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Welcome to Pride

Peterborough’s new magazine

The Cathedral at 900

Celebrating a landmark’s milestone

Local Food & Drink Local restaurants, great food

Warwick Davis

City’s most famous actor


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welcome letter

A warm welcome on behalf of the Peterborough Pride team to what we’re confident will quickly become regarded as the city’s finest magazine.

Having produced our sister titles, Lincolnshire Pride and Rutland Pride, for a number of years, we have often attracted interest from the city, but have never officially been able to represent Peterborough, until now! We're by no means new to the publishing world, and can’t wait to distill our enthusiasm, abilities and our formula for producing successful magazines into our latest territory.

Our magazines enjoy the unique selling point of being distributed free of charge, by Royal Mail, to homes of distinction - the three top council tax bands for properties - in and around the city. That means that whilst our affluent readership enjoys receiving our beautiful magazine for free, our advertisers - with their premium products and services - also achieve a great return on their marketing investment too.

We hope you enjoy our first edition... please do get in touch with feature ideas, to invite our photographers to your social functions. To view our Media Pack online, visit

Rob Davis, Editor

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NEWS Our roundup of good news.


WHAT’S ON Art and drama in June.


HIGH SOCIETY Handbags & Gladrags.


CATHEDRAL 900 Celebrating a magnificent milestone in the City.


Enjoying the city this month.


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WARWICK DAVIS Peterborough


BEEKEEPING Making honey with local apiarist Richard Davies.


SILK SCARVES Silk artist, Peterborough’s Emily Carter.


DINING OUT Summer dining at Loch Fyne and The Cherry House.


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‘pick your own’ strawberries.

WINE Summer recommendations.


HOMES Two wonderful country homes on the market now.

102 INTERIORS Neutral Shades for homes in the city and country.


GARDENING Alwalton Manor House.

LADIES & GENTLEMEN 128 WEDDING The summer wedding of Andrea & Daniel Hines.

137 FASHION Fashion with Ted Baker. 154 MOTORS Ferrari’s Portofino.


161 BUSINESS Bob Weston reveals

his Fletton Quays development.

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Pride Magazine is delivered free of charge, via Royal Mail, to high value homes in the city and surrounding villages. 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 an robust social media presence, 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 Peterborough and the surrounding villages, please call our friendly sales team on 01529 469977.


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Managing Director: Julian Wilkinson. Production Director: Ian Bagley. Advertising Director: Zoie Wilkinson. Sales Director: Emily Brown. Executive Editor: Rob Davis. Editors: Tilly Wilkinson, Georgie Fenn. Customer Care Manager: Mandy Bray. Distribution: Joe Proctor. Office Manager: Sue Bannister. Account Manager: Lauren Chambers. Sales Executives: Hannah Boyle, Charlotte Aiken, Tamer Hodgson, Yvette Coates, Carissa Clay, Hayley Scott, Cassy Ayton, and Grace Walker.

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Peterborough Pride Magazine...


PRIDE It’s an exciting time for the Pride Magazines team as we launch not just one, but two new magazines! Last month we launched Stamford Pride, the third magazine in our collection of county magazines, following the launch of our Lincolnshire and Rutland editions in 2002 and 2012 respectively. “And now, we’ve launched our Peterborough magazine, the fourth title in our stable of fine county magazines,” says Executive Editor Rob Davis. “Our success proves that the publishing industry is thriving even in a climate of online content, and that quality journalism and advertising opportunities in print are still in great demand.” “With the launch of our Peterborough title, we’ll be able to give the city its own recognition.”

“Our hope is to bring to the city a fresh new magazine which, we’re confident will become the finest, highest quality magazine in the city and the surrounding area.”

Local classic car owners urged to get into gear...



“We’re thrilled about the launch of our new titles, Peterborough Pride and Stamford Pride and the growth of Pride Magazines throughout 2018.” PETERBOROUGH Owners of classic cars and vehicles should get into gear and enter their pride and joy into this year’s Peterborough Classic and Vintage Vehicle Festival. Visitors from all over the region are expected to flock to Peterborough’s Embankment on Saturday 1st September and Sunday 2nd September 2018 to admire the many shining chassis and wheeled wonders on display. Organised by Peterborough City Council, the show is now in its fifth year and is being held as part of the authority’s City of Festivals programme.

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 The show is open to classic and vintage cars and caravans, motorcycles, scooters, commercial and agricultural vehicles, buses, ex-military and other forms of transport from yesteryear to modern classics. Councillor Steve Allen, who is responsible for Peterborough Tourism and Culture, said: “With more than 500 vehicles at last year’s event interest in this September’s show is already high and we expect to have a fantastic range of cars and vehicles on display. n Vehicle registrations can be made on the Peterborough City Council website

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It’s official! You WILL be able to see Tim’s spacecraft...!

PETERBOROUGH Did you see the really exciting news that Tim Peake’s spacecraft will spend the final days of its tour at Peterborough Cathedral? The exhibition runs from 11th August to 5th November and will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Tim Peake’s Soyuz spacecraft Soyuz TMA-19M- and a space descent VR experience.

n See

as helping with the production itself doing makeup, decorating sets. Peterborough Operatic and Dramatic Society, has been in existence since 1900. Except for two short breaks during World War I and II, they have put on a show every year... which we think is remarkable! n To get in touch with the POD team contact the Secretary, Katharine Wootton by emailing:

The Festival of Hunting



For many, the day marks the highlight of the summer social calendar and includes the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show which celebrates its 130th anniversary this year. Jeremy Staples, CEO, East of England Agricultural Society and Secretary of the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show: “We look forward to welcoming visitors to another spectacular showcase for the world of hunting.” The historic event is an annual showcase for the world of hunting and boasts the greatest gathering of hounds in the country. n See

5,000 metres

PETERBOROUGH The fantastic Peterborough Operatic and Dramatic Society (PODS) are on the hunt for budding actors for the cast of their production of The Vicar of Dibley. The production will be performed at The Key Studio this September. However, before this hilarious comedy can be put together, they need to find a cast! There will also be other ways to get involved such

PETERBOROUGH’S POPULAR PARK RUN is a timed 5k run that takes place every Saturday at 9am in Ferry Meadows. There is a huge mixture of abilities from people who mostly walk to people training hard to get themselves a personal best (PB). If you’re looking for a new club to join, this could be the perfect opportunity! n

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NEWS In Brief


WELL THAT’S REFRESHING! A new app has been released in the East of England. The app was launched by Labour MEP Alex Mayer which lets Peterborough residents know the nearest place they can get free drinking water so they can reuse their own bottle. Mr Ferris, who is also a Labour Peterborough city councillor, said: “Refill Peterborough is an exciting opportunity for our city to address the growing problem with plastic and encourage residents to keep hydrated. As the aspiring Environment Capital of the UK Peterborough needs to lead the way to a plastic free future. This is a fantastic first step on that journey.” We currently use 35 million plastic bottles every day with nearly half ending up in landfill sites such as in Eye. n See


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Gormley makes city ‘the place to be’ ANGEL OF THE NORTH ARTIST TO INSTALL THREE STATUES IN PETERBOROUGH PETERBOROUGH The creator of the Angel of the North, sculptor and artist Sir Antony Gormley, will work with the city’s Vivacity to install three sculptures in Peterborough, each overlooking the Cathedral. The statues will be ready as Pride goes to press, and will form part of the artist’s peripatetic The Place to Be exhibition. “This is an iconic and accessible piece of art of international stature by the leading British sculptor of this time,” say Peterborough Civic Society. “The sculptures have a smooth and even dark grey finish. Each piece is designed to encourage people to think about space and the context of space.” In 2008 The Daily Telegraph ranked Gormley number four in their list of the 100 most powerful people in


LOCAL DESIGNER SOPHIE CREATES COMMEMORATIVE WEDDING MUG Local homeware designer Sophie Allport has launched her fine bone china mug to celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on the 19th of May. Sophie Allport’s Royal Wedding mug retails at £13. n


British culture. The sculptor won the Turner Prize in 1994 with Field for the British Isles and his auction record is £3,401,250 for a maquette of the Angel of the North, set at

Christie’s, London, in 2011. The artist was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to the arts. Pictured above is a variation of the sculptured

Living on a Spare...?


heading to Peterborough, titled Another Place, part of 100 individual pieces which, like the Peterborough sculptures, will be figurative bronze cast works. n PETERBOROUGH It’s every young lad’s dream to start driving when they leave school... but perhaps not in Mongolia, for 10,000 miles, in a 1.0 litre banger! Nevertheless, Oundle’s Oliver Frisby, Werrington’s James Keane and Josh Allen of Warwickshire will celebrate leaving Oundle School by tackling a 10,000 mile route to raise money for Thorpe Hall Hospice, who helped Oliver’s grandfather David Browning in his final days a year ago. The three have brought a 17 year old Renault Clio with 125,000 miles on the clock for their fundraising adventure. n

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Handbags & Gladrags in

Burns Night Supper at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, Exton


Peterborough Pride has been launched because of the success of its sister magazines Lincolnshire Pride and Rutland Pride. In these publications we feature society events from balls, charity events, Champagne evenings and personal celebrations.

If you would like your events featured on these pages, we can send a photographer out to you completely free of charge to take photos of your guests. They will dress formally for special events, and it’s free to have the photos featured here.

If enough people are interested in purchasing the photos, the organiser can buy all of the photos from the night for ÂŁ99. n Please call 01529 469977 or visit the website for more information. Call today to avoid disappointment.

Roger Begy Memorial Trust Charity Launch

Stamford Junior School Charity Ball at the Grange in Wittering

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Anna’s Hope Ball

Quorn Hunt Ball at Pretswold Hall

The Oakham School Leavers’ Ball

Champagne Tattinger A Celebratory Supper at The George of Stamford

The Willberry Ball at

Normanton Park Hotel

Call 01529 469977 to book a photographer. Visit


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900 YEARS of HISTORY e city’s magnificent Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew this year celebrates its 900th anniversary. Georgie Fenn finds out what this very special year has in store for the building and its community... Words: Georgie Fenn.

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Like many of our country’s Cathedrals, Peterborough didn’t get off to the best start with many moments in time leading to it being destroyed, burnt down, rebuilt and then destroyed once more. Thankfully, due to the stubbornness and grit of people before us, the Cathedral was determinedly rebuilt so that generations hence could enjoy the splendour that this building holds.

professionals making it extremely costly, but the Peterborough 900 Campaign won’t just restore the Cathedral, it will help to develop new facilities for education, visitors, music, worship and other events so that the Cathedral remains an integral part of the community for many years to come.

This year sees Peterborough Cathedral celebrating it’s 900th anniversary, a particularly special birthday as it has led to the revival of this special landmark.

“This year’s Peterborough 900 Campaign will help to develop new facilities for the building!”

Historic sites such as Peterborough Cathedral are listed which means that any work must be carried out only by the most adept

Despite 2018 being the 900th anniversary, the Cathedral’s Peterborough 900 Development Campaign was launched in 2007 in preparation as an aspiring plan to raise £10 million for the Cathedral and the communities it serves.

The aim of the campaign led by The Church of England is to raise awareness and funds to enable the Cathedral to restore major parts of its structure.

By January 2017, a huge £8 million had been raised and more campaigns are underway to raise even more before the end of the year. This money will be spent on renovations and the general running of the Cathedral.

It costs £3,500 each day to run Peterborough Cathedral and a whopping £6,000 to run Ely Cathedral. The organic fundraising from visitors and worshippers surmounts to around £300,000 which is why these historic buildings are having to diversify, just like everyone else, to survive.

That’s why you can now attend events such as Peterborough Gin Festival at the Cathedral in November and see Open Days for well-regarded artists instead of your run of the mill church events. Campaigns to celebrate the anniversary include the 900 Abseil, 900 Reads and 900 Steps, all of which you can get involved in.

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900 Years of History at

PETERBOROUGH CATHEDRAL Roman Period: Evidence shows that there may have been a substantial building, possibly a temple or monumental arch. 655AD: A monastery is founded on the current cathedral site.

870AD: It’s believed that the monastery was attacked and destroyed by Viking invaders.

966-970AD: The monastery is refounded by King Edgar and Bishop Aethelwold of Winchester as a Benedictine house. 1066: King Harold’s army stops at Peterborough en route from York to Hastings.

Tower Tours The north-west tower of the Cathedral stands at 150ft tall; that’s high enough for a bungee jump!

However, as a Cathedral is not really the sort of place you would throw yourself off the top, you can instead safely abseil down the tower taking in all of the magnificent architecture that was built all those years ago. Left: The apse roof ceiling of Peterborough Cathedral. The apse was consecrated in 1140,

and is one of the earliest parts of the church. For the best views, take a ‘rooftop tour!’

Ascend to the triforium level of the Cathedral on selected dates in the summer for stunning views of the apse and transcepts.

If, however, thrill seeking isn’t your thing, you might prefer the 900 Reads campaign by sharing your absolute favourite reads with your local Vivacity library. The libraries will then be putting together a display of the most recommended adult and children’s books.

Education is a sector that the Cathedral is developing, especially after the news that they

1070: The monastery is raided by an army of Danish mercenaries led by Hereward the Wake to attempt to stop the new wealth.

1071: William I imposes the living of sixty knights into Peterborough Abbey and its monastic estates.

1102: Flemish mercenaries attack the monastery and take most of the gold and silver.

1116: The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle reported that an unattended fire in a bakery spread into the monastery and the town causing a lot of damage. >>

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Abseil-utely Not: Fundraising in the Sky

had won the position to be the penultimate venue for Tim Peake’s futuristic exhibition.

This contrast of one of the most impressive technologies of today in such an ancient Cathedral shows the innovative thinking behind the Church of England’s campaign. There is already a memorial in the Cathedral to the 20th century amateur astronomer, George Alcock, who is regarded as one of the most dedicated comet and nova-hunters of all time.

George Alcock was born and brought up in Peterborough, the son of a self-educated railway worker, George went on to receive an MBE for services to astronomy.’ Alcock was also known to have been fascinated with historic church architecture, so it seems only right that there is a memorial of him in the Cathedral of his home town.

The Diocese

The Diocese of Peterborough includes over 350 churches across 1,200 square miles with a population of 800,000.

The church is also celebrating science within it’s very own walls, something that was so controversial many years ago. The Cathedral is the penultimate destination and will display Tim Peake’s spacecraft, spacesuit and Space Descent VR between 11th August and 5th November 2018. n

Peterborough Cathedral, is open Mon-Fri: 9.00am - 5.00pm; Sat: 9.00am 5.00pm; Sun: 12.00pm - 3.00pm.

Below: The high altar of the Cathedral. Opposite: The building will play a large part of celebrating Peterborough Heritage Festival - see later in this edition!

To celebrate the 900th anniversary, keen fundraisers have been invited to raise at least £250 in order to abseil down the north-west tower of Peterborough Cathedral. Hopefully nobody is afraid of heights, as the structure is an impressive 150ft tall! The Peterborough based charity Shine is helping the Cathedral run the event and the fundraising will be divided equally between both organisations.

Peterborough Cathedral will be putting the money towards the general running costs of the Cathedral. Why not go along and watch as people abseil from top to bottom? The event takes place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May. n

A ‘Fairy’ Impressive Bid

900 Fairies at the Cathedral Bid, with Anna’s Hope If you’re going to be out and about in Peterborough on 10th June, this is a warning that if you aren’t kitted out in a tutu, a pair of wings and brandishing a wand, you will look silly! That’s right, jeans just wont do, and if you want to fit in then it’s time you got kitted out as a fairy. Why? Because Anna’s Hope, the incredible charity that raises money to help children with brain tumours, are attempting a World Record for the most fairies congregated in one place.


Shine will use the money to contribute to thousands of people who suffer with Spinal Bifida and Hydrocephalus across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The current record stands at 786 and the competitive nature of these things means there need to be at least 800 fairies at Peterborough Cathedral on the 10th June for it to make the news. If you’re keen to get dressed up and support the charity, please register on their website: n

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1118: Building started on the replacement monastic church. 1143: King Stephen visits the monastery.

c.1150: Abbot Martin de Bec creates a new market area to raise funds for the building of the monastic church. The monks create new commercial streets which is effectively the same street plan that exists in the city centre today. 1154: King Henry II visits along with Chancellor Thomas Becket. 1174-77: This is when the Becket Chapel was constructed.

1216: King John stays at the monastery.

1238: The new monastic church is consecrated. The building today is of the original style & pattern. 1268: Upon King Henry III’s visit, he grants the rights for a town fair.

1272 – 1286: The Lady Chapel is added to the monastery. This was pulled down during the Civil War.

1302: King Edward I visits. 1348: The Black Death hits Peterborough resulting in 32 of the 64 monks at the monastery perishing.

1536: Katharine of Aragon, first wife and queen of Henry VIII, is buried in the monastic church. See later in this edition for more on her legacy in Peterborough. >> 21

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Dean Christopher’s WARM WELCOME The Cathedral’s Dean Christopher said he was ‘humbled’ by his appointment to his new position, and having moved from Newcastle, where he has worked for the past 14 years, our new Dean is looking to the stars and preparing to welcome Tim Peake’s Soyuz and the opportunities for education it will present in the Cathedral’s 900th year... Words: Georgie Fenn.

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After chatting to Dean Chris Dalliston, it’s clear that Peterborough Cathedral is in the great hands of someone who wants the very best for the city. Returning to Peterborough has been a trip down memory lane for Chris who has lived in the area before, back when he was the vicar in Boston.

What is important to remember is that although Peterborough Cathedral may seem magnificent and slightly intimidating, it was once a Benedictine Abbey and the original values remain the same.

“It’s been helpful having that experience, but Newcastle is a much smaller cathedral and more of a complex city,” he says.

The Cathedral is very hospitable and operates on many different levels and the doors are open for many people of different faiths and none to meet and explore and what Chris puts perfectly as to “take in life in all of its fullness.”

However, for the last 14 years, Chris has been the Dean of Newcastle, somewhere he describes as very different to Peterborough.

In Newcastle, more had to be done to make people aware that the cathedral was there and place for them to go whereas we are lucky in Peterborough to have such an iconic cathedral that’s already a focal point even for people with little or no faith. With so much going on at Peterborough Cathedral already you can’t ignore that the church is changing with the times to keep things interesting.

Chris refers to how the Benedictine Monks were taught by the bible, “All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Taking on Peterborough Cathedral is going to be an exciting journey for our new Dean, he has his wife’s support, Michelle, who is also a priest and currently still taking care of a parish in the north of Newcastle.

They have three children who are either at University or beyond and it’s lovely to think such a lively, warm and spiritual fam“My favourite time of day is walking ily are now living in the the 100 yard commute from the east beautiful east corner of the precinct to the cathedral corner of the precinct. for morning prayer,” says Chris.

“There’s a great education system,” says Chris, “and the spacecraft exhibition will help bring science and This particular religion “It is so beautiful with the flowers part of the together, cathedral coming through, and such a moving something actually used that I think and peaceful time of day...” to be the old complement monastery ineach other firmary, it’s a with helping us building of such extraordinary history. understand our place in Universe.” Chris is referring to the Tim Peake aircraft exhibition which will be in the cathedral from the 11th August to the 5th November. Outside of events that attract all of the general public, Peterborough Cathedral holds a very busy service each day that already has quite a large congregation.

