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SEPTEMBER 2008 Issue Twenty Four
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Welcome to Waterton Park Hotel
Walton Hall Walton Hall is a Georgian Mansion
surrounded by a 26 acre lake, nestling in the grounds of this unique mansion is the Waterton Park Hotel. Our aim is to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Our 65 bedrooms are all individually designed and offering the comfort that you would expect from a quality 4 star hotel.
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Making a Meal of it at Walton Hall Our Bridgewalk Restaurant is open to non residents for Dinner and Sunday Lunch. In elegant surroundings, you can choose from a sumptuous a la carte menu, fresh local ingredients are sought out by our chefs to deliver contemporary British cuisine, we offer a good selection of wines from all over the world to compliment your meal, service is friendly without being obtrusive. Charlie’s Bar is open from 10am until 9.30pm – the perfect place to enjoy informal dining, from morning coffee to dinner; you can also enjoy dining on the terrace with fabulous views of the lake and rolling countryside. For that special occasion we have Private Dining rooms available.
Planning a Wedding? Walton Hall – Waterton Park Hotel is unique. One of Yorkshire’s finest Hotels, this grand Georgian Mansion is romantically positioned on an island surrounded by a 26 acre lake, access only by an ancient iron footbridge. Waterton Park Hotel is surely the ultimate wedding venue for your special day.
Conferences and Banqueting Waterton Park Hotel is an unbeatable choice for your meeting, seminar, conference or banquet. We have extensive experience of providing corporate hospitality and events with a choice of 7 meeting rooms of varying sizes. Our dedicated conference coordinator will ensure that your occasion is not only expertly managed but will also prove to be memorable. Call Kate now to discuss your requirements.
Walton Hall Leisure Club Swim in the clear water of our pool that is located at lake level, relax in the steam room, sauna and bubbling waters of our Jacuzzi, for the more energetic rise to the challenge of our gymnasium or try fly-fishing on our lake. A wonderful place to relax, unwind and meet friends for a coffee and a chat in Charlie’s Bar. Memberships now available.
Waterton Park Hotel, Walton Hall, Walton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF2 6PW Tel: 01924 257911 Fax: 01924 240082 Reservations fax: 01924 259686 email: email@example.com www.watertonparkhotel.co.uk
6 RURAL LIFE: Top Dog: Why Nova the labrador really likes to bark.
PROPERTY Solid values: Wood and stone combine strongly in Upper Denby.
17 INTERIORS Clear view: Architect Kevin Drayton looks into windows.
GARDENS Cover up: The net value of blackberries and redcurrants.
33 FASHION Sewn up: Bags designed and made in a rural community.
MOSAIC Ideas for inspiring people
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So that was summer, was it? I think we can brighten your September, starting with our new garden writer, Michael Klemperer, who conjures brilliant colours from the gardens at Wentworth Castle. And we visit a fashion retailer, in a small village, where bright designs, from dresses to bags, are conceived and made on the premises. A scent of the outdoors comes from Gunthwaite, where we report on the successes of an equestrian family. And, we meet a former pitman who has created a haven for badgers – at an old sewage works. Finally, before you sacrifice your timber windows to plastic, read our expert’s feature on the subject. Robert Cockroft Editor
EQUESTRIAN Riding high: A family’s passion for the elegance of dressage.
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DECORATION Skirting round a room
GARDENS Gothic follies
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Louise Hart trains dogs for the disabled at Nostell Priory. Katia Harston went along to find out how to teach a young dog new tricks
Hark to Nova
t’s easy to see why you might want to spend every day of your working life here, as you stroll down a driveway deep in the Nostell Priory estate. Surrounded by rolling countryside and the glory of the architecture, the estate is a perfect location for anyone whose job requires them to spend a lot of time outdoors, like Louise Hart. She’s an instructor for Dogs for the Disabled, a charity dedicated to training specially selected dogs that carry out lots of practical everyday tasks to assist their disabled owners. She has trained hundreds and when you meet her and the dogs you can see she has a real love for man's best friend, a natural bond that goes way beyond the constraints of her job. And they seem to love her too. At least Nova does. She is the black-as-
Lousie Hart, above and left, teaches Nova how to fetch an item.
soot Labrador with melt-your-heart eyes who is with Louise today. Training starts when the dogs are around a year old and for the young labradors and golden retrievers it’s a little like starting school, only rather than learning the alphabet they are learning the skills they will one day use to help a disabled person. “I work with each dog to find out what they enjoy and what they are naturally good at,” says Louise. “Then I build up their confidence and teach them the practical skills using a reward-based method of training and lots of praise. “So every time Nova here does something right, she'll get a treat and that's why she'll become a work addict.” There are five steps to becoming a dog for the disabled and it’s Louise’s
job to help them master skills in obedience, retrieving, pushing, pulling and speaking on command – that's barking to you and me. “Obedience is the first big step,” she says. “Once you get the dog to obey you, you can start building up the training and it's easy when you have their favourite treat in your hand. “The dogs we use are natural retrievers,” she says, as Nova waits patiently by her side to start. “So I'll begin with something simple like throwing a toy for Nova and saying ‘fetch’ and when she brings it back to me I’ll praise her and give her a little treat from my pocket. As she progresses through her training I'll reduce the treats but she'll stay eager and keen to perform and please because she'll still think there's something in it for her.
