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Contents September 2020

Welcome to the first post-lockdown issue of our magazine. We are SO pleased to be back, after 18 years of continuous monthly publishing it feels very odd to have missed four months. Like many of our local businesses though, we decided that we didn’t just want to settle for the ‘new normal’, rather we were looking to create the ‘new special’. And this magazine that you read today is the result of our efforts, bringing not just the best from your own patch (which you may feel you have seen rather a lot of lately!) but also exploring the whole region in which you shop, explore and relax. This is our region, with its quintessential market towns, honeycoloured stone, the Welland and the Nene rivers running through it and Rutland Water at its heart. And the magazine is much thicker and glossier than before. But its aim is the same one that our brand, Local Living, has always had – ‘to help you get under the skin of where you live’ and relate to the people, places and experiences around you. We also aim to capture the post-lockdown spirit of togetherness, shopping locally, supporting our communities and improving ourselves as human beings beyond mere material gain. You will find lots in our pages that talk to these things. We’d also love you to check out our new website www.locallivinguk.com and sign up there for our fortnightly newsletter to keep you fully in the picture in between issues.

Stamford Living

Nicholas & Clare Rudd-Jones Editors

Fashion, Health, Beauty & Wellness 13 49 52 54

New Times, New Clothes Mind Time Health, Beauty & Wellness Notes A Facelift for Flawless

Homes & Garden 23 Into the Blue 30 Shop the Look: True Blue 32 QKS Inspirational Spaces 36 Delcor 38 Goldmark Gallery 44 Outdoor Living

Food & Drink 60 62

Outdoor Spaces The Olive Branch/Add Hope’s

Local Stories 10 58 66 72 75 90 94 98

Picture of the Month Pets: Colin the Camel Top 10 Local Walks with Pubs Local People: Henry Winter Finding your Flow in Lockdown Ask Leo: John Piper Local People: Robert Loomes History: The Road to Oakham Gaol

News & Notes 80 83 84 86 88

Radfield Home Care; Scotts of Thrapston at Belvoir Castle’s Engine Yard Stamford Stone Company; Annie Allison; Home Straight Casa Pizza Oven; The Rug Studio; Steve Rudkin Electrical Contractors Colemans; Oakham School; Robert Fogell Gallery Peter Barker Fine Art; Oundle Travel

Nene Valley Living


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Cover illustration: Tim Barden

Local Living Publisher and Editor Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 nicholas@bestlocalliving.co.uk Write to Local Living Ltd, PO Box 208, Stamford PE9 9FY Editor Clare Rudd-Jones Head of Design Steven Handley Printed by Warners of Bourne

For advertising, contact: Stamford: Claudia Bayley, 01780 482828, claudia.bayley@btinternet.com

Market Harborough Living

Nene Valley: Bridget Steele, 01733 707538, bridget.neneliving@ntlworld.com Rutland & Market Harborough: Tracy Watkinson, 01572 813187, rutlandliving@btinternet.com Advertising Copy: Rachel Beecroft, 01780 765320, rachel@locallivingdesign.co.uk

Visit our new website www.locallivinguk.com and sign up to our new fortnightly newsletter. Follow us on:


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Subscriptions: annual rate ÂŁ30 (UK only) for 12 issues. Please write to the Publisher at Local Living Ltd, with ÂŁ30 cheque payable to Local Living, or go online to www.locallivinguk.com


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* Visit our beautiful spacious building, directly on the High Street. * A relaxing shopping environment with all precautionary measures in place to provide as safe and pleasant experience as possible. * New season interiors, clothing , jewellery and gift collections. * Independent High Street Shopping with two floors of wonderful products for you, your home & garden.

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Make your home smell lovely with these wax melts from Freckleface, a new stylish addition to Stamford’s Red Lion Square. £12.50 for a box of 10 wax melts (pick your own or choose from a range of scented sets); gift sets including 10 wax melts, a burner and two tealights, £20. www.frecklefacehomefragrance.com

A few things catching our eye this month…


A cosy unisex sweatshirt for the new normal, available in black or grey from Rutland designers Paper Plane. Perfect for chilly early autumn days. £30 paperplanedesigns.co.uk


After 14 years, Stamford florist Miss Pickering has closed her shop on St Paul’s Street. Her adorable dog Valentine has retired from his old window, but gorgeous flowers are still on offer, with delivery available for bouquets (from £40) to LE15 and PE9 postcodes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. www.misspickering.com


Get the kids ready for the return to school with Sophie Allport’s cool range, including this Fairground Ponies backpack (£26), left, and lunch bag (£21), above. www.sophieallport.com


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Enjoy time out with Kings Cliffe illustrator Katie Cardew’s ‘Only Nice Things’ colouring book for grown ups, £11. www.katiecardew.com The perfect tools for colouring? We love this Derwent Coloursoft tin of 12 pencils from Colemans, £21.99. www.colemangroup.co.uk


Handmade organic cotton face masks, available in two sizes (small and medium) and five different colours. £15 each at Nadinoo. www.nadinoo.com



Boost your drinks cabinet with a bottle of Rutland Gin from local brand Multum Gin Parvo. Our favourite is Earl Grey & Rutland Honey; there’s also Strawberry & Rutland Lavender, plus a Rutland Dry Gin. From £28 for 50cl; £36 for 70cl; gift sets available. www.multumginparvo.com


Have fun with the Fairytale Dice Game, £9, from Jollys Toys, Thrapston. Roll the dice and tell a story using the characters and objects. It’s great for encouraging writing too! www.jollystoys.co.uk

It’s that time of year again to go blackberrypicking – something the kids will love. Turn your berries into homemade jam, crumbles, cordial, Crème de Mûre (blackberry liqueur) or gin (great for Christmas). And if you don’t have blackberry bushes near you, pop into any one of our wonderful local farm shops, where there’ll be fresh produce aplenty. Farndon Fields, near Market Harborough, has a brilliant farm shop and is celebrating 35 years this year! Congrats to them!


Not only is this book by Erin Gleeson a treat for the eyes with a combination of beautiful illustrations and photography, but the recipes give you inspiration for plates upon plates of delicious food for (safely socially distanced) autumnal gatherings with friends. Perfect for outdoor dining on warm evenings. £25 from Oh Curio in Harringworth. www.ohcurio.com


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Our beautiful region

In a world that feels so very unfamiliar this year, it’s reassuring to know that some things follow the seasons as they always have. Here’s a lovely picture of straw bales in the Rutland countryside. Picture by Richard Brown, richjam71@gmail.com



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Cleaning of all clothes* dropped into our POD at Serpentine Green during September 2020 *except wedding dresses

Multi Award-Winning, 24/7 Dry Cleaning & Laundry Service Heatsource of Uppingham provides an extensive range of premier stoves, fireplaces and traditional designer cast iron radiators. Fantastic ranges of products & services Whatever your style needs and design requirements, Heatsource has a whole range of products to suit: • High quality stoves including brands such as: Contura, Charnwood (as pictured), Morso, Jotul, Chesneys, Scan, Clearview and many more. • Designer and traditional cast iron radiators • Handmade stone fireplaces and surrounds • Complete installation service provided by HETAS qualified engineers and builders • Expert installers of biomass & solar thermal renewable heating solutions • Superb range of spares and accessories to accommodate our customers needs Come and see us at our stunning showroom in Uppingham or call 01572 829953. Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 9.45am – 5pm, Sat 9.30am – 4pm

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Ella Grace wears Mary Katrantzou sweatshirt, ÂŁ40 (size XS), from Arch Label Agency

New times, new clothes

It’s great to be back in our lovely unique independent shops! Sally Stillingfleet supports the local independent retailers with a nod to new trends, mixed in with some pre-loved items and some great accessories (including a face mask). Make the most of the last of the summer sunshine and update your wardrobe with a few key pieces or carefully selected sale items. Thanks to our lovely model Ella Grace Bayley. Styling and words: Sally Stillingfleet Photography: Elli Dean

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Ella Grace wears silky cami, now £22, and black side tape Replay jeans, £155, both from Energy, with black-and-cream Esprit shirt, £50, from Attic. Chanel pumps (size 40.5), £150, from Arch Label Agency


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Ella Grace wears lilac headband, from £14, and sunny yellow shirt, £28, both from Iris & Violet, with blue Esprit shorts, £40, from Attic

Handmade mask, £4, and necklace, £26, both from Albar’s Den, with preloved Equipment silk vest top, £40 (size S), from Arch Label Agency

Retro-style trainers, £95, from Marcia May Shoes

Sophie Schnoor Graphic T-shirt, £49, from Energy, Paco Rabanne ‘Le 69 sac’ cross-body bag, £390, from Arch Label Agency, and pre-loved Great Plains midi skirt, £18, from Emma Cutmore & The Dress Agency

Leopard Gabor white chunky trainers, £115, Marcia May Shoes

Blue silk mix scarf, £39, Albar’s Den, with red trainers (size 39), £10, from Emma Cutmore

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Ella Grace wears silk preloved Equipment vest top, £40 (size S), with yellow cashmere Issa sweater, £50 (size S), both Arch Label Agency, with necklace, £26, from Albar’s Den, and orange silky, lined Esprit skirt, £70, from Attic. Leopard Gabor white chunky trainers, £115, Marcia May Shoes

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Albar’s Den 1 Crown Walk, Oakham, 01572 723204/ 07977 002260, www.albarsden.co.uk Arch Label Agency 43 St Paul’s Street, Stamford, 01780 764746, www.archlabelagency.co.uk Attic 33 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, 01780 766667, atticofstamford.co.uk Emma Cutmore & The Dress Agency 4 St Mary’s Passage, Stamford, 01780 482870, www.emmacutmore.co.uk Energy 9 Ironmonger Street, Stamford, 01780 765633, www.energy-clothing.com @wearetheenergygirls @energyclothingstamford Iris & Violet 31 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, 01780 762111, irisandviolet.shop Marcia May Shoes 36 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, 01780 762699


To our amazing model, Ella Grace Bayley To our fantastic photographer, Elli Dean, 07932 055548, www.ellideanphotography.co.uk

Ella Grace wears pre-loved Zara T-shirt, £4, from Emma Cutmore & The Dress Agency, with Esprit pleated skirt, £65, from Attic, and white Gucci trainers (size 39), £250, from Arch Label Agency


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Into the blue

Interiors writer Amander Meade explores some options around colour and furnishing for 2020 and beyond

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Interiors Into the blue


UR homes are a constantly evolving mix of all the things we love, and, currently, interior designers are encouraging us to repurpose and expand on what we have rather than change schemes unnecessarily. The Nordic trend continues to inspire and delight, but there are some key colours to add in to update an existing decor. This means you don’t have to redecorate your whole home to be on song with the latest styles. Let’s begin with the colours of the year – here’s what Pantone have to say about the shade they have chosen for 2020. ‘Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of this thought-provoking shade highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new decade. Imprinted in our psyches as a restful colour, Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquillity to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser-like clarity, Classic Blue re-centres our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, fostering resilience.’ In perfect harmony, Dulux have another skyinspired shade for their own colour of the year – Tranquil Dawn – a pale greyish green, or, as described evocatively by Marianne Shillingford, the company’s Creative Director, ‘that colour that lies between the land and the sky on a misty morning’. Not surprisingly, the two colours work beautifully together and create the perfect foil for other shades of green, grey, white, pink and yellow, which can be used against them.

The enduringly stylish Nordic look, by Anna Stone Designs. Photo: Elli Dean

Pantone’s ‘Classic Blue’

‘Tranquil Dawn’ by Dulux


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Sofa – so good

Thought that sofas always have to be in a neutral colour? Try a statement piece instead. Retailers are reporting that luxurious velvet sofas in strong colours such as deep blue, burnt orange and yellow are much in demand, as well as those upholstered in bold, bright patterned fabrics. Think modern florals, stripes, geometrics and even animal prints.

