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STAMFORD’S FINEST MAGAZINE
The Open Season is off to a Flying Start A guide to game in and around Stamford
An Exclusive Interview with Edwin de Lisle Stamford’s Edwin de Lisle and his extraordinary family history
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hat a fabulous month of summer weather we have had! The garden, lawns and farms might be crying out for rain but for now, let’s make the most of the dust, the suntan, and the alfresco dining...
Stamford and Rutland can look forward to lots in September. We have Burghley Horse Trials just around the corner, then October is looming which can only mean one thing; shooting season! In this issue, we’ve covered everything from the Fitzwilliam Hunt’s gorgeous hound puppies to everything you need to know about getting into shooting.
We were also fortunate to be able to sit down with Rutland Polo Club’s Edwin de Lisle and hear all about his extraordinary family history.
If you’ve been out and about at balls and lunches lately you might spot yourself in one of our High Society pages this month too so have a good flick through, take it all in, and remind yourself how fantastic this little area is! With best wishes for a great month!
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nEWS & EvEnTS 06 08
NEWS Our roundup of good news. HIGH SOCIETY The Cottesmore
HIGHLIGHTS 22 32
SHOOTING SEASON How to get
involved from the very beginning and how to train a gun dog.
THE BIG INTERVIEW Edwin de Lisle.
We catch up with Simon Hunter.
106 PARADISE WITH THE HOUNDS
160 GOLF TIPS A few tips to improve
FOOd & dRInk
your game from Jordan Wrisdale.
DINING OUT The delicious food at
The Finch’s Arms, Hambleton.
RECIPE A seasonal delight for
you to try cooking at home with Fairburns Eggs.
HOmES & InTERIORS 72 98
HOMES A gorgeous 16th century Grade II listed property tucked away.
GARDENS A stunning allotment garden in Stamford.
105 ON THE FARM with Alison Pratt.
LadIES & GEnTLEmEn 112
WEDDING Our sister company UK Brides £25k dream wedding winner.
126 LADIES ACCESSORIES Stunning accessories from Annabel Brocks.
148 MOTORS The latest from BMW plus
BuSInESS & FInanCE Volkswagon’s new Touareg.
144 BUSINESS NEWS Success stories and updates from local companies.
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NEWS & EVENTS
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ALL THE HARD WORK FROM THE GOLD DUKE OF EDINBURGH IS REWARDED
stamford 13 boys and 12 girls from the Stamford Endowed Schools in Lincolnshire attended a presentation at St. James’s Palace, London, on the 24th of may where they received their Gold duke of Edinburgh’s awards from the Trustee for The duke of Edinburgh’s award (dofE), HRH The Earl of Wessex. during the Gold award Presentation, HRH took the opportunity to congratulate the group from the Stamford Endowed Schools on their successes and heard about their dofE journeys. mr Edd Smith, director of Outdoor Education at the Stamford Endowed Schools said, “I couldn’t be prouder of the students. It is always fantastic to see students receive their award at the Palace. This truly gives them the recognition they deserve for the hard work and
commitment necessary to gain their Gold award.” mr Will Phelan, Principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools who attended the presentation to see the group receive their
a not So awful auntie Raises money For Charity DE MONTFORT HALL SAW DAVID WALLIAMS’ FUNNY CHILDREN’S BOOK, AWFUL AUNTIE, BROUGHT TO LIFE
Gold awards said. “It was with a huge sense of pride and admiration that I witnessed our students being presented with their Gold awards. To gain such an leicester de montfort Hall saw david Walliams’ children’s book, awful auntie, brought to life on stage as part of Birmingham Stage Company’s uk tour. The show, an amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, follows Stella’s adventures visiting London with her parents. Stella Saxby is the sole heir to her family home, Saxby Hall, but when awful auntie alberta decides she wants it for herself, Stella is in for the fight of her life and her auntie really lives up to her name! Following support for the local age uk last year
award is a tremendous achievement in life and the pupils should be incredibly proud of this accolade.” n Visit the website for more information www.ses.lincs.sch.uk. during Gangsta Granny performances, Birmingham Stage Company chose age uk Leicester Shire & Rutland again this year to benefit through a fundraising collection which raised over £1,400. antony Flint, de montfort Hall General manager, said: “a big thank you to customers that kindly donated to age uk Leicester Shire & Rutland’s bucket collection, arranged by Birmingham Stage Company, over the last few days. a fantastic amount of money has been raised for such a worthy local charity.” n
OAKHAM SCHOOL TO RECIEVE FUNDING
The fantastic school for children with Autism in Rutland, The Shires, has unveiled £400,000 worth of new facilities. The Shires is the only school in Rutland which caters for young people with autism. Now they've unveiled specialist facilties designed to help pupils learn. Sandra Talbot is Principal and say they are light and airy and there is quick access to outdoor spaces. The Shires at Oakham is both a children’s home and a school OAKHAM
for eight young people with autism. Additionally, the children may have learning difficulties, challenging behaviour and other conditions such as ADHD, epilepsy and dyspraxia. The children at The Shires at Oakham may also have other associated medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma or allergies. The ethos of The Shires at Oakham is very much characterised by a ‘can do’ attitude. n Call 01204 522667.
Local Company Thrives
LOCAL COMPANY, MARLEC ENGINEERING, RECENTLY CELEBRATED ITS 40TH YEAR OF BUSINESS IN RUTLAND
HARINGTON SCHOOL UNVEILS NEW LIBRARY
RUTLAND Harington School has opened the doors to their brand new library. A donor campaign raised £5,000 for books, thanks in part to grants from the Oakham Memorial Trust, Rutland Trust, Oakham Town Council, and parents, for their help. n www.haringtonschool.com
RUTLAND Marlec engineering was formed in Rutland in 1978. They are the longest established renewable power company in the UK industry, in an almost unique position worldwide. They’ve remained continuously committed to the use of non-fossil fuels for energy generation and over the last 40 years have attained installations numbering more than 100,000 of their Rutland Windcharger turbines alone. The company’s small turbines, typically less than two metres in span, and solar energy systems are sold and installed in Australia, Japan, Africa and even the Antarctic. n www.marlec.co.uk.
That’s what Richard Alderman needed to be elected as a Ward Member for Oakham South West following a local by-election on 12 July 2018. Following a tie, Mr Alderman was elected by the Returning Officer drawing lots after a joint result. Mr Alderman will serve as a Rutland County Councillor until the next round of normal elections in 2019. n
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NEWS In Brief STAMFORD
NEW PROJECT NEAR STAMFORD The latest news from the area of Ketton and Rutland is that a new project is looking to give people in Tinwell and Ketton a say in the future development of their villages, there is quite a lot of green space and plenty of rumours which has been getting the locals worried. An application has been put in for the two villages to have their own joint neighbourhood plan which would detail where the likes of new houses and leisure facilities should go in future. Ketton already has a fantastic sport’s complex which includes tennis courts, a cricket pitch and football fields for ladies and mens football. Rutland County Council has started a consultation on whether the proposals are backed by local people, watch this space! n rutland.gov.uk 01572 722577.
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The Cottesmore Hunt
To keep everyone dancing throughout the summer, The Cottesmore Hunt organised a summer ball at the kennels, by the very kind permission of the Joint masters of the Cottesmore Hunt. It was a fantastic event, orchestrated by Harriet Walker, and thanks to all of her hard work,
the evening was a huge success. There was a fabulous marquee that had been hired from local company, nicks Pop up Parties, which created a fantastic atmosphere. The dJ, Bulge disco, kept the dance floor full all evening while Will Turner captured the antics on camera.
There was also a fantastic converted trailer, The Grumpy Huntsman, providing bacon baps at the end of the night! n If youâ€™d like to be kept in the loop for future events with The Cottesmore Hunt, keep an eye on their Facebook page, The Cottesmore Hunt supporters or visit www.cottesmore-hunt.co.uk.
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LogieLea, UffingTon £1,675,000
Logielea is a magniﬁcent period home set in the popular village of Uﬃngton, behind a stone & railing wall with established mature grounds of approximately 1.25 acres. Built in 1913 the house retains many splendid features typical of the period, including an impressive entrance hall, high ceilings and tall bay windows. The elegant formal reception rooms are ideal for entertaining whilst there are also more robust family spaces including a sunny kitchen breakfast room and a games room as well as light-ﬁlled bedrooms and contemporary bathrooms. Outside the property beneﬁts further from a detached coach house which offers the perfect space for an annex if required. The private gardens are laid out primarily to the rear of the house and include lawns, mature trees and an all-weather tennis court.
Linden HaLL, Tansor £2,995,000
Tel: +44(0)1780 750200 email: stamford@ﬁneandcounty.com
Linden Hall is an exceptional country home The interior offers superb reception space and extensive accommodation. It has been immaculately maintained by the present owners and combines original details with 21st century living spaces. A particular highlight is the spacious open plan kitchen/ living/ dining space which extends into the garden room that opens out onto the terrace and pool, and has stunning views across the lawn and country ﬁelds beyond. Six of the 18 acres comprise the house and landscaped gardens with swimming pool, tennis court and formal lawns. The remaining 12 acres comprise paddocks/grazing ﬁelds, large stables and outbuildings. The stables offer the opportunity for a sizeable equestrian facility if desired, or, as with the present owners, extensive storage facilities.
Tel: +44( 0)1572 335145 email: rutland@ﬁneandcounty.com
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2 KimbaLL CLose, asHweLL £895,000
A unique opportunity to purchase a spacious family home that has been ﬁnished to a high standard with a fantastic range of equestrian facilities. A large block paved driveway provides ample parking to the front of the property with gates leading around the side to the rear garden. The property beneﬁts from ﬂexible spacious living accommodation with a particular highlight being the galleried reception hall. The garden to the rear of the property is laid mainly to lawn and provides access to the exceptional equestrian facilities beyond. These brieﬂy comprise of a ﬂoodlit 20x60 ménage topped with “ﬂexi-ride” all weather rubber ﬁnish. There are ﬁve large stables, a secure tack room and plenty of hard standing. The paddocks total approximately 9.8 acres whilst the total plot is just less than 10 acres.
THe CoaCH HoUse, THisTLeTon £475,000
225 oﬃces across great britain Plus 75 oﬃces globally
Coach House is a modern, stone built detached property within an exclusive development of ﬁve properties beneﬁting from an edge of village location with far reaching country views. The current owners have sympathetically refurbished throughout to create a stunning family home offering versatile living and good bedroom accommodation, as well as an enclosed garden, garage and off road parking. The property needs to be viewed to appreciate the quality of accommodation on offer in this highly desirable village location.
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THE CHESTNUTS, LANGHAM
GUIDE PRICE £625,000
A substantial detached village home with ample and ﬂexible living accommodation sitting on the edge of the popular village of Langham with mature South facing private gardens.
THE STABLES, LANGHAM
GUIDE PRICE £525,000
An immaculately presented four bedroomed barn style property oﬀering generous and ﬂexible accommodation & situated in a peaceful and private position in this popular Rutland village.
S A L E S • L E T T I N G S • S U R V E Y S • M O R T G A G E S
MAIN STREET, MARKET OVERTON
GUIDE PRICE £600,000
A charming and characterful four bedroomed period property overlooking the village green with ample parking and private gardens located in this popular Rutland village.
BRIGGINS COTTAGE, LANGHAM
GUIDE PRICE: £425,000
A charming character cottage with a wealth of period features and a mature south facing garden, sitting at the heart of this popular Rutland village. The property would beneﬁt from some cosmetic improvements.
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Blacksmith’s Cottage, Hallaton
An exquisite barn conversion set within a private mews in one of Leicestershire’s most desirable villages
RECEPTION HALL WITH CLOAKROOM | DRAWING ROOM WITH DINING AREA | KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM
TV ROOM/BEDROOM 5 WITH EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM GARAGE | UTILITY ROOM | CLOAK ROOM | BEDROOM 4
WITH EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM | PRINCIPAL BEDROOM
Edward Brassey 01858 438 723 Edward.email@example.com
Guide Price £850,000
WITH EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM | FAMILY BATHROOM BEDROOM 3/DRESSING ROOM | BEDROOM 2 | SUN TERRACE | OFF-STREET PARKING
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No Chain £795,000
A beautiful Grade II listed detached Country House oﬀering extensive family accommodation with a wealth of character throughout and set within very private, glorious gardens and grounds of approx. 1.0 acre in the centre of this desirable village. 3 Rec. Rooms, Farmhouse Kitchen, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bath/Shower Rooms; Dbl Garage, parking. EPC Exempt.
Guide Price £699,000
An attractive semi-detached Barn Conversion set on a good sized plot, located approximately 1/2 mile to the east of the village of Hambleton, on the peninsula and enjoying panoramic views over Rutland Water. The property oﬀers ﬂexible, spacious family accommodation with abundance of character. Sitting Room, Living Kitchen, Utility, Clkrm, 5 dbl Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms. Energy Rating: E.
W E N
No Chain £625,000
Substantial detached period property, former chapel house, set on a good sized plot in a rarely available location, surrounded by established gardens and enjoying panoramic rural views. 3 Reception Rooms, Breakfast Kitchen, Utility, Clkrm, 4 Bedrooms, Bathroom, large loft space. Dbl Garage, ample parking, lovely gardens. Energy Rating: TBC.
Guide Price £595,000
A beautifully restored and superbly refurbished Grade II listed property with a very private, good-sized garden situated in the town centre. The property dates from 1616 and has been tastefully and sympathetically refurbished to retain as many original features. 2 Rec. Rooms, bespoke Kitchen/Brkfst Room, Study, 3 large Bedrooms, Bathroom, Shower Room, large loft space. EPC Exempt.
Stunning stone cottage in the town centre renovated and refurbished to a high standard throughout with kitchens and bathrooms by a reputable interior designer. Reception Room, Dining Kitchen, Clkrm/Utility, 3 Bedrooms, En-suite Bathroom, Wet Room. Full planning permission to convert the roof space to provide 2 further bedrooms with en-suites. Landscaped Garden, Parking. Energy Rating: E.
BELTON IN RUTLAND
Guide Price £425,000
A detached agricultural Barn suitable for permitted development for conversion to a residential use and overlooking its own land extending to approx. 3.0 A. The barn has an internal ﬂoor area of approx. 4,500 sq ft and is set in an elevated position on a no-through lane on the outskirts of this popular village. THE CURRENT OWNER HAS SUBMITTED PLANNING FOR RESIDENTIAL USE AND OFFERS WILL BE CONSIDERED ON A SUBJECT TO PLANNING BASIS.
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A substantial un-listed country home in an enviable position set in about 2 ¼ acres combining privacy with far reaching southerly views across the beautiful Welland Valley • Cinema / Games room • Reception Hall • Orangery & four further Reception rooms • Indoor Swimming Pool with separate • Kitchen / Breakfast / Family room Gymnasium & changing area • Principle Bedroom suite with Dressing • Triple Garage with further Single Garage / Room & En Suite Bathroom Mower Store • Five further Bedrooms, four with Ensuites • In all about 2 ¼ acres of Landscaped • Snooker Room & Wine Cellar Grounds
A rare opportunity in the heart of Stamford oﬀering seclusion, parking and potential within walking distance of the station, town centre, meadows and other local amenities • Entrance Hallway • Further Double Bedroom • Cloakroom • Attic ﬂoor with Bathroom • Drawing Room & Sitting Room • Rear Courtyard Gardens • Kitchen/Diner with Pantry • Garaging • Principle Bedroom with En-suite • Listed Grade II
TIXOVER - OFFERS in EXCESS £2,000,000
W NE A spacious and attractive property located moments from central Stamford, enjoying large gardens and a westerly aspect • Reception Hall • Three/Four Further Bedrooms One with • Kitchen/Breakfast Room Ensuite • Sitting Room • Family Bathroom/Further Bathroom • Dining Room • Workshop/Oﬃce • Principle Bedroom • Driveway with Garaging
WOTHORPE – GUIDE PRICE £995,000
STAMFORD – GUIDE PRICE £795,000
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A wonderful five bedroom property with modern kitchen and bathrooms, set down a secluded private road yet with nearby network links • Five Bedrooms (One Ensuite) • Two Bathrooms & Three Separate WCs • Large Living Room (Log Burner) • Good Sized Gardens • Large Open Plan Kitchen/Breakfast • Secluded Location, EPC Rating D • Dining Room/Play Room • Approx. Four Acre Paddock & Stabling • Utility Room by Separate Negotiation
NASBEY – TO LET - £2,000PCM
Application fee of £100 (inc VAT) per applicant and £125 for the ingoing inventory report
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BEST GIvE IT yOuR
e shooting season is upon us, here’s how you can get involved from picking up a shotgun for the ﬁrst time, to booking a day at one of this area’s ﬁnest shoots. Words: Georgie Fenn. Images: George Gunn Photography www.georgegunn.com
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Perhaps you’re part of the shooting community, perhaps you’re not, either way, you can’t ignore the fact that from September through to February it is rather exciting to see local pub’s car parks jam packed full of Land Rovers (other 4x4’s are available), men and women unabashedly in plus-fours, socks pulled up to the top of their shins and shirt sleeves rolled up to their elbows. If the fellows have had a good day, you can be assured that the pub will have similar positive vibes to those after a successful rugby match, beer and wine will be flowing and conversation will be all about the day; “didn’t the birds fly well!”
