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March Contents


50 years on and more beautiful than ever This year Stamford celebrates 50 years as the country’s very first conservation area, first before even such places as Bath or York. It’s a fabulous milestone, and the beauty of the town always needs protecting. And there are none more alert than the team who have recently defeated for a second time the proposal to build in a field at the foot of the Wothorpe slope, saving one of the most iconic views of our fine town. Beautiful doesn’t mean not building new stuff though. There are also some great new homes recently built in Stamford, on existing footprints and showing new architectural styles. They work well too. We are hoping to review some of them in our magazine over the coming months.




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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: Melissa, photo by Elli Dean www.ellidean photography.

FASHION, HEALTH & BEAUTY 8 Melissa Rainbird, vocalist 16 Great new face and body treatments for spring

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Editor and Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Write to Stamford Living, PO Box 208, Stamford, PE9 9FY Advertisement Manager Claudia Bayley 01780 482828 Advertising Copy Rachel Beecroft 01780 765320 Head of Design Steven Handley Designer Sarah Compton Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Published by Local Living Ltd, PO Box 208, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 9FY Printed by Warners of Bourne

7 Updates; Equilibrium competition 21 UPP Property, Alwalton Hall 23 Updates; the Reflexology Studio, SafeGuard Glass, Drolma Buddhism, Trent Gallery Exhibition 26 Stamford Town Cricket Club, Peter’s Cleaners 35 Störmer Kitchens, Rutland Cookery School 44 Mother’s Day Gift ideas 56 Antiques outlets 68 Updates: Evergreen, Stamford Mobility, Peterborough CCC unit




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QUILIBRIUM is Stamford’s leading health & beauty salon, providing the latest innovations within the industry as well as offering a wide range of day to day beauty and holistic treatments including everything from waxing to Reflexology, tinting to hot stone massages and CACI facials to Microblading all with leading brands and a highly motivated and experienced team of therapists plus this sanctuary of peace, calm and tranquillity, where your body is pampered and your senses indulged and where your time is your own, giving your body and mind the space they deserve here in the centre of our town.

The prizes to be won 1st prize: A full day pampering package for you and your nominee, comprising: • Relax with a Full Body Massage and Thalgo Collagen Boosting Facial in the morning • Lunch will be brought in from The Deli and taken in their “Meadows Suite” • Enjoy a glass of Prosecco and a good chat whilst pampering those hands and feet with an OPI Manicure and Pedicure during the afternoon. • You will each take home an Equilibrium Goodie bag worth £50 This package is worth £400 for two. 2nd prize: A Goodie bag with an Equilibrium Gift Voucher and range of Products worth £50 in total. Two 3rd prizes: An Equilibrium gift voucher worth £20.

How you can win Just nominate someone – a friend, a family member, a work colleague – who you feel especially deserves some pampering because they have gone the extra mile in being kind, caring, helpful or coping with adversity. Explain in an absolute maximum of 100 words why they deserve to win the prize. These are the details you need to include: Your name: Your full postcode: Your nominee: the name of person you are nominating Why do they deserve to win? Explain, in an absolute maximum

of 100 words – an act of kindness, helpfulness, determination etc. Your contact number (preferably a mobile): If you would like to name someone else other than yourself to receive the treatment with the nominee, then that is fine too, just let us know. • Answers by email please not later than the end of day Tue March 21st 2017 to Samantha Hiseman at You must live in Stamford or within 5 miles and both be free to take up this offer in early April, date to be mutually agreed. We will also publish a photograph of the day in the magazine and write about it.

Loomes Watchmakers In Association With The Matt Hampson Foundation “Get Busy Living” An Inspirational Evening With Matt Hampson The Court Room, Stamford Town Hall, PE9 2DR Tuesday 7th March 7pm Reception Champagne (sponsored by Adnams of Southwold) & canapes 7.45pm Matt Hampson talks

All proceeds raised go to The Matt Hampson Foundation Tickets £15 For more information contact: Loomes Watchmakers on 01780 481319 In 2005, during an England U21 rugby training

‘Inspiring + Supporting Young People Seriously Injured Through Sport’ session, Matt Hampson suffered a freak accident and the injuries he sustained were life changing. Since this time, Matt has gone on to inspire and support other young people seriously injured in sporting accidents, through his charitable foundation.




Song Bird Style Sally Stillingfleet dresses talented local female vocalist, Melissa Rainbird. Hoping she approved of the outfits chosen!

We take a sneaky peek at the new colours and styles for the Spring and add some simple updates to give her the Rock Chick vibe for her performances. With a wide repertoire of well-known standard songs, soul classics, funky tracks and contemporary material, Melissa’s work can be varied depending on the venue and the event. With a few carefully chosen updates she can perform in style, whatever the occasion.

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Floral Love dress £38 Energy with Gabor suede ankle boots now £50 Marcia May Shoes




ELISSA can perform in background style for Restaurants and Wedding Receptions or for dancing with a more dynamic presentation. Attic – 33 St. Mary’s St, Stamford 01780 766667 Energy – Ironmonger St, Stamford 01780 765633 Marcia May Shoes – 41 St. Mary’s St, Stamford 01780 766608 Pictures by Elli Dean (07932 055548)

Striped Esprit dress £50 worn with Esprit off-white trainers £50 both Attic

Navy Great Plains jumpsuit £85 worn with Hogl suede courts £110 Marcia May Shoes

Quilted Maison Scotch jacket £195 and jeans £105 both Energy





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Light up your life! When designing the lighting in your home a balance between the practical and pleasing must be considered. Before starting the process assess your home and who lives in it to understand what will work. Think about the desired effect; do you want to light up that particular object? Think about the practicalities; what type of light is needed where? Think about feasibility; can you change the bulb? A lighting designer will think about how the light is applied and directed, before specifying a lamp and light fitting. Investing in good lighting design will make any interior pop! Rannveig Stone.


he best lighting designs include at least three or four types of light fitting described below. Using them in different combinations banishes blandness, creates Hygge and offers functionality. GENERAL; also known as background lighting. It is a direct replacement for natural light. Connect these fittings to a dimmer switch to vary the mood. On its own this type of lighting is dull and does better when mixed with other forms of lighting. ACCENT; carefully positioned lamps reveal colour, texture and form by highlighting the positive elements, objects or architectural features around us. Paintings can be highlighted, plants can be up lit and glass back lit creating great effects.

Catellani Giotto 3 Floor standing light from NGI, Stamford

British lighting designer Tom Raffield’s impressive technique of bending wood into beautiful forms to create unique light fittings can be found at Lumison in Oakham.

This over sized angle poise floor lamp can be positioned over any work or dining area to create show stopping task lighting! Supearchimoon Floor light by Flos at Lighting Styles, Essendine. TASK; is well positioned and directed lighting that provides a localised light source in specific areas for specific tasks. The flexibility and colour of the bulb are important here. UTILITY; also known as safety, information or orientation lighting is used in areas of total blackness to light up visual information for our safety and comfort. It shouldn’t cast shadow and ties in with general lighting for good visibility. CANDLES; were originally used to replace natural light when darkness fell. With their warm kinetic glow, there is enough light to see whilst casting shadows, creating a cosy atmosphere; that all essential ‘Hygge’!


Stocking thousands of products and having the ability to supply at short notice, David & Diane Styles are ready to advise you on the perfect light fitting for your project. Lighting Styles Ltd www.lightingstyles. 01780 767617

Well know for its Aladdin’s cave of treasures, a small selection of the wide range of light fittings available hang from the over head timbers; look up! The Sack Store @ Stamford Garden Centre www. stamfordgarden 01780 765656

With over 100 colours of lighting cable, fittings and Edison light bulbs to choose from, you have the opportunity to design your own industrial light fixture; check out the huge Edison mega light bulbs, they are stunning! Snow Design & Interiors For those of you who love timeless glamour look no further than Porta Romana. Like an original artwork these will be an investment piece for years to come. Hunters Interiors of Stamford; www. 01780 757946




Light up your life! TOP TIPS from James Morrison at Lumison Lighting • Plan from the start. Think of lighting as a way to enhance your surroundings, not just to see in the dark. • Consider what the room is used for and its needs in terms of ambient, accent and task lighting • Room layout needs to be planned so that the right areas and furniture are lit. Avoid opting for the standard grid of down lights. • When the lighting has been planned, then a statement pendant does not need to be the main light source and can be more aesthetic. • Consider socket layout and whether you need floor or 5 amp sockets. • Switching should be zoned to enable the mood and character of the room to be changed. • Subtle garden lighting will help bring the outside into your property increasing the concept of space. Without exterior lighting, large glazed areas can feel dull.

New to their showroom is Ligne Roset, Parachute available in black or copper £326; elegant, simple, contemporary and architectural are but a few words to describe NGI’s breathtaking collections. NGI Design 01780 766899


A picturesque white painted lantern with a batteryoperated church candle will create that all important Hygge with minimal effort after a long day at work. Chez Soi; 01780 757446

Vintage crystal pendant chandeliers as seen in Living etc magazine beautifully restored and ready to hang. Small £195, Medium £250, Large £350. Available now at Anna Stone Design Ltd; www. annastonedesign. com 07900883117 For a large and varied selection of light fittings visit; CJ Carpets & Lighting; www.cjcarpets andlighting. com 01780 754825

Tastefully showcasing a huge variety of light fittings and the opportunity to employ professional lighting design, a visit to Lumison is a must for that extra wow factor! Lumison Lighting 01572 724600



Above left: A light hearted mix of elegant and quirky table lamps, pendant fittings and decorative candles; check out this moose lamp @ £59.99 Nook Furniture; 01780 751029 Above right: Oversized, simple, elegant, white…yes it works! An impressive statement for £180 You, Living & Giving www.youstamford. 01780 765001

Sculptural; this RV Astley Aregno Table Lamp from £386 should turn a few heads. Delcor. 01780 762579



New Season Essentials Genevieve Potter rounds up the best new treatments available at Stamford’s beauty salons this spring

RADIO FREQUENCY AT EQUILIBRIUM Radio Frequency has long been used as a medical treatment to reduce pain particularly in the back, neck and joints. The basic premise is that a current (produced from a radio wave) can gently heat a small section of nerve tissue, in order to decrease pain signals. Over recent years, Radio Frequency has also become a hot topic in the beauty industry to help to tighten and tone loose, sagging skin on the face, neck and décolleté. With the most advanced system available, Radio Frequency heats the deepest skin layer without damaging the top layer (epidermis) and the team at Equilibrium are seeing some great visible results when it’s used consistently to treat loose skin around the forehead, eyes, cheeks, mouth, neck and jawline. The treatment has the additional benefit of improving skin tone and texture and it can be used on other larger areas of the body too. Treatments can be taken individually (£50) or for optimum results a course of six treatments is recommended (£240). READER OFFER - Book a Radio Frequency treatment during March 2017 and receive a complimentary 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage. Valid Monday to Friday until 31st March 2017 and subject to availability. Please mention Stamford Living at the time of booking. • Equilibrium, 7 St Paul’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2BE 01780 757579



VITAGE ENZYME LIFTING FACIAL AT RENAISSANCE Vitage is an advanced antioxidant range formulated by Dr Patrick Bowler, founding member and fellow of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine. This new facial (£55), incorporates a two-phase micro peel and an enzyme mask, giving an excellent ‘lifted’ effect that would be particularly good to have before a big occasion, to ensure that you’re looking at your glowing best. The Vitage peel and mask can also be added on to the ever-popular CACI nonsurgical facelift to increase results, for an additional £35. • Renaissance, 2 Mallory Lane, Stamford PE9 2AZ 01780 763768

BEAUTY LAB FACIALS AT NATALIE DAMS BEAUTY Natalie Dams Beauty now has an all-new facial treatment to add to their menu of lashes, brows and nails. Beauty Lab is a UK based skincare brand and their signature Glyco Peel facial helps to gently but deeply exfoliate and resurface the skin by using a blend of glycolic and salicylic acids and fruit enzymes. It is suitable for all skin types (but is especially good for acne-prone skin) and can be used to successfully reduce hyper pigmentation, sun damage and blemishes. For best results, a course of six treatments is recommended. READER OFFER – buy five Glyco Peel treatments for the special price of £25 (normally £40) and get one free. All five treatments must be paid for at the time of booking, offer available until 31st March 2017, subject to availability. Please mention Stamford Living when booking. • Natalie Dams Beauty at Oliver Lee, 11 St John’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DB 01780 763765 Cool Peels at The Advanced Skin Clinic


