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Issue 1 SPRING 17 PIETAS


DARE TO BE DIFFERENT

THE 2017 CIVIC

HAS ARRIVED AT MARSHALL HONDA

The lid on the new Honda Civic has finally been lifted, revealing a breath-taking show of efficiency, dynamics and style. Already tipped to set a new benchmark in its premium European segment, the new Civic is more than an upgrade; it’s a re-birth, with an entirely new design language and cuttingedge engineering. It’s heading turning style, dedicated fuel efficiency and advanced technology surely has made an impact, as the new Honda Civic Type R has already been short listed for What Car’s ‘Car of the Year 2017’ readers’ award.

Marshall Honda of Peterborough

Honda House, Tyrrell Park, Boongate, Peterborough PE1 5PT Tel: 01733 823 090 www.marshall.co.uk/honda Fuel consumption figures for Honda range in mpg (l/100km): Urban Cycle 23.2 - 70.6 (12.2 - 4.0),Extra Urban 40.4 - 85.6 (7.0 - 3.3), Combined 32.5 -78.5 (8.7 - 3.6). CO2 emissions: 129 - 94 g/km. Standard EU Test figures for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. Marshall Motor Group Ltd Registered in England No. 295579. Registered office Airport House, The Airport, Cambridge CB5 8RY. Marshall Motor Group Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. We are constantly looking to improve our service and your call may be recorded.


The Ultimate Driving Machine

DRIVEN BY AMBITION. FUELLED BY INNOVATION. THE NEW BMW 5 SERIES.

This is a car that has been designed with pure ambition. Ambition to be the most innovative car in its class, and connect driver, road and outside world in a truly seamless way. Thanks to its extremely lightweight core, the car’s driving dynamics have been fine-tuned to provide maximum stability, class-leading efficiency and sublime agility. The brand new design has athleticism at its heart and a character that is as confident as it is refined. To find out more or to book a test drive*, please visit www.sycamorebmw.co.uk or call 01733 707070.

SYCAMORE (PETERBOROUGH) LTD Papyrus Road, Werrington, Peterborough Cambridgeshire PE4 5HW 01733 707070 www.sycamorebmw.co.uk

Official fuel economy figures for the new BMW 5 Series Saloon: Urban 29.7-64.2mpg (9.7-4.4l/100km). Extra Urban 47.8-78.4mpg (5.9-3.6l/100km). Combined 39.2-141.2mpg (7.2-2 l/100km) incl PHEV. CO2 emissions: 164-46g/km incl PHEV. Figures are obtained in a standardised test cycle. They are intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not be representative of what a user achieves under usual driving conditions.*Test drive subject to applicant status and availability.

CAR OF THE YEAR 2017


letter

WELCOME

Thank you for picking up the first issue of Gravitas Magazine. We truly hope that you like it - every effort has been poured into the publication to ensure that it exudes excellence in a format that is easy to digest for those who are pushed for time. Gravitas was born from two things; the first is the passion and demand for personal success and achievement whatever that may look like to us as individuals. The second is a gap in the local media landscape for a Londoncentric, luxury lifestyle publication that both inspires such accomplishments and projects high brand values. Cover Model - Rebecca McLean Photography - adriandewey.com Hair - Pkai Hair Make-up - Maples of Stamford Ring - Crown Jewellers

Peterborough is the second fastest growing population in the UK, and the commuter influx means that the city’s demographic is slowly changing. The region certainly has plenty to offer, a stone’s throw away from the picturesque villages in Rutland, the beautiful stone towns of Stamford and Oundle, and the abundance of local talent and successful businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals.

One of our objectives is to leverage this wealth of knowledge and experience by creating a network of quality local businesses with high brand values that mirror those of Gravitas Magazine. Our vision is that this entrepreneurial and highly driven network will encourage growth, collaboration and mutually beneficial partnerships in order to cement the area as a powerful hub of creativity and opportunity, as well as putting our region’s luxury offerings on the map to our professional, aspiring residents and growing commuter population. We hope you enjoy the first issue and please let us know your thoughts through our social channels and website.

Heidi Semple - Publisher @heidisemple

@heidicaroline_semple

Leigh Taylor - Co-Founder & Commercial Director @leigh1_taylor

gravitasmagazine.co.uk

@gravitas_leigh


crown-jewellers.co.uk 01778 393994 15c North Street, Bourne


Contents

The Gravitas Team

08-09 EntrĂŠes

Something to get you started.

11-35 Fashion Fix

11-35

Adrian Dewey Creative Director

Jenny Garford Food Journalist

Kate Barham Sales Executive

Dee Kennedy Sales Executive

Our photo shoot showcasing the latest SS17 Get that look! Trends for women and men across the region.

21-39 Health & Beauty

Skincare, make-up, male grooming and fitness advice from our local experts.

42-43 Escape

21-39

Mystical Morocco - a country full of spice and life. Clare White Sales Executive

45-48 Driven

42-43

The latest motoring machines - Maserati Levante and Aston Martin DB11.

Heidi Semple | Publisher Leigh Taylor | Commercial Director Tim Elliott | Marketing Manager

51-54 Homestyle

45-48

Your home is your castle. See inside some amazing readers homes.

51-54

56-62 Food GLORIOUS Food! The finest places to eat. Reviews, biographies and we present the Gravitas Fine Dining Club.

68-76 Down To Business

56-62

Interviews and industry expert advice.

68-76

78-86 Out & About

Who’s hot on the local scene, where to go and what to do.

78-86

LETS GET SOCIAL ... gravitasmagazine.co.uk

@gravitas_mag @gravitasmagazine @gravitasmagazine

Kenneth Brown | Social Media Manager

Creative Contributors Adrian Dewey | Photography Josh Hyde | Videography Jo Saunders | Sub-Editor Stephanie Stilwell & Mark Buttress | mb creative

Editorial Contributors Tim Barnes-Clay | Motoring Jenny Garford | Food Dr Phil Harrison | Entertainment Steve Hoffmann | Fitness With Special Thanks To Crown Jewellers Energy Clothing Lydia Fahy | Model Gagliardi, Stamford Georgina Hornsby | Model John Lewis Loomes & Co Maples Of Stamford Pkai Hair Monika Seget | Fitness Model Stuart Wicks | Model


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Entrées Something to get you started

Spa town

Peterborough has a new beauty and wellness sanctuary at Alwalton Hall. Alwalton Hall is the former home of Perkins Engines founder Frank Perkins, and has been sympathetically transformed into a stunning beauty and wellness sanctuary. In addition to the beautiful relaxation areas and regency lounges, there are five themed treatment rooms, and a former three-room guest suite, which has been renovated to provide the ultimate pampering experience. There are a wide range of beauty and wellness treatments including facials, waxing, pedicures, manicures, massage and specialist skincare including the latest CACI non-surgical anti-ageing treatments.

We take the BUSINESS

biscuit

Around 1,000 visitors attended the Peterborough Biscuit event in February to celebrate one another’s successes, and to network. The event, held at Peterborough Arena, was opened by The Apprentice winner Joseph Valente. With more than 120 displays, seminars and speeches, the opportunities were endless. The event aims were:• To provide a venue for business to come together in one place. • To spotlight businesses and raise awareness of both products and services available locally. • To improve business knowledge by hosting seminars, delivered by several local business leaders.

Included in the transformation is a 15m outdoor heated swimming

It’s safe to say all three were achieved and it was encouraging to see

pool and spa pool with dedicated changing rooms and sun terrace.

that the business world in Peterborough is not only alive and kicking,

Half and full-day packages are available with lunch and/or afternoon tea options in the Regency Drawing Room - just perfect for a special occasion, for a thoughtful gift, or just because you deserve it.

alwaltonhall.com

but it’s up there with the very best. The event was such a success that next year’s Biscuit is confirmed for the 7th February 2018.

peterboroughbiscuit.co.uk


09 If you haven’t heard of Crown Jewellers yet,

category of Fine Jewellery, beating 550

you soon will. The Bourne-based jewellers

other entrants to win - a huge accolade in

is making waves across the country, and the

the jewellery world.

latest news is of its award-winning pendant.

Crown Jewellers

flies off with a top award crown-jewellers.co.uk

Crown Jewellers offers a bespoke service

Partner at Crown jewellers, and

that makes the whole experience of giving

distinguished Goldsmith, Matt Powell

and receiving of a tailor-made piece so much

entered his bespoke handmade dragonfly

more personal.

pendant in to the prestigious Goldsmith Craft and Design Award Council in the

Crown Jewellers is currently planning to expand into Peterborough.

A class act

The all new Micra Gen5 is full of suprises, and, of course, the latest gadgetry.

Ooh ahh, Ray Parlour!

With its daring design, sleek exterior, class-

Featuring six speakers with two embedded

leading technology and outstanding driving

in the driver’s headrest, the all new Bose

agility, the Micra Gen5, fifth generation of

Personal Audio System brings 360° personal

its kind, stands out to offer you a driving

listening to the driver’s seat.

An evening with Ray Parlour

experience unlike any other.

