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Start your festive shopping early, with our Christmas Gift Guide...

Oakham’s Own Rio Olympian Crista Cullen... EXCLUSIVE

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Preserving the area’s heritage varieties this ‘Apple Day’ Page 32


Profiling Rutland’s grand properties

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Autumn Style FASHION


Your New Season Wardrobe with Oakham’s Cavells... This Month: Aston Martins roar into the Burghley House Parkland...

Eating Out

The Lord Nelson in Oakham and Stamford’s No3

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Oakham School educated Crista Cullen took gold in this year’s Rio Olympics, whilst Peterborough gymnast Louis Smith brought home similar success.


This year’s Burghley Horse Trials also proved itself a world class sporting fixture once more, and contributed £20m to the local economy in the process, whilst Rutland’s Birdfair raised £350,000 for conservation charities. Everywhere you look right now, the area is proving a success not for our own communities, but for the UK, and beyond. I’m occasionally asked why Rutland Pride is so named. Hopefully these few examples validate the name of our magazine. This month, we’re meeting the volunteers of another local conservation project - The Stamford Community Orchard Group - to find out how they’re protecting local varieties of apples and celebrating Apple Day on 1st October. Also promoting Rutland food is Alan and Jane Hewson, who have resurrected Rutland Slipcote cheese - we’ll meet them later in this edition, too!

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Oakham’s Own Rio Olympian Crista Cullen... EXCLUSIVE

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Preserving the area’s heritage varieties this ‘Apple Day’ Page 32


Profiling Rutland’s grand properties

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Autumn Style FASHION

Your New Season Wardrobe with Oakham’s Cavells... This Month: Aston Martins roar into the Burghley House Parkland...

Eating Out

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Finally, this month, we’re gearing up for a season of celebration by launching our annual Restaurant of the Year competition and the first of our Christmas Gift Guides. Best wishes for a great month, Rob Davis, Editor

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Oakham’s Own Rio Olympian Crista Cullen... EXCLUSIVE

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Preserving the area’s heritage varieties this ‘Apple Day’ Page 32


Profiling Rutland’s grand properties

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Autumn Style FASHION

Your New Season Wardrobe with Oakham’s Cavells...

Eating Out

The Lord Nelson in Oakham and Stamford’s No3

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This Month: Aston Martins roar into the Burghley House Parkland...

With best wishes from the Rutland Pride team Managing Director and Publisher: Julian Wilkinson. General Manager: Ian Bagley. Executive Editor: Rob Davis. Features Editor: Tilly Wilkinson. Customer Care Manager: Mandy Bray. Distribution: Joe Proctor. Office Manager: Sue Bannister. Account Manager: Lauren Chambers. National Sales Manager: Zoie Wilkinson. Sales Manager: Roberta Hall. Sales Executives: Sian Jarratt, Emily Brown, Carissa Clay, Hayley Scott, Jessica Cobbold, Sarah Allen, Yvette Coates, Aileen Perolio-Jones and Cassy Ayton. Why not follow us on Facebook? You can keep up to date with any news we may have for our lovely magazine! Follow us on Twitter so you can read our tweets. We’ll let you know what’s going on and keep you well informed! By supplying editorial or adverts to Rutland Pride you accept in full the terms and conditions which can be found online at In the event of an advert or editorial being published incorrectly, where Pride Magazines Ltd admits fault, we will include an advert of equivalent size, or equivalent sized editorial, free of charge to be used in a future edition, at our discretion. This gesture is accepted as full compensation for the error(s) with no refunds available. Selected images in our content may be sourced from

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October 2016

Good news only, and lots to do in the area. That’s what our NEWS AND WHAT’S ON guides provide this month.

The grandest properties and best visitor attractions this month as we profile Stamford and Rutland’s STATELY HOMES... This month, we meet Rutland’s home-grown Olympian, CRISTA CULLEN, fresh from gold medal winning hockey success in Rio. Stamford’s Community Orchard Group look after the area’s heritage apple varieties, and this month they’re celebrating APPLE DAY.

This month FOOD & DRINK pages feature Oakham’s Lord Nelson, Stamford’s No3, and our Restaurant of the Year competition.

Get an early start on your festive shopping with the first of our CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDES, featuring the area’s independent retailers.

Rutland FARMING this month, visiting Belvoir Ridge Creamery near Whissendine to discover Rutland’s long lost Slipcote cheese... Meanwhile, our FASHION pages look at new season outfits from Oakham’s Cavells, and we’ve autumn cosmetics, too.

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County News Hambleton Hall praised in Waitrose Good Food Guide Supermarket’s Good Food Guide names its favourite restaurant, and Hambleton Hall is praised with Head Chef Aaron’s finesse ‘burning as brightly as ever...’

Rutland’s Hambleton Hall is one of just 10 dining rooms featured in a new restaurant guide, published by Waitrose.

The hotel, owned by Tim and Stefa Hart, has a Michelin-star quality restaurant headed up by Aaron Patterson, singled out in the guide by Editor Elizabeth Carter, who praised the restaurant’s food, which was slightly simplified this year, as reported in May’s Rutland Pride. “His enthusiasm and finesse burn as brightly as ever,” says Elizabeth. “A simpler approach recently is yielding dividends in terms of the lack of presentational distraction on the plate, allowing ingredients their star roles.” The restaurant guide also praises Hambleton Hall’s

Plans submitted for 75 new homes in Uppingham...

Uppingham is set to gain 75 new homes after developer Bloor Homes submitted its revised plans for a new development of Leicester Road. The plans reflect an increased amount of open spaces and a new mix of house types more in keeping with Uppingham’s aesthetic.

Max Whitehead of the developer said: “We’re confident these changes will enable us to deliver a development which provides much-needed new housing for Uppingham and also blends in sympathetically with its surroundings.” n For more information on the development, call 01530 270100 or see


Downton Abbey’s Anna tells story of Rutland’s Tom Ray Feature film about Rutlanders Tom and Nicola Ray was written and shot entirely in the county, and was directed by Seaton resident Bill Clark...

bread and wines, describing them as ‘sensational,’ and identifies Aaron’s Old Spot Pork dish was reported to be a particular highlight. The Good Food guide is owned by Waitrose and names the UK’s best 50 restaurants.

In our region, Clipsham’s Olive Branch and Wymondham’s Berkeley Arms are mentioned. First overall was L’Enclume in Cumbria for the fourth year running. Third overall was Nottinghamshire’s Sat Bains.

This month Rutland Pride launches its own Restaurant of the Year awards, where we invite readers to nominate their favourite restaurants in return for complimentary meals out at our partner restaurants in 2017. Rutland couple Tom and Nicola Ray’s story will be told next month as the film Starfish reaches UK cinemas.

The story, written and directed by Seaton filmmaker Bill Clark, tells how the couple’s lives changed dramatically following the onset of septicaemia in 1999.

The condition saw Tom having to endure amputation of both arms and legs, and having part of his face removed. With the support of his two children and wife Nicola, Tom has overcome many struggles in the 10 years since then. Starfish was not only written in the county, but filmed here too, with locations including Rutland Water and Kendrew Barracks. Joanne Froggatt from Downton Abbey and Tom Riley will play the Nicola and Tom Ray. The film’s release is scheduled for late October.

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Strong ‘A’ level results at Stamford Endowed Schools Students at the Stamford Endowed Schools are again celebrating strong ‘A’ level examination results with 175 pupils enjoying top marks... Stamford Endowed Schools (Stamford Boys’ School and Stamford High School) ‘A’ level pupils were celebrating their success last month after some very successful exam results. Overall the 175 students gained grades of A*, A, B or C in 86% of their examinations. The percentage of A*, A and B grades was a pleasing 66%. Will Phelan, Principal of the Endowed Schools, said “I am delighted to congratulate the students on their exam results.”

“Overall the results have been strong, and there were many outstanding individual performances which are the culmination of two years of hard work. Their good grades will give them a strong advantage in the job market or University applications. I would also like to thank the teaching staff for all of their professionalism and their commitment to the students.”

n Rutland & Leicestershire will gain over 100 additional police officers in 2017/18 after years of frozen budgets. It’s not yet known exactly whereabouts in the area they will be deployed, but the recruitment will comprise at least 80 police constables and 20 PCSOs.

n Sacrewell Farm has marked the first anniversary of the reopening of its watermill after a £1.8m refurbishment. The attraction has enjoyed over 100,000 visitors since it reopened last July.

n Peterborough’s Queensgate Shopping Centre is due to welcome upmarket chocolatier Hotel Chocolat as Pride goes to press. The new store will open in the mall’s Westgate Arcade and will include a cocoa bar café.

n Rutland Water Golf Club is encouraging its members to donate their unused or unwanted clubs to be shipped to Kenya in order to encourage young people across Africa to take up the game.

Rutland Water makes a splash with Green Flag eco-award The county’s reservoir is one of five Anglian Water sites to have retained their Green Flag awards for well-managed green spaces...

n The school will host its Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 12th October. See

n Uppingham’s Fête, Flower & Produce Show enjoyed a record number of visitors last month, with 20 stallholders and 230 entries plus 31 exhibitors in the show tent.

n Rutland’s Sir Alan Duncan has appointed a new ‘deputy’ in his fresh role as Teresa May’s Foreign Office minister. The Rutland MP’s dog Noodle joined him in office and met Foreign Office cat Palmerston. The old adage of ‘fighting like cat and dog’ proved inaccurate, as the two reportedly get on very well... a reflection on the office’s penchant for fostering a culture of diplomacy, perhaps?

Rutland Water is one of five Anglian Water reservoirs and water parks to have retained its coveted Green Flag statuses as some of the best green spaces in the country. The reservoir is joined by Cambridgeshire’s Grafham Water and Northamptonshire’s Pitsford Water in retaining a Green Flag.

The award is a sign to visitors that the parks are well-maintained and well-managed green spaces, with excellent facilities. Green flags will be flown at car parks around the reservoirs for the next year to mark the status.

This year, 1,686 parks and green spaces across the country will fly the flags, ensuring that even more of us now have access to wellmanaged, high-quality green spaces close to our doorsteps.

Jake Williams, Head of Parks and Conservation at Anglian Water, said: “We are extremely proud of our Green Flag awards. They are the result of a lot of hard work and dedication from staff and volunteers at Anglian Water and we are delighted to share these awards with them. “It’s a fantastic achievement to be awarded with five this year. Our reservoirs were created to provide water for millions of households but it’s fantastic that they can also provide a home for wildlife and a place for people to enjoy themselves as well.” The award comes as visitors have enjoyed the country’s largest inflatable waterpark, new for 2016, and the return of the temporary ‘beach’ created on the reservoir’s shores during the school holidays.


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County News Stamford’s Tolethorpe Hall hosts 40th anniversary gala... Open air theatre celebrates four decades by staging a VIP performance of the first play it ever performed Stamford Shakespeare Company, based at Tolethorpe Hall, held a gala performance of Macbeth last month to celebrate 40 years of performances at the open air theatre venue. ‘The Scottish play’ was the first production to be held at the theatre back in 1977, and a

champagne reception and host of VIPs made the performance particulary special.

Theatre founder Jean Harley’s sons attended the performance, along with the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard and the High Sheriff of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness.

New PR Venture Rooting for Rutland’s Rural Firms... PR firm to provide support for Rutland’s rural firms with founder Megan Allen already representing Oakham Castle and Peterborough’s Sacrewell Farm...

Rutland now has a new media and public relations company, specialising in promoting the county’s rural businesses. Rural Roots PR is based upon a blog of the same name launched by former local journalist Megan Allen, from Oakham. “The idea for Rural Roots started a while ago. I moved back to Rutland from London and had much more success in my career once I was living rurally.” “I want to prove that to be successful you don’t have to live in a city,” Megan explained. “Most small businesses can’t afford to employ full-time PR and social media specialists, which is where I can help.” “Having grown up in the country I understand the needs and challenges faced by rural firms, and can offer realistic public 8

relations solutions that do not cost the Earth.” So far, Megan has worked in marketing for Peterborough attraction Sacrewell Farm and for Oakham Castle. n For more information call 07730 599358 or see

THE BOOK CLUB This month we have some gripping horror stories to read, just in time for Halloween... Slade House, David Mitchell Turn down Slade Alley, find the door, enter the garden of an old house that doesn't quite look right. A stranger greets you. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. This tale begins in 1979 and comes to its conclusion around Halloween 2015. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a guest is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen and who chose them? The answers lies at the top of the stairs... Alice, Christina Henry In crumbled buildings stands a hospital. Inside is a woman Her hair once blonde hangs in tangles. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives her a chance to escape. She can uncover the truth about her, only something else has escaped with her...

The House on Cold Hill, Peter James Ollie Harcourt is dreading moving house with his wife Caro and their 12 year old daughter Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House, a Georgian mansion, he is filled with excitement. But it soon becomes clear that the they aren’t the only residents in the house.

The Last Days of Jack Sparks, Jason Arnopp Jack Sparks died writing this. It was no secret he had been researching the occult for his book. He’d already caused a Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism. Then there was that video. 40 seconds of footage that Jack said was not his, yet was posted from his YouTube account. Nobody knew what happened to Jack- until now.

The Loney, Andrew Hurley The locals called it the Loney; the area between the Wyre and the Lune. It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water. No one apart from us, that is.

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EPC Rating: Exempt

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EPC Rating: F








EPC Rating: D

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A substantial and individual family home, completely renovated and modernised, situated in a very private and quiet corner of this popular Rutland village.

GUIDE PRICE £950,000

• Entrance Hall

• Master Bedroom & En-suite

• Dining Room

• Three Bedrooms

• Sitting Room

• Family Bathroom

• Kitchen Breakfast Room

• Private Established Gardens

• Family Room

• Double Garage

• Study

• Off Street Parking

• Utility Room


• Cloakroom

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Rutland, Langham

Guide Price ÂŁ650,000

A charming thatched cottage, listed Grade II, with beautiful views to St Peter and St Paul church, in a much sought after Rutland village. 4 Reception Rooms | 5 Bedrooms Double Garage | Mature Gardens

Rutland, Whissendine

Guide Price ÂŁ525,000

An unlisted stone farmhouse in an edge of village location with delightful countryside views and paddock land available by separate negotiation. 3 Reception Rooms | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Garage | South facing garden

Market Harborough 01858 433123

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ASHWELL Guide Price £2.10 Million A very fine, substantial Grade II Listed Georgian Country House set on the edge of the village with the benefit of an accompanying 3-bedroom detached Bungalow located within the grounds. Ashwell House offers extensive, beautifully proportioned and elegant accommodation which has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment programme, whilst retaining a wealth of original features. The accommodation comprises: 4 Reception Rooms, Kitchen with Eating Area, Cloakroom, Utility, Cellars, Principal Bedroom Suite, 6 further Bedrooms, 3 Further Bathrooms (1 En Suite), Playroom, Store Room. Outside: Coach House with Stables, Tack Room and Loft, Garaging, Summer House, Outdoor heated Swimming Pool, beautifully maintained and mature Gardens and Grounds of approx. 2.2 acres. EPC Exempt.


CAREBY Guide Price £1.49 Million A beautifully presented and substantial family residence, set within gardens and grounds of over 2.0 acres located in a delightful secluded riverside setting. Accommodation comprises: Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Family Room, large Living Kitchen, Study, Master Bedroom Suite, 4 further Bedrooms (3 ensuite). The property offers equestrian facilities to include grass paddock, detached building with 2 purpose built stables, further outbuildings and a 3 bay barn. Energy Rating: D.



Charming detached house dating back from 1893 situated in one of Rutland’s prettiest villages and providing well-proportioned accommodation with 4 dle bedrooms. The self-contained 1-bedroom Annex is highly adaptable, with potential for an office, guest house, granny flat or childrens/teen play area. The large private garden is beautifully stocked and tended enjoying open countryside views. Energy Rating: F.




Substantial stone-built period house situated a short distance from the village church and providing spacious four-double-bedroom accommodation set over three levels with a wealth of character features. 3 Reception Rooms, Breakfast Kitchen, Utility, Cloakroom/WC, Workshop, Cellar, 4 dbl Bedrooms, Bathroom, Shower Room, Games Room. Single Garage, parking, gardens. Energy Rating: F.



A charming character property in a delightful, thriving village, surrounded by idyllic countryside. The house offers 2 Reception Rooms, Breakfast Kitchen, 3 Bedrooms (with en-suite to the master bedroom) and Family Bathroom. The gardens enjoy glorious views over open countryside and parkland and include a turnout paddock extending to approximately 1/2 acres and stabling for up to 4 horses. Energy Rating: D.

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Ketton – Price £735,000

A desirable 5 bedroom 4 reception room detached family home with an impressive living/kitchen room with bespoke kitchen units and scope for further accommodation in the hobbies room/loft space (subject to planning). Built by the present owners for their own occupation, the property boasts underfloor heating throughout, the principal bedroom with a dressing room and an ensuite shower room, 3 further shower/bathrooms, The property enjoys a secluded corner in Pinfold Gate a small enclave of individual homes with a partially walled west facing rear garden and oversized double garage.

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There are two unbeatable activities for a Sunday afternoon in the eyes of a Rutlander; Sunday Lunch at one of the high quality pub restaurants in Rutland, or afternoon tea at one of the incredible stately homes. This month we discover what else the latter has to offer, the history hidden behind the century-old walls, the ghost stories some of the manor houses have to tell for Halloween adventures, and what stately homes in Rutland have to offer visitors in the 21st century... Words: Tilly Wilkinson.

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Sunday. For most of us, it’s the day of the week we can have off from our busy working lives, and people in Rutland like to spend it at a pub restaurant or at home tucking into a roast dinner. On special occasions, Sundays are spent at the wealth of stately homes in the county and the surrounding area. Enjoy a delicious three-tiered afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and cakes, followed by a tour of the house and a walk through the grounds, if the weather prevails.

Rutlanders, and the British as a whole, are immensely lucky to be able to spend Sundays this way, exploring the heritage and culture our ancestors have left us, learning about the history of our market towns and manors during the Industrial Revolution, the World Wars, the Victorian times, and in some cases, right back to Tudor times. Stately homes are beautiful and hold so much history, but the main reason why stately homes are still standing is because they’re still useful. We are using them, not as


Boughton House,

NR ROCKINGHAM Boughton House is a country house three miles from Kettering, residing in a 11,000 acre estate. It is one of the seats of the Duke of Buccleuch, and famed for its beauty, its collections, and the fact it has survived almost unchanged since the 18th century. It has a medieval interior, but a French chateaux exterior, so it’s referred to as the English Versailles.

Sir Edward Montagu (pictured) Lord Chief Justice to Henry VIII, purchased it in 1528 just prior to


homes for one family anymore, but for the general public as National Trust sites, hotels, spas, restaurants, pubs, wedding venues and even schools.

