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Ideas for inspiring people in Yorkshire

OCTOBER 2013 Issue Eighty

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Rachel Parry Features editor

Editor Andrew Harrod 01226 734205 Page editor Jill Lowe 01226 734203 Page designers Fran Sykes Mathew Murray Reporters Mathew Murray Rachel Parry Alison Burkinshaw Paul Nizinskyj Doug O’Kane Lynsey Bradford Ed Elliot Katia Harston Adam Guest Dominic Musgrave Helen Williams 01226 734262 Graphics Alan Billingham Barry Spence Claire Carr 01226 734734 Sales Executives Richard Storrs Jillian Kendrick Susan Johnson 01226 734661 Gillian Cooper 07810 108003

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Buying a property is considered one of life’s most stressful events. For the vast majority it’s the most they will spend on any one item, so it’s important to get it right. Having fallen head over heels in love with their 550-year-old barn conversion in Hoylandswaine, Greg and Heather Parkin couldn’t face the prospect of moving when their family began to outgrow the three-bedroom property. They knew nothing else would measure up. Instead of moving they decided to make their current property their ‘forever home’ by expanding


Barnsley: Many reasons to visit town.


PERSON/PLACE Music man: Brett’s on track for even more success.



DRINK Microbrewery: Take a ‘nook’ at what’s brewing in a Holmfirth watering hole.

ARTS & CRAFTS A dab hand: Richard prepares for exhibition.



Big Apple: Skyscrapers are the the revival.



Conservation: Volunteers get to work on Trans-Pennine Trail.



Hallowe’en: A look at the Hallowe’en season.

Unusual home: We take a look at Laithe’s hidden secret.

Ideas for inspiring people in Yorkshire

Elsewhere we feature impressive paintings by Richard Gower, a talented artist from Mirfield, young music enthusiast Brett Jackson tells us about his entertainment business and new recording studio in Barnsley town centre and we enjoy a well-earned pint of real ale at The Nook in Holmfirth. As summer gives way to autumn we also take a look at top ladies’ fashions for the colder months ahead with tartan in every colour of the rainbow leading the way — how bonnie.





— but this wasn’t just a case of adding a room above the garage. The couple had to box clever with planners and take the extension underground to avoid distorting the appearance of their listed property. Having followed the project since work began in early 2012, Mosaic has paid one last visit to the Parkins to see the final result. Concealed below the garden outside the property and accessed via a staircase from within, the added space is somewhat of a hidden secret which Greg and Heather share with readers in this month’s edition.


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FASHION Terrific tartan: Plaid patterns are a key trend for the autumn.

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There are many reasons to visit the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley, as Alison Burkinshaw reveals.


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The beautiful Cannon Hall (right) and (above) the bridge across the Cawthorne site’s beautiful grounds.

Brilliant Barnsley!


he old mining and market town of Barnsley has an arguably perfect location. It’s nestled between two of Yorkshire’s most popular and vibrant cities, Leeds and Sheffield, and is bordered by beautiful countryside. It’s difficult to pinpoint a single reason why so many people visit Barnsley every year but one of the main attractions has to be its bustling town centre. Brimming with an array of independent and national shops, fabulous fashion boutiques and welcoming cafes, the centre is a real hub.


The ongoing redevelopment programme, Remaking Barnsley, is making the town ever more popular through significant infrastructure improvements. So far it has assisted in the development of a new Interchange, as well as creative spaces including The Civic and the Digital Media Centre. Going forward plans are in place for the new markets development that will include a mixture of high street and independent retail plus the markets that have been part of Barnsley's heritage since 1249. For many the extensive market is the

thing that springs to mind when you mention the ‘B word’, second to the accent, of course. Operating six days a week with about 300 stalls indoor and out, it’s clear why it still entices visitors from far and wide who are keen to bag a bargain. Having built up an excellent range of independent fashion retailers, Barnsley has also become increasingly well known for fashion and even boasts some internationally renowned design shops. Many of these independent stores and boutiques are located just out of the main shopping precinct area, on Market Hill, The Arcade and Regent Street South. Some

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Busy: Barnsley’s Cheapside.

offer designerwear in clothes and accessories while others have their own unique labels exclusive to Barnsley. Beyond shopping, the town is home to many of South Yorkshire’s top tourist attractions including historic halls, captivating galleries and stunning parks and gardens. Anyone wanting to delve into Barnsley’s colourful history can so at the recently opened Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre. Located in Barnsley’s distinctive town hall, the attraction is packed with historic artefacts, documents, films and recordings. Its unique, hands-on and interactive exhibits are proving a real hit with thousands of visitors each week, as they discover the people and places of Barnsley, uncovering a town with amazing stories and a rich and diverse heritage. For adventures, the town’s Metrodome Leisure Complex provides indoor fun for all the family with its famous ‘Calypso Cove’ waterpark and a newly fitted bowling alley. Elsewhere, outdoor attractions include the recently-expanded Cannon Hall Farm in the quaint village of Cawthorne, complete with animals, farm shop, cafe and adventure playground, plus the


Glorious: Wentworth Castle.

The town centre’s redeveloped Civic building.

RSPB nature reserve, located in the Dearne Valley, which offers an abundance of events, facilities and activities to connect visitors of all ages to the wonders of wildlife. Lovers of the great outdoors might also enjoy a walk through one of Barnsley's country parks. Hidden away in the village of Stainborough is Wentworth Castle and Gardens – a 500-acre estate perfect for a stroll. The picturesque Cannon Hall Museum and country park in Cawthorne is also popular with visitors. For keen walkers and cyclists, the coast to coast Trans Pennine Trail runs

through areas of Barnsley, providing exciting countryside routes. And after all that exploring visitors can easily find a welcoming haunt to recharge the batteries. Barnsley has a multitude of highly commended restaurants to suit all appetites - be it authentic Italian, Chinese or Indian cuisine. Both modern and traditional British dishes are also high up on the offerings, including the famous Barnsley Chop. Whether you visit Barnsley to shop, explore, dine or relax, be sure to drink up the vibrant atmosphere that this unique town has to offer.

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Brett Jackson has come a long way since pestering his parents for an electric guitar as a teenager. Adam Guest spoke to him about setting up his own recording studio and entertainment business.





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Brett on track for success


t the age of 22, it’s fair to say Brett Jackson has been pretty busy. With two businesses to his name, he’s a grafter and his passion for music is infectious. When Brett was 13, his cousin Luke had an electric guitar and, wanting to look cool, Brett asked his parents if they would buy him one. But to show it wasn’t just a flash in the pan, he paid for it himself — setting up a car washing business with his friend. “We ended up with a little enterprise going,” Brett laughs. “On a Saturday or a Sunday we would go out cleaning cars and make


£30 a day each. After a month or two we saved up about £200 each. “I bought a guitar, I’m not sure what he spent his money on.” Brett said he got in with the music crowd as a pupil Darton High School and started going to gigs. From there he went to Barnsley College to study music technology and began honing his skills on his mum’s computer. Brett carried on his interests with a degree in music production at the Leeds College of Music. While at university he was working at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and decided to buy his own public address

system. Brett asked if he could provide the sound system there and and began branching out into DJing at weddings. After jamming with his friend Andrew Lingard, they decided to start playing wedding gigs, with Brett accompanying Andrew on guitar. It is work that has seen the pair travel all over the country — their first gig was at Muncaster Castle in Cumbria and the bride and groom were so impressed they asked them along to a party the following week as guests. Brett and Andrew continue to pull in wedding work and Brett says he can




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DJ at the same wedding too. He says he has had a great response since he started and brides and grooms are happy they can just deal with one person. The business has now evolved into 24-live — providing professional DJs, acoustic performers and even a jazz trio. Up-and-coming Cubley singer songwriter Jake Woodhams has recently been put on the books. Playing the guitar has meant Brett performing in different bands and it was through band practices he came across what is now Studio 24 in Pond Street, in Barnsley town centre.

