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Ideas for inspiring people in Yorkshire
FEBRUARY 2012 Issue Sixty One
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Valentine’s Dinner 10th & 14th February Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic getaway? And treat your loved one to a night at Wortley Hall. Candlelit four course dinner. Book early to avoid disappointment. A non-refundable deposit of £10.00 per person is required at the time of booking. Discounted rate accommodation is available for guests attending the Valentine’s dinner, including full English Breakfast. Full payment for B&B required at the time of booking in order to receive discounted rate. Arrive to: Bubbly & Chocolates in your bedroom £25.00 Champagne & Chocolates in your bedroom £40.00 £29.95 per person
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Mother’s Day Carvery 18th March Why not celebrate Mother’s Day with a three course carvery at Wortley Hall? Each mother also receives a gift. Bookings taken between 12 noon and 2.30pm. Book early to avoid disappointment. £14.95 per person
Wine Tasting Dinner 2nd March Arrive 7.00pm for meal at 7.30pm Wortley Hall is teaming up with our wine merchant, Le Bon Vin, to bring you a fantastic night of French food and wine. At the start of each course a detailed description will be given to help you appreciate the subtle nuances of the grapes and flavours of each wine. Three course meal. Includes glass of wine with each course. £10.00 per person deposit required at the time of booking. B&B available at £30.00 per person when attending the wine tasting dinner. £29.95 per person
6 FOOD Chef on a bike: Dave pedals his delicious produce
PROPERTY Restoration: A property that is beaming full of style
17 TRENDS Changing rooms: Styles in 2012 to totally transform your rooms
FURNISHINGS Dotty designs: The latest carpet designs that are spot on
30 ROMANCE Valentine gifts: Check out our gift ideas for Valentineâ€™s Day
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WELCOME TO MOSAIC
After weeks of unexpected mildness, proper winter weather has finally decided to appear. As I write frost covers the hillsides which are sparkling in the winter haze. It’s difficult to think of a time of year when the Pennine landscape looks better. At Mosaic we like to make the most of these opportunites so we take a walk in Langsett. And on a cold day who could resist pie and peas and a pint? Elsewhere we learn how to make the perfect pot of marmalade and consider the virtues of a proper Barnsley chop - and why it should impress royalty. We pick the best of the new season’s suits and menswear and review the trends that will shape interior design this year. And with a musical ear we visit Penistone to find out why organs bring in the crowds and Silkstone to meet a veteran performer still penning new material. Our towns and villages are as brimming with life as ever. Enjoy them.
PRESERVES Lady Marmalade: Jacqui creates some citrus gems in her kitchen
Adam Civico, assistant editor
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE DESIGN IDEAS Wallpaper hangs in there
ORGAN MUSIC Fans drawn to Penistone
WALKING A favourite jaunt
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IN SPOTLIGHT Dave Burland interview
FASHION Smart suits: A look at what’s available to create a new wardrobe
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MOTORING With Mike Cotton
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Dave Foster believes you donâ€™t always need dough to get bread. Kate Pickles meets the Chef on a Bike to hear how heâ€™s wheeling in the customers.
Bread and butter: Dave Foster is a baker on the move.
Pedaling his wares
f you give Dave Foster eggs, he’ll gladly give you his bread. Bartering is one of his key philosophies when it comes to his bread-making business and life in general. “I’m quite evangelical in what I want to do,” he says. “I’m keen on sustainable living, I’m a keen cyclist and I’m also keen on baking. “I thought how can bring these
things together and that’s how I came up with Chef on a Bike.” Dave, 59, started the business in June following 30 years working in education teaching English, the media and film studies. Funding cuts took their toll so he decided to leave in favour of pursuing an old dream. He now bakes fresh loaves, ranging from seeded wholemeal to the
Stocksbridge stick, up to five days a week at his home in Deepcar. “The reaction from people has been pretty good. I’m a member of Penistone footpath runners club and they were my initial market. I tried it out with friends and colleagues in running and cycling and they have all been very keen. “I have built up a base of 50 to 60 regular customers and have started
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Home baked: Dave delivers his bread to Andrew Burgin.
doing farmers’ markets as well. “About 60 per cent of my deliveries are done by bike in the warmer weather. “The farthest I’m going is Thurlstone at the moment. The Huntsman pub provides me with beer which I use to soak grains for the whole-wheat loaf and I provide them with bread. “Bartering plays a large part in what I do. I get other supplies like honey and in return they get bread. Another person might buy their bread with eggs if they have hens or ducks. “They might offer to pay but I prefer to get the eggs. That’s what I want to promote rather than money.” Dave says he has always enjoyed cooking and kept it up as a hobby while working. His catering roots go back to his preuniversity days when he worked as a chef in top hotels and restaurants. “I have always catered and always
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‘Bartering plays a large part in what I do. I get other supplies like honey and in return they get bread. Another person might buy their bread with eggs if they have hens or ducks’
baked bread in particular. “I worked as a chef in one of the best restaurants in Europe in Guernsey and did ambassadorial dinners. “In one restaurant I cooked for Lennon and McCartney. I can’t remember what they had, all I can remember is everyone trying to peer through the glass door to see them. I couldn’t see them but saw Lennon’s
long-wheelbase Mercedes Benz parked outside.” Poor wages meant he gave up the profession but now Dave is happy to be back in the kitchen. “I don’t want a big business, I just want to promote good bread and bring back using natural ingredients as opposed to the proverbial cut loaves. “I’m a supporter of the real bread campaign and want a return to natural bread using natural yeast cultures and organic or local flours. “I intend to go to local schools and do bread-making courses to teach kids how to make bread themselves. It doesn’t take as long as people might think and it’s not hard. “There’s nothing difficult or unique about what I’m doing, anyone can make good bread.” www.chefonabike.com
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Heart and soul has been poured into the restoration of one of Leptonâ€™s oldest properties. Rachel Parry went to view the results.