HIGH TECH BODY SCULPTING AT ELYSIA The Elysia clinic situated in Tansor provides a complete, prescriptive and tailor made approach to each client. Body concerns including cellulite, loose skin and stubborn areas of fat can be treated non-surgically using the most up to the minute technologies. The award-winning BTL Exilis Elite® treatment is a therapy that treats problem areas using an advanced hand held device in as little as an hour, with no needles or anaesthetic. The sensation of the Exilis machine is described by patients as being comparable to a hot stone massage. Body treatments typically include four to six sessions, scheduled seven to ten days apart. Similarly, Lipofirm Pro® uses Radio Frequency energy to cause collagen fibres to contact, resulting in immediate skin tightening and improved texture. In parallel, the heating triggers fibroblast cells to produce new collagen, increasing firmness. The ‘walk in, walk out’ treatment also uses dynamic muscle activation to stimulate muscles beneath the skin for a lifted effect. And launching this spring, Elysia has introduced a personal training programme. Working with one of the region’s most experienced personal trainers, clients can achieve even better, holistic results when combining a bespoke fitness, nutrition and high tech treatment programme. Please contact Elysia for more details. Elysia Health & Beauty, Tansor, Oundle, PE8 5HP 01832 226328

Lynsey Saker of Be Well Massage & Holistic Beauty has recently relocated to an airy salon above Mojo hairdressers on Stamford’s Ironmonger Street. Lynsey is renowned for her ‘natural facelift’ facials and has now added additional treatments to her repertoire, including an aromatic body brush treatment that will help to eliminate toxins and reduce the appearance of cellulite (£40 for 60 minutes, including a facial massage). For men, the Mr Mojo treatment will restore dull, dry skin to its former glory. A pressure point face massage, exfoliation for individual skin type, face mask, followed by application of a deeply hydrating moisturiser and revitalising eye gel will see clients get their mojo back in no time! (£25 for 30 minutes) • Be Well Massage & Holistic Beauty at Mojo Appointments available on Thursdays until 8 pm, Fridays, Saturday and Sunday 07862 732792 or 01780 757070

COOL PEELS AT THE ADVANCED SKIN CLINIC Cool peels are a highly effective, light, repetitive peel. The Environ® Cool Peel (£65 for 60 minutes) targets sun damaged, lined skin and uneven skin tone, it’s also great for rosacea and problem skin. Its gentle but effective formulation protects the epidermis so there is no excessive redness or recovery time – and the only skin concern that cannot be treated is pigmentation. Clients need to be using Environ products for three weeks continually prior to the Cool Peel treatment and a patch test is also required. • The Advanced Skin Clinic, 8 High Street St Martin’s, Stamford, PE9 2LF 01780 481155

PERFECT LASHES AT THE IVY LODGE This Spring, The Ivy Lodge is introducing individual semi-permanent lash extensions to the salon’s treatment menu, offering clients a bespoke finish of varying lengths and styles to achieve the look that’s perfect for them. Using the highest quality lashes from industry leader ‘The Lash Emporium’, lashes can last up to six weeks when properly cared for, with two to four week in fills recommended for continued fullness. This is also the perfect one-off treatment for a special occasion. A full set of classic lashes takes around 90 minutes, and costs £35 (£28 for in fills). READER OFFER – receive a 10% discount when you book a full set of classic lashes during March 2017 – offer subject to availability until 31st March 2017. Please mention Stamford Living at the time of booking. • The Ivy Lodge, Stamford Garden Centre, Casterton Road, Great Casterton, PE9 4BB 01780 766583

DERMALOGICA FACE MAPPING AT FRANCESCA ALEXANDER The Francesca Alexander hair salon on Ironmonger Street is also home to beauty services including cult US skincare brand Dermalogica. The team is offering a special Spring discount of 20% off all Dermalogica facials booked and taken during March 2017 – please mention Stamford Living at the time of booking. And each new client will experience a free Face Mapping analysis – rather than analysing the skin in general terms, the face is divided in to fourteen specific zones, and examined carefully through touch and sight to ensure the perfect prescriptive treatment and products are used. • Francesca Alexander, 7 Ironmonger Street, Stamford, PE9 1PL 01780 482888 www. STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2017


LOCAL PRIVATE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGISTS Specialising in treating: • Low self-esteem and loss of confidence • Low mood, depression, self-harm and suicidal thinking • Anxieties, phobias, obsessions and ruminations • Significant life events, trauma, nightmares, flashbacks • Attachment and relationship difficulties • Abuse (physical, emotional and sexual) • Autistic Spectrum Disorders Adult Speciality

Johan Truter

Tel: 01780 758556 Orion House, 14, Barn Hill, Stamford, PE9 2AE

Child and Adult Speciality, EMDR Consultant

Dr Alexandra Dent

Mbl: 07986 585270

Orion House, 14, Barn Hill, Stamford, PE9 2AE Church Street Practice, Melton Mowbray LE13 0PN


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Is Brexit set to restrain Stamford & Rutland property price rises in 2017? David Crooke, owner & managing director of UPP Property, considers the likely impact of Brexit


HILE Brexit has not yet had a sizeable impact on the Stamford and Rutland housing market, my analysis is pointing to the fact that the economic viewpoint remains uncertain and property price growth is likely to be more subdued in 2017 - although that isn’t a bad thing, and here’s why… Since last summer, apart from a little wobble of uncertainty a few weeks after the Referendum vote, property values (and the economy) on the whole has outperformed expectations. In fact, looking at the property prices for South Kesteven District Council area, these were the results:October 2016 - drop of 1.05% September 2016 - drop of 0.25% August 2016 - rise of 1.06% July 2016 - rise of 2.47% June 2016 - rise of 1.68% The UK property market continues to perform robustly (because we can’t just look at our area) with annual price growth set

to end this year at 6.91% and most of the East Midlands region property market at 7.52%. Talking to fellow agents in London, the significant tidal wave of growth seen from 2013 - 2015 has subdued over the last 6 months. However, as that central London house price wave has started to ripple out, agents are starting to see stronger property growth areas outside of the M25. The Stamford and Rutland property market is more driven by sentiment and confidence. The main forces for a weaker local property market relate to economic uncertainty surrounding the Brexit process,

which I believe will impact unhelpfully on consumer confidence in the run up to and just after the serving of the Section 50 Notice. In addition, the influence of reforms to the taxation of landlords is expected to result in a reduced demand from buy-to-let landlords, which will limit upward pressure on property values. However, demand from tenants remains strong, but this has been counterbalanced by a strong supply of rental properties. In my opinion, there is a slight risk of rents stagnating in 2017, but by 2018 they will rise again to counteract Philip Hammond’s changes to tenant fees - (See the archive section of my blog ‘www.rutlandandstamfordpropertyblog.’ for more on this hot topic!). The broader Stamford and Rutland rental market looks relatively positive with modest rental growth expected and rents might rise further if some landlords sell properties in an effort to offset to the impact of tax rises. • UPP Property Agents, Sales & Lettings Stamford 01780 484 554 and Rutland 01572 725 825

Alwalton Hall March opening date for new beauty and wellness sanctuary

Alwalton Hall – the area’s newest beauty and wellness sanctuary, will open at the end of March.


LWALTON Hall, the former home of Perkins Engines founder Frank Perkins, is undergoing a transformation into a beauty and wellness sanctuary. A team of craftsmen, tradesmen and decorators has been busy re-configuring the interior of the Grade II listed building to create five specially themed treatment rooms; relaxation areas and Regency lounges for clients. The Georgian country house in Alwalton village is set in five acres of landscaped grounds and formal gardens. It will offer a wide range of beauty and wellness treatments including facials, waxing, pedicures, manicures, massage and specialist

skincare including the latest CACI non-surgical anti-ageing treatment. There will also be a 15m outdoor swimming pool with dedicated changing rooms and sun terrace available for clients on half and full day packages for much of the year. The hall is due to open at the end of March. “We have been inundated with applications for jobs and are delighted with the team we have assembled,” said Brian Jones, who owns Alwalton Hall with his wife Maggie. “We want to create a very different beauty and wellness experience for clients and feel that it will appeal to a wide cross section from those wanting regular treatments in a wonderful setting to those who see this as an occasional pampering ‘treat’. It will also be popular for gifts and special occasions,” he added. “Forward interest has been hugely encouraging with people already contacting us to try and arrange treatment appointments.” • Sign up for email updates by visiting Alternatively, follow Alwalton Hall on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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ITH computer keyboards an inherent part of our lives, gaining keyboard proficiency brings huge advantages as you touch-type fast and accurately across all keys and numbers. People who’ve never learned to touchtype don’t appreciate that it’s a much harder skill to master than they think. Committing to a course makes it a lot easier to learn swiftly, usually in just five lessons of concentrated practice. Children gain great confidence by knowing the keyboard and the keyboard layout. Instead of ‘hunting and pecking’ with 2-4 fingers they can focus on the screen without having to look down. This saves huge amounts of valuable time. Tutored courses are now available locally. The outcomes are extremely positive given the encouragement and solutions if any problems are encountered. The excellent tried & tested software programme used is engaging and fun, and simultaneously builds English language literacy (vocabulary, spelling, grammar). • See for details of upcoming course with Diane Gifford, or call 07494 717 578 to make an appointment for a free taster session. STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2017


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The Reflexology Studio

A client of the studio describes her experience…

Danielle O’Connor Akiyama Exhibition Trent Galleries on 11 Mill St, Oakham (01572 722790) invites you to Come and view the beautiful new exhibition WITHIN, from 11 – 18th March


ANIELLE has become one of the world’s most highly sought after and acclaimed contemporary artists. The gallery will be celebrating the launch of a mesmerising array of new limited editions including a collector’s piece created exclusively for guests at this event, alongside a collection of stunning original paintings.


AWOKE this morning feeling refreshed and invigorated. The habitual nagging back pain gone, which enabled me to clamber out of bed without complaint, which is quite something for me. This transformation is all due to a single exploratory visit to Laura Donaldson’s Reflexology Studio in Stamford. I haven’t tried complementary therapies before, I tend to take a pill if my back aches, a herbal pill most nights as sleep tends to evade me and my idea of a relaxing treat is a cup of tea while a deep pore cleansing nose strip works its magic. “Laura explained how reflexology helps a pyramid of physical and mental complaints. By applying pressure to certain reflex or pressure points on the feet or hands - tension can be dispersed, circulation improved, toxins eliminated - encouraging overall body healing. If you have a specific problem - stomach or bowel - she will carefully feel and work the area corresponding to the problem. As she gently manipulated the bones and muscles of each foot she could tell me which parts of my body were tense or sore; she was remarkably accurate. I found the whole experience soothing and surprisingly luxurious, I felt I was spoiling

myself with a lovely beauty treatment. Feet do most of the work and are the least pampered part of the body - mine were having a welldeserved break. “Reflexology helped Laura overcome her own stresses and strains which is why she decided to change careers; obtaining the highest qualification available - a level 5 Centralia Mastership. Patients see Laura with a variety of ailments from infertility, fluid retention, fibromyalgia, back pain, depression, hormone imbalance and sleep disorders. She also provides holistic palliative care and if you’ve ever had surgery on or involving your lymph nodes Laura is qualified in lymphatic drainage massage. “The calm atmosphere of Laura’s beautiful oak framed studio and her warm nature provides a safe relaxing environment in which to discuss and alleviate your problems. She is also very funny and a great conversationalist so you can have laughter therapy too if you so desire!” • The Reflexology Studio, 74 Tinwell Road Lane, Stamford, UK, Stamford PE9 2SD Tel: 07584 901949

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O matter the size of the project, SafeGuard has one policy for every customer - deliver the same high quality product and service no matter how large or small the order may be. The locally based glass and glazing specialist supplies large contracts across the UK, but also services the local community with specialist glass requirements. Nick Welsh, Managing Director of SafeGuard explains: “Our processed glass business is hugely important to us. People think of us as a sealed unit manufacturer, which, although true in part, is only representative of part of the work we do. As well as acting as glass merchant and sealed unit manufacturer, we are also proud to supply the local area with beautiful bespoke products as diverse as painted glass splashbacks, glass shower

screens, glass balustrades, mirrors, glass table tops and glass shelves. “Homeowners are continually looking for ways in which to improve their homes, but at the same time, they are looking for something different. Our diverse range of processed glass gives our customers options on adding style, colour and individuality depending on what they are looking for to suit their project. Whether it be working with them one on one on their home improvements or working with a housebuilder on a large-scale project, our aim is to deliver the same level of quality and service expected by both.” • For more information on SafeGuard or its product offering call 01780 751442 or visit

Drolma Buddhist Centre New weekly meditation class in Stamford with Buddhist nun and meditation teacher, Gen Nyingpo Thursdays 7.15pm - 8.30pm starting 2 March, £6 per class Borderville Sports Centre, Ryhall Rd, Stamford, PE9 1US. For more information please visit


