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Ideas for inspiring people in Yorkshire

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6 IN PROFILE New duties: How Michael hatched a novel plan.

PROPERTY Home brew: Why a pub visit changed everything.


17 PROPERTY ‘Forever’ home: Couple dig deep to realise their dream.

INTERIORS Hotting up: Heater is a turn-on inside and out.


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There’s a fusion between the contemporary and the traditional in this month’s Mosaic. No where is it more evident than in Hoylandswaine village where Greg and Heather Parkin have devised an ingenious plan for extending their barn conversion. Planning officers were rigorous in their belief that the appearance of the listed building should not be affected – so the extension is going underground. Making the most of a more traditional construction method is Les Young. He is using his dry stone walling skills to build a tribute to those who lost their lives in a pit disaster in Silkstone Common. We visit a Yorkshire-based manufacturer where traditional artisan techniques are blended with an eye for modern design to craft high quality kitchens Elsewhere we take a visit to New York and discover why it’s worth the legwork of exploring the great city on foot. We catch up with chef James Riley to discuss what will be on his menu this autumn. We find out why fans of traditional music have kept a town centre club thriving. And we meet a retired detective who finally feels able to come clean about his passion – for painting and writing.

OUTDOORS Showpiece: Town event is top of the north


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ALSO IN THIS ISSUE MISSION TO REMEMBER Les uses skill to pay tribute

THE BIG APPLE Walking the High Line

HIGH NOTES Remarkable musical journey

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Retired police inspector Michael Fowler swapped running a busy CID department for altogether more peaceful pursuits. Robert Sutcliffe met him and found out how he is finding success in a completely new direction ...





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Novel idea: Michael Fowler has set up an incident-style police room in his home to help with his writing.

Michael’s shift in career


OR years tough police officer Michael Fowler had a guilty secret he dared not reveal. Working in the ultra-macho CID offices of South Yorkshire Police he feared instant ridicule and claims of being ‘soft’. His ‘crime’? Enjoying writing fiction and spending his leisure time armed with nothing more deadly than an easel and a small, delicate brush. Now the retired inspector, who left the force in 2006, finishing his career in charge of a busy CID department, is having the last laugh. His acclaimed paintings sell for hundreds of pounds and are eagerly taken up by London art galleries while his latest crime novels featuring his lead character DS Hunter Kerr are set to be published for an increasingly enthusiastic public. And with 32 years of front line and undercover policing experience both

in uniform and plain clothes, working in CID, Vice Squad and Drug Squad he never has any problems coming up with convincing plots. Indeed at his home in Swinton he has turned one of his rooms into an incident-style police room complete with whiteboard on which he 'runs' his latest criminal investigation – ie his new novel. “I run each book as though I am running a major incident, a murder inquiry, and I find it inspiring and it ensures I don't lose the plot of the story. “I keep track of my characters and suspects and dates – they are all there to hand.” And despite being retired he is the last person to put his feet up and opt for a ‘pipe and slippers’ life. His approach to his writing is as professional as when he worked for the force. 





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Brush with the law: Michael has swapped his role as a police inspector for a new life as an artist and author.

Every morning he takes his dog, Maverick, for a long walk at the back of his home where the Earl of Wentworth used to exercise his thoroughbred horses. He uses the time to flesh out plots and resolve any nagging doubts about character development. He says: “As I am walking I start thinking about the chapter I am working on then I hammer it out. The bones are there but not the flesh.” When he returns home – if his son Kyle is playing the guitar – he retires gracefully to his art studio a few minutes’ drive away, where he works solidly for several hours until 2pm or 2.30pm. At 3pm it is time to walk Maverick again and ‘resolve’ what he has written in his head. “I come back and make some quick notes for the next day. Then the next morning I begin


again and I’m nice and fresh.” Occasionally he will wake up in the night with ideas for how a story should develop. He hops out of bed and dashes into his incident room and starts writing up his thoughts. Born in 1957 he says he has always enjoyed reading, reaching back to Enid Blyton’s novels and considers himself to be ‘creative person with quite a vivid imagination’. He began writing while at primary school, trying to emulate Blyton's adventure stories. As he developed his style, he experimented with many different genres of work until he discovered the 87th Precinct novels written by Ed McBain. He devoured each and every one of his books and became hooked on writing crime. Experiences from his life as a cop

fuelled his stories and he spent much of his time off-duty honing his craft as a writer of crime. Upon retirement he began drafting the novel he had always promised himself he would write, and in 2010 his debut crime novel, Heart of the Demon, featuring Detective Sergeant Hunter Kerr – which he says is 90 per cent him – was released. Caffeine Nights Publishing has now announced the publication of a new series of his crime novels set in South Yorkshire – where he grew up and where the father-of-two lives with his wife, Liz. I Michael will be signing copies of his crime novels at Waterstone's in the Kingsgate Centre, Huddersfield, on October 20 from noon. This will be followed by a further signing on November 2 at Meadowhall, also from noon.




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Mike Bullas bought more than a couple of pints during a memorable visit to his local pub in November 1997. Rachel Parry found out more ...

Home plan brewed in pub


ike Bullas and his wife Sue had long admired Ferndale Farm in the idyllic village of Farnley Tyas before they stumbled upon the opportunity to buy the property. The owners of the charming farmhouse had converted two nearby barns into offices but from a distance Mike and Sue dreamt up plans to link the offices to the main property in order to create a spectacular five bedroom family home. “We lived nearby so were aware of the property,” says Mike. “We loved its central position in the village and 


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Unusual blend: The interior features a unique mix of traditional and contemporary designs.

liked the idea of doing a property project that we could really put our own stamp on. “We knew the owners and had let them know our interest if they ever decided to sell the property. During a drink at the local in November 1997 they offered us the opportunity to buy it.” Upon signing on the dotted line, the couple wasted no time calling in the builders to get their plans underway. At that time the farmhouse, which dates back around 400 years, consisted of a kitchen, lounge and dining room on the ground floor with two bedrooms and bathroom above.