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Beaming with style
eated in an elevated position off Rowley Lane it’s not hard to see how Woodsome View Cottage came by its name. Breathtaking views stretch out towards Woodsome Valley and adjoining farmland where owner Rachel Grimes first stumbled upon the historic property. Thought to date back some 600 years, the building once served as a pub – The White Lion – where weary travellers would tie up their horses and carts and head indoors for a well earned rest. When Rachel discovered the property in 2002 it was a family home and though its structure had deteriorated somewhat its historic
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charm had not. “We used to live in the area but I had never noticed the house,” recalls Rachel. “We were looking to return when I spotted it from the public footpath – I would have missed it from the road. “There was something about the property that I really liked and we were fortunate enough to get it, but we didn’t realise just how much work it required.” Not dissimilar to a dramatic scene from Grand Designs, Rachel and her husband Nigel were faced with the epic task of practically rebuilding Woodsome View Cottage brick by brick to ensure the property was structurally sound.
“The more we chopped into it, the more work we realised needed doing,” said Nigel. “In the end all the walls apart from one, in the living room, had to come down and be rebuilt. “Upstairs the beams are all original but we had to take the first floor out and put it back in using reclaimed oak beams for support. There is no steel in the house so every single beam is doing a job, they aren’t just for show.” The couple spent two years on structural work, which included moving the driveway, centralising the entrance, taking down a single-storey extension to make the property detached and adding a two-storey
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Rooms with a view: The kitchen at Woodsome View Cottage, left, the living room, far left, and above, one of the bathrooms, a Cornwall stove and bedroom.
extension to the rear. After moving in, further time and money was spent carefully sourcing high quality materials, furnishings and fittings to ensure Woodsome View Cottage remained in keeping with its past. Reclaimed stone, bricks, beams, radiators, stoves and fireplaces all help to tell the tale and make restoration a success. On the ground floor each room has unique features to set it apart from others; a bespoke joiner-made wide spindled staircase with turned handrail takes centre stage in the entrance hall while a superb fireplace reclaimed from the Thornhall Parish Church, designed in 1850, forms the focal point in the lounge.
A stunning Diane Berry kitchen sits alongside 300-year-old reclaimed bricks in the dining kitchen and a Cornwall stove from 1932, which is still used today, sits proud in the atmospheric dining room. Even the downstairs bathroom features a high level cistern toilet and a period style radiator. Meanwhile, two of the four bedrooms boast high angled ceilings which showcase the central beams and truss. Having only completed the interior in 2010, the outbuildings – a coach house and piggery – remain untouched, providing potential for the property’s next owners to make their mark.
“This is our first property project and although it was a lot to take on it wouldn’t put me off doing another one,” says Nigel. “What I would say is that it’s a very steep learning curve, you quickly learn where to go, who to speak to and how to deal with people. “We did not restore the house to sell, but built it for us as a family to live in. “We have deep connections with the property and everything in it is a little piece of history. We put our hearts and souls into it.” Woodsome View Cottage is on the market with Simon Blyth for offers around £850,000.
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Creating fashionable rooms is all about styling according to interior consultants Karen Sykes and Claire Mallinson. Rachel Parry quizzes the design duo on home trends.
Daring feature walls: Stone skin cladding and Oriental Bassalt strips from Devon Stone.
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Tropical brights: Wallpaper and fabrics from Harlequin’s new Folia collection with Scandinavian influences.
eon brights, warm chunky woods and luxurious fabrics are some of the buzz words when discussing top interior trends for the year ahead. Both Karen Sykes, owner of CR Interiors, Mirfield, and colleague, Claire Mallinson, agree that many home owners are choosing to stay put and ‘do up’ current properties, rather than move on. This in turn has seen an increase in the amount of people updating rooms, in a bid to avoid boredom and remain on trend. “People are having a lot of fun with interiors and appear to be changing the look of rooms more often,” says Karen. “The use of an accent colour within interiors is perfect for those who tire
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of rooms easily and it’s simple to achieve. “Basically decorate a room in natural base shades, then introduce one bold shade such as aubergine, lime green, red or yellow. “The general rule is that three accessories should be placed in the room in the accent colour. “Creating the right look in any room is all about styling — so in this case, a lamp shade, scatter cushions and a vase would give the accent punctuation. “The look can be easily updated, without great expense, by simply picking a fresh accent colour and adding new accessories.” For those wanting a complete change Karen says there is still longevity in the feature wall, though
homeowners are becoming more adventurous with their choices. “Rather than wallpaper or paint, some are using stone skin and stone strips to create feature walls with depth and texture,” says Karen. “We are also starting to see wallpaper going up on all four walls rather than just the one. “That said prints are more subtle — metallics patterns that just show in certain lights are a popular choice.” Karen and Claire have identified four key trends for 2012:
Opulence “People want an opulent look in the home at the moment rather than minimalist,” says Claire. “This trend is all about using
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Rise of retro: Tan, mocha and deep space blue paint from Little Greene.
