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Spring, season of change, at last feels to be here and we move outdoors this month for several of our features. If you ever doubted that gardens in April can yield much colour, look at Julie Peckham’s. She uses every space to create a haven that has won a place in a national guide. We also visit Wortley Hall where the walled garden is being brought back into use for organic vegetables and fruit – and we hear the fascinating stories the archeologists have uncovered. If you have an interesting garden or home, please let us know, we would be glad to feature it. Finally, we hope you enjoy our website where you can browse previous copies of Mosaic and order pictures. You’ll find us at www.mosaicmagazine.co.uk
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Artist Caroline Bell, left, likes to draw and paint chickens, Joanne Wright met her in her Penistone studio
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hickens have great character and zen, says artist Caroline Bell, who has made a living out of drawing the feathered creatures. Having been interested in the arts from a young age, she knew her career path would be a creative one. But it took her a while to discover her passion for painting chickens after doing a degree in silver smithing then working as a graphic designer and a textiles lecturer. “I have always painted and drawn from a young age, I ended up in graphic design but found it a bit soulless; I then did silver smithing but found it too intricate and moved into lecturing in textiles.” Born in Huddersfield, she moved to Oxspring in 2001 and after visiting Penistone Show she finally found her
calling: painting chickens. “I am fascinated by chickens and we kept them for a while. I went to Penistone Show not long after I moved here and thought some of the chickens in the classes there had such great character and zen. We all know they are not the most intelligent creatures but they look at you as if they know everything.” “It is all about the drawing with the chickens, there are no hidden
meanings, it is just about the pleasure of painting. “I regularly go to Cannon Hall and sit in the gardens and watch them and take pictures to paint from - they are such funny creatures.” Her larger than life drawings and paintings are over a metre in height, making the chickens appear rather imposing but she says it is their uniqueness that has led to a demand for her work.
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‘There is a general theme to a lot of my newer work regarding memory and why we remember certain things and why we keep certain mementos. I have a cabinet full of junk but to me it is tangible evidence of my memories throughout the years’
“A few friends have my chicken drawings in their home and when people came to visit they thought they were interesting and it has led a fair few people inquiring about them. I’m now selling prints of my more popular ones.” Caroline began experimenting and branching out into other areas of art including making garments after completing yet another qualification, a HND in Fine Art. “So many things excite me, but there is a general theme to a lot of my newer work regarding memory and why we remember certain things and why we keep certain mementos. I have a cabinet full of junk but to me it is tangible evidence of my memories from throughout the years.” Caroline is also a member of Pennine Artists, a group made up of of painters, potters, a glass maker and a felt-maker to name a few. “It was wonderful to meet likeminded people, we all bring something different to the group and give each other inspiration. We are growing as artists and in numbers.” Caroline is working on some pieces with other pennine artists for a display at Wentworth Castle called Into the Gardens which opens next month. The display, from May 23 to 26 will be a mix of different mediums of art depicting the beautiful gardens. “There is so much inspiration I don't know where to start; it should be very interesting,” she says. www.carolinebell.org or www.pennineartists.co.uk.
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Willow Brook in Woolley is the home of Ron and Judith Cusworth. Emma Spencer visits a house where new meets old in subtle ways MOSAIC HOMES AND INTERIORS 11
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Cottage elegance: The sitting room at Willow Brook. Pictures: Scott Bairstow
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here are many impressive aspects about Willow Brook House: ducks feeding on the lawn, a private wood, three acres and the fact that you can watch the golf while having a soak in the bath. The house, parts of which are 200 years old, stands next to Woolley golf course – between the fifth green and the 14th tee to be exact – and one of the best views is from the master bedroom’s en-suite bathroom. In the nine years Judith and Ron Cusworth and their two teenage children have lived in their home, there has been only one stray golf ball. Apparently your golf has to be pretty bad to break a window. Whichever one you look out of in this house, there is something to take
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in. It could be Seckar Wood, where the Cusworths collect their wood for the log fires, the culvert, the golf course or the long and sweeping treelined drive which leads from Seckar Lane to the house. Willow Brook House is in what was the grounds of Woolley Hall and was once home to the gamekeeper and kennel boys who would have looked after the hunting dogs. After being bought privately it was run for many years as boarding kennels and extended to make a fivebedroom family home about 14 years ago under the watchful eye of architect, Chris Carr. Despite the age of the house, Judith has created an impressive blend of the contemporary and the traditional.
For example, the main sitting room is light with cream walls, carpet and furniture but oak beams, red curtains and cushions add splashes of country colour while the kitchen is complete with AGA, exposed brickwork and terracotta tiles. She has gone for a more modern feel in another lounge choosing deep warm colours such as orange and brown. Black print on the cushions and black lampshades with chunky glass bases are edgy and contemporary. She says: “I looked in magazines but you have an idea of the kind of thing you want to do really. Even though we have traditional rooms I like the more contemporary and modern looks. It is an understated elegance.
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Clockwise from left: The country kitchen, a view of the golf course from the bathroom, the space-age bathroom and the master bedroom. Below, the sitting room stove.
