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Ideas for inspiring people in Yorkshire

WINTER 2009/10 Issue Thirty Eight

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Advertiser’s Announcement

• Weddings • Receptions • Functions • Parties • Chris

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UCKED away on the corner of Bridge Street in Penistone is the stylish White Heart bar and brasserie, serving up delicious food in a warm and welcoming environment.

The historic building, which dates back to 1376, has been carefully restored by owners Gill and Chris Ward to create a quirky bar and restaurant that works in harmony with the building’s original features. Sumptuous high-backed chairs and low inviting leather sofas are placed around the relaxing bar area creating a boutique lounge – perfect for couples and groups of ladies who enjoy a touch of luxury. In the restaurant, Gill has used her talent for interior design to create a baroque-style dining area with a rich black and gold theme, made intimate with soft lighting from chandeliers and candles. Original features from the historical building add character to the restaurant including a former waggon archway, converted into a floor-to-ceiling window, and an attractive mezzanine,

which was once used as a cell for prisoners en route to be sentenced in Manchester. Friendly manageress, Samantha Briggs looks after front of house, attending to customers, requirements and making all feel instantly welcome. Meanwhile chef Paul Taylor, who has a wealth of culinary experience within Yorkshire, works closely with Gill and Chris to put together an excellent range of a la carte and light bite menus using locally-sourced, seasonal produce. Diners can choose from fresh fish dishes such as sea bass and scallops as well as a fine selection of meats including The White Heart’s popular tender steak from local Hade Edge butcher Brindon Addy. The menu also boasts an imaginative range of vegetarian options such as grilled aubergine stack and seasonal risottos. And the desserts are equally impressive, from warm Bakewell tart to White Heart specialities, including boozy tiramisu and irresistible chocolate brownies. Now fully licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships, The White Heart is able to cater for luxurious wedding days. The charming restaurant is the perfect setting for intimate wedding parties while larger

groups can hold their special day in The White Heart’s newest addition, the Talbot Suite. Glittering in shades of silver and grey with lavish chandeliers hanging overhead, the purpose-built suite is a fairytale setting that can cater for up to 80 guests during the day and 150 guests for evening receptions. White Heart brides and grooms are given exclusive use of the Talbot Suite during their big day as well as complementary use of the chic bridal suite for their first night of married life. The new glamorous function room is also an ideal venue for birthday parties, Christenings, business dinners, live events and conferences. So whether you are looking to wine and dine in a unique setting or to tie the knot in style, you will be sure to fall in love with The White Heart.


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CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE EVENINGS THE TALBOT SUITE  4th, 11th, 18th, December 7.30pm Cranberry Fizz Cocktail Reception  3 Course Meal  Disco till Late  £29.95p/p From 2nd December our new Christmas à la carte menu will be available in the restaurant, Mon-Sat from 7pm. A lunchtime Christmas menu will be available 12 noon- 6.30pm Mon to Sun  £19.95 for 3 courses CHRISTMAS DAY 12 noon drinks reception. £69.95p/p  Kids £30.00 each Pre-order booking required before 18th December

ROBBIE BURNS CELEBRATION EVENING Saturday 23rd January  7.30pm Four course evening meal £34.95 p/p

YORKSHIRE BRASS & JAZZ Boxing Day  Approx 2pm Thurlstone Brass Band followed by Pennine Jazz. Bar snacks and £19.95 for a three course meal served from 12 noon til 6.30pm

VALENTINES DINNER DANCE Saturday 13th February

NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL 7.30pm Drinks Reception. Five Course Meal with entertainment from live Jazz Band. Followed by Disco to bring in THE NEW YEAR. £65.95p/p  Booking essential, with a preorder of meal choice before 21st December ALL TABLES ARE RESERVED WITH A £10.00 NON-RETURNABLE DEPOSIT, DEDUCTED FROM THE FINAL BILL.

mation contact Chris or Gill Ward for an informal chat

VALENTINES Sunday 14th February We will be serving an à la carte Romantic themed menu from 12 noon til 9.30pm PETER KAYE Tribute As seen on T.V. Thursday 4th March  7.00pm £29.95 including garlic bread and Chicken Kiev supper DOLLY PARTON TRIBUTE NIGHT Friday 26th March £29.95 including three course meal

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6 COUNTRY Flying high: Prey silence for the hawks, owls and buzzards

HOMES Style counsel: Glitz meets Ritz at an old farm in Woolley


23 INTERIORS Pulling power: Is it a light? No, it’s the latest cooker hood

DESIGN Festive rooms: Out with the silver: Be bold with the gold


43 FOOD Matter of crust: Meet Mr Pastry, king of the pork pies


MOSAIC Ideas for inspiring people

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Unlike many magazines, we don’t clutter our front page with coverlines, reasoning that our readers are intelligent enough to find out for themselves what’s inside. We do, however, enjoy, your comments on the images we use on the cover. To save you time, this month’s features a branch under ice. In homage to the season, we consider some alternative ways of decorating your homes, we point you to some good pies and our wine experts offer their choices. But we also look forward in this issue to spring, hence our emphasis on the home and features on interior trends. In the meantime, may I wish you all a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year on behalf of the editorial and advertising team at Mosaic.


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Chunky the barn owl sits silently on a perch in Chris Corker's kitchen, as the falconer tells Lynsey Bradford about his pastime. Pictures: Scott Bairstow

Bright eyes: George, the European eagle owl


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Call of the wild: Chris Corker with a Harris hawk, right, and Chunky the barn owl, above

Beak of perfection


hris Corker frequently reaches the end of his tether. Or, rather, his birds do. The saying refers to a device used to train birds of prey to return to their owners – something Chris and his wife Andrea have been doing for several years. Their hobby was born out of a fascination for animals and wildlife. Chris says: “I’ve always been interested in animals and as a kid I had various wild animals. I’ve always been interested in falconry and birds of prey so I started to read up on it and get some knowledge about what I was doing.” But there’s only so much you can learn from a book and paperwork does not teach you how to avoid being ripped off. He bought his first bird, a female Harris hawk, in

September 2005 for about £550. “I paid a fortune for her because I didn’t know what I was doing. I paid a lot more than I should have at the time. Then my friend asked me to look after a female red-tailed buzzard for two weeks. That was four years ago and when I asked him about it, he told me to keep it.” He now has seven birds: Two redtailed buzzards, Arnie and Hermione; two Harris hawks, Sam and Holly; a barn owl, Chunky; tawny owl, Lucie and a European eagle owl, George.

“Some people don’t name them but I always do, it gives them their personality and they have all got personalities,” Chris says. George, for example, with his five foot wingspan, is incredibly beautiful – and powerful, as Chris knows all too well. Handling him with care, he says: “I never watch the beak, it’s the feet you have to watch. “I’ve been ‘footed’ lots of times and it hurts, even when they do it by accident.” But no pain, no gain. Turn to Page 8


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Prey silence: Clockwise from left: Lucie the tawny owl, and the Harris hawk in flight and a red-tailed buzzard.

The birds have to be trained to fly to hand and feed from the fist. That’s where the tether comes in – it’s a block of wood with 100m of string wrapped round it, says Chris. Each time the bird flies a little more is unravelled until, when it has flown 100m the bird is ready to fly free. “That’s the most anxious part of it, letting the bird fly free. Eventually, your bird flies to you, because it thinks it’s still attached to the leash. It can be one of the most rewarding but frustrating sports ever.”


