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WELCOME

Spring

Hello! Spring has sprung – hoorah! We hope you will feel inspired by our fashion spreads. Huge thanks to Number Three Eco Salon, Oakham, our in-house photographer Lucy Dack, models, Tom, Ian, Gethin, Hannah and Isabella and to Barefoot Sunday Interiors at Ashwell Village – the perfect backdrop for our fresh spring colour palette.

and Kathy and I were invited to sample all 10 dishes as well as the new house Champagne – see pages 60 to 63 for the full review. I was also delighted to try out the new, taste revelation - Orbis of Oakham – and I liked it so much I went back the following day! I am now very much looking forward to our imminent review for the Blue Bell in Glinton.

A brief mention to our model Tom Scott, well known to Rutlanders for his exquisite antiques. Tom suffered a life-threatening brain injury three years ago. Thanks to the support of his incredible wife Emily and the charity Headway, Tom is making steps towards recovery. To peruse Tom’s stunning antiques, log on to: sellingantiques.co.uk/ tomscottantiques and watch this space. To find out more about Headway and brain injuries log on to: headway.org.uk.

As usual, a huge thank you to all our fabulous contributors: Freya Pell, Alex Russo, Michelle Abbott, Tom Cockerill, Ashely Todd, Tim Barnes Clay and our ‘professionals’. We could not do this without you!

It’s no secret that, for me, the best part of the job, apart from all the lovely people, is getting to experience our local eateries. Stapleford Park is about to launch a new dining concept – sharing platters, designed for a more relaxed, family style eating

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Don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel @gravitasmagazine including {Gravitas Meets} and {Gravitas Celebrates}. Many thanks to Gerry and his team at The Oculist in Peterborough for their entertaining interview – see it on YouTube and on pages 27 to 29. And, if you are a glasses wearer, I cannot recommend enough. Do pop in for the most friendly and non-pressured experience. Until the summer then,

Abi and the Gravitas team

Dee Kennedy Publisher Gravitas Magazine

Abigail Richardson Editor Gravitas Magazine

Kathy Geraghty Advertising Sales Manager

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Each issue of Gravitas is brought to you with pleasure and sincerity by a dedicated team of local professionals. Do follow us on our social media platforms and subscribe to our YouTube Channel, for updates and details on local news and events.


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Contents

Below is the reason that Gravitas reads and looks so fabulous… Dee Kennedy – Publisher

06-08 Entrées Spring starters

Kathy Geraghty – Advertising Sales Manager

09-18 Fashion

hue - brand design digital – Graphic Design

Create that fresh spring look

06-08

20–21 Behind the Scenes

Reckless Abandon Media – Videography

22–23 Beauty

Editorial contributors

Freya gets our skin glowing

Freya Pell – Beauty Trends

24 – 25 Leather Fashion

Michelle Abbott – Fashion

27 – 29 The Oculist Interview We talk to Gerry Sondh and his team.

(Look out for the video accompanying this interview in our YouTube series

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Gravitas Meets!)

30 – 31 Men’s Health with Alex 33 – 37 Travel

Barefoot Retreats offer some spectacular

41-43

staycation options and cruise in luxury with Flexicruise

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41 – 43 Driven

A Stapleford review and a taste of Orbis

64 – 77 Down to Business

gravitasmagazine.co.uk

Ella James – Interior Design Rachel Simpson – The Rug Studio Kwoklyn Wan and Tom Cockerill – Recipes Smith Eliot and Haatch – Business Hanna Grey – Kaizen Coaching Dean Lynn – Trusted Media Our Trusted Professionals

With special thanks to... Barefoot Sundays, Oakham Kai Wan – Front Cover Shoot Donna Kennedy and Sandy Smith

and our resident Rare Breed Chef

LET’S GET SOCIAL ...

Tim Barnes Clay – Driven

45 – 49 Home

Spring recipes from Kwoklyn Wan

78-83

Barefoot Retreats – Travel

Paula Tennant – Make up Front Cover

50 – 63 Taste Explosion

64-77

Alex Russo – Men’s Health

A review of the Ford Mustang Mach-E

More great interior ideas

50-63

Lucy Dack – Photography

Sneak peek behind the spring shoot

Michelle Abbott rocks the leather look

09-18

Abigail Richardson – Editor

- Front Cover Shoot Hannah Hibbins – Front Cover Model

Photo shoot Barefoot Sundays, Oakham – Location Lucy Dack – Photography

Business advice from some of our trusted

Ian, Gethin, Tom, Isabella and Hannah – Models

business clients and professionals

Number Three Eco Salon – Hair

78 – 83 Out and About

Isabella, Hannah, Paula – Make up

What’s on and things to do this spring

@gravitas_mag

Oldrids & Downtown, Nadinoo and Duo Boutique- Outfits

Front Cover Hannah Hibbins - Model

@gravitas_magazine

Kai Wan (Pkai Hair Salon) - Photography

Gravitas magazine

Kai Wan (Pkai Hair Salon, Serpentine Green) - Hair


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Let’s Get Started The latest news and updates from the Rutland, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire area…

Enervit Announced as Title Sponsor for Peterborough Marathon Sublime Racing have announced Enervit as their race series Official Nutrition Partner and Peterborough Marathon title sponsor. The Enervit Peterborough Marathon will take place on Sunday 5 April 2020. It’s 26.2 mile scenic course around the city of Peterborough includes the embankment with the stunning Cathedral backdrop, Nene Park and the cycle path along the River Nene. It starts and finishes within yards of Race HQ and event venue, the Marriott Hotel. Martin Jennings of Sublime Racing commented: “We’re truly delighted to welcome Enervit on board as our Title Sponsor and Official Nutrition Partner. We look forward to working with the Enervit team and achieving our shared goals.” With over 40 years’ experience in the business, Enervit is a European market leader in sports nutrition and enjoys an exclusive partnership with Ironman European Tour across 43 events. The brand also has additional partnerships in place with two Pro Cycling teams, Italian National Cycle Team and several European marathons including Valencia, Florence, Milan, Frankfurt and 142 sponsored events throughout Europe. Runners can find out more and register for the Enervit Peterborough Marathon online at sublimeracing.com

Honeykins Vintage Honeykins Vintage is a boutique which specialises in carefully curated genuine vintage fashion restored to its former glory. A favourite with style conscious women, designers, and fashion houses in London, HV is now opening its studio doors in Oakham. Private appointments are available to book via email at honeykinsvintage@gmail.com or via Instagram at @honeykinsvintage


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A Modern Taste of Poland in Cambridgeshire House of Feasts, the only restaurant in the UK serving Modern Polish cuisine, is the brainchild of Damian Wawrzyniak, recently voted as UK top 10 food pioneer by BBC Good Food. Located in the beautiful Cambridgeshire village of Eye Green, the award-winning House of Feasts is now serving four tasting menus – Feast 3, Feast 5, Feast 7 and Feast 9. Each menu is inspired by the distinctive flavours found across the different regions of Poland, using traditional Polish methods, but each is created using seasonal British ingredients, many sourced locally in Cambridgeshire. Example tasting menu dishes: • Cured Pork Roulade with Fermented Plums • Smoked Sheep’s Cheese & Cranberry Mousse • 'Memories of Polish Childhood' • Trout Cooked by Man from the Polish Mountain • Potato Donuts & Mountain Cheese • Royal Smalec with Fruits & Herbs

The three-course tasting menu (Feast 3) is £25, while the nine-course (Feast 9) is £85. To book a table log on to: houseoffeasts.co.uk or call 01733 221279

Georgie Ansell, Personal Training in Rutland The perfect way to reach your health and fitness goals this spring. Change the way you live with personal training sessions from a Level 3 Qualified Personal Trainer (with additional qualification in Kettlebells & Suspension Training). Said Georgie: “I offer personalised programs depending on your goals alongside (optional) nutritional advice. I would describe myself as competitive, but it’s not always about winning. It’s about getting better at what we do and who we can become, and I use that to encourage my clients.” Georgie offers personal training in your home or at her private studio. Contact: 07515147746 | georgieansellpt@gmail.com |

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New Beginnings Instagram fashion influencer, Michelle Abbott explores what’s in this spring… I love it when we feel the first breath of spring - snowdrops pushing through, crisp blue mornings, lighter evenings and the prospect of leaving the house without being encased in a coat, scarf and gloves! Looking forward to shedding some layers and thinking about a cleaner, fresher colour palette for our wardrobes, our shoot this season is brimming with calm neutral colours, natural fabrics and looser, flowing pieces which allow movement and fluidity. These are the items you’ll have for years and form the basis of a staple wardrobe for the warmer months, pieces that you can mix and match and style to suit, whatever the occasion. Denim is a key trend and the lighter chambray fabric lends itself perfectly to the effortless dresses we have styled for the shoot. A perennial spring favourite, the navy stripe, in a timeless Breton dress and classic black separates with a touch of leopard print are all perfect additions to your new season’s wardrobe. Menswear takes on an easy casual vibe, mixing textures with blue tones paired with stone chinos and denim - and, when the temperatures rise, switch to a lightly layered look with shorts and a tee, with an open shirt or casual jacket. So, whether you are sorting through your existing wardrobe, or looking to introduce some new pieces this season to update what you already have, consider linens, cottons and denim fabrics crafted into versatile, classic styles which you’ll wear year after year. Follow Michelle @maison_abbott or email: maisonabbottmail@gmail.com

Men’s outfits: see page 18 for details


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Gethin wears White Stuff Shirt £49.95 Bugatti Jeans £85 Jules T Shirt £20.95

All from Oldrids & Downtown

Hannah wears Desigual top £64 Desigual Jeans £84 White Stuff Jacket £55

All from Oldrids & Downtown


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Tom wears Superdry Shirt £44.99 Tommy Trousers £70.00 Superdry T Shirt £19.99

