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Large detached family house set down a long driveway on a large plot which provides a good degree of privacy. This house offers good sized accommodation throughout with four large bedrooms and refitted master en-suite. The property has oil central heating and double glazed windows.

Hidden away down a private drive, this large 4 Bedroom, 3 Reception Room, Triple Garage house sits in large beautifully maintained gardens. The property offers the sought after combination of a private country retreat but within easy reach of Stamford and Peterborough.

Pretty terraced cottage situated in the heart of the village and briefly comprising good sized living room, dining area and kitchen. Two double bedrooms and bathroom. Well maintained gardens.

Beautifully renovated and extended Victorian end-of-terrace town house in popular residential area. First floor with two double bedrooms. Spiral staircase leading to attic storage space.

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Sitting in a delightful location with mature gardens overlooking fields beyond and including a large useful Barn and workshop. Dating back to 1844 and sympathetically extended to provide a delightful family home. A ground floor suite provides additional versatile living accommodation.

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Situated in the heart of Stamford this 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom, 3 Reception room house offers superb living accommodation as well as almost total privacy in this small gated development. A spectacular handmade bespoke Kitchen/Breakfast room complete this exceptional property

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Deceptively spacious and beautifully restored cottage situated a short walk from the town centre. Three double bedrooms. Gardens with vegetable plot, summer house and pond.

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Lovingly renovated cottage set in rural location. Five bedrooms with en-suite to master. Bathroom with roll top bath and shower. One third of an acre of grounds. Parking, garage and car port.

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Three cheers to Her Majesty The Queen has played a part in most of our lives for as long as we can remember. My parents are of her generation and we offspring span the same age as the Queen’s children. So we have sort of grown up together (it so happens we lived in Windsor too but, much to my chagrin as a youngster, in a house without a drawbridge), and shared the ups and downs. And ultimately that has what has made the Royal story so compelling for so many years – it’s basically an everyday family story played out on a very particular stage, starring Tupperware as well as tiaras. And its head has always worked tirelessly on behalf of the nation and always endeavoured to do what is right. And in so doing she has added greatly to our sense of confidence as a nation, our position in the world post-Empire and our willingness to work with what we have and make it better. In a nutshell, I feel that my life is that bit better because of the beliefs that the Queen has stood up for, and I thank her from the bottom of my heart for that and wish her many more years to rule over us. Wishing you all a very happy and celebratory Diamond Jubilee

Nicholas Rudd-Jones

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Diamond Jubilee Gifts What’s new: Delcor opens in Stamford; train a Puppy, change a life; Being British

FASHION, HEALTH & BEAUTY 13 34

Fashion: Fly the Flag with a red, white and blue theme! Health & Beauty: Spas and pamper packages

HOME, GARDEN & MOTORING 43

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Home & Garden: Vale Garden Interiors, Stuart Porter Antiques, Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Company, B&G Kitchens and Bathrooms Through the Jubilee window Motoring: E-missions and CO2

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Food & Drink: A Jubilee Tea Party Food & Drink: The Great British Country House experience, Hambleton Hall Eating out al fresco for the Jubilee Eating Out: Stapleford Park, The Garden Kitchen at Stamford Garden Centre Food & Drink: A celebration of tea and cake Recipe: Tomato Gazpacho with Avocado & Crab from the Wicked Witch Recipe: Sean Hope’s Coronation Chicken Pie

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Royal Crown Derby Limited Edition Corgi, £250, Lambs (01780 762652)

Dora Designs bulldog and corgi doorstop s, from £21.50, Sinclairs (01780 765421)

Bespoke Union Jack upholstery, H-works (01780 754605)

JUbilEE mEmora bilia Jan Constantine hand-embroidered cushion, £94, You (01780 765001)

Stamford POW camp Ask Leo Special: The Coronation Stamford People: Canon Gray, former Chaplain to the Queen 4 DIAMOND JUBILEE GIFTS

Joules Union Jack wellies, £36.95, www.wellieboots.c om

Bronte Rule Britannia merino lambswo ol throws, £120, H-works (01780 754605)

Sebo Felix Royale vacuum cleaner, £239, The Vac Centre (01780 482935)

Royal Crown Derby Limited Edition Loving Cup, £135,

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Royal Crown Derby Britannia cake stand, £95, Sinclairs (01780 765421)

From keepsakes to kitsch, Alysia Anderson selects the on offer in local shopscrowning glories

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Emma Bridgewa ter teapot, £74.95, Chez Soi (01780 482845)

Emma Bridgewa ter egg cup, £9.95, Chez Soi (01780 482845 )

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Rocks England watch, £15, Chameleon (01780 755405)

Union Jack make-up bag, £8.90, Callyco (01780 753409)

Union Jack woven bags, from £15, Greencircle (01780 757496)

Emma Bridgewa ter tea caddy, £10.99, Harrison & Dunn (01780 762088)

Celebrates the Diamond Jubilee mug, £7.99, Stamford Tourist Information Centre (01780 481254)

Cath Kidston Jubilee mug, £8, Corner Farm Interiors (01778 561333)

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Dora Designs bulldog and corgi doorstops, from £21.50, Sinclairs (01780 765421)

Bronte Rule Britannia merino lambswool throws, £120, H-works (01780 754605)

Jubilee m Royal Crown Derby Limited Edition Loving Cup, £135, Sinclairs (01780 765421)

Royal Crown Derby Britannia cake stand, £95, Sinclairs (01780 765421)

From keepsakes to kitsch, Alysia Anderson selects the crowning glories on offer in local shops Union Jack make-up bag, £8.90, Callyco (01780 753409)

Emma Bridgewater teapot, £74.95, Chez Soi (01780 482845)

Emma Bridgewater egg cup, £9.95, Chez Soi (01780 482845)

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Emma Bridgewater tea caddy, £10.99, Harrison & Dunn (01780 762088)

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Sebo Felix Royale vacuum cleaner, £239, The Vac Centre (01780 482935)

Royal Crown Derby Limited Edition Corgi, £250, Lambs (01780 762652) Bespoke Union Jack upholstery, H-works (01780 754605)

Jan Constantine hand-embroidered cushion, £94, You (01780 765001)

ee memorabilia Rocks England watch, £15, Chameleon (01780 755405)

Stamford Celebrates the Diamond Jubilee mug, £7.99, Stamford Tourist Information Centre (01780 481254) Union Jack woven bags, from £15, Greencircle (01780 757496)

Cath Kidston Jubilee mug, £8, Corner Farm Interiors (01778 561333)

Union Jack lavender heart, £4.90, CallyCo (01780 753409) Royal Crown Derby Limited Edition Hexagonal Box, £225, Lambs (01780 762652) STAMFORD Living JUNE 2012

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Cushions, peg bag and doorstop made from upcycled coffee-bean bags, from £11.50, Greencircle (01780 757496) Royal Worcester Diamond Jubilee cup and saucer, £45, Lambs (01780 762652)

Robert Opie Long Live the Queen Sterling silver salt mug, £6.99, Love It and pepper teddies with Diamond Jubilee (01780 482912) hallmark, available on new silver, gold, platinum and palladium items until 1 October at Dawson (01780 754166)

Telephone box money bank, £8.99, Love It (01780 482912) Cath Kidston Royal Stan camera case, £12.99, Chez Soi (01780 482845)

Catseye Britannia luggage tag, £7.99, Ruby Loves (01780 764626) Irregular Choices Union Jack clutch bag, £37, The Bag Shop (01780 754794)

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Two Little Birds embroidered cushion, £45, H-works (01780 754605)

Code Red Union Jack cufflinks, £12, Love It (01780 482912)

Olney tweed cap, £27.99, Barnack Country Clothes (01780 740115) Hunter wellies, £59.99, www. wellieboots.com

Perpetual vintage calendar, £32, and vintage books, from £6, www.vintagecountryliving.com

Thank You chocolates, £2, Marks & Spencer (01780 767936)

Thornback & Peel corgi and Union Jack hankies, £15.50, Paradise Found (01780 764439)

Pour pewter jug, from £96, NGI Design (01780 766899)

Union Jack spring clock, £8.99, Nook (01780 751029)

Mywalit leather Union Jack card holder £14.95, and passport holder, £29.95, T&C Robinson (01780 755378)

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FASHION

FLY THE FLAG!

When shopping for clothes, a patriotic nod to all things British means there are only three colours to consider – red, white and blue! Words: Sally Stillingfleet Pictures: Elli Dean

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Energy Paul Blue blazer £175, red striped T-shirt £45 and Replay jeans £130 all Energy. Worn with suede Camel Active shoes £110 Marcia May Claire Bright blue striped T-shirt £36, white Demi-Curve jeans £80 red sunglasses from a selection all from Energy. Gabor sandals as before Marcia May

Arch Label Agency /Abi Golightly Claire (left) Coral cotton blazer £49 and navy dress £40 both Abi Golightly. Gabor red white and blue sandals £89.99 Marcia May. Karen (right) Burberry red silk dress £50, worn with Mechante of London shoeboots £90 both Arch Label Agency

Joules / Attic Claire Navy and white Joules dress £89.95 Hunter union jack wellies £ 124.95 T&C Robinson Karen White Made in Heaven Jeans, £145 Blue Pussybow Shirt by French Connection, £85 Red Superga trainers £40 Marcia May

T&C Robinson Paul Wool in Sheeps Clothing shirt £49.95 and Barbour Chelsea sports quilt jacket £ 119.00 worn with Energy jeans £130 and desert boots £76.99 from Marcia May Karen Musto polo shirt £49.99 and Amazing Woman jeans £89.99 worn with Geox red wedges £95.00 from Marcia May

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Cavells Karen (left) Red Polka Dot T-Shirt by Jackpot £44.95 Jacket by Belstaff £265 White Skinny Jeans by J Brand £215 Wedge Trainers by Ash £95 Claire (right) Red Stripe Sailor Top by Chinti and Parker £79 Skinny Jeans by J Brand £195 Navy Wedges by Penelope Chilvers £125 Anya Hindmarch Mini Huxley £895 Paul Red Check Shirt by Superdry £44.99 Slim Leg Jeans by Edwin £90 All Star High Tops by Converse £42

Cavells Paul Red Polo Shirt by Ralph Lauren £75 Navy Blazer by Hackett £350 Slim Leg Jeans by Edwin £90 Shoes by J Shoes £80 Karen (left) White Lace Detail Dress by Twin-Set £155 Red Cashmere Cardigan by Joseph £275 Red Shoes by Swedish Hasbeens £155 Navy Mini Alexa by Mulberry £650 Claire (right) Red Stretch Leggings by Joseph £165 White Lace Trim Camisole by Day £79 Stripe Two Pocket Jumper by Velvet £180 Ox Trainers by Converse £40

Arch Label Agency – 10a Maiden Lane. Tel: 01780 764746 Abi Golightly – 4, Silver Lane. Tel: 01780 238002 Attic – 33 St. Mary’s Street. Tel.01780 766667 Cavells – 16 Mill Street, Oakham. Tel: 01572 770372 Energy – Ironmonger Street. Tel: 01780 765633 Marcia May Shoes – 41 St. Mary’s Street, Stamford Tel: 01780 766608 T&C Robinson – 4 St Mary’s Street, Stamford. Tel: 01780 755378 Joules – 9a St. Mary’s Hill, Stamford. Tel: 01780 766544 A big thank you to Claire from Elan, Karen and Paul from Cavells for modeling. Thanks also to Faith (Perch & Preen) for doing the make-up. Tel: 01572 755096 Thanks to Stamford’s very own Cosy Club for the superb location. Coronation mugs kindly on loan from www.vintagecountryliving.com Photography by Elli Dean www.ellideanphotography.co.uk STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2012

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PROFILE

BLAKENEY

Could this beautiful coastal village hold the answer to the ultimate property question, ‘Where might I find the perfect home by the sea’?

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hether as a coastal getaway, a retirement home or an escape from the rat race, Kate Cleaver goes in search of the ‘holy grail’ of the property market. I spotted a sales board outside a new development called Samphire Close in Blakeney - it read ‘houses designed for luxury living’. This made me curious to investigate further, to see if these really were the ‘perfect home by the sea’. I was not to be disappointed! The ‘Location, Location, Location’ factor places Blakeney, with its small population of just under 800, a very convenient 129 miles from London, 21 miles from Norwich and 5 miles from the lovely Georgian market town of Holt. In a stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the harbour (still serving small boats) and surrounding marshes are owned by the National Trust. These one-off properties, there are seven, in the heart of Blakeney, just minutes from the sea, have been built as an exclusive and charming community of homes which, on inspection, are definitely setting the benchmark for new house builds on the North Norfolk coast. Designed and built to a very high specification by North Norfolk developers Novus Homes, they combine local vernacular design with contemporary living, using state-ofthe-art sustainable solutions. Their eco-friendly credentials protect both the environment and the new owner from ever increasing future fuel bills! Novus Homes director Chris Wells is proud of his achievements with Samphire Close; “Our most recent project (in Wells next the Sea) was lauded by North Norfolk’s conservation architect as ‘a new gateway development, which frames one of the main approaches to the town.’” The luxurious interiors boast beautiful oak or stone floors with under floor heating, wood burning stoves, carefully designed, energy efficient lighting schemes and fabulous travertine tiled bathrooms. Combine this with sociable open-plan spaces, light streaming in through glazed gables, warm cosy living rooms and these are definitely homes to enjoy! The houses are most definitely stunning but I was keen to see if the amenities in Blakeney completed the ‘perfect

home by the sea’ scenario. Again a 100 per cent score:

There are: • Several pubs including the newly refurbished and very relaxing White Horse. • The wonderfully stocked Blakeney Deli • A post office on the High Street in the small but well loved supermarket • Fresh fish shop • A bus service (the famous coast-hopper) • A thriving village hall • A church and primary school • A range of shops at Holt, just a short drive away If schools are important, the highly regarded Greshams Public School is only a few miles away. There’s even a petrol station

offering full car servicing, an increasingly rare commodity in North Norfolk. You don’t have to take my word for it – Chris has organised a viewing ‘open day’ for interested parties between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 23rd June so…. if it’s a perfect lifestyle by the sea that you are looking for come and take a look! There are two houses remaining, due for completion this summer...it’s not too late to stamp your own style on the finish to these unique properties, if you move quickly... • For more details on these houses or the exciting harbourside development coming soon at Wells next the Sea, look at the Novus Homes website on www.novus-homes.co.uk or contact Andrew Wagstaff at Bedfords in Burnham Market 01328 730 500 / bmkt@ bedfords.co.uk

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FOOD & DRINK

A JUBILEE GARDEN TEA PARTY Use your imagination and flair to conjure up a crowd-pleasing tea party for your friends and family to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Charlotte Newby brings together some original ideas for creating the perfect Jubilee tea. Photographs by David Corfield

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NE of the joys of summer is being able to eat outside. It brings about a sense of occasion and makes food taste of sunshine and holidays. It allows you to dispense with the formalities of eating inside, and children can enjoy the freedom to pick at goodies from the table and wander around while they eat. A Jubilee tea party is a great opportunity to get creative. There’s no fixed format. You can go with a simple, rustic picnic of thick-cut ham sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer, a casual feast of hot dogs and ice creams, or keep it traditional with cucumber sandwiches, scones and tea. I’m going for a homemade approach, using simple recipes, some typical English flavours and ingredients that you can source locally. I’m including traditional picnic favourites and some straightforward baking.