He said he helped to bring bands in to use the space and after a while, he offered to go halves with the owner. When he decided to sell up Brett took the plunge and last year he bought it off him. He has since refurbished it with the help of his dad and his uncle and now has a practice/recording studio, fully kitted out with amps and instruments. There’s even a kitchen to have a break from the rock ’n’ roll and enjoy a good cuppa. And, following a Facebook competition for recording time, Brett’s studio has been given a star approval. Barnsley songstress Emily Worton

recorded her song Side By Side at the studio and a framed photograph and disk hangs proudly on the studio wall. Brett is a self-confessed perfectionist and says with some bands he can spend up hours on a guitar track, just to get the right sound. “I didn’t like it when I was recording in a studio before because they’ll say ‘well you’ve paid for a day, here’s your CD,” he says. “I would rather take the time and do it right.”


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Keen to deliver a top quality pint, the owners of The Nook public house in Holmfirth set up their own microbrewery which is now producing award-winning ales. Rosemary Crampton tracks their success... FOOD AND DRINK 15

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Cheers: Some of the beers brewed on site at The Nook at Holmfirth.

Come and take a Nook...


much-loved Holmfirth institution, The Nook public house (also known as The Rose and Crown) has always been synonymous with real ale. Its biannual beer festivals are the stuff of local legend, while its well-stocked bar never misses an opportunity to showcase exciting new brews. For proprietors Ian Roberts and Sheila Sutton, founding their own microbrewery was the next logical step. ‘The Nook Brewhouse’ opened for business in July 2009, much to the delight of regulars and beer connoisseurs alike. Today, it produces a wide range of popular and awardwinning ales. “It was a natural progression,” explains Sheila, who runs the Brewhouse with brother Ian. “Seeing how successful real ale was in the pub made us want to produce our own.”


A passion for top-quality beer runs in the Roberts family; Ian and Sheila’s parents (who took over The Nook in 1964) were always committed to championing unpasteurised cask ale. “Our dad held it in high regard, even when everyone else was using kegs,” adds Sheila. It was this passion (coupled with the history and enduring popularity of real ale) that inspired qualified builder Ian and health-visitor Sheila to try their hand at brewing. Ian realised they could make use of The Nook’s old beer garden – and, working alongside local tradesmen, built a bespoke microbrewery on site. But the hard work didn’t end there. Determined to master the art of brewing, Ian and Sheila took courses and visited local microbreweries. “It was a really steep learning curve and we even enlisted the help of a brewing consultant,” recalls Sheila.

“The process itself is very simple. It involves pouring warm water onto malt, before rinsing the mixture and adding hops.” Temperatures and acidities must be carefully monitored and – as the budding brewers soon discovered – the Nook’s cool cellar was perfect for ale-conditioning. After honing their new-found skills, they launched a core range of five beers – and the rest is history. Today, Ian, Sheila and their specially trained staff brew a variety of ales including refreshing blondes, classic Yorkshire bitters and seasonal stouts. Ingredients are sourced locally, while a Holmfirth farmer recycles the spent grain as animal feed. And, when it comes to developing and trialling new brews, The Nook’s loyal regulars always have their say. “We’re customer led, and get plenty of feedback,” explains Ian. “People

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Nook brewer Sam Whitey (left) and proprietors Ian Roberts and Sheila Sutton (below).

often say ‘why haven’t you tried that yet?’” The Brewhouse’s speciality beers include ‘Winter Spice’ (which is flavoured with cinnamon, orange and ginger), ‘Strawberry Blond’, ‘Elder Flower’ and even a rich chocolate stout. “Our lighter brews are actually the most popular,” says Sheila. “We’ve converted a lot of ladies and lager drinkers.” The team has recently begun bottling its beers, meaning they can be sold in local farm shops and delis. Indeed, The Nook Brewhouse’s ales have met with widespread acclaim. ‘Bees Knees’ and ‘Blond’ are both award-winners, having netted prizes at beer festivals in Sunderland and the Midlands respectively. And, when it’s not winning festivals, The Brewhouse is busy supporting them. The Nook launched its now

biannual Beer Fest in 2004, and regularly showcases brews at Holmfirth’s popular Food and Drink Weekend. As part of this year’s event, Ian and Sheila took to the Market Hall to promote local real ale and cider. “We work with other microbreweries, and have released a charity ale in collaboration with the

Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team,” reveals Sheila. And what does the future hold for this family-run Brewhouse? Ian and Sheila would love to expand – but in the meantime, there are ales to develop, events to organise, and tours to conduct. “We get big groups from all over the country,” explains Ian. “Stag parties and ale enthusiasts come to look round the brewery. The duo even plan to open a B and B above The Nook, meaning that visitors could soon be staying the night too. The Nook Brewhouse is certainly going from strength to strength – and, with regional ingredients in its beer, ‘Holmfirth lads’ manning its microbrewery, and original Yorkshire artwork gracing its bottles, it looks set to become a real West Yorkshire institution.


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Although a successful graphic designer, Mirfield resident Richard Gower is also a dab hand at oil painting and is preparing for a retrospective exhibition. Paul Nizinskyj visited his studio to find out more. CRAFTS AND ARTS 19

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Thoughtful: Richard Gower and his impressive work.

A work of art...


here are certainly worse places for an artist to be than Upper Hopton. A rather hilly village of vast open spaces, it overlooks the town of Mirfield at a distance just close enough to make out the spire of the town’s church. The rain pouring as I arrive at Richard Gower’s home only enhances the view, as the green of the trees and fields is brightened by its succour. It’s not for nothing that Richard recently moved his design business next door to his home. The office has an easy, creative, feel


about it and is shared with Richard’s gallery space upstairs. Framed pictures of designs drawn up for well-known clients give way to impressionistic dashes of bold colour, distorted nudes and dreamlike landscapes. Some of Richard’s pieces look familiar, some because they are reproductions and others because the styles of Francis Bacon and the 19th century Impressionists are favoured techniques for his original work. “I always say, if you’re musician, why just play rock or jazz?” says Richard, 50.