Gravitas presents its first Sportsman’s Dinner

Full of form, function and attitude: the All

communications and in-vehicle apps live and

New Nissan Micra finds a perfect balance

direct on your 7” anti-glare touch screen,

between sporty design and day-to-day

making your drive smarter, safer and easy

needs, letting you enjoy your active lifestyle

to use.

at Radius on 22nd June by bringing ExArsenal and England footballer Ray Parlour to Peterborough. Dubbed ‘The Romford Pele’ during his Arsenal days, Ray is a highly

without any compromise.

entertaining speaker with a fascinating

The clean lines of the dashboard, high

career and personal life.

quality, soft touch materials, smartly grouped

Ray is joined by Comedian and Compere Jed Stone, one of the best on the circuit. We’re in for a fabulously entertaining and comical

All audio, navigation, hands-free

controls, and the ability to choose your own personal coloured trim creates a space that excites.

evening. The evening will also include an auction for various sports memorabilia in aid of the Anna’s Hope Charity, helping children with brain tumours. The evening will include a Q&A, two-course dinner and drinks reception as well as photo opportunities with Ray. Tickets are £65 each or £600 for a table of 10 A great night out for friends, colleagues and clients. Book your place now, Call Leigh on 01778 382762 (See further information on page 68)

To sum up - the sleek design, standard extras, personalised details and safety aspects of the new Nissan Micra make it stand out as ‘exceptional’ it is class. Test drive one now - 01733 907 661 or visit - smithsmotorgroup.co.uk/micra-drive


Photography - adriandewey.com | Hair - pkai.co.uk | Make-up - creativecosmetics.co.uk

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A.

FashionFIX Rebel or romantic, sexy or sophisticated - It’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it

B.

A. Dress - AllSaints £188 | B. Jacket - AllSaints £318 All outfits available at John Lewis, Queensgate


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John Lewis, Peterborough, will be refreshing its store’s look and layout in 2017. The decor and style update will also bring new additions to its wealth of designer brands, such as AllSaints (pictured) and exciting extensions to ranges from its own collections - Modern Rarity and Kin. C. C. Jacket - AllSaints £288 D. Trousers - AllSaints £98 All outfits available at John Lewis

D.

Photography - adriandewey.com | Hair - pkai.co.uk | Make-up - creativecosmetics.co.uk


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H.

F.

I.

G.

F. Shoulder bag - John Lewis £49 | G. Top - AllSaints £138 | H. Top - Modern Rarity Top £90 | I. Jeans - AllSaints £98 All outfits available at John Lewis, Queensgate


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StyleUP

Festival femme fatale or racy rock chick - it’s your style so make it matter.

left :

right :

Love Playsuit - £40

Pepe Jeans Playsuit - £70

Crimson Red Choker from lydiaoflondon.com - £22

ChloBo Gypsy Dreamer Necklace from Crown Jewellers - £150

Tropical Palm Leaf Necklace from lydiaoflondon.com - £25

ChloBo Gypsy Dreamer Bracelets from Crown Jewellers - £50 - £130

Outfits from energy-clothing.com


Photography - adriandewey.com | Hair - pkai.co.uk | Make-up - creativecosmetics.co.uk and maplesofstamford.co.uk

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Love Floral Dress - £38 Levi’s Denim Jacket - £95 Ash Boots - £199

Ash Boots - £199 ChloBo Gypsy Dreamer Bracelets from Crown Jewellers - £50 - £130 Star Light from Snow Designs - £55 Outfits and boots from energy-clothing.com


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Maison Scotch Tee - £75 Maison Scotch Jeans - £105 Fei Lu Cascade Rose Gold Plated Ring from Crown Jewellers - £150 Bespoke 18ct Rose Gold Cocktail Ring from Crown Jewellers - £7,850

Photography - adriandewey.com | Hair - pkai.co.uk | Make-up - creativecosmetics.co.uk and maplesofstamford.co.uk

Outfits from energy-cothing.com


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Adidas Originals Dress - £57 Adidas Originals Superstar Sneakers – £55 Carhartt Hat - £32 Cowhide Rug from Snow Designs and Interiors - £195 Outfit from energy-clothing.com


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Adidas Originals Crop Top - £25 Maison Scotch Bomber - £195 Replay Brigidot Jean - £135

All outfits from Energy Clothing, Ironmonger Street, Stamford - energy-clothing.com snowdesignsandinteriors.com crown-jewellers.co.uk Photography - adriandewey.com Hair - pkai.co.uk Make-up - creativecosmetics.co.uk and maplesofstamford.co.uk


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SOPHISTICATED ELEGANCE Words are peripheral when giving a piece of jewellery of such panache.

4. 9.

1.

2.

3.

7.

5. 6.

1. 18ct White Gold Sapphire

4. Matt Powell Handmade

and Diamond Cluster with

Platinum Pendant with

18ct White Gold Chain -

Rippletop Cut Bi-colour

£3850

Tourmaline and Diamond

2. Fei Lui Large Cascade Necklace - £450 3. Fei Lui Mini Cascade Ring £150 Photography by adriandewey.com

Accent - £9250

6. 18ct Rose Gold Morganite and Diamond Ring - £7875 7. 18ct White Gold Aquamarine and Trilliant Cut Three Stone Diamond Ring - £4950

8.

8. 18ct White Gold Black Opal and Two-row Diamond Cluster Ring - £3250 9. Fei Lui Serenity Choker Necklace - £650

5. 18ct White Gold Diamond and Aquamarine Pendant with 18ct White Gold Snake Chain - £2995

crown-jewellers.co.uk


AESTHETICS LASER BEAUTY SKIN AND BODY EXPERTS…

Who says

you can’t have it all? EXPERT KNOWLEDGE

Treatments include: ✦ ZO Medical Peels ✦ Advanced Facials ✦ Radio Frequency ✦ Permanent Fat Reduction ✦ Skin Tightening ✦ Caci /Environ ✦ Laser - Hair and Vascular ✦ Beauty Treatments.

PORTFOLIO OF PROVEN RESULTS GENUINE ADVICE

Tansor, Oundle PE8 5HP 01832 226328 elysiahealthandbeauty.com


BEAUTY WORLD

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What’s hot for SS17? Gravitas asks the industry experts.

Environ

- your skin reborn

Obagi

- the latest in skin care technology

Environ is a globally recognised and respected professional skincare range. Environ claims to be the first brand to introduce high enough doses of vitamin A to protect and heal the skin from the elements, giving incredible results. By introducing vitamin A into your skin and body, alongside vitamin C and E and powerful antioxidants, it repairs damaged skin, increases collagen and elastin, treats pigmentation and balances both oily and dry skins. After an in-depth consultation by trained therapists you will be advised about your personal programme including the Environ Ionzyme machine, which penetrates the vitamins deep into the layers of the skin by 4000%. This increases blood flow and oxygenation resulting in beautiful, radiant skin.

Available from Zula Beauty Sanctuary. Zulabeauty.co.uk

TRY OUT

Elysia Aesthetics and Laser is the first business in this area to offer this licensed product that has revolutionised skin therapy, maintenance, prevention and home regime programmes. Dr Zein Obabi is a dermatologist who has pioneered advanced skincare solutions, defining the science of skin health. The range treats a variety of skin conditions such as pigmentation, acne and rosacea, as well as assisting with ageing, fine lines and hydration. Each treatment is personalised after a consultation to give the individual the best possible results.

elysiahealthandbeauty.com

Freya Pell of Creative Cosmetics reviews Clarins

As a make-up artist I’m aways looking for new products, so when I received some Clarins samples from Maples of Stamford I was excited to try them out. I used the Instant Light Complexion Perfector as a primer, which gave my skin a lift instantly. I then applied the BB Skin Detox Fluid as a base. It complemented the primer really well and made my skin look flawless. It offers a light to medium coverage and smoothes out the skin’s texture. I also highly recommend the Face Treatment Oil for dry, dehydrated skin. I have this skin type and after using the oil for a few nights, my skin looked more revived and fresh.

maplesofstamford.co.uk


SpringFEVER

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Take a pop at the new season’s make-up palette

This selection of high-end products strut straight from the spring 2017 catwalk. Highlighted skin with pops of colour to bring out your best feature whether it’s your eyes, cheeks or lips.

It’s all about wearing electric colours and textures with fierce confidence and there’s no such thing as too much highlighter this season!

‘So, what are you waiting for?’

3. 1. DIOR FOUR colour: Gradation Blue - £42.50, John Lewis

2. 1.

2. MAC lipstick: Candy Yum Yum - £15.50, Mac

4. 3. YSL Rouge Volupte Shine : Orange Perfecto - £26.00, John Lewis 4. Origins pinch your cheeks it’s enough to make you blush: Coralberry - £15.00, John Lewis 5. YSL Couture Palette Collector - £28.10, John Lewis

5. 9.

8.

7.

6. Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipstick: Hot Fuchsia - £20.00, Boots 7. Benefit Watts up! - £24.50, Boots 8. DIOR nude air luminiser powder - £39.00, John Lewis or Boots

6.

10.

All products and stores situated in Queensgate, Peterborough

9. Clinique cheek pop blush: Plump Pop - £17.00, Boots 10. Ray Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses - from £125, The Oculist

Words by Freya Pell creativecosmetics.co.uk | Photography by adriandewey.com


An award-winning salon famed for its top quality hair & beauty.

Our fantastic team of professionally trained beauticians and hairdressers offer outstanding levels of expertise in all aspects of hair & beauty.

spoil yourself you deserve it... Tel: 01780 752725 www.maplesofstamford.co.uk 24 St. Marys Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2DJ


Unit 5a Serpentine Green Hampton Peterborough PE7 8BE 01733 358835 The Arcade, Westgate, Peterborough PE1 1PY 01733 358825 10-12 Market Place, Market Deeping, PE6 8EA 01778 300558 Book online: pkai.co.uk


A CONTEMPORARY BEAUTY SALON BASED IN PETERBOROUGH

Zula Beauty Sanctuary was established in 2009 by best friends Claire & Clare. It has since grown from this duo to five therapists, with Emma, Shanice and Lauren joining their team.