There was separate access to the converted barns which housed offices. In order to combine the home and offices, one of the bedrooms was reduced in size to allow space for the house bathroom to be moved. An extension then provided access to the upper floor of the barn conversion which would house a further three spacious bedrooms and two en suites. Other work carried out during the transformation included rewiring and plumbing, including a new central heating system, plus the addition of several new windows. The interior was also overhauled including a new kitchen, bathroom suites and decor

throughout. Visiting Ferndale Farm it’s clear to see Mike and Sue have achieved their vision. Once through the oak entrance door the scene for the property is set. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming as natural light bounces off fresh cream walls and polished limestone flooring while original rustic beams line the ceiling above. The decor throughout follows a simple theme with plain walls allowing an abundance of original features to take centre stage including French polished beams, deep stone mullioned windows and slate sills. 

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Favourites: This fabulous kitchen and the master bedroom are the rooms Mike will miss most.

The ground floor of the original farmhouse comprises a family room, dining kitchen and separate dining room whilst in the barn conversion there is a study, utility and spacious sitting room, complete with a broad stone fireplace. The bespoke dining kitchen definitely has the wow factor, designed to fit in perfectly with the style of the house and the shape of the room. Meanwhile, upstairs there are five spacious bedrooms, three of which are en suite, plus the house bathroom with a double-ended free-standing bath. All the bedrooms benefit from high angled ceilings, showcasing beautiful beams and trusses whilst creating a great sense of space. The master bedroom is one of Mike's favourite rooms and it’s easy to see why. Beautifully appointed, the generous sized room has three character windows, one overlooking the property's rear gardens, another circular and the other being the upper most part of a former barn arch. It also boasts a stunning en suite and dressing room. Having achieved their plans for the property and enjoyed living within its walls Mike and Sue are now moving on to pastures new – just down the road. “Our children have grown up and moved out so we are ready to downsize, though because we love the area we aren't going far. “I will definitely miss the kitchen and master bedroom as they are such wonderful rooms to live in, the gardens will be missed too.” Ferndale Farm is on the market with Simon Blyth for offers around £1.6 million.


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Greg and Heather Parkin have pushed design boundaries to make a property in Hoylandswaine their ‘forever’ house. Rachel Parry discovers how.





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Big plans: The Laithe at Hoylandswaine

Going underground for ‘forever’ home S

ET back from Haigh Lane in Hoylandswaine is The Laithe, a beautiful barn conversion with original crucks, dating back over 500 years. Although stunning, the quiet property doesn’t normally command too much attention. But recently it’s been the talk of the village – because a huge hole has appeared in the ground next to the property where its garden once laid. Those who question its purpose might be a little surprised by the answer – it’s the footings of an underground extension. Concealed extensions are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners who want extra living space without


altering their property's existing appearance. For the owners of The Laithe, Greg and Heather Parkin, this type of extension has provided the perfect solution to their planning nightmares which have spanned five years and cost them time, money and heartache. “As soon as we came to look at The Laithe in 2007 I just said ‘wow’ – I knew we had to have it,” recalls Greg. “The owners of the farm next door had converted the barn which is listed. This meant they had to take the building down around the original crucks and build it back up around them, whilst maintaining its ‘long barn’ shape.” Initially, the three-bedroom property

provided ample space for the couple and their son Henry, but the arrival of their second son, Stan, meant the family soon required extra space. “We love the location and our neighbours so didn’t want to move far, any other properties we looked at just didn’t compare so we decided to stay put and extend.” The building’s listed status meant the couple ran into a catalogue of planning problems, submitting numerous proposals that were all rejected by the board who felt they distorted the property's appearance. Determined not to give up, Greg and Heather were put in touch with Hoylandswaine architect Andrew Brown who is known for his




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unconventional yet environmentally friendly designs. “Initially Andrew suggested putting a full glass extension between the house and the garage which wouldn't affect the appearance of the barn but it was rejected due to concerns of reflections in the glass. “Having exhausted all other options we discussed extending underground. Other architects had thought we were mad but Andrew was really supportive and the plans were accepted.” More than 70 wagon loads of earth were taken away during the excavation and a concrete base for the extension has been laid. Erecting the exterior walls is the next step of the build. These will be formed using big polystyrene Lego-like blocks that are fitted together and filled with concrete to ensure the build is water tight. Once complete the roof can be put in place followed by the installation of windows, doors and glass panels. Natural light will enter via a lightwell in the roof, which will sit just above ground level. Here further glazing will puncture the perimeter of the extension. Inside, wall panels of Switchable

Above: The concrete footings of the extension. And, left: one of the polystyrene blocks that will be used to build the external walls.

Smart Glass will enable light to spill into separate rooms whilst maintaining privacy. The glass features a liquid crystal polymer which changes it when an electrical current is activated, so a simple on/off switch transforms the glass from being clear to opaque. Greg points out a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system will be required to keep the extension at an even temperature. This works by drawing fresh air from the outside as well as drawing heat from the shower room to disperse throughout. The extension, which will house two bedrooms, a shower room, family room, utility and wine cellar, will be

linked to the barn via a ‘secret passageway’ under the existing staircase. There will also be a second entrance via the extension's sunken terrace which can be accessed from the garden. It’s hoped the project will be finished in time for Christmas. Heather says: “It’s been a difficult process but we would encourage anyone who wants to stay in a listed building to keep going until they get what they want.” I Mosaic magazine will revisit The Laithe in the new year to see the results.