Before you start feeling left out, now is the time to get yourself involved. The shooting industry is extremely welcoming to all communities, ages, and unlike many sports, you don’t have to be particularly athletic to join in. Shooting is also gaining in popularity with the ladies. The Field recently reported that women shots have increased from 1,000 to 12,000 in recent years, the remarkable growth in popularity of driven shooting has brought jobs and investment into the countryside, including into many areas where there are few opportunities for the rural economy to diversify from traditional farming businesses. We’re in an area where tuition and seriously good kit is at our fingertips. We are also surrounded by beautiful countryside that is managed by gamekeepers for the soul purpose of a great day shooting.
If you have trouble accepting that shooting game is a ‘sport’, consider that every year, this country shoots around 25 million game birds. It seems like a staggering amount unil you realise that the uk poultry industry slaughters 82 million a month, The lunch at a shoot should many of which will have never set food in include local pork pies, port, champagne, exciting gins, woodland as wild game has.
Pass the Port
honey & mustard sausages, cold hams, cheese; really go for it and don’t hold back!
Above & Right: As much as the day is about shooting, the lunch is extremely important too!
To begin, you will feel more comfortable having some lessons on clays rather than live game. That way, you can get your eye in and have more confidence on the day. However, you don’t have to shoot to take part. For lessons on the clays, there are several places to go in this area including Wittering Grange, Welland valley Gun Club, kibworth Shooting Ground, Grimsthorpe Estate Shooting Ground or if you want an instructor who is verging on famous for their success and experience, you can go to Holland & Holland in middlesex. at this stage, you don’t need a shotgun certificate and its a good idea not to rush into anything until you’re sure you enjoy it. not only will lessons teach you how to shoot, but the instructors will make sure you understand everything to do with gun safety. It’s vital information that you must abide my at all times to keep yourself and others safe.
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Cleaning Your Gun
After a day’s shooting, you’ll be really surprised how much muck is left behind in your barrels. To keep your shotgun in perfect working order you need to regular clean and oil it then it’s not a bad idea to have is serviced at the end of the season. n Inspect the barrels. Examine the bores, then check whether there is any moisture remaining hidden under the extractors or along the crevice between the rib and the barrel tubes. n After this, run a cleaning patch (you can get these from the gunsmiths) through the bores and look for leading in the chokes, streaks in the bores or a build up of plastic in the chambers. n You may have to apply a bit of force to polish the dirt out but if you’re still struggling, try a bristle brush or even a ‘bronze’ brush. n After a really tough day, or perhaps if you’ve missed a clean inbetween shoots, you might want to use a special purpose solvent or use wire wool with a lubricant. When your patches come out clean, you’ve finished! n You may also want to inspect your gun for cosmetic problems such as a dent or scratch to the bluing. Lightly oil a cloth (if you don’t have any just rip up an old t-shirt) and polish the bores with the oil. n To clean the crevices around the shotgun, you will find nothing more effective than a cotton bud. n Finally, wipe all surfaces of the shotgun with clean paper or cloth, finishing with your oily rag to give it a shine for next time it’s out of the gun cabinet. If you’re not a fan of getting your hands dirty, you can check your gun in at a professional gunsmiths where they will clean and service the gun for you. n
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JOIn THE BEST: Top Shooting Days...
Belvoir Castle... Belvoir offers the finest pheasant, partridge and duck reared on the estate. They have over 60 established drives suitable for all levels of experience. no two drives are the same, with different locations, land topography – the natural instinct of the birds makes each and every drive a new challenge. Whether a day shoot or a stay for a few days, the Belvoir team will deliver the warmest welcome and hospitality to you and your guests. Within the backdrop of the Castle, enjoy fine wines, roaring fires and top quality local ingredients cooked by their in-house chef – will make your day one to remember. although Belvoir Castle is actually in Leicestershire, it is within reach of many of the local counties.With shoots such as Belvoir Castle there can sometimes be waiting lists. The best thing you can do is get in touch and go from there! For more information:www.belvoircastle.com n
Exton Park... The Estate is blessed with a variety of landscapes, partly as result of mining operations for iron ore in the 1900’s with deep valleys, undulating ground, ancient woodlands and high hedges together with tried and tested game cover placement combine to produce memorable and challenging pheasants and partridges. The shoot, although highly professional has a relaxed and informal atmosphere with a focus on producing a thoroughly enjoyable days sport. Lunch is taken in either Exton Hall or Fort Henry depending on requirements. Exton Park is situated on the outskirts of Oakham in Rutland. It has belonged to the noel family for over 400 years and the park has existed since the 12th century. Exton park also offers it’s surroundings for weddings and functions. This includes the stunning Fort Henry! For more information:www.extonpark.co.uk n
All photos: The photos in this feature have been supplied by George Gunn photography by the very kind permission of Duchess of Rutland, Emma Manners. They were taken at Belvoir Castle last year and feature many family members and loved companions.
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“You’ll find that driven game shooting is not only a formal, social occasion; it’s also fantastic sport the more you get into it, the more you’ll know...” If after your first go you’re enjoying it, start the application for your shotgun certificate as it can take some time to process. you’ll need to visit the Countryside alliance website and fill in an application for the Grand or Renewal of a Firearm and/or Shotgun certificate. While you’re on their website, read through the Code of Good Shooting Practise and take it all in. Once your Shotgun Certrificate has processed, you can visit your local gunsmiths and find a gun that fits your form. Everyone is different and a shotgun is a very personal piece of equipment. now all you need is cartridges, a hip-flask and some trendy new tweed plus-fours! you’ll find that driven game shooting is not only a formal, social occasion; it’s also fantastic sport, the more you get into it, the more you’ll know. you may either be invited by word of mouth to a local shoot or you’ll have to do some research and book into one, but once you get out there and meet people you’ll find that things just open up. at the start of the day’s shooting, each gun will draw their peg number. make sure you don’t forget yours! The peg system is used so nobody gets the best position all the time. at the end of every drive each gun will move up, a couple of peg positions. This makes the day fair and means everyone gets to shoot in the centre, and at the edges, of the line. you might find you’re in the hot-spot on most drives, or you might be out of the shooting all day – but that’s the classic “luck of the draw!” So this season we say throw yourself into it. Buy some game to try at home, cook some pheasant goujons, book a day’s shooting, wear your most flattering tweed and support the British countryside for all it’s worth. n
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You can shoot rabbit and pigeon all year round, known as an open season. For other species, you are only permitted to shoot in certain months. This is known as close-season when it is illegal to shoot game or deer.
The Red Grouse is a sub species of the willow grouse. It looks like the bird on that bottle of whiskey (really).
Eng/Wales: 12th Aug - 10th Dec Scotland: 12th Aug - 10th Dec N.Ireland: 12th Aug - 30th Nov
unusually, both male and female snipe are mottled brown with the stripes and streaks on their back.
Eng/Wales: 12th Aug - 31st Jan Scotland: 12th Aug - 31st Jan N. Ireland: 1st Sep – 31st Jan
Red Legged Partridge
Eng/Wales: 1st Sep – 1st Feb Scotland: 1st Sep – 1st Feb N. Ireland: 1st Sep – 31st Jan
Eng/Wales: 1st Sep – 1st Feb Scotland: 1st Sep – 1st Feb N. Ireland: 1st Sep – 31st Jan
a lovely little rotund bird, formerly known as just ‘partridge’ until the red legged became more popular.
a slightly plumper, more colourful version of the grey partridge. Brought to England from Europe.
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mallard ducks are the most prolific and heavily shot duck species in the uk.Possibly because it’s the tastiest! Eng/Wales inland: 1st Sep – 31st Jan Eng/Wales below highwater mark: 1st Sep – 20th Feb
a remarkable bird that is almost extinct in other countries, the Golden Plover is rarely shot here too. Eng/Wales: 1st Sep – 31st Jan Scotland: 1st Sep – 31st Jan N.Ireland: 1st Sep – 31st Jan
Species of geese that are commonly shot in season include Canada, Greylag, Pinkfoot and White Fronts.
Eng/Wales inland: 1st Sep – 31st Jan Eng/Wales below highwater mark: 1st Sep – 20th Feb
a day For THE dOGS
There are lots of professional beaters out there who go shooting, simply to work their dogs. If you have a well retrained pooch you think is up to the task, get involved. Once you’re extrmely confident that your dog has what it takes to pick up on a shoot, you can approach the contact the organisers and ask if they would like your assistance. Going to ‘pick up’ can be a very rewarding day for you and your companion and if all goes well, the guns will think the world of you and your pooch. If you’re not sure you’re ready, you first need to be sure that your dog is happy to be left in the car without making a fuss. They should also be accustomed to being in company with other people and dogs. It must have picked up cold game gently and know to bring it to hand.Your dog should also have excellent recall and sit where told until released. Finally, it would be ideal if you dog has some previous experience of picking warm game. n
Possibly the most well-known game bird, pheasants come in a variety of races and breeds for sport shooting. Eng/Wales: 1st Oct - 1st Feb Scotland: 1st Oct – 1st Feb N. Ireland: 1st Oct – 31st Jan
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I N TE RVI E W
Edwin THE MOST FASCINATING LOCAL ANCESTORY WITH
de Lisle Rutland Pride recently met with Edwin de Lisle at Barnsdale Lodge to chat about
his fascinating life. From being born into a
British military family in France to making
his mark in Leicestershire, Edwin has led a remarkable life. Here, we share with you
the best bits; how Edwin came to co-found
Rutland Polo Club and his undying sense of responsibility to give something back. Words: Georgie Fenn. Images: Georgie Fenn and Edwinâ€™s personal collection.
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is month we sit down with Edwin de Lisle at the wonderful Barnsdale Lodge for an exclusive interview on the history of the de Lisle family, and what keeps Edwin busier than ever today! It’s not every day that mid-conversation, your lunch companion mentions a time when they were at Prince Philip’s 80th birthday party. But it’s not every day you sit down with Edwin de Lisle. We met at Barnsdale Lodge during the extremely hot spell in July, and what better place to hear all about the “de Lisle “ history than in their garden room?
It was clear from the off that Edwin was going to be taking me on a journey from the very beginning of the de Lisle family to present day Edwin and all his antics. So let’s begin...The de Lisles have been in England since 1066, “We were given part of the Isle of Wight,” Edwin tells me. “If you ever go down there, you’ll find out that the last woman to be publically beheaded in England was one of my relatives, Lady alice Lisle.” There is now a pub in Ringwood in Hampshire called “ The alice Lisle “ where locals tell her story and no doubt drink lots of ale before stumbling home, worrying about ghosts. Lady alice was charged with treason for harbouring the well known nonconformist of his era, John Hicks, who was a member of the defeated army lead by crown contender, The duke of monmouth.
The de Lisles moved to Leicestershire in 1683, “They bought the Garendon Estate and have been farming the land since then,” says Edwin. “We are a Loughborough family. Some of the university campus was built on the estate and we’re about to restore the historic Garendon Park.” The de Lisle’s built Garendon Hall, a magnificent Palladian house that has a fantastic (if a little heartbreaking) story of its own. Edwin explains that the house was demolished and the m1 runs nearby. They are planning a new residential village close to the Park. Right: Edwin at a Rutland Polo Club event.
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We are extremely privileged, we have health, and you should always give something back... Garendon Hall belonged to ambrose Lisle march Phillipps de Lisle, Edwin’s Great Grandfather, a man who was determined to bring Catholicism to England and even had a monastery built. mount Saint Bernard abbey was founded in 1835 thanks to ambrose de Lisle providing land for building. ambrose was keen to re-introduce monastic life into England and on michaelmas day of that year, Br augustine Higgs took possession of the half- ruined cottage in Tynt meadow. He was soon joined by other monks: Luke, Xavier, Cyprian, Placid and Simeon. ambrose also inherited the second family estate, the manor of Grace dieu in Leicestershire which before the Reformation had been an augustinian nunnery. Following this, ambrose built a new manor-house to be known as Grace dieu manor. It took the year of 1833 to complete the project. Grace dieu has since been turned into an independent Catholic preparatory school, which one can only imagine ambrose would be thrilled about as his faith meant so much to him. He and his wife Laura Clifford had 16 Children !
as for Edwin’s closer relatives, he has been sprung from a military family. “my father fought in the first world war with the Grenadiers. In the second world war he was living in a beautiful moated chateau in France with my mother. ” Edwin paints a beautiful picture as he speaks. “as the Germans advanced on the chateau in Eure et Loir my father threw some items into the moat out of the windows. We’ve just been there my elder brother Gerard and I to ask the new owners – have you come across any of our possessions ?” Edwin laughs. “my father was taken prisoner by the Gestapo. He ended up doing four years in a POW civil camp Stalag 220 for British Internees in St denis, Paris.
The military history doesn’t stop there, “my uncle alexander was shot down in 1917 aged 22 and it was his uncle Everard who won
the first victoria cross for Leicestershire in 1857 Indian mutiny.” says Edwin. “Therefore, I suppose you could say we are a military family, we’ve served king and country.”
Back to the present day with Edwin, “I’m one of four, my father was one of eight who was one of 16,” he exclaims. Edwin came over to England from France when he was aged seven, “When we arrived in Leicestershire, my brother Hubert and I went to the convent in Loughborough for two years to learn English because I couldn’t speak a word,” says Edwin. It was only a few weeks later that Edwin was plonked on his first pony and taken out hunting with the quorn! “I must have fallen off at least four times,” he says, which isn’t bad at all considering.
Edwin went on to attend St. John’s Prepatory School followed by Beaumont College in Old Windsor. after leaving school he was decidedly going to stick with the farming side of things and went off to work on a 1200 dairy farm in Somerset for John alvis, who made Farmhouse Cheddar. In 1967, Edwin started his studies at the Royal agricultural College (RaC) in Cirencester where he met some extraordinary people, became master of the RaC Beagles and worked his summers for R.a. Bennett & Partners as well as Oscar Colburn. “I used to do a lot of cross-country running,” says Edwin as we look through old photographs. “Being master of the RaC Beagles means a lot of running!” Throughout our lunch, Edwin makes frequent reference to how privileged he has been throughout life, from meeting kind and generous people while at Cirencester to maintaining his health today, this is a man who has always been so grateful and adventurous. after Cirencester, as well as working as a translator, Edwin got into property. “I used to buy property for people in France,” he says. “I bought someone a vineyard, they loved it so
Left: Edwin and his wife Caroline hunting with the Quorn.
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much that they wanted to buy another, so they did, then they bought a third. You don’t have to drink all of your own wine, you can trade 100 bottles for someone else’s 100 bottles,” the idyllic life. “When I used to go over to buy these vineyards, they were only around three acres or so because of the Code Napoleon inheritance rule in France.” Edwin explained that there are lots of little plots out there because of the way the families split the land for inheritance. You have to be well in with Monsieur le Maire for when the next three acres appears on the market!
In 1970, Edwin served as Assistant Agent to Duke of Buccleuch at Boughton for four years, it was during this time that together with friends, he co- founded Rutland Polo Club. Edwin also met Diana, Princess of Wales, after her wedding and they had plans to plant an avenue of trees at Althorp. Sadly, Diana died before its completion. Edwin became as associate of the RICS and in May, 1974, joined Fisher & Co. as an agent to Drayton Estate. He started his own firm of Land Agents in 1982. In-between all of this, Edwin married Caroline, whom he invited on a skiing holiday just a few weeks after they’d met! They were married shortly after at Church Langton and have two sons, Alexander and Nicholas.
Edwin simply doesn’t stop. While at Boughton he was lucky to be taught by the Duke how to manage woodlands and this has become one of his greatest interests. He acted as an interpreter on RFS foreign visits to Alsace and Belgium and returned with the idea that Britain needed more woods and proposed this to the Forestry Commissioners. They liked the idea and he suggested two sites that were hard hit with closures. Corby/Rockingham Forest area was devastated when British Steel pulled the plug and Coalville with the closure of the Coalmines. He was therefore, instrumental in founding the Midland Forest which is now based in the Charnwood Forest area. He’s done so much for Leicestershire, Rutland and the rest of the country. These days, Edwin works tirelessly as Vice President of the Rutland Polo Club and has also promoted 27 acres of Residential Development in the area working for himself.
The polo side of things all started when a group of friends including Colonel A P Gilks, Mike Seckington, Major Charlie Humfrey and Edwin needed “something for hunting people to do in the summer.” However, Edwin got the bug for playing polo a little sooner at Cirencester. Prior to this, when Edwin was at Beaumont College, he’d actually sneaked out of school to watch the Coronation Cup, in Windsor Great Park (a big deal in the polo world.) “It just so happened that on the BBC News when they filmed the Queen presenting the cup, I was in the background,” laughs Edwin. “When I got back to school, the Headmaster said
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‘de Lisle, did you enjoy the polo?’ I told him I did, it was a really, really good match! Obviously I wasn’t supposed to be out of the school gates so I received twelve strokes the next day, said thank you very much and that was that!” The Rutland Polo Club was founded in 1971. It all started at North Luffenham Aerodrome. Then the Club moved to the Rutland Showground in Oakham and finally rented some land in Langham. The club has been a huge success from the word go! Members and subscribers of the Belvoir, Cottesmore and Quorn Hunts were invited to an inaugural meeting and over 100 people showed up riding a variety of animals from 17hh hunters to 12.2hh ponies! In 1975, the Rutland Polo Club had their first overseas tour in Kenya and thanks to Support from the Cottesmore and Quorn pony clubs and many other people and patrons, the club is still thriving today. The main sponsors are the Westerby Group.