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rolls glish mustard Mini ham & En & on salm Mini smoked lls ro h is ad er rs ho and onion se ee Goat’s ch ittatas marmalade fr lls rby sausage ro he Homemade d la sa e k oliv Tomato & blac ed buns Home baked ic kes ia sandwich ca or ct Vi re tu Minia ewers Fresh Fruit sk monade Homemade le il ta Cider cock

MINI FILLED ROLLS Sandwiches are a must for an afternoon tea party: easy to make, easy to eat. I’ve decided upon these miniature rolls because they work so well with simple fillings and look great piled high on your table. Homemade always taste better and they’re straightforward and very pleasing to make. Basic White Bread 500g strong white flour 1 sachet or 2tsp dried yeast 1tbs butter 1tsp sugar 1tsp salt 300ml lukewarm water Put the flour in a large bowl and rub in the butter. Then add the

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sugar, salt and dried yeast and mix those in. Gradually pour in the lukewarm water, bringing in the flour with your hands until you’ve formed a good, solid dough. Knead the dough for 10 minutes on a floured board, or if you’re using a mixer with a dough hook, mix for 4-5 mins on a low setting. Put the dough in the bowl and cover with clingfilm to prove for around an hour. After this time, knock the air out and divide it up into walnut-size pieces, roll them into balls and dust with flour. Put them on a greased tray and leave them once again until they’ve puffed up to

double their original size. Bake them at 190 degrees C for around 10-15 mins until they’re slightly browned and sound hollow if you tap them on their undersides. Leave them to cool on a wire rack. When you’re ready, cut them open and spread with unsalted butter. Push pieces of ham inside and splotch in some English mustard. Smoked salmon tastes best on brown bread, so make seeded granary rolls for these (see below). They’re delicious with horseradish and fresh rocket nudged inside. VARIATION: For light granary seeded rolls, mix white flour and seeded granary flour together half-and-half.

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HOMEMADE HERBY SAUSAGE ROLLS Once you have made these you will never again want to eat a pale, spongy supermarket sausage roll again! These can be made a day ahead or sooner - and frozen before baking. Ready made puff pastry makes this a straightforward process, and you can even buy it ready rolled. Sausage meat will work fine, but for truly marvellous sausage rolls, acquire some good quality sausages from a trusted source. Skin them first, then combine with some chopped fresh herbs: sage, thyme and parsley are good companions. Grate in a little lemon zest and a touch of mustard. Place your mixture in a long sausage down the middle of the length of rolled out pastry. Brush the pastry down both sides with egg, then fold one side over and press onto the other. Brush the parcel with more egg and slice up into bite size rolls. Bake at 190 degrees C for around 20-25 mins until they’re sizzling and brown.

TOMATO AND BLACK OLIVE SALAD For a flavoursome and tangy salad, that’s fresh and full of summery flavours, mix together some vine or baby plum tomatoes and stoned black olives (the dried ones have the most intense flavour). Pour over a dressing made with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, grate on some lemon zest and sprinkle with rock salt and black pepper.

GOATS CHEESE AND ONION MARMALADE FRITTATAS Here, I’m simplifying a recipe that’s from a book called ‘Celebrate with Party Food’ by Tina Bester. My shortcut uses shop-bought onion marmalade/ chutney, rather than making your own. (I’d recommend the one by Rutland Preserves). Ingredients 3 medium potatoes, boiled until tender and cut into half-inch dice 200g goat’s cheese 6 large eggs 250ml cream A jar of onion marmalade Salt and pepper

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SIMPLE ICED BUNS Dense and delicious, these will bring back memories of childhood. Make them by enriching a basic bread dough with the addition of egg and sugar. Ingredients Basic white bread recipe (as before) 100g caster sugar 1 egg 250ml-300ml lukewarm water 350g icing sugar & cold water or freshly squeezed lemon juice Make your dough in exactly the same way as the basic bread recipe as above, but put in the sugar and egg before adding the water. Once you’ve proved the dough, knock the air out carefully by hand, then divide it into 20 pieces. Shape these into little sausage shapes and place them on an oiled tray. Cover again and leave until they’ve doubled in size. Bake at 200 degrees C for about 8-12 minutes until they’re golden. Then cool on a wire rack. Make the icing by combining the icing sugar and water/lemon juice until the consistency is stiff but spreadable. Drizzle this over the buns, then put them out of sight or they’ll disappear before the party even starts!

INDIVIDUAL VICTORIA SANDWICH CAKES We all have our own favourite recipe, so use yours making the quantity you would normally make for two 7in tins. I worked out, using my rusty ‘O’ level maths, that this quantity generously fills a tray that’s 18x32cm.

This will take around 25 mins to bake at 180 degrees C. Before you take it out of the oven, make sure it bounces back in the middle if you press the top. Once cooked and golden brown, cool the cake in the tin, then turn it out onto a board. Cut it in half horizontally with a big bread knife, then use a pastry cutter to make your individual cakes. I find tackling top and bottom separately makes life much easier than waiting till they’re sandwiched together! Spread the bottoms with jam, then place on the tops, and sprinkle them liberally with icing sugar.

FRUIT SKEWERS Use seasonal fruit to thread onto wooden skewers. Strawberries, grapes, melon, pineapple and mango all work well because they don’t fall apart too easily. They’ll add a fresh and colourful touch to your table.

HOMEMADE LEMONADE Borrowed from Tina Bester’s book ‘Celebrate with Party Food’. Place 500ml freshly squeezed lemon juice in a pan with 160g sugar. Heat it until the sugar melts (but don’t boil it or you’ll end up with marmalade!). Allow the mixture to cool then add iced water to taste. Use carbonated water if you like your lemonade fizzy.

CIDER COCKTAIL Pour chilled dry cider in to a jug and add ice and a good splash of interesting fruit liqueur. I tried damson vodka that I’d made back in the autumn and it made a summery cocktail with real punch! You could use a blackcurrant liqueur, sloe gin or a fruit cordial. STAMFORD Living JUNE 2012

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t’s nearly here!… Stamford Feast - The Big Lunch is a FREE multicultural community food event being held between 10m and 4pm on Stamford Meadows on Monday 4th June. This event ran for the first time last summer and received a fantastic attendance of 8,000 visitors, subsequently helping the local economy and increasing tourism to the town. Now in its second year and falling on the same weekend as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, there is an action packed day planned for everyone to enjoy… This is much more than just a fun day out…

it’s a diverse, innovative, inspirational and inviting multi cultural community project, centred on food and healthy eating. On offer will be: educational advice on cultural awareness; how to sustain a healthy lifestyle through mini projects running on the day; a live cookery demonstration theatre; all day live international entertainment; 100 trade stalls comprising local businesses, farmers, food producers, local chefs, restaurateurs and allotment groups who will come together to showcase their skills and sell their locally sourced products; two kids’ competitions which will be judged on the day

BURGHLEY PARK CRICKET CLUB Cricket Week and Beer Festival. Mon 2 – Fri 6 July

Burghley Park Cricket Week and Beer Festival has been growing year on year over the past few years and this year the club plan to make it even bigger! The week consists of all day games on each day of the week starting at 10.30am; and from 6pm every evening, the ever popular Burghley Park six-a-side competition takes place. This year is the 54th year of the six a side competition or the ‘Burghley Sixes’, as it has become popularly known; and it is proving as popular as ever with crowds starting to get back to the numbers attending in those heady days of the 60s. The Stamford Mercury of the time reported crowds of 2 or 3 deep around the boundary with numbers into the 1000s. 16 local village teams are invited to take part with 3 games being played each evening starting at 6.00 pm. The semi finals and final take place on the Friday evening, with a live band performing after the sixes final on the Friday evening. In the last few years another highlight has been the introduction of a real ale festival in the ‘Forest Garden Services’ marquee, which has been supplied by Events and Tents. At least 20 real ales are available each day and evening during the week and so it is worth visiting the Park during the week in order to sample the delights of some wonderful real ales from near and far while at the same time watching some exhilarating six hitting during the ‘sixes’ games. The beer tent this year will be a great vantage point to watch the Olympic torch go by as it enters and exits Burghley Park on Tuesday 3rd July! So come and watch history whilst sampling some great real ales! There are a couple of new additions for this year’s Cricket Week and Beer Festival extending it further to incorporate the inaugural ‘Cricket Ball’ which will take place on Friday 29th June. For tickets email tickets@burghleypark.com. There will also be a Chairman’s Day ‘match’ on Saturday 30th June. • So, what could be better on a balmy summer evening? Go on pay a visit and make the crowds even bigger this year.

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to ‘Make a Jubilee Crown’ and ‘Create Jubilee Bunting’; plus a Chilli Eating Contest for those hardened Chilli-heads… don’t miss out on the opportunity to win some amazing prizes! From 5.30pm until 10.30pm there will be a picnic in the park with an open air bar and a number of local youth bands performing into the night with a finale of fireworks to round the weekend’s celebrations off. Bring your blankets and chairs and join in with the fun! • For more information on the day’s activities please go to www.visitstamford.com/feast

MULTI SPORTS ACTIVITY CAMP

Agilitas Sports is running their Multi Sports Activity Camp from Stamford Rugby Club this summer. The club for boys and girls aged 5 to 11 runs from 9am to 3pm on Mondays to Fridays from 30th July until 24th August and costs just £15 per day. The children take part in at least five different activities each day with an emphasis on team work, competition and FUN. • Full details including the weekly programme and booking forms are available at www.agilitassports.com

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WHAT’S NEW? Delcor to open new store in Stamford

UK specialists in fine hand-crafted furniture choose Stamford for new store If you thought the art of creating beautiful furniture went out with Chippendale – think again. Delcor has been manufacturing stylish bespoke furniture since the mid 1960s from its showroom and manufacturing headquarters at Seaton Delaval near the Northumberland coast. And now Delcor are opening a 4,800 sq ft store at Bath Row, Stamford (in the former Mark Elliot building) in July this year to satisfy growing market demand for their unique products. The opening follows on from the success of their operations in Seaton Delaval, Northumberland, King’s Road Chelsea and their franchise store in Altrincham, Cheshire. Delcor is also opening a 2,000 sq ft store in Harrogate this month. Delcor’s main focus is on settees, divans and chairs in a range of designs and coverings. Every piece of furniture is bespoke so clients can ‘mix and match’ to create their own individual setting and furniture can be assembled at home, avoiding any access problems. Fabric designs are plentiful with over 10,000 to choose from in a range of traditional and block prints as well as cool neutrals. Delcor’s owner and MD, Rick Petini identified Stamford as a perfect location for the new store: “Stamford is a beautiful county town with many fine historic houses and is within easy reach of larger conurbations. We’re confident that our beautiful ‘British-made’ bespoke furniture will attract property owners both locally and regionally. • To find out more visit www.delcor.co.uk

Train a Puppy; Change a Life

National charity calls for volunteers in Stamford as it celebrates its 30th birthday Thirty years on from its launch, national charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is calling for new volunteers to help train a puppy and change the life of a deaf person. Around 15 volunteer ‘puppy socialisers’ are urgently needed in and around Stamford to help train hearing dogs of the future in this fun and rewarding role. The Charity – which currently has around 750 deaf recipients across the UK – hopes to encourage new people to come forward and sign up as volunteers in what is a special year for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, currently celebrating its 30th birthday. Hearing Dogs transform deaf people’s lives by alerting their recipient to important household sounds and danger signals such as the alarm clock, doorbell and smoke alarm in the home, at work and in public buildings. Tom Green from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, said: “The role of puppy socialiser is vital to the continued success of the Charity and as a puppy socialiser; volunteers will play a huge part in the eventual placement of a hearing dog with a deaf person. “Hearing Dogs change lives. They bring new levels of independence, confidence and companionship to a deaf person as well as helping to remove some of the loneliness and isolation that deafness – which is in essence, an invisible disability – can unfortunately create.” A hearing dog puppy’s journey to becoming a hearing dog begins at eight weeks old when they are placed in the home of a volunteer puppy socialiser. Puppy socialisers teach the puppy basic obedience skills while introducing them to all the people and

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Being British

'Being British' may be the curatorial theme, but the typical red, white and blue will not be in evidence on June 29th. For one night only, this gala event in aid of The Children's Society will bring 13 contemporary artists, including internationally acclaimed talent alongside exciting, new local artists, to Stamford for the first time. Rather than a patriotic parade, the exhibition evokes a more complex unravelling of the national psyche. Looking at codes of etiquette and occasion or exposing a perverse taste for the gothic, reminiscent of traditional nursery rhymes, the artworks explore the nation's eccentricities and iconography. Peterborough-based illustrator, Jason Duckmanton will be working live on stage and music will be provided by the Stamford Endowed Schools. Wine and canapés will accompany the diverse artworks from photography and ceramics to conceptual sculpture. • More information and tickets (£10 in advance) at www.artpopup.co.uk or from the Arts Centre Box Office. STAMFORD LIVING june 2012

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1. The Great British Drawing Room to retreat to Hambleton Hall has been a member of Relais & Châteaux since 1982. The Association’s mission is to spread its unique ‘art de vivre’ across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character Tim Hart, owner of Hambleton hall, explains: “The original concept of the Relais & Châteaux was inspired by the French, and there are many things that they do very well. But almost invariably the drawing room is done better in this country, which I think is to do with the fact that we have a rainy climate. On a bad day you still have the view and you need to be very comfortable, enjoy a roaring log fire and be able to tuck into a delicious tea.”

