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At Classic we are passionate about creating a beautifully designed home for you to enjoy. We pride ourselves on providing superb customer service, whether it is for a kitchen or warm roof, through to windows, doors or just changing your fascia and soďŹƒts. If you are considering any home improvements contact us for advice and a free no obligation quote, or visit us and see what is on display in our Stamford showroom.

12 St Leonard’s Street, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2HN Tel 01780 654321 Email Open Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat 9am to 3pm

Rutland Terrace, Stamford £1,000,000

A stunning example of a town centre home maintained to a wonderfully high standard by the current owner. The property has well proportioned accommodation throughout comprising of: entrance hall, dining room with original sliding doors into the kitchen, utility room, wc and on the lower ground floor is a laundry room, study, store and guest bedroom with en-suite. To the first floor is the jewel in the crown for this property, a drawing room spanning the width of the property with two feature Juliette balconies offering reaching views over the Welland Valley. A further double bedroom and family bathroom is also on the first floor. On the second floor is the master bedroom with luxurious en-suite bathroom and a further single bedroom.  The rear of property offers an enclosed terrace on two levels capturing the sun and also allowing access to the large double garage.

Back Lane, Collyweston, £650,000

Lovingly converted in 2004, this beautifully presented Grade II Listed stone barn conversion is set in a tucked away rural location and comes with stunning westerly country views. Maintaining many features, the well thought out accommodation is centered on the spacious kitchen diner, which features granite work surfaces, making a real hub of the home. The remaining accommodation comprises of: utility room, cloakroom, good sized sitting room, a generous double master bedroom, with en-suite and walk-in wardrobe, a further guest bedroom with ensuite, study, two further bedrooms and family bathroom. There is zonal under floor heating, which is run off the gas fired central heating boiler as well as down lighters throughout the property. To the front of the property, which was formerly the livestock yard, is a graveled, stone walled garden with raised vegetable beds and numerous fruit trees, whereas to the rear is a raised patio area that provides stunning westerly views over the Welland Valley. Steps down lead to the mature lawn with flower borders, sunken garden area, pond and orangery. An open double garage provides parking to the front of the property. 3 star lane, stamford, lincolnshire, pe9 1ph | 01780 754737 | | 4 @sowdenwallis sowdenwallis sowdenwallis





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Contents March 2018


FASHION, HEALTH & BEAUTY 18 Mobile March 22 Flawless Faces new offers 24 Health & Beauty news: Alwalton Hall, Elysia, Earls & Pearls


Be inspired by where you live

Wedding Inspirations FA S H I O N , V E N U E S , C A K E S & M U C H M O R E

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Cover photo this month: The Wedding Room, St Mary’s Hill, Stamford. Photo by @StamfordLiving1 Stamford Living

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Local artists Through the keyhole: A Kettering property Mother’s Day Gifts Outdoor Living

WEDDINGS 37 38 45 46 49 50

Wedding Trends for 2018 Bridal Fashion Local Love Story Wedding Venues Heavenly Feast Attention to Detail


59 Food News 61 Tuddenham Mill, Suffolk


28 Victoria’s Page 54 Ask Leo – Corn Exchange Theatre 74 Lynette Ford, Stamford Shakespeare Company


62 UPP Property, French property law 65 Kent Blaxill colour, Stephenson Smart, Mojo Mobility 66 Perfect for the Home, St. James’s Place Wealth Management



Little Living Homes for pets The Burghley Hunt What’s On

Editor and Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Write to Stamford Living, PO Box 208, Stamford, PE9 9FY Advertisement Manager Claudia Bayley 01780 482828 Advertising Copy Rachel Beecroft 01780 765320 Head of Design Steven Handley Designers Sarah Patterson, Calum Handley Published by Local Living Ltd, PO Box 208, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 9FY Printed by Warners of Bourne Subscriptions; annual rate £25 (UK only). Please write to the Publisher at Local Living Ltd, with £25 cheque payable to Local Living, or go online to

experienced Staff and Volunteers with one main goal Award 150 to support the challenges of later life and help people winning stay happy, cared for and supported in their own homes Stamford, Bourne and The Deepings. local across Care Trust 1 Barnack Road, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 2NA charity Evergreen Tel: 01780 765900

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Picture of the month Stamford is starting to bloom Preparations for this year’s entry into the prestigious Stamford in Bloom (SiB) competition are well underway. Communal areas such as the Bus Station, Bath Row and the planters on the High Street have all been cleared, cleaned, weeded and prepped for planting thanks to the help of a band of dedicated volunteers. Anyone wanting to show general support of the SiB project can make a small donation (£2 minimum) and pick up a SiB label, complete with ribbons, designed to be hung on or around the front of your property to show your support for the project. Town residents are being asked to decorate their front entrances (porches/ gardens/front doors etc) in support of the overall SiB competition entry. It’s a chance to get creative with ideas which could include flower arrangements, garden tool arrangements, and other, more wacky ideas, to stage at the front of your property. Door fronts on the official route of the Stamford in Bloom competition will be judged and the winning creation will be awarded a magnum of champagne. For full details of this and an additional SiB competition, contact organiser, Ann Ellis e: Donations should be delivered to SiB, c/o The Town Hall, St Mary’s Hill, Stamford, PE9 2DR. Cheques payable to: SIB Barn Hill & All Saint’s Place Community Group or visit: www.facebook. com/StamfordinBloom.

Sponsor a Pot of Lavender! Why not dig deep and make your own contribution to the SiB project? A donation of £5 will sponsor a pot of lavender (which will be planted and positioned on Bath Row) as part of the SiB flower arrangements placed around the town. The target is to get a total of 100 sponsored pots. Donations can be made at The Wedding Room, on the corner of St Mary’s Hill, the Tourist Information shop or CallyCo on Stamford Walk. Payments can be made with cash or by cheque (see above for details). Nicholas Rudd-Jones, Editor





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After a turbulent 2017, the property market this year is in a much more stable and favourable condition according to Vernon Moore who shares his observations, plans and advice for homeowners.

What changes have you noticed within your business in the last twelve months? In some sectors of our business over 70% of buyers are from out of this region and there has been a major shift in the kinds of properties they are seeking. Initially, many out of region buyers were looking for large, country properties but thanks to our marketing campaigns which have reached out to commuters through our platform offices at Grantham and Peterborough, these buyers have been joined by those looking for family homes of all sizes as well as those downsizing for retirement. This means that any home in Rutland or Stamford could be of interest to buyers from central London and the South East which is an exciting opportunity – especially as these cash buyers are much more likely to pay the asking price. Moores: taking your home to the buyers. Our road show office will be across the country promoting our Country & Commuting Service: l March - Hertforshire l April - Bedfordshire l May - North London & Kings Cross l May - Move To The Country Exibition You hold ‘property surgeries’ and exhibitions across London and the South East – how do they work for Moores clients? I visit the offices of our partner agents in the South and showcase the Moores portfolio of property to clients who are interested in our region. I find that speaking to potential buyers personally and directly addressing their questions really helps galvanise them into making a trip to see this area for themselves. Our Premium Home Search team will then organise a visit, collecting buyers from the


railway station and chauffeuring them around to view properties tailored to their specification. We have great success through this very personal approach and have sold many ‘Country and Commuting’ homes this way. So many people are realising that with our great transport networks and lifestyle opportunities, they can commute easily whilst enjoying the benefits of releasing cash from their homes and buying here which equates to great value for money. Why is it important for local buyers to register their interest? Across the region, and in particular in Stamford, demand is so high we often sell homes without them ever being featured in the

local press or on line. We are finding that vendors in the villages between Stamford and Peterborough are having particular success marketing to commuters via our new Peterborough Platform office. It is vitally important for buyers to register their interest with us to avoid missing out on their dream home. For a valuation or advice on any aspect of buying or selling your property: Tel: 01572 757979 Oakham Team Tel: 01572 821935 Uppingham team Tel: 01780 484555 Stamford team Tel: 01664 491610 Melton Team Tel: 01476 855618 Grantham Team Tel: 01733 788888 Peterborough Team


Local Artists (part two) Spring has sprung – time for fresh art work to freshen up your home Selecting art for your home is an incredibly personal choice. Some people are inspired by provocative pieces which stimulate discussion; others prefer to display aesthetically pleasing art, which complements the style of their interiors. To me, in the home environment at least, the best art makes your heart sing every time you look at it, touch it, use it. I’m not just talking about paintings; updating everyday items (such as your crockery) with something truly beautiful can really help to enhance your mood. Who wouldn’t feel an extra spring in their step after sipping their morning coffee from a beautifully hand thrown mug? Who knows, perhaps the work of one of the talented local artists featured here will appeal to you. Rannveig Stone

Fenella Beauchamp ‘Painting is part of my DNA; I need to do it to nourish my creativity. My latest work has taken inspiration from the Golden Age of the Dutch Old Masters; I’ve created large still life paintings of flowers. This year, I’m going to combine this with screen printing onto the canvas, to add a more complex dimension to my work. ‘I absolutely love working on commissions; I thrive on the challenge of creating a beautiful piece of art for my clients. Commissions come from as far afield as Brazil, but if you don’t have the budget for an original painting, prints of my work start at £150. ‘I’d really like to do some more commissions and I love working with interior designers for their clients. In addition to paintings, I create iPad prints, which can be printed up to A1 size in very high resolution on watercolour paper, prices start from £85 for A3 prints.’

René Viner ‘I am a mixed-media artist who draws inspiration from nature’s forms and structures. The sky, a constant changing palette, is of particular interest to me. In 2018, the themes I’ll be working on will be impressions of landscape and the sky, as always. ‘I have a number of projects brewing which I hope to bring to life in 2018; I’m especially excited by my new ceramic Wall Art which is the perfect marriage of my paintings and ceramics. I will be participating in a group exhibition at the Stamford Art Centre later this year, so if you’d like to see my work in the flesh, please come along.’ Right: Untitled, Mixed Media on Acrylic 60 x 45mm, £500



Above: Landscape Wall Art. Glazed stoneware with 22ct gold leaf, mounted on 33 x 27cm, £120 Left: Selection of Wall Art. Ceramic Wall Art, Glazed stoneware, Mounted Size 15.5 x 15.5mm, £50 each

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Hot Air Balloon to The George

Lizzy Standbrook ‘I love painting big skies, trees, seaside scenes and I’m inspired to paint by the places I’ve been and the people I meet. I use watercolours in non-traditional ways - I never have liked colouring in the lines! I usually paint on large canvasses and then mix this with brightly coloured inks and metallic fabric paints. I use black inks and pens to draw over my paintings, giving them a sketchy, informal look and lots of movement and life. ‘One of the best things anyone has ever said about my work is “the more I look the more I see.”’

‘The core of my work is form and function. I work with traditional techniques to create stoneware ceramics that are a pleasure to use in everyday life. I’m continuously trialling new glaze combinations and usually use the reaction of two glazes to create a unique surface. My range of domestic stoneware ceramics is continuously evolving and is now available in four colours. The latest colour I have just launched is midnight blue. Prices range from £14 for a small jug to £45 for larger bowls. ‘This year, I’ll be exhibiting at The Stamford Pottery Market (May 6-7) and as part of Peterborough Open Studios later in the summer. My work is available through Gallery Stamford, Wistow Gallery, Cambridge Contemporary Crafts and Harriman & Co in Leicester.’

This beautiful lamp was created in collaboration with Stamfordbased screen printer Nicola Cliffe and is available from Madder Cutch & Co.

Debbie Boon ‘After graduating from Art College, I embarked on a career in graphic design, before working as a children’s book illustrator. This instilled in me the desire to create character within the painted image; an intention which is never far from the surface. ‘My work is inspired by two passions; the sheer joy of bringing a blank canvas to life through painting, and the delight gained from observing and representing the striking (and sometimes quirky) rural characters and vast blue skies of Eastern England. Whether depicting animals, people or places, I want to convey a deeply personal impression of each subject, through a progression of expressive paint techniques, colour, light and movement. ‘I create my work on canvas using heavy bodied acrylics with a rich, almost buttery texture and a variety of glazes. Working quickly at the initial stage to block in the main elements of the composition, I then layer my paints to create depth and vibrancy. I like my work to reflect the joie de vivre I feel when something captures my imagination.’ ‘Original Artwork, Artists Proofs and Limited Edition Prints are available from Collier & Dobson and Clarendon Fine Art. My coastal paintings of Norfolk are available through my website.’

CONTACTS Fenella Beauchamp 07599 773713 Lizzy Standbrook Art http://www.LizzyStandbrook. com lizzystandbrookart/ Debbie Boon Scotgate Studio 62 Scotgate, Stamford, PE9 2YB 07946 055159 A fabulous collection of local artists and photographers in all styles and subjects, including

Matthew Cutler, Photography by Gregorsky, AlbieArt, Katie Bevan, Susan Adlam, Sarah Jennings, Sam Marshall, Kay Johns, John Bangay, Rowan Clifford and Beach.