EW weekly meditation classes are being introduced at the Borderville Sports Centre in Stamford from 2nd March. They are taught by Buddhist nun and meditation teacher, Gen Nyingpo and give a practical introduction to meditation and include topics such as the benefits of meditation, mindfulness, types of meditation, and how to start a daily meditation practice. Advice is also given on how to remain peaceful in daily life by applying the meditation techniques explained in these classes. These meditation classes are suitable for everyone. The classes will be taught by Buddhist nun Gen Nyingpo. Nyingpo has taught Buddhism and meditation for over 20 years. She demonstrates the benefits meditation can bring to our busy modern lives. • Drolma Buddhist Centre, 260 Dogsthorpe Road, Peterborough, PE1 3PG Tel: 01733 755444 uk STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2017




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FORMER Stamford School student has returned to her roots to ensure the survival of a long-standing Stamford and Peterborough based business. Vicky Whiter has recently taken the reigns at Peter’s cleaners in Mayor’s Walk and Lincoln Road, Peterborough and Pride of Stamford in St Paul’s Street, Stamford which was established in 1963 and had been run by the Grist family ever since. During that time, it has built a reputation as being the best independent dry cleaner and noncommercial laundry in the area. So, when third-generation owner Paul Grist took the hard decision to sell the business last year, Vicky was keen to preserve its legacy. Paul said: “Selling the business was a hard decision to make. Over the years I have got to know both the clients and staff personally. However, I was impressed with Vicky’s enthusiasm and energy, and I am convinced that she is the right person to take the business to the next level.” Vicky, who is a former international rugby player in Hong Kong, spent 17 years in Asia and London as a senior sales and marketing director for a leading professional services firm, before returning to her Lincolnshire roots last year. She said: “I’d had enough of the daily commute to London and was looking for a new challenge in this beautiful area that I grew up in”. “There were three things that appealed to me about Peters’ Cleaners: the people, the reputation of the business and the challenge.” Vicky has settled in Nassington with her husband Dan, six-year-old daughter Charlotte and two pointers, Ruby and

Max and is concentrating on driving the business forward. The shops have been given a fresh look with new branding and signage and the opening hours in Stamford have been extended. An up-to-date website, which goes live this month, will allow customers to see the range of services available and Vicky is launching a pick-up and delivery service focused on offices and for customers who struggle to make it into town. She added: “I used Pride of Stamford when it was Peter Bulbicks and my family and friends have been customers of Peters’ Cleaners for many years, but I had no idea of the range items we clean. Last year we cleaned a huge variety of items including the Bishop’s robes for Peterborough Cathedral, a pair of Jimmy Choo satin shoes, a child’s Garfield toy and a £5,000 wedding dress, as well as providing a premier service for everyday items such as shirts, suits and dresses.” The business’ Facebook page is also giving handy hints and laundry tips, from stain of the month to knowing your washing symbols. Vicky said: “This business has been part of the community for five decades and I want to ensure it’s here for another 0 years by remaining a steadfast business that generations have come to know and trust. “I feel like I’m taking what Peters’ Cleaners has always done very well and improving on the service side of things to fit into the lifestyles of clients in 2017.” • For more information about Peters’ Cleaners visit www.petercleaners., call 01780 755432 or search for Peters’ Cleaners Ltd on Facebook.

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TAMFORD Town Cricket Club coaches have been busy planning the 2016-17 season. This family friendly club have three very inclusive junior teams overseen by 10 experienced ECB registered coaches, who have direct access to Leicestershire County Cricket professional staff. Boys and girls from the age of 6 to 18 are able to participate in training sessions and matches. The club will run teams for children under 9, under 11 and under 13. Under 15’s will be entering local interclub friendly matches and integrated into senior sides to aid development. Indoor winter net training commences on the Friday 3rd March 2017 6-7.30pm at Stamford



Boys Schools for children up to the age of 13. Under 15’s can join the Senior training sessions, which run on the same night and location from 7.30-9pm, allowing teenagers to progress towards senior cricket. from On the 21st April 2017 Junior training commences outside on Friday night, at 6-7.30pm, at the club ground located on Uffington Road, Stamford. Club membership for juniors is set at an affordable rate inclusive of training and match fees. Junior successes have seen youngsters moving to regional and county cricket. Indeed, all-rounder Zak Chappell, who currently plays for Leicestershire started his junior cricketing

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Band Spotlight: The Houndogs

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ROM AC/DC to The Allman Brothers, The Bee Gees to The Beach Boys, The Kinks to Kings of Leon - music has seen no shortage of sibling partnerships down the years. After nearly fifteen years spent honing their craft, Peterborough’s own trio of musical brothers The Houndogs have built up a reputation as one of the best rockabilly bands in the business. Born into a musical family and surrounded by the music of artists like Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly from a young age, it didn’t take long for the Wilson boys to start experimenting with music. When oldest brother Robert picked up his dad’s guitar and began playing along to his record collection, his younger siblings Ian and David decided to improvise. Before investing in a real double bass, Ian cut his teeth using a broom handle and single string, and David’s first drum kit was fashioned from an old tea-chest. With a little help from dad on vocal duty, Robert and his brothers played their first gig at a local jam night aged just 15, 14 and 9 years old. Following a warm reception from their audience, the trio decided they wanted to carry on performing as a group. Before long - and after upgrading to real instruments - the band settled on what has become their signature sound, rockabilly music. Originating in the United States in the early 1950s, rockabilly fuses rhythm and blues with country music to make what we now recognise as ‘classic rock ‘n’ roll’. “It’s high energy,” manager David Graham says of The Houndogs’ sound, “and it works for all ages - the band have got fans from 8 to 88 years old.” This energetic live show combined with an impressive work ethic and love of performing saw the trio’s fan base blossom as the years passed. Starting out in the Peterborough and Stamford areas, the band have since expanded their territory: first across the country, playing

venues and festivals from Skegness to Sheffield and beyond, even travelling abroad to perform. One of the band’s most memorable moments of recent years came about much closer to home, at Stamford’s very own Corn Exchange. Years earlier, the brothers had been inspired by a video of the celebrated American rockabilly band The Stray Cats, whose similar three-man set-up and musical flavour had a big influence on them. In 2014, original Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom joined the band for a memorable sold-out show in Stamford. The last few years have seen three consecutive appearances at Chelsea Flower Show, an appearance at the Beautiful Days Festival in Devon, and even a multinight residency at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. The band have built an impressive reputation on the local scene, playing everywhere from pubs and clubs, corporate and private functions to festivals, rallies and conventions on a regular basis. Regular service continues in 2017, with a number of shows already planned: following dates in Pinchbeck, Bourne and Peterborough in February, the trio are heading slightly further afield this month, with shows planned for King’s Lynn and Sutterton. The biggest show of the year so far is planned for Oundle International Festival on 15th July, with the band performing alongside David Bowie tribute band Absolute Bowie. Perhaps the most exciting development for The Houndogs this year is the release of their first full-length LP. Although the band have previously recorded some live demos, the upcoming record is their first foray into alloriginal recording. The album’s title is still top secret for now, but with a release date planned for late Spring, all will soon be revealed.

Keystone Productions + Rollin’ Cinema A new local start-up is planning to bring a taste of London’s interactive pop-up culture to the Stamford area.


AVING both grown up in Stamford, business partners Alex Kessick and James Bramley are no strangers to the area. It was their time studying in London, however, that gave them the inspiration to start an events business back home. “There’s so much going on in London, particularly for younger people aged 21 to 30, that we wanted to bring some of those ideas to Stamford,” says James. “We want to put on events where young people can meet each other, aside from the pub.” After building their expertise working in events in the summer while at university - including a stint at Lux Technical in Peterborough - the couple’s first venture is Rollin’ Cinema, a 50s-style drive-in cinema event. Following its debut at Peterborough Arena on Valentine’s Day weekend with showings of Up, The Notebook and Mr & Mrs Smith, the plan is to put on more events in the area - and not just cinema events. Alex and James plan to use their creative and technical skills to bring a taste of London’s interactive pop-up culture to the Stamford area. Watch this space for what comes next. STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2017


MEET THE MAKER Local design duo Paper Plane create gorgeous gifts that are currently winging their way across the world. Already, there’s a dinosaur print in an Australian butchers and a pineapple print appearing on US TV.



OME couples can work together. Others cannot. Jack Thorpe and Laura Harvey can. At least they must be able to because since they started their company Paper Plane in 2014, they’ve shifted a massive 18,000 orders including quirky mugs, cheeky cards and tote bags via Not On the High Street. So as you can imagine, they’ve been regular visitors to Stamford Post Office. Jack says: “We have spent a lot of time there. In the early days, we used to buy stamps by the hundred and over the last couple of years we’ve been turning up every night with sacks full of mugs. Last Christmas our record was 30 sacks in a day. They’re lovely in there and always helpful. We’ve just started getting our post collected though, which means we won’t see as much of them, which is sad, but it means we’ll save money by not calling in to Waitrose on the way home every night.” Working from their home studio in Empingham, the pair (along with their dog called...Dog) print their own mugs, bags and coasters. But how did they divide the jobs? “Before Paper Plane, we sat next to each other in our magazine jobs, so we’ve rarely been more than a few feet apart for the best part of a decade. Our brains work in a very similar way, so we find the same things funny,” Jack reveals, “we recognise each other’s strengths and weaknesses and each have our own little roles within the business, based on who is best (or least worst) at each task. If we disagree about something, we talk it through, weigh up all the pros and cons and then decide Laura was right.” Sounds like a good plan to me. When they are not squirreling away in their studio, they love hanging out in Stamford: “There’s just a nice vibe about the place. There are so many independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, as well as high-end chains, such as Jack Wills and White Company. It’s something we shouldn’t take for granted. Our old business of buying and selling vintage furniture took us all over the country and Stamford is right up there with the



best of Britain’s towns and cities. We feel very lucky to live here.” And as for the charity shops! That’s one of their favourite things: “We’ve seen people on Facebook moan about there being too many charity shops in town, but we love a good charity shop safari, it’s one of our favourite Stamford days out.” Shopping is all well and good but (and they won’t mind me saying this) after a long hard day, they’ve got designs on prosecco or beer and for that they head to the Tobie Norris but it’s summer they are really looking forward to: “We can’t wait to soak up some sun (and some Malbec) in Stamford Wine Bar’s garden. Out of town, you just can’t beat The Olive Branch in Clipsham, who also happen to stock our prints in the pub shop.” By all accounts, their house is so full of boxes it’s a miracle they don’t accidentally ship the dog off in the post. Their creations are like creative offspring who are gradually spreading their wings all over the world thanks to online marketplace Etsy (who has asked the two to be mentors to new sellers): “We’ve got lots of US and Australian customers, but we’ve also sent products to Thailand, South Africa, Dubai, Japan. There’s a set of our Dinosaur prints in a butcher’s in Australia and our pineapple prints were used on the set of a US TV cookery show!” And to think, it all begins in their studio – with views over the fields, the odd glass of prosecco and maybe, I like to think, a little beard stroking from Jack, around the time that a good idea comes into his head. And then they laugh and decide that it was Laura who put it there in the first place. • @wearepaperplane /wearepaperplane




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TUART Hendry & Pete Copestake, business partners in Störmer Interiors UK, have just opened a stunning new store on St Martin’s in Stamford. Stuart told SL: “Already an established business in Peterborough, we saw the opportunity to expand into Stamford at the premium end of the market with great brands and high service levels.” The quality of the suppliers is impressive. Since 1958 Störmer, a German company, has been designing and constructing modern, highquality, state of the art fitted kitchens. They are constantly using the latest manufacturing technology for any lifestyle. For example, they were the first to produce water-resistant cabinets. To complement this, Charles Yorke offers a contemporary classic style that delights with its elegance. The Steel Range Cookers

Rutland Cookery School opens its doors R

UTLAND Cookery School is the newest venture from acclaimed chef Robin Stewart and looks set to attract foodie novices and experts from near and far. Based at Oakham Enterprise Park in purposebuilt kitchens, Robin is offering a vast array of courses, with both full-day and half-day options, ranging from marmalade making to knife skills, healthy eating to food photography, sushi to bread making. Robin has worked as a chef in Michelinstarred restaurants including the Connaught and the Dorchester and is excited about sharing his love of cookery and passing on tips, techniques, short cuts and insights that he’s learned during his career. He has designed the school so that it’s

accessible to all, including disabled access for wheelchair users, and each learner will have a fully equipped workstation and will work singly rather than in pairs, ensuring maximum benefit from each workshop. “Everyone makes everything themselves and gets a Rutland Cookery School recipe booklet to take away with them,” explains Robin. “I’m also planning demonstrations, food and drink tastings, guest chef demonstrations and such like in conjunction with other people.” • Visit or call 07391 679 208 for the full calendar of course dates and for more information. Rutland Cookery School, Unit 16C, Gate 2, Oakham Enterprise Park, Ashwell Road, Oakham LE15 7TU.

from Italy are show-stopper looks -wise, with a semi-professional feel about them that immediately makes one feel like getting down to some serious cooking. Störmer Interiors also partners with a local stone specialist that provide stunning worktops/flooring with high quality installation! The new showroom will inspire you, so an early visit is heartily recommended. And when you visit, you will learn from Stuart or Pete about their approach to design and installation, ensuring that your ideas and aspirations are fully realised in practice to the very highest standards. • Störmer Interiors, 19 High Street St. Martin’s, Stamford, PE9 2LF 01780 765124

Adam Frost: “The Last Twelve Months” Fri 10th March, Stamford Garden Centre Evening talk, 7pm for 7.30 start. Tickets £25 and include wine and canapes. A year in the life of local garden designer, gardener’s World presenter and RHS Gold medal winner who has just published his first book ‘Real gardens’ Limited places, book in advance. • Stamford Garden Centre, Casterton Rd, PE9 4BB Tel: 01780 765656 info@ STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2017





Friend fundraises for fun-loving Petra A local father of two has raised over £10K for a friend who’s been struck down with brain damage. Ufford-based Nick Cole is determined to help 44-year-old Petra Landeweerd get all the help she needs for the future

“Petra’s incredible sense of humour and strong will powers her through each tough day.”