“I like to paint in a number of styles and I’ve been inspired by painters like Monet but also Francis Bacon, who had a technique of painting on the back of the canvas and leaving blank spaces on the front.” Although he studied a foundation diploma in art at Batley Art College, Richard is largely self-taught, taking up work as illustrator and designer after leaving in the 1980s before founding business Birchcourt Design 26 years ago. It is his businesslike application, however, that has enabled him to study the work of the great masters to

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Where it all happens: Richard’s studio (above) and the artist at work (below left) and some more examples of his excellent work (below right). Pictures: Scott Bairstow.

the point where he is able to paint reproductions, which have been snapped up by businesses and people wanting something with a little more feeling than a print. Richard has also had commissions from rugby clubs but it would be a disservice to see him as merely a commercial artist. He describes painting as a compulsion and much of what he produces, all painted in a small shed in his garden fitted with French doors,

is of a personal nature. Much of it also features in his upcoming exhibition, which stretches back to his college work through nudes of former girlfriends and contemporary portraits of his partner. Lots of his recent work is what he calls his ‘Reflections’ suite, made up of snapshots of human activity around Leeds, reflecting people’s daily lives and painted almost as though they were reflections in water. “I can’t be disturbed when I’m

working,” he says. It’s like a drug to me. “And, although I’m running the business as well, I see painting as my job, so I want to do it right. “The two complement each other, though, and I see it all as part of the same artistic process.” Richard’s exhibition, ‘A Celebration of Painting’, opens at Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, Leeds on October 18 and runs for three weeks.


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Tartan tights, and boots from Next.

Plaid patterns in every colour of the rainbow are a key trend in ladies' fashion for the autumn/winter season. Alison Burkinshaw checks out how to achieve the look.


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Dress from Primark, left, and (above) skirt, top and hat from ASOS.

Tartan is back!


hese days it seems like fashion trends come and go far too quickly, which makes sticking to the classics even more appealing. Tartan is one look that returns to the fashion catwalks time and time again. Its origins date back to well before 400 BC, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put a contemporary twist on a traditional look. Every time the trend reappears it pushes the design boundaries far beyond a Celtic kilt or scarf by offering a myriad of stylish ways to wear the popular pattern. As a key trend for the

autumn/winter season, tartan has once been given a style update with an array of fashion designers jumping onto the so called ‘checkered bandwagon’. No longer available in just the heritage colours of red, white and green, plaids are making an impact in wide variety of colours for the colder months ahead. Expect to see checks vary from pastel pinks and soft peaches right through to electric blues and greens, with punchy neons and grungy yellows also making an apperance for a more on-trend ‘trashy’ look.

Perhaps one of the most daring ways to wear the trend this season is in the form of plaid trousers and leggings, paired with a striking print tshirt for those who want to stand out from the crowd, or a plain top for the those just testing the waters. For a ‘punky’ look finish with a pair of heavy black military style boots. For the real eccentrics there’s also the option of ‘double tartan’. A tartan two piece suit is a sure way to turn heads and emit a real sense of individuality and confidence for those who enjoy making a style statement. But plaids don’t have to be all about


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Skirt, shirt, jumper, bag and hat from River Island.

Shirt and skirt, ASOS.

grabbing attention – layering can be a great way to subtly incorporate the trend into your wardrobe with the use of different patterns and textures. So, for example, a leather skirt, tights and boots worn with a plaid shirt and cosy knit is modest yet modern way to join the tartan clan.


Coat, jumper and skirt from Matalan.

As well as appearing in the season’s key pieces such as shirts, trousers, dresses, blazers and, of course, kilts, tartan is also creeping into coats and accessories like scarves, hats and gloves. Removed when indoors but fixed to bodies when the cold draws in,

outerwear is a great way to rock the look without being too over powering. Whatever way you wear it, make sure you do. The trend is going nowhere anytime soon, so prepare for your eyes to turn square.

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Let’s hear it for New York


anhattan looks best at 850 ft above sea level. It is fun to be on top of the world on the observation deck of one of the art deco high risers that gave New York the glamour of no other place in the world. The roof of the Rockefeller Centre – ‘top of the Rock’ – gives unobstructed views in all directions. It shows how the development of the city that never sleeps has never stopped since a glacier carved out New York harbour 75 million years ago. You are at the crossroads of culture and commerce. Look east and you see the birthplaces of the singer Art Garfunkel and the homes of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. Look north and Fifth Avenue, the street of Tiffany and Co, Prada, Gucci, Versace and Cartier, stretches below. The Hudson and East Rivers surge on either side and the Atlantic Ocean is in the distance. The Rockefeller Centre’s observation deck was inspired by some of the great ocean liners of the 1930s. Oil mogul and philanthropist John D Rockefeller Jnr grew up nearby and

wanted to see what was a rather down at heel neighbourhood improved. His plan was to build an opera house and offices around a plaza. But the 1929 Wall Street crash forced the opera to be dropped because of a lack of money. Rockefeller, one of the richest men in the world, pressed on and building began in 1931. The project employed 4,000 New Yorkers. The Manhattan skyline is one of the most photographed on Earth and began with the mine-is-bigger-thanyours search for stature by architects hired by tycoons. The skyscraper has been the symbol of American entrepreneurial spirit and optimism since the end of the 19th century. Steel skeleton construction, which allowed a building's facade to be hung in front of the frame, and improvements to the security of lifts (or elevators as they are known in the US) led to the rise of the skyscrapers. The first New York skyscraper, the Bayard Building on Bleecker Street, went up in 1897. Early New York

buildings aped those in Europe. The Metropolitan Life Tower on Madison Square is styled on St Mark’s Square in Venice. New York fell in love with art deco in the 1920s. The Chrysler Building on Lexington Avenue went up in this era. It is adorned with steel eagles and was built as HQ of Walter P Chrysler and his car making empire. He decided the 71 storey building was the only way to trump bigger rivals like Ford and General Motors. The lobby is bathed in an amber glow and decorated with African wood and marble. The lifts include Egyptian lotus motifs made of Japanese ash, Oriental walnut and Cuban wood. The Cloud Club nestled at the top of the building between 1930 and 1979 and regulars included the publisher Conde Montrose and boxer Gene Tunney. It included cabinets for hiding booze during Prohibition. A skyscraper starred in the 1933 film ‘King Kong’. Film maker Merian C Cooper had wandered the New York streets hatching the plot. He wanted Kong, the great ape


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captured somewhere in the South Pacific and brought to New York, to ‘reach for the skies’ like Manhattan’s high risers. But the building to be scaled in the film had to be altered as the record for the tallest skyscraper in the world changed hands rapidly. The original location, the New York Life Tower, was succeeded by the Chrysler Building and eventually the Empire State Building which was to feature in the film. The 1,454 ft Empire State, which opened in May 1931, includes 10 million bricks, 60,000 tones of steel, some 6,400 windows and 328,000 sq ft of marble. After being scaled by a gorilla in the movies, the most famous skyscraper in the world was hit by a plane in 1945. The bomber's crash into the 79th floor killed 14 including the crew. The antics of the ape were parodied in a scene in the film ‘A Thousand Clowns’ (1965). Jason Robards looks through binoculars at the New York skyline and says, “Oh, for God’s sake, I don’t believe it – it is King Kong. He is sitting on top of the Time-Life Building. He seems to be crying. Poor gorilla... somebody should have told him they don't make these buildings the way they used to.”


