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Welcome to July’s edition of Market Harborough Pride, and this month, Ceri Jackson has been busy getting out and about for this issue.

Restaurant of the Month

KILWORTH HOUSE News and What’s On in

Market Harborough Bird Photography this Summer Homes

The Event

Food & Drink

Executive properties

The Brigstock Horse Trials

Kilworth House and Theatre

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100th Anniversary of WW1

This month’s cover: This pretty cottage, at Nevill Holt, is currently on the market with estate agents Strutt & Parker for £575,000. For more properties, see our Executive Homes section in this edition.

We enjoyed a trip to Hambleton Farm which surrounds the beautiful Rutland Water where we learnt all about their livestock, and we bring you some fantastic beef and lamb recipes perfect for dining al fresco. We also visited our restaurant of the month, the exceptional Kilworth House.

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The month of July also marks the centenary anniversary of the First World War, and we interviewed a local author who told us all about the tanks that were used and how they were manufactured.

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With the summer months, there’s even more daylight to enjoy, so we went out on a trip out with a local wildlife photographer who gave us some handy hints and tips so we could take wonderful bird photographs this summer. Why not follow us on Facebook? You can keep up to date with any news we may have for our lovely magazine! Follow us on Twitter so you can read our tweets. We’ll let you know what’s going on and keep you well informed!


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With best wishes from the Market Harborough Pride team... Publisher: Julian Wilkinson. General Manager: ian bagley. Executive Editor: Ceri Jackson. Features Editor: rob Davis. Customer Care Manager: mandy bray. Accounts Manager: Sue bannister. Sales Manager: zoie Wilkinson. Sales Executives: Jayne broughton, Elaine Hall, Liz King, Carissa Clay, Emily brown, Chris Peall, Sami millard, andy Taylor, Lauren Chambers, Chloe griffiths, Emma barrett, Hayley Scott, Tamara rivas, abigail Colley. Sales Support: Jo Leadbitter, amy Whiley, Emily rippin. Distribution Manager: Paul Dixon.

Enjoy market Harborough Pride, read it cover to cover. Pick it up, put it down and when you have finished with it pass it on. When everyone has had a good read, pop it in the recycle bin!



Eating Out


Market Harborough’s executive and country homes - the largest selection in the county.

Exclusive images from The 2014 Brigstock Horse Trials - it’s The Event this month.

We enjoy a delicious meal out at Market Harborough’s Kilworth House Hotel and Theatre venue.

Take centre stage and mesmerise with Ted Baker’s brand new collection full of stylish frills and thrills.

SummEr 2014


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Local Author’s Design Award nominated debut ‘typography novel.’

really special, tactile feel unlike any novel you’ve seen before.

Local author Karen Healey Wallace’s debut novel, designed by Jonathan Muddell, has been shortlisted for a Design Week Award.

Designer Jonathan has a degree in Graphic Communication from The University of Northampton. The winner of the Design Week awards will be revealed as Pride goes to press.

The book tells the story of an affair between Maud, a lettercutter who is obsessed with the typefaces of Eric Gill, and Edward, a hedonistic city banker.

In addition it is set according to the typographically purist rules of Eric Gill - famous for his Gill Sans font in his other famous typeface, Joanna.

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The Perfect Capital uses typography and letterforms as an analogy for those looking for love, but in addition to its quirky story, the novel’s design is something really special too. The paper version has an exposed spine and sewn binding, and a dust jacket of tracing paper, giving it a

The Last Night of the Proms brings classical music favourites to Kilworth

Great British Bake Off winner Frances’s art of baking! TV winner has made a Matisse-inspired cheesecake for ArtFund’s fundraising initiative Market Harborough’s Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn has unveiled a quirky piece of cake art based on the work of Matisse for ArtFund’s Edible Masterpieces fundraising initiative. The charity raises money to hep museums and galleries purchase art. Edible Masterpieces has seen the replication of great works in cake form, from a modernist Mondrian Battenburg to a Wedgewoodinspired shortbread to a Van Goghinspired Ploughman’s and even a Jackson Pollock Rice Krispies cake. Participants can bake their own

pieces of art and upload pictures to the charity’s website. Frances Quinn, said; “What excites me most about baking is getting to be creative with ingredients that can be turned into designs, which can then be eaten and enjoyed. Edible Masterpieces fully embraces this, mixing together both art and food as well as the inspiration and ideas that go into each piece – not necessarily just cake!” Visit to see more cake art, from a Bakewell tart Salvador Dali clock, a Lichtenstein pop-art eye in Smarties and René Magritte’s Son of Cake.

Always a favourite with audiences, Kilworth House’s Last Night of the Proms takes place on Sunday 20th July and Sunday 27th July. The 33-piece British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be joined by International soloists Alison Roddy & John Hudson. They will lead the audience through an uplifting, flag waving evening of pure classical entertainment. Tickets are £32/each.

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CountyNews 1970s Fynnius Fogg to headline charity music event!

for their chosen Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity.

Market Harborough’s Dolly Mixtures Ladies Choir will be hosting a charity concert, joined by Fynnius Fogg, on Saturday 5th July at The Green House Café at The Langton Farm Shop.

Tickets for the concert are £5 from Market Harborough Music.

The 1970s group were signed by Polydor in the 1970s and reached no 28 in the charts with Roller Skating Baby.

Their Summer Spectacular choir will raise money for Ian’s Chain and The Laura Centre.

“We’re looking forward to singing, performing and putting on a fabulous evening of entertainment.” says Maureen O’Malley, the concert’s organiser.

Today, the four members perform free at charity events and have raised £600,000 for charity since.

A gruelling fundraising challenge in Kilworth! It’s a fundraising event, a team-building exercise, a sporting competition and a much-loved event, in the countryside surrounding Market Harborough... North Kilworth’s charity event, The Kilworth Challenge, took place as Pride went to press, with teams of four completing a series of challenges over two days to raise money for charity.

and other wacky events. Each challenge is graded in difficulty with teams scoring points to compete for the overall prize or one of the special prizes; Over 40s, Women’s Team etc.

The 2014 event was the 24th Kilworth Challenge, with over 140 competitors helping to raise £50,000 each year. The event has raised over £1.1m since it began in 1991, which has benefited Derbyshire’s Dukes Barn, Over the Wall and Young Leicestershire - all charities aimed at helping disabled or disadvantaged children in the area.

There’s always a lot of mud and water involved, but also a degree of skill, mental agility, speed... and luck!

The 34 mile course is created in the grounds of Kilworth House Hotel & Theatre and among the 100 marshalls is High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Richard Clowes.

The event is a registered charity, run by Colin Clarke, Mike Lawrence, Paul Whitehead, Manfred Morris, Chris Mitchell, Bruce Phillips and Mick Faulkner.

Challenges include canoeing, assault courses, ball games, puzzles

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The Dolly Mixtures ladies choir, which has 35 members, has been performing for a year now, and have already hosted two successful events, raising £1,600

The Antiques Roadshow comes to Rockingham’s Kirby Hall Heirlooms at the ready as BBC’s flagship antiques programme unearths long forgotten treasures...

Organiser Colin Clarke was presented with an OBE by Prince Charles in the 2013 New Year Honours for his services to charity, whilst plans are already underway for the 2015 silver jubilee event.

Rockingham’s Kirby Hall will welcome the BBC as Pride goes to press, to film for the 37th series of the BBC’s flagship antiques and collectables programme, The Antiques Roadshow. Hosted by Fiona Bruce, the programme recently found a fabulous Faberge egg and unearthed memorabilia from the wreck of the Titanic.

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Couple first to say “I Do!” in new Registration Office Roland and Lynda tie the knot and celebrate in brand new Grade II listed ceremony room. Market Harborough’s newly opened registration office has seen its first couple marry as Roland Stokes and Lynda Doyle from Earl Shilton said “I Do!” recently. Family and friends joined the couple for the ceremony at the new registration office, run by Leicestershire County Council, before posing for photographs on the ornate stairway, one of the original features of the Grade II listed former corset factory. The iconic town centre building has undergone a redevelopment in the last year, and now houses the new registration office, as well as district and county council offices, library and museum. It has been named The Symington Building to reflect its history with the Symington family. Lynda, who was born and bred in Market Harborough, said she wanted to get married at the venue as she used to live close to Symington’s Recreation Ground when she was a child. She said she often used to use the

Philately will get you everywhere, in Market Harborough Market Harborough will this month host the UK Philatelic Congress of Great Britian for the group’s annual meeting. The postage stamp enthusiasts will gather at the Three Swans Hotel in the town from 25th-27th July with presentations by guest speakers and the group’s annual Kay Goodman lecture. Also at the congress will be the presentation of the annual Congress Medal.

Image courtesy of Harborough District Council.

area as a short-cut in the days when it was a corset factory. Lynda says; “My great uncle, Len Plant, who lived in Hearth Street spent most of his working life there and was actively involved in the sporting side of the factory.” Roland, 69, said: “It was a lovely day and we’ve been impressed by the staff and ambience of the room.”

The group celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009 and still today aims to encourage the hobby both nationally and abroad. It provides workshops and publishes a compendium of valuable stamps, as well as its quarterly journal detailing developments within philately. For more information see

Nine Open Gardens to enjoy near Harringworth! Enjoy an afternoon admiring a collection of pretty gardens on the Market Harborough and Rutland border. Nine very different gardens will be open in Harringworth, on the border of Market Harborough and Rutland, on 13th July, with afternoon tea available in the village hall. Harringworth is a pretty conservation village on the border between Rutland and Northamptonshire with the Viaduct providing an excellent landmark as you approach. There will be nine gardens, owned by members of the public, open from 2–5 pm on Sunday 13th July, offering a variety of styles and plant collections and many with amazing views of the local area. Afternoon Tea will be available in the Village Hall from 2.30 - 5.00 pm with homemade cakes and cream teas.

Tickets and a map for the open gardens will also be on sale at the Village Hall. Cost of entry for the event is £3 per adult, accompanied children under 16 free. Proceeds from the entrance fee and afternoon teas go towards the Harringworth Appeals Fund. Directions: You can approach the village from Stamford, Oundle, Uppingham and Corby and there will be signs on arrival to direct you to the Car Park, with a walk through to the Village Hall where entrance tickets will be on sale. The SatNav Postcode is NN17 3AF. For further information about these Open Gardens and others in the area visit:


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Market Harborough riders celebrate Brigstock success Riders from Market Harborough and Leicestershire successful at Rockingham Castle based event. Market Harborough’s Rockingham Castle recently hosted the Brigstock Horse Trials with local riders very much in contention throughout. Rushton based Tom How won the Open Intermediate section, whilst his sister, past Junior gold medallist Sophie, was also in the ribbons in an Intermediate class riding Bojangles. Willa Newton from Melton Mowbray took the spoils with Chance Remark - the only horse in his class to achieve the optimum time across the country. Leicestershire based Katie Barber (Quenilborough) and Emilie Chandler (Melton Mowbray) won a BE100 pride with Emilie also placing third in one section. Emily Parker, a previous Young Rider European Champion, was runner up

New High Sheriff sets out charity aims Leicestershire’s new High Sheriff Richard Clowers was sworn in back in May and has already begun to raise money for his chosen local charities. Richard recently embarked on a sponsored cycle ride at Nevill Holt, as part of a series of events designed to raise money for charity during his tenure. He also hosted a race night at Leicester Racecourse in Oadby on 19th May in conjunction with the High Sheriff of Rutland. “It was a great fundraising occasion but also a superb networking opportunity for business people throughout both counties.” said the High Sheriff, who is from Ilston on the Hill.


Great Bowden Recital Trust hosts Music Festival for emerging talent Young Talent, Vocal Extravaganza and Festival Finalé.

behind Jake Fowles at Intermediate level, while Alexton rider Angus Smales took second place behind Willa. Northamptonshire's Max Gordon (Preston Deanery) picked up a third place at BE100 level, whilst at the other end of the scale, multi Olympic gold medal winner Andrew Hoy – an Australian by birth but now based just outside Melton Mowbray - took third place in the top class, the Advanced Intermediate, finishing two places ahead of Junior British Team gold medallist Alex Liddle from Wymondham. Look out for our social images of the event in this edition. If you’ve an event you’d like us to consider covering, email

Great Bowden’s Recital Trust will this month host its Music Festival event at St Peter & St Paul Parish Church in Great Bowden. The festival will include flutist Kathryn Cartwright and Melanie Reinhard with a piano trio on 3rd July from 7.30, whilst 4th July’s Rising Stars showcases some of Market Harborough’s wealth of young musical talent. Pictured here is the GBRT’s 2013 Junior X-Factor musical talent. There’s a Vocal Extravaganza with the Harborough Singers and GBRT Adult Vocal Choir on 5th July, before a String Octet festival finale on 6th July from 5.30pm. The group’s aim is musical development and appreciation as well as participation for all. It was established in 2001 and hosts over 220 events each year. For more information see

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THE EVENT HRH Princess Anne in Kibworth... Kibworth’s newly built residential accommodation, to enable people with learning disabilities to achieve a greater level of independence, has been opened by HRH The Princess Royal. The development consists of nine self-contained apartments over three floors and is run by the national learning disabilities charity, Hft. It includes several single flats and one larger flat also offering 24 hour support onsite. Hft Patron, The Princess Royal, attended the official opening celebrations recently, starting with a guided tour of the property. Chief Executive of Hft Robert Longley-Cook said: “We are delighted that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal was able to officially open these new apartments. We passionately believe that more personalised services within the mainstream community offers the best outcomes for the people we support.”

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Hft Chairman David Croisdale-Appleby introduces HRH The Princess Royal.

Princess Anne

The Princess Royal met Maurice Thompson, Chairman of the Design for Life Appeal East Midlands.

The Princess Royal meets guests Nigel Doggett and Tom Goodwin.

Purchase photographs from this event online. Visit

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Newton Linford, Harcourt,Leicestershire Leicestershire Newton

Guide £1,950,000 Guideprice: Price £3,500,000 A country immense and character. Anbreath-taking historic country house, listedhouse Grade IIofwith extensivesize outbuildings, swimming pool & grounds of about 5.25 acres. •● 3 Reception DesignedRooms by Janine Stone •● Library Stone Mullion Windows •●Veranda Wine Cellar High and Specification

•●Principal Bedroom Suite Four Bedroom Suites •●7 further 10 Carbedrooms Garage Space •●3 bath/shower rooms Leisure Complex

Skeffington, Leicestershire Bushby, Leicestershire

•●40’EPC livingRating studio = B •●2 Double garages In all about 3.7 acres • Gardens and Paddock land

Guide GuidePrice price:£1,650,000 £995,000

outstanding country dating from the listed Grade II*,paddock with panoramic views. AAn substantial Edwardian countryhouse house with swimming pool,15th tenniscentury, court, mature gardens and land of aboutrural 9 acres. StaircaseRooms Hall, Dining, Sitting •●4 Reception Kitchen/Breakfast Room •●Conservatory First floor Drawing Room •●Kitchen

Three Principal Bedrooms •●5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms to Second Floor •●2ndFour floorBedrooms bedroom, study Enclosed •●Tennis Court Courtyard Garden

Formal Pool Gardens, Tennis Court •●Swimming Pasture, in all about three acres •●Outbuildings Up to 38.7 acres also available •●Mature gardens and Paddock land BSN


Tel: 01858 435970 Offices – LONDON • MARKET HARBOROUGH • STAMFORD

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NewtonHarborough, Harcourt, Leicestershire Market Leicestershire

Guide £1,950,000 Guideprice: Price £1,350,000 An attractive Arts andlisted Crafts property, sittingoutbuildings, in gardensswimming and grounds aboutof1.75 An historic country house, Grade II with extensive pool & of grounds aboutacres. 5.25 acres. •● 3 Reception EntranceRooms Hall, Reception Hall •● Library Cloakroom, Two Recep Rooms •●Veranda and Wine Cellar Dining Room, Study

•●Principal Bedroom Kitchen, Utility,Suite Pool Room, Gym •●7 further 10 Carbedrooms Garage Space •●3 bath/shower rooms Two En suite Seven Bedrooms,

Clipston,Leicestershire Leicestershire Bushby,

•●40’Shower living studio Room with Sauna •●2 Double garages Garaging and Gardens •●Gardens and Paddock land In all about 1.75 acres

Guide Price£995,000 895,000 Guide price:

spaciousEdwardian countrycountry house,house Grade II, swimming with fabulous views, formal gardens, stabling, paddocks in 9two acres. AAsubstantial with pool, tennis court, mature gardens and paddock land of about acres. EntranceRooms Hall, Drawing Room •●4 Reception Dining Room, Study •●Conservatory Spacious Kitchen/Breakfast Room •●Kitchen

Utility Room, Cloakrooms GardenPool Store, Formal Gardens •●5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms •●Swimming ● Principal Bedroom Suite Stables, Hay Store. Two Paddocks • 2nd floor bedroom, study •●Outbuildings Four further Bedroom, Bathroom In allggardens about and twoPaddock acres land g •●Mature •●Tennis Court


Tel: 01858 435970 Offices – LONDON • MARKET HARBOROUGH • STAMFORD

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Savills London Country Department

Savills Banbury 36 South Bar, Banbury OX16 9AE

020 7016 3780

01295 228 000

Quenby Hall, Leicestershire

Guide price ÂŁ5,500,000: 219 acres

Fine Jacobean hall in a mature parkland setting, with exceptional reception rooms and 11 bedrooms. Traditional courtyard. Five additional houses/cottages. Four flats. Stable yard. Farm buildings, lakes, pasture and woodland.

