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Ideas for inspiring people in Yorkshire

SEPTEMBER 2010 Issue Forty Six


KC Design House DPS

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ADVERTISER’S ANNOUNCEMENT

For your ultimate d KC Design House offers the latest in cutting edge design, innovative ideas and practical living space solutions for modern lifestyles. Situated in a purpose built contemporary studio on the edge of beautiful open countryside in Clayton West, the company's passion, quality and style for kitchens has spanned across three decades. Originally based in Wakefield, managing director/company founder, Richard Jewkes, moved the business from an urban to a rural location to further expand into areas of Huddersfield and Barnsley, whilst remaining close to its roots.

The impressive site in Clayton West boasts an ultra modern showroom and manufacturing base - built to Richard's exact specifications - as well as a wonderful outlook and ample parking. Step foot into the stylish showroom and you will see a brand new range of stunning kitchens on display, designed for those who choose the finer things in life. The highest level of quality craftsmanship is combined with true style in order to create kitchens that will further enhance the home. Delve a little further and it becomes clear that this quality is not only backed up with supreme value for money across all of the

ranges, but also with a unique level of service from consultation to completion - KC now have a portfolio of products which means they can apply their tailor made approach to suit any serious renovation budget. On show is an excellent range of kitchens, both classic and contemporary. Curvy and angled cabinets can be seen along with granite, Corian, stainless steel, glass and composite worktops. The floors are covered in beautiful natural basalt, slate, limestone, marble, travertine and there is also a wide range of porcelain. "Being a totally independent business allows us to be impartial when advising


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e dream kitchen‌ clients on the pros and cons of products, materials and manufacturers," says Richard. "We are happy to spend time listening to individual and family needs, then recommend what we know will work best for them. "When it comes to the budget, a KC kitchen can be more affordable than people think. Our pricing is transparent so there are no hidden costs and those acting quickly will also beat the VAT increase. "People who are seriously interested in one of our kitchens are invited to make an appointment with a designer to discuss their aspirations for their ultimate kitchen project. "Our dedicated team of cabinet makers

work in our own purpose built workshops on site. The flexibility of being able to design and make furniture in any size, material and finish is a tremendous advantage. Alongside our exclusive range of hand crafted, bespoke furniture are sleek and contemporary ranges of furniture imported from our partners in Germany which offer not only precision and high quality but affordability combined with a broad range of cutting edge styles. "We can take care of everything, including design, manufacturing and project managed installation, plus those extras that make all the difference - appliances, flooring and of course a good lighting scheme.

"We like to work for clients who are equally passionate about their kitchen and want the very best for their home," said Richard. "All work is completed to the highest standards and we settle for nothing less than 100 per cent customer satisfaction. If design, passion and quality alone are not enough to convince you that you are dealing with a professional organisation, then maybe the reassurance that your deposit, work in progress and a six year after sales guarantee (all underwritten by an independent insurer approved by KBSA Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association) should do the trick.

The wow factor starts here‌

For more information visit www.kitchencreations.co.uk to discuss a trade, or private project, please call to make an appointment with a designer telephone 01484 868269


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6 VISUAL ARTS Stroke play: Glorious detail in the work of a Pennine painter

PROPERTY Carry on: Two cottages become a stylish home

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17 HOMES City chic: The couple with a passion for restoration

GARDENS Flower power: The dahlia in its full majesty in a Yorkshire garden

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33 HERITAGE History man: How Peter Clegg is following a family tradition

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WELCOME TO MOSAIC

Two striking buildings feature in this month’s issue. One is Stainborough Castle, an 18th century folly near Thurgoland, the other is an oak-framed market hall under construction at Penistone. Stainborough forms the backdrop for an interesting story of historic coincidence. Penistone Market Hall is a folly in the sense that no 21st century market needs to look like a cruck barn. Given its proximity to the new Tesco supermarket, however, the people of Penistone may well appreciate the link with tradition that it represents. They may also discern a neat touch of irony in the juxtaposition. Elsewhere we meet a Pennine painter in his studio and learn of the techniques that lie behind his strikingly beautiful works. We look at two contrasting homes – in Huddersfield and Sheffield – and we examine men’s fashion for autumn and winter. Finally, if you have resisted the idea of an ocean-going cruise, novelist Milly Johnson may prompt you to revise your views.

FASHION Men in autumn: Introducing layering, parkas and a pop star

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Robert Cockroft, editor

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE INTERIORS Fires grow cooler

SEATING A chair like a kiss

SPACES New lines in screen

37 Editor Robert Cockroft editor@mifip.co.uk 01226 732495

REVIEW Beatson House, Cawthorne

COOKING Back to roots: It’s small, sweet and does amazing things in a pan

Reporters Adam Civico Rachel Parry Kate Pickles Toby Reece Mark D’Apice 01226 734262

Production Editor Jill Lowe 01226 734203

ARCHITECTURE Penistone Market Hall

LAST WORD Milly Johnson

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23 25 26 44 47 74 Sales Executives Helen Chadwick Richard Storrs Jillian Kendrick Susan Johnson Jim Phillips Karen Gregory 01226 734330


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Distilled life Paul Stone has done a variety of jobs from waiting to running a fruit and vegetable stall. But he has found his vocation in a studio in the Pennines, as Paul Nizinskyj reports 6 MOSAIC VISUAL ARTS

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here is a space in the centre of Stocksbridge, burrowed somewhere between Lidl’s shelves and Corus steelworks, where a cantankerous-looking crab parleys with a bowl of walnuts. Light floods through a large window, half draped, on the east wall. Running over books chronicling empire and revolution, it encounters a fish coldly snubbing silverware. If this seems remote from the everyday life of central Stocksbridge, it is certainly not Paul Stone’s intention.

The 45-year-old’s paintings, which masterfully transport figurative accuracy through a prism of unreality, source their subjects from the High Street outside. A huddled mass of charity shop silver, pottery and glass pays tribute to these intermittent raids, all vying for space in Paul’s next piece. A pathos for these orphaned objects, once loved but now discarded, is a recurring theme in his work. “I like the idea of taking something that has been looked at many times


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At work: Artist Paul Stone with some of his still-life paintings

and has outlived its use,” he says. “Once I paint it, it lives on in a different form and can be appreciated in someone else’s home.” This transformation becomes something of an afterlife for Paul’s objects. While his work is undeniably realistic, it adds an element of luxury to the stoicism of the naked eye in the best tradition of 18th century brushwork. For this is not photorealism – it’s glorious Technicolor. Paul is keen to keep it that way, too.

“I have to be careful sometimes. As I get better at painting, I can feel myself wanting to create what I'm seeing. A lot of artists, as they get tighter and tighter, feel the temptation to do that, but as long as people don’t mistake them for photos I don’t mind.” As an increasingly successful artist, represented by a number of galleries including the Fairfax in Chelsea, it is surprising to hear that Paul only started painting ten years ago. Before this, he earned a living doing

everything from waiting to running a fruit and veg stall, while doing a lot of travelling. “I travelled around the world with a rucksack and stayed in places like New York and Australia without visiting a single gallery,” he says. “I walked right by them.” His interest was piqued by an evening class in life drawing and art history, which led to him taking a degree in art history. Equally surprising is that for most of his practice, Paul was an abstract

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Craft: Paul Stone at work in his studio, above; some of his work on display, right; and the raw materials, below

artist. When I ask him what brought on such a radical change, he pulls out a portrait he drew towards the end of his master’s degree three years ago. You can see how it might have brought it out in him. It’s the sort of face you only ever seem to see in Yorkshire. Shouting loudly of a life thoroughly lived, its unusual contours and cavernous lines must have been irresistible to anybody with the talent to draw them. Nonetheless, Paul insists it was a gradual change – his original intention was to expand into multimedia. Being

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the only painter on the course, however, took him in a different direction. “It actually made me more of a painter. I became very defensive of the medium.” He has continued to paint portraits alongside his still-life work. Much like his other pieces, they are at once figuratively accurate yet somehow unworldly. This duality, when applied to the human face, makes them oddly reminiscent of very early Renaissance art, the type by men such as Jan Van Eyck. “If only!”, Paul jokes.


