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n the behalf of contributor Hannah Warner, I am delighted to announce the Stamford Hidden Article Competition 2012 where primary school children from the Stamford and Rutland area will have the chance to win £100 during the October half term, by seeking out hidden articles in some of Stamford’s shop windows. From Saturday 20th October until Saturday 3rd November, many of the town’s retailers will be displaying an object that they don’t usually sell – it might be a dice in a shoe shop, or an Oxo cube in a clothes’ shop. Children simply have to spot the out of place objects and the top three eagle-eyed youngsters will win cash prizes of £100, £50 and £25. Hannah says, “As a mum of four, I am always looking for ways to entertain the children during the school holidays. I am hoping that The Hidden Article Competition will be a really fun activity for all primary school children in the area to take part in, with the chance to win a large amount of money!”. Competition entry forms cost £2 and will be available from the Tourist Information Centre in Stamford Arts Centre and children’s clothes shop Bubble and Squeak, from Saturday 13th October. All profits will go to the St Gilbert’s School Jubilee Sanctuary Garden project. Also I recommend this amazing offer: Stapleford Park are celebrating this year’s summer of sporting success by offering a unique six month only membership from 1st October 2012 until 31st March 2013. It includes a full individual membership with a complimentary overnight stay, 20% discount on food & drink and a 20% discount on accommodation. Members will also have use of the 18 hole, Par 73 Championship golf course, the Technogym and indoor swimming pool as well as 6 hours complimentary child care per week. An Individual Membership for 6 months is priced £650 including joining fee saving £310 and a Couple Membership is £1,150 including joining fee saving £550. To find out more contact Lara Thorpe on Tel: 01572 787079 or email:


Late in: • The Cecilian Singers, directed by Jeremy Jackman, present ‘Autumn Leaves’ at St Dionysius, Church Square, Market Harborough, Leicestershire on October 20th at 7.30pm. Tickets: £10. Tickets available from Jane Cotton Tel: 0115 937 2993, email jane. or visit


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7 Editor’s Selection

In celebration of All Hallow’s Eve

8 Food and Drink

Cottesmore, that Village that Reinvented Itself

32 Shops and Services

Self Assessment Tax Return

11 Out and About

35 Education

12 Activities

37 Travel

16 Fashion

38 Travel

Bending the rules at Leicester’s Curve Theatre Premier Sport, Inspiring Young People through PE and Sport Autumn Fashion at Hambleton Hall

18 Health and Beauty

Make-over Magic!

21 Recipe

Perfect beef

22 Eating Out

News and some Christmas previews

25 Shops and services

A care home from home for loved ones

26 Mental Health

Psychological Trauma and EMDR

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Jan Turner of UCC and Victoria Crosher of CBEC Spotlight on the Caribbean and All Inclusive Skiing New travel agents Savvi Travel explores Halloween in Massachusetts and the delights of Thailand

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What’s on in our region this month

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Focus on Market Harborough’s Businesses

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Lalique in South Street, Oakham, 84 Charing Cross Road and more

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Film Maker, Victor Streatfeild

Noel Coward in Rutland

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traddling the line between autumn and winter, plenty and scarcity, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honour all saints and martyrs. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Today, like it or not, it consists mainly of dressing up and trick-or-treating. When I was growing up all proceeds went to the local Church; is that because my mother was Church Warden? Today my kids take goodies to the neighbours – usually in return for some bounty!

John Lewis: How about these Meri Meri Halloween Cupcake Stands - £11 for pack of 8 and order your cupcakes from Heavenly Cupcakes, heavenlycupcakesrutland Or what about this fun Halloween House for £15…

I was lucky enough to attend the Damien Hirst Exhibition at the Tate Modern recently and what better image for Halloween than his diamondencrusted skull? Yes I did buy a poster, at the Tate Shop (£10).

I come from York and an old school friend of mine is the farmer who owns the nationally renowned York Maze and he hosts the best Halloween event in the UK. Attractions include a Halloween Trial, the Phantomime, a Ghostmania Ride as well as a £2,000 price for the biggest pumpkin– I am not biased, honest, it has won awards! So for a fun day out this October half term I encourage you to have a look at

Impact: For a quick fashion fix at affordable prices for the Halloween mum why not check out Impact? I love this poncho – perfect for freezing on neighbours’ doorsteps! Tel: 01572 757399

Swans of Oakham: I am loving these Flemish high back chairs adorned with terrifying Lions heads! In stock, at Swans of Oakham, Mill Street and supplied at £2000 fully restored and re upholstered in clients own fabric. RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING OCTOBER 2012

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The team at Farndon Fields

Farndon Fields: over 40 varieties of fruit and vegetables are available.


Fresh and Affordable – Champions of Local Food The first wave of ‘slow food’ pioneers forced us to consider our approach to mass produced and homogenised goods in favour of all things locally sourced. Amander Meade meets the young artisan food producers who have taken over the baton and are leading the next wave in the food revolution. They have done their maths - the freshest food is now affordable to all, every day


arm shops have come a long way in the last ten years. No longer overpriced and exclusive, the new generation of farm fresh food providers are marketing savvy and their stock is wide ranging and not only high quality (some organic) but affordable for all budgets. Sustainability is key to price at Farndon Fields… I visited Milly Stokes and her daughter Nicola at the farm shop the family has developed over the last couple of decades. Milly’s husband Kevin began the business as a farmer fresh from college and what started as surplus vegetables sold from the couple’s back door is now a thriving and spacious shop selling over 40 varieties of fruit and vegetables plus


a foodie wonderland of fantastic local meat, groceries, dairy goods, bread, cakes, plants and gifts. With family and farming at its core, Nicola explained the ethos behind the shop which has expanded in recent years to include a delicatessen packed with local and English cheeses, charcuterie plus flavoured oils and homemade speciality salads which are all created in the farm kitchen. “We supply produce grown on our farm, made in our kitchen and sourced from other local producers. Seasonality is key to sustainability and our fifty strong staff offer first class customer service in a welcoming atmosphere.” I can vouch for that! Unable to resist, I left with some of the Stokes’ own bacon and sausages, eggs and some fabulous fresh

vegetables. Not surprisingly, the shop was buzzing with local customers many of whom shop daily – why not when the shelves are restocked twice a day straight from the fields? Nicola is typical of the new generation, raised to ask serious questions about farming ethics – she is passionate about the farm and price checks many of their products against leading supermarkets every day and is proud to proclaim them better value. “There really is no need for people to feed their families on food that has been shrink wrapped and imported from abroad – we can provide food of a much higher quality that has been grown or raised here. It’s completely fresh and it’s better value for money.” The quality and value message is spreading


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almost as fast as the reputation of Farndon Fields – Kevin is a finalist in the Farmers Weekly Local Food Farmer of the Year award and this year the team won the Countryside Alliance Midlands Local Food award – the farming equivalent of the Oscars. With more awards in the offing Nicola and her mum are excited about the future which may involve rare breed pigs as a new venture.

A new shop for the Nelsons Another popular farming family celebrating success are the Nelsons who have recently opened a new Hambleton Farm Shop at Waterside in Bourne. The new premises are a sister store to the highly successful Gaol Street shop in Oakham and offers a “Complete shopping opportunity under one roof” according to Will Nelson. “We have added to our highly acclaimed butchery selection making it easy to pick up sensibly priced fresh fruit, vegetables and groceries too. The idea is that you pick up everything you need at the same time.” Don’t forget to order your Christmas meat early from either shop.

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Success means expansion for Otters Just over a year after launching Otters Smoke House and Delicatessen, Leo Sugden’s success has forced a move to bigger premises further down Mill Street. Delighted by the enthusiastic reception Otters has enjoyed, Leo will expand his impressive range of naturally smoked fish, meats and cheeses all smoked using traditional methods with no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives. You can also find an exciting range of artisan and traditional cheeses plus carefully selected charcuterie and high quality deli products. Online ordering with home delivery is available but Leo hopes you will visit the new shop and enjoy the new café section for a light lunch made from the best ingredients in the shop. “We are so excited about the move and are looking forward to welcoming existing customers as well as tempting in lots of new ones.”

Brockleby’s Farm Shop Watch the award winning pies being made in the heart of the kitchen within the shop at Brockleby’s multi award winning farm shop. “All our stock is grown reared or produced within this region. When you shop with us you know where the food is grown, the animals reared and how they have been treated and fed.” Fantastic for: Peace of mind plus a huge range of wonderful produce.

Can you keep a secret? The award winning Hambleton Bakery is the secret up the sleeve of many a busy hostess. “Our fruit tarts are proving extremely popular as a pudding course at dinner parties and special events” says Carolyn, who recommends ordering early for parties. “And don’t forget to include your speciality breads and rolls too. We have a constantly evolving and changing selection of baked goods and now supply the best quality yeast and flour from Sharpham Park for home bakers – even those with special dietary requirements.” Kept in a bread bin all Hambleton Breads will keep for around a week and can be refreshed by warming in the oven or toasting. They all freeze well too.

Melton Cheeseboard The Brown family runs the Melton Cheeseboard - famous for their Stilton and pork pies. “It is our policy to source many of our cheeses directly from the dairies; this includes the complete Long Clawson range, Cropwell Bishop Stilton, Lincolnshire Poacher, Godminster Organic Vintage Cheddar, Bertelin Staffordshire Farmhouse Cheese, Shorrocks Lancashire and Sparkenhoe Farm Leicester.” Fantastic for: A range of over 120 different cheeses – discover some new flavours.

Northfield Farm Northfield Farm’s butchery team specialises in rare breed meat and is passionate about culinary heritage and good husbandry – they have an accreditation by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as a tribute to the quality of their produce and principles. Fantastic for: Dry-cured bacon, sausages, black and white pudding plus an array of home made goods.


