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Issue 32 December 2010

The NEW name for Community Times Stamford

this month fashion

sparkly season beauty

glitz and glamour food

christmas dinner motoring

honda cr-z hybrid property

dazzling decorations

Victorian Craft Activities for all the Family at Stamford Museum Broad Street, Stamford Lincs PE9 1PJ

Sunday 12 December 2010, 10 am - 4 pm

♦ Make your own crackers ♦ Create silhouette portraits ♦ Salt dough decorations

Christmas readings at 11am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 3 pm

Just drop in - everyone welcome; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Entry and all activities are free, no need to book. Phone Stamford Museum on 01780 766317 for further details.

to advertise phone 0800 988 5430

to advertise phone 0800 988 5430





Stamford Style Issue 32 December 2010

The NEW name for Community Times Stamford

this month 10

this month fashion

sparkly season beauty

glitz and glamour food

christmas dinner motoring

honda cr-z hybrid property

dazzling decorations

Publisher: Community Times UK Limited Editor: Lee Smith Editorial: 01778 560613 Advertising: 0800 988 5430 Email: Website: Design by: 2F Media Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication is accurate, neither the publisher nor its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause.


‘tis the season to be sparkly


christmas dinner


dazzling decorations



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also this month Local News


Competition - Digital Tablet


Coffee Break


Stamford Corn Exchange


Stamford Arts Centre


What’s On




Church & Community


Sports & Leisure








Taxis & Takeaways




from the editor The countdown has truly begun and before you know it we’ll all be glad to see the back of Christmas after a period of over-indulgence! But for now it’s time to get excited about it and we’ve got some great articles this month to get you in the mood for the festive season. In preparation for the cold season I recently embarked on my first attempt at snowboarding at Tallington Lakes, which you can read all about on page 14. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers and advertisers a very happy Christmas and we’ll see you in the New Year. Lee Smith | Editor




Festive Fun in the Forest


ou can join a feast of fun at the Fineshade Festive Fair, on 4 and 5 December. The Top Lodge visitor centre at Fineshade Woods is once more holding its popular annual Christmas craft event over the first weekend in December.

Local craftspeople will be displaying their wares, an ideal time to pick up an unusual Christmas gift. However, this year there is an added dimension, with stalls from local food producers also present. With honey from local bees, organic meat and veg, or homemade cakes and biscuits, there is sure to be something to whet your appetite. The RSPB’s on-site shop will be holding a special demonstration of binoculars and telescopes, and carries a wide range of Christmas cards, wraps and gifts. If you want a real Christmas tree this year, they will be

on sale at the centre, and a bar will be serving warming mulled wine and other drinks all day. The Yarwell and Nassington Brass Band, playing a medley of festive tunes, will provide live music for the fair. The event runs from 10 am to 4 pm both days and entry is free. Chris Andrews, RSPB Visitor and Promotions Officer, said, “Come along and join in the festive atmosphere. With food, gifts and music, this is sure to be a great event”. The Top Lodge centre is located within the Forestry Commission’ Fineshade Woods, just off the A43 between Corby and Stamford and within a short drive of Peterborough, Northampton and Leicester. The centre includes a café, RSPB shop, children’s play area and trails through the woods (some all ability). Parking is free for RSPB members, annual permit and disabled badge holders (otherwise £3 per day).

Bangers & Beer 2010 - A great success!


he annual “Bangers & Beer” event hosted by Hegarty Solicitors for commercial property agents and affiliated businesses in the Peterborough area was a lively evening despite the bad weather! Over 90 professionals attended this event held at The Brewery Tap in Peterborough and tucked into real ales and

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locally sourced bangers & mash whilst catching up with old friends and making new ones. Hugh Nicholls, Partner and Head of Property at Hegarty LLP, commented “We have held this event regularly since 2004 and it has always proved popular. This year in particular there seemed to be a real buzz in the air which I hope reflects optimism for a renewed vigour in the commercial property market in general.”

Community Orchard Tidying Morning


Passion for Fashion


vo2Events are please to anounce the date of the ‘Passion for Fashion’ Fashion Show. The show is to take place on the 15th December at the Stamford Art’s Centre. The doors open at 7.10pm with a complimentary glass of bubbly and canapes. There will be lots of lovely stalls to shop around and get last-minute christmas presents whilst listening to live acoustic music. Then to start the fashion show we have Jem’s hiphop dance group perfoming. On the Catwalk we have C3, Ruby Loves, Abi Golightly, Hollywood Glam (Lisa Hinks) and Dolly’s Designs. We will then be drawing the raffle which is in aid of Macmillan nurses and has some amazing prizes, Tea for two at the House of Lords, Clay pigeon shooting lessons, Hollywood spray tans and many many more. The cost of a ticket is £5 and is a ticket only event. These can be purchased from Mayhem, C3, So, Abi Golightly or by sending an email to or by calling Sally 07724 847137 or Rachel 07738 960374


tamford Community Orchard Group is a local registered charity. The Group is trying to preserve local varieties of apple trees and create some green spaces that people and animals can enjoy. There are a number of activities throughout the year, such as planting and tidying at the orchard & allotment nursery; fundraising & running one of the UK’s biggest, most successful Apple Days every October. All of the Group’s success depends upon local people volunteering some of their time and energy to help get things done. The Community Orchard has been created on land at the end of Christ Church Close, off Green Lane. We now need to tidy up the orchard ready for winter - a bit of litter picking here, a spot of digging and mulching there and a few odd jobs. Just a couple of hours and a few volunteers makes all the difference. The Group will provide all the tools and black plastic bags, volunteers just need to bring gloves & enthusiasm. Everyone can help, just a few minutes or a couple of hours – every little helps. Stamford Community Orchard Group - Registered Charity Number 1115719 email


This winter, the RSPB is offering you a unique chance to see dozens of magnificent red kites in the air at once over the East Midlands. You can join one of a series of guided winter walks to witness up to 100 of the impressive birds of prey at a local evening roosting site, in an entirely natural setting. Red kites were persecuted to extinction in England by the start of the 20th century, but were reintroduced to Rockingham Forest fourteen years ago by the RSPB, English Nature and Forestry Commission. There are now roughly 1000 red kites in the area, but few people have experienced the spectacle of a kite roost. Each event begins at 3:00 pm with an illustrated talk about the kites and their dramatic return to the area. After a break for refreshments, there is then a short walk to the viewing area, to see the kites swirling round in an acrobatic aerial ballet. The events start on Saturday 27 November, with a further six dates through December and January. You can find further details of the walks on the RSPB website: www. Places are limited and fill fast, so advance booking is essential. Tickets cost £6 per person and can be booked by calling the RSPB on 01780 444691.




Café Black announces their winter winner!


tamford’s Independent High Street Coffee Bar, Café Black announces their Schools Out Card Winter Winner as 15 year, Stamford High School pupil Isabelle Town. Isabelle was drawn as the winner of the Café Black Schools Out prize draw and was awarded her prize by Café Blacks Assistant Manager, Matthew Browne. Isabelle received £100 vouchers for local, Independent clothing store, Energy (Ironmonger Street). Co Owner of Café Black commented, ‘Isabelle was thrilled with her prize as she absolutely loves the clothes in Energy…..who wouldn’t their range is fantastic!’ Hannah continued ‘ the Café Black Schools Out card is fantastic for all the local school pupils, as it gives them a 20% discount Monday to Friday 4pm to 6pm, and also entry into our prize draws. All of the winners have received fantastic prizes!......if you would like a free Schools Out card, just pop in and ask a member of our team.’

Stamford Baby Show sponsor announced


tamford, Bourne & Deepings NCT Branch are pleased to announce Waterbabies as the sponsor of their Baby Show. The parent, baby and toddler exhibition will be held on Saturday 5th February 2011 at Stamford Junior School from 10am -3pm. The show will feature great toddler entertainment throughout the day, expert advice from NCT specialist workers and others, and of course shopping including a limited Nearly New Sale. The first 100 lucky people through the door will receive a free ‘Mama Pack’ packed with ecofriendly information and samples for parents and babies. The show is a fundraising event for the local branch of NCT and money raised will go towards the work of the charity locally including supporting new and expectant parents with advice, information and groups such as Tiddlywinks, the weekly mum and baby group in Stamford. Waterbabies offer baby swimming lessons using unique methods which enable babies to feel at ease swimming

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both above and below the water’s surface. Debi Hogson of the local Waterbabies franchise said ‘Waterbabies are proud to sponsor this event, we wholeheartedly support the work of NCT and are looking forward to a great day’. Exhibitors include: Waterbabies, Tumbletots, Jellybeans, Mindful Mama, The Broad Street Practice, Smallprint, Phoenix Cards, Don Lambert Photography, Precious Little Prints and many more! For more information see our website: http://www.nct. or email stamfordnctchair@ If you’d like to book a stand there are still some available please contact Lucy Bateson on 01476 860750.


