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6 PROFILE Sculpted bodies: How Graham Ibbeson makes fun from bronze
PROPERTY Pennine view: Why this rural home chimes with the times
17 INTERIORS Sofa, so good: The challenge of converting a Victorian school
HOMES Flower power: How to banish winter with a touch of spring
30 VISUAL ARTS In the frame: Natalie puts Cawthorne in the picture
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the style magazine for where you live in Yorkshire. Our hope is to entertain and inspire you. February can be a dank month, so we hope to offer some optimism and cheer in this issue. We join a country ranger on his glorious patch around Langsett. And we meet a gardener whom the seasons rarely defeat in his efforts to transform former industrial land into a green paradise. We begin a series which will chart the progress of the conversion of an old school into a home by our interior design writer, Alison Brind. And while you are reading Mosaic, weâ€™ll tell you the secrets of making a cup of espresso to go with it. Robert Cockroft Editor
DRINKS Home brew: Meet the baristas who know their lore
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE STYLING How to be right on the tiles
FABRICS Turning the clock back for a new look
COOKERY Relish the boys with the black stuff
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Inanimate humour: Sculptor Graham Ibbeson in his studio surounded by his creations, left, and, right, a bronze of his granddaughter, Poppy.
Making fun of figures
extensively throughout Europe and the USA. His work is in public collections in the British Museum, the London Toy Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Canadian Arts Council and the Tokyo Toy Museum. Graham, 56, who was brought up in Cudworth, near Barnsley, and went to a county secondary school, comes from mining stock on both sides of the family. His mother was a Geordie and his father was from Barnsley. He was an apprentice electrician at the NCB's Shafton Workshops when he got the chance to attend Barnsley School of Art, but left there after a year when he met his wife, Carol. He then worked in the chocolate and hard boiled sweets departments at Thorntons factory in Belper in
Derbyshire before his career took off. He gained a BA (Hons), first class, at Trent Polytechnic and an MA (RCA) Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. He has completed between 350 and 450 life-size sculptures including Eric Morecambe in bronze, which was unveiled in the Lancashire resort by the Queen; five hunger marchers for Jarrow; Cary Grant for his birthplace, Bristol; and Laurel and Hardy. His roots have not been forgotten. ‘The South Kirkby Miner’ depicts a powerful bronze figure of a miner wielding a pick like a gladiator handles a sword; his Hucknall (Nottinghamshire) Sculpture is 23 ft high and shows a miner standing on top of a large miner's lamp.
culptor Graham Ibbeson was asked to do a statue for one of the terminals at Heathrow Airport. It included the figure of a little boy holding aloft a sign announcing ‘Welcome home, Mum,’ while standing on the shoulders of another youngster. The British Airport Authority liked the idea but wanted the sign to read 'Welcome to Britain' for obvious reasons. Off went the finished sculpture and back came a phone call from the authority. “We like your idea of two seven-year-old boys spelling Britain wrong,” said the caller. Graham's jaw dropped, having realised he had made a mistake and had put ‘Britian’ on the sign. “But it will have to be changed," added the caller,” otherwise they will be filling in their immigration forms incorrectly.” The spelling was corrected. That was one of the few mistakes Graham has made. He has been a professional sculptor since 1978 and has exhibited
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‘There is a lot of affection in the work, an under belly of emotion. I am serious about being daft’
‘Little Buddha’: Graham Ibbeson’s statue of his granddaughter, Poppy
The humorous side of his other work draws inspiration from an unholy alliance of the Beano and Dandy, Tom and Jerry cartoons, saucy seaside postcards, the antics of Laurel and Hardy and Barnsley. He tried to do a Bash Street Kids' sculpture for pleasure but DC Thomson, the Dundee publishers of the Beano, threatened to sue him for breach of copyright. His slapstick humour manifests itself in work such as the large woman who is nonchalantly ironing her horizontal husband on the ironing board. “I had bought an old ironing board from the market,” he said. ”Later I was walking home from the pub and said: ‘Goodnight, lads, the wife will flatten me when I get home.’ That
gave me the idea for the sculpture.” He also likes old-fashioned tin baths. He puts wheels on them or turns them into unlikely vessels to navigate the perilous oceans, complete with the large lady, the hen-pecked husband and a child who is fishing (A Wife on the Ocean Waves, 1993). “When someone goes into a gallery, I want to see them smile rather than scratch or touch their chins.” He adds: “You do not appreciate Barnsley humour until you have lived away and then returned. We can take the mickey out of ourselves.” But he insists his work can be appreciated at different levels. It's not just Desperate Dan from The Dandy fun, or jokes from the pit, and a lot
depends on the viewer. “There is a lot of affection in the work, an underbelly of emotion. I am serious about being daft.” He also goes through different phases. Angels are now popular, bulldogs were once in vogue: there was the oddball bulldog with a wooden leg and his mate, a parrot with wooden leg, both of whom were depicted on a raft with a pirates' treasure map which included names like Dogcaster, Roverham and Nasherville. His family have been incorporated in his work as well and the latest is his granddaughter, Poppy, aged four, who is the ‘little Buddha of Barnsley’. And a fine little buddha, she is.