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‘With the basics under their collars, Louise can teach the dogs to do almost anything from walking by a wheelchair without distraction, picking up dropped keys, a mobile phone or purse to fetching the post, using lights and opening and closing doors ‘
“It’s the same with barking on command, pushing and pulling. To train a dog to pull I use a rope and play tug-of war and use the word pull so they associate that word and action with a reward. Teaching to push is a little different because we apply this skill so dogs can use buttons or bells and open doors. I have a flat wooden disc and when I say the word ‘push’ Nova has to put her paws on the disc. If she does it properly she gets another treat which she loves.” Now that sounds easy to do, but I was amazed to see how teaching a dog to pull a rope also means it can empty a washing machine or get someone undressed. I’ll be the first to admit my own pet pooch is still struggling to understand the words ‘come here’ after four years, but Louise says training dogs for the disabled essentially boils down to these five basic skills – something I can safely say my own dog possesses little of, apart from the barking of course. But with the basics under their collars, Louise can teach the dogs to do almost anything from walking alongside a wheelchair without
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On alert: Nova awaits a command, above, and walking with Louise Hart, top
distraction, picking up dropped keys, a mobile phone or purse to fetching the post, using lights, buttons, opening and closing doors and my favourite – barking on command to alert attention in an emergency – something that is fun to watch Nova do and even better to hear because she has has such a tuneful bark. There seems to be no end to the
needs of the disabled that these five basic skills can be applied to, and who knows, one day a dog might even be able to make the perfect brew, cook your dinner and record your favourite TV soap. But for now I think we can settle for the amazing job both Louise and the dogs are doing so people with disabilities can live independent lives.
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Denroyd Grange, Upper Denby, was designed to blend with barn conversions and its glorious rural surroundings. It does so handsomely, says Ellie Wilson
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To the manor barn
he only new-build house among a development of barn conversions, Denroyd Grange was designed to blend in with the rural charm of Upper Denby. It is a stone-built property in a manor-house style, with gardens landscaped in the Victorian fashion with a secret path, pergolas and hidden seats. Inside, the galleried reception hall is a profusion of quality stone and golden timber, and while there is something faintly mediaeval about the central stone fireplace with its pair of Goliath-sized sconces bedecking either side, the hall still manages to look
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tastefully contemporary. Every aspect of the internal layout has been arranged to make the most of light and space. From the hall, twin arches lead into a dining room which attracts light through large glazed doors from the garden room beyond. The garden room itself is well served by windows too, of course, giving expansive views over the lawned gardens and the countryside beyond. In the sitting room, an appropriately giant stone fire surround almost touches the handcrafted timbers which lattice the ceiling, a hallmark of the builder, Dudley Parker of Thurstonland.
The kitchen is large enough to fit a further dining area, and was crafted in a contemporary, country style, with a beautiful slate floor, timbered ceiling, hand-built units and sleek, super-sized appliances. In the billiard room at the front of the house, the massive table doesn't even come close to the walls while, upstairs, the spectacularly wide landing gives an almost decadent sensation of space. This has been partially filled with furniture, and large pieces at that: tall bookcases, a cabinet and a leather sofa, but they are still dwarfed by the unusually vast expanse of corridor.
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Traditional values in the design at Denroyd Grange, Upper Denby
In addition to the five first-floor bedrooms, there is also a multipurpose suite running the length of the triple garage below it, used variously as a gym and a children's den and complete with sauna and shower. The house was built in 1998, to the specification of the original buyers, and to such high standards of design and craftsmanship that the current owners, David and Wendy Brooke, haven’t had to make any improvements, even though Wendy, as a property developer, would normally be itching to make her mark on a new property.
The gardens at Denroyd Grange are designed for outdoor living, with a patio, timber decking, and a large, stone-flagged barbecue area. Under the pergola at the rear, there is a beautiful old millstone, which serves dual purposes as an ornament and table. Dudley Parker has been building and restoring fine country properties in and around the Holme Valley for more than 30 years. The motto of his company, Yorkshire County Properties, is ‘building traditional homes with a modern foresight’. Denroyd Grange is certainly a standing testament to his philosophy and his skill.
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The Health and Beauty Spa offers a tempting array of beauty treatments, including facials, massage and an extravagant range of hydrating, detoxifying and tension-relieving body therapies. The spa also specialises in Reiki, the Japanese system of natural healing, reflexology, where pressure is applied to the hands or feet through
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Windows are the eyes of a building, so never underestimate their effect in house design, says architect Kevin Drayton, right
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A touch of glass
f you are from my generation you may remember The Hollies exhorting us to ‘Look through any window’. Well, instead of looking through windows all the time, try looking at them. If the eyes are the windows of the soul, and windows are the eyes of a building, you can see why I think they are so important. Many people only take notice when the glass is dirty or there’s a draught from an ill-fitting frame, but there is more to windows, I assure you, much more. Nowadays the choice of what they are made of for most homeowners is pretty limited. There is timber in softwood and hardwood; the sadly ubiquitous UPVC; aluminium profiles and the rather cunning timber and aluminium combination types. There are others, such as pultruded glass fibre windows and bronze
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frames but these tend to be aimed at the commercial and heritage industries respectively. I grew up in a house that had steel window frames. They are rarely seen now because of their poor insulation and tendency to rust unless diligently maintained. Getting out your blowtorch and scraping off paint is no longer a popular leisure activity. Once you’ve decided on the frame material, you need to consider the glass, a major story in itself. Most people tend to assume that double glazing units are the answer. It is true that they are the standard offering, but even so there are various combinations of glass thickness and type, with different spacings, all of which will act in different ways. Some are designed specifically for security, others for good insulation. Some
glasses come with solar control properties to prevent glare and overheating, for example. However, there are alternatives to double glazing. Triple glazing is slowly gaining ground here, although it has been standard in Scandinavia for many years. And single glazing still has a role to play, particularly in period properties. If appropriate, consider using secondary glazing (like a separate internal window) with single glazed windows, and you may be surprised how effective it is. In fact if sound insulation is a concern, perhaps because of traffic noise, secondary glazing may well be the answer, even with standard doubleglazed windows. Now you’ve got your windows, where to put them? Answer: in the wall, stupid. Well, not quite. It
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Windows in the roof combine with sliding doors to flood the space, left, with light. On this page: a variety of treatments. Pictures by One 17 AD.