‘Magnum’ sofa by Delcor, from £2,400

Floral features

Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little, www.osborneandlittle.com. For local stockists, see p26

Retro florals and botanicals are still making a major statement. Rich, sumptuous florals remain a fantastic option for feature walls, or you can use them on soft furnishings and in accessories if you don’t want to make such a bold statement.

Mañuel Canovas botanicals and mid-century furniture, from the designer’s 2020 range

Reuse and repurpose

We’ll be continuing to surround ourselves with nature and natural materials in order to feel a connection with the outside world. Increasingly, we’ll be ditching the plastic in favour of more sustainable materials. Raw wooden surfaces, whether on tables, chairs or kitchen cabinets, are taking over from their high-gloss counterparts, with antique and vintage furniture, particularly in darker-toned wood and rattan trending steeply, as we seek to reuse and repurpose – a good thing for the planet and our homes. Don’t forget you can breathe new life into existing fabrics and carpets with a deep clean; local firms who can help with this include Weaver UK Ltd.



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Interiors Into the blue

Corduroy from Designers Guild (2020 collection) adds extra texture and a retro feel, plus it’s very hard-wearing

Ethnic-inspired prints make a statement in fabrics from Sarah Harding Interiors

Fancy a bold look but not sure where to begin? Ask our expert local interior designers (see below) for advice

Fabric wise

In fabrics, neutrals are refusing to budge – we love their simplicity and Scandi cool class, while colour addicts can choose between colour blocking with brave primary shades or dipping into the ’70s trend towards boho chic complete with tassels and ethnic prints. Geometrics are still strong, and you might be surprised to learn that chintz is on the rise with traditional patterns on lighter backgrounds looking great when combined with contemporary pieces (they are best kept to a minimum on smaller surfaces to avoid the ‘granny’ effect). Nostalgic mid-century furniture mismatched and updated in velvet or corduroy offers that LOCAL STOCKISTS super-popular mid-century look Anna Stone Design Stamford Garden Centre, with added textural luxury. This mustard velvet lampshade with fringing adds a little cheeky chintz. The Lampshade Warehouse has a huge range of designs.

Final touches

If you do one thing, bring in some beautiful botanicals in the form of potted houseplants in attractive planters – or, if you really don’t have green fingers – go faux.

Bold, on-trend geometric cushions in fabric from Larsen’s 2020 collection create instant impact on a neutral sofa

Boston potted fern, £40, from Sophie Allport

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Statement stag’s head by Two Little Birds, from £495, www.two-little-birds.co.uk

‘Achillea Foliage’ small piped cushion in Burghley Blue, by Madder Cutch & Co, £45, www.maddercutchandco.com William Morris pot, Bosworth’s Garden Centre, Elton, £12.99, bosworthsgc.co.uk/elton

Navy herringbone blanket, £45, from Elizabeth Stanhope Interiors, Oakham, call to order on 01572 722345, www.elizabethstanhope.co.uk


True blue

From peacock blue to the richest indigo to the most intense navy, the sky’s the limit with this key colour for 2020 Sophie Allport ‘Lobster’ melamine side plate, £7.50, www.sophieallport.com Compact Scandi-style blue velvet ‘Slipper’ lounge chair, £299, John Lewis, www.johnlewis.com

‘Signal’ cushion in Sky, £63, Hunters Interiors of Stamford, www.huntersinteriorsofstamford.co.uk

Recycled blue glass jars (wonderful tea light holders), £6 each, Hilly Horton, Thrapston, www.hillyhorton.co.uk

Laxton printmaker Sam Marshall’s ‘Those First Few Days’ linocut print, £50, 37cm x 27cm, limited edition of 50, www.sammarshallart.com

Annie Allison ‘Peacock’ wallpaper, £117 for 10m x 52cm, www.annieallison.co.uk

‘Paradise Pantry’ Aga Top, £16.75, from Kings Cliffe illustrator Katie Cardew, at www.katiecardew.com and from local stockists

Blue pebble cushion, £45.99, and deep blue table lamp, £30, from Barefoot Sunday at Rutland Garden Village, Ashwell, barefootsunday.co.uk


Candles in blues and more, from 50p per candle at Barefoot Sunday (as left)

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QKS inspirational spaces QKS have always been at the forefront of innovation in the conservatory, orangery and home-extension business, and we take a look at a recent extension for a client in the Empingham Road


HE client already had an extension at the back of this delightful late Victorian house, but it lacked style and didn’t give enough space to really be able to stretch out with a growing family and to accommodate larger numbers comfortably around the table. At the design stage, they called in QKS Home, who were recommended by a friend who had been delighted by their extension. The project comprised a boot room at the side of the building and a big eating and relaxing space. The structure is in contemporary aluminium, which gives a modern, retro look and at the same time has good thermal-insulation properties. Finishing touches in the boot room included character lighting, and flooring from Mandarin

Stone. It also turned out to be a perfect spot for the dog basket, away from the kitchen. The main room has large glass doors and a skylight that ensures it is full of light throughout the day. The delightful parquet floor is ‘tumbled’ to look aged and supplied by Floors of Stone of Loughborough. The lights are from Lumison Lighting of Oakham. The client then completed the room in retro style, with a huge table offering generous space for diners, and a plasma screen on the wall. At the sides of the building, the stonework is most impressive, with stone mullioned lead windows also made by QKS. The outside cobbles come into their own in the summer months, when the socialising spills out into the garden.

And the results? The client told us: ‘We got much more space than we ever imagined we would – and there have been no end of compliments. ‘Ashley was spot on with the design. He was so patient and really took on board the project… he also pointed out a few things that I wouldn’t have thought about... he seemed to know what I wanted and was a good listener.’ If you would like to explore your vision, just get in touch: QKS Home, Unit 4, Priory Industries, Cherryholt Lane, Stamford PE9 2EQ, 01780 756666, www.qks-ltd.co.uk


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OU immediately think of sofas when you think Delcor, but perhaps not beds. But you should! They now have a fabulous selection of beds upstairs in the Stamford branch, with all the Delcor values we have come to love: British-made in their Northumberland factory, using only the highest-quality materials and traditional processes to ensure the immaculate look and longevity of your bed; fabric of your choice; and, of course, excellent customer support. Ranges include the Classic Valentina, the glorious Gladstone and the Art Deco-inspired Empire. No choice could be more important than the mattress, after all you spend up to a third of your life on it. Once again Delcor excels here, stocking the highly celebrated Spink & Edgar mattresses, where quality is unstinting and where tradition and innovation are married. Naturally, they come with a lifetime guarantee. Delcor, 30 Bath Row, Stamford PE9 2QX, 01780 762579, www.delcor.co.uk


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People always need art G Photography: Jay Goldmark

IVEN its local, national and international customer base and easily accessible, high-quality online and film operation, it is no surprise that Goldmark in Uppingham was able to weather the pandemic storm so strongly. The gallery was closed to visitors throughout and, at time of writing, was still only open by appointment. However, it remained in business for telephone and online enquiries during lockdown. Goldmark’s formidable in-house design and print operation also meant that customers, old and new, could access superb catalogues and magazines about the exhibits. Yet even founder Mike Goldmark and his son, company MD Jay, were surprised at the strength of support the gallery received at the height of the virus. New international customers quickly signed up from Canada, France, The Netherlands and Thailand, and, in the USA, from California, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington DC. New UK customers came from Berkshire, Cheshire, Edinburgh, Gwent, the Isle of Man, London, Oxford, Somerset, Winchester and Worksop, and, of course, Uppingham’s surrounding counties.

Lockdown exhibitions Jay comments: ‘The lockdown was announced just as we were preparing to open the last ever exhibition by one of the world’s great potters, Svend Bayer. People from all over the world had signalled they would be joining us for this blue riband event and then, of course, the opening never happened. Instead, we launched our online television channel goldmark.tv to give people access to art 24/7, as we know the arts nurture the soul and lift the spirits – something we all needed at that time and still need today. ‘With its gallery tours, interviews and documentaries, goldmark.tv has been hugely popular, with, for example, 5,000 views in the first 24 hours. The Svend Bayer exhibition – only available online and via our television channel – ended up being the most successful launch we have ever had! We sold hundreds of pots, and it was followed by an equally successful Phil Rogers ceramics show.’ Goldmark’s lockdown success was not just down to its international pot sales. It also staged the first ever UK exhibition of the paintings of the late Israeli artist Esther Peretz-Arad. Gallery head Mike Goldmark comments: ‘We were not going to be stopped by the coronavirus from giving the work of Esther Peretz-Arad the love and attention it so richly deserved. Visitors may not have been physically able to step into the gallery, but we moved heaven and earth to ensure that their online experience was as textured and compelling as the paintings themselves. We hung the exhibition in the normal way – filling our main gallery.’ That said, the exhibition was only intended as a taster of Peretz-Arad’s work, with a fuller show planned for 2021. Yet, as with Bayer, the artist’s work struck a chord, and red dots [indicating sold artworks] proliferated on Goldmark’s walls. This should not have been surprising given the words of art historian, editor, critic, broadcaster and former Turner Prize judge Richard Cork, who wrote about Peretz-Arad in the exhibition catalogue. Commenting on one particular work he stated: ‘The elderly lady depicted in one arresting lithograph stares downwards, making no attempt to hide her exhaustion and despair. She is portrayed with a compassionate understanding worthy of Rembrandt…’ There can be few higher compliments than that.

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Autumn shows

Goldmark never stands still, and there is a packed exhibition schedule for the autumn. September 19th sees the opening of two new shows – one ceramics and one fine art. The pot show features work by JeanNicolas Gérard. Known as the potter’s potter, Gérard has gained international acclaim, and exhibitions of his pots have been staged around the globe, including America, Australia, China and Japan. Also from 19 September will be a new exhibition celebrating Jenny Grevatte’s 50 years as an artist. Jenny was discovered by renowned art dealer, Lillian Browse (nicknamed the ‘Duchess of Cork Street’, London’s epicentre of fine art galleries), when only 29. Her mixedmedia works are full of spontaneity and energy and draw inspiration from many sources. This show features new paintings inspired by a trip to Sicily, together with Jenny’s own favourite subjects of woodlands, apple orchards, sunflowers, rooftops and still life. The gallery will feature an online walk-through tour of both shows and host online chats and films with both Gérard and Grevatte on goldmark.tv. Goldmark will also publish comprehensive, full-colour catalogues.

Whilst social distancing rules apply, Goldmark will be open by appointment only, but, with or without pandemic restrictions, people will be able to visit the exhibitions 24/7, be they in Oakham, Oundle, Market Harborough, Stamford or Los Angeles, on www.goldmarkart.com. To book an appointment call 01572 821424, email info@goldmarkart.com or fill in the form on www.goldmarkart.com.


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Outdoor living Words: Fiona Cumberpatch

FIVE MINUTES WITH… Ann Ellis, organiser of Stamford in Bloom


LTHOUGH the annual ‘In Bloom’ competition was cancelled this year, Stamford has been looking abundant this summer. It’s partly down to Ann Ellis and her team of 39 dedicated volunteers, who tend the town’s previously neglected areas and are responsible for the famously floriferous chair planters outside businesses in the main streets. How did you get involved with the project? My husband Keith and I have lived here for about 17 years now, and, back in 2017, I was fed up with how untidy it had become. On a visit to a pretty Cotswolds town, I got chatting to some people who were involved in a similar scheme. I started thinking that it could work here, too. How difficult was it to get started? It was like pushing at an open door: people were ready for it, and we quickly got things going. We started in 2017, ready for the first judging in 2018, and we won a bronze award, which is unusual for the first year of taking part. In 2019 we took a silver medal, and I’m sure we could have got a gold in 2020, were it not for the competition being cancelled. How has the pandemic affected what you do? Our communal planting areas and containers include lots of perennial plants (which come back every year), rather than annuals or bedding plants, so that was good because it meant that most of our containers were filled. The crisis affected the number of volunteers available, but we had a lovely response when we appealed for younger people who were not self-isolating, so we have still been active. Tell us about the decorated chairs. It’s an idea I saw on Pinterest: old chairs are recycled and repurposed as planters. Thirty businesses took part, donating to have a chair planted up and put outside their premises. Although we’ve had to bring most of the chairs back during lockdown, we hope to have them on show again for Christmas. Do you have a horticultural background? I’ve always been a keen gardener, but I trained as a nurse. I work on Stamford in Bloom about five days a week. It’s a lot, but it is sociable and fun. Businesses in town are so helpful. South Kesteven District Council provide a tap for water, and we get rainwater from the roof of St George’s Hub, which makes life easier. Everyone seems very appreciative of what we’re doing, which is to enhance, not smother, the amazing architecture we have here.