It takes plenty of effort to get the birds to that stage but once trained Chris and Andrea, who are members of the Yorkshire Falconry Club, use them for hunting and showing. “Our club has hunting meets on an area of land in North Yorkshire.” There the hawks are used to hunt rabbits, hares, partridge, pheasant and duck along with squirrels and rats. When not hunting, Chris, who runs A and C Falconry, has an agreement with Cannon Hall at Cawthorne to

display the birds. But there’s no showing off George, a natural born killer used for hunting foxes. He could kill a small dog. “I don’t do flying displays with the hawks, they would go for the first thing they see. I don’t let anyone handle the hawks because they are unpredictable. The owls are easier to handle and are a bit friendlier. “They are not pets and you can’t make them pets, they are dangerous animals. I know what I’m doing and I only trust them to a point.”

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From the outside, this house in the village of Woolley looks reasonably conventional. But as Emma Spencer found surprises lie inside


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Hi-tech, hi--spec: The kitchen-diner at Rivendell in Woolley

Putting on the glitz


ho lives in a house like this? Well, there are no fewer than 18 light switches for the kitchen and chandeliers for bedside lamps. Music can be listened to in any of the several bathrooms and the lights change colour depending on the mood you want to create. It is this kind of extravagance that sets Rivendell in Woolley apart from the rest. Three years ago Samantha Senior and Tony Clayton-Le-Sueur bought the property and set about a breathtaking renovation. It is a world apart from the refurb you would expect to see in a 250 year-old farmhouse. All that remains of the barn are some old door brackets and hinges, original beams and a stone wall. The rest is consumed by the gadgets and fastidious decor which Samantha and Tony incorporated to create an ultra-modern living space.


Mission accomplished. But at some cost. The original six-figure redevelopment budget was more than doubled by the end of the project. Such was the desire for perfection that if something was the wrong colour it was repainted. If furnishings looked out of place they were moved. If the construction work didn't have the right effect it was done again. Interior designer Samantha says: “It had not been touched since the early-80s. To get modern living we took out everything and started again with a blank sheet. I found the minimalist look a bit cold and unwelcoming. I wanted it to be luxurious too, so hung all the chandeliers. They add the girly glitzy bits.� The couple shunned off-the-shelf accessories, opting for bespoke items, regardless, it seems, of cost.

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Coming to a screen near you: The cinema room at Rivendell, above, the kitchen and sitting room, top, and one of the six bedrooms, below.

Tony says: “Things that you can just go and buy is not what we wanted. Everything is handmade and bespoke but I absolutely love the result.” Taking inspiration from Spain, where they have spent many holidays, and from designers Armani and Versace; Rivendell is elegant, decadent and unashamedly extravagant. Colours are deep, dark and bold. The kitchen is spectacular and could happily feature in a Hollywood movie with its Italian marble floor, high gloss walnut units and star galaxy black gloss worktops. It has a built-in Neff coffee machine, cocktail bar, steam oven, wine coolers but no kettle. Instead, boiling water is on tap, heated and stored in a hidden flask. Floor-to-ceiling windows with views towards Emley Moor, Holme Moss and Glossop, light the room and they are

helped by fibre optic lights, spotlamps and, above and below the cupboards, light-emitting diodes. The main sitting room, “the perfect Christmas Day room”, is chic boutique with mink-coloured sofas, statement chandeliers, black gloss furniture and large chrome-edged mirrors. At the far end is the dining room, located there to make the most of the views. It is difficult to decide on what is the ultimate feature in Rivendell. It could be the cinema room, the outside water features and courtyard, the Jack and Jill bathroom with hidden taps, black granite and bronze glitter mosaic tiles, metallic wallpaper and silver gilt-edged mirror. Or it could be the gothic Turn to Page 14


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The gilded mirror in the master bedroom, below, slides back to reveal the ensuite, above and right.

style bedroom with black leather sleigh bed and original beams. But, for bedtime reading, it’s hard to beat the master bedroom which has crystal chandeliers from Harrogate. Silk-carpeted steps lead to the hotel-inspired room, that’s dominated by a gold mirror and a gold fourposter bed. Here gold, embossed wallpaper combines to dramatic effect with dark chocolate and caramel walls. Tony and Samantha didn’t want to lose space so they used the hanging chandeliers for softer lighting. Textured throws, sequinned cushions, and dark fabrics add the finishing touches. To the bedroom at least. For behind the mirror is an ensuite shower room and dressing room. It is symmetrical with a central walk-in shower for two people with fixed glass screens, underfloor heating, interchangeable remote controlled LED lighting


and surround-sound. On each side of the room are rectangular Duravit wash basins, upright chrome radiators, marble floors, gloss cupboards and separate toilets. High spec sensors are built in to the ceiling to remove moisture and protect the dressing rooms behind. Creating Rivendell in Tony and Samantha's vision has been hard going and is such a ‘statement’ house that they have sometimes questioned what they were doing. But Tony says: “You think about what you might do differently but the real test is when people come and see it. Sam's dad is in his 70s but he loves it.” The couple are re-locating with six year-old twins Harry and Jacob and are ready to take on another project. Rivendell is on the market with Hodson's, £1.65m.

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After long hours at work, many people are turning their bathroom into a sanctuary. Rachel Parry learns why

Splash out: Opulence is now rivalling minimalism in the bathroom

Tapping into glam


ATHROOMS are starting to go the same way as kitchens by becoming a focal point of the home. We are spending more time in our bathrooms. With long working hours and stressful commutes, many are transforming their bathroom into a sanctuary in which to unwind after a busy day. This has seen an increase in demand for glamorous bathroom products that are attractive to the eye and wallet – and efficient. Yvonne Orgill, chief executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers’ Association (BMA), says that product and interior designers have been quick to rise to the challenge of this demand. “Product designers have raised the creative bar to respond to the market’s increasing demand for bathroom products which are, at the same time, gorgeous to look at, easy to install, and very water efficient,” she says. “Interior designers have also responded. They are producing layout and designs for householders who have decided to stay put rather than move. In bathroom layout


and design, there are two trends. Some designs are going for out and out opulence, cluttered chic and rich dark colours. There is a hankering for retro with pendant lighting and bold decoration. But conversely, minimalism rules: clean smooth lines with stateof-the-art gadgets. “Wet rooms have become very fashionable making the best use of space. If a wet room cannot be accommodated, low-level shower trays and frameless enclosures are in demand. So too are ‘vessel’ washbasins, glossy surfaced furniture and wall hung toilets. And looking to the future, it would appear we are only going to indulge further in our dream bathrooms. “Designer led bathrooms will be more important than ever in the future,” says Yvonne. “High-end glamorous designs, giving the feel of decadence, will remain an important bathroom look in the coming year. But technically advanced and water efficient products will lead the way in the relentless push for sustainability.”

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‘Shutters are widely regarded as the ultimate window treatment – they well and truly tick all the boxes’

Light and private: Half-up blinds can be customised.

New angle: A stylish solution to window dressing.