In detail: the room plan of the extension and, above, an architect’s drawings by Andrew Brown


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Head beds: Above, clockwise, the Aberlady, the Challoch, the Camolin and the Ballina

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Commissionaire Colin Newsome has been volunteering at Penistone Show since 1999. Ed Elliot met the 78-year-old, along with other show stalwarts, among a record-breaking crowd.

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HE greatest one-day show in the north of England, was one visitor's assessment of Penistone Show as clear blue skies and warm weather attracted a bumper turnout for the 140th show. A crowd of 25,000 crammed onto the showground for the market town's showpiece, held annually on the second Saturday of September. The weather topped off the hardwork and commitment of organisers to create a successful family day out.

With 13 years’ show experience, and a previous post at the Great Yorkshire Show, crowds are something commissionaire Colin Newsome has become accustomed to. “I look forward to it every year,” he says, standing in his usual spot outside the members’ enclosure. “I did the Great Yorkshire Show for 29 years but this is the only one I do now because they look after me.” Despite attending for more than a decade, Colin, 78, of Leeds, is yet see

any of the show’s attractions as he is busy in his voluntary role making sure visitors enjoy the day. “There's twice as many in as there would've been,” he says, referring to the good weather. “I got the bug for this kind of atmosphere in July 1949. My father took me to the Great Yorkshire Show in Wakefield and I got bitten with it.” It’s easy to see why. Attractions at this year's event included a variety of live music, classic cars and camel 





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Left: Farrier Alex Collier making a horse shoe in the Farriers tent. Right: Richard Dewery taking part in the sheep shearing competition. Pictures: Brett Carr

Commissionaire Colin Newsome. Picture courtesy of Penistone Camera Club

racing, in addition to the livestock which the agricultural show is built around. “It’s a small town but a big event,” says John Wigfield owner of Cubley Hall, one of the events sponsors. “It gives heart to the community. “It’s a proper show because they haven't lost the heart of the show; the cows, the sheep, the agriculture – they’re very important.” Show president for the last three years Geoff Roberts felt the show committee got out what they put in at


this year’s event. “It’s been very good,” says Geoff. “I can't tell you how pleased I am – there’s marvellous camaraderie and it’s nice putting the show on for a small town like Penistone.” In addition to fairground rides, food stalls and trade stands, the shows is renowned for its competition classes ranging from some of the finest farm animals in the north of England to the knobbliest vegetable. Mary Adam, from Stocksbridge, is one of those attracted by the competitive aspect. She won two

firsts, two seconds and a third in the flower arranging – a category introduced three years ago. “I’m very pleased,” she says. “You’re never pleased enough, you always come to be first in all classes.” Wendy and Gordon Mcdonald, from Mossley, Greater Manchester, won champion puppy in the lurcher class with 11-month-old Fagin. “We just put them in their class and if they win they win and if they don't they don't,” says Wendy. “It’s a good day out as well, I like this area.”

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Chef James Riley has come a long way since he was a youngster baking cakes with his mum. He runs his own restaurant in the rural idyll of Hoylandswaine. Katia Harston spoke to him.


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James and Nikki in the restaurant


HEFFIELD-born chef James Riley, 30, cut his teeth in the kitchen at Baldwin's Omega, Sheffield. He spent two years at the banqueting restaurant working under head chef Stephen Roebuck. Afterwards he spent time at Carriages fine dining restaurant, also in Sheffield, where he honed his techniques before moving to Grindleford, Derbyshire, to work in a hotel kitchen. James switched Derbyshire for South Yorkshire, and shortly after he and wife Nikki took over the Rose and Crown pub, at Hoylandswaine, setting up Riley's Restaurant in the back of the pub in 2004. “We've always liked the countryside and this setting is beautiful,” he says of the quaint village pub, near Penistone, which dates back to the 1800s. It’s a far cry from James's younger years when he would spend quality time in the kitchen with his mum, baking cakes and other treats for the family to devour. His food is much more grown up and sophisticated these days, preferring to adopt a ‘simple, fresh and seasonal’ approach to his cuisine.

“I always knew from being younger that I wanted to be a chef and you definitely have more control running your own kitchen because it gives you the ability and freedom to do what you want to do.” While James likes to have staple foods on the menu, such as the ubiquitous Cannon Hall Farm steak and chips, there are dishes where he can exercise his flair for style and flavour such as a crisp confit of duck leg with bacon and mushroom fricassee and sautéed potatoes, or fillet of salmon wrapped in filo served with pesto mash and sauce vierge – all fine palate pleasers served with precision. He is quite keen on varying the menu and likes to make the most of the changing seasons, and this autumn is no different. “I do like to follow seasonal patterns with my food but because the weather’s been so sporadic this year the normal seasonal things aren’t coming out when they should do. “But you have to adapt and for me I want to get game on the menu for autumn and create some exciting dishes with partridge, duck and wild pheasant. “Game is such a heavy, dense

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James is working on exciting dishes for his autumn menus.

and complex meat but it works well with things like wild mushrooms. "We're always trying to evolve here so we will keep trying to update the menu and keep it current and see what happens." A dish favoured by chef James, which he says stands up to his 'fresh, simple and seasonal' approach is a grilled fillet of sea bass with prawn and mint risotto - and is perfect for dinner parties. "Sea bass is definitely a favourite, and is a good, sustainable fish that's in plentiful supply. "Everyone seems to love tiger prawns now and the risotto is an ideal vessel to carry all of these flavours because there is quite a lot strength in terms of the fish's meatiness and then

you get bursts of flavour with the mint. "I always twice cook the risotto so that's the first element and it needs to be just firm to the bite and then you cool it down in a tray and from there you can add the flavour. "When you reheat it that's when you add the other elements of the dish such as the fish, which is lightly grilled, and the tiger prawns which take minutes to cook, and should be just translucent in the middle. "Once the risotto is cooked a second time, it's a matter of minutes to do the rest. It is a great dish for a dinner party, because once the risotto is done, it's very quick to put together and looks sharp." • Visit


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Hidden in the village of Silkstone Common is Knabbs Wood where on July 4, 1838, 26 children lost their lives in the Huskar Pit disaster. Adam Guest spoke to dry stone waller Les Young about his mission to remember them.