All from Oldrids & Downtown

Isabella wears Robell Jeans £92.99 Fransa Jumper £34.99

All from Duo

Ian wears Jack Jones Jacket £45 Jack Jones Trousers £30 Tommy T Shirt £30

All from Oldrids & Downtown


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Tom wears Only & Sons Jacket £55 Superdry T Shirt £19.99 Only & Sons Jeans £35

Gethin wears Bugatti Jacket £125 Bugatti T Shirt £45 Tommy Jeans £70

Ian wears Jack Jones Jacket £55 Tommy Hilfiger Shirt £60 Jack Jones Trousers £30

All from Oldrids & Downtown


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Hannah wears Superdry Dress £54.99 from Oldrids & Downtown

Isabella wears Yest Dress £64.95, from Duo Seagrass Shopper £19.95, from Barefoot Sunday


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Fashion

Isabella wears Breath Easy Trousers £115, from Nadinoo Top £110, from Nadinoo Necklace, from Duo (sold)


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Hannah wears Slow Morning Trousers £115 from Nadinoo Shirt £120 from Nadinoo Pink Scarf £12 from Barefoot Sunday


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Fashion

Hannah wears

Isabella wears

Soro Soro Overalls Ecru £165 from Nadinoo

Soro Soro Overalls Bronze £165 from Nadinoo

Haiku Raw Silk Jacket £180 from Nadinoo

Haiku Jacket Bronze £175 from Nadinoo


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Hannah wears

Isabella wears

Joules Dress £59.99 from Oldrids & Downtown

White Stuff top £49.95 from Oldrids & Downtown Robell Jeans £92.99 from Duo


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Fashion

& Downtown

Tom wears Joules Shirt £49.95 Jack Jones T Shirt £12 Only & Sons Jeans £35

Gethin wears Bugatti Jacket £125 Joules Polo Shirt £44.99 Superdry Shorts £44.99

Stockists: Oldrids & Downtown Gonerby Moor, Grantham, NG32 2AB, 01476 590239 Duo Boutique 29A High Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6AH | 01572 722116 Nadinoo 3A Market Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DY | 01572 759534 | nadinoo.com

Ian wears Jack Jones Jacket £60 Jack Jones T Shirt £12 Superdry Shorts £39.99 Moschino Toy Boy Aftershave

Models - Gethin, Tom, Ian, Isabella and Hannah | Photography – Lucy Dack, lucydack.co.uk | Hair - Pkai Hair, pkai.co.uk and Number Three Eco Salon, Oakham, numberthreeecosalon.com

All from Oldrids


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Fashion

Behind the Scenes Special thanks to: Barefoot Sunday Interiors | Models: Tom, Ian, Gethin, Isabella and Hannah | Hair: Pkai Hair, pkai.co.uk and Number Three Eco Salon, numberthreeecosalon.com | Make up: Isabella, Hannah and Paula Tennant | Nails: Hannah at The Treatment Room, @thetreatmentroom6 Photographer: Lucy Dack, lucydack.co.uk Stockists: Oldrids & Downtown, Grantham, 01476 590239, Duo Boutique, Oakham, 01572 722116 and Nadinoo, nadinoo.com, Oakham, 01572 759534. Ian is holding Toy Boy, the new iconic men’s fragrance by Moschino available at Oldrids & Downtown.


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Glow Up! Get your glow on this spring with a dewy, luminescent, fresh face by simply switching just one product (or all, if you wish!) in your daily beauty regime...

Words by Freya Pell (creativecosmetics.co.uk)

Makeup Artist & Beauty Editor

Becca Backlight Priming Filter - £28.00

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This lightweight primer is designed to blur imperfections and diffuse light, creating luminosity for any skin type. It preps the skin for long-lasting makeup and a perfect complexion.

RMS Beauty “un” Cover-up Cream Foundation - £53.00 Foundation and hydration in one product, also enriched with organic coconut oil and nourishing herbs to boost radiance which supports healthier skin.

NARS Tinted Glow Booster - £28.00 If you prefer something lighter than a foundation, try this soft-focus tint. It comes in four shades and can be worn on its own or under a foundation for a fuller coverage.


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Kevyn Aucoin Loose Powder - £32.00 It’s important to set your makeup and this loose powder will do just that whilst smoothing out your complexion. It’s soft and silky texture feels lightweight and comfortable against your skin.

La Mer The Lip Balm - £52.00 I was going to add in a lip colour but, actually, I feel that investing in a good lip balm is more prudent for this time of year. This velvety, minty, emollient lip balm is a treatment in each application. It can be worn alone to give your lips a soft shine, under your favourite lip colour to soften and protect or over the top of a lip colour to add a glossy look and longevity.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow - £49.00 This is a must-have in any makeup bag, whether it be for everyday definition or to add a bit of glamour and glow to your evening out. With its goddess like bronzer and soft luminous highlighter, you’ll be sure to have a perfectly sculpted complexion.

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow - £26.00 We all love a bit of sparkle, right?! Well, if you like to add a subtle touch of sparkle to your daily look or add drama to an evening look, then look no further. This cream eyeshadow can be worn alone or pressed over your usual shadow and with nine shades to choose from, there’s one to suit any style.


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Second Skin

Fashion influencer and Gravitas contributor Michelle Abbott offers us further advice for that spring look. Follow Michelle on Instagram @maison_abbott.

Leather - a perennial classic, but this spring it continues as an absolute key trend. What to look for: You can’t go wrong with a leather biker jacket. I have a couple but they are worn constantly and so I feel they are worth the investment. If you want to try this style on a lower budget, I’d recommend a pleather version, rather than a cheaper leather (which doesn’t wear as well as quality leather). Most of the high street stores offer plenty of choice, but if you want to invest in the real deal, look at Hush, All Saints, Whistles or Marks & Spencer for fabulous quality that will last for years. Opt for a style which is very slightly cropped rather than fitted, as this allows you to wear it over dresses and skirts for a flattering silhouette. This season leather or pleather trousers are everywhere. Pick a legging style and wear with trainers or ankle boots (heels for a night out) and style with an oversized sweater or keep things slick with a fitted crew neck jumper and blazer. Other styles to try - cropped or straight leg trousers or a culotte and simply add a slogan tee and jacket. If a skirt is more your taste, try a pencil or a full or A-line midi style. Both are easy to wear -team with a slogan tee and a blazer or a fine knit. Wear with trainers for casual chic or a classic court shoe. How do you feel about a leather dress? This is easier to pull off than you may think! If you opt for a tunic style, layer over a long sleeve tee and add opaque tights and chunky ankle boots. A long line knitted cardigan adds extra warmth and coverage if a dress is a bit full on for you. Finally, as I always say, experiment a bit - go for a trying on session and investigate styles you wouldn’t usually go for. You might be surprised. There really is something for everyone and as long as you feel great, you’ll be rocking it!


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Gravitas Meets…

Gerry Sondh, Director of The Oculist The Oculist is an independent, boutique opticians based in Westgate Arcade in Peterborough. What is ethos of The Oculist? Here we do not settle for the ordinary. Every face is special and deserves a special frame. The eyewear experience with other opticians often results in the customer quickly becoming bored and often settling for the average. When clients come into The Oculist, they are faced with so many different choices. Their biggest challenge is which pair to buy first. We create fun and excitement with the frame selection process and balance form and function. A strapline we often use is ‘Don’t hide your eyes, frame them! Join The Oculist family and enjoy being OCULIZED! How do you differ from other opticians? With everything we do! From how we style you to the frames that we offer; we don’t tend to concentrate on fashion brands. Our niche is in engineered eyewear like Mykita, Orgreen, Theo and Jacques Marie Mage. All these companies do is make spectacles - the hinge, tip, frame and colours are all completely unique to each brand. The result is a combination of fashion eyewear, fantastic materials and quality engineering. Our distinctive eyewear will also make you stand out from the crowd. I have also noticed that these frames last a lot longer than their fashion contemporaries – great for customer loyalty as this is important to them. What made you choose this particular business? It started out as a Saturday job when I was seventeen years old, as I had always been fascinated with optics from a very young age. I looked forward to my eye tests – I loved the skilled procedure and desperately wanted to wear glasses, although I didn’t need them then. When it came to choosing a career, I knew optics would offer a combination of science, engineering and fashion, so after qualifying as a dispensing optician straight out of school and managing an independent opticians in London for two years, I went back to university in Manchester to study optometry. My ambition was always to open my own business and after gaining experience in a variety of independent and chain opticians and Glaucoma specialist work in hospitals, I finally became brave enough to open The Oculist.

Don’t hide your eyes, frame them!


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What do you enjoy most about the business? I enjoy working on the shop floor, particularly alongside my fabulous, hand-picked team. Together we have fantastic energy. I love working with our customers, ensuring they have a great experience. The Oculist is really an extension of my personality. I am a very social person and I have high standards and expectations. I love bringing people together. So why settle for an average experience when a little effort makes an amazing experience. I look at all the things I love to do in my personal life and I try to incorporate these in to my business. We had a fabulous 10-year anniversary celebration at Peterborough museum and host a popular sunglass party every other year where the atmosphere is relaxed and there is absolutely no pressure to buy. I enjoy giving back and I have huge respect for loyalty, I know our customers appreciate that. How do you balance your time? I plan my schedule and I try my best to stick to it. I have Oculist days, Glimpse days, office days and family time. I even plan social, fitness and meditation time. This set up keeps me disciplined and mostly creates a good balance. I have another store in Birmingham, Glimpse Opticians which has a similar ethos to The Oculist, but the challenge has been to embed my blueprint without physically being there to influence every interaction as I have done here. I have had to make some changes to some of my methods, which has helped me mature as a businessman and it is proving to be very successful. What does success mean to you? Lifestyle! Success means being able to find a balance of working hard and managing my time effectively to give me the lifestyle I want. I am very happy with my current work/life balance and I am always extremely motivated to come to work. I try my hardest to work with great people and Rob, Hannah and Zahra are great people. They are all qualified dispensing opticians and I am very lucky to work with these incredible human beings. I extend this mindset to suppliers and clients. I only want to be around good people. Is there anything you would change? I wish I had opened The Oculist sooner. You learn so much on the director journey. I often hear people say, ‘I’m not ready’. Be fluid and be prepared to learn as you go along. Keep the great things and ditch the not so great.

