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5 • FIVE THINGS TO DO Our quick pick of the top things to do in Cambridge this month

50-51 • LISTINGS Our ultimate, at-a-glance guide to what’s going on in Cambridge this April

7-10 • NIGHTLIFE Going out? Here’s what’s happening at Cambridge’s clubs, bars, pubs and live music venues

53 • THE CAMBRIDGE ROAR Get set for a week of black-tie events in aid of The Prince’s Trust

13 • MUSIC BLOG Slate The Disco share their local gig recommendations 16-17 • THE CAMBRIDGE SOUND NEW! Drum and bass DJ/producer Logistics is the focus in this new feature to unearth the musical talent of our city 19-29 • ARTS & CULTURE The best from Cambridge’s cultural scene: Jane Austen improv, ballet, art displays...

83 • RESTAURANT REVIEW We spice things up with a visit to Zara in Great Shelford

37 • INTERVIEW Jennifer Shelton chats to former Sugababe Heidi Range, who’s embarking on her first theatrical role in Happy Days

87-92 • BUSINESS Edition speaks to the experts to find out their top tips for social media success

49 • COMMUNITY News and charitable happenings from your neighbourhood

COVER ART The art on this month’s cover is King’s Cobbles by local artist Sonia Villiers. Her work can be seen at the Cambridge Drawing Society exhibition at the Cambridge Guildhall (4-12 April), as well as Primavera and other locations in the city. Sonia also takes part in Cambridge Open Studios. www.soniavilliers.net

66-77 • FOOD NEWS & DRINKS The latest new openings and foodie dates for your diaries & Lyndsey Spellman shares her retro love of sherry

32-34 • IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY! As Edition turns three, we look back at some of the team’s highlights…

46-47 • GROUP SPOTLIGHT We meet the group taking strides to reduce Cambridge’s carbon footprint

NICOLA FOLEY, EDITOR

63 • INDIE OF THE MONTH Celebrating the best of British at Cambridge’s most patriotic shop

79-81 • FOOD COLUMN & RECIPES Alex Rushmer’s stunning chocolate and Guinness ‘Palet d’Or’. One slice or two?

45 • COMPETITION Win a mini-break, with dinner and fizz, at gorgeous rural retreat, The Sheene Mill!

Hello and welcome to the April issue. It’s a rather special one for the team here at Edition is it marks our third birthday! We’ve celebrated the landmark by reminiscing about some of our favourite moments from the past three years – turn to page 32 to join us on our trip down memory lane. As with all good celebrations, the food and drink is great – in fact, in this issue, as well as a bursting food news section (our biggest ever, no less), our resident chef Alex has whipped us up a gloriously Guinness-y birthday cake, whilst Lyndsey Spellman, aka the ultimate sherry evangelist, offers an ode to her fav tipple on page 77. I defy you to read it and (whatever your current thoughts on this much-maligned drink) not be immediately tempted to hop aboard the sherry bandwagon. We’ve also got a new feature in the shape of The Cambridge Sound, in which we attempt to debunk the commonly held myth that Cambridge has zero musical heritage. There’s lots more to get stuck into as well, so enjoy the issue and we’ll see you next month!

58-60 • LET’S GO TO SAFFRON WALDEN We hop over to suss out the best shops, pubs, eateries and attractions

31 • FAMILY Fun ideas for all the family this April

39-41 • EASTER IDEAS From egg hunts to Easter dining, here’s what’s happening locally this Easter

Welcome

95-98 • FASHION The editor selects her top trends this month for men and women 100-102 • BEAUTY Warm your skin tone and your mood with this season’s beauty tips & news from around Cambridge

EDITORIAL

CONTRIBUTORS

Editor Nicola Foley 01223 499459 nicolafoley@bright-publishing.com

Alex Rushmer, Charlotte Griffiths, Angelina Villa-Clarke, Ruthie Collins, Daisy Dickinson, Jordan Worland, Charlotte Phillips, Tom Kruczynski, Lyndsey Spellman, Charlotte Avery

Features editor Jennifer Shelton 01223 499463 jennifershelton@bright-publishing.com Sub editors Lisa Clatworthy, Hannah Bealey & Siobhan Godwood

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106-112 • INTERIORS Revamp your kitchen with these ideas

Senior sales executive Claire McGrath 01223 499461 clairemcgrath@bright-publishing.com

115-118• EDUCATION St Mary’s Charlotte Avery on getting girls into sport and Charlotte Phillips talks tutoring

Senior sales executive Lucy Nelson 01223 499451 lucynelson@bright-publishing.com

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NEWMARKET RACES

The racing season at Newmarket Racecourse gets underway this month with two afternoon meets on 16 and 17 April. Get your heart pounding and have a flutter as the horses line up at the Rowley Mile for the Craven Meeting, starting 11am and running until 5.30pm. Tickets are from £14.40 (Grandstand & Paddock enclosure) to £22.50 (Premier enclosure). www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk

LINDY HOPATHON!

VICTORIAN NURSERY AT AUDLEY END From 1 April, visitors can explore the neverbefore-seen Victorian nursery suite at Audley End, one of England’s finest country houses. A world of privileged children, their nursemaids, governesses and tutors has been recreated from household accounts, diaries and watercolours, and visitors will be able to experience the rooms as they were intended, with a host of toys to play with and items to discover. www.english-heritage.org.uk

Cambridge Lindy Hoppers, who can often be seen swing dancing at local events, and practising at The Centre at St Paul’s on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, are preparing for a non-stop relay dance marathon in aid of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. It takes place on Saturday 26 April, 11am-11pm, at the centre, on Hills Road. Spectators are welcome, and the doors open to all at 7pm for a beginners’ dance lesson, with live music from the wonderful Last Chance Ragtime Band. There’ll be home-made cakes too, plus a raffle with a chance to win Arts Picturehouse tickets among other prizes. Email info@ cambridgelindy.com or visit the Lindy Hopathon Facebook event for details.

KNEBWORTH HOUSE FOOD FAIR Take a drive out to the stunning Knebworth House for the spring food fair, taking place on 12 and 13 April, 10am-5pm. Run by Oakleigh Fairs, the fair will be celebrating delicious food and drink from the Eastern region and beyond, from artisan cheeses to mouthwatering cakes, local beer and meat. The food fair is in its fifth year, and makes for a great family day out: tickets are £9, or £32 for a family of four. Tickets also include entry to the gardens, dinosaur trail and adventure playground. www.oakleighfairs.co.uk/knebworth-food

WIN A SCUDAMORES SEASON TICKET Summer in Cambridge is all about messing about on the river, but if you’re planning on hiring a punt more than twice this summer it works out cheaper to get a season ticket. Ticket holders can take out a boat from the Mill Lane station or the Boatyard at Granta Place whenever they want from now until 30 September for £150, or just enter our competition to win a season ticket on us! To be in with a chance of winning, simply visit our website. www.cambsedition.co.uk

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APRIL ALAN DAVIES Whether you know him best for his delightfully daft input on BBC’s QI, or remember him fondly as mopheaded magician-turned-detective Jonathan Creek, Alan Davies is definitely something of a national treasure. Catch him going back to his roots with a spot of stand-up at the Corn Exchange this month as he brings his new show to town on 5 April. Described by The Guardian as “packed with deft silliness and shrewd observation”, Little Victories is a long-awaited return to the stage for Davies, and packed with expert yarn-spinning and off-beat observations. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are £20-£25. www.cornex.co.uk

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RUSSELL BRAND

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Russell Brand’s name has been on everyone’s lips (even more so than usual), over the past few months. His showdown with Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight – which has so far generated almost 10 million YouTube hits – seemed to leave the whole country questioning if not our entire political system, then certainly why the formidable Paxman, so famed for his ruthless takedowns, had been outwitted by a politically disengaged, controversy courting comedian come wide-eyed revolutionary on prime-time TV. But that’s the thing about Russell Brand. Despite frequent and welldocumented acts of public stupidity, he’s also sharp as a tack, brilliantly insightful and an agile wordsmith, which is precisely what makes his stand-up so enjoyable. This month, you can catch him doing his thing in Cambridge, as he brings his show Messiah Complex to the Corn Exchange, 1-2 April, 8pm. His first stand-up world tour, Messiah Complex sees Brand, with typical

bombast, likening himself to religious figures and considering questions like: would Gandhi be into Apple? Would Che Guevara endorse Madonna? And would Jesus be into Christianity? Plus lots of sex, obviously. Tickets are £27.50. www.cornex.co.uk

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NEWMARKET NIGHTS Dizzee Rascal is the latest act to announce a date at Newmarket Racecourse. The Brit Award winner released his fifth studio album The Fifth last September, becoming his fourth consecutive record to peak in the UK top ten (8 August; tickets £23-£35). Dizzee joins Tom Jones, James Blunt, The Beach Boys, James Arthur and Wet Wet Wet in performing at the 28th season of Adnams Newmarket Nights, which attract 100,000 visitors every year. James Arthur’s debut single, Impossible, was the fastest-selling single of any X Factor champ, and he’ll be on the stage on 31 May (£15-£29). The Beach Boys, meanwhile, will get the crowds rocking to the likes of Good Vibrations and Surfin’ USA for their first visit to the course on 18 July (£23-£35). Almost 22,000 fans were at The July Course for each of the two Tom Jones concerts last year, and tickets are expected to be in high demand for the Welsh crooner’s third performance at Newmarket Nights this summer. He pays a visit on Friday 1 August, tickets £25-£40. On 15 August, Wet Wet Wet will bring down the curtain on this year’s concert series (tickets £23-£35), and love him or hate him, James Blunt always manages to win over the crowds in Newmarket – he returns on 27 June (£24-£38). www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk

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If you like your gigs thundering, unrestrained and really, really loud, check out Sheffield four-piece 65 Days of Static, who’ll be bringing their barrage of guitar rock meets electronica to Cambridge Junction this month. Comprising Paul Wolinski, Joe Shrewsbury, Rob Jones and Simon Wright, the band are responsible for five studio albums and one soundtrack and are known for their blistering live performances. Catch them on Monday 14 April, tickets are £16 advance, doors at 7pm. www.junction.co.uk

BRITISH SEA POWER A decade on from their debut album, British Sea Power might just be hitting their musical peak. Known for their inventive stage performances, unusual lyrics and powerful guitar pop, the Brighton-based four-piece now have a staggering seven albums under their belt, also laying claim to the boast of having the longest tenure of any act at the mighty Rough Trade Records. Their prolificness in the charts means that they’ve got an enormous and highlight-packed back catalogue to treat their fans to – which is exactly what they’ll be doing when they visit Cambridge Junction this month. Head down on 18 April to soak up BSP’s seductive brand of grandiose rock, and find out for yourself why this band count David Bowie, The Flaming Lips and Radiohead among their fans. Tickets £14 advance; starts 7pm. www.junction.co.uk

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THE EELS 18 June, Corn Exchange, £27.50 Hailing from California, this quirky alternative rock band are touring in support of their hotly anticipated new album, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett. It’s the 11th offering from the band, whose well-loved debut Beautiful Freak was released back in 1996. www.cornex.co.uk

FRED’S HOUSE Local band Fred’s House will release their debut album this month, celebrating with a launch party at the Portland Arms on Thursday 24 April. The group have been building up quite a following recently, both locally and further afield, for their beautifully crafted West Cost-inspired acoustic rock sound, which hops effortlessly between rousing foot stompers and softer, delicate melodies. The new album Bonnie & Clyde features the quintet’s acclaimed debut single Fine Life, alongside 11 new tracks which fuse intricate harmonies with guitars, grand piano, bass and drums, as well as more extravagant arrangements for the banjo, cello, accordion, violin, Hammond organ and synth. They’ll be joined on the night by support from singer-songwriter Dan Wilde and his brand of folk and country tinged acoustic fare. The event starts at 8pm and tickets are £5 advance or £7 on the door. www.fredshousemusic.co.uk

THE LUCY WARD BAND A treat for local fans of folk music this month as the talented Lucy Ward pays a visit to Cambridge Junction on 14 April. At the tender age of just 23, she’s already been the recipient of the Best Newcomer award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and established herself as one of the hottest performers on the UK folk scene, with MOJO magazine describing her as “Britfolk’s most vibrant and forthright new young talent”. Hailing from Derby, Lucy is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, ukulele and concertina – but it’s her captivating voice which is really making her name. Catch her at Cambridge Junction at 8pm, tickets are £10 advance. www.junction.co.uk

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PALOMA FAITH 24 May, Corn Exchange, £32 A chance to catch the captivating cockney songstress live, as she’s announced a handful of UK dates for the month of May, including a show at the Corn Exchange. Her latest album, A Perfect Contradiction, was released in March, and features collaborations with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Plan B. www.cornex.co.uk

AN EVENING WITH NOEL FIELDING 13 November, Corn Exchange, £27.50 Everybody’s favourite surrealist goth funny man is limbering up for his first live tour in five years, which stops by at the Corn Exchange in November. Expect unique stand-up, animation, music and appearances from some of the Mighty Boosh star’s best-known characters including ‘The Moon’ and ‘Fantasy Man’. www.cornex.co.uk

LODESTAR FESTIVAL 29-31 August, Lode, Prices vary If you’re fed up of over-commercialised and overpriced festivals, check out Lodestar, a boutique festival in the Fens which offers some great headline acts, a family-friendly vibe and a lovely campsite. Booking is now open, with adult tickets starting at as low as £20 per day and £65 for the full three days. www.lodestarfestival.com

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WARNING The daddy of all drum and bass nights turns 19 this year, and Warning will be celebrating at Cambridge Junction with a monster night that features some of the genre’s biggest names. Headlining is DJ and producer Mistajam, along with the likes of Hype, Mampi Swift, Danny Byrd, Sigma and Heist. 5 April, 10pm-6am, tickets £16 earlybird, £20 standard, £25 door (if available). www.junction.co.uk

CREATIVE CABARET If you fancy something a little different nightlife-wise this month, check out Creative Cabaret, a unique bi-monthly event that features an eclectic blend of live performances in a variety of art forms. Formerly housed in the Cambridge University Union, this event has now taken up residence in the main dining hall at the smart University Centre, just off Mill Lane, allowing the team to bring their quirky combination of music, comedy, poetry, film, philosophy and dance to a larger audience. Previous events have seen the likes of local band Fred’s House performing, as well as comedy from the hilarious Gabby Best, and the line-up this month looks equally promising. Heading the bill on Friday 25 April is award-winning comedy double act Twisted Loaf, who’ll be delighting the audience with their trademark silliness and surreal sketches. They’ll be joined on the night by folk singer Polly Paulusma, comic singers the Unbearable Pleasure of Being a Woman, mime artist Daniel Cossette and magician Jamie Segrave – plus a few more surprises. “We wanted to offer Cambridge people something a bit different from a straight concert or play,” says event co-producer Charlotte Sankey. “Creative Cabaret appeals to people’s desire for an intimate, communal experience that’s completely unpredictable. There’s something to make you laugh, cry, reflect and dance… all in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.” Alongside the entertainment, guests have the option of enjoying supper at their table, as well as drinks, hot and cold. Tickets cost £18 and the doors open at 7pm. Future dates for your diary are 27 June, 26 September and 28 November. www.creativecabaretcambridge.co.uk

FOOTWORK Get your dancing shoes on and head down to The Fountain for Footwork, which is bringing a solid six hours of the freshest disco, funk, 80s groove, soulful house and US garage on 19 April. Taking place 10pm3am, the night features resident DJ Glenn Burgess, who’ll be joined on the night by special guests including the multi-talented Stuart Sargent and king of soulful house, Simon Carter. Expect good tunes, a happy vibe, and a damn good boogie. www.thefountain.co.uk

QVC The inimitable QVC has been pleasing crowds in Cambridge, across the UK, and even further afield with its unique combination of heavy disco, dirty synth funk and sleazy house since way back in 2010. This month they’re celebrating their fourth birthday with a special bash at The Fountain on 4 April, and they’ve invited their pal Mr B to join them on the night. Founder of the ever-popular Boomslang night, Mr B’s name has become synonymous with bringing quality underground music to Cambridge, showcasing some of the best acts in the game including Stanton Warriors and Plump DJs. 10pm-3am. www.thefountain.co.uk

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MUSIC

Jordan Worland from local music website Slate the Disco selects his must-see gigs in Cambridge this month ow, we’re a third of the way through 2014, where has it gone? We’ve seen some top gigs to date this year and April sees no letting up on that trend! Our gig of the month is the April instalment of No Future Shock. A mixture of local and touring bands spliced throughout the evening with indie disco DJs also on the bill. It takes place at The Portland Arms on 4 April. The first headliners are Cambridge band Forest; these guys are for lovers of Dinosaur Jr, The Strokes, Pavement and indie pop. Co-headliners Coasts formed at Bath Uni in 2011, and their tribal-infused tropi-pop has been picked up by the likes of Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe. Instrumental post-rock outfit 65daysofstatic will visit the Cambridge Junction on 14 April. Sheffield’s premier purveyors of post-rock returned last year with new album Wild Light, and it was their most ambitious effort to date with a reintroduction to some of the guitar-driven elements of their earlier work. April sees the second instalment of the brilliant cornex:discover. On 27 April the Cambridge Classical Concert Series 2013/14 presents an evening of works by major minimalist composers Arvo Pärt, John Adams and Philip Glass, performed by Switzerland’s acclaimed Basel Symphony Orchestra. Mesmerising and hypnotic, the concert features Glass’s film score music Cello Concerto No. 2 which will have just received its UK premiere. April also sees the very welcome return of Crushing Death and Grief as they host a one-off night on the 27th at the Corner House on Newmarket Road. Headlining are Cian Nugent and The Cosmos. Cian Nugent is a guitar player from Dublin whose music combines his personal passions, such as suburban/coastal blues, traditional music, 1960s and 70s singersongwriters and psychedelic rock. The Cambridge 105 NMG Sessions return this month, hosting a night at The

Portland Arms on the 3rd. Suffolk-based alt blues trio Horse Party, who recently released their debut album, join blues band Jack Blues and StumbleCol. Cambridge band Fred’s House have been building up momentum over the last year, with tours, festival appearances and winning last year’s busking competition, leading to the band’s debut album release, to be celebrated with a party at The Portland Arms on 24 April. The brilliant British Sea Power return to the city in April, playing the Cambridge Junction on 18 April. British Sea Power, a sextet from Brighton, are a conceptual indie band, often compared to Joy Division and The Cure, and whose music incorporates elements of art rock and postrock experimentalism. Twice-nominated at BBC Folk Awards, contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound. On 9 April the duo play The Portland Arms. Their third album The Innocent Left, recorded in London with producer Julian Simmons (Guillemots, Ed Sheeran, Albert Lee), explores many and varied topics but remains bound by Gilmore & Roberts’ passion for stories. Philadelphia melodic punk rock outfit Restorations play The Portland Arms on the 21st. Support on the night comes from

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PICKS Australian indie punk band The Smith Street Band and Astpal. Scottish melodic rock outfit Fatherson will be at The Portland Arms on 17 April as part of their tour promoting their new record. The band are led by Ross Leighton and his compelling, yearning vocals; these guys produce really accomplished anthemic rock. Raglans blaze a trail of muscular new wave guitars, gritty pop melodies and uplifting indie folk arrangements, that hops, skips and jumps with a skill and confidence far beyond their short lifespan. They visit The Portland Arms on 20 April. Young Kato have a real knack of writing incredibly danceable, synth-edged indie rock and they bring this sound to The Portland Arms on Saturday 26th. Following a triumphant end to 2013 supporting Tom Odell on his sell-out UK headline tour, and dates with the legendary Robert Plant, Brighton band Wildflowers have announced the release of their new EP this month and their debut headline tour. They will play The Portland Arms on 28 April. Tell us about your gig at www.slatethedisco.com.

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Cambridge lays claim to many a boast, but a rich music legacy is not one of them. Yes, there have been a few big success stories like Pink Floyd and Mercury Prize winners Alt-J, but popular opinion has it that our city is a long way off being an incubator of musical greatness. Well, we’re on a mission to disprove the prevailing wisdom on Cambridge’s music scene. Over the coming months, The Cambridge Sound will take a look at some of the brilliant and influential acts to emerge from the city, introducing up-and-coming artists and paying homage to some Cambridge greats.

