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RUTLAND’S FINEST MAGAZINE
Recording Dragonflies at Rutland Water Nature reserve’s recorders celebrate Odonata Anisoptera
Exploring the town of Uppingham this Spring
The history, heritage, people and places that make Uppingham so special
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Some exciting news to deliver this month. We’re delighted to announce the launch of Stamford Pride. Occasionally, there’s some confusion as to why we cover the town in our Rutland edition, rather than our Lincolnshire one. It’s because Stamford tends to be closer to Rutland both culturally and geographically.
However, with the launch of Stamford Pride, which at least initially will share some of its content with our Rutland edition, we’re giving the town the recognition it deserves. In addition, we’ll be launching Peterborough Pride next month, and we anticipate that it’ll soon become the finest magazine in the city!
Back to this edition, we’re enjoying seasonal dining at Loch Fyne, the area’s best dedicated seafood restaurant, we’re on the hunt for dragonflies at local nature reserves, and we’re meeting the kind-hearted folks behind our local dog rescue charity, Three Counties. We’ll also take a tour around both Stamford and Uppingham, with some great suggestions for how to make the most of these wonderful towns!
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CONTENTS NEWS & EVENTS
NEWS Our roundup of good news.
HIGH SOCIETY Nevill Holt Opera dinner at Hambleton Hall.
DRAGONFLIES Local nature reserves.
STAMFORD Exploring the area’s Georgian market town. UPPINGHAM Art & Culture.
FOOD & DRINK 58
DINING OUT Spring dining with a seafood twist at Loch Fyne.
HOMES & INTERIORS 66
WHAT’S ON Art and drama in April.
HOMES Beautiful finishing touches.
GARDENING Landscape design.
VETS & PETS Meet the waggy ‘tails’ with happy endings we’re in rescue dog heaven.
PET LUXURY Designer doggy gifts.
WEDDING The spring wedding of Andrea & Daniel Hines.
101 FASHION Two tone summer style.
GENTLEMEN 116 118
STYLE Leather accessories for gents with Aspinal of London.
LOCAL ALE Stoney Ford Brewery.
122 MOTORS Porsche’s new Cayenne.
BUSINESS & FINANCE 114
BUSINESS NEWS Success stories.
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THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE AREA READ PRIDE MAGAZINE
Pride Magazine is delivered free of charge, via Royal Mail, to high value homes in the county. Our circulation is to properties in the top three council tax bands - homes which are predominantly worth over ÂŁ300,000. This guarantees the magazine has an affluent readership commensurate with our content. In addition the magazine is also sold in supermarkets and newsagents including Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, WHSmith Tesco, Asda, Co-Op and Morrisons. Our in-house distribution team also works hard to handdeliver the magazine to selected hotels and restaurants, doctors, dentists, executive motor dealerships and golf clubs. This helps to ensure we have a continued presence, right across our catchment area. Our magazines also have more social media fans than any other local magazine, and we are available to read free of charge, online on your tablet, computer, laptop or mobile phone via our website and via the Readly and Issuu platforms. If your business would benefit from being showcased to the wealthiest people in the area, please call our friendly sales team on 01529 469977.
THE LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE FOR HIGH QUALITY HOMES
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NEWS & EVENTS
A New Magazine for Stamford...
WE’VE LAUNCHED THE STAMFORD EDITION OF THE AREA’S FINEST MAGAZINE STAMFORD It’s an exciting month for the Pride Magazines team as we launch not just one, but two new magazines! This month we’re launching Stamford Pride, the third edition of the area’s finest county magazines, following our launch of our Lincolnshire and Rutland editions in 2002 and 2012 respectively. “There has always been some confusion about why, historically, we’ve included Stamford in our Rutland, rather than our Lincolnshire edition,” says Executive Editor Rob Davis. “It’s because Stamford is geographically more closely aligned with Rutland.” “However, with the launch of our Stamford title, we’ll be able to give the town its own recognition. Initially, we’ll bring our readers news from
Stamford and Rutland in our new edition, gradually introducing more tailored material over the next year.” “Next month we’ll launch our fourth magazine, Peterborough
It’s off to Oxbridge for the area’s bright pupils
SEVEN LOCAL STUDENTS CELEBRATE OXBRIDGE PLACES
Pride, and will bring to the city a fresh new magazine which, we’re confident will soon become the finest magazine in the city, so we’re thrilled about the launch of our new titles!” OAKHAM Seven Oakhamians are celebrating offers to study at either Oxford or Cambridge University, two of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions. “Given the hugely competitive nature of Oxbridge entry, we are all delighted with the high number of students who have received offers this year,” says Dr Darren Sheppard, Oakham’s Senior Academic Mentor. “In being offered a place, our students have stood out from the thousands of others who have applied from across the UK and, indeed, the world.”
n To advertise your business in any of our four magazines, or if you’ve a feature idea or forthcoming event, call our friendly team on 01529 469977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The successful candidates have received offers for a wide range of courses, showing the variety of interests and aptitudes of our students, from Music, Fine Art and Classics, to Physics, Geography, Computer Science & German. Oakham school is an independent boarding and day school for girls and boys aged 10-18 offering ‘A’-levels and the International Baccalaureate. It has a roll of around 1,000 pupils and was founded in 1584 by Archdeacon Robert Johnson. n For more information see www.oakham.rutland.sch.uk.
GENEVIEVE MARGRETT HOPES TO OPEN A CINEMA ON TOWN’S HIGH STREET
OAKHAM It’s a golden opportunity to bring the silver screen back to Oakham. Genevieve Margrett is hoping to create the £1m Rutland Kino, an independent cinema which could comprise two screens and a café bar. The screens would accommodate 86 and 47 seats respectively, and would feature extra comfortable seats and sofas, rather than the usual cinema pews, and would utilise
the latest rear projection techology to make the most of both big screen belters and independent art house films alike. The boutique cinema would be based on the High Street with negotiations for a building currently underway. Genevieve says the cinema would bring a much needed entertainment and cultural hub to the area, and has set up a website for the cinema at www.rutlandkino.co.uk. n
‘Great Scot’ to visit NVR TRIP ON ICONIC FLYING SCOTSMAN AVAILABLE IN THE AREA
Pride Magazine’s magnificent man... (and his flying machine!) PRIDE It’s up, up and away this month as Pride Magazine’s editor Rob Davis achieves his PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operations) for his new toy. Generously gifted to him over the festive season by our publisher Julian Wilkinson, it’s a DJI Mavic Pro aircraft, which can take aerial photographs and videos for our magazines. Both Rob and Julian love their gadgets and now, over the coming months, we’ll be able to show you the area from a completely new perspective; 400ft in your air! We’re still not sure about how well he carries off the high-vis look, though... n
The Flying Scotsman is, indeed, a Great Scot. This month tickets are on sale for those who want to experience for themselves the iconic locomotive when it is in public service on 29th & 30th September and 1st October. Nene Valley Railway’s popular ‘Jolly Fisherman Fish & Chip’ service will also be operating, hauled by the locomotive. The locomotive appears with kind thanks to the National Railway Museum and Riley & Son as a thank you for the assistance that NVR provided with repairs to the locomotive. n Call 01780 784444 to make a booking or see www.nvr.org.uk. PETERBOROUGH
Cinema in Oakham
PLANS HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED for the creation of 41 new homes just off Stamford’s Uppingham Road. The area is facing a shortage of new homes, and the properties would meet a need for new housing stock, with most being four-bedroom houses and a number of them being classed as affordable. n
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NEWS In Brief STAMFORD
STAMFORD GROUPS ON THE VERGE OVER STATE OF PARKING Frustrated members of Stamford’s Civic Society Urban Group, the town council and Burghley Estates have all joined forces to take action over antisocial parking. The groups are frustrated by motorists parking on the verges from The William Cecil to Bottle Lodges have agreed to create yellow lines and erect posts to prevent motorists messing up the grass on what they describe as the gateway to the pretty town. n STAMFORD
VICAR CONDUCTS SISTER’S MARRIAGE It’s not unusual for a vicar to marry a couple in church, but one ceremony that will forever remain in the mind of Rev’d Gavin Cooper, of St Mary and St Martin in Stamford, was the recent wedding of Stephanie to fiancé Chris Parker... because Stephanie is Gavin’s sister! n
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History comes to life for families... MULTI PERIOD LIVING HISTORY WEEKEND TAKES PLACE AT THE CASTLE
OAKHAM History will come to life for everyone - young and old - at a Living History weekend which spans the centuries at Oakham Castle and takes place next month. The castle hosts its annual Multi-Period Living History weekend on 27th and 28th May, with re-enactors, demonstrations plus animals, and heritage skills and activities for adults and children to try. The event will celebrate the Castle’s 800 year story and explore different periods in its history, from the sights, sounds and smells of medieval live, Saxon times and the Tudor era. Whilst adults will find the event fascinating, some of the fun is reserved for children, with archery and even a scaled-down trebuchet; a real one wouldn’t fit through the gateway. Following last year’s popularity, the 2018 event will
LOCAL NEWS In Brief
OLIVER HEMSLEY ELECTED AS NEW LEADER OF COUNTY COUNCIL Councillor Oliver Hemsley has been elected as the Leader of Rutland County Council. He will serve as Leader until the next round of normal elections in 2019. Cllr Nick Begy will serve as Deputy Leader and announced will be joining the Cabinet as Portfolio Holder for Planning Policy & Planning Operations, Highways & Transportation. n
be ticketed event and as the castle is coming to the end of its Lottery Funding, organisers are appealing to the public to help the attraction to stand on its own two feet.
The Norman castle was constructed between 1180 and 1190, and received a HLF award of £2.1m in 2014 for a full restoration, which was completed in 2017.
An Easter Breakfast...?
IF YOU’VE A SWEET TOOTH, HOW ABOUT THIS CALORIFIC CONCOCTION FROM LEICESTER DESSERT PARLOUR, HOUSE OF DESSERTS, THE FIRM’S LATEST ‘FREAKSHAKE...’
n Pricing for the event, which will take place on 27th and 28th May, is to be confirmed, see www.oakhamcastle.org or call 01572 757578 for details. LEICESTER It’s Easter, so the sweet-toothed among us will enjoy treating ourselves to something sinful, right? Well, it doesn’t get more sinful than this, the latest freakshake from Leicester based dessert parlour house of desserts. It’s made with the firm’s homemade ice cream and has, in addition, Lucky Charm breakfast cereal; a Belgian waffle; Nutella spread and a Krispy Kreme doughnut, with sprinkles and a Twinkie bar. The dessert costs £12 and joins a range of four other shakes at the Allandale Road restaurant. n www.houseofdesserts.co.uk
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Nevill Holt Opera Dinner at
Music and good food have always been good bedfellows, as was proven last month with a dinner jointly hosted by Hambleton Hall and Nevill Holt Opera. The hotel’s Tim Hart invited two of Nevill Holt’s finest artists to perform in the drawing room of the country house hotel before a wonderful four course dinner.
Susanna Gaspar, soprano and Gilda in 2016’s performance of Rigoletto, and the company’s youngest talent Aaron Godfrey-Mayes performed a selection of arias culminating in a duet over aperitifs. Nevill Holt is the Harborough based opera company whose 2018 season will run from 14th-21st June and 28th-30th June, with
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face hosted in a brand new purpose built 400 seat theatre in the grounds of the country estate. It’s hoped that similar collaborations between the company and the hotel will take place in the future. n For information see www.nevillholtopera.co.uk and www.hambletonhall.com.
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A very ﬁne old Lincolnshire Manor House with origins dating back to Sir Hugh de Bussey's family that settled here at the time of William the Conqueror. The house is set in some 30 acres of parkland comprising; excellent pastures, a wealth of established and recently planted maturing trees and shrubs that provide considerable privacy to the estate. Hougham Manor is an imposing private country residence, but notably a comfortable family home with superb reception space and extensive accommodation ﬁtted to the highest standard throughout. Sympathetically renovated and partly extended over the last thirty seven years, the property has a timeless architectural design and internally combines traditional detailing with contemporary ﬁttings.
Tel: +44(0)1780 750200 Email: stamford@ﬁneandcounty.com
Tel: +44( 0)1572 335145 Email: rutland@ﬁneandcounty.com
HougHam manor, HougHam £2,800,000
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225 oﬃces across great Britain Plus 75 oﬃces globally
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S A L E S • L E T T I N G S • S U R V E Y S • M O R T G A G E S
FOUNTAINS BARN, COTTESMORE
GUIDE PRICE £775,000
A beautifully appointed stone barn conversion oﬀering generous and ﬂexible accommodation sitting in a private position in this well regarded Rutland village.
