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‘Face of Stamford’ p. 54


Outdoors space


F there is one thing that has changed more than anything in the last decade of Stamford hospitality, it’s been the opening up of outdoor space. Now, of course there was always the divine George Courtyard (going strong for around 400 years, although I imagine when the carriages were thundering in, not the best spot for a quiet Pimms). But in the last decade we have been spoilt with (in no particular order) The Tobie Norris back yard, The Wine Bar outdoors, the Mad Turk exotic garden, The Crown Hotel courtyard, the quaint King’s Head handkerchief back patio, the No. 1 decking, The No3 The Yard courtyard, the William Cecil front of hotel space and... just recently... The Kitchen Garden at The Bull & Swan. Add three ingredients – conviviality, sunshine and something sparkling – and you have the definition of happiness.

Nicholas Rudd-Jones Editor

FASHION, HEALTH & BEAUTY 8 Stamford Shakespeare at Tolethorpe costumes 22 Health & Beauty: The Little Black book for the beach 26 Health & Beauty Updates: County Court Care, Duncan Ford Acupuncture, Elysia, Annie Hall 28 Equilibrium Microblading

@StamfordLiving1 Stamford Living Editor and Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Write to Stamford Living, PO Box 208, Stamford, PE9 9FY Advertisement Manager Claudia Bayley 01780 482828 Advertising Copy Rachel Beecroft 01780 765320 Head of Design Steven Handley Designers Sarah Compton Calum Handley Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Published by Local Living Ltd, PO Box 208, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 9FY Printed by Warners of Bourne Subscriptions; annual rate £25 (UK only). Please write to the Publisher at Local Living Ltd, with £25 cheque payable to Local Living, or go online to Cover photo this month: Tolethorpe costume shoot, photography by Elli Dean www. ellideanphotography.

6 Updates: Swami Weight & Fitness, Sly Head Massage, Icons of the 80s, Stamford Meadow Festivals 10 Updates: Country Traditionals, Rutland Cycling, Rockblok 30 Updates; Charles & Dean, Grass Tennis, Tennis Xpress, 1 Man 2 Governors 34 Updates; UPP Property, Stamford Sports Camp, One Touch Football Scholarship 36 Updates; Oundle Travel, Cosmetic Clinic, Avenicca Clinic 42 Updates: Phoebe 5k Run, Priest’s House at Easton-on-the-Hill, Stamford Veterinary Centre, Wythe Holland Architects 77 Updates: Indiana Rose Fashion, Bull & Swan outdoor cinema


HOME & GARDEN 14 18 33 39 53


Curb Appeal – First impressions count Through the Keyhole: Classic Stamford Delcor new Bedroom Range Outdoor Living – NEW column Anna Stone’s new Stamford base

FOOD & DRINK 60 Eating Out: The Falcon at Fotheringhay, Jalsagor Indian 63 Hambleton Hall Oceans Day 64 Food & Drink: Tapas, salads, light lunches 68 Eating al fresco 76 Olive Branch recipe

ACTIVITIES, CULTURE, LEARNING & BUSINESS 40 English Youth Ballet 45 Teacher Training at Malcolm Sargent 46 Pet page: preparing your pets for summer 57 Wright Care at Home celebrates its 1st anniversary 80 What’s On

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Festival double bill set for Stamford this summer Stamford Meadows is once again set to host a double bill of festivals this summer.


HE Stamford Food and Drink Festival and Stamford Music Festival are both returning after successful inaugural events in 2016. Both organised by Market Square Group, the Stamford Food and Drink Festival is bringing an increasing list of independent traders to the Stamford Meadows across the weekend of June 9 to June 11. They include multi award-winning Brockleby Pies, Olivier’s Bakery, Riva Pizza, Caribbean Fusion and Cherizena Coffee. The Stamford Music Festival also returns from July 14 to 16 with two stages this year, a main and acoustic stage. The line-up includes established regional favourites as well as new talent. Amongst the bill are Groove Cartell, The Gangsters, Austin Gold, Bianca and the Top Cats and The Satya Dub Orchestra. • Tickets for the Stamford Music Festival can be purchased at www., while entry for the Stamford Food & Drink Festival is free.

OU’RE different from everybody else. So why follow everybody else’s diet? The Stamford workshops are run by Wendy Richards who has 25 years’ experience in the Nutrition industry and trained along with many other health practitioners and Medical Doctors with Dr D’Adamo. He is best known for his research on human blood groups and nutrition. His groundbreaking research into the science of individuality continues with the SWAMI Genotype diet. Wendy has used his protocols as a backbone to the way in which she treats her clients with immense success, and is passionate about educating people to understand that we are all biological individuals. Wendy told SL: “The SWAMI weight & wellness workshops are very different to other diet programs. The workshops provide education on two levels and cover both blood type and epigenetics. Members can either follow their blood type diet or go one step further and have a SWAMI personalised program. The initial workshops run for 12 week sessions and each session is structured toward helping members understand various aspects of their health and how to achieve their weight and wellness goals.” “Permanent weight loss and genuine, lasting health comes from considering how your body interacts with the foods and beverages you consume. Peter D’Adamo’s pioneering and on-going research confirms that your blood type is the single most important determinant in choosing which foods are right for you and which foods cause inflammation, digestive problems, or weight gain. Following your Blood Type diet or SWAMI protocol is the first step in developing a healthy relationship with food and eliminating any imbalances in your body that lead to weight gain.” • For further information on Individual Programmes or to book a place on the Weight and Wellness Workshops Call 01780 758514 / 01778 423207 or visit www

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ELINDA has recently trained in London and qualified in Indian Head Massage. The oldest form of massage dating back thousands of years based on Ayurvedic healing principles, this massage helps relieve stress, reduce tension and improve flexibility in shoulders, neck, arms and upper back. Belinda’s treatment is a Luxury Indian Head Massage lasting 50 minutes and includes head massage using gorgeous aromatherapy oils, neck, shoulders,

arms, upper back working deeply with massage waxes and a gorgeous facial massage to finish the treatment. Aftercare advice is crucial after this treatment due to the strength and power of Indian Head Massage. Each client is given a lovely bag containing herbal teas, muscle relaxing salts, mineral water and more, enabling clients to reap the benefits post-treatment. Belinda is also working with clients Styling and Wardrobe detoxing. This is incredibly cathartic

Icons of the 80s concert Burghley Park Saturday 10th June 5pm


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Shakespeare’s legacy and other playwrights’ work is kept alive at Tolethorpe every year with a packed schedule of three plays. Tolethorpe will be fifty years old next year, so Sally Stillingfleet took a look behind the scenes and talks to Miriam Spring Davies about her role as Costume Designer.


OLETHORPE is a unique and beautiful place and attracts visitors from all over the world. The beautiful setting, grand picnics on the lawn and the opportunity to experience a play in a truly original setting, is pretty special, quintessentially English and should not be missed. But lately Tolethorpe has been lucky enough to have their very own Costume Designer with theatrical costume credentials unsurpassed. Miriam graduated from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) with a First Class Honours in Design for Performance (specialising in Costume Design) and has worked as Costume Designer and Wardrobe Mistress for web series, Ren: The Girl With The Mark (Directed by Kate Madison). There she won Best Costume Design for Ren (a three-year long project) at the Rio Webfest and can be viewed on or the MythicaEntertainment YouTube Channel. Last year if anyone was lucky enough to see it she designed the costumes for Macbeth, based on Game of Thrones! How cool is that? She works tirelessly all year round, from when the last play ends ready for the new season; at the house are her workrooms, sewing machines and vast prop cupboards. When Miriam designs she brings a new level of design creativity to her work. With the help of the actors her designs come alive, jumping off the pages of her detailed sketches. You can see the actors get into character too, wearing her costumes. Richard explained “Miriam has multifaceted skills – she’s fantastic and does everything!” Richard looks incredible in the coat and antler headdress, as Oberon. Bill is a seasoned Tolethorpe actor and he told me Miriam’s costumes “Make you feel the part, they make you stand up taller and you become that character.” Everyone I spoke to is passionate about Tolethorpe and its magic. The company of approximately 200 people make it what it is and when Jean Harley was Creative Director in the beginning Richard explained “she didn’t let anyone get away! She would always find you a small part and that’s been it’s essence really, she always nurtured talent.” This year come and see Costume Designer, maker and Wardrobe Mistress’s fantastical costumes for yourself in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, directed by David and Kay Roberts. Or Hobson’s Choice, by Harold Brighouse, directed by Di Watson. Miriam’s website: - Miriam is also a stylist and has her personal style blog as a platform for her work Many thanks to the cast for modeling their costumes. Richard Byron-White - Oberon Bill Lindsay – Theseus (Duke of Athens) Olivia Longbone – Moth To book a play, go to STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2017



Happy 3rd birthday Country Traditionals

ICOLA and Simon Tame have been potty about Polish stoneware for years. This month they are celebrating the third anniversary of opening their vibrant shop on Maiden Lane - Country Traditionals - which has a wonderful stock of this eye-catching pottery and some of the best window displays in the town. “We live locally and both really love this area; Stamford has lovely, independent shops which are exactly the right market for us. It is fantastic to be celebrating our third birthday here. Our business is going from strength to strength as people get hooked on the gorgeous designs,” explains Nicola. “We are now the main UK importers of this wonderful hand-crafted and hand-decorated stoneware which is made by Ceramika Artystyczna in Boleslawiec, based in the southwest of Poland - the best pottery workshop in the region in our opinion.” “The major selling point of our pottery is that it is chip-resistant, oven-proof, microwave and dishwasher safe. Each item is fired twice at temperatures in excess of 1250°C, classifying it as stoneware rather than earthenware and the pottery is both lead and cadmium-free. We are introducing new designs all the time.” Each artisan decorating the pottery has to undergo two years of training. Each artist cuts the patterns he or she needs to use out of the

Rutland Cycling National Bike Week 10-18 June BREEZE SUNDAY PEDAL AT WHITWELL When: Sunday, June 11, 9:30am – 11:30am Where: Rutland Cycling Whitwell, Whitwell Leisure Park, Bull Brig Lane, Oakham, LE15 8BL Description: Enjoy a longer pedal around Rutland Water. Part of the British Cycling Breeze Network, getting more women into riding bikes for fun. Distance: 15-17 miles Pace: Steady - suitable for intermediate cyclists Cost: Free with your own bike / £5 to hire a bike How to Book: Email breeze@ BREEZE MUMS AND TOTS RIDE AT WHITWELL



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UT the fun into your child’s school holiday with Rockblok Summer Adventure Club, at Whitwell, Rutland Water. The carefully planned programmes aim to offer low cost activity days, so, if you’re juggling work with summer fun, looking for 1 day or need to book consecutive days for your child, the Rockblok team are there to help! A warm welcome is guaranteed, with a shared desire within the team to make this an exciting and memorable experience for children from age 8+. Rockblok instructor’s will guide adventurers in hands-on outdoor activities including awareness games and challenges, natural crafts, shelter building, fire making, abseiling, high ropes, storytelling and more, as well as fostering a vision of community, fun and friendship. Rockblok Summer Adventure Club 2017 will run Monday to Friday from 24th July – 18 August. 8.30 am – 4.30pm (pick up 5pm) • Cost £30 per day - discounts available for early booking or booking 3 days or more. Contact Rockblok for more information, Tel: 01780 460060 or visit


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Curb Appeal What is Curb Appeal? In short, it’s how attractive and well maintained your home looks when seen from the street. In fact, some would argue that the curb appeal of your property is so important that if you ignore it you are devaluing your home. This is the face to what lies inside, and is immediately judged. If you are selling your property you haven’t got time to convince, you need a positive first impression to encourage potential buyers to walk through the door. Here are 10 top tips to get your curb appeal to the top of its game. The challenge is on! Rannveig Stone.

Tip 1: Tidy up!

Tip 4: Driveway!

Tip 2: Invest!

Tip 5: Entrance!

An easy and low cost fix; simply remove dead growth, prune and weed. Give beds a crisp sharp edge and add leafy foliage and colourful annuals. Weed, seed, feed and mow for a well manicured lawn. Add low maintenance slate chippings and topiary. Pick up any stray rubbish floating around your entrance and sweep your front step.

Missing roof tiles, dirt, moss and fallen away pointing could trigger alarms bells in potential buyers. Not only could this affect the price you get for your property but it could invite uncomfortable questions and surveys regarding the structure. Invest in and look after your roof and it will in turn look after you.

Tip 3: Maintain!

Ignoring maintenance work will only cost you long term and let’s face it nothing looks worse from the curb than incomplete DIY. Get busy fixing that sagging gutter; re-point crumbly brickwork; reseal cracked asphalt on flat roofs, replace broken windows, remove broken internal blinds that are visible from the outside, and so on..



The drive is in constant use and needs to be attractive and useful. Is there enough space for parking and manoeuvring? Is the parking zone in an attractive position? Is it an extension to your garden for children to play? Shingle or paved? But the most common eyesore are weeds and grass; and this takes very little time and money to fix.

Sanding, painting or staining your front door if anything will safeguard it from the elements and make it last longer as well as providing a good impression. It may be worth investing in a new door and fresh ironmongery. Installing a front porch will provide shelter and storage as well as being an attractive addition to the façade.

Tip 6: Wash!

Dirty paint work and filthy windows give an unloved impression. Clean windows inside and out, sweep away the cobwebs and give your front and garage doors a wash down. Don’t forget to clean up the down pipes and guttering and take a power washer to your patio and driveways to reveal the true colour and strip back the years.

Tip 7: Paint!

Scrape back and make good the paintwork on your property. Buyers will instantly notice the effort, as peeling and dirty paint work will signal alarm bells and instant expense. The façade can be hugely improved by changing the colour of the paint work to a more current palette.

Tip 8: Eyesore!

If your bins are kept at the front of your house, install a bin store to hide them, then stain or paint to complement your house. How your house is numbered or named is a small but effective attraction; or sometimes a real eyesore. Up scaling the number and name plaques will help make your house stand out.

Before: St Georges Christian book shop on St George’s Street After: St Georges Christian book shop on St George’s Street By tackling the external façade the book shop now exudes quality and improves the street scene. Harris McCormack Architects

Tip 9: Fence!

A fence, wall or hedge to the front of the property boundary creates a visual punch and a feeling of safety, a real asset. But be sure to keep it in good condition. Repair crumbling walls and loose mortar; replace broken gates and loose latches; and ensure the hedge is trimmed back and kept neat so that visibility isn’t an issue.

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Tip 10: Colour!

Adding colour to the front of your property won’t increase its value but it will increase its curb appeal. Consider a colourful wreath for your front door; plant daffodil and tulip bulbs to bloom in the spring after a long dull winter; place a colourful bench and pots of geraniums by a vibrantly painted front door. STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2017






A Classic redesign One Stamford couple embarked on an ambitious plan to transform their small kitchen and underused conservatory in collaboration with local company, Classic Stamford. Amander Meade was invited to take a look at the results. PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLI DEAN

DESIGN CHALLENGE… Mr and Mrs K had lived in their detached home for seven years when they decided their living space just wasn’t working any more. “It was the usual problem,” explains Mrs K who had just retired and was spending more time at home, “the conservatory was too cold in winter and too warm in summer so was rarely used. We had a small kitchen and wanted to open up the space at the back of the house to improve the layout.” After a recommendation, the couple asked the Classic Stamford team for their advice. Classic Stamford project manager Dan paid a visit to Mr and Mrs K to assess their needs and hear about how they wanted to improve the space. “Dan’s ideas were great,” adds Mr K, “he came up with three options for us and we decided to extend the rear aspect of the house by removing the existing conservatory, building a wider replacement as well as fitting a new, contemporary kitchen. We were very happy with the plans Dan submitted and having the whole project in the hands of one company



ensured the efficiency and continuity we were looking for.” CONSIDERATE CONSTRUCTION… Work began in September and ran for twelve weeks with the couple living on site throughout. The Classic team prepared the site, completed the groundworks, and installed the new frames and roof before installing electrics, plumbing and finally fitting the new kitchen. “We were treated very courteously and with great consideration,” remembers Mrs K. “We had our sitting room sealed off so we could escape to that room and were never left without heating or water despite the size and complex nature of the job.” WARM ROOF… As part of the redesign, the couple opted for Classic’s unique Warm Roof Installation on the extension. Described as the single biggest revelation in the home improvement sector for a decade, Classic installed a high performance roof, which not only reduces rain noise but

solves the problem of too much heat in summer and not enough in winter as well as promising considerable cost efficiencies to your heating – something Mr K can confirm. “The roof has proved incredibly effective; we use the room all the time and my winter heating bill has remained the same despite having doubled the size of the kitchen and added an extension – I was really pleased with that.”


