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UFFORD - £1400 pcm

STAMFORD - £795 pcm

An attractive three story, period town house situated within a short walk of the town Knight Partnership are pleased to offer for sale this modern, tastefully built centre shops, restaurants and Stamford schools. Internally, the principle rooms enjoy detached family home that has been finished to the highest of standards. The a southerly aspect to the rear, with distant views over Stamford, and contemporary property is located in the popular village of Helpston and offers superb links to accommodation including a lovely modern kitchen breakfast room and two bathlocal transport routes as well as having pleasant country views. WEST DEEPING £765,000 rooms. Ground floor: Entrance hall, study/ bedroom three, lounge, bathroom. Accommodation comprises:-Ground Floor: Entrance hall, study, cloakroom, This beautifully presented barn conversion, converted in 1997 to a high standard, set within mature gardens of approximately 0.28 of an Lower Ground floor: Breakfast kitchen, dining room / sitting room. lounge,iskitchen dinerprivate and utility room. First Floor: Master bedroom with en-suite acre with views two overbedrooms countryside and St. Andrews Church. The property is shower approached by bedroom a long gravelled gated drivebedrooms with accommodation First floor: Landing, & family bathroom. room, guest with en-suite, two further and family comprising: floor: hall, lighttodrawing roomwith witha wood burner, bespoke room integrated appliances and Outside there is Ground a secluded southReception facing walled garden the rear, along bathroom. Second kitchen Floor: Fifthdining bedroom andwith en-suite. Aga, study/bedroom five, shower room, cloakroom, laundry room and sideOutside, entrance hall. First floor: Main islanding leading to aoffering minstrel galleried garage and office. to the front of the property, a gravelled driveway considerable landing, master bedroom with en-suite and three further bedrooms. Outside parking, there isaasmall detached garage large workshop to the rear and room lawn garden and with a double garage. above. This could easily be made into a self-contained office or annexe, subject The reartoofplanning. the property is a decked area, which leads onto a lawn garden bound by flower borders and country views.

This beautifully renovated property stands in a lovely plot overlooking open counTop floor apartment situated within the popular development of Riverside Place TICKENCOTE £347,000 tryside and located in the sought after village of Ufford. Accommodation briefly located close to Stamford town centre and with views over the river. The property comprises: hall, kitchen with integrated loungeby with fire,driveway benefits from separate to the apartment, withoverlooking an open planthe This prettyEntrance semi-detached stone cottage appliances, is approached a open double and is a set in the stairway heart ofleading this sought after village dining room, three double bedrooms with en-suite tothe master. end of June. living dining kitchen space, two bedrooms, en-suite shower roomand and bathroom. Church and only a short drive to Stamford, A1 Available and local amenities. The property has been much improved in recent years enjoys the Benefits include gas central heating, double glazing and allocated parking. hall, benefit of a re-fitted kitchen breakfast room and a self-contained annexe. Accommodation comprises: Covered entrance lobby, entrance

cloakroom, sitting room with open fireplace, dining room, kitchen breakfast room overlooking the rear garden. To the first floor there are three bedrooms and a family bathroom. The annexe consists of a large open plan studio with kitchen area, bathroom and cloakroom. Outside, there are enclosed and well maintained gardens to the front and rear and a larger than average garage.

Call us now for more information

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came across a word I had never heard of the other day and thought ‘I like this word; I wish I had come across it before’. The word is meliorism (admit it, you hadn’t heard of it before either), which is the doctrine that the world tends to become better or may be made better by human effort. I much prefer it to the phrase ‘things were better in the olden days’, because I don’t think they were. Consider this: crime rates are markedly down, life expectancy is up, more people stay in education longer, we have far more good products & services to enjoy than we ever used to have, access to knowledge and information is dramatically more democratic thanks to the internet and there is less pollution than there used to be. So here’s to a great July, which overall will be a tiny bit better than the month before it, thanks to human effort and maybe the weather.

5 Editor’s Selection 25 Updates: Face of Stamford; Cosmetic Clinic; Herbalife 34 Updates: Oundle Travel; Sowden Wallis; Cash Matters 51 Updates: Paradise Found Jewellery; Claire Langley Antiques; Burghley Golf Club Academy



Fashion: Getting Ready for Summer Health & Beauty: The Eyes Have It Stamford Living Health & Beauty competition




Cover photograph: Olive Branch ‘Fruits de Mer’ platter by Elli Dean

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19 Design inspirations: Outdoors stuff 48 Design: James Elliott, expert in marble 54 Profile on Orchard Conservatories & Kitchens

Nicholas Rudd-Jones Editor Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Write to Stamford Living, PO Box 208, Stamford, PE9 9FY Advertisement Manager Claudia Bayley 01780 480409 Advertisement Director Helen Walton 01780 754801 Advertising Copy Rachel Beecroft 01780 765320 Head of Design Steven Handley Senior Designer Nik Ellis Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Published by Local Living Ltd, PO Box 208, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 9FY Printed by Warners of Bourne




56 Food & Drink: Olive Branch recipe – a classy snack 59 Food & Drink: Rutland Charcuterie 60 Great Food Club – School of Artisan Food 63 Eating Out: Olive Branch ‘Fruits de Mer’; Clarke’s Restaurant, Peterborough


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Summer Events: Hunters Art Show, Baston Car Show, Stamford Chamber Orchestra 30th, Oundle Fringe Nursery Choices Out & About: Cycling Sports Bash Stamford Garden Centre Stamford Junior School: Technology as a facilitator Learning: The Yard opens; Uppingham Summer School; Love Writing courses Local Walk: Nene Park & Peterborough Business profile: Wendy Shand, Tots to Travel What’s On

PEOPLE & PLACES 70 & Co: Stamford Police

Subscribe to Stamford Living For only £20 (UK only) you can subscribe to Stamford Living for a year (12 issues). Please send your name, address and a cheque made out to Local Living Ltd to: SL Subscriptions, PO Box 208, Stamford, PE9 9FY Or you can subscribe via the website at STAMFORD LIVING JULY 2014

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Independant . . . your local estate agent! Local People with Local Knowledge

Specialist Buy to Let Advice

Leading Independent Agent

Open Honest and Professional

More reasons to come and talk to us: Goodwin Property Services, led by Robert Goodwin and Simon Burton, have built their reputation living and working in the local area for 40 years. The local market is highly complex making this experience and knowledge invaluable when assessing values, changes in supply and demand as well as the numerous other factors involved in the buying and selling process. The unique combination of experience we have at our disposal really does mean we can provide levels of advice, in terms of using property for investment or retirement planning, that is difficult to match. If you are thinking of going this route drop in for a chat and we will explain more.

Being recognised as the area’s leading independent agent is also something we value highly. The ability to react quickly to changes in the market should not be ignored. We are not target driven but want to act in our client’s best interests at all times and continue to build our reputation. You are dealing with the people who run the company and really care about what you think. Our reputation is very important to us. We really do believe that honesty and integrity are two of the greatest tools at our disposal and, combined with the level of professionalism we demand of ourselves, lead to a level of service that is hard to beat. Whether you are buying, selling or letting why not let us help? All you need to do us is contact us by phone, email or through our website and we’ll do the rest. Come on and give us a try.

Kelly Lang - a different kind of mortgage advice Mortgage advice is a very important part of the house buying and selling process. We have a person available who meets our exacting standards and can offer truly independent mortgage advice. Kelly is extremely well known in the local area and will quickly assess your situation and tell you honestly if she can help to save you some money and more importantly if she can’t! Why not give us a call now and put her to the test? It costs nothing to have a chat but could save you a fortune in the long run.


Residential Sales • Lettings • Mortgages

. . . your local estate agent! 01780 750000 2-3 St John’s Street, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2DA 4

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Editor’s Selection Eurostar Travel Tip

Design Inspirations

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Take a look at Hunters Interiors new website at Brilliant, fresh design ideas.


Support Sue Ryder Hospice To raise funds for the new Sue Ryder Hospice in Peterborough, Stamford XT is taking on the National 3 Peaks Challenge at the end of July. Please go to team/stamfordxt3peaks to support them.

Sweet Dreams are made of this… Emma Cunnington had a dream of running a sweet shop when she was a child; but it turned out to be a dream that never went away, and now she has one in Bath Row, called Sweet Shoppe Dreams www.sweetshoppedreams. . Treat yourself, there are lots of delicious, unusual treats in store.

Chelsea Gold Adam Frost has won his sixth gold at the Chelsea Flower Show, creating the Homebase Garden - ‘Time to Reflect’, in association with Alzheimer’s Society. Congratulatio ns!

Caribbean vibes Why not hire King Don and his steel drums for a party or event. He will create the mood for partying! Tel: 07751 825785

The Stamford Hour Use Twitter and want to meet people, share ideas? Then follow @stamfordnetwork #Stamford Hour every Wed night 8.309.30pm. The virtual world became real last month at a get together at Milanos STAMFORD LIVING JULY 2014

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UP TO 25% OFF View our web site for further offers Free delivery Disposal of old bed Bespoke beds made to your required firmness

View our range of luxurious hand made Vi-Spring beds at our Peterborough & Stamford stores.

Should you ďŹ nd you have made the wrong selection of comfort after 30 days and before 90 days you may change your Vi-Spring mattress for another, please ask for details.

Peterborough Store

Phorpres Close, Cygnet Park, Hampton, Peterborough.PE7 8FZ Tel: 01733 891568

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West Street, Stamford, PE9 2PS Tel: 01780 762908


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All images are local installations by Orchard.

More Choice, More Style, More You Conservatory Showroom 1 Meadow View, Uffington Road, Stamford, PE9 2EX Open: Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm Saturday 9am – 1pm T: 01780 753343 F: 01780 482926 E:

Kitchen Showroom 22-23 Scotgate, Stamford, PE9 2YQ Open: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm Saturday 10am – 3pm T: 01780 481850 F: 01780 481132 E: Kitchens | Conservatories | Orangeries | Lantern Roofs | Windows | Bi Folding Doors • SL July ADS.indd 7


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Nicole Oliver

In the swim The pre-holiday countdown is never a favourite time for me or countless other ladies struggling with body issues and pale wintery flesh about to be exposed on sunnier holidays. Sally Stillingfleet dives into swimwear paradise and finds out there is so much more on offer


iselle and her team at Chameleon are more than happy to talk you through their extensive swimwear selection in either shop, in Stamford or at the relatively new shop in Oakham’s Mill Street. “It is definitely worth spending some time trying swimwear on,”Des explained. “That way we can get to know what’s working and we aim to make the whole experience pain free!” Time spent trying on will ensure you have one thing less to worry about and it’s all about finding the perfect fit at Chameleon. There are some beautiful styles on offer and often a style may have another colour-way in the Oakham shop. It seems there is more help for larger busted ladies, with built-in support and larger bands to contain and flatter, with some gorgeous bold prints from Primadonna. The tops are designed more like bras with all the benefits of good construction. Charmline specialises in flattering the tummy area and so these tend to be one-piece swimsuits with well designed tucks and pleats to minimise. Of course the better fabrics help with that process and the fabric does last. Australian brand Seafolly have some fantastic prints this season, really bold florals and fashion led. They also have a popular one-piece style called ‘Goddess’ which has a tummy panel and comes in a range of colours. Nicole Oliver is a higher price point range with some innovative detailing such as metal clasps this year and of course an extensive selection of the matching pieces, which turns the investment into an entire look for that 5 star hotel experience! Smaller cup sizes are well catered for with Sièlei - the prints are younger and funkier. The Watercult brand, which is new this season also caters for a smaller bust sizes and has particularly pretty shapes and styles with stringy briefs. Moontide continue to allow us to buy two in one with their reversible styles, perfect for ringing the changes but this time around with prints and plains. For every swimwear brand there are some lovely wraps, trousers, kaftans and even trilbys to match and some innovative loose fitting floaty trousers. Flip-flops with more of a wedge heel are more flattering and elongate the leg. Of course there are plenty of other styles to suit every swimwear need and bags of experienced advice to help you on your way – it’s really not that bad!