Alice in Wonderland saves the day!


ust 36 hours before our childrens show on the 28th October the Groovy Gazza show telephoned our box office and said we had not sold enough tickets to make it worth while traveling to us and pulled out of the show. Judith Mackie, Theatre Manager couldn’t face watching so many dissappointed little faces and frantically starting ringing contacts to pull in a last minute favour. With just 24 hours to go the PMA Productions team stepped in at the 11th hour and rescued our October half term childrens show. At the time they had only just starting rehearsing for this national touring show which was due to start until the following week. They successfully presented a shortened version due to lack of rehearsal time, the audience were thrilled with the show and by popular demand we have asked them to return as part of the Christmas celebrations in Stamford on Sunday 12th December at 4pm with the full length production, tickets are £7.50 concessions £6.00, family of four £24.00. George Critchley for PMA Productions Ltd brings you this

new musical comedy version for all the family based on the books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Amy Skillman (Channel 5’s “Don’t Stop Believing”) stars as Alice, who rose to the challenge with a first class performance along with the supporting cast, Steven MacGillvray as The Mad Hatter, Danny Stokes as Tweedledum,Lucy Read as The Queen of Hearts, Amelia Friswell as The White Rabbit. Join Alice as she meets the wacky, weird and wonderful world of wonderland - characters like Tweedledum and Tweedledee, The White Rabbit and the wicked Queen of Hearts All the volunteers managing the event at the theatre were in agreement it was an absolute pleasure having PMA productions step in, it is good to see that in this present difficult time of recession and cut backs some performers out their still believe that the show must go on, no matter how many people are attending. All the audience appreciated the level of effort the theatre had put into saving the day.





‘tis the season to be



ashion magpies, avert your eyes or risk bankruptcy. This season the high street practically glimmers with high-shine sequins and bling embellishment by the bucketload. Sequins have always been a staple for the party season but this winter all that shimmers and shines has really taken hold in planet style for both daywear and disco attire. In response to credit crunch doom and gloom, designers lightened the fashion mood with 1980s-style good-time dressing. The likes of Gucci, Balmain, Julien Macdonald and Ashish put the catwalk front rows into a sequin trance with lashings of OTT glamour and glitter. But whatever your sparkle tolerance level, there’s a sequin style for you to shine in, from oversized pailette discs through to more subtle beaded embellishment. Make a dazzling impression with show-stopping sequins.

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Daytime Shimmer How many dresses do you have hanging in your wardrobe that you keep purely for hitting the dancefloor? Take note: sequins are no longer reserved for your ‘Sunday best’. Get extra mileage out of shimmering clothing by incorporating them into your daywear wardrobe. Pick out just one sequin separate - say skirt, waistcoat or cardigan and dress around it. Styling tip: Teaming your sequins with denim and knitwear is a great way to tone down high voltage sparkle. Try throwing a sequin dress or tunic over jeans and team with a chunky cardigan for a hint of daytime dazzle. Try: Wallis black sequin waistcoat, £38, Miss Selfridge black sequin disc cardigan, £55; French Connection grey embellished jumper, £110; Evans draped sequin t-shirt, £32.


Chuck out the metallic rule book There’s no need to stick to just one sequin shade. Designers mixed up silvers, golds, bronzes, blues and greens to create a kaleidoscope of sparkling colour. If you’re conscious about your curves stick to a more delicate smattering of sequins in darker colours like black and slate grey as heavily embellished styles can add bulk.

“give your outfit instant party appeal with a touch of sparkle”

Styling tip: If you’re not a fan of girly fashion, ditch sequin dresses and let your legs shine. Try a pair of shimmering harem trousers or sequin leggings for an unexpected occasion-wear twist. Try: Next Leopard sequin jacket, £55; Coast Johanna sequin skirt, £85; Mango black sequin harem trousers, £69 at ASOS.

Dazzling Accessories Sequins aren’t for everyone but even a hint of embellishment can add the wow factor to a tired party dress.

Per Una at Marks and Spencer Speziale sequin bow dress, £150

Think of sparkle as your winter tonic for adding interest to dark ensembles a contrasting sequinned accessory will give your outfit instant party appeal. Whether it’s sequin shoes, a sparkly scarf or beaded clutch, choose one accessory for a highshine statement. Styling tip: Avoid the ‘explosion in a glitter factory’ look. Only wear sequin accessories if you’re not wearing even a hint of sequin clothing. Try: Office Marvellous sequin boots, £90; F&F at Tesco gold sequin peep-toe heels, £20; Accessorize Union Jack sequin clutch, £30; Dorothy Perkins gold sequin scarf, £15

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Department Store

T i m e t o Party with Westgate



t’s getting to that time of year again when your social calendar is full to the brim with Christmas parties and dinners and you’re seriously worried you have nothing to wear! Well, don’t fear as Westgate Department Store in Peterborough has the perfect outfit waiting for you in store. For the partygoers Motel and Yumi offer a great range of colourful party dresses ready to take you straight to the dance floor. If you’re looking for something sexy and sultry try Vero Moda in the Boutique area for great silky, sleek dresses. And if you’re looking for amazing quality look no further than Noa Noa and Esprit Collection at the front of the store

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and find great, elegant fashion pieces to suit any occasion. With plenty more fabulous brands in store you’re bound to come out with a fantastic festive outfit ready to wow your work colleagues, family and friends. And, even better, Westgate is offering an extra 10% off in store between 1st3rd December and also 8th-12th December with many offers totalling up to 50% off.


Time to hit the slopes!

On the floor - again!!

A first successful run!


spectacular wipe-out! This was a good thing though as it helped me to understand what I was doing wrong and that if I fell it didn’t hurt too much!

Now the closest that I have ever got to winter sports is being on a sledge with my Dad when I was seven or eight, so when I arrived on a frosty but sunny day in november, I really didn’t know what to expect.

The problem now, though, is that I now have the bug and want to go again! For those of you who would like to have a go at skiing instead of, or as well as, snowboarding they have a range of lessons for that too. And if you want the kids to get involved and you’re not sure if they are ready for the above then you can always book them in for some tobogganing.

ccording to my wife, enthusiasm is something that I don’t do particularly well at. Maybe it’s just me but I do find it difficult to get excited about yet another pair of socks on my birthday or at Christmas! However, she thought that I had been kidnapped by aliens and replaced by somebody else when I came home from my first snowboarding lesson at Tallington Lakes. I simply couldn’t stop smiling or talking about my experience.

My instructor for the day, Luke, put me at ease straight away whilst being fitted for the correct boots and board. A small bonus for me was that the frosty morning would make the slope ideal for a first lesson - no pressure then!! After a few basics, such as deciding which way round I would stand on the board, we progressed to the top, well the top of the nursery slope - and let me tell you as a firsttimer this seemed more than a little intimidating. After a few practise runs with Luke walking down in front of me, to stop me falling, it was time to have a go unaided. All was going well until half-way down, when I had a quite

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After a few more attemps I managed to find my balance and make it all the way to the bottom, unassisted, and the felling of achievement was amazing. After a couple more attempts the lesson was over - it seemed to go in a blink of an eye, but my legs were telling me that we’d probably had enough!

After the lesson, still managing to walk, I had a look around the Tallington Lakes Pro Shop where I was blown away by the impressive range of equipment that is available. From excellent quality, entry-level winter/skiing/boarding clothes to the boots, boards and goggles. For more information please contact Tallington Lakes Pro Shop on 01778 347000 or drop in and take a look around too, at Tallington Lakes, Barholm Road, Tallington. You can also find out more at their website,

Chritsmas Treats at Attic

Attic has a lovely range of christmas gifts this winter from rich velvet scarves, luxury leather gloves, sparkly costume jewellery, knitted hats, scarves or gloves, to bags of all shapes and sizes. Or you could treat yourself to a stunning winter coat, glamorous dress, cosy knitwear, new boots - from flats to knee-highs – or party shoes - including pumps and heels.

We will be opening until 8pm on the following evenings with special offers in all stores

Attic Stamford & Weekend

Attic Oakham Monday 13th December

Thursday 2nd December

Something for everyone Attic: 33 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DS. T: 01780 766667

Attic Weekend: 43 St Paul’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2BH. T: 01780 766675 Attic Oakham: 38 High St, Oakham, LE15 6AL. T: 01572 759000





ighly portable and prod-able, this genre has seen an upsurge in interest from consumers since the launch of the iPad. Although Apple’s latest release stole the headlines there are some serious contenders vying for your hard-earned wallet fodder. At a recent consumer electronics show every major manufacturer showed off a tablet device - there’s a real feeling they’re already starting to erode the laptop market. Here’s our pick of the top six tablets that represent the cream of next generation mobile computing.