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William & Julia Shaw A4

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LAUNCH EVENT Thursday 23rd September, 2.00pm-8.00pm at

William & Julia Shaw Jewellers You are invited to celebrate the launch of our exclusive partnership with Clogau Gold, showcasing their new Autumn/Winter collection, with special promotions and free prize draw

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Michael and Susan Stockwell have turned two run down cottages in the Holme Valley into something strong and stylish. Rachel Parry visits Marry Carry

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Rural living; The main entrance to Marry Carry, above, and the living kitchen, right.

Hard edge, soft centre

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arry Carry may look like the type of rural country cottage one would expect to find high in the Holme Valley, but what lies within is something of a surprise. When Michael and Susan Stockwell discovered the Honley property in 1988 it consisted of two run down cottages, a stable and a barn, occupied by hens and horses. Michael describes its state at the time as a ruin but the couple saw past this and quickly began drawing up plans to transform the 200-year-old building into a family home. “It was a blank canvas for us to do what we wanted,” says Michael. “It’s green belt so there were restrictions but we played by the rules. “We bought it in June 1988 and had moved in by January 1989, though

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the builders were still working on parts of the exterior.” Structural work included rebuilding the stables which had fallen down at one end of the building and converting the barn which included replacing its corrugated roof with slate tiles. A conservatory was added and a separate garage built. Time and thought was taken to ensure materials suited the period of the property, with most of the stone required coming from local mills. This achieved the country cottage

look Michael and Susan desired for the exterior of the property. For the interior they craved something completely different. “We wanted a contrast from the cottage appearance outside,” says Michael. “The feel of the interior is what we call hard edge. Simple decor with hard floors and minimal soft furnishings such as curtains.” Susan adds the main theme of the house was to incorporate white, black and natural light wood, which is clear to see.


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All white: Clockwise from top left, the living kitchen, feature fireplace, the landing, front view of the house and reception hall.

At a first glance many rooms appear the same. Pristine white walls, hard floors, timberwork and exposed stone. This said every room has a different feel, a different purpose and individual character injected through colourful artwork by Yorkshire artist David Davies. Many original features have been retained during the restoration including large wooden beams, the barn’s two arches, flagged stone floors and a solid stone staircase. Cleverly, the old has been mixed with new,

modern furnishings and fittings resulting in a lively yet homely feel. Surprisingly, the interior was largely completed around 20 years ago, meaning Michael and Susan were leaps ahead of time in their design choices. Its fresh style would still be described as contemporary. Marry Carry has served the Stockwells as a family home for their two children and three Dalmatians over the years. Having covered the revival of Marry Carry just one questione remained –

the origin of its name. Susan says: “We have no proof but we are told that when the house was being built a man asked the builder if he could buy the property. He simply replied ‘Aye, if you marry our Carry.” The girl in question’s identity is still not known today, but I imagine a few people would be willing to marry Carry if it meant getting their hands on this property. Marry Carry is on the market with Savills for £975,000.

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Child's Play

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ESTLING in the heart of rural Penistone is Child’s Play Day Nursery. Established in 1994 by husband and wife team Ian and Andrea Askey, Child’s Play is the longest provider of quality day care in the area. The company ethos has always been to provide quality care in a stimulating and homely environment, where learning is fun!

No busy roads here!!

Away from busy roads and industry Child’s Plays location is second to none. Outside play has been paramount in the nursery’s development and animals from ponies down to rabbits, love birds and gold fish are all part of the settings charm, affectionately called ‘bunny’ nursery by some of its earlier children. With this in mind the nursery has just completed a major investment in its outside play area by installing a timber gazebo and indoor/outdoor cabin classroom to provide outdoor play throughout the year. This closely follows Ofsted’s early year’s foundation stage guidelines for continuous access to outdoor provision. The immediate playground is rubberised for the children’s safety with access to private fields for more energetic activities or to just let off steam.

Busy feet

Child’s Play’s development has always been based on its ability to listen to customer’s requests and respond. From its beginnings in one room in a 13th century barn conversion it has grown into the provision it is today catering for 0 to 11 year olds, 50 weeks a year, closing only at Christmas to allow general maintenance and full redecoration to take place. A recent survey has shown interest in extended opening hours,

so to facilitate their client’s demands, Child’s Play is now open 6.30am till 10.00pm, 5 days a week and 7.30am to 2.00pm Saturdays. Overnight provision is also being considered. Child’s Play is proud to boast that not even Penistone’s coldest winters has forced them to ever close and no other childcare provision could say the same! Nursery Education Funding is available to all 3 and 4 year olds. Child’s Plays flexible approach allows these sessions to be taken as ‘stand alone’ hours or used to top up the

Nursery garden

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Advertiser’s Announcement child’s sessions to suit both the developing child and the working families many commitments. All staff are long serving and are fully qualified. Family connections now include daughter Emily who is currently in her 2nd year at the University of Leeds undertaking a BA (Hons) in Early Year’s Studies and sons Ben and Sam, both studying at Barnsley College and working within the Out of School club.

Sports day fun

The Out of School club has strong links with and encompasses all local schools. With ‘pick ups’ at Millhouse, Thurlstone, Oxspring and Springvale undertaken daily as well as walking ‘pick ups’ from St John’s Junior and Infant schools. Mid day collections are also made between local school nurseries. Out of School holiday activities are well planned, mixing lots of sporting events, cinema trips and visits to local and regional attractions. A theatre room is now on site that allows the viewing of Dvd’s, Wi and Playstation games on the big screen! Meal times are of the utmost importance. Menus have been developed adhering to the most stringent nutritional guidelines, are cooked daily on site and use the finest of local home grown produce where possible. The nursery caters for individual dietary requirements from weaning to food allergies and happily works with parents to promote healthy eating. The children are actively encouraged to grow foods in nursery’s own vegetable garden. A popular activity although strawberries never seem to make it to the nursery kitchen! Security is paramount with all areas under constant surveillance by CCTV cameras and electronic fingerprint entry. Parents can request a text update of how their child is, or a phone picture if special activities are taking place or the child was distressed or unwell when dropped off, for that extra peace of mind. Parental involvement is actively encouraged and parent evenings and social events, such as sports days, are commonplace events. Coffee mornings/drop in sessions are another exciting development borne out of parental feedback. The simple, yet effective premise that a happy child will thrive and develop has served Child’s Play well and many of their children are proof of this. Past children regularly visit with some having now returned to complete work placements whilst studying childcare at colleges in Barnsley or Sheffield.

I’m looking good today

What will the future bring? Who knows. Yet Andrea and Ian and the rest of their family are looking forward to further developing the quality, relaxed,‘home like’ atmosphere that promotes a happy environment to help children develop their personal confidence and self esteem... and long may they do so.