Do you have any advice for fellow entrepreneurs? Do your MATHS. Plan! Get your figures right and prepare thoroughly. Standards are massively important too. Surround yourself with great people - hard-working, honest, optimistic people with integrity. What does the future look like for The Oculist? The future is strong. Eyewear is cool now. We have a clear identity as a brand in and around Peterborough, which is extending further. The Oculist experience and products are quite different – always fresh and ahead of the game. With over 1000 frames and sunglasses to choose from, Gerry and his team guarantee they will always find something to suit every client. For further information call 01733 555 621, email info@theoculist.com, visit theoculist.com or just pop in. You won’t be disappointed.


Made you look ... GOOD. That’s what we do - help you to look good. The Oculist is an INDEPENDENT lifestyle opticians in Westgate Arcade, Peterborough. Amazing qualified staff and an equally amazing selection of eyewear.

GERRY SONDH

ROB GILBERT

HANNAH CASTLE

ZAHRA HUSSAIN

OPTOMETRIST DIRECTOR

OCULIST MANAGER

DISPENSING OPTICIAN

DISPENSING OPTICIAN

A 40 minute eye test includes the ‘no puff’ glaucoma pressure check and visual field exam - concluding with advice about the most suitable eyewear solutions.

Combines his supreme spectacle lens knowledge with his eye for bespoke frame design to find you the “perfect” pair of glasses.

Clinical excellence and a flair for fashion is the basis of your style consultation with Hannah.

She will match your personality and style to your glasses, making sure you look awesome in your new eyewear.

Call now and book an appointment with one of our team, on 01733 555 621 www.theoculist.com 24 Westgate Arcade, Queensgate Centre, Peterborough, PE1 1PY


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Focus on Men’s Health It's rather humbling for me as a health and fitness expert to sit here and write this article today with my leg in plaster and on crutches. Last night, I played football with some friends and after two hours, in the last seconds of the game, I heard a dreaded snap and hit the floor. I knew instantly I'd done my Achilles. No matter how fit and healthy we are, things happen. One thing I hold close to my heart is that the more we look after ourselves and take our health seriously, the better our ability to recover when things do go wrong. As a guy who's going to hit the big 4-0 this year, here's some of my thoughts on being the best man you can at every stage of life. 1. Know your limits. Our mind thinks we can do things we were able to do twenty years ago, but time waits for no man. Always warm up and perform some light stretches before exercising. Dynamic stretches are best pre-workout. 2. Focus on mental strength as well as physical. Immerse yourself in reading or listening to positive content. Our brain is hard-wired to be super aware of negativity. Focusing on personal development daily along with meditation and positive affirmations are a useful tool for keeping positive when the chips are down. I've found listening to Baroque music really focuses my concentration, something I think is slipping for many of us in the instant, online, notification age. 3. Exercise in a variety of ways. Rather than striving for the biggest muscles in the gym, seek all-round health and fitness. An exercise regime that involves some training for strength, cardio and flexibility is best. It doesn't matter how small you start; the main thing is that you do something and aim to improve a little bit each session. Slow and steady wins the race. Don't compare yourself to others. Focus on you and your next steps. 4. Sleep. As we age, we tend to sleep less. However, it seems that even young people are now not getting enough sleep now due to device use and the 'hustle and grind' culture. Sufficient restorative sleep is probably the most important pillar for health. It's our body's opportunity to repair, regenerate and recover.

Alex Russo is a Sports Science Graduate, Certified Personal Trainer and Health & Fitness journalist. He works with people to optimise their health, get a better body and look and feel great.

Find Alex at: linktr.ee/alexrussolive


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5. Nutrition. It still staggers me that after decades of us all hearing about eating our 'five-a-day', only three out of every ten Britons achieve this consistently. Aim to eat fruits and vegetables with every meal. Including raw vegetables daily can be really helpful. They provide a feast for the friendly bacteria in our gut to thrive. This is really important for having a robust immune system. 6. Be aware of our prostate health. As men age, our prostates become larger. This can mean having to go to the loo frequently and suddenly. Apart from approved medications such as Finasteride, Saw Palmetto (a plant that produces berries) has shown benefits in some studies, although evidence is inconclusive. There's also some evidence that Saw Palmetto can help fight hair loss but Minoxidil and Finasteride are the only approved treatments for hair loss. Speak to your doctor if you're looking for natural alternatives. Remember, healthy hair needs sufficient protein intake. Aim to eat some highquality protein with every meal. Excellent sources are lean poultry, wild salmon, free-range eggs, nuts and various whey proteins. 7. Keep our testosterone up. Again, as we age, our testosterone levels naturally decline. This leads to muscle loss, getting a bit of a belly and low energy levels. One of the best ways to support good testosterone levels is to do some strength training. Lifting weights is one of the best ways to do this. If you're a beginner, use resistance machines first before moving on to free weights. Aim to do any given exercise for 3 sets of 6-12 reps. The weight you lift should leave you with 1-2 reps left in the tank. More experienced lifters can do classic strength training, performing the main lifts like squats, deadlifts, pull-ups and the bench press.

An exercise regime that involves some training for strength, cardio and flexibility is best


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into an authentic key lime pie. Continue your cruise south to Key West, made famous by Ernest Hemingway and his house of six-toed cats, and renowned for its incredible sunsets where visitors gather at Mallory Square for the daily "sunset celebration". You’ll also call at the Mexican ports of Costa Maya and Cozumel where you can explore Mayan ruins or take to the water and enjoy incredible snorkelling in the sheltered coral reefs. Your final stop is glitzy Georgetown, capital of the Cayman Islands, where you can swim with stingrays, or hit the artisan shops selling handcrafted jewellery and antiques. Relax on Seven Mile Beach, then watch the sun go down with a drink in hand at one of the colourful bars of Rum Point. Extend your stay before you return to the UK and take advantage of the lush green golf courses and miles of white sandy beaches with a few days back in Fort Lauderdale.

When it comes to planning your dream cruise, it’s all about you at FlexiCruise. With an extensive choice of cruise lines, flights and accommodation options, your dream cruise holiday is just a phone call away. Call your local Cruise Expert, Jo Rigby, at FlexiCruise on 01780 729069 or visit flexicruise.com


RE TRE ATS Laid-back luxury holiday cottages

Laid-back luxury holiday retreats AT BAREFOOT RETREATS we are

passionate about marketing luxury holiday properties that are individual and unique. From cottage hideaways, beautiful boltholes, coastal gems to rural retreats, their unique features will define our portfolio. With an ever expanding portfolio of over 100 properties we’re confident our passionate and dedicated reservations team will match you with your idyllic retreat.

BOOK YOUR 2020 NORTH NORFOLK BREAK TODAY !

AS OUR GUESTS you will have the keys

to some of the most beautiful and individual private homes in Norfolk, providing a distinct laid-back luxury holiday experience ensuring you feel at home from the moment you arrive, until you leave. With an indepth knowledge of our hand-picked portfolio, we will ensure we match you with the right property. You’ll have access to our exclusive concierge service, ideal if you’re organising a special celebration or want to experience something different on your holiday. And once you’ve booked your holiday, you’ll receive a Barefoot guide ensuring you have all the information you could need to enjoy your precious time away.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LONG WEEKENDS AND SHORT BREAKS

DON’T DELAY IN BOOKING THE PERFECT SUMMER BREAK!

Barefoot Retreats, Church House, Overy Road, Burnham Market, Norfolk PE31 8HH 01485 512245 • enquiries@barefootretreats.co.uk • www.barefootretreats.co.uk


36 Travel The Roundhouse, Wells-next-the-Sea, sleeps 12, dogs welcome

Luxury Holiday Cottages

and Unique Holiday Homes in North Norfolk With the popularity of staycations continuing to rise and a warm summer hopefully on the horizon (fingers firmly crossed!), the team at Barefoot Retreats are excited to explore what 2020 has in store.

welcome hamper packed with goodies, luxury linens and towels, fluffy robes and slippers and Noble Isle toiletries. Guests also receive access to their exclusive concierge service, allowing the dedicated and passionate team to tailor-make any break to the finest of details, ensuring your holiday is a truly unique experience.

Barefoot Retreats is a luxury holiday cottage rental agency that represents some of the finest luxury cottages and self-catering holiday homes in North Norfolk. From beautiful Norfolk cottage boltholes to fabulously large houses, their selection of hand-picked, boutique, luxury, self-catering cottages in North Norfolk are both individual and unique. The company provides their guests the privacy and freedom of self-catering and perfectly balance it with the boutique hotel experience. All their luxury properties must meet the ‘Barefoot’ standard in order to join the ever-expanding portfolio and they’re confident that their properties will provide the ultimate backdrop to any North Norfolk break. All their guests receive a complimentary

With North Norfolk’s popularity continuing to rise, they’ve done their utmost to ensure their exclusive portfolio runs parallel. Whilst there are many perks when you’re a Barefoot guest, there’s also plenty of them that come with being a Barefoot homeowner too. With a fully managed service at competitive rates, Barefoot Retreats will deal with everything and anything including marketing, PR, maintenance, bookings, guest liaison and enquiries. The team at Barefoot believe that letting a home should be as easy and enjoyable for you as the homeowner as it is for the guest. If you feel you’ve got a property that would sit perfectly within their portfolio, they would love to hear from you.