Ice-cream delight: Pastel paints from Little Greene’s Retrospective range.
expensive looking fabrics such as silks, velvet, organza and faux fur — it doesn’t have to cost the earth but the overall look must be luxurious. “Use natural shades for the base colours of the room like pebble tones, greys, whites and beige. “Metallics can also be used and if you wish to add an accent colour pick a decadent shade like aubergine.”
Tropical Brights “Neon colours such as limes, lemons, blues and orange make up this look,” says Karen. “It has a retro feel to it which I think will appeal more to younger homeowners who will see it as up-and-coming where as the older generation will say it’s dated and reminds them of their parents’ or
Luxurious living: Fine fabrics from Harlequin’s Cassini collection.
grandparents’ houses. “Retro prints will return in wallpapers and wall art with abstract and Andy Warhol influences, including graphic shapes, pop art and funky designs. Older furniture will also make a come back.”
Scandinavian Chic “This trend has been popular this autumn and winter but I see it going right through to next winter,” says Claire. “Chunky woods and tactile, cosy fabrics that add warmth are key. Think felt, wools, knits and tartans. Red makes a great accent colour.”
Ice-cream Colours “A big trend for spring and summer
this look is fun and playful in pastel shades,” says Karen. “There are lots of home accessories in these colours starting to appear such as leather covered digital radios and cool kitchen appliances. “This colour palette will also fit in well with the ongoing vintage chic look, which includes Cath Kidstonstyle floral prints, shabby chic furniture and fabrics in spots and stripes. Mixing old with new works well here too.” CR Interiors on Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, creates interior designs for a single room or an entire house using fabrics, blinds, poles and feature wallpapers from brands such as Harlequin, Little Greene, Designers Guild and Osbourne and Little. www.cr-interiors.co.uk
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Does your decor need a saucer of inspiration? Pendant lighting may strike a cord.
Lights you can really pore over
ighting is an important element when it comes to giving a room extra flair. Serving more than a practical purpose, most homeowners pick standout lighting to provoke conversation rather than designs that simply fit in with the decor. Areas for entertaining such as the kitchen, dining room, games room or even bar are the best places to show off lively lighting. Pendant lighting – single fittings from which a collection of individual lights hang – are particularly popular in such areas of the home. Often used to illuminated bar or kitchen surfaces or hang above dining and games tables, pendants can either stand alone or repeat in a line for a
Lit up: Wine glasses, pint pots and cups and saucers are popular pendant arrangements, and the wine glass chandalier, top left, provides a practical touch too.
more striking effect. An array of sizes, shapes and styles are on offer to fit in with any room’s personality – elaborate, plush, sophisticated or playful. Those interested in the latter will be taken by
quirky designs at interior specialist’s Dwell. Glassware and crockery pendants are among the most witty. Streamlined designs include gleaming wine glasses, pint pots, cups and saucers, all suspended by cords at differing heights. Meanwhile Dwell’s wine glass chandelier provides the perfect talking point for dinner parties. Consisting of 31 wine removable glasses the fancy fitting is both stylish and practical – providing extra glasses for those unexpected guests. www.dwell.co.uk
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Roll back the years
n the interior world what goes around comes around – this season sees the revival of spirited wallpaper designs from the 1960s and 70s. On the back of its successful ‘Retrospectives’ paint collection, made up of iconic shades from the 60s and 70s, interior specialists Little Greene is further embracing the 20th century design revival, with the launch of ‘Retrospective Papers’ – a highly evocative collection of authentic wallpaper designs from the same era. According to those behind the collection the papers are derived from a number of historical sources, including the extensive archive at Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery. The Retrospective Papers are described as bold, brave and strong, yet nonetheless remarkably adaptable for use in today’s interiors. The collection comprises eight vivid designs in 37 colours which vary in style, finish and print technique – from the Warhol-inspired screen print ‘Fern’ to the incredibly retro ‘Starflower’. Colour options vary from zingy limes, zesty yellows and vibrant oranges to sultry browns and moody charcoals, offering something to suit a range of tastes, styles and interiors. Upon studying the daring collection, it’s fair to say Little Greene has succeeded in its quest to breathe fresh life into prominent patterns that had otherwise been neglected. www.littlegreene.com
Retro: Wallpapers from Little Greene – Starflower and, above left, Poppyflower.
Bold choice: Fern, above, and Bark, left.
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Fun flooring: Dotty above and Fling, right, both from Alternative Flooring’s ‘quirky’ collection.
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odern, hard flooring can be a little too cool at this time of year, making the classic rug a welcome addition. Hotting up homes in more ways than one, rugs can inject both comfort and style when chosen with care. The new ‘Quirky’ collection from Alternative Flooring provides perfect choices for those with minimal interiors who seek bursts of character, colour and pattern. The eclectic range is made up of
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graphically witty designs that have been inspired by true British style. Oversized dots, animal prints, geometric patterns and brave tartans form part of the kooky collection which includes runner, rugs and even wall to wall carpet options. Manufactured using traditional methods, Alternative Flooring has taken something old and given it a new, modern twist with the use of upbeat, chic designs that can stand alone or be arranged side by side for a mixed up style.
