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Ideas for inspiring people in Yorkshire

AUGUST 2011 Issue Fifty Six

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6 SHOPPING Doing it himself An old shop with new lines in Holmfirth

PROPERTY Bretton barn Why there’s a fine kitchen in this conversion


17 HOMES White House Stairway to heaven in a neat restoration

DESIGN New range Why the iconic Aga is suddenly very cool


26 GARDENS Shed loads No half measures with this set of buildings


MOSAIC Ideas for inspiring people

Published by Acredula Group 47 Church Street Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2AS Printed by Buxton Press

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Besides the spectacle of horses at full gallop and the buzz of the crowd in full throat, a day at the races is an occasion to celebrate the diversity of British fashion. This area of Yorkshire, as we have been pleased to remark before, is a fertile ground for young designers. In this issue we feature the striking creations by a hat maker from Holmfirth and outfits from a specialist boutique. Mosaic is a champion of independent businesses so it is encouraging to report that the decline of the traditional hardware shop at the hands of super-stores is being resisted in one town. Elsewhere we feature the awe-inspiring photography of Roger Underwood, a wildlife enthusiast from Huddersfield, we watch young horses being trained at Millhouse Green and we learn of the exports of a lavender farm at Hoylandswaine. Finally, why would anyone convert a house to exacting standards, only to yearn for another project? We have two examples.

Robert Cockroft, editor

FASHION My hat A milliner’s guide to what to wear to the races



GARDENS Hoylandswaine lavender

STYLE Turf fashion

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WILDLIFE EQUESTRIAN Small steps Training young horses in Pennine stables

Reporters Adam Civico Rachel Parry Katia Harston Kate Pickles Mark D’Apice 01226 734262

Production Editor Jill Lowe 01226 734203

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MOTORING With Mark D’Apice

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DIY superstores have put many ironmongers out of business. But a fine example still remains in Holmfirth, as John Threlkeld reports

Keeping stock: Owner David Earnshaw outside J W Kayes and right, cutting keys.

The old curiosity shop


olmfirth is not dominated by mills or the Co-op anymore. Commuters have moved in and the long running series, Last of the Summer Wine, has come and gone. The long established ironmongers has changed as well but, thankfully, not that much. J W Kayes and its comfy clutter of buckets, spades, light bulbs and nuts and nails is a reminder of the days when similar shops were in every high street. The supermarkets have changed that


and today you’ll be lucky to find one in small towns dominated by takeaways and charity shops. Kayes keeps its character – visitors to the town pop in to soak up the retro atmosphere – but absorbs trends. The stone steps leading to the entrance are well worn, the sturdy green front door has not changed in decades and the wooden drawers, pigeonholes and counter are as they were in the past. However, the main shop window has changed and the shelves have

been rebuilt. Owner David Earnshaw , who is quick to point out it’s not a museum, seems to know what people want and offers products which they need regularly. The premises were built in the 1840s. David, 62, can trace the history of the business to the turn of the last century when it was Swallow, ironmongers and mill furnishers. The Kayes were later the owners and then David’s great uncle went into partnership with one of them before

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David and his father took over in 1980. David was born in Holmfirth and loves the place but admits it was ‘austere’ in the past. It was ‘a mill and Co-op town’ with grime and soot. He believes the success of The Last of the Summer Wine and the triumphant campaign to block a Tesco development were on the whole good for the area. Supermarkets, he says, take money out of a town. “People live in Holmfirth because it’s different and because it keeps its own character,” he says.

Just like the shop. It’s small – 11 metres by 12 metres – and David does not like spaces. Stock stretches from the floor to the ceiling. It’s home to a phenomenal number of items, from 12p tap-washers to £100 kitchen bins, from jam-making equipment to 8p picture hooks, from slug pellets to fireguards and from

draught excluders to the old dependable, lethal fly swats. The inventory goes on...doormats, kitchen utensils, nails, glue, electrical fittings , screws, wood preserve, light bulbs and gardening products. Some things have inevitably changed. In the distance past there was a pot-bellied stove in a corner


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around which locals huddled in winter and in more recent times the shop sold a lot of Calor gas but not any more. There was once a paraffin pump and some customers with sensitive noses say they can still detect a whiff of paraffin which seems to permeate the woodwork in a section of the shop. “Today there is nothing on sale that is not reasonably current, though we may still have some of those rivets which are used in making belts; they may have been here for some time,”


‘There is nothing on sale that is not reasonably current, though we may still have some rivets which are used in making belts. They may have been here for some time’ says David. “People have a great affection for us and we have a great affection for them. One young woman said she liked to come to the shop because she did not feel patronised.” One of the mildly eccentric things about the place is the clock.

It’s been there since the family took over. It hangs from the ceiling advertising ‘Snowcem Waterproof Cement Paint ... It does not seem to work, a gentle reminder that in one or two aspects time has stood still in what David admits is a quirky shop.