• The kitchen units and appliances are all from Classic Stamford. The work surfaces are ‘Mistral’ in black. Under unit lighting and dimmers for the spotlights ensure flexible lighting for any time of day. • The interior floor tiles are Spaces Bruges in gray from Topps Tiles with matching exterior tiles extending out onto the patio for a cohesive look. • Dining table and chairs by Oak Furniture Land in Peterborough. • Sofa by Next.

THE RESULTS… Mr and Mrs K chose a grey high gloss kitchen from Classic’s own showroom and are thrilled with the transformation. Mrs K had her heart set on an island to provide a sociable space as well as a contemporary, streamlined finish. Plenty of storage ensures space for crockery and accessories with smooth, soft close cupboards and drawers and there are practical touches she loves like the integral wine cooler and walk in larder. “The kitchen is so much easier and nicer to work in – not only do we have the defined cooking area but a generous dining space with a table to seat eight and a comfortable sofa and armchairs for relaxing with guests or watching TV together. We love the space now and have recommended Classic Stamford to several of our neighbours who have gone on to commission the firm to do work on their own homes – for us, there is no better endorsement than that.”

Contact Classic Stamford: Established over twenty five years ago, Classic is firmly established as one of the largest independent home improvement companies in East Anglia. Not only do they have hundreds of satisfied customers across the region, Classic is one of only 36 companies in the UK to have achieved a BSI Kite mark for installing windows and external doors. The firm is also a member of the Federation of Master Builders; has been endorsed by the Government Trust Mark scheme and is a FENSA Registered company. • To find out more about all the home improvement services provided by Classic, contact the team at their Stamford showroom: 12 St. Leonard’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2HN. 01780 654 321 STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2017


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The ‘little black book’ of summer beauty treatments Genevieve Potter researches the latest beauty treatments for face and body that will bring out the best in you this summer

LIPOFIRM PLUS at Equilibrium

If you’re looking to lose a few inches for a summer holiday then consider LIPOFIRM PLUS, seen as a credible alternative to liposuction in the beauty world and available in the heart of Stamford at Equilibrium. It’s a medically certified treatment that promises to deliver inch loss, body contouring and skin tightening all in one session. It’s suitable for both men and women and can be performed on the abdomen, arms, thighs, buttocks, ‘love handles’, knees, chin and chest and results will be seen after only one treatment, although a course of eight is usually recommended (discounts are available on course bookings). Please call to book in for a free of charge consultation. STAMFORD LIVING READER OFFER - Book in for a session of LIPOFIRM PLUS (60mins), that usually costs £100 and receive it for £75. This offer is valid until 30th June 2017 and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer that may be running. There are limited treatments available, please quote Stamford Living when booking. (A maximum of two treatments per person can be purchased). • Equilibrium 7 St. Paul’s Street Stamford PE9 2BE 01780 757579



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“The results speak for themselves and LIPOFIRM PRO is helping my clients to regain their body confidence, without the need for surgery.”

Summer bodies at Elysia health and beauty In a different part of the region, Lisa from the Elysia health and beauty clinic in Tansor is equally passionate about the benefits of the LIPOFIRM system and has introduced the latest award winning technology - LIPOFIRM PRO to the salon. Lisa is seeing some exceptional results. Clients who have problem areas that diet and exercise alone will not improve are seeing significant contouring and BEFORE AFTER tightening, what’s more there is no downtime and most areas of the body can be treated. Lisa comments: “For anyone who doesn’t like to expose their arms, legs or tummies in the summer, this is the perfect treatment. The results speak for themselves and LIPOFIRM PRO is helping my clients to regain their body confidence, without the need for surgery.” • Please contact the salon for more information. Elysia Health & Beauty, Tansor, Oundle PE8 5HP 01832 226328

Saving face in the sun Fiona at Renaissance recommends the Medik8 range of skincare for optimum protection whilst in the sun or on holiday. Hydr8 day is an anti-ageing facial moisturiser with a sun protection factor of 30. Fiona swears by this product all year round, but even in strong holiday sun, it protects skin brilliantly. Pair Hydr8 with one of the three vitamin C serums in the range that further protect skin from ageing and pigmentation, and you have the ultimate repair and defence system in place. Medik8 Hydr8 day costs £52, and Vitamin C serums start at £30. • Renaissance 2 Mallory Lane Stamford PE9 2AZ 01780 763768 Laura Thomson-Dunne has re-launched her beauty offering as Clean Beauty Living, now situated above The Loft Hair Boutique. Laura offers a brilliant, deeply nourishing Pinks Boutique Organic Facial (£50), that’s a great way to prepare and hydrate your face for the summer. The Pinks Boutique products smell heavenly and are exceptionally pure, so are suitable for even the most sensitive skin. And the Pinks Boutique ocha, lemongrass and mandarin toner (£17.50) is the perfect holiday companion, used as a spritz for cooling down on the beach and to freshen up whilst travelling. • Clean Beauty Living Above The Loft Hair Boutique 10a St Paul’s Street, Stamford PE9 2BE 01780 757781

Luminous summer hair at Gerards There is more to your perfect holiday hair than just knowing what shade to use. Precise colour placement is essential to making a haircut come alive. ‘Eclipting’ at Gerards is a new service aimed at women who love a natural look. Different techniques are used to create light and shade to highlight the eyes, cheekbones and contouring, in a similar way to make-up contouring for the face. The Aveda full spectrum colours ensure that every strand of hair feels healthier and looks luminous, because of the conditioning blend of natural plant oils. Gerards welcome new clients for a complimentary consultation. Stamford Living readers can also take advantage of a free Aveda hair conditioning treatment with any colour service taken during June 2017 (subject to availability, please quote Stamford Living at the time of booking). • Gerards George Hotel Mews Stamford PE9 2LB 01780 753002

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This summer sees Flawless Faces bringing back their popular ‘Pick and Mix’ promotion, now also incorporating hair services. These treatments are available until the end of August 2017. Pick any two of the following for £40: • GELeration nail shape and polish • GELeration toe nail shape and polish • Highly defined ‘Flawless Brows’ • Full body polish and moisturise • 30 min back, neck and shoulder massage • Full leg wax • Blow-dry Or two from the list below: • Brazilian/Hollywood bikini wax and half leg wax • Decleor discovery facial • 45 min back, neck and shoulder massage • Zenspa pedicure with GELeration polish • GELeration gel polish manicure

• Full body polish and moisturise • Hair cut and blow-dry And one from the list below, for a total cost of £60: • Eyebrow thread or wax • Lip thread or wax • Chin thread or wax • Eyebrow tint These summer ‘Pick and Mix’ offers at Flawless Faces are subject to availability. • Flawless Faces 17/18 Scotgate, Stamford PE9 2YQ 01780 660301

Beauty and the beach at The Ivy Lodge The team at Ivy Lodge are offering some great beauty deals that run on Mondays to Thursdays right through until 1st September 2017, so you can get all of the essential treatments you need ahead of your long-awaited holiday. These include: ‘Perfect Pins’ - a full leg wax plus a pedicure £48 (saving £7) ‘Bronzed & Polished’ – a full body St Tropez spray tan plus gel polish on feet or hands - £40 (saving £5) ‘All in the Eyes’ - eyebrow shape, eyebrow tint and classic lash extensions - £55 (saving £5) ‘Pretty Fingers & Toes’ - manicure and pedicure £53 (saving £5) add £3 to each for gel polish The above offers are not available on Friday, Saturday or Sundays. The Ivy Lodge is open seven days a week, with ample free parking and late nights until 9 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. • The Ivy Lodge, Stamford Garden Centre, Great Casterton, PE9 4BB 01780 766583 book online (or download the free “The Ivy Lodge’ App) STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2017


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Brand-new Care Home opening in August 2017! A brand-new care home on Main Road, Tallington, PE9 4RP is soon to open its doors, when it officially opens in August 2017.


HE new Tallington Care Home (yet to be named) will be a brand-new, luxury 30 bed Care Home and will be hosting a Public Open Day on Sunday the 20th of August 2017 from 11am. “All are welcome to come and enjoy some refreshments, meet the management team, staff and view the stunning new residential & dementia home, so we hope to see you there on the day!” said Country Court Care Managing Director, Alykhan Kachra. The New Home is being built next to Tallington Care Home on Main Road and will showcase how style and elegance have been incorporated in to the development of a care home. The new Care Home will be built from traditional stone, whilst incorporating state of the art design and functionality. This new build project will be the latest Care Home to join the Country Court Care group, a national, award-winning provider of residential, dementia and nursing care. Winner of the “Residential Care Provider of the Year 2015”, Country Court Care has one simple philosophy; “Our residents and their families are at the heart of everything we do”. • The new Care Home is now taking enquiries. For all enquiries please email Robb Shingles on, telephone 0843 506 9452 or visit

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RIDGET Steele writes: “Collagen is a critical part of the inner skin structure, giving skin its plumpness and elasticity – from our early 20s it’s lost at a rate of 1.5 per cent per year. I have been taking part in a trial for Skinade, a liquid supplement containing 7000mg of collagen, Vitamin B, Omegas 3 & 6 and amino acids that are key to rebuilding collagen. Two weeks into taking the daily mango and peach liquid I can already see astounding improvements – my skin is brighter, less dry and the shadows around my eyes have faded. Not only can I see differences in my skin, my nails have not felt so strong in years, are longer and not breaking and my hair is growing faster. I could not have imagined that the results would be obvious so quickly!” A course of Skinade supplements needs to be taken for at least 60 days to maximise results and by taking a supplement in a liquid form the collagen quickly reaches the blood stream. The little bottles provided can be taken as a readymade drink or there are travel sachets that can be mixed with water. • For more information contact Elysia, Tansor, PE8 5HP. 01832 226328 www.



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RADITIONAL acupuncture forms a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine where the basis of diagnosis and treatment is that the mind and body should be in perfect balance. This ancient system of healing has developed over 2,500 years, originating in China and other far Eastern cultures. It is a gentle and effective treatment that focuses on helping the whole person, aiming to improve their entire health and wellbeing. Today it is widely used and accepted all over the world and 25% of the world’s population have acupuncture on a regular basis. One of the most popular myths surrounding acupuncture is the size of the needles used in treatment. In fact, research shows that 21% of the British public think an acupuncturist’s needle is as large as that used in an injection. The reality is acupuncture needles are actually the same width as a human hair and some are just 0.13mm in length. Most people might feel a slight tingling sensation when the needles are used, but this certainly does not feel like the pain associated with an injection. Acupuncture is also considered suitable for people of all ages including babies, children and the elderly. It can be very effective and is often integrated with conventional medicine. The treatment is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of symptoms resulting from illness, from clearly defined complaints or to improve general feelings of wellbeing and help with relaxation. If you are having acupuncture, make sure they are a full member of the British Acupuncture Council. BAcC acupuncturists have degree level qualifications and adhere to codes of safe practice and professional conduct in order to be registered and insured by the British Acupuncture Council. The Council guarantees excellence in training, safe practice and professional conduct so patients are advised to look for a practitioner who has full British Acupuncture Council membership. • Duncan Ford is a full Member of the British Acupuncture Council. To talk to Duncan about acupuncture and what it can do for you call him on 07714575720, or to book an appointment call 01780 or drop into The Broad Street Practice in Stamford.

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Microblading at Equilibrium Naturally perfect eyebrows are rare and most people need help to transform their brows in to the closest thing to naturally perfect as possible.



QUILIBRIUM have recently launched the microblading technique for brows. Microblading is a semi-permanent eyebrow tattoo, created using a tool with a series of tiny needles. Unlike traditional permanent make up techniques, it gives a more natural result and Equilibrium’s owner Samantha explains the difference and benefits: “The type of pigment used for microblading has an iron oxide base. Iron oxide has been a popular ingredient in cosmetics like foundation, blush, lipstick, and eye shadow for decades. An iron oxide base allows the colour to softly fade over time and ultimately vanish, unlike the inks used in permanent cosmetic tattoos. “The pigment used for microblading isn’t implanted into the skin as deeply compared to the depth used for permanent cosmetic procedures. The proper depth for the colour to be implanted during the microblading procedure is the upper layer of the dermis. “The pigment being implanted to the correct depth, combined with its iron oxide base is what gives microblading results the appearance of natural looking eyebrows. The semi-permanent qualities of the microblading pigment prevent it from fading into unnatural shades that are common with permanent cosmetics.” The results of microblading tend to fade over time, so a touch up is recommended 12 months after the initial microblading, which keeps the colour of each microstroke looking vibrant. The variation in time is determined by lifestyle, sun exposure and skin type.

Stamford Living reader Heather Smith was fortunate to win Equilibrium’s microblading launch competition, and recently underwent something of a transformation in the skilled hands of microblade artist Gwen. She takes up her story: “I was never happy with my brows, thanks to years of over-plucking and waxing in the wrong areas! I also wanted to save the time I spent trying to fill in and shape my brows. After seeing some of Gwen’s client photos, I knew they would look good (although with anything like this you can’t help but worry slightly). I needn’t have - we went through each stage of preparation very carefully, making sure I was happy with the colour I wanted, the shapes I liked and how they looked on me.

“I couldn’t be any happier with the result, I would recommend this treatment to anyone thinking about it. My new brows look amazing and I will definitely go back to Gwen for microblading in the future, to keep them looking this good!” “My new brows were very precisely drawn on and measured for my face (Gwen explained that faces are not symmetrical). The process itself was a little uncomfortable, a bit like a very light scratching sensation, but I had expected that and was made to feel reassured and comfortable throughout the two and a bit hours that it took. “I was also very impressed with the pre-treatment and aftercare healing instructions given to me by Equilibrium (for example, you can’t get your brows wet for five days after the procedure). Gwen made sure I fully understood everything. “I couldn’t be any happier with the result, I would recommend this treatment to anyone thinking about it. My new brows look amazing and I will definitely go back to Gwen for microblading in the future, to keep them looking this good!” Microblading for brows at Equilibrium costs £435, which includes the initial consultation and sensitivity test, micro blading procedure and a retouch appointment four to six weeks later. • Equilibrium 7 St. Paul’s Street Stamford PE9 2BE 01780 757579 Facebook: Microblading Stamford

• Stamford Living readers can enjoy microblading for brows for the special price of £395 during the month of June 2017, please mention Stamford Living at the time of booking (subject to availability and only valid until 30th June 2017). AFTER AFTER






STAMFORD ROCK TENNIS CLUB There is nothing more enjoyable than playing tennis on a lush green lawn grass court. Stamford Rock Tennis Club offers you this wonderful experience.

Charles & Dean, a modern approach to business with old-school values S 2017 is set to be another record breaking year for local finance brokerage Charles & Dean.


HEY’VE had a ground-breaking few months introducing new Office Assistant, Grace Lane and newly appointed Marketing Manager, Amy Stowers to the growing Charles & Dean team. The company pride themselves on maintaining an engaged team and are committed to building an innovative business by employing a range of diverse people. Director and co-founder, Tom Perkins describes the company culture: “we’re all exceptionally proud and passionate about what we do. When customers call us they get a friendly, professional service. We champion each other and the Charles & Dean brand.” The asset finance specialist recently won Aldermore bank’s ‘Rising Star 2016’ award, praising their partnership and commitment. It’s something worth celebrating for the Charles & Dean team. “We are putting our stamp on the industry”. Alongside the award, partners Metrobank have recently published an article hailing Charles & Dean as the ‘breakthrough broker.’ In the glowing review, brokerage Charles & Dean are described as “committed to making the world of finance more personal, simple and straightforward.” Recent coverage is testament to the hard work the company has invested over the past 5 years. Charles & Dean have established their core values and are currently working on launching a new website, a milestone they are very excited about. “Our new website showcases who we are and what we offer, we’ve worked hard to create a market leading website that stands out in the industry for being innovative and modern.” Charles & Dean have embedded a customer centric offering. “We are 100% confident in the products and service we provide. We’ve helped over 6,000 customers with personal and business finance solutions. Customers trust our advice.” • Visit today.