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Steve and Anna Coupland gave up a newly modernised home in Sheffield to renovate this house down the road. Rachel Parry viewed the result

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Restored: The staircase with original banister and, right, the dining room

Victorian values

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n 13 years of marriage, Steve and Anna have renovated two apartments and three houses while working and raising their children Jake, 11, Izzi, eight, and Joel, five. Each property has taken a lot of time and effort but their most recent – a derelict Victorian house on Whirlowdale Road, Millhouses – has proved the most challenging. “We had always wanted a Victorian house and it was only by chance that we found it,” says Anna. “I spotted it one day as I was walking past but you could barely see the for sale sign let alone the house. The gardens were overgrown and the house run down.” But the duo are well prepared for such challenges. Steve is an architectural designer and runs a

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business, Space Design Partnership, while Anna has a keen eye for interior design and a passion for restoring old furniture. “We knew there was a lot of work to be done but as is the case with old houses you find even more problems as you go along,” says Steve. “The house had not been lived in for six years so it needed taking back to the bare bones. There was no central heating and it required a rewire.” Structural work included replacing the roof and attic floor, opening the staircase to the second floor and

knocking several rooms into one on the ground floor to form a large kitchen living area. The design brief was to take the property back to its original period while adding a touch of contemporary style and retaining as many original features as possible. Many of these are on the ground floor including wooden floorboards and doors, feature fireplaces, bay windows and deep skirting boards. In addition the front door lock has been restored so Steve and Anna can use the original six inch key.


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Character: Clockwise from left, an attic recess, the living room and the kitchen

The large kitchen-living area boasts a Victorian style kitchen with grey wood units, rich cream walls and accents in deep purple. Glass chandeliers hang overhead and a snug seating area is formed around an open stove. Meanwhile the dining room is a example of Anna’s interior talents. Much of the furniture has been bought from bargain website Ebay, stripped, primed and painted to give it a new lease of life. She has picked bold colours in lime green and deep purple for the walls, accessories and fabrics which add an

element of drama and elegance. An original carved wooden banister leads to the first floor which houses the master bedroom, family bathroom, guest room plus Izzi’s bedroom with ensuite. A bribe to get little Izzi to move again, Anna made her daughter’s space a priority filling her bedroom and bathroom with all things pink and pretty. The second floor, ‘The Boys’ Quarters’ belongs to Jake and Joel. Each has this own room, joined by a ‘secret passage’ as well as a games room and a shared bathroom.

The house is not yet complete and several rooms await Anna’s magic touch. The remains of the coach house attached to the kitchen is next in line for transformation. Anna and Steve want to make it into a sheltered garden area with a pizza stove, something Steve promised Anna if they bought the house. “After putting so much hard work into this property we have no intention of moving on to another project soon,” says Anna. “Instead we intend to stick around and enjoy it for ourselves.”

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Water Royd House DPS

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Advertiser’s Announcement

Care, comfort and consideration are top priorities at Water Royd House Nursing Home and Dementia Unit located in the village of Gilroyd, near Barnsley. Originally built in the 1960s,Water Royd House has always been used as a care home but in 2003 the old, tired building was demolished to make way for a brand new care home with classleading standards. Since that time the dedicated team of staff at Water Royd House have welcomed many satisfied residents through its doors, while expanding and improving its services and facilities. One of its most valuable additions to date is a dedicated Dementia Unit which opened in April this year. The specialist unit caters specifically for the needs of residents diagnosed with dementia, providing a safe and comfortable environment for residents requiring this type of care. The Dementia Unit consists of 14 single ensuite bedrooms, two lounges, a dining room and an enclosed garden for residents to enjoy.

dining rooms and seven lounge areas with modern decor and furnishings. Furthermore the home has an on-site hair salon and a secluded patio area, perfect for relaxing on sunny days. Located just minutes from Barnsley's town centre, the home has easy access to the M1, local shops, library, hairdressers, surgery, pharmacy, public house and post office. Additional services offered by Water Royd House include day care and respite, which allow carers to take a short break, safe in the knowledge that their loved one is being looked after in a friendly and restful environment.This service also provides the opportunity for those who are considering becoming a permanent resident at the home to make an informed decision. Experienced and qualified staff at Water Royd House aim to treat each resident as an individual, tailoring care plans to their specific needs, whilst providing an outstanding level of care. The team are happy to discuss options and requirements with individuals, ensuring the right decision is made, and endeavour to make the transition into the care home as easy as possible.

The remaining single ensuite rooms at Water Royd House provide accommodation for up to 48 residents requiring nursing, residential/personal or palliative care.

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Bright and airy throughout, the two storey home has a welcoming reception area with a grand staircase that leads to the first floor, housing an informal seating area for socialising. In addition to the dedicated dementia wing the ground floor includes the home's residential wing, while the first floor accommodates residents with nursing needs. All rooms are fully carpeted and tastefully decorated to a high standard, creating a homelike environment. Water Royd House encourages its residents to retain their independence and socialise with staff and fellow residents alike. A large number of communal areas throughout the home help maintain this social atmosphere. These include three open-plan

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As the summer sun fades, Rachel Parry discovers how to turn up the heat indoors

Cool fires

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ne thing we can rely on is a cold winter and when the weather bites there is nothing more comforting that settling down next to the fire. Besides increasing the temperature, new designs in fireplaces also increase the level of interior style. EcoSmart Fires by The Fire Company are an Australian innovation, designed to enhance comfort and convenience. Not only are these imaginative designs pleasing on the eye, they are also friendly to their surroundings, fuelled by renewables. Furthermore, the fireplaces are flueless and require no installation or utility connection for fuel supply, making them ideal for just about any architectural environment. The Designer Range in particular offers a red hot choice of standout fireplaces. Striking and stylish, the Zeta, designed by John Dimopoulos, is nothing if not original. The toughened glass screens that sit either side of the fire enhance the visual effect created by the hot dancing flames within. The EcoSmart Q fireplace takes visionary design to a new level. From

the spherical shape, square fascia to the pivoting base, the Q combines style, functionality and versatility. The Retro fireplace takes the revolutionary design of the swinging sixties but gives it a contemporary twist. For smaller spaces, Vision, in keeping with its name, offers a seethrough effect via its double opening, maximising the free flow of space and sense of area without impairing the integrity of a room. According to its creators, the aim of EcoSmart Fire is to provide highly efficient, cost effective, eco-friendly and aesthetically appealing fireplaces which are remarkable, state-of-the-art pieces of furniture. Mission accomplished I’d say. www.ecosmartfire.com

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Middlestown A4

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Seat of power

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f asked to think of a statement armchair, many would picture a brown leather high-backed design, the sort men desire when they think they have made it. The aim here is to radiate a sense of power, but there are other elements of our personalities that can be reflected through our choice in chairs. Take the designs above from Sand and Birch. They are a far cry from the type of chair your granddad smoked his pipe in. Straight, structured lines are replaced with low curves and soft, playful corners. Lullaby is suited to those wanting to reflect a strong personality, perhaps the modern equivalent of the highbacked leather designs. Its wise and minimalist structure stretches outwards, demanding space and making its presence known. The slender and bent shapes help create a

thrown-type seat, very much for a man of the house. By contrast Roxanne, top, is clearly a choice for those with a vibrant and fun personality. The flaming red-hot lips scream for attention, so it’s not exactly ideal for anybody who likes to fade into the background. Roxanne’s curved lips are available in a soft and harder version so owners can choose to put style or comfort first. The Smile armchair is a more-than-meets-the-eye piece of furniture. It is characterised by the clash between the fullness and compactness of its design and the smooth curvature of the seat, resembling a smiling mouth. A good choice for the casual and witty, Smile is right for adding an ironic and elegant touch in a young, fresh home. www.sandbirch.com

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Open spaces in houses are ideal until we want to achieve an atmosphere of intimacy. Rachel Parry checks out the new lines in screens

Wide screen: The Shadow above; Vider, below left, and Horse Hair, right.