“I don’t do something because it happens to be the thing of the moment. There are certain looks I love and would do again. Deep plum curtains and a sumptuous throw on the bed, combined with black units in the master bedroom contrast with light walls.” The adjoining en-suite bathroom is straight off the page of a magazine and there is no wonder Judith and Ron hardly ever use the family bathroom. Mink coloured wall and floor tiles are complemented by the white bathroom furniture, from Farrar of Wakefield, and the huge free-standing bath is in an annexe overlooking the golf course. The shower is behind a sheet of
glass but it is the luxury touches that sets this room apart. Spotlights incorporated into the floor surround the bath and shower, and the music system even plays in here. Willow Brook House enjoys privacy without being isolated and has been the perfect house to bring up the couple’s children who are now flying the nest. Judith says: “It is not isolated. It can feel like total country but is only six miles from Wakefield and the golfers are very friendly when we are in the garden.” Willow Brook House, Woolley, between Barnsley and Wakefield, is on the market with Carter Jonas at a guide price of £1.5 million.
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Bijou boutique: The new Adore store in Penistone, above, with owner Rachel Claydon and her niece Amy, right.
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achel Claydon has worked as a swimwear designer for high street shops and as a primary school teacher. She’s even turned her hand to property developing. Finally, though, she thinks she has found her calling after opening a quirky interiors and gift shop called Adore in the centre of Penistone. The name perfectly describes the Market Street shop which has been transformed from an optician’s into a French-style boutique in less than a month. It is an eclectic mix of vintage and new items from furniture and home accessories to jewellery and pottery and the stock includes a section of designs by local artists. Rachel’s own artistic flair shone through from a young age and after graduating from
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Loughborough College of Art and Design she spent a year as a freelance card designer before getting a job with a textile company. She says: “I designed underwear and swimwear which ended up in Debenhams, Marks and Spencer and even Armani. But the company closed after shipping the work out to Asia because it was much cheaper and I went into teaching in 2001.” She couldn’t stop the design bug, however, and soon started renovating houses while holding down a full-time position at a local primary. It is that design eye and imagination which has seen her transform three ‘shells’ into contemporary family homes in the Penistone area over a few years. Her last renovation was a 250-year-old former weaver’s cottage
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in Thurlstone that took 18 months to complete. She says: “From the moment I saw it I could envisage how it would look and simply had to have it. It took a lot of hard work but it was worth it. I lived in it for three years but sold it to fulfil my dream of owning my own shop.” She takes her inspiration from countries all over the world including Russia and the Far East but her heart lies with Parisian chic and her boutique reflects this. “I love the soft colours they use, the creams and duck egg blue, it is very soothing. I have visited many trade shows there and the houses I have renovated and the shop all have traditional French themes.” “I love a bargain. A lot of the
furniture in the shop I bought from charity shops for as little as £20 and restored myself. It just takes a bit of imagination.” If it were not for the economic climate, Rachel says could see herself as a full-time property developer but for now she has the shop, a four-day a week teaching job and she is still doing the odd interior design job on the side. Indeed, she has just begun renovating an old stone cottage in which she has uncovered some ‘lovely traditional features’. So how does she find the time? “My sister and niece are a great help and my dad and uncle are tradesmen and do some of the building and joinery work for me. I don't have any children so my work is my baby.”
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Sitting comfortably: The Horizon armchair, above and the Havana dining set below, both by Gloster.
ith the arrival of Easter, thoughts turn to warmer weather and time outdoors. That scraping sound you hear is garden furniture being pulled from the shed after its winter hibernation. Perhaps itâ€™s time to invest in something new. The range of outdoor furniture is ever increasing, from traditional teak to woven rattan and wicker to metal framed. There are even some man-made woven materials, designed to be left outside all year round. Manufacturer Gloster produces a synthetic wicker for its woven furniture which is supple, tear resistant and completely weatherproof, being able to withstand temperatures from -20C to 55C. When very cold, the weave will become stiffer than normal and when very hot, it will become more elastic. However, it will always revert to its normal elasticity, once the temperature stabilises. Its Havana and Horizon ranges are both made from manmade wicker, while its Casablanca range is ideal for outdoor dining and lounging in the sunshine. www.gloster.com
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A touch of glass A friend in a village near Emley raises tomatoes that rival the best from Italy in colour, intensity and sweetness. His secret: fresh compost, careful watering and a wellmaintained greenhouse thatâ€™s about 80 years old. Our climate means that gardeners must rely on glass to help propagate, nurture and protect tender plants. But even apparently hardy garden perennials like greenhouses are susceptible to the movements of fashion. Gone, it seems, are the days when a rickety structure held together with a
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A break for the border
s we venture into April the presence of spring is everywhere with new growth appearing throughout the garden. This month is one of the busiest in the gardening calendar, and here at Wentworth Castle we are no exception. We are also exceedingly busy carrying out general maintenance tasks in preparation for our annual Childrenâ€™s Easter Egg Hunt, which sees the appearance of a huge white rabbit in the garden and hordes of excited youngsters clamouring to find a special golden egg! Such wear and tear, whether caused by children or huge rabbits, means that we will be focusing on our lawns this month. If the weather keeps fine and mild, grass should be growing
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Bliss of solitude: Daffodils in Lady Lucyâ€™s Walk, Wentworth Castle.
steadily and you should prepare for the first cut of the season. Before cutting you may wish to remove thatch and moss from the lawn by scarifying with a rake. Lawns should also be fed during the spring and I recommend that you use a general lawn fertiliser with added
weed control. You may also want to re-seed any worn patches by scratching bare surfaces and then applying a liberal covering of seed. If you plan to seed a large area, covering it with a net is recommended to keep hungry birds away!