The halls, manors, houses, castles and gardens in Rutland often hold special events too. The Burghley Horse Trials was last month, held in the grounds of Burghley House in Stamford, seeing people from across the world attend the sporting event, and Belvoir Castle holds an incredible firework display every year in August. A lot of the homes contributed to the war effort, some being considerably damaged or even destroyed competely.

Before the war, the Tudors, Georgians, Stuarts and Victorians left their marks on the manors especially some of the gardens and exterior construction, with some undergoing major renovations throughout the eras. This feature introduces you to the county’s stately homes and what they can offer you on a Sunday afternoon... the Dissolution of the Monasteries and began to convert it into a mansion.

Once a servants’ hall next to the kitchen, the armoury is now home to what many experts regard as one of the finest armouries in the country.

Boughton House is now a venue for events, weddings, corporate activities and organised groups. The House opens on specific dates for guided tours. n For more information, call 01536 515731 or visit

Stoke Rochford Hall is just ten minutes north of Greetham and is a stunning stately home with an interesting past. The remains of a Roman villa and a bath house were found on the site.

The present building dating from 1843 was built for Christopher Turnor. His grandson held many summer conferences at the hall. In 1940 the hall was requisitioned by the War Office, and used for headquarters for the Parachute Regiment. It was in the library at Stoke Rochford that the 1944 Arnhem ‘drop’ was planned. Purchased in 1948 by Kesteven County Council, the hall was home to Kesteven College of Education, a teacher-training college which closed in 1978. In 2005 a fire gutted the interior of the hall. It was restored by English Heritage for £12m. Stoke Rochford Hall is now a hotel, restaurant, bar, conference centre, wedding reception, leisure club and golf course. n For more info, call 01476 530337 or visit


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Deene Park, the seat of the Brudenell family since 1514, is a country manor. Seven of the Brudenell family were Earls of Cardigan, the most notable being the 7th Earl who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854. The estate was inherited by its current owner, Robert Brudenell, in 2014; he is the son of Edmund and Marian Brudenell, who devoted their lives to the rehabilitation of Deene Park and are largely responsible for the estate’s present appearance. The large gardens designed by David Nightingale Hicks feature a parterre overlooking the lake, and a newly planted avenue. The manor is located in the countryside not far from the Harringworth Viaduct and is surrounded by historic villages and hamlets. St Peter’s Church, Deene, in the grounds, has the funeral monuments of the Brudenells. The house, gardens and parkland are open to the public on Sundays and bank holiday Mondays during the summer months, and for private group tours on selected days throughout the year. There is also a teashop on site for you to visit after a garden or house tour.

n For more information on Deene Park and the gardens or to book a tour, please visit or call the Brudenell’s on 01780 450278.

APETHORPE PALACE Apethorpe Palace is a Grade I listed country house dating back to the 15th century and was royal residence for James I. It is one of the finest Jacobean stately home in England. Apethorpe holds an important place in history because of its status with Tudor and Stuart monarchs. Elizabeth I inherited the palace from her father Henry VIII. Her successor James I contributed to its extension. There were at least 13 extended royal visits between 1566 and 1636, and the palace was also lived in regularly by Charles I.

After funding an extensive programme of restoration, English Heritage sold the house into private hands in 2014. Before the sale, English Heritage and the new owner agreed


to rename the house Apethorpe Palace due to its royal ownership and use, along with its historic and architectural significance. n For more information, call 03703 331181 or visit

HARLAXTON MANOR Harlaxton Manor was built in 1837 but the current mansion is the second Harlaxton Manor, with an earlier 14th century one built at a different site. The manor has served as the British campus for the University of Evansville since 1971. It’s also a popular wedding venue.

The manor is a popular location for filming. The Ruling Class, The Last Days of Patton, The Lady and the Highwayman, The Haunting and The Young Visitors were all filmed here. We recommend watching the Haunting before visiting at Halloween! n For more information on the manor’s wedding facilities, please visit or call 01476 403020.

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Oakham Castle

Oakham Castle is in the heart of our county and was constructed between 1180 and 1190 for Walchelin de Ferriers, Lord of the Manor of Oakham.

Above: Grimsthorpe Castle. Left: The gardens at Deene Park. Top: Apethorpe Palace and Harlaxton Manor.

GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE, BOURNE Lying within a 3,000 acre park of rolling pastures, lakes, and woodland landscaped by Capability Brown, Grimsthorpe Castle has been home to the de Eresby family since 1516. The present owner is Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby. It is quite possible that the castle was built around 1140. During Queen Mary’s reign, the castle’s owners, Katherine Willoughby and Richard Bertie, were forced to leave it due to their Anglican views. When the Queen Elizabeth succeeded to the throne they returned with their daughter, Susan, who became Countess of Kent, and their son Peregrine, the 13th baron.

The Castle is mostly known for its collection of massive horseshoes and is also recognised as one of the best examples of domestic Norman architecture in England. Due to its small size, Oakham Castle doesn’t look like the usual castle. But what is now called Oakham Castle was originally the Great Hall of a much larger fortified manor house. This had many of the traditional features of a castle such as a curtain wall, a gatehouse and a drawbridge with iron chains. There is also

evidence to suggest that Oakham Castle possessed towers at strategic points along the walls as well as a moat. Admission to the castle is free, and it’s owned and managed by the Rutland County Council, Oakham Castle is licensed for civil ceremonies. The Castle was temporarily closed for an extensive restoration of the Castle, including the curtain wall. Oakham Castle was awarded a £2m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2014. The castle reopened recently in May with a wealth of local events. n For more information, please visit or call 01572 758440.

Above: Oakham Castle has recently undergone major renovations. Left: Susan Bertie was the daughter of Katherine Willoughby, owner of Grimsthorpe Castle. There are upside down horseshoes in Oakham Castle, a tradition whereby peers of the realm donated one on visiting.

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EASTON WALLED GARDENS The gardens are about 400 years old covering 12 acres and were home to the Cholmeley family for 14 generations. There had been a house on this site since at least 1592.

The Hall was described in 1872 as large and handsome, elegantly furnished, containing many valuable paintings and other works of art. US President Franklin Roosevelt described the gardens as “A dream of Nirvana” and “Almost too good to be true.” He spent part of his honeymoon here with his bride, Eleanor.

Easton Hall was requisitioned during WWII. It became home to units of the Royal Artillery and of The Parachute Regiment, and suffered considerable damage. In 1951 the Hall was demolished, but a renovation project began in 2001. The Cholmeley family still live in the village and are responsible for the 2005 renovation of the hall’s gardens. n For more information, call 01476 530063 or visit the website


ELTON HALL Elton Hall is a baronial hall near Peterborough. It has been the ancestral home of the Proby family since 1660. The hall lies in a 3,800 acre estate through which the River Nene runs. The building incorporates 15th, 17th, 18th and 19th century parts and is a Grade I listed building. The Victorian gardens have been skilfully restored in recent years and contain a knot garden, a new rose and herbaceous garden, fine hedges and a gothic orangery built to celebrate the Millennium. n For more information, call 01832 280468 or visit the website STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford Park is a Grade I listed country house in Stapleford, near Melton Mowbray which is now used as a hotel, spa, golf course and restaurant.

It was originally the seat of the Sherard family, later the Earls of Harborough and, from 1894, of the Gretton family, who would become the Barons Gretton. n For more information, please call 01572 787000 or visit the website

Top: Stapleford Park. Above: Soldiers at Easton when it was a hospital around 1917. Below: Elton Hall. Right: Easton Hall before it was demolished.

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Woolsthorpe Manor may not be as grand or as large as some of the stately homes in the area, but its relevance in history is phenomenal... Woolsthorpe Manor, not far from Greetham, is the birthplace and was the family home of Sir Isaac Newton. He was born there on 25th December 1642. At that time it was a yeoman’s farmstead, principally rearing sheep. Newton returned here in 1666 when Cambridge University closed due to the plague, and here he performed many of his most famous experiments, most notably his work on light and optics. This is also said to be the site where Newton, observing an apple fall from a tree, was inspired to formulate his law of universal gravitation. Now in the hands of the National Trust and open to the public all year round, it is presented as a typical seventeenth century yeoman’s farmhouse, or as near to that as possible, taking into account modern living, health and safety requirements and structural changes that have been made to the house since Newton’s time. New areas of the house, once private, were opened up to the public in 2003, with the old rear steps that once led up to the hay loft and grain store and often seen in drawings of the period, being rebuilt, and the old walled kitchen garden to the rear of the house being restored. One of the former farmyard buildings has been equipped so that visitors can have a very hands on experience of the physical principles investigated by Newton in the house. n Call 01476 862823 or visit woolsthorpe-manor.

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One of the biggest, best and most used stately homes in the county has to be Burghley House in Stamford. It has a wealth of history, and modern features too...

Burghley was built for Sir William Cecil, who was Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1558 and 1587. It was the residence of his descendants, and since 1801, the Marquesses of Exeter. The House has featured in many films including, The Da Vinci Code, Pride & Prejudice, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Batman Begins.

Burghley is open to the public, hosting many events, including the Burghley Horse Trials, and weddings. If you haven’t already, explore the house and gardens! n For more information, call for details on 01780 752451 or see

Right: Sir William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer of Queen Elizabeth I and resident at Burghley House. Below: Belvoir Castle.


Castle No.1

A Norman castle was built for William d'Aubigny. It was left to his granddaughter Isabel, who married Robert de Ros in 1234. When that family died out in 1508, the manor and castle passed to George Manners. His son was created Earl of Rutland in 1525. Sadly the Norman Castle was left to ruins after 1464.


Castle No.2

Castle No.3

During the English Civil War, it was one of the more notable strongholds of the king’s supporters, and King Charles spent a night here on his way into Lincolnshire.

Work was completed by 1668 and cost £11,730, equivalent to £1,820,000 in 2016.

John Manners, 9th Earl of Rutland started construction of a new castle from 1528.

However, in 1649, Castle No.2 was destroyed by the Parliamentarians.

A new building was started in 1654 which was designed as a large family home.

In 1816 it was almost completely destroyed by a fire. The loss was about £120,000, £8,280,000 in 2016, including pictures by Titian, Rubens, Van Dyck and Reynolds.

Castle No.4

It was rebuilt again by the wife of the 5th Duke at a cost of £82,000, about £6,870,000 in 2016, and was completed by 1832. The castle is open to the public. The tour shows the staterooms, the Regents Gallery and the Roman State Dining Room. n For more information, call 01476 871001 or visit

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To view and purchase photographs from The Event visit

World Class Eventing at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2016 Year on year, the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials sees over 160,000 visitors flood through the gates over the four days flocking to the 600 trade stands or to see a few of the 100 top international competitors. Christopher Burton held the trophy in the air this year, despite lowering four fences in the final phase of the competition. He took home part of the total prize fund this year which was an incredible £250,000.

The Dressage and Cross Country events throughout the weekend were a great success, as were the profits made in the ‘pop-up’ shopping village, with a range of stands showcasing products from exclusive fashion, jewellery and gourmet food products to quality tack, stabling and products for your home and garden. n For more information about The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2016, please visit

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Former Oakham student Crista Cullen has completed her third stint as an Olympian, representing Great Britain in Rio. After beating defending champions the Netherlands in a dramatic penalty shootout, Crista took gold along with teammates, the country’s first top accolade in the sport, so what next for Rutland’s home grown Olympian? Words: Rob Davis.

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To say you need a sense of determination to compete in sport at the top level is stating the obvious somewhat. But for Crista and her teammates at this year’s Rio Olympics, not winning was not an option.

“At no stage did we have any doubt,” says Crista, one of just 366 athletes representing Team GB, taking one of the 27 coveted gold medals. “Even when we were a goal down we knew we were coming back.”

Crista’s performance was down not just to her physical effort, but her psychological determination too, the culmination of a four year plan with her sports psychologist. For Rutland’s home grown Olympian, it was gold or nothing, and the mindset of a professional sportsperson is integral to the whole family.

Above: Crista, third left, with teammates as they prepared to take on the Netherlands in Rio. Right: The Olympian hopes to become an ambassador for the sport and encourage others to pick up a stick.

“I was born in Lincolnshire but left as a very young baby. We moved to Kenya, where my family still live, running Hemingways, a hotel near Watamu. My father was Garry Cullen, a professional golfer, my mother was a professional squash player and my brother debuted for the Kenya national rugby union team.”

Crista returned to the UK at the age of 12 and attended Oakham School from 1998 to 2003. There she was given the chance to play hockey and excelled at both that and athletics. “I went to Birmingham to have national tryouts for both athletics and hockey, but chose the latter because a team sport really appealed.” “There’s no guarantee of selection, but when you receive the email there’s a real element of relief.”

Throughout her entire hockey career Crista has been dedicated to Leicester Hockey Club and has been an influential part of the team for over ten years. Leicester have successfully won the English Premier League 28

CRISTA CULLEN Born: Boston, Lincolnshire, August 1985. Education: Oakham School, Rutland 1998-2003. Nottingham Business School 2003-2006. Olympic Achievements: Took part in Beijing games at 23 years old, then London in 2012 at 27 and Rio in 2016 at 31. Achieved bronze in London and gold in womens’ field hockey at Rio. Teammates (Rio 2016): Maddie Hinch, Sam Quek, Laura Unsworth, Alex Danson, Giselle Ansley, Hannah Macleod, Sophie Bray, Georgie Twigg, Hollie Webb, Helen Richardson-Walsh, Shona McCallin, Susannah Townsend, Lily Owsley, Kate Richardson-Walsh and Nicola White.

title on four occasions, and Crista has gone on to represent us in Europe, achieving a silver medal in 2011.

Crista got her first taste of Olympic-level competition at Beijing at just 23, then at the London games at age 27 where she took bronze and finally achieved gold in Rio, still just 31 years of age. In between, She went on to study Business Studies at Nottingham Trent University achieving a 2:1 Hons degree. The Olympian has also worked at Sports Recruitment International before London 2012 as their Marketing Manager. In total, she’s achieved over 185 Great Britain and England combined caps; plus Commonwealth, World Cup and European cup bronze medals and was named

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Great Britain’s Hockey Player of the Year in 2006, also being named three times in the International Hockey Federation’s World All Stars Team in 2006, 2007 and 2010.

“I’m really fortunate in that we had National Lottery money to finance our training. It’s a full time job.”

“It was boiling hot in Rio, but I’m lucky in the sense that we typically played in the evening, staying up late and attending technical meetings, looking at lots of video coaching footage and analysing our rivals’ tactics,” she says. “You spend so much time with your teammates that you literally know exactly what each of them is thinking. It’s a relationship beyond a typical working relationship.” “During the games there’s a social media blackout, and a sort of odd mindset, maintaining absolute focus but also trying to keep the adrenaline going.”

“The medal itself is really heavy, people are quite surprised. It’s about half a kilo, despite being only seven centimetres or so in diameter - really dense. We were presented with it by the by one of the dignitaries of the Field of International Hockey Association, and it felt hugely special to stand on the podium.” “Since the games we’ve gone our separate ways, all being pulled in different directions for interviews and so on, but there’s a reunion on the way, definitely.”

“After that I’m not sure. I live in London now and I’d like to be an ambassador for the sport, inspiring future players and encouraging them to pick up the stick and creating a legacy. The medal hasn’t really left my side yet but I’m still not quite sure where it’s going to go, nor where it’s going to take me, either!”

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Local to the

CORE When it comes to heritage varieties of apples, Stamford is renowned as an epicentre of epicureanism, with over 40 local varieties historically cultivated around the town. Many of those varieties have been lost over time, but Stamford Community Orchard Group is seeking to resurrect and preserve as many varieties as possible, even using techniques like DNA testing. This month, we join the group for its annual Apple Day on 1st October... Words & Images: Rob Davis. 32

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Perhaps you have an apple tree in your garden. If so, do you know the variety of fruit it yields? It’s worth checking because among Stamford’s many other quirky facets - from its cameos in film and on TV, its role as the home of the Burghley Horse Trials, and its reputation as one of the best places to live in the UK - it’s also renowned as the home of a great many heritage apple varieties. This month sees Apple Day celebrated by the Stamford Community Orchard Group SCOG for short - and having enjoyed a bumper crop in their orchard this year, they’re also hoping for bumper support as they invite the public along to discover more about the area’s apple growing heritage. Modern practices in the livestock sector of agriculture favour commercial breeds which yield the most meat or milk, and grow the quickest. Likewise, our supermarkets stock very few of the 2,300 different varieties of apple on display at The National Fruit Collection in Kent, and the 7,500 cultivars of apples overall.

The UK orchard fruit market is worth £681m, with 19,000 hectares dedicated to growing apples and pears. We produce just 575 tonnes of apples, then import 1,500 tonnes from the EU and 2,200 tonnes from outside the EU.

Braeburn, Gala and Golden Delicious are the three most common varieties grown and sold in volume for the UK market, both at home and abroad. So, shockingly, only 14% of the apples we consume in this country are grown here, and what’s worse, sales of varieties traditionally associated with English orchards - Granny Smith and Cox - are down between 30% - 35%, as supermarkets favour volume and uniformity over heritage. Take a Cox apple tree, in good health. Of the apples it produces, only 65% or so of the fruit harvested will be deemed ‘class one,’ the best looking, and the ones that the >>


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>> supermarket will sell to the consumer. For a modern variety such as Gala, that figure rises to as high as 90%.

For that reason, the humble Cox has fallen out of favour, but worse still, many varieties have become all but ‘extinct.’ Fortunately, heritage apple varieties still have a few champions left fighting their corner, especially in Stamford, where a group of volunteers formed the Stamford Community Orchard Group around 14 years ago.

“Commercial varieties of apples have muscled out some local ones, and whilst many towns had their own ‘local’ apples, Stamford was quite prolific. We believe the town has over 40 local apple varieties, of which about seven remain,” say Annie Hall and Mark Davies, chair and treasurer for SCOG. “The town’s heyday for apple production was around the 1850s. Many acres around the town were dedicated to fruit growing - an activity which was popular at the time anyway.” “The town has good soil, albeit with pockets of heavier clay soil which doesn’t drain quite as well, and it had a good railway connection for moving fruit around the country.” Gradually these orchards were built on, with apple trees replaced by new houses. But their legacy remains, in the form of local varieties from Stamford and Rutland - Ketton was a particularly well-regarded apple growing area. SCOG is a non-profit group, comprising about 40 ‘friends’ with a committee of 12 plus various other supporters. Its mission statement is to rediscover Stamford’s lost apple varieties, and to ensure these are preserved for future generations by planting them in local orchards.

From this overriding goal came the creation of a community orchard on Stamford’s Christ Church Close in the town. The orchard covers around a quarter of an acre and comprises around 48 trees and already contains no fewer than 40 varieties of apple - many local to the area.