Anyone for Tennis Xpress? If you have never played tennis before then Tennis Xpress is for you – it is aimed at beginners and is an easy and fun way to get started.



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One Man, Two Guvnors

By Richard Bean with songs by Grant Olding and skiffle music played by our own band, The Craze June 6th-10th Stamford Arts Centre



TAMFORD Tennis Club has eight places for adult beginners looking for an introduction to tennis. The six-week programme has been funded by a grant, secured from the LTA, which means these sessions are free to the first eight adults who wish to sign up for the duration of the course. The first session is on Thursday 8th June running through to 13th July (6 consecutive weeks). The sessions will run for one hour from 7pm to 8pm every Thursday right up to and including 13th July. During the six week course you will learn all aspects of the game,

TEPHANIE Uszkurat told SL: “Come and join us on the Recreation Ground in the heart of Stamford on Saturday afternoons from 2 – 6 pm. You will be playing on three wellgroomed and well maintained grass courts as well as participating in a delicious afternoon tea provided and shared by all. “We also play on Tuesday afternoon from 2 – 5 pm and Thursday evenings from 4 – 7 pm to offer working members at least two playing times per week. You can enjoy all this for as little as £40 for the season. The friendly members will offer you a warm welcome when you join them for the tennis season from May till September. During this time, we will hold our own tournament and organise friendly matches with other clubs.” “Everyone who plays a good standard of tennis is welcomed although children and teenagers under the age of 18 years will have to be accompanied by their parents. Why not try us out on a Saturday afternoon and see for yourself how much fun tennis on a grass court really is!” • For more details email: stephanieuszkurat@ , or just come along!

scoring, serving, rallying using low compression balls in a fun and social environment. By the end of the programme you will be able to enjoy fun matches with friends, family and other Tennis Xpressers! If you are interested please contact Carole Wilson on mobile 07939 095713 or email carolewilsontennis@hotmail. com. Remember places are limited to 8!

ET in sleazy Brighton in the 1960s, Francis Henshall, starving and broke, becomes minder to two guvnors. One of the two bosses, Rachel, is disguised as her dead gangland twin: the other, Stanley, is a posh twit who is both Rachel’s hapless lover and her brother’s killer. Can Francis juggle between his two jobs, get fed, paid and win over the alluring Dolly? Come along for a fun-filled evening. • Tickets £10 (£8 concessions) from the box office or 01780 763203


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Delcor expands into bedroom furniture

Monaco range

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ELCOR has recently extended its offering into beds and bedroom furniture and the results are impressive – stylish, excellent craftmanship, good value and a range of looks to suit different design looks and preferences. A large part of the top floor of the Bath Row showroom has now been given over to bedroom displays, and a visit is thoroughly recommended so that you can gain a real feel for how each of the ranges could work for you. All the well-known Delcor benefits apply to the bedroom ranges - all British-made, solid beech frames, a range of sizes – from Single to Emperor; and the option to add storage under the bed. There are also matching end of bed benches and blanket boxes. Also, other pieces of bedroom furniture – chests of drawers, bedside lights, mirrors, even the odd throw and cushion. The mattresses are also British, from Spink & Edgar, established in 1865 and famous for their superb quality and sleepability. The Natasha range gives a classic contemporary look. The Empire range has straight lines and a slight Art Deco feel about it. The Monaco range offers a fresh, modern feel. And The Metro range conjures up an urban vibe. Place an order in June, July or August and you will benefit from the Summer Sale. • Delcor Furniture Ltd, 30 Bath Row, Stamford, PE9 2QX 01780 762579




Rents to Rise Quicker Than Property Prices in Next 5 Years This month, our local property buy-to-let expert and property investment advisor, David Crooke, owner of UPP Property Agents, explains why the next 5 years will see some interesting changes to our local property market.


ECENT research has concluded that the rents will rise faster than property prices. Over the last 5 years, property values in Stamford have risen by 22.6%, whilst rents have only risen by 9.9%. By 2022, Stamford rents will increase by approx. 23%, whereas Stamford property values will only grow by approx.17%. Recently, demand for rental properties continued to rise whilst the press predicted some landlords might sell and reduce their portfolios, creating less choice and pushing rents higher. In reality, there appears to be a dearth of new rental properties coming on to the lettings market. Landlords have some intriguing challenges ahead of them, most notably in that the Tories have changed the taxation rules for landlords in the way buy-to-let properties are to be taxed. On top of that, there is the ban on letting agent fees which is still to come into force (probably in 2018). When that happened in Scotland in 2012, Scottish letting agents passed on those fees to their landlords, who in turn increased the rent

they charged to their tenants. With the challenges ahead (budget and general election), house price inflation will be tempered over the coming 5 years. The number of properties on the market remains close to historic lows, which is both good and bad; it keeps houses prices relatively stable, and yet it impedes choice for buyers… and hence why I believe property values will only be approximately 17% higher in 5 years’ time. In addition, the significant shortage of new homes being built adds further pressure. If people aren’t buying houses, the local authority aren’t building council houses and with the average rent for a Stamford rental property currently at £749pcm, over the next 5 years, I predict the average rent in Stamford will rise to approx. £921pcm. • For advice on buying, selling, renting and managing your homes and investments in Stamford and Rutland, please call David Crooke, UPP Property Agents on 01780 484 554

Stamford Endowed Schools Launches ‘Stamford Sports Camp’

Want a career in football? A One Touch Scholarship may be the answer…

Stamford Sports Camp – 21 August – 25 August



IVE your children the opportunity to learn new sports or improve their sporting prowess, with a new holiday camp this summer. The ‘Stamford Sports Camp’, is a multi-activity sports week for children aged 8-15. Organised and hosted by the Stamford Endowed Schools, the Camp will run from Monday 21st August to Friday 25th August between 9am and 4pm each day. There will be a phenomenal 16 exciting sports and activities to try your hand at over the five days, meaning there should be just about something for everyone! The Sports and Leisure Facilities Manager at Stamford Endowed Schools comments: “This is a great way for your child to spend a week of their holiday, and parents should be confident in the knowledge that the week in August will provide a personally fulfilling experience for all as they learn new sports or enhance existing skills and of course make new friends”. The Camp will include a vast array of sports, they include Football, Fencing, Karate, Trampolining, Table Tennis, Hockey, Dodgeball, Badminton, Basketball, Netball, Rounders, Tennis, Cricket, Athletics, Water Polo, Bouncy castle/pool inflatables. Included in the price is a packed lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The week will cost £185 per child plus a small additional fee if you wish to book early drop off (8am-9am) or late pick up (4pm-5.30pm) sessions. Scuba Diving is also on offer as an optional extra after 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. • For more details, please visit



HEAR it all of the time: ‘I’d love to work in the football industry, but I don’t have a clue where to start’, that was the main reason I started the One Touch 16+ Academy and Football Scholarship,” says head coach Glenn Vaughan. The scholarship is aimed at anyone aged 16-18 who leaves school this year, with two courses available – one in Peterborough and one in Oakham. All students will study a BTEC Level 2 or 3 in Sport (equivalent to three A-Levels), provided by Coaching Connexions (rated ‘good’ by OFSTED), as well as football training by UEFA-level coaches focusing on technical and tactical sessions, strength and conditioning and fitness training. All students will also compete in a competitive league against other colleges as well as fixtures against professional clubs. The two-year course opens the door to a plethora of potential careers within the football industry. Games will regularly be watched by professional club scouts, giving the more advanced players a real chance of making a career as a player. It is also hoped that students will go on to become managers, coaches, sports therapists, physios or nutritionists to name just a few potential routes they could pursue. Some may opt to access a Sports Degree pathway, or apply for a Football Scholarship in the USA or a 12-month coaching contract with one of the One Touch partners. • To find out more about this exciting new scheme visit www. When & Where are the trials? Friday 2nd June – Oakham – Oakham Football Club – Main Road, LE15 7EE – 10am – 12pm Friday 2nd June – Netherton – Netherton UTD Football Club, The Grange, Peterborough, PE9 3ES – 1pm – 3pm

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Spotlight on Costa Rica T

HIS small lush country on the narrow isthmus of land between the Pacific and Caribbean has an enlightened approach to conservation and approximately a quarter of the land is protected by national parks and wildlife reserves. Costa Rica is a natural wonderland of active volcanoes, bewitching cloud forests and verdant rainforests, packed with exotic birds, wildlife and flowers along with stunning beaches. The best time to visit is between December and May. Central America has a long rainy season, although the mornings are bright and sunny, followed by afternoon showers; on the coast at a lower altitude it is hot and humid throughout the year. Throughout the country, you can take walks on well-marked trails with expert local naturalist guides who will guide you, pointing out Humming Birds, Monkeys, frogs and much more. Paula Cockcroft from Oundle Travel says, “Our two favourite places are The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a magical place surrounded by whirling mists where you can visit orchid gardens and coffee plantations; and Tortiguero National Park, where you journey by small boat through waterways in search of Alligators, Iguanas and myriad birdlife; the three toed sloths in Manuel Antonio National Park are not to be missed either!” After exploring Costa Rica’s many highlights, most visitors opt to relax on one the country’s many golden sand beaches that line its beautiful

Pacific coast. Oundle Travel is offering a fully escorted 14 nights Cost Rica Adventure with beach extension with direct flights from London Heathrow from £2,995.00 per person. • For live availability, and more details please contact the team at Oundle Travel on 01832 273600

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Summer sporting injuries: What you need to know W

E should all start to feel more motivated now that the days are longer and the weekends are sunnier. Thinking about increasing our training activity or playing our favourite outdoor sports has now become a reality. The kit has been washed and cleaned and the trainers are ready for some serious action! However, whilst this enthusiasm and momentum must not be dampened, it’s important that we take extra care because it’s during this time of increased activity that we can become more prone to injuries to our joints and tendons. The team at Avicenna Clinic, a newly opened purpose-built private healthcare clinic conveniently located in the heart of Peterborough knows all about summer time injuries. It has a team of specialist consultants and practitioners who can help you on the road to recovery if you are unfortunate enough to experience a sporting-related health problem. Advice from Hany Elmadbouh, founder and lead consultant at the clinic recommends that you never ignore any change in feeling that can arise after exercise and always seek the advice of a professional if you notice any change in the way you feel or move or if you are experiencing pain or inflammation.



Exercising in summer can come with more issues than other seasons because of the heat so remember to: • Stay hydrated • Stay cool • Warm up the muscles beforehand • Stretch the muscles afterwards If you are unfortunate enough to suffer from an injury, then it is reassuring to note that Avicenna Clinic offers a unique onestop service that means its patients can benefit from same day in-clinic diagnosis and treatment planning. This is a much more flexible and convenient service for patients designed to lessen the overall waiting times and stress related to waiting for results that can normally stretch over several days or weeks. Hany says: The longer a period that treatment is delayed, there is more opportunity for further damage and downtime. It is our priority to get our patients back on the road to recovery quickly so that they can get on with their life and get back into enjoying their recreational and fitness activities. Masood Shafafy, a highly experienced spinal surgeon practicing at Avicenna Clinic, says: “During the summer months, I see an increase

in spine injuries, particularly with children and trampolines. Adults will often come to me with spinal injuries from diving in shallow waters along with water sport injuries and bike and motor cycle injuries.” As well as leading experts, Avicenna Clinic has state-of-the-art technology that includes the only open MRI scanner in the region. This facility is great for patients who suffer from claustrophobia and anxiety with confined spaces because it does not have the usual ‘tunnel like’ scanning area associated with conventional MRI machines. For more information and to book an appointment with one of the clinic’s highlyskilled consultants, visit • Avicenna Clinic, 1 North Street, Peterborough, PE1 2RA 0330 202 0597




Make the most of your garden this season WORDS: FIONA CUMBERPATCH

Pizza alfresco?

There’s no reason to stick to the usual garden BBQ fare of burnt burgers and char-grilled sausages this summer. The new generation of outdoor cookers, widely available on the high street now, includes pizza ovens, roasters and smokers. Pizza ovens are a popular choice. They make a focal point at a party, and will feed guests quickly and efficiently. Pizza ovens come in all shapes, sizes and at many different price points, from around £120 - £3000. If you only cook outside occasionally, a moderately priced charcoal pizza oven like the one by Wilko (£140) is a good choice. It will fit neatly into a smaller garden and makes an attractive feature. Dobbies Pizzaro Pizza oven costs £599, and includes a natural clay oven with a dome and front funnel, as well as a stand. It is made with a newly developed fire clay which offers resistance to cracking. One firing cooks two to three pizzas. John Lewis sells the La Hacienda Romana Wood Fired Oven at £699. This utilises heat from the pizza stone and from circulating air which bakes pizzas in a few minutes. A fire is created in the lower compartment, and pizzas are cooked on the internal cordierite pizza stone. The firebrick base ensures that heat is retained, so the pizza is cooked evenly. Alternatively, you can convert a Weber kettle shaped barbecue to a pizza oven, simply by adding a pizza stone, which costs a more modest £49.99.

Pelargoniums are my garden heroes. I put them everywhere in pots and containers. This year, I grew on batches of plug plants from Morrison’s supermarket, and supplemented them with purchases from Stamford Garden Centre and Wothorpe Nurseries. I avoid red, which for me looks too stark, and instead opt for shades of raspberry ripple and white. This year, I’m choosing scented leaf pelargoniums, too, which have a wonderful aroma of lemon and rose as you brush past them. Try Pelargonium ‘Pink Capricorn’ which will trail prettily and vigorously from flower pots.

OUTSIDE INSPIRATION Bright ideas to borrow! The Bull and Swan, Stamford A new kitchen garden opened in the spring at this 16th century inn, replacing an unlovely car park with an inspiring and beautiful space to sit and enjoy. Designed by gardener Kevin Dale, there are long, raised beds full of herbs such as thyme, oregano, vervain, rosemary, silver thyme, oregano, clary sage and lovage, all of which are used in the salads and main dishes from the kitchen. A fruit garden is also becoming established, with pleached apple trees along the old red brick wall, and cherries, raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants and blueberries all underway. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy a handmade pizza from the new Potting Shed kitchen on a summer’s evening, or to watch a movie in the Kitchen Garden outdoor cinema. But you may well come away with some good ideas for your own plot too. Herbs are some of the simplest plants to grow, and the Bull & Swan team have designed their new patch brilliantly.



Quick make Upcycle old kitchen pans, roasting tins and sieves to make quirky planters. Simply drill a few holes in the base, fill with potting compost and plant your choice of bedding plants (try trailing petunia or bacopa for a pretty effect). Metal containers may need some insulation, as they can become too hot or too cold, depending on the weather. An inner lining of bubble wrap, also punctured to allow water to drain through, does the job well. Choose brightly coloured kitchenalia for a shot of colour, and group three or five together for best effect. You can find old pots and pans at St Martin’s Antiques Centre, at the Field Dog Fairs on Stamford Meadows, and, if you’re lucky, at local car boot sales and fetes.

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Production of Coppélia featuring Ballet Stars of the Future Coppélia – the charming and comical story ballet comes to the Corn Exchange Theatre, Stamford in a colourful production by English Youth Ballet. Fri 14 July at 7.30pm and Sat 15 July at 2.30pm/7.30pm (3 performances only) For tickets call: 01780 766455 or visit:

The English Youth Ballet

The English Youth Ballet (EYB) is one of the UK’s largest ballet companies and has previously won The Stage Award for special achievement in regional theatre. The opportunity to watch English Youth Ballet (EYB) is a unique experience. Sell-out audiences are treated to beautiful international principal artists sharing the stage with the top upand-coming young talent from the local area. EYB’s large cast ensures the ballet is performed with the scale and grandeur which was originally intended. The company is made up of 6 professional principals and 70 local dancers (aged 8 – 18). There are now ex-EYB young performers in some of the world’s best companies – including the Royal Ballet.

The Audition

English Youth Ballet (EYB) held a big audition for the ballet at the Corn Exchange Theatre in March. Nearly 150 young hopeful dancers turned up to the two auditions which were held on the stage. The atmosphere at the theatre, the nerves and the excitement were all electric. Director and founder of EYB – Miss Janet Lewis MBE – was on the lookout for the hottest young dance talent to join her award-winning company for the production in Bradford. The lucky dancers heard they had been accepted on the day. Miss Lewis said “EYB is all about providing extra performance experience to young dancers. We saw a very pleasing standard at the audition today and it was lovely to see lots of enthusiasm.” EYB has helped many of the UK’s top talent springboard their training progress and careers into some of the world’s greatest ballet companies – including the Royal Ballet Company and English National Ballet.