Simply red: Peppers can be sown towards the end of this month in a greenhouse or on a windowsill
Daffodils are one of my favourite sights following the cold, damp and greyness of winter. Their bright nodding heads dip gently in the early spring breeze and can do nothing but lift the spirit. On my daily rounds I walk up Lady Lucyâ€™s Walk, a lime avenue planted in the 1920s by the Vernon-Wentworth family. Running alongside it are thousands of stunning English daffodils. They were planted three years ago, during our first restoration phase, with the help of volunteers and staff from Barnsley Building Society. Now they provide a spectacular sight for the garden visitor. Most summer flowering bulbs should also be planted this month. Dahlia tubers can be planted outside
towards the end of April, and later in the summer groups of gladioli can be planted throughout your borders to fill any gaps. Lilies that have been grown earlier in pots can also be used to close any breaks in the flower border. Now is the time to give shrubs a trim to encourage bursts of new growth, and also prune any hardy fuchsias to the base. You should also attend to early-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering, such as forsythia. Cut them back as much as you want, because they will recover over the next 12 months and produce an abundance of flowers early next year. Once shrubs have been pruned, add a good thick layer of rotted compost or mulch around the base to
help conserve moisture and keep the weeds under control. Early tomato plants can be sown now in unheated greenhouses and planted out in early June. Peppers and celery can also be sown towards the end of this month along with halfhardy bedding plants in trays, either in the greenhouse or on a suitable windowsill. Even though spring is here, donâ€™t forget our feathered friends. Keep cleaning bird tables and providing a regular supply of food as birds are busy nest-building and in some cases raising young. Dr Michael Klemperer is the head gardener at Wentworth Castle, Stainborough.
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icking back with her favourite tipple in hand, Julie Peckham likes nothing more than to admire her handywork with a glass of G and T on a warm summer’s evening. Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside provide a majestic backdrop to her own piece of horticultural paradise in the village of Skelmanthorpe. The peace is only broken by the familiar sound of blackbird song as the regular visitors reap the rewards of the suet and raisins put out to encourage their frequent visits. But this scene of tranquility seems an entirety away for Julie as she prepares for the hundreds of visitors expected to descend on her modest plot over the next few months. For the keen gardener, and her husband Tony, decided to share their hard work with the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme in Yorkshire. “We had over 300 people come the
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Open days: Julie Peckham in her colour-all-year garden
first year we opened it for charity which was pretty cosy in our garden over the three hours,” she recalls. “I had always wanted to do it but I wasn’t entirely convinced it was big enough. We opened it for a local charity in 2004 and when that was a success we decided to do it with the NGS. It’s raised nearly £2,000 for charity in the couple of years we have done it.” The garden has experienced a complete overhall since the couple moved in nearly a decade ago with a lawn and overgrown trees replaced by two ponds, arbours, arches and a growing collection of hebes, muscari and alpines. “When we moved in it was mainly laid with grass, a lot of appropriate trees and not a lot else. We have more
or less cleared it and I drew up a design for the new garden based on four equal quarters. “I designed it as a spring garden because I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder and spring, for me, is the turning point. My garden is my therapy as much as it is my work.” The large collection of alpines, hebes and muscari are all quite early flowering so the garden is usually only opened to visitors between now and the start of June. “I particularly like hebes as they’re linked to when I did flower arranging. Their smaller leaves are linked to domestic flower arranging. “My brother lives in New Zealand and they have them over there so one day I would love to go and see them in the wild.”
Many gardens have suffered as a result of what has been the coldest winter for over 15 years, but Julie is confident hers will be ready for when her garden gates open in a couple of weeks. “Everything is poised at the moment. It is all slightly late because of the cold weather but we have had the snowdrops come out and the daffodils. We are keeping an eye out for frogspawn as that should be coming any time now.” Julie, who has been gardening for 25 years, is proud of the range of plants and flowers she has tenderly nurtured to create a garden for all to enjoy. “I have something in flower every week of the year which is not something many people could say,”
she says. “There have been the snowdrops in February, daffodils in March and muscari and alliums in April and May. Then in June you have got the roses, campanula in July and dahlias in August. I have michaelmas daisies after that and Jasmine flowers from October all the way through to March. When the garden closes there will still be plenty for me and Tony to enjoy when we come out for breakfast during the summer.” Visitors can expect a tour of the garden, herb beds and nursery and wind down with tea under a gazebo. Highfields, Manorstead, Skelmanthorpe, HD8 9DW. Visit by appointment on 01484 864336.
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Topping out: John Alston of Stocksbridge places the final layer on the wall at Howbrook.
Going to the wall
wo years ago Tom Valentine was teaching at a secondary school in South Yorkshire. Today, after taking early retirement, he has found another outlet for his talents, in the open air far from the madding crowd in the classroom. He is a full time dry-stone waller who relishes the sound of birds and the solitude of the moors or fields. The job is in his blood. His father had a farm at Saddleworth and when the physical work became too much for him Tom helped out. He's now returned to his roots and says the work is “fun and physical.” His aim is to create a wall that's sound, stable and attractive, though the latter is not always possible. When building a new wall, rather than reassembling an old one, the first aim is to make sure the ground is solid. Then more than 20 tonnes of stone fresh from
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the quarry arrives and the next step is to put those earmarked for the top of the wall on one side to make sure they are not used in the main part of the wall. He does the same with the pieces set aside to be used as the through stones which are used later to bind the sides of the wall together. The next stage is to place the largest stones in the base and work upwards. With an old wall, a waller already has the stones on which to work but Tom has found some ‘disappear into thin air.’ The theft of stone is on the increase and on a stretch of road between Dodworth and Silkstone there is said to be a 400-yard length missing, probably sold to garden centres. But other stones seem to disappear through what appears to be a kind of natural wastage, either they
shrink for some mysterious reason, or the techniques in reassembling walls have changed over the years and new methods require more stones. Tom, 57, of Tempest Avenue, Darfield, said: “Unlike brick walls, two dry stone walls are never the same. You can travel 100 miles and see some walls which are immaculate and others that look like a pile of boulders. It all depends on what you have to work with.” He says some modern wallers cement the top stones together to prevent theft but this can cause problems once the wall begins to settle: later daylight can be seen through the gaps. He says: “Some wallers like Radio 2 blaring out but I prefer the sound of birds and the peace and quiet of the fields or moors. Some jobs demand work at the
roadside and you just have to put up with the sound of traffic.” Tom, John Alston of Stocksbridge and George Harrison, 56, a part-time waller, of Milton Road, Hoyland, have been working on a new wall in a field at Howbrook, between High Green and Wortley. George also has the work in his blood. His grandfather worked on the walls that climb the fells at Patterdale in the Lake District before moving south to get a job at Chapeltown. His family are addicted to the outdoors. “Walling is therapeutic. There’s all kinds of wildlife in the stones, from lizards to frogs, and from birds to mice. I am trying to keep the art of dry-stone walling alive. It’s an old tradition started when people began taking stone out of the ground and must not die.”