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Below: End Cottage, Thornham, sleeps 4, 1 small dog welcome

The current portfolio includes: Romantic Weekend Break End Cottage is an adorable little cottage that you are sure to fall in love with from the moment you walk through the front door! Centrally located in the popular village of Thornham, you are well-positioned within walking distance to all the village amenities, including 3 pubs. Family/Friends Staycation Grayling is a striking holiday let in Burnham Market, placed within sight of the village green and the unique shops Burnham is famed for. The house has a wonderful feel, being spacious, light, airy, luxuriously equipped and thoughtfully presented. Big & Beautiful The Roundhouse offers a haven with a distinctly Mediterranean feel to it! Located in a privately gated area just off the Quayside, you are perfectly positioned to enjoy all that this wonderful town has to offer. With five bedrooms spread throughout the property, this is the ideal place for a family holiday beside the seaside!

Below: Dragonfly, Docking, sleeps 8, dogs welcome

The Old Chequers, South Creake, sleeps 12, dogs welcome

For further information log on to: barefootretreats.co.uk or call 01485 512245

Grayling, Burnham Market, sleeps 8, dogs welcome

Whilst there are many perks when you’re a Barefoot guest, there’s also plenty of them that come with being a Barefoot homeowner too


Relax and unwind on the North Norfolk coast

Hotel

Self-catering breaks

Tel: 01485 534 411

E: reception@lestrangearms.co.uk www.lestrangearms.co.uk


REL AXED LIVING . EFFORTLESS STYLE .

A new and beautifully curated

INTERIORS AND LIFESTYLE STORE

www.barefootsunday.co.uk Barefoot Sunday No.5 The Courtyard Rutland Garden Village Ashwell Rd, Oakham Rutland, LE15 7QN barefootsundayliving


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Ford Mustang Mach-E Review

By motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay. @tbarnesclay |

@carwriteups


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Motor

For the first time in over half a century, Ford is growing the Mustang family, bringing the celebrated pony into the electric era with the all-new Mustang Mach-E. And guess what? It’s an SUV. “Heresy!” I hear you cry. Well, it might not be. Read on and decide for yourself. When it officially arrives in the UK later this year, the Mach-E will come with standard and extended-range battery options. It’ll also have either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Mustang accelerates rapidly and has a range of up to 370 miles. Ford also plans to offer an exceptional performance GT version, capable of zero to 62 mph in under five seconds.

and connecting a smartphone to the Mustang faster. It also introduces wireless compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and apps. Using Ford's all-electric architecture that places batteries inside the underbody, engineers and designers have been able to create a machine that's not only true to Mustang but also maximises SUV space for five people.

The sporty SUV delivers a trio of drive modes – Whisper, Engage and Unbridled – each offering driving dynamics parcelled with a different sensory experience. Features comprise sportier steering controls, ambient lighting, sounds, and dynamic animations that are linked to driving behaviour. When the vehicle sets off, the new Mach-E 4 all-wheel-drive system applies torque independently to the axles to deliver impressive pace and superior handling over the rear-wheel-drive variant. In addition to intense velocity, the Mustang is equipped with an adaptive suspension technology that lets the car hug the road while delivering an electrifying, comfortable ride. Making its debut in the Mach-E is the next-generation SYNC communications and entertainment system. This interface uses machine learning to understand driving preferences quickly and makes it easier to access information with a touch, swipe or a pinch. Additionally, thanks to cloud-based connectivity and voice recognition, the system makes navigation, music

The Mach-E is recognisable as a Mustang, thanks to signature elements such as its long, powerful bonnet, rear-haunch design, aggressive headlights and trademark tri-bar taillamps. Smart design and engineering deliver surprising rear-seat roominess and decent load space. The Ford holds another surprise under its bonnet: a drainable front boot stowage unit. Providing 100 litres of space, the front cargo area is large enough to hold a carry-on luggage bag. And because it’s drainable, it’s a convenient place to dump wet or muddy sports clothing, or, say, beach gear. In addition to the front boot, the rear load area has 402 litres of cargo capacity. With the rear seats folded down, the Mustang Mach-E boasts 1,420 litres of room – more than


43 enough for luggage, camping gear or whatever else you may want to move around. Everywhere inside, the Mustang Mach-E represents a blend of sleek, modern design and functionality. A premium B&O sound system includes speakers integrated across the front, floating above the air vents like a soundbar. A flip-up armrest doubles as a place to store bags or purses. Time-honoured Mustang design cues, like the double-cowl instrument panel, complete the interior. Even the panoramic fixed-glass roof has a secret: a glass coating with infrared protection helps the cabin stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Furthermore, a layer between the glass helps shield you and the interior from ultraviolet rays.

A limited First Edition model will be made available in extended-range, allwheel-drive semblance, with Grabber Blue Metallic paint, a panoramic roof, contrasting seat stitching and a scuff plate marked "First Edition." Finally, getting in and starting the SUV is a piece-of-cake with 'Phone As A Key' technology. Using Bluetooth, the car can detect your smartphone as you approach, unlocking the Mustang and allowing you to drive away without getting your phone out of your pocket or using a key. A backup code can be tapped into a keypad on the car to unlock it, and a separate code can be entered into the centre touchscreen to start and drive the vehicle, in the event your phone battery dies. As electric vehicle owners do around 80 per cent of their charging at home, Ford offers a connected wallbox solution, delivering five times the charging power of a domestic socket. This means you can add an estimated average range of 38 miles per charging hour, based on extendedrange, rear-wheel-drive configuration. The home charge cable, included with the Mustang, can add around nine miles per charging hour using a typical domestic outlet. What’s more, the connected navigation system will identify public charging locations during trips. It’ll also prompt you to charge at the most convenient points on each drive – all to help ensure you don’t have to be anxious about how much range you have. The Mustang Mach-E certainly heralds a new era for Ford – but it represents more than just zeroemission motoring; it’s about stressfree experiences, driving fun - and total peace-of-mind.


SYCAMORE PETERBOROUGH

Sycamore

IT’S TIME TO FEEL

MINI ELECTRIC Join the MINI Electric Tour. Arriving at Sycamore MINI on the 15th Dec.

Book Your Place Here

SEARCH: SYCAMORE PETERBOROUGH Call: 01733 707074


45 Words by Ashley Todd, Owner Ella James (ellajames.co.uk)

Discount Code: GRAVITAS20 for a 15% discount at Ella James

Santena Scalloped Chair £750, ellajames.co.uk

A Mood of

Optimism


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Homestyle

Glorious Gloria Feather Pendant £565, frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

2020 interior design trends are centering around a mood of optimism. This is reflected in the move towards bold luxurious and colourful interiors. Overblown floral prints, Rococo swirls and scalloped furniture combine with reflective materials such as mother of pearl and etched glass to achieve this romantic trend. The colour palette focuses on sophisticated shades of fig, fern, cappuccino and soft lilac as well as neutrals that soften the impact of highly embellished, decorative accessories and bold pieces of furniture. An effortless way to keep up to date is to invest in a few on trend accessories. Our new candle collection includes decorative candles etched with floral and bee designs in key shades of desert sage, mist rose and cappuccino. Trimmed with velvet ribbons, they perfectly encapsulate the trend and are almost too pretty to light. Glassware offers another easy update. The pressed glass storage jars shown here are available in granite green and midnight blue and are perfect for storing bathroom paraphernalia, adding that touch of hotel luxury to any bathroom large or small. Optimism focuses our thoughts on sustainability and interior trends also reflect the importance of repurposing, resulting in a vibrant mix of vintage and pre-loved furnishings and accessories. You can have fun with this look by introducing small animal themed accessories as ‘curiosities’ continue to gain momentum for 2020. From insects to monkeys and birds, the more ‘curious’ and unexpected the better. Our gold Serafina Bug decorations are ideal for decorating a small awkward space where you perhaps can’t display a picture. Simply fix them to a wall in a pattern that suits your space for a quirky bespoke effect. Perhaps our tiny gold hedgehog offers the easiest update - he hangs on pots and picture frames, adds an injection of colour, a hint of the curious and a little dollop of optimism. To order Ella James products, log on to: ellajames.co.uk or contact Ashley on 01572 759190 | info@ellajames.co.uk

C19th French Gilt Margin Frame Mirror with Bevelled Glass £1250, sellingantiques.co.uk/ tomscottantiques

Pressed Glass Storage Jar Large £29, ellajames.co.uk

Pressed Glass Jar Small £19, ellajames.co.uk


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Natural Capiz Shell Pendant Lamp £395, ellajames.co.uk

Decorative Serafina Bug £9, ellajames.co.uk

Etched Bee Candle from £18, ellajames.co.uk

Sacré Coeur Pink Velvet Bed £1975, frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk

Etched Rose Mist Candle from £18, ellajames.co.uk


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Homestyle

Different Rugs for Different Spaces

The Rug Studio is a specialist business run by Rachel Simpson who has 25 years’ experience in restoring, designing and selling antique and contemporary rugs.

