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Windows • Warm Roof • Bi-Folding Doors • Garage Doors If you are considering any home improvements please contact us for advice and for a competitive quote JUST A SMALL TASTER OF WHAT IS ON DISPLAY IN OUR STAMFORD SHOWROOM • 7 Display Kitchens’ • 15 Composite Front/Back Doors • French Doors/Patio Doors/Bi-Folding Doors • 1 Working Display Model of Electric Roller Garage Door • Windows in Cream, Black, Irish Oak, Golden Oak, Rosewood, White & Grey • English Heritage Approved Sliding Sash Window • Large Rubber Covered Flat Roofing Display Model • Full size roof corner showing Fascia’s Soffits and Guttering • White and coloured Cladding • Warm Roof with Velux and LED Lights

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November Contents

Stamford lights up the world (bold claim) I went on a Chamber of Commerce factory tour of Cummins (Newage) recently, and was amazed by what I learnt. Cummins is a company that has good citizenship hard-wired into it, helping the local community in so many ways, for example clearing out the millstream and supporting Evergreen. They are also excellent at what they do, holding an extraordinary 45% share of the global large alternator market, powering cruise liners, factories and much besides around the world. Basically, keeping the lights on and the electricity flowing. And every alternator has the Stamford brand stamped upon it (see picture), so the town is known the world over. Thanks to Steve who showed us around - knowledgeable, passionate and light-hearted all rolled into one. One of the 400+ employees, all of who live locally and are a vital part of our community.

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Updates: Robert Loomes, Face of Stamford winners, new Energy website, Ryhallite fitness, Art Pop-up Shopping Feature: Christmas Gifts Updates; Under Fine Wraps 1st anniversary; Stamford WI; Amanda Seyderhelm, play therapist Rug Studio Uppingham, Rutland Cycling Electric Bikes, Barn Hill Methodist Church Stephenson Smart, Stamford Handmade Event, Robert Fogell exhibition Burghley Cricket Club, AGA re-locates Updates: Bluebird Care, Advanced Skin Clinic, Oundle Travel Updates: Elysia, Good Hair Days, Mower & Groundcare Centre



@StamfordLiving1 Stamford Living 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 Designer Sarah Compton Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Published by Local Living Ltd, PO Box 208, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 9FY Printed by Warners of Bourne Cover photo this month: Picture by



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Coats & Jackets What’s new in beauty? Flawless Faces Goody Two Shoes

HOME, GARDEN, TRAVEL, MOTORING, BUSINESS Interiors: Don’t forget your stairs! Property: UPP estate agency, Buckles New QKS Kitchen showroom The Bakehouse’s stylish new St Mary’s St location 86 Peterborough Maserati 20 47 52 65



24 Eating Out: Lamberts, Exeter Arms in Barrowden 26 Autumn recipes: soups 30 David Bukowicki, Executive Head Chef of Barnsdale Lodge 32 Great Food Club

ACTIVITIES, CULTURE & LEARNING 44 58 62 70 72 82 88

Child Friendly Stamford; Cubs & Brownies Malcolm Sargent award-winners Music: Local Musical Acts Local Walk: Cold Ashby Makers: The Wicked Wick Pet Page: Pets & fireworks What’s On

PEOPLE & PLACES 75 Thorpe Hall Angel event 78 Ask Leo: The ‘Stamford’ Boys 94 Stamford People: Claire Lomas, charity fundraiser




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Wrap up warm Sally Stillingfleet discovers new shapes and fabrics for your Autumnal coat update. Soft belted styles, three-quarter length coatigans and oversized bombers are the new shapes. Emma Cutmore and her daughter Daisy kindly agreed to model for us. Her lovely new shop has a Dress Agency upstairs and she has beautiful scarves to snuggle up in as Autumn approaches. PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLI DEAN

Daisy (left) wears Aigle ‘Downshine’ coat £280.00 with Le Chameau Giverny boots £99 all Robinson’s. Emma wears Esprit coat £100 Attic with Beck Sondergaard scarf £44, Levis Super Skinny jeans £90 also Energy



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Daisy wears YaYa coated navy ‘big’ bomber jacket £150 with Energy jeans and Scarf £12 Baubles and Bangles. Le Chameau boots £99 Robinson’s. Emma wears grey Oui pre-owned coat £120 The Dress Agency with Gabriella Vary scarf £89 both Emma Cutmore

Beck Sondergaard hat £44 YaYa coated navy bomber £150 and jeans £90 all Energy.

Emma wears teal coatigan £100 Attic and Gabriella Vary scarf £89 Emma Cutmore. Celine handbag £950 Arch. Navy Gabor leather boots £150 Marcia May Shoes.


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Many thanks to Karen at Maples who kindly offered to do the models’ make-up. Using Clarins new Autumnal browns and coppers eyeshadows she created the perfect makeup to complement the new season’s clothes and finished off their look with rich berry shades for the lips. Maples of Stamford – 24 St. Mary’s St. Tel. 01780 752 725 Emma Cutmore & The Dress Agency – 4 St. Mary’s Passage. Tel. 01780 482870 Arch Label Agency - St. Paul’s Street. Tel. 01780 764746 Baubles and Bangles – 10 St. Mary’s Street. Tel. 01780 763633 Robinson’s of Stamford - 4 St Mary’s St. Stamford. Tel. 01780 755378 Attic – 33 St. Mary’s Street. Tel. 01780 766667 Marcia May Shoes – 41 St. Mary’s St. Tel. 01780 766608

Daisy wears Esprit bobble hat £20 Attic

Daisy wears Alexander Wang grey coat (new!) £320 Arch with Valentino black Biker boots £350, orange umbrella £17.95 Robinson’s.


Emma wears Moka blue coat £190 Arch with Rupert Sanderson blue ankle boots £250, Fendi handbag £450 all Arch.


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Stamford features in a short film about watchmaking with local business, Loomes I

F you enjoy seeing Stamford from a different angle and are fascinated to know what goes on behind the doors of local watchmaker Loomes, then go online and watch a recent short film made by Hodinkee. Hodinkee, the world’s leading online wristwatch magazine, was in town recently filming for a short series about British watchmakers, titled ‘The Road through Britain’. Featuring well-known local watchmaker and clock restorer, Robert Loomes, the film takes you behind the scenes at his fascinating workshops, formerly the Stamford jail house; meeting the skilled craftsmen who work at Loomes and realising the man hours and passion that goes into producing a fine English watch. Robert discusses the watch industry, where he began and what his plans are for the future. Robert said “We were approached by watch aficionado, Ben Clymer of Hodinkee, to feature in the film as a well-known British watchmaker. The interest we have had since the film was released has been explosive - we have had enquiries from as far afield as Australia, Japan and several from the United States. The watch industry is a huge market and Loomes has captured one corner of it. Offering a bespoke watch made from entirely British parts excites those people who want an original timepiece.” Wonderful aerial scenes of Stamford also include Robert rowing to work down the River Welland and walking his dogs on the meadows. Employing 12 people in Stamford, Loomes is the only Horological House in the country whose team can provide clock, dial and watch restoration and watchmaking. Watch the film online at - Videos: The Road through Britain – Episode 2 – Robert Loomes • Robert Loomes & Co., 4 St Mary’s Hill, Stamford, PE9 2DP Tel: 01780481319

ARAH Markwell-Cook has been running her fitness group, Ryhallite Fitness, for three years. Based on the principles of the British Heart Foundation, Sarah is qualified in fitness and has a multi-faceted approach to weight loss and general health. She runs classes in halls in Stamford, Oundle and Bourne. She begins with a meet and greet session with each person, chatting about their week and weighing them confidentially, writing up their current weight each time. Sarah incorporates a variety of reward systems for losing or maintaining weight. Her nonjudgemental approach allows people not to feel at all guilty if weight is put on, but encourages a fresh start each week. Sarah continues the session with a short group chat which includes discussion of up-todate thinking from various media sources. After that, the class starts a vibrant exercise


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HE Corn Exchange Shopping Arcade’ and ‘Stamford Kidz Stuff’ hosted this year’s ‘Face of Stamford’ prize giving event. The Winner Charlotte and 3 runnersup, Krystal, Nicholas and Perry met with competition organiser, Lyndsay Ford from ShutterBox Photography, Carol Hughes from Anna’s Hope Charity and some of the judges from sponsoring local businesses. They were presented over £2000 worth of amazing prizes between them.

Once Upon a Time exhibition Stamford Arts Centre Gallery, 8th-20th November 2016: works in progress 19th November 2016: Community day with free activities & talks BOOK Follow the project blog at www.facebook. com/OUaTexhibition


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sequence to music, with Sarah leading. These sequences are cleverly orchestrated and designed by Sarah to include an important warm-up and cool down as well as exercising all parts of the body. The Stamford group have made the following comments: “Sarah is enthusiastic and encouraging. Her positive attitude helps everyone. The routines adapt easily to people of all abilities”. “It feels like a family. Most people have stayed for more than 2 years.” “A very welcoming environment – all different shapes and sizes, a lovely place to exercise and make friends.” “Advice on healthy eating, trying to lose a little weight and fun exercise. What’s there not to like?” • To find out more, contact Sarah on 07496 456306 or

NCE Upon a Time is a visual arts residency and exhibition led by Art Pop-Up with artists Sue Shields, Sheelah Mahalath Bewley, Sam Roddan, Anu-Laura Tuttelberg and Laura Barnard. The work explores fairytales and folklore, delving into their narratives and symbolism – from Grimm to folklore mythologies. Fairy-tale conventions – the enchanted woodland, the hidden abode etc. – are repurposed, siting these morality tales in contemporary contexts, to look at shifting perceptions of good and evil, such as how environmental concerns are revising views on consumption and mass production. • See for more details.

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What’s new in beauty Genevieve Potter takes a look at some of winter’s newest beauty products and services, including a focus on luxury organic brand Pinks Boutique.


Focus on: Pinks Boutique

New to Renaissance is the Vitage Enzyme Lifting treatment. Vitage products were formulated by Dr Patrick Bowler, founding member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine, becoming one of the first antioxidant ranges produced for professionals. This treatment provides an instant lifting effect on the skin through the enzyme mask, so is ideal before a special occasion. It energises, firms and hydrates to give skin an instant boost. It can be used on its own, or incorporated into another treatment such as CACI non-surgical face lifting for powerful results. (£55 for a single treatment and £45 as an add-on to another treatment). • Renaissance, 2 Mallory Lane, Stamford PE9 2AZ Tel: 01780 763768

TD beauty is now Stamford’s stockist of Pinks Boutique organic skincare and I recently caught up with the brand’s founder, Kirstie Sheriff, to ask her why people should think harder about what goes on their skin. Kirstie is from a third generation of hair and beauty professionals and has always loved the industry, but rather than go straight in to the business, she completed a history degree at Oxford. Whilst there, she met her husband Luke, who was studying ecology, genetics and the environment. Luke later became a pro rugby player, whilst Kirstie founded a fast track beauty training academy. It was Luke’s nutritional programme as a professional sportsman that was a eureka moment – the couple followed a strictly organic diet and stripped their environment of potentially harmful chemicals, resulting in a seismic improvement to Luke’s performance and Kirstie’s skin and fitness. Cue the creation of Pinks Boutique. Kirstie takes up the story: “When we applied our academic thinking to skincare it was pretty terrifying to realise that there’s a lot of cheating going on! Typically, mainstream brands have a small % of active ingredients, packaged in nice boxes, when 70-90% of the product is made up of carriers like paraffin, to bulk up the product and create more profit. “We were determined to create a luxury brand with elite versions of potent, natural ingredients that are all beneficial to the skin and give the best results.” The products are hand-made in Leicestershire and Derbyshire and sold through professionals like LTD beauty. There’s a strong emphasis on training, with new treatments coming online to complement hero products like the delicious smelling hydrate deep cleanse melt. And 2017 will mark another breakthrough, with the launch of a highly anticipated male skincare brand. It’s clear that in the beauty world, Pinks Boutique is the one to watch!

New launches at the Ivy Lodge

Pinks Boutique stretch and align massage by LTD beauty

Gerards now offer Aveda’s newest breakthrough product – Split Ends. Used for just two washes, it will fuse damaged split ends and continual use will banish them for good. New stylists Molly and Sasha are offering cut and blow dries at Gerards throughout November 2016 for £25 (subject to availability), with a take home sample of Aveda’s Split Ends as an added bonus. Please mention Stamford Living at the time of booking. • Gerards, George Hotel Mews, Stamford PE9 2LB Tel: 01780 753002

This is the latest Pinks Boutique organic body treatment offered by LTD beauty. Costing £30 for 30 minutes (focusing on the back and shoulders), or £50 for the full body, it aims to elongate and soothe key muscle groups to promote strength and wellbeing. It uses firm pressure Thai massage techniques and is unusual in that some of the movements are completed whilst the arms and legs are stretched off the treatment couch, to give maximum benefit. Having recently experienced this treatment I can testify that it’s a perfect winter treat; in just 30 minutes I felt beautifully uplifted and supple. • LTD Beauty Laura Thomson-Dunne Tel: 07399 591 343


Enzyme Lifting at Renaissance

The Ivy Lodge (formerly Emma Cannings) at the Stamford Garden Centre is now an Elemis salon, offering the full spectrum of Elemis facials and products, including the newest launch – the Elemis super food facial oil (£45). This light weight, nongreasy oil is suitable for all skin types, with anti-oxidant, omegarich broccoli, flax seed and daikon radish to impart a healthy glow. Busy clients can fit in some pre-Christmas pampering or shopping with ease; the salon has free onsite car parking and appointments until 9 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and Sunday opening from 10 am – 4pm. And there are some great packages available, including a Jessica gel file and polish and a St Tropez Spray Tan for £33 (usually £43), and LVL Lashes and a St Tropez Spray Tan £55 (usually £65). • The Ivy Lodge, Stamford Garden Centre, Great Casterton, PE9 4BB Tel: 01780 766583

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Party perfect at Flawless Faces


EETA and the Flawless Faces team can take you from every day to ‘wow’ with their new party package. For £50 you will receive an expert hair wash and blow dry with L’Oreal salon products, followed by beautiful, bespoke party make up using Mac and HD cosmetics. Model Jo recently enjoyed the Flawless Faces party package, thanks to Neeta and the team. Hairdressers Jess and Lianne additionally applied an ash-based toner to soften Jo’s bold highlights, before creating perfect soft waves. Neeta used Mac face and body foundation and HD conceal and correct to tone down redness. HD illuminator left Jo’s skin dewy and fresh, before Mac eye shadows in shimmering red and gold tones were applied. Long lasting glitter lips in ‘ruby slippers’ added the finishing touch. Whilst enjoying the party package, clients are able to add on other beauty services, including Jessica geleration nails (which Lianne created for model Jo) and even metallic ‘chrome’ nails for added party impact (chrome nails from £15/£2.50 each). • Flawless Faces 17/18 Scotgate, Stamford PE9 2YQ Tel: 01780

The Advanced Skin Clinic celebrates seven years November sees a major milestone for The Advanced Skin Clinic team, who are celebrating seven years in Stamford. On Thursday 17th and Friday 18th November, clients can take advantage of a raft of special offers on treatments and products, from aesthetics to facials and holistic therapies. On Friday 18th there will be an in-salon Environ Skin Analysis event and taster facials, with Jane Iredale mineral make up mini makeovers. On both days clients can enjoy special anniversary offers on courses of facials, advanced skin treatments (including hair reduction, acne and thread veins) and holistic taster treatments will be available to try for £20. Please call to book your place - Aimee and the team look forward to seeing you for a glass of bubbly! • The Advanced Skin Clinic, 8 High Street, St Martin’s, Stamford PE9 2LF Tel: 01780 481155

Hair and nail heaven at Francesca Alexander Stamford’s newest salon, Francesca Alexander hair and beauty, recently opened its doors at 7 Ironmonger Street. Clients can get set to party with Francesca Alexander’s signature Bumble & Bumble blowdry, using products that add long lasting shine, condition, volume and lift. To save time, clients can combine the signature blow-dry with an Artistic Colour gloss manicure, (all for £40), giving nails beautiful high shine, in fun, edgy shades that last up to ten days. Please quote Stamford Living at the time of booking – offer subject to availability until 15th December 2016. • Francesca Alexander Hair and Beauty 7, Ironmonger Street, Stamford PE9 1PL Tel: 01780 482 888