Edwin’s most recent achievement is raising over £10,000 for the DNCR after holding a charity lunch and auction at Rutland Polo Club on the 1st July2018. The money will go towards the Clinical Rehabilitation Centre that the DNRC are building at Stanford Hall, near Loughborough. It is a site for 200 service personnel from the Army, Navy and Air Force who have been injured in Combat physically or mentally. Rutland Polo Club welcomes new players who may want to have a go, and the Committee enjoy meeting members of the public who may wish to come any summer weekend to watch or picnic with family and friends. Entry is Free. Annually the Club hosts a Charity Polo Lunch. For 2019 it is in aid of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall, Peterborough. n For more information see www.rutlandpoloclub.co.uk.
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NEWS & EVENTS
What’s On... STAMFORD
ST BARNABAS MOONLIGHT WALK
THURS 30th - 2nd SEPTEMBER
THE BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS
Head to Borderville Sports Centre on Ryhall Road at 8pm with as many people as you can rope together to raise money for St Barnabas.The 10k route around Stamford will begin at 10pm. Whether you’re taking part to remember a loved one, be social or simply be active, you’ll be raising money for St Barnabas Hospice to continue to provide care and support for people living with life-limiting or terminal illness.
It’s finally here, a huge highlight in Stamford’s social calendar, Burghley Horse Trials! Brush off your Dubarrys, dig out your finest tweed and prepare yourself for four action-packed days of equestrian sport. There will be plenty to do for the less horsey folk too with various shops, a food aisle that is out of this world and a collection of bars, food stalls and even a Land Rover driving experience. If you’d like to experience a more luxurious side of Burghley, you might want to consider becoming a member this year. Members can enjoy their own dedicated Enclosure which is located in the heart of the showground, with stunning views of Burghley House.
n Adult (16+) £12 Early Bird* £15 Standard, Child (11+ only), £7 Early Bird* £10 Standard. Visit www.stbarnabas.co.uk for more information on how to enter and what to wear. STAMFORD
FRI 31st AUGUST SUN 2nd SEPTEMBER
FIELD DOG FAIR
The Big Bad Marathon That You’ve All Been Waiting For
RUTLAND WATER IS PRACTICALLY MADE FOR MARATHONS, ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE ON THE SCENIC ROUTE...
SUN 16th SEPTEMBER
The Rutland Marathon & Half Marathon is back for 2018, this is the fourth time this event will run in the beautiful county of Rutland. The venue is unrivalled in terms of beauty and offers traffic free running with great spectator access around the entire course. There is a full 26.2 mile marathon route, as well as a 13.1 mile half marathon course. The routes are well marked, fully marshalled and offer well stocked feed stations. Runners will get a medal & tee shirt. Take advantage of this scenic event and get your entry in early. n Telephone 07793505446 or see www.therutlandmarathon.co.uk.
A well established Antiques events business founded in 1992, ‘Field Dog Fairs’ have become some of the Midlands most popular fairs, both for stallholders, overseas trade and visitors alike.With up to 150 marquees to browse, there will also be hot and cold refreshments, and dogs are welcome.
n The event will run from 9:30 4pm each day, arrive early to see more antiques. Entry is £4.30.
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FRIDAY 31st AUGUST SUNDAY 1st SEPTEMBER
SUNDAY 1st SEPTEMBER
RUTLAND WATER NIGHT SWIM
Experience the thrill of swimming in open water, in complete darkness. you’ll have a glow stick strapped to your swimming cap so Rutland Water will look like it’s having a wild rave as the competitiors make their way around the course. you choose your distance in the time allocated, there are
two looped courses. The main loop is approximately 650m and a beginners loop is 250m. you may complete as many laps as possible within the time limit. The event starts at 8pm and finishes at 9:30pm. Safety is paramount at these events and there will be kayak crews keeping a close lookout on everyone. This unique experience will enliven your senses and create an atmosphere you will struggle to replicate.
Les Enfants Terribles...
THIS FANTASTIC PRODUCTION WILL STAY WITH YOU FOREVER, AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE
Rockingham Castle is joining up with Luna Flix, the outdoor cinema company, to provide you with some end of summer entertainment. They will be presentind two blockbuster in the stunning grounds of Rockingham castle. On the first evening you can enjoy the hugely popular, The Greatest Showman or you could go and see Pretty Woman the following evening. Take a picnic, get comfy and have a lovely time! n www.rockinghamcastle.com stamford
FRI 7th SEPTEMBER
The delightful cellar bar at Stamford art’s Centre is hosting a jazz evening! The renowned andy aitchison quartet will be leading the evening. n www.stamfordartscentre.com
Olivier award nominated Les Enfants Terribles bring their signature style of visual storytelling to the stage with their First World War epic, The Trench; blending live music, puppetry and physical performance for this special centenary production. The play was written by Oliver Lansley and with live music by alexander Wolfe, The Trench is inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed underground in a collapsed tunnel during World War One. as the horror threatens to engulf him, he finds that not everything in the darkness is what it seems.
INSPIRATION OR IMAGINATION
naFaS demonstrator Judy Watker will be constructing beautiful floral displays at the methodist Church on Barn Hill in September. Judy will create at least five arrangements, whilst giving tips and telling anecdotes. Judy qualified as an area demonstrator in September 2014, since then she has visited Flower Clubs throughout the north of England, from the Isle of man to Scarborough! In addition to demonstrating, Judy currently teaches evening classes in Flower arranging/Floral art at The Grammar School at Leeds. There will be a large screen to enhance details.The arrangements will be raffled at the end so you might even be able to take something very special home! There are also refreshments available at the venue. n Tickets cost £6 on the door.
The line between fantasy and reality blurs as he embarks on an epic journey for survival questioning what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters? Les Enflants Terribles was founded by artistic director Oliver Lansley in 2001 and they have since recieved consistent critical acclaim, won top industry awards and established a large and loyal following for their unique approach to theatre. The company has performed to thousands of people all over the world including Poland, Czech Republic, dubai, norway, Singapore, australia, and we can’t wait for them to visit uppingham!
n www.uppthearts.co.uk Call: 01572 820820
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FOOD & DRINK
THE FInCH’S aRmS
As Pride goes to press, Birdfair will be taking place at the reservoir, but there’s just one species that’s getting us in a flap. We’re spotting the great plated Finch’s Arms, a pub restaurant par excellence that’ll ensure you’re in cloud cuckoo land as you wing your way to Hambleton... Without feather ado, we’ll dispense with the usual bird puns, safe to say that you won’t be led on a wild goose chase if you visit the absolutely excellent Finch’s arms this month.
Words & Images: Rob Davis.
The place is a true feather in the cap of Rutland, offering exceptional views over the reservoir as you enjoy al fresco dining on what is probably the prettiest terrace in the area. The Finch’s arms is Grade II listed, built in the 17th century and celebrating its 21st anniversary this year under the ownership of the Crawford family of ‘accidental publicans...’ allow us to explain that one.
Colin & Celia Crawford purchased the Peacock pub in Redmile near melton back in the late 1980s. They did so to convert it into private accommodation, but fancying themselves as evanescent publicans, the couple though they’d have a giggle and run the place for one last night before its permanent closure. Little did they realise that evening would be a tremendous runaway success
“YOU WON’T BE LED ON A WILD GOOSE CHASE IF YOU VISIT THE ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT FINCH’S ARMS THIS MONTH...”
meet the CHEF MARK GOUGH HEAD CHEF
and would take them in a rather different direction, accidentally falling in love with hospitality and keeping the place to run as a pub.
The couple raised their son and daughter Jordan and Charlotte in the place, and pioneered gastropub food before the term was ever invented... then used... then abused by every other pub restaurant the length and breadth of the country. The second generation of Crawfords are now running the Finch’s, which Colin and Celia - now in semi-retirement - took on after they sold the Peacock and moved to the Hambleton peninsula in 1997. They’re also running the Finch’s sister pub, the Hornblower on Oakham’s High Street... and both places are absolutely brilliant. >>
Food History: “I worked at Hambleton Hall and at Hart’s in Nottingham before coming to the Finch’s. I love the place and we’ve some really loyal customers!” Food Heaven: “I’m a better cook than I am a shot, but I do love game, and our duck breast is an absolutely delicious autumn dish!” Food Hell: “There’s not much I don’t like... a good chef should enjoy all of his dishes!” n
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>> The Finch’s arms is pretty big, but handily, it’s divided up into nice little spaces for a cosier feel. There’s a main restaurant seating about 70 with French windows and views over the reservoir plus a terrace for 40 diners when the weather is agreeable. adjacent to the main dining room is a private dining room for functions too.
as autumn sets in, the main dining room has a wood burner, but there’s a beautiful wine bar, snug and main bar area in the wobbly old front of the place. Its flagstones, pews, beams and real ale are much more in line with winter dining.
OPEN FOR FOOD Monday - Saturday: 12noon - 2.30pm; 6.30pm - 9.30pm Sunday: 12noon - 8.00pm.
Bar: Mon - Thurs 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat 11:00 - Midnight. Sun 11am - 10:30pm.
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on the MENU FROM THE À LA CARTE MENU OF HAMBLETON’S FINCH’S ARMS Sharing Platter
Charcuterie of cold meats and balsamic toast £13.95. Starters
Chicken liver pâté with onion relish and toast £7.50. Tempura king prawns with sweet chilli sauce £9. Main Courses
Pan fried atlantic cod with local wild garlic, crispy Parma ham and Rutland Water asparagus £15. duck breast with Stilton salad and sautéd potatoes £17.50.
Happily, you can choose to take the à la carte menu either in the smarter restaurant or in the more relaxed bar. This provides a choice of five sharing platters, five starters, seven main courses and six desserts. alternatively, there’s a bar menu with four ciabattas and pub dishes plus a set lunch menu, too, with two or three courses and three options per course for £17.50 or £21.50, and a Sunday Lunch menu with two or three courses for £19.95 and £23.95.
Ingredients are sourced locally where possible, and during our visit that meant asparagus and strawberries from the makey family’s manton farm, and trout from Rutland Water. Plenty of effort goes into both the creation and presentation of each dish. Sous chef max is known in these parts as an accomplished chef and is responsible for baking fresh bread for diners each morning. naturally sauces, puddings and so on are all made in house, and the brigade of chefs dance around the pass choreographed by mark Gough, who has been at the Finch’s for nine years.
a classically trained French chef, he’s a significant part of the reason that the Finch’s enjoys the reputation for excellence and for consistency that it does.
The wonderfully relaxed pub restaurant co-exists really happily with that other great dining out experience on the peninsular, Hambleton Hall, with the patrons of both typically enjoying a visit to the other.
during our visit an abundance of sunshine meant that even on a weekday at mid-morning the place was bustling with customers seeking, as we were, quality dining, great service and a really nice atmosphere... a case, perhaps, of birds of a feather flocking together. What this does prove, however, is that we’re not alone in finding The Finch’s arms one of the best quality pub restaurants in the area, especially as mid-summer turns into autumn, when you can enjoy morning coffee, afternoon tea, or the chance to wet your beak under a shady parasol. The Finch’s arms is, indeed, a great restaurant, perfect for this month and one we’re very happy to crow about. n
Chilli beef fillet with baby Brindisa chorizo, feta cheese and chilli pepper jus £18. Sirloin Steak, oyster mushrooms, hand cut chips and tomatoes £26.50. Dessert
Rutland Water strawberry panna cotta with mixed berry compote and crushed meringue £6.50.
apple and mixed berry crumble with custard £6.50. Salted caramel crème brûlèe, amaretti biscuits, vanilla ice cream £6.50. NB: Featured dishes are subject to change. n The Finch’s Arms is based on Oakham Road, Hambleton, Rutland, LE15 8TL. Call 01572 756 575 or see www.finchsarms.co.uk. 49
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FIND US AT THE 2018 BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS Visit us for Lamb Wraps on the eventâ€™s Food Walk, enjoy Fish & Chips on Friday evening from 6-8pm. OUTSIDE CATERING FOR YOUR EVENT We can bring the quality of The Marquess of Exeter to your event with our outside catering - call for a bespoke menu and to discuss your requirements!
52 Main Street, Lyddington, Rutland, LE15 9LT Call for bookings: 01572 822 477 www.marquessexeter.co.uk Lunch & Dinner 7 Days a Week | 17 Modern Bedrooms | Four AA Star Rated
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In the kITCHEn
LJ Fairburn & Son and celebrity chef Rachel Green have teamed up to create this wonderful twist on green eggs and ham...
BakEd Ham with Citrus & Honey and Fairburns Egg Salad
Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: Two Hours, 30 minutes. Serves Four. Ingredients: (for the gammon) 3kg gammon joint • water, to cover • eight cloves, plus extra for studding the gammon • two onions, peeled and halved • 1tsp allspice • two large bay leaves • (for the glaze) 150g soft brown sugar • two oranges, juiced • dry mustard powder, optional • 3tbsp clear honey • (for the new potato and egg salad) 500g waxy salad potatoes • ½tsp Dijon grain mustard • 2tbsp sour cream • 3tbsp mayonnaise • dash red wine vinegar • 1tbsp wholegrain mustard • three spring onions, thinly sliced • Four Fairburn’s British Blue eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and quartered • small bunch dill, finely chopped • handful parsley, finely chopped • chopped chives to garnish
Place the gammon into a deep pan and cover with water. Push two cloves into each onion half and add to the pan along with the allspice and bay leaves. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook gently for two hours, adding more hot water to the pan as necessary. Take the gammon from the pan and place into a roasting tin. Remove the skin, leaving behind as much of the fat as possible. Score the gammon in a diamond pattern with a tip of a sharp knife. Stud with cloves. mix together all of the glaze ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Spoon the glaze evenly over the gammon. Roast the gammon in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes, basting frequently with the glaze and pan juices, until the gammon is cooked through and golden-brown all over.
allow the gammon to rest for 15 minutes. While the gammon is resting, begin to make the Fairburns egg salad.
Boil the potatoes in water for about 15 minutes, keep checking on them. Hardboil four Fairburn’s British Blue eggs. meanwhile, mix together the mustard, sour cream, mayonnaise, a dash of red wine vinegar and a pinch of sea salt. Cut the cooked potatoes and toss with the dressing, then leave to cool.
Peel and cut the eggs into quarters and add to the salad. Place on the table for guests to help themselves to. Carve the gammon. Stir the remaining ingredients into the potato mixture, keeping back a few of each of the herbs for garnish, then, when the potatoes are cool, garnish with the herbs and a twist of black pepper and serve with the ham. n
Food: Visit LJ Fairburn & Sons, 01507 462264, www.fairburnseggs.co.uk, for more egg recipes.
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Don’t Lose Your Red In The Heat
Wine of the Month Chateau Musar, Lebanon
When the mercury rises it’s time to reach for a Fleurie, a red wine that is beautiful chilled. a lot of people stop drinking red wine in the summer but many of the Beaujolais crus are substantially more drinkable when they’re slightly chilled before drinking. We suggest the 2015 domaine de Fa Fleurie. This is a fragrant wine on the nose and upon drinking you will taste the fresh notes of violet and rich berries. This wine has all the classic youthful appeal that the Gamay grape can produce with structure that could age really well.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon Carigan £28.99/70cl/14%
The Wine Cellar n £22/70cl/13%
THERE ARE A LOT OF EVENTS IN THE SUMMER THAT REQUIRE A PICNIC...HERE ARE SOME OF THE BEST WINES TO COOL YOU DOWN ON A HOT SUMMER’S DAY THREE GOOD ORDINARY CLARETS FOR SUPPER TIME WITH FRIENDS...
1. Berry Bros and Rudd Good Ordinary Claret is one of the most famous Bordeaux wines you can buy at an outrageously good price. This wine can stand up to a variety of different food types, it’s easy drinking & delicious. £9.95/Bordeaux/13.5% 2. Next up we have The Wine Society’s Claret which has had an unbroken run as their bestselling red. This is another fantastic ‘everyday’ red that pairs well with a variety of foods. As it is quite acidic, it goes particularly well with cheese! £6.75/Bordeaux/13%
3.Don’t be put off by the price tag, Waitrose know how to do quality. This good ordinary claret is softer than the others, it has lovely fruity merlot notes and washes supper down beautifully. £5.49/Bordeaux/12.5%
When you try this red wine, you will probably think how bland the other reds in your life have been, and how much you’ve been missing out. It will spark an expensive new taste within you, and you’ll long for wintery nights to return so that you can sit infront of a fire with just a glass, this Lebanese wine and perhaps a dog or two. It has a very, very long finish, it’s so well-balanced and reminds one of prunes, licorice, leather, aniseed and horse licks. It takes you to another climate and makes you want to temporarily quit life and travel far into the East. It tells a story of great violence and undying passion. It’s truly a brilliant wine that deserves to be enjoyed all year round, simply divine. n
Time For Gin, Cotswold Dry Gin
When you’re in the mood for a gin and tonic, there’s really nothing better to hit the spot is there? Everyone has a very personal preference so it can be difficult to try something new, but with so many out there, it would be silly not to! Cotswolds dry Gin is made with juniper, coriander and angelica root macerated in pure wheat spirit for 24 hours. They add a botanical selection including bay leaf, grapefruit, lime, black pepper, cardamom seed and Cotswolds lavender to their arter head still for distillation.n £34.75/70cl/46%
n Our featured wines are available from the best local independent wine merchants, supermarkets and online, prices are RRP and may vary from those stated.