#1 Logistics You’re probably familiar with drum and bass as a genre, defined by its fast tempo, breakbeat and heavy bassline, but you may not realise that Cambridge is home to one of the most innovative and well-respected producer/DJs in the game: Matt Gresham, aka, Logistics. Along with his brother Dan (Nu:Tone, with whom he regularly collaborates under the Nu:Logic moniker) he has enjoyed a hugely successful career, releasing some of the finest drum and bass on the scene through the worldfamous Hospital Records. His two other brothers are also creative forces

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to be reckoned with: Nick is better known as producer/DJ Other Echoes and Tim as visual artist Mr. Penfold. So what’s the Gresham secret? “We all grew up in a very creative family and spent a lot of time together as kids,” says Matt. “We shared very common interests and it just went from there really. We were lucky in that our parents really encouraged us to pursue creative professions, which might not be the case in a lot of families.” Matt started producing music 12 years ago, but a seminal moment came in 2004 when Hospital put out their The Future Sound Of Cambridge EP, also featuring Nu:Tone and school friends Commix (Cambridge-based drum and bass duo George Levings and Guy Brewer). It was

around this time he started garnering attention from industry heavyweights and getting radio airplay. “It was a very exciting time for us,” recalls Matt. “I remember listening to Radio 1 hoping that our music would get played and when it finally did it was the most incredible feeling. It’s also been really great to see Hospital Records go from being a relatively small left-field independent label to now being one of the biggest independents in the world.” Due to the lack of soulful drum and bass nights on offer in Cambridge at the time, the gang set to work creating their own. The Spoonfed nights are now the stuff of legend, originally housed at Fez Club and subsequently Cambridge Junction, they

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Artwork from Logistics’ albums Reality Checkpoint (above) and Now More Than Ever (bottom right), and flyers for the Spoonfed nights, with artwork designed by Tim Gresham, aka Mr Penfold (www.penetpaper.com)

brought renowned acts such as DJ Marky, Shy FX and Goldie to Cambridge. “I have so many memories of those nights, having Shy FX play for us was always a roadblock and highly enjoyable, the same goes for DJ Marky. I remember Skream playing a disco set for us right after he’d done his remix for La Roux so there was a huge buzz around him and to have him playing in such an intimate club was really special.” The Spoonfed nights are sorely missed, but we have word from Matt that there are plans to restart them soon, so keep your eyes peeled on the pages of Cambridge Edition for updates! Alongside production, and coorganising a successful monthly club night, Matt also DJs around the world, often as part of the ever-popular Hospitality franchise, playing some of the biggest and best gigs around. “Getting the chance to play festivals like Glastonbury and Bestival is a real honour; I dreamt of playing those kinds of gigs when I was younger so it was very surreal to finally get these opportunities.” With a distinctive sound, blending together soulful basslines and expressive melodies – without forsaking the dance floor oriented nature of the genre – Logistics has won huge critical acclaim and the praise of the most popular DJs in the game, his tracks regularly played by the likes of Andy C and Friction. “I always find it hard to step back and be objective about my own music but I really like music that is uplifting but also has a sense of melancholy to it as well,” says Matt when asked about what defines his musical style. “I write quite a wide range of music but for the most part I think that is the common theme running through my songs.” Now that you know you’re practically a neighbour of drum and bass royalty, your interest piqued, and eager to hear for yourself what the fuss is about, where do you start? “I’m really passionate about a track called Slow Motion. It’s one of my less well-known tracks but I’ve always been really proud of it. Together is a good place to start if you’re not familiar with drum and bass music.” With a brand new album with Hospital Records due out in the summer and ongoing collaborations with Nu:Tone bound for release in the not too distant future, we certainly haven’t heard the last from Logistics. www.facebook.com/logisticsdnb

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We explore the arts and culture scene in Cambridge, showcasing some of the many exciting exhibitions and shows taking place around the city AUSTENTATIOUS Given five stars by Chortle and coming ‘highly recommended’ by The Times, this vivacious show combines the timeless magic of Jane Austen with the unpredictability of improvisational comedy to create a unique Regency romance – every night. Austentatious bows and curtsies into Cambridge following a successful run in London (it was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival last year too), and looks like a must-see for all Jane Austen fans. Even if you don’t know your Bingleys from your Bennets, you will find yourself falling for the wit and accomplishments of this highly original improv group. The show, at Cambridge Junction on 17 April, 8pm, is performed in gorgeous period costume and based entirely on audience suggestions, so put on your best thinking bonnet! Tickets £10/£12. www.junction.co.uk

BALLET BLACK The bold ballet company returns to Cambridge Arts Theatre with a trio of new shows, choreographed by some of Britain’s leading dance makers and performed by supremely talented dancers. Ballet Black was founded by Cassa Pancho in 2001 to challenge the assumption that ballet was only for the white and privileged. By opening her doors to some of the best dancers of black and Asian descent, and training a new generation in classical dance, she and her company have turned the world’s idea about ballet on its head in true style. On 14 and 15 April, experience their latest works, including a new narrative ballet by the award-winning Arthur Pita. Tickets cost from £12.50, and it starts at 7.45pm. www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

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MORECAMBE In this brand new production of the Olivier Award-winning play, dive into the incredible world of comedy icon, Eric Morecambe. From his humble beginnings performing in music halls in the North West, this natural entertainer went on to attract 28 million viewers (around half the UK population at the time) on Christmas Day, 1977, with comedy partner Ernie Wise. The talented Bob Golding reprises his role as the man what brought us sunshine in this heart-warming, laughter-inducing comedy biopic. Catch it 18-20 April at the Cambridge Arts Theatre (7.45pm, with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee). Tickets from £15. www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

TOO SERIOUS TO BE SERIOUS

ONCE UPON A BOOK We love the nostalgic, narrative prints of Ann Winder-Boyle – we’ve even used some of her works on our recent magazine covers (that’s where you’ve seen them before!). They’re on show at Byard Art this month as part of an exhibition of book-themed art, which also includes the stunning paper sculptures of Emma Taylor, who creates glorious 3D scenes out of the pages of books. Others showcased are mixed-media artist Alison Stockmarr, painter Andy Bridge and the ever-imaginative Francis Bloomfield, known for her dreamlike creations. Once upon a Book runs until 27 April. Entry is free. www.byardart.co.uk

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This exhibition at the Lynne Strover Gallery showcases work by two different creatives; sculptor Oliver Barratt and contemporary artist Mark Cazelet. Kent-based Barratt has exhibited at the Guggenheim in Venice and the Royal Academy in London and aims to present viewers with a puzzle – a game too serious to be serious. Preferring to work in complete isolation, Cazelet is inspired by the English countryside and by his time in India, and creates sensational drawings bursting with colour. Both feature an element of folk and religion, and represent a journey through life. Too Serious to be Serious runs until 5 April. www.strovergallery.co.uk

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MARILYN IN CAMBRIDGE A new collection of iconic and intimate photographs of Marilyn Monroe are on display at Castle Galleries in Cambridge, until the end of this month. The images are taken from the private collection of famed Hollywood fine art collector and publisher Edward Weston. Weston built the portfolio over five decades; entranced by the glamour of the golden era of film and captivated by the beauty of the icon, Marilyn Monroe. The photographs follow the Hollywood star through her career, from her beginnings as a model and actress in 1948 to her final photo shoot in 1962. The collection is comprised of the works of Laszlo Willinger, Andre de Dienes, Kashio Aoki and George Barris, some of Marilyn’s most trusted photographers, who were able to capture her in informal settings, away from the bright lights of showbusiness. The collection also contains some of the most iconic images of Marilyn, including the images taken of her on Tobay Beach in New York by Andre de Dienes. De Dienes first came into contact with Marilyn in 1945 when he hired her for one of her earliest modelling jobs. Their working relationship continued until 1953. Speaking of Marilyn and the Tobay Beach photo shoot, De Dienes said at the time: “She had the presence of an established star, she was radiant.” The collection also includes the last ever professional photographs taken of Marilyn in July 1962, before her untimely death in August that year. Taken by photographer George Barris for Cosmopolitan magazine, Barris recalled at the time, “Marilyn was willing to show her public the real Marilyn Monroe, the real Norma Jeane. She would hide nothing in

our photos. No magic or make-up in our finished photographs. “She was wonderful to work with the entire time. She never looked more beautiful,” he recalls. Marilyn tragically died before the photographs or interviews could reach the public, and Barris held on to some he took of her that day for over 30 years, before finally sharing them with the world. Anna Bligh, gallery manager at Castle Galleries, Cambridge, comments: “This collection of photographs holds some truly striking and breathtaking images and captures the very essence of the 20th century’s most enigmatic film icon. Edward Weston once said: ‘With Marilyn, I never fall out of love’, and I believe that is true of most of us. Her fame is unparalleled and it’s a privilege to be able to display this collection here.”

Limited prints of Edward Weston’s collection are available to buy, starting at £699. www.castlegalleries.com

WILLIAMS ART Cambridge School of Art graduate Alara Bailey is currently displaying a series of images on the subject of habits at Williams Art on Gwydir Street. Looking In runs until 13 April and was inspired by the artist’s own habits and routine, developing the idea of looking into other people’s homes to discover what routines they are run by. Then, from 16 April until 4 May, catch the work of Nicola Powys at the gallery, featuring free and lively paintings inspired by her interactions with different people and her love of colour. These bold mixed-media artworks have an abstract, expressive feel which will hopefully leave you feeling inspired too. Open seven days a week, 7.30am-6pm (8.30pm on Sundays). Don’t forget to have a coffee and cake at Hot Numbers café while you’re there. www.williamsart.co.uk

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’m excited. It’s that time of year again when we have the perfect excuse to eat far too much chocolate, enjoy the sunshine, blue skies and… lambs! This month also sees the return of one of Cambridge’s most loved festivals, with a new name and new look – the Cambridge Literary Festival (formerly Cambridge Wordfest). This spring, the literati honeypot is buzzing with a glittering range of 112 speakers, including former poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Germaine Greer and Jill Dawson, the whole shebang newly supported by the New Statesman. A must for all lovers of the written word, go for warm-spirited literary celebration, fun and intellectual debate. For literary art lovers, there’s also the chance to pick up the first painting produced by Andy Bridge of the image that’s graced the cover of Yann Martel’s bestselling novel, Life of Pi, at Byard Art in a unique auction on 24 April. “This original piece could be thought more valuable than the final painting used for the cover,” say Byard Art (wow). Pop into the gallery for Bridge’s book illustrations, too. This month, I am spending more time writing (a novella inspired by Cambridge, our extraordinary, sometimes contradictory city), so I’ll be glued to my PC, making a beeline for recently opened coffee bar, Urban Shed on King Street, who’ve been known to play me old Blondie records while I write, on request – heaven! Co-founder Simon, a former restaurant manager for the likes of Jules Holland, loves all things vintage and just plain old cool, with the fruits of his success evident in this new venture. As well as delicious eats, plus their own coffee, you can pick up upcycled chairs rescued from airports, or vintage record players – perfect for anyone with an independent streak. I’m also intrigued by Creative Cabaret, organised by Lucy Alexander, former journalist for the BBC and the Refugee Council and Charlotte Sankey, who founded (the now closed) Agenda Magazine ten years ago. With its track record of sell-out shows, the hit bimonthly arts event appears again at a bigger venue, The University Centre, off Mill Lane, on 25 April, promising Cambridge a fusion of performance, poetry,

Ca mbridge Literary Festival is back, 1-6 April, with 112 guest speakers

Don't miss Alan Rogerson's creative illustrations on the Market Square. Get your hands on cards, posters and prints depicting his unique view on the world

music, philosophy and dance, a range of art forms – with folk singer Polly Paulusma, comic singers The Unbearable Pleasure of Being a Woman – and plenty more. “We wanted to offer Cambridge people something a bit different than a straight concert or play,” says co-producer Charlotte Sankey. “It appeals to people’s desire for an intimate, communal experience that’s completely unpredictable.” Once a deeply subversive medium, cabaret has its roots in so much more than a glittery singalong – and this looks set to really celebrate that! If I am not away, on Easter Sunday, 20 April, I’ll be heading to the reopening of Burwell Museum, with family activities and an Easter egg hunt, which I know my toddler Otis will love. Go for vintage vehicles, a windmill and a beautiful little shop recently sprinkled with wonder-dust by Cambridge Creative Network’s Karen Jinks and Mandy Knapp, stocking local artists and other treasures. Pick up one of Mandy’s gorgeous windmill print cards,

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made especially for Burwell Museum – her prints blend strong lines with colour and elegant beauty: just lovely. Another fantastic Cambridge artist I’ll be picking up cards from is Alan Rogerson (AKA Baggelboy) – who is starting up his own stall on Cambridge’s Market Square, on Wednesdays. His lino prints notably stand out, often with a slightly crazy, sometimes dark (but always clever) humour. Check his wonderful green man illustration on the book cover of The Wake, by Paul Kingsnorth. Finally, if you find yourself on a park bench eating your lunch next to a piece of apparently abandoned art – you may have stumbled onto a ‘drop’ by Free Art Friday, organised by artist Beyond Canvas. People all over the city have been delighted by free works by a range of super-talented artists in the city, so keep your eyes peeled for the unexpected. I’ve yet to find one, but do live in hope.

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SPRING AWAKENING A haunting new adaptation of a classic play comes to Cambridge Arts Theatre between 29 April and 3 May. Spring Awakening is the seminal work of Frank Wedekind, which challenged convention when it was first unveiled in Germany in the early 1900s. In this update by Anya Reiss, it loses none of its nerve as it examines the intensity and confusion of teenage life. Provocative, funny and dark, it asks pressing questions about how young people are shaped for their future by a generation that doesn’t understand them. It starts at 7.45pm (2.30pm Thursday & Saturday) and tickets are £15-£27. www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

FROM ROOT TO TIP: BOTANICAL ART IN BRITAIN The Fitzwilliam Museum has an outstanding collection of botanical art, and this exhibition, running now until 11 May, brings the best of them into the light to be admired. The collection includes watercolours and drawings from across 300 years, both by amateur and professional artists, tracing the history of flower drawing in Britain. It includes finely executed paintings by influential artists such as Georg Dionusius Ehret, William Henry Hunt and Rebecca John, and depicts flowers both as decorative displays and scientific specimens. Entry is free. www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

BASEL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Part of the Classical Concert Series, conductor Dennis Russell Davies leads the Basel Symphony Orchestra in a concert at Cambridge Corn Exchange on 27 April (7.30pm). They’ll be performing work by Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass and John Adams; three of the 20th century’s most influential composers. Pärt’s These Words is as haunting and ethereal as the timeless Gregorian chants that inspire him. Resonant and meditative, Glass’s Cello Concerto 2 is a condensation of his score for Godfrey Reggio’s critically acclaimed 2002 film Naqoyqatsi. Requiring colossal orchestral resources, Adams’s Harmonielehre is a mesmerising, three-movement work that marries the developmental techniques of minimalism with the harmonic and expressive world of fin de siècle late Romanticism, to breathtaking effect. There’s a pre-concert talk at Cambridge City Hotel too for ticket holders; starts 6pm. Tickets from £26 (£10 for students) plus £2.50 booking fee. www.cornex.co.uk

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INTRODUCING CORNEX:DISCOVER Cambridge Corn Exchange has begun a series of dynamic gigs, aiming to offer a broader and more adventurous programme of live music. Called the cornex:discover series, it’s the brainchild of Steve Bagnall, who is in charge of programming at the Corn Exchange, and will feature classical concerts, avant-garde film and electronica shows and more, running alongside the venue’s more mainstream events. The series kicked off on 4 March with The Tyburn Tree – an epic song cycle by record producer John Harle and singer Marc Almond – and is now a key part of the Wheeler Street venue’s ongoing programming plans. It’s a chance for music fans in Cambridge to try something a little out of the ordinary and hopefully discover something wonderful which they might not otherwise have sought out. Steve explains: “Cornex:discover offers the people of Cambridge and its surrounding areas an exciting and affordable new way to experience a wide range of live music events that they might not normally have thought of coming to see at the Corn Exchange. “We want to encourage as many people as possible to come and try something different – with the assurance that each of

the ‘discover’ events will be of the highest possible quality, and each will take you on a fantastic journey of discovery.” Andrew Burton, marketing consultant, adds: “The Corn Exchange does mainstream and popular entertainment exceptionally well; it’s always attracted the big rock bands and stand-up comics. But what’s been missing from the mix until now have been some of the more adventurous, ‘out-of-left-field’ music events. “We started last summer with Live_ Transmission: Joy Division Reworked and it went down incredibly well and attracted a whole new crowd to the Corn Exchange. This inspired us to go on to develop the discover series.” He continues: “We’re delighted that Cambridge Edition is partnering the series, and we feel this is something readers will be particularly interested in.” Next up, on Sunday 27 April, the Cambridge Classical Concert Series 2013/14 presents an evening of works by major minimalist composers Arvo Pärt, John Adams and Philip Glass (whose compositions include the BAFTA Award winning score for The Hours) performed by Switzerland’s acclaimed Basel Symphony Orchestra. Described by Andrew as

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“mesmerising and hypnotic”, the concert will feature Glass’s brandnew film score music Cello Concerto No. 2, which will have received its UK premiere just days earlier. “People who’ve seen the films of Philip Glass will instantly recognise the music,” says Andrew. “And it’s a very rare treat to have the opportunity to see a completely new piece by Glass.” Then, following the massive success of Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked last autumn, the ‘discover’ series will also play host to another radical reworking of music inspired by an iconic and highly influential band. On Friday 2 May, the impossibly cool Icebreaker, a 12-piece contemporary amplified music group, reimagines tracks from a range of Kraftwerk albums, accompanied by a stunning avant-garde film, in Kraftwerk Uncovered – Future Past. As proud media partners of the series, we’ll be bringing you details on these and future events as they happen. For more information, see www.cornex.co.uk/discover

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BACH SEASON AT WEST ROAD A series of Bach-inspired concerts and talks take place at West Road Concert Hall this month, starting with Interpreting Bach on the Piano, on the 24th. Here, world-leading pianist Angela Hewitt will deliver an illustrated lecture on how to perform Bach on piano, starting at 5pm. Then, attend her masterclass on 25 April, featuring piano trios performed by the University Instrumental Award Holders, at 2pm. Hewitt will be in conversation with Professor John Butt of the University of Glasgow on 28 April, 5pm, finishing with a concert of the Humanitas Series in Chamber Music 2014, in which she will perform the complete Art of Fugue, starting at 8pm (29 April). Angela Hewitt is one of the principal Bach interpreters of our time and performs his work regularly across the world. All events in her Cambridge residency are free to attend. Meanwhile, there’s a chance to hear the St John Passion performed by Britten Sinfonia at the new Saffron Hall in Saffron Walden. It takes place at 7.30pm, 19 April; from £5. www.westroad.org www.saffronhall.com

A brand new adaptation of Neil Simon’s 1963 play, Barefoot in the Park comes to Cambridge’s ADC Theatre on 22-26 April, performed by celebrated local company, Bawds. Made famous by the film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, it’s set in New York as newlyweds Corrie and Paul move into their new – and slightly eerie – apartment block, populated by bohemians and other unusual, eccentric characters. When Corrie throws a dinner party, disaster and hilarity ensues. It takes place at 7.45pm (and 2.30pm Saturday); tickets £7-10. www.adctheatre.com

GUYS AND DOLLS Joyous, heartwarming and loaded with timeless songs, Guys and Dolls comes to the ADC theatre, performed by Pied Pipers. The gamblers are in town and it’s up to Nathan Detroit to set up the greatest ‘crap game’ of the century. The only problem is, he needs £1000 to do it. When he meets straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown, he thinks he’s found his solution by making a bet with the boys – until the inevitable happens! A must-see for all musical theatre fans, it includes larger-than-life characters plus the wonderful numbers Luck Be A Lady, Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat and many more. 15-19 April, 7.45pm (and 2.30pm Fri & Sat); tickets £8-£12. www.adctheatre.com

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ROBIN WATERFIELD AT HEFFERS The author and classical scholar makes a rare appearance in Cambridge on 1 April. He will be discussing his latest work, Taken at the Flood, in store at Heffers with Cambridge professor Paul Cartledge. The book uncovers the story of the Roman conquest of Greece, raising a number of fascinating questions about the Roman Empire, its culture and civilisation. The event starts at 6.30pm with tickets priced at £8. www.bookshop.blackwell.co.uk

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SUSAN BOYLE IN CONCERT The Scottish singer has had an incredible journey since stepping out in front of the Britain’s Got Talent judges in 2009. In just the past year, she has released her fifth album, become the first Brit to earn the right to duet with Elvis posthumously and starred in a film, The Christmas Candle. She also completed a sell-out tour of Scotland, and now sets off across the UK, reaching Cambridge on 16 April. The show will comprise songs including the now legendary I Dreamed A Dream, Wild Horses and Somewhere Over the Rainbow, as well as River Deep, Mountain High – one of her all-time personal favourites – plus a host of spectacular surprises on the night. Susan says: “I’m really looking forward to getting back on tour. After the success of Scotland I’m ready to take the next step and take my show to a whole host of towns and cities I have never played in before. I’ve chosen some of my favourite songs from past albums and also new songs that not only have I wanted to perform for years but resonate with me and I hope my fans will love. I’m really very excited; the show will be bigger and better than before and I can’t wait for the first show – I’m wishing the months away!” The event starts at 7.30pm; tickets £37.50-£60. www.cornex.co.uk

HEY, I’M MR POETIC Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, Wysing Arts puts together an exhibition celebrating the works of over 20 of its artists, starting on 13 April and running until June. Hey, I’m Mr Poetic celebrates pop culture, kitsch and the beauty of everyday objects with the aim of subverting the hierarchy of the ‘high’ art culture of modernism. The whole Bourn-based gallery and grounds will be taken over by the objects, images and stories of artists such as Aaron Angell, Jonathan Baldock, Emma Hart and Kate Owens, in order to celebrate its anniversary. The exhibition also aims to address Wysing’s own role as a place for artists to make and experiment – from its initial incarnation as an ad hoc community founded and funded by artists, to the structured centre of studios and programmes organised to meet the needs of artists working today. Hey, I’m Mr Poetic is the first of two exhibitions looking at the different histories of Wysing Arts Centre and suggesting possible futures, with the second exhibition coming up in September. Opening times are 12-5pm, Monday-Saturday. www.wysingartscentre.org

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THE ARTS

CULTURE INTERVIEW

CATHY MOORE As the city gears up for a week of literary, political and philosophical debates and talks, we catch up with the director of Cambridge Literary Festival, Cathy Moore, to find out how it began, and who she’s most looking forward to seeing this year