THE STABLES, LANGHAM
GUIDE PRICE £525,000
An immaculately presented barn style property oﬀering generous and ﬂexible accommodation & situated in a peaceful and private position in this popular Rutland village.
THE OLD WORKSHOP, UPPINGHAM
GUIDE PRICE £650,000
A beautifully presented three bedroom stone property oﬀering ﬂexible and spacious accommodation located in the centre of the historic market town of Uppingham.
OFFERS OVER £500,000
A fantastic opportunity to acquire an individual 1960's detached house on a generous third of an acre plot, available with full planning permission to remodel and modernise throughout.
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An exceptional village house with generous accommodation and grounds with annexe potential
Claire Moloney 07471 227 352
Price on Application
HALL | DRAWING ROOM | LIBRARY | DINING ROOM STORE ROOM | KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM UTILITY/WASHROOM CLOAKROOM PRINCIPAL BEDROOM WITH ENSUITE AND DRESSING ROOM | 4 FURTHER DOUBLE BEDROOMS FAMILY BATHROOM | SHOWER ROOM | PLAYROOM ANNEXE | 2 STORE ROOMS | TOOL SHED | WC DOUBLE GARAGE | TENNIS COURT GARDENS AND GROUNDS IN ALL ABOUT 1.25 ACRES
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4 E TH TTAG I W O C D BE
Guide Pride £1,700,000
A very ﬁne, substantial Grade II Listed Georgian Country House with 2.2. A gardens and grounds and detached 3-bedroom Bungalow set on the edge of the village. Elegantly proportioned accommodation has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment programme but retains a wealth of original features. 4 Reception Rooms, Kitchen, Cloakroom, Utility, Cellars, 7 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Playroom, Store Room. Outside: Coach House with Stables, Tack Room, Garaging, Summer House, heated Swimming Pool. EPC Exempt.
Guide Price £795,000
Delightful substantial detached character property with double Garage, ample parking and good-sized south-facing gardens enjoying spectacular countryside views. 3 Reception Rooms, open-plan Country Kitchen with Breakfast Room, Utility, Boot Room, Cloakroom/WC, 5 double Bedrooms, En-suite Bathroom, Family Bathroom. Energy Rating: F.
W E N
Superb, spacious character property set on a good sized plot with garaging, ample parking and extensive gardens in a sought after Rutland Water village. The property comprises 2 interlinked Cottages (one of them Grade II listed) providing a ﬂexible layout such that it could be used either as a single dwelling, or as a lovely 4-bedroom home with an independent Annexe/ Holiday Cottage. 3 Reception Rooms, Living Kitchen, 6 Bedrooms, 3 Btrms. Energy Rating: TBC.
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A beautiful Grade II listed three-storey village home believed to date back to the late 1800s and built from stone from the site of the Old Ketton Hall. The property oﬀers generously proportioned and elegantly appointed accommodation with an array of character features. 2 Reception Rooms, bespoke Breakfast Kitchen, 4 dbl Bedrooms, Bathroom. Basement, Outbuilding, Parking, walled Garden. EPC Exempt.
No Chain £490,000
A charming period mid-terrace townhouse with oﬀ-road parking and tiered south-facing garden situated on the edge of town. The ﬂexible and well-proportioned accommodation is arranged over three storeys and incorporates 2 Reception Rooms, Dining Kitchen, Cloakroom, 3/4 dbl Bedrooms, en-suite Shower Room and Bathroom. Energy Rating: D.
No Chain £425,000
Stunning Grade II listed cottage set on a privately screened plot of good size and providing immaculately presented accommodation with a wealth of character in a desirable village location. 2 Reception Rooms, Conservatory, bespoke Breakfast Kitchen, 3 Bedrooms, Bathroom, Shower Room. EPC Exempt.
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LD O S
Caythorpe, Grantham A truly one-of-a-kind, architect and owner designed dwelling situated in the heart of a highly desirable Cliff Village with immaculate and well thought-out living accommodation and beautiful landscaped gardens. Accommodation brieﬂy includes three reception rooms, three bedrooms, four bathrooms, open plan kitchen and outbuildings. This unique property is full of state-of-the-art technologies including an air source heat recovery system, centralised vacuum system and underﬂoor heating throughout. EPC: B. Guide Price: £675,000
Lime Grove, Bassingham A very well designed and spacious executive residence with extensive and versatile living accommodation while being situated in a popular and well serviced village. Accommodation brieﬂy includes 5 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms including 2 ensuites. The village itself is well serviced with two shops (one incorporates a post oﬃce and the other a butcher & deli) as well as two public houses, a doctors surgery and primary school. A large village hall provides sporting facilities and clubs. Bassingham Primary School is rated as Good by Ofsted. EPC: D. Guide Price: £475,000
Lincoln – 01522 716204 Grantham – 01476 515329 London – 020 7839 0888
Bob Bickersteth Milly English
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YOUR ADVANTAGE Professional property finder Kate Vincent shares some of the tough questions clients ask to find out how Garrington can help them purchase their next home What do you do?
We act on behalf of property purchasers; sourcing and pre-viewing homes, negotiating the best possible price and then nurturing the purchase and due diligence process through to completion.
What can you do that I am unable to do myself?
Our job is to help clients find their perfect property, buy at the best possible price and ensure that the deal goes through as smoothly as possible. Unlike most people, it is what we have done continually for over 20 years – and we have a reputation of being good at it! Sounds good, but still, why should I pay a fee?
Most of our clients see us as an investment rather than a cost. As a client, you will benefit from working with someone truly independent on your side, that spends time properly understanding your full requirements.
Our advice is objective, takes market conditions into account, your priorities and what can realistically be achieved – both in terms of property prices and timescales.
Overall, we tailor our services around the needs of each client and we focus very much on establishing a positive client working relationship, which on many occasions extends beyond the transaction. Our fees are equally tailored to a client’s needs and the services they require from us. On many occasions these fees can become self-funding based on the financial savings we may achieve when negotiating a purchase.
Where do you provide services?
We provide services locally and nationally. We have excellent knowledge of property in Rutland and the East Midlands property market, but if you are looking to relocate away from Rutland, then we have local experts in most parts of the country. We often hear about properties that have sold but we didn’t see them advertised. How do we find out about these?
Off-market properties are homes that are sold away from the public eye with no advertising (certainly not on web portals!) or publicity. To hear about these properties, you need to be very well connected or willing to actively approach homeowners to gauge if there is an appetite to sell. Sourcing and negotiating this type of property is a specialist skill, so it is best to get expert advice from a property professional like myself. Whilst this method of sourcing property is not guaranteed to always yield results, Garrington regularly unearths exciting opportunities in this way. Can you give me an example of how you have helped one of your clients move home and the difference you made?
We have helped a client move locally who had owned their existing home for many years. They were wishing to downsize now their children had all ‘flown the nest’, cash in their equity and wanted to buy an easier property to manage with a smaller garden, so they could enjoy more foreign travel.
Having looked tentatively at homes for several months they had become disconcerted by the lack of choice and the advice from local selling agents; that their own home would sell very quickly and they might have to rent. This feedback left them equally uncertain as to whether to sell first, or try to find a property to purchase. We were able to assist with advice on the best strategy and timing for selling, the selection of the right estate agent to work with, whilst conducting a proactive property search and presenting suitable options to buy.
We made a critical difference by formulating the right strategy based on their circumstances and gave their moving plans shape and direction, then made it all happen for them.
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Dragonflies THE COVER STORY
This month sees the first sightings of dragonflies & damselflies in the local area. 2017 saw record sightings according to the British Dragonfly Society, so we sought to find out more about these enigmatic creatures from local expert Claire Install... There are around 46 species of dragonflies and damselflies in the UK, - 21 breeding species in our area - and about 60 butterfly species. But whilst you’re able to name a few of the most common species of butterfly - red admiral, or ‘cabbage’ white - we imagine you’d struggle to name even the most common dragonfly found in our area.
With their bright colours, thin thorax and wide-span gossamer-thin wings, they’re great fliers and can manoeuvre upside down, backwards and can hover to catch prey on the wing. They skittishly dart from place to place, typically around watercourses in the area, often overlooked against more commonly considered species like bees and butterflies.
Their uniqueness, however, has not been overlooked by The Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust’s Claire Install, Senior Conservation Officer for the wider countryside (farm and large estates, or roadside verges for example).
Worcestershire-born Claire is a former British Dragonfly Society Conservation Officer and has been with the trust for three years. The naturalist will host a dragonfly workshop at the Trust’s headquarters on 24th April in preparation for the flight season.
From April, we should see dragonflies and damselflies - belonging to the insect order Odonata - on warm days right up to October. Main Image: Of the 46 species of dragonflies and damselflies in the UK, the largest species is probably the Emperor dragonfly. Damselflies, incidentally, are usually (but not always) smaller and have daintier wings which are held together at rest.
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“The adult dragonfly returns to the water to lay eggs, either in small quantities, or, in some species, in numbers of hundreds at a time...”
>> “Dragonflies are typically - though not always - larger or bulkier in size,” says Claire. “Their eyes meet in the middle, unlike damselflies whose eyes are arranged on the side of their heads, like a hammerhead shark.” “A damselfly’s wings are the same shape and come to rest over its thorax, unlike a dragonfly, whose hind and fore wings are usually equal in size and are held open.” Life as a Dragonfly
After mating, female adult dragonflies return to the water to lay eggs, sometimes this can total several hundred laid over a few days or weeks. These can either be flicked onto the surface of the water, or implanted into cuts the insects make in plant material. In some species, the mate-guard stands watch as the female lays eggs. Eggs can hatch soon after or during the next spring. Larvae bounce into the water as water-breathing creatures.
“Dragonflies and damselflies, being invertebrates with exoskeletons, ‘moult’ anywhere from eight-18 times in their larvae lives, to grow.” >>
Right: Southern Hawker dragonfly, one of the area’s most common species. Far Right: Local waterways like the Welland are a great place to see dragonflies.
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THE NATURAL WORLD
Tuesday 24th April, 10.30am Visit the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trustâ€™s Head Office for a Dragonfly Workshop led by Senior Conservation Officer Claire Install, former Conservation Officer for the British Dragonfly Society. Learn how to identify all the local species in preparation for the new flight season. n
Wednesday 25th July Dragonfly-themed guided walk on National Dragonfly Week with Claire at Cossington Meadows. Book online at www.lrwt.org.uk
Birds, Bugs and Boats
Thursday 5th April, 10am-4pm For the adventurous Nature lover; take to the water to tour the reservoir, landing occasionally for lunch, and bug hunts to see what wildlife the reservoir holds! The event takes place at Whitwell Water Sports Centre for a day of boating fun. n
2th May; 2nd, 9th, 16th June One of the most exciting ways of seeing dragonflies and ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip with members of the project team aboard the Rutland Belle. Dawn or afternoon. n
Saturday 23rd June, Noon-3pm An odonata fanâ€™s favourite event, damselflies and dragonflies are perhaps one of the highlights of the summer. Join local expert Tony Clarke on an introductory talk then a walk on the reserve to learn more about these fascinating creatures. Booking essential! n Call to book on 01572 770651 www.rutlandwater.org.uk.
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DRAGONFLIES: Common Questions... Q. Where can I find dragonflies? A. Both dragonflies and damselflies breed near water, so start at a local pond, canal, The Welland, or at Rutland Water.
Q. Do dragonflies bite or sting? A. The creatures are voracious predators of other insects such as midges, but to humans they’re harmless, using their oviposter for laying eggs, not for stinging. They can bite, but usually only if they’re handled and most fail to break the skin of a human. They have no venom, whatsoever.
Q. How long do they live? One day? A. It’s a common misconception that dragonflies only live for a single day. In fact, a dragonfly’s life cycle from egg to adult death is between four months and three years. Some, however, live as larvae species for five years. As adults, damselflies usually live between a week and two months.
Q. What’s the biggest dragonfly? A. An Emperor dragonfly can be 84mm in length and will have a wing span of about 102mm.
Q. What’s the lifecycle of a dragonfly? A. Dragonflies begin as eggs, usually laid under water. They spend most of their lives as larvae, which are water-dwelling, but spend only their adult lives above water.
Q. What do dragonflies eat? A. Mainly midges, mosquitoes, butterflies and moths... sometimes other dragonflies, catching prey on the wing.
