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A SHOT IN THE PARK John Clark looks grouse in the face at Langsett shoot
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42 RURALsay SPORT Anglers there
is nothing more peaceful than a day’s trout fishing. Julian Thorpe got hooked at Scout Dike. Pictures: Jamie Lorriman.
n the serenity of a summer’s afternoon at Scout Dike, even a non-aficionado can’t fail to appreciate the appeal of a lazy day spent fishing for trout. Looking out from the gently sloping banks across the reservoir, the only movement is the distant swirling of the Crow Edge wind turbines and the glinting of the afternoon sun on the surface of the water. “It’s so peaceful here”, says Peter Preston. “All right, there’s a main road right up there, but you don’t hear it.” Peter, 64, from Denby Dale, is the treasurer of Barnsley Trout Club, which is now so old, even the longest serving members can’t remember exactly when it was founded. Buried somewhere in the makeshift clubhouse, an age-yellowed pile of dusty record books lists members as far back as 1955, but Peter is sure the club predates even these ancient annals. The building itself used to be the boiler room for an old swimming pool which belonged to the nearby outdoor centre and was previously used as a boathouse before the trout club made it their home. The fish come from the Leadmill Trout Farm in Hathersage and the reservoir is stocked with about 350 to 400 every two weeks. This is done using a long plastic chute to transfer them from a delivery truck, a process which is best described by Peter as “Alton Towers for fish”. “They go whoosh down it”, he says. “It looks like great fun.” The chute was an innovation brought in by club chairman John Wright. He has only been a member of the club three years, but quickly asserted himself as the voice of authority at his first AGM, which he described as “chaos”. As well as making meetings more orderly, he brought a measure of efficiency to the reservoir itself. Before his arrival, fish had to be carried from truck to water by net, which risked killing them before they arrived. The reservoir is stocked only with trout, which is why one member was so surprised when he caught a 15lb carp. A couple of fishermen have now reported similar catches and it is thought the carp migrated from a nearby pond during the recent flooding. The pond, which belongs to a neighbouring farmer, is connected to Scout Dike by a small stream, but after an intense period of rainfall, it turned into a river. “They must have been carried downstream by the sheer weight of water,” says Peter. “We’ve had two carp now in the last three or four weeks.” With membership capped at 250, the popularity of the club has in recent times risen as high as the flood-swelled waters of the reservoir, and there is a waiting list of fishermen keen to join. “Basically we’ve had to limit it to 250 because of the room. When it’s busy like this it can get quite crowded on the banks.”
Hooked, line and sinker
Restaurant review Toby Reece at The Wortley Arms, Wortley
Arms and the fan
casual visitor, returning to the Wortley Arms after a couple of years, might conclude that little had changed in the interim. Those revolving entrance doors still glide, the oak-panelled bar glows with a rich patina, the pictures and antiques speak of enduring tradition and the polished tables are thronged with lunchtime guests. The cosy nook by the bar still looks hugely inviting – but that snug by the back door? That's new isn't it? And surely the front parlour has grown in size? The Wortley Arms was built as a coach house in 1753 at a cost of £188 and reopened nine months ago after wholesale renovation. The fact that so much of the work is invisible is credit to chef-partner Andy Gabbitas and his team. He was insistent that while the first floor should have its own identity as Montagu’s, an upscale dining suite,
the pub should continue to reflect its community roots.The food however, has not stood still. While the menu continues to honour such staples as the ploughman's lunch, enterprise shows in a lovely salmon and dill fish cake; calf's liver with smoked bacon, bubble and squeak, and pot-roast lamb shoulder. The multi-section menu includes sandwiches – the ‘Wortley Wedge’ at £5.50 is filled with the roast of the day – starters, ‘a bit on the side’, ‘classic pub grub’ and ‘something a little different’. To supplement all that, a daily changing blackboard menu stands by the inglenook. Its repertoire runs from pan-fried mackerel with artichoke to lobster with garlic butter. It's encouraging to report that the basics are fine. Excellent chicken liver pate, refined in texture and taste, arrives with grilled brioche and salad, and the melting, deep brown, chunky
Tom Rate, one of the sous chefs at the Wortley Arms
chips, at £2.50 a go, are a rebuke to those mean matchstick fries too often found elsewhere. It is also good to find a serious risotto on the menu. This one, built on smoked haddock, uses good stock and comes with a poached egg and wilted spinach. Local produce is clearly prized by the kitchen which says that most of the food is sourced within a 20 mile radius. Yorkshire beers also feature prominently on the handpumps. Service is prompt and friendly. Wortley Arms, Wortley. 0114 288 8749.