Chameleon 5 St. Mary’s Hill, Stamford. Tel. 01780 755405 22 Mill Street, Oakham. Tel. 01572 720222


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Hunters Interiors Art Exhibition H

unters Interiors is embracing the summer by hosting an Art Exhibition at their showroom in Uffington on Tue 1st and Wed 2nd July from 9:30am - 6pm. They will be displaying a selection of beautiful art work, all from local artists to suit all tastes, which are available to purchase or simply just admire. Come and join them for nibbles, tea, coffee and summer drinks. The Hunters Interior ladies will also be on hand to discuss any interior design needs with you. No need to book, just come along and feel free to spread the word, it’s an open event. Now all that’s needed is for the great British

summer to appear and deliver some lovely sunshine. The artists include Tricia Stocker, who has a background in the fashion industry; Catherine Headley, famous for her vibrant abstract paintings; Gillian Durno, painting still

Stamford Chamber Orchestra 30 Years of Local Music-Making S

tamford’s own resident orchestra celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special concert on 5th July in the Arts Centre Ballroom. This concert features the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with local star soloist Katy Smith and the most famous four notes in music. Contact the Arts Centre for tickets. The SCO was founded in 1983 by composer Jeremy Pike, father of international violinist Jennifer Pike. Jeremy said “on arriving in Stamford I felt there was a lack of opportunity for local musicians so I established the orchestra. Little did I think it would still be going 30 years later, and with some founder members”. Ben One such founder member is leader Nan Ingrams, who Palmer has grown and developed SCO, inspiring younger players: “When I joined 30 years ago I never envisaged leading, let alone for 28 years! It’s been a privilege and pleasure making music with so many dedicated, friendly musicians. Concert memories include Jeremy’s work for five string quartets, Andrew Constantine’s musical eloquence, Adrian Brown’s humour and stories of musical giants, Christopher Brown’s joint choir concerts, Jennifer Pikes’ wonderful playing, and Ben’s reviving interpretations of Haydn. Here’s to another 30 years of Stamford’s wonderful orchestra!” SCO has a reputation for providing exciting, high quality performances under prestigious conductor, Ben Palmer. They are keen to welcome new players - if you are Grade 8 and interested in joining, contact

life, flower, landscape and texture; Belinda Munnings, potty about fish - the humble mackerel in particular, as well as all other creatures associated with the sea; and Jane Hindmarch whose recent work explores and celebrates the form and colour of nature.

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ollowing the previous three years’ highly successful Fringe weeks Oundle Fringe is back for a fourth year from July 7 - 11th. The Fringe week sees Oundle thronged with entertainers of all genres in the towns pubs, hotels, cafes and streets. You will find anything from tribute bands to poetry readings, the blues to thumping rock, gentle sounds of classical French Parisian café music, swirling, kicking, tapping, clicking dance teams, comedy performances and maybe the odd Shakespearian ode or two drifting about town. All you have to do to enjoy this feast of locally grown talent is visit The Angel, The Ship, The Rose and Crown or The Talbot, call in at Dexters, Beans, Smiths at 4 North Street or The Olive Grove, or just enjoy a wander through the lovely old market place during that week, day or night. There’s no escape, you’ll be entertained! • Keep an eye on for details of who’s performing, where and when.

Baston Car and Bike Show gets into top gear on July 6th, from 10am W

ith a rich automotive history, the village of Baston is the perfect location for a car and bike show that mixes old and new. Come along to see veteran, vintage and classics mingling with just about every modern manufacturer the area has to offer. Making an appearance this year will be the famous ‘reasonable priced car’ from the Top Gear series, so if you fancy sitting in the same seat that the likes of Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Rowan Atkinson drove in, then don’t miss out. Now in its fifth year, the event has grown to be one of the biggest automotive shows in South Lincolnshire with over 400 exhibiting cars and 300 bikes in 2013. Uniquely, it is the only local show where you can compare all the latest models from main dealers, so if you’re interested in a new car come along to take a look in a relaxed environment. As well as the cars and bikes, visitors can enjoy live bands and catering including a BBQ, picnic area and a full bar with real ales. There’s plenty to keep kids entertained too; as well as the fairground the ‘crayon car’ will be making a return, where children (and adults!) can create their own designs on an ‘old banger’. • Main Street, Baston; just off the A15, 12 miles north of Peterborough. £3, under 16s free. STAMFORD LIVING JULY 2014

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Who we are The new centre presents the multidisciplinary team of a Sports Physician, Physiotherapist, Podiatrist and Dietitian all under one roof. The team aims to provide elite level treatment methods to the general public.

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Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7SN


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Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays in Stamford. Will was a top stylist at a flagship salon in London, and is now bringing his 20 years experience to the area. He is creative, imaginative but most of all personalises each cut for his client to make them look and feel great!

Tel: 01780 752725 to book an appointment


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New Treatment “Eyes Wide Shut” - £27


mazing 30 min Anti-Aging Eye treatment featuring a soothing eye-mask and lavender compress to decongest. Pressure point massage around the eyes, forehead and scalp, detoxifies and drains the eye contour area, a great relief for the sinuses, tension headaches and hay-fever sufferers. You will be left feeling bright eyed and your delicate skin around the eyes looking firmer and younger with fine lines diminished.

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Eyes have it Genevieve Potter looks at how to get the sparkle back in to tired, delicate eyes


ye treatments are no longer just an “add on” to a good facial; most salons now offer products and treatments that focus just on the delicate eye area where the skin is thinner and more prone to the tell-tale signs of ageing. At Equilibrium, you can experience an ultra-relaxing Thalgo Eye Expert treatment (£40 for 30 minutes), which delivers instant rejuvenation of the eye contour area. The treatment uses a bespoke eye massage mask machine, targeting acupuncture points, with air pressure helping to decongest, drain, plump and ease tension around the area.

Or try the famous Thalgo Hyaluronic Eye Patch Masks (£34 for eight pairs). In just ten minutes, they diminish visible signs of fatigue and plump up and refresh the eye area. They are a perfect treat for new mums or to use after a late night or ahead of a special occasion. STAMFORD LIVING READER OFFER – book and pay for two eye expert treatments during July 2014 for £70 - you will also receive your very own eye care goodie bag worth over £15 – subject to availability. Equilibrium, 7 St Paul’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2BE Tel: 01780 757579


offers a free consultation and treatments start at £35.00 at her new Electrolysis & Skincare Studio. Electrolysis & Skincare Studio, The George Hotel Mews, Stamford, PE9 2LB Tel: 07888 837036

Decléor Vital eyes at Walford & Ferris is a relaxing, anti-ageing and unwinding ritual to combat eye bags and dark circles. Using aromapressure and massage movements specifically designed to help relax and decongest this delicate part of the face, the eye area will instantly look fresher and smoother (£35 for 45 minutes). Decléor also have a range of bespoke eye products to use at home; including aroma cleanse eye make-up remover (£21) which is suitable for even the most sensitive eyes. There are three eye creams available, including the iconic hyrdrotenseur (£32.50 for approximately a year’s supply), which delivers impressive results, visibly lifting the eye contour and brow. Walford and Ferris, 2 Maiden Lane, Stamford PE9 2AZ Tel: 01780 764591 Skin tags develop in areas of friction where the skin folds and creases, very typically around the eyes. Many doctors are reluctant to treat them, but skin tags can be instantly and safely treated, using advanced electrolysis techniques. Carolyn Claypole teaches advanced electrolysis and is a member of The British Institute & Association of Electrolysis. She

The Clarins Eyes Wide Shut at Maples is a luxurious antiaging eye treatment, featuring a soothing eye-mask and lavender compress to decongest and a pressure point massage around the eyes, forehead and scalp. It detoxifies, drains and lifts the eye contour area and also provides relief for the sinuses, tension headaches and hay-fever (£27 for 30 minutes). At home, you can keep up the good work with the Eye Revive Beauty Flash, which refreshes, tightens and brightens the eye area (£29) and the Extra Firming Eye Lift Perfecting Serum (£39), which fights dark circles and puffiness, giving a firmer, more wide-eyed appearance. Maples 24 St Mary’s St, Stamford, PE9 2DJ Tel: 01780 752725 Pinks Boutique is a pure, organic range of skincare and treatments now stocked at Emma Cannings. The Pinks Boutique eye revive treatment (£28 for 30 minutes) refreshes tired


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eyes with cooling rose quartz, soothing away puffiness and rehydrating the delicate eye area, whilst rose oils renew the skin and relieve tension. It takes 30 roses to produce just one drop of the pure rose oil and with its repairing effect on the skin, the take home organic Rose balm (£30) is the ultimate multitasking product. STAMFORD LIVING READER OFFER – book any Pinks Boutique facial of 60 minutes or longer before the 31st July 2014 and receive an eye revive treatment completely free. Please mention Stamford Living at the time of booking. Emma Cannings Stamford Garden Centre, Great Casterton, Stamford PE9 4BB Tel: 01780 766583 At their new location on Brownlow Street, the Body Matters team offer some time-efficient options if you need a quick but effective pick-me-up for your eyes. The eye rejuvenating treatment uses gentle microdermabrasion to remove dry, dull skin cells, followed by a micro-current treatment to firm, lift and tone the eye contour (£25 for 30 minutes). The Nu Skin Ageloc treatment takes just 15 minutes to deliver visible results, improving skin tone and texture, reducing puffiness and lifting the eye contour (£15). Body Matters, Brownlow Street, Stamford, PE9 2EL Tel: 01780 270002 If you’re seeking a really advanced product, Fiona Hood from Renaissance recommends the Pretox Eyelift from Medik8 (£36). This is an intensive cream formula to combat wrinkles and loss of firmness around the eyes, as well as reducing dark circles and puffiness. The cream contains a high dose of four peptide complexes and produces a 24 hour lifting effect. Renaissance, 2 Mallory Lane, Stamford, PE9 2FW Tel: 01780 763768 Once you’ve treated your eyes, the finishing touch has to be LVL lashes at Oscar Rose. A great alternative to eyelash extensions, the treatment uses your own eye lashes, which are lifted and straightened to give a stunning wide-eyed look to your natural lash. It takes around 75 minutes (£55) and includes an eyelash tint to the top and lower lashes. Oscar Rose, 7 Ironmonger Street, Stamford PE9 1PL Tel: 01780 480777



f you find yourself day dreaming about a bit of ‘me-time’, or perhaps you’re stuck in a rut with your hairstyle and skincare regime, then read on. This is your chance to enter our “12 hours of pampering” competition, which will offer two lucky Stamford Living readers the chance to undertake a transformational schedule of health and beauty treatments, in just one day. The treatments are being offered by some of the most experienced therapists and hair and beauty experts in Stamford and the day will include: • Body massage • Facial • Manicure and pedicure • Hair re-style, cut and colour • A grooming or make-up lesson • A bespoke portrait The lucky winners will be looked after by Stamford’s leading hair and beauty experts including Maples and top stylist Will Wheelright, Equilibrium, Asembo and Flawless Faces. They will also each receive a Pretox Eyelift from Medik8 worth £36 – compliments of Renaissance. Containing a high dose of four peptide complexes, Pretox combats wrinkles and loss of firmness.

