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plea for a local singer/songwriter, Tracey Powell from Whissendine, who has teamed up with two professional musicians - Clive Rogers and Brian Maunders to create a new musical all about guardian angels. The musical is based in World War I and is a moving story about the soldiers in the trenches, their faith and love. Tracey started work on the musical over a year ago with Clive, who not only produced the scores and musical arrangements for the whole production but is conductor of the City of Leicester Male Voice Choir. Together, they are now ready to work with a cast of six males and one female for three performances on 9th and 10th November 2012 at Whissendine Village Hall. Not only will the successful singers/actors have the opportunity to be mentored by Clive and work alongside his choir but a professional recording studio will be booked to record all the songs to produce a c.d. which will then be sold at each performance with all profits going to the charity ‘Help for Heros’. Tracy is keen to include local talent so if you are interested in joining the cast call Tel: 01664 474437 or go to www. traceydenepowell.co.uk

Abigail Late in • Jubilee Flower Festival-Diamonds are Forever Visit WING to view the Flower Decorations in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee in the little Church of St Peter & St Paul during the Bank Holiday weekend - Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th and Monday 5th between noon and 5.00p.m. The weekend will conclude with a service of Songs of Praise in church on Sunday at 6.00pm

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Editor’s Choice – Fathers’ Day and Jubilee Gift Ideas Up Front – Rutland County Show, Blaston Show, Uppingham School Sports Centre, Chameleon comes to Oakham and more Food and Drink – A Summer to Celebrate with parties a plenty Design Solutions – Dress up Your Garden for Summer Health and Beauty – Summer Hair Styles for your new look Fashion – Go Red, White and Blue! Eating Out – Stapleford’s Gourmet Dinners for the fine diner Food and Drink – Hambleton Hall and the Jubilee Food and Drink – The Bustard Inn, South Rauceby and Indian Delights at the White Lion Inn, Whissendine What’s On in our region this month Cr 8 – Jubilee Cake and Bunting Motoring – Cost… is not Just About the Price Perspectives – ‘Drifting’ and Self- Publishing with Brian Martin What’s On – Oakham Festival’s Official Guide

Apology • Clipsham Quarry In the April issue of our magazine we incorrectly stated that Stamford Stone was the owner of Clipsham Quarry. This quarry is in fact owned by the Clipsham Quarry Co Ltd, which is an entirely separate company. We should have stated that Stamford Stone owns the Medwells Clipsham Quarry. Our apologies for any confusion caused. To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, Braunston All Saints are holding a Jubilee Flower Festival June 15-17 refreshments down in the village hall, where there are other activities and a display of photographs by Les Lickman. Market Harborough Cover Photography by Elli

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Editor’s selection Whether it’s a Jubilee or Father’s day gift you are looking for, we think we have some solutions

2 for 1 Golf Offer at Stapleford The championship golf course designed by Donald Steel for just £30 per person. The offer is available Monday to Friday, until 30th June 2012 (The offer is based on a minimum of two people). To book your tee time call the Pavilion on Tel: 01572 787044 or email clubs@stapleford.co.uk

Hirst and Hirst A solar-powered waving nodding dog (£10.99) - what’s not to like about these cute commemorative gifts for the Jubilee? Also love these tea towels by The Design Mould (£10). Contact: Hirst and Hirst, 18 Church Street, Oakham, LE15 6AA, Tel: 01572 723800, www.hirstandhirst.co.uk

Elizabeth Stanhope Interiors Elizabeth Stanhope on Mill Street has a plethora of Jubilee themed items. My favourites include this Union Jack cushion for £70.00 and the Jubilee mug at £19.95. Contact: 1 South Street, Oakham, LE15 6EA, Tel: 01572 722345

Made for Men Day £125 – Refresh and Revive Why not spoil Dad this year with the Made for Men Day at the heavenly day spa in Newark, Nottinghamshire? Book now: Elston Village, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5PG, Tel: 01636 525555

Sarah Harding Interiors How about some stylish tableware to get that street party started? This Union Jack melamine range of beakers, bowls and plates by Emma Bridgewater is perfect come rain or shine. Contact: Sarah Harding Interiors, 27 High Street East, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9PY, Tel: 01572 823389, www.sarahhardinginteriors.co.uk

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A Word from Joanna Overton from Traditional Sweet Shop, Mint “Mint of Oakham would like to say a big thank you to all our existing lovely customers and entice some new ones too, so we thought we would lower the prices of our gorgeous sweets to tempt you. Our Sweets of the Month range - perfect for party bags and sugar rushes will now be only 75p per 100g and our authentic handmade copper pan cooked traditional sweets will sell for just 90p per 100g. Please come and pay us a visit.” Check out their jubilee and Father’s Day ranges. Contact: Mint of Oakham, 10 Northgate Oakham, Tel: 01572 720251

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Upfront What’s new this month

Blaston Show

The Blaston and District Agricultural Show Society will take place on Sunday 24th June. The show organiser has further exciting developments in line with the growth of the show seen in recent years. The main objective of raising money for a variety of local charities remains. The main beneficiary this year will be Leicestershire charity LOROS. Last year over £4,500 was donated to a variety of local charities. The show will have many main ring displays including terrier racing, classic cars, classic and vintage tractors and show jumping. Other attractions across the Showground will include children’s fair rides, trade stands, rural crafts, cookery displays, a licensed bar and food outlets. There will be many equine events and a full range of cattle showing classes as well as the usual sheep and goat showing. The 55th Show will take place on the temporary Blaston Road showground which is located near to Slawston in Leicestershire. The cost of entry to the show is just £10 per car. • Bookings for all classes are now taking place. For full information visit www.blastonshow.co.uk

Chameleon Comes to Oakham

The lingerie and swimwear boutique Chameleon will soon be open at No 22 Mill Street, Oakham. Chameleon has been offering expert fitting advice and high quality designer lingerie and swimwear in Stamford since 2002; what better way of celebrating their 10 year anniversary than opening a second shop? They will be offering the same expert fitting advice and will stock their top selling brands such as Simone Perele, Lise Charmel, Marie Jo, Prima Donna as well as fitting, flattering swimwear from Maryann Melhorn, Seafolly, Roidal and Moontide. In addition, DKNY and LoungLife leisurewear will also be available.

Chameleon is also known for its natural beauty products, perfumes and gifts and will have a bijou collection of Caudalie anti-ageing skincare, BECCA Cosmetics and Aromatherapy Associates’ amazing bath oils as well as a selection of different and traditional perfumes from Annick Goutal, Serge Lutens and Ruth Mastenbroek. Good hosiery is also important to Chameleon and the Belgian Legwear company CETTE will be available alongside the funky fashion, Italian Hosiery from Trasparenze. • You can preview the products by visiting www. chameleonboutique.co.uk. Bring the accompanying advert with you for a free fitting and 10% off your first set of lingerie or swimwear.

Rutland County Show

Rutland Agricultural Society will hold their 180th Annual County Show on Sunday 3 June. Described as an all round county show for the people of Rutland and the surrounding areas, the event provides a unique opportunity to appreciate what is great about Rutland. Highlights of the main ring entertainment include the Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display Team – also known as the Flying Gunners – performing feats of courage and skill with precision riding at its best. Other family fun includes a lurcher display, falconry, ferret racing and The Sheep Show, a humorous live stage show involving shearing displays and the famous ‘Dancing Sheep’. Outside the main ring, lots of other exciting events take place throughout the day including cattle, sheep and goat classes, horse and pony classes, and show jumping. There will be superb examples of vintage and classic vehicles on display plus over a hundred trade stands, children’s amusements and some of the best locally produced food in the region. • The show takes place at Burley-on-theHill and gates open at 8.30am. Admission is £8 for adults (£6 concession), Children between 5 and 16 years £3 and under 5 years free. Parking is free. For further information visit www.rutlandcountyshow. co.uk

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Fancy a kitchen makeover? Spray Kitchen Elite is the complete kitchen cupboard respray and refurbishment specialists based locally. Chris Foster of C.F. Painting & Decorating and the Dulux Select Decorator of the Year 2011 explains: “Our kitchen cupboard re-spray and refurbishment service offers the opportunity to update and revamp old kitchens. This service can be carried out more reasonably than the replacement of an existing kitchen, is quicker and offers much less disruption. We use a highly durable paint, which is fully washable and is available in a variety of sheen levels from Matt through to Gloss. A complete range of colours is available including popular heritage and National Trust Colours as well of those from the commercial paint ranges. We can normally have your kitchen cupboard doors, removed, resprayed and refitted within one week.” • Further details on www.respraykitchen.co.uk RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING june 2012

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UPFRONT NB MUSIC WEEK

The third annual NB Music week for young musicians and singers hits Oakham from 13th to 17th of August. The course gives young performers a unique opportunity to work with professional directors and concert musicians to create a variety of show performances within the space of just five days. In previous years children on the course have performed versions of musicals ‘Wicked’ and ‘The Wiz’. This year the show will be a specially adapted (and “child friendly”) version of ‘Grease’. The musical theatre coaches include Katherine Woolley who is the full time Assistant Musical Director of ‘Jersey Boys’ at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. Said Katherine, “This is great for youngsters with some stage experience or even absolute beginners. We work everyone hard, just as we would with professional actors for the whole week. When Friday comes and we perform the show to parents and friends everyone is always amazed at the standard they have achieved.” For musicians, whatever their instrument, there is expert coaching at hand from concert violinist Vicky Mavromoustaki and professional session players Paul Munday (brass), Olly Buxton (bass guitar & woodwind) and James Godfrey (percussion). The Glee Choir is led by Spencer James who

founded London’s first professional Glee club ToneAcity and has worked as director, choreographer and actor in many professional shows around the world. “All you need to bring to the Glee Choir is your enthusiasm”, says Spencer, “We’ll teach you everything else you need to know and you’ll be a super Gleek by the end of the week”. For any youngster who would like to try out a small sample of the NB Music experience free of charge then there is a free music day with Glee Choir, beginners violin and advanced string players workshops in Uppingham on June 21st. • Full detail of both the NB Music Week and the free one day workshops can be found at the web site www.NBMusicCourses.org , or Tel: 01480 300039