A new face at The Loft Hair Boutique November sees a brand new face at The Loft Hair Boutique, and thanks to this new addition to Claire’s team, the salon will now be opening on Mondays too. Tyler Williamson discovered her passion for hairdressing when she was 18 years old and living in Cyprus. She has a raft of qualifications and has worked in some established UK salons for the last five years. Her speciality is hair colour and she’s known for her creativity. Tyler’s looking forward to welcoming new clients in Stamford - and learning about them and their lifestyle to meet their needs, so that they leave the salon feeling beautiful and confident. • The Loft Hair Boutique 10A St Paul’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2BE Tel: 01780 757781

Neal’s Yard Remedies’ organic facials at Be-Well Massage In addition to her signature ‘Natural Lift’ facial massage, November sees the addition of Neal’s Yard Remedies’ facials from Lynsey Saker at Be Well Massage (above The Loft Hair boutique). A 30 minute express facial (£20) is the perfect lunch break skin boost, with a power cleanse, tone, pressure point massage, face mask and moisturise. The Neal’s Yard Remedies’ holistic organic facial (£35) takes 60 minutes and incorporates light lymphatic drainage, after a double cleanse, polish or scrub, steam,

mask and moisturise. Or for real tranquility, the Neal’s Yard Remedies’ Luxury bespoke facial rejuvenation organic facial (£60 for 90 minutes) offers a longer tailor-made facial with massage, combined with a foot, leg or hand and arm massage – a perfect evening treatment to induce a state of deep relaxation. • Be-Well Massage The Loft Hair Boutique, 10A St Paul’s Street, Stamford PE9 2BE Tel: 01780 757781/07861 732792

Beautiful lashes at Equilibrium For beautiful, natural-looking lashes to take you through the whole of the party season, LVL lashes created by Equilibrium’s highly trained lash technicians are a must. LVL straightens your natural eyelashes at the root, so unlike a traditional lash perm, it creates the effect of longer, thicker, lifted lashes. The treatment costs £55 and takes just 60 minutes, with an instant effect that lasts for up to eight weeks. Combining the treatment with regular use of Nouveau Lashes conditioning serum means you could say goodbye to mascara for good. (A free consultation and patch test is required at least 48 hours prior to treatment). Book in for a set of LVL lashes at Equilibrium during November and receive a free conditioning serum worth £14.99. Offer valid until 25th November 2016, please quote LVLNOV at the time of booking. • Equilibrium, 7 St Paul’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2BE Tel: 01780 757579 STAMFORD LIVING NOVEMBER 2016

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Update on Flawless Faces Genevieve Potter discovers that winter’s going to be an exciting season for Neeta and the Flawless Faces team.


HERE’S something of a transformation happening within the Flawless Faces salon, situated at Stamford’s Scotgate. I recently caught up with owner Neeta, who was fizzing with excitement about the new products and services that will be on offer this season. Firstly, client demand for a ‘one stop’ service has led to the salon opening an integral hair salon. Using L’Oreal colour and products, clients can now get their hair expertly styled and coloured whilst making the most of the Flawless beauty menu, in one convenient visit. Jessica Geleration nails (£15, as an add-on to hair services) are proving particularly popular, with ‘mirror chromes’ – pictured, (£15 or £2.50 for individual nails) proving a must-have for the party season. There’s a sizeable 35% discount off all haircuts, colours and blow dries during November too. Medical aesthetic treatments are becoming more main stream and to meet this demand, Neeta has enlisted Dr Becky Coates of Anew Medical Aesthetics to visit clients at Flawless Faces. Qualified as a doctor for over five years, and working privately offering aesthetic treatments for the past two years, Dr Coates trained in Harley Street, and offers a range of


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aesthetic treatments from dermal fillers and wrinkle-relaxing injections to chemical peels and thread lifts. Brow threading has always been a speciality at Flawless Faces and therapist Ganga offers a precise, expert thread, to lift and define the brows, and open up the eyes, coupled with an eyebrow tint to provide more depth and definition, for just £16 for both, during November. Cassie is the go-to lash therapist at Flawless Faces and offers a full set of Nouveau Lashes for just £35 during November. These are customisable according to the client’s requirements, from very fine and natural, to full and dramatic. As well as the raft of new services, Flawless Faces’ clients can continue to enjoy Decléor facial and body treatments, manually applied Fake Bake tanning and Lycon waxing. Bookings can be made online and there are late nights until 8 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. • Flawless Faces, 17/18 Scotgate, Stamford PE92YQ Tel: 01780 660301


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Don’t ignore your stairs! We have all heard of curb appeal. About the front door being the first impression of your home, how important it is to make this space welcoming and appealing, especially to future buyers. Well, your stairs and landings are an extension of this. This is where you transition from room to room. The bones of your interior décor need to be carried through this space and yet it is so often ignored and left very dull. When the stairs, landings and hallways are forgotten it leaves the visitor (or future buyer!) low in expectation regarding the rest of the property. These transitional areas should always reflect a taster of what is to come. Here are a few tips. Rannveig Stone. Beeson Wright Ltd

ART WORK; Stair walls are often big and oddly shaped which allows for an eclectic display of artwork. Putting together a gallery of your favourite pieces or family pictures not only creates a strong visual impact but also encourages the use of the handrail. Therefore, keeping grubby little hands off freshly decorated walls! Anna Stone Design Ltd

BALANCE; Don’t be afraid to reposition or extend a staircase if the building will benefit. Beeson Wright did just this at their offices on Bath Row. By repositioning the staircase, work spaces were opened up and the raw ironwork and reclaimed oak finish became a strong visual feature in a relatively paired back interior. A small nondescript cottage staircase was transformed into an elegant inviting space by extending the bottom three steps out into the hall and installing a sweeping oak handrail and spiral newel post. The view through the length of the house to the stairwell is now inviting and elegant. Anna Stone Design Ltd

FEATURE WALL; Your stair may benefit from a feature wall colour or paper. If so pick your art work carefully and consider pieces that embody shades found on the feature wall.

LIGHTING; Lighting is important on stairs, you need to see where you are treading! Adding in low level wall lights will create a subtle glow highlighting the areas you need to see without illuminating the whole hall. Wall lights are another subtle lighting solution and on some staircases a striking pendant fitting in the centre of the well creates that wow factor. Try and keep the stair windows simple and fuss free this will also bring in more light. Stained glass works brilliantly here.

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OUTDATED; Yes, even staircases can become tired and outdated. About 20 years ago pine staircases stained orange and carpeted in a flat beige carpet were standard. In this day and age, a dull combo! By giving the stairs a lick of paint and investing in a new carpet runner you will create a ‘wow’ for very little effort.

BEFORE The tread and handrail were stained in a dark Jacobean oak. The riser, stringer and spindles were painted in a contrasting white. Topped off with a luxurious deep pile soft grey carpet, edges whipped in striking black; this staircase was transformed from its 1980s former self. Anna Stone Design Ltd.

MIRRORS; Mirrors create light and an illusion of space so definitely something to consider adding if your staircase is small and narrow.


For a dramatic effect chose contrasting finishes and accent stair runners and for a calm effect opt for soft oak and simple glass. There is a staircase for everyone!

BUDGET; whatever the budget your staircase can be interesting. If affording a statement runner is not on the radar, consider sanding and painting up your stairs in a vivid colour and wall papering or stencilling the risers to create a funky and interesting talking piece at very little cost.


• Introduce a feature wall and art gallery to keep mucky hand prints at bay. • Extend, move or tweak the structure of the staircase if it will improve the feel. • Contrast the handrail and treads with the risers and spindles for a fresh take • Install a carpet runner with contrast edging or vivid pattern as a focal point. • Budget Low? Create charm with decorative paint. • Use mirrors to open up the well and create more light. • Dramatic or subtle; Lighting adds that finishing touch

B I G B U D G E T vs S M A L L B U D G E T Consider a statement runner and matching Hall rug in a floral design by Alternative Flooring Floral carpeting by Alternative Flooring/Liberty’s @ Hunters. RRP £ 149 psqm;

CONTACTS: Hunters Interiors of Stamford; Tel; 01780 757946 Web; Anna Stone Design Ltd; Web; Tel; 07900883117 The Sack Store @ Stamford Garden Centre; Web; Tel; 01780 765656 CJ Carpets & Lighting; Web; www.cjcarpetsandlighting. com Tel; 01780 754825 Fenland Carpets; Web; www.fenlandcarpetsandflooring. Tel; 01780 755331 Lumison Lighting, 1 South St, Oakham LE15 6BG Tel: 01572 724600

A vintage Greek stone stair has been decoratively painted to create something unique. Consider waterbased but hard wearing, environmentally friendly paints from the Farrow and Ball palate to create something similar on the medieval stone stairs in Stamford! From £22 for 750ml of eggshell @ The Sack Store; Stamford Garden Centre A few local Artists; For that budding art collection.. Katie Cardew Web; Tel; 07825 333136 Gillian Durno Web; Tel; 07961 608172 Karen Neale Web; Tel; 07710 406 967. René Viner Web; Jane Hindmarch (via facebook) Rob Fogell Art Gallery Web; Tel; 01780 762099 Debbie Boon Web; Tel; 01780 722035 STAMFORD LIVING NOVEMBER 2016

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Stamford’s very own culinary heavyweight Kate Cadman is mightily impressed by Stamford’s everdeveloping Lamberts restaurant


N hour spent sampling the evening dinner menu at Lambert’s on Cheyne Lane has had a dramatic effect on my family. “Never again shall I pick from a menu, but will always ask the chef to choose for me,” exclaimed my daughter. The experience, she assured us, had ‘revolutionised’ her restaurant visits for the future. This profound moment occurred at the end of a trip to deli-by-day, fine-dining (Thursdays and Fridays evenings only at present)-by-night with two of my children aged 15 and 8. Owner and chef, Stephen Conway, chose a selection of dishes to serve, explaining that he likes to “use locally sourced ingredients” whenever he can. The menu changes monthly offering a selection of “seasonal” dishes. For starters we shared a game terrine wrapped in parma ham, served with fig chutney and toasted brioche and the assiette of salmon, which included some delicious beetroot and wasabi cured salmon. Both dishes were very flavoursome and it was a delight trying different elements of each and working out the tastes involved. Our next course was life-changing; my mushroom-detesting offspring made friends with the fleshy funghi after tasting an exquisite wild mushroom risotto served on a truffle salad bed. We also delighted over three slices of perfectly cooked beef fillet served over shredded brussel sprouts with pancetta and plated up alongside fondant potato and a rich carrot and maple puree. The experience had our taste buds singing. The anticipation prior to dessert was palpable as the culinary stakes had been raised so high. We weren’t disappointed. First a striking chocolate ganache and peanut butter cheesecake appeared (but not for long!) followed closely by an exceptional vanilla panna cotta served with poached peaches, plums and mixed berries and topped with crunchy salted caramel. The former pud was dark, mysterious and very rich, whilst the latter was light, fresh and fruity. To sum up, the meal was a delightful cacophony of tastes. The former residency of Stamford’s famous personality, Daniel Lambert, can definitely be described as a culinary heavyweight that punches way above its weight in terms of fine dining. Combine this with a warm, cosy and friendly atmosphere, making Lambert’s an ideal location for a delicious evening out. • For bookings contact: 01780 767063 or visit:

The Exeter Arms, Barrowden Rachel Bull finds much to enjoy in the pub we all love – set in a country idyll of a village


ITTING proud at the head of the quintessential village green with stunning views of the pond and fields beyond, The Exeter Arms is the perfect spot for a pub lunch. And inside doesn’t disappoint either… since reopening in April, husband and wife landlords Tom and Joanne Wade have managed to create one of those family-run pubs that you walk into and immediately feel very welcome and cosy in, like a home from home. We were intrigued by our starter of halloumi and carrot fritters with a tomato salsa, but on arrival they were an absolute dream, perfectly fragrant with cumin and fresh coriander. I followed with the hearty fish pie, which oozed with a bubbly roof of melted cheddar and mash. Packed full of smoked salmon, haddock and trout enveloped in a parsley cream sauce, no wonder it’s one of chef Fred’s most popular dishes.


And young Fred is quite the chef. Tracy raved about her Mediterranean vegetable and mozzarella filo tart – one to try whether you’re a veggie or not – and it’s clear from the way his food is presented that he’s a stickler for perfection. That and everything being freshly prepared and locally sourced. Their bread is from Kingscliffe Bakery, while one of the villagers catches the trout to be used the same day. It’s the entire ethos of the whole pub, as Joanne explains: “It’s a real priority for us to support local – we even get some of our herbs and vegetables from the villagers’ gardens and allotments.” It’s been a real community effort from the start, with villagers offering their time free-of-charge to help get ready for the re-opening in April. And the Wade family haven’t looked back since, their sights firmly fixed on their New Year’s Eve five-course gala and the various quiz nights, music nights and senior offers they’ve introduced. Six months on from opening its doors, it’s clear that The Exeter Arms is already a firm favourite with villagers and visitors alike. Most definitely worth a visit. 28 Main Street, Barrowden, LE15 8EQ Tel: 01572 747365


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December Lunch Specials

2 Courses £17.95 / 3 Courses £21.50 Served from 12pm until 2.30pm Tuesday – Friday

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2 Courses £24.50 / 3 Courses £29.50 including glass of mulled cider on arrival Served from 7pm until 9pm, Thursdays & Fridays

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‘The Study’ – one of Hambleton’s fabulous private dining rooms is perfect for Christmas parties of 8 – 16 guests, we are offering parties a Special Limited Choice Menu, Sunday to Thursday, £60.00 per person. beo o e of finest country house hotels, overlooking Rutland Water the hotel provides the most wonderful setting for a Christmas Party.

Salad of crab, bloody Mary, celery sorbet Ballotine of foie gras, toasted sourdough Salt baked celeriac, hazelnuts, hickory dressing

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*** Pan fried fillet of seabass, fennel, olives, bouillabaisse sauce Loin of pork, endive, red cabbage, Armagnac sauce Loin of fallow venison, artichoke, sour cabbage, cocoa flavoured sauce

Log fires, beautiful Christmas trees, sensational Christmas decorations and at the end of the evening lovely bedrooms to rest your weary head.

If you would like to stay after your Christmas Party and book two or more bedrooms on a Sunday to Thursday, we are offering a special rate of £230.00 per night, based on 2 people sharing one of our Standard double bedrooms, including full Hambleton breakfast & vat.

*** Almond Amaretto soufflé Chocolate tart, orange sorbet Terrine of pear and blackberry, salted caramel ice cream *** Coffee, Chocolates All menus are subject to a discretionary service charge of 12.5%

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A Meal in a Mug


F like me, the winter months mean comfort eating and all those pounds lost during the summer months being rapidly regained, a soup can be a filling but healthy alternative to jacket potatoes oozing with butter or hot toasted sandwiches. For those with gluten intolerance, soups are often gluten-free so they make a nutritious ready meal. Have a go at cooking one of these fabulous recipes for satisfying winter soups, which literally are a ‘Meal in a Mug’.


Preparation is often the most time consuming thing about making soup. Once the preparation is complete then the dish comes together very quickly. If you own a food processor, use it to chop peeled vegetables in individual batches. It saves so much time. Use the pulse button so as not to chop the vegetables too small.


NE of my favourite soups is a fragrant Indian Mulligatawny soup, spiced with curry and made from creamy red lentils, carrots, apples and coconut milk. A great soup to serve on Bonfire night.

