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May Contents

4 Editor’s selection

Welcome to the May issue of Rutland & Market Harborough Living magazine

Rachael’s top tips for May


News & Views

HIS month we’ve got everything you need to be the best wedding guest ever – gorgeous outfits from our top boutiques and a great selection of fabulous wedding gifts from local independent shops. We’re also getting excited about the summer and all the wonderful events taking place in the region – check out our al fresco entertainment feature on page 32 and start planning your summer diary. We couldn’t believe how much there is going on – we couldn’t fit it all in! The second in our Rutland Hero series is on Dr Tim Gray CBE, founder and chair of the East Midlands Care Scheme (EMICS). Do have a read on page 11, it’s a brilliant charity that needs and deserves our support. We hope you enjoy the issue,

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Village Lifestyle

6 Updates 11 Rutland Hero Dr Tim Gray CBE

15 Shopping

Wedding gift ideas

16 Did you know..?

10 facts about Normanton Church

43 Health & Beauty

Kickstarter day at Homefield Grange

44 Updates

19 Wildlife

News & Views

22 Fashion

Make your life more ‘Lagom’

26 Food & Drink

An unlikely Derby hero

Cormorants at Rutland Water Step out in style

46 Lifestyle

50 Local history

26 Food & Drink

53 Harborough Happenings

30 Food News

54 Updates

The Olive Branch recipe Mum’s Back

The George, Ashley The Exeter Arms, Barrowden

News & Views News & Views

56 The Great Outdoors

32 Summer Entertainment

Camping, Glamping and Champing

36 Local People

64 Out & About

Days out with the family Horse trainer Mick Appleby

41 Health & Beauty

Step by step to beautiful brows

62 Local People

The Rug Studio’s Rachel Simpson What’s on in the region this month

70 Local People Model Amy Neville

Editor Rachael Bull 07734 218155 Advertisement Manager, Rutland Tracy Watkinson 01572 813187 Advertisement Manager, Market Harborough Sosennah Every 07884 124316 Advertising Copy & Subscriptions Rachel Beecroft 01780 765320 Head of Design Steven Handley Designers Sarah Compton Calum Handley Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Printed by Warners of Bourne RL cover © Elli Dean See page 23 for outfit details. MHL cover © Matty Graham

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Our top tips for May

NATIONAL WATERSPORTS FESTIVAL The largest watersports festival in the UK comes to Rutland for the first time ever, giving novices and experts of all ages alike the chance to enjoy a weekend of windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding. Try it out for yourself, enjoy the evening parties, watch the professionals in action and perhaps even have a race alongside legends of the sports. 2 to 4 June, tickets are selling fast so don’t miss out.

AFTERNOON TEA AT THE OLIVE BRANCH Just when we thought we couldn’t love the place more, the team at The Olive Branch have expanded their offering. They’re offering freshly baked treats such as scones and clotted cream, berry eton mess with basil sorbet and pistachio custard creams. Summer afternoons, sorted. 3pm to 5pm Mondays to Saturdays. Booking essential. 01780 410355 FIRST OSPREY CRUISE Enjoy breathtaking views of fishing osprey aboard the Rutland Belle – the first afternoon cruise this year is on Saturday 27 May at 5.30pm from Whitwell Harbour. Places sell out very quickly so book early to avoid disappointment – call 01572 737378 or go to to book and for more dates.

ASHLEY FARM SHOP FOOD AND CRAFT FAIR Rejoice in the plethora of artisan food and crafty produce lovingly made right on our doorstep on Saturday 13 May, 10am to 4pm at Ashley Herb Farm near Market Harborough. Turn to page 53 to find out more… RUTLAND CIDER & SAUSAGE FESTIVAL Now in its seventh year, the Grainstore’s annual festival features 40 real ciders and locally crafted sausages plus live music every evening. Arrive early in the day for the relaxed and chilled part, or stick around for the party in the evenings. Free entry all weekend from Friday 26 to Monday 29 May.



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UPDATES News & Views

Pipewell Hall relaunches as a wedding venue

Pipewell Hall in Northamptonshire is hosting a Wedding Showcase Open Day on Sunday 4 June 2017 from 11am to 3pm.


IPEWELL Hall ceased offering this wonderful venue for weddings almost five years ago, but during that time the phone never stopped ringing, with future brides pleading to be able to hold their weddings here. They are now back and ready to relaunch Pipewell Hall Weddings, offering a fabulous marquee wedding venue as of June 2017 onwards. The Open Day on 4 June will showcase Pipewell Halls’ glorious lake and stunning parkland alongside some of their exciting new local preferred partners. Entry is free for everyone and includes a welcome glass of fizz and superb canapés on arrival. Local suppliers there on the day include Carolyn Acton Events – Wedding Planning/ Organiser, Thomas the Caterer and the Prosecco Van Gin & Fizz amongst many others. • For more information call 01536 760563 or visit

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Scandimania café opens in Uppingham


CANDIMANIA Coffee House has opened its doors on High Street East in Uppingham and is already a huge hit with the Local Living team. Serving authentic Scandinavian, home-baked and freshly prepared sandwiches, invigorating juices and smoothies, divine coffee and their already famous Swedish cardamom buns, we can’t stay away. The avocado on toast is a particular hit. • Find them on Instagram @scandimaniauk or better still, check it out for yourself at 10b High Street East, Uppingham.

Rider rivalry and retail remedies at Rockingham International Horse Trials


OCKINGHAM Castle’s Great Park is the breathtaking setting for one of the region’s ‘don’t miss’ events, Rockingham International Horse Trials. When the sun shines there can be few better places to picnic than within sight of an 11th Century castle, looking out across the Welland Valley. Now gearing up for its fifth year as host to an International Horse Trials, the 2017 event runs from 19-21 May. It is always a shopper’s delight, with dozens of tradestands selling their wares from national brands to quirky specialist retailers. On the competitive front, amateur riders rub shoulders with Olympic, World and European medal winning eventers. Walking the cross-country course is the best way to get a real feel for the action, as horses thunder past at up to 25mph, separated from spectators by a single strand of string. To satiate the inevitable appetite created by either serious shopping or course walking there is a large bar and a diverse array of food and drink outlets on site. Pony Club riders add to the excitement on the Saturday as they bid for victory in the fiercely fought Team Show Jumping contest while, new for 2017, Riding Club members will have a similar opportunity the following day. There will also be the annual British Showjumping, Arena Eventing and Burghley Young Event Horse qualifying classes. And it’s not all about horses. For smaller four-legged friends, the ‘have a go’ Dog Agility ring will be ready and waiting for your canine companions to strutt their stuff. It’s a great day out in a wonderful location. • Rockingham International runs from 19–21 May in the Great Park of Rockingham Castle, LE16 8TH, one mile north of Corby. For more information visit www. You can find the event on Twitter @rockinghamLIVE!



Help Nordic walkers raise £1,000 for Air Ambulance charity


ORDIC Walk It is a thriving club of Nordic walkers aiming to raise £1000 for Air Ambulance by the end of May. As well as cake sales, raffles and selling jam, they will be walking 65 miles over three days to complete the ‘Rutland Round Challenge’. That’s no mean feat but, as club leader Jo says: “Our feet will hurt, our legs will ache, but our hearts will sing as we raise money for this very worth cause.” Starting on 18 May, the team are welcoming walkers to join them and you can find out lots more information at about how you can join in and how to sponsor them, and help them raise much-needed funds to support this valuable and vital service that’s run entirely on fundraising.

Pipewell Hall relaunch their stunning waterside historical wedding Venue for 2017 onwards

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Glass of Fizz on arrival and canapĂŠs by Thomas The Caterer For more information, contact us on Tel: 01536 760563 Email: Pipewell Hall, Pipewell, NN14 1QZ 27 Mill St, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6EA 01572 722 345


UPDATES News & Views

Exciting times at Thomas Hairdressing This month, the Thomas Hairdressing group are celebrating a double whammy of exciting news: their five-year anniversary plus the opening of yet another hair salon! Owner Thomas Potts told us: “We started five years ago in a small unit in Oakham, and had a goal to offer great customer service along with well-trained and well-educated stylists. We always wanted the salon to feel welcoming and warm, a place where clients would want to stay, have a coffee and a chat; not just a place to come and have your hair cut. As a team we work as complete equals, from the assistants to the top stylists and because of this, we operate as a very close family unit. I think this has worked well and I have managed to maintain and build a team who share my goals and passion for hair styling.” Since the success of the Oakham salon, Thomas has opened further businesses in Melton Mowbray and Loughborough, which are going from strength to strength. He adds: “Although I never had a grand plan to expand, the opportunities felt right and my business partners and I worked extremely hard to make them happen.” Thomas and his team are delighted to announce that they will be opening a salon in Uppingham Market Place on 1 May, which will add to his already hectic workload (no mean feat for a man who has also recently become a dad of two!) “I will always be the first one there in the morning and the last to leave because my passion for hairdressing is still as strong today as ever. Whilst it sounds a bit of a cliché, the team I have working alongside me inspire me to keep striving for bigger and better things; I am excited to see what the future brings.” • Find out more at

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HE 80s are back as these three legendary stars join forces for a truly incredible concert experience. With millions of albums sales and iconic hits, this authentic 80s triple header is not to be missed on 10 June at 5pm at Burghley Park. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Go West’s first hit single “We Close Our Eyes”. Other hits followed including “Call Me”, “Goodbye Girl” and the smash hit theme song in the film Pretty Woman “King of Wishful Thinking”. Nik Kershaw first achieved chart success in 1984 with “Wouldn’t It Be Good?”, followed by other classics such as “Won’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and “The Riddle”. A prolific writer for other artists, Nik also penned the number one single “The One and Only” for Chesney Hawkes. T’Pau’s first single “Heart and Soul” was released in 1987 and initially found success in the US after being featured in a Pepe Jeans commercial, before charting in the UK. Their biggest hit “China in Your Hand” hit the top spot in the UK later that year, and stayed at number 1 for five weeks. HOW TO WIN Answer this question: Who write the song “The One and Only”? • Email your answer to , with ‘Icons of the 80s’ in the message box, your name and full postal address. Closing date for entries is Sunday 21 May 2017.