Gillian Durno 07961 608172 Facebook: Gillian Durno Paintings

Paul Mills Picture Framing 64 Scotgate, Stamford PE9 2YB 07760 176906 Stamford Gallery of Animation Art. Picture Framing, Canvas Printing, Mount Cutting, Poster design and print, bespoke typography art, photo printing and editing.

Karen Neale 07710 406967.

Katie Cardew katiecardewillustrations 07825 333136

René Viner Rob Fogell (Robert Fogell Gallery) 01780 762099 Robert Fogell Gallery, 23 High Street St Martin, Stamford, PE9 2LF Petra Wright 07879 633280 STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2018




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Classic Kitchen The Classic Stamford team were called in to help a Northamptonshire couple update their kitchen and dining room. The outcome is a light and spacious kitchen diner with practical solutions for storage, flooring, lighting and more. WORDS: AMANDER MEADE PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLI DEAN



Above: The bifold doors open out onto the patio Left: The cabinets all have pewter handles

“Our ethos at Classic is to provide top quality products and a truly excellent customer service which is normally lacking in the Home Improvement sector.” Dan Barford, Project Manager, Classic Stamford

STYLE NOTES: The kitchen units and appliances are all from Classic Stamford. Under unit lighting and dimmers for the spotlights ensure flexible lighting for any time of day. The practical limed oak style laminate flooring was chosen to keep the look light, modern and easy to maintain. The dining table and chairs are by Bo Concept and the walls are painted in ‘December Solstice by Valspar, £32 for 5 litres at B&Q.

Above: Timeless Shaker style cabinetry has ‘future proofed’ this kitchen for years to come Left: The dining area is filled with light from the Velux windows and full width bifold doors Right: Two chairs from the former conservatory provide a cosy nook for reading


AVING moved into their family home in 1994, Mr and Mrs B realised it was time to plan a programme of improvement to update the property now that their two grown-up sons had moved into homes of their own. When it came to the kitchen, the couple knew they were after a light, open plan room with a contemporary feeling but were at a loss as to where to begin. Mrs B spotted an attractive, well planned kitchen in some advertising by local design specialists, Classic Stamford. The couple invited Classic’s Project Manager, Dan Barford to visit in the hope he could provide a starting point. “Dan’s particular talent is being able to help the client visualise the end result,” explains Mrs B. “Not only could he predict how the space could be used but was able to provide us with fabulous computer generated images in under 48 hours so we could really see how the end result might look in detail.” The couple sensibly acquired two or three other quotes but chose Classic. “We were impressed by Classic’s efficiency and attention to detail,” remembers Mr B. “Classic had a team in place to co-ordinate and complete everything from ground work to the plumbing, heating and electrical work so we felt confident from the very start.” Before work began, Dan brought the whole construction team to meet Mr and Mrs B, to ‘walk’ the house and to make sure all plans were practical. Within a couple of hours, the couple had an outline of which activity was planned for each day, how it would impact them and who to expect on site which was very much appreciated. “We were combining three rooms into one, knocking down walls and everything that entails. The job was large and invasive but the team were always polite and jovial and we all sat down at the end of each day with a cup of tea to discuss the day’s progress and the plan for tomorrow which I found very reassuring,” adds Mrs B. Ten weeks later, a small dining room, dated kitchen and underused conservatory had been transformed into a bright, open kitchen diner with bifold doors leading out onto the patio. Mrs B loves her central island which provides a sociable focal point to the kitchen, as well as plenty of storage in the form of Shaker style cupboards painted in two shades of grey for timeless appeal. The couple entertain family and friends frequently at their stunning handmade extending table by Danish company, Bo Concept with matching two tone chairs by the same company. “We did get rid of lots of older furniture in favour of cleaner lines and a more contemporary feel for the new kitchen and it does feel lighter as a result,” says Mrs B. “We enjoyed our first family Christmas here last year with our sons and their partners and it was lovely to be so warm and cosy in the new kitchen with the snow outside; we are looking forward to having the doors open this summer and enjoying the warmer weather too.”

Contact Classic Stamford:

Established over twenty five years ago and priding themselves on superb customer service, Classic is firmly established as one of the largest independent home improvement companies in East Anglia. Not only do they have thousands of satisfied customers across the region, Classic is one of only 36 companies in the UK to have achieved a BSI Kite mark for installing windows and external doors. The firm is also a member of the Federation of Master Builders; has been endorsed by the Government Trust Mark scheme and is a FENSA Registered company. To find out more about all the home improvement services provided by Classic, contact the team at their Stamford showroom: 12 St. Leonard’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2HN. Tel: 01780 654 321 STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2018


Matriarchal merriment Sunday March 11th

Mothering Sunday is an extra exciting affair in our historic town; not only is it a day for all of our wondrous children to drop onto bended knees and thank us mercilessly for all that we do for them (ha ha) but it’s also the day the Mid-Lent fair rolls into town for the start of a thrilling week of adrenalin-filled evenings. Double excitement. Mother of three, Kate Cadman, chooses her top present ideas ...




Unique snood gift bag: Exclusive Ewe pattern and yarn (sumptuous mix of silk, mohair and cashmere) comes in a gift bag. Wool colours include: greys, pinks and blues - £24.95. Available from: Ewe Wool Shop: 4 Stamford Walk, PE9 2JE. 01780 763838.

Natural Beauty Pot bath salts: Made with 100% natural ingredients. Fragrances include: rose, seaweed and lime, lavender, calendula and lemongrass - £16 for 175g, box set of three 90g bottles - £40. Available from: Emma Cutmore - dress agency: 4 St Mary’s Passage, PE9 2HG. 01780 482870.

Selena star top: A Postcard from Brighton, long-sleeved printed top; comes in two sizes small-medium and medium-large - £60. Available from: Energy independent clothes shop: 9 Ironmonger Street, PE9 1PL. 01780 765 633. Mix ’n’ match mugs: Polish pottery mugs; come in two sizes - £11.95 (large) £9.95 (smaller); latest designs include Lazy Daisy, Tulip and Sunflower - dishwasher, microwave, oven safe. Available from: Country Traditionals - suppliers of traditional handcrafted Polish stoneware: 10A Maiden Lane, PE9 2AZ. 01780 755409.

A Two Birds vodka: 20cl or 70cl bottle; comes in a variety of flavours (my favourite is After Dinner Mint) - £12 for 20cl. Available from: Stamford Cheese Cellar - experts in artisan cheeses and fine wines: 17 St Mary’s St, PE9 2DG. 01780 489269.




OTHERING Sunday has been going for approximately 400 years and Stamford marks this weekend every year in an extra special way by welcoming in the Mid-Lent Fair. As the large lorries and trailers swoop into Broad Street and Bath Row, many mums are having homemade creations bestowed upon them by their beloved offspring. If the promise of an exciting trip to the fair isn’t enough to quell the Mothering Sunday madness, every fourth Sunday in Lent, fathers and their children have the ideal opportunity to mark their appreciation for the matriarchal figure in their lives by bestowing cups of tea in bed, hugs, kisses and of course the obligatory present. If you decide to opt for the retail option, Stamford has a plethora of independent outlets offering precious present procuring opportunities. There’s everything from bespoke jewellery to gardening paraphernalia and from exclusive beauty treatments to artisan food and drink to choose from. Some pertinent perfect potential parcels include:

Georgie Fenn writes: There are many treasures hiding away at the far end of Stamford’s town centre. We have the glorious Tobie Norris, The Wine Bar, a shop selling all sorts of rare books, beauty salons, and tucked amongst all of this is Miss Pickering’s flower shop. Upon entering you might actually think you’ve stumbled into someone’s unorganised but beautiful chaos but, don’t be fooled, it is indeed a flower shop. This March will be the 14th time that Miss Pickering has filled lucky Mother’s homes with carefully created bouquets of all shapes and sizes, to suit any individual and price budget. Miss Pickering has become a bit of a local celebrity to Stamford, along with the help of her celebrity whippet-cross Valentine. Miss P, as she is fondly known, has over 15,000 followers on Instagram and a big following from where she learnt her craft in London. If you’re keen yourself to learn more about the art of flower arranging, be sure to pop into Miss Pickering and ask about the flower workshops.

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The spotlight this month is on six mobile therapists and experts that work from home. Rebecca Chantrell met with them , to find out their reasons for flying solo and what the benefits are for you…

turned into friends. I always allow more time for treatments as I will go for one thing and end up doing their brows too”. Abi Schofield 07889 951383

Leanne Colby

Specialises in massage and facials “I have been a mobile beautician for over 7 years now. I love going to clients’ houses, so they can experience a bit of tranquillity in the comfort of their own home. A lot of my clients say to me that they like that they can be wearing their pyjamas, have candles lit in the living room and have relaxing music playing in the background. “I specialise in massage and facials but offer a range of different treatments as well. I find people are a lot more relaxed and chilled in their own environment. I understand that not everyone can get to a salon, for many reasons. I love massage particularly as I can see the benefits on my customers immediately. “I would always say to someone try a treatment in your own home. You don’t need to lift a finger. I have my music, my towels and my bed. All you need to do is make sure you are home!” Leanne Coleby 07599 908605

Laura ThomsonDunne Clean Beauty Mamas Specialises in Pre and Post Pregnancy

Left Leanne Coleby, middle Abi Schofield, right Laura ThomsonDunne and baby Rafe

Abi Schofield

Specialises in waxing, nails and tanning “I’m a home based and mobile beauty therapist. I have over ten years’ experience and have always worked in salons in Stamford until I had my little boy Arthur three years ago and decided to go it on my own. It works amazingly well as I’m very flexible with hours and I offer many convenient hours which salons don’t!



I have a lot of clients that work full time or have busy lives with children, so it works just as well for clients as it does for me. I do everything from waxing, lash extensions, gel nails, HD brows, threading and recently have invested in my Skinny Tan set up. Tanning on a mobile basis is fantastic, I’m so excited to be able to offer a professional spray tan at home (meaning no embarrassing dashes down the high street with no bra, trying to avoid the rain). I am obsessed with instant transformations so love what I do, many of my customers have

Why did you go clean when it comes to beauty? I have always had very sensitive skin and would always react to a lot of different products. When I started working at Aromatica when I was 18 (a lovely clean beauty boutique that used to be in Stamford) I was introduced to a world of new beauty products such as Dr Hauschka, Ren and Neom when I was 18. When using these products, I found my skin was so much better and was not reactive to these products so have never looked back! Clean Beauty products have really grown and improved, they’re not only way less toxic, they are made ethically and sustainably so protecting our planet also! So why did you choose to be mobile? I offer a mobile service, so mamas and mamasto-be can enjoy these holistic treatments in the comfort of their own home. Aromatherapy treatments are all encompassing and completely affect mind, body and soul; so rather than having to face the real world straight after your treatment you can relax on the sofa, have a bath (or go to

& BEAUTY Estelle Allen

Specialises in Reflexology

bed!) and carry on enjoying the benefits of the treatment. What are the benefits of massage during pregnancy? Although pregnancy is a wonderful time, many changes take place in the mother’s body as the baby develops. This can put strain and pressure on the joints, ligaments and organs, causing some pain and discomfort which massage can help alleviate. Research also shows that your baby can hugely benefit from massage, as feel good hor-mones (endorphins) are released and are passed onto baby. It’s always great when you can see/feel your baby moving during your treatment. What about after the baby arrives? Massage is superb for relaxation and stress reduction, a lot of postpartum concerns can be addressed through massage, such as better sleep, tension/pain relief from residual body aches from pregnancy, decreased swelling, mood elevation, improved breastfeeding. Laura at Clean Beauty Mamas 07399 591343

Estelle works from her beautiful home in Greetham and visits customers at their homes who are immobile, and regularly visits care homes. When your body and mind are out of kilter or you are suffering with stress, insomnia or anxiety and need to really switch off (like properly zone out and think of nothing else for a while), a reflexology facial could seriously help. This shouldn’t be mistaken for a normal facial - it’s very different - but the result is the same; your skin looks terrific and you feel recharged. Estelle, who has 11 years of experience in Reflexology, trained with Ziggie Bergman an award-winning reflexologist to the rich and famous; and she brings that expertise into your own home. I felt deeply relaxed after a few moments in Estelle’s company, she is incredibly knowledgeable. Estelle works on ten zones on the face that work through and rebalance the whole body. Different parts of the face correspond to parts of the body – the forehead is great for lymphatic drainage, the jawline for reproduction and hormonal. The actual technique Estelle uses is pressure point massage, placing her fingers on the specific point she delicately applies pressure and releases. Estelle explains that Reflexology is great for stress, children with behavioural problems and she has case studies of it even helping with conception. Estelle Allen 01572 811504 or 07921 138084