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Hard labour: Les Young at work on a section of wall and the plaques saluting people who have helped him over the years.

A mission to remember W

alking through Knabbs Wood Les Young came across a stone memorial for the Huskar Pit disaster. It prompted Les to carry out further research into the terrible event of 1838 when more than 20 children drowned while trying to escape through a dayhole that had flooded after a thunderstorm. Moved by the story, he was spurred into action. He started running courses to rebuild the stone walls in the wood in recognition of the children who died there.


Les, 53, set up a dry stone walling business in 2005 and began the courses five years ago. “When I first moved here I was interested in the story of the Huskar Pit disaster and it really struck a note because it was so horrendous to have 26 children killed in an accident and some families losing two children. “I have got two kids and I couldn't even think what it was like. “I noticed all the walls were in disrepair so I thought I would run courses to build the walls as a fitting memorial to the children.” Les says people from Australia and

Brazil have helped with the project and 300-400 yards of the walls have been completed. There is another 1,300 yards to do. “A lot of people come on the courses just to have a go and they probably won’t pick up a stone again but at least they have done it and had a good time. It’s absolutely brilliant.” Les, originally from Sunderland, took up the craft as a shift from life as a telecoms manager. He is also involved in garden work and has an impressive garden




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Impressive: Some of Les Young’s dry stone wall garden work.

complete with a dry stone arch, planters and a bridge. “It’s very therapeutic and of course once you finish, you have got something that is staying there for hundreds of years – so you are leaving a legacy not just a structure.” Les says the walls in the wood are at least 200 years old as he has maps of the area from 1810 and says the structures predate them. Stones have been donated from the nearby Westfield Equestrian Centre in Silkstone Common and Les says people have bought stone to help. He also asks people if they would like to give any stones for the walls when working on his gardening projects. As Les walks alongside the wall he explains how different components make up its structure from through

stones – which run through the wall to keep its strength – to the cope stones on top which ‘jam everything down’ to stop the loose stones underneath toppling. He says for some wallers it is a tradition to have through stones sticking out either side of the wall, a practice which he provides an interesting explanation for. “The only thing I can think was when the land owners had these walling gangs it was the land owner’s way of seeing how many yards they had done and how much to pay – or not to pay if they had not done enough.” His project is not all about commemorating the Huskar tragedy. “After an hour of throwing stones people get quite friendly. “By the time we have a pint they are swapping email addresses.”


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One of New York's most stunning attractions makes the Big Apple the best city in the world to explore on foot. Ian Thompson reports.





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Walking the High Line


VERY park and open space fills up when it is hot in New York. Manhattan island is about 12 miles long and you would think it would have been bursting long ago. But you can get away from the traffic and buildings. River banks on either side of Manhattan – the Hudson in the west and the East River on the opposite side of the island – are crowded with picnickers. People take trolleyloads of equipment – cases of cool drinks, barbecues – to a thin strip of Fort Washington Park. It is possible to see families having picnics in northern Manhattan. On a stretch of park just below George Washington Bridge, a man chooses the solitude for a bit of trombone practise. Nothing illustrates the need for open space and greenery better than the success of High Line. You can argue that New Yorkers have taken a leaf out of Yorkshire’s book. High Line is a disused overhead railway. It had been due to be demolished until, in an echo of what we did with the Trans Pennine Trail, two locals formed a society of friends with the idea of developing it as an attractive walk. It runs about half a mile between West 34th and Gansevoort Streets. Trees and shrubs were removed and the tracks were taken up. There are seats and recliners at regular intervals and lawns for sunbathing.


High Line has proved a success as a tourist attraction. It is often as crowded as the pavement on Fifth Avenue. Visitors and, it must be said, New Yorkers, are transfixed by seeing this bit of Chelsea and the Meatpacking District from an unfamiliar height. Odd buildings whose existence was never noticeable before look intriguing and attractive. It is fascinating to watch lines of yellow taxis and New Yorkers swarming beneath your feet. High Line is a great place to watch the sun set over the Jersey shoreline. It represents a happy bargain struck between the owners, the City of New York, and the Friends of High Line, the organisation which has paid for most of its transformation. High Line is an inspired idea which has been regarded as a good thing and been popular from day one. Like the Trans Pennine Trail, High Line is a bit of industrial archaeology turned into an amenity. High Line forms part of what the tourist guides call 'the Manhattan Experience'. The subway is clean and safe and the yellow cabs are fine. But walking is the best way to soak up the vibrant atmosphere in the Big Apple. On foot, you can savour the skyline of this foreign but so familiar city. It is worth rising early to either take in Fifth Avenue with near empty pavements and a handful of cars or a peaceful Central Park. If it is visual drama you want, try the pedestrian walkway above the carriageway of Brooklyn Bridge. It was