Drawn to blinds


t’s a dilemma many of us face: how to dress the bathroom window. To remain in keeping with stylish suites and chic decor, we want something appealing, but there is a niggle that it should be practical too. As bathrooms are generally humid, it’s important to avoid heavy fabric options such as curtains and drapes, but we still require a solution opaque enough to provide privacy. In response, Sarah Quilliam, head of product design at blinds specialist Hillarys, suggests shutters. “Shutters are widely regarded as the ultimate window treatment and they well and truly tick all the boxes when it comes to combining good looks with practicality. Simply tilt the slats to ensure privacy, while allowing light and air to filter between them.” Perfect for modern bathrooms, shutters come in a range of wood stains and neutral paints. Besides being attractive and practical, they can also help to filter out external noise, transforming a bathroom into a haven. Other options suggested by Sarah include wooden venetians, or for those who are still a fan of fabric, half-up blinds that can be drawn out of harm’s way. “Despite popular belief, you can opt for wood venetians in the bathroom,” she says. “They won’t warp but will

‘move’ according to the temperature. Alternatively you could go for aluwood venetian blinds which look like wood but are actually made of aluminium. “These will easily withstand the humidity and condensation in your bathroom. “One of my favourite window dressings in a bathroom is a half-up blind – this provides the necessary privacy yet still lets in plenty of light. And you can always get creative and personalise it by picking a digitally printed roller blind. “Some fabric blinds can behave badly in bathrooms so look out for those designed for humid conditions. Vertical blinds offer good light and air flow – perfect for the bathroom and, like fabric blinds, are available in a huge range of colours, patterns and textures. “Many are available with a moisture resistant coating which also makes them easy to clean. They’re also a great solution for large windows. Meanwhile rollers are the perfect choice in small areas as they can be fixed into the recess, giving a neat appearance and the illusion of more space. Skylight windows can still remain stylish with rollers, venetians or pleated blinds specially made to fit.”





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New lighting designs are going green – and twinkling diodes are the future, writes Beattie Spencer

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And there was light…


CCORDING to experts, lighting designs are going green, but this time there isn’t an ugly-shaped energy-saving bulb in sight. We all try to be environmentally thoughtful, but sometimes it’s not the most glamorous option. But a new technology is proving to be both energyefficient and stylish. As Peter Hunt, chief executive officer of The Lighting Association, explains, light-emitting diodes are the future of attractive green lighting. “Billions is being invested into the technology which is moving at a phenomenal pace,” he says. “Designers are working with LED bulbs and fittings because they are energy efficient, offering a better quality of lighting which lasts much longer – up to 30 years compared to old fittings that might last one. “We are already seeing LEDs being used in every kind of design, from desk and ceiling lights to decorative chandeliers. I’m sure in 2010 we will be seeing even more


interesting LED products, some of which are currently being tested in our lab.” A number of these lighting designs are beginning to surface at The Nepenthe Pendant Light, created by Trisha Enes, consists of 26 delicate light pods, hand-knitted from silver-coated insulated wire and suspended in rectangular formation. Meanwhile the beautiful Alumega pendant light, by Nina Jeroch, displays an unconventional use of LED technology. Circuit boards become the illuminated and decorative element at the same time, creating eye-catching patterns. The circuit boards are pieced together to make threedimensional bodies: high-tech lamp shades which radiate light inwards while impressing outwardly with their graphic pattern. Alumega is not only a formal reinterpretation of an LED lamp, but its use of a new generation of light sources that are able to give off warm light, solves the previous problem of the cold, harsh light given off by LEDs.

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Rachel Parry examines why designers are building on past styles to create stunning kitchens with flawless finishes

Smooth and sleek: Kitchens from Kuche.

When the pining stops


s one of the most-used rooms in the home, the kitchen has been transformed from a closed-off cooking area to an openplan living space. The demand is now for practical yet impressive, areas to dine, entertain and lounge - hence the rise in kitchens boasting fine furniture, gleaming worktops and built-in electronics like internet, sound systems and flat screen TVs. Alan Stanford, kitchen consultant of the Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom Association, believes designers are building on styles of the past to provide simple kitchens, complete with flawless finishes and cutting edge technology. “Over the last decade or so, furniture designers have created minimalist, sleek furniture, handle-less or with small unobtrusive handles,” says Alan. “Very retro, these latest designs are monuments to some of


the UK’s outstanding and timeless products of the seventies: furniture styles previously made popular with ranges such as Kandya’s Ultima range and Wrighton’s Pageant and Waltham ranges. But now, technology has brought improved components, finishes and materials and allowed the furniture designers to expand, and improve, on the original themes. “For the foreseeable future, products will continue to be sleek, modern and stylish. Colours and finishes will rotate, as they always have, from mellow soft pastels to bold garish colours in equal measures. “Meanwhile, I doubt there will be any return soon for the more traditional solid wood or country pine style fronts which have now diminished significantly in popularity.” But it’s not just about style, with more people fancying themselves as the next Gordon Ramsay or Nigella

Lawson, the kitchen also needs to provide ample space for cooking. Alan believes this problem is solved with more emphasis on ergonomically designed kitchens. “More use of different levels create specific work areas as well as adding interest,” says Alan. “These different levels can be achieved by using two or three different thicknesses of worktop or by using more sophisticated furniture where numerous cabinet heights, or levels, are already available but seldom exploited to their full potential. “The variety of materials that can be used for worktops is already varied, but laminate still dominates the market. This is down to value for money in addition to the advances made in reproduction technology ensuring a laminate top with a woodgrain finish or granite effect looks and feels just like the real thing.”

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Elegant: Resembling a lavish light fitting – the Victoria.

Cooking edge style


ooker hoods used to be disguised as cupboards. Today they are a design statement. As technology has developed, they have morphed from practical appliance into centrepiece for the hub of the home. From those that look like chandeliers, to others resembling spaceships, designs have become ultra-imaginative. These examples come from DR Cooker Hoods’ Elica Collection. The Karma abstract design brings together black and white, Yin and Yang, light and shadow to create a ‘calming’ cooker hood. Meanwhile Star and Victoria are more elegant, looking more like light fittings than cooker hoods. And for those in search of colour, the Om and Mini Om have the option of one large cooker hood, or several small ones in a range of coloured glass including black, white, yellow, orange and turquoise. These cooker hoods are not only attractive and practical, but perform quietly, so you can entertain guests without shouting over what sounds like an industrial fan.

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Vivienne Westwood is bringing fashion to your front room, on paper at least. Rachel Parry takes a look

British imagery: Dogtooth.

Dark and rich: Cut-Out lace.

Hitting the wall


ver wanted to replicate your favourite fabric designs on the walls of your home? British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has done just that. With help from Cole and Son, she has taken signature designs from her eccentric fashion collections and translated them into the world of wallpaper. The striking papers include her wellknown Squiggle print, from the Autumn-Winter 81/82 Pirate collection, and the more recent CutOut Lace, from the Spring-Summer 07


I am Expensiv collection. As bold and bright as Westwood’s hair, the designs look as attractive on interior walls as they do on the catwalk’s models. Designs vary from the colourful and eye-catching Vivienne’s Lace, which features her hand-drawn signature, to the warm and busy appearance of Insects. Darker and richer designs can be found in Cut Out Lace. Well known for her iconic use of British imagery, the traditional Dogtooth pattern makes an

Swarming: Insects.

appearance in the collection, as well as Westwood’s Union Jack, inspired by an antique flag. Reinterpreted in the wallpaper collection with a weathered and sunbleached look, the vintage flag design is printed as a panel and can be custom sized for those wanting to support Westwood’s patriotism.

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People are swapping laminate for more cosy, money-saving flooring. Rachel Parry finds out more about the resurgence of carpets

Fun floor coverings: Be bold with colours but match them with accents elsewhere. Images: www.