Apple iPad (3G Wi-Fi 64GB model) £899.99 from Taking everything you love about the iPhone and repackaging it behind a multi touch 9.7-inch screen will be enough for dedicated followers of the fruit to head straight toward the buy button. This machine does plenty and of course offers apps a plenty to keep you busy. Its web surfing, media playback and calendar functions are superb but it suffers from an inability to multitask which may frustrate.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

£679.99 from The Samsung Galaxy Tab has been applauded by the tech community since its recent arrival and firmly touted by the Korean manufacturer at those wanting to avoid the restrictions of the iPad. Operating on Android, you’ve access to an ever increasing number of quality applications which, on this device, you can operate more than one of at a time – a multitasking marvel.

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£319 from It is always good to see an upstart try to upset the status quo of the bigger players. While this first effort from JooJoo comes up a little short, we think it is only a matter of time. This browser model has a sizeable screen to view videos over Wi-Fi and digest content, but as yet there are no applications designed for the tablet so we’re bookmarking its homepage in anticipation of JooJoo II.

Viewsonic ViewPad 7

£349.99 from The seven-inch screen ViewPad could be seen as an oversized phone as it features 3G mobile connectivity with voice calls, texting and MMS all on board. Inside is the latest Android system update with two cameras for video calling, Wi-Fi, GPS connectivity and Bluetooth too - it is a super smartphone.

Archos 10.1 tablet (8GB model) £269.99 from

After producing a long line of top quality personal media players the French technology company has just launched a range of five Android-based tablets. This lightweight Android device is just about pocketable and, among other features, offers Wi-Fi connectivity and the best picture quality around.

Dell Streak

£499.99 from Computing giant Dell has waded into the tablet arena with this sleek looking device with a five-inch screen that offers eyepleasing delivery of content. It operates on the Android system and combines the functionality of a smartphone, a tablet PC, a digital camera and a sat nav into a package that’s a serious contender.

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Christmas Dinner


Cider roast turkey (From BBC Good Food magazine)

The Shopping List For the turkey

4.5 to 6kg turkey, giblets removed and kept 450g stuffing 2 leeks, trimmed and halved 2 carrots, halved 50g butter, softened 300ml dry cider

For the gravy:

300ml dry cider 600ml chicken stock 2tbsp quince or redcurrant jelly

The Instructions


hen it comes to selecting the Christmas roast, turkey is the obvious choice for many, but it seems this year a spirit of adventure is taking hold in the supermarket aisles. Goose is now fighting turkey for the title of Britain’s best-selling bird this Christmas. Although, not to be outshone by its feathered friend, the turkey is also seeing unprecedented sales with traditional breeds flying off the shelves. In a poll of 2,400 readers, BBC Good Food Magazine found that turkey is still the most popular centre-piece. Meanwhile sales of other seasonal meats are also soaring, with British beef sales up 20%, while gammon is on the rise with one in 10 families tucking into this succulent joint at the dinner table.

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Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Wash and dry the turkey, removing any feathers. Pull out the giblets and the neck, then set aside. Lift up the skin that covers the neck opening, then stuff the stuffing up and under the skin, securing it tightly underneath with a skewer or two cocktail sticks. Weigh the stuffed turkey. Calculate the cooking time, allowing 40 mins per kg (20 mins per lb). Put the leeks and carrots along the bottom of a roasting tin in a single layer - this will make a trivet for the turkey to sit on and add flavour to the gravy. Add the neck to the tin. Sit the turkey on top and coat the breast all over with butter. Pour in the cider, cover with foil, then roast according to your timings. Keep checking the tin - if the vegetables look like they’re burning, add a splash of water or cider. At 30 mins before the end of cooking, remove the foil and season generously. To test that the turkey is ready, pierce the thigh through its thickest part; the juices should run clear. Take the turkey out and leave to rest, covered with a clean tea towel. Leave to rest for up to 1 hour. Now make the gravy. Drain the fat and juices from the tin into a jug, discarding the veg and the neck. Place the tin over a flame, then pour in the cider, scraping up the flavour- filled crusty bits with a wooden spoon. Reduce the cider by half, then strain into a saucepan.


The Instructions Remove all the fat from inside the bird and use a skewer to prick the goose skin all over, especially under the wings. If you have time to spare (although this isn’t essential), sit the goose in a sink, then slowly and carefully pour over 3 kettles of boiling water. Dry with kitchen paper, then leave for 1 hour or so to dry completely. This will help the skin to crisp. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Season the goose cavity with salt and pepper and stuff with the oranges, bay leaves and the thyme. Rub the breast and legs with 2 tbsp oil and season generously with salt. Lay the carrots in the middle of a very large roasting tin. Sit the bird the right way up on top of the carrots. In a bowl, toss the parsnips and turnips with the rest of the oil and bay leaves, then scatter around the goose. Cover the tin with a large piece of foil, scrunching it up at the sides so it’s a tight fit. Place the goose in the oven for 1 1/2 hours.

Christmas goose with root veg, sticky pears and bramble gravy (From BBC Good Food magazine)

The Shopping List For the goose

4 to 5kg oven-ready goose, trussed for roasting 2 oranges 4 bay leaves Bunch thyme 3 tbsp sunflower oil 8 medium carrots, peeled but left whole 8 medium parsnips, peeled but left whole 4 turnips, peeled and halved or quartered

For the bramble gravy

1tbsp golden caster sugar 100ml good-quality red wine vinegar Half a jar bramble jelly (Tiptree does a good one; if you can’t find it, use blackberry jam) 100ml strong chicken stock

For the pears:

6 pears 2tbsp icing sugar Large bag watercress, to serve

Take the goose out of the oven. Remove the foil and carefully use a baster to suck out most of the fat from the tin into a bowl. Lightly baste the goose and turn the parsnips. Re-cover with foil and roast for another 1 1/2 hours. Suck the fat from the pan again and baste, then increase the heat to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Return to the oven without any foil to brown for a final 30-40 mins until golden brown. Remove the goose from the oven and transfer to a large board or platter to rest in a warm-ish place for 30 mins. Scoop the vegetables out into another roasting tin and keep warm in a low oven. Keep the goose tin to finish making the gravy in.

To make the gravy, remove the oranges from the goose

using tongs. Pour off all the fat from the roasting tin into a bowl (it’s great used for roasting potatoes). Scatter the sugar into the tin and stir to scrape off any tasty brown bits. Splash in the vinegar, simmer down until practically dry, then stir in the jelly to dissolve, bubble and cook down. Finally, add the stock and squeeze in the juice from the oranges. Bring everything to the boil, then strain into a jug or small saucepan to reheat later. Peel and halve the pears. Use a teaspoon to scoop out the cores, then cut the pears into quarters. In a bowl, toss the pears in the icing sugar until completely coated. Heat a large frying pan over a high flame and add the pears to the pan. Cook for 1 min or so, tossing constantly, until the pears are really well caramelised and slightly burnt around the edges. Serve the goose on a platter surrounded by watercress and pear wedges. Serve the slow-roasted vegetables in a separate bowl and the gravy in a gravy boat

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The Instructions

500g pumpkin, thinly sliced 400g pork tender loin fillet, thinly sliced 1 jar of Tuk Tuk Foods Red Curry Sauce 2 tbsp vegetable cooking oil 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped 125ml or ½ cup chicken stock or water 5 kaffir lime leaves, shredded - discarding the stem 15 sweet basil leaves 1 red chili, thinly sliced

1. Put the oil into a wok and fry garlic, pumpkin and pork. Stir fry until the pork is cooked. 2. Add Tuk Tuk Foods red curry sauce and chicken stock/ water and bring to the boil for approximately 5 minutes. 3. Turn the heat down, keep stirring and add shredded kaffir lime leaves. 4. Let the curry sauce simmer for another 2 minutes before turning the heat off. 5. Garnish with red chilli and sweet basil leaves. 6. Serve with boiled jasmine rice.