The Empire State was overtaken by the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre which were destroyed on September 11, 2001. Today, One World Trade Centre, which has replaced the Twin Towers, has made Manhattan’s cityscape more dramatic than ever. It reaches 1,776 ft and can be seen from everywhere in the city. Its height is a reference to 1776 when the American revolution began. Earlier this year, a spire was fitted to the building, making it the tallest in

the Western hemisphere. Developers, architects, financiers and officials spent years running up billion dollar costs, rowing and missing deadlines. Meanwhile, a 66-storey art deco classic only a few blocks from One World Trade Centre is showing the way. Some 775 luxury flats are due to open at 70 Pine Street which was built in 1932. The building remained empty for years. It changed hands twice and plans for it to be turned into flats went nowhere. But it is finally near completion and, as well as flats, there will be shops, a health club, a rock climbing wall and an observatory, closed since the 1930s, will have a cigar lounge. Suddenly, Lower Manhattan has been transformed into an area different from any other in New York. The number of residents in Downtown since 9/11 has risen from 24,000 to 57,000. Almost half of them own their own homes and average household income is 188,000 dollars. One World Trade Centre and 70 Pine Street have finally rescued Lower Manhattan from its post 9/11 ravaged state. Critics may grumble. But some things are worth waiting and paying for.

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Treat Yourself to Lunch First class service, mouth-watering mains, and an indulgent pudding to boot; forget dinner – lunch can be the most exciting meal of the day, as we discovered at bistro-cafe The Olive Tree. Based at Totties Garden Centre, The Olive Tree boasts stunning views, stylish décor, and a team of restaurant-trained chefs. My friend and I (both seasoned ladies-who-lunch) opted for a window table, and set about perusing the menu. We were tempted by the homemade salads, sandwiches and light bites, but finally chose two fresh fish specials – warm smoked mackerel, beetroot and new potato salad, and pan-fried sea bass fillet with spring onion and sun-dried tomato risotto, Parma ham crisps and fresh basil. After much deliberation, we even decided to share a third main – confit Gressingham duck leg with sweet potato puree, thyme gravy and seasonal vegetables. And, when our meals arrived, it was clear that we’d chosen well. My sea bass was succulent and sweet, in contrast to the salty, brittle Parma ham crisps. My friend’s smoked mackerel salad (served with chilli guacamole, honey vinaigrette and a soft-boiled egg) proved similarly delicious – but we still had room for the tender, gamey Gressingham duck. Dessert was a generous helping of Yee Kwan artisan ice cream; how could we resist flavours like pistachio, Turkish Delight and lemon cheesecake? Bowls empty, we sat back and enjoyed the view; many visitors had even decided to take advantage of the bistro’s outdoor seating area.

And it wasn’t just first-class fayre on offer. Totties is one of Holmfirth’s most popular garden centres, and renowned for its seasonal trees, plants and shrubs. This month, the team recommend investing in Berberis, Skimmia, Pansies, Violas and Primulas – not to mention Spring-flowering bulbs, and shrubs for winter hanging baskets and tubs. Plant of the month, Cordyline ‘Cherry Sensation’ (so-called because of its vivid pink leaves) makes a dramatic addition to any plot, while cyclamen can be kept indoors – or, grown outside. The centre’s trained horticulturalists even specialise in Topiary – perfect if you’re looking to make a statement! And, with winter just around the corner, it’s time to start cutting back trees and shrubs. Luckily, Totties’ experienced team can help; their garden maintenance service covers everything from one-off planting, to landscaping and regular upkeep sessions. There are even log baskets for sale in the garden shop – and, new gifts (including candles, home-accessories and handmade cards) arriving shortly. Indeed, whether you’re looking to invest in seasonal plants, enjoy a delicious two-course meal, or simply catch-up over coffee and cake, Totties is a real must visit. Contact Totties on 01484 683363; or for more information, visit

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Soak up the fantastic views, enjoy a light meal or a coffee before browsing our large array of plants, trees, shrubs and gifts…

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DAILY FRESH FISH SPECIALS delivered fresh daily and cooked to order. • Breakfast served from 9.30am daily • New Autumn/Winter menu - includes popular winter warmers • Traditional Sunday Lunch served all day from 12 noon • Lite bites served all day • Lavazza coffee • Homemade cakes and our famous homemade scones • Speciality teas • Comprehensive wine list • Bottled beers • Italian lagers • All our food is fresh daily and locally sourced • Selection of vegetarian meals • Gluten free food (approved by The Coeliac Society) • Yee Kwan Oriental Artisan Gluten Free Ice Cream (assorted flavours)

Enjoy the views while enjoying our selection of breads, dips and olives etc. accompanied by a selection of wine, beer or lager. Outside seating, weather permitting.

AFTERNOON TEA Selection of sandwiches, jam and cream scones, tea or coffee.

Served 2.30pm – 4.30pm.

BISTRO EVENING – Saturday 26th October Live Entertainment • 3 course menu £23.95 • Bookings only Ideal location for:

• Small funerals • Business meetings (free WiFi) • After school treats

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Members of the Trans-Pennine Trail conservation volunteers celebrate the group’s second anniversary next month. Ed Elliot spoke to work days’ organiser Kate Dobson about progress and future plans.


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Group organiser Kate Dobson, fourth from the left, with members of the Trans-Pennine Trail conservation volunteers.

Volunteers get their hands dirty.

Treasured trail


nly two outdoor enthusiasts attended when Kate arranged the group’s first session about two years ago — and one of those was a family member. Fortunately things have changed since that disappointingly low turnout and a collection of hardy volunteers now get together three times a month to maintain the six-mile stretch of trail from Penistone to Dunford Bridge. Conservation tasks include cutting back vegetation, painting and picking up litter, with between 12 and 15 of 30 regulars making each meeting. “The volunteers are fantastic, they’re so cheerful,” says Kate, of Denby Dale. “They come, they work hard, they have a laugh and at the end of the day we can say ‘wow, that looks better’. It just seemed the obvious thing to do to get people who use the trail and love the trail to come together and work to make it better.”

Volunteer ages range from young children to people in their early 70s, and their dedication to enhancing the former train line has not gone unnoticed. “All the time people are going by and saying they really appreciate what we’ve done or saying what a difference we’ve made or just saying thanks very much. “I wanted to give the people who use it a sense of ownership over the trail. The land belongs to Barnsley Council but in another sense it belongs to the community and I think it’s a fantastic asset for the area and the better we make it, the more of an asset it will be.” Information boards centred on the trail’s abundance of wild flowers and railway history were erected during the summer and the group hopes to attract funding for further projects by becoming a registered charity. An application has been submitted and the move will mean members are

able to accept donations, after receiving a number of kind financial offers from the public. More than 30 sessions were held during the last 12 months, with members working in all weather to complete a collective total of 320 volunteer days. The figures back up Kate’s belief that the group has firmly established itself, as well as vindicating her decision to pursue the project, in spite of the initial poor turnout back in 2011. “Last year we were restricted to being reactive, running about cutting back the areas which were dark and damp. We’ve done most of that overhang now so we've got the chance to be more proactive, looking at what the trail has to offer. We’re properly set up now.”  For details about the group, email or call Kate on 01484 865852.