UPPINGHAM SCHOOL SPORTS CENTRE Catherine Batkin

If you’re looking for something a little different for your next children’s party, then Uppingham Sports Centre could be just what you’re after. Whilst a sports facility may not initially seem the most obvious choice, the team at USSC have excelled themselves with a range of parties to suit children of all ages and varying interests. Options include a Jungle Gym party, Water Zorbs and a Multi Sports party. I booked a joint Dance Star Party for my two daughters and 18 of their very excited friends. Dance instructors Frankie and Jack took the girls through a warm-up and then taught them the moves to a specially devised routine to a One Direction song. The party package included use of the hospitality suite - a vast room which had loads of space for the food and party games which followed. Prices are very reasonable (£80 for up to 20 children for the dance routine and hire of the facilities; centre members get a discount). And best of all, the staff request that you leave the cleaning up at the end of the party to them – what could be better than that? • Contact: USSC, Leicester Road, Uppingham, Tel: 01572 820830, www.sportscentre. uppingham.co.uk

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Boutique Turkey One the most highly recommended destinations for Summer 2012 and a firm favourite with Oundle Travel, offering superb boutique hotel and villa accommodation are the resorts of Kalkan & Islamlar. Kalkan is a harbour village set in the heart of the old Lycian region. It enjoys a cosmopolitan atmosphere with superb restaurants, colourful shops and winding cobbled streets. Kalkan has managed to retain that most elusive of mixtures - an authentic ambience with relative sophistication that makes it an unusual, picturesque and uniquely welcoming destination. The Kalkan Regency is a stylish, intimate and exclusive hotel. Voted ‘Best of the Best’ in the Sunday Times ‘Top Ten Mediterranean Hotels’, it has excellent facilities and a level of service that ensures a loyal clientele together with a restaurant supplied from its own organic farm. A peak season departure for July 2012 starts from £980.00 pp including scheduled flights and transfers from London Heathrow. • For more information on The Kalkan Regency or if a private villa is more your style, contact Oundle Travel on Tel: 01832 273600, www.oundletravel.co.uk

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FOOD & DRINK

A SUMMER TO CELEBRATE This summer, Britain is set to party – whether you are a flag waving royalist or loving the sporting excellence or both! You will never have a better excuse to bring out the bunting, gather your friends and neighbours and celebrate the best of British. We spoke to some of the region’s party professionals for the best advice on making merry

Prykemans Catering

Eat, drink and enjoy… Whatever the size or style of your gathering, you can find a local catering expert to serve up just what you need…With twenty years experience, Sara McAllister provides stylish and imaginative food for special events and parties. “Our range includes canapés for cocktail parties, dinner parties, hot and cold buffets, christenings, wedding receptions, and of course themed parties and corporate events. We will tailor the service to your requirements be that classic, contemporary, grand or casual.” Sarah Rivett runs The Rutland Gourmet and offers a wide variety of menus to please all palates. “If you know exactly what you want or if you need a little help choosing, we can provide the answer for all kinds of parties and events large or small. We are careful to ensure that the food we provide is exactly what you want for your guests and within budget.” For something informal and a little different, The Olive Kitchen specialise in catering for weddings, large parties and events. Based in Uppingham, owner Antony Savage says “Our party catering is completely self contained

including all staff required. Our large scale paella kitchen for example means that you can feed up to five hundred people easily and cost effectively.” There are lots of menu options including savoury or sweet crepes plus other deli delights. Prykemans Catering have a wealth of experience in catering events from the smallest gathering to looking after the catering needs of the 22,000 visitors to Rutland’s Birdfair each year. They are also the exclusive caterer for up to 35,000 visitors to the Stamford Shakespeare Company’s performances at Tolethorpe. “We cook our food on site to ensure the best flavours. Our food is sourced from local suppliers wherever possible to keep ‘food miles’ to a minimum. The most delicious food begins with the freshest ingredients.” Koru are a Rutland based event design agency who specialise in wedding design but offer a full planning service for all kinds of parties and corporate events. Owner Justine Harrison told us “We offer a variety of services which can be combined to create an event absolutely unique and individual to you. If you

are unsure on ideas, we can also provide lots of inspiration. Our services include styling, venue co-ordination and full logistics including lighting, catering, music entertainment, invitations, flowers – and the list goes on….” No party would be complete without cake and you can catch the cupcake trend with superb frosted treats made to order in Rutland at Heavenly Cupcakes. Choose from a selection of favourites or customise your own.

Going it alone…. If you are firing up the barbeque and self catering your party, head straight for the award winning butchery team at Farndon Fields Farm Shop. They recently took gold and silver medals for their handmade sausages in the National Product Championships and have special offers on meat all year round. Visit the deli to source fabulous local cheeses, homemade pates, coleslaw, baked goods and of course, all the salad and fruit you need for a superb summer spread. A visit to Otters Smokehouse & Deli will inspire you to create a Mediterranean feast with RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING JUNE 2012

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the freshest of ripe olives, antipasti, beautiful smoked fish and meats and an array of cheese to suit any palate. Stock up with homemade chutneys, pesto and hummus, grab yourself some sundried tomatoes and there’s summer on a plate made simple. Perfect for light and easy party fare.

El Pussycat courtesy of DG Music

Propose a toast…. The Grainstore Brewery is one of the most popular mobile bar services in the region and their reputation is a result of their exceptional levels of service. As well as the bar, each booking includes a team of fully trained and experienced staff, plus full insurance and licensing. Choose from a wine bar, a bottle bar or a full bar with draught beers. Duncan Murray Wines of Market Harborough offer a superb and unusual range of wines, beers and spirits plus the benefit of Duncan’s extensive knowledge. There are year round offers on over a hundred products including fizz with 10% off selected combinations. Home delivery, sale or return and a glass hire service with no need to wash them makes clearing up simple. Look out this month for special Jubilee summer case deals to help keep those glasses topped up. Rutland Vintners have a proud heritage in the region having been originally established in 1858, the shop is open six days a week and stocks spirits, liqueurs, beers, ciders and a huge range of wine priced from £4 to £190 per bottle. Manager, Harvey Ellis has decades of industry experience and is delighted to combine the perfect range of drinks for any occasion and to suit all budgets. Quality of service is guaranteed with extra benefits such as sale or return on unopened bottles, free delivery within ten miles (minimum spend applies), free glassware loan with all orders and ice bag delivery to keep your party chilled at all times. Farndon Fields Farm Shop

Music matters…. The team at DG Music is expert in finding just the right artist, musician, band or DJ for each one of the thousand plus events they are involved with each year. Owner, David Graham is a classically trained musician himself and is much in demand both as a performer and one of the most successful music agents in the UK. If you are looking for live music at its best, look no further than the newly designed website which has live links to a vast portfolio of artists with instant quotes and availability checks as well as video links and performance samples so you can be sure your party sounds will suit. The team will also assist with staging, lighting, speakers, microphones and PAs and pride themselves on their friendly advice and superb customer service.

Passionate about parties….. Tom and Hannah Dodson at The Rutland Marquee Company Limited can help you with your celebrations of all shapes and sizes. They have a wide selection of different marquee sizes to choose from, ranging from something small to provide a bit of shade or shelter in a garden or patio, an extension from the house into your garden for gatherings bigger than your house will hold, to full scale marquees for hosting whole events undercover, all in the professional ‘clear span’ range, so you won’t have to worry about guy ropes and poles all over the place or that your gazebo might

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blow away! As well as marquees they also have a comprehensive range of items available for hire, to help complete your event, from metres of pretty floral bunting, vintage china and garden lanterns to dance floors, furniture and bar areas. Their range of chairs, tables, decorations, lighting effects etc means that there is something for everyone! “Popular hire items this summer include the black star cloth linings for that real added wow effect to an evening party. Also, small details such as pick ‘n’ mix tables, creative place settings, decorations in trees and planting, are all still on the increase” says Tom. For more information about hire items available or assistance with planning your event then contact The Rutland Marquee Company Limited who will be happy to help you.

