Producer

Sam Makepeace-Beech (Tom), Ella Farrow (Kaye) and Milo Roberts (Joe) play the three young friends. Aged 17, they are members of the Key Youth Theatre (KYT) and studying A-level drama at school. Milo is planning an acting career and is currently auditioning for several major drama schools. All appreciate working with theatre professionals and a mixed-age cast as well as the challenge of getting into the mindsets of young people in a different era from their own. “We’re learning a lot of transferable skills,” says Milo.

Costume design The whirring sound of sewing machines leads me to a room where a monk’s costume is shaping up nicely under the watchful eye of costume supervisor Emily Stuart. “We’ve got 12 monks’ habits to make today,” Karen Tibbett (of Tilly Rose Vintage Workshop and Craft Studio) tells me. Some of the cast appeared in Eastern Angles’ production of Dark Earth last year at Flag Fen and among those in core roles are members of Peterborough Mask Theatre and the Stamford Shakespeare Company at Tolethorpe. Set detail

The costumemaking team work on creating a monk’s habit

“Some of the play is set within living memory and lots of people will remember what they wore, so we can’t stray,” says Angela Merry. “We’ll have a mix of original Sixties clothing alongside all the specially designed costumes.”


“We’re learning a lot of transferable skills.” Angela brings years of theatre experience to the costume team, having been wardrobe mistress on big musicals including Evita and Me & My Girl before leaving the bright lights to bring up her family. “I’ve seen several Eastern Angles productions and I like what they do, so I volunteered for River Lane. My partner Chris is working on the technical side and his daughter Ella is playing young Kaye, so it’s turned into a bit of a family venture!” The set is cleverly designed on a thrust stage, with the audience seated on three sides, so performers will be entering and leaving from all angles against a backdrop of iconic city buildings. Rooted in Peterborough, it’s an inventive piece of theatre that should have wide appeal.

FORTY YEARS ON River Lane completes ‘Forty Years On’, an ambitious three-year partnership between the Vivacity Archives Services and Eastern Angles Theatre Company using theatre, oral history and archive work to explore and interpret Peterborough’s history from 1968 to 2008. Volunteers have catalogued and conserved the archives of the Peterborough Development Corporation and collected over 150 oral histories from residents who relocated to the city during its rapid 40-year expansion. There is now a fully accessible archive and an online educational resource designed for Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils. • There are 10 performances of River Lane between 8th to 11th and 15th to 18th May. Evening performances start at 7.30pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3.30pm. Tickets can be booked online at www.easternangles. or by calling the box office, Tel: 01473 211498.


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Going to the cinema doesn’t have to mean a night out at the nearest multiplex. Paul Rogers discovers some appealing local alternatives


rom its infancy in the 1930s the local cinema was a focal point of family entertainment in Britain for at least three decades. Whether it was the Saturday afternoon matinee for the children, thrills and romance for harassed parents or just the dark intimacy of the back row for young lovers, a trip to ‘the Pictures’ was a chance to escape from the humdrum of everyday existence for a few hours. The expansion of Television in the 1960s meant that a greater range of home entertainment was readily available and, as attendance numbers dropped away, many local establishments transformed into bingo halls or closed their doors completely and fell into disrepair. A new era in cinema-going was heralded when, in November 1985, a strange building, topped by a red, neon-lined pyramid opened its doors in Milton Keynes. The first multiplex, based on the American model, had arrived. There are now few large towns or cities without such a facility. However, there are those who consider the multi-screen organisations impersonal and others who find it expensive or difficult to travel distances to enjoy the entertainment on offer. For those who wish to see more specialist programmes, enjoy the conviviality of seeing a film with friends in familiar surroundings or just appreciate its convenience, the independent, local cinema has much to offer.

Peterborough Arts Cinema, Peterborough Formed as The Peterborough Film Society in 1947, this is now a non-profit making organisation run completely by volunteers with the expressed intention of bringing non-mainstream films to film lovers in Peterborough. “Films that make you think” is the aim, so films from different countries are mixed with arthouse productions and those with a broader appeal such as the recent version of the life of Liberace, Behind The Candelabra. The cinema has used a number of different venues in the past but the principle, current location is the John Clare Theatre which is located on the first floor of Peterborough Central Library, Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1RX. • Standard ticket price is £6 (or £5 for concessions). However, it is possible to purchase a season ticket for £36 which allows admittance to up to 13 performances. For those wishing to become more personally involved with the organisation an Annual Membership Card is available at a cost of £10. Members have the right to vote for the films to be included in a forthcoming season, attend a special “members’ night” film show and pay only £4 for admission to any performance. Further details are available on the website


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ACT IVIT IE S The Luxe Cinema, Wisbech This is a dynamic enterprise which occupies a place at the heart of the community. It is situated in Alexandra Road Wisbech PE13 1HQ in a building which was once the Women’s Institute Hall. Substantial renovation has turned the property into an establishment which is reminiscent of cinemas of the 1950s and yet combines aspects from many other periods without any apparent contradiction. There is an elegant bar providing pre- and post-film drinks and the luxury motif is continued in the auditorium where seating consists of deep, leather armchairs or sofas. One element of cinema visits in the past was the intermission and The Luxe has revived this tradition. The cinema is open seven days a week and the current programme is varied and family-orientated. Earlier this year, the cinema reached the finals of Britain’s Friendliest Business Awards, a testament to the commitment of owner Burleigh Ibbott and his staff. • Ticket prices are £7 (or £6 for concessions and students). There is the option to pay £9 for a seat on a large sofa with waitress service of drinks during the film for those wishing to add a touch of decadence to their visit. Box office : 01945 588808 More information is available at