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OCTOBER SPECIAL FREE bacon sandwich with every round Monday – Friday 8am – 3pm Get priority booking in advance on 01924 830156 Cut out this advert and add a FREE pint or coffee (Mondays only) For more information visit Midgley Lodge Motel & Golf Course | Barr Lane | Midgley | Wakefield WF4 4JJ

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Invest in Great Quality

advertiser’s announcement

When you buy a new bathroom, you’re also making a sizeable investment – and first class service should come as part of the package. It’s something the Bathrooms by Design team feel strongly about. They strive to make the design and installation process a stress-free one, delivering top-quality products, affordable prices – and, most importantly, unrivalled personal service. The Skelmanthorpe firm can design, install and project manage your dream bathroom – or, simply supply the products. Backed by a 30-year-old plumbing company, it also boasts dedicated and highly knowledgeable staff. Indeed, its team have over 40 years’ experience between them – and, whether you’re looking to install a walk-in shower, invest in a wetroom, choose fitted furniture, or

Quality Brands

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replace mirrors, tiles and accessories, they can help. Customers often take inspiration from the Bathrooms by Design showroom, which features a range of stylish working-displays. Pay it a visit, and you’ll find affordable products by top designers (including Vitra and Laufen). You can even sit down and discuss your ideas over a cup of tea or coffee; Sales Manager Stephen Frakes and the team will strive to make them a reality, however ambitious. And how better to christen your stylish new bathroom, than with a pampering session? Bathrooms by Design has launched a new bath, body and gift section, complete with luxury products. Go on, treat yourself! Contact Bathrooms by Design on 01484 865224; or, for more information, visit their Facebook and Twitter pages.

INDULGENT BATH AND BODY PRODUCTS Specialising in exceptional soap and bath products Pamper and treat yourself with HEYLAND&WHITTLE Purveyors of fine soap and outstanding home fragrance Pure Natural and Organic

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Monochrome has been a top trend on the fashion catwalks throughout 2013 and now it’s spilling over into the world of interiors. Rachel Parry reports.

Striking: Loop wallpaper and Loop and Dhurrie fabric from the Wabi Sabi collection at Scion.


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Top: Lamp Black and Loft White paint from Little Greene. Left frames from Marks and Spencer. Right furniture, bedding, rug and accessories from Marks and Spencer.

Black looks


t a first glance some might find the monochrome trend cold and unimaginative, but the classic combination of black and white can be interpreted numerous ways to suit a variety of tastes and settings. While white and shades of grey are obvious non-offensive hues for the home, throwing black into the mix can be a little too daring for some — though it’s not always necessary to execute the look. Monochrome for the home in its simplest form can be achieved by painting walls plain white then adding interesting pops of grey in furnishings

and accessories — think sleek furniture, striking wall art and decorative photograph frames. For those willing to push the boundaries, small details in black can be added along the way for extra depth and interest. To give monochrome a contemporary twist, a vibrant accent colour can be introduced such as a lime green or neon yellow, both of which look particularly striking in modern living areas. In the bedroom a more luxurious feel might be desired, which can be achieved with an opulent accent

shade such as plum, aubergine or an inky blue. Christina Strutt, founder and creative director of home and soft furnishing specialists, Cabbages and Roses, has noted the rise of monochrome interiors. “I find myself using our black or dark grey hued fabrics more and more, especially in the city,” says Christina. “There is a gentle elegance and subdued calm with a monochrome scheme, particularly suited to apartments and city living.” Christina suggests using patterned fabrics to achieve the look: “I usually


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Above French Toile Black fabric from Cabbages and Roses. Top right furniture, decor and accessories from Marks and Spencer. Bottom left Loft White, Urbane Grey, Lamp Black, Trumpet and Shallows paint from Little Greene.

begin a scheme with the curtain fabrics as this will be the largest area of pattern in a room – I prefer to keep sofas and armchairs plain so that you can introduce other pattern with cushions. “It is also much easier to achieve a change of look by adding new cushions to a theme rather than changing the covering of the sofa.” For a simple interior statement it is best to pick just one striking patterned item such as a bold bedspread, rug or wallpaper to act as a focal point. Alternatively, bring together a variety of printed furnishings and accessories


for a clash of patterns. To make an impact without pattern, a dark shade of grey paint can be used to create a solid feature wall — it’s important, however, to think about the light in the room to avoid closing in spaces too much. A white floor will help to open up the area whilst remaining within the colour palette. For a more feminine feel, monochrome can also be made to look chic, elegant and moody. To achieve the look steer clear of stark black and white and instead use a mix of grey tones and off-white for

a softer finish. Wallpapers in romantic, mystical patterns, mirrored furniture and hints of silver in accessories such as lampshades and cushions should be considered. For an element of drama, black accessories can be added in decorative wall-hangings and framed mirrors. So you see monochrome in the home is neither cold nor boring, instead it can be used to create striking and timeless interiors and provides an ideal solution for the colour shy.

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allowe’en and bonfire night celebrations aren’t just for children – there are opportunities for all ages to join the seasonal fun. Rather than drawing the curtains and ignoring trick or treaters at the door on October 31, why not embrace the creepy date and plan a fun evening in for family and/or friends. A great way to mark the occasion is to throw a Hallowe’en party. To make sure the event is a success it’s a good idea to plan outfits, decorations, food and entertainment a little in advance. You should be able to source all you need locally, from great fancy dress costumes and effective decorations, through to the locally-produced food and drink to make sure your guests are well fed and watered. Children can be kept entertained with spooky themed treats such as

Hallowe’en goody bags and creepy cupcakes while adults can create fitting cocktails such as Bloody Marys or Devil’s punch. When it comes to the entertainment, a Hallowe’en party isn’t complete without a great playlist including hits such as Michael Jackson’s Thriller and the Ghostbusters theme song. Further party games/activities could include apple bobbing, a costume competition and a Hallowe’en hunt for the children to search out creepy treats hidden around the house such as chocolate eyeballs and jelly spiders. For those who choose not to throw their own party, there are usually organised Hallowe’en events within the community which provide fun for all ages such as ghost walks, spooky trails, pumpkin carving, scary storytelling and even haunted train rides.

It’s also worth looking out for nearby restaurants and pubs that are embracing the seasonal spirit by putting on special menus and events for both Hallowe’en and bonfire night. Spectacular firework displays and impressive bonfires can be seen at organised events, but you might also want to hold your own bonfire night celebrations around November 5. To make sure your event goes with a bang, ask for guidance when buying fireworks from suppliers to ensure your outside space is suitable and you know how to light them safely – and don’t forget the sparklers. When it comes to food, why not head to the local butchers for homemade sausages to make hot-dogs, or minced meat to make a hearty chilli to keep you and your guests warm while enjoying the display.


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We have a selection of the finest garden and display fireworks including ranges from award winning KIMBOLTON and BROTHERS, both world leading firework companies. Also popular fireworks from BRIGHT STAR and ABSOLUTE FIREWORKS. We buy the best fireworks at the lowest prices and pass the discount to our customers. With over 40 years experience in pyrotechnics, let us help give your display the WOW factor and make it a night to REMEMBER.