DIRECTORY:

DG Music Tel: 01572 759200 www.dgmusic.co.uk Duncan Murray Wines Tel: 01858 464935 www.duncanmurraywines.co.uk Farndon Fields Farm Shop Tel: 01858 464 838 www.farndonfieldsfarmshop.co.uk Grainstore Brewery Tel: 01572 770065 www.grainstorebrewery.com Heavenly Cupcakes Tel: 07801 783659 www.heavenlycupcakesrutland.co.uk Koru Events Tel: 07957 134536 www.koruevents.wordpress.com Otter’s Smokehouse & Deli Tel: 01572 756481 www.ottersdeli.co.uk Prykemans Professional Catering Services Tel: 01572 813303 www.prykemanscatering.co.uk Rutland Gourmet Tel: 01572 747909 www.rutlandgourmet.co.uk Rutland Marquee Company www.rutlandmarquees.co.uk Tel: 01780 729 201 Rutland Vintners Tel: 01572 755 040 www.rutlandvintners.co.uk Sara McAllister Catering Tel: 07778 227734 www.saramcallister.co.uk The Olive Kitchen Tel: 01572 822588 www.theolivekitchen.co.uk

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DESIGN SOLUTIONS

DRESS YOUR GARDEN FOR

SUMMER A BBQ Bounty No summer’s day in Britain would be complete without a barbeque and the perfect place to gather all your food requirements is the BBQ range at the butchers at Farndon Fields Farmshop. It includes delicious homemade sausages in over 15 different flavours from Stilton sausages to award winning traditional pork sausage. You’ll also find homemade burgers in three flavours and homemade kebabs, lamb koftas and chicken drumsticks in sticky sauce! In addition to these tasty treats, there are many desserts, homemade cakes and cheeses to satisfy any garden party or picnic. To compete the outdoors look why not make the garden even prettier with hanging baskets from the plant centre available in a range of shapes and sizes including a cone shape and the traditional circular basket? The perfect garden accessories From gorgeous blankets and throws for picnics in the countryside or in the garden through to perfect parasols and lanterns, Elizabeth Stanhope Interiors has some gorgeous accessories for outdoor living that will make your garden an oasis which no one will want to leave. The children will simply adore the wigwams - sure to entertain them for hours while you enjoy a well deserved Pimms and lemonade. If the weather turns cool the stars and hearts throws will keep you cosy well into the evening. Weather proof outdoor living The British weather is very unpredictable and so in order to enjoy the outdoors, whatever the weather, awnings and terrace covers from Countesthorpe Blinds could be the answer. Both of these products not only give shade against harmful UV rays but improve the ambience of a summer’s evening for that al-fresco atmosphere. Patio awnings come in a wide range of models, from a basic manual awning to fully motorised cassette awning; with the addition of lighting and heating you can totally transform the area. Terrace covers create an outdoor room with the front frame continuing to the floor and bolted down. The cover then extends within the frame keeping it taut. This together with the integral gutter system makes them ideal in the rain. Adding a touch of the Mediterranean The word “loggia” is an Italian word that means “An open-sided or open-ended, roofed gallery, either free-standing or along the front or side of a building.” A loggia can be used for many things but the main uses are al fresco dining and as a relaxed seating area which can be used whatever the weather. The

Michelle Hansel finds out the best ways to dress your garden To impress this summer so alfresco living can be achieved, whatever the weather

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Natural Structures Elizabeth Stanhope Interiors (left, right and above)

external Loggia is weatherproofed by using a pre-painted sarking board to the underside of the vaulted roof and by extending the main structural frame to support extended roof structure. Natural Structures can create these beautiful structures to enhance your property and ensure you get the most of your outdoor space. Patriotic Dining If you are planning a jubilee picnic or party this June then the Union Jack melamine range of beakers, bowls and plates by Emma Bridgewater from Sarah Harding Interiors are just the ticket and will look amazing all year round too. Other designs will look equally good and are great for presents too like the dancing mice or classic polka dot design.

Directory: Farndon Fields Farmshop, Farndon Fields Farm, Farndon Road, Market Harborough, LE16

9NP. Tel: 01858 464838, Fax: 01858 433006, Email: office@farndonfields.co.uk Elizabeth Stanhope Interiors, 27 Mill Street, Tel: 01572 722345 and 1 South Street, Oakham, Rutland. Tel: 01572 759185, www. elizabethstanhope.co.uk Countesthorpe Blinds, Tel: 0116 277 6749, www. countesthorpe-blinds.co.uk Natural Structures, 2 Fir Tree Walk, Market Harborough, LE16 7AE, Tel: 07976 557 or 01858 445 401, www.natural-structures.co.uk Sarah Harding Interiors, 27 High Street East, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9PY, Tel: 01572 823389, www.sarahhardinginteriors.co.uk The Kitchen Range Cookshop, 5 & 22 Church Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7AA, Tel: 01858 433533 and 01858 461158, info@kitchenrangecookshop.com RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING JUNE 2012

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

SUMMER

HAIR STYLES If you want to avoid having limp, lank locks in the heat, then look no further for advice on this summer’s hottest hair styles. By Catherine Batkin Creme Hair and Beauty If you fancy a colour change this season then make sure you’re up-to-date with the latest trends with advice from Creme Hair and Beauty in Oakham: “This spring and summer expect to see a lot of cool blondes around, lots of highlights and full head blondes; ash tones are back in a big way. Warmer tones such as honey and caramel are out of favour for the foreseeable future. Curls are still making a comeback; you will see the use of lots of big open curls in magazines and media shoots (think Kate Middleton!) Volume is also coming back to the hair, something that has been missing for a few years; bigger is better at the moment whether it be on a classic bob (always in style) or shoulder length with long layers.”

The Hairhouse, Stamford Summer is a great time to have fun and experiment with your hair. Laura from The Hairhouse created this fun daytime style which is easy to achieve at home with a little know-how! First, the hair is pulled into a high pony tail, leaving a section at the top and some loose strands at the sides. The top section of hair is backcombed for added volume and pinned into the top of the ponytail. Laura then takes smaller sections of hair, twists them and pins them to create a messy high bun. The strands at the side are curled loosely with straighteners, giving a tousled look before a pretty polka-dot scarf completes this daytime look beautifully. Laura told me: “This style is easy to create at home because it doesn’t have to look perfect. Using a pretty scarf hides a multitude of sins too!”

A cut above at Thomas in Oakham In an area awash with excellent hairdressers it takes something a little unique to stand out from the crowd – and new salon Thomas in the Maltings has done just that. Bringing a London standard of hairdressing to the county, owner Thomas Potts (a finalist in the Young Hairdresser of the Year Award 2011) specialises

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in the Diamond Dry Cut: “The Diamond Dry Cut is the premier method for styling hair; cutting it clean and dry allows me to work with the hairs’ natural movement and textures to create brilliant styles with an unrivalled level of precision and balance. With this I can create a hair style exclusively for the individual and unique to every client.” Thomas invited me to go for a re-style as although I liked the length of my hair, it seemed to have lost its shape and needed more definition. Thomas approached my hair like an architect; cutting in sections to ensure the layers worked as a whole. I am delighted! The front section now frames my face and it is far easier to style at home too.

Dunleavy’s in Market Harborough Despite only having been open for a few months, Dunleavy’s Hair Salon in Market Harborough is proving to be a popular choice, not least for the very personal service. Mark Dunleavy runs the salon on his own, offering a full service from cutting, colouring and hairup, affording more time to create the style of his clients’ dreams. The salon also uses the exclusive Davines range of products which contain natural ingredients and are renowned for their focus on sustainability; providing exceptional hair care with a conscience.

Browns arrives in Stamford Award-winning Hairdressing Group, Browns, opened their latest salon in Stamford last September and has been overwhelmed by the response so far. Renowned for their dedication to training their staff and furthering their knowledge of the latest trends, Browns also run their own successful Training Academy. The Stamford salon is headed up by Director, Harry Brown Jnr and Manager Sam Lee who has worked for the company for the past 9 years. Clients can choose from a range of services including cutting, colouring, treatments, perming and straightening from a graduate stylist right up to the Salon Director. Product ranges include Tigi, Paul Mitchell, GHD and they have also recently introduced Kerastase.

Barnsdale Spa Hair stylist Stacey told me about the great range of hair services on offer at the Barnsdale salon: “During the summer months, there are

lots of special occasions when having your hair done professionally will make you feel really good about yourself. We can do a wash and blow dry for £16, full head curls at £26 and £31 for hair put-up. If your hair is in need of an intense treat then Wella have a lovely range of hair masks for just £20.25 which will last for a long time. These are brilliant in helping the hair defend and repair itself from the stresses and strains of our lifestyles and are specifically tailored for different needs, whether to repair and moisturise or retain colour.”

BEAUTY NEWS The Beauty Room, Oakham Kimberley from the Beauty Room is delighted to announce the arrival of Youngblood mineral cosmetics at her salon: “Youngblood Cosmetics set themselves apart from other brands because they use only the purest and most luxurious minerals. The make-up is perfect for the summer months ahead as the foundation contains a natural sun protectant, is oil free, talc free and paraben free and allows skin to breathe. The make-up is perfectly suited to all skin tones, types and conditions and provides flawless coverage with a lightweight feel.” Tel: 01572 755389

Lalique, Oakham Julianne told me about the exciting summer promotions in the salon: “In June, our salon promotion is ‘Get Ready for Summer’ with a combined Manicure and Pedicure for just £30.00 using the gorgeous OPI nail colours. We also have a special offer of the organic & paraben free Vita Liberata Spray Tan at only £12.00 every Thursday throughout the month too.” Tel: 01572 723950, www.laliquebeauty.com

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Directory:

Dunleavy’s Hairdressing, 12 Quaker’s Yard, LE16 7LT, Market Harborough, Tel: 01858 464 555 Barnsdale Spa, Barnsdale, Oakham, LE15 8AB, Tel: 01572 757901, www.barnsdalehotel.com Browns Hair, 3 Red Lion Square, Stamford, PE9 2AJ, Tel: 0844 999 3365, www.browns-hair.co.uk The Hairhouse, 7b St Paul’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2BE, Tel: 01780 762687 Creme Hair and Beauty, The Old Church, 8a Mill Street, Oakham, LE15 6EA, Tel: 01572 723823, www.cremehairandbeauty.co.uk Thomas Hairdressing, The Maltings, Oakham, LE15 6EA, Tel: 01572 756561 RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING JUNE 2012

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How does the Court treat premarital wealth or inherited assets on divorce? Upon divorce, the starting point for the Bina Modi division of assets is equality and fairness. The Court will also have regard to the various factors laid down by statute under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, Section 25. What is clear from a number of high profile cases, beginning with White v White (2001) and more recently, B v B (2012), is that the treatment of premarital or inherited assets received by one party to the marriage is highly specific and very discretionary. It is clear from the Judgements that pre-marital property is regarded by the Court as an important contribution made to the welfare of the family by one of the parties to the marriage. The Court will have regard to the nature and value of the property; when it was acquired; whether such assets have been mingled in with other assets or kept separately. What is the length of the marriage? What are the needs of the parties to justify excluding such an asset in any division?