Divide and rule

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oom screens were originally used for decorative purposes. Today they provide a practical solution for open-plan living. Many new houses feature large areas of open space which sacrifice privacy to light. There are occasions when we appreciate this, particularly for entertaining, but there are also times when the desire is to throw up a wall to create intimate space. Room dividers, which come in a wide range of shapes, bring versatility to large rooms while providing a striking style statement. Some are free-standing while others hang from tracks attached to the ceiling. These examples from Within4Walls show how dividers and shadow screens can be used to break up space and make a visual impact. Vider is a handsome, practical room screen which uses hard and soft materials to achieve the twin aims of flexibilty and stability. More luxurious is the woven Horsehair Screen, a picture of understated glamour. This three-panel folding screen stands out because of its simplicity and ease of use. It folds out of sight when a larger space is

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required. Meanwhile the Shadow Screen offers less privacy but style in abundance. Through the use of light, shade and design, the screens can create different areas as well as different contrasts of light within these spaces. They look particularly effective along the back of seating areas or used to filter light from floor to ceiling windows. www.within4walls.co.uk


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MICHAEL KLEMPERER

In the garden

Daily dahlia

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s August fades into September, I hope we may yet be rewarded with the glorious Indian summer the forecasters have promised, with clear blue skies and days of sunshine to warm the spirit before the onset of autumn. The dahlias at Wentworth have again been the star attraction of the John Arnold Garden, capturing the imagination of our visitors with a medley of exotic tropical colours. Dahlias are water dependant so need carefully watering in the summer and an extra feed during late August / early September to promote strong, healthy growth. Remove dead flowers to promote their appearance and encourage new shoots and flowers. Also check your slug control as our mosluscan friends are very fond of the succulent dahlia. Make sure that the stems are regularly secured to their supports to prevent wind damage; the cane forest that

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surrounds our dahlias at Wentworth is there for a reason. Some of our favourites at Wentworth are (all hybrids) Pooh with rich red hues, Narrows Tricia with vibrant yellow petals and White Linda with white flushed lavender petals. Elsewhere on the site the last herbaceous colour is showing in the John Arnold Garden and, following

the last flushes of flower, cutting back needs to be done on herbaceous material, ready for the dividing, mulching and replanting of the autumn and winter. The seed heads of some plants such as allium and angelica provide a decorative and architectural display however, so keep them on as an extra element to your display.


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Glory: Dahlias in bloom in the John Arnold Garden at Wentworth Castle

Autumn crocus (colchicum autumnale and speciosum) comes into flower at this time of year, and its large blooms in white and shades of pink provide a mass of colour at this time of year. Later, after the flowers, its large strap like leaves appear. Lastly if we want to have spring bedding now is the time you should be collecting your small plugs, or transplanting your seedlings, ready to bulk them up for autumn planting. You also need to order your bulbs in to add that extra element to your spring display. Varieties at Wentworth for the spring for a ‘Gothic Theme’ include primula polyanthus ‘Gold Lace (an old interesting Victorian black centered variety) hyacinth ‘Carnegie’ and ‘Woodstock’, Tulipa ‘Angels Wish’, ‘Black Hero’, and White Triumphator, Pansy panola XP ‘White’ and Matrix Purple, and Bellis bellisma ‘White’. Add to that iris tuberose with green and

black flowers, iris histriodes, George with dark mauve and Natasha in bright white, it should be some display for the visitor in the spring.

Welcome to the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Dr Michael Klemperer is Head gardener, Wentworth Castle.

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Toffs A4

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When Peter Clegg was appointed education officer at Wentworth Castle he did not expect a lesson in his own family history, writes Kate Pickles

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Coming home

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s a landscape archaeology graduate Peter Clegg is the first to admit he has an interest in the past. But his love of digging for history had never extended to his own ancestors – until now. It was when he applied for a job at Wentworth Castle, that a curious family coincidence came to light. “I told my sister I was going for an interview here and that’s when she said our great-grandfather had worked at Wentworth Castle. “She had been doing a lot of research into our family history and found out all about William Clegg. I had no idea about his history before then,” he says. Born in 1863, at Jackson’s Square, Dodworth, William worked as a

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stonemason on the estate for more than 30 years. During this time he crafted many of the stones used for building the castle’s new wing and Hood Green Lodge. William was on the building committee of Dodworth Methodist Church and helped to build an extension to the Wesleyan School, according to the family’s records.

His work can be seen further afield at the obelisk in Birdwell as he replaced the top two stones after it was struck by lightning in 1906. William died in 1933 and while Peter has not followed in his stonemasonry footsteps, his new job will help to ensure William’s work is not lost. His background in heritage, running trails at the Creswell Crags near


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Heritage: Peter Clegg, Wentworth Castle’s new education officer in the gardens at Stainborough.

Worksop, and working as a wildlife locator for Weston Park Museum, Sheffield, have stood him in good stead for his latest role. “I was particularly keen to work at Wentworth Castle because it is so local. Like, William, my dad was raised in Dodworth so I’ve always had the connection to the area. It’s a wonderful place to work because there’s so much history here with the parkland, gardens and the house. “Part of my job is to encourage schools and community groups to come and use the place as it has so much to offer. “At the moment we’re in the middle of a project to restore the Victorian conservatory which will be wonderful if it comes off and we get the funding

we need. “It’s part of the history and would give us a new space to use for school parties and even weddings. “A lot of the work here is about conservation so the estate can continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.” Peter does not know how long he will be working at Wentworth Castle

but, a century on, he hopes he will have made as good an impression as his ancestor. “It was a strange coincidence but instantly gave me a lovely connection to the place. I’m not usually the type to get sentimental about things but I did feel as though I was going back to my roots. In a funny way I think he would be proud.”

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Parkas, trenchcoats and designs by Liam Gallagher: men’s fashion is full of interest, writes Rachel Parry

Adam Pearson wears wool check twist trousers,waistcoat, snood and chocolate man bag, all from Moo designs.

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Adam, above, wears black hoody, white scarf vest, herringbone crossover panel two-way trousers, all from Moo Designs. James Haigh, below, wears Pretty Green Monkee jacket, CP Company jeans and Lyle and Scott pumps, all from Boardwalk

Military meets Liam Gallagher

M

en’s Paris Fashion Week gave a taste of the trends we can expect to see move from the catwalk to the high street. It showcased top designers including Issey Miyake, Alexis Mabille and John Paul Gaultier revealing the key pieces, colours for autumn and winter. Must-have items included parkas, trench coats and waistcoats with an emphasis on layering and the use of traditional materials such as wool, leather and cotton. Luckily there is no need to travel to the fashion capital to bag the latest styles: many can be found in this area. Boardwalk in The Arcade, Barnsley, is known for high-end brands including Barbour, Lyle and Scott, Belstaff and Fred Perry. Meanwhile Moo Designs in The Lucorum has launched its first menswear collection including pieces by Huddersfield designer Hardy Punglia. Looking towards autumn/winter Mark Rayner, senior buyer at Boardwalk, predicts Oasis brother Liam Gallagher’s clothing range will be a big seller, offering men a mix of both British signature and individual style. “Pretty Green consists of a Green Label and Black Label both designed by Gallagher,” says Mark. “The ranges include some of the season’s key looks including vibrant colours and British Heritage but it’s given a twist of Liam’s individual style.” Key colours vary from earthy neutral shades in charcoal, chocolate brown and khaki through to the bold and vivid: cobalt blue, lime green and bright red. Parkas and trench coats are key items in outerwear. Boardwalk sales advisor James Brown says they are already in high demand: ”We have had people travelling from miles around in search of the Pretty Green parka which we are expecting soon. The range is only available at a handful of stores.” According to Mark, the British Heritage look remains strong

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Adam, above, wears charcoal cardigan and two-way trousers. Top right, he’s in black and white cowl panel front top and two-way trousers, all from Moo Designs

for autumn/winter with men looking to iconic British labels such as Fred Perry and Paul Smith for cool, crisp designs. Popular outerwear for this look includes the Goggle coat from CP and the Panther leather jacket by Belstaff. Not one to follow set trends, Moo Designs has taken the season’s key looks and added edge. “Two key trends in the collection are military and country gentlemen,” says owner Claire Bottomley. “We have taken a classic inspiration from the catwalk and then added a contemporary twist to create garments that can be worn in several different ways.” Moo Designs collection includes Supasharp clothing, a label created by Hardy Punglia who also sells the range at his store Left Bank in Huddersfield. Claire says: “Fabrics are very important in autumn and winter. This year we are seeing a lot of tweed, leather, cotton, denim and cosy woven wools. Key pieces include flowing shirts, loose fitting trousers and waistcoats. In accessories scarfs and snoods will play an important part in achieving the layered look.”

