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Stamford LIVING February 2018 £1.50

First signs of Spring

Be inspired by where you live





Stamford LIVING February 2018 £1.50

First signs of Spring


Contents February 2018


FASHION, HEALTH & BEAUTY 9 Cosy time 22 All about feet! 40 Living well in later life

HOME & GARDEN, SHOPPING 14 Local artists 18 Step inside: Tinwell Road house

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Cover photo this month: Snowdrops at Easton Walled Gardens. Snowdrop week this year is 17th-25th February. For more information, visit @StamfordLiving1 Stamford Living

27 Victoria’s Page 36 Ask Leo – The Seven Ages 62 Tribute to Richard Barry


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44 For the Love of Food 47 Food News



51 Healthy Hearing Open Day, Anna Couture Valentine’s Gifts, Knights Detailing, Stamford Stoves new showroom 52 UPP Property, Stamford Indoor Football Group, 60s artistes at The Cresset, Shaw’s Coaches

Where are dogs welcome? Childminding services Little Living What’s On



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Picture of the month In 2018 it is 900 years since work started on the construction of Peterborough Cathedral – hence this historic-feeling illustration for February’s Picture of the month. For the potted history below, we called in the help of Sue Dobson, long-time contributor to our sister publication Nene Living and author of The 50 Greatest Churches and Cathedrals of the World (Icon Books, £8.99). In the beginning, a motte and bailey castle were erected on the north side of the abbey precincts as a deterrent to future aggressors. However, this couldn’t deal with the fire of 1116 that started in the bakehouse and raged for nine days, destroying the entire town. Rebuilding started two years later with the construction of a new church, substantively the one that would become Peterborough Cathedral (hence the 900-year anniversary). Additions and renovations aside, the structure of the building has remained essentially as it was when it was consecrated in 1238. Peterborough Abbey was dissolved in 1539 during the Reformation, and its land and properties were confiscated. Instead of tearing down the church, however, Henry VIII created a new Bishop (the former Abbot) in 1541, and the great abbey was transformed into Peterborough Cathedral (the final resting place of his discarded queen, Catherine of Aragon). For more information on the cathedral and events during this celebratory year, visit Photo: iStock/duncan1890






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EBRUARY is the time for getting into and maintaining your New Year’s resolutions, like exercising more but you still want to look good! Time for lazing around and taking things easy too, for getting cosy in a new sweater or some great leggings. Sally Stillingfleet searches out easy pieces to wear in the gym or at home. Two beautiful sisters Lily and Flora model the new pieces you will want to wear time and time again.

Lily (left) wears Postcard from Brighton Star top £66 with ‘snakeskin’ leggings £45 Sly. Flora wears floral bra top £39.50 with matching leggings £49.50 both Sly



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Flora wears blue easy Ese o Ese sweater £80 Attic with camo print leggings £49.50 Sly

White T shirt £55 Attic with brushed pale blue long dressing gown £75 Caro London. Grey slow morning trousers £100 Nadinoo. Alpaca pale blue socks £18 from a section at Emma Cutmore Flora wears blue easy dungarees £160 with checked top underneath £100 both Nadinoo Nadinoo. Com Sign up and receive a £15 voucher off (on orders over £100) look out for offers on some items and get ready for the new Spring collection. Instagram Nadinooclothing Caro London Caro London Tel 01603661333 Attic – 33 St Mary’s St, 01780 766667 Energy – Ironmonger St, 01780 765633 Emma Cutmore & The Dress Agency, 4 St Mary’s Passage 01780 482870 Pictures by Elli Dean (07932 055548)



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Lily wears ditsy print easy shirt £95 with grey slow morning trousers £100 both Nadinoo. Flora wears ecru Goodlife pinafore £150, over striped shirt £95 also Nadinoo




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Art from the heart: Valentine’s gift inspiration This Valentine’s Day, why not surprise a loved one with a stunning piece of art? A sculpture to enjoy in a much-loved garden perhaps, or a painting of somewhere which holds particular significance to you both. This could depict the site of your first date, the place where you realised you were a perfect match or the church where you got married. Who wouldn’t be touched by such a thoughtful gift? In the first of two articles featuring some of the region’s artists, I’m sure you’ll find something that will fit the bill. If there’s no significant other to buy for just at the moment, I recommend indulging in some self-loving and treating yourself to something beautiful for your home. Rannveig Stone

Katie Cardew Illustrations ‘I look for the humour and colour in everyday life. My illustrations are inspired by the wonderful countryside surrounding our area, the things my family do in our spare time and buildings with interesting architecture. ‘The themes for my work this year will range from Chickens to Salmon, Zebras to Lemurs, from Margaritas to Champagne. 2018 will also see the launch of a brand-new range of gift and homeware products; it’s hugely exciting to see my new designs coming to life on coasters, placemats, and aprons. ‘Greetings cards, prints and tea towels are available now on my website (prices start at £3.50) with the new range of cosmetics bags, aprons, mugs, placemats, and coasters coming soon (from £12). Fine Art signed prints start at £20 and bespoke commissions start at around £300.’



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Karen Neale

View from the Top of All Saints’ Church

‘I just love sketching and painting the world around me directly from life. I love to sketch locally and in London and will continue to do this throughout 2018, as well as going wherever any new commissions may take me. ‘I particularly love working on unique pieces for specific people, so if you’re interested in commissioning an original piece, please get in touch to talk through what you’d like. Original sketches start at £100, but if that’s out of your price range, my smaller limited edition prints of London and Stamford are £40 and greeting cards featuring London and Stamford are just £2.50.’

Robert Fogell ‘My work explores the geometry of sculpture and attempts to convey fundamental elements of symmetry and proportion and how they interact with each other. Experimenting with positive and negative mass (space and solid) is part of the process. The materials used include bronze, stone, steel and mixed media.’

Above: Leigh Davis Long Shore Drift Left: Ray Sheldon - 267 Composition No 6

Gillian Durno ‘Working from my beautiful cottage garden studio in rural Rutland; I’m inspired by the continual cycle of nature, the local landscape, and flowers in particular. My work is a celebration of still life, flowers, landscape and texture conveyed through contemporary floral, still life and impressionist landscape paintings in acrylic, mixed media, collage and pastel. ‘I am happy to discuss any subject matter for a commission. These still life originals will be available at the Robert Fogell Gallery from £695.00 for a small painting (40 x 50 cm approx. framed). For those on a more modest budget, a range of my Giclee Limited Edition Prints (signed, certificated and professionally printed onto watercolour paper) mounted prints are available from my website, with prices starting from £85.00. ‘This year, I’ll be working on larger scale landscape, mixed media paintings including some collage. After a stint at the London Art Fair in January, I’ll be exhibiting in London again in March, at the Battersea Affordable Art Fair in March 2018 (with Duncan Miller Fine Arts of Bury Street, St James’s, London). Later in the year, I hope to exhibit again at Burghley Horse Trials.’

The Robert Fogell Gallery of Modern and ContemporaryArt ‘We have several artists with us in the gallery who are rising stars in the contemporary art world and represent good investments. Our Spring, Summer, and Autumn exhibitions in 2018 will feature most of our emerging and established artists. Prices range from £100 for a small collectable ceramic or print to several thousand for a key painting or sculpture.’