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Restoring Old Oak Barn in the hamlet of Bretton has been a labour of love for Richard Jewkes over a decade. Rachel Parry views the results. Pictures: Brett Carr


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Going with the grain


ichard Jewkes admits he’s obsessional – and it shows. The time, love and energy he invests in each of his projects means all are finished to exacting standards, and his family home is no exception. What he describes as his ‘most passionate project to date’, Old Oak Barn is an impressive conversion set within the peaceful hamlet of Bretton, near Wakefield. “I found the barn ten years ago and was initially attracted to it for its location,” says Richard, the managing director of Kitchen Creations in Clayton West. “That feeling you get when you turn onto the lane has never left me. “I could see huge potential within the building and I wanted to be the one to do the work.” The structure was originally a timber framed single isle barn, thought to date back to the 1300s. It had been used as stables for about 20 years


when Richard got his hands on it. His plan was to restore the its character while giving it new life as a sixbedroomed family home for his fiancée Helen and their five daughters. He says: “The previous owners had not been sympathetic to the building. You couldn’t see the true building because they had rendered the old brick and stone and added a lean-to extension, that destroyed the architecture. “The barn would have originally been used by horses and carts which would come in through one side of the building and left through the other, so I wanted to open both

entrances back up with glazing.” As a Grade II listed building, Richard had to work within strict guidelines. No new stone or bricks were allowed, so each of the 6,000 reclaimed bricks were hand cleaned and returned to their original place. “I tackled the building in sections, taking it back to its timber frame then building it back up again. We found the original barn floor one foot beneath the existing floor so we could dig down, giving us the height needed to put in the first floor.” After 18 months the family moved in and the hard work continued. He moved through the building,

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Labour of love: The interior of Old Oak Barn, Bretton, painstakingly restored by owner Richard Jewkes.

completing each room before tackling the next. “I didn’t have a budget, I’ve learned from previous projects that they just stress you out. It’s best to accept that it will cost what it costs to get it to a standard you want.” And Richard’s standard is high. The kick-roof entrance to the dining hall with floor-to-ceiling glass, a bespoke timber staircase and huge original beams overhead sets the scene. All beams throughout have been reclaimed from the original site or neighbouring farms, apart from the green oak beams in the living room which were shipped from Croatia.

Each has been steam cleaned and wire brushed without finishing treatment, ito retain their raw charm. Given Richard’s job, the eye is quickly drawn to kitchen and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s a Kitchen Creations’ bespoke design in solid pippy oak with Italian granite worktops and, of course, an Aga. Attention to detail throughout the house is meticulous, in curved reveals and fitted furniture which slots into the barn’s irregular shape to utilise space. Everything is bespoke from the large oak doors to the pin boards and picture frames. Decor is plain, simple

and comforting, letting the reclaimed wooden features take centre stage. “I’m obsessional and take a very hands on approach, which is why I have done so much of the work, including the design. To me it’s so much more than a barn conversion, the way I see it I have put my own mark on the property. “There is no doubt a lot of time, money and work has gone into Old Oak Barn and it has taken something very special to move us away from it.” Old Oak Barn is for sale with Simon Blyth, price on application. 01924 361631.


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John Fleetham took a big hammer to the 1950s house he had bought. The result is striking, writes Rachel Parry


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Getting it all white


idden on a quiet cul-de-sac in Whirlow is Sheffield’s own White House, home to property project addicts John Fleetham and Dawn Rayner. They have completed numerous ventures, including new builds, and both admit they love nothing more than a new challenge. This time the challenge would be to transform a 1950s property, which had not been updated since the 70s, into a stylish, practical family home. The vision was to create open-plan living that retained some selfcontained rooms for privacy. “I have always preferred traditional properties while John is passionate about all things contemporary,” says


Dawn. “On this one we decided to combine the two and we think we have hit the right balance.” When they bought the house in 2008, it was dark and dingy with poky rooms. So the first task was to open up the interior, a job John took to extremes. He says: “I literally went through the house with a sledgehammer, taking out all the internal walls. It looked like a tornado had ripped through, there were big holes everywhere. I remember thinking ‘I’ve knocked a

million pounds off the value of the house already’.” But it didn’t take long to regain that value – and more – as they redesigned the layout to flow from one area to the next, adding three extensions along the way. Today the house is a polar opposite to when they first viewed it. White on the inside and out, hence its name, it is light, airy and spacious. Large windows help to bring elements of the outdoors in. Those at the south-facing back provide access

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Cool pool: The spa and aspects of the interior at the White House.

to an expansive decked terrace, complete with hot tub, giving stunning views over the acre of land. The impressive entrance hall sets the scene for what’s to come: clean lines, simple decor and effortless style. Here, is also one of the property’s original features, an open curved staircase that survived John’s demolition. Elegant oak flooring flows into the open dining area with access to the snug, situated off the large breakfast kitchen. A glimpse of colour can be found here in olive glass splashbacks which sit above sturdy timber worktops and white glossed base units. According to Dawn this area is heart of the home and a room in which she loves to cook and entertain.

Another part well used by the couple and their children is the leisure complex, with its swimming pool, sauna, steam room and shower pod. John and Dawn like to keep the cosy drawing room to themselves, an space to which they can escape for quiet time. The six bedrooms are spread throughout the property with four on the first floor, a fifth on the ground floor and a sixth in the garage annexe

with its own access. Having not long completed The White House and labelled it their ‘perfect family home’, most would have to question why the property is back on the market. “We’re bored,” admits Dawn. “It’s time for a new challenge.” The White House is for sale with Eadon Lockwood & Riddle. Offers around £1.4 million.