The blend of traditional and contemporary can often sit harmoniously

Can traditional rugs work in a contemporary space and vice versa? Historically, the interest in rugs has been about the provenance and the subtle nuances between tribal regions and the city workshops. Exterior factors like the water affect the durability and quality of the dyes and wool and the experience of the weaver all dictate the success of a rug. Tribal pieces add character to a home and work nicely in older houses alongside crooked walls or they can also add another dimension in newer houses. A city workshop weave, with its formal structure, gentle detailing and controlled format provides elegance alongside straight walls and modern furniture. They can also create the feel of decadence in period properties. Alternatively, a contemporary rug can not only add a touch of character, but also create the sense of freedom in smaller, darker spaces. The blend of traditional and contemporary can often sit harmoniously together within the same space. This merging of era adds a new twist which works fantastically for the 21st century lifestyle. Rex Ray, an American artist, does exactly that. His rugs work in both antique and contemporary settings. The fusion of ages blend and complement the abstract style

of organic stylised shapes and bold use of colour. The Rex Rays are the modern tribal rug and are guaranteed to add the wow factor. In short, a rug of any style, if chosen correctly will always enhance any room. To visit The Rug Studio in Stamford at Unit 31, Cherryholt Lane, call Rachel on 01780 239594 or 07885 757796 to book an appointment or log on to therugstudio.co.uk to find other locations. Now open Mon-Thurs, 10am-1pm. Rachel is also very happy to visit clients in their homes to discuss and assess their needs and offer advice.


Est. 2000

STAMFORD LONDON HOLT

Sales

Cleaning

Restoration

Bespoke

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Restoration Demo Day Saturday 28th March 2020 Holt Antique Centre - 11am - 4pm Bring your rug along for free valuation

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After Stamford Studio: Unit 31, Store It, Cherryholt Lane Stamford, PE9 2EQ - Open Mon-Thurs, 10am-1pm - or By App Shop: St Martins Antique Centre, 23a High Street, Stamford, PE9 2LF - Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10:30am-5pm Shop: Holt Antiques & Interiors Centre, Thornage Rd., Holt, NR2 6SU, Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm Warehouse: 21 Acton Trading Estate, The Vale, Acton, W3 7QE - Tel 0208 261 7434 , Open Mon-Fri By Appt

E: info@therugstudio.co.uk T: 01780 239594

www.therugstudio co.uk


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Taste Explosion

Orbis

Recently opened, Orbis is an extremely unique bar and restaurant in the heart of Oakham.

I can honestly say this was the best food I have had in a long time

Owner Jonathon Spencer has a long history of successful eateries including The Wishing Well in Cherry Willingham and The Black Horse in Nettleham but now partially sighted, he can no longer drive and has condensed his portfolio to Oakham – fortunately for us! The menu is eclectic and completely Gluten Free. Head Chef Sam McDonald (formerly from The Blue Ball, Braunston) has created a menu of small plates and signature sharers to encapsulate both world tastes and British seasonal trends. Some of the dishes have been inspired by internationally acclaimed restaurants, for example, the Denver of Japanese Wagyu Beef and the Aromatic Shredded Duck Pancakes with Hoisin Dip, both from Tattu in Leeds, Jonny’s favourite restaurant.

Purveyors in international small plates, signature sharers, fine wine and cocktails

The fine wines are exclusive to Orbis and will not be found anywhere else in Oakham and the 24 cocktails, including classics like Porn Star Martinis and Cosmopolitans as well as the totally unique Sweet Shop selection, were created in house with the help of an expert mixologist. There is also an excellent non-alcoholic selection, many of which carry the vegan seal of approval. All the staff have been head hunted and trained by Jonny and so service is excellent. Janie, Nicky and I sampled the Express Lunch Menu which is a bargain at £10 and consists of a choice of two items


51 and a soft drink and guaranteed delivery within 10 minutes – or it’s free! (Available Wednesday to Friday from 11.30am to 2.30pm.) Janie had the Cornflake Chicken with Sticky Peanut Butter Mayo and Thin Cut Fries. The chicken was plentiful, succulent and very tasty. I ordered the Duck Pancakes and Courageous Peas – both were delicious. The pancakes were deep fried, which I was nervous about, but the batter was so delicate and the duck juicy, the whole experience was divine. The peas were smashed with chilis and lime – hence the courage! I can honestly say this was the best food I have had in a long time. Nicky went off piste and thoroughly enjoyed the fresh and superbly tender Salt and Pepper Squid with Garlic Aioli (£7.50) and Posh Fries (£5.50) with black pepper and parmesan. We were all very impressed and full! But we did manage to share the Rolo Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Vodka Sauce (£6.50). Too sweet for me but clearly beautifully made and a very generous helping. The whole menu is exciting and different. Other dishes that caught my eye included the Bloody Mary Mussels (£8), Pan Seared Scallops with Crushed Pea (£11), Smokey Vegetable Nachos with Smashed Avocado (£6.50), the vegan Coconut Cauliflower Curry (£7) and the Cheese Fondue (£18 for 2 people). I will certainly be heading back to try the above as well as the colourful and exciting looking cocktails – The Drumstick Lolly, the Crunchie Bar and the Poppin’ Candy Floss have to be experienced. Also on offer is a Cocktail Masterclass for groups of six to 14. Log on to orbisoakham.co.uk for further information and to view the full menu.


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Kwoklyn Wan, professional chef, restaurateur, a regular on radio and television and friend of Gravitas launches his Veggie Chinese Takeaway Cookbook, Wok, No Meat? It includes over 70 vegan and vegetarian takeaway classics. A recent poll found that Chinese food is far and away the top takeaway of choice in Britain and Kwoklyn’s new cookbook is the holy grail of Chinese takeaway and restaurant tradesecret recipes. In The Veggie Chinese Takeaway Cookbook, Kwoklyn reveals the culinary secrets he’s learned over a lifetime working in Chinese restaurants and helps readers re-create their favourite dishes at home, with step-by-step simplicity. Kwoklyn was kind enough to share two of his popular recipes with us:

Purple Sprouting Broccoli & Peanut Satay Sauce Satay sauce varies from region to region; it originates from Indonesia but was widely adopted by the Chinese for their love of peanuts – this sauce has lots of them. Young tender broccoli stems are lightly steamed and smothered in a rich, spicy–sour peanut sauce. Delicious simplicity on your plate. Method Toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan or wok over a medium heat until lightly golden and fragrant. Combine the peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce and chilli flakes (if using) in a small saucepan over a low heat, stirring until warmed and completely combined. Trim the broccoli stems and cut them into bite-sized pieces, then place in a steamer basket and steam for 4–5 minutes, or until tender. Remove the broccoli from the steamer and arrange on a serving plate, then pour over the satay sauce and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds.

Ingredients 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted 3 tbsp chunky peanut butter 1 tbsp rice vinegar 2 tbsp light soy sauce 1 tbsp chilli flakes (optional) 280g (9oz) purple sprouting broccoli

The Veggie Chinese Takeaway Cookbook by Kwoklyn Wan (Quadrille £15) | Photography ©Sam Folan

Wok, No Meat?


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Mushroom Teriyaki with Soba Noodles This dish is a perfect combination of meaty portobello mushrooms pan-seared with sweet chilli sauce. With its crispy crust, springy soba noodles and sweet honey and sour vinegar teriyaki sauce, it is utterly irresistible.

Ingredients 120g (4½oz) soba noodles 1 tbsp oil (vegetable, groundnut or coconut) 2 large portobello mushrooms, de-stalked and cleaned

Method

2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

Put the noodles into a deep saucepan, pour over boiling water and allow to gently simmer for about 5–6 minutes while you are cooking the mushrooms. Heat the oil in a large wok, add the portobello mushrooms and cook over a medium-high heat for 4–5 minutes on one side until browned, then turn, sprinkle with salt and the sweet chilli sauce and cook for a further 4–5 minutes until browned on the other side. Remove from the pan and set to one side.

3 tbsp honey (vegan option: use agave or maple syrup) 3 tbsp rice vinegar 1½ tbsp light soy sauce handful of long-stem broccoli 1 red chilli, finely diced 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted Salt to taste

Add 125ml (½ cup) of the soba noodle cooking water to the same wok with the honey, vinegar and soy sauce. Now add the broccoli along with half the chopped chilli. Cook over a medium-high heat for 6 minutes; if the sauce starts to dry, add a little more water. Once the broccoli is tender, drain the noodles and add them to the wok, stirring through to ensure the noodles are well coated with the sauce. Sprinkle over the remaining chilli and transfer to serving plates. Slice the cooked mushrooms and arrange over the top of the noodles. Sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and enjoy.


54 Taste Explosion

Time for Tea - at the Manor

Trevor Langley and wife Barbara enjoy afternoon tea at Allington Manor, situated in a tranquil Lincolnshire village near Grantham. Allington Manor has been lovingly restored to its Jacobean splendour and the current Manor dates back to 1450. The Grade II* listed Manor has a lot of history, especially with the original manor, on the same site, being recorded in the Doomsday Book. Now, being a rather grand family residence, guests can very much enjoy visiting, staying and even getting married at Allington Manor. Weddings, partnerships, receptions plus health and beauty treatments are just some of the events which can be experienced here. Offering superb accommodation and a beautiful garden – if time permits – this is one venue not to be missed. With much anticipation, Barbara and I arrived for afternoon tea where we were warmly greeted by Leo. It was certainly easy to see why Allington Manor can be found in ‘The Best Loved Hotels of the World’ and was voted, by the ‘Guardian’, as one of the top twenty-five most interesting places to stay in the UK. Absorbing the grand style - suits of armour, oil paintings and open log fires, we were served our afternoon tea in a manner so becoming of a grand residence. The tea comprised of a mixture – and our choice – of sandwiches (all bread is homemade at the Manor-house), warm scones,

Cornish clotted cream, preserves, fruit cake and pastries. With many different teas, such as Indian, China and fruit infused, to name just some and Blue Mountain coffee, everyone’s taste is accommodated. Chilled Champagne and a full bar are also available. Following our superb afternoon tea, Leo took us on a tour of the Manor. We found all the rooms most interesting with the breakfast room a sheer delight, having direct, easy access to the magnificent lawn and gardens. The quality of the furnishings in the bedrooms, with freestanding roll-top baths and four-poster beds, add elegance and charm. The spa is managed by Amy, Leo’s wife. Being very experienced and fully qualified, ‘The Beauty Lounge’ offers a full range of pampering and experiences from facials and massages to holistic treatments and Hopi Ear Candles.