Bonfire Night Vegetable Muligatawny

At Your Desk Minestrone

Serves 6 on, finely chopped 50g smoked streaky bac 1 medium onion d, washed and finely 2 stalks of celery, trimme chopped finely chopped 175g carrots, washed and es 150g chopped tin tomato 1 clove garlic, crushed ys, wash and finely 225g leeks, split lengthwa chopped shed and finely 175g green cabbage, wa shredded 75g shortcut macaroni 25g butter 1tblsp olive oil etable stock 1.5 litres chicken or veg ee pur 1 dsp tomato sley 2 tblsp chopped fresh par ck pepper bla led mil salt and freshly san me par ted gra y shl lots of fre To serve e oil in a large • Heat the butter and oliv on and cook for bac the saucepan, then add adding the onion, a minute or two before carrots and then followed by the celery and shed garlic and cru the in the tomatoes. Stir n cover and cook some salt and pepper, the s or so, to allow the ute very gently for 20 min asionally to prevent occ Stir at. swe vegetables to the vegetables sticking. and bring to the boil • Next, pour in the stock mer gently for about 1 and then cover and sim hour. prepared leeks, • After an hour, stir the tomato puree into the cabbage, macaroni and , for a further 10 red ove stock and cook, unc al dente. Finally, is ta pas the il unt minutes or the minestrone ve stir in the parsley and ser ntities of freshly qua us ero sprinkled with gen grated parmesan.


As we progress headlong into the Winter, Deborah Pennell looks at sumptuous soups that make wonderful winter lunches; which can be taken to work with you in a flask, or brought out at fireworks parties to warm the cockles

Serves 6 50g butter or 2floz olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 carrot, peeled and diced 1 red jalapeno chilli, seeded and diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 tsp peeled and minced fresh ginger 2 small firm apples, peeled, cored and diced 400g tin chopped tomatoes 1 tblsp curry powder 1 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground turmeric 1/4 tsp ground cardamom 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 185g red lentils (uncooked) 750ml chicken or vegetable stock 170ml canned unsweetened coconut milk Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Roasted cashew nuts, chopped coriander and, spring onions for garnish Serve with warm Naan bread

• Melt butter in a large saucepan over a medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot, and jalapeno, and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the onions have softened. • Add the garlic, ginger, apples, and diced tomatoes to the pan. Sauté for another 3 minutes, then add in all of the spices and toss to coat. Add in the lentils and stock and let the contents come to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. • Purée about 75% of the ingredients using either a hand held blender or by transferring a portion of the contents to the bowl of a standard blender. Leave some of the chunks whole, as it adds a nice texture and consistency to the soup. Return the soup to the pan if needed, and stir in the coconut milk. Taste, and adjust seasoning as needed. • Serve, topped with toasted cashew nuts and spring onions, along with naan bread for dipping.


F you just do not have the time, or the inclination to make your own soups, then pop into one of our local cafés or delis who will provide you with a whole array of wonderful offerings. DIRECTORY OF DELICIOUS ‘SOUPS TO GO’: The Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street 01780 763203 Stamford Delicatessen, 39 High Street 01780 755772 Lamberts, 5 Cheyne Lane 01780 767063 Javawocky, 72 High Street 01780 757637 Georges Sandwich Shop, St Mary Street 01780 756766 Fine Foods Store, 37 St Mary’s Street 01780 754222


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Lunch for the Hungry Crew - Goulash Soup with dumplings Serves 6 450g braising steak 1 tblsp olive oil 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 tblsp plain flour 2 tblsp hot paprika 1/4 tsp dried marjoram 1/2 tsp caraway seeds 1 clove garlic, crushed salt and freshly ground pepper 400g tin chopped tomatoes 1.5ltrs beef stock 1tsp tomato puree 450g potatoes, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes 1 green or red pepper, deseeded and chopped 150ml soured cream • Trim off any excess fat from the meat and cut into 1cm pieces. Heat the oil in a large heavy based saucepan and fry in small batches until browned all over. Remove to a plate. • Add the onion to the pan and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes or until lightly brown, stirring to prevent sticking. • Return the meat to the pan and sprinkle in the flour, paprika, marjoram and caraway seeds. • Add the garlic, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir well and cook for a minute. Add the tomatoes and stock. Bring to the boil, cover and turn down to a simmer. Simmer gently for 45 minutes.

OUPS have long been served with a drizzle of cream handful of regulat and ion croutons but these days we ha wonderful alterna ve tives.

• Stir in the tomato puree, potatoes and chopped pepper, bring back to a simmer, cover and cook gently for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Dumplings are an incredibly simple thing to make and a great accompaniment to hearty soups. The following recipe can be used in many other dishes as well. Add chopped herbs or grated cheese to make them more interesting. For the Dumplings 110g SR flour 50g shredded suet salt and freshly ground pepper • Mix the flour and shredded suet in a bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add enough cold water to make a smooth, elastic dough – this will be approximately 6-8 tablespoonfuls. • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured board and divide into 12 small dumplings. Place them onto the soup and just let them float. Replace the lid and simmer for a further 25minutes. • Check the seasoning of the soup and serve; making sure that everyone gets at least one dumpling! • Garnish with a spoonful of soured cream and a sprinkling of paprika.

Here are some ide as for pimping yo ur soup: Pumpkin seeds an d a drizzle of the wonderfully colou unctuous pumpkin red, seed oil Sunflower seeds Toasted pine nuts or cashew nuts Gremolata – a garn ish made with chop ped parsley, garlic grated lemon zest. and Fresh herbs such as chopped coriand er, flat leaf parsley lemon thyme, purp , chives, le basil Parmesan crouton s Saffron infused Gr eek yogurt Have a variety of delicious accompa niments for your Batch bake in ad soup. vance and store in the freezer: Savoury scones wi th cheese and herb s, roasted onion, th cheese, rosemary ree and sundried toma to. Roasted garlic Fla tbreads Sourdough rolls Gigantic Parmesan Cheese Straws


Freeze soup in portions in re-sealable bags. Scones and breads freeze well too and can be prepared in batches, frozen down and then taken out to defrost the evening before they are required. These are all time saving tips.


N a larger scale, should you need an outdoor caterer who specialises in soups and bowl food, then look no further than Kings Cliffe based Rachael Kelley. Trading as The Little Soup Kitchen from her quirky converted 1976 Citroen Hvan, named Hugo. Rachael can be found on the farmers market at Oundle on a Thursday, at Rugby training/ matches at Oundle Rugby club on a Sunday morning, at Rockingham Castle Horse Trials in the Spring and events as far flung as the British Summertime Festival in Hyde Park, which takes place annually in July and then closer to home, at the Peterborough Green Meadows Festival. Serving extremely delicious soups, sandwiches and chillis alongside wonderful teas, coffees and cakes, the unit can also be hired for private parties. Rachael Kelley 07807 119906 Facebook the Little Soup Kitchen STAMFORD LIVING NOVEMBER 2016

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DAVID BUKOWICKI EXECUTIVE HEAD CHEF OF BARNSDALE LODGE At 35 years old David Bukowicki, Executive Head Chef of Barnsdale Lodge has an exceptional food knowledge. Having travelled the world as a chef, Deborah Pennell takes time to meet him, as he comes home to roost, close to the shores of Rutland Water. Tell me a little bit about yourself? I’m originally from inner city Leeds but these days I live with my partner near Mansfield. We are currently looking to relocate to this area but are struggling to find the ‘perfect’ house. At the moment I am making the journey every day; this doesn’t phase me, but it is quite tiring. Where did you train to become a chef? I trained whilst working in different kitchens around the UK and the world. I started work as a kitchen porter at 14 years old and really enjoyed the kitchen environment, so decided I would like to progress into the world of becoming a chef. I gained my Level 2 NVQ whilst on a work placement, but mostly my experience has come from working with exceptional people. What jobs have you had since working as a Chef? I have had a great variety of jobs since deciding to become a chef. I travelled the world, picking up chef jobs as I went, in order to earn some money. I suppose the most notable places I have worked are, The Square in London which is a Michelin 2* restaurant, The Devonshire Arms nr Bolton Abbey and Pool Court in Leeds which also has a Michelin star. In Australia I had my most varied jobs, everything from working in a restaurant in a mining town, to contract catering for railway workers in the Outback. How did you hear about the job vacancy at Barnsdale Lodge? I was in the process of looking for a new job and Barnsdale Lodge was advertised through a catering agency. Who are your influences when it comes to Chefs? I would always champion Jeff Baker at Pool Court and Philip Howard from The Square in London, they both taught be so much, but generally I have loads of my own ideas picked up during my travels, and I transport them to the plate. Have you ever cooked for anyone famous? At Pool Court we catered for all the functions


at Castle Howard. I know there have been many Heads of State and definitely Prince Andrew on one occasion. Others include Mark Webber, The Formula One driver. Film Director, Oliver Stone and actor Tim Robbins. I’m not sure if it was as a result of my food, but I cooked for cricketers Kevin Petersen and Andrew Strauss on two consecutive evenings and they both went on to score a 100 the next day! Give me an interesting fact about the kitchens at Barnsdale Lodge We really do champion local produce – our trout is delivered fresh from Rutland Water and filleted in the kitchens here; and Game comes from an Estate 10 minutes up the road. You run a very busy kitchen here at Barnsdale Lodge, with so many function rooms, dining rooms and areas to eat. How many staff do you have helping you? At present I have 9 chefs and 3 kitchen porters who all work very hard to achieve our success. How often do you change the menu? We change the menu with the seasons so Spring, Summer, and Winter but always have specials on, and add and takeaway dishes all the time. If you could choose your favourite dish what would it be? It would have to be Mediterranean food such as Paella, chorizo, octopus or seafood. Who is your favourite celebrity Chef? Marco Pierre White - he is a real personality and very hands on. I admire his hard work and dedication to the industry. What are your interests outside of work? I love travelling, which has taken me to many countries around the world. Most recently I

spent 2 weeks in Panama and Cuba. A great friend is Head Chef at Trump Tower in Panama City. We spent a wonderful evening eating great food on the top deck, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sport is also a great passion. I support Leeds United Football Club, Leeds Rhinos Rugby League and, of course, Yorkshire Cricket. I enjoy a round of golf or two when I get some free time.

• Barnsdale Lodge is open to residents and non-residents, serving breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Private dining is available and a good sized function room is perfect for weddings, charity evenings and other events. Barnsdale Lodge The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, LE15 8AH 01572 724678


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Great Food Club Christmas gift ideas Locally produced food and drink make great festive pressies. Here are a few ideas from the Great Food Club network… WORDS: MATT WRIGHT

Helen Buff Handmade Chocolates

Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin

An afternoon spent with a neighbour who worked in the chocolate industry led to Helen Buff of Market Overton, Rutland, setting up her own chocolate business. She hand-makes all her chocolates using quality moulds and Callebaut chocolate – the brand used by many master chocolate makers and pastry chefs. As well as plain, dark, milk and white, she uses coloured and flavoured chocolate including strawberry, lemon, honey and caramel. Lustre powders can be added, as well as edible cocoa butters for logos and pictures – ideal for festive gifts. Helen prides herself on her versatility, making virtually any chocolate object you want. She supplies chocolate horseshoes to Oakham Castle and museum gift shops, chocolate bars to local shops and has made hearts, crickets bats, owls, handbags and gift boxes. We particularly like the chocolate sprouts! Helen has a vast range of moulds already and will endeavour to make anything you want. What’s more, Great Food Club members get a free 75g bag of handmade buttons with every order over £5. Just mention you are a member when ordering.

Andy Hoyle’s Sloeberry Spirits is located next to Northfield Farm Shop on Northfield Farm in Cold Overton, Leicestershire, but is a separate business. Andy produces exquisite bottles of fruity spirits that make perfect Christmas gifts, including flagship product Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin, plus Whisky & Wild Damson, Vodka & Blackberry and Gin & Raspberry. Of these, two drinks – the Melton Sloe Gin and the Gin & Raspberry – have won Gold Stars in the UK Great Taste Awards. Andy says: “We take the finest spirits, add farm hedgerow fruits and leave them to infuse naturally for several months. No additives are needed and much of the fruit we hand-pick ourselves from hedgerows in and near Melton Mowbray.” The slender, tall bottles of Sloeberry Spirits make brilliant gifts. The Melton Mowbray Sloe Gin (one GTA Gold Star in 2013) is a classic winter tipple and the Gin & Raspberry (two GTA Gold Stars in 2014) is also a fabulous combination. Great Food Club members can get 10% off all online orders of Sloeberry Spirits using the promotional code GF2014.



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The Pickled Shop

Bat & Bottle

The Pickled Village produces a large, inventive and enticing range of chutneys, pickles and jams, all prepared in the traditional way in small batches. And now they’ve set up the online Pickled Shop too so you can order their lavish goodie boxes for next day delivery. There are eight differently themed boxes, each available in small, medium and large, and they don’t just include preserves – expect cheese, gin, chocolate, biscuits and more. The Pickled Village was founded by Camille Ortega McLean in 2008 and the brand’s home is the thatched village shop in the rural idyll of Bulwick, Northamptonshire. The shop is beautiful and well worth a visit, stocking a range of hand-picked fine foods, hampers, as well as Pickled Village products. Says Camille: “Pickled Village recipes derive from the four corners of the world but all have a local flavour, whether from locally sourced natural ingredients or from adding a traditional English twist to an exotic recipe.” Favourites include ‘Morning After Marmalade’, ‘The Intoxicating One’, ‘The Amorous Breakfast, fiery ‘Peps’ and ‘The Red Rapscallion’

Bat and Bottle of Oakham is a small but sassy business that specialises in importing wine from Italy. If you want to seriously impress a wine lover in your life this Christmas then look no further. Don’t expect to see Bat and Bottle wines on the supermarket shelves – Ben and Emma Robson, co-founders, have spent over 20 years seeking out artisan producers, smallscale wineries, oddities and surprises, to offer truly individual wines. Ben says: “Our policy is to find customers for our wines rather than

wines for our customers. The result is a very personal wine selection, a genuine reflection of our tastes.” Emma and Ben founded Bat and Bottle in 1994 as a ‘van and kitchen table’ operation and originally sold cricket bats alongside the interesting wines. The cricket side came and went but the passion for wine remains. A subscription to Bat & Bottle’s Wine Club would make a brilliant Christmas present.

Share the love! Have you enjoyed amazing food and service recently? Maybe you had an awesome kebab at Zada, a spectacular meal at The King’s Arms in Wing or got so comfortable in a wonderful local pub that you nodded off. If so, please share the love! Great Food Club’s brand new website lets you rate the places we recommend. And the really great thing is that your rating will feed into Great Food Club’s Top 100 leaderboard. The Top 100 will be an at-a-glance guide to the places we recommend with the best ratings. So please go to, search by place or location and give the places you know a star rating. Your opinion matters and will help to push your favourite places to the top of the leaderboard.

Get the 2017 Handbook The Great Food Club Handbook 2017 is out now. With over 100 pages, the new Handbook is a handbag- or glovebox-sized publication with one simple aim: to guide you to some of the best independent restaurants, pubs, farm shops, breweries, food producers, delis and cafes. It is available to buy now for £4.95 including postage. Go to, scroll to the bottom of the home page and click ‘Buy the Handbook’.

Join Great Food Club With its new editing team, Great Food Club is on a mission to unearth brilliant food and drink gems in your area and beyond. We currently recommend around 320 pubs, restaurants, producers and food shops, and around 200 of them run exclusive offers for Great Food Club members. Offers include 10% off at Stamford Cheese Cellar, 10% off at The Tobie Norris, a complimentary cocktail when you dine from the a la carte menu at The Olive Branch, 10% off at The King’s Arms in Wing, and 25% off at The Fox & Hounds in Exton. It is completely free to join and get a membership card – no catches – and we never share your data – sign up at

About the writer

Matt Wright founded and runs, a Leicestershire-based website that celebrates and promotes local food and drink. His Great Food Club Handbook 2017 is out now


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Stamford Christmas Gift Guide Stamford’s high-street is ready for Christmas and our many independent shops are well stocked with gift ideas for everyone. It’s always hard to choose what gifts to include in this guide as the choice is absolutely huge, but we do encourage you to go out, explore our great shops and shop local - you will not be disappointed! WORDS & PICTURES: ELLI DEAN.