The ‘community’ in the group’s name refers to the fact that anyone is invited into the orchard to enjoy the trees and to try the odd apple. A noticeboard outside the orchard provides a guide to the different varieties on display, and where they can be found in the orchard.

One of the nicest aspects of Stamford and Rutland is the number of older properties in the area, and often country properties with larger gardens feature establish fruit trees. So if you’ve an apple tree in your garden but you’re unsure of the variety of fruit it Above: Lord Burghley is one of 40 apple varieties local to Stamford. Many have been lost over the years.


Centre: Custodians of the mower and pruning saw Andy Cole and Paul Bennett manage the group’s orchard.

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yields, a trip to the orchard may solve the mystery. If not, group’s Denis Smith has an absolutely encyclopaedic knowledge of apple varieties and is SCOG’s resident apple guru.

If you’re still struggling to identify your heritage apple, the group can even help with DNA testing, working with the Brogdale Research Centre in Kent, established, like SCOG, to curate England’s heritage fruit varieties and ensure they don’t become extinct.

SCOG also has two further sites for growing apples; a nursery on Queens’ Walk and an allotment on Uffington Road, from which the group also offers trees for sale. One of Denis’s skills is grafting heritage varieties from scions - a piece of last year’s growth with three or four mature buds - onto existing rootstocks. The group regularly participates in so-called ‘Scion Swaps’ with other groups in the East Midlands. In addition, SCOG also holds workshops and ‘how to’ sessions detailing how to grow

apple trees, conduct grafting, and covering subjects like how to prune and manage orchard trees. They’re not the only events in the group’s calender, either.

This month sees SCOG celebrating Apple Day, another exercise in identification and in offering its varieties for sale, as well as a celebration of the fruit itself. This will be the 13th event, held at Stamford Arts Centre on 1st October, attracting around 1,200 visitors, the group will display over 200 varieties of apple and will draft in its own apple gurus, as well as visiting experts to identify apple varieties from your garden from just an apple, a branch & a couple of leaves.


Heritage variety apple trees will be on sale, and the event will also feature numerous stalls covering gardening, conservation and permaculture - beekeeping for example - and perhaps best of all, local catering students will be creating fruit pies for the public to enjoy too. Other demonstrations at the vent include apple pressing and cider making. >>

n Stamford Community Orchard Group’s Apple Day will take place on 1st October at Stamford Arts Centre, and is set to attract over 1,200 people. See over the page for further details.

Top: SCOG’s Apple Day will include over 200 different varieties of apples. If you’ve an apple tree in your own garden but remain unsure of the exact variety, take along an apple and a couple of leaves!


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Above/Right: Annie Hall and Mark Davies are just two of the 12 committee members of the Stamford Community Orchard Group.


>> The group has its own apple press purchased with lottery money that members of the public can hire, along with a scratter the device that reduces apples down to about a quarter of an inch ready for pressing.

A further SCOG event will take place in January, too, as the group celebrates Wassail, an Anglo Saxon tradition where groups would gather in orchards to sing songs to the trees in order to promote a good harvest for the coming year.

The term ‘wæs þu hæl’ translates as be thou hale, or be in good health. Stamford’s modern interpretation involves banging wooden spoons on saucepan lids, drinking cider and eating apple flapjack - just about the level of organised religion I can cope with - whilst Stamford-based choir Wovan Chords will attend too, to sing folk songs.

An ancient tradition it may be, but it’s also a lighthearted way to celebrate the group’s dedication to keeping heritage varieties of

apples in the town and no matter how quirky it seems, it clearly works as the group is celebrating a bumper harvest in 2016.

It’s little wonder, since conditions this year have been ideal for fruit tree production; we’ve had a warm spring with plenty of summer rain. It takes a fruit tree around five years to yield good fruit, so varieties planted by SCOG a few years ago are just beginning to proliferate an abundant harvest.

Fruit trees can pretty much be planted all year round, but in the winter, they make roots, whilst in the summer, they produce leaves and fruit, so purchasing heritage trees from the group’s nursery means you can plant them in your garden or create an orchard of your own during a mild autumn. If you are trying to establish a fruit tree or two (or more), it’s difficult to overwater them.

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LOCAL APPLE VARIETIES 1. Lord Burghley Brisk, aromatic quality; plenty of sugar, juicy, firm flesh. 2. Barnack Beauty Strong, brisk taste, slight richness and aromatic quality; dense flesh.

A bucket of water a day is about right, and watering should continue as the fruit begins to swell. Sunny, sheltered spaces work best, and soil with good draining properties is preferable - some of SCOG’s orchard soil is clay based, and therefore quite heavy. Trees should be pruned each year - an entire subject in itself, and once you see a few windfall apples, you can harvest your crop to keep in a cool dark place - cellars are ideal, though good ventilation is important.

The best orchards are those which are not just designed for fruit growing, but which yield other soft fruit, and have the odd beehive and areas to sit and enjoy the presence of nature. SCOG’s orchard itself is looking especially lovely, with other fruit bushes planted along the edges of the site,

and areas of grass kept deliberately long to promote biodiversity, with wild flowers proliferating and windfall apples which are left for local wildlife to enjoy. There are so many reasons to enjoy SCOG’s activities - whether you’re a gardener, an historian, a keen cook or a nature lover.

Preserving Stamford’s apple varieties means preserving a piece of the town’s heritage, too, not to mention promoting the slow food movement and enjoying home grown food. A community orchard which the whole town can enjoy is a great resource, so we’re happy to recommend going along to the group’s Apple Day this month.

After all, when it comes to apples, and when it comes to the crunch, it’s good to preserve Stamford’s past.

n For more information on the Stamford Community Orchard Group, which meets on the third Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm at The Crown Hotel, call 01780 484180 or see

3. Allington Pippin Mellows to an intense fruity drop of pineapple taste, although still fairly sharp by Christmas. 4. Peasgood Nonsuch Brisk, juicy. Cooks to sweet, delicately flavoured puree. 5. Brown’s Seedling Quite sweet, rich, good flavour in December. Cooks to sweet bright lemon puree. Tasting Notes courtesy of Mark Davies, SCOG.


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The Sound of Lucy


De Montfort Hall is alive with the Sound of Music, their latest production starring Andrew Lancel as Captain Von Trapp and Lucy O’Byrne as Maria. The venue in Leicester will host the cast for eight matinée and evening performances, showcasing the very best of the Von Trapp family. Playing the iconic Maria in the show and fresh from her success as the runner-up on BBC One’s talent show The Voice last year, Lucy has been working on her vocal range with chart-topper Celebrity stars, an incredible venue and a musical that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. These are a few of my favourite things when it comes to productions, and the Sound of Music at De Montfort Hall includes every single one. The story notably depicted by Julie Andrews in 1965, is touring the country’s theatres with Andrew Lancel - super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street and DI Neil Manson in the Bill and Lucy O’Byrne, Irish singer and actress who came second on BBC’s the Voice, a talent show with tough competition. Lucy has always had music in her life from a very young age, starting with musical theatre and delving into operatics.

never expected. I moved to London for a job in theatre, but while I was still in Ireland, my training included opera singing. This was purely for the technique and stamina because I knew what show schedules were like and I wanted to keep my voice in good condition.” “As I started learning classical music, I fell in love with it, so I continued with musical theatre but also practiced opera singing whenever I could.”

“Watching previous series of the show, popstar was looking for an opera singer to work with. I went to audition and kept getting through each round with Will’s support, until I reached the final. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. That and performing Habanera with Will on stage - I still have a screenshot of that performance as my desktop background on my computer!”

“I was hesitant at first to audition for the competition; it’s scary to have four judges decide on whether your voice is good enough in front of millions of viewers..!”

“My father was a singer and actor, my mother was a dancer, choreographer and actor, and my sister is an actor too, so I’ve always been involved and influenced by musical theatre,” says Lucy in an exclusive interview with Pride. “I started in musical theatre but opera has been a large part of my life too, something I 40

Words: Tilly Wilkinson.

Lucy’s opera singing managed to get her through to the final in the Voice, an experience she will never forget.

“My opera teacher encouraged me to take part in the show. I was hesitant at first; it’s a very daunting experience to have a panel of judges decide on whether your voice is good enough in front of millions of viewers!”

“Another incredible achievement is receiving this role; it’s the biggest part I’ve ever played. Having said that, I believe Maria is one of the biggest roles I could ever play. I’m so lucky to sing such amazing songs. I pinch myself everyday on the way to work.”

The part of Maria is a truly passionate role that Lucy’s enthusiasm suits perfectly. Just to refresh your memory, the story is about Maria, a woman who had longed to be a nun since she was young, yet when she became old enough, discovered that it wasn’t at all what she thought. Often in trouble and doing the wrong things, Maria is sent to the

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house of a retired naval captain, named Captain Von Trapp, to care for his seven children. Von Trapp was widowed several years before and was left to care for the seven rowdy children, who had run off a countless amount of governesses.

Maria soon learns that all these children need is a little love and the sound of music to change their attitudes - and so too does Captain Von Trapp. “I’ve recently performed my 150th show as Maria and in the 150 shows,

I’ve never been bored, I still love absolutely every second of being on the stage.”

Lucy works alongside Andrew Lancel who plays Captain Von Trapp in the touring Sound of Music show.

“It’s great to work alongside someone who’s so well known and so lovely!” says Lucy.

“Andrew is lovely, and he has such a powerful voice. People know him as Frank Foster, so they’re often surprised when they see him as Captain Von Trapp! It’s good to work with him; it


makes touring the country easier when you’re working with nice people.”

“It’s nice to tour the country too! I’ve never been to Leicester or any of the destinations on the tour; I’m from Ireland first of all, but also, when you’re working in London, it’s very hard to see the rest of the UK. When we tour, it means I get to be a tourist when we’re not rehearsing or performing.” “The tour will finish in October so it’s quite hard to think about what I’m doing after the tour, especially when we have performances almost everyday.”

“However, I’ll hopefully be doing a lot of work on my album called Debut over Christmas - a classical music album - which came out in March.” “So that means there will be a number of solo performance gigs in London,

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Above: Lucy O’Byrne as Maria. Left: The Von Trapp family summoned by the Captain’s whistle, and the Captain above playing the guitar. Opposite: Liesl and Rolf, the Captain’s eldest.

something I haven’t been able to do over the past few months of course! I’m very excited about it, to take a break from acting and focus more on singing.”

So how do you solve a problem like having nothing to do next month? Book tickets to see Lucy and Andrew, and the rest of the Von Trapp family, at De Montfort Hall in Leicester.

It’s a truly breathtaking performance and powerful singing with songs you’re sure to know, including Edelweiss, My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, So Long, Farewell and of course, the title song, The Sound of Music.

If you’re interested in other musical events at the venue, De Montfort Hall has a number of events from reggae band UB40 to a Symphony Orchestra to Simply Gershwin, a dance duo.


Sunday 16th October

Robin Campbell, Duncan Campbell, Earl Falconer, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, and Norman Hassan will be performing at De Montfort Hall with classic hits like Red, Red Wine, I Got You Babe, Falling in Love with You and Kingston Town, £35/tickets.

In a major musical event for Leicester, the Bardi’s 30th Anniversary Season opens with a landmark performance of Edward Elgar’s oratorio The Dream of Gerontius, £18/tickets.


Tuesday 11th - 15th October

The Sound of Music

See Lucy O’Byrne as Maria and Andrew Lancel as Captain Von Trapp at De Montfort Hall from the 11th October to the 15th. There are afternoon and evening showings, £42/tickets.

Bardi Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 22nd October

Simply Gershwin

George and Ira Gershwin perform with a 25-piece London Concert Orchestra in Leicester, £36/tickets.

n Visit De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester LE1 7RU, call 0116 233 3111, or see


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What’s On... UB40

Find out What’s On this month with events taking place in different venues across the county. October is a great month to laugh at comedians and experience some stellar performances... HAMLET

Tuesday 27th - 28th September Denmark, a Black Empire of modern England, where an intelligent young student discovers the world he once knew has crumbled. Implored to defend what is left of his father’s decaying legacy, Hamlet now faces the greatest moral challenge - to kill or not to kill.

01733 207239,


Tuesday 27th - 28th September An epic tale of magic, heroism, love and betrayal adapted from the novel Arthur: High King of Britain, by Michael Morpurgo.

01733 207239,


Thursday 29th September Celebrating the 40th anniversary of their seminal album Sheet Music, which included top 10 hit The Wall Street Shuffle, 10cc will embark on a 26-date theatre tour, including De Montfort Hall in Leicester. 01162 333111,


Saturday 1st - 9th October Burghley Flower Festival will transform the State Rooms in with beautiful floral displays created by local flower societies. 2016 will also see the Leicestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators whose artworks will be displayed in the Great Hall. 01780 752451,


Monday 3rd October UB40 are Robin and Duncan Campbell, Earl Falconer, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, and Norman Hassan. They will be performing smash hits like Red, Red Wine, Kingston Town and I Got You Babe.

01162 333111,




Saturday 29th October Visit the nature reserve for a ghoulishly good time and join the team for a scarily spooky walk as darkness falls. Test your pumpkin carving skills and make a lantern to take home at Rutland Water.

01572 770651,


Sunday 30th October Come for a walk in the weird woods, take part in the terrifying treasure hunt or carve your own petrifying pumpkin to take home at Barnsdale Gardens. Children who come in costume visit for free.

01572 813200,


Sunday 30th October Come along to the Nature Reserve to carve a scary pumpkin and no witch or wizard is complete without a broomstick so make a magical one to take home. Discover what goes on under the cover of darkness with the dissection of owl pellets and take part in some super spooky craft making at Rutland Water.

01572 770651,


Monday 3rd - 8th October Based on The Shawshank Redemption film, this thrilling stage production examines desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum security facility. The show is at the Curve Theatre in Leicester.

01162 423560,


Tuesday 4th October Join Britain’s most popular soprano at Key Theatre in Peterborough for a delightful evening of song, reminiscences and chat. Her behind the scenes stories and anecdotes will give audiences a unique insight into her life on the stage.

01733 207239,

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Thursday 6th - 29th October Regarded as one of the finest comedies in the English language, Wilde’s play explodes with his trademark razor sharp wit and brilliant exploration of the hypocrisies of a society where what we see on the outside is very different from what lies beneath. Expect an evening of absolutely hilarious misadventure, mischief and matchmaking which elegantly ridicules the Victorian social order and standards of the time. With a stylish new look, delightful twists and turns, and a nanny with a dubious story about a handbag!

Dean of Peterborough...

01162 423560,

The Importance of Being Earnest...



Saturday 1st October The Dean’s farewell service will take place this month after a special Evensong. The Dean will preside at the Sunday Eucharist on 25th September which will be the 40th anniversary of his Ordination.

01733 355315,


Friday 7th October This fresh adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic stays entirely faithful to the original text, whilst offering a riotous departure from the norm. The Hope Theatre in London will visit venues across the UK with their performance of the Tempest, including Uppingham Theatre.

01572 820820,


Saturday 15th - 30th October During October why not come and join Burghley House for the Burghley Pumpkin Trail around the Sculpture Garden. Tread through the autumn leaves and find the hidden pumpkins to receive a treat. Afterwards warm up in the Garden Cafe with a hot chocolate or a cup of soup.


Saturday 22nd - 28th October Pumpkin Rolling will be happening again this half term at Easton Walled Gardens. Children of all ages will roll pumpkins down the grass terraces, and the furthest roller wins! The tearoom will be open serving warming food and cake, or, if the weather allows it, bring your own picnic.

01476 530063,

01780 752451,


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Saturday 8th October Recapture the sounds of a bygone era as the Nick Ross Orchestra presents an unmissable evening of music and song in the Key Theatre in Peterborough, bringing back the classic Big Band sound of the 1940s, £20.50/tickets.



Sunday 2nd October Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire is hosting a charity concert to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II at the Curve in Leicestershire. The Applause Team supported by Curve and BBC Radio Leicester who staged the popular Pack Up Your Troubles and We’ll Meet Again spectaculars now present a show to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday. Local stars and celebrity guests will come together to perform songs from across the decades, from those popular at royal occasions to those that Her Majesty likes and enjoys.

This show will tell the story of the Queen personally, nationally and locally using BBC Archive materials and your memories of Her Majesty’s visits to Leicester over the last 60 years, all set to a score including music from The Beatles, Matt Monro, Les Miserables and much more.

All proceeds from Happy and Glorious will support LOROS and Menphys. £27.50/tickets for the Lord-Lieutenant’s reception and show. 01162 423560,


01733 207239, The Nick Ross Orchestra...


Tuesday 11th - 15th October See Lucy O’Byrne as Maria and Andrew Lancel as Captain Von Trapp at De Montfort Hall from the 11th October to the 15th in the fabulous touring performance of the Sound of Music. There are afternoon and evening showings, £42/tickets.

01162 333111,


Friday 14th October This perfect romantic ballet of all time performed to Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score will be at Key Theatre in Peterborough on Friday 14th October. This tale of tragic romance has it all, capturing all human emotions, £29/tickets.

01733 207239,


Sunday 16th October In a major musical event for Leicester’s De Montfort Hall, the Bardi’s 30th Anniversary Season opens with a landmark performance of Edward Elgar’s oratorio The Dream of Gerontius, £18/tickets. 01162 333111,


Tuesday 18th - 22nd October As the Bennet sisters search for love in Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic comedy, it is Mr Darcy who unwittingly finds his match. The performance is at the Curve in Leicester.

01162 423560,


Wednesday 26th October From APL Theatre, the creators of sellout 2015 UK tour of The Snow Queen, comes this festive new adaptation of C. S. Lewis’s timeless story, which promises to be a magical and thrilling adventure for the whole family at the Stamford Corn Exchange.

01780 766455,


Saturday 29th October A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning production features a rising West End star Rebecca Freckleton delivering a powerhouse performance as Whitney at Key Theatre in Peterborough.

01733 207239,


Monday 31st October Taylor’s remarkable musical career has spanned five decades, with more than 100 recordings to his name, an MBE, two honorary doctorates and many international awards. He shows raw emotion and a strong stage presence, that make this a show not to miss at Uppingham Theatre.

01572 820820, Swan Lake...

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Stamford School

and BGL Sport Bash 2016 at the playing fields...

BGL Sport Bash 2016, now in its fifth year, returned to Stamford School’s playing fields last month. The annual event is a firm fixture in Stamford’s social calendar, providing a fun filled day during the school holidays, featuring free activities, live music, food and a star-studded cricket spectacle, including a host of former international greats that took to the field. Organised by former England cricketer and Stamford Endowed School’s Head of Cricket, Dean Headley, BGL Sport Bash aims to support charitable causes through the power of sport. This year the event raised money for a host of good causes, including The Matt Hampson Foundation, The Seb Goold Trust and Team George. Ongoing entertainment throughout the day included Humberts Cup Kwik Cricket competition, a skydiving display and street performers. A host of refreshments, sourced by the finest local food and drink vendors, including Grasmere, Stamford Deli, Batemans and Burleigh’s Gin was available to purchase throughout the day. n For more information about Stamford School’s facilities, call 01780 750300 or visit

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Main Image: The Lord Nelson’s most popular dish is its Indian burger - a deliciously different ‘gourmet’ burger with Indian spices, mango chutney and a sweet onion bhaji.