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GARDEN HERO: SEPTEMBER Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ Why should I plant it? The month of September lends itself to more intensely coloured flowers, and this crocosmia has small, fiery flowers that glow like embers on the arching stem. Where should I plant it? Mix it with other late-flowering plants in a moist, well-drained border in full sun or semi- shade. The corms should be planted at a depth of 10cm and the same distance apart.

Many seed companies sold out last spring, as more people turned to gardening during the pandemic. Why not collect your own this year so you’re all set for the next growing season?

When to collect?

It’s time to harvest when the heads have turned brown and hard. Wait for dry weather and clip off the seed heads. Put them in a paper bag or brown envelope (plastic can cause them to go mouldy) and label as you collect, as it’s very easy to lose track.

Which flower seeds are best?

Poppies, which you can shake straight from the seed head into a bag, and honesty, whose seeds are easily visible inside a flat, silvery case. Nigella works well, as do pot marigolds and alliums.

How do I store them?

Put the seeds in individual envelopes and label them carefully. Seeds need to be stored in a cool, dry frost-free environment.

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Does it need any special care? Remove faded foliage after it has finished flowering and mulch to protect it over winter. If it spreads too much, divide it in spring.


A cosy throw means you can sit outside longer on chilly evenings. These are £62 each, from Hilly Horton Home in Thrapston, www.hillyhorton.co.uk .

Bees and Their Keepers (Maclehose Press, £20), Lotte Möller Man is dependent upon bees, given that most of what we eat derives from crops that are pollinated by them. Not that you would know it, as we have made it so difficult for these insects to survive. Journalist, bee keeper and garden historian Lotte Möller explores our bond with bees, investigating the myths and mystique, and meeting people all over the world who are immersed in the complex world of apiculture. Beautifully illustrated and written with humour. The Language of Flowers (HarperDesign, £25), Odessa Begay An updated version of the classic Victorian volume, this colourful coffeetable compendium details the 50 most popular flowers worldwide. It blends literary excerpts with botanical information and ideas for culinary usage. Did you know that honeysuckle is a mild, safe herb that can be made into a sweet syrup for sore throats or used as an ingredient in a soothing skin cream? A great gift for anyone who loves flowers. Grow Fruit & Vegetables in Pots (Phaidon, £24.95), Aaron Bertelson I used this book through lockdown, when I converted my parking lot into a container kitchen garden. It is a practical guide to growing in small spaces, including how to sow, prick out and harden off, but it has an aspirational element too, with beautiful photography by Andrew Montgomery. Aaron Bertelson, who works at the renowned Great Dixter gardens, is also a cook, and his recipes, including Pasta with Container Garden Sauce, Tempura Baby Courgettes and Fig Leaf Ice Cream, elevate this way beyond a how-to book. All of the above are available from independent bookshops including Walkers Books in Stamford and Oakham, Oundle Bookshop, Quinns in Market Harborough and Kibworth Books.



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Health, beauty & wellness

Mind time In a year of more uncertainty than ever, it’s not surprising that experts predict that mental-health issues will be even more paramount than usual with anxiety and depression on the increase. Whilst a doctor may well be the first port of call, there is plenty of support available in the region, whether it’s talking through problems with experts or working on relaxation techniques. Bridget Steele takes a look at a selection of what is available to us locally…

The Buddhist way Based in Peterborough, Drolma Buddhist Centre is a hub for meditation and mindfulness. You don’t have to be a Buddhist or follow any religious faith to take part in their workshops. The Centre is currently physically closed, but the team are offering guided meditations and practical advice from Buddha’s teachings online. These classes and courses help you to cope with the challenges of daily life – especially in these uncertain times. One student says: ‘Meditation has been a real eye-opener – that you can actually find calm and peace of mind in a crazy world that’s always busy. It was just amazing for me to find out that there is a possibility of peace and calm, and that if you keep going with it, things get easier and easier. I tried meditating a long time before coming to Drolma Centre and hit so many hurdles. So, to have a place where there is a real sense of community, where you can feel supported and welcome, is fantastic.’ Drolma Centre offers a range of weekly meditation classes starting at only £3 for 30 minutes, as well as morning and longer courses. There is also the opportunity to join as a Centre Member. Everybody is welcome at the Centre, from beginners to more experienced meditators. Drolma Buddhist Centre is at 260 Dogsthorpe Road, Peterborough PE1 3PG. Find out more on 01733 755444, info@drolmacentre.org.uk or at www.drolmacentre.org.uk

Resilient Rutland Resilient Rutland is a three-year project that kicked off in April 2019 with the aim of supporting young people, their parents and carers with mental health and wellbeing, working with local schools and organisations across the county. Supporting mental health and wellbeing, the scheme is available to every child in Rutland. It aims to help youngsters become more resilient by focusing on early intervention, prevention and coping strategies, hopefully preventing small problems from becoming larger ones. The project also aims to create a culture where mental health is not taboo. For more information, contact 07572 593004, info@resilientrutland.co.uk, www.resilientrutland.co.uk

Men’s mental health This year saw the launch of a Peterborough support group set up Jack Emery and Dr Ian Tennant (pictured) aimed specifically at men. Ian notes, ‘Men often suffer in silence and often acutely feel the strain of changing expectations placed on them.’ Earlier this year in Peterborough, the group hosted a Men’s Mental Health Day, which highlighted the excellent support available in the city, including friendly clubs that use activities such as car maintenance or sport to help men share how they feel in a safe space, as well as oneto-one therapies. Some excellent progress has also been made with workplace training for mental-health awareness. The City council adopted a training programme delivered by Mental Health in the Workplace – a national organisation set up by Peterboroughbased therapist, Gary Johannes. Ian said: ‘The term “Mental Health” is off-putting to a lot of people. We are working on ways to welcome more men into the network of support available. We want men to know there’s no shame in not feeling okay and to give them the confidence that they can find ways to feel better again.’ To be kept in the loop about new developments in men’s mental healthsupport in Peterborough, please email hello@restoringbalance.life

MindSpace Stamford ‘Improving the mental well-being of the whole town of Stamford through a community approach’ MindSpace Stamford was founded in 2015 by Dr Dan Petrie, a Stamford GP passionate about mental health and well-being. The aim is to increase the knowledge and understanding of mental health and to provide ways to prevent ill heatlh and help those who may be suffering from illness through better conversations. For more information, call 01780 437330, email info@mindspacestamford.com or visit www.mindspacestamford.com.



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Health, beauty & wellness Mind time Tried & tested Meditation with Maria Chapman

Child’s play Stamford-based certified Play Therapist Amanda Seyderhelm specialises in treating children aged between 4 and 12 (and their families) who are suffering with mild to moderate emotional or psychological problems, such as unresolved relationship issues, sibling rivalries, bullying, sleep disorders, separation and attachment disorders. A session with Amanda is based around play in a therapy room that contains a play therapy kit that is set up to welcome your child and make them feel secure. Each 30- to 40-minute session builds on the one before, and, through the process, the child is eventually able to articulate (in their own way) what they are feeling. Amanda’s method helps to provide a holistic and situational approach, treating the root cause of trauma and providing emotional freedom. Amanda is based at 14 Barn Hill, Stamford PE9 2AE. Contact her on 01572 492060 or 07711 671990, hello@amandaseyderhelm.com or visit www.amandaseyderhelm.com

Johan Truter – Clinical psychologist Psychological therapy can be beneficial when you are living in a permanent state of distress or anxiety, leaving you feeling stuck or trapped. The reasons for the onset of psychological difficulties may be related to sudden stresses such as bereavement or traumatic life changes. In other situations, problems may be linked to longer-standing difficulties, such as painful childhood experiences. Psychological problems may also build up over time inadvertently and be brought to a head by the proverbial last straw. Johan said, ‘Psychological therapy starts with an assessment session – discussing the difficulties you have had or are experiencing. This will enable me to establish which psychological approach would be best suited, as well as the number of sessions you might find helpful in treating your difficulty.’ At the end of the initial assessment, you will receive a generalised summary of Johan’s clinical impressions. At this point it will be determined if this service is suited to your needs or not. Should the therapy be continued, an initial number of sessions will be contracted, commencing the therapeutic intervention. Contact Johan at 14 Barn Hill, Stamford PE9 2AE, 01780 758556, www.psychologistuk.co.uk

Holistic therapist Maria Chapman invited me along to her newly refurbished treatment room in Peterborough to take me through the basics of meditation. She explained that this relaxation technique can alleviate and reduce the effects of stress, helping to reduce anxiety, boost the immune system and reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and on the day of my visit I had been rushing around, feeling anything but calm… The session started with some simple shoulder and head rolls before I lay down on the couch, where Maria took me through the gradual process of asking me to tense a muscle while breathing in and then gradually letting go on the breath out. She asked me to focus on walking on a beach and keeping the thought in my head while we worked on tensing and relaxing muscles with soft wave music playing in the background. I was surprised how quickly the process took me from an anxious state of mind to being totally relaxed. After the session I continued to feel relaxed and calm. Maria can help people who are new to meditation or at a more advanced level with a variety of techniques. She charges £45 for an hour session. Reflexology for relaxation is also offered at £55 for an hour. Contact Maria on 01733 311554 or 07957 583433 or by email at skucaj@btinternet.com.

Mindfulness training Mindfulness involves paying attention to our thoughts and feelings, whatever they may be, in a non-judgemental way, and being in the present moment. In this way, we are more aware of what we are feeling or doing, so we are more able to positively respond to situations, both in our personal and working lives. Mindfulness can support us to manage challenging situations and assist us in making more informed choices in our everyday life, as well as enabling us to achieve goals. Julie Harwin, MA, Chartered MCIPD, is a qualified Mindfulness Now Teacher with over 25 years’ experience of coaching and mentoring. Her training programme can be delivered on a one-to-one basis, in a relaxed and private environment, or in groups within organisations. For further details or to book, contact Julie on 07790 577675 or Julie@starswellbeing.co.uk.

Counselling and psychotherapy in Oakham Sally Atkinson MSc is a qualified practising psychotherapist and counsellor in Oakham. She provides counselling and psychotherapy in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment, working with individuals and couples on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period. Her aim is to enable clients to enhance their lives and to live more fully by understanding what has made them the person they are today. Sally is experienced in helping with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, bereavement, behaviour patterns, confidence and self-esteem issues, trauma and coming to terms with terminal illness. For more information, contact Sally on 07515 516137 or visit her website www.rutlandcounselling.com. You can also email her through the website.


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Can You Find Entrepreneurial Happiness During COVID-19? For most business owners and entrepreneurs, it feels like we are living in precarious, if not terrifying times. Many of us have had to completely overhaul our business models just to survive, and, sadly, some have had no choice but to permanently cut the cord and absorb the losses. There is a universal feeling that these are dark days, and the threat of even more testing times is looming on the horizon. So how can we rekindle our passion, our profits and our enjoyment?