Commenting on the collection marketing manager Lorna Haigh said: “This is the first time that we have celebrated so much colour and pattern. The designs take inspiration from the emerging trends and make an individual style statement.” Quirky designs include Dotty, Fling, Tess and Skinny which are available in both punchy or peaceful colour palettes. www.alternativeflooring.com
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The concept of love enters the national. psyche at this time of year. But Valentine’s. Day is lovelier if you buy the right present.. Lynsey Bradford considers the pitfalls of. shopping for love and has compiled a list. of gifts to be adored..
SPICE THING UP: ‘Purple velvet’ underwear from Pleasure State Couture and, left, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania heels.
Love is a gift...
FOR HER: Perfume – In its unique, star shaped bottle Angel by Thierry Mugler is a perfume that surely cannot fail. With notes of chocolate, caramel and vanilla, Mugler wanted to make a perfume that could have a ‘common resonance for everyone, something so close to tenderness, to childhood’. Pay: £54.99. Flowers – Bouquets are the traditional way of saying, ‘I love you’, but why not send your loved one something
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unique this Valentine’s Day? As well as traditional red roses, Nina Fletcher, of Hacketts, will create a vibrant tropical design in unusual flowers and bright colours. From £25. www.hackettsflorist.co.uk Lingerie – Red is the traditional colour for Valentine’s Day, but spice things up with purple and teal, says Jan Firth, of Oo La La boutique. Underwear sets, baby dolls and chemises can still be elegant and sexy in more vibrant colours, though red and black remain popular. www.oo-la-la.com
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FOR HIM: Motor racing – There are a number of driving experiences available at Silverstone. The single seater thrill is designed to show what it’s like to drive a race car around the Stowe circuit – used by the top F1 teams. From £50pp to £180pp, this is sure to put a smile on his face. www.silverstone.co.uk Scent – L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake: masculine and sweet, this scent is perfect for the modern
man. With its blend of citrus, precious woods and spices it is pure and energising. Available from about £37.99.
FOR COUPLES: Shopping – The Gallery in Barnsley offers a range of belts and wallets for men by Dolce and Gabbana. Wallets £125, belts £95. And the Vivienne Westwood Anglomania heels will get men in their partner’s good books. Available in different styles, they can be teamed
with a mid-length skirt for supreme girlish glamour. Available from £110£120. www.gallerymenswear.com Photography sessions – Capture your love on camera with a romantic photography session. At Picture Proud in Elsecar, £95 buys up to 25 minutes studio time, where you and your loved one would be photographed up to 80 times. Director Lyndsay Brown says there are many who would appreciate this gift. www.picture-proud.co.uk
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Music fans travel hundreds of miles to Penistone to hear music played on the townâ€™s two cinema organs. Adam Civico finds out what draws them in.
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Out of bounds: Underground parts of the Compton cinema organ and organist Kevin Grunill,right.
A sound to behold
he ancient market town of Penistone is the unlikely centre for a musical genre that revels in nostalgia. Cinema organ concerts are regularly hosted there attracting hundreds of fans, some of whom travel hundreds of miles. It seems bizarre to a modern mind that people would be so committed to make that effort to listen to music from a bygone era. But organist Kevin Grunill, 39, reckons he understands the draw of the concerts. He’s a member of the Penistone Cinema Organ Trust which started concerts on the restored ‘Mighty Compton’ which has its home at the Paramount cinema. The trust first put on a concert – one of a series of six – in 1999. Six people attended, but week by week that grew and the sessions continue today. “In a way it’s the steam engine scenario,” he says, “They (the organs) date back to the same period, the
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golden age of steam and of cinema organ music in the late 1930s, 40s and 50s. “A lot of people who remember this are no longer with us but to a lot of people it’s a ‘new’ form of nostalgia and a glance into the past. There are pockets of enthusiasts. “But also it’s not a keyboard that you open from a suitcase and put into an amplifier. It’s a living, breathing machine. “You can feel the music.” That includes old-time classics and marching band music from the 1930s when the Compton was built. But Kevin tries to throw in a variety of tunes from the shows and even some modern pop.
“The music of the 30s, 40s and 50s works exceptionally well, while a lot of the present day chart stuff doesn’t, because it’s drum and bass. However, I have played ABBA pieces which have worked well, a bit of rock ’n’ roll and some Westlife songs.” Whatever Kevin and the guest organists play, both at the Paramount and at St Andrew’s Church, where there is an Allen digital theatre organ, it is popular. Regulars travel from Nottingham, Cheshire and Carlisle. One lady makes several trips a year from Worthing, West Sussex – a 460mile round trip. Part of the attraction is the Compton itself which is a beautiful creation, and, unusually, has four keyboards.
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Sound of the underground: The Mighty Compton, above, and the real power behind it – hidden downstairs in the cinema – pipes, horns and percussion all powered by compressed air, below.