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SCHOOLS & COLLEGES
Schools & Education
Stamford Endowed Schools “Preparing pupils for the 21st Century Boardroom...” Stamford Endowed Schools are three independent schools working together to provide a first-class education to pupils aged 3 to 18. Structured as a ‘diamond’, boys and girls are taught together at the co-ed nursery and junior school before splitting to the respective boys and girls senior schools until the age of 16. This allows for a more tailored and personalised education at every level, either as day pupils or as boarders, before coming back together in a joint sixth form. Weekly and full boarding options are popular. With strong historic ties to Burghley House, (William Cecil being one of the Schools’ alumni), and set in a beautiful market town with acres of open land, students enjoy extensive facilities both in and out of the classroom. The Stamford
Endowed Schools, which are steeped in heritage dating back to as far as 1532 together with extended communities, provide an unusually broad range of opportunities to inspire pupils, encourage curiosity and instil a love of learning. The Schools take pride in helping to develop well-rounded individuals who achieve their full potential, nurturing them to become who they want to be. Where people start in life often defines who they become. This is illustrated by the array of the Schools’ alumni with a range of diverse careers.
Independent minds are at the very heart of the three Schools, preparing Stamfordians for the ‘21st Century Boardroom,’ wherever and whatever that might be. n Call 01780 750310 or visit www.ses.lincs.sch.uk.
Edith Weston Academy
“An environment that fosters a love for learning !”
At Edith Weston Academy, we have the highest aspirations for all of our pupils - we create an environment that fosters a love for learning through diverse and creative opportunities and academic excellence. We were rated Good in all areas by Ofsted in november 2017, and were proud to be commended for our excellent leadership and clear school vision, our committed and skilled teaching team, small class sizes to benefit all pupils, maintaining high expectations for all pupils and staff and our pupils’ overwhelmingly positive attitudes towards learning. We were also commended for our superb teaching and provision in early years from ages two years onwards, positive parent feedback, British values being at the
heart of the school’s work and commitment to sport and exciting, creative learning opportunities.
We benefit from beautiful grounds on the south shore of Rutland Water, as well as our own on-site swimming facilities and a fantastic woodland and pond area within our grounds for children to explore and develop their learning in. The swimming pool is available for hire. We are proud to be part of the highly successful Brooke Hill academy Trust and we benefit from shared learning opportunities and resource, joint residential trips and a comprehensive gifted and talented programme. n Visits to the school are always welcome. Call 01780 720025 or visit the school’s website www.edithwestonprimary.co.uk.
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Here, we profile some of the best independent schools and colleges, across Stamford and Rutland, offering the very best education the region has to offer...
Laxton Junior School
“Where children bound into school, every morning...”
Laxton Junior School’s mr Sam Robertson looks back on his first year as Headteacher. “Just over a year ago I sat in a hot apartment somewhere amidst the hustle and bustle of one of Cairo’s livelier neighbourhoods. One year on, and during a summer that has felt not too dissimilar to the weather left behind in Egypt, I reflect on what has been a brilliant year. many parents and colleagues have asked what my first impressions of Laxton Junior School have been. It is a wonderful place, where children bound into school, every morning, full of excitement and enthusiasm for the learning adventures that lie ahead that day. now, happiness may seem like a ‘soft’ description of a school that delivers such quality but,
for us, it is derived from our core values that underpin everything that we do. Laxton Junior School children are happy because their wellbeing is paramount and each of them are valued members of a rich community. Our children have a wealth of opportunity that encourages them to develop passions that ensure they are both well-rounded and individually talented. I am enormously proud of our school and the fantastic quality that we offer to our children and their families. Through our commitment to a love of learning, care for each other, exceptional opportunity and strong sense of community, I believe that Laxton Junior School is able to provide an education of the very highest class. n Call 01832 277275 www.laxtonjunior.org.uk
Stoneygate School “Busy, bold and beautiful...”
Stoneygate School is unique. Stoneygate School, is a coeducational day school for pupils from the age of four that in may 2016 became a member of the Leicester Grammar School Trust’s family of schools. It is a small school that has retained its important heritage and ethos and yet it is now part of the large Leicester Grammar School Trust.Pupils here are busy. We have a long daypupils tend to leave at 5.30pm and it is filled with learning, discovery and fun. Pupils are never bored here.Pupils are encouraged to join after school clubs from tap dancing to Gothic literature; from Tae kwon do to gardening. We want pupils to be inquisitive and not to rely solely on technology for the answer to everything.
We want our pupils to ask ‘why?’ millions saw the apple fall, but only newton asked ‘why?’ We want our pupils to be bold- to learn from experiments, from drama, from play… from their own mistakes. From a young age pupils are taught by specialist teachers with a passion for their subject.
Our School ethos is based around the Four C’s; staff and pupils are caring, creative, curious and committed.
We are fortunate to teach and learn in such beautiful settings, but this does not make a great school. Committed staff and eager pupils do-something we have in abundance. n Please call 0116 259 2282 to make an appointment with the Headmaster, Mr John Dobson. Visit 6 London Rd, Great Glen, Leicester, LE8 9DJ.
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At Edith WEston AcAdEmy, WE hAvE thE highEst AspirAtions for All of our pupils – WE crEAtE An EnvironmEnt thAt fostErs A lovE for lEArning through divErsE And crEAtivE opportunitiEs And AcAdEmic ExcEllEncE. We were rated Good in all areas by Ofsted in November 2017, and were proud to be commended for: • Our excellent leadership and clear school vision • Our committed and skilled teaching team • Small class sizes to beneﬁt all pupils • Maintaining high expectations for all pupils and staﬀ • Our pupils’ overwhelmingly positive attitudes towards learning • Superb teaching and provision in early years from ages two years onwards • Positive parent feedback • British values being at the heart of the school’s work • Commitment to sport and exciting, creative learning opportunities
We beneﬁt from beautiful grounds on the south shore of Rutland Water, as well as our own on-site swimming facilities and a fantastic woodland and pond area within our grounds for children to explore and develop their learning in. Our excellent Little Ospreys Nursery provision for 2 year olds opens daily and parent and baby/toddler swim sessions run on Friday mornings – 9-11am at a cost of £2.50 The swimming pool is also available for hire. We are proud to be part of the highly successful Brooke Hill Academy Trust and we beneﬁt from shared learning opportunities and resource, joint residential trips and a comprehensive gifted and talented programme.
Visits to the school are welcome www.edithwestonprimary.co.uk
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- EDUCATION -
Brooke Priory School
“An enviable reputation in the East Midlands...” Roger Outwin-Flinders has completed his first year as Headmaster of Brooke Priory School in Oakham - Rutland's Independent Co-educational Preparatory School.
Roger aims "to make a good school even better". The school was recently inspected by ISI and judged as "excellent" in both "academic and other achievements" and in "pupils' personal development" - the highest descriptors. Brooke Priory is a happy, friendly and successful school where family and traditional values, courtesy and good manners, underpin the daily routines and structure of the school.
The youngest children join the school at 2+ in the highly respected and much sought after nursery where they benefit from excellent facilities and outstanding staff. Teaching and learning is enhanced by small classes,
specialist teachers and modern facilities - including development plans for the new BPS Resources Centre, opening in September 2018, which will be at the heart of the school and, the introduction of a new multi-use astro sports surface next year. In Form vI, the children take the 11+ examinations to some of the leading independent schools in the country; this year the children have once again achieved an incredible 100% pass rate. music concerts, art exhibitions, drama productions, sports fixtures, residential and educational visits, as well as the unique 'welly days' at Brooke are regular activities in this busy school: learning is fun and full of rigour and challenges! n To book an appointment for a tour of the school, please contact Tania Outwin-Flinders on 01572 724778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stamford Welland Academy “Exciting times ahead...”
Stamford Welland Academy is a vibrant and exciting place to study. It combines a fantastic educational offer with a wealth of enrichment opportunities via their parallel curriculum. It benefits from being part of the wider Cambridge meridian academies Trust (CmaT), and since joining the trust in 2014, the school has gone from strength to strength. In September 2018, the school is set to be oversubscribed in year 7.This is a reflection of the superb reputation the school has built over the last few years.The school appointed a new headteacher in april of this year, vicky Lloyd, and she takes over from anthony Partington who is moving to be Executive Principal of the school. vicky says; ‘These are exciting times for Stamford
Welland academy. We are growing rapidly in terms of pupil numbers yet we still retain the fantastic community feel that we pride ourselves on. a huge part of this is the excellent pastoral care and support that we offer through our house system which ensures pupils feel individually cared for and valued. Stamford Welland Pupils really do benefit from a rounded education which prepares them wonderfully for life beyond school.’ The school has also recently been granted permission to create a 6th form and this is a project they will be working on, alongside other partners within Stamford, over the next couple of years. This will further embed Stamford Welland as the school of choice. n Call 01780 761000 or you can email the school enquiries@ stamfordwellandacademy.org.
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“A thriving, purpose-built, independent day school...”
Copthill School is very proud to have been awarded the highest rating of ‘Excellent’ in both categories of a recent educational quality inspection carried out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). Copthill is a thriving Independent School of 300 pupils aged between 2 to 11 years and situated on the edge of Stamford. a team of inspectors judged both the quality of the pupils’ achievements and the quality of the pupils’ personal development as ‘excellent’ “One of the key outcomes of the report describes everything we hope a Copthill pupil will be” explains Principal Jonathan Teesdale.
“Pupils have extremely positive attitudes to learning; they are enthusiastic, curious, versatile, independent and open to new challenges.”
Pupils from Copthill move on to a wide range of local secondary schools and the inspectors also highlighted that. “With their versatility and highly positive attitudes to learning, the large majority of pupils gain places at their chosen senior schools where standards of entry are high, and that in the last three years the number of music, academic and sporting awards and scholarships gained has averaged double figures.” “Copthill is a school that radiates energy and where pupils are engaged and challenged in the classroom, on the playing fields, in the forest and by the river. a school life that dazzles!
n You are invited to see this for yourself during our Open Morning on Thursday 4th October from 9.00am – 11.00am. Call 01780 757506 or visit www.copthill.com.
“Modern outlook and traditional values...”
The Peterborough School is the city’s only independent day school for boys and girls from nursery to Sixth Form.
Situated on one beautiful, leafy campus in the heart of Peterborough, the nursery, Prep and Senior Schools enjoy excellent transport links and shared facilities. a particular area for development over Summer 2018 is the creation of a bespoke Sixth Form Block, including a Common Room (with relaxation space, games area and kitchen), a state-of-the-art Study Room (with computing and wi-fi throughout, ergonomically designed work stations for private study.
This change means senior students will also benefit from a new library, which is re-locating to the old Sixth Form study
area. modern work areas with computers and wi-fi, along with collaborative working space and extended room for both fiction and non-fiction titles will create an enviable environment for all.
visitors to the School and nursery are very welcome. Our next School and nursery Open day will take place on Saturday 29th September 2018; appointments are not necessary on this day.
Following this, our Sixth Form Open Evening is on Tuesday 16th October 2018, when course information for potential Sixth Form students who will be in years 10 and 11 will be available.
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“Spectacular success in and out of the classroom...”
Oakham students have enjoyed remarkable success over the past Summer Term. Our IB diploma students leave Oakham after celebrating another impressive set of results – which are, again, significantly higher than the worldwide average. Overall, nearly one quarter of students gained 38 or more points (out of the maximum of 45) – which is equivalent to 5 as at a-level. “Our IB diploma students are moving on to a range of universities including Oxbridge, the Russell Group and overseas, well equipped with a qualification that is recognised and admired globally for its depth and breadth,” says Simone Lorenz-Weir, Head of upper School. Oakham has been successfully teaching the IB diploma alongside a-levels since 2001, offering students
two distinct and highly respected academic pathways. Lower School athletes have had a particularly impressive season, winning a haul of medals at the IaPS athletics Championships – having fought off competition from 1300 athletes representing 60 schools – to win 5 Gold, 2 Silver and one Bronze medal. Lower School pupils also impressed in two show-stopping drama productions – Beauty and the Beast and The magical voyage of ulysses. as director of drama, Gilly norell, says; “In what other school can you see Classical Greek theatre and the razzmatazz of a disney musical, performed by children aged 11–13, all in one week?” n Visit the school’s website on www.oakham.rutland.sch.uk or call Oakham on 01572 758500
“Passionate about language-learning...”
Stamford Academy was founded in 2005 as a language school specialising in teaching English to international students.
benefits of learning a second language, at any age, can improve a learner’s ability to problem-solve, multi-task, recall and manage information.
We regularly provide One-to-One and small group tuition for a Level and GCSE students as well as private clients looking for bespoke classes tailored to a range of settings; from preparing for business meetings through to moving overseas in retirement.
Tutors often bring a slice of their culture (and food!) into the classroom to share with students to bring lessons to life, while the directors are constantly looking at ways to keep classes feeling fresh and innovative.
Since then, the academy has expanded its offering to include beginner and intermediate level classes for uk-based students in up to 10 different languages including Chinese mandarin, Russian and arabic.
Everyone at the academy is passionate about language-learning, but we understand why many adults find the idea of grappling with a new language or re-engaging with an old one, a daunting prospect. a multitude of physiological studies have demonstrated that the health 66
as a family-owned and run school, we understand the need for a welcoming setting, so we keep our classes small (no more than 10), informal, but professional.
In September, the academy will be holding an hour-long taster session in several languages at beginner level for new students to come along and try for free. n To get in touch with Stamford Academy you can visit their website: www.stamfordacademy.co.uk or alternatively you can call the school directly on 01780 489400.
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HOMES & WELCOME INTERIORS HOME
LOvE a Labour of
is month We’re delighted to enjoy a look inside a ﬁne 16th century Grade II listed Manor House which has just come onto the market in Orton Waterville. We think it’s one of the most beautifully presented properties We’ve seen for a long time! Words: Rob Davis.
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What a picture perfect property. new to the market is one of this month’s featured home, a magnificent Grade II listed country manor, built in 1571, which is enveloped by around an acre of beautiful grounds and enjoys an enviable location within the delightful Peterborough village of Orton Waterville.
The current owner purchased the property a number of years ago. It was a house I had always admired, and so when the opportunity arose to take ownership I jumped at the chance. The house was in a rather bad state of repair, but the owner says he relished the opportunity to renovate and refurbish the entire property. Above/Right: French doors lead from the beautifully appointed kitchen to a courtyard overlooking the village’s 13th century St Mary’s Church.
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“It was a mammoth project that in the end took a number of years to complete but I am extremely pleased with the results. as well as fully restoring the interior I also did quite a bit of structural work so the whole house is now in excellent condition.”
“Internally I’ve installed new bathrooms, a new heating system – including some under floor – the old floors were treated and repaired, in fact each of the beautiful original features has been restored and enhanced.”
“It’s essentially a very elegant period home that has been brought right up to modern standards, but in a really sympathetic way, so it’s extremely comfortable and has all the mod cons you’d expect.”
“It was a mammoth project that in the end took a number of years to complete but I am extremely pleased with the results...!” On that very subject, we’ll draw your attention not just to the property’s beautiful period features, from its hand carved marble fireplace in the drawing room, the inglenook fireplace of the snug and the original wood panelling of the study, but to rather more practical features and technology integrated nicely into the house, from underfloor heating to a particularly stunning living kitchen.
The hub of the home is the stunning kitchen breakfast room, fitted with a bespoke hand crafted kitchen with a large centre island, marble floors, silestone worktops and a separate hand crafted pantry and utility area. Stainless steel Wolf cooking appliances includes; a duel fuel range cooker with a charbroiler & griddle and a stand-alone steamer. Sub-zero integrated refrigeration incorporating freezer draws and wine storage completes the look.
The room also benefits from three sets of French doors which provide not just a wealth of natural light, but also easy access to a beautifully landscaped terrace with its flagstones, a two-tier fountain and views of adjacent 13th century parish church of St mary’s. >>
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“I wanted this lovely old house to be conducive to modern living so I’ve also slightly altered the layout by converting the old brew house into a stunning new kitchen,” says the owner. “I combined two bedrooms and a bathroom to create a magnificent master suite and I’ve added en-suite bathrooms to other bedrooms. I’d say that it’s now a really outstanding family home.”
“The gardens and grounds are a real feature of this property and completely surround the house, so although it’s in the middle of the village, there’s a terrific feeling of privacy,” he continues. “There are mature trees and high hedging, we have open lawns, a pretty patio area, a cottage garden and a Main: The kitchen features bespoke cabinetry, marble flooring, Silestone work surfaces and impressive Wolf and Sub Zero premium appliances.