WO Whissendine locals will be teaching people how to use willow in a contemporary style. Held at the White Lion pub on Main Street, Whissendine on Thursday 4 May between 7.00-9.30pm, Marion Curry and Maxine Smith will be explaining how to make willow cloches to protect new and emerging plants and a bird feeder. No experience or equipment is needed and everyone will take their creations home to decorate their gardens. • The cost is £30 and advance booking is needed. To book a place email hareandsheepwillow@gmail. com



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With their call rates soaring, if you become involved in an emergency situation anywhere in this region, the chances are the doctor attending the scene is a volunteer from EMICS – the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme. Founder and chair of the charity Dr Tim Gray CBE tells Amander Meade about the scheme. PHOTOGRAPH OF DR GRAY: ELLI DEAN


ACK in the very early 1980s, in a world without mobile phones or paramedics, local GP (now retired), Dr Gray offered his services on an informal basis to ambulance crews working in Rutland. He soon recognised that the better the care in the immediate aftermath of an accident, the better the result for the patient. Galvanising support from his colleagues, Dr Gray set up the Rutland Accident Care Scheme. Three decades on, the scheme has evolved, grown and been amalgamated into the East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme covering six counties and supporting the work of the East Midlands Ambulance Service. Known as EMICS, the scheme is a network of doctors from hospitals and general practices in the East Midlands who volunteer to attend emergency situations in their time off and holidays.

Changing outcomes

Dr Gray explains, “Immediate care has undergone a complete transformation in the last 30 years; it used to be the job of the ambulance driver to transport a patient to the nearest hospital. Today pre-hospital emergency medicine at the scene is a speciality and EMICS doctors working alongside paramedics and other emergency services can make a huge difference to outcomes.” All the volunteers are trained in trauma work, performing lifesaving interventions at incidents such as workplace accidents or traffic collisions. “Last year we attended over 1,700 incidents and the call out figure is rising all the time.”

Crucial funding is required

The only volunteer doctor service operating 24 hours a day, EMICS is run as a charity and funded solely by donations. No one involved receives any payment whatsoever, including the 26 doctors volunteering across Rutland, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. Worth mentioning too is the money saved when EMICS volunteers are able to deal with an incident, freeing up ambulance crews to operate elsewhere. “Funding is a huge challenge for us”, explains Dr Gray. “We have a waiting list of doctors keen to join our team but costs lie in providing them with equipment, specialist training and medical supplies. It can be very frustrating to have to refuse the service of volunteer doctors due to funding restrictions. We are enormously grateful to anyone who is willing to fundraise for us and we can do a great deal with a relatively small amount. All donations are used to purchase and maintain our medical equipment, without which we could not operate.”

WANT TO HELP? YOU CAN HELP EMICS IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS: 1. By sending a donation, however small or large. 2. Inviting a volunteer doctor to speak to your organisation to raise awareness. 3. Holding a fundraising event. 4. Nominating EMICS as your workplace adopted good cause or corporate sponsorship. 5. Completing a sporting challenge such as the London Marathon on behalf of EMICS. 6.Remembering EMICS with a bequest in your will or suggesting donations in memory of a loved one. • For more information visit RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING MAY 2017



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SELL YOUR HOME TO BUYERS THAT WILL BE CHAUFFEURED FROM PLATFORM TO PROPERTY. Moores are delighted to report that construction is underway on their new platform office at Peterborough railway station. The project is a truly local collaboration with design by local firm, Bertram Design who specialise in innovative, environmentally friendly buildings. The steel fabrication has been provided by Rutland Contracting Ltd, owned by Simon and Sally Hazard. “The platform projects are a really exciting development for us,” explains Vernon, “The Peterborough project is part of a rolling programme of new offices following on from the success of our first platform initiative in Grantham. Having signed an exclusive agreement with Network Rail we are near to completing an office at Newark Station and are also part of the redevelopment project underway at Market Harborough station where we will open another London platform branch by early 2018.”

OAKHAM IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT AGAIN! In a recent edition of the Sunday Times, Oakham was once again acknowledged as one of the very best places to live in Britain. This will come as no surprise to those who already enjoy the superb lifestyle, educational opportunities and transport links in the pretty market town but it seems the secret is out and buyers from all over the UK – especially London and the South East – are clamouring for property in this area.

locations, Managing Director, Vernon Moore is expecting record numbers of visitors to the Moores stand at the Country Life Move to the Country Show in Chelsea this month. Vernon will be showcasing a full portfolio of properties across the region to London buyers who are ready to move and prepared to pay full asking price for local homes.

“We are determined to keep extending our reach and raising awareness of Rutland and Stamford to clients further South. With the capital accessible in under an hour from Grantham and Peterborough, buyers are realising it’s entirely possible to live in this region and commute to London – that’s what makes this area so attractive.”



The platform offices are proving very popular with clients from London and the South East. “We want to make it easy for visiting buyers to see as many suitable homes as possible. We collect visiting buyers on arrival and chauffeur them to viewings – a service which is much appreciated by buyers and vendors alike,” says Vernon. “Having offices in key stations mean parking is easy and we have immediate access to information.” As well as their own offices, Moores have established partnerships with the best estate agencies in the South East who will be extending the Moores platform model further down the East Coast line.

Need more information about buying or selling in the region? The Moores team are ready to help.

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Going off registry If you’re too late for the wedding registry and stuck between choosing the last tea spoon or a few outof-your-price-range options, sometimes the only choice is to go rogue. So this season, think outside the traditional and seek out gorgeous personal and memorable gifts that the happy couple with treasure forever. FOR THE ART LOVERS... consider a beautiful piece of art from local artists. Pop into Trent Galleries in Oakham for some inspiration. www. trentgalleries.

FOR FOOD LOVERS WHO NEED A LITTLE HELP… check out the Rutland Cookery School, which caters for beginners, intermediate and advanced cooks and offers an array of courses from bread making to vegetarian, sushi to marmalade, knife skills to food photography.

FOR THE ANTIQUE LOVERS…with oodles of choice, Uppingham is a treasure trove of antique shops with something for most budgets, including Uppingham Antiques Centre.

FOR THE MEMORIES… help the couple celebrate their marriage with a gift that lets them record their memories for years to come. These beautiful personalised keepsakes let them to record their new journey together. www. stamfordnotebooks. The Travellers Journal and Diary start at £38.50

FOR GIN LOVERS… try the new Two Birds Gin Workshop. Learn about it, make it, bottle it and name it (and sample a bit too!) at Market Harborough’s home of gin. £110pp

FOR THE HOME COOKS… a personalised cutting board for the newlyweds can be used everyday. Take a peek at Leicestershire-based From The Oak Tree (www.fromtheoaktree. for ideas.

FOR THE FOODIES… Otters Fine Foods and Under Fine Wraps have fabulous hampers available to welcome the happy couple back from Honeymoon. Help them indulge as they celebrate the end of their wedding diets. www. ottersfinefoods. and www. underfinewraps. This Otters Gourmet Hamper is £199.95.

FOR THE ADVENTURERS… pack the happy pair off to Rutland Water to learn sailing, windsurfing or canoeing starting from £65 for half day (visit and www. or send them off for a bit of tank driving, paintball, quad biking or hovercrafting at Armourgeddon in Husbands Bosworth (www.

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10 facts about the iconic Normanton Church You’ll have seen many a Rutland Living front cover shot of the eminent Normanton Church, most probably the county’s most famous landmark on the edge of Rutland Water. But you might not know what goes on behind the picturesque façade…

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It was scheduled for demolition when Rutland Water was built as a much-needed reservoir in 1970. Public outcry ensued, and a compromise was found so that the church would remain, becoming a small island once the reservoir was filled, with a causeway connecting it to the nearby shore with a layer of boulders acting as a defensive breakwater. This can give the optical illusion that the church is floating when the lake is full, or has sunk at other times. The tower is a replica of those at the famous St. John’s concert hall in Smith Square, London. It was a parish church, originally called St. Matthews Church – until the early 1700s when a large part of the village was demolished to create an estate for the wealthy aristocrats, the Heathcote Baronets, who used it as their private chapel and mausoleum. When the Heathcote family moved in 1920, the church was abandoned and unused right up until Rutland Water was created.

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Since then, it has been lovingly maintained and universally admired and has become a spectacular, unique wedding destination. It hosts more weddings than any other licensed venue in the county, including over 180 already booked for this year alone. Normanton hosts civil ceremonies with all the charm and gravitas that a traditional church wedding brings, and can also be hired for parties, presentations and concerts. Bridal parties often use the famous Rutland Belle as transport and it’s a popular choice for a post-wedding cruise and drinks reception with a difference. The church itself is open on selected dates when visitors can see inside the iconic landmark – call the Visitor Centre on 01780 686800 for more information. • Information taken from normantonchurch. wedding and Call 01780 686800 or email Wedding Events & Visitor Services Team Leader Jonathan Young on for more information.



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The black depth Photographing Rutland Water’s cormorants Bird photographer Michael Taylor explains how the unmistakable cormorant bird might not be as welcomed as the famous osprey, but can nonetheless provide fantastic photographic opportunities at Rutland Water.

Occurrence and breeding

Cormorants are fairly widespread throughout the UK and can be seen all year round. Recent estimates indicate that some 9000 breeding pairs exist, of which around 1600 nest inland, mainly in England and Wales. During the breeding season cormorants build nests close to their neighbours. At inland sites, they’re built in trees from twigs which can end up quite bulky. The laying of three to four eggs and subsequent raising of young takes place between April and May. Nesting colonies are very distinct, even long after the young have fledged some 50 days from hatching. The host trees end up with an almost white appearance and can die after three to four years of annual use. The catalyst for the tree’s eventual demise is the cormorant’s very acidic droppings.

Hunting reputation Cormorants are large birds with an overall length that can reach up to one metre and a wingspan approaching 1.6 metres. They have a predominantly black appearance and possess a fearsome-looking bill, with a hook at the end, which is used to devastating effect when hunting for their mainstay diet of fish.

Unfortunately, for the angling fraternity in particular, the cormorant is a near perfect underwater killing machine. It can swim beneath the surface for about two minutes and, if necessary, dive to depths greater than 20m. Moreover, they’re not fussy in terms of which fish is on the menu and as such they’ll take a wide species reflecting whatever’s available, including game fish such as trout and salmon. Consequently, birds located inland inevitably come into conflict with fishing groups. Given their appearance and, more importantly, the impact that cormorants can have on fish stocks, anglers commonly refer to them as “the black depth”. It’s easy to see why these birds are categorised as ruthless fish killers, no matter what the intended meal is. During one particular photo shoot at Rutland I was fortunate to witness a quite rare, and not very often photographed, battle between a huge pike, the apex underwater predator, and a cormorant. After a considerable amount of time a single bird landed on the water. It soon started diving repeatedly for a meal. Five minutes or so passed as I patiently watched the black predator dive yet again, then suddenly, dozens of bubbles appeared on the surface in front of the hide, quickly followed by the cormorant erupting from the water with an enormous pike in its bill. I fired off a number of frames as the battle continued, the pike escaping to the water twice but each time it was recaptured and eventually, after a long struggle, ended up inside the cormorant. Images from the battle

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Michael’s top tips for bird photography Rutland Water offers the wildlife photographer a variety of great locations. Among my favourites is the reserve at Egleton, managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water. Visit for details. Here are my five top tips for bird photography:



When framing your shot, always consider the format for the given scene, landscape or portrait.