To enter

Please email a recent picture of yourself, with up to 100 words stating why you deserve 12 hours of pampering to . The subject line of your email must read “12 hours competition” and you must be available to have your treatments on Wednesday, 13th August 2014. The competition is open to men and women and we’d also welcome entries from two friends or family members. Terms and conditions: All entries must be received by 5 pm on Monday 21st July 2014. The winners will be chosen by the Stamford Living editorial team and there is no cash alternative prize. Entrants must be over 18 and must be available between 8 am and 8 pm on Wednesday, 13th August 2014. Entering the competition constitutes your permission to photographs and details of your winners’ day being published in future issues of Stamford Living magazine and online at STAMFORD LIVING JULY 2014

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PartyTime I love summer (who doesn’t…) and garden parties are my perfect idea for entertainment - keeps the mess out of the house! So searching our local shops for items to use for the perfect party was great fun but also an eye opener - not everything has to be disposable or made of plastic. Everything here will also work if the party has to be relocated indoors (not unheard of in this country). Photography by Elli Dean.




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1 David Fussenegger butterfly blanket (great for wrapping up when it gets cooler - and it always does!), £60 from You Living & Giving 2 Bird & Blossom cake stand (it’s Fairtrade!), £24.99 from Perfect Presents gift shop 3 Decorative butterflies, £5 for a pair, from Chalk at Stamford Garden Centre 4 & 5 Tea towels by Liberty & James of Stamford, £12 each from Paradise Found 6 Ceramic bees mugs, £6 each from Chalk at Stamford Garden Centre 7 Wire & glass candle holder, £5.50 from Sack Store at Stamford Garden Centre (candle sold separately) 8 Bee Conjurer cushion, £35 9 Small slate memo, £5 10 Wood Slingshot (great for an after party food fight!), £21.95, Nos. 8-10 from Snow Designs & Interiors • Thank you to The Stamford Wine Company (10 St Paul’s Street, Stamford) for lending us their beautiful garden for this shoot. STAMFORD LIVING JULY 2014

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et in a beautiful private Georgian House at the top end of High Street St Martins, The Walnut Tree is ‘Childcare on Domestic Premises’ which translates as a wonderful ‘home-from-home’ environment for babies and children to thrive under owner Joan Kirkup’s care. Open all year round (except Bank holidays) from 8am – 6pm with space for maximum 15 children, it is an ideal first step for many babies leaving the security of home for the first time. Alongside the lawned garden and den areas, there is also a single-use stone annexe as the children’s playroom, which provides a safe and stimulating environment for structured play which follows the EYFS curriculum – including weekly ‘Jellybeans’ music sessions and French lessons and songs. The spacious kitchen plays host to birthday parties as well as daily home cooked food at lunchtime. The children have full use of Joan’s home which helps them develop invaluable social and life skills.



Bushcraft adventures for pre-school children at The Children’s Garden Day Nursery & Montessori Pre-school At TCG, we believe children learn more by engaging with the environment around them. On term-time Monday afternoons, we enjoy working with our pre-school children on Bushcraft sessions. They experience nature at close hand, either out in the woods and meadows or in the Mongolian Yurt in our large walled garden. Foraging - season-specific nature walks - den building - wood collection - firebuilding - woodburner lighting & cooking - ‘bug house’ building - animal tracks - Bird ID - weather monitoring basic woodwork - recycling The Monday afternoon sessions are led by Nursery Owner Ed Kenyon - who has trained in environmental/outdoors’ education and Bushcraft.

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The Stamford Nursery Stamford Junior School, Kettering Road, Stamford PE9 2LR Tel: 01780 484418 The Stamford Nursery (formerly Early Birds) occupies a peaceful, wooded area in the grounds of Stamford Junior School and is accessible from the Cattle Market car park, just a couple of minutes from the Meadows and Stamford’s train station. It is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, with extended care available from 7.45am to 6pm during term time, and from 8am to 6pm during school holidays. The nursery is closed for two weeks at Christmas. Nursery education is provided for two age groups, the Gosling group (2-3 year olds) and the Owl group (3-4 year olds). The children are looked after by a highly qualified and professional team of caring staff under whose care they all thrive with the variety of activities and space available.


Choosing a Nurse Antonia Scott takes a look round some of the very best childcare facilities that Stamford has to offer The Ark at St Gilbert’s Foundry Road, Stamford, PE9 2PP Tel: 01780 482113

The Ark at St George’s Kesteven Road, Stamford. PE9 1SX The Ark has two nurseries both in the heart of Stamford: An Ofsted Outstanding full day care nursery in a Scandinavian-designed building in the grounds of St Gilbert’s Primary School; and a term-time only sessional pre-school in the grounds of St George’s School. The latest Ofsted inspection found the Ark Nursery at St Gilbert’s to be Outstanding in all categories stating: “The Ark Nursery provides children with superb opportunities for their learning and development as well as promoting excellent welfare provision; there are tremendous relationships between staff and children. The leadership of the nursery is inspirational and the management team stop at nothing in their strive for excellence.” Delicious home cooked food is high on the agenda at The Ark nurseries, where the menus often have the parents salivating on pick up! Children from The Ark at St Gilbert’s have the benefit of visiting a Forest School environment in nearby Ketton where owner Jo O’Bryan-Tear lives and where outdoor life is explored and enjoyed. The Ark at St Gilbert’s is open 8am – 6pm all year round. The Ark at St George’s is open term time only from 9.15am – 3.15pm. Morning Sessions are from 9.15am – 12.15pm and Afternoon Sessions from 12.15pm – 3.15pm. All parents and children are welcome to come and have a look round both Ark Nurseries, ready for registration in September.


The Walnut Tree 24 High Street St Martin’s, Stamford. PE9 2LJ Tel: 01780 752746 Set in a beautiful private Georgian House at the top end of High Street St Martins, The Walnut Tree is ‘Childcare on Domestic Premises’ which translates as a wonderful ‘home-from-home’ environment for babies and children to thrive under owner Joan Kirkup’s care. Open from 8am – 6pm with space for maximum 20 children, it is an ideal first step for many babies leaving the security of home for the first time. Alongside the lawned garden, there is also a single use stone annexe as the children’s playroom which provides a safe, cosy and stimulating environment for structured play which follows the EYFS curriculum – including weekly ‘Jellybeans’ music sessions and French lessons and songs. The spacious kitchen plays host to birthday parties as well as daily home cooked food at lunchtime. The children have full use of Joan’s home which helps them develop invaluable social and life skills. With government funding for 3-4 year olds and morning or afternoon sessions available, The Walnut Tree is on hand to help each individual child develop at their own rate and flourish.


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The Children’s Garden 33 Broad Street, Stamford. PE9 1PJ. Tel: 01780 752094 Email: The Children’s Garden Day Nursery and Montessori Pre-school is owned by Claire and Ed Kenyon and Managed by Christine Abbott. They are all passionate about preschool education and have brought together the creativity of Montessori with the wonder of learning through nature to create a unique childcare experience which Ofsted rated as Outstanding in February, and said it “ignites a love of learning.” There are cosy Baby and Garden Rooms for the youngest children, a large bright Daisy Room for the active toddlers and a Montessori pre-school classroom with child-height mini kitchens and even a slide to access the large walled garden! The outside space is a child’s haven with a Mongolian Yurt, a wood-burner, mud-pit, vegetable patch, flower beds, lawn and decking areas for creativity and fun activities which include Bushcraft, Yoga, Cooking and European languages.

sery in Stamford The Acorn Childcare Centre Malcolm Sargent Primary School, Empingham Road, Stamford. PE9 2SR Tel: 01780 766493 Email: The Acorn Childcare Centre aims to nurture every child’s development through play. Set within the grounds of Malcolm Sargent Primary School, the purpose-built nursery is designed around the needs of the children. Staff are highly qualified and regularly trained to ensure that they meet the highest current standards of care. The centre runs for 51 weeks of the year, from 7.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and is only closed between Christmas and New Year. The Nursery is divided into three carefully tailored rooms with a calm natural theme running throughout. All children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage profile (EYFS). The Baby Room caters for children aged 6 weeks to 2 years, the Toddler Room for children aged 2 to 3 years and the Pre-school Room for 3 to 4 year olds which has been designed to allow children to access a wide range of well-organised activities, as well as free-flow play. Their first Ofsted inspection in April 2014 highlighted that ‘children and their families are warmly welcomed into the calm, nurturing environment and staff provide good opportunities for babies to have first-hand, sensory experiences to explore and investigate. Teaching is good overall, with some excellent and outstanding elements and children have good opportunities to play and learn.’

The Rocking Horse 85 Rutland Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1UP. Tel: 01780 757922. Mon – Fri: 8am – 6pm. From 3 months to 5 years The Rocking Horse Nursery is one of Stamford’s longest established childcare nurseries. Opened in 1992 and still owned and managed by the original founder, The Rocking Horse Nursery offers a real home from home environment and recognises the importance of treating each child as an individual, with equal opportunities and an open-minded approach. Their last Ofsted rating was ‘Good’ in February 2011. Activities are based around the children’s individual interests such as exploring the sensory gardens, baking, dancing, making treats and potions in the nursery’s mud kitchens, or tending to their own grown produce. With the capacity to take up to 48 children ranging from 3 months to 5 years, they are open Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm with flexible session times from 3 hours to 10 hours.

Little Owls Childcare Service Ryhall Tel: 01780 489157 Mon-Fri 7.30am-6pm Little Owls is a childminding service based at Dee’s home in Ryhall. There is a fabulous playroom downstairs and she is OFSTED registered. It offers a real home-from-home experience, feeling very much like being part of a family. As well as childcare throughout the day, there is also a before and after school club facility, and holiday cover. STAMFORD LIVING JULY 2014

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Could your child be the ‘Face of Stamford’ 2014? S

tamford Living is once again collaborating with the talented Lyndsay Ford of ShutterBox Photography to bring you this year’s photo competition to find the ‘Face of Stamford’ 2014. It is only £5 to enter and you will receive a 7”x5” print of your entry photo. £1 from each sitting will be donated to our nominated charity ‘Anna’s Hope’. The 15 minute portrait sittings will be held at ShutterBox Photography Studio on a selection of dates throughout July & August.

Taking part To pre-book your sitting, email Lyndsay at: or call her on 07580 388880 or via her Facebook page. Age categories are - up to 12mth, 1-3yr, 4-6yr, 7-11yr. The child with the most votes in each category becomes a runner-up, the child who gets the most votes overall wins the title of ‘Face of Stamford’ 2014. This year we have 11 local business involved as sponsors giving the winner and runners up a wide variety of prizes from some fantastic local businesses. These include prizes from - Stamford Arts Centre, The Yard, Sukies Party Emporium, Pots of Fun, Cycle Wright, The Ice Cream Café, Flowers by Mandy, Kim Smith Hair Design, Bella Vintage & Stamford Cupcake Company. Last year’s competition was a sell-out so book your slot as soon as possible.