Lynsey Saker Be Well Massage & Holistic Beauty Specialises in holistic therapy “Having a business at home is a great thing. My clients benefit more as they receive a lot more of my time, I’m totally in control of timed appointments which I schedule. I also find offering the mobile option works well for people who are not so mobile, (I regularly visit people in care homes) or have young family members, they don’t have the worry of having to rush back home. Costs are more affordable to clients too as not paying rent on a room, and there is always a parking space on my drive that is free! “The treatments I offer are full body massage, Indian head massage, Thai foot and leg massage, neck, back and shoulder massage, reiki, crystal healing and the natural “facelift” facial massage. I believe in transforming gracefully, looking after our skin will eliminate the need for Botox and offers a natural alternative to dermal fillers.” I tried out Lynsey’s Natural Face Lift for myself. The massage promotes a kinder approach to helping you look and feel your best naturally. Lynsey uses a blend of effective techniques drawn from both Japanese massage and Indian face massage and incorporates techniques from Acupressure and facial Reflexology. I adored the treatment, I didn’t want it to finish! My skin had a freshness that you get after exercising. The reason was the intense circulation-boosting massage, pinching, rubbing, massaging and stimulating. The result after just one session is a refreshed skin tone and rejuvenated look. I will be completing a course so will report again on the end result! £45 per treatment. £225 For a course of six (6th session free of charge) Lynsey Saker, Be Well Massage and Holistic Beauty 07861 732792

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Sarah Woolf Specialises in foot care Sarah has runs a foot care clinic from home in Uffington and has been qualified for 15 years. Avril who recently underwent a hip replacement popped down to get her feet some TLC. Sarah says: “I fill a gap in foot health between medical procedures and pedicures and have tailored my treatments to include nail cutting, hard skin removal and all that you expect from a Chiropody/Podiatry appointment, with cuticle treatments, massage and nail painting, should you like a little treat afterwards. Initial consultations take a little longer than standard appointments, but it is here where I would discuss conditions and make a personal treatment plan from simple nail cutting to a full treatment concluding with nail enamelling”. Avril commented about her treatment: “Having always been able to do my own footcare, my feet had been rather neglected after hip replacement surgery; I was unable to bend and tend to them. Being able to walk to Sarah’s house in the village that I live was a real treat. I hadn’t had anyone do my feet before, so I was slightly apprehensive. Sarah was very welcoming and took me to her beautiful therapy room which has a gorgeous view over parkland. Sarah clearly loves her job, I felt instantly at ease and I wasn’t embarrassed at the condition at all. I will most certainly be popping back to see Sarah again.” Sarah Woolf, Uffington 01780 480750 or 07951 732618 STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2018



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Nicholas Rudd-Jones caught up with Neeta from Flawless Faces recently. She has had a busy year last year with the opening of Flawless Body, so we thought we would see what her plans were for this year.

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FTER an extremely busy Christmas, January is always a good time to take stock,” she told SL. “I have spent a lot of time speaking to clients and understanding what is important to them. There is a lot of economic uncertainty at the moment and spend on non-essential items is always a consideration. Clients love the fact that they can just walk to us if they are in town or park around the corner. They love the promotions we run and think our loyalty scheme is one of the most generous in Stamford.” Having known Neeta for the last 8 years it is always exciting to see what she is going to come up with next having built Flawless Faces into a thriving business from scratch as a mother of two young boys. “The town is growing. We have a number of new developments that are bringing new people to the town. Whilst for business owners this is a positive it also brings its challenges, such as more traffic. In some cases, people want to be in and out of town as quickly as possible and they have a to-do list of a number of things while they are here - my initial thoughts were how can we help and reduce the stress!” I thought we could spend the next hour just talking about this. I asked her about the new trends in the sector. “Lashes and the different types of lashes available seems to be growing by the day and so does the people offering the service. However, this is an art form and going on a course for a day does not make you an expert – it takes years of experience to ensure that they look as natural as possible. Secondly, I see that time is a premium for people - spending several hours getting treatments done is now for the few not the many.” So the obvious question was: What are you going to do? “Well!” she said, “there are three things we are planning: • “We are introducing an Express Lash & Brow Bar – we have always been the place for Brows and Lashes. But I don’t want to stop just there. We now have three individuals who can do threading in the authentic way (it used to be just me!). Along with all the other services we offer such as Waxing, Tinting, HD Brows, Lash Extensions, LVL and Russian Lashes we have also introduced Flawless Express Lashes these are applied quickly, give a great look and no patch test is required. • “Our Pick & Mix promotion that clients love will become a permanent feature of our Price List. We have packaged these in to a Gold (£25), Diamond (£40) or Platinum Mix (£60) where you can choose a selection of treatments saving you up to 40% on the overall price. • “Finally, we are introducing a Walk in/Book Same Day Service for the majority of our



Express Treatments. These are for clients who last minute want to get their nails painted, their Brows done or get a Blow Dry for instance. As these are subject to availability we will be offering these treatments at up to 30% off our normal prices. You can either Walk in, Book Online or Call on the day - it’s that simple!” It is great to see that Neeta has listened to her clients and taken to heart what they have said. We agree that time is becoming a premium and therefore the Express Treatments will be a great addition. For those wanting to book ahead, that provision still remains. We like the fact that promotions that clients value have been made a permanent feature. This in itself is a brave move, but Neeta is not one to shy away from big decisions. We get the feeling that if something is right for the client, she will find away of doing it. I like her continued focus on the customer and adapting her proposition to what customers are asking for. Above all she is recognising how people are living and how she can play her part in making client’s lives less stressful. In our discussion she continually talked about the team and how they worked together as a family unit. She continues to grow the team and shared that a recent role advertised attracted 108 applications – this says something in itself, she has got something very special and very right.

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Alwalton Hall celebrates first anniversary Alwalton Hall – the area’s newest beauty and wellness sanctuary – celebrates its first anniversary at the end of March – and is already planning to expand its range of services. The Hall – a stunning Georgian country house in Alwalton - provides a range of beauty and wellness treatments, and specialist skincare including the latest CACI non-surgical anti-ageing treatment. “Our first year has flown by for us and the positive feedback from clients has been fantastic,” said Maggie Jones. The Hall offers individual treatments or half and full day pamper packages including lunch or afternoon tea served in the dining room overlooking the five acres of stunning landscaped grounds. “As we head into the warmer weather, we will be re-opening our outdoor heated 15m swimming pool with spa pool and we will also be revealing an exciting new beauty offering in late March/ early April, we’ll be announcing more in the coming weeks,” added Maggie. To find out more about the new services being launched at Alwalton Hall, please visit the website and register to receive advance information. Visit: or telephone 01733 391166.

Skin Concerns Lisa of Elysia Health and Beauty is passionate about skin and helping clients achieve the best results possible whatever their concern. She comments “We’re seeing an increase in skin problems such as Acne that is common not just in teenagers but through to the late fifties as well as Rosacea. - Causes vary but fluctuating hormones, environmental issues, stress, diet and daily routine all have a massive impact on the skin with debilitating effects on appearance and confidence”. Lisa offers a range of treatment that effectively target, treat and improve and are suitable for all ages varying from LED Light Therapy, Laser Skin treatment to peels – the treatments target bacteria and inflammation without damaging surrounding tissue delivering excellent results. She advises on forgetting harsh over- the- counter self- prescribed productsprescribed products that can actually make the problem worse as they often make the skin more reactive and strip the barrier function. Call Lisa for information regarding treatments and book a consultation. The salon has skin analysis technology so that results can be clearly monitored. Elysia Health and Beauty, Tansor, Oundle, PE8 5HP Tel 01832 226328 or 07879 620196



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A collection of James Bond memorabilia is just one of the fascinating lots going under the hammer this month at the family-run Stamford auction house. Alysia Anderson investigates.


his month, Batemans Auctioneers on Ryhall Road is holding an exciting sale of James Bond memorabilia. The lot will occupy a special section of the 3 March sale at 11am, one of Batemans’ regular monthly sales of fine art, antiques and collectibles. Items include film posters, toys, models and an almost entire collection of first editions, among them Casino Royale, the 1953 novel in which 007 first made an appearance. Batemans was founded in 2001 by Ron Bateman and his daughter Kate, and is still a thriving family business. Today, it is run by Managing Director and Valuer Greg Bateman who took over the helm seven years ago. Ron is still very much involved as a Director and Senior Valuer, while fellow Director Kate can often be seen valuing items on popular BBC antiques programmes such as Bargain Hunt and Flog It!

A LICENCE TO THRILL Alongside the many books and movie memorabilia in the James Bond sale are intriguing items such as a pair of shoes that belonged to Roger Moore (a gift from the actor to the vendor’s brother), a gold-plated special edition model Aston Martin DB5 and a 1966 game in which players must retrieve a suitcase containing a secret formula from the centre of the board! Greg Bateman says: ‘This is a rare and fascinating collection, guaranteed to excite fans of 007. We’re

thrilled that the glamour and intrigue of the world’s most famous fictional spy will be visiting Batemans this month.’ The evening before the sale, on Friday 2 March, Batemans is holding a special James Bond-themed evening viewing from 5-7pm, with drinks served (shaken not stirred, naturally) and the staff dressed to thrill.

attic could reap rewards, it seems! In the forthcoming sale, highlights include a pair of unusual torchères (tall ornamental stands) with columns formed of narwhal tusks, and a 2.5 carat diamond solitaire bar brooch.


As well as highly valuable treasures such as these, Batemans offers many affordable HIDDEN TREASURES items for sale. For example, you can pick up Batemans sells around 10,000 lots each antique wooden furniture at prices similar year and its monthly sales are hugely to their modern flat-pack equivalents yet entertaining spectacles, thanks to the with so much more quality and history to witty auctioneering style of valuer David them. Such pieces will add a special touch Palmer, a familiar face at Batemans for a to your home and become collectable decade. The monthly Saturday afternoon rather than forgettable. sales feature a wide collection of ceramics, paintings, silver, gold, jewellery, The staff at Batemans possess a wealth objets d’art, furniture and rugs. Other of specialist knowledge between them, specialist sales are held throughout ranging from jewellery, textiles and the year for collectables such as toys, silver to militaria (antique arms and militaria, books and vintage wine. armour) and Chinese porcelain. All are happy to advise clients on single items Highlights from last year’s sales and large collections alike. Free verbal included a Cadbury’s gold Conundrum valuations are available in person on egg which sold for an impressive Mondays and Fridays between 10am £20,640 (all prices quoted include the and 4pm, or photos of items can be 20 per cent buyer’s premium, ie the emailed for an estimated valuation. commission); an 18th-century Chinese Batemans also offers free home visits mutton fat jade dish for £13,200 and to view and value larger items. a set of Chinese cloisonné enamel stem cups for £12,600. However, a Batemans Auctioneers, The Saleroom, new auction record was set with the Ryhall Road, Stamford PE9 1XF Tel: 01780 766466. sale of a pair of 1930s Cartier diamond Website: earrings for a staggering £32,400. A Email: rummage round your grandparents’ 27

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TAMFORD is a terrific place for new finds and discoveries. Each lane and walk can bring you to a boutique selling just what you were looking for! Emma Cutmore & Dress Agency is one of those places. Tucked away on St Mary’s Passage, the company ethos is based around British design and manufacture, using ethically sourced and natural products. I am particularly fond of the pretty glazed pottery from Interlude Ceramics based in Cumbria and the fantastic range of Sweet William designs (perfect gifts for the pooch in your life!) I have also been able to utilise the Dress Agency upstairs when I rehomed some beautiful Alice Temperley dresses... it is a superb initiative for those wishing to create some space in their wardrobes as well as those looking for designer clothing minus the original price tag! For more info follow on Instagram @emmacutmore or call on 01780482870 I recently visited the Stamford Garden Centre on hearing that they have a car wash (!) little did I realise that the café/restaurant is one of the cosiest places to enjoy breakfast on a Saturday morning. While I left my car to be cleaned, I was able to take time over a delicious breakfast sat next to a roaring wood burner. The friendly team are wonderful with customers and make everyone feel very welcome. A competitive menu on choice of food and price, it certainly is worth a visit. Friends have dined at other times of the day when roast dinners have been served and assure me that it is a lovely place to eat with family and friends. If like me you are a fan of seafood, then I urge you to visit Stamford on a Wednesday or Saturday. The smiliest man on the High Street, Colin Thomsen (of C.J. T Fisheries 07739466414 who can be found opposite Sophie 28


Allport’s store, sells the most amazing array of fish. Colin offers free home delivery and will reserve items and specific quantities for customers. I can highly recommend the scallops, which I sear and serve with a pea purée (when I am feeling domesticated!).