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There are changes to an enduring symbol of middle England, as Ruby Ayscough reports

Total Control: Moderate enough to keep a grand piano in tune, the new Aga.

Aga: hot and cool


or some, a house is not a home without an AGA. Not only is the classic oven loved for its solid good looks and dependability, but also its ability to warm a home. Despite its virtues in cooking and heating, any AGA user will tell you it has its downfalls, too. The biggest issue is that effectively it should remain on at all times, bumping up energy bills and CO2 emissions. But now there is a way for owners to enjoy the benefits without worrying about wasted energy. Cue the AGA Total Control. For the first time in its history the AGA’s separate ovens and hot plates can be operated independently or together at the touch of a button. While its demure exterior remains unchanged, a state-ofthe-art touch screen panel is concealed behind the top left door. It is this new technology that puts the operator in the driving seat. The 21st century model can be controlled manually or using a remote control handset. Furthermore it can be fired up in a matter of minutes and even programmed to come on and off as and when it is required.

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A candlewick spread simply will not do. A good bed needs dressing, says Rachel Parry

Beautiful bedding: Silhouette, left, and Bonita, above.

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No room for a conventional garden shed? One company has come up with a solution, writes Molly Pickles

Huts by the shed load Modest gardens and courtyards that lack space and storage need not lack style, thanks to The Posh Shed Company’s latest design. The ‘Half Shed’ has been created to provide attractive storage where space is at a premium. Its slim-line structure can be placed against a garden wall or a house to gain chic storage that does not dominate outdoor areas. The company has cut its existing shed designs in half to create the range, giving customers the choice of three styles. Neat straight lines characterise the Contemporary, left, while detailed fascia boards and arched windows make the Gothic shed, centre, a statement choice. For those who like to keep things simple, the Potting Shed’s traditional design is sure to blend into any garden. Each is supplied fully treated to customers’ specifications in a wide range of colours. Prices start from £1,495.


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Products containing lavender grown in a Pennine village are being sent all over the world. Dan Greaves reports

Sweet dreams are made of this


arbara Poisson has a secret tool for coping with her grandchildren. “My daughter loves it when I offer to have them because they always go straight to sleep here. Normally at home they’re wanting to get up at the break of dawn but here they'll sleep until midmorning. I keep saying that it's the lavender.” Barbara runs Pennine Lavender from her Hoylandswaine home and over cups of tea and a plate of her lavender shortbread, she talks about the relaxing properties of the plant which help her two-year-old granddaughter gain a full-night's sleep.


“Lavender has been used for hundreds of years to reduce stress and aid sleep. It certainly works for my granddaughter, she slept here the other night and I had to wake her up. It was nearly nine o’clock.” The business started as a hobby 15years ago but has grown and boasts international customers. Her range includes a variety of home-made gifts from cushions and pillows to biscuits, jelly and lavender honey. She’s planning the next step which could include a range of baby products. “There was a time where I thought about putting together a cookbook with all my lavender recipes, but it

was just so expensive to do; I would've ended up having to charge more for my book than what Jamie Oliver does for his.” Entering Barbara's home, one could easily miss the small 'Pennine Lavender' sign that rests neatly within the bushes in the front garden. Even though it is the base for her business, it is clear she treats her house as a home, not an HQ. The kettle is on and the soothing aroma of lavender that fills the house greets you at the front door like a hug from an old friend. Barbara’s workroom on the second floor is where the majority of Pennine Lavender's products are made. The

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Heaven scent: Barbara Poisson, left, at her home in Hoylandswaine with a plate of lavender flavoured biscuits. Right, honey made from the herb.

walls are, of course, purple and the shelves and drawers are filled with various home-made products. “There aren’t that many companies in the UK that still produce homemade gifts like we do,” she says. “I think it’s really important not to lose that personal touch. Most of the products you see in stores are either imported or mass produced. Everything that we make is done here at home. It’s from me from the heart.” What began as an outlet to create gifts for family and friends, quickly attracted interest from much further afield. “The response has been fantastic

over the past few years. It's hard to believe that something that was made upstairs in my spare room is being sought after by people from countries as varied as America and Japan.” Barbara’s interest in lavender blossomed after a family holiday to Jersey with her then-teenage daughters, after what the former NHS worker describes as a ‘light bulb moment’. “At the time I’d become really disenchanted with my job and was looking for something fresh and exciting. We ended up on a lavender farm that wasn’t far from where we were staying and I was just overwhelmed with the beauty of it.

“I knew I could grow lavender in my garden and just thought to myself ‘why not?’ I've not regretted one moment.” Originally from Manchester, Barbara made the move across the Pennines in 1992. She jokes that whenever she tells anyone of her roots that she always gets the same response. “I often give talks about the company and what we do. Whenever the topic comes up, people always say, ‘At least you’re going the right way now, love!’.” Whichever way she's going, thanks to her lavender, at least she won’t have to worry about sleepless nights.