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A glorious 18th century longcase clock from Shepley keeps time in Ian and Amanda Robinson’s Pennine home. Maureen Middleton went to visit them
T was a foul, wet morning when I visited Ian and Amanda Robinson’s house on the edge of the moors. As I stepped into the entrance hall, the 18th century longcase clock struck nine with a mellow chime, and once settled in the sitting room the cold, wintry weather dissolved as I was enveloped by the cosy glow of
the surroundings. The house has been converted from farm buildings which belonged to the Bullhouse estate and probably date to the 18th century; a large barn was added in the 1960s. It’s reached via a narrow lane and has views across the rugged Pennines. The couple have been here nine years and have a four-year-old son.
They have combined traditional and antique furniture with modern pieces and the result is a very comfortable family home filled with items which reflect their lifestyle. The ‘new’ barn extension is now the sitting room and here family photographs feature heavily along with a few of Amanda’s horse.
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‘A second longcase clock stands by the door and unusually, has only one hand. It strikes every quarter hour and apparently was quite common in its day’
Comfortable: The Robinsons’ sitting room
A clue to one of Ian’s hobbies is the large, old plan chest which holds his collection of maps. He’s a keen walker and likes to plan his routes well. In a corner by the fireplace is a glazed bookcase, from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire; in the other is a large mahogany chest of drawers and in the centre of the room an old oak chest acts as a coffee table. A second longcase clock stands by the door and unusually, has only one hand. It strikes every quarter hour and apparently was quite common in its day. The stone fireplace contains a multifuel stove. “We had to replace the fireplaces because the existing ones were 1960s style which didn’t fit in with our furnishings,” explains Amanda. This room has been described by friends as having Christmas colours. Amanda has chosen rich reds and
mellow gold shades for the sofas and soft furnishings. The beige carpet is topped by two oriental rugs which contain the same shades. “It’s a fairly large room so we chose warm colours because they make a room feel cosy,” she added. “Initially I thought we’d made a mistake because I couldn’t find any curtain fabric which would match the sofas, but there’s a fantastic shop in Huddersfield called Paper Box and they found this fabric which is perfect.” Windows overlooking the front and rear gardens are in 1960s style. “We thought about replacing them with something more in keeping with a cottage, but they give us such wonderful views that we decided to keep them,” says Amanda. Taking pride of place in the spacious, welcoming hallway is the grandfather clock. “It was made in
Shepley, so it’s almost local,” she explains. An intricately-carved monk’s bench provides a focal point, as well as having practical storage space underneath. A church pew stands against the opposite wall and above there’s a watercolour painting of the house by local artist, Tony Haigh. The dining room has a different look and feel to the sitting room. It’s smaller with dark oak floorboards with floor to ceiling book shelves on two of the walls. An Art Nouveau chaise longue and a button back armchair are upholstered in a patterned fabric which echoes the period and in the centre of the room stands a Georgianstyle dining suite in mahogany. “We found the chaise longue in a little antique shop in Cawthorne. The man who owned it had a very good eye and had them covered for us. The dining table and chairs are reproduction, we picked them up
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Aspects of living: The soft patina of an oak chest, left with dolls’ house, top and the dining room, above