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PROFILE

BLAKENEY

Could this beautiful coastal village hold the answer to the ultimate property question, ‘Where might I find the perfect home by the sea’?

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hether as a coastal getaway, a retirement home or an escape from the rat race, Kate Cleaver goes in search of the ‘holy grail’ of the property market. I spotted a sales board outside a new development called Samphire Close in Blakeney - it read ‘houses designed for luxury living’. This made me curious to investigate further, to see if these really were the ‘perfect home by the sea’. I was not to be disappointed! The ‘Location, Location, Location’ factor places Blakeney, with its small population of just under 800, a very convenient 129 miles from London, 21 miles from Norwich and 5 miles from the lovely Georgian market town of Holt. In a stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the harbour (still serving small boats) and surrounding marshes are owned by the National Trust. These one-off properties, there are seven, in the heart of Blakeney, just minutes from the sea, have been built as an exclusive and charming community of homes which, on inspection, are definitely setting the benchmark for new house builds on the North Norfolk coast. Designed and built to a very high specification by North Norfolk developers Novus Homes, they combine local vernacular design with contemporary living, using state-ofthe-art sustainable solutions. Their eco-friendly credentials protect both the environment and the new owner from ever increasing future fuel bills! Novus Homes director Chris Wells is proud of his achievements with Samphire Close; “Our most recent project (in Wells next the Sea) was lauded by North Norfolk’s conservation architect as ‘a new gateway development, which frames one of the main approaches to the town.’” The luxurious interiors boast beautiful oak or stone floors with under floor heating, wood burning stoves, carefully designed, energy efficient lighting schemes and fabulous travertine tiled bathrooms. Combine this with sociable open-plan spaces, light streaming in through glazed gables, warm cosy living rooms and these are definitely homes to enjoy! The houses are most definitely stunning but I was keen to see if the amenities in Blakeney completed the ‘perfect

home by the sea’ scenario. Again a 100 per cent score:

There are: • Several pubs including the newly refurbished and very relaxing White Horse. • The wonderfully stocked Blakeney Deli • A post office on the High Street in the small but well loved supermarket • Fresh fish shop • A bus service (the famous coast-hopper) • A thriving village hall • A church and primary school • A range of shops at Holt, just a short drive away If schools are important, the highly regarded Greshams Public School is only a few miles away. There’s even a petrol station

offering full car servicing, an increasingly rare commodity in North Norfolk. You don’t have to take my word for it – Chris has organised a viewing ‘open day’ for interested parties between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 23rd June so…. if it’s a perfect lifestyle by the sea that you are looking for come and take a look! There are two houses remaining, due for completion this summer...it’s not too late to stamp your own style on the finish to these unique properties, if you move quickly... • For more details on these houses or the exciting harbourside development coming soon at Wells next the Sea, look at the Novus Homes website on www.novus-homes.co.uk or contact Andrew Wagstaff at Bedfords in Burnham Market 01328 730 500 / bmkt@ bedfords.co.uk

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FASHION

HURRAY FOR THE RED,WHITE AND BLUE Given the task of featuring as many British brands as possible (or gorgeous clothes in our Union Jack colours!) Vanessa Hollander has been out and about yet again looking for inspiration in our fabulous local boutiques

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t’s not until you actually go looking for British brands that you realise that, in amongst strong European competition, the UK has some outstanding fashion brands. From world famous designers to high street brands, quality, style and heritage seem to be the key to success.

BLESSED White dress by Twenty8Twelve (Sienna Miller), £295 Navy Lace Jacket by Darling, £70 Modalu ‘Pippa Middleton’ Bag, £195 (other styles & colours available) Red Coco Rose Pumps, £45 (other styles & colours available)

Made in Heaven Fast becoming ‘the’ jeans to be seen in, MiH is a British company headed by Chloe Lonsdale whose father founded the legendary Jean Machine Stores. Twenty8Twelve Launched in 2007, Twenty8Twelve is a brand with authentic London attitude, with designers such as Sienna Miller. French Connection One of the most iconic British brands with its legendary FCUK logo. Quality and style mixed together perfectly! Joules Based in Market Harborough, Tom Joules started selling country clothing at equestrian and outdoor events over 30 years ago. Today, their design teams are still inspired by the countryside yet with a stylish twist. Hackett Hackett was founded in 1979 from a market stall. It is now the home of Essential British clothing with an outstanding reputation for quality.

SHOES AND ACCESSORIES FROM CAVELLS Mens and Womens Canvas Shoes by Toms £34-£37 Striped Espadrilles by Toni Pons, £35

Anya Hindmarch Red Raw Canvas Bag £125

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Fords Claire (left) ss by Joules, £89.95 Navy and white stripe dre r, £124.95 (T&C nte Hu by lies Union Jack wel Robinson)

Cavells Kar en (left) White Lace Det ail Dress by Tw in-Set, £155 Red Cashmere Cardigan by Jo seph, £275 Red Shoes by Sw edish Hasbeens, £155 Navy Mini Alex a by Mulberry, £650

Attic Karen (right) n Jeans, £145 Oslo White Made in Heave nch Connection, £85 Fre by rt Blue Pussybow Shi arcia May) Superga Plimsols, £40 (M

Claire (right) Red Stretch Legg ings by Joseph, £165 White Lace Trim Camisole by D ay, £79 Stripe Two Pock et Jumper by Velve t, £180 Ox Trainers by Converse, £40

Paul Red Polo Shirt by Ralph Lauren, £75 Navy Blazer by Hackett, £350 Slim Leg Jeans by Edwin, £90 Shoes by J Shoe s, £80

Stockists Attic, Oakham, 01572 759000 www.atticfashion.co.uk Blessed, Oakham, 01636 703052 Cavells, Oakham, 01572 770372, www.cavells.co.uk Fords of Oakham, 01572 722654 www.fordsofoakham.co.uk

Cavells Claire (right) Red Stripe Sailor Top by Chinti and Parker, £79 Skinny Jeans by J Brand, £195 Navy Wedges by Penelope Chilvers, £125 Anya Hindmarch Mini Huxley, £895 Karen (left) Red Polka Dot T-Shirt by Jackpot, £44.95 Jacket by Belstaff, £265 White Skinny Jeans by J Brand, £215 Wedge Trainers by Ash, £95

Hackett Union Jack Holdall, £150

With thanks to : The Cosy Club for allowing us to use their very stylish restaurant as the venue for our shoot. Claire, Karen and Paul, our gorgeous models. Faith from Pomegranate, Oakham, our amazing make-up artist.

Paul Red Check Shirt by Superdry, £44.99 Slim Leg Jeans by Edwin, £90 All Star High Tops by Converse, £42

Photography by Elli Dean, 07932055548 www.ellideanphotography.co.uk

Anya Hindmarch Girlie Stuff Pouch, £85 Anya Hindmarch Stud Heart Paddy, £225

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OUT & About

GOURMET NIGHTS AT STAPLEFORD PARK

Ashley Martin and partner sampled the delights of Stapleford Park’s sumptuous gourmet nights

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tapleford Park’s 2012 series of £99 per person Gourmet Nights kicked-off with a ‘Taste of Japan’, amidst the splendour of one of the region’s finest country houses. Last year Stapleford Park was declared the best hotel in the nationwide Gourmet Britain Awards and the ‘Taste of Japan’ Gourmet Night was evidence of why the venue is loved by foodies from that online guide. There are five more themed functions planned, as follows: Friday 22nd June – The Great British menu Gourmet Night; Friday 27th July – Taste of European Classics Gourmet Night; Friday 31st August – Champagne and Shellfish Gourmet Night; Friday 26th October – The Best of Season Gourmet Night; Friday 30th November – Taste of Game and Reds Gourmet Night. The evenings, which include a specially selected wine with each course, are designed to showcase the hotel’s ‘intimate dining experience for people who are passionate about food’ and, it has to be said, wine. Japanese food is usually accompanied by wines from the Pacific Rim. However, our well informed wine expert, Ian Stubbings, of wine merchants House of Townend, which supplies Stapleford Park, opted to go somewhat left field at the ‘Taste of Japan’ Gourmet Night. With his selection of European wines, he was as interested as those present to discover how his choices reacted to the flavours occasionally fiery - of Japanese cuisine. A glass of champagne on arrival gave us a chance to make small talk with the other diners, some of whom had attended previous Stapleford Park Gourmet Nights. The tasty opening course of Taki of Salmon was followed by a selection of powerfully flavoured sushi. But, as we agreed and so did Mr Stubbings, the powerful flavours of the half-a-dozen items of sushi, including wasabi and ginger, rather overpowered the Chamblis Premier Cru. Meanwhile, our thoughts on the main dish of chicken teriyaki with tempura vegetables were reversed. But we both agreed that the Gewurztraminer wine from Alsace selected to accompany the course was superb. A flavoursome and mouth cleansing green tea parfait followed and the meal was completed with chocolate sushi, which was beautifully presented, tasted as good as it looked and was brilliantly complemented with an Italian Valpolicella Classico dessert wine. Coffee and petit fours rounded off the memorable evening. Rather than looking at the headline price ask yourself if £99 per person is value for money? Our verdict after six courses (champagne on arrival, plus coffee and petit fours) and a different wine with each course enjoyed in

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ACTIVITIES

HAMBLETON HALL

The Great British Country House Hotel Experience In this Diamond Jubilee year when we celebrate all things British, what is it that ‘British’ really means? Well, we think we have a pretty good example round here, Hambleton Hall. For Hambleton Hall, being British is about coping with the weather in style, enjoying the great outdoors, revelling in history, sourcing food locally… and of course borrowing the odd thing from France when it suits! Words: Nicholas Rudd-Jones Pictures: Elli Dean www.rutlandphotographer.co.uk

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Sit back, relax and enjoy afternoon tea.