HE COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent slump in our economy, has undoubtedly changed the face of business forever. But even before this crisis, lack of profit, lack of time, and a serious lack of love, resulted in 80% of businesses failing in the first 5 years. So, what can we do to stop this trend in its tracks? And more importantly, how can we use the current obstacles we face as an opportunity to innovate, improve and revolutionise our businesses? Whether it’s money, time, wellbeing or general happiness, all entrepreneurs and business owners share one common problem: When did their passion turn into their punishment? With such a huge proportion of business owners and entrepreneurs feeling overwhelmed and over worked, something must change and the fires of passion for our businesses must be reignited. These are feelings that I can completely empathise with as a business owner, but also through my clients. Running a successful Financial Planning business, I meet a lot of other business owners, and time and again I see these same concerns cropping up. They are all working every hour God sends, they aren’t earning as much as they think their effort deserves, and the fun of being the master of their own destiny is draining away. There’s no time or money to have fun and create memories with their loved ones. I felt that there had to be a solution out there, so I set out to address these issues and offer some solid, triedand-tested guidance. Over the years, I have read over 150 business books, attended courses and workshops, and met with some amazingly successful entrepreneurs in the hope that I could glean just a few ideas from each. I implement a lot of these ideas into my own company, Efficient Portfolio, but I wanted to share my ideas as best I could. So, I wrote another book! Released at the height of lockdown, ‘Entrepreneurial Happiness’ is a culmination of all my teachings, discoveries and tried and tested strategies. It’s basically all the best ideas I’ve found since setting up my business 14 years ago, all in one succinct place. However, unlike the vast majority of business books, ‘Entrepreneurial Happiness’ doesn’t just focus on generating more profit, it also provides practical tips, tested methodologies, and proven strategies to help create a better sense of wellbeing for entrepreneurs. The book sets out to help reduce those stressed and despondent feelings we are all experiencing , and replace them with positivity, determination and hope for the future. Now, more than ever, this book will be a valuable tool in helping businesses to stay focussed and strong. I feel that we’ve now been given a unique opportunity to step back from our businesses and reassess how we work. Things really have got to change if we all want to survive, so to help support our local business owners, I am giving away 50 copies of Entrepreneurial Happiness for free. If you are a business owner and are desperate to rekindle your passion, generate more leads and find some inspirational ideas to overcome your own obstacles, please email charlotte@efficientportfolio.co.uk and I will be delighted to send you a free copy of Entrepreneurial Happiness. There has never been a better time to create some Entrepreneurial Happiness!

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Colin the camel This month Amander Meade meets Colin the camel, who belongs to Vernon Moore of Moores Estate Agents


ERNON’S grandfather Jack spent his life as a professional gamekeeper and is remembered as a man who employed conservation and environmental ideology far ahead of his time. Jack was employed by both the Sandringham and Stapleford Park estates, and Vernon remembers spending time with his grandfather, learning about wildlife and country lore from him. ‘At one time, Lord Gretton kept some animals owned by Chipperfield’s Circus at Stapleford, including lions and apes. My grandfather was involved in their welfare as well as gamekeeping on the estate and that made a big impression on me as a boy.’ Entrusted with a Dangerous Wild Animal licence, Vernon has rescued many unusual animals in his time, and his collection has included rare water fowl, kabaris, maras, wallabies and limas – many of whom have been loaned to specialist breeding programmes around the UK. It was while visiting a sanctuary looking for a female to keep his male lima company that Vernon first met Colin – a Mongolian bull camel. Definitely not in the market for a camel but under a certain amount of pressure from his young son Max, who fell in love with Colin at first sight, Vernon agreed to give him a permanent home. ‘We built him a shelter and created a sand pit for him, as camels love to roll in sand almost daily. His enclosure had to be made secure to zoo standards, and, of course, we had to gain clearance from the Council. Of Colin’s history, we know that he performed with Chipperfield’s until the law changed and prevented the use of animals in circuses. He also

spent some time in a zoo before arriving at the sanctuary. Colin’s brother is also in a sanctuary in a different part of the country.’ Vernon is hoping to secure a wife for Colin, thought now to be in his mid-20s, in the hope that they will soon be hearing the patter of tiny hooves. Although Colin is far from lonely with all the company he has from the other animals, camels are naturally a herd animal, and I would like to see him with a proper mate. He doesn’t see too well due to cataracts, but we were advised that, on balance, surgery would pose too great a risk to his life. He copes well with extreme heat and cold but isn’t a fan of the rain when he heads for the rear of his cosy shelter. He’s very appealing and has a charm all his own, but we are always respectful of him – after all he’s an animal of substantial weight and stature, and camels will defend themselves vigorously if they feel threatened.’ Happily settled with the Moore family for a number of years now, Colin became well known to locals during Lockdown. ‘As well as the hay we feed him, usually local pubs and restaurants are kind enough to offer Colin lots of peelings and spare fruit and veg to help supplement his diet, but during Lockdown they were closed, so we appealed to local people to save their leftovers for Colin instead,’ explains Vernon. ‘The response was fantastic – people rallied to help keep Colin well fed, and he was extremely grateful. Camels also love willow branches, and Colin’s personal favourite treats are bananas. He’s had a colourful career and now has a home here for life – we just love him.’


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Moores – Your Property Market Questions Answered

Vernon Moore

Ambitious plans and futuristic working practices continue to place Moores at the forefront of regional estate agency. Founder and Managing Director, Vernon Moore explains how his team reacted swiftly and decisively to ensure the best of outcomes for their clients over this extraordinary summer and beyond.

How would you describe the local market as we move into Autumn? Buoyant and encouraging are the words I would use. We quickly made arrangements around the national situation to allow virtual viewings which were enormously popular. In fact, during lockdown, we received over twenty offers on properties viewed virtually, every one of which stayed in place after physical viewing. Our teams made sure each sale could proceed swiftly and efficiently which pleased buyers and vendors alike. As a response to the success of our virtual viewings, we have commissioned a series of professional videos for all our properties as well as an overview of the particular part of the region in which they are located. The videos are shot independently which we think feels more reliably informative. Our out of town buyers feel they are gaining a real insight into the region and vendors appreciate the extra marketing tool to showcase both their individual property and the location at the same time. The regional showcase videos appear automatically on our website and can also be found on YouTube. What recent changes have come about in regional sales? So many people working from home over the summer has acted as a catalyst to buyers in London and the South East. We are deluged with enquiries from buyers in the South who have realised they can work successfully from home and also access the capital via our fine road and rail networks. They realise the

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financial sense of combining the best of the lifestyle and education on offer here with more flexible working practices. We have been receiving up to 200 enquiries per day which is unprecedented and exciting for vendors here as the demand for properties across the board has never been higher. We are still offering our meet and greet service to out of town buyers (socially distant compliant) and are accompanying them to hand selected homes which match their needs. This is such an important service for us as over 70% of our buyers are from out of this area.

“We have been receiving up to 200 enquiries per day which is unprecedented and exciting for vendors here as the demand for properties across the board has never been higher.” What about the Chancellor’s cut to stamp duty? Well that was certainly a surprise which has generated a boom in genuine first time buyers coming forward to see what their savings can achieve – especially as there are some great mortgage deals to be found just now. The price band below £300,000 has been saturated with buy to let landlords so it’s nice to see this bonus creating real energy at that end of the market. How is progress with the new Moores Property Hub? Ironically, the lockdown has led us more quickly into exactly the kind of flexible working practices the hub was designed to encourage. Whilst lockdown has put

us behind, we still hope the build will be complete by the end of 2020 and intend to have a presence on site by early autumn. The hub will be a modern, state of the art building on Lands’ End Way in Oakham and will accommodate our entire team as well as offering clients opportunities to meet their solicitor, consult with an architect or even arrange removals and storage from our new base. We always take our lead from what our buyers need and naturally, our vendors always benefit from that. Considering a move? Interested in finding out more? Demand is particularly high for homes of all kinds so act now to find out what your property could be worth. For a no-obligation valuation or expert advice on any aspect of buying or selling property in this region call the Moores team today.

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Outdoor spaces Outside areas are never more relevant than now, as we get back to eating out. Nicholas Rudd-Jones explores some favourites – fingers crossed for an Indian summer!


T the start of the summer, restaurant owners did not know when they might reopen, what the ‘new normal’ might look like and, indeed, for some, whether they would ever open their doors again. What has been remarkable is not just how incredibly hard they have worked to get things safe, but also how many have been able to create not just a ‘new normal’ but a ‘new special’ – in the process, creating new and different memories for diners. By the end of the meal we have usually forgotten that things are very different and just appreciate the good food and warm hospitality. Always try and book ahead if you can – at the moment many establishments are not able to accept walk-ins. Book direct, so that restaurants do not have to pay commission to a third party, and never be a ‘no-show’ statistic.

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The Barn Garden Café, Barnwell The spacious, purpose-built Box Café is popular for its homemade scones, tarts and cakes, as well as light lunches and paninis. They have lots of outdoor space, so a good choice, if the weather allows.

Bosworth’s Garden Centre, Elton

We go here often for the plants and garden accoutrements, and never want to miss out on the brilliant café. There are plenty of well-spaced tables outside, spilling into the rows of trees and shrubs and affording a lovely view as you eat and drink.

The Bull & Swan, Stamford

The Kitchen Garden is a beautifully converted area with a vegetable and herb garden. It offers Pizza Potting Shed fare. The beauty here is that there is no need to book a table, as they are opening on a first come, first served basis! Films are shown regularly too, check blackboard outside or call ahead.

Castle Cottage Café, Oakham

If you were trying to conjure up what the ‘secret garden’ looked like, it might not be far off this one, behind the castle in Oakham – a quaint spot to lounge away a warm afternoon in late summer/early autumn in the dappled shade. Take your mobile and you can use a QR code to bring the menu up on your phone – ingeniously negating the need for a paper menu.

The Chubby Castor, Castor Refurbished by Chef-Patron Adebola Adeshina in 2018, The Chubby Castor offers amongst the best fare in our region. As one Trip Advisor (TA) diner commented: ‘We wanted a special meal for our first meal out since lockdown and The Chubby Castor did not disappoint. Lovely ambience outside on the terrace with lots of obvious measures to ensure social distancing and hand hygiene. The service was friendly and efficient as always and the food was perfect.’

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Castle Cottage Café

Moored on the banks of the Nene, East offers a fusion of Oriental styles of cuisine. Dishes have been chosen from diverse cultures of South-East Asia. They have an additional new menu, called East Twist, offering you a selection of Mediterranean dishes with a Far Eastern twist. Following government guidelines, they can seat six per table and offer takeaway, but not the Sunday buffet. Open in the evenings.


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The Olive Branch, Clipsham

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We recently ate here under one of its new garden gazebos. The Olive Branch team have managed to create a dining experience that’s in some ways even more memorable than it was preCovid-19. Their classy gazebos work brilliantly, providing several self-contained outdoor spaces. And, if you are indoors, you get more space too. As Ben Jones, owner, noted: ‘What an excellent first month back! It’s been a joy to see so many of you returning to enjoy your first meal out after lockdown. It’s been lovely to hear so much positive feedback. We wanted to create something very special for you to come back to and, judging by your comments, we’ve got close.’

The Slanted Door, Stamford The Exeter Arms

The Exeter Arms, Barrowden

This really is my ultimate favourite outdoor spot, sipping a beer on the terrace and looking out across the village duck pond to the Welland Valley beyond. When the weather is good, there is plenty of space to spill out into at this pub, and that makes dining here a natural choice. TA comment: ‘We had our first meal out, after lockdown, in the garden at The Exeter Arms. We had a great night out. Fantastic atmosphere. Mark and his team could not do enough for us. Food was wonderful.’

Farndon Fields, Market Harborough Access to the Farmer’s Kitchen is now through the garden, which is at the left-hand side of the farm shop. The menu changes with the seasons and is inspired by the produce grown on the farm. The menu includes the very popular Farmer’s Breakfast, a selection of brunch and lunch dishes, bowl food and the famous afternoon tea. Hitchen’s Barn

The Willow & Brook

Hambleton Hall, Hambleton Peninsula

Hambleton Hall celebrated its 40th this year. I love the header on their recent newsletter: ‘Hambleton Hall opened July 1st, 1980 and reopened July 5th, 2020.’ The south-facing terrace gives ample space on a sunny day, although it can’t be booked in advance. Perhaps call ahead if the weather looks set fair and no doubt something can be arranged.