The Rehearsals

Rehearsals for the ballet are currently taking place at the Welland Academy. Amy Drew is one of EYB’s ballerinas who will be dancing the leading role of Swanhilda – she previously danced with Tasmanian Ballet Company and Ballet Ireland She coaches the young dancers in rehearsals. She said “the young dancers are treated like professional dancers during rehearsals – we work them hard but the results are fantastic! They learn what the life of a professional dancer is like. They are living their dream and they just love it!” The young cast will rehearse for just 10 days for the production. During those days EYB take over 3 of the biggest rooms in the school and run rehearsals simultaneously in each room. At the end of each rehearsal day the whole cast comes together in the largest space to share what has been learnt that day. The young dancers see the production taking shape like a big jigsaw.




Interviews with Dancers – Elisha, Joséphine and Freya Elisha Parker (14) from Bourne, Freya Briggs (14) from Bourne and Joséphine Vié (15) from Burghley Lane were selected to perform the soloist roles of Swanhilda’s Friends in Coppélia with English Youth Ballet at the Stamford Corn Exchange. Elisha studies dancing at Bourne to Dance and both Freya and Joséphine study at the Welland School of Dancing. ELISHA PARKER How old were you when you started dancing and can you remember why you started? I was 4 years old and I used to watch my older sister dance. How much dancing do you do each week? I try to dance everyday. Have you had to make any sacrifices for your dancing? I have made many sacrifices such as missing my family’s holiday to be in this ballet. Do you have any plans for your future? Hopefully in the future I will be lucky enough to find a career in this art. FREYA BRIGGS How old were you when you started dancing and can you remember why

you started? I started ballet when I was 3 1/2 years – I wanted a tutu and ‘ribbon’ shoes after getting a birthday card with a picture of a ballerina on it. How much dancing do you do each week? Between 7 & 10 hours (ballet, modern & tap). Have you had to make any sacrifices for your dancing? Lie ins! To fit everything else in during the week (including homework) there is no time to lie in bed. Do you have any plans for your future? Dance, dance, dance!

JOSÉPHINE VIÉ How old were you when you started dancing and can you remember why you started? I was three years old when I started dancing and only started dancing because I never used to sleep and my mum thought dance would tire me out! How much dancing do you do each week? I dance around 8 hours a week. Have you had to make any sacrifices for your dancing? I used to do karate and got my purple belt, but had to stop because I was doing a lot of dance and getting very tired. Do you have any plans for your future? Yes, I would love to become a professional dancer and go to a dance/performing arts school and do a degree in musical theatre or dance.



The Phoebe Research Fun Run 1st October 2017

Continuing our series on Architects:

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OE Crowson founded The Phoebe Research Fund in 2015 to fund research into her 7-year-old daughter’s condition called - Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa – which makes Phoebe’s skin blister at the slightest bump, as well as damaging her internal organs. Zoe, along with long-term supporters and trustees, has now organized the first Phoebe 5km Run for 1st October at Rutland Water and is thrilled with the demand for tickets. The course starts and finishes at Sykes Lane, taking in Whitwell and the Dam. The 5k course is an achievable distance for all ages and abilities, whether you want to run, jog or walk the course. There will also be facilities on site including changing areas, toilets and refreshments. All finishers will receive a bespoke medal and discounted parking on the day. • To sign up for the run and for more information on the Phoebe Research Fund visit:

Easton The Hill Priest’s House Summer Exhibition 2017 “Our Local Nature Reserves”


OHN Trotter, Director & Architect of Wythe Holland Limited has been in business for 33 years. Based on Emlyn’s Street in Stamford, John moved to Stamford from London in 1986 as a Partner with James Ward Associates. He subsequently joined Wythe Holland in 1988 where he is now sole partner. He says “employing an architect should hopefully maximise your investment in time and money”. As an RIBA accredited ‘Conservation Architect’ he has been interested in historic building projects all his life and work has included housing for private clients, small developers and house builders, planning applications on a national basis for redevelopment and resale of sites; the design of factories, hotels, glamping sites and a variety of works to existing houses.


HE Priest’s House at Easton on the Hill, one of the National Trust’s smallest properties, is this summer housing a Wildlife Trusts’ exhibition entitled “Our Local Nature Reserves”. Co-ordinated by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire, with input from the Leicestershire & Rutland and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trusts, the three trusts come together to showcase what they do and describe their nature reserves nearest to Easton on the Hill. These include the neighbouring Collyweston Quarries – known locally as The Deeps - with its wealth of limestone-loving flora and fauna, and several other nearby reserves. There will also be information on Rutland Water’s Osprey Project. This is in addition to the Priest’s House standing exhibition on the local industry of mining and preparing Collyweston slates. A recent addition to this exhibition is a short video showing life down a working mine and how the slates are fashioned for use. • The exhibition will be manned every Sunday in June, July and August between 2pm and 4.30pm, and entry is free to all.

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TAMFORD Veterinary Centre is pleased to announce they have reached the final three practices in the UK for the title of ‘Veterinary Practice of the Year’ in the prestigious 2017 Petplan Veterinary Awards. The awards are held annually and highlight the nation’s most outstanding vets, nurses, receptionists, managers and veterinary practices. Out of 8,500 entries, Stamford Vets were chosen by an independent panel of judges for delivering a truly unique service to their clients and patients. The practice was nominated by clients who felt they go the extra mile to keep their pets happy and healthy and were impressed by the way the team were empathetic in addressing their anxieties and concerns about the health of their pets. Practice Manager, Jessica Fawcett says “The fact that our clients have taken the time to nominate you is always flattering and we are



all very grateful. With such a huge competition, you never expect to progress to the final stages of the competition.” She adds “I believe it mainly comes down to our team of dedicated vets, nurses and receptionists that are committed to do what is best for the animals we see. This then encourages high standards, new ideas and an incredibly high moral within our team.” The practice has experienced remarkable growth and transformation since opening its doors in 2009 and is currently undergoing an impressive extension to their reception area which will include a separate cat and dog waiting areas. This follows a new theatre unit that was completed in 2015, which includes separate dog/cat hospital wards, two fully equipped sterile theatres and an imaging suit. • More information can be found on their website, or by calling (01780) 763180.

John counts the Bath Row redevelopment dating from 2002 as his most exciting local project to date. This involved a large number of properties along St Mary’s Hill, St Mary’s Passage and St Marys Street, including redevelopment of several properties, maximising use of space above shops, new housing to Scotney’s Place, Adnam’s wine shop and the new build riverside development currently occupied by Delcor. Why so special? “It was a large and important site in full public view and involved many listed buildings. … we had to endure and overcome what was at times an incredibly negative and obstructive process, following on from a previous and much deserved planning refusal.” The success gained he feels is that firstly it actually took place and secondly it doesn’t look out of place. • 10 Emlyn’s St, Stamford PE9 1QP 01780 757876


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Beacon of success for teacher training Kate Cadman looks at the teacher training programme at Malcolm Sargent


IM Cox, Vice Principal, Malcolm Sargent Primary School, is passionate about contributing to teacher training. Since joining the school in 2008 he’s already made impressive inroads in growing the role of teacher training so much so that Malcolm Sargent has already established itself as a shining light in respect of training and supporting newcomers to the industry. Promoting teacher training has many benefits explains Tim. “Firstly, fresh, young professionals are attracted into the area and employed locally. Secondly, trainees are being supported directly with good placements and solid training, and thirdly, it supports the ethos of our school - allowing us to be reflective of our own performance whilst raising awareness of how we can grow and develop.”

In addition to this, Malcolm Sargent Primary is head of a ‘cluster’ of schools all dedicated to providing quality teacher training placements. This coming academic year, Malcolm Sargent Primary aims to recruit 15 trainee teachers to the cluster of schools it leads which include St Augustine’s, St Gilbert’s, The Bluecoat School, Rhyll CE Academy and other schools in Rutland and Peterborough. “We are well on the way to meeting this target, which should provide local trainees with opportunities to train in their local area, bring professionals into the area and support school teacher recruitment to schools in this area.” In order to offer successful teacher training, schools must offer a mentoring service to their trainees which includes comprehensive ongoing liaison and support. Anyone interested in training to become a teacher can access the profession in several ways: trainees can either complete an intensive, one-year full-time academic course (PGCE) which includes three short work placements; alternatively, students can opt to train via the schools’ direct route whereby they join a designated school in a trainee capacity and learn ‘on the job’. Local trainees accessing their training via the schools’ direct route will get immersed in the school routine from day one and will be fully supported with designated mentors and regular tasks. In addition, these students attend training courses to enhance their skill set and attend staff meetings to help round their experience. “Our school has a very good reputation for training teachers. BGU has commended us on our support and rigour and wants us to become

“We work hard to shape and mould our students to work well at this particular school. It is a two-way process and whilst the students learn from the teaching team, we all learn and grow too. It’s beneficial for everyone involved.” Under Tim’s guidance, the school has built up close links with Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln (BGU) - one of the UK’s leading teacher training universities. In addition, Tim also sits on a professional steering group which helps shape national teacher training services. “I am particularly keen on promoting a ‘readiness for work’ ethos, giving students fresh out of their ‘A’ levels or university, the chance to find out what it is like to work as an employee and to introduce them to the world of work.”

a beacon school.” Justin Pye joined Malcolm Sargent Primary via the schools’ direct route at the start of this academic year. “I came in completely fresh and got to work as part of a team straight away. The school-centred route to training is a great way to immerse yourself completely in school life. I have a mentor, Clare Barton, who supports me on a daily basis and does my observations. We set weekly targets, for example, in children’s behaviour management and we both have an input into these discussions. Each week we set new targets to keep me stretched!” Francesca Johnson, joined the school via the PGCE route and now works as a Year 5 class teacher. “My first and second placements were both at Malcolm Sargent School - I found all the staff here very friendly and supportive. My time here on placement was more useful than my time at Uni. I enjoyed working in the classroom environment and being able to speak to the teachers here about their own teaching experiences. I also liked working as part of a team.” There is no doubt that the different entry points to teacher training makes joining this career much more accessible, particularly for mature students, who often want to take the direct schools route and learn their skills in a practical setting whilst still getting paid. “We work hard to shape and mould our students to work well at this particular school,” adds Tim. “It is a two-way process and whilst the students learn from the teaching team, we all learn and grow too. It’s beneficial for everyone involved.” “We are proud to be able to say that the calibre of student at the end of their teacher training period with Malcolm Sargent Primary School is very strong indeed.” STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2017



Paws for thought As we head towards the longest day of the year and the summer months, it’s a good time to do a quick pet check and make sure you are keeping your pets as safe and healthy as you can during any hot spells. Jessica Fawcett, Practice Manager/Veterinary Nurse at Stamford Veterinary Practice, offers some advice and tips on useful summer prep.

• Make sure your pets are up-to-date with their flea and tick treatments to ensure they stay parasite-free during the warmer months. There are many different treatments available so I would recommend speaking to your vet to find out which one best suits your pet. • Watch out for bee/wasp stings. The most common place to get stung is on the tongue or inside their mouth or throat as they try to bite or catch an insect. These stings can become very dangerous. The subsequent swelling can block their airway and cause severe breathing difficulties. If this happens, call your vet immediately. • Don’t walk dogs during the midday sun. Not only is the sun going to make them overheat, hot pavements will burn their paws. I walk my dogs at dawn and dusk on warm, sunny days. • Avoid lakes and ponds with blue-green algae, this is extremely toxic. Just a few mouthfuls of algae-contaminated water may result in a life-threatening situation. • Always make sure you carry water for your pet if you are out and about walking

or travelling. There are many different travel water bottles available. • Dogs and cats with pale ears and/or noses need extra protection on sunny days, as white fur and unprotected skin offers little protection against the harmful rays of the sun. Prolonged exposure can cause sunburn and sadly in some cases, skin cancer. Apply a high SPF pet sunblock (that is non-toxic) daily throughout the summer months.

Keeping pets safe in the sun The RSPCA campaigns hard each year to remind us of just how important it is to remember not to leave any animal in a car or caravan, or in a conservatory or outbuilding, where temperatures can quickly rise, even when it doesn’t feel that warm outside. For example, when it’s 22C outside, within an hour the temperature can reach 47C inside a vehicle, which can result in death. Owners are reminded never to leave animals unattended in a vehicle or other potentially hot environment - it is not enough to just open a window or leave a supply of water. Animals should instead be left in a secure, cool place with access to shade and water. Police advice is: Animals can die in hot cars even if they are left for just a few minutes. If you have concerns about an animal in a hot car, call us on 101. If the animal is in particular distress and it is an emergency call 999. Do not to attempt to force entry to the vehicle yourself.

• It is important to keep pets housed in hutches/ runs out of direct sunlight. In very hot weather it is better to bring the hutch indoors or move it to a shaded spot. Make sure they have clean/fresh water that is changed daily. • Lastly and most importantly, NEVER keep any animal in a car for any length of time! Even with the windows open as it can very quickly become unbearably hot.

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A Hull of a Day Out Forget all your pre-conceptions of Hull - it’s charming, friendly, full of great architecture and things to do, especially this year as it’s the UK’s 2017 City of Culture. Nicholas Rudd-Jones spent a happy day exploring


ULL is a compact city, with lots to see and do, making it a perfect destination for a Great Day Out. Journey time from our neck of the woods is just under two hours, and the route is very straightforward. Enjoy a great view of the Humber Bridge as you approach the city.


Hull is the UK City of Culture for 2017. Lots has been spent on re-furbishing the public spaces and there are numerous artistic and cultural events to enjoy. The city boasts a dozen museums, and you can find out more about everything that’s going on this year at www. The theme of the period July to September is ‘Freedom’, including the pivotal role that Hull played in the emancipation movement. William Wilberforce was the MP here in the 1780s.


Hull was founded in the late 12th century. The monks of Meaux Abbey needed a port where the wool from their estates could be exported. They chose a place at the confluence of the rivers Hull and Humber to build a quay. From its medieval beginnings, Hull’s main trading links were with Scotland and northern Europe - Scandinavia, the Baltic and the Low Countries all being key trading areas for Hull’s merchants. As sail power gave way to steam, Hull’s trading links extended throughout the world. Docks were opened to serve the frozen meat trade of Australia, New Zealand and South America. Hull was also a major fishing port. Throughout the second half of the 19th century and leading up to the First World War, the city played a major role in the transmigration of Northern European settlers to the New World, with thousands of emigrants sailing to the city and stopping for administrative purposes before travelling on to Liverpool and then North America. There is a statue to commemorate this on the seafront to the south of the marina exit. After suffering heavy bomb damage in the Second World War, Hull weathered a period of post-industrial decline. Since the millennium, however, the city has enjoyed a resurgence with substantial new retail, commercial, housing and public service construction spending. This year has also seen tourist spend shoot up.