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To top off an outfit for the races, a lady requires a hat. Rachel Parry asks a milliner how to turn heads on courses this year. Pictures by Scott Bairstow


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Racing certainties


or milliner Harriet Steele, a hat is more than an accessory. It’s a piece of sculptured art. Taking inspiration from celebrity milliner Philip Treacy, she creates eye-catching designs from her home-based workshop in Holmfirth. Over 13 years, Harriet has been tasked with making imaginative headwear for a host of events including weddings, galas and balls, but it’s requests for the races that excite her. “Ladies can choose to be as adventurous as they like at the races, especially when it comes to headwear. Those following fashion on the field will tend to go for something elegant and sophisticated but with a twist,” she says.


“Meanwhile those who are there for prizes and to get photographed will go for much bolder designs. I love nothing more than when a client shows me a chosen outfit then gives me free rein on a hat design to go with it.” Each piece made by Harriet is hand-crafted using materials such as James Haire silks, Swarovski crystals, leather, sinamay, feathers and parasisal straw. City and Guilds trained and a qualified teacher in millinery, art and design, Harriet has mastered the tricky skill of wiring, enabling her to create striking sculptured designs. She says: “I look at hats as pieces of art that should look equally good both on and off the head. Therefore I

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Art and craft combine: Milliner Harriet Steele with some of her designs.

put a lot of thought into the shape, colours and materials I use when creating hats, headpieces and fascinators. “I love the idea that when you put a hat on it makes you feel totally different. It lifts you and makes you stand tall with confidence.” But to gain such confidence, she says ladies need to take time in finding the right hat and wearing it the correct way. “Many women don’t think that hats suit them but often they are simply wearing them wrongly. When shopping for one, I would advise ladies to take their outfit for the races with them, whether they are going to a retailer or milliner. They should try on lots of different styles with various crowns and brims to find a design that suits their figure,

height and face shape. “Once the shape and fit is sorted it’s a case of colour, textures and accessories which can be as subtle or daring as you like. My only tip would be to mix colours and shades to add interest, rather than matching head-to-toe. This year for the races expect to see block pop colour headpieces in amethyst, emerald green and amber. Hats in two contrasting colours are also popular, as are glamorous 70s styles. Black, white and nude designs are always popular choices with those opting for a classic look. Whatever you choose be creative, a little bit daring and most of all have fun with it.”


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Jenny, left, wears Paisley maxi Jolaby dress, sapphire blue headpiece and Moo leather clutch. Holly wears Blonde and Wise trench dress, fuschia wrap and silver swirl fascinator.

A day at the races offers an opportunity for people watching – and for showing off the latest fashions, as Rachel Parry reports MOSAIC FASHION 37

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Holly, left, wears cream Jolaby dress, ruffle clutch and oyster rose couture headpiece. Jenny, below, is in black and coral Hybrid dress, Moo clutch and cuff and Mia fascinator. Jenny, right, wears Blonde and Wise ruffle dress, Moo clutch and shrug and large silk rose hat.

Surfing the turf


utlandish hats, attention-grabbing dresses and fascinating fascinators can only mean one thing, the races are upon us. Two of Yorkshire’s biggest festivals are around the corner, York’s Ebor in August and Doncaster’s St Leger in September, meaning the fashion heavyweights will once again be doing their best to upstage one another. With past prizes for the best dressed lady in the county including soft-top cars, shopping trips and luxury breaks it’s no wonder the style stakes are high. So how can you stand out? We asked fashion expert Clare Bottomley, owner of Moo Designs, to suggest some outfits, with millinery from Lou Lou Puchalka. “It’s not just the horses people go to see at the races, it’s a great place for people watching too,” says Clare. “I love that people make a real effort for the races and go all out.


In my opinion there is little point in going if you’re not going to embrace the fashion side of it too.” “It is not so much about following trends but it’s a perfect opportunity for ladies to showcase their own style and get away with outfits they couldn’t wear to other events. That said, it’s also about what works for the individual. You need to hold your head high and carry an outfit with confidence to get noticed at the races.” Clare has picked a stunning selection of outfits from designers she stocks, offering something for the elegant and the extravagant. She says: “Bold colour and dramatic detailing are sure to grab attention. The hand coutured swirl dress by Katie Newsome with custom-made headpiece by Lou Lou Puchalka is a great choice for young ladies. It’s bold and beautiful, as is the green bow dress by Jolaby. “For a more mature lady the coral and black organza

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Holly, top right, wears green bow dress by Jolaby, Moo clutch and sculptured fascinator. Right, she is in a swirl dress by Katie Newsome, Moo clutch and cuff and customheadpiece. Jewellery is by Peppercorn. Pictures: Brett Carr

dress by Hybrid is a great way to get noticed. Teaming it with black accessories gives a stylish sophisticated look.” For those a little less daring, Clare says there are quieter options that can be equally striking when put with the right accessories. “My advice to those going for more subtle tones would be to pick a dress with a print or something with ruffles that will catch people’s gaze. The Blonde and Wise trench dress and the cream Jolaby dress are perfect examples. So too are the Blonde and Wise ruffle dress and paisley Jolaby maxi. Just remember, if you’re wearing a natural shade you can afford to be daring with accessories, whether it’s a head-turning hat, bold bag or skyscraper heels.” Moo Designs is at The Lucorum in Barnsley and will be soon opening a boutique in Leeds Corn Exchange. Lou Lou Puchalka accessory and millinery boutique is in Leeds Corn Exchange.