The service includes choirs, both boys and girls and on Saturdays you can hear the beautiful Evensong sung by The Headlands Chorale. As Peterborough Cathedral is such a huge and impressive space, Chris says that the services hold an independent power to them, “the music is spectacular and the space helps us to make things a bit different.” It’s certainly made me want to go and listen.

“My favourite time of day is walking the 100 yard commute from the east corner of the precinct to the cathedral for morning prayer,” says Chris. “It is so beautiful with the flowers coming through, and such a moving and peaceful time of day.”

Just before we said our goodbyes, Chris and I were talking about the endless and difficult dilemma of homelessness. It’s a cause that our new Dean is expressively passionate about and he finished by quoting Jeremiah 29:7, “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” One thing we can count on with the rapid growth of Peterborough is that Dean Chris Dalliston will be taking care of everybody. n


1541: To increase his control over the church in the area Henry VIII created a new bishop (the former abbot John Chambers) and Peterborough Abbey church became a Cathedral by letters patent.

1587: Mary Queen of Scots is buried at Peterborough Cathedral in August, five months after her execution at Fotheringhay Castle. 1643: Civil War results in a lot of damage to the Cathedral. 1822-20: It’s only now that the Civil War damage is gradually repaired.

1870: A Girl’s School is established in Laurel Court, by Miss Margaret Gibson and remains open until 1928. 1941-1944: Air raids on the city cause significant damage to the Cathedral. 1975: Queen Elizabeth II gives Maundy Money at the Cathedral. 2001: A fire breaks out in the South Transept which requires a major restoration.

2018: The Cathedral’s 900th anniversary celebrations will culminate in Tim Peake’s Soyuz capsule being exhibited at the Cathedral. The capsule will be accompanied by the Space Descent exhibition. The Cathedral follows its traditional pattern of worship as well as providing a great service to the local community including many events, education and performances. n 23

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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.


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 All of our positions are based at Elm Grange Studios, East Heckington, Boston, Lincs PE20 3QF.

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10 High Summer


Welcome to June in Peterborough and if you’re keen to make the most of our city, we’ve created a ‘bucket list’ of 10 high summer highlights to really make the most of the next couple of months...


Balloon Ride Gain a unique perspective of Peterborough by viewing the area from a Virgin balloon. You’ll travel 1,000ft in the air and anywhere from a short distance to five miles, weather permitting. The views are unsurpassed and the eerily peaceful experience of a balloon flight allows for quiet contemplation of our patchwork of rural idyll and bustling inner-city landscapes. n Celebration gift package for two with a wicker wine and chocolates hamper £347, flying from Ferry Meadows


Local Artists Peterborough’s artists this month host their annual Open Studio event, when, for three weekends a year, they invite members of the public

into their homes, studios and work spaces to view their work and see how it’s produced. This year’s event takes place from 23rd-30th June, with 90 artists and craftspeople taking place. n Entry to each studio is free, but days and times vary. For a full programme, visit


Dry Slope Skiing It’s always good, between skiing holidays, to keep your hand in, and Tallington is the ideal spot to do so, with 250 acres of lakes for water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, and a 120 metre dry skiing East of England slope, open seven days with tuition available for skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing. Home to a whole summer of


live events and performances, The East of England Arena on the showground has a capacity of over 100,000.


A Day Spa Experience Get away without the need to pack suitcases or negotiate a crowded departure lounge. Our recommendations are Orton Hall’s Imagine Spa, Bannatyne in Werrington, and Alwalton Hall for a spa day with a friend. n;;


Greyhound Racing A novel way to spend an evening. Fengate’s 1,000 seater stadium hosts race nights on every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. n

Above: Peterborough Artists’ Open Studios. Left: Equifest, at the EofE Showground this summer.


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Peterborough’s summer activities include cooking classes, national gardens to tour, spa days and live opera, too...


National Gardens Scheme Later in this edition we’re profiling the gardens of Alwalton Manor House, open later this month as part of the National Gardens Scheme. In total, though, there are 82 gardens in and around Peterborough all open to view this summer. n Find a garden this month at


A Summer of Opera Don’t travel far to enjoy opera - Key Theatre hosts Madama Butterfly on 21st June, and

Saul & Vanessa later in the season. On 12th/14th July, The Broadway will host Bizet’s Carman and on 13th July Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, both live performances in association with Heritage Opera. n;


Improve Your Cooking Skills Also this month, Rachel Barnes hosts Saturday Morning cooking classes with prices from £99 and themes like Vegetarian, or Cooking for the Kids. n

A Whole Summer of Live Events Peterborough’s East of England Showground hosts live events, from 23rd June’s Cambridgeshire Food & Drink Festival, profiled later in this edition, to Just Dogs on 6th July. Suitable for owners, breeders and dog beauticians, it incorporates the regional heat of Scruffs, and have-a-go agility sessions too. Taking place next month is the lighthearted Peterborough Sausage and Cider Music Festival on 27th July. 8th August, meanwhile, sees Equifest, which attracts 10,000 riders and visitors plus 1,500 horses also present at the five day festival. n


Shakespeare Comes to Life Just along the A1 is Tolethorpe Hall, home to live Shakespeare performances in the beautiful open air stately home. Each year the company hosts two plays by The Bard and a third ‘wildcard’ performance. This year’s productions are The Merchant of Venice and The Merry Wives of Windsor, with Sheridan’s School for Scandal the third option. This year represents the 50th year anniversary of the company, which produces its own sets, costumes and decides its on mise-en-scène to spectacular effect. Production values are high and you can take along a picnic to enjoy in the grounds before the performance. n n For more information see


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A Sporting Summer

Sports and activities are great ways to get fit, meet new people and have a great time. Here, we look at how you can get involved in new activities in Peterborough this summer…

n Rowing: Water might not be your thing, but if you like working as a team, exercising, being outdoors and a new challenge, why not give rowing a try? Peterborough Rowing Club is a purpose built rowing club, it’s a safe place to learn. The club also owns boats that are purposefully built for beginners that are more stable so the likelihood of you getting tipped into the river is minimal. Rowing is really good exercise, it works your entire body from your shoulders down to your calves but because you have so many other things to think about such as your hand position, it’s unlikely you’ll feel the deep burn of the exercise. The rhythm of rowing has also proven to be an amazing stress relief, something about being out of the water and maintaining the strokes with the oars seems to help calm people’s minds. Instead of just turning up at Peterborough Rowing Club, it’s worth getting in touch to see whether you can sign up to the Learn To Row courses specifically designed for beginners. The courses cost £100 which covers eight sessions that usually last around two hours.

n Golf: The perfect excuse to do very little at the weekend while getting some fresh air and a bit of exercise before a lovely refreshing drink in the club house afterwards.

Peterborough Milton Golf Course which is positioned just on the outskirts of the city offers a free six-week beginner course with the clubs PGA Professionals. This might sound too good to be true but the six one hour lessons are held every Saturday to encourage new people to sign up and become members.

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Pretty Muddy

try your hand at sailing. Burghley House welcomes The taster session is thousands of women raising designed for complete money for Cancer Research beginners and will on 2nd/3rd June as the introduce you to all of the Race for Life returns basic concepts of sailings. to the estate. If you choose to take your sailing further, Nene Park run courses to gain Holding a gun is perhaps something your Royal Yacht Association qualifications. that shouldn’t be exciting but..., it is! Combine this with smashing your first clay

n Shooting: Have you ever noticed those very hand-made signs along your route to work advertising clay pigeon shooting days and thought to yourself, that could be a fun day out... if only I could shoot, had a gun or knew what I was doing?

The funny thing is, shooting grounds are popping up all around us currently as clay pigeon shooting is no longer seen as a sport purely for country folk but something that everyone can enjoy.

in a bright blue sky and it won’t be long before you’re applying for your shooting license and dreaming about owning a Beretta.

For somewhere close to Peterborough, you will need to make the short journey to Grange Farm near Wittering if you’d like to try clay pigeon shooting. You will be under the guidance of qualified and experienced coaches who will ease you into shooting with gentle targets before more challenging clay traps. n

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We’ve been suggesting some pretty active adventures your way for new hobbies to take up, but when it comes to your loved ones at home we’ve been neglecting them a little. To give your dogs a big day out, pack them in the car with some water and a bowl and make your way to Barnack’s Hills and Holes, located North of Peterborough just off the A47. This extraordinary nature site rises up from the rubble of a mediaeval limestone quarry and is one of the only surviving limestone grasslands in Cambridgeshire. Due to these warm, well-drained soils, the grassy slopes are home to a profusion of wild flowers and butterflies. This led to the site being designated as a Special Area for Conservation (SAC) in 2002 to protect the orchid rich grassland. Interestingly, Hills and Holes links back to Peterborough Cathedral as the stone

that was quarried from the site, known as Barnack Rag, was used to build what was formerly known as Peterborough Abbey. The huge blocks of stone were transported down the River Welland on sleds. However, all of the useful stone had been used by 1150 which is when the natural landscape we see today started to develop. There is plenty of parking alongside the Hill and Holes routes in Barnack but the area itself is only accessible by foot. You can choose to keep your dog on its lead or let them explore and just follow the little paths up and down the rambling hills and holes. In 2002, the site was designated a Special Area for Conservation (SAC), to protect the orchid rich grassland. n Barnack Hills and Holes NNR is in Cambridgeshire near the Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland boundary. For more details see

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Main: Elton Hall. Below: Enjoy the all too proud peacocks as they strutt around at Sacrewell Farm.

JUNE Four Grand Days Out...

NENE VALLEY RAILWAY • SACREWELL • FERRY MEADOWS • ELTON HALL... 1. Nene Valley Railway Fancy yourself a bit of a Poirot, ready to board The Orient Express and solve a mysterious crime? Why not visit Nene Valley Railway one sunny weekend in June to see the UK’s leading steam attraction? The railway itself covers the stations of Ferry Meadows, Orton Mere, Yarwell Junction and Peterborough and you’ll be able to experience the sentimental experience of riding a real steam engine. The railway isn’t far from Wansford where you could stop off at on your way home for a bite to eat. n


2. Sacrewell Farm

Sacrewell farm has a beautiful 18th century watermill on site that you can visit. The watermill was constructed from local Barnack limestone and Collyweston slate and it creates power using water from the spring fed mill pond. The watermill was restored thanks to a generous £1.4million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and additional funding from the William Scott Abbott Trust. It’s held in trust for the purposes of providing education to locals. n

3. Ferry Meadows

If you live in Peterborough, Ferry Meadows may already be your place to go at the weekend, but it’s surprising how few people make the most of it. There’s more to do at Ferry meadows than go running, walk the dog and picnic. You can sail, paddle board, cycle, horse-ride, ride a train, go fishing and even stop for a well-earned lunch afterwards at the Lakeside Kitchen & Bar. Dogs absolutely love it too... so be sure to take your canine along too along with a tennis ball to throw around! n

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From Top: Nene Valley Railway, Nene Park and Sacrewell Farm’s converted watermill, which now generates hydroelectric power.

4. Elton Hall

Elton Hall is still privately owned by the Proby family and in June and July, on either Wednesday or Thursday you can enjoy a guided tour of the grounds. The gardens are spectacular and should fill you with inspiration for new styles to add to your garden this summer while the hall boasts one of the finest art collections across stately homes in the country. The family has owned Elton hall for many generations and the story of how the hall has been passed down over the years is fascinating. n

The Chubby Castor: Relatively new on the block, The Chubby Castor has already made a name for itself with neat fine dining-style cuisine. n

The Papermills: Perfectly battered posh fish and chips or something a little more sophisticated such as duck, always cooked to perfection. n

The Black Horse: The Black Horse is a great option for those seeking a cosy space with a friendly feel and quality gastropub dining. n

Loch Fyne: A short distance from Elton Hall, Loch Fyne offers fresh seafood in a very smart restaurant with impeccable service. n

Burghley Park Game & Country Fair: From the 27th to the 28th May, Burghley will host an exciting array of food and drink. n

Food & Drink Festival: See later in this edition, as we preview the East of England Showground’s food and drink festival on 23rd/24th June. n

Burghley Park Game & Country Fair: Cambridgeshire Food & Drink Festival: Loch Fyne, Elton, Peterborough: The Black Horse, Wansford: 01780 782 328, The Paper Mills, Wansford: 01780 782 328, The Chubby Castor, Castor: 01733 380 801,

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Why the Force is with WARWICK DAVIS

To star in one of the world’s biggest cinema franchises - let’s say, Star Wars or the Harry Potter films - would be impressive. To star in both franchises though is truly impressive... and yet, Warwick Davis remains one of the nicest guys in the business! Words: Georgie Fenn.

Warwick Davis is a celebrity figure who has maintained dignity and respect throughout his whole career, something that is becoming increasingly rare in this day and age. We love Warwick Davis, he is down to earth, upbeat and an incredible activist for dwarfism and a fair and positive world. He’s never defensive about his 1.07m stature, and often talks about it with a keen sense of humour.

For example, he told The Guardian in November about his most embarrassing moment: “I turned up to an event and also on stage was a little boy and we were wearing the same sweater with a distinctive pattern,” he said.

“Obviously, I buy my clothes from the children’s department, but the fact that this little boy was four and I was 40-odd felt so strange.”

What Warwick would like to see change is people’s approach to dwarfism. For instance, midget is seen as offensive but little people or dwarf is acceptable.

“It would be brilliant to throw a curveball and steer away totally from height jokes,” he says. “But the thing is, that’s not the way I live. I seize the opportunity to make a joke. I’m amused by it myself.”

WARWICK DAVIS: HIS FILMS... 1982: Return of the Jedi.

1986: Labyrinth. 1988: Willow. 1996: Gulliver’s Travels. 1999: Star Wars Episode I.

2001: Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone.


The striking thing about Warwick is that he is extremely grounded for a celebrity, which almost makes him feel somewhat grounded.

Facts & Figures

Warwick Davis’ dwarfism stems from a genetic condition known as spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita, or SED, and there are more problems than not being able to reach the cash point.

Born 3rd February 1970, in Epson, Surrey. Active in films from 1982 to present, height 3ft 6, married to Samantha, the couple have two children.

2002: Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets. 2004: Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban.

2010/11: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows. 2015: Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 2018: Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Did you know that Warwick Davis is from Yaxley, just outside of Peterborough? Of course you did, you’ve probably even seen him on the train heading to London with his lovely family. Maybe you’ve seen him out and about in town.

“As you get older, it gets worse,” Warwick explained to The Guardian. “Your joints, for a start. My hips are dislocated, so they’re sitting out here. Very painful knees. I had surgery on my feet when I was very young.” “There’s a risk of retinal detachment, but I know the signs now. And then, yeah, you wake up, the alarm goes, it takes a good half hour to get moving, we’re both like, ‘Uggggh.’ Imagine the worst flu you’ve had, every day – it’s like that.” >>


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“The whole family remains determined to raise the profile of dwarfism and, via their charity, Little People UK, provide support and information to the public...”

Warwick Davis is patron of Little People UK. Its website aims to be an invaluable resource to the dwarfism community, their friends and families.

Despite this, Warwick describes himself as waking up happier each day, an inspiration for all of us to focus on the positive in our lives. The actor’s wife Samantha is similarly affected, as are the couple’s children Annabelle (who’s following her father into an acting career) and Harrison. Nonetheless, the whole family remains determined to raise the profile of dwarfism and, via their charity, Little People UK, provide support and information to the public, and to people of short stature and their families. One of the main roles of the charity is to celebrate diversity and improve the quality of life for those with dwarfism, which could be as simple as addressing one of the most common questions; terminology.

“Preferred terminology is a personal decision, but commonly accepted are short stature, dwarfism or little person,” says Warwick. The actor’s impressive career has shown no signs of slowing down but what we fondly remember is his portrayal of various characters in the phenomenal Harry Potter series.

It’s a frightening 17 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hit our screens where you will have seen Warwick play not one but four parts across the series.

He appears as a Goblin Bank Teller in the scene where a young and (more naïve than usual) Harry followed Hagrid to Gringotts Bank.

Warwick also plays the rigid role of Professor Flitwick and he appears later in the series as the goblin Griphook, the goblin who helps Ron, Hermione and Harry break into Gringotts.

He was also an extra as a Ministry of Magic employee but you need a sharp eye to catch him in this role. Perhaps a lot of prosthetic makeup helped, but it takes extraordinary 34

talent to be able to transfer across several different characters in one movie.

There’s no doubt that Warwick has done more to challenge prejudice and is probably the best ambassador that the condition of dwarfism ever had. n Warwick will appear later on this year in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

“We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with dwarfism while celebrating with great pride, little people’s contribution to social diversity,” says chairperson Sammy Davis. There are over 200 different variations of dwarfism. n For more information see

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Richard Davies first encountered bee keeping aged just 13 in Lancashire and now he’s happily retired in Peterborough, he’s still feeling the buzz from producing his own honey... Aged just 13, Richard Davies found himself absorbed into the bee keeping world thanks to the Duke of Edinburgh award.

“I had to choose a hobby and bee keeping was close to the top of the list, so I picked that,” he smiles. It seems that fate was at work here as many years later, a retired Richard finds himself in Peterborough, still as enthusiastic about bees as he was back in Lancashire all those years ago.

It was the local vicar in a village called Ribchester in Lancashire that taught Richard the basics of beekeeping and gave him his first hive.

Then, another friend of his mother’s in the village who was no doubt thrilled to have a young and enthusiastic bee keeper in the making, gave Richard his first hive. The rest is history and no matter what life has handed Richard, he’s come back to bees eventually.

Richard moved to Peterborough in 1979 and was delighted to find his neighbour Harry had bees, they discussed the apiary world over the fence and a couple of weeks later, Richard returned home to a swarm and a bee hive of his own. The pair remained friends for around 30 years until Harry sadly passed away and now only Richard keeps bees in his extremely large garden for a city centre.

“The neighbours worry when they first hear about it,” he says. “But once they realise the bees don’t really bother them they’re fine.” Richard tells me that once bees leave the swarm, they cruise at around 15ft most of

Words: Georgie Fenn.

HELPING A HIVE IN DISTRESS RICHARD’S ADVICE... If you spot a hive this summer, don’t panic, it’s just a colony looking for a new place to live. Honey bees are quite small and vary from golden brown to almost black.

the time looking for flowers, their focus solely on collecting pollen.

When it comes to bee keepers in the area, Richard isn’t alone at all. The Peterborough and District Bee Keepers Association is a hive of activity and Richard has been a member for the last 25 years or so.

He’s been on the committee, a chairman and now focus’ solely on the education side. Richard also helps to run a programme called Kids Country which helps educate children in schools about nature at The East of England Showground. Classes will go to the showground, there’s >>

Bee Populations

There are over 250 species of

Do not bee in the UK, in an estimated call a bee 275,000 honeybee hives. Bees keeper if contribute £651m to the UK economy a year through you think their pollination they’re wasps services. or hornet because they won’t be able to help you. It’s important you don’t try to move the swarm yourself or try destroying them in some way, just leave them to be (bee?) until you get professional help.

n In the instance that you find a swarm of honey bees in Peterborough, contact Richard Davies on 01733 349829.