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Voting To view the photos of all our contestants and to place your vote, just pop along to Stamford Arts Centre any time between 17th & 31st August. Look out for the results, which will be announced in the October edition of Stamford Living Magazine.

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aura Goodliffe-Byatt is a Herbalife Independent Distributor based in Stamford. Herbalife can be used for Weight Loss, Weight Management, Weight Gain, in fact there is a full range of products to suit everyone. It aims to help you eat well, get healthier, and be active. Herbalife has been in the UK for 30 years and is the current leader in meal replacement shakes worldwide, with its high quality, effective and safe, scientifically backed products. Herbalife sponsors over 100 top athletes and teams around the world including Cristiano Ronaldo. Laura can offer a free 30 mins Consultation providing you with an opportunity to complete a Wellness Profile. You will receive a full Body Analysis and they will run through how the program works, tailor made to your requirements and goals. You still get to eat ‘real meals’ when on the program, they will provide you with recipe ideas and the right foods to eat providing you with a colourful rainbow diet. You will receive constant encouragement and support on your journey, with regular weigh-ins, help as and when needed. The nutritionally balanced shakes are rich in protein from soy and dairy. Protein is good for building lean muscle mass along with exercise. By increasing your percentage of lean muscle mass your metabolism is also increased, meaning you’ll burn more calories even while you are sleeping! And for those that don’t like milk, there is a product that can be used mixed with water, also a ‘free from’ lactose, soy and gluten, along with bars that can be used instead of shakes some days. It is also suitable for diabetics and can be used during pregnancy. There are many exciting and healthy products like the Revive and Refresh fat burning tea, the sports ‘24’ energy range for Sports Nutrition, refreshing and soothing herbal Aloe Drink to aid digestion, smarter snacks like soy beans, soup, and protein bars in 3 flavours, healthy heart, extra calcium, fibre, a full skin care/ body range. There are also work opportunities for anyone who has a keen interest in health and fitness, a willingness to learn, offering flexible working from home hours, around current commitments, belonging to a great company, worldwide seminars, constant local support and training. • If this is of interest to you and you like what you have read about Herbalife, then contact Laura on 07951 288801 or STAMFORD LIVING JULY 2014

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Le grand depart With the recent success of British cyclists, notably at the London Olympics and with Bradley Wiggins’ win of the Tour in 2012, the first Briton ever to triumph, cycling has never been more popular. On 5 July, the Tour de France will begin in Yorkshire, tracing a 190km route from Leeds to Harrogate, past fields planted with special artworks for the occasion. It’s the first time the North of England has hosted the event. The cyclists will then hurtle up hills and down dales along 200km from York to Sheffield on 6 July. The following day sees them tackle the final stretch, a mere 159km from Cambridge to London. Stamford is around an hour away from York, Cambridge and London by train, so why not consider cheering our riders on in person? Details of the exact route, which includes Trumpington near Cambridge, can be found on

Out and about This year, Rutland Cycling picked up the top award from Total Women’s Cycling, thanks in part to its women-only and Mums and Tots organised rides. Lee Wigginton, who works at the Whitwell branch, said “As part of our commitment to inspire more people to get out cycling, we offer a range of regular led rides, including senior cyclist rides and women’s rides in partnership with British Cycling’s Breeze campaign ( These rides are free to attend and we encourage participation by offering substantial discounts on cycle hire, so that bike ownership is not a barrier”. From now until October there are Senior Cyclist rides every Tuesday and women-only Summer Sunday rides, free with your own bike or £5 to hire. The chance to combine

evenings at 6.30pm. Saturday morning rides from Stamford are open to all, covering various local routes, and are held fortnightly at 9.30am starting from the shop.

Keep it in the family

birdwatching with bicycling comes with the Nature Rides on 21 July and 4 August. Run in conjunction with Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and suitable for all ages and abilities, the rides go from Normanton along the shore cycle path to the Osprey Viewpoint at Lyndon. To book, call 01572 737624 or email rides@ The £10 cost includes bike hire. For the more committed cyclist, the Giant store has set up two Sportive routes, one 62 miles and one 96 miles, which have timed points so you can see how your performance stacks up. At Cyclewright. co, Gavin Thompson told me about their free guided rides for locals. “Our rides are aimed at people coming into the sport who might find organised cycling clubs a bit daunting at first. We welcome all abilities and help people to get 20 miles or so under their belt, experience riding in a group and provide a stepping stone to going faster and further.” Cyclewright runs Ladies Cake and Coffee cycles from Baston on Friday mornings at 9.30am and again on Wednesday

Pedal power We are spoilt for choice when it comes to cycling suppliers, with one of the UK’s best independent bike shops on our doorstep. Rutland Cycling (01780 460705; is consistently voted one of the UK’s best retailers by cycling magazines and organisations. At Rutland Water, there are stores at Whitwell and Normanton where you can buy and hire bikes along with all the associated kit such as clothing, helmets, gloves, locks, lights and bike racks. Numerous brands at Whitwell include Specialised, Trek and Cube while the Normanton store is dedicated to Giant. Choose from road bikes, triathlon bikes, mountain bikes or hybrids which are suitable for both types of terrain. A range of children’s scooters and bicycles is available, including BMX bikes. Rutland Cycling also has a shop and hire centre at Fineshade Woods, home to a network of cycling and walking trails which this summer include a kids’ Gruffalo Trail. In Stamford, (01780 482899; www.cyclewright. co) opened its doors last November in St Paul’s St, following the success of the founding store at Waterside Garden Centre in Baston. Owned by Simon and Gemma Wright, the shops stock numerous brand-name bikes for all ages along with all the requisite equipment and services you’d expect from an expert cycling centre. “We specialise in custom builds and wheelbuilding and are able to do same day repairs on small work.” Other bike shops in Stamford are Richardson’s Cycles on North St (01780 480455; and Halfords (01780 482086; on Ryhall Road.

For family cycling, you are spoilt for choice. Rutland Water has three, eight, 17 or 23-mile routes around the reservoir (the longest is the full perimeter circuit including the scenic Hambleton Peninsula). Other good bets are Fineshade Woods, with its five-mile circular Family Cycle, and Grimsthorpe Castle ( near Bourne. Open daily from 11am in summer, this stately home offers cycle hire and a marked trail through the spectacular lakeside park. Designed with families in mind, the route avoids steep inclines and rough terrain wherever possible. The full trail is nearly ten miles, but there are shorter options available. New for 2014 are early evening guided tours, where cyclists can enjoy empty trails after the park has officially closed and learn about the estate. A minimum of four people is required, up to a maximum of 20. Bikes and helmets are provided if required. Sky Rides are family-friendly, traffic-free cycling events in town and city centres to encourage the sport. There is one in Leicester on 24 August ( For competitive cyclists there are plenty of events such as the Dambuster and Vitruvian triathlons at Rutland Water. The former is on 21 June and includes a 42km bike ride, while the hardcore Vitruvian on 30 August entails an 85km blast. Entrance is sold out for both events but why not watch and consider competing next year?

Join the club There are numerous cycling clubs in the area, all offering a friendly environment in which to clock up the miles for an annual subscription of around £15. Stamford Chain Gang (www. welcomes recruits for its Sunday rides, meeting at 8am in summer at the Danish Invader on Empingham Road. All you need is a helmet and roadworthy bike. Other groups running regular group rides and races include Velo Club Rutland (www. and Bourne Wheelers ( Velo Club Rutland offers the chance to ride starter events up to competing in races and welcomes all bikers, from mountain bikers to road and touring cyclists of any age. Regular rides include a Wednesday evening mountain bike ride at 6.30pm from Manton. Bourne Wheelers hosts a 25-mile beginner ride most Saturday mornings, including a café stop, as well as a 50-mile Sunday morning route. In summer, the club runs weekly ten-mile time trials on three different courses in the area. An active youth section, Bourne Bullets, for under-16s, competes in local road races, cyclo cross, time trials and on track. For under14s, there are weekly Go Ride coaching sessions from April to November. All affiliated club members receive a ten per cent discount at STAMFORD LIVING JULY 2014

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elcome to Sport Bash, a great family day out involving sporting activities, music and entertainment. See the Local Legends XI go up against the All Stars, Tigers XI taking on Saints XI (with a different shaped ball) then listen to live music from the stage to finish off a glorious day. The aim is for everyone to enjoy themselves no matter what age. Come along, bring a picnic and rub shoulders with some superstars from the cricket and rugby world. SCHEDULE FRI JULY 25TH – DAY ONE • 8.30am / Gates open • 9.00am / All activities begin; Chesterton Humberts Kwik Cricket begins • 3.00pm / All Stars XI vs. Local Legends XI • 6.00pm / Live Band entertainment (After The Storm & The Tom Betts Band) Chesterton Humbert Cup The Chesterton Humbert Cup is played on the morning of the first day. A great start involving up to sixteen local cricket clubs, each providing Ed Slater six under 10 cricketers who compete in a Kwik Cricket soft ball competition. Last year’s winners Peterborough CC will be keen to triumph again. Twenty20 cricket match The All Star XI is taking on the Local Legends XI made up of a player from each club in the locality. As in previous years, the ALL Star XI will be made up of cricketers who have represented their country. Adam Hollioake, Mal Loye, Gladstone Small, Andrew Caddick and Chris Schofield are all returning, and Simon Simon Jones Jones a recent sign-up. Possibly a few other surprises. Music After The Storm are a local and versatile band covering songs from a great list


of favourite artists including Mumford & Sons, Fleetwood Mac, The Foo Fighters, Crowded House, Oasis, Avicii, The Jam and many more. The Tom Betts Band is a four piece Northampton(ish) based rock band covering popular rock classics with energy and enthusiasm. From Free to Floyd, Killers to Skynard; you will be engaged and entertained, guaranteed! SCHEDULE SAT JULY 26TH – DAY TWO • 10.30am / Gates open • 3.00pm / Tigers XI vs. Saints XI • 6.00pm / Live Band entertainment (Wordsworth & Road Crew) Tigers XI v Saints XI Twenty20 cricket match In conjunction with The Matt Hampson Foundation, Tigers and Saints, two clubs with fierce rivalry go head to head with a difference. This time though with a hard round ball and a bit of willow to do the damage. The teams will be made up of current and former players. Experience says that no matter what sport it is – reputations and bragging rights are at stake. Come down and meet the players. Tigers so far... Craig Newby, Tim Stimpson, Freddie Tuilagi, Scott Hamilton and Ed Slater. Saints so far... Paul Diggin, Mark Hopley, Paul Grayson and Nick Beal. Music For over 15 years Wordsworth have been one of the Northamptonshire’s top cover bands, playing a wide mix of music from rock to funk ( wordsworthband). Roadcrew are a 4 piece rock cover band who have been together for the last decade with years of experience; playing tunes from the Stones, Primal Scream, The Kinks, Blondie plus many more

E DAY ENTERTAINMENT THROUGHOUT TH Entertainment is provided for the whole family, Sport Bash is an event the entire community can share in. • Leicester Tigers’ ‘The Maul Zone’, • Lynx Golf Zone • Premier Tennis Skills Challenge • ECB Cricket Factory road show • Inflatable Assault course – to keep children happy and the odd adult. FOOD & DRINK This year Sport Bash will create a separate area for picnics. This will be away from the main cricket area for safety purposes. Refreshment facilities will include: • Groovy Foods superb hog roast, burgers and sausages • Gino’s famous ice cream van • Sweet stall • Soft drink stall • Tea and cakes tent • Bateman’s beer, cider and wines • Old Mout cider (New Zealand) sampling tent • Pimms Tent. SUPPORT A CHARITY You can support a charity by taking a table in the marquee on either of the two days. The New Hospice at Thorpe Hall Appeal Sport Bash wants to help by giving all the fundraising proceeds within the Hospitality Marquee on the first day to the appeal. The Appeal has got permission to build a


state of the art hospice and centre of excellence for palliative care in the grounds of the Grade 1 listed Thorpe Hall. Their aim is for Thorpe Hall to become a centre for excellence in palliative care, providing care as individual as the patients who use it. They need to raise £6 million by March 2015 to transform our hospice. It’s an ambitious target and they need your help to achieve it. The Matt Hampson Foundation Sport Bash wants to help by giving all the fundraising proceeds within the Hospitality Marquee, on the second day, to the foundation set up by Hambo. Its aim is to provide advice, support, relief and/or treatment for anyone suffering serious injury or disability which has arisen from any cause, but in particular from participation in or training for any sport, sporting activity or other form of physical education or recreation. If you would, as a company or a group of friends, want to give your support by taking a table on either day then contact info@dcrevents. .