Voted as one of the top twenty five most interesting places to stay in the UK

Tailored to your personal requirements, Leo can arrange weddings, receptions and conferences, hot and cold buffets, birthday parties, pamper days, shooting events, hog roasts and much more. We had a splendid visit and look forward to the next time. For more information on Allington Manor visit: allingtonmanor.com 01400 282574 Allington Manor, Allington, Nr Grantham, Lincolnshire NG32 2DH


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Spring has sprung, that can only mean one thing, our sun drenched terraces are ready for you... It’s the ultimate season for fresh produce and we are ready and waiting to awaken your tastebuds. Elegant Alfresco Dining / Locally Sourced Produce / 10 Ensuite Bedrooms / Afternoon Tea Private Dining Admiral Hornblower Brunch / Weddings & Private Events

Come and celebrate with us this Mother’s Day and Easter weekend We will have an array of delicious menu’s and fun events for all the family. The Hornblower will be holding its annual Children’s Easter Afternoon Tea, on Wednesday 8th April. We will have an easter egg hunt, children’s entertainment and Easter bonnet parade.

Call us to book your spot The Finch’s Arms,

The Admiral Hornblower,

Oakham Road, Hambleton Peninsula, Rutland, LE15 8TL www.finchsarms.co.uk E info@finchsarms.co.uk T 01572 756575 Instagram: @theproperpubcompany

64 High Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6AS www.hornblowerhotel.co.uk E info@hornblowerhotel.co.uk T 01572 723004 Instagram: @theproperpubcompany


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A Spring Menu from

The Rare Breed Chef Our slow food chef, Tom Cockerill, offers us some lively spring recipes. (Find Tom at: therarebreedchef.com)

Spring Nettle Soup Its certainly true that stinging nettles are rich in iron and many other useful minerals and vitamins - they are also abundant, tasty and free! Springtime is the best time to pick the young tips before they grow too fibrous. From long lived experience, it’s the tiny ones that give the meanest sting, so make sure your gloves are a decent thickness. I’ve added spinach here to enhance the colour of the soup. When picking nettles, you’ll more than likely come across hedge garlic and ground elder growing alongside them in the hedgerows - by all means add these to the mix too if you know what to look for. Give your nettle tops a quick wash in cold water before cooking to get rid of any unwanted creepy crawlies.

Ingredients

Method

50g butter

Wearing rubber gloves, drop the nettle tops and spinach into a large pan of boiling water for a minute or so until just wilted. Strain and place into a large bowl of ice water to cool. Strain into a colander, squeeze out the moisture and roughly chop.

150g young nettle tops 100g spinach 2 banana shallots, sliced thinly 1 stick celery, sliced thinly ¼ leek (the white part), sliced thinly 1 large potato, sliced thinly (a Japanese mandolin is useful to slice as thinly as possible, so they cook quickly) 1 litre hot chicken (or vegetable) stock

In a large saucepan, cook the shallots, celery and leek in a little oil until just softened. Turn up the heat and add the butter. Add the thinly sliced potatoes when the butter begins to foam and stir again until the potatoes begin to soften and break up. Add the stock and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the chopped spinach and nettles and immediately blend with a stick blender. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.


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Slow Roast Shoulder of Southdown Lamb, Caper, Mint and Anchovy Relish Slow roasted until falling off the bone and served with a tangy, briney relish that’s the perfect loud and brash accompaniment to cut through the wonderful richness of the lamb. Ingredients 2kg lamb shoulder, on the bone 2 white onions, sliced ½ tbsp fennel seeds ½ tbsp mustard seeds ½ tbsp coriander seeds ½ tbsp pink peppercorns ½ tbsp garlic salt Sea salt Cracked black pepper

Method

2 tbsp olive oil

Remove the lamb from the fridge an hour before cooking. In a spice blender or pestle and mortar, pulse or pound together the fennel, mustard and coriander seeds with the pink peppercorns and garlic salt.

100ml sherry For the relish 6 marinated anchovies chopped ½ tbsp capers, roughly chopped ½ red onion finely sliced 1 heaped tbsp chopped mint 1 heaped tbsp chopped parsley 4 tbsp sherry vinegar 1 tbsp caster sugar

Lightly score the surface of the lamb shoulder and brush with the olive oil. Scatter the spice mix liberally over the lamb and season with salt and black pepper. Place in a roasting tin on top of the sliced onions and tightly cover with tinfoil - make sure the tinfoil is domed over the lamb so it’s not in contact to prevent the lamb sticking to it. Roast at 140C for 5-6 hours, basting occasionally. Remove from the oven and transfer to another tray/serving board to rest for at least 30 minutes. Pour off any rendered fat from the roasting tin and deglaze with the sherry. Add a splash of boiling water and reduce over heat to give a nice sticky roast onion gravy to serve on the side with your favourite potatoes and spring vegetables. Make the relish just before serving by whisking together the vinegar and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Stir in the sliced red onion and leave for 5 minutes then mix in the anchovies, capers and herbs and serve on the side as a fresh tangy accompaniment to the rich slow roast lamb.


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Baked Orange and Grand Marnier Cheesecake I’ve used Navel Oranges in this recipe, a relation to the blood orange. They have amazing flavour, they’re seedless and are bang in season right now.

Ingredients

Method

750g cream cheese

Grease a 20cm cake tin and line the base with parchment. Combine the biscuit crumb with the melted butter and press firmly into the base of the cake tin. Leave in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to set.

150ml sour cream 180g caster sugar 2 heaped tbsp flour 3 large eggs 2 oranges 50ml Grand Marnier 150g thick cut marmalade For the base 250g Gingernut biscuits, pulsed in a food processor (not too fine!) 125g unsalted butter, melted

Add the cream cheese to a large mixing bowl and slowly beat in the caster sugar a little at a time until smooth and glossy. Sift and stir in the flour until smooth. Grate one of the oranges with a fine grater and add the zest to the mix along with the Grand Marnier. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the eggs and then incorporate to the cream cheese mix using the whisk, adding the eggs gradually until well combined. Stir in the sour cream. Pour the mix into the cake tin and bake at 180C for 15 minutes. Then turn the oven down to 110C for a further 25-30 minutes until it’s just set (a slight wobble is fine as it will continue to set whilst cooling). Turn off the oven and leave to cool with the door ajar for a couple of hours before placing in the fridge. For the topping, cut away the peel from the oranges and slice into rounds; pat dry with kitchen paper and arrange on top of the cheesecake. Warm the marmalade in a saucepan with a little hot water to create a hot syrup. Remove the cheesecake from the cake tin and place onto a serving plate. Pour over the syrup and return to the fridge for at least ten minutes to set before serving.


THE BLUE BELL GLINTON

RELAX, EAT DRINK & ENJOY Good honest food served in a glorious village pub. Book online or call 01733 252285

thebluebellglinton.co.uk

10 High St, Glinton, Peterborough PE6 7LS


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Stapleford Park’s

Champagne and Tasting Evening Kathy and Abi enjoy an exquisite evening of spectacular food and exclusive ‘house’ champagne.

Perfect for a less formal dining experience with family or friends

With a bespoke label, Champagne maker, Maison Gardet has recently collaborated with Stapleford Park to supply their elegant champagne: Brut Premier Cru Blanc De Noir. This multi award winning Champagne is made of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Meunier from the Premier Cru vineyards of Hautvillers (birthplace of Champagne). A full-bodied, smooth Champagne, it proved the perfect accompaniment to the lavish ‘starters’ and ‘mains sharing platters’ served by the talented Stapleford kitchen.


61 The starter selection comprised of five sharing boards: • Crispy Pork Belly, Black Pudding & Rhubarb • Lightly Poached Salmon, Lemon Emulsion, Radish & Cucumber • Pressed Confit Duck, Watermelon, Goats’ Cheese Pearls, Soy & Honey Dressing • Sea Bream, Cherry Tomato, Olive & Red Pepper • Orange & Caraway Glazed Heritage Carrots, Textures of Onion, Crispy Tofu Kathy particularly enjoyed the sea bream – delicate but flavoursome with its tangy dressing. I thought the duck served alongside goat’s cheese to be inspirational and the pork belly was truly a taste explosion with the richness of the black pudding juxtaposed with the tartness of the rhubarb. The salmon was very lightly poached, almost translucent hence extremely delicate and fresh. I am not a tofu fan, but the delicate batter added flavour and texture. Mains: • Molasses of Sirloin Beef, Jerusalem Artichoke, Duck Fat Confit Potato • Fillet of Turbot, Crab, Samphire, Purple Potato, Baby Leek • Cauliflower Quinoa, Courgette & Broad Beans All boards were portioned generously and presented beautifully. Perfect for a less formal dining experience with family or friends. We did not do justice to the mains as the starters had been so plentiful, but the turbot was sensational, earthy and juicy and the beef was divine, tender and succulent – I couldn’t stop!


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Dessert was served as a trio, including Chocolate Delice with variations of Raspberries, Chilli & Star Anise Marinated Pineapple and a deconstructed Eaton Mess as well as a Coffee Creme Brulee with Chocolate Chip Shortbread. Heaven! I rarely eat dessert, but the trio disappeared and, thankfully, the crème brulee didn’t get as far as my end of the table! To accompany was Maison Gardet’s Prestige Charles Blanc De Blancs - descried as, ‘an ethereal Champagne between purity and minerality - a wine in search of the perfect balance between.’ I am no expert, but it was delicious - delicate, citrussy and very refreshing. A perfect match. The sharing boards are designed to offer a more relaxed and affordable dining experience in the main house. Even more casual dining can be experienced with the bar menu, which serves burgers, chips, salads et al and at the Golf Pavilion where offerings include sandwiches, fish and chips and all-day breakfasts until 4pm. Don’t forget about the hugely popular Afternoon Tea and now there is a new addition of daily brunch from 11am – 2pm. To find out more log on to staplefordpark.com and champagne-gardet.com.