years ago for next to nothing, but they fit really well in here. Ian built the shelves next to the fireplace and we had the others made.” The room has the air of a Victorian study and on such a cold day created a feeling of being cocooned from the weather. “It’s my room; I love to come in here and read,” she says. Across the hall is Ian’s study and behind is the large, farmhouse kitchen. The cabinets in a light-hued wood and fresh green and mellow yellow wall tiles, create a sunny aspect. One of the tiles above the hob, catches they eye and would send a shudder down the spine of unsuspecting arachnaphobes. “We got the tiles from Terra Firma in Sheffield, you could choose to have images fired onto them; I liked the spider.” On one wall is a collection of copper jelly moulds from Amsterdam:
Amanda admits to being a bit of a magpie and buys things wherever she goes. On another wall is a collection of travel posters with scenes of snowcovered alps. “Ian’s a keen skiier, and they’re from places we’ve visited.” The first floor is reached via a spindled staircase. At the top is an old chest of drawers and a framed photocopy of the Bullhouse estate showing its parcels of land around 1944. There are five bedrooms and it’s fair to say the master is quite grand. It comprises a large bedroom and dressing room with adjoining shower room. Such a bedroom easily accommodates the carved French bed, mahogany wardrobe and matching chest of drawers. An archway leads to the dressing room which contains an impressive Edwardian wardrobe with various compartments for shirts, hats and the
like. The rooms are decorated in pale cream, with sage, cream and warm apricot floral bed linen and curtains by Sanderson providing subtle colour. The striking shower room has an Edwardian-style suite in white. From every window in the house there are far reaching views of the rugged countryside, one of the reasons Ian and Amanda bought the house. “I was brought up in the countryside, in deepest Lincolnshire and Ian’s from Southampton. We’re outdoor types and this location is perfect for us. I have a horse in livery nearby but I want him to be with us all the time. We haven’t the land, so sadly we have to move. Fortunately our new house isn’t far away, it’s still in the area we love.” The house is on the market with Fine & Country Homes by Lancaster, Barnsley
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The North America Travel Service Story is certainly an impressive one. Opening its Market Street doors as Kennedy Travel in 1971, the company has grown from its Barnsley base as a high street travel agent to become North America Travel Service, the UK’s leading specialist travel company offering quality, designer vacations for discerning travellers wishing to visit the United States of America, Canada and the Caribbean.
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Working on the basis that ‘knowledge is power’, the company has titanic standing within the travel industry – enjoying the benefits brought about by a sales team with real longevity of service. This incredible amount of knowledge in all aspects of the destination – from knowing the finest resorts and hotels to being able to recommend the most suitable holidays for each and every client (everybody’s definition of the ‘ideal vacation’ is of course very different). Throughout the company, there are five members of staff that have served over 21 years each and over 20 that have served in excess of 10 years; it’s a key contributing factor to North America Travel Service being voted ‘Best Specialist Tour Operator to the USA’ for five consecutive years since 2002.
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Story: Maureen Middleton Pictures: Wes Hobson Vision and nerves of steel are probably the main requirements for tackling a major building project of a scale worthy of a spot on TVâ€™s Grand Designs. Sean and Alison Brind are about to put their mettle to the test as they embark on renovating a 19th century school in a South Yorkshire village. Most people would have taken one look and headed for the nearest darkened room, but they canâ€™t wait to start to turn it into their dream home. Page 18.