AM raising money for a very good friend of mine who is confined to a wheelchair after having a medical emergency causing brain damage completely out of the blue. Petra has been in hospital/rehab since it happened in January 2016. She and her family need lots of support and I want to raise enough money to buy an ‘e-hand bike’ (go-kart like vehicle powered by your hands or battery when needed) that will allow Petra to get outdoors again with her family. A simple thing that we all take for granted,” explains Nick. Petra and husband Henk and their two daughters, Lara and Sofie, will be known by many locals as they lived in this area for a long time. Nick and Henk met and became close friends when they were neighbours in Stamford back in 2000. Henk met and married Petra (both originally from Holland), and had two children, returning to the UK from the Netherlands and settling in Carlby in 2008. The children spoke little English when they first arrived in the UK, so had to learn fast! Whilst living in Carlby, Petra’s natural love of life, energy and enthusiasm was very much directed into the local community and she was heavily involved with the girls’ School, Edenham Primary. “Petra always radiated happiness, she was fun loving with a great sense of adventure,” explains Nick’s wife, Helen. In 2015 the couple decided to return to their homeland after finding their dream home in the middle of a forest in Holten. Petra planned to run a B&B and continue her upholstery business which she had begun here. Their plans were aspirational; they were moving home to be near their families and to pursue an idyllic, outdoorsy lifestyle. Cruelly their dreams were completely shattered when Henk, who was working abroad at the time, received a call from his wife saying she felt unwell. He immediately realised something was seriously wrong. He flew straight back to be by his wife’s side as she suffered a massive brain bleed, followed by a secondary bleed and other complications following necessary surgery. At times the family and medical professions doubted she would pull through.



However, Petra’s amazing strength of spirit and determined nature has ensured that she has won all of the medical battles to date and that, in spite of many complications, she continues to be absolutely determined that she will one day walk again. Her rehabilitation so far has been incredible; to begin with speaking was difficult and for a time she had no movement in her face and so has had to learn how to make expressions and smile again. This January Petra was moved to another rehab clinic where she receives intensive mental and physical therapy on a daily basis. Petra’s incredible sense of humour and strong will powers her through each tough day. The family are all very involved and are learning

practical tricks and skills to help her. Henk and the whole family are optimistic that this will be Petra’s last move before she finally is able to go home. Following her move to the new clinic she made a phone call to her husband. “I WILL win this Henk,” Petra told him determinedly. They asked the nurses to write those words on her noticeboard for her to read aloud every day. Petra and Nick’s story of friendship and positivity in the face of adversity has already resulted in many generous donations being made. “A 24-hour sponsored squash tournament has already raised a substantial amount of money. I can’t say a big enough thank you to everyone who has made a donation,” says Nick. In addition, a coffee morning held in Carlby by some of Petra’s friends has added more funds to the pot. • If you would like to make a donation, you can do so online at: crowdfunding/24hr-squash-marathon



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Do you have what it takes to volunteer? Do you have a few hours spare a week or month to help make a difference to the lives of local older people? If so, the Evergreen Care Trust, which supports people experiencing periods of vulnerability in their lives within the Stamford, Bourne and Deepings areas, is currently looking for volunteers to fill a variety of interesting roles in areas often not normally associated with charity work including social media, website support and health and safety. Kate Cadman finds out more.

Left to right: Pat Nebal – Volunteer administrator Rosie Maclennan – Marketing and Events Co-Ordinator Yvette Powell – Befriending Lead Mandy Barber - Volunteer administrator


knowledge and skills or to learn some new ones to enable the Trust to do HE recruitment drive for volunteers is due to the planned expansion of many of the Trust’s ongoing services. “We currently more to help members. Evergreen Care Trust provides a variety of paid for services including offer about ten different services, 80% of which are free of Home Support and Hot and Wholesome which serves lunches in Stamford charge,” explains Rosie Maclennan, the Trust’s Marketing and on a daily basis at the following centres: Hillary Close, Essex Road Events Co-Ordinator. One service, sponsored by New College and Emlyn Gardens. Anyone can go along and buy a meal at Stamford, trains volunteers to provide hand and nail one of these venues at a cost of £6. In addition, a home pampering sessions which prove to be incredibly Hunters Interiors delivery service offers soup and freshly baked items. therapeutic. “Evergreen’s Hand and Nail team is just (Stamford) are hosting Volunteer projects include the Befriender scheme the loveliest project,” says Rosie. “Both volunteer a Lighthouse Networking which aims to help combat loneliness. Currently the and client benefit in so many ways; it is a very event at their showrooms at Trust has a total of around 80 befrienders who visit special 40 minutes which not only gives time Copthill Farm, Uffington, on 22nd members on a weekly basis reducing loneliness to talk but provides the recipient with a wellJune 2017 from 6-8pm. This event and providing both volunteer and member with deserved pampering treat which makes them feel is by invitation only and will include a weekly catch up and something to look forward very special and loved.” inspirational speakers and excellent to. During their time together they may play a A recent example came from a 101-year-old networking opportunities. Anyone board game such as chess, pop to the garden centre recipient of the pampering service who wisely wishing to attend should contact together or simply sit and enjoy a cuppa and each stated: “You’re never too old to be beautiful”, before Rosie Maclennan on 01780 other’s friendship. revealing that she was the very first model for Cutex 765900. Why not get involved and make your 2017 more hand and nail products! Currently the Hand and Nail meaningful? A few hours of your time each month could team provide their services at the following venues: Van help Evergreen raise much-needed funds or create awareness of the Geest Ward, Stamford Hospital, Whitefriars Residential Care Home, charity’s invaluable and much-appreciated activities. As a volunteer, Priory Court and Redhouse Nursing Home. The idea, however, is to grow you can choose to commit to regular hours, or be involved as needed, the team so that the service can be offered to individuals in the comfort depending on the specific project. Alternatively, why not host a of their own home. fundraising event like a tea party or coffee morning, or become a Friend However, if beauty therapy isn’t your bag, the Trust is also looking for of Evergreen for as little as £1 per month. volunteers to help with other areas of their charity including: social media • For more information on ways that you can help contact: Rosie postings; setting up and running an e-bay sales project; data collection; Maclennan, Marketing & Events Co-Ordinator, on 01780 765900 managing an interiors project, gardening and advising on health and (office hours) or email: safety issues. There are many opportunities to make use of your current STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2017


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HOUSING MARKET UPDATE WITH Moores go the extra mile to showcase homes at no extra cost.


pring is the season when traditionally, most vendors decide the time is right to market their property. Not content to wait for buyers to get in touch, Managing Director Vernon Moore takes to the road to fly the flag for the region and recruit cash buyers on behalf of his clients.

BUYERS FROM THE SOUTH READY TO MOVE… Through a series of specially devised roadshows and presentations, Moores are offering local vendors the opportunity to market their homes directly to buyers in London and the South East. Vernon has established partnerships with the most successful estate agents inside the M25 corridor and this year, will pioneer a scheme to reach out to potential buyers further afield. “Once again this May we shall be a major presence at the Country Life ‘Move to the Country’ Show in London. In the lead up to the event I shall be hosting presentations at the offices of our regional partners in Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire as well as targeting buyers in Central London,” Vernon explains.


REGISTERING FROM OUTSIDE THE M25 THAN FROM INSIDE! Detailed analysis by the Moores team has revealed that buyers who have already moved out of London into the surrounding counties are willing to make a second move to maximise the potential equity in their home. “We received lots of interest from visitors to the show who are currently living in Greater London but keen to find out about the superb opportunities our region offers. This is why we are marketing houses in the South East and explaining what a superb area Stamford and Rutland is to live in and that it is only an hour away from London.” Moores are urging local homeowners to act now in order to include their properties in the first phase of presentations. This month Vernon will collaborate with the Michael Graham Agency who have multiple offices in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, and during April he will present a portfolio of local homes to the customers of Beresford’s in Essex as well as clients of Douglas and Gordon in Central London. In May, the Moores team will celebrate the culmination of the spring roadshows at the ‘Move to the Country’ Show.

ACT NOW TO SELL FAST... “By taking our message directly to clients ready to move, we are exposing regional properties to groups of serious buyers likely to respond” says Vernon. “Imagine looking through your local paper and seeing your ideal property for sale at half the price, it would certainly make you pick the phone up.

For extra impact, we will be advertising a wide selection of local property in the appropriate regional press and are convinced that buyers in the south will be dazzled by the quality of homes they can acquire in this region without compromising on lifestyle or square footage. Moores are truly going the extra mile this spring as we target key areas with like-minded agencies. Our aim is to create swift, efficient closure to sales resulting in very happy clients all round. Contact us without delay to have your home included in our roadshow portfolio or seek advice on how best to market your home this spring.”

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The perfect gift for Spoil your mum (or wife, or girlfriend!) this Mother’s Day with something lovely and local. We picked a small selection of our favourite gifts from the great range on our high street, but there is lots more on offer at Stamford’s independent shops

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Beautiful handcrafted Polish pottery. Ladies mug (£9.95), Serving/mixing bowl (from £34.95), small cereal/dessert bowl (£9.95)

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A step-by-step guide to authentic Indian cooking from our very own local expert, Parveen. The book is available from


Beck Sondergaard Star scarf (£22) and bag (£69)

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Lamp Berger Essential Set £36.50. The original Air Purifier - it cleans the air and gives out the amazing fragrance at the same time. Full range of fragrances available. at £14.50 for 500ml.



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PETS For pet owners, finding a good Vet is incredibly important. They offer advice on basic things such as flea treatment, worming and dietary requirements, provide annual boosters, and if your animal suffers ill health, and needs an operation, they provide round the clock care. This month Deborah Pennell follows the expert team at Stamford Veterinary Centre as they carry out a relatively routine operation on Cooper the chocolate Labrador.

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On the morning of his operation Cooper, a 4-year-old Labrador, arrives early at the vets. He is initially seen and admitted by veterinary nurse, Gemma. He is due to be castrated today.

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Firstly, Gemma reads through Cooper’s patient notes to check his clinical history. She weighs Cooper, and records his baseline respiratory and heart rate. She then talks through the procedure with Coopers owner and gets him to sign the consent form. Gemma then escorts Cooper through to the kennels where he will stay until his operation.

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When the vet is ready to operate, Cooper is given his pre-medication (containing mild sedation and pain relief), to help calm him and reduce the amount of anaesthetic needed on induction. Once the pre-med has taken effect, Vet, Gavan Curley VMDr MRCVS, injects Cooper with his anaesthetic.


Injectable anaesthetic wears off after about ten minutes so Gavan needs to place an endotracheal tube in his airway to allow Cooper to breathe the oxygen and anaesthetic gas, to keep him asleep during the operation. The tube is tied in place and veterinary nurse Emma starts to monitor Cooper’s heart and respiratory rate (beats/breathes per minute), temperature, the oxygen levels in his blood stream and his blood pressure.


Small socks are fitted to Cooper’s paws and he is laid on a heated bed, and is covered with an insulating blanket to help maintain the correct body temperature. This is important, as during an anaesthetic, animals can become hypothermic very quickly.



While Emma monitors Cooper’s anaesthetic closely, Gavan prepares Cooper for surgery by clipping away the hair from around the surgical site. One of the nurses then cleans the area using a skin disinfectant and Cooper is moved onto an operating table.

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Gavan performs Cooper’s operation and the veterinary nurse continues to monitor the anaesthetic and his general well-being. All the operating instruments Gavan uses have been sterilised to prevent infection.


Once the operation has been completed, Cooper is moved through to the recovery room. Emma continues to monitor him until he is fully awake. Once he starts to swallow again, his endotracheal tube is removed and the veterinary nurses monitor Cooper for any signs of pain or discomfort. Emma calls Cooper’s owner to let him know he is fine, and that the surgery went well.


Cooper has a smooth recovery from his surgery and tucks into his food. This is a good indication he is comfortable and not in any pain. He will be sent home with a special post-operative diet to feed over the next 24 hours.