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uests, sponsors and supporters of a charity gala event in Rutland showed how big-hearted they are, by raising £106,000 for Solving Kids’ Cancer, a charity which supports families of children affected by neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. The glitzy gala night was organised by one of the region’s leading wealth management specialists, Smith Eliot Financial Management of Oakham, and was held at the stunning Ladywood Estate venue, at Braunston, on 2 November. More than 300 guests attended the glamorous event, including clients, local businesses and friends and family

of the Smith Eliot team. The event was generously supported by several companies, including Pragnell Jewellers, Rutland Aesthetics, Coe & Coe, NGI, Rutland Water Golf Club and More Production. A highlight of the evening’s entertainment was three live performances by Astraea, the famous voice behind the haunting Lloyds Bank advertisement theme song, ‘You’re Not Alone’. Guests were also greeted with a champagne reception courtesy of Pragnell Jewellers, fire dancing and entertainment provided by R&R Productions. The silent auction attracted some big bids for some amazing prizes such as a Singapore Grand Prix experience,

designer handbags and stylish European city breaks. Pragnell Jewellers also donated an exquisite £3,000 diamond pendant necklace as a special raffle prize. A staggering £53,171 was raised on the night, which was then matched by St. James’s Place Wealth Management, of which Smith Eliot is an appointed representative. Established in 1992, St. James’s Place has grown to be the largest company in its sector in the UK, with over £112.8bn of client funds under management. The wonderful venue, which usually hosts spectacular weddings, was kindly provided by Ladywood Estate and the theme was an enchanted garden, with


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more than £10,000 worth of decorations provided by More Production. The mouthwatering three-course dinner was created by the award-winning caterer, Salted Orange of Lincoln. Smith Eliot Financial Management provides wealth management advice to clients throughout Rutland and the surrounding areas. Their business was built on family values and their chosen

charity, Solving Kids’ Cancer, is one that is close to their hearts. Solving Kids’ Cancer supports children and families affected by neuroblastoma, a rare but aggressive form of childhood cancer. The charity provides a range of specialist support services to families affected by the condition, helping to give them the knowledge and resources they need to fight the disease. They also fund ground-breaking neuroblastoma research which is essential to develop treatment and improve the outcome for children affected. Charlotte Smith, Mortgage Adviser at Smith Eliot, organised the evening along with Lisa Smith, the firm’s Wealth Management Consultant and Director. Managing director, Stephen Smith, and director, Craig Potter, also attended the event, along with the rest of the team from the Oakham office. Charlotte said: “We were overwhelmed with the generosity of our contributors and guests and we were completely blown away by the venue

and the decoration. It was so lovely to see our guests have such a wonderful time and we hope they enjoyed it just as much as we did.” “We are also so pleased with the enormous amount of money raised for a truly wonderful cause. It made all of the work and organisation from the team more than worth it. Thankfully, we were provided with shots from Prefunc, which helped to soften the next day’s hangovers as the gin bar was well and truly stocked!” Mike Saunders, Director of Ladywood Estate, said: “Each year, Ladywood Estate hosts one charity event and we are delighted to use the estate’s facilities for raising money for worthy causes. Smith Eliot created an amazing event and with help from suppliers, organisers, generous sponsors and staggering amounts of donated prizes, we all raised a significant amount of money for Solving Kids’ Cancer charity. We were very proud to be part of it.” Smith Eliot is a business at the heart of the community in every sense.

For more information on Smith Eliot, visit: www.smitheliotfinancialmanagement.co.uk or email Enquiries.SmithEliot@sjpp.co.uk To find out more about Solving Kids’ Cancer, visit: www.solvingkidscancer.org.uk Smith Eliot Financial Management Ltd is an Appointed Representative of and represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website www.sjp.co.uk/products


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Invest Alongside the Haatch Team Haatch Ventures is an EIS Fund and incubator designed to invest not just cold hard cash into exciting tech-enabled start-ups, but, critically, practical support and help too. Haatch Ventures is made up of a team of hands-on value creators. They have been there, built scaled companies of their own and sold them. They use that knowledge, experience and network to accelerate the growth of their portfolio businesses via a "Smart Money" approach, providing support to enable digital transformation. Over the last seven years, the team has been investing, supporting and managing their own private and EIS Fund portfolio of digital companies, hand selected through a world class deal pipeline. Why is the deal pipeline so great? The answer lies in the vast amount of respect the digital world has for the uber experienced Haatch Venture founders: • Scott Weavers-Wright, who sold Kiddicare.com to Morrisons in 2011 for £70m and has since sold another start up to Quotient Technologies (NYSE Listed) • Digital marketing expert Simon Penson, founder of Zazzle Media, who sold to a NYSE-listed IPG) • Mark Bennett, Director of Hardware Partnerships for Google • Fred Soneya, respected technology expert

Together this team of specialists is able to best support portfolio companies, not just with cash, but with a vast wealth of start-up scaling knowledge. Now for the first time this expertise is being harnessed into an EIS Fund. To date the approach has produced marketleading returns. The current portfolio has average ROI of 5.60x based on the latest third-party fund-raising round for each company. Their target return on exit is 10x, which has given Haatch Ventures an enviable reputation as THE go to early stage investors in digital disruption tech. Stated Soneya: “We enable investors to benefit from our knowledge and experience of investing in disruptive UK technology whilst taking advantage of significant tax reliefs under the SEIS & EIS scheme. With the rate of technologyenabled disruption accelerating exponentially around such areas as the gig economy, autonomous vehicles, the rollout of 5G and connected devices, the march of cloud computing and digital disruption, the timing could not be better.” For more information log on to: haatch.com/investors/ or call 01780 408487

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Trust the Professionals Whether your business is a new start up or well-established and expanding, expert advice can be invaluable to ascertain the correct ways to focus your time, energy and resources for a solid foundation or growth plan. Our business experts explain how. For further guidance, contact our professionals directly.

Game Changer Do you ever find yourself lost for words? I’ve been working with Laura Colton from Mosaic People over the last nine months to develop ‘Game Changer’. They are a workplace management tool designed to help you and your team get thinking, get talking and succeed! Packed full of useful hints, tips and ideas, these cards are easily accessible and simple to follow. Designed for individuals, teams, leaders and businesses of all types and sizes, you can grab them off the shelf and use them as prompts for assessing where you are, where you’d like to be and how you’ll get there, in any given situation. There are six sets of Game Changer cards available: Cards for Leadership Success, Cards for Business Success, Cards for Leadership Coaching, Cards for Personal/Career Coaching, Cards to Recruit with Success, Cards for Great Communication. Search and buy from our Game Changer Amazon and eBay stores, or order by dropping Shaun an email at shaun@inspireignite.net for a launch discount. inspireignite.net Shaun Beck

If you want to build a remarkable brand, then strategy is the key When developing a brand, it is vital to recognise that this isn’t simply a new logo. A brand strategy works alongside the long term plans of a business to achieve a specific set of goals. This strategy requires precise execution which can take weeks, months, sometimes years to embed; it certainly doesn’t happen overnight. A company’s brand has an impact on all aspects of the business and is directly linked to consumer needs, emotions and the competitive environment. Building a strong foundation and well defined strategy can only aid the success of the implementation and, although it is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day running of your business, allowing time and flexibility with the process is essential. Begin by setting your business goals. What does success look like to you? What is the future vision for the brand? What is it precisely that you want to achieve? If you want to discuss how to build a remarkable brand, contact hue. mark@wearehue.co.uk 01780 753313 | wearehue.co.uk Mark Buttress

What are your brand touchpoints? Imagine you’re booking a table at a restaurant. You’ll likely encounter some of the following touchpoints: • Their Instagram when looking at food images • Their website when booking your table • Their signage outside the restaurant • Their tone of voice when you enter Each of these elements should work in harmony with one another, clearly representing your brand and creating the best possible experience for the customer, motivating them to take action. To ensure every interaction meets these requirements, ask yourself the following: • What is your first impression when looking at your website or social media? • Will each of your touchpoints motivate a customer to act? • Do each of your touchpoints align with your marketing strategy? Competition is at an all-time high and consumer attention spans are at an all-time low - you often have just a few seconds to capture consumers and imprint that positive impression. jenny@wearehue.co.uk 01780 753313 | wearehue.co.uk Jenny Clayton


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Are You Stuck in the Trap of

Perfectionism? Hanna Magdziarek is the founder of Kaizen Continuous Improvement Coaching Studio Ltd. IIn her role as a Personal Performance Coach, she works with individuals to create a more fulfilling life by helping them reduce stress and procrastination habits.

What is perfectionism and why do we need to challenge it? Perfectionism is relentless striving for extremely high standards in certain areas of your life and, as a result, experiencing the negative consequences of having such standards such as endless frustration, low mood, stress and anxiety caused by the enormous amount of self-imposed pressures. You may be struggling in your relationships, especially with closest family and friends. The physical cost may result in high levels of cortisol maintained for long periods of time and the body not being able to recover properly. This, in the long-term, can result in impaired mental performance, suppressed thyroid function and decreased bone density, lowered immunity and increased abdominal fat. Perfectionism, however, isn’t all bad as it can drive us to perform exceptionally well. In order to benefit from it, we need to be aware of what a helpful and healthy level of ‘doing things well’ looks like. So how can you put perfectionism in perspective? 1. Identify your perfectionist behaviours. They can range from procrastinating, avoidance, excessive checking and correcting, difficulty making decisions, not knowing when to stop to slowness, failure to delegate, hoarding and attempts to change the behaviours of others. 2. Ask yourself this: Is this standard realistic for me, in my current circumstances?