Karen Neale 07710 406 967 karennealeartist Katie Cardew katiecardewillustrations 07825333136 Gillian Durno 07961 608172 Facebook: Gillian Durno Paintings Rob Fogell (Robert Fogell Gallery) 01780 762099 Robert Fogell Gallery, 23 High Street St Martin, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2LF Cambridge Contemporary Art Itch Gallery in Oakham 01572 75533 Duncan Miller in London. 0207 839 8806 Art in the Heart, Peterborough 07910 118148 Rassells Nursery, Little Bytham Tel: 01780 410345 Artko 0161 343 2007 PAOS VK Gallery. 01480 498130 Cecilia Colman Gallery Tel: 020 7722 0686 Because I like it, Gallery Bakewell BecauseILikeItBakewell 01629 813749 STAMFORD LIVING FEBRUARY 2018




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OOKING for a family home that suited them had proved tricky for the Bovis family before they viewed Welland House on Tinwell Road in Stamford. “Although the core property was constructed in the 1950s and was much smaller with only three bedrooms when we bought it, the house stands in a very large plot and we could see the potential for expansion,” explains Dominic. “We had done major renovations on our former home in Liverpool so we were not put off by the scale of work to be done.” Using trusted tradesmen they had worked with before, Dominic and Sarah had plans drawn up to create bedrooms in the roof space and for a large double height extension to the rear, intended to more than double the size of the house. “Although it was challenging to live on site whilst all the work was undertaken, it did mean that we could tweak and alter things as we went along.” Using a mixture of existing contacts and local tradespeople, and despite the major upheaval, the house is now beautifully presented and refitted with a contemporary feel. Dominic has an exacting eye for detail and an aversion to clutter which is particularly evident in the show stopping kitchen. “We installed under-floor heating and plenty of storage all under Corian worktops. There are pop up sockets and even the toaster slides away to be hidden out of sight to keep the surfaces easy to clean which is perfect for busy family life.” Dominic and Sarah love to entertain frequently so the vast island breakfast bar provides the perfect place to socialise and incorporates a gas hob, downdraft extractor and wine fridge. There are two integrated ovens, fridge and freezers and a coffee machine, with a waste disposal system and boiling as well as filtered, chilled and sparkling water taps. LED accent lighting offers several mood lighting options and a bank of sliding doors open to, and give views of the garden. “We spend most of our time in here in the summer with the doors open to the garden which is ideal for us to keep an eye on Lucas and his friends while we cook.” 18


The outside space has also been landscaped and designed with ease of maintenance in mind. There is just less than half an acre with lawns, terraces and mature flowering and shrub borders. “We don’t have the time for much gardening at this point in our lives – in fact, I even use an auto-mower which has a docking station outside and takes just a tiny amount off the top of the lawn each day in the summer and mulches the clippings back into the lawn to keep it healthy.” Another favourite space is the cinema room where the family get together to watch movies or TV. The couple designed this home with family life in mind with clear, clean spaces, a neutral colour scheme and high end, quality fixtures built to last. There are quirky design elements too which add interest like the exposed tiling on the feature wall in the family room, contemporary fireplaces and the unusual bespoke glass and oak cantilevered staircase in the hall. “From outside the house looks quite standard,” says Dominic, “it’s when you come in that you realise how much space we have created as well as all the high spec fittings. Although we are moving on to a new property, we have been very happy here and love Stamford so definitely won’t be going too far.” Welland House is currently being marketed with Savills of Stamford. Tel: 01780 484696 Local Suppliers include: CC Heating and Plumbing Ltd 01733 324749 Classic Fireplaces 01778 347267 Stamford Garden Centre for garden furniture 01780 765656 Steve Rudkin Electrical Contractors Ltd 01780 763415 SW Metalcraft (Stairs) 01553 768938 Velfac in Kettering for windows 01536 313552

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HEALTH & Taking care of your feet Rebecca Chantrell looks at ways of protecting two of your most valuable assets

A visit to a podiatrist

Julia Hayward owner of Toe-Tally gives advice on foot care “Many foot problems including such things as hammer/mallet toes, blisters, bunions, corns and calluses, heel spurs, ingrown nails, fungal nails and athletes foot can occur due to simple neglect. An everyday footcare programme could prevent the most common foot-related problems and pains from occurring in the first place, so... make sure that the feet are clean and dry. Moisturise daily, this will not only prevent hard skin that can then crack, allowing a porthole entry for bacterial infection but will also allow you to stimulate circulation. For the younger person One of the most common foot problems will be how they walk. It may be due to intoeing, flat feet or even a very common growth spurt. In these cases, footwear is so important and needs to fit properly to help support a growing foot. If intervention is necessary, we may provide an orthotic (specialised inner soles) specifically for the individual’s needs. For the older child Quite common foot complaints may include athletes foot and fungal nails that can cause smelly feet. This is because the foot contains an incredibly high number of sweat glands and when in enclosed spaces can be the cause of a nice warm, moist environment. Good hygiene is essential! For an adult foot We may see problems such as Plantar Fasciitis, dry skin, athletes foot, corns and callus build up. The routine care of daily moisturising, can help hard skin build up and the correct shoe wear could resolve the Plantar Fasciitis although, orthotics may also be used along with foot exercises”. Toe-Tally Podiatrist Clinic, 10 High Street, St Martin’s, Stamford, PE9 2LF, 01780 766991





ANY of us won’t give our feet a second thought until we run (pardon the pun) into trouble that hinders our daily activities. For eyes we head to the opticians, for teeth we go to the dentist but what about our feet? They work hard for us, taking approximately 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. Whether you have a niggling toe complaint, chronic aching feet, or toes that are damaged through running and walking, Stamford has a wealth of experts on hand ready to look and give advice how to keep them in good shape.

A podiatrist is a health care professional that is medically trained to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate feet and lower limbs. Their main aim is to keep you active and to eliminate any aches, pains and abnormalities. If you are on your feet all day, exercise regularly or walk long distances, keeping feet in the best shape is absolutely essential. I popped along to see Susan Lester, Principal Podiatrist and owner of Snowdens Foot Clinic and Beauty Spa, for a foot MOT! A new patient podiatry treatment at Snowdens starts with a chat about your feet and nails and a discussion about your overall health. Foot problems can sometimes indicate an underlying illness such as diabetes, gout and even immune disorders, so it’s important that your podiatrist gets an insight into your wellbeing. Susan then checks circulation and nerve function, and has a thorough look at your lower limbs, feet and nails. Hard skin on the soles of the feet and toes are removed using the debriding method (using a scalpel which is totally painless) and an electric sander. Removing the build-up of dead skin is a simple and effective preventative method, as hard skin can affect the way you walk and the way shoes fit. Nails are cut and filed, and inspected for signs of infection. All findings are noted down and the correct course of treatment will be recommended, whether that’s orthotics, foot/nail surgery, or medication. “I recommend people come to see us quarterly or pop along for a free 15-minute foot health check if you have any concerns with any lumps and bumps”. Susan Lester Snowdens Hospital, Scotgate, Stamford PE9 2YF, 01780 762244

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At InStep Foot Clinic in Wansford, Principal Podiatrist Sue Arnold and one of her Associates Simon Miles have included acupuncture into their podiatry treatment plans for about 10 years. Sue says, “It is great to be able to offer a whole arsenal of treatments to people with complex foot problems. The benefits of acupuncture can be enormous and apparent after just one treatment. A course is recommended to sustain the improvement. We just want to help as many patients as we can to enjoy their lives free from pain; and, encourage them to be as active as they can for as long as possible.” A course of six weekly treatments is prescribed in the first instance for the suitable patient. Each treatment costs £36 and is particularly suitable for arthritic joint pain, heel pain and sports injuries. In-Step 19 Elton Rd, Wansford, PE8 6JD, 01780 783982

Samantha at Equilibrium is an expert in reflexology; she explains what it is….” Reflexology is a holistic treatment based on the principle that there are areas and points on the feet, hands, and ears that map via the nervous system to corresponding parts of the body. When pressure is applied to these areas and points it stimulates the movement of energy along the nerve channels, and helps to restore balance to the whole body. Conditions that can be helped through reflexology range from problems sleeping, migraines/headaches, fertility, pain management, digestive disorders, hormone imbalance and many more”. Sarah, a regular visitor to Equilibrium, says, “Having experimented with reflexology 16 years ago for a specific ailment, I became a complete convert and advocate. Samantha has shared my journey, she is always professional and offers a consistent friendly and highly experienced service.” Initial consultation and treatment £50 and follow up appointments £41 Stamford Living Reader Offer – Book and pay for your first consultation and follow up appointment and receive a complimentary 3rd Treatment. Valid until 28/02/18 Equilibrium, 7 St. Pauls Street, Stamford, PE9 2BE, 01780 757579

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Why Yoga is great for the feet