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“The gardens and grounds are a real feature of this property and completely surround the house, so although it’s in the middle of the village, there’s a terrific feeling of privacy...” really lovely walled garden that’s accessed via French doors from the kitchen and which is a real suntrap. The outlook is just beautiful no matter where you are in the property, and what I’ve particularly enjoyed is the fact that within the house and grounds you feel as if you’re in the middle of nowhere and yet we are so close to everything. It’s that perfect balance.” n
THE MANOR HOUSE ORTON WATERVILLE Location: 3.1 miles from P’Boro. Style: Exceptional Grade II listed manor House in the ‘Ortons.’ Bedrooms: Seven, master with dressing room and en suite. Receptions: Six, currently arranged as drawing room, dining room, living kitchen, snug, morning room and games room. Features: Outbuildings with potential for conversion. Price: £2,450,000 Find Out More: The Manor House is currently on the market with Stamford’s Fine & Country. Visit St Mary,s St, Stamford PE9 2DE, call 01780 750200 or see www.fineandcountry.com.
Above: A beautiful exposed beam dining room with feature fireplace and room to entertain plenty of guests. The gardens and grounds are a real feature of this property, as seen in the image above. It gives a terrific feeling of privacy. There are open lawns, a pretty patio area, a cottage garden and a pond with water feature.
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HOMES XXX & INTERIORS
Horse and Home
Rutland Pride caught up with local property expert Kate Vincent to learn more about how she combines her passion for equestrian to give her a competitive edge when finding homes for her clients When not helping clients buy a new home, local property finder kate vincent likes to mix time with her family and friends along with her horse, Ruby.
So, Kate how long have you been riding? I started riding at the age of six by going to a local riding school and then got my first very old pony when I was 8 years old.
I was then lucky enough to have a series of ponies up to my GCSE year when I found it too difficult to combine riding and studying hard. I rode very little after that until my early-forties when my husband bought me a riding day as a surprise Christmas present. Big mistake, as I’d forgotten how much I loved it and as soon as I got back on board, my passion for riding returned with zeal!
How long have you had Ruby and is she your only horse? I bought Ruby from a friend of a friend in Cornwall in 2012 and have been a happy one horse owner ever since. I keep her at home so I can juggle her with work, children and a husband but I honestly don’t think I have got the capacity to add any more. I regularly go out with clients at the weekend to view properties so it is very convenient to roll out of bed early to sort my horse before going off to a meeting.
Do you compete? not as much as I would like but I do the occasional dressage test. Our children are in their late teens so still around at weekends so we like to spend time with them before they ‘fly the nest’ but once they are not around, I then plan to get back into one day eventing as I used to love it as a teenager. This said, I still find hacking out enjoyable and very relaxing. Does riding help you with your job? Good question and the answer is yes in a variety of ways. The most obvious one is when I am asked to look for an equestrian property for a client because the knowledge I have as an owner of a horse, stable and paddock means that I really understand the practicalities of matters such as land drainage, proximity of yard to house, access to local hacking etc. my riding and competing also brings me into contact with a wide variety of country folk so I often use this network of contacts if I am working on a challenging search where the estate agents are struggling to introduce me to appropriate property.
and finally, I have to admit that I do use my hacks as opportunities to look at local property. you can see an awful lot more of a property over a wall when riding a sixteen hands horse and around the back on a bridle way. I also sometimes stop to talk to homeowners and its amazing what an informal chat will unearth – in my job local knowledge is of paramount importance.
So, what is happening in the local housing market at the moment? People are very cautious and by this I mean both homeowners and buyers. There is still a good demand from buyers for good quality, sensibly priced property but their level of caution means that they are not willing to pay over the odds and many seem reluctant to take on the maintenance of period properties.
On the selling side, there is a significant cohort of homeowners who would like to move but are reluctant to put their properties on the market because they can’t find somewhere for themselves. as a result, estate agents are carrying out a good number of valuations but most are seriously short of stock. In many ways this is where working with a property finder such as myself is an ideal scenario as we help buyers to find properties that are not on the open market and manage the process at a speed which works for both the buyer and the seller (possibly giving the latter time to find another home sure in the knowledge that they have a buyer for their property). n If you are struggling to find your next property or would value some independent property advise to help you buy more effectively locally, Garrington offer a commitment free meeting. To arrange, please contact: Tel: 01780 408377 Email: email@example.com www.garringtoneastmidlands.co.uk
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A Visit to Stamford’s
Where there aren’t houses in Stamford, there are rows upon rows of allotments being taken care of by some of Stamford’s ﬁnest gardeners. We catch up with one particular couple whose allotment is an award winning simply sublime space. Words: Georgie Fenn. Images: Rob Davis.
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With houses popping up all over the place in Stamford, many without gardens or parking, it can leave one wondering how people still get Stamford Town Council has a their gardening fix. Fortunately, we still have total of 296 plots available for Stamford meadows, a great expanse of land for rental at four different sites wildlife, often taking eggs the public’s enjoyment. Then there’s the walk in and around the town from bird’s nests and they along the Welland which is a tranquil area, of Stamford. also destroy netting and strip surrounded by mature trees that have seen so much. the bark of trees. But there is also a huge allotment community in Stamford which is well looked after by Stamford Town Council naughty squirrels out of the way, you and taken very seriously. wouldn’t think that kay and neil have been battling them because everything looks One such allotment has been in the green fingers of neil and kay pristine. The vegetables are thriving and neil Bamford since 1967. It’s a secret spot, tucked away from the hustle expects to see broad beans, celeriac, spinach, and bustle of competitive courgette growers but somehow, still one lots of different lettuce, red peppers, potatoes, of the most sociable. “The town council offered us this plot back leeks, onions, sweetcorn and carrots and many in 1967 when it was all weeds along the river and there was a 4ft many more sprout this summer. flood level on the shed door,” says neil. These days, you’d be doing “We’re not quite self-sufficient,” neil says, but well to find a weed and the River Gwash has settled into its banks kay says they’re still using last year’s crop of where it slips along peacefully with the kingfishers and the berries out of the freezer and they will make occasional otter so neil tells me. “We see lots of wildlife here,” says up lots of soup for the cooler months with neil. their fresh produce. “It tastes delicious around “There have been fox cubs this year, kestrels nesting for the past an hour after picking,” neil smiles, it doesn’t get five years but they haven’t come back this year sadly. We also see fresher than that and perhaps explains their a great-spotted woodpecker, sometimes we see the blue flash of a youthfulness and bouncing energy! kingfisher darting past and we’ve had minks and otters.” a little
creature that neil, kay and the rest of the allotment teams aren’t too fond of is the grey squirrel. “The squirrels cause havoc,” neil says right on cue as a neighbouring gardener comes by to check on the traps. It’s actually illegal to release grey squirrels, if you trap one, be it in the garden shed, a humane trap or the garage, you have to dispose of it. Grey squirrels eat fruits and vegetables, they also dig up and eat bulbs and corms. They disturb the other 98
While we were chatting about vegetables, neil let me in on a little secret of Head Gardener kay. “To grow great parsnips, all you need to do is get keep hold of the tubes from inside toilet rolls,” says neil. “Fill them up with compost and put them on a tray and plant two seeds in each tube, leave them in
Above: The rambler which has been in the garden longer than Kay and Neil! Far Right: The fantastic heads on the globe artichokes - if you don’t eat them they turn into fantastic flowers. Bottom Right: The vegetable patch. Right: Kay and Neil, the warmest, most delightful couple in their wonderful garden. Top Left: The thriving vegetable patch and a secret sign leading guests into the secret garden.
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the greenhouse and water them lots.” neil then says that they will plant the seed that has grown the strongest in the garden and it’s a fail-proof way of ensuring you get big, sturdy parsnips because at the end of the day, no one likes a small parsnip. as well as vegetables and summer fruit, neil and kay have a variety of mature trees including 11 apple trees, there’s a stunning big old bramley in the centre of their vegetable patch. It’s not just neil and kay who take care of their garden, it has enticed many a helper over the years as gardening is therapy to a lot of people. kay says they get a lot of help from their friend Jill, who will often pop over to help with weeding and watering, there’s lots of watering to be done! and that’s not all! kay also opens the garden when it’s looking it’s best to different groups across the
“It’s not just Neil and Kay who take care of their garden, it has enticed many a helper over the years as gardening is therapy to a lot of people...” county to raise money for charity. So far, the garden has helped the Evergreen Care Trust, Friends of Stamford Hospital, Parkinsons uk and this year they are raising money for Prostate Cancer research with help from the deeping u3a. This is a case of a garden giving back, whether it’s an afternoon tea raising money for charity, or a quiet spot to reflect, kay and neil have created a real plot of paradise. n
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Price: From £32. Waiting List: anything from two weeks to a year - depending on where you would like your allotment. Find Out More: To find out more, visit the Town Council directly or have a look on their website where there is a great deal more information. Please call 01780 753808 or visit the website www.stamfordtowncouncil.gov.uk.
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On The Farm with...
Alison Pratt, NFU
alison Pratt, at the nFu East midlands, discusses the many challenges farmers have to struggle with in their industry, and the topic of mental health in the farming community... ON THE FARM THIS MONTH
Farming can be a lonely profession; we’re often working remotely from the farm yard, sometimes for hours on end. Cultivating the land, shepherding, carrying out maintenance, inspecting crops; they’re all jobs that take time and are usually done alone. On many of our farms, that’s the farmer’s lot; there are no family members or staff to share the work with and as time is usually of the essence, getting each job completed and ticked off the list is paramount.
Arable Sector: A particularly busy month; sowing winter barley, oilseed rape or winter wheat. Start to plough and cultivate. Field beans are to be harvested. Livestock Sector: Ewes are to be mated with rams for lambs in earlyspring. Beef and dairy cows planned for autumn calving will start to give birth now too.
Of course a faithful farm dog or the tractor cab radio are good company, but being alone can set your brain working and thoughts of all the jobs to be done, all the bills to be paid, family disputes, legal problems, can crowd in. Research shows us that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetime, and stress is a key factor in this. although stress isn’t a mental health problem in itself, it often leads to depression, anxiety, and in the worst of cases, to self-harm and suicide.
you might think that living and working in our countryside would be an uplifting and joyful experience. For farmers, their work place is also their home, so there’s no distance or time away from work when you can destress or wind down. Problems get magnified, and sometimes one thing can lead to another: bad weather, an animal that has to be put down, a mechanical breakdown, bereavement, money worries, issues can soon take over. In farming, finances are precarious, and, I often say, farmers are proud people and won’t admit that there’s something troubling them: they’ll work it out, get through it, something will turn up.
But help is often just a phone call away. In Lincolnshire, we have two farming charities with volunteers and staff ready to help. The first stage of solving a problem is talking about it and that’s what Lincolnshire Rural Support network’s helpline and drop-in advice points are there for.
The advice points offer the opportunity for a quick chat with a friendly face. They’re located in the three main auctions in and adjacent to the county; Louth and newark livestock markets and the Spalding auction.
Often a health check will also uncover another problem and a referral to a specialist volunteer adviser can be arranged. Please call 0800 138 1710. RaBI, farming’s oldest charity, provides both short and long term support for farmers; sometimes this is in the form of an emergency financial grant, sometimes it is help with claiming state benefits or arranging for a business appraisal or debt advice. Call 0808 281 9490. Taking that first step to admit that there’s an issue you need help with, sharing your problem, that’s the hardest part. But there is someone out there; there are lots of people out there who can help, so just pick up the phone. In the words of the old telephone advert, ‘it’s good to talk.’
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PaRadISE is with THE HOundS We meet meet with with Simon Simon Hunter, Hunter, Huntsman Huntsman of of the the Fitzwilliam Fitzwilliam We Milton Hunt Hunt to to see see the the next next generation generation Milton of hounds hounds and and have have aa catch catch up up in in the the sunshine... sunshine... of Words and Photography: Georgie Fenn.
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After a busy winter’s hunting, you might wonder what all those people in their red coats do in the warmer months. you’ll be surprised to hear it’s a relatively relaxed affair for the animals; horses get turned out on holiday in the field and the hounds are taken care of by the hunt staff. Simon Hunter, the aptly named Huntsman at the Fitzwilliam (milton) Hunt tells me life is, “Just as busy during the summer as in the winter,” and it’s far more than your average doggy day care at the Fitzwilliam kennels. With 48 couple of hounds (that’s 96 in total) there’s an awful lot of exercising and feeding to be done. Each day the kennels need cleaning out, hounds sleep on wood shavings like horses, then they’ll go out on the bikes and take them for a three mile exercise. The closer they get to the hunting season the further they’ll go. “We head out for about an hour,” says Simon. “If it’s a warm day, we’ll take them to the lake for a swim.”
The hounds live a life of luxury, their diet is what domestic dogs can only dream of and to be part of a pack in the beautiful setting of milton Park is surely hound heaven. Something that many people are not aware that hunts take care of, perhaps out of blissful ignorance, is that of Fallen Stock.
To be part of a pack in the beautiful setting of Milton Park is surely hound heaven! as you may know, farmers lose some of their livestock each year year-round for various reasons. It can be an expensive and totally heartbreaking journey but thankfully, hunts are there to help out local farmers. Simon makes a few trips each day to farmers who
need animals taking away for whatever reason and as long as they haven’t had the fatal injection, they can be fed to the hounds. “Whelps move onto mince at three weeks,” Simon tells me. “Then they go straight onto flesh at around six weeks.” It’s amazing really that such a tiny puppy can digest proper meat so soon. But when you’re in amongst full-sized foxhounds you realise how much growing they’ve got to do and just mother’s milk isn’t going to be nearly enough initial weeks following birth.
This year, the Fitzwilliam hounds have had four litters of whelps. “We aim to have 10 couple of hound puppies each year,” says Simon. Some of these hound puppies will be going to join other hunts as far as Wales but the majority of them stay and will learn everything by mixing in with the original pack out hunting. To come up with names, there’s a very old-fashioned rule whereby if a visiting dog comes to the kennel to mate with a bitch, the names will be made with the
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Master of Hounds Simon got involved in hunting as a young lad working as a kennel boy. He clearly got the bug and stayed with hunts in various parts of the country as he went through school. Surprisingly though, he isn’t a huge fan of horse riding. “I realised at around 17 years old that riding was part of the job,” says Simon. “I spent a few years riding racers as a jockey but that’s different, I only ride for the hounds.” The passion that he has for his hounds is quite remarkable, “I love the hounds, I’ve never looked back,” he says. Simon has been with the Fitzwilliam for five seasons now, “I saw the job in the Horse & Hound,” and it’s been quite the journey from whipper-in to Master of Hounds. Simon works alongside the first whipper-in, Shaun Parish. The country hunted by the Fitzwilliam is around 30 miles by 20 miles, from Stamford in the North to Higham Ferrers in the South, and covers an area of approximately 600 square miles.
In this considerable expanse of country are over 800 farmers, over whose land the Fitzwilliam considers itself lucky to hunt, and is very grateful for the support that it enjoys. n
The Kennel records of hound pedigrees at the Fitzwilliam Hunt go right back to 1760 but the hunt was probably formed in the 1740s.
first two letters of his name. If it’s your own dog, then it is the first two letters of the bitch’s name. If you go out hunting yourself you’ll know that a Huntsman and the Whipper-ins will know all of the hounds by name. Even though there may be well over 96 of them by the beginning of the season, they’ve all got their own characteristics and when you’re with Left: A beautiful little hound puppy basking in the sunshine at the kennels. Above: Simon Hunter, the huntsman, holding puppies. Right: Whipper-in Shaun Parish at the Fitzwilliam Kennels with one of the pups.
them day-in, day-out, you know who they all are. When the puppies are big enough, they go off to hunt followers homes to grow up before they return in the autumn for hunting the following season.. I can tell you from personal experience, there is no puppy as naughty as a hound puppy. I worked on a yard just outside of Oakham when I was still at school where they took on a couple each summer. If you left something
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on the floor for even a second it was chewed and if they managed to squeeze through the back gate alongside the wheelbarrow they were off, noses down and turning into specks in the Rutland countryside after what was obviously a delicious scent. It took hours to get them home, then they would pile on top of each other and sleep for the rest of the day before finding new tricks to keep me busy. adorable and time consuming, like anything cute really. It’s not all fun and games, hound puppies also have to do their bit at puppy shows.
Puppy shows are held in the summer to thank the volunteers and hunt supporters that have been busy walking the hound puppies. The shows demonstrate how far the puppies have come and their progress since they’ve been back into the kennels. The judges (usually a Huntsman from another pack) will judge the hounds on their overall conformation. They will check they have good feet, shoulders, backs and also see how freely they move. as the famed sporting writer and poet George Whyte-melville of the foxhound once stated, “On the straightest of legs and the roundest of feet,/With ribs like a frigate his timbers to meet,/With a fashion and fling and a form so complete,/That to see him dance over the flags is a treat.” So that’s what the hunt do during the summer months — look after hounds and adorable foxhound puppies, attend events and just generally take care of the followers, supporters and farmers who out of generosity and passion, take care of the hunt throughout the long cold winter months. n
WITHIN THE LAW “We consider the Hunting Act 2004 to be an ill thought-out piece of legislation that is harmful to the hunted species, the environments in which they live and the rural economies that surround them. We are law-abiding people and whilst the ban on hunting remains in force, the Fitzwilliam will continue to hunt within the law, providing activities for our Hunt Followers and services to farmers and landowners. In parallel with this, we remain active in seeking repeal of this law. We do a variety of things, sometimes just exercising our hounds and horses together, or hunting a trail. These activities are legal and permitted under the Hunting Act.” n
“They were off, noses down, turning into specks in the countryside after what was obviously a delicious scent...”