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Peterborough and neighbouring associations in Stamford and Rutland. Bees are thriving and members are often called upon when people spot a swarm.

>> around 30 and they get to wear the bee suits and look right into the bee hives from an observatory while Richard, donning his own suit, shows them all the ins and outs of the hive. It’s a great initiative that has been running for almost four years now.

The honey that Richard collects today is quite different to how it was back in Lancashire on the farm. “There was no oil seed rape back then and Lancashire is more of a livestock farming area,” says Richard. “Honey was from mostly crocus’, snowdrops and then we’d go into blackthorn and summer flowers. After that it was willow herb and fire weed.”

Here in Peterborough, the first crop is oil-seed rape which produces a set honey rich in pollen. A lot of local bee keepers will also take their bees to orchards to pollinate the fruit. Companies around Guyhirn will pay bee keepers for this service as it means the apples grow more structurally perfect. “Bees will pollinate the individual sections of the apple to make them perfectly round,” he says. “If you find an apple has an indent one side it’s usually because they haven’t been pollinated properly.

As for the Peterborough and District Bee Keepers Association, there are around 100 members within a 20-mile radius of

“Here in Peterborough, the first crop is oil-seed rape which produces a set honey rich in pollen. A lot of local bee keepers will also take their bees to orchards to pollinate the fruit...”

LEARN TO KEEP BEES... Each year, Peterborough & District Beekeepers run two introductory courses, Beekeeping For Beginners. These are designed to introduce the craft of beekeeping to people who wish to find out more about this fascinating hobby. Many people who attend the courses decide that they want to begin beekeeping but this is by no means compulsory! The group’s summer course is held on Saturdays in July and August at the Riverford Organic Vegetables site, Sacrewell, Thornhaugh. Each week a different aspect of bees and beekeeping is explained and practical activities help reinforce the topics discussed. Each session is tutored by an experienced beekeeper. The syllabus covers an introduction to bees, the insects’ life cycle, hives and hive assembly, the hive’s mood, extracting honey, and dealing with problems and diseases. To request information or to enrol please get in touch with treasurer Fred Daynes via email at


“We had 84 calls last year for swarms,” Richard tells me. When they go out to collect the branching off colonies apparently they’re often in a good mood because they’re looking for somewhere new to stay and have lots of food. Richard will just put them into a box and deliver them to the closest bee keeper in the area.

Richard’s bees are kept in regular hives, commercial and Langstroth hives – which are probably the most widely used hive in the world. In England, the most common popular is the national hive, the commercial is a slightly bigger version to house more bees. Richard has nine colonies in Peterborough.

A single hive will collect around 250lbs of honey each year and the bees eat most of it. Bee keepers just take off the surplus which is about 50lbs. “We take it off at the end of flowering,” he says. “At the end of rape flowering, we take the honey off the hive.” Then at the end of the season Richard will leave his bees with around 30lbs of honey along with sugar water to see them through the winter. In the winter, the bees will collect ivy pollen which is one of the latest crops. “The honey itself doesn’t taste very nice and crystallises into a very hard crystal honey,” says Richard, but it’s a huge bonus for the bees to leave it with them for the winter. The most satisfying part about taking care of bees for Richard is watching and understanding the way they can work together in the dark, just with pheromones. “It’s amazing,’ says Richard, “The queen pheromones stop the workers from laying eggs and also keep the hive happy. Then they have the little gland on the end of their tail, the Nasonov gland, which they fan like mad to tell the others they’ve got a good thing going.”

The more you learn about bees, the more fascinating they become and they do all of this work in formation without anybody being in charge. n

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Your First Beehive

A nationally renowned beekeeping supplier Thorne provide an excellent Deluxe National Beginners hive for £652, including a smoker, stand, all in one, hive tool and even a ‘honey for sale’ sign!

All In One

A fetching but very practical All-In-One will cost £132.50 from Thornes, with sizes from 36” to 52”.


These bellows will ensure your bees are sufficiently drowsy and are available for £47.81... ideal if you’ve a particularly irritable swarm! 01673 858555,


This is a revolutionary new type of beehive, from about £544 with six frames. The hexagonal honey cells can be twisted open at the turn of a key to allow the honey to flow out without having to lift out frames, scrape and spin honey off. The new design means less intervention is needed and bees are disturbed less. But beware of honey setting in the expensive combs! For more, see


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Making a Silk Scarf

Peterborough based designer and artist Emily Carter creates each of her silk scarves not from a sow’s ear, but from painstakingly hand-drawn illustrations of animals, insects and other taxonomic subjects. Measuring a metre square, they’re printed in England and remain the epitome of luxury for the area’s well-dressed ladies...

Proverbially, one makes a silk purse from a sow’s ear. But silk scarves - at least those created by Peterborough’s Emily Carter are created from hours of painstaking illustration and a keen interest in nature.

“I really don’t like the idea of fast fashion, so I avoid a constant turnover of styles, but I aim to create original designs which don’t go out of style each season, and are designed and made to last a lifetime,” she says.

Emily’s latest collection is due to be revealed as Pride goes to press and, in addition, Emily has recently created a range for gents too; pocket squares, ties and bow ties.

Emily says she loved the countryside and spend her childhood grubbing around the garden of the family’s country home in her scruffs, taking a keen interest in nature and seldom seen without a sketch pad in her hand.

By way of a ‘day job,’ Emily works as a tailor at Harrods, one of over 12,000 members of staff at the one million square foot Knightbridge store.

“I always loved nature, and always chose insects or birds as a subject of my illustrations when I was younger. I thought I wanted to work in taxonomy or in natural history, but with an emerging interest in fashion, there was another way of using my love of illustration instead.”

She has recently rebranded her own department within the store and is working as a design consultant for other departments too. For now, Emily’s own ranges are sold via a number of other retailers, although working in the most luxury store in the world further inspires her work and designs.

Emily’s interest in both nature and fashion intersected following her schooling at Stamford Endowed Schools when the artist achieved a first in her BA Fashion Textiles at London College of Fashion, part of University of the Arts London.

Experimenting with the use of silk screen printing, Emily found that her illustrative style transplanted beautifully onto silk and set about creating her first collection of luxury silk scarves - around 10 pieces around the same time as her graduation in 2014.

Alternative between working in the city and returning to the comparative tranquility of Stamford to design her illustrative elements, Emily works only in ink, drawing freehand with no stock artwork, or copying of drawings on a lightbox.

Above: Two of Emily’s favourite pieces, The Jewel and the Jaguar, and The Owl & The Pocket Watch.

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>> “Symmetry in nature has always fascinated me, and compositing my artwork in different layers on Photoshop both allows me to create a full sized digital file, but it also allows me to colour the images accurately to use them in the printing process.”

The designer’s pieces are printed in England using modern machines, but each edge is hand-rolled. Emily’s scarves are produced in very limited quantities, with each one retailing for £165. Her ties, bow ties and pocked squares will retail for £70, £40 and £35 respectively, and the designer can also accept bespoke commissions.

Emily’s favourite artists are Matisse, who has inspired some of her modernist pieces, and Van Gogh for his use of textures, but more common in her work is engravings and illustrations from scientific textbooks and etchings from early naturalists.

“I love the classical look of botanical illustration such as you would see in old books on taxonomy,” says Emily. “I’ve taken inspiration from the scientific illustrations of Ernst Haeckel and from late 19th and early 20th century illustrators, and from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements.”


Even the artist’s ‘starting’ sketches are available as giclée prints from A5-A3. Emily has enjoyed publicity in Vogue and Elle, and has been supported by the British Fashion Council, showing her work seasonally at both Paris and London Fashion Week. Beautiful products that are hand-made and support a young, emerging designer, Emily’s scarves are the perfectly luxurious finishing touch for any smartly dressed lady, whilst a gentleman’s otherwise sober suit can be classically accessorised by one of her gents’ accessories. The Dominican fashion designer Oscar de la Renta once remarked that silk does for the body what diamonds do for the hand. That being the case, we expect to see a great deal more of Emily as her products, already sold in Paris and New York, continue to reflect the next generation of exclusive British design.


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n Emily Carter is an artist and designer from Peterborough. Her scarves retail for around ÂŁ165, with about 40 different designs produced in limited quantities, hand-illustrated and made in England. For more information email or visit 43

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The Best of the Countryside, Game Fair not to be missed!



27th - 28th MAY


Three main arenas, supported by a host of smaller country sports arenas and workshops. Enjoy the very best in countryside activities and entertainment at the 2018 Burghley Game & Country Fair can offer visitors an unbeatable family day out in the stunning grounds of Stamford’s Elizabethan stately home. Enjoy horseboarding, falconry, the shooting village, the event’s World of Dogs, chainsaw carving, lurchers and ferret racing, angling, and traditional working crafts. n Tickets £14/adults; £13/OAPs; £4/children over five, in advance. Call 01283 820660 or see


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The Peterborough Dragon Boat Race




The Dragon Boat Festival, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in June at the city’s Rowing Lake. Up to 50 teams are expected to be racing on the river which is almost double last year and the biggest ‘fleet’ that the Nene will have seen for some years. There will be a complete mix of new and experienced crews looking to race, get dressed up and just as importantly raise money and help make a difference in their community. The Dragon Boat Festival is a great day out whether you’re

competing or just going to watch the boats battle it out over the 200 metre course. There will be lots of bankside activities to entertain both children and adults, food tents and fun fair rides. Festival charity Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice has to fundraise £2.3 million in 2018 to continue providing end of life care to people across the region, which makes events like the Dragon Boat Festival even more important. For one boat, supporting Sue Ryder will be extremely personal after very recent care for a member of their family. Melissa Seims has put

together a team in memory of her Mum, Christine Seims, who was cared for and died at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough in February this year. She was admitted just two days after she and husband Peter marked their 47th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows at a special ceremony. However, Melissa isn’t setting out to win the race, but they are getting competitive to win a different reward, “We’re being realistic,” said Melissa. “We’re a family crew made up of 20-somethings to 70-somethings and we’re pretty sure, even if we trained really

hard, we’d have no chance of winning a prize for speed.” “But we are busy hunting out flared trousers, platform boots and wigs so we can do the whole Abba-esque style fancy dress in memory of Mum.” That’s right, Melissa’s after the prize for the best fancy dress. For Melissa, Sue Ryder provided her mother an essential service towards the end of her life. “Mum was admitted to Thorpe Hall for pain management but by the end of the following week her condition had deteriorated dramatically. “In those final days and hours as we all gathered at the hospice to say our final goodbyes, I noticed a poster advertising the Dragon Boat Festival,” said Melissa. “We sat by Mum’s bed all very emotional and almost in an effort to lighten the mood at a terrible time I made a flippant comment about us entering a team. The idea gave something to hold on to for the future and a chance to celebrate the memory of Mum and raise funds for the Sue Ryder hospice who had been so kind to us all.” “The staff were just lovely. One of the nurses was in the room as Mum took her last breath and she couldn’t have treated her with more dignity.” n For more information see


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Over 30,000 people, over 3,000 years of local history and over 300 re-enactors. This month’s Peterborough Heritage Festival will go down in history as the greatest ever! Words: Georgie Fenn.

Step back in time this June and visit the Peterborough Heritage Festival where the theme this year is a ‘Festival of Celebrations’ so it’s sure to be a party. From Saturday 16th to Sunday 17th June, the centre of Peterborough will be filled with everyone from Bronze Age warriors to World War II soldiers celebrating the 10th anniversary of this special event.


The event is a multi-period event which is expected to attract over 30,000 visitors, with over 3,000 years of history recreated by more than 300 re-enactors. The event has been organised by Vivacity’s Heritage Programmes and Commercial Development Manager Rachel Walmsley.

The event also ties in nicely with individual celebrations for the 900th anniversary of the Peterborough Cathedral, the end of World War One and the centenary of Women’s Suffrage so expect to see many different periods of history over the weekend.

This year, there is extra focus going into how children can enjoy the Heritage Festival. There will be a school’s day held on Friday 15th June where it’s expected over 400 students from Peterborough schools will go on their very own travel quest to meet characters from Peterborough’s past. Powerful Women in Peterborough: The infamous Boudica was a member of the Iceni tribe who lived in Norfolk and the warrior queen met the Roman 9th Legion Hispana in the city for her final battle. Much later, but still on the theme of strong women, this year’s Heritage Festival will celebrate the 100th anniversary of women being given the vote. n


“We’re staging one of the finest heritage festivals in the UK, right here in Peterborough city centre,” say organisers... The students will be encouraged to travel through time, meeting characters spanning thousands of years of history as they search for clues to find St Oswald’s magic ring.

16th June, 7.30pm

Peterborough Cathedral

A new attraction at the Heritage Festival this year to reflect the celebration theme is the addition of a 1940s-style dance party on the Saturday evening within Peterborough Cathedral. n For more information call 01733 452336.

They will also be able to meet the ferocious Iron Age Warrior Queen, Boudica, and hear the tales of a master storyteller within the very appropriate setting of the Cathedral’s South Transept. “Once again, we’re staging one of the finest heritage festivals in the UK, right here in Peterborough city centre,” say organisers. “This puts the city on the map and if you don’t already know about it, then you need to find out. The festival provides a boost for Peterborough, city businesses and the local community, bringing in over £300,000 to the local economy.” n

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10 Years of Heritage 2018 will mark the 10th anniversary of the city’s Heritage Festival with special celebrations planned to mark the milestone!

Peterborough Heritage Festival takes place on 16th and 17th June 2018. It’s the UK's largest multi-period city centre living history festival and this year takes on the theme of a ‘Festival of Celebrations’ marking 900 years since construction began on the Cathedral building that still stands today. The event takes place in and around Cathedral Square; call 01733 864663 or see n


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Food for Thought!

This month sees the 2018 Cambridgeshire Food & Drink Festival taking place and, say organisers, it’s much more than just a food festival!

Cambridgeshire’s Food & Drink Festival is at the East of England Arena this June on Saturday 23rd with The Hairy Bikers and the Little Mix Tribute Act ‘Little Fix.’ On Sunday 24th you’ll be able to see James Martin and a fabulous Olly Murs Tribute Act ‘Ryan as Olly.’ This year’s festival weekend is packed full of things to see and do, most of which are completely free... and that’s not including the delicious samples that many of the festival’s exhibitors have on offer.

Visitors can expect a huge range of amazing food & drink exhibitors at the event, from artisan producers, to award winning brands and products... there’s something for everyone at an event themed around food

but with so much more too. We also have a Makers Marquee with a range of craft and lifestyle exhibitors and workshops for you to try your hand at some new skills! Get your tickets for the festival’s celebrity shows and enjoy the event’s Celebrity Chefs in the big top.

Meet the Chefs! This year’s celebrity chefs will be hosting cookery demonstrations and question & answer sessions for keen cooks across Peterborough! The Hairy Bikers: Saturday sees the North East’s keenest hipster bakers entertain with their great double act. James Martin: Host of James Martin’s Saturday Morning appears on the Sunday.n


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Children and grandchildren will love this year’s festival just as much as grown-ups do. This year’s festival is packed full of lots of activities for kids.

Among other things there will be a petting farm, Birds of Prey demonstration, arts and crafts and lots more. There are also tennis and football skills areas too. The festival’s mainstay is a series of expert demonstrations and workshops with a full schedule in the festival brochure, from on the event’s website.

These include flower arranging as well as food and drink themed events like Indian style cooking and whilst all slots are free, pre-booking is advisable.

Meanwhile, visitors’ tastebuds will be tingling in the event’s Tasting Tent, where experts will guide you through their local food and drink products and let guests enjoy a sample too.

The festival just wouldn’t be complete without live music. Joining celebrity chefs is a series of musicians in the Entertainment Tent affording the opportunity to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon with Olly Murs tribute act Ryan as Olly. The event’s headline acts are supported throughout the weekend by a range of local bands. We’re set for a long hot summer, so sit back and enjoy our live music, food and drink and the best entertainment that Peterborough has to offer! n

CAMBRIDGESHIRE FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL 2018 When? The main Festival is open from 9am until 7pm on Saturday 23rd June 2018 and 9am until 7pm on Sunday 24th June 2018. Campsite pitches are available from 2pm on Friday 22nd June 2018 and must be off site by 12pm on Monday 25th June 2018.

How Much? Tickets £13.68 (day standard entrance) to £58.20 (VIP Celebrity Weekend Ticket. Under 7s free. Where? East of England Showground, Alwalton, Peterborough PE2 6XE.

Find Out More: Call 01756 228399 or see www.cambridgeshirefood to book online.


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FLAG FEN Digging up the Past at

3,000 years of history, presented with realism and drama in Peterborough; that’s what Vivacity’s Flag Fen represents. Discovered in 1982, the area’s Bronze Age site is a recreation of what life would have been like before the advent of technology. If anything will entertain the children this summer - and make them grateful for their iPads, it’s a day out at one of the most impressive authentic living museums in the area! Words: Georgie Fenn.

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Left: Flag Fen is the area’s authentic bronze age experience, a living museum...

Bronze Age Bronze is an alloy of tin and copper. Its discovery led to many advances in farming and life in general.


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If you make the short journey out of the centre of Peterborough to Northey Road, you’ll find the mysterious Flag Fen archaeological site. This site is steeped in history and ask anyone who has been and you will hear how much fun they’ve had looking around. The first thing that stands out at Flag Fen are the enthusiastic staff members who are there to help show you around the sit and they offer guided tours too.

You’ll be travelling back 3,500 years to discover this wealth of history from the bronze age that has been so carefully preserved. Discovered in 1982, historians have done what they can to preserve artefacts out of the damp peat beneath the roundhouse. You’ll see all sorts of bronze age items as well as wood log boats that are over 3000 years old, which is difficult to get your head around!

The site includes the remains of a Bronze Age causeway, a recreated roundhouse, and many artefacts too.”

It’s important to choose a nice day to visit so that you can enjoy the various trails and outdoor activities on offer at Flag Fen. After some research and counting, it has been calculated that there are 213 species of plants, animals and insects in the environment at Flag Fen. The site offers you the chance to see post-excavation work in action as they’re still finding new artefacts as they look further. Above: 3300 years ago the site was built and used by the Prehistoric fen people as a place of worship and ritual.

Within Flag Fen’s archaeological gems, you can see the remains of a Bronze Age causeway, a recreated roundhouse, a Roman road, and many artefacts that have been found on the site.

You will also be able to see some Bronze Age boats that are actually from a different archaeological site, Must Farm, but are currently being treated with PEG by a technician called David Savory, who is overseen by Ian Panter of York Archaeological Trust. The boats are being soaked in the special solution and kept in an archaeological chiller unit to preserve their delicate materials. If you’re very keen on your history, you’ll find the preservation hall extremely interesting. This is where sections of the timbers from the vast causeway are kept in a large square pool where they’re constantly sprayed with water 55

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After some research and counting, it has been calculated that there are 213 species of plants, animals and insects living at Flag Fen...

to keep them in the correct conditions. Displays at the hall include swords, remains of dogs, various tools and a well-preserved one piece axe shaft which is still in amazing condition despite being an unbelievable 3,500 years old.