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s the property market continues to improve, much is being made of the factors that can influence the value of a property – such as its proximity to a sought after school. For example the catchment areas of good state schools can command a 12%+ premium when compared to their county average, recent research has revealed. Living close to where your child is being educated, has not always been as high a priority for some parents. However, given the wide varying education standards in the East Midlands, the pendulum is firmly starting to swing towards the location of a good school being a top priority for many home buyers with children. Changing family needs Clearly living close to a top performing school is always going to be an attractive proposition for family buyers; but at what cost? For those able to do so, the debate between funding an independent education or allocating money to buying a superior property in a good catchment area, is a frequent one, with no clear answer. Family needs have dramatically changed over the last decade and allowing children to travel to school with friends or on a school bus has become more important, as parents juggle their increasingly demanding work commitments. Leaving work early or arriving to work late isn’t always an option for some parents. With many schools offering extra-curricular activities before or after normal lessons and two or three siblings attending the same school, this can result in parents having to carry out multiple journeys to and from school as children of different ages with different interests finish at different times. Parents that are working find this difficult to manage and in some cases have found the solution of living nearer to the school to be an attractive one. With a limited stock of ‘best of breed’ homes fitting this criteria, it is easy to see how premiums can be achieved for properties so close and convenient to the most favoured schools. Finding the right location Both the highly regarded King’s School in Peterborough and Bourne

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ou notice the difference with Sowden Wallis the moment you walk into their offices in Star Lane – fresh, modern, high energy. Which is exactly what the two business partners, Emma Sowden and Tom Wallis, believe they can bring to the estate agency business in Stamford. Both are young but already have substantial experience in the market. Emma began her career in Lincoln and arrived in the Stamford market via a stint at Sowerbys in North Norfolk. Tom’s career began in Leeds before moving back to his home county and establishing himself in the Stamford market. What made them want to set up on their own? “It was something that we had always wanted to do,” Tom told me. “We felt,” Emma continued, “that a lot of estate agencies have become ‘corporatised’ and we wanted to offer something more personal, fresh and different. We believe that customer service is very important. Our names are above the door, and it is us that you will deal with all the time. We live and breathe Stamford (they both live in the town) and want to do the very best for our clients.” In its first few weeks of trading the agency has already met with a great response. “People do indeed see us as offering something fresh and new and different...and a very personal level of service.” The business is also very active in social media, both on Twitter & Facebook, recognising the marketing potential of this channel. Tom describes the Stamford market as being strong at the moment, with the traditional strengths of access, character and glorious surrounding countryside leading to a shortage of available properties in many categories. • Sowden Wallis, 3 Star Lane, Stamford, PE9 1PH Tel: 01780 754737


was sitting in The Falcon in Uppingham with a friend whilst our toddlers enjoyed their delicious cake and wreaked general havoc, when she asked me about the new ISA limit. “I told her that on 1st July it will be possible to invest £15,000 into an ISA, so careful planning is even more important. I have already mentioned the benefits of dividend tax in a previous article; here is one proviso about ISAs: dividends from investments held in ISA accounts are taxed at 10%, but the tax deducted is not recoverable, as used to be the case. “However, there are ways of overcoming this. For example, a number of highly reputable offshore-registered investment companies are subject to our UK regulatory system. Having offshore status means that the income is paid gross. Furthermore, if this income is received via an ISA then there is no tax to pay. “You should ask your advisor to take a very careful look at your portfolio to ensure you are not holding investments outside of an ISA that would be more tax efficient if held in an ISA and vice versa.” • Philippa Maffioli is an investment manager at Blyth-Richmond Investment Managers in Leicestershire,, 0116 2303663


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The Stamford Garden Centre becomes a beacon of a better lifestyle Under the new ownership of Chris Isaac, the Stamford Garden Centre is undergoing a transformation, offering an inspirational mix of products and services that will enhance your home and lifestyle. Nicholas Rudd-Jones met with the individual businesses involved in the venture to find out how they are developing their own businesses and pulling together to create a unified whole that shouts out service and quality. Illustration: Karen Neale Welland Valley Timber Andy Jones set up the business in 1999, and it has been growing ever since. Whilst still mainly serving the trade, retail customers are very welcome and are assured of a friendly service, be it a bit of timber to sort out a garden shed, or some more major joinery project. It is also the first port of call for fencing, and has a very good range of traditional oak flooring available too. Tel: 01780 765764 Sack Store Showroom The Sack Store showroom offers a fabulous range of furniture, soft furnishings and flooring solutions to transform the look of your interiors. Some great quality and great value pieces. Gary Simpson Butchers Gary Simpson is a bundle of energy and enthusiasm. He has been passionate about butchery ever since he opened his first outlet in Heckington in 2000. This is his fourth butchers, and it is incredibly well planned and stocked. On the meat front, it is much more than just a traditional butchers. There are also lots of value-added options, such as Stir Fries, Stuffed Chicken Parcels, Chicken Roasties, mini-Beef Wellingtons, prepared Lamb Shanks and a range of meat skewers. On the other counter are award-winning pies, home-cooked meats and cheeses. Gary Simpson was voted the ‘Best Butcher Shop in the Midlands & East of England in 2013’.


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Chalk Interiors Chalk Interiors sells paint, restores furniture and runs furniture restoration courses. It is run by Kate Higginson, who told me that Chalk is the only official workshop for Annie Sloan paints in the region. Their workshop co-ordinator, Sharon Flaherty, was personally trained by Annie and is therefore able to impart a wealth of knowledge about how to re-paint furniture to maximum effect. There is a workshop every week, alternating between starter and more advanced, and they are always full and very popular. Feedback is always very positive – the participants learn a lot and also have a great deal of fun. Tel: 01780 752414

Greensleaves Greensleaves is run by Amanda and is one of Stamford’s most established florists. Amanda recognises that above all floristry is a people business, and she has a staff of six to support her. Customer service is key to her, and she has been known to deliver flowers at 8am or on a Sunday to fit in with a recipient’s timetable. She is well known for her work at funerals, weddings and corporate events. Recent innovations include party balloons (with inscriptions on) and now she is also able to offer house plants as well as flowers. Tel: 01780 480077

Sew-Now Sew-Now has been trading on the site for nearly four years, making curtains, blinds, soft furnishings and also undertaking alterations. Mandy Sylvester-Smith, the owner, has always been an enthusiastic seamstress, but it was only after 25 years in banking that she built up the determination to ‘live her dream’ and do what she really enjoyed. It is a pleasure to visit and see the blinds being made in front of your eyes. Because everything is done by hand, they are also able to undertake one-off commissions – recent jobs include a canopy for a bench swing and a headboard. They also stock a wide range of fabrics, including Costa Este, a recent addition from Barcelona. Tel: 01780 759107

Clearview Stoves The Clearview Showroom is the top Clearview showroom in the region, with five stoves ‘live’ and another 10 or so models on view. Clearview Stoves are all British-made in Shropshire and are the leading manufacturer of clean burning wood stoves. Pay a visit to the showroom, or find out more at www.

Emma Cannings Health & Beauty Emma continues to run a supremely stylish and popular health & beauty salon. The big change in recent months has been the realisation of her long-term aim to move towards natural products – she now uses the Pinks Boutique brand, which is 100% natural. She has a team of six and finds that drop-ins are on the increase now that there is car parking out the front and as the footfall of the whole centre increases. Tel: 01780 766583

PARKING AREA There is now a new car park out the front for easy access; and a hand carwash facility will also be introduced. The centre has very much come together as a group of likeminded business aiming for similar high standards, and it is this that makes the place well worth a visit whatever your needs. Stamford Garden Centre, Casterton Road, Stamford, PE9 4BB Tel: 01780 765656


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Let the children play… with their i-Pad or in the woods? Samanatha Weeks

Samantha Weeks is the Director of Early Years at Stamford Junior School and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Northampton, specialising in the field of Early Childhood. She reflects on an issue that concerns us all as parents


t was not like that in my day”, “do you remember the good old days when we played outside and ran free” or how about “children were allowed to be children back then”? These are familiar phrases and a common response to the fast pace of change in our society. There is a hefty amount of nostalgia added to these wistful musings and we must ask ourselves whether or not nostalgia helps us to look forward with clarity, or hinders us by encouraging a need to protect our children against all of this “unnecessary modern development”? There is another camp of course which fully embraces digital technology for our youngest children with the justification that it is their future. This argument asserts that the rapid development of social media as a form of communication means that our children will need to understand its place in their lives, both benefits and dangers. Mr Gove has ensured that coding is now an integral part of the new curriculum because we want to ensure that the future generation is armed with the skills that they need for an ever-changing workforce. So we need technology, don’t we? It needs to be at the heart of our children’s lives from the very beginning – do we agree? The nostalgia starts to creep in, telling us that technology is stopping the children playing outside, they are becoming addicted to screens and they can’t talk to each other anymore. I am always interested by the arguments that want children to experience the ‘real world’, rather than through a screen. As an early childhood educator, I am passionate

about children experiencing the ‘real world’, but I also believe that technology is now part of that reality. We see the tremendous benefits of our Reception aged children taking i-Pads with them on their weekly trips to the woods. They take photographs of things that interest them and bring this back to school to show the rest of their friends. This is an example of them playing outside, using the screen-based technology when they need it and talking to each other about their experiences. All in all, this dispels the myths that scare many of us about the over use of technology. There lies the difference; our approach has been to use technology as a tool, in particular to support and develop creative and critical thinking. For many years it has been an aim to encourage children to become critical thinkers. I believe the skills needed to be critical in their use of technology are also vital for our children and they must develop these skills from a young age. It is important that they learn when technology is of benefit and when it is not. In order to do this they will need broad

experience, specific teaching and an approach embedded throughout their learning. Ultimately, we will all have our own position within this debate and this will depend entirely on our own personal history and experiences. If we find ourselves looking back to the good old days and our own childhood, though, we must look through the rose-coloured hue and remember that our childhood has passed. The childhood that our children are experiencing is theirs, not ours, and we cannot possibly know yet or understand what it is that faces them in their adulthood. The wonderfully wise Ken Robinson reminds us that we need to help our children develop the creativity needed to adapt to and solve the problems that they will encounter in an unknown future. Surely technology can only be an asset if it is wielded as a tool to use at the right time and in the right way, not supplanting, but rather supplementing and complementing other forms of learning? • Be inspired by Ken Robinson on TED talks, watch his talk: Changing paradigms. This can be found at • For more information on Stamford Nursery School or Stamford Junior School, please call 01780 484400, email headjs@ses.lincs.sch. uk or visit STAMFORD LIVING JULY 2014

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The Nene Park & Peterborough This walk goes for much of its length through the Nene Park, one of the finest contemporary natural spaces in any British city; and past one of the country’s greatest medieval buildings, Peterborough Cathedral. Photos of Ferry Meadows: Tim Steele WALK DATA Distance: 7 miles Typical time: 3 hours Map: Explorer 227; or better still, Town Map of Peterborough (available from any newsagent) Start & Finish: Thorpe Wood Nature Reserve Car Park, PE3 6SS. Where the Thorpe Rd meets Holywell Rd. Terrain: flat, easy going; can be wet underfoot if there has been a lot of rain.