James wears Fred Perry Laurel knit top and Paul Smith jeans from Boardwalk.

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British shallots are in season. Toby Reece celebrates their flavour and versatility with a selection of recipes

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That’s shallot

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o the delight of cooks, shallots – smaller, sweeter and milder than their cousin the onion – are arriving in the shops. Although they signal the imminence of autumn, their versatility offers more than compensation. They can season a salad, add piquancy to a sauce and unsuspected depth to a casserole. Here then are some recipes that make full use of this lovely vegetable. Ribeye steaks with red wine shallots and Béarnaise sauce Serves 4 Red Wine Shallots: 50g butter, 500g shallots, 1 tsp sugar, salt and freshly ground black pepper, 2 sprigs thyme, 250ml red wine. Peel and trim the shallots. Heat the butter in a saucepan and add them. Cook until lightly golden, add the sugar, a little salt, pepper and thyme. Add the wine, reduce again until 2 tablespoons are left. The shallots should be tender. Remove from heat and add another tbsp of butter. Check seasoning. Béarnaise sauce: 3 tbsp white wine

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vinegar, a shallot, chopped, 6 black peppercorns, 2 egg yolks, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 150g chilled butter cut into dice, handful chopped fresh tarragon. Put the vinegar, shallots and peppercorns into a small pan with two tablespoons of water. Bring to the boil; simmer until very little liquid is left. Put the egg yolks and reduced liquid into a heatproof bowl, and sit over a pan of simmering water, the bottom should not touch the water. Add the mustard and whisk well. Add the butter, little by little, whisking gently until it’s creamy and thick. If it threatens to curdle, add a little cold water or cream, remove from the heat whisk for one minute then continue. Steaks: 4x250g British ribeye steaks, oil and a knob of butter, salt, pepper. Heat a griddlepan over medium heat then add a dash of oil and a knob of

butter. When the butter foams, add the steaks and cook on one side for 2 to 3 minutes for rare or a little longer for medium then turn and cook on the other side for the same time. Remove from pan and rest for two minutes and serve with the shallots, chips and Béarnaise sauce. Roasted shallot, beetroot, puy lentil and spinach salad with soft goat’s cheese. Serves 4 12 shallots, peeled, 2 tbsp oil, salt and black pepper, 250g of cooked baby beetroot, 1tbsp runny honey, 400g tin of puy lentils rinsed and drained, 150g baby spinach leaves washed and drained, 200g soft goat’s cheese, 1 tsp chopped parsley. Dressing: 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped, 1 tbsp of chopped chives, 5


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Ribeye: Steaks with red wine shallots and Béarnaise sauce, left. Above: Shallot and sausage cassoulet with garlic crostini

tbsp oil, 2 tsp Dijon mustard, 2 tsp cider vinegar, salt, black pepper. Preheat oven to 190°c. Put shallots into a roasting tin, drizzle with oil, toss and season. Place tin in oven for 15 minutes, then add the beetroot, drizzle with honey and toss with the shallots. Roast until the shallots are soft. Meanwhile, drain and rinse the lentils and place in a bowl. To make the dressing, mix the ingredients and season. When ready, remove the shallots and beetroot from the oven and mix with the lentils and half the dressing while still warm and leave to cool. To serve, place the spinach leaves on to 4 plates, top with the shallots, beetroot and lentils, crumble over the goat’s cheese, drizzle with the remaining dressing, add parsley. Shallot and sausage cassoulet with garlic crostini Serves 4

Two tbsp oil, 8 pork sausages, 12 whole shallots, peeled, 150g pancetta cubed, 1 carrot, peeled and diced, 2 sticks celery, diced, 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped, 20g dried porcini mushrooms soaked, 250g chestnut mushrooms, roughly chopped, 1 sprig each of rosemary and thyme, 2 bay leaves, 250ml red wine, 150ml chicken stock, 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped, 2 tsp red currant jelly, 1 400g tin of flageolet beans, drained.1 400g cannellini beans, drained, salt, pepper, 2 400g tins plum tomatoes, chopped. Garlic crostini: 8 baguette slices, 55g butter, softened, 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed. Preheat oven to 180°c. Heat the oil in an ovenproof casserole dish and brown the sausages. Remove from the dish and reserve. Add the shallots, pancetta,

carrots and celery to the casserole dish and fry for 5 minutes, or until golden. Add the garlic, porcini and chestnut mushrooms, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf and cook for a further minute. Add the wine, stock parsley and red currant jelly. Bring to the boil, then add the beans and tomatoes. Return sausages to the casserole, season and cover with the casserole lid, place in the oven and cook for 50-55 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and the beans are soft. Check seasoning and adjust. For the crostini, mix the crushed garlic and softened butter and season. Spread the garlic butter on both sides of the baguette slices and grill each side until golden. Sprinkle the parsley over the casserole and serve with the garlic crostini. More details: www.ukshallot.com

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Beatson House, Cawthorne, Pictures: John Marshall

Cream of puddings

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lacklustre restaurant with food from the 1960s and decor from the 1970s. That’s what I thought when I first visited Beatson House 20 or so years ago. Things change. Someone has loved this roadside cottage back to life and it shows at almost every turn, even in the car park where a seating area with contemporary wicker furniture has been created by the rear entrance. Someone has absorbed the message, too often overlooked in the restaurant business, that first impressions count. The sense of hospitality is reinforced by the fresh flowers in the entrance and a welcome from the restaurant manager that’s as warm as this summer evening. While some restaurants like to shout their presence, this one is reticent about its charms which extend to the interior decoration: a mixture of bold floral wallpapers, gilt mirrors, candles, pictures and antiques. It works well in this nest of rooms and the atmosphere of warm intimacy brings to mind the Box Tree at Ilkley in its heyday. It’s also good to see carefully dressed tables with good napery and polished glassware. So the scene is set for a good dinner? Mostly, yes. Strides have been made here but work remains to be done. Service is one element that would benefit. The young women are polite and efficient – when you can command their attention. For much

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Restaurant review Robert Cockroft at Beatson House, Cawthorne of the time they stood chatting. And the food? While the menu reads well and makes use of local produce, there are gaps between the concept and execution of a dish. A main course of confit leg and honey-glazed Gressingham duck breast with an orange sauce, for example, brought a few slices of tender breast meat but the ‘confit’ skin should have been crisp not flaccid. Similarly, it’s hard to fault the idea of ‘four-hour cooked belly pork, mustard glaze, black pudding, caramelised Bramley apples, cider, wholegrain mustard and sage sauce’ but the meat was soggy; the crackling, soft. The menu is priced according to the time of the week. So a three-course dinner is £25.95 from Tuesday to Thursday and £28.50 on Saturday. We went on a Friday when it was £27.50. With water and house wine, the bill came to over £70. No questioning the value of a starter of honey-roasted ham hock terrine with quail’s egg and micro pea shoots. The flavour was sweet and the pliancy of the meat found happy contrast in the pea shoots.