These objects, combined with the incredible landscapes and surroundings make the Flag Fen experience a really special day out. Below the surface though, 60,000 upright timbers and 250,000 horizontal planks are buried under the ground along with many swords and personal items given as offerings to the watery fen. It’s an phenomenal recreation of what live was like over 3,000 years ago, an insight not just into the homes in which these ancient folk lived in, but also an insight into their worship, their rituals and their culture, too.

It’s often considered a bad thing to dwell on the past, but in this case we’ll make an exception... Flag Fen is one of the most complete, most realistic and one of the most engaging sites, allowing visitors to see and tough the area’s history first hand. n

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Celtic Dyeing Workshop

20th May 2018, 10am-4pm, £60

Discover how plants can be used to make a rainbow of colours in a reconstructed Bronze Age Roundhouse. Includes an authentic lunch. Tickets from Peterborough Museum 01733 864 663 or via

Villainous Vikings

2nd and 3rd June 2018, 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm) £5 children, £8 adults, £20 families

This June, Flag Fen is being overrun with a marauding band of Vikings! Families can get stuck in to Viking life with a children’s battle, archery and the Big Dig Tent. Jump the queue and book online via

Awesome Archaeology

28 & 29 July 2018,10am-5pm (last entry 4pm) £5 children, £8 adults, £20 families Get hands on with the past and try your hand at being an awesome archaeologist for the day. Jump the queue and book online via

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

18 August 2018, 6:30pm (doors open 5:30pm) Adults £16, Child £10, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £46

Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. From the unforgettable White Rabbit and the madcap Mad Hatter to the terrifying Queen of Hearts, Alice’s journey couldn’t be filled with more adventure. Tickets from Key Theatre 01733 207 239 or via


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“Now summer is in flower and natures hum Is never silent round her sultry bloom Insects as small as dust are never done Wi’ glittering dance and reeling in the sun And green wood fly and blossom haunting bee Are never weary of their melody.”

“Round field hedge now flowers in full glory twine Large bindweed bells wild hop and streakd woodbine That lift athirst their slender throated flowers Agape for dew falls and for honey showers These round each bush in sweet disorder run And spread their wild hues to the sultry sun.”

This beautiful poem captures June perfectly, especially if you’re in the middle of the countryside like John Clare would have been, over 150 years ago in the village of Helpston. Clare was brought up as an agricultural labourer and his poetry explores everything from nature to love and towards the end, the cruelty of life. Clare is seen as one of the most important poets of the 19th century, his ability to paint pictures of the countryside through words has captured the hearts of many. Clare was born in Helpston on the 13th July 1793. In his lifetime, he was seen as a peasant, 58

even his memorial remembers him as ‘The Northamptonshire Peasant Poet.’ Clare attended school at Glinton church until he was 12 and fell in love with a girl called Mary Joyce who you will see referenced in his poetry.

Clare’s poetry to his cousin John Taylor of the publishing firm Taylor & Hessey.

It’s believed that in later life when Clare was struggling with depression and other mental health illnesses, he thought he was married to Mary as well as his real wife, Martha.

After school, Clare worked as a gardener at Burghley House, enlisted in the militia, ran away with the gypsies and worked in Pickworth as a lime burner when he was 24.

Despite marrying Martha Turner in 1820 and earning a sum far beyond what he had ever earned from the Marquess of Exeter from his time at Burghley House, Clare was often struggling with money. He began working in the fields to make up for the losses his poetry was making but he soon become ill, suffering with large bouts of depression.

Clare had bought a copy of James Thomson’s The Seasons and this inspired him to write his own poems and sonnets to try and stop his parents’ from being evicted from their home. Clare partly owes his success to the generosity of a local bookseller, Edward Drury, who sent

He was torn between the literary social hubbub of London and the magnetic pull of nature among his amiable but less literate neighbours. The depression reached its worst in 1830 when Clare’s sixth child was born and his poetry wasn’t selling as well as it had in the past. >>

However, Mary’s father, a prosperous farmer, forbade her to meet him and so they led separate lives.

Perhaps because of poor nutrition, Clare struggled with manual labour as he only stood at 5ft tall. This meant that when he was 25 he was obliged to accept parish relief as he could not earn enough himself.

It was this company that published the work of John Keats and they ended up publishing Clare’s Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery in 1820 which was highly praised and admired as the work of a poetical genius.

Clare’s supporters attempted to assist him; Earl Fitzwilliam presented him with a new cottage and a piece of ground but it was to no avail.

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>> Again, his support group was behind him and in 1832, his friends and London patrons clubbed together and moved his family to a larger cottage in Northborough. Sadly, the move only worsened Clare’s illness and in 1837 he was admitted to High Beach Asylum in Epping Forrest.

John Clare Society

He remained in and out of Lunatic Asylums for the best part of his life, writing poetry but living in a world of his own delusions. Towards the end, Clare wrote some of his best poetry including a more metaphysical poem called ‘I Am.’ It’s worth looking into why Clare became so ill so quickly, George Monbiot writes in The Guardian that it could have been due to the same speed at which the landscape changed.

The Society was founded in 1981 to promote a wider and deeper knowledge of this remarkable poet. It currently has about 550 members worldwide. On the weekend nearest to Clare’s birthdate (July 13th) members and friends gather for an annual festival in Helpston, Clare’s birthplace. The festival is open to everyone; you do not have to be a member in order to attend the event.

Earl Fitzwilliam presented Clare with a new cottage and a piece of ground but it was to no avail. He was torn between the literary social hubbub of London and the magnetic pull of nature. The poet’s depression reached its worst in 1830...”

The John Clare Trust purchased John Clare Cottage in 2005, preserving it for future generations. The Cottage has been restored, using traditional building methods, to create a centre where people can learn about John Clare, his works, how rural people lived in the early 19th century and also gain an understanding of the environment.

‘Between 1809 and 1820, acts of enclosure granted the local landowners permission to fence the fields, the heaths and woods, excluding the people who had worked and played in them.

Almost everything Clare loved was torn away. The ancient trees were felled, the scrub and furze were cleared, the rivers were canalised, the marshes drained, the natural curves of the land straightened and squared.’ ‘Farming became more profitable, but many of the people of Helpston – especially those who depended on the commons for their survival - were deprived of their living.’

The privitsation of the farming sector must have had a huge impact on the social side of the village, this may have been key to Clare’s mental health. Jonathan Bate, the author behind Clare’s biography instead went down the medical route and described Clare’s madness as a result of bipolar disorder, a blow to the head and malaria.

You can visit the thatched cottage where Clare was born as it was bought by the John Clare


Trust in 2005 and completely restored in May 2007, when the Trust gained £1.27 million of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

This money enabled them to commission the Kefferson Sheard Architects to create a new landscape design and Visitor Centre that includes a café, shop and exhibition space so that it could be opened to the public.

John Clare Cottage

Walking with Clare

The Clare Cottage site also includes a series of walks inspired by the poet, in Swaddywell, around Torpel Manor, in Wothorpe and Burghley. A series of downloadable PDFs show the different routes and identify locations of interest relating to the poet’s life.

In 2013, the John Clare Trust received another grant which has enable them to preserve the building and provide educational activities for school groups visiting the cottage.

If you visit over the weekend of 13th July, you’ll be able to join in the celebrations for John Clare’s birthday. Then, on Wednesday 25th July you can go and watch the Pantaloons Travelling Group of Actors perform The Importance of Being Earnest. n


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Divorced, Beheaded, Died...



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Katharine of Aragon was an incredible woman, and arguably the most worthy out of all six of Henry’s wives. She suffered the death of a husband, the death of several of her children, and she was one of the first women to go through a divorce in England.

She remained strong throughout her hardships, and contrary to the ladies who followed her position as Queen, she survived to 51: 16 years longer than the average life expectancy during Tudor times. Buried at nearby Peterborough Cathedral in January 1536, every year around the day of her death, the Cathedral celebrates her life. Katharine was born in December 1485 at Alcalá de Henares in Spain, daughter of King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella. Today Alcalá de Henares is Peterborough’s Spanish twin town to celebrate this historic association. Katharine came to England to marry Prince Arthur, the eldest son and heir of Henry VII, in November 1501. This was part of a diplomatic settlement between the countries. He died in 1502 after six months of marriage, and Katharine swore throughout her life that the marriage had never been consummated.

Katharine’s status remained uncertain, although she was appointed as the Spanish ambassador to the English court in 1507, the first woman in European history to be given such a role. After succeeding his father to the throne, Henry VIII married Katharine in June 1509. Henry seems to have married his brother’s widow through some genuine affection and for dynastic reasons. Sadly Katharine was unable to produce a living male heir, some-

thing Henry regarded as essential for the continuation of his dynasty, giving birth to six children with only one of them, Queen Mary I, surviving infancy.

For much of their marriage, the relationship seems to have been good; Katharine was married to Henry VIII for longer than all of his other five marriages put together.

She was left as Regent in his absence whilst he was away fighting in France in 1513, during which her forces defeated an attempted Scots invasion. As was common royal practice, Henry took a series of mistresses and produced several illegitimate children. However, when Anne Boleyn arrived at the court, Henry became absolutely besotted with her. She refused to become a mistress and Henry could only have this woman he loved and a possible male heir by her. He had to annul his marriage to Katharine. In 1527 Henry asked Pope Clement to annul the marriage, but the Pope refused. The failure to get the annulment caused Henry to sack his chief minister, Cardinal Wolsey in 1530. Wolsey headed north, and spent Easter at Peterborough Abbey - now Cathedral - while he was en route.

Facts you may have not known about the Tudors...

They should never have acquired the throne. When Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at the battle of Bosworth in 1485, most of his subjects saw him as a usurper. Henry’s claim was on the side of his mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, who was the great granddaughter of John of Gaunt and his third wife, and long-standing mistress, Katherine Swynford. But Katherine had given birth to John Beaufort, Henry’s grandfather, when she was still John’s mistress, so Henry’s claim was through an illegitimate line, and a female line too.

Elizabeth I owned more than 2,000 dresses. When Elizabeth’s mother Anne Boleyn was executed, she was somewhat neglected by Henry VIII so she soon outgrew all of her clothes. Probably from the embarrassment of this, she covered herself in rich fabrics and gorgeously coloured gowns when she grew up. She was so jealous of Lady Mary Howard, one of her maids of honour, that she stole her dress and paraded around court in it herself.

Edward VI’s dog was killed by his uncle. In January 1549, Thomas Seymour made a reckless attempt to kidnap the nine year old king, Edward VI. Thomas tried to gain access to the king’s bedroom, but was lunged at by the boy’s spaniel. Without thinking, he shot the dog dead, causing the Royal Guards to rush to the palace. He was arrested, found guilty of treason, and his own brother, the Lord Protector, was obliged to sign the death warrant.


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In 1532 Henry was proclaimed the Supreme head of the Church in England. In 1533 Katharine’s marriage to Henry was proclaimed invalid on the grounds of her pre-marriage to his brother being against canon law. Katharine was now referred to as the Dowager Princess of Wales and exiled to More Manor in Hertfordshire, Buckden Towers in Cambridgeshire and latterly Kimbolton Castle, south of Peterborough.

Katharine died at Kimbolton in January 1536, most likely of cancer. Before she died, she sent a letter to her ex-husband, stating ‘Lastly, I make this vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things. Farewell.’ She was ordered to be buried at Peterborough Abbey as the nearest great religious house that befitted her status, whilst not giving her a burial in London since this may have been seen as politically ‘embarrassing.’ The funeral cortege, which was shortly after her death included a coffin wagon covered with black velvet, as were the six horses pulling it, heralds and fifty servants in black carrying torches, four banners in crimson taffeta and four golden standards.

At the door of the abbey church, the body was received by four bishops and six abbots, and placed under a canopy lit by a thousand candles. She’s laid there ever since, but even her tombstone suffered hardships.

Katharine’s tomb of gilded black marble was vandalised by Oliver Cromwell’s troops in April 1643, and the black marble was removed in the 1700s for lining the floor of the Dean’s summerhouse. The current memorial slab was installed in 1895 after a national campaign for the Katharines of England to all donate a penny to the cause, organised by the wife of one of the Cathedral canons, Katharine Clayton. Today Katharine is remembered annually by a commemorative service and series of events at the Cathedral. Visitors place pomegranates on her tombstone every year; her royal symbol. n


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First there was LINCOLNSHIRE

PRIDE. Then, there was RUTLAND PRIDE. Above, Left to Right: Sales our Lincolnshire Lincolnshire edition, edition, which which Sales Executive Executive Hannah Hannah is is holding holding our launched in 2002. Advertising Director Zoie has our Rutland edition which launched launched in 2002. Advertising Director Zoie has our Rutland Edition which launched in which isis in in shops shops now, now, and and Charlotte Charlotte in 2012. 2012. Tamer Tamer holds holds our our Stamford Stamford edition, edition which presents our new Peterborough edition which we have launched this month. this month. presents our new Peterborough edition, which we will launch next

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Now, there’s STAMFORD

PRIDE... and PETERBOROUGH PRIDE this month! will be launched next launches this month too!

To advertise your business in any of our four editions, call our friendly and professional team on 01529 469977 or call

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This month we’ve asked the headteachers of two of the area’s finest schools to tell us what values they instill into their pupils. Peterborough is close to some of the finest independent schools and colleges for children, teenagers and to some excellent further education colleges...

Will Phelan, Stamford Endowed

Sam Robertson, Laxton Junior School

ing. Girls and boys are taught co-educationally from 3 to 11, then separating at senior school and then coming together at sixth form.”

“Together the three Stamford Schools deliver an educational experience that produces truly outstanding and independent thinking young people who succeed in a diverse range of endeavours, set their own expectations and become the people they really want to be.” “They recognise that success comes in many different forms. We help them to understand themselves, define what success means to them and then equip them to achieve it.” “Our (almost unique) diamond structure provides pupils with a tailored and personalised education at every level from day to board68

“Overall, we provide a seamless, yet tailored, experience taking the advantages of single gender teaching and pastoral care between the ages of 11 and 16. Our approach is refreshingly different. The diamond structure provides the best learning environment for our pupils; we have the size and resources to provide outstanding opportunities in and out of the classroom; and we pride ourselves on nurturing independent thought.”

endeavour and enthusiasm reverberates exquisitely from every music room.”

“Schools are, indeed, brilliant places to work; and the descriptions above, without doubt, pinpoint much of what is so outstanding about Laxton Junior School.”

“If there is a more vibrant and exciting place to work than in a school, I would very much like to hear about it!”

How many schools can boast that they have the experience and knowledge of four heads (a principal and three headteachers) working together?

“I am hugely fortunate whilst at my place of ‘work’, I can hear the whir of productivity as an engaged class approaches the next challenge with such determination.”

n See or call on 01780 750311 for details.

“On the sports field, the individual and the team collaborate to develop their resilience through victory and defeat; and, the melody of

“Where people start often defines what they become. Our measure of success is not only what our pupils achieve at Stamford - it is what they become after Stamford as this is shown by our impressive list of notable alumni.”

“In the playground, laughter and kindness are the fuel of enjoyment and, inside school, corridors are decorated with hard work and imagination.”

“There is, however, a theme that inspires each of these aspects and that, of course, is our superb children; for, without them, the classrooms, playgrounds, corridors, sports fields and music rooms would be far from the vibrant, exciting places that they so obviously are.” “There is not a day that goes by that I am not enormously proud of every child at Laxton Junior School; their love of learning and care for those around them is magnificent, and we are so fortunate that they make our school such a wonderful place to work.” n Laxton Junior School can be seen at or by calling 01832 277159. The school is based on East Rd, Oundle, Peterborough PE8 4BX.

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As summer brings 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! There’s nothing fishy about the standard of dining you’ll find at seafood restaurant and grill, Loch Fyne. Last fish pun, I promise.

Words & Images: Rob Davis.

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.



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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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.

Main Courses

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 73

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Eat the Seasons

STRAWBERRIES It’s the perfect time of year to go foraging for your own fruit, here’s how you can get involved... Words: Georgie Fenn.

In the summer we often try to improve our diets, motivated by the warmer weather and clothes with slightly less fabric. It’s a time where pudding and pies aren’t so readily ordered and instead we look to the salad section of menus, hoping there’s something more exciting than ‘Tuna Niçoise.’ That being said, with so much going on in the summer it’s difficult to stay idle, and what better way to combine eating well with a day out in the sunshine than picking your own food?

The beauty of picking your own fruit is that the only miles it’s travelled are those with you in the car from the farm to your fruit bowl. Most strawberries that are in supermarkets will have travelled hundreds of miles before they reach your table, even if they’re grown here in the UK. Winter strawberries usually come from Florida which is a 4,207-mile journey and the reason it’s so important to eat seasonal produce.

Of course, when you pick your own, you can be confident about the freshness of your fruit, as you’re doing all the picking yourself, you can exercise your own quality control.

One local farm provides the perfect fruit picking experience and in June, not only will you be able to gather strawberries but they should have Gooseberries, Also, the fruit is always cheaper Raspberries and Redcurrants than in the shop as you’re ready by then too. You’ll doing all of the leg work find Hill Farm on Oundle and of course, if you’re Road, parking is free and pushed for time, the We consume approximately they offer refreshments and farms often sell ready£564 million of strawberries all the necessary amenities each year, about 74,000 picked fruit which is sure to spend a day there. tonnes! Strawberries account to be spanking fresh and for about half of all minimally packaged. All you have to do is make soft fruit consumed your way to the shop counter in the UK. If you have young children, on arrival and choose a contaking them to a Pick Your Own tainer, they range in sizes from 1lbs to farm is the perfect opportunity to teach 6lbs, then you’ll be directed to a field where them about the importance of food and nature. the fruit is ready and you can get picking! Most children are sensory learners which Once you’re happy with your quantity of means they need an experience to understrawberries, make your way back to the stand something new. In this world driven shop for a weigh in, pay and then you can by technology and modernity, iPads and head home and if the strawberries survive iPhones, it can be very difficult to find ways the journey, dig out your favourite to allow children to experience things for strawberry inspired recipe. what they are. n


n Pick: The average strawberry has about 200 seeds, and Elsanta is the most common variety. n Prepare: Always opt for English-grown strawberries. Wash and hull strawberries before use. n Present: Enjoy with strawberries and cream, or in a tart base with lavender and honey cream! Main: Pick your own fruit at Peterborough’s Hill Farm PYO and Farm Shop; Oundle Road, Chesterton, Peterborough PE7 3UA. Call 01733 233270 or see The farm is open seven days a week from early June.


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Preparation Time: 30 minutes. Cooking Time: 30 minutes. Serves: 12. Six fresh free range eggs 450g caster sugar 150g soft butter 190g plain flour 40g cornflour 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Half cup camomile tea 2 tablespoons sugar 25g flaked almonds, toasted 600ml double cream 3 tablespoons caster sugar Punnet of strawberries to decorate Flowers to decorate (camomile if you can find them)

Preheat oven to 200°c/400°f and line three 20cm/8inch springform pans on the base and sides. Whisk 100g of the egg whites to soft peaks. Add in the 150g of caster sugar and whip to firm peaks. Place in a separate bowl. Then whisk the 240g of egg whites, 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar until soft peaks and then add in the 300g of caster sugar until stiff peaks. Then add in the butter and the egg yolks and then whisk until smooth. Fold in the flour and cornstarch and then the reserved meringue and vanilla. Divide in the three prepared tins and bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then unclip the collar and cool still on the base. Meanwhile make a cup of strong camomile tea and mix with two tablespoons sugar. Just before assembling whip the cream with the three tablespoons caster sugar until you get dollopy peaks that can hold a shape. Chop some of the strawberries into quarters leaving others halved while leaving the blackberries and raspberries whole. Place one layer on a serving plate. Brush the cake with the tea and spread a third of the cream on the cake. Top with some almonds and strawberries. Repeat with the remaining tea, cream and berries. Decorate with flowers. n


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Strawberry Lemonade

Crush 250g hulled strawberries with a potato masher, and add the pared rinds of three halved lemons, leaving as much pith as possible behind. Squeeze the juice from the lemons and mix into the strawberries, adding 75g caster sugar. Pour on 750ml boiling water, leave over night to cool, strain and bottle.