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What can people look forward to in this year’s spring festival? A: The forthcoming spring festival will provide a vibrant mix of novelists, politicians, poets, comedians, scientists, children’s authors, journalists and historians spread over six days in April. It kicks off with Eleanor Catton, this year’s Man Booker Prize winner from New Zealand, and closes with former Booker winner Pat Barker. Highlights in between include poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, iconic feminist Germaine Greer, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees and children’s favourite Jacqueline Wilson. Q: How did Cambridge Literary Festival (originally Wordfest) begin? A: It began with just me plus a couple of friends organising it – lots of my friends were roped in as volunteer stewards! We had 20 events and sold about 900 tickets. Q: What inspired you to start it up? A: The festival was inspired during a conversation I had with author Ali Smith when I worked as a bookseller in Cambridge. We were lamenting the fact that Cambridge didn’t have a literary festival and by the time I had cycled home I had a plan. That was in the June and the following March the first festival took place. Q: How has it evolved since then? A: It has grown steadily since then and we now run two festivals each year plus individual events throughout the year. We have also recently become a charity in order to support our fundraising efforts. Q: Who have you met during Cambridge Literary Festival and who surprised you? A: Gosh! I have been privileged to meet so many wonderful people over the years. I was fortunate enough to have dinner with Alan Sillitoe shortly before he died, and Donna Tartt this year was a thrill. But

Cathy Moore (left) & Alex Clark, guest programmer

if pushed I would have to single out Tony Benn as being the most remarkable. His generosity of spirit, love of ideas and zest for change are an inspiration. Q: So why the change in name to Cambridge Literary Festival? A: We have always been Cambridge Literary Festival really, so we decided to formalise it and put ourselves on a par with the other main literary festivals up and down the country. I view change as a positive thing. Q: Which events are you most excited about this year? A: I’d have to say I’m excited about all of the events, which of course I am, but I’m particularly intrigued to see the Korean children’s writer Sun-mi Hwang discussing her utterly charming book The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly. I’m also really looking forward to the New Statesman

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Debate which will discuss the notion: ‘This house believes that young people have never had it so good’ – sure to be a provocative event. If I can be greedy I’m also hugely excited about seeing Pat Barker. I have never seen her before as she hardly ever does events, and I loved her Regeneration trilogy. Cambridge Literary Festival takes place from 1 to 6 April, at various Cambridge venues. Read the full programme online. www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com

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FAMILY

A FAMILY

TOM’S

Midnight Garden

Philippa Pearce’s dreamlike tale of a boy who discovers a secret garden from the past comes to the Arts Theatre stage this month, performed by the ever excellent Birmingham Stage Company – who brought us James and the Giant Peach and Horrible Histories. Sent to live with his aunt and uncle when his brother catches measles, Tom is lonely and bored. But when he hears the grandfather clock strike 13, he investigates, only to discover it has unlocked a hidden garden which no one else knows about. In the garden he meets and befriends a young Victorian girl, Hatty, and together they attempt to unlock the mysteries of the garden… Promising to be an enchanting theatrical experience (it was awarded four stars by The Times), you can catch it between 22 and 26 April. Times vary – see online. Tickets are £12.50 children, £17.50 adults. ■ DID YOU KNOW? Philippa Pearce grew up in a large house in Great Shelford, and its grounds are thought to be the inspiration behind the midnight garden. www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

THE JUNGLE

Book

Think you know The Jungle Book? Think again! At Cambridge Junction this month, Indigo Moon Theatre bring a beautifully original adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story to the stage. Using shadow theatre, powerful music and colourful digital projections, you’ll follow the man-cub Mowgli as he learns to live by the laws of the jungle. Adventurous and innovative, it’s on at 11.30am and 2.30pm, 6 April. Tickets £9/£5 concessions (£23 family). www.junction.co.uk

BURY LANE

Fun Barn

Let the kids crash around at the Bury Lane Fun Barn, just outside Melbourn, a soft adventure play area for ages 0-13 years. There’s lots to explore, from squishy farm animals and a duck pond ball pool to a big wavy slide and balance beams. There’s also a toddler area, and they do parties too. Entry costs up to £5.95, and less for off-peak times. The Fun Barn is part of the Bury Lane Farm Shop site, so while you’re there, pick up some locally grown groceries or browse the garden shop ready for spring. www.burylanefunbarn.co.uk

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concert

Introduce your little ones to classical music at the Cambridgeshire Music Family Concert at Cambridge Corn Exchange on 13 April. Here, the Cambridgeshire County Youth Orchestra perform alongside international players of the world-class Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert will be a celebration of the best of British music, including familiar tunes from Holst and Vaughan Williams. It’s taking place at 7pm; tickets £6.50-£10.50 (£30 family ticket). www.cornex.co.uk

CHILDREN’S PET

Activit y day

On 8 April, at Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester, children are invited to come and spend a day with the animals for a special activity day. Starting at 9.30am and running until 3.30pm, and aimed at children aged 7-11, kids will learn about how the different animals are looked after at Wood Green, and get involved with feeding, training and playtime, with a goody bag and certificate also included. It costs £40 per child, and places are limited. See online for more information, including details on how to book. www.woodgreen.org.uk

MR BIG Family Concert

Who would have thought a gorilla would be any good on the piano? At Saffron Hall on 6 April, hear a story of a lonely gorilla, called Mr Big, whose fearsome appearance scares everyone away – until he discovers he has an amazing musical talent. Featuring music by Vivaldi, Britten and songs to sing along to, this fun concert is performed by the Britten Sinfonia and presented by Hannah Conway, and includes live illustrations from author Ed Vere. It also includes a 20-minute singing practice! Starts 3pm (tickets £5/£10). www.saffronhall.com

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EDITION IS THREE A note from the edit or

I can barely believe it’s three years this month since the first issue of Cambridge Edition. Time has flown and it’s been an amazingly rewarding experience seeing the magazine grow and evolve over those three years. Cambridge itself is evolving too, experiencing a period of rapid transition that’s been fascinating to watch.

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From the booming property market and gleaming new residential developments springing up (on what seems like a weekly basis), to the arrival of big businesses like Microsoft and AstraZeneca, right the way through to the flourishing foodie landscape and burgeoning contemporary arts scene – kick-started by the arrival of spaces like Aid & Abet, Cambridge Art Salon and the pop-up galleries from Changing Spaces – change is undoubtedly in the air.

For all the doom and gloom we hear about independent retailers versus corporate giants in the press – not forgetting that oft-cited think tank report which branded Cambridge Britain’s worst ‘clone town’ – the story as I see it unfolding in Cambridge is quite different. From a few great stalwarts of the local ‘indie’ scene like Cambridge Wine Merchants, The Cambridge Cheese Company and Gog Magog’s blazing the trail when we launched

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Edition in 2011, it seems we now welcome fantastic new independent retailers to the city on a monthly basis. Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to food and drink – our city is now, finally and justifiably, developing a name for itself as boasting a thriving gastro scene. Last year’s EAT Cambridge Festival, which we will again be proud partners this year, demonstrated this to glorious effect – with all of the fringe events selling out in super quick time, and thousands turning out for the main food fair at the Guildhall. I remember standing with the organisers at the debut event, all of us dazzled by the turnout and enthusiasm of the droves of punters streaming through the doors. Cambridge, it seems, was hungry for just this kind of event. In terms of my personal highlights, there have been too many to mention, but a few moments stand out in my mind. Getting the chance to interview one of my very favourite bands, Alt-J, just before they went on stage at the Corn Exchange, was a bit of a pinch yourself moment. Way back in the early days of the magazine, I also got to have a chat with none other than John Cleese, quizzing him about his favourite memories of Cambridge and his trajectory

from Footlights to fame and fortune – predictably, he had me in stitches for the entire interview. My absolute stand out moment though, was in 2012, the year that the new Rosie Maternity Hospital opened, when I presented a cheque for over £6,000 to the staff, which had been raised by the Edition team. It was such an honour to be able to contribute to such a fantastic cause, and one which means so much to so many of our readers. We’ve got exciting plans on the horizon for 2014, which we’ll be sharing with you over the coming months, but in the meantime thanks for reading, and here’s to the next three years and beyond!

Out & About

We’ve had the pleasure of partnering with some great local events over the years, including Cambridge Open Studios, EAT Cambridge, the Romsey Art Festival, the Lion Yard art competition and exhibition and the Grafton Centre’s Eco Event. This year, we’ll also be partnering with the fantastic Dragonboat Festival – plus a few more events, too – stay tuned to Edition for more details!

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My highlights

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Ask any journalist, and they’ll have a top three list of people they’d give their right arm to interview. At the end of last year, I fulfilled one of those dreams when I met world icon David Attenborough at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. He was there to open an exhibition on John Craxton, a charismatic yet little-known artist with a fascinating story, whom Attenborough had spent time with years ago in Greece: you can only imagine what tales the two of them swapped at little cafés in the mountains. He relayed some of these to a small gathering of press (just myself and two others) before we went downstairs to mingle with the cultural elite of Cambridge at the opening reception. Unfortunately that didn’t include Sir Ian McKellen or The Queen, else I’d have had a very successful night indeed! Another highlight for me was putting on a pinny in the Fitzbillies kitchen and learning to make their famously sticky Chelsea buns. I met Gill Abbs, who’s been making these signature buns since the 70s, and had a play with a dough-rolling machine before getting messy with flour, sultanas and a bucketload of syrup. They even looked passable when they came out of the oven, and eating them – crunchy, sweet and warm from the oven – wasn’t such a struggle either.

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It’s also two and a half years this month since we launched The EDIT, Cambridge Edition’s weekly digital round-up of local events and happenings, vouchers and competitions. The EDIT now wings its way to over 16,000 email inboxes across the city and beyond every Friday morning at 11am – want to receive it for yourself? Sign up at www.cambsedition.co.uk.

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HAPPY DAYS WORDS JENNIFER SHELTON

HAPPY DAYS

THE MUSICAL

As Heidi Range hits the road with the new Happy Days musical, Jennifer Shelton chats to the Liverpool lass about acting, the Sugababes and a wig called Brenda…

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f ever there was a TV show that was made to be a musical, it’s Happy Days. Sunshine smiles, allAmerican dreams and toe-tappin’ 50s tunes, it’s as uplifting as they come. Having made a home in our hearts in the 80s, Fonzie and the Cunninghams are back as part of a new musical by the original creator, swinging into Cambridge from 7 April. The story whisks us back to the 50s, where the gang are battling to save their diner from demolition. It features original songs (plus the Happy Days theme tune, of course), with stunning rock ’n’ roll dance routines and a cherry on top. The cast includes Cheryl Baker as bored housewife Mrs Cunningham and former Sugababe Heidi Range belting out the tunes as Fonzie’s love interest, Pinky Tuscadero. It’s her first foray into acting, having spent over ten years in the pop business, but she’s clearly caught the bug. “It’s going really well, everyone’s up dancing at the end of the show and that atmosphere’s infectious,” she smiles. “Every night you finish on a high. “I was waiting for the right show to come about,” Heidi explains. “I loved the part and I’m really glad I took it. I was a bit young to know the TV show when it came out, but it was repeated on TV and I loved it. It’s just a fun family show.”

Heidi is in Glasgow when I call, trying to calm down her dog, Bettie (a pug), who wants to go for a walk. “She sits in the dressing room while I’m on stage – she’s a nice reminder of home,” Heidi says. Heidi grew up in Liverpool; her warm, Scouse twang still very much in evidence as she chats about the show. “It’s a really nice story. There are some funny moments too and I really enjoy playing my character. She’s really feisty and puts Fonzie in his place. And I’m getting to sing and dance every night so it’s great! In the Sugababes, because there were three of us, you’d get a verse each or a middle eight, so it’s nice to have the freedom of a whole number.” Joining the girl group in 2001, the first in a famously long list of line-up changes, Heidi went on to become the longest-running member of the Sugababes, lending her rich, gutteral vocals to the likes of Too Lost in You, Hole in the Head and Push the Button. “It’s different ’cause you’re not playing yourself,” she admits, when I ask how it compares. “But it’s the same thing to be performing in front of a live audience every night – that’s the pleasure of it.” Getting into character, and immersing herself in the era, Heidi reveals, begins with the hair. “I’ve always loved 50s style clothes; I think the women were so glamorous and they’re really flattering costumes. I love my wig as well – she’s got a name and everything. Her name’s Brenda,” she chuckles. “I don’t know why Brenda, but

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Brenda comes out half an hour before the show, and when I put her on I start to feel like Pinky. It’s a big blonde wig with proper 50s set curls. My hair would just flop after the first dance routine…” One of her favourite numbers, she tells me, is a three-hander with Cheryl and costar Emma Harold: “There’s a bit of a Bucks Fizz moment in there,” she hints, “which always goes down well!” Meanwhile, Emmerdale’s Ben Freeman has the monumental task of taking on king of cool, The Fonz. “He’s doing great,” says Heidi, “he’s done some work with Henry Winkler as well, who was the original Fonz, so I think that’s helped.” Though she looks back fondly on her time with the Sugababes, Heidi’s clearly happy with her new theatrical direction. She’s still in touch with her former bandmates, but confirms there aren’t any plans to record anything new. “We send each other the odd message – Jade’s off on tour at the moment and Amelle’s in the studio, so we’re all quite busy. But yeah I had an amazing time with the Sugababes.” So we can expect to see her in the theatre a lot more from now on? “Definitely. The next goal would be to do a West End show – that’s the plan!” Happy Days is at Cambridge Corn Exchange 7-12 April (£18.50-£36). www.cornex.co.uk

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FAMILY ACTIVITIES AT DUXFORD Find out how tanks were made to float, have a go at firing a petard and try on some mini military uniforms at IWM Duxford this Easter. There’ll be lots to do at the museum over the Easter holidays, including The Science of D-Day, the Duxford Battle of Britain Tour plus tank demonstrations and rides. There’s something for everyone, with activities running daily from 5 to 21 April, and it’s a great wet weather idea if all your glorious egg hunt plans are rained off. Children go free. www.iwm.org.uk/duxford

CADBURY EASTER EGG TRAIL

The Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra, which runs music courses for young people, has one taking place at West Road Concert Hall for Easter, starting on 14 April. Starting at 9.15am at the top quality venue, those taking part will learn from tutors, play games and introduce children to new ways of playing music with the aim of inspiring them to continue developing their skills. It’s also a great way of making new friends with similar musical interests. The course is open to children of all abilities aged 7+, with different activities to choose from depending on experience. The course culminates in a group performance on 17 April for family and friends. www.holidayorchestra.co.uk

Become an eggsplorer this Easter and go in search of the best treasure of all – chocolate! Between 18 and 21 April, eggs will be hidden around the grounds of Anglesey Abbey for the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail. Every trail will start off at Base Camp, where you’ll receive your Eggsplorer Kit, including an essential log to record stamps collected along the way. Those who complete the trail will be rewarded with a delicious egg! It’s £2 per child, and is open 11am3.30pm. The trail will also be taking place at Wimpole, Wicken Fen, Houghton Mill and Ickworth House – check their websites for details. www.nationaltrust.co.uk

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EASTER FUN AT WANDLEBURY Head for Wandlebury Country Park for some outdoor Easter activities this month. On 15 April, set out with a map, compass and a sense of adventure for a day of orienteering, starting at Wandlebury Stable Rooms at 10am. It’s led by an experienced field teacher and takes you along some new routes through this beautiful country park. Child tickets £6.50, adults go free. Then, on 16 April, get outdoors to test your archery skills then make and decorate your very own bow and arrow – one for the Robin Hood fans out there! Costs £6.50 per child, suitable for ages eight and above. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms at 10am. On the 19th, search for clues in the annual sell-out Wandlebury photo trail egg hunt. Complete the course for a chance to win a chocolate egg, then get stuck in making Easter crafts. Bring a packed lunch and remember to dress for the weather! Suitable for ages 5+, tickets £7.50, 11am-4pm. www.cambridgeppf.org

EASTER CHOCOLATE FAYRE If the thought of an event dedicated entirely to chocolate sounds too good to resist, get yourselves down to Lion Yard on 19 April where they’ll be holding a delicious Easter Chocolate Fayre, serving up chocolate cakes, truffles, brownies, macaroons and chocolate fondues from the likes of Hotel Chocolat, Thornton’s, Millie’s Cookies and LUSH. It will be held between 10am and 5pm inside the shopping centre; everyone welcome. www.thelionyard.co.uk

KING’S CELEBRATION Broadcast on BBC2 over the Easter weekend, we residents have the privilege of being able to see this Easter celebration live at the King’s College Chapel. The programme starts on 15 April with a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion at 6.30pm, with a preconcert talk at 12.30pm. Good Friday sees the BBC Concert Orchestra join the Philharmonia Chorus for Tavener’s The Protecting Veil, at 7.30pm (£18-£35). On the 19th, marvel at Handel’s Israel in Egypt at 7pm, with the Academy of Ancient Music and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Sunday features a Sung Eucharist with Procession at 10.30am and Festal Evensong at 3.30pm. Easter Weekend concludes with an Organ Recital for Eastertide at 4pm, Easter Monday (tickets £12). www.kings.cam.ac.uk/events/easterat-kings

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EASTER LUNCH AT THE HOUSE COLLECTION If you’re on the hunt for somewhere special to celebrate Easter this year, we’d recommend a visit to Poets House in Ely, or Paddocks House in Newmarket, which are both putting on a delicious three-course Sunday lunch for the occasion. The Easter menu is £25 a head, with seasonal delights such as spring pea velouté, asparagus soldiers with crispy hen’s eggs, followed by spiced shoulder of salt marsh lamb, citrus couscous, and barbecued shallots. To finish, dark chocolate simnel cake with orange and cherry sorbet. A kids’ craft corner will give them space to decorate their very own milk or white chocolate Easter egg with a selection of confectionary, assisted by the talented chefs (a children’s menu is available, or they can enjoy half portions from the Easter menu). With locally sourced ingredients and high quality preparation, you can be sure of a real culinary treat this Easter– and there’s no washing up to worry about afterwards! www.thehousecollection.com

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COMPETITION

Win!

WIN A MINI-BREAK AT SHEENE MILL! his month, we’ve teamed up with The Sheene Mill – restaurant, hotel and wedding venue – to bring you a fantastic prize worth £350. One lucky reader and a guest will win a relaxing, romantic two-night stay at the gorgeous waterside venue in Melbourn, tucked away just 15 minutes south of Cambridge. Dating from the 16th century, and formerly a watermill, The Sheene Mill is set in stunning gardens, with its own beautiful lake, and offers the perfect secluded weekend getaway – without the long drive! You’ll spend two nights (Saturday and Sunday) at the period venue in one of their gorgeous Superior Rooms, offering picturesque views and original, character features. Breakfast

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both mornings and a three-course dinner on the Saturday night are also included. Choose from the selection of locally sourced dishes on the à la carte menu, prepared by acclaimed head chef Patrick Moore, and served in their rustic, AA four star restaurant. Think red snapper and king scallops, best end rack of lamb or wild mushroom ravioli with baby aubergine and white truffle cream... To top it off the prize also includes a glass of Prosecco on your arrival. The Sheene Mill is also perfectly placed for exploring the pretty village of Melbourn and surrounding Hertfordshire countryside, and can be found at 39 Station Road, Melbourn, Royston. To be in with a chance to win this idyllic romantic break, simply head to www.cambsedition.co.uk to enter. www.thesheenemill.com

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GROUP SPOTLIGHT

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WORDS JENNIFER SHELTON

Doing their bit for the planet are the team at Cambridge Carbon Footprint, who have made it their mission to make the public more aware of the simple yet effective things they can do to lead a greener life etting messy with lotions and potions at a DIY cosmetics workshop, swapping old clothes for new ones at Swishing events and exploring different faiths and traditions in your community are all on the Cambridge Carbon Footprint agenda. A local charity, its focus is on motivating individuals to do their bit for the environment – in a doable, yet fun and rewarding way. “Helping people to reduce their carbon footprints is our main aim, and includes increasing awareness of the impacts of what we buy, how we eat, where we travel and how we heat our homes,” says Alana Sinclair, CCF coordinator. “Personal carbon footprints can be broken down into four main areas: food, transport, home energy and consumption, all of which we cover in our work. “We’ve got lots of things going on over the next few months. The one we’re working on at the moment is a food

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Reducing our carbon footprint on a day-to-day level is the CCF’s main focus and related activities include increasing awareness of food miles, emissions and waste

challenge, the 5:2 Good Food Challenge. The idea is to encourage people to go vegetarian or vegan two days a week, as eating less meat has a really big impact in terms of reducing your carbon footprint. Two days is quite manageable, and it’s a good way of dipping your toe in the water. The feedback we get from people is that it���s really useful to have that structure and support from others taking part.” The challenge began at the same time as Lent and likewise lasts for 40 days – just register any time before 13 April to join in. There are some great recipe ideas on their blog if you need a little inspiration, including celeriac and apple soup and a delicious Thai coriander curry. Reducing our carbon footprint on a day-to-day level is the CCF’s main focus, and related activities include increasing awareness of food miles, emissions and food waste. “On average, a UK household throws away 3kg of food each week, which is

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incredible really,” explains Alana. “That’s the equivalent of six meals and around £15. “Getting food to our plate accounts for an estimated 30 per cent of UK greenhouse gas emissions, so it has a really huge impact and I think it’s something people are becoming more aware of. One of the reasons we’re focusing a lot on food is that it’s an area which people have a lot of control over. And it’s a fun way to start to think about finding a way to live your life more sustainably.” As for other easy ways to cook and eat more responsibly, Alana suggests meal planning. She says, “Planning out your meals is a great way to reduce your food waste. For example if you’ve cooked too much rice, plan to use it up as fried rice the next day.” Climate change affects us all, and suggesting these small domestic measures we can take is Cambridge Carbon Footprint’s gentle way of increasing awareness – rather than scaring us or blinding us with facts about melting ice caps thousands of miles away. “CCF has been going since 2006, and our aim, in a nutshell, is to inform and inspire people to live more sustainably, and to put forward the idea that this can be good for you and good for the planet – and that it can be fun. “It was founded on psycho-therapeutic principles, which means looking at people’s motivations and barriers for change. Climate change is a bit scary, but there are things people can do which will help,” she continues. What, in her book, are the main signs that we need to do something about climate change? “Most people can see that we’re having more extreme weather events at the moment,” says Alana. “The frequency of these has been increasing, which is definitely a sign of climate change.” Although some disagree that climate change is driven by human activity, Alana comments: “I think 97 per cent of climate scientists are in agreement on that issue.”