3 LITTLES EXERCISES TO DO AT HOME… Point the feet away from you (plantar flexion) and then pull them back toward you (dorsi flexion) 5-10 times Rotate the feet keeping the legs still. 5-10 rotations clockwise then anticlockwise Sit with legs straight out in front. Move the inner edge of the foot toward you (ankle inversion) and then the outer edge of the foot toward you (ankle eversion) 5-10 times Stamford Yoga, 12 Broad Street, Stamford, PE9 1PG, 07738 272474

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When it comes to shoes, we are often guilty of being more concerned with the way they look than the way they feel. Poorly fitting shoes can contribute to a whole host of foot complaints: bunions; corns; blisters; the list goes on… Marcia May sells a range of men and women’s shoes that not only look snazzy, but support the health of our feet too. “Vionic are launching a new range of sandals for SS18. The brand has orthotics built in which align the Achilles heel at the back to stop feet turning in or out. Whilst the company don’t claim to resolve orthopaedic injuries they do help support the ongoing health of your feet.” Sharon Love, Shop Manager at Marcia May Marcia May, 36 St Mary’s St, Stamford, PE9 2DS, 01780 762699

A treat for your feet LUXURY ORGANIC PEDICURE AT BEAUTICA For a complete overhaul, (when your feet have been kept under wraps all winter and are beyond a quick file and paint at home) try Beautica’s Pedicure. A warm foot soak, delicate scrub, trim, buff, file, sand to remove hard skin and a cuticle push back with specialist tools, ensures the polish lasts a minimum of 3-4 weeks. If nails are broken and have large sections missing, a filler is used to reconstruct the nail and fill in gaps. The primers and bases used are all vitamin infused to treat and strengthen the nails. To finish, a foot butter is rubbed into feet and put in hot boots for at least 15 minutes to nourish and restore your feet to their former glory. Luxury Organic Pedicure from £35 Beautica, 1 Silver Lane, Stamford, PE9 2BT, 01780 759086 WARM WAX THERAPY TREATMENT A new addition to Snowdens is the Wax Therapy, fantastic for arthritic changes, dry feet, stiffness, tendonitis and sports injuries. Oil is massaged all over the feet, then they are painted with a hot wax layers, creating a wax sock. The treatment is healing, calming, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Hot booties are popped over the feet and it concludes very nicely with a foot massage. STAMFORD LIVING FEBRUARY 2018



I spoke to Marcus, Director of Stamford Yoga, about the benefits of Yoga on our foot health. “Having bare feet in yoga lets the feet breathe and stretch. To highlight this point after practising yoga for a while my shoe size changed from an 8 to a 9! Shoes interfere with the proper movement of feet, preventing them from stretching, flexing, and expanding. They have a cushioning effect which leads to loss of flexibility, mobility and stability. Yoga also develops balanced alignment which helps heal and prevent Plantar Fasciitis, bunions and shin splints. Balanced alignment can also prevent knee, hip, back and shoulder problems”.

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When visiting Stamford town centre nowadays there are many people walking around with a dog or two in tow but not many of them are tied up outside the shops, pining or waiting patiently for their owner to return. It is really quite interesting to see how many shops, cafés and hotels are now dog friendly, although rightly so have rules about paws and where they are allowed.

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F your visit to Stamford started off with a walk across Stamford Meadows, it would be wrong of you to presume that in such a big open space you could let your dog off the lead for a run around. This is because, and as I recently witnessed, our four-legged friends like nothing better than to chase the ducks and geese that reside by the water’s edge at this magnificent piece of open space. There are signs asking on one side for ‘no dogs’ which is the side where the picnic tables are and then a sign for the other side advising that dogs should be kept on leads and any mess to be cleared away as this is where children and their families like to play and run around. As you make your way up into town and past the Cosy Club, you may spot the odd well-behaved Labrador laying near the feet of its owner having a coffee in the lounge/casual dining area where there is plenty of space and separated from the main dining part of the property. Working your way up the High

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these little animals can be to more than just the visually impaired. Café Nero used to have a sign on the wall that said something along the lines of ‘We welcome paws, but only on the floor’ which I felt was an informative but gentle approach to asking for no seat smuggling from our canine companions. However, I discovered a very friendly black Labrador called Sam, who at five months old was unsuccessful in waiting patiently for his owner to return from the queue at the till and being bribed by his other owner with treats to keep him occupied. A scenario I have experienced only too well with Nutmeg, our Cocker Spaniel. Other establishments are partial to offering your dog a snack or two so do not be fooled by the jar of multicoloured or odd shaped biscuits on the bar in one of the many hostelries in town - these are not for human consumption and can be found in the likes of The Crown Hotel and Tobie Norris to name but two. Happy dog, happy owner!

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Spotlight on: Stamford Childminders

It is one of the most important decisions to make regarding your child’s welfare and therefore, finding the right childcare provider can also be one of the most stressful. They are responsible for your darlings when you can’t be. They provide education, entertainment, care and cuddles and impact on some of the most formative years of your child’s life. Louise Goss meets The Stamford Childminding Group to get the lowdown on the home-from-home child care option.


CHILDMINDER is just one of the childcare options, which also include pre-schools, nurseries and nannies, yet there is misinformation out there which can complicate what might already be a confusing decision. The Stamford Childminding Group is currently an eight-strong group of women offering childcare for local families. This group of warm, friendly and professional ladies are among the dozens of childminders working locally to provide personalised childcare in a home setting. They were keen to dispel a few myths about what a childminder does and to make one thing quite clear: they are not just babysitters! The group often meet up for joint play sessions, allowing the children in their care to interact and make friends with a wider group of people. They welcome other childminders who want to join and take advantage of the social interaction and support offered and it enables them to help parents out by referring work to each other if they are unavailable at any point. “We get together as a whole group each week,” says Dee Nottingham, one of the childminders. She goes on to explain the activities they organise together from private library sessions with a reader, lessons in French and Spanish, to “toddler fit” where the children



workout to various music. “They are pretending they’re tigers but actually they are doing lunges,” says Dee. As well as the more structured activities and the care and education at home, childminders will take the children to local playgroups and attractions. Trips to The Yard, Burghley, Rutland Water and Sacrewell Farm are often on the agenda. “When you’re out and about with colleagues and the children on a beautiful sunny day and the kids are running around having a good time, what better job have you got? The children are happy, we are happy,” says Dee. “They have got exposure to real life,” adds Alex Kennedy, another Stamford childminder. “We all do something with the children every morning, whether that be together or going to playgroups, going out walking or playing in the garden,” she says. Childminding is not all child’s play and what parents can be reassured of are the protections that are in place. “We all have to have liability insurance,” says Alex. “We also have to have special house insurance and special car insurance.” That is on top of the different organisations with which they need to register and the many safety and legal requirements such as regular fire drills, health and safety and

hygiene certificates. “We enjoy playing an active role within our community and the children’s social and emotional well-being is at the forefront of our planning,” states their group ethos and there is no doubting the passion and dedication which the Stamford Childminding Group embodies. Childcare is a very personal decision for each family but if you might be considering the childminder option, the following information might help you in your choice.

How do I find a childminder?


INDING a childminder is something, which like many things these days, is first done online unless you have a word-of-mouth recommendation. The website lists the childcare providers in your local area and from there you can contact a childminder and arrange a visit to see if it seems like the right fit for your child. Locally, the Stamford Childminding Group have their own Facebook page, where you can enquire about vacancies within their group.

Could a childminder be for you? • Home from Home Children are cared for in a home environment. Shared meals are eaten round a kitchen or dining table, play is often in the carer’s living or playroom. Some minders have their own purpose-built rooms attached to the house but many zone off parts of their own home and all are risk-assessed for child safety. Groups are small and activities are done in a homely space or children are taken for days out as on a family outing. The small group size allows for adaptability of the daily routine and a very personalised approach to the children in their care. • Educational Childminders have to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, covering all areas of early childhood development. This is the same framework which nurseries and pre-schools follow and just as in those settings, childminders keep parents updated with their child’s progress through online journals such as Tapestry, providing reassurance of their safety and wellbeing. • Real-life Learning Trips to the supermarket, the hairdressers,

getting feet measured at the shoe shop or cooking and gardening at home: they are all daily-life experiences which a childminder can offer. Children can adopt new skills and learn basic maths, science and language through these activities. • Flexible From early starts to late evenings, even occasional overnight care, a childminder works around you and your schedule. There are no set sessions and they usually charge by the hour so you only pay for the time you require care. • Consistent Care Your child will be cared for by the same person each day and this care can continue from the baby and toddler years through to pre-school and after school. Many childminders offer a school drop-off and pick-up service, allowing siblings to remain together and a child to receive continuous care from the same person over the years as they grow. • Collaborative: Childminders work with other professional bodies in order to ensure a child’s development is on track. They will do the one and two-year checks in conjunction with the health visitor and can consult with professionals should any concerns arise.