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Artisan Gins from £32 Spanish Tapas pottery from £3.99 Jam trio gift pack £15


Wacoal Chrystalle brief (£30) and longline bra (£64)

Stamford School prints from Katie Cardew Illustrations

Katie Cardew launches a very special print range, starring Stamford School, Stamford High School and Stamford Junior School. Katie is also able to personalise each print with your children/ their school friends. Prices are £70 for a mounted and signed print and £120 for a white framed print, also signed. Size is 16x8” (unframed). Katie will donate 15% of the sale price to the charity Team George. To purchase, please visit



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MAWI tiered ‘emeralds’ slogan necklace, £150 (RRP £461)


Classic Filofax £68 72 Derwent Watercolour Pencils, £143.75

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Pantherella Fine English Socks, prices from £14.50

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Country Traditionals

Mini Mug with Bay & Rosemary scented candles (filled with St. Ival candles), £12.95

Ewe Wool Shop

Knitting & Needle Roll, £26.99 for both

The Rutland Notebook Hardbound in Stamford from luxury leather with an integral pen loop and a popper closure. It comes in a range of 9 colours and is made with British manufactured paper. Personalisation and gift boxes are available at extra cost. Tel. 01780 762550

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The New THOMAS SABO Love Coin series is all about personalisation and creating unique, meaningful pieces. Various colours, shapes and up to 50 engraving options. Free engraving in store now! from £25.95

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Family membership for £30.00, giving two adults and two children enjoyment of the gardens throughout the year. Alternatively, the Sweet Pea Tin is a great present for the enthusiastic gardener. Costing £22.00, it comes complete with six packets of named sweet pea seeds, labels, a pencil and an attractive seed tin to keep your packets safe. For all products, please go to:

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Photographs capture a moment in time that create a permeant memory. Why not give your loved one a voucher for a photos sitting at ShutterBox Photography studio in Stamford? Vouchers available from £10. Email: Tel: 07580 388880

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Girl guiding has a long history of empowering girls and young women to be their best –Antonia Scott switches off technology and enjoys the great outdoors!

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that they share with members around the world: “I promise that I will do my best to think about my beliefs and to be kind and helpful.” Brownies are aged between seven and ten years old and the meetings are full of adventures and activities, frequently ones that the Brownies have suggested themselves. Brownies make lots of friends and are encouraged to do their best according to their abilities. They meet weekly and there are often opportunities to take part in special events throughout the year - such as sleepovers, holidays and day-trips. Meetings and adventures provide a wide range of activities from outdoor challenges to learning new skills. Brownies get involved in community action projects and look at the wider world. Brownies are relevant to today’s girls, by keeping up-todate with new and exciting activities, whilst still maintaining the traditional skills and badges.

From a small handful of girls who gate-crashed the first ever Scout rally, demanding ‘something for the girls’, Girl guiding has grown into a vast and vibrant network of members across the UK. The Guide Association was established in 1909 - thanks to the efforts of many intrepid girls who refused to accept that scouting was ‘just for boys’. Soon, these young women began completing badges in sailing, aviation and home electrics. Later still, Girl guiding members were making important contributions to the First World War effort – growing food, acting as messengers for government organisations and working in hospitals, factories and soup kitchens. Girl guiding has now been established for over 100 years, and members are still pushing boundaries and achieving great things. Guiding sections are: - Rainbows – age 5-7 - Brownies – age 7-10 - Guides – age 10-14 - Senior Section – age 14-25

Local Clubs:

Rainbows are girls aged five to seven and the group sessions are all about having fun! They play games and activities as part of a programme called the ‘Rainbow Jigsaw’. Every activity helps to develop each Rainbow to think for herself, in a safe girl-only environment. They ‘look, learn, laugh and love’ at each weekly meeting. Rainbows make a simple ‘Promise’

1st Ketton Rainbows is run by ‘Bluebell’ - Rosie McCrone every Tuesday from 4.30pm – 5.15pm. 1st Ketton Brownies: is run every Tuesday evening from 5.30pm - 7.00pm by Brown Owl, Louise Taylor. Tel: 07759369454.” 6th Stamford Brownies – Conduit Road, Stamford – Every Tuesday. For more information:



Every year the Scouts Organisation help over 450,000 young people in the UK enjoy new adventures, interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Scouts are the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation and aim to change lives by offering 6 to 25 year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that they make a positive impact in communities. Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential by learning to develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. Their ultimate aim is to help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world. Beaver Scouts are the first and youngest Section in the Scouting family, open to young people (both boys and girls) between six and eight years old. Children can join Beaver Scouts in the three months leading up to their sixth birthday and move to the next Section, Cub Scouts, between seven years and six months and eight years six months. LOCAL CLUBS: 2nd Stamford Beavers (Empingham Road) Wednesday 6pm – 7pm Cubs (Kestrels) (Empingham Road) Tuesday 6.30pm – 8pm Cubs (Kingfisher) (Drift Road) Wednesday 6.30pm – 8pm Scouts (Empingham Road) Thursday 7pm – 8.30pm and some Saturdays 6th Stamford Beavers - St. Johns Thursday 5pm – 6pm Beavers – All Saints Thursday 6.15pm – 7.15pm Cubs – St. Johns Thursday 5pm – 6.30pm Cubs – All Saints Thursday 6.45pm – 8.15pm Scouts - Thursday 7.30pm – 9pm 1st Ketton Beavers - Wednesday 6pm – 7pm Cubs - Wednesday 7.15pm –8.45pm Scouts - Monday – 7pm – 9pm For more information: Trevor Watson Email: Tel: 07875 498 018


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achievable. “Recovery for me was a gradual process, rather than an overnight change but recovery is possible and that is the message I want to convey. Reaching out for help is a brave and courageous step and it is completely understandable that there will be many fears in doing so. However, I know from experience that asking for help is a valuable, and sometimes life-changing step. Nobody has to go through these issues on their own.” Jessica has now spent the last three years working as a counsellor in an NHS setting as part of a team of in-house counsellors at a local GP Surgery. She also works from a dedicated therapy room at her home in Barnack, where she provides a quiet, relaxed setting. Passions and Beliefs: “I am keen to raise awareness of eating disorders and self harm and I am passionate about the benefits of counselling to help with these issues. Counselling helped me to understand why I was struggling with food and self-harm. It enabled me to talk about and understand my emotions and then find less destructive ways to manage my emotions. I see people who have diagnosed eating disorders, but I also support clients who are struggling with weight issues, body image issues, disordered eating or a difficult relationship with food. It saddens me to see how many people are using food to manage their lives. Using food becomes a way of regulating our emotions when no other coping mechanism works - such as chatting to a friend or going for a run.”

Antonia Scott speaks to Jessica Towle MBACP on her passion for helping others How it all began: Jessica Towle grew up in Ketton and went to Stamford High School where she did her GCSEs before moving to Stamford College to study Modern Languages at A Level. After studying French at University College, London she returned to Stamford and has lived in Barnack since 2002. “Whilst studying for my GCSE exams in the late 1980s, I developed Bulimia Nervosa. (Definition, according to Beat, the UK’s leading eating disorder charity: ‘A serious mental illness where people feel that they have lost control over their eating and evaluate themselves according to their body shape and weight.) Although at first it was about losing weight and altering my body shape, it soon became a way I coped with my emotions, in particular, the pressure of exams, studying and fitting in at school. I continued to struggle with this illness and self-harming behaviours during my teens and throughout my twenties. At this time, there was little specialist support available and even less openness or awareness of mental health problems. It was incredibly hard to reach out for help because of the shame and stigma attached. I felt guilty and ashamed for having these problems – being pre Internet, I had little or no support and often felt like I was the only person in the world who selfharmed. It was my dark secret, but it was also my coping mechanism. It was a physical release for the emotional pain I felt. Looking back, I realise that keeping it secret drove it further underground and compounded my negative feelings. Despite wanting to get better, it took many years to find the help and support I needed. I saw numerous counsellors before I found the person that was right for me. I believe a counsellor should make you feel validated, safe, heard, comfortable, understood, seen for who you are and occasionally challenged, but never threatened. There really does need to be a good ‘fit’ and connection between counsellor and client. It was my positive experience of counselling that finally enabled me to begin my recovery and ignited a desire to support others on their own unique journey to emotionally healthier and happier places.” Coming Full Circle: Having fully recovered over ten years ago, Jessica decided to train as a counsellor, drawing on and sharing her own personal experience to give others hope that recovery from mental distress is

Raising Awareness: A recent report from YoungMinds shows that teenage girls today are facing unprecedented levels of stress and pressures which are damaging their wellbeing – describing it as the ‘perfect storm’ of social, emotional, school and sexual pressures, including the need to look ‘right’, to do well in school, to fit in and to get a good job. Jessica firmly believes that social media exacerbates many of these worries and fears, making it hard to shut out pressures or gain perspective on realistic expectations. “I feel there is a huge pressure on young people to be constantly ‘available’ online - I would say it has never been a more difficult time to be a teenager. The pressure caused by social media can increase anxiety levels, disrupt sleep and lead to depression.” Speaking out about mental illness can change lives. Jessica hopes that one day we reach a point where our mental health is given the same value as our physical health and that we end the stigma so often associated with mental health.

Jessica Towle MBACP Tel: 07920118454 jessica-towle USEFUL WEBSITES: STAMFORD LIVING NOVEMBER 2016

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‘Savers’ batten down the hatches with low interest rates This month, our local property investment advisor David Crooke, author of the ‘Rutland and Stamford Property News’, online blog and Managing Director of UPP Property Agents addresses the impact of the continuing low interest rate for ‘money savers’ versus the financial rewards potentially available for buy-to-let landlords.


HE Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee’s decision in early August to cut the base rate to an all-time low of 0.25% indicates that savers should prepare themselves for interest rates to stay low well into the early 2020s. The ‘yield’ (a posh word for interest rates and return) on Government 10-year bonds is currently 0.61%. This indicates that the money markets believe that The Bank of England’s base rate will, on average over the next 10 years, be below the 0.61% rate they are buying the 10-year bonds at (because they would lose money if the average was over 0.61%). UK interest rates are going to be low for a long time. For those who have saved throughout their working lives and are looking for ways to maximise on savings, tying money into property could prove advantageous. At the time of searching, the best deal on the internet was a 5-year fixed rate at 2.5% pa with ‘Weatherbys Bank’. A considerable £200,000 ‘nest egg’

or inheritance windfall would earn £5,000 pa – not much of a return. Conversely, growth in Oakham house prices and princely buy-tolet yields have made property investment in Oakham an appealing option for many. Very interestingly, the average yield over the last 5 years for Oakham buy-to-let property has been 5% pa, and average property values over the same period have risen by a very respectable 21.1% Using these averages, it can be said an Oakham landlord’s property would be worth

£242,200 and they would have received a total of £50,000 in rent – generating a total return of £292,200. Meanwhile, looking at our ‘savers’ (using the average savings rates for the last 5 years - even if they had reinvested the interest), their £200,000 would only be £221,184. There are of course risks as well as benefits with buy-to-lets though, and investing in buyto-let means locking up capital in a property that may fall in value. Another option would be stock market income based investment funds, which are paying around 5%, especially if paying into a tax free stocks and shares ISA. The other side of the coin is it is impossible to buy an unloved stock market income based investment fund and set about renovating it and adding value personally. • For trustworthy advice on buying, selling, renting and managing your homes and property investments in Rutland and Stamford, please call UPP Property Agents on 01572 725825 or email

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IFE’S journey often starts with working hard, buying a house and then eventually paying off the mortgage. However, very few of us would want to include moving into a retirement home and selling our house to pay for care among those achievements. But last year, that is exactly what happened to a staggering 45,000 people – all of whom had to sell their home to pay for their care. Care home fees can range from £40,000-£50,000 per year, so it’s easy to see how the value of a house can be eroded. Only when assets reduce to £23,250 will a Local Authority contribute to the fees, and an individual will continue paying for their care until their assets drop to £14,250. However, careful planning can ensure that it is possible to work hard, pay off your mortgage and pass your hard earned assets to your children. This is a situation that can affect anyone. And with estimates that one in four people will live until the ripe old age of 100, it’s a growing problem that can be tackled by planning early. The best method for a couple involves making new Wills. Making a new Will does not need to be daunting and it can make a huge difference. Most simple Wills leave all assets to the spouse and then to the children on the second person’s death. But these Wills miss a huge opportunity. Planning involves a two stage process of firstly looking at how your assets are currently owned, and then making new Wills leaving assets to each other in such a way that the survivor is completely safeguarded, but so that maximum protection is achieved. Once both steps are carried out, you gain the reassurance of knowing that you will not have worked all your life simply to see your hard earned assets disappear, but that you have instead planned as best as you possibly can for your family’s future. • For further information on care home fee planning or to discuss the opportunity of making a new Will or amending an existing one, contact Sarah Westwood at Buckles Solicitors LLP on 01780 484530 or visit STAMFORD LIVING NOVEMBER 2016

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Under Fine Wraps – One Year On U

NDER Fine Wraps, a luxury gift and hamper company, completed their first year in business this month, and as their second Christmas approaches, the founder Clare Underwood reflected on the last 12 months by saying: “It’s been a busy and challenging year with some exciting developments along the way. Christmas 2015 was a great success having received support from many local and regional businesses.” Early 2016 saw the introduction of their trade registered Manper® range – hampers just for men. This product range is continuing to develop and in May this year Under Fine Wraps became Partners with Not On The High Street in which their Fiery Food & Fine Ales Manper® flew out the door. The Manper® range continues to develop with its Beer & Cheese Manper® and latest addition, The Hot Highland Whisky Manper®. Coming soon, and in time for Christmas, are the Festive Beer Manper® and Curry and Fine Food Manper® - ideal gifts for men who love curry and cooking leftover turkey! As for Christmas 2016, Under Fine Wraps have been busy refining their existing festive range, introducing a ‘gluten free’ hamper and cheeseboard. “Christmas is our busy period for supplying businesses and our mainstream hampers are very popular, however, we can also provide a bespoke hamper service where needed”. Under Fine Wraps continues to work closely with producers who have a passion for using only the best ingredients. “It’s always good to find or hear from new suppliers with great tasting, British products. • To find out more about ‘Manpers’ and other hampers and gifts in their range, visit www. or search for #Manper, #Manpers on social media. Subscribers to our newsletter will receive a 10% discount voucher – see website for newsletter details. Like us on Twitter: @UnderFineWraps Instagram: UnderFineWraps

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HE Stamford Wi only formed back in February this year and is already a booming success, with over 70 members, diverse in age from early 20s - late 80s. This lovely picture was taken at the August meeting, with beautiful home-made bunting included! • If you are interested in joining, they meet at 7.30pm every 3rd Wednesday of each month at Stamford Cricket Club. Or get in touch with Karen Benson via Maples of Stamford (01780 752725)

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N exciting new service is being offered in Stamford designed to help young children deal with emotional problems. Amanda Seyderhelm, is a qualified Play Therapist, who specialises in working with 4-11-year-olds, helping them, and their families, deal with issues such as parental divorce, bereavement, bullying and serious illness. Amanda’s clinic is the first of its kind in the area and runs twice a week from the Broad Street Practice. “One in three children suffer from anxiety and one in six pupils in a classroom are bereaved,” says Amanda. “Often the children who need the most help get overlooked; they may be quiet and withdrawn. I work with children using a play therapy ‘toolkit’ which includes storytelling, painting, music, drawing and a sand tray. If a child is very ‘stuck’ it may be that their emotions are too deep seated for them to paint or draw. Quite often in these cases children choose to make a story in


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the sand using the toys available.” This type of play therapy allows a child to re-enact and revisit an experience and literally play out their experience. Play is known to have a positive effect on the neural pathways of the brain allowing new connections to be created which in turn enables a child to feel happier and more relaxed. Play therapy produces profound results, particularly in children with very difficult behaviour. Warning signs that a child has underlying emotional issues may include a dip in academic performance; a change in eating habits; sleep disturbance; hyperactivity; poor concentration or anger issues. Parents concerned about the emotional wellbeing of their child can seek support from Amanda who, after an initial assessment with parents and the child’s school, will advise on a programme of weekly visits. During these sessions, the child is encouraged to build up a trusting relationship with Amanda, often in a non-verbal way, which allows them to ‘feel heard’ and feel included resulting in a rise in self-esteem and confidence. “It’s not a quick fix. It often takes time to identify the root problem,” adds Amanda. In addition to her work in Stamford, Amanda spends one day a week at Great Ormond

Street Hospital working with seriously ill and terminally ill children and their families. She has also worked with Malcolm Sargent School, Copthill and Catmose Primary in Oakham. Anthea Bentley, Osteopath and co-founder of The Broad Street Practice said: “Amanda’s work will complement that being done by Vanessa Brown, our counsellor who specialises in helping teens, adolescents and young adults with the multitude of pressures and issues they experience.” • The Broad Street Practice on 01780 480889 or

There is an information evening at the practice on Thursday 10th November 6.30-7.30 on the work of our Youth Counsellor and Play Therapist in improving the mental and emotional well-being of children and young people. The event is free, but entry is by ticket only (from reception) - tickets can be exchanged for a glass of prosecco on the night! They also plan to fundraise for the Phoebe Research Fund on the evening.