Before heading home, Gemma fits Cooper with a medical vest that prevents him from licking or pulling at his stitches. Cooper’s owner arrives to collect him, and Gemma talks through his post-operative pain relief medication and after care. Cooper will come back to the surgery in two days for a check-up, and then return again in 10 days to have his stitches removed. A busy day for the Vets and Veterinary nurses at Stamford Veterinary Centre, and a successful operation for Cooper.




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Sowden Wallis is all about service Emma Sowden, co-founder, reflects on the first three very successful years of the estate agency that she and Tom Wallis founded

“Ever since that first day our main focus has been customer service and clearly we must be doing something right as our biggest proportion of new business is by recommendation from other clients.�


HE 19th May is always a significant date in the Sowden Wallis calendar as it marks the day that we first opened the doors of our office on Star Lane for business. As this date is fast approaching us again it has given us time to reflect on how much things have changed since we opened in 2014. Back then it was just myself, Tom and our book keeper Jennifer, but we were soon joined by our Sales Negotiator Sarah Scrimshaw and Lettings Negotiator Lisa Miles in 2015. With a settled team in place we grew quite quickly and have the pleasure in announcing the newest member of staff, Lauren Coles who joined us as our Lettings Property Manager this year. The market has moved on as well, but delightfully for myself and Tom it moved in the direction that we set our business around. The idea for Sowden Wallis was to have a traditional high street estate agent with a modern, younger feel to it. We felt customers wanted more than that was currently on offer,



a higher level of customer service, smarter property presentation and a more diverse way of marketing properties. The level of personal service we offer is second to none, and to say we both live and breathe our business is an understatement, most of our waking hours are spent at the office. We are in a far more demanding market place than we were a few years ago, we never wanted to be the agent that put a property on the internet and hoped for the best result - we work hard for every one of our clients to get them the best possible price for their properties. Ever since that first day our main focus has been customer service and clearly we must be doing something right as our biggest proportion of new business is by recommendation from other clients. It has always been our number one focus to maintain the highest level of service we can and something that all the team is keen to deliver. We never set out to the biggest agency in town, quite the opposite

actually, we enjoy every property we sell or let and get to know them inside out, the whole team takes their time to get to know a property so any potential buyer or renter queries can be answered promptly, which is certainly a quality which sets us apart from other agents. The market in Stamford remains buoyant for both sales and lettings, with the usual dips and seasonal trends we estate agents experience; on a yearly basis, we now embark on the busy time of year for both departments after the slightly quieter period over Christmas. So, looking back on the past three years, I can truly say that the business has grown in exactly the way that we hoped for, and whereas each day can present a new challenge or task to overcome as a team we work together with integrity, honesty and usually quite a good sense of humour! • Sowden Wallis, 3 Star Lane, Stamford, PE9 1PE 01780 754737


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take advantage of the southerly aspect and draw light into the ground floor. Aluminium windows and French doors in pebble grey - supplied by Atlas’s sister company Customade - open on to a garden which was landscaped by QKS as part of the 16-week project. QKS also installed perimeter high level and low level lighting to illuminate the garden at night. Nick Clipston, Managing Director at QKS, said: “This project married great design with superb building materials to create a truly fantastic orangery. Our client is thrilled with the new extension and it totally exceeded all their expectations. The orangery is such a vast improvement on the original conservatory and it was brought in on time and within budget. That was very important to this couple as they were planning a wedding. The new extension really has improved their home and given them an amazing space, which they can use every day, whatever the weather.”

HE owners of the detached limestone built property, which overlooks the historic town of Stamford and was once owned by a milliner, approached QKS Home Improvements Ltd to help them replace their unsightly and leaking timber conservatory. With their daughter’s wedding reception due to take place at their home, the couple wanted to create an impressive and welcoming space for guests to mingle. It was important, however, that the new extension could be used throughout the year as the original conservatory was completely unusable during the colder months.

Sleek looks

QKS designed a spacious 9 x 5 metre orangery, which would link to the drawing room and sitting room to open up the interior of the house and create a generous sense of space. The design incorporated lots of glazing and not one, but two, lanterns to reinforce the link between the interior and the exterior. Although the rest of the windows in the property were timber, QKS suggested slimmer, aluminium frames for the extension to create a sleek, modern look that would not jar with the period of the property. After reviewing a number of different glazed roof systems, the client chose the Atlas Lantern because its ultra-slim profile would help to maximise the amount of glazing and fill the new space with light. Crucially, its superb thermal characteristics would help to make the new orangery far warmer than the former conservatory so it could be used all through the year. The Atlas roof brings contemporary style and super-slim sightlines to enhance the views above. Its strong, light 40mm aluminium frame rafters create slim, elegant roof profiles, making it the natural choice for this design scheme.

Sympathetic design

The new orangery is built from locally sourced limestone and sympathetically blends with the rest of the property. Leading off two rooms, it has created an impressive entertaining space and has totally transformed the flow of the house. The new orangery features two 3.7 x 2.5 metre Atlas lanterns, which are white on the inside and Iron Grey (RAL 7032) on the outside to match the Sarnafil flat roof. To enhance performance and minimise maintenance, the lanterns incorporate neutral solar control, self-cleaning glass. QKS also installed underfloor heating to provide discrete heating for the room. Installed in just two days, the Atlas lanterns were carefully positioned to

Atlas Installation of the Year Ashley Woodman, director of QKS Home Improvements, collected the winner’s trophy for Atlas Installation of the Year. He said: “The standard of entries this year was extremely high and we were surprised, and delighted, to win this prestigious award. This project (as described above) was absolutely stunning and this award honours the design and installation skill of the whole team that were involved in it. We have planned a fantastic year ahead and this award is a terrific start for us.”

“Best of Houzz 2017”

In the same week, QKS was also awarded “Best of Houzz 2017”. Again, another National Award under their belt! This award was based on an annual survey and analysis of over 40 million monthly users that reveals the top-rated home improvement professionals and most popular home designs. Houzz is the leading platform for home renovation and design, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential home improvement professionals on Houzz, including bathroom specialists and kitchen fitters. A “Best of Houzz 2017” badge appears on the QKS profile as a sign of their commitment to excellence and service. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in different locations on Houzz. STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2017



Family firm revives a proud tradition of Collyweston slate mining

Bodley’s Court - a perished slate

Nigel Smith at Collyweston slate mine

Bodley’s Court, King’s College, Cambridge University Collyweston slate can be seen on rooftops all over Stamford and surrounding villages as well as on historic buildings such as King’s College, Cambridge, and London’s Guildhall. The slate mining business fell into decline, but Collyweston firm Claude N. Smith has reopened a mine again after 40 years to provide a rich new seam of the sought-after substance. Nick Rennie went to meet the team which is reviving a centuries old tradition.


HEN Nigel Smith’s great-grandfather Willie started mining slate at Collyweston in the late 19th century it was backbreaking gruelling work in murky conditions with much of it done by hand. Today it is a little easier with heavy machinery chipping out the slate at a mine Nigel’s company has just reopened after four decades. But the aim of the process remains the same – to provide new supplies of what is considered just about the best natural roofing material available. Over the next decade, the miners employed by Claude N. Smith plan to extract 200 tonnes of pure Collyweston slate every year. Nigel, who clearly takes great pride in having helped revive a family tradition, said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve started mining Collyweston slate again. When English Heritage contacted us back in 2012 because they thought it would be a good idea to get the industry going again we told them we hadn’t really thought about. I put a lot of thought into it and it has turned into a great idea and something which is very good for the future of our business.” Some of the new slate is earmarked for the roof of Bodley’s Court – a majestic building within Cambridge University’s King’s College. The reopening of the mine means buildings in Stamford and surrounding villages will also have access to new supplies for re-roofing and repairs. Reclaimed Collyweston slate has been used in recent decades but stocks have dwindled, making it even more important that the mine has been reopened to prevent builders having to resort to using less hardy and effective materials.



Nigel, who went into the family business from school and is now a director, said: “When slate mining stopped at Collyweston in the late 1960s there was an abundance of reclaimed slate, wage prices were increasing and health and safety regulations were tightening. It was not viable any longer to mine it so the mines closed.” Claude N. Smith was started in 1965 by Nigel’s father, Claude, who lives nearby. The company, based in Slate Drift, specialises in slating, re-roofing, lead work and repairs on domestic and listed buildings. The reopening of the mine on site is a massive boost for the business. “The company has expanded for the mining work,” said Nigel, who is married to Viv with daughters Alice and Jessica. “We’ve employed four new people as miners and some others to split the slate. Publicity about the mine has also led to more roofing work and raised the profile of the company.” MINING THE SLATE IN THE 21ST CENTURY The new mine was previously accessed via a vertical hole and a ladder so a new foot tunnel has been dug out for miners to walk down into it. Conditions are cramped inside, 35ft below the surface with the men having to stoop because it is only 5ft in height with a solid roof provided by 3ft of rock. The seam of slate is between a metre and 600mm in thickness and logs are pulled out by machinery before being broken into 2ft pieces and brought to the surface. Nigel said: “Miners traditionally left the slate logs outside in the winter

Willie Smith and his fellow Collyweston miners in the late 1800s

Stamford Railway Station

Mining in the last century at Collyweston

Reopened Collyweston slate mine

and waited for the sharp frosts to split them along their hairline cracks. The problem these days is we don’t get frosts like the Collyweston slaters had years ago. So, to use this frost-thaw process we have a big freezer, which is basically the back of a lorry like the ones which deliver food for supermarkets. We put the logs on a pallet, forklift them into the freezer for eight hours and we find that three or four cycles of this frost-thaw process is enough to split the slate.” Once a roof has been built using Collyweston slate it will last for hundreds of years. Oakham Castle and Rockingham Castle are two local landmarks which have it. So, what makes it such a sought-after roofing material? Nigel explained: “It’s so hard for a thin limestone. It’s very thin, probably only 8-10mm in thickness, but it is so hardy to the rain and non-porous. It’s such a quality product. It will last for centuries. The mechanics beneath the slate, the battens and nails, fail long before the slate does. There is no other roof product like it. Concrete roof tiles only last 50 or 60 years, for example.” SLATE MINING IS A PROUD TRADITION IN COLLYWESTON Collyweston slate dates back to the Jurassic period, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Remarkably, the first people to use it on their roofs were believed to be the Romans, using stone they found on the surface. Mining is thought to date back to the 17th century when the process of using frosts to split the slate was first discovered. When Willie Smith was doing it in the late 1800s and early 1900s, he was one of several

Collyweston slaters who, together, used hundreds of men to dig out the slate. The industry was thriving at the time with strong demand for fresh supplies to roof buildings throughout Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. HISTORIC BUILDINGS TOPPED WITH COLLYWESTON SLATE The tradesmen at Claude N. Smith have just finished a prestigious job working to repair and re-roof Stamford’s railway station building. Director Nigel Smith said: “The original slates were still on the roof from when it was built in the 1850s. It was in a bad state and dangerous, too, with the risk of slates falling on passengers.” They are preparing to restore the Collyweston slate roof of Bodley’s Court in Cambridge. The historic King’s College building has housed students such as Alan Turing, who heroically cracked Nazi Germany’s Enigma code during the Second World War. Its roof is in a very poor state and still consists of slate laid in 1893. The damage has been caused since central heating was installed, with inadequate insulation and ventilation in the roof space leading to many of the slates perishing. A temporary bridge is to be constructed over the River Cam to assist the works despite opposition from punt operators who complained it would spoil the look of the old buildings. Nigel added: “This is a huge job for us and very prestigious. We have to put a lot of slates on the roof and it’s going to take us 18 months to complete.” STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2017



Stamford: In the spotlight for pioneering spirit and creative wares Creativity has always flowed through the heart of Stamford; from the ancient manufacturing of glazed ceramics to the wool production era in the Middle Ages. The 21st century delivers too; along with locally-built diesel engines and electrical generators, exquisite handbuilt watches and expertlyfinished replica period pieces of furniture are regularly exported across the globe. Kate Cadman embraces the town’s pioneering spirit ...

Loomes & Co I challenge anyone to spend half an hour with Robert Loomes, the owner of local watchmakers, Loomes & Co, and to come away without experiencing some level of horological high. Robert oozes enthusiasm for his craft and there’s no doubt that the roots of this endearing trait originally stems from his parents. Robert was bitten by the restoration bug when he realised that his parents, who predominantly dealt in clocks, were more of the archetypal antiques dealer; they enjoyed uncovering bargains and buying and selling their wares. “I became much more interested in the mechanics of the clocks and used to love watching the items be repaired,” explains Robert. During the past six years Loomes & Co has invested heavily in machinery and staff so that, James Morris, Clock Repairer

Robert Loomes

in addition to repairing watches and clocks, its workshops have the capacity and expertise on hand to manufacture 80% of components inhouse. “We sketch each watch component by hand before starting the meticulous process of turning a sketch into machined components.” In addition to specialist machining, Loomes & Co also carry out their own enamelling of watch faces: “there’s no one else in the country who does this,” adds Robert. Two fine artists undertake very detailed clock dial restoration often for museums around the world.