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Lessons from a school Alison is an interior designer and Sean a project manager with national building company Willmott Dixon, so it’s fair to say they have the imagination and skills more than most, to allow them to take on such a mammoth task. Last October they moved with their three small boys into their new home in Darton which couldn’t be more different to the smart, comfortable Victorian villa they had left behind in Barnsley. It comprises the original school hall to which a series of 1960’s flat-roofed buildings have been added, some of which are not even connected to the heating system. “The house had been on the market for two years,” says Alison, “and as soon as I saw it I could see its potential. With Sean’s experience in estimating building costs, he wasn’t at all sure it was good idea. But it ticked all the boxes. We were looking for a place to do up, it was detached and it had a large garden and adjacent
The old school hall: an interim look
wood, which were great places for three boisterous boys to play. “We came to look at the house three times, in spring, summer and winter, and It took us a year to decide to buy. We were in our last house for 12 years and we had just completed everything we set out to do. We were younger and hadn’t the money to do everything at once. But we hope to get this finished within a year. We have set ourselves a budget and have sworn not to exceed it. “It’s a big task but I’m not at all fazed. Sean knows what he’s doing and we have a good architect, and although I have strong ideas about
what I want, I trust him and I‘m willing and go with his ideas if they are for the best. Of course, everything is subject to planning permission.” The project involves knocking down some of the ‘bolt-on’ rooms, one of which is the galley kitchen, which will make way for a drive. The large extension at the front of the house, now used as a dining hall, will become the kitchen. “I love big family kitchens and this is the perfect size,” she added. “It’s north facing but it has lots of large windows that let in the light. At right angles to this extension is the garage and wood store, which will
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Great potential: Behind the facade, a Victorian school is struggling to get out. Also ripe for development, the garden, below
Going: The old gallery kitchen will be demolished to make way for a drive
be extended to the height of the original building’s roof line to accommodate bedrooms. The ground floor of this area will become a large entrance hall. The sitting room is a most impressive room, it’s the original school hall complete with wooden flooring and large windows affording far reaching views. The hall has been carved up to incorporate a smaller room beyond, which has a mezzanine floor above, reached via an iron staircase reclaimed from a factory. “All this is coming down and we’re taking out the partition wall to take the hall back to its original size. The brick fireplace obviously isn’t original so that’s also going,” says Alison. The main bedroom and shower room will be kept. Until the garage extension is complete their two smaller boys are sharing a bedroom
which has an adjacent toy room, a sauna and the old school’s sluice. These rooms will eventually become a large reception room. “The first phase of the work is going to be the garage and wood store extension because we have lots of friends and family who often come to stay so we really need guest rooms. Because of the adjacent wood, we intend to clad its exterior in cedar so that it blends in with environment. “We have three children so we sometimes have to compromise and put practicality before style. But we have promised ourselves we are going to pay attention to good quality fittings.” Just before Christmas, the couple set about decorating the main areas. The sitting room is a huge space and they had to have a tower to reach the ceiling. Ideally they would have liked
to paint it white, but they wanted to get it done quickly and it would have needed several coats. In the end they chose midnight blue which makes the room feel warm and is the perfect background for the cream leather sofas and modern artworks. A large crystal chandelier which they inherited from the previous owners, throws twinkling light around the room creating a magical effect. They decorated the north-facing dining hall in white to maximise the light and painted the large bathroom, part of which will be taken for the entrance hall, in white from ceiling to floor. “We have a lot of work to do but it will be worth it. We all love it here; I haven’t given the old house a single thought,” Alison says. Mosaic will follow the progress of Sean and Alison’s house in coming issues.
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Warming to tiles Stylish floorcoverings are an important aspect of interior design and for decades carpet has been the favoured solution. But all thatâ€™s changing. Thanks to effective insulation and increasingly sophisticated underfloor heating, weâ€™re now following the example of
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Spring fever: A fresh arrangement of daffodils and tulips, above, and right white vases set of the hyacinths
Hyacinth bouquet February is a drab month when spring seems far off. Spirits need lifting and thereâ€™s no better way than filling the house with fresh flowers. Random colours are great for creating that homely cottage look, but if you prefer minimalism then keep it simple with one or two stems â€“ and stick to a colour theme to complement your decor. Flowers such as lilies, freesia, carnations and roses not only look fabulous but announce their presence with glorious scent bringing hope of warm sunshine. Hyacinths in their sugared almond shades have a beautiful scent and cheer up dismal days. Daffodil and tulips are always welcoming and the miniature varieties offer even greater choice to the arranger.