She continues: “Personally, what I would say is that people need to get out there and make it known that acting on climate change is important to them. Even if your area is not at immediate risk from flooding, or other extreme weather events, climate change affects us all because everything is global. Climate immigration, for example, will become an issue as people flee areas which are affected. So no matter where you are, it will affect you.” She cites the upcoming international Paris climate conference in 2015, which will set the agenda for what action is taken on climate change. CCF is also a member of The Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest

If you want to renovate your whole house to be completely eco-friendly, we have Open Eco Homes in September which can take you through that

group dedicated to taking action on climate issues. “People can come in with us at any level: if you want to come and learn how to make your own moisturisers and creams, you can do that. Or if you want to renovate your whole house to be completely eco-friendly, we have Open Eco Homes in September which can take you through that,” says Alana. “There’s a lot of that going on around Cambridge.” Other past projects have included ‘make do and mend’ style challenges (CCF’s Simone made an incredible Regency ballgown from a bedsheet), and pledging to ‘eat local’ for anything from a day to a month, using seasonal ingredients grown within a 30-mile radius. Stay tuned for more events that will take place throughout the year, details of which can be found on the website. www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org

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Communit y NEWS MAKE A WILL WEEK

TWO COUNTIES MOTOR SHOW Cambridge Edition readers are being asked to put forward their suggestions for which charity should benefit from this year’s Two Counties Motor Show. The motor show, which takes place at Newmarket Racecourse each June, offers a fantastic fun day out for all the family, with over 500 cars and bikes on display, plus a range of food and drink and children’s entertainment. It is also the biggest charitable event organised by the Lion Clubs of Cambridge and Newmarket, and has raised £110,000 for local charities over the past few years. Please get in touch if you would like to nominate a charity. Either call 01638 640601 or send a message via Twitter: @The_MotorShow. www.twocountiesmotorshow.co.uk

It’s never too soon to make a will, and an event organised by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, running from 28 April-2 May, will help shed light on how to do it. Have a standard will written for you by a local solicitor or will-writer (in exchange for a donation to Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust), or have your current will updated. A number of solicitors are taking part, and appointments are limited, so call 01223 217331 to find your nearest solicitor or will writer and to book a slot. www.act4addenbrookes.org.uk

SING FOR SWINGS A charity gig is being held at Comberton Sports & Arts on 26 April in aid of the Comberton Playground Project. Artists performing include Comberton Village College student and Strawberry Fair Band Competition winner GraceSarah, Just William and the Outlaws and local singer-songwriter Will Robert. The gig was dreamt up by local parents as a way to revamp the Comberton playground, which currently features equipment that’s been there since the 1960s. Following several fundraising events and grant allocations, work started in March to complete phase one, which includes installing a zip wire and climbing dome. The aim is to raise awareness, and hopefully sponsorship, for a further £80,000 to complete the playground. The gig starts at 7.30pm; tickets are £5/£7 in advance or £7/£9 on the door. www.wegottickets.com

MOBAS GET STUCK IN AT WOOD GREEN Colleagues from Mobas spent a day volunteering at Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester for the final event in a year of fundraising, celebrating the agency’s tenth anniversary. The team rolled up their sleeves and cleaned out the hamsters and mice, created enrichment games for rescue dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs as well squeezing in a few cuddles with the shelter’s kittens and puppies. Becky, Nicola, Charlie and Nanco also helped conduct a full health check on Wood Green’s feathered residents, the chickens. Throughout the past year Mobas has held a series of fundraising challenges such as a skydive, walking on hot coals and hiking the Three Peak Challenge, all to help raise money for three nominated charities: Marie Curie Cancer Care, Save the Children and Wood Green Animal Shelter. Robin Bryant, Mobas’ managing director, said: “This past year has been momentous for Mobas. It’s been a great celebration of our achievements over the past decade and giving our time to a local cause is a fitting way to finish off our anniversary campaign.” Katja Jones, Wood Green community fundraiser for Cambridgeshire, said: “It was great to have the Mobas team here at Wood Green and for them to see that all their fundraising efforts really will make a difference to the lives of hundreds animals. We’re grateful for all their support over the past year and the £1,930.60 that the team raised will pay for 280 days of kitten fostering.” Over the past year Mobas has also raised £3,508.27 for Marie Curie Cancer Care and £2,206.50 for Save the Children. www.mobas.com

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LISTINGS

WHAT’S ON A round-up of events in and around Cambridgeshire for April

ALL MONTH

BETWEEN THE LINES Time: 10am-4pm (Tues-Sat) Location: Wisbech & Fenland Museum Price: Free entry Description: See a series of exhibitions on music, family, soldiers and hidden stories from the Great War, 100 years since the conflict began. wisbechmuseum.org.uk

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Time: 7pm Location: Haverhill Arts Centre Price: £10-£15 Description: Can’t make it to the theatre? Let the National Theatre come to you this month as Haverhill Arts Centre shows a live projection of the celebrated spectacle that is War Horse. haverhillartscentre.co.uk

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THRIPLOW DAFFODIL WEEKEND Time: All day Location: Thriplow Price: £5 adults, £2.50 children (under 16), Under 5's go free Description: A celebration of spring, this village festival involves fêtes, open gardens, craft stalls and entertainment. facebook.com/ thriplowdaffodilweekend

SPANISH WINE TASTING Time: 7.30pm Location: Cambridge Wine Merchants Price: £15 Description: Challenge what you know about Spanish wine at this wine tasting evening, with nibbles, held at the Cherry Hinton branch. cambridgewine.com CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET Time: 7.15pm doors Location: Hidden Rooms Price: £10 Description: The musical trio perform at the Jesus Lane bar as part of Cambridge Modern Jazz, promising a mix of well-known American songs and some more obscure nuggets. cambridgejazz.org

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ALAN DAVIES Time: 8pm Location: Corn Exchange Price: £20/£25 Description: The curly-haired comic is striking out on tour this spring, bringing his stand-up show, Little Victories, to Cambridge on the 5th. cornex.co.uk

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MARK BOSTRIDGE & PETER PARKER Time: 7pm Location: Winstanley Lecture Theatre Price: £8/£10 Description: Hear the authors of The Last Veteran and The Fateful Year discuss their work and the war as part of April’s Cambridge Literary Festival. cambridgeliteraryfestival.com 50 | Cambridge Edition | April 2014

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5 April

THE NEW STATESMAN DEBATE Time: 5.30pm Location: Union Chamber Price: £9/£11 Description: The political editor of The New Statesman chairs what should be a fiery debate, inspired by the question: ‘This house believes that young people have never had it so good’. Do you agree? Come and have your say! cambridgeliteraryfestival.com

WEDDING FAIR Time: 11am-4pm Location: Girton College Price: Free entry Description: Suppliers will be exhibiting at Girton College, with two fashion shows on the day. The college and its grounds make a great wedding venue, seating either 60 or 120 guests. girton.cam.ac.uk

6 April

PERIOD PIECE Time: 10am Location: Winstanley Lecture Theatre Price: £8/£10 Description: Discover one of Britain’s foremost female artists Gwen Raverat, Charles Darwin’s granddaughter. Her own grandson will lead a talk about her life. cambridgeliteraryfestival.com

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CAMBRIDGE CAMBOURNE 10K RUN Time: 11am Location: Cambourne Price: £14/16 entry Description: Suitable for runners of all abilities, the course passes through picturesque woodland and countryside, with a fun run also taking place the same day if you’re looking for an easier ride. cambridgefestivalofrunning.com

9 April

TREE AND FLOWER FAIRIES Time: 10am-12.30pm Location: Wandlebury Stable Rooms Price: £6.50 (child) Description: Get the chance to make your own fairy goodies while learning about the magical trees and flowers found in fairy tales. cambridgeppf.org

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IMAGES FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Have some fun at Wandlebury with a range of spring activities, or visit Girton College’s wedding fair on 6 April. It doesn’t get better than coffee and music – visit Hot Numbers on 20th.

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HAPPY DAYS Time: Various Location: Corn Exchange Price: £18.50-£33 Description: Emmerdale’s Scott Windsor, Bucks Fizz star Cheryl Baker and former Sugababe Heidi Range star in Happy Days, a brand new musical written by the creator of the legendary TV series. cornex.co.uk

LIVE AT HOT NUMBERS Time: 3-5.30pm Location: Hot Numbers café Price: Free Description: Soak up the velvet vocals and gorgeous guitar of Stella Hensley and Chris Newman, who play slide, ragtime and blues to soothe the soul. hotnumberscoffee.co.uk

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PORTUGUESE WINE DINNER Time: 7pm Location: Hotel du Vin Price: £69 Description: Enjoy a superb fourcourse meal with wines to match, hosted by guest sommelier, Viktor Amaro, with reduced rates if you wish to stay overnight. hotelduvin.com

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BALLET BLACK Time: 7.45pm Location: Arts Theatre Price: from £12.50 Description: The sensational, groundbreaking company returns to Cambridge with a triple bill of new exciting work by some of Britain’s best choreographers. cambridgeartstheatre.com

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AUSTENTATIOUS: AN IMPROVISED NOVEL Time: 8pm Location: Cambridge Junction Price: £10/£12 Description: One of the most talked-about comedy shows of the moment, and based entirely on audience suggestions, Austentatious is a must-see for all Jane Austen fans. It’s heading on tour after sell-out success in London and Edinburgh. junction.co.uk

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20 April

ELO EXPERIENCE Time: 7.30pm Location: Corn Exchange Price: £20 Description: Hello Mr Blue Sky! Witness the official no. 1 ELO tribute show performing a supersonic set of some of the best known hits of the 70s and 80s, from Living Thing to Mr Blue Sky. cornex.co.uk

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OASIS UK Time: 8pm-1am Location: One Leisure, St Ives Price: £10/£13 Description: Head back to the 90s with music from this top Oasis tribute band, plus DJ support from Bez of The Happy Mondays and 808 State, who’ll be spinning tracks from the likes of the Charlatans and Stone Roses. oneleisure.net

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TARTS Time: 10am Location: Cambridge Cookery School Price: £125 Description: New for 2014, this shortcut guide to perfect shortcrust will equip you with the skills to make perfect tarts and pies. Lunch is included, plus tea and coffee and a glass of wine if you wish! cambridgecookeryschool.com

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RIME Time: 7.30pm Location: Cambridge Junction Price: £8/£12 Description: This innovative new circus show by Square Peg Contemporary Circus combines theatre, dance and music to tell a haunting tale, interweaved with stunning tricks and flips, human towers and jaw-dropping stunts. junction.co.uk

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THE CAMBRIDGE ROAR his July, Cambridge Edition will be teaming up with The Cambridge Roar, a new exciting event for the city. Running from 4 to 12 July in conjunction with The Prince’s Trust, it aims to raise significant funds to support the Trust’s ongoing work, helping 13-30 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Roar will include a series of fantastic events, opening with white-collar boxing on 4 July and concluding with a grand ball on the 12th. The Cambridge Roar is the brainchild of Tony Murdock, general manager at Cambridge Quy Mill Hotel & Spa, which will be hosting the events. “It’s very exciting,” he says. “It’s a unique collection of events and we’ve had a lot of local interest. It is a regional concept, and all the funds we raise for children will stay in the east of England, and for it to work it’s about getting everyone around us involved. Cambridgeshire doesn’t have anything like this, so it’s very unique in its concept. “We’ve got a five-year plan with The Prince’s Trust, and my hope is to raise as much as we possibly can and attract as

many people to the events as we can,” he continues. “We’ve got quite a few celebrities already confirmed, and my aim is to have as many well-known faces at each event as possible, to make them all must-see and must-be-seen-at events. We’re hoping people will come to more than one.” On 4 July, guests are invited to experience the art of white-collar boxing, which originated at the famous Gleason’s Gym in New York in the 1980s. This black tie event, hosted in a specially decked-out marquee, will offer guests a glamorous, adrenaline-fuelled evening of sport and entertainment as highly-trained amateurs compete for the inaugural Cambridge Roar title belt. There will also be an auction, pledges and betting system to raise funds. Strictly Come Dancing comes to Cambridge on Saturday 5 July as The Cambridge Roar hosts Cambridge Come Dancing. Guests will be treated to a night of sequins, style and spectacular dancing as professionals perform a series of breathtaking routines. A celebrity auctioneer will lead the auction this time, and another raffle will take place.

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There’s a chance for businesses in Cambridgeshire to promote their services in a networking event on 8 July, from 10am until 4pm, where you can make connections with like-minded businesses; then have Lunch with an Old Bag on the 9th at a lunchtime auction of designer handbags, luxury holidays, pampering packages and more. A Sporting Gala Dinner takes place on 10 July, followed by a Comedy and Curry Evening on Friday 11th. Cambridge Roar comes to a close on 12 July with a glamorous Grand Finale Ball, comprising a five-course dinner, champagne, canapés and live music, leading up to a spectacular fireworks show. All events take place at the Cambridge Quy Mill Hotel & Spa, and tickets go on sale on 21 March. Cambridge Edition are media partners, so we’ll be bringing you more news and updates over the next few months. Adds Tony: “We hope to raise in the region of £150,000 for The Prince’s Trust for year one, building this up to year five and beyond.” www.thecambridgeroar.co.uk

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CAMBRIDGE BID MONTHLY UPDATE

Welcome Welcome to the April update from the Cambridge BID. This month, we explore the King Street area, a part of the city which is enjoying lots of interest at the moment as a result of a new art space and some great eateries and opening recently. Over the page, you can also expererience a day in the life of one of our bowler hat wearing City Ambassadors – enjoy!

What is the Cambridge BID? The Cambridge Business Improvement District, or BID, is an initiative set up by Cambridge businesses and organisations to ensure continued investment in Cambridge City Centre. Businesses within the Cambridge BID area (shown in the map, right), were given the opportunity to vote for or against the BID during the ballot and on 1 November 2012 a vote in favour of the BID was returned, paving the way for an organisation which will ensure sustained investment in this historic city and the delivery of a wide range of projects and initiatives. Find out more at www.cambridgebid.co.uk

Cambridge Brew House It’s been a year since Cambridge Brew House took over from The Bun Shop on the corner of King Street and Malcolm Street, and it’s already become a firm favourite amongst local drinkers and diners. Boasting seriously cool décor, mismatched furniture with an ‘industrialmeets-vintage’ vibe, it delivers on all counts, with great ales and fabulous food to boot. Try a pint of King’s Parade bitter or Misty River pale ale, which is made on-site by head brewer James at the pub’s very own micro brewery. The equally funky Locker Room upstairs is ideal for watching sports, plus there’s an outside terrace for sunny days. www.thecambridgebrewhouse.com

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King Street Not to be confused with King’s Parade (that’s where you’ll find King’s College), King Street in Cambridge may be more off the beaten track, but it’s quite possibly all the better for it. Away from the touristy bustle that makes King’s Parade impossible to perambulate at more than a snail’s pace, King Street hugs the northern edge of the city centre, curving out towards Jesus College and the River Cam. Edition readers and regulars will know it’s become something of a foodie hub over the last few months. The opening of the eagerly awaited Afternoon Tease café, followed by Urban Shed earlier this year, has made it the place to go in the city centre for a great cup of coffee, home-made cake or a tasty lunch. We can’t speak highly enough of Afternoon Tease’s delicious array of cakes and light bites, and the trendy upcycled furniture and modern-retro charm of Urban Shed is a mark of the area’s new hipster vibe.

Once a street lined with pubs, King Street had several closures during the downturn but what’s emerged is a new breed of watering hole, suited more towards today’s more savvy clientele. The Cambridge Brew House fulfils that criteria exactly, with its great selection of ales and a fantastic foodie offering. Just across the road, you’ll find King Street favourite, d’Arry’s, a smart wine shop and restaurant with a relaxed but sophisticated vibe and a setting bursting with character. King Street is also a destination for local crafters, boasting a sewing shop and an art shop side by side. Sew Creative is a treasure trove of buttons, ribbons, wool in all colours and textures, and other machinery and gadgets for your craft cupboard, and has been on King Street for years. The staff are vastly knowledgeable too if you don’t know your godet from your gusset. And if music is your passion, spend a while in Cambridge Strings, a specialist in stringed instruments with over 35 years’ expertise in the field. As well

as instruments for sale, they also do repairs, printed music and accessories. Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA) also have a studio space opposite the Brew House (previously run by Changing Spaces), where you can see students’ work regularly displayed in the window. Further on, Sandra Jane is the perfect place to find gorgeous gifts and homewares, with two floors of stylish, unusual items, including jewellery and furniture. And don’t pass by Boudoir Femme; it stocks unique fashion pieces you won’t find on the high street.

Boudoir Femme Thriving independent fashion boutique Boudoir Femme really puts the joy back into shopping: forget rifling through rails of identikit outfits you’ve seen on everyone else, here you’re guaranteed to find something unusual and unique. Boudoir Femme stocks all manner of clothing, from casual t-shirts to exquisite one-off evening dresses, with something to suit all occasions and tastes. They’re also great for accessories, with gorgeous bracelets, scarves, evening gloves and more to browse, all housed within a glamorous, boutique setting. Owner Pippa wanted to create a vintage department store feel, full of everything a girl could want – and she’s certainly succeeded in that. www.boudoirfemme.co.uk

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City Ambassador So, you may have seen one of the Cambridge BID City Ambassadors walking in and around the city, but do you know what they really get up to? We spoke to a member of the friendly team to go behind the scenes and find out how their day pans out

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We start with a team briefing, where we discuss what might be happening in Cambridge that day, go through any special tasks that we may have to fulfil on behalf of the BID manager and his team and also check the weather forecast – is it a brolly or suncream kind of day? We then get ourselves into our uniforms and hit the streets!

9.15 – 12.45

We tend to dedicate our mornings to conducting our business visits. We each have a number streets that we are responsible for. We like to pop in, say hello and see if the businesses are aware of all the great projects that the BID are currently working on. If the business has any questions that we are unable to answer, we make a note to return later that day or week with the answer.

12.45 – 13.30

Lunchtime! Having walked approximately seven miles already today, a hearty lunch is in order. Chris, our deputy supervisor, is known to eat a tower of sandwiches all on his own! We then like to catch up with the rest of the BID team to see how their day is going.

13.30 – 15.30

Back out and the afternoon is spent helping users of the city with any queries or questions they may have. As well as the usual questions such as ‘How much is it to get into King’s College Chapel?’ or ‘Can you tell me where the nearest toilet is?’ we have been known to help in all manner of situations. The ones that stick in my mind include helping a lady walk to the bus

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stop as her hip had given out, getting the old-fashioned A-Z map out to help drivers around the one-way system, and more recently Chris had to escort a lonely swan back onto Parker’s Piece after it swooped down and landed on Regent Street, nearly knocking his bowler hat off in the process! We also get asked to pose for lots of photos, asked where to buy weird and wonderful items and for directions to attractions and shops in the city.

15.30 – 16.00

Our last break of the day. A chance for us to catch up about the day, report any incidences that may have occurred and generally rest before the last shift.

16.00 – 18.00

Off we go for our final shift. Depending on the day, we tend to use these last two hours either completing our business visits (more so in the winter) or continuing with our visitor interactions. We are also responsible for reporting any environmental issues to the appropriate agencies. So for example, if we see a cracked paving slab or illegal graffiti we will report to the right department within the City or County Council. Once we have reported, we make a log and ensure we visit two weeks later to see whether it has been rectified.

18.00

Finish for the day. It’s not unusual for us to go out for a drink together, especially after the Saturday shift! We are a friendly bunch, and enjoy visiting those bars and restaurants that we help support in our day job.

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Let's go to.. For culture, class, great shopping and plenty of history, plus a scenic drive to boot, look no further than Saffron Walden, just over the Essex border. We’ll eat our hats if you don't fall in love with this pretty medieval market town, which continues to buck all its county stereotypes. Allow us to show you around…

A bit of history Originally named Chipping Walden, the town changed its name to Saffron Walden after becoming associated with the spice in the 16th and 17th centuries. Saffron comes from the stigma of a crocus, used then in cooking and medicine, as an aphrodisiac, in perfume and as an expensive yellow dye. Fields of these pretty purple flowers soon sprung up across the area to meet demand, which continued until malt, barley and the cattle market took over as the town’s main trade in the 18th century. The arrival of the railway in the mid 19th century connected the town to London, and today, although Saffron Walden station was closed in the 1950s, Audley End station continues to serve the town, and is just 15 minutes down the line from Cambridge. Meanwhile the ruins of Walden Castle are a reminder of the town’s Norman roots.