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Mosaic has been following the development of an unusual extension in Hoylandswaine. Rachel Parry went to see the final result. 42 HOMES PROPERTY

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Laithe’s hidden secret


quirky underground extension to The Laithe, a 550-year-old barn conversion in Hoylandswaine, has caused its owners sweat, tears and a stack of money — but the stunning results make it all worthwhile. Resembling a project from the pages of Grand Designs magazine, Greg and Heather Parkin have made their property unique by embracing both the old and the new to create their ‘forever home’. When Mosaic first met the couple in October 2012 they explained how they’d been forced to think outside the box and take their expansion plans underground. Planners had rejected numerous other proposals they’d put forward on the grounds they would distort the listed property’s appearance.

With the help of Hoylandswaine architect Andrew Brown, Greg and Heather have added an ultramodern extension to their rustic barn conversion which will enable the couple to call the property home for many years to come — providing ample space for them, and their two young sons Henry and Stan. Concealed below the garden outside the property and accessed via a staircase from within, the added space is somewhat of a hidden secret. It houses an impressive family living area/cinema room, large utility and storage room as well as new bedrooms and a bathroom for the boys. Concept to completion has not been an easy journey for the Parkins though, with the project swallowing up much more time and money than

first expected. “I can certainly sympathise with people on Grand Designs and the like when they run out of money or go over the completion date,” says Greg. “The problem is once you start you can’t quit — you have to see it through to the end even if that does cost you more. “The project took us six months longer than we expected but we were determined to get it right and make it robust. Building underground is totally different to building on ground level so everything requires a great deal of thought and there is often a little trial and error involved. “We had things go wrong and things we had to rethink along the way, but I enjoy a challenge so it didn’t put me off. One of the biggest challenges we faced was the drainage


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as we had to be sure no water could get into the extension which meant coming up with a way to gather the water from around the structure and then pump it up to ground level where it could be drained away. “It also took longer than expected to dig out the staircase to the main property as we hit solid rock — the mess it caused meant we had to move out for six weeks.” When Mosaic last visited in March, the shell of the extension and internal walls had just been put in place. Since then the plumbing, electrics, plastering, joinery and flooring has all been completed with the vast majority of the work being carried out by highly-recommended local tradesmen who impressed Greg and Heather with their dedication and skills. In a clear contrast from the main property which features the original barn crucks, the out-of-sight extension


is simple yet striking with the use of crisp white walls, large areas of glass and impressive light fittings. The decor is fun and contemporary with pops of rainbow colour and quirky furniture. Without doubt the most eye-catching feature is a timberclad curved wall in the living area/cinema room — an idea of Heather's based on the famous Velodrome from last year’s Olympic Games. Considering it’s underground, the extension is incredibly bright. This is thanks to two light wells in the roof, one of which sits above a hallway which channels natural light to the boys’ bedrooms, bathroom and living area/cinema room via panels of glass in the walls. Greg has future-proofed the project with an automation system with Cat5 wiring which controls the music system, CCTV, cinema, internet and lighting in the extension but can be

controlled from the old part of the house too. The outside areas of The Laithe have also undergone a transformation with turf laid on top of the extension and the addition of a Yorkshire stone flagged patio area and paths, plus new dry stone walls and flower beds. The Parkins are now the proud owners of a five-bedroom property that combines the best of both worlds — a cosy countryside retreat with ultra modern living areas for escapism. “This is easily the most stressful thing we have ever done but the result is incredibly rewarding,” says Greg. “It’s provided us with great practical and socialising areas that we are already making the most of as a family and with our relatives and friends. “It’s definitely our forever home — there’s nothing else like it.”

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Cupid Connections Cupid Connections extends a warm welcome to all. Our spacious showrooms provide a friendly relaxed atmosphere in which to select either the wedding gown, bridesmaid or prom gown of your dreams. We provide a wide choice of modern and traditional menswear for the groom. In addition we have a fantastic range of accessories to make your look complete. Please call in and allow us to help you experience your dream. Opening times: Monday: By appointment only Tuesday: 10am – 5pm Wednesday: 10am – 5pm Late night by appointment Thursday: By appointment only Friday: 10am - 5pm Saturday: 10am – 4pm Sunday: Closed

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Positioned on the edge of the Pennines and approached through glorious unspoilt countryside a substantial 6 bedroom character home plus adjoining 1 bedroom cottage set within privately enclosed 2 acre grounds. Belle Royd Farm enjoys an enviable location commanding breathtaking views in all directions retaining original period features throughout such as exposed timbers and inglenook fireplaces. Recently extended to present a connecting, self contained cottage having its own electricity meter resulting in flexible versatile accommodation.Whilst boasting an idyllic rural setting the property is well served by an abundance of local amenities, is centrally positioned to surrounding commercial centres and is only a short drive from the M1 Motorway network. EPC Rating E

1 Queens Court, Regent Street, Barnsley S70 2EG. Tel 01226 729009 19 Railway Street, Huddersfield HD1 1JS. Tel 01484 550620 Scan me with your smart phone to view the listed properties online. HEAD OFFICE: 121 PARK LANE, MAYFAIR, LONDON W1K 7AG

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An individual stone built character home privately situated within its own gardens boasting spacious accommodation which is presented to an exceptional standard throughout in keeping with the external period appearance. The Royds has an oversized double garage lending itself to varying uses and enjoys a sought after location on the outskirts of this much admired semi rural village which is well served by local services including highly regarded schools, is only a short drive from the M1 Motorway network yet is also within a short walk of open countryside. An internal inspection is recommended in-order to fully appreciate the standard on offer. EPC Rating F

1 Queens Court, Regent Street, Barnsley S70 2EG. Tel 01226 729009 19 Railway Street, Huddersfield HD1 1JS. Tel 01484 550620 Scan me with your smart phone to view the listed properties online. HEAD OFFICE: 121 PARK LANE, MAYFAIR, LONDON W1K 7AG

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Traditional felt and bitumen covered roofs fail over time due to them being unable to deal with extremes of temperature resulting in cracks and splits and ultimately allowing water to penetrate your building.

Endon Roofing have the answer!

Single ply membrane is the modern alternative to felt. A well-established flat roofing specialist, Endon supplies the most reliable systems of all – namely, Alwitra single ply membranes. Whether you’re looking to waterproof an industrial roof, replace commercial roofing, or bring flat-roofed residential buildings (think garages, extensions and outbuildings) up to date, Endon Roofing can help. They specialise in flat roof refurbishment. Alwitra’s membranes have been manufactured for over 40 years with no reported failures to date, so you can rest easy choosing this system. Established in 2003, Endon Roofing boasts a dedicated and highly-qualified team; its directors have over 30 years’ roofing industry

experience, while its trained technicians all carry CSCS cards. The firm installs flat roofing systems throughout Yorkshire (though it can also undertake larger commercial projects across the North of England) – and, unsurprisingly, is proud of its top-quality products and service. Indeed, the benefits of single ply flat roofing systems are numerous. Cost effective, long lasting, environmentally friendly and quick and easy to install, they’re a dependable alternative to bitumen-based roofs. Choose from Alwitra’s range of top-quality waterproofing membranes (which are suitable for roofs of all shapes and sizes). You can even invest in a ‘garden roof’, which promotes the growth of rooftop vegetation. Waterproof, lightweight and eco-friendly, it

serves as a natural habitat for insects and birds. Endon Roofing’s service is every bit as impressive as its top-quality products. After carrying out a thorough assessment of your roofing requirements, the Endon team put together clear and cost-conscious proposals. Products are installed by the firm’s experienced flat-roofers – although each project will be arranged and overseen by one of our contracts managers (who act as a point of contact throughout the project). And, with insurance backed guarantees available, you can enjoy complete peace of mind – not to mention your dependable and cost-effective new roof. Contact Endon Roofing on 01924 270822; or, for more information, visit

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Racy move for family chasing the dream 13-year-old motorcyclist Daniel Costilla and his mother tell Doug O’Kane why they moved from California to join a Penistone team.