Strawberry Gin Fizz

Add 225g sliced strawberries to 2tbsp caster sugar and 6tbsp gin. Shake well. Leave in the fridge for 24hrs. Strain and top up with 400ml tonic water.

Strawberry Milkshake

Take the tops off 100g (about seven) strawberries, add 2cm peeled and sliced root of ginger, and two tablespoons runny honey and a peeled banana. Blend with 250ml milk and pour into two glasses.


Strawberry Mousse...

Serves 4. Prep: 30 minutes. Cook: 5 minutes. Chill: 3-4 hours. Ingredients: White Chocolate Mousse 200g (7oz) white chocolate, broken into pieces 1 lime, grated rind only 2 eggs, separated 2 tablespoons white rum 150ml (1/4 pint) double cream Strawberry & Black Pepper Sauce 50g (2oz) caster sugar 75ml (21/2 fl oz) water 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, roughly crushed 225g (8oz) strawberries, hulled, sliced ½ lime, juice only Few extra small strawberries to decorate

To make the mousse, melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of very gently simmering water, making sure that the base of the bowl isn’t touching the water. Take the bowl of chocolate off the saucepan and stir in the lime rind, egg yolks and rum until smooth. Lightly whip the cream until it forms soft swirls then fold into the chocolate mix and spoon into four small glasses. Chill in the fridge for three or four hours until set. Meanwhile make the sauce, add the sugar, water and pepper to a medium saucepan and heat gently, stirring until the sugar has dissolved then simmer for three minutes. Add the strawberries and lime juice and cook for two minutes then leave to cool. Puree the sauce in a liquidiser or using a stick blender until smooth. Pour into a small jug and pour over the tops of the mousses just before serving. Serve on small plates with extra halved strawberries.

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Naked Berry Celebration Cake... Ingredients: Lemon Cakes 400g/14oz soft margarine 400g/14oz caster sugar 2 lemons, finely grated rind only 7 medium eggs 550g/1lb 4oz self-raising flour 5 tbs semi-skimmed milk Lemon Drizzle 2 lemons, juice only 150g/5oz caster sugar Frosting 100g/4oz butter, 350g/12oz icing sugar 100g/4oz lemon curd 75g/3oz raspberries To Decorate 400g/14oz strawberries, 225g/8oz raspberries 100g/4oz blueberries Icing sugar Edible flowers (opt)

Serves 16-20. Prep 40 minutes. Cook 1-11/4 hours. To finish 40 minutes. Preheat the oven to 160°c/140°c fan assisted, Gas 4. Line 20cm and 13cm cake tins with long strips of nonstick baking paper. Add the soft margarine, caster sugar and lemon rind to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat together until light and fluffy. Add one egg and beat until smooth, add a second egg and a spoonful of flour and again beat until smooth. Gradually mix in all the remaining eggs and flour alternately until the cake mixture is smooth.

Divide the mixture between the two tins so that they a similar depth then smooth the surface and bake in the centre of the oven. Allow 50-60 minutes for the small cake and about 11/4 hours for the larger cake until well risen, golden and a skewer comes out cleanly when inserted into the centre of the cake. Meanwhile, mix the lemon juice and sugar together and set aside. Add all the frosting ingredients to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat together until smooth. Cover the bowl and chill until needed. Allow each cake to cool for five minutes then turn out on to a wire rack set over a cooling rack so that the top is downwards. Peel away the lining paper and skewer what is now the top of the hot cake; drizzle over the syrup. To assemble, turn the cake back over so that the sticky syrupy base is now the top. Cut each cake into three layers. Put the base layer on to a pedestal stand, spread with frosting then layer up the two other larger cake layers with frosting. Spread the top of the cake with frosting then add the base layer of the smaller cake and layer up cake with frosting. Insert plastic cake supports or skewers if necessary. Spread a layer of frosting on the top of the cake then decorate the cake tiers and base of the pedestal stand with berries and dust with sifted icing sugar. Scatter with edible flower petals if using. n

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Strawberry & Camomile Shortcakes Makes Six. Preparation Time: 20 mins. Cooking Time: 20 mins. Total Time: 40 mins plus chilling, resting and cooling. 400g local Strawberries, hulled and halved, or quartered if large 2-3 tbsp caster sugar, to taste Finely grated zest of 1 lemon For the shortcakes: 300ml pot double cream 2 camomile teabags 90g unsalted butter, cubed 2 tbsp whole milk 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 2 tsp baking powder 50g caster sugar, plus 1 tbsp 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

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ese delicately flavoured shortcakes have a complex, subtle spiciness from the infused camomile and are a match made in heaven for sweet British strawberries.

Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Mix the strawberries, caster sugar and lemon zest in a small bowl and set aside to soften a little. Warm 125ml cream in a small pan with the teabags until simmering. Remove from the heat, add the butter and infuse for five minutes. Squeeze the teabags and discard.

Rewarm the pan to melt the butter, if needed, then stir in the milk. In a large bowl, sift the flour and baking powder, then mix in the infused cream with 50g caster sugar and a pinch of salt, bringing together to make a rough dough.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 2cm thickness. Cut out six biscuits with a 6cm round cutter, rerolling the dough as needed. Place on a lined baking tray and chill for 15 minutes.

Brush the tops with a little cream and bake for 12-15 minutes, until light golden. Place on a wire rack to cool, then carefully split in half horizontally. Whip the remaining cream with 1 tbsp sugar and vanilla to soft peaks. Spoon onto half the shortcakes, add the strawberries, then balance the remaining shortcakes on top.

The shortcakes can be frozen for up to one month. Thaw thoroughly before filling and serving. n

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Peterborough's favourite bar and gastro pub...!



North Side, Thorney PE6 0RW

01733 202256 •



Local Village Pub & Restaurant

Peterborough Road, Langtoft, Peterborough, PE6 9LW 01778 343200 • Food Service Times: Tuesday – Saturday: 12:00pm – 2:00pm and 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm


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The Cherry


One of the area’s most picturesque restaurants has its chef patron back in the kitchen, and as Andrew Corrick rediscovers the joy of cooking, his diners are rediscovering the unmitigated joy of great food, fresh ingredients and skilful preparation... Life’s a bowl of cherries, at least, according to Judy Garland and a song dating back to the 1930s. We can’t argue... after all, the sun’s out, local restaurants are heaving with fresh local ingredients and we live in an area which provides a superb standard of living.

As if life couldn’t get any better, our recent visit to Werrington’s Cherry House was an enjoyable experience to say the least. That’s because, as of autumn last year, Chef Patron Andrew Corrick is back in the kitchen, rediscovering a passion for quality and billing itself as offering ‘fine British dining with a respectful nod to classic French.’ Andrew is experiencing a sense of dèja vu right now as Channel 4 screens A Very British Hotel, a fly-in-the-wall documentary about the posh Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Knightsbridge. The place is the chef ’s alma mater, where he finessed his craft after leaving his native Devon for the smoke.


Words & Images: Rob Davis.

Having moved to the county in 1988 and having taken The Cherry House over with the retirement of its previous owner, he’s been at front of house for a number of years, leaving a very competent Head Chef in the engine room.

Now though, Andrew has returned to his first love and has created a fortnightly-changing menu with fresh local ingredients. This he presents to diners in the 70-cover dining room of the 400 year old thatched restaurant, located on a former cherry farm. A recent refurbishment inside which provided a fresh (red, obviously) decoration scheme was followed up with landscaping of the >>

meet the CHEF That looks familiar? “After working in the south west, I made my way to London and worked in the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel, currently the subject of a TV documentary. I moved to Peterborough in 1988 and have been running The Cherry House since 1994.” Food Wisdom: “Fresh ingredients and consistency are really important for any self-respecting chef!”

Food Heaven: “I love spring lamb and asparagus!” Food Hell: “I think balsamic glaze is very much overused!”

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>> outside, providing more space for diners to enjoy their meal outdoors in the leafy, well-established gardens.

If the weather isn’t too clever as you’re reading this - late April showers, for example - then inside you’ll find low beams, big fireplaces and little nooks, lit by candlelight, for romantic suppers.

Dining is by way of a single table d’hôte menu with a price of £27.95 (though the odd dish carries a supplement), and service takes place during both lunchtimes and in the evening.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS Lunchtime Service: 12noon - 2.00pm Tuesday to Friday.

Evening Service: 6.30pm - 10.00pm Tuesday to Saturday. Sunday Lunches: 12 noon - 3.00pm.


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Home-cured salmon flavoured with beetroot served with beetroot hummus. Cream of broccoli & cheddar soup, served with crispy croutons.

Smoked fish & asparagus jellied mosaic served with a tomato salsa & tiger prawns (supplement £3.95).

Main Courses

Roast rack of English lamb served with a sweet potato & Stilton gratin and a rich rosemary jus.

Concessionary dining is also available from Tuesday to Thursday evenings at £22.95 for two courses. A separate Sunday lunch menu provides five starters and six main course options for £24.50/three courses. Diners can choose from six starters, six main courses and three further grill options. There’s a dedicated dessert menu with five puddings, plus a board of English and French cheese.

Andrew sources as many local ingredients as possible, and at this time of year he’s spoilt for choice, with local asparagus and spring lamb as featured on our opening spread.

It’s one of Andrew’s favourite dishes, and he does it justice with a sweet potato and Stilton gratin, and a rosemary jus.

Local suppliers include Stilton Butchers and Grasmere Farm, whilst fish arrives daily from London and veg is sourced from local suppliers and farmed in the Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire Fens.

To accompany, there are more than 40 bins of wine, and coffee with petit fours at the end of your meal.

The nature of the building makes dining at The Cherry House more akin to a friend’s dinner party than a huge monolithic dining room - it’s a more intimate restaurant - and that makes the place especially popular for private parties. But if you’re seeking al fresco dining or supper at the weekend, you’ll appreciate the clean, bright presentation of Andrew’s food, his technically flawless chefcraft and the robust, appealing composition of his menu. It’s an achingly pretty place to dine, with wisteria lining the front of the place in the summer months, the neat whitewashed exterior and the quaint thatched roof.

If you’re seeking to dine somewhere that looks great, and enjoy quality food made from local ingredients, we can certainly recommend Andrew’s place... a restaurant where life truly is a bowl of cherries.

Collops of Grasmere Farm pork fillet topped with a mango & sage soufflé accompanied by a rich madeira jus.

Baked fillet of salmon filled with a crab & coriander mousse wrapped in a trellis of puff pastry & cordoned with a chive butter sauce.


Chocolate ganache; a rich dark chocolate parfait served with salted caramel ice cream & chocolate sauce. Selection of English & French cheeses (supplement £2.50) NB: Featured dishes are subject to change.

n The Cherry House at Werrington, 125 Church Street, Werrington PE4 6QF. Call 01733 571721, 83

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“A warm, friendly pub with a relaxed environment...”

Church Street, Deeping St James, PE6 8HD 01778 342219 •


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Wine of the Month

Enjoy The Taste of High Summer... Strawberry Gin!

In this edition we’re rediscovering the lost pleasure of strawberry picking, but with its deep red colour and evocative scent, Lincolnshire gin Pin Gin’s strawberry edition really will allow you to enjoy the taste of high summer, especially when paired with an elderflower tonic. The drink is flavoured by a diverse list of botanicals and conjures up notes of black pepper, cucumber, rose and lavender... an evocation of a Great British Summer, and an ideal tipple for watching Wimbledon early next month. £38.95/70cl, 40%.

Doña Paula, Estate, Mendoza, Blue Edition Argentina, £13.95, 13.5% Malbec 60%; Pinot Noir 30%; Bonarda 10%


1. “Phenomenal Pinot Noir from Domaine Guillon in the Gevrey-Chambertin appelation Burgundy, France. Dark berries dance a seductive Tango with soft middle weight floral hints. Superb!” £79.95 / Pinot Noir / 14%. 2. “Our rosé offering is a pale pink provençal wine from France, with enough structure to accompany food, this superior rosé offers apple, pink grapefruit and rosehip notes, with some minerality and a nice bit of grip on the palate.” £64.75/1.5cl / Grenache / 14%.

3. “A limited production run of 13,000, this Rhône is straw colour and complex with violets, apricots, peaches and honey. Unctuous and exotic!” £49.95 / Viognier / 13.5%.

“I’ve been asked to recommend a summer wine,” says Harish. “This fits the bill superbly and is brand new to UK retailers. It’s interesting as it’s an unusual blend of Malbec and Pinot Noir.” An intense, complex and vibrant array of fresh fruit aromas are displayed in this stunning blend. Wild berry notes come from the Malbec, cherry flavours from the Pinot Noir and the Bonarda imparts juicy layers of blackberry and redcurrant. Silky tannins leads to a long and pleasant finish. n

Dessert Wine

Barsac 2006, Chateau Doisy Daene, Bordeaux...

“Expertly made Sauternes that combines crystalline purity with decadent ripe apricot fruit. Marmaladey botrytis notes and subtle spicy wood add complexity.” “One of Bordeaux’s pre-eminent winemakers, Denis Dubourdieu is Professor of Oenology at Bordeaux University. He’s a highly sought-after consultant both locally and abroad, and the owner of the renowned Château Doisy-Daëne in Sauternes.”

£27.95 / Barsac, Bordeaux / 2006 / Denis Dubourdieu / 35cl.

n Our featured wines are available from Peterborough’s best independent wine merchants, prices RRP and may vary from those stated.


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Words: Georgie Fenn. Pictures: John Lawrence.

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Positioned in the peaceful setting of West Deeping, Cromwell House has been the charming happy home of Mr and Mrs Aldred for ten years. The couple moved away from Stamford after they married for some more space as two families became one. On first impressions, Iain Aldred says you’ll be amazed by the lovely situation, “It’s very quiet and private,” he says, “But equally easy to travel to Stamford, Peterborough or commute to London.” The entrance into the house is spacious and welcoming but come May, you’ll mostly want to look at the incredible Georgian façade of the house with the charming Wisteria gently hugging the beautiful stone work. Wisteria’s are magical as they are known to live for up to 100 years and even older.

There’s actually a 1,200-year-old wisteria tree in Japan. This long-life bestows the symbolic meaning of immortality and longevity to the wisteria. “May will be wonderful,” says Iain, “The garden will look beautiful and the wisteria will come out.”

As you enter the atmospheric Dining Hall with its raw stone floor, stone fireplace, alcove and shutters, you’ll feel almost weightless from this spacious first impression. Main: The property has Right: A TV lounge serves three reception rooms as a more relaxed reception including the drawing room. room, with a rustic beam.


Above: Renovated in 2005, the property has a modern living kitchen with French doors to a smart breakfast terrace.

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The drawing room is a wonderful double aspect room with original restored light oak parquet flooring, French doors to the garden and a stone fireplace. The kitchen is ideal for informal kitchen suppers has room for a large table, there is an island and French doors to the kitchen courtyard too. The kitchen also features the most amazing pre-historic marble on the surfaces that are very attractive.

This property (including the kitchen) was renovated by the previous owner in 2005.

There is also a sitting room with an inglenook fireplace and wood burner although if you wanted to take the wood burner out and have an open fire place, it is

all fully functional. Iain’s wife Susanna says that people often comment on the beautiful exposed beams in the snug, “There are lots of features that give this property character,” she says. There is also a study, utility room, two cloakrooms and an internal triple garage. This house is also perfectly kitted out for entertaining family and friends plus. there’ good annexe accommodation within the plot.

In fact, the Aldred’s hosted their daughter’s wedding in April last year with a marquee in the walled garden, “There’s a beautiful church down the road and it’s perfectly positioned for a wedding,” says Iain.

Although we may be spoilt for choice when it comes to wedding venues in this area, what

a dream to be able to host your offspring’s wedding in the comfort of your own home! Once you have made your way up the wattle and daub staircase that has been expertly plastered and maintained, you’ll find the enormous master bedroom. The master bedroom is huge and has views over the garden, “The windows look South over the main part of the garden,” says Susanna, “It’s a completely unspoilt view.”

There are also luxuriously large built in wardrobes. Adding to the extravagance, the master bathroom has a free standing roll top bath, double sinks and separate shower. Roll top baths are extremely fashionable again and they’re the perfect way to >> 89

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“As you enter the atmospheric Dining Hall with its raw stone floor, fireplace, alcove and shutters, you’ll feel almost weightless from this spacious first impression...”

>> de-stress and unwind after a long day at work or working in the garden. What is unusual for this property is that it’s both historic and modern, “There are lots of beautiful features but the electrics and bathrooms are both modernized,” says Iain. There are four further bedrooms and a family bathroom, one of the bedrooms has an ensuite shower room.

The gardens are a treat, with formal box hedging and a stunning walled garden, fruit garden, stream and beautifully tended lawns. The stream was extended by the Aldred’s to create the large pond, this has brought a variety of wildlife to the property and makes sitting in the garden that little bit more magical. The gardens themselves needed quite a bit of attention when the Aldred’s moved in and they sought the help of renowned garden designer Bunny Guinness. “Bunny is a charming lady,” says Iain. “She came over for one day and her powers are just amazing.” You’ll see Bunny’s touches

with the walled garden, where hornbeams were planted and the courtyard garden was transformed into the idyllic space that it is today. Nature is thriving and Iain explained that the neighbours are currently putting in a wild flower meadow next door so you don’t have to worry about the peaceful setting being disturbed in any way.

At this time of year you will appreciate the stone as it keep the house comfortably cool in the summer and retains heat throughout the winter. On a sunny day in the summer, there is nothing better for people and pets than cooling down in a stone house, it means you’ll sleep better too! There are three fireplaces in total, all fully functioning and Left: The grounds were landscaped by TV’s Bunny Guinness.


Main: The house is situated within the Deepings, which means a large mature plot.

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ready to go so you will have plenty of ambiance and warmth in the winter. The façade is Georgian but the rest of the house dates back to the 17th century, the combination of these different styles come together beautifully.

West Deeping is a popular village equidistant from Stamford and Peterborough making it the ideal location for people wanting ease of access to local schools, shopping and leisure facilities and the need to commute to London. The village has a variety of clubs and social events, a very welcoming community and active village pub. Tallington, the neighbouring village has a holiday park and lakes for various activities including sailing and waterskiing. There are also plenty of fantastic local restaurants including The White Hart in Ufford, only 10 minutes away and The Bertie Arms in Uffington which is towards Stamford. n



Style: Beautifully refurbished country house with impressive gardens landscaped by Bunny Guinness extending to about an acre. Bedrooms: Five; two en suites. Receptions: Five, currently arranged as drawing room, sitting room and breakfast kitchen, dining hall and library Features: Annexe, inglenook fireplaces. Renovated in 2005.