But its real secret, its power, is in the cellar, below the stage. There’s a compressor that provides the air, which is then driven through hundreds of pipes varying from a foot in diameter, to little more than a few millimetres. It’s a shame the mechanics – the real power behind the ‘Mighty Compton’ – are hidden downstairs. As well as pipes, there are horns and a percussion set all powered by the compressed air. It’s something to behold but has to be kept out of bounds. Brian Barnsley manages the Paramount. “It’s too delicate to let people in, but it’s ingenious,” he says. And a useful asset for the cinema. As well as the monthly concerts the cinema
is preparing to screen a black and white silent version of The Phantom of the Opera. Organist Donald MacKenzie will play the accompanying music. “The organ concerts are important because it’s an audience that doesn’t normally come and is separate from the cinema audience. “We’re having a crack with Phantom of the Opera. It will be interesting to see if we get a different audience.” Or will a lady from Sussex be making the trip? The Phantom of the Opera will be screened on March 11. Weekly Thursday concerts are at St Andrew’s Church, Penistone.
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The views around Langsett reservoir are well worth the legwork. Rachel Parry took in the picturesque peaks and topped it off with pie and peas.
Moorish: Views of the trail around Langsett reservoir, with the bridge on Midhope Cliff Lane, top right.
few spare hours on a weekend always lend themselves to a country walk and the promise of a pub lunch usually results in company. The suggestion of a four-mile ramble around Langsett reservoir followed by a visit to a cosy inn was enough to persuade my family to join me for some Peak District air on a cold January afternoon. Having pulled up in the Langsett Barn car park we layered up and set out on the easy-to-follow circular walk which combines woodland tracks with stunning views across open moorland and the reservoir below. The starting point at the far end of the car park offers walkers a choice of three paths on the first leg towards the Brookhouse Bridge. We chose the third option â€“ a path that descends into woodland and along the reservoir edge as this is where the best views of the water can be found.
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Having followed the tree-lined avenue, we emerged at the top end of the reservoir where the route takes a left turn and meanders down a steep lane to Brookhouse Bridge over the Little River Don. Across the bridge there is an area of greenery, ideal for a picnic or sun bathing in warmer months but as the cold weather began to bite we quickly moved on to the next stage which was bound to raise our temperatures. Through a single gate to the left of the bridge the path swings back on itself as it climbs up to the moorland â€“ this is the most challenging part of the walk but the views at the top are worth the leg work. At the peak of the moorland there is a marker post where a left turn is required to head back down towards the water. But before doing so take a moment to admire views of the reservoir, tree tops and rolling fields beyond.
Further along the path walkers pass farm building ruins, apparently used for target shooting practice in the Second World War, before travelling down Thickwoods Lane and across a stream, where tired dogs can cool off. Along the lane and through a gate we continued to follow the water’s edge where strong winds were starting to cause disruption to its previously calm surface. Climbing a
hill through dense woodland, a flight of log-lined steps led to Joseph Lane. Back out in the open we turned left to join the main road, Midhope Cliff Lane, which crossed the dam back towards our starting point in Langsett village. The sun managed to break through the thick cloud on several occasions, illuminating the water’s surface and taking a slight chill out of the wind,
though warmth and comfort were still required. As lunchtime loomed we headed to the nearby Waggon and Horses Inn – a pub known for its pies – where a small glass of red accompanied by a home-made steak pie with thick-cut chips and mushy peas provided the perfect remedy. n Directions for this walk can be found at www.allenhudson.co.uk
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It’s Paddington Bear’s favourite sandwich-filler and has been a breakfast staple for more than 200 years. Katia Harston squeezes the pips until they squeak in her search for the perfect pot of marmalade.
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ARMALADE has been a favourite on breakfast tables for centuries. But its star is waning and supermarket sales have declined. Some believe that’s down to more people making their own. Jacqui Marsden, of Royd Lane, Millhouse Green, did so last year and is so convinced it’s better, she’s started a marmalade-making course at her 17th century hillside cottage, Gyn Race. “My main aim is to ensure everyone has a relaxing and enjoyable day cooking, but also take some of my techniques away with them to use in their own kitchen,” she says.
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The 46-year-old’s country kitchen is an organised space complete with a stunning Rayburn solid fuel oven in the corner. It’s clear serious baking and cooking happens here. I’m here for her ‘three fruits’ marmalade course, a delicious combination of grapefruit, lemons and oranges. The recipe comes from her mother-in-law who makes it the ‘proper way’. Jacqui says: “She’s a very good cook and raised three boys and was a very busy housewife. She knows every trick in the book to save time and money.” Jacqui puts a large steel pan on the cooker, and piles fruit on the table.