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An integral part of Hambleton Hall is the garden and its glorious setting in the landscape. It follows the great British tradition of country houses; with a more formal parterre leading down to open lawns and trees and the stunning vista of Rutland Water - very much in the way ‘Capability’ Brown would have done it in his day. And tucked away around the side, that quintessential English County House feature, the walled kitchen garden; full of the herbs, spices, salads and fruits that go straight into the Hambleton kitchens. Oh and trees with stories … for example the eucalyptus tree that was the result of a discarded cutting from a florist 30 years ago and is now one of the biggest trees on the estate. Or the Loquat that is in the greenhouse, brought back from a family holiday in Majorca last year and being over-wintered in the greenhouse before being planted out to see if it can survive the British climate.

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5. Great British food and drink to enjoy 3. Outdoor pastimes to suit the mood

Hambleton Hall offers a unique setting for that great British pastime, bird watching, with the huge variety of species on Rutland Water and of course the ospreys. And if you are feeling a little more active, there is a tennis court tucked round the side; or a game of croquet perhaps on the front lawn, both quintessential Edwardian pastimes that were also ‘borrowed from the French!’. Or a visit perhaps to one of the many local country houses or market towns. ‘The Cotswolds without the crowds,” as the region is often described.

Aaron Patterson, Head Chef and Co-owner of Hambleton Hall, has always been passionate about sourcing locally. In his book ‘Wild about Food’ he opines about the local mushrooms, which are the subject of a mushroom foray each autumn. Next spring he is hoping to inaugurate a spring foray in search of chickweed, horseradish, wild garlic and sorrel. Aaron sources Game from the local estates, veal from Whissendine, trout from Rutland Water, beef from Northfield Farm and much more besides. And with a nod towards Scotland, the cosy bar stocks 40 whiskies. In tribute to the long-serving Restaurant Director, Graeme Matheson (also known as ‘The Scottish Jeeves’), there is a whisky blended specially for him, the ‘Hambletoon’!

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4. Classic British history to delve into

The house has a strong association with foxhunting, as it was built originally in 1881 by Walter Marshall as a hunting box. The house provided an ideal base for hunting with the Cottesmore, Quorn, Belvoir or Fernie hounds.. He was a man who liked his aphorisms, with the inscription ‘Fay Ce Que Voudras’ (Do as you please) above the front door; ‘Nunc Hora Bibendi’ (“Now is the time for a drink”) on the sundial on the south front of the hall; and a typical Victorian pun on the entrance to the stable yard ‘Ride Si Sapis (‘Smile if Wise’ in Latin, but also to be read before saddling up!) Hambleton Hall was designed by Leicesterbased architect, Isaac Barradale, who also designed Barnsdale Hall. He was described by Pevsner as “arguably the finest architect of the Arts and Crafts movement in the country”. Walter Marshall left his house to his younger sister Eva Astley Paston Cooper. Although Eva started life as a keen devotee of the chase, from the age of 50 onwards she presided over a salon of bright young things including Noel Coward, Malcolm Sargent and Charles Scott Moncrieff.

Set above the entrance to the stableyards is a gloriously ‘over the top’ clocktower, built in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. On its dial face is inscribed: “Anno Sexagesimo, Regni Victoriae Reginae”. This year Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee is marked by an impressive Jubilee Wreath above the entrance porch of the Hall. These two tributes remind us of the strong sense of continuity in the monarchy and also in the history of Hambleton Hall; created in Victorian times for conviviality and the pursuit of pastimes, and still doing the same job very well today. The staying power and consistently high standards of Hambleton Hall for more than 30 years has fostered a very loyal clientele and the

accolades of the industry: • A Michelin star since 1982 • Listed in the Top 60 restaurants in the Good Food Guide to celebrate their 60th anniversary last year • Voted ‘Most Excellent Hotel’ in Johansens’ 2011 UK & Ireland Awards for Excellence. As one happy guest commented: “Perfection – the welcome, the accommodation, the service, the food, the location!” In the Great British tradition, long may it continue! Hambleton Hall www.hambletonhall.com Tel: 01572 756991 STAMFORD Living JUNE 2012

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LOCAL BUSINESS What’s happening at ‘Stamford Beauty’ (‘Award winning salon 2011’)

Situated in Silver Lane, just off the High Street, Stamford Beauty and Nail Bar is fast becoming a popular retreat for the residents of Stamford and beyond. Sarah started the business in October 2010 and, having a particular interest in skincare, chose to work with the leading skincare brand ‘Dermalogica’. With competition being strong in the area for this range, it encouraged Sarah to extend her knowledge as much as she could and help her clients achieve their skin goals. Having become especially popular for her face treatments and Sarah’s passion for the product range, it was an amazing reward for her to be awarded one of Dermalogica’s ‘Most Inspirational Salons for 2011’! As a reward for this, Sarah attended ‘Stapleford Park Hotel’ for a wonderful lunch, some lovely gifts and shared other inspirational Dermalogica salon owners’ success stories along with meeting key staff from Dermalogica Headquarters. Also within Sarah’s first year, she introduced Aga on a part time basis to offer UV Gel Enhancements that look just like your own nails with no harm to nail beds. Now, after only six months, Aga is in the salon full time and with a full diary! Using high quality products such as Young Nails, IBD, NSI, OPI, Orly, Geleration, Shellac, Gellish to meet every client expectations, she specialises in Nail Extensions, Overlays, Nail /Toes Reconstructions with Glitter Finish, 3D art, classic French look and Block Colours. Being fully qualified in Nail Enhancements since 2006, Aga is looking forward to

becoming a Young Nails Educator by the end of 2012. New for spring 2012, Sarah and Aga have introduced Children’s Pamper Parties recently, which are proving incredibly popular. Sarah is now also offering Ladies Intimate waxing (Brazilian & Hollywood) after completing her training with the celebrity wax queen ‘Kim Lawless’ in London; and to reduce any discomfort uses the most superior wax on the market, ‘Perron Rigot’ Hot wax from Paris. Lastly, but certainly not least, Aga is extending her skills to Permanent Make-up. She has completed her training with a globally active company ‘Swiss Colour International’ and is offering individual hair techniques for eyebrows, whether it is filling in a gap or the whole brow - a very natural look to complement the face. She is also offering semi-permanent eyeliner application to the top, bottom or both and lip line and blush to work with the natural lip colour. All of these treatments are created to enhance your natural features and build confidence. Swiss Colour International offers you a range of over 100 high quality micro pigments. The purity of pigments leads to an outstanding brilliance and stability of the colours. Consultations are free and bookings are now being taken. Portfolio pictures are available for you to look at. • Stamford Beauty & Nail Bar, 1 Silver Lane, Stamford. Lincs.PE9 2LG. Tel: 01780 757108

BIRTHDAY GIRLS AT ELAN

Elan is celebrating its fifth year in business this month, with owner Elaine, Claire and Miya. This popular little’ tucked away’ salon is always buzzing and prides itself with up-to-the-minute hair styles and plenty of advice. Proper consultations are key; Elaine and her team provide a thorough consultation, which is so important when considering a style change or colour work. Then, working with Wella colours, care is taken to help clients achieve the perfect look. Being fashion-forward is so important these days and keeping in touch with fashion is something everyone at the salon is interested in. Both Claire and Miya really enjoy creating wedding hair and are specialists in bridal hair for the whole group - clients can either come to the salon or will work at the bride’s home. There are always offers on the board. Come and join the party at Elan! • Elan, 1a Silver Lane, Stamford. Tel: 01780 767700

Fundraising inspired by Ned Cullen's fight against Motor Neurone Disease

Ned Cullen was diagnosed with MND at the age of 33; before this he was an active and healthy Harrier pilot. This disease has turned his life upside down and left him unable to move, eat or speak. But almost nine years later he is still fighting and determined to spend as much time as possible with his wife and young son. Ned's courage and determination have motivated family and friends to raise as much money as possible to support families living with the disease as well as fund vital research. Fundraising events inspired by Ned have so far raised over £13,500. On June 23rd, 15 ladies from the Stamford area will attempt the 23 mile Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, climbing Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough (hopefully) within 12 hours to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Ellen Chisholm was the first to sign up, “We know it’s going to be tough as most of us are novice walkers, but Ned has inspired me and the rest of the team to try and do something positive and raise vital funds. Who knows, we might even enjoy it!” • The walkers would appreciate your sponsorship and encouragement: www.justgiving.com/ teams/nedssquadron.

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Health & beauty

Ultimate relaxation If you’re feeling in need of some serious pampering then look no further; this summer you can choose from an array of bespoke beauty packages to provide a welcome boost. And as Genevieve Potter discovers, for the ultimate in relaxation, we have a luxury health spa right on our doorstep The Grange Spa The Grange Spa is based in rural Lincolnshire, just outside Bourne, in the picturesque village of Pointon. It opened its impressive oak doors in 2009 and has gone from strength to strength as clients from a wide catchment area enjoy the luxurious facilities, including an indoor pool and spa and a state of the art gym (the spa even offers ten-week boot camp programmes for those who want to lose weight and dramatically increase their fitness). With a capacity of just 20 people, The Grange Spa feels like your own personal haven and it offers treatments and products from Aromatherapy Associates, Thalgo and, new for this summer, Germaine de Capuccini.

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From the moment you set foot inside the door you feel cocooned and pampered. As one client aptly described their experience:“I’m in danger of becoming a regular because every time I bring a friend to Grange Spa, they want to come back again and then they tell their friends who want to come too! It is utterly luxurious and tranquil and I always float home afterwards.” Popular half day packages last for four hours and are flexible, to fit around busy working lives, and there are also two-hour late afternoon “twilight” experiences available. Until the end of August there is a special “Lazy Days” full day promotion, which costs £120 per person (value is £170 per person) and includes use of the pool, gym and relaxation areas, a welcome drink, lunch and a lavender and peppermint cooler treatment. This allover treatment uses the unrivalled healing and reviving powers of natural lavender and peppermint and comprises a body scrub,

cooling peppermint footmask, a hydrating facial treatment and mask, completed with an ayurvedic scalp and shoulder massage to ease tension and gently soothe tired muscles. In addition, The Grange Spa is offering Stamford Living readers 10% off packages and treatments booked and taken before 1st

September 2012. However this cannot be taken in conjunction with the “Lazy Days” or any other seasonal promotion, or used on beauty products. Only one voucher per customer can be used, but for groups the 10% can be applied across the entire booking. Please quote Stamford Living at the time of booking. • The Grange Spa, Millthorpe Road, Pointon, Lincolnshire, NG34 0NF Tel: 01778 440511 www.thegrangespa.co.uk

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“Your spa experience” at THE BEAUTY MANOR Right in the heart of Stamford’s Red Lion Square, The Beauty Manor (above Brown’s Hairdressing) offers a flexible “Your Spa Experience” where you can enjoy some time away from it all, on your own or with someone special (a double treatment room is available upon request). Packages are infinitely flexible, and for three hours start from £80, which includes a file and polish on hands and feet, mini facial, 30 minute back massage, 30 minute head massage and a complimentary lunch. The salon is open until 9pm, Tuesday to Friday, making it the perfect place to unwind after a busy day at work. • The Beauty Manor 3 Red Lion Square, Stamford, PE9 2AJ. Tel: 0844 999 3365 www.thebeautymanor.co.uk A mini pamper package – the perfect presummer treat at EMMA CANNINGS If time is of the essence but you’re feeling the need to look noticeably more groomed, head for Emma Cannings at Stamford Garden Centre for an affordable mini pamper package. The first part of the package is an Express Crystal Clear Facial. The Crystal Clear method is a safe, gentle, but thorough skin exfoliation, using a flow of crystals onto the skin surface which are then gently vacuumed away to achieve an instantly rejuvenated skin texture and a “lift” for tired skin. Crystal Clear also stimulates the muscles and the blood supply to the skin’s surface, to help promote new collagen and elastin formation. Special attention is given to any areas of concern, such as open pores, fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes or acne scarring. After your express facial, you’ll be treated to a mini manicure and pedicure, using the world-famous Jessica products, for a perfectly groomed look in the latest summer colours. The mini pamper package is available

throughout the month of June and costs £54 (a saving on the list price of £10) for two hours. • Emma Cannings, Stamford Garden Centre, Great Casterton, Stamford PE9 4BB Tel: 01780 766583 www.emmacannings.co.uk Holistic therapy at the ADVANCED SKIN CLINIC Amy Nicholson is the new therapist at the Advanced Skin Clinic (located opposite The George Hotel) and she has brought with her a wealth of experience in luxury spa treatments, including hot stones massage, Hopi ear candle treatments, aromatherapy massages and even specialist bikini line waxing. Coupled with the clinic’s advanced Environ skin care range, OPI manicures and pedicures and Jane Iredale mineral make-up, it is easy to see why the Advanced Skin Clinic is a go-to destination when you have time for some serious pampering. Pamper packages for men and women start from just £36 for an hour for the ‘Revitalise’ package which comprises a hot stones back, neck and shoulder massage plus an Environ express facial, ranging through to the ‘Pure Luxury’ package, which is a full body hot stones massage completed with a wonderfully uplifting reflexology treatment (£85 for two and a half hours). • The Advanced Skin Clinic 11a High Street St Martin’s, Stamford PE9 2LF Tel: 01780 481155