Something about the air in Hull seems to encourage poetry. In fact, the city is to poetry what Leeds is to sculpture. Larkin put it more laconically: ‘… a place cannot produce poems: it can only not prevent them, and Hull is good at that. It neither impresses nor insists.’ Andrew Marvell (1621-1678) metaphysical poet, has a statue in Trinity Square. His father was a Lecturer at Holy Trinity Church, and Marvell was educated at Hull Grammar School. This is a line from ‘To His Coy Mistress’: “Had we but world enough and time, This coyness, lady, were no crime. We would sit down, and think which way To walk, and pass our long love’s day.” Stevie Smith (1902-1971) was born in Hull. Her father was a shipping agent who ran away to sea. Her best-known poem is ‘Not Waving but Drowning’. Philip Larkin (1922-85) lived the greater part of his working life in Hull, having taken up the post of University Librarian. The Larkin Trail takes you on a literary journey through the city and countryside, taking in the buildings, streets and parks where Larkin lived, worked and visited, and which inspired his poetry. Download the trail at php


Ferens Art Gallery: Skin: Freud, Mueck and Tunick is on until 13 Aug and comes highly recommended. The 2017 Turner prize will be held here towards the end of the year. The Maritime Museum: Explore Hull’s old dock offices and discover superb ship models and maritime art. Prince St: The best-preserved street in Old Hull, a graciously curving terrace of pastel-painted Georgian houses. It’s one of the city’s ‘sudden elegancies’ as Larkin called them. Fruit Market District: This is Hull’s ‘hip’ part of town, Covent Garden without the crowds. Make a beeline for the Humber St Gallery and Café; sit outside and watch the world go by. See if you can catch the annual ‘Humber Street Sesh’, taking place this year on Sat Aug 5th. Find out more at www.humberstreetsesh. Look out for the distinctive white ‘phone boxes of KCOM, for a long time the UK’s only municipal telecons network. The harbour area: Humber Dock closed in 1963 and became Hull


Find the fish; explore the city. Follow Hull’s unique pavement of fish, an A- Z of fish creating a tour of the historic Old Town. 41 pieces of sculpture made from traditional materials make up this impressive piece of public art. The artist Gordon Young created the trail of sculptures in 1992 - representing the actual size of fish with life size pieces, from a tiny anchovy to a 10ft ray. His sense of humour surfaces with the placing of a plaice in the market place, an electric eel outside the electricity substation and a shark outside a bank... you don’t need to find them all, it’s a great route anyway! Distance: 2 miles Typical time: 2 hours (a huge amount to see) Start & finish: City Hall (HU1 3RQ) Parking: Princes Quay Car Park (HU1 2PQ) Full details of the Fish Trail and a PDF can be found at: http://www. , then type in Hull Fish Trail. Or pick up a copy of the Fish Trail at the Information Office alongside the City Hall


Humber Street Gallery, Humber St: The best spot for coffee and light bites. The roof terrace is open weekend evenings, offering fabulous views across the city and the sea. Thieving Harry’s, Humber St: cool, quirky comfort. Hull is famous for its authentic pubs, with good reason. We tried The William Hawkes in Scale Lane and loved it – stuffed full of old curios, locals chatting and good beer. By the waterfront, The Minerva has character and offers food, and you can eat outside on the seafront.

Marina. There’s lots of interest, including the Spurn Lightship (1927) and several marine artefacts. Daniel Defoe’s famous fictional castaway, Robinson Crusoe, set sail from the Queen’s Dock in 1651. And The Bounty, skippered by the infamous Captain William Bligh, was built and launched here. The Deep – a spectacular aquarium, this is the place to bring the kids; and architecturally stunning to boot. The Streetlife Museum of Transport: Voted No. 1 destination on Trip Advisor, step back in time with 200 years of transport to enjoy. Wilberforce House & Museum: the birthplace of William Wilberforce, Hull MP and slavery abolitionist, which tells the story of this campaign through fascinating items including his journal, plantation records and personal stories.




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Anna Stone Design opens new studio If you’re after an ‘impeccable interior’ at a price to suit your pocket, then you may want to visit the newly-opened showroom of Anna Stone Design which has just relocated to the Stamford Garden Centre site on Great Casterton Road. Kate Cadman pops in to find out more.


WNER and Director, Rannveig Stone, has been running Anna Stone Design for a decade, offering clients a full design service alongside supplying upcycled and bespoke-made furniture and lighting. “I offer an initial consultation which usually takes 2-3 hours and involves looking with the client at their house or business and coming up with very instant ideas on the spot before putting together a concept design package and a breakdown of costs.” Rannveig encourages her clients to invest in concept design which can include the more usual mood boards or she offers her customers the opportunity to pay for a comprehensive, bespoke A4 package comprising a complete set of project plans. “Not everyone has the money to employ a project manager, so I offer a design service that equips the client with all the information they require allowing them to decide whether they want to hire me for a little bit of handholding or full project management.” This refreshing customer-led approach combines well with Rannveig’s belief that a person’s environment is a vital component part of their overall happiness and gives Anna Stone Design a unique perspective and offering.

Prior to training as an interior designer, Rannveig read Psychology at University, graduating with a first-class degree. “It was whilst I was working (in the smoker’s room) at a psychiatric hospital that I found myself getting more and more depressed. I just wanted to change the room and make it more bearable for everyone and it was then that I realised I wanted to retrain as a designer, with the idea that I would design better hospitals. I still firmly believe that hospitals and psychiatric units could achieve better success rates with nicer environments.” “I also believe in getting the bare bones right within any environment; the hard finishes such as the lighting and the space and what’s in it all need reviewing. Otherwise it’s like sticking a plaster on an infected wound - it’s really important to weigh up how a space is feeling and how it is flowing.” “I’ll often start by moving pieces of furniture around at the first meeting which immediately gets the space working better. This Feng Shui service might be all a client needs with, maybe, a declutter and a bit of clever storage.” “People underestimate how much they need to spend on making their environment suitable. I believe you should be prepared to invest in your home - it’s your biggest asset and it is good for your mental health. You should make your home your castle and it should be the place you want to be. It’s human nature to want to make our surroundings look good - look at cave art - if we ignore this basic instinct, we often don’t get the best out of ourselves.” Anna Stone offers a full design service, from initial consultation through to project implementation. Other services provided include: Feng Shui days, help with sourcing and installing finishing touches plus AutoCAD/visuals drafting. “I work with a local, trusted team of professionals who, like me, follow the ethos that ‘there are no problems, only solutions’.” •; rannveig.annastone@gmail. com; 07900 883117.

Fun and quirky with Chalk


F you like quirky, Chalk Interiors at Stamford Garden Centre has some great decorative pieces, such as knife and fork cupboard handles alongside gorgeous gift ideas and its well-known stock of fabulous, cover-all, Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan. You can either book a workshop or purchase unique pieces of hand-painted furniture straight from the shop. Annie Sloan Workshops: These fun and friendly classes run throughout the year hosted by painting experts, trained by Annie Sloan herself. The workshops cover a variety of upcycling

techniques and are held in small groups offering lots of 1:1 tuition. Prices start at £65 for a threehour course which includes light refreshments and 10% off any Annie Sloan products on the day. In addition, chair workshops are available - for £149, a chair is provided which is painted in the morning, lunch at the Garden Centre is included in the price and the seat is upholstered in the afternoon. You get to leave with a piece of furniture ready to take pride of place in your home. •; 01780 752414. STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2017



Could your child be the… Face of Stamford 2017?

For the fifth year running Stamford Living is collaborating with local photographer Lyndsay Ford, owner of ShutterBox Photography studio in Stamford, to find the Face of Stamford 2017.


HE Face of Stamford is a light-hearted photo competition that brings local businesses together whilst raising money for a local children’s charity. The competition is open to children aged 0-11 years old from Stamford and the surrounding area. The competition will be held at ShutterBox Photography Studio in Stamford on various dates between 27th May until 14th June. It costs £10 to enter with entrants receiving a 15 minute photo sitting and a complimentary 6”x 4” professional photo print. £1 from each sitting will be donated to Anna’s Hope. This year 18 local businesses are generously donating amazing products and experiences to the value of £2400. The Face of Stamford

winner will receive £1500 worth of prizes, the three runners up will each receive £300 worth of prizes. Winners will be decided by representatives from the competition’s sponsoring businesses who will choose the overall winner of the Face of Stamford 2017, plus three runners up. To enter your child, pop in to see Joyce at ‘Stamford Kidz Stuff’ at Stamford Corn Exchange Shopping Arcade, email jh_slainthe@yahoo. or call her on 07956 083789 Spaces are limited and the competition has been full for the last four years, so book as soon as you can! The results will be announced in the August edition of Stamford Living.

Sponsors and Prizes… RUTLAND WATER Winner - Annual car pass for Rutland Water Runner up - Voucher for family Crazy Golf SACREWELL FARM Winner - Family annual membership Runner up - Family day pass WELLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE Winner - 6 dance lessons Runner up - £15 voucher for Welland dance shop THE YARD Winner - 10 entries into soft play Runner up - 1 entry into soft play and a cup cake STAGE 2 COFFEE HOUSE Winner - Afternoon tea for 4 Runner up - Afternoon tea for 2



FRANCESCA ALEXANDER HAIR & BEAUTY Winner - Mother and Child hair cut Runner up - Child’s hair cut SHUTTERBOX PHOTOGRAPHY Winner - 20” x 16” hand framed photo Runner up - £25 voucher

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CREATIVE DESIGN & PRINT Winner - Photo Cushion, Mug & phone cover Runner up - Photo Mug & phone cover

PICS ON CANVAS Winner - 20 x 30” canvas print Runner up - “16 x 20” canvas print

SUKIES PARTY & BALLOON BOUTIQUE Winner - 1 hr character party & balloon display Runner up - Balloon display on birthday

TOMORROW’S DREAM PERFORMERS At Stamford Corn Exchange Winner - 4 Panto tickets for Aladdin Runner up - 2 Panto tickets for Aladdin

THE LITTLE EMBROIDERY STUDIO Winner - Personalised bag Runner up - Personalised toy

STAMFORD KIDZ STUFF Winner - An Outfit from their summer range Runner up - Orchard Game

STAMFORD HEAVENLY CHOCOLATES Winner - Chocolate party for 5 children

FLOWERS BY MANDY Winner - A bouquet for winners mum

TREATLEY’S Winner - Giant cupcake and a £50 voucher Runner up - Box of 4 cupcakes BELLE VINTAGE Winner - 2 Tutu’s & hair garland/ boys outfit Runner up - Tutu/boys outfit STAMFORD ART CENTRE Winner - 4 Panto tickets for Polka Dot Pantomimes’ Rapunzel and £25 voucher Runner up - £25 voucher




Wright Care at Home: Promoting Independent Living This is a care company that keeps ‘compassion at the heart of everything they do’. Nicholas Rudd-Jones joined them at their first anniversary celebrations.


CAUGHT up with this very friendly business as they were celebrating their first anniversary in the marquee at the William Cecil. A group was singing from Wildcats Theatre School and many of the customers were there enjoying tea and cake and a great day out. £600 was also being raised for Marie Curie. I chatted with Samantha Wright, the founder, along with her Dad Simon, step-mum Margie and grandmother who have all been a vital part of the business’ development. Samantha told me: “We wanted to mark this occasion as a way of saying thank you to all our customers, friends and family that have supported us and to local businesses that have worked alongside us on the way. After all we are a family based company and this was a way of bringing our Wright Care Family together to say thank you. It was lovely to have the Town Mayor there to cut our 1st Birthday Cake and say thank you to our team who work so hard all year round.” The founding philosophy Sammy has had the experience of working from a carer up to management level over a variety of different care settings. For the last five years, she saw a growing demand for people needing support in the local area and also how important this is. “We all have to grow older, and why shouldn’t this be in the comfort of our homes. We all deserve to be surrounded by our memories and those we love.” With this in mind, she set up Wright Care at Home to do just that. She believed in giving something to others but wanted to follow her philosophy of what good care looks like. She continued: “Our mission is and always will be to ‘promote independent living’. We believe in giving people the support and opportunity to carry out their daily routines as they always have whilst maintaining safety in their own home. Our goal is to always ensure we provide our customers with dignity, respect and maintain their wishes. Every individual is different and we will always ensure our services are bespoke to meet those needs.”

Quality & reliability Wright Care at Home believes in finding the right people for its customers. All employees are trained and regularly monitored to ensure the safety of their customers. They carry out weekly checks to ensure you get the best possible service. All care workers are highly skilled to match the customer requirements. The team understands that continuity is vital in building key relationships with customers.

“We believe that every individual should be treated as we would our own loved ones and this is our fundamental belief.” They ensure all care support workers arrive to you on time and meet your needs. Timing and efficiency is so important for customers, they are aware your needs are in their hands and strive to ensure they never fail to do so. They understand that needs vary on a daily basis and review this continually to ensure they are always offering a person-centred service. Services Wright Care at Home works on a minimum of hourly care visits. This provides the right time to ensure they always meet your needs in a timely and thorough manner. It provides those that wish to remain in their own homes, however need some support to do so such as: personal care, preparation and assistance with meals, supporting with medication, and carrying out domestic chores. The care visits also promote companionship and promote quality of life. The team carry out this service from 7am till 10pm and they can also offer 24/7 and live-in care. Sleep in and wake in nights are also a service that they promote to maintain safety in your own home. All care packages are bespoke subject to assessment to meet a customer’s needs. The Services Offered Dementia Care, Respite Care, End of Life Care,

Parkinson’s Care, Personal Care, Support with domestic chores, Access into the community, Companionship Visits. Personal care includes: Support to get in and out of bed. Support with toileting. Assistance with mobilising in a safe environment. Assistance to get dressed. Support with dental hygiene. Support to apply medicated creams. The range of other care services provided includes: Companionship. Support and assistance in taking you to appointments. Collecting groceries or doing this on your behalf. Assistance in handling and prompting you to take medication. Domestic chores in the household. Assistance to carry out laundry and ironing. CONTACT Finding care support for yourself or loved ones understandably can be quite daunting. It is a change that can sometimes present challenging and anxious feelings and so the team want to make the transition as easy and comfortable as possible. Following initial contact, Wright Care at Home will provide you with information to take away or meet you for an informal meeting to discuss your needs and requirements. Samantha Wright, Care Director and Registered Care Manager Office: 01780 489227 Emergency Out of Hours: 07961 519132 Website: Registered Company Address: The Grey House, 3 Broad Street, Stamford. Lincolnshire PE9 1PG CQC Registered STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2017




THE RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS Clare Howcutt Kelly meets baker Caroline Stafford of The Kitsch Hen for a cuppa and a biscuit


F you’re lucky, you’ll get some post that isn’t a bill or a reminder to book your dentist appointment. If you’re really lucky, you might get a card from your nephew thanking you for the not-so-imaginative gift card and if you’re really, really lucky, you’ll unwrap a small package and find a biscuit. A beautifully wrapped pastel coloured biscuit with a special message. Just for you. Caroline Stafford has been running The Kitsch Hen for just over a year now and is a regular visitor to Steamer Trading Cook shop in the high street – “it’s where I go for all my baking needs,” she says. And for Caroline, baking really means business. But the idea for her successful business came from the heart: “I’ve always baked. The idea for the biscuits came about when a friend of mine was having a tough time and i wanted to send her something to let her know i was thinking of her, I’d usually bake a cake, but she lives on the other side of the country. I had seen some really beautiful quotes that were perfect, and had a little flash of inspiration, and stamped them on some biscuits, popped them in a box and posted them to her.” Her biscuits offer words of encouragement, hope in dark times and are edible tokens of love, she’s not yet stamped out ‘will you marry me?’ but she says, she’d love to (romantic readers yet to pop the question, take note). Occasionally though, she has some more colourful requests: “I’ve had to stamp lots of very funny and sometimes quite rude, cheeky messages on the biscuits! Though usually people send an email

first just to check i’m not going to be offended!” The working day starts early in her home kitchen with her husband Gareth, a dairy farmer often up well before 5am. She pops the radio on, makes a big mug of peppermint tea and then is ready to get stamping and baking. “I’ve always enjoyed baking and cooking, both for me and my husband Gareth (and he is always hungry as he’s out with the cows working hard for so many hours of the day) and I’ve always loved to bake for friends and family too.” “I’m definitely a morning person, it’s my favourite time of the day,” she says. “I’m inspired every day when I find a new quote that I love and I’m always saying to people – say that again, it’s be perfect for the biscuits! I take inspiration from other people too, because the biscuits can be fully personalised with your own messages, I’m often receiving email requests from people and saying now why didn’t i think of that?” Sending them via the post must be a worry surely? “ The biscuits are all letterbox friendly so can be posted nationwide - I get asked often how they make it through the post in one piece, but so far we’ve never had a broken biscuit! My husband and I spent lots of time testing packaging and being quite ‘ heavy handed’ with boxed biscuits in our kitchen, before i was happy to entrust the postal service with them. These days, i often bake big

quantities of biscuits for wedding favours, and post those too - it’s all about the bubble wrap!” And once the biscuits are in the hands – and mouths of the recipients? Does she ever hear from any of them? “I get the BEST reactions, especially for the ‘edible inspiration’ sets of biscuits - the ones that are sent to someone who having a tough time and needs to be reminded that they are in someone’s thoughts and loved. There seem to be a lot of tears when people receive the biscuits – always described as Happy Tears though! It’s also always lovely to hear back from people when I’ve baked their wedding favour biscuits, or sent some biscuits to someone who had a special birthday, or a new baby.” Does making these joyfilled creations make Caroline feel a bit weepy herself? “I love it, the ‘edible inspiration’ biscuits are the ones I love baking and stamping the most. I love thinking about how the recipient will feel when they land on the doormat, and I often get a bit teary myself when i read the gift note message the sender has included in their order. It sounds a bit soppy, but I’m always being reminded of how kind people are to each other, how much people love each other and want to cheer each other up.” If you know someone who needs cheering up, why not send them a biscuit. You might not be able to sit down over a cuppa with them but this is definitely the next best thing. • To find out more, visit: STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2017



The Falcon at Fotheringhay: an old favourite The honey-coloured hostelry sits in the shadow of a majestic church amid the historic village where Mary Queen of Scots met her fate… as locations go, The Falcon at Fotheringhay really does have it all, as Gillian Bendall discovers


NSIDE, it’s a pretty pub with fresh flowers, log fires and a handsome conservatory, plus a separate dog-friendly Tap Bar and a gorgeous garden complete with built-in barbecue and pizza oven. It also has an excellent reputation as the restaurant-of-choice amongst foodies out for a treat – my social media feeds are often a-buzz with friends and family celebrating anniversaries, birthdays and romances with a meal there. That’s a renown of which owner Sally Facer is, rightly, proud, though she’s quick to pass the credit on to her trusted team of top-notch chefs, kitchen and waiting staff who day-in, day-out deliver upper-crust gastropub food. “I couldn’t do any of it without them, we’re like family,” she said whilst talking us through an a la carte menu and ‘specials board’ full of appetite-whetting promise. A shared fish platter to start was, at £18, excellent value and a feast for all the senses – colourful, fragrant and full of contrasting and complementary flavours, it transported us straight back to the Suffolk coast we’d been enjoying just 24 hours earlier. I’m still learning to love fish and seafood, but I wolfed down the briny crayfish tails and was in ecstasy over the smoked haddock scotch egg… delicious! Fearing we’d peaked too early, we were relieved to see the delicacy of our mains – a new season Barnsley lamb chop with chorizo and potato gratin, spring greens and rosemary jus for him opposite, free range breast of chicken with rosti potato, bacon and bean roll, veg and thyme gravy for me. And we certainly had no need of desserts – but the Turkish Delight panna cotta with poached rhubarb (just… wow!) and a decadent selection of chef’s chocolate puds were irresistible.