Brockleby’s Farm Shop Tel: 01664 813200 Farndon Fields Farm Shop Tel: 01858 464838 Hambleton Bakery Tel: 01572 812995 Hambleton Fine Foods Oakham Tel: 01572 724455 Northfield Farm Tel: 01664 474271 Otters Smokehouse & Deli Tel: 01572 756481 The Melton Cheeseboard Tel: 01664 562257


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Curve Leicester Bending the rules In addition to the ‘main event’ productions, Curve offers wonderful children’s theatre all year round and especially during school holidays. This month alone there are no fewer than five afternoon productions for younger children and their families to enjoy. Just beyond the autumn who could resist the promise of another spectacular high impact musical theatre treat this Christmas? Amander Meade sneaks a peek at what Curve Leicester has to offer this season


urve is Leicester’s state of the art theatre situated at the very centre of the Cultural Quarter in the city centre with easy, safe NCP parking next door. The building itself is spectacular – designed by award-winning architect Rafael Vinoly and curved as the name would suggest. The feel is welcoming and open and is certainly non-traditional with no backstage area separating the world of theatre making from the public – thus doing away with all barriers between performers and audience which somehow feels very natural. Productions are selected by Artistic Director Paul Kerryson who has an instinctive feel for what audiences want to see and effortlessly mixes family musical theatre (which he often directs) with edgier pieces. This season offers a thrilling and diverse selection from the dark and highly charged ‘Entertaining Mr Sloane’ by Leicester-born playwright Joe Orton to

‘Hello Dolly!’ - another spectacular Curve musical treat for Christmas. Paul explains, “There are many firsts for us in this upcoming season, starting with the UK premiere of Glynn Nicholas’ ‘Certified’, a comedy starring Christopher Timothy and Les Dennis. We also have the world premiere of ‘Obama the Mamba’, a provocative new play about the very different lifestyle of Barak Obama’s half-brother.” Also much anticipated is the brand new musical production of ‘Finding Neverland’ produced by Academy and Tony Award winner Harvey Weinstein (‘The Artist’, ‘The King’s Speech’, ‘Shakespeare in Love’) and directed by Rob Ashford which will be seen first by audiences in Leicester. The musical tells the story of JM Barrie and his friendship with a widow and her four sons who inspire him to write his classic story ‘Peter Pan’. The phenomenal star of international musical theatre Caroline O’Connor returns to Curve this Christmas as Dolly Levi in ‘Hello Dolly!’ – the biggest, brassiest Broadway musical of them all. If you saw her unforgettable performance as Mama Rose in Gypsy, you know what to expect – if you didn’t, don’t miss this one, you won’t be disappointed. (Runs Friday 30 November 2012 to Saturday 12 January 2013) Last word to Paul – “We are very excited about our upcoming autumn season; our home-produced work and the calibre of visiting productions, and hope audiences will be equally enthusiastic” • For further information or to book, Tel: 01162 423 595 or visit

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Saturday 6 October – ‘There’s a Monster in My Piano’. An offbeat jazzy tale starring puppets, clowning and animation. Tuesday 23 October – ‘Rapunzel’. A delightful new production for children about the curiosity and joys of growing up, risk taking and discovering who you are. Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 October – ‘The Snail and the Whale’. Created in Tall Stories’ unique style, this show mixes imaginative storytelling, lots of laughs and fantastic new music played live on stage in a show for everyone aged 4 plus. Friday 26 October – ‘Hansel & Gretel & Cinderella’. The deliciously scary and thrillingly dramatic stories of the Brothers Grimm are brought to life in an imaginative new production by internationally acclaimed Theatr Iolo. Includes Hansel and Gretel and the original version of Cinderella – some classic stories you know and some you may not! Saturday 27 October – ‘The Pied Piper’ This humorous and irresistible one person show combines a skilful mix of puppetry, foot tapping live music and storytelling and will have audiences young and old entranced.


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Inspiring Young People through PE and Sport Having been incredibly impressed by the provision of Premier Sport both as after-school clubs and in the school holidays, Abigail Richardson decided to find out more about the organisation


remier Sport is a professional coaching company that specialises in the delivery of sport and physical activities to children in curriculum time, as well as out of school hours and holiday clubs. As a founding partner of C.O.M.P.A.S.S (the Community of Providers of Physical Activity and School Sport) and the first organisation of its kind to be awarded the highly prestigious QiSS (Quality in Study Support) kitemark for quality, Premier Sport is dedicated to delivering innovative sports coaching that inspires children to learn and live a healthy, fun and fit life. That’s why Premier Sport leads the way as the largest children’s coaching company of its kind in the UK, successfully coaching more than 20 different sports to over 6 million children every year! Thousands of schools employ Premier Sport to bring enrich their PE curriculum and provide extracurricular sport opportunities for their pupils. Premier Sport’s partners include the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust and a host of sporting ambassadors including Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew MBE, ex- England rugby union captain Lawrence Dallaglio OBE and former England rugby league captain Paul Sculthorpe. Ben Eshelby, who lives in Oakham, Rutland, initially joined Premier Sport to work as a coach but after nearly a year in the job, Ben was deemed so outstanding he was offered the opportunity to set up his own business. Premier Sport’s recruitment director, Jonathan Mills, said: “Ben excelled to such an extent that he was offered the opportunity to start his own franchise” Ben launched his business in Rutland, Melton Mowbray and the surrounding areas, where he offers PE coaching both in and out of school hours as well as holiday camps, breakfast, lunch and after school clubs with a team of coaches in up to 21 different sports under the Premier Sport umbrella. He is qualified to deliver a broad range of sports including football, dodgeball, tri-golf, athletics, gymnastics, tag rugby, basketball, cricket, fencing and racket sports amongst others. He has also completed First Aid courses and child protection exams. Said Ben, “I understand the


importance of living an active and healthy lifestyle and I have really seen the positive effects it can bring to an individual’s life. Knowing how important good coaching is in the lives of young aspiring sportsmen and women, I really believe Premier Sport is the best in the business by a long way and I want to bring that experience to the children of Rutland.” Ben opened his own franchise in January 2011 and was subsequently named ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at Premier Sport’s annual conference in August that same year. “Working with children is my dream job and teaching them sport just makes it all the more worthwhile. I decided to start my franchise with Premier Sport because it’s such a well run organisation, giving you all the help and support you need when starting a new business. Seeing the business grow by employing a dedicated team of coaches is really exciting, while I also enjoy generating new business Ben Eshelby by building relationships with schools and head teachers.” As a teacher, parent or child, for education, in the Rutland area and to book online, visit: fitness or fun, Premier Sport can help you Check out the half term get the most out of an active life. All staff holiday multi sports from the 15 – 19 October are CRB checked with Child Protection and 9am to 3.30pm at Exton Primary School, £10 Emergency Aid certification. To view courses a day.

Abigail says: “The best holiday child care money can buy as the coaches are professional, enthusiastic and truly inspirational role-models. And for schools where PE is not an every day occurrence, there is no better way of getting your child involved in sport of an expert standard”.


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Knitwear at the ready!

With the nights drawing in and a distinct ‘nip’ in the morning air, autumn is most definitely upon us. Vanessa Hollander has been to our local boutiques again to bring you the lowdown on what’s new for autumn/winter 2012!


here are a few key trends for autumn/winter 2012. Think lace, animal prints, Aztec style prints, shiny coated skinny jeans, velvet or textured coloured jeans, chunky ankle boots. Colour-wise think greys, plums, mustards, teals and bringing blacks and navies to life by adding brighter colours to them. By including just one or two of these into your wardrobe, you will look bang up-todate!

Nicky (left) Grey velvet jeans by Noa Noa, £105 at Jacks, Market Harborough Grey chiffon blouse by Snob, £59 at Jacks, Market Harborough Chunky knit poncho by B.yu, £119 at Jacks, Market Harborough Black ankle boots by Unisa, £179 at Jacks, Market Harborough Emma (right) Coloured jeans by Esprit, £45 at Attic, Oakham Chunky wine jumper by BZR, £95 at Attic, Stamford Multi-coloured wrap by Esprit, £30 at Attic, Oakham Wedge shoe boots by Unisa, £150 at Attic, Stamford

Emma (left) Grey printed dress by Rodika Zanian, £189 Black shoe boot by Vic, £195 Nicky (right) Leopard print dress by Gerard Darel, £189 Black court shoe by Unisa, £125 All items available at Cavells, Oakham



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Navy Gillet by Musto, £135 at Fords of Oakham Cream Cable Knit Roll Neck by Musto, £100 at Fords of Oakham Skinny jeans by Blend, £54 at Fords of Oakham Chambray fitted Oxford shirt by Musto, £53 at Fords of Oakham Chunky chocolate fur lined ankle boots by Bruno Premi, £130 at CoCo, Oakham

Lace trim t-shirt by Great Plains, £38 at Impact, Oakham Black leggings by Vila, £10 at Impact, Oakham Grey suede ankle boots by Geox, £130 at Marcia May Shoes, Stamford

Emma (left) Striped cashmere maxi dress by Madeleine, £375 Jalouse ankle boots by Ash, £145 Lizzie Hobo bag by Paul Smith, £425

With thanks to : Hambleton Hall – the stunning venue for our shoot. Their staff couldn’t have made us more welcome or have been more accommodating. Emma Smith & Nicky Young – our models, who were both gorgeous and lots of fun! Maria at Pomegranate – for being our make-up artist and being brilliant at it! Elli Dean – our brilliant and very patient photographer!

Nicky (right) Coated jeans by J Brand, £245 Soft wine vest with lace trim by Rosemunde, £50 Grey roll neck cashmere jumper by Velvet, £239 Horrigan strap boot by Hudson, £145 Alexa bag in foggy grey by Mulberry, £795 All items available at Cavells, Oakham


Left: Print dress with zips by Anna Scott, £90 at Vanilla, Oakham Black detachable fur trim boots by Lisa Kay, £175 at Vanilla, Oakham Above: Melanie stretch cords by MAC, £79 at Vanilla, Oakham Stretch long sleeved t-shirt by Anna Scott, £43 at Vanilla, Oakham Fur gillet by Miss Baron, £80 at Vanilla, Oakham Chunky chocolate fur lined ankle boots, £130 by Bruno Premi at CoCo, Oakham

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Make-over Magic! As we head into a new season, it’s a great time to reassess your style. Catherine Batkin looks at the tricks of the trade that can enhance your looks and self-esteem for autumn MAKE-UP MAKEOVER If you’re stuck in a rut when it comes to your choice of cosmetics, this it’s time to seek professional advice. Beauty Therapist Faith from Pomegranate does a 20 minute make-up application, along with advice on which colours and products will suit, for the fantastic price of £10. Faith uses natural based Korres products and MAC eye shadows and told me: “It is so important to get your base correct to ensure that the rest of your make-up lasts the distance. One of the most common problems women encounter is that their make-up tends to ‘slide’ during the day. This is because the moisturiser and foundation types need to match – oil-based is great for mature skin, but water based is more suitable for younger skins.” Even better, no appointment is needed so you can pop in before a big date to get yourself a whole new look!