My favourite discoveries are always the unexpected ones and they are in abundance in our stunning area. When you are next out and about, keep a look out for this cute cake cupboard in Knossington - perfect for a treat whilst out walking or to take home to accompany your afternoon tea!


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Deep breath and get ready to shake off the winter blues with some calm and relaxation. We love the fact Baby Nomad in Stamford offer family yoga sessions each month where you can all have fun together while releasing some tension and enjoy some bonding time. The wonderfully-tolerant Julie creates a beautifully calm environment, even allowing for the odd disruption caused by (my own) boisterous toddler! She holds regular classes, ranging from pre and post-natal yoga and baby massage to occasional workshops in essential oils and family massage. Check out the timetable and book classes at One must for your diary this month is the party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the adventure playground at Belton House. This is a favourite place to visit for Toby and Freya who always make a beeline for the play area. Understandable, as this is the National Trust’s largest outdoor adventure playground and has a vast array of things to

capture their imaginations; to climb over, jump through and swing on, not forgetting the ever-popular train rides. Half an hour up the A1 near Grantham, this is a brilliant place for children of all ages with lots of family-friendly attractions including the discovery centre, café, maze and all the parkland where you can bring a ball to kick about, or your own picnic. Celebrations for the anniversary take place on Thursday March 29 with Blue Peter’s Peter Purves who officially opened the playground back in 1978. There will be face painting, outdoor theatre, bush craft and archery among the activities on offer. The event is free but the usual admission charges apply. 01476 566116

Spring has sprung! And no more so than at Rutland Farm Park in Oakham. My two adore visiting all the animals and riding the toy tractors in the play area.This is a wonderful, authentic farm experience which lets you get an up-close view of all the typical farm animals and even some Shetland ponies and llamas as well. A perfect family trip, especially if you have a soft spot for woolly lambs and little calves at this time of year. There is a lovely tea room for a drink or bite to eat and Freya was kept occupied by the supply of farm-themed books to read while you wait. A family ticket costs £16 and it’s free for those under 3. For pigs, goats, alpacas and a healthy dose of mud, look no further. Rutland Farm Park, Uppingham Road Oakham

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With the first hint of Spring Louise Goss seeks out some outdoors fun, Mother’s Day ideas and… baby animals, with the help of her little adventurers, Toby and Freya.

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With Easter on the horizon and Mother’s Day around the corner (Sunday March 11), we found the ideal spot to unleash our inner artists and come away with some home-made gifts to boot. At Bourne’s Paint-A-Pot Place Toby had great fun choosing his paints and having a turn with all the different brushes and sponges to decorate his plate. This is something the adults can enjoy too with a huge array of pottery items to choose from. Freya spent a happy time in the toy area while her brother created his masterpiece, but they both enjoyed getting their hands mucky to make a special handprint plate – a perfect memory or gift idea. Payment is per item with no added studio fees. Paint-A-Pot Place, West Street, Bourne, 01778 420409

For great service and a family meal with a little Italian flair, we love The Blue Bell pub in Easton on the Hill. Children are well looked after and can choose from the main menu, or they are always prepared to rustle up a delicious spaghetti bolognese, which goes down a treat with Freya! Their large outside area is fab for sunny days too. They will be offering a few more sittings for their Mother’s Day menu and you can be assured of a generous Sunday roast any other time. Book a table: 01780 763003



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Reliable primula and muscari herald spring with a welcome splash of early colour. Once they are settled, muscari will spread like wildfire. If you didn’t plant bulbs in the autumn, they are available from the plant stalls at Stamford market. I like to put a few in temporary vintage containers and bring them inside for a longer lasting alternative to cut flowers. Once you’ve had enough of them indoors, plant outside to enjoy next year.

Whilst you’re waiting to get properly busy outside again, take a trip to Brightwater Gardens at Saxby, Lincolnshire, to see a true garden of the 21st century, which combines traditional elements with a modern sensibility. There’s just time to catch the quarter of a mile winter walk (until Sunday March 4) with 40,000 winter irises, snowdrops, willows, flame-stemmed dogwoods, pleached red-twigged lime trees and ghostly white Himalayan birch. Warm up with tea and cake in front of the log fire in the hay barn afterwards. £5 entrance fee. Bright Water Gardens, The Garden House, Saxby LN8 2DQ. Tel: 01673 878820

TWIGGY SPRING WREATH You will need: • Some thin, whippy branches such as willow or honeysuckle • Pussy willow stems • Primroses • Small wooden eggs (try Rapport at 3, St Mary’s Street, Stamford) • Florists’ wire • Raffia

What to do: 1. Take a few of the thin branches and carefully fashion them into a circle, fastening at the top with thin florists’ wire. It’s easier if you start with a couple of branches, as some are more flexible than others. You can add more as you go along if you like a thicker wreath, fixing with wire as you

proceed. 2. Once the circle is firmly secured, add your choice of spring flowers, twining in some pussy willow, and threading some eggs and, as a temporary decoration, some primrose heads. Fix in place with wire. 3. Add a raffia loop at the top and hang in a window or on a door.

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A vertical garden With outside space at a premium for many people, the Living Wall is one garden trend that looks like staying around. It may look complicated, but Dobbies have come up with an easy way to get the look by selling planters which are specially adapted for the purpose. You can build your wall on any solid wall or fence. In our photo, wood has been used to create a custom wall that can be moved from room to room but you can build straight on to the side of your house, a garden fence or even a sturdy shed. Screw in rows of 5cm by 2.5cm treated battens 38cm apart to fill the space, checking with a spirit level as you go to make sure they’re straight. Now screw in the planters. Using an electric screwdriver and working from the bottom up, attach the plastic planters to the battens. You can then click and lock the planters into each other and build up your wall in staggered rows. Starting at the top, water your wall with a hose or watering can. The reservoir system is designed to keep plants watered for up to two weeks. Fill the planters with your chosen plants (try Carex ‘Evergold’, Heuchera ‘Boysenberry’ and Ficinia ‘Ice Crystal’) using 12-13cm pots and either remove the plants from their pots and plant them in the planters, or to make changing the scheme really easy, place the pot directly into each planter, making sure the pot touches the reservoir base. Dobbies has this

advice for success with a living wall. • If you’re attaching your green wall to the side of a house, attach a waterproof membrane to the wall before you begin, to prevent damp. • If you choose to take your plants out of their nursery pots and plant them directly into the planters, use one of their specially designed filters under each plant, to stop leaves blocking the reservoir outlet. • This specific system needs watering around every two to three days, depending on climate (unless you’ve chosen to add an automatic irrigation system), more in summer - check by sticking a finger into the soil to see if the compost is dry. • If you’ve chosen flowering plants, snip out faded flowers to encourage more later in the season. Foliage plants such as heucheras and ferns should be tidied up by snipping off tatty leaves, as needed. Annuals, in particular, benefit from a liquid feed every couple of weeks in summer, although any display that’s in place for any length of time will need feeding to keep it looking its best. On sale from March, Dobbies Living Wall Planters cost £9.99 each (each one holds three plants) Offer price, £7.99 each for three or more planters. For more information visit Phorpres Way, Cygnet Park, Peterborough PE7 8NY.




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Wedding trends for 2018 From the colour violet to romantically embellished dresses and from artistically painted cakes to transparent decorations, this year’s wedding trends continue to mix the heritage with the contemporary, writes Rebecca Chatterton. Read on to find inspiration for your big day.




The dress

Minimal dresses are still in vogue but with bigger skirts and whimsical additions such as full-blown sleeves, capes and subtle, romantic silk flowers. Expect to see touches of colour added to accents on dresses this year, in particular black! Bring drama to your dress with a black velvet belt or bow.

Hair trends

This year, the look for hair is predicted to be low key – instead of a formal chignon, consider wearing your hair in a loose braid or down with natural, soft curls. Go for fairy-tale flowers and lace woven through a half-up, half-down style for a really dreamy look.

Styles for invitations: from marble-effect to metallic

What better way to announce your date than on beautiful handmade paper and using the latest look? Marble-effect designs or watercolour washes are predicted to be the background for many invites in 2018, with metallic lettering enduringly popular. Contemporary geometric designs are bang on trend too.

Fashions in decoration

Transparent materials are set to be a big thing, with glass and acrylics providing an elegant background for flowers and accessories. You’ll see this look used from “ghost” chairs to translucent marquees. What better excuse for



choosing to stage your day in a glasshouse or orangery? As with the trend for invitations, marble-effect details add elegance and are predicted to appear everywhere from place names to dance floors.

Floral favourites

Bridal bouquets are still expected to follow the trend for free form, with greenery still a strong influence, as it was in 2017; this year, however, sees the addition of overblown blooms such Chinese dogwood. Flower walls and arches still make dramatic statements and provide stunning backdrops for photos, but another fashion is the use of exotic houseplants to dress the venue.

Ultra Violet

Pantone’s 2018 “Color of the Year” – Ultra Violet – is set to be everywhere: in floral arrangements, in other decorations and for bridesmaid dresses. Pantone describes it as “a blue-based purple that is enigmatic and complex, and suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead and the discoveries beyond where we are now”.

Themes for the big day

Adopting a theme is an effective way of tying the day together. With a Royal Wedding this year, the quintessentially English look is expected to stay firmly in fashion. Expect Meghan’s choices to influence weddings taking place after her own marriage to Harry in May.


Show-stopping cakes

Let your imagination run riot with your wedding cake and choose from countless wonderful styles. Trends predicted this year include painted cakes, including fabulously artistic ones covered with Monet-inspired splashes of colour. Add gold leaf and iridescent pigments for a glamorous look, or swathe cakes in flowers and aesthetically pleasing fruit such as figs for a romantic effect – this kind of fruit suits an autumn wedding especially well.

The feast

When it comes to feeding your guests, ideas for what to eat and how to deliver it are predicted to be as eclectic as ever. The fashion for funky food vans, pop-up stalls and other similarly quirky choices shows no sign of abating. Opting for locally sourced food – fare “from farm to table” – is right on trend. Additionally, try cocktails inspired by the Great Gatsby for that extra touch of glamour.

Gift-giving trends

Traditional wedding lists now include items such as popcorn makers and coffee machines as well as “experiences” that the couple can share together. If the question is posed appropriately (with sensitivity or with alternatives, perhaps), it seems increasingly acceptable to ask for contributions to the cost of the honeymoon. Suggesting guests donate to charity instead of buying a gift is, of course, always an option. STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2018


Bridal fashion Buying your wedding dress is incredibly exciting and we are lucky to have some fantastic bridal boutiques on our doorstep. Fashion stylist Sally Stillingfleet is not alone in feeling it’s still all about the dress!

Vow Bridal Gallery

Little can be more exciting for a bride than going wedding dress shopping, but it can be daunting. Lisa, owner of bridal boutique Vow in Wansford (voted Best Bridal Boutique in The English Wedding Awards 2016 and 2017), says that her first comment to brides is “Don’t panic! We’re here to make the experience of finding your perfect dress as rewarding and enjoyable for you as possible. “We want brides to remember the experience with us as much as they love the dress,” she continues. “We appreciate it’s one of the biggest decisions of the whole wedding and we want to make it as straightforward as possible. We’ll guide you through each stage, helping you assess what is right for your body shape as well as your style and personality.” At Vow there is a great range of different dress styles from designers around the world, and you can enjoy them all in beautiful relaxing surroundings with natural light in the bridal room. Designers: Kenneth Winston, Ella Rosa, Theia, Diane Harbridge, Sadoni, with some dresses by Sanyukta Shrestha and Terry Fox. Also including lace sarees and saree-inspired dresses by Ramani.



Anna Couture

Anna spent 20 years in the fashion and film business before relocating to Stamford from London and setting up Anna Couture. From her delightful shop, tucked away on Stamford’s St Mary’s Street, she specialises in bespoke wedding and bridesmaid dresses (also in ocassionwear), as well as stocking wedding shoes and offering an

alteration service. Anna’s experience in film production has given her a fabulous sense of style, creativity and old-style Hollywood glamour. Take time to chat through ideas with her and let her create your perfect bespoke gown or bridesmaid dresses. Designers: Rainbow shoes, Chanticleer, Forever Unique.