Always try to use a hide if possible, your subjects will be more confident if they can’t see you.

I took this photo from a hide. The cormorant was totally unaware of my presence.


To get frame filling shots, ideally a focal length of 300-500mm is needed. Where possible, always use a tripod - or a beanbag if you’re in a hide, to help reduce camera and lens shake.

This cormorant’s position ideally suits a portrait format.


Wildlife photography requires a lot of patience. Avoid making loud noises or sudden movements, settle down and eventually the birds will come to you.

I used a tripod for this bird in flight shot to eliminate camera shake.


If your camera has the function continuous AF mode (also called AI-servo, or AF-C), use it for action shots and you’ll be able to fire off a burst of 5 to 10 frames in a second, depending on the camera model.

This shot was taken after spending two hours in the same hide anticipating some activity.

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Continuous auto focus mode was used for this action shot




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Al fresco season is here! The Olive Branch is now open all day, everyday, but head chef Sean Hope is still finding time to share his favourite recipes!


PRING has arrived and summer isn’t far away! That means light, zesty dishes like the one below – iced elderflower and Champagne soufflé – really come into their own, especially when served al fresco in the sunshine. I don’t want to blow our own trumpet too much, but the garden at The Olive Branch is looking beautiful right now!

A sunny garden is also the ideal place to enjoy a spot of that most English of treats, Afternoon Tea. As it happens, we’re now open here in Clipsham every afternoon, as well as each morning for breakfast. To celebrate, we’ve put together a tasty Afternoon Tea Menu (booking essential) where everything is homemade. We’re creating everything in-house, from the pistachio custard creams and lemon drizzle cake that come with your finger sandwiches, to the scones and jam that come with your clotted cream and tea (or Champagne)! PHOTOS: CLIVE DOYLE

Iced elderflower and Champagne soufflé Makes eight soufflés in ramekins • 3 gelatine leaves • 113ml water • 8 egg yolks • 280g caster sugar • 500ml Champagne/Prosecco • 4 teaspoons elderflower cordial • 4 egg whites • 340g whipping cream 1. Prepare the ramekins by placing a collar of parchment paper around them (2cm higher than the rim of the mould). Secure with sticky tape. 2. Pre-soak the gelatine in cold water for 10 minutes. 3. Place the sugar and water into a pan and bring to the boil. 4. Whisk the egg yolks until light and fluffy, then gradually add the hot sugar syrup. 5. Whisk to a light ribbon


stage, then gradually add the elderflower cordial. 6. Place the gelatine into a pan and heat to dissolve in a little of the Champagne, then mix in the remainder of the Champagne. 7. Place in the fridge to allow to set (beat occasionally) 8. Combine the egg yolk mixture with the Champagne mixture. 9. Whip the cream to stiff peaks, then fold gently through the mixture. 10. Whisk up the egg whites to stiff peaks, then fold through the mixture gently until light


and fluffy. 11. Carefully spoon the mixture into the lined ramekins and fill to the top, then level off straight with a palette knife. 12. Place the iced soufflés into the freezer overnight to set. 13. To serve, remove from the freezer and remove the paper collar. 14. Using a hot teaspoon, scoop out a spoonful of the middle and fill with a spoonful of gooseberry compote or a seasonal fruit compote of your choice. 15. Garnish with some sprigs of mint.

We’ve also put together an Afternoon Snack Menu (no booking required), which is served from 2-5pm Monday to Saturday. Our snacks include Olive Branch cheese & biscuits; sweetcorn soup with almond & chilli dressing (served hot or chilled); and scotched quail eggs with watercress and fennel salad.

The perfect wine match To go with the soufflé, we’d recommend Moscato d’Asti (Michele Chiarlo 2016). It’s a gently sparkling, naturally sweet Italian wine from Piedmont. It is low in alcohol (5% abv) and will be a great match with the elderflower flavours whilst cutting through the rich creaminess of the soufflé.

Upcoming wine events There are a number of wine events coming up this summer at The Olive Branch. On May 27 and July 29 we’re holding our Loire and Pinot Noir Saturday lunchtime Wine Masterclasses respectively. And on Thursday June 15 we’re hosting a seven-course wine dinner with Matt Sutherland of New Zealand’s Dog Point Vineyard. To book, call 01780 410355.


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From Stamford with love… introducing Mum’s Back A Stamford mother has created the perfect gift for foodie new mums


ERE at Great Food Club we’ve recently discovered a Stamford entrepreneur who’s launched a nice and original food and drink business. Stamford mum-of-two Sally Bunkham has created a foodie gift aimed at new mothers called Mum’s Back. Sally came up with the concept for when she realised there was a lack of gifts for new mums on the market. She says: “There are so many gifts available centred around the new baby, which is lovely, but I wanted something purely to indulge mum, having been through the magical but exhausting journey of pregnancy and childbirth. I know that for me and many of my friends, one of the first things



we wanted to do after having the baby (aside from looking after it!) was get our hands on the stuff we’d not been allowed for nine months.” Mum’s Back hampers contain some the tasty things mum has not been allowed whilst pregnant; things like wine, paté and cheese. What’s more, £1 from every hamper sold goes to PANDAS Foundation, a charity that supports women with perinatal mental health conditions. Sally herself endured postnatal depression after her second baby, and wanted to support other women going through something similar. Sally explains: “There is still a big taboo around post-natal depression. Society puts so much pressure on women to feel a certain way as new mums, and that expectation alone can cause much anxiety and stress at a really emotional and exhausting time. I wanted to raise awareness of the condition and try to support other women.” Although the hamper is predominantly aimed at new mums, it would also make a lovely gift to all mums who like their wine, paté and cheese! Mum’s Back has only just launched, and the hampers will have the online price of £55 each. The first 50 customers will get 20% off at £44, which includes free delivery anywhere in the UK. Once these have been snapped up, Great Food Club members can purchase the hampers at £49, which includes free delivery in the UK. To take advantage of this drop an email with your GFC membership number. You can also purchase a hamper to be delivered at a later stage, if there is someone special in your life expecting a baby. Just email with a rough idea of the baby’s due date.

What’s in the hamper? A half bottle of CVNE Old World Rioja Wine A 200g block of Lincolnshire Poacher Vintage Cheddar cheese A 90g jar of Duck & Armagnac Paté (by Cottage Delight) Oval Albert Biscuits (they go well with cheese & paté, also by Cottage Delight) Deerview Fig Chutney (100g) A ‘Mum’s Back’ gift card (blank or hand-written as per instructions) Sally’s story Sally’s inspiration for Mum’s Back in part stems from her challenging experience of early motherhood. An ex-Stamford High School girl, Sally moved to Brighton for several years before returning to her home town in around 2014. She explains: “Motherhood began in a whirlwind for me, and never really slowed down. My first daughter, Daisy, was born four weeks early in summer 2014. Just a few months later we discovered I was pregnant again. Ruby was born 12 days after Daisy’s first birthday. “Trouble brewed at around five months when Ruby suddenly seemed to develop digestive issues. She screamed. She cried. She was inconsolable for long periods of the day and pretty much all the night, every night. Nothing we did seemed to help. We tried cutting things from diet. She was allergy tested. She was on all manner of drugs for presumed reflux. Nothing would bring relief. “Every day I felt I was losing myself more. I sunk into a horrible depression, made worse by severe sleep deprivation. Eventually I went to the GP. He diagnosed me with PND. Going to the doctor was the best thing I could have done. It legitimised my feelings. “Luckily, things from there improved. My daughter gradually grew out of her undiagnosed issues. Sleep got slowly, oh so slowly, better. “Having had sleep and feeling better, I now realise that my passions lie in helping other women who felt has bleak as I did back there. Mum’s Back is a business with a social enterprise element and it’s just launched. The hampers are aimed at new mums – well, any mums really! – and contain all the things she’s not been allowed whilst pregnant; wine, cheese, paté…you get the idea. And £1 from every hamper goes to the PANDAS Foundation.”

Get the 2017 Handbook The Great Food Club Handbook 2017 is out now. With over 100 pages, the new Handbook is a handbag or glovebox-sized publication with one simple aim: to guide you to some of the best independent restaurants, pubs, farm shops, breweries, food producers, delis and cafes. It is available to buy now for £4.95 including postage. Go to www., scroll to the bottom of the home page and click ‘Buy the Handbook’.

Join Great Food Club With its new editing team, Great Food Club is on a mission to unearth brilliant food and drink gems in your area and beyond. We currently recommend around 320 pubs, restaurants, producers and food shops, and around 200 of them run exclusive offers for Great Food Club members. Offers include 10% off at Stamford Cheese Cellar, 10% off at The Tobie Norris, a complimentary cocktail when you dine from the a la carte menu at The Olive Branch, 10% off at The King’s Arms in Wing, and 25% off at The Fox & Hounds in Exton. It is completely free to join and get a membership card – no catches – and we never share your data – sign up at

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A proper pub… with astounding food Rachael discovers Ashley’s best kept secret


AVING reopened last September following a hard-fought campaign by villagers, feedback about The George at Ashley has been promising. New landlord Chris is a successful chef and wine guru himself and had already made his mark with his popular cheese and wine evenings, which often sell out. Now, new to the foray is head chef and Chris’s ex-colleague Steve Bulmer, whose career to date has included years working with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and with the likes of Pierre White, Ramsey and Berry. Chris and his partner Carol have done a great job retaining the atmosphere of an unassuming, friendly local pub alongside their food offering. Everyone happily chats away across tables and

it’s a relaxed congenial vibe. More importantly, the food is out of this world. My starter of Thai Venison Kimchi – an oriental pickled salad bursting with flavour – is spot on. Not too sour, not too spicy, but full of freshness with the venison cooked to perfection. Laura’s Crown Prince Squash soup goes down equally well, the sprouting broccoli and mascarpone adding a fitting finish. My main course of Fricassee of Lamb with pea puree, ales hoof, capers and rosemary is perfectly rare and I learn that the tender, melt-in-the-mouth white meat is sweetbreads, a type of offal from the lamb’s thyroid gland. Laura’s Moroccan Spiced Vegetable Tagine with Coriander and Mint is particularly impressive, bursting with pomegranate zest and with the unusual but delicious addition of tempura dandelion, picked from Ashley fields that very afternoon. Alongside creating exquisite dishes, Steve’s passion lies in teaching. “I want to do cookery demonstrations, a pop-up cookery school, chef’s