Towcester, Northamptonshire

Price on Application

Grade II seven bedroom farmhouse. Partly walled gardens. Two bedroom cottage. Range of traditional stone and modern farm buildings. Stables with eight loose boxes. Horse walker. Pasture. Pond. About 10 acres (further land available).

Savills only concentrates on one type of house. Yours. If it’s time to sell, talk to Savills.

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41 High Street Market Harborough LE16 7NL

01858 433123

Walton LangtonHall, Barn,Walton, ChurchLeicestershire Langton

£1,100,000 £795,000 A and significant II listed 6 bedroomed village barn houseconversion, set well back from the road withLangton a circularBarn gravelled Anprominent imaginatively designed Grade and wellpresented south facing converted in 1997, offersdriveway, with formal landscaped gardens, swimming pool, charm woodland and paddock in all about acres. gardens and views. well-appointed accommodation, which retains in abundance, together with1.9 delightful

Hythe House, Lutterworth Thatch Cottage, Nevill Holt, Leicestershire

£620,000 £575,000 A charming gracious Grade described as “…one of the Reed best and most intactCottage town houses of its date in Lutterworth, ” A GradeIIIIlisted Listedtownhouse detached stone cottage with Norfolk thatch, Thatch has immense character with original with highwindow ceilingsseats, and large, Georgian sash windows, period fireplaces other fine features of the era. windows. wooden ingleprincipally, nook fireplace, tiled or wooden floors, exposed beams, wooden doors and leaded

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Lilac House, Dunton Bassett The Oak House, Arnesby

£345,000 £995,500 An attractive three bedroom detached house in a popular village location - with sitting room, dining with family area, modern Award winning luxury property arranged across two floors. Open Plan Kitchen/Family room, 38ftroom Sitting and Dining room, Master fitted kitchen, bathroom, detached office/games room, secure garden andand garage with parking. Bedroom withfamily Ensuite, Four Further Bedrooms, Landscaped Gardens, Stables Double Garage, Further Land ABSN.

The Bank, Bank Edge,Arnesby Shearsby

£279,950 £577,500

A spacious, charmingbeautifully and deceptively spacious village dwelling sitting on a generous plot with beautiful areasprivate grounds with A finished four bedroom chalet bungalow sitting in approximately one acre garden of stunning in the sought after village Arnesby.rooms, Threekitchen, Bedrooms, Kitchen/Diner, Wet Room and Integral Garage. spinney and stream. Three of reception pantry and utility room, bathroom, shower room, basement store, and garage.

Lutterworth 01455 553888

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Market Harborough 01858 827090

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17 St Mary's Road Market Harborough LE16 7DS

01858 410400

Grooms Cottage, Manor Close, Road, Weston HangingBy Houghton Welland View, Dovecote Welland

£399,000 £549,950 This three bedroom, II listedJackson stone cottage been sympathetically refurbished, a wealth ofset character charm with Constructed in 2004Grade by Francis Homes,has Welland View offers fantastic livingoffering accommodation within and a much many original period featurescul and withindividual no expenseproperties spared setlocated in the beautiful Northamptonshire of Hanging Houghton. sought after and exclusive definished sac of four in the attractive village of village Weston-by-Welland.

WaterfallStreet, Way, Medbourne Church Sibbertoft

£530,000 £350,000

Submerse in village and anextended idyllic setting with this substantial four family bedroom Country lifeyourself awaits you in thislife fantastic three/four bedroom detached residence with detached double garage, propertyinwith annexof situated in the popular situated the detached stunning village Sibbertoft within closevillage drivinglocation distanceofofMedbourne. Market Harborough and the A14/M1.

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13 Church Street Market Harborough LE16 7AA

01858 410008

The Coach House, Main Street, Kibworth The Boathouse, Union Wharf, Market Harborough

Guide Price £470,000 Guide price: £550,000 The Coach House dates back to 1837 or thereabouts, situated in this historic village. For those buyers wanting versatile and One of the finest examples with of a loft style house with over theAccommodation canal basin. Spectacular open living space, unusual accommodation great character, thisfantastic may beviews the answer. extending toplan nearly 3,000 square feet, 4four bedrooms including mezzanine level master bedroom, family bathroom, shower room, studio, utility room and double or five reception rooms, dining kitchen, five bedrooms, study, easily managed gardens, off road parking. EPC: D.garage.

Spring Terrace, Medbourne Guide Price £350,000 The White House, Main Street, Foxton Guide price: £625,000 An immaculate three story stone built home in south east Leicestershire. Sitting room, open plan kitchen/dining/living space, utility room situated and downstairs WC, top floor master bedroom with dressing room and large en-suite, three further bedrooms, family Delightfully 3 bedroom village home with generous front and rear gardens and far-reaching countryside views. With bathroom, privateand courtyard garden tokitchen the rear,and front, Off road parking, detached double garage, fantastic views. EPC: C. family bathroom 2 en-suites, fitted breakfast utility, cloakroom, dressing room and off road parking.

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13 Church Street Market Harborough LE16 7AA

01858 410008

Dunskey House, The Limes, Thorpe Langton The Boathouse, Union Wharf, Market Harborough

Guide Price £615,000 Guide price: £550,000 An excellent example of a detached five bed family home in a cul-de-sac location in one of south east Leicestershire’s most One of the finest examples loft styledining/living house with fantastic thedining canal basin. open plan living space, sought after villages. LargeofLashaped kitchen,views livingover room, room.Spectacular Ground floor bedroom/snug with en-suite 4shower bedrooms including mezzanine level master bedroom, family bathroom, shower room, studio, utility room and double room. Utility. Four bedrooms, one en-suite. Triple garage and ample off road parking. Mature private garden.garage. EPC: D.

Malton House, St Michael’s Walk, Illston On The Hill Guide Price £570,000 The White House, Main Street, Foxton Guide price:with £625,000 Malton House comprises a four bedroom detached home situated on the edge of Illston village on a plot of 3.5 acres far reaching countryside twovillage paddocks, stabling and out front offices. Living room, dining room, breakfast kitchen,views. utility With room. Delightfully situated 3 views, bedroom home with generous and rear gardens and far-reaching countryside Detached doubleand garage, stable block, tack room. F. family bathroom 2 en-suites, fitted kitchen andEPC: breakfast room, utility, cloakroom, dressing room and off road parking.

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Phoenix House 52 High Street Market Harborough LE16 7AF

01858 431315

Brampton Ash,Newton Harborough Road Wistow Lane, Harcourt

£850,000 Price on Application A substantial Victorian detachedgrade country residence of character set within gardens andfour paddock land of approxiametly 10 acres. Eight bedroom link-detached II listed country house. 17th century origins, reception Reception hallway,outbuildings, drawing room,outdoor dining room, living kitchen., study, and Five land. bedrooms; master comes with en-suite bathroom. rooms, extensive swimming pool, gardens andutility. paddock

Honeypot Lane, Husband’s Bosworth Church Langton, Old Church Walk

£430,000 £575,000

Charming detached cottage with fourappointed bedrooms.detached 19th Century the heart of the views village.over open countryside. With An individually designed and superbly familyOrigins home in enjoying splendid Two reception rooms, large livingdining kitchen. Fourkitchen bedrooms, two bathrooms. Garage gardens. reception hallway, study, lounge, room, and utility. Four bedroom, withand master and guest en-suite bathrooms.

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45 High Street Market Harborough LE16 7AF

01858 431635

Scotland Harborough Mowsley Road, Road, Market Husbands Bosworth

Guide price: £525,000 £330,000

A beautiful detached bedroom Edwardian House with kitchen/diner, lounge andand sitting room, garden room The and property utility, master 'Garland Cottage' is afour quintisentially English character cottage that oozes charm character throughout. is bedroom detached garage and workshop. offered forwith saleen-suite, with four double double bedrooms, a family bathroom and an open plan living/dining room. The gardens are delightful!

Prospect Road,Market Kibworth Logan Street, Harborough

£299,950 Guide price: £335,000 Meticulously four bedroom, detached house. property hasroom, beenbreakfast/kitchen, extended and offers a wow factor Detached fourstyled bedroom house full spacious of character. With two livingThe rooms, dining downstairs toilet, kitchen refitted and family with roomwalk-in with conservatory. a private rear garden, double integral garage. Quiet backwater close to town centre. bathroom shower, and aThere singleisdetached garage.

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Old Chapel, Swinford, Leicestershire

Guide Price ÂŁ499,950

Former chapel dating to circa 1823, thoughtfully designed to become a spacious family home, with flexible living accommodation and retaining many unique period features. Providing almost 2000 square feet of living space, with beautiful arched windows affording the property with natural light throughout. EPC Rating: D.

Tugby Road, Goadby, Leicestershire


Charming detached cottage with four beds. 19th Century Origins in the heart of the village. Two reception rooms, large living kitchen. Two bathrooms. Garage, gardens. Conservatory/garden room with views onto the garden, and beyond that open views over stunning Leicestershire countryside. Master bedroom on the second floor which is ensuite. EPC Rating: C.


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THE EVENT The 2014 Brigstock Horse Trials Market Harborough’s Brigstock Horse Trials took place last month with a Royal entrant in the form of eventer Zara Phillips. The event was held on the Brigstock event until two years ago, when it was moved to the Rockingham Castle estate following the sale of Brigstock.  The event attracted over 6,000 visitors last year, and it’s expected that 2014’s event doubled that figure. The event  involved over 850 horses taking part in the FEI 1* and 2* classes as well as the BE100 classes. 70 trade stands and  family entertainment gave the event a country show feel, and bright sunshine helped crowds to enjoy the event, too. Next year’s event will be held from 22nd - 24th May 2015. For more information see

Over 12,000 attended the event.

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THE EVENT Brigstock

Horse Trials 2014

This is the second year the event has been held at Rockingham Castle.

Images by Rob Davis.

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Next year’s event will be held from 22nd - 24th May.

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THE EVENT Brigstock

Horse Trials 2014

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Kilworth House Hotel Just four miles from the M1 is a fine dining  opportunity, in a house for all seasons. Kilworth House Hotel’s new chef Max Faulkner is bringing fresh produce and fresh ideas together to create summer dishes that taste as good as they look.

Main Course: Pigeon with garlic,  artichokes, Jersey Royal new potatoes and turnips

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Left: One of our desserts was  this cheesecake with home-made mango sorbet. Below/Right: Kilworth House  was built in the 1888 and has  had just three owners before  beginning life as a country  house hotel in 2003.

Left: Our starter of crab  with Heritage tomatoes and tapioca crisps.. Below: Our deconstructed rhubarb and custard dessert included apple granita.


hilst Market Harborough Pride is just two issues old, our Lincolnshire and Rutland titles are up to 12 years old, and in that time, on our food pages, we’ve seen many quality gastropubs, fine dining restaurants and country house hotels. With no false modesty, it takes a fair bit to impress us. But this month we’re happy to say we’re impressed with our Eating Out recommendation; Kilworth House Hotel & Theatre, near Lutterworth. It’s not just the food either - excellent though it is - but rather the whole package; a beautiful building, comfortable, well-designed interior and well-designed accommodation. There’s imaginative menus, skilful presentation of dishes, a warm welcome and as an additional bonus, even great entertainment, courtesy of its open air theatre. The Grade II listed Italianate building dates back to 1888, and is the former country home of the county’s High Sheriff and wool magnate John Entwisle, back in the 19th century. The house has changed hands just three times during its life, and in 1999 it was purchased by its current owners, who added an inconspicuous Garden Wing, whilst embarking upon a complete refurbishment. This created a total of 44 rooms, including eleven luxury rooms, of which eight are in the original wing, some with contemporary decoration and lounges. Meanwhile, there’s as much choice for diners, who can enjoy the 120 cover Grade II* Orangery, or private dining in the Wordsworth Room, Shakespeare Room or Library. Dining in the Orangery is via an à la carte menu, which changes seasonally and comprises eight starters, nine main

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Sample M enu £ STARTERS Pork Belly £11.75 Pork belly with heirloom tomato, red chard, tarragon and langoustine. Salad £8.95 Summer salad with pea, asparagus, pea dust and olive dust. Crab Salad Crab salad with heritage tomato, tapioca crisp, and crab purée. Scallops Pan fried sea scallops with sea cucumber and samphire.



£ MAINS Pigeon £17.95 Pigeon with garlic purée, artichokes, Jersey Royal new potatoes and turnips. Pollock £17.95 Fillet of Pollock with caviar, purple potatoes and sprouting broccoli. Steak £22.45 Rib-eye steak with bone marrow, salsa verdé and Maris Piper chips. Chicken £15.95 Chicken with king oyster, mushroom and spinach with truffle.

£ PUDDING Rhubarb & Custard £7.50 Whipped custard with rhubarb, buerre noisette biscuit and apple. Cheesecake £7.50 ’Deconstructed’ cheesecake with mascarpone, mango sorbet and mint. Mille-Feuille £7.50 Layered mille-feuille with caramel, white chocolate and raspberry. Cheese £8.50-£15.50 Choice of three, five or seven cheeses including Poacher, Bosworth Ash, Colston Basset and St Eadburgha.

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EATING OUT courses and eight desserts, or a table d’hôte menu with two or three courses for £22.50 or £29.50 respectively and a 4/4/4 menu. There’s also a tasting menu, available in the Wordsworth Restaurant for £49.50/ person comprising seven courses. A dedicated Sunday lunch menu is served in the Orangery too, and weekends in particular make Kilworth House a popular venue for tiered afternoon teas - up to 150 of them are served on a good day. Executive Chef Carl Dovey has handed over control of the kitchen to protegé and new Head Chef Max Faulkner. Already Max is demonstrating massive flair and imagination, with our starters featuring pea ‘dust,’ main courses utilising imaginative ingredients like sea cucumber & samphire, and desserts enjoying nasturtium decoration, home-made sugar crisps and home made sorbets & ice creams. Presentation and composition is flawless and with all bread, petit fours, stocks and sauces made fresh in the kitchen, there’s plenty of effort put into each dish. There’s also plenty of local suppliers to list; Kilworth’s Joseph Morris and Kettering’s Potters provide meat, whilst artisan dairies supply local cheeses like Colston Bassett and Sparkenhoe, for example. A wine list with 89 bins includes 10 champagnes, two sparkling wines, three dessert wines and two ports. Our starters of summer salad and crab salad were imaginatively presented with, in the case of the latter, a tapioca crisp and heritage tomatoes. Our main course

of scallops featured sea cucumber and samphire, whilst a pigeon dish featured garlic purée Jersey Royal potatoes, turnips and artichokes. Finishing our meal off was a deconstructed rhubarb & custard dish with apple granita, and a mascarpone cheesecake with home-made mango sorbet and pineapple with fresh mint and sugar crisps. Dining at Kilworth House is superb in isolation, but with a beautiful setting, pretty Orangery with spectacular views over the Leicestershire countryside, and lovely accommodation in an independently owned, characterful country house style, the hotel offers much more besides. Our recommendation is to keep an eye on the adjacent open air theatre’s programme. Enjoy Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific until 13th July, a Viennese Strauss Gala on 23rd July, The Last Night of the Proms on Sunday 20th and 27th, or Sister Act The Musical from 26th August-21st September. We’re used to recommending quality dining, but Kilworth House Hotel really did surpass even our expectations. It’s a beautiful place, with an environment and level of service that will exceed the standards expected by those who are used to fine dining restaurants. The venue is our sincere recommendation this month, and we’re sure you’ll be delighted whether you dine from the TDH, à la carte or tasting menu. If all the world’s a stage, Kilworth House is a dining experience that definitely commands a standing ovation.