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a Winner’s Wedding
Our sister company ukbride gives away an entire wedding to the value of up to £25,000 every year. Last year’s winners Jenny and alex recently married on the same day as the royals, and we had a chat with the bride to see how they got on... Images: Dottie Photography, 01945 773368, www.dottiephotography.co.uk.
Every Valentine’s Day we get to give away a £25,000 wedding to one lucky bride out of the 750,000 members on our website ukbride. Last year was no different when we called Jenny Collier to announce she had won the competition.
This year is particularly special as Jenny is based in Stamford. as the prize is entirely random, we have had London brides, manchester brides and even Scotland brides win, but never someone in the local area.
The two live in Stamford with daughter Felicity and son Oliver and tied the knot in Peterborough. They met through mutual friends and spent many months emailing each other before alex asked Jenny on a date. “It was a brilliant first date, and we both knew we would get together,” says Jenny. “We stayed in the pub until they kicked us out and just got on so well!”
Three years later, they moved in together and soon fell pregnant with daughter Felicity. In September 2016, Jenny was getting ready for a charity gala ball before alex decided to pop the question at home. In February 2017, Jenny received the call from ukbride, explaining that she had won our fabulous competition. “I just couldn’t believe it! I was over the moon. Winning the prize just took all the pressure off of planning the wedding. I have
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friends who are currently planning their big days, and they’re so stressed, and I just had none of that. It’s such a fabulous prize.”
“my dress was given to me by Berketex in nottingham. What I loved so much about winning is the fact I still had choice; I won my dress from Berketex but they had hundreds of styles to pick from and I found the dress of my dreams.” “Our photo booth from Cheesy Smiles was fantastic - it was great looking through all the funny photos of the guests during the day - and amanda from dottie Photography was absolutely brilliant and left us with memories we will treasure forever. Get Film the videographer part of the prize, gave us several films of the day too that really did capture our emotions.”
“The cake from Sophisticake was just so beautiful. It fitted with our 20s Great Gatsby themed venue and made a great centrepiece. We had a chocolate tier, cherry bakewell tier, vanilla sponge tier and Sophisticake’s signature fruitcake tier which was the flavour used when she made Prince Charles and Camilla’s wedding cake; another royal connection!” “Because we had won pretty much every element of our wedding, it meant we could spend extra money on things like our wedding rings which we had made bespoke, and the car which we hired for the day.” 113
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- WEDDINGS -
“Our honeymoon in Mexico was courtesy of Kuoni, part of the £25,000 prize we won with UKbride..!” The couple, as we all know from watching the royal wedding that day, had perfect weather. Jenny says that she’s happy she will share her anniversary with the royal couple and it made the whole day a celebration of marriage, so all of the guests had more of a buzz about them too.
“Before walking down the aisle, I was really nervous, but when I reached the end seeing alex, I relaxed a lot more. It was an emotional day and I’m glad that I could spend a few minutes just enjoying the day with him.”
For the honeymoon, also part of the prize, Jenny, alex and Felicity jetted off to Playa de Carmen in mexico, and because they had a little extra cash, decided to spend it on concierge; Felicity had a personal butler who delivered milk and cookies every night! meanwhile the newlyweds relaxed in a five star hotel with the comfort of a suite and a hot tub, reflecting on their special day.
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BRIdE Add a touch of blush to your wedding gown. This trend is transforming the wedding fashion industry and that’s reflected in the latest collections from top wedding dress designers...
Above: Ellis Bridal styles 12304 and 12300. These dresses have a mermaid style the way they fan out from the knees, and the sheer lace layer adds another element to both dress styles. The Ellis Bridal brand was established in 1912 in London, and is now exclusively available in luxury independent boutiques worldwide. Top/Right: London based designer Ronald Joyce was founded in 1950 by couple Ronald and Joyce Phillips. It is now one of the most well known wedding dress designers in the world. This ballgown style with floral appliqué is 69310. Top/Far Right: mon Cheri is a wedding fashion brand that encompasses several well known designers like Sophia Tolli and martin Thornburg. This dress is called aphrodite by Sophia Tolli with a bateau neckline, a-line shape and open backed body.
Far Right: Justin alexander style 88006. The blush hue of this dress is masked by the ivory white appliqué detailing, combining the two and emphasising the appliqué pattern. Right: This is an Eddy k gown. The Italian designer’s collections always exude class and variety. The dress to the right called daria is a ruffled fishtail gown with sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice. The subtle pink hue really relaxes this style, allowing it to appear more natural. Left: Romantica of devon is the umbrella name for brands including Opulence Bridal, Silhouette Bridal and Romantica, which is its main collection. This dress featured here is from the main Romantica collection called Solange. It’s a striking ballgown style with lace bodice, illusion straps and beautiful layered ruffle skirt, one for the fashion conscious.
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NOT JUST FOR WEDDINGS... From our Rutland base, Funky Tents can help clients visualise and create wonderful and bespoke marquee spaces for all occasions.
0808 169 1690 www.funky-tents.co.uk
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BETTy BaRCLay In FOR SMOOTH LINES, CLEAN PLEATS AND VELVET TEXTURES, BETTY BARCLAY’S AUTUMN AND WINTER COLLECTION IS STRIKINGLY CLASSY...
Main: Main: Pullover Pullover £100 £100 and and grey grey formal formal trousers trousers £100. £100. Opposite: Opposite: Fur Fur cardigan cardigan £145, £145, pullover pullover £90 £90 and and trousers trousers £105. £105.
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Main: Navy cardigan, £90, blouse £80 and dark jeans £105. Opposite: Cardigan, £110 and sweatshirt, £70.
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Main: Jumper £70 and trousers £80, www.bettybarclay.com.
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Leather Contrast Belt as featured in last year’s Burghley Life magazine, £55.
So stylish and versatile, casual yet formal too, £50.
Luxury Headwarmer a reversible headwarmer for cooler days, £45.
Lavenham Leather Tote made in the uk from English saddle leather, £250.
Pom Pom Poncho
Summer’s not over yet with this fun pink trim, £55.
As we make the transition into Autumn, here are some of the finest accessories from Annabel Brocks to see you through a September of outdoor antics. All designed and made in the UK... Words: Georgie Fenn.
a wardrobe essential during the autumn, £55.
Spring Tweed & Faux Fur Enhance an outfit for any occasion, £225.
Leather Contrast Belt Looks great with shorts, jeans and jods, £55.
For more information or to purchase, see www.annabelbrocks.com
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DO YOU TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR HAIR? IF YOU’RE STRUGGLING THIS SUMMER WITH SLIGHTLY SAD LOCKS, HERE’S SOME TIPS...
1. not Just any Hair Wash Treat yourself, let your hair indulge in the luxurious ingredients of Living Proof ’s Restore Shampoo and Conditioner. This product is sulfate-free, silicone free, oil-free. It’s also safe for colour and chemically treated hair. Conditions hair while helping to restore moisture levels to that of healthy, undamaged hair instantly restores damaged hair cuticles for a healthier hair care routine. n Living Proof, £45/1 litre.
2. Heat Free Texture
For texture, a lot of people reach for the hair dryer to create the perfect ‘do’. However, there are so many products on the market now that you can use on air dryed hair (perfect for the summer) and they’ll make you look perfectly tousled. n Sam McKnight £25.
3. no more Tears
It’s time you believed the hype and invested in a Tangle Teezer. There is no safer way to brush through your hair without damaging the ends, or even crying. no matter if you’ve been in the sea, or out on a windy day, it’s got it covered. n Tangle Teezer, £11.
4. use Protection
Your hair can be damaged by the sun too, especially if you’re not wearing a hat! This product has anti-humidity shields help to fight frizz for smooth, tangle free hair with heat protection up to 230°c. n Tigi £8.
5. SPLEndId SERum
Treat your tresses to five-star treatment from the comfort of your own home with OuaI, the exciting new hair care label from celebrity stylist, Jen atkin. Hair Oil is a multitasking formula that controls frizz and seals split ends for high-gloss, super-smooth finish. Packed with african Galanga, ama and asian Borage oils, it keeps colour from fading while providing protection from heat damage. The perfect handbag fix for frizzy hair on a humid day. n Ouai, £24/50ml.
6. Invest in a Great Gadget You may know that dyson have recently branch out from hoovers into hairdryers. The dyson hair dryer turns its hand to reworking a beauty essential with this Supersonic hair dryer. Intelligent innovations allow for faster, more precise drying, while acoustic silencers minimise noise. measuring air temperature 20 times every second, it controls heat distribution to reduce damage and protect your hair’s natural shine. This is an investment if you’re in the habit of blow-drying your hair every day. you’ll see a reduction in hair damage, annoyance and maybe even energy bills. n Dyson £299.99.
n All our beauty products are available from high quality independent stockists unless otherwise stated, prices are RRP. Visit each makeup brand’s website for more information on local stockists.
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Eau de Parfum for ladies with raspberry, may rose and patchouli £137/100ml.
Eau de Parfum for ladies, bergamot with cinnamon and vanilla £137/100ml.
Ladies’ Eau de Toilette bergamot, rose accord and fir balsam £137/100ml.
MaryleboneWood Ladies’ Eau de Parfum, grapefruit, cedarwood & sandalwood £137/100ml.
Much Ado About The Duke
Eau de Parfum for ladies, peppery rose with gin and leather £185/100ml.
The most rich and luxurious autumn fragrances from the perfumiers at Penhaligon on London’s Burlington Arcade. Many of the artisan fragrance house’s signature scents date back to the Victorian era, when the perfumer was appointed to Queen Victoria...
Image & Text: Rob Davis.
Eau de Toilette Spray for gents, lavender & bergamot with sandalwood £98/100ml.
The Coveted Duchess Rose
Eau de Toilette for ladies, citrus, hyacinth & lily of the valley £98/100ml.
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Ladies’ Eau de Parfum, mandarin, rose and musky wood £185/75ml.
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PRIVATE HEALTHCARE WITH AVICENNA
STEROID INJECTIONS DR HANY ELMADBOUH, LEAD CONSULTANT AT AVICENNA CLINIC EXPLAINS JOINTS AND SOFT TISSUE STEROID INJECTIONS
What is steroid Injection? A common cause of a painful joint is synovitis (inflammation of the lining of the joint) or adjacent soft tissue. It can be useful to inject corticosteroid and/or local anaesthetic medication directly into the joint or the soft tissue next to a joint (this is often called a bursa) to reduce the inflammation and provide pain relief. Why perform a steroid injection? This procedure is most often used in the shoulder, knee, or hip but may also be helpful in other joints such as the back (facet) and small joints of the hands and feet for pain relief. Sometimes it may be difficult to know what is exactly is causing the joint pain. If the pain is not mainly due to the joint inflammation, the injection may not improve the symptoms. Although, this may be disappointing , it can be helpful information as it means another cause of joint pain needs to be considered.
What are the benefits of steroid injections? Overall, steroid injections into joints (particularly the shoulder and the knee) appear to provide short to medium term pain relief (3 weeks to 3 months), particularly when combined (in the shoulder) with appropriate physiotherapy. They do not provide long term pain relief and do not alter the course of underlying joint disease (e.g. osteoarthritis). How Joint injection is performed? The procedure is usually performed under X-ray or ultrasound guidance to ensure
accurate injection into the target area. The exact technique varies depending on the joint to be injected and the consultant radiologist (specialist doctor) who performs the injection. Generally, a preliminary scan will be performed to locate the exact point to be injected, which may be marked on the skin. The skin will then be cleaned with an antiseptic solution to prevent infection. Local anaesthetic is injected into the skin and deeper tissues to reduce the discomfort of the procedure. A needle will then be placed into the joint either at the point marked on your skin or using the ultrasound to see the tip of the needle as it moves into the joint or bursa. When the needle is in the correct place, its position will be confirmed by injecting a small volume of contrast (dye) before giving the steroid injection and withdrawing the needle.
How long does an injection take? This may vary but an ultrasound guided injection will generally take between 15 and 30 minutes. Are there any side effects? There is a very small (1 in 20,000-75,000 injections) risk of infection. There are possible complications of the steroids with aggravation of pain and if the steroid is not injected solely in the joint damaging to the soft tissue including atrophy of the skin and fat under the skin (subcutaneous fat) and rupture of the tendons. Allergic reaction to the injected medication (as with any drug) may also occur.
What happens after the procedure? The patient will go into the recover area to be monitored until ready to be discharged. As local anaesthetic is used, the patient may initially feel better but the joint pain may also be worse than before the injection and this may last 2-3 days. If the pain becomes much worse in the days following the injection, this may indicate very rarely infection.
How often can I have the injection? Some patients find that the injection gives them good pain relief for a few months, but then the pain comes back and they wonder about having another injection. Although the exact risk of multiple injections is not known, most doctors would advise against injection more than 3-4 times a year to avoid damage to the joint.
At Avicenna Clinic, we have a range of specialist consultants, operating theatre for surgical procedures and superior in-house imaging facilities â€“including state-of-the-art MRI, ultrasound and X-ray scanning equipment. We can assess and diagnose all cases of acute and chronic pain quickly and deliver comprehensive treatment plans tailored to you. n To book a consultation or for more information on treating your pain and explore the other available services to help you, contact Avicenna Clinic on 0330 202 0597 or see avicennaclinic.com. Avicenna is based on North Street, Peterborough PE1 2RA. 137
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HIGH QUALITY SKIN TREATMENTS & NON-INVASIVE MEDICAL AESTHETIC TREATMENTS FOR MEN AND WOMEN... All medical aesthetics treatments by a full-time industry leading and expert Aesthetics Doctor... HydraFacial six stage bespoke Medi-facials for men and women. Skin tightening with Forma Plus radio frequency and 3rd Generation HiFu, IPL Photo-rejuvenation with Lumecca, Laser hair removal for all skin types and hair colours using mixed wavelength technologies from DiolazeXL, Acne Clinic, Rosacea and Sun damage treatment, Cellulite reduction, Body contouring, PRP and plasma treatments...
342 Welford Rd, Leicester LE2 6EH
0116 270 0123 www.skintiqueclinic.com
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Confidence to go bare-faced with Skintique clinic
Skin analysis, medical grade treatments and homecare treatments can help you achieve a flawless complexion with tailored treatment plans for clients at Leicester’s Skintique Clinic
A healthy complexion is something we’d all
which can be used sparingly to ensure safer sun-worshipping.
love to achieve, but everyone’s skin is different and the summer does the body’s largest organ no favours with dehydrated skin, greater oil levels, more sweat and bacteria as well as makeup impeding the skin’s ability to breathe.
“We’re dedicated to providing clients with results using a wide range of high quality treatments, non-invasive medical aesthetic treatments but also premium level Laser Hair Removal Leicester,” says the clinic’s Doctor Natalia Hancock who has over 20 years in the medical profession, and leads the team at one of Leicestershire’s most reliable aesthetic clinics for professional, safe and ethical treatments.
If, historically, you’ve suffered skin breakouts, or you’ve acne scarring, Leicester’s Skintique has a range of treatments and products to improve both.
These include AlumierMD premium Hydrafacial, peels, SkinPen and new sterilisation-effect treatments targeting acne bacteria to increase dermal density and stimulate collagen production.
Skintique also provides courses of IPL treatments to treat hyperpigmentation, where an excess or uneven distribution of melanin causes dark patches or spots on the skin. Lumecca IPL can be used to treat pigment, vascular lesions, sun damage and age spots with visibly better results in a fortnight.
Clients can continue their skin restoration regime at home with AlumierMD homecare serums. In many circumstances these can be carried out every four weeks, even in your lunch break, with little or no downtime, leaving skin radiant. Skintique stocks AlumierMD broad spectrum mineral based sunscreen, too, which helps the skin to reflects sunlight rather than absorbing it. The result is safer skin exposure lasting two or three hours,
Since 2005 Natalia has been working in the UK, is fully qualified, registered with the General Medical Council and has a full licence to practice as a medical doctor in the UK. Natalia is also a member of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM), Save Face , BLMA and ACE. n Contact the clinic for details at Skintique Clinic, Welford Road, Leicester, call 0116 270 0123 or see www.skintiqueclinic.com.
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DNRC Charity Polo Day at
RuTLand POLO CLuB
It was an absolute scorcher at Rutland Polo Club on 1st July, perfect for a picnic and a glorious day watching ponies. However, as much as the day was about entertainment, it had a very important purpose. Rutland Polo Club has selected dnRC as this yearâ€™s chosen charity, with the Clinical Rehabilitation Centre being built near Lough-
borough. This is for 200 service personnel from the army, navy and air Force injured in Combat physically or mentally. This will have cost ÂŁ300m to build and will be the most up to date hospital of its kind in the World! It will replace Headley Court. The event on the 1st July was to raise money for dnRC. There was a large charity marquee
for the formal lunch that seated over 200 guests. This provided the opportunity for the public and members of the armed forces and their families to come to see and hear more of what is intended for the hospital and the facilities it will offer. n For more information on the Rutland Polo Club, please call the club secretary on 07711 075450.