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Laura and Rachel are relatively new to Stamford, having established themselves in Peterborough. “It just seemed right for us to open here,” Laura explained. Rachel has been in the wedding industry for over 20 years, offering bridesto-be a unique experience and a high-quality service, while Laura has been in the industry since she was 14 years old, working as a Saturday girl in a local bridal boutique, before training as a dressmaker and joining Rachel four years ago to form The Wedding Room. “Together we are a great team and have a fantastic group of ladies working with us to help brides. We offer a laid-back approach to helping brides – we just try to guide them and offer advice to find the ONE! We are lucky in that we have a huge variety of designs and styles for clients to try on. We always advise brides to remain open minded – the dress they usually love is the one they didn’t want to try on!” Designers: Pronovias of Barcelona, Maggie Sottero, Callista, Eliza Jane Howell, etc. Â STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2018


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Abigail’s Oakham atelier, run by Abigail and her husband Matt and voted Best Vintage Wedding Dress Supplier at the National Vintage Awards 2013, is perfect for savvy brides wanting something vintage and unique. Abigail has acquired over 200 dresses from the late 19th century (the earliest is around 1890) to the mid-1960s, and, within reason, they can be altered to fit. This is where the magic begins – Abigail trained in Theatre, Screen and Costume Interpretation, so getting to grips with period clothing is her absolute speciality. Check out her website, where you can get lots of inspiration. Don’t miss the gorgeous “Past Perfects Real Brides” section, showing brides (such as Roisin McGrory, seen here) on their wedding day.

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Amanda Caroline offers a bespoke service directly to clients (by appointment only), most of whom are brides and wedding guests. She can create a real statement piece or something subtle. Her aim is to create a design that suits each bride or member of the bridal party and complements an outfit beautifully. When working on The Bridal Collection Amanda Caroline takes inspiration from both vintage and contemporary styles. Every item she makes is hand-crafted with great attention to detail. Featuring decoration from leaves made of embroidered lace to individually handmade petals, many of the pieces exhibit Amanda Caroline’s love of textiles and embellishment, reflecting the fact that she studied textile design.

• Don’t be tempted to bring too many people along for a fitting – as lovely as your friends and family are, it can be overwhelming to have lots of opinions. It is your dress and you have to feel right in it. There will be follow-up appointments, if other people need to be included. • It’s never too early to start, as styles and trends in bridalwear don’t change as quickly as high-street fashions. • Be open minded – you might be surprised by the look and style you end up choosing. DIRECTORY Abigail’s Vintage Bridal, Oakham, 07729 888751 to book an appointment, Amanda Caroline Bridal, 07811 167816 (only by appointment), Anna Couture, 17c St Mary’s Street/Cheyne Lane, Stamford, 01780 765174, https://en-gb. Vow Bridal Gallery, 26–30 London Road, Wansford PE8 6JE, 01780 783607 (appointments recommended), The Wedding Room, 31 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, 01780 480004 (appointments advised), STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2018


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Local love story Bio scientist James and accountant Alix met on a night away in Leeds that James had been persuaded to attend by his friend who worked with Alix. Three years later, James proposed during a surprise weekend away in Berlin. After moving into their home together and having their son, Harry, they set about planning a winter wedding. PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLI DEAN

The mood: We decided to embrace the cold and planned a relaxed, personal day with plenty of fun, especially as lots of children were attending.

The ceremony: Crowland Abbey (in the parish in which Alix’s parents live), with choir and church bells.

The palette: Shimmering whites with touches of silver and grey, accompanied by twinkling fairy lights, flickering tea lights and sparkly silver candelabras.

The reception: The Barn at Barnsdale Lodge. Guests were welcomed to a beautifully dressed room with a warming Winter Pimm’s, followed by a three-course meal of hearty comfort food. The children had activity packs, which included games, and the sweet-toothed bride put jars of her favourite candy on a dressing table provided by Lola Rose. Instead of favours, money was donated to the Alzheimer’s trust. The table plan was inspired by the periodic table (a nod to James’s profession), and the couple also provided a photo booth with props and a Polaroid camera for guests to take snaps. Guests were encouraged to leave messages in a dictionary, circling a word to best describe the couple, and to write notes on wooden love hearts. A string trio played throughout the drinks reception and dinner, then the band (The Aesthetic) struck up and kept the dance floor filled throughout the evening.

The dress: A classic A-line, ivory, beaded wedding dress with lots of detail, complemented by a cathedral-length veil and pearl earrings. The bridesmaids: They wore silver multiway dresses that allowed them each to show off their individual style. The flowers: Alix’s hand-tied bouquet and all the flowers were created by Rebecca from Parsons and consisted of large-headed white and ivory roses, white freesias, white and ivory spray roses, brunia berries, senecio foliage and eucalyptus, with ivory ribbon and pearl pins. The bridesmaid’s bouquets were pretty gypsophila, and the flower girl had a flower crown using the same flowers as in the bride’s bouquet. The groomsmen had sprigs of gypsophila as their buttonholes. In the church an arch of passifloras complemented the flowers in the bride’s bouquet.

The photographer: We were aware of Elli through this magazine, as James’s mum [a designer at Local Living] has worked with her many times. She completely captured the whole day fabulously.

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Wedding venues

From romantic waterside follies to Michelin-starred countryhouse hotels, there are some extraordinarily beautiful places to get married in our local area. Rebecca Chatterton takes a look…

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Barnsdale Hall Hotel

Barnsdale Hall is set in beautiful parkland opening out onto Rutland Water and licensed to hold indoor and outdoor civil ceremonies for up to 140 guests. Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering or a large celebration, its reception rooms and gardens provide the flexibility to create your perfect wedding from formal drinks party to a relaxed evening BBQ or hog roast. Barnsdale Hall Spa is on hand for pampering and pre-wedding hair and make-up packages for brides and bridesmaids. Nr Oakham LE15 8AB, 01572 757901,

Barnsdale Lodge

Situated near Rutland Water’s north shore, Barnsdale Lodge enjoys outstanding vistas across the surrounding countryside, providing a wonderfully picturesque setting. The lodge was originally a 17th-century farmhouse on the Exton estate, and its attractive buildings have been transformed into a 44-bedroom hotel and restaurant that can accommodate between 20 and 180 guests and is licensed for ceremonies. The gardens are lovely, with the option of croquet on the lawn and a swing for children. GLOW salon is on site for hair and beauty needs. Should anyone wish to make a very grand entrance, there’s even a landing area for a helicopter. The Avenue, Oakham LE15 8AH, 01572 724678, 46


Burghley House

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Fort Henry

Hambleton Hall

Burghley’s fairy-tale Tudor architecture and glorious Capability Brown landscape create a magnificent backdrop for a wedding. The house has three licensed rooms, and there are four wedding packages to suit a range of budgets and numbers – whether your plans include a civil ceremony, reception with canapés or wedding breakfast. Parts of the estate open for weddings include the intimate lakeside Summerhouse (for up to 20 guests), the historic Old Kitchen, the picturesque Rose Garden, the elegant Orangery and the opulent Great Hall. Note that there are some limitations on days that the house is available for weddings – see website for details. Stamford PE9 3JY, 01780 752451, Civil ceremonies for up to 70 guests can be held in the exquisite Fort Henry, a mock-gothic fishing folly built in 1788 for Henry, Earl of Gainsborough. A range of options for wedding receptions are also offered and both the private catholic chapel at Exton Park and Exton’s Church of England church of St Peter and Paul are nearby, should you wish to have a religious ceremony. For larger receptions, a marquee can be erected in the grounds. Options also available in conjunction with Barnsdale Lodge. Gorgeous. Exton Park, Oakham LE15 8AN, 01572 812208,

A classic Stamford choice, this historic coaching inn makes an impressive setting for a town wedding, with wonderful appeal all year round. It has four rooms licensed for civil ceremonies, each with its own character and style, ranging from the intimate King Charles Room (up to 20 guests) to the Henry Whincup Room (max. 50 guests). For wedding breakfasts, options include the oakpanelled dining room for up to 110 guests and even a marquee on the picturesque lawns with a capacity of seating 150 to 200 guests. The hotel has 47 en-suite bedrooms, making it a great option if you have a lot of guests who need to stay overnight. 71 St Martins, Stamford PE9 2LB, 01780 750750, One of Britain’s finest country house hotels, Hambleton Hall sits on the peninsular with stunning gardens and incredible views over Rutland Water. Oozing elegance and class, it provides an exclusive wedding venue for up to 60 guests and is licensed for ceremonies. The exquisite creations from the kitchen of Michelinstarred chef Aaron Patterson, coupled with the wine cellar headed by sommelier Dominique Baduel, make this a gastronome’s wedding heaven. An impeccable choice. Hambleton, Oakham LE15 8TH, 01572 756991,

Barnsdale Lodge Photo: Elli Dean

Kilworth House Hotel

Photo: Elli Dean

Hothorpe Hall

Hothorpe Hall is a magnificent, historic country house catering for civil ceremonies and dining for up to 110 guests and up to 200 for the evening reception. It’s a classic, elegant venue and an excellent choice if you need to accommodate large numbers in your party. A stylish option. Theddingworth, Leicestershire LE17 6QX, 01858 881500,

Kilworth House Hotel

Set amid 38 acres of rolling parkland in rural Leicestershire, the elegant Italianate, late 19thcentury Kilworth House offers the whole package for your fairy-tale wedding, whether you have 20 or up to 200 guests. It has a licence for the civil ceremony, a range of beautiful rooms for the reception, a two AA Rosette restaurant and a large number of luxurious rooms to house the bridal party and guests. Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth LE17 6JE, 01858 880058,

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Oakham Castle Photo: Elli Dean

The Woodlands

One of the most iconic buildings in the region offers a romantic setting for a civil ceremony right on the water, with space for up to 100 guests. Registrar availability needs to made in addition to booking the church. A trip on Rutland Belle could add to the fun! A local classic! South Shore, Rutland Water LE15 8RP, 01780 686800,

Oakham Castle

An oasis of peace in the heart of Oakham with its atmospheric Norman Great Hall, 12th-century sculptures and a unique collection of ceremonial horseshoes, Oakham Castle provides one of the most impressive heritage venues in the area. It can hold up to 120 people for civil ceremonies and 90 people for evening receptions. This ancient building takes guests back in time while still offering all the benefits of Oakham beyond its extensive grounds. (The gardens are great, too, if you’ve got lots of children at the wedding and you need somewhere for them to run off steam. They can learn all about royal history while they’re indoors, too.) Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DR, 01572 758440,

Rushton Hall

Set in 25 acres of beautiful grounds, the 16thcentury Grade I-listed Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa makes a magnificent setting for a wedding and is licensed for civil ceremonies. Highlights include its romantic new Orangery, which can host up to 280 guests for a wedding breakfast. Crystal chandeliers, high ceilings and beautiful large windows with views onto the gardens make this a spectacular venue. At time of printing, the 4 Red Star Hotel’s restaurant was the only one with 3 AA rosettes in Northamptonshire. Nr Kettering, Northamptonshire NN14 1RR, 01536 713001,

Rutland Water Golf Course

This venue offers views towards Rutland Water, a marquee-lined barn for up to 180 guests or a balconied function room for a smaller affair. Lodge Farm, Oakham LE15 8HB, 01572 737149,

The William Cecil

Standing on the edge of Stamford, with the celebrated Burghley Estate as its neighbour, The William Cecil is licensed for civil ceremonies. Events can take place inside in one of their stylishly designed, historic reception rooms, or the happy couple can say “I do” in the quintessentially English and romantic Garden Pavilion, set in gorgeous gardens. St Martins, Stamford PE9 2LJ, 01780 750070,

The Woodlands

For an enchantingly whimsical, nature-inspired vibe (“Rustic Luxe”), The Woodlands is perfect. You can hold your ceremony outdoors at The Hideaway, an idyllic licensed space nestled by the River Welland. If the weather proves inclement, you can move inside The Woodlands, where floor-to-ceiling glass keeps the woods in sight. There’s room for 60 seated or 150 for a reception. Guests can stay in one of the lodges, and the bridal suite is a treehouse. Magical! Theddingworth, Leicestershire LE17 6QX, 01858 881500, STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2018



Heavenly feast A wedding is a marvellous excuse for some fabulous food and a slice of happiness in the shape of cake. Rebecca Chatterton takes a look at some of our talented local suppliers.


HETHER you’d like a street-food van at your wedding or a laid-back hog roast or BBQ, or you’d prefer to sustain your guests with cuisine in the more traditional style, rest assured that there’ll be a local supplier to cater to your needs and create a bespoke menu that’s just right for your perfect day. With cakes, too, the options seem endless, and the marvellously creative bakers in our region will do their all to bring your dream sweet fancies to life, whether you want vintage-style cupcakes, a trendy naked cake or something alternative such as a cake made of tiers of cheese. Key practical things to consider include how many portions you’ll need to serve, whether your cake will also act as the dessert at your wedding breakfast, how it will be displayed, and whether or not you’ll need to involve your florist in the preparation – a good option for showstopping effect. And, of course, there’s the issue of the flavour you’re going for – what better excuse to make appointments for tastings with several bakers to find out for sure what you like best.