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Carolyn Goldstraw trains young horses as part of her work with her company at Millhouse Green. Gael Stigant reports. Pictures by Brett Carr MOSAIC HOMES AND INTERIORS 41

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Fascination: Carolyn Goldstraw with Ulanda, above, and Laura Siddal rides Pandora, right.

Putting horses on course


ou have to take a step back as Carolyn Goldstraw canters towards you on a stunning, but not quite fully trained, horse. As four-year-old Ulanda whips past, her hooves kick up grains of the soft PVC on the floor of the all-weather arena. After a few brisk laps Carolyn directs the animal towards a jump and her brown coat glistens for the moment she is in the air. Carolyn, 38, trains young horses like Ulanda as part of her work with her company, Leg Up Equestrian, based on Lee Lane in Millhouse Green. “I’m very committed, you have to be. Quite early on I had a talent for getting on a horse and making it do something other people couldn’t make it do,” she says. Carolyn didn’t come from a horse-riding background but her fascination for the animals became apparent at a young age. “My parents aren’t into horses at all and hoped it was a phase I would grow out of. I got my first pony when I was 12, after years of begging. Her name was Tina and she was a big mistake. “We bought a three-year-old pony which wasn’t properly


broken in for an inexperienced rider. We soon realised we had bought the wrong pony for the wrong rider.” Despite the setback, Carolyn was hooked and she’s since owned and ridden countless numbers of horses. One of her first was ‘slow and safe’ Misty, who used to win her plenty of fourth place rosettes. But with her heart set on first place, she learned to work extra hard on ponies which didn’t necessarily come across as award-winning to make her dreams come true. One such was Malnor Misty May, which was the champion Welsh Section D in a Ponies UK national competition in 2007. Carolyn says: “It came from local stables in Swinton and three people had said it wasn't rideable. But 12 months later it was a national champion. That was really satisfying.” And it is this sort of achievement, in disciplines including show-jumping, showing and dressage, which gives Carolyn the buzz. “For me I think it’s the most satisfying feeling when something that perhaps was impossible before suddenly

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starts to happen. It’s a connection between you and the horse and when you get that connection and it all goes right it’s absolute satisfaction.” Carolyn, who lives with her equine photographer husband Peter, 37, and their two-year-old son, Ben, works with both individuals and groups on aspects of riding including rider confidence, training young horses and improving rider position. And at 5 ft 1in, she is petite enough even to ride children’s ponies if required. She says: “The people that come are really varied. One of the biggest areas at the moment is the over 45s. They may have never ridden or only in childhood but now they have the time and money to take it up again.” Carolyn also arranges more than ten horse shows a year, from Worksop to Wetherby, some with more than 100 competitors. “It’s hard work but I love it,” she says, as she walks Ulanda back to the idyllic stone stables in her yard. “I’m not someone for just riding along and enjoying the view. That’s not my type of riding.”

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A bright dish: A warm goat’s cheese salad from the Arthouse.

Salad and smiles


N aroma of fresh-ground coffee punches the air as you walk into Arthouse cafe, deli and gallery. Once a terraced house, it is an old building full of external character, tastefully converted inside into a light, bright space complete with its own gallery. With just over half a dozen tables inside (and a few out front if the warm weather finally appears) there is a very homely feel to the cafe. A steady stream of folk pass through the door in the next hour or so. As a vegetarian I'm used to menu options being limited, often to a dried-out, dull pastry tart. But not here. A good proportion of the dishes on offer are veggie-friendly and I opt for a warm salad with goat’s cheese. My friend chooses ‘something meaty’ to see whether it’s up to scratch and orders a chicken, bacon and brie deli sandwich on brown rustic bread with salad and homemade coleslaw. A short wait and the food arrives. My salad definitely looks the part and is brought to the table with a smile by owner, 25-year-old Frances Barkworth.


Café review Katia Harston at Arthouse Café and Deli, Penistone It comes with plenty of broken, soft goat’s cheese served on a bed of mixed leaves, caramelised beetroot and red onion, crusty white rustic bread and a separate balsamic dressing. I try the bread first and get excited. It is crusty and soft inside and reminds me of the sort you get on holiday where it is baked fresh everyday. There is just the right amount of salad, any more and I would have

struggled to finish my plate. The whole caramelised red onions are a neat touch to the dish, the sweet yet tart flavour cuts through the salty creaminess of the cheese with ease. I have never had warm beetroot served with goat’s cheese before but the splash of inky pink brightens up the dish and the earthy taste works very well. Ania savoured the deli sandwich the meat was lean, the chicken moist and the bacon thick with lots of flavour. Although it could have done with a chutney or a red onion marmalade to give it a little kick. We follow the salad and sandwich up with two cappuccinos, a homemade coffee cake for Ania and a slab of raspberry cheesecake for me. They finish off lunch perfectly and we leave feeling content and full, rather than stuffed and heavy. However, the best bit about Arthouse is you don't have to sit in to enjoy the food. It does take-out too. Yes, even the sweet stuff. ArtHouse Cafe, Deli and Gallery, 3a Church Street, Penistone, S36 6AR.