A PERFECT MATCH As anyone who has peered into a small mirror at the cosmetics counter with stripes of colour along their jaw will know that finding the right foundation can be a real headache! Whether colour or consistency is wrong, British women waste more money on this single item than anything else. But now help is at hand at Boots in Oakham with the introduction of the new No 7 Match Made Service – an innovative machine that reads your skin to suggest the perfect colour match. Daniella Romeo, The No 7 skin advisor, will then assess your skin needs to find the perfect foundation for you from across nine ranges including Stay Perfect foundation for long-lasting wear, Restore and Renew to revitalise mature skin and Essentially Natural, a lightweight liquid formulation. Pop in store to find your perfect match today.

JUST FOR MEN New season makeovers aren’t just for the girls; men are also spoilt for choice when it comes to getting a new look locally. At Nouvelle Chic in Oakham, they have a range of beauty treatments tailored specifically to men’s skin including a 30 minute ‘lunch break’ Decléor facial to deep cleanse and purify stressed skin. But if it’s a new hair-do he’s after then the arrival of a gent’s stylist is also welcome news…so put the clippers away and encourage him to get the chop!


Get your body beautiful with Judith Ewing’s Beautiful Bums and Tight Tums workout! The ultimate body conditioning workout, this one hour class will tone and sculpt the legs, bums and tums giving you a lean lithe look whilst arms will also be put through their paces to get rid of those bingo wings in time for party season! Classes run on a Tuesday night at 7.15pm at Oakham C of E primary school, Burley Road, Oakham (term time only). Class price is £5 and there is no need to book. • Call Judith on Tel: 07771 866123 or visit her website at

FASHION & MORE If you’re keen on updating your wardrobe as well as your hair and make-up, then get a group of friends together and treat yourself to a morning of fashion and beauty at Cavells. The second of these successful events takes place on Thursday 15th November and will give you a preview of the latest seasonal clothing with advice on make-up and stylish hair. Tickets cost £35 and include lunch at Hambleton Hall to follow. Call Cavells for more information and to book your ticket.

TOP UP YOUR MAKE-UP BAG: If your cosmetics bag could do with refreshing, then head over to Lalique on South Street where Julianne stocks an extensive range of New CID cosmetics. Designed to give you that airbrushed finish, the products are easy to apply and lightweight to wear; making them suitable for all skin types. New additions to the range include the make-up setting spray; a refreshing spritz that ensures longevity for your cosmetics and i-kiss lip colours – sticks of long-lasting colour that are sharpened like a pencil.



Pomegranate, Mill Street, Oakham,Tel: 01572 755096, Boots the Chemist, High Street, Oakham, Tel: 01572 722024, Lalique, South Street, Oakham Tel: 01572 723950, Cavells, Mill Street, Oakham, Tel: 01572 770372, Nouvelle Chic, High Street, Oakham, Tel: 01572 723273


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Restaurant 26 Melton Road, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6AY

Bookings now Being taken for christmas For reservations please call: 01572 724999 or 07864 658727 Cash or cheques only. Takeaway available


Enjoy our fabulous new menu and we’ll treat you to a glass of Marsala and homemade Biscotti to celebrate a beautiful Autumn* *Terms & conditions apply.

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Sean’s Kitchen Confidential PERFECT BEEF At our pubs – the Red Lion Inn at Stathern and Olive Branch in Clipsham – we’re always on the search for the finest ingredients that the region has to offer.


HEN it comes to top-class beef, I reckon the English Longhorn is probably the best breed in Britain. It has provided some of the tastiest cuts I have ever eaten. The Longhorn breed was originally native to Leicestershire and is renowned for the quality of its meat. To get this quality takes time and effort – Longhorns don’t suit modern, intensive farming techniques, and rearing them successfully requires careful breeding and handling. Local Longhorn farmers include The Longhorn Beef Company of Whatton-in-the-Vale, Nottinghamshire; Quenby Hall of Leicestershire; and Tori and Ben’s Farm of Diseworth, Derbyshire. Raw Longhorn beef has regular marbling (the white strands of fat you see in uncooked steak), which is exactly what I’m looking for. During cooking, this marbling melts into the beef, enhancing taste and texture.

FIRST-CLASS STEAK When selecting your steak, look for a cut with a rich, deep-red colour with even marbling. Stay away from bright red cuts. Before cooking, sprinkle with black pepper and sea salt flakes, then place onto a very hot pan, not before the oil or butter’s sizzling. To take a 170g (6oz) steak to medium rare, cook for two to three minutes each side, then remove and rest for the same amount of time each side. The resting is crucial. Serve with English Mustard Béarnaise …

RECIPE Sean Hope’s English Mustard Béarnaise SERVES 4-6 • 2 egg yolks • 1 shallot, finely diced • 200g fresh, unsalted, melted butter • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar or white wine vinegar • 1 tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped • 1 level tsp English mustard 1. Combine shallot, egg yolks, tarragon and vinegar into a round-bottom bowl. 2. Whisk over a bain-marie (hot-water bath), so the heat from the steam causes egg yolk to go fluffy. 3. Take melted butter and very gradually pour into bowl, whisking ingredients all the time until mixture starts to thicken up. If it gets too thick, dilute with hot water. 4. At last minute, add the mustard and season to taste. Serve with your steak.

RECIPE Blackberry and apple cocktail Autumn is well and truly here so you need to take advantage of the seasonal fruit while you still can. In October you can still find good, fresh blackberries and apples. You could combine them in a crumble or, alternatively, this drink is a great way to put them to good use. • 2 ladles blackberry rum • 2 tsp blackberry purée • 50ml apple juice • 1 tsp lime juice To make blackberry rum, put equal amounts of washed blackberries and caster sugar into a sterilised Mason jar and cover with a bottle of white rum. Leave in a cool, dark place from anything between two weeks and two months, shaking every so often. Strain through muslin before bottling. Alternatively, you could use readymade blackberry vodka. Blackberry purée is simply blackberries put through a food processor, with sugar added to taste. Serve in a highball glass.

JOIN GREAT FOOD CLUB The Olive Branch and Red Lion are part of Great Food Club – a network of the best local restaurants offering special deals to membership card holders. Rutland Living readers can join Great Food Club FREE at:


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Les Rosbifs Restaurant Les Rosbifs Restaurant at Northfield Farm celebrated its opening launch with a full restaurant of diners enjoying a menu packed with local ingredients. The restaurant is based on the French Ferme Auberge concept which offers diners the opportunity to enjoy fresh local seasonal dishes made from produce from the farm while relaxing in a truly rustic location. The Hooper family who run the restaurant are no strangers to local food and already operate a smallholding in Wymeswold where they raise livestock and grow fruit and vegetables. Sallie Hooper recently gave up her role with Leicestershire Food Links which promotes local food in and around Leicestershire to start the restaurant with her three sons and husband Graham. She said, “We are very proud of our local produce and want to show just how good it tastes; we also have the added benefit of being able to use award winning products from the Northfield Farm Shop in our menus”. Duncan Hooper, Les Rosbifs Head Chef is keen to develop his network of producers after moving from The Queens Head at Nassington near Peterborough. “We have some amazing food in the East Midlands and I am looking forward to working with local farmers, producers and growers to bring the very best seasonal ingredients to the restaurant.” • The team also makes a range of artisan breads and delicacies which are available from Oakham Farmers Market and at Northfield Farm. For further details about Les Rosbifs Restaurant contact Sallie Hooper on or Tel: 01664 474036,

Thinking about Christmas? Nicholas Rudd Jones chooses two of his favourite locations Hambleton Hall Michelin star Oakham Rd, Hambleton Peninsula, LE15 8TH Tel: 01572 756991


ambleton Hall is stunning at Christmas time. They have the most wonderful Christmas tree and decorations throughout the house and roaring log fires. If you have a party of between 6 and 16 people then ‘The Study’ could be the pace for you - a delightful room which you will get all to yourselves, for lunch or dinner. Canapés 3 Course Dinner followed by Coffee & homemade Chocolates. £50.00 per person. Menu • Salad of Crab, flavoured with mango & lime leaf • Free Range Turkey cooked in a salt crust pastry with traditional accompaniments • Chocolate Truffle flavoured with olive oil, baked banana, pistachio sorbet & salted caramel • Coffee & homemade Chocolates


Marquess of Exeter, Lyddington 52 Main St, Lyddington Tel: 01572 822477


he Marquess is one of my favourite spots to eat, combining great ambience with really excellent food. Brian Baker’s Christmas menus are definitely worth the trip. This year the kitchen has been strengthened with the arrival of Scott Williams, a very experienced chef with a track record including Hambleton Hall, The Feathers in Woodstock and Richard’s Branson’s Necker Island. Latterly he was Head Chef at Ragdale Hall, where he became

much more conscious of issues around health and allergies. Their Christmas lunch is a very good value at £17.50 for two courses, with local turkey as the centrepiece. Christmas dinners are £19.95 for two courses and £25.95 for three. If you have a larger group of up to 14 diners, then why not hire ‘The Snug’, a private room at the side of the pub that allows you to let your hair down that little bit more? There is a service charge of 10%, but no room hire charge. New Year’s Eve is a fabulous night too, with a celebration menu at £69 and a fabulous room offer of £60 for 2 people inc. B&B - so you don’t have to worry about driving home.

Stapleford Park Hotel Abigail’s top spot! If you have never been to Stapleford around Christmas then add it to your to do list – with Christmas trees a plenty and their famous teddy bear collection winding up the magnificent stair case, it is a child’s paradise. The private party menu is on offer from 1st to the 23rd December. Prices start from £45 per person and includes coffee and petit fours.

Menu • Roast parsnip & chestnut soup, Rillettes of salmon, chive crème fraîche, caviar • Vegetable & herb cutlet, baby spinach, tomato & basil salsa Roast bronzed turkey with traditional accompaniments • Christmas Pudding, brandy Anglaise Chocolate tart, Chantilly cream

More places to visit next month...


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WiNE DiNNER – TUE 27Th NoV Canapes & 4 course meal £55pp CookiNg DEMoNSTRATioN - MoN 12Th NoV Getting Festive & Party Food 2 course lunch & glass of wine £35pp

XMAS MENU 2012: 2 Courses @ £19.95 p.p/3 Courses @ £25.95 p.p STARTERS • Thai Pumpkin & Coconut Soup • Ham Hock & Black Pudding Terrine, Mange Tout & Shallot Salad, ‘Gibriche Dressing • Clementine & Dill Gravadlax, Rye Bread MAiNS • Traditional Roast Norfolk Bronze Turkey • Seared Seabass Fillet Roast Butternut Squash, Red Onion, Walnuts & Lemon Dressing • Parsnip, Sweet Potato & Oat Fritter, Creamed Spinach, Forest Mushroom & Roast Artichokes SWEETS • Christmas pudding, Brandy Butter & Clotted Cream • Spiced Mango, White Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry Sauce • Selection of Local Cheeses, Homemade Chutney ***** Coffee & Mince Pies @ £3.50 p.p.