As she slices and dices her way through a pound of mixed citrus fruit she explains the key to good marmalade is a high pectin content. “It’s a natural gelling agent found in fruit, especially in the pips and the pith, and that’s what will make your marmalade set. “Make sure you ‘de-pip’ all the fruit and put them in a muslin bag for later.” Next the fruit — skin and all — is blitzed in the food processor until the skin is in small bits. It’s one of Jaqui’s time-saving tips. She lifts the lid and the air is filled with a punchy citrus scent before the
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fruit goes into the deep pan with two pints of water. The muslin bag packed with pips is tied to a spoon so it hangs in the mixture releasing the pectin. “The fruit needs to simmer until it is soft and you test it by rubbing the peel between thumb and finger. “It should break up easily and disappear to nothing, that’s when you know it is done and can take up to two hours.” Every drop of syrupy pectin is then
squeezed from the pips and pith before they’re discarded. She adds sugar and stirs until it all dissolves. The soupy goo is brought to a boil and stirred occasionally. To test whether it’s ready to set, a blob of marmalade is spooned onto a cold saucer. If it wrinkles it’s done. “The most difficult bit is deciding when your set is right. You’re better off under-doing it than overdoing it,” she advises. It’s a time-consuming process but
Jacqui is convinced it’s worthwhile and says she will never buy a jar of jam or marmalade from the supermarket again. “It doesn’t taste the same and everyone is capable of making marmalade. It’s just finding the time to do it. But it’s worth it to sit there in a morning and have your family eat what you have made, even when they are as critical as my lot. “That is a great feeling.” Find the time, it’s worth it.
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Proper chops: Beatson House’s Anita Gardiner.
A visit to Mosaic headquarters by the Prince of Wales got Adam Civico thinking about the Barnsley Chop. He explains why and finds out how to cook the delicacy.
t’s unusual to start a piece about food with a reference to a municipal building, but Barnsley town hall is a wonderful example of 1930s’ architecture. Constructed of Portland Stone, it was opened by His Royal Highness, Edward, Prince of Wales, in December 1933. To mark the occasion a banquet lunch was served to 75, including the Prince. The main course was Barnsley Chop. That is a proper Barnsley Chop – effectively a rack of lamb, at least three ribs weighing about 1lb 8oz. Don’t be fooled by the butterfly chops you see in some butcher shops and restaurants claiming to be a Barnsley chop. They’re not. Anita Gardiner, owner and chef at
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Beatson House restaurant in Cawthorne, explains. “My butcher Leslie Birkinshaw has been a butcher man and boy. If I tried to serve anything different from the original he would never forgive me.” He was taught butchery by Albert Hirst, a tradesman of renown who prepared the meal for HRH in 1933. He insisted a Barnsley Chop should be hung like game to improve the flavour, which was supplemented by dousing it with Drambuie. Hirst suggested dipping the chop in boiling fat to seal it before roasting. Anita’s version, uses apple and mint as a marinade and she lets the oven, rather than fat, do the cooking. She says: “It needs a long slow cook so that the meat falls off the rib.
“Marinade in mint and apple and then slow cook at about 145ºC for around an hour until the meat is starting to fall off the bone. “When roasting sit the meat on the apple so it is not on the base of the pan, that stops it scorching. Don’t serve the apple, it just makes the flavour a bit sweeter.” Anita serves it with sautéed mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and agrees with a report included in the Barnsley Civic Review, 1949, which said a Barnsley-brewed beer should be drunk with it. “With it being a Barnsley dish, a good Barnsley Ale would wash it down nicely.” Try Acorn Brewery’s, bitter, citrusscented Barnsley Gold.
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Dave Burland has had his musical fingers in many a pie, including hedgehog. He tells Adam Guest about an encounter with the Police and how things got Blurry.
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‘I just can’t walk past them, I mean I can’t have one in the room and not pick it up. They are lovely things’
A career pitched perfectly
t may come as a surprise but growing up in Silkstone as a budding guitarist and singer I have been lucky. There has always been a wealth of great musicians on my doorstep. Whether it be joining in sessions at local pubs or fumbling through chord progressions at house parties, Dave Burland has been part of that. As a nervous 16-year-old I knocked on his door wanting advice for my GCSE music project. He obliged, but Dave is much more widely known than his native Barnsley. He has played all over the world, written nine albums and made more than 50 session appearances for artists such as Mike Harding, The Albion and Nic Jones. Damon Albarn, of Blur fame, has sampled his music and folk superstar Kate Rusby cites him as an inspiration, something Dave says he is “very flattered by.” In an illustrious career he has played with numerous bands including Shagpile and Hedgehog Pie. It was with the latter that Dave had an interesting encounter while playing a few gigs in Newcastle. Once the band finished their set, Dave went to
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Inspiration: Dave Burland.
the bar and started chatting to a longhaired blond. He told Dave he was off to London to make it big. A few months later while flicking through Melody Maker he recognised the chap. His name was Gordon Sumner, or Sting as he his now known to millions of fans across the globe. It was at Holgate Grammar School when Dave picked up the guitar. He taught himself to play at 14. His love for the instrument has continued since.
“I just can’t walk past them, I mean I can’t have one in the room and not pick it up. I think they are lovely things, I think I’ve put more time into thinking about, playing and buying guitars than I have anything else,” Dave says “After I left school I went and worked in a bank but it was only for a couple of years because I was the world’s worst bank clerk,” he says. In 1961 he joined the police but he wanted pursue his passion for music.
Fine career: Dave has recorded nine albums and numerous sessions with artists such as John Leonard and Richard Thompson, above.
On stage: Dave performs with Roger Wilson and Ron Kavanagh.