‘Windows fixed on the outer face of a building tend to make it as blank as a mime-artist’s mask. Those with deep reveals, on the other hand, can give character to even a simple façade’
depends on a number of things: do you want them to let light in, or to enable you to see the view? Perhaps the answer is both. Do you want them to contribute heat through solar gain (known as the greenhouse effect) or are they mainly for ventilation? You could put them in the roof for example. The equivalent area of window in a vertical wall is unlikely to give you as much light as if it were in a roof. A south or west facing window will contribute heat from the sun on the odd occasions it makes an appearance, whereas north facing windows never will. Or, to quibble slightly, you could put windows in your doors. Windows that go right to the floor and open by hinging, folding or sliding can revolutionise a home. In fact, put south facing, sliding/folding glass doors together with rooflights
and you’ll wonder how you ever lived with conventional windows. Consider also the effect of the placement of the window within the thickness of the wall. While this will, to a great extent, be governed by the construction of the wall, you may well have some leeway. Windows fixed on the outer face of a building tend to make it as blank as a mime-artist’s mask. Those with deep reveals on the other hand, can give character and modelling to even a simple façade. I’ve talked about views out and letting light in, but windows can do even more. Stained or coloured glass windows can be living artworks, as a visit to many churches will testify. One of the subtlest and most effective uses of coloured glass I ever saw was in a barn conversion near Haworth. The architect had inserted blue glass into a
handful of tiny original ventilation holes in the barn walls, glazed directly into the masonry with no intervening frame. The effect in the interior as the sun moved across the façade was magical. I’m nearly out of space and we haven’t even touched on window treatments such as traditional Japanese shoji screens, those delicate panels of rice paper, gently diffusing light and creating mysterious images. Sand blasting and acid etching glass can produce similar effects today, and it’s possible to apply films to existing windows to get a similar result. And then there’s engraving and bevelling. Perhaps more next time. Kevin Drayton is a partner of ONE 17 AD Charatered Architects, Huddersfield. www.one17design.com
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Glass pendants fall in 44 varied drops on the Verona, above, ÂŁ2,499 from Habitat. The handmade ice spike chandelier, right, is by Blowzone. The Tolbert chandelier, top right, with black jewel detailing and pleated satin shades, is ÂŁ250 from Homebase.
A spike in the mains A stunning chandelier will provide the crowning touch to any room. And if traditional crystal and old-style glamour are not to your liking, there are many dazzling contemporary designs, stylish and functional but with the added appeal of a modern art installation. The latest in contemporary lighting design is the colour-changing LED chandelier. The ice spike chandelier from Blowzone, comes in single or mixed colours. The full colour-change LED option automatically scrolls through a full colour cycle on all spikes and can be frozen at any point so that all spikes are the same colour. It can even feature a sound-activated option, react to music or even to voices.
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Our parents called it decorating. Now it’s called ‘wallscaping’, and as Toby Martin reports, it may not be to everyone’s taste,
Rustic skirting from Orac's Country style range.
Design goes to the wall Landscaping changes a flat piece of land into breathtaking scenery. In the same way, ‘wallscaping’ is said to liven up a smooth, flat wall using structures, shapes, colour and depth. This interior decorating concept has been pioneered by a Belgian family firm called Orac, using products made of polyurethane: durable, easy to install, and capable of being formed into exact reproductions of styles, creating possibilities for adding atmosphere and character to a home. Because the use of mouldings has traditionally been, and is still predominantly associated with traditionally inspired interiors, most of its projects are of traditional derivation. Some will love it; some may regard it as just another example of heavy-duty repro naffness. The Orac range is divided into four styles, spanning the design spectrum: Contemporary, characterised by ‘taut, pure lines’; country, ‘for a cosy rustic look’; ‘traditional chic’, and modern, creative artistic living. www.oracdecor.com
A dining room decorated in ‘traditional chic mansion style’, including wall panels, pilasters and panel and cornice moulding.
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Putting on a front: The Garden Facade by Redwood Stone
Follies on a grand scale
ollies had their heyday in the early 18th century, when pavilions, temples, and grottoes sprang up in the great English gardens. These eccentric but beautiful structures served no other function than to impress, amaze or delight. Now follies are making a comeback as a garden focal point, in a more affordable, modern form. The Gothic Folly is a collection of romantic stonework, inspired by the gothic architecture of Wells Cathedral, Glastonbury Abbey and other mediaeval relics. Standard designs include the Cloister, the Temple, the Pavilion, the Bell Tower, the Drawbridge and the Ruin. Sham ruins are perhaps the most prevalent form of folly, thought to have been inspired by the 18th century landscape painters, who often included a ruin in their pictures to stand as a melancholy reminder of the triumph of Time.
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Contemporary romanticism in The Cloister by Redwood Stone.
Although they are primarily ornamental, the new breed of caststone follies can also serve in the modern garden. The Garden Facade, for example, with its arched doorway, can form an entrance to a more secret part of the garden or provide romantic camouflage for a more
workaday area like the compost bin! Redwood Stone is based in the Wells, Somerset. To view examples closer to home, visit the Inside Out showroom in Buxton, which has a selection on display. www.redwoodstone.com
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am the new head gardener at Wentworth, following in the deep footsteps of Steve Catchpole, who did a tremendous job writing a monthly column for this magazine and caring for the gardens. My previous role was at Cusworth Hall in Doncaster, although I am no stranger to Wentworth, and like many, I have followed the progress of the restoration project with a keen interest. As the nights draw in, I hope we may yet be rewarded with a glorious Indian summer, with clear blue skies and days of endless sunshine to warm the spirit before the onset of autumn; although nothing is certain with our weather. The dahlias at Wentworth have again been the star attraction of the John Arnold Garden, capturing the imagination of our visitors with a medley of exotic colours. Dahlias are water-dependent so need carefully watering in the summer and an extra
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Border patrol: Michael Klemperer, the new head gardener at Wentworth Castle
feed during late August / early September to promote strong, healthy growth. Remove dead flowers to promote the plantsâ€™ appearance and encourage new shoots and flowers. Make sure that the stems are regularly secured to their supports to prevent wind damage. Some of our favourites at Wentworth are (all hybrids) Chinese Lantern with rich orange hues, Akita with a yellow centre and blush pink edging to the petals and Abridge Ben with rich purple petals.