Celebration of the senses If you are after delicious, freshly cooked Indian cuisine then a visit to Jalsagor is a must. Kate Cadman sampled a couple of delightful dishes at the Broad Street restaurant.


WNER, 23-year-old, Jubaer Ahmed, came to Stamford eight years ago and says he “fell in love with the town”, and decided it was the place he wanted to open his own restaurant. Seven months ago, he achieved his dream when he took over Voujon and opened up his own restaurant and take away – with the new name Jalsagor. The name of the restaurant was chosen as it means ‘enjoyment’ or ‘celebration’, and is the name for wedding celebrations/parties. Certainly, when you taste some of the Indian and Bangladeshi dishes on offer, it’s like having a culinary celebration of the senses! I can honestly say I’ve never enjoyed an onion bhaji as much as I did at Jalsagor. The deliciously tasty onions are fried with lentils, coriander and freshly ground spices and are simply exquisite. My dining partner opted for Chot Potti, a vegetarian starter consisting of chick peas cooked with potato, egg, tamarind sauce and tomatoes. “This is incredibly tasty,



New menus, new era Looking for an a la carte treat over the coming months? I’ve already chosen mine: the summer menu (launched on June 1) includes the taste bud-tempting grilled fillets of plaice in a lemon, caper and cockle sauce with new potatoes and samphire (or asparagus, whichever is best on the day) and, for dessert, a lemongrass crème brulee with citrus shortbread. But this summer – and after some extensive customer research – The Falcon is getting back to basics in its own inimitable style, with a new bar menu that’s all about tried-and-tested traditional dishes at reasonable prices: two courses for £15, three for £18. Choose from classic prawn cocktail, chicken liver pâté, beer battered haddock, local baked ham and eggs, lasagne, fruit crumble, lemon syllabub and lots more… many of the dishes have proved popular on recent ‘retro nights’ and, Sally says: “We came to the conclusion that there’s no reason not to serve fish and chips, for example, as long as they’re the best fish and chips!” • The Falcon Inn, Fotheringhay PE8 5HZ. 01832 226254.

I could happily eat this as my main dish,” she added enthusiastically whilst dropping splodges of sauce all over the pristine, white tablecloth! For mains, we chose two signature dishes, the Tawa Maharani Chicken (a spicy dish cooked with chef’s own special green sauce made up of garlic, green pepper, green chillies and coriander) and the Sylheti Jal-fry Sizzler (tandoori king prawns cooked with fresh chillies, onions, peppers, garlic and chilli sauce). Wow, what a delight! Both dishes arrived on sizzling hot ‘tawa’ dishes, full of colour and texture. At first taste, the fresh spices gently dance on your taste buds, sending them tingling with delight. A slow build up and then the kick of the fresh chillies hits and your mouth begins positively pogoing with flavour before very quickly subsiding ready for the next mouthful. Jubaer says he’s had some amazing reviews on TripAdvisor and it’s really no wonder; the service is excellent, the food delicious and the prices are very reasonable (mains range from £8.50 - £13.50). The whole dining experience really does feel like a mini celebration. • 26 Broad St, Stamford PE9 1PJ 01780 757030/757167

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Our oceans, our future Hambleton Hall’s Michelin starred Head Chef, Aaron Patterson, team’s up with protégé Alan Gleeson to create a World Oceans Day Gourmet menu. Deborah Pennell checks into the kitchen of this beautiful hotel to find out what they have in store. PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLI DEAN

The History of WOD? The Canadian Government originally proposed the concept of World Oceans Day (WOD) at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. By 2008, and as a result of a widely-circulated petition, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution recognising 8th June as World Oceans Day - a day to celebrate the ocean and its importance in our lives. Special events help to inspire more involvement in conserving this vitally important resource for generations to come. This year’s theme being “Our oceans, our future.” With 25 years’ service as Head Chef at Hambleton Hall, Aaron Patterson has most likely cooked more fish in his career than most Rut landers will in a lifetime. This year Aaron has asked one of his many protégés, Alan Gleeson, who worked in the kitchens at Hambleton Hall for four years and is now Head Chef at No.131 The Promenade, Cheltenham, to create a Gourmet Corner Menu to mark WOD. Aaron said, “WOD is a date in the Hambleton Hall kitchen calendar when we champion sustainable fishing and celebrate what our seas can provide now, and hopefully for future generations.” What prompted you as chefs to get involved in World Oceans Day? AP: As a keen fisherman, I have witnessed first-hand the decline in certain species of fish and have been affected by the restrictions put in place by the authorities to try to combat the problem. We need to address the situation now, and WOD does just that. Making people aware of overfishing, pollution and the effects of global warming on our oceans is so important. AG: As a Chef, I feel responsible for teaching my clients about the ingredients I use – ‘by

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inspired addition of Tobiko wasabi (flying fish roe), giving the effect of popping candy on the tongue, and a subtle wasabi kick. The lightly pickled cucumber brunoise added another taste and texture dimension) BUTTER POACHED SELSEY LOBSTER WITH A CRAB AND GLASS NOODLE VIETNAMESE SALAD £35 (critic’s view: the freshest tasting lobster I have experienced since picking them out of the Whitby fishing cobbles in my childhood, rushing home and cooking them. Poaching the flesh in butter lends a richness to the dish, without overwhelming the delicate flavour. The noodle salad has simple Asian flavours and works well) Both dishes come highly recommended • Hambleton Hall Oakham, LE15 8TH 01572 756991 • No. 131 The Promenade Cheltenham, GL50 1NW 01242 822939 • World Oceans Day STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2017



Lunch for Less (Calories!)

Deborah Pennell offers some easy to prepare summer salad ideas. Ideal to rustle up if you are entertaining friends, or to ‘pimp’ up your lunchbox.


N years gone by, we ate salad, fruit and vegetables when they were in season. More recently, due to supply and demand, we have been lucky enough to have access to a wealth of ingredients from all over the world, all year round. At the beginning of this year, and to my knowledge, for the first time in my lifetime, we were exposed to a period of ‘rationing’. We were restricted in how many salad and vegetable items we were allowed to purchase in one shop. Extraordinary, and a real ‘wake up’ call for my generation! It was therefore, with a deal of interest and a degree of amusement, I listened to someone explaining the reason for the reduced availability of these items, and the massive hike in salad and vegetable prices this spring - apparently “it was due to Brexit.” An interesting thought indeed, but you only needed to look at the freak weather conditions experienced in Europe over the winter months to point a finger at the real reason for this problem. It would appear we have come to rely on the availability of foreign salads staples, fancy fruit and varied vegetables far too heavily, that we now find an excuse of mildly ridiculous proportions, when these items are not on our supermarket shelves 365 days a year! Since the demise of our local greengrocers and buying ‘in season,’ have we become spoilt for choice? I question



whether it is unreasonable to expect these products to be available to us 24/7 - what happened to food miles and protecting our planet anyway? With this in mind, I cannot encourage you enough to explore our wonderful Friday Market in Broad Street or pop out to Wothorpe Nurseries, open 7 days a week, and choose from their array of seasonal fruit and vegetables. You will be amazed at the wealth of things you can find. Calorie counting has never been my thing, but that said I have always enjoyed a salad, be it on a hot summer’s day, or in the depths of winter with warm additions on top. Time has long passed since salads were uninspired offerings consisting of limp lettuce, cucumber and tasteless tomatoes with raw rings of onion on top, an ingredient added to salad I have never understood – they make your breath smell, give you wind and taste utterly disgusting raw. We have welcomed with open arms, edamame beans, sprouts, beetroot leaves, pea shoots and micro herbs. A plethora of pulses, black rice, quinoa and giant couscous all make exciting additions, whilst adding that much needed bulk to your average lunch. So, I thought I would share some of my favourite salad combinations and add quick tips for cutting down preparation time, in the hope I can inspire our readership to dust off their salad servers, and where appropriate invest in a new lunchbox:

POMEGRANATE, EDAMAME BEAN, QUINOA AND BLACK RICE Cheat: buy pre-prepared pomegranate seeds and ready cooked quinoa PINK SALAD POTATO, HOT SMOKED SALMON, QUAILS EGG, GHERKIN AND DILL Cheat: buy ready cooked and peeled quails’ eggs (hard boiled hens eggs are a cheaper option). Buy ready flaked hot smoked salmon BLACK RICE, PRAWN, TENDER SWEET BROCCOLI, BABY SPINACH, CHILLI AND LIME Cheat: buy ready cooked prawns, washed baby spinach QUINOA, FRAZZLED ONION, AUBERGINE, FLAT LEAF PARSLEY AND SLOW ROASTED HERITAGE TOMATO Cheat: buy pre-prepared quinoa GRIDDLED ASPARAGUS, PANCETTA, SOFT BOILED HENS EGG AND SOURDOUGH CRUMBS Cheat: buy sourdough croutons and smash them up – toast in a pan with olive oil, salt and pepper and add snipped chives and roughly chopped flat leaf parsley once cooled. AVOCADO, BUFFALO MOZZARELLA, SUNBLUSH TOMATO, AND BABY GEM LETTUCE WITH CHILLI ROASTED SEEDS Cheat: buy chilli roasted seed mix ARTICHOKE HEART, MARINATED FETA, PEA, PEA SHOOT AND MINT WITH CHARRED AND HAND TORN PITTA CROUTONS Cheat: buy a jar of pre-marinated feta, and tins or jars of artichoke hearts ASIAN SLAW - WHITE CABBAGE, RED CABBAGE, CARROTS, SPRING ONION, BEAN SPROUTS AND BLACK SESAME SEEDS Cheat: if you have a food processor put all the ingredients apart from the bean sprouts through the shredding or grating discs

And Dressings are important too… A nude salad can be dull and lifeless thing - add a dressing and your meal erupts into a party on a plate. For those watching their calories it is possible to make healthy dressings using wonderful Asian flavours to make light zingy accompaniments. ASIAN STYLE VINAIGRETTE (a perfect addition to slaws and a light dressing which can be used in so many ways) 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 1 tblsp honey 3 tblsp low salt soy sauce 1 tblsp ginger, fresh grated 1/2 tsp garlic, fresh minced 2 tblsp sesame oil 1/2 cup grapeseed oil 1 tblsp sesame seeds, lightly toasted 1 tblsp spring onion, chopped Mix first 5 ingredients in a bowl • Slowly drizzle in the sesame and grapeseed oil, whisking constantly so that the dressing emulsifies • When dressing is well combined, add the sesame seeds and spring onions • Serve immediately or refrigerate and use within a week.

and switch on. Slowly drizzle in 50ml olive oil being careful not to let it split. Pour in around 3tblsp ice cold tap water to create a light dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste and more water if the consistency of the dressing is too thick... • Store in a jar in the fridge for up to one week. ZERO FAT CITRUS DRESSING 4 tblsp Orange juice 2tblsp balsamic vinegar 1tblsp Dijon mustard 1 dsp runny honey salt and freshly ground black pepper • Place all ingredients in a jam jar. Close lid tightly and shake well before until combined. • Store in fridge for up to 3 days.

CHEATS CAESAR SALAD DRESSING (THIS IS NOT CALORIE CONTROLLED!) 3 heaped tblsp good quality mayonnaise 2 tsp Worcester sauce 1 tin anchovies in olive oil 2 tsp lemon juice 100g grated parmesan • Place all the ingredients in a blender


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Eating Alfresco in & around Stamford As the weather improves, so it’s time once again to search out great spots for al fresco dining. Nicholas Rudd-Jones explores

IN STAMFORD The Bull & Swan at Burghley High Street, St Martin’s, Stamford, PE9 2LJ 01780 766412 The new outdoor area out the back is absolutely amazing. Potting Shed Pizzas, an outdoor cinema offering a film every Thursday, a vegetable garden and oodles of outdoor space for those long hot evenings we know we will have. Oh, and they hope to do some Wimbledon coverage with strawberries from their own kitchen garden. And as the evening draws on, there are baskets with soft, thick blankets to keep you warm.



The Crown Hotel, Stamford All Saints’ Place, Stamford, PE9 2AG 01780 763136 www. The view from the Crown Courtyard is amongst the best in Stamford, looking towards All Saints’ Church and the brick chimney of the old brewery. Good food, great ambience and outstanding beer in the heart of Stamford, Britain’s Best Place to Live. How much better could it get?!

The Mad Turk 8/9 St. Paul’s St, Stamford, PE9 2BE 01780 238001 The Mad Turk is very much a family affair, and the food is fresh, well-cooked and authentic, with all the meat cooked on a charcoal fire and good vegetarian choices. The mezes make brilliant starters. The garden is a magical experience, especially in the dusk when the candles are lit. Not to be missed. Fine Food Café & Restaurant 37 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DF 01780 754222 The ‘secret garden’ out the back is a real find (you need to go down the passage to find it). Order at the counter and head down to the garden, where you feel totally secluded from the hustle and bustle of St Mary’s. Plus, it’s a sun-trap. Lunch here is especially good, Mediterranean-influence and delicious. The George Hotel, Stamford 71 High St, St Martin’s, Stamford, PE9 2LB 01780 750750 “Eating in the Courtyard on a summer’s day with good companions is just about the closest you can get to heaven on earth”. A satisfied courtyarder. No. 3 The Yard, Stamford 3 Ironmonger St, Stamford, PE9 1PL 01780 756080 The courtyard area here is a haven of peace in the bustling town centre; and in my view the best food bar none. The new chef has introduced a courtyard menu, which allows you to create your own ‘DIY Board’ for £9.95. bargain.

William Cecil Hotel St Martin’s, Stamford, PE9 2LJ 01780 750070 On a fine day, the terrace is a delightful spot, immaculately presented and full of sunshine. A stroll through the garden towards the marquee is also a pleasure.

NEAR TO STAMFORD Barnsdale Hall Hotel North Shore, Rutland Water, LE15 8AB 01572 757901 Barnsdale Hall Hotel boasts some of the most beautiful views of Rutland Water and the surrounding countryside. Everyone is welcome to use the Brasserie, not just the members, and its terrace has views over the water.

Barnsdale Lodge The Avenue, Rutland Water, LE15 8AH 01572 724678 Barnsdale Lodge really does feel like home from home, with friendly and attentive staff and a relaxed feel. The cooking is to a very high standard and is good value for money. The courtyard is a sun trap in the good weather, for a meal, a drink or afternoon tea. The new conservatory provides still more ‘bringing the outside in’ space.