Thanks to Tuk-Tuk foods for supplying us with this great recipe. For more information on Tuk Tuk Foods please contact Piyada (Tukata) Bird at Hillside House, Essendine Road, Ryhall, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 4HE Tel: 01780 755712 Email:

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ince independence in 1991, this country - the size of Wales and bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia - has been an EU economic success story, with a growing tourist trade and fantastically-priced winter sports holidays. Wanting to see why someone would fly to Slovenia rather than Switzerland, we flew into the national airport of Ljubljana on a Saturday morning in mid-January. Within 45 minutes, we were driving into the small town of Kranjska Gora. Our hotel, the Grand Hotel Prisank, loomed large and pink, a sharp contrast to the authentic cobbled streets and church only a few metres away. After a quick tour of the resort, just 15 minutes from end to end, a ski-boot fitting session, and a nod toward the local disco, casino and pizzeria (this truly is the point where East meets West), our rep declared us fit to go. Too late to hit the slopes, we wandered blearily around Kranjska Gora for an hour before eating our first meal in the hotel’s canary yellow, conference centre-style dining room,

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and collapsing into bed. By the time day two arrived, we’d shrugged off our initial flight/ski exhaustion and woken up to our resort. The town seemed surprisingly quiet for high-season January. Asking my delightful ski instructor Mika why half the restaurants were shut, he explained that Slovenia’s ski seasons are slightly different to those of its neighbours. Aside from special occasions like New Year and school holidays, the town does remain largely quiet, and restaurants and cafes often close in midweek to avoid catering for only a trickle of visitors. The locals said Slovenian weather is never foggy during the ski season. But by day three, the fog - followed by the rain - had become the biggest barrier to me and a career in professional winter sports. Sitting in our hotel watching DVDs, we stared out at a mountain shrouded with white mist, noticing that, even in the fog, the short, gentle slopes were filled with happy beginners. With intermediate runs peaking at around 1,550m, large


“Slovenia is about practicality, not sophistication” “Kranjska Gora is definitely a resort for families” amounts of cheap accommodation and low-cost flights into Ljubljana from all over the UK, Kranjska Gora is definitely a resort for families.

or in the former’s wellness centre. As newfound friends in my skiing class explained, skiing in Slovenia is about practicality, not sophistication. One mother booked a family of four into a hotel for the week, for little over £1,000. A dad told me that he could only get a shoebox-sized room in the French Alps for what he paid here. And out on the slopes, clever buggers won’t swish by at 100mph. For once, you’re all in the same beginners’ boat

Perhaps that was why I was the only member of my ski class who didn’t look fondly on any particular child in a Noddy hat as we whizzed past the kiddywinks each morning. This emphasis on family groups may also explain why the town doesn’t offer a better range of restaurants and bars. Kranjska Gora is dominated by the hotel chain Hit Holidays. With six modern hotels (Larix, Corona, Prisank, Alpina, Kompass, Spik) and one apartment complex (Vitranc), the company stamps its mark on the town as firmly as the mountain itself. Experienced skiers might regard it as a Primark version of the Alps. Grand Hotel Prisank offers a package-holiday blend of theme restaurants, live entertainment and activities for kids. Its rooms were clean, comfortable and uninspiring, while the Napoli pizzeria and London tea-room lurked behind frosted glass doors on the ground floor. The hotel’s information board promised karaoke, a pool tournament and live music on Saturday night from 1980s band Candle With Hair. Across town you can lose your expensive euros at either of the two casinos based in the sister hotels Larix and Korona,

key facts - slovenia skiing Best for:

Families looking for a cheap skiing holiday.

Time to go:

Avoid Slovenian school holidays as the cramped slopes get very busy.

Don’t miss:

Apres-ski at Hotel Alpina.

Need to know: These slopes won’t challenge a capable skier. Don’t forget: A good book - this is a family-focused resort.

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Weight Loss … d e u n i t n o C Challenge The story so far..... 12 weeks ago, a local couple were willing to take part in my new ‘Home Weight Loss Plan Scheme’. Each week they would re-educate themselves in a nutritional topic, whilst committing to new and improved healthy eating plan. 12 weeks have passed and the results are in, see dieters review. As you can see the results speak for themselves and and both have been absolutely committed to changing their lifestyle. If you are interested in taking part there are 2 options 1. Individual package £99 2. Two or more people £79.99 It could be a great start to the New Year!! Join together with friends and create your own weekly mini Home Weight Loss Club.

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ell we have made it ! The 3 months have flown by and I’m surprised and delighted to report that we loved it. Doing the weight loss plan with Mark has not been difficult - I promise! The food we are now eating is much more healthy than before, our energy levels are increased and we look great. Over the 3 months we have lost 2 stone each and 77 inches in total !! I dare say we could have lost more but we have

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carried on with our ‘normal’ lives and been out socialising but so long as we have got back into the routine, it looks after itself. We intend to carry on with the same strategy to ensure we keep chipping away at our weight. We will periodically look back over the information about the science of food provided by Mark to ensure we don’t develop bad habits and fall of the wagon ! I can’t recommend this program enough and if we can do it anyone can !

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theTHE sparkly accessories and dazzling DELVE ot INTO MALE GROOMING WORLDdresses sussed? Don’t evenTO think about stepping onto a AND TREAT YOUR MAN GUY-FRIENDLY dancefloor without a party season makeover to BEAUTY PRODUCTS. complete your look.

Give the au naturel look a swerve and doll up for glamorous December nights. The party season is your licence to go experimental with colour and dabble in shimmer and shine. Make-up artist Jemma Kidd says: “At night, dark colours from neutral greys to rich jewel tones - smoulder and look sultry, while glitter and metallic finishes that seem garish during the day glimmer alluringly and add drama.” Red lips, captivating eyes, or a dash of sparkle, shine like a Christmas star with these after-dark looks.

Dancing Queen If there’s one magic ingredient in your make-up bag that’s guaranteed to get you in the festive party spirit, it’s a touch of sparkle. Think Studio 54 and 1970s glam rock for inspiration. Piling on the glitz doesn’t work for everyone, so use your pot of sparkle sparingly Jemma advises. “Glitter eyeshadow is a party look that is most flattering on young, wrinkle-free eyes. As a rule, the younger you are, the more you can use shimmer and glitter.” But there are more subtle ways to introduce sophisticated sparkle to mature skin. Jemma suggests products with a pearlescent finish, which adds flattering light without highlighting creases and wrinkles.

Make-up essentials: Barry M Glitter Lashes wand, Jemma Kidd Make Up School Dual Illuminator Creme Highlighter & Shimmer Dust.

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Red carpet glamour You don’t have to have George Clooney on your arm at the office Christmas party to channel a Hollywood screen siren. If your pout is your best feature, striking red lips are your seasonal gift. But the major makeup groundwork with stand-out lip looks is all in the base... Jemma says: “A perfect radiant complexion is crucial, so make sure you get this right with plenty of prep, an illuminating primer under foundation, a perfect colour match for your base, and the correct formulation for your skin. “Foundation that is too pale or dark will show up in photographs,” she warns. Working a bold red lip is all about finding the right red for you. Jemma advises experimenting with different tester shades to the find one that suits your colouring. “Striking red lips will draw the eye, so precise application is essential,” says Jemma. “For a more subtle red lip, use a sheer lipstick or lip stain with a touch of gloss.”

Make-up essentials: L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation, Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer, Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream lipstick in Iconic.

Foxy & fabulous Grab your mistletoe and make eyes across the room with the object of your seasonal affections. Put all the emphasis on your eyes with dramatic eyeliner, false eyelash corners, and lashings of mascara for a seductive heavy-lidded look. “This look can be achieved with liquid eyeliner but gel eyeliner is easier to apply and gives a similar finish,” Jemma suggests. “Pencil eyeliner creates a softer line with blurred edges.” The eyeliner should be the statement feature in this look so Jemma recommends choosing a subtle eyeshadow that blends with your skin tone. “Understated lipstick gives the look a soft, contemporary feel,” she says, “or for extra va-vavoom, go for glossy berry red lips.”