Q. What’s the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly? A. Damselflies have four wings. They hold their wings close to their bodies. Dragonflies, meanwhile, have hind wings that are different shapes to their fore wings. n
Above: Rutland Water is one of the most biodiverse habitats in the area, but keeping areas of wildflower meadows available will ensure you can observe dragonflies and damselflies as they predate creatures like bees, butterflies and smaller flying insects such as midges and aphids.
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>> “The ancestors of modern dragonflies were among the oldest in the insect world, about 300m years ago, but they’re significantly smaller than they were thousands of years ago, when ancient species had a wing span of up to 70cm.” The creatures exists in larvae form for anything from a couple of months to five years, and eventually climb onto a plant stem, stone or bark to leave as air-breathing creatures.
“It’s believed that they wait for a succession of three mild nights before the complex emergence, here the head ‘pops out’ of the insects’ thorax and the legs unfold from the abdomen, drying out for half an hour.”
They redistribute their body fluids to their abdomen and wings, spending their remaining life - typically between two weeks and two months years as winged insects. Observing Dragonflies
“Dragonflies and damselflies usually predate on small flying insects - aphids and midges - but can eat bees and butterflies, too. Because of that, the waterside isn’t the only place to observe dragonflies.”
“Stamford’s Welland, nature reserves like Cossington Meadows, Peterborough’s Ferry Meadows and Watermead Country Park are all good places to see species like hawkers. Rutland Water is another great location, and urban waterways like Oakham and Grantham Canal are usually good dragonfly spotting locations too.”
“The creatures are voracious predators of other insects such as midges, but to humans they’re harmless, using their oviposter for laying eggs, not for stinging. They can bite, but only if they’re handled; most fail to break the skin of a human...”
Look for Males
“Typically ornithology and odonatology can be pursued at different times of the year and fit together quite well. I usually advise those just starting out spotting dragonflies to look for males, as the appearance and colour forms of females and adolescent males can be tricky to identify.”
“Males wait by bodies of water for females, and remaining still and moving slowly will usually enable you to get really close to them. If you do inadvertently startle them, they usually return to the same spot. Patience, peace and persistence are the three ways to spot them!” >> 33
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>> “A pair of binoculars will help, and if you’re trying to capture images of them, a good close-up (macro) or 300mm lens will help. These can be quite expensive, though.” In Your Own Garden
The British Dragonfly Society offers extensive advice on creating a dragonfly-friendly environment in your own garden with the creation of a suitable pond and wetland environment. The society advises that dragonflies and damselflies need water, plus aquatic plants to oxygenate the water and emergent plant life for perching, roosting and egg laying.
Alternatively, creating a pollinator-friendly area in your garden - wildflower meadows with long grasses will attract bees & butterflies... and by extension, dragonflies too! The Stuff of Legends
Quite why dragonflies are known as such has never been conclusively explained. What is known though is that dragonflies are abundantly mentioned in folklore. The earliest example of this is Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum, published in 1626. A rather more contemporary volume by Jill Lucas called Spinning Jenny and Devil’s Darning Needle explores the reasons behind just a few of the dragonfly species’ more colourful nicknames, and the worldwide superstitions and cultural associations they’ve acquired over the centuries. n Above: White legged damselflies when mating typically adopt a ‘heart’ position. Roundel: Dragonflies’ eyes are close together, whereas damselflies’ eyes are positioned on the edge of the insects’ heads, like a hammerhead shark. Right: Dragonflies can live by waterways or on moorland habitats.
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Six Dragonfly Species to Look Out For...
Images: Claire Install.
Emperor Dragonfly: Occasionally appears in May, but more commonly seen from June to August. It’s the area’s longest dragonfly, measuring up to 84mm. Most commonly seen in large vegetationrich ponds and lakes, males have a blue abdomen, whilst females are apple greene in colour. n
Migrant Hawker: Whilst generalist dragonfly populations are thriving, those with specific habitat requirements are more subject to the destruction of, for instance, moorland. The Common Hawker is gradually moving north west from its traditional, typically acidic moss/gorse habitats. n
The Scarce Chaser: Formerly a lowland species inhabiting slow-moving waterways, its moving into our area from Northamptonshire and is being seen in increasing numbers. Around 50mm in length, and seen in early April right through to August. Male is more blue, females are brown/orange. n
Large Red Damselfly: Visible from March to September, this damselfly has a red abdomen and black thorax with red shoulder stripes whilst females can be slightly more colourful with some yellow strakes. Up to 36mm in length and found in wetland habitats. n
Beautiful Demoiselle: Another species that is increasingly being found in the area is the Beautiful Demoiselle, one of only two species of damselfly to have obviously coloured iridescent black wings distinguish the Beautiful Demoiselle from other species. In the male, there are black blobs on the wings. n
Common Darter: Usually seen from June to October, the males have extensively black colourings, whilst females and immature males have a yellow abdomen. Previously seen in peat bogs and moorland, they’re becoming increasingly common in our area too. n
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STAMFORD Words & Lead Image: Rob Davis.
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“The Georgian town of Stamford has worked hard to protect its heritage, to preserve its leafy appearance and its core of independent shops and businesses. That’s why, when many market towns are suffering, Stamford is still thriving...”
Georgian rooftops, green open spaces, and a town centre with independent retailers all thriving. It sounds like utopia - albeit an urban utopia - but Stamford is thriving, unlike many other market towns of a similar size.
Why? Historically the town’s position on both the Welland and on the Great North Road, latterly the A1, has ensured it has always been in the right place at the right time, able to capitalise on its historic wool trade, then with the demise of the industry between the 1300s and 1500s, on its role as a coaching town equidistant between York and London. The Cecil Connection
The beleaguered town was rescued from poverty by philanthropist William Brown and by the Cecil family, the latter merchants from Hertfordshire who found a career in politics, and favour in the Elizabethan court as William Cecil became the queen’s chief advisor. Fortunes Build on Travel
The silting of the Welland made the fortunes of the town so bad that in 1602 it was excused from paying taxes, and with plague and the civil war ravaging the town it took the increase in coaching trade to renovate the town. The town narrowly missed
out on becoming a hub for the railway when the Marquess of Exeter objected to its presence in 1844. The railway also caused a steep decline in coaching trade, too.
FACTS ABOUT STAMFORD Population: 19,000.
Read All About It: The Stamford Mercury claims to be the UK’s oldest newspaper and has been published since 1695 - though several other titles make similar claims. The Bell Tolls: The town’s Tobie Norris pub was named after a local bell foundry from 1617 to 1707. Famous: Stamford’s famous former residents include Colin Dexter, creator of Morse, Sir Mike Jackson, Army Chief, plus inventor Colin Furze. n
Stamford bounced back once again in the late 1800s, and produced machinery, carriages and retained its strong agricultural base, too. Protecting Its Heritage
The town became the UK’s first conservation area 50 years ago, and it’s perhaps because locals have remained keen to preserve Stamford’s Georgian look and feel that the town is equally keen not to fall victim to an influx of modernising multinational retailers.
There’s still a good mix of independent businesses in the town, providing decent shopping. With low property prices and the availability of smart country homes in the outlying villages, plus the convenient 55 minute London commute, it has latterly become a popular commuter town too, which has brought a fresh influx of wealth into the town as urbanites look to return to ‘the good life’ at the weekend.
Stamford on Screen
The town was immortalised in Middlemarch, Pride & Prejudice, The Da Vinci Code and local author Rae Earl’s 2013 biopic.
Above: The town’s mayor Anthony Story.
An Award Winning Town
The Times Newspaper awarded the town the title of best place to live in the UK back in 2016, and second best place to live in the UK last year. Stamford was praised as being like ‘the Cotswolds, but without the snobs.’
It’s home to no fewer than 11 churches, 30 pubs, 20 restaurants and 10 hotels, not to mention its flagship Horse Trials, which has made the town famous since the 1960s, and contributes £20m to the economy each year with its 150,000 visitors. n 41
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STAMFORD Four Things to See & Do BURGHLEY • ARTS CENTRE • CORN EXCHANGE • TREASURE TRAIL 1. Surprise Visit
Top: Stamford Shakespeare. Above: Roger McGough, appearing at Stamford Arts Centre in April.
Burghley House’s private south gardens open for the NGS on 7th/8th April, with spectacular spring bulbs and the estate’s Capability Brown landscape. You can also enjoy the parting gift of former chatelaine Lady Victoria Leatham, the Gardens of Surprise. It’s a quaint sculpture garden or fun paddling pool, depending, of course, on whether you’re six or 60! The house and gardens reopen on 17th March, and there’s an Easter Egg Hunt on 1st April, too. n www.burghley.co.uk
The Stamford Shakespeare Company is based at their country pile in Little Casterton, just two miles out of the town, and host two of the Bard’s plays plus a ‘wildcard’ each year. Their productions are superb and the setting only enhances the experience, when performances take place from June to September. This year sees the company, tackle Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, as well as Sheridan’s School for Scandal. n stamfordshakespeare.co.uk
3. Art & Drama
Stamford is well-served by its Arts Centre and Corn Exchange, with plenty of drama, music and comedy throughout the year. Highlights this month include Roger McGough at Stamford Arts Centre on 14th April (01780 763 203), and a celebration of Take That and T-Rex’s Marc Bolan on 27th April and 12th May respectively at Stamford Corn Exchange (01780 766455). Stamford Arts Centre also hosts regular cinema screenings throughout the year, too. n stamfordartscentre.com
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Eat, Drink & Shop THOSE WHO LOVE FOOD AND DRINK WILL ENJOY OUR RECOMMENDATIONS OF WHERE TO DINE AND WHERE TO FIND GOOD FOOD TO TAKE HOME
From Top: Burghley’s South Gardens and Gardens of Surprise, Tolethorpe Hall’s open air theatre, home of The Stamford Shakespeare Company.
4. Treasure Trail
Are you looking for something to do with family and friends or seeking a fun day out with the kids in Stamford? Then why not explore Stamford on this self-guided Treasure Hunt themed Treasure Trail. As you follow the Trail route, can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to discover the location of the buried treasure? The Treasure Trail is 1.5 miles, 2.5 hours; purchase a printed copy or download for £6.99. n www.treasuretrails.co.uk
The George of Stamford: Where else could we recommend first? The Garden Room is good, but we love the wood panelled dining room. n
Lambert’s: Brilliant daytime dining. Lamberts Kitchen, Deli & Coffee Shop uses locally sourced produce and traditionally smoked items. n
The Bull & Swan: The more casual sister hotel of The William Cecil is popular for real ale, casual dining and stone baked pizza in summer. n
The Tobie Norris: One of six pubs in the area owned by Knead, The Tobie Norris dates back to 1280 and is as traditional as a pub can get. n
Burghley Fine Food Market: With 30 local suppliers and free admission, a visit to Burghley’s ‘pop-up’ food fair on 7th/8th April is a must. n
The Cheese Cellar: Suppliers of artisan cheese and wine, Stamford’s Cheese Cellar specialises in pairing the two to spectacular effect. n
The George of Stamford: 01780 750750, www.georgehotelofstamford.com. Lambert’s: 01780 767063, www.lamberts-stamford.co.uk. The Bull & Swan: 01780 766 412, www.hillbrookehotels.co.uk/the-bull-and-swan/ The Tobie Norris: 01780 753800, www.kneadpubs.co.uk/the-tobie-norris Burghley Fine Food Fair: 01780 752451, www.burghley.co.uk. Stamford Cheese: 01780 489269, www.stamfordcheese.com.
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Georgian Stamford has a wealth of historic buildings
Stamford’s Georgian backdrop inspired the creation of one of TV’s most curmudgeonly detectives
Michael Asher, Explorer 1953 - Present
Born and raised in Stamford, Asher is an explorer of deserts and oceans, a teacher, linguist, author of over 20 fiction and nonfiction books, and a fellow of the Royal Society. He has travelled 30,000 miles on foot and camel, and spent three years living with a nomadic tribe in the Sudan. n
Georgian Stamford was made the UK’s first Conservation Area 50 years ago, and has over 600 listed buildings - more than half of those in Lincolnshire.
Its well-preserved Georgian character has ensured it has been the go-to filming location for Georgian-era TV and film productions from Middlemarch to Pride & Prejudice.
Only one wall remains of what was the town’s castle, created in the Norman era in the area of land between the Welland Valley and Sheepmarket. The castle was a motte and bailey construction, created on the grounds of five houses and occupied twice during the civil wars of the mid-C12th. The building deteriorated from 1300-1600, and its remains were levelled in the 1930s to create the bus station and car park.