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3. Aim for the pareto rule – the 80:20 balance. You want to aim at very good standards but you don’t have to be perfect. Perfection is a perception. It’s ok not to achieve 100%. 4. If you feel something isn’t good enough, even though you’ve invested quite a bit of effort and time, ask yourself whether there’s a chance you’re being too harsh on yourself or inflexible in your thinking. 5. Ask yourself if you are missing out on the fun part of the experience (or life!) because all you’re focused on is doing things ‘perfectly’? 6. Reward yourself when you achieve the 80% or so. 7. Remember that being in control is about having a choice and being able to choose what is good for you. It’s not about limiting your choices. 8. Remember to practice, practice and practice because practise makes … progress! Shifting your mindset from perfect to great can be a challenge. It involves seeing the world in the shades of grey rather than just black and white. It takes self-reflection, healthy self-esteem and acceptance. If you want a fulfilling life, remember – your goal is to loosen up your unrelenting standards, not to get rid of perfectionism!

Reduce stress and procrastination and create a more fulfilling life Hanna Magdziarek, Kaizen Continuous Improvement Coaching Studio 07889 008753 | contact@kaizenway.space kaizenway.space


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Are you suffering from some embarrassing performance issues with your website and marketing? “In 2019, 48% of all online ad budgets were wasted because they were not reaching the intended audience.” Research shows, 26% of marketers have used their budgets on ineffective channels and strategies. Here’s a quick list of the common marketing strategy mistakes we’ve seen; Channel Focus Using every channel that’s out there without thinking about where your customers are. It’s expensive, time consuming and doesn’t deliver the relevant results. No Goal or Goal Tracking How can you measure a strategy without a measurable target in place? How much do you want to increase leads or sales? What’s the number? As we all no goal, there is often no goal tracking, so businesses can’t see where their sales are coming from. Poor Planning Most marketing strategies are too short-sighted, they don’t look at the year ahead, the peaks and troughs of the business and where campaigns need to build the biggest impact. No Commercial Awareness Few marketing strategies take into account market trends, buyer behaviour, let alone how the marketing strategy is going to be integrated into the wider business. No Analysis Consistent analysis of a marketing strategy is vital. You have to check in on your plan and know which areas are

Businesses waste an average of 26% of their budgets on ineffective channels working well, and which areas are your weakest. Without regular analysis high spend is wasted. Copycat Marketing Just because your competitors are doing something, doesn’t mean you should be. Copycat marketing does not work, and will look weak in the eyes of your customers. No Strategy At All Of course there are many businesses who have no strategy at all. This means significant results are never truly gained. At Trusted Media, we build long-term marketing strategies to enhance performance and deliver real results. So tell us, what results do you want to achieve? trustedmedia.co.uk | hello@trustedmedia.co.uk 01733 788766


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What’s on Thursdays 1.30 – 2.45 Hatha Yoga for Adults

3 March | Seasonal Collective Retreat

New local yoga classes in Oakham with Club Ansell, Yoga Classes by Emma Ansell. Having worked in Arts and Celebrity PR for many years in London, Emma firmly established yoga in her day to day life for not only health and fitness at that time but to create space and grounding in a busy career. This planted seeds of thought for the future and for her to train as a yoga teacher. Now seven years in, Emma is offering classes in Oakham.

Admission: £34 for 4 sessions or £9.50 a go

How to book: 07771 571183 or just

turn up

Where: Studio E, 2 Princess Avenue,

Oakham LE15 6PQ

Join Sophie and Isabella at Loddington Hall for a seasonal retreat. Arrival 9.30am, Nordic Walking 10am 11am, Seasonal Food Demonstration leading into Lunch 11.30am - 1pm Inspirational Tablescaping, 'Bringing the Outdoors in' 1pm - 2pm, Pilates 2pm - 3pm, Cleansing Juices Depart, as your schedule requires, between 3pm and 4pm. @seasonalcollectivewellness @seasonal_wellness

Admission: Early bird offer £99, £125 thereafter

How to book: 07951 241868 or email seasonalcollective2020@gmail.com

Where: Loddington Hall, Main Street, Loddington, LE7 9XE

4 - 5 April Burghley Horse Power The TVR Car Club will be gathering in force at Burghley for their annual season opener. With a cross section of models, Club Shop, and TVR related trade stands, there will be plenty to see and do!

For further information: burghley.co.uk Where: Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3JY


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4 - 5 April |Burghley Fine Food Market Food lover? This is the place to be as Burghley House, in a celebration of local produce, opens its grounds to a large range of local suppliers including handmade cheeses, organic vegetables, luxury sweet treats and rare breed meats. The market takes place in The Courtyard. Open 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Admission: Free entry and parking For further information:

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Where: Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3JY

13 April | Easter Family Fun Day Join in the family fun this Easter at Huntingdon Racecourse. The Main Enclosure will feature bags of free children’s entertainment including inflatable funfairs, face painting and more. Family days offer great value for money, amazing horseracing action and off-track entertainment, ensuring fun for all the family.

Admission: Tickets from £13 How to Book: Call 03445 793007 or thejockeyclub.co.uk/Huntingdon Where: Huntingdon Racecourse, Thrapston Rd, Huntingdon PE28 4NL

8-10 May | VE Weekend Street Party Celebrate VE Day 75 with a nostalgic weekend for the whole family. To mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War, the awardwinning RAF Museum, Cosford will be celebrating with a street party. A weekend of food and fun will be held in the grounds of the museum. Joining the food and drink at the street party will be costumed re-enactors, vintage selfie station, vintage fairground stalls and family activities. On Friday 8 May at 3pm, next to the Mosquito in War in the Air Hangar,

hear ‘Battle’s O’er’ performed on the bagpipes, a tune played at the end of a battle, along with ‘VE Day 75’ a specially composed tune, at the same time as thousands of other bag pipers across the world.

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Admission: Free entry (some activities will be chargeable) When: 10am - 4pm Where: RAF Museum, Cosford, Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8UP


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‘Live Action Gaming’ A family from Rutland has put their game faces on to create a new concept in family entertainment – ‘Live Action Gaming’ at Grafham Water, near Huntingdon.

‘Rumble’ brings together the best of the real and virtual worlds in an action-packed experience using high-tech equipment, set in woodland arenas on the edge of the reservoir. It is the creation of Billy and Jacquie Rumble who were inspired by their three action-gamer sons who are aged 8 to 17. Jacquie explains: “Our boys are sporty and enjoy the outdoors once they’re out there, but like many kids, given the chance they would spend hours in front of a screen. And so Live Action Gaming was born - if you can’t beat ‘em….” Over the course of the hour-long adventure, groups are set missions by the Rumble Rangers who oversee each game. Contenders are equipped with a laser rifle and sensor and can unlock special weapons, medical kits, ammo and more through ‘kill streaks’ or by finding hidden utility boxes on site. There are dozens of hides and bases including sniper towers throughout the woods - all made from reclaimed timber and natural materials from the forest. Billy said: “It’s a cross between shootem-up video games and paintballing but, unlike the latter, it is contactless and pain-free, making it suitable for all ages from eight and up. Like computer games, the story arch is split into smaller missions, keeping it engaging and exciting throughout.

“We’ve had children versus grandparents, school groups and family groups all coming along to have a go and the feedback has been incredible. People are really embracing the game and appreciate having a brand-new option for a fun adventure.” Rumble costs just £15 a session and is also a great place to hold parties and other group events. To find out more visit rumblelive.co.uk

Information Admission: £15 for a full hour of missions

How to Book: Online booking essential. Visit rumblelive.co.uk for session times. Where: Marlow Park, Grafham

Water, (far end of the car park, follow the flags).


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What’s on

at New Theatre Peterborough newtheatre-peterborough.com | 01733 852992

3 - 7 Mar | Friendsical

An original and unique new parody musical inspired by the gang in Friends, the iconic TV show. When Ross’s wife leaves him for another woman, he fears he will never find love again. But then Rachel runs back into his life… will he end up with his one true love? With original new songs such as ‘(He’s her) Lobster!’, ‘Richard’s Moustache’ and ‘You’re Over Me, When Were You Under Me?’, the gang take on naked Thursdays, a power cut, and a dinosaur convention! What could possibly go wrong? This is a loving parody not to be confused with the Warner show.

18 - 22 March | Billionaire Boy (5 years+) The bestselling children’s author David Walliams and the awardwinning Birmingham Stage Company have teamed up again for a brandnew production of Billionaire Boy. This will be their third collaboration after the Olivier Award nominated Gangsta Granny and acclaimed Awful Auntie productions. Billionaire Boy tells the story of Joe Spud, who is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country. He has his own sports car, two crocodiles as pets and £100,000 a week pocket money. But what Joe doesn’t have is a friend. So he decides to leave his posh school and start at the local comp. But things don’t go as planned for Joe and life becomes a rollercoaster as he tries to find what money can’t buy!

26 April | An Audience with Anton Du Beke Join the King of Ballroom and Strictly legend, Anton Du Beke for an intimate evening of conversation, laughter, song and dance. Anton talks about his career as a leading dancer, author and TV star. Don’t miss this exclusive chance to get up close and personal with the 2019 Strictly finalist and Mr Showbusiness, alongside a powerhouse band, dancer and guest vocalist Lance Ellington.

Admission: £35 per person

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Admission: From £15

19 November | Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny (16 years +) Book early. One of the most prominent comedians in the UK, Jimmy Carr is known for his dark sense of humour. Not for the faint-hearted, Terribly Funny contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes - they are not the terrible things.

Admission: £31 per person

New Theatre Peterborough, 46 Broadway, Peterborough, PE1 1RS


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