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OT so long ago we were all ripping up carpet in favour of laminate and hard wood flooring. Now we are reverting to what we know best in search of style and comfort. As the favourite flooring choice for homes, carpet comes in a vast range of colours, styles and designs but variety is not its only benefit. According to Fun on the Floor expert, Steve Elliot, it also has pros for the eyes, ears and wallet. “People are choosing carpet over other options because it’s great for giving a house a cosy feel, and can save consumers up to £100 a year on energy costs due to its insulating qualities.” “It also has noise-cancelling properties unlike many hard floors that carry sound all over the house.” Looking at interior trends for next year we are encouraged to be bold


with our choices as rich, colourful rooms lead the way. Victoria Redshaw, Fun on the Floor colour trend expert, says carpet is the most effective way to introduce bold colour into a room. “It doesn’t have to be scary buying a bold carpet, just remember that it is crucial to forge a relationship between its colour and other features in the room,” she says. “If you don’t do this the strong colour of the floor will look disconnected and will shout at you every time you go in. The best way to achieve harmony is to feature the carpet colour in other areas as an accent through cushions, pictures and vases. This will create a continuity to pull the room’s elements together.” According to the company’s latest trend report, its Eastern Odyssey look brings colour and pattern to the darker seasons. To fit in with this

trend, carpets are appearing in bright sari shades of cerise and pickle as well as rich spice and dark maroon tones. Meanwhile, the Imperial Glamour trend is about using colour in large blocks. This palette includes caviar black, royal blue, rich damson, purple and Russian red. Plain carpets in deep jewel colours such as dark sapphire blue or dark can be sumptuous and luxurious. The King and Country look also supports the use of strong colours. Taking inspiration from classic men’s suiting fabrics such as tweed, herringbone and plaids, the palette includes grand shades of grated ginger, rich soil and beetroot.

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Tired of your conventional bed? Rachel Parry wakes up to the fact that it’s possible to sleep in the round

Laid back: The Zero bed from Presotto Italia.

Nights of the round bed


t’s estimated that we spend approximately one third of our lives in bed. And if I had one as inviting as this, I doubt I would ever get out of it. Clearly a bed needs to be comfortable, but as the centrepiece of a bedroom it must appeal to the eyes as well. What’s attractive about a minimalist design such as this Zero bed from Presotto, is that it forms a striking focal point without being too strident. It’s low, somewhat unconventional, structure makes it instantly inviting, while a high upholstered headboard and base add further texture and interest.


It can even be accessorised with circular revolving nightstands. The simplistic design of Zero is quickly associated with minimalist interiors featuring smooth, sleek furniture and sharp, straight lines, but it can also work well with Japanese and Zen themes, ideal for creating tranquil rooms of rest. The main appeal of this bed though, besides it’s sumptuous appearance, has to be that you can literally crawl into it at the end of a hectic day and easily roll out of it again when morning comes back around.




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Robert Cockroft invited three independent merchants from the area – Chris Ward, David Marriott and John Mitchell – to recommend bottles for a festive meal

Fizzing festivity PENISTONE COURT WINES, Sheffield Road, Penistone, S36 6HP. This is a time of year to do something outrageous. So start your celebrations with Champagne, Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 1988 in a Jeroboam at £1,035. For a white Burgundy, I’d suggest Chassagne Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 2006 from Joseph Drouhin, £58.08. And for the bird, it’s hard to beat a wonderful red Burgundy from Louis Latour: Chateau Corton Grancey Grand Cru 2002, £43.29. To finish? It has to be vintage port from Croft, (Single) Quinta de Roeda 1997. £20.24. Norte Chico from Chile does a good range for all tastes and for a winter meal I’d choose the carmenère. The Explorer Range, also from Chile is a step up with more depth. And from these, I’d go for the sauvignon blanc. CHRIS WARD TASTE FINE WINES,1 Westgate Almondbury, Huddersfield, HD5 8XF. Saint Clair Estate 2008 Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, £19.99. Possibly the finest sauvignon blanc from New Zealand – vibrant with a zingy finish. Superb with oysters. Now three great reds for any festive occasions. I was able to enjoy all three with great food recently at the Three Acres, Shelley. Chateau Malartic-Lagravière, 2000. £42.95. An elegant, soft, stylish claret from the great 2000 vintage. Catena Alta, 2005, Malbec. Mendoza,


Good vintages: Merchants Chris Ward, above, and David Marriott

£26.95. Argentina malbec is becoming a favourite. If white meat is not a festive probable, try this. Hermitage La Chapelle 2001. Paul Jaboulet Ainé, £59.95. Here’s one of the Northern Rhone’s true stars. The syrah creates a ripe spicy fruit-driven wine, perfect with venison and game. Reyac Pineau des Charentes Rosé, £15.45. A blend of grape juice and Cognac, delicious chilled and great with desserts. Dow’s Vintage Port 1985, £60. This rich, complex wine has aromas of berry fruit and hints of spice. DAVID MARRIOTT

MITCHELL’S WINES, 354 Meadowhead, Sheffield, S8 7UJ My first wine is big and ideal with game: Chateau Cissac 2004, £12.95, a robust red from the Haut Medoc. It will improve for many years but is drinking well now. Babich Sauvignon Blanc 2007, £6.99. These days we seem to drink twoweek-old sauvignons. This 2007 Kiwi vintage is still full of tropical fruits, green apples and fruit salad. Champagne Moutard Brut Grand Cuvée (Non vintage), £18.99. Mr. Moutard is not a Cluedo character but a brilliant vigneron and this pinot noir is so easy it’s untrue. It’s aged for a minimum of three years in the cellars. De Bortoli Noble One 2007, 37.5cl, £14.60. Noble One, the Aussie sticky. Here’s proper botrytis semillon in its 25th vintage. Serious Sauternes style, not cheap but naughty. JOHN MITCHELL

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The place to find just what you’re looking for WHEN Crampton & Moore was established in 1966, colour television was still a year away from its inaugural UK broadcast.

MANY people are already switching to digital or HD (high definition) TV in readiness for the Government’s big switch over when analogue will no longer be available, and sales of flat panel TVs are soaring. Crampton & Moore is proud to offer the latest models and technology at really attractive prices, including 1080p monitors, capable of receiving the very latest, highest-resolution HD broadcasts, and freesat, the new digital satellite TV service from the BBC and ITV offering HDTV, with no contract and no monthly subscription. All you need is a freesat HD digital box connected to an HD Ready TV or a TV with freesat HD built in. Freesat boxes start from £179. Other great offers at Crampton & Moore include a Sharp 32” LCD, available from £329, and a Samsung 42” plasma TV from just £429. Blu-Ray players - the latest in high-definition video - start at just £119 for a Samsung BD-P1600 model.