Price: £1,850,000 Find Out More: Cromwell House, West Deeping is currently on the market with Strutt & Parker, Stamford, PE9 2JL. Call 01780 695028 or see

Above: The gardens are a treat, with formal box hedging and walled garden, fruit garden, stream and beautifully tended lawns. In all there’s about an acre of mature grounds to enjoy!


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There’s no love like your first love. And what better backdrop could there be against which to fall in love, than this Grade I listed Jacobean country home, Stibbington Hall. It’s where Helen and Rob Facer began dating at the age of 17 and 19 in the summer of 1982. Rob’s father Peter was friends with the Hall’s former owners.

“The house was where we fell in love, so when the opportunity arose to purchase the place in 2005 we pulled out all the stops to secure our dream home.”

To say that Stibbington Hall is graceful is an understatement. Construction of the Hall began in 1616, and was completed in 1625 as stated on the lintel above the front door. A later addition in the Victorian era yielded the current dining room, drawing room and breakfast kitchen.

The Jacobean property is Grade I listed and among its historical credentials the house boasts a staircase requisitioned from nearby Fotheringhay Castle before it was demolished in 1630, as well as original oak panelling in rooms like the dining room, with concealed compartments where the family silver could be hidden. Right: The entrance hall has original oak panelling with concealed compartments!


Far Right: The master bedroom suite has an en suite and dressing room.

Above: The drawing room with its stone fireplace and painted wood panelling.

Right: The kitchen was created by a local cabinetmaker and has a black Aga, black walnut cabinetry and granite surfaces.

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“We were really fortunate when we moved in because the former owners had maintained the place very well. Everything was in good order so whatever we’ve done to the property during our 12 years has been to impart our own tastes on the property.” “We’ve refurbished the kitchen using a local company, and installed a viewing mound on the far side of the curtilage to make the most of what we think is one of the best views of the house.”

“Aside from that, most of what we’ve done during our time here has been in maintaining the grounds. Our biggest job was restoring some of the outbuildings to create the Coach House, which has three bedrooms and three reception rooms, and is self-contained.”

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“Set within 19 acres of mature grounds, the property has an orchard, topiary gardens, ponds, a parterre and plenty of formal lawns...” >> There’s a separate cottage, too, again self-contained and with two bedrooms.

The main house has 10,000sq ft of accommodation and has six reception rooms, but beyond its obvious grace and period features, still manages to offer practical living for families. There are nine bedrooms, two en suite rooms and two family bathrooms, as well as a dedicated office, separate utility and boot room, and plenty of storage in the form of extensive cellars. Set within 19 acres of mature grounds, there’s space, too, in the property’s curtilage, with an orchard, formal topiary gardens, ponds, a parterre and plenty of formal lawns.

The property backs onto the Nene and has riparian ownership of the river, and there’s a heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a helipad, as well as stabling, stores and paddocks for those with horses.

“The grounds are our favourite thing about living here, and we’re keen that as many people as possible enjoy them. We’ve enjoyed hosting village fêtes in aid of the 900 year old church of St John the Baptist just next door to us.” “Local children also visit us from the Stibbington Environment Centre, and they explore the river, make grave rubbings at the church or just spend time enjoying the grounds.”

“We’ve also welcomed groups from all over the UK who want to study Jacobean architecture. The house is mentioned in Pevsner, who described it as the finest Jacobean façade in the county.”

Far Left: The property’s Jacobean staircase was rescued from Fotheringhay Castle in 1630.


Left: An engraving above the property’s front door carries the Latin inscription ‘Glory to the Holy Trinity.’

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“Rob and I have loved living here but any owner of a house that’s 400 years old is just a custodian for the next generation. Everyone who has lived here has contributed to the history of the place - the previous owners commissioned a mural of the property in the entrance hall, for example.” “Now though, the time has come to spare a little work at the weekend and move to a smaller acreage. We don’t want to leave the community so we’re only moving two miles down the road, but we’re going to build a new home to our own design.”

“We’re hoping that a family will come to Stibbington and enjoy it as much as we have. It really is a beautiful home and we really will miss it so much.” n


STIBBINGTON Location: Eight miles from Peterborough. Style: Grade I listed Jacobean property set in 19 acres and created in 1625. Bedrooms: Nine with two en suites and two further bathrooms. Receptions: Six; drawing room, dining room, living kitchen, library, reception hall, sitting room. Other Features: Swimming pool, tennis courts, cottage and coach house, Riparian ownership of river, gym/office suite. Price: £3,500,000.

Find Out More: Stibbington Hall is currently on the market with King West priced at £3,500,000. Visit St Mary's St, Stamford PE9 2DE, call 01780 484520 or see


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Neutral Colours


Warm, calming, and timeless, neutral shades are a must if you’re looking to create a room that will never date, one which will allow natural light to proliferate in your home

Summer is here, the days are longer and one way of ensuring you’ll make it to autumn without feeling too despondent is to enjoy a warm, optimistic palette of natural linen colours complemented with hints of metallics; golds, bronzes and silvers. Trade show for interior designers Decorex took place a couple of months ago and with it came a wealth of new fabric and wallcovering selections from leading designers.

Alongside Stamford and Rutland’s interior designers, you’ll be able to combine luxurious, hard-wearing fabrics and the expertise of intependent interior designers to create anything from a cushion, to bespoke window dressings or to recover new or existing chairs and sofas.

Over the page we’ve included a few of our favourite examples from leading suppliers, beginning with some warm neutral shades, and some bolder patterns with metallic silver highlights for modern homes too.

We’ve also included our recommended interior designers, each of whom can help you to create individual pieces for a room, and offer help and advice right up to a complete design service for individual rooms or whole properties. >>

Popular right now, and especially so in our county, are linen weaves which suit rural homes and will prove hard-wearing. For traditional mix and match prints or patterns and whilst modern properties will benefit from the use of bold geometric and ikat designs.

Left: Clarke & Clarke’s Halcyon offers pretty cottage garden florals embroidered onto linen in monochrome. Right: Colefax & Fowler’s Dorney is a range of contemporary plain neutrals.


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Below: Clarke & Clarke’s Botanica depicts flowers and ferns.

Right: Morris’s usually colourful prints have been pared back with a neutral colour in this collection, Strawberry Thief, reprinted from an 1881 original.

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Colefax & Fowler: Chairs in Hurst, beige, and Edgar, a multicolour check in beige and old blue.

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Above: Romo Cirrus is an elegant linen mix of sheers in a range of warm neutral colours.


Left/Above: Prestigious Textiles’s Equator are a series of texture-rich jacquards, shown here in Mist and Limestone. Right: Designer’s Guild’s is a collection of 35 textures from velvets to tweeds, available in ivory, dune and cloud.

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Leaving Others


Don’t be ‘blind’ to the options available to you if you’re seeking shade, privacy and to improve the appearance of your windows and doors this summer, says J&L Ball

Summer’s here and that’s great! But if you’re already troubled by stiflingly hot conservatories, or dazzlingly bright living rooms, dining rooms or any room in your home. J&L Ball’s Lorraine and Jeremy Ball will ensure you’re not blind to the options available to you. Established for 13 years, the firm specialises in blinds, shutters, curtains and bespoke soft furnishings. It’s a family business, with real continuity of service and the couple visit you to measure your job and to install all products personally.

designs, which rise with a light touch, with no exposed cords and the ability to introduce light at the top or bottom of the blind whilst ensuring privacy half-way up.

Think that blinds aren’t subject to new developments? Think again! As a Luxaflex specialist, J&L Ball can demonstrate the latest ‘top down, bottom up’

The company also specialises in ‘sail’ shades for conservatories, awnings and bespoke soft furnishings to ensure you’re cool and comfortable all summer long. n

Every product the company produces is completely bespoke and no window is too oddlyshaped; no property too listed; no room too troublesome!

The company can install remote control motorised (inset), or smartphone controlled blinds, and all of their products are child-safe. Colours? There are hundreds. Styles? Ditto.

1. Luxaflex ‘top down, bottom up’ - flexible, with no exposed cords. 2. Bespoke shutters from Luxaflex - great for period homes. 3. Shadesails make conservatories comfortable all summer long. 4. Sanderson’s Art of the Garden wallcoverings. 5. Quirky elephant wallpaper collection from Sanderson. 6. Romo Cirrus, bespoke curtains, cushions and chair fabrics. n Specialists for curtains, blinds, shutters, awnings, wallcoverings and soft furnishings, J&L Ball is based on 16 North St, Stamford PE9 1EH for more information call 01780 481416 or see 108

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Stoneware WITH FLAIR

Exploring the rustic charm of stoneware with Golding, Young & Mawer, Chartered Auctioneers and Valuer who specialise in arts and antique surveying...

ANTIQUES Stoneware in various forms has been produced throughout the world for centuries. It is defined as pottery fired at around 1200 degrees centigrade producing a robust, dense body, ably used for fine tableware, ornaments, insulators and even chemical vessels. Advertising pieces of the 19th and 20th centuries are providing popular as either collectables or interior decorator’s pieces, beautifully juxtaposing with modern furnishings. The naive charm of Lincolnshire and other local stoneware coupled with the vast array of designs; from beer bottles, other tavern related items, butter churns, flagons and even political flasks prominent in areas such as Horncastle and the array of advertising styles and varied names mean there are vast numbers of pieces to buy and a great number of collectors. Take the humble beer bottle for example: its birth in glass can be traced back to a Dr Alexander Nowell, some 440 years ago in Hertfordshire. 18th century stoneware pieces are rare and it was in the 19th century that porter (a drink similar to stout) began to be bottled in any number. Whitbread were a big producer of pottery vessels in the 1870s and local firms

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followed suit. Taking Grantham alone, we have seen several examples recently by Johnson, Basker & Fletcher, R J Boyall and the illustrated Summerbys type. The illustrated Buttercup Dairy butter crock, produced by A W Buchan in the very late 19th century, in Portobello, Scotland is a rare, quirky survivor. It would’ve had a lid, but the pail is in excellent condition for an everyday item, proving its hardiness. We see many examples of local advertising stoneware, pick a place: Alford, Lincoln, Grantham, Southwell, Stamford, Bourne, and you will almost certainly find something. Pieces can be inexpensive but look fantastic in modern dwellings; there is a lot available and it needs to be cherished, bought and enjoyed. n With best wishes, Craig Bewick, MRICS. Auctioneer Golding Young & Mawer, Grantham.

Find Out More: Craig Bewick is an antiques specialist with Golding, Young & Mawer: The Bourne Auction Rooms, Spalding Road, Bourne PE10 9LE, 01778 422686; The Grantham Auction Rooms, Old Wharf Road, Grantham NG31 7AAE, 01476 565118; The Stamford Valuation Office, The George Mews, Station Road, Stamford PE9 2LBE, 01780 751666 or Lincoln Auction Rooms, Thos Mawer House Station Road, North Hykeham, LN6 3QYE, 01522 524984. Alternatively, see

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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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Beautifully Designed & Installed

BATHROOMS Daniel and Jemma Irvine have 20 years experience working in their family firm to design and install bathrooms, en suites and cloakrooms for their clients. The two specialise in just one type of room and are celebrating their second anniversary partnering with luxury bathroom supplier Villeroy & Boch...

‘Right first time’ is definitely a mantra your bathroom supplier should live by. If your bathroom isn’t designed and fitted creatively, carefully and correctly the first time, it’s often a nightmare to put right. It’s for that reason that Daniel Irvine of Orchid Bathrooms has 112

opted to supply and fit his company’s bathrooms himself over the past 20 years. Trading as Orchid Bathrooms, he and wife Jemma work hard to design, project manage, install and stand by every single bathroom, en suite and cloakroom they supply.

Daniel has worked in the company ever since it was established by his mother and father in 1998, and knew when he took over that the sure way to continue the company’s success was to ensure its reputation for quality installations and happy homeowners continued.

“I can complete building, plumbing, and electrical work, plastering, tiling and painting myself,” says Daniel. “That means you don’t have to project manage, chase or coordinate contractors. There are no delays, and every job as part of creating your new bathroom is my responsibility alone - and my pride, too!” “We’re absolutely not a smash-and-grab operation; we’ve a reputation to uphold, one that relies on satisfied customers. That’s why we recognise the importance of complete transparency - with fully itemised quotes and provide a 3D computer aided design of what the final design will look like to ensure there are no nasty surprises for customers, and a minimum of disruption.”

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“Two years ago we were approached by Villeroy & Boch, one of the best names in the bathroom fittings industry. It’s our halo brand with high quality fittings designed to last decades, not years.” “Bathrooms not only need to be highly functional, but also convenient - after all, we enjoy being in the bathroom and spend a lot of time there,” says Daniel.

“The bathroom is where we take care of hygiene, body care, styling and wellness too. Villeroy & Boch’s designs are absolutely unique, blending sweeping surfaces and glorious build quality with nature-inspired shapes used in minimalist, traditional or contemporary ranges.”

“Water is indispensable for daily personal hygiene. It cleans, freshens and lends a unique feeling of well-being. It’s why more and more people are enthusiastically embracing the natural and beneficial experience of cleaning with water.”

“One of our newest products is Geberit’s AquaClean - a shower toilet which offers you this well-being at the touch of a button. Allow yourself to be won over by the completely new feeling of freshness and enjoy the extra helping of self confidence throughout the whole day.” “The fact that the ranges are such high quality in their construction, as well as being great to look at and easy to clean means we’re able to recommend them as products which will last. That’s essential for us, because there’s really no point creating a room which looks great for a year but quickly begins to look tired or isn’t easy to clean and maintain down the years.”

“Especially with Villeroy & Boch’s vast range there’s almost no limit to the designs we can create, especially as we can recommend accessories, tiles, flooring, taps and so on. Our showroom has 22 installations so you can gain an idea of what we can create, but we pride ourselves on creating a truly unique space for every customer, with no room too small, too oddly shaped or too challenging.” “The showroom has ample parking and the coffee maker is always on. We hate pressureselling of the type some retailers inflict on their customers. Instead, we provide a free, no-obligation discussion about your project and we’re keen to hear your ideas.” “We enjoy a large amount of repeat business and we think that reason for that is not just our quality products, but the service we offer too!” n

Orchid Bathrooms is based at Mount Pleasant, Peterborough PE2 8HW. For a free no-obligation, no pressure-selling discussion about your home, call 01733 569226 or see


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All Play and No Work

Hands up if you would like your weekend back? If you’d like to turn a chore into a fun activity, or to delegate the job completely... to a robot! Everyone? Then allow us to introduce you to Tom Calton of The Peterborough Mower and Groundcare Centre...

Summer is for enjoying your garden, it’s not about being a slave to its upkeep, but some people (myself included!) take great pleasure in cutting the lawn; pootling up and down on a ride-on mower, cup of tea in hand, marvelling at a perfect finish, neat stripes and a job well done. Others, though just want to get the job and would happily delegate the task and reclaim their weekend. “For the former, we’ve some great ride-on mowers from MTD and Lawnflite; entry level, but great quality,” says Tom Calton of Peterborough Groundcare.

“We’ve high-end models too, from commercial brand Husqvarna and from farming brand John Deere too, the brands distilling their commercial product knowledge into rugged machines for the domestic market.”

The firm has also seen a tremendous upsurge in the sale of its robot mowers. Bouyed by the rise in popularity of the ‘smart home,’ ideal for the second type of customer, those who want to hand over the task of maintaining a neat lawn.

Peterborough Groundcare is a sister company of RTC Plant Services Ltd, which was established in 1996 and who were sought out by Husqvarna to provide sales, aftercare and servicing for their groundcare equipment as well as their range of construction equipment. Because RTC Plant Services Ltd supplies plant machinery products which are tough, Below: The Peterborough Mower & Groundcare Centre provides sales, servicing and repairs for anything from walk-behind mowers to ride-on machines, lawn tractors and even automowers.

reliable and won’t let their construction customers down, the firm sought to incorporate the same brand values into the groundcare equipment brand they established in 2016. The two and a half acre site has walkbehind and ride-on machines including cordless ride-on and walk-behind mowers and li-ion powered multitool where one battery can be used in multiple tools like strimmers hedge trimmers and chainsaws.

“Because we come from a heavy plant background, we insist on quality and reliability,” says Tom. “But for our domestic customers, we combine that with the reassurance of working with a family business, offering servicing in your own garden, winter storage and a true partnership that will last year after year.” n

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“I love my robot mower... it works so well!” When robotic lawnmowers launched, they seemed like a gimmick, but now the technology has matured and they can be controlled via your smartphone. So, they’re easier, more reliable and even more certain to help you to reclaim your summer! Just ask 81-year old Jan! In the 21st century, we were supposed to be wearing tin foil, living on the moon and enjoying a life of leisure with robots doing all of our bidding. OK, so futurists may have been a little wide of the mark for two of those predictions, but what about a robot that can liberate you from lawncare and give you back your summer? “There are some who enjoy cutting the grass,” says Tom. “It’s not a chore, it’s a bit of time when they can switch off, and relax, just riding up and down; a job they enjoy and they take pride in once it’s completed.” “But for those who don’t enjoy cutting the grass, or those who are just too busy, robot mowers are a great alternative.” Automowers like Tom’s range of Husqvarna products are priced similarly to a conventional ride-on mower, but they’re completely automated. The technology has been around for a bit, but only now has it matured to such a degree that a robot mower is a viable replacement for a conventional ride-on or walk-behind mower. An automower uses GPS (sat nav) to work its way around your garden. It automatically returns to its ‘home’ - a docking station - to recharge. The machines mulch clippings back into your lawn to feed it essential nutrients, and they can operate in most weather conditions, including rain. They automatically steer around objects like pets or children’s toys, and have lift, tilt and theft sensors for complete safety and peace of mind.

From Top: As well as ride-ons, and walk-behind mowers, The Peterborough Mower & Groundcare Centre also supplies, installs and sets up Husqvarna Automowers. A discreet wire is installed to create an electronic boundry, preventing the completely autonomous mowers from venturing where they shouldn’t!

The user can programme the machine to work at night - they operate at about around 50dB, a third of a conventional mower, roughly the volume of conversation - during the day when you’re at work, of 24/7. Because the machines constantly ‘nibble’ at the lawn instead of waiting for it to grow then cutting it, your lawn is always kept at a consistent height and cutting height is variable. 81-year old Jan lives in Peterborough and is one of about 50 customers that Tom has provided automowers for. Jan loves her garden but could no longer manage the weight of a conventional mower in summer heat. “I love it!” she says. “My friends come around in the summer and we just sit there and watch it trundle around! It’s quiet, safe, and works really well, so I no longer have to employ a gardener or ask my sons or grandsons to give up their Saturday afternoons to cut my lawn!” n

Find Out More: For more information on The Peterborough Mower and Groundcare Centre visit Milton Business Park, Werrington Bridge Road, Milking Nook, Peterborough PE6 7PP. Call 01733 907060 or see for a free, no obligation, no-pressure selling guaranteed chat about your groundcare needs. The firm provides free demonstrations of all its equipment, including its state-of-the-art Husqvarna Automower robots. n


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GARDENS Holmes and

For Malcolm and Jane Holmes, a 17th century Manor House just a couple of miles from Peterborough proved the perfect location to create a beautiful walled garden, as visitors to the couple’s NGS day will see for themselves this month‌ Words & Images: Rob Davis.