Spring roll filled with spiced, shredded, slow-cooked lamb shoulder, Bury black pudding and cumin seed is a lovely dish and shows a kitchen willing to experiment. Here everything was right, from the crispness of the roll to the musky scent of the cumin which supported the tender lamb. In fact bright ideas abound on the British menu: Roasted Scottish salmon fillet topped with pesto, wrapped in filo with a lemon and parsley butter sauce is one main course; chicken supreme filled with goat’s cheese, wrapped in cured bacon with a chargrilled vegetable and tomato compote is another. Among puddings, honour must be given to the sticky toffee pudding, a dish found on almost every menu from here to Mars. This is a superior version punctuated by dates and finished with a toffee sauce heaving with double cream. I’d return for this alone. In fact, the sense of striving makes this a place to watch. A little more refinement in the kitchen and it will be making even wider headlines. Beatson House, Darton Road, Cawthorne. 01226 791245.


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Penistone has had a market charter for more than 300 years. But it’s doubtful it has had a market hall as striking as that being built in oak, writes Adam Civico

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Framed: The £250,000 market hall under construction in Penistone

Heart of oak

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hange is afoot in Penistone. There’s a mass of activity in the town centre as scores of men make final preparations for the opening of a Tesco supermarket. It’s a ubiquitous symbol of 21st century consumerism and there are those still mourning the loss of Thursday cattle markets who do not think it’s in keeping with an ancient Pennine market town. The project has been as contentious as it has been long-winded: The idea was mooted about 15 years ago. But across the immaculate Tesco car park stands a timber-framed market hall that acts as a contemporary reminder of Penistone’s past. It would not have been built had the

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Tesco project not taken place. The market hall has already been described as ‘iconic’, the carpenters say it’s the biggest project they have worked on and there is an optimistic belief it will attract visitors. In its unfinished state it is an impressive sight, the intricate beauty testament to the simple, yet ingenious, traditional techniques used by Devon-based experts Carpenter Oak, which won the £250,000 contract to construct it. Each element, from the enormous curved uprights, to the smaller braces that bind the framework, was handcarved in Totnes, Devon. Once delivered to Penistone it took twoand-a-half weeks to erect and

designer Paul Kirkup says it should still be there in 500 years time. He says the structure was a challenge the firm could not miss. “Penistone market is a first for us. It’s a building of cathedral proportions with the frame comprising about 100 cubic metres of oak. It uses large curved branches. That makes good use of the natural timber curves you can obtain.” They come from about 300, 120year-old trees grown in Normandy. They come in slabs with the bark still on. We control the cutting of the curves. It’s all done by hand and is very labour intensive,” he says. At 14m high, he says a three-storey house could stand in the centre.


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‘There was an opportunity to do something unique that fitted Penistone. It’s brilliant’: Dr Ann Gosse, above “The timbers were so large, just moving them became difficult. It’s a big structure and it’s going to have public access, which is fantastic.” While Paul is used to the techniques involved, he says Barnsley Council was brave to commission such an unusual structure. “They have really put their neck on the line and gone into uncomfortable territory. I’m sure they got advice not to.” But they did. Development director Ann Gosse says: “There was an opportunity to do something unique that fitted Penistone and that would be a visible attraction. I had seen other traditional market towns with old timber frames and thought it would be wonderful to do that with a

contemporary slant. It’s brilliant.” Markets officer Anne Untisz is equally enthusiastic: “I’m passionate about it. It’s not often you get the chance to be involved with something like this. We wanted to give Penistone something it can be proud of and that fitted with the historic market town. It certainly looks the part.” In part that is thanks to architect Daniel Cocker, of WCEC Ltd. He quickly had to get used to oak-framed buildings. “Working with oak is not something we do day-to-day but it is a fantastic material and it is an exciting project,

mixing the traditional with the modern.” His more routine building, the Tesco, will have its detractors and it’s true that if you stand in the centre of its car park and look at it, you could be in virtually any town in the country. But behind you there’s a fantastic, one-off oak-framed building to remind you this is Penistone: a contemporary market town. One suspects it will be there longer than Tesco. The market which includes a Thursday market and farmers’ market, opens this autumn.

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With no close neighbours, and situated on a quiet back road, Cloudberry Farm is an island of tranquility on the edge of the Peak District.The cities of Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield are all within forty minutes drive, and the pretty, bustling town of Holmfirth just is ten minutes away. Shopping and all major facilities can be found in Huddersfield, an easy twenty minute drive. Cloudberry Farm is a magical place where you can leave the worries of the world behind, pull up the drawbridge when you get home from work and live the good life.Wander out in the morning to collect your fresh eggs for breakfast, dig up your veggies for dinner and let your children or grandchildren enjoy freedom in a wonderful safe haven, a child’s paradise.

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Four wheels good, two wheels better? Mark D’Apice considers the evolution of the Freelander and tweaks to the Range Rover

Changes ahead: The Range Rover, above, and Freelander 2, below

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ummer is traditionally a quiet time in the motor industry but while most of us were seeking the sun, the management at Land Rover in Warwickshire was busy preparing the 2011 line up. The Freelander has had a facelift and there have been changes to its big brother, the Range Rover. The Freelander has been the company’s bread and butter since 1997. In the intervening years, there has been a raft of changes but even so the current model is still only called the Freelander 2. The reason it has kept so fresh is because revisions, like those introduced on the 2011 model, have gently evolved the car. Cosmetically, the main changes are a new front bumper with foglights and a fresh grille and headlights to bring the styling up to date with the rest of the range. Round the back there are amendments to the boot lid and a new choice of alloy wheels. Inside, the main changes are to the seats where customers will get a choice of

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upholstery finishes. Mechanically there are two main changes. The 2.2-diesel engine sourced from Peugeot has been tinkered with to increase fuel economy by up to 14% while reducing emissions. But the major innovation is that for the first time in the marque’s 62 year history a two-wheel-drive car will be made. When this drive-train is combined with stop-start technology on the new diesel engine it should return 47.2mpg combined with CO2 emissions of just 158g/km. At the other end of the market, the Range Rover also gets a new look for 2011. Like the Freelander 2, it will have a new grille, side vents, sills and exhaust surrounds. There are changes to the interior as well as a new top of the range special edition, called the Autobiography Black edition, to celebrate the company’s 40th birthday. Again, there is a new engine for the 2011 Range Rover line-up: a 4.4-litre

V8 diesel to replacing the old 3.6-litre unit. The new powerplant is capable of returning 30.1mpg – making it the most economical Range Rover ever. CO2 emissions are down by 14 per cent to 253g/km too. Besides these, there will be a new model, the Evoque, born from the long-running LRX concept project. It is expected the ‘baby Range Rover’ will be launched at the beginning of the year.