Claire and Clare believe each client that visits the sanctuary should feel completely spoilt and relaxed. 'We are known mainly through word of mouth and recommendations. We believe this is because we always endeavour to treat our clients exactly how we would like to be treated. Everyone is warmly welcomed into the sanctuary and we make it our aim to help clients completely unwind and escape from their busy lives, whilst achieving great results from their treatments,' says Claire. Along with CACI Ultimate and Environ skincare, Zula are renowned for Africology, their organic skincare range. 'We love how unique this range is. These plant-based products smell divine and melt into the skin and we are so proud to be the only stockist of Africology in the UK. We believe these facials are like no other; a truly relaxing experience.'

Opening hours Monday – Friday 9am – 8pm Saturday 9am – 4pm You can book online at W: zulabeauty.co.uk T: 01733 289 905 E: info@zulabeauty.co.uk

The Zula girls love to put their expertise into good practise by using Environ skincare and CACI to work on different skin concerns. 'As skincare specialists, we love nothing more than to be challenged and put our knowledge to the test; we are able to treat many skin complaints, such as acne, sun damage, pigmentation, wrinkles and sagging skin. We are always on the forefront of what is new and as you only have one skin, you need to look after it!' ‘Whilst we specialise in face, body and massage treatments we still offer the best general beauty treatments too,’ the girls add, ' People often say once they have been to us they will never go anywhere else.’

The Holiday Inn, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SG


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HOW HOT ARE YOU? Be first to trend this season’s full-on colour says Amber Bird of Michael John Hair Artwork

The artistry of beautiful red hair.

For those true fashionistas who are brave enough to embrace the trend, look to signature red heads Isla Fisher, Amy Adams and Julianne Moore - full-head colour that is vibrant, glossy and striking. Trendsetters Fendi, Rag & Bone, DKNY and Gucci are branding ‘Scorching Red Heads’ and ‘Singeing Burnt Coppers’ the must-have hair colours for spring/summer 17.

So, not only are you fashionforward, but you’ve eliminated harsh re-growth lines!

Top Tip: Make sure your colour stays true through the seasonal changes by using colour-locking products, which help maintain shine. System Professional Colour Save Shampoo (250ml, £18.80) and System Professional Colour Save Shimmer Spray (40ml £26.55) are the perfect combo for keeping your colour at its best!

For the fashion-conscious wanting to adapt their current hair colour in a subtle way, try enriching pre-existing colours by introducing lowlights through current highlights.

Take a look at our Red Heads Collection at Michael John Hair Artwork. Call us on 01733 553732 to see how we can update your look!

And, those with a full-head colour should try a semipermanent tint. The tint lasts for around four weeks and will fade out rather than grow out.

salon and ask about it today.

10% off all products with your Michael John Hair Artwork loyalty card. Don’t have one? Come in the


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‘The trend forecast is screaming: HOT!’

01733 553732 info@michaeljohnhairartwork.co.uk michaeljohnhairartwork.co.uk 30 Queensgate Center, Peterborough PE1 1NH


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MASTER

your wardrobe

GAGLIARDI embodies the timeless appeal of Savile Row, but adds a distinctive Mediterranean flair and a penchant for rich colour. Navy Linen Waistcoat - £65 Italian Silk Cravat - £40 Bulova Timepiece Crown Jewellers - £599 Slim-fit Chinos - £85 Photography by adriandewey.com


LUXURY FORMAL & WEEKEND ATTIRE IN ITALIAN FABRICS 34 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DS


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Lanficio Di Fabio Two-piece Suit - £365 Waistcoat (sold separately) - £95 Sea Island Cotton City Shirt - £75 Italian Silk Tie - £35 Italian Silk Pocket Square - £15 Tan Leather Shoes - £125 Michel Herbalin Timepiece Crown Jewellers - £665 Ray Ban Aviator Sunglasses The Oculist - £179 Hanging Bulb Snow Designs - £28

Photography by adriandewey.com


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Top left

Bottom left

Marlane Weekend Jacket - £270 Cotton Silk Scarf - £40

Seersucker Cotton Stripe Tailored Shorts - £55.

100% Linen Sweater - £85

Italian-Made Belt - £50

Slim-fit Chinos - £85 Robin Timepiece Loomes & Co - £7850

Top right Marlane Weekend Jacket - £270

Robin Timepiece Loomes & Co - £7850 Donhall & Bell Houndstooth Dress Slipper gentessential.co.uk - £190

100% Linen Sweater - £85 Cotton SIlk Scarf - £40 Italian Silk Pocket Square - £15. Sweater - £85 Italian Suede Loafers - £95

Gagliardi 34 St Mary’s St, Stamford T: 07850 178028 theoculist.com snowdesignsandinteriors.com gentessential.co.uk

GET THE LOOK


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Easy styling coexists with slick city fashion.

URBAN f lair

Scotch & Soda Shirt Niro Fashion - £84.99 Scotch & Soda Chino Niro Fashion - £79.99 Bulova Curve Timepiece by Bulova Crown Jewellers - £749 Donhall & Bell Jermyn Dress Slippers gentessential.co.uk - £190 Eames Style Rocking Chair Photography by adriandewey.com

Snow Designs - £130


gentessential.co.uk @gentessentialuk


, Bulova, Bulova Curv are registered trademarks. 2017 Bulova Corporation. 98A162. Photo: Michael Furman

BULOVA.COM

crown-jewellers.co.uk 01778 393994 15c North Street, Bourne

The World’s First Introducing the world’s first curved chronograph movement. Once again, Bulova adds to its long history of firsts with the CURV watch.

A History of Firsts


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Buy time Either you run the day, or the day runs you.

Robin Timepiece by Loomes & Co - £7850

Michel Herbalin Timepiece from Crown Jewellers - £665

Bulova Curv Timepiece, The World’s First Curved Chronograph Movement from Crown Jewellers - £749

Bulova Curv Timepiece, Rose Gold Case and Embossed Leather Strap from Crown Jewellers - £599


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Guys on the move How to stay well groomed while leading a busy life

Hair

Some men schedule in a fortnightly visit to the hairdressers others take a more ad hoc approach. Freshly cut hair is a lot quicker and easier to handle. So, if you find you’re styling with one eye on the clock then keep your visits to the chair regular and you’ll find your hair falls in to place of its own accord.


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Invest in a hairdryer

Styling in a hurry Wella Eimi Ocean Spritz Find at - PKai Salons £9.90

GHD Air Hairdryer Find at - PKai Salons £99.00

Whether you are styling hair post-work out and in a hurry, or trying to get to a meeting on time, the wrong products can really slow you down. It is a more time-efficient process to use products that are ultra-concentrated. These are packed with active ingredients, which means that a small amount goes a long way.

A hairdryer can be a useful investment tool for men short on time. More often than not, stylists will use a hairdryer at the end of a cut as it is beneficial to the styling of your hair. So, dry your hair in the position you want it; it’s particularly effective in controlling stubborn tufts.

Wella Eimi Ocean Spritz creates a beachy texture and helps protect hair against dehydration and UV damage. Spray onto dry or slightly damp hair then comb through. Available in all Pkai Hair Salons.

Groom on the move

Shave the night before

Clinique Skin Supplies for Men Exfoliating Tonic Find at Boots/John Lewis £16.50 No one looks their best after rushing about half the day. Carry small, easily transportable products that aren’t going to take up too much room in your pocket or bag.

ClarinsMen After Shave Soother Find at - Maples Stamford / John Lewis /Boots £23.50

Probably the most time consuming part of a man’s grooming routine is shaving, but done in a hurry it will result in missed spots and inflamed, sore skin. If time is of the essence in the morning, shave the night before when you can take your time and use appropriate products. This solution is perfect for men with sensitive skin that can be aggravated by shaving, as the skin is given time to recover over-night. However, if you are someone that experiences the five o’clock shadow this may not be the best method for you.


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Workout in style

Adidas Originals Floral Pattern Tracksuit Top - £55

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Adidas Originals Floral Pattern Vest - £30

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Look good and feel good.

Adidas Originals Leggings - £27

We joined fitness fanatic Monika Seget at Fengate Gym, Peterborough, to gain an insight into her training routine, which combines typical high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with some other core strength moves. We’ve selected some of her favourite workouts that you can easily achieve at home, in your local gym or fitness studio to achieve your personal fitness goals in time for the summer. For more information, or to find out more about fun, regular HIIT classes at Fengate Gym, call Steve Hoffmann on 01733 551368.

Weighted box steps

Kettle bell thrusters

will work your quads and glutes harder.

legs, core, shoulders and triceps.

Do 3 sets of 8 reps per leg. Feel the burn!

Do 3 sets of 8 with a 20 second recovery walk

Overloading your box steps with a sandbag

Full squat into an overhead press works your

inbetween.


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Adidas Originals Crop Top - £26 Adidas Originals Leggings - £28 Adidas Originals Sneakers - £95

Power wheel roll out

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All outfits from Energy Clothing www.energy-clothing.com

The power wheel engages the core muscles and helps with mid-section development and core strength.

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Do 3 sets of 10.