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“The style of the house, Malcolm says, dictated the look and feel of the gardens. The aim was to create a sort of ‘garden with rooms,’ for more casual areas as well as formal areas of planting...”

It takes a certain talent to look at the particular shape, size, orientation and elevation of a plot and see its potential, and having spent a year restoring a neglected farm house, Malcolm and Jane Holmes were hardly likely to compromise when it came to creating the perfect garden. The couple will this month open their garden for the NGS, an annual opportunity for visitors to gain inspiration for their own garden, or to just enjoy tea and cake in the sunshine and in the company of like-minded garden enthusiasts. Malcolm is a farmer by trade and the couple have lived in the village of Alwalton for much of their lives, moving from elsewhere in the village to their current home in 1980. The house was built sometime in the 17th century, carries a starred Grade II listing and is essentially Jacobean in its architecture, with later Georgian additions. The couple believe that half of the house was destroyed and that it would have been symmetrical at some point.

The style of the house, Malcolm says, dictated the look and feel of the gardens. The aim was to create a a garden of rooms, within the walls, with a wild area beyond. The couple began working within the existing dry stone walled garden creating high hedges of beech and yew.

The swimming pool area was first, with Malcolm using a JCB to clear spoil and re-landscape a sloped area creating a perimeter overlooking the walled garden. There are three huge pieces of og oak requisitioned from Home Fen which Malcolm has named ‘Woodhenge’ that look absolutely great and overlook the different areas in the garden.

Adjacent to the swimming pool is one of two follies also created by Malcolm, with a crenelated design serving as a quirky ‘castle’ pool house. Next was the creation of a Georgian style greenhouse 118

and a walled garden, ostensibly a kitchen garden but latterly used as a pickery for cut flowers.

The elevated perimeter of the garden extends to the south easterly region, finishing up at the most northerly point of the garden, and beyond the formal garden is about three acres of sloping bank down to the Nene, offering impressive views of Castor.

It would have been tricky to clear the area even with the most substantial equipment given the slope of some 20 metres from the couple’s formal gardens down to the river, so instead, Malcolm opted a rather more green solution and employed the services of 50 sows who rooted around and gradually sorted out the rough patch of land on their behalf.

The unusual contours of the land initially prove a puzzlement, but make sense once Malcolm revealed that beneath that the site is a vein of Alwalton limestone, an unusually fossil-rich stone used to create the Abbot’s Tomb in Peterborough Cathedral. It’s highly decorative and can be polished to a grey-purple colour. Its extraction from

Above: The topiary garden with its ‘golden ball’ summerhouse. Centre: Malcolm’s favourite rose is the relatively trouble-free De Rescht.

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fossil-rich stone used to create the Abbot’s Tomb in Peterborough Cathedral. It’s highly decorative and can be polished to a grey-purple colour. Its extraction from site of the couple’s land now provides a discrete vantage point to enjoy the wildlife that visits the river. During our visit the bank was carpeted in spring with the last of the season’s bulbs. The couple have a really pragmatic view to planting, and say that if something grows easily in the alkaline clay soil it can stay, whilst anything requiring too much coercion is out.

The exception to this policy is the proliferation of roses which will appear in June. These include Malcolm’s favourite Rose da Rescht variety, which he says is disease resistant and relatively easy to grow, plus Duchess of Montebello, and Iceberg climbing roses on the property’s walls.

“Visitors will this month enjoy the immaculate topiary, wild grasses, phlox, penstemon and veronicas, geraniums, peonies and foxgloves...” On the couple’s NGS open day, visitors will enjoy not only the immaculate topiary, but wild grasses, phlox, penstemon and veronicas, geraniums, peonies and foxgloves. Jane’s favourite flowers in the garden are white foxgloves, but both say one of the most rewarding elements of the garden are the lush, full foliage on the hedging that have the strongest impact in mid-summer. Another treat of the garden is abundance of containers which will lush and full this month. Jane requisitioned everything from an old

the look has lead

water tank to a Roman stone coffin found on the farm to provide additional growing space and add interest at different levels around the garden. Our favourite aspect of the garden is the Dutch inspired summer house, christened the ‘golden ball house’ by one of the couple’s five grandchildren.

There’s a considerable amount of work involved in ensuring your garden is up to the standard that keen NGS-goers expect, but with the help of gardener David Wooldridge, the couple’s garden is already looking beautiful. In high summer it’s a must visit prospect for all gardeners who want to enjoy a visit to a beautifully designed, inspiring garden created by two really wise gardeners! n Malcolm & Jane’s gardens at Alwalton Manor House, PE7 3UU, will open for the public as part of the NGS on 17th June from 1.30pm-4.30pm. £4/adm. For more information see

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Create a space to enjoy with Oak Leaf Studios. These beautiful timber buildings can be simple spaces for storage, practical and inspiring reading rooms for artists’ studios, or even single or two storey properties with kitchens and en suite bedrooms to use as annexe accommodation or holiday lets... completely bespoke and beautifully made, your imagination is the only limit! The perfect studio that has been designed, constructed and installed by craftsmen with over three decades of experience. That’s what Oak Leaf Studios is offering right here in the county.

timber lodges, fully specified with two bedrooms, decked areas with hot tubs, log burners and solar panels for heating and lighting, or wind turbines all included.” “Our buildings range from less than £10,000 for simple structures to luxurious lodges at around £150,000. All of our buildings benefit from a 10 year guarantee on structural performance. Because we fabricate some of the structure off-site, we minimise the amount of time spent erecting our structures, meaning less disruption for our clients. We can provide timber or concrete bases and services like electricity or water as necessary.”

Craftsman Neal Jagger’s structures are totally bespoke and can serve any purpose. From simple uninsulated structures for storage, to lined and insulated studios for artists or those who work from home, the buildings are low-cost, high quality and will blend beautifully into any setting. “I’ve over 35 years in the industry, beginning my career as a builder working in traditional bricks and mortar,” says Neal.

“Because they’re made of high performance pressure-treated pine, oak or cedar, our buildings are more likely to be granted planning permission when sited adjacent to listed buildings or in conservation areas. We can also obtain planning permission for clients or work with structural engineers to ratify the design of a building destined for commercial use.”

“Two decades ago, having travelled around Europe, I realised that timber structures are more commonplace overseas and offer all of the strength and thermal performance you’d expect from a brick or stone structure but at a lower cost and with more flexibility and speed in their construction.” “There are no set sizes, no pre-determined shapes or layouts, each one is designed specifically for the client. It’s even possible to create two storey structures with staircases, fully fitted kitchens, multiple bedrooms with en suite bathrooms - luxury holiday lets or an annexe to your home.”

“Over the years I’ve worked on anything from a simple barn for the storage of garden equipment, to a development of 42 lakeside 122

“Our service is completely turnkey - the client just needs to give us their wishlist and we’ll do the rest, working reliably and independently, keeping the customer up to date and involved at every stage.”

“I’ve created anything from simple barns for the storage of garden equipment, to luxurious two bedroom lakeside timber lodges...”

Oak Leaf Studios’s buildings look great, and whether painted, cladded or stained, will last for decades, blending into their setting and providing the space you need for work and play or just providing much needed storage. n For more information on Oak Leaf Studios, call 07498 663422 or see

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Whiter than White



1. Agapanthus Umbellatus white umbrella, flowers from July to August to height 90cm/36”. 2. Aquilegia Munstead white, flowers May to July to height 80cm/32”. 3. Digitalis Purpurea Albiflora, flowers June to July to height 90cm/36”. 4. Gaura Lindheimeri Corrie’s Gold, flowers June to August to height 100cm/40”. 5. Lamium Mac. White Nancy, flowers May to June to height 20cm/8”. 6. Lupin Russell Hyb. Noble Maiden, flowers June to July to height 100cm/40”. 7. Physostegia Virginiana Crown of Snow, flowers July to September height to 100cm/40”. 8. Polemonium Caeruleum Alba, flowers June to August to height 75cm/30”. n

All herbaceous perennials £2.25/each; five for £10. As recommended by Dan Hancock, Head Plantsman at Gates Garden Centre, Somerby Rd, Cold Overton, Oakham LE15 7QB, 01664 454309,




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The summer months is when nature really thrives. You’ll see an abundance of colour and flowers in Peterborough gardens in June, especially orchids...


ORCHIDS There are more than 25,000 orchid species in the world. That means there are four times more orchids than bird species and four times more orchid species than mammals!

June is definitely the best month for orchids. You’ll spot them along road banks and in old grassland across the county, especially the common spotted, heath spotted and pyramidal orchids, adding something new and pleasant to our natural surroundings. You’ll also see dogrose and plenty of honeysuckle, attracting moths of all sizes like brimstone and swallowtail, who are tempted in by the scent of the flower especially on warm evenings. On downland and on road verges you’ll see a flutter of butterflies. The most likely butterflies you will spot includes meadow browns, 126

common blues and lots of large skippers. You may even see the odd glow worm on woodland rides or along hedgebanks. Glow worms are most prolific in limestone areas.

If you’re out in the garden, look out for leaf-cutter bees. They carve small circles in your leaves to create their nests. Further south, stag beetles will also be searching through leaf litter.

Look out for the rather frightening looking, but completely harmless, cockchafer beetles as they blunder about on warm evenings. You’ll be able to spot these especially over farmland.

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Leafcutter or


If you’re struggling to tell the difference between honey bees and leafcutter bees, here’s some top tips... On first sighting many species of solitary bees can be mistaken for honey bees or even hoverflies.

It can be very difficult to tell the difference between honey bees and leafcutters, especially if the leafcutter is not engaged in the activity of cutting leaves or building its nest, but instead, is foraging on flowers.

Above: Guillemots on Peterborough’s waterways. Opposite/Top: A pyramidal orchid you’ll spot on road verges. Opposite/Bottom: The leaf-cutter bee doing what it does best! Opposite/Left: Meadows are full of wildlife before they are cut to make hay.

On Peterborough nature reserves and lakes, look out for guillemots and kittiwakes as they fight for space. You’ll also spot gull and tern colonies, but you’ll probably hear them first, as they squawk for food.

Other birds around the county perhaps in your garden - to look out for, includes pied wigtails and spotted flycatchers. These birds you will most likely catch busily feeding their families. In rivers you can spot sheets of water crowfoot. Sea trout will be making their way upstream to breed.

Their relatives the brown trout are rising to hatches of mayflies,

that also make prey for metallic green damselflies such as the banded demoiselle.

The most vibrant habitats in June will be meadows, and the area has plenty of them. They will be filled with butterflies and plenty of early summer flowers; they are wildlife havens.

Traditional meadows are cut for hay in summer to provide winter food for animals.

One giveaway lies in their methods for collecting pollen. Worker honey bees, like bumblebees, collect pollen in their pollen baskets or ‘corbicula’ on the hind legs, then transport it back to the hive or nest. Leafcutter bees do not have pollen baskets, so instead, they collect pollen on hairs on the underside of their abdomens. When the bee is carrying pollen, it is quite visible as a pale yellow colour.

This management leads to a great diversity of plants and animals. They are at their best just before the first cut so make sure you visit a meadow before it is cut for hay, full of diversity and life.


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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,

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.


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, Reception Venue: Grange Farm Wittering, 01780 782459,

Dress: Blush Bridal, 01778 218020, Catering: Wedding Cakes/Afternoon Tea: Beverley’s Bespoke Afternoon Tea

DJ: Eminence Ents 07850 206222. Photographer: Helen Griffin 07542 758855, 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,

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FOR ALL OCCASIONS FROM WEDDINGS TO PARTIES & CORPORATE EVENTS... From our Rutland base, Funky Tents can help clients visualise and create wonderful and bespoke marquee spaces for all occasions.

0808 169 1690


For weddings and other events, The Granary is set amongst 12 acres of riverside tranquillity, sleeping up to 16. It’s the perfect setting for your bespoke event; be it a magical wedding, a memorable holiday with friends and family, or a team-building retreat. 131

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Three Themes for

Summer Weddings

June sees 36,150 weddings taking place in the UK, and if you’re looking to take advantage of the warmer weather for your big day, these three themes will ensure your summer wedding looks absolutely beautiful...

GLITTERATI Golds & Silvers

Host a smart wedding at a stately home or castle. Utilise encrusted wedding dressesand accessorise wedding tables and stationery with crystals. Use a lustrous gold-leaf burnished effect on your cake and sparkle all day long!

The Venue: The Haycock Hotel ( The Dress: Moira from Mori Lee ( The Cake: Amy’s Heavenly Cakes ( Stationery: Carla Corrado ( The Flowers: Finesse Flowers ( n 132

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AU NATUREL Whites & Greens

Fresh summer weddings will look best in marquees and barns blending a rustic look with genuine warmth and quirkiness. Take advantage of locally grown flowers for your bouquet, with lots of floral embellishment and upcycled blackboards and photo frames for a vintage look!

The Venue: Grange Farm (, Lakeside at Ferry Meadows ( The Dress: Lilian West Venice from Justin Alexander ( The Cake: Cakes by Doria ( Stationery: Orange Pippin ( The Flowers: Burghley Flower Centre ( n

FRENCH FANCY Pinks & Roses

Our third suggestion is to justapose your white wedding with soft dreamy pinks and vibrant magenta shades. Employ white Old English roses and pink Champagne to keep this simple but romantic colour scheme consistent throughout the day.

The Venue: Great Northern Hotel (, The Bull Hotel (, The Dress: Maggie Sottero Serencia ( The Cake: Keen for Cakes ( Stationery: Special Dayz ( Flowers: Twiggs & Bows ( n 133

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1: Aquazzura, Sexy Thing Sandals, £420. 2: Harriet Wilde, Amy Blue Blossom Embellished Heel Platform Courts, £480. 3: Stephanie Brown, Alexandra Sapphire, £199. 4: Stephanie Browne, Alexandra Alice handmade headpiece, £309. 5: Manolo Blahnik, Pausanias, £975. 6: Christian Louboutin, Brodiriza, £1,995. 7: Alan Hannah, Devoted Designer Flower and Pearl Drop Earring, £15. 8: Jon Richard, Tonal Blue Floral Necklace, £30. 9: Paradox London, Pink Alaina Mid Heel Stiletto Court Shoes, £75. 10: Glitzy Secrets, Blue Belle Hair Comb, £24. 11: Giuseppe Zanotti, Eliza, £820. 12: Beaverbrooks, White Gold Blue Topaz Diamond Earrings, £425. 13: Stephanie Brown, Cornwall Diademe. 14: Paradox London, Pink collection, £69.






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Ted Baker’s latest collection has just dropped and it’s theme features blossom patterns, stripes, and the floral designs we can only associate with Ted. We’ve picked the prettiest items from the collection for you to browse, but check out the full range in a store near you... Main: Ted Baker’s Sabiya dress in blue and white stripes, perfect for summer style.

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Ted Baker’s first 2018 collection has arrived and it has provided us with the most beautiful blossoming pictures.

Featuring beautiful blossom shades and blush hues, the new collection is undoubtedly from the fashion brand. It’s classy and modern, and a brand to suit all ages. The full collection is called In the Palace Gardens. n

Below: Lace trim cropped jacket, £229. Right: Memsi Opulent Fauna culotte jumpsuit, £189. Opposite Page: (left) Scallop Neckline Cami Top, £39, Scallop Mini Skirt, £149. Soft Blossom Jacquard Bomber, £189. (right) Lace Panel Bell Sleeve Tunic, £249, Statement Bow Evening Bag, £109.


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Main: Yarpa Highgrove cold shoulder maxi dress, £229. Below: In the Palace Gardens Fold Dress, £229.


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Main: Bird and Blossom Spring Kimono, £249, Folded Pearl Neck Top, £109, Pearl Detail Luxe Trousers, £149, Pearl Embellished Camera Bag, £129, Bow Detail Satin Sliders, £100. Above: Briiola Lace trim bib cotton dress, £169.

Find Out More: For more information and to discover more designs from the brand, or to purchase any you have seen in Pride, please visit


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Award Winning Private Healthcare

The Ramsay Fitzwilliam Hospital is itself in great health, having recently been awarded the title Best Full Service Private Hospital in East Anglia. With a range of care pathways and state-of-the-art facilities, including a new £1m theatre, peace of mind and consultant-led treatment is just a phone call away... Fitzwilliam Hospital staff are delighted to receive an award for Best Hospital Full Service Private Hospital in East Anglia, awarded from Private Healthcare UK. Their website serves as a gateway for private patients to access all types of healthcare providers, including hospitals, doctors, dentists, healthcare products and service companies. Fitzwilliam Hospital is one of Cambridgeshire’s leading independent hospitals with a reputation for delivering high quality healthcare treatments and services provided by expert, compassionate and professional staff. Patients benefit from being able to access trustworthy information about health problems and issues.

Fitzwilliam Hospital has invested heavily in recently completed building works as part of a major hospital refurbishment that brings a fifth theatre suite and additional consulting rooms.

the best possible clinical outcomes and, the highest quality care for our patients and this is demonstrated in our high patient satisfaction rates.”

The main reception waiting area, physiotherapy department and restaurant have all enjoyed an internal refurbishment that freshens and brightens up these spaces for our patients and staff, improves facilities and enhances services. There is now a modern gymnasium that gives patients a better space to continue their path to recovery.

The free car parking has been extended to cater for additional patients with a further 27 car parking spaces. The hospital provides first-rate hotel services including 45 bedrooms all with en suite facilities and a freshly prepared a la carte menu. Carl Cottam, Hospital Manager said: “I am thrilled that Fitzwilliam Hospital has won this great award which marks the hospital’s and its staff ’s fantastic achievements.” “The investment in our facilities and services, coupled with the dedication, leadership and hard work of all our staff and doctors ensures we continue to deliver


“Looking forward we will continue to focus on improvements that will keep us at the forefront of our healthcare delivery. We recognise that “care” is not just a value statement, but a critical part of the way we must go about our daily operations in order to meet the expectations of our patients and staff.”

“We are committed to the ongoing improvement of patient care in all areas. We constantly audit and review our clinical practice to ensure we can provide the very best clinical outcomes and continually evaluate and improve on all aspects of our performance through customer satisfaction surveys and formal feedback processes.” n The Ramsay Fitzwilliam Hospital is based in South Bretton, Peterborough. Call 01733 261717 or see

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SUMMER BLUSH Our featured beauty products this month all share a coral hue, perfect for a summer blush or light lip tint... Words: Tilly Wilkinson.

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1. Tinted Pink with Dior Addict Dior’s first longwear lip tint, Addict Lip Tattoo offers a comfortable, weightless formula that fuses to the lips like a tattoo and stays on all day yet leaves them with a bare sensation. Delivering 10 hours of hold and colour that refuses to transfer, the result is fully kissable.

Light, sheer shades boost the natural tone of the lips to create a ‘no-makeup’ look, £26.