Hitchen’s Barn, Oakham Headed by Louise and Neil Hitchen, who previously ran The Berkeley Arms in Wymondham, Hitchen’s Barn has been winning acclaim left, right and centre since opening early last year, including a Michelin Bib Gourmand 2020. In Louise’s words: ‘we are SO happy to reopen.’ It’s not surprising then to read this diner experience: ‘Our second visit last night for the first date night post lockdown. They certainly haven’t lost any of their excellent service, ambience and dining experience.’

The King’s Head, Wadenhoe Wadenhoe is a picture-postcard perfect village, and its pub, The King’s Head, looks out over the River Nene with its huge garden running down to the water’s edge. The pub was recently taken over by the owners of The Old Barn (now closed), who have incorporated the tea rooms, breakfasts etc into the pub. Reports suggest it’s going brilliantly. Recent TA comment: ‘Came here yesterday afternoon to surprise my mum out from lockdown and take the doggies for a walk. The King’s Head was so clean, Covid safe, excellent service, 5-star fresh food, beautiful setting and the staff was so polite and efficient.’

What can be braver than launching during Covid, which is what the Regus brothers have done, opening this classy establishment in August. It’s a wine and cocktail bar with a balcony out the back looking towards Stamford’s Meadows. Downstairs is a bar, where ‘small bites’ will be offered; upstairs is a restaurant with an à la carte menu from Dameon Clarke, renowned local chef (formerly of The Wicked Witch in Ryhall).

The Willow & Brook, Apethorpe Married couple Jim and Suzanne took over the pub this year, just before Covid-19 struck, but nothing would deter them, and they are now back to great acclaim. Jim has 25 years of culinary experience, and Suzanne has a passion for delivering excellent service and warm hospitality. TA review: ‘Popped in for a quick lunch. Fantastic service and food served in the lovely courtyard garden. Highly recommended.’


The Barn Garden Café Barnwell Road, Oundle PE8 5PB, 01832 273310, www.thebarngardencentre.co.uk Bosworth’s Garden Centre Elton Walled Garden, Elton PE8 6SH, 01832 343104, www.bosworthsgc.co.uk The Bull & Swan St Martin’s, Stamford PE9 2LJ, 01780 766412, www.hillbrookehotels.co.uk/bull-swan Castle Cottage Café Church Street, Oakham LE15 6DR, 01572 757952, www.castlecottagecafe.com The Chubby Castor 34 Peterborough Road, Castor PE5 7AX, 01733 380801, www.thechubbycastor.com East Town Bridge Upper Deck Charters, Peterborough PE1 1FP, 01733 315702, www.east-restaurant.co.uk Exeter Arms 28 Main Street, Barrowden LE15 8EQ, 01572 747365, www.exeterarmsbarrowden.co.uk Farndon Fields Market Harborough LE16 9NP, 01858 464838, www.farndonfields.co.uk Hambleton Hall Hambleton LE15 8TH, 01572 756991, www.hambletonhall.com Hitchen’s Barn 12 Burley Road, Oakham LE15 6DH, 01572 722255, www.hitchensbarn.co.uk The King’s Head Wadenhoe PE8 5ST, 01832 720024, www.wadenhoekingshead.co.uk The Olive Branch Main Street, Clipsham LE15 7SH, 01780 410355, www.theolivebranchpub.com The Slanted Door 43 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DS, 01780 757773, www.theslanteddoor.co.uk The Willow & Brook Kings Cliffe Road, Apethorpe PE8 5DG, 01780 470509, www.thewillowandbrook.co.uk


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The Olive Branch

Introducing Add Hope’s Sean Hope, co-founder of The Olive Branch, writes about his tough decision to step away from the stoves and his exciting new product range


roast beef with Add Hope’s creamed horseradish (grown in the paddock). When the weather has been less fair, I’ve spent time creating the website and online shop add-hopes.com to bring my products to a larger audience.

N April 2018, I decided to step away from the stoves at The Olive Branch after nearly 20 years. The reason was simple: it was starting to affect my mental health. Exiting the pub kitchen was difficult. Cooking is an ingrained passion I’ve held dear for more than 35 years. It left a huge void in my life, but, while recovering from my diagnosis of anxiety and depression, I was able to spend valuable time with my family. Another door opens I also followed another passion of mine – growing fruit and vegetables. Three years ago, I developed a plan for The Olive Branch paddock, which is located over the road opposite the pub. Of late, I have returned to the paddock to continue what I’d started – growing sustainable, seasonal organic ingredients for the pub. Doing so has inspired me and rewarded me with greater peace of mind. My approach is to use as much general waste from the pub as possible alongside a ‘no-dig’, organic policy. We’re using old cardboard to make growing beds, and combining coffee grounds with waste fruit, veg and fireplace ash to produce compost. My composting area is like mother nature’s stockpot for fabulous food! The Add Hope’s brand is born I came up with the idea for Add Hope’s while working in the paddock and while talking to family and friends. The importance of sauces and

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Out & about

Top 10 local walks with pubs

Melton Mowbray


Nicholas Rudd-Jones describes his 10 favourite walks in the region, all of which have a fabulous pub at the finish through the middle level from north to south and offers up the beautiful honey-coloured stone that defines our vernacular architecture. All intercut west to east by the majestic Nene and Welland valleys and the delightful smaller valleys of the Gwash, the Chater, the Eyebrook and Willow LOVE walking, we all love walking, it makes Brook. And, finally, the man-made us feel better, happier and more interventions of the Great North connected to nature and one’s KEY POINTS For full directions Road, which has been with us in companions through spending and a map for each walk, some form since Roman times, uninterrupted time together. head to our new website: and the much more harmonious It has been especially important www.locallivinguk.com. creation of Rutland Water. during lockdown. Call ahead to pubs to check Here I give an overview of my And this region has so much the latest arrangements 10 favourite walks in the region. varied landscape. The flat lands and whether or not For full directions and maps to the east (an acquired taste), you need to book for each walk, head to our new the hillier country to the west, the a table. website: www.locallivinguk.com. plateau of Jurassic limestone that runs

‘I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. If one keeps on walking, everything will be alright.’ Kierkegaard



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This is a lovely walk that makes you feel on top of the world (albeit only 535ft/163m), with long views over the Welland Valley and a start and finish in the quaint village of Hallaton. • How far? 5.4 miles (8.6km), allow 2 hours • OS map: Explorer 233, Landranger 141 • Start & finish: Hallaton (LE16 8UB) • Route: Head southwest to Cranoe, north to Hallaton Wood, then back to Hallaton • Full directions: www.locallivinguk.com • Our pub favourite: The Bewicke Arms, Hallaton, LE16 8UB. A traditional village pub with a good garden at the back. Recently established owners offer really good food.

This walk starts at the pretty village of Braunstonin-Rutland, passing through gently undulating countryside. It has some interesting historical features and wonderful views over the remote Chater Valley. • How far? 6 miles (10km), allow 2½ hours • OS map: Explorer 234, Landranger 141 • Start & finish: Braunston All Saints’ Church (LE15 8QS) • Route: Head south west past South Lodge Farm to Launde Road; head south to Launde Abbey; head east on southern bank of River Chater, then north-east back to Braunston. • Full directions: www.locallivinguk.com • Our pub favourite: The Blue Ball, LE15 8QS, opposite the church. Good food and a really friendly place, ideal post-walk.


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Peterborough Oundle

This is really a circumnavigation of Burghley House, with great views from the southern side, and the full circuit made possible by the permissive footpath running between Pilsgate and the Burghley House entrance. • How far? 7 miles (11.2km), allow 2¾ hours • OS map: Explorer 234, Landranger 141/142 • Start & finish: Cattle Market Car Park, Stamford (PE9 2WB) • Route: Head up hill to Wothorpe First Drift, then head south east through Burghley Golf Club and Park; turn left on road to Pilsgate, take permissive path back to Burghley House, head through park to St Martin’s. • Full directions: www.locallivinguk.com • Our pub favourite: The Bull & Swan, 24 St Martin’s, PE9 2LJ. Great outdoor space and a pizza oven out the back on hot days.



This is a gem of a walk, with a huge mix of terrain and a pub with a glorious view of the Welland Valley to finish. Stop whatever you are doing on the next fine day and enjoy this burst of wonderful countryside • How far? 7.5 miles (12km), allow 3 hours • OS map: Explorer 234, Landranger 141 • Start & finish: Barrowden Village Green (LE15 8EQ) • Route: Head south west along the Jurassic Way, taking a footpath across a field to reach Shotley; go up the steep hill, bearing left on a permissive path through the disused quarry and old airfield to Wakerley Wood; re-join the Jurassic Way and head back to Lyddington. • Full directions: www.locallivinguk.com • Our pub favourite: Exeter Arms, on the green, LE15 8EQ. You cannot beat a beer on the terrace here overlooking the valley and duck pond. Good pub food too, plus lots of outdoor space.

This walk offers views without parallel in the region, effectively a circumnavigation of the Harringworth Viaduct, described by the original landowner as ‘one of the grandest and most perfect pieces of work’. And who can disagree? • How far? 4.4 miles (7.1km), allow 1¾ hours • OS map: Explorer 234, Landranger 141 • Start & finish: Seaton Church (LE15 9HR) • Route: Head south on the footpath to Harringworth, go east along the Jurassic Way; cross the Welland at Turtle Bridge and head up to the road; follow the road carefully back to Seaton. • Full directions: www.locallivinguk.com • Our pub favourite: The George and Dragon, LE15 9HU, has been revitalised in the last two years under new ownership (Ralph Offer) and now offers top-rate cooking and a warm welcome. Try the suntrap patio out the back. Oh Curio, in Harringworth, does great coffees.

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Out & about

Top 10 local walks with pubs

Bourne Melton Mowbray




Peterborough Oundle Market Harborough


Wait for a crisp, blue sky day and set out on this wonderful walk, traversing a varied landscape from deep woodland to sheep-grazing pastures and a path alongside the babbling Will Brook. • How far? 6 miles (9.6km), allow 2¾ hours • OS map: Explorer 234, Landranger 141 • Start & finish: Post Office, Kings Cliffe (PE8 6XB) • Route: Cross the disused railway line and head west to Fineshade Abbey; head south to Blatherwycke, then north east along the southern edge of the lake to return to Kings Cliffe. • Full directions: www.locallivinguk.com • Note also: An excellent short walk along the disused railway line, from Westhay Wood (west) to Apethorpe (east). • Our pub favourite: The Cross Keys, Kings Cliffe, PE8 6XA. Welcoming pub under new management, with a space out the back. Also: Kings Cliffe Bakery, 68 West Street PE8 6XA. Delicious savouries and buns. Check opening times at www.kingscliffebakery.com.


Bedford Purlieus has been described as one of the most flower-rich woods in England, and Apethorpe is certainly one of the prettiest villages. • How far? 7 miles (11.2km), allow 3 hours • OS Map: Explorer 234 or Landranger 141 • Start & finish: Lay-by near to Apethorpe Bridge (PE8 5DQ) • Route: Walk north then east from Apethorpe Bridge and then north to Bedford Purlieus; head up through the wood until you reach the stream, then head west; when you come out of the wood, take a south west route to the road, then south back to Apethorpe Bridge. • Full directions: www.locallivinguk.com • Our pub favourite: The Willow and Brook, Kings Cliffe Road, Apethorpe, PE8 5DG. Suzanne and Jim have taken over this year and brought this lovely building back to life with good food, a picturesque courtyard and great hospitality.


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This walk takes you through an area steeped in history and lovely stretches of the River Nene. • How far? 5 miles (8km), allow 2 hours • OS map: Explorer 227, Landranger 142 • Start & finish: Fotheringhay Main Street, PE8 5HZ Route: Head north out of the village, follow the Willow Brook to the main track, right in spinney across to Park Lodge then Elton; south to Warmington Mill, back across the fields to Fotheringhay. • Full directions: www.locallivinguk.com • Our pub favourite: The Falcon Inn, Fotheringhay, PE8 5HZ. Excellent pub and restaurant food, charming garden looking towards the church. ‘Never call a walk a walk if kids are coming – call it an adventure… which it always is.’