Make-up essentials: Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in True Black, MAC Lipstick in Cherish

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Kristen Stewart



here can’t be many actresses who are as unassuming as Kristen Stewart. She may be a household name, thanks to her portrayal of Bella Swan – a girl whose affections are being fought over by a vampire and werewolf in the Twilight franchise - but Kristen isn’t one to play the fame game. In fact, she just seems embarrassed by it. Fiercely private, her reticence to reveal all about her personal life has earned her a reputation for being sullen and uncooperative in interviews. But, it turns out, this has more to do with plain old nerves than a difficult disposition. “I’m comforted by knowing what my next few days are going to bring me and that’s what has initially scared me about press because you never know what you’re walking into,” says Kristen. “Like right now, I have no idea where the conversation is going to go. I’ve always been like so, so terrified of that, it’s completely rendered me incapable of even doing it.” “I love making movies and I want people to know about

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them,” she continues. “So I might be shy and that might make me seem weird to people, but it’s not going to stop me from doing what I love to do.” The faintest of smiles crosses her lips, but she continues to shake one of her legs up and down, suggesting just how uncomfortable she’s feeling. It’s an improvement on press junkets of past when she was rendered near mute. “You have no idea,” she says, laughing at the mention of this. “I actually feel normal.” For those who have remained immune to the Twilight phenomenon, the film saga is based on a series of novels by the author Stephenie Meyer. It’s told from the viewpoint of l7-year-old Bella, who moves to the small (and perennially over-cast) town of Forks, Washington, where she promptly falls in love with Edward Cullen; a 109-year-old vampire trapped in the body of a beautiful teenager. Edward is played by heartthrob-du-jour Robert Pattinson - the man Kristen is reportedly dating in real life. The ‘are they, aren’t they?’ dating conundrum has only served to exacerbate the Twilight-mania, with showbiz blogs dissecting the pair’s body language and public interaction


in minute detail. Kristen isn’t about to confirm her relationship status, but she’s aware what’s being said. “I am so aware of it,” she stresses. “Because I’m like such a control freak and because I have to talk about it all the time and I’m directly asked about it,” she adds, then pauses. “Like, if I’m ever asked about something and I go, ‘What are you talking about?’ Like that’s the worst feeling in the world because you’re completely caught off-guard.” Twilight, the first film, was released in 2008, followed by New Moon, which saw a reluctant Edward leave Bella in the hope of saving her from a life with vampires. Having spent most of the last shoot acting ‘bereft’, Kristen welcomed the action-packed Eclipse. “Bella’s much more industrious in this movie,” she says. “She’s called upon to actually deal with things that don’t necessarily have an emotional drain on her.”

“For me, Eclipse is about growing up and making decisions and realising that the choices that you make aren’t necessarily instinctual” Amid the action is a burgeoning love triangle between Bella, Edward and Bella’s best-friend Jacob, who was revealed to be a werewolf in New Moon and played by, a predominantly shirtless, Taylor Lautner. “Basically, I’m still being hunted by vampires, but the biggest problem in my life is being able to acknowledge that there are different levels of loving someone,” says Kristen. “I must admit to myself that I am totally in love with my best friend, but just not as much as my real, true love, who obviously is Edward.” She pauses. “For me, Eclipse is about growing up and making decisions and realising that the choices that you make aren’t necessarily instinctual.” Yet the actress admits that many of her own decisions are based on instinct. “I guess I go from the gut, which is how I’ve chosen every movie I’ve ever done,” she says. And it’s never failed her. “It’s not like I’ve had a life changing experience on every movie I’ve done, but I’ve taken a lot from every day of work I’ve ever done so that’s worth it.”

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ith Christmas on the way, it’s almost time to deck the halls, dress the tree and turn your home into a seasonal sanctuary.

A beautifully decked tree should be the focal point of the home at Christmas and this year there’s an array of styles to choose from. You can indulge a passion for purple, be truly

traditional, shimmer with metallics, or stay true to your ‘green’ principles with eco-friendly touches. But if the festivities inspire a ‘Bah humbug!’ feeling or you prefer a ‘cool Yule’ keeping fuss and decoration to a minimum, there are plenty of effects that are chic and glamorous rather than garish.

A purple wonderland Purple’s the favourite colour scheme for rooms this winter, and you could echo the trend by letting its rich, glowing shades give a touch of opulence and luxury to a tree. Get the look: B&Q and Argos both have purple trees if you truly want to embrace this style or go for a brilliant contrast by hanging those richly coloured decorations on a black tree, such as Matalan’s luxury black tree, £20. Next and Sainsbury’s bargain bauble collections are bursting with purples and their shade partner, lilac. Next’s mixed bauble set of 100 costs £20, while Sainsbury’s baubles start from £1.99 each.

Nostalgic style This charming look evokes memories of Christmases past. A tree should be prettily decorated in traditional red, white and green, and don’t forget to give pride of place to cherished decorations made by youngsters. Get the look: Matalan’s large faux fir tree is a snip at £15, or at Homebase, real trees start from £9.99. Lakeland’s Christmas decorations are a must for traditionalists, with miniature felt Santas, four for £4.99, while a set of red and white Scandi-style snowflakes, trees, stars and reindeer, is a seasonal snip at £6.99. Continue the red and white theme with a famous reindeer duo, Dancer & Prancer for £9.99 from Lakeland, which could sit on a mantel ready for Santa’s arrival.

Minimal Christmas If you hate the idea of decorations cluttering your space, keep it minimal with effects that are so stylish you won’t want to pack them away after the holiday. You’ll definitely be on trend as there’s a huge enthusiasm for a pared-down, minimalist look this season, evidenced by the fact that John Lewis’s chic but simple snowy paper tree sold out in record time. Get the look: Matalan’s silver jewelled tree, £18, is a good alternative to the norm - a large branch that would look glamorous even if hung with only a few baubles. Or banish the baubles and rely on an arrangement of pre-lit twigs, with 40 lights, £20 from John Lewis, or match a neutral decor scheme with an understated cream six foot pre-lit tree, £99 from Marks & Spencer.

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All that glitters Metallics - gold, silver and bronze - are a glittering, glamorous choice for festive rooms. There’s a razzle-dazzle selection of ‘bling’ decorations so you can dress your tree with golden grandeur, or conjure a magical, shimmering effect with silver and clear glass.

Get the look: Gild a tree - Homebase’s Midnight Black sparkle tree, £39.99, is a six foot stunner - with gold decorations. Go for Debenhams’s gold and black baubles set, £10, and gold star garland £8. Or splash out on something special with Next’s prelit gold glass bauble, £15. John Lewis has joined the glitterati gang with a gorgeous gold collection, including a reindeer decoration, £2.50, and gold leaves, £1.50 each.

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erhaps orchids are not traditionally the plant associated with Christmas, but their long, arching stems bearing sprays of beautifully marked, delicate-looking flowers look great in both modern and traditional settings. Moth orchids are widely grown and well-suited to life indoors, requiring a minimum temperature of 16ºC These plants don’t have a yearly cycle of producing flowers, and can develop flower spikes at any time. Cool nights are important, so allow a dip of a few degrees. Once they’ve finished blooming, cut the flowered stems back to just above a joint, two up from the base, using a pair of sharp secateurs. It should draw up another spike within a few weeks. The roots contain chlorophyll and therefore produce energy from light, so grow the plants in clear pots - it’s also

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a good way to see if the roots are wet or dry. Trends are changing as people start to shy away from the big, showy flowers to the more dainty, subtle and smallerflowered types. Slipper orchids (Paphiopedilums), trendy in Victorian times with their waxy leaves and lip-shaped pouch at the front of the flower, are again becoming popular. The flowers are usually long-lasting and can remain in bloom for months. Some people have veered away from orchids in the past, fearing they may need a lot of maintenance. But these elegant plants, which originate from South -East Asia, are actually tough old birds which don’t like too much fuss. It’s generally overwatering that kills them, and they are becoming easier to grow as nurseries bring out new varieties. Most hybrids come from hot, humid forests and like a warm, tropical climate.


“Some orchid-lovers mist the plants regularly, but they really don’t need to.” Some orchid-lovers mist the plants regularly, but they really don’t need to. Orchids should just be watered once a week by immersing the pot into a bowl of tepid water until it’s moist all through. Then lift the pot out and sit it on a draining board for a few minutes before putting it back into its permanent pot. The plant should be allowed to dry out between watering. Use a half-strength liquid feed for orchids. Add it each time you water the plant, which you need to do more frequently in summer. Moth orchids should be repotted about once a year you can buy specific compost for orchids from garden centres. It’s expensive, but worth it as it has the right mix of nutrients. If you grow a cymbidium orchid indoors, be warned that it does not like being repotted and may not flower for several years afterwards if you do so. These orchids, which come in a wide colour range with spikes bearing up to 20 longlasting flowers, normally flower from early winter to late spring

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nstead of offering buyers the ability to run a car completely on battery power, Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology predictably assists the car’s petrol engine but never acts as a substitute. The end result is a lighter, more compact package - motor, battery, assorted electronics - as there’s no heavy lifting, battery-only driving to be done. It also means there’s no need for a big petrol engine if it’s regularly receiving assistance from an electric motor. All this talk of light weight and lean construction wouldn’t be out of place if the subject matter was a sports car. Until now hybrids have been worthy, fuel- sipping machines for those seeking to save money, petrol and the planet. But what if you could have it all: economy, low emissions and fun. According to Honda now you can, with its rakish CR-Z offering a slightly different take on hybrid motoring. Pitched at a more youthful audience seeking the benefits we’re all familiar with plus the enjoyment you get from