Side Rotating Plank

This testing move is great for the abs and obliques.

Adidas Originals Crop Top - £26 Adidas Originals Leggings - £28

Slam Ball

By slamming the ball into the ground with force with a simultaneous squat you’re hitting your core, glutes, quads and shoulders. This is great for developing power and speed. Do 3 sets of 10.

Adidas Originals Sneakers - £95

Photography by adriandewey.com | Location fengategym.co.uk

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Do 4 sets of 10 rotations (5 each side).


F E N G AT E

GYM

The new name of

fitness

in peterborough

All new boot camp rig / squat rack

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‘Morocco: a whole new world waiting to be explored’

Mystical Morocco Discover the colour and spice of this North African country

Morocco, situated in North Africa, has a wealth of natural and manmade assets and offers the visitor an authentic cultural experience. Spanning from the coastlines of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, across the rugged Atlas Mountains to the vast Sahara Desert, this is a stunning country with a rich culture and history.

Although it is only a short-hop away from the UK (flight time of just three hours) it is a world away culturally. The tradition and order of Europe are suddenly swept aside by the colour, vibrancy and excitement of Africa and Islam awakening the senses.


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Discover the wonderful souks and markets, the Kasbahs, the medinas, historical forts and ramparts, and the superb architecture of the wonderful ancient cities. For first timers to the country, Marrakesh is a must on any itinerary. Situated at the foot of the towering Atlas Mountains, the city is steeped in history and legend and adorned with stunning architecture. Movie-star famous Casablanca is the largest city in North Africa and the heartbeat of Morocco. These great imperial cities offers an abundance of outstanding restaurants and interesting nightlife. Both Fez and Meknes are now recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Charming coastlines At the crossroads of seas and continents, you have Tangier. Set between mountain and sea this is a lively city, renowned as a haven for artists who are inspired by the city’s magic. If you want to escape the hectic pace of modern life, then head to the Atlantic port
town of Essaouria, with its stunning ramparts and markets, and wide beaches. Agadir benefits from a warm climate yearround and offers an endless beach that stretches along the Atlantic with its dunes

hiding the fascinating city, which combines old-world charm with modernisation. The country offers some of the most diverse cuisine in the world due to centuries of interaction with other countries - the Spanish, Portugese, Italian and French have all left a mark, while the local influence adds much colour and spice.


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The great reveal Luxurious and adventurous, we give you the Maserati Levante. Towards the end of 2016 and into 2017, the motoring world saw a number of new car launches – some being greatly upgraded models and some being exciting redesigns of existing marques – but none as awe-inspiring as when Italian sports car manufacturer Maserati announced the arrival of the Levante, its first SUV complete with its signature beautiful styling and class.

2.

Gravitas was invited to assist the Maserati marketing team to bring together a fabulous launch event of Champagne, hors d’oeuvres, stylish showcases and entertainment at the revealing of Maserati’s new family addition. Supporting acts included live music from The Brays lead singer Gavin Hydes; a sparkling display of beautiful and unique jewellery and watches from Crown Jewellers; quality beauty products and treatments from Maples of Stamford; breathtaking, evocative art from Tony Nero; exquisite Italian designer suits from Gagliardi; and divine canapes prepared and served by Jeeves Catering.

3.

The evening was a huge success, with clients who had already purchased the new deluxe 4x4 as well as potential customers wanting to be the first to view the car at close quarters.

1. Parveen - The Spice Queen, Leigh Taylor - Gravitas, Taryn Johnston, Tony Nero. 2. Hugo and Will Spiegl of Spiegl Press. 3. Maserati Team L to R Steffan Wicks, Monique Almond, Dan Cooper, Carole Merry, Malcolm Owen, Andrew Pilkington MBA, Howard Dalziel, David Pattison

4.

4. Kyle Simmonds with Cathy & Matt Powell of Crown Jewellers.

‘Levante – mild to gale force. In an instant’ Photography by adriandewey.com


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Milanese mile machine ‘The open road is where the Levante really comes into its own.’ Motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay pays homage to the Maserati Levante.

It’s true, Italian sports car makers aren’t

Gun the engine and the Milanese motor’s

celebrated for their SUVs, but Lamborghini

diesel lump doesn’t sound like a beast, but

and Alfa Romeo are bringing out high-riding

press the accelerator and that all changes.

models soon. So, Maserati is ahead of the

The Levante’s large 19-inch alloy wheels

curve with the ushering in of the Levante.

dig into the bitumen and send you to

Maserati has decided that we Brits buy diesels by the bucket-load, so a diesel Levante is what I was given to test for a few days. It’s the only engine option available to us at the moment, although there is also a Ferrari-derived petrol unit on the continent. Maserati’s PRs are keen for journalists to try the Levante because, apparently, we are influencers – and the Italian firm wants us to tell the world that an SUV from an illustrious manufacturer is not weird. And you know what? Maserati has a point.

62mph in 6.9seconds – then on to a top speed of 143mph. Around town, things are less intense, and the ride, although twitchy on patchy urban tarmac, is never uncomfortable. The open road is where the Levante really comes into its own. It’s a top motorway cruiser, masticating through the miles manically, yet effortlessly. The lavish Levante stays planted at 70mph and the turbo diesel pulls like a train from low revs. The car’s high speed ride is refined, and any changes in the road surface are soaked up by the Maserati’s

Let’s face it, Jaguar’s SUV, the F-PACE, has

excellent suspension system. It’s a beautiful

gone down brilliantly here – and Jag and

machine to spend a lot of time commuting

Maserati aren’t so far apart when it comes

long distances in.

to luxury motoring. I’ve driven the F-PACE – and liked it – but I like the Levante even more. Let me tell you why.

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‘ A warm wind from Modena’

Fast Facts • Max speed: 143 mph • 0-62 mph: 6.9 secs • Combined mpg: 39.2 • Engine layout: 2987cc 6-cylinder turbo diesel But the best fun to be had is on circuitous

combined fuel economy is 39.2mpg, and the

rural roads. The Levante shows it is indeed a

emissions of CO2 are 189g/km. To put it in

true Maserati when cornering, with no lean

perspective, the Levante with the Ferrari

and a willingness to grip. Despite its bulk, it

V6 petrol lump gives off 253g/km – so that

remains as agile as a cat – and its hydraulic

will be far costlier to run when it eventually

steering delivers real feel, too.

makes its way to the UK.

Sending clout to the wheels is an eight-

For all its performance, prestige and

speed automatic transmission. It doesn’t find

efficiency, the Maserati Levante is a very

the gears as quickly as the steering wheel

practical car. With bountiful room for front

paddles, but keep the Levante in auto and

and rear occupants, and 580-litres of load

it’ll blend cog changes without you realising.

space in the boot, you need to keep this on

Being an oil-burner, the Maserati Levante

• Max. power (PS): 275 • CO2: 189 g/km • Price: £54,335

your ‘large luxury SUV’ shopping list.

won’t cost the earth to run. The official

marshall.co.uk/maserati


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British royalty The DB11 showcases a fresh and distinctive

contrasts in hue and texture, your choices

design language, pioneering aerodynamics

are virtually limitless. Nexus quilting and

and is powered by a potent new in-house

Celestial perforation add layers of beautiful

designed 5.2-litre, twin-turbocharged V12

complexity and intrigue, while ornate

engine.

leatherwork, such as intricate brogue

Built upon a new lighter, stronger, and more space efficient bonded aluminium structure,

A fearless design philosophy has led to the DB11’s iconic looks. Discover the striking new grille, clamshell bonnet and innovative Aston Martin Aeroblade™, a way of flowing air through the DB11’s bodywork.

‘Aston Martin DB11: The Latest In An Illustrious Bloodline’

detailing, creates areas of visual and tactile delight.

DB11 is the most powerful, most efficient

Dr Andy Palmer, President and Chief

and most dynamically gifted DB model in

Executive Officer of Aston Martin, said: “This

Aston Martin’s history. As such, it is the

is not only the most important car that Aston

most significant new Aston Martin since the

Martin has launched in recent history, but

introduction of the DB9 in 2003.

also in its 103-year existence. The DB11

Like every Aston Martin, the heart of the DB11 is found beneath the bonnet, though unlike any Aston Martin before it, the DB11’s

rightfully places Aston Martin once again as a leading brand in the luxury automotive market”.

heart is a 5.2-litre, twin-turbocharged

The new DB11 was named Production Car

V12. Naturally, it’s the most dynamic and

of the year by a jury of experts from 10

most accelerative too, with a top speed of

international automotive magazines. The

200mph.

judges stated: “Once again Aston Martin

As a true 21st century Aston Martin the DB11 combines the latest technology developed in conjunction with technical partner, Daimler AG, with the finest quality and hand craftsmanship. Thanks to an inspiring palette of colours and a vast array of detailing options, its interior can be perfectly in-tune with your unique personal style. From calming, carefully co-ordinated tones to sharp

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Great food goes without saying, but beautiful surroundings and a buzzing atmosphere can turn eating out in to an event.

Hambleton Hall The jewel in the local food scene, Hambleton Hall, sits atop the Hambleton peninsula, bestowing stunning views over Rutland Water. It has held a Michelin Star since 1982, with 24 of those years owed to the faultless cookery of head chef, Aaron Patterson. Stylish and sophisticated, a visit to the Hall is an experience you won’t forget – every aspect of a guest’s visit has been meticulously considered by owner Tim Hart and his team. The sous chef, master baker Julian Carter, set up a bakery in 2008 to supply the Hall with freshly baked goods and has won numerous awards, including Britain’s Best Bakery. A definite for food lovers.