John Nichols, Fine Artist

The Cox brothers Like Robert, fellow Stamford businessman, Matthew Cox, also has strong family connections which have influenced his career path and have led him more recently to develop a range of antique-inspired contemporary pieces. In addition to running his own antiques business for over 20 years, Matthew has been growing this complementary Matthew at business stream which he sells to the Ardingly likes of Soho House and Jamie’s Italian. His expanding local workshop consists of a team of skilled joiners and finishers. “We are particularly good at painting and ageing techniques to make a contemporary piece look old.” What overarches both streams of Matthew’s business is his interest in design. “I am not an academic or geek or a collector. I am only interested in the way a thing looks; the aesthetic. So, I can buy from any period, age doesn’t matter to me. It’s the integrity of an ‘antique’ that’s important. I want something to look like its entire story is all there and hasn’t been messed around with. I like to think of my pieces as ‘out of the ordinary’, as pretty much you won’t see them anywhere else.” Matthew, and younger brother Chris, both former Stamford School boys, are third generation antiques dealers. “My grandfather, Ralph, moved to Stamford in the early fifties. He took a shop, near the town bridge (where Chameleon Boutique is) and dealt in antiques there for 40 years. My grandmother, Olive, had a jewellery business running alongside.” Matthew’s father, Robin, became a very well-known antiques dealer

Claire Langley The ‘Cox’ effect on the local antiques world doesn’t end here. It was living two doors down from Robin that inspired another of our town’s entrepreneurs, Claire Langley, to dip her toe into the antiques world. Today, Claire’s creations are regularly snapped up by the rich and famous and shipped to all corners of the globe. In addition to restoring and selling antiques which Claire has successfully done for over 30 years, she has also founded The One Off Chair Company, buying period chairs and restoring them. “The pieces are stripped back to the basic frame and hessian so that customers can choose their own fabrics and discuss exactly how they would like their chair to be upholstered, thus creating a ‘One Off’ individual piece,” explains Claire. “Our aim is to offer a diverse and individual range of chairs and sofas – from 18th century English Georgian classics, through to 20th century design.” “My main client base now is London decorators. I love the diversity of the antiques world; getting up at 4am to go to a fair, trolling over to France in the van to look for pieces. I still get that feeling of excitement when I think ‘I wonder what am I going to find today’.” What initially inspired an interest and love for antiques within Claire was the mystery of the goings on of

her neighbour! “I kept seeing Robin’s battered old Volvo being loaded up, disappearing off and coming back empty. It was all very exciting. I began to babysit for the family and one week I would sit on a certain chair then the next time I went round, it would be gone,” explained Claire. Her fate was sealed when eventually, during one, long summer holidays, Robin handed her a can of Nitromors (paint stripper) and got her to strip a chest of drawers. Since then Claire has spent a total of 12 years running two separate antiques shops in Stamford, her business is now run by appointment from barns in Harringworth. Having trained in Brighton and worked as a restorer on the Portobello Road, Claire initially set up her own restoration business in Cambridge before moving to the Stamford area and opening her first antiques shop on St Mary’s Hill in 1994. There’s no doubt that living in and around the historic town of Stamford encourages creativity says Robert. “Many artists, whether they are watchmakers or live artists, value their quality of life and see their surroundings as more important than wages. Jobs in the watchmaking industry can be very intense and focussed, so working in Stamford allows us all to feel very unharassed by the outside world – and yet still very connected as and when you need it.”

Cox family

in the town, with his two aunts and uncle also involved in the original business. Initially Matthew was determined not to get embroiled in the family business. “I went to University to study History of Art – the last thing I wanted to do was to become an antiques dealer because I didn’t want to do ‘the easy thing’ and just come into the family business,” explains Matthew. “However, after several years of searching and trying other things, I realised I was interested in antiques, and that this option wasn’t an easy choice after all! So, I swallowed my pride and came into the business - and I am so pleased that I did.” Serendipity reigned when Matthew’s career decision recently resulted in both himself and his brother being chosen, independently, by a client to work on a joint commission. Chris, is a successful sculptor who, along with his wife Nicola, founded Cox London, a prestigious, creative design and manufacturing operation which produces high end, bespoke commissions in bronze, silver, iron, blown glass and cast stone.

St Martins Antiques Centre Lucinda Silcock, daughter of Peter Light, the founder of St Martin’s Antiques Centre, agrees that the town is ideally situated. “Stamford is very well located. We attract a lot of trade and are St Martins always getting Antiques London dealers visiting us. Stamford has a niche market - the perception is that we are fairly local to London and yet you can still get a reasonable deal here – you are not paying London prices,” explains Lucinda. “The town works hard to promote its tourist trade and so we have a lot of visitors from all over the world. Antiques centres are seen as ‘destinations’ so people love to come and look, get ideas, browse and buy or come back to buy. Most of our items are unique so we attract a huge amount of regular customers who keep coming back because most of our units have a good turnover of stock.” Founded in 1993, St Martin’s Antiques Centre, now leases to over seventy exhibitors. The Centre houses an eclectic mix of antiques and collectables with items ranging in price from between £5 and £5,000. There is no doubt, that the Centre’s presence, combined with the many pioneering and lovingly crafted, locally-made wares is what keeps our beautiful market town well and truly in the creative spotlight throughout the UK and on the worldwide stage. CONTACTS: Loomes & Co: Matthew Cox: Cox London: Claire Langley Antiques: The One Off Chair Company: St Martin’s Antiques Centre: STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2017


Learning together through faith, hope and love

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

This term at Easton Garford School…

Class 1 have been ‘Building it Tall’ and have created their own Rapunzel tower and skyscraper scene. Class 2 have been developing the outdoor Nature Corner, kindly donated to the school by The Horticultural Society.

Easton Garford School has undergone many recent positive changes: • Academy Conversion in July 2015 • New catering contract with ABM Catering • £100,000 of redevelopment • Executive Partnership with Polebrook School

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Small class sizes High academic standards Specialist music provision Spacious sports field

• Range of extra-curricular sport and art based activities • Fully equipped library • Residential experiences at KS2

We are currently advertising for a part-time Bursar, please see website for more details

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Come along to meet us and see what we can offer your child! Easton Garford Endowed C. of E. School New Road, Easton on the Hill, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3NN 01780 763025



Bikes out and join us for breakfast! As well as all the digging, planting and cycling, we’re now open all day, every day, says Olive Branch head chef Sean Hope…


E love outdoor activities here at The Olive Branch. As well as our allotment opposite the pub, which keeps us fit courtesy of digging and planting, we (some of us at least) are also into cycling. Co-owner Ben can often be seen wearing lycra – in fact, he recently skidded on some ice and did himself a mischief, but that’s another story. The great thing is we’re in the middle of some wonderful Rutland and Lincolnshire countryside and near some cracking bike routes. In fact we often offer guests route-planning advice and when time allows we’re happy to accompany them on guided rides. One of our favourite routes is a 65-mile food tour of Rutland that takes in Hambleton Bakery, The Grainstore Brewpub, Rutland Charcuterie, Northfield Farm, Whissendine Windmill, Launde Farm Lamb, lunch at Café Ventoux, then the Bottle Kicking Cider Co, Bisbrooke Ostrich Farm, Jimmy’s Smokehouse and, when in season, Rutland Water Strawberries. We’ve uploaded some of our favourite bike routes to the websites ‘Ride With GPS’ and ‘Strava’. You can access them all by visiting, scrolling down and looking for the logos.

Now open for breakfast & morning coffee from 8am!

Photo: Clive Doyle

Partly as a result of demand from cyclists, we’re now open every day from 8am. If you want to join us for full breakfast (served from 8am-9.30am), you’ll need to give us a quick call before you turn up (ideally the day before) so we can have a table ready for you. However, if you want coffee, cookies, bacon sandwiches or and homemade breakfast bars please feel free to just pitch up. There are few things better than hot coffee and breakfast on the terrace when the sun is shining, so I hope you can join us soon, bike or no bike. Meanwhile, here’s a really quick and simple breakfast or brunch recipe to get you in the mood…

Our ‘what to plant when’ calendar keeps us on our toes!

Oven-baked egg and bacon on toast with cherry tomatoes For each serving • 2 small free-range eggs • 3 rashers thin streaky smoked bacon • 1 knob butter • 1 slice toasted sourdough bread For this recipe you will need 8cm stainless steel baking rings and a non-stick baking tray. 1 Lightly grease the baking sheet and baking rings with some soft butter. 2 Line the rings with bacon. 3 Crack the eggs into the centre of the moulds and season with flaked sea salt and fresh milled black pepper. 4 Drizzle a little rapeseed oil on top and add a small sprig of thyme. 5 Bake, along with cherry tomatoes, in a pre–heated oven at Gas Mark 5 (190C) for approximately five minutes (until the egg is set) 6 Serve immediately on a slice of lightly buttered sourdough toast from Hambleton Bakery. STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2017





I am sure we are not the only household in Stamford where pasta has become a staple part of the weekly menu. Deborah Pennell looks at how Italian food is a healthy, cheap and fast way to put meals on the table.




HE beauty of Italian food is its simplicity. Pasta, pizza, antipasto and dolci are generally made up of just one or two really key ingredients, and it is the quality of these that is important – buffalo mozzarella, vine ripened tomatoes, pesto, extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar, as thick as treacle – simple but incredible flavours. Stamford is well served with good Italian restaurants; Just so Italian opened in December 2016, and Cloisters re-opened, under new management in mid January this year. Add in the more established Milano and the award winning Il Vicolo, and it would appear that Stamford almost has its very own Italian Sector. I love making pasta, and I learnt to do it under the watchful eye of an Italian Mamma, whilst working in the hills just outside Fiorenze, back in the 1990s. It is easy, inexpensive and a great thing to teach the children. Be it linguine, lasagne or the more complicated tortellini or raviolis, pasta can offer a healthy and delicious meal. It is staggering that a food with only two basic ingredients can be so versatile, and contribute so well, to such a large number of incredible Italian dishes. There are two ways of making pasta – the quick way is to use the food processor and the slightly slower way is to do it by hand – I find the latter more satisfying as it gives you a chance to rid yourself of life’s frustrations. Nothing like pummelling a bit of dough to get rid of your anger issues! And, do not worry if you don’t have a pasta machine, a rolling pin will do – this is what the more traditional Italian households would use anyway.

Basic Pasta Recipe:

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Serves 4 200g Good quality ‘00’ Flour 2 large free range eggs Semolina flour for rolling To make in a food processor: • Place the flour in a food processor and pulse it. Add the eggs and whiz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs and is just about coming together. • Tip the dough out onto a board and knead to incorporate all the crumbs, until it forms into a ball. Knead for a further minute, the dough should be quite hard to knead but persevere.

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To make by hand: • Place the flour on a board. Make a well in the centre and crack the eggs into it. Beat the eggs with a fork until smooth. Using the tips of your fingers, mix the eggs with the flour, incorporating a little at a time, until everything is combined. Knead the pieces of dough together until you have a smooth ball. • Once the dough is formed wrap it in cling film and leave it to rest in the fridge for 1 hour. • Remove the dough from the fridge and cut it into 2 pieces. Flatten each piece with a rolling pin to about 5mm/1/4 inch thick. Fold it over and pass it through the pasta machine on its widest setting, refolding and rolling several times until you have a rectangular shape. This is working the dough and will help give the end texture, so is an important part of the process. Repeat with the second piece of dough. Now pass the pasta through the pasta machine several more times, decreasing the roller setting each time. Do not fold but repeat this process until you reach the penultimate setting, this is normally thin enough for most types of pasta. • If you haven’t got a pasta machine you can still make pasta. Use a rolling pin instead. The main problem you might have is getting the pasta thin enough to work with. Roll lots of small pieces of pasta rather than a few big ones. The pasta will tend to roll into a more circular shape, rather than the long rectangular shapes you’ll get from a machine, but the end result is much the same. • Follow guidance regarding the type of pasta shape you make. Obviously the more simple lasagna sheets or tagliatelle require no explanation, whereas stuffing and shaping for ravioli, tortellini and other pasta shapes may need further explanation. A great way to learn is to take a quick look on You Tube.