the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1883. Its fame has come from films and TV. Superman flew past it with Lois Lane in the 1978 blockbuster and it was blown out of the river in the 2008 disaster film 'Cloverfield'. In the middle of the bridge, Manhattan unfolds in all its architectural glory. At one of the bridge's two magnificent towers, there is the Statue of Liberty to the south west and the Empire State Building to the north. Swellegant, elegant Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) is the best way for the pedestrian to get the feel of New York. It is the dividing line between the rowdy, neon-lit quarter that is the Theatre District and the genteel department stores of Fifth Avenue. During Prohibition, the district became known as the 'Speakeasy Belt' for its semi-secret clubs. Many of them later re-opened as legitimate jazz venues. The Algonquin Hotel, just off Avenue of the Americas in 44th St, is worth a visit if you are interested in the arts. Some of the biggest names in 1920s' literati, including Dorothy Parker, would trade witticisms at the Algonquin round table. Lerner and Loewe wrote ‘My Fair Lady’ here and the Algonquin was the birthplace of ‘The New Yorker’. Its wood panelled bar is the ideal place to spend half an hour recharging the batteries with a chilled glass of champagne. It is not unusual to see camels, sheep




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Top: Manhattan Island, above: High Line; left: Walkers on New York streets and, right: Radio City on 6th Avenue.

and donkeys on the side streets off Avenue of the Americas. Live animals are used in Radio City Music Hall Christmas shows. The shows feature the high-kicking Rockettes, a 160 strong dancing troupe which is the ultimate in New York razzle dazzle. Radio City Music Hall's stage is equipped with four lifts which can move sets, performers and a 35-piece orchestra from a basement to above the stage.

The ingenious hydraulic system inspired the US Navy when it was developing lifts for its aircraft carriers. The system was classified as top secret during World War Two and Government agents were based at the theatre to secure it. The art deco theatre opened in 1932 and is perhaps the only venue in the world where you are taken to inspect the loos during the superb behind-the scenes tours. A bit further down Avenue of the

Americas, the Rockefeller Centre has an observatory on the 70th floor which offers better views than from the top of the Empire State Building. With typical American modesty, the deck is described as ‘a panorama from top of the world’. Exhaustion is inevitable when experiencing New York’s intense and unrelenting pace on foot. Slumber is easy in the city that never sleeps.





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John Hudson has gone from being a graphic designer to a touring operatic tenor. Paul Nizinskyj spoke to him about his remarkable journey.

‘They want you to look 18 but sound like God’


T 52, John Hudson says he is at the peak of his career – a reflection of the difficult requirement in opera for singers to look young but have mature, developed voices. “I’m in my best period at the moment,” he says. “But that's the problem with opera – they want you to look 18 but sound like God.” The reason for this, he says, is because he is young enough to get away with roles such as Rodolfo and Manrico while having a welldeveloped, mature voice. Rodolfo is a young love-struck poet from Puccini's opera ‘La bohème’, while Manrico is a troubadour and army officer from Verdi's ‘Il trovatore’. Fairly young roles, then, but John says he will not consider retiring until he turns 60. He grew up in Worsbrough Bridge, Barnsley, but lives in Piddlehinton, Dorset, ‘a real slice of Old England’. And, although music has always been his passion, it wasn’t his first career – he started out as a graphic artist in Barnsley in the days when things were still all done on paper. But he also sang in the local church


choir and, before long, got himself a singing teacher who sent him off to the Guildhall School of Music, London, in 1984. After completing his studies he worked as a freelance graphic designer before spending a year with the chorus of the Welsh National Opera in 1992. As it turned out, his timing was impeccable. “It was the ‘dark days’ when graphic designers worked on paper,” he jokes, “and I was lucky to get out when I did because, at about that time, computer desktop publishing slashed business by about two thirds.” But it was also a ‘now or never’ opportunity that John said he could not have turned down. “I didn't want to be telling my grandchildren ‘I could’ve been a singer you know’.” The following year, he landed a role as Rodolfo with the English National Orchestra, with which he would continue to perform for almost ten years, after ‘learning to swim in the big pond’. “It was at a time when all the great opera houses had great coaching staff,” he said. “From relative obscurity you got to learn the trade and still do the good roles.”

This, however, is changing according to John – as recession bites arts funding to opera houses and the centre of economic and artistic gravity turns east. But, despite patron of the AngloChinese Music Society, John said he has never been tempted to find work in the far east. “The problem with the Chinese is they take Italian opera and they copy it. They do it very well but it means they're not innovating so opera's not growing. It’s a medium that needs to have life and evolve. “But there’s no business left here because nobody’s got any money. Even La Scala (the world renowned opera house in Milan) has cut its repertoire by half. Where they may have done eight operas a year in the past, they now only do four.” For John, though, work does not appear to be short and he performs in a wide variety of venues. “I’ve performed in every palace in the country except Sandringham and, the great thing about it is, one week you'll be playing in Barry WMC and the next you’re at Buckingham Palace.”




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Barnsley Folk Club celebrated its 50th anniversary last month. Adam Guest spoke to Tony Heald about how it began with three songs, a drummer, a stripper and a jukebox. MOSAIC MUSIC 47




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Folk lover: Tony Heald

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ony Heald was fresh out of college and with a hunger for folk music in the early 1960s It was the decade of rock ‘n’ roll, mods and rockers, trail blazing cinema – and very talented folk musicians. Trying to make a name for himself was Tony, then aged 21. Wide eyed, full of nerves and armed with a guitar, he had been given a trial run at the Alhambra Hotel, Barnsley, playing three folk songs. On that Saturday night bill in 1962 there was a drummer, a juke box, a female stripper and Tony. He recalls looking on in amazement as he waited to go on stage, getting a


sneak preview of the act before him. “She had this little flap that came down at the back of her dungarees and she undid it before she turned to a pub full of miners,” he laughed. It was not the warm-up act Tony had expected. “It was packed and I had learnt these three songs. Thankfully the audience cheered and Don Roberts (who ran the pub) said ‘right you will start this folk club’.” Folk nights were held every Monday. Well-known Barnsley folk musician Dave Burland became one of the club’s regulars along the likes of singers Derek and Dorothy Elliot and