Hambleton Hall, Nr Oakham LE15 8TH 01572 756991 hambletonhall.com

Prévost Head chef/owner, Lee Clarke, has been seasoning the Peterborough but it is Prévost where Lee has finally been able to create a menu and ambience exactly to his liking. Prévost offers a relaxed atmosphere – so very different to the standard fine-dining experience – which is partnered with some of the most exquisite food, an extensive wine list and amazing cocktails, making Prévost Peterborough’s most exciting dining experience.

20 Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1JA 01733 313 623 prevostpeterborough.co.uk

Words and pictures -Jenny Garford

restaurant scene with his flair and creativity for a number of years,


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The Olive Branch Hailed as the best pub in Britain (in the Good Pub Guide 2014), The Olive Branch enjoys a fantastic reputation for offering guests a fine-dining experience in a relaxed village pub environment. Head chef/co-owner Sean Hope and his team produce plate after plate of delightfully playful food, cooked to absolute perfection. With an everchanging menu that focuses on locally sourced and seasonal produce, elevated pub classics sit comfortably alongside more innovative, explorative dishes. The Olive Branch boasts an extensive wine list, guest ales and a number of exciting cocktails.

The Olive Branch, Clipsham LE15 7SH 01780 410 355 theolivebranchpub.com

The George Hotel Attracting a well-polished crowd, dining at The George of Stamford is a great excuse to put on your best bib and tucker, order a bottle of Champagne and luxuriate in the grandeur of the surroundings. Steeped in history, The George does old-fashioned with aplomb; from the sirloin brought to the table beneath a dome of silver, to the dessert trolley laden with trifles and profiteroles – there’s an air of a bygone era wherever you turn. If you’re eating in the oak-panelled dining room, then be prepared to go all out – oysters, lobster, Dover sole and veal are all on the menu and cooked to perfection by chef patron, Paul Reseigh.

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The Bell Inn Sit back and soak up the historical romance of one of Peterborough’s most notable hotels, The Bell Inn of Stilton. Rebuilt in the early 17th century, this fine coaching inn once served thousands of weary travellers as they made their way down the Great North Road and was a rumoured resting place of the legendary highwayman Dick Turpin. These days, sitting under the exquisite vaulted ceiling beside a roaring fire and enjoying award-winning food by candlelight, make The Bell Inn one of the most romantic places to dine in the area.

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A wicked chef

Gravitas food editor Jenny Garford caught up with talented chef Dameon Clarke. Dameon Clarke is a talented local chef who’s sophisticated palate and skilful touch in the kitchen has earned his restaurant, The Wicked Witch, a spot in the 2017 Michelin Guide.

brought his years of experience

He also spent four and a half

out of top quality, seasonal

in national and international

years living and working in

produce with a playful nod or

kitchens to the local food scene

Sydney, notably at Cruise on

two to Asian cuisine, notably

and we thank him for it.

the waterfront, and Tetsuya’s,

in the pickling and preserving

which at the time was one of

of vegetables, all of which are

the world’s top five restaurants,

sourced locally, some even

before heading back to the UK.

grown in the restaurant’s greenhouse. For Dameon,

Over the last decade, Leicester-

year in Asia, where upon finding

Prior to his time in Australia, Dameon worked at La Gavroche

seasonal, local produce is king

and then under Gary Rhodes in

and he proudly boasted that the

Edinburgh.

venison and pork that my dining

the helm of some of the best kitchens in the area, with spells at Nick’s in Oakham, The Collyweston Slater and Assiette under his belt; Dameon has

twenties travelling the other side of the world; he spent a out that he was a chef, locals would invite him into their kitchens, showing him how to prepare traditional dishes using

Dameon’s experience in these

recipes that had been passed

kitchens is evident in his dishes

down through the generations.

– classic French techniques,

Not surprisingly, when Dameon gets a break from the restaurant, the last thing he wants to do is spend hours in the kitchen at home and tells me that his favourite thing to eat when he’s not at the restaurant, is baked beans and poached egg on toast with brown sauce; he also likes to kick-back with a cold lager and can often be found sinking a pint of Peroni at The Green Dragon, just down the road from The Wicked Witch. thewickedwitchexperience.co.uk

used to get maximum flavour

companion and I ate came from Top Farm, which is just a two-minute drive from the restaurant.

Words and pictures -Jenny Garford

born Dameon has been at

Dameon, now 38, spent his


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The personal touch Gravitas food editor Jenny Garford delights in the atmosphere at Lee Clarke’s renowned restaurant. Fine dining has shrugged off the formality at Lee Clarke’s Prévost,

others imported. In a world where chefs seem to be preoccupied with

in Peterborough’s city centre. Local lad, Lee, who has worked in the

buying ingredients as locally as possible, Lee’s desire to give diners the

kitchen’s of culinary giants such as Marco Pierre-White and Albert

best possible produce he can find (waxing lyrical about the quality of

Roux, wants diners to walk away from their experience at his Michelin

Italian tomatoes as much as he does Yorkshire rhubarb) is refreshing;

Guide-listed restaurant having had an enjoyable time as well as a great

an attitude reflected in his dishes.

‘super-friendly, chatty staff’, with dishes brought to the table by the kitchen team, including Lee himself, which makes for an altogether

Lee has a knack for creating challenging dishes without pretension; the silky-soft goats curd mousse dessert with fig and granola verges

less formal, more personal experience.

on savoury, whereas the salt-baked crapaudine beets, served with

Prévost is housed in a sympathetically renovated 16th century mews

balanced so beautifully by salty ewes milk cheese.

building – it’s historical past evidenced by the large inglenook fireplace and stunning panelled walls of the reception lounge and bar area. The dining area is modern, and at busy times filled with the chorus of diners chatting, giggling and exclaiming about the delightful plates being served. Prévost offers tasting menus of three, five and nine courses, with snacks being served at the start of each and the option of a cheese board at the end. There is a wine pairing option offered to truly enhance your dining experience. Lee’s focus is on flavour and getting the most out of each ingredient, some of which are grown in the restaurant’s courtyard garden, some sourced or even foraged locally,

walnut and Berkswell cheese are sweet, almost caramelised, yet

The snacks are worth a visit alone. The little bites are the perfect way to start a meal and highlight the team’s creativity, flair and attention to detail. Cocktails are treated with equal imagination, for example mixologist Kyle’s take on an old-fashioned smoky bacon infused wheat bourbon, with maple syrup and apple. Keep your eyes peeled for Prévost’s new menu, available from April, which will be completely different in concept to what has been offered before. Inspired by food memories, each dish will be a little story on a plate and lovingly called, The Romantics – a nod to the evocative journeys food can take us on.

Words and pictures -Jenny Garford

meal; stuffiness is eschewed in favour of a relaxed atmosphere and


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fine dining club Gravitas has collaborated with some of the finest dining venues in the region to showcase their food and to give our readers a unique dining invitation.

The Blue Bell in Glinton is the perfect mix of fine modern cuisine with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere set in an 18th century quintessentially English country pub, complete with real ales, oak beams and cosy open fires. With the addition of the new garden room dining area its Michelin-recommended food can be enjoyed while taking in the extensive garden views seven days a week. Head chef, Will Frankgate, works hard to keep the charm of the old with the taste of the new and his food is not only beautifully thought out, cooked and presented, but also uses only the best fresh local produce to ensure a superb dining experience every time.

OFFER Gravitas readers receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco with every two course meal ordered. Quote: Gravitas.

The Blue Bell 10 High Street, Glinton, Peterborough PE6 7LS 01733 252285 thebluebellglinton.co.uk

The Wicked Witch

Under the ownership of head chef, Dameon Clarke, The Wicked Witch is thriving. Locals know Dameon well from his previous ventures such as Asiette and clamour to eat at the cosy, welcoming gastro pub, just outside of Stamford. Dishes are prepared using only the best local and seasonal produce, applying classic techniques to get the best out of each ingredient; the food is exquisitely beautiful and packed full of flavour – his sauces are extraordinarily good! The Wicked Witch offers an à la carte menu as well as eight or 12-course taster menus. Dameon’s Sunday dinners and themed-dinner evenings are also very popular.

OFFER Two-course lunch £14.95 OR three courses for £17.95 Also valid evenings TuesdayThursday. Quote: Gravitas.

The Wicked Witch Ryhall, PE9 4HH 01780 763649 thewickedwitchexperience.co.uk

Words and pictures -Jenny Garford

The Blue Bell


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The Olive Branch

Il Vicolo

The Olive Branch was Good Pub Guide UK Pub of the Year 2014, and is just one of three places in the UK to receive a Sawday’s Fabulous Food Award in 2016. It was also named Editor’s Choice in the 2017 Good Hotel Guide. It combines the relaxed feel of a traditional country pub with friendly and professional service, top-notch accommodation and exceptional food.

Chef-owner Mimmo Fricha opened Il Vicolo in 2015, and since then the restaurant has quickly gained an enviable reputation as Stamford’s leading eatery.

The kitchen is led by Sean Hope, the joint proprietor, who specialises in taste-packed classics, skilfully working with local producers and ingredients from the pub’s own smallholding. This straightforward, yet precise cooking philosophy, goes perfectly with the laid-back, but stylish environment that Sean and fellow owner Ben Jones have carefully crafted.