Stamford’s Civic Society has assisted in the upkeep of St Leonard’s Priory off Uffington Road, creating benches, interpretation and 44
planting spring bulbs for visitors to enjoy. The building’s C12th architectural arches are a feature, as is the new west front, rebuilt in 1833 by the 2nd Marquess of Exeter.
Stamford’s other historic treat is Browne’s Hospital, founded by the wool merchant William Browne and now almshouses home to 13 residents. The Browne family also have links with The Priest’s House, the area’s only National Trust Property, based a mile away at Easton on the Hill. n
Colin Dexter, Author 1930-2017
Born in the town and educated at Stamford School, Dexter read classics in Cambridge before taking up teaching. Hearing difficulties forced him to give up his career and in the 1970s, he took up writing instead, creating TV’s most irascible detective, Inspector Morse. n
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Nigel has over thirty five years experience in buying & selling works at every level; from Constable to Victorian Landscapes, from Gainsborough to Munnings, from Steinways to early oak furniture. Collecting fine art & antiques and furnishing a home with the very best quality items that are genuine & original, whether for pleasure or long term investment or both, requires an experienced hand and an expert eye. His knowledge and services help clients avoid expensive mistakes of buying works and items lacking in genuine quality, provenance, condition and authenticity or help in selling their items to gain the best prices. Nigel offers clients his expertise in collecting, decorating & furnishing homes; selling & buying often on a commission basis and away from the auction rooms and their expensive premiums to give clients the added financial reward and an honest & discreet service.
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NEWS & EVENTS
What’s On... PETERBOROUGH
WEDNESDAY 11th APRIL
THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY’S MACBETH
FRI 6th - SAT 21st APRIL
AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN THE MUSICAL
We all remember Richard Gere and Debra Winger in the hit 1982 love story about a US Naval Officer and Debra Winger, soundtracked by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.
Something wicked this way comes, with a satellite screening of the RSC’s new production of Macb... I mean, ‘the Scottish play.’ Starring former Dr Who Christopher Eccleston as the eponymous antihero, and Niamh Cusack as Lady M.
Relive the couple’s love story, the brutal treatment of Zack Mayo by drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Foley, and the tragic death of Zack’s best friend. The movie comes to The Curve Theatre, now as a musical, via the theatre’s artistic Director Nikolai Foster.
n Tickets £11.50, 7pm, Vivacity’s Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF. Call 01733 207239. www.vivacity.org. UPPINGHAM
FRIDAY 20th APRIL
Feel good musical with romance at its soul and a feelgood 80s soundtrack.
JANE EYRE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY
n Tickets £10-£45. 2.15pm and 7.30pm. At The Curve Theatre, Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB. Call 0116 242 3595 or see www.curveonline.co.uk.
A Month of Opera & Ballet at DeMontfort Hall, Leicester
ELLEN KENT PRESENTS VERDI’S LA TRAVIATA, AND PUCCINI’S MADAMA BUTTERFLY AT LEICESTER’S DEMONTFORT HALL
WEDNESDAY 11th APRIL
THURSDAY 12th APRIL
MADAMA BUTTERFLY A double bill of quality opera productions this month at Leicester’s DeMontfort Hall.
Ellen Kent presents Verdi and Puccini with sumptuous sets and costumes, and in the retelling of Alexandre Dumas’s La Dame aux Camelias, and the story of a US naval lieutenant’s romance with a beautiful Japanese girl. Both performances feature original scores and libretta with English subtitles.
n Tickets £21-£36; £19-£34/conc. From 7.30pm, call 0116 233 3111 or see www.demontforthall.co.uk.
Told through Jane’s eyes, English literature’s most celebrated autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage by Dyad Productions.
n Tickets £14; £12/conc. Uppingham Theatre, Stockerston Road, Uppingham Rutland LE15 9UD. Call 01572 820820 or see www.uppthearts.co.uk.
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SATURDAY & SUNDAY 7th - 8th APRIL
THE BURGHLEY HOUSE FINE FOOD MARKET
WEDNESDAY 4th APRIL
THE AMAZING BUBBLE MAN
Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he has sold out there for the last ten years. Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with
Keen foodies this month gather at Stamford’s Burghley House to enjoy produce from around 30 local suppliers in a celebration of local produce with handmade cheeses, artisan breads, organic vegetables, luxury sweet treats and rare breed meats. audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep you mesmerised. From square bubbles, fog and helium bubbles, giant bubbles, volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages.
n £11, from 1.30pm, at Stamford Corn Exchange, Broad St., Stamford PE9 1PX. 01780 766455 or see www.stamfordcornexchange.co.uk.
Stilton Classic Car Run 2018
JOIN 350 CARS BY SPECTATING OR TAKING PART IN THE AREA’S MOST POPULAR CLASSIC CAR SORTIE!
n 10am-4pm, free admission. Burghley Park, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY. 01780 752 451, www.discover-rutland.co.uk STAMFORD
SUNDAY 15th APRIL
AFTERNOON TEA WITH LOCAL POETS Verse and afternoon tea at Stamford Arts Centre from 3pm. £5 inc., tea and cake.
n St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL. Call 01780 763203.
SUNDAY 22nd APRIL
THE STILTON CHEESE CLASSIC VEHICLE RUN
Join around 350 classic car enthusiasts and countless spectators to recreate a horse-drawn carriage delivery run of local cheese makers in the Stilton PGO as they tour from Uppingham’s Market Place to The Bell in Stilton. The Cheese Run is organised to coincide with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Club’s annual ‘Drive it Day,’ where owners of classic vehicles are encouraged to take to the road.
FRIDAY 13th APRIL
HENRY BLOFELD THE FAREWELL TOUR 2018
One of your last chances to see one of Britain’s most loved and recognisable broadcasters. In Spring 2018, he is touring the country with his last ever theatre show, jam-packed full of unheard anecdotes from on and off the pitch, as well as stories from the TMS box not allowed on the radio! Don’t miss the chance to wave a bat in honour to the cherished golden voice of cricket.
n £21.50, from 7pm, at Stamford Corn Exchange, Broad St., Stamford PE9 1PX. Call 01780 766455 or see www.stamfordcornexchange.co.uk.
The original route of 39 miles was by horse drawn carriage stopping off to make deliveries of cheeses at the various villages and towns along the route including Billesdon, Skeffington, East Norton, Allexton, Wardley, Uppingham, Seaton, Harringworth, Bulwick (where they changed horses at New Lodge Farm), Southwick, Oundle and Lutton. Participation in the event for classic enthusiasts must be pre-booked for £2.50/car, proceeds to the air ambulance.
n For more about the event, see www.stiltoncheeserun.webs.com.
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Coming Soon to Kilworth House
AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT; BOOK EARLY FOR COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL’S THEATRE PERFORMANCES FROM MAY TO SEPTEMBER KILWORTH
29th MAY - 2nd SEPT
GUYS & DOLLS AND JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT
Set in 38 acres of beautiful grounds, Kilworth House is the country house hotel offering super dining and accommodation, but it has another trick up its sleeve, too, in the form of 550 seater auditorium in a leafy glade shrouded by woodland. Each year, the theatre hosts a programme of music and theatre with excellent produc-
tion values, but we’ll offer a word of caution; book early to avoid disappointment. This season, the hotel is hosting Tony and Oliver award-winning musical Guys & Dolls from 29th May to 9th July, and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat from 25th July until 2nd September. Attend just the shows themselves, enjoy pre-show dining too, or take time out to enjoy the facilities at Kilworth House Hotel with a theatre break - however you choose to enjoy Kilworth Theatre, you’ll have a splendid time!
Guys & Dolls is the musical comedy is set amidst the hustle and bustle of 1950’s New York. It follows larger than life characters as they sing, dance and bluff their way through a host of endless exploits, and songs like Luck be a Lady Tonight. Meanwhile, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling musical brings to life the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, with a range of unforgettable songs including ‘Any Dream Will Do.’ n For prices, dates and packages see www.kilworthhousetheatre.co.uk or telephone 01858 881939.
MONDAY 23rd APRIL
BARNSDALE GARDENS SPRING BIRDWATCH Meet expert spotters and take a special twitcher’s tour of the Gardens with Phil Rudkin. You can chat with our clever makers of bird boxes and bug hotels or make a simple bird feeder yourself to take home. Barnsdale provides a home for a huge variety of garden birds, with guest appearances by the residents of nearby Rutland Water, so there’ll be plenty to see and even the youngest visitor will be able to get a great view on the woodland webcam. The gardens also hosts an Easter event for families from 14th-17th April, with an egg hunt and egg painting from 12noon until 4pm. n Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, LE15 8AH. 01572 813200, barnsdale gardens.co.uk.
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Burns Night Supper at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel
It’s a little known fact that the Haggis is not only a native of Scotland, but also runs free around the Exton Estate near Oakham, too. Barnsdale Lodge’s Head Chef David Bukowicki & his brigade recently managed to hunt one down, and skin it for the hotel’s Burns Night Supper.
Diners’ honest, sonsie faces were fair when served the great chieftain o’ the puddin-race after cock-a-leekie soup and before a traditional cranachan... and we’re reliably informed that there may have been a dram or two of whisky, too.
Star of the night - apart from the haggis, obviously - was Scott Morton, Highland Piper, who delivered a rousing address to the haggis. Scott was taught at the Guards Depot Piping School and now lives in Corby. n See www.barnsdalelodge.co.uk for 2019 bookings.
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FOOD & DRINK
SEAFOOD & GRILL
As the spring and summer seasons bring warmer weather and the opportunity to enjoy al fresco dining, it’s time to enjoy seafood and Champagne... or, if the weather doesn’t quite capitulate, at least spring dining with wonderfully satisfying seafood! Words & Images: Rob Davis.
There’s nothing fishy about the standard of dining you’ll find at seafood restaurant and grill, Loch Fyne. Last fish pun, I promise. The place is part of a chain - 34 restaurants in total, but we’re loathed to acknowledge the fact, for fear of prejudicing the expectations the place is, we promise you, about to exceed.
The chain group was established in 1978, with our local restaurant opening soon after. As such the restaurant, on the Elton Estate about 15 minutes from both Peterborough or Stamford, is better established than most independently run restaurants in the region.
Essentially, what we’re saying is don’t dismiss dining in the place on the basis that it’s part of a chain... because we think the place is great.
“THE RESTAURANT IS LOCATED IN THE ESTATE’S FORMER DAIRY, WHICH DATES BACK TO 1901 AND IS A PRETTY PLACE TO DINE!”
meet the CHEF CHRISTOS KAPANTAIS SOUS CHEF
General Manager Philippa Tiffin leads a kitchen team of five people, including new Head Chef Dennis Mlinciks who was enjoying a well earned break during our visit, just prior to Valentine’s Week whereupon the place is awash with Joseph Perrier Champagne, oysters, and with husbands hoping that the reputation the latter enjoys as a potent aphrodisiac has not been overstated. The restaurant is located in the estate’s former dairy, which dates back to 1901 and has won a CLA architectural award for its conversion into a dining room. The timbers which once separated cattle now divide the 100 cover restaurant into intimate small >>
Food Experience: “I was born in Greece and have been working in the UK for three years. I love Loch Fyne as the nature of the food demands fresh, high quality ingredients.” Food Ethos: “Serving quality ingredients and cooking them well!” Food Heaven: “I love our smoked haddock, it’s creamy and satisfying!”
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>> areas where couples can dine in an environment that feels more intimate, less monolithic. There are larger tables for groups of friends or family and in the warmer months - unlike during our visit when the temperature was so low you could just about freeze the roe off a sturgeon - the outdoor tables and chairs allow you to enjoy al fresco seafood and a glass of cool, crisp white wine. The place is delightful, with stripped pine floors, plenty of wood, lofty ceilings and a large inglenook fireplace at the end of one restaurant area.
OPEN FOR FOOD Breakfast Menu: Mon to Sat from 9am to 12noon.
Day (£10.95/two; £12.95/three courses): Mon to Sat from 12noon until 6pm. Evening Menu, À la Carte menu: Mon to Sun 6pm - 10pm (10.30pm Fri/Sat).
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- EATING OUT -
on the MENU FROM THE MENU OF THE DAY AT LOCH FYNE, ELTON
Oysters £2.25/one; £11.75/ six, £21.25/12 with tabasco, tequila & lime or lemon.
Warm Flaked British Ham Salad with heritage potatoes, soft-boiled egg, and mustard dressing £5.95.