NEW YEAR’S EVE MENU 2012 • Jerusalem Artichokes & Wild Mushroom Soup

• Tempura King Prawns, Thai Green Mango Salad • Fillet of Beef, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Peppercorn Sauce & Green Beans • Chocolate Torte, Cherry Compote • Cheese Board • Coffee with Homemade Truffles

£69.50 per person Stay the night and get the room for £75.00 superior, £60.00 Standard Double, incl vat & full English breakfast

Discretionary 10% service charge will be aDDeD to your bill

Serving Food, Lunch & dinner, 7 dayS a week

For over 30 years Hambleton Hall has been one of the region’s favourite Michelin starred fine dining destinations.

Christmas Parties at Hambleton Hall Hambleton Hall has a wonderful Private Dining Room – ‘The Study’ available for parties of 6 – 16 guests

Canapés 3 Course Dinner followed by Coffee & homemade Chocolates £50.00 per person No charge for room hire. Special Bedroom Rate £230.00 Based on 2 people sharing one of our standard double bedrooms, includes full Hambleton breakfast & vat. To take advantage of this special room rate, a minimum booking of 3 bedrooms per party is required

Menu Salad of Crab, flavoured with mango & lime leaf *** Free Range Turkey cooked in a salt crust pastry with traditional accompaniments *** Chocolate Truffle flavoured with olive oil, baked banana, pistachio sorbet & salted caramel *** Coffee & homemade Chocolates All menus are subject to a discretionary service charge of 12.5% Excluding Christmas & New Year.

Aaron Patterson, head chef, specialises in top seasonal local ingredients to create modern British cuisine, with an award winning wine list full of delicious bottles. For more details about our Special Breaks and Events please visit our website

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Oak House Residential Care Home for the Elderly

Sibbertoft Manor Nursing & Residential Care Home A luxury dual registered nursing/residential care home where residents enjoy a truly ‘manor house’ lifestyle with 24 hour fully qualified nursing staff

• Care home providing high quality care in comfortable ‘home from home’ surroundings • Dedicated ground floor respite care room/trial visit room, with en-suite available now, rate £575.00 per week. • Rated ‘Excellent’ by the CQC - see our Inspection Reports online at

** One single en-suite room available now **

• Oak House prides itself on offering high quality care in a pleasant friendly home environment

Please call in or contact Tricia Bevin RGN

• Room rates from £525 to £650 per week To request a brochure or for more information

Sibbertoft Manor


telephone us on 01572 812647 or e-mail us on Pond Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7NW

Church Street, Sibbertoft, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 9UA Telephone: 01858 881304 • Facsimile: 01858 881488 Website: • E-mail:

Give yourself the perfect gift this Christmas time Beautiful One and Two-Bedroomed Quality Retirement Apartments, for Sale, Shared-Ownership or Rent

Christmas is coming early at Welland Place

Welland Place St Mary’s Road Market Harborough Leicestershire LE16 7GF

10% reduction on all properties* in our Winter Sale * From as little as £89,000 * Move in Fully Furnished in time for the festivities for only £179,000 Phone: 01858 468370 (Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm) Email: Web: MHA Epworth House Stuart Street Derby DE1 2EQ • Phone: 01332 296200 Fax: 01332 296925

Methodist Homes (MHA) Registered as a Charity – No. 1083995 • Company Limited by Guarantee – No. 4043124 • OC/5113 * Includes 10% discount. Price reduction available until 31/12/2012. On fully-furnished apartment, no other incentive applies.


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S h ops a nd servi ces

A Home from Home Helping to make lifestyle choices for family or friends in later life can be a daunting task steeped in misconceptions around the rights of older people.Amander Meade speaks to some of the region’s best practitioners to seek out some safe and reputable solutions

Ensuring residents’ wellbeing Linda Ellis runs Oak House Residential Home in Greetham and her establishment is highly sought after. “At Oak House keeping busy is a priority with varied activities and entertainment offered. The carers spend time on a one-toone basis with residents, going out for walks and coffee on a rota basis.” Oak House also offers short term respite stays to give carers an opportunity for a break and these can often be a great opportunity to get a feel for a home and assess it for longer term suitability should the need arise. Hotel quality The team at Sibbertoft Manor Nursing and Residential Care Home also comes with the very highest of recommendations and continues to win many awards for its standards of health, hygiene and quality of food and life. Home to forty residents, Sibbertoft Manor has a team of seventy five staff, including nurses with hospital experience. “We provide specialist care for the elderly, the chronically sick, the terminally ill and residents with agerelated dementia in an unobtrusive, attentive atmosphere more akin to a first class hotel than a hospital.” Privacy with peace of mind Welland Place in Market Harborough offers a solution to couples or individuals who wish to live an independent lifestyle. Facilities include a well equipped gym, spa, swimming pool, secure underground parking and private landscaped gardens plus emergency call services linked to staff on site available 24-hours a day.Manager, Kate Southern explained that residents enjoy living among like-minded friends with the reassurance of support, if and when it may be needed. Keep in touch with new technology Aberdeen House in Uppingham is a small, privately owned care home looking after just eighteen residents. Specialist care categories include dementia, physical disability, hearing

impairment, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and visual impairment. A recent addition to the facilities has been state of the art touch-screen computers which are specially designed for senior use and the team is trained to help residents use the computers to keep in touch with family and friends. Setting the standard… Signature South Lodge on London Road in Leicester is one of the region’s newest and most innovative care homes. Just thirty minutes from the heart of Rutland or Market Harborough, there is a range of care available here for respite guests or permanent residents with the focus on quality of service. All residents lead a purposeful life and enjoy independence, choice and total respect. Beacon Knoll is the dementia suite which has specialist features and offers an energising, supportive and extremely homely environment. Beacon Knoll residents are included in all activities and excursions as well as one to one time with dedicated staff. Rachel Startin is Client Liaison Manager at South Lodge - “We are committed to providing the unique care those living with dementia require in order to maintain a fulfilling, safe and dignified lifestyle.” Directory: Aberdeen House Tel: 01572 823308 MHA Welland Place Tel: 01858 412060 Oak House, Greetham Tel: 01572 812647, Sibbertoft Manor, near Market Harborough Tel: 01858 881304 Signature South Lodge, Tel: 0116 274 8000

Rachel gives us her five top tips for choosing care:

1. Don’t wait until a crisis occurs before choosing a care home. Think carefully about the future and take time to really have a good look around before care is required. 2. Consider what will happen if needs change? If residential care becomes nursing care, can the home adapt or will it mean a move? 3. Visit a home on more than one occasion, at different times of the day and at your convenience – not theirs. Lunchtimes are always busy and are always a good indicator of how staff interact with residents. 4. Is there a lot going on? Are the activities worthwhile and involve visits to off-site venues? 5. Most importantly of all - talk to residents. Are they settled and happy?


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M enta l Health

Psychological Trauma and EMDR A psychological trauma is a very distressing or disturbing event that can be either physical or emotional in nature and lead to significant damage to a person’s development. It can be as a result of either a single event or long-lasting or repeated events that are so overwhelming, the ability to cope or make sense of what happened is affected. Examples include serious accidents e.g. RTA (road traffic accident), bereavement, having a life-threatening illness, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, neglect, natural or manmade disasters, being taken hostage and bullying. Dr Alexandra Dent explains


veryone has different ways of responding to events so what one individual finds traumatic, another may not find as distressing. Some individuals may develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a severe anxiety disorder. Symptoms include: • Constantly thinking about the event • Recurring images of the event (known as flashbacks). • Difficulty sleeping and/or nightmares • Changes in how one feels emotionally, for example feeling very frightened, anxious, angry or low in mood • Avoiding certain situations that bring the event to mind • Feeling numb, stunned, shocked or dazed and having difficulties connected with life • Denying that the event actually happened • Concentration and memory problems In addition, a wide range of emotions may be experienced, including: • Anger - in relation to what happened and with the person who was responsible • Guilt – that one could or should have done something to prevent what happened (feeling one is to blame), or guilt about surviving when others suffered or died • Fear –from what happened, resulting in feeling not in control of one’s life or fearful that the same event could recur • Helplessness – feeling unable to do something about what happened • Sadness – that the trauma happened or if someone was injured or killed (especially if one knew them) • Shame or embarrassment – about what happened and feeling unable to tell anyone about it. In most cases, the emotional reactions will improve over the days and weeks that follow a trauma. However, in some cases the effects of a trauma can be longer lasting and continue for months and even years after the event. Receiving the appropriate type of support can help to come to terms with the traumatic


experience so that it does not continue to affect an individual for the rest of their life. EMDR Intrigued? Well, EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing and is a form of psychological intervention developed by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1987 in

the United States of America. It is now accepted as one of the treatments of choices for PTSD in adults (NICE guidelines) and scientific research for EMDR with children and adolescents is constantly increasing. It works on the basis that when an individual experiences a distressing event, the memory of that trauma can become frozen on a neurological level and the brain is unable to process the memory. If the memory remains frozen and unprocessed it can be easily accessed by triggers (smells, sounds, images, feelings, etc) that remind the individual of the trauma and can make an individual feel as though they are re-experiencing the trauma. Nightmares and flashbacks are also very common and work at ‘keeping the memory alive’. EMDR works by stimulating the brain from left to right using either eye movements, tapping or sounds to help the brain to unblock the frozen disturbing memory so that it is processed and no longer causes any distress. EMDR is thought to be working in a similar way to what happens during certain states of sleep (rapid eye movement or REM) when we mostly experience dreams. • For more information on EMDR or to find an EMDR Practitioner, visit

Dr Alexandra Dent is a Registered and Chartered Clinical Psychologist and an EMDR Practitioner. She has over 16 years of experience working psychologically with individuals of all ages who present with a range of emotional, behavioural, developmental and social difficulties. Her specialist interests include trauma work, attachment and relationship work. She has successfully used EMDR with individuals on a wide range of presenting difficulties including abuse (emotional, sexual and physical), depression, anxiety, attachment difficulties, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder where specific traumatic life events are identified. She also has a small private practice in both Melton Mowbray and Stamford. • For more information


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Christmas and New Year

OUNDLE MILL IS THE PERFECT SETTING FOR YOUR FESTIVE CELEBRATIONS Whether you are looking for a unique venue for a Christmas Party, a stunning Christmas Day lunch, a stylish New Year’s Eve dinner – we can offer a truly exceptional experience.