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Racing ahead: Motorcyclist Daniel Costilla, 13, on the track.


aniel Costilla and his family were shocked when they arrived in the snow-covered UK from California in March but they are loving their new life here and hope it will be the first step on the road to the 13-year-old becoming a world champion motorcyclist. Daniel and his mother Irene decided to make the move because there are more opportunities for riders of his age here than in the USA – world champion Kasey Stoner did the same when he was 15 – but they have fallen in love with their new home especially fish and chips and full English breakfasts. They have been joined permanently

by Daniel’s brother Adrian while his father, also called Adrian, and sister Elizabeth have also enjoyed trips to the UK. The Costillas have swapped San Diego for Sandiacre near Nottingham but have spent plenty of time in Yorkshire as Daniel’s team Repl-Cast UK is based in Penistone, the hometown of owner Gary Dawson. Daniel, who has impressed in his first season despite being one of the youngest riders, said: “Gary has been really good. It has been enjoyable racing for his team. We have a lot of fun but we are also very serious when it comes to racing.” The Costillas came over in March

when the UK was covered in snow and Daniel’s mother Irene admits it was a shock. She said: “It was nothing like we’d ever seen in California. We didn’t have the right clothes. We were putting our milk out on the snow because we didn’t need to use the fridge.” Irene decided to move with Daniel, leaving the rest of the family behind, after he proved he was serious about his sport. She said: “We set up certain goals that Daniel had to reach with his racing back home before we would do something like this. He had to prove that he really wanted it and it was not just a phase. But he has worked really hard and we thought it 

Daniel with brother Adrian, father Adrian, and sister Elizabeth. Daniel and his mother Irene.





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was the right thing to move him over here and for one of his parents to go with him. “It has been a great experience in the UK. We originally planned to go to Spain but we found a team here and it has been a nice detour. Team Repli-Cast take care of everything for us. They are great. “We are liking it here a bit too much, especially the food. “We like fish and chips. We are sampling all the different chip shops in the area. But our favourite is the full English breakfast.” The Costillas do not know whether they will stay in the UK for next season or return home. Irene said: “If we kept going back and forth I think that would affect Daniel mentally because he is still a young boy. It could be that we stay here and enrol Daniel in a school. He has been home-schooled so far while we have been here.” Daniel, who followed his father into motorbike racing when he was four, is grateful to his family for their support. He said: “Not many parents would want their children to take that risk when they are 13. “My dad used to race so my mum knows the risks and she accepts them. She knows it is what I want to do and she accepts it 100 per cent. “Riding fast is really fun. When I’m out on my bike I don’t think about anything else. It is an amazing feeling when you do that perfect lap and it feels right.”

Right: Owner of Repl-Cast UK, based in Penistone, Gary Dawson with motorcyclist Daniel Costilla and, below, with Repl-Cast team-mate.


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Carpets • Rugs • Ready made and bespoke curtains Lighting • Objets d’art

Find us on the main A633 Barnsley/ Rotherham road, Wombwell.

Tel: 01226 753300 OPENING HOURS: Monday to Saturday 9.00am-5.00pm. Sunday CLOSED.

Barnbrooks FP



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Special gifts for special occasions

Fenella Smith - Large Pheasant Mug

Robert Opie - Nostalgia

Emma Bridgewater - Hearts and Zinnias

Sophie Allport - Stag Family

Julie Dodsworth

Shades of China is a china and gift shop located within the beautiful West Yorkshire town of Holmfirth. Established over thirty years ago, and under the present owner for the past six years, the welcoming shop is the perfect place to treat yourself to something special or to find wonderful gifts for a whole host of occasions. The shop is particularly popular with those looking for wedding and christening gifts, plus there’s lots of

Fenella Smith - Large Labrador Mug

beautiful options for birthday, anniversary and thank you presents. Customers will find a wide choice of ceramics, particularly by modern British designers such as Julie Dodsworth, Fenella Smith, Sophie Allport, Susie Watson and Cath Kidston. There’s also a large range from the popular Emma Bridgewater including pottery, cake tins and stationery. Exclusive gift options by local designers on display include

Susie Watson Designs

wildlife mugs by Joanne Kell and personalised wooden plaques and rustic hearts by Love To Send. Shades of China also stock exquisitely hand-cut crystal glasses and vases by Royal Scot Crystal, a lovely nostalgia range of ceramics, coasters, tea towels and tins by Robert Opie and beautifully crafted candle collections by Shearer and Woodwick. Come along and view the ranges for yourself, we’re open 7 days a week.

Stockists of:

Emma Bridgewater + Susie Watson Designs + Sophie Allport + Fenella Smith Julie Dodsworth + Alex Clark + Cath Kidston + Border Fine Arts Arora Designs + Portmeirion + Woodwick Candles and Diffusers

Gift Wrapping Service • Greeting Cards for all Occasions Selection of Christening Gifts • Children’s China

Shades of China

23 Hollowgate Holmfirth HD9 2DG 01484 687596

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Advertiser’s Announcement

Visit Floormaster for a quality, no gimmicks, no obligation service Established 30 years ago, Floormaster is a highly recommended, family-run business that prides itself on its outstanding products and friendly customer service. Located at unit 24 Cannon Way in Barugh Green, the business has recently relocated to a new, extensive two-storey showroom where it offers the same high class service with a wide selection of products. Happy to assist in fulfilling all your flooring needs, experienced staff are on-hand to offer honest advice on suitable products and will help you to match to existing décor and furnishings. There is something for every home or business, from classic to contemporary, including a large range of carpets, vinyls, laminate and solid wood flooring, plus every make and range of cushioned vinyl luxury flooring. Floormaster is also an authorised retailer and supplier of Pergo, Quickstep, Amtico and Karndean design flooring and many more, with full ranges on display. Staff will happily discuss your requirements at the showroom, or if it's more convenient, arrange for a Floormaster mobile showroom to visit your home with over 5,000 samples at a time that's convenient to you – daytime, evenings or weekends. Distance is no problem and no job is too small. Customers can expect a very competitive quotation, with no hidden costs, based on products selected with no obligation to buy. As part of its complete service, Floormaster will uplift and take away old floor coverings, move furniture and plane doors. The fact that more than 80 per cent of all new orders Floormaster receives are either repeat business or from customer recommendations speaks for itself. VISIT THE SHOWROOM, OPEN SIX DAYS A WEEK AND SUNDAY BY APPOINTMENT, TO MAKE A QUALITY INVESTMENT IN YOUR HOME.