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HE Wade Family are celebrating their first full year at the Exeter Arms this spring, and as always have many exciting plans for further developing the offering. “The first year has been intense, exhilarating and enjoyable in equal measure,” Joanne told me. “What we love is that every day is different, you never know who is going to come through the door. Our aim is always to be very customerfocused and keep the pub very warm and friendly.” Since September last year, they have had a new Head Chef, Fred Trenwith, locally born and bred, who has transformed the food offering. Joanne feels he has made all the difference. “He is a first-class chef, very consistent and he aims to make everything on site – even special mayonnaises, including lemon and roasted sweet pepper versions!” The menu is sensibly priced, so you feel you can afford to come back regularly, but still brilliantly cooked, always freshly prepared and with a regularly changing menu. “We like to be as flexible as possible to accommodate customers’ wishes,” Joanne told me. “If people book a table, it’s theirs for the evening, to chat and linger as long as they want. If a customer requires gluten-free, that’s rarely a problem as most of our dishes already are. And if a couple would like to share a starter and dessert, but have their own mains, we are more than happy to oblige with extra cutlery and just charge the standard two-course. We try and approach things as if we were a customer ourselves, and put ourselves into their shoes.”



tables with five-course menus... the works.” And what of landlord Chris ambitions? “To grow The George into a great destination pub for food, with a real emphasis on seasonal homemade, top quality produce using local suppliers wherever we possibly can. And we’re excited about the accommodation side. With our six refurbished en-suite luxury rooms in our adjoining Coach House, we can offer a package of a fantastic five-course evening meal, an overnight stay and breakfast in the morning. Steve’s the final part of the jigsaw.” If you haven’t been already, do pay Chris and Steve a visit and enjoy the new menu. As Chris said himself, “it’s a country pub in a country village. It’s a beautiful place.” And now complete with beautiful food. • The George, 21 Main Street, Ashley, Market Harborough, LE16 8HF. 01858 565411

Lunch Time Special Available Wednesday to Friday 12noon till 2pm Two courses for £12.50 Steak Night Available every Wednesday evening Two Steaks including Ribeye, Gammon and Fish - Any combination AND Two 175ml glasses of house wine for only £25 Live Music – open mic night, with local musicians who run the evening… Third Thursday of the Month from 8:30pm – next one is on 18 May. Fathers’ Day is on Sunday 18 June, book early to avoid disappointment. The 20-49 Vintage Car Club (made up of cars from between 1920 and 1949) will meet on the village green in front of the Exeter Arms from about 6.30pm on Thursday 1 June - free and open to everyone. Also, the pub is available for weddings, birthdays, christenings…. - just call for more details. • 28 Main St, Barrowden, Rutland, LE15 8EQ. 01572 747365

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IN JUNE… Sunday 4 June The Rutland County Show The highlight of Rutland’s summer social calendar, this year’s show will be the 185th of its kind. Equine, cattle and sheep showing, exciting main ring entertainment including military dogs, the Cottesmore hounds, vintage vehicles, farming displays and much more. More than 150 unique craft and trade stands and lots of hearty local food and drink to enjoy there and take home. With a vintage fun fair and donkey rides thrown in, it’s a wonderful traditional county show for all the family at the Rutland County Showground in Oakham. • Tickets and information about the show at 15, 17, 18, 20 and 22 June Nevill Holt Opera Festival Nevill Holt productions are unique in their celebration of the best of young British talent. This brilliantly organised festival offers music lovers the chance to hear young singers perform locally before they are elevated into the larger professional companies. Singers from past seasons have subsequently been engaged by English National Opera, Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House. Nevill Holt is also home to one of the most

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Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August British Birdfair 2017 Birdfair is the leading event of its kind in the world. Jointly organised by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB and held on the shores of Rutland Water, this is the event of the year for anyone interested in birds and wildlife with 100s of trade stands, events and lectures hosted by Birdfair celebrity regulars Chris Packham, Simon King, Mike Dilger, David Lindo and many more. • Booking and ticket information at

Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 July The Burghley Film Festival Now firmly established as a family favourite and appealing to all age groups, the giant screen returns to Burghley creating an outdoor cinema in the gardens of England’s greatest Elizabethan House. Among the cinematic

Wednesday 16 August to Sunday 17 September Kilworth House Open Air Theatre Having opened just 10 years ago, productions at Kilworth House Theatre have, from the very beginning, been acclaimed as the best outside the West End of London. The stage is set in a beautiful wooded glade close to the lake in the grounds of Kilworth House in South Leicestershire. With a magic all of its own, even bad weather can’t spoil the atmosphere as the padded seats are protected from the elements by canopies. This August, audiences can enjoy ‘Top Hat’ – a dazzling Broadway classic suitable for all ages. • Booking at www.kilworthhousetheatre. or call 01858 881939.

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Champion trainer Mick Appleby Top racehorse trainer Mick Appleby recently relocated to a former polo yard in Rutland. Nick Rennie went to meet him and his talented stable team at their new purpose-built HQ at Langham. PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLI DEAN




F you drive early in the morning along the A606 out of Oakham, chances are if you glance to your left you’ll see groups of riding hats bobbing up and down above the hedgerow. These will be the stable lads and lasses riding out from the Mick Appleby Racing yard, which relocated to Langham in December. Trainer Mick, who moved his operation from Newark in Nottinghamshire, has had a mile-long ‘gallops’ built alongside the road as part of a £500,000 investment in the site. It’s an inspiring spectacle to see these majestic animals going through their paces as you drive alongside. “If you go to Newmarket you will see a few gallops by the sides of roads,” said Mick, who has been involved in horseracing for 30 years. “It’s good for the horses because it gets them used to noise.” The gallops are an all-weather polytrack – a combination of sand, carpet fibres and wax – which rise gently for most of its length. Plans are in place to add a grass gallops too. The horses go out in staggered groups from 7am every day, apart from Sundays. They also use electronic walkers to exercise back at the yard.

Mick is enjoying life in Rutland after being alerted about the site, a former polo yard, by Oakham estate agent Vernon Moore. He recalled: “I looked at quite a few different sites and, ideally, we wanted to stay in the Midlands. “We looked at a farm at Whissendine but there wasn’t enough land there. This place wasn’t even on the market when Vernon told me about it. It all happened very quickly. We did the deal in September and we had moved in by December. “It’s a good county to be based in because a lot of local people have got racehorses. It’s a nice county to live in and it’s a good location for getting to race courses around the country.” The yard at Newark had 60 horseboxes on 30 acres, whereas the Langham yard is equipped with 95 boxes on 75 acres. Mick was only renting in Nottinghamshire and wanted to buy somewhere that he could expand his operations. He currently has 95 horses stabled there, most of which are owned by other people. Mick has trained 100s of winners in the seven years since he began working for himself and the Rutland yard has already celebrated plenty of race wins. “We had 70-plus winners last year and 100

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Step by step to beautiful brows Catherine Varney places herself (and her sparse brows) in the very capable hands of microblade expert Claire Elizabeth at Olive Tanning and Beauty salon in Oakham.


OR as long as I can remember, my brows have been the bane of my life. Having thick, bushy eyebrows in my teens dominated my long list of beauty woes – and I spent hours waxing and tweezing them to within an inch of their lives when ‘thin was in’. Fast forward 20 years and the trend for larger, groomed brows has seen me spending an equally long time pencilling and powdering my now non-existent brows back in. I’ve long hoped for a more permanent solution but have shied away from tattoos, which create a harsh, unnatural looking shape – so when the new microblading technique was introduced a few years ago, I was intrigued by the results. Originating in Asia, microblading uses a small, sharp blade made up of tiny needles to pick up a coloured pigment and deposit it onto the skin, creating individual hair strokes. Lasting up to 18 months, it is a two-phase process, with a top-up given after five weeks once the pigment has had the chance to settle. Its ever-increasing popularity is mainly down to how natural it looks compared to more-invasive tattooing where a single, large needle is used; resulting in harsher, ‘TOWIE-style’ brows.



A few weeks prior to the treatment, I had an initial consultation to ensure I wasn’t allergic to any of the products used. Claire also used the opportunity to draw out the shape of my new brows (using a specialist measuring tool) and then pencilled them in so I could check I was happy with the shape before they were made more permanent. On the day of the treatment, my new brows were measured and the outline drawn in. An anaesthetic was applied to numb the area and then work began! Claire told me: “The beauty of microblading is that the therapist has complete control. We can mix the colours to create the perfect match and we can simply make eyebrows fuller and thicker, fill in gaps or create a complete eyebrow from scratch if the client has no hair there at all.” Claire used a medium brown pigment on me and began picking up the colour with the blade. Each hair stroke felt like a short, sharp scratch to the brow area – not painful, but a little uncomfortable. She sat me up at regular intervals to check I was happy with the progression of the shape and I couldn’t believe


As with any such treatment, the results are only as good as the therapist who does it. So I was delighted to find that Claire Elizabeth would be running a microblading clinic at Olive Tanning and Beauty salon. Claire is a talented professional make-up artist and pays the same meticulous care and attention to her eyebrow work as she does her make-up. The results I’d seen were fantastic and her intricate pigmented blade strokes were indistinguishable from real hair. So, feeling only ever so slightly nervous, I decided to book in:


how quickly my new brows started to form! Once Claire had made all of the final tweaks to my brow shape, I was given my after-care information: I shouldn’t get my brows wet for 7 -10 days post-treatment (which made washing my hair slightly difficult but not impossible), and I should religiously apply the after-care emollient to ensure they healed perfectly. In the days after my treatment, my brows were initially quite dark but by about day 7, they had settled to a beautiful natural colour and shape which matched my skin tone perfectly. And how does it feel to wake up with groomed looking brows that I don’t have to draw in? Absolutely fantastic! I’m so glad to say goodbye to my brow pencils for good.