Just so Italian, Stamford (Italian Delicatessen) 35 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DS 01780 2238160 A recent addition to the Stamford gastro scene, and a place I would highly recommend you visit. This family-owned deli offers high quality freshly baked focaccia sandwiches, homemade soups and pasta dishes with a real taste of Italy, as well as huge range of Italian deli products and sweet pastries, which can be accompanied by an excellent coffee. Part owners, husband and wife, Danilo and Alison Trozzi are both Italian chefs and influence everything that goes on in the deli, along with other family members who are involved in the day to day running of the business. A bespoke hamper service is available. Cloisters 9 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DE 01780 755162 This much loved Italian restaurant, which closed last April, re-opened in mid-January under the new management of partners Dan Bahnam and Jen Totty. Not strangers to the hospitality industry in Stamford, this enthusiastic and engaging couple, were well known in town in their previous roles as Sous chef at The William Cecil, and Food & Beverages Manager at The Bull and Swan. Locally born, Dan, is now in charge of the kitchen at Cloisters while Jen puts her enviable front of house skills to good use, greeting clients and taking orders in the restaurant. Expect to find high quality classic pasta dishes, stone baked pizzas and delicious chargrilled meat and fish, all at a sensible price. Il Vicolo 2-3 Cheyne Lane, Stamford, PE9 2AX 01780 480048 Italian Chef/owner Mimmo Fricha opened Il

Just so Italian

Just so Italian

Vicolo in 2015. Amazing to think that in only one year the restaurant was a finalist in the English Italian Restaurant Awards in 2016. It is also no surprise to see it regularly hitting Ð1 spot on the Trip Advisor restaurants guide for Stamford. Serving authentic, traditional Italian Cuisine using excellent quality ingredients. A little piece of Italy, in the heart of Stamford. Manor Farm Cookery School For those wishing to learn how to cook Italian food – The Manor Farm Cookery School (reviewed in the December 2016 issue of Stamford Living), offer Italian Cookery days, with the next one on 4th March 2017. Call 01476 879320 to book your place. And finally before I finish. I would like to leave you with a statistic and probably one of the worst jokes I know (but it is about an Italian, and it always makes me giggle!) The statistic… Italians estimated annual Pasta consumption is 30kg or 70lbs per person! And the joke… Did you hear about the Italian chef that died?... He Pasta away! Arrivederci!





The New Kids on the Block This year sees two new fun venues in Stamford, both from established hospitality businesses

Twelve All Saints Wine Bar Words & pictures: Victoria Magnall


TAMFORD was treated to an early Christmas present at the end of last year, when The Wine Bar owners, Alex Way and Stephen Miskell, launched their sister bar, Twelve All Saints. A true labour of love, the team built the new bar themselves, using trade specialists for only one day. Named after its location, the vista is one of the most sought after, captured by local artists, photographers and tourists to Stamford. The inspired interior is already attracting a contemporary mix of clientele, choosing to either start or finish their evening with something a little more out of the ordinary. The clusters of pendant Edison light bulbs create an authentic vintage Instagram filter required for photos taken here! Spread over three floors, with individual rooms and quirky seating, customers are treated to an enchanted evening of decadent relaxation (often staying a lot longer than intended!) There is a real sense of theatre as the mixologists create their menu of masterpieces. From a vibrant Cosmopolitan to an irresistible Espresso Martini, the list of enticing concoctions is endless. The opulent experience does not end there; eye-catching copper vessels are now synonymous with All Saints and add to the ambiance of the venue...where else can you sip your Brockmans and tonic from a copper tumbler?! It is also apparent that the vast array of up and coming craft beer is appreciated by beer fans as their Facebook feed illustrates. Already having played host to birthday parties and festive gatherings, the venue lends itself equally to those wanting a quiet drink or groups looking for a lively meeting place to start their evening. There is a true clandestine vibe that identifies All Saints, something that enterprising bar owners far and wide are trying to establish yet very rarely achieve. Having attracted a great following on social media, customers constantly tag their fun images across Instagram and Facebook and it is easy to see why the new ‘Way-Miskell’ venture is proving to be yet another success story. Like a perfectly mixed cocktail, ‘All Saints’ is a blend of urban chic with a twist of Gilbert Scott. • 12 All Saints’, Stamford, PE9 2AB 01780 765335

Willoughby’s Lounge, Bar & Kitchen Kate Cadman opts for a Porn Star Martini with her pizza!


NE of the latest nightspots to open its freshlyredecorated doors is Willoughby’s Lounge, Bar & Kitchen on Broad Street. Following a 19-month complete refurbishment of the old cinema building (and former nightclub), Central, the venue unveiled its new look at the end of January. “We took the building right back to its bricks and gave it a complete refit which included a brand new staircase,” explains Owner, Alex Pistolas. “Willoughby’s Lounge, Bar & Kitchen now offers a completely different The Porn Star Martini experience to the former nightclub. We are running a special meal offer from 5pm-10pm - a pizza and a cocktail for £10.95 - which is served upstairs in our Lounge area.” “We are aiming to give the people of Stamford something a little different,” adds Tracy Spring, who is the Bar Manager and has worked at the venue for 18 years. “Our cocktails are made to order using only fresh juices and our premium line spirits are aimed at customers who enjoy a high-quality drink like your gin connoisseur.” To help check out the newly-created menu, I took along some of the town’s fiercest food critics - my children! Before deciding on food choices, however, I just had to test out one of the highly recommended cocktails - a Porn Star Martini! The drink was presented beautifully and tasted exquisite. Between the four of us we shared two of the traditional, Italian-style, dinner-plate-sized pizzas (Margherita and Vesuvio, the latter, a spicy option

made with double pepperoni, fresh red chilli, mozzarella and tomato). The medium thickness dough bases were very obviously freshly prepared, with a gluten free option if required. A mix of sides and starters included soft doughy, warm bread, a tub of mixed olives, a pot of chips, a very fresh tomato and red onion salad dressed with a good splash of balsamic vinegar and ‘to die for’ dough balls. The array was devoured pretty swiftly with high praise from each child. I too was delighted with the good strength of chilli on the spicy pizza and the succulent salad side. Every morsel bar a few slices of pizza were consumed speedily and the leftovers were efficiently boxed up for us to take away. The atmosphere in the versatile, cavernous venue, which has space for 105 covers, was upbeat and appealing. We sat in a ‘booth’ which gave us the feeling of privacy whilst still being part of a bigger party atmosphere. The decor is an interesting fusion where glitz meets an industrial, functional interior. The waiting staff were attentive serving our drinks and food order quickly and efficiently and checking on our progress in a friendly yet non-intrusive way. Willoughby’s Lounge, Bar & Kitchen is open Wednesdays to Saturdays, serving food from 5pm10pm. Fridays and Saturdays the building morphs into a nightclub with a live DJ from 12pm - 3pm. At present, there’s no entrance fee for the Club. • To make a booking contact Willoughby’s Lounge, Bar & Kitchen: 01780 482662 STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2017


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P-J Parker, owner of Emily Harmston Cakes

P-J Parker, owner of Emily Harmston Cakes, and Winner of The Wedding Industry Awards Cake Designer of the Year 2016 (East Midlands), talks inspiration, invention and icing sugar with Deborah Pennell Where are you originally from? I am half Irish but I spent a transient childhood as my father, a research scientist, was always being posted to different parts of the UK and around Europe. On finishing school at Cobham Hall in Kent, I went to Central St Martin’s Art College in London and took a Foundation course. Still not sure which career path I wanted to take, but thinking I might follow in my father’s footsteps, I did a Degree, and then a Masters in Biology and Bio Chemistry. I then spent 6 years at Vets School, eventually qualifying in 2005 and subsequently joining a local veterinary practice in Oundle. What made you decide to change your career and move into Cake Design? Once I married and had our daughter, I was struggling to juggle everything. I had always enjoyed baking and several friends encouraged me to pursue my talent for cake design – it was creative and fitted around family life, so it ticked all the boxes. Where does the name of your company come from? Emily Harmston is my grandmother. She has always been a fantastic home baker, and is still alive at 96 years old. Where do you get your ideas? I find inspiration everywhere, be it in fashion, textile prints, wedding dresses, flowers or current trends. I do not look at other cake designers’ work as I try to keep everything I do original.

What is the largest cake you have ever been asked to make? I made an 8-tier wedding cake to feed 300 people. As each cake layer is baked fresh, the bigger the cake the busier my week turns out to be. The only thing I can do in advance are the sugar flowers - these are intricate, time consuming and require huge patience to make. What would you consider to be the most original wedding cake you have ever made? I had a special request for a Cheesecake Wedding Cake – it did look totally amazing and was very original. It consisted of three layers, strawberry and lime, lemon, and a baked carrot cake cheesecake base. Do most people still have fruit cake as their wedding cake? No, but if they do, it’s normally one of the tiers. The majority of people go for multiple tiers in different seasonal flavours. In summer it may be raspberry and rose, or apricot, almond and amaretto, and in autumn chocolate, cardamom and orange, or chocolate and salted caramel. I have also found a greater demand for gluten free, vegan and dairy-free cakes. Where do your clients come from? The majority of my clients come through recommendation and on occasion, via my website. Winning The Wedding Industry Awards Cake Designer of the Year 2016 is a great achievement. Yes, I was thrilled to receive this award as I had

been nominated by my clients. To qualify I had to produce a portfolio of my cake designs, which were assessed by a judging panel, and in the final, create a Cake from an original design, for the judges to taste and mark. Is there a celebrity Cake Designer who you take your inspiration from? I trained under Rosalind Miller who supplies Harrods. I also love what USA cake designers Maggie Austin and Jasmine Rae, are up to. What is the most interesting cake you have ever designed? I made a huge, crazy Walking Pineapple Cake with Dame Edna sunglasses and a surfie shirt, for my daughter’s 7th birthday – it was so complicated and took me hours. She has to be my most demanding client! How many eggs do you reckon to get through a year? It will be around 2,500! What is your ultimate favourite cake? Simply, the best quality vanilla sponge, made with free-range eggs, Madagascan vanilla pods and homemade jam. What are your interests outside of work? I love painting, spending time at our holiday house on the North Norfolk Coast and walking our beautiful Labrador. • To view P-J’s portfolio, go to her website at Or call 07866 248 829 STAMFORD LIVING MARCH 2017



Friends will help spread the love further… E

Stamford mobility shop changes hands A

FTER 23 years at his shop at 9 Scotgate, Stamford, Peter Seamer has recently retired and handed on the business to Katy Brown. For the last 10 years, it has been run as a mobility scooter shop, stocking and repairing mobility scooters and wheelchairs. Katy Brown has been running an online business ‘Extra Large Clothing’ for the last 7 years. She said: “Some of our customers have mobility problems and were asking me to look for unusual products such as leg raisers and long handled shoe horns to help with dressing. I saw the need to make these products more widely available and sourced a range of mobility products such as dressing aids, reachers and walking sticks. I heard through a friend that Peter was reducing his hours in the shop and approached him to find out whether we could work together to make these products more widely available.” Having worked on a handover for a period of several months it is time to pass on the baton and now a new company Scotgate Mobility Limited has been formed. Scotgate Mobility will carry on the work that Peter has been doing, supplying similar products and continuing to offer new and second-hand scooters and wheelchairs, along with a range of daily living aids. Katy would like to thank Peter for passing on his wealth of knowledge and experience and is looking forward to serving the community. • For more information please e-mail Katy at, phone 01780 763276. Scotgate Mobility Limited, 9 Scotgate, Stamford, PE9 2GZ

VERGREEN Care Trust is looking for new friends! With more friends, the Stamford-based charity can help support more older people in a number of really meaningful and practical ways. In a bid to extend the reach of their services to many more people in the Stamford, Market Deeping and Bourne areas, they’ve put out a call for more friends. The definition of an Evergreen Care Trust Friend is to sign up to donate a monthly amount. Volunteer and Marketing Co-ordinator, Rosie Maclennan, explains: “We currently help around 500 people in one way or another each week but we know that so many more could make use of what we can offer. Extra funding will make that possible.” Among the wide range of services provided are hot meals (including delivered-to-home lunches), hospital to home and home support-style services. A free advocacy scheme provides expert help for those struggling with officialdom and form deciphering, from wills to claim forms. The money raised from regular donations from Friends pays to train local volunteers to take on a variety of roles. This includes the Befrienders whose friendship helps combat loneliness (80 people currently enjoy this) and a hand and nail service which offers a bit of much appreciated pampering combined with a natter to around 30 people a week. • Anyone inspired to become a Friend to the Evergreen Care Trust should head to the charity’s website or pop into their office at 1 Barnack Road, Stamford and pick up a form or telephone Evergreen 01780 765900

Charity dinner and auction in memory of Stamford man on behalf of the CCU A

CHARITY dinner and auction is being held in memory of a Stamford man who died suddenly just a few months after his 50th birthday. Richard Marsh suffered a massive heart attack after stopping for petrol on his way home from work in June 2015. Although he was resuscitated twice he died three days later in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) at Peterborough City Hospital. His partner Debra Cassam founded the Richard Marsh Memorial Fund soon after losing her partner of 10 years and is staging the fundraising event in March. Speaking from the couple’s home in Empingham Road, Stamford, she said: “Richard had so much to live for and I want to remember his life in a very positive way. During the short time, Richard spent in CCU the care he received from the highly-skilled and experienced team was exceptional. The staff also supported me throughout, especially when I had difficult decisions to make.