MUST Knead’s

A visit to The Lord Nelson, part of the Knead Pubs group, is a must this month, with a new menu of winter warmers, plenty of special offers, cosy dining rooms, plus the promise of a warm welcome... Words & Images: Rob Davis.


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There have been many attempts to define happiness. Writers, philosophers, theologians, they’ve all had a crack at it. This month though happiness was redefined for me. Not with the birth of a child or as a spiritual reawakening, or anything as predictable and naff as that, but rather as a simple saucepan of gooey warm Belgian chocolate, served with a few dough balls, honeycomb, marshmallows and strawberries. It was the crescendo of a meal at Oakham’s Lord Nelson, the quaint pub tucked away in the corner of the town’s Market Place.

I say pub because the place is conspicuously so, with flagstones floors, stripped pine tables and a bar serving wine and real ale.

The place used to be a private dwelling, then a restaurant with a few letting rooms above. Exactly five years ago though, Knead Pubs took it over and ‘Farrow & Balled’ it, keeping the character but upping the quality.

The place is a rabbit warren of places to sit from a newly refurbished flower filled terrace overflowing with blooms during our visit, to the downstairs bar, to the rear kitchen with its bright red Aga. Upstairs are four different dining rooms, and I secreted myself in the one with Morris wallpaper and wood panelling, next to a window, for the purposes of photography.

The place was busy - it was market day - and it does about 140 covers on a good night too. No wonder, because this is a pub whose food is about satisfaction and flavour, rather than an attempt to corner the fine dining market.

meet the CHEF ZSOLT KASZAS, HEAD CHEF OF THE LORD NELSON, MARKET PLACE, OAKHAM Food Experience: “I’ve been here for about two and a half years, and in Oakham for about a decade. I love the fact that we produce our own meat from our Lincoln red beef and Texel tups herds, which we farm over in Tallington...”

There’s a single menu, but with a deceptively large variety of dining options. The current Mrs Davis has a policy of never sharing food in all but life-limiting conditions, but if your dining companion is more amenable to doing so, there are three sharing platters, from charcuterie and tapas, to a stunning bar board with little Yorkshire puddings, pigs in blankets and a homemade Scotch egg.

Alternatively there are 17 options under the snacks, starters and sides section of the menu. There are also 12 main course options and on Sunday, a choice of three roast meats with roast beef and lamb from the pub’s farm in Tallington, plus duck fat roasties and homemade Yorkies for £13.95. >>

Food Wisdom: “Listen to your diners... notice what goes down well and deliver customer satisfaction every single time!” Food Heaven: “A good steak is heavenly, and I love the way we present ours, sliced, with some watercress, sautéed potatoes and confit tomatoes.” Food Hell: ”Blue cheese!”

Top: Lime and chilli beef steak salad, cooked pink, with sautéed thyme potatoes, lime and glazed onions.

Above: One of the venue’s pizzas, and an Asian style roast salmon with sesame and wasabi mash.


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>> Knead Pubs love varying traditional main courses, putting their own stamp on them. So, a shepherd’s pie is made with pulled shoulder of lamb, the ‘gourmet’ burger has an Indian theme, whilst a smoked haddock rarebit is served as an Italian rarebit dish with artichokes and pesto.

The pub also has a pizza menu, with two sizes and about 40 toppings to mix and match. There’s a special offer of two pizzas plus a bottle of wine for £23.95 available until 7pm, or to take away. Stone baked pizzas have been on trend in pubs and restaurants lately, but the Lord Nelson team have been producing them for over 12 years. Whatever main course you opt for, leave space for dessert, from our mascarpone passion fruit cheesecake served with mango sorbet and passionfruit purée to the aforementioned chocolate melting pot dessert. It’s a superb dessert options, gentler than a fondue, perfect for warming up your winter.

Like all Knead Pubs - the Tobie Norris, Crown Hotel and Prince Rupert - The Lord

OPEN FOR FOOD Monday to Friday 12noon - 2.30pm; 6.00pm - 9.00pm. Saturday 12noon - 5.00pm; 6.00pm - 9.00pm. Sunday Lunch Menu 12 noon to 8.00pm.


Nelson likes to look after its customers and does so with a beer card and coffee card (buy a few; have your card stamped; get one free), plus a loyalty card (earn points; enjoy a bottle of wine on the house). There’s also a Prosecco offer running this autumn whereby customers who retain their cork can return to the bar after depleting one bottle to enjoy £10 off their next one.

Winter will also see the arrival of mulled wine and cider at The Lord Nelson, too, whilst October is ‘Pie & Pint’ month across all four Knead pubs. Each pub’s chef will design a pie which will be available at all of the group’s venues, one per week for a month, with a pie plus trimming and a pint for £13.95.

I’m not a ‘chocolate’ person, but, honestly, sitting and enjoying a few minutes in chocolate heaven really did brighten up my day no end. It’s characteristic of The Lord Nelson’s aim of giving customers a really enjoyable dining experience. We’ll be back, if not for the flawless dining, lovely restaurant environment, good service and warm welcome, then for that warm, lovely chocolate!


Top: A total of 140 covers is divided up into five little dining rooms which can be set aside for private dining or groups like the local French club or ukulele group. Opposite: Chocolate melting for two to share, with honeycomb, strawberries and marshmallows.

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Yorkshire puddings and duck fat potatoes with dipping gravy £6.95.

Yorkshire puddings with dipping gravy, pigs in blankets with mustard mayonnaise, homemade Scotch egg with piccalilli and rosemary and garlic potatoes £18.95/for two. Main Courses

Rump steak (cooked pink) sliced, with fresh lime and chilli peppers, on a salad of coriander and curry leaves £15.95.

A burger of minced beef, infused with Indian spices, topped with mango chutney with sag aloo and a sweet onion bhaji £14.95. Pizzas

Duck breast, spring onions and cucumber pizza on a hoisin sauce base, topped with mozzarella £10.50/medium; £11.95/large. Desserts

Belgium chocolate with honeycomb, strawberries, sugar coated dough balls and marshmallows £10.95/for two. NB: Featured dishes are subject to change. n The Lord Nelson, Market Place, Oakham LE15 6DT. Call for bookings on 01572 868340 or see 55

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Meaty Mains



The Crown Hotel in Stamford served a meaty - and spicy - main course of Harissa spiced lamb chops for just £16.95. 01780 763136 or see

n The Olive Branch in Clipsham is an award-winning pub. They won one of Rutland Pride’s Restaurant of the Year awards in 2015, so it’s no surprise that their food is of exceptional quality.

n Barnsdale Lodge presented us with a main course of spring lamb with pea risotto and pea shoots on our visit. 01572 724678, www.barns


Their meaty mains are heartwarming dishes like this casserole, or their pork belly, or perhaps roast leg and braised shoulder of lamb.

01780 410355,

n THE MARQUESS OF EXETER serve grilled peppered loin of wild boar with rösti potato and tapenade onion rings.

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presented beautifully

Hambleton Hall has been Rutland Pride’s Restaurant of the Year for several years running now, and it’s no wonder when they serve mains like this loin of fallow venison with chocolate and celeriac.

01572 756991,


Jamie Allsopp, Red Lion, Great Bowden.

The Red Lion at Great Bowden served slow braised duck leg with cherry jus and creamed mash in a gravy sauce.

01858 463571,

The Woodhouse Arms in Corby Glen serves a mouthwatering meaty duo of roasted

belly pork and fillet with apple and gooseberry puree and olive oil mash for just £12.95.

01476 552452, 01572 822477,

n Featured dishes are representative examples of our featured chefs’ skills... the menus of our featured restaurants change frequently so dishes are subject to availability. Check each restaurant’s website prior to your visit for an up-to-date menu.


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CHRISTMAS IS COMING... PARTY NIGHTS IN DECEMBER Bring your Party to ours this Christmas 3 course Dinner and Disco £30 per person December Lunchtime Special Menus from £14.95 for 2 courses, £16.95 for 3 courses. Available 28th Nov – 23rd Dec (excluding Sundays) BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

SUNDAY LUNCHES £21.95 for 3 courses in restaurant only. Bar meals also available.


OPEN TO NON RESIDENTS Lunch Monday to Saturday 12 noon – 2.30pm, Dinner 6pm – 9.30pm. Food served all day Sunday, last orders 7.45pm

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St amford’s Best Kept No3 The Yard is one of Stamford’s best restaurants, and yet, secreted in a little courtyard just off Ironmonger Street, it’s also one of its most understated. Here, we fly the flag for a restaurant offering great value quality dining... Words & Images: Rob Davis.

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We’re tempted to say that Stamford’s No3 The Yard is small but perfectly formed. However, with a decent number of covers 60, arranged over four dining rooms - it’s not that small at all.

It is, however, situated in a pretty courtyard, just off Ironmonger Street, which is quaint enough, but ludicrously impractical for the team of three chefs working in quite a small kitchen at the foot of the restaurant’s stairs. To say the team is coping OK, working in close quarters, is an understatement, for No3 is definitely one of Stamford’s best restaurants, one we’re absolutely happy to recommend. The Grade II listed building was formerly known as Jim’s Yard, and was converted from a private house into a restaurant about


Food Experience: “I moved to Oakham with my parents and worked at the Olive Branch from the age of 19 to 29. I ran the successful Northwick Arms until it was sold by the brewery, then came here to No3, previously known as Jim’s Yard.”

a decade ago, before being taken over by new owner Simon McEnery about two years ago. Simon has previous form in the kitchen, having worked as a chef at places like Bentley’s, a seafood restaurant on Mayfair frequented by bankers and financiers - serving lobster to sharks, one might say. However, current Head Chef Timothy Luff stuck around through the transition of ownership, and that’s no bad thing, because the food that No3 serves is not only of excellent quality, it’s also competitively priced too.

The bar area of the restaurant is a little cramped, but the conservatory, upstairs >>

Food Wisdom: “A good dining experience isn’t just about the kitchen, a good front of house team is essential, and we’re lucky to have a great team here!” Food Heaven: “Oxtail, I love cheap cuts of meat, slowly cooked for hearty dishes. Winter is the best time to be a chef! Food Hell: “Pig’s liver. Yuck!”


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>> dining room and private dining lounge and back dining rooms are all well-spaced diners aren’t on top of one another, which overcomes one of my most common restaurant bugbears. There’s also a really pretty courtyard, which is also heated, that diners will enjoy even in autumn. The courtyard has an exclusive lunch menu comprising five lunchtime specials - wild mushrooms on brioche, king prawn and Iberico chorizo salad - but a main lunchtime menu is also available both al fresco and indoors too.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS Lunch Tuesday to Saturday, 12 Noon to 2pm. Dinner Tuesday to Saturday, 6.00pm to 9.30pm. Sunday Closed.

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Tequila and lime scallops ceviche, fried tortilla, sauce mole avocado £8.75. Chinese marinated pork belly, coconut and chilli noodle salad £9.50.

Main Courses

Monkfish wrapped in Parma ham, sage & onion gnocchi, spinach, brown shrimp beurre noisette £20.50 Pan fried chicken breast, spinach and wild mushrooms, fondant potato £15.50.

This comprises a set lunch offer of £15.95/two courses; £19.50/three courses, with two options for each course. An additional provision of à la carte options provides the choice of six starters, seven main courses.

Evening service is much the same, with a set menu; £22.00/three courses, two options, or à la carte dining with seven starter and seven main course options.

During both lunchtime and evening service, there’s a choice of five dessert options plus a choice of five home made petit fours, an additional mini-dessert and cheese option.

Happily, No3 uses the best local suppliers, with lamb sourced from Sophie Arlott of Lavinton Lamb - who also supplied Fortnum & Masons and Harrods - as well as Grasmere Farm and Rutland Charcuterie.

Vegetables used in the restaurant are grown locally where possible and over the summer, strawberries and asparagus were sourced from the Makey family over at Rutland Water Golf Course.

The restaurant’s ice creams will be made in house from this winter, and its bread is baked to an exclusive recipe by Peterborough Bakery, who supply it daily. One of the nicest aspects of the restaurant is the role that suppliers now have in advising of especially good ingredients for its constantly changing menus. If one criticism could be levelled at the restaurant in Jim’s Yard days, is that menus didn’t change that often. Happily Timothy and the team keep regular diners satisfied with constantly changing options. Regular diners, too, are looked after via an option to become a member. There’s no charge - just the submission of an email address for the occasional mailing, in return for a fiver off the cost of set menus.

No3 may be situated in an odd little building, but there’s plenty of character, and it’s nicely presented, just like the food itself. Plenty of flavour, a mix of English favourites and international influences, plus quality ingredients and technically flawless chefcraft all contribute to a dining experience that’s both enjoyable and highly recommended. n

Lavinton lamb roast leg steak, garlic mash, peas à-la-Francais £17.50.


Lemon meringue slice, raspberry sorbet £7.95.

Poached pear with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream £7.95.


Artisan UK and French cheese selection £9.95/three; £13.75/for two to share NB: Featured dishes are subject to change.

n No3 The Yard, Ironmonger Street, Stamford PE9 1PL. Call 01780 756080 or see 63

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Mamma Mia! An Italian G&T?

Wine of the Month

An Italian gin might seem like a new and rather different iteration of our favourite night-time tipple, but the Poli family has been producing Marconi 46 in their artisanal distillery since 1898. It has a clean taste, long lasting aroma and elegant sensations from cardamom and coriander.

Rasteau from Rhône Valley, 70cl, 14.5%, £27.85 The Coulon family at Domaine de Beaurenard combine ambition and modesty to winning effect.

Pair it with Staffordshires Franklin & Sons excellent tonic, for a deliciously different, but refreshing G&T.

The Wine Cellar n Marconi 46 £42.95/75cl.


1. Produced at Domaine du Daley in Switzerland’s Vaud region, this ‘Chasselas Grand Reserve’ is a delicate expression of Switzerland’s grape, with apple, lemon and pear aromas and a mineral palate £24.75. 2. A Brazilian sauvignon blanc leading the country’s charge into the export market. Aromas of tropical fruits, guava, passion fruit and citrus fruit. Refreshing, soft with mineral notes. One of Brazil’s premium wines at £13.95.

3. Muré’s signature wines, produced in Alsace. René is the eleventh generation in charge of the estate, and has created this aromatic ‘Pinot Blanc’ wine with its floral aroma, and gently peachy fruit £12.99.

They have run this estate for seven generations (its history can be traced back even further, to 1695) and it currently consists of thirty-two hectares in Châteauneuf and twenty-five in Rasteau. All thirteen permitted varieties are found here, and the vines average 45 years old. Red fruits, spice and earthy notes on the nose lead onto a soft, full-bodied palate with notes of stone fruits, cherry, black fruits, spices and pear. n

quick, quick SLOE, SLOE

A taste of autumn hedgerows with traditional sloe gin made at Sloeberry Spirits, Oakham. Fill up your hip flask with this warming tipple and you’ll be all set for a morning of riding. The fruit is locally foraged, and infused for several months for a deep flavour. If you’re not drinking it neat on horseback, try it as an accompaniment to your cheese course, or mix it with tonic water or lemonade. n 25% ABV, £18.95/35cl, or five litres as shown here £call. n Our featured wines are available from Oakham Wines, High Street, Oakham LE15 6AH. Call 01572 757124 or visit


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WIN FREE MEALS OUT ...with Pride’s Restaurant of the Year Awards 2016! Words: Rob Davis.


We’re seeking your help to find Stamford and Rutland’s very best restaurants. In return, we’re offering the chance to win free meals out in 2017, as we launch this year’s Restaurant of the Year competition...

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Main: Toad in the Hole Sean Hope style, at The Olive Branch. Clipsham. Left: Hambleton Hall was named one of our three Restaurants of the Year .

Dine out for free in 2017, as we once more invite you to nominate your favourite restaurant, bistro or coffee shop and to name your ‘food hero.’

It’s time to launch our annual Restaurant of the Year competition, and the way it works is simple. We ask our readers for vote for Stamford and Rutland’s best restaurants and food related businesses, then randomly select one of our readers to enjoy free dining our at our six prize partner restaurants throughout 2017.

“We ask our readers to nominate their favourite restaurants for a very simple reason,” says Rob Davis. “It gives us a much more objective, comprehensive

overview of where our readers like to dine, and frees the awards from any commercial bias.”

“You can vote for any restaurant, regardless of whether they advertise or not, and because our readers are based right across the county, and have a wide range of budgets, we’ll see entries from all over Stamford and Rutland, from village pubs to fine dining restaurants.”

“As always, we’ve divided up our awards into three categories. We’re seeking nominations for our readers’ Restaurant of the Year, for our flagship award. These can be pubs, restaurants and hotels offering daytime and evening dining.” >>


Above: Brian Baker’s chocolate fondant at Lyddington’s Marquess of Exeter. Above/Left: Kilworth House, Leicestershire.


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Main: Hambleton Hall. Centre: Sean Hope of Clipsham’s Olive Branch was named our Food Hero last year.

>> “Good food needn’t be expensive; it just needs to be well-executed, with local ingredients and a good dining environment. For that reason we’re not simply seeking the county’s ‘posh’ restaurants, but pub restaurants too.”

profiled our partner restaurants opposite for a sneak preview of where you could be dining next year. “Our Restaurant of the Year competition is one of my favourite features,” says Rob. “I look forward to counting the votes each year and always enjoy the diversity of nominations.”

“Next, we’re seeking nominations for our Bistro or Coffee Shop of the year category. These are venues which offer lighter bites, casual dining or simply the chance to enjoy coffee and a slice of cake.”

“And finally, we ask our readers to nominate a county ‘food hero.’ This can be a local farmer, food producer or a chef who goes out of their way to be a good ambassador for the county’s dining community or local

“They serve to provide us with suggestions for future features in our magazines and help us to keep in mind which restaurants are valued by our readers.”

food producers, someone who’s passionate about the county in which they live and work, and about quality food and drink.”

When our nominations are collated, we’ll award three awards in each category, and reveal the results in our January edition. Each winner will receive a plaque to display outside their business, too.

In addition, we’ll select one reader from our Lincolnshire magazine and one reader from our Rutland magazine to enjoy meals out at one of our six partner restaurants.

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You can vote by post, simply by filling out the form overleaf, or you can visit our website to cast your vote electronically. >>

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Main: The White Horse at Baston and its main dining room.

Dine Out for Free in 2017


The Cherry House, Werrington

The Crown Hotel, Stamford

Owned by Andrew Corrigan and set in a beautiful 400 year old thatched cottage, you’ll enjoy a beautiful setting and fine dining just a stone’s throw from Peterborough at the excellent Cherry House.