Hotel and Theatre, North Kilworth

Kilworth House Hotel and Theatre, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth, Leicestershire LE17 6JE To book a meal call

01858 880058

Location: Kilworth House Hotel is just four miles east of Junction 20 of the M1 and easily accessible from the M69, M42, M6 and A14.


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This month we have some great examples of wines perfect to accompany a delicious meat dish off the barbeque or for when you’re entertaining friends, carefully selected by our expert and connoisseur Blake Johnson. Visit the Stamford Wine Company, and enjoy a glass of wine in the garden terrace to the rear of his St Paul’s Street wine boutique in the heart of Stamford...

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Villa Wolf Silvaner 2013, Germany £10.99

Berrys’ Rosé Pays D’Oc, France £8.99

Monte Del Fra, Valpolicella, Italy £10.99

Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé, Germany £11.99

Bodega La Flor 2013 Malbec, Argentina £10.99

The Silvaner is one of the oldest known grape varieties in Europe and produces a full, rounded, dry wine with a spiciness, and firm acid structure. It is delicious on its own and works well with different foods.

This is far more than a blend of red and white; it has its own personality and is wellsuited to the preprandial terrace. The red-fruit notes on the palate are pleasingly poised between the fruity and structured.

This typically midbodied, fruity red wine is enjoyable at room temperature or slightly chilled on a warm summer afternoon. The defining character of a quality Valpolicella is its fragrant, tangy cherry aroma.

A light and refreshing wien with bright berry and fruit flavors and a clean, zippy finish. The Villa Wolf Pinot Noir is a relatively low alcohol rosé ideal for drinking at lunch time or out in the garden with a summer barbecue.

Round, well-structured tannins are integrated into ripe blueberry, plum, morello cherry and chocolate notes. Hints of wood smoke and caramel linger. This is an ideal wine to accompany a variety of meats from the grill.

every single month in 2014!

This month’s features wines are recommended by: The Stamford Wine Company, 10 St Paul’s Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2BE Tel: 01780 757 844 or 07538 228337, 35

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The Happy Cows! Left to graze peacefully over 200 acres of land, Hambleton Farm believe that a happy herd is a productive one. This month, Farm Manager Roy Clithero explained just what’s involved with creating the very best and flavoursome beef. Images and words by Ceri Jackson.

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attle casually enjoying the summer sunshine, grazing in 200 acres of farmland surrounding the beautiful and picturesque Rutland Water. Newly born lambs and calves skip after their mothers. As we explored Hambleton Farm, it’s clear the dedication and time spent on carefully raising their livestock the right way. Hambleton Farm is a family run business owned by Andrew and Jill Nelson, where they have reared traditional British native breeds for more than 12 years. This month, we joined Farm Manager Roy Clithero who showed us around and explained exactly what’s involved with raising their livestock. “I’ve worked on the farm for nine years, but my interest in farming began long before. I was surrounded by farmland as a young boy, and I was even given a lamb to hand rear at the age of five, which eventually became my pet. Over the years, I helped with the lambing and calfing at a local farm and I studied agriculture at Brooksby Melton College. I now use this knowledge to produce high quality cattle, which are supplied at Hambleton Farm’s outlets,” says Roy. The farm have Longhorn, Hereford and Aberdeen Angus cross Simmental grazing. The new calves are now out in the fields with their mothers until about November time, when Roy seperates the junior male and females in to different fields, keeping the best females for breeding. “We run the farm together, with all three of us having input, and look closely at the cattle and their breeding. We usually preselect four groups of cows to go to separate bulls out in the fields over the summer, looking for the best stock to produce the tastiest beef. I also have an idea of what bull to use, and rotate the 38

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Images by Ceri Jackson.

Roy spent his childhood surrounded by farmland, and at the age of ďŹ ve he hand reared a lamb which became a family pet. Helping at local farms, he now runs Hambleton Farm where he spends time with the cattle, nurturing and building trust.

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Above: Guest Editor Ceri Jackson meets an orphaned calf who was introduced to a foster mother. Right: Roy builds trust with his cattle, including their Longhorn bull so they are calm and enjoy their time on the farm.

selection to produce different offspring each time. Making sure our cattle enjoy their time on the farm before going for slaughter is very important to us. They are left to graze peacefully outdoors on the farmland, and we believe raising a happy and healthy herd produces the best meat with superb flavour. If the flavour’s there it means they’ve had a good life on the farm,” says Roy. The calves were just a week old when we visited the farm, which are registered and allocated a number with the British Cattle Movement Service. Similar to a passport, it includes their parent’s details, sex, date of birth and the farm they were born on. This ensures that if a cow is moved, they can be traced back to the farm they belong to.

Making sure our cattle enjoy their time of the farm is very important to us. We leave them to graze outdoors, as we believe a happy and healthy herd will produce the best beef with superb flavour.

Hambleton Farms: They have outlets in Boston, Doddington, Mareham, Mears Ashby and Oakham. Or visit


When the cows are out at grass for the summer they are checked every day, including weekends, and Roy will also cut and bale silage, fence, bale straw and check the 200 sheep on the farm. In the winter, when the cattle are inside in large barns, the silage for feed and straw bedding makes for a busy time. “When the cows come inside for the winter the calves are weaned and then enter what is called the ‘finishing

process’. This usually lasts between 11 and 24 months old, and once I’ve picked the livestock for breeding, the others are sent to slaughter in Boston.” “Because we hang our beef for three weeks before it is sold, we always slaughter before 30 months old as there is less risk to the cow’s spinal cord. From there, Glenn and Will take over and they look after the carcass, arranging the meat and manage where it is sent for retail.” All of the meat at Hambleton’s is 28 day bone aged. The meat is wrapped in muslin to stop it from drying out, and is hung for three weeks, allowing it to develop and create mouthwatering meat full of flavour. They sell different cuts of beef, everything from rib eye, and sirloin to t-bone and roasting. They also stock their lamb which is hung for 10 days, free range pork from Anna’s Happy Trotters in Yorkshire and chicken. In addition to their own farmland, which as well as their farms surrounding Rutland Water is also in Exton and Cold Overton, they source meat from other farms mainly in Lincolnshire to keep up with the high demand. “It’s all about building up relationships and trust with our cattle, especially the bulls. I’ve grown up with farmland and farming, so I don’t know anything different - being outdoors and giving the cattle the best life I can give them before slaughter is very important to me. Not only is this more ethical, it also ensures that we continue to produce tasty meat that is full of flavour.”

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DINE IN THE SuNSHINE Make the most of the sunny weather, and invite your friends and family over for al fresco dining with these simple beef and lamb recipes.

Beef and Pasta Salad with Chilli and Coriander Dressing.

Remove the steak from the fridge one hour before cooking. Transfer to a shallow dish until at room temperature. Place the steaks on a chopping board, season and brush with the oil.

Serves: 4. Prep time: 20 minutes. Cooking time on each side: Rare: 2 minutes, Medium Rare: 3-4 minutes, Medium: 5-7 minutes , Well done: 6 minutes.

Cook on a prepared barbecue or under a preheated grill, before transfering to a plate. Cover with foil and leave to rest for 5-10 minutes - this is very important.


Next, cook your pasta, drain, cool and transfer to a large bowl. Add the peas, courgettes and tomatoes, and prepare the dressing by placing all the ingredients into a screw-topped jar. Shake well and set aside.

450g lean steaks • Salt and freshly milled black pepper • 1tbsp olive oil or rapeseed oil • 300g pasta shapes • 50g fresh or frozen peas, blanched in boiling water • 1 small courgette, grated • 8 plum or cherry tomatoes, quartered. For the Chilli and Coriander Dressing: 1 large handful of freshly chopped coriander • Dried chilli flakes • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped • 30ml extra virgin olive or rapeseed oil • 4tbsp Worcestershire sauce • 2tbsp white wine vinegar.

Slice the steaks diagonally and toss the strips in the salad with any meat juices from the plate. Shake the dressing, spoon over the salad and serve. Simple!

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Beef with Broad Bean and Spinach Salad Serves: 4. Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: Under 10 minutes.

Ingredients: 2 lean sirloin, rump or picanha steaks • Salt and freshly milled black pepper • 2tsp rapeseed or olive oil. For the Mustard Mayonnaise: 100ml half-fat or reduce calorie mayonnaise • 2tsp Dijon or wholegrain mustard. For the Broad Bean and Spinach Salad:150g fresh or frozen broad beans, blanched • 20-25g freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley or chives • 1 large garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped • 2tbsp extra virgin rapeseed or olive oil • 100g pack baby spinach leaves or pea shoots.

Season the steaks, brush with oil and cook in a preheated griddle pan, under a preheated grill or on the barbecue. Place on a warm plate and leave for 5 minutes. Prepare your broad beans by bringing a small pan of water to the boil and cook for 2 minutes, drain and when cool enough to handle peel the pale outer skin. Make your mustard mayonnaise by mixing the ingredients together and set aside in a small bowl. Move on to the salad dressing; put the parsley or chives in a large bowl and add the garlic, oil, spinach leaves or pea shoots and broad beans. Toss gently to coat. Pile the salad leaves on a serving plate, slice the steaks adding any meat juices to the sauce. Toss the strips in the salad, drizzle with the sauce and serve with crusty bread.

Sirloin Steaks with Flaming Mayonnaise Serves: 2. Prep time: 20 minutes. Cooking time on each side (based on a 2cm thick steak): Rare: 2½ minutes, Medium: 4 minutes, Well done: 6 minutes.

Ingredients: 2 lean bone-in sirloin steaks • Salt and freshly milled black pepper • 2tsp Dijon or English mustard • 2tsp rapeseed or olive oil. For the Flaming Mayonnaise: 5tbsp half or reduced fat mayonnaise • 1tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley or mint • 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped.

To prepare your flaming mayonnaise, mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl, cover and chill in the fridge. Get your barbecue going before mixing together the mustard and oil in a small bowl. Use as a season on both sides of your steaks, and cook to your preference. Remove the steaks from the barbecue and place on a plate with the flaming mayonnaise, sauté onions and potatoes. Serve with rolls of your choice, salad leaves, crispy onions and a selection of prepared relishes.

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Mini Burgers Serves: 10-12 mini burgers. Prep time: 10 minutes plus 20 minutes cooling time. Cooking time: under 10 minutes.

Herby Beefburgers with Mango Chutney Ingredients: 450g beef mince • 3 spring onions, finely chopped • 3tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley • Salt and freshly milled black pepper • 3-4tbsp prepared mango chutney.

Spicy Lamb and Feta Burgers Ingredients: 450g lamb mince • 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped • ¼tsp ground paprika • 1tsp ground allspice • ½tsp cumin powder • 3-4tbsp freshly chopped coriander/flat-leaf parsley • Zest of 1 lemon • 125g Feta cheese, roughly crumbled • salt and freshly milled black pepper.

Sun-dried Tomato Burgers Ingredients: 450g beef mince • 1 medium onion, peeled and grated • 3tbsp freshly chopped oregano or 1tbsp dried oregano • 1tbsp freshly chopped mint • Salt and freshly milled black pepper • 4 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped.

In three separate large bowls, mix all of the burger ingredients together and then, using slightly damp hands, shape the mixture into small two inch burgers in diameter. If time allows cover and chill for 20 minutes. Cook the burgers on a prepared barbecue or a preheated moderate grill for 3-4 minutes on each side until cooked and any meat juices run clear. Serve the burgers in buns or rolls of your choice with a salad garnish and a selection of relishes.

Pan Asian Lamb Skewers Serves: 4. Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: Under 10 minutes.

Ingredients: 450-675g lean lamb neck fillets or boneless shoulder cut into 1inch cubes. For the Herb and Spice Marinade: 2tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley • 2tsp fennel seeds, crushed • 2tsp cardamom pods, crushed • 3tbsp rapeseed or olive oil • Salt and freshly milled black pepper • 2tsp balsamic vinegar.

Prepare the herb and spice marinade in a shallow dish by mixing all the ingredients together. Place the lamb cubes into the mixture, coating well on both sides. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove the lamb and thread onto six small wooden skewers (previously soaked in water for 20 minutes). Cook on a prepared barbecue or preheated grill for 6-8 minutes on each side. Serve on a bed of mixed couscous salad. 44

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Beef, Artichoke and Feta Bruschetta Serves: 4. Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: Under 10 minutes.

Ingredients: 4 x 115g lean steaks • 280g jar artichoke antipasti in oil, drained, oil reserved and cut in half • 200-275g focaccia • 4tbsp pesto • 75g crumbled feta cheese crumbled or grated mozzarella cheese • Salt and freshly milled black pepper.

Place the steaks onto a chopping board, season and rub with 2tsp of the oil from the artichoke antipasti jar. Preheat your grill ready for your focaccia. Cut the focaccia in half and slice each half as you would a bread roll with butter. Toast the focaccia under the grill, cut side up for about 2-3 minutes or until they are lightly brown. Now it’s time to cook your steak. Using a griddle pan, cook the steaks for 1-2 minutes on each side, or for as long as needed. Place the foccacia onto your plate, spread with half of the pesto and sprinkle over the feta or mozzarella cheese. Cut the steaks in half and lay on top of the cheese before adding the artichoke. Finish with a spoonful of prepared pesto and serve immediately with a side salad.

Speedy Lamb Naans Serves: 4. Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 10 minutes.

Ingredients: 375g lean lamb mince • 25g sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped • 50g baby spinach leaves • 4 x plain mini naans • 50g grated mozzarella cheese • Salt and freshly milled black pepper • 3tsp dried mixed herbs or dried oregano • Olive oil, to drizzle • A dash balsamic vinegar, optional.

Heat a large non-stick pan and dry-fry the mince with 2tsp of your dried herbs or oregano and sun-dried tomatoes for 6-8 minutes until the mince is cooked. Season if required. Preheat the grill, and place the naans on a baking sheet, scattering evenly with the spinach leaves. Spoon over the lamb mixture, top with the mozzarella cheese and the remaining dried herbs. Sprinkle with the olive oil. Cook under the grill for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Drizzle the naans with a little balsamic vinegar (optional) and serve with a crunchy salad. 45

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Open Steak Sandwiches Serves: 4. Prep time: 20 minutes. Cooking time on each side (based on a 2cm thick steak): Rare: 2½ minutes, Medium: 4 minutes, Well done: 6 minutes.

Ingredients: 2 lean rump, sirloin or rib-eye steaks • 50g pea shoots or rocket leaves • Salt and freshly milled black pepper • Juice of ½ small lemon • 4 thick slices fresh granary or ciabatta bread 2tbsp rapeseed or olive oil • 4tbsp onion chutney or pickle • 50g grated good, vintage hard cheese e.g. Cheddar.

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Heat a griddle pan over a high heat before brushing the bread slices with half the oil on both sides. Place on the griddle for one minute on each side. Place on a large plate, spread with the chutney and sprinkle with cheese. Reduce the heat under the pan, ready to cook your steaks. Season the steaks and brush with the remaining oil on both sides and cook to your preference. If you prefer, you can cook the steaks on a barbecue outside. Once cooked, place the steaks on a warm plate and leave for a few minutes. Slice the steaks diagonally, arrange on top of the bread and top with pea shoots or rocket leaves.

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Lamb and Chorizo Pies Serves: 12 mini pies. Prep time: 35 minutes. Cooking time: 25 minutes.

Ingredients: 375g lean lamb mince • 2 spring onions, finely chopped • 50g chorizo sausage, finely chopped • 2tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley • Salt and freshly milled black pepper • 2 x 320g packs shortcrust pastry • 12 quail’s eggs, hard-boiled • Beaten egg, to glaze. For the Spiced Tomato Relish: 1tbsp rapeseed or olive oil • 1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped • 200g can chopped tomatoes • 1tsp caster sugar • Pinch dried chilli flakes • 1tbsp good balsamic vinegar.

To make the filling for your lamb and chorizo pies, mix together the mince, spring onions, chorizo and parsley in a large bowl and season. Next, you will need to prepare your pastry. On a lightly floured surface roll the pastry to a thickness of a one pound coin. Cut out twelve 9cm circles to fit a 12-hole greased muffin tin, and cut twelve 7cm circles for the lid. Gently press the large pastry circles into the holes of the muffin tins and half fill with a portion of the mince mixture. Top with a quail egg then add a final layer of the mince mixture to cover. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 6, 200°C/400°F. Brush the edges with the beaten egg, then place the lid on top, pressing the edges together to seal. Brush the tops with the remaining egg and make a hole in the centre for any steam to escape. Bake the pies for 25 minutes, and leave to cool in the tin. To prepare your relish: heat the oil in a non-stick pan and cook the onions for 2-3 minutes, or until soft. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, and serve with your pies.