Due to popular demand and as part of the ongoing success of our calendar of events, we are delighted to introduce our first Christmas Ball.

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CHRISTMAS LUNCH If you are looking to relax and enjoy a fabulous Christmas Day without any chores then lunch at Oundle Mill could be the perfect way to celebrate and enjoy a little pampering. Christmas Day Menu £70 per person

CHRISTMAS PARTIES Oundle Mill is the perfect setting for your festive celebrations with work colleagues or friends. Christmas Party Menu £29.50 per person

NEW YEAR’S EVE Join us at Oundle Mill for an unforgettable evening to ring in the New Year with a celebration dinner in a festive atmosphere and inspiring surroundings. Celebrate the New Year in style with your closest family and friends and enjoy a delicious three course dinner in a stunning setting. New Year's Eve Menu £35 per person OUNDLE MILL - A PERFECT PLACE TO EAT, MEET OR SIMPLY RETREAT

Oundle Mill, Barnwell Road, Oundle, Northamptonshire, PE8 5PB Tel: (01832) 272621

Saturday 22nd December 2012 • Champagne reception • 3 course dinner • Live entertainment with ‘The Houndogs’ and our house disco Black tie £39.50 per person Tickets on sale now Special bed and breakfast rates for anyone attending the ball £80 double/twin and £60 single.

Christmas Party Nights Prices are £26.50 per person weekdays and £29.50 Fridays & Saturdays to include dinner and disco. Call or email for details.

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The Passage of Time can Enhance or Destroy Brian Martin explores Noel Coward’s dalliance with England’s smallest county


AGNIFICENT Hambleton Hall still stands proud on its promontory overlooking Rutland Water while Springfield, another of the county’s great houses which was once sited off the Ashwell road near Oakham, has long since declined and decayed. It’s a tale of contrasting fortunes, yet each mansion has something in common. For both were visited by the multifaceted entertainer Noel Coward during the First World War, and his impressions of the gentry he met were to form a lasting impression. His admirers called Coward “The Master”, but the elegant (if waspish) observer of country house life might never have found his forte if he hadn’t been invited to Rutland. Born in one of London’s more humble suburbs, Coward showed early promise as a dancer and actor and made his West End stage debut at the prodigiously early age of 11. However he was down on his luck in 1915 when, out of the blue, Mrs Evangeline Astley-Cooper, the chatelaine of Hambleton Hall, wrote him an encouraging note. Mrs Astley-Cooper, who was married to Clem Astley-Cooper and had inherited Hambleton on the death of her brother in 1899, was a society hostess who prided herself on encouraging embryonic talent. Her protégés included the musician Malcolm Sargent and the writer Charles Scott Moncrieff, and the catalyst for Coward’s invitation was yet another of that circle, the London bohemian artist Philip Streatfeild. An acquaintance of Coward’s, though he was almost 20 years older, Streatfeild had enlisted for war service in 1914 but had since been invalided out with a terminal illness. With an almost paternal concern for young Noel, he had suggested to Mrs Astley-Cooper that a rest cure in Rutland would do the disillusioned 15-year-old no end of good. Hence the letter.


Coward, who had no immediate knowledge of the gentry (though he was to become the confidante of Royalty and lampoon the aristocracy in his skittish ditty The Stately Homes of England) relished the chance to meet people of influence. Violet, his long-suffering mother, was required to pawn her ring before he could afford the rail fare to Oakham, but once at Hambleton the charming chameleon that was Coward at his most ingratiating was readily accepted by the cocktail set and villagers alike. He found the eccentric 61-year-old Mrs Astley-Cooper “quite delightful”, whilst intrigued by her habit of addressing guests and staff whilst lying on a mattress in front of the fire. Coward almost certainly had her and Hambleton in mind while writing such classics as Blithe Spirit and Hay Fever. He learned to ride a pony and drive a car, followed the hunt and played and sang for wounded soldiers when the house was temporarily turned into a convalescent hospital. He enjoyed entertaining at village parties, accompanying the Astley-Coopers’ daughter Phyllis in operetta, and read voraciously, particularly the short stories of Saki (H H Munro). There is evidence that he also (under the auspices of Mrs Astley-Cooper) visited Springfield, one of the homes of Lord and Lady Londonderry. The house was grand and the estate once boasted one of the finest water gardens in Britain but, alas, it wasn’t to last. In later years Coward was to travel the world, glad-handing the great and the good, but always looking back on his time in Rutland with great fondness. He modestly ascribed his career success to “a talent to amuse” and though he died in 1973 he is still regarded as one of Britain’s finest allround entertainers. As “The Master” in fact, though where on earth might he have been without England’s smallest county?


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New Year’s Eve

£75 per person Gourmet 6 course dinner, and Champagne at Midnight! Be Piped into dinner by Piper Mark, then Dance in the New Year with The Kings of Eden. Sorry nobody under 12 years of age








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That Village that Reinvented Itself Dave Phillips tours Cottesmore – a Rutland village with a fascinating past and bright future


arlier this year, the Royal Air Force ensign was lowered at RAF Cottesmore for the very last time. It was the end of an era, but it also marked the beginning of a new one, for the Army is now moving in to the base, continuing the village’s proud association with the armed forces. That comes as no surprise, because Cottesmore is good at reinventing itself. Just 50 years ago, this peaceful village was at the centre of a major industrial area, excavating iron ore from vast open-cast quarries. Half a century ago, it was said that it was possible to walk from Stamford to Grantham without ever leaving quarry land… yet within a couple of decades the quarries were abandoned an d the machinery stilled. The sudden disappearance of the area’s biggest employer would have ripped the heart out of many communities, but not Cottesmore. Instead, the village has steadily expanded over the years, with enough new housing to ensure that it remains a living, bustling community with its own primary school, village shop and post office, pub and community centre. There’s even a chip shop.


“Cottesmore has expanded gently rather than going full tilt,” explains John Meara, chairman of the parish council. “There have been quite a few new houses built – a steady number – but most of them by redeveloping existing sites. My own house, for example, was built on the site of an old bus depot that used to serve the village. “Excluding the base, there’s a population of about 1,000. The village hasn’t lost its identity and as a result there’s a great community spirit. We’ve got all sorts of clubs and societies, including a history group, ramblers and sports clubs. All of this means we are a vibrant village.” Like many of Cottesmore’s inhabitants, John wasn’t born and bred here. He moved here from his native Newark in 2001 and says he’s never regretted it for a moment. “It’s a wonderful village and I’m proud to be involved in the parish council,” he says. “There are nine members of the council and much of the work we do is helping the village and its various organisations to function.” The council’s role is to look forward and plan for the future. But Cottesmore doesn’t forget its past, either. The village has been around


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a long time. The stately village church of St Nicholas dates back 900 years to Norman times and has been steadily added to over the centuries. The soaring 99ft spire was erected in the 14th century, while the six bells were installed in 1598. In 1949, a chapel within the church was dedicated to the RAF, in recognition of the 23 brave airmen from the nearby base who had lost their lives in the Second World War. More recently, oil-fired heating system, mains drainage and a toilet with disabled access have been added. The village is famous for the Cottesmore Hunt, one of the oldest fox hunts in Britain. It dates back to 1666, when Viscount Lowther moved his pack of foxhounds from

Westmorland to Fineshade Abbey. The Lowther family then sold their pack to the Earl of Gainsborough, who kennelled his 25 hounds in Cottesmore, where the hunt remains today. Three warships of the Royal Navy have been called HMS Cottesmore, after the Cottesmore hunt, adding yet another dimension to the village’s association with the armed forces. But it is Cottesmore’s close relationship with the RAF and USAAF for which it will forever remain famous. The construction of RAF Cottesmore commenced in 1935, in response to the escalating threat from Hitler’s Nazi Germany. The grass airfield opened on March 11, 1938, and two bomber squadrons arrived the following month. In May 1942, bombers from Cottesmore were among the 1,000 British aircraft that took part in the huge night raids over Germany, with Cologne, Essen, Bremen and Düsseldorf targeted. In all, 151 sorties were flown by Cottesmore-based bombers, with the loss of nine aircraft and 23 men. In 1943, RAF Cottesmore was handed to the Americans, who built a 2,000ft concrete runway and used it as a base for the 316th Troop Carrier Group, who dropped paratroopers over occupied France during the Normandy landings of 1944. Following the departure of the American units after VE day in May 1945, the base was returned to the RAF. In1954, Cottesmore entered a new era, with the arrival of the new twin-jet Canberra bombers, followed in 1958 by its new role as a V Force airfield, complete with a 9,000ft runway to accommodate the mighty Victor bombers, which in turn were replaced in 1964 by the legendary Vulcan bombers of the 9, 12 and 35 Squadrons. They stayed here until 1969. Later aircraft to be based here included Tornados and, of course, the famous Harrier

jump jets, but for many people it was the distinctive Vulcans, with their unmistakable delta wings, which most captured the imagination. I was among thousands of spectators who descended on RAF Cottesmore in May 2008 to enjoy the spectacle of a restored Vulcan making its poignant return to the base. We were rewarded with a remarkable flypast by the veteran bomber, which during the Cold War had been at the forefront of Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Earlier this year, Group Captain Richard Hill, the last station commander of RAF Cottesmore, said he was sad that 74 years of history was coming to an end, but added: “I’m very pleased that the site will be handed over to the Army and there will continue to be a defence use for the base.” It’s a remarkably similar story at the disused ore quarries around Cottesmore. Although the industry has long departed, their memory is being kept alive by Rocks by Rail, an outdoor museum on the outskirts of the village, run by volunteers. Here you can see how the ore was excavated and transported by rail to the furnaces. Working vintage steam and diesel engines are enough to get the pulse racing of any rail enthusiast – and after all that excitement you can relax with a cuppa and snack at the on-site restaurant. Rocks for Rail, formerly known as the Rutland Railway Museum, has recently reopened after extensive refurbishment. We’ll be featuring it in detail in a future edition. In the meantime, I suggest we round off our tour of the village by calling in at the historic Sun Inn, which has been serving ale to thirsty locals since the 17th century. These days, this lovely thatched, stone-built pub also serves great food, with a menu that combines the best of local ingredients, complemented by fine wines and, of course, cask-conditioned real ales. Cheers!