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Etchings and Roses by Sanderson, in empire yellow, left, and, above, Camelia in duck egg blue by Wilman
Touch of the blues Spring’s the time for sprucing our homes and giving them a fresh look. A spot of decorating and a change of soft furnishings are all that’s required to give a room a makeover. Colours this season are bold, and black should feature somewhere in a room. It needn’t take prominence, it can be used for emphasis in accessories such as vases, candlesticks,
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Natalie Murray is in charge of an art collection that includes Constable and Canaletto. But she’s on the hunt for paintings by Cawthorne family, as Adam Civico explains
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eauty and serenity. Not a bad combination, especially when it comes courtesy of your employer. It is what Natalie Murray can expect every time she turns up for work at Cannon Hall, and not simply because of the grounds. She is the new collections manager, responsible for the art, furniture and artefacts owned by the museum. She's been in the job about two months and has already been impressed by the collection. The walls are adorned with fine paintings, including Constable’s Mrs Tudor, one of the few portraits he painted, and The Interior of a Courtyard by the great Italian, Canaletto. As Natalie, 33, gazes at the paintings you can see her delight. She says: “One thing I love about fine and decorative arts is the beauty and serenity you get from them. There is nothing quite like it because you get such a feeling of beauty, there is so
Fine art: Cannon Hall collections manager, Natalie Murray, with sculptures by Gertrude Spencer Stanhope. Picture: Scott Bairstow
much detail.” The hall is also home to more than 50 paintings in its William Harvey collection. The mainly Dutch and Flemish works were collected by Barnsley businessman William Harvey in the 19th century. He’d made his fortune in the linen industry and was a benefactor in Barnsley. However, wealth also allowed him to pursue his love of art and become a collector and encourage others to take up the arts. On his death Harvey bequeathed £1,000 to establish a school of art in the town but his legacy, the collection left to the nation by his nephew in 1917, did not become Barnsley's until
2002. It is now at Cannon Hall. Fine paintings they may be, but Natalie is looking to add to the collection by buying the works of a family with strong links to the hall. She has an annual budget of just £2,000, not much in a world where paintings swap hands for millions. But she is excited at the prospect and has already bought five paintings by the Hold family. They are both oil on canvas and are in a good condition but need some restoration before they go on public display in the hall. Natalie said the paintings, A Wooded River Landscape, by Abel Hold and Fish on a Grassy
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Natalie Murray and James Massey with works from the Cannon Hall collection. Below: A Sunday School key from the store.
Riverbank, by his son Benjamin, were painted in countryside that abuts Cannon Hall. Abel moved to Brook House, Cawthorne, in 1852 where he lived and painted until his death in 1896. He was under the patronage of Walter Spencer-Stanhope, the then owner of Cannon Hall, and Hold was inspired by the wildlife and landscapes found around Cawthorne. Benjamin painted in a similar vein. Natalie says: "We believe the landscape painting to be a local scene so we were keen to get that as it is a really good addition to the collection. The painting by Benjamin is different to the other Hold paintings we have in the collection. We hadn’t had an acquisitions budget and the Hold paintings were the first to have been bought for several years. I am looking to really assess what we have and where our gaps are and where we can enhance the collection. The Hold
paintings are a fantastic example.” Natalie’s enthusiasm for the task is clear and it started at an early age. She was raised in Lincolnshire where museums and history grabbed her. She recalls, “My interest in museums goes back to when I was at primary school. When I was about nine my school went to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life in Lincoln. There was a row of room settings from the Victorian period, I was really taken by
them and can still remember it now. The settings immediately made you start imagining how people lived in those rooms.” Those memories sparked an interest in history which Natalie pursued through college and university. She read history at York and has an MA in museum studies from Newcastle. Her love of all things past, eventually led her to the industrial museums in Sheffield where she worked for several years – and to an encounter with a glass eye. She explains: "Grinding was big business in Sheffield, knives and swords, etc. Because of the speed and intensity that the grinding stones were going round bits would flick off. It was quite common and a biy could go in a grinder's eye and blind him. I wouldn’t recommend leaving a glass eye on a museum's door step, but at least that came with a note explaining what it was.”