John Storer. Dave gave up his job a policeman to become a musician in 1968 and Tony, 72, who remains friends with him, remembers the first time they met. “One day this policeman came in and I think he had been on shift because he had got the big black police boots and blue trousers and a blue jacket and he was carrying a guitar. He said ‘I hear you're doing this folk club’ and said ‘can I have a go?’. He got up and he was great,” Tony said. “He now blames me for altering his whole career. When he gets on stage he says ‘I could have been the chief




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Looking back: Tony has many happy memories of the folk nights.

‘Ralph McTell was shaking like a leaf. Either I or Dave got up first and then the guest and then Ralph came on and he was superb. I was amazed how this professional lad that we both looked up to was so nervous. It was full every night, there was a lot of enthusiasm; if it was bad it wasn't that bad’ constable of South Yorkshire Police’.” The popularity of the folk night grew, pulling in musician and comedian Tony Capstick as well as Scottish folk singer Alex Campbell who was famed for his storytelling. It was 1s 6d to get in and Tony was turning people away from the door. The club left the Alhambra moving to the King George Peel Square and the the Wheatsheaf at Town End. But things really started to take off when it moved to the Centenary Rooms above The Civic theatre in Barnsley in the 70s where young people would flock to see stars like

Mike Harding and Ralph McTell play on a Saturday night. But even the big names showed nerves, recalls Tony. “Ralph McTell was shaking like a leaf. Either I or Dave got up first and then the guest and then Ralph came on and he was superb. “I was amazed how this professional lad that we both looked up to was so nervous. It was full every night, there was a lot of enthusiasm; if it was bad it wasn't that bad. “It was somewhere for young people to enjoy and go and there was folk music as well.” The legacy of the Tony’s folk club

continues with regular music nights at the Trades Club in Racecommon Road. Dave Burland headlined the celebration last month and all the musicians that took part, had some connection with the folk club. And its influence reaches much further than new members. Tony says it affected modern musicians Kate Rusby and Kathryn Roberts as their parents came along in turn passed on their love of the music. He looks back fondly on the club's formation and congratulates the work of others to keep it going. Here's to another 50 years of great stories and great music.


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Modern: High gloss kitchens, particularly with woodgrain and colour finishes, are popular for contemporary interiors.

A kitchen showroom in Clayton West is setting trends with its bespoke designs. Rachel Parry was invited to view its unique products.

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ichard Jewkes believes the perfect kitchen should appear as if the walls have been built around it, rather than the kitchen being built into its boundaries. The self-confessed perfectionist is the creator of KC Design House – a kitchen showroom in Clayton West offering beautiful bespoke kitchens made by hand in the on-site workshop. Richard identified a gap in the market about five years ago for a kitchen firm that provided everything from the design, cabinets and worktops to flooring and lighting. “We are totally driven by design,” says Richard. “We don't simply sell boxes. “Every kitchen project is designed from scratch to suit not only the property, but the client’s lifestyle too. Therefore there is a lot of pre-design work and information gathering involved in the project.

“We come up with an initial concept and then allow it to evolve ensuring we get the best result for the home and personal circumstances.” The striking KC Design House showroom on Wakefield Road is a reflection of the high level of design and creativity that lies within. Initially, Richard stocked contemporary kitchens from German manufacturers alongside KC’s ranges – but today the majority of the displays found in the showroom are made in Yorkshire. “It was always the aim to make our own kitchens as we knew we could build them to a higher standard than Europe and offer more flexibility within the design. “Although we offer a nationwide service the majority of custom is local, people really like that their kitchen is made here in Yorkshire.” Highly skilled cabinet makers transform large, natural blocks of

wood into detailed designs with flawless finishes. The process, which includes cutting, sanding, assembling, varnishing/painting, can take anything from three days to three weeks to complete depending on the size and style. Richard has noted demand for three specific styles of kitchens. “There is a strong renaissance of classic English-made in-frame kitchens. What’s great about this style of kitchen is that subtle changes can be made to the design to make it suitable for both traditional and modern homes. In period homes the design would be more detailed so we would use a five piece door while single flat panel doors look better in contemporary homes. “The design is timeless and offers great longevity as it can easily be updated to suit current colour trends by repainting the door fronts.” Other top trends include all white,

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Classic: KC’s bespoke in-frame kitchens are currently a top choice with customers.

sleek, clean and simple designs for modern minimalism and contemporary high gloss kitchens, particularly with woodgrain and colour finishes. When it comes to worktops Richard says there has been a big shift from natural granite to quartz which provides beautifully polished surfaces with great durability. Top dimensions are slim-line for modern designs and chunky for classics. It’s clear the team are meticulous in their design with great attention to detail – for example the inclusion of hidden storage for bread, cakes and biscuits as well as discreet drawers that double up as trays. The team are working on a design that will include storage for 81 spices and have previously been asked to incorporate a dog bed into a design. For Richard there are no limits to achieving a dream kitchen even if it involves completely remodelling a room, moving doors and windows or working with architects on a new build design to ensure the perfect footprint is in place. “I don't believe in wasting space. The square footage of any property is very valuable and should be used to its full potential which can mean changes are needed. “I love a challenge and the most challenging jobs are without doubt the most rewarding.”

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Beamer still a dream to drive I F you always dreamed of driving a BMW but always assumed they would be too expensive then think again.