Your vegetable patch will begin to look a little thin this month as the bulk of the harvest should now be collected. Pick any remaining green tomatoes and wrap in a sheet of newspaper and store in a cool dark spot to ripen. At the beginning of the month you will still be able to make a sowing of salad leaves, turnips for their green tops and a final sowing of spring cabbage. If you have autumnripening soft fruit, raspberries, blackberries and blackcurrants, cover
‘If you have autumn-ripening soft fruit, raspberries, blackberries and blackcurrants, cover them with protective netting now and be sure to check daily to ensure that no birds have become trapped’
them with protective netting now, although be sure to check daily to ensure that no birds have become trapped. Herbs can still be collected and stored for drying, or better still chop some up fresh and place in ice cubes for later use. Sweet corn is becomingly increasingly popular across the country, and when the golden silks of the corn have turned brown they are ready for collecting. Make sure you peel away the husks to check that the cobs have swollen to their correct size before harvest. Once collected, make sure you eat them
quickly, when they are at their sweetest. There can be nothing better than placing sweet corn under the grill for several minutes, with a generous knob of butter for a tasty supper. If you are looking for some early spring colour next year, wallflowers (erysimum, formerly cheiranthus) will reward you with an appealing display, especially when planted in patio pots with tall-growing tulip bulbs, or in patched at the front of the border. As we run into September, plants are beginning to die back and there will be much tidying up to be
completed this month, but don’t be too tidy. Always leave some piles of dead leaves for beneficial creatures to bed down for the winter. Don’t forget the birds at this time of year either; remember that seed heads provide much-needed food and can also add a decorative element to your borders throughout the Autumn. As the evenings shorten, why not spend your time indoors cooking and enjoying the fruits of your labour; surely nothing can beat the perennial favourite of apple crumble and custard? www.wentworthcastle.org
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Distinctive designer: Jo Lackenby at work in her boutique in Kirkburton, Huddersfield.
Who dares, pins
s customers browse through the high fashion designs at Kirkburton boutique, Dare, they might be forgiven for wondering who the is woman at the sewing machine. She is in fact embroidery graduate Jo Lackenby, founder and designer of Jolaby handbags, working on next season's collection. A hybrid of Jo’s Christian name and surname, Jolaby, was established in 2004 after she decided to use her own techniques to make daring leather handbags. Her distinctive designs quickly transcended the high street bringing about her first concept store Dare which stocks her bags alongside quirky brands oozing edgy fashionappeal that wouldn’t look out of place on a Parisian runway. Jolaby made a name for itself with a strong following in the Corn Exchange in Leeds. She also sold to
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customers over the web and was soon inundated with offers from boutiques wanting to stock her designs. She says: “We have some really outthere designs. They are genuinely hand-made, distinctive and individual designs some of which are one of a kind or a limited collection up to around six. Stockists were really excited by how unique they were and that brought about the concept for the shop: ‘dare to be different’.” Despite being situated in a small Pennine village, the boutique attracts fashionistas from all over the region
and of all ages. And as Jo makes her creations on the premises she can offer a bespoke service to those who wish to individualise an outfit for a wedding or just a night out. The shop is also being used as a test bed for Jo’s clothing range that will be in stock early next year. She says: “Now it’s about multi-use and wearability. The traditional rules of clothes are going out; some of our designs can be worn as a dress or a skirt, even back to front. It is about making your own style, it’s not about age. Our clothes can be dressed up or
‘The traditional rules of clothes are going out; some of our designs can be worn as a dress or a skirt, even back to front. It is about making your own style’
Bags of style: One of the Jolaby ruched collection, above, and right, Handmade Dress by Marquito & Blowman £89 with handmade scarf/shawl £30 by Jolaby, belt £55 by Jolaby.
down. We create accessories to make an outfit not just complement one.” Besides designing a new clothing line Jo is busy working on the autumn / winter collection of bags. The ruched collection has been her fastest seller and will be a hit into next season with trends such as fringing also being key. Jo said: “It is a fairly neutral and muted colour palette for autumn/ winter with browns and greens. In the middle of that we have the party season with black, gold and silver. It will be very glitzy, it’s an annual theme but we will be doing a different take on it. “Everything can be an inspiration. I focus inwards and not on what other designers are doing, I want to push the boundaries not follow others, but at the same time you have to be aware of the trends. You just know when something is right and generally
the more different and experimental the design the better they have been received. If people are paying a bit more for their accessories what’s the point in having mainstream?” Her distinctive bags are regularly featured in the ‘hot new trend’ list in magazines and with new ranges being sold in a select range of boutiques across the country it seems breaking the mould has given this independent retailer the edge. The prices range from £30 - £200 for clothing, £40£65 for Jolaby belts, £55-£180 for Jolaby Handbags.
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Hannah Moodyâ€™s degree is in fine art, but her reputation lies in the world of dressage, as Joanne Wright reports MOSAIC EQUESTRIAN 37
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Measured elegance: Dressage rider Becky Moody on Wally. Pictures by Jamie Lorriman.