Cream Tea - £8.50 - Warm fruit & plain scones, served with clotted cream & homemade strawberry compote. Full Afternoon Tea - £15.50 - Freshly made open sandwiches, followed by a selection of warm scones served with clotted cream & homemade strawberry compote, accompanied with a selection of cakes & sweet pastries.

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ACTIVITIES

2. The gorgeous British gardens to admire

1. The Great British Drawing Room to retreat to Hambleton Hall has been a member of Relais & Châteaux since 1982. The Association’s mission is to spread its unique ‘art de vivre’ across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character Tim Hart, owner of Hambleton hall, explains: “The original concept of the Relais & Châteaux was inspired by the French, and there are many things that they do very well. But almost invariably the drawing room is done better in this country, which I think is to do with the fact that we have a rainy climate. On a bad day you still have the view and you need to be very comfortable, enjoy a roaring log fire and be able to tuck into a delicious tea.”

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An integral part of Hambleton Hall is the garden and its glorious setting in the landscape. It follows the great British tradition of country houses; with a more formal parterre leading down to open lawns and trees and the stunning vista of Rutland Water - very much in the way ‘Capability’ Brown would have done it in his day. And tucked away around the side, that quintessential English County House feature, the walled kitchen garden; full of the herbs, spices, salads and fruits that go straight into the Hambleton kitchens. Oh and trees with stories … for example the eucalyptus tree that was the result of a discarded cutting from a florist 30 years ago and is now one of the biggest trees on the estate. Or the Loquat that is in the greenhouse, brought back from a family holiday in Majorca last year and being over-wintered in the greenhouse before being planted out to see if it can survive the British climate.

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5. Great British food and drink to enjoy 3. Outdoor pastimes to suit the mood

Hambleton Hall offers a unique setting for that great British pastime, bird watching, with the huge variety of species on Rutland Water and of course the ospreys. And if you are feeling a little more active, there is a tennis court tucked round the side; or a game of croquet perhaps on the front lawn, both quintessential Edwardian pastimes that were also ‘borrowed from the French!’. Or a visit perhaps to one of the many local country houses or market towns. ‘The Cotswolds without the crowds,” as the region is often described.

Aaron Patterson, Head Chef and Co-owner of Hambleton Hall, has always been passionate about sourcing locally. In his book ‘Wild about Food’ he opines about the local mushrooms, which are the subject of a mushroom foray each autumn. Next spring he is hoping to inaugurate a spring foray in search of chickweed, horseradish, wild garlic and sorrel. Aaron sources Game from the local estates, veal from Whissendine, trout from Rutland Water, beef from Northfield Farm and much more besides. And with a nod towards Scotland, the cosy bar stocks 40 whiskies. In tribute to the long-serving Restaurant Director, Graeme Matheson (also known as ‘The Scottish Jeeves’), there is a whisky blended specially for him, the ‘Hambletoon’!

6. A tribute to two Diamond Jubilees to celebrate

4. Classic British history to delve into

The house has a strong association with foxhunting, as it was built originally in 1881 by Walter Marshall as a hunting box. The house provided an ideal base for hunting with the Cottesmore, Quorn, Belvoir or Fernie hounds.. He was a man who liked his aphorisms, with the inscription ‘Fay Ce Que Voudras’ (Do as you please) above the front door; ‘Nunc Hora Bibendi’ (“Now is the time for a drink”) on the sundial on the south front of the hall; and a typical Victorian pun on the entrance to the stable yard ‘Ride Si Sapis (‘Smile if Wise’ in Latin, but also to be read before saddling up!) Hambleton Hall was designed by Leicesterbased architect, Isaac Barradale, who also designed Barnsdale Hall. He was described by Pevsner as “arguably the finest architect of the Arts and Crafts movement in the country”. Walter Marshall left his house to his younger sister Eva Astley Paston Cooper. Although Eva started life as a keen devotee of the chase, from the age of 50 onwards she presided over a salon of bright young things including Noel Coward, Malcolm Sargent and Charles Scott Moncrieff.

Set above the entrance to the stableyards is a gloriously ‘over the top’ clocktower, built in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. On its dial face is inscribed: “Anno Sexagesimo, Regni Victoriae Reginae”. This year Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee is marked by an impressive Jubilee Wreath above the entrance porch of the Hall. These two tributes remind us of the strong sense of continuity in the monarchy and also in the history of Hambleton Hall; created in Victorian times for conviviality and the pursuit of pastimes, and still doing the same job very well today. The staying power and consistently high standards of Hambleton Hall for more than 30 years has fostered a very loyal clientele and the

accolades of the industry: • A Michelin star since 1982 • Listed in the Top 60 restaurants in the Good Food Guide to celebrate their 60th anniversary last year • Voted ‘Most Excellent Hotel’ in Johansens’ 2011 UK & Ireland Awards for Excellence. As one happy guest commented: “Perfection – the welcome, the accommodation, the service, the food, the location!” In the Great British tradition, long may it continue! Hambleton Hall www.hambletonhall.com Tel: 01572 756991 RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING JUNE 2012

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OUT & About

The BUSTARD INN Ashley Martin and Helen Walton enjoy a trip to the country

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have recently discovered a new eatery in South Rauceby - The Bustard Inn - so named because of the legend that the last Great Bustard in England was shot on Bustard Hill which is sited behind the pub and is now known as Tom Lane. The Inn was purchased in 2006 by village residents Alan and Liz Hewitt who have extensively renovated the grade two listed building to the extent that the old microbrewery and stable now form the restaurant. The menu is two-tiered with a value for money ‘Bustard Classics’ as well as an á la carte option. As a starter, Helen and I shared the gooey whole baked camembert, which was served with homemade warm onion bread (£13.50). Such a dish may be considered unadventurous but it is always a firm favourite with me and didn’t disappoint. I then enjoyed a homemade steak and ale pie with mash and peas (buttered with a hint of pepper £10) from the ‘Bustard Classics’. A triumph as the steak and kidney were succulently tender and cooked with lashings of gravy. From the á la carte section, Helen chose a “delicious” pan fried salmon with crushed new potatoes, in season purple sprouting broccoli and homemade hollandaise sauce (£15.95) The portion of salmon was generous, moist and served with a crispy ‘tower’ of potatoes, which had been crushed in their skins. Desserts are all homemade, including the ice creams and sorbets. Helen tucked in to a “superb” Lincolnshire plum bread and

THE WHITE LION INN, WHISSENDINE Abigail Richardson discovers real Punjabi food

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es another Indian review for me; this time a takeaway, which was so good that we went back for another the following week! In appearance, The White Lion Inn is a very unassuming pub but so many of our friends have raved about the Indian cuisine that I had to try it, even though there are many more convenient locations in Oakham. Happily, it was worth the drive, and I enjoyed a very nice French Sauvignon while I waited, not for long, for our order to be freshly prepared. The menu is a gift for vegetarians. My favourites so far are the humble sounding Eggs, Peas and Potatoes (whole hardboiled eggs in an onion, ginger and garlic sauce cooked with chick peas) and the Tarka Paanj Dahl, which consists of 5 different types of lentils cooked in tarka sauce with ghee, ginger, garlic and homemade Punjabi masala. Now, I don’t normally cope well with ghee but, to be blunt, on both occasions I experienced no after effects – probably a first for me. I still can’t work out what makes the White Lion Inn’s curry so different but it is truly like nothing I have ever eaten before. I think the secret is that, even though I ask for hot (yes I can eat a Phall), the chef refuses to exterminate my taste buds so that I can still distinguish the individual spices. I am now an expert of the Prawn Tuk tuka (£10.50) – well I have

butter pudding with vanilla ice cream (£6.95) and declared it to be “crisp on top and light underneath”. I opted for the very tasty Cote Hill Farm cheese plate with homemade chutney and biscuits (£8.90). We noticed the ‘sandwich menu’ included shellfish and a glass of wine available for £10 and a Mediterranean platter for two to share (£9.95), again value for money. The Bustard Inn may be a touch off the beaten track, but just like the Great Bustard itself, the heaviest flighted bird in the world which is making a comeback in the UK on Salisbury Plain, it’s a village pub that deserves to be given a chance. • The Bustard Inn, 44 Main Street, South Rauceby NG34 8QG, Tel: 01529 488250

had it twice; the prawns were beautifully succulent and the flavours intense. I am guessing but I am pretty sure I detected ginger, cumin, coriander, garlic, chilli and possibly more. We have also sampled the Bombay Behar (Chicken tikka pieces cooked with minced lamb in whole ground spices and a tick sauce (£9.95) - this was a hit with most but I found the combination a little odd, the Lamb Rogan Josh (£9.95) - hot and Pete’s favourite and the Chicken Baryani (£9.95), a real taste sensation with nuts, peppers, potatoes and whole spices. The side dishes of mushroom rice and plain and garlic naan were also divine but no complimentary Popadums, which one usually expects with a large order. It won’t stop me going back! If you have a non-curry eater in your party, ditch them! Or, there are traditional pub favourites on offer including Fish and Chips (£7.75) and Prime English Steak and Chips (£13.95). • The White Lion Inn, Tel: 01664 474233 (10% discount on takeaways) RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING JUNE 2012