Audrey’s Bespoke Caterers

Audrey’s offers bespoke catering at your chosen venue throughout areas including Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. All menus are written for each customer, based on requirements. Sourcing local ingredients, Audrey creates beautiful bespoke afternoon teas presented on grand tiered stands, handcrafted canapés, fork buffets and posh hog roasts. 07969 108083,

Otters Fine Foods

The Cheese Wedding Cake from Otters Fine Foods is a magnificent thing to behold and something guests won’t forget in a hurry. Deli staff are on hand to help the bride and groom sample a wide selection of cheeses and create a tailored tower combination that is spectacular and delicious. They say “Black Bomber is always a favourite”, but go, taste and decide for yourself. Catering for 30 to 300 guests! 01572 756481,

The Rutland Cake Company

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Naomi Morgan, owner of The Rutland Cake Company, loves wedding cake commissions. “It’s wonderful to design and create cakes exactly the way couples want them with those personal touches.” Naked cakes are particularly popular but with unexpected twists in flavour and fillings. 01572 723185,

Rutland Gourmet

Rutland Gourmet caters for wedding all around the Midlands, including Rutland, Stamford, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and surrounding areas. High-quality food beautifully presented means founder Sarah Rivett is in high demand. “Your function is as important to Rutland Gourmet as it is to you. You can always expect a personal service.” 01572 747909,

Sara Mcallister

Sara’s mantra is “We aim to create a unique celebration that reflects your vision” with the flexibility to provide menus from classic wedding breakfasts to more informal food. She caters mainly to events in Rutland and Leicestershire but also covers Stamford and further afield. 07778 227734,

Wistow cake. Photo: Dorte Kjaerulff

Wistow Event Catering

Audrey’s Caterers Photo: Dorte Kjaerulff

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Photo: Elli Dean

Jane Clifford, owner, says “People come to us for vibrant, impactful food that is locally sourced, looks gorgeous and is packed with flavour.” No event is too big or small, just always very personal with the horsebox bar proving popular.” The cakes are divine, too. Wistow is hoping to add a mobile pizza oven some time this year. 0116 2593756, STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2018


Attention to detail The make-up, flowers, invitations, photography – the list of things to organise, especially all those little details, can seem long and daunting. You’re not alone, though – here’s our selection of fabulous local professionals to make the run up to your wedding and the big day itself absolutely perfect.


Elli Dean Photography

Local Living’s very own photographer, Oakham-based Elli, offers four different wedding packages that can be tailored to your own preferences. Her gorgeous, contemporary shots bring out the best of every situation, and her engaging, relaxed approach wins praise from all her clients. At Local Living we think she’s fabulous! “Each photo I take tells part of your day’s story and brings it back to life… I pay attention to the smallest and biggest details of your day, including the ones you never noticed!” Call Elli on 07932 055548 or visit www.ellideanphotography. to find out more.

Stamford’s Renaissance offers a range of treatments including hair cutting and colouring using ammoniafree, vegan colour, plus manicures and pedicures. Other favourites with bridesto-be include facials for maximum skin luminosity and mineral make-up to look flawless on the day. Other services include wax and IPL hair removal to be hairfree for the honeymoon. For more information, see www. or call 01780 763768.

Anand Shoes and Formal Hire

Anand is a local independent retailer on Market Harborough’s High Street, now specialising in gents’ formal hire. The firm provides a personal service for your special occasion in the privacy of its hire department. Anand cuts keys, too, should you be moving in together straight after tying the knot! For more details, visit anandshoes. or call 01858 466033.

After many years flowering in London Amanda moved to Rutland to bring up her family. “My passion for loose, country-style flowers and foliages was nurtured by my Grandma, who was also a florist, and it has continued to grow. I offer brides a bespoke service. I usually meet them at their wedding venue and we share ideas to achieve their perfect day.” Find out more at www. uk/01572 717757. 50

ShutterBox Photography

Local photographer Lyndsay Ford, owner of ShutterBox Photography, has specialised in weddings in the Rutland and Stamford area for 18 years. Lyndsay carefully tailors her style of photography to each individual client’s requirements – from a documentary style of shooting throughout the day to more posed, artistic portraits of the bride and groom, as in the image at Rutland Water above. To see her portfolio and details of her wedding packages, visit www. To speak to Lyndsay call 07580 388880.


A previous National Make-up Artist for a luxury cosmetic brand, Rebecca Chantrell is now a freelance make-up artist and hair stylist with over 12 years’ experience in the industry – you may recognise her name from her articles in Stamford Living. Having moved back to this area from London, she is available for weddings, photo shoots and special occasions and also hosts make-up lessons. “I invest a lot of time getting to know brides before their big day and finding the perfect style to express their personality and complement the dress. I absolutely love what I do!” For more details, visit www. or contact Rebecca on 07841 622366.

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In Stamford, Miss Pickering creates flowers for weddings using her signature wild and romantic style. She starts with a private consultation, allowing her to understand the vision you have for your day, and offering suggestions on flower choices and styles of arrangements. Along with the flowers, she also provides a prop hire service. Truly gorgeous. For more details, see misspickeringflowers.

Heidi Kjeldsen

This mobile service is perfect for busy brides-tobe, who can relax in the tranquillity and comfort of their own homes while Leanne preps body and mind – whether with a massage or facial (perfect preparation for wedding-day make-up) or by having nails, waxing or tinting done. Perfect for feeling relaxed, gorgeous and confident on the big day! For more details, including special offers on massages and facials for brides-to-be, visit LeanneMobileBeauty/ or call 07599 908605.

Spiegl Press

Ryhall-based Spiegl Press, a family-run firm of commercial printers, has been producing beautiful bespoke wedding stationery for many years. Spiegl will bring your stationery to life using traditional artisan techniques including hot foiling, thermographing and embossing. From your “Save the Date” cards to your “Thank you” cards, you can be assured of achieving the “wow” factor. Call 01780 762550 and ask for Jo for more information.

In the market for engagement or wedding jewels? Oakham-based Heidi offers a beautiful range of rings and other jewellery, and makes items to order. Visit her Mill Street store, see or call 01572 722666.

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Corn Exchange Theatre Jean Orpin and Sue Lee visited the Corn Exchange during last year’s Heritage Open Day Weekend and were amazed to discover the extensive use of the building as a theatre.

Beginnings The first permanent Corn Exchange building, an arcade with a glass roof, was erected outside Browne’s Hospital in 1839. The merchants soon complained, wanting a proper building, so the arches were dismantled and used elsewhere. The Black Swan opposite was demolished and a new Corn Exchange, designed by Edward Browning, was built in 1858. It opened for trading in January 1859. Merchants displayed samples in named trade stands.

Within a couple of weeks of opening the building was being used for live entertainment and from then onwards the building, which could seat 600, was always used for entertainment, as well as for trading grain.

19thC & early 20thC Entertainment Many London theatre companies included the Corn Exchange in their tour schedules and Stamfordians had the opportunity to see the popular artists and productions of the day as you can see from the posters. It was also an important local venue with a diversity of uses - balls and parties, political rallies, flower shows, furniture sales, charity events and even for roller skating – the floor was said to be excellent.

Later uses

In 1920 the Picture House moved here from All Saints’ Street, then in 1925 the building caught fire. It had a poor-quality rebuild but reopened in 1927. During the 1950s it started to be used for antique sales. Today it has been restored for use as an important entertainment venue. 54


The Corn Exchange Theatre Project (by Michael Lee, Trustee) As the new Millennium approached, the Corn Exchange building was being leased as an Antique Centre. The owners were trying hard to maintain the building but sadly with not much rental income they were failing. The 1925 asbestos roof was leaking like a sieve. Toilet facilities were lacking. The lease allowed for two local amateur shows per year by The Stamford Operatic Society and the Stamford Pantomime Players. With two years to run the Antique Centre relinquished the lease. There was a good prospect that the hall would be sold and lost to the local community as a place for entertainment. Four local theatre lovers decided to try and save the building and put in a bid to obtain the lease. In their words: “We succeeded in getting the remaining years and were able to formulate our plans and help start a new business for Stamford by subletting the hall to Batemans Auctions. “Our plans became more and more ambitious with encouragement from the Chief Executive for SKDC, the Town Council and people of Stamford and district. Helped by SKDC, plans were completed and Planning Permission granted to construct a new theatre within the existing building with new dressing rooms, retail shop area, bar and restaurant and heritage room. Over the next two years there was great activity raising funds and getting the support of local firms and individuals. The support was amazing: local firms promised and delivered over the next eight years. Free labour, plant and materials were donated. Hundreds of local volunteers learnt building skills in-house and the work of building and restoration moved forward. We were also lucky to have highly skilled volunteer management for building and administration. “We optimistically applied to English Heritage and the Arts Council for grants, both sadly rejected us due to our lack of previous experience. They thought we would not be able to complete it. How wrong they were. They did not bargain on the determination of the people of Stamford. “The overall cost was more than £2m but we have now been running as a full-time theatre for 10 years. It proved to be just what the local community wanted and with their support and all the wonderful help of our theatre volunteers we continue to improve the quality of our stage and theatre. We continue to run a very successful programme of amateur and professional shows.”


2001 Achieved Charity status 2002 Secured 35yrs + 35 yrs lease 2005 new roof 2006 Interest free loans of £125,000 given by individual local people 2007 Cellar Bar completed and leased. Demolition of concrete balcony. 2007-8 Grant from Skells Trust towards lift and restoration of front windows. Theatre floor completed for opening with Pantomime Players Cinderella. 2008 Won £90,000 from TV Big Lottery Programme (with the help of Pantomime Players’ children)

Corn Exchange Posters Ætherscope Jan 1875

The Ætherscope and Proteus were optical inventions refined by ‘Professor’ Pepper (actually a conjuror) for use in the theatre. Each performance had several parts with different illusions. In this performance, Storm of Thoughts (a poem by Schiller) was followed by a ‘metaphysical drama’, The Haunted House by Dickens - the story for which the Ætherscope was developed. It created ghost illusions also used effectively in dramatic productions of Dickens’ Christmas Carol.

Court Minstrels May 1878

Several Minstrel companies visited the Corn Exchange in the late 19th C. It was clearly a popular entertainment in the town. They performed ballads, dances and comic burlesque accompanied by string and brass bandsmen. All were dressed in costumes of the 18th C Court - coats, knee breeches, stockings and buckled shoes. The Court Minstrels were managed by the Livermore Brothers, builders of family Music Halls, who were considered the finest company.

Aladdin - 1884

Roberts, Archer & Barlett’s Dramatic Company (formerly Roberts & Archer) brought pantomime to Stamford throughout the 1880s. It was a touring company playing for a couple of nights and Aladdin appeared from Eastbourne to South Shields in 1884. Arthur Jefferson, Stan Laurel’s father, had a contract with the company and possibly came to Stamford. Roberts & Archer also brought other productions, including The Shaughraun and The Magistrate here.

Mikado - 1887

The successful partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan produced a number of operettas frequently brought to Stamford by the famous D’Oyly Carte Company in the 1880s and 1890s. This poster was for The Mikado which opened in London in 1885 and performed here in 1887. It was their most popular production in England and America, helped by exotic costumes and picturesque scenery. Gilbert and Sullivan are still popular with Stamford audiences today.

The Silver King January 1888

This was a well-known and popular melodrama. Wilson Barrett, charismatic actor and Theatre Manager of The Grand, Leeds and The Princess’s Theatre, London, controlled the Provincial Rights, so advertising used his name to attract audiences although he was not involved in this production. Its six Acts included romance, a jealous lover, murder, a pardon, reconciliation and a fortune from a silver mine. It was billed as “The Event of The Season!!!”

Mr M B Spurr April 1892

“Don’t argue, go and see Mel B Spurr” was a catch phrase used by Melancthon Spurr. He was a Yorkshire solicitor turned singer, musician and writer known for his effective facial expressions as he performed recitations with musical accompaniment. The idea of a ‘Musical & Literary Entertainment’ sounds more highbrow than it probably was - it was a Smoking Concert which means the audience was all male.

Political Meeting July 1892

This promoted Henry Cust (Belton estate heir) who hoped to retain his Stamford seat won in a byelection. The MP for Sleaford, Agriculture Minister in the current Conservative Cabinet supported him. The Mercury reported that E P Monckton of Fineshade had an accident on his way home afterwards. Cust won by 124 votes. (Known as a womaniser Cust is acknowledged as father of Lady Diana Cooper).

Dorothy October 1892

Described as a Pastoral Comic Opera, Dorothy had a record-breaking run in London at the Gaiety, Prince of Wales and Lyric Theatres. Performed here for three nights under the patronage of the Mayor, Marquis of Exeter, Lord Burghley MP and Lord Lindsey the company promised a Powerful Chorus, Magnificent Wardrobe, Splendid Scenery and Trained Foxhounds! The issue of feminism was gently raised while the humour arose largely from mistaken identity. The restored Corn Exchange once again attracts national and international artists. This month it is the only local venue to host American singer and song-writer Beth Nielson Chapman’s 2018 UK Tour. It will feature her newly released album, Hearts of Glass.