Oundle Cinema, Oundle and villages When Chris Gill and his wife moved to Oundle in 2005 they looked forward to visiting the local cinema- only to discover it did not exist. Undeterred, they spoke to friends, colleagues and any other interested persons about creating one with the intention of providing enjoyment to all in the community. Thanks to Oundle School a venue was found at the Stahl Theatre, West Street, Oundle PE8 4EJ. Funding to purchase equipment was initially by the sale of books of ticket vouchers and Lottery grants. There are now between 30 and 40 volunteers working to show about 25 films a year (including a ‘short’) at the Stahl: of necessity, the programme is designed to fit round other events at the theatre. The programme includes popular titles such as Saving Mr. Banks and The Railway Man. On film nights the doors open at 7.15pm for ticket sales and bar purchases. A separate programme of documentaries followed by discussion is shown at The Water Tower, Brigstock. Within a year of its foundation the cinema had started an outreach project to enable films to be shown in surrounding villages. Initially the organisation provided a projectionist but, latterly, training has been provided to individuals in each locality. To date, this aspect of the Oundle Cinema has assisted 39 villages in the area of which 10 having regular film nights. Liaison with other organisations provides transport for the elderly or infirm to attend films of their choice. The enthusiasm of Chris Gill and his co-volunteers is self-evident and, in less than 10 years, they have managed to combine their own love of film with a valuable service back to the local community. • Ticket prices at the Stahl film nights are £5 ( or £3 for under 18s) There are separate prices for the documentary series and the “Outreach” programme. Ticket reservations: 01832 274734 Full details are on the website.

Cyclops Cinema, Peterborough A new alternative film night which is run by Faceless Promotions and arts organisation METAL. The events are free to get in, and beer, wine and popcorn are offered on the night. The audience helps to choose which films are shown. So far, these have included The Fall and Holy Mountain. A selection of shorts precedes the main feature. • Free entry. Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peter’s Street, Peterborough PE1 1YX. For details of the next dates and films, visit



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Bank Holiday Monday 5 May 3pm – 4pm Fotheringhay Church Easy Sunday Music: Emily Hoggett, LTCL, Purcell School, piano The first of the Easy Sunday concerts … this one on a Monday! Arrive and leave as you wish; listen to wonderful music; wander round the beautiful building where Richard III’s parents are buried. Well behaved dogs welcome. Free. Fotheringhay Church, Main Street, Fotheringhay, PE8 5HZ. Monday 5 May 7.45pm Oundle Choral Society May Day Concert Music including Rutter’s Gloria and Stanford’s Blue Bird. Tickets, £10 on door. St Peter’s Church, Oundle PE8 4EE

Thursday 29 May The Railway Man - 7.45pm Encouraged by his wife, Eric Lomax confronts his Japanese prison-ofwar past by returning to the place where it happened and his war-time tormentor now works as an interpreter. £5 (£3) Oundle Festival Office, 4 New Street, Oundle, PE8 4ED. 01832 274734. Stahl Theatre, West Street, Oundle, PE8 4EJ.

Friday 9 May Thorpe Hall Art Group 10am Following the success of the summer Art Week, join the new fortnightly group to enjoy painting and exchanging ideas. £3 (+ annual £10 donation) Thorpe Hall, Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6LW. Thorpe. 01733 225999.

The Amps Annual Spring Tasting 5pm - 9pm Tasting event with dozens of quality wines. Free. St.Peter’s Church, Church Street,Oundle, PE8 4EE. 01832 275675. Saturday 10th May Village Organ Recitals: Marc Murray 7.30pm Fundraising for the church following the theft of its lead roofing, Marc Murray, Director of Music, St Botolph’s, Boston kicks off this series of recitals on the 1886 Lewis and Co organ £10 at the door to include first drink and nibbles. All Saints’ Church, Overend, Elton, PE8 6RU. Saturday, 10 May – Sunday 22 June Tuesday -Sunday, 10am – 5pm A Poetic Journey: The Life and Writings of John Clare In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of poet John Clare’s death: a once-in-a-generation chance to see his rare, fragile and beautiful manuscripts - the largest collection of Clare’s works shown in one place since 1893.

Free. Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE14 1LF. 01733 864663. www.vivacity-peterborough. com/museums-and-heritage/. Monday 19 May Shuckburgh Arms Acoustic Bluegrass Music 8pm - 11.30pm Every third Monday of every month listen - or join in – to American inspired folk in a stunning setting. Shuckburgh Arms, Main Street, Southwick, PE8 5BL. 01832 272044. Thursday 22 May Experiment with Morocco – Pop-Up Restaurant 7pm A brand new concept - a pop-up restaurant inside a traditional wine shop with wines to try alongside the exotic, aromatic flavours of Moroccan tagine and tabbouleh! £15. Amps Fine Wines, Market Place,Oundle, PE8 4BQ. 01832 273502. Tuesday 27 May Lunchtime Recital 1 - 1.45pm Nigel Stark, the new Director of Music St Martin’s Church, Stamford plays his first recital in Peterborough on the wonderfully coloured Harrison and Harrison organ. St John’s, Peterborough, PE1 1XB. 01733 563978


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