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David Moody, Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, in conversation with Rotherham President Rob Hannon. Also pictured is Barnsley council leader, Steve Houghton.
Mosaic at the annual dinner of the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce at Ardsley House Hotel
Barnsley Central MP Eric Illsley with the President-elect of the Barnsley Chamber, Richard Horner.
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Psychologist Tom Stafford is no mug. So, asks Adam Civico, why does he insist on using the same cup for his morning coffee?
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Mugged: Psychologist Tom Stafford of Sheffield University, left, and above with his favourite mugs
Coffee on the brain
octor Tom Stafford makes no effort to hide the evidence of his drug use. Its paraphernalia litters his university office. There is a container in which to prepare it and another in which to consume it. He relies on a hit three times a day but controls his habit by stopping consumption at lunchtime. Before you deride him, let’s establish the facts. The drug is coffee, or more accurately, caffeine. His gear includes a kettle and cafetiere, and his two preferred coffee mugs sit on his desk. “I am between favourite mugs,” he explains. “I did have a Guardian mug but I just bought one that says, ‘Drink coffee. Do stupid things faster with more energy’.” Not that there’s much stupid about what Tom, 31, does. He is an experimental psychologist at the University of Sheffield, meaning he sets up controlled environments to try to fathom what makes us who we are. He’s interested in the chemical pathways that allow the brain to function. And among other things he has studied how coffee affects the passage of chemical messages around
it, and in particular dopamine, the release of which is encouraged by caffeine. It’s high brow stuff but that does not stop Tom being choosy about the seemingly trivial issue of coffee cups. “I have my favourite shape of mug; I don't like ‘bowls’. My mugs have to be square-bottomed and small generally. I have my favourite mugs in which the coffee tastes better. I know it's irrational but I am a psychologist so I am on the side of irrationality." Once the self-deprecating humour has been delivered, Tom goes onto explain why it is not so irrational. “Having a favourite coffee mug seems to make no sense because people think of taste as something you can measure. But it’s not just about the chemicals in the mug, it is about the chemicals in the brain. “You have learnt to associate the mug with the delivery of your morning coffee, therefore you really are enjoying it more.” While you might need a strong brew to help you get your head around that theory, Tom has had an article published on ‘psychology in the
coffee shop’, a mini-essay about the rituals surrounding caffeine consumption. “Everyone likes coffee and thinks it tastes nice but as a psychologist it is my job to ask, ‘why does it taste nice?’. The answer is that your brain has learned to like coffee because of the caffeine. “It is different to the way people like orange juice. People like orange juice because it tastes nice but they do not have a favourite mug or method for making it. Whereas we have ways of making tea or coffee. “People have the ridiculous argument with tea about whether you should put the milk in before or after pouring the tea. I am sure it doesn't matter to the taste. “It is because people tend towards ritualised drug taking. Caffeine is a drug and there are rituals in that as well. We cope with it very well. You don’t get people stealing to fund their coffee habit. Caffeine is a mild drug but it’s still a drug.” A drug that has got Tom hooked until lunchtime at least. Black, no sugar, in case you wondered.
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Mediterranean menu: Mezze Bar and Restaurant, Holmfirth.