Mimmo prides himself on providing the finest of fresh Italian food, which is all prepared in the Il Vicolo kitchen (even the pasta is prepared daily by the chefs). All ingredients are sourced locally including the amazing melt-in-the-mouth fillet steaks, which are from Nelsons Butchers in the town.

With six luxurious individually decorated bedrooms at Beech House, opposite the pub, it is the perfect gourmet getaway for two, or take the whole house and private party room, The Barn, for a special celebratory occasion.

OFFER Book Gourmet Dinner, Bed & Breakfast in a Standard Room and receive a complimentary upgrade to a Superior Room of your choice. Quote: Gravitas Fine Dining Club.

The Olive Branch Clipsham, Rutland LE15 7SH 01780 410355 olivebranchpub.com

In 2016, Il Vicolo was a finalist in the English Italian awards and is frequently the number one restaurant among the 77 in Stamford (Trip Advisor).

An authentic and traditional family run restaurant, Il Vicolo’s staff ensures a warm welcome and provide first-class customer service in a relaxed atmosphere. Add to that wine from an extensive list of Italy’s best and there is no doubt that Il Vicolo is a hidden gem among Stamford’s extensive list of fine dining venues.

OFFER Gravitas readers receive a complimentary bottle of house wine with every two mains ordered. Quote: Gravitas 2017.

Il Vicolo 2-3 Cheyne Lane, Stamford PE9 2AX 01780 480048 ilvicoloristorante.co.uk


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Asian cuisine Gravitas presents the Kwoklyn Wan Cookery masterclass on Saturday 13th May

Food fanatic Kwoklyn Wan grew up within the Chinese restaurant industry, which inspired his fascination with Asian cooking. From Chinese to Vietnamese, Filipino and Korean. Kwoklyn’s recipes are passionately collated, and show he is a true connoisseur of fine Asian cuisine. Set in the stunning Bakehouse Studios on St Mary’s Street, Gravitas is delighted to bring Kwoklyn’s cookery school tour to Stamford. Dates confirmed for his cookery classes are 8th June, 19th July and 1st September. But we’ll be giving you the opportunity to view free cookery demos and tastings by Kwoklyn himself at Bakehouse Studios on Saturday 13th May 2017 between 11.30am and 3.30pm. The collaboration between Kwoklyn and Gravitas also includes The Bakehouse Cook School, run by founder Eveline Verdegaal, who recently launched her range of cookery workshops in the luxurious setting of the Bakehouse Kitchens showroom for anyone looking to learn new and interesting ways to cook. More information on Eveline’s cookery school can be found at bakehousekitchens.co.uk/workshops

For recipes and information on Kwoklyn’s classes visit kwoklynwan.com or gravitasmagazine.co.uk Bakehouse Kitchen Studio, 5 St. Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DE 01780 767928 hello@bakehousekitchens.co.uk


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Rural Respite When you are looking for a picturesque pub for a pit-stop lunch, Gravitas’ foodie recommends these delightful venues…

Millstone Inn

The Six Bells

If you’re strolling around the Hills and Holes, then you must pop in

Tucked away in the quiet village of Witham, in between Stamford and

to The Millstone for a bite to eat. The pub prides itself on its relaxed

Bourne, The Six Bells is the last in a long list of successful ventures

and friendly atmosphere, but also offers patrons some pretty decent

from local restaurateurs, Jim and Sharon Trevor. Having taken on

pub nosh. Choose from sandwiches (from £6.95) and burgers, such as

The Six Bells back in 2013, after many successful years at Jim’s Yard

the Gourmet Butterflied Chicken served with sweet chilli sauce and a

in Stamford, the couple have lovingly restored the pub, creating a

lemon and pepper mayonnaise (£11.95) offered at lunch, as well as a

fantastic spot to enjoy a bite to eat, whether that’s a steaming hot

menu of pub classics like pies and gammon and chips, and a selection

pizza from the wood burning stove (£11, or £12.60 with a glass of

of more refined dishes such as the delicious chicken supreme with

wine or pint of real ale); or a pub classic from the a la carte menu,

garlic mash and whiskey sauce (£14.50).

like the garlic-roasted half chicken served with French fries and salad (£16).

The Millstone Inn, Barnack PE9 3ET 01780 740296 millstoneinnbarnack.co.uk

The Six Bells, Witham-on-the-Hill PE10 0JH 01778 590360 sixbellswitham.co.uk

The Chequered Skipper

The Falcon Inn

Located in the historical village of Fotheringhay, lies this delightful

This thoroughly charming, listed country pub, with its thatched roof

village pub with bags of character and a tasty menu. Pop in for an

and beautiful walled garden is located in the hidden village of Ashton,

open sandwich served with homemade crisps and coleslaw – both the

but it’s definitely worth the search. The Chequered Skipper serves

Tennessee pulled pork and guacamole sandwich (£8.50) or the Bavette

pub classics like steaks, burgers and fish and chips, with interesting

steak with wholegrain mustard and onion rings (£9.50) are divine! Or,

vegetarian options, such as the mushroom burger (£9.75) and the

opt for the set menu – two courses for £16, or three for £19; options

winter greens lasagne (£11). Freshly made pizzas are cooked in the

include local game terrine, braised beef brisket with horseradish mash

wood-burning stove, with a margherita coming in at £9.25, with the

and dark chocolate and pistachio fondant served with homemade ice

option to add on as many different toppings as you like. If you’re after

cream.

something lighter, then perhaps a pulled pork, stuffing and apple sauce sandwich (£7.50) served with salad and crisps is the order of the day?

The Falcon, Fotheringhay PE8 5HZ 01832 226254 thefalcon-inn.co.uk

Words and pictures -Jenny Garford

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Spice of life The art of Indian cooking is encapsulated in The Spice Queen Parveen, The Spice Queen and local chef,

Gravitas helped to celebrate this

caters for intimate dining experiences to

momentous occasion and sampled the

extravagant Bollywood banquets.

delights of Parveen’s delicious dishes with sympathetically blended spices combining

She has launched her first book of authentic

traditional and modern flavours.

Indian recipes, which have been passed down the generations from her mother who

The book comes with sachets of ready

was also a professional cook.

prepared spices, weighed and ground to perfection by Parveen herself, and

The launch took place at Orton Hall Hotel

along with step-by-step recipes it also

with amazing support from the Mayor

incorporates Parveen’s amazing story.

and local businesses and entrepreneurs.

1. Karen Benson, Maples of Stamford with the Gravitas evening chariot the Maserati Ghibli 2. Parveen and her new book 3. Left - Right: Sherine Ashraf, Olly Sandall, David Sharp, Parveen Ashraf, Qamar Ashraf, Cyrus Ashraf, Jeannie Sharp, Anna Sandall-Sharp

Parveen’s book is available from www.the-spicequeen.com for only £19.99 (hardback).

4. Parveen’s Indian cuisine ’Manape style’ 5. Parveen and David Sanders, Mayor of Peterborough

Receive 20% off with code GRAVITAS/SQ

6. Dr Rina Dhillan, Parveen Ashraf, Dana Al-Gharabally, Lynsey Fulcher, Jessica Hawkins 7. Parveen Ashraf and her husband Qamar Ashraf 8. Parveen, Leigh Taylor of Gravitas and Sharon Kumari of Brooks Wealth

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Joseph Valente Joseph Valente, local entrepreneur and The Apprentice 2015 winner, talks about his journey and lifelong ambitions.

Tell us about your school days at Stanground College. Apparently, you weren’t always the model student. No, I wasn’t. I just didn’t think that what was being taught would benefit me, so I started playing up, and I was subsequently suspended at 15.

Who inspired you? As a teenager, my uncle was a big inspiration, then I found Lord Sugar’s autobiography. My main ambition at that point was to change the environment that I was living in and create a new lifestyle for myself. This drove me to make money, which entailed good, old-fashioned hard work.

Did anyone encourage you to apply for The Apprentice?

So, we all watched The Apprentice on TV, but how does it differ from reality?

Lord Sugar’s autobiography encouraged me to start the business, which inevitably led me to apply for The Apprentice. I knew that if I went for it, I would be able to win!

In reality, it’s a lot harder. You are not allowed to use the internet or mobile phones. You are dictated by the filming schedules and where you can go. So, when you see a basic task not being delivered, it’s because you don’t have the everyday tools at your disposal, which makes it very difficult.

So when did you realise that you could win? I realised I was going to win the day I applied. Ha! Ha! Good answer!

Did you really believe it?

You post a lot of motivational quotes on your social media. My favourite quote is “impossible is not fact, it’s just an opinion”. What’s yours?

Yes, 100%. You have to believe you are going to be a success. Doubt can creep in, but you have to deal with it and believe in yourself – be focused and determined.

It is written on my business cards: “Don’t wait for opportunity – create it”. I live by that quote, and would encourage any budding entrepreneur to do the same.

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On that note, any advice for budding entrepreneurs in the region?

In terms of numbers, how much has ImpraGas grown?

Follow your dreams and go for it. You will need to take risks, but don’t be put off by other people’s opinions and limitations. It is about self-belief, putting in 100% and, of course, working hard.

My turnover has increased by 500%, which is substantial. By simplifying the business from maintenance servicing to installation-only has allowed us to grow a lot quicker.

So since winning The Apprentice, is there anybody that really inspires you? In the sporting arena – Conor McGregor. He is my hero; with his bravado, confidence and incredible self-belief. He has worked tirelessly throughout his whole career to climb the ladder to the top.