PUBS Saffron Walden’s pubs are just as you might hope: rustic and cosy yet stylish and sophisticated. If you want a great gastro pub, we recommend The Eight Bells, with its modern menu, woodburning stoves and impressive and characterful timbervaulted ceilings. The Cross Keys (sister restaurant of the well-loved d’Arry’s in Cambridge), with its selection of ales, dedicated wine bar and superb menu, is a brilliant option. It also offers six refurbished bedrooms if you decide to make a night of it. The charming Old English Gentleman on Gold Street, which is known for its CAMRA-accredited ales, is a bit of a local favourite, too.

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8 DAY WEEKEND Every three years, Saffron Walden throws a carnival on the common, and it’s back for 2014, starting on 4 July. The eight-day festival will coincide with the arrival of the Tour de France in Essex on 7 July. Headlining on 4 July will be none other than X Factor winner Matt Cardle, who lives in nearby Halsted. Further attractions will include marching bands, a town procession of 100 floats, classic car shows and other music events. www.8dayweekend.co.uk

EAT For a cup of tea and a cake or a light lunch, we’d heartily recommend a visit to Café Cou Cou. Situated in George Street, this delightful café and bakery serves an array of naughty-but-nice treats, and their scones (made fresh in their kitchen each morning) are quite possibly the best in town. The Restaurant on Church Street serves up food with a European and North African flavour; Jade Garden does excellent Chinese food; or share some tapas at the Garden of Edmir, recently opened on Market Hill. Their cocktails are rather good too. Or, if you’re in a hurry or fancy a night in, you’ll find good takeaway pizza at Calzone on Hill Street. Saffron Walden is also home to The Saffron Ice Cream Company, micro-producers based on their nearby family farm who use local ingredients to create their delicious range. Flavours include salted butter caramel and lavender sorbet, which you’ll find served at The Eight Bells and other local restaurants.

SHOPPING A visit to Walden isn’t complete without a scout around its lovely market. Set in the heart of the town, surrounded by picturesque buildings, it sells everything from fruit (the strawberry man is a bit of a local legend) to upcycled antiques, haberdashery and homeware. It runs both Tuesdays and Saturdays and is always bustling. Other shops of note include fashion boutique Ruby Room and sophisticated women’s retailer Anna, set in a character building on the high street, or find a great label at designer dress agency Brooks. Lottie Mutton on King Street is the perfect place to find a pretty gift or item for your home or garden, likewise you’re bound to find something interesting at Talents. Corner Cupboard is another good find for cards, jewellery, gifts and furniture, and you can satisfy all your craft needs at Craft Days on the high street, which runs courses and events too. A particularly friendly retailer is Beauty, Bump & Baby, the maternity shop on Market Row. It stocks everything from stylish maternity wear to baby clothing and toys, and the staff are always happy to help if you’re not sure what you’re after.

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ARTS HIGHLIGHTS

The Invisible Woman, showing at Saffron Screen 12-14 April

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If you’re in town for the evening, take a look at what’s on at the new concert hall, Saffron Hall, and at the local volunteerrun cinema, Saffron Screen. Saffron Hall opened late last year and has already welcomed some of the biggest names in classical music and the arts: next up is the Mr Big Family Concert (6 April) and Aquinas Piano Trio, playing Mozart, Mendelssohn and Brahms on the 12th. An excellent volunteer-run cinema, Saffron Screen shows current and classic films. Coming up this month are Dallas Buyers Club (4, 5 & 6 April), The Lego Movie (5, 6 & 8 April), The Act of Killing (7 April) and Cuban Fury (11 & 12 April). The full programme can be found online. Or, see some stunning contemporary art at the Saffron Walden Gallery, 77a High Street. www.saffronhall.com www.saffronscreen.com

BRIDGE END GARDENS Saffron Walden is perfect for a day trip, offering a number of attractions for all, whether you’re a culture vulture, nature lover or want something to do together as a family. Start with a walk up to the beautiful 15th century St Mary’s Church – the largest in the county – then take a stroll through Bridge End Gardens, situated between Castle Street and Bridge Street. These date from the 1840s and are open every day, featuring a rose garden, Dutch sunken garden, a kitchen garden and hedge maze.

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Saffron Walden lies in the lee of Audley End House, an impressive English Heritage stately home dating from the early 17th century and standing within spectacular parkland designed by Capability Brown. Both the grand rooms upstairs and the extensive kitchens and servants’ quarters below are worth exploring – check www. english-heritage.org.uk/audleyend for details of upcoming events. Audley End also hosts huge picnic concerts every summer, with Paul Weller the first act confirmed for 2014 in July. And the miniature railway, just over the road from the entrance to the house, is also well worth a visit if you have little ones in tow.

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WORDS JENNIFER SHELTON

INDEPENDENT OF THE MONTH

Jacks on Trinity

They pride themselves on their patriotic emporium of gifts, knick-knacks and homewares, and now Jacks on Trinity are going for gold at The Greats retailer awards he Olympics, the royal baby, James Bond, Harry Potter… it’s never been cooler to be British, and this trend for patriotism has been filtering down to our high streets and into our homes. But it’s not all nodding bulldogs and beefeaters – over the past few years some rather artistic, tasteful pieces have emerged too. Perhaps Cambridge’s most patriotic shop, Jacks on Trinity is a celebration of all things red, white and blue. It’s run by Anne Bannell, who identified the growing craze for national pride and has given it a Cambridge slant. “Britain as a brand has such a good image abroad, and anything with a Union Jack on is always popular,” says Anne, who also runs successful university clothing shop, Giles & Co, down the road. Jacks on Trinity specialises in quirky souvenirs, homeware and other gifts, including pieces inspired by stunning artwork from local artists. One of these artists is Clare Phillips, whose whimsical work you might recognise from our February cover. We’re also particularly taken with the umbrella decorated with sketch-like scenes of Cambridge: no guest house or guest room in town should be without one. “I’m always surprised how many fridge magnets and key rings we sell,” adds Anne. “They make great token gifts, so there’s always a big demand for those.”

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Locals will probably remember Jacks on Trinity when it was Breeze, the gift and homeware shop. Though she loved the shop, circumstances meant Anne had to “put her business head on” as she says, and review the business model. “We changed from Breeze to Jacks for three main reasons,” she explains. “Firstly, we had noticed a definite downturn in turnover since the credit crunch hit our customers, especially during our crucial Christmas period. Secondly, the opening of the Grand Arcade saw a drop in footfall to this side of town, and along with a couple of very cold winters, this did hit our profits. “Finally, as we already have Giles & Co down the road which specialises in Cambridge souvenir clothing, it made business sense to build on the success of that shop. By using the Union Jack as the central theme of Jacks, we have incorporated some lovely Cambridge souvenirs along with London gifts, clothing and plenty of quirky merchandise.” It proved a shrewd move, and now Jacks on Trinity has been selected as a finalist in The Greats gift retailer awards, which recognises the very best gift retailers across the UK. The results will be announced in May. Anne says: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for the best newcomer award.

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We’re up against five other shops from the south of England and it is a tough competition. However, we do stand out from the crowd as all the others are your more typical gift and home accessory shops, whereas Jacks is the only souvenir shop in the category.” As well as souvenirs, locals can still find plenty of Breeze-style items to inspire at Jacks on Trinity. As Anne points out: “We also stock a lovely range of homeware such as cushion covers which would look great in anybody’s house, and often we have residents coming in looking for gifts for friends or relatives who live abroad and want something to remind them of Cambridge or the UK.” Working in the shop, I wonder what the most unusual request a customer has made, to which she responds: “We have actually been asked which college Harry Potter went to! “We are trying to take the business to a new level by combining the flair for gifts we gained from Breeze with the kind of items visitors love. We think we’ve set the bar higher than Cambridge has ever seen before,” says Anne in summary. 34 Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TB, 01223 354403, www.jacksontrinity.co.uk

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FOOD NEWS A MONTHLY ROUND-UP OF GASTRONOMIC GOINGS-ON IN CAMBRIDGE AND THE SURROUNDING AREA

A TASTE OF GREECE

THE LIBERATED FEAST We love the look of The Liberated Feast, an innovative local dining experience which combines a huge feast and lively entertainment with raising money for charity and awareness of global food waste. It’s the third outing for this event in the city, which uses surplus food that would otherwise go to waste from local producers, retailers, farms, markets, vegetable box schemes, allotment holders and foraging, to create a delicious meal. 100 guests will be treated to a vegan banquet at the feast, which takes place on Sunday 6 April at the Centre at St Paul’s on Hills Road. There will also be musicians and entertainers, plus a small market area with stalls from local producers and food organisations The event costs £10 per ticket, with all proceeds going towards a project for the Milimani School on Kenya’s Rusinga Island which is raising money to build, staff and support a kitchen to provide the children’s entire daily nutrition and create a school permaculture food growing space. So far The Liberated Feast has raised a fantastic £1000 towards the project, which has an estimated total cost of £5000, and are already supporting the school’s breakfast feeding programme. They are also developing an educational programme, working with schools and communities to explore the global food system and help them create their own Liberated Feasts. The event takes place from 7.30pm until 10.30pm; find out more by searching The Liberated Feast on Facebook.

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This month at the Fitz you can experience the Greek love of food and celebration with a special event being held in honour of the museum’s John Craxton exhibition, A World of Private Mystery. Taking place on Friday 11 April, it’s a chance to enjoy the spectacular body of work that painter Craxton created, from the dark, meditative depictions of the natural world in his younger years to the vibrantly colourful and joyous images he created during his later life in Crete. It’s one of the final opportunities to see the show, which comes to an end later in the month, as well as enjoying special talks, activities, food and music in the Fitzwilliam’s own Greek Courtyard (10am-8pm). www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

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GRAB IT FRESH FOOD LTD

CAMBRIDGE COOKERY SCHOOL The award-winning Cambridge Cookery School is offering a busy schedule of classes this month to help turn you from mediocre to maestro in the kitchen at their centre on Purbeck Road. The month kicks off with a duo of courses on 2 April, when you can get a crash course in sourcing, preparing and cooking the finest spring fish (10am-2pm, £135), or enjoy a meaty masterclass focused on lamb (7-10pm, £125). We especially like the look of the Green Gourmet class on 23 April, a new class for the centre, which gives veg, herbs, pulses and grains centre stage. You’ll learn some inventive and delicious veggie recipes including carpaccio of beet with balsamic vinegar, goat’s cheese cream and pine nuts, celeriac soup with sautéed wild mushrooms, spinach and Gruyère soufflé (10am-2pm, £110). At the end of the month, on the 29th, there’s a class dedicated to pastry, in which you’ll learn all the tips of the trade to help you create perfect sweet and savoury shortcrust pastries and look at the mystifying science behind this notorious tricky baked good, to help you get it right every time (10am-2pm, £125). www.cambridgecookeryschool.com

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NEW OPENING

A new opening to report this month on Newmarket Road in the shape of Grab It, a takeaway deli offering a range of fresh, local food and drink to take away including baguettes, paninis, soups, tea, coffee and fresh juices. The business is the brainchild of James Haggar, who has spent the last decade managing for the likes of The Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds and Marco-Pierre White. Grab It will be run by himself and his partner Katharine, and the pair are putting costumer convenience at the top of their priority list, offering a delivery service for local businesses and a wide choice, which includes a selection of tasty gluten and dairy free options. Some Cambridge residents may be familiar with the Haggar name, as his family have been operating businesses around the city since the 1930s, including Haggar’s Greengrocers which was originally located on Mill Road, before moving to Chesterton High Street. James’ grandparents used to deliver fruit and veg on bicycles across the city, and he’s keen to follow in their entrepreneurial footsteps, whilst adding a modern twist. “Grab It is passionate about delivering on its many unique selling points, ensuring that it exceeds the established standards of competitors,” he says. “In this day and age you cannot assume that customers will come to you, so we will take our business to them to suit the fastpaced needs of modern-day life. We look forward to catching up with faces old and new!” www.grabitfood.com

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HEIDI WHITE AKA THE MOVING FOODIE ANSWERS YOUR ' ' BURNING QUESTIONS ON THE CAMBRIDGE FOOD SCENE ELY EEL FESTIVAL A traditional local festival takes place 2-5 May in Ely, celebrating the city’s namesake – the eel. Stay with us: if an eel festival doesn’t instantly grab you, you might be persuaded by the promise of a parade (with ‘Neil the eel’, starting from the cathedral); a craft market, a food and drink festival taking place on Palace Green and period music and dance, performed by musicians in costume. There’s also an eel-throwing competition (don’t worry, they’re just stuffed socks) and an eel food safari, giving a chance to taste a range of eel-based dishes including eel cocktail, an iced eel biscuit and a roasted eel dish. At the food and drink festival you will be able to explore stalls from all sorts of artisan food and drink producers, who’ll be on hand with advice, tasters and plenty of delicious treats to try, as well as discovering a wide range of delicacies at the Street Food Place. The event also boasts a cookery theatre, where you can get inspired and watch some talented chefs in action. This year marks the festival’s tenth anniversary, and will see more local traders, businesses and residents than ever come together in a colourful, weekend-long celebration of this humble, slippery critter. Basically, if you feel like a madcap day out – put this one in your diary. The eel parade starts at 10.30am on Saturday 3 May. tourism.eastcambs.gov.uk

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Q:

WHERE CAN I GET THE BEST GLUTEN-FREE FOOD IN CAMBRIDGE?

Avoiding gluten – found in wheat and other grains – rules out many breads, pastas, soups and sauces thickened with flour, and most run-of-the-mill ready meals. Gluten crops up unexpectedly via cross-contamination, or hides behind long names for wheat and barley derivatives on ingredients lists. I didn’t fully appreciate the implications of being gluten intolerant until a coeliac friend’s weakness for thick-cut thrice-cooked pub chips ended in a rather messy collapse and a good few days spent in hospital – all down to the pesky flour in the chips’ coating. Fortunately, gluten-free diets are widely catered for in Cambridge these days, with good options for eating out, taking out, and cooking at home. When dining out, look for ‘GF’ on the menu and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The Rainbow Café, just off King’s Parade, is known for its vegetarian and vegan cooking and also specialises in gluten-free food. Coeliac-friendly dishes like the Miracle Cake, Indonesian gado gado, and fiery

West Indian pepper pot come highly recommended here. Out of town, in Hardwick, The Blue Lion boasts an entire menu of gastro pub classics specifically tailored to the diet, but, thanks to a keen ear for customer feedback and a few tweaks in the kitchen, chef Stuart Tuck proudly confirms that most dishes on the regular menu are gluten-free, too. Some excellent specialist products can be found locally, if you’re willing to take a wander round a few local indies (that’s the fun part, right?). Urban Larder on Mill Road has gradually built up a huge range of gluten-free bread, cakes, quiche and pies, which proved so popular that owner Polly Plouviez added them to the menu for everyone to enjoy! Local caterers like Tom’s Pantry keep Urban Larder’s freezer stocked with gourmet gluten-free ready meals for customers to cook at home. Budding bakers and cooks should add Glebe Farm’s gluten-free flours, bread and cake mixes, and cereals to their shopping list. The Cambridgeshire farm’s unique products can be mail ordered or picked up at The Larder at Burwash, Daily Bread, and Balzano’s. And, hoorah for spelt: the farm produces a fantastic gluten-free beer which can be found at Cambridge Wine Merchants.

For more top tips on eating and drinking in Cambridge, visit Heidi’s blog www.movingfoodie.com Got a question for the Moving Foodie? Tweet us at @cambsedition or @TheMovingFoodie and hashtag #askthefoodie

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Proud partners with uber cool Finnish brand Iittala, Cambridge Cookery School are giving one lucky Cambridge Edition reader the chance to win of their iconic designs this month. Worth over £150, the Tools 2l saucepan (which comes with lid) is designed for people passionate about cooking, and part of a range that features stunning design and exceptional functionality. Used in Cambridge Cookery School’s own kitchens, these pans will be a stylish addition to any kitchen and have you cooking like a pro in no time. To be in with a chance of winning, visit www.cambsedition.co.uk.

CHEF PROFILE: ALISON AZZOPARDI HOTEL DU VIN She’s worked in some of London’s top restaurants and reached the semi finals on MasterChef: The Professionals, and now Alison Azzopardi is heading up the kitchen at Cambridge’s Hotel du Vin. Originally from Malta, she delights in creating robust, hearty dishes made with fresh, local produce. “I like what Hotel du Vin stand for: they always take lovely old buildings and do them up really smartly. And the whole ethos of serving people simple but really goodquality French bistro food,” she says. “I came over from Malta in 2005 and trained in the Sofitel, East Sussex, where I moved from commi to sous chef in just four years. Then I went to work in Le Gavroche in London, which is owned by Michel Roux Jr. His dad and his uncle came over in the 70s and really brought French food to England. It was very long hours but rewarding; I learnt a lot. I moved to Cambridge when I took this job; my first head chef role. I’m loving Cambridge, though I wish I had a bit more time to explore!” Not normally one to seek the limelight, Alison took part in MasterChef: The Professionals in 2011, wowing the judges and critics with her imaginative dishes. “I’d always hated competitions, but my old boss suggested I do it. And because I don’t do things in half measures I threw myself into it. It was nerve-racking, but the judges were lovely. For the classic dish challenge I cooked a French dish of quail and grape sauce, and chef Michel had nothing but good comments to say.” Asked what makes a great chef, she replies: “You need a passion for food, and to try and make it the best meal you’ve ever made every time, whether you’re making bangers ’n’ mash or a Michelin star meal. I want people walking away thinking: ‘That was fantastic’.” Hotel du Vin have a Portuguese Wine Dinner with guest sommelier Viktor Amaro, coming up on 10 April, tickets £69, starting at 7pm. www.hotelduvin.com

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If you’re a fan of crêpes (who isn’t?), make a beeline for Crepeaffaire on Bridge Street. As the name suggests, they specialise in crêpes, and the selection of sweet and savoury fillings for these little envelopes of deliciousness is dizzying. Sample The Londoner – a breakfast crêpe filled with egg, cheese and sausage or bacon, or perhaps the I’ll Have What She’s Having – strawberry, chocolate and cream (which, we have it on good authority, is proving very popular). They are created using organic flour and natural ingredients, and waffles, pastries and fresh juices are available too. www.crepeaffaire.com

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NEW OPENING: THE GARDEN KITCHEN We’re delighted to bring news of another new opening this month in the shape of The Garden Kitchen on Mill Road. Due to open its doors around mid April, the café is the brainchild of Andrew Smith, who has run the delightful Garden Café at the University Botanic Garden for seven years. Located in the building formerly home to Donaldson’s Bakery, Andrew and his team will be serving up freshly prepared salads, soups and wraps with an emphasis on wholesome, healthy food to take away – as well as a few indulgent treats like home-made cakes. Breakfast options will include fresh pastries, filled croissants, fruit salads and granola, whilst come lunchtime there will be a self-service salad bar with a modern twist, as well as made-to-order wraps with fillings like roasted vegetables, houmous and spinach or falafel with sweet chilli and cabbage slaw. Gluten free and vegan options will be available, as well as daily specials and fairtrade drinks. Looking ahead, Andrew plans to offer catering-sized portions – ideal for parties – which will be delivered via bicycle. Twitter: @82gardenkitchen

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Excitement is already mounting for the second Eat Cambridge Festival, which will take place 10-24 May at various locations around the city. Cambridge Edition is a proud partner for this annual food and drink festival, which brings together local producers, restaurants, cafés, street food traders and more to showcase our flourishing local gastro scene in all its delicious diversity. From a huge food fair at the Guildhall (17 May), to a street food market, a ‘food hackathon’ and a Spanish feast at Childerley Hall, we’ll be bringing you a detailed rundown of the full schedule of events in next month’s issue. “This year’s event is bigger, better and tastier,” says Sian Townsend, one of three organisers. “Our main food and drink fair on Saturday 17 May will take place in the Corn Exchange and so we will have more stalls, more talks and a splattering of top secret supper clubs and tastings going on. Our fringe event calendar is so exciting we can hardly contain ourselves; there’s food science, arty food, food theatre, fancy food, street food and everything in between. There’s events going on in the most unexpected venues and events that will stretch our perceptions of dining entirely. We are thrilled to say that we have double the amount of fringe events that we had in 2013 so the only dilemma local food lovers will have is how to fit them all in!” The brochure for Eat Cambridge 2014 will be available around Cambridge from April, find out more online. www.eat-cambridge.co.uk

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Ely dwellers, we’ve some excellent cocktail-related news for you this month. Having run a successful bar in the centre of Cambridge for the past ten years, Ta Bouche is expanding its empire into Ely, and is set to open a shiny new cocktail bar and restaurant on Riverside Walk this month. Set within The Maltings, the new venue benefits from a large outside dining area overlooking the river – perfect as the nights get warmer. Expect delicious coffees, lunchtime dishes, burgers and light bites on the menu, plus an extensive drinks list incorporating a dazzling range of cocktails. www.tabouche.co.uk

ST GEORGE’S DAY FEAST While St Patrick’s Day gets us out on the town drinking Guinness in green hats, and we’ll gladly (mostly) chow down on a haggis and recite daft poems in honour of Burns Night, St George’s Day tends to pass in a disappointing haze of uneventfulness here in England. We feel it’s time to redress the balance and celebrate our dragon-slaying patron saint, and fortunately there is an event taking place in Cambridge this year which will allow us do just that. ¡Qué Rico! Tapas are holding a St George’s Day Feast pop-up event at The Free Press pub on 23 April. If you’re wondering where the tapas fits in, that’s because St George doubles up as patron saint for Aragón in Spain, from whence organiser Estefania hails, so there’ll be an Anglo-Spanish flavour to the night, which also includes a special ‘St George’s Lance’ dessert. The event starts at 7.30pm, tickets are £30 per person – just pay on the door (cash only). www.quericotapas.com

THE ALMONRY AT ELY CATHEDRAL

The gorgeous vaulted restaurant at Ely Cathedral has reopened following a recent programme of refurbishment, offering a selection of tasty treats and a more substantial menu for evening diners. The restaurant is situated down in the atmospheric 12th century undercroft, and the focus is on traditional, locally sourced ingredients and dishes, served with a twist. Meanwhile the Under Croft Bar will be open for lighter bites, accompanied by an extensive wine list. The Almonry will be open in the evenings from Thursdays to Saturdays, 5.30pm to 8.30pm, from 3 April. To book, call 01353 666360. www.elycathedral.org

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NEW JAMIE’S ITALIAN PIZZERIA Jamie’s Italian Pizzeria opened its first restaurant in Cambridge at the end of March, specialising in authentic oven-baked pizza with big flavours and fresh ingredients. Situated directly above the existing Wheeler Street restaurant, the new pizzeria promises to be a shining example of what Jamie’s Italian stands for – simple, honest, tasty food, created using superbly sourced produce, at an affordable price. The concise menu aims to keep the ‘pizza to plate’ time to a minimum. The dough will be freshly made onsite, and all of the toppings will be bang in-season. For a pizza with a kick then the Cambridge Hot is a must – a margherita topped with fennel salami, Napoli forte salami, fresh chillies and wild oregano. Or for pure indulgence dig into the White Rocket, with mozzarella, Westcombe Cheddar, ricotta and rocket. For puds think classic gelato and home-made tiramisu, and there’ll be a simple drinks menu too with a couple of classic Italian cocktails thrown in for good measure. You’ll find it on the top floor of The Old Library, Wheeler Street (Peas Hill entrance). Open every evening 5-11pm and all day Friday–Sunday from 12pm (8pm close on Sundays).