Getting chilli in Holmfirth
he blackboard is deep and the menu long at this roadside bar and diner. It stands between Thai and Caribbean restaurants in the same row that houses Ashley Jackson’s art gallery. Cleggy and Compo’s old stomping ground is growing ever more cosmopolitan. The ground floor at Mezze is compact if you’re an optimist, cramped if you're a pessimist, and to make the business of choosing easier – the blackboard can be obscured by those at the bar – the waiter hands to each diner a narrow menu card. It looks like an old-style laundry list and serves a similar purpose: It identifies what’s yours when the going gets hot. At the top is a line for your name and the time of the order, and next to each menu item is a box. Box-ticking has never been so absorbing as we debate between king prawns in chilli or meat balls in tomato sauce. Taramasalata perhaps? Tick. Fried sardines? Tick. The restaurant is run by Adam Shaw, no newcomer to long, snack-based menus. He served a period front-ofhouse at Les Caveaux, the atmospheric tapas restaurant owned by Mark ‘Fatty’ Irving and situated all
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Restaurant review Toby Reece at Mezze Bar and Restaurant, Holmfirth of 500 yards away. If imitation is flattery’s sincerest form, Mr Irving shouldn’t feel too sore at the emulation – with variation – of his laid-back, low-price, high-choice concept. Where Les Caveaux takes its cues from the building’s old beams, flagged floors and stone walls, Mezze, formerly an office, opts for that contemporary trio light, white, bright. But never mind the size, feel the buzz. Better a small restaurant full, than a big one half-empty and it doesn’t take long for the tables and high stools to be bagged. The crowd is largely local, and to judge from the comments, mostly regular. Any overflow is sent to the equally pleasing first-floor dining room. And the food? On this showing it was pleasant rather than knock-out, though there were bright spots. Keftedes – meat balls – are first-rate but they arrive in a ‘spicy tomato sauce’ that speaks only distantly of the
Med. The frying of the salt cod with skordalia has been at a temperature that allows the fish to absorb fat, but the flavour is punchy enough. There’s verve, too, to the king prawns with harissa and the battered calamari with eye-watering aioli. In fact, spice comes at you from all quarters. A lovely warm salad of beef, beetroot and green beans is pepped up with chilli and ginger dressing while crunchy potato with tomato is also given a chilli fix. Vegetarians are looked after with bright things like pan-fried walnuts with olive oil, spinach and feta filo pie, chargrilled aubergine with chickpeas and mushroom stuffed with chestnut and blue cheese. Factor in a bright wine list, cheerful service and modest prices, and the result is a convivial place to meet and eat. Mezze, 9, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 2JR. 01484 681311.
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Members of Penistone Camera Club are a competitive bunch. Joanne Wright discovers why. The striking images are by club members
Snow Tree by David Hickey
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Zooming by David Hickey: Best Projected image 2008
Flashes of inspiration
s he cycled through the Lake District, a striking image grabbed Paul Cartwright’s attention. It was not the lakes or mountains, but the movement of the road beneath him. The subject of interest: speed. Paul, the chairman of Penistone Camera Club says: “At the club we strive to see the world rather than just view it and while enjoying one hobby – cycling – I found a new subject for another. “The bike and its handlebars are perfectly still and in focus but the road is a blur, it is a record of the moment and of the pace and the thrill of the ride.” The picture was one of ten that secured his place as the 2008 photographer of the year. Set up in 1967 by ‘a group of people who had the same interest’, the club has grown solidly and is now a forerunner in competitions throughout Yorkshire.
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It came third in the National Police Photographic Competition promoted by South Yorkshire Police Camera Club. Paul says: “We take part in competitions with other clubs in the area but because we all share a passion for photography we pass on each other’s views and knowledge in portrait, colour and mono prints. “I have been a photographer in the simple sense of the word for 25 years as I have always enjoyed and taken time to take family snap shots. “However, being a member of the club has enabled me to hone my skills and with the encouragement of the other members in the group I have noticed my work improve. It has also enabled me to concentrate on still life and I enjoy our studio nights with a model. “With such a high standard within the club I have been amazed by my own achievements – each year individuals enter ten paintings and
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Frosty Morning in Sherwood Forrest by David Hickey. Best Colour Print, 2008
‘Taking photographs in black and white can create a certain atmosphere as there are only two colours telling the story but still a lot of detail and contrast’
the person with the most points is awarded photographer of the year. But it is a hobby we all enjoy so really we are all winners.” Paul, a club member for ten years, believes that taking pictures using different colours and techniques creates a new way of looking at the world. “Taking photographs in black and white can create a certain atmosphere as there are only two colours telling the story but still a lot of detail and contrast. “Sometimes you notice more in the photograph when there is less colour as your eye is not distracted from the subject." The club meets at Penistone Community Centre every Wednesday at 7.30pm. The group is looking for new members and would encourage anyone interested to come along. In April, members will study canals, receive instruction on digital media and listen to a talk and study images of air crashes in the Peak District.
Grey Squirrel by Harry Wilson.
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Archeologists working in the walled garden at Wortley Hall have unearthed more than expected, as Joanne Wright reports
Sex amid the fruit and veg
elving into the past of a stately home, one would expect to unearth tales of high society balls and extravagant feasts held by the aristocracy. But an archaeological project into the life of the abandoned Victorian walled garden at Wortley Hall has uncovered a sordid past including American soldiers fraternising with local girls during the Second World War. In Queen Victoria’s day, Wortley Hall was home to the Earl of Wharncliffe James Achibald Stuart-Wortley and his wife Lady Caroline. In his hands the estate was developed including the landscapes and walled garden, which were a common feature of parks of this era. As well as standard root vegetables, the garden provided unusual produce such as melons, grapefruits and grapes to be served at huge banquets. Archaeologist Dan Ratcliffe, who started the 18-month project on the hall last October, explains: “Elite families were all about showing off
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Grand gateway: The entrance to the walled garden at Wortley Hall.