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Self Assessment Tax Return Have you recently received your ‘Notice to Complete a Return’ from HM Revenue & Customs for 2011/12? Andrew Cross from Arcus Taxation Accountants presents his top tips for completing your return


1. Don’t enter income from ISAs or PEPs. These investments are tax free.

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3. Declare all GiftAid payments and Other Charitable Donations, inserting the actual amounts given (it is helpful to keep a record of this throughout the year). Under GiftAid provision, higher rate taxpayers are able to claim tax relief through Self Assessment.

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5. Don’t enter normal Pension Contributions made through your Employers Occupational Pension Scheme. Tax relief has already been claimed through PAYE. However, do include further Pension Contributions made via any Personal Pension Schemes. Unlike Employer Pension Schemes higher rate taxpayers can claim tax relief on any Personal Pension Contributions.


6. If you need to complete the Employment Page of the Return, ensure any benefits you list match any benefits listed on your P11D. Declare all business expenses including Business Travel and Professional Subscriptions to ensure you are not over taxed on business expenses income.


Your Self Assessment Tax Return needs to be completed using HM Revenue & Customs online system. You need to register to use the system and obtain access codes unique to your Return. Get familiar with the process before you start entering your details. Assuming you can start and complete your Return online on the 31 January is unrealistic! HM Revenue & Customs give you 9 months to complete the Return. Don’t leave it until the end of January to start thinking about it. As mentioned before your Return is a legal document and the penalty system for late submission is complex and expensive. If you need help you can contact HMRC helpline for assistance. Alternatively you can engage the Services of a professional qualified Tax Advisor to take away the stress of completing your Return and eliminate the risk of making errors or not claiming all Reliefs applicable to you. Once you have computed your tax liability you need to ensure you make payment of any Taxes payable at 31 January, or interest will be charged. The penalty system for late submissions of your Self Assessment Tax Return means that if you have not filed your Return by the 31 January deadline, an automatic penalty of £100 will be applied to your Return. Penalties and Interest charges increase the longer you delay completing your Return. Finally, if you can’t get an actual figure, estimate a figure to enter on your Return and explain this on the form. Don’t let the fact that you do not have an exact figure prevent you from disclosing the amounts or prevent you from submitting your Return on time. Andrew Cross is Director at Arcus Taxation Accountants in Knights Yard, Oakham. If you have any questions about your Personal Tax or need help to complete your Self Assessment Tax Return, you can contact him on Tel: 01572 770552 or at

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Contact the College to reserve seats for the Principal’s presentation at 5.45pm or 6.45pm Guided tours available throughout the week of the 3 October

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We are the county’s leading independent co-educational day school, taking pupils from the age of three through to eighteen. • Learning through play, indoors and outdoors, whatever the weather • New £2.5 million Junior school • Small class sizes allow pupils to reach their full potential in all disciplines • In ‘The Independent’s’ Top 100 schools. • School bus service available from Northampton, Kettering, Market Harborough and Towcester. Pitsford School Pitsford Hall, Pitsford, Northamptonshire, NN6 9AX Tel: 01604 880306 e-mail:

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In the Spotlight Jan Turner of Uppingham Community College and Victoria Crosher of Casterton Business and Enterprise College Continuing our profiles from last month, Abigail Richardson chats to two more local Head Teachers…


ppingham Community College is an oversubscribed and successful academy that continues to be at the heart of the community, proud of its high achievement and excellence at all levels and dedicated to supporting the development of young people through shared values. Jan is determined that her students will be, “Team players, imaginative, flexible and determined; they will want to shape the future, not respond to it. To do this we ensure that their college experience is exciting, demanding and enjoyable and that the young people feel that they are an integral part of college life. Within this our praise and reward strategy is part of a larger picture of a whole school ethos of positive relationships.” Students are recognised for their individual talents and a highlight of every term is a ‘Success Assembly’ where the whole school community gathers to celebrate the extensive and varied achievements of their colleagues. Whether this is through the Academy of Sport programmes, the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, the Performing Arts provision or in the “Outstanding” Design Technology areas, every student has the opportunity to develop their individual talents. Similarly the annual Presentation Evening recognises the success that students achieve year on year. Students are encouraged to be Young Leaders across many aspects of college life. Jan explains, “We have a thriving College Council and there are positions of responsibility, such as Year Captains, throughout each academic year. Students aspire to be members of the Senior Prefect Team, Head Boy or Girl or House Captains and we also have Peer Mentors who support younger pupils. The Young Leaders Academy celebrates excellence in PE, Dance, Drama, Maths and Languages, and is soon to be extended across all faculty areas.” The college is proud to provide a happy, secure and stimulating environment in which the needs of all members of the school community are met: “I believe that this encourages all students to be well motivated and independent learners. The key to this is ensuring that each individual has the provision which is appropriate to their needs. An ethos of mutual respect, in which all people are valued equally, equips students with the skills and values to be responsible citizens of the future. Our status as an International School, with many visits and links from our partner schools across the world, gives many of our students a greater experience of the demands that 21st century global society place on young people. We should not underestimate the young people in our college. They know that they need to develop the skills of independent learning and responsibility that provide the bridge between school and post-16, then onwards to university and then the world of work. Success brings its own rewards.” • Uppingham Community College, Tel: 01572 823631,


asterton Business and Enterprise College (CBEC) is situated in East Rutland, close to the county boundary. The leadership team of CBEC are also responsible for leading Rutland County College, the Post 16 provision for Rutland which has just moved into new premises in the pretty village of Barleythorpe. The College is rated ’Outstanding’ by Ofsted (November 2010). Principal Victoria Crosher comments, “In a College of this size it is possible to offer a personalised curriculum to all children. This means that students do not follow a ‘one size fits all’ curriculum but a variety of different pathways. This motivates young people to do well as their individual needs are specifically catered for. A good example of this is the range of Post 16 opportunities that we offer – the College has a course to suit all abilities – whether a young person is aspiring to a ‘Russell group’ university or to employment”. At Casterton, students are given ‘stars’ to encourage excellent work and performance. There are also many opportunities for students to develop Leadership qualities, including house captain, tutor captain and representing the College in local competitions and events. A recent development has been a debating society which has seen Year 10 and 11 students pitting their wits against their peers at Key Stage 5 (post 16).

“In a College of this size it is possible to offer a personalised curriculum to all children.” “As a Business and Enterprise College our ethos is centred on the development of the Enterprise skills. These skills have been especially good at harnessing the talents of students of all abilities and helping young people to realise their potential. Many of our young people will go on to establish small and medium sized businesses which will support the country in moving out of recession,” explains Victoria. • For Casterton Business and Enterprise College 11-16 Contact Tel: 01780 762168 • For Rutland County College 16-19 Contact Tel: 01572 722863,

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TRAVEL Spotlight on the Caribbean A

s the days shorten and the dark evenings begin, it’s time to think about winter sunshine. One of the best destinations in the winter months are the fabulous Caribbean Islands offering guaranteed sunshine and only an eight hour flight from the UK. One million square miles of indescribably idyllic islands, powder white beaches, crystal clear seas, perpetual sunshine and friendly faces, make the Caribbean perfect for a break during the winter months. The Caribbean island nations continue to be considered among the world’s most perfect destinations, ripe with palm fringed beaches and some of the best diving reefs in the world, lush rainforests and dramatic volcanic landscapes. Rich with adventurous tales, mixed cultures and astonishing natural diversity, the islands’ history is still felt today, not least in the cuisine with a heady mix of French, Spanish, Dutch and British influences but also in the glorious colonial architecture which highlights the simple charm of traditional Caribbean pastel coloured homes. Antigua is one of the sunniest islands in the Eastern Caribbean, literally blessed with hundreds of sandy beaches. It’s also the region’s top yachting destination. A highly recommended hotel is Blue Waters in Soldiers Bay, a particular favourite of Oundle Travel, with many repeat guests returning every year. Of all the Caribbean islands, Barbados is the one that remained British throughout its colonial history and it still displays an endearing set of British quirks and traditions from afternoon tea to horse racing and of course cricket! Coral Reef is family owned and remains a firm favourite for 5* Deluxe accommodation. Forming part of the northern constellation of the Caribbean Islands, the British Virgin Islands also offer some of the world’s most exclusive hideaways and playgrounds with superb hotels and villas. • If you are looking for a 5* Deluxe property or a Family All Inclusive holiday for winter sunshine then visit the Caribbean – Oundle Travel guarantee you won’t be disappointed as they have considerable personal experience of all the Caribbean islands and have been fortunate enough to stay in many of the islands’ hotels. So for an honest, unbiased, personal recommendations as well as prices and availability call Tel: 01832 273600 or visit

All Inclusive Skiing Tucked away in the snow-capped mountains of Northwest Italy lies the 4 star resort complex of Pragelato. Virtually unknown to the UK market, this all-inclusive ski holiday village gives unrivalled access to the Milky Way ski domain with its 400km of prepared piste. The village cable car glides skiers up to the ski school meeting point above Sestriere in just a few minutes and the newly built constructed run ensures skiers will be able to ski back to their accommodation. Skiing is guaranteed from early December to late April and incorporates the resorts of Sauze d’Oulx, Sestriere, Claviere and the French resort of Montgenevre. Runs will appeal to all standards of skiers and boarders with the ski school having instructors (included in your holiday price) for children, adults, beginners, and experts alike. The hotel complex itself consists of various grades of guest rooms housed in cute chalets that surround the main leisure and entertainment complex with snowy paths creating a charming atmosphere and real winter wonderland feel. Once you check in to this four star complex virtually everything is included: lift passes, ski school, children’s clubs, all meals, cocktails, wines, beers, spirits, soft drinks, bar snacks, entertainment, swimming, saunas, hot tubs, tips and taxes. The cuisine and service match the hotel’s 4 star rating with a wonderful selection of international cuisine on offer in the buffet restaurant plus a speciality restaurant serving traditional local Italian dishes. From a financial aspect, it is often more cost effective in the long run to holiday this way on a ski trip. The cashless hotel includes every you need when you return from the slopes and clients find that they are not presented with unsightly credit card bills at the end of their stay. All in all Pragelato offers Italian charm with a warm and friendly atmosphere, just perfect for couples, families, and groups. • For more information contact: Nick Edwards, Snow Finders, Tel: 01858 466888 RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING OCTOBER 2012