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running a warmed-over compact hatchback, the CR-Z boasts the looks and the performance to satisfy both your head and your heart. It’s even been designed with a very sporting two-plus-two seating arrangement, confirming that the real focus is on front seat occupants. Unusually for a hybrid, the raw data only tells half the story. Other more eco-focused models might trump the CR-Z’s economy and emissions figures (56.5mpg, 117g/ km CO2), but the little Honda’s on-road performance (9.9 seconds to 62mph, 124mph top speed) is right up there with more conventional alternatives. And remember, this is a hybrid that’s been tuned for fun, making the car’s 1.5-litre, 114 horsepower engine and motor combo all the more impressive. Just to prove Honda is deadly serious about pitching the CR-Z as a sporty model, it has fitted the wedge- shaped car with a conventional six-speed manual gearbox. No slush-box auto here, and in true Honda fashion the shifter is super-short and slick just like that of a Civic Type R. And even with three pedals you still get an auto engine stop-


start function as standard. On the road the CR-Z offers drivers a firm yet engaging experience. You sit low down in the car, further enhancing its racy appeal, and corners can be attacked with considerable enthusiasm. And it’s when you’re pressing on that the extra assistance from the car’s electric motor makes a valuable contribution. That overtaking manoeuvre or uphill sprint is easily despatched with the aid of some additional electric power. We’re not talking warp-factor acceleration here, but just enough to see your pace quicken a few notches. The situation is further enhanced by the car’s sport mode, which channels even more electric power if you want to throw caution and economy to the wind. It’s in this mode

“Ideal for low-stress urban motoring.” The modest range offers buyers a trio of well equipped cars to choose from, while the CR-Z is surprisingly practical for what is in reality a two-seat coupe for grown-ups. Cabin storage space plus a sizable boot and rear folding seats ensure daily life doesn’t have to be a compromise. The CR-Z performs well in the context of delivering thrills at a time when saving money and fuel have become the dominant activities. Styling the car like something from the 25th century is further proof that Honda remains a risktaker, which should be applauded

“This hybrid’s been tuned for fun, making it’s 1.5-Litre, 114 horsepower engine and motor combo all the more impressive.” that the CR-Z is at its most entertaining and makes you wonder how conservative those on-paper performance figures really are. Take the opposite approach - select the car’s economy mode - and you’ll instantly experience a more conservative throttle response. Ideal for low stress urban motoring, it’s now that it should appeal to your greener side.

the facts and figures Model:

Honda CR-Z 1.5i V-TEC GT, from £19,999 on the road. Range from £16,999.

Keeping you in the loop when switching between modes is the car’s array of predictably futuristic instruments and displays. The CR-Z wouldn’t be a hybrid Honda if the speedometer didn’t glow red if you used too much throttle, for example. Overall there are parallels with Civic’s interior, as the gently curving fascia, outstanding build quality and clear (if a little wacky) displays should make Honda’s fan feel at home.


1.5-litre petrol unit combined with electric motor developing 114bhp.

On balance the CR-Z delivers a better real world performance than its figures suggest possible.

CO2 Rating: 117g/km.

Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission standard, driving the front wheels.


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Coffee Break sudoku

Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9. That’s all there is to it. It’s fun. It’s challenging. It’s addictive! Solving time is typically from 20 to 45 minutes, depending on your skill and experience.

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7. Thigh bone (5) 8. Cock (7) 9. Raise (7) 10. Incense (5) 12. Spiteful (10) 15. Reinforce (10) 18. Additional (5) 19. Climate (7) 21. Cattle thief (7) 22. Annoyed (5)

1. Bubble (10) 2. Urge (5) 3. Operatic song (4) 4. Mourn (6) 5. Drowsy (8) 6. Totter (7) 11. Degenerating (10) 13. Yearly (8) 14. Dissent (7) 16. Cheap and showy (6) 17. Cool (5) 20. Measure of land (4)

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coffee break solutions November We will publish the solutions to the previous month’s Coffee Break puzzles on this page each month, so remember to keep hold of your copy of Stamford Style until next month!

sudoku solution

crossword solution Across: 1 Loot; 3 Overtake; 8 Wife; 9 Precious; 11 Recall to mind; 13 Derive; 14 Zenith; 17 Unsuccessful; 20 Intrigue; 21 Pair; 22 Disagree: 23 Lean.


1 Low-grade; 2 Officer; 4 Verity; 5 Recompense; 6 Adorn; 7 Easy; 10 Flavouring; 12 Children; 15 Inflame; 16 Accuse; 18 Notes; 19 Bind.

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Stamford Corn Exchange December Listings Box Office Telephone: 01780 766455

A Christmas Carol - Chapter House Theatre Co Thurs 9th December 1pm and 7.30pm Tickets £10 Concessions £8 (Group booking 15 and over £6 for the 1pm show) Meet all your favourite characters, from the beloved Tiny Tim to the unforgettable Mr and Mrs Fezziwig, as Chapterhouse Theatre Company usher in the festive period with a wonderful new production of A Christmas Carol.

Pop goes the Eighties Christmas Party Night Fri 10th December 8pm Tickets £15.00 With a barrage of 80’s festive classics including “Last Christmas”, “Do they know its Christmas”. Featuring all your favourite hits from the 80’s from Bananarama, Michael Jackson, Madness Bon Jovi and Wham, this non-stop action show will have you partying in the aisles. This is a perfect event for office parties, groups of friends etc, you can also go with a meal and a show option at the ‘Bengal Clipper’ and the ‘Bombay Cottage’

Showaddywaddy Sat 11th December 7.30pm - Tickets £17.50 Concessions £16.50 An Evening of Rock n Roll Tour Europe’s most successful ever exponents in the art of rock and roll. With 23 Top 40 Hit singles, including 10 Top 5 Hits the demand for Showaddywaddy today is every bit as strong with an unbelievable live show, acclaimed the World over. Back by popular demand with this special Christmas Show.

Alice in Wonderland - PMA Productions Sun 12th December 4pm Tickets £13 George Critchley for PMA Productions Ltd brings you this new musical comedy version for all the family based on the books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

Stamford Brass Christmas Concert Sat 18th December 7.30pm Tickets £8 concessions £7 A festive Concert playing Carol’s and Christmas Songs to delight audiences of all ages.

Stamford Pantomime Players - Jack and the Beanstalk 27th Dec 7pm, 28th Dec 2pm & 7pm, 29th Dec 2pm, 30th Dec 2pm & 7pm, 31st Dec 2pm, 1st Jan 5pm. All performances £9 concessions £7 A traditional pantomime with something for all the family including audience participation, songs and dancing. Come and meet your childrens favourite ogre in this legendary fairytale that finds jack going up the beanstalk on an amazing adventure.

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Stamford Arts Centre December Listings


Box Office Telephone: 01780 763203

Bully: Theatre Tours International Thurs 2nd Dec, 8pm Tickets: £10 (£9, £6.50 members, students and groups) Bullies have been in the bloodline of Fry’s family for generations. As the timid younger brother he charts the inner afflictions of a well-meaning soul trying to break the cycle. A sell-out sensation at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe, Bully is a powerful monologue and mesmerising experience.

Tom’s Midnight Garden: Image Musical Theatre Sat 4 Dec, 2pm - Tickets: £6.50 (£6) £24 family, Suitable for ages 5 to 12 This wonderful story tells of the intersection of two people’s time, Tom’s time of the 1950’s and Hatty’s time of 1890’s. Both are children in need of friendship and both play in the garden. A fascinating and magical production with the opportunity for some children to take part in the show! Family theatre at its very best. Rehearsal/Workshop 30 mins Interval Performance 1 hour

Matthew Trusler and Guy Johnston Sat 4 Dec, 7.30pm Tickets: £16 (£15) Two rising stars of the international string world, Matthew Trusler and Guy Johnston, this programme for unaccompanied violin and cello includes pieces by Bach, Kodaly, Barton and Ravel. Part of our Classical Music Season.

Literature at Lunchtime with Dr Jane Mackay Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Tues 7 Dec, 12.30pm - Tickets: £5.50 (£5) Abraham Lincoln thought that this was the book that started the American Civil War. It was the first American novel to become an international best seller, but from being celebrated for its defence of human rights it has become hugely controversial. Join us in the gallery for mulled wine and mince pies.