Lamb and Apricot Burgers Serves: 4–. Prep time: 15 minutes, plus chilling time. Cooking time: Under 20 minutes.

Ingredients: 450g lamb mince • 25g dried apricots, finely chopped • 25g shelled pistachio nuts or almonds, finely chopped (optional) • 1tbsp freshly chopped coriander or mint • Grated zest and juice of ½ lemon • Salt and freshly milled black pepper.

Mix all of your ingredients together in a large bowl, before shaping into four 9cm burgers with damp hands. Cover and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes. Cook the burgers on a prepared barbecue or preheated moderate grill for 6-8 minutes on each side until cooked and any meat juices run clear. Serve the burgers in a burger bun with a salad garnish and a selection of relishes. 47

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THE EVENT Miss England Semi Final... The prestigious Miss England semi-finals took place at Kelham Hall & Country Park near Newark, Nottinghamshire on Monday 19th May. 80 beauty queens from around the country descended upon the stunning stately home and former monastery to participate in a gruelling boot-camp challenge on the front lawns followed by a catwalk style event in the hall’s huge Dome hospitality venue, where they showcased their own Eco creations; finishing with a bridal gown display. Just 10 ladies made it through to the grand final which set to take place in Torquay from 14th to 16th June, where they will be competing for a $100,000 top prize and luxury holiday to Mauritius. Kelham Hall & Country Park is open daily to visitors with free admission and parking and offers an exciting year-round events calendar in addition to extensive leisure, wedding and corporate facilities. Words and Photos: Ceri Jackson.

Current Mr England Jordan Williams and Rachel Butler, Miss uK 1996.

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England Semi Final

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Current Miss England Kirsty Heslewood. Images by Ceri Jackson.

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Former Squeeze frontman and hootenanny hero Jools Holland brings his rhythm and blues orchestra to Althorpe at the end of August for a spectacular live concert that’s brimming with boogie-woogie brilliance and a host of special guests...


ools Holland never thought it would happen, but it did. From session musician working in the punk and new wave era to boogie-woogie via the rhythm and blues genre, he’s been famous from Squeeze to Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, via his TV series, Later and his annual Hootenanny.

The concert will open with Mark Flanaghan, Jools’s guitarist, before his 20 piece orchestra performs a number of boogie woogie standards. The orchestra plays to an audience of over 500,000 each year, and have toured all over the world.

The concert, on Saturday 30th August, is the last venue of Jools’s 36 date, six month tour, and tickets for the outdoor concert, whose gates open from 5pm, are on sale now for £39/ea.

at Northamptonshire’s Althorpe Hall on Saturday 30th August. For tickets visit or call 01775 768661.

That’s not bad for the musician who has gone from playing punk in pubs as a teenage greaser, to selling Active since 1974 and with no signs of his popularity or millions of records his love for this century alone, performing Jools will appear at the concert with special guests, broadening his auabating, the pianist diences’ musical former Spice Girl Mel C and vocalists Ruby Turner and is appearing at Althorp Hall on Louise Marshall, as well as long-term collaborator, guitarist knowledge with no fewer than 27 30th August with Gilson Lavis, with whom he’s worked for over 35 years... solo albums and special guests. seven further Joining Jools will be albums during his time with Squeeze, not to mention Spice Girl Mel C and vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise his 295 episodes of Later and 21 Hootenannys. Marshall, as well as long-term collaborator and guitarist Gilson Lavis, with whom he’s worked for over 35 years. Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra perform

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Jools Holland

at Althorpe

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Outstanding views at

The ManoR 54

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Historical masterpiece: In 1919 the Manor was moved bodily from its original site (which took four years) onto Duddington Road. Messrs Thomas & edge of London, builders executed the removal for the then owner Major F Ramsden. The reason for the removal is unknown but presumably he wanted more extensive grounds and views.


When The ManoR In CoLLyWeSTon WaS pURChaSeD baCk In 1998 IT WaS an eMpTy SheLL, oveR The yeaRS, The neW oWneRS CoMpLeTeLy RenovaTeD The GRaDe II LISTeD bUILDInG, CReaTInG a TRaDITIonaL FaMILy hoMe. a MaIn aTTRaCTIon - TheIR GaRDen SITTInG RooM WITh abSoLUTeLy bReaThTakInG vIeWS oUT oveR The CoUnTRySIDe. 55

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t was love at first sight for the couple when they saw The Manor in Collyweston. They were renting in the area and used to pass the property everyday with their children on the way to school, before they finally decided to purchase the impressive property in 1998.

A Grade II listed building, The Manor features limestone brick and original Collyweston slate roof. When the couple moved in, it was a complete shell, and they spent the next year renovating a room at a time as well as landscaping the incredibly overgrown garden.

as the servants quarters were to the back of the property, so we added a large garden sitting room with four sets of French doors creating a peaceful room where we can enjoy the views.” The property boasts a large kitchen with eating area, which is linked to the sitting room via a large Chesterfield. The kitchen was already in place when they purchased the property, but it was later updated by adding an island and Aga. It features high quality solid wood Poggenpohl units, new Silestone worktops and an Amtico wood effect flooring.

Above: The spacious kitchen features high quality poggenpohl units with Silestone worktops and amtico wood effect flooring. The extension also added a utility room and pantry.

“Although the house was “Dating back to 1696, The Manor is an impressive period structurally sound, it was a property featuring limestone brick and Collyweston slate blank canvas inside. Some of the rooms had wires on show, roof and is situated right on the edge of the Welland Valley and it was very plain with no overlooking the picturesque countryside of Rutland...” décor. We did most of the interior design ourselves as we The extension also enabled the couple to add a utility room wanted to add our own stamp to the property. It was empty a and pantry. Concealed within the kitchen are a number of year before we purchased it, and there were thistles 4ft high appliances such as a Miele dishwasher, Bosch oven and in the garden so we certainly had our work cut out for us.” microwave and a two ring hob and an Aga. It’s rumoured that back in 1912, Major F Ramsden was responsible for moving The Manor from the High Street “The kitchen was already fitted when we moved in, and it Collweston, and building it back up brick by brick at its is still in fabulous condition. We decided to keep it in place current location for the breathtaking views over the countryand just update the worktops, flooring and tiles. This area has side. However, it only had small windows being the servants definitely been the heart of the home.” quarters, so one of their biggest challenges was adding an ex“There was a triple garage one which we had converted tension to the property. into a multi purpose room with a storeroom and an en suite “The views are a major contributor to why we fell in love with shower room. This space would provide a fantastic this property. We found that we didn’t have any big windows opportunity as a conversion project to an annexe.” 56

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Left: The sitting and dining rooms feature traditional decor with original oak beams and open fireplaces.

Left: The property has eight bedrooms which are spread over two floors.


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The property has four reception rooms, currently being used as a dining room and drawing room, which feature traditional oak beams, leaded lights and open fireplace. There are a further two study rooms which could be used as either a snug or sitting room. “It’s great having two studies as is it gives you ample space as a family to do work or for the children to do their homework not too far away from a watchful eye.” There are eight double bedrooms spread over two floors. The master bedroom is situated on the first floor and comes with an en suite and dressing room. There is a guest bedroom with its own en suite, and a main bathroom which is situated between the further two bedrooms. The four remaining bedrooms are on the second floor, which have separate stairs to the back which were originally used by servants. “We have three children, so they used the four bedrooms on the top floor, which they loved as there was plenty of space with their own TV room/playroom to entertain their friends.” “The garden and the views is a favourite of mine. There’s about one and half acres of land with a tennis court, summer house designed like a chill out beach hut, a Well and hot tub. We’ve spent lots of time outside entertaining guests in the warmer months.” With their children flying the nest, however, the couple want to move closer to their family. “We will be incredibly sad to go - we have had some great times, but it’s time for a young family to start creating their own memories here.” 58

The Manor Collyweston, Stamford Style: 1696, Grade II listed limestone property with outstanding character and fine historic detail throughout. Receptions: Four - used as a dining room, drawing room, sitting room and snug. Bedrooms: eight; master suite to first floor with en suite and dressing room. Other features: kitchen/breakfast room,

pantry and utility room, double garage and annex, summer house, tennis court and approximately 1 and half acres of land. Price: £2,300,000 Estate Agency: Fine and Country, 2 Saint Marys Street, Stamford, pe9 2De Tel: 01780 750200 Web:

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Outside LIVING forHome&Garden This month, retailer elizabeth and Stevens brings you a range of quirky and impressive products perfect as ďŹ nishing touches for your home and garden.

Few businesses have a knack for selecting impressive and quirky finishing touches as Elizabeth and Stevens in Markham Moor in Retford. They provide great ideas for your home and garden. From large sculptures and bronzes, benches and lanterns, retro items and architectural features for outdoors, to sofas and tables, decorative touches and lighting. They have a website which enables customers to browse online, with delivery and in-store collection. They are definitely one of our favourite interiors retailers, with a wealth of quirky, stylish or just plain elegant ideas!



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1. Metal retro Rocket lolly sign, £8.50 each. 2. Vintage style lanterns for garden or interiors, from £20. 3. Vintage style Hurricane, £20. 4. Wooden Bird House £36.50. 5. Cast Iron ER post Box, £195. 6. Gazebo in Cast Iron £4995. 7. Male bust in recon stone, £225. 8. Metal sandy toes sign, £7.50 each. 9. Selection of vintage boxes, from £15. 10. Lost wax method Bronze life size Boxing Hares, £795 pair.

11. Gate pairs, various designs made to order, from £2995. 12. Various vintage style bird baths, from £15. 13. Selection of street lights in cast iron, from £115. 14. Green Man Wall Plaque, £10. 15. Assorted Tables and chairs in stock. 16. An assortment of replica and vintage post boxes, from £195. 17. Metal gazebo, £450. 18. Estate fountain in carved stone, from £2999.





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Inspiration and Ideas for your Home and Garden

A1, Markham Moor, Retford DN22 0QU 01636 822000 Wednesday to Saturday o the A1 signed to Lincoln A57 then take the turning to Retford A638 - come in and browse, we’re really friendly!


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Outside living fOr hOme and garden

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All of the items are available from Elizabeth & Stevens of Markham Moor, Retford (just off A1/A57 Junction). Call 01636 822000 or see



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eveRyThInG yoU neeD

WITH OLDRIDS For over 200 years, family run business oldrid & Co. have created their own success story with their department stores and garden centres. Their stores offer an array of choices across home, fashion and beauty departments, as well as a comprehensive garden centre and have recently enjoyed an expansion into new areas too.

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For all your department store needs

Oldrids & Downtown


stablished in 1804 by John Oldrid and Richard Hyde, this local retailer has its roots in Boston, expanding into Grantham in the late 1980s and, more recently, into Lincoln and Gainsborough.

look making it even more child-friendly. Boston’s Downtown Furnishing Store has a great choice of homeware and furniture ranges from prestigious brands such as Ercol, Stressless, Tempur and Halo, as well as a cutting-edge Technology department.

“We had four stores – Oldrids Department store and Downtown Furnishing Store in Boston, and the The Downtown Superstore in Grantham is a one-stopDowntown Superstore and Downtown Garden shop featuring fashion, homeware, furniture and elecCentre in Grantham, which have been a huge success tricals, all under one roof. It is situated on the same site over the years. We aim to offer the best range of “The great thing about Oldrids and Downtown is quality products across all that we have so many products on offer to suit all departments, as well as a ages, across home, beauty, fashion and the garden.” guaranteed price match promise to ensure that we as Downtown’s extensive garden centre, which offers offer customers great value at all times. Our newest everything the keen gardener could stores in Lincoln and Gainsborough mean that we can possibly need, from plants and seeds to outdoor living, bring that shopping experience to even more people.” garden buildings and gadgets, as well great ranges for says Caroline Baines, Advertising and Brand Manager. pets, camping and fishing. The Oldrids Department Store in Boston offers an “With the expansion into Lincoln and Gainsborough, extensive selection of women’s, men’s and children’s we have been able to create a brand new Oldrids fashion, including collections from Miss Selfridge, Department Store and Downtown Home and Fashion Joules and Barbour. There is a large fragrance and Store with a Garden Centre. Oldrid & Co. have now beauty department, including Clinique, Lancôme, Bare been in business for over 200 years and, as a company, Minerals and an award-winning Clarins counter. The we’ve learnt a lot over that time about providing high store also boasts a selection of homeware, gifts, quality products, friendly customer service and a stationery and craft, as well as an interactive toy different customer experience. Our newest stores will department, which is in the process of getting a new echo that approach.” says Caroline.

Find Out More: Oldrids Superstore and Garden Centre, Gonerby Junction, Grantham, NG32 2AB. Tel: 01476 590239.


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House & Home

House & Home

Colour infusion Two very British brands come together this summer, bringing you the brand new and exclusive print and wallpaper collection by well known pottery designer Emma Bridgewater.

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House & Home

Above/Main: Emma designed ‘The Dresser’ especially for this collection, inspired by her own kitchen dresser, the heart of her kitchen.


“my dresser is one of my favourite things – I’m more aware of what’s on there than my wardrobe. It’s filled with pottery, and pieces owned by my mum or my grandmother, with family treasures. I love rearranging the things on it – it’s an endlessly changing still life, and it gives me pleasure every time I look at it. The Dresser design captures what it means to me.”

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main: The brand new Emma Bridgewater collection is a testimony to the synergies between the two companies - both studios have worked closely together to capture the hand crafted essence of the pottery and print mark of the sponge ware. The colour palette takes its inspiration from Emma’s studio, with each design printed in the original colours of the ceramic range. It incorporates ten refreshing prints and seven versatile wallpapers featuring iconic patterns like the Figs, Hellebores and Polka Dots.

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wo very British brands have come together this summer, with the brand new print and wallpaper collection by pottery designer, Emma Bridgewater launched by Sanderson. The bright and beautiful collection boasts existing drawings; and the fabrics and wallpapers are a perfect reflection of the warm-hearted, cheerfully informal style that’s made her pottery a favourite in British homes for nearly 30 years. “Fabrics and wallpaper seemed a natural step for us, because putting patterns on things is what we’re all about! We thought it would be fun to take our designs out of the kitchen and see how they work all over the house.” Emma says. The new collection boasts ten refreshing prints and seven versatile wallpapers featuring iconic patterns such as Figs, Hellebores and Polka Dots to name a few together with the exciting statement ‘Dresser’ design, which was created especially for this range and conjures up Emma’s much loved dresser at home. The colour palettes have been specifically designed so patterns can be mixed and matched to work together in harmony within each colour set; with mid-scale, fun and versatile patterns in easy to combine colour sets, making it simple to create homely interiors for all of the family to relax in and enjoy. Quite simply the new Emma Bridgewater collection ‘Feels like Home’.

Above left: The inspiration for this design came from seeing the rich, exotic colours of pomegranates in a market in Istanbul. Above right: Hellebore was created because they are plants Emma loves. Left: Emma and her family spend lots of time on the Norfolk coast, and Egg & Feather captures memories of time spent on the beach.

Emma and her family spend lots of time on the Norfolk coast, and the Egg & Feather design captures her memories of time spent on the beach. “It makes me think of walking on Blakeney Point, one of my very favourite places, where the seabirds nest among Horned Poppies – it has got that pure, clean feeling of a windblown, salt-scoured beach on a blue day.”

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House & Home

Finding Out More H-WORKS


The Black Bull, Stamford Walk, Stamford PE9 2JE. 01780 754605.

No. 4 The Stables, Wellingore Hall, Hall Street, Wellingore LN5 0HX. 01522 810961.



North St, Stamford, PE9 1EH. 01780 481416.

4 High St, Spilsby, Lincolnshire PE23 5JH. 01790 754477.



Mill Street, Oakham LE15 6EA. 01572 722345.

5 Exchange Rd, Lincoln. 01522 531371.



7 High Street, Oakham LE15 6AH. 01572 755539.

3 Piccadilly Buildings, Kettering. 01536 513181.



Market St, Town Centre, Uppingham LE15 9QH 01572 823389.

123 St Mary's Rd, Market Harborough. 01858 433334.

Above/Main: ‘Figs’ was designed in 1986, inspired by family holidays in Norfolk.