THE CACI ULTIMATE ARRIVES IN STAMFORD

For the ultimate facial this summer, head for Equilibrium CACI’s award-winning treatments are the result of over two decades of research and can deliver dramatically visible results, without the need for surgery. The CACI ultimate machine at Equilibrium is the most advanced of its kind and is currently the only one available in this area. Treatments are tailor-made for each client but the system treats lines and wrinkles, eye-bags, de-hydrated skin, acne and blemishes, stretch marks, cellulite and, as well as delivering radiant skin on the face, it can firm and improve virtually all parts of the body including the neck, hands, buttocks, legs, tummy and bust. A recent convert to CACI ultra, Equilibrium client Helen Walton, commented: “The idea of a face lift without cosmetic surgery intrigued me. Was it possible to defy gravity without knives and needles? “The ultimate anti-ageing Caci treatment at Equilibrium proved it can be done. Following the treatment I could immediately see how the process had re-educated my facial muscle fibres and improved the skin texture. Many of the wrinkles I had before had gone, vanished! My skin felt fresher, firmer and so much softer. For the optimum long term effect a course of ten treatments is recommended followed by a monthly top up. Would I commit to the time and expenditure to have the full course of ten? You bet I would. The immediate difference on just one treatment had me rushing for the diary making time available to book in my next sessions. “I tell my friends (men and women; CACI is for men too) I haven’t had a face-lift... all I’ve done is speak kindly to my muscles and wrinkles, asking them to re-educate themselves and buck their ideas up!! Simple....” As a special offer for Stamford Living readers, during the month of June when you book a course of ten CACI ultimate treatments you will only need to pay for eight. Courses must be booked and paid for in advance and Stamford Living magazine must be quoted in order to receive the discount. For full terms and conditions please contact Equilibrium. • Equilibrium - 7 St Paul’s Street, Stamford Tel: 01780 757579 www.equilibriumstamford.co.uk www.facebook.com/equilibriumstamford

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EATING OUT

EATING OUT FOR THE JUBILEE!! Many establishments have got special menus for the Diamond Jubilee and beyond which are well worth taking a look at. And if the weather is fine, what better way to do it than ‘al fresco’

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COSY CLUB, STAMFORD The Old Delivery Office, Horseshoe Lane, Stamford, PE9 2RB Tel: 01780 767710 www.cosyclub.co.uk The Cosy Club makes one feel fabulously patriotic with the royal paraphernalia on the walls, the glossy pillar box red gilt bar and the Officers’ Mess upstairs. What better place to celebrate the Jubilee and, although it does not have an outdoor space, the spaciousness of the place and the light pouring in through the atrium gives it a very open feeling. THE CROWN HOTEL, STAMFORD All Saints’ Place, Stamford, PE9 2AG Tel: 01780 763136 www.thecrownhotelstamford.co.uk The view from the Crown Courtyard is amongst the best in Stamford, looking towards All Saints’ Church and the brick chimney of the old brewery. All of the Jubilee celebrations will be shown on the screen in the Courtyard, which will be adorned with bunting. The Courtyard bar will be open with waitress service for food and drinks. On Tuesday 5th June to celebrate the Royal procession and Fly past there will be complimentary tea and cakes in The Courtyard. EXETER ARMS, EASTON-ON-THE HILL 21 Stamford Road, Easton-on-the Hill, PE9 3NS. Tel: 01780 756321 www.theexeterarms.net There is a stunning conservatory area and huge courtyard out the back to enjoy the fine weather. Traditional afternoon tea will be served each afternoon along with strawberries and clotted cream for that true British feel. A Diamond Jubilee cocktail will also be offered throughout the weekend along with Pimms and Pimms Royale. JIM’S YARD, STAMFORD 3 Ironmonger St, Stamford, PE9 1PL Opening times: Tue-Sat lunch and dinner Tel: 01780 756080 - www.jimsyard.biz Service is abundant but informal, the food is simple and exquisite, and the very good value set lunch in the courtyard on a sunny day is perfection. There is a focus on Great British local ingredients throughout June. First awarded Michelin Red Guide’s Bib Gourmand in January 2004, they have just retained it for the ninth consecutive year at Jim’s Yard. THE GARDEN KITCHEN Stamford Garden Centre, Casterton Road Tel: 01780 765656 www.stamfordgardencentre.co.uk The new Orangery is a delight when the sun is streaming in, and the quality of the food is very impressive (see our full review on Page 47). There is a special Jubilee Tasting Menu on the evening of Fri June 8th, call to make a reservation. THE GEORGE HOTEL, STAMFORD 71 High St, St Martin’s, Stamford, PE9 2LB Opening times: every day, lunch and dinner Tel: 01780 750750 www.georgehotelofstamford.com “Eating in the Courtyard on a summer’s day with good companions is just about the closest you can get to heaven on earth”. The ancient splendour of this establishment somehow feels a fitting place to raise a toast to the Queen.

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Garden Kitchen

JACKSON STOPS INN, STRETTON Rookery Lane, Stretton, LE15 7RN Tel: 01780 410237 - www.thejacksonstops.com A delightful spot to eat outside in the front garden. The pub will be offering a Special Jubilee Lunch on Mon June 4th and Tue June 5th. There will be a choice of 5 starters and 5 mains, great value at £12.95 for 2 courses, and of course feauturing a themed menu.

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TOBIE NORRIS, STAMFORD 12 St. Paul’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2BE Tel: 01780 753800. www.tobienorris.com The Tobie Norris has a charming outside area that is lovingly looked after, and the best place to really appreciate the medieval qualities of the building. The Jubilee is being celebrated from Fri June 1st-Tue June 5th with 10 Jubilee themed real ales, 10 Real Ciders & Perrys, and 10 real Cheeses from around the British Isles. On Sun June 3rd from 8pm there will be Live Music from Dan of the Lounge.

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THE OLIVE BRANCH, CLIPSHAM Main St, Clipsham, LE15 7SH Tel: 01780 410355 www.theolivebranchpub.com The Olive Branch continues to set the gold standard in the region’s pubs for the quality of food and ambience. The outside terrace is simple and delightful; bookings are not taken for the outside area, so arrive early or late or be prepared to squash up. Rugs are thoughtfully provided for those challenged by goose pimples. To mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, they are serving a Jubilee Set Menu throughout June that includes Winkfield Soup and Coronation Chicken (see the recipe on Page 56) WHITE HART, UFFORD Main St, Ufford, PE9 3BH Tel: 01789 740250 The White Hart is popular, and deservedly so, for it offers top quality, friendly service and very good value. The outside area is extensive and delightful. The pub will be supporting the Ufford Village Jubilee Celebrations on Sun June 3rd from 3pm onwards: there will be children’s races, BBQ, face painting, tug-o-war, music, ice creams and a bouncy castle - admission free.

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FINE FOOD CAFÉ & RESTAURANT 37 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DF Tel: 01780 754222 www.thefinefoodstore.com The ‘secret garden’ is in its fifth year now, and is well established. Order at the counter and head down to the garden, where you feel totally secluded from the hustle and bustle of St Mary’s. A Jubilee menu will be served, including cream teas, a locally-sourced Ploughman’s platter and a local asparagus frittata.

WICKED WITCH Bridge Street, Ryhall, PE9 4HH Tel: 01780 763649 www.ryhallwitch.co.uk Serious, sophisticated cooking that never loses site of the need to be delicious, nor is it over-finicky. A definite addition to the Fine Dining scene in the region. Dameon Clarke has recently become head Chef and he brings with him a very loyal following of people that ate his food at the Collyweston Slater and then Assiette. There will be traditional Jubilee dishes and also a Pimms offer. There is a lovely garden to enjoy, or perhaps a quick stroll down to the quaint bridge and river. WILLIAM CECIL HOTEL St Martin’s, Stamford, PE9 2LJ Tel: 01780 750070 www.thewilliamcecil.co.uk The outside space of this hotel has been transformed in the last year, and there is now a most appealing Terrace area to enjoy, or perhaps a stroll around the garden. A new Restaurant menu has been introduced for the season, with an emphasis on British ingredients – for example, Boston Market Apple Purée, Lincolnshire potatoes and Poachers’ cheeses, British asparagus and pan-fried Devon Scallops. The new Terrace menu includes East Coat oysters, local asparagus, Wye Valley smoked salmon and some delicious house salads.

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WOMEN’S ONLY BREEZE RIDES 23rd/24th JUNE BIG BREEZE RIDE We will also be running a number of Women only Breeze rides in association with British Cycling throughout June from all of our 4 stores. If you don’t own a bike, don’t worry! - We will be offering 50% off cycle hire to ladies who are taking part in an organised Breeze Ride and we’ll also throw in helmet hire free of charge. For more information on these Women only Breeze rides, please visit rutlandcycling.co.uk/promotions.

We will be supporting the ‘Big Breeze Bike Ride’. We will be running a Breeze cycle ride from all of our stores on the 23rd & 24th June as part of “the biggest ever campaign for women’s cycling”. For more information on the ‘Big Breeze Bike Ride’, please visit rutlandcycling.com/promotions.

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We will be running a Trek evening session at our Whitwell store on 19th June and a Giant evening at our Giant-Rutland store on 28th June. We will have guest lectures from Trek and Giant representatives. An evening ride will take place before the talks. These sessions will have limited space. To reserve your place. Please email promotions@rutlandcycling.co.uk

Throughout the month of June we will be hosting ‘Women Only’ maintenance classes at our stores, the sessions will be run by our Cytech trained mechanics and are designed to teach you everything you need to know from fixing punctures to general maintenance of your bike. Places are limited. To book your place on one of these maintenance classes please email promotions@rutlandcycling.co.uk.

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SPOTLIGHT ON... CROATIA

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eborn in 1991 and widely regarded as the ‘Jewel of the Adriatic’, Croatia is a country where rich culture blends with modern idealism. Its landscape is diverse, from fertile rich plains to thickforested hills and mountain tops, and the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic peppered with over a thousand islands and islets. Purely and simply Croatia is a sanctuary of unspoilt beauty. The beginning of the season in June & July bring cloudless blue skies along with a perfect summer climate. As in most of the Mediterranean countries, an afternoon siesta is observed and balmy evenings begin with the traditional stroll on the seafront or in the city square. The Makarska Riviera is arguably the most beautiful stretch of coast on the Adriatic, this splendid coast lying between the two famous cities of Split &. Dubrovnik has been called the most perfectly preserved medieval city in the world, and is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has for centuries rivalled Venice as a major sea trading port. Eating out is a very important part of any holiday and gastronomic delights are plentiful. Not surprisingly and with almost a thousand miles of coastline, fine cuisine will often include the freshest of fish, and in the Northern provinces, dishes laced with Croatia’s famous truffles. Within easy reach of the breathtaking city of Dubrovnik and a perfect retreat from the crowds are The Elafiti Islands. Lopud is sleepy and traffic free, The Villa Vilina is set in beautiful gardens at the end of a sandy bay. It enjoys wonderful views and the restaurant serves the freshest of organic produce; figs, grapes and tangerines are all picked from the garden along with home made bread…. 7 nights in July, Bed & Breakfast from £836.00 per person. Transfers included. Alternatively in Brac, the largest of the central Dalmatian islands. the Art Hotel Bracka Perla is situated in a lovely cove in Supetar, furnished in a contemporary style offering self-catering suites: 7 nights Bed & Breakfast in July, from £935.00 per person. Transfers included. Dickinson & Co, 34 Broad Street Stamford PE9 1PJ Tel: 01780 752581 email: rmd@dickinsonandco.co.uk

Graham Asset Management celebrates 25 years with the addition OF A NEW ADVISOR John Graham and Julia Peach of Graham Asset Management held a champagne reception recently at Burghley House. Over 100 guests joined them in the Great Hall to celebrate 25 years of providing independent financial advice. Well-known industry expert Justin Urquhart Stewart, who co-founded Seven Investment Management, gave a highly informative and entertaining presentation,

Photo: (left to right) Julia Peach, Justin Urquhart Stewart, John Graham.

highlighting key political and economic issues facing the world today. The event also welcomed Julia Peach to Graham Asset Management, bringing with her 25 years’ experience as a fixed income analyst in the City. “I am thrilled to be joining forces with