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• Microblading costs £250 (including the consultation, top-up and after-care ointment) and is available from Claire Elizabeth Brow Design at Olive Tanning and Beauty salon, 5&6 Crown Walk, Oakham, Rutland. Call 01572 755750 to book. RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING MAY 2017


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A day is all it takes Rachael Bull recharges her batteries at a one-day kickstarter at Homefield Grange, Northamptonshire’s detox, weight loss and medispa retreat


ET back in control, fast.” After an over-indulgent holiday that included far too much food and drink, the promise of Homefield Grange’s kickstarter day came at just the right time. The day package is a relatively new addition to Homefield, which has already made a name for itself as a top residential retreat. Designed to help you eat well, think well, move well and feel well, I was curious to find out what a difference a day makes… After my 9.30am check in, I was shown to my own gorgeous en-suite room overlooking the fields. Homefield is based in a converted farmhouse, with a fabulous kitchen where guests can watch food demonstrations, an oakpanelled living room with huge sink-in sofas and a roaring fire. The rooms are beautifully designed and overlook the pretty courtyard to one side or rolling Northamptonshire countryside to the other. It’s a relaxed, informal atmosphere – you can spend the whole day in your dressing gown if you so wish, the ethos being ‘Do as much or as little as you want to…’. The residential guests were lovely and welcoming, sharing what they’d learnt… some had come back many times, which bodes well. I started with a relaxing 30-minute stretch class followed by a private session with personal trainer Andy. I was surprised at how much I learnt about my own biomechanics, discovering the sources of various niggles that had baffled me for years. Next up was my nutritional and lifestyle consultation with Judy. A chat about my lifestyle, eating and drinking habits uncovered more home truths, including the cause of my

afternoon energy slumps. I came away with print-outs full of tips and healthy meal and snack suggestions which, over a month on, I still rely on for inspiration. Lunch was a delicious and colourful salad with a surprisingly large helping of guacamole, along with a shot glass of green juice – much more pleasant than I’d anticipated. Residential guests can choose between juice fasting or Homefield’s sugar-balancing diet, dependant on their goals and any underlying health issues. The afternoon brought a divine and muchneeded G5 lymphatic massage to break down stubborn fatty deposits (yay) and reduce the appearance of cellulite (double yay). This followed a fascinating dietary intolerance test, which instantly and painlessly tested my reaction to 200 different foods. A few of the most common intolerances cropped up, including gluten and cane sugar, and the print outs I took away provided oodles of useful information about how I could gradually eliminate the biggest offenders. I was astounded about how much I’d learnt in just one day. And I left feeling excited and motivated rather than overwhelmed – there was no draconian command that I must never touch a donut again (god forbid), just honest, expert personalised advice. The results? One month on, I’ve cut out caffeine, wheat and sugar and have been surprised at how easy it’s been, the caffeine withdrawal headaches aside. I’ve lost weight, despite

eating more than I did before. More of the good stuff, less of the bad! The kickstarter day includes a stretch class, a PT session, a nutritional consultation, two treatments of your choice, lunch and snacks, a practical food demonstration, and free use of all the facilities including the gym and infra-red sauna. • Find out more at or call 01536 712219.

NUGGETS OF ADVICE FROM THE HOMEFIELD EXPERTS • Always have breakfast but avoid sugary cereals. Eggs are good. • Stick to savoury snacks (veg crudites are best). If you have fruit, eat some nuts first to avoid a blood sugar crash. • Read ingredient labels. Be wary of healthy-looking packaged or vacuumed stuff, they tend to sneak sugar in, even if it doesn’t show up on nutritional labels. Avoid anything ‘low-fat’, they’re usually pumped full of baddies. • Don’t calorie count, it won’t help you lose weight. Focus on making sure that everything you eat brings some nutrition. RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING MAY 2017


UPDATES News & Views

Test ride an electric bike


UTLAND Cycling’s dedicated E-bike Centre at their Whitwell store has grown rapidly over the last six months, now with over 100 electric bikes available to test ride, hire and buy, with E-bike experts on hand to offer advice and guidance. The new generation of e-bikes are light, versatile and easy to use. There are models to suit everyone from commuters and leisure cyclists, through to mountain bikers looking for that extra boost and excitement on the trails. Electric bikes are a common sight in European cities such as Amsterdam and Berlin, providing all the advantages of a regular bike, whilst reducing the strain on the body by giving you an assisted electronic boost. Use them to ride faster, keep up with friends, help you up hills, improve your time around the woods or get to work. They’re also great if you’re coming back from injury or struggle to ride longer distances, allowing you to cruise with ease and enjoy the pleasure of riding a bike. Want to find out more? Rutland Cycling are holding an Electric Bike Demo Day at Whitwell on Sunday, 21 May, 10am to 4pm. Pop along and try a selection of e-bikes from top brands and talk to the experts. To book your free place visit • E-bikes have also been added to Rutland’s hire fleet, so for just £19.99 you can see what it feels like to do a lap of Rutland Water with some power assistance. Book online at www.rutlandcycling. com/hire, or call the store, 7 days a week, on 01780 460705.

Will the Government’s White Paper on housing transform our local property market? This month, our local buy-to-let expert and property investment advisor, David Crooke, owner of UPP Property Agents, explains what the government’s recent ‘White Paper on Housing’ means to us…


HE housing market has gone through a sea of change in the past decades with the BuyTo-Let (BTL) sector evolving as a key trend, for both tenants and landlords. It was interesting to read within the ‘White Paper’ that the private rental sector played a major part in the future plans for housing. This is especially important for our growing Stamford and Rutland population. The government’s aim is to assist people living in the houses and help the economy by



encouraging the provision of quality homes – this in a housing sector that has grown due to worldwide economic forces pushing home ownership out of reach for an increasing number of the population. The significance of a suitable housing policy is vital to ensure the appropriate economic activity and to create a vibrant, desirable place to live in. With the population in our area set to grow, it is imperative that local and central government don’t hold the area back, but proactively work together to encourage the building and provision of quality homes. One idea the government has proclaimed is a variety of measures aimed at encouraging the Build-to-Rent (BTR) sector (instead of the BTL sector). These include allowing local authorities to proactively plan for BTR schemes, and making it simpler for BTR developers to offer inexpensive private rented homes. To do this the government will invent a distinct affordable housing class for BTR, called ‘Affordable Private Rent’, which will

oblige new home builders to provide at least one in five houses in a new home development at a 20% discount on open-market rents and three-year tenancies for tenants. In return, the new homebuilders will get better planning assurances. Private landlords will not be expected to offer discounts, nor offer three-year tenancies – but it is something landlords need to be aware of as there will be greater competition for tenants. Over the last 10 years, home ownership has not been a primary goal for young adults. These youngsters expect ‘on demand’ services from ‘click and collect’, Amazon, dating apps and TV. Many youngsters see that renting more than meets their accommodation needs, as it combines the freedom from a lifetime of property maintenance and financial obligations, making it an attractive lifestyle option. Private rented housing, be it Buy-To-Let or Build-To-Rent, has the prospective to play a very positive role.

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Five ways to make your life more ‘Lagom’ You may not know what it is or even have heard of it, but Lagom is set to become the latest Scandinavian lifestyle buzzword of 2017. Here’s Kirstie Mitchell’s guide to becoming more ‘Lagom.’


NLIKE the cosy heights of the Danish lifestyle trend, Hygge – Lagom (pronounced ‘la’ like ‘bar’, ‘gom’ like ‘prom’) is the cooler, younger Swedish relative. It’s about

a way of living and getting the right balance of everything in your life; being frugal, fair and creating balance. We’d all be a bit more ‘Lagom’ if we made these changes to our lifestyle…

Reduce your environmental impact on the world

Plastic bags take between 15 and 1000 years to degrade so why not grab yourself a fabric bag for life and make not only an environmental statement but a trend statement too. SAKitToMe bags (£6) from Sarah Harding Interiors come in various designs and can be used for so much more than the shopping that one is never enough.

We can live a more sustainable, healthy and cost-conscious life at home without any dramatic upheaval. In fact, it’s often the smallest changes that can have the biggest impact. Turning the tap off while brushing your teeth, switching to LED light bulbs, and using energy-efficient electrical products will not only help the environment but lower your electricity bill too. Electrical appliances can account for up to 30% of your home energy use, so choosing an energy-efficient appliance has become even more important. The energy -fficient Bosch i-DOS washing machine is A+++ rated, and is on offer from Knights of Oakham.

We all know recycling saves on landfill but we may not have the space to separate waste and recycling. The Joseph Joseph Totem bin from The Kitchen Range Cookshop is the perfect solution for households wanting to combine their waste and recycling in one place.

Be less stressed

Easier said than done perhaps, but we would all be much happier and healthier if we took some down time and relaxed a little bit more. Reconnect your mind, body and soul with a blissful one-hour Chakra balancing Elemis deep tissue body massage from Naomi Nails and Beauty or an ESPA massage from Creme Hair and Beauty. Meditation courses and classes can teach you practical ways to maintain positive states of mind and provide a welcome break from our busy lives, leaving you feeling refreshed and energised. Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre has various half-day courses from June to help free you from stress and worry in your life. Prices start from £20 and include a delicious vegetarian lunch.



Be frugal Make a spreadsheet of your finances - be more sensible with your spending; less ‘treat yourself’ and more ‘save and consider’!

A great night’s sleep can make us feel more productive, mentally sharp, emotionally balanced, and full of energy all day long. If you have problems getting the right amount or quality of sleep then using wool bedding products could be the answer. To ensure a good night’s sleep, The Wool Room recommend their lightweight Luxury Alpaca bedding set for the coming summer months. There are so many environmental benefits to using wool as it is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. It’s beautifully crafted to give warm sleepers superb temperature control and moisture management. RRP: £629.96 (double bed size). The set comes complete with lightweight duvet, luxury mattress enhancer and a pair of Luxury Alpaca pillows.

Indulge more in your passions and hobbies Don’t feel guilty for taking ‘time out’ to perfect your cross stitch or having an extra hour in the garden. Lagom invites you to immerse yourself in your favourite past times and enjoy the moment.

Get the Swedish look

When it comes to interior style and simplicity with environmental credentials, the Swedish win hands down.

LVT flooring from Barefoot Flooring is phthalatefree and is very easy to maintain. The flooring comes in a vast array of designs with the ability to finish a room perfectly.

Wood burning stoves supplied and fitted by Harborough Stone.

Elizabeth Stanhope - Recreate Woodcroft Vintage Oak Black sideboard - £1950.

Selecting environmentally friendly fabrics used by local designer Charlotte Krone is a must. Charlotte uses linen produced in small environmentally and morally conscious mills in the UK. The mills are traditional small producers, combining a set of historical hand and modern looms, which operate daily to produce beautiful, distinctive linens.

If you are looking for Scandinavian-inspired fabrics, check out the Scion range at Brookside Carpets and Curtains. The fabrics have modern designs, typically with white backgrounds and splashes of colour in corals and blues.