DID YOU KNOW? Funding Government funding is available for childcare through registered childminders. As long as the childminder is rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ with Ofsted then you are eligible for the 15 hours free childcare a week for all 3 to 4 year-olds and if you fulfil requirements, the 30 hours free childcare for children from 3 years. Funding can be split between two different childcare providers if needed, whether that be two different childminders or a nursery and a childminder. Qualifications and registrations Childminders are professional people who are required to complete a raft of qualifications and courses in order to provide childcare. They must keep up to date on allergy information, health and safety, first aid and special needs requirements. These are among the qualifications and courses they are required to have: • A module within the level 3 home-based diploma in childcare • Hygiene certificate level 2 (plus regular inspections) • Paediatric First Aid • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks • Safeguarding children course

• They are recommended to take 4 new courses a year, which could include courses from special needs to speech therapy. • Registration with the ICO for data protection Ofsted Ofsted is the government organisation which inspects and regulates schools and childcare providers. All individual childminders have to be registered with Ofsted and the Early Years Register and/or the Childcare Register. They are inspected and rated by Ofsted to ensure they are providing adequate care and are suitable for young people. The EYFS framework All Ofsted-registered childcare providers must follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). It is a framework that sets the standards for child development, learning and care and on which nurseries, pre-schools and childminders will base their teaching and the care they deliver. Through play and fun activities, a childminder will monitor the following different areas of learning: • communication and language • physical development • personal, social and emotional development • literacy • mathematics • understanding the world • expressive arts and design

Useful Links: To find a childminder in the area: childcare. To access childcare support such as 30 hours free childcare: A resource hub for childminders and parents, The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years: For information on inspections, reports and ratings: For information on the Stamford Childminding Group, find their Facebook page: STAMFORD LIVING FEBRUARY 2018


A Little Doing February is the month that the Piccolo Concerts start up again at St John the Baptist Church in the centre of Cathedral Square, Peterborough. In a great space at the front of the church, the classical concerts for all under-5s showcase a variety of musicians and instruments and are informal, relaxing, entertaining and informative. Freya sits quietly mesmerised listening to the music and Toby loves the fact you can join in at the end, shaking tambourines and maracas and banging triangles. Adults only need pay £4 at the door. Children are free, and tea, squash and biscuits are available beforehand. Concerts are on the first Thursday of every month (apart from Aug and Jan) 10.30-11.30am., 01733 563978

A Little MAking We can’t wait for pancake day this year (Tue 13) and Toby is very excited about getting pancakes for tea! It is not always practical (or safe) to let him help as much as he would like (unless we have a batter explosion) so if the children are too small to flip their own, we have come up with some fun topping ideas to get them involved with decorating. These pancake faces are sure to please little mouths and imaginations: • Peanut butter with banana and choc chip features • Greek yogurt or mascarpone with kiwi and raspberry eyes, strawberry nose and blueberry mouth and brows • Cream cheese with mushroom nose and hair, cucumber and tomato eyes, a hammy smile and cherry tomato cheeks

LittLe Living Louise Goss checks out some crafts, culture, cooking and half term fun with a little help from her children, Toby and Freya.

A Little theatre One date for our diary this month is to see the wonderful musical adventure, Don’t Dribble on the Dragon, performed at Stamford Arts Centre. Based on Steven Lee’s new book, the show includes magic designed by Paul Daniels and is sure to delight little ones (and the parents!) It is showing on Tue 13 Feb at 2.30pm. The Arts Centre is also hosting several great workshops for children this month so definitely call the box office or check out their website to book places for workshops themed around School of Rock, Harry Potter and street dance!, 01780 763203



A Little MOre DOing!

There is loads going on at Stamford Library this month. We are still waiting for the weather to warm up so Toby and Freya love the fact that the library holds story time sessions each Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning where they can go and hear tales read by someone other than me! Don’t miss the Harry Potter family day on Sat 3 Feb 10am - 3.30pm where you create your own fantastic beasts and search for them in the library. On Sat 10 Feb 10am - 3.30pm there is a family Jurassic Day where you can bring along your own fossils for identification and on Thur 15 Feb 2pm - 4.30pm, head along for an afternoon of Egyptian-themed activities. All sessions are free and there is no need to book. Turn up and enjoy some family fun in the heart of our community. Check out the full timetable of activities: stamfordlibrary 01522 782010

Rutland Water Nature Reserve always have some great events to keep the little ones occupied. This February half term, their Winter Explorers day for 5-10-year-olds will teach them about winter habitats, identifying birds and let them get creative with craft activities. They will even be able to make their own bird feeder to take home. The day runs on 14 Feb 10am-4pm at the Anglian Birdwatching Centre, Egleton. £30 per child and booking is essential., 01572 770651


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The Seven Ages by Gordon Turnill Following last October’s article about the life and work of Stamford photographer Gordon Turnill, several readers have sent Ask Leo photographs celebrating important milestones in their families’ lives. With considerable licence to the original we have adapted Shakespeare’s Seven Ages.


“At first the Infant, smiling for the photographer “ The first portrait is of Anne Harkness in the mid1940s aged 6 months. It has been colour-tinted something the Studio did to order. It was a skilled craft and one of the girls employed as a tinter for Gordon Turnill was Grace Lord who worked for

SCHOOLCHILDREN “And then the Schoolboy with shining morning face and the Schoolgirls happily posing with their racquets” The schoolboy in the striped shirt is Gordon’s own son, Bill, probably taken in the 1930s. Gordon was the chosen photographer for many school photographs in Stamford over the years. This one is of the High School Tennis Team in 1955.



him after leaving Stamford High School in 1936 until she married in 1942. The delightful pictures of the small boys show Gordon’s ability to capture a moment. One was taken around 1930 and this ‘little boy’, Norman


“The Pretty Girl gets the key to the door” Frances Browning 21yrs old Taken in 1937 this is sister of the little boy sitting on the pouf, probably taken to celebrate her 21st birthday.

Browning, still lives in Stamford. In the other, taken in 1944, the boy is holding a toy bird, which he refused to give back after the session! His mother had to take it home and return it to Mr Turnill the next day.


“And then the lovers, lost in thoughts of love, looking forward to a life of bliss”


“Then the Soldier? ….. but he’s just in the Home Guard!” This is Gordon Turnhill himself in Home Guard uniform possibly taken by time-lapse of by one of his staff.

The engagement photographs of Frederick Lord (brother of Grace the tinter) and Kathleen Hall were taken about 1936. Their daughter, Alison, thinks Frederick looks sinister in those glasses but we think they are classic period pieces. More at ease with decisions made are Roger Bettinson and Joan Woodisse at their wedding in Stretton Church in 1962. Wedding pictures were another speciality and people would make a point of passing the Studio window to see who had been married recently.

Frederick Lord

Kathleen Hall


“And then the Justice in chain of Ss and ruffled shirt” For many years after WW2 Gordon was commissioned to take annual portrait photographs of Stamford’s Mayor for Dolby’s Directories. Alderman Pledger, a well-known businessman in the iron, steel and timber trade was Mayor 1949-50. Alderman Ireson, Mayor 1962-3, was a building contractor and stone mason who cared a great deal for the historic buildings of the town.


“Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything” Even Gordon Turnill’s “Camera studies of quality, character and natural charm” don’t seem to have provided any examples for this age! Not surprising perhaps?

Thank you to everyone who has contacted us and sent pictures.

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Loving later life As we get older and live longer, we may need additional care and support to remain in our own homes. Alysia Anderson speaks to local experts who can lend a helping hand.