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Georgie Fenn looks back at the Burghley Foxhounds

A Hunt in History H

ERE in Stamford you could say that things are getting a little cosy, with all the new homes popping up everywhere as word gets round that Stamford really is the best place in the UK to live. However, with more homes comes less green space, smaller gardens and problematic parking but what will never ever change is the fact that just a short walk away, we have the 13,000-acre estate of Burghley House. How much do you really know about Burghley? Perhaps you know quite a lot already, the 6th Marquess of Exeter certainly led a very interesting life as an Olympian and Politician amongst other things. What you might not know is that many years ago, Burghley House had their very own hunt, with their own kennels and a pack of hounds. They even met at The George Hotel in Stamford once or twice a year. As many grand estates did, Burghley has been home to a hunting pack of hounds at various times since the late 16th Century and although records have not survived, there is evidence of a thriving hunt from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Jon Culverhouse, the Curator at Burghley House, filled me in; “In 1898 the 5th Marquess of Exeter started a private pack of harriers (a smaller type of hound), with which he hunted by invitation in the Fitzwilliam Thursday country and some of the Belvoir and Cottesmore country. They became foxhounds at the turn of the century, but members retained their green coats and in 1915 they were absorbed by the Fitzwilliam.” Thankfully, the kennels at Burghley wouldn’t remain empty for long. David Cecil, 6th Marquess of Exeter, was involved with hunting throughout his life. In 1935, as Lord Burghley, he restarted the pack and hunted similar country by invitation until 1939 when he took over the Mastership of the East Sussex. “On his inheritance and return to Burghley in

A hound molesting a butler (Lord Burghley is mounted)



Lord Exeter with hounds outside Browne’s Hospital in Broad Street

Photos: The Burghley House Collection

As many grand estates did, Burghley has been home to a hunting pack of hounds at various times since the late 16th Century 1957, he brought from the Old Berkshire, of which he had been the Master for four seasons, some 30 couple of hounds and restarted his pack,” Jon tells me. He then proceeded to hunt by invitation, the west end of the Fitzwilliam Thursday country, their Warboys country and all the Cottesmore country to the east of the A1. During the early 1960s and 70s, the Burghley Foxhounds was one of very few remaining private packs in England. They hunted on Wednesdays and Saturdays and provided sport for a large number of local residents, particularly farmers and their children. The Joint Master with Lord Exeter was Captain A.F. Goddard-Jackson. Lord Exeter normally hunted the hounds himself with Mr W. Garratt as Kennel Huntsman, and Mr W. Campling and Mr J. Smith were Whippers-in. Jon says that by the mid-1970s, Lord Exeter’s arthritis – a legacy of his sporting career as an Olympic hurdler - was making it extremely difficult for him to spend long periods of time on horseback, which made hunting all day a bit tricky! Agricultural depression and punitive taxation were also factors that forced his decision to disband the Burghley Foxhounds. The final speech that Lord Exeter addressed the field and followers was recorded: “Having regard to the heavy increases in taxation during the past two years and the sharp rises in costs, I have with a sad heart and very reluctantly decided that I must close down the Burghley Hunt at the end of this season.

“I would like to take this opportunity of saying how deeply grateful my Joint Master and I are firstly to Lord Fitzwilliam, Major Hoare and their Joint Masters for allowing us to hunt in their countries, and also to all our supporters of the hunt, including particularly the farmers over whose land we have hunted during these past ten seasons. “I am happy to say that both Lord Fitzwilliam and Major Hoare have told me that they plan to meet regularly during the hunting season in the areas of their country which the Burghley hounds have hunted during the past ten years.” As you may have already worked out, the hunt would have been active at the same time that Lord Exeter took on the Horse Trials. It was 1961 that British eventing reached Burghley Park and riders could compete around Capability Brown’s beautifully constructed landscape. When the hounds were still active, it was tradition for the Lord Exeter to lead a hunt on the first morning of the Horse Trials every year, perhaps to give the local farmers a tour of what was to come over the following week. Today, the Fitzwilliam Hunt (who I am a proud supporter of) are very lucky to be able to visit Burghley still and follow the hounds through the beautiful parkland as many of their ancestors no doubt have before. No matter what your take is on hunting, to experience such a tradition in an estate so filled with history is a sight to behold, and it’s right on your very doorstep.

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Food, Drink & Flowers News Lambert’s

A Meat for All Seasons

Kitchen – Deli – Coffee 5 Cheyne Lane, Stamford, PE9 2AX Lambert’s have recently celebrated their second anniversary; over the last couple of years, Chef/Proprietor Stephen Conway and his team, have established an enviable reputation for bringing excellent, Modern British cuisine to the town. In addition to their daily menu, Fine Dining evenings take place every Thursday and Friday from 7- 9pm. Enjoy a 2 course Dinner for £24.50, and 3 courses for £29.50. A local pianist plays during dinner, creating a wonderfully serene atmosphere. Evening menus change monthly, with an emphasis on using seasonal produce. Booking is advised. Private Hire is available for parties, with menus created to suit. To book a table for one of Lambert’s Fine Dining Evenings, or to enquire about Private Hire of the restaurant, contact Lamberts on 01780 767063

Venison This month I urge you to try venison. It makes a healthy alternative to other types of meat as it is high in iron, low in cholesterol, and even lower in fat than skinned chicken. The beauty of farmed venison is its availability all year round, and its mild flavour. Local producer, Fen Farm Venison, can be found at a number of Farmers’ Markets around the area, and also many shows. Jane Wesley from Fen Farm Venison has agreed to share her favourite recipe:

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Sunday 11th March. Say it with Flowers…. Here is a helpful directory of local florists: Flowers by Mandy Chapel Yard, Stamford, PE9 1EH 01780 757225 Greensleaves Stamford Garden Centre, Casterton Road, Stamford, PE9 4BB 01780 480077 Miss Pickering 7, St Paul’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2BE 01780 482961 Sprigs and Stems Call Sarah Haefeli on 07725 103803 Home based, producing exquisite tied bunches and arrangements Quintessentially Wild Call Jennie Beal on 07985 414214 Find their pop-up shop in the Stamford Deli at 39 High Street, Stamford, PE9 2BB

BRAISED VENISON WITH HORSERADISH Jane says, “ it is great for a dinner party and we never have any left! “ Serves 4 • 30 ml/2 tblsp plain flour • 4 x 175g/6 oz braising steaks (or equivalent weight in casserole) • 30 ml/2 tblsp sunflower oil • 12 small shallots – peeled and halved • 1 garlic clove - crushed • 1.5 ml/ 1/4 tsp ground ginger • 5 ml/1 tsp curry powder • 10 ml/2 tsp dark muscovado sugar • 475 ml/16 fl oz hot beef stock • 15 ml/1 tblsp Worcestershire sauce • 30 ml/2 tblsp creamed horseradish • 225g/8 oz baby carrots - trimmed • 1 bay leaf • salt and fresh ground black pepper • 30 ml/2 tblsp chopped fresh chives (to garnish) • Place the flour in a large, flat dish and season with salt and black pepper. Toss the steaks in the flour to coat. Heat the oil in a pan and quickly brown the steaks on both sides. Transfer them to a casserole. • Add the halved shallots to the pan and cook gently for 10 minutes, or until golden and beginning to soften. Stir in the garlic, ginger and curry powder and cook for 1 minute more, then remove the pan from the heat.

• Tip the shallot mixture into the casserole, spreading it over the meat and sprinkle with the sugar. • Pour the beef stock over the shallots and meat, then add the Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, baby carrots and bay leaf. Stir to combine, and season with salt and black pepper. Cover with the lid and cook on high in the slow cooker for 1 hour, or alternatively in the oven on 180°C. • Reduce the slow cooker to low, or turn the oven down to 140°C and continue to cook for a further 5-6 hours, or until the venison and vegetables are very tender. Remove the bay leaf from the stew and sprinkle with the chopped chives. Serve with roast vegetables such as potatoes, parsnips and sweet potatoes. Fen Farm Venison can be found fortnightly on the Stamford Farmers’ Market, where they are based opposite the NatWest Bank. Alternatively order online at


Use this traditional herbal remedy to fight off the last of the winter’s colds and flu. Find it on the shelves in Silver Lane Whole Foods, 2 Silver Lane, Stamford, PE9 2BT 01780 755710 STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2018



The perfect place to eat, meet or simply retreat

Tuddenham Mill, Suffolk


O you have a day or two to spare? Are you in need of some luxury pampering and a relaxing retreat? Are you desperate for a change of scene or want to have fun with the family? If it’s yes, then head south from Stamford on the A1, take the A14 towards Cambridge, turning off onto the A11, where a little further (just 65 miles in all from Stamford) is a site mentioned in the Domesday Book: Tuddenham Mill, in the hamlet of Tuddenham St Mary (referred to simply as “Tuddenham”). This ancient watermill has been transformed into a luxury boutique hotel with a restaurant boasting 3 AA rosettes. It didn’t matter that when we visited it was bleak wintry weather, as at Tuddenham Mill we were greeted by the warmest of welcomes. The rooms The main building, housing the waterwheel, is flanked by a series of lodges, “nooks” and beautiful rooms leading out on to the water meadows. Here we enjoyed modern contemporary Italian decor with every comfort, including a Bose radio and Apple TV, and gorgeous views from the patios. Everything speaks of luxury – the fine bed linen, soft feather pillows, fresh (not UHT) milk and squeezed orange, not to mention complimentary sloe gin! In addition, you can enjoy the ESPA products in the spacious bathroom and book the outdoor hot tub for a real treat. The loft rooms are particularly spacious and hence very popular with families, whilst the ground floor rooms are ideal if you can’t bear to leave your family pet at home. Much of the accommodation is easily accessible for guests with disabilities, but there is also a dedicated suite on offer too. The restaurant A break from the kitchen is definitely a holiday for me, so it was a delight to relax in the calm candle-lit restaurant, which was well patronised – a sure sign of a good establishment. This in no way detracted from our enjoyment or from the spot-on service of the waiting staff. The Mill is acclaimed for the high quality of its food, much of which comes from its own allotment, with the menus prompted by what is in season. The three AA rosettes indicate an “outstanding restaurant that achieves a standard that demands recognition well beyond the local area.” Lee Bye, the young and highly praised chef-patron, offers an interesting combination of ingredients with a comprehensive wine list to match. In 2016 he received an Acorn Award, which recognises 30 of the country’s most promising hospitality professionals under the age of 30. Highlights at dinner during our stay included a delicately presented

Fenland parsnip soup topped with toasted almonds and apple, a standout hake cooked on the bone, with pepperonata, brown shrimps and baby spinach, and, to finish, a mouth-watering baked croissant pudding with whisky soaked raisins and sea salt toffee, served with vanilla ice-cream. Fabulous. My tip for seating in the restaurant would be to choose a window table where you can enjoy looking down on the mill pool and be mesmerised by the gliding swans – it’s especially picturesque after dark. The whole area, incidentally, is a wonderful for bird-watching and stargazing. (If you’re outside, just be careful not to venture too near to the swans, as they can be somewhat possessive of their territory. Another tip is to pack a little torch to help keep a sure footing on your stroll back after the evening meal.) Tuddenham Mill is a beautifully presented, wonderfully atmospheric hotel offering a stylish, upmarket retreat and fine gourmet experience. There’s lots to do in the vicinity for those who like to combine relaxation with sightseeing, culture or something more active, too. Highly recommended.

What to do nearby For strollers and walkers • Explore Britain’s oldest road, the Icknield Way, which runs straight through Tuddenham St Mary. Feeling more energetic? Then enjoy a hike into the Suffolk countryside, sustained by the hostelries along the way, or borrow a bike from the Mill to go further afield. For townies and culture vultures • Head off to Bury St Edmunds, 20 minutes’ drive away, with its famous Cathedral, or to Newmarket, national home of horse racing, with Palace House, now the National Horse Racing Museum and showcasing a fine art gallery of sporting pictures, For families, sport and fun • Drive out for a day to Thetford Forest, offering lots of climbing and play activities, including Go Ape, or let your visit coincide with the annual Forest Live music concert. Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham, Suffolk IP28 6SQ, 01638 713552. For details of rates and special offers, visit



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Need a Will for your French Holiday Home? – Consider making a Choice of Law…


F you own a property in France, are you aware of a recent change in European inheritance law? A significant new EU Regulation, known as “Brussels IV”, came into force in August 2015. Previously, French inheritance law applied to any French property owned by a person who died whilst domiciled in England & Wales and there was very little that could be done to change this. Under French law, ‘forced heirship’ rules mean that, on your death, you cannot always leave your French property to your surviving spouse (or other beneficiaries) because your children have an automatic entitlement to part of it. The aim of Brussels IV is to prevent different inheritance laws applying to assets situated in more than one country. It ensures that, where a person owns assets in the EU, their worldwide estate is governed by a single inheritance law. If this applies to you, Brussels IV says that your worldwide estate will be governed by the law of the country of your last habitual residence at the time of your death, unless your Will provides otherwise. As a result, if you are resident in England with no plans to live abroad, you might assume that your French property will pass under English law. However, the UK has opted out of Brussels IV and so it seems that French law will continue to apply. That said, Brussels IV provides that you can opt, by Will, for the law of your nationality to apply to your worldwide assets instead. This option is available despite the UK not being party to the Regulation. So, if you wish to bypass the French forced heirship rules, or futureproof your Will if you are unsure of where you will be living at the time of your death, you can now include a clause in your Will expressly

selecting the law of your nationality to apply to your worldwide estate. However, a word of caution - seek specialist legal advice as to whether such a ‘Choice of Law’ is appropriate for your circumstances and, if so, whether it is preferable to make just one Will, or two. Bear in mind that, because Brussels IV does not affect inheritance tax, both French and UK inheritance tax consequences must be considered too. At Buckles Solicitors their multi-lingual International Department advises on all aspects of buying and selling property in both France and Spain as well as related estate and tax planning issues. To speak to a member of their French or Spanish Team, please contact them on 01733 888888 or visit

The 2018 Stamford Property Market Forecast With Stamford property values 5.8% higher than a year ago, local property advisor David Crooke, owner of UPP Property shares his thoughts on the 2018 Stamford Property Market.