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TRAVEL Thailand…

…is a country which never ceases to amaze. It’s a holiday destination, a cultural treat and a scenic delight all rolled into one. From the hill country in the north to the azure blue seas of the southern beaches, the people are renowned for their smiling faces, warmth and charm whilst the country is a wonderful combination of ornate temples, ancient pagodas, glorious beaches, stunning mountain scenery, colourful tribes, bustling cities and buzzing nightlife. It truly has something for everyone. Bangkok is most people’s first introduction to this fascinating country and there is really nowhere else quite like it. There are fabulous hotels, which offer real value for money. Whether you choose one located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River offering glimpses of the daily life along this main artery of Thailand or one located in the Sukhumvit city, you will never be far from the shops and culture. Savvi Travel offers a wealth of multicentre combinations. Most people start in Bangkok but Thailand’s second city, Chiang Mai, takes you further north to the hill country. The neighbouring city of Chiang Rai and town of Mae Hong Son offer an introduction to a very different part of Thailand with lush jungle scenery, hill tribe villages and adventure river trips. For those seeking relaxation, there is a dazzling choice of fabulous beaches offering the best of everything from hidden coves, sweeping bays, quiet islands, pulsing nightlife and luxury accommodation. For a Bangkok and Thai beach 11 night trip prices start from £989 where you will enjoy 3 nights at the 4* Rembrandt Hotel, situated just off Sukhumvit Road with shops, restaurants, the skytrain and underground stations within easy walking distance and then 7 nights at the 4* Briza hotel, which sits on a long stretch of beautiful beach and is within a 10 minute drive of the shops and restaurants of Khao Lak. Thai Airways flights from Heathrow to Bangkok and onwards to Phuket. Price shown is valid for last minute travel until 18 Oct 12. Alternatively, for a 14 night holiday with prices starting from £1,085 you will enjoy a 3 nights at the 3* plus Ibis Sathorn, 3 nights at the 4* Holiday Inn Chiang Mai and 8 nights at the 4* Patong Beach hotel. Thai Airways flights from Heathrow to Bangkok, onwards to Chiang Mai and Phuket. Price shown is valid for travel until 31 Oct 12. • If Thailand is your dream destination, Savvi Travel has all the information on this exclusive Rutland Living offer. Savvi Travel, 7 The Maltings, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6EA, 01572 842012

Halloween in Massachusetts By Abigail Richardson

Dave has tailor-made a package for our readers interested in discovering Massachusetts this Halloween and specifically the historic Salem, where witches were tried and murdered in the 17th Century – the town today is homage to the spectacular witch trials which took place between in 1692 – I know I’ve been! The hotel is the Spring Hill Suites at Boston Peabody, MA with an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and a fitness centre. Near to Salem and also conveniently located on Route 1, which is just 20 minutes from downtown Boston (check out the Minute Man, Faneuil Hall, eat a Lobster and see the Boston Tea Party), Rockport, Gloucester and the North Shore beaches… and the famous Fall Leaves may well still be around. (Count me in!) The price for 2 adults and 2 children is £2600.00 based on Flights, Hotel and Car Hire Flights: Depart London Heathrow at 09:30 on Monday 29th October arriving at Boston at 13.40 the same day. Depart Boston at 19:40 on Friday November 2nd and arrive at London Heathrow 06:35 on Saturday 3rd November. • Call Dave on Tel: 01572 842012 for more information.



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

Friday 5 October, 7.30pm MUSIC: Juliet Kelly: Celebrating the Divas of Jazz The London-based vocalist will perform songs by some of the most loved singers including Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. Morcott Village Hall, Tickets £10 each Tel: 01572 747381 Saturday 6 October, 7.30pm EVENT: Piano Recital James Redfern will perform a classical programme and will be joined in a duet by international pianist Laura Pauna. St Peter’s & St Paul’s Church, Uppingham Tickets £8 Tel: 01858 555465 Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October, 10am to 5pm EVENT: The East Midlands Food and Drink Festival A regional celebration of British food and drink, showcasing the best local produce and a feast of flavours from around the globe. There will be lots of hands-on activities, tastings and demonstrations for children and adults alike - with over 200 stallholders on site you’ll be spoilt for choice. The Cattle Market, Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray Tickets and further information at www. Saturdays 6, 13, and 20 October, 11am to 3pm EVENT: The Big Draw This year, the theme is ‘Taking a Line for a Walk’ and Barnsdale is joining in the fun with a series of drop-in workshops for children of all ages and their families. Try out new ways of drawing, from bark and leaf-rubbings in the Gardens to colourful printing techniques, to designing your own dream garden- there’s no need to book,


just turn up and get creative. Lots of other creative days at Barnsdale this month including a Garden Photography day with Hemant Jariwala on 21 October, £67. Barnsdale Gardens. For information or to book Tel: 01572 813200 or visit www. Saturday 6 October, 7.30pm to 11pm EVENT: Barn Dance with the James Joyce Band A fun evening with two course supper included in the ticket price. Langham School Hall Tickets £10 Tel: 01572 759855 Friday 12 October, 7.30pm CONCERT: A Diamond Jubilee Concert in aid of the 2012 Poppy Appeal featuring the Minden Band of The Queen’s Division & The Band of The Parachute Regiment. Oakham School and the Oakham Branch of The Royal British Legion are delighted to welcome this top-notch combined military band to play a rousing programme of favourites. Oakham School Chapel. Tickets are £15 from Music & More, Oakham Wednesday 17 October, 7.30pm to 8.30pm TALK: Crime around the World Expand your horizons with John Martin, judge for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards, as he takes his audience on a journey round the most exciting names in crime fiction around the globe. Oakham Castle Tickets are £3 (£2 concessions) Thursday 18, Friday 19 and Saturday 20 October 7.30pm plus Saturday matinee THEATRE: 84 Charing Cross Road The play is based on the authentic letters between writer Helene Hanff of Philadelphia

and Frank Doel a London bookseller. She writes her first letter to Marks & Co, 84 Charing Cross Road in late 1949 in pursuit of unusual books. Her letter was received by Frank and thus begins an improbable transatlantic love affair. It is feisty and tender and it really did happen. Uppingham Theatre. Tickets £10 from Uppingham Sports & Books or Tel: 01572 822788 Sunday 21 October, 12 – 4pm EVENT: Stapleford Park Wedding Fair Stapleford Park was voted as one of the top fifty wedding locations in the United Kingdom and their events team have handpicked the best suppliers in their field to showcase their expertise in sourcing and arranging all elements of a perfect wedding day. Champagne and canapés on arrival. To register Tel: 01572 787017 or visit www. Throughout October… Events at Boboli Restaurant this month include a Ladies’ Lunch and a Jazz Evening. At Firenze you can enjoy a Gourmet Evening. For information and booking call Boboli Tel: 01536 770298 or Firenze Tel: 0116 2796260 or visit www. Book early for…. Sunday 4, Friday 9 and Sunday 11 November OPERA: Opera Minima perform Beethoven’s Fidelio In a performance conceived for intimate spaces, Elizabeth Stannard is in the title role. A dramatic story sung by an impressive cast. There is a different venue for each performance with details plus times and ticket prices listed at www.operaminima. For further information Tel: 01536 770298


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MARKET HARBOROUGH BUSINESSES – ONES TO WATCH Michelle Hansel checks out new shopping experiences in Market Harborough this month


Aura is a newly opened hair and beauty clinic in Market Harborough offering high end cosmetic treatments and a full range of beauty treatments and hair and colour specialists in their salon. Choose from Elemis facials, Microdermabrasion, Omnilux LED therapy, Waxing, Electrolysis, IPL/Laser hair removal, Hands and feet treatments, Massages and spray tanning. Their professional products are designed to improve any skin care regime to actually enhance skin health rather than just feel good on your skin. So whatever your needs you can rest assured you are in experienced, safe hands. Book a free consultation to see what Aura can do for you and take the first steps towards better skin and a more youthful appearance. Specialist cosmetic treatments include Botox, Fillers, Excessive sweating treatments, Leg thread veins and Dermaroller. Check out monthly offers such as yummy mummy Wednesdays and discounts on hair colours and treatments on selected dates and appointments for that extra special treat. • Aura, 26 The Square, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7PA, Tel: 01858 462074


A passion for quality clothing and footwear and a love of fashion led to the opening of bebooted in Market Harborough a year ago. With gorgeous crafted boots sourced from Spain, Italy and Portugal, exquisite scarves and accessories together with beautiful clothing in cashmere and modern jerseywear, this is a fashion haven you must visit. Celebrating the shops first year of opening at Church Square bebooted stock an array of designer brands including By Ti Mo, Ese O Ese, Plus Fine, Sur un Banc and Vanilla Moon footwear. Not to mention new brands due in this autumn such as nougat clothing. The shopping experience here is quality through and through with a gorgeous boutique feel and first class service. So take a look and snap up some enviable winter wear that will last year after year. • bebooted, 7 Church Square, Market Harborough, LE16 7NB, Tel: 01858 469200,

No34 Boutique

No 34 Boutique is the perfect shop to browse round with your friends with eye catching jewellery, scarves, hosiery and other accessories displayed beautifully just waiting to be worn as well as a fantastic range of wearable and affordable fashions. The clothes are for all ages and in a range of sizes displayed in a relaxed and informal setting. Brands that can be found here are Charli, Jovanna, Amazing Women, Darling, Aftershock and fever, to name but a few. • No.34 Boutique, 34 The High Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7NL, Tel: 01858 431522


For fantastic vintage clothing you must take a look at Retrospect on Adam and Eve Street in Market Harborough. Great for parties but also if you just love the vintage look, the 70s boho chic is big this season! This is the perfect spot to look for that must have item that stands out from the rest. • Retrospect, 2 Adam & Eve Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7LT


And lastly an update from GorGeous shoes…more on trend boots and shoes can be found at Gorgeous this season with the new FitFlop autumn/winter range now in and for the first time includes a ballerina shoe, Due in black leather and patent (£85) and the Crush boot in black and chocolate suede (£130). • GorGeous, 10 St Mary's Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7DU, Tel: 01858 465118