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A blast from the fast
The moors of Yorkshire offer fine game shooting. John Clark offers an insight into the sport Aiming high: Richard Smiter of the Langsett shoot tries for grouse
A shot in the park
hey used to say ‘Up goes a guinea, bang goes sixpence and down comes two shillings’ when they described the economics of game shooting. Happy days, because this season it is more likely to be up goes £35, bang goes 12p and down comes a pound. Yorkshire has some of the finest game shooting in Britain and shooters – or more properly, Guns with a capital G – need plenty of money to enjoy it. But why would they pay so much? The simple fact is that if you want the best, you must pay the price. Grouse shooting costs are astronomical, but they must be. Renting or owning a productive moor costs a fortune, so every brace tumbling on to the heather has cost the Gun upwards of £200, plus the dreaded VAT. No wonder invitations to grouse moors to shoot birds free of charge are like gold dust. Most shooters belong to a syndicate which takes a number of days on a
commercially run shoot. The average price of shooting in Yorkshire will be more than £35 a bird this year, so an eight Gun syndicate taking seven 200bird shoots means that each Gun pays in the region of £6,500 for the season. Some roving syndicates pay at the end of the day and if eight Guns have shot 250 head but you have only brought ten down all day, you still pay your full share. Having won some national titles at shooting clay pigeons, competition shooting has been a thrill for me for years. But nothing compares with a 45yard high partridge heading your way. To fold up in the air with one shot and then connect with its neighbour for a right and left is a memory for life. In a syndicate of good shots that right and left will hardly be mentioned at the end of the drive, but miss a single with both barrels at a good height and be assured that every one of the Guns saw it and will mention it at dinner. Dressing for the shoot is all part of the
fun. Breeks or plus-twos, long shooting socks, a special shooting jacket, the right kind of flat cap – one with an extended front brim – are all part of the ritual. Then there are the guns themselves, the weapons with a small g. They can range from a workaday, Italian-made, overunder costing around £1,000, to the glory names like Purdey or Holland and Holland, second hand at over £30,000 or bespoke new at anything up to £50,000 – and a two-year wait. Once it was rare to see anything but a twelve bore in the hands of male shooters. Now the 20 bore and, more especially the 28 bore – the gun I have shot for the past several years – are favoured. It doesn’t make the birds harder to kill despite a lesser load of lead shot, but you either kill them or miss them with a 28 bore. The funny thing is that you may treasure the wonderful figure of your walnut stock, which might make your gun stand out in a rack, but when you
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TRAMIGO TRACKMECAR MYVU SOLO Until now, satellite tracking systems have been the reserve of Porscheowners and the like. Manufacturers justified high costs by insisting the gadgets could track any stolen vehicle, making recovery easy for the police. The Tramigo TrackMe-Car brings that technology to everyone. It costs less than £250 and is the size of a fag packet. Once it detects motion, it sends a text message pinpointing the grid reference. All the police then have to do is finish their tea break and then turn up to collect it. Verdict: Affordable for even the average driver.
There are countless radio plug-ins for the iPod but this new model is a first as it comes with a DAB tuner. The Roberts Robi gets its power directly from the iPod and as well as offering all the digital stations, it picks up the traditional FM stations. At £50, it ain’t exactly cheap though as several standalone pocket-sized DAB radios are available at a similar price point.
THESE rather dull-looking sunglasses hide a fascinating gadget. Plug the MyVu Solo shades into a video source and the images appear right before your eyes in eyesight-filling glorious technicolour – a bit like walking around with a giant cinema screen strapped to your forehead. Sound comes from some decent earphone buds too so it’s a complete home cinema package even if you don’t have a home.
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Colour is back in menswear, so long as it’s done in style, writes Henry Olivetti
Brightening up H e’s a model and he's looking good. Ben Cartwright was voted the best looking lad in town by Mosaic readers and put his best foot forward to show off this summer’s hottest styles for male fashionistas. Supermarket worker Ben, 21, has always fancied doing a bit of modelling and jumped at the chance to strut his stuff for men’s fashion store Frank Bird, which has branches in Wakefield and Barnsley. Richard Shaw, the store’s buyer for young fashion, was keen to get Ben into this summer’s looks and says the season is about being bright, bold and colourful with more retro revivals than you can shake a rollerboot at. “There has been a definite shift to a more loud and proud colour palette like we saw 20 years ago. This summer it is all about being bold and confident and not being afraid of splashing out on a little colour. Now is time for men to throw off the shackles of reservation and be brave.” Layers are still popular, especially for casual evening wear. For an understated look, slim-fit cardigans are a must and look great with a simple V-neck T-shirt underneath and a pair of straight leg or figurehugging jeans. The G Star brand is soaring in popularity and are a sure-fire bet for summertime, offering a long-lasting, well-fitting jean at a reasonable price. “G Star is hot property,” says Richard. “The jeans have a clean cut with lots of detail in the wash of the denim, fit really well and are
Ben wears G-Star 1996 jeans, a GStar t-shirt and 1980s reissue Reebok trainers.
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