There are five venues in the Knead Pubs group, including the Lord Nelson, profiled in this edition. However, we love Stamford’s Crown Hotel in particular for its character, funky interior, and excellent dining.

Church St, Werrington, Peterborough PE4 6QF

01733 571721 www. cherryhouse

All Saints Place, Stamford PE9 2AG

01780 763136 /our-pubs/the-crown-hotel

Barnsdale Lodge Hotel

The White Horse, at Baston

The Finch’s Arms, Hambleton

Loch Fyne Seafood Restaurant, Elton

Formerly a farmhouse, Barnsdale Lodge was converted by Thomas Noel in 1989 and has since gained a reputation for relaxed luxury. Excellent dining in the garden room, with a warm welcome guaranteed.

We love The White Horse at Baston for its relaxed approach to quality dining. Ben & Germaine Larter preside over a beautifully refurbished whose food output is both creative and flawlessly executed.

The Finch’s Arms is a 17th century pub restaurant enjoying an enviable position on the Hambleton peninsula. The pub serves everything from barn snacks to three course meals, and use only fresh local ingredients.

The Loch Fyne Restaurant in Elton used to be an old dairy and boasts a great rustic but classy feel. Just 10 minutes outside Peterborough. The restaurant has an à la carte menu of fresh and seasonal dishes.

The Avenue, Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH

01572 724678 www.barnsdale

Church St, Baston, Peterborough PE6 9PE

01778 560923 www.thewhitehorse

Eastgate, Lincoln, LN2 1PN

01572 756575 www.finchs

The Old Dairy, Elton, Cambs PE8 6SH

01832 280298 www.lochfyne

n By voting for your food hero, favourite coffee shop or bistro and nominating your Restaurant of the Year, you’ll automatically be entered into our prize draw to win dining out at each of our partner restaurants in 2017. Cast your vote by filling in the form over the page, or vote online at 69

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$ Welcome to Rutland Pride Magazine’s food awards, in which we want our readers to nominate their favourite restaurant, bistro/coffee shop and the county’s ‘Food Hero.’ This entry form will ensure your vote is counted, and in return, we’ll pick one reader at random to win meals out at our partner restaurants in 2017...


Vote for your favourite restaurant, and a favourite bistro or coffee shop below. We’d also like you to nominate a ‘Food Hero’ — perhaps a butcher, baker, food producer, chef or similar: Restaurant of the Year (name & location):............................................ ........................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................... Bistro/Coffee Shop of the Year (name & location): ............................... ........................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................... Food Hero of the Year (inc. reason for your nomination): .................... ........................................................................................................... ...........................................................................................................




Terms & Conditions: One entry per household. Photocopies/multiple entries will not be counted. Competition is available to anyone in the county or surrounding area. You must not be personally or professionally allied with nominations. Votes received for each venue will be counted up to determine the eventual three winners for each category and seven runners-up. The Editor’s decision as to our competition winners is final and further terms and conditions may apply.


Please provide your name, address, and telephone number (we will need to contact you if you’re our lucky winner!):

Name: ................................................................................................ Address: ............................................................................................. ........................................................................................................... ........................................................................................................... ...........................................................................................................


Postcode:............................................................................................ Telephone:.......................................................................................... Send your entry to: Rutland Pride Restaurant of the Year Awards 2016, Pride Magazines, Elm Grange Studios, East Heckington, Boston, Lincolnshire PE20 3QF.

We’ll pick one voter at random to win complimentary meals in 2017. If one of your nominations wins, we may want to quiz you on why you voted for them!

Alternatively, you can vote on our website by visiting

Closing Date: Tuesday 1st November 2016

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Save yourself the work on Christmas Day and enjoy time with the family, or organise your office bash, courtesy of our roundup of festive restaurant offerings.. Words: Rob Davis

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‘Tis the season to celebrate in the county this month, as Rutland’s pubs and restaurants reveal their special menus and packages designed to entice festive diners.

Enjoy Rutland’s Olive Branch, the Michelin starred pub restaurant in the pretty village of Clipsham, as the talents of Sean Hope and his brigade host a menu for the festive season. Available for hire is The Barn, a private dining room for festive functions, and Beech House, providing six beautifully appointed letting rooms if you’d prefer to say over (01780 410355,

Alternatively, celebrate the season with colleagues or friends at The Woodhouse Arms, and enjoy this pretty quality pub restaurant’s open fires and rustic charm. Christmas dining via a dedicated menu provides a choice of four starters, five main courses and four desserts, for £16.50/two courses; £19.95/three courses (01778 590614, No3 The Yard, as featured in this edition, was formerly known as Jim’s Yard and is hidden away just off Ironmonger Street, conveniently located in town. Festive menus and Christmas offers will be available as Pride goes to press, but this is a great in-town restaurant under the ownership of Simon McEnery and Head Chef Tim Luff (01780 756 080,

Meanwhile, Baston’s White Horse provides Festive dining near Stamford. Christmas parties can be easily accommodated, with a choice of four starters, main courses and desserts for £20/two courses, £24/three courses. Christmas Day dining, too, is a six course treat including amuse bouche and palate cleaner for £69.95/head (01778 560923,

Dine in style this winter at The Cherry House. This 400 year old cottage on a former cherry farm just a stone’s throw from Peterborough. Christmas menus are due to be finalised as Pride goes to press, but with a convenient location, private dining provision and the very best chefcraft, we can

certainly recommend the place for both Christmas and New Year dining (01733 571721,

Christmas in Duddington means enjoying the hospitality of The Royal Oak. Pre-Christmas bash £29.95/three courses on Friday 25th November and Friday 2nd December. Christmas party nights £37.95/three courses, and Christmas Day lunch £75/adults. Menus are now available to view online (01780 444267, Great Bowden’s brilliantly styled gastro pub, The Red Lion, was profiled in our last edition. Less than half an hour from Oakham and Uppingham, and established for over two years with an innovative brigade in the kitchen, The Red Lion is a great Christmas proposition with menus now available to view online (01858 463571, Finally, Rutland Water Golf Course’s dedicated marquee-lined barn is available for functions and Christmas parties, and the venue will be hosting Christmas party nights throughout the season. A new addition is six letting rooms for those seeking to stay over and of course, there are beautiful views over the water, too (call 01572 737525, or see >>


If the thought of entertaining fills you with dread, make things easy and enlist the help of outside caterer Sarah Rivett, The Rutland Gourmet. Based in Morcott, Sarah can cater for between 10 to 1,000 covers, either in or own home, in your place or work, or even in a marquee. She’s fully mobile with a whole host of outside catering equipment, and can create anything from canapés, to buffets, hog roasts or three course meals. 01572 747909,

Five Way to Ensure Festive Cheer 1. Easier Entertaining: Use any of our suppliers and you’ll enjoy great quality food without the hassle. They’re not only great for office parties and suchlike, but for avoiding lots of work catering for the family on Christmas Day! 2. A Better Atmosphere: If you’ve a smaller workplace, take a part to a party and graft your festivities onto a party night at a larger venue, for a better atmosphere.

3. Avoid Disappointment: Think it’s too early to begin Christmas party planning? We beg to differ! Many dates are already becoming booked up, so organise your festive entertaining as soon as possible!

4. Think About Transport: Don’t just book your venue early - think about transport too, especially later in the evening when taxis may already be pre-booked. 5. Accommodation: Over the page we’ve recommendations for venues with festive accommodation for offices with staff who live all over the county.


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The Crown Hotel, Stamford... Festive Party menus are now available for Stamford’s Crown Hotel, part of the Knead Pubs group, and 28-room sister hotel to the Lord Nelson pub featured in this edition.

Hambleton Hall...

One of Rutland’s finest country house hotel offers log fires, beautiful Christmas trees and sensational Christmas decorations as well as a festive menu available for parties wishing to celebrate the season. Dine Sunday to Thursday at £60/head and enjoy four courses delivered via the talented Aaron Patterson. 01572 756991,


Christmas is always a pleasure at Barnsdale Lodge, with festive party nights in December, and a festive lunch menu. Other offers to be confirmed as Pride goes to press. Christmas menus and offers are available to download from the hotel’s website now, with early booking strongly recommended. 01572 724678,

Private dining rooms available, with a dedicated festive party menu for £22.95/two courses; £28.95/three courses. Christmas Day lunch is also available with a dedicated menu; £80/head. 01780 763136


Party nights are now available at the beautiful Rushton Hall, from 2nd December until 22nd December, £55/head. Also available, Christmas afternoon teas, Christmas Eve dining (£55/three courses), Christmas Day dining £125/six courses) and New Year’s Eve gourmet dinner £140/person. Christmas brochure now online. 01536 713001,


Festive afternoon teas are now available at Kilworth House from £35/person, festive lunches from £32/two courses, £38/three courses, and three course festive dinners from £38/person. Dine on Christmas Day for £150/head including Champagne reception, and a sublime six course lunch. Enjoy Kilworth’s beautiful setting and stunning winter parkland. 01858 880058,

n Look out for each of our featured restarant and hotels’ festive offers in this edition of Pride - and book early to avoid disappointment. Don’t forget, we’ve eating out recommendations each month in Pride - and if you’ve particularly enjoyed a meal somewhere recently, don’t forget to vote in our Restaurant of the Year Awards! 74

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Christmas begins with a trip to

Gates Garden Centre

Browse through over 3,000sqft of Christmas decorations and 12 themed displays... Choose from the many inspiring gift ideas for the whole family… Meet Santa and his Elves in our magical winter grotto (from end of Nov)... Enjoy festive dining by the log burner in our cosy, 360-seat Garden Restaurant...

Somerby Road, Cold Overton, Oakham LE15 7QB 01664 454309 • Open Seven Days a Week • Free Parking

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GIFTS s a m t s i r h C

Celebrate the season and give your loved one a gift they’ll treasure courtesy of the county’s best independent retailers. This month we’ve asked them to suggest thoughtful gifts for ladies, gents and younger members of the family too... Above: Lambswool scarf from Sinclairs of Stamford, pearl necklace from You & Beyond, The Rutland Notebook and a pear green Watson jacket from Butler Stewart.

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Earrings Vivienne Westwood Glitzy Jordan Earring in gold vintage rose from You & Beyond, £95, 01780 755996,

Vintage Cushions created from old Kilim or rugs, 40cm2 £40, from Oakham Rugs, The Maltings, 01572 724441,

Fine Art The Perfect Summer’s Day by Sherree Valentine Daines, framed price £795, 01572 722790,

Barbour Scarf, Tartan 100% Lambswool Scarf in Grey, 25cm x 180cm, Sinclairs of Stamford £27.95, 01780 765 421,

Plate Emma Bridgewater Joy Robin Cake Plate from Sarah Harding Interiors, £49.95. 01572 823389,

Necklace by Nour of London £95.99 AW16 collection at Duo Boutique in Oakham 01572 722116

Watch Ladies Bering Time rose watch from Maude’s Jewellers, £149, 01205 367959,

Cushion Designed by Hannah Dale from Wrendale Designs, £34.99, 01664 454309,

Notebook The Rutland Notebook, made in Stamford, leather, available in nine colours, £19.95, 01780 762550,

Mug Set Emma Bridgewater We Three Kings two half pint mug set boxed, £39.95, 01572 823389,

Necklace by Treaty £42.99. Handmade, antique silver plated at Duo Boutique in Oakham 01572 722116


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Rutland Pride Gift Subscription £29.50/12 months, £14.75/six months. 01529 469977,

Handbag by Abro in oxblood. Removable shoulder strap. Also available in grey £165, CoCo, Oakham. 01572 757646,

Mug Emma Bridgewater Robins in a Starry Night Tiny Mug boxed, £12.95, 01572 823389,


Our gift voucher of the month is from John Ferrett at John Ferrett Photography. He’s giving a huge discount for clients who mention the magazine... Hampers created to order from £50-£200, from Otters Fine Food of Mill Street, Oakham. 01572 756481,

Pearl Necklace White topaz and freshwater pearl mounted on Sterling Silver by Jersey Pearl, £160, 01780 755996,

Ankle Boots by Paul Green at CoCo, Oakham. Navy suede with block heel, £150. 01572 757646,

Portrait Sitting with Rutland Photographic Studio, Oakham, £95 inc free framed 10 x 8” print. 01572 868485,

John Ferrett Photography - £50 Voucher If you have a relative who adores their pet, the perfect gift for them would be a pet photography voucher. Pre-book a photography session to receive a £50 discount when you mention Rutland Pride on any of John Ferrett’s printing packages. 01522 754274,


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Rutland Pies Locally made game, meat, pork or dessert pies delivered anywhere in the UK £call. 01572 722058,

Fine Art Blaze IV is an original by Gary Benfield, framed price £1995, from Trent Galleries, 01572 722790,

Home Decorations Libra Family Bench from Gates Nurseries giftware department, £69.99, 01664 454309,



Traveller’s Journal Made in Stamford, refillable, leather, pocket size £35, medium size £45, 01780 762550,

A rotary cutter cuts long straight or decorative edges on wrapping paper. Use it with a ruler to get quick, even cuts; swap out the blades to create decorative pinked and wavy edges. Always use double-sided tape to hide nasty looking streaks of sticky tape.

Dog Collar Dubarry dog collar, £59, from Giles & Bella in Newark, 01636 643733,

Colour code your wrapping: Assign each family member a different colour paper, and you won’t even need gift tags.

Prevent wrapping paper from unravelling with kitchen roll tubes.

The secret to a beautifully wrapped box? Not using too much paper, which causes bulky, sloppy folds. Before trimming, wrap the paper around the box - the ends should overlap just a couple of inches.

Tweed Jacket Luxury tailored Watson tweed Jacket in Pear Green with a traditional classic cut, £345, 07941 513650,


Hip Flask embossed leather in brown, £44.95 from Sinclairs of Stamford. 01780 765 421,

Silk Ties Butler Stewart do a range of silk ties from £40 made with 100% Italian silk, 07941 513650,

Men’s Gift Set A Man’s Ritual set, with shower gel, soap, shaving gel & balm £30, Sinclairs of Stamford. 01780 765 421,

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Fit for a


Words: Tilly Wilkinson.


This month’s featured property is definitely fit for a king with a tower taking centre stage and commanding views across the countryside and the six acres of landscaped gardens and paddocks that immediately surround the home...

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WARREN FARM, AT LITTLE BYTHAM A man’s home is his castle. The saying could not be more accurate for Warren Farm in Little Bytham. The property is a very attractive and striking period house built of stone with a tiled roof and dating from the 1700s.

The farm originally formed part of the Grimsthorpe Estate and, in 1848, Lord Ancaster commissioned an extension to be built with a tower as the centre piece. Another extension was added in 2005.

Sitting on top of raised land, the house commands far reaching views over rolling countryside.

The approach to Warren Farm is via a long sweeping driveway, accessed by electric gates, flanked by parkland fencing. The drive goes through the main paddock.



Left: The quirky country property has a featured tower commanding views.

A barn to the south of the house has been converted into accommodation often used as a party barn, with a games room as well as a board room.

The barn has a mezzanine floor as well as a shower room and with further conversion, it could create an annex.

Another outbuilding provides a log store and two storerooms, used as an office and a garage. There is a further, more recently built, oak garage block which provides two garages and two carports.

Location: Stamford eight miles, Oakham 14 miles. Style: An 18th century castle with a tower commanding views over the rolling countryside. Bedrooms: Six, three with en suites and one in a separate barn on a mezzanine floor. Receptions: Five, arranged as drawing room, dining room, kitchen breakfast room, sitting room and library. Guide Price: £1,295,000.

As you enter Warren Farm, you’re greeted with a hallway and a drawing room to the left. This room has French doors at both ends, an Ancaster stone fireplace with a Clearview woodburning stove and oak flooring. The dining room is further along the hallway, and again has oak flooring and a woodburning stove. The room leads through to an extensive 83

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breakfast kitchen with a scullery and wine cellar coming off it. The kitchen has a four oven Aga, a central island, Fired Earth oak cabinetry and a double Belfast sink.

Above: The kitchen has a four oven Aga and Fired Earth oak cabinetry.

Beyond the kitchen is the extension which occurred in 2005 creating a sitting room with French doors, a wet room, a utility room and a boiler room on the ground floor.

Upstairs, the principal bedroom has an en suite bathroom and there are four further bedrooms, two of which have an en suite, and a family bathroom.

In the centre of the house, and joining the principal bedroom and second bedroom to the rest of the bedrooms, is a library. This is a room that is full of character; you can imagine it in the heart of a castle in the 1700s, used for relaxation after a day’s shooting or travelling the county.

It has a beautiful tartan carpet, floor to ceiling bookshelves surrounding it, a central Clearview woodburning stove and French doors opening onto a small roof terrace with a circular iron staircase leading down to the terrace below. It’s a great little hideaway in the house. The gardens surrounding the house are mainly set to lawn, sectioned by stone walls and mature hedging which lead to various patio areas on different levels.


The home is very horse-friendly. The paddocks, of which there are six, run to the north-west of the house and all have water. There are two wooden stables immediately to the north of the house, which could be used as a good investment opportunity if you’re looking into livery, or simply to keep your own horses in. This is an incredibly beautiful and traditional property, that’s different to the norm. If you’re looking into living the high life, this is the home for you.

Right: One of the living areas, also featuring the same tartan style that is used throughout the house.

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Below: King Arthur’s ‘square table’ in the barns on tartan carpet.

Bottom: The library is at the very centre of the property with tartan carpets too.

n Warren Farm in Little Bytham is currently on the market with Strutt & Parker for £1.3m. Call 01858 438723 or visit the estate agents’ website


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LODGE Rushton Hall’s Shooting - RUTLAND HOMES -

Words: Tilly Wilkinson.


With immaculate interior design and equally immaculate exteriors, White Lodge in Pipewell is absolutely stunning. It’s situated within the old grounds of Rockingham Forest and is steeped in history dating back to the 19th century...

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White Lodge is just over the border in Northamptonshire in Pipewell. It’s one of the smallest hamlets in the county, a secluded country home in the heart of the old grounds of Rockingham Forest.

The home is formally part of the Rushton Hall estate. It’s an impressive Georgian farmhouse built between 1830 and 1850 that has recently gone a full renovation and refurbishment by its current owners. This is so rare with period properties, often featuring outdated and tired interiors.

The property is approached through double gates across a large gravelled driveway with mature trees and gardens laid to lawn with shrubbery borders on either side.

The driveway leads to parking for several vehicles and an attractive timber outbuilding


near ROCKINGHAM Above: The duck egg front door contrasts well with the creamy exterior walls.

used as a garage and storage. A further brick built outbuilding allows for additional accommodation and office space whilst the formal garden is to the side with direct access points from the main house leading onto a stone entertaining area and lawned garden. Entering through the front door into the stunning hallway, a door leads into the dining room, historically used for the shooting party luncheons from Rushton Hall, with high ceilings, feature fireplace, and large dual aspect sash windows.