Happy Hats and Accessories

If you have a wedding coming up or are planning on going to the races next year then the perfect place to find that fabulous hat is happy hats and accessories in Market Harborough. Newly opened, this shop has charm and warmth in abundance with a range of beautiful hats, matching accessories such as purses, clutches and handbags as well as a plethora of hand crafted jewellery and fashion accessories to complete your outfit. The jewellery on offer is all exquisitely made with earring, necklaces and bracelets all quite reasonably priced and perfect for gifts, be it birthday, Christmas or just because someone special deserves something pretty. Have a look, try on and you will very likely find something that suits you. • Happy Hats and Accessories, 28 Church Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7AA, Tel: 01858 466849


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SHOPS & SERVICES Lalique Julianne, Manager of South Street salon Lalique, is always at the forefront of new looks and trends and none more so than this month as she has just received some great new products. The new OPI Skyfall nail varnishes are James Bond inspired – think deep reds, gold and purples; perfect colours for adding a touch of glam to your autumn outfits. But if it’s a longer lasting look you’re after then you can get OPI gel colour nails for the fantastic price of £20. For those of us hoping to make that summer glow last a little longer, then book in for a Vita Liberata spray tan. This organic formulation is the choice for many celebs as it is odour free and dries on contact – no more streaks! If you can book on a Thursday, you can get the full body tan for just £15. To celebrate Halloween, Julianne is running a promotion throughout October on a ‘spinechilling’ neck and back massage. This relaxing treatment will relieve stress and tension and is finished off with a tingly gel to awaken your senses – all at a scarily low price of just £7.50! Lalique, South Street, Oakham Tel: 01572 723950,

Champagne, clothes and beauty! On the 18th of October Blessed Fashions and Lalique Beauty will be hosting a Ladies’ Champagne Evening at Blessed Fashions in the Market Place, Oakham from 5pm until 8pm. “Come and have your nails painted in a variety of the best autumn colours and take a look at the new autumn/winter clothing range, whilst enjoying a refreshing, complimentary glass of champagne.”

Harborough Innovation Centre celebrates its first birthday More than 100 guests, including key employers from across the district, local councillors, stakeholders and businesses joined the birthday celebrations at the Airfield Business Park-based Centre in August. Senior Centre Manager, Mick Judge, said: “Since opening our doors we have attracted a diverse range of exciting, innovative companies, all with a shared ambition to grow their businesses. The Centre has now helped create and safeguard 19 new jobs, attracted three new businesses to the region and welcomed 23 more, which means we are already over one third full. Steve Irons from Codestring, based in the Centre, added: “We love this Centre, from its friendly and supportive staff to the excellent facilities. The sense of community has helped eased our transition from employees to employers and gives us access to great advice. Basing ourselves here is the best decision we made when starting up.” Councillor Mike Rook, Leader of Harborough District Council, added: “Harborough Innovation Centre is one of the Council’s most significant initiatives in our commitment to facilitate the development of a more vibrant and sustainable business community within the District. We look forward to welcoming many more new businesses and faces during the year ahead.” To find out more, call Senior Centre Manager Mick Judge on Tel: 01858 414200 or email or visit www.

“84 CHARING CROSS ROAD” by Helene Hanff Evoking the nostalgia of the post war years through to the changing Britain of the 60s, this is a production not to be missed. Helene was born in 1916 and later adopted New York as her beloved home city. She was writing for as long as she can remember: encyclopedia, children’s history books, army training material and TV scripts. She once said: “I am a writer. I write anything.” Helene even found time to write letters…

Saturday 6th October Back by popular demand, a Barn Dance with the renowned ‘James Joyce Band’. This event will be in Langham School Hall from 7.30 pm until 11.00pm on Saturday 6th October. Tickets will be £10 per person, including a two-course supper, and will be available in September from Jeanette on Tel: 01572 759855 or Rosemary on Tel: 01572 726108. This was an extremely popular event last year and ticket numbers are limited.


In late 1949, her insatiable appetite for rare and out of print antiquarian books led her to pursue an advert she saw in a literature review. Hoping to indulge her love of beautiful books she writes her first letter to: Marks & Co, 84 Charing Cross Road, London, England. The person receiving this letter is Frank Doel. Thus begins an intriguing insight into the lives of two improbable people and those around them. What unfolds is not only unusual and very amusing, it is warm and compassionate, resulting in surprising consequences. Fascinating, feisty yet tender, this is nothing less than a ‘transatlantic ‘ love affair spanning 20 years. Venue: Uppingham Theatre. Tickets £10 from Uppingham Sports & Books or Tel: 01572 822788


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Stamford Garden Centre wins Great Taste awards A number of products produced by Stamford Garden Centre will be displaying the coveted Great Taste 2012 logo after being recognised by a panel of 350 of the nation’s most discerning food experts


o achieve Gold in Great Taste is a significant achievement for any food or drink producer and results are eagerly awaited. The scheme, run by the Guild of Fine Food, has been described as the epicurean equivalent of the Booker Prize and in 2012 a total of 8,807 different food and drink products were entered. The Garden Farm Shop, which is a part of the family run business Stamford Garden Centre, has won the highest accolade for it traditional Haslet (Gold Award 3 stars). Their butchers focus on producing the finest products from the best quality, locally sourced ingredients. They also won a Gold 2 star award for their Lincolnshire sausages and a Gold 1 star award for their Speciality Beef & cracked black pepper. “This the 2nd year we have entered and the fifth time we have won a gold award for our products, and we were delighted that our Haslet has won the highest marks within such a competitive field,” said James Lamb, the owner. “This provides recognition for the hard word and skill of our butchers and also the quality of our local farm suppliers. It shows that a small farming family business can compete with the big names on quality and taste.”

So that you can enjoy these award-winning products, Head Chef Andrew West of The Garden Kitchen has devised some recipes that show the products off to the best.

Haslet recipe Toad in the Hole (serves 4) • 8 X Gold 3 star Award Winning Lincolnshire sausages • 1 cup of flour • 1 cup of eggs (whole) • 1 cup of milk • Salt & pepper • Chopped fresh sage • Sunflower oil Preheat oven to 200C/ Gas 6 Heat frying pan, add the sausages and gently brown all over. Mix the flour, eggs and milk into a smooth batter. Add the chopped sage, season with salt & pepper. In a large dish add a splash of sunflower oil, heat in the oven for 5 minutes. Add the sausages, pour in the batter and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the batter has risen and is well coloured. Serve with mash, seasonal vegetables and a nice rich onion gravy.

Use Haslet as part of an Autumn ploughman’s, with warmed pork pie, crusty bread, pickles, apples and chutney Pear & Tomato Chutney to go with Haslet ploughman’s • 6 x pears, quartered, covered and chopped into 1 inch cubes • 6 x vine tomatoes, quartered and roughly chopped • 1 x white onion, peeled and diced • 100ml white wine vinegar • 100g sugar • 1 x each of cinnamon stick, star anise & a few black peppercorns Using a heavy based pan, tie in the cinnamon, star anise & black peppercorns in a piece of muslin cloth, add all the ingredients to the pan and give it a good stir. Place over a medium heat. Cook for 1-2 hours, the tomatoes will break down and the chutney should begin to become sticky. Remove the muslin, jar, cool and store.

Beef & Cracked Black Pepper Cassoulet (serves 4) • 1 large onion, diced • 2 sticks of celery, peeled and diced • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced • 8 award winning Beef & Cracked Black Pepper sausages • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes • 2 glasses of red wine • 1 chicken stock cube made with hot water to a pint • 1tbsp chopped fresh thyme, rosemary, parsley • 1 tin cannellini beans Pre heat oven to 180c / Gas 5 In a heavy based casserole dish heat a little olive oil. Fry the onion, celery, garlic & carrots gently for 5-10 mins over a gentle heat until softened. Add the tomatoes, wine and stock, bring to the boil and simmer whilst cooking the sausages in a separate pan until coloured all over but not fully cooked. Slice sausages into chunks, add the herbs and beans to the casserole. Place in the oven for at least an hour to thicken the sauce and let the flavours develop. Serve with crusty bread and crisp salad. Stamford Garden Centre, Casterton Rd, Stamford, PE9 4BB Tel: 01780 765656


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Film Maker Victor Streatfeild Married to Kendel, Victor has lived in Oakham for twenty five years and works full time as a Design Engineer for Lam Associates. His dream, however, is to give Steven Spielberg a run for his money and to make film production his occupation. He tells Amander Meade about his first feature film – ‘All That Glitters’ What gave you the idea and how did you get the film underway? In 2007 I visited Toronto to see the band Rush play in their home town and decided to make a video diary of the trip, becoming addicted to the creative process of videography along the way. After I had exhausted family videos, holidays, and filming friends at their various activities, I needed to find a new outlet for creative filming and decided to write my own script. I originally wrote ‘The Hospital’ which is a ghostly tale but too ambitious for a first film so devised ‘All That Glitters’ which is much shorter and less complicated. Was it easy to get started? Surprisingly, the hardest thing was trying to get people involved. Initially there was no interest at all from local amateur dramatic groups – perhaps they thought the script was too off the wall! I eventually made contact with John Price from Bisbrooke, who is an amateur actor with local drama group STARS in Whissendine and was perfect for the main role. At least with John in place we could start shooting even though 95% of the cast were still missing. What inspired the story? It’s a traditional ‘rags to riches and back again’ tale with a level of comedy but a moralistic thread running through it. Although the kind of tale that has been told many times before, I tried to add a bizarre slant. You shot the film locally using friends as supporting cast – was it fun to make? I soon realised the two most important things in film


production are time and money – of which I had neither. Filming locally was the easiest and cheapest thing to do especially as hauling props and equipment was a difficult task, so keeping everything local kept the logistics simple. I hoped it would be a good community project and as word started to spread, people were curious and we filled all the roles. It was great fun to make but took a year and a half to write, shoot and edit as we could only ever film at weekends. It was a bit of a monumental task, but we got there in the end. You launched the film with a black tie premiere – how were the reviews? The premiere was a nerve wracking experience, but the feedback was tremendous. People liked the story and the film and complimented me on the videography which was incredibly rewarding.

What is the next project and how can local people support you? I am close to finishing my second film ‘First Day at Work’ and have started shooting my third – another that I have penned myself. I am hoping more people will want to help with directing, lighting, sound etc so any aspiring technicians are very welcome to get in touch as well as anyone willing to act or help out in any way. My plan is to try and build up a network of people who are keen to get involved and for local businesses to support us too. All That Glitters’ can be viewed at com/watch?v=vUoIu37CCBs If you would like to be involved in Victor’s next production, he would be delighted to hear from you on Tel: 07712 534473.


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