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Have you dreamed of driving a BMW? Dominic Musgrave discovers they are now more affordable as he heads for the road for a test drive.

Meet the ‘king among saloons’

More affordable: The stunning BMW 3 Series.


F you always dreamed of driving a BMW but always assumed they would be too expensive then think again. Because the 3 Series is currently available with a £500 deposit at £369 per month 3.9 per cent APR. Throw in an inclusive five years’ 50,000 miles service of £425 and the 3 Series is even more attractive. In a market that is becoming increasingly competitive, the BMW 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-inch 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-inch double-spoke light alloys and switchable ambient lighting between orange and white. The 0 to 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 £23,180 OTR and is available from Sandal BMW.





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Bill Bass, Horticulturist: Totties Garden Centre:

“As I look out in my garden, I feel a sense of pride, it really is a lovely room except it is outside. Where lovely things mix and match, and greenery fills the walls. The sound of trickling water, coming from the fish pond.” What a lovely scene and a wonderful thought. What’s keeping you, come on get cracking.

FIVE JOBS FOR OCTOBER 1: Lay and repair lawns by seed. Double dig and rake to a fine tilth


then sow the seed. The

Right now we have our wonderful garden and all is looking good.

will do the rest.

Now comes the hard part: keeping it that way. Remember when I spoke about nature trying to get rid of all our plants and replacing them with her own? That is what is starting to happen now.

border mark areas that

So we have to be on our mettle. Do this in two ways. First look after the plants. Feed them regularly. Water when it’s dry; don’t miss this.

bulbs. Starting with

Trees need staking for the first year to help them grow strong and remember to top dress with slow release fertiliser. Tall herbaceous perennials need to be staked for support. Start doing this in March.

tulips last.

A simple way is to put three canes around the plant about two thirds the height of the plant. Then put string around the canes to form a frame. Keep adding string as the plant gets taller. The foliage of the plant will cover the cane and the string.

cyclamen and grasses.

warm soil and showers 2: In the herbaceous need to be changed. This can then be done in November. 3: Start planting spring snowdrops and crocuses, then daffodils and hyacinths and then 4: Plant up autumn tubs, pots and baskets. Use: Pansy, pot mums, ivy, dwarf conifers, 5: Stake tall blooms, the autumn and winter are not far away, (sorry I said that) and the wind can damage

Next tackle the weeds, nature’s best plants. Hoe regularly between the plants to keep the weeds down. As the plants establish this will become more easy. When you walk around the garden, if you see a weed, pull it out, job done. When working in the garden, a little and often is best. And remember to enjoy.


them. At Totties there is an abundance of plants, tools, gifts, decorations, paving stones, garden furniture, fertiliser and sundries to choose from.

Around the garden in October: ROSES: Remove rose suckers that appear around the base. Stop feeding now. Cut them off as close as possible to the rootstocks below the soil. Take cuttings from healthy stems. New shoots of climbing roses should be tied back. This will prevent them being damaged by wind and heavy rain. Continue to remove faded flowers. If you have a rambling rose in your garden then this can now be pruned after flowering. VEGETABLE GARDEN: Keep planting leeks, late cabbage and cauliflower plants as space becomes available. If caterpillars are seen on any brassicas spray with an insecticide. Sow spring cabbage for planting in late autumn. THE LAWN: Keep the lawn looking luscious and green by raking the old grass and water it well. Lawns always look better when they are neat and trim. Enjoy your garden, it’s a great place to work and relax in. And it’s all yours.

JSS Installations FP



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8 Reasons to buy a composite door from us 1. Solid hardwood core - not foam filled 2. Guaranteed colour fast 3. Woodgrain skins to match all woodgrain finishes 4. Largest colour range in the UK 5. Largest style range in the UK 6. Exclusive designer furniture 7. Highest energy efficiency 8. Highest security door cylinders - anti-bump, anti-drill, anti-snap, anti-tamper

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Stockists of: Chamilia, Nikki Lissoni, Lovelinks, Fiorelli Ice-Watch, Sekonda, Tresor Paris, Pure Attraction, Coeur de Lion, Citizen, Storm, Fred Bennett, D for Diamond, Jersey Pearl & It Bracelets

23/24 The Arcade, Barnsley, S70 2QP Tel: 01226 770878

Rimmington Autos A4



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The Garage You Can Trust


• FULL AIR CONDITIONING DIAGNOSTIC MACHINE • SERVICING • REPAIRS • MoT’s ALL MAKES and MODELS Petrol and Diesel, Cars and Light Commercials • • • • • • • • • •

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Appointed Member (and National Excellence Award Winners 2011) of The Good Garage to carry out industry standard servicing to all makes of vehicles.

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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




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Neil Sean

Neil Sean has numerous stories from his time as a showbiz reporter. He shared some of them with Lynsey Bradford.


eil Sean has, at one time or another, done most things showbiz. He’s appeared in West End shows, recorded tracks for the likes of Jason Donovan, interviewed numerous celebrities and counts Simon Cowell among his friends. He spent many years reporting from the glitzy world of showbusiness for Sky News and anyone who reads the Metro will recognise him from the small, but highly entertaining Green Room column. He even spent a few years in America working for NBC. But by his own admission, showbusiness was something he fell into. Originally from Mirfield, Neil, 44, started out as a compere. Initially, he thought that would end up being his career. Little did he know. Having become disillusioned with his job in a discount store, Neil moved to the bright lights of London, where he took parts in West End shows including Copacabana. He was recommended to music producer Pete Waterman by Barry Manilow and became the ghost singer on Stock, Aitken and Waterman hit records. He can be heard on more than 300 songs including


the likes Robson and Jerome, Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue. “Jason could sing, but not brilliantly. I later found out that they would blend two or three vocals to his voice. I always thought it was a bit odd that they gave him a record deal,” says Neil. Arguably, his crowning moment came when he accidentally pulled off John Travolta’s wig with his cufflink during an interview. Or maybe it was the time he walked in on Bridget Jones actress Renée Zellweger wearing nothing but her underwear? “I said sorry. She just screamed.” Of the hundreds of celebrities he has interviewed, Neil prefers chatting with those he calls legends, such as Tony Curtis and Debbie Reynolds. But there are some he’s not fond of, most notably Patrick Stewart, who, he says, has been rude whenever they have met. Nowadays, Neil still mingles with the rich and famous at the Westminster Live – a studio near the Houses of Parliament he co-runs which provides live linkups to television programmes. Antonio Banderas was one of the latest celebrities to drop by and it is used by programmes such as Britain’s Got Talent and for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing. But reflecting on his career, Neil says: “If I’m honest, I think I was successful because I didn’t know the drill. They just sort of say ‘off you go’. I went to the Oscars and other awards and didn’t know the etiquette, I just kind of went along with it. “I do think there is a definite north and south divide. I think people think because we’re northerners, we’re thick. I’ve had a lot of that, but I’ve enjoyed most of what I’ve done though.”

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INSPIRATION Kitchens Bedrooms Bathrooms Building

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