Housekeeping in Stoneygate has many simple, functional items for the kitchen and home in an understated design. The Home Styling Company could help you re-style your homes to the Lagom way of living by helping you declutter, or they can even help you stage your house for sale.

No Scandinavian look would be complete without a candle. Seven Scents is a small local family business producing Soy wax candles. Soy wax is obtained from a renewable source and has a zero-carbon footprint. It contains no toxins, carcinogens or pollutants, so it is far less likely to trigger allergies. Tin - 20hrs’ burn time £6 Glass - 45hr’s burn time £17 3 Wick - 80hrs’ burn time £29 Signature scents include Lemongrass & Crushed Ginger and Lime Basil Mandarin

DIRECTORY Knights of Oakham, 01572 722240, Harborough Stone, Market Harborough, 01858 410033, Sarah Harding Interiors, Uppingham, 01572 823389, Naomi Nails & Beauty, Market Harborough, 01858 657001, Creme Hair & Beauty, Oakham, 01572 723823, The Wool Room, Stamford, 01780 767927, Elizabeth Stanhope, Oakham, 01572 722345, Barefoot Flooring, Oakham, 01572 759752, Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre, Kelmarsh, 01604 686778, The Home Styling Company, 07870 751108, The Kitchen Range Cookshop, Market Harborough, 01858 433533, Housekeeping, Stoneygate, 0116 27793117, Brookside Carpets & Curtains, Market Harborough, 01858 433334, www. Seven Scents,, Charlotte Krone, RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING MAY 2017





An unlikely Derby hero Caroline Aston looks back at the famous Epsom race in 1867


AY 27th, 1867 – Derby Day at Epsom. A story of rivalry, betrayal, scandal and gambling for huge stakes is about to be played out… a story that has links to both Rutland and Leicestershire. Henry Chaplin, Harry to his friends, was born in the Rutland village of Rhyall on 22 December 1840. His father was the vicar there but Harry had great expectations. He had the typical country gentleman’s education - tutors, Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford where he became part of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales’ circle. High living and high spending were the trademarks of this set and young Chaplin lived life to the full. When he was just 21 Harry inherited extensive estates in Nottinghamshsire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire where the impressive family seat, Blankney Hall, stood in extensive grounds about 70 miles north of Market Harborough. In an age of fabulously rich men, Chaplin stood out. Nicknamed ‘Il Magnifico’, he was able to indulge all his tastes, most notably for horse racing. He delighted in buying the best horseflesh and wagering hundreds at race meetings. Though not handsome, Chaplin was instantly recognisable, sporting a monocle and dressed in the finest tailoring. And women? Well, society was agog when, in 1864 ‘Il Magnifico’ became engaged to the exquisite Lady Florence Paget. Known as ‘the Pocket Venus’, she was a daughter of the Marquess of Anglesey. Engraved wedding invitations were sent out and the cream of Victorian aristocracy eagerly awaited a party to end all parties. Instead, they got a scandal to end all scandals! Shortly before the nuptials, Chaplin drove the bride-to-be to London’s Marshall and Snelgrove store to top up her trousseau, dropping her off at the main entrance. After he’d left, Lady Florence walked through the shop and out of the rear entrance where she climbed into a waiting carriage containing the Marquis of Hastings. The two were married later that day and the newly minted Marchioness wrote to her jilted fiance to tell him what had happened. What a public humiliation for the proud ’Magnifico’ who disappeared from society to lick his wounds for a while. Obviously Lady Florence had been two-timing but she had chosen a bad ’un who had already had a broken engagement just two years before. Henry Weysford Charles Plantagenet Rawdon-Hastings (to give Harry his impressive full name) had succeeded to his title aged just nine in 1851. He’d served in the



Leicestershire Yeomanry and lived in some state amongst the gothic spendours of Donington Hall, about 45 miles or so from Market Harborough. But Harry’s natural habitat was the fleshpots of London - he drank, ate mackerel fried in gin for breakfast and haunted houses of low repute - and race courses. The two Harry’s were no strangers to each other in that respect. Both owned and bred racehorses but Hastings was a compulsive gambler, wagering vast sums on his fancies. On 17 June 1865, the two men found themselves bidding at a Tattersalls auction for a fine-looking unnamed colt - ‘Lot 27’. Chaplin outbid his hated rival, buying the animal for 1000 guineas. Christened ‘Hermit’, the horse showed great potential during the 1866 season but didn’t run after the summer of that year, giving rise to rumours that he was unsound. By the time the 1867 Derby came round ‘Hermit’ hadn’t run for 10 months but nonetheless was entered for the race. Worse still, just over a week before the start he broke a blood vessel during an exercise gallop. However, he was skilfully nursed back to form and was among the 30 runners that fateful day. The weather was atrocious with sleet and snow giving way to bitter cold. Those who saw ‘Hermit’ before the race described him as ‘a wreck’ and ‘a corpse’. Harry Hastings, scenting another chance to outdo his rival, wagered thousands against a Chaplin victory while ‘Il Magnifico’ bet equally heavily on his ‘Hermit’. After ten false starts the race was run - and ‘Hermit’ won by a neck in the final strides! Chaplin won over £100,000 and had the satisfaction of seeing the man who had stolen his bride ruined financially. As for ‘Hermit’, he was eventually retired to stud, his epic run commemorated in verse:- ‘Despis’d. abus’d, forsaken, Predicted not to stay- A by-word and a proverb, The Hermit won the day!’ Harry Hastings never recovered. A broken man, he died the next year aged just 26. As for flighty Florence, she had had ample cause to rue her scandalous elopement during her short marriage. And ‘Il Magnifico’? Nine years after his Derby victory he finally got married to one of the Duke of Sutherland’s daughters, ironically another Florence. Chaplin was created a Viscount in 1916 and his daughter Edith married the Marquis of Londonderry and spent many happy hours at her country house ‘Springfields’ on the outskirts of Oakham, with its nine-hole golf course. Darkly lovely, Edith Londonderry was a leading society hostess of her day - and certainly no hermit in any sense of the word.

“By the time the 1867 Derby came round ‘Hermit’ hadn’t run for 10 months but nonetheless was entered for the race.”



HARBOROUGH HAPPENINGS Shops & Services in Market Harborough

Ashley Farm Shop Artisan Food and Craft Fair

• Artisan Food and Craft Fair, 10am to 4.30pm pm Saturday 13 May. Free admission. Ashley Farm Shop, Stevensons Farm, 47 Main Street, Ashley, LE18 8HG. 01858 565722 www.

Make sure you pop along to Ashley Farm Shop on Saturday 13 May to sample the finest locally produced food.


SHLEY Farm Shop stocks their own farm’s beef and lamb, Ashley pies, lasagnes, cottage pies, sausage rolls as well as a selection of jams, chutneys, marmalades and honey, homemade cakes and biscuits and seasonal vegetables. They’ll be welcoming local suppliers to sell their wares including Saxby Cider, Langton Brewery, Chapmans Fish and Neneview Dairy. There will also be a marquee with craft stalls featuring work from local crafts people including Daisy Fawcett ceramics, Dilly Dally jewellery, Jacqueline May Design art prints, Richard Gibson terracotta cookware, Bloomingorgeous and much more. It’s the perfect opportunity to discover just how much wonderful produce is made so close by.

Extend your home with ease The new Lutterworth-based Peake Domes offer an innovative and unique way to extend your home without the need for planning permission.


EAKE Domes are geodesic weatherproof domes that keep warm in winter and cool in the summer. They come with special blinds that provide you with privacy when you need it or with views to your surroundings when raised. Whether you need an extra bathroom or bedroom, a home office or gym, the domes can be built on any flat space and to any size specification. They don’t require any groundwork or foundations, the whole structure being free-standing and selfsupporting. They are designed to last for decades and durable in all seasons, the main support structure manufactured from steel and designed to withstand all environmental challenges. • Visit the Show Dome at Bruntingthorpe, call 0116 2478 500 or visit for more information.

Tom Flowers Cricket Coaching Tom Flowers Cricket Coaching brings high-quality coaching to the East Midlands, providing a personal and bespoke coaching service for clubs and individuals.


HEY currently service areas around North and South East Leicestershire, Market Harborough, Uppingham, Melton, Oakham and Lincoln. The team can assist with club junior and senior training sessions, school and club recruitment, coach education and club consultancy. TFCC can help run summer camps and corporate days as a source of income at local clubs. The TFCC summer camps are delivered by their ECB-qualified coaches at venues across Leicestershire and the surrounding counties. They’re pioneers of the three-day summer camp in Leicestershire and Rutland, which are suitable for ages 8 to 16 and all abilities. Courses include skills and drills, batting, bowling, fielding and wicket keeping skills, guest coaches, pro appearances (subject to availability) and prizes and trophies. Upcoming summer camps: 29 to 31 May (3 days) at Langtons Cricket Club, 31 May to 2 June (3 days) at Barkby United FC and 31 May to 2 June (3 days) at Medbourne CC. Cost for three days is £65 or £75 to include early drop off/late pick up. 1 day is £25 and 2 days £50. • Call Tom on 07815 647892 or visit for more information and to book online. RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING MAY 2017


UPDATES News & Views

David Weaver elected Director of NCCA


AVID Weaver from Oakham’s Weaver (UK) Ltd has recently been elected to a Director at the National Carpet Cleaning Association (NCCA), the first and only nationally recognised trade association in the UK for carpet and upholstery cleaners. Cleaning fine fabrics, antiques, wool, leather or even natural stone needs to be done with skill and care. Mistakes can cause shrinkage, damaged fibre texture or even colour loss resulting in 100s or 1000s of pounds’ worth of damage. So how do you identify a professional carpet, upholstery, oriental rug cleaner, or a natural stone floor cleaner? David gives us his professional advice: “Many people looking for a professional cleaner start by asking a family friend or neighbour, who may have had their own homes recently cleaned – these referrals are very important as a genuine verbal testimonial of someone’s character or qualifications is invaluable. “You may also consider asking someone who often uses the cleaning services, such as the local lettings agents, hotels, antique shops or schools,” David advises. “You could choose a member of the NCCA, where each member is fully trained to the highest standards, regularly updated in changes in practice, fully insured for public liability insurance, treatments insurance and operate to a ‘code of conduct’. “Some of these members are also “Trustmark” or “Which” accredited. Don’t be afraid to ask your cleaner to show you an upto-date Treatments Insurance Certificate - not just Public Liability. Remember, not all insurance policies cover damage to the fabrics or furniture being worked on. You can find your local NCCA accredited member at “Make sure your selected cleaner conducts an audit of your fine fabrics and details what they are planning to do. Ask about the total

cost, including VAT and any additional costs or extra services such as stain guarding. Get this in writing and check the T&Cs. Never pay in advance and only pay when you are happy with the job that has been completed.” David adds: “Try obtaining a couple of quotes but remember – the lowest quote may not always result in a quality service. If it seems very cheap, you may not necessarily get a professional service. Colour loss and shrinkage may cost more to correct than you have saved on the cost of the service. “Another key factor in selecting a carpet, upholstery, curtain or natural stone cleaner is experience. The more years’ experience, the better. It takes many years to build up knowledge of different materials, solutions and how to tackle those challenging stains without compromising the fabrics.” • Call David at Weaver (UK) Ltd on 01572 759899 for free advice and free quotes. Find out more at www.