ITH the average 5-year fixed rate mortgage at 1.98% (down from 3.47% in 2014) and 2-year fixed rate at 1.47% (down from 2.37% in 2014), mortgage interest rates offered by lenders are at an all-time low (even with the slight increase on the Bank of England base rate a few months ago). Added to this, last year Stamford had a low unemployment rate of 3.4% which contributed to maintaining a decent level demand for property (interestingly – an impressive 503 Stamford properties were sold in last 12 months). Whilst finally, the number of properties for sale in the town has remained limited, thus



providing support for Stamford house prices, meaning Stamford Property Values are 5.8% higher than a year ago. However, this year there will be greater pressures on incomes as inflation starts to eat into real wage growth, which will wield a snowballing strain on consumer confidence. Interestingly, information from ‘Rightmove’ suggested over a third of property listed in October and November had their asking prices reduced - the highest percentage of asking price reductions in the same time frame over 5 years. Still, a lot of that could have been house-sellers being overly optimistic with their initial pricing. In terms of what will happen to local property values in the next 12 months a lot will be contingent on the type of Brexit we have and the impact on the whole of the

UK economy. There will be much discussion surrounding the central London property market in the coming year, and if the banking and finance sectors are negatively affected with a poor Brexit deal then the London market is likely to see more of an impact. Nevertheless, local homeowners and landlords should be aware of what happens in the rollercoaster housing market of central London, but not panic if prices do drop suddenly there in 2018. Over the last 8 years, the central London property saw house prices grow by 89.6% in those last 8 years, whilst in Stamford, they only rose by 30.2%). So, we might see a heavy correction in the capital, whilst more locally, something a little more subdued. So, what of house prices in Stamford over the next 12 months? I believe they will end up between 0.2% lower and 1.4% higher, although it will probably be a bumpy ride to get to those sorts of figures.

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OA is an experienced and successful Colour Consultant and has written many books on the use of colour. She has worked closely with Farrow and Ball for over 20 years, both developing and naming new colours, as well as monitoring colour trends. Suzanne Digby, Branch Manager at the Kent Blaxill showroom on Stamford Trade Park said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to hear Joa’s exciting ideas on colour for 2018 - we are thrilled to be hosting this event and it’s a must for those interested in colour and design. At Kent Blaxill, we stock a wide range of designer wallpapers

and paints, including Farrow and Ball, so this event fits perfectly with our aim to provide ideas and advice on updating your home through colour.” Tickets are £20 which includes a glass of

Landlords continue to be targeted by HMRC


HE Let Property Campaign is aimed at individual Landlords who have failed to disclose rental income to HMRC. The campaign has been open since 2013 and was originally intended to last for just 18 months, but there is no indication that it will be closed any time soon. It allows those who owe tax as a result of letting out property in the UK or abroad to tell HMRC about the income that they haven’t declared by making a voluntary disclosure to them. If HMRC are notified without being prompted, lower penalties and a payment plan may be negotiated. Rental income is often not declared to HMRC because people simply don’t think of themselves as landlords. There are numerous examples of situations where rental income may be liable to tax without the taxpayer being aware. This could be where someone inherits a property and then lets it out, rents a holiday home (even if it is also used personally) or relocates for work and rents out their house. In addition, measures have been introduced effective since 6 April 2017 that start to restrict tax relief on finance costs, including mortgage interest, to the basic rate of income tax. This will create a tax liability for many who have previously not owed any tax on their rented property. There is detailed guidance available on the GOV. UK website, including information on the scope of the campaign and how to make a disclosure to HMRC. For further assistance and advice please contact Stephenson Smart on 01733 343275 or go to

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Mojo Mobility hits the right note A new shop offering specialist mobility equipment has opened in Scotgate, run by singing duo, Mike and Jason Ockwell. Both father and son have a passion for music and love to help people too; over the years they have built up an excellent reputation for delivering both bespoke mobility equipment and entertainment in the form of song. Kate Cadman takes note


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“Perfect for the Home does not just sell wardrobes, we sell all aspects of home furniture, and also curtains, mirrors and fancy goods. “We offer a full range of made to measure curtains – these are the same fabrics as a very well-known high street store but at 60% of the cost. We have Roman blinds which are made to measure in the same way, and also offer a range of scatter cushions and lamp shades to match the curtains and blinds. Once the order is placed the curtains are back with us within 14 working days, all ready to hang. There is a choice of various headings i.e. – pinch pleated, taped, eyelets. Linings can be chosen from standard, thermal, black out etc. “We also have a nice range of ready-made curtains and offer the service of having them taken up – as we all know ready-mades are never quite the correct length and for a small extra fee they are taken up in the factory before being sent back out us. “Our ever-growing Company is moving into kitchens over the next few months – watch this space for news on our exciting new bespoke kitchens made in our inhouse factory. Pic N Pay Furniture Showroom, 2 Cherry Holt Rd, Bourne PE10 9LA. Open 7 days a week. 01778 420700

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Monday 12 to Saturday 17 March EVENT: Stamford Mid Lent Fair Stamford has a proud and long established history of holding fairs and this one dates back to 942AD although it is first mentioned in the Royal Charter of Edward IV in 1462. The fair will once again take over the centre of the town and remains popular to this day with visitors from far and wide coming to enjoy the experience. Expect over 100 rides and stalls with plenty of food and drink outlets.

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Saturday 10 March, 2.30pm EVENT: Film and Discussion There will be a free showing of the film ‘I, Daniel Blake’ followed by refreshments and a discussion of what more can be done to help local people in need. Stamford Methodist Church, Barn Hill For more information about this event, the Food Bank or Second Helpings contact George Hetherington on 07891 437 914


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Tuesday 6 to Friday 9 March, 7.45pm THEATRE: Henrik Ibsen’s ‘An Enemy of the People’ Shoestring Theatre present a new version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz in which the idealistic Dr Stockmann discovers dangerous flaws in the new spa development that promises huge rewards for his home town and its inhabitants. As he battles against vested interests, important questions are raised about personal loyalty, press freedom and the greater good. SEN’S IK IB With wit and considerable humour, the play HENR explores these moral complexities, while still honouring the dark heart of the original. This fastpaced, pared-down version of Ibsen’s classic packs a powerful punch in its treatment of a story with continuing relevance today. ’s henrik ibsen Stamford Theatre Tickets £10/£8 01780 763203 stamfordartscentre. com

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A4 & A3 A Saturday 17th March EVENT: Season opening of Burghley House The House and Gardens re-open daily (house closed Fridays) until Sunday, 29 October 2017, from 11am to 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm). This year’s exhibitions, included in a House and Gardens ticket, will be ‘Capability Brown at Burghley’, exploring Brown’s influence on both the parkland and the House, and ‘The Travelling Earls’, which brings to life fascinating objects used and obtained by Burghley’s two great collecting Earls in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Further details at or 01780 752451 STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2018

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Easter fun for families… Wednesday 28 March, 10am to 4pm WORKSHOP: Easter Explorers Suitable for children aged between 5 and 10 years, this is a day filled with Easter related nature events, craft sessions and an Easter egg hunt. Please bring suitable clothing for outdoor activities. Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Rutland Water £25 per child for a full day or £15 for half a day 10am to 1pm. Booking and further information at or call 01572 770651 Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April 9.30am to 4.30pm EGG HUNT TRAIL Take the family to explore Belton House’s parkland in spring as you hunt for clues. Adventurers that complete a trail get a Cadbury chocolate prize for all their hard work. Belton House Usual admission applies with trails £3 each.

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Sunday 1 April, 11am to 5pm EASTER EGG HUNT This popular Egg Hunt will once again be taking place in the Gardens of Surprise. Follow the treasure hunt and solve the riddle to claim your full size chocolate egg from the Easter Bunny. Parents are also asked to test their Easter

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As the Stamford Shakespeare Company celebrate its 50th anniversary, Louise Goss talks to Lynnette Ford about its history, her role and her memories of the company’s founder.

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HERE is a saying that behind every great man is a great woman; in the case of Stamford Shakespeare Company the saying could be, that behind every great performance is Lynnette Ford. Stamford Shakespeare Company (SSC), renowned for its resplendent annual productions in the grounds of Tolethorpe Hall, marks its 50th anniversary with what it hopes will be its most successful year ever. The work of the actors, directors, costumiers and stage crew is staggering and evident in all the performances, but you rarely hear about the woman behind the scenes, who, with the Marketing Director, works throughout the year to keep the company and its impressive home at Tolethorpe, running smoothly. Lynnette Ford holds the title of Administrator and Company Secretary but it’s a role which encompasses looking after the grounds, the house, security services, all the planning (of which there has been a huge amount), as well as supporting the board of directors. Lynnette started in 1995 when the SSC was still headed by its founder, Jean Harley. “I miss Jean,” says Lynnette. “She knew so much about Shakespeare and the theatre and she was terribly interesting.” Jean secured Tolethorpe Hall in 1977 after launching the company in 1968 with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by local actors in the grounds of The George Hotel. She died in 2014 and Lynnette holds fond memories of her and her husband, Rev. David Harley. “He did everything for her,” Lynnette says. “She never put petrol in her car, never cooked, nor did the housework, because she lived and breathed for this place.” She remembers how Jean would sit and sew everyday in a room known as the Fairy Factory, because it is where many of the props, such as fairy wings for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, were made. “It would be so cold in there; she would have her old Singer sewing machine and do a lot of the sewing herself.” Initially, the whole company was run by volunteers. “They would act, but they would also do the grounds and build sets,” Lynnette says. “Founder members like Mark Hooson would work tirelessly and then be in a play that evening… but as Jean used to say, ‘Expect all good and expect it now.’” Eventually, to increase sales, they employed Derek Harrison, who Lynette worked with for a time and recalls working, with cigarette in mouth, “in a great frenzy… and full of ideas.” With Tolethorpe’ s rich history spanning nearly 1,000 years, there are many visitors to the Hall, and some who still have links to the families who used to reside there. They are predominantly from the USA, with connections to the Browne family who lived at the hall for over 300 years 74


from the 1500s. They were connected to The Pilgrim Fathers in America and some were among the pioneer settlers of Boston. A big part of Lynette’s job is to show visitors around and she enjoys calling Tolethorpe her workplace, even with tales of the White Lady walking through the house and up the garden steps. “I sometimes get a funny feeling and have heard footsteps and things, but I’ve never seen anything,” she says. She has, however, seen many plays. “King John is my favourite Shakespeare play and Hobson’s Choice is a brilliant story,” she says. “I quite like the restoration comedies, they’re brilliantly written.” Has she ever been tempted to turn her hand to acting? “No,” is the emphatic answer. “I like to stay in the background.” However, she once experienced being on stage. “I was in a scene in Henry V,” she says. “We have a school who come

every year from Leicester and that particular year one of the children wanted to go on… They said, ‘why don’t you both go on?’ We were just part of the first milling around scene. The headmaster told me last year that that boy is appearing in the West End now. He got bitten by the bug.” That is just one of the many tales which form the SSC’s own story and there are plenty of ideas about how to mark its 50th year which include a costume exhibition and revamping the bar to celebrate the history of the theatre. Now preparing for a new season, the SSC is setting the scene for the next chapter and the next part of Tolethorpe’ s history. In our January interview with George Heatherington, we wrongly said that he had been a Conscientious Objector in WWII. We should have said ‘he had been a Conscientious Objector when he was called up for national service in the 1950s’. Our sincere apologies.

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