Rutland Sailability’s Longboat, the Wally Goldsmith, crewed by six Rutland Sailability sailors, will be one of a thousand boats following the Royal Barge in a spectacular flotilla to celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 year reign. On Sunday June 3rd. Crew member, John Deane of Ketton, has been recording activity on shore and on Rutland Water, and will film the momentous journey along The Thames on the day. The Friends of Rutland Sailability’s Annual Reception this year will feature ‘Jubilee Reflections’, the story in words, pictures and video of this special day. Everyone is invited to see the boat and meet the crew, and witness a unique presentation covering the journey from initial preparation to the culminating sail down the Thames. The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Laurence Howard JP PhD will introduce the Presentation. The Reception will take place on Wednesday 27 June at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, Rutland from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and is sponsored by Barnsdale Lodge Hotel and Hambleton Hall Hotel. Friends of Rutland Sailability look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to share in this once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the spectacle of Rutland’s participation in The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant. Tickets at £15.00 each to include drinks and canapés, are available from Mike Baumber, telephone 01780 740289 or e-mail michael. baumber@btinternet.com

Graham Asset Management at such a key point in the company’s history,” she said. “I believe there is now, more than ever, a real need for high quality, impartial financial advice, based on trusting and long-term relationships.” John Graham said, “We place our clients’ financial well-being and security at the heart of everything we do. We research the entire market to find the most suitable products for our clients. We have no allegiance to any one company. Our only allegiance is to the client. I am delighted that Julia has joined the company with her wealth of experience.” For more information, call 01780 461199, email gamadmin@thinkpositive.co.uk or visit the website, www.graam.co.uk. STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2012

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STUART PORTER ANTIQUES: OFFICIAL OPENING

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White officially opened Stuart Porter Antique Centre last month. The antique centre housed in idyllic Georgian buildings in Stamford, opened its doors November last year but Stuart wanted to celebrate the completion of his project: four floors full of diverse antiques; beautiful courtyard and adjoining building, home to a social stitching/textile workshop and a quaint café. Stuart has been sourcing interesting pieces for Marco Pierre-White, his close acquaintance for some years and invited him to cut the ribbon. He told guests: “I am so proud of what’s been achieved here in such a short space of time. We have had such warm feedback from everyone. Today I want to reinforce my commitment to our dealers who bring variety and quality to my centre. We’ve formed a core of enthusiastic people I see as extended family. I owe it to you.” Marco praised his friend’s centre. “What I really like about this place is that there is so much variety in terms of price point and style. It’s relaxed and customers feel free to browse.” Stuart Porter Antiques is open seven days a week, also offering valuation, restoration and picture framing services. Stuart Porter Antiques, 15 Broad Street, Stamford PE9 1PJ, Tel: 01780 766214 www.stuartporterantiques.com.

INTERIOR SHOWROOMS AT VALE GARDEN HOUSES Open to the public at Vale Garden Houses in Grantham are fabulous interiors showrooms selling a stylish collection of dining, seating and occasional furniture, lighting, mirrors, flooring, fabrics, accessories and much more. See traditional wicker conservatory furniture alongside classical and more contemporary pieces, in rooms that have been designed to inspire you. Items are sourced with emphasis on conservatories, however many pieces are suitable for other rooms in your home. Vale Garden Houses, Belton Park, Londonthorpe Road, Grantham, NG31 9SJ Open 9-5pm Monday to Friday, tel: 08458 727626 www.interiorsbyvale.com

From New York to narrow boats, nothing fazes the Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co. From standard beds to something more bespoke, they would surely be able to accommodate even the most inveterate Goldilocks. A family company based in Harpley near Fakenham, Norfolk, Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co’s range of wrought iron, brass and nickel beds are handmade in Norfolk by a team of craftsmen using traditional construction techniques. These, says founder Amanda Oldfield, are beds which become family heirlooms: “All our beds are handmade to order and are guaranteed for the buyer’s lifetime. They can be handed down. Our styles are based on simple, clean country designs and we also build bespoke beds. Before Christmas we made two small brass beds for the Broadway stage show of Mary Poppins. We’ve also made a bespoke bed in brass shaped like a ship’s wheel for a narrow boat.” Their beds are offered in standard or bespoke sizes, with a choice of colour, bed base and even bed knobs, so they can be tailored to suit your interior design scheme and indeed your inner Goldilocks. Children’s beds are also available and can include a motif of your choice at the head and foot, such as a sailing boat or a princess, as well as a range of colours. If you want to go vintage, then Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co also repair old beds for customers, as well as selling original Victorian beds which they can restore as little or as much as you like, even extending them to today’s sizes. These, says Amanda, are selling like hot cakes. And man’s best friend need not feel left out. The company has recently launched a range of made to order wrought iron dog beds. They also offer a range of park benches, using reclaimed iron bench ends Tel: 01485 521823 www.wroughtironandbrassbed.co.uk

B&G KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS NEW SHOWROOM

Local businessman Bob Herman is set to launch B&G Kitchens and Bathrooms with a newly fitted showroom in Ketton, Rutland. “The installation of a kitchen or bathroom is one of the largest purchases we make for our home, so it is essential to choose the right company. As a plumbing and electrical company we were already supplying and fitting kitchens and bathrooms, but found some customers liked to see the quality of the product and workmanship, hence the setting up of a showroom.” Bob and his team would love the opportunity to welcome you to their new showroom to demonstrate their range of products. B & G Concepts Ltd, Unit 6, Chater Business Estate, Pit Lane, Ketton, Stamford, Lincs PE9 3SZ Tel: 01780 722932 Mobile: 07976 253810 STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2012

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Through the Jubilee Window Design & interiors editor Harjit Gammon peers through the “Jubilee” windows of Barbara Guttridge’s Aladdin’s cave of a home in Stamford

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y attention was first drawn to Barbara Guttridge’s house, no to be more precise windows, on my meanderings around Stamford with my dog Beanie. It has since passed into legend amongst a select group, for its ever changing window displays. So much so that people have told me that they park in the Wharf Road car park in anticipation of the display as they walk into town! What will it be like this week, this month...? Tucked along a narrow pavement section of Blackfriars Lane, one is up close and personal with the aforementioned windows. Beyond, the room (a kitchen it transpires) is cloaked in darkness. Thus allaying the usual concerns of unfettered window peering to coin a phrase. Motorists rubber neck so perhaps window peering will do for this voyeurism. Along from the windows there is a tantalising glimpse of a conservatory and garden. Perfect fodder for the imaginings of fellow property hounds and the insatiably curious (for which read nosey) types like me. Approaching the front door, through a low gate, for a tour of the inside one gets a clue to the interests and collecting habits of the owner. The wall is smattered with little placards bearing inscriptions of various kinds, interesting less for their messages than their number and quantity. These betray the magpie-like collecting habits of the owner. On entering the kitchen high on

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several shelves one is confronted with the first of many collections inside; a range of mugs sporting advertising packaging designs. On closer inspection it becomes clear the collection has a theme - chocolate. Indeed these represent just a small number of a vast collection which was whittled down when Barbara moved to Stamford some 10 years ago from Spalding, where her family had an animal feed business. As I look around I realise I am now in the room beyond the windows! To my immense pleasure it has a lovely large dresser - I’d figured there must be something of the kind from which the endless displays emerged to appear on the windowsills - and rather appropriately but a little surprisingly an Aga. As my eyes scour the dresser I spy a considerable collection of dogs, some of which have strayed into the current window display. Inherited, Barbara says catching my gaze, from an old lady she looked after. Besides the dogs, the dresser is home to an inordinately large number of fairies, whose main domain however is the garden, as well as the remnants of an apple collection “which got silly” and is now much diminished. As the tour of the house and details of yet more collections are revealed, it becomes refreshingly apparent this is a house where living normally comes before style. The inhabitant is as important as the house. As Francis Bacon observed, “houses are built to live in and not to look at...”

The house was originally three cottages which had been knocked into one when Barbara arrived, with much of the work upstairs complete (which Barbara has left unchanged) but with the opportunity for her to make her mark downstairs. This she did by knocking through a wall to get a view of the garden from the kitchen and by adding a conservatory. The yard still sports an original arch, now blocked, which originally led to open fields in the direction of St George’s Square. Though Barbara knows little of the house’s history, odd snippets garnered from passers-by suggest it was once a motorcycle workshop and greengrocers in times gone by. Another commented that he recalled buying train tickets from a small window by the front door (possibly for travel from the one time station in Water Street), while someone else still told her he used to leave his bike there for thruppence when he went to the cinema. Upstairs the house emerges tardis-like into several unexpectedly large bedrooms which belie its rather bijoux exterior. Here too Barbara’s collectomania is in evidence, most notably in the shell themed bathroom and the hoard of stuff in the attic awaiting deliverance to the windowsills for the delight and delectation of passers-by and her two young granddaughters and accomplices in crime!

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EATING OUT

Gourmet Nights at Stapleford Park Ashley Martin and partner sampled the delights of Stapleford Park’s sumptuous gourmet evenings Stapleford Park’s 2012 series of £99 per person Gourmet Nights kicked-off with a ‘Taste of Japan’, amidst the splendour of one of the region’s finest country houses. Last year Stapleford Park was declared the best hotel in the nationwide Gourmet Britain Awards and the ‘Taste of Japan’ Gourmet Night was evidence of why the venue is loved by foodies from that online guide.

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THERE ARE FIVE MORE THEMED FUNCTIONS PLANNED, AS FOLLOWS: Friday 22nd June – The Great British Menu Gourmet Night Friday 27th July – Taste of European Classics Gourmet Night Friday 31st August – Champagne and Shellfish Gourmet Night Friday 26th October – The Best of Season Gourmet Night Friday 30th November – Taste of Game and Reds Gourmet Night The evenings, which include a specially selected wine with each course, are designed to showcase the hotel’s ‘intimate dining experience for people who are passionate about food’ and, it has to be said, wine. Japanese food is usually accompanied by wines from the Pacific Rim. However, our well informed wine expert, Ian Stubbings, of wine merchants House of Townend, which supplies Stapleford Park, opted to go somewhat left field at the ‘Taste of Japan’ Gourmet Night. With his selection of European wines he was as interested as those present to discover how his choices reacted to the flavours - occasionally fiery - of Japanese cuisine. A glass of champagne on arrival gave us a chance to make small talk with the other diners, some of whom had attended previous Stapleford Park Gourmet Nights. The tasty opening course of Taki of Salmon was followed by a selection of powerfully flavoured sushi. But, as we agreed and so did Mr Stubbings, the powerful flavours of the half-a-dozen items of sushi, including wasabi and ginger, rather overpowered the Chamblis Premier Cru. Meanwhile, our thoughts on the main dish of chicken teriyaki with tempura vegetables were reversed. But we both agreed that the Gewurztraminer wine from Alsace selected to accompany the course was superb. A flavoursome and mouth cleansing green tea parfait followed and the meal was completed with chocolate sushi, which was beautifully presented, tasted as good as it looked and was brilliantly complemented with an Italian Valpolicella Classico dessert wine. Coffee and petit fours rounded off the memorable evening. Rather than looking at the headline price ask yourself if £99 per person is value for money? Our verdict after six courses (champagne on arrival, plus coffee and petit fours) and a different wine with each course enjoyed in august surroundings was that Stapleford Park’s ‘Gourmet Nights’ easily passed that test.. • Full details are available at www.staplefordpark.com To book, please call 01572 787000

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Bridget Steele tries out the Fine Dining experience at the Garden Kitchen A Garden Centre may not be an obvious choice for an evening dinner, but I had been to the Garden Kitchen at the Stamford Garden Centre for lunch before - and was impressed with the innovative menu and tasty food – and so was keen to try one of their fine dining evenings that they hold on the first Friday of each month in the new Orangery. The menu is simple, with four starters, mains and desserts, and yet not limited in any way - I loved its simplicity and particularly its pricing, with a standard cost of £19 for two courses or £23 for three courses with no hidden supplements or extras for side dishes. The wine list is also simple and suits all pockets and tastes. I chose the Beetroot and goat’s cheese terrine for starters with dressed leaves, a perfect combination; others in my party were equally impressed and the Wild boar

and pistachio pâté with granary bread was a great hit with the men. For mains I chose the Pan fried Gressingham duck breast, served with garlic fondant potato, Savoy cabbage and Cumberland sauce - again perfectly cooked, presented and sublime in taste. For Dessert I had the caramelised fig tart with nut brittle - an unusual combination but one that worked and I savoured every mouthful. The Fine Dining evenings are popular and must be booked, not only was the food delicious I felt that James Lamb and his team were enthusiastic about the food and made for a great experience. A special Jubilee menu will be served on Friday 8th June. • Garden Kitchen at the Stamford Garden Centre, Road End Farm, Great Casterton, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 4BB Tel: 01780 765656 www.stamfordgardencentre.co.uk STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2012

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TEA AND THE JUBILEE Sarah Lyon celebrates tea and cake in this Jubilee month

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utter cream fillings, cookies, homemade jams and vanilla sponges recreate the warmth of home and strike a chord in my heart where the memories reveal themselves. Because, like one of Proust’s Madeleines, when eaten slowly and savoured with a cup of tea, they bring to mind tastes and pleasures of memories past. “Amazingly, when guests walk into the room they inevitably recognise the china which seems to resonate from their own past. The atmosphere and tastes spark off nostalgic feelings of the past and what they may have done with their own families.” – Ms Lemony Drizzle LEMONY DRIZZLE’S TOP SECRET TEA PARTIES - Mystique, fun and an array of delightfully good tastes Lemony enthuses: “My entire childhood was peppered with lots of tea and baking shared with a large extended family.” These influences along with traditional recipes and an assortment of handed down vintage china are the secret ingredients that make Lemony’s Secret Tea Parties such a success. This is a hobby for Lemony, “I love the baking and bringing people together. I had read about the idea of Secret Supper Clubs and thought that I would create the idea locally of the Secret Tea Party.” Lemony’s Secret Tea Parties are based in and around the Stamford and Peterborough