Location: Two miles from Rushton, 11 miles from Uppingham. Style: A beautiful Georgian property in Rockingham Forest, part of the Rushton Hall estate. Bedrooms: Five, two with en suites, one with dressing room. Receptions: Five, including the drawing room, dining room, dining breakfast kitchen, family room, and office in an external outbuilding. Guide Price: £1,050,000.

The wonderfully spacious and light filled drawing room again boasts a feature fireplace and large bay window. Another door from the hallway leads to the beautiful dining kitchen with bespoke cabinetry, range cooker, solid wood and granite work surfaces and triple aspect windows and doors leading to the garden and outdoor entertaining area.


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>> This room in turn leads through to the family room with original beamed ceilings.

Above: The kitchen has a range cooker and beautifully designed bespoke cabinetry.

Steps from the hallway lead down to the fully refurbished cellar, currently used as a work space and storage. The main staircase rises to the first floor where the master bedroom takes advantage of the stunning bay window with a dramatic view, dressing room and ensuite shower room.

Of the four remaining double bedrooms, two have dual aspect windows and one has an en suite shower room. There’s also a family bathroom with a bath and shower on the first floor.

In the grounds of the home, there is a stunning natural wildflower meadow of almost two acres, secured and bounded by both hedging and post and rail fencing and currently mown to provide for pathways winding through the natural vegetation, all with an open aspect across the surrounding countryside.

This area provides a natural habitat for all kinds of wildlife which includes brown hares and a variety of birds. It has the potential for a variety of uses and if you’ve equestrian interests, it could be reverted back to a paddock, which is what it was originally, if necessary.

As it’s part of the Rushton Hall estate, any guests you may not be able to cater for, can stay in the luxury rooms available in the Rushton Hall Hotel, and you can enjoy spa and expert dining facilities right on your doorstep. In addition to Rushton, there’s also nearby Kelmarsh Hall and Rockingham Castle, both open to the public with a range of events on throughout the year such as jazz nights, painting workshops, International Horse Trials and Country Shows.

“IN THE GROUNDS OF THE HOME, THERE IS A STUNNING NATURAL WILDFLOWER MEADOW White Lodge is the perfect home if you’re OF ALMOST TWO ACRES, WITH MOWN PATHWAYS looking for seclusion without being too far RUNNING THROUGH THE VEGETATION...” away from the luxuries in life. 90

Right: The living room has an open fireplace.

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Below: There are two dining rooms in the home, one in the kitchen area.

Bottom: The main bathroom is modern and designed for practicality.

n White Lodge in Pipewell is on the market with Fine & Country for just over £1m. Visit the estate agents’ website or call 01522 287008 for more info.


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Beautifully Bespoke Curtains, Blinds & Accessories, Wallpaper, Paint, Carpets and Lighting...

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This season the county’s smartest homes will benefit from a floral makeover and soft pastels thanks to new fabric and wallcovering collections from leading brands. We’ve sought the expertise of Uppingham’s Sarah Harding Interiors to find out more... Words: Rob Davis.

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Uppingham based Sarah Harding Interiors has been established for over 15 years, but that doesn’t mean the interiors specialist and creator of bespoke soft furnishings has run out of ideas. Fresh collections from leading names and continued innovation from suppliers of fabrics and wallcoverings, such as Designer’s Guild, Zoffany and Jane Churchill, ensures that anyone can find inspiration in Sarah’s studio. “We love to create bespoke curtains, bespoke sofas & chairs, and can supply Main Image: New from Designer’s Guild is Jardin des Plantes. It’s a flowery collection with large, bold wallcovering and fabric prints. Inspiration comes from flowers, butterflies, and birds.

paint and wallcoverings to create your entire room.”

“We think that design should be an empowering process, so we never impose our own will, but rather give our clients the tools and brands they need to enjoy creating their home.” “We’ve some superb new collections, with Designer’s Guild’s Jardin des Plantes currently on display, and new popular collections like Zoffany’s Edo and Villa Nova’s Aymara to help you achieve any look in your home.”

Are You Sitting


Also seen here (right) is Aymara from Villa Nova. Using pastel colours like duck egg and amber, its linen mix weaves are hard-wearing for country homes, and evoke a hand-crafted, folk art feel. Seen below is Jane Churchill’s Beatrice and Nova cushions in indigo and copper.

Above: Columbus three seater sofa by Covercraft.

Get the Look...

Below/Left: Chatsworth wing chair.

4 Sarah, Viv and the team

at Sarah Harding Interiors can create bespoke furnishings for any room. 4 Be bold with prints. 4 Introduce at least one strong highlight colour.

Above: Chesterfield by Whitehead, covered in a fabric of your choice.

Our featured products and suppliers are all available from Sarah Harding Interiors,

6 Market St, Uppingham, LE15 9QH, 01572 823389, 95

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HOME Inspiration for your





From unique and thoughtful gifts, to impressive items for your home, a visit to Elizabeth & Stevens is always worth a visit, but with new deliveries of quirky items for Autumn, we particularly recommend a visit this month.

From large ironwork and gates or stone sculptures for larger properties to antique and reclaimed furniture, and sofas, right down to cushions, throws and the smallest finishing touches, the retailer has an eclectic mix of items. If you’re looking for the perfect finishing touch for your room, an unusual gift for a friend or a way to add interest to your garden as part of your winter landscaping the retailer is certainly worth a visit!




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1. ‘To the Moon and Back’ battery powered illuminated hanging £35. 2. Cow hide from a selection £call. 3. Rule Britannia and Pug cushions £28/ea. 4. Boston Terrier in resin £24.50, approx 50cm. 5. Noir open bookcase measuring approx 2m x 3m £2,300. 6. Chanel and perfume prints on quality card, 30cm x 40cm by Ros Shiers £24.99/ea. 7. Crystal and diamanté glasses £38.50/set four. 8. T-Rex replica wall mount in hand-painted resin £110, approx 50cm tall. 9. Bronze prancing horse £299. 10. Trio of clocks, not to scale, illuminated Westminster 1m dia, £375; faux metal numeral clock

45cm £23; chrome and metal Dublin clock £75. 11. Faux fur throw in silver £175.50. 12. Chesterfield sofa in charcoal vintage Italian leather 216cm x 70cm x 78cm £1,900. 13. Large cockerel, approx 1.5m tall, £164. 14. Stone lion, 2m long, for outdoor £call/pair. 15. GR/ER restored postboxes, various colours £call; postbox money box £15. 16. Resin parrot, UV protected for outdoor or indoor £145. 17. Antique dowry chest 117cm x 70cm x 78cm £1,500. 18. Leather/nickel hurricane lamp £50; timber hurricane lamp 57.50; XL candle with five wicks £49.99. n






n Featured items available from Elizabeth & Stevens, The Showrooms, A1, Markham Moor Retford DN22 0QU. Call 01636 822000 or see

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Wonderfully Crafted


By worktop specialists Granite Earth

Purchasing a new kitchen or giving it a makeover can be costly. Using a kitchen retailer can be simple but expensive, and they can’t always offer the extensive range of stone worktops that are available in the market. Granite Earth cuts out the middle man by installing beautifully crafted worktops direct to you and on budget... Words: Tilly Wilkinson. 106

The kitchen is generally the hub of the home. Families use this room the most whether it’s for a bowl of cereal in the morning, a glass of wine at night, or cooking a roast on a Sunday afternoon. This is why when you want to give your kitchen a new look it’s important to choose the right worktop. Granite Earth are specialists in granite, Quartz and Corian worktops for all styles and budgets. They know exactly what surface would best suit your kitchen and your family, they offer highly competitive pricing and an experienced team that can make the order process very simple. Granite Earth are gold fabricators for Silestone, Cosentino, the leading quartz manufacturer, this product comes with 25 years manufacturer warranty. Even their Cosentino branded Sensa range of granite comes with 10 years warranty, which is most unusual for a granite/natural stone surface. Richard Allen is the Sales Manager of the family-run Grantham based business. “We can offer any kind of worktop you’re looking for; if we don’t have it, we can get it,” says Richard. “There’s nothing we can’t offer the range really is that extensive.”

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Bridging The Property Knowledge Gap Professional property finder Kate Vincent discusses latest trends in the local property market and what key factors buyers are considering

In recent weeks market conditions, both nationally and locally, have changed as a result of the EU referendum outcome triggering a ‘pause for thought’ amongst some buyers. In many cases this pause comes as a result of the confusion and concern about what is really going on in the market, further fuelled by conflicting media reports. The question being asked Buyers are acutely aware that they can only spend every pound once and accordingly in a period of market volatility are questioning; will the house I buy today be worth less tomorrow? In reality, nobody can give a reliable answer at the present time, but it is reasonable to assume that longer term some downward pressure on prices is inevitable as uncertainty takes its toll on confidence. However, there are currently limited factors to create significant price falls, unless a rise in forced sellers causes stock levels of homes for sale to increase rapidly. Buyers who are prepared to commit to a purchase under these conditions will find less competition, more choice and will be in a position to benefit from the upside, as and when confidence returns.

What can we learn from history? It is widely accepted that the property market moves in cycles and any rational buyer wants to pay as little as possible, and any seller wants to achieve the top price possible for their home. However, timing can be everything in terms of making the right property move. The graph shows us that whilst the rate of price growth has fluctuated during periods of market uncertainty, the average price of property has risen almost without a break for the past 20 years. Even under the extreme circumstances of the Global Financial Crisis the UK market proved resilient, bouncing back after a period of weakness.

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by 11% in the latter stages of the recession in January 2009. However, by early 2016, prices for this ‘average’ property have increased significantly to £474,000, 49% higher than 7 years earlier. This further underlines how periods of volatility can create opportunity for property buyers considering medium to longterm ownership.

With news that rents are rising at roughly double the rate of wage inflation and with the Bank of England having recently reduced the base rate to a new historical low of 0.25%, the financial logic supporting property ownership in all of its forms appears stronger than ever.

Irrespective of future immigration policies created by Brexit, demand for homes in the UK is severely outstripping the supply of property being constructed and the cross-party Economic Affairs Committee recently released their report ‘Building More Homes’ which concluded that the Government’s target of 150,000 new homes per annum needs to be doubled to meet the nations’ demand for homes.

The country will undoubtedly be going through a period of significant change over the next few years which will create threats and opportunities. For the well informed property purchaser willing to adopt a medium to long term view on property ownership, the months ahead are likely to present an interesting and historical window of opportunity.

Where to from here? As any good financial advisor will tell you; past performance does not guarantee future performance, but despite four General Elections and eight milestone political or economic events, the property market returns to status quo after the initial shock effect as each event passes.

Navigating unchartered waters Buying a property in times of uncertainty can be disconcerting due to ‘fear of the unknown’ and the knowledge gap of how best to approach a purchase. In such circumstances the first and most important step is for buyers to surround themselves with the right advisors who can provide objective advice tailored around individual circumstances.

By way of example at a more local level, a detached property bought in central Stamford in early 2005 (just before the General Election) would have cost on average, approximately £352,000, but this would have dropped in value If you would like further information about how Garrington can save you money and time either locally or across the UK on your next property purchase contact Kate Vincent: Tel: 01780 408377 Or visit: Additionally, if you would like to receive copies of our market research, then please email ‘subscribe’ to

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We all dream of a place in the sun. But construction businessman David Jagger, who comes from Woodhall Spa, turned that dream into reality with the creation of his second home in Florida.

A High Flying PROPERTY If you’re seeking a place in the sun, and a property investment, local businessman David Jagger has a compelling suggestion in the form of his Florida home which he’s offering for sale to a Lincolnshire based family... Words & Images: Julie Fetko.


“Professionally, I’ve alway been in the construction industry, but in my personal life I’ve a long-standing appreciation for planes,” says David. “I gained my pilot’s license in 1977 and would fly from a private airstrip I created near Woodhall.”

David’s interests in property and aviation intersected on a visit to Florida, where a friend had recently created a home on a plot known as Eagle’s Nest. Adjacent was a new development, the Mount Royal Airpark, and with his interest piqued, David purchased a plot and began to realise his dream of a property in the Florida sun.

“I purchased the land six years ago and had my architect in Lincolnshire draw up the plans for the perfect holiday home. It took around three months to build, and the result is a really wonderful holiday home that we’ve visited ever since.” With fewer opportunities to travel abroad these days, David is offering the fully furnished property for sale, and believes it will appeal especially to former pilots and RAF personnel living in Lincolnshire and the surrounding area. The airpark’s 3,000ft paved runway provides easy access, and as the

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property, near Welaka, is located on St John’s River, it’s ideal for those with an interest in boating, too. “The estate has over 100 homes; around half for permanent residents and half created as holiday homes. It’s a superb location not just in terms of the landscaping, with lush foliage and mature oak woodland, but because of its accessibility too.”

Left: Lincolnshire businessman David’s property was created in 2008 on the Mount Royal Airpark, with its aviation facilities. Above: The property comprises three bedrooms, two en suites, a living room, kitchen and screen room.

“The property is around an hour and a half to two hours from the attractions of Disneyworld, Cape Canaveral and Daytona, and only an hour or so from Orlando International airport. This ensures regular flights with Virgin via Manchester Airport.

David’s brief to his architect was to create a comfortable home with three bedrooms, two en suites, and a screen room for enjoying the Florida sunshine. A kitchen diner and lounge area provides plenty of additional living space whilst the creation of a hangar ensures that families and those with a special interest in aviation can make best use of its location.


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“We’ve had RVs, boats and aircraft, and for those who want to establish a place in America it’s hard to imagine being anywhere better. We’ve excellent neighbours called Buddy & Francis. They welcome us back when we visit.” “It’s a great property but with fewer chances to enjoy it, I’m putting it onto the market, fully furnished, as seen here, and ready to move into.” “It’d be lovely to think of a Lincolnshire family being able to enjoy it was much as we have, so in addition to marketing it over in the US, we want to spread the word a little over here, too, and would enjoy talking to anyone from the area who wants to enjoy their very own ‘place in the sun.’” n

Location: Mount Royal Airpark, Welaka, Florida.

Style: Modern holiday home on aviation park created in 2008.

Position: Around an hour and a half key attractions, e.g.: Disneyworld, Cape Canaveral, Universal Studios.

Property: Three bedrooms with en suite to master plus living kitchen and lounge, garage and hangar. Guide Price: $349,000 (£230,000).

Contact: David Jagger on 01526 268591 or contact Julie Fetko, realtor, via


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October’s garden is an ‘open’ garden. Not only does it open up onto rolling Rutland countryside views beyond, and not only does the stream that runs through it open up onto a pond at the end of the garden, but owners Tony and Jane Bews open it for visitors to come in, enjoy the views and a slice of cake, and raise money for charity in the process... Words: Tilly Wilkinson.

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Shapinsay in MANTON Usually we visit a garden that is planning to open for the National Gardens Scheme in the coming month. However, as October isn’t a very exciting month for gardens across Rutland, we decided to join in the fun and attend an open garden event ourselves. Shapinsay in Manton was open for the charity LOROS this year, and they hoped for around 70 visitors.

Instead, 140 visitors came to the garden event for a cup of tea, a slice of cake, a stroll around the garden and participation in a garden quiz for a chance to win Welland Vale Garden Centre gift vouchers. The event raised an incredible £950 for LOROS.


Jane is the lady in charge of the garden, and she says the passion for gardening was in her genes.

“I used to teach mathematics and I never really had the time or passion for gardening,” says Jane. “However since I’ve been retired, gardening has just become a big part of my life, I love spending time in the garden.”

The couple moved to the house in December in 1981, and the garden had a few mature trees and shrubs but there were no borders. Jane wanted to make her garden a little different to other gardens, so instead of making it rectangular, she introduced curves and circled lawn areas. “The stream and pond is five years old,” says Jane. “It just introduces something a little different to the garden and makes it more interesting. It also meant that we could use water plants in the garden.” Tony and Jane open their garden every year usually for the National Gardens Scheme, with a selection of other gardens across the village of Manton.


Owner: Tony & Jane Bews. Garden: A beautiful garden with curved edges. Features: A stream and pond and panoramic views. Contact: Call 01572 737416 for more information. Above: Pink lilies in the garden. Right: Jane Bews. Top: One of the small ponds that runs to the big pond. Left: The incredible view beyond the garden.

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“I was delighted to be asked to open my garden for the National Gardens Scheme. My husband always used to think it was a waste of time doing the garden, because it was only we who saw it.”

It’s nice to be able to share the garden with people, swap advice, learn more about horticulture and just let people have a lovely Sunday afternoon. I also enjoy having a plan too, a target of making the garden look good and making sure there’s enough food and drink for everyone. This was a hard target to hit for our LOROS open day though with double the expected number of visitors!” “I’ve tried to make the garden look good throughout the year. In October there will be autumn colours, purple asters and the hydrangeas will probably still be out. In winter it competely changes and it’s barer, but because of the stream and the pond, it still looks good.” “My favourite time of year is probably June when all of the colour is in the garden, and when it gets to July and August, everything becomes a little overgrown and scruffy, and it’s a tough job to keep on top of it all.” “I do like the garden in spring too, because you’ve seen the garden in winter for the past few months and everything is just starting to come back to life again. The borders become greener, the colourful flowers start

PLANT of the MONTH Name: Pumpkin. Description: The bright orange root vegetable we get every year for Halloween. This month: Carve the scariest faces you can and send us the pictures! Email your work to tilly@pride


to come out, there’s a sunlight that reflects in the water and everything just looks a little happier. It’s this build-up of potential that I really enjoy seeing.” “My favourite area of the garden has to be the pond. It’s like the garden’s secret, hidden at the end and colour reflects off its surface from the amount of plants and water plants that surround it.”

Jane and Tony will open again next year for the National Gardens Scheme along with five other gardens in Manton like they’ve done in previous years.


There will be teas and cakes served at the village hall (which Jane is particularly delighted about!) and you can take your time strolling around each garden. Each promises something a little different but the same stunning panoramic view over the rolling Rutland countryside.

Above: A rockery on the patio that overlooks the garden.

Top: Visitors taking a look at the herbaceous borders around the garden.

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Jobs for


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rhubarb crowns to create new plants. Divide any herbaceous perennials and cut back the perennials that have died down. Remember to move tender plants into a greenhouse or conservatory. Plant spring cabbages and harvest apples, pears, grapes and nuts. Finish collecting seeds from the garden to sow next year. October is really your last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges in mild areas. It’s also the month to renovate old lawns or create new grass areas by laying turf.

Above: Harvest apples in Octob er as well as peas, grapes and nuts.

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October is the month when dew gathers on spiders’ webs and starling murmurations are seen on the horizon. Richard Owens discusses nature in our county....