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Whether itâ€™s a latte or a filter, coffee making is a blend of art and science. Julian Thorpe watches the regionâ€™s best baristas in espresso action at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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True brew: Competitor Dino Orsolini makes an espresso in his Alto Cafe in Barnsley
Picture: Jamie Lorriman
Baristas raise the bar
miling is strictly forbidden for judges in the national coffee brewing championships. It’s not that they’re miserable people, explains the compere; they’re told to act that way to ensure a fair competition. Indeed, the seven judges have no reason to be miserable: they’re experts in their field. One of them is James Hoffman, last year’s reigning world champion barista (that’s Italian for coffee bartender), and another is his partner, Anette Moldvaer, the world champion coffee taster. They’re surely a match made in heaven, but God only knows what breakfast must be like at their house. “More coffee, dear?” “Yes, but could you grind quicker this time, because oxidisation has left a hint of a rancid aftertaste in that last Guatemalan blend.” The 13 competitors at the sculpture
park have a long way to go before they can reach James’ level. If they make it through today, they’ll go to the final in London, and if they become the UK champion they’ll have the chance to go to Copenhagen to take part in this year’s world championships. The competition, which started as just a bit of fun between some Norwegian café owners, is now in its eighth year and has become a major international event. Winning is more about prestige than cash, but there are prizes and victory can be rewarding. James and Anette are planning to open their own café in London, and one can only assume that, with their reputation and expertise, it will be a success. Championship co-ordinator, John Sherwood, mentions that one of the competitors, a young lady from Leeds,
can get so nervous she is barely able to serve. Meanwhile, in a back room, another two contestants are doing deep breathing exercises to prepare for their ordeal. The competition is designed to recreate a busy café environment, and to that end baristas have just 15 minutes to make four espressos, four cappuccinos and four of their own blend. There’s even a tinny stereo pumping out cheesy music to make it seem more authentic. That’s where the café similarities end, however. Aside from the punishing time limit, the hardest part of the contest is dealing with the pressure of extreme scrutiny. The baristas perform on a small stage in front of an audience of industry figures, as well as the seven judges. Four of the judges sit, stony faced, in a stern line next to the barista. As
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Smelling the coffee: Judging in progress, top left, world champion coffee taster, Anette Moldvaer, left, and Rotherham-based barista Connaire Moran in action, right.
contestants prepare their drinks, another two judges are hovering over them with clipboards marking every minute aspect of their technical abilities. The head judge, also armed with a clipboard, is never far away. While all this is going on, the compere is describing everything the barista does and padding it out with background information about the contestant. On top of that, the barista has to be measured, courteous and extremely knowledgeable about their product and the philosophy behind their coffee. “You can get psyched out by it because you’re on stage and everybody’s watching you,” says Dino Orsolini, owner of Alto Café in Barnsley. “All eyes are on you and there’s a guy with a microphone talking about you. “Being the centre of attention like
that is very humbling.” The key elements to a good cup of coffee, he says, are a strong natural sweetness, a balanced acidity and a hint of bitterness. To that end, his special blend contains a subtle infusion of caramel, orange and ginger, “to point the tastebuds in the right direction”. This is achieved by putting a small amount of each ingredient in a tea strainer and stirring it into the milk, which then goes into the cappuccino. Being able to detect such minuscule differences in flavour is where Anette’s skills come in to their own. While technical ability and presentation are important, it is the coffee’s taste which will gain the successful barista the most points. The aroma of coffee pervades the auditorium throughout the day, but the atmosphere is far from relaxing.
During each performance the compere is counting down – “30 seconds to go” – and the tension is palpable. Between performances, competitors and audience are rushing around preparing, networking, jumping from one guest to another in a frenzy of cheek-kissing pleasantries. Barely a conversation goes by without an interjection of “darling!” from a third party. This must be how Italian culture translates into English, and according to Marco Marzo, barista at Nonna’s in Sheffield, it’s here to stay. “People in England used to drink only filter coffee, but not any more. English people are starting to love the cappuccino, the latte and more diverse coffees.” Alto Café, Pitt Street, Barnsley, 01226 785714
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Some people in South Yorkshire relish the aromatic sauce that emerges from a tiny city centre factory. Others, as Adam Civico reports, have yet to hear of it.