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avid Guest, Lloyd Grossman and C.S Lewis walk into a bar… It sounds like the start of a bad joke, but in fact they’ve all, as well as most of us in Cambridge, crossed the threshold of The Pickerel on Magdalene Street at some point. A traditionally British watering hole, it dates from 1608, making it the oldest licensed ale house in the city, according to owner of nine years, Nathan Donnelly. And like all historic buildings, it’s got some stories to tell. “The building itself is from the 1500s,” says Nathan, who previously owned pubs in Norwich. “It’s previously been a gin palace, a brothel, a hotel, an undertakers… It used to have a brewery out the back and there were stables in the courtyard at one stage. It’s got some history.” As well as history, there’s also a spot of folklore surrounding the pub, as Nathan explains: “We also have a resident ghost. She’s a previous landlady who drowned in the river nearby, and my ex-girlfriend saw her two or three times upstairs in the flat. The lady’s daughter actually comes and drinks in the pub and has verified the whole story about her mum drowning in the river in the 50s.” Owned by neighbouring Magdalene College, The Pickerel (meaning ‘baby pike’) pulls in a regular crowd of locals, students and tourists, drawn by the promise of good British beer, pub food and a friendly, bustling atmosphere. Says Nathan: “We’re a proper English pub and we see people from all walks of life here. We get a lot of tourists in the summer months and at this time of year there’s a lot of students, local business people… We’ve got a good crowd of regulars too. Magdalene Rugby Club come here, the Anglia Frisbee Team and a couple of chess clubs. We run a quiz every Monday too. “Lloyd Grossman used to come in here a lot; he went to Magdalene College over the road. And David Guest came in and wanted a cocktail, but we don’t really do cocktails so I think we gave him a J20 with vodka or something like that! He came in with his great big security guys. I’ve got a picture of myself with him. And The Pickerel was C.S Lewis’s favourite pub; he used to drink here when he was at Cambridge.” These days, you’ll find a range of top quality ales on the bar, including the popular Nelson’s Revenge and Old Peculiar, together with five regularly changing guest ales. “Oakham actually brew two ales just for us: The Pickerel Aesops Luceus, and The Pickerel Biting Bitter,” Nathan explains. Meanwhile the menu offers an updated vision of quality pub grub: “It’s traditional English food,” says Nathan, “so fish and chips, pies, sausage and mash, and we do a really good selection of speciality burgers. The ‘Juicy Lucy’ burger has jalapeño peppers and Monterey Jack Cheese in the burger, and we do a pulled pork and wild boar burger. “It’s fantastic,” Nathan sums up: “I love this pub, I love Cambridge… When I was training I worked in The Fountain and I always wanted to be manager at The Pickerel. It’s my dream pub: I never want to leave.” www.taylor-walker.co.uk, 01223 355068

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We know you love a new foodie opening, so we’re delighted to bring you news of The Urban Shed, which opened its doors in Cambridge in February. This super-cool coffee house, sandwich bar and den of interesting things on King Street, makes use of gorgeous vintage and upcycled items of furniture to create a unique, modern-retro feel. It’s the vision of owners Billy and Simon, who wanted to create a space where customers can relax and unwind. Many of the items on display are for sale, too, and they’ve even got a collection of vinyl records which you can try before you buy. Billy and Simon both have a background in running pubs and restaurants in the Cambridge area, and as such the focus of the menu is on quality, at an affordable price, using top local suppliers such as Dovecote Bakery. Made-to-order panini, classic sandwiches, homemade pies and hot sausage rolls are available from the Sandwich Bar, or pick up a milkshake or proper coffee from the Coffee House, where they use their own ‘Urban Blend’. The boys also specialise in dinner parties, so if you’re planning an event or having people round and want to hand the hard work over to someone else, they can help. www.theurbanshed.com

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The café formerly known as Masaro’s has transformed into The Table, a stylish, relaxed venue off busy Regent Street. Run by Andrea Masaro and partner Elaine, it serves quality coffee and delicious cakes and pastries, while its central, scrubbed farmhousestyle table encourages a more sociable style of dining (there are also smaller individual tables in the window and towards the back if you fancy a cosier catch-up). Food-wise, the emphasis is on natural, sustainable and handmade. There will be a regularly updated menu featuring staples such as The Table’s sourdough, which will be used to make ciabatta and thin-crust pizzas, topped with high quality ingredients and freshly baked in the café’s pizza oven. It’s a great spot for lunch, with home-made soup on the menu for under £6, or grab a slice of the Med with their rustic sandwiches stuffed with chorizo, goat’s cheese, rocket, red peppers and more. On the drinks menu you’ll find an ever-changing selection of British craft beers including tipples from London’s Pressure Drop and Five Points breweries, as well as a range of natural wines. thetablecambridge.co.uk Twitter: @tablecambridge

NEW AT POETS & PADDOCKS HOUSE The House Collection, the company behind luxurious boutique hotels Paddocks House near Newmarket and Poets House in Ely, are ushering in spring with a tempting selection of new offerings. First up, enjoy a Downton Abbey-esque afternoon tea complete with butler, dainty finger sandwiches (with fillings including smoked salmon, lemon crème fraiche and cucumber) and a delectable selection of cakes, eclairs and macaroons, as well as plenty of tea of course (£49.50 for four people, until the end of April). There’s also the opportunity to sample the seasonal specials on the lunch and dinner menus, with dishes including roast topside of beef with red wine jus or a three bird roast (chicken, duck and turkey). The lunch menu is available 12-2pm, Monday to Friday, at £16.50 for two courses and £18.50 for three courses with a complimentary glass of wine (children under 12 can eat free from 12pm to 2.30pm on Sundays from the Sunday lunch menu). For dinner, a three-course meal from the House menu and a complimentary glass of wine is available for just £25 per person, Monday to Fridays from 7pm. Alternatively, you can try your hand at the art of creating the perfect cocktail in a mixology masterclass with the hotel’s talented bar staff. Suitable for groups of four people plus, this would be a fabulously fun start to a girls’ night out or a special celebration. After being greeted with champagne on arrival, each guest can choose two cocktails to whip up under the guidance of The House Collection mixologist, from classics to the more adventurous (£29.95 per person). You can also add canapés into the mix, or if you fancy sampling the dinner menu, you’ll get an extra 10% discount per person. To take advantage of these offers, quote ‘spring dining’, ‘spring afternoon tea’ or ‘spring cocktail masterclass’ when booking. Email enquiries@thehousecollection.com. www.thehousecollection.com

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DRINK UP D RETRO COOL AND SURPRISINGLY VERSATILE - LYNDSEY SPELLMAN FROM CAMBRIDGE WINE MERCHANTS INTRODUCES US TO THE MANY AND VARIED JOYS OF SHERRY uch of my life is completely normal. Spinster aunt of two. Self-confessed shoe addict. Arachnophobe. What makes me really special is my unshakable love of sherry. Yes. I’m a sherry fanatic. There. I said it. I’m not at all sure how it started. But recently I have been asking myself, ‘Where did it all go right?’ Drinking sherry is the most fabulous pastime. I won’t have a word said against it. You can ignore its innate qualities (oodles of history and culture, fantastic flavour, super versatility, outrageous affordability), remember only that you cannot get it wrong. Sherry = effortless pleasure. I really mean it. One never jokes about such things. When life is a constant stream of chaos and questions (is a hat OTT for a trip to the corner shop?), the last thing you need is endless complications in your drinks cabinet. Relax, my darlings, and slip into a small (or large) sherry.

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THE CAPSULE APPROACH TO SHERRY Begin immediately. You’ll need three bottles to get you started: a white, a brown and a sweet. Most places fabulous enough to sell sherry will be equipped to cover all bases, so just the one trip and you’ve nailed it. Start off with a fino or a manzanilla. These are the almost colourless ones that you serve chilled, pre-dinner, with a nibble or two. Don’t worry about fixing up anything fancy. Cheesy footballs and onion rings work perfectly well. These styles of sherry are the most delicate and have been aged under a blanket of yeast called flor, which protects the wine from oxygen. As a result, fino and manzanilla will begin to oxidise once opened. Fear not. Exactly the same thing happens to apples when you bite them, but thankfully this

process takes a lot longer. Best to consume your fino/manzanilla within three weeks of opening, however. Freshness is the key and the frightfully helpful folk in Jerez have taken much of the pressure off by producing these styles in handy handbag size bottles. Super. Moving over to the brown stuff, there are many to choose from, but the relevant terms here are amontillado and oloroso. I consider these best served with or after dinner, but don’t restrict yourself to these times if fino wasn’t your thing. As the colour suggests, these wines have been exposed to air and the oxidation both produces a wonderful nutty perfume and leaves the sherry free from the restrictions of fino. Take as long as you like with these wines. There’ll be lots to choose from but seco/dry or dulce/sweet will be on the label somewhere. Don’t panic, though, they’re ALL utterly delicious. Good matches include game, North African and Indian cuisine and cheeseboards, while a sweet oloroso goes down a storm with chocolate for an evening in.

You’re really running with it now. Go you! You will be rewarded with a glimpse of The Joy of PX. Pedro Ximenez, or PX, is the grape variety used to make this unctuous raisiny naughtiness. Whilst I have chums who are quite the devil for it I find the richness of Pedro Ximenez rather too much as a drink. I get around this by lavishing it over scoops of pristine vanilla ice cream. Heaven. Next time you’re looking to slip into something more comfortable, I urge you to try it. Pick the size and price tag that suit you and away you go. If dreams came true, I could take you all with me to the festival in Jerez, home of sherry. Sorry kids. No can do. Instead I will be bringing the sherry party to Cambridge. Hoorah! Beginners’ tastings to masterclasses, traditional tapas, sherry cocktails, giant paella and the ancient art of sherry wanging. Enjoy a glass of sunshine with me at Siesta Fiesta, 18 May at Childerley Hall as part of the Eat Cambridge Festival. Join the fino countdown!

SO YOUR CAPSULE SHERRY CABINET (*COUGH* YOUR FRIDGE) LOOKS LIKE THIS: Fino/manzanilla: The white one. Dry. Serve super chilled at lunch or pre-dinner to excite and revive tired taste buds. Amontillado/oloroso: The brown one. Fragrant and nutty. Serve with North African, Indian, cheese or chocolate. PX: The super sweet one. Pour it on ice cream. Pour it on yourself.

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LET THEM EAT CAKE ALEX RUSHMER IS THE FIRST TO ADMIT HE'S NOT A NATURAL BAKER BUT LUCKILY HE COULD BE PERSUADED TO PRODUCE A CAKE TO CELEBRATE EDITION'S THIRD BIRTHDAY! he greatest cake I ever ate was shaped like a rocket. It had been commissioned by my mother, from a friend of hers for my fourth birthday and was a riot of additives and colour that I am sure are no longer permitted in food. I ate far more than was sensible for any human to consume and as a result spent the evening of my birthday clutching at my belly and wailing due to illness caused by intense gluttony. A year later I gorged so heavily on Swedish marzipan that I developed a lifelong aversion to the stuff. The confectionery in question was shaped, amusingly appropriately, like a pig. Since then, and perhaps because of those early experiences, the intensity of my sweet tooth has waned. Chocolate is a rare indulgence, sweets even more so. I often forego dessert in favour of attacking a selection of stinky cheeses and if I do plump for pudding it is often of a citrus nature with the emphasis on the tangy.

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Jo Kruczynska’s Afternoon Tease on King Street is a delight and the counter consistently laden with handcrafted cakes and biscuits. The salted-caramel millionaire’s shortbread is a particularly excellent artery clogger. Witness too the triumphant Fitzbillies, still famed for its Chelsea buns, but also its tarts, cakes and excellent tray bakes. I am willing to admit that I am no baker. I know where I am with hot pans and sharp blades. Cooking is instinctive and rectifiable. It follows rules and patterns and is predictable and linear. Baking is alchemic and precise. Mistakes can rarely be rectified and minuscule alterations often mean the difference between success and failure. Despite this instinctive distrust of it, I do venture towards the pastry kitchen on occasion and have been dabbling with a few desserts including this amazing chocolate and Guinness cake, perfect for gracing the table at teatime over Easter weekend. Or a third birthday.

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RECIPE CHOCOLATE & GUINNESS 'PALET D'OR' There is a combination of techniques here which together create a simply stunning cake. The sponge is rich with a noticeable bitterness from both the cocoa powder and the stout, whereas the cream filling is light and sweet. The whole thing is finished with a shiny chocolate glaze to create a marvellous centrepiece – perfect for a birthday celebration.

FOR THE SPONGE • 50g cocoa powder • 200ml Guinness or stout • 175g plain flour • 1.5tsp bicarbonate of soda • 175g soft dark brown sugar • 110g unsalted butter, cubed and at room temperature • 2 large eggs

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Stir the cocoa powder into the Guinness and set aside. Sift together the flour and bicarbonate of soda. Beat the sugar and butter in a food mixer for five minutes until creamed. Add the eggs one at a time, then add the cocoa powder and Guinness mixture. Fold in the flour and bicarb a little at a time. Grease and line an 8in cake tin and pour the batter into the tin. Bake for about half an hour until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake. Remove the cake from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Slice the cake in two through its centre to end up with two round discs.

FOR THE CHOCOLATE SABAYON CREAM FILLING

• 335ml double cream • 235g dark chocolate, chopped • 50g eggs • 100g egg yolks • 85g granulated sugar

Whisk the double cream to soft peaks and refrigerate until needed. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (known as a bain-marie) and then leave to cool slightly. Set up another bain-marie and whisk together the eggs, egg yolks and sugar until they have started to thicken and cook. Take care not to overcook the mixture and remove it from the heat once it has reached 83°C. Whisk a third of the chilled whipped cream into the melted chocolate, then fold in the egg mixture. Add the remaining cream and transfer it all to a piping bag.

FOR THE CHOCOLATE GLAZE (MAKE ONLY WHEN THE CAKE IS ASSEMBLED)

• 7g leaf gelatin • 150g double cream • 225g granulated sugar • 180ml water • 75g cocoa powder, sifted

Bloom (hydrate) the gelatin in iced water. Add the cream, sugar and water to a pan and bring to the boil. Add the cocoa and simmer for 15 minutes or until the mixture has reduced by a third. Remove from the heat, wring out any excess water from the gelatin and whisk into the mixture. Keep warm until you’re ready to assemble it.

TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE Pipe the chocolate cream filling onto one of the sponge discs and top with the second sponge. Pipe more of the chocolate cream over the top and sides of the cake. Use a palette knife to smooth the cream into an even layer. Transfer the cake to a wire rack and then into the freezer for at least an hour. The cold chocolate cream will allow the glaze to set almost instantly when it’s poured. Once the cake has been in the freezer for at least an hour, make the chocolate glaze. Allow to cool slightly then pour the glaze slowly over the cake. Let the glaze set for a few minutes, before transferring the cake to a platter and serving.

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Spice up your life with a trip to Great Shelford and enjoy a delicately flavoured, superbly cooked meal at this British Curry Awards finalist

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have ended up in a lot of Indian restaurants of late; a result of hanging out with a food writer brought up in West London on spicy curries. Unfortunately, I’m about as English as they come, and while I’m beyond the korma and pasanda stage, anything with more than half a chilli beside it on a menu has me putting my guard up and calling for the yoghurt. There’s a degree of wimpishness here, let’s be honest, but those curry joints that make the mistake of going for all heat and no flavour have found themselves facing bad reviews from this critical team of two. The most wonderful curry I’ve ever consumed, by contrast, was at a swanky place in Mayfair, whose dishes sang with rich, dazzling flavours and weren’t overpowered by spice: if that’s how they do it at the top, that's good enough for me. This sophisticated balance of flavour and spice was, happily, what I discovered at Zara, the acclaimed restaurant in Great Shelford run by Khaled Ahmed. Situated next to the station in a converted railway building, it’s a quirky setting – made modern and sleek by its stylish interior décor. A white rose adorns each table, and there’s a certain understated elegance throughout. The restaurant was fairly busy for a Monday night as we took our seats at

a table for two. Having had a few large meaty dinners in the preceding week, I found my eye drawn to the menu’s extensive list of fish dishes, and began with the salmon tikka starter, served with roasted peppers and a light salad. The salmon chunks themselves were warm and delicately spiced, with a soft, yielding texture – exactly what I’d hoped for. My curry-loving partner wanted to try the duck tikka for its unconventionality, and found it tender, with just a hint of smokiness. For the main event, I asked Khaled for a recommendation and was pointed in the direction of the green masala, a popular one with locals, by all accounts. From the choice of lamb, chicken or king prawn, I continued the maritime theme with the latter. It arrived in a thick, rich green sauce, flavoured with fresh garlic, ginger, coriander and green peppers. Full and lively, I’ll certainly be coming back for this one again. Across from me, my fellow diner was devouring his lamb Gurkha – a stew-like Nepalese dish

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cooked using ten different herbs and spices, made to the house’s own recipe. The side dishes too were a cut above: I’d heartily recommend both the channa masala and the saag aloo. A British Curry Awards finalist (2013), Zara is clearly in a league of its own when it comes to Indian dining in Cambridge. A lot of Zara’s success is down to the fresh spices they use, brought in daily from East London. The difference in flavour between these and your usual dried and powdered spices is vast, and the mark of a curry house that’s passionate about creating authentic dishes that honour India’s culinary heritage. For professional service, delicious, well-priced food and a smart, unique setting, I’d have no hesitation in recommending Zara as one of the best Indian restaurants in Cambridge. Zara Indian Cuisine, 1 Hinton Way, Great Shelford CB22 5AX 01223 846668 www.zarashelford.com

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MARKETING SPECIAL

GET SOCIAL

In the second part of our marketing special, Nicola Foley speaks to local experts to discover a recipe for small business social media success

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revailing wisdom has it that if you’re not marketing your business through social media, you’re missing a trick. But for the uninitiated, it’s a world that can seem daunting – or even impenetrable, especially for a small business with limited resource. If you don’t know what you’re doing, there’s also the very real potential to do more harm than good, damaging your company’s reputation in the time it takes to post an ill-conceived tweet or status update. That, coupled with the fact that it’s often hard to prove that social media has a tangible effect on the bottom line, and many smaller businesses quite sensibly ask: why bother? Well, first off, the stats are hard to argue with. Around half the UK population are Facebook users, whilst over 15 million in the

UK have a Twitter account, with Linkedin recently announcing the same figure for their UK membership database. That’s an awful lot of conversations to get involved with and potential customers to engage with. It also suggests that there’s a good possibility that your clients are already on social media, making it a handy channel through which to raise the profile of your brand and highlight your offering – in an informal and friendly way. “The whole idea of marketing is to stay engaged with your target market and make sure you are at the forefront of their mind when they are looking for a service you provide,” points out Fay Colegate from local company Spirus Marketing. “The Internet has taken over and businesses need to keep up to make sure they are ‘out there’ and easy to find – if your social

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media pages are engaging and useful, people will follow you and you’re much more likely to be on their mind if they need your service.” Perhaps what makes it most irresistible to smaller businesses however, is the fact that it’s one of the few forms of marketing that is completely free to utilise – at a basic level at least. For a local business, something like Twitter can be a fantastic way to integrate more into the community too, connecting with a huge number of local people and other companies (especially true when the population are as switched on to social media as in Cambridge), spotting opportunities for collaboration and developing your status as a trusted voice in your area of expertise.