with huge houses and extravagant feasts. It was quite an achievement to have these exotic fruits, a status symbol. It was the celebrity culture of their day, like owning a football club or Posh and Becks having Sir Elton John round for dinner. “They were also keen to develop the latest methods of growing crops, again to show their wealth. They were very experimental with their technology. The village itself was part of the hall. Everyone who lived here worked at the hall from gardeners to
grooms. There was also a distinct hierarchy among the staff as to where their quarters were in the grounds.” A £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has helped Dan and his team uncover some ‘hidden histories’. The high point of the garden’s use was around the late 19th century and by the early 1900s the family had set up the Market Produce Co. Ltd to sell surplus from the estate. The Wharncliffe family appears to have experienced financial difficulties after the second world war with the
Aristocratic origin: The stable block of Wortley Hall viewed from the walled garden and below Dan Ratcliffe, right, with Darrell Marryon, gardener at the hall, in what is to be the organic kitchen garden. Pictures: Jamie Lorriman
hall deserted and on the market by the late 1940s. But it’s the tantalising history of what took place during the war, when the hall was occupied by troops, that has caused something of a stir. In 1943 more than 300 American troops from the 65th Ordnance Company, New Jersey, were stationed there. Dan said: “There are conflicting reports on relations between the troops and the community. Some are good, recording that the troops sang and preached in the parish church and took food to homes. Others report a ‘moral panic’ caused by local girls trading sexual favours for money and rations.” This prompted the American Inspector General's office to come to the village to investigate the situation. The information being discovered by the project will be put onto a website; there will also be a restoration at the garden and improved access to the
garden for visitors. “We want to get local residents involved. I'm sure there are people in the village who have some memories of the hall and how life has changed over the years," Dan added. The garden is being brought back to
life as an organic kitchen garden by Heeley City Farm, an environmental charity based in Sheffield. To get involved, call Dan on 07979 344556 or visit www.wortleyheritage.org.uk.
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Generations of anglers would optimistically cast their lines into the once murky depths of Elsecar canal in the hope of catching something other than a shopping trolley. Kate Pickles cast an eye over its facelift
A young angler gets practical help from a seasoned hand at the Elsecar Canal
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Pride in restoration: Members of the Heritage Angling Club. Pictures: Wes Hobson
Cut above the rest
ears of neglect had seen the once-thriving stretch of waterway between Elsecar and Brampton transformed into a flytippers’ paradise. Dumped furniture and scrapped vehicles lay across the canal bed creating an inhospitable area for any creature to survive. Step in Heritage Angling Club. With fish stocks severely depleted, the volunteers from Elsecar took matters into their hands and redeveloped the old beauty spot into a fishing haven. “We wanted to get it back to something the community could be proud of,” says Bob Leach, co-founder of the fishing club. “Now we are getting people from Sheffield, Wakefield, Rotherham and Barnsley coming to fish here. It has taken off like a bushfire.” The group began on the project in October after members were issued with a long-awaited lease from the
council. In the months that followed, the members quickly tackled overgrown trees and dug out the footpath running alongside the waterway. Bob says: “The banks had become overgrown to the point where you couldn’t see the path and the canal was full of rubbish. When we drained it, we found motorbikes, patio furniture, shopping trolleys, bicycles and even a bath in there. We got rid of all of that and hope that people will start to take pride in it again.” Now the home of more than 10,000 roach, the waters are once again thriving with fish. In February the club took delivery of about 800lb of roach from the Environment Agency which had rescued them from an overpopulated pond in Sheffield. “They've settled in nicely. We have also got perch, bream and carp and it’s been fishing tremendously. This
time of year is not usually the best for fish to be feeding as the water is so cold but at the moment it’s proving the opposite. It’s what we call ‘a fish every chuck’.” Young fishing groups have started to book the site for matches and the group is only too keen to get the next generation involved in the sport. Friends of Elsecar Park member Dave Loy was instrumental to the operation and hopes the revamp will encourage youngsters to become involved. The club has started to organise youth matches and Barnsley junior anglers have already made use of the new fishing platforms. He says: “The youths are the future of fishing so we are looking at anything we can do to get them interested. If we succeed then hopefully we can encourage them to keep the canal as it is – something we can all be proud of.”
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A Wankel engine and fresh styling make the Mazda RX-8R3, below, an exciting drive, says Mark D’Apice
Mazda lights up the road
couple of years ago, I had the pleasure of a Mazda RX-8 for a week. I remember the Prodrive edition of the rear-wheel-drive coupe, as it was a joy to live with. It was comfortable enough for the daily commute but if you poked the throttle it was as if the world had started to revolve backwards. So I was delighted to hear a new car was on its way. The smooth, pleasing lines of the car, launched in 2003 and which inspired the rest of the range, have been updated in the R3. This means a new front end with a redesigned larger grille, new headlights and wheel arches that are more flared than the original. The biggest changes, though, are at the back which gets a more sculptured bumper, rear lights illuminated by LEDs and a spoiler on the bootlid. What makes the RX-8 unique though is the amazing Wankel engine. While I’ll leave the engineering complexities to the boffins, for the average petrol-head it means an engine that will rev well beyond the range of most others.
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Power has been tweaked for the R3 so that the ‘base’ model will pump out 202bhp, nine more than the old one while the high-output car musters the same 228bhp as the first-generation model produced. Technically, the engine is only 1300cc. While there is loads of power, there isn’t much torque, so you have to give it plenty of revs to set off without stalling. While this may sound tiresome, I promise it never gets boring thanks to the throaty exhaust note. Motoring around town is perfectly civilised but the real fun lies out in the country where the revised, sharper underpinnings really make you glad to be alive - although if you want to stay alive you will need to keep the lively rear end in check as even the traction control struggles to keep it on the straight and narrow. It’s a waste of time me telling you what it is like on a motorway as you will never see a blue road sign ever again. If I bought one I’d be going everywhere on A-roads in to enjoy every sweeping bend and full-bore overtaking manoeuvre.