The context Peterborough is an ancient town that has been transformed since 1967 when it was awarded new town status; at which point the city’s population multiplied threefold in a single generation from 70,000 to 200,000 as the numerous townships were created. But because the growth was carefully planned, there were also two huge benefits; a well thought-through road system that whisks traffic around the city away from the residential areas; and germane to this walk, the creation of the immensely impressive Nene Park.


Places of Interest Thorpe Wood This beautiful ancient woodland consists of a canopy of oak and ash with hazel and field maple below. The northern section is actively managed by traditional coppicing with baskets weaved around the stools to stop deer and rabbits grazing on them. The ground flora is diverse here, especially in spring when there are lots of wood anemones and a spectacular display of bluebells. There are a number of very large mature oaks, which provide an excellent home for a range of invertebrates. Woodpeckers can be frequently heard tapping in the summer. Ferry Meadows Country Park Nene Park was conceived as part of the town’s 1968 expansion master plan. The Nene Park Trust is tasked “to provide for the recreation of the public by the provision of a park for the benefit of the inhabitants of Peterborough and visitors with the object of improving the conditions of life for such persons.” From a total of 2,535 acres within the Trust’s management control, 658 acres are dedicated to Ferry Meadows country park, 259 acres for two 18 hole golf courses and 82 acres for organised recreation such as horse riding, rowing, watersports and trout fishing; the remaining 1,535 acres are in private ownership with managed pathways and informal areas. The landscape of the Park is varied, providing a range of natural habitats, informal areas and visitor attractions, including woodland, flood plain meadow and arable fields.

The sculptures at Thorpe Meadows Much of the Peterborough Sculpture Trust collection is sited in Nene Park at Thorpe Meadows and includes works by Sir Anthony Caro, Lee Grandjean, Miles Davis and Antony Gormley. For a full map of the sculptures visit The Boardwalks The Boardwalks are an amphibian reserve, with many different areas: ponds of varying sizes and depths, scrub, marsh, tussocky grassland, and many types of willow, all providing excellent habitats. Longthorpe Tower Longthorpe Tower displays one of the most complete and important sets of 14th century domestic wall paintings in northern Europe. This varied ‘spiritual encyclopaedia’ of worldly and religious subjects includes the Wheel of Life, the Nativity and King David. Check English Heritage for opening times.


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The Route 1.

Walk south through Thorpe Wood from the car park, then take a right to cross over the Nene Parkway by the footbridge. Continue (slightly to the right) on the other side, crossing the Thorpe Rd and then crossing the Bluebell footbridge across the River Nene. Continue onwards until your reach the Ham Bridge, at which point you cross left over it. Then take the path bearing round to the left, which soon begins to run alongside the river again, with Ham Mere and the bird hide on your right. Cross the Goldie Bridge, then the Nene Valley railway line and turn immediately left towards the city centre, on the south side of the tracks. Cross back over the railway and river at the lock and sluices, and then take the path under the Nene Parkway. Walk along the south side of the Rowing Lake, enjoying the many interesting sculptures. Then head right back towards the river and the route goes along the fascinating Boardwalks across muddy ground. The path



Proceed west down Church St, then Cowgate and take the underpass at Bourges Boulevard to the main railway bridge. Immediately you have crossed the railway bridge, take the steps down to your left and proceed south down River Lane back onto Thorpe Meadows. Follow the route back west on the northern side of the meadows this time, until you reach the hotel again by the rowing lake. Head up to the roundabout, cross Thorpe Rd and then the continuation of Thorpe Rd, onto a public footpath through a narrow gap in the hedge leading across the field up to Thorpe Hall. Pass by the entrance to Thorpe Hall, and then take a footpath just to the right of a car park at the far end of the Hall, leading onto Thorpe Park Rd. Turn left, and then right into Thurlestone Close, through to Harewood Gardens, left towards Melrose Close and then cutting through to the Thorpe Rd. Cross over left to Longthorpe Tower and then take the estate path back to The Thorpe Wood nature reserve. Turn right in the woods and return to your car.

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then rejoins the main riverside path. Proceed to the Town Bridge, climb up the steps, cross the main road and proceed towards the Key Theatre and then the delightful Lido. Cross the Bishop’s Rd into the SW corner of the tiny but lovely Bishop’s Rd Gardens. Exit out the NE side, and proceed through the cathedral precinct gates and thence to the cathedral. From the west front of the cathedral, head out through the main gate into the market square, with the Guildhall in front of you.

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PIT STOPS The Ferry Meadows Café overlooks the beautiful Overton Lake. It is a slight detour on your route (at the end of Step 1), but gives you a great view of this side of the park. The 5kms Park Run starts from here every Saturday at 9am, all running abilities welcome. Visit for more info. The Boathouse Pub at the head of the Rowing Course provides basic meals and drinks in an attractive setting overlooking the water. The Cathedral’s Coffee & Cookies Coffee Shop, in the cathedral precincts, is open Mon-Sat 10.00am to 4.00pm. We especially recommend the cakes! If you are looking for a good meal with views of the river, then we would recommend Café Clarkes at the Key Theatre or East Oriental Restaurant on the barge alongside the Town Bridge, both excellent establishments. STAMFORD LIVING JULY 2014

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are marbles require rare talents, and for the best materials only the best workmanship will suffice. James Elliott has devoted his entire professional life to perfecting his knowledge of marble, stone and semi-precious stones. His expertise and craftsmanship is on display at many of the great heritage sites both in the United Kingdom and abroad. The antiquity of the materials James works with is in stark contrast to the modernity of the engineering solutions he provides to his clients. The first result a client will see from a commission is a precise and meticulous 3D computer drawing of the work they envisage. James’ firm belief is that all the technical demands of any project must be fully resolved before any work commences. All too often he finds himself being required by architects to rescue projects which other stonemasons have under-estimated. Sourcing the correct materials for any job has not only involved James in extensive overseas travel, but fully understanding the properties of the stone he is working has also obliged him to acquire a good knowledge of geology. The extensive variety of marble formations requires a deep sensitivity to the way each of them must be handled, and James has unparalleled skill in cutting even the most fragile materials. With the amount of heritage work James


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how important ‘present’ and engaged parents are in the lives of their children. “As everyone’s lives become increasingly more hectic, the role of a family holiday is sometimes the only time where everyone gets to slow down for long enough to really relax and enjoy their time together.” Wendy says that as a business, her vision and values have remained the same since day one. “Quality family time is core throughout the business, from our team, to our hosts and of course to the families who book with us.” She holds integrity and authenticity in high regard – “if we make a mistake then we say so and apologise.” “How do I motivate the Tots Team? We laugh a lot and we enjoy each other’s company and I say thank you a lot too. I hope my team would recognise how much we appreciate the work that they do. We’re fairly direct and I think that’s important too. Then we have pecan buns from Hambleton Bakery every Friday and Prosecco when there is something to celebrate, which thankfully is frequently!”

How it all began... “It was during a family holiday in 2005 when I realised that there was a massive gap in the market for genuinely family-friendly holiday accommodation after a near catastrophic holiday in France, where my then 2 year old, fell into an unenclosed swimming pool. Quite aside from the very obvious dangers of swimming pools, I realised that being on holiday with tots was a mission in itself, fraught with questions, worries, concerns and that families like mine have a very special set of requirements. I could see that there were plenty of ways to improve this situation. It seemed so obvious that I was frankly stunned that nobody had done anything about it. I launched the business in April 2007 with just 9 family-friendly villas and cottages in France which I had personally visited and vetted to ensure quality control, child safety (particularly with regards to pool safety) and the provision of all the kit that families with small children need.” Before Tots to Travel was born, Wendy had a variety of other jobs, from bread-crumbing pigs’ trotters in a bistro as a student, to selling aerial photos door to door in America and a summer season in Greece! She then worked for UK Sport, specialising in developing the World Class Performance Programme for Olympic level athletes, before becoming a primary school teacher. She attributes this diversity of experience as being crucial to dovetailing into what is now - a specialist family-friendly villa holiday business based in Stamford.

Inspiration, Motivation, Vision and Drive... Wendy, like many working mothers is driven to be the best she can be, whilst also being the best role model and mother for her three children. Having worked with world class athletes she realised extraordinary things are possible and that often we are only limited by the voice inside our head. “I see inspiration anywhere and everywhere and I particularly love clever, innovative and creative ideas being brought to life. I love amazing design, either in buildings or gardens, clever use of web design,


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“Quality family time is core throughout the business, from our team, to our hosts and of course to the families who book with us.” interesting concepts, inspiring people; in fact my searching and reading is so wide ranging that anybody looking in from outside, would probably struggle to see a common thread through it all!” Wendy’s initial motivation came by having a clear vision of how something could be done better – e.g. how the old-fashioned villa rental industry could be transformed into something that properly suited the customer. “I’m still on my mission to make holidays for families something that works so much better for them.” It was during her teaching days and being married to an RAF officer that taught Wendy just how precious quality family time was and

Wendy holds regular meetings with the team where she shares the business’ goals, visions and other inspiring things that she has seen or books she’s read - particularly when it comes to building an online business. “I strongly believe that Tots To Travel now have a unique proposition that families love and returning customers know that when they book, they are securing their family the best chance of the best family holiday possible.” “My personal mantra – ‘Bite off more than you can chew and chew it!’ ” • Wendy Shand has written a book called The Mother of Invention which is available to download on

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Orchard can make your lifestyle dream a reality The Orchard story Orchard has grown organically over the years because so many of its clients wanted a company that could manage their whole renovation project, from installing the latest ‘A’ rated windows throughout the house, or installing bi-folding door systems, to complete kitchen installations that require removing internal walls to form large living spaces, or carrying out full house renovations. So the two Marks (Atkinson and Bush) developed a business that manages the entire project, including seeking all relevant building regulations, all necessary electrical and gas installations and flooring requirements, so that clients can get complete peace of mind that every aspect of a project is taken care of. And everything is carried out to the highest standards. More recently, they set up the kitchen showroom in Scotgate with Maxine Couch heading up the team; she has more than 20 years of experience in the kitchen business and can help you every step of the way to achieving exactly the result that you had dreamt of. She has been joined by Stuart, who has been designing kitchens for several years. But perhaps the best way of demonstrating the Orchard experience is by taking a look at two recent projects.