Horses for courses at Gunthwaite
hen Hannah Moody started giving dressage lessons to help fund her degree in fine art, she never thought it would lead to a career. But almost 20 years later she still lives and breathes the sport. Having chosen dressage over art Hannah has enjoyed success at a national level competing in highprofile events such as Hickstead. As well as proving herself in the national arena, many of her protĂŠgĂŠs have also triumphed at a high level. She isnâ€™t the only family member to make her living out of equestrianism: younger sister Becky has been in the saddle since she could walk. During her school years, dressage quickly became Becky's all-consuming passion and as a teenager she would regularly skip lessons to compete as a junior at national and international levels. At 15 she won her place on the junior European team and over the
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next six years represented Great Britain at four under-21 championships. Besides competing, she followed big sister Hannah into teaching. Along with dad Patrick, chairman of British Dressage Northern Region, and mum Anne, the yard manager, they make up Gunthwaite Dressage. Becky is described as the leading light of the whole enterprise with Hannah as the quiet determined
anchor woman. Both sisters work up to 12 hours a day riding and training their own horses from as early as 7am, at their farm in Gunthwaite, near Penistone, endlessly practising intricate and technical routines. They then ride up to five more horses each, most of whom belong to their pupils, that are at the farm on month long intensive courses. After the physically demanding
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‘I couldn’t imagine a future without it. We are lucky to have this place and to have each other’
morning’s work the sisters move on to teaching both children and adults everything from basic flatwork to advanced dressage skills. Becky says: “The nature of the job means it’s 24 hours a day. It’s hard work but I couldn’t imagine a future without it. We are incredibly lucky to have this place and to have each other to bounce ideas off. “It is a long term thing and after all the training it’s nice to get recognition by winning. Some of the children I train are also competing at a high level now, watching them develop is satisfying.” Although much of their time is devoted to training others both sisters are still keen to further their own skills. They regularly attend British Dressage forums gaining advice on different training systems and work with top coaches such as Ian Woodhead and Emile Faurie.
Hannah says: “There is always so much to learn. Each horse has its own character, they think and move differently and needs to be trained differently.” Dressage is gaining more and more press attention due to the success of celebrity riders such Jordan and royal Zara Phillips. Their high profiles mean it is becoming one of the fastest growing and most glamorous of sports. Becky says: “It is becoming more mainstream and accessible to the general public because of riders like Jordan and from a sports point of view it is fantastic. “In Holland their top riders are as famous as footballers, it is culturally very different. I can’t see dressage getting that big here but our goal is the growth and development of our sport and the continued education of the horse and rider.”
Hannah Moody, left and sister Becky at Gunthwaite Dressage
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To some, Thurlstone is just a stretch of road between Penistone and Millhouse. But there’s more to it than than, says Roger Kilner
Belle of the Pennines
hen people are asked where Thurlstone is, they invariably reply: “Up near Penistone”. Yet a century ago it was Penistone that was near Thurlstone. Penistone was a church and a group of houses, while Thurlstone was a thriving village of water-powered mills, and locals engaged in the woollen industry. This is one unusual village. It boasts what I believe is the only ford across the river Don: its most famous inhabitant was a blind mathematician; there are sculptures in the fields; a donkey stone; a brass band; a fantastic history of handbell ringers, troughs that were used to dye wool; ring-neck parakeets in the wild and a street that was once known as tallow crap.
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Geoff Mottram with an owl from his sanctuary
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‘Many years ago I saw Geoff in a public house, standing on his head on a table, slowly turning round and drinking a pint of beer. It was, he and the brewers explained at the time, a tradition dating back many years ‘
It wasn’t until the railways appeared that Penistone took on a greater significance, but Thurlstone’s history is the one to watch. You can stroll through the village and pick out little gems from the past. The older part of the village or ‘top o’ the town’ is way back from the main road on a hillside. Walk past that and you come to a back lane that leads to Ingbirchworth and on this ancient pack horse route you can see the carving of a donkey in the stone flags. Look over the wall to your right as you walk down to the bridge on the main road through the village and you’ll see a series of troughs. These were used to dye wool with indigo for the Thurlstone used to depend on wool. Look to your left and you’ll see a sign ‘Tenter Hill’ where frames were used to stretch wool as part of the treatment and where the saying “being on tenterhooks” derived. In the centre of the village lie a number of properties with the top
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floor a series of windows where textile worker received the last rays of daylight. Most of the properties have gone, but some good examples remain. It’s also the home of the Thurlstone Owl Sanctuary, a charity run by the larger-than-life Geoff Mottram. You’ll normally see him showing off his owls and pleading for better understanding, but this bloke has another side. Many years ago I saw him in a public house, standing on his head on a table, slowly turning round and drinking a pint of beer. It was, he and the brewers explained at the time, a tradition dating back many years when people turned up at pubs to do all sorts of strange things just to get a drink “I learned it from my grandma,” he
says. “Don’t ask me how she learned to do it because I don’t know. It’s just one of those things that you can or can’t do. My son can do it as well” How to do it? For a start you’ve got to be able to sink a pint in one gulp. You’ve got to be capable of standing on your head. Many young people, especially after a couple of drinks, think they can do it. Not so. Geoff Mottram can, and occasionally does, just to keep in trim. He’s not young either and he won’t tell you how old he is other than to say he’s well into his seventies. He’s not the village’s most famous man however. That honour goes to Nicholas Saunderson, a blind boy who went on to become Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University. Legend has it that he
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learned to read by passing his fingers across gravestones in the local churchyard. Alas, not true. It seems when he was a lad in the late 17th century there were few gravestones and even fewer had writing on. Thurlstone’s former vicarage is a bit special though, and when some years ago the owner wanted to replace his windows – there are about 180 – with plastic double glazing there was an outcry that stretched from London to the borders. The architect (though I forget who he was) had made a significant impact in England and this was one of his better works. Thurlstone has had a brass band for more than a century and a half and it used to have the most amazing bell orchestra. They played handbells, and produced a marvellous sound for more than 100 years, which eventually led to TV appearances and
the production of a CD. Alas the handbell ringers are no more, but the brass still thrives. Somehow the parakeets survive. It’s thought they escaped from captivity and have surprisingly lived and bred in what is thought to be a fairly inhospitable climate.But they are
there, up by the reservoir. I know because I’ve seen them. Thurlstone’s fairly posh these days. People who live there work in Sheffield, Manchester, Barnsley and Huddersfield. It has a conservation area and properties are nearing the half-a-million mark. It’s a much sought -after place to live bordering the Peak Park with some splendid open countryside around. The village has two pubs, both seemingly doing quite well and, I’m told, occasionally attracting a big bloke who stands on his head while downing a pint. But don’t try it. Very few people can do it. I once witnessed a competition to see who was the best. No contest, Geoff Mottram was the only one who could do it while a roomful of wannabees watched on, covered in beer from their own failed attempts.