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BUSINESS & FINANCE
Financial questions, answered! A COMPANY DRIVEN BY TRADITIONAL VALUES, PROVIDING AN OUTSTANDING CLIENT SERVICE, BUILDING LONG TERM RELATIONSHIPS, DELIVERING HIGHLY QUALIFIED ADVICE
Richard Ash and David Gregg are the Senior Partners of Liberty Partnership and Liberty Estate Planning they are both Chartered Financial Planners, affiliates of the Society of Trust and Estate Planning Practitioners, members of The Society of Will Writers and Liberty Partnership is itself a Chartered Firm of Independent Financial advisers. The Pride Team spent some time with Richard and david to find out more about the company and their values. It was interesting to meet with them and the team at Liberty and the following is an overview of how they operate from their perspective.
It is safe to say we have high standards and we hold our clients and our team at the centre of all we do. We are not ‘tied’ to any specific company or product, we provide our clients with access to the whole of the financial market in order to assist them with their planning objectives.
We can provide advice on all Pensions, Investments, Corporate planning, mortgages and Estate Planning including Wills, Lasting Powers of attorney documents, Inheritance Tax, Probate Work and Long-term careplanning. We are authorised directly by the Financial Conduct authority and our clients are protected by way of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Brian Spellar, Financial Planning specialist explained that the team are driven by traditional values based on outstanding client service, building long term relationships, delivering highly qualified advice and essentially from the first point of contact through to ongoing service putting our clients mind at ease. In today’s world of technology, phone systems and lack of human contact our clients find this to be a refreshing approach.
mark Russon, Financial Planning specialist explained that the goal at Liberty Partnership is to build and maintain long term relationships. We take the time to get to know our clients and understand their objectives and priorities.
We know that the world of financial services is complex and can sometimes feel daunting. Our job is to simplify the process, to create long term plans and to communicate with our clients in terms that they understand. In January 2013 the then Financial Services authority (now the Financial Conduct authority) increased the requirement for Financial Planners and advisors to have greater than ever before ethical standards
“We are authorised directly by the Financial Conduct Authority and our clients are protected by way of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme...”
and higher levels of professional qualifications. The result of this is that for those who have required or do require advice that they are represented by an excellent group of knowledgeable
professionals. In this geographical area alone, we now have a number of highly regarded individuals and companies who provide financial planning advice. We took each of these standards as minimum requirements in our drive to become designated a Chartered Firm of Financial Planners. across the professional landscape, from accountants to civil engineers, and of course financial planners, chartered status stands proud as being very much the gold standard.
This means that we have progressed with additional advanced qualifications and that we have a culture of high ethics, additional learning and professional development for all of our Staff. This in turn, we believe, adds tremendous value to our clients who have the confidence and knowledge that they are being well looked after by our team. So if you are looking for financial advice then look out for the gold standard and embark on a journey with a Financial Planner and their team who you really can have confidence in. Please feel free to contact our office for a free initial consultation should you require advice. n Call 01778 342291 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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BUSINESS & FINANCE
Barleythorpe’s Brand new Clinic
CALVEO AND RUTLAND AESTHETICS LAUNCH CLINIC AT THE KING CENTRE oakham Less is more... Calveo is Oakham’s first laser hair removal clinic and will be opening its doors this month. Calveo has been launched by fully qualified team Lorna Triggs and Cherise Price who are committed to offering the people of Rutland and its surrounding areas ‘a high quality service, run from a purpose designed clinic that is both comfortable and client focused.’ For the past two years Rutland aesthetics has built an unequalled reputation for providing unique and effective rejuvenation and anti-ageing treatments, to meet and exceed the expectations of their patients. Their professional approach to skin rejuvenation has led to an ever-growing and dedicated client base across Rutland and beyond. The new clinic will be a centre of excellence for existing and new pa-
tients, treating skin conditions and far more. Their success has attracted support from some of the leading product manufacturers in the skin rejuvenation industry and
Out with the old, in with the new at The Wisteria Hotel
CHRIS AND KIRSTY HAVE TAKEN OVER THE WISTERIA HOTEL, EXCITING TIMES AHEAD
Rutland aesthetics is proud to offer not only wrinkle reducing and dermal filler treatments but also the most innovative skincare in the uk. Investing in their patients and
in Rutland has been a core part of Rutland aesthetics ethos since its inception. n Visit www.calveo.co.uk, www.rutlandaesthetics.com or call 07399 012707/07399 012708.
new owners Chris newsham and kristy Carey moved into The Old Wisteria in Catmos Street in april and have grand plans to restore and revive the hotel. The couple has brought in local chef neil Hornsby, formerly of The Barn Restaurant in Burley Road, Oakham, to lead the kitchen and they have already rebranded the bar and restaurant as Hunters Bar and kitchen. Chris said: “The first time we saw the hotel, we knew there was so much potential.” Chris and kristy have dropped the word “old” from the name of the hotel,
instead branding it as The Wisteria Hotel. kristy explains: “We are keen to keep the traditional elements of the hotel and its beautiful wisteria which drapes around the building is one of the first things most people see when they drive into Oakham in the Summer.“ But we want to bring other elements up to date, so are creating a respectfully contemporary feel to the hotel. Later this year the team plan to start taking bookings. n www.wisteriahotel.co.uk or call 01572 722844 for more info.
Beautiful Tweed BUTLER STEWART AT BURGHLEY...
from start to finish from seasonal colour palettes to the understanding of traditional and practical clothing whether worn out in the field, on the weekend or in the office. anna’s ancestor’s legacy goes back as far as the 18th century. George Courtauld & Co. was founded by her relative George Courtauld and was a manufacturer of fabric, clothing and artificial fibres.
Witham If you’re a reader of vogue, you may have spotted local company Witham Wines in their recently! This local company is doing particularly well after the latest Elderflower season, they’re thriving. Witham Wines create Elderflower Wine and Elderflower Presse, both of which are alcoholic and absolutely delicious! Even the Good Food Club recommend them. n www.witham-wines.com.
Carers Sitting Service celebrating 25 years of care THE CARERS SITTER SERVICE, HAS RECENTLY CELEBRATED A QUARTER OF A CENTURY...
stamford The Carers Sitting Service is a voluntary organisation that aims to become a registered charity. They work closely with other caring organisations to provide a service assisting carers and their families in South Lincolnshire across Stamford, Bourne, the deepings, and surrounding villages. The service provides a home sitting service for people who are housebound and require care, company and general help with housekeeping. This is because of the 24-hour care they are providing for dependent relatives or friends. n Call 01778 420257 or email email@example.com.
stamford Butler Stewart is an exclusive brand selling luxury tailored clothing. after working in London in the high-end retail industry founder anna Butler had a vision of creating an own-brand company using the finest British fabric to create ‘understated British elegance.’ anna’s passion for the countryside stems from her childhood on the family farm. Her love of the countryside has influenced her designs
Witham Wines are creating bubbles in the wine industry
ONE OF RUTLAND’S biggest employers,mecc alte uk, is investing more than £5.2m as they expand their site in Oakham. The money is going towards creating more space formanufacturing, warehousing and distribution space. This will create lots of new jobs in Rutland and should have a really positive effect on the economy. It’s unlikely that traffic will be affected. n
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NEWS In Brief sstamford
PRECISION SPORTS HAS MOVED... The well known sports shop, Precision Sports, has moved! They’re going under a bit of a revamp and have moved to a new premises at 41 Gwash Way on Ryhall Road Industrial Estate. They are moving to a much larger premises as they need more space but also to make use of much improved facilities and parking. The focus of the company will now be on two specific area; kitman uk will be the sports and schoolwear specific business. There will be a lovely, large showroom which will focus more heavily on sports kits, equipment and schoolwear. Then there will be the other half of the business, Precision Workwear, which will look after the corporate wear and workwear side of the business. If you’re looking for uniforms, branded workwear, sports equipment, or even somewhere to go and get team tops printed, this is the place! n To discuss your requirements get in touch on 01780 757818.
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“Keeping your business purrrring along nicely...” Could you cut your payroll, bookkeeping and accountancy bills? If we can save you money you’ll feel like the cat who got the cream...!
Payroll, bookkeeping, accountancy, tax services and business advice For individuals, sole traders or companies We’re human (well, apart from Barnstone here), so we promise to talk to you like a human, you know, in a jargon-free, no waﬄe way! We’re available during evenings and weekends too, and promise to respond to a client’s queries within 24 hours. We’re the approachable accountants that make your life easier... so give us a call!
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GENTLEMEN WELCOME TO THE GENTLEMEN’S PAGES. IN THIS EDITION, WE’RE LOOKING AT LUXURY GROOMING, TEST DRIVING BMW’S NEW 8-SERIES LUXURY GRAND TOURER, AND WE’VE TIPS FROM THE KING OF THE SWING, OUR GOLFING PRO JORDAN WRISDALE
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THE EIGHTH WOndER MOTORS
Have you ever wondered what would happen if BmW made a 21st century rival to Porsche’s 911 Carrera? The answer is here; BmW’s eighth wonder of the world, and a GT flagship for Germany’s Bayerische motoren Werke...
BMW 8-Series 3.0v6 or 4.4v8
£76,270 - £100,045
Diesel is dead, long live diesel. So said the bigwigs at Bayerische motoren Werke, more commonly known by its acronym. Ever since 2014, BmW’s i8 proudly proclaimed that combustion engines were dead and electric supercars were the way forward.
Indeed, the i8 is a fine car; blending blistering performance with a degree of eco-responsibility. But liquid fuels aren’t dead yet, and since the discontinuation of the BmW 850i in 1999, BmW has been lacking a flagship GT to take the fight to Porsche’s 911, the mercedes SL and audi’s R8. That’s not proven too much of an inconvenience for the firm, whose performance credentials have been proven by the m3, m5 et al, but still, it’s about time BmW had a firebreathing GT range topper in case the i8 still leaves you skeptical of electrification.
So here is the firm’s new car. Two doors, four seats (well, nearly), and two models from launch. now, at £76,000 the 8-Series is cheap. not in isolation, of course, but in comparison to its rivals. >> 148
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Performance & Luxury: Six Figure Grand Tourers...
Aston Martin Vantage £120,900: There’s not a self-respecting motoring journalist out there who wouldn’t give the new Vantage a five star rating. Standard equipment is a tad disappointing but more than made up for with a cosseting cabin, beautiful creamy V8 Mercedes AMG-sourced powerplant and that sense of Great British heritage. A 4.0V8 engine is a better bet than the V12, which is a triumph of excess over success, and the Vantage’s ride and handling will have you smile with every single drive. n
Mercedes Benz S560 Coupé £103,715: For those who favour technology and toys over power and performance the S-Class coupé will provide the most relaxing drive, insulated from the inadequacies of life beyond its spacious cabin. Silly options like heated armrests and a perfume dispenser for the cabin provide unsurpassed comfort for owners, but with a 60mph dash dispatched in 4.6 seconds, the big Benz is fast, as well as beautifully crafted and it remaind a phenomenal ownership proposition. n
>> These include aston martin’s new v8 vantage at £120,000 and mercedes’s S-Class coupé at £102,000, but a forthcoming m8 model will put the BmW on a more even footing with those models.
For now, there’s a choice of that 3.0v6 twin turbo diesel 840d model, or a £100,045 4.4v8 twin turbo petrol powered m850i; a sort of watered-down version of the m8.
Porsche 911 Turbo £128,692: Like the BMW 8-Series, the 911 range kicks off circa £77k, but a six figure budget gives you a choice of a higher performance S variant, a four-wheel drive Carerra 4 version, Carerra S or Carerra S4 convertible versions, a Targa model, or a lightweight GTS performance oriented version.... the range is certainly dizzying, but you’ll love choosing the perfect 911 for you and nothing but nothing on this entire planet handles as well as a Porsche 911! n
It’s the diesel which remains our recommendation. Granted the m850i and m8 will be quicker, but with the diesel car reaching 60mph in 4.9 seconds and achieving a top speed of 155mph on a private track, whilst returning a family hatchback-like 46mpg, you’ll want for no torque, no performance and you’ll appreciate the extra economy when you’re using the car day-to-day.
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“GTs are not chosen on the basis of the most standard toys, but on the grounds of badge, brand appeal, style & personal taste...” Beside, the BmW is designed to be about luxury just as much as it is about performance.
and on this point, what the BmW does offer - beyond its looks and performance - is a very generous roster of standard kit and a lovely cabin with high quality materials. Whilst aston will charge you extra for heated seats or keyless entry, the BmW by contrast gives merino leather, adaptive cruise control, a Bowers & Wilkins stereo, sat nav and digital instrumentation all as standard. The car’s cabin is beautifully trimmed, too.
Of course, such GTs are not chosen on the basis of whether they offer the most toys, but on the grounds of badge, brand appeal, style and personal taste.
On that point, BmW has a very strong contender in the 8-Series. It’s a stunning looking car and offers blistering performance too, even with a diesel engine. It’s refined enough and understated enough to be usable day-to-day, but it looks every bit the sports car that BmW has for too long lacked in its lineup. n
BMW 8-SERIES 840d 3.0V6 Price: £76,270, available Sept. Engine/Drivetrain: 3.0v6 twin turbo diesel, 320bhp. Eight speed auto with four wheel drive. Performance: 0-60mph 4.9 secs. 155mph top speed. Economy: 46mpg combined. Equipment: idrive, voice control, wi-fi, navigation, adaptive cruise, leather, Bowers & Wilkins stereo. n 151
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New Touareg is a Tour de Force
Volkswagen has a new flagship in the form of its 4x4 SUV, the Touareg. Larger, more expensive and with an interior drenched in the latest technology, the new vehicle is available to order now, albeit in a very crowded sector...
Seeking a new SUV? Let’s face it, you’re spoilt for choice, not least with models from premium brands like Audi, Mercedes and BMW.
So what can an SUV oﬀering from Volkswagen bring to the table? Well, with its new ﬂagship SUV, the Touareg, a beautifully designed cabin, and plenty of technology. e new range-topping vehicle is priced from £51,300 to £56,900, and as that undercuts other oﬀerings from premium manufacturers, you can specify a few of the many options that Volkswagen is oﬀering alongside a very generous roster of equipment. Entry level SEL models have heated leather seats, navigation, electric windows and mirrors, keyless start, adaptive cruise control and a whole suite of parking sensors, as well as permanent four wheel drive.
VW Touareg 3.0V6 SEL
Price From: £50,500. On Sale: Now.
Engine/Transmission: 3.0V6 TDi, four wheel drive with eight speed automatic gearbox.
Economy: 42.8mpg combined, 173g/km CO2.
Middle grade R-Line models add a powered tailgate and rear view camera, as well as automatic parking and four-zone climate control - all worth having - so it’s our preferred trim. e R-Line Tech ﬂagship adds keyless entry and a premium all-digital dash which Volkswagen has branded ‘Innovision.’ All models come with a 3.0V6 diesel engine, with 286ps of power, and an eight speed gearbox. Inevitably, hybrid and electric variants are expected soon. Disappointingly, the car is a ﬁve seater, with no option for additional seats. We speculate that this is to give its sister vehicle, Audi’s Q7, an advantage in the sector. If, however, you’re more concerned with the wedge in your wallet than the badge on your bonnet, the Touareg is a ﬁne car; well-equipped and packed with the latest technology. n
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ASTON MARTIN VANQUISH SUCCESSOR IS 715BHP FIRE-BREATHING SUPERCAR
aston martin a motoring spy photographer has broken the first images of aston martin’s forthcoming replacement for the company’s vanquish model, which will be known as the dBS Superleggera. The car will use an updated version of aston’s 5.2 litre v12 engine and will incorporate twin turbocharging and an updated eight speed automatic transmission to cope
with the extra torque that the 715bhp supercar will provide its driver. a convertible ‘volanté’ version will follow, but for now, the coupé version will reach 60mph in 3.4 seconds and will sit below the company’s £1.3m valkyrie hypercar. Superleggera will offer more focused performance than the vanquish, and will be priced at around £200,000, available from early 2019. n
Hardly Pawfect for Pooches JUMPING FROM SUVs POSES A DANGER TO DOGS, SAY VETS
World’s most expensive car is the Ferrari 250 GTO...
ferrari If you’re in the market for a cheap and cheerful family runabout or a second car for the school run, look the other way. Bonhams recently auctioned a 1962/3 Ferrari 250 GTO for £28,737,185.40, which officially makes it the world’s most expensive car. This car was the 19th Ferrari GTO to be completed and was invoiced on September 11th, 1962. It was most recently owned by Italian enthusiast Fabrizio Violati. Violati acquired this 250 GTO in 1965 for 2,500,000 Lire, then around $4,000 USD or £1,400 Sterling, equating to around £22,000/$33,500 today. Who says you always lose money on cars...? Certainly not Bonhams, that’s for sure! n
dogs Jumping out of the high boots of 4x4s and Suvs poses a danger to your dog, say experts at vet Records. a study has been conducted into the danger of jumping from cars of 55cm, 65cm and 75cm in height, and has found that the stresses ensuing on a dog’s front paws when they land on the ground may cause injuries. 4x4 and Suv models with their taller dimensions are now more popular than hatchbacks or estates. nissan has even created a 4dogs concept version of its XTrail model with pop out ramps for dogs to walk up and down, plus a ‘dog shower’ for hosing down muddy mutts after a walk. n
NEWS In Brief
cars & countries
ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS CELEBRATES LARGEST GATHERING OF ROLLS-ROYCES IN THE WORLD Rolls-Royce motor Cars celebrates the largest gathering of Rolls-Royces in the world last month at the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club annual Rally and Concours d’Elegance. The spectacular setting of Burghley House provided the perfect backdrop for over 1000 heritage and contemporary Rolls-Royces. Rolls-Royce motor Cars honoured the occasion with a significant display of Goodwoodbuilt Phantom, Ghost, Wraith and dawn motor cars. The collection included Wraith Black Badge and several highly Bespoke models. The motor cars were hosted by a team from the home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, including craftsmen and women, graduates and apprentices. In previous years the display has drawn large crowds throughout all three days of the event with their passion for the marque, particularly the latest models, evident amongst fans, enthusiasts and owners alike. n
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Car detailing is an obsession and DSJ Automotive & Detailing was created from this obsession. A desire to produce something exceptional, down to the smallest detail, using only the very best materials. As is the case with many of the early detailers, the profession is entered as a result of a personal drive for perfection on our own vehicles. From there, others approach us and we start down the path of professional car detailing. Through our detailing design studio we strive to be the best car detailer in Stamford and the wider area, not only through the detailing itself but in the added value services we provide. These include a walk in shop selling the AngelWax products that we work with, aﬀording you the opportunity to watch us work and ask for advice and guidance. Another service that has followed on as a result of being trusted with Clients vehicles, is the car storage facility that we operate. Every vehicle is looked after and more importantly secure and safe whilst at the same time being covered by our insurance policy.