He is almost God-like isn’t he? Yes, exactly! Wanting to take on the giants and it’s the same scenario for me and British Gas. I want to let them know I am coming for them.

So, how is that going? How is ImpraGas compared to British Gas and Pimlico? To compare us to British Gas, we are still way behind, but I am taking a little bit of it every day and that is an exciting journey. Pimlico Plumbers has dominated London for more than 40 years, but we are on its tail and it knows.

What makes you really happy? Achieving goals, proving the doubters wrong! Family is important to me. I have a two-year old nephew I love spending time with; he helps me switch off.

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How else do you relax? I spend the majority of my time working, however when I am not, I like to go out with friends and I love eating out.

Anywhere local you would recommend? I know a couple of fantastic places, the new Pizza Parlour is a great dining experience, Mattoni’s in Hampton do fantastic Italian food and cocktails, and a little place called Prévost on Priestgate; the food there is amazing.

Fantastic! They will be pleased with that shout out. So, finally, when did you physically install your last boiler? Funnily enough, it was the other day and we were real busy. But the one before that was three years ago.

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Matt Powell

Sharon Kumari

Joseph Valente

David Acton

Leigh Taylor

Nicki Mawby

Jo Belvilacqua

Fred Soneya

Phil Harrison

Jake Thorpe

Heidi Semple

David Woodhouse

For more information on the Gravitas Club, contact Leigh Taylor: leigh@gravitasmagazine.co.uk

Photography by adriandewey.com

The Gravitas Club, an exclusive network of the region’s finest businesses, industry experts and entrepreneurs that come together in collaborative form to assist in future development of our businesses and clients.


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Are you on the right track? Planning for the later years in life.

Preparing for Retirement can be a daunting task and the decisions you make now could have a long-lasting impact. With developments in medicine and positive lifestyle changes, life expectancy is on the rise for both men and women who are now expected to live to an average age of 85-87. Alongside this is the forever changing pension environment and the importance of keeping on top of these changes. Our retirement planning package targets the questions you need to be asking yourself in advance of retiring regardless of your age.

When do you want to retire and what do you want to be doing in later life? If you plan to retire at age 65, you will need to have an income to last you around 20 years. If you don’t currently have the funds in place to support the retirement you had hoped for you have the options to pay more into your pensions now, work longer, or change your plans to more achievable goals. Keep your retirement plans in check and build on this over your working years as health, work, legislation and personal circumstances change.

When do you want to start planning and how? With the introduction of Auto-Enrolment, all employees are being encouraged to start thinking about their future now. Taking advice early outlines the opportunities available to you in order not to miss out. It is easier to accumulate over a longtime scale rather than fixing the situation in a short term. There are significant tax saving strategies available to convert cash that fails to generate growth in to a fund that benefits from tax relief without adding to investment risk. There is the potential to invest in funds that have the potential to outperform cash returns. An Independent Financial Adviser (IFA) is best placed to provide advice.

What can I be doing now? A starting point would be to establish what you are likely to need when retirement is planned (at today’s prices) and compare that with the likely benefits already in place – this may reveal a gap – the measurement and bridging of a gap is what an IFA will help you with. The integration of diversification and risk management is crucial to ensure that your portfolio is changing as your needs evolve. The solutions will vary depending on individual circumstances. Your IFA is there to create and manage a portfolio that is reviewed regularly alongside your life decisions.

I’m ready to retire – what now? Finally, you’ve worked hard to build your portfolio it’s only sensible to seek advice on your options as this could be the best decision of your retirement planning. There are so many solutions and not everyone realises that the option offered by your existing pension provider is not the only option as there could be others on the open market through your IFA. The decumulation of pensions is crucial and not taking advice on withdrawing your funds in a tax-efficient manner could reverse all your efforts of building the fund. Start your journey with Brooks Wealth Management.

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Time to streamline your finance function For many organisations administration can feel like a killer – a business owner can spend as much – if not more – time on administration and paperwork as they do on managing and developing their business The advent of cloud accounting services, with the professional support of Rawlinsons Connect, has transformed the administration of accounts for many organisations. Using one of our recommended cloud-based accounting packages, businesses can not only access information they need, wherever they are, but can also add receipts and other entries simply and with the minimum of fuss. Digital receipt storage, invoicing and integration with banking functions – are just a few of the features, which can dramatically streamline your finance function, as well as make your business more efficient. If you need to streamline your finance function, whether to save money by being more efficient, or to improve the decision making capability of your business, talk to Tracey Richardson at Rawlinsons Connect on 01733 568321 for the best combination of online software and effective business advice.

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Be honest, how many of you have truly invested in your businesses PR? I don’t necessarily mean financially, often the toptier placements won’t cost you money; I’m referring to time, energy and commitment.

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Marketing masters Unless your business has been trading with its eyes shut for the last few months, you will have probably noticed that the behaviour of your customers has been changing. In fact, this change has been noticed in the wider circles of the marketing industry, which is where I reside.

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The rise of the Mumpreneurs It has been reported that mums running their own businesses contributed a huge £7.2 billion to the economy in 2014, and this number is set to increase year-on-year with it predicted to reach £9.5billion by 2025.

The change is because we are entering the age of consumer choice.

Definition of Mumpreneur: A woman who combines running a business enterprise with looking after her children.

The age of consumer choice means that our customers have an expectation to be served when and where they choose, and it’s not an unreasonable expectation, as we are living in a connected society – if we like it or not.

There are many reasons why women are starting their own businesses. These include increasing childcare costs, wanting to spend more time with their children and the flexibility of being their own boss.

So, what does this mean for businesses like yours? It means you have to start thinking multichannel when it comes to marketing.

All three reasons contributed to my own personal decision to start my first business journey seven years ago while on maternity leave with my first daughter, and honestly, it is the best thing I ever did.

“Multichannel marketing is all about meeting your customers where they already are.”

Since then I have launched two other businesses all while running a home and raising my own two beautiful children.

I know that multi-channel may sound like hard work, but you only need to choose the multiple channels that your audience already use … multi-channel doesn’t mean you have to be everywhere. Choose your channels wisely, spend time understanding where your customers are and what they are doing there and join in. For more marketing advice or question about this article contact the Gravitas marketing team.

I believe that the world we live in offers an abundance of opportunity and you can build a successful business from just about any skill, talent or passion that you may have, you just need to figure what that is, surround yourself with like-minded, successful people and take ACTION. Love and positivity. - Jo For more information visit www.theuniquemumpreneur.com or email jo@theuniquemupreneur.com

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Serious, solemn yet still sexy we give you …

1. Heidi Semple of Gravitas Magazine, Joseph Valente, Leigh Taylor of Gravitas Magazine

February saw the first public presentation

2. Bloggers Laura Chambers and Sian DeCiantis

Harry’s Bar, Peterborough.

3. Left - Right: Parveen Ashraf, Nicki Mawby, Jo Bevilacqua and Sharon Kumari

With speculation and curiosity running high,

4. Amber Bird and Franchesca Courten of Michael John Hair Artwork 5. Matt Powell of Crown Jewellers, Jake Thorpe of Urban Marque and Richard Wailes of Gagliardi Stamford

to showcase the new Gravitas magazine at

the attendance and support was amazing. Apprentice winner Joseph Valente, a Gravitas ambassador, was there to say a few words about the positive effect Gravitas will

6. Tim Elliott talks multi-channel marketing

have on the region.

7. Lizzie Benton, Dean Lynn and Amy Bull of Datify

The evening also included a short

8. Spice Queen Parveen Ashraf, Dr Abhijit Pandya and Thomas Perkins of Charles & Dean

presentation on the importance of multi-

9. Lord Sugar’s Apprentice Joseph Valente of ImpraGas addresses the audience

marketer Tim Elliott.

platform marketing delivered by Gravitas

Heidi Semple and Leigh Taylor of Gravitas said: “We were overwhelmed by the support of local entrepreneurs and business owners as well as the interest from Opportunity Peterborough, local fashion and news bloggers. We had a 100% turnout plus a few extra attendees who wanted to find out all the latest news and plans for the new publication.”

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THE WINE BAR 10 St Paul's Street, Stamford PE9 2BE T: 01780 757844 W: stamfordwinebar.co.uk TWELVE ALL SAINTS 12 All Saints Place, Stamford. PE9 2AB T: 01780 765335 W: twelveallsaints.co.uk


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What’s happening? What a fantastic assignment! I get to write about the area’s newest leisure and entertainment facilities and the people who bring the rock into our roll for Gravitas – this new, stylish, fashionable city magazine. So, what makes me qualified on the subject of clubbing, pubbing, trendspotting and general rock ‘n’ roll? Well, I have worked for more than three decades within the industry

for some of the most successful operators worldwide. Qualified? Maybe. Been around the block? Definitely. So, where are we going to start? Two watering holes, both in the market town of Stamford, one that has had several reincarnations over the years, and, the other that is new, happening and growing.

Pub and club concept based around artisan pizzas. Well, Charles Wells brewery has had a similar concept for some while, and is looking to open a place in Peterborough shortly (pizza, pots and pints). It focuses on casual, laidback dining, while Willoughby’s Venue, Lounge, Bar & Kitchen appears to be unsure of its target market. However, chameleon venues (new in the 90s) can work well as they change from one clientele to another throughout the day. A range of fabulous cocktails and the pizzas aren’t bad either.