This walk takes in two very attractive villages and glorious views looking down across to Oundle and the Nene Valley. It’s good for wildlife and plenty of red kites. • How far? 6 miles (9.8km), allow 2½ hours • OS map: Explorer 227, Landranger 142 • Start & finish: Polebrook (PE8 5LW) • Route: Head south west to Armston Grove and Barnwell; head east through Friars Close Farm to Broadway Corner and North Lodge Farm; head north back to Polebrook. • Full directions: www.locallivinguk.com • Our pub favourites: King’s Arms, Polebrook, King’s Arms Lane, PE8 5LW. A delightful pub, full of character. The Montagu Arms, Barnwell, PE8 5PH. Another cracking pub – you are spoilt for choice on this walk. If the weather is good, sit on the benches out front.

This walk has just about everything you could wish for – a charming village, a winding river, contours, ancient buildings, woods and heathland… oh, and red kites. And because it’s a well-maintained path with a welcoming pub at the end, it’s a good bet for a walk with the family. • How far? 6.5 miles (10.4km), allow 2½ hours • OS map: Explorer 224, Landranger 141 • Start & finish: The King’s Head, Wadenhoe, PE8 5XD, public car park 20 yards beyond it • Route: Head past the church on the hill west out of Wadenhoe, through Lady Wood to Lyveden New Bield; return via Lilford Wood. • Full directions: www.locallivinguk.com • Our pub favourite: The King’s Head at Wadenhoe, PE8 5XD, is full of character, good food and good ales. When the weather is good, you can sit in the delightful garden on the banks of the Nene.

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Local people

Henry Winter Chief Football Writer for The Times newspaper for the past five years, Henry Winter speaks to Antonia Scott about working from home during lockdown, and what has changed in the world of football PHOTOS: ELLI DEAN

What has it been like at a national level reporting from empty grounds? For the first three months of lockdown, I interviewed between 50–60 players and managers from my home in Geeston. It is a fantastic place to work, with the river at the bottom of my garden and the incredible kites flying overhead. As restrictions have lifted, and football grounds opened, I have now commented on many national football games behind closed doors, and the atmosphere without fans is certainly weird. Firstly, there is a 140-page protocol document to read before entering the stadium, all journalists have to wear face coverings, and you have your temperature taken on arrival. Many of the stadium staff have face visors and masks, which all seems very surreal. It has made me realise just how important both the home and away fans are – not just the supporters encouraging their own team, but also to help players feed off the opposition’s chants. The players I have watched continue to play top-level football, but they definitely miss the atmosphere of a full stadium. I hope by January 2021 fans can be fully reintroduced to stadiums, not just for player morale but also for the lost revenues that lockdown enforced on football venues around the world, particularly at grassroots level. The Premier League will always survive, but League One, League Two and non-League have suffered catastrophically through loss of ticket revenue this season, and the quicker we can open up sporting facilities, the stronger their financial health can be. The top division needs to help out, releasing more of its TV money down.

Obesity levels in children are rising, particularly from deprived areas of the country that lack sporting facilities, and this will continue to be a widespread problem if local clubs close. It is incredibly important that we get children playing sport and keeping fit from a young age. Many local businesses financially help local teams, and their support has never been more important, although many of these firms have also suffered throughout this pandemic. Numerous grassroots teams up and down the country rely heavily on the support of volunteers, who do so much for their teams to keep them going. If we lose football clubs at the bottom of the pyramid, then there will be huge longterm ramifications for the health of a whole generation of children.

What can be done locally to keep the grassroots teams going? Government has to step in and provide more funding for grassroots facilities and coaching. The long-term benefits for the country’s health, therefore easing strain on the NHS, are obvious.

WHAT DID YOU MISS DURING LOCKDOWN? I definitely missed The Tobie Norris in Stamford and The Railway pub in Ketton. I enjoyed having a peaceful pint on the village green in Barrowden when that became possible.

Marcus Rashford’s June campaign to ask the government to do a U-turn on their decision to provide food vouchers for vulnerable children throughout the long summer holidays demonstrated the influence a high-profile footballer can have on policy. It is Rashford’s persistence, intelligence and determination that have made our government understand what matters. I’ve spent a bit of time with Marcus in Manchester and I know how principled he is. I do believe that footballers and FAVOURITE LOCAL TEAMS I try to get to Stamford when I can, at the Zeeco. It’s always welcoming. They have a good manager in Graham Drury, who has the Daniels playing good football.

other high-profile sportsmen and women can be useful complements to our politicians, to give direction to the country and make an impact where it matters. Rashford’s campaign to help parents of vulnerable children provided not just food throughout the long school holidays, but also hope and leadership. The Black Lives Matters campaign has had the support of many Premier League footballers – will this help to eradicate racism in football? Education is at the heart of removing racism from sport and society, but it’s going to take a long time. Football is helping to tackle racism, especially with intelligent, determined players such as Raheem Sterling, Tyrone Mings and Ben Mee speaking out powerfully and eloquently. I also know players will walk off the pitch, stopping the game when they hear racism in the future. Finally, lockdown humour has been a vital ingredient in keeping the great British morale up. What made you laugh whilst being at home? I loved the simply brilliant commentary from the Scottish broadcaster, Andrew Cotter, who filmed his labradors, Olive and Mabel, with amusing voice-overs. He is a joy to listen to and has a wonderful voice. He managed to capture perfectly the mood of the great British public, combining our love of animals and unique sense of humour. I hope his dogs become stars, opening Crufts next year! I also had fun with my two grown-up children, who filmed me making a fool of myself trying to attempt one of Jamie Vardy’s football techniques, before jumping in the river at the bottom of my garden. It was part of the appeal at the start of lockdown to get everybody to wash their hands, so I thought I’d do it from the Welland. Apparently, it got over 150k views on Twitter! It was important to get the message out there and thank the incredible NHS for the work they do.



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Finding your flow in lockdown Sarah Chase meets local people who, during the months of lockdown, rediscovered hobbies, talents and passions that had long been side-lined due to work and life pressures

The pilot and framer

One of the first industries to experience the brutal reality of lockdown was aviation. Geoff Little, a pilot with British Airways for 23 years, quickly found his commercial rota all but empty. Although he has been flying cargo flights, including that all-important PPE, around the world, his work diary has been quieter than usual. Geoff’s interest in photography began years ago, but he has found framing his work less straightforward. ‘I like to experiment with the framing of photographs as I’m producing them,’ he explains, ‘but professional framing services are prohibitively expensive for the experimentation stage.’ Late last year Geoff booked onto a professional framers’ course, scheduled for March this year… ‘Fortunately, I completed the course about a week before lockdown happened,’ he says. Lockdown allowed him the time to research techniques and source equipment, much of which came from the workshop of a retiring framer – coincidentally, an ex-pilot known to Geoff. ‘Aviation will always be my career, but over time I would like to become known as a professional, competent, reliable and meticulous framer,’ he says. ‘I’ll be framing mostly for myself, family and friends to start with, with a short-term goal of becoming an Accredited Professional Framer with the Guild of Certified Framers. ‘Having a new interest with the mammoth task of learning and mastering some of the many framing techniques has allowed me to switch off from the worries of the outside world,’ he says.

The anaesthetist and gardener

The first weeks of lockdown were extremely busy for Dr Julie Naylor, a consultant anaesthetist working as part of the anaesthetic team at Peterborough City Hospital. ‘With all elective surgery cancelled, we were running emergency lists only,’ she says, ‘so I was working in the emergency theatre and the trauma theatre.’ Julie had been awaiting surgery herself for nerve root compression in her neck, which had caused increasing pain for years. Having been cancelled twice, her surgery eventually went ahead at the beginning of May, and Julie found herself off work, recovering, for two months. ‘I needed something to help fill my time, but which wasn’t physically demanding,’ she explains, ‘and I decided to start studying for the theory part of the RHS Level 2 Diploma in Horticulture.’ Julie had designed and planted her first ‘tiny back garden’ in Manchester, 20 years ago, and an interest in all things horticultural had been born. ‘I moved to my current house three years ago,’ she says, ‘and I made a fair few changes to the hard and soft landscaping – extending borders and replacing paths.’ The pressures of lockdown have made Julie realise the need to find balance in her life. ‘My mental well-being has always been helped by spending time in my garden,’ she says, ‘and my hope is that the course will make me a better gardener.’ Further plans include volunteering at the Barnack garden of designer Adam Frost. ‘Learning about plant selection and design from Adam and his head gardener Dan Jones will be a fantastic opportunity,’ Julie says, ‘which I hope may lead to my working in the garden more formally in the future.’




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Local people Finding your flow in lockdown

The shop worker and seamstress

The designer and artist

Regular readers will know the work of Steven Handley, even if they don’t realise it. ‘As Head of Design for Local Living magazines I am responsible for the overall look of the magazines,’ he explains, ‘the typography, the presentation, the visual elements coming together on the pages.’ The enforced break from publication following lockdown created ‘a sudden shift’, says Steve, ‘from extremely busy workloads and deadlines to nothing. It was a dramatic shock.’ Although his career in the world of magazines has been focused on design, Steve’s first love – discovered as a student at Lincoln College of Art – was Fine Art. Lockdown reignited this interest, giving him time to explore his creativity: ‘painting at my easel, while my wife, Clare, crossstitches or puts together enormous jigsaws has been pure relaxation,’ he says. Steve has taken as his working theme ‘Heroes and Icons across the Decades’, and he has rendered an eclectic mix of portraits including Dracula, Joy Division and Clint Eastwood in black-and-white watercolour. He hopes to take this rediscovered love further, by producing limited runs of giclée prints to sell. ‘A website is in the works,’ he says, ‘and this will give me a chance to showcase my work to a worldwide audience. Let’s hope they like it!’

When she was furloughed from her shop assistant role at Jollys Toys in Thrapston, Lucy Milner was not short of ways to fill her time. ‘I quickly became involved with our village’s support scheme,’ she says, ‘coordinating prescription and shopping deliveries to selfisolating and vulnerable people. I also increased my volunteering at our community-run shop, which became a vital lifeline for the village.’ Crafting projects have always played a role in Lucy’s life: ‘I invariably have a knitting or crochet project on the go,’ she says. ‘I’ve had stalls at craft fairs in the past, and I have taken commissions for items such as quilts, cushions and baby blankets.’ Lockdown was different, though. ‘I had time for more ambitious sewing projects, such as dressmaking,’ she explains. ‘I already had a pattern or two, and some fabric in my stash, so I began with a linen dress, followed by a couple of tunics, some pyjamas and a pair of trousers.’ Lucy was lucky enough to find an online supplier, who accepted orders once a week. ‘Getting those parcels of new fabric was wonderful!’ she says. Drawing on the skills she’d learned years ago at her school needlework lessons, she hopes her teacher would be proud. ‘It’s lovely to know I’ve made something that’s unique and mine,’ she says, ‘and I’ve definitely learnt more complicated techniques during these past months. ‘I’d like to develop my skills further and, perhaps, make a coat.’