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QKS Kitchens just keeps getting better


KS has recently invested substantially in the next generation of kitchens for its showrooms. Malcolm Brandwood, owner, is one of the kitchen industry’s best known characters, and he is a great believer in buying British wherever possible – for quality, value and above all service support. Two of the main brands he stocks, Sheraton and Charles Yorke, are both UK businesses. QKS Kitchens was Sheraton’s first customer when they started out near Doncaster 15 years ago, and they remain customer Account No. 0001 on Sheraton’s books. George Clarke of Amazing Spaces, who is Sheraton’s Brand Ambassador, recently signed his new book to Malcolm with the words ‘To our first and oldest customer – congratulations Malcolm.’ Malcom sees the Sheraton offering as going from strength to strength. In the kitchens recently installed in the showroom you will find stylish


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kitchens with great features and, together with NEFF appliances, you can be sure of a state-of-the-art kitchen. Available now, for example, is the slide open ‘Bake Off’ oven as it has become fondly known, with a front opening that goes back into the wall and a proving tray beneath. Downstairs there is an absolutely stunning Charles Yorke installation, for when you are looking for the absolute top of the market – a really classic look. QKS have two very skilled kitchen designers in Andrew and John who can bring your project to life and ensure its practicality. They are backed up by a highly advanced CAD system that allows for a multiplicity of options to be explored. QKS can truly be described as the ‘Kitchen Kings’. Take a look next time you are passing at the new showroom offerings. • QKS Kitchens, The Maltings, Barnack Rd, Stamford PE9 2NA Tel: 01780 756514


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UPDATES Power Your Ride with an Electric Bike

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UTLAND Cycling has launched a dedicated Electric Bike Centre in all stores and online, with over 70 electric bikes now available to buy, demo or hire. Electric bikes have been around since the 1990s, but e-bike technology has come on in leaps and bounds recently – the latest generation of e-bikes are light, quick to charge and have a range of up to 200km on a single charge. Just plug the battery into a normal socket and it’s fully charged in 3-4 hours. While some used to think an electric bike was cheating, that stigma has evaporated fast as more and more riders discover just how much fun it is to have some turbo boost in your back pocket – conserving more of your time and energy means you can conquer that big hill, take on another lap of the woods, challenge yourself to ride harder and faster and get more riding into your session. If you’re recovering from an injury or illness, then an electric bike is an ideal option, providing all the advantages of a regular bike, while reducing the strain on your body. With the broad range of e-bikes now on the market, there are models to suit everyone from commuters and leisure cyclists, through to mountain bikers looking for that extra excitement on the trails. So if you’d like to ride faster, save money commuting, get a virtual push up the hills, or just have loads more fun out on your regular trails, electric bikes are the way to go! Rutland’s electric bike range features all the main brands, including Specialized, SCOTT, Giant, Trek, Cube, Raleigh, Haibike, Electra and Ebco. Prices start at £899, or you can hire an electric bike for just £19.99. To find out more, buy or demo a bike, visit one of our stores at Rutland Water, Peterborough, Grafham Water, Fineshade or one of our five stores in Cambridge. For more information, visit, or telephone 0330 555 0080.

Methodist Church in Barn Hill

HIS November The Rug Studio are holding their first of many planned in-house exhibitions in over three years. This season they are focusing on Antique and decorative Indian Agra carpets, as first inspired by the Jailbirds exhibition and catalogue London March 1987. The Quality of the Agra stocked have been quoted by ‘Hali’ magazine as “leaders in the field” and by the late David Black, a world renowned and respected Notting Hill Dealer as “best on the market”. Rug Studio owner Rachel says, “Decorative does not necessarily mean heavily floral, a good rug flows in elegance. Here in Uppingham for two weeks from 12–26th November, we would like to give you the opportunity to see and learn our passion.” Aware that not everyone wants an antique rug due to traffic and budget requirements, they will also have a stock of Indian Amritsar carpets and of the popular reproduction Afghan Ziegler rugs. This is alongside their usual stock of Indian, Afghan, Persian and Caucasian contemporary and antique rugs, carpets kilims and textiles. With over 22 years’ hands-on experience, Rachel is a trained weaver and restorer who will happily provide ideas. If you have your own damaged rugs, kilims or textiles, take them along for a consultation regarding cleaning, restoring and upcycling an old treasure. Rachel will share a wealth of knowledge as to the history of design, clarify its age and value where possible. • The Rug Studio, 2 High St E, Uppingham, Oakham LE15 9PZ. Tel: 01572 829927


N 2004-05 the Methodist Church in Barn Hill was refurbished at a cost of £500,000. £200,000 was raised through grants and the remaining £300,000 was raised by church members themselves through hundreds of fundraising events and generous donations. In five years the refurbishment was fully paid for. Having reached their target, and exceeded it by a further £30,000 for projects in Sierra Leone, the church decided to continue the fundraising momentum and to support projects in some of the poorest communities overseas and closer to home. The Missions Projects Group was set up in 2010 and support was given to WaterAid in Ethiopia and Send-a-Cow in Lesotho. When the devastating earthquake shook Haiti specific fundraising took place to help rebuild the schools and clinics. Projects have also included supporting the recovery from the typhoon in the Philippines, the earthquake in Nepal, the Maua Hospital in Kenya and community projects in South Africa and Bulgaria. Currently the church is supporting the Nixon Memorial Hospital in Sierra Leone which suffered from the devastating Ebola outbreak having only a few years earlier recovered from a bitter civil war which closed the hospital for some years. Donations to local projects have included the Evergreen Trust, Thorpe Hall Hospice, the Carers Sitter Service and the church’s own youth outreach work. Since 2010 a grand total of £100,000 has now been raised. Fundraising for the wider community at home and abroad is now an important part of the life and ministry of the Methodist Church in Stamford.



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Fashion is in my blood How inspiration from her mother led Nicole Heath to set up her own designer footwear business


HEN Nicole Heath decided to launch her own range of designer shoes, it was her elderly mother who came up with the name. ‘She said why not call it Goody2Shoes? That was the name of a storybook she used to read to me when I was a little girl,’ says Nicole. ‘I loved it straightaway and thought it would be perfect for the brand.’ AND SO was born Nicole’s company Goody2Shoes which designs and manufactures exclusive, handmade footwear. ‘A lot of ladies love the look of designer fashion but can’t afford it,’ says Nicole, who sells her shoes online and at pop-up events. ‘My role is to bring them something fashionable and different but without the designer price tag.’ Nicole, who has a background in fashion and retail, designs the shoes herself and has them made up in Turkey by a hand-picked team of leather workers and embroiderers. ‘Initially, I looked at working with an Italian manufacturer, but the shoes would have ended up three or four times more expensive. Not only is it more cost-efficient in Turkey, the skill levels are amazing. There’s nothing I can throw at them which they can’t do. And it means I can bring a high quality shoe to the customer at very reasonable price.’ Exclusivity is key with footwear from Goody2Shoes. There are currently more than 40 designs on offer – everything from fur-lined boots to towering high heels – but there are never more than 30 pairs made of each design. This makes them more exclusive than the likes of top designer brands such as Louboutin or Jimmy Choo, and at a fraction of the price. Most of the shoes in the Goody2Shoes range cost between £45 and £100 as opposed to up to £1,000 a pair for high end high heels. ‘Shoes and accessories can make a world of difference,’ says Nicole, who’s been running her business for the last four years. ‘You can get away with wearing an inexpensive dress but not cheap shoes. The first thing I look at when I meet someone is what they’re wearing on their feet. It speaks volumes.’ Nicole’s mother’s influence has clearly rubbed off on her. So keen was she on collecting shoes that the family used to nickname her Imelda Marcos! ‘When I was tasked with going through her things after she died I found about 60 pairs of shoes, which is quite a lot for a lady in her 80s!’ says Nicole. ‘And they were all heels. She wouldn’t be seen dead in anything flat or frumpy. She was a very stylish, well-dressed lady.’

Nicole is originally from Stoke-on-Trent but moved to Stamford just under three years ago when she decided it was time for a change. ‘Stoke isn’t the most glamourous part of the country and when I visited friends in Stamford I fell in love with the place,’ explains Nicole. ‘I live very close to the centre of town and I love it here! It’s been brilliant for my business because I have easy access to all the shows I go to. Burghley Horse Trials is the biggest event I attend so that’s very convenient! And I’m a fiveminute walk from the station and can be in London in not much more than an hour.’ But what about the dress sense of your typical Stamford resident? It is up to scratch? ‘The only thing I would say is that some of the people in Stamford could do with a bit of shake up, fashion-wise,’ admits Nicole. ‘Most of them seem to play it safe. I’d love to see more Stamford ladies wearing my shoes. I’m in the process of trying to convert them!’ STAMFORD LIVING NOVEMBER 2016

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Can we read it? Yes, we can! Award-winning teachers use Bob the Builder to help children learn


ACK in the 70s a small primary school with large aspirations was set up in Stamford and named after the internationally renowned conductor, organist and composer, Malcolm Sargent. Currently more than 620 pupils enjoy learning ‘the Malcolm Sargent way’, under the headship of Tristan Revell. From its impressive beginnings, the School has continued to nurture an ethos of success. Four teaching staff at the School have recently picked up awards for excellence within their field, proving that high aspirations get results. “We [pupils and teachers] like to follow inspirational personalities such as Tim Peakes and Sarah Outen and celebrate their achievements,” says award-winning, Katie Perry, Assistant Head of the Lower School. Katie recently picked up the Primary School Teacher of the Year at the 2016 Lincolnshire Media Education Awards. “Our motto is ‘Love to Learn,” she explains enthusiastically. “We teach from Foundation to Year 6 and have three classes per year. Each class is like a little family, within a larger school; this helps to make the children become really confident.” Katie’s teaching style has earned her recognition as a Specialist Leader in Education for her outstanding knowledge and practice within Early Years. Katie teaches her pupils to read and write ‘the Malcolm Sargent way’. This entails three, eight minute bursts of short, sharp phonics sessions in which she energetically engages her class using actions and repetitions to learn new sounds. “We make it fun and chant along to the Bob the Builder music ‘Can we read it? Yes we can!’”. In addition to inspiring her pupils, Katie likes to ensure parents are on board with the teaching methods. “We invite parents to come in to School to watch us teach a phonics session. I get on the stage and teach the class in front of parents, using this high energy, theatrical style,” she adds. Pupils Gabbi Butler, Madelaine Walsh and Reece Walker all enjoy this memorable approach: “You help us learn in a fun way. You always have a smile on your face. I remember learning letters and sounds with Bob the Builder which was fun.” There is no doubt that this approach is incredibly effective; national phonic screening figures show that whilst the average pass rate is 80%, Malcolm Sargent pupils hit 94%. “This success is down to the whole team of


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teachers here who are all vibrant, dynamic and inspirational and provide fantastic learning opportunities for our pupils,” Katie explains. Katie’s positivity is mirrored by colleague, Sue Brown, who has just scooped the title of East Midlands Higher Level Teaching Assistant of the Year run by Northampton University. Sue has taught at Malcolm Sargent for over 11 years and is involved in all areas of curriculum teaching, after school clubs and development plans for the school. “I was really excited and surprised to win,” explains Sue. “I think I was awarded the title for going over and above the normal job role. I have to be flexible and teach wherever I am needed, plus I also teach swimming, and last year one of our teams qualified through to the national finals of a competition. I love art and, over the years, have enjoyed producing some of the murals that hang on the walls. I like to volunteer for extras partly because I work with such a fantastic team. All the staff here are amazing. We all pull together and help each other.” Teaching Assistant, Rachel Oliver, has also deployed her creativity and diligent working ethos to good effect, picking up the Level

2 Apprentice of the Year at Peterborough Regional College along the way. “I like the sense of achievement that goes with spending time with a child and finding a way of teaching which allows them to really ‘get it’. I really enjoy finding resources to show other ways of teaching. I love making up displays and using examples to get a point across because every child learns differently.” Emma Frampton joined the School a year ago and in that time has already made her mark by achieving the Adult Learning Award from South Kesteven District Council. “I have just qualified as a Teaching Assistant. Initially I began the course to help my son, Jake, with his maths homework. I absolutely love working with the children here. This year I am assisting Year 1 children and have moved up with them from their Foundation year. I know them all really well; I know their abilities and what they are like. In turn, they know they can come to me for anything.” “We aim to create a nurturing, family atmosphere by employing the best staff and encouraging and supporting them in order that they give our pupils a fantastic learning experience,” added Mr Revell.


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Learning together through faith, hope and love

Easton Garford Endowed CE School Part of the Peterborough Diocese Education Academy Trust

New this term…

Fresh food cooked on site daily by ABM Catering allows our children to tuck into healthy nutritious food everyday. Look at our children enjoying their delicious lunches. Easton Garford School has undergone many positive changes within the past year: • Academy Conversion in July 2015 • £100,000 of redevelopment • Executive Partnership with Polebrook School • • • •

Small class sizes High academic standards Specialist music provision Range of extra-curricular sport and art based activities

• Spacious sports field • Fully equipped library • Residential experiences at KS2

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OME along to Stamford Arts Centre on Sunday 27 November from 10am to 4pm and buy a unique Christmas gift hand made by a wide range of local crafters. All the products available at this Stamford Handmade event are exclusively handmade locally which means you will not find any big brand franchises or boughtin goods. In the world of mass production, come along and buy a distinctive Christmas gift that has been made locally rather than on the other side of the world. This event showcases the creative talents of local crafters who will be behind their stall, so available to talk to visitors about their craft and products.