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“The success of a business relies on the loyalty and support of its audience,” summarises Nicolle Halksworth from Cambridge Marketing Consultancy. “And social media channels such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook allow businesses to engage directly with their audience, enabling companies to promote their products, services and messages across a variety of different media tools (video, music, text, apps, smartphones and tablets) and interact with their audience on a targeted and ‘individual’ level.”

“When planning your social media campaign, consider which platforms are best suited to your audience”

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So, you’ve decided that social media is worth investing in for your businesses. What next? Initially, you need to take a call on which sites would work well for your particular market. “Beware of spreading yourself too thinly,” advises Nicolle Halksworth. “Companies often think they need to be on as many social media channels as possible; however this is not the case. When planning your social media campaign, it is important to consider carefully which platforms are more suited to your business and audience, as not all businesses, products or services are suited to the same social media channels.” Businesses with an appealing visual element to their offering, like fashion and lifestyle brands, have an immediate edge on image-based platforms like Pinterest, Instagram and Vine, suggests digital marketing expert Daisy Dickinson, from Bright Publishing.

“Photo sharing sites are fast becoming a way for brands to show a softer, more approachable side of their company, much in the way Facebook used to. The ability to quickly upload a beautiful or interesting photograph (featuring your brand) that consumers can like or share opens so many avenues towards organic and viral brand awareness,” she says. As well as increasing awareness, Instagram, for example, is a no-fuss way of soft-promoting products as well as offers and competitions without overbearing consumers with words, instead using searchable hashtags. Plus, of course, arguably a picture tells a thousand words, sometimes more successfully than having the opportunity to over promote and risk putting off potential customers.” Twitter and Facebook open up more opportunities still, with the potential to be utilised in vastly different ways for different vertical markets. Whether a recruitment firm posting vacancies and hashtagging to maximise visibility, or an estate agent showcasing their hottest properties and links to industry commentary, the possibilities are almost limitless.

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Jo Kruczynska, owner of King Street café Afternoon Tease, is a great example of doing it the right way, harnessing the marketing capability of social media to fantastic effect for her business. Jo started using social media, especially Twitter, back in 2010 when she began writing her blog and baking cakes for local cafés. “I used it as a way of testing and sharing recipes, growing my cake repertoire and recording visits to cafés and restaurants – all in the grand scheme of doing research to start my own café business,” she says. “Nowadays Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are integral to my marketing and the way I run my business. We share

our daily menus via social media and are always posting photos of our latest cake offerings.” It’s been time and effort well spent – when it came to opening the doors of her own café, she already had a huge and engaged following in the community, meaning that locals were queuing up to check out Afternoon Tease and frenziedly tweeting about the opening. She is now regarded in Cambridge as a foodie in the know, always sharing interesting news about supper clubs, new openings and food events; her Twitter feed constantly filled with mouth-watering pictures. “I think people who use social media

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purely as a marketing tool, without any personality behind their posts or tweets are missing a trick,” she says when asked what the secret to her social media success is. “It’s all about making it more human and making sure you interact with others and reply when someone comments or tweets about you.” As well as posting tasty-looking photos, which she finds are always popular, Jo advises that persistence is key: “It’s not going to happen overnight but if you persevere, follow others, interact and keep at it, it can be very rewarding. It can make you feel quite despondent at times, when you’re posting or tweeting and noone responds, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t read and enjoyed what you’ve said, they may just feel that they don’t have anything good enough to say at the time. Regular posting is vital.” It’s an interesting point: many wouldbe tweeters are put off by the fact they seem to be broadcasting their posts out into the ether with little or no interaction from others. If you feel like you’re doing everything right – posting interesting content regularly and still gaining no traction, consider the following: analysis from Twitter itself suggests that almost half of its users prefer to read, rather than send out tweets themselves, with “40 per cent of users worldwide simply using Twitter as a curated news feed of updates that reflect their passions.” Consequently, when setting any social media goals for your company, it’s worth remembering

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that a significant proportion of your following are never going to respond to you, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not absorbing your content – and it definitely doesn’t mean that tweeting is a fruitless enterprise. That said, an engaged following is always desirable for your brand, and one of the best ways to achieve that is through volume. Sadly, it’s a truth almost universally acknowledged that growing a social media following organically from scratch is a very tough, very timeconsuming task. Fay Colegate from Spirus suggests advertising your social media presence in the non-virtual world as a good starting point. “Promote that you are on there,” she recommends. “If you have a shop, make sure you have a notice by your till or anywhere customers will gather with your social media info on so anyone that comes in is aware you’re on there. To keep your followers, entice them with unique special offers or run a competition that would get people entering via social media and also into your shop to claim their prize – this ensures social media activity and footfall.” If you put in the hours and the resource and followers and likers still elude you, then it might be worth exploring paid-for advertising on Twitter and Facebook. There has been a fair bit of bad press surrounding Facebook advertising especially of late, with talk of ‘fake likes’ and machine-generated clicks, but, used correctly, it can be a highly cost-effective means through which to kick-start your campaign. “With the ability to target users by demographic, location, interests, and much more, Facebook advertising is an ideal way to find and connect with people who are genuinely likely to be pre-existing or potential customers” explains social media expert Rozena Toscani from Bright Publishing. She continues: “Set-up multiple campaigns featuring different artwork and targeting parameters with a low spend per day (start at £1) and see what works best for your business before increasing your spend. If your advertising objective is to increase page likes then remember to tell people to like your page within your ad copy!”

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The short history of social media is already littered with woeful tales of fiascos from big businesses – and if there’s one thing we’ve learnt about social media, the public are darned good at using it as a means of naming and shaming companies who’ve misfired with their tweets and updates, creating an instant PR catastrophe. More common however, are the less dramatic social media fails, the companies who are slightly off-key in their posts, overfrequent, overfamiliar or perhaps a bit rude – especially in the face of criticism of their brand. So how do you ensure that you strike the correct note with your social media communications? “It is important to maintain a level of professionalism,” stresses Nicolle

Halksworth. “Always vet your social media messages before broadcasting them live across the web and try not to come across too friendly. Remember your core values.” Coming across too ‘salesy’ is another common mistake, says Ann Hawkins, business author, mentor and presenter of The Business Hub Show and The Social Media Show: “Outright marketing rarely works as no-one joins a social network to be sold to, so steer clear of social media ‘marketing’ and get good at social ‘networking’. This will bring fans and followers who will do the marketing for you from a basis of trust. “Social media is not about mass communication,” she continues. “Most people join social networks to have

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fun and talk to friends so they are unlikely to connect with a corporate logo… What works best is making personal connections, being helpful and interesting and actually having conversations. Social media does not belong to the marketing department. It works best when everyone in the company is involved.” 
 Don’t make the mistake of regarding social media as a kind of digital panacea which can replace other forms of marketing for your company either. Social media campaigns work best when integrated with traditional methods of marketing, so suspending these in favour for plowing resource into social media activity is likely to be a risky move for your business. Fay Colegate suggests cross-platform ideas such as putting your social media links on your adverts and using a Twitter feed on your website to keep it high up on Google rankings. Remember also, that whilst calculating return on social media might be trickier than with more traditional marketing campaigns, having a solid strategy and concrete idea about your goals is important.

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“One of the biggest mistakes people make is “Measuring the ROI on toand invest all the money in time money invested aingreat-looking a social mediawebsite but without a plan of campaign is crucial” how they’re going to get traffic through” Zak Jacobs, director of UK digital marketing agency Red Alien

“Know exactly what you want to achieve,” says Ann Hawkins. “In most cases it’s going to be hard to track any social media activity back to sales, but measuring ROI on time and money invested is crucial.” With so much to consider, and so much potential for things to go wrong, calling in the professionals to set up and manage your company’s social media has obvious allure for many. “You could save your business time, money and effort,” says Nicolle Halksworth. “Social media marketing is a highly effective tool when performed correctly and regularly, however, it is not always possible for

businesses to manage their social media channels internally. A social media expert can help you to implement an effective online marketing strategy designed specifically for your business needs. They will manage your social media channels, provide you with compelling content, respond to customer feedback, keep track of any trends and also monitor competitive activity.” Outsourcing social media isn’t something which should be taken lightly however, and handing over the reins can potentially put a barrier between your company and your customers, especially with a small business where interaction with the local community can pay dividends. Training for you and your employees is another option, and there are various social media courses on offer in Cambridge if this is the route you choose to go down. Whichever way you decide to go, one thing’s for sure – as social media becomes ever more prominent in our daily lives, ignoring it could mean losing credibility for your company, missing out on competitive intelligence as well as growth opportunities and ultimately, allowing your competitors to take an edge.

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FASHION NEWS

FASHION News PICKS FROM THE INDIES

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UNDERWEAR BY MARIE JO AT PROHIBIDO LINGERIE, ALL SAINTS PASSAGE, CAMBRIDGE PASTEL LINEN SCARF, £25 DELLA KAUR, MAGDALENE STREET, CAMBRIDGE CHINTI & PARKER KNIT £195 ANNA, HIGH STREET, SAFFRON WALDEN

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SOFT LEATHER POUCH £14 ARK, ST MARY’S PASSAGE, CAMBRIDGE

SCARAMANGA 13" LEATHER SATCHEL £75 PODAROK, BENE’T STREET, CAMBRIDGE

NEW REJUVINATE

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OPENS NEW STORE Popular retro emporium Rejuvinate, formerly located on Cambridge’s Hills Road, is expanding and opening a much larger outlet in Pampisford, based on London Road just outside the village, south of Cambridge. Run by Sonya, Rejuvinate stocks all manner of vintage treasures, from clothing to furniture and haberdashery. Brilliant for picking up unusual gifts, or adding that glamorous vintage touch to your home or wardrobe, we can’t wait to drop by for a nosey round. Check out their Facebook page for further updates and a look at what it has to offer.

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BURBERRY SS14

MONOCHROME MAGIC It’s a fashion classic, and monochrome pieces are likely to be your wardrobe heroes this month. This season’s take on the trend is minimalist, sophisticated, and just a touch 1990s in vibe. Opt for a multi-pattern monochrome dress, timeless houndstooth number, or go all out with matchy-matchy separates like this gorgeous textured gingham ensemble from Topshop.

MIXED SCALE DOGTOOTH DRESS £220 JAEGER

WHISTLES MONOCHROME KNIT JUMPER WITH EYELASH TRIM NOW £70 ASOS PINK FLORAL SHEER TOP £20 F&F AT TESCO

SHEER PERFECTION TALL MONOCHROME GINGHAM TUBE SKIRT £24 TOPSHOP

Simultaneously sophisticated but sexy, designers like Burberry and Richard Nicoll embraced sheer fabrics on the SS14 catwalks. The key to making this trend work is to keep it subtle with a spot of sheer panelling and semi-transparent layering. There are tons of options on the high street, but our fav is this cute floral top, which could pass for a piece from Burberry, but actually comes from Tesco! GLAMOROUS SHEER STRIPE MIDI BODYCON SKIRT £20 ASOS

TEXTURED GINGHAM TOP £34 & TROUSERS £42 TOPSHOP

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BLUE SHEER STRIPE £5 PRIMARK

PETITES SHEER PANEL SHIRT £28 MISS SELFRIDGE

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IN THE PINK If you splurged on pink pieces last season after fashion’s love affair with this most feminine of hues in autumn/winter, you’ll be pleased to hear that this trend is here to stay. From pastels to bold fuchsias, pink was prolific at shows including Giles, Temperley, Burberry, Céline, Chanel and plenty more. Though there were many shades, structured shapes and ladylike cuts seemed to be all the rage; get the look at Hobbs, Jaeger and House of Fraser.

GILES SS14

PINK TWEED PENCIL SKIRT £42 TOPSHOP

PINK PRINTED DRESS £150 LINEA; SHIRT £59 MARY PORTAS; CORAL BAG £225 VIVIENNE WESTWOOD; ALL HOUSE OF FRASER

WHISTLES JERSEY DRESS £70 ASOS

TIJOU LACE TOP £149; BENICE SHORT £99; SELMA SANDAL £129; ALL HOBBS

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PALACE SKIRT £179 HOBBS

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POPLIN SHIRT WITH CONTRASTING CHECKS £22.99 ZARA

WEEKEND WASHED COTTON LINEN SHIRT £99 JAEGER

CANDYSHOP BOOT £69 DUNE QUILTED RUCKSACK £49.99 ZARA

TENKAY STRIPED LONG SLEEVE TOP £79 TED BAKER

RED TEXTURED SHIRT £30 TOPMAN

J BY JASPER CONRAN £36 DEBENHAMS LONG CHINO £99 JAEGER

MUST-HAVES With warmer weather on it it’s way, it’s time to spruce up your wardrobe. Inject a burst of colour, throw in some bright patterns and add a pair of fresh new trainers. Hey presto, spring style – sorted.

PALM TREE SHIRT £100 DIESEL; CAMEL CHINOS £55 CRIMINAL; BOTH HOUSE OF FRASER

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NIKE INTERNATIONALIST DARK PEWTER CRIMSON £66.99 OFFICE

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WORDS DAISY DICKINSON & CHARLOTTE GRIFFITHS

SS14

TREND REPORT

Put the winter blues behind you and get set for spring with some hot new beauty trends. Here are our top wearable looks inspired by the spring/summer 2014 catwalks

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We love this look like we love puppies and cake! For us, the Breakfast at Tiffany’s classic will never go out of fashion, so this season we were pleased to see most of the designers giving a firm nod to strong eyeliner (try Smashbox’s Jet Set waterproof eyeliner in Deep Black, £16, www.smashbox.co.uk), luscious lashes and bold red lips. Those who are not fans of gloss will be happy to hear that matte lips are trending: try Sleek’s Matte Me in Rijoa Red (£4.99, Superdrug), a matte finish liquid lipstick that glides on smoothly and lasts all day, or try one of our favourites, MAC’s Retro Matte Lipstick in Relentlessly Red, a bright pinkish coral with staying power, as its name suggests (£15, John Lewis). If you’re not sure about matte and want something with a little more balm, Sleek’s True Colour Lipstick in Russian Roulette (£4.99, Superdrug) is a bold choice, or with beautiful packaging that supports young artists, LAQA&CO Fat Lip Pencil in Ring of Fire has a buttery smooth texture (£14.95,

www.laqaandco.co.uk). For the finishing flutter, we are delighted to have discovered Chelsea Beautique. Made with 100 per cent cruelty-free Siberian Mink Hair, these strip lashes can be worn up to 20 times and there are 20 designs to choose from (£18, www.chelseabeautique.com).

Barely there beauty A trend worth mastering is the confusinglynamed ‘I’m wearing make-up but don’t look like I’m wearing make-up’ make-up. Natural beauty is a timeless look, and the secret really is in the foundation. Browse through the counters at John Lewis, Boots or Debenhams and ask for advice and a colour matching service to find the best shade and product for your skin. We love Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra for medium to heavy coverage while feeling light on the skin (£28.50, Boots), then follow with a quick brush of Benefit’s new Agent Zero Shine powder (£23.50, Boots), and you’ll literally be fixed for the whole day ahead. For a healthy flush, add a dab of blusher to the apples of your cheeks, like the easy-touse Cheek Stamps from Seventeen (£4.99, Boots). Then just add a slick of Vaseline to your lips, and even eyebrows, for a smooth

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appearance, finishing with a lashing of mascara. We just discovered a new favourite: Photo Op Eye Brightening mascara from Smashbox for long, defined lashes in a flash (£18, www.smashbox.co.uk).

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Going for gold The magpie in us is pretty excited by this particular shiny new trend. While the models dripping in gold from head to toe on the catwalk do look amazing, this is a look that works best when subtle. Using gold tones in your eyeshadows (particularly when blended with browns) can really help your eye colour pop – try the new Full Exposure Palette from Smashbox (£36, www. smashbox.co.uk) featuring 14 shades, and how-to’s for six eye shapes. If you’re going out, or feeling a little more daring, give the gold Dip-It eyeliner from Sleek (£4.49, Superdrug) a go for a Bond girl-esque smoulder, or try the Fantasy Liner from Lush’s Emotional Brilliance range for a more subtle slick (£14.50, Lush). Finish with an all-over glow using Lustre Body Powder, a scented dusting powder with a golden glow! (£10.25, Lush). For gold fingers, the Ted Baker Nail Duos in Golden Girl and Totally Twinkie are stunning (£8.50, Boots), and for the doglovers out there, Dogs Trust have teamed up

with Models Own to create a limited edition gold nail polish that you can get your paws on for just £5.50 from www.dogstrust.org. uk/shopping – all profits from every bottle sold will be donated to the Dogs Trust!

Beach Barnet

No need to wait for warmer weather – we’re getting into the summer spirit with tousled beach waves that are sure to be a big hit, so start spritzing your way to surf-savvy chic now using one of these top products. 1. Beach Babe Sea Salt Spray, Lee Stafford (£7.99, Boots) Spray into damp hair and blow-dry for a swim-sexy look, or leave in to dry naturally. If you’ve got no time, a quick spritz enhances your look effortlessly and it smells amazing too. 2. Ocean Mist 303, REF Styling (£10.95, www.hairthinking.co.uk) Excellent for creating a tousled, matte structure – scrunch into towel-dried hair for a relaxed beach look, without the need to go near any sand. 3. My Big Fat Texturised Hair Super Spray Matt Stylee, Lee Stafford (£9.49, Boots) A holy grail 3-in-1 product which has the hold of a hairspray, volume of a spray wax and texture of a sea salt spray, and gives big, huge hair: we love this!

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BeautyNEWS TRY BEFORE YOU BUY AT SEANHANNA

FREE ESPA GIFT AT BEDFORD LODGE

Winners of Salon Group of the Year, Seanhanna are giving Cambridge ladies a chance to try their services for free! We’ve all suffered the frustration of a bad hair day, but Seanhanna are confident that their blow-dry service can pep up any bothersome barnet. Boost your volume – and your mood – with a free blow-dry when you download the voucher, then just call your local salon and book yourself in. The experience includes a professional hair consultation, luxury shampoo and condition, a head massage and full service professional blow-dry. www.seanhanna.com/try

We all love a free gift, which is why we think Bedford Lodge has hit on a winner with their latest offer. The luxury spa in Newmarket will be including a free Love Your Skin Collection by ESPA with every ESPA facial booked, containing an essential skincare routine tailored just for you, to help keep your skin looking wonderful between spa visits. To find out more or to make a booking, call 01638 676130. www.bedfordlodgehotelspa.co.uk

LET YOUR SPIRIT SOAR WITH KUSH

ELAJÉ ARE FINALISTS Cambridge salon Elajé Hair & Beauty are, at the time of writing, in the running for an impressive top industry award. Thousands of nominations via a public vote flooded in for the third annual English Hair and Beauty Awards 2014, with Elajé a finalist for Hair Salon of the Year, East England. The winners will be announced at a prestigious event at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel. This glitzy event is held to show appreciation and raise awareness of the expertise and professionalism of the hair and beauty industry, from salons to the talented individuals who work within them. Owner Julia Gaudio comments: “I am delighted that Elajé have been shortlisted for this award. We pride ourselves on providing an exceptional service for our clients and it is fantastic to be recognised in this way.” Rachel Brown of event organiser Creative Oceanic said: “The competition is heated this year as we have finalists from all over England. We would like to wish all the finalists the best of luck and we look forward to delivering yet another great event.” www.elaje.co.uk

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A new dance therapy workshop for women has come to Cambridge. Kush is centred on belly dancing and meditation, and named after the Turkish word for ‘bird’. It was launched by Melisa Yavas at Sadler’s Wells and takes place at the Mill Road Baptist Church on Wednesdays at 5pm. Each session starts with a group circle and introductions, a warm-up, then highenergy oriental dancing, concluding with a cool down through meditation and related therapies. Every Kush workshop involves a different theme, covering a different aspect of the feminine being. “Belly dancing is no longer the preserve of those living in Turkey and the Middle East,” says Melisa, “its popularity is growing worldwide. It celebrates womanhood: we dance, laugh and live in the here and now. Any women wanting to make new friends and enjoy new cultural experiences should definitely come along!” Each class costs £3, with the final class taking place on 2 April. www.kushproject.com

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IN THE KITCHEN

The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of our homes, but these days we want our rooms to be as practical as they are stylish. From intelligent appliances to the latest ‘in’ colourway, the emerging new trends for 2014 mean we can have our cake and eat it too

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lanning a new kitchen is one of our biggest investments – financially and emotionally. A well thought out kitchen should address the changing needs of a modern family, which frequently means offering efficient cooking space, a dining area and somewhere that is effectively the hub of the home. Take a few tips from the

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latest trends emerging for this year, and you could create the perfect environment that will stand the test of time.