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The funky Kia Soul is a small car with a large presence, says Mark D’Apice
Cubist look: The new Kia Soul
Soul of the city
icasso would be proud as it seems cubism is back. Not only is Nissan considering introducing the aptly-named Cube here, it seems Kia wants to get in on the act with the new Soul. Kia, confident after the success of the Cee’d and Picanto, is now introducing what it calls a niche model. It is billing the Soul as a cross between an SUV and a supermini but measuring just 10cm shorter than the mid-sector Cee’d, it may be a tad big to consider itself as competing against Fiestas and Corsas. Kia is keen to point out that the Soul has more passenger space than a Nissan Qashqai. It is inside where the extra length counts. While high-roof cars feel more spacious, the length means that the Soul doesn’t rely on high seats to provide leg room. The driving position gives a elevated view which, with the large windows, gives excellent all-round visibility. As a family car, the Soul makes genuine sense. There is plenty of room in the back for three kids and a capacious boot which should swallow
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enough luggage to take the family on holiday. An iPod connection comes as standard, which should help wile away the motorway miles. The Soul doesn’t have any direct competitors but it will be compared alongside mini-MPVs like the Citroen Berlingo and Nissan Note. It is nicer to drive than any of the mini-MPVs thanks to the firmer ride and plusher interior. There is less body roll and it feels more precise, especially when pushed. Two engine variants are available at launch, petrol or diesel, both borrowed from the Cee’d range. The petrol has a 1.6-litre capacity producing 124bhp and returning 43mpg and the diesel is tuned to generate 126bhp but returns an impressive 54mpg on the combined cycle. Kia hopes to compete against chic city cars like the MINI and Fiat 500 in tempting buyers who want to make a statement. But while the funky looks should appeal to the younger end, the valueaspect should be enough to tempt those at the other end of the age spectrum.
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Serene: The SEAT Exeo.
n a world where car manufacturers strive to ensure they have every niche covered, it’s refreshing to see some companies specialising in a specific market. SEAT, for years, has concentrated on family hatchbacks and, thanks to the guidance from VW, it’s done a sound job in making some extremely driveable cars. An eyebrow was therefore raised when an announcement was made that the firm was entering the socalled ‘D’ segment which includes cars like the Mondeo and Insignia. The other eyebrow was elevated when I discovered that it intended to do this using a chassis borrowed from the old Audi A4, and would be made on the same tooling. I was convinced that someone at SEAT had enjoyed a surfeit of Sangria one evening and had dreamt up the idea over late-
night tapas. But on seeing the new Exeo, I can see I was wrong. From a distance it does look a bit like the old A4 but on closer inspection you can see the SEAT styling hints from the new Ibiza and Leon at the front. The side profile is conservative yet stylish while the rear has some snazzy-looking lights and a rather neatly sculptured bumper. With the Exeo aimed at company buyers, the engine line-up is dominated by diesels. There is a choice of two-oil burners, both twolitre, producing 141bhp or 168bhp. If your driving requires a little more gusto, there is also a lively 197bhp turbocharged two-litre petrol engine. They are mated, as standard, to a sixspeed manual gearbox. As with the A4 the Exeo is descended from, it is at its best on the
motorway. Its suspension irons out the road to give a comfortable ride while the cabin noise is filtered nicely to give the cabin a serene feel, even at high speeds. The steering is nicely weighted to give enough feedback to make you feel ‘involved’ without making you break into a sweat while parallel parking. In such a crowded marketplace, SEAT needs a feature to make the car stand out, and I believe that’s where the interior comes in. The Audi parts bin has been raided to give the Exeo a premium finish which, to my mind, is the best in its class. While the SEAT will struggle to break the domination of the big names, by producing a car of this quality it deserves a look – and that thought should cause some insomnia at Vauxhall and Ford.
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Oliver! Featuring: ‘Consider Yourself ’, ‘Oliver’, ‘I’d Do Anything’, ‘Food Glorious Food’, ‘It’s a Fine Life’, ‘Pick a Pocket or Two’, ‘As Long As He Needs Me’.
Tuesday to Saturday 14th-18th July 7.15pm I Tickets: £12 & £10
42nd Street Auditions for 1933’s newest show, ‘Pretty Lady’, are nearly over when Peggy Sawyer, fresh off the bus from Allentown, Pennsylvania, arrives in New York City. Featuring: ‘Young and Healthy’, ‘Go Into Your Dance’, ‘We’re in the Money’, ‘Dames’, ‘Lullaby of Broadway’, ‘42nd Street’ , and many, many more…
leading musical partnership – BARNSLEY PREMIERE
ACADEMY THEATRE Tickets and information:
01226 74 44 42
Wednesday to Saturday 21st-24th October 7.15pm II Tickets: £12 & £10
A Chorus Line A musical about seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots in the chorus.The celebrated music was composed by Marvin Hamlisch featuring: ‘One’, ‘I Can Do That’, ‘At The Ballet’, ‘Dance – Ten Looks Three’ and ‘What I Did For Love’.
Tuesday to Saturday 17th-21st November 7.15pm II Tickets: £12 & £10 Cole Porter’s
Anything Goes Featuring: ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’, ‘You’re the Top’, ‘Friendship’, ‘It’s De’Lovely’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘Blow Gabriel Blow’, and many, many more…
311 Sheffield Road Birdwell Barnsley S70 5TU
Belgian Chocolate! Belgian chocolate shipped in and brought direct to us to use in our Hand Made Chocolates. Delicious truffle, creme and fondant fillings made by us in our very own mini "Chocolate Factory!" We put our own twist on traditional Belgian and Swiss recipes plus we have also developed our own delicious flavours and with wonderful textures. Why not treat that someone special to one of our wonderful range of boxed chocolates or boxes with lids and moulded heart shaped boxes all made from chocolate crammed with delicious Belgian Chocolates. An ideal gift for Easter.