All of the crafters at this event put their heart and soul into their hand crafted creations so please come along and support the local craft community. Stamford Handmade are a not-for-profit creative group of local artists, crafters and lovers of all things handmade. Members of Stamford Handmade believe that the passion and care that goes into a hand crafted item cannot be beaten. • Stamford Handmade can be found online at Facebook: stamfordhandmade

Robert Fogell upcoming exhibition AN Exhibition of Paintings by Leigh Davis Until November 12th Leigh Davis creates atmospheric paintings, which focus on the British landscape. He has an understanding of form and colour and how they interplay together. The dynamic, expressive compositions are finely balanced between fundamental elements that evoke a sense of place and the emotional connections that they create. The abstract qualities sit interestingly between the visual representation and engaging the imagination. He works in oils, acrylic and mixed media. • 23 High Street, St Martin’s, Stamford, PE9 2LF Tel: 01780 762099 Open Tuesday - Saturday 10.30am - 5.00pm

Burghley Park Cricket Club search for new Groundsman for 2017 Season


OULD you like to be responsible for one of the most picturesque cricket clubs in the country? The position of groundsman at Burghley Park Cricket Club is currently vacant and the club are looking to find someone in time for the 2017 season. Previous groundsman experience is preferred, but each applicant will be assessed on an individual basis. The role does require someone that enjoys working in an outdoor environment, with a care to detail and high standards. The main role of the groundsman is to ensure the general maintenance of the ground, including the preparation of the cricket square for matches to the best possible quality. It will require approximately 15 hours of work per month, although this may be more during the summer but minimal time during the winter. Training can be given if required and the club is prepared to subsidise groundsman courses for the right person. The position will be remunerated accordingly. Burghley Park Cricket Club is a growing club, with a league Saturday 1st, 2nd XI and Sunday 1st XI in 2016 as well as a Sunday Friendly XI, a Midweek XI and three junior teams at U9s, U11s and U13s. So there is plenty of cricket for its members, but without a groundsman this just isn’t possible. There is a great sense of community within the club, with many social events throughout the year and the club plays host to one of the biggest cricketing events of the calendar every July, Cricket Week. It’s a great opportunity for the club to showcase its grounds and the stunning 150-year-old pavilion, all set within the Burghley House Estate. • For more information or to apply for the position email or call Club Chairman Simon Stephenson on 07976 352327


Accessing your Personal Tax Account K

ERRY Hilliard of Stephenson Smart Chartered Accountants explains what the new online service offers individuals For some time HMRC has offered an online tax account for businesses. More recently they have created the Personal Tax Account, making it easier for individuals to access and control their HMRC record at any time from their computer, tablet or smart phone. Individuals are able to use the tax account to: • check income tax estimates and tax codes • advise HMRC about changes affecting company cars • claim tax deductible work expenses or a tax refund • renew tax credits • advise HMRC of changes in address. More services will be added in the future and HMRC are aiming to allow all taxpayers to fully interact with them digitally by 2020. The account will allow people to pay their taxes in ways that suit them – for example, by direct debit. It will also be possible to see how their tax liabilities are calculated and to authorise agents to manage their account if they wish. • For more information on what the personal tax account might mean to you contact Stephenson Smart Tel: 01733 343275 or visit

AGA relocates to heart of Oundle


GA Peterborough are pleased to announce that they will be relocating during November to Oundle Wharf. The store will be renamed AGA Oundle and will continue to display a large selection of AGA’s and AGA cookware. In addition, they will host monthly demonstrations, details of which can be found on our website. The friendly, helpful staff are always on hand to answer all your AGA questions so do drop in and see us, the kettle’s always on. Better still join them at their launch on Saturday 26th November when the Wharf will be hosting a Christmas shopping market with stall holders selling crafts, gifts and seasonal food.


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Price £495,000

Situated in the centre of the village with views towards the Church this 17th Century double fronted Listed cottage is beautifully presented and offers plenty of accommodation combined with large gardens and a range of useful out buildings/barns. Formally a public house the current vendors have lovingly restored the home to enhance the many period features including beams, floors and fireplaces. The accommodation briefly comprises of sitting room with wood burning stove, study, dining room with fireplace, breakfast kitchen, garden room with vaulted ceiling and stove, utility, cloakroom and cellar. There are two stair cases with one giving access to master bedroom with en-suite cloakroom with the other giving access to 3 bedrooms and bathroom. The property stands

The Hayloft - Essendine £850,000

The Hayloft is a family home extending to approximately 3,775 sqft. This superb conversion in approximately 1/3 acre of well-kept gardens with offers a fantastic layout with a bedroom wing comprising of 4 double bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, as well as a further double bedroom to the first floor with en-suite shower room. It features an impressive kitchen breakfast room with walk in pantry and large utility room. Bi folding doors from the kitchen breakfast give access to an enclosed courtyard ideal for al fresco dining. The Hayloft is complete and ready to move into.

extensive lawns, soft fruits and vegetable areas. A range

of out buildings/barns with 2 attached to the garden room which are currently used as storage and a further standalone barn currently used as garaging and store, which subject to planning, could be used for a variety of uses. The Hayloft - Essendine £850,000

The Hayloft is a family home extending to approximately 3,775 sqft. This superb conversion offers a fantastic layout with a bedroom wing comprising of 4 double bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, as well as a further double bedroom to the first floor with en-suite shower room. It features an impressive kitchen breakfast room with walk in pantry and large utility room. Bi folding doors from the kitchen breakfast give access to an enclosed courtyard ideal for al fresco dining. The Hayloft is complete and ready to move into.

Rosewood – North Luffenham £515,000

Rosewood – Built by the highly regarded Francis Jackson Homes, this detached family home comprises of a large Kitchen/Family Room with double doors onto the garden, Utility Room, Separate Dining Room, Downstairs WC, Living Room with multi fuel burner and double doors onto the garden. Master bedroom with en suite & Bedroom 2 with en suite, Two further bedrooms and family bathroom. Double Garage.

Rosewood – North Luffenham £515,000

Rosewood – Built by the highly regarded Francis Jackson Homes, this detached family home comprises of a large Kitchen/Family Room with double doors onto the garden, Utility Room, Separate Dining Room, Downstairs WC, Living Room with multi fuel burner and double doors onto the garden. Master bedroom with en suite & Bedroom 2 with en suite, Two further bedrooms and family bathroom. Double Garage.



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Getting in to the groove Kate Cadman turns up the tempo and tunes into the town’s talent pool of live performers


TAMFORD is simply oozing with musical creativity; around every cobbled corner is a cornucopia of musicians crafting their work to perfection ready to unleash on us lucky locals. The abundance of live performers spans all genres from classical to Celtic and from pop to punk. Many home-grown artists have already hit the big time and most are keen to inspire a love of music in others. Five years ago a group of former Stamford Schoolboys formed an indie-folk band and called themselves The Tin Pigeons. They quickly went on to win the Young Musicians competition at Cambridge Folk Festival and since then they’ve been honing their songwriting and performing talents to perfection. This summer they played both the Leeds and Reading annual rock music festivals. In addition, the band were chosen as the ‘BBC Introducing Artists’, meaning their third EP ‘Sparks’ hit the BBC’s Radio One national airwaves for a week. I was lucky enough to watch the Tin Pigeons perform the last set at a local twoday musical extravaganza, HallatonFest, hosted by Wendy and Mass Farabella from The Fox Inn at Hallaton. My two daughters and I were completely bowled over by the band’s energetic, powerful and utterly engaging stage presence. “I thought they had a really strong identity and a very prominent sound. This came across especially when they covered pop songs, translating them into their own unique style.” Hatty Cadman (15). Singer and front man, 19-year-old Fraser Norton, had a slightly Freddie Mercury-esque confidence and very quickly had the crowd jumping around at his command. For fellow Stamford School pupil, Felix Fraser, the experience was powerful. “Watching the Tin Pigeons inspired me to take my guitar playing to the next level and to join the School rock band.” 22-year-old singer-songwriter, Izzy Bizu, blazed her own successful musical trail from Stamford High School into the national spotlight with her fusion of soul, funk jazz and pop style, catching the eye of BBC Radio 1 DJs along the way. She played at Glastonbury earlier this year, has supported big names such as Sam Smith, Rudimental and Foxes on their latest UK tours and is signed to Epic Records. She recently returned to the school to play a special set. Moving musical genres to a gentler style,


The Tin Pigeons

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there is a simply stunning voice that can sometimes be heard wafting sweetly down Stamford High Street. It belongs to Sophie Hirst, a young, classically trained soprano, who is passionate about singing and performance. “I sing a range of songs, from classical to folk and Christmas Carols during the festive season,” explains Sophie. “I used to get so nervous every time I was about to start busking, but thanks to all of the support I received, nerves turned to enjoyment and now I look forward to it every time I’m back from university,” she adds. As well as appearing at the town’s Music Festival earlier in the year, Sophie also performs at many local venues and is available to sing at weddings and special occasions. She has recorded a Festive Voice CD, which is available online or in-store at ‘You’ on St Mary’s Street. Another classically trained local performer is harpist Eleanor Turner. Eleanor has earned a worldwide reputation for her recital, concerto and chamber music performances, which are characterised by the warmth and passion she brings to her work. Alongside her position as Head of Harp at Birmingham Conservatoire, Eleanor is a committed teacher at Stamford and Uppingham schools, coaching privately and providing intensive study sessions. If strings are your thing, then it’s worth checking out The Stamford Intermezzo String Quartet who specialise in performing ‘beautiful music’ for weddings, garden parties and business functions. “We take great pride in our

ability to provide an appropriate programme of music to suit all requirements. We have a large repertoire ranging from Baroque, Early Classical, Romantic and Jazz, to current favourites including many popular love songs which we guarantee will be enjoyed by all musical tastes.” The nine-piece band, Inferno, also deliver a varied set list covering tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s including the Bee Gees, Bananarama, the Blues Brothers and Bryan Ferry, to name just a few. Band leader, Guy Peverell established the group three years ago initially with a lineup of five musicians all based in and around Stamford. “Inferno is probably one of the largest and most diverse bands in the Stamford area,” explains Guy. “We play the greatest songs from the Motown era through to the present.” Feedback from Facebook followers concur: “You guys were amazing last night, perfect.” Daughter, Brooke Peverell, features in the band and is also big on the local musical scene in her own right. She says she is working extra hard this year to push her career forward. “I am an 18-year-old singer-songwriter and pianist. Music is my full-time job and my first single is being released later this month. I have a residency at the Falcon Hotel in Uppingham every Sunday and I visit Braceborough Hall Retirement Home each month. I also perform at weddings and events,” says Brooke. Keen to share her love of music with


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youngsters, Brooke explains: “Last year whilst I was still at school I set up Music Bunnies, a company providing music sessions and children’s parties for ages 0-5 years. I also visit Stamford’s Little Lane Nursery fortnightly.” Concert pianist Fergus Black also likes to share his musical talents and teaches piano and singing at a number of local schools, including Bourne Grammar and Copthill. Fergus also runs the Youth Choir at Stamford Arts Centre, and the adults’ and children’s choirs at All Saints’ Church. Trad jazz quartet, The Stamford Stompers, enjoy bringing joy to the town centre when they converge on the High Street. “We love it when we see little toddlers dancing to our music, and very old people too. That’s really why we play. We will keep playing until we drop,” they explained. “It’s a very busy high street and the people here are very generous and well educated. It’s definitely a cultured place where the public know about music,” explains band member, Derek Gray. Stamford-based Bianca and the Top Cats

have taken their blend of blues-based funk and soul, served with a popular musical twist, and been entertaining audiences in clubs, pubs and festivals with their earthy, raw sound for four years. The band, known initially for playing solely acoustic sets, has expanded with the addition of bass and keyboards. The influence of Fenland folklore and the words of the famous, Helpstonbased poet, John Clare, are just two of the many influences on the work of local folk group, Pennyless. Bringing folk to the folk, their thoroughly distinctive music has appeared on radio and TV. One fan says listening to their music evokes thoughts of “fire, sparkles, masks, theatre, witchcraft, forests.” Local rockabilly band, The Houndogs, have an impressive musical pedigree, following their parents’ passion for making music. The three Wilson brothers, who make up the group were inspired by their parents’ love of music which included Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent. Described as one of the best rock and roll bands in the UK, the local group pump out an energetic set which includes members of the

Trad jazz quartet, The Stamford Stompers, enjoy bringing joy to the town centre when they converge on the High Street. “We love it when we see little toddlers dancing to our music, and very old people too. That’s really why we play. We will keep playing until we drop.”

band jumping off the drum kit, standing on the double bass and even setting fire to the cymbals! The guys always give 110% to their performances and leave the crowd begging for more. Feedback from Hannah and John, bride and groom, who booked the trio recently as part of their big day said: “Thanks to the Houndogs for their incredible set. All of the guests, young and old, were really blown away by how good they were - even a few weeks later people keep talking about them.” So whatever type of quaver it takes to get you all of a quiver, you can guarantee that somewhere in our delightful town there is a musical performer for hire to perfectly suit you. All the artists mentioned can be booked for performances. See below for details. FOR HIRE: Tin Pigeons: Izzy Bizu: Sophie Hirst: Eleanor Turner (via her agent): The Stamford Intermezzo String Quartet: www. Inferno: Brooke Peverell: Fergus Black: Stamford Stompers: Bianca and the Top Cats: topcatsmusic Pennyless: Houndogs: STAMFORD LIVING NOVEMBER 2016

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Bakehouse Kitchens: new Showroom ‘flair’


AKEHOUSE Kitchens have recently relocated to a showroom in a prominent location in St Mary’s St. They have been trading successfully for eight years but wanted to have a bigger space to show off their very particular style – ‘fusing’ traditional and modern elements to create a highly distinctive look. Alan Ramm, the Owner and Creative Director, described what makes the business different: “I have a passion for design and studied CAD drawing; I like to think ‘outside the box’ to create the best possible result in the designated space. My job is to listen carefully to people’s needs and desires and then come up with a solution that amazes – we think of it as ‘kitchen architecture’. Balance and aesthetics are key in a kitchen, and we work hard to optimise these.” The pictures of the new showroom will undoubtedly whet your appetite to go in and explore the possibilities. • Bakehouse Kitchens, 5 St Mary’s St, Stamford, PE9 2DE Tel: 01780 767928


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Local Home Care Business awarded National Franchisee of the Year A

local business has been named Franchisee of the Year 2016 by one of Britain’s biggest providers of homecare services in the UK, Bluebird Care. At the provider’s Annual Conference, the Bluebird Care Peterborough and Rutland franchise, whose office is in Stamford, received this prestigious award after a strict judging process. Beating over 180 Bluebird Care offices across the country, the franchise’s owners, Tim Carey and Leisa MacKenzie, were delighted to accept the award on behalf of their team at the gala dinner. The judging panel agreed that the Peterborough and Rutland team had exhibited outstanding ambition and quality of care, with investment into staff recruitment, training and technology to benefit each and every customer in the community. The franchise was seen to excel in all areas of its business, ensuring to go above and beyond on every single visit. Accepting the award, Bluebird Care Peterborough and Rutland’s franchise owners Tim and Leisa said: “We are so proud to be accepting this award on behalf of the company. It truly is a team effort, and we are honoured to work side-by-side our outstanding employees. They provide the highest, most dignified and professional service that our customers require.” Bluebird Care Peterborough and Rutland is dedicated to ensuring that people have the option to receive high quality care in their own homes. Launched in 2011, the franchise prides itself on providing a service that goes beyond day-to-day care, and makes a positive impact on its customers’ lives. • Bluebird Care, 16 Wharf Rd, Stamford PE9 2EB Tel: 01780 480881

A taste of Italy for Summer 2017 - Puglia


HE Puglia is located in the ‘heel’ of Italy’s boot. This unique corner of the country mixes rugged countryside and unspoilt beaches with quaint fishing villages and secluded towns. In the South is the walled city of Otranto ideally placed for exploring the southern cape of Italy; continue up the coast and you will reach Lecce, famous for its baroque architecture, further North is Ostuni which is nicknamed the White City because of its beautiful whitewashed buildings and the sandy beaches of Torre, Canne and Savelletri di Fasano. Across the region you will find clusters of traditional ‘Trulli’ houses which are traditional houses with conical roofs; these curious buildings were first built during the 14th century and were created as housing that could be easily demolished, enabling the landlords to avoid paying tax, they are now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are an iconic symbol of Puglia. Puglia is becoming ever more recognised around the world as a top ‘foodie’ destination for those seeking out exceptional culinary experiences with such a diverse variety of places, restaurants and flavours to discover. Oundle Travel have three recommended properties in this stunning region:


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T The Advanced Skin Clinic things are getting busy in the lead up to Christmas but also because they are preparing for their 7th anniversary! Last year they held a spectacular two-day event, and with it being such a hit with their clients they are doing it all again! They pride themselves on their friendly atmosphere, relaxed environment, knowledge and experience. They are one of the few clinics in the UK to use MPL (multi-pulsed light) which is the very latest combined electro-optical technology. MPL is more advanced than IPL and laser, being safer yet more effective. Treatments include Permanent hair reduction, thread vein, pigmentation, rosecea and acne treatments, radio frequency, skin tightening and fat reduction. Aimee specialises in MPL treatments, The advanced nutrition programme and Environ skin care. Steph specialises in holistic treatments, The advanced nutrition programme and Environ skin care. They also have Fay who is a Jane Iredale makeup artist on hand to finish your treatment with makeup that isn’t just going to make you look flawless but will help care for your skin. Jane Iredale is mineral make up/skin care brand that is non-0comedogenic, 100% mineral, Peta approved, Skin Cancer Association approved and holds the leaping bunny stamp of approval. Take advantage of their big discounts on their anniversary including 40% off MPL courses or go and browse at their beautiful Christmas gifts. • The Advanced Skin Clinic, 8 High Street St Martins, Stamford, PE9 2LF Tel: 01780 481155

The Masseria Montelauro – Dating back to 1878, the beautiful Masseria Montelauro rests peacefully amidst the Puglian countryside, only three miles from the ancient Greek whitewashed city of Otranto. Bed and Breakfast – 7 Nights – From £989.00 per person – July 2017. Tenuta Monacelle - An idyllic property located in the heart of Puglia with individually decorated rooms and a homely atmosphere, complete with a lovely swimming pool and a complimentary shuttle service to two nearby beaches. Bed and Breakfast – 7 Nights – From £1189.00 per person – June 2017. Canne Blanche Lifestyle and Hotel – Located on the seafront in Torre Canne, the Canne Bianche Hotel is a perfect choice for those looking for a relaxing escape; there is a small Spa offering a variety of treatments and the hotel restaurant – Timo makes full use of the region’s produce; and sources the freshest ingredients to create delicious menus. Bed and Breakfast – 7 Nights – From £729.00 per person – September 2017 • For more information and live availability please call Oundle Travel on 01832 273600 or email


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Happy 80th birthday to the trig pillar (and a decent walk into the bargain)

This walk takes you across rolling countryside and past the country’s first trig point – a reminder that our patch really is at the heart of England

WALK DATA Distance: 13 kms (8 miles) Typical time: 3 hours Start & Finish: Black Horse, Main St, Cold Ashby, NN6 6EL Terrain: quite a few contours Getting there: 5 mins south of the A14 Junction 1 exit along the A5199. About 45 minutes from the A1.