Stamford Comedy Club Fri 17 Dec, 8pm - Tickets: £10 (£8, £6.50 students and groups) Stamford’s BIGGEST Night of Comedy! Alan Francis Award-winning comedian and writer. Matt Green An explosion of comedy that leaves everyone in stitches Naz Osmanoglu Spirited, witty and individual… more energy than a dozen Duracell bunnies - Chortle

Arabian Nights: Theatre of Widdershins Sat 18 Dec, 2pm Tickets: £6.50 (£5.50) £20 family Suitable for ages 5+ Genies, camels, flying carpets, and suspicious ne’er-do-wells - welcome to the world of the Arabian Nights! Join us on an exciting journey through roasting deserts, sand dunes, scented markets and fish filled seas, using puppets, masks, storytelling and wonderfully atmospheric music. Running time 57 mins

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what’s on Sunday, 5 December 2010, 10am to 4pm

Stamford Artisans Guild Christmas Craft Fair Stamford Artisans Guild, in association with local artists and makers extends a Yuletide invitation to you to come and visit our 2nd Locally Crafted Christmas Shopping Event. - Love what’s local! For More information visit: Or Call Shalini on 01780 766151 Sunday 5th December 2010, 10am to noon.

Stamford Community Orchard Group Community Orchard Tidying Morning. Stamford Community Orchard Group is a local registered charity. The Group is trying to preserve local varieties of apple trees and create some green spaces that people and animals can enjoy. There are a number of activities throughout the year, such as planting and tidying at the orchard & allotment nursery; fundraising & running one of the UK’s biggest, most successful Apple Days every October. All of the Group’s success depends upon local people volunteering some of their time and energy to help get things done. The Community Orchard has been created on land at the end of Christ Church Close, off Green Lane. We now need to tidy up the orchard ready for winter - a bit of litter picking here, a spot of digging and mulching there and a few odd jobs. Just a couple of hours and a few volunteers makes all the difference. The Group will provide all the tools and black plastic bags, volunteers just need to bring gloves & enthusiasm. Everyone can help, just a few minutes or a couple of hours – every little helps. Stamford Community Orchard Group - Registered Charity Number 1115719 email

Stamford NCT branch Annual Meeting To be held in the Ballroom at Stamford Arts Centre (27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL) on Wednesday 8th December, starting at 7.30pm. This meeting gives parents the opportunity to see what their NCT branch does and have a say in how it’s run, the committee roles are reviewed and people can volunteer to join us. If you’re not sure it’s for you or what’s involved,

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there’s no pressure to volunteer to do anything, just attend the meeting and find out more. Our guest speaker will be Sophie Fletcher, Clinical Hypnotherapist and HypnoBirthing Practitioner, who will give a short talk on calm and mindful parenting and the mindful child. You will also hear from Jules Jones about ‘NCT Active’ and some of the work and campaigns that they are currently involved with. If you are a parent your views and ideas matter to us, come and tell us what you think! The meeting starts at 7.30pm with a welcome drink and nibbles, everyone is welcome and you don’t have to be a member of the NCT to come, so you are welcome to bring a friend along too, we’d love to see you there. If you are intending to come along please let me know as this will help us to provide enough refreshments contact Lucy Bateson, Branch Co-ordinator, NCT Stamford, Bourne & Deepings Tel: 01476 860750, Email: Sunday 12th December

Stamford Christmas Festival 2010

Broad Street, Ironmonger Street, High Street and Red Lion Square will be full of Festive Cheer with over 100 Exhibitor and Trade stalls, selling everything from Festive Food to Christmas Crafts. For more information please contact Ali Hawley-Smith at or go to www. for more information. Tuesday 21 December 2010

Stamford School Hall, St. Paul’s Street, @ 7.30p.m. Stamford Choral Society present their annual Christmas Concert which includes “Christmas Cantata” by Geoffrey Bush and a selection of Christmas Carols which will include some audience participation. Tickets: £7.50 (£6.00). Available from Stamford Arts Centre Box Office 01780 763203 or on the door.


education Primary Schools Barnack C of E Primary School School Rd, Barnack, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3DZ Tel: 01780 740265 Baston C of E Primary School 103a Main Street, Baston, Lincolnshire PE6 9PB Tel: 01778 560430 Bluecoat Primary School Green Lane, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1HE Tel: 01780 764202 Copthill Independent Day School Barnack Rd, Uffington, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3AD Tel: 01780 757506 Easton Garford School New Rd, Easton-on-the-Hill, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3NN Tel: 01780 763025 Empingham C of E Primary School School Lane, Empingham Rutland. LE15 8PQ Tel: 01780 460246 Great Casterton C of E Primary School Pickworth Rd, Great Casterton, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4AU Tel: 01780 762417 Ketton C of E Primary School High St, Ketton, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3TE Tel: 01780 720301 Kirkstone House School Main Street, Baston Peterborough. PE6 9PA Tel: 01778 560350 Malcolm Sargent Primary School Empingham Rd, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2SR Tel: 01780 762708

Ryhall C of E Primary School Church St, Ryhall, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4HR Tel: 01780 762447 St. Augustine’s Catholic Primary School Kesteven Rd, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1SR Tel: 01780 762094 St. George’s C of E Primary School Kesteven Rd, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1SX Tel: 01780 763654 St. Gilbert C of E Primary School Foundry Rd, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2PP Tel: 01780 762400

Casterton Business and Enterprise College Ryhall Rd, Great Casterton, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4AT Tel: 01780 762168

Further Education New College Stamford Drift Rd, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1XA Tel: 01780 484300 Stamford Academy 46a High Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire. PE9 2BD Tel: 01780 489400 Email:

Stamford Junior School Kettering Rd, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2LR Tel: 01780 484400 Uffington C of E School School Lane, Uffington, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4SU Tel: 01780 756236

Secondary Schools Kirkstone House School Main Street, Baston, Peterborough. PE6 9PA Tel: 01778 560350 Queen Eleanor Technology College Green Lane, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1HE Tel: 01780 751011 Stamford High School High St, St. Martins, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2LL Tel: 01780 484200 Stamford School St. Pauls St, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2BE Tel: 01780 750300

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church & community Churches All Saints Church Red Lion Square, Stamford Tel: 01780 756942 The Great Casterton Group of Churches (Great Casterton, Little Casterton, Pickworth, Tickencote and Tinwell) Tel: 01780 480479 http://greatcasterton. historyofthechurch2.html Browne’s Hospital Broad Street, Stamford Tel: 01780 763403 Christ Church Green Lane, Stamford. PE9 1HE Tel: 01780 756212 Stamford Community Church 01572 821246 Stamford Free Church Kesteven Road, Stamford. PE9 1SU Tel: 01780 752595 http://stamfordfreechurch.50webs. com St. George’s Church 28a, St. Marys St, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2DL Tel: 01780 481800 St John’s Church High Street, Stamford, Lincs. St. John the Evangelist Church The Vicarage, Church St, Ryhall, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4HR Tel: 01780 762398 St Martin’s Church High Street, St Martin’s, Stamford,

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St. Mary & St. Augustine R.C 13, Broad St, Stamford, PE9 1PG Tel: 01780 762010 St. Mary’s Stamford Trinity Methodist Church 11, Barn Hill, Stamford. PE9 2AE Tel: 01780 481395 www.stamfordmethodist.churchuk. net. United Reform Church Star Lane, Stamford Tel: 01780 763790

Libraries Stamford Library High Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2BB Tel: 01522 782010 Monday 9.00 - 7.00pm Tuesday 9.00 - 6.00pm Wednesday 9.00 - 7.00pm Thursday 9.00 - 7.00pm Friday 9.00 - 6.00pm Saturday 9.00 - 4.00pm Ketton Library High Street, Ketton, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3TE Tel: 01780 720580 Tuesday: 10.00 - 12.30 14.30 - 19.00 Friday: 10.00 - 12.30 14.30 - 19.00 Saturday: 10.00 - 13.00

Music Clubs Stamford Choral Society Stamford Arts Centre 27 St.Mary’s Street Stamford PE9 2DL Tel: 01780 763203

Woven Chords Stamford Arts Centre 27 St Mary’s Street Stamford PE9 2DL Tel: (024) 7665 9180

Youth Clubs Beavers, Cubs and Scouts Various Venues Contact: Mr Anthony Hockey Tel: 01780 720146 Rainbows, Brownies and Guides Various Venues Contact: Mrs Lewis Tel: 01778 590027 Teenzone Christ Church, Green Lane Stamford, Lincs. PE9 1HE Contact: Ali Rigby or Emily Turner Tel: 07894 571209 YMCA 15 Radcliffe Rd, Stamford PE9 1AP Tel: 01780 763411