Salmon £7.25/for one; £13.50/for two, smoked over oak shavings; classic, Bradan Orach, gin-cured, beetroot-cured. Mussels £13.95 with choice of creamy sauces (£6.50/as starter).
For cod’s sake man; get to the menu (last fish pun, the very last, I promise); those who love shellfish will be well-catered for.
Loch Fyne, before it was a restaurant group, was a farm for oysters. Founders Andrew Lane and Johnny Noble still own the original restaurant (no longer part of the group) and still supply the other restaurants with their Highland Oysters. Choose one, six or 12 with anything from tequila & lime to lemon or tabasco.
There’s a salmon platter, pictured here, for one or two, with beetroot cured, gin cured or Bradan Orach salmon, served with crème fraiche, capers etc., There’s a mussel platter too, also supplied by the founders, with creamy sauces, or a tomato provençal sauce, either as a start or a main course.
There are seven starters, ten fish based mains and three From The Land options. In addition, there are four ‘bespoke’ dishes subtitled Fish Your Way which can be pan-fried, steamed or grilled to your preference, and alongside main courses there are eight side dishes too.
With a set lunch menu too, offering either two or three courses for £10.95 and £12.95 respectively, plus a dessert menu with eight dessert or cheese options, fans of seafood or puddings won’t find themselves disappointed. But Philippa also rather proudly recalls a number of customers that are usually timid when ordering fish who have found themselves won over by the diverse menu and by the team’s gentle recommendations.
Bread is baked in house, shellfish is sourced from the original Loch Fyne and if you’ve been impressed with what the kitchen provides, you can even take away shellfish and other products to prepare at home too.
Indeed, with a really great rural dining environment, a smashing team and a diverse menu guaranteed to satiate land lubbers or salty seadogs alike, a visit to the restaurant this month is a definite recommendation; you’ll find that at Loch Fyne, the world is very much your oyster. That’s the very, very, very last fish pun. Sorry, so sorry. n
Whole baked lobster £32.95 with French fries and mayonnaise.
Poached loch Fyne smoked haddock with wholegrain mustard cream, peas and spinach £14.50.
Loch Fyne Tiramisu with chocolate shavings £5.95.
Hot & Cold Chocolate Ashet with hot chocolate fondant, chocolate marquise, ice cream and lemon zest strawberries £6.25. NB: Featured dishes are subject to change.
n Loch Fyne, The Old Dairy, Elton, Peterborough PE8 6SH. For bookings call 01832 280298 or see www.lochfyneseafoodandgrill.co.uk. 61
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HOMES & INTERIORS
Five products to turn April showers into a season of warmth and optimism, and all from the area’s leading local independent home retailers...
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1. Delcor Chelsea sofa in small, medium, large or extra large, from £1,848, in choice of over 100 fabrics. Delcor, Bath Row, Stamford PE9 2QX, 01780 762579, www.delcor.co.uk.
2. Sanderson Potting Room prints and embroideries, Allotment design shown in fennel colourway for bespoke furnishings. J&L Ball, North St, Stamford PE9 1EH, 01780 481416, www.jlball.co.uk. 3. Stone fireplace surround, staircases and flooring from Stamford Stone. Stamford Stone, Swaddywell Quarry, Stamford Rd, Peterborough PE6 7EL 01780 740970, www.stamfordstone.co.uk. 4. Evesham smoked oak bedroom set from Portess of Oakham. Portess, High St, Oakham LE15 6AL, 01572 722052, www.portess.furniture.
5. Amelia bed and upholstered bedhead from £2,159. Rome wool throw in thistle £59.95. Wool Room, Star Lane, Stamford PE9 1PH, 01780 767927, www.thewoolroom.com. n
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HOMES & INTERIORS
The Kitchen of Your Dreams...
Where there’s a Willowbrook, there’s a way to a beautiful kitchen, completely bespoke, handmade and installed by craftsmen with a collaborative approach to design and full project management... You can trust Willowbrook Kitchens’s Paul Davanna to deliver the kitchen of your dreams. Just like you can trust the company to design your kitchen in full and in complete collaboration with you, and to project manage the installation of your kitchen from start to finish, liaising with all contractors and providing a complete turnkey solution. Paul works with any budget, from £5,000 to £50,000, and creates completely bespoke solid cabinetry, typically from tulip wood, painted in any Farrow & Ball colour.
Favouring granite and quartz surfaces, supplying and installing quality appliances from names like Neff, Paul’s service has proved unsurpassed since the business began in 1980. With scores of satisfied customers, the business is still family-owned, inviting customers into their showroom and their workshops to demonstrate the kind of craftsmenship that many may have mistakenly thought was a thing of the past.
Typically Paul works in period properties around Rutland and Stamford, providing clients with new spaces for old places that suit their environment providing an up to date place to cook, entertain and spend time together as a family. 72
Above: Paul has been part of the family-run business since 1988. Opposite: This kitchen was created with tulip wood and painted in Old English White cabinetry. Worktops are white quartz, whilst appliances are Neff. An Everhot range cooker has been integrated too.
n Willowbrook designs and installs completely hand-built bespoke kitchens, bedrooms and studies. For a free, no obligation, pressure selling-free discussion about your project visit Barnwell Workshops, Barnwell, Peterborough, PE8 5PL. Call 01832 275177 or visit www.willowbrookkitchens.co.uk.
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Beneath Your Feet
WITH FIVE YEARS PROVENANCE IN UPPINGHAM, THE RUG STUDIO’S RACHEL SIMPSON SPECIALISES IN THE INTRIGUING WORLD OF ANTIQUE AND ARTIST RUGS
Beautiful construction, unique design and colours and a true reflection of the culture of their origin. Whether from Persia, Afghanistan, India, Turkomen or Caucasian, Rachel Simpson’s 1,000+ rugs all tell the story of their origin in their intricate hand-made design, colour and pattern, some even giving away the specific village of their origin in their design.
For twenty four years, five in Uppingham, Rachel and her team have sourced specific rugs for both clients, sold ones she has selected from across the world, and has cleaned or restored rugs for clients and her own stock.
From doormat-sized rugs to 7m x 5m ones, antiques from 1860-1900, or semi-old and contemporary limited edition modern examples, the choice is limited only by the available space over the three floors of the charming 18th century building in which The Rug Studio is based. From 17th to the 31st March Rachel will host a contemporary and ‘latest trend’ exhibition at the shop, 78
whilst June will see the firm celebrate its fifth anniversary of being based in Uppingham.
Otherwise, with bespoke stools, cushions and even handbags, from around the world and across the whole panoply of styles and age range, The Rug Studio remains the place to go to for expert advice. There, you’ll find a genuine antique or modern contemporary which will hopefully appreciate in value and will prove both useful, and beautiful in your home, generation after generation. n
Rachel Simpson will celebrate five years in her Uppingham premises, The Rug Studio, with three floors of antique, contemporary & semi-old rugs.
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What constitutes an antique rug? Rachel’s contention is that those made from pre 1900 are genuine antiques, whilst those from 1900 to 1980 are termed ‘semi-old.’ That’s because around this time dyes changed from naturally derived to chemically composed colours. Additionally, many modern carpets and rugs tend to be ‘hand tufted’ - with U-shaped fibres glued into the base as opposed to hand-knotted. A proper antique or contemporary rug features a hand-knot, weft and warp structure. Antique rugs are a great investment with proper care. Modern vacuum cleaners can be rough, and professional cleaning and restoration can help to protect them for future generations. n The Rug Studio is based at 2 High St East, Uppingham LE15 9PZ.
Call 01572 829927 or see www.therugstudio.co.uk.
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DAVID GREAVES LANDSCAPE GARDEN DESIGN AND HIS TEAM HAVE BROUGHT OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN GARDEN DESIGN TO THIS PROJECT, IN COLSTON BASSETT An incredible property deserves an incredible garden; one which really will make a great first impression. The entrance to this country home near Colston Bassett was unfortunately rather uninspiring, before the creation of a new sloping frontage, designed and constructed by David Greaves Landscape design, in conjunction with Karen Gimson Garden Design for the planting scheme. The project saw the creation of a sloping landscape which was designed to make the most of the stunning countryside views and the derelict church in the distance. The original plain turning circle was replaced with natural screening of block colour planting
in greens and purple, boxed yew hedging, trees, and a sandstone water feature with water blade.
At the heart of the design is a bespoke David Harber sculpture, a slate and sandstone house sign, a new geo-ceramica paved area and large yew balls for all year round interest.
Welsh slate walling was used to create the different levels, and subtle lighting was used to highlight the different areas of the landscape in the evening. The client was delighted with the stunning new approach; itâ€™s a great first impression for visitors and an entrance to be proud of. n
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Top/Left: Over 400 tonnes of spoil were excavated to create a new front garden area, creating a great first impression for visitors. Top: A modern lighting scheme provides atmosphere in the evening whilst a sandstone water feature with water blade provides additional interest. Left: Underplanting will give the garden colour throughout the spring and summer months.
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Peterborough Grass Machinery
YOUR GARDEN Chris Brown of Peterborough Grass Machinery this month celebrates the Best of British with a range of garden care products designed to take the effort out of summer...
Summer is on its way, but if you’d rather spend it in a garden chair with a drink in your hand, instead of heaving around lawn care equipment that’s seen better days, now’s the time to talk to Chris Brown and the team at Peterborough Grass Machinery.
If, after popping along to the mower shed, you’ve discovered your fumey foe needs to be replaced with a younger model, discover a range of lean, clean and quiet ride-on mowers from Great British Brand Westwood, with prices from £3,200, with powered grass collection or mulching and cut widths up to 48”.
Above: Westwood mowers are British made, and excel at wet collection, sweeping duties and leaving a striped finish. Main: Opt for a petrol or cordless battery powered mower from Atco for smaller areas of lawn. Roundel: Cordless tools provide quieter, vibration-free and fume-free power.
With over 30 years of heritage, investing in a Westwood machine and in a partnership with Peterborough Grass Machinery means you’ll enjoy using a quality machine with aftersales backup that will last you decades, not just years.
For smaller lawns, Atco’s 90 year history has been distilled into a new range of cordless electric mowers, eliminating messy, fumey petrol whilst retaining cord-free convenience.
Finally, with cordless multi-tools, you can invest in just one battery systems but choose from many different tools, making light work of garden chores, and freeing you up to enjoy the summer months! n
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For Large Lawns: If you’ve a mowing challenge, Westwood’s T60 offers a power take-off to drive powered grass collectors and other accessories. Tough enough to tackle brambles and nettles, but with a 42” cut to ensure you can negotiate tight spaces easily £4,290 with sweeper collector.
For Smaller Areas: Say goodbye to smelly fuel, to smoke and fumes and to clattery petrol noise with the latest cordless mower from Atco. Powered by a lithium-ion battery, and with a 46cm cut, this self-propelled flagship runs for 75 minutes on one charge and leaves neat stripes behind you £699.
For Every Other Job: Hedge trimming, strimming, cutting logs, pruning trees and blowing leaves... you’ll do it all with one battery system by investing in a Stihl Multi Tool system £call.
n For sales, aftercare and servicing, visit Peterborough Grass Machinery Ltd, Ivatt Way, Peterborough PE3 7PG. Call 01733 268168 or find out more at www.pgm-ltd.co.uk.
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Waggy Tails (With a Happy Ending!)
Gyll & Max Mauchline are approaching 50 years of helping to rescue and rehome dogs puppies and cats. The problem of unwanted dogs, though, is worse than ever, but fortunately the couple have managed to make sure over 250 animals’ ‘tails’ had happy endings last year...
“His name’s Kenny,” says Gyll, as four feet scrabble to gain traction on the hard floor and bound/skid/stumble into the room with tail wagging furiously and an excited backend swinging chaotically from left to right.
outside at a local corner shop, so needless to say, unable to be returned to the breeder, Tim’s fate was abandoned to Three Counties.
Of course, he’ll be easier to rehome; a cute little puppy with big eyes. Some dogs are more abundant at Three Counties; new designer breeds of cockapoos, labradoodles and jugs, are all ‘fashionable’ dogs changing hands for £500-£2,000 before being given to Three Counties.
Kenny is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a dog that has gained a reputation as a ‘bad’ breed. The reality though is that there’s no such thing as a bad breed; just a bad owner or a type of owner that gravitates towards a particular breed - after all, right now, you’re probably picturing the archetypal urban staffy owner; a thug, or a lout... right?
Some dogs like these are easier to rehome but would-be adopters may be more sceptical about other breeds, like Staffies.