Stylish, modern kitchen Margery Nicholls lives in the first house to be built in Northfields, in the early 1870s. Whilst its exterior says ‘period house’, the interior has been done throughout in a cool, modern, but not too minimalist style which works incredibly well. Margery had first used the two Marks 15 years or so ago when they were just setting out. They installed the windows on a garage alongside her house that created a study and extra bedroom. Nearly 15 years later she called them back to install a couple of doors; and after that, to discuss a big kitchen project. She wanted to knock through from the kitchen to the under-utilised dining room and create a much


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A classy snack

A great snack for a party and ideal for nibbling on during the World Cup with a beer, says Sean Hope…


Fruits of the sea I adore seafood so it’s always exciting when we launch our Fruits de Mer menu at The Olive Branch. Throughout July and August we’ll be serving up seafood caught on the Norfolk dayboats and delivered fresh to the kitchen. Dishes will include clams in chilli butter, crevettes with lemon aioli and crabs baked in their shells – but the menu will change depending on what’s available.


he recipe I’m sharing this month is one I recently submitted for a competition run by Leffe beer, called the Leffe Gastro Bites contest. Not surprisingly, Stilton beignet fritters go very well with a Leffe, and I hope to get the chance to sit back with a bottle or two during the World Cup this month. Fingers crossed!

Stilton beignets with Bramley apple sauce Serves 4 For the beignets • 250ml water • 50g butter • 70g plain flour • 100g grated Cropwell Bishop Stilton • 4 eggs • Half a tsp of English mustard • Salt • Pepper • Vegetable oil, for frying 1. Bring the water to a simmer with the butter, then add the flour. 2. Cook slowly for about eight minutes until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. 3. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the grated Stilton. 4. Separate three of the eggs and add three egg yolks and one whole egg along with the mustard, salt and a pinch of ground black pepper. 5. Pipe balls of the mixture into a preheated fryer at 180°C and fry the beignets for two minutes until crisp. Drain well on a paper towel before serving.


For the apple sauce • 3 Bramley apples – peeled, cored and chopped • 50g caster sugar • Splash of local apple juice • Knob of butter 1. Place all ingredients into a large saucepan, bring to the boil and cook until soft (around five minutes). 2. Strain the cooked apples when soft and blend until smooth. 3. Allow to cool to room temperature, then serve! To assemble, wipe a little apple sauce onto a slate or plate, arrange the Stilton beignets, add a little crumbled Stilton and garnish with a few fresh garden leaves and crumbled crispy bacon.

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The Rutland Charcuterie Company Charcuterie is perfect for relaxed summer dining, pies are great for picnics and children just love the Rutland Smokies. Sarah Lyon discovers a great new local food enterprise


sojourn in the French Alps running a chalet business was an opportunity for Nick and Nicky Brake to indulge in their love of food and wine. “And of sharing it,” says Nicky. “It was during our time spent living in France that I discovered the joys of charcuterie – from saucisson to Confit de Canard. I was hooked and it was the one product that we never failed to bring back home with us, as at the time we could find hardly anyone producing it in this country,” adds Nick. Of their return to the UK Nick says, “I was thinking vineyards but all things considered we decided against. So, if not wine it had to be food.” The Brakes in the meantime had moved into Chestnut Farm. A spectacular setting and well positioned on the edge of the village of Braunston in Rutland with outdoor stables for conversion to what is now a state of the art butchery and production kitchen. As part of the equipping Nick has invested in a Stagionello Salami cabinet that aims to give the professional artisan producer of traditional salami complete control over the process from fermentation right through the fermentation cycle. The journey to production has been an adventure that has demanded skill and commitment. “For me the year at The School of Artisan Food on the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire did exactly what I had hoped - I went to the school with the intention of learning the skills required to set up a new food related business. I finished the year passing the diploma in Butchery & Charcuterie with distinction.” “We were very fortunate to have a brilliant mix of teachers,” says Nick. “It has taken a while to get the new business up and running – I am sure it would have been a more arduous task without the knowledge I gained from my time at the school, let alone the contacts that I made.” It was while studying at the School of Artisan Food that Nick met tutors Rich Summers and Chris Moorby. Rich and Chris are both highly skilled butchers who bring their individual strengths and expertise to the venture. Rich’s interest in butchery has been life-long, when at the age of 11 he was feeding a farmer’s pigs after school alongside a little washing up job at a local butchers. This was only the

beginning for Rich, “I grew up with an interest in getting to know about every element of the job.” A stint in an abattoir gave more, as well as working as a stock man in the old cattle market in Leicestershire. With over two decades of experience, Rich’s wealth of knowledge of the local area in terms of suppliers and potential markets, combined with his keen interest in native breeds, artisan butchery techniques, product development, consultancy and a desire to share his knowledge means that he has become an integral part of the company. Recipes for charcuterie are inspired by Rich’s Polish heritage – caraway, coriander, paprika and marjoram help to create the robust yet fragrant flavours of Rutland Charcuterie’s Rutland Smoky, salami, beef biltong, hot smoked duck breast and Prosciutto. Chris brings his expertise of over 35 years of working as a traditional artisan butcher to this venture. He has worked in several sectors of the meat industry, from production and technical management to product development and quality assurance and more recently as a

teacher and champion of artisan produce. Chris will be teaching hands on demonstrations in salami making and other courses at the Rutland Charcuterie Company. Chris is hot on the meat science where every element of the process is logged. “From food producer to production there is a consistency that is created that makes it possible for a small artisan business to succeed. This has been my priority throughout and with the team that we have here and the seriously delicious products we have developed, I believe we offer something really outstanding in terms of British Charcuterie,” says Nick. Nick sent me home with some wonderful samples for tasting and I was inspired to make paella that evening to complement the Rutland Smokies, biltong and hot smoked ham. Fabulous flavours!! • The Rutland Charcuterie Company will be at Oakham Farmer’s Market the 3rd Saturday of every month. To find out more and order online go to: www. STAMFORD LIVING JULY 2014

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The School of

Artisan Food If you’re into making your own food, you should pay this place a visit. By Matt Wright… I

recently popped in to the all-new Rutland Charcuterie Company in Braunston, Rutland. In addition to finding what’s possibly the most delicious sausage ever – make a note to try the ‘Rutland Smokey’ as soon as you can – plus some very feisty biltong, I discovered that founder Nick Brake had studied at The School of Artisan Food near Worksop before setting up his new operation. The School of Artisan Food might be a few miles away from our zone but it’s within striking distance and I thought it was worth bringing to your attention – to my mind, every food lover should know about it. Located on Welbeck Estate in north Nottinghamshire, the School and its courses are at the beating heart of Britain’s artisan food and drink movement. And around it cluster a brilliant farm shop, cheesemaker, bakery, several farmers producing excellent meats, a brewery and a chocolate maker.

Artisan School director Joe Pilero

The School of Artisan Food If want to learn how to make charcuterie, cheese, cider, bread and much more from the very best in the business, you need to visit The School of Artisan Food. Alternatively, you could surf the internet and experiment with hanging meat in your airing cupboard or growing mouldy milk in Tupperware, but it’s really not advisable. But up until October 2009 when the School opened, you would have had little choice but to take the DIY approach. Happily, the Artisan School – which teaches students how to make foods that ferment – is up and running on About the writer Welbeck Estate. Thousands of people Matt Wright have attended its short courses since founded and runs it opened, and places are booked and up well in advance. The School also, runs an intensive year-long diploma two Leicestershirein artisan food production where based websites that celebrate and promote students are taught for 32 hours a local food and drink. week – this is what Nick from the His Great Food Club Rutland Charcuterie Company studied. Handbook 2013/14 is It costs £18,500, although bursaries out now. are sometimes available.

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Artisan School butchery teacher Kate Hill

Bread ovens at the School

The grain of an idea The idea for the school came about in 2006 when Gareth Kennedy and Alison Swan Parente set up a bakery on Welbeck Estate. They quickly discovered that there were very few skilled bakers around. Conversations with friends in the artisan food world revealed similar skills shortages in many areas, including cheesemaking and butchery. “Gareth and Alison had a lightbulb moment and realised that a centre of food excellence was needed to train people in the skills of artisan food production,” says Joe Piliero, Artisan School director. The nowdefunct East Midlands Development Agency agreed, and offered £900,000 to help set up the School. The School now has state of the art facilities for teaching butchery, cheesemaking, baking, preserving, brewing and chocolate making. It has a jaw-dropping lecture theatre, superb canteen (it would have been rude not to) and seriously impressive kit. Teachers include renowned experts like baker Emmanuel Hadjiandreou, butcher Kate Hill and cheesemaker Val Bines. “Demand is strong for all the courses,” says Joe. “Baking and butchery possibly attract the most interest but it’s pretty evenly spread. Very generally speaking, our full diploma students tend to be people looking at career changes. They might be home bakers looking to set up small-scale businesses, or food lovers with an interest in cheese who want to open a deli. Our next diploma starts in September. Having enthusiasm and passion are the most important requirements – food experience is not essential.” Of those diploma students who have recently graduated, in addition to Rutland’s Nick Brake, another success story is Michael Thompson from Ireland, who secured a job with Leicestershire Handmade Cheese Company before going on to set up Mike’s Fancy Cheese – Northern Ireland’s first raw-milk cheesemaker. But you don’t have to go down the diploma route. Short courses start at around £50 and include an Introduction to Artisan Cider Making (one day), Pro Blue Cheesemaking (three days), Curing and Smoking (one day) and Autumn Preserves (one day). The School of Artisan Food is leading the way in training UK food producers, keeping that all-important knowledge alive. It’s a jewel in the crown of Britain’s artisan food movement.

The Welbeck Estate A cluster of small, indendent food and drink producers thrives around The School of Artisan Food on the Welbeck Estate. Welbeck Farm Shop opened in October 2006 following conversations between shop manager Michael Boyle and his friend Joe Parente, whose family own Welbeck Estate. Joe had the idea of bringing good, locally sourced food and drink to estate visitors, and Michael had an agricultural background, so it made sense for them to work together to open a farm shop. “The area was a food desert before 2006. It’s taken time but now it’s buzzing,” says Michael. As Welbeck Farm Shop was selling its first sausage, Joe Schneider, in partnership with Randolph Hodgson from London’s Neal’s Yard Dairy, moved his Stichelton cheesemaking operation to Welbeck. The synergy created by farm shop and cheesemaker working side by side clearly had a contagious effect. Next, Welbeck Bakehouse was tempted to moved to Welbeck, taking a vacant building. Then the School of Artisan Food joined the party, making use of the estate’s old fire station. The latest arrivals are Shelly Preston, who runs chocolate maker Boutique Aromatique, a shop within Welbeck Farm Shop that stocks sublime artisan chocolates; and Welbeck Abbey Brewery, run by Claire Monk, producing fantastic beer that you can buy in the shop and elsewhere.