N early 1936 a group of Ordnance Survey surveyors gathered around a white concrete pillar in a field in Cold Ashby and began the retriangulation of Great Britain. That trig pillar is still standing 80 years on, along with thousands more around the country. Trig pillars are now instantly recognised by any walker, and have inspired many a trigbagger. They’re quintessentially British, and even made it onto Bill Bryson’s list of favourite British items in his 2015 book ‘The Road to Little Dribbling’. But what were they for? Now largely redundant, back in 1936, they formed a state-of-the-art network built to re-map Britain, dreamt up by Brigadier Martin Hotine. Responsible for the design, planning and implementation of the retriangulation, Hotine also designed the iconic trig pillar to provide a solid base for the theodolites used by the survey teams to improve the accuracy of their readings. Some 6,500 were built in total and the OS surveying teams spent 26 years in all gathering measurements across Britain to create a highly accurate map of the country, but time and technologies have moved on enormously to the point where the traditional trig pillar is now obsolete. The Cold Ashby trig is marked on the map as a triangle, half way along the Stanford Rd (the first part of the walk) on the left; it is down a (private) farm track with metal gates, about a hundred yards on the left. If there is no crop you will probably be able to spy it from the road. There is an inscription on the side that reads: “ORDNANCE SURVEY COLD ASHBY The first observations for the retriangulation of Great Britain were made at this trigonometrical station by Sergeant G. F. Mullinger, Royal Engineers on 18th April 1936.” Why was Cold Ashby the first? I am imagining because it is pretty much in the centre of the country, almost on the imaginary North/South dividing line that connects the Severn to the Wash and along the Jurassic limestone ridge that is an ancient trackway that dates back to pre-history.


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Getting the trig bagger ‘bug’ If you wish to become a trig ‘bagger’, take a look at the website There are some really stunning pictures of ‘prettified’ trig points to be found at news/in-pictures-36036561 , of which the OS naturally doesn’t approve. For me, trig points bring back mixed memories of family holidays being forced to climb up steep hills then sit on a damp trig at the top of the hill to prove one had made it and get a damp bottom in the process. Here’s another one if you’re hooked. The country’s lowest trig point is one metre below sea level, on the north bank of the Little Ouse River, just NW of Little Ouse village, 12 miles NE of Ely; reach It from Brandon Creek, more details at


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Set out west along the village street, taking the first road bearing right (Stanford Rd) and continuing east past the golf course on your left, then the gated track with the trig pillar half way down it Shortly after the road kinks, you will see a footpath sign ahead of you which you take W (not the footpath on the left); the sign says ‘Bridleway to Elkington, Jurassic Way; follow the track that skirts around Honey Hill and eventually descends to the hamlet of Elkington, via several metal field gates on the way Turn left at the house called ‘Portly Banks’ and follow the road S to its end; then continue through a gate along this stone track, passing Winwick Lodge and then reaching Winwick hamlet Turn left here just before the hamlet along a well-defined track to White House Farm; after which you bear left along a footpath to cross the main road onto a track that continues to head NE to Thornby Grange and then reaches a minor road At the minor road bear left and follow the road back into Cold Ashby and past the church to the pub, where you began. If you would like to try out more walks in the Cold Ashby area, take a look at www.

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POINTS OF INTEREST Cold Ashby is mentioned in the Domesday Book and has a delightful church dating from the 12th century. Of particular note is the Lynch Gate, which was constructed in 1883 The Jurassic Way, 88 miles in total, follows the Jurassic limestone ridge from Banbury to Stamford passing through Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Lincolnshire. Honey Hill is an exquisite down land with great views west. There is some evidence that it was a Mesolithic site; it is certainly a very auspicious spot. The Grand Union Canal flows a very short distance west of Elkington and probably merits a quick detour. It dates back to the late 18th C and was the main transport artery for the country until the arrival of trains 40 years later. Winwick has a fine 16th-century brick manor house REFRESHMENTS Black Horse, Main St, NN6 6EL Tel: 01604 743246.

• Walking World is a brilliant online walking resource, featuring nearly 7,000 walks across the country. Unlimited access and OS downloads for only £15 per year, go to STAMFORD LIVING NOVEMBER 2016

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MEET THE MAKER Clare Kelly meets one of Stamford’s most fragrant residents to talk wicks, wax and wonder.



’M having tea with Mary Shelley and we’re having a conversation about her new book. It features a somewhat geneticallyengineered being called Frankenstein. Is he really a monster or just misunderstood? I ask. She leans forward, a smile creeping upon her lips and pours me another tea – fragrant, white – with a slightly peppery hint. I pick up the dainty floral tea cup and inhale the sweet scent. At least this is how I imagine it would be. And perhaps so does Dianne Drew, founder of The Wicked Wick whose candle Tea with Mary Shelley evokes an era long passed. An era redolent with great conversation and even greater literature. Based in Stamford, Dianne creates candles in small batches in her home and is inspired by poets, artists and seasons, she tells me. Handmade in small batches, there’s five scents – of which Mary Shelley is the newest. Then there’s Autumn for the Poets – inspired by the creativity and friendship of Byron and Shelly and their experiences of England’s wonderful autumn, A Salon with Wilde – with the sweet scent of cigar tobacco and pipe smoke, Indian Summers with The Bourgeois – sandalwood with lighter notes of teak and jasmine, suggesting summers in Simla at grand residences and Fireside with Dickens – cedar and sandalwood conjuring the great writer in the ambience of a room with many books and a lit fire. Stepping into her home, I’m greeted by three excitable dogs – Schatze, Riba-Jane and Hudson. They are Working English Setters. I say ‘working’ but this might give you the impression that they are furry employees. They are not. Since I arrived, they’ve ticked off the following


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jobs…. yawn, stretch, jump and sleep. But they are superior sniffers of course. Ideal because we’re talking about scented candles. Not so ideal because they can’t exactly formulate constructive criticism. We then sit down for tea and start smelling candles and it’s only really then that I realise how much we take our sense of smell for granted. But sat with Dianne, I start to appreciate it, recognise it even. The candles themselves are beautiful objects with minimal, industrial-style packaging with a hand-stamped copper label. All candles are 90.5% Natural Soy Wax made from pure 100% soybeans ensuring a product that is as natural as can be. And the wick is wooden – a modern alternative to cotton, which burns well and adds a comforting crackle sound, like a log burning slowly on a winter fire. “I feel that I really am that person who literally stops to smell the roses, I’d get stung on my nose by a bee! I can’t pass a lavender bush without bending down to rub lavender in between my fingers and inhaling its calming aroma,” laughs Dianne. The Wicked Wick began simply, she says: “Two years ago, I found a candle in Canada, it was such a powerful smell and I realised that it smelled exactly like my grandmother’s log cabin – fir, balsam and mint. My grandparents were pioneers who started a lumberjack business in the Northern Lakes of Ontario and we were outdoors a lot. I couldn’t stop smelling this candle and wanted to make my own so I started experimenting. It was a lot of trial and error to start with, and then I was able to refine it. Not only do you have to find compatible ingredients that work well with the wax, you have to melt and pour at the right temperature.

It’s a science.” “I am inspired by people and places. I’m amazed at how powerful scent can be and part of our own histories able to transport us somewhere else. When I was creating Salon with Wilde, I tried to imagine what the room would smell like, the era – theatre and the perfume and the conversations Oscar Wilde would have had.” Originally from Canada, Dianne clearly remembers making her first candle: “I was eight years old and made it from old paraffin wax my mum found in the basement. I threw in a couple of broken red crayons and made the wick from a piece of string. At the time I thought it was a massive triumph, in retrospect it wasn’t my finest work.” Now settled here in Stamford she sells her candles in Snow Designs “they are really supportive of local business” and online. At the time of writing, she’s just about to open up her home for candle-making workshops – the aim of which, is to teach people how to make a natural scented soy candle in their own kitchen. And those who attend will not only leave with a candle but a step-by-step booklet and, hopefully a friend or two. Before I go, I smell something and so it seems, do the dogs who are excitedly sniffing around the oven. “Would you like some chocolate cake?”. Yes, please. That’s one of my favourite smells.

• To find out more about Wicked Wick or to book a candle making course, visit thewickedwick Candles are also stocked at Snow Designs.


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Lady Victoria Leatham … on how an army of angels are helping with a new fund-raising event for Peterborough’s Thorpe Hall Hospice


HIS December, visitors to Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough will be welcomed by brilliantly-lit wicker angels, representing the hard work of its nurses and heralding the start of the Angel Christmas Fair, a new fund-raising event founded by Lady Victoria Leatham of Burghley House fame. The two-day Fair will be held at Thorpe Hall on 3 and 4 December, with more than 50 stalls already confirmed and all proceeds going to Sue Ryder, which provides palliative care at the centre. Lady Victoria’s involvement with Thorpe Hall goes back a long way. “When Sue Ryder first took over the building, she asked me what was I going to do for her hospice... you didn’t fail to act when she asked something of you,” she explained. “I began in a small way to be involved, particularly with the marvellous ladies’ lunch club which makes regular donations to help maintain the work. Also, as in all families, we have an ongoing exposure to those suffering with cancer, and having worked as a patient’s radio requests co-ordinator at the Marsden when I was 18 and living in London, it seemed natural to try to help with the work at Thorpe Hall.” A retail background and the knowledge that a previously successful Christmas Fair at Irnham Hall near Grantham was no more gave Lady Victoria her inspiration for the Thorpe Hall event. She explained: “By nature a ‘seller’, I coowned a small knitwear and artisan wool business for five years in Northumberland, then when we moved south and I took over the running of Burghley House I started an interiors and decorative catalogue called Ancestral Collections where we sold replicas of antiques. This was influenced by the 25 years I spent working with Sotheby’s in London, Cambridge

“Every penny earned will go to Sue Ryder – they have just lost a large proportion of their funding from the local health authorities for their Hospice At Home Hospice service and they are in great need right now.” and Stamford. I sold our items at the NEC and in America and I know a lot about the way the amazing retail buyers influence the way in which we live – the colours of a myriad objects and fabrics on show at Birmingham in February will arrive in our shops by March and last through the year! “The realisation that the long-running event at Irnham Hall had ceased left a gap in the market for another similar offering for discerning shoppers.

“The goal of the fair is simple: we want to create an opportunity to buy and sell which will result in as much money as possible coming to the hospice to help fund exceptional care for those nearing the end of their lives. Every penny earned will go to Sue Ryder – they have just lost a large proportion of their funding from the local health authorities for their Hospice At Home Hospice service and they are in great need right now.” The running of the fair involves a tight core of Lady Victoria’s own ‘angels’… ladies with specialist skills such as management of retailers, catering, publicity and media, plus logistics such as car parking and liaison with Thorpe Hall… “and the help of countless volunteers to help the stallholders have a good time – if they don’t, we will not have a happy fair!” she explained. Business prowess and her legendary charm – which is, perhaps, not so unlike that of the late Lady Ryder! – have helped Lady Victoria pull everything together thus far, and now she’s focusing her powers of persuasion on gaining further financial support. She explained: “I saw these superb six foot wickerwork angels at the Birmingham Spring Fair and they are now for sale to sponsors! We are placing them, lit, on either side of the drive up to Thorpe Hall for the duration of the fair, with the sponsors’ names prominently displayed for everybody to see when arriving and leaving. After the fair, sponsors can take their angels away to use as a Christmas decoration, or donate them to their church or child’s school.” Lady Victoria said: “This is becoming a proper community event. It is a chance not just for Peterborough people and those from surrounding counties to show support for our fantastic local hospice, but also to have fun and enjoy some unbeatable shopping in aid of a great cause.”

SPONSOR AN ANGEL Local businesses which sponsor the wicker angels will be invited to a Champagne Reception on 2 December from 6pm so they can see their name in lights alongside their sponsored angel. After the event, they’ll be able to move the angels to a location of their choice for promotional or personal use. The event has already gained support from lead sponsors Remark, Peterborough City Council, Waitrose, John Lewis and sponsors of the first angel, The George Hotel in Stamford. Additional tickets to the Champagne Reception – where you will be able to sip on Champagne donated by Hambleton Hall and sample food made by talented chef Bevan Fleming from Ludlow – will also be available at £25 per person and are open to anyone who would like a preview of the crafts, foods and gifts on offer. The fair will then open to everyone on 3 and 4 December from 10am-4pm. Entry costs £5 per person. • For more information, to sponsor an angel or to buy tickets to the Champagne Reception, email victoria. before 1 December. STAMFORD LIVING NOVEMBER 2016

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Good Hair Day for the Mayor!


Stamford Mayor, Councillor John Dawson, popped in to officially open a new hairdressing salon in Stamford and got a quick pampering whilst he was there!

Bridget Steele writes: Lisa and her team at Elysia have a wealth of experience in skin and body concerns – however small. Their mission is to create healthy and vibrant skin with non-surgical treatments using the latest technologies with minimal or no downtime. I asked Lisa what areas of the face bother people the most. She replied “Time after time people mention their chins and eyes, I want people to know that we can help by eliminating the fat build up in problem areas and tightening up the skin using an EXILIS ELITE treatment - it is not at all painful, non-invasive and gives quick permanent results.”