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Roger Underwood’s passion for wildlife photography has taken him all over the world and yielded some memorable images, as Robert Cockroft reports


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Lensman: A golden sunbird takes nectar in South Africa. Left, a spotted eagle owl. Previous page: black oyster catchers.

Shoot to thrill


oger Underwood makes a genial and instructive sailing companion. He’s often the first to note a movement in the water. The voice is soft but urgent. “Look, over there, porpoises,” he says, as our boat cuts through a Danish fjord. “Over there, a kittiwake,” he says, when most of us see only a speck bobbing on the surface. When the sea starts to boil in a silvery mass off the Greek island of Skiathos, he reaches for his fishing line. The arrival of a squadron of sea birds confirm a shoal of sardine, which he hauls aboard with impressive speed. Even ashore, he has a knack for seeking out the spectacular. Disembarking on a small Scottish island near Mull, he climbs a hill to be rewarded by the majestic arrival of a golden eagle.


But it was on a river 20 or so years ago that his transformation from fisherman to wildlife photographer began. He was taking a sandwich break when a kingfisher alighted on his fishing rod. “It was an important moment," he says, “one of the most important in my life. I thought, if only I had a camera now…” No subsequent trip would ever go ahead without one and gradually the photography overtook the fishing. A simple digital unit was joined by a more sophisticated Canon EOS 60D and a variety of lenses. “They are the most important thing.

I tend to use a Canon 100-400 1:5.6 lens. The cameras are expendable but the lenses can last a lifetime.” Roger’s love of wildlife was nurtured as a child in Huddersfield by a family with a keen interest in the outdoors. At Christmas the stocking would usually contain a wildlife book and birthdays brought something similar. Holidays were often spent camping and he quickly grew to appreciate the riches of the natural environment. “It was the archetypal 1950s, my childhood was outdoors having fun. People these days don’t do that. They are not aware of the natural environment. It’s sad,” he says.

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In focus: Roger Underwood, above, with clockwise, an otter, a kingfisher, lovebirds in Namibia, a red stag deer in Scotland and a Namibian kestrel.

The boyhood fun included learning to fish but that was only part of the story. “I remember one day being stood in the middle of the River Wharfe at dawn with the sun coming up and seeing a dipper and a kingfisher. Without a rod, I would not have been there. A rod is an excuse for looking mad.” The family holidays also encouraged in him a love for Scotland and an enduring fascination for its wildlife. Hours have been spent stalking otters, deer, eagles and whales and committing them to film. “Reels and reels would be shot in the early days when I used celluloid, without knowing whether I had got the picture I wanted. But digital made things easier,” he says. “Otters are not too difficult to photograph: you need patience, flat water and wind that is coming towards you.”

The immediate pleasure he says comes in the adrenalin rush of finding a desired animal or bird in its habitat. He has a particular fondness for small, pretty birds but he says there is a buzz and drama in finding birds of prey. “It’s exciting and of course when you capture the image you have that moment forever.” The eagles of the Garvellach islands off Mull, he recalls, were one of the outstanding experiences. Having walked to the cliff top, he was rewarded by the sight of animal carcasses. “I knew an eagle had been feeding.

Then without noise, this bloody great bird rose up the cliff and faced me with its big beak and beady eyes. It was awe-inspiring. Moments like that you never forget. I got my camera out and managed some shots of it as it flew over the sea.” By day, Roger is not, as might be imagined, a country ranger but a director of Huddersfield insurance brokers Eastwood and Partners. Away from his desk, he still finds inexhaustible pleasure in shooting, fishing, fell walking, tennis, running, cycling and sailing. And the camera is never far away.


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Home-grown tomatoes are at their best, adding a unique zest to cooking. But, as Toby Reece suggests, many stores now offer new, full-flavoured varieties





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Seeds of improvement


he orthodoxy used to run like this: only home-grown tomatoes are worth cooking and eating. Supermarket varieties, grown for uniformity of appearance, are invariably mealy and bland. That may have been true even 10 years ago, but no longer. The tomatoes on my vines will doubtless taste fresh and sweet this year – and those of my neighbour, fresher and sweeter. Tomatoes are a religion to him. But in the past year I have been impressed by the quality of some varieties appearing in large stores. Marks and Spencer, for example,


launched a new variety to coincide with British Tomato Week. Super Sweetini was developed by grower Bernard Sparkes to have one of the highest levels of glutamic acid – or umami – which gives the variety its flavour. Imported varieties from Spain and the Canary Islands can still disappoint during winter, but there has been a stellar rise in the quality of British tomatoes on sale. Cherry tomatoes, such as Gardeners Delight can be costly but their tangy sweetness and explosive flavour makes them ideal candidates for cooking. So here are a few simple recipes to

exploit this abundance.

Pasta sauce 20 cherry tomatoes, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 medium onion chopped, 2 cloves of crushed garlic, 1 glass of red wine, handful of fresh basil, salt and pepper. Skin the tomatoes by pouring boiling water over them and leaving them for a minute before removing the skins. Reserve six tomatoes for later and roughly chop the rest. Heat the oil in a thick-bottom pan, add the onion and garlic and let them gently sweat for 20 minutes, until soft.