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Summer ‘Fruits de Mer’ at the Olive Branch Nicholas Rudd-Jones delights in their summer seafood platter


hroughout July and August the Olive Branch is serving a wonderful seafood platter for two (£21.50 per person), with shellfish delivered fresh to the door every morning. This platter celebrates the wonderful shellfish available at this time of year, sourced from the best suppliers in ports from all over the UK.

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We went to try out the menu one fine summer’s evening and were mightily impressed. The dishes will change according to what is available from the markets each evening and will be delivered fresh the next morning to go straight on the menu. The day we visited it looked like this:

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Clarkes in the heart of Peterborough If you’re looking for a really classy place to have lunch in the middle of Peterborough, then look no further than Clarkes, delightfully set in St John’s Square only moments from the cathedral. Occupying an immaculately restored Georgian building, it has one of the most beautiful interiors that I have ever seen, mixing historic with retro with modern and dashes of colour. Clarkes is about fine dining in the evenings, which it does very well; but at lunch, as well as the à la carte menu, there are very good value set meals - £15 for two courses and £20 for three. Three of us went for a general catch-up – star dishes included pea soup, hake with samphire and a fig tart to die for. • Clarkes Restaurant, Peterborough 10 Queen St, St John’s Sq, Peterborough, PE1 1PA Tel: 01733 892681 STAMFORD LIVING JULY 2014

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What’s On Amander Meade selects some of the best entertainment in the region this month Sunday 29 June to Sunday 6 July (10am to 5pm daily) EVENT: Sweet Pea Week The team raise hundreds of sweet peas from seed and you can enjoy over seventy varieties of heritage, modern, scented, striped and bicolour blooms throughout the pickery. Part of a great day out showcasing plants, gardens, vintage crafts and great food. Easton Walled Gardens (near Colsterworth) Admission is £6.75/£2.75 children. Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July EVENT: The Bythams Music Festival This charitable, community live music event raising funds for the parish churches and the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and offers local and international acts from acoustic, folk, blues and rock. The Willoughby Arms, Little Bytham Admission is free. More information at Saturday 5 July EVENT: Battle Proms at Burghley This will be the tenth anniversary of the proms which is a unique picnic style concert bringing together sublime music with stunningly choreographed aerial displays, thunderous cannon fire, dramatic cavalry displays and fantastic fireworks. Audiences are promised an unforgettable, glorious afternoon and evening of entertainment with extra special

First World War commemorative additions this year. Burghley Park Tickets £35/£17 with children under 4 years free Tel: 01432 355416 or visit Saturday 5 July, 7.30pm CONCERT: Summer Sensations with Stamford Brass A host of Summer Sounds to get create a relaxed and lazy evening of Brass Band highlights from the very popular and accomplished Stamford Brass Band. Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Tickets £11 Tel: 01780 766455 or visit Saturday 5 July, 8pm CONCERT: Stamford Chamber Orchestra The fourth and final concert in SCO’s Thirtieth Anniversary season features local violin virtuoso Katy Smith in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. Ben Palmer conducts. Stamford Arts Centre Ballroom Tickets £12.50/(£10.50/ £5) Tel: 01780 763203 or visit Saturday 5 to Sunday 20 July EVENT: A Festival Double in Oundle The Oundle International Festival and the Oundle Food Festival will run for a fortnight with a Street Market launching the festivities. Thousands of visitors are expected to visit over a hundred artisan food stalls plus special events for families and children. The International Festival plays host to all kinds of fantastic music events from a performance of ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ to chamber music treats and opera. The Choir of King’s College London

will lead the audience on a Bach Walk between the picturesque churches in the Nene Valley, with music and food along the route. More information and for details of the full programme at or Sunday 6 July, 12pm to 4pm EVENT: 1914 Vintage Croquet Tournament Join the Barnsdale team for an afternoon of vintage English fun, as local teams try to wrest the prestigious trophy from last year’s victorious Barnsdale Hall Hotel. There will be a WW1 theme so put on your Downton Abbeystyle Sunday best to cheer on your favourite team, or have a go yourself in between matches. Members of Peterborough Croquet Club will be on hand to keep everybody in order and share their top tips and afternoon tea will be served. Barnsdale Gardens, near Exton. Admission £7/£6/£3, Family up to 5 £19 Friday 11 and Saturday 12 July, 7.30pm THEATRE: Frank Lee Speaking The latest offering by the superb Stamford Senior Youth Theatre directed by Mary Benzies. With only a month to go to the exams, everyone is feeling the pressure. Frank winds his clocks and counts off the days on his carefully designed, fully highlighted revision timetables. Everyone is caught up in their own quest for success and as the lines between revision and reality become blurred, will anyone even notice that Frank’s not at his desk? Stamford Theatre Tickets £8 Tel: 01780 763203 or Saturday 19 July, 2.30pm FAMILY SHOW: Old Macdonald Had A Farm Written especially for parents to enjoy with their children, this fun filled farmyard tale brings to life all the best loved characters from the original nursery rhyme along with a magical medley of games, giggles and sing along songs including Heads, Shoulders Knees and Toes and of course Old MacDonald Had A Farm. A charming tale told with a captivating combination of live action, puppetry and animation by one of the UK’s leading theatre companies. Stamford Theatre Tickets £9.50 or family of four £32 Tel: 01780 763203 or STAMFORD LIVING JULY 2014

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What’s On Sunday 20 July, 7pm LIVE BROADCAST: Monty Python (mostly) – One Down, Five To Go Monty Python hold a place amongst the world’s finest ever comedians, influencing a generation and revolutionising comedy. They are set to fly again for a final reunion, which will be broadcast live in cinemas across the world. This return promises to be the biggest live event of 2014. John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will perform live on stage together for the first time, since performing at the Hollywood Bowl on 15 September 1980. Stamford Arts Centre Tickets £14 Tel: 01780 763203 Wednesday 30 July to Sunday 3 August EVENT: Burghley Film Festival The festival returns this year with five days of fabulous films from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to War Horse with some retro classics and children’s favourites in between. Taking place on the south lawn at Burghley with an even bigger forty square metre screen this summer and daytime or evening showings. Fabulous barbeque food, Pimms and fresh fruit slushies available. Burghley Park Tickets priced between £4 and £10 Tel: 01780 763203 or www.burghley.

Summer Workshops and Holiday Fun… From Monday 28 July to Friday 22 August Wildcats Summer School As always the Wildcats Theatre School have an explosive selection of weekly and daily workshops to suit children of all ages and abilities. Take part in CATS the musical learning songs, dance routines with full costume and make up or choose from other themes including Matilda, Wicked, Strictly Come Dancing, Frozen, Tangled plus almost any other musical theatre production you can think of. Also learn theatrical make up and design, ballet and carnival dance in special master classes. Something for everyone all summer long. Find out more and book places by visiting www. Tel: 01780 762000 Monday 4 to Tuesday 26 August Workshops for Children and Families Lots of variety at Stamford Arts Centre this summer with their offering of workshops for children and families. Try Monkey Bongos – family drumming sessions or get involved with poetry in the War of Words. Film makers are invited into the ‘Deep Blue Sea’ and there are creative sessions for Fairies, Pirates and Lego lovers too. Further information and bookings Tel: 01780 763203 or visit

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(L to R) PCSO David Vines. A born & bred Stamfordian, 11 years in the job, a retained firefighter and probably the most locally familiar face of PCSOs. PCSO Emma Conkey. A recent recruit & Police Liaison officer for Malcolm Sergeant School. PCSO Bramich Marlowe, 6 years service in the post.

A police officer’s iconic uniform is a universally recognised and generally reassuring symbol of authority and probity in Britain. Harjit Gammon visits the station at Stamford to look beyond the uniform at the individuals who form the frontline of policing in our community


n interest sparked by the 1920s station on North Street culminated in an interview with Inspector Mike Burnett. Burnett has been based at Stamford, with responsibility for a wide area extending from Stamford to South Witham, for the past two years. A former Metropolitan Police Officer located at Cannon Row station, opposite Downing Street, he is a Lincolnshire man, with 27 years policing experience, returned to his roots. Spreading his time across the region, in Stamford he is aided by beat officer Sergeant Jules Laybourne and a team of five PCSOs (Police Community Service Officers). PCSOs are the bedrock of Neighbourhood Policing, attending to civil issues such as Anti Social Behaviour, Car Theft and Nuisance Neighbour Disputes, while police officers from the Neighbourhood Response Team, who are the first port of call for incidents, are principally concerned with dealing with criminal matters such as assault, fights and the like.

The Station Located centrally on North Street, in a building dating to the 1920s, the station has over the years expanded and shrunk in reflection of police budget growth and constraint, whether as a result of central Government dictats or those of regional local council, South Kesteven District Council funding allocations for policing. Originally built as a single storey construction, a second floor was added in the 1950s, Enquiry Officer Colin Evans tells me as we take a tour of the building. In its prime the station had an Inspector’s house to the left of the front (now The Stamford Hearing Centre),


and the Superintendent’s accommodation to the right (demolished some years ago). In addition there were around half a dozen police houses opposite the tennis courts with further police properties in the town in Exeter Gardens. Internally there have been considerable changes too. The cells, three for men and two for women, and the custody sergeant’s booking room, where people were photographed, finger printed and logged in, have been decommissioned and are now variously locker and store rooms, though the original institutional brown tiles in the cell passage and cells remain. Until 1991, a full suite of custody rooms including prisoner toilets, exercise yard, doctor’s room, soundproof interview room with full taping facilities and, an intoximeter (for breath testing) were in use, for holding individuals in custody for up to five days. Subsequent changes to custody rules and funding however mean custodial cases are now taken to Grantham or Spalding. The latest effect of reductions in funding will result in measures including the closure of Stamford station at weekends. Inspector Burnett explains, “Most of the business of people coming to the station tends to happen Monday to Friday, so to accommodate reduced budgets, the decision has been made to close the station at weekends. But a telephone located outside the station may be used by members of the public to ring the control centre, who will log incidents and summon an officer if necessary, since the core business of policing can happen anytime, day or night, 24 hours a day due to the weekend and night

time economy and anti-social behaviour in the community”.

The PCSOs The PCSOs are often the visible face of the Police in the community. Their mission is to engage with the public, asking questions, gathering information on the public’s concerns and bringing matters to the beat officers’ attention. They are actively involved in community projects such as marking property for school pupils, security marking for allotment holders, taking measures to prevent metal theft and dissuading anti-social behaviour.

The Enquiry Officers Colin Evans is one of two Enquiry Officers at Stamford, and first point of contact for visitors to the station. The enquiry officers are situated in the former Sergeant’s office, which now functions as the Control Room & Admin Office and is equipped with CCTV cameras focusing on areas of the town and computers linking the station to the national police network. Enquiry Officer Evans is the longest serving officer at Stamford, and has been at the station for 22 years, following a career in the RAF. Recalling the vibrancy of the station in times past, he revels in the satisfaction of the job, committed to helping the retinue of visitors to the station in their moments of distress. Whether dealing with an assault, domestic conflict, crime or the loss of a dog, he embodies the qualities of empathy, dedication, respect and professionalism of the force’s vision with a human touch.


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