CRAWLIES It is believed there are well in excess of 750 million spiders in the UK! You’ll see a lot of house spiders, daddy long legs spiders and lace web spiders...

As we move into October, things are turning rather autumnal. The days rapidly become shorter and the sun becomes lower in the sky.

The autumn equinox, when day and night are of equal length, will have already passed you by on 22nd September.

Sunsets in autumn can be quite spectacular, and the mornings misty with the threat of the first frosts always looming. However, this is a time of nature’s plenty, with Lincolnshire’s many hedgerows throwing out a late harvest of blackberries, rose hips, crab apples, hazel nuts and seeds. Many wildlife species will take

advantage of natures harvest to build up reserves of fat for migration, hibernation or simply store to help them survive the long winter months ahead.

If you wake up to a heavy cool morning, it’s well worth taking a good look outside and you’ll suddenly realise how many spiders there are in your garden! You should easily spot spider webs outlined in the dew on the lawn, and even on your car wing mirrors. Spider silk is truly amazing - if you’re fortunate enough to find a spider making a web, take a moment to watch how intricate it is.

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Knowing the Difference

It’s important to know the difference when you’re mushroom hunting as some are poisonous in the country... Amanita Phalloides “Death Cap” Although they taste pleasant and they resemble many safer varieties of mushroom, just 30 grams can kill a human.

Above: The peregrine falcon gets put off by the starlings’ defence tactic of staying together. Top/Opposite: Discover fungi in autumn. Left/Opposite: A starling murmuration silhouette. Far Left/Opposite: A dewy spiders’ web.

October is also a time when many birds start to form flocks. The one that always impresses me the most with their dancing formations is of course the starling. Forming what is commonly known as a murmuration, these birds flock in their tens of thousands.

It’s a safety in numbers strategy disorientating birds of prey such as the majestic peregrine falcon, and also to generate communal warmth as they come down to roost at night. Take a moment to watch and admire. If you can spare a few logs from the firewood pile, make a small log pile in a shady part of the garden

to attract not just insects, but also create habitat for a toad or hedgehog to safely spend the winter. With hedgehog numbers down at the moment, it’s important that as many people do all they can to help the creatures so a little log pile house is the perfect solution.

You will also create a host for fungi which will turn dead wood eventually back into soil. Natures way of recycling!

n Richard Owens, has spent his career promoting bio-diversity within the world of turf and he is the former UK Golf Course Conservation Greenkeeper of the Year.

Amanita Muscaria “Fly Agaric” This is the cliché toadstool of children’s fairytales. It is poison although eating one is more likely to make you feel sick or delirious rather than kill you. Cortinarius Rubellus “Deadly Webcap” Often found more in the north of England rather than in the south, the cortinarius rubellus is usually found with another mushroom called C.Orellanus or ‘Fool’s Webcap,’ also poisonous. Stay clear!

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CHEESE In Search of Rutland’s Lost Have you heard of Rutland Slipcote? If not, Alan and Jane Hewson are about to change all that. The couple are beginning to push their heritage cheese, produced just a stone’s throw from Whissendine, and based on an old recipe rescued from the archives. We visited the couple at their dairy and enjoyed a throwback from our childhood, as well as Rutland’s own version of ‘brie...’ Words: Rob Davis. Images: Ashley Jouhar.

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Of the many fond memories I have of my childhood, I especially remember fighting with my brother each morning when we heard the tinkling of bottles in the milkman’s crates. We’d rush to open the milk bottle first, to secure the layer of cream at the top, which would turn our cereal into a real treat.

Of course, that’s all gone now. Modern milk is subject to the process of homogenisation, a filtration process which sees all the cream dispersed evenly through the milk. Turning up at Alan and Jane Hewson’s creamery, Belvoir Ridge, on the border of Rutland and Leicestershire just a stone’s throw from Whissendine, I noted with delight that the couple had a ‘vending machine’ providing the public with ‘raw 128

milk’ - milk that hasn’t gone through the process of pasteurisation or homogenisation.

I’m glad that the couple are selling proper milk, not the processed stuff sold in supermarkets at knock down prices currently decimating our dairy industry - four pints of milk - 2.2 litres - currently costs £1. For the same amount of money, you can buy just 750ml of Perrier or San Pellegrino, making water more expensive than milk, a terrible indictment of the way we pay farmers.


Dairy farmers are struggling to turn a profit, so they’re looking to focus on a different market with products like their raw milk, and it’s not the only product they’re resurrecting especially in our part of the world.

Have you heard of Rutland Slipcote? If not, you soon will as Alan and Jane are seeking to resurrect Rutland’s ‘lost cheese,’ using their own milk to produce it from their herd at their own dairy. “We’re exclusively dairy farmers and have about 100 acres. Our herd consists predominantly of Red Polls - 50 milkers and a couple of bulls - plus a few Kerrys,” says Alan.

“We work with the Rare Breed Survival Trust to ensure continuity of Original Population Dairy Shorthorn versus commercial breeds - predominantly Dutch Holsteins, which produce three time as much milk and

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have usurped our native breeds. Alan and Jane believe their cows produce a better flavour of milk, richer, creamier, less watery.

The herd is grazed outside whenever possible, too, and fed fed hay & silage in the winter. They also live longer; yielding eight or nine calves, rather than two or three in large scale dairies.

Each cow produces around 4,000 litres a year, which equates to about 72,000 pints. About a third of this output is sold at the farm gate,with another 20% or so going to commercial customers like Hambleton Hall and Hambleton Bakery, and Leicester’s Gelato Village. That leaves about 50% of the dairy’s output remaining, and as well as finding a wonderful wife, Alan has also managed to land himself a skilled cheesemaker in Jane, whose

previous experience as a smallholder with a herd of goats made her the ideal partner in a new venture.

About four years ago, the couple created a heritage cheese which had all but been forgotten about. The cheese was to become Rutland Slipcote, but the other cheese they were working on simultaneously, their Colwick soft pasteurised cheese somewhat overtook its sibling, attracting the attention of Jamie Oliver. With a serious demand, development of Slipcote was put on the back burner for a while. >>

Opposite Page: The couple attracted the attention of Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty, appearing on TV with them. They’ve ‘done’ BBC Countryfile, too.

Above: The couple work in their dairy, on the Rutland/Leicestershire dairy, milking twice a day and creating their two artisan cheeses Colwick and Rutland’s (‘Whissendine’) Slipcote.


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Hall, Lyddington’s Marquess of Exeter, The Olive Branch at Clipsham, and in the King’s Arms at Wing.

>> Colwick is soft and curdy, comparable to continental cheese like Ricotta and Halloumi (and can be substituted for such in a recipe). It doesn’t need time to mature and settles under its own weight rather than needing to be pressed.

Slipcote - originally Whissendine Slipcote meanwhile is an entirely different product. Its white, mould-ripened, akin to a brie or a Camembert in texture, but with a different flavour. Originally created in the sixteenth century, the cheese disappeared from production in the Victorian era, and was due to be consigned to history, but for a chance conversation between Alan and a local restauranteur, who was lamenting the lack of an indigenous Rutland cheese. To recreate the recipe meant scouring the archives until a description was found in the

to be salted and wrapped in nettles, rather like a Cornish Yarg. ‘The cheese will come to his eating in eight or nine dayes [sic],’ the recipe concludes. The name derives from the ripening method of the cheese. It would mature in moulds or presses, traditionally made of wood, into which the cheese would be placed, with

“FOR ALAN, CHEESE PRODUCTION ISN’T SIMPLY A COMMERCIAL VENTURE, IT’S A WAY OF REMAINING IN AN INDUSTRY HE LOVES. “MY GRANDFATHER, AND FATHER BOTH FARMED HERE TOO. THIS IS A LEGACY, ONE I WANT TO KEEP ALIVE...” 1653 book A True Gentlewoman’s Delight which we suppose is a sort of Mrs Beeton for any self-respecting interregnum housewife. The recipe calls for five quarts of milk, one quart of water, then following the process of separation, call for ‘him’ - which is, curiously, how the cheese is referred to throughout -

drainage holes to allow excess whey liquid to run out - and today excess whey is fed to the couple’s pigs.

Modern production methods have caused the couple to make a few concessions, but Alan and Jane believe it is as faithful to the original as is possible, albeit with no existing product with which to compare it.

Perhaps one of the reasons the cheese fell out of favour commercially is the fact that it dries out quickly. With a better understanding of maturation than in Victorian times, and refrigeration, and a knowledge of how to keep cheese these days though, there’s no reason we can’t begin enjoying the product again, perhaps with warm bread, and a light red wine such as a beaujolais. It has already featured on the cheese boards of Hambleton

In addition it’s sold at the farm gate alongside the couple’s raw milk, and will shortly be available to purchase on the couple’s website - in the process of being constructed as Pride goes to press. Production of the farm’s Colwick and Slipcote cheese currently stands at a ratio of about 60% and 40% respectively. “It’s hard work; up at five in the morning, milking every day. But my grandfather, and father both farmed here too. This is our legacy, and it’s one I want to keep alive.”

The couple have five children, each of whom have their own career interests. It’s perhaps understandable, having seen the hard work first hand, that they’ve chosen to leave behind a life of farming, especially given the problems in the dairy sector. For Alan, making cheese is about more than turning a profit or resurrecting a lost food, it’s a matter of pride in farming; “I’m a farmer and I want to farm in such a way that they’re looked after and have a good life, and in a way that proves a small farm can still be profitable. If I can resurrect one of Rutland’s lost products too, that’s a real bonus! n

ALAN and JANE’S RED POLL CATTLE Traditional native dual purpose (i.e.: milk and beef) breed, ‘polled’ (hornless), and produced by crossing the milky Suffolk Dun with the meaty Norfolk Red in the early part of the 19th century.Typically 550kg (cows), represented by the Red Poll Cattle Society.

n Rutland Slipcote and Colwick are both available from Belvoir Ridge Creamery, Cross Roads Farm, Eastwell, LE14 4EF. Call 01949 860242 or visit the couple at Oakham Farmer’s Market on the third Saturday of each month.

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The Garden PARTY Words: Tilly Wilkinson. Photographer: David Stubbs Photography,, 07814 417759.

meet our COUPLE Hollie is a primary school teacher and Harry works as an associate director for a recruitment firm. Both local, the couple met on a night out in Stamford. They have just relocated back from Hong Kong after living there for the past five years. Harry proposed just before Christmas. They had only been together eight months, when Harry planned a romantic picnic at Burghley House. Torrential rain wasn’t going to stop him, but he eventually admitted defeat and went down on one knee in the pouring rain in Stamford! They celebrated at the George Hotel.


“We began to plan our wedding two years before the big day,” says Hollie. “The first thing that we organised was the reception venue and once organised, it helped us to visualise how all of the other parts of the day would fit together. We decided on The William Cecil as it ticked all of our boxes.”

“I found my dress at Bradgate Brides after visiting a few bridal boutiques. It was a Benjamin Roberts dress. I think my mum fell in love with the dress more than I did! I loved the simplicity of the dress and the beautiful lace detail on the back. It was strange as I only saw the dress twice before we got married as we were living in Hong Kong. I think I only truly appreciated how lovely it was on the morning of the actual wedding.” “Our flowers were by The Flower House of Stamford. Tracy went above and beyond to

meet our expectations and visions for the day. I was blown away by her beautiful bouquets that were delivered to The William Cecil on the morning of the wedding. Upon arriving at the reception venue I couldn’t believe how what I had imagined in my head, was actually there before my eyes. We had so many comments throughout the day about how beautiful the flowers were. Our wedding cake was kindly made by Harry’s mum and we had beautiful vintage inspired cupcakes made by a friend of a friend.” “We had our rings designed and made for us by a jewellers called Haywards in Hong Kong. Harry had a plain silver band and I had diamonds and sapphires - my birth stone - in mine.”

“Our photographer was the fabulous David Stubbs, his work speaks for itself. The images

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that he captured are truly beautiful and so natural. We didn’t want lots of staged photos as we wanted our photographs to truly capture the essence of the day which is why we chose David. We were overwhelmed by the photos that he produced for us.” “Decorations were vintage inspired with teacups, cake stands and bunting being at the forefront in keeping with our vintage garden party theme.”

“Walking down the aisle was nerve racking and very emotional. I think I was crying before I even reached the top of the aisle! I would say mine was more of a sprint down the aisle than a walk; I certainly didn’t savour my moment and I don’t think my poor mum’s feet touched the ground!”

“The wedding reception highlights were the emotional but light hearted speeches. We had a wonderful acoustic musician called George Simpson too who played the most beautiful music whilst guests arrived at the church and afterwards during the garden party.” “We hired an ice cream bicycle which we loved and added something a bit different. Our guests really enjoyed the ice cream whilst the sun shone at least!”

“We had a hog roast in the evening which enabled us to make use of the beautiful lantern lit terrace at The William Cecil.”

“We had a lovely honeymoon in Mykonos directly after the wedding. We went for four days and stayed in a beautiful hotel on a hillside with the most spectacular views. The hotel was called Myconian villa collection. We also had another mini honeymoon at Christmas time but this time with our little boy where we visited The Shangri La in Boracay, Philippines.” “We have so many thank yous to make for our wonderful wedding day. Family and friends, particularly my mum and Harry’s parents, worked incredibly hard to help us to make favours, orders of service, seating plans and everything else that was needed.

“The staff at The William Cecil also deserve a thank you. They pulled out all of the stops on the day to ensure that it all ran smoothly.”

Photographer: David Stubbs Photography,, 07814 417759.


“We had a hog roast in the evening which enabled us to make use of the beautiful lantern lit terrace at The William Cecil in Stamford...” Top: The venue at the William Cecil. Left: Hollie’s dress was a full length Benjamin Roberts dress with capped sleeves and lace detailing. Below: The couple had a cupcake wedding cake as well as their cake! Bottom/Left: Hollie and Harry’s first dance.

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Bespoke & Made to Measure Suits by a Savile Row Tailor, Andrew Musson

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- FASHION This Page: Karen looks stunning in this beautiful cashmere sweater, £215, and striped culottes, £125, both from Weekend Max Mara.

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STYLE For a stylish, warm autumn, look to Cavells on Oakham’s Mill Street. This month the retailer takes delivery of a whole host of new autumn/winter fashions from both established and new brands, plus a wealth of shoes and bags to match... Words & Images: Rob Davis.

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Established for over 23 years, Cavells and Cavells Country have long been a fixture in the town of Oakham, renowned for its role as one of the area’s most successful independent fashion retailers in the UK. For this autumn/winter season Cavells has a host of new fashions to suit any occasion, from the more established brands such as Joseph and Marc Cain through to the more eclectic as with Munthe and Des Petits Hauts. This month we are previewing some of Cavells top trends for the coming season including some great footwear and fabulous bags from Mulberry. Our shoot took place in Cottesmore and we thank Emma and Roger for the use of their beautiful garden. n

This Page, Main Image: Loving Karen’s heart print cashmere sweater from Chinti and Parker, £375 and DL 1961 coated jeans £180. This Page, Below: Claire is wearing a cashmere Joseph dress £395.


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This Page, Main Image: The girls look ready for the colder weather in their cosy coats. Karen wears Des Petits Hauts faux fur Prudence coat £240 with Weekend Max Mara silk shirt £194, Hudson jeans £180 and Alpe boots £89. Claire wearing weekend Max Mara reversible coat £494, 7FAM jeans £189 and Alpe brogue boots £95. This Page, Bottom: Karen looks gorgeous in this floral skirt, £190, and fairisle sweater, £160 both by Oilily. Claire wears this striking Patrizia Pepe poncho £238.


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Main: Claire wears this amazing sheer print shirt from Munthe £149, teamed with faux leather trousers also from Munthe £175. Below: New to Cavells for this season are Rogues shoes. Pomme trim brogue £185, silver Spangle brogue £179. Bottom: Karen wears gold printed top from Munthe £159.


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Main: Claire is rocking this leather jacket, £379, and wide leg trouser, £125, both from Oui. Top: Mulberry small Bayswater £845. Above: Karen in Munthe leather fronted top £229.


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- FASHION Main: This big floral coat by Marc Cain, £495, looks stunning on Claire worn with contrasting trouser, £249, also by Marc Cain, finished with a metallic brogue from Calpiere £155. Below: Mulberry Camden burgundy bag £1,195 and Mulberry Anthony grey cross body bag £495. Bottom: Vic Matie boot £298.

Find Out More: Featured items are available from Cavells, Mill Street, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6EA. Tel: 01652 600690. The retailer will host its in-store fashion mornings, from 10am followed by lunch at Hambleton Hall on Wednesday 12th October (Colourful Autumn), Thursday 3rd November (Fashion’s Most Wanted) and Wednesday 16th November (Wrap up for Winter).

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HOME INSTEAD Regaining independence, receiving high quality care and having a great companion rather than just a carer, who is happy to be helping you in your own home, is what people are striving for when it comes to care. Home Instead Senior Care is the UK’s leading home care service that offers these three basic principals. Gail Devereux-Batchelor, Rutland’s Home Instead Director, told us why she decided to get involved... Words: Tilly Wilkinson.


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Caring for relatives, whether they’re elderly parents or grandparents, brothers or sisters, sons or daughters that are unable to care for themselves, it is a tricky subject to approach. Home Instead is a company that allows carers to dedicate their time to making clients happy and meet their every need, whether they are 24 or 104. CAREGivers allow the client to go about their everyday business, whether it’s a visit to a garden centre, a summer fête, a doctor’s appointment or simply meeting friends; they give them their independence. What’s so special about what Home Instead offer, is how personal the service is. Carers aren’t simply there to help - they offer valuable companionship, and Home Instead match a carer with a client to ensure they both look forward to spending time with each other. This means if a client particularly likes to spend time in the garden, so will their carer.

“It’s providing someone who is going to be reliable, someone who is happy to help, and someone who can do everything the client used to do,” says Gail Devereux-Batchelor, Director of Home Instead in Rutland, Market Harborough and Corby.




“It’s a bespoke service, not "any old how" caring. If the client needs someone to support them at a granddaughter’s wedding or when they visit family in London or even abroad, the carer can travel with them.”

“And the carers get so much out of it as well. Some have previously worked as volunteers. From all walks of life, we find people quite often through our Community events, Dementia and Scam awareness talks bring people forward who have kind hearts and really care about making a difference. Our caregivers are paid as part time employees, properly insured and trained, and of course, with criminal and reference checks. Part time flexible hours gives them that bit of extra money and a truly rewarding job.”

“We often have caregiver coffee mornings too, to give the carers a sense of teamwork, we host fun days for families to understand what their family member does.” Caregivers make such a huge difference in so many people’s lives, and from previous experience, it’s of the utmost importance to Gail that this service is offered in Rutland.