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Bluebird Care Peterborough & Rutland is an award-winning company providing quality homecare and support services in Stamford and the surrounding region. Director Leisa MacKenzie said: “We offer flexible homecare and support services tailored exactly to your needs. These could be anything from a 30-minute visit to 24hour live-in care; short-term help after an illness, or respite care because your usual carer is having a break.” As demand for Bluebird Care’s services has grown, Leisa wishes to expand the team of carers and support staff. All Care Assistants at Bluebird continually develop their expertise, both through professional qualifications and bespoke training for specialisations in care such as Dementia, Palliative, Stroke and Alzheimer’s. Bluebird Care also works closely with the local community, such as pioneering a community care service to assist with hospital discharge patients and A&E departments to help avoid hospitalisation. “We are also linked to several charities in the area, such as fundraising for Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough and sponsoring the Daniels, trying to help both the young and old in our community,” added Leisa.

Dementia awareness

Another Stamford-based company providing care services to the town and local villages is Wright Care at Home, founded by Sammy Wright and her mother and with a family ethos very much at heart. “We aim to keep compassion at the heart of everything we do and ensure that all our customers are cared for as we would our 40


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local garden centre or a few hours completing their favourite jigsaw puzzle.” Wright Care is also committed to supporting local charities such as Marie Curie nurses and the Stroke Association. A recent exciting development is that the company now offers community sessions about living with dementia and how to support sufferers. Sammy explained: “We are trying to raise awareness as part of the ‘dementia friend’ initiative. Our Care Manager and Care Co-ordinator are trained dementia champions and if anyone wants to learn more about becoming a friend, they can contact us and arrange to come along to the next session.” own family,” said Sammy. Her team of care-givers support people at home with bespoke needs such as personal care, nutrition, medication, companionship and domestic needs. “Loneliness is the biggest concern with the elderly and we are doing all we can to combat this. We have recently started a campaign where our team all voluntarily give up a few hours of their own time a month to support customers with events or outings that they no longer feel able to do alone. This could be afternoon tea, a trip to the

Also committed to flying the flag for dementia awareness is Home Instead Senior Care, part of a worldwide organisation devoted to providing care for older people in the comfort of their own homes. Company Director Phil Kennedy said, “Signs of dementia are often revealed over holiday periods when families spend more time together and are more likely to notice changes in behaviour by a family member.” The company operates through a national network of locally owned and operated offices, including in Peterborough and Bourne.

Each office has an in-depth understanding of the immediate area, its amenities and what’s available for older people in their community, enabling them to provide the best care advice for each customer. Services include personal care such as assistance with bathing, dressing, eating and medication; home help covering all aspects of dayto-day housework, shopping, meal preparation and household duties; and companionship services that can involve everything from escorting clients on visits or to appointments to simple conversation and company. Home Instead also helps retired people who wish to rejoin the job market in some capacity. Phil explained: “We currently have a recruitment initiative aimed specifically at the over-65s who are considering ‘un-retiring’. Retired people often wish to do something in the community and perhaps earn some pocket money. Many of our caregivers who visit the elderly are retired themselves. They might simply provide companionship and chit-chat for the lonely but this is of great benefit to all.” With over half of all people aged over 75 in the UK living alone, according to Age UK, this certainly is vital work.

Occupational therapy

Most older people wish to live independently in their own home for as long as possible, while their relatives want to make sure they stay safe and well. Occupational therapy consultants such as Stamford-based OTC can help people to plan for later life and enable them to carry out activities they find increasingly difficult with age. OTC’s therapists are degree-trained healthcare professionals registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Their services include advising on safe ways to cook and wash, suggestions for stairlifts, extensions and level-access showers to reduce the risk of falls, and creating dementia-friendly environments. OTC also helps people to install technology in their homes that can communicate essential information to friends and relatives. For example, a family can be alerted if their loved one has fallen or if their house is too cold; whether they’ve used the kettle or microwave; if care staff have called; if they have gone out at night and/or to locate them if they get lost; or whether there is a household safety problem. Such technology enables elderly people to call for help at the touch of a button as well as to keep in touch with friends and family. “Accepting help can often mean that people

lose the skills to look after themselves,” said OTC Director Zoe Belford. “We help people to identify realistic goals they want to achieve and to keep active and engaged in activities that matter to them.”

Keeping on the move

Other companies in Stamford that help people to maintain independence at home are Mojo Partners and Scotgate Mobility. The former is a family-run business based in Peterborough and with an office in Stamford. Mojo Partners helps customers choose the best products for their needs, ranging from mobility equipment, including wheelchairs, scooters and walking aids, to an extensive range of devices to help with everyday life in the home. “We have over 1,600 products on our website and have arrangements with all the major UK suppliers to provide products and support whenever our customers need us,” said Michael Ockwell. As the name suggests, Scotgate Mobility is based in central Stamford and caters to customers’ desire to remain mobile both indoors and out. MD Katy Brown said: “It can be the small things that affect a person’s ability to manage around the house: things like a lightweight, easy-pour kettle or a cup holder to reduce spills, an amplified phone that the person can hear and adjust to suit their hearing, or a bath lift so that they can get in and out of the bath easily. We are now stockists of Cosyfeet footwear: slippers and shoes that are easy to put on and are both comfortable and well-fitting to avoid slips and falls. For outdoors, the best investment is a rollator. This can improve confidence and give the person reassurance that

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These are just a few of the local companies that can help us to approach later life in a positive fashion. Others in Stamford include the Evergreen Care Trust, which promotes healthy ageing and attitudes towards older people. Alongside care services and advice, the Trust offers free training for volunteers wishing to get involved. There are also many clubs and societies such as U3A (www. that play a role in preventing loneliness and depression amongst older people through shared interests such as history or gardening. It is this regular, social contact which has the greatest impact on preventing loneliness. Combined with practical steps such as those outlined above, growing old can be a positive, rather than a negative, experience. CONTACT LIST: Evergreen Care Trust, 01780 765900; Home Instead 01733 333342; Mojo Partners 01733 511700; OTC 01780 238731; Scotgate Mobility 01780 763276; Wright Care at Home 01780 489227; STAMFORD LIVING FEBRUARY 2018


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For the Love of Food This month, Deborah Pennell, gets up close and personal with foods said to have aphrodisiac qualities, persuades a local chef to part with a delicious recipe for a Valentines meal, and takes a look at some exciting seasonal ingredients.


O January is all but over, and following our abstinence of all things unhealthy after Christmas excesses, February brings Pancake Day swiftly followed by Valentine’s Day, and for those who have willpower and determination, the challenge of Lent. It would appear that food plays an important role in the second month of the year. And who better to ask for advice on cooking a romantic meal for your loved one, than Alison Trozzi, of Just So Italian in Stamford. Alison and her husband Danilo are Italian trained chefs who have worked in Italy and now live in the UK, setting up their business, Just so Italian in 2008. When asked who she would cook for, Alison says she would cook this meal for her husband Danilo, how wonderfully romantic!

KING PRAWN, PEA AND LEMON RISOTTO Risotto di mazzancolle e piselli Serves 4 Prep time 10 minutes Cooking time 25 minutes: • 50g butter • 1 small onion, finely chopped • 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped • 400g carnaroli or vialone nano rice • 100ml dry white wine • approximately 1.8 litres hot vegetable stock • 250g raw king prawns • 200g frozen peas • Zest and juice of 1 lemon • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped • Melt the butter in a saucepan and gently cook the onion and garlic for about 10 minutes until everything has softened and turned translucent. Add the rice to the pan and stir until all the grains are coated in fat. Then pour in the wine and stir until it has evaporated. • Start adding the stock a ladleful or two at a time, stirring the rice until it has absorbed the liquid before adding any more. After about 10 minutes add the prawns, peas, lemon zest and juice, then continue cooking gradually adding more stock. Season with salt and pepper. • The risotto is ready when the rice is soft, but still al dente. This should take about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir through the extra virgin olive oil and finish with a generous sprinkling of black pepper. Serve immediately.