2. Natural Perfection

Clarins’ melting gel lip balm with a sweet scent creates a naturally coloured glossy shine. Lips instantly look plump and luscious. Wild mango butter prevents dehydration while Shea butter nourishes and protects the epidermis for a silky smooth finish, £18.50.

3. In a Glaze

This creamy shimmering pigment-rich shadow delivers perfect depth and intensity for highlighting. Long wearing and crease resistant, Trish McEvoy’s Glaze Eyeshadow, can be applied sheer or layered for more definition. Designed for compacts, £12.

4. Flower Power

Clinique’s Cheek Pop provides vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless. In a silky smooth, stay-true formula with shades for every skin tone. That just-pinched look; effortless, £17.

5. SOS PRIMER FOR FLAWLESS FINISH... Clarins’ SOS Primer preps, corrects, and illuminates skin tone for beautiful make-up. The combination of pearls and soft-focus powders blurs imperfections giving impeccable make-up results. Its key ingredient organic sea lily provides 24 hour hydration, while the anti-pollution complex protects the skin from environmental aggressors, £26.50.

6. Subtle Blush Colour Lancôme’s Blush Subtil blusher is perfect for highlighting the cheekbones and showing off a healthy glow. Lancôme has a collection of silky textured powder blushes. Each Blush Subtil is formulated to glide on easily and last for hours, giving a fresh look from day to night. Comes in eight shades, featured is Sorbet de Corail, £29.50.

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Manicure Set

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

Leather Gloves

Large Mount Street Bag

Shown in brown nappa, with 100% cashmere lining £95.


Suitable for 15” laptop etc., shown in deep shine black croc £650.

Hobnail Cufflinks

In sterling silver, with optional personalisation £130.

Hip Flask

Hunter 6oz hip flask in Amazon brown croc £55.

Stud Box

In Amazon brown croc deep shine with optional personalisation £75.

For local stockists or to shop online, call 01428 648180 or see


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HIGH Taking to the


With warmer weather and brighter skies comes a yearning for luxury living, for instance, on a yacht sailing along the French Riviera. If your aspirations are set for the high seas, take a look at sunseeker’s tri-deck 131 yacht. Sunseeker yachts are known for their quality and class, but this one pushes the boat out. If you think yachts aren’t within reaching distance, then think again... Words: Tilly Wilkinson.

A yacht is truly the symbol of luxury living. However, we’ve discovered a yacht this month that epitomises luxury and aspirational living. Sunseeker is a brand known for it’s superb range of yachts, but the London branch presents the readers of Rutland Pride this month with one of their finest.

The tri-deck Sunseeker 131 Yacht will accommodate up to 12 guests comfortably and up to nine additional crew members.

It has been expertly finished using only ultra-modern materials and techniques.

It truly is one of the finest examples of modern superyacht building. The main deck features a lounge, separate dining

area and full galley, while on the upper deck you’ll find the sky lounge, cocktail bar and access to the skydeck. An onboard garage holds a tender of up to six metres, plus room for two personal watercraft.

The use of glass in the master stateroom, saloon and skylounge is there to allow for more light-filled spaces and make the interiors seem a great deal larger. As impressive out in open water as it is in the harbour, this particular yacht is unlike any other. The skydeck exudes comfort, class and lavishness. Sunseeker offers a thorough bespoke service too. Clients have the flexibility of a completely customisable interior

through a selection of fabrics, furniture and various layout options.

The length of the vessel is 40.05m and she’s 197,156kg. Her maximum speed is up to 25 knots, and she has a cruising range of 1,500 nautical miles at 10 knots. Last year Sunseeker won Motor Boat of the Year, Best Production Motor Yacht in the Asia Boating Awards and Champion of British Luxury Manufacturing in the Walpole Awards. Robert Braithwaite, the firm’s CEO, won a Lifetime Achievement Award too in the Boat Builder Awards. Individuality is at the heart of both the service and the luxury motor yachts Sunseeker London offers.


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It is this element that Sunseeker creates a boat that is uniquely yours. It goes far beyond the choice of woods or fabrics to encompass vital aspects of your personality and lifestyle that will be reflected in your boat. For this reason, they encourage all clients to make a personal visit to the Sunseeker factory and see these world renowned luxury motor yachts in production.

This gives you the opportunity to meet the designers, learn about the manufacturing techniques and appreciate the build quality that puts the Sunseeker brand in a league of its own.

The Sunseeker London Group will liaise closely with you throughout the build process of your yacht. During the time that you spend with Sunseeker London, the team will listen closely to your likes and dislikes, and then discuss how they can achieve and exceed your expectations. Once you know what you would like, the craftsmen will take over and construct your Sunseeker luxury motor yacht to your exact specification. The 131 is one


of four superyachts that Sunseeker launched in 2016 and the British yacht builder hired more than 100 new workers to support the introduction of these new models. However, there’s a reason why it’s so aspirational to own your very own Sunseeker 131 yacht; the price. It’s the only problem when it comes to owning your own yacht. The 131 is one of the most expensive yachts Sunseeker sells and one of the most expensive yachts money can buy for a retail price of £16,680,000. Ouch.

“The 131 is one of four superyachts that Sunseeker launched in 2016, and is on the market for £16.7m...”

However, this level of luxury can be achieved for just six digits instead of eight. You can hire Sunseeker’s beautiful 131 yacht for £136,262 a week. She’s named ‘Jacozami’ and is available for charter in the Western Mediterranean this summer. With five elegantly styled cabins, sleeping ten guests, this is the perfect charter yacht for larger parties seeking the very latest in sleek, modern cruising. If you were to go with all ten guests the yacht sleeps, it’s just £13,626 per person for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to remember.

If you’re still set on owning your own yacht, for £598,000 Sunseeker’s slightly smaller San Remo yacht is all yours. The most affordable way of enjoying your own yacht is renting, and we’ve discovered a Sunseeker yacht that would only be £1,500 per person to rent for a week. If enjoying the experience of sailing is your goal, it’s in reaching distance. n Call 0207 355 0980, visit 34-36 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4NF or for 131 yacht.

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Cruising in Comfort


Sunseeker San Remo £598,000 The most affordable option at Sunseeker is the San Remo. For just £598,000 you can enjoy the benefits of owning your own yacht. Four guests can enjoy a stay in the generously sized cabins. Outside, two large sunpads and a bathing platform is ideal for relaxing in the sun or hosting a party out at sea.


Sunseeker Predator 60 ‘Cochise’ £215,592 Reaching up to 34 knots and sleeping up to six guests, this 2001 model of Sunseeker’s Predator series is very affordable costing just £215,592. There’s a range of pre-owned Sunseekers you can see at


Sunseeker Predator 56 ‘Snark’ £18,127 per week Main: This 131 Sunseeker Yacht may be a little out of your price range, but there are other older models that are more affordable than you think.

An 18 metre long yacht that can fit up to 12 guests, and travel at up to 33 knots, this is a really affordable way of cruising in comfort. It’s roughly £1,500 per person for a weeks holiday on a yacht with two crew members and £2,750 in total per day. You can view a range of vessels available for charter at


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(It’s SO beautiful!)

Is there any motoring marque as evocative as Ferrari? Sleek, sexy and as glamorous as a supercar can possibly be; and now there’s a new Ferrari, the Portofino, that has a dash of added practicality, too. So it’s perfect for local farmers, right...?

Ferrari Portofino 3.9V8, on sale now


‘Ne'er cast a clout till May be out,’ as farmers say in our part of the world. In other words, summer shmummer, the weather could still be miserable until the end of May, so don’t cast aside your cloak (or your Barbour jacket) just yet. With the imminent arrival of June, though, we can afford to indulge ourselves in rather more optimistic visions of a long hot summer. And so, you’ll be looking not just to cast off clout, but to cast off the roof of your car, too.

Enter the Ferrari Portofino. Perfect for our rutted roads and tight back lanes, perfect for farmers. Well, maybe not. After all, it isn’t as practical as an Isuzu pick-up, but it’s certainly sexier than the latter (and the average farmer, for that matter!). In fairness, four seats (just), a 292 litre boot and a hard top - rather than a fabric one - all make the odd concession to practicality and to our unpredictable climate. A slight dash of practicality aside, the Portofino is still a Ferrari, which means it’s beautiful, it’s bold, and boy... is it quick! >>


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Modern Classics for Summer Style...

Eagle E-Type, £650,000: Achingly beautiful, British firm Eagle’s recreation of the legendary Jaguar E-Type is a classic car with technology and engineering 50 years on. Hand-built in no fewer than 6,000 man hours, they’re as rare as hens’ teeth, but use the mechanicals of a modern 4.7-litre powerplant. It looks amazing, it’s mechanically reliable and it’s swathed in beautifully hewn materials like aluminium and leather, with a stunning polished wood steering wheel. n

Morgan Aero 8 GT, £107,500: Achieving 170mph on a track and a 4.5 second dash to 60mph, Morgan’s Aero GT is the modern looking motor from a firm traditionally associated with designs that still evoke the 1930s. It’s a last hurrah for the GT before retirement, and each Aero GT exhibits an unconventionally aggressive appearance thanks to all new hand-worked body panels, these include wing top louvres and an aerodynamic enhancing rear diffuser – all of which have been tested extensively to reduce drag and increase downforce. n

>> The car is named after one of the ‘most charming villages on the Italian Riviera,’ according to the hyperbolic press release, which also drops into the conversation nuggets like ‘E-Diff3,’ ‘variable displacement,’ ‘multi-spark functionality,’ and ‘high-tumble intake manifolds,’ which our local farmers would probably recognise as ‘discursive land fertiliser.’ Meh. Whatever; it’s pretty and it’s fast.

David Brown Speedback Silverstone Edition, £620,000: David Brown specialises in creating hand-built retro motor cars like his new Speedback GT Silverstone edition. With Jaguar mechanicals, it has a 5.0V8 engine, reaches 60mph in four seconds and will achieve 155mph on a track. Its gorgeous brogue leather and macassar wood veneers are absolutely sublime; this is bespoke, hand-made motoring at its finest with the reliability of modern technology underneath. n


Essentially, the Portofino is the ‘entry level’ Ferrari, but with a 3.8 litre turbocharged V8 engine, the prancing horse will gallop to 199mph, and reach 60mph in about 3.5 seconds. An F1-sourced dual-clutch seven speed automatic gearbox makes the Portofino’s 760nm of torque frighteningly accessible, whilst rear wheel drive enables the car’s haunches to shoulder all of the power.

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The car is named after one of the ‘most charming villages on the Italian Riviera,’ according to its hyperbolic press release... The sound is pretty scary, and works via a new electronically-controlled by-pass valve in the exhaust in conjunction with the car’s Ignition, Comfort and Sports settings; the latter opening the valves fully to really wake up the neighbours on a Sunday morning.

In the cabin it’s all a bit masculine; fighter jet-inspired controls, a massive rev counter, at least three digital screens and a steering wheel littered with everything from a starter button to the car’s traction control sensitivity switch. It may be a bit brutish in its overall

appearance, but it’s modern enough in terms of ergonomics and functionality, with a responsive 10” touchscreen, whilst 18-way electrically adjustable seats ensure comfort beyond the car’s remit. Whilst the back seats will remain the preserve of dinky children, they’re at least a welcome dash of usability. The Portofino is no day-to-day car, but it’s as practical, as fast and as comfortable as any supercar is going to get. Best of all, it sports that all important prancing horse badge that signifies Ferrari’s legendary heritage. n

FERRARI PORTOFINO Price: £166,180, available now. Engine: 3.9V8, 760nm/591hp. Drivetrain: Seven speed auto gearbox, rear wheel drive. Performance: 0-60mph 3.5 seconds; 199mph top speed. Economy: 26.4mpg combined. Equipment: Electric roof, 18-way electric heated seats, touchscreen with sat nav. n 157

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‘Super Range Rover’ Coupé to Launch “I do love the Range Rover... I just wish it was more expensive and less practical.” On the face of it, it seems like the new SV Coupé Range Rover flagship is the answer to a question nobody asked... or maybe not, says Pride’s Rob Davis.

This is an odd one. A car for somebody who regards a Range Rover as ‘not quite good enough;’ too practical, and not expensive enough. In reality, the current Range Rover is one of the best cars on the road today. It’s peerless, luxurious and great to drive. It’s strange, then, that the company has identified a gap in the market for a flagship Range Rover that weighs in at £240,000 and yet offers two fewer doors. Stick with us though. We’ll explain. Bentley has released its Bentayga, Rolls Royce will shortly unveil its Cullinan, and both will outprice the Range Rover. at’s an offensive challenge to the current king of the road, so this new flagship will add extra exclusivity and style to a car already regardless as the pinnacle of luxury motoring.


Fine. But how on earth does one improve a Range Rover? For a start, fit a 5.0V8 Supercharged engine, then add individual rear seats available in contrasting leather to the front seats, and offer the car in up to 100 different paint colours. Price: £240,000.

On Sale: Late 2018.

Engine: 5.0V8 Supercharged 565bhp. Performance: 0-60mph 5.0 seconds; 165mph top speed.

Equipment: 23” wheels, 100 paint colours, contrast front/rear leather seats.

Add luxurious new veneers and the ability to specify satin or ‘Liquescence’ liquid metal paint, and create new brightware for the car’s exterior crafted in Birmingham’s jewellery quarter. e car also has power closing doors, new Nautica wood veneers, and deeper, more comfortable 20-way adjustable seats. Range Rover’s flagship is also equipped with a 1,700w Meridian signature hi-fi. It’ll go on sale in the last quarter of 2018 with prices from £160,000 to £240,000. n

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POTHOLES COST UK AUTHORITIES OVER £43.3m IN COMPENSATION... The poor state of the county’s roads aren’t just an inconvenience, they’re also very costly, according to a Freedom of Information Act by charity Cycling UK. Their request revealed that 30,893 drivers and 670 cyclists claimed for pothole damage compensation last year, with £43.3m paid out by councils and legal costs alone of £10m. The government has set aside £100m for the repair of potholes following damage made worse by the ‘Beast from the East.’ n ASTON MARTIN

LAGONDA NAME TO BE RESURRECTED BY ASTON MARTIN Aston Martin will revive its Lagonda name, last seen on the saloon in the 1980s, with an all-electric SUV model to rival Bentley’s Bentayga and Rolls Royce’s forthcoming Cullinan 4x4. Lagonda aims to be the world’s first zero emission luxury brand,” says Aston Martin. “It will confound traditional thinking and take full advantage of the latest advances in electrification and autonomous driving technologies.” The car will be officially revealed later this year. n

Electric Dreams


JAGUAR The Jaguar iPace is a big deal. Why? Because it’s not a combustion engine car that’s been fettled into a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid vehicle. It’s the firm’s first car made from the ground up to be electrically powered, and the first mainstream competitor to Tesla’s Model X. It’s designed to represent the future of motoring, to provide clean, and eventually autonomous

driving, without compomise and with the luxury and badge appeal you’d expect from a car made by Jaguar. The iPace is available in S, SE and HSE trim levels, priced from £63,495, to £74,445. A well-equipped First Edition model is also available for £81,495. The car will travel 298 miles between charges and reach 60mph in 4.5 secs and emits zero CO2. n

Back to the future...


Farmer in a hurry? No problem, with the world’s fastest tractor! BEAULIEU Need to get the cultivation completed in double quick time? Not a problem. Farmers in a hurry can now benefit from working in the world’s fastest tractor, a 500bhp machine powered by a Chevy V8 and 54” Super Swamper Bogger tyres. Able to plough a field at 80.8mph, the tractor comes with all the mod cons from LED lights and spoilers to a rotating boot cleaning robot brush. It’ll be on show on Beaulieu this summer, and was recently seen on BBC’s Top Gear disturbing filming of Countryfile. n

MINI Combine BMW engineering and Mini’s heritage and what do you get? The firm has created an all-electric version of the supermini classic. A late and carefully restored example of the classic Mini Cooper serves as the basis for this special vehicle. The exterior red paint is complemented by a contrast white roof and characteristic bonnet strip, with the yellow MINI Electric logo in the brand emblem and on the wheel hubs. For now the car remains a concept, but it may make an appearance after an all electric ‘modern’ Mini launches, sometime in early 2019. n


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Five Great Years


“Look after your mower, and it’ll look after your lawn!” COATES How’s your lawn

“Please help us celebrate by joining us for birthday cake and a drink at our party on Saturday 2nd June between 2-5pm at the shop,” says Rachel. “Five years have flown by and I am delighted with our success here. I would like to

Bob Weston reveals Fletton Quays...

thank all my valued and loyal customers, past, present & future, by inviting them to join me for a drink and a piece of cake.” “This beautiful old Toll House is the perfect setting to display our range of rugs, especially our antique and contemporary rugs as well as our semi-old, traditional and modern rugs. Our restorers will also be on hand to discuss restoration too.” n The Rug Studio is located in Market Place, Uppingham.

EMBANKMENT Bob Weston, Director of Weston Homes has revealed his Fletton Quays development, the £70m refurbishment of the city’s Embankment area, which will see the creation of 358 one, two and three bedroom apartments. The development will also include the creation of a 160 bedroom hotel wit ha rooftop bar, and a restoration of the site’s Grade II listed Goods Shed, which will be transformed into the Nene Distillery, an artisan whisky and gin distillery. n For more information on the development and its new homes, see

n Ben Burgess is based at Eldernell Lane, Coates. Call 01733 840 777 or see

Peterborough chef waging war on ‘no shows’ sees campaign going national..

280,000sq ft

UPPINGHAM The Rug Studio, established in 2000 by Rachel Simpson, will this month be celebrating the fifth anniversary of the its opening in the historic market town of Uppingham.

looking? With the help of Ben Burgess, and its John Deere Brand, it could look even better. The firm has recently issued advice on how to ensure you can keep our your mower in top condition to ensure it’ll last a lifetime. “Use fresh, not stale fuel in your mower. Over winter, old fuel will have degraded making it hard to start the engine. Replace the air filter and brush away dry grass and debris from filters to prevent engine contamination and wash your mower down after use to keep in clean,” says Steve Trostler.

AVAILABLE SPACE FOR BUSINESSES in Peterborough has reached an all time low according to Richard Jones of commercial land agent Barker Storey Matthews. Space for businesses to develop and grow is desperately needed, and will be boosted by a new 18 acre Eagle Business Park in Yaxley, where Richard has space for a mix of showroom and light industrial business space. n


PETERBOROUGH Peterborough Chef Damian Wawrzyniak is a chef on a mission. The House of Feasts owner says that ‘no show’ diners cost him £2,000 in just one weekend, and will speak out at next month’s Hospitality & Catering Expo in London on the subject. “In February I went ballistic,” he says. “We had three or four tables - about 35 guests - fail to show after booking and it totally destroyed the weekend. n


NEWS In Brief


£530M TAKEOVER FOR CITY BROADBAND COMPANY CityFibre, the superfast broadband company heading up a five year project to improve communication infrastructure in the city has been taken over by a new investor backed by Goldman Sachs. The company is starting work next month on a new £30m project to lay next generation broadband cables down in most of Peterborough’s city streets. The company employs 303 full time members of staff and has chosen Peterborough, as well as Milton Keynes and Aberdeen as pilot areas for a new superfast technology. It has already installed 120km of cables used by 150 businesses plus schools, council offices and the city’s CCTV and traffic camera infrastructure. n


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