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Keep calm and

eNTeRTAIN With the warmer months setting in, you’ll be spending even more time in your garden. Make sure you keep cool and calm when it comes to entertaining guests with great accessories and something to keep the children occupied too! Words: Ceri Jackson.

Grey Garden ornament Grace Gentle, £84.95.

On deck! Rabbit and cabbage deck chair by Thornback and Peel. Elizabeth Stanhope, £135.

Bubble baby... Glass and silver Hurricane available from Grace Gentle, £29.95.

st Lawrence Deluxe 16ft 71 Jet swim spa. Canadian Spa Company £15,299.99.

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Petal Candle Holder Elizabeth Stanhope Interiors, £18.99.

Christy evelyn Towels in Green Tea John Lewis, £9-£29.

metal Hanging Heart with Three Cow Bells available from Grace Gentle, £6.95.

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Time to relax! Don’t lose track of the time as you relax with this Black Stable Clock £17, Oldrids. TemPo™ 6 person hot tub available from Hot Spring. Denby glassware available from Springfields.

sun in style! Moray chaise end sofa set. Available from Oldrids. 76

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Three of The Best

solar Lights Make sure you can stay outside even when the sun sets with these fabulous solar lights, perfect for any garden!

outdoor lantern! Kishi Solar Outdoor Lantern. Solar powered light shines from the top and reflects onto the candle. £15, John Lewis.

Weigh me up! Woven solar powered post lights suitable for lawn, patio and decking. £45, Next.

ultra modern! Make a modern addition to your garden with the SunLight Solar Garden Lamp. £50, Occa Home.


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Heart Box £12.50. Herb Boxes £13.50. Planter. Gloves £31. Elizabeth and Stevens.

Light up Garden Trading Wall Mounted Fishing Lamp £75, Occa Home.

Keep warm... with the La Hacienda Clay Chimenea £129, John Lewis. selection of Yankee Candles Available from selected stores.

Rattan Relax Hut by Out There Exteriors £3389, notonthehigh

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The Secrets to Ensuring a

Good Night’s Sleep A tablet that could provide greater concentration and more alertness, a better mood, healthier looking skin and could help your body to rejuvenate would be worth a fortune... but you don’t need a pill for all of these benefits, just a good night’s sleep! Here, Andrew Kerry of bedroom furniture and mattress supplier Mattressman reveals how to get a refreshing night’s sleep...


leep is the secret to a stress-free life, greater concentration and a better mood. So, it’s incredible that in this year’s Sleep Survey, 33% of the population report having less than six hours of sleep a night, 7.9m use alcohol to sleep better, and nearly 7m use over-the-counter sleep medication. The secret to good sleep isn’t any of those things. It’s simply to create a comfortable, conducive sleeping environment. “Naturally the bed and mattress you choose is key to ensuring a good night’s sleep.” says Andrew Kerry of Mattressman, a retailer which supplies Lincolnshire, Rutland and Market Harborough. “The style of bed you choose - wood, metal or those with fabric or leather upholstery - is a matter of personal preference, but choosing the right mattress is absolutely crucial.”

Opt for a no-turn mattress and buy the best mattress your budget permits. If your partner regularly disturbs your sleep, it’s also advisable to buy the largest bed your room and budget permits too, as partner disturbance is the second most common cause of disturbed sleep. Stress is the worst culprit, causing 47% to lose sleep, whilst 31% of women are disturbed by men and 19% of men are disturbed by women. “Creating the right environment for sleep is also really important.” says Andrew. “The Sleep Council recommends a bedroom temperature of 16-19°c, and turning off mobile telephones and anything with an LED display. Keep your room completely dark and avoid watching TV or using a laptop computer before bed as these devices are too stimulating.”

“People choose a mattress really quickly - we believe you should spend at least 10 minutes on a bed in the shop before deciding to buy a particular mattress. If you prefer a sprung mattress, choose a pocket Ask the sales assistant for a pillow so that you’re able sprung design with each spring encased in its own to lie in your natural sleeping position, and test beds with a The average Briton goes to bed at 11.15pm and gets partner if you'll be sharing just six hours and 35 minutes sleep per night. Men enjoy the bed with them to ensure that it’s comfortable and better sleep than women, and high earners (£65,000+) enough for both enjoy better sleep. The quality of sleep also declines with spacious of you. After all, you spend age, with 45-55 year olds the most sleep deprived group... around 230,000 hours of your life asleep, so it’s crucial fabric - able to move independently - as opposed to cage that your mattress offer the support and comfort sprung mattresses in which each spring is you need.” connected, causing them to move in unison. Memory The life span of a mattress is about seven years, foam or gelmattresses are an alternative, with the material and if you frequently wake up with aches and pains, developed in the 1960s by NASA. These provide excepor your mattress shows visible signs of sagging or tional support, but can often prove warmer because of lumpiness, it’s definitely time to replace it. their dense material. Dealers such as Mattressman can often prove substantially cheaper than buying direct “The foundation of good sleep is a comfortable bed from a manufacturer, and can provide more choice and the right mattress. It can be the difference with different depths of memory foam and combinations between a restorative night’s rest and poor quality sleep of memory foam and pocket sprung construction. that results in tiredness and fatigue.”says Andrew. 80

Above: Mattressman provides the best prices on mattresses, beds and bedroom furniture as well as next day delivery.

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with Mattressman

Five of The Best

Mattresses Get the support you need with a new mattress from Mattressman we review the company’s top five recommended products... Hypnos Hypnos mattresses have held the Royal Warrant for over 80 years and are currently bedmakers to the Queen. Premier Luxury Pillow Top King Size; £899.

Silent Night A brand new product to the market, Geltex mattresses use a mix of gel, foam and air cells to provide perfect support. Geltex Affinity Super King; £799.

Breasley Breasley’s Titanium Deluxe Memory earns the highest comfort rating of nine in the industry with its massive 90mm of memory foam. Super King; £649.

Sealy Madeleine A Which? magazine best buy, with 1200 pocket springs and Innergetic latex layer for memoryfoam like support. Super King; £599. Above: Memory foam and newer gel mattresses are designed to meld to the shape of your body providing unparalleled support and comfort. They tend to be a little warmer than conventional mattresses, too. Mattressman Stores: Pelham Centre, Canwick Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN5 8HE. Tel: 01522 541641. or 740 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, Cambs, PE1 3HQ. Tel: 01733 563764

The Duke The Duke’s base is made up of 2000 pocket springs, with the option of either a medium-firm or firm tension. A high-end British product. King Size Zip and Link; £989.


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BIGGER & BETTER After 137 years, Ford’s of Oakham have created their own success story and this month, we visited the family-run business to talk about their plans to expand the store, creating a larger home department.


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ord’s of Oakham’s story is definitely one of success. Opened since 1877, the department store is a very well-established family business offering a wide range of products and services. But with success comes the need to grow, and so the store is reaping the benefits of a newly expanded home department and Cook Shop.

colourful Brabrantia range and newly launched Tefal Ingenio. There is also a wide range of saucepans, a large stock of cake decoration products, aprons and lots more. There’s plenty to browse in the other departments too including toys which has a Toymaster Saving Club, menswear, housewares and lingerie. They also have a substanstial china and gift department, and have recently added brands from the likes of Sophie Allport, Rob Ryan, Culinary Concepts and Raw Xclusive.

Above: Ford’s are expanding their home department, allowing them to add even more bed linens and other products on sale.

“We are trying to use our space more efficiently. We have moved ladieswear downstairs, and turned a stock room into our brand new Cook Shop. Changing things round has given us space to expand our Home “We wanted to use space more efficiently. By moving our ladieswear department, a very exciting downstairs and recycling a stock room as our brand new Cook Shop, move for us. We are stocking we will be able to expand the home department and add even more even more bed linens including the new Joules brands and products to our already extensive range on offer.” range, and created a new accessories area.” says Juliana, store manager. “At Ford’s we recognise that customer satisfaction is The family wanted to improve their home department, the key to our success. This expansion has allowed us so it made sense to shake things up a bit for the better. to have even more products on offer for customers, Find Out More: The move will make room for even more bed linens, and this, coupled with great relationships and highly Visit Ford’s of bath products and the new accessories area. Luggage trained staff with specialist advice and support is why Oakham at 8 has always been a popular product, so these will take Church Street, they come back again and again.” continued Juliana. Oakham, LE15 6AA centre stage along with handbags, scarves, jewellery Ford’s of Oakham is run by directors Robert and Alternatively call and purses in the new area. 01572 722654 or Richard White, a father and son team, with Richard’s see www.fords The move also means that even more products have wife Juliana as Store Manager and their 30 staff been added to the Cook Shop too, including the members. 85

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hOme AWAy FROm hOme

At OAK HOUSE Since it was established in 1989 by Don and Carolyn Walker, Oak house Residential Care home has provided a home away from home for elderly residents, with highest levels of care and nutritional values.

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A ‘home away from home’

at Oak House Residential Home


ak House is more than a residential care home. Established in 1989, it is a ‘home away from home’, offering highest levels of care to elderly residents whilst allowing them to remain independent. Their belief is that nutrition, coupled with recreational activities and physical exercise complements medicinal care and has the potential to protect against illness, relieve the symptoms of disease and aid recovery times after surgery.

For the elderly, it’s important to maintain body weight, repair wounds and repair tissue - something which can be hard to achieve. So with different cooking methods, Preston has also developed an innovative custard recipe with additional calories and protein, and he uses natural vegetable proteins to fortify foods such as porridge, ice cream or milk shakes. He believes presentation is essential for stimulating palates and

High quality ingredients are at the heart of this theory, and “We understand the nutritional needs of each resident, and using locally sourced this combined with a passion for high quality ingredients, produce along with cooking their food in-house allows diet tailoring, recreational activities and physical exercise, Oak House to regulate we believe we provide a holistic approach to care cooking” what goes into their dishes. Staff understand the nutritional changes and needs for an older person, increasing interest in food. Background music is played and by spending time with residents they tailor diets to create ambience and encourage conversation, and to suit their individual requirements. adapted utensils allow residents to remain independent. Mealtimes at Oak House are something “Every mouthful should be nutrient-dense. An elderly to be celebrated; a perfect dining experience. Find Out More: diet should be one of quality not quantity. We only use cooking methods to improve nutrient retention, such as avoiding cooking vegetables in lots of water which only dilutes the goodness. Instead we have turned to classical and modern cookery methods to retain the goodness and concentrate flavour.” says Preston Walker, Kitchen Manager.

“We’re excited to have installed ‘Ode’, a sensory stimulant which releases food fragrances before mealtimes to subconsciously trigger hunger - similar to the smell of baking bread. We hope this will help with depleted appetites or people living with complex dementia - an exciting move here at Oak House.”

Oak House Residential Home, Pond Lane, Greetham, LE15 7NW. Call 01572 812647 or visit

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pArAdiSe Summer provides the perfect time for a bird photography field trip. Longer days give you more time with good light to see amazing birds and watch their behaviour. many are sporting brilliant summer plumage and Guest editor Ceri Jackson joined wildlife photographer Carole Leigh to find out what it takes to capture these spectacular creatures in action! I have always been amazed by birds. As a child I wondered how they took flight and stayed in the sky. I spent hours flicking through animal encyclopedia’s given to me by my mother and father, learning about the different species, often picking bright feathered friends as favourites. We are blessed with a fantastic variety of birdlife in the United Kingdom, and every year we are often visited by rare migrants who arrive by mistake after being blown off course from their designated destinations. Some birds breed in their millions, others remain a rarity. With nearly 600 different species of birds to discover, birdwatching and bird photography can be a very rewarding and relaxing hobby. Carole and Peter Leigh are wildlife photographers with nearly 30 years experience, having travelled the world to photograph these beautiful creatures, from Spain and Trinidad to South Africa, Australia, North and Central America. Carole spent most of her childhood in nearby fields and woods with the animals and birds.

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Carole has always had an interest in birds. They often have to take very arduous journeys through appalling weather, and they survive. They are incredibly tough and intuitive very clever, and that is what she loves about them. What many don’t realise is that it’s very easy to learn how to photograph birds. You don’t need expensive equipment to get surprising results - modern bridge cameras are a good substitute for huge telephoto lenses like Carole’s and Peter’s. You need to keep the camera as steady as possible when you find a bird you want to photograph, and try to blend in to the background! “A great place to start is right in your very own garden. Place feeders where you can take photographs from a hidden position, and try to be as silent as you can so you don’t scare them. Photographing birds can take hours, even days if you’re after a particular species - just remember to be patient and don’t lose faith.” The clothes you wear is an important element. You need to make yourself invisible, avoiding bright colours and perfume. Choose earth colours like brown and dull greens as they help you merge with the surroundings.

Above: the Chaffinch is the Uk's second commonest breeding bird, and is the most colourful of our finches. its patterned plumage helps it to blend when feeding on the ground and when it flies, it reveals a flash of white. Below right: the Lapwing is a beautiful bird which is fairly common but is in decline due to habitat loss. they’re often found on marshes and fields. Below left: About blackbird-sized and striking black-and-white, the Great Spotted Woodpecker has a very distinctive bouncing flight and spends most of its time clinging to tree trunks and branches, often trying to hide. you can often hear its loud call or distinctive spring 'drumming' display.

“Birds are intricate and amazing creatures, and the longer summer days provide great lighting to capture their birdy behaviour. Your garden is the perfect starting point you can place feeders and get some practice before you venture out on your first photography trip.”

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Summer Birds

5 Above: the Nuthatch is a plump bird about the size of a great tit that also resembles a small woodpecker. Below: the Goldfinch has a bright red face and yellow wing patch. Sociable, often breeding in loose colonies, and they have a liquid twittering song and call. they’re visiting birdtables and feeders more, and in winter many migrate as far south as Spain.


there are lots of common species, but there are some birds you have to keep a watchful eye out for! Tree Sparrow Although it’s thought to be a common bird, the tree sparrow is a rapidly declining bird species, but can still be found in local areas.

Turtle dove this is a summer migrant, which is very endangered now in both europe and the United kingdom.

Black redstart this bird species is very scarce, often preferring old and derelict overgrown buildings to other areas.

Firecrest this is a tiny winter visitor. this stunning bird is britain’s smallest bird and very scarce, so keep an eye out!


About Carole and Peter CAROLE AND PETER LEIGH have specialised in wildlife photography for almost 30 years in the United kingdom and throughout the world. All of their photographs are taken on location in the animal’s natural habitat., call: 07773 560079.

the Waxwing usually visits in winter, and prefer hedgerows and bushes. A stunningly beautiful and exotic looking bird.


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“There are so many different species of birds in this country, and although it can take hours or even days, it’s such a rewarding and exciting hobby when you capture that image you have been waiting for.” Above: Aquatic birds can be easy to capture, like the Redcrested Pochard. Centre top: the Coal tit is green and yellow with a striking glossy black head with white cheeks.


As you get more familiar with your camera, you can start to venture to other areas where birds are used to people such as nature parks and open gardens. As long as you don’t make any sudden movements, you can sit where birds feed and photograph them for hours.

welfare must always come first. Carole has found that the best method is to establish a bird’s feeding pattern, then find a place to sit and hide close to its path and eventually the bird will come to you. You can take more natural photographs without flushing the bird. You might also be able to edge a little closer as they feed, making sure you stay low and freeze if they look up.

“Some of our best photographs are from places like Sherwood Forest. It’s a great place to start, and you can even find Ospreys at Eyebrook and Rutland Water, where you can photograph aquatic birds from hides.”

“If you come across a nest, it can be very tempting to get just a step closer to a nest or a fledgling bird but this can cause physical and emotional stress. It is illegal to photograph many wild birds on the nest and wild breeding birds must not be disturbed. Young birds are rarely left alone for long, and though the parent birds may not seem to be nearby they are always watching over their young.”

While you’re out and about, it is important to stick to the countryside code, and remember that the bird’s

There are so many birds that are common to the area that you should keep an eye out for summer migrants

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Summer Birds

Above: The Wren has a lovely, loud song. In the summer, the male builds a number of nests, and allows the female to choose. Centre bottom: The small Little Ringed Plover has a distinctive black and white head and yellow eye ring.

like Swifts, Swallows, and Blackcaps. Many birds can be found and photographed in your own garden - like the Chaffinch, Coaltit, and Goldfinch. Aquatic birds are fairly easy to capture too, including the Little Grebe and Mute Swan. Mandarin Ducks and Red-crested Pochards are generally kept in captivity but escapees have been seen at Rutland Water. Bird watching and photography isn’t limited to the summer months either. If you’re looking for something a little more unique and rare, there’s a chance you may see different varieties in the winter months when the Waxwings, Fieldfares and Redwings make an appearance. “The possibilities really are endless when it comes to photographing birds. There are so many different species, and the adrenaline rush feeling you get when you capture the perfect shot, makes the hours spent trying to capture it really worthwhile.”