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Add the chopped tomatoes with half the basil, torn in pieces and the wine. Add salt and freshly milled black pepper. Then, stirring from time to time, let the tomatoes simmer without a lid, for about an hour until almost all the liquid has evaporated and the tomatoes are of a thick consistency. Now chop the reserved fresh tomatoes and stir them in with the rest of the torn basil leaves, and serve on pasta with shavings of Parmesan.

Baked tomatoes These go well with fish and here’s a trouble-free way to prepare them. Fill

a small Le Creuset dish, or similar, with whole cherry tomatoes. Place slivers of garlic between them and pour over plenty of good olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and bake very slowly at about 120C for two hours.

Fresh tomato soup Red peppers add vibrancy to this perennial. You will need: 4 large red peppers, 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled, 4 tbsp olive oil, 1 large onion, peeled and chopped, 20 cherry tomatoes, 750ml vegetable stock, 1tsp sugar and a handful of fresh basil leaves.

Preheat the oven to 200°C, place the peppers and garlic on a baking tray, sprinkle with a little olive oil and roast for 20 minutes until the pepper skins are blistered. Place them in a plastic bag. When cool the skins peel easily. Chop the flesh. Heat 1tbsp of olive oil in a pan and sweat the onion for 20 minutes until soft. Chop the tomatoes and add to the pan with the peppers, stock, sugar and a few basil leaves. Squeeze the soft garlic from the cloves and add to the pan. Simmer for 30 minutes. Allow the liquid to cool, then whizz the soup in a food processor, strain, then reheat adding a little cream or a swirl of olive oil.


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Mark D’Apice previews the latest versions of Mazda’s ever-popular MX-5.

A classic: The Mazda MX-5.

New variations


azda has had a busy few months. As well as taking the wraps off its new small SUV it has launched an entire racing series based around its ever-popular roadster, the MX-5. To celebrate the success of this new venture, Mazda has just announced details of a pair of special editions to commemorate this based on the MX-5 and Mazda2. Named the MX-5 Black, the limited edition car is based on the standard 158bhp two-litre, folding hardtop roadster which is then embellished with 17” Gun Metal Grey finish alloy wheels, a bespoke leather interior, de-chromed exterior and a numbered plate that tells you which of the 500 variants you are the proud owner of. The amazing handling and pure sense of driving pleasure of the third-generation MX-5 will of course be retained as Mazda has not tweaked any of the underpinnings of the car for this edition, and why would you when you have something that is virtually perfect in the first place. Priced from £22,995, the Black edition will be available in Red, White and - for the first time on an MX-5 - Metallic


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This Kia finds the right blend of style and practicality says Mark D’Apice.

Stylish yet understated: The Kia Cee’d SW.

Super cee’d


ven though the rise of the MPV has resulted in a drastic decline in the sales figures of estates, manufacturers still recognise that some buyers of their standard hatchback range appreciate a bit more room in the back for the dogs or for the run to the tip. Another reason is that the floorpan is the most expensive part of a new car to develop so it does not really cost that much more to tag an estate onto a new car range. I could waste a few column inches telling you all about how the cee’d has been instrumental in developing the Kia image in the UK but I am sure you will have either already read that or worked it out for yourself. Within certain car ranges, style seems to have overtaken practicality as low roof lines and tapered shoulder lines impact on the actual load area and the boot lid. No such problems with the cee’d SW although the rear windscreen does curve around to give the car an overall bubble look, the load space is deep enough to compensate. It’s hard to find fault with the interior of the cee’d. Itsuits the car in that it is stylish yet understated with some nice piano black finishes used discreetly.


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Glen Hewitt Pennine plumbing heating and gas SERVICES FOR HOMEOWNERS AND LANDLORDS including landlords’ certificates Plumbing • Heating • Gas • Powerflush 35 YEARS EXPERIENCE Contact Glen Hewitt 07836 Tel/fax messages 01226

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Visit our Showroom at: 122 DONCASTER ROAD, BARNSLEY S70 1TP. Part of Low Cost Motors. Open: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm.

We specialise in design, supply and fitting of high quality windows, doors, conservatories, soffits, fascias and canopies. Finished in white, mahogany, golden oak, cream and rosewood uPVC.

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FITTED BEDROOM SPECIALISTS WINDOW & DOOR REPAIRS Replacement sealed units, locks, handles, letter boxes, gutters and conservatory roofs

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PHONE 0500 123435


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OPEN THROUGHOUT THE BANK HOLIDAY Bookings now being taken for Christmas

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Wakefield Council Wedding Venues The perfect setting for your perfect day

Autumn Wedding Fayres Your chance to view these stunning venues and meet with local exhibitors who will provide you with everything you need for the perfect wedding. FREE ENTRY • Refreshments Available

CABARET NIGHT Every Thursday

Notton’s answer to Wakefield Theatre Club

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Wakefield Town Hall

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NTTA Quality Secured Towbar & Trailer Centre Fast and Friendly Service at the Right Price!