Dominic Musgrave discovers that in an increasingly competitive market, the BMW remains a king among saloons ...

Because the 3 Series is currently available with a £359 deposit at £359 per month (3.9 per cent APR). Throw in an inclusive five years’ 60,000 miles service of £350 and the 3 Series is even more attractive. In a market that is becoming increasingly competitive, the ‘Beamer’ remains a ‘king among saloons’. Yes, there are all of the buttons you would expect for a car in this bracket, but they are sensibly laid out and very straightforward to use. These include a 3.5mm auxiliary input for auxiliary playing devices, a Bluetooth hands-free facility with USB audio interface, a BMW Professional radio with single CD player (with MP3


playback capability) two-way, six speaker, 4x25w loudspeaker and a 6.5” colour display screen. You can switch from ‘eco’, ‘comfort’ and ‘sport’ mode at the simple switch of a button, and the difference between the three is quite marked. The diesel Sport version I drove also boasted 17” double-spoke light alloys and switchable ambient lighting between orange and white. The 0-62mph of 9.2 seconds is respectable, but the combined fuel economy of 62.8mpg and low CO2 emissions of 118g/km make it a very economical car. So much so that after the first year it would cost just £30 to tax for the year. The BMW 3 Series starts from £24,700 OTR and is available from Sandal BMW.

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In an M-Class of its own ... I F you are looking for a vehicle that combines elegance and luxury with practicality then look no further than the M-Class from Mercedes Benz. The two new Special Edition models are available in either the ML 250 BlueTEC or ML 350 Blue TEC advanced turbodiesel engines, and feature an extensive range of standard equipment. As well as having seats that are as comfortable as that trusty pair of slippers and boasts a heap of adjustments, the new engines mean it


is also eco-friendly. And its massive boot space makes it one of the roomiest in its class. Yes it has more than its fair share of buttons and gadgets, but the thing I love about driving a Mercedes-Benz is that you don’t need a degree or even an extensive manual to work out how the radio, sat nav and air-con work. It’s all at the simple touch of a button. The drive is solid and I found the steering to be well weighted, making it surprisingly easy to manoeuvre around town and country lanes.

All of this and now for the impressive stats. Both models are paired with the Mercedes-Benz 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic gearbox and feature ECO start/stop technology as part of BlueEFFICIENCY measures. The four-cylinder ML 250 BlueTEC develops 205hp and has combined fuel consumption of 44.8mpg, while the corresponding figures for the V6engined ML 350 BlueTEC are 258hp and 39.2mpg. Prices for the M-Class start at £43,235 on the road.

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Already an award-winner for Mazda


AZDA’S first entry into the compact SUV crossover market is already earning the company some top industry awards. The CX-5 comes in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive, and its new SKYACTIV Technology, which is all about improving economy and efficiency using a range of powerful yet fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines, has already seen it named ‘best crossover’ by Auto Express and the Editor’s Award in the 2012 Fleet World Honours. It also has a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.


The range includes Mazda’s 165ps SKYACTIV-G 2.0 petrol engine and SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine, which will be available in 150ps and 175ps versions. Improved aerodynamics, vehicle weight reduction, chassis developments and new manual and automatic gearboxes all help reduce the CX-5’s thirst for fuel. At first glance it looks sturdy, like an SUV should. The sculptured body and striking front bumpers give it a muscular look. But there’s no sign it will lack any of Mazda’s trademark vitality and agility. Inside the solid, mature interior

reflects its sportiness, and has the look of a cockpit. It features lightweight seats which should still prove comfortable on long runs. The base SE-L model comes equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, dual-zone climate control, Smart City Brake Support and privacy glass, plus front and rear parking sensors. Sport grade models feature 19-inch alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights with active front lighting, full leather trim, heated front seats, powered driver’s seat and a reversing camera.

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Dominic Musgrave takes the Citroen DS4 for a spin ... and comes back impressed!

Award winner with attitude


HE Citroen DS4 combines the practicality of the C4 family car with a sporty drive, and is certain to appeal to a wide range of ages. I like the DS range a lot – they have got spades of attitude and are fun to drive. Yet you can tell that a lot of effort has gone into their design, which has led to them receiving numerous industry awards including ‘Most Beautiful Car of the Year’ by more than 60,000 web users in 62 countries in 2011.


Inside there’s head and leg room to spare in the back, while In the front there is plenty of room, the seats are comfy and supportive and the dashboard is well made and attractive. The cabin can be personalised further with touches you would find on a more luxurious car, such as massaging front seats with electric lumbar adjustment, an advanced audio system and Citroen’s integrated eMyWay navigation, entertainment and communication system.

The new DS4 is powered by a range of five Euro 5 compliant engines. There are two diesels – HDi 110 and HDi160 – and three petrol units that were co-developed with BMW – VTi 120, THP 155 and a new THP 200. The HDi 110 is available as an e-HDi version that boasts second generation Stop and Start, boosts fuel economy by up to 15 per cent in town driving conditions and lowers the model’s CO2 emissions dramatically.

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High-flying year for Kia


T has been an incredible year for Kia, and it’s not difficult to see why. The company is going to great lengths to tempt new customers away from their usual car choices, and a host of awards, including best car manufacturer by Which?, has not harmed its cause. The Picanto is Kia’s smallest car and it too is no stranger to gongs having picked up ‘most popular small hatchback’ at the 2012 awards and being named bargain car of the year by BBC Top Gear magazine. It’s been around for a while, but the second edition, which was launched last year, boasts stronger performance with lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions than its predecessor. The larger of the two new engines – a 1.25 litre – is available with Kia’s

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NO MAINTENANCE • 10 year guarantee against rot eg. 6' x 6' vert/lap £21each incl. VAT Any size made to order EXCELLENT CHOICE OF VARIOUS DESIGNS

All concrete products available


Telephone 01226 280988 OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK

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The Garage You Can Trust • SERVICING • REPAIRS • MoT’s ALL MAKES and MODELS Petrol and Diesel, Cars and Light Commercials Appointed Member (and National Excellence Award Winners 2011) of The Good Garage to carry out industry standard servicing to all makes of vehicles.