Left: Anyone can photograph birds. Guest Editor Ceri Jackson picks up some tips from photographer Carole Leigh and Barney the dog.

Date for Your Diary FRIDAY 15TH - SUNDAY 17TH AUGUST: The British Birdwatching Fair is described as the birdwatchers' Glastonbury, encompassing the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry whilst supporting global bird conservation. This is the event of the year if you're into birds and wildlife -there are hundreds of stands selling the latest products for wildlife enthusiasts. There is a packed programme of events, including lectures every day. £17/person. Rutland Water Nature Reserve. Visit for information.


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BArrY pOSTOn Farmers were looking for a wet month in may, so our sage of the soils shares what crops look to be promising, along with an interesting read on aircraft crop spraying.


ollowing a difficult time for working the land for spring arable crops, most farmers were looking for a wet month in May. The old saying ‘a flaming June and a dripping May gives plenty of corn and hay’ is generally true. Most sugar beet and potato crops emerged satisfactorily and look promising for good crops. Sugar beet growers like to see their crops meeting in the rows by the time of the Lincolnshire and Rutland Shows. There have been reports of higher acreages of potatoes being grown this year. There has been a definite decline in the numbers of small and medium sized growers giving up the crop and renting their land to the larger growers with bigger (and more expensive) machines who, with their sophisticated temperature controlled stores are able to keep and process their potatoes well into the next year. Leaf diseases on wheat appear to be worse this year and most growers will be putting on an extra fungicide spray, and there seems to be more rapeseed being grown this year with many fields having shown the distinctive yellow colour over many acres. Vining peas (or peas for freezing) have suffered badly from the difficult dry sowing conditions towards the end of the season. This makes harvesting at the correct maturity more difficult to control. It is too early to predict yields but a modest increase in the contract price will help returns. Costs are ever increasing and with harvesting machines, or viners approaching a whopping £400,000 it is vital they are kept harvesting 24 hours a day. Quite often

they cause frustration to local traffic when moving fields but it’s hopefull that the public realise they are on an urgent job. I was recently reminded of my earlier farming days when reading an interesting book called ‘Under the Wire’, which is about crop spraying using a fixed wing aircraft in the 1970’s and l980’s. The book was written by the former spraying pilot Digby Goss, and divulges some of his somewhat hair raising experiences. Boston Aerodrome was home to Lincolnshire Aerial Spraying Company from 1948 to 1984, and Digby worked for the company, carrying out aerial spraying on Bowsers Farm at Swineshead Bridge where I was Farm Manager at the time. Most large arable farmers used these planes to spread fertiliser, spray cereals and potatoes. They were ideal, as there were no wheelings in the crops. Unfortunately Health and Safety regulations kicked in and this was more or less the end of aerial spraying on arable crops. I also had a very interesting visit to the commissioning of a large on farm anaerobic digester plant whereby maize, grass and pig slurry are being used to produce methane gas. Other vegetable waste can also be used if it is available. The methane gas produced in the operation is the used to drive an engine and produce electricity suitable to be used on the farm, or into the national grid. The compost and liquid bi-products can be most useful for spreading on the farm land surrounding the unit and is a great environmentally friendly and sustainable way of running the farm.

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with Barry Poston

“Working the land for spring arable crops was particularly difficult this year, and most farmers were looking for a wer month in May. The old saying ‘ A flaming June and a dripping May gives plenty of corn and hay’ is generally true...”

promising Crops: Most sugar beet and potato crops emerged satisfactory and look promising.

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Blooming Baskets The start of the warmer summer months gives you the perfect opportunity to start planting and arranging beautiful hanging baskets, adding a burst of colour to any type of garden, of any size. Words: Ceri Jackson

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anging baskets and flower pouches can add a whole new dimension to any garden and can help you make the best use of the space that you have available. Now is the perfect time to start planting and arranging your baskets, as with the summer months comes the warmer sunshine and the risk of frost is now at a minimum. By using hanging baskets, you can brighten up a sunny wall and if you choose the right plants you can also brighten up those shady spots too! Making your hanging basket

When it comes to choosing your hanging baskets, they are traditionally made of plastic-coated wires, or solid plastic. If you choose wire hanging baskets, use a liner to hold in your compost and plants. There are many types available, but the most convenient and inexpensive is sheet plastic. All you need to do is measure and cut to size before disguising with a layer of straw or hessian. £ Place your hanging basket on a bucket, and fit your liner snugly in the basket. Using scissors, make 5cm slits in the sides of the liner for trailing plants. £ Now it’s time to get mixing! To create you compost mix, add 20% perlite to a multi-purpose compost. You might also want to mix in water-retaining granules and fertiliser to prevent your baskets drying out. Fill your basket with the mix until it is level with the first layer of slits, and gently firm your compost down.

Above: Try adding a layer of straw or hessian to disguise the lining, helping to make your baskets look more appealing. Main: Hang your baskets in a greenhouse until they have grown. If you don’t have one, place them under cover. Right: The main types of hanging baskets available are wire and plastic.

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Jobs for July £ With summer comes the warmer weather, so make sure you water thoroughly once or twice a week rather than little and often. This burst of water will encourage plants to put down their roots in search of water rather than coming up to the surface.

£ Remember to water your containers and hanging baskets every day and sometimes even twice a day if it is hot and windy.

£ Make sure that recently planted trees or shrubs (in the last couple of years) on lawns or in rough grass have a circle of clear earth around them. This is important as grass will prevent essential moisture getting through. Mulching with bark or compost will help. £ Insert trailing plants by pushing them headfirst from the inside through the slits, and continue to plant until you have filled them all. Tease out the roots of the plants and add compost, working round the roots of the plants until the basket is almost full. You should also plant trailing plants around the rim, remembering to plant so they grow in between plants below. £ Bushy upright plants, such as fuschia or geranium are perfect for the centre, which you need to fill around the roots with compost too. £ When you’ve finished arranging your basket, water it with a fine-rose watering can and stand it in a greenhouse to grow on. If you don’t have one, you will need to bring your baskets under cover every night to protect your plants until they have grown.

£ Whether it’s a shrub, tree, perennial or bedding plant, the key to planting is to water in well. Soak rootballs in a bucket until there are no air bubbles. Dig the planting hole and fill with water. Once this has drained away, plant, fill with soil, firm gently and water with a watering can.

£ Some advice for our new pond owners from last month’s feature - keep it topped up with fresh water, as algae build up in warm weather can be toxic, and sometimes fatal for animals.

£ Be on guard for pests as they love the warm weather too! Try to attract beneficial insects by growing a wide variety of plants - ladybirds and their larvae are aphid predators, as are lacewings and even wasps.


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Down to the woods Wedding photographer and stylist Mandy Carter takes us down to the woods for a Woodland inspired photo shoot, great for Boho Brides who are looking for a rustic themed wedding. Images: Mandy Carter, Dottie Photography; 01945 773368 or see

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IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY you’re in for a big surprise, as this month’s styled wedding shoot features on-trend rustic theme that many Boho Brides want to incorporate into their special wedding day. Wedding photographer Mandy Carter found the perfect location, giving her inspiration for this Woodland wedding. Rustic tables and chairs covered with moss, flower garlands and ivy are given a glamourous edge with chandeliers, and gold and red colours. Those extra little touches can help make your wedding day truly unique, and although they can take time, things like our glass jars, hanging light bulbs with flowers, and gold painted apples for place mats are all finishing touches that you can use for your wedding. Mandy’s photography was treated to a crossprocessing effect that emphasised her images and to help make the colours really stand out. 104

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Left: The bride’s wedding dress featured intricate lace detailing and plunging neckline and her bouquet used coloured ribbon, pine cones, roses and foliage. Above/Centre: Wooden palettes added a rustic feel, where guests could leave notes using carved pencils that created pretty flower bunting with pegs.

This Woodland Wedding features lots of personalised DIY touches that any bride can incorporate for their wedding day... Suppliers and Experts... Photos: Mandy Carter, Dottie Photography: 01945 773368, Stationery: Dottie Creations: 01354 660804, Venue: West Lexham Manor: Wedding Dress: Martin Charles Bridal: Makeup: Liza Smith: Hair: AlIson Jenner Hair: Suit: Tweedmans Vintage: Paper flowers and chair covers: Decadent Dreams Flowers: Swaffham Florist: www.swaffham Models: April Rayson, James Davenport, Rosie and Freya.

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

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Ideas This month, we look at some fabulous ideas for favours at your wedding that are guaranteed to put a smile on your guests’ face.

Giving favours is a wonderful tradition meant to bring good luck to the bride and groom, and bring a smile to every guest’s face. Wedding favours do something special for someone - they thank your guests for celebrating the most amazing day of your life. Don’t worry - you don’t have to a huge budget to create unique wedding favours, and a big trend this year is the DIY favour. 1. Spread the love: We love these mini jars of jam - and you can also use chutney and jelly to have as wedding favours too. Add a bright wrapping tied with a ribbon, and personalise with your guests’ names. A great way to spread the love!

4. Bathe me: Add a touch of beauty, colour and freshness to your reception tables with bath and soap favours. They make a great summer favour and guests can take it home and feel and look good. Lovely!

2. Herb-tastic: DIY plant and herb favours are great as favours at your wedding, especially for the green-fingered bride. You could also give a small flower or plant pot too.

5. Hair of the dog: Create personalised Hangover Kits for the day after. Ideas for contents could be alka seltzer, orange juice carton, eye mask, sweets, chewing gum, chocolate or energy bar. The list is endless!

3. Sweet success: Retro sweets are one of the hottest trends for 2014. Use little glass jars with pick and mix flavours and colours to create a uniquely stylish wedding theme.

6. Popcorn frenzy: Bright and bold - retro Popcorn Cartons are sweet and tasty, and a perfect way to brighten up your big day and bring a unique and casual feel.

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Roll up, roll up in mesmerizing style Take cenTre sTage This summer wiTh The brand new collecTion from Ted baker. full of sTylish Thrills and frills, you’ll mesmerise The crowds wiTh sTriking prinTs, sTrong silhoueTTes and inToxicaTing colours. Words: ceri Jackson

ed Baker has set the stage this summer for a collection of stylish thrills and frills. Memorable moments of beauty appear alongside mesmerising style that will amaze and astound.


paired with metallic highlights to create a stylish allure.

The collection puts on a show with striking prints, strong silhouettes and intoxicating colours. Theatrical tones and sorbet shades including pink, lilac, lemon and mint, are

The menswear collection, meanwhile, is full of flamboyant polish and panache, offering vibrant colours, original prints and thrilling threads.

Clean lines and structured silhouettes also make an appearance, including block dresses, minimal detailing and biker styling adding an edge.


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<< £ THRILLING THREADS The menswear collection is full of flamboyant polish and panache, offering vibrant colours, original prints and thrilling threads. >> £ SILHOUETTE Make a silhouette suit stand out with flashes of brightly coloured accessories.


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<< >> £BOTANICAL BEAUTY The collection focuses on floral prints with 'Rose on Canvas', 'Symmetrical Orchid' and 'Sugar Sweet Floral' prints flourishing.

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<< ÂŁABOVE AND LEFT Jackets feature distinctive debonair touches including smarter tortoiseshell and mother of pearl buttons, and shirts have wider, button down collars.

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<< £ FAR LEFT Wardrobe staples such as polos, t-shirts, shirts and lightweight knits appear with a palette of punchy tones. £ LEFT Turn heads with this matching flower suit with biker detail jacket.

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<< £ABOVE Look every inch the dapper gent with this geo print suit. >> £ PRINCESS Be ready for any party with this beautiful pastel pink frill dress.


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GAYNOR JEWELLERS LTD for our annual clogau evenT! • after last year’s huge success, we are launching another clogau weekend this June. • over four days you’ll have the chance to browse our entire range of beautiful welsh gold jewellery. • we’re offering an incredible free gift! you will receive a stunning silver and rose gold kensington heart pendant worth £109.00 when you spend £250.00 on clogau jewellery in store.* • enjoy a cupcake and a glass of bucks fizz whilst you’re admiring the unusual and rare collection of clogau gold. • The event and offer are running from Thursday 26th June – sunday 29th June, as well as opening until 7pm on friday for a late night shopping experience. • we look forward to seeing you and showing you the rarest gold in the world, and our beautiful and exquisite pieces of jewellery. Come in and see us at 12 Stamford Walk, Stamford PE9 2JE or call 01780 763952 for more details.


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Mesmerising Jewellery

with Heidi Kjeldsen

>> Stack me up: Top - gorgeous ceylon sapphire and 18ct white gold stacking ring. £1,750. Middle - elegant aquamarine stacking ring in 9ct white gold. £750. Bottom - exquisite blue Topaz stacking ring. £750. all from the eden collection. >> Ceylon Pendant: stunning ceylon sapphire and diamond pendant in 18ct white gold. £3,500, fine Jewellery collection.

>> Cufflinks: stylish harlequin enameled sterling silver cufflinks. £340, eden collection.

>> Pearl drop: shimmering grey cultured pearls and 18ct yellow gold necklace. £850. from the pearl collection.

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<< Pearl drop: elegant grey cultured pearl earrings with 9ct yellow gold, £160. from the pearl collection.

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Heidi Kjeldsen >> A girl’s best friend: dreamy diamond and platinum engagement ring. poa chic diamond and platinum eternity or wedding ring, £1,700. from the eden collection.

At Heidi Kjeldsen an array of captivating jewellery awaits, with exclusive Collections you’ll simply adore. A charming listed shop nestled amongst other thriving artisan retailers in Mill Street, Oakham, it holds the key to some exquisite jewellery using the finest diamonds, gemstones and premium pearls, set in timeless designs. Heidi’s Eden Collection is a unique and highly desirable range of jewellery which evokes memories of days spent in heavenly floral gardens, and makes a perfect statement. >> Eden Collection: exquisite aquamarine and diamond square earrings in 18ct white gold, £1,050.

Heidi’s personally handmade Murano Glass Collection is striking and refreshingly original. Created with care and attention, Heidi explores the range of colours and properties of Murano Glass as each piece evolves.

>> Diamond Ring: handmade diamond ring special commission for a client.

You’ll find perfect gift ideas here for all occasions; from magical engagement rings and wedding jewellery, to anniversary keepsakes, even Christening presents, to 18th and 21st birthday gifts and a Collection of designer cufflinks and dress studs for the discerning man. With a stylish classical look, to smart trend-setting, you will discover the perfect gift for the gentleman in your life. Whether you buy with confidence online at www.heidi, or visit the Oakham showroom in the heart of Rutland, you’ll encounter a selection of truly beautiful high quality jewels, handcrafted with love. There is also currently up to 30% off selected pieces of fine jewellery to select from. Find Out More: Visit 5 The Maltings, Mill Street, Oakham, LE15 6EA, Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm. Call 01572 722666, email or visit

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John Cussell Jewellers John cussell began his silver and goldsmith training in 1961, and today oďŹ&#x20AC;ers an extensive range of high quality brands and a bespoke service using only traditional craftmanship to create innovative designs in his retail jewellery shop and workshop.

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ohn Cussell retail jewellery shop and workshop in Grantham are celebrating 35 successful and busy years. Established by silver and goldsmith, John Cussell, they offer an extensive range of high quality brands along with a bespoke service using traditional craftmanship along with innovative design.

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John Cussell

Silver and goldsmithing is a very special skill, and there are very few smiths like John running a workshop as part of a retail business. He started his training in 1961, and went on to an apprenticeship under Alf Rose at the ecclesiastical silversmiths Hirst Franklins and then on to the world famous workshops of Stuart Devlin, a silver smith and designer before setting up his first workshop in Spain. His big break came in 1977 when he was commissioned by Lincoln Cathedral Fabric Fund to design and produce a limited edition of silver cups based on an Elizabethan Chalice dated to 1569. It wasn’t long, however, before the thought of having a shop as well as a workshop seemed a great idea, so he began in a small shop. In 1995 a larger shop became available, which became the John Cussell of today. John has built up an extensive portfolio of jewellery commissions from customers over the years, ranging from simple silver stock pins to brooches, pendants and large diamond rings. In the initial stages, John spends time discussing ideas and requirements with the customer in the consultation area before creating the perfect design for them.