OOD Hair Days Salon has been set up by energetic entrepreneur, Nikki Thorpe, who also runs another local hairdressing studio. “We are full to capacity at our sister salon in Uppingham and are struggling for space. Stamford seemed the right place for us to expand into. The people here are very friendly and approachable,” says Nikki. The new salon, based on Alexandra Road, has had a complete refurb carried out by Arnolds Property Maintenance. Customers booking for the first time are being offered a onethird discount on the price of their initial visit. Nikki says her recipe for success is a wide choice and “we always use high quality products at affordable prices”. A cut and blow dry costs £34 and a full set of highlights together with a cut and blow dry costs £80. Both of Nikki’s Good Hair Day salons offer a full mobile wedding hair and make-up service. Many of the hairdressing team, including Nikki, are qualified beauticians/make-up artists too. Future plans for the Stamford salon include opening up a nail bar within the next six months. • Good Hair Days, 1 Alexandra Rd, Stamford, PE9 1QR Tel: 01780 238280

Mower & Groundcare Centre celebrates a great year C

ELEBRATING a successful first year at its Hampton premises, The Peterborough Mower & Groundcare Centre provides sales, hire, spares and repairs for all new and used pieces of garden equipment. An off-shoot of RTC Plant Services Ltd – a family-run business established in 1996 which prides itself on being the region’s largest independent dealer for construction and agricultural equipment – The Peterborough Mower & Groundcare Centre specialises entirely in lawnmowers and groundcare equipment for domestic and commercial users. With a company ethos centred on firstrate customer care, founder Tom Calton and his team give customers a chance to look at and try out a large variety of different garden machinery that is held in stock. We asked Tom to sum up events of the past year. “In November 2015 we set up a new business specialising in the retail sales and repairs of lawnmowers and groundcare equipment. We had already been selling and servicing this type of equipment at our main depot at RTC Plant Services in Milking Nook, Peterborough for some years but to give the customer a better buying experience, we opened a new lawnmower showroom to enable our equipment to be viewed in a nice clean and comfortable environment. After securing premises in Hampton, the new business The Peterborough Mower and Groundcare Centre was launched in January 2016. “For those that prefer to see our products ‘in the flesh’, the showroom is definitely the place to be, with many different makes and models on display. To complement the showroom experience we have also developed a very busy and popular on line shop. “With a company policy of great customer care at the point of sale, which continues through to a second-to-none aftercare service, we have been delighted with the great feedback that we are getting from our customers. So for all new machine requirements customers can visit our showroom at Hampton. And for all parts and servicing they can contact or visit our service centre at Milking Nook.” • Mower & Groundcare Centre, 24 Phorpres Close, Peterborough PE7 8FZ Tel: 01733 907060


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Around the eye area, Lisa suggests the EXILIS Eyes – this offers outstanding results in facial rejuvenation, giving clients a more youthful “lifted” appearance. She also told me about her new RADARA eye patches that support the salon treatment: “this is a unique micro-channelling patch for use at home to treat crow’s feet, lines and wrinkles around the eyes; it was recently featured in Vogue Magazine and results are noticeable after two weeks of use.” The patches are only available at a prescribed clinic. • For more information, contact: - Elysia Aesthetic & Laser Clinic, Tansor, Oundle, Tel: 01832 226328 or 07879 620196


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Stamford Boys 1911: Remembering those who lived through the Great War Jean Orpin and Sue Lee report on the completion of the Stamford Boys Project which discovered plenty of local examples to supplement the accounts we read about in history books


S people all over the country began to observe the anniversary of World War 1 in 2014, a group from the Stamford Local History Society decided to find out about the Stamford boys aged 11-16yrs living in Stamford at the time of the 1911 Census. We were not just interested in those who died but in all those boys living in Stamford, many of them who had grown up here and who would reach adulthood during the War. Where did they live? Did they turn up at the new Drill Hall or go elsewhere to sign up and if so, which regiments did they join? For those who came back – the vast majority of them – what did they do after the War? Today we think our children are too young to leave home at 21 and it is difficult to imagine what these unfortunate boys born between 1894 and 1899 had experienced by then.

Stamford in 1911 Stamford was a market town, an agricultural centre with animal markets as well as the weekly market we are familiar with. There were also numerous industries agricultural machinery, iron founders, electrical engineers, timber merchants, a quarry and a brick works. The Stamford Mercury provided employment too. The majority of residents lived and worked in the town and more than half of the boys were born here and worked here.

The Boys The biographies of 450 boys have been completed. Each boy has a page in one of 8 files now at the Town Hall. We know where they lived and many of the houses remain externally unaltered. We know where some went to school and for a few, like the Boyden boys there are pictures of them as children. When they left school the most common occupation was ‘errand boy”. Unfortunately there are not many pictures of the boys in uniform during the War.

Military Service When war broke out many of the older boys enlisted, probably envisaging an exciting time away from the confines of Stamford. A Drill Hall had been built in St Peter’s Street in 1913 and there was another at 42 to 43 High Street. Perhaps the proximity of the Drill Hall was the reason why so many boys from Austin Street enlisted? Others were conscripted later and there were numerous instances of several boys from one family going to war. About 40% of the boys enlisted with the Lincolnshire Regiment but others joined a variety of regiments and quite a few entered the Navy. Boys from Stamford served in all the war zones, 58 died, many more were injured. Some did not serve at all, the most likely causes being that they were unfit or were working in Stamford’s wartime industries.


After the War Nearly 400 of those listed in the census survived the War and a large number returned to Stamford and led fulfilling lives. Some like Frank Boyden, Louis Hardingham and Douglas Dobbs returned to family businesses and were well known in the town. Edward Stuart Bowman and George Nelson Riley served on the council and became Mayors. Malcolm Sargent became a world renowned conductor. On the other hand some – probably more than we know about - suffered physically and mentally all their lives unable to return to their previous employment. This must have had an effect on the town’s businesses as well as family life. Everyone who came forward with personal recollections commented on how quiet these returning men were, how they did not speak about their experiences.

OVER TO YOU! A booklet listing the 450 boys, their addresses and dates is on sale at Walkers; the 450 biographies are online at or available to read at the Town Hall but there are gaps. Did you know any of them? Was one of them your ancestor? Some Stamford boys were working away or at boarding school, can you tell us about them? We are sure many of you have more to add. Please contact us at


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The embroidered card on the front of the booklet pictures Charles William Holmes, one of the ‘Boys’. Here is his story together with a couple of the others for whom we had help from local people who remembered them.

CHARLES WILLIAM HOLMES - 1 Sunny Bank, East Street Charles William Holmes was born in October 1895, the son of Charles William and Sarah Ann (née Rippin). In 1901 they were at 5 Priory Buildings but had moved to Sunny Bank by 1911. In 1911 he was an ironmonger’s errand boy and his father was an ironmonger’s fitter. He had two sisters, Elsie Ann 14yrs a dressmaker’s apprentice and Evelyn May 10yrs still at school. He enlisted with the 4th Lincolnshire Territorials and was promoted to Lance Corporal. In 1922 he married Norah Kate Betts and for a long time they lived at 46 New Cross Road. He died in 1977 and Norah died in 1992.

ARTHUR EDWARD COLLINS – 4 Cooch’s Court Arthur Collins was born in Stamford in 1895. His father John was a blacksmith and by 1911 was a widower living with four of his 8 children and two boarders in 4 Cooch’s Court, a small threeroomed house. Arthur and his older brother Alfred were both brick makers. He enlisted at Stamford on August 19th 1914 into the Lincolnshire Regiment. He served for seven years until November 22nd 1921 when he was transferred to the Reserves until August 18th 1926. He first served in France and Belgium where he received a neck injury. Arthur then went to the Dardanelles and The Stamford Mercury, September 10th 1915 reported that “Private A. G Collins, son of John Edward Collins of 4, Cooch’s Court Castle Street has been wounded on active service with the 6th Lincolnshires in the Dardanelles. Mr Collins has another son serving with the 4th Lincs while his eldest son Private Herbert Collins was killed in the South African campaign.” Reported missing and wounded on October 10th 1915 Arthur was located after 3 days. He then served in Egypt before returning to England. When he was discharged he had an exemplary character certificate being described as “A very good man, Hardworking, honest and trustworthy. Always smart and clean, sober and punctual” In 1922, Arthur married Sarah Johnson and returned to his work at Williamson Cliff when he was able. He lived at 43 Reform Street and they had three children Derrick, Frederick and Hilda. He suffered from mental problems as a result of his war experience and died in Rauceby Hospital on the 10th of March 1958.

HENRY BARKER HIBBITT – 12 Rock Road Henry’s parents George Barker Hibbitt and Annie Ringham married in 1889 and had 2 children – Henry in 1896 and Ruth in 1901. George was a compositor on a newspaper. They seem to have been restless as they lived at numerous addresses, all in Stamford. From about 1905 until after the census they were at 12 Rock Road so this was an area that Henry would be familiar with. Henry was one of the group of boys recruited in Stamford in November 1914 and enlisted in Lincoln. He was 5ft 6ins and his physical development and vision were described as good. He belonged to the 4th Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment and was mobilised on 14th August 1915 as a Private in D Company. Henry spent some time in Ireland before being posted with the British Expeditionary Force in February 1917. In March 1918 his finger was burned on duty but he was not disabled. A month later he had a gun-shot wound to his right wrist which resulted in 70% permanent disability. On his discharge he had yet another address – 45 St Paul’s St. In June 1921 Henry married Eve Freshwater. Henry had no use in his right arm and suffered from emphysema, no doubt due to being gassed but he overcame his disabilities and made the most of life. He became manager of the abattoir in Stamford, learnt to write with his left hand and was a good fisherman. In later life he lived at 4 York Road and he died in Stamford Hospital in March 1963.

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T is thought that up to 60% of our pets find loud noises stressful. Animals have very acute hearing, so what sounds like a loud bang to us, is doubly loud to our pets. With Guy Fawkes and the Hindu Festival of Diwali both being celebrated in November, it can be a distressing and frightening time. We have several laws in this country regarding the use of fireworks, but actually it only takes a bit of common sense to realise, the noise and flashing lights produced by them can cause distress to many types of animal, resulting in injuries and long term, behavioural problems. If you are already aware that your pet is anxious about fireworks, there are remedies you can administer well in advance of the November festivities, and at other times during the year. There are many signs that your pet might be fearful of fireworks: Dogs – pacing, panting, trembling, incontinence, clinging to your side, barking or whining Cats – hiding behind or on top of furniture, trying to run away, soiling in the house, refusing to eat Rabbits – stamping their back feet repeatedly, rapid breathing, hiding in a corner head first, wide eyes Guinea Pigs – show similar signs to rabbits and they may well dart around, have a rigid body and try and bury themselves Domestic Rodents such as Rats, Mice, Hamsters and Gerbils all have species specific ways of expressing fear but high pitched alert squeaks, hiding in small spaces, hissing and tail shaking can all be signs that they are in distress. Jessica Fawcett, Head Veterinary Nurse at Stamford Veterinary Centre offers some advice on caring for your pets during the fireworks season: • Keep your dog or cat inside and keep all windows, curtains and doors to outside closed. With smaller pets such as Guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, mice etc., bring their house or cage inside to a quiet room, garage or shed - if this is not possible then cover it with thick blankets or the like so that the animal cannot see the flashes, and also provide them with extra bedding do they can hide away • Provide a litter tray for cats and put newspaper next to outside doors

for dogs, so that any messes created by anxious pets are hopefully limited to these areas • Create a safe haven for your cat or dog, such as a ‘den’ where they can go and settle if they are distressed by the noise of fireworks. (The Stamford Veterinary Centre team, have re-created this for our photo shoot) • Buy a Thundershirt – a basic dog coat, fitted snugly to offer constant pressure. It has a dramatic calming effect for most anxious dogs. This is a useful item to have if your dog is sensitive to loud noises and can be used during summer storms as well as in other months of the year. • Noise phobia CDs are available and these can help to gradually desensitise pets to loud sounds, over a period of time. • Diffusers, sprays and collars can help with mild cases. These omit a synthetic version of calming pheromones or a special blend of essential oils, which help to reassure frightened pets. Diffusers should be plugged into a socket near to where your pet spends most time and ideally this should be done at least 1 – 2 weeks before bonfire night. • Food supplements can also be given to help pets feel more settled and calm. These are fed daily, over a period of time • For severe cases of anxiety, make an appointment to see a vet. They can prescribe anti-anxiety medication, which will have a calming effect and allow your animal to settle And two final pieces of advice…… Remember, a microchipped pet is much more likely to be traced and returned to its owners than one that is unidentifiable. Lastly, always think about animals living in fields near to where you let off fireworks – they too can be startled by the loud noises and bright flashes, so it is only respectful to them and the livestock owner to proceed with due care and diligence. • For more advice call Stamford Veterinary Centre on 01780 763180 or head to Pets Korner in Stamford Walk, for a good range of remedies.

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Tuesday 8 November THEATRE: The Man Who Would Be King In this modern reworking of Kipling’s classic, the play tells the story of Peachy Carnehan and Daniel Dravot; soldiersfor-hire amidst the shifting borders of the Middle East. Tired of the mercenary life, Peachy and Daniel have come up with a plan to head to Northern Afghanistan, enslave the natives, and install themselves as kings. Having stormed the Edinburgh Festival, the play is in Stamford for

Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 December, 7.45pm THEATRE: Roots by Arnold Wesker In September 1958 Beatie Bryant, returns from London, like a breath of fresh air, to the rural Norfolk community of her birth. Beatie means to marry her socialist boyfriend Ronnie, and brings with her a wealth of new ideas on politics, music and art, to enlighten her family. A play full of compassion, humour and sharply-observed humanity. A true classic, this play has stood the test of time and remains relevant in contemporary Britain where social division would appear to have increased rather than diminished. Performed by Stamford Shoestring Theatre. Stamford Arts Centre Tickets £10/8 Tel: 01780 763203 or Book early for this season’s pantomimes, children’s theatre, fun and frolics….

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Paralysed fundraising mum Claire is an inspiration Claire Lomas thought her life was over when she was left paralysed from the chest down after falling from her horse in an eventing accident. But nearly 10 years later she has raised more than £570,000 towards a cure for paralysis by completing gruelling events in a robotic suit and is now expecting her second child. Nick Rennie interviewed a truly inspirational woman.


NE moment Claire Lomas was a fit young woman who competed at a high level as a three-day event rider and had a career as a chiropractor. The next moment she sustained terrible life-changing injuries from a riding accident which left her paralysed from the chest down. That was May 2007. Her fractured neck had not damaged her spinal cord but her dislocated back meant she was paralysed. Claire endured some very dark days as she lay in hospital contemplating her apparently ruined life. But what happened next was remarkable. “It felt devastating when I had the accident,” recalled Claire, who lives near Melton Mowbray. “I had no idea how I would cope and whether I would ever be happy when it felt like I had lost so much. I also felt lucky that I had the use of my arms and that is when I decided I would try to help by raising funds to help treat paralysis in the future.”

“I was walking three miles a day for this one, which was double the daily distance I was doing in the London Marathon” She embarked on an exhausting period of rehabilitation and discharged herself from hospital inside eight weeks. Claire (36) met future husband Dan a year after her accident and she gave birth to their daughter Maisie, something she sometimes doubted she would ever be able to do. She started to get fitter by handcycling and rekindling her love for skiing by using an adapted ski. This led, incredibly, to her taking part in the 2012 London Marathon, completing the 26 miles in 17 days in a robotic suit. She made headlines around the world and raised £210,000 for spinal research. Dan was behind her all the way, making sure she didn’t topple over. “My parents have helped me cope with my


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accident from day one,” said Claire, whose second child is due in February. “Me and Dan support each other which is how a marriage should be. The fact I am paralysed doesn’t really change that.” In 2013, Claire handcycled 400 miles around England to raise £85,000 for the charity she supports, the Nicholls Spinal

Injury Foundation. And this year came her most demanding fundraiser yet, the Great North Run half-marathon, near Newcastle, in September. Claire, in her robotic suit with Dan shadowing her every move, walked the 13-mile course in five days. She did it while 16 weeks pregnant after having to train by handcycling because morning sickness meant she couldn’t use the suit. “I was walking three miles a day for this one, which was double the daily distance I was doing in the London Marathon” she said. “I got a few blisters and sores and I had to pop to A&E on day three. I struggled with my blood pressure dropping quite low.” Claire was interviewed live on television after finishing and made the front pages of several national newspapers. This was just one of the many fundraisers she has organised and Claire has no plans to stop. She said: “It is often stressful organising events and exhausting doing these physical challenges but I love handing the money over to the foundation and knowing it could change lives in the future. I am confident there will be a treatment to regain movement and sensation in paralysed people in the near future.” In the last year, Claire has taken up motorcycling and has been speeding around tracks on an adapted bike. That hobby has had to take a back seat now as she prepares to give birth again. Reflecting on the changes in her life, she added: “I have adapted now and I don’t really look back and miss things. My career has changed from chiropractor to motivational speaker and I have a husband and a daughter and my fundraising. There is no point in dwelling on what I lost - I just treasure the great memories I have from that time.” • To sponsor Claire on her fundraising drive, text LEGS60 £5 to 70070 or to buy her acclaimed autobiography, Finding My Feet, go to


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