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DIARY DATES

What’s On Amander Meade selects some of the best entertainment in the region this month

Saturday 19 May to Saturday 23 June EXHIBITION: Portrait of the Marais by Peter Joyce A new exhibition by Peter Joyce of the Marais Breton Vendeen. Peter has spent eight years researching, drawing and recording this part of France. A variety of sizes and media of paintings are on show. He has worked on different painting surfaces and offers new styles in terms of framing and presentation. This exhibition of new paintings feels immediately different, exciting, beautiful and even more accomplished. • Samuel Robson Fine Art Gallery, Oakham Further information Tel: 01572 770095 www.srfagallery.com

Throughout June… EVENT: Rutland Artists Open Studios Up to seventy artists will be exhibiting right across Rutland as part of Rutland Open Studios. You can see work either in the artists’ own private studios or sharing public spaces in group shows, and have the chance to buy work at direct prices. The Open Studios will take place on the weekends of 9/10, 16/17 and 23/24 June, as well as some exhibitions during the week, culminating in a show at the Oakham Festival.

Sunday 3 & Monday 4 June, 10am to 5pm EVENT: Festival of Country Life A celebration of Country Life including vintage tractors, static and working agricultural machinery, steam engines, classic cars, traditional crafts, children’s entertainment, equestrian demonstrations, livestock, falconry and dog obedience. Crafts and trade stalls with something for everyone. A great day out. • Lamport Hall & Gardens, Admission £7.50/£5 with children under 11 free. For information on this and all other courses and events during June at Lamport Hall Tel: 01604 686272

Look out also for special surprise ROS artists’ “pop-up” events throughout the Jubilee weekend itself. • For more details visit www. rutlandopenstudios.co.uk, pick up a full colour brochure which will be widely distributed or Tel: 01572 747639. Free entry to all exhibitions.

Saturday 9 June MUSIC: Music for a Coronation

Sunday 10 June, 1.30pm to 5pm EVENT: Open Gardens Two glorious Owston gardens, Brickyard Farm and Little Butt along with St Andrew’s Church are open to raise funds for the church and village hall. Delicious homemade teas will also be on sale. Owston Village • Parking is free with adult admission £3, children under 16 free.

As part of the extended weekend of Diamond Jubilee celebrations Oakham’s choirs perform a majestic programme of choral works composed for British monarchs past and present. It will include music by Alcock and Vaughan Williams and works from A Garland for the Queen, a cycle of choral songs by ten British composers to mark the occasion of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. Further concerts take place on Friday 15 June by the musicians of Jerwoods and by the Festival Orchestra on Friday 22 June. • Further concerts take place on Friday 15 June by the musicians of Jerwoods and by the Festival Orchestra on Friday 22 June. The concerts are free but tickets required. Tickets on sale at Music & More in Oakham or Tel: 01572 758820

Thursday 14 June, 7pm EVENT: Hope Against Cancer Memorable Diamond Dinner Following dinner, guests will enjoy a very entertaining address by guest speaker, Major D. R. Nevile on his fascinating and adventurous life as a Queen’s Messenger when he was responsible for carrying secret and important documents to British Embassies and Consulates around the world. Pre-dinner drinks will be served at 7pm and dress is Black Tie. All proceeds to Hope Against Cancer which raises money to support cancer research in Leicestershire and Rutland. • Tickets £45 Tel: 0116 2700101 for booking and more details. The Falcon Hotel, Uppingham

Saturday 16 June, 11am and 2pm THEATRE: White Aimed at 2 to 4 year olds and their families, White is a playful and highly visual new show for very young children and is a perfect first time theatre experience. Part of ‘Jump In’, a regional children’s festival touring with work specially created for children. • The Core at Corby Cube Tickets £5.50 each. Tel: 01536 470470 or www.thecorecorby.com RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING JUNE 2012

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Saturday 16 June, 7pm COMEDY: The Man of 10,000 Voices. A true Hollywood legend, best known for playing Sgt “Motor Mouth” Jones in the Police Academy films, Michael Winslow is touring the UK with a smorgasbord of staggering special effects and astounding sounds that sold every single seat during his month’s run at the Edinburgh Fringe last August. Winslow can imitate the impossible using only his voice. Whether it’s the frenzy of Jimi Hendrix playing the guitar or a special treat for Star Wars fans, Michael is the master of vocal gymnastics. • The Core at Corby Cube Tickets £15.50 Tel: 01536 470470

Sunday 17 June, 12pm – 3pm EVENT: Father’s Day Barbeque

Opera Minima

Treat your dad to a special day out in the gardens and he will receive a free bottle of local beer and something tasty from the barbeque. • Barnsdale Gardens, Exton Admission £6.50/£2.50 child, family up to 5 £16. Further details Tel: 01572 813200 www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk

Sunday 17 June, 12 to 10pm EVENT: Uppingham Feast Day Coinciding with Father’s Day, this local celebration will offer great family fun for all. Expect live music throughout the day and evening in the Market Place, street entertainment, children’s entertainment, a street market, craft and gift fayre and much more besides.

Saturday 30 June, 7.30pm MUSIC: Concert by the Bach Players Music in Lyddington present their fourth concert this season with an appearance by the Bach Players. The Players are a collective of like minded musicians drawn together by their passion for the music of JS Bach and who perform using original instruments. • Tickets in advance are £14 (students £2) from Music & More in Oakham, Uppingham Sports & Books or Uppingham Theatre.

Friday 22, Sunday 24 and Saturday 30 June EVENT: Summer Music Festival Opera Minima presents a feast of song and instrumental music over three separate performances. Last Word Productions will wow you with musical numbers from the classic comedies, Sondheim spectaculars and Broadway blockbusters. • For full details of events, venues and times Tel: 01604 230584 or www.operaminima.org

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HOME & GARDEN

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS Lizzie Haines gets creative with a royal theme

FOR THE CAKE…

Ingredients • 5 Eggs • The weight of your eggs in flour, sugar and margarine (room temperature) • 5 level tsp baking powder • 1 tbl spoon each of red & blue food colouring • 300ml whipping cream • 1 jar English strawberry jam • 1kg ready to roll white ROYAL icing

Method 1 Grease two (or three if you have them) 7-inch diameter sandwich cake tins. 2 Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. 3 Weigh your eggs in their shells and prepare your flour, sugar and margarine each to the same weight. 4 Cream together your margarine and sugar until smooth then add in your beaten eggs gradually and whip (you might want to use a hand mixer if you have it) until there are no lumps. 5 Sift in your flour and baking powder together and stir until fully combined. 6 Divide your mixture in to two parts, with one part being about a ladle full bigger than the other…no exact science needed! Add blue food colouring to the bigger part and red food colouring to the smaller. 7 Split your blue mixture evenly between two cake tins and bake in the oven for approx 15 minutes until you can put a sharp knife in the centre and it comes out clean. 8 Leave each cake to cool for five minutes before running a knife around the edge and tapping out on to a cooling rack. 9 Pour your entire red mixture into its one tin and bake for approx 30 minutes, using a knife to test in the same way once cooked. 10 Leave all cakes to cool completely before decorating. *TOP TIP! Buy professional food colouring. Supermarket own brands are not as strong. I recommended Dr Oetker. I created the red colour of my sponge by using 1tbl sp of Dr Oetker RED and 1/2 tsp of Sugarflair CLARET.

To Decorate 1 Start by whipping up your cream until stiff. 2 Put a dollop of strawberry jam on a circular cake board and spread it out, it’s going to act as a glue for your first layer. 3 Place one blue layer on top of your jam and cover that with a thin layer of jam followed by a thick layer of cream. 4 Place your red layer gently on top of this and repeat. 5 Finish with your final blue layer and again, cover the top with jam to act as glue to your icing. 6 Dust a work surface with icing sugar and roll out your ROYAL icing to an approx diameter of 18 inches 7 Use your rolling pin to help you move it over your cake and place it centrally on top. Allow the icing to drape over your cake and gather in folds. Pinch in places to bring it closer to the sides of the cake and 1 trim where needed. 8 Add your cake bunting and voila! It’s ready to cut! What looks like an ordinary cake will surprise guests at any Jubilee party! FOR THE BUNTING…

You will need: • Wooden kebab skewers • Craft glue • Small scraps of red & blue fabric OR coloured card • Cotton OR embroidery 3 thread • Sewing needle OR sewing machine (unless working with card) • White felt OR marker pen • Buttons & ribbon to decorate