Open the door to a world of sound


F you’re over 60 years old, there’s a 25% chance you have a hearing loss. If you’re over 75 years, there’s a 44% chance. Amazingly, only a quarter of people with a hearing loss have ever done anything about it. Visit Healthy Hearing at their Open Day on Thursday 18 May and take advantage of a free hearing assessment and demonstration of the new ‘Audeo B-R’ from Swiss hearing aid designers Phonak. The Audeo B-R is the first ever rechargeable hearing aid that provides 24 hours of hearing with one simple charge. In February 2017, it won the prestigious iF DESIGN AWARD for outstanding product design. Phonak rechargeable hearing aids are the quickest charging hearing aids on the market and come with a variety of easyto-use smart charging options, to charge up wherever you are, without having to worry about running out of power. • Call 01572 759555 to book an appointment or call in on the day at Healthy Hearing Ltd, the Oakham Hearing Centre, 17b Gaol Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6AQ. Alternatively, a free home visit can be arranged at a convenient time to suit you.



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Hitting the right pitch Traditional camping is a bit like Marmite - you either love it or hate it. There’s not usually any grey, until now that is - with the arrival of the ‘glamping’ and now the ‘champing’ scene! Kate Cadman pitches up at a few of the region’s top get-away locations and hooks up to what’s on offer.


F you’ve had that ‘camping’ conversation with friends, you’ll know that the topic defines two distinct camps (ha ha); those of us who love bunking up under canvas and those who are truly revolted by the whole prospect of lurking insects, communal showers, muck, mud and general outdoorsy sleeping arrangements. To bridge the gap, glamorous camping came along (glamping) and now you can even opt for an overnight snooze in a church - champing! Here’s a little taster of some of the region’s camping, glamping and champing hot spots.


Brook Farm, Wood Lane, Greetham, Rutland, LE15 7SN. This is one of the region’s newest glamping sites and based on a 30-acre farm in the picturesque village of Greetham. In The Stix has just opened for business offering four geodesic (hemispherical thin-shell structures) domes for hire, each sleeping up to six adults. The site is owned by husband-and-wife team, Darren Blackwell and Alex Cowie. Each spacious dome has its own private field kitchen (in a separate adjoining structure) which contains a log-fired oven for cooking - perfect for slow-cooked casseroles, fry ups and pizzas, and a two-ringed gas hob for when you need a quick cuppa. The kitchens are equipped with pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. There’s even a kitchen sink with cold running water. Each dome has its own en-suite containing a shower, sink (with hot and cold running water) and a flushing toilet. All linens and towels, pillows, duvets and additional blankets are included. Prices for a minimum three-night stay start at £380. •;; 07958 378971; 01572 811415.




Main Street, Aldwincle, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 3EL. If you fancy something slightly more solid to protect you during a night away, why not opt for a spot of champing - which means spending a night camping in a church. Set up across England and Orkney, there are currently 12 champsites to choose from with the nearest in neighbouring Northamptonshire. All Saint’s Church in Aldwincle boasts a formidable 15th century tower and mediaeval interior. Champers to this site can expect basic accommodation including camp beds, (bedding packs can be ordered), cushions, rugs, eco loos (that run on solar power), batteryoperated candles and lanterns, and a water supply (pumped by hand) or bottled water. There are no cooking facilities so champers are encouraged to pack their own pre-cooked food. There is a distinct lack of heating so layering up is advised. However, the beautiful building comes into its own as dusk falls, allowing the night sky to penetrate the cavernous stone building via its beautiful, plain glass, arched windows. For those who may have prayed for a little more to eat, an enormous cooked breakfast can be pre-ordered and delivered to the font in the morning (for £10). This pop-up hospitality is a truly great way for churches at risk (which have passed to the care of the Churches Conservation Trust) to raise revenue with very little impact on the environment. Prices start from £39 per adult and £19 per child/per night. • Contact:; T: 0207 8410436.

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Based in a secret location in the woodlands of Rutland - shhhh! You may prefer to opt for a magical starstudded night under canvas, with added luxuries. If this is the case, A Little Bit of Rough could provide that perfect mix while being ultra eco-friendly into the bargain. Deep in the idyllic 20-acre private ‘Spindleberry Woods’ are three spacious canvas lodges available for hire. Only once you’ve booked your accommodation is the exact location divulged to you! Each lodge, available to book for three, four or seven nights at a time, comprises a king bedroom, a twin bedroom and a double cabin bed. An en-suite bathroom in each lodge boasts a roll top bath, wash basin and separate toilet room. At the heart of each lodge is a wood-burning stove used for both cooking and keeping warm. A small gas ring is also provided for making hot drinks. The kitchen is fully equipped with cooking utensils, pots, pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware and a solar powered fridge/freezer. A large, three-seater leather sofa is great for relaxing on. A wooden chest houses board games, reading materials and the all-important bug hunting kits. At the front of each lodge is a large decked area complete with large table and chairs to tempt al fresco dining. In addition, six recliners entice campers to lie back, relax and enjoy the view. •; 0116 259 2319 or 07591 736739.

Exton Park, Oakham, Rutland. This magnificent 18th century estate sits in 1,000 acres of land and is particularly well known for its five-acre walled gardens. Amidst this rural idyll are six spectacular safari tents providing luxury glamping accommodation sleeping up to six adults. Inside the ‘canvas cottages’ you’ll find a wood burning stove, ye olde candle lanterns, sofas, dining furniture, a kitchen with gas hobs and all cooking utensils plus a en-suite (attached to the tent) bathroom with separate shower and toilet. The only notable absentee is a fridge, replaced by an equally functional cool-box. All bedrooms (one double; one twin and a bunk bed with bedding and linen provided) are separated for privacy and comfort. The estate’s old potting shed is now home to an on-site honesty shop where essential items and local produce can be purchased. Once you’ve explored the ornamental garden it’s an easy walk into the quaint village of Exton. Prices start from £365 for four-night mid-week stay. •;; 01638 563478.




YARWELL MILL CARAVANNING AND CAMPING PARK: Yarwell, Nr Peterborough, PE8 6PS. If a complete escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life sounds appealing, then a break away to Yarwell Mill could be just the ticket. Nestling at the edge of a sleepy village surrounded by fields and waterways is the peaceful retreat of Yarwell Mill. Spread over 27 acres of Northamptonshire countryside, the park has traditional pitches for motorhomes, caravans and tents. Campers can opt for nonserviced pitches through to super-serviced pitches that include electric and many of these sites nestle near to a well-stocked, fiveacre lake (fishing permitted). In addition, the River Nene meanders right through the park and includes Yarwell Lock. With moorings at Yarwell Mill and course fishing available along the banks of the river (in season), there’s always lots to do. A small on-site shop stocks all the essentials, plus there are communal toilets, showers, facilities for the disabled and a washing-up area. Ring or email for prices and general information. •; info@yarwellmill.; 01780 782344.


Wing Hall, Wing, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8RY. Wing Hall is a beautiful Victorian country house surrounded by acres of rolling countryside. The estate offers a family-run, ‘traditionalstyle’ caravanning and camping site spanning four grassy fields. The site has basic facilities such as an on-site shop selling local produce including a daily supply of freshly baked bread from the nearby Hambleton Bakery. An independently run café, The Button Hole Café, serves a tasty selection of homemade meals including afternoon tea, coffees and breakfasts throughout the camping season. Fire pits can be hired during the evenings, which can make for much ging, gang, goolie fun. A dedicated adults-only site allows those without children in tow to enjoy a quieter atmosphere. The café hosts a series of informal music evenings during the summer with local musicians performing on the lawn of Wing Hall. Bookings can be made online. •; SURVIVAL GUIDE: TOP 10 ESSENTIALS 1. Extra tent pegs/mallet 2. Water bottle 3. String 4. Clothes pegs 5. Matches 6. Torch 7. First aid kit 8. Bottle opener/ can opener 9. Mug 10. Cutlery


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SACREWELL FARM, PETERBOROUGH: Sacrewell, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ. If you’re after a room with a view, you’ll find it at Sacrewell Farm, which overlooks some of the most beautiful countryside in Cambridgeshire. Competitive camping prices make Sacrewell the perfect stop for weary travellers or holidaymakers. And with 50% discounted entry into the Heritage Farm Centre, you can make a full trip of it. If you’re a glamper and can’t do without your comforts, the site has 27 electric hook-up points. For those who prefer an authentic night under canvas (or in a caravan, campervan or motorhome), there are 48 spacious grass pitches. Communal campers’ toilets and showers are in the main building and are open 24 hours a day, with disabled and baby changing facilities available. Hot and cold running water is accessible in the top and bottom field for washing up and re-filling water tanks. •;; 01780 782254.

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If you want to immerse yourself both day and night in the fabulous Norfolk coastline, why not book up for a walking/glamping holiday. This area of outstanding natural beauty is excellent exploration territory and at the end of each active day your glamping accommodation will be organised for you along your route. Accommodation consists of a robust two-man tent (tents can be booked for one). You will be part of an exclusive, small group of up to six people but you walk to your own pace. The tents have a sleeping area with comfy camp beds and cozy duvets (just what you need after a long day of walking) plus a separate sitting area. A small equipped kitchen with a gas burner allows you to make that allimportant cuppa in the morning. A continental breakfast is included, consisting of delicious local produce such as eggs, bread, cheese, ham, cereals, fruit and juice - even the tea and coffee will be Norfolk produce! Each campsite is situated close to the coastal path and your glamping accommodation will always be ready and waiting for you. All you have to do is enjoy yourself! Prices start from £65 per night (which includes bag transfer for the whole of your stay, bedding, towels and a daily breakfast hamper). For an extra £6.50 your dog can stay too! •; info@; 07787 534809.