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Belvoir Blue summerhouse from Scotts of Thrapston A Northamptonshire timber product manufacturer has created a bespoke Belvoir Blue summerhouse for the Duchess of Rutland, who is acting as an agent for the company. Scotts of Thrapston created the Burghley summerhouse in the historic colour, which features heavily throughout Belvoir Castle. The 2.4m summerhouse is on display at Belvoir’s Engine Yard retail village in Leicestershire, along with two other models: a 3.9m Sun Ray Garden Room and a 2.2m Newhaven Corner Summerhouse. Scotts is celebrating its centenary this year and is delighted to have a presence in such an historic location. The Duchess of Rutland first approached Scotts during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, where the company has been exhibiting since the 1960s. Scotts recently filmed the Duchess talking about the summerhouses. She said: ‘The thing I love is how beautifully the Scotts summerhouses fit into this location. Everything at the Engine Yard is about outdoor space, and there is nothing else on the market that touches the quality, design and style

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Quarry extension will provide up to 30 new jobs

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Stone supplier, Stamford Stone Company, is delighted to announce that a planning application to extend one of its Clipsham quarry sites has been given the go-ahead by Rutland County Council. The announcement safeguards the existing stone supply from its Clipsham Bidwells quarry site for the next 30 years, whilst also allowing the site to be extended. ‘We are delighted with the decision to let us extend the quarry by 14 hectares to the south of the site. This extension will provide an uplift in the local economy and will create up to 30 new jobs in the area over the next 10 years,’ explains Director Laura Green. Throughout the planning process, Stamford Stone has been in close consultation with local authorities Clipsham Bidwells quarry and community groups to discuss the proposals and to provide all the surveys and reports required to fully evaluate a large-scale project like this. Full noise and dust surveys were completed, along with ecology reports reviewing localised bat and wildlife habitats and populations and archaeology and hydrology reports. ‘This project will include a phased restoration of the area, meaning that we will be focusing on restoring the local biodiversity within the areas that have been quarried. This takes the form of infilling the older sites and reintroducing the natural wildlife to the site, so that in time you will never know we have quarried those areas,’ adds Laura. Stamford Stone is the exclusive, global supplier of Clipsham limestone, operating the Clipsham Medwells Quarry since 2001, and acquiring the Clipsham Bidwells Quarry in 2018. The firm is proud to supply stone for use on some of the UK’s most prestigious building projects and has recently been awarded two high-profile contracts: its limestone has been specified for a new-build project at the historical site of St John’s College in Oxford and for use on a new façade at the Cambridge Union Society (CUS) and Trinity buildings in Cambridge. www.stamfordstone.co.uk


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Choosing the perfect rug Rachel Simpson has run The Rug Studio in our region for many years. Her speciality is matching the right rug to the right environment, and she is happy to make site visits at the beginning of the process to ensure that each client is nothing less than delighted with the rug they choose. There are three important elements to choosing a rug: size, lifestyle and budget. First, understand the space involved. Rachel recommends laying a sheet down to demonstrate how the rug might sit in the space. Secondly, choose a piece that suits the traffic through the area. This doesn’t necessarily just mean colour. ‘If you choose the right wool rug, ivory is still an option, even in the busiest area.’ Thirdly, invest carefully for your needs. ‘Our rugs range in price upwards of £40 for a kilim, and we are happy to operate within any budget. A rug is the one item that will outlive every other element of soft furnishing. The average lifespan of a hand-knotted rug is between 75 and 100 years, so buying well is a key investment as well as a joy for many years.’ Rachel has now moved to a big new space to display her rugs: The Rug Studio – Studio Stamford. Opening hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 1pm. Additionally, from September, she’ll be open on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday monthly, from 10am to 1pm, or by appointment. Unit C4, The Courtyard, Brownlow Street, Stamford PE9 2EL, 01780 239594/07885 757796, www.therugstudio.co.uk


Steve Rudkin Electrical Contractors Steve Rudkin Electrical Contractors Ltd has been established for over 24 years. Having built up a loyal and expanding client base, Steve moved to new premises in 2017 to combine warehouse, offices and storage. Steve comments: ‘We are a well- known local company servicing the community, but we also have a nationwide client base and a respected reputation for delivering high-quality service and work. ‘All areas are covered in our works – domestic, industrial, commercial, schools and local authorities. ‘We believe in investing in the future of the company and at present we have four Apprentices attending College and encourage and provide work experience for other students wanting a career in electrical installation. ‘Ongoing staff training and procedural updates provides further future proofing for the company. ‘We retain an H & S [Health & Safety] Consultant to advise on current H & S procedures, maintaining and practising H & S when on clients’ sites or at clients’ homes. This has never been more evident and necessary due to coronavirus. ‘We always place the client at the centre of our business. Client consultations are paramount in providing the client with their options and delivering their specific needs. ‘Innovation and evolving are the keys to surviving for any business: we expanded into solar PV and now car charger installation; we are an approved installer for car chargers, both domestic and commercial. Grants are still available from the government, and we walk the client through all the paperwork and installation. ‘The company is proud to serve the local community and continues to expand its client base and services. Our 16-strong team, with a newly recruited Contracts Manager, demonstrates the confidence Steve has in the growth of the business.’ www.sr-electrical.com



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Colemans – keeping it in the family Colemans is an independent family business selling stationery, office supplies, art and craft materials from their 13 High Street stores across Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. John Coleman started the business in 1969 in Higham Ferrers. The company is now run by John’s daughter, Joanna, and they are really excited that the business is going to continue into a third generation, as Joanna’s daughter, Tallie, has just joined the family firm. Joanna and Tallie have spent their time in lockdown creating a fantastic new stationery website, which will make it even easier to shop with Colemans. If you live within 30 miles of any of their stores, you can access their exceptional free, same-day delivery of stock items, or next-day delivery service with no minimum order.

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Oakham School offers educational continuity during Coronavirus Back in March, Oakham School adapted to the Coronavirus challenge to offer a remote education that was ready for all pupils to enjoy and access after their Easter break. Whilst the School community is set to return in September, Oakham’s approach to remote education is now so successfully embedded, it reduces any potential disruptions should further lockdowns occur. ‘At times of crisis, such as these, there is clarity of what’s important,’ says Leo Dudin, Deputy Head (Academic). ‘For us, it is that human relationships are at the heart of education. That face-to-face interactions and relationships matter and bring learning to life.’ All lessons have been undertaken online, with pupils benefiting from a full daily timetable of two-way virtual teaching. Oakham has always used the phrase ‘learning isn’t limited to the classroom.’ Never has it been truer, though, with pupils able to have their specialist music lessons online as well as taking science lessons remotely – enjoying investigations and experiments in their ‘home laboratories’! The School’s strong pastoral systems were embedded into the remote education timetable, with pupils meeting daily with their House or their tutors. House spirit continued to thrive though exciting activities, challenges and competitions – all designed to keep pupils connected and happy. Chapel has also remained at the heart of Oakham’s daily life, albeit virtually, with pupils enjoying everything from ‘thought for the day’ messages to singing together! Oakham is renowned for having an innovative approach to education – having offered the IB Diploma and BTECs alongside A-Levels for many

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Robert Fogell Gallery Robert and Diane would like to welcome back customers to the gallery, which specialises in paintings, sculpture, ceramics and glass from established and emerging artists from around the UK. Viewing is by appointment only, in a safe and informal space, allowing you to browse the gallery’s latest collection of contemporary and modern art at a time that is convenient to you. 23 High Street St Martin’s, Stamford, 01780 762099, info@robfogell.co.uk, www.robfogell.co.uk



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Peter Barker Fine Art Peter Barker Fine Art started trading five years ago at Welland Vale Garden Centre, before moving last year to its current location in Uppingham’s Hope’s Yard, the pedestrian walkway between High Street East and North Street East. Set up by Peter Barker, a well-renowned, professional local artist, the gallery has gone from strength to strength, and it is recognised as a mecca for traditional art in the area. As well as Peter’s own sought-after work, the gallery sells work by an impressive rollcall of artists, all of whom are exceptional painters. ‘We sell good, honest art, and have gained a reputation for this in the local area and beyond,’ says Peter. Many collectors from further afield know their favourite artists and buy directly from the website after viewing high-quality photos of the artwork. ‘We photograph all the work that we exhibit, under my studio lighting, so that the client can see a painting on the website to the best possible degree, without actually having the real thing in front of them.’ Being a painter himself, Peter can wax lyrical about all the work he and his partner Jane sell and can talk with knowledge about the creation of any painting. Service is everything, and the dedicated couple will go out of their

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way to help collectors get what they are looking for, sometimes visiting their homes to advise, if needed. ‘Often, we will let our buyers take work home – with an armed escort, of course! – on an “ad hoc try-before-you-buy” basis, a sure-fire way of seeing if a painting works, away from the perfectly lit confines of the gallery,’ he says. ‘To our further-afield buyers, we also offer

free postage, and a money-back guarantee if they are not totally happy with their purchase, so there is no reason not to buy! Currently, the gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays, or by appointment, so please call in and see our wares!’ Peter Barker Fine Art, Hope’s Yard, Uppingham, LE15 9QQ, 07591 472228, www.peterbarkerfineart.co.uk


Back to business at Oundle Travel As the autumn fast approaches, it may feel as though the days when we used to fly to a new European city for a long weekend or celebrate an anniversary or special occasion in an exotic destination with family and friends are gone forever… but they are not! ‘Yes, things have changed, and they are doing so every day that passes,’ says Paula Cockcroft, Director of Oundle Travel, ‘but the good news is that the desire to travel has not left us, it will improve quickly, and many more countries will open in the months to come.’ The agency has seen an increased demand for Greece and Turkey for September and October half term, and, in a recent survey carried out online by Oundle Travel, the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Mexico and Thailand were named as the most popular destinations for the winter months ahead. The team have introduced a dedicated Concierge service that will concentrate on vital Foreign & Commonwealth Office updates, together with airport and airline procedures, entry requirements, and what to expect when you are on your holiday, all helping to rebuild client confidence. In addition to this, Oundle Travel are launching a brand-new Customer Loyalty Scheme, giving three tiers of membership – Silver, Gold and Diamond – which will enable clients to benefit from discounts, exclusive

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Local history

Ask Leo John Piper Jean Orpin and Sue Lee have been finding out about the world-renowned artist John Piper (1903–92) and his associations with our local area

Recording Britain Early in World War II, the art historian Kenneth Clark persuaded the Government to set up the War Artists Scheme. Piper was one of the artists chosen to paint pictures of buildings in the countryside that might be damaged in the event of an invasion by bombs or neglect. The scheme became known as Recording Britain. One of Piper’s paintings was of St Matthew’s Church at Normanton, Rutland, long before it was partly submerged by Rutland Water.


OHN Piper was a multi-talented man. He is remembered as an artist, but some may remember him as a stage and costume designer, others as a designer of stained glass, mosaics and tapestries, or as a potter, a poet and critic, or a pianist.

Childhood Piper was born in 1903 in Epsom. He inherited from his father a love of the English countryside and country churches. He was educated at Epsom College and wanted to go to art school, but his eldest brother was killed at Ypres, and his father, disapproving of the art of the time which he felt was far removed from the English tradition, decided that his son should become a partner in his firm of solicitors. Before starting work, John visited Italy and spent his time painting, and then persuaded his father that after his training he would be allowed to follow his chosen career. In the event, he failed his final law examinations.

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In 1926 Piper entered the Richmond School of Art and then the Royal College, where Henry Moore was a teacher. The design school was more interesting than the painting school to him, and there he learnt about the art of stained glass and lithographical techniques from Francis Spear. The foundation for his versatility as an artist was laid. Here, Piper met Braque and was introduced to the latter’s Cubist pictures. He visited the Picasso exhibition and often made his own copies. He met Eileen Holding, a fellow student, but the college frowned on married students, so he left when he married her in 1928, without taking his diploma. He was eager to start his career as an artist, and his first exhibition was woodcuts and engravings. He experimented with collages and painted pictures similar to those Braque.

The Sitwells of Renishaw Hall were patrons of the arts, and Piper was a protégé. Osbert Sitwell commissioned 70 paintings, which now hang in a special gallery. Many of the paintings illustrated Osbert Sitwell’s autobiography. Edith Sitwell gave him his first commission for theatre scenery – designing a front of stage cloth for William Walton and Edith Sitwell’s joint venture, Façade. Piper went on to design scenery for Sadler’s Wells, Covent Garden and Glyndebourne. Some of these are displayed at Renishaw. He also designed scenery and costumes for Walton’s ballet ‘The Quest’ and Benjamin Britten’s operas.