• Car and commercial towbars professionally installed at our purpose built premises • Trailer sales/hire/spares and accessories • Trailer and caravan security products

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PAUL NIZINSKYJ It was Christmas. It was snowing. There were mince pies and hot chocolates served on the train. And I was now old enough to stick my head out of the window. My inner child was positively bouncing off my flabby adult walls.


was as happy as a child. There I was, wind blowing through my hair, snowflakes landing on my face, mouth wide with joy, recording the lot on my iPhone. About a year and a half ago I was reliving a cherished childhood memory of travelling on a jet black steam train along the Worth Valley Railway from my home town of Keighley to the primeval dales of Oxenhope. The last time I did so, I can't have been any older than seven, having moved to Barnsley early in 1993. Interestingly, unlike everything else in my memory from that time – my old street, a ‘world's biggest stirrer’ novelty spoon in my parents’ kitchen – the train didn't look any smaller than it used to. And, as the shiny behemoth chugged onto the 1940s-look platform, it was greeted with the same awe-filled excitement as from that small child 15 years earlier. In fact, this time it was better. It was Christmas. It was snowing. There were mince pies and hot chocolates served on the train. And I was now old enough to stick my head out of the window. My inner child was positively bouncing off my flabby adult walls. Even the rather slow speed of the train, which a friend grumbled was ‘all because of Brussels’, could not dampen my spirits, which were raised still further by the sight of the vast, snow-capped hills around us as we chugged further into the heart of God’s Own Country. The whole experience got me in nostalgic mood,


not only for my childhood, but for an earlier age in which these beautiful machines were the undisputed masters of public transport. The fact the Worth Valley Railway is such a popular tourist attraction and is so well-stocked with cheery and helpful volunteers (certainly a refreshing break from your average conductor) illustrates a major dichotomy of the modern age how to continually make things cheaper, more functional and widely available, but not look rubbish. Like the Romans’ pathos for the dying Gaul, we lament the passing of these steely warriors (especially when sat on one of Northern's grubby bus-seat carriages) while knowing full well why they had to go – electric and diesel trains are faster, more environmentally friendly and, of course, a whole lot cheaper. Yet we continue to teach our children that trains go ‘choo choo’ (which I have always thought must be confusing) and no-one really wants to make a kids’ TV show about the Leeds-Huddersfield diesel line, do they? A similar crisis befell Penistone in the run-up to the Tesco opening there last year – the large supermarket was never going to be in keeping with the aesthetics and character of the rural town but who can now complain about the convenience, not to mention the savings, it has brought with it? But perhaps the greatest magic of Worth Valley is that, with your head stuck out of the window like an idiot, such concerns are the very last thing on your mind.

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01226 720810 Stonecroft, Halifax Road,Wortley

Guide Price £379,950

Situated in the centre of this highly desirable and much sought after rural village where properties are rarely offered for sale is this deceptively spacious five bedroom stone built detached home which provides flexible accommodation over two floors including two shower rooms and a bathroom. Enjoying a good sized lawned garden, further private patio garden driveway providing off road parking and integral garage.The village of Wortley enjoys its own amenities and provides excellent commuter links to several commercial centres. Presented to the market with vacant possession and briefly comprising Entrance lobby, reception hall, study, living room, dining room, breakfast kitchen, utility room, conservatory, master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite bathroom, two ground floor bedrooms and contemporary shower room, first floor landing, two further bedrooms and shower room.

The Old Mistal, New Lodge Farm Court, Cubley


Occupying a desirable position at the head of this picturesque courtyard is this superb two bedroom character home which provides beautifully presented, spacious and light accommodation throughout with a stylish interior finish. Boasting an enviable plot with far reaching panoramic views over open countryside immediately to the rear from the well proportioned enclosed garden and enjoying a wealth of charm and character with many original and sympathetically upgraded features including beamed and vaulted ceilings as well as modern luxuries including an en-suite to the master bedroom and double garage. Located in this sought after location surrounded by open countryside whilst being within close proximity of many amenities in nearby Penistone Town Centre as well as being well situated for commuting to several commercial centres.

Pilley Green,Tankersley


Occupying a desirable position set back from the road in this much sought after village location is this beautifully presented three bedroom stone built detached bungalow with has been extended to provide a Master Bedroom with En-suite Shower Room and spacious Edwardian style conservatory and boasts quality fittings throughout including the breakfast kitchen and recently upgraded family bathroom.This unique home enjoys a large plot resulting in a generously proportioned and level rear garden which is fully and privately enclosed, driveway and double sized garage. Located in this desirable village and whilst being within close proximity of open countryside, provides excellent commuter links with convenient access provided to the M1 Motorway network at Junction 36. The accommodation comprises Entrance vestibule, hallway, living room, conservatory, breakfast kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite shower room, two further bedrooms and family bathroom.

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The perfect location for both the ceremony and the reception

Surrounded by picturesque countryside, Jason Neilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 315 Bar and Restaurant provides an elegant and tranquil setting for the perfect wedding day. Exclusive wedding event Sunday 18th September 11.00am - 3.00pm To make a table reservation or to book a function at 315 Bar & Restaurant call 01484 602 613 315 Wakefield Road, Lepton, Huddersfield HD8 0LX info@

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