Exeter Arms is the perfect spot for a pub lunch. And inside doesn’t disappoint either… since re-opening in spring 2016, husband and wife landlords Tom and Joanne Wade have managed to create one of those family-run pubs that you walk into and immediately feel very welcome and cosy in, like a home from home. Exeter Arms, Easton-on-the Hill 21 Stamford Road, Easton-on-the Hill, PE9 3NS 01780 756321 There is a stunning conservatory area and huge courtyard out the back to enjoy the fine weather. Enjoy pizzas & BBQ from their wood fired oven. Also, makes a great Sunday walk up from Stamford and back. The Olive Branch, Clipsham Main St, Clipsham, LE15 7SH 01780 410355 Make the most of any glorious weather and go for lunch on the beautiful Terrace at The Olive Branch. Sit under the vine covered pergola, with views across the fields and enjoy the always delicious food. It is now open all day starting with breakfast, so also great to combine with a summer’s walk. White Hart, Ufford Main St, Ufford, PE9 3BH 01789 740250 The White Hart is popular, and deservedly so, for it offers top quality, friendly service and very good value. The outside area is extensive and delightful, and many years ago on a weekend up from London was the reason I fell in love with this region

Exeter Arms, Barrowden 28 Main Street, Barrowden, LE15 8EQ 01572 747365 Sitting proud at the head of the quintessential village green with stunning views of the pond and fields beyond, The

Hambleton Hall Oakham Rd, Hambleton Peninsula, LE15 8TH 01572 756991 When the weather is fine, there is no better Rutland experience than sitting out on the terrace, sipping a glass of cool wine and admiring the parterre and the views of the water beyond. Also admire their beautifully-built ‘sitooterie’!

The Wine Bar Stamford 10 St Paul’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2BE 01780 757844 The Wine Bar has become the ‘go to’ place for meeting friends, with great wines, cocktails and light bites. The exquisiteness of the interior is more than matched by the superlative outdoor space, which positively bustles on weekend nights.

ALSO RECOMMENDED No. 1 Kitchen, Castle St, has a fabulous decking looking out over The Meadows King’s Head, Maiden Lane: The walled garden is a very special hideaway, often left undiscovered by visitors as it is so well hidden. Pretty fairy lights and a natural décor of hanging figs makes this a special place. Melbourn Bros All Saints’ Brewery Courtyard: A delightful, quiet spot with historic charm.

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Eat, drink and make merry! Street Market ‘bigger and better’ than ever this year


HE Oundle Food Festival is a mustn’t-miss for local foodies, and this year the jewel in its crown, the Street Market, will bring more than 75 stallholders to the town. The market takes place on Saturday 24 June from 9am-4pm but there’ll be events, special menus, product launches and offers in the week before, providing opportunities to learn about the food and drink that is lovingly created in the region and to meet those who grow, raise, cook, bake, brew, distil and make the many treats on offer. The Street Market, which will be held in the Market Place and New Street, is a bunting-bedecked sight to behold, and with the addition of music and dance from the Oundle Fringe Festival, street entertainment from Corby’s Balls Up Juggling Club and games from the World Conker Championships, it is an event enjoyed by visitors of all ages. A Park & Ride service provided by Oundle School will be available from Oundle Wharf, where Food Festival attendees can also have a look around the shops of sponsors AGA Oundle and Hambleton Bakery. Whilst many stallholders, such as Yum Yum Tree Fudge, New Lodge Farm, Munchy Seeds, Profumo Coffee Company, Riverford Organic Delivery, Saxby’s Cider and Lincolnshire Poacher, will return by popular demand, there are also some newcomers. Lincolnshire farmer Amy Jobe, attending her first ever Food Festival, will be serving up burgers and wraps using beef from her home-reared Lincoln Red cattle, and Melt’on Ice Cream will delight with their range of luxury ice-creams. Other new additions include Macaron Marlo’s hand-made French Macarons, Taartie’s delicious sough dough donuts and Nassington-based Jar & Spoon’s pickles and preserves with a twist. Especially for you… In the run-up to the Festival, Oundle retailers Stu-Pots, Beans Coffee Shop as well as Seven Wells and Trendalls Butchers are offering discounts on mention of the event or production of a Food Festival flyer, and the Nene Valley Brewery will launch a new beer to mark the festival on 23 June. AGA Oundle is running several events about AGA cooking, one of which includes wines from Amps Fine Wines and the excellent Tap and Kitchen restaurant at Oundle Wharf and BrewBabu, Oundle’s unique boutique brew bar, are offering a special festival menus. • Further details are available in the Food Festival flyer (inside this issue), on the website and on Facebook @OundleFoodFestival. For more information on the Oundle International Festival and Fringe Festival, see and www.

Cloisters is back Victoria Magnall re-visits an old favourite under new management


OCATED on quaint and bustling St Mary’s Street, and surrounded by independent bars, delis and tea rooms, Cloisters’ historic reputation as the place to go still remains. Now under the new management of Jen Tooty and soon to be husband/chef, Dan Bahnam, Stamford residents are keen to sample the new menu and discover how Jen and Dan have put their mark on the place. I caught up with Jen to find out why Cloister’s was an attractive opportunity for her. “Dan and I both have a background in Food and Beverage, and we jumped at the chance to acquire Cloisters when we heard it had closed. It’s such a lovely building on a beautiful street - we knew instantly that we had to put our own stamp on it. We had big shoes to fill due to it previously being run as a successful Italian restaurant for many years.” For the serious foodies who enjoy a varied menu, Jen went on to say, “We have written our own menu, with our own style of cooking and an excellent all-Italian wine list from Amps Fine Wines in Oundle. We are using local suppliers where possible, whilst sourcing the

best of Italy from an Italian importer. We like to think we provide a friendly, warm welcome with professional service and simple, well cooked food.” My friend and I dined on a Saturday evening and were lucky enough to book the last remaining table of the evening. Cloisters are open every day for lunch and dinner, (throughout the day on Fridays and Saturdays) closing Sunday evenings and all day on Mondays. Booking is highly recommended because once they are full, they are full! The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for all occasions: Stamford Arts Centre is only a few hundred yards away, so Cloisters are in a prime location for pre or post theatre meals. The restaurant offers a meal deal when customers buy an evening concert ticket for St Mary’s Church; and for those wanting a lighter option whilst out shopping, every lunchtime Cloisters offer a half pizza with fries or salad for just £7. My friend and I chose vegetarian dishes of aubergine bake and tuna steak, both were cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. With Jen’s warm hospitality and attention to detail, complemented by Dan’s delicious and varied menu, Cloisters can rest assured they are still the place to go! • Cloisters, 9 St Mary’s St, Stamford PE9 2DE 01780 755162 STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2017


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John Hoskins MW Chief Examiner for the Master of Wine Institute, and Owner of The Old Bridge at Huntingdon Have you always lived in the Stamford area? In 1989 Julia and I left London to get married and escape to the country. We chose Collyweston as it was close to the family business – and of course because it meant our local town would be the lovely Stamford. When did you become interested in wine? When I was a student my uncle, Lawrence Hoskins, very cleverly gave me a really good case of wine on the basis that I told him about each bottle afterwards. He also gave me a copy of Hugh Johnson’s Wine Atlas. Pretty quickly I was hooked. The idea that you could earn a living working with something as enjoyable and fascinating as wine was irresistible – and put paid to my plans to be an English teacher. When did you qualify as a Master of Wine? 1994 was an important time for us – the family company divided and we set up our own business, Huntsbridge. In the same year I passed the MW exams. How difficult is it to gain the Master of Wine qualification, and how long does it generally take to achieve? Well as Chief Examiner I always say it’s not as difficult as people think it is! But the statistics are quite tough – there are only 350 Masters of Wine in the world and only around 15% of those who start the course eventually succeed. Those who do, take an average six or seven years. What interests you most about wine? There’s a lot of interest in craft beer and gin at the moment. I think both are great but I do feel wine is something more extraordinary. It is the only drink in which you can (at least in good examples) taste the origin of that product. Wine is linked to the land (that rather pretentious French word “terroir”) like nothing else. And as well as the variation between each individual vineyard there’s the variation of every vintage and the massive influence of the producer and every decision they take. So many factors make it endlessly complicated and endlessly fascinating. Do you travel much? Everyone loves to travel but travel is even better when you have a good reason to be in an area and an opportunity to talk to the local people in depth - and then to get to understand all the reasons why they do what they do. So I visit producers all the time, whenever there’s the opportunity. Where is the most amazing place you have ever drunk a glass of wine? I don’t really treasure the fabulous or extraordinary. So a glamorous memory was drinking Château D’Yquem (the world’s most famous sweet wine) on the lawn of that property, eating Roquefort canapés – blue cheese and Sauternes being a pretty amazing combination. But equally memorable was a glass of Barolo I had with a beef burger just last year. We had finished refurbishing the restaurant at The Old Bridge and I was staying over on my own. I don’t normally relax easily when at the hotel but I had a ‘mini high’ on the combination of simple but excellent food, one glass of fine wine and the relief (plus a little pride) in the fact that we had completed such a major job on time and to the standard we wanted. There is a rapidly growing English wine industry. How do our wines compare with those from around the globe? English wine is improving all the time. I am a supporter because I am

English and the sparkling wines (in particular) are often excellent. A combination of British weather (despite global warming) and the small scale of production means that English wine is always pretty expensive. However it is definitely worth trying any you get the chance to – and in particular if you can visit in person. You do have to have a high tolerance for high acidity (because of the modest ripeness levels of UK grown grapes). At The Old Bridge we are particular fans of Hattingley Valley, from near Alton in Hampshire. I understand there is wine to taste every day at The Old Bridge? Yes we have a wine shop in the hotel itself, and in the wine shop we have ‘Enomatic Machines’. Anyone can come in, buy a tasting card and do a ‘help themselves’ tasting from the 24 bottles on the machines. I do lots of tastings and dinners at the hotel, but the Enomatics are a great way for people to taste different things in a really informal way and for little cost. Apart from enjoying good wine, what other interests do you have? Wine is one of life’s key “cultural” gifts. I enjoy all the others too. And running. And yoga (despite being very inflexible)! • To sample and buy excellent wines and equally good food, head to The Old Bridge at Huntingdon and The Old Bridge Wine Shop STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2017



Why summer lamb trumps spring The Olive Branch’s co-owner and head chef Sean Hope shares a classic seasonal lamb recipe

The Olive Branch garden always looks good at this time of year


UMMER is finally upon us and The Olive Branch garden is coming into its own. A change in season means a change in ingredients, and lamb is always towards the front of my mind at this time of year. Tempting as it is to tuck into lamb as soon as the clocks go forward, it’s actually better to enjoy this meat in midsummer. The lamb cuts you get around Easter tend to be from indoor-raised animals born in the autumn of the year before. Wait till July and August however and you’ll be eating lamb born in February and March and put out to gambol and graze on the lush spring grass. Not surprisingly, the taste and texture are much better.

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Where should you buy your lamb? Your local butcher is often a good option. In our area there is also Lavinton Lamb (, who farm at Lenton near Grantham in Lincolnshire. Lavinton shepherdess Sophie Arlott has won several Great Taste Awards for her lamb, which comes from traditional British breeds. Another good local option PHOTO: CLIVE DOYLE is Launde Farm Foods (, who produce lamb raised on grassland next to Launde Abbey on the Leicestershire-Rutland border.

Over the road in our pub paddock, our ducks have now arrived, which means we can now offer duck or hen’s eggs for breakfast! And in other news, we were recently named in The Times ‘Top 20 UK Pubs for Foodies’ list. Earlier this year we bagged the Editor’s Choice Award in the Good Hotel Guide 2017 in the Gastropub Hotel category, so all in all 2017 has been pretty exciting so far!

Here’s a lamb recipe that went down well at my recent cookery demonstration at The Olive Branch. For future cookery demo dates, visit The Olive Branch website:

Roast rack of lamb, rosemary parmentier potatoes, grilled asparagus, morel sauce Serves 4 Roast rack of lamb • 1 rack of lamb, French trimmed (ask your supplier) • 2 crushed garlic cloves • 1 large sprig of rosemary 1. Seal the lamb rack in a large hot frying pan 2. Season with salt and pepper 3. Preheat oven to 190 Celsius (Gas Mark 5) 4. Place the lamb rack onto a wire rack on top of the garlic and rosemary 5. Roast in the oven for 15 mins (pink), remove and cover with foil 6. Rest for seven minutes before carving/serving Rosemary parmentier potatoes • 4 medium baking potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil • 1 teaspoon fresh finely chopped rosemary 1. Blanch the diced potatoes in



a pan of boiling water for five minutes 2. Strain and allow to cool 3. Heat a large frying pan and add the pre-cooked potatoes 4. Lightly colour, then add the rosemary and season with salt and pepper 5. Place the potatoes onto a roasting tray and continue cooking in the oven with the lamb rack 6. When cooked, remove from the oven and serve Grilled asparagus • 16 spears of asparagus, trimmed & peeled 1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil 2. Add the asparagus in three lots and blanch for three minutes 3. Remove from the water and refresh in ice-cold water 4. To serve, heat a frying pan, add a little butter and grill the asparagus for 60 seconds 5. Season with salt and pepper, then serve

Morel sauce • 200g fresh morel mushrooms, trimmed and cleaned • 1 shallot, peeled and diced • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar • 1 small glass dry sherry • 400g beef jus • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard • 50ml whipping cream 1. Sauté the shallot and garlic in a drizzle of rapeseed oil until soft 2. Add the morel mushrooms and cook for a further two minutes 3. Add the sherry vinegar and reduce completely 4. Add the sherry and bring to the boil 5. Add the beef jus, mustard and cream 6. Bring back to the boil, season to taste and serve


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Stamford High School old girl sets up her own business Former student at Stamford High School chats to Georgie Fenn about new fashion label Indiana Rose LDN


OU could say Anna Roe is a Stamford High School old girl only she’s really not that old. At 23, Anna has been through the whole Stamford school process, studied Business at Newcastle University and has landed firmly back on her feet in Stamford at her mother’s beautiful B&B on Rutland Terrace. However, Anna hasn’t moved home to settle into country life again, she’s on a mission to build her own label. Anna has founded fashion company Indiana Rose LDN a few months ago and is currently busy getting her brand out there. Indiana Rose currently manufactures beautiful cashmere jackets for both men and women in traditional Indian textiles and designs. There’s also grey herringbone cashmere for those less flashy occasions and a waistcoat for the men looking to layer up or go a bit casual. “I have always had a passion for a well cut jacket,” says Anna while unpacking the latest stunning designs. “In the future, I envision the jackets paired with a Nehru collared shirt, matching tailored trousers and maybe even matching shoes.” It’s certainly a refreshing image to the classic suit we are so fond of in this country and I’m sure Richard Branson – famous for his tie bashing – would agree. The company was a gutsy move by Anna who has tried her hand in the corporate world but finds she’s just not cut out to work for somebody else all her life. After saving up for consecutive travelling adventures while working for Amazon, Anna cut her trip short while in a silk factory in the middle of Sri Lanka and decided to give the jackets a go. “I actually found a Whatsapp number for a manufacturer in Jodhpur on Google,” Anna tells me while I stare at her in disbelief. “We Skyped that day and have been in business with each other ever since,” she says. This reliable chap over in India in a family run mill is behind the luxurious cashmere Anna has chosen. It takes courage to make the leap and I think every speed bump Anna has reached has just encouraged her even more. With so much focus on British manufacturing these days I did question Anna on her decision to go to India but it turns out there is barely any support for business start-ups in this country and the sample prices from a company based in Northamptonshire were frankly, outrageous. With such quality material and a master of the traditional Indian Nehru style, Anna has clearly made the right decision going across seas; the evidence is in the quality of her products. The jackets start at £175, come in various sizes and if you’d like to stand out from the crowd there is the option to go bespoke. • You can find Anna’s jackets on her website: and also local shows including Rutland Show on the 4th June and The Royal Norfolk Show 28th29th June.