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Mark D’Apice casts his eye over the Echo, the latest edition of Kia’s supermini SUV crossover

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ometimes it takes a while for a car to become accepted. Take the original Ford Ka for example. When it was launched, a vocal body of loyal Ford customers thought the management in Dagenham had gone barmy by signing off such an unconventional shape. I felt rather the same with the new Kia Soul, but the more I see on the roads – and numbers are growing – the more ‘at home’ I think it looks. When Kia launched the Soul, it promised that instead of the traditional trim level names, there would be a stream of constantly evolving special editions. Kia has just unveiled the latest edition of its supermini SUV crossover: the Echo. Available only in white or quartz black metallic, presumably to complement the Kia Rio and Picanto Domino special editions, the Echo will become the range-topping luxury

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model. This means buyers will get a full black leather interior complemented by a high-gloss black dashboard fascia. Reverse parking sensors, an uprated stereo system with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, air conditioning and privacy glass all come as standard. On the outside, the white Echo features striking black 18-inch alloy wheels, black high-gloss door mirrors and a corresponding black sports stripe. While the black Echo looks like a negative, featuring white alloys door mirrors, alloys and sports stripe. The Kia Soul Echo will come with a 1.6-litre petrol or a similarly diesel. Both will be mated to a 5-speed gearbox with only the diesel having the option of an automatic. The 1.6petrol produces 124bhp and returns a respectable 43.5mpg while the diesel adds an extra 2bhp but returns 54mpg or 48mpg if the power goes

through an automatic gearbox. There has been no doubt from the start that the Kia Soul has been developed with the younger end of the market in mind. That explains why Kia has given the Soul a slightly firmer ride than the rest of the range although the ride remains smooth. The slightly higher body doesn’t roll around the bends which does occur in some competitors. Prices start at £13,995 for the Soul Echo with all models coming with the class leading seven-year warranty.


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Jaguar is one very cool cat again, thanks to the classy, whisper-quiet XJ, writes Mark D’Apice

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aguar has done this nation a great service. Remember the nineties and ‘Cool Britannia’? The idea of our country being at the forefront of fashion and design was erased every time our Prime Minister arrived at a global conference in a Jaguar XJ. While the Italians arrived in a stunning Maserati Quattroporte, the Germans in an advanced Mercedes SClass and the Americans in a huge Cadillac, our Premier was usually pictured stepping from a car that had changed little since 1968. Thanks to a new design direction, that has changed: the XJ is nothing like its predecessor. It’s big, it’s brash and has character, something that can’t be said of its main rivals the Audi A8 and Mercedes S-Class. While the gizmos fitted to the German models are more advanced, the Jaguar has the looks, and that makes the difference in a market dominated by anodyne designs, bar the Maserati. There are two variants of the XJ: The standard, which we mere mortals will drive, and a stretched version which will be used mainly by captains of industry. There are three engines: A 271bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel which averages 40 mpg according to the official figures as well as the 5.0-litre V8 petrol which in standard guise produces 380bhp, but

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which goes up to 503bhp once a supercharger is strapped to its back. All are mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. To test a car like the XJ one has to not only drive it but be driven. The first thing that becomes apparent is that the it feels bigger than its predecessor. It also feels more wieldy. The old XJ was never a slouch with its aluminum body but the successor feels more planted thanks to a stiffer suspension. Even the ‘base’ diesel engine feels quick and yet is whisper quiet even at speed on a poorly surfaced motorway. Being driven is another experience. In the stretched version I was almost lost in the space. Once concentration moves from the road to the interior you notice how much the quality of finish has improved. Modernisation of the big cat means that the vast expanses of wood have been binned in favour of something modern and metallic. The XF was the car that started the ‘modern’ era for Jaguar and this XJ is the next logical step. The XF finally gave us a viable alternative to the German saloons and now it will take the fight to the Luxo-barge market. Can’t wait to see the small sports car and X-type replacement rumoured to be lining up.


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It is pronounced ‘tah-koy-yah’, it’s the latest arrival from Mazda and it will make you smile. Mark D’Apice reports

Fuve-star rating: The Mazda3 Takuya

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t may not be the greatest marketing slogan of all time but the ‘Zoom Zoom’ philosophy has let the masses know the secret that most of us petrolheads were already in on – the fact that Mazda develops cars with the keen driver in mind. That’s why when I was in charge of the company car fleet at a major engineering company, it ended up with a car park full of Mazda 6s. Since then the new MX-5 and RX-8 have enjoyed such success it beggars belief that another manufacturer hasn’t launched something to compete with the lightweight sports cars. While Mazda has had that market to itself, it has had time to fettle the rest of its range to add the sporting touch, just as is found in the Mazda3.

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The Mazda3 has settled into the market nicely, providing an interesting alternative to the traditional hatchbacks and adding that unique selling point of having the space to accommodate a growing family while being able to bring a smile to the face of an enthusiastic driver. A new addition to the Mazda3 line up is the Takuya special edition, pronounced ‘tah-koy-yah’ it is the Japanese word for forerunner or pioneer. For £15,780, you get a generous spec list which includes a leather steering wheel and gear stick, dualzone climate control, black sports interior trim with sports seats, an uprated audio system with integrated Bluetooth, a six-disc CD changer, LED lights and rain-sensing wipers.

Mazda has chosen the 103bhp 1.6litre petrol engine to power the Takuya which official figures say will return 44.8mpg while producing 149g/km CO2 emissions. As with the rest of the Mazda3 range, it comes with a five-star safety rating from the NCAP organisation. In the driver’s seat, the impression of build quality is impressive, especially the controls which are effortless to operate and have a quality feel. Thanks to plenty of sound insulation, the cabin is as hushed as funeral, making the Mazda3 feel at home in the city or on the open road. Even though the chassis is shared with the class-leading Ford Focus, Mazda has managed to tweak the suspension to give this car a much more planted feel than its cousin.


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The Seat Ibiza’s sporty heritage is reflected in the cabin and the performance is good, too, says Mark D’Apice

The fun of Ibiza

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he SEAT Ibiza holds special memories. I have driven the Cupra on a racetrack, taken part in an economy-run competition in the Ecomotive and had the dubious honour of being the first person in the UK to write off an Ibiza before its official launch. Since then, the Ibiza has gradually developed. The diesel engines were added a few months after the car first went on sale, and then came the 3door model which was followed by the Ecomotive and the Cupra. To complete the line up, an estate version of the Ibiza dubbed the ST is just arriving in showrooms. Based on the chassis used by its cousins the Volkswagen Polo and the forthcoming Audi A1, the Ibiza has an

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excellent handling set-up for a small car. It handles city and country driving with aplomb but where it really raised a few eyebrows was on the motorway. Normally superminis are designed to cope with an urban environment but the Ibiza, even the 1.2 petrol is as good on the motorway, cruising in the outside lane without it sounding like the pistons are about to pop through the bonnet! Back in the 1980s when the Ibiza was first incarnated, the Spanish firm needed an edge for the Ibiza so they got Porsche involved in the project – remember the ‘System Porsche’ decals attached to the early models? Now that SEAT is established in its own right it doesn’t need that association but the sporty heritage has been

reflected in the cabin. The dials and dashboard have a distinctly performance feel to them and the seats have plenty of support while cornering. Practicality hasn’t been an afterthought either. Even though the three-door has that sloping roof it can accommodate three adults in the back with space in the boot for a couple of suitcases. The estate obviously adds even more space but still retains that ride and eagerness which makes the Ibiza fun to drive. My favourite touch however is a £50 optional extra: a small plastic holder on the dashboard which charges and holds a TomTom Satellite Navigation system. So we finally have a car manufacturer which realises that on a supermini, few people will pay a premium for a built in navigation system when removable units are available for under £100.