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Brothers doing it for themselves? Not really. Just Alex and Steve. On stepping into this wine and cocktail bar I could see it was packed with trendies in suits and sophisticated ladies crammed around delicate tables with big old gin glasses and plenty of banter. Luckily, the bar staff immediately clocked me and ushered me in, clearing a table in minutes. The warm welcome didn’t dissipate during my stay and I was happily surrounded by a crowd of discerning drinkers. With comfortable seating upstairs, there are plenty of places to park. The theme and look of Twelve All Saints feels a little borrowed from the boys’ other unit The Wine Bar on St Pauls Street, with its quirky Georgian salon vibe. However, the cocktails are just as sophisticated. They’re all fun originals using premium spirits. I enjoyed a Vive La France! – cognac, orange curaçao, lime and pineapple fizz! Both bars are quality through and through from the glassware to their wine and gin range. So, what’s the difference between these units? Well, Twelve All Saints has a younger, slightly edgier clientele than the wine bar. But, for me, these are the best new ventures in town by a Malbec yard.

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WHAT’S ON - Your events diary SS 2017 27th April - Queensgate - A Night of Martinis, Music and Muses Queensgate have been a part of Peterborough’s shopping for as long as many of us can remember. However, they’re getting the party started with a night of martinis, music and muses, and we can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store. With a celebrity DJ, a fashion show and a host of other must-see features, we can’t wait to attend. Oh, and did we mention martinis?

Where: Queensgate, Peterborough City Centre Ticket Prices: See the below Facebook page How to book: facebook.com/queensgate

2nd May - Shalamar 80’s legends Shalamar were a favourite across the world, but they’re bringing their club hits to the city of Peterborough. Fancy a chance to relive your youth with the band you loved growing up?

Where: Cresset, Peterborough Ticket Prices: £25 How to book: cresset.co.uk

4th May - Professor Brian Cox Live Professor Brian Cox is bringing his tour to Peterborough. He discusses ‘high science’, many different theories and makes his teachings accessible for beginners and veterans alike.

Where: Peterborough Arena Ticket Prices: £33+ How to book: peterborougharena.com

6th May - Burghley, The Rat Race, Dirty Weekend The Rat Race Dirty Weekend offers end-to-end racing thrills and a huge party afterwards, this is a weekend away that’ll make you wish you’d booked Monday off, too. However, you’ll be back again. Can you take on the 20 miles of 200 obstacles? If so you can take on the world’s biggest obstacle course.

Where: Burghley House, Stamford PE9 3JY Ticket Prices: £20+ How to book: ratracedirtyweekend.com

12th May - Lee Nelson Serious Joker 2017 Lee Nelson brings his Serious Joker tour to Peterborough. He has made the headlines for various acts, such as sneaking on to a Premier League field and trying to board the plane with the England football team. The football enthusiast will make you laugh all night, but be aware, he might just pick you out of the crowd for some of his many skits.

Where: Cresset, Peterborough Ticket Prices: £21.50 How to book: cresset.co.uk

19th - 21st May - Rockingham Horse Trials 2017 From the horse trials, to excellent music, fine food and tantalising, tasty beverages the Rockingham horse trials provides something for everybody. Certainly a must-see event.

Where: Rockingham Castle, Rockingham, Market Harborough, Leicestershire Ticket Prices: £12.50 How to book: rockinghamcastlehorsetrials.com

21st May - Some People v Reginald D Hunter Reginald D Hunter is one of Britain’s finest stand-up comedians. From simple jokes that make you shake your head in disbelief, to laugh-out-loud moments that you’ll be repeating to your friends for weeks, this is a show you won’t want to miss.

Where: Cresset, Peterborough Ticket Prices: £24.50 How to book: cresset.co.uk


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Café – Cocktails – Dining – Afternoon Tea

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WHAT’S ON - Your events diary SS 2017 10th June - Icons of the 80’s With the everyday busy lives we lead it can be hard to sit and reminisce about our favorite 80’s bands, right? Surely we can spare one night! If so come and see T’Pau, Go West and Nik Kershaw live in concert. With some absolute classic songs to be played you’ll want to bring your dancing shoes.

Where: Burghley House, Stamford PE9 3JY Ticket Prices: £30 How to book: livepromotionsconcerts.co.uk/burghleyhouse

10th - 11th June - 80’s Festival A thrilling festival which will allow you to relive your favourites from the 80’s. Real artists including Odyssey, Modern Romance and Jocelyn Brown will be there for you to party with.

Where: Peterborough Arena, PE2 6X Ticket Prices: £30 - £60 How to book: the80smusicfestival.com

22nd June - An Evening With Ray Parlour Dubbed ‘The Romford Pele’ during his Arsenal days, Ray is a highly entertaining speaker with a fascinating career and personal life. Joined by Comedian and Compere Jed Stone, one of the best on the circuit, this is an evening you won’t want to miss. The evening will also include a Q&A, two-course dinner and drinks reception as well as photo opportunities with Ray.

Where: Radius, Peterborough Ticket Prices: £65pp or £600 table of 10. Starts at : from 6.30pm How to book: 01778 382762

1st July - Peterborough Vs Cancer Celebrity Football Match & Charity Dinner PBOvsCancer is a Celebrity Football Match and Gala Evening Event held annually in Peterborough. An opportunity to play against stars of sport, stage and screen whilst raising cash for CLIC Sargent; a fantastic charity who fight tirelessly for children and young people with cancer, often when they feel they can’t. With a host of celebrities lining up such as Ricky Hatton, Neil Ruddock, Tamar Hassan, Omid Djalili, Anthony Crolla and Thomas Turgoose, not forgetting Peterborough’s own Joseph Valente.

Football Match

Where: In2itive Park, Yaxley, PE7 3NA Ticket Prices: £5 (U16’s and OAPS are Free) Payable at the gate. Starts at : Gates Open 12pm for 1pm kick-off

Evening Charity Dinner

Where: Holiday Inn, Peterborough Ticket Prices: £50pp or £500 table of 10. Starts at : from 7pm How to book: pbovscancer.co.uk

8th July - The Battle Proms The Battle Proms Concerts really are a chance for everyone to get together, from the great music, the competitive edge, the amazing food on offer and countless other reasons to attend, you’ll be sure to have the night of your life, and one you’ll be looking to make a yearly must-attend event.

Where: Burghley House, Stamford PE9 3JY Ticket Prices: £35+ How to book: battleproms.com

20th - 23rd July - Secret Garden Party The Secret Garden Party attracts thousands of festivalgoers from all over Britain, Europe and the world. With so much to keep you occupied and some unforgettable music, it’s an experience that leaves many becoming a yearly visitor. Will you attend the last ever Secret Garden Party?

Where: Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon Ticket Prices: Prices start at £177 How to book: secretgardenparty.com


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Ecclesiastical entrance

Award-winning cars debut in divine style at Peterborough Cathedral. Sycamore BMW and Mini took over Peterborough Cathedral to showcase the launch of two amazing new cars – the 5 Series BMW and the Mini Countryman – both of which have given local motoring enthusiasts something to really shout about. BMW may be turning 101 this year, however, it’s not slowing down when it

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comes to making must-have cars. The 5 Series has had a new facelift and many upgraded technical features and the Countryman now includes a touch screen satnav and numerous innovative extras. Carl Morris, the Head of Business at Sycamore BMW said: “We feel privileged to use Peterborough Cathedral for the launch.

Combining the historical architecture of the Cathedral with the modern architecture of our brands was an event in itself.” The event attracted more than 800 people who enjoyed an evening of choir singing followed by the reveal of the new cars in the stunning surroundings of our 900-year-old Cathedral.


ADD FRIENDS. ADD EXPLORING. ADD STORIES. THE NEW MINI COUNTRYMAN. When was the last time you allowed yourself to truly roam free? We’re talking no plans, no maps – no worries. With bags of space, new technology and versatile enough for families to explorers, venture down the path less trodden when you discover the new more spacious MINI Countryman. Book your test drive today at www.sycamoremini.co.uk to be first to see the bigger picture. Sycamore (Peterborough) Ltd. Papyrus Road, Werrington Peterborough PE4 5HW Tel: 01733 707074 Official Fuel Economy Figures for the new MINI Countryman range: Urban 32.1–58.9 mpg (8.8–4.8 l/100km). Extra Urban 47.1–68.9 mpg (6.0–4.1 l/100km). Combined 39.8–65.7 mpg (7.1–4.3 l/100km). CO2 Emissions 113-162 g/km. Figures may vary depending on driving style and conditions.


NEVER COMPROMISE, WITH THE MASERATI OF SUVs.

MARSHALL LEVANTE. NOW AVAILABLE AT MARSHALL PETERBOROUGH The Levante is crafted with Italian flair, tomorrow’s technology and ready for any adventure with Maserati’s 275 bhp diesel-powered engine. Please call us to arrange your test drive.

MARSHALL MASERATI TYRRELL PARK, BOONGATE, PETERBOROUGH, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, PE1 5PT Phone: 01733 823 553 / Web: www.marshall.co.uk/maserati

Official fuel consumption figures for the Maserati range in mpg (l/100km): Urban 37.2 (7.6) – 11.9 (23.8), Extra Urban 56.5 (5.0) – 26.4 (10.7), Combined 47.9 (5.9) – 18.2 (15.5). CO2 emissions 360 – 158 g/km. Fuel consumption and CO2 figures are based on standard EU tests for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results.

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