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Flash in the pan: Chef Asu Miah makes mass biraan
Warming to tuna bhuna
ewmillerdam’s newest restaurant looks like it’s having an identity crisis, unsure whether it’s an Asian or an AngloItalian eatery. Large ‘Spice 2nite’ signs dominate but as you get nearer a fading board declares this is a 'restaurante'. But the scents wafting from the kitchen are distinctively Indian and remove any doubt: this is a curry house. Tucked between the water and the Dam Inn, it is an unassuming place that’s been given a modern urban feel: all sleek brown tiles and contemporary photography. On entering you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled into a city centre bar not a village restaurant. But the food ensures there is more than style over substance. Spice 2nite specialises in fish curries, including the superbly-named tuna bhuna and the extensive menu has several variations from the norm: Raj Shahi, served with the Bangladeshi jack fruit and
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Restaurant review Toby Reece at Spice 2nite, Newmillerdam, Wakefield zamari that comes with medium spices, onions, garlic, ginger and tangerines. That, the menu says, is highly recommended but the combination of garlic and tangerine puts me off. Our pickle tray includes a pungent lime pickle which kicks things off nicely, and gets a few beads of sweat around the collar. The onion bhaji is light and not over-salted and the king prawn puree, served on a light roti bread is really good. Its deep orange sauce is laden with onions and garlic and has a chilli kick, yet the subtle flavours of the prawns come through undeterred. Other starters include a sizzling mix which, if the number of times the room fills with smoke is a guide, is popular. A house special lamb hasina is described as like ‘you would eat at an Asian family's home as a guest.’ If that's true I’m open to invitations as the sauce was surprisingly light. But the best dish was mass masala cod in traditional spices, including
anardana - made from pomegranate seeds. It has a hint of chilli, warm spices and plenty of coriander and it's fantastic. A side dish of sag aloo, which would benefit from an extra potato and slightly less spinach, and a buttery nan bread complete the meal. The restaurant is small and staffed by plenty of enthusiastic waiters. If anything they're overzealous. There are only so many times you can tell someone your meal is good. The chef does not mess about either. Starters arrive before the last of the popadoms has been cracked. And even though a break is requested the mains arrive seconds after the table has been cleared. But Spice 2nite is worth a visit and when I go back, there will be no resisting the tuna bhuna. A midweek buffet is also served. Spice 2 Nite, Newmillerdam. 01924 242333
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A former sewage works has become home to badgers, thanks to the enthusiasm of a man who is well versed in life underground. John Threlkeld reports
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Field work: Pete Salter with Marlie, 11, and Finch, five, Harrison, above, at the badger sett. Below the observation hut.
Mr Brock’s dance hall
o Peter Salter it's a former waste water treatment plant. To you and me, it’s an ex-sewage works. But to Brock the badger it's paradise. The old plant has been turned into a spacious and exclusive development for badgers. As an estate agent would say, it has distinctive and airy interiors and is in a highly convenient location. Underground this des res of the animal world has got seven new nest boxes for badgers, an area that's so large it's nicknamed the ‘dance hall’, and nine exit holes. On the surface it just looks like waste ground, all the paraphernalia of its former wiffy life having been ruthlessly
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and clinically removed, but down below it's honeycombed with fresh piping and tunnelling and metal grids to thwart humans with dogs. “It’s five star accommodation,” says the proud owner, Pete, 75, who loves wild animals and nature so much that he's bought the site of the former Yorkshire Water plant to give them a taste of luxury. He’s a former NCB colliery deputy manager, who worked himself up
from the bottom, and his knowledge of what goes off underground in a mine has come in useful in creating this idyllic spot in South Yorkshire. He reckons he’s spent more than £20,000 on buying the plant and on new piping and he's planning to put a lamp standard on the surface to illuminate the area. This will enable Pete and his friends to appreciate the movements of the badgers from his nearby observation
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‘I once shot dead a rabbit which had given birth, my father gave me a ticking off, so I went back to the burrow, found her young, reared them and later released them where they were born’
An escape route for a badger, above; ducks on the pond, top; and pheasants in the wood. Pictures: Scott Bairstow.
hut or from his home made picnic table and large sycamore chair which, he says with a grin, no one else is allowed to sit on. “The badgers have always been there,” says Peter, who does not want the location to be made public. “I have just given them this home. I have seen about five badgers.” Another ingenious innovation will be what he calls a ‘carousel’ which will look similar to the system of pipes which sweep around a circular sewage plant. In this case the badgers will move the pipes at the touch of a nose and in the process goodies such as nuts will drop out for them to eat.
The badger sett is not his sole preoccupation. He owns a 21-acre wood which is teeming with wildlife. “It's the best bluebell wood in Yorkshire. In May, when it is beautiful, it gives me great pleasure.” There are foxes, owls, ducks and pheasants, a couple of trees he brought back from Canada 20 years ago (“in 100 years they will be the tallest trees in Yorkshire”), a duck pond and a tree his wife planted years ago. “I have always loved nature. I had grass snakes when I was young and kept a young fox in the house for a while – and my mother did not know. “I once shot dead a rabbit which
had given birth, my father gave me a ticking off, so I went back to the burrow, found her youngsters, reared them and later released them where they were born.” Peter lives in a wildlife wonderland. A former Yorkshire Water sign in the lane will soon have a new word stencilled on the enamel plate 'Serendipity'....the faculty of making unexpected and happy discoveries by accident. That's what his Shangri- La deep in the woodland is all about. If he is lucky, he will see all the wonders of nature today - including buzzards overhead and his beloved badgers near the sett.