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The Suzuki SX4 handles like a supermini – but that is not its only virtue, writes Mark D’Apice

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o me the Suzuki SX4 is a bit like a country pub that does good food at bargain prices that few know about but love. The first time I drove one I was expecting a top-heavy sluggish crossover but it was a revelation. It combined supermini handling characteristics, four-wheel drive practicality and a surprisingly large cabin. Since I was last behind the wheel there have been changes. As well as minor cosmetic upgrades, a saloon option has been introduced as well as improvements to the engines and a number of new trim levels. As the range stands, there are two engines: The 1.6-litre petrol unit delivers 118bhp with economy ranging from 39.2 to 45.6mpg depending on whether manual or automatic transmission is employed and if drive goes to just the front or all four wheels. The 2.0-litre diesel which delivers power through a six-speed manual gearbox to two wheels will return a credible 51.4mpg. It was nice to drive the SX-4 again as it still surprises me how good it is. Many people say that the Swift is the most

entertaining Suzuki and indeed it is good but I prefer the SX-4 because it does a raft of things it shouldn’t. It shouldn’t corner so well but does thanks to the absence of body roll; it shouldn’t be as nippy around town by feeling much quicker than its official 0-60mph time and of course there is the practicality afforded by that spacious cabin. This was my first chance to get behind the wheel of a saloon version, developed for the Middle East and African markets where saloons are more popular than their fivedoor counterparts. It comes with the 1.6-litre petrol engine although it rides and handles as well as the hatchback. There is the four-wheel-drive version which I got a chance to drive but unfortunately not on anything more muddy than a grass verge. All wheel drive is a great feature, especially if we have another winter like the last and in those conditions the SX4 should cope well. However due to the low ground clearance, its unlikely to be much good at green laneing although there is a diff lock in case you get stuck.

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~ What’s On? Throughout September ~ Howard Jones – Ordinary Heroes Acoustic Tour

Small World International Short Animation Festival

MUSIC

GALLERY

Saturday 18th September

Thurs 23rd Sept – Fri 5th Nov

8.00pm

Open daily 10am – 5pm

£16 No Concessions

Sunday 10am – 4pm

Keyboard legend Howard Jones comes to Barnsley with an acoustic show featuring material from his critically acclaimed Ordinary Heroes album alongside hits What Is Love and No One Is To Blame. Features Jones on piano/vocals, with Atkinson on percussion, taking the audience on a rollercoaster ride not to be missed.

Free Exhibition in The Gallery@

Brian Wildsmith – The Master of Colour

Sherlock Holmes… The Last Act!

Small World International Short Animation Festival returns to Barnsley for a second year, providing an exciting opportunity to see some of the world’s best current animated films alongside an exhibition looking at animation past and present. The 2010 festival screens over 40 contemporary short films by animators around the world.

THEATRE

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Thurs 23rd Sept – Fri 5th Nov

Thursday 23rd September

Open daily 10am – 5pm

7.30pm

Sunday 10am – 4pm

£9 Adults £7 Concessions

Free Exhibition on the Panorama Celebrating a milestone birthday for a great illustrator of the modern era we’re pleased to present a unique display of original artwork by Wildsmith, reflecting 50yrs as a world class author and illustrator. A rare opportunity to see this impressive exhibition outside the Brian Wildsmith Museum of Art near Tokyo.

Roger Llwellyn explores the mind of the real man, not the ‘thinking machine’. A passionate, secretive man with a cutting sense of humour. Stripping away his infamous clinical facade, Holmes reveals unexpected fears and weaknesses. The world’s greatest fictional detective confront the most complex case of all – his own mind!

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Friday 24th September

Sunday 26th September

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Mr. Chris Addison of Bafta Award winning comedy The Thick of It, In The Loop, Skins, Lab Rats and his own brand new 5 Live show 7 Day Sunday, is in Barnsley by popular demand with a helping hand of his critically acclaimed stand-up. Daftness! Whimsy! Jokes! Lies! Smartarsery! Flapping about! All present and correct.

Alexei Sayle: Stalin Ate My Homework: A Memoir

Spell-binding shadow theatre, enchanting stories and live music weave together in a performance suitable for the whole family. Funny and serious, poignant and lighthearted, this show raises questions about how we treat the natural world.

Ugly (Red Ladder Theatre)

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Saturday 2nd October

Thursday 7th October

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7.30pm

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Alexei Sayle performs excerpts from his new book Stalin Ate My Homework, a memoir of his confusing life as the son of Communist parents, travelling round Eastern Europe and his years as a teenage Maoist. A funny, perceptive portrait of a family. Alexei will also answer questions from the audience.

Ugly is set in a future world that is suffering. The story tells the darkly comic tale of four people who will have to kill their angels and become more like their devils if they are going to survive. Ugly is not pretty, seeing it might just change your life.

a fantastic blend of old and new in a contemporary setting right in the heart of Barnsley Now taking bookings for Weddings & Civil Ceremonies at The Civic The Civic is a fantastic blend of old and new in a contemporary setting right in the heart of Barnsley. Offering three different locations in which to hold your wedding or civil partnership ceremony, The Gallery@, The Panorama and The Assembly Room, accommodating a range of services for up to 250 people in an unusual and memorable setting. Weddings, Civil Ceremonies and Full Receptions.

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74 THE LAST WORD

MILLY JOHNSON ‘My heaven will be an eternal voyage on a ship. I owe my persuasive friend a very large drink. Learn from me: Don’t knock things until you try them’

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very time I go on a ship, my first and last thought is: ‘I must write a book about this!’ And, do you know what? I have. It’s out next Spring, but more about that later. It’s a homage to all the wonderful holidays I’ve spent on ships, but seven years ago, if you’d told me I’d enjoy spending a single night floating about, I’d have laughed you out of town. That was when a friend persuaded me to go on a cruise with her. “It would be the ideal holiday for a single woman with small kids” was her jolly premise. After putting down the deposit, I had months of nightmares about the kids falling overboard and being eaten by sharks, sea-sickness and Titanic-like visions of me clinging to a wooden plank. This, I said to myself, as I packed my suitcase, is the most expensive mistake I will ever make. Fast forward to me now looking at the brochure and ticking off the days to the next cruise. I work too hard. And because I do that, I inevitably get stressed and turn into the sort of Harpie that shouldn’t be seen outside a Jeremy Kyle show. Holidays are more necessity than luxury to me and I’ve found the perfect antidote to life’s turbulence onboard a ship. As we sail off, I can feel everything that is cluttering my brain waving at me from Southampton docks. Stress doesn’t have a passport and is denied access onboard, you see. And for two fabulous weeks, all (well most) restrictions are lifted. I can get up whenever I want, a glass of Pinot Grigio is positively encouraged with lunch and

there are no calories on a ship either, did you know? Croissants and carrots – all are welcome in my digestive system. The sun shines and I sprawl out in it in my cossy, yet back home I have trouble showing off my ankles. I decadently read – lots – laugh, dance and the only decision I have to make is which frock I’m going to be wearing for dinner. The children cannot believe this chilled-out chick is the same mother who yells at them to put their washing in the basket. And it’s the sea which has made this possible. It doesn’t freak me out when there is no sight of land and we are in the middle of a great expense of water. There is nothing but sea and sky in my vista and yet I can look out at it for hours. For two glorious weeks, my head is like that scene: clear and calm and rested. Occasionally the surface is broken by the magnificent arc of a playful dolphin’s back, as sometimes an inspired idea leaps into my brain but I can cope with that level of intrusion. Now I’m home and back on the diet. My necklines are considerably higher and my golden skin is fading fast. I sit in Puccini’s down the road (a fusion of great Italian food with Yorkshire portions) and try and project myself back to Venice while I scoff my lasagne. My heaven will be an eternal voyage on a ship. I owe my persuasive friend a very large drink. Learn from me: Don’t knock things till you try them! Milly Johnson is a novelist.


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Mosaic Magazine Issue 46 (September 2010)