>> Coeur De Lion: Dazzle with intense bursts of colour Coeur De Lion offer a striking alternative to conventional jewellery that really stand out.

>> Nomination: Create your story that is unique, just like you with the Nomination Composable bracelet.

Repairs and alterations, as well as ring sizing and remodelling of jewellery is also available. John also uses his skills to renovate and repair major civic and ecclesiastical objects, which include the processional crosier, altar lantern and west porch lantern at Saint Wulfram’s Church. << Claudia Bradby: British and beautiful, each collection is handmade from silver and exquisite pearls, to create contemporary jewellery to enhance every occasion.

John also spends considerable time sourcing a distinctive range of jewellery, including the brand new Claudia Bradby pearl jewellery, Coeur de Lion, Nomination, Unique and Jools plus a large range of stunning silver and gold jewellery. They also stock Nick Hubbard silver jewellery which is quirky and distinctive. A real achievement and accolode to the business, John Cussell’s was awarded Independent Retailer of the Year at the Grantham Journal Business Awards in 2008. “Our success over the years is not only due to the wide range of jewellery we have on offer, but because of the great service we provide, and our extremely helpful and knowledgeable staff.” says John. Find out more: Visit 84 Westgate, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LE. Get in touch on 01476 571721, or visit

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horse Livery serviCes

Morley Equestrian When the De Benedictis family moved to the area, Domenico set to work to build his daughter a livery yard. They struggled to ďŹ nd high quality services and supplies at competitive prices and so decided to build their own which has resulted in Morley Equestrian, oďŹ&#x20AC;ering livery packages and also the production of bespoke stables, wooden doors including house and garage doors and menage construction. Words and images: Ceri Jackson.

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orley Equestrian Centre is a privately owned, small and friendly livery yard based in Bicker, which has been designed and created for Domenico and Danielle's daughter, Natalia. 21 year old Natalia Sophia has been horse riding for 10 years mainly in Cyprus and Italy where the family used to live. She had lots of opportunity to ride and learn about different types of horses, mainly ex racehorses and thoroughbreds, and was involved closely with the farrier and vet during their visits. She also learned how to handle youngsters and train them to compete. She owned her own horse and pony and competed island wide in Cyprus winning the All Island Competition twice, once as a junior and once as a senior. The family moved to the area with the intention of building a livery yard and facilities for their own horses and others, but they couldn't find the high quality services and supplies that they needed. With over 30 years experience in developing and building properties, the family decided to build their own livery yard, including stables and a horse training menage area. Since then the family have been approached and complimented by other horse owners so they decided to offer their own equestrian services to others in the area, including Lincolnshire, Market Harborough and Rutland. They also travel countrywide to provide quotes and services to anyone out of the immediate area. They converted their out buildings into 12 high quality, modern stables including eight brick and four timber stables and built a 55 x 40 metre menage. Domenico

Domenico set to work to build his daughter a livery yard, but struggled to ďŹ nd high quality supplies and services. he decided to build his own, and so Morley equestrian was born.

Find out more: Visit Morley Equestrian Centre, Morley House, Morley Lane, Bicker, Lincolnshire, PE20 3DP. Get in touch: 01775 820955 or 07827 521208, www.morley

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even set up and built the stable doors which he can make for customers to their own specifications. “Natalia will provide the livery service for the horses that we keep at the stables. We can offer a range of livery packages from the full service which includes mucking and skipping out, full daily groom, exercise programme to suit your horse, turning out and bringing in and rug changes, to DIY livery. Services can also be tailored to your needs.” says Domenico. Natalia looks after her horses at the livery yard, three of which were brought to England from Italy. In Italy she worked with her own young horses, one of whom was particularly challenging and is now out competing in dressage and show jumping. She worked with a family in the village who train Maremmano horses for classical dressage. She is also working at a local event and breeding yard and is constantly learning. Horses are her passion and this, coupled with her experience and knowledge, has helped create Morley Equestrian Centre. “As well as our livery service, we have designed our own range of high quality equestrian and farmhouse products. We can provide brick and timber stable blocks which are created to customers' specifications and we have expertise with both new builds and refurbishment of existing buildings. We make high quality oak and soft wood stable doors with special double braced design and adapted hinges, construct menages and fencing. We can also make garage, farmhouse and external doors too.” Domenico has all his own equipment on site, including a JCB, dump truck, roller, mini digger and low loader which means he can travel all over the country with ease to build other peoples' equestrian dreams. Plant hire is also available with transport to site. “Here at Morley Equestrian Centre in Bicker we've built our equestrian dream and we want to work hard to help others create theirs too. We can hold up to 12 horses here, and with our different livery packages and services we believe we have something to suit other horse lovers and their requirements.” says Domenico. Guest Editor Ceri Jackson meets Prada.


Main: Natalia’s horses are also kept at the livery. Three were brought to the UK from Italy when the family moved. right: The livery is spread over nine acres, and features manège and paddock areas.

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Services on Offer £ Morley Equestrian offer a full/part livery service as well as DIY, but they are happy to tailor these to suit their customers. Full livery includes mucking and skipping out, full daily groom, exercise programme, turning out and bringing in, rug changes and more!

£ The equestrian centre have developed their own range of high quality equestrian and farmhouse products including horse stables construction and refurbishment, solid oak or soft wood stable doors, manege construction and horse fencing.

£ They provide both brick built and timber stable blocks to high specification and customer requirements. This includes a site survey, quote and fully guaranteed work, and if required design and plans.

£ Stable doors are constructed in their workshop and are hand finished to a very high standard. They add a special double braced top and bottom design, adapted hinges and bolts, and are also available in treated soft wood or solid oak.

£ Garage doors are made to order in their workshop, and can be constructed of either soft wood or solid oak. They include specially adapted hinges to ensure secure fitting.

£ Their farmhouse doors and external doors are also made in their workshop. External doors are made of either 44mm or 64mm solid oak, and the 44mm can feature glass or solid oak top.


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George ‘Johnny’ Johnson is the last surviving bomb aimer form the fabled 617 raid. Here, he tells his story.


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Friends of the WW1 Tanks... This month marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and few know that the tanks used were actually invented and manufactured locally. This month, we spoke to activist for the tank, and author Richard Pullen to find out more. You’ve written quite a few books about the tanks - why did you first become interested in the Great War and the tanks?

Whoever solved the seemingly unsolvable riddle would make the war mobile again.

My Grandfather passed away in 1982, and amongst his belongings we found a war service badge from William Foster and Co Ltd. I decided to start to research the story and my Grandfather’s involvement. It turns out he actually walked from Caistor to Lincoln to find work, which he found at the William Foster and Co Ltd factory.

So how was ‘The Riddle of the Trenches’ solved?

Can you tell us about the Great War, and why the invention of the tank was imperative?

The answer eventually came from a small agricultural engineering firm - William Foster and Co Ltd were relatively tiny, but were well known for their high quality and speed of manufacture, and they came up with the idea for the tank. The first true armoured tracked vehicle created by the Governments Landships Committee came from William Foster. After a failed attempt to fit a readymade American track set, it became known as Little Willie. Little Willie was a valuable test bed and several new ideas and designs were used on it. Willie was actually of a very modern design, having the main hull

By 1915, the Great War was in full swing and the horrific potential of the new war had become painfully apparent to everyone. One word explains why the Great War was so terrible, and that word is ‘Mechanisation’. For the first time, “By 1915 the Great War was in full swing, and the two huge World super powers were pitted against each other and they horrific potential was now apparent. Men were were both armed with the most stopped by belts of barbed wire and gun fire. the efficient and technologically advanced weaponry available. question was - how do we get our men into enemy Submarines, aeroplanes, accurate trenches. this led to the invention of the tank.” artillery, high explosives and poison gas were all being used on a daily basis and the riding between the track frames and the turret on casualty rate was beginning to worry the Military. the top, just like a tank of today. Despite all of these new machines of war, perhaps two seemingly unconnected inventions were more responsible for the deadlock that characterised the Great War than any other, and they were the machine gun and barbed wire. If either side tried to get up out of their trenches and cross no man’s land, they would be stopped by the impenetrable belts of barbed wire and cut down by deadly interlocking fields of machine gun fire. The question was simply - how do we get our men into enemy trenches without being slaughtered by the machine guns or caught up on the wire. This became known as ‘The Riddle of the Trenches’.

Little Willie was terrific off road and took replica shell holes in its stride at tests in Burton Park in Lincoln and later at Hatfield House. Unfortunately it had almost no trench crossing ability, and there is no way the vehicle would have been able to cross even a narrow trench, let alone the huge fortified trenches now being dug by the Germans. Because of this, it never went into production. So Foster’s were responsible for inventing the tanks? Yes - the old Foster factory was situated off what is now called Tritton Road, named after William 137

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throw at it. At this early stage, the huge creation was officially known as ‘His Majesties Landship Centipede’, but it wasn’t long before everyone agreed that it should still be known as Mother. Did they do any testing of the Mother tank? Mother was first tested on Poppletons Field and then went for more rigorous testing in Burton Park. On the 2nd February 1916, the new machine was taken to the north of Lincoln at Hatfield Park for official War Office testing. The Mother tank sailed through it all, taking trenches and boggy ground in her stride. One of the officials present for the tests suggested that Fosters should build a further 3000 straight away, and after the Mother tank had proved her worth, the orders started to come in, and factories had to be brought in to keep up with the demand throughout the UK including Newcastle, Glasgow and Birmingham. What material did they use, and what colour were they? Above: The first off the line, the Mother tank on test in early 1916. Right: A Mk IV tank, with Canadian infantry posing for a wonderful and iconic photograph in France, 1917.

Tritton. He was the Managing Director of Fosters and one of the two men credited with inventing the tank, the other being Major Walter Gordon Wilson of the Royal Navy Air Service. After the initial idea of Little Willie, did they come up with new designs for tanks? Little Willie couldn’t be strictly described as a tank, and almost as soon as it was finished it was obsolete, as the prototype for the rhomboid shaped heavy Mk I tank was starting to take shape at Fosters works. The first Mk I tank prototype was known as Mother as she was the first of the line. So what happened after they created these prototypes? After they came up with the Little Willie and Mother prototypes, William Foster and Co Ltd factory invited

“after creating the initial Little Willie prototype at the William Foster and Co Ltd factory, the Mk 1 ‘Mother’ tank was born. Military dignitaries were more than impressed and told Fosters to have a complete machine ready as soon as possible.” a number of military dignitaries on 29th September 1915 to come and see something rather interesting. Inside a large marquee, they showed them a wooden mock up of the new weapon that became known to the world as the Tank. To say that the military were impressed would be a huge understatement and Fosters were told to have a complete machine ready for testing as soon as possible. The team at Fosters astounded everyone when in January 1916, around three months later, they announced that the prototype machine was finished and ready for whatever the military could 138

The tanks were constructed from armoured steel, which was actually very brittle. Anything bigger than a machine gun bullet would probably smash straight through. The maximum thickness of armour on a WW1 tank was only 12mm. The colour of the first tanks is a tricky question to answer, and nobody seems very sure. The first tanks were sometimes sent into battle unpainted, but then they were soon painted a dirty brown colour. By the end of the war, they were mostly painted a military Khaki Green colour. How were the tanks manufactured? They seem to have been built where there was room in the factory. There wasn’t a production line as such, they were just built up where they stood. Men and women worked on the tanks: men generally did the heavy construction and the women did the making and finishing of parts, although this would still have been hard, heavy work. How did the Mk 1 Mother tank fare when she was taken to war? On 15th September 1916, Tank Warfare was unleashed on to the world. The Mk I Mother tanks had gone into battle and everyone had high hopes that it was the ‘war winning wonder weapon’, but in reality the Mk I was little more than a prototype, rushed into service before it was truly ready. It had several serious design flaws that resulted in a less than perfect first showing at the Battle of Flers in 1916. What happened next - did they come up with other tanks, and were they manufactured locally too? They designed and built a number of tanks, including Little Willie, Mother, the Mk I, some Mk II, Mk IV and the Medium A and Medium C tanks as well. There were other tanks built by other manufacturers from the Drawings and the Mk IX supply tank, which was built by Marshall Sons and Co Ltd. The Mk IV

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Above: A brand new Mk I tank leaving Lincoln to be delivered to the Tank Corps by train. Above right: Women workers at Fosters making track shoes for the tanks.

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was the latest design, and started to come off the production lines in early 1917. Everyone could see that this new tank was something very different to that of the Mother tank. It had better escape hatches, an improved fuel system, unditching rails and an armoured petrol tank at the rear of the machine. At last, the Tank Corps had the makings of a good tank and all they needed now was some firm level ground on which to prove its worth. Did the Tank Corps manage to test the new Mk IV tank? Unfortunately, they didn’t get the chance they needed as their first engagement with the new tank was in the mud strewn Ypres Salient. In places, the ground around Ypres wouldn’t have supported the weight of

“the Mk iv was the latest design and came off production in early 1917. although it was a vast improvement from the Mother tank, it couldn’t withstand the mud strewn ypres salient. it finally proved itself at Cambrai on flat, unbroken ground.”


Whatever the results of the battle or the politics of the tactical decisions, for the first time, the tanks had shown what they could do and they were here to stay and Church bells were rung in England to mark the ‘Triumph of the Tanks’. So how fast could these tanks actually go? The one thing WW1 tanks lacked was suspension, so their speed was restricted. The heavy tanks had a maximum speed of just 4 mph on very good ground, and realistically, an off road speed of just one or two miles per hour. In these circumstances the German guns had a field day, and the ones that got stuck in the mud were an even easier target. Ypres was another gift to those in Whitehall who saw the tanks as little more than an expensive and indulgent folly. The Medium A Whippet was a faster tank at around 8 mph, but none of them were racers! Initially the tanks were used very badly, in small numbers of just a few at a time and on the wrong sort of ground.

a man, let along a 28 ton tank. There was even a new landmark on the maps of the area around Hooge at the end of the battle called the ‘Cemetery of the Tanks’.

The new Mk IV was wasted in the swampy ground around Ypres in the summer of 1917. At the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917, several hundred tanks were used across a wide front of open and flat countryside. They pushed miles into German territory and at last proved what they could do.

What happened next - did the Tank Corps give up on the tank?

What was it like to fire the WW1 tanks?

They believed in their tanks, and eventually the Mk IV got the chance it deserved at Cambrai in November 1917. The flat, level, unbroken ground was exactly what they needed and for the first time, the British Army measured their advances in miles instead of yards. Despite the advance of the tanks at Cambrai, the infantry and Cavalry didn’t exploit the situation and the tanks were forced to withdraw, giving the Germans a chance to counter attack.

Although the WW1 tanks had excellent guns, the vision inside was very restricted. The crew usually couldn’t use the guns to their full potential as they couldn’t see well enough to sight the guns up on their enemy. Were there times when things would go wrong? The tanks were hardly perfect - and it was very early days. The exhaust pipes leaked and would make the

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crews feel sick all the time they were in battle. Tank Corps losses in the Great War were 40% men killed or wounded, but more of the men were often killed by carbon monoxide poisoning from their own engines than killed by enemy action. The tanks were also full of flammable items - like ammo, fuel and oil. Many caught fire in battle and then it would be a race to try and escape before the whole thing went up. The engines were Daimler units borrowed from a tractor and they weren’t actually very good for use in tanks. Many tanks broke down in battle, sometimes even before they had reached their starting off points. When were the last tanks produced? The last tanks produced at the factory were the Medium A and C machines. These were known as Chaser Tanks and were deployed after the trenches had been broken by the heavy machines. The Medium A was also designed by William Fosters and by the end of the war the company had constructed 200 of them. They saw service in France and Belgium, most notably during the Battle of Amiens in 1918. The Medium C was only ever built by Fosters and is widely accepted to be the best tank of its era. Unfortunately, it was also too late to go into service, so it was the best tank never to see action. The tank was used in Northern Ireland after the war, and the last of these tanks was

scrapped into 1928 and none survive today. The tank on display at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life - is this the last of its kind? This is a Female Mk IV tank, which was made in Birmingham in early 1917. The males had 6 pounder cannons on each side and the females had just machine guns. This tank is known as Flirt II and is one of only a handful of WW1 tanks left in the world. There are examples in America, Australia, South Africa, Belgium and France. There were also 264 WW1 Presentation Tanks given away to towns and cities around the country as memorials, with Stamford being one. What are your thoughts on the tanks, 100 years on? The tanks were very primitive, but they did what they were designed to do. They didn’t win the war, but they did get us past the barbed wire and machine guns. They opened the war up and ended the stalemate and for that. I think as a country, we should be proud; if the tanks hadn’t have been invented at the William Foster and Co Ltd factory, the war would have carried on, perhaps even into the 1920’s. That or the Germans might have invented the first tank, which would have made things very different than they actually were.