Since then, the family firm has kept its finger firmly on the pulse of the home entertainment industry, ensuring that all the latest audio-visual innovations are available at its showroom in Ecclesfield. The company has hit upon a winning formula - it’s both a trusted local retail outlet with a long pedigree, offering friendly, knowledgeable customer service, and a thriving, high-tech web business with a strong national presence. It’s an approach which has seen turnover quadruple over the past five years, making Crampton & Moore the largest independent retailer of plasma and LCD products in South Yorkshire. It is also the proud winner of the prestigious Internet Retailer of the Year Award for the third consecutive year, recognising it as a quality independent electrical retailer, offering an unrivalled shopping experience. The award which Crampton & Moore have won in 2007, 2008 and 2009 is sponsored by the leading specialist warranty provider, Domestic & General, and winners are chosen based on the results of over 250,000 customer surveys. Commenting on the achievement managing director, Robert Moore, the son of founding partner, John Moore, said: “We are delighted to have picked up our third Retailer of the Year Award in a row, and I would like to thank all our customers for taking the time to tell us what they think of us. This feedback allows us to develop and improve our offering to customers, who in turn are happy to recommend our products and services to family and friends.” Crampton & Moore sells the latest plasma, LCD flat screen TVs and home

Samsung are offering up to £200 cash back when customers choose an Eco-friendly Samsung LED back-lit TV, which uses up to 40 per cent less power than an LCD TV. Crampton & Moore have the latest range of slimline LED TVs new in for 2009. cinema and DVD products plus a growing selection of kitchen appliances. It stocks more than 2,000 products in total, from top name brands such as Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, JVC and Toshiba. Staff all have excellent training and product knowledge which enables them to offer advice and help with any questions customers may have about any of the products or installation issues. “While we sell nationwide, we still feel we are a local company,” says Robert. “We offer our local customer the best of both worlds; they can either shop online or visit the showroom to see the products for themselves. “We find that many of our customers look on the internet first, then come into the shop for a demonstration and to see the choices first hand. We try to give customers the best deal and then a great back-up service, because we feel they deserve it. We can often match or beat the larger chains on price and exceed their customer service standards because of the quality of our staff and our attention to detail. People buy from us online because our lower overheads mean our prices are often lower than the big chains. In addition, we have Price Watch team who ensure the company offer the best deals to customers, anywhere within the UK. “People also want their purchases quickly, and our large stock holding means we can fulfil orders swiftly, usually within 48 hours, and we also operate a collection service for people wishing to take their goods home with them that day.” Call in to the showroom at 109 High Street, Ecclesfield, or visit the website:

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It’s out with the silver, in with the gold as interior designer Ceri Rocca offers advice on creating elegant festive interiors MOSAIC HOMES AND INTERIORS 39

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Festive threads of gold


or years, silver has been the fashionable alternative to the traditional decorations of festive reds and greens. So long has this been the case, however, that even this cool, ice-inspired style has become tired. Now is the time to break old habits and open your eyes to new possibilities. The word on every designer’s lips this year is ‘kitsch’. A youthful rebellion from the regal, antique look that the season is typically renowned for, this style is spontaneous, playful, and easy to achieve. So, liven up your home with decorations that are audaciously shiny and artificial: mirrors and a generous showering of glitter are encouraged. This trend can also be taken down a darker glam-rock route, in which sultry over-sized patterns, pewter ornaments and violet roses sparkle against dramatic black backdrops. Faux trees in loud colours will also make a fun statement, while being easier to maintain than real firs. ‘Femininity’ is another trend


seeping through, with pink and purple forming the unashamedly romantic centre of a colour palette, filled with pastels, such as sand, aqua, lilac and lime. Look out for whimsical ornamentation, wire stars, glass icicles and dainty birds inspired by dreams and fairytales, which will evoke fantasies and happy childhood memories. Be creative, and don’t be afraid to indulge in such novelties, no matter how quirky. If the thought of so much drama is overwhelming, there is an equally fashionable, but more demure style to

embrace. The ‘honey’ look is understated and sophisticated and aims to produce a happy and carefree atmosphere. This warm, elegant style is based around soft neutrals and subtly glowing accents. The key is to create a snug atmosphere that will shut out the winter chill, so banish cold colours such as blue and silver, along with any images of ice and snow. Replace them with summery shades of yellow, introduce tulips and butterflies to your scheme, and illuminate various corners with golden candles.

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Keep it kitsch: Designs by Ceri Rocca

You can also cover hard floors with soft, woven rugs to enhance the cosiness of your rooms, and spread throws in natural fabrics and wool to create further texture and warmth. The neutral tones of this style, while setting the perfect backdrop for accessories in gold and bronze, are equally complemented by natural materials such as bamboo and wood. This trend thus lends itself well to the interest in products that are fair-trade, eco-friendly and hand-crafted. Each of these themes are adaptable to any budget. While a stunning effect can be achieved through extravagant centrepieces and enchanting accessories, there is also plenty of opportunity to recycle old decorations and even to create your own: savoury biscuits and gingerbread tree decorations, ribbons, mirror mosaics, empty glass jars filled with tea lights, and just about anything, from unwanted pottery and plastic toys, can be transformed and be given a new lease of life with some creative craft-mastery. Besides all the decorative preparations, wrap your

gifts early, in appropriately-themed wrapping paper to match your interior, and you can use them as home decoration. Alternatively, if you would rather keep gifts secret until the big day, empty boxes will work just as well. Whatever your taste and budget, the versatility of these styles means

there is no excuse for a dull and unfashionable house this Christmas. So set free your inner child, get creative, and make this one to remember. Ceri Rocca runs a design business in the Peak district.


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New look for brasserie Expect changes at Cragrats Brasserie in the New Year. New owner Jonathan Tiffany plans to rebrand and redecorate the Hepworth enterprise. The menu will be developed and a bar area created. He also hopes to introduce guest ales from local micro-breweries. Richard Whittaker, right, is head chef and a recent dinner there showed that his cooking of fish is particularly strong. Good puddings, too.

THE PANTRY Hot tips on food and drink by Toby Reece

Cool couple win awards


ummy Yorkshire has beaten off competition to be named the best after scooping a bunch of awards for its ice-cream. The High Flatts company won best dairy product and supreme product of the year for its Lou’s Liquorice flavour ice-cream at the deliciouslyorkshire awards. The judges gave the firm the highest scores in the competition’s five-year history, deciding the liquorice flavour was ‘not a gimmick but a well made, grown-up product’. Christa Ackroyd, from BBC Look North, gave the award to the company’s owners, husband and wife team Jeremy and Louise Holmes Jeremy says: “Our combination of fresh milk and cream from our own Holstein Herd and fresh, local ingredients is obviously a winning one. Since launching in 2007, the company has developed more than 50 ice cream recipes using locally sourced ingredients.

Rose takes crown PUBS are closing at an frightening rate, so it’s good to find one that’s flourishing in a Pennine village. The Rose and Crown, a country inn at Thurstonland, near Huddersfield, has passed through several hands in recent years. For a time it was boarded up. Now it is drawing the crowds with up to seven real ales, most of them from the Brass Monkey Brewery in Sowerby Bridge. The Brass Monkey Best is a dark, 3.8 per cent session ale while the 3.6 per cent Silverback is a light, fruity bitter. The food shows promise, too, not least on Friday nights when the fish

Golden pastry: Richard Lea and Andrea O’Connell at Wortley Farm Shop

menu may include chorizo roasted tiger prawns with caramelised lime and mixed leaves; a dozen oysters on ice; pan-fried sea bream with spring onion crushed potatoes; smoked haddock with mash, wilted spinach and mustard sauce; and fruit de mer on a high platter with aioli dip. Bar snacks include a superior steak and ale pie with first-rate hand-cut chips. As further evidence of its revival, the pub is creating some ensuite bedrooms and it starts serving light lunches this month. Rose and Crown, The Village, Thurstonland, Huddersfield HD4 6XU. 01484 660790

Banging on… OUR Banger of the Month award goes to Cannon Hall Farm Shop at Cawthorne for its Italian pork sausage. It’s moist and rich with a hint of oregano. Excellent on its own or in a casserole.