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Georgie Fenn pops along to the new cinema experience in Stamford


HE Bull and Swan in St Martin’s (see also page 39) has had quite the makeover since my last visit, which was clearly far too long ago, and it’s given the place a new lease of life. The once challengingly small car park is now a landscaped Kitchen Garden. Every Thursday, hopefully all the way through till the end of September, The Bull and Swan’s Garden Cinema will be showing a film from 7:30pm and offering pizzas, prosecco, popcorn and more to guests. This isn’t a ticketed event so you can turn up as you like. As we’re in the UK, the evenings depend largely on the Great British weather and if it’s pouring it down, chances are you’ll be indoors with a hearty bit of pub food instead. I went along on the 4th May (a little late to the game) to watch Romeo and Juliet. I took my delightful mother Mary as she was curious to see what I was ‘going on about’. We got there at around 7:30pm, just as the film was starting. If I can offer you any advice at all it would be to get there super early as it’s going to be extremely popular and although it’s a roomy area, it does get filled quickly. Each month will take on a different theme that will correspond with the pizza toppings and films! May has been #Love, Romance hence the infamous Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, The Notebook (blubs), Notting Hill and Atonement. June is set to give you a laugh and July is the very best of the #British.

While we were all chatting, the chef was preparing the most mouthwatering looking pizzas so Mum and I had one of each. They really were delicious and, paired with the house Italian Merlot for me and an Argentinian Malbec for Mum, it was one of the tastiest meals we’ve had out in a while.




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they were in demand all over the country. Like his father, Edward played a prominent part in town affairs. He joined the Town Council and was appointed a magistrate in 1907. He became an Alderman in 1919, Deputy Mayor in 1927, Mayor in 1936 as well as receiving the Freedom of the Borough. desk, chancel stalls also a new tower and choir stalls at St Michael’s. Alexander moved to Hull and opened an office for the company. They were awarded several contracts in the city, restoring many churches and building town premises. Bowman served on the Town Council and when he died in 1900 there was a glowing obituary in the Stamford and Rutland Guardian.

EDWARD BOWMAN After his father died, Edward returned from Bournemouth to manage the business. In May 1905 he sold the workshops, in Stanley Street and built new premises for the company in Cherryholt Road. He expanded the church restoration section of the business at home and abroad employing 400 men including 50 carvers. Architects chose the building contractors and Bowmans were often selected for the skills they could offer. The carvers made lecterns, screens, pulpits and covers, altar rails and candlesticks. WW1 was a difficult time for the firm as the majority of their workers served including members of the family - Alfred was a captain in the RASC, Herbert a chaplain. After the War there was a market for memorials. Edward’s sister Georgina married Frank Hare, a church and house decorator, and elaborate war memorials were gilded and decorated in their workshops. Business soon picked up again because there was a demand for church restoration and repair. As their reputation grew

STUART BOWMAN Edward’s son, Stuart, was educated at Stamford School and in 1917 became a Royal Field Artillery cadet. He took a degree at Keble College in Engineering Science then worked abroad returning home to join the family firm in Stamford in 1927. Together with his brother and cousins he continued to build up the successful business, building and restoring churches all over the country, including Wells, Lincoln, Manchester, Norwich, Salisbury and Portsmouth cathedrals. Once again in 1939, war would disrupt the business. Many workers were conscripted. The remaining workforce worked on local projects for the war effort. Stuart, awarded an OBE for his work during World War 2, also held many official posts in Stamford - Town Councillor, Charity Trustee, School Governor, Borough Magistrate, Alderman and Mayor. “He was a brilliant man with great qualities of foresight. He was genuine and sincere and shunned the limelight” (Obituary Stamford Mercury)

LATER YEARS Post-war, many country houses needed updating and repairing, after occupation by the army. This was a new opportunity, which the company was quick to take and retain. Schools also needed attention and the firm worked at Stamford, Oakham and Uppingham schools. They also built the Key Theatre at Peterborough.

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Bowmans in the Stamford area

OTHER PROJECTS An early local contract was building Stamford’s post office in 1896. Between the wars Bowmans expanded into local avenues developing contract business care and maintenance of airfields. The skeleton workforce left during WW2 protected stained glass at Peterborough Cathedral and Browne’s Hospital. Blackout restrictions were rigorously enforced providing another opportunity for Bowmans who made shutters for Rock House, Boots, 12 to 74 High Street, the George and Central Cinema. Shelters were built at the Bull and Swan, St John’s School, Ryhall Road and the Town Hall. Postwar the pattern of work changed again with local authority contracts for St George’s School in 1967 and Malcolm Sargent’s in 1973. Bowmans worked at the Fane and Bluecoat Schools and made alterations at the High School and Boys’ School. They also built new houses in Barn Hill, Exeter Gardens, North Street and Tenter Court.

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Bowmans have contributed to Stamford’s churches through repairs, restoration and furniture. In 1896, they received the contract to repair St Mary’s spire after it was struck by lightning. This was a difficult and dangerous job - no hard hats and cranes then, just wood scaffolding fastened with chains and ladders. This restoration gained them the contract to repair Louth, the tallest medieval church spire in the country. They also repaired the pinnacles St John’s pulpit on St John’s church, another hazardous job as the old Great North Rd ran close by at the time. The pulpit in St John’s is a good example of the expertise of the wood carving department. One craftsman, Mahomet Phillips, was born in the Congo and studied sculpture at Manchester School of Art. He knew Mr Horridge, head of wood carving at Bowmans, and joined the firm carving screens in St Mary’ s and St Martin’s and figures in St Mary’s, St Martin’s and St George’s. After the first war, memorial boards for Stamford’s churches and a war shrine outside All Saints’ church were made. In 1975 there was a need for a church building in the new north part of the town. Local architect, Vic Chamberlain, was appointed to design Christ Church on the old Stamford Water Company site in Green Lane and Bowmans was chosen to build it.

Bowmans worked regularly in local country houses from the 1960s until they closed. At Burghley House the lead roof previously replaced with aluminium led to problems. In 1966 when Bowmans were asked to inspect a crack in the stairs ceiling it was necessary to support the painted ceiling from above, insert a steel framework, reform the roofs and gutters and recover with lead. Over the next 12 years, three-quarters of an acre of roofs was replaced and the tall chimneys were strengthened inserting stainless steel rods. Other major work at Burghley involved reinforcing floors, to halt wear and tear from visitors damaging ceilings. Edmund and Marian Brudenell, with the help of Bowmans, brought Deene, a house in great need of repair and a neglected estate back to their former glory. In 1964 they installed a new kitchen introducing running water into the kitchen. Later they re-ordered rooms, repositioned the great fireplace, and panelled the study. They constructed a garden room and bridge, repaired roofs and chimneys and built the Millennium obelisk.

Apethorpe Hall was empty and neglected from the late 1970s, becoming dangerously unsafe, with damp and rot. In 2004 it was compulsorily purchased by the Government. English Heritage spent £10 million refurbishing, making it waterproof and restoring the interiors. Much of the work was carried out by Bowmans.

LEGACY Bowmans left a vast local and national legacy. All Stamford’s churches and many others locally and beyond have benefitted from their work. As well as their contributions to buildings nationally, people who trained there have built successful businesses carrying their standards into the future. If contractors were acknowledged, a trail to follow Bowmans of Stamford could take you around the country and beyond.

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OUT & ABOUT Amander Meade selects the best entertainment in the region this month Throughout June, July and August THEATRE: Stamford Shakespeare Season Visit Tolethorpe Hall where the annual season of plays this year includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and Hobson’s Choice, all performed on the famous open air stage. Dining or picnic options available. Tickets and information at www. stamfordshakespeare. or Tel: 01780 763203 Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 June THEATRE: One Man, Two Guvnors

Stamford Shoestring Theatre is proud to present this hilarious production which was the winner of Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in 2011. Set in sleazy Brighton in the 1960s, Francis Henshall, starving and broke, becomes minder to two guvnors. One of the two bosses, Rachel, is disguised as her dead gangland twin: the other, Stanley, is a posh twit who is both Rachel’s hapless lover and her brother’s killer. Can Francis juggle between his two jobs, get fed, paid and win over the alluring Dolly? Stamford Arts Centre

Tickets £10/£8 Tel: 01780 763203 or www. Friday 9 June, 8pm TRIBUTE BAND: The Stones The Rolling Stones are universally known as The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World. They have sold over 200 million albums worldwide, and their music is known the world over. ‘The Stones’ bring to the stage all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert. Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Tickets £17 Tel: 01780 766455

Sunday 4 June EVENT: The Rutland County Show The 185th show of its kind. Equine, cattle and sheep showing, exciting main ring entertainment including military dogs, the Cottesmore hounds, vintage vehicles, farming displays and much more. A traditional county show for all the family. Rutland County Showground, Oakham Booking and information at www.



Saturday 10 June, 7.30pm MUSIC: Icons of the 80s Concert The 80s return as these three legendary stars join forces for a truly incredible concert experience. Featuring Go West, Nick Kershaw and T’Pau, this authentic eighties triple header is not to be missed. Burghley Park Tickets £42 Tel: 01780 763203 www.

Wednesday 31 May to Sunday 4 June, 7.30pm with matinees available FAMILY SHOW: Annie Following their sensational 2016 production of ‘Sister Act’, Stamford Amateur Musical Society presents ‘Annie’. Unlike other children at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage, feisty Annie believes her parents are still alive. Aided by billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks, Annie escapes her Hard Knock Life and the wicked Miss Hannigan, and finds that in this heart-warming family show, the sun really will come out Tomorrow. Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Tickets £9/£13.50 Tel: 01780 766455

Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June EVENT: Stamford Food and Drink Festival Stamford and its surrounds are a foodie’s delight with some wonderful produce available both in restaurants and over the counter from the many independent shops. This festival brings together local, regional, national and international participants. There will be live music on stage for all to enjoy, a wide range of food and drink stalls from around the globe and children’s rides to keep the little ones entertained. Craft beer festival will also be part of this event together with a street food and seating area. Stamford Meadows



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Saturday 17 June, 7pm for 7.30pm EVENT: Opera in Morcott Lovers of light opera have a treat in store when a group of musical friends – Amici – present Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Trial by Jury’ and other operatic highlights in the beautiful setting of Morcott church. The 15-strong choir includes noted soloists Nick Hardy (Opera North), Joanne Rondell and members of the Hallé choir, who come together under the leadership of George Robey. The second half of the concert is a mix of operatic ‘hits’ including a show-stopping ‘Nessun Dorma’ and other choral pieces arranged specially for the concert. Organisers are looking forward to a midsummer evening of great music in a beautiful setting. Morcott Church Tickets £12.50 Tel: 01572 747381 with proceeds to church funds. Saturday 17 June, 7.30pm MUSIC: Gilbert and Sullivan – The Wandering Minstrels Join renowned Gilbert & Sullivan performing group The Wandering Minstrels as they celebrate their Silver Jubilee. During 25 years of fundraising with

the wonderful music of the Savoy Operas they have raised over £250,000 for local, national and international charities. The group will sing, act and dance their way through excerpts from many of The Savoy Operas including The Pirates of Penzance, TheMikado, The Gondoliers, Patience, Ruddigore and HMS Pinafore. Stamford Theatre Tickets £12 Tel: 01780 763203 www. Saturday 24 June, 7.30pm CONCERT: The Rhythm of Life The Corn Exchange Singers perform a fundraising musical singalong event in support of The Corn Exchange Theatre Company and The British Heart Foundation. Expect An evening of songs from musicals and popular hits with an added spot of comedy. Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Tickets £9/£8 Tel: 01780 766455 Thursday 29 June, 7.30pm CONCERT: The Marmen Quartet

Saturday 8 July, gates 4.30pm, entertainments from 6.15pm finishing at 10.30pm EVENT: Battle Proms Concert Celebrate 20 years of Britain’s premier classical open-air concert series with music, Spitfire, cannons, cavalry & fireworks. Pack up the hampers and champers and join the crowd for an extraordinary afternoon and evening of entertainment at this party in the park with a difference. Compered by BBC presenter Pam Rhodes, the programme includes a full two hour orchestral concert from the 60 piece New English Concert Orchestra followed by a ‘last night of the proms’ sing-along with favourites such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and more. The musical programme will be augmented by thrilling Napoleonic cavalry displays, an aerial display from a WWII Spitfire, live firing cannons and, of course, spectacular fireworks. Burghley Park Tickets £35/£18 with booking and information at

The Marmen Quartet is the current holder of Music in the Round’s prestigious ‘Bridge’ development award and has residencies with the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Salomon Smith Chamber Music Society in Malmö, Sweden. Ravel’s sumptuous Impressionistic quartet sits between two classical works, providing a fascinating insight into three centuries of music for this combination of instruments and played as part of the Music in Quiet Places series. St Firmin’s Church, Thurlby Tickets £14/£12 Tel: 01780 763203 www. Friday 30 June, 8pm MUSIC: Gareth Gates Live and Acoustic Live in concert with an acoustic band and fresh from his recent UK Tour

Tickets £20 Tel: 01780 766455

of ‘Footloose’ the musical, this is a chance to hear Gareth performing some of his favourite music. Gareth was famously runner up to Will Young in the UK’s first Pop Idol and has since carved out a very successful career. In the UK alone, he sold 3.5 million records, released 3 albums and had four number 1 singles and continues to perform in West End musical theatre. Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre

BOOK EARLY FOR… Stamford Music Festival Taking place between Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July, the Festival, now in its second year will feature bands, musicians, children’s entertainment, a craft market, street food stalls and a beer tent. Acts already announced include Joey Clarkson, George Linton, Pembroke Tenneson, Eva Rose and Oakleas Rise. The festival takes place on the Meadows and tickets start at just £3 on sale now at www. stamfordmusicfestival. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 12 get in free. STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2017






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Anyone for Cricket? National figures show a declining participation in cricket over the last ten years – but the game is alive and whacking in the Stamford area as Rebecca Chatterton discovers. there and we’re making the most of it. Apparently, this isn’t the case all over the country and support for our national game is declining. This has prompted the English Cricket Board to launch their All Stars Cricket initiative in the hope that more children between the ages of five and eight can be introduced to the game. Many of our local clubs have adopted their eight-week programme but they do so with healthy and well-established youth teams already in place. Introduce a child to cricket at a young age and you’ll have them hooked for life is something our local clubs have recognised for years. Guy Spragg, Head of Youth Cricket at Barnack Cricket Club and voted Coach of the Year 2016 by the Stamford and Rutland Sports Network, set up the Barnack CC youth cricket programme 6 years ago. He began with 20 children and as word spread about the fun Friday evening sessions with their inspirational teaching, numbers rose steadily. This season an enthusiastic and very patient band of T’S hard to write about cricket without parent volunteers will instruct over 100 young spouting a cliché or two, especially when cricketers ranging in age from 4 to 12 years. you set the game against the backdrop of It’s no understatement to say that the youth a beautiful Georgian town like Stamford. programme has helped to revitalise the club (or Luckily, cricket in our area is no anachronistic that the Friday night bar takings have given a cliché but a sport that is alive, healthy and healthy shot in the arm to club finances) lovingly supported by local fans. We’re spoilt for “Guy is passionate about what youth cricket choice - whether you want to don your whites offers. ‘As with all cricket clubs a buoyant and get stuck in or just enjoy the game from a youth section is the only way to ensure a club deckchair, there’s a wealth of opportunity out can prosper in the long term. The contribution from parents who help coach or run the bar, have made Friday nights a Barnack Cricket Club real community evening, Bourne Cricket Club something that sadly can Burghley Park be bypassed in modern Ketton village life’.” Nassington North Luffenham Market Deeping Peterborough Town Stamford Town Uffington Park Ufford Cricket Club Uppingham Cricket Club Wakerley and Barrowden As cricket continues to flourish through hard work • To find your nearest ECB All Stars cricket centre go to at grass roots level, the www.ecb and put in your postcode. area also offers wonderful annual events for those • If you would like to support the BGL Sports Bash through who would rather spectate. corporate hospitality please contact Burghley Park Cricket Week • Details of the Burghley Cricket Week and Beer Festival at and Beer Festival (3 to 7th of July) is an established tradition taking place on


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BGL Sports Bash The ever-popular BGL Sports Bash (21st to 22nd July) has seized the chance to combine cricket with raising money. This year the event is free to enter and promises to draw in the crowds with all the usual family fun from a Kwik Cricket Festival to the T20 main match. As Dean Hedley leads out his famous XI to battle against a Local Legends XI, he’ll be celebrating the goodwill and generosity of supporters who have helped this event raise over £100,000 in the last 3 years for the Matt Hampson Foundation. So if you love the game of cricket or want to find out more and you feel a summer cliché coming on, Stamford and our pretty stone villages offer all you need this summer.

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