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Foods with aphrodisiac qualities For those with romantic intentions this month, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, and hopefully the beginning, or continuation of an intense relationship between two people. It was therefore suggested I might delve into research on certain foods thought to have aphrodisiac qualities. With that as my brief, I have compiled a list, and short explanation of 10 such foods (remembering this is Stamford Living Magazine and not a medical journal, I have tried to create explanations to fit): AVOCADOS – contain high levels of folic acid, Vitamin B9 (provides the body with more energy) and Vitamin B6 (helps increase testosterone production) 75% COCOA OR CHOCOLATE – contains phenylethylamine – a stimulant which elicits excitement and a sense of well being. Contains natural caffeine. OYSTERS – contain large quantities of zinc, a mineral important in the production of testosterone and sperm production, plus dopamine, a brain chemical that increases desire.

TRUFFLE By weight this knobbly fungus is one of the most expensive foods in the world. The majority of truffles are still found wild, growing around the roots of oak, hazel and lime trees. Truffles are sniffed out by pigs or dogs who have been trained to recognise their pungent smell. Truffles can be found in the UK, but it is generally agreed that the finest black truffles are found in the Perigord region of France, and the finest white truffles are found in the Piedmont region of Italy. Their season is normally November to February. Storage is important – keep in an airtight container in the fridge wrapped in kitchen paper or sitting in rice (a good quality risotto rice will take up some of the flavour), this ensures they do not rot from moisture on the surface. Black truffles are peeled and can be used raw or lightly cooked, while white truffles are just wiped clean and should never be cooked. Shave over pasta, scrambled eggs; add to mashed potato or risotto, or infuse in extra virgin olive oil to create an intense truffle oil for use in so many dishes.

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ASPARAGUS – high in Vitamin E which helps increase blood and oxygen flow. Also high levels of potassium linked to sex hormone production. FIGS – high in amino acids, which boost stamina and increase libido.


RED WINE – this has nothing to do with the quantity you drink! The resveratrol in red wine is a powerful antioxidant which helps decrease inflammation and gets your blood pumping! SALMON – high in Omega 3 fatty acids, important for heart health. Also helps libido by supplying building blocks for production of oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone. HOT CHILLIES – the spiciness stimulates nerve endings, which in turn releases adrenaline, increases heart rate and releases endorphins.

RHUBARB/FORCED RHUBARB We are always being told to buy fruit and vegetable ‘in season’ to get the best flavour, however, the exception to this rule is forced rhubarb. Depriving rhubarb of light makes the stems shoot upwards searching for light. Unlike sturdier outdoor grown rhubarb, this forced rhubarb has an inherent sourness and only requires light cooking. Wakefield’s famous Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb has joined the hallowed ranks of Europe’s protected foods. Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb has been elevated to the same status as Champagne and Parma Ham. If it is not from the Yorkshire rhubarb triangle, it cannot be called Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb. The leaves from rhubarb should never be eaten, as they are toxic but they will tell you how fresh the rhubarb is. Create a winter comfort food and Sunday lunch favourite, rhubarb crumble; rhubarb can also be simply sprinkled with soft brown sugar and orange zest and baked, poached in orange juice, or turned into a compote to be served with oily fish such as mackerel or rich meats like pork, or venison. It can also create a beautiful pink cordial, with sugar and water.

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POMEGRANATES – full of antioxidants, to help detoxify the body of harmful molecules which might affect performance.

BANANAS – contain bromelain enzyme believed to increase sex drive, as well as high levels of potassium, riboflavin and Vitamin B2, which keep up energy levels.

salads, chunky winter soups and hearty stews. Do not be put off if you have tried kale before and found it tough – the chances are you did not cook it for long enough and the answer is to make sure it is chopped or shredded finely and cooked for a long period. If it is to be used in salads, blanch it, and immerse it straight into ice cold water to retain the wonderful dark green colour.

OYSTERS In the 19th Century this shellfish was plentiful and cheap, and oysters were used to bulk out dishes such as pies, soups and stews – you will still come across them on menus today in classics such as Beef, Oyster and Ale Pie. However, today they come with a price tag, as supplies have decreased and they are seen as a luxury food item. Long thought to have aphrodisiac qualities, our native Oysters remain the highest quality, with pacific and rock oysters coming into second place. Oyster aficionados would probably insist this delicacy be eaten raw to extrude the fresh salty taste of the ocean, served with a squeeze of lemon juice, freshly ground black pepper and a drop of Tabasco sauce. They can, however, be steamed, grilled or poached and I especially love them dipped in a delicate tempura batter and lightly fried. Request them from the fishmonger on the Stamford Friday market, but remember they are seasonal so will not be available all year round. KALE This most hardy of winter crops survives harsh winters where other cabbage crops may not. A true ‘super food’ and a great addition to winter

PURPLE SPROUTING BROCCOLI A long, slender stemmed type of broccoli, with purple green florets. The UK season generally runs from January to May, but can be extended depending on weather conditions. Boil, steam or stir fry with finely chopped red chilli and garlic – my favourite vegetable by far. DIRECTORY Just so Italian 35, St Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DS 01780 238160 Stock a number of products containing truffles. The Stamford Cheese Cellar 17 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DG 01780 489269 Stocks an indulgent, Truffled Brie – pre-order to guarantee availability. The Stamford Friday Market Held in Broad Street from 8.30am – 4pm every Friday, there are several fruit and vegetables suppliers who stock seasonal produce to include kale, purple sprouting broccoli and rhubarb, when available. Wothorpe Nurseries 6 Wothorpe Hill, Stamford, PE9 3JG Contact via Facebook or 01780 763268 STAMFORD LIVING FEBRUARY 2018


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This February is going to be a busy month, with Valentine’s Day quickly followed by Shrove Tuesday, and the beginning of Lent. If you, like me, cannot pass by a special day without marking it with a bit of culinary chivalry then here are a few timely tips and ideas. Deborah Pennell.

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A National Treasure – Love Hearts I have to admit to being a huge fan of these much-loved sweets. Sour and fizzy, I use them to decorate cupcakes if I can save them long enough. Therefore, I was interested to read that back in 2014, Swizzels, the makers of Love Heart sweets, ran a competition asking for new designs to celebrate their 60th anniversary; they were inundated with suggestions, and the winning messages were stamped on their famous sweets. New phrases included ‘take a selfie,’ ‘tweet me,’ ‘yolo,’ ‘marry me,’ ‘think pink,’ and even more locally orientated phrases such as ‘alreet pet’! As a mother of youngish children, they were able to help me out with deciphering the meanings of several of these phrases, and I have to say I it was a forward thinking person who suggested the move to broaden the repertoire of our humble Love Heart sweets. For those not in the know ‘Yolo’, I am told by my 9-year-old, with a look of ‘do you really not know what that stands for Mummy?’; apparently means ‘You only live once’, and ‘think pink’ brings a politically correct sweetie into the Love Heart fold. Sadly, I cannot claim to have ever unwrapped sweets quoting either of these phrases when eating my way through quite a few packets of an old sweet shop favourite, but on further research I find that you can now pre-order Love Hearts with your own personalised packaging – perfect for weddings, birthdays or any other celebration. Valentine’s Day would not be the same without a packet of these fizzy little suckers.