Pukka pies EARLIER this year, this column predicted that pies from Wortley Farm Shop were fine enough to win prizes. And now they have. Owners Richard Lea and Andrea O’Connell received a ’high recommendation’ for their pork pies and second place for their beefburgers at the Great Yorkshire Pie and Products event And at a butchery show in Harrogate the shop was awarded gold and bronze for its pies and gold for its pork sausages. Andrea says: “It’s great to be recognised for making quality produce that is local.” At Harrogate, the Billy’s Hill farm shop at Hemingfield was awarded gold for its lamb and feta crumble and steak and ale pie. The Gloucester Old Spot firecracker sausages received bronze.





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Dispel thoughts of gloom, says our financial expert, Bondfinder. Things will get better

Facing up to a digital future


s the end nigh? Well, since my last piece, the banking system has almost collapsed, stock markets around the world have plummeted, house prices have fallen, and billions of pounds and dollars have evaporated. Confidence was shaken to a degree not seen since the Wall Street Crash. This confidence has now returned, and stock markets have bounced back but not to the levels seen before the recent crash. As I write, the United States has formally come out of recession, and this should help the rest of the world, as it is still the largest consumer society. There has been much talk of why the banks should be rescued rather than industry. It is a valid point but it was not the Wall Street crash that caused the depression in the 1930s but the collapse of thousands of banks in the USA. The world cannot let the banking system fail. Where now? In the car industry, we had a massive destocking which caused lay-offs of workers, and this


had a domino effect through the supply chain. The destocking has ended and an upturn has emerged. Whether this will continue remains to be seen. There is talk that this will be a Vshaped recession where the fall is followed by a quick recovery. However in some circles, there is concern that it may be a W-shaped recession where we will see a further fall before an ultimate recovery. There have been huge job losses in the private sector but very few in the public sector. The public sector is estimated to represent as much as 42 per cent of the total workforce which alarms me greatly. This sector has not

sufferred yet, but UK plc cannot sustain such a high percentage. There will be cuts and these are being planned by all parties, no matter who wins the election next year and therefore unemployment will rise further. The result will be a further decline in the consumer sector. Remember though, this is a fastchanging world where ideas such as Google, Facebook, iPod and the internet, to name just a few, were not heard of a short time ago and they will replace the old industries. The future will be bright. Bondfinder is a former stockbroker and has chaired a number of plcs.

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Victorian values: Suits from the Jaeger London range, inspired by William Morris


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In its 125th year, Jaeger has looked for inspiration to the 19th century designer William Morris, writes Tina Short

Suits you, sir


esigner William Morris was one of the most influential designers of the 19th century. So influential, in fact, that Jaeger has taken inspiration from his designs for the winter ‘London’ menswear range. Morris – known for his embellished wallpapers and patterned fabrics - was a Jaeger pioneer and wore the brand’s clothes in the late 19th century. Now, in Jaeger’s 125th year, the brand’s 21st century craftsmen have taken a backward look and integrated his designs into the London range. The use of calculated geometry plays out in details such as stitch lines, seaming and quilted linings. At London’s core is sharp tailoring with clean lines, with understated deep, muted shades of steel and navy. Pinstripes are also strong. Smart knitwear makes an

appearance which has a touch of the rebellious – a grey zip-through, with neat fastener at the neck, is inspired by the biker jacket. Jaeger has also torn up the rule book on hats and created what they call a modern British hybrid – combining the Trilby and the peaked cap. Other accessories include fine leather bags and a modern cravat, fashioned in

wool and available in pinstripe and Prince of Wales check. To celebrate its landmark anniversary, Jaeger has also launched the 125 Collection. It features a classic, double-breasted camel overcoat straight out of the Jaeger archive. Another re-styled vintage Jaeger piece is the chunky cream cable cardigan.


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Christmas bookings now being taken Christmas lunch and evening menus also available alongside our normal menus

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A touch of frost


hile we fondly imagine a white Christmas, the reality is somewhat different, and December is not our most extreme month for weather. However, we can still expect our share of clear frosty mornings and sun-filled days. The light fades fast at this time of year, so rise early and get stuck into any chores that haven’t been completed in your garden. We will be collecting our holly and yew at Wentworth shortly for seasonal decoration outside Santa’s Grotto. So if you are planning to use holly, go out and collect some sprays now. If you leave it too late and there’s a cold snap, you’ll find the local birds have stripped the berries. Sprays can be stored in a cold greenhouse or frame, until you need them. Talking of birds, don’t neglect to feed them. They play an important part in the garden and eat huge quantities of caterpillars, slugs and snails. Keep them well fed to reward them and don’t forget to keep a supply of fresh water topped up. You will need to feed throughout the spring if you are tempting birds to nest in your garden. Bird boxes make an ideal Christmas gift and there is a huge choice to attract many different species. If Santa does bring you a box, ensure it’s in

position before the end of January. Why not try something a little different this year and invest in a potgrown Christmas tree? They are more expensive, but with care they can be used over several years. The secret is to avoid exposing it to sudden temperature change, so when first bringing it in, find a spot like a porch where it can sit for a day or two first. Make sure the tree is re-potted in the spring and keep it watered throughout the year. The evergreen Christmas tree is a symbol of eternal life and renewal, and developed into its current form in Germany at the beginning of the 19th century. In fact it was Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, who is thought to have been responsible for introducing the idea to the British public in the 1840s. At this time of year it is important to make sure all your house plants are in good light – but not direct sunlight – and water sparingly. A good house

plant for the festive season is schlumbergera, more commonly the Christmas cactus. This festive-flowering succulent does well in homes with central heating. It is easy to care for, and puts on a tremendous show of red flowers. Outside, the greenhouse still needs your attention and you should have your heaters on to protect tender plants and cuttings. You can always aim to save a few pounds by insulating your glasshouse, and the best material is bubble wrap. You could also extend this Scrooge-like mentality to your cold frames. When exhausted from gardening, put your feet up and plan next year’s bedding display with your seed catalogues. But make sure you have a drink and a mince pie to hand. Happy Christmas from all at Wentworth Castle Gardens. Dr Michael Klemperer is head gardener at Wentworth Castle


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I wouldn’t be without my… Andrew Harrod checks out the latest gadgets

BOSE SOUNDLINK Upper crust hi-fi brand Bose has finally got round to updating its antiquated Sound Dock. It now comes wi-fi enabled so you can stream your favourite choons from a computer without wires. The sound, as you’d expect from Bose, is stunning. The price, as you’d expect from Bose, is ridiculous. But it’s bound to impress the neighbours. VERDICT: If you need to ask the price, you can’t afford it...

NOKIA 5330 MOBILE Watching TV on your mobile is nothing new. Watching Freeview channels is. And Nokia has launched the new 5330 which means you don’t have to have access to a 3G network to watch your favourite shows as the headphone cable acts as the antenna.

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A music shop is thriving in an old mining village. Adam Civico finds out more.