You can make cake bunting by using fabric or card, which ever you have to hand. If you are using fabric, simply cut out triangles to your desired size. If using card cut out diamonds double the size of your standard triangle. I have included a template to get you started. On a machine, run your triangles through consecutively, slightly overlapping at each corner to give you one long piece. By hand, simply use a straight running stitch with a few through each flag and draw the whole lot together. With card, place your cotton/thread in the centre of your diamond with a dot of glue in the fold and a dot of glue at the point and press sides together. Which ever way you decide, be sure to leave a tail of cotton at either end of your flags to enable you to secure them to your skewers. Once you have your flags constructed, glue on felt letters to fabric bunting or write on to card with silver marker pen the message of your choice…I chose QUEENIE as it’s short and sweet! Using a touch more craft glue, coat your cotton about an inch or two either side of the end of your flags 2 and wrap it around the top of your skewer (at the blunt end) approx an inch from the top. Dab a little extra glue to be sure and then leave to dry. Trim off the excess cotton. You can use buttons and ribbons to decorate your bunting which will also cover your cotton. Experiment with colour, words and even more than one layer of bunting if you’re feeling brave! RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING JUNE 2012

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MOTORING

Cost is not just about the price

Price is usually the most important consideration for new car buyers - but two other figures are also crucial when in the decision-making process - model CO2 emissions and MPG. Ashley Martin reports

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ll motoring taxes - including Vehicle Excise Duty - are linked to a car’s CO2 emissions so the higher the figure the higher the tax bill. And, with UK petrol and diesel pump prices at or close to record levels a model’s MPG performance is undoubtedly critical in the budget process. There is a direct link between CO2 emissions and fuel consumption and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has published a table (below) highlighting comparison amounts that directly link the respective figures. CO2 emissions (g/km)

MPG - petrol (approx)

MPG - diesel (approx)

100

67.3

74.3

120

56.5

61.4

130

52.3

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160

41.5

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not mean driving a small car. There are more than 7,600 model variants on sale in the UK and last year almost a quarter (24.3%) had CO2 emissions of 130 g/km or below - the benchmark figure to qualify for the £0 first year Vehicle Excise Duty rate. As illustrated below, new cars in the mini, supermini and lower medium segments have below market average CO2 emissions. Model segment

2011 average new car CO2 figure (g/km)

Lowest CO2 emitter in class (g/km)

Mini

107.8

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Supermini

124.6

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Lower medium

132.5

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Upper medium

139.3

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Executive

153.4

117

Luxury

221.8

174

Specialist sports

177.7

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Dual Purpose 4x4

184.2

115

MPV

150.2

107

180

37.2

41.5

200

33.6

37.2

220

30.7

33.6

240

28.2

31.4

300

22.4

24.8

Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

350

19.3

21.4

400

16.8

18.8

450

14.9

16.6

However, says the SMMT, there are vehicles with CO2 emissions around 30% below the segment average available in every sector, highlighting the low emitting choices available. Where the lowest emitter is shown with emissions of 0 g/km it highlights the sector availability of electric models.

Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders New car CO2 emissions dropped to an average 138.1 g/km last year 27.2% lower than 15 years ago (189.8 g/km) and 4.2% down on 2010 (144.2 g/km) - according to the SMMT’s newly published ‘New Car CO2 Report 2012’. Meanwhile, motor manufacturers will continue to drive down new car emissions as they seek to meet new European Commission environmental targets. The New Car CO2 Regulation demands that pan-European average new car emissions are reduced to 130 g/km in 2012-15 and to 95 g/km by 2020 - the latter figure remains subject to review. One of the reasons behind the reduction in CO2 emissions on an annual basis is the rising new car market share of diesel cars (a record 50.6% last year) and ultra-low emission alternatively fuelled models (1.3% last year). Diesel cars have grown in popularity because emissions are lower and MPG is significantly better than petrol-engined equivalents, but unless motorists are clocking up more than 6,000 miles in a new diesel car (or 10,000 miles in a used diesel) it is likely to be a false economy as the price premium is unlikely to be recouped, according to car valuation experts at Glass’s Guide. However, choosing a low emission company car with first class fuel economy does

Emission and MPG winners So, look carefully and there are some clear emission and MPG ‘winners’ in the various marketplace sectors. For example, order books have now opened for the new Volvo V40 five-door, five-seat lower medium model where the D2 1.6 litre 115 bhp variant has emissions of 94 g/km and returns 78.5 mpg on the combined fuel cycle. The Swedish marque has adopted an emissions-busting ‘DRIVe Towards Zero’ strategy and has recently announced that from model year 2013 - cars are now available to order - almost all diesel-powered versions of its S60, V60, V70 and S80 will have emissions below 120 g/km. Late this year Volvo will also launch its V60 Plug-in Hybrid - the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid - with CO2 emissions of 49 g/km (more than 100 mpg) and a range of up to 621 miles. With indicative pricing of between £45,000 and £50,000, the front wheels of the Plug-in Hybrid are powered by a five-cylinder 2.4 litre turbo diesel producing 215 bhp and the rear axle by an electric motor producing 70 bhp. Meanwhile, Jaguar has introduced a 2.2 litre 161 bhp diesel version of its XF model (£29,950 on the road), which emits 149 g/km of CO2 and has combined cycle fuel economy of 52.3 mpg. RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING JUNE 2012

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PERSPECTIVES

‘Drifting’ and SelfPublishing There’s a novel inside all of us; it’s just a question of writing it. A best seller would be nice, but unlikely. The real satisfaction comes in achieving your ambition

Brian with pet Beagle Oska courtesy of Dean’s Street Photography Studios, Oakham

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ormer Rutland Times editor Brian Martin has written his first novel, Drifting, at the age of 70. “If I can do it, anyone can,” he says. The fact that he had to publish and promote the book himself disturbs him not a jot. “If I had to wait for prospective publishers to stop pontificating I’d be in my grave,” he adds. It cost him £300 for a limited print, plus the cost of driving around to local stockists, but says the project gave him enormous satisfaction. The literary world may be currently in a state of flux, with e-books challenging the printed page, but conventional books are still a viable proposition. “I couldn’t start Drifting until I’d retired,” says Brian. “I had a storyline in mind but never had the time.” He worked in newspapers for 40 years (including contributing a weekly Life of Brian column for the Stamford Mercury) but started as an advertising copywriter in London. “There’s only so much you can say about washing powder. At least it taught me to sharpen my writing.” His tips for would-be authors include: • Write an eye-catching first paragraph, maintain a strong story line and make the characters believable. • Use humour when you can (there’s little enough of it in today’s po-faced world) but remember that what might seem funny to you may not register with your reader. Don’t over-strive for effect. • Read the text out loud; if it flows, it’s a winner. Try out your ideas on a friend and don’t over- write. He is also a firm believer in publicity. “If it’s a good product it will sell. Promote it through the local Press. Use local radio. Hassle book shops. Sell it at village fairs. Hold signing sessions. Give talks at WIs. It’s your baby; it deserves the best.” As a feature writer Brian interviewed everyone from comedian Tommy Trinder to wrestler Jackie Pallo, William Hague to Julia

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Bradbury, Alan Sillitoe to C P Snow. He met clean-up TV campaigner Mary Whitehouse (“Not a battleaxe; a charmer, with principles”), stage strongwoman Joan Rhodes (“A curiously babyish voice in a statuesque body”) and England goalkeeper Peter Shilton (“Great bloke; small problem. I’d taped the interview but pressed the wrong button and out came James Last by mistake! We re-did the whole thing later”). In other assignments he accompanied a stunt pilot looping-the-loop over Pitsford (sadly the poor man was killed three months later doing something similar) and, knees knocking, scaled an 80ft chimney to chat to a steeplejack . Of all the people he met, the two interviewees he most admired were both Rutlanders – the polymath Prince Galitzine and Tommy Suthern, Oakham’s last alderman.

Drifting is 80,000 words long, took ten months to write and is set in a Britain of the future. Its hero is a disillusioned writer (“Not me,” says Brian, “I was never under any illusions!”) whose train trip to the coast might well be his last. “It’s Kafkaesque but kooky,” explains the author, who lives in Cottesmore. “It takes sideswipes at everything from our dystopian society to the changing face of newspapers and it’s a good read, even though I say so myself!” • His previous books are Rutland People (with Audrey Buxton), Rutland Landscapes and Legends (with Alan Oliver) and Rutland Roundabout, the first poetry volume to be devoted entirely to England’s smallest county. Contact: Tel: 01572 811038 or email brianofrutland@aol.com for more details.

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OUT & ABOUT

OAKHAM FESTIVAL 2012 15 JUNE – 1 JULY

An eclectic mix of music, drama, dance, exhibitions, competitions and comedy. A full programme listing can be found at www.oakhamfestival.co.uk where you can register your details for a chance to win 2 weekend tickets. Here is a taste of some of this year’s main events Launch Party FRIDAY 15TH JUNE @ Oakham Castle, 6.30pm. A warm welcome awaits everyone at the Launch Party. There will be dance displays, ukulele sessions, the launch of this year’s photography competition and a mini exhibition by Open Studios. Drinks and canapés provided by Aid for Chad and a chance to win 2 weekend tickets. Free admission. Photography Competition Win £50 and your photo’s posted on the website. See www.oakhamfestival.co.uk for more details. Entry forms available from Music & More. Oliver Twist SATURDAY 16TH JUNE @ Museum, 3.00pm. M&M Theatrical Productions grace the stage with this great classic. A brilliant theatrical adaptation to bring alive a story loved by young and old alike. Tickets £6.00 (4 for £20.00) Ceilidh at the Castle with the James Joyce Band SATURDAY 16TH JUNE @ Oakham Castle, 7.30pm. A swinging mix of ballads, jigs, reels & songs in the magical surroundings of Oakham Castle is ideal for meeting friends, drinking, dancing & general jollity. Guinness and other beverages available from the bar. Tickets £7.00 includes Ploughman’s Supper Uppingham Feast SUNDAY 17TH JUNE @ Uppingham Market Square, from 12noon to 10pm with live music, craft fayre, local hot & cold food, traditional market and children’s entertainment Rutland Concert Band TUESDAY 19TH JUNE @ Oakham Castle, 7.30pm. Once again, Rutland’s very own concert band will perform in the castle and as it is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year there will be British light music, popular classics, rousing anthems and some light-hearted fun. Tickets £7.00 Battle of the Bands WEDNESDAY 20TH JUNE @ The Grainstore, 4.30pm. Rutland’s finest young unsigned rock talent takes to the stage to battle it out in this year’s contest. The winning band will feature on the Osprey stage at ‘a lost weekend’ with a free weekend pass to all winning band members. Entry forms available at www.musicandmore. co.uk. Outdoor event, free admission.