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A relish to embellish
curious smell lingers over Sheffield. It’s predominantly of garlic and emanates from a 19th century red brick house. The building is a throwback to a different era, a time of cobbled streets, master cutlers and steel production on a massive scale. Today, 41 Leaveygreave Road, is conspicuous for its age and rickety, characterful appearance, in stark contrast to the towering, metal clad and glass-fronted university buildings that surround it. And it is conspicuous for the scent of Henderson's Relish, ‘Yorkshire's spicy sauce,’ as the bottle has it. It’s an aroma as integral to Sheffield as the 'dee-dah' accent and the steel trade. The black liquid is loved by Sheffielders who slosh it on pie, peas,
stew, Yorkshire puddings, or just about anything savoury. The Henderson's company was formed by Harry Henderson in the late 19th century but now belongs to Dr Kenneth Freeman, an immaculately turned out figure who speaks in an exquisite public school accent. Not a hint of dee-dah. As he walks around the small premises, just off the Hanover Street dual carriageway, he speaks with pride about Henderson's. “We use the same recipe that has been used for many years. It is a special garlic mixture that gives the unique flavour. I do that and that is the secret ingredient. I will pass that on to my wife and children, it's locked away for now.” As well as pride there is slight air of
the eccentric about Dr Freeman and in many ways he is as characterful as the factory. Perhaps that's what is required to keep production where it is. Henderson's employs three men on the production line, one of whom splits his duties between mixing the Relish and delivering it. The production line is barely five metres long and the bottles – half a million a year – crawl along. “It's steady,” says Dr Freeman, “not like Heinz. But, providing the machines are working, it copes.” That relaxed attitude, and the antiquated capping and labelling machines, would have most businessmen running a mile. Dr Freeman, however, thinks Henderson's should stay as it's always been. That's why it is still produced within half a
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Relish packer Terry Moore, left, with the production line above, bottling machine, bottom left and factory, right.
‘We use the same recipe that’s been used for years. A special garlic mixture gives the unique flavour. I do that, and that is the secret ingredient’
mile of the original factory and is still sold in its traditional 10oz bottles, although bureaucracy dictates the label must now also state the volume is 284ml. “If you go big, you're asking for trouble really. There's money you'd have to spend on advertising and you'd have to keep increasing that all the time or you're losing. It's better to keep it as it is." It might not be a formula to win businessman of the year, but it works for Henderson’s and the same ‘if it aint broke don't fix it’ approach extends to the production line machinery. Terry Moore keeps them running, when he’s not packing bottles into boxes, that is. His is a deep ‘dee-dah’ accent and with utmost honesty he says: “The
labelling machine is about 30 years old and you can still get parts. We don't know how old the capping machine is and if it breaks down we have had it. “Generally we don't have much trouble, we just keep 'em running and if they are running we don't touch 'em, other than to grease 'em.” And while things are ticking over Dr Freeman is content to keep it that way. The business is growing and although the company's PR has you believe that Henderson's Relish is Yorkshire's best kept secret, Henderson's is sold in Preston, Stoke and Nottingham, with orders going around the world. Fans include Sean Bean, Peter Stringfellow and Def Leppard’s Rick Savage. It is in towns closer to home where
selling the stuff is tough. Take Barnsley, barely a hop and skip away, but Henderson's is as foreign as was aba paste or peri-peri sauce. "Barnsley is a funny place,” says Dr Freeman with a mischievous grin. “We go to Morrison's, Asda and Tesco in Barnsley and have reasonable sales. But other places like Chesterfield do really well and that is about the same distance from Sheffield. “Barnsley has an almost antiSheffield sentiment and we don't do terribly well in Leeds, I think there is antipathy, somehow. Some places are Henderson's friendly, others aren't." Not that Dr Freeman seems too bothered. "It's a household name in Sheffield. I'm proud and it is nice to be thought of with affection. Everyone knows us, except in Barnsley."
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Published on Mar 4, 2009
February can be a dank month, so we hope to offer some optimism and cheer in this issue. We join a country ranger on his glorious patch arou...