Don’t Miss Out! – pick them up on The Stamford Friday Market anthocyanin. Damson in colour when cut in half, it has slightly tart orange and raspberry tones. Take advantage of their very short season with a romantic Valentine’s night cocktail Blood Orange Mojito Makes 2 drinks • 10 fresh mint leaves, plus 2 sprigs for garnishing • 2 fl oz sugar syrup* • 1.5fl oz white rum • 2 fl oz fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes) • 12 fl oz sparkling water, or as needed • 1 blood orange, halved • Ice • Fill 2 tall glasses with ice. In a glass jug or cocktail shaker, combine the mint leaves and sugar syrup. Gently muddle the mint leaves and sugar syrup together, being careful not to tear them Stir in the rum and lime juice. • Pour into the glasses, making sure to get a few mint leaves into each. Add the sparkling water, leaving a little room at the top and gently stir. Finally, squeeze the juice of half a blood orange over each drink. Garnish with a mint sprig and serve. *To make sugar syrup; stir together 1/4 cup caster sugar with 1/4 cup hot water until it dissolves. Leave to cool. This makes 3floz syrup, which can be stored and used as needed*

If there’s no Chocolate in Heaven, I’m not going! Stamford Heavenly Chocolates will again be busy creating beautiful boxes of Valentine chocolates and amazing chocolate high-heeled shoes crammed full of an array of delicious handmade truffles. Choose your favourite chocolates and create your own bespoke box. Head to the shop at George Farm – open during normal working hours, but may be advisable to call to check someone is manning the shop. Alternatively, if you love chocolate and would like to try your hand at making your own, then sign up to one of Barbara’s excellent chocolate-making workshops. Stamford Heavenly Chocolates, George Farm, London Road, Stamford, PE9 3JP 01780 489364/07825 153003 STAMFORD LIVING FEBRUARY 2018



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F you’re over 60 years old there’s a 25% chance you have a hearing loss; if you’re over 75 years, there’s a 44% chance. Amazingly, only a quarter of people with a hearing loss have ever done anything about it. Visit Healthy Hearing at their Open Day on Thursday 15th February and take advantage of a free hearing assessment and demonstration of the new ‘Audeo B-R’ from Swiss hearing aid designers Phonak. The ‘Audeo B-R’ is the first ever rechargeable hearing aid that provides 24 hours of hearing with one simple charge. In February 2017, Phonak ‘Audeo B-R’ won the prestigious iF DESIGN AWARD for outstanding product design. Phonak rechargeable hearing aids are the quickest charging hearing aids on the market and come with a variety of easy-to-use smart charging options, to charge up wherever you are, without having to worry about running out of power. Simply call 01780 759133 to book an appointment or call in on the day at Healthy Hearing Ltd, Stamford Hearing Centre, No 1 the Old Police House, Cliff Road, Stamford, PE9 1AB. Alternatively, a free home visit can be arranged at a convenient time to suit you.

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NNA Couture may not be the obvious destination for Valentine’s gifts but don’t underestimate what she has in her tiny shop! You are always assured a warm welcome and it’s nice to browse and chat. After setting up and re-locating from London, Anna’s 20 years in the fashion and film business has enabled her to use her talents, principally with her bespoke dress making service and alterations service. However, with lots of lovely gift ideas alongside the fashion and shoes, there’s plenty to look at. The beautiful bespoke lingerie pieces are exquisite and can be customised with diamante, embroidered names and vintage style broaches. They can be made to order with measurements provided, or there is jewellery, garters and stockings. Everything is truly unique, something any girl would be delighted to receive. Anna Couture, 17C St Mary’s St, Stamford 01780 765174

big reveal from Stamford Stoves of their fabulous new showroom in Barnack, showcasing a wider and grander range of wood burning and multi fuel stoves as well as some fantastic range cookers from British manufacturer Esse. Director Anthony Dean and Showroom Manager Zara Jacques, along with their team, have spent the last few months sourcing and planning for what will be the best stoves showroom in the area. They will be displaying beautiful brands such as Contura, Jotul, Scan, Charnwood, Arada, Burley and Esse. Following on from their busiest year ever in 2017, Anthony Dean commented ‘We have been wanting to be bigger and better ever since we set up in Barnack and the opportunity has come just at the right time as more and more people want to renovate their homes or at least refurbish their living space. A new stove is the perfect focal point for any room and with so many designs we can accommodate most customer’s wishes. We’ve even recently completed a stove installation in a bedroom and it looks stunning”. The doors to the new showroom will officially open on Saturday 17th February and Stamford Stoves are inviting people to join them for their ‘Pancakes & Prosecco’ Event from 12pm - 4pm in association with The Stamford Kitchen. There will be live cooking demonstrations to sample some delicious pancakes cooked freshly on the Esse 900 EL range cooker and glasses of Prosecco to celebrate the opening. All visitors to the open day will also receive a free goodie bag. For further information contact Stamford Stoves at info@stamfordstoves. or follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with the event and all their news.

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News & Notes Less than 0.1% of Stamford and South Kesteven is concreted over... Should we build on more of it? With Philip Hammond’s target of building 300,000 new homes each year, our local property advisor David Crooke, owner of UPP Property, reviews how much land is actually built on locally.

Biggest ever line ups of 60s artistes at The Cresset


HIS February sees one of the biggest ever line ups of 60s artistes to visit The Cresset, with bands that have enjoyed worldwide record success. Topping the bill is the incredible Gerry & The Pacemakers who had hits with such songs as “I Like it”, and “Ferry Across the Mersey”. Gerry is one of the stalwarts of the 60s scene, a true icon and it’s great to see him at the Cresset. Joining Gerry on the bill will be Brian Poole. Back in the 60s Brian enjoyed top ten hits with “Do you Love me” and “Twist and Shout”. Special guests will be the Joe Meek recording sensation The Tornados who enjoyed a worldwide million selling record success with the instrumental “Telstar”. Vanity Fair visited the Cresset a while ago and are one of the most talented sixties bands on the road today…. their hits include “Hitchin a Ride”, “Early in the Morning” and “Live for the Sun”. Also making an appearance will be Love Affair’s STEVE ELLIS – who enjoyed a string of hits including “Everlasting Love”, “A Day Without Love” and “Bring on Back the Good Times”. Get your tickets now, for what is to be an evening of non-stop sixties hits! 01733 265705


YEARS ago, the first satellite (Sputnik) was launched. All the superpowers have used them to take high definition pictures of each other for decades, but now these cameras are being used for more peaceful purposes. The European Environment Agency (EEA) has been taking HD pictures of the UK from outer-space to give us a focussed picture of what every corner of our country really looks like. Over the last 20 or so years, there has been an imbalance in the British housing market with demand outstripping supply, meaning the average value of a property in the SKDC area has risen by 320%, taking an average value from £48,500 in 1995 to £203,500 today. Using the information from the EEA and data by Sheffield University with their ‘Corine-Land Cover Project’, some thought-provoking data has emerged: Just 3.47% of SKDC area is ‘built on’. In the study, land classified as ‘urban fabric’ has land which has between 50% - 100% of the land surface built on, (meaning up to a half might be gardens or small parks, but the majority is developed). Of that amount, less than 0.1% of that land is intensively built on (where 80% - 100% is built on – still leaving 20% for gardens). The use of the land is split up with 0.49% allocated to airfields, 1.49% as sports facilities, 85.64% is arable farmland and the rest being made up of various other minor types such as pastures and waterways, etc. The assumption that vast bands of our local area have been concreted over doesn’t stand up to inspection. However, the effect of housing undoubtedly spreads beyond its actual footprint, in terms of noise, pollution and roads. Residents and local authorities are going to have to put their weight into building more homes. There is going to have to be compromise on both sides, otherwise house prices will continue to rise exponentially in the future and Stamford’s youngsters won’t be able to buy their own home, meaning rents and demand for private rented accommodation in Stamford can (and will) also grow exponentially. UPP Property, 7 Red Lion St, Stamford PE9 1PA 01780 484554

Stamford Indoor Football Group on the hunt for new recruits A newly launched Stamford football group is looking for like-minded individuals to join its ranks for a weekly kick-around.