In 1971 he was making his first record. Dave would go on to share university stages with The Who and Hot Chocolate. It was also in the 70s that he would share a few beers. “I am sure there were lots of highlights in the 70s, I can’t remember, I was drunk at the time,” Dave jokes. “I think it is generally great if you realise that you and the audience are completely in-sync. It is quite an
astonishing feeling. It is a very peculiar quiet in the room and it is that quiet when you know everyone is listening.” In the 1980s Dave took a different path heading into radio. He had his own folk show programme for Radio Sheffield and then moved to Radio Aire in Leeds. He has also penned some new material including an intriguing story about a Silkstone farm worker sent off to war. Dave says he was inspired by what is now the
Silverwood Scout Camp. “Apparently a lot of the Pals’ regiments used Silverwood as a transient camp when they were on their way to the Somme. I have had this idea in my head for a while,” he says. A tenth album is in consideration which he jokes will be called ‘The Last Hurrah’ or ‘Get it Before I Die’. Until then he still performs once or twice a month and makes the time to join in a session at his local – where I’ll be joining him.
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With spring around the corner, Paul Nizinskyj, looks at new collections from some of the best names in menswear.
Stylish:Thomas Pink golden trench coat in beige, Tisland check classic shirt in white and purple, Idle Wild Madras tie in purple and red.
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Sharp dressers: Hackett Mayfair wool suit in grey, left, (£600), soft collar contrast shirt in sky (£110), silk stripe bow tie in navy and white (£60), cotton pocket handkerchief in sky (£25), leather belt in black (£65). Hackett Mayfair wool suit in grey, right, (£600), silk dot handkerchief in navy (£28), Hackett Mayfair shirt in sky and white (£60), Silk stripe bow tie in red and white (£60), leather belt in red (£65).
Suited and booted
ith the party season over and the working routine back into swing, what better way to greet the new year than with a fresh wardrobe. Spring/summer collections are blooming on catwalks and coat hangers but, with the unseasonal warmth this winter, they may end up being sported sooner than anticipated. With the prospect of an Indian, rather than an English, summer ahead, Hackett has made vivid colour and khaki the order of the day in its Caribbean and Saharan-inspired
collection. A more reserved style is evident at Paul Smith and the Mainline slim fit suit — with its high and tapered waist — has an Italian flair ideal for the warmer weather. A design feature that made a steady rise in popularity throughout last year was the cutaway collar shirt, which continues to dominate many 2012 collections. The English spread, seen on Thomas Pink’s Broadway stripe shirt, is a particularly severe form of the design which, while daring, has a long pedigree and is ideally suited for those
with longer facial features. The shirt is available in blue and pink stripes which, without being garish, easily puts pay to the myth that modern male expression is confined entirely to the tie. More adventurous dressers, as ever, will be at home at Paul Smith. While the cut of the shirts is more conventional, with a small spread collar, this season’s collection includes a range of small print floral designs. In keeping with Paul Smith’s signature style, the blossom-like prints are lined with contrasting fabric — none more so than the red shirt,
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Smart gear: Thomas Pink Gecko stripe shirt in blue and orange, top left, jet tie in pink. Thomas Pink Broadway stripe slim fit shirt in pink and blue, bottom left, Depp skinny tie in pink, Berkeley belt in brown, bulldog cufflinks in silver. Thomas Pink weatherly suit in grey, above, Imperial 200s shirt in blue, daisy flower tie in pink, printed silk pocket square in pink. (No prices available).
which features a navy polka dot lining. Like much of modern English design, it is a muted deviation whose value lies is in how seldom it is seen. Dots and stripes are as popular as ever this year for ties and red and white candy-cane features in Paul Smith and Thomas Pink’s collections together with the timeless Churchillian Englishness of the navy
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polka dot. However, those seeking a more luxurious baroque style may go for the Classic Sky Blue Floral tie from Paul Smith, woven with silver silk, for a look that would contrast well with a crisp, white shirt. But increasingly popular in fashionable circles is the bow tie, whose knot, while easily intimidating, is easily mastered with practice and is
not too dissimilar to that of shoe laces. A classic shape, with quintessentially English red and blue stripes, can be seen on Thomas Pink’s Bowler Stripe bow tie while the Motel Gingham has a slimmer, more rectangular shape. And, for summer showers, the clean lines of Thomas Pink’s beige golden trench coat would be the ideal accompaniment to any wardrobe.
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● On road to success: Kia Optima.
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ver the past decade large cars from South Korea have proved as popular in the west as the political regime in its northern neighbour. While finding plenty of success with city cars, small hatchbacks and SUVs, siblings Hyundai and Kia have struggled to sell large family cars, even when they were discounted to the price of a second-hand Focus. Part of the issue has been because depreciation graphs for these cars have resembled the north face of the Eiger. But all that is poised to be challenged as Kia looks to launch its new Optima saloon. Replacing the much maligned Magentis, the Optima has been designed for the European market. Former-Audi designer Peter Schreyer was employed to make Kias more palatable to buyers, particularly in the UK. It's unsurprising, then, that the rear of the Optima resembles the Audi A4
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with its trapezoidal light clusters. At the front there is an elegant sweptback look which should appeal to the company car buyers that Kia is hoping to tempt. With the focus on business users, the range will be launched with one engine, a 134bhp 1.7-litre turbocharged diesel which, when coupled to a manual gearbox, returns 57.6mpg and emits 128g/km CO2, placing it in the 18 per cent benefit in kind band. Kia has worked hard on improving
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Powerful: Style and grace, but plenty of grunt — the Range Rover Evoque.