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Strings attached: Jackie Shaw and daughter Cara

Getting down to brass tactics


he dreadful piped dirge that customers have come to expect in most shops is conspicuous by its absence. Customers are expected to make their own music here. And there’s no shortage of choice. To the right is an array of acoustic instruments: guitars, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, and one bouzouki. To the left the guitars are electric and come in a rainbow of colours and a range of shapes from the classic to the bizarre. Elsewhere in this music shop are harmonicas, saxophones, clarinets, violins (electric and traditional) and a drum kit. There is also a wall of cymbals and a selection of musical accoutrements like cow bells, whistles and castanets. And let’s not forget the car horn and the unidentified stringed instrument. “We don’t really know what it is. We found it in an antique shop. We have strung it like a mandolin,” says Jackie Shaw with a soft Lancastrian burr. She and husband Phil are from ‘over the hill’ but now live in Penistone. Their musicians’ paradise is not, as you might expect, in a town or city centre. It’s in Dodworth, a former pit village.


And in the face of competition from web-based traders, family-owned PJS Music is doing well. Head of the family is Phil, a principal cornet player known for his performances with the Black Dyke brass band. Daughter Cara and son Richard, a cornet player with Barnsley Metropolitan brass band, work in the shop alongside mum Jackie. PJS has been in Dodworth about 11 years and moved into its present, bigger shop 18-months ago. Richard has developed the retail side of the business. “Being in Dodworth you have to give people a good service to keep them coming in,” he says. “Passing trade is never going to be great but we’re just off the M1 so it’s easy for people to come to. “We regularly get customers from Sheffield, Wakefield, Barnsley and Huddersfield. Brass is a niche market and people come from all over because there is not a specialist shop for miles around.” That’s fine, but it does not explain the scores of guitars on display, nor the full drum kit on its raised platform. The comprehensive choice of instruments is down to Richard.




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The sound of music: Jackie, Cara, Richard and Phil Shaw, above, brass for the banding world, top, and right, guitars for the rockers

“We have expanded our stocks and by having good stock your reputation builds and word gets around. If I do something I like to do it properly, like the drums. Space is a bit restricted but if a drummer is to come in, they will know we have pretty much what they want.” Richard is also a sound engineer, working with many unsigned bands, providing a ready source of customers. While he takes care of that side of things Phil, although he is no longer involved with Black Dyke, calls on his brass band expertise to muster business. He says: “Black Dyke was a huge commitment as it was semi-professional and involved travelling the world so the business suffered.” His banding may be over but contacts garnered in those days helped with the setting up of the business. A substantial part of it is supplying education authorities with brass and woodwind instruments, as well as dealing with major bands like Grimethorpe Colliery. The shop’s clients include authorities in Aberdeen and Portsmouth and many counties in between. “We try to add one authority a year,” says Jackie. That amount of repeat

custom has helped sustain the business. Phil says: “We have bucked the trend because a lot of music shops have closed in the recession. “We also do a lot of workshops for music services throughout the country encouraging as many people as we can to play instruments.”


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Having a butchers: James Pearce at his Gunthwaite farm, above, and Alan Whittaker with some of the meat from the Dodworth shop.

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Farmer James Peace took on a shop when his family gave up land at Denby Dale but now the outdoor life is calling again, as Emma Spencer reports.

Bacon and beef in store


hen tenancy of the family farm ended, dairy farmer James Peace wondered what he would do next. The answer came with a village shop where he found a gap in the market that brought about a new venture. Now he is developing a farm to supply meat for the shop he bought in 2003 when he and his family left Denby Hall Farm, at Denby Dale. For years, customers at the store in Station Road, Dodworth, had asked James if he would start selling meat. He bowed to demand by stocking freezer-packed meat. But, with farming in his blood, he always wanted to sell fresh, locally-reared meat at the shop, which doubles as a newsagent. When nearby butcher Brian Rushworth stopped trading, James sensed an opportunity – and he’d accumulated enough land to let him do something about it. Since leaving Denby Hall, his family had been buying plots of the Gunthwaite Estate and has now established Cuckold Carr Farm on former estate land. It is about to get a lot busier. James is increasing cattle numbers and a shed is being built to accommodate the extra herd and to do away with 1960s farm buildings on adjacent land at Cumberworth which do not meet modern farming regulations. He has 25 suckler cows, 25 calves at foot, 12 bulls, ten heifers and just under 200 sheep across his 150 acres of land. Because of increasing numbers of sheep, they have

had to get a new dog, Rex, a border collie, to round them. It is the first time in years they have needed a trained sheep dog. In time the cattle, will provide the Dodworth shop with beef and there is plenty of lamb to meet demand. While wife Shelley is building up the pig herd with Tamworths which James says produce exceptional bacon, he’s using pork from neighbouring farms. James says: “Farmers laugh about shopkeepers and think all they do is stand behind a till and take money. When I did it, it wasn’t for me, I’m an outdoor person. “I always had the idea of running a butchers but it has been a slow process. When the Co-op opened it took 50 per cent of our takings and I thought we would have been finished by that Christmas. “But another newsagent in the village closed and we took on his paper round and it was that that kept us going. “People were saying ‘you have been talking about a butchers for long enough just do it’. Now there is a good amount of regular people coming in to buy each week.” The butchery side of the shop is being developed with the help of Business Link and Yorkshire Forward.





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Mark D’Apice likes the economy of the Suzuki Swift – a car that lives up to its name

Quick on the road and the track: The Suzuki Swift Sport and, below, a plug-in hybrid concept version

Suzuki: Swift and sure


uzuki has produced some excellent cars. The Vitara, for example, has long been seen as the benchmark for any economy 4x4. But it has also devised some puzzling models. Anyone remember the push-me-pull-you X90? One constant through the changing range, however, is the Swift: the supermini is proving to be one of Suzuki’s best sellers in this country. Interior space is quite generous, although that in the rear has been created in place of that in the boot. The dashboard is well laid out with a stylish finish and the driving position is very comfortable, compared with other cars in the class. The spec list is generous and all models feature front, side and curtain airbags, radio/CD player, remote central locking and immobiliser, electric front windows, electric and heated door mirrors, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and tinted glass, while the GLX gains keyless entry and start, air conditioning, alloy wheels, and front fog lamps. For those looking for a bit more excitement, the Suzuki Swift Sport has been designed to take on the likes of the Citroen C2 VTR and Ford Fiesta ST. The Sports 1.6 engine produces 123 bhp, and gets to 60 mph in a respectable 8.9 seconds. Drive it gently and it will even return 38 mpg. The 1.3 diesel, developed in association with Fiat, takes the prize in the frugality category though, officially giving


61.4 mpg on the combined cycle. Even though the 68 mpg may sound a bit weedy, it’s sufficient for bombing around town. While these cars are a hit for city use, I love to get them out into the country. The sport model under test held the road well, feeling lively when pushed and safe when pushed a little too far. The interior of the Swift can get a little noisy at speed, but no more than any of its other rivals in the class.