VICTORIA SPONGE CAKE The Victoria Sponge cake was named after Queen Victoria. It is said that it was her favourite cake. I wonder if Queen Victoria’s love of cake and jam was influenced by nostalgic memories of things past. History relates that Anna, Duchess of Bedford who was lady in waiting to Queen Victoria, was the creator of afternoon tea. When visiting Belvoir Castle, in the Vale of Belvoir, and feeling peckish between lunch and supper she took to inviting her friends to join her at tea time in her rooms there. This habit of taking tea quickly became popular. It is noted that Queen Victoria loved giving tea parties where the Victoria sponge was indeed served. Making your own sponge? Sandwich layers of sponge together with Jubilee Jammyboree. A majestic mix of layered (traditional fruitpacked strawberry), white (elegant pear and elderflower) and blue (wild blueberry jams). Camille Ortega McLean, founder of The Pickled Village, has an international background and years of expertise in making preserves of all kinds. She suggests creating a patriotic patchwork of scones or sandwiching in a multi layered sponge cake. A Jubilee Street Party scene is a work of

area. “I love the element of mystery about where the party will be. One to two weeks before a party I will post details on Facebook and my blog; and of course word also travels by word of mouth.” “We get a good number of men and women who come to our parties but I am keen for families to come along too.” All is home baked by Lemony; traditional cakes (Victoria Sponge & coffee and walnut cake), rosewater jam tarts, scones and dainty tea time sandwiches. Hambleton Bread, Fairtrade produce and homemade jams are sourced locally. “Taste is the most important thing,” adds Lemony. Loose leaf teas are bought in from Imperial Teas in Lincoln and Lemony makes sure that the teas reflect the character and theme of the tea party. • Ms Lemony Drizzle’s Secret Diamond Jubilee Tea Party – June 3. Go to www.topsecreteaparties.wordpress.com

Traditional Victoria Sponge cake with buttercream and jam filling (or black current coulis with fresh cream) made by Lynne, of Deliciously Different Cakes – cakes with a quirky take on flavour and design, at The Fine Food Store, 37 St Mary’s Street, Stamford. Sold as a whole or in slices, Lynne Tel: 01780 762978.

art and just as delicious. Each cake is a blank canvas where the artist, Holly of Mimosa Bakery (Stamford), hand paints a profusion of fun, atmosphere and colour to accurately depict the mood of a nation. Flavour is just as important with tasteful sponges; Madagascan vanilla, zesty lemon with lemon curd, chocolate or rose. Cakes start at 6” hand painted - £35.00. • Contact Holly, Tel: 07717 884091, www.mimosabakery.co.uk STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2012

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Queen Elizabeth II is only the second monarch in the UK’s history to reach a Diamond Jubilee, the last being Queen Victoria. In this very special year the Queen and Prince Phillip will be visiting Stamford for the first time since June 1961, when they came to help Stamford celebrate its Quincentenary. To mark this special occasion, an event is being held at Burghley House with 10,000 guests invited from across Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland from various organisations and charities. To commemorate both the Queen’s visit and the event a limited edition programme has been commissioned. The Lord Lieutenants of the four counties have joined with Local Living magazines to offer their readers an opportunity to purchase the only pre-event copies to be made available. These will be issued on a first-come first-served basis and will make an amazing keepsake of the Jubilee to be cherished and passed on to future generations.

The programme will contain articles about the Burghley Estate, Stamford, the history of Royal visits to the area and from each of the four counties. It will also have feature pieces on all the entertainment of the event including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Red Arrows and the Northamptonshire Youth Choir, to mention but a few.



The cost of the programme is £5.00 and this includes the postage. To order your copy please fill in the form below: Please fill in the following details and send with your cheque for £5.00 (made payable to Rutland County Council) to Local Living Ltd, PO Road, Box 208, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 9FY 13 Cherryholt Bourne, Lincs, PE19 9LA

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FOOD & DRINK

WICKED WITCH RECIPE OF THE MONTH

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icola Ferguson, co-owner, commented: “Dameon helped out in the kitchen during the first three months and loved the things we were doing, he has now agreed to lead the team and we are looking forward to seeing his creative stamp on the menu very soon. “Summer is almost here, we hope! Salads, cold soups, fresh fish and fruity cocktails will be hitting our dinner tables on the warm evenings and possibly if we’re very lucky, alfresco! “Dameon’s recipe for June is a real show stopper, the colours are vibrant and exotic, the flavours melt effortlessly into one another and although gazpacho has been around forever, it seems that few people are brave enough to make it at home and serve a cold soup to family or friends. Give it a go and I promise you won’t be disappointed, delicious as a light and fresh main course or as a flavoursome starter!”

Great news for The Wicked Witch, Dameon Clarke has been appointed as Head Chef and starts in June.

Tomato gazpacho with avocado & crab (serves 4)

Ingredients• Crab - 250gms of white crab meat Method Refrigerate until ready to serve Ingredients – • Gazpacho • 700g plum tomatoes • 1/2 cucumber peeled and seeded • 1 shallot diced • 5 red peppers seeded and chopped • 3 garlic cloves chopped • 75mls sherry vinegar • Salt and pepper • Tabasco

stir in the lime and gelatin mix. Refrigerate. Serve Place a cutter in the centre of 4 large bowls, fill equally with the crabmeat and press down with the back of a spoon. Pour equal amounts of the gazpacho around the cutter and then carefully remove. Using a piping bag, squeeze the avocado mixture as in the picture onto the top of the crab. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Ingredients • Avocado • 2 ripe avocados, stoned removed and skinned • 1 red chilli seeded and chopped • 1/2 bunch of coriander • The zest of 3 limes - save the juice separately • 1 gelatin leaf soaked in cold water • 1 shallot finely diced • 2 plum tomatoes skinned, seeded and chopped • Salt and pepper

A special summer at The Wicked Witch “We will be adding fresh Cornish lobster & Dorset rock oysters to the menu at The Wicked Witch over the summer and fish lovers who enjoy a treat prepare to be wowed. Dameon’s plans are a salad of lobster, a creamy rich Thermidor simply buttered with garlic. For the oysters, we will serve with a red wine and shallot vinegar, Vietnamese style or just natural. Enjoy any of these dishes with a cold glass of champers or a crisp white wine and really get the taste of summer.” “Asparagus is beautiful at the moment, we source ours from Abbey Parks, Boston. Lightly steamed and drizzled with homemade hollandaise is about as good as it gets but we do hear many people struggling with making the sauce. Here is Dameon’s recipe for a “foolproof hollandaise.”

Method Gently heat the lime juice, when hot add in the soaked gelatin leaf. Put the other ingredients into a food processor and blitz, when smooth,

Ingredients • 100ml white wine • 500ml white wine vinegar • 3 white peppercorns • 1 shallot finely diced • 1 bay leaf • 250ml clarified butter, warmed

Method – Liquidise everything apart from the last two ingredients together, pass through a fine sieve; season with the salt, pepper and a few shakes of Tabasco. Refrigerate.

• 3 egg yolks • The juice of 1 lemon • Salt and pepper Method Add the wine, vinegar, whole peppercorns, shallot and bay leaf into a pan and slowly reduce by a third, then strain. Put the strained liquid into a metal bowl with the egg yolks. Place the metal bowl over a pan of simmering water ensuring the bowl is not touching the water. Whisk the mixture to ribbon stage and then add to a food processor. Slowly add the clarified butter and process until smooth, and then remove. Add the lemon juice and season to taste.

Coming soon “We have some fantastic plans now the Wicked Witch is up and running, the vegetable patch in the garden is coming on well and it won’t be long before we can use our homegrown green beans, raspberries and beetroot. We are almost ready to serve the new seasonal menu to diners outside in the garden. Look out for Red mullet with salad nicoise, Scallop lasagne and Suckling pig with black pudding purée. These are Just a few of the new dishes for The Wicked Witch created by Dameon Clarke.” • www.ryhallwitch.co.uk, info@ryhallwitch. co.uk. The Wicked Witch, Bridge Street, Ryhall, PE9 4HH. Tel 01780 763649 STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2012

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S E A N ’ S K I T C H EN C O N F I D EN T I A L

Diamond delights We’re cooking up some royal treats at The Olive Branch, says Sean Hope

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o mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, we’re serving a Jubilee Set Menu at The Olive Branch throughout June that includes a soup with regal roots and a pie fit for a king (or queen). Coronation chicken is a dish that’s truly stood the test of time, having been created for the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 by London’s Cordon Bleu School (it’s origins actually go much further back in time). Also on the menu that day in 1953 was a tomato and tarragon soup, later known as Winkfield Soup after the address of the School. We’ve recreated Winkfield Soup for our set menu and also added our own twist to Coronation Chicken by wrapping it in a superb pastry. Do come over and celebrate with us! What to drink with your royal feast? Well, you could go for Champagne, of course, but a great alternative would be a sparkling white from Camel Valley Vineyard in Cornwall. Or, how about one of the superb ciders we serve at The Olive Branch – Hogan’s from Warwickshire is excellent, as is Scrambler from Hallaton in Leicestershire.

Sea n’s Coronation Chicken Pie

Serves 6 For the pastry • Pinch of salt • 200g plain flour • 25g suet • 25g unsalted butter, diced • 11/2 tsp water Place the flour, salt and fat into a bowl and mix with your hands to a breadcrumb texture. Add the water and work to a dough. Allow to rest for around 15 minutes before using. Pie mix • 1 chicken, roast at Gas 1/2 (120°C) for four hours and allowed to cool • 200ml chicken stock • 200ml double cream • 200ml milk • 1 glass dry white wine • 1 glass medium sherry • 1 tbsp ground cumin • 1 tbsp ground turmeric • 2 tbsp cornflour • 1 tbsp ground coriander • 2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped • 2 tbsp sultanas pre-soaked in sherry vinegar • 2 tbsp dry-roasted pine nuts • 1 onion, peeled and chopped • 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped 1 Carefully pick the chicken meat off the bone and place in a bowl. 2 Mix all the spices together, place in a pan and singe in a hot oven for five minutes to bake. 3 Mix the spices through the chicken. 4 In a saucepan, sweat the onion and garlic with a drizzle of rapeseed oil until soft. Add the pre-soaked sultanas and reduce vinegar completely. 5 Place the onion and sultana mix into the bowl with the chicken and stir. Add the roasted pine nuts and fresh, chopped coriander. 6 In a separate pan, add the stock, milk, cream and wine and bring to the boil. Boil for five

minutes, then dilute the cornflour with one glass of medium sherry and whisk into the boiling stock. 7 Bring back to the boil, then season to taste. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before adding to the chicken mix. 8 Place the chicken pie mix into a suitable pie dish (28cm diameter). 9 Roll out the pastry with a rolling pin to about 5mm thick. Brush the sides of the pie dish with a little egg wash, then place some thin strips of pastry around the edge to form a collar. 10 Carefully lay the pastry over the pie dish. Trim off excess pastry from around the dish and crimp with a fork. Make a small hole in the middle of the pastry to allow excess steam to escape whilst cooking, then brush all over with egg wash. 11 Allow the pastry to rest for 10 minutes before baking in a pre-heated oven at Gas 6 (200°C) for around 35 minutes (until golden brown). 12 Remove from the oven and allow to stand for five minutes before serving. 13 Serve with minted new potatoes and glazed carrots. Winkfield Soup - Serves 6 • 500g ripe vine tomatoes

• 30g unsalted butter • 1 onion, sliced • 1 clove garlic, crushed • 1 bay leaf • 200ml sherry vinegar • 300ml tomato juice • 750ml beef stock • 2 tsp tomato paste • 1 tsp agar-agar or arrowroot • 1 tsp fresh tarragon, chopped 1 Halve the tomatoes. Squeeze the juice and pulp into a fine sieve and press the juice through into a bowl. 2 Melt the butter in a saucepan, add a little salt, and cook the tomato halves, onion, garlic and bay leaf. 3 Cover and cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. 4 Pass mixture through a sieve and into a bowl, discarding sieve contents. 5 Return the tomato mix to the pan, add the tomato paste, tomato juice and stock, together with the juice extracted from the pulp of the tomato halves. Stir, bring to the boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes. 6 Add agar-agar or arrowroot. Bring back to the boil, stirring constantly. 7 Chill the soup and allow to set before blending again until smooth. Add the tarragon and season. Serve hot or cold with garlic bread croutons.

Ingredients that Sean will be cooking with at the Olive Branch in June Veg - Artichoke, fennel, asparagus, aubergine, kohlrabi, wild nettles, watercress Fruit - Cherries, elderflowers, gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries Herbs - Basil, chives, coriander, dill, mint, sorrel Meat - Beef, chicken, lamb, pork, rabbit, wood pigeon Fish & seafood - Cod, coley, john dory, langoustine, lobster, mackerel

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MOTORING

Cost is not just about the price

Price is usually the most important consideration for new car buyers - but two other figures are also crucial when in the decision-making process - model CO2 emissions and MPG. Ashley Martin reports

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ll motoring taxes - including Vehicle Excise Duty - are linked to a car’s CO2 emissions so the higher the figure the higher the tax bill. And, with UK petrol and diesel pump prices at or close to record levels a model’s MPG performance is undoubtedly critical in the budget process. There is a direct link between CO2 emissions and fuel consumption and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has published a table (below) highlighting comparison amounts that directly link the respective figures. CO2 emissions (g/km)

MPG - petrol (approx)

MPG - diesel (approx)

100

67.3

74.3

120

56.5

61.4

130

52.3

58.0

140

48.7

54.3

160

41.5

47.1

not mean driving a small car. There are more than 7,600 model variants on sale in the UK and last year almost a quarter (24.3%) had CO2 emissions of 130 g/km or below - the benchmark figure to qualify for the £0 first year Vehicle Excise Duty rate. As illustrated below, new cars in the mini, supermini and lower medium segments have below market average CO2 emissions. Model segment

2011 average new car CO2 figure (g/km)

Lowest CO2 emitter in class (g/km)

Mini

107.8

0

Supermini

124.6

87

Lower medium

132.5

0

Upper medium

139.3

27

Executive

153.4

117

Luxury

221.8

174

Specialist sports

177.7

0

Dual Purpose 4x4

184.2

115

MPV

150.2

107

180

37.2

41.5

200

33.6

37.2

220

30.7

33.6

240

28.2

31.4

300

22.4

24.8

Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

350

19.3

21.4

400

16.8

18.8

450

14.9

16.6

However, says the SMMT, there are vehicles with CO2 emissions around 30% below the segment average available in every sector, highlighting the low emitting choices available. Where the lowest emitter is shown with emissions of 0 g/km it highlights the sector availability of electric models.

Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders New car CO2 emissions dropped to an average 138.1 g/km last year 27.2% lower than 15 years ago (189.8 g/km) and 4.2% down on 2010 (144.2 g/km) - according to the SMMT’s newly published ‘New Car CO2 Report 2012’. Meanwhile, motor manufacturers will continue to drive down new car emissions as they seek to meet new European Commission environmental targets. The New Car CO2 Regulation demands that pan-European average new car emissions are reduced to 130 g/km in 2012-15 and to 95 g/km by 2020 - the latter figure remains subject to review. One of the reasons behind the reduction in CO2 emissions on an annual basis is the rising new car market share of diesel cars (a record 50.6% last year) and ultra-low emission alternatively fuelled models (1.3% last year). Diesel cars have grown in popularity because emissions are lower and MPG is significantly better than petrol-engined equivalents, but unless motorists are clocking up more than 6,000 miles in a new diesel car (or 10,000 miles in a used diesel) it is likely to be a false economy as the price premium is unlikely to be recouped, according to car valuation experts at Glass’s Guide. However, choosing a low emission company car with first class fuel economy does

Emission and MPG winners So, look carefully and there are some clear emission and MPG ‘winners’ in the various marketplace sectors. For example, order books have now opened for the new Volvo V40 five-door, five-seat lower medium model where the D2 1.6 litre 115 bhp variant has emissions of 94 g/km and returns 78.5 mpg on the combined fuel cycle. The Swedish marque has adopted an emissions-busting ‘DRIVe Towards Zero’ strategy and has recently announced that from model year 2013 - cars are now available to order - almost all diesel-powered versions of its S60, V60, V70 and S80 will have emissions below 120 g/km. Late this year Volvo will also launch its V60 Plug-in Hybrid - the world’s first diesel plug-in hybrid - with CO2 emissions of 49 g/km (more than 100 mpg) and a range of up to 621 miles. With indicative pricing of between £45,000 and £50,000, the front wheels of the Plug-in Hybrid are powered by a five-cylinder 2.4 litre turbo diesel producing 215 bhp and the rear axle by an electric motor producing 70 bhp. Meanwhile, Jaguar has introduced a 2.2 litre 161 bhp diesel version of its XF model (£29,950 on the road), which emits 149 g/km of CO2 and has combined cycle fuel economy of 52.3 mpg. STAMFORD LIVING june 2012

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PERSPECTIVES

Stille Nacht Stamford POW Camp 106 Al Tutt happened across letters written by a German POW, which led him to unearth the history of the Stamford POW camp

“In the wooden huts of the Allied POW camps a great debate began, the debate of the disillusioned and the defeated. They were tortured by a sense of sin and guilt. Many were unable to still the nagging question: how had it come to pass that with enthusiasm and self-surrender young men had turned into unthinking instruments of force, into slaves to a perverted notion of loyalty and honour…”

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hen walking past the Danish Invader, as the sun dips behind the Jelson housing, one hears the clink of glasses and laughter of patrons, and it is difficult to envisage the WWII prisoner-of-war camp that stood on this site. A compound of huts and wire, of latrines and routines and, one eye-witness says, a watchtower, manned to ensure all is in order and stays so. Hard to conjure up the faces of the Italians incarcerated in the early period of the war, especially after the North Africa campaign, only to be released and repatriated after the surrender of Italy to the Allies in September 1943. Faces to be replaced by those of captured Germans, as well as Austrians, Romanians, Hungarians and the multitude of other Europeans who found themselves fighting and

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losing on the ‘wrong’ side. Little is known about Stamford POW camp number 106, then isolated in countryside out on Empingham Road, now engulfed by the Scottish estate. It is listed by English Heritage as a ‘standard’ type and thus would have consisted of guards’ compound, prisoners’ compound, garden plots, recreation ground and sewage disposal works. Also, attached to it, was a subsidiary camp at Collyweston and there is a list of the German POWs in there; a litany of trapped souls, their names consigned to the dust of history; Ernst Krockenberger, Walter V Meegdenburg, Adolf Schoenhofen … Some illumination on the Italian period has been provided by Joe Perduno, whose father was a Stamford camp inmate. Indeed, a number of Italians remained in the area

after the conflict ended, to raise families, contribute and integrate. Less is known of the German contingent within our midst. Those several hundred doughty (ex) soldiers of the Wehrmacht who fought in fronts from Europe to Africa, the Balkans to the Eastern front, who would have been traumatised by capture and surrender; undergone the process of transit and interrogation; become accustomed to the banalities of camp life and the mundanity of physical work in the fields of Lincolnshire. In six letters, written by Max Reinhold, camp number D392662, to his parents back home in occupied Germany, there is a tantalising glimpse of life in Stamford camp. They were penned as late as 1947; it took considerable time and effort, not to mention the process of de-Nazification, to repatriate the

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estimated 400,000 Axis POWs incarcerated in Britain at the end of the war. In the first kriegsgangenenpost Max addresses his father, Siegfried, who lives in Schönebeck, a town on the River Elbe, on the street of Boeltzigstrasse 16; then in the Russian zone. According to www. stalag3A.com, “in immediate proximity of the Junker aircraft factory, the largest arms factory of Schönebeck, a concentration camp was established, a branch of Buchenwald.” A chilling snap of life back home. But for Max, Stamford is, perhaps, not so bad; having, “passed through many camps”, including, it would seem, in the USA (only 7% of POWs came via American camps) in May ’47 he says, “here we have to get back down to hard work. I have already done a week’s potato planting. But this time will pass too. Slowly

I am beginning to see my way home”. In his next letter in June, he writes to a sister, Ruth, “Your sisterly accusations of amnesia and neglect of the sibling bond are mutual. I constantly feel guilty and so, full of remorse, I reach for my pen”. Sisters eh? He asks to put his Dad’s mind at rest by informing him he has become a teetotaller through “lack of opportunity” and that his Mum will have to get used to “more jazz on the record player” Swing and jitterbug rather than serious music. Disarmingly, he signs off as he has to get ready for Handballspielen. Max next says the repatriation has been accelerated and that his squad (21) will be discharged on January 15th 1948, that he should be home in mid-February and that the last of this group should have left England by 15th April. He adds “What could disturb the life of a POW? Our iron discipline has become a byword in England.” The mask slips… By August, life is sunny and he is swimming and playing table-tennis, employed on a fruit and vegetable farm so not having “to do without my regular fresh fruit.” But by September, “the harvest prospects don’t look too rosy… according to the farmer this coming winter will bring one of the severest crises ever.” He states “there are no motorways in the real sense of the word” no autobahns yet then; and that ”house-building is seen as the more urgent task… that the streets are better than in P (Potsdam?), even side streets are asphalted.” Max’s last letter is December ‘47; he wishes his parents “hearty Advent greetings”. His Mum has asked about his capture. His words speak

volumes. “I am happy to give you the date; it was the evening of the 16th of September at 7pm. You can put a mark against that day, it was the blackest of my life, although in many ways it spared me a lot worse. Let’s draw a veil over it.” In the Imperial War Museum there is a tract, hand-typed in Camp 106. It is a twelve page journal, a building-block to repatriation, with philosophical essays from camp inmates, disowning the Nazi philosophy and proclaiming a new Existential freedom of thought. Sophisticated in style, it does beg the question of who exactly inhabited Stamford camp; were they just landser, the common soldier or did some require specialist reeducation? Did Max reach home in 1948? What would have greeted him in the Russianoccupied zone? Would he warmly embrace his parents and sister again? We will probably never know. But if he did get back, there would be a sting in the tail. As POWs, they had endured many hardships, not least anxiety about family in the Reich, but they were at least isolated from the worst. It would not be till they got home that reality would bite; that they were in a defeated, vanquished country; a nation on its knees. According to Margaret Jackson’s Stamford Chronology, in July 1948 the former POW camp on Empingham Road was used for temporary housing; and a letter from Watchful on 30th July praised the town council for so using the buildings. Indeed, Stamfordians, awaiting rehousing, were living there until the 1960s. But that is another story. The words of a Stamford resident, Charles McCarthy, himself returning from war, provide a fitting finale. “I came home in December 1946 after three years in the Navy and took my mother to Midnight Mass at the Catholic Church in Broad Street. The priest had invited the Camp Choir from the PoW camp to sing at the service. They were very good and, amongst the carols, all in German, they sang `Silent Night`. Very moving bearing in mind that they were still far from going home. Afterwards, they presented the Church with 14 wooden and coloured carvings depicting the `Stations of the Cross`. Well worth popping in for a look if you are passing by. I hope they are still there.” He will be delighted to know, they are. * My sincere thanks to Anna Sefton for German translation; opening quote by Heinz Hoehne.

Coda Another letter home written by Max has come to light. He writes on 5th April 1946. However, this is from Camp 21, at Cultybraggan in Perthshire. It reads, “My dear parents, I have now been over a week in Scotland. The crossing from California to here was wonderful, though we sweated a lot in Panama. We were all convinced we would be coming home but again that didn’t work out. This time will pass too.” So, Max passed through the Panama Canal and ended up in the Highlands. Camp 21 was a ‘black camp’ holding those considered the most fanatical Nazi POWs. Ringleaders of the so-called Devizes plot — to break POWs out of camps across the country in 1944 and attack Britain from within — were sent to Camp 21. These included Wolfgang Rosterg, a known anti-Nazi who was sent by mistake. He was lynched in Camp 21, and five of the POWs were executed for his murder. After this, all 2,000 officers therein were transferred to other camps. This is, presumably, how Max came to Stamford. STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2012

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DIARY DATES

What’s On Amander Meade selects the best entertainment in the region this month

Saturday 2 June to Monday 4 June EVENTS: Stamford Celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Stamford celebrates in style with a Festival, Kiwanis Floats Parade and Flea Market on the Recreation Ground on Saturday followed by the popular Lions Fun Day on the Meadows on Sunday. The fun day is free to enter and will include all kinds of traditional family entertainment such as a mountain bike aerial display team, a hydrosphere, climbing wall, fancy dress, car boot sale, teddy bear’s picnic, hog roast, fun fair and much more. The weekend culminates with the Stamford Feast and Big Lunch from 10am to 4pm on the Meadows on Monday with the Picnic on the Point from 4pm to 10pm in the evening – a multicultural culinary event featuring food from the region and beyond with entertainment all day long. A firework display is the finale to a wonderful weekend of celebration.

Saturday 2 June to Monday 4 June EVENT: Easton on the Hill Royal Jubilee Celebrations A whole series of events is being planned for the Royal Jubilee Weekend with all proceeds donated back to the participating village organisations. Events include a Royal Beer, Cider and Perry Festival, Easton’s Got Talent Variety Performance, traditional fete and art exhibition, pet show, street party lunch, barn dance and fireworks finale. • For further information, please see www. eastononthehill.com Tel: 01780 754751

Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 June EVENTS: Summer Half Term Activities On Wednesday children aged 7 -12 can celebrate ‘Kings and Queens’ and join in the Jubilee festivities creating some royal accessories. Session from 2pm to 3.30pm. £4 per child. On Thursday join our drama tutor who will co-ordinate games and performances. Packed lunch required for the session from 10am to 2pm priced at £10 per child. • Both days are based at Clare Cottage, Helpston. Booking required Tel: 01733 253330

Wednesday 6 June, 2pm CHILDREN’S THEATRE: Snow Play Starring Patrick Lynch from Cbeebies, Mr Green battles Mr White who moves into his house and covers everything in snow. Make a giant snowman, have a super snowball fight and bring back the spring in this highly interactive smash-hit London production. • Suitable for ages 3-7 years (no under 2s in the auditorium) Tickets £7.50 or £26 family of four. Booking Tel: 01780 763203 or www.stamfordartscentre.com

Saturday 9 June CONCERT: The Best Queen Show Ever! One of the most popular tribute bands in the world will appear in the grounds of Burghley House with a dynamic stage show remembering Freddie Mercury and Queen. Recreating all the charismatic appeal of rock’s most flamboyant front man, the audience is promised an authentic and distinctive Queen experience. The concert takes place outside so bring a picnic and enjoy the firework finale that takes place after the show. • Burghley House, Stamford. Tickets £25 Adults, £15 Children Tel: 01780 752451 or www.burghley.co.uk

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, 10am to 4pm EXHIBITION: Summer Exhibition Ufford Art Society will hold their annual show of work. There will be a vote for the “Best in Show”, refreshments, craft stalls and plants. • Ufford Village Hall. Admission is free

Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 June, 7.45pm THEATRE: Life After George Much acclaimed Stamford Shoestring Theatre present their summer production – Life After George by Australian

writer Hannie Rayson. The play is a witty, wry and perceptive look at social changes across three decades – from the student unrest in the late 1960s to the rampant consumerism of the 1990s. The story centres on the death of Peter George, a charismatic academic, class warrior and lover. Attempting to work together to arrange his funeral, his three wives and daughter are forced to confront many uncomfortable insights about themselves and their lives both in and out of his shadow. • Stamford Arts Centre. Tickets £8/£7 Tel: 01780 763203 www.stamfordartscentre.com STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2012

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Saturday 7 July EVENT: Battle Proms Pack up the hampers and champers and enjoy the annual Battle Proms picnic and firework concert at Burghley House. The well-known high quality programme of music, displays and spectacular pyrotechnics will this year include an exciting addition in the form of The Blades Aerobatic Display Team. There will be a full two hour programme of exquisite classical music plus of course all of the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ favourites. Audiences will also be treated to a tearjerking aerial display from a WWII Spitfire, over two hundred live cannons, mounted Napoleonic skill-at-arms displays and breathtaking fireworks to music. The Blades are a leading display team of former Red Arrows pilots all living locally, and as well as providing an incredible show, will be offering the Battle Proms audience the opportunity to spend an extraordinary and unforgettable day as part of the team, flying as a front seat passenger during one of their breathtaking aerial formations. This unique experience will be offered via an auction to take place during the concert interval, with proceeds being divided between the Royal Air Forces Association’s Wings Appeal, and Combat Stress. In this special year the Battle Proms offer a wonderful way to enjoy the best of British and join in with the flag-waving spirit that will soon be gripping the whole nation. Burghley House and Grounds near Stamford • For more information and to book tickets visit the website at www. battleproms.com or Tel: 01432 355 416

Saturday 23 June, 8pm CONCERT: Stamford Chamber Orchestra The orchestra’s Summer Concert includes Bruch’s romantic G Minor Violin Concerto featuring Katy Smith. Also in the programme Beethoven’s overture ‘The Ruins of Athens’ and his monumental third Symphony ‘The Eroica’. • Stamford Arts Centre Ball Room. Tickets £12/£5 Tel: 01780 763203 www. stamfordartscentre.co.uk

EVENT: Thurlby Open Gardens 23 & 24 June 1.30pm-5pm Start at the Methodist Church Hall to collect maps & tickets (£3.50). More than a dozen delightful gardens to visit, and tea/coffee and homemade cakes available throughout the weekend. Also a good selection of plants for sale.

EVENT: Castle Bytham Summer Fair Sun 24 June 10.00am-4.30pm This year’s Fair promises to be the best ever, and parking and all events are completely free!! The UK’s premier Civil War re-enactment society, The Sealed Knot, will have an authentic encampment and will be performing cameos throughout the day in the village. The highlight

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EVENT: Dreams of Gold, Lincoln Cathedral 16-20 August

will be a spectacular Cavaliers v Roundheads battle. The Fair includes a street market with more than 70 stalls selling everything from crafts to artisan cheeses. The main entertainment field hosts children’s activities, archery, a bar and BBQ with hog roast, and a live music stage. Folk, rock, jazz and blues will feature throughout the day. The ever-popular dog show returns, with 12 separate category prizes providing opportunities for all types of dogs and owners! There will be a classic car show, and the duck race is always a highlight, accompanied by a Murray Walker-style live commentary! Last but certainly not least - in the afternoon there will be a fly-past by The Red Arrows and a WWII Spitfire, weather permitting. • For much more information, please visit www.midsummerfair.co.uk

Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July EVENT: Stamford Cycling Festival Lincolnshire is set to host its first cycling festival supported by the Stamford Arts Centre who will show a weekend of cycling inspired films and a cycling fair. Titles showing will include ‘Hell on Wheels’, ‘The Flying Scotsman’,

Once every few years Lincoln Cathedral comes alive with the sight and smells of thousands of flowers. In 2012 Great Britain celebrates the Olympic Games and the festival reflects this with the theme “Dreams of Gold”. The Joint Chairman and Design Team Leader, Marilyn Williams, lives near Stamford. Originally from South Wales, she moved to Lincolnshire 30 + years ago with her husband and four sons to farm near Spalding. Her love of gardening soon developed into a keen interest in Flower Arranging and all related aspects of Floral Art. She was first involved in a Lincoln Cathedral Flower Festival when as member and past Chairman of Spalding Flower Lovers Club she was invited to co design with Jenny the “Into the Light” Festival in 1999. Since then she has moved to a farm near Stamford and joined Stamford Floral Arrangement society where she is currently Chairman. In 2005 she was again invited to co design the very successful “Stepping Through Time” flower festival at Lincoln Cathedral. At present she is honoured to be the President of the North Midlands Area of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) and delighted to be involved in this forthcoming festival at Lincoln Cathedral. • Adults £10, Concessions £8 (under 16’s free) Group bookings of 12 or more £7.20 per person. Tickets are valid for the whole day. Book online at www.lincolncathedral.com or call 01522 561600 STAMFORD LIVING JUNE 2012

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Stamford Celebrates the Coronation The Borough of Stamford celebrated the Coronation in grand style with events extending throughout the month of June. Jean Orpin and Sue Lee give you a taste of the festivities Concert A Choral and Orchestral Concert in Stamford School Hall was the first event on Saturday, May 30th. The programme was carefully chosen with appropriate music. After the National Anthem and Handel’s Coronation anthem, the nationally famous pianist Phyllis Sellick was soloist in Mozart’s ‘The Coronation’. Walton’s ‘Crown Imperial’ and Parry’s ‘England’ completed the programme. Civic Procession On Sunday, undeterred by the wet weather, the Mayor’s Procession from the Town Hall to St George’s Church was led by the town’s Prize Silver Band. Representatives of the forces and town organisations followed, then the Mayor and Councillors and finally the Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and Cadets. A former Mayor, Canon Rees-Jones preached at the Civic Service. Commemoration Tea Monday was a special day for the ‘older residents’. They were invited to tea in the Assembly Rooms and 300 attended. They donned party hats and enjoyed a tea of tongue and ham with salad then cakes, jelly and ice cream. Coronation Day Tuesday, the actual Coronation Day, was the highlight of the week. The day started with church services and bells ringing in celebration. Lucky owners of televisions would have been joined by neighbours to watch the ceremony relayed on television; others listened on the radio. The Carnival procession opened the afternoon events, led once again by Stamford Prize Silver Band: the wet weather persisted but the show went on. All Saints’ Girls’ School won a prize for the best decorated float and E.H. Steele for the best decorated van. Unfortunately the cricket match had to be cancelled; however the children’s sports and other entertainments went ahead on the Recreation Ground. Three sittings of children had tea and drank from souvenir mugs. In between events there were sideshows and the Army Cadet Force gave displays while the Scouts showed their talents in bridge building. At ten o’clock, the Mayor fired a rocket showering red, green and yellow stars and lit

the beacon (near Holland Road in Northfields), one of many around the country built by the Scout movement. The Scouts looked after the beacon camping out that night. The adults completed the day by attending the Carnival Dance in the Assembly Rooms where music was played by the Chordettes Dance Band. Street Parties Many of the streets had their own parties during the week. Teas were provided, games played and the children all received gifts to mark the occasion. As the weather continued to be wet some had to be held indoors. Masterton Road held their party in Blackstone’s sports pavilion while Drift Road party used Mr Foster’s garage. Lambeth Walk managed to have their party outside. There were prizes for the best decorated pram and the child who won the children’s competition received a budgerigar. There was also a prize for the best decorated car. All the children received a Coronation sixpence and a bag of sweets. The celebrations ended with dancing on the Green. In Rutland Road, children received a bag of sweets from Bennets’ sweet factory. High Street St Martin’s held their party in the Old Theatre. The younger children were given a cup and saucer and the older ones a Queen

Elizabeth book. All received 1/-and chocolates from the Marquess of Exeter and a canister of tea for widows and OAPs. The festivities ended with a social evening. Other Events The climax of the celebrations was the Civic Ball held in the Ballroom on Friday 5th June. The Mayor and Mayoress were in attendance and music was provided by Reg Walden & his dance orchestra. During the next week, the Welland Valley Art Society had a show of paintings by their members in the Town Hall including the lino blocks made by Wilfred Wood for the town programme and also his painting of St Mary’s Hill painted for the occasion. This was followed by an Exhibition of Church Plate from Stamford and the surrounding area including precious items from Burghley House. The whole town joined the celebrations with flags and bunting and shops dressed their windows. Prizes were awarded to Dickinson’s, St George’s Street for ‘Things to Eat’; to Middleton’s, High Street for ‘Things to Wear’ and to Duncomb’s, High Street for ‘Things to Use’. • We would like to hear from anyone with memories of these events – write to Ask Leo, 1 St Peter’s St, Stamford PE9 2PQ or askleo@btinternet.com. STAMFORD LIVING june 2012

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CANON DONALD GRAY, FORMER CHAPLAIN TO THE QUEEN In the heart of Stamford, tucked away in a quiet little mews, lives a former Chaplain to the Queen. Harjit Gammon went along to discuss the time Canon Donald Gray spent ministering to the Queen’s spiritual needs over a period spanning over 20 years

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s one might expect of a clergyman, it seems to me that Gray is an embodiment of what Jeremy Paxman described in his book ‘The English’ as “the virtues of the Church, its gentleness, tolerance and compassion”. When I arrive he welcomes me in warmly, and is naturally attentive. As he ushers me into the cosy house I notice a tray laid with two cups and a plate of shortbread in preparation for our chat. After a tour of the house, which is generously endowed with pictures of Gray variously meeting the Pope, Nelson Mandela or posing with numerous Speakers of the House of Commons, he busies himself making tea for us before settling me down in a comfy chair and fixing me up with a side table for my cup. This is a man content with the satisfaction of having led a life which he has clearly relished and enjoyed. In particular I sense a deep and ongoing affinity with the city and urban life. When I ask what brought his late wife Joyce and him to Stamford he lets out a deep chuckle and says “We chose it because it is only a couple of hours to London”. He goes on to tell me, with evident pleasure, that he still visits London at least once a month, if not more often not least because his

beloved wife is at rest there. Gray was appointed honorary Chaplain to the Queen in 1974-1977 whilst Rector of Liverpool, for services to the Territorial Army, before being promoted to Chaplain to the Queen in 1982. A post he held for 18 years until 2000. Gray explains that the position of Royal Chaplain is a very ancient one. The College of Chaplains consists of 36 members. There are 36 members he adds to represent the 36 weeks a year when there are services to be held in St James’s Palace. The Chaplains preach according to a Rota of Waits in the Chapels Royal. During this period Gray left Liverpool to become a Canon (the Board of Directors) at Westminster Abbey (1987-1998), or to call it by its correct name The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster. Westminster is unusual amongst churches in England in being a ‘Royal Peculiar’. This means it is under the jurisdiction of the crown and not within any diocese. During this time Canon Gray, as a member of the royal household was frequently in the company of the Queen. He recalls, “She was often in and out of Westminster”. I ask him what she is really like. “She is very, very pleasant.

Very sharp, and very interested in the work of the church as a whole. She is very obviously deeply Christian”. He goes on to say, “Her concern was not how she was prayed for but that she was prayed for”. The author of the ‘Book of Prayers by Royalty for Royalty’, among other books, Canon Gray recounts receiving a telephone call in 2000 at his home in Stamford. “This is Buckingham Palace”, the voice announced. Could he bring her a copy of his book? “So I put on my coat and took it. I had a 20 minute private audience”. As a former member of the Royal Household, in his capacity as the Queen’s Chaplain, Canon Gray had frequently been in her company. He attended around 20 garden parties at the palace. One was expected to be sociable and put guests at ease at the parties he tells me. “One of the things I enjoyed enormously was the friendships I made in the House of Commons (he was Chaplain to two of the Speakers of the House). I served with Bernard Weatherill (known as Jack) and Betty Boothroyd, with whom I’m still in touch”. As I leave he reflects a little wistfully, “The job came to an end, and I enjoyed every minute of it”. STAMFORD Living JUNE 2012

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the areas leading letting & management specialist

but don’t just take our word for it...... I would like to thank you and all the staff for the way they have managed the property for me over the past 5 plus years, nothing has ever been too much trouble and everything has been handled in a very professional way. Mr P R Stamford

No other lettings agents I have dealt with have been quite so efficient!

Wing 525 pcm

Stamford £795 pcm

Exceptional chapel conversion in Rutland village. Open plan ground floor living area, first floor double bedroom, bathroom.

Period town centre property. Hall, lounge, kitchen/breakfast room, three bedrooms (1 en-suite), patio garden, allocated parking.

Stamford £625 pcm

Aldgate £1250 pcm

A well presented Victorian town house comprising two receptions, kitchen, lobby/utility area, bathroom, three bedrooms, garden, shed.

Family home. Two receptions, guest bedroom with en-suite, kitchen, utility, master suite, two further bedrooms, family bathroom, studio.

Stamford £695 pcm

Exton £1300 pcm

Modern stone built house close to town centre. Lounge, fitted kitchen, three bedrooms, family bathroom, garage, patio garden.

Beautiful stone family house in Rutland village. Three receptions, stunning breakfast kitchen, four bedrooms (1 en-suite), gardens, garage.

Ingthorpe £725 pcm

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Country cottage in quiet location. Hall, lounge, dining room, modern kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, garden, parking.

Spacious and well appointed. Lounge, study, kitchen/dining room, conservatory, five double bedrooms, three en-suites, family bathroom.

Mr L T Stamford

We have enjoyed total confidence and therefore felt completely at ease during your management of our property something we had not enjoyed with previous agents Mr C T Stamford

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Thank you for the ongoing excellent care and support provided by Watson Mitchell Mr G & Mrs S W Stamford

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