Miscellaneous Clubs Rotary Club of Stamford St Martins Meet Weekly 7.30pm on Tuesdays at the Crown Hotel, Red Lion Sq, Stamford Contact: Jan Hetherington, Secretary 01780 757439 www.stamfordstmartins.rotaryweb. org


sports & leisure Archery

Bowmen of Rutland Venues: Casterton Business and Enterprise College, Greetham Valley Golf Club and Greetham Community Centre. Contact: Chrissie Tel: 01780 450305 Badminton Queen Eleanor Badminton Club Queen Eleanor Technical College Green Lane, Stamford. PE9 1HE Contact: Bret Allibone Tel: 07966493403 Tuesday Night Badminton Group Stamford High School, Sports Hall. Contact: Heather Brown Tel: 01780 756257 Welland Valley Badminton Club Stamford High School Sports Hall Contact: Whit Brown Tel: 01780 753263


Belton Gardens Bowls Club Recreation Ground Road, Stamford, Lincs Contact: Mr K. Rippin Tel: 01780 754274 Stamford Indoor Bowls Association Exeter Street, Stamford Contact: Mrs C. Warters Tel: 01780 756452 Stamford Town Bowls Club (outdoor) Exeter Gardens, Stamford Contact: Brenda Sumner


Stamford Bridge Club Stamford Hospital, Ryall Road, Stamford. Contact: Mrs C White Tel: 01572 770870

Fitness Classes

Fitness with Lisa Bluecoat School, Green Lane, Stamford. (Mon & Weds eves.) Contact: Lisa Hopps 07929 341042


Blackstone’s Football Club Members U.C.L.Football League Lincoln Road.Stamford Contact: I.MacGillivray 01780 762263 Stamford Saturday Morning Football Holiday Soccer Schools Contact: Kristian Heames Tel: 0845 475 3815, E-Mail: One Touch Football Lincs & Rutland Contact: Glenn Vaughan Tel: 07880 703784 Stamford AFC (The Daniels) Vic Couzens Stadium Kettering Road, Stamford PE9 2JR Tel: 01780 763079 Stamford Belvedere F.C. Queen Eleanor School, Green Lane, Stamford Contact: Ken Rawlins Tel: 01780 753649 Stamford Girls’ Football Club Stamford Cricket Club Uffington Rd. Tel: 01780 433919 Stamford Town Junior Football Club Stamford College Sports Hall Drift Road, Stamford, PE9 1XA Tel: 01780 482716


Burghley Park G.C. St. Martins Without, Stamford Lincs. PE9 3JX Tel: 01780 753789

Luffenham Heath G.C. South Luffenham Rd, Ketton, Stamford PE9 3UU Tel: 01780 720205 Rutland County Golf Club Great North Rd, Great Casterton, Stamford PE9 4AQ Tel: 01780 460330


Vale Judo Club 29b Pillings Rd, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6TQ Contact: Greig Cameron 01536 399634


Stamford Karate Club (Martial Arts) Queen Eleanor School, Green Lane, Stamford Tel: 01780 766193 Stamford Black Belt Academy Bourne and Stamford 0800 9885112


Stamford Netball League Blackstone’s Sports Club Lincoln Road, Stamford Tel: 01780 752476


Stamford Rugby Club Empingham Road Playing fields Hambleton Road, Stamford


Stamford Striders Running Club Based at Blackstones Sports and Social Club, Lincoln Rd, Stamford Club Secretary Tel:01778 590631


Stamford Squash Club Conduit Street Stamford Contact: Mr M. Mosdell Tel: 01778 424374

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sports & leisure Swimming

Stamford Leisure Centre Drift Road, Stamford Tel: 01780 765522


Stamford Tennis Club Stamford Boys School Tennis Courts, Conduit Road, Stamford. Contact: Carol Cotton Tel: 01780 765603 Stamford Rock Tennis Club South Kesteven District Courts Recreation Ground, Stamford Contact: Stephanie Uszkurat Tel: 01780 759004

Twinning Association

Stamford & District Twinning Association, 17, Denshire Court, Baston, Lincs. PE6 9QL Tel. 01778 561 540


Rutland Sailing Club Gibbet Lane, Edith Weston Oakham Rutland LE15 8HJ Tel: 01780 720292 Tallington Lakes Barholm Road, Tallington Stamford PE9 4RJ Tel: 01778 380002

healthcare Doctors

The Little Surgery 21, St.Marys St, Stamford, PE9 2DG Tel: 01780 763308 St. Mary’s Medical Centre Wharf Rd, Stamford, PE9 2DH Tel: 01780 761300 Sheepmarket Surgery Ryhall Rd, Stamford, PE9 1YA Tel: 0844 4996624


Boots The Chemist 66-67, High St, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2AW Tel: 01780 762114 Co-op Pharmacy The Pharmacy, New Sheepmarket Surgery, Ryhall Rd, Stamford, PE9 1YA Tel: 01780 762112 Superdrug Stores plc 22, High St, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2AY Tel: 01780 757145

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Whitwell Rutland Watersports near Whitwell Harbour North Shore, Rutland Water Oakham, Rutland. LE15 8BL Tel: 01780 460154


Adult Yoga Classes St Gilbert’s Primary School Foundry Road, Stamford PE9 2PP To book contact Sarah Rogers Tel: 01780 756244 Baby Yoga Classes Barnhill Methodist Church, Stamford To book contact: Clare Taylor Tel: 01733 564365/07882 770751



Oasis Dental Care Orme House, Ryhall Rd, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1UF Tel: 01780 762182

Hospice Care

Stamford Dental Care 14, Broad St, Stamford, Lincolnshire. PE9 1PG Tel: 01780 752001

J.F Hawkins 59, High St, St.Martins, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2LA Tel: 01780 763133 Easton-on-the-Hill Dental Practice 40, Church St, Easton On The Hill, Stamford, PE9 3LL Tel: 01780 481642 P Williams & R.D Richardson 34a, St. Marys St, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2DS Tel: 01780 755005

Annie Hall MCPH, RSHom. The Coach House, North Street Stamford, PE9 2YN 01780 767667

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice 86 Barrowby Road, Grantham, NG31 8AF 01476 591010


The Point of Health Point House, 63 Casterton Road Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2UB 01780 763 670 07902 722399 (out of hours) ‘The Osteopath’ Wake House, 41 North Street Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 9AE 01778 392 832 07902 722399 (out of hours)

taxis & takeaways Taxis 1st 1-2 Call 2, Herons Close, Tallington, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4RW Tel: 01780 749111 Star Taxis 33, Cambridge Rd, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1BU Tel: 01780 763245 Carlton Cabs North St, Stamford, PE9 1EH Tel: 01780 755755 1st Choice Taxis 12, Cliff Rd, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1AG Tel: 01780 752748 Ace Cabs of Stamford 12, Green Lane, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1HF Tel: 01780 767676 3 Star Taxis 1, Priory Rd, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2ES Tel: 01780 753300 Clapham Taxis Bus Station, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2ST Tel: 01780 764161 Angel Cabs 31, Selwyn Rd, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1JW Tel: 01780 766177 1st Class Cars & Stamford Cabs Unit 3, Gas St, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2AN Tel: 01780 757475 Harrier Cars 37, Main Rd, Uffington, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4SN Tel: 01780 765175


Dave’s Taxi 7, Elizabeth Rd, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1HZ Tel: 01780 767127

Joe’s Traditional Fish & Chips 2, Stirling Rd, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2XG Tel: 01780 757890

Silver Cabs of Stamford 7a, Silver Lane, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2BT Tel: 01780 763366

Chilli Masters 2, Red Lion St, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1PA Tel: 01780 480303

Premier & Burley Cabs of Stamford 14, Bramble Grove, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4BL Tel: 01780 766155

Royal Fusion 47, Main Rd, Uffington, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4SN Tel: 01780 766888

Charlies Cabs of Stamford 33, Cambridge Rd, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1BU Tel: 01780 482105

Zorba Kebab 40, Broad St, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1PX Tel: 01780 762007


Mr Pangs Chinese Restaurant 1, Cheyne Lane, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2AX Tel: 01780 766508

Hong Kong Restaurant 5-6, All Saints St, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2PA Tel: 01780 754266 Stamford Balti Hut 16, All Saints Place, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2AD Tel: 01780 762013 Curry Express 12b, Green Lane, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1HF Tel: 01780 763223 Voujon Indian Restaurant 26, Broad St, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1PJ Tel: 01780 757030

The Riverside Fish Bar & Restaurant 3-4, Gooch’s Court, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2RE Tel: 01780 766698 The Bombay Cottage 52, Scotgate, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2YQ Tel: 01780 480138 The Bengal Clipper 39 Broad St, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1PX 01780 755 733

Mr Liu’s Chinese Takeaway 5, Castle St, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2RA Tel: 01780 763570 Model Fish Bar 52, Broad St, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 1PB Tel: 01780 763241

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