Gyll and Max have a non-destruction policy, and unlike some national charities, aren’t selective as to the (easier to shift) breeds they’ll take. The rescue rehomed 250 dogs and cats last year and have rehomed over 6,700 animals during the charity’s lifetime.
For the record Kenny is as soft as grease, not withstanding the fact that he’s rather rudely half-inched the biscuit that Gyll Mauchline has just given me to go with my cup of tea.
Kenny is about four years old, a beautiful blue Staffie. He’s unaware that his previous owners were evicted from their home that morning, and has arrived at Three Counties Dog Rescue, oblivious to the fact that he’s now one of the 50 dogs, puppies and cats that Gyll and husband Max are trying to find new ‘forever homes’ for. The couple are approaching 50 years of running Three Counties, with Gyll having established the charity alongside co-founder Sheila Kew, who died in 1999. Gyll and Max relocated the charity from Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey to our area in 1990, and now they cover Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire & Nottinghamshire... they need a new name; one which doesn’t undersell themselves! There are two sad facts. Firstly, there are more unwanted dogs than new homes. 90
That’s why it’s frustrating for any dog lover to witness how many people buy - and by extension support a ‘breeding industry’ - for dogs rather than rehoming an existing one.
Secondly, it’s an unpalatable but true fact that some breeds are simply more likely to be abandoned, whilst others are much easier to rehome. Poster boy during our visit was Tiny Tim, the cutest Patterdale Cross puppy. Tim was purchased as a Christmas present for £250 and instantly rejected by his would-be owner just before the season. The exchange of dog and money occurred Above: Kenny the Staffie arrived during our visit and is now awaiting rehoming. Little puppy Tiny Tim was abandoned just before Christmas.
The top three reasons for coming to Three Counties are changes in working arrangements, starting a family and moving into dog averse rental accommodation.
Close behind are impulse buying and regretting later with others rescued from neglect, hare coursing, greyhound racing or intensive breeding. Rescuing animals is expensive though, and running costs are in excess of £200,000, with an annual vet bill of half that figure alone.
All of the rescue work is voluntary and unpaid thanks to the charity’s 60 hard working volunteers dividing the tasks of rescue and fundraising work between them. None of the charity’s income is spent on admin or salaries; the charity’s 60 very hard working volunteers are all unpaid.
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HAPPY ENDING THREE ‘TAILS’ WITH A
Beanie came to the charity very traumatised, after being used as a baiting dog. He now enjoys a peaceful home away from other dogs. n
The charity is grateful to companies like Peterborough’s Greenwoods Solicitors LLP who have made Three Counties this year’s annual charitable beneficiary and would welcome sponsorship from other local companies.
The charity is based at Dawsmere Kennels, from which they rent facilities.The charity’s dream is to purchase the kennels and continue their 50 year legacy of rescuing animals. Naturally though, lack of funding will put a question mark over the future of the charity and Gyll and Max’s ability to continue their work.
Each year the charity falls short of its operating costs, and usually rely on a final fundraising push to continue operating, but purchasing the site would give them the space they desperately need, and would enable them to provide boarding and doggy daycare, and create other sources of revenue.
The rescue asks for a minimum donation of £150 for adoption, and all dogs are de-fleaed, wormed, neutered/spayed (that’s a £200 expense alone for purchasers of pedigree dogs from a nasty puppy farm or
breeder), they’re vet-checked & microchipped too - leading them to wonder why on earth anyone pays £2,000 for a dog from a breeder or puppy farm when they’ve all creatures - great and small, young and old just desperate to find a ‘forever home.’ The two have an enormous amount of help and support from their volunteers, from Burghley Vets in Stamford and from people like Barbara, a volunteer who spends more time than anyone should do sewing together old donated duvets to provide bedding.
Mia came from a family with young children, but now lives a lovely life frequently travelling to France with her new owners. n
Still though, fundraising help, donations, sponsorship, adoptions and spare blankets or food are necessary to ensure the charity can continue its work.
It’s a job that both Gyll and Max are dedicated to, but it’s also one that often proves to be moving and frustrating. The sad stories - and the abandoned dogs - don’t stop coming. For the couple, the ability to continue their work depends on volunteers, on the generosity of donors, but also on those who choose to adopt their next dog, rather than just buying one from a breeder or puppy farm. n
Find Out More: Three Counties Dog Rescue has around 50 dogs, puppies and kittens waiting to be adopted. To make a donation or enquire about adoption, call 01778 440318 or 07708 589792 or see www.threecountiesdogrescue.org.
Poor poppy is blind, and was dumped, arriving at the charity via a dog warden. After operations to ease the pain she was in at the time, she now lives in her new home quite unconcerned by her disability. n
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Andrea’s Happy Ending
A truly unique proposal from this month’s featured groom involved a photo album with a very happy ending for his bride-to-be. This month we tell the story of the wedding of Andrea Wood & Daniel Hines... Photographer: Helen Griffin Photography, 07542 758855, www.helengriffinphoto.co.uk.
Ten years together, a year in the planning, plus a happy, fun family wedding. The story of Andrea Wood and Daniel Hines certainly has a happy ending, one that will go perfectly at the end of the photo album that featured in Daniel’s surprise proposal. Andrea and Daniel live in Stamford, near teacher Andrea’s home of Ryhall, whilst accountant Daniel was born and raised a little further down the A16, in Spalding.
WEDDING SUPPLIERS ANDREA & DANIEL HINES
Being keen walkers, the couple wanted an ‘outdoors-ey’ feel to the day and a sense of relaxed rustic charm.
The beach holiday saw the two become immediate friends and it awasn’t long until friendship blossomed into a relationship.
For the ceremony itself, they opted for the grand Stoke Rochford Hall, with its beautiful grounds that proved an elegant backdrop for photographs.
“Daniel has always professed to not care about marriage,” says Andrea. “So naturally, I wasn’t expecting a proposal!”
“On the morning we were due to leave for a weekend away in York he presented me with a photo album, which I thought was really sweet. It contained photographs of our lives together for the past ten years.”
“Towards the end of the album were the most recent images of us, and right at the end, Daniel had written a proposal. I’m not usually an emotional person but it was such a sweet proposal that I just cried.” “Of course I said ‘yes,’ too!” The proposal took place in August, and the couple spent a year planning the day, having thought
The first decision the couple made was to have a reception at Grange Farm in Wittering near Peterborough. It’s a location Andrea knows well as her father works freelance at the venue.
“It’s relaxed, a large venue, set in a lovely location but also it’s a blank canvas, a marquee in which you can create any kind of reception you’d like.”
The couple met a decade earlier whilst on holiday in Portugal, having gone abroad on a trip organised by mutual friends.
“We were due to go away for a weekend though and, having worked late for the past couple of nights, he’d been busy organising a surprise for me.”
August’s Bank Holiday would be the best date for a late summer wedding.
Wedding Venue: Stoke Rochford Hall, www.stokerochfordhall.co.uk. Reception Venue: Grange Farm Wittering, 01780 782459, www.grange-farm.co.uk
Dress: Blush Bridal, 01778 218020, www.blushbridal.co. Catering: blazingbarbecues.co.uk www.woodfiredpizzacompany.co.uk. Wedding Cakes/Afternoon Tea: Beverley’s Bespoke Afternoon Tea firstname.lastname@example.org
DJ: Eminence Ents 07850 206222. Photographer: Helen Griffin 07542 758855, www.helengriffinphoto.co.uk. n
The couple’s parents were heavily involved in the day with Andrea’s mum setting up her business, Beverley’s Bespoke Afternoon Tea. Andrea would be one of her first clients, and mum baked a selection of tempting treats for a cake table centrepiece. Meanwhile dad Steve busied himself creating a rustic photo frame with the couple’s name on through which guests could take selfies. For their food, the couple used Blazing Barbecues and Sheffield’s Wood Fired Pizza Company to provide relaxed dining that would fulfil Andrea’s ‘Bank Holiday Sunday feel!’ Dessert, too, was provided courtesy of Ice Cream’s Dreams’ rustic ice cream cart.
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“Our friends came down from university, it was like a reunion. We sat outside and enjoyed the sunshine...! >> Daniel and his Best Man wore on-trend petrol blue suits with pink ties that complemented the bouquet. Andrea loves Lisianthus flowers, so these featured alongside Old English roses in her hand-tied posey. The couple loved working with photographer Helen Griffin. Andrea says she normally feels self-conscious having her photograph taken, but Helen made her feel really relaxed and produced some stunning images.
“It turned out to be the one of the hottest days of the year, so the whole wedding had a really relaxed summer vibe,” says Andrea. “Our friends came down from university so it was like a reunion, and we were all able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine, there was plenty of dancing and everyone had a great time. We’re not into fine dining so a pizza and barbecue with ice creams out in the sunshine was really relaxed and fun.”
“Our DJ was recommended by Grange Farm, and complemented the day brilliantly, and the place was really flexible, allowing us to design and create just the kind of venue we wanted.”
The couple did things in a slightly unusual order by taking advantage of the school holiday to enjoy a honeymoon before the wedding itself. It was a trip to Sorrento, enabling Daniel to indulge that long-standing love of pizza! “It was the most relaxed and wonderful day,” Andrea and Daniel say. “A really great occasion for all of our friends and family, everything that we were hoping it would be!” n
Photographer: Helen Griffin Photography, 07542 758855, www.helengriffinphoto.co.uk.
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TOFT WEDDING FAIR SATURDAY 7th APRIL 2017, 11am to 3pm FREE RAFFLE fabulous PRIZES - Including a free reception*, Champagne, Makeups, Hair T&Cs apply
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Situations are rarely black and white, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the classic look which mono or navy outfits create. This month’s featured fashions, by Michaela Louisa, will help you make the most of mono this season... Words: Rob Davis.
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Michaela Louisa is our featured fashion brand this month, and from their latest collection, you can really make the most of mono or navy with two tone outfits ideal for any daytime function or for dinner in the evening. The brand’s mono collection in light fabrics will ensure you remain cool and smart all summer long, and combine wearability with great style and quality. n
First Page: Left, Spotty Bardot dress with red undertrim £130; right, Mono trouser suit £179.
Opposite: Left, Ikat print dress with black asymmetric panel detail £call; right, trouser suit and black top £139.
Above: Cross hatch print dress £130.
Left: Asymmetric neckline black dress with curve detail to top and capped sleeves £125.
Top/Right: White blouse and black flared trousers £call.
Right: Black and white print dress £289 with optional black bolero. n Featured fashions are by Michaela Louisa. For local stockists see 020 8888 7000 or see www.michaelalouisa.com.
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Located in beautiful Uppingham, in Rutland, Aroha Beauty House is a delightful pocket of escapism on the High Street. We provide you with certified organic and vegan-friendly spa and beauty treatments, whether itâ€™s maintenance or indulgence you are looking for. Immerse yourself in one of our decadent spa baths, warming your muscles and softening skin before completing the experience with a signature treatment. Take time out alone or pamper with friends. Our aim is to provide a little sanctuary and rest from the busy schedules and demands of life, introducing a sense of peace, calm and tranquillity into your life, even for just half an hour. You will always find yourself the priority at Aroha Beauty House as talented and experienced therapists balance and revive clients in mind, in body and in soul, in a special and unique setting. Take some time out for yourself at Aroha and find the beautiful, natural you!
High Street East, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9PY 01572 822 853 â€˘ www.arohabeautyhouse.com
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YSL: Yves Saint Laurent’s Couture Variation eyeshadow palette has the perfect shades for a mesmerising eye look, £49. HOURGLASS: Hourglass’s Modernist eyeshadow palette blends excellently and is suitable for all skin tones, £56.
DIOR: This is Dior’s High Fidelity Colours & Effects eyeshadow palette. It provides unique textures from metallic to satin finishes, £45.
URBAN DECAY: Urban Decay’s ‘Naked’ Eyeshadow palettes are famed for being some of the best, but this ‘Naked 3’ palette has our favourite range of shades, £40. ABH: Anastasia Beverley Hills’s Modern Renaissance palette is ideal for daytime and evening looks, £43.
Bringing Shade 1
Eyeshadow palette compositions are important. Usually quite expensive, you need to make sure you’re getting shades that will suit you. They’re more of an investment piece for your makeup collection.
Not only should they feature shades that suit you, and textures and colours you like, they should be practical too. Neutral base shades, darker tones and lighter colours for highlighting are a must.
A mix of matte colours and shimmery shades is important too, for day and evening looks; matte is more modern but a touch of glitter catches the eye.