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A £2 million concert venue has replaced a struggling working men’s club in Stocksbridge. Adam Civico takes a look
The art of town
tocksbridge is something of a rarity: a South Yorkshire town which still boasts heavy industry. Steel production continues and the peace is disturbed by industrial noises emanating from the forges that dominate that part of the Don valley. But the heyday of Stocksbridge’s steel production is long gone. In the early part of the last century, it employed hundreds of the town's men. It was thirsty work so it’s little wonder that when The Victory Club was formed as a works social club in 1914 it was a success. It’s easy to imagine a procession of weary men clocking off after a shift at the furnace and dropping in for a couple of pints. But as steel production began to dwindle, so did the club’s trade. Although it struggled on, The Victory
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Join the club: Clean lines and airy space at The Venue, Stocksbridge
Club faced closure. But now the old building has been given a £2.25 million facelift and is back in business as The Venue, a community and arts centre with a lively programme of events. “There was a perceived need in the valley and it is very much supported by the community,” says Doug Patterson, vice-chairman of Step Foundation Trust. “People were really keen to ensure this facility did not get lost because of its history going back to the war.
“It started as a works canteen and then became the Victory Club. The building is steeped in steel-making history.” But history and community support would not have kept the club going – harsh economic reality saw to that. Mr Patterson reckons the outlook was bleak. “Without redevelopment it would have suffered the same fate as working men’s clubs. It would not have been here now.” But Step – formerly Stocksbridge Training and Enterprise Partnership –
On the ball: Guitarist and singer Charlie Barker, below, has an open mic night on October 17, and right The Venue staff, top left clockwise, Andy Clarke, Doug Patterson, Daniel Tomlinson, and receptionists Sally Marsh and Eliza Revitt
intervened, found European funding and it has been transformed. Director Andy Clarke says: “If you think about the worst working men’s club you have been in, in terms of its decor, this was it.” Now it is bright and airy, includes a bar, snooker hall, two stages, top quality sound systems and computer suites. Art – created by the townsfolk – adorns the walls of the foyer and The Venue can hold up to 800 people in its various parts and hosts shows by local amateurs and professionals alike. The hope is that The Venue will help transform Stocksbridge as much as Step has transformed the Victory Club. The funding was only provided
on the basis that The Venue would bring employment to the steel valley and encourage development among residents. It is doing that but there is still work to be done. Mr Clarke says: “It was important we started trading because there was a view it would never open. Well it has, and it has been very successful but we want to continue to develop. “We have refurbished a large building and brought it back into community use and created a large number of jobs. A lot of the supplies we buy locally and it is all part of our bigger aim to regenerate Stocksbridge.” The Venue: 0114 283 8692
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With advice from an Italian, farmer Eddie Andrew is making glorious ice-cream in the Peak District. Joanne Wright brings us the scoop
Home on the farm: Cora Andrew, 16 months, tries ‘Cora’s Chaos’, the ice cream named after her at Our Cow Molly, Dungworth, which is run by her father Edward
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A selection of Our Cow Molly ices above, courtesy of Molly the cow, below
A source of lolly from Miss Molly
dward Andrew set up his homemade ice cream business 12 months ago because he couldn't bear to see his cows’ cream being sent away and made into lipstick. His Our Cow Molly ice cream, made at Cliffe House Farm, Dungworth, has now become a huge hit across the area and is even sold at the Showroom cinema in Sheffield city centre. Eddie has had offers from restaurants and shops all over the country to sell his products, but he is happy staying local. “We don’t want to sell out to all these companies. It would be so easy to start mass producing but you lose quality and we aren’t willing to do that. We aspire to be like Henderson’s Relish – they are still really exclusive and that's how we want to stay.” The name of the ice cream comes from a slogan his dad came up with years ago to get people buying milk directly from farmers: ‘Don’t put milk from supermarkets in your trolley, get it from our cow Molly’.
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After being in business for just three months he entered the ice cream in a national competition in Birmingham and came fourth. “As well as getting a much better quality product customers love to see where there stuff is coming from. They can see the cows in the field that produced their ice cream and the hens that produce
their eggs roaming around the garden. “We encourage trips to the farm from local schools to try to reconnect with a generation that thinks you should just buy all your food from the supermarket when local produce is of far better quality.” Eddie is now diversifying again and has newly opened a farm shop. He already sells his own free-range eggs and potatoes grown on the farm and his uncle is sending him some Highland bulls so he can sell his own meat as well. There are plans to extend the farm shop over the next year and an outdoor seating area is planned for the garden. And he knows the best way to get customers coming back is giving them what they want. Cora's Chaos, a vanilla-flavoured ice cream with cookie dough, marshmallows and Maltesers, was thought up specially for children at one of the country pubs he supplies. “For Father’s Day we made a
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‘My wife knows around 70 per cent of the people who come to the shop and those she doesn’t are new customers. People turn up at 9 at night and call in for some ice cream because they are passing by’
Farmer Edward Andrew’s wife Madeline, who works in the farm shop, with a cornet of Our Cow Molly ice cream
Guinness-flavour ice cream and we often take flavour requests, a recent one was coconut. It’s good that we are still small and local enough to be able to do that. My wife knows around 70 per cent of the people who come to the shop and those she doesn’t are new customers. People turn up at 9 at night and just call in for some ice cream because they are passing by, many come in weekly.” Small wonder customers keep coming back. Edward worked on the recipes with an Italian, who said he’d never tasted ice cream so creamy. It’s made from fine ingredients, from Madagascan vanilla to Italian strawberries. Ed says: “We could get ingredients at a quarter of the price but it would only be a quarter of the quality. We want our ice cream to be as good as it gets.”