Above: the managers and commercial staff of William Fosters. Seated in the centre is William Tritton, one of the men who invented the tank.

Find out More: Friends of Lincoln Tanks aims to promote the story of how the first tanks were created in Lincoln and they hold regular lectures and events. For more information, go to The Lincoln Tank Memorial Group are fundraising for a memorial to mark the creation of the tank in Lincoln in 1916 showing a half finished Mk 1 tank surrounded by metal men and women figures who built the tanks. This should be unveiled late 2014 or early 2015.


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RAF Waddington International Air Show

raF Waddington The largest of all the RAF Air Shows returns on 5th and 6th July at Waddington, where they’ll be celebrating the golden anniversary of the Red Arrows, 65 years of NATO, and the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.


eld over the first weekend of July, every year more than 140,000 visitors enjoy the two day extravaganza of the RAF Waddington International Air Show. The largest of all RAF Air Shows, it offers a truly unforgettable day full of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Since the inaugural show, in 1995, the event has increased significantly in size and stature, and is now one of the Country’s largest and most popular air shows. Its main purpose is to increase public awareness and understanding of the RAF and its role today and all profits are donated to RAF and local charities. This year, there will be a spectacular 7-hour flying display featuring the fabulous Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAF Falcons freefall parachute team and many more military and civilian aircraft from the UK and around the world. The Air Show also includes an extensive range of ground displays and over 250 trade stalls, craft marquees, a traditional funfair, classic cars, vintage military vehicles and two exhibition hangars with hands-on exhibits from all three Services. There’ll also be a chance to enjoy the thrill of a helicopter pleasure flight for a magnificent bird's eye view of the Air Show and local area - whatever your age there will be something of interest! 2014 marks the Golden Anniversary of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, better known as the Red Arrows. Formed in 1964 from several squadron teams, the Red

Arrows have become recognised as one of the best military formation aerobatic teams in the world, displaying in 55 countries, with more than 4,500 public displays. Demonstrating the very ‘Best of British’, they demonstrate the art of precision flying, striving for excellence as reflected in the team’s motto ‘ECLAT’, a French word meaning ‘brilliance’ or ‘excellence’. The event will also celebrate 65 years of NATO and the Royal Air Force’s contribution. Since its formation in 1949 the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been a force for good in the world focused on the maintenance of Peace around the globe. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, centred on the invasion, known as “D-Day”. The Allied invasion of the Normandy beaches in 1944 was one of the critical battles of the Second World War, marking the beginning of the end of Nazi domination of the European mainland and liberation for its peoples. The delightful D-Day Darlings will make an appearance as they have packed up their old kit bag and are marching around the United Kingdom performing their smash hit show.

Advanced Ticket Availability: £24/advance, £13/children, £62/family. Tickets are also available for the different enclosures. visit or buy your tickets from participating Morrison stores & hsBC branches. ©Crown Copyright


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Luxury: Mercedes’s S-Class Coupé line is crowned with the S63 AMG, which is luxurious and muscular thanks to its 5.5 litre V8 twin-turbo engine.

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S-Class Coupé Mercedes has crowned its range of executive motors with a coupé with touche éclat - the S-Class. With four seats, silky smooth engines and whisper-quiet refinement, it has a great combination of performance and luxury...

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M ercedes S-Class Coupé


ometimes, you wonder how a manufacturer could possibly improve its flagship model. How do you make a Range Rover better off-road? How do you make a Porsche 911 better to drive? For that matter, how you make a Mercedes S-Class even more luxurious? That was the challenge Mercedes’s developers were faced with when they launched the new S-Class saloon back in January. Last month a flagship V12 S600L sporty S65 AMG model and an entry level hybrid model joined the fold. This summer though, order books will open for a two-door coupé version of the S-Class, and will replace the CL model, instead adopting the coveted S-Class nomenclature. The model will also spawn a ‘shooting brake’ estate and a super-long wheelbase stretched limo version to replace Mercedes’s now defunct Maybach brand. As the flagship model in the company’s lineup, the S-Class has always been tremendously important. The company pioneered electric windows, ABS and adaptive cruise control, in the S-Class and were the first to install air conditioning in it. It’s fair to say that the S-Class debuts the technology that will gradually

become standard on all cars in the future, and is more technologically sophisticated and ahead of its time with each successive model. The 2014 S-Class debuted luxuries like built in air fresheners, hot-stone massagers for the seats and heated armrests. There were also more practical features like an adaptive cruise control system which, as well as maintaining a set distance from the car in front by accelerating and decelerating automatically, will also use ‘steer assist’ to automatically maintain the car’s placement on the road. The S-Class was also the most refined model yet, thanks to Magic Body Control, which uses cameras to scan the road ahead and adapt the suspension and dampers to mitigate potholes and other imperfections in the road. The car is quiet, comfortable, über-luxurious and has been warmly received for its whisper-quiet refinement and handling. The forthcoming coupé model, deliveries of which will begin later this year, is designed to be more of a GT - a comfortable cruiser - than an out and out sports car, but there’s definitely more of a tip of the hat to performance compared to the saloon model.

above: Masses of standard equipment, but the coupé has model-specific seats and is available with more contemporary colourways like this Bengal Red, or Porcelain.

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M ercedes S-Class Coupé

The shape is not too dissimilar to the E-Class coupé not different enough to warrant the premium, perhaps, but it’s a muscular evolution of the saloon, with pronounced power bulges, a high beltline and accentuated wheelarches. Its frameless glass doors and a standard fit panoramic roof which can automatically change from opaque to transparent at the touch of a button are nice touches, whilst its rear plate has been

What can be said about the s-Class Coupé other than the fact that it’s an extension of a saloon which is already peerless in its comfort, space and luxury...

Mercedes s-Class Coupé Price: £100,000-£150,000 (est). on sale: Autumn. engines: 3.0 V6 24v diesel, 4.7 V8 24v petrol, 5.5 V8 AMG. economy: (S63AMG) 27.9mpg comb. Performance: (S63AMG) 0-60mph 4.3secs. Top speed 155mph (limited). equipment: Leather, electric seats, steering wheel and windows, heated seats, COMAND sat nav and DAB radio, parking sensors, cruise/ climate controls.


moved to the lower bumper for a more rakish, sports car-like backend. Optional diamond headlights incorporate 47 Swarovski crystals each, but even standard cars look great. The standard S-Class coupé will feature air suspension, electric-windows, seats and steering wheel adjustment with memory and heating, cruise and climate controls, parking sensors, reversing camera, sat nav, Bluetooth and leather seats & dashboard. Myriad options allow for air conditioned seats, TV tuner, an executive rear seat package with massage and heated armrests, rear fridge, ioniser & air freshener, night vision system, and adaptive cruise control, not to mention loads of paint, leather and dashboard finishes. Coupé versions will gain unique seats with seatbelts integrated into the rear body panels and are presented

to the driver electrically upon entry, as well as individual bucket seats for rear passengers. The S-Class Coupé will launch with a 4.7V8 petrol, badged S500 but later, there will be a S350 coupé with a frugal diesel engine and flagship S63/S65AMG models will bring AMG engineered hand-built V8 and V12 engines to the party, as well as features like Magic Body Control and the ability to ‘lean’ into bends to mitigate cornering forces, again, assisted by cameras which scan the road ahead. Special ceramic brakes and AMG seven-speed transmissions, plus AMG wheels all help to distinguish the coupé flagship further still from its saloon stablemate, as well as providing a driving experience more oriented towards performance rather than comfort, commensurate with the AMG sub-brand. What can be said about the S-Class Coupé other than the fact that it’s an extension of a saloon which is already peerless in its comfort, space and luxury. The optional extra list is still extensive, and arguably there’s more kudos to be gained from driving a coupé rather than saloon Mercedes flagship, but for those who aren’t bothered about those two rear doors, it’s a beautiful version of an already technically impressive and cosseting vehicle. If sports cars from Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini are too flashy, but you’re still in the enviable position to drive a six figure vehicle, and value performance & handling as well as luxury, there’s simply no better car than the S-Class, and in coupé form, it’s absolutely beautiful.

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Flash Mob is back and touring the UK, featuring at The Cresset on 11th July. It’s a platform for the amazing talent that has emerged from TV dance reality shows. Amongst the cast are Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer from Strictly Come Dancing, Flawless from Britain’s Got Talent, Olivier nominated Tommy Franzen from BBC1’s So You Think You Can Dance and Alleviate and Brosena from Sky 1’s Got To Dance.

A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright, Alan Ayckbourn.

Enjoy an evening at Dingly Hall with the City of London Chamber Orchestra (CLCO), a repertoire orchestra that quickly developed into one of London's most innovative, young professional orchestras. They have played at Dingley every summer since 1991 under their conductor, Thomas Hull.

Flashmob is one of the most dynamic and innovative dance shows you will ever see. Packed with energy the show focuses on fusing different dance genres to celebrate the joy of movement and dance as an overall art form. If you are new to dance, this show is the perfect introduction, enabling you to sample styles from Latin to lockin’, from Celtic to contemporary and from street to Salsa. Tickets are from £17. 01733265705

A Small Family Business returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play. Jack McCracken is a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long as moments after taking over his fatherin-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended ‘family to be’ are thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax. Tickets are £15. 01733207239

Friday 25th July, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £23. A barbecue will be available near the Church at 6pm if booked in advance. Tickets are £12. 01162333111

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£ WW1 EVENTS 1914VintageCroquet 6th July, 12pm-4pm: An afternoon of vintage English fun, with a WW1 theme. Cheer on your favourite team, or have a go yourself! Members of Peterborough Croquet Club will be on hand to share tips, and the Tea Room ladies will be serving afternoon tea and cake, and chilled glasses of Pimms. WW1GardenHistory 27th July, 12pm-4pm: Meet historical gardeners and find out what your great grandparents were growing in their victory gardens during the Great War. Go on a seed-collecting tour, or listen to live music while you make a beautiful and sweet-smelling gift for you or your sweetheart. Same price for both events: Garden entry: £7 p/adult, £6 concession, £3/child and family ticket (up to 5) £19. 01572813200

£ OSPREY FUN DAY Stuck for what to do with the kids in the holidays? Go to Lyndon Nature Reserve on 29th July from 10am-3pm for the Osprey fun day, full of games, activities, crafts and guided walks for children and families! £5 per child or just £10 for the family; includes entrance to the nature reserve for the family for the day. 01572737378

The Burghley Film Festival is returning on the South Lawn of Burghley from 30th July to 3rd August, with an extra night and even bigger 40 square metre screen! The festival will feature five nights and four days of films, including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Dirty Dancing, War Horse, Monty Python, and children’s favourites like Despicable Me and The Little Mermaid. There will be food freshly prepared by Absolute Taste, and a Great British Barbecue during film shows. You can enjoy jugs of Pimms, cold beer, wine and cocktails; snacks, popcorn, ice-cream and home-made fruit juice slushies. For more information, call 01780 752451, or visit

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Seek paradise in Malaysia

Exotic getaway... The incredible variety of Southeast Asia is evident for all to see in the diverse nation of Malaysia. From wealthy, ever-expanding metropolises to tranquil rural villages, paradisiacal beaches and dense tropical rainforests, Malaysia seeks and succeeds to be all things to all people. Words: Ceri Jackson


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Malaysia has an intriguing mix of new and old, and is a nation that boasts a 153 culture. unique and diverse

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Borneo’stropicalrainforestsare home to many animals, so we went on a journey of discovery in the deepest depths of the forest. Orangutan: This is the largest treeclimbing mammal and the only great ape found in Asia. They share the forests with 12 other primate species, including gibbons, langurs, macaques, the tarsier, the slow loris, and the endangered proboscis monkey. sumatranrhinoceros:In the northeast of Borneo lives the Sumatran rhinoceros, the most critically endangered rhino species in the world. Borneopygmyelephant: The pygmy elephant is restricted to the northeast from eastern and central Sabah. Smaller than Africann elephants, they are very tame and passive. Cloudedleopard:These dominate the lowland forests, and the most talented climbers among the cats. They live a solitary lifestyle, resting in trees during the day and hunting at night. Borneobaycat: Secretive and nocturnal, bay cats are considered one of the rarest cats in the world, but you may be able to spot one on your trek! sunBear: Also known as the "honey bear", due to its appetite for honeycombs and honey. The sun bear is the smallest of the bear, and is considered vulnerable. Otter-civet:A nocturnal species that gets most of its food from the water, feeding on fish, crabs and mollusks. 154


GreatplacesinMalaysia Aboveleft:The architecture in Kuala Lumper varies from elegant colonial buildings of Merdeka Square to modern skyscrapers.


Kuala Lumper is a glittering modern city boasting an array of multicultures, cuisine, art and museums, shopping and so much more. Make sure you visit the Batu Caves - a Hindu Shrine and the site of the yearly Thaipusam Festival, or the Masjid Jamek mosque and British Colonial architecture. Visit the iconic landmark the Petronas Towers, and take a high-speed elevator to the viewing deck and walk on the Sky Bridge connecting the two towers. If the hustle and bustle of the city proves too much, then Lake Gardens, with its deer park, orchid garden and planetarium, is the place to enjoy a refreshing respite. A 2 week stay for 2 will cost around £4,000.


Langkawi is a paradise of 99 islands - with only two that are inhabited. It is a land of legend and beauty that isn’t short on natural wonders with plenty to explore, sights to see and wildlife to witness both on land and below the surface of the Andaman waters. Visit Sungai Kilim Nature Park with lush mangrove forests, white-sand beaches and crystal clear lagoons brimming with

Aboveright:Come face to face with orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Centre.

life. Pantai Cenang is the main beach on the island and boasts soft sands, turquoise blue waters and a quiet and laid-back atmosphere. For shop lovers - Kuah is the best and busiest place on the island. A 2 week stay in July for 2 adults will cost around £5,600.


Perfect for an exotic holiday, Borneo offers exciting sightseeing, diverse scenery and beautiful beaches. Encounter playful orangutans at the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, visit water villages or climb the slopes of Mount Kinabalu. Sandakan is a gateway to natural wonders, and adventure seekers can bathe in the Poring Hot Springs, explore tropical rainforests, trek to the Langanan and Kipungit waterfalls and visit the nearby butterfly farm. A 2 week stay for 2 will cost around £4,400.

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The Batu caves contain caverns and grottoes, ďŹ lled with colorful painted sculptures of Hindu gods.

Belowleft:Enjoy breaktakingly stunning views on the Canopy Walkway at Ulu Temburong National Park in Brunei, Borneo.


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theeventhelpedraise moneyfortwocharities.

THE EVENT 1st Annual Charity Dinner and Dance The Rutland County Netball League held their first Annual Charity Dinner and Dance on Friday 9th May. The Back to Netball league was set up in 2012 by Chairperson Tina Sayers, and so far has brought over 150 women back to netball. The event was hosted to celebrate the small netball league whilst also raising money for two charities: The Karen Ball Fund and Leicester Special Baby Car Unit. There was also a special guest speaker: Val Kindred who is East Midland’s Netball Development Officer. Photos: donlambert.


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County Netball League 1st Annual Charity Dinner and Dance

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County Netball League 1st Annual Charity Dinner and Dance

theRutlandCounty Netballleagueheldtheir ďŹ rstAnnualCharity dinneranddance.

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

ACROss 1. This a difficult problem finally erased, where rubber's employed (7) 5. Because investing billions inspiring you and I, certain things gathering dust (7) 10. Hulking beast squeezed into motor caravan (4) 11. Back horse with one limb, "Sea Slug" (10) 12. Intended return of innocent child effectively starts (6) 13. Standards appear sad, more sad when reported? (8) 14. Manager should be cut short in truth for logorrhoea (9) 16. Bound to join women's club (5) 17. Hide behind first of shredded wheat (5) 19. Local boat enters before part of cycle (5,4) 23. Description of some missiles having bearing on dispersal of a riot (3-2-3) 24. I'm flipping plugging the blessed lecture! (6) 26. Well oiled builder's bum, something furry in it (10) 27. Introductions only typical of your Sheridan plays (4) 28. Experience suffering in fight for financial rescue package (7) 29. Dork opening gift that's not for suckers! (7)

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