Using an eyeshadow palette also allows you to change up your look everyday. High quality, double-ended tapered brushes are an added bonus. Therefore, we bring to you our top five palettes from designer makeup brands.
To purchase visit: www.yslbeauty.co.uk, www.hourglasscosmetics.com, www.dior.com, www.urbandecay.co.uk, www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com.
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Art & Culture in
It’s the diminutive market town home in the heart of Rutland that’s home to over 5,000 people. Here, its mayor Cllr Alec Crombie, reflects on his second term working as an ambassador for a truly committed town council...
For a diminutive town of just 5,000 people, Uppingham has an almost unprecedented commitment to preserving the continuity of the quaint ironstone town centre. But its preservation isn’t the result of serendipity. Rather, it’s the result of a good deal of hard 110
work and commitment by not only the town council, and its figurehead Cllr Alec Crombie MBE, but the volunteers such as those on the Uppingham in Bloom committee, and by the local independent businesses who also work hard to preserve the town’s atmosphere.
Alec next month reaches the end of his second term as Mayor and by coincidence, his 50th anniversary of living in Uppingham.
“My first job brought me to Rutland working in practice for Fowler & Co, but I’m best known for my work in the Crombie Collins practice and for my work in the private client sector of the legal profession.” “Having met my wife Caroline - a local girl in the town, and having raised three children here, I retired in 2008 and really wanted to ‘give something back’ to the town.”
“Above all, during my period as Mayor we’ve made big leaps in communication with the electorate, with monthly surgeries for people in the town, and latterly with the launch of the Love Uppingham website.” “The latter launched in December 2017 and has become not only a place where the town council can upload information, but where everyone can interact and become a community.”
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THREE OF THE BEST
The Falcon Hotel, High St., East Quality dining in the town’s historic C16th hotel, with 12hr roast pork belly and roast mallard just two of the available main courses this month. n 01572 823535, www.falcon-hotel.co.uk.
Lake Isle, Market Place
“Technology makes it easy to interact and ensure that we can create a community facility that everyone can contribute to.”
Constantly changing menus with fresh ingredients and a wise wine cellar of over 160 bottles. Enjoy à la carte dining in a restaurant that’s small but perfectly formed n 01572 822951, www.lakeisle.co.uk.
The website includes a What’s On guide, and places to dine or stay overnight to help visitors to the town to plan their trip. At its heart, the website also updates the existing Uppingham Heritage Trail, which has now 20 different points of interest for the town. The full trail takes around two hours to complete, and a downloadable map gives even locals who have been established in the town for a number of years a comprehensive guide to the town’s history. Tod’s Piece, for example, is the recreation ground restored by the town council two years ago, named after the seven acre space scythed by energetic church warden John Top: An aerial view of Uppingham, home to over 5,000 residents!
Above/Right: The Grade II listed C14th Church of St Peter and St Paul.
Tod in the 1630s, who won a wager to complete the job before, rather unfortunately, dropping dead as a result of his labours. The council has further plans to improve facilities on the site and intends to use it as a community space for events. The town’s calendar includes its Fatstock agricultural market held on the first Wednesday in December, and June’s Uppingham Feast. It’s also part of the Stilton Cheese Run classic car route which raises around £1,600 for local causes and will be held on 22nd April. >>
Don Paddy’s, Market Place
Daytime dining with an extensive menu in the heart of Uppingham. Main courses under £20; sharing dishes, open sandwiches and homemade desserts. n 01572 822255, www.donpaddys.co.uk.
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Uppingham’s town centre features over 100 listed buildings, all in the town’s warm-toned vernacular ironstone... >> “The other group which truly does deserve recognition in the town is the team behind the Uppingham In Bloom competition,” says Alec. “We’re proud to hold the joint national small town championship award, which we share with Randalstown in Northern Island.”
Our volunteers work hard from spring onwards and are always happy to accept both donations and offers of assistance throughout spring and summer, but especially in the run up to judging, which usually takes place in August. The town centre features over 100 listed buildings, all in the town’s warm-toned vernacular ironstone. The town centre has gained heritage lighting to both complement the look and feel of the Market Place, but also improve lighting for events like the town’s late night Christmas shopping. A core of independently owned businesses is complemented by the availability of plenty of places to eat and one of the town’s most popular community hubs remains The Falcon Hotel with its beautifully refurbished garden terrace for the warmer months.
“It’s really on a high right now, better than ever,” says Alec. “It’s right up there with the Talbot in Oundle and The George of Stamford as one of the area’s great classic coaching inns. Uppingham is a small town but we’re vocal on the county council and we’re a centre for art and culture in Rutland with galleries and businesses like Goldmark and Willow, artisan jewellers like Made and with master butchers and artisan bakers.
“Uppingham really is a tremendous town, with plenty to offer both locals and visitors alike!” n
WHAT’S ON IN APRIL IN UPPINGHAM The Memory of Water, Uppingham Theatre 26th/27th April
The staff of Uppingham School present a production of both mirth and melancholy exploring how memories fade, blur and are misremembered. When three sisters re-unite to share the memories of their recently passed mother, plenty is revealed. 01572 820820, uppthearts.co.uk.
Top, Above/Right: St Peter and St Paul nave. Right: Uppingham’s market has over 20 stallholders, such as Geoff and Teresa Faulkner who have been a familiar site on the market for over 45 years.
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RELAX AND UNWIND AT REDWINGS LODGE RUTLAND
As a small chain of privately owned hotels, we understand what's important when looking for overnight accommodation, with wellappointed rooms, good facilities and friendly service. Redwings Lodge caters for the business traveller, families and visitors to the area. Located halfway between Leicester and Peterborough; Redwings Lodge Rutland boasts stunning views of historic Rutland, an area of outstanding beauty. Combining convenience, comfort and value for money, our Lodge is the perfect place to stay whether your travelling for business or pleasure. • Free WiFi • Free Self Service Light Breakfast • Free Parking • Dog Friendly
• 24 Hours • TV's with Free view • Family Rooms • Accessible Room • Non Smoking Rooms
• Tea/Coffee Making Facilities in Rooms • Cots/Hair-dryers available on Request
REDWINGS LODGE A47 Glaston Road, Morcott, Uppingham LE15 9DL 01572 748787 www.redwingslodge.co.uk
Stamford Pride & Peterborough Pride: Introducing our TWO NEW Magazines! This month we’re introducing our third publication in the Pride Magazines family.
From this month, Stamford Pride will give your area’s historic Georgian town the recognition it deserves with its own dedicated title. Next month, we’ll also be launching Peterborough Pride, which we’re confident will soon become the city’s finest magazine!
To advertise in any of our four magazines, call our friendly team now on 01529 469977
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BUSINESS & FINANCE
Retailers queue up for Fletton Quays PETERBOROUGH Retailers are being encouraged to apply early for a place on Peterborough’s flagship Fletton Quays development. The £120m provides 6.4 hectares of riverfront space between Peterborough the Nene, just across from the Key Theatre and Embankment. The regeneration of the derelict land and vacant buildings by Peterborough Investment Partnership will yield 350 riverside apartments, cycle and pedestrian routes, a wildlife area, and a 160-bed Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. In addition, the site will incorporate new offices for Peterborough City Council, plus and will be the new home of Mile Tree Brewery. Property Agents Barker Storey Matthews are currently taking enquiries from retailers looking to occupy spaces in the main piazza area of the development, the centrepiece of which will be a flagship Sky
Bar restaurant and wine bar for the public to enjoy. Two retail spaces will cover over 3,200 sq ft, with high quality retailers, food and beverage retailers sought. In addition to the retail spaces, 60,000sq ft will serve to incubate new and allow
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current businesses to grow in the city, regenerating the area and providing extensive parking for visitors to the city and shoppers. Planning for the site was granted in late 2015 and work began in early 2017. It’s hoped that the development
will begin opening in late 2018, with further units following soon after.
STAMFORD Snowdens Clinic & Beauty Room, Scotgate, Stamford, continues to grow since opening in 2014. Services include Podiatry, Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Counselling, Sports Massage, Remedial Massage and a full range of Beauty Treatments These include the unique Environ Skin Care Prescription moisturising system developed by Dr Des Fernandez, renowned Plastic Surgeon who, whilst working with burns victims wanted a product that would increase skin cell renewal. Scientifically researched, Environ (part of the International
Institute for Anti-Aging), know about skin, hence the development of the unique Environ Skin Care Prescription, which helps to look after it so that you can live beautifully today, forever. Healthy-looking, beautiful skin for life is easier than you think. Environs’ normalises the skin with a daily dose of Vitamin A.
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It targets specific skin conditions with specialist skin care products designed to penetrate the deeper layers of skin, and enhances skin by adding a finishing touch to flawless beauty. n Call for a free consultation with an Environ Consultant; 01780 762244.
ENJOY THE VIEW WITH STAMFORD’S FINEST
STAMFORD If you’re looking to enjoy the view all summer long, consider bi-fold doors, conservatories and orangeries from Orchard, Stamford’s leading home improvement company. The business started trading in 2001 and covers Stamford, Peterborough, Rutland, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. “We have two showroom, one on Uffington road, specialising in all aspects of
glazing for residential and commercial properties.” “The other in Scotgate specialises in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms,” says Mark Atkinson. “Whether you are looking to replace a window or refurbish your home with a new kitchen or additional room, we are here to help you and we pride ourselves on setting high professional standards.” n www.orchardwindows.co.uk.
For special occasions, choose special tableware, furniture and catering equipment...
WHITTLESEY CATERING HIRE: FOR YOUR EVENT OR WEDDING
County’s speedy broadband praised by BT Openreach...
RUTLAND Business which rely on being online are well-served in Rutland, say BT Openreach, as the number of homes and businesses enjoying more than 24Mbps of connection speed has passed 95%, with more than 17,500 premises now connected to so-called superfast broadband. Ordering stock, communicating with customers and conducting online banking is made possible by decent broadband, and Rutland is one of the most improved areas in the whole of UK when it comes to the speed of its internet connections.
n For more information see www.openreach.co.uk.
PETERBOROUGH If you’re hosting a wedding, business event or party at home, create the right impression for your guests with Whittlesey Catering Hire. Established in 1987, the company provides catering equipment, bone china, cutlery, glassware, furniture and linen for hire to caterers, hoteliers and private individuals’ events all across the region. All products are supplied washed, sealed and ready to use for your convenience. Delivery and collection is available or the equipment can be collected from the showroom. All equipment can be viewed at the company’s showroom in Woodston, Peterborough. n 01733 394232; cateringhireuk.com.
9 out of 10...
NO (ONE) WAY! No way to one way... that’s the message from Oakham’s traders, who have rejected the idea of a one way system in the town by nine to one. Corry Cavell-Taylor of Mill Street’s Cavells organised a survey of 69 Oakham traders, with over 90% rejecting proposals for a one way system through the town. Just three were neutral and four were in favour of the scheme. n
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NEWS In Brief STAMFORD
STAMFORD LAWYER PROMISES SPEED AND TALENT... Sean Garner is a Stamford based Chartered Legal Executive, Conveyancing Practitioner and Commissioner for Oaths and a former solicitor and licensed conveyancer with over 36 years of experience in private practice who has been practising in Stamford since 2001. Although primarily a specialist in all areas of Property Law, he is also qualified to deal with Wills & Testaments, Landlord & Tenant disputes, Partnerships and Companies, along and other matters. Completely independent, he has no ties to estate agents and does not pay referral fees. Instead, Sean relies on his excellent reputation to attract new clients, and is known for his speed and approachability. See garnerslaw.co.uk 01780 751196. n
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Small Mount Street Bag
Finished in black English bridle leather and cobalt suede £85.
Suitable for 13” laptop, tablet, iPhone etc., shown here in tan croc, £650.
Leather Billfold Wallet Shown here in smooth cognac and espresso suede £95.
Sumptuous accessories for men crafted in fine leather and silver by Aspinal of London
Large Mount Street Bag
Shown in brown nappa, with 100% cashmere lining £95.
HIDE & CHIC
Suitable for 15” laptop etc., shown in deep shine black croc £650.
In sterling silver, with optional personalisation £130.
Hunter 6oz hip flask in Amazon brown croc £55.
In Amazon brown croc deep shine with optional personalisation £75.
For local stockists or to shop online, call 01428 648180 or see www.aspinaloflondon.com.
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BREW ROOM WITH A
Tim Nicol and Simon Watson are the area’s real ale pioneers, and having created a room with a brew, they’re approaching their second anniversary creating traditionally brewed ales. Together, they’re on a mission to restore the traditions of brewing to Stamford...