INDUSTRIAL CHIC

Over the past few years, kitchen style has become increasingly glossy and streamlined. But, for 2014, there is more of a leaning towards a ‘warmed-up’

feel, with exposed bricks, reclaimed woods and natural elements being used to give a rough-hewn yet luxury feel to modern-day kitchens. Jennifer Shaw, owner of kitchen specialist Kitchenology Ltd (01284 724723; www.kitchenologyltd.co.uk) has seen first-hand the increase in the ‘tasteful rustic’ look: “Natural materials – especially

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woods – are making a comeback,” she reveals. “They give more of a homely feel compared to using super-slick finishes all in the same colour, which has been very popular up to late. “I’ve noticed people are beginning to mix wood surfaces with their high gloss units. It makes for a warmer feel in the kitchen. Another trend is the new ceramicfronted kitchens, such as the German AlnoStar Cera range, which we supply. It’s a new way of using a natural material and is proving really popular.” The growing penchant for concrete flooring, open shelving and stainless steel units evokes an industrial feel – think New York warehouse apartment of the 1980s – but this time with an added luxe factor. The trend reflects our growing appetite for an eco-friendly environment and by using various finishes, perhaps mixed in with a few choice vintage accessories, you can achieve a wonderful ‘layered’ design and eclectic effect. It is the contrast that is the key factor to this look. By blending hard-

By using various finishes, with a few choice vintage accessories, you can achieve a ‘layered’ design wearing flooring, characterful woods and a twinkling chandelier, for example, you can achieve an individual kitchen which is practical yet bang up-to-date. At Nicholas Anthony, the Cambridgebased luxury kitchen company (01223 368828; www.nicholas-anthony.co.uk), managing director Tony Nicholas agrees that authenticity and originality is key for 2014. “Clients want something different and unique for their house, but they also want a style which will not date,” he says. “Reclaimed woods, industrial surfaces and finishes that have character work well against super-tech appliances and you can easily make each kitchen bespoke. Nicholas Anthony prides itself on offering great-looking kitchens that fuse form and function,” he comments. For those looking for a quick update, consider simply changing one element of

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your room for a dramatic effect. Revamp flooring, for instance, by choosing the new ‘worn’ finishes. Flooring experts Urbane Living (020 7138 3838; www.urbaneliving. co.uk) have a wide selection of carefully sourced timber floorboards, such as the Worn Engineered Oak Flooring, which comes in wonderfully wide boards. Each board is crafted by hand and has a lightly distressed appearance, as if it has been naturally aged. At Cambridge-based Granite Transformations (01223 853913; www. granitetransformations.co.uk), meanwhile, you can reimagine your kitchen surfaces without the upheaval of tearing out the old, with its ‘top that fits on top’ philosophy. As well as its many granite options, it supplies a choice of characterful quartz agglomerate surfaces, made from a hard mineral rock that originates from

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ABOVE Choose authentic and original kitchens, such as this SieMatic S2 kitchen with Nero Maquina marble worksurfaces. Kitchens from £25,000 (01223 368828; www.nicholas-anthony.co.uk). BELOW LEFT By simply revamping flooring, your kitchen can be dramatically transformed. Urbane Living’s wood selection includes the Larch Brushed Circa White, from £106 (020 7138 3838; www.urbaneliving.co.uk). BELOW RIGHT The rustic look is given a contemporary feel; this island unit is made from distressed European oak. Kitchen furniture from £16,000 (01732 762682; www.rencraft.co.uk).

sandstone, and which displays the natural features and tones of quartzite. Perhaps fitting this trend most are the striking rough-cut front edge worktops available at luxury kitchen designers Rencraft (01732 762682; www.rencraft. co.uk). “We are seeing lots of interest in creating a more stripped-back raw look,” says John Stephens, director of Rencraft. He continues, “This rustic look fits nicely with our rough-cut edge worktops, giving an industrial yet homely feel. They give a unique contrast to the smooth surface of cabinetry and can be complemented with simple brick splashbacks and wire accessories.”

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NEW METALS

Gone are the days when chrome and stainless steel dominated our kitchens. Hardware, lighting and accessories in warm metals, such as copper, graphite and bronze, have made a triumphant comeback from their Victorian heyday. “We have seen a big increase in customers asking for warmer metals in the kitchen this season,” continues John Stephens, director of Rencraft. “Brass and copper handles give a timeless finish and a classic feel and there are lots of choices available. This particular trend is great for those who don’t want to replace their kitchen but want to keep up to date.”

Award-winning interior designer Katharine Pooley (02075 843223; www. katharinepooley.com) is increasingly using copper in her designs, throughout her ranges, due to its flexibility and contemporary feel. Katharine says: “There has been a strong return to copper due to the warm, natural, yet stand-out quality that it provides in both traditional and contemporary settings. I love using it within projects due to its versatility as a material; it can be used as a subtle accent for lighting and fittings within a kitchen or as a statement design feature. Due to the properties of the metal, copper takes on many guises with a variety

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HEAVY METAL Interior designer Katharine Pooley is increasingly using copper in her interiors, such as this statement staircase (020 7584 3223; www.katharinepooley.com).

IMAGE Accessorise with on-trend pendants, such as this Mallard black and copper piece, £155 (0208 508 0411; www.alexanderandpearl.co.uk).

IMAGE Oversized Bugsy metal pendant, £240 (0208 508 0411; www.alexanderandpearl.co.uk).

of looks achievable, from its natural state to an array of colours available if the material is oxidised. Highly polished copper is a look suited to more refined, contemporary schemes, making it a hugely useable and on-trend material.” For quick kitchen facelifts, simply update lighting by installing oversized pendants in artfully rusted or black metals, or search for 1940s-style bar stools and brass standalone kitchen racks and units. Vintage specialist Alexander & Pearl is the go-to place for one-off industrial style furniture for the home (0208 508 0411; www. alexanderandpearl.co.uk). Meanwhile, juxtaposed against contemporary kitchens, copper, brass and even gold taps suddenly look thoroughly modern again. Considered old-fashioned for many years, the burnished quality of

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antiqued gold and brass has a current appeal due to its warmth and heritage connotations. Add them into an all-white or black colour scheme and these metals can light up a room with their lustre and luminosity – almost like a vintage piece of jewellery would. “Clients are seeking a warm, welcoming feel in their kitchens but at the same time they want it to look sleek and contemporary,” says Tony Nicholas of Nicholas Anthony. “We’re noticing a return of brass, copper and graphite in fittings and fixtures at the moment. These give a wonderful sheen and warm colour to a space – pair them with uncluttered surfaces and handleless cupboards from the Nicholas Anthony Signature Collection and you have a smart, seamless look.”

RIGHT Invest in a textural bowl, such as this Preto smoked glass bowl with copper inlay, £629 (020 7584 3223; www.katharinepooley.com).

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LUXE MINIMALISM

BLUE NOTES Crofthouse has seen more customers opting for blue kitchens, seen here in the Natural Sheer by Tomas range. Kitchens from £20,000 (01223 300858; www.ckbh.co.uk).

Talking of which, a seamless, streamlined kitchen is probably at the top of many of our wish lists. After all, who wants to live with clutter? Clean lines, elegant spaces and sparkling appliances – all hidden of course – have an eternal appeal. Buy into this sophisticated look by choosing handleless cabinets in matte finishes and chunky doors. Think about selecting the same material to be used on your work surfaces and then up the wall as splashbacks. This is pleasing to the eye – and great for smaller spaces – as it gives a sleek, neat finish. Tony Jones, managing director at Langtry Fitted Furniture (01353 725380; www.langtryfurniture.co.uk) comments: “The minimalist approach is really popular at the moment. Most consumers these days are opting for handleless cabinets and drawers in their kitchens. In fact, we offer ‘electric’ drawers and doors in our showroom, which just need a little push and they open as if by magic.” Meanwhile, at luxury kitchen specialist By Design Kitchens in Cambridge (01223 248409; www.bydi.co.uk), Francis Lowman, managing director, has also noted a trend of opting for sleek kitchens, but with a difference. “In our showroom, we have a glossy New York Cashmere Grey kitchen by

BELOW The fitted Moderne kitchen (left) is made from oak and lime (from £25,000). The Vermont free-standing kitchen (right) is shown here in layered colours of Smoke Blue, Andaman Sea and Dover Cliffs. From £10,000 (01223 300941; www.firedearth.com).

Cream, white and beige have all been de rigueur but tastefully coloured kitchens have become in vogue Symphony on display but we’ve juxtaposed it in an industrial-style setting – exposed brick walls, wooden flooring and steel light fittings. It is a real talking point – customers love the contrast between ultra-modern and authentic. “Symphony’s Linear range is the perfect minimalist kitchen – it is handleless and sits low and wide so it seems to blend into the walls and floor. To make it extra special, we always try and add in the wow factor with one amazing piece of statement lighting, from a brand such as Flos. It’s like art for a kitchen and usually most effective over an island or dining table,” says Francis.

FEELING BLUE

FROM THE BOTTOM UP Get creative juices flowing and warm up the industrial look with decorative features. Rhombus Mosaic tiles, £274.92 per m2 (01223 300941; www.firedearth.com).

For many years, neutrals have dominated kitchen design. Cream, white and beige have all been de rigueur but, slowly, tastefully coloured kitchens have become in vogue. French-style dove grey, smoky blues and aqua shades look light and fresh. It’s a much softer look, compared to the

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sometimes sterile-looking whites and creams of late. Fired Earth’s (01223 300941; www. firedearth.com) most recent range, the Vermont free-standing kitchen, is made from oak but is available in a choice of painted colours. Popular at the moment are shades of blue inspired by the coastal homes of the East Coast of USA. Using complementary hues from the same colour palette on different cupboards or zones of your kitchen, such as the brand’s Smoke Blue, Andaman Sea and Dover Cliffs, gives a layered effect that is perfectly of the moment. Cambridgeshire’s Crofthouse kitchens (01223 300858; www.ckbh.co.uk) supplies a range of luxury kitchen brands as well as its own Tomas Kitchens, and director Tom Hinton agrees that it is blue that is currently turning customers’ heads: “We like to think of Tomas kitchens as ‘modern classic’ – a happy place between modern and traditional styles. We strive to create

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a timeless look and we are able to offer a wide range of finishes and colours – so literally anything is achievable. Saying that, we have some particularly lovely blues and greys in our Abstract Five range; these are currently very popular especially on the sleek, handleless Sheer style of kitchen.” At Kitchenology, meanwhile, it’s grey that is having a moment. “Greys are the modern-day new neutrals,” claims owner Jennifer Shaw. “It’s a very popular shade and the AlnoStar Dur is one of our bestsellers. But too much grey has a danger of becoming drab, so I’d advise choosing units or islands in contrasting shades of grey. It will add depth and character to your space and liven your room up. Matte surfaces contrasting with gloss are also a good idea to add some interest.” Interior designer to London’s fashionable set, Joanna Wood (0207 730 5064; www.joannawood.co.uk) agrees: “Grey has seen a resurgence of late, taking over from classic neutral shades such as magnolia and white,” she says. “The ability to coordinate grey with a spectrum of colours from turquoise to pastel blue has made it extremely popular in both traditional and contemporary kitchens. For example, within contemporary interiors dark grey can act as a striking accent colour against neon blue or green shades, creating a space which is bright but not overwhelming. Contrastingly, light grey can

ABOVE Shades of grey in low sheen lacquer complement the clean, elegant, contemporary lines of this handless bespoke kitchen by David Hall Kitchen and Furniture Makers. A David Hall Kitchen starts from around £15,000 (01763 261010; www.davidhallfurniture.co.uk) BELOW Bespoke kitchen specialists Langtry Fitted Furniture can make minimalist-style kitchens to order for that perfect streamlined look, POA (01353 725380; www.langtryfurniture.co.uk).

be implemented to bring out the warmth of muted blue and terracotta hues in a more traditional scheme. Aside from aesthetical advantages, grey also has practical benefits. Try teaming it with silver or glass accessories as an alternative way of making a small room look more spacious.”

THE ADVANCE OF HIGH TECH

BLUE ZONE Add shades of blue into an all-white kitchen to stunning effect, from £59.90 per m2 at the Stone and Ceramic Warehouse (020 8993 5545; www.sacw.co.uk).

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With technological advancements developing all the time, the race is on for brands to come up with the ultimate timesaving kitchen aids that will make our lives easier. Even Sir James Dyson has recently announced he is investing £5million to invent a robot that will do household chores. Tony Jones, managing director of Langtry Fitted Furniture, agrees that the modern-day consumer wants the latest high-tech gadgets when planning their kitchen. He comments: “Nowadays, people are very careful to choose the correct appliances that suit their needs. The most major advance for kitchens of late is probably the boiling tap, which means you

can do away with fussy kettles and not have to wait for them to boil.” Francis Lowman, managing director of By Design, agrees: “The Quooker Fusion boiling water tap is the best on the market. It truly gives boiling water at 100°C, as well as hot and cold. People love the convenience factor.” Other recent developments include multipurpose ventilation hoods. Siemens, for example, has a ventilator that has an in-built microwave and also one with an LCD screen enabling home chefs to watch TV, DVDs or listen to music as they slave over the stove. Other innovations readily available, in the US at least, include intelligent fridges, which come with advanced air filtration systems to keep food fresher for longer, and in-built Google calendar screens on their doors. There are smart ovens that offer up recipe ideas, and hobs that vanish into recesses at a press of a switch. A beautifully designed kitchen is more clever than you think.

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EMPOWERING GIRLS IN SPORT WORDS CHARLOTTE AVERY

Charlotte Avery, headmistress at St Mary’s school in Cambridge, discusses the importance of sports in building both physical and mental strength

he Winter Olympics came to an end in February and the excitement of the London Olympics is a fading memory, particularly for the young, so it is heartening to hear female role models like Olympic gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold vowing to use her Olympic success to inspire girls to take part in sports. Sport is so important for the physical and mental health of our children and, whether they demonstrate competitive talent or not, learning to fall over and pick themselves up, to work as a team and to develop their own skills and techniques through practice and determination, from an early age, are great lessons for life. And, if they can be encouraged to do all of this while running around, filling their lungs with fresh air and, weather permitting, feeling some sunlight on their skin, they’ll be laying the foundations for a healthy lifestyle and mental attitude. Recent statistics have shown that girls are starting to drop out of sport at the age of eight and that by the time they are 14, only eight per cent of girls do the recommended one hour of physical activity a day. Herein lies the problem which, as an all-girls school, we are better equipped to address than most, away from the influence of boys. Our emphasis is on helping our girls to be fit, happy and healthy and embrace their uniqueness. As Lizzy Yarnold says, we need to “challenge the media image of the perfect woman”, so that young girls can be “proud and confident about who they are”. We believe that sport, whether that is team

sport or dance and yoga, can work to improve our girls’ confidence in their body image. If we can get young girls using their bodies physically for sport, they will come to appreciate their own body shapes and sizes without an airbrushed image. We have many positive role models for our girls, both in the staff and within the student body, as well as visitors into the school. Our own Head of PE, Jackie Ewing, has been Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire County Golf Champion four times and currently has an impressive handicap of three, and a number of our staff members ran in the Cambridge Half Marathon in March. We also have our own sporting success stories within our student body to promote to the younger years. One of our Senior School students, Jemima in Year 11, is currently training with Sport England in rowing and competes at city and county level. And Sara, a recent leaver, was a very successful competitor in karate and trained for the national squad during her time with us. Our younger students look up to these role models who, alongside other athletes, have presented reflections at assembly on their gifts and talents for the benefit of the wider community. In this way, the younger girls can see first-hand what sport participation from a young age can enable them to achieve in the future.

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External visitors to the school include triple jumper Laura Samuel, Amelia Darley, the first woman to walk to the North Pole unaided and, in May, Olympic gymnast Becky Downie will be visiting our Junior School to inspire our youngest girls with her energy and enthusiasm. Emphasis is needed on the physical and health benefits of participation in sport and at St Mary’s sport and physical education are a very important and hugely popular part of our school community, from the Junior School through to the Sixth Form. All of our girls are encouraged to participate for the benefit of their own health and fitness and also to learn valuable lessons in teamwork, fair play and respect. In addition, emotional and social benefits of participating in sport mustn’t be underestimated, along with the fact that sport can play a role in developing children’s critical thinking skills: tactical strategy, whether in positions of defence or attack, contributes to students’ intellectual thinking. All of our encouragement to participate in sport, in whichever discipline and at whatever level, is to empower our girls to build their mental and physical strength, as well as to display courage and perseverance, mirroring the values and beliefs of our founder Mary Ward, to engender a spirit of high aspiration, positive thinking and purpose.

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OUT OF SCHOOL WORDS CHARLOTTE PHILLIPS

Forget tiger mums, pushy parents and governesses, tutoring today is all about building your children’s confidence in a modern, encouraging environment

utoring is big business. One estimate suggests that the global market for one-to-one tuition is worth over £3 billion. Downtrodden governesses of yore would no doubt require a substantial go at the sal volatile to overcome the shock of hearing of the salary of £60,000 plus rumoured to be on offer when Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin were said to be advertising for a very special someone to share their jet-set lifestyle while teaching their children a range of subjects including Greek, Latin and French. But while so-called super tutors in educational pressure spots such as London and Hong Kong command fees that can run – allegedly – into hundreds of pounds an hour, they remain, fortunately for the majority of cash-strapped parents, a rarity. The cheering news is that in our area, a range of excellent teaching options is available for far, far less. Even tens of pounds a month, however, can add up. And it’s a tribute both to the

Good tutors aren’t just experts in their subject, but terrific communicators with the whole family quality of the services on offer and parents’ commitment to their children’s education that, despite the recession, local providers report numbers haven’t taken a tumble. Anything but, says Rob Kerrison, who since starting Tutor Doctor in Cambridge in 2010 as a franchise, has helped more than 800 children and now has well over 100 tutors on his books. A big factor behind the firm’s success, he believes, is the tutor selection process. “We are rigorous and careful of who we hire,” he says. His handpicked teachers aren’t just experts in their subject, but terrific communicators who work well with the whole family. Each home visit will end with a few minutes with the parents to keep them in the picture. While our area’s tutorial services range in location – either at home, at a study centre or online, all offer personalised tuition geared to individual needs.

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Suzanne Lanzon, centre director and head tutor of Kip McGrath Cambridge South, also believes that the quality of the highly qualified teachers leading small groups of students in after-school and weekend sessions at the study centre is one of the reasons for the steady demand. Her approach combines passion, caring and a healthy dose of humour guaranteed to make the 80-minute lessons in maths and English fly past for the students, who range from preschoolers honing their early reading skills to pupils in years 12 and 13 mastering essay writing and maths skills, as well as English as a second language. For her students, individual learning programmes are primarily computer-based but also integrated with carefully selected worksheets and workbooks, all regularly reviewed and with teachers on hand to offer one-to-one input and monitor progress.

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TLC Live similarly offers high-quality tuition in two fixed locations close by. For the majority, however, who opt to learn online, there’s nothing to say that your teacher will be in the same county – or, for those outside the UK, the same country. At a pre-agreed time, students join their live session and listen to their tutor while following their individually designed learning programme on screen. Though it may sound straightforward, building a programme so engaging that nine out of ten students would recommend it to their friends has required a huge amount of development work. For a start, only fully qualified UK-based teachers are recruited. And then there’s the content – all 7000 hours of it, based on the national curriculum – and developed from scratch; no mean feat. It means that wherever students are, they have access to the quality materials and teachers to ensure a first-class learning experience – yet one that’s grown from almost nothing compared with just a few years ago, says CEO Simon Barnes. “It’s a completely new industry online. Six, seven or eight years ago, this didn’t really exist. Now, we’re delivering thousands of sessions a month.” It’s not surprising tutoring is growing, given the choice available. And with almost 70 centres in the East of England, including three in and around Cambridge, close to 70,000 pupils and 680 study centres in the UK as a whole, credit has to go to Kumon, definitely one of the daddies of them all. To the uninitiated, its low-tech, paperbased way of learning may seem to be of a very different order compared with some cyberspace-focused alternatives. However, it is all part of a determination to stick close to the tried-and-tested philosophy of founder Toru Kumon, who designed the whole system initially to help his own son with school maths back in 1954. And with Kumon’s popularity growing consistently over the years, there’s no doubt that it works, explains Gemma Holmes, community and PR manager. She prefers the description ‘supplementary education provider’ rather than tutor as Kumon, though well resourced, is not a one-to-one system. “Kumon is quite unique. We’re all about getting children to an advanced level of study at their own pace, giving them the confidence to learn independently rather than teaching to a particular test.” There’s no right time to join, though a flourishing preschool programme helps

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We’re not the seventh cavalry coming over the hill. We work with the schools, and they work with us give young children a thorough grounding in good learning basics, from pencil hold to posture. Families must, however, be ready to commit 30 minutes each day to completing a worksheet and most will also attend a session at their local Kumon centre once or twice every week. Little and often is the way to do it – with rewards for effort as well as a roll of honour that allows students and their parents to learn where they are ranked not just in the UK but worldwide, too. While most tutor-related headlines focus on pushy parents, desperate to give their children the edge, tutors in our area are quick to emphasise that their role, increasingly, is to work with schools, who see them as a valuable resource. Rob Kerridge is one of the many tutoring experts who regularly attends meetings with local schools and regards what he does as part of a team effort, working with class teachers, heads and, of course, each child’s family. TLC Live meanwhile has been working with schools for almost a decade. Like Rob Kerridge, Simon Barnes stresses that it’s about creating a partnership.

“We’re not the seventh cavalry coming over the hill,” he comments, “saying we do this better than anybody else. What we can do is target students at a certain level and on a one-to-one basis we bring them up to speed. We couldn’t do it on our own. We work closely with the schools and they work closely with us. We’re all in it for the same thing.” And for parents agonising over whether there’s a right time to seek extra help, there are reassuring words from the area’s experts. It’s all about developing potential, confirms Gemma Holmes at Kumon. “Though the average Kumon student is around primary age, we have some that are preschool, to others on the roll the day before they go to university.” It’s a view shared by Simon Barnes at TLC Live. “We’ve had people in our centres who’ve been here from year 2 to year 11 as a supplement to their education. We have people who come for ten or 12 weeks running up to an exam. Everybody has a different reason. A lot of it goes back to confidence. Building up that confidence means they can get back into their classrooms and start performing as well.”

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