Facts & Figures 1 hour: This is the minimum amount of time carers will spend with a client on one visit. They take their time to understand what the client really needs or wants to do in that day, and nothing is ever rushed. 56th: Home Instead ranked 56th in the Sunday Times’s 100 best companies to work for. 96%: This is the amount of clients who would go away and recommend Home Instead, and 96% is the same amount of caregivers who say they are proud to be working for the firm. 5: Home Instead is the only homecare provider with six CQC overall outstanding ratings. CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in the UK, monitoring all standards of care from safety to responsiveness. 2016: This year, Home Instead recieved the Queen’s Award for Innovation in recognition of quality care.

Gail Devereux-Batchelor is the Director of Home Instead in Rutland, and she started the company after a first-hand experience of how bad some care companies can be. “I had two relatives who were receiving poor quality care. It wasn’t personal, just people employed to do their job. After I saw my husband’s great-aunt receive an outstanding level of care from Home Instead elsewhere, I realised that there was nothing like that in our area and I’m passionate about caring for people unable to care for themselves.” “With a background in running my own successful business and and a passion for great service, it was very natural for me to bring these skills together, undergo the appropriate training, and run my own franchise of Home Instead.” “I’ve never looked back and I’ve enjoyed every second of growing the business, building my team up, and turning people’s lives around whether they’re a client or a carer themselves.” “I like to get every small detail right, and I feel that’s exactly what’s needed with care. There is no one size fits all, the service has to be bespoke.” “Most of the caregivers who work for Home Instead don’t usually have a background in care, just a level head and common sense. There is no uniform, it’s just relaxed and what has been missing from the care sector. I’m just happy this service is finally available.” n For more info about Home Instead, call 01572 898 147 or visit

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Alternatives to


What are the alternatives to HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) for women today? Find out from Stamford practitioner Jo George… The biggest ever study published this August shows that HRT triples the risk of breast cancer. Following more than a decade of controversy about HRT, the study by the Institute of Cancer Research and Breast Cancer shows that some previous studies underestimated the risk of breast cancer with combined oestrogen-progestogen HRT.

The study of 100,000 women over 40 years found those who took the combined oestrogen and progestogen pill for around five years were 2.7 times more likely to develop cancer compared to women who took nothing, or only the oestrogen pill. The risk rose to 3.3 times for women who took the drugs for 15 years or more. Around 14 in 1,000 women in their 50s are expected to develop breast cancer, but that rises to 34 in 1000 for women taking the combined pill, the study suggests.

We asked local Stamford Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist Jo George, to talk to us about the alternatives to HRT and the role of Adaptogen Chinese herbs in Peri menopause and Menopause She says ‘Women are socialised to be the caretakers of others. More women than men have both a career outside the home and continue to try to juggle traditional responsibilities after hours. In fact, over 70 per cent of married women with children under the age of 18 are employed outside the home. Women are often known as “multi-taskers’ — struggling to balance a career with the role as ‘perfect’ wife and mother at home. Women face these stressors on a daily basis, as well as lack of physical exercise, insufficient rest, poor diet, environmental toxins, electromagnetic radiation, which all undermine the adrenal, hormonal and stress regulating systems at a critical time of change.’

Jo explains further “One of the important factors for a woman during “The Change” is the health of her adrenal glands, yet we hear very little about it. During peri-menopause, when our ovaries decrease their production of estrogen and progesterone, our adrenals are part of a back-up system for us, making smaller but steady amounts of these hormones. They also regulate minerals in the body, aid in digestion, and work with the thyroid to maintain energy levels. The adrenals are commonly known as our “stress glands”


because they release hormones including adrenaline in response to stress. What my patients see and hear about peri-menopause and menopause often focuses solely on estrogen “deficiency,” while adrenals are ignored.” So, what effect does this have on the perimenopause and menopause? Jo George says “A lot - for one thing, many of the symptoms of adrenal burnout are the same ones often attributed to menopause itself: high blood pressure, dizziness, headaches, sleepdisturbances, overwhelming fatigue, and mood disorders. For another, if the adrenals aren’t functioning properly they will be unable to do their part in making the replacement hormones our bodies need to compensate for the ovaries’ decreased output. Therefore, supporting and protecting the adrenals is a major part of my treatment approach as a practitioner of (TCM) Traditional Chinese Medicine; This approach is the most successful when my patients ask for support in coming off of HRT and want to stabilise their bodies whilst they withdraw the drug”

Jo George goes on to explain “When we're under stress (including the stress of peri-menopause), our nutritional needs dramatically increase, and the adrenal glands need higher concentrations of key elements to function. Diets high in refined foods like white flour products and sugar take nutrients away from us. Products containing caffeine like coffee, teas, chocolate have the same effect, as does alcohol. When we eat these foods we are not only depriving our bodies of nutrients that we should be getting from our food, but we are also adding yet another stress to the system, further contributing to adrenal burnout.

The Role of Chinese herbs (Adaptogens) in Peri Menopause/ Menopause Adaptogenic herbs are one of the most important groups of herbs to take into the 21st century, and have been used for centuries by Chinese medicine. Adaptogens not only increase the resistance to the adverse effects of long-term stress but the majority

are also tonifying, immune-stimulating and increase the general sense of well-being.

Premenstrual syndrome and perimenopause are their own kind of stress on the system and many women find their threshold of tolerating stress decreases and fatigue can result. Fluctuations in estrogen, progesterone, cortisol and thyroid interact with brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, GABA and therefore can cause depression and high anxiety. Ginseng therefore is used commonly in Chinese medicine as a beneficial herb to restore vitality in women who are chronically fatigued or who have decreased mental and physical performance and/or stamina and decrease anxiety. Finally, Jo George says “we need to put all this into a bigger picture which involves getting enough sleep and enough relaxation and down time during the day. It is during these times that the adrenals restore themselves. Regular exercise is also important for glandular health, as well as simplifying our lives to make them less stressful.’

n Jo George is a fully registered and insured member of the BacC and RCHM which are the leading regulatory body of acupuncture and herbs in the UK. Jo George is highly trained professional to Masters (distinction) level, and very experienced practitioner with over 14 years clinical knowledge. For a free informal preliminary chat with Jo call 07914 851995. or contact The Broad Street Practice, Stamford on 01780 480889. For more information on Jo’s work go to

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James Trend is the computer guy with a difference - clear, practical and personable. No matter what the size of your business, he can help to ensure your investment in technology pays off and that your equipment works properly, solving IT issues and helping your business to quickly recover from a computer disaster... Words & Photos: Rob Davis.

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James Trend is a great bloke to know. Imagine an IT professional who really knows his stuff, who can solve any problem, one who’s business minded and practical, and yet, one who also speaks plain English. The trouble is, too few people know of him until disaster strikes. We’re all dependent on our computers, mobile phones and on the internet, these days. So much so, that when they fail, it’s a disaster for our businesses.

That’s where James comes in, usually solving IT problems for businesses at the point of crisis, but often sticking around at the request of companies to solve other issues and ensure disaster doesn’t happen twice. “I was born in Wales but moved around a bit, eventually arriving in Rutland with my family in 2014,” he says. “After completing an IT and Biology degree in the mid-90s, I began working in broadcasting, setting up TV studios, and then in hospitals, setting up digital equipment in operating theatres.” “Both areas are mission critical - that is, computers in medicine and broadcasting have to be completely and totally reliable. That’s why planning and maintenance of our systems were so important.” “I set up my IT company, Visionary Trends, nearly two years ago, and today I work in different business sectors from retail (for example, electronic point of sale or business accounting) to media to construction, to broadcasting and in the medical sector.”

“My services include helping with the setup and troubleshooting of networks, the usual slow internet, spyware and viruses, and solving other IT problems, but with a difference.


James’s Five IT tips for Business... 1. Security: Back-ups are vital; ensure multiple, back-up plans, preferably automatic, test them regularly and keep them off site, so you always have your data in two places.

2. Don’t Just Spend: But don’t scrimp either - utilise your IT equipment to best effect before adding more to your setup. 3. Make it Mobile: Ensure all of your data is available to you anywhere, both for security and convenience.

4. Don’t Put up with Problems: Your IT works for you, not the other way - don’t put up with little inconveniences!

5. Explore New Technology: It can be incredibly enabling and technology is generally easier to use than ever before.

Some clients want to understand their systems and know about the technical details, but most just ‘want it to work,’ and it’s that approachability, clarity and simplicity that I like to bring to the fore, alongside all of the technical know-how you’d expect.” “I work in people’s homes too, but mostly in businesses, from small firms with 5-10 employees to huge companies. It’s surprising how many people have no provision for their computers going wrong, or measures they think will keep them safe but which, when the worst happens, prove inadequate; backups that are on-site instead of being kept off the premises, for example.”

“The secrets of maintaining good IT infrastructure in your business is planning. You don’t achieve good IT by just buying more stuff, but by planning purchases, utilising the computers you have to best effect, and with good planning to ensure your systems are well-maintained with good backup and maintenance provision.” “It’s a shame I’m usually called in at point of crisis, but once I’ve helped a client recover from an IT disaster, I’m usually drafted in to review their use of computers. Even if you’ve in-house IT staff, an independent review by a ‘second set of eyes’ can be useful. I take steps to ensure peace of mind and help with ongoing problems that people otherwise put up with. Technology is incredibly enabling, but our dependence on it makes having someone you can trust on the end of the phone - someone local, someone knowledgeable - an absolute essential.”

“I can work on a ‘per visit’ basis or on a retainer, and can certainly visit a business for a one-off review of a firm’s IT, to solve any existing issues and put measures in place in case of disaster. Having moved to Rutland I’m looking to build up a client base, so I hope to be able to provide peace of mind for businesses across the county as the business becomes more well-known.”

n James Trend’s business is Visionary Trends, based in Knights Yard Gaol Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6AQ. Call 07530 615104 or see or email your problems to 153

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What better sound is there than an Aston Martin? How about... 600 Aston Martins? That’s how many supercars bearing the Great British badge roared into the parkland of Stamford’s Burghley House recently. The Festival of Aston Martin event was organised by Aston enthusiast Ed Cunningham and was a charity gathering of both heritage but also modern models, raising £46,000 for good causes, and was stewarded by Ed’s friends and family who made the event run seamlessly. As well as classics - a host of ‘James Bond’ DB5 models, and models from the 1970s and 1980s such as the V8 and Volanté, a special appearance of ultra modern Aston Martins included the new DB11 model - which debuted in prototype form in Spectre - the Jet 2+2 shooting brake style estate concept based on the Rapide four seater, and several ‘hypercars’ like £1.2m the One-77 model and the £1.8m Aston Martin Vulcan. n Images by Steve Wright. For more pictures or purchase images from the day, see

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Old dog... new tricks. The Morgan Motor Company was founded in 1909. More than a century later, though, it hasn’t modernised its lineage with the ubiquitous hatchback, small family car, large company car and SUV. Rather, the company has remained faithful to its heritage, producing hand-made cars from its Worcestershire headquarters roadsters, mostly with four wheels and two seats, Ford sourced engines and traditional hand-worked metal shells over ash wood frames.

Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, though, was a new model which is both decidedly retro, but thoroughly modern, too. Granted, you’ll either love it or hate it, and it’s hardly a practical family car, but to us, its quirkiness makes it a compelling prospect as something fun to keep in the garage.

Available to order from this quarter, you’re looking at the Morgan EV3. It’s as traditional as any model in the company’s portfolio, an open top roadster with a decidedly minimalist cabin, few concessions to modern motoring and its wooden chassis.

It’s also short of a wheel. The firm produced its V-Twin three-wheel models from 1911, then made its ‘F-Series’ three-wheel models from 1932-1952, before adding an extra wheel in its 4/4 (four wheel; four cylinder) model, which is still on sale today, albeit in a more modern incarnation.

The EV3 has just one seat, an offset driving position and a single off-centre headlight flanked by two side lights. It’s there that the car’s pretence of tradition ends though. 158

That’s because, despite its appearance as a car for those who smoke pipes and wear flat caps and tinker in sheds, the EV3 is, as its name suggests, an electric car with a thoroughly modern drivetrain.

The EV3 car pictured is currently in its pre-production phase, with final specifications due to be finalised. We know, though, that underneath the car’s tubular space-frame chassis will be a 20KWh lithium battery, with a 46kW motor which drives a single rear wheel.

Usually electric cars have significant kerb weights, but at less than 500kg (a more conventional Ford Fiesta, by comparison, weighs double that), the Morgan will reach 60mph in less than nine seconds. That’s nippy, rather than record-breaking, as is the top speed of 90mph. However, with one wheel ‘missing,’ and a more pared-back >>


Top/Right: The EV3 has a digital dashboard and automatic transmission.

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THE UK’S BEST SELLING CARS The half-year sales figures are in for the UK’s new car market. The first six months of 2016 have seen record sales thanks to the continued trend for personal contract plans (PCP) and lease agreements which see drivers renewing their cars every three years. Over 1,420,000 new cars were registered in the first half of the year, with the sale of diesel cars up 2.3% and petrol cars up by 3%. Sales of alternatively fuelled cars - electric or hybrid vehicles grew by an impressive 21.3%, bolstered by generous tax concessions in the company vehicle sector. As is to be expected, small hatchbacks are the most popular classification of vehicles, and Ford & Vauxhall the most popular manufacturers with the most cars sold and the greatest number of models in the top ten. The UK’s most popular SUV is the Nissan Qashqai, available as a two or four wheel drive vehicle, whilst the best selling executive car is Mercedes’s C-Class, available as a saloon, estate, coupé or convertible. If sales remain healthy, 2016 will break the record established by 2015 for the most number of cars sold in a year, since records began.

The UK’s Top Ten New Cars :

1. Ford Fiesta (pictured): 71,823 cars sold. 2. Vauxhall Corsa: 47,962 cars sold. 3. Ford Focus: 43,625 cars sold. 4. Volkswagen Golf: 42,096 cars sold. 5. Nissan Qashqai: 38,183 cars sold. 6. Vauxhall Astra: 33,345 cars sold. 7. Volkswagen Polo: 32,112 cars sold. 8. Mini Hatchback: 26,553 cars sold. 9. Vauxhall Mokka: 25,783 cars sold. 10. Mercedes C-Class: 25,084 cars sold.


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>> driving experience, it’s likely that it’ll feel faster than raw figures suggest, and it’s unlikely you’ll be daring or foolhardy enough to demand more performance, either. With a range of over 150 miles, and no hybrid petrol engine to provide the reassurance of an alternative means of propulsion if you stray too far from a recharging point, long-haul trips will have to be planned carefully. Having said that, with the low-slung driving position, open air motoring experience and exhilaration typically associated with any Morgan model, you’re unlikely to find a car that’s more exciting. Morgan did release a petrol three-seater of the EV3 in 2011/2012, which is still on sale for around £30,000. That car had a thrashy engine, slick gearchange, and a bouncy ride which manages to be enthusiastic and playful, adventurous, with great 160

feedback, but entirely incomparable to either two-seater motorcycles or four-wheeled cars.

With no press or production-models yet available, it’ll be impossible even for motoring journalists to get into the cockpit of an EV3, and equally impossible to speculate how the driving experience differs with an electric powertrain. Anticipate punchy performance though, as electric cars always enjoy an immediate delivery of torque compared to petrol engined cars. We’d be surprised if the cost of the car was less than £52,000, which is a lot for a car with little in the way of creature comforts.

You’ll probably need to factor in a helmet to protect you from road debris, too. But if you’re the kind of driver who values the thrill of the open road, and you’re prepared to stand out, the EV3 is a thrilling prospect! n

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Price: £52,000 (est; on sale Q4). Engine: 46kW electric motor. Range: 150 miles (zero emissions). Top Speed: 90mph; 0-60mph 9secs. Equipment: Automatic gearbox, leather seat. Optional: Wide range of colours and decals. Opt for RAF green with matching ‘Spitfire’ decals and lots of chrome - nothing too garish please!

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Crosswords CRYPTIC CROSSWORD Test your lateral thinking skills with this month’s Cryptic Crossword. Each puzzle has a set of perplexing clues to unravel, and as every lover of logic knows, the frustration is all part of the fun!


1. Intrusive ads showing dad dancing, maybe, with son (3-3) 4. Hit parade captures heart of the one rejected by her stepson (7) 9. Jazz star torn apart – she killed herself (9) 10. Try to hold distinctive movement device (5) 11. Lecher acted like an MP with time reduced? (5) 12. Finch’s wild statement (9) 13. Was too prone to apply veneer? (7) 15. Bike twisted round barrel, as might be found in well (6) 17. PC sort of old washer (6) 19. Oscar’s sort of thing: backing horse, herding swine (7) 22. Deodorised free-range hens feed across river (9) 24. Sloth possibly inhaling argon gas (5) 26. It appears here, chapter heading with bullets reversed (5) 27. Truck, comparatively blue, carries weight (3-6) 28. Lincoln’s habit of putting everything into the other things? (4,3) 29. Want symbolic home to have entrane changed (6)



1. Emotionally and mentally stable (4-8) 9. Motor vehicle — languished (5) 10. Long tapering ags (7) 11. Cause pain to (4) 12. Old member of the family — no traces (anag) (8) 14. Doctor Who’s time machine (6) 15. Buy back (6) 18. Feign sickness to avoid work. (8) 20. Amaze (4) 22. Itinerant (7) 23. Unit of weight of gemstones (5) 24. Reduced to the bare essentials (8,4)


2. Ruler (7) 3. Youngsters (4) 4. Taking 8 (6) 5. Surplus to requirements (8) 6. Food fish (5) 7. Show prejudice (12) 8. Speed, uppers etc (12) 13. Enlisted in the armed forces (6,2) 16. Humiliate oneself (3,4) 17. Free from captivity (6) 19. Less effective — realm (anag) (5) 21. Sarcastic — tart (4)




1. Preserved in aspic, as some modern master (7) 2. Gather it’s petition time (5) 3. Pages split by plastic replica documents holder (5,4) 4. Company “C” is in prime, which is dandy (7) 5. Guardian’s sugar snaps (5) 6. Who has lots of spirit, yet in dire trouble (9) 7. A head of uncompleted major space project (6) 8. Compact goods yard (6) 14. As a radical on the outside, Mo relaxed badly (9) 16. Sulphur once providing lips with hue (9) 18. Buzz gets permit for lock (7) 19. Is a donor complete, given love directions? (6) 20. Working to break demo ruler (7) 21. Odd bit of canal that’s turned? (6) 23. Common former leader (5) 25. Cyclist’s condition? (5)

1 - Rutland Pride OCT 171.qxp_Layout 2 copy 05/09/2016 14:46 Page 163

1 - Rutland Pride OCT 171.qxp_Layout 2 copy 05/09/2016 14:46 Page 164

Rutland Pride October 2016  

For more information call 01529 469977.

Rutland Pride October 2016  

For more information call 01529 469977.