The drive of your life
he Range Rover Evoque is the off-roader that’s unlikely to be spotted off-road very often. But let’s not hold that against it. It’s capable off-road, but it’s probably just too pretty to be caked in mud all the time. The truth is that 4x4 vehicles are not designed for country folk any more so we might as well get used to it. What Land Rover has done here is make a Range Rover as cool as the
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BMW Mini. It’s a fashion icon, but it’s still a serious bit of car, and much greener than its big brother. The two-wheel drive coupé version, for those with no off-road intentions, emits only 129grams of carbon per Km, meaning it qualifies for free road tax in its first year. The entry-level four-wheel drive model, with a 2.2-diesel engine delivers 150bhp and plenty of torque,
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81 Grange Lane • Barnsley • S71 5QF Telephone 01226 891297 • www.boccellis.co.uk
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END OF SEASON
RELOCATION SALE AT H&H country wear MANY LINES ARE NOW REDUCED!
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If you love musicals, you’ll love The Academy Theatre – THE place for musicals… Tuesday Tuesday 7th 7th -- Saturday Saturday 11th 11th February February
ACADEMY THEATRE Tickets and information:
Monday Monday 13th 13th February February
01226 74 44 42
My Favourite Summer Friday Friday 17th 17th -- Saturday Saturday 18th 18th February February
One Night Only Wednesday Wednesday 22nd 22nd February February
The Mersey Makers
Friday Friday 24th 24th February February
A Feast Of Gilbert & Sullivan
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TRACY COLDWELL There’s something very pleasing in using sharp scissors to cut felt, or is that just me? Yes, I’m aware the things that make me giddy aren’t everyone’s idea of a good time, but then I don’t get out much.
hen I was approached and asked if I’d contribute to the Last Word column I wondered when I’d find the time. ‘Write about what you do, and how it fits in with family life, that sort of thing,’ they said. That may sound a fairly simple instruction, but it’s a task easier said than done. And it got me thinking. In fact, how I get time to do the things I do is a question I get asked on a regular basis. I think my favourite reply is: “I just do it in and among”. ‘In and among’ my hectic life, that is. It’s the theme of my life at the moment. I’ve four kids, one teenager, a five, a four and a two-yearold. As anyone with small kids knows, most things are fitted ‘in and among’. So, what do I do that takes up so much time? Well, the answer to that all depends on my whim of the moment. I crochet, like a mad woman at times, making baby blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, toys, or anything I get the urge to. I take requests too and that’s often fun. I go to town on the packaging, the blankets are boxed and wrapped with ribbons and little crochet flowers. I like how they look when I’ve finished and it gives me satisfaction to make something pleasing to the eye. At the moment my particular love is felt. There’s something very pleasing in using sharp scissors to cut felt, or is that just me? Yes, I’m aware the things that make me giddy aren’t everyone’s idea of a good time, but then I
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don’t get out much. That is difficult to fit ‘in and among’. I’ve made wreaths covered in hearts and flowers – wreaths are fab, so why keep them just for Christmas? – and padded hearts and flowers. All embellished to within an inch of their lives and placed in a box frame. In fact, I woke up recently with at least half a dozen new ideas for felt, it made me feel quite dizzy. But then that brings me back to how I’m going to get time to fit it all in. The answer is, I’m not quite sure. ‘In and among’, probably. I’ve recently bought myself a little table to go in the lounge, it’s in the bay window so from now on I’ll be known as that woman on the street who’s always sat in the window looking out. But at least things are off the settee and floor – and I’ll know what time everyone starts and finishes work. It means I can take advantage of those quiet (ha!) moments, when everyone is entertained/fed/not pinching somebody else’s toy, and get little bits of work done. Then there are always evenings, when my husband is watching football (zzzzzzzzz) and I’m grateful for something to keep me occupied that’s not ironing. As I said, ‘in and among’.
Tracy Coldwell runs Button Beautiful from her home in Penistone. buttonbeautiful.wordpress.com
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The Wortley Arms
GOOD FOOD AND A FRIENDLY WELCOME Here at The Wortley Arms we take pride in providing a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Bookings for Valentine’s Day & Mother’s Day now being taken
WEDDINGS, PRIVATE DINNERS, PARTIES AND FUNCTION ROOM AVAILABLE FOR THAT ‘SPECIAL’ OCCASION • Local Real Ales • Fine Dining and Gastro Pub meals • Private Dining • Parties catered for up to 80 people • Live music on selected nights • Wortley Arms Cook Book on sale now in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care • Private restaurant available for weddings • Seating up to 50, evening 80 • Bespoke packages tailor-made to suit your needs
Our exciting new menu and ‘specials board’ has been updated – come dine with us!
30th January – An evening with the Barnsley FC Manager, Keith Hill, 4 course dinner – £35 per head 14th February
– Valentines Day
– An evening with Chris Morgan & Lee Bullen, 4 course dinner – £35 per head
– A taste of Thai – £25 per head
– An evening with Jack Charlton – (Sold out)
The Wortley Arms & Montagu’s Restaurant Halifax Road Wortley Sheffield South Yorkshire S35 7DB Tel 0114 288 8749 Fax 0114 288 5218 Web www.wortley-arms.co.uk Join our mailing list for future events, details on website.
Published on Jan 31, 2012
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