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Woven magic A childhood story about a weaver captured the imagination of the young Rachel Simpson and led to her career as a weaver and antique rug specialist. She tells Amander Meade about her adventures through Turkey and India before settling down in Rutland.


LWAYS a creative child, Rachel remembers being fascinated by patchwork, quilting and weaving as a youngster and went on to study at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design after school. “At college I specialised in woven textiles although I was told that I would never earn a living weaving rugs.” With that warning in mind, Rachel undertook a textile conservation course and studied restoration with experts from Persia – something that has proved invaluable in the specialist restoration work she undertakes from her three-storey studio in Uppingham’s historic Market Place. Travelling to train… After college at just 20 years old, Rachel set out to hone her skills and learn more about the restoration of antique textiles from the masters of rug making in Turkey. “I travelled extensively in Istanbul and Konya, the heartland of Turkish weaving. It was a wonderful experience and I learned a great deal about the culture of the country too – I was something of a novelty as there were certainly not many white, British women learning weaving at that time.” Back in the UK Rachel began dealing in and restoring antique rugs in London before setting up her first shop in Surrey. “I needed a team of expert weavers to undertake restoration work on bigger jobs for me so I recruited and trained a team in India who would spend months working on rugs worth up to £40,000 and I would fly back and forth to supervise.” Now married and the mother of four young children, Rachel discovered the delights of this region by chance whilst working at a trade fair in Stamford and has been living in Rutland and running the Rug Studio



for four years. The showroom is a haven of beautiful rugs of all shapes, sizes, colour and design. “Rugs are my passion,” she admits. “They can change the whole mood and atmosphere in a room either by blending in beautifully to an existing scheme or setting the tone that dictates the rest of the decor.” Rachel’s collection comprises both antique and contemporary rugs and some unusual pieces rarely found in the UK. She is also keen to share her expertise and holds regular workshops locally. Predicting Persian… When asked for her trend predictions, Rachel says that traditional Persian rugs like those popular in the 1980s are making a comeback. “The best examples are not only stunning but retain and often increase their value. A 6x4 feet Persian rug will take two weavers around eight months to complete and will last between 70 and 80 years so, at around £1,200, are fantastic value for money.” • Visit The Rug Studio between 10am and 5pm Tuesday to Saturday at 2 High St East, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9PZ. Tel: 01572 829927

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OUT & ABOUT Amander Meade selects the best entertainment in the region this month written and directed by Woody Allen. Tickets are £5 available from Oakham Wines. More information at Rutland County Museum

Monday 1 to Saturday 13 May, daily 10am to 5pm EXHIBITION: Celebration of Spring The Welland Valley Art Society’s May exhibition showcases work in a wide variety of styles by amateur and professional artists from the area. Most is for sale. Stamford Arts Centre Admission is free.

Monday 1 May, 10am to 5pm EVENT: Hambleton Open Gardens With all proceeds towards the renovation and upkeep of the church, Hambleton villagers are holding an event to include several beautiful open gardens, artisan food stalls and homemade refreshments served all day. There will also be some classic cars on show. Admission is £4. Monday 1 May, 10am to 4pm EVENT: Braunston May Fayre Duck racing, craft stalls in the church, an open air market, a treasure hunt and classic games outside the village hall, finishing off with


traditional maypole dancing led by the May Queen. High-quality teas, cakes and other refreshments will be served in the village hall throughout the day. Stall holders/traders interested in having a stall can contact Sue on Thursdays 4 May and 1 June, 7pm for 7.30pm FILM: Cinema for Rutland This month’s film is an opportunity to see ‘Starfish’, shot on location in Rutland and tells the inspiring story of Tom Ray who lives locally and overcame disability as a result of falling ill with sepsis. On 1 June, the film will be ‘Café Society’ – an American romantic comedy-drama


Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May EVENT: Dreaming Our Woods Our Woods is a multievent festival for everyone to celebrate, enjoy and dare to try something new in and around the woods of Corby. Our Woods will feature discovery walks, tree climbing, printmaking, drawing, and storytelling plus the chance to learn about the plants and wildlife in the woods. These events lead up to a final performance Dreaming Our Woods – an amazing light, sound and movement extravaganza not be missed. The Core, Corby To book visit www. Tel: 01536 470470 Saturday 6 May, 12pm to 2pm EVENT: Plant Fayre Bringhurst Primary School PTA and Medbourne Playgroup invite you to buy from a varied selection of home-grown plants. Delicious home-made refreshments available. Donations of any kind of plant most welcome. Medbourne Village Hall

Throughout May Courses and events at Barnsdale Gardens this month include Growing Under Glass with Nick Hamilton, who explains how to get the most from your greenhouse or tunnel, Tuesday 9 May, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Spring Vegetable Weekend takes place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May between 11am and 4pm when all the productive areas normally off limits will be opened up to the public. A chance to speak to the expert growers as well as stock up on exclusive Barnsdale organic vegetable plants. On Thursday 18 May between 10.30am and 4pm, join local artist Sandra Peck for a relaxed and informative watercolour painting day with an afternoon tea included in the price. The day is suitable for absolute beginners through to more experienced artists. Barnsdale Gardens near Oakham. For more details and to book call 01572 813200 or visit


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OUT & ABOUT Amander Meade selects the best entertainment in the region this month

Open Gardens in Wilbarston

Sunday 7 May 1pm to 5pm EVENT: Open Gardens and Plant Sale Wilbarston will host an Open Gardens in aid of All Saints Church plus a plant sale in aid of the project to re-hang and augment the church bells. Demonstrations of ringing will be held throughout the afternoon as well as an art show. Refreshments will be served at the Village Hall. Open Gardens entry and guide £5 – children under 16 free. Saturday 13 May, 7.30pm RECITAL: Vienna Gold As part of the Oundle Festival, Uppingham violinist Freya Goldmark will perform the Gold and Silver Waltz by Lehar, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Symphony No1 ‘Titan’ by Mahler. Paul Hilliam will conduct. St Peter’s Church, Oundle. Tickets are £11/£9 in advance with children and full time students £3 from Oakham Wines or Oundle Box Office, call 01832 274374. Saturday 13 to Saturday 27 May


EXHIBITION: A Celebration of Kilim Hosted by rug expert Rachel Simpson and held in the Rug Studio in Uppingham, this special event will celebrate the art of kilim with an array of rugs and other textile covered furniture. The event will take place during usual shop hours Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. More information at www. Sunday 14 May, 11am to 3pm EVENT: Craft Fair Stall holders will present an array of craft, handmade goods, art and vintage pieces. Admission is free. Rutland County Showground Saturday 20 May, 7.30pm CONCERT: The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments Music in Lyddington present these exponents of early music who are said to enchant and amaze in equal measure. The group explore a repertoire that ranges from folk songs and earthy dances to high art music from the eighteenth century and before, as


well as newly composed pieces. The musicians are all leaders in the fields of historical performance and traditional music, who play on a plethora of unusual and extraordinary instruments. It promises to be a highly interesting and enjoyable concert with a difference. St Andrew’s Church, Lyddington Tickets £16 (students £3) from Uppingham Sports and Books or Oakham Wines. Limited availability on the door.

Sunday 4 June EVENT: The Rutland County Show The 185th show of its kind. Equine, cattle and sheep showing, exciting main ring entertainment including military dogs, the Cottesmore hounds, vintage vehicles, farming displays and much more. A traditional county show for all the family. Rutland County Showground, Oakham Booking and information at Wednesday 24 May, 7.30pm TALK: Richard III – A bloody tyrant? Chairman of The Richard III Society, Dr Philip Stone, will be the guest of Great Easton & District Local History Society with his fascinating talk. Great Easton Village Hall Admission is £2 for guests and visitors. Saturday 3 June, 7.30pm EVENT: The Opera

Dudes – Mission Improbable With their unique blend of style, swing and slapstick humour, this is one of the funniest and most original classical double acts you will have seen. As well as terrific singing, the show includes funny stories, singalongs and a silly piano duet in the style of Morecambe and Wise. Wing Village Hall Tickets are £10 each from John Hackett Tel: 01572 737394

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Model behaviour Former Oakham schoolgirl Amy Neville tells Amander Meade about her successful career as an international model and fashion blogger. How did you begin in modelling?

I have always been obsessed by clothes and fashion so the key ingredients were already there. Breaking into modelling wasn’t easy and there was a lot of rejection along the way. I am not an industry typical fashion model so I had to refine my look several times until a reputable agency signed me. I’m now with Leni’s Models but when I began I was signed to MOT. The first time I went to visit their office I walked in with Barbie blonde hair and heaps of make-up. After a very honest consultation, I was advised to dye my hair a natural colour, ditch my make-up, freshen up my look and to work on my confidence. It was a year before I was able to model full time but it could have been a lot longer had I not had the right advice from an agent that knew the industry.

Did you ever feel like giving up?

Getting work is increasingly competitive with greater accessibility to models via social media. Castings are just as harsh as they look on TV - you can find yourself waiting for hours, getting your opportunity and think you’ve nailed it and then never hear another word. At times I felt like giving in but I persisted and learned how to deal with rejection and come back stronger.

What kind of work do you do now?

I have been extremely fortunate that the vast majority of clients I work with these days are international brands so I am often travelling around the world. This year I have been to Antigua, Mexico, Spain, Barbados, and New York to name a few – I still can’t handle the jet-lag though. Nobody believes me but I much prefer the UK-based e-commerce work with companies like ASOS, Kurt Geiger and Next as I am a homely person and much prefer my own bed.

What have been your highlights so far?

The last 18 months have been a complete whirlwind. I have been in two TV programmes, launched my blog and website, shot the Next Catalogue (that I remember flicking through as a young girl), worked with Georgia May Jagger for Rimmel London and attended the launch of the Stradivarius Store on Oxford Street alongside Hailey Baldwin.

Tell us about your fashion blog

I started my blog around 18 months ago and I now have 210,000 followers. Because I am fortunate to work with some of the world’s top designers and retailers, I can give my followers an insight into next season’s trends before they hit the catwalks/shops.

Your family live in Oakham; what do you like to do when you come home to visit? We try to pack in as much as possible, I love going to nice country pubs for a good roast.

What would be your advice to girls hoping for a career in modelling or fashion? I would say to stick at it and don’t expect anything to happen overnight. It’s a competitive industry and you have to be thick skinned and prepared to put in long hours. I am naturally insecure like all girls (everyone gets bad skin) but I have learnt that if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. Confidence is vital to show off who you truly are. • Follow Amy’s fashion blog at




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