Rimington Auto Services Ltd. (COLIN BELL)

Telephone 01226 754764 or Freephone 0800 035 1143 And leave the rest to us. Free local collection and delivery. All cards accepted. Rimington Road, Wombwell, Barnsley S73 8DQ


Celebration Cakes & Chocolatiers

316 Barnsley Road, Cudworth, Barnsley • 01226 710221 Celebration cakes of the highest quality, baked to order using only the finest ingredients.

For that personal service, telephone for a consultation with no obligation or call in to view cakes on display and portfolio.

For your wedding favours, why not try our own delicious range of handmade chocolates?

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Glen Hewitt Pennine plumbing heating and gas

Monday 8th to Saturday 13th October


Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th October



Sunday 21st October

LITESTEPS SHOWCASE 2012 Saturday 27th October

An Adult Evening with

including landlords’ certificates


Plumbing • Heating • Gas • Powerflush 35 YEARS EXPERIENCE

Wednesday 31st October to Saturday 3rd November

Contact Glen Hewitt 07836 Tel/fax messages 01226

578879 767476

No job too small!

LAST TANGO IN WHITBY The Lamproom Theatre, Westgate, Barnsley

Box Office: 01226 200075

express blinds& curtains

• Venetian

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• Skylight

• Pleated

• Curtains

• Roof Blinds

• Window Films

• Perfect Fit • Velux

• Shutters

• Pelmets

• Cushions

• Spare parts & repairs

• Vertical

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM Mon – Fri 10am - 4pm Sat 9am - 1pm Unit 5, Aldham Ind. Estate Wombwell, Barnsley S73 8HA

Tel: 01226 756111

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1st CALL Building and Garden Supplies Suppliers to the trade and public of:

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Fencing Paving Sand Cement Limestone Topsoil Decorative gravel Turf and much more

Sheds and summer houses now available from £170 Find us on

Yard 1 • 14 Peel Place • Barnsley S71 1LU Just off bottom of Old Mill Lane

Telephone Barnsley 243344

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HELEN STEVENTON “People could stand and talk or sit at wooden benches, sipping/ eating or merely enjoying the music. Chill-out time for the whole family. Who knows? It might encourage us to ‘dress-up’ for the occasion. Sunday-best clothes?“


e went to the sea-side this weekend. Southport to be exact. Lovely place. A Victorian masterpiece. We headed for our favourite spot. A café on the front, where a crooner was belting out some wonderful songs, from a mini stage, to the tourists below, sitting at the numerous combi-wooden benches, listening to him. He was not in the first flush of youth, but his magical voice transcended age. For once, the sun did not hide behind the clouds. It beamed down on us as we drank our beverages. Tea, coffee or in my case, a glass of draught Guinness. If you closed your eyes, the songs transported you to another time and place. France; Italy; Spain; you name it. He really was that good. More your Elvis and Sinatra type arias, but ones to dream along with.

I imagined myself to be in the grounds of a stately home, listening to the music of an orchestra playing versions of the crooner’s choice of songs. Well, they’ve done that with songs written by The Beatles. A wonderful Magical Mystery Tour. I wanted to transport all this back to my home town. And why not? We have the facilities. Lots of gorgeous ‘green’ parks with bandstands. Locke Parke springs to mind, as I live nearby. Then what about Wentworth Castle, Cannon Hall and Monk Bretton Priory? Not forgetting Penistone. The list is endless. In Barnsley, we still have our wonderful Brass bands. What’s wrong with them having a permanent weekly spot ‘playing in the park’ on a weekend? Or maybe that’s just an old Victorian dream? I’d even settle for a string quartet. And I’m sure that the Town could provide us with talented vocalists. We have a wealth of

them waiting in the wings. Young and old. I could envisage stalls set up, nearby, selling tea and coffee and home-made produce from Barnsley’s wonderful market. Perhaps some enterprising person might even sell us some ‘real’ ice-cream or serve up a traditional Victoria Sandwich cake made with a filling of butter icing and lovely homemade strawberry jam. Yummy! Mass pre-wrapped cakes and sandwiches just don’t have that same appeal. People could stand and talk or sit at wooden benches, sipping/eating or merely enjoying the music. Chill-out time for the whole family. Who knows? It might encourage us to ‘dress-up’ for the occasion. Sunday-best clothes? We could even have a ‘crooner’ serenading us with love songs. What’s wrong with a bit of old-fashioned romance? Ah, dream time!

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GREAT FOOD, GREAT BEER, GREAT COMPANY Here at The Wortley Arms we take pride in providing a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

WEDDINGS, DINNERS, PARTIES AND PRIVATE HIRE 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 • Our exciting new menu and ‘specials board’ has been updated – come dine with us! • Private restaurant available for weddings • Seating up to 50, evening 80 • Bespoke packages tailor-made to suit your needs

Book early to avoid disappointment An evening with

GARETH CHILCOTT Thursday 25th October £40 per person incl. 4 course meal

THE WORTLEY ARMS Halifax Road Wortley Sheffield South Yorkshire S35 7DB Tel 0114 288 8749 Web Join our mailing list for future events, details on website.

Mosaic Magazine Issue 69 (October 2012)  

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