From our discreet unbranded location, DSJ oﬀers classic car storage facilities for short or long term durations. Requested by our clients, we oﬀer a tailor made car storage solution, allowing them to store their classic cars in a secure and fully insured environment. The car storage is monitored 24/7 by CCTV and checked upon regularly by the DSJ staﬀ as they set about maintaining the vehicles based on the the owners car storage needs. Whether it is a simple place to store and cover the vehicle or the client requires the vehicle to be started and moved on a pre-agreed basis, the service we provide will leave you with peace of mind that your cherished vehicle is truly being looked after. We hope that you to will commission your vehicle to be detailed by us and through the quality of our work, we look forward to holding onto you as a DSJ Client.
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Luxury male grooming is experiencing a renaissance. This month we meet a barber whose 30 years experience have culminated in a range of treatments ensuring any man can look good and feel greatâ€Ś Words & Images: Rob Davis.
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The traditional barber is back. never mind a quick buzz with some clippers; proper scissor cuts and hot towel shaves with cut-throat razors in metro-tiled traditional barbers shops are returning to our High Streets. With them returns the traditional leather-aproned barber, and with over 150 premium traditional barbers shops opening in the country last year, that’s a growth of 8%. What’s more, the male grooming sector as a whole also grew by over 3% in 2017 according to the British Barbers association. But that doesn’t come as news to Jammal day. For nearly 30 years he’s been providing a slow, relaxed, traditional and rather more comprehensive range of grooming services for men, and now he works at Seven Hair & Body. Why is male grooming suddenly so popular?
It’s a number of things - and you can decide for yourself which order of importance those reasons should take. The hipster look has caused facial hair and beards to be on trend, a trend that necessarily involves lengthier grooming rituals.
Male Grooming is Booming
We’re now providing about 10 to 15 wet shaves The UK male grooming industry was worth or facial treatments every day for clients. It’s no longer considered effeminate or emasculating £608,000,000 in 2017 for men to use products like moisturisers. 63% of Why is that? and is expected to grow by around 3% men now use at least moisturiser as part of their Because quite aside from the smarter appearance in 2018! daily regime and larger cosmetic companies like when they leave, they get to enjoy an hour or so doing nivea or dove, and premium brands like Clarins, Clinique absolutely nothing. When you’re in the barber’s chair you and keihls are aggressively marketing dedicated men’s ranges. don’t have to talk - although clients can do, if they wish - they also, the beneﬁt of a good skincare routine is becoming more can’t check work emails on their phone, they’re not grumbled at to well-known; and modern men of all ages now like to look smart. do housework or disturbed by other family members. and ﬁnally, the 1920s aesthetic is really on trend; the immaculately It’s an hour or two of being ‘forced’ - let’s say compelled - to just groomed Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, downton abbey, ﬂat sit and do nothing. Watching live sports is noisy; pubs or bars are caps, and gin or cocktail bars all evoke that era. That culture, and crowded; exercise, even golf, is tiring… there are so few things for the availability of more male grooming products than ever before men to do that are genuinely relaxing. Being pampered for an hour translates into a market for a traditional barbers shop offering a or so is a luxury - time to relax is a valuable commodity - so slow, unhurried and skilled service. precious is that time to just sit in the barbers chair and not feel compelled to ﬁll the time meeting demands and obligations. Who comes into a traditional barbers shop? The age range is creeping up. When I ﬁrst began offering hot towel What do your treatments involve? shaves and later male facials, it was 20-somethings, then 30-someOur £60 treatment involves a full haircut and styling, then the use things. now it’s 40 or 50-something men. Traditional barbering is of pre-shave oil which is massaged into a client’s skin with at it highest peak ever, and about 40% of clients opt for a shave or near-boiling water. after massaging in the oil, we apply the ﬁrst facial at the same time they have a haircut. hot towel, which stays on for about two and a half minutes. We’re quite deliberately more expensive than most barbers shops. The idea is to open the pores, and the next stage is to use a shaving a wash and cut starts at £19, a standard wet shave is £28, and foam or gel from our preferred Baxter brand, applied as a lather our ‘Full monty’ grooming session - about an hour or so - is £60. with a badger-hair brush which again helps to open pores. Our prices reﬂect a better, longer and more involved service. after a ﬁrst shave, we apply another hot towel, which remains on
Our biggest growth area is gentlemen aged 40-60, who come to us once a month for our top of the range grooming experience.
Above/Right: A full grooming service with a traditional barber such as Jammal Day takes an hour or so and costs around £60. It’s an experience that many men appreciate, both as a treat and the chance to spend some time relaxing and ‘doing nothing!’
for another two and a half minutes. We then perform a ‘passover shave’ with a cut-throat razor in a different direction.
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“Good quality products like our Baxter brand are dearer, but are used more sparingly than cheaper brands so they’re not bad value...”
>> after that we use an alcohol-free astringent tonic and close the pores with a towel which has been moistened in water, infused with eucalyptus and left in a fridge. after that, we apply a full facial mask which is peeled off before a facial moisturiser is massaged into the skin for three minutes.
Finally we wash, dry and style the client’s hair. The whole treatment, known as The Full monty, comes with complimentary coffee, and takes an hour and a half. Wet shaves take up to 45 minutes, facials take up to 30 minutes. What are the secrets of achieving a barber quality shave at home?
It’s impossible without devoting the same amount of time to it, and faﬃng about with hot towels and different products. Below: We’ve selected some of the best male grooming products to continue your grooming regime at home, with descriptions far right.
most men at home shave using a cartridge razor, rather than a cut-throat (‘naked’) razor, which is trickier to use, but does cut closer.
It’s important to change your blade regularly whichever shaving method you use.
Old blades drag and tug, and they aren’t as hygienic. We use a brand new blade with every client we see, and sometimes change the blade a second time halfway through a shave.
I also believe in investing good quality products. Our Baxter range is available to take home. They’re more expensive, but you use them much more sparingly than cheaper products so they’re not bad value, and you can tell they’re higher quality products, formulated for skin health and a closer shave.
Men’s Grooming Products
Below we’ve selected the very best premium grooming products for men!
Generally, the error that men make when shaving at home is to not open the pores, and to shave too quick, too cool, too blunt.
If you’re going to invest in one or two products to help your shaving regime though, buy a really good quality shaving brush to really push your shaving medium into the face, and use a good moisturiser.
Far Right: Braun’s Series 9 (£299-£389) provides the closest and most comfortable electric shave it’s possible to achieve.
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What other shaving tips do you have?
Invest in both the relaxing experience, and the good quality shave that a monthly visit to a traditional barber offers. Treat yourself to a wet shave at least at the weekends. If you’re really in a hurry during the week, you can get away with an electric shaver with a really good device, but deﬁnitely ensure you have some kind of interim wet shave. Any final words of wisdom?
a visit to the barber isn’t about a haircut. It’s a chance to relax. There are too many ‘in and out’ electric clipper barbers - choose a barber who’s skilled with scissors. a traditional barber will take their time, form a bond with you, and really give you the attention and service you deserve. n Jammal Day is a senior male grooming expert at Seven Hair & Body, open seven days a week, until 8pm (5pm Saturday, 4pm Sunday). Appointments not necessary, haircuts £15-£19; wet shaves £23-£60, facials £10-30. Call Jammal on 01733 322727 or visit the website www.sevenhairbody.co.uk for more information.
THREE WayS TO SHavE: Which Method? “A few years ago, electric shavers couldn’t compete with wet shaving, but the market leader in electric shavers, Braun, has been innovating... and boy, have they moved on since you last tried one!” says Rob Davis. “I tried a barber’s shop wet shave as part of The Full Monty treatment, £60, at Seven Hair & Body (01733 322727) which was undoubtedly the most relaxing way to enjoy the closest possible shave. However, an hour every morning before work is impractical to say the least so best kept as a once a month treat and a maintenance shave.” “The next best option is a wet shave at home. Use quality products like those features here, and you’ll get close enough to the barber’s skill, but still you’ll not match it.”
“The beauty of a wet shave at home is you can be as brief or as thorough as you wish, we’ll suggest quick shaves during the week, but a more thorough grooming regime at the weekend, with exfoliation and perhaps a few minutes under a hot facecloth, especially if you’ll be dressed up and out for supper. We especially like The Traditional Shaving Company’s beautifully crafted Mühle shaving set and Geo F Trumper’s Eucris (£79/£22; see below for details).” “If you’re really in a hurry during the week, or just don’t like wet shaving, Braun’s Series 9 really is brilliant; it’s as close as a wet shave, comfortable and will stay sharper for longer thanks to its docking station. It provides the fastest possible way to achieve a really good shave.” n
(left) Braun’s Series 9 is the best, most sophisticated electric shaver you can buy, with an autosensing motor, 40,000 cross-cutting actions per minute, titanium coated, waterproof to five metres and complete with a Clean & Charge station to ensure hygiene and sharpness throughout its life (£389, www.uk.braun.com).
Floris 89 EDT is the very same aftershave used by James Bond, 007. Features an orange and bergamot scent blended with lavender and neroli, all of which give Floris no.89 its beautiful classical cologne aspect (£80/100ml, www.florislondon.com).
Mühle Steamed Ash Rytmo three piece shaving set, with badger brush and standard razor blade compatibility, beautifully tactile (£79, www.traditionalshaving.co.uk). Kent handmade clothes brush in three veneers (£71.50, www.kentbrushes.com). Baxter trio of shaving products. First use this Facial Scrub (£19/120ml) with its gentle walnut shell exfoliant and astringent aloe vera, then the firm’s daily Face Wash (£22/300ml). Post-shave, use the firm’s Oil-Free moisturiser (£20/120ml) with its antiseptic green tea and calming aloe and chamomile for a non-greasy matte finish (01733 322727, www.sevenhairbody.co.uk).
Kent 100% handmade oval hairbrush beech base and satin wood back each made by 12 different people, kent are the creators of ‘The World’s Finest Brushes,’ and were est., 1777, still Royal Warrant holders (£180, www.kentbrushes.com).
Bluebeard’s Revenge pre-shave oil is ideal for sensitive skins and tough beards, good for extra comfort (£9.99/125ml, 01733 322727, www.sevenhairbody.co.uk).
Geo F Trumper’s Eucris, solid shaving soap. Exquisite lather, with its sandalwood and musk fragrance (£22/80g in wooden bowl, www.traditionalshaving.co.uk). Kent Toothbrush 100% hand-stitched luxury (£22, www.kentbrushes.com).
Floris Rose concentrated mouthwash, add a few drops to a small glass of water for a refreshing and lovely experience (£32/100ml, www.florislondon.com). n 159
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GOLF XXX TIPS
GOLF kIT CHOOSInG yOuR
It’s easy to spend money on golf equipment, marketed with the promise of farther drives, greater accuracy and more precise putting, but as Pride’s golf pro points out, it’s a case of caveat emptor... Words: Jordan Wrisdale.
Buy once, buy quality as the saying goes. and in golf, narrow margins of precision and the proselytism of makers of golf kit desperate to sell you new equipment with the sometimes tenuous promise of farther drives, more precise shots and accurate puts can lead to premature investment.
In fact, taking a considered approach to curating your golf equipment is a better option. So what should you consider when choosing clubs, bags, golf apparel and the latest GPS tech?
n Your Drivers: assuming you’re a proficient golfer, it’s worth going attending a custom fitting, and having a slow motion or launch monitor point out the many foibles and errors in many golfers’ swing, and whether your drivers are contributing to these errors.
Shorter shafts tend to enhance control and dispersion of your shots, but longer shafts generate more overall speed. High end drivers are adjustable, but to benefit most from these tweaks, a golf professional should work with you.
Our preferred make is Ping, whose G400 drivers are priced at just under £400 and benefit from improved aerodynamic properties and an ability to channel vibration for greater accuracy. a less expensive option is Cobra’s king F8 drivers at around £329, which also tend to be weighted in such as way to mitigate spin.
n Your Irons: again, our go-to brand is Ping, whose i200 irons are about 30% thinner, and provide good all-round performance at around £120-£130 per club. Great vibration resistance, and better moment of inertia (mOI) performance provide accuracy, and their hydropearl finish is attractive, if aesthetics are important to you. n Your Putters: The kinloch C Putter from Ping, from £175, is beautifully balanced, a centre-shaft putter that’s simple, solid and easy to use compared to other, rather more complicated designs. Generally, when choosing a putter, opt for the smallest possible head if you’re a proficient golfer, or a larger head which will deploy more weight and prevent the head from twisting if you’re a less proficient golfer.
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THREE OF THE BEST:
Stamford & Rutland Courses
n Burghley Park Golf Club: Burghley Park Golf Club was established in 1890. It remains a native grassland championship links set within a Capability Brown landscaped park, established for the area by the Marquess of Exeter. Par 70 for men and 73 for ladies, £25-£45/weekdays, £35/weekend. Head professional is Mark Jackson. St. Martins Without, Stamford PE9 3JX 01780 753789, burghleyparkgolfclub.co.uk.
n Your Apparel: Golfing apparel isn’t simply a matter of fashion. Wearing the right golf clothing means remaining comfortable, free enough to more proficiently move through your swing and remaining at a sufficiently comfortable temperature to maintain concentration. Synthetic clothing is better than ever, and as well as branded golfwear, we’ll recommend a good base layer from brands like under armour, ideal for autumn and winter golf.
The area’s youngest ever amateur champion, professional golfer Jordan Wrisdale, can be contacted for sponsorship enquiries on 07799 358203.
n Your Bag: Whilst largely down to personal preference, there are definitely better bags on the market than others, and Powakaddy’s dri Edition (£199) provides about four times the moisture resistance of other brands, with seven pockets for ample storage.
n Your Gizmo: Remember Star Trek, and those little hand-held computers - tricorders - that revealed all sorts of plot-advancing information? Sometimes life imitates art and so it is with the emergence of GPS watches,
apps and standalone handheld golf computers.
depending on the model, these are capable of telling you the distance to the tee, measuring the difference between foreswing and backswing to ensure the consistency of your swing and so on.
They can also calculate distances walked and calories burned if you’re health conscious. We’d recommend a smartphone app such as Golfshot (£28.99), or a dedicated golf watch - if you want to leave your mobile email and calls from the office behind - such as Garmin’s excellent approach S60 GPS £479.99. n
n Rutland Water Golf Club (pictured above): Play two of the most stunning Golf Courses in the country with unprecedented views over Rutland Water. Rutland's most outstanding Championship Course and Rutland’s Premier Par Three golf course set in fabulous rolling countryside overlooking Rutland Water. The Normanton Championship Course with its breathtaking views over Rutland Water has to be one of the countries finest New Golf Courses, a yardage of 6,846. The Hambleton Course is set in fabulous rolling countryside. £7/weekday; £8/weekends. Lodge Farm, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8HB 01572 737525, rutlandwatergolfcourse.co.uk. n Toft House: Toft Country House Hotel and Golf Course is located less than 8 miles north of Stamford. The attractive course is over 6,368 yards includes four par threes and three par fives. £25/weekday; £30/weekend. Toft, Bourne, Lincs PE10 0JY 01778 590 616, www.tofthotelgolf.co.uk.
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