HE group is searching for locals who want to keep fit and play football, but don’t want to join a league or team. Stamford Indoor Football organiser Danny Morgan said there was a need to have an environment where people can play competitively, but in a more friendly atmosphere. “In both Peterborough and Brighton, I’ve always managed to find groups of people who loved to play football every week without needing to join a league. For some people, joining a team is a little intimidating, it’s a big commitment, and sometimes you just fancy a casual game of football with others who don’t take it too seriously and to keep fit. We’re hoping to create a big enough group so people can pay for the games they actually play, without feeling the need to commit beyond that. “We’re working closely with The Borderville Sports Centre to get the group off the ground, so all we need are the numbers to show there is demand.” Stamford Indoor Football group can be found on Facebook by searching Stamford Indoor Football, or by going to:



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Saturday 10 February, 10am to 12pm FAMILY EVENT: Nest Box Challenge It’s National Nest Box Week so will you help the birds by building them a home this February? Families are invited to the Nest Box Challenge where they will learn about the breeding garden birds, build a box to take home, and make a bird feeder as an extra treat for the garden birds. There will also be the chance to make a bat box, bug box or hedgehog box. (Hedgehog box has a £5 supplement) Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton Places are £10 per person. Book at

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Thursday 15 February, 7.30pm TALK: Stamford Historical Society The first talk of the year is entitled Stamford in the Doomsday Book and is being given by Dr David Roffe. Refreshments will be served from 7pm. Methodist Church Rooms at Barn Hill Entry for members is £3 and non members £5 Friday 16 February, 8pm COMEDY: Rich Hall’s Hoedown Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed new show demonstrates that there has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. The Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but ends up being a celebration of Americana. Expect stand-up, improvised ballads, cracking good musicianship, and ultimately a hilarious, foot-stomping good time to be had by all. Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Tickets £17 01780 766455



Saturday 17 February to Sunday 11 March EXHIBITION: A Year in the Garden Easton Walled Gardens hosts its inaugural Botanical Art Exhibition with three accomplished and talented artists who interpret the seasons through botanical illustration and painting. The exhibitors are part of a distinguished group of botanical artists stretching back to the 16th century. These skills are still used today to record flora throughout the world. They use extraordinary observation skills to reproduce the beauty and detail of the natural world. The exhibition will take place in the Coach House at Easton Walled Gardens and entry is included with your garden admission fee. Additionally, the annual Snowdrop Week takes place between 17 and 25 February so why not wrap up warm for a winter walk full of snowdrops and winter flowers. Pink Cyclamen,

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The Giant Loo Roll Tuesday 20 February, 7.30pm TALK: Stamford High Life Renowned local historian, Philippa Massey will talk about the pursuits and pleasures of the well to do; how the wealthy folk of Stamford amused themselves – the sports and pastimes they indulged in and the money they spent. Stamford Arts Centre Tickets £5 01780 763203 Thursday 22 February, 7pm CONCERT: The Band of the Royal Marines with Stamford Endowed Schools In the twentieth year of these concerts the world famous band of the Royal Marines will be playing with Stamford Endowed School students. Audiences can expect a traditional Royal Marines programme including music as tribute to Sir Malcolm Sargent. This is a free concert with suggested donations of £5 plus for CLIC Sargent and Military Charities UK. Tickets available by calling the box office 01780 766455.

Ideas for Half Term Fun…. Monday 12 to Friday 16 February WORKSHOPS: Musical Theatre Street dance, Jungle Book, Harry Potter, Frozen and Little Mix are some of the themes to workshops available this half term from Wildcats Theatre School in Stamford. Workshops take place at the Wildcats premises on Castle Hill and at Stamford Arts Centre with early drop off and late collection available

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Wildcats (Castle Hill only). £23.50 per day, per child with booking on line at or Monday 12 February, 2pm CHILDRENS THEATRE: The Giant Loo Roll Look out for the biggest loo roll ever on stage in this giant of a children’s musical. The villagers living in the town below the Giant’s house had better watch out, that loo roll has gone bouncing down the hill and straight towards them. Luckily, the townsfolk find lots of uses for runaway loo paper – one sheet provides a huge canvas for an artist, a tailor uses another to fill her shop with paper pants and a school class makes a huge dart that can fly. But what about the Giant himself – doesn’t he need any loo paper? The townspeople have an answer for that, too.

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ICHARD sent me an extract from his selfpublished autobiography back in October: ‘In 2002 Nicholas RuddJones started to publish a monthly magazine Stamford Living. Between 2002 and 2015 I wrote 114 pieces for Nick. He accepted and paid for 113. The rejected one was too contentious, and the subject of the piece said that “she’d see us in court” if Nick published it. We binned it instead. ‘I thoroughly enjoyed writing for Nick. The pay was modest, but the favourable comments I sometimes received from Stamford readers more than made up for that. I retired from Nick’s list of writers in 2015, which marks the end of my working life. 57 years in total 1958-2015.’ Richard was always erudite, well researched (I bet the binned article was right), funny, touching, with a broad range of interests and a natural curiosity. I hope to capture just a little of these qualities in the following excerpts: MOTORBIKING AROUND STAMFORD – JUNE 2002 – OUR FIRST EVER ISSUE!

Above all, motorcycling is tremendous fun. In the nineteen twenties people used to go ‘motoring’, taking the car for a spin, just for the fun of it. Today’s traffic makes that almost impossible for the car driver. But not for the motorcyclist – even gridlock on the M6 can be fun, filtering and threading one’s way through the traffic, every nerve tingling, every sense alert to the possibility that some fool will jump lanes. The hint of danger that is ever present when biking is one of its great attractions - that delicious prickling of the skin that comes from a mix of fear and adrenalin, a feeling hard to find elsewhere in the ultra-safe lives we lead today. But the real treats are to be found riding, just for the delight of it, in the narrow country roads to the west of Stamford. My own favourite is the lane from Ketton to Barrowden and on to Seaton. Over the tops of the hedges the motorcyclist – but not the low-seated car driver – can catch distant glimpses of that masterpiece of High Victoriana, the Harringworth Viaduct. Another of the pleasures of motorcycling is its sense of camaraderie. In a way that car drivers haven’t done since 1910, motorcyclists still acknowledge each other when passing, by a nod or a wave or – on the Continent – by a rather strange foot-waggle. And a biker will always stop for a fellow biker who looks in difficulties. It’s all rather old-fashioned and charming. SHIPBUILDING IN STAMFORD OCTOBER 2002

What do Belfast, Gdansk, Yokohama and Stamford have in common? Easy. They’re all shipbuilding towns. If you don’t believe me, go 62


Anyone with their finger on the zeitgeist will tell you that red trousers are riding a fashion wave that has yet to crest. and look down Hudds Mill Lane, a stone’s throw from Morrison’s. Through the hedge you can glimpse the upside-down steel hull of what looks like a small aircraft carrier. Actually, it’s Graham ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan’s get-away ship. From Virginia Cottage, the nerve centre from where he masterminds Stamford’s shipbuilding industry, Graham explains. “The Stamford by-pass was going to be built right here, which would have completely ruined the cottage. So, we thought we’d build ourselves a ship and sail away to a new life as water-gypsies.” RED TROUSERS - DECEMBER 2011

I thought I’d been married all these years to an unshockable woman. Until, that is, I went to Paul Richman and bought a pair of red trousers. Not just any red, but a true 7,000 Angstrom scarlet (non-techies would call it Pantone 032). “What in God’s name induced you to buy red trousers?” she gasped. Good question. Many men pride themselves on being immune to the vagaries of fashion, and look with contempt at the Sunday supplement ‘style’ sections. But. of course. that attitude is complete piffle. We are all slaves to fashion. Just think of wine: my father-in-law went to his grave never having bought or served a rosé. Men just didn’t. Scroll forward 20 years, fashions have changed, and now real men do drink rosé -- I’m reliably informed that it’s available in the SAS mess near Hereford. And so, it is with red trousers. Anyone with their finger on the zeitgeist will tell you that red

trousers are riding a fashion wave that has yet to crest. Whether the craze originated with Hussars, wine merchants or sex-obsessed gamekeepers, who wears red trousers today? An authoritative survey carried out in London recently identified four main groups: Fogies (24%); Toffs (48%); Hipsters (17%) and Eccentrics (11%). Only one surprise there – the rise of the Hipster. STAMFORD VS. STANSTED JULY 2013

Coaching inns, stabling, and related trades brought great prosperity to Stamford, and it soon became a key transportation hub of the East Midlands. Today we think of regional transport hubs in terms of aviation. But in terms of transport movements, Stamford at its coaching peak was as busy as Stansted today. This is quite a claim, but I believe it’s supported by the evidence. The Civil Aviation Authority publishes traffic movements for every UK airport. The top four are Heathrow (1262 per day), Gatwick (544), Manchester (356) and Stansted (315). So, Stamford (360 coach movements), displaces Stansted in today’s busyness stakes. Richard was also very active helping improve the fabric of the town, two notable achievements being his part in the All Saints’ sundial project and the re-landscaping of St Michael’s Churchyard. We will all miss him very much, and will forever feel enriched by his great company.

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