Celebration Cakes & Chocolates Telephone: 01226 710221 316 Barnsley Road, Cudworth, Barnsley S72 8TD
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• Moulded panel doors available with a choice of colours and sizes • External Hardwood fitted and stained if required • Exterior and Interior Hardwood Doors • Interior panel doors • We cater for all sizes of doors and panels
Radiator covers any size made to order
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Complete Koi & Aquatics Importers and retailers of high quality tropical and coldwater fish. Large new stocks of marine and tropical fish.
Wednesday 8th - Saturday 11th April
Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th April
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Friday 17th - Saturday 18th April THE LAST LAUGH COMEDY CLUB:
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Sunday 19th April
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF THE LAMPROOM THEATRE:
Over 150 display tanks, dry goods and medications
JOHN & PAUL HUDSON IN CONCERT
Live rock and frozen food
Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd April
Expert, friendly, free advice
BY JOHN GODBER
Thursday 23rd April
BARNSLEY GILBERT & SULLIVAN SOCIETY
The Lamproom Theatre, Westgate, Barnsley
Box Office: 01226 200075
Open Mon - Sat 9.30am - 5.30pm I Thurs ’til 7.30pm I Sun 10.00am - 4.30pm I Closed Wednesday
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Sunday 26th April
how to find us To Hospital
12a Maple Estate, Stocks Lane, Barnsley S75 2BL Tel: 01226 246400
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Large selection of quality Koi and various pond fish All sizes at realistic prices STOCKISTS OF: • KUSURI • MEDI KOI • JUNSEIGO FOOD PRODUCTS
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Unit 1, Littlefield Lane, Wombwell Open 7 days 8am - 4pm
Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm
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OLD CARPETS REMOVED
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Sunday lunch £8.95 Large selection of wines from £13.95 a bottle also available by the glass
Tel 01924 848603 62, Barnsley Road, Flockton, Wakefield, WF4 4DW
Open all day every day from 11.30am - 11.30pm last orders for kitchen 9.30pm
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Academy for health & wellbeing Willow Lodge provides the perfect retreat, for busy individuals who are passionate about maintaining individuality and control that is required to be successful. The holistic, friendly environment of Willow Lodge promotes health and well-being. This means that not only is the facility itself and staff delivery first class, the location also provides a tranquil setting and relaxing ambience for our wide range of treatments and services. Willow Lodge Corporate Retreat aims to offer high class corporate facilities with a difference in a peaceful and undisturbed atmosphere. Open to the public we offer private hire of the swimming pool and spa, yoga and various beauty treatments.
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74 THE LAST WORD
ADAM CIVICO ‘Tuesday is boiled egg day,’ he said with remarkable alarm. On Tuesday his dad supplements his cereal with a boiled egg. No buts, Tuesday’s boiled egg day
outines have been bothering me. It started after dinner at the house of friends. Our host was telling us his plans for the week ahead. He was driving to Wales with his mum and dad to collect a rare puppy for them to have as a pet. It would involve an early rise and a long drive made longer, he anticipated, by his mother's nagging insistence that he should slow down. But whatever the inconveniences, that’s what he was doing the Tuesday after our get-together. Tuesday. The mention of it seemed innocuous, but when the words left his lips a look of horror swept across his face. “Tuesday is boiled egg day!”, he said with remarkable alarm. You see, on Tuesdays his dad supplements his breakfast cereal with a boiled egg. No ifs. No buts. Tuesday is boiled egg day. As dinner party chat it was great. We laughed as he told us of the time his mum had accidentally made eggs on a Monday. What a palaver. We giggled as he swapped urgent texts with his brother about how best to deal with the situation. There was no way Tuesday would be anything other than boiled egg day. But when the dinner had digested and the hangover passed, the evening’s conversation got me thinking about routines. Are some of us born into a routine sort of life where by week-by-week we work, sleep, and drink at set times and eat boiled eggs on Tuesday.
And when is it that the rhythm of one’s existence becomes so immovable? I’ve never been one for routines, preferring to react in what some would call a chaotic manner. Or so I thought. Since that dinner I’ve been watching myself and to my dismay I noticed I have routines. The way I prepare for work each morning is pretty steadfast. I used to take different routes into the office but I’ve somehow slipped into a routine, walking the same way every day and I see the same people. There’s the shy woman who never returns my morning smile, and the mum who walks three kids to school. Then I see the overweight long-haired, bearded bloke who wears nothing but black and looks like he should be a Simpsons’ character. Shock horror, I’m becoming stuck in my ways. Then to ease my pain there was a new recruit on the morning walk, a cyclist who passes each day munching a breakfast butty. If he carries on like that will he end up overweight, long-haired and bearded? Like a creeping insomnia, routines are taking hold of my life. Does that mean when I’m 40 I’ll need a coffee at exactly the same time each day, with the same biscuit brand. On turning 50, will I have a particular shirt for each day of the week? After retirement will I eat boiled eggs every Tuesday? It’s sobering stuff and I need a drink to shake me out of this torpor. Except I can’t. It’s Wednesday and I’m busy.
Frank Bird A4
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Direct Kitchens Mosaic A4
DIRECT KITCHENS D E S I G N
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• 91 Park Road, Worsbrough (Next door to Button Mill) BUY WITH CONFIDENCE
Tel: 01226 321422 • Within Homeflair, Rawmarsh Road, Parkgate, Rotherham
Tel: 01709 366012
Spring, season of change, at last feels to be here and we move outdoors this month for several of our features.