Critic He became an art critic and reviewed books, plays, concerts and films, and this helped him through the years of the Depression. He went through a period of uncertainty, and his marriage failed. By the time he met Myfanwy Evans, who became his second wife in 1937, he was one of the leading abstract artists. Together they started a new avant-garde art magazine called Axis. They lived in an old farmhouse at Fawley in the Chilterns and raised their four children there.

rewarding experience. The Times Literary Supplement denounced Piper for abandoning the Modern Movement.

Stained glass Piper worked with Patrick Reyntiens in stained glass. Their first commission in the 1950s was for the chapel of Oundle School. They then worked for Eton College Chapel and received two other important commissions for stained glass: the first was for the lantern tower at the new Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, and the second for the 85ft-high Baptistry window at Coventry Cathedral. They also collaborated on many smaller projects.

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By 1940 he had become disillusioned with abstract art and concentrated on architecture and landscape. He did a series of articles for The Architectural Review and attracted the attention of John Betjeman, who asked him to do a series of paintings for the Oxfordshire volume of the Shell Guides, which he found an immensely

Piper was also a designer of textiles and created a wall hanging at Chichester Cathedral in 1965. He also designed textiles for David Whitehead and Arthur Sanderson. John Piper died at his home, Fawley Bottom, Buckinghamshire, in 1992, where he had spent most of his life.


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ROM the mid-1950s, John Piper exerted a tremendous influence on stained glass, not just in this country but worldwide, and this all evolved from his first commission to design windows for Oundle School Chapel. A series of coincidences brought Piper together with the school and with Patrick Reyntiens, the stained-glass artist who was to bring Piper’s designs to fruition. The link between them was the poet John Betjeman. In 1556 Oundle School was endowed by Sir William Laxton, Lord Mayor of London and Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers. As the School approached its 400th anniversary, the Grocers’ Company were continuing their support (as they still do today) and looking to mark the occasion. At a dinner in the Grocers’ Hall, Betjeman met with Leonard Dent, a Member of the Company with a great interest in the arts, and suggested that it would be a good idea to approach his friend John Piper. Dent persuaded the Company to commission Piper. Piper was approaching 50 years old and was well known, but at that time he had no experience of working with glass, so it was a risky commission. His interest in stained glass, however, went back to his early schooldays, when he cycled around country churches. He started sketching in 1953 and was not at all sure where he would find someone to carry out the actual work of making the glass. At the same time, Betjeman, as a church warden at Wantage, had assigned the small repair of a window in the church to a young Patrick Reyntiens and suggested he went to see Piper. Reyntiens was given the design of two heads to see how he got on and he tells an amusing story of how he took the finished trial piece back to Piper on his Vespa scooter, the only transport he had. There were three windows to fill, each with three ‘lights’ and the tracery above. Piper’s design East Window presents Christ in nine ways, based on descriptions in St John’s Gospel. His inspiration came from Medieval windows, particularly in the cathedrals in Chartres and Bourges, from foliate heads of ‘green men’ found in country churches, and also from Picasso. This mixture of old and new influences is reflected in the traditional theology but radical design of the windows. The use of colour and technique in the windows, expertly rendered by Reyntiens, is subtle and symbolic. Each figure carries a symbol to identify the role of Christ and the head of the central figure in each window is a ‘green man’ with tendrils and leaves reaching up into the tracery. In the East Window (left) the tendrils carry vine leaves, and the white roundels above depict the ‘manna from heaven’ that provided for the Israelites in the wilderness.

SOUTH WINDOW This shows Christ as Judge carrying a flail to separate the wheat from the chaff, Christ as a Teacher with a staff to guide and point in the right direction, and Christ as the Good Shepherd with a crook to care for his sheep.

Chapel opening times: The Chapel is usually open from 9am until 4pm in term time, but it is recommended you call the School Office prior to visiting on 01832 273434 to check the current situation.

Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham One of Goldmark’s best-selling artists is John Piper, and you will always find a selection of his original art and signed limited-edition prints for sale at the gallery. You can also watch a Goldmark Film ‘John Piper: An Empty Stage’ online. The film is over an hour and includes a short section on the Oundle windows.

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Robert Loomes Our very own Stamfordian clockmaker Robert Loomes recently became Chairman of the British Horological Institute. Nicholas Rudd-Jones went to meet him at its headquarters


HE British Horological Institute (BHI) is housed in a stunning Palladian house in Upton, just the other side of Newark. The story goes that it was swapped 50 years ago for their old home in Northampton Square in London. Upton Hall is central, provides great classroom space, and is also home to the Museum of Timekeeping.

So how did the BHI come about? ‘The BHI started in 1858 in London as clock- and watchmakers sought to formalise what had until then been a very secretive art, passed on from master to apprentice. Very quickly they developed a series of diplomas (the foundation of what we still teach today), which ultimately led to the professional membership grades of Member (MBHI) or Fellow (FBHI). Taught as a Distance Learning Course, with short residential classes at Upton, the course can be completed in three years, though many spread it through their early career. I had been working full time with clocks and watches for 12 years before I qualified.’ The BHI is one of the most respected horological institutes in the world, with over 2,000 members; it is on the top table along with those of the USA and Switzerland. What it is especially noted for is that it allows you to fix any watch, as it’s completely independent of any watch-making company and works from first principles. And what does Upton Hall comprise of? ‘Upton Hall houses a couple of classrooms - one for watchmaking and one for clockmaking. Our tutors are some of the best in Britain. We run examinations every summer in theory, practical and a portfolio of completed repairs or restoration. Significant weight these days is given to the matter of repair, restoration and conservation, and a BHI qualification is required for restorers wanting membership of ICON, the Institute of Conservation. Our watch-servicing classes usually run full. ‘As well as providing the training for watch servicing, it also provides an excellent training in watch making. All the independent British watchmaking firms, including ourselves, Bremont and Christopher Ward, send their staff to the BHI for their training. All the Loomes watchmakers in Stamford have been BHI trained. ‘In the years I have worked in Stamford, we have helped five staff to MBHI. Each has gone on to open their own successful businesses or join established partnerships, either in Britain or overseas, and some are now training their own staff through the BHI. It is a very rewarding feeling.

‘The full training to Fellowship is holistic. Students are examined on how to measure, draw and manufacture almost every possible component for a watch or clock – as one might for a rare 1930s’ watch with a broken or missing component. No other watchmaker training has such a broad curriculum, which is why many well-known Swiss firms employ BHI-trained staff in their research and prototyping workshops. ‘The BHI is also rolling out a new Trailblazer Apprenticeship scheme for watchmaking. This two-year, level three apprenticeship teaches the servicing of quartz, manual and automatic watches. There is significant demand for watch technicians, and this new scheme, again with short block release training at Upton Hall, will train the next generation of watchmakers. ‘The Institute is open to everyone. All members receive the monthly Horological Journal, which contains a wealth of both practical and historical information on watch- and clockmaking past and present. All members are encouraged to learn, to attend lectures and, if possible, to start the Distance Learning Course, but none is compulsory. Some simply enjoy the magazine and an occasional trip to the Museum. ‘And the Build Your Own Watch Courses have also proved very popular and are running full at the moment. This brings the enthusiast into the world of watches in a new and exciting way.’ And tell me about the Museum of Timekeeping that is also on site? ‘The Museum of Timekeeping is an award-winning exhibition of clocks and watches from the Middle Ages to the present day. Alongside domestic clocks and watches it also has high-precision clocks from the last 350 years, even including every version of the “Speaking Clock” telephone service and one of the Greenwich Time Signal clocks, which provided the pips for radio time signals. The first voice of the speaking clock was chosen, X-Factor like, from thousands, and the attractive Ethel Cain became one of the most famous women of her time in Britain.’ I enjoyed looking at the Isaac Newton water clock and the watch worn by Captain Scott on his ill-fated polar expedition of 1912. What most excites you about being Chairman? ‘The thought of the unbroken passing of knowledge from generation to generation. The BHI is a vital part in that process.’ The Museum of Timekeeping is closed for a major refurbishment of its watch collection and will re-open in 2021. To find out more, visit https://bhi.co.uk/


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Local history

The road to Oakham Gaol

Caroline Aston recounts the fascinating story of Mr Henry Vincent, who was a leader in the Chartist Movement, fighting the fight for electoral reforms for working-class men… a tale with an Oakham connection


N an episode of ‘Blackadder the Third’, a scheming Blackadder puts Baldrick up for election in Dunny-on-the-Wold, a so-called ‘rotten borough’ where the only residents are three cows, a dachshund called Colin, a hen in its late forties and just one voter who accidentally brutally cut off his head while combing his hair, leaving the way clear for Blackadder to become the only voter in a rigged election that gives Baldrick a landslide victory with 16,472 votes cast in his favour! Brilliant scriptwriting – but there is a very real grain of truth in that story. Places such as the fictional Dunny-on-the-Wold were wide open to corruption with would-be electoral candidates buying votes, effectively purchasing a seat in Parliament. It was glaringly obvious that something needed to be done, and in 1831 a Reform Act was passed by the Commons but rejected by a Torydominated House of Lords. Violent riots broke out across England, including in Leicester, while the disturbances in Bristol were some of the worst recorded in 19th-century Britain with 31 people sentenced to death as a result. Reluctantly King William IV, though personally opposed to reform, agreed to create enough new peers in favour of change to carry the day. Rather than see that happen, the Tory peers gave in and ultimately passed the Act in 1832. All the old rotten boroughs disappeared, and emerging new towns and large cities got representation, though constituency sizes were uneven. Crucially, at this time only men could vote and the Act kept a property qualification in place: a voter had to own property worth at least £10 (roughly £1,130 today), so virtually all working men were debarred, while candidates had to be able to afford to stand for election. Progress, yes – but not nearly enough for some agitators… which brings us to the Chartist Movement… and ultimately to Oakham! In 1837 Francis Place, William Lovett and Henry Hetherington, three men who felt strongly that the skilled working man deserved the vote, held a meeting in London and drew up a charter containing six basic demands. Today these seem totally fair and sensible – they included votes for all (men!), a secret ballot, equal electoral districts and payment for MPs – but in the 1830s these men and their ideas were seen as dangerously radical, smacking of revolution. ‘Chartism’ and its followers had to be crushed and made examples of. 98

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Born in 1813 Henry Vincent was a printer and leading Chartist. He gained a reputation as one of the Movement’s best speakers and toured Britain helping to establish Working Men’s Associations. The year 1838 found him in the West Country and South Wales, though not everyone welcomed him – he was knocked unconscious by a mob in Devizes, while his suggestion that the Chartists might have to use physical force to gain universal suffrage led to government spies shadowing him. Things came to a head in May 1838, when he was arrested and charged with using inflammatory language, ultimately standing trial at the Monmouth Assizes in the following August. Found guilty, he was sentenced to a year in jail. The terms of his prison sentence were deliberately tough… banned from having writing materials, he was also forbidden to read anything other than religious texts. Following release, he was re-arrested almost immediately for using ‘seditious language’ and was committed to the grim Millbank Penitentiary in Westminster, where the food and living conditions were appalling. But Vincent was not a criminal in the usual sense of that word, rather a political prisoner, and his health, physical and mental, was suffering. After much public debate it was decided to transfer him to a less gruelling prison, and the choice fell on Oakham Gaol! Today, Oakham School’s art block on the corner of Station/Kilburn roads occupies part of what was then a relatively new prison, having opened in 1810. It was light years away from Millbank, and as well as ‘enjoying’ an improved diet and living conditions Vincent was able to study and receive visitors, the most important of these being Francis Place. He visited regularly, instructing Vincent in French, history and political economy, and helping the long days pass more quickly. Release came in March 1841, and, with his bundle of books and belongings, Vincent left for London, where a dinner was held for him at the long-vanished White Conduit House tavern in Pentonville. Mr Henry Vincent’s return from Rutland was right royally celebrated. He went on to stand unsuccessfully in several elections, lecturing all over Britain and in the USA, where he supported the anti-slavery campaign. This famous temporary Oakham resident died on 29 December 1878, mourned by all who supported him and his commitment to electoral reforms. 11

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