In bygone days, each town or village in the local area would have had its trademark brew. Real ale enthusiasts Tim Nicol and Simon Watson are looking to restore the traditions of a truly local brew at least to Stamford and from a shed in Tim’s back garden, to a purpose-built brewhouse in Ryhall, the two are this year celebrating two years of creating ambassador ales for their town. Back in 2016, the two created Stoney Ford brewery, and together, their three permanent beers and seven limited edition ales are stocked in over 50 local pubs, restaurants and clubs.
Are they any good? Well, why not ask The George of Stamford. Stoney Ford’s ales are available permanently on draught in the area’s flagship coaching inn. In total the brewery will produce 72,000 pints this year, and new for spring and summer the pair have pioneered a low-alcohol “Easy Ale” that’s just 2.8% ABV; just sufficient to ensure the editor has a happy summer afternoon in the beer garden but doesn’t fall asleep in the sun only to wake up with raging sunburn.
Not that there was any danger as I joined the pair in early February when Simon and apprentice brewer Will Evans were mashing up a brew of pale. With temperatures in minus figures and frost on the ground, I hurried inside and was rather happier to be greeted by a warm and humid brewhouse with the rich aroma of hot malt sweltering away in the mash tun.
“I’m from Beckingham in Kent originally and moved to the area back in the 1980s whilst working in marketing in the food industry,” says Tim. “later in life I became fascinated by the process of producing real ale and created what I suppose you’d term as a nanobrewery in my shed. Simon and I made a few brews and really got the bug. I’m not retired so much as repurposed, whilst Simon wanted
Above: Simon Watson and Tim Nicol with their 1970 Morris Minor delivery van, nicknamed The Alebulance, a sort of automotive mascot. Right: Pictured sampling the company’s new low-alcohol ale Ermine Street Pale, just 2.8% ABV.
something to enjoy after working in the city all week as a commercial lawyer for an investment bank, so we soon started wondering if we could put our increasing brewing talents to good use.” “Simon went on a couple of commercial courses and we created Stoney Ford two years ago next month.”
The pair’s first ale was the Blue Bell Ale, created eponymously for Tim’s local Easton on the Hill pub.
The term ‘craft beer’ is contentious in real ale circles, so the two prefer to describe themselves as small batch brewers. Their scale makes them well positioned to brew in large enough quantities to use the artisan English hops, sourced from counties like >>
“The pair’s first ale was the Blue Bell Bitter, created for Tim’s local Easton on the Hill pub...”
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Sheepmarket Supernova Straw: Light and thirstquenching pale ale with floral and cedar notes, light in alcohol but not in flavour. n
PE9 Paradise Pale: English Pale Ale, Hoppy but not aggressively so, honeyed, spicy, and floral. n
>> Worcestershire and Kent, that allow them to exploit unusual flavours, whilst being big enough to brew commercial quantities, albeit for a limited area.
Currently the two are approaching the capacity in their current premises and, having been pleasantly surprised by both the demand for - and the enthusiastic response to - their ales, Tim and Simon are in a position to scale up and increase their production to a size that will allow them to increase their output without sacrificing the quality or provenance of their ales.
The campaign for real ale group (CAMRA) reports that there were 70,000 pubs in the UK in the 1980s, and 50,000 a couple of decades later. Though the number of pubs closing is thought to have slowed, it’s thought that two pubs a week are still closing, especially in urban areas where large pub chains own premises and heavily discount beer and spirits. Top: Tim making a delivery to Stamford Arts Centre in The Alebulance. Above/Right: The brewers use English malt sourced from Lincolnshire and Norfolk.
Tim and Simon hope that their audience will raise a glass not just to their own ale, but to their local pub too, and help to buck the trend. It’s possible they’ll expand into bottled ales and put their ranges into farm shops and food fairs, but for now, the message is clear; real ale is a great way to toast the summer, especially when enjoying a pint means supporting both your local brewer and your village pub.” “We want our beers to be silent ambassadors for the town of Stamford, restoring the traditions of brewing to the town and reflecting the quality and character of the town!” n
All Saint’s Almighty Amber: A full-bodied but not heavy classic tasting bitter with chocolate and marmalade character. n For more information: Call Stoney Ford Brewery on 07803 050108 or see www.stoneyford brewco.co.uk.
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SPICE THE 4X4 WITH EXTRA It may be named after the uncomfortably hot-tasting pepper, but Porsche’s new iteration of the Cayenne specialises in comfort and practicality, as well as best-in-class handling and speed...
Porsche Cayenne Turbo 5.0V8, on sale April 2018
Back in 2002, the motoring world gave a loud collective guffaw, as sports car manufacturer Porsche announced it would break from tradition and release a large 4x4.
They’re not laughing now. The firm is selling 20,000 Cayennes a year. It’s regarded as one of the most desirable road-biased SUVs and it pulled off a PR coup and set a Guinness World Record by towing a 285 tonne Airbus A380 42 metres to prove its muscle. It has also spawned a smaller model, the Macan.
The new model is available in three iterations; a 3.0V6 turbo, a 3.0V6 twin-turbo S model and a twin turbo 4.0 V8 model too.
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No new Cayennes are yet available in the UK but from the technical data we’ve been provided with, we’d opt for the base model Cayenne, whose performance figures yield more than enough power for most motorists, returning 30mpg combined.
The Turbo model predictably provides masses more torque, but arguably its power is overkill in most driving situations and its economy figure of 23mpg is more likely to irritate day-to-day over any performance gains. Having said that, it’s the Turbo model which features in our images, and mercifully it’s subtly styled, despite its power; free of spoiler and bling. With no UK models for test drive yet we haven’t tried the new model on UK roads, 124
The Turbo model, predictably, provides masses more torque, but arguably its power is overkill in most driving situations... but the model’s superlative handling on-road is unlikely to suffer in a new generation.
Boot space has increased, and an optional anti-roll bar set up is likely to give ‘enthusiastic’ drivers a greater margin of error when dealing with body roll.
What hasn’t changed, though, is the need to dive into the options list. Part leather seats, power adjustable seats, navigation and park assist are standard, but you’ll be charged extra for a reversing camera, heated seats
or full leather. Turbo models are more generously equipped but nudge the model nearer to a six figure price list.
Cayenne is a style statement, and a sports SUV with great handling. It’s a performance vehicle first, and a luxury car second, albeit one that’s smarter, posher and more refined than ever before. If you’re venturing off-road, the Range Rover Sport is still a better bet, but if you’re after a dynamic drive, the new Cayenne should definitely be on your shortlist of potential vehicles. n
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All Wheel Drive, All About Performance...
Range Rover Sport SVR 5.0V8 Supercharged petrol, drivetrain, all wheel drive and auto gearbox with Terrain Response. Seats seven, adaptive cruise, 360° parking assistance. 176mph top speed, 0-60mph 4.3 secs. Economy 22.1mpg. £99,680.
Audi SQ7 Vorsprung 4.0TDi diesel drivetrain with eight speed automatic gearbox and all wheel drive. Seats seven with adaptive cruise, 360° camera, and leather. 155mph top speed, 0-60mph 4.9 secs. Economy 37.2mpg. £89,345.
BMW X6 xDrive50i M Sport Edition 4.4 V8 petrol, all wheel drive and eight speed auto gearbox. Seats five, all round parking sensors, leather seats and sat nav. 155mph top speed, 0-60mph 4.8 secs. Economy 29.1mpg. £74,930.
Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S 4Matic 5.5V8 petrol drivetrain with seven speed automatic gearbox and all wheel drive. Seats five, with panoramic roof, parking pilot, massage climate seats. 175mph top speed, 0-60mph 4.2 secs. Eco 23.9mpg. £101,885.
Maserati Levante S GranSport 3.0V6 petrol drivetrain, with all wheel drive and eight speed auto gearbox. Seats five full leather parking sensors and sat nav. 164mph top speed, 0-60mph 5.2 secs. Economy 25.9mpg. £77,675.
Bentley Bentayga V8 4.0V8 twin turbo petrol with eight speed automatic gearbox and all wheel drive. Seats five 20” wheels, panoramic roof, and air suspension. 180mph top speed, 0-60mph 4.4 secs. Economy 24.8mpg. £136,200 (est).
PORSCHE CAYENNE TURBO 5.0V8 Price: £99,291; from April 2018. Engine: 5.0V8, 770nm/550hp. Drivetrain: Eight speed auto gearbox, four wheel drive. Performance: 0-60mph 4.1 seconds; 177mph top speed. Economy: 23.7mpg combined. Equipment: BOSE stereo, electric heated leather seats, sat nav.
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NEWS In Brief
ELECTRIC TAXIS BEGIN TAKING FARES IN LONDON It’s a sign of the times, as the first electric taxis have begun operating in London. The cabs have been made by the London Electric Vehicle Co and have a range of 400 miles including 80 miles on pure electric power. The new taxis will be making their way into other UK cities too, after proving their worth in the capital, and have six passenger seats, plus on-board Wi-Fi. n BEST SELLING CARS
BEST SELLING CARS OF 2017 ANNOUNCED Over 2.54m cars were sold in 2017, and the 10 best selling models have been announced by the SMMT as:
1. Ford Fiesta 94,533 (pictured). 2. Volkswagen Golf 74,605. 3. Ford Focus 69,903. 4. Nissan Qashqai 64,216. 5. Vauxhall Corsa 52,722. 6. Vauxhall Astra 49,370. 7. Volkswagen Polo 47,855. 8. MINI hatchback 47,669. 9. Mercedes C-Class 45,912. 10. Mercedes A-Class 43,717. n
ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST LIMO NAMED SUPER-LUXURY CAR OF THE YEAR 2018
Flagship two-door coupé Range Rover debuts... LAND ROVER Land Rover will release a four seater ultraluxurious coupé version of its flagship 4x4 the Range Rover at the Geneva Motor Show. The car will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the company, and will offer the car in a lavish £200,000+ SVAutobiography version to compete with Rolls Royce’s forthcoming Cullinan SUV. n
ROLLS ROYCE A panel of judges from What Car? magazine has named the Rolls-Royce Ghost the best super-luxury car in the world in its most prestigious class: luxury cars over £100,000. In awarding Ghost Extended Wheelbase the honour, judges celebrated the motor car’s peerless duality, which combines vibrant driving dynamics with a near-
silent and truly cocooning passenger suite. “If money is no object, then treat yourself to the Ghost’s almost ethereal quietness, storming V12 engine and seats which are the most comfortable you’re likely to find in any car.” The Rolls Royce Ghost EWB has a hand-build 6.6V12 engine and retails for £254,424. n
The Anticipated I-Pace
JAGUAR SUV WILL BE FIRM’S FIRST ALL-ELECTRIC SUV MODEL
JAGUAR The Jaguar I-Pace all-electric performance SUV is the most anticipated new car of 2018, says the firm. I-Pace combines a supercar silhouette with sports car performance and five-seater versatility. Jaguar’s designers and engineers have used the new electric vehicle architecture to tear up the rule book on usability. I-Pace occupies less road space than conventional mid-size SUVs, yet offers more room for passengers and luggage than models in the segment above. Prices are expected to start from around £28,500. n On sale late March 2018.
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A NEW CAREER AT PRIDE MAGAZINES... With the launch of Stamford Pride and Peterborough Pride, joining our existing Lincolnshire and Rutland magazines, our business is growing! This means we’re looking to recruit for the following full time positions: MAGAZINE EDITOR
Our magazines are very well-regarded by readers and advertisers alike, and positions to join our editorial team are very rare and highly sought after. You’ll be literate, confident and well-organised, assisting our editorial team with creating quality editorial for print and online purposes. Experience with writing, page layout software and photography are essential.
2 X FIELD SALES
We have two field sales positions available for characters with excellent communication skills, determination and big personalities. To join our large sales force you must have sales experience, having worked in the profession for at least five years. You’ll be part of our team, working hard to introduce people to our much-loved magazines.
We are also looking to appoint a candidate to join our administration team. The successful applicant will need excellent organisational skills, as well as a professional telephone manner. Main duties will include credit control, use of Sage software and Excel, plus assisting the sales team and helping to maintain our inscrutibly high standards of customer service.
All positions are full time with five weeks holiday and are based at our recently refurbished five star offices. Send a CV with your cover letter to email@example.com. All of our positions are based at Elm Grange Studios, East Heckington, Boston, Lincs PE20 3QF.
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Published on Mar 12, 2018