Achingly beautiful, an interior like a stately home and great to drive. Mark D’Apice falls for the Jaguar XK
Prowl with a growl
f you look back through the family tree of the new Jaguar XK, it’s made up of cars that on launch weren’t considered to be beautiful, but which, like the ugly ducking, blossomed with age. When the XJS was launched in 1976, it was considered to be an insult to the E-Type that went before it. Yet when production ceased in 1996, it had become one of the nation’s favourite cars. Equally with the XK8, it was considered to be average looking on launch, but there was sadness when it was announced that it would be replaced. The new XK has completely bucked the trend, being considered achingly beautiful from the minute the first spy shot appeared in the press. It’s not just the exterior that you will fall in love with but also the interior.
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The only thing I can really compare it to is the drawing room in a stately manor. The leather and wood, which may look well out of place in any car that was conceived in the Far East, conjures the feeling of pure luxury. The dials and controls have been crafted to fit in with the ethos, while hinting at the sporting prowess that lurks under that long, sleek, bonnet. What lies beneath is a 4.2 V8 which although it has been around for quite a few years, still has the growl and grunt which will titillate and delight any hardcore petrolhead. In standard form it generates 300bhp, but I strongly recommend you get the XK-R which, thanks to a supercharger, pumps out 420bhp. While the extra power is always welcome, there is always something almost primal about the sound of a
V8 with a turbo strapped to it. Once you drive the Jaguar, you will never want to get out of the driver’s seat. No matter how harshly you treat the XK, be it full-bore starts or hareing around the countryside, the XK will not raise an eyebrow. It will stay level through the bends and summon up unimaginable amounts of grip, yet take it on the motorway and you can cross continents without so much as a creased shirt. Prices: £60,995 to £76,995. Engine: 4.2 V8 petrol. Rivals: BMW 6-Series, Porsche 911, Aston Martin Vantage. Best points: Get used to attracting attention. Other points: Convertible feels as sturdy as coupé.
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engineering principles as the Volkswagen to achieve official figures of 74 mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km. And it’s in the emissions where the Ibiza plays a trump card over the VW. If you want air-conditioning in the Polo, CO2 emissions slide to 104g/km, which means you’ll be liable for road tax at £35 a year where as the Ibiza is free. There is also the price, the equivalent Polo Bluemotion 2 is listed at £12,940 whereas the Ecomotive comes in significantly cheaper at £10,995. Numbers can tell you a lot about a car, but not what it’s like to live with. The engine is a three-cylinder 1.4 turbo-charged diesel. From the outside, it sounds a bit rough, but
once you drive off, it’s no more vocal than the average diesel. To reduce rolling friction, low resistance tyres are used. While they are skinnier than on the standard Ibiza, they offer up the same grip forwards as well as round bends. The gears have been lengthened to improve economy at speed and this makes fifth an extremely long gear. This doesn’t make the sprint off the line any less frantic, with 60mph coming up in 12.8 seconds. List price: £10,995 Engines: 1.4 diesel Rivals: MINI One, VW Polo Bluemotion. Best points: Will save you at the pump. Other points: Weight saving hasn’t affected trim.
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oing against the trend, I’m going to tell you about the Hyundai Tucson 4x4 without using the word ‘environment’. I appreciate there are people concerned by the effect cars such as this are having on the climate, but you try towing a caravan with a G-Wiz. And it’s their pulling power which makes cars like the Tucson and its cousin, the Kia Sportage, particularly attractive to the caravanning fraternity as they offer as much grunt as some of their more illustrious rivals at a fraction of the cost. While smaller than the Santa Fe, the full blown off-roader from Hyundai, it still looks the part. And thanks to the chunky looking front end, it’s hard to class this as a soft-roader. The profile is sleeker than some rivals, distinctly curvier than some more angular rivals. The badge on the nose may not be as aspirational as some brands, but the financially astute should see past this, especially with a fiveyear, unlimited mileage warranty as standard. Inside the cabin, the driver is well catered for. The driving position is comfortable and affords a good view of the road. Passengers in the rear will
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SAMANTHA BREWIS It may cost a few pence more, but you have the power to decide – and keep good old traditional pubs as part of the local community and not untidy, boarded-up has-beens
n these days of rural pubs closing in favour of the large pub companies/chain that pop up all over the place I think it is sometimes useful to remind ourselves of what we love and what we would miss if we no longer had it: The good old village pub. For the majority of people, traditional relaxed surroundings, friendly, personal table service, food cooked by experienced chefs from start to finish and fine, cask-conditioned ales and wines are the images of what constitutes a good rural pub. Here are places that contribute and involve the local community through fundraising events for local charities. They are a meeting place for local sports teams and an outlet for local suppliers, thus helping their business also. Like me, you will have noticed a number of rural pubs boarded up because of lack of trade. That’s hardly surprising when they have to compete with the buying power of large pub chains and supermarkets who can buy alcohol at heavily discounted prices and sell on to the consumer with special offers. The rural pub is usually contractually tied to where it can buy its beverages hence receiving no bargaining power that can be passed on. The smoking ban has also obviously been a major factor if you talk to any landlord, regardless of what the government may say.
Fortunately we at the Waggon must be one of the lucky ones as we are still open. But why? According to our customers, we provide something which is increasingly hard to find: A place which provides excellent homecooked food, where you are a name and not just another ‘punter’ and where the computer (or menu) does not ‘say no’. We also have a function room for hire – another feature which is becoming scarce because of the closure of some pubs. So what conclusion can you, as the consumer, come to when asked if you would miss the local rural pub? That must be left to personal opinion. However if you do want to keep it then you have to vote with your feet just as you have with other consumer issues such as being ‘green’ or buying from your local butcher or farm shop – and not just supermarkets. Yes it may cost a few pence more and you may not be able to pile up your plate for a fiver and go back for more but don’t the intangible benefits far outweigh spending those few extra pence? You have the power to decide – and keep good old traditional pubs as part of the local community and not untidy, boarded-up has-beens. Samantha Brewis is co-owner of the Waggon and Horses, Sheffield Road, Oxspring, near Penistone.
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