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The latest Mazda CX-7, below, comes with a diesel engine and a fresh face. Mark D’Apice approves the changes

Mazda’s X factor


hey say that God loves a trier. If that’s true, when it comes to the automotive judgement day, Mazda must be well placed for a seat at the side of the big guy. Despite being a relatively small player in the global market and despite the majority of its shares being owned by Ford, the Japanese firm turns out some amazing cars. The Mazda6 is my favourite rep-mobile and I’ve written enough purple prose over the years about the MX-5 that I’ve put my money where my mouth is and bought one. The CX-7 was always something of an enigma, though, almost like the illegitimate spawn of a liaison between an MX-5 and a Land Rover. I’ve reviewed what I wrote about the first generation CX-7 and it was basically positive but with serious concerns about the engine. The problem was that the turbo-charged petrol unit was too thirsty and a diesel option would make the sports-crossover a much more attractive proposition. I can’t be the only one who pointed this out as the new CX-7, only just launched, comes with diesel as the only fuel option. The 2.2-litre diesel engine is the same as the unit found in the Mazda 6 which has been fettled and mated to a turbocharger and intercooler. This produces 171bhp and officially returns 37.7mpg on


the combined cycle. Performance figures have been slightly dented by the decrease in power but a top speed of 124mph and 0-60 in 11.3 seconds still makes the CX-7 one of the brisker sports-crossovers available. Apart from the lump under the bonnet, the main styling changes have been to the exterior. The front has adopted what Mazda refers to as the 'family face', which has recently been introduced on the Mazda 6 and Mazda 3. This means a redesigned bumper, front grille - both of which get chrome highlights to add a hint of luxury - along with redesigned front lights What stuck in my mind from driving the original car was how stiff the ride was. It is still firm, but doesn’t seem as rigid as the original incarnation. As in the original, body roll is all but eliminated which means that when you throw the CX-7 into any sharp bend at speed, the car refuses to budge from the prescribed line, largely thanks to the electronically controlled all-wheel-drive setup which delivers huge amounts of grip. I liked the old car because of the raucousness generated by the ridiculously fast engine but adding the diesel makes more economic sense. The CX-7 still feels quick and lively and should become a much more common sight.




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Kia is introducing a mini-MPV, the Venga, above. Mark D’Apice considers the new model

Kia Venga? No sweat


hile Kia has been pushing its badge upmarket, the Rio has stubbornly sat in the range as a reminder of where the marque started its life in this country. Kia’s roots were in making cars that were built to get you around without fuss or grandeur. So while it has been adding value to the brand with the Picanto and the cee’d, the Rio has carried on providing an option for bargain-hunting motorists. But it appears time has caught up with the Rio. It has been announced that it will make way for a new model, the Venga. Based on the i20 made by sister company Hyundai, it continues Kia’s recent success in developing cars designed for the European market, bucking the trend from players like Ford which are developing what are called ‘global cars’. Although designed to compete in the ‘B’ segment against such as the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 207, Kia is calling the Venga a mini MPV and judging by its looks, it is aimed at the more youthful end of the market. Kia says it is hoping that the trend for downsizing in the frosty economic climate will drive buyers towards the


Venga especially with its marketleading warranty. It will come with the seven-year, 100,000 mile warranty which has proved pivotal in the success in the cee’d. It’s good to see Kia’s faith in the Slovenian manufacturing plant’s build quality being demonstrated in these guarantees. Inside, the Venga looks to be an improvement over the Rio. The quality of materials used is higher as is the standard of fitting which gives the stylish interior the premium feel it will need to compete against competition from cars such as the Vauxhall Meriva

and Renault Modus. At launch there will be a choice of two 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines plus a 1.6-litre petrol automatic. The diesel will be available with Kia’s Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) technology. ISG equipped models will have a CO2 rating from just 117g/km. I have yet to drive the new car, but speaking to colleagues who were at the launch in Germany, I’m led to believe that it features a ‘sweat handling package’ and a comfortable driving position. I’ll be able to bring you a more detailed report closer to its official UK launch in the New Year.

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In town, in the country or on motorways, the Seat Ibiza feels comfortable and capable, says Mark D’Apice

Part of the family: The Ibiza Cupra

Full marques to Ibiza


t was July 2008 when I first went on the launch of the SEAT Ibiza. At the press conference, I remember SEAT promising that a whole range of Ibizas would follow the five-door. As good as its word, hardly a month goes by without a new variation on the Ibiza marque being launched. The Sports Coupé (SC) followed quickly after the five door, then came the Ecomotive, then the Cupra which will be followed by the Bocanegra. Whether you pick the five-door or the three-door SC you will be treated to an interior which has a modern, clean feel which shows SEAT know that because superminis generally sit at the bottom of the range, it doesn’t mean the interior has to be a bland expanse of plastic. There are some functional touches and special mention must go to the


satellite navigation holder on the dashboard. The £50 tick on the extras sheet gets you a snazzy connector which holds and charges your sat nav. At last a manufacturer that realises few people will pay thousands for a built-in system when removable units are available for under £100. The three and five door cars are quite different cars to live with. The three door car, with its coupé looks and sloping rear roof, does make the rear a bit more cramped but gives a much more sporty and purposeful look. However, if you need space in the back, the five-door can accommodate three adults in the back along with plenty of luggage in the boot. Out of the wide range of engines available, the pick has to be 1.2 and 1.4 petrol units. In an age where small

diesels are in vogue thanks to their economy figures, many people have forgotten the fun to be had from a petrol unit. Producing 69bhp and 84bhp while returning 48mpg and 46mpg respectively, they don’t lag far behind the diesel engines in terms of fuel consumption but are much more fun to rev and that, to me at least, is what small cars are about. Whichever Ibiza you go for, it will be a pleasure to drive. The Ibiza confidently handles city driving, thanks to nicely-weighted steering and well-tuned suspension settings. Out in the sticks, it holds the road nicely and responds extremely well when the anchor is dropped at pace. On the motorway, the Ibiza is really astounding. It feels as comfortable and capable on a long haul as many cars in the class above.

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GEOFF CARR Suddenly we had jumped from a small group with little responsibility to be responsible for a third of a million quid. We all felt scared with this prospect but we got stuck in


eople do not realise the importance of the countryside around them. This area includes the unique blanket bog and heather moorland of the Dark Peak in the west, the seminatural ancient woodlands dissected by a mixed farmland in the middle and the River Dearne flood plain in the east. Within this broad profile there are 17 nationally important habitats and a range and variety of wildlife, I would argue, unsurpassed within the UK. Bluebells are well known to most of us. But what many don’t know is that this country is home to a large portion of the world’s bluebell habitats – and Barnsley has one of the most dense mosaics of bluebell woodland than any other borough or county in Britain. That makes it the bluebell capital of the world. Work done by the Barnsley Biodiversity Trust has improved habitats at Carlton marsh, Worsbrough country park, Broomhill Flash, Parkhill and the upper river Don. Habitat improvements were done to encourage great crested newts and glow worms. Interestingly, the town has one of the most northerly sites for glow worm, with about 100 ‘glowing’ females evident on late summer evenings. But there is still work to be done by the trust and its volunteers. A new plan has been produced which highlights 20 species that require attention.

Threatened mammals, birds, fish, invertebrates and flowers are all included. Highlights of the plan include the provision of barn owl and kestrel nest boxes, providing otter habitats and carrying out surveys of key species. There have already been successes since the trust was created four years ago. Born out of an informal group of conservationists that occasionally met to discuss wildlife, the trust was created after the award of £300,000 of lottery funding. Suddenly, we had jumped from a small group with little responsibility to being responsible for a third of a million quid. I think we all felt scared with this prospect but we soon got stuck in and we started to deliver. Surveys of ancient hedgerows, veteran trees, birds, otters and water voles were done to establish numbers. As a result we provided 12 new barn owl boxes that have helped boost the population in Barnsley from 12 to 20 breeding pairs. But there is still room for more. Also, we put up 150 tree sparrow nest boxes to help maintain a breeding population of this fragile species. Many volunteers were involved and it is a credit to them that we now have lots of information on various important species. It shows how volunteer power can achieve things. Geoff Carr is chairman of Barnsley Biodiversity Trust.

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