“Richard loved music, dancing and having fun so I am holding a Black Tie and Tiara Ball not only to celebrate his life, but to raise awareness of the incredible work undertaken by the unit and funds to buy vital equipment.” The ball, which will become an annual event in aid of the CCU, is being held on Saturday, March 25 at The William Cecil Hotel in Stamford, starting at 6.30pm for 7pm. There will be a glass of bubbly on arrival, a three-course dinner, music and dancing and an auction with some surprising items going under the hammer.

• Tickets cost £65 per person and are available by emailing or calling 07904 273202

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March Hares

In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland Alice says to herself, “..the March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won’t be raving mad – at least not so mad as it was in March.” Jean Orpin & Sue Lee have investigated why Alice considered hares were at their maddest in March and also found out much more about them.


HERE are two species of hare in Britain. The Mountain Hare, which lives in the uplands of Scotland and Ireland is a true native. The Brown Hare was possibly introduced by the Romans and originated in Asia. Hares are sometimes confused with rabbits but hares are much larger. They have long black tipped ears and powerful hind legs. They do not live in groups in burrows but singly on the ground where they make nests called forms. The young hares are called leverets and leave their birthplace soon after birth. Hares can run up to at least 35 miles per hour. The term ‘Mad as a March Hare’ is derived from the mating ritual of hares. The mating season is at its height in March but can last from February to May or even later. This is when they can be seen chasing and boxing with each other. The boxing takes place between a male and a female not two males, it is when she tires of his attention! They are seen less often due to changes in farming methods which has resulted in a reduction in grasslands and autumn sowing. They are also sometimes killed by silage cutting machinery. In the late 19th century there were about four million hares in Britain but now there are no more than 80,000. Half of these live in East Anglia; in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.

Myths & Legends The Easter Bunny was originally a Brown Hare. The Celts believed that the hare was the favourite animal of Eostre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of Spring who changed into a hare at Easter. Children were told that the hare laid coloured eggs which were collected on



Easter Sunday. Ornithologists think that people believed Lapwings’ eggs were laid by the hare. There were other myths associated with hares for example if a pregnant woman saw a hare, the baby would be born with a cleft palate (hare lip).

Hares in Art Artistic and symbolic depictions of the hare have been found in civilisations around the world. One of our most famous Roman mosaics, found in Cirencester, depicts a hare. As a rather difficult subject, it has often been used (for example in Dürer’s famous 16thC painting) to demonstrate the skill of the artist. The hare has been used as a positive symbol of good luck, of fertility and of resurrection. In Christian Art, past and present, pictures and sculptures of 3 hares sharing 3 ears, thus making a triangle, are used to symbolise the Trinity. The hare continues to be an attractive and inspirational subject as you can see from these local examples.

Head-On – watercolour by Graham Wright “My son Matt founded the Great Food Magazine (now the Great Food Club) in 2010 and I painted several images for the magazine over the course of the 14 issues. For the Jan/Feb 2012 issue Matt wanted a front cover that emphasised the approach of Spring, so we decided on a picture of a March hare. Hares are very agile animals with lots of opportunities for various images but we decided head-on would be best - the rest is history!” An architect by profession, Graham has always painted as a hobby and is well known in Stamford for his street scenes. Prints of Head-On are available at Gallery Stamford. • Gallery Stamford: 3 Maiden Lane, Stamford, PE9 2AZ 01780 753737

Boxing Hares – willow work by Martin Keeley

Hare Plate by Katherine Winfrey “I was born in Stamford maternity hospital and grew up in Castor. It seemed like every summer after harvest, the fields between the village and the river Nene would be occupied by archaeologists. Later, once I had become a potter, I learned that the Nene Valley was a centre of Roman pottery production called Castorware. In Peterborough Museum in search of inspiration I found an exquisite Roman Castorware hunting cup decorated with a hare being chased by a dog. Something clicked and I have been decorating my pots with hares ever since. I love to see hares out in the fields, a sighting is like an unexpected gift and I like the feeling of continuing and claiming for my own a local tradition that dates back centuries.” • Katherine regularly exhibits locally. Her next exhibition is at Willoughby Memorial Gallery, Corby Glen, 5th April - 3rd May.

“Hares work well as a subject as they are naturally dynamic, especially in March, and ethereal. One minute they’re vigorously boxing oblivious to all around and next they’ve all disappeared leaving no trace. They have great character and my medium allows me to make full use of all that dynamism, twisting the body and stretching legs into all those impossible positions they take for granted.” Martin is a partner in Rutland Willows. He works full time with the willow work side of the business and takes commissions all year from individuals to corporations making everything from fish to Giraffes to Spitfires in all sizes. Hares are probably his best-sellers. • Rutland Willows: 2 Woodside, Ashwell, Oakham, Rutland. LE15 7LX Tel: 01572 720741

Orford Hares – print by Angela Harding “We are lucky enough to watch hares chasing each other in the spring time in the field at the bottom of the garden - a great thing to do while you’re having breakfast down there. This print was commissioned by Country Living Magazine to illustrate a series of articles called Reading the Landscape. Orfordness used to be used by the military for testing arms, now long abandoned it has been taken over by wildlife. It is cared for by the National Trust and has a large population of hares. It is very strange and beautiful: one of our favourite places to visit on the Suffolk coast.” Angela is a printmaker and painter working from her studio in Wing. The countryside and wildlife are constant themes in her work. • Angela Harding: 33 Morcott Road, Wing, Rutland, LE15 8SA 01572 737784

Hare Coursing • Hare coursing is a blood sport where dogs are used to chase, catch and kill hares. • It is illegal in the UK under the Hunting Act 2004, which makes it an offence to hunt wild mammals with dogs. Anyone convicted of the offence can receive a fine of £5,000. • Lincolnshire’s flat, rural landscape makes it a popular area for hare coursing. It often attracts coursers from outside of the county. The coursers walk along the field to frighten the hare into the open. • The dogs used are usually greyhounds, lurchers or salukis. The dog catches the hare and kills it by “ragging” - shaking the animal in its teeth. The dead hare is left in the field. • The hare coursers often travel in large groups and have been difficult to arrest. The National Farmers Union and the police are working together to try and stop this illegal sport.



OUT & ABOUT Amander Meade selects some of the best entertainment in the region this month. During March until 1 April EXHIBITION: Halcyon Day The 2016 photography Competition ‘Halcyon Days’ sponsored by Savills, produced some magical images that truly reflected the fun, drama and beauty of the British Isles. Category winners, runners-up and finalists are included in this lovely exhibition of images. Easton Walled Gardens Admission included in garden ticket price of £7.25/£3.25 More information at

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5 March, 9:45am to 4pm COURSE: Hedgelaying for Beginners On this two day course run by John Shone, you will gain an insight into what hedgelaying involves. You will learn the old language associated with the art at the same time as laying a piece of hedgerow in the local Midland style. All the tools required will be supplied but if you have any hedge-laying tools bring them along. This is a very practical course so stout footwear and

Thursday 2 March, 8pm COMEDY: Andy Parsons Live A regular on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and QI, Andy tackles the subject of worry and asks if it is something we still excel at. Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Tickets £15 Tel: 01780 766455



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Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 March, 7.45pm THEATRE: Tartuffe Roger McGough’s brilliant adaptation will be performed by Shoestring Theatre. Moliere’s 17th century comedy about hypocrisy is relocated to Paris-in the aftermath of the Suez Crisis. 1950s fashions and music enrich the trials and tribulations faced by Orgon’s household where the wily hypocrite Tartuffe holds sway. Orgon and his mother think he is a saint, the rest of the household consider him a charlatan and are determined to unmask him. Can they reveal Tartuffe’s true nature to the world and save Orgon and his family from ruin? Stamford Theatre Tickets £10/£8 Tel: 01780 763203 www.

Wednesday 8 March, 7.30pm MUSIC: Skerryvore Ten years on from their debut album West Coast Life, the now seven piece Skerryvore released the aptly celebratory ‘Decade’, combining live recordings with new studio material. Described as “the hottest Celtic rockers on the block” by the Daily Record, the band will play their best loved tunes to a live audience – there will even be room for dancing. Stamford Arts Centre Tickets £16 Tel: 01780 763203


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Thursday 9 March, 7.30pm TALK: The Roman Archaeology of the Nene Valley Professor Stephen Upex will address the Stamford & District Local History Society with this fascinating talk. Pre-talk refreshments will be served from 7pm. Methodist Church Rooms at Barn Hill Entry for members is £3 and non-members £5. Thursday 16 and Friday 17 March, 7.30pm MUSICAL THEATRE: Fame Set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts Fame - The Musical is the bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. With candor, humour and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today - issues of prejudice, identity, self-worth and perseverance. Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre Tickets £14.50/£16 Tel: 01780 766455 www.stamfordcorn

Wednesday 22 March, 7.30pm THEATRE: Chekhov Shorts European Arts Company returns with a hugely entertaining collection of classic one-act farces by Anton Chekhov, including The Evils of Tobacco, The Dimwit, The Bear,

Saturday 18 March, 7.30pm MUSIC: Mercury – The Ultimate Night of Queen Established as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to Freddie Mercury and Queen this is a faithful recreation of the Queen experience and endorsed by Jer Bulsara, Freddie’s mum. A dynamic stage show that fully emulates the true charismatic appeal of rock’s most flamboyant front man. Stamford Corn Exchange

Saturday 18 March EVENT: Seasonal Re-opening of Burghley House This year’s exhibitions, included in your House and Gardens ticket, will be ‘Capability Brown at Burghley’, exploring Brown’s influence on both the parkland and the House, and ‘The Victorians at Burghley’, which brings to life fascinating objects used and obtained by family during the Victorian period. The house and gardens are now open daily (house closed Fridays) until Sunday, 29 October 2017, from 11am to 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm).

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Saturday 25 March, 7.30pm CONCERT: Stamford Chamber Orchestra – Masters Young and Old Young virtuoso Julian Trevelyan won his first international competition aged 16 and has twice been a BBC Young Musician Finalist. In this concert he will play one of Beethoven’s best-loved concertos. Together with Wagner’s exquisite tone poem (named after his first child), it is framed by music from the 59 year old Haydn’s highly successful London years. The Ballroom, Stamford Arts Centre Tickets £12.50/£10.50 or £5 for under 18 years. Tel: 01780 763203 Monday 27 to Saturday 1 April daily EVENT: Stamford Mid Lent Fair Stamford has a proud and long established history of holding fairs and this one dates back to 942AD although it is first mentioned in the Royal Charter of Edward IV in 1462. The fair takes over the centre of the town and remains popular to this day with visitors from far and wide coming over to enjoy the experience. Expect the usual mix of rides, fairground attractions, food stalls and entertainment.







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The Sunday Times Style Magazine recently labelled Eden Loweth, former New College Stamford (NCS) pupil, as one of ‘British fashion’s brightest talents’ as he prepared for his Fashion Week debut last month.

DEN is now part of the Fashion East Movement and is showcasing his work at their pop up store in Selfridges, London, which has been running since the beginning of the year. With Fashion East and alongside fellow designer, Tom Barratt, Eden made his Fashion Week debut with their men’s collection, which “mixes feminine funerary with beautifully detailed tailoring”. After completing a Level 3 Diploma in Fashion at NCS, Eden moved from his home in Tydd St Mary to the prestigious, London-based fashion university, Ravensbourne. “Eden was passionate about fashion and was always keen to experiment with new things and develop his ideas, nothing was too much trouble to get the end result that he wanted. His enthusiasm and hard work gained him his place at the prestigious London University,” explained Racheal Cooper, Head of Creative Arts and Lecturer in Fashion. “Eden‘s dream was always to have his own label, so we’re all really proud of him for making that a reality. It’s fantastic to be able to follow a former student’s career on the pages of Vogue and Love magazines, but we know that he hasn’t accomplished all of his ambitions yet so watch this space,” added Racheal.

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N Wednesday, May 3rd, the Borderville Sports Centre, Stamford, will become a Mecca for enthusiasts of anything remotely stylish. Students from many departments at New College Stamford (NCS), including Fashion, Hairdressing, Hair and Media Make up, Performing Arts, Graphic Design and Photography, have joined forces to organise and present a diverse and dynamic spectacle, showcasing examples of their work in an extraordinary annual Fashion Show. “Experiences like these allow students to gain valuable feedback and develop the skills they need to stand out in the competitive fashion industry. Every garment taken down the catwalk is made from scratch and showcases the wealth of talent NCS has to offer,” explains Laura Wells, Marketing Officer, NCS. • To book Fashion Show tickets online visit: If, however, you can’t attend the event in person, don’t worry, NCS will be running a live Facebook feed so you can get involved on the night from the comfort of your own home.

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