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NB Music Foundation - school workshops THURSDAY 21ST JUNE @ Uppingham Community College. A day of musical workshops for years 2 to 11 consisting of percussion workshops and a Glee choir for all year groups along with string workshops for both beginner & more experienced players. All workshops will be led by professional and internationally acclaimed artistes with participants able to showcase their talents during the evening performance at 7.00pm. A tremendous opportunity for all budding musicians. Art - The Hand Stitched Theatre Company 15+ FRIDAY 22ND JUNE @ Oakham Castle, 5.30pm. This award winning play, a rare drama about friendship and the pretentiousness of works of art, played for many years in the West End. This local Company bring a fresh production to the Festival. Donations on the door please. Festival Orchestral Concert FRIDAY 22ND JUNE @ Oakham Chapel, 7.45pm. A programme of serene and gorgeous music to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee and the summer festival in Oakham. Experience music from Debussy, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Reinecke and Walton. Free, tickets required. Open Studios FRIDAY 22ND TO SUNDAY 24TH JUNE @ Oakham Castle. The Open Studios artists from across all media will have a group exhibition at the Castle. Meet the artists and be inspired with the depth and range of the work they produce. Free admission FUNKY TENT WEEKEND 22ND TO 24TH JUNE A weekend ticket to all outdoor events @ funky tent is £20 in advance. A bar will be provided but the audience are invited to bring picnics and chairs if required. And All That Jazz FRIDAY 22ND JUNE @ Funky Tent, 8.00pm. The Sonny Society Jazz Band recreates the classic Dixieland sound of New Orleans. Expect music by Louis Armstrong, Humphrey Littleton and Kenny Ball. Outdoor event, tickets £6.00 in advance Festival Fun, Frolics & Fayre SATURDAY 23RD JUNE @ Oakham Castle from 11.00am. The castle comes alive with arty stalls, circus skills workshops & live performances to include Tin Pigeons, Sileby Slappers, Paper

Wizard, The D’Ukes of Rutland, Rutland Dance Academy. Nota Bene Choir, Melstrum, La Mala Esquina, Richard Seal & Friends. A fun packed day for the whole family. All day BBQ and refreshments available. Outdoor event, free admission. Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet Club SATURDAY 23RD JUNE @ Castle, 3.30pm. Around 20 examples of this iconic car will parade through Oakham and be on display at the castle from 3.30pm, where you can learn more from their proud owners. Outdoor event, free admission. Party Night with The Houndogs SATURDAY 23RD JUNE @ Funky Tent, 8.00pm. Headline act, the Houndogs are quite simply one of the best Rock’n’Roll bands in the UK and they have built up a wide reputation for their exhilarating live performances. The wild energy of their shows has to be seen to be believed and includes members of the band jumping off the drum kit, standing on the double bass and even setting fire to the cymbals. The Houndogs will be supported by Govannen, an easy going, good humoured Irish band to get your hands clapping and your toes tapping for a great start to the party night. A festival favourite! BBQ available. Outdoor event, tickets £10.00 in advance. Singing with Katie - workshop & performance SUNDAY 24TH JUNE @ Funky Tent, 2.00pm/4.30pm. Katie brings energy, fun and a huge repertoire of music to her workshops, including folk, sea shanties, African-style chants, simple rounds and choir classics. Singing will be acapella and taught by ear, no music reading is required. Suitable for the complete novice or the seasoned singer. Think you can’t sing? Come anyway! Outdoor event, free admission. Festival Proms Night with Forresters Brass & Caroline Trutz SUNDAY 24TH JUNE @ Funky Tent, 8.00pm. Forrester’s Brass and vocalist, Caroline Trutz, present Festival Proms Night. Everyone is welcome to bring a picnic, garden chairs and any union jacks left over from the diamond jubilee and enjoy some exciting music & vocals with these fine local musicians. Forresters are participating in ‘Brass the Baton’, a London 2012 Festival event where the baton must reach the stage in a unique way and be used to perform a specially commissioned piece. What will they do? Outdoor event, tickets £8.00 in advance.

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FESTIVAL ORGAN RECITAL WITH PAUL BUTLER TUESDAY 26TH JUNE @ All Saints Church, 7.30pm. In support of LOROS, expect works by Cesar Franck, Bach, Neilson and some light hearted pieces to ensure a varied programme for all. Tickets £6.00 CHARITY MUSIC NIGHT WEDNESDAY 27TH JUNE @ Wheatsheaf, 8.00pm. A warm welcome awaits you at the Wheatsheaf for a musical evening and BBQ in the picturesque garden, weather permitting. Free admission HOME & AWAY WITH RICHARD ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHER FRIDAY 29TH JUNE @ Rutland County Council Chamber, Catmose, 7.30pm. An evening of photography, music & repartee with this well-known local legend. The evening will feature images, complemented by a musical accompaniment, beginning in Rutland and then take you to places far and wide. Have a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy! Tickets £5.00, includes a glass of wine PURE MAGIC - FREDDIE MERCURY & QUEEN TRIBUTE FRIDAY 29TH JUNE @ The Grainstore, 8.30pm. With endless studies of live shows, Mark Sanders has recreated the very essence of Freddie’s charisma. Pure Magic is one of the few tributes that presents a performance of Queen classics that will leave you gasping at his wonderful interpretation of the great man. Free admission

COMEDY NIGHT WITH PATRICK MONAHAN & GUESTS SATURDAY 30TH JUNE @ Rutland County Museum, 8.00pm. In association with Live@ the museum, the festival committee are proud to welcome back the award winning Patrick Monahan with the comedy genius Marc Lucero and comical musical talent of Rachel Parris. Monahan, the brilliant MiddlesboroughIrish-Iranian stand-up comedian, won ‘Show Me the Funny’ in 2011 and has received 5 star reviews for his latest show. The evening will be compared by Alan Seaman. Tickets £12.00/£10.00 concessions

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MUSIC IN THE PARK SUNDAY 1ST JULY @ Cutts Close Bandstand, 3.00pm. Enjoy a foot-stomping summers afternoon at the lovely new bandstand with the Wississippi Jazzmen. Free admission BRASS & BOAT - A MUSICAL CRUISE ON THE RUTLAND BELLE SUNDAY 1ST JULY @ Whitwell, 7.00pm. The 2012 Festival finale is a sunset cruise on the Rutland Belle. The Leicester Brass Ensemble will play all your favourites as you enjoy wonderful surroundings and watch the sunset over the Rutland Water. Tickets £12.00

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Inspired conversion of former sewing factory dating back to 1889 providing stunning contemporary accommodation amounting to approximately 3500 square feet over two floors and equipped to an exceptionally high specification

Settings House has been converted & extended by the current owners creating a spacious & well proportioned country residence, utilising traditional craftsmanship & quality fittings throughout Detached Family Home Wealth Of Character ● Lovely Rural Views ● Farmhouse Kitchen ● ●

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Morcott Dating from 1700s, an imposing stone-built Grade II Listed farmhouse occupying a slightly elevated position with lovely privately screened gardens in the centre of this sought after village. Grade II Listed Farmhouse Wealth of Character ● 3 Reception Rooms ● Breakfast Kitchen with Range ● ●

4 Double Bedrooms

Lovely Gardens

Asking Price £650,000

A substantial period country property located in the highly sought after village of Harringworth, in the heart of the Welland Valley. The property is set in grounds of approximately 5.0 acres in total. Impressive Period Farmhouse Estate 5.0 Acres of Gardens & Grounds ● Lovely Welland Valley Views ● 4 Reception Rooms ● ●

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Barholm A delightful Grade II Listed Barn conversion dating back to 1748 over two floors with a wealth of character including inglenook fireplace and exposed beams and stonework. Impressive Kitchen/Breakfast Room 5/6 Bedrooms ● 4 Bathrooms ● 2 Reception Rooms

Asking Price £599,950

Caldecott Sympathetically upgraded period stone house, situated in a quiet back water, within the centre of this popular village, boasting a wealth of character featuring an Inglenook fireplace, exposed stonework, original timbers, high ceilings, stone mullioned windows and priest hole. Grade II Listed 2 Recep.Rooms ● Beautiful Breakfast Kitchen ● 4 Bedrooms ● ●

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Langham Islington Cottage is built of local stone partly under thatched, partly under tiled roof and has been sympathetically extended over the years to provide today a family country residence with character filled and generously proportioned accommodation and standing in approximately .5 acre Period Country House 5 Reception Rooms ● 4 Double Bedrooms ● Wet Room & Bathroom ● ●

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Ridlington A charming and well-presented detached stone-built cottage, situated on the edge of the popular Rutland village of Ridlington and enjoying countryside views to front. Charming Detached Cottage Spacious Family Accommodation ● 3 Reception Rooms, Conservatory ● Refitted Kitchen & Utility ● ●

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