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Enjoy living in the countryside

Livestock, beekeeping and country shows... June in Rutland!

Rutland Radio’s 20th anniversary

Two decades of broadcasting celebrated by Rob Persani

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welcome letter

I have lots of passions in life and I’m fortunate to be able to do many of them on a regular basis. I love horse riding, wakeboarding, skiing but I truly can’t survive without writing.

When I saw the opportunity to join the Pride team I thought, ‘This is my dream job!’

I can now call myself Editor of Pride and I couldn’t be happier. The magazine has been taken such good care of by my colleague Rob who will be taking on our fabulous new magazine, Peterborough Pride. I’m thrilled to be working

within my home county; I grew up in Rutland and Stamford, attended Stamford Girls School and I have since bought my home in Ketton!

The area might be small but it is absolutely packed with fascinating places, faces and spaces and at the end of the day, it’s the people who make this magazine. This month we’ve had a chat with local sculptor Theo Gillick about his enthusiasm for beekeeping, visited a stunning silversmith at Burghley House plus all of the much-loved regulars!

Georgie Fenn, Editor


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NEWS Our roundup of good news.

HIGH SOCIETY Welcoming the county’s new High Sheriff.

WHAT’S ON Art and drama in June.


HIGH SUMMER Family days out in Rutland this month.


Creating the Grand National Trophy

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RUTLAND RADIO 20 years on air.

FARMING Artisan livestock farming.

FOOD & DRINK 68 76 4



HOMES Cotton Cottage’s rustic thatched charm.


Emma Taylor’s feng shui guidance.


122 BEE KEEPING Sculptor turned

beekeeper Theo Gillick’s swarm.


128 WEDDING The summer wedding

at Burghley House of Chris and Katie.

143 FASHION Summer style with Cavells.


The Olive Branch at Clipsham.

154 MOTORS The Range Rover coupé.

fresh strawberries in Oakham.

160 BUSINESS NEWS Success stories.




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Pride Magazine is delivered free of charge, via Royal Mail, to high value homes in the county. Our circulation is to properties in the top three council tax bands - homes which are predominantly worth over ÂŁ300,000. This guarantees the magazine has an affluent readership commensurate with our content. In addition the magazine is also sold in supermarkets and newsagents including Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, WHSmith Tesco, Asda, Co-Op and Morrisons. Our in-house distribution team also works hard to handdeliver the magazine to selected hotels and restaurants, doctors, dentists, executive motor dealerships and golf clubs. This helps to ensure we have a continued presence, right across our catchment area. Our magazines also have more social media fans than any other local magazine, and we are available to read free of charge, online on your tablet, computer, laptop or mobile phone via our website and via the Readly and Issuu platforms. If your business would benefit from being showcased to the wealthiest people in the area, please call our friendly sales team on 01529 469977.


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Burghley’s box office now open... WORLD CLASS EVENTING FIXTURE TAKES PLACE FROM 30th AUGUST 2018

STAMFORD The Box Office for the area’s most prestigious sporting events, the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, which takes place from 30th August to 2nd September is open now, and for those looking to get maximum value for money, there has never been a better time to book. Placing online bookings should be easier than ever this year, with a new improved system designed to streamline the booking process. Those preferring to book by telephone will find the box office opening hours have been extended to include weekends. There are attractive discounts on a range of tickets including memberships, caravan memberships and coach passes if purchased in advance. Visitors will also have the chance to make a donation to the event’s nominated charity The Gurkha Welfare Trust, when they book.

New in 2018 will be the launch of the Event’s onsite radio station ‘Burghley Radio.’ Earpieces will be available to purchase from the online box office alongside tickets, passes

A whole summer of great cricket at Burghley Park...



and memberships. This year visitors are likely to see Team GB riders taking their last run before the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, USA, alongside STAMFORD One of the highlights of the Burghley Park Cricket Club season is cricket week, which is always held in the first full week in July. This year cricket week commences on Monday 2nd July and continues until Friday 6th July with a new headline sponsor BGL Group and sees the event renamed as BGL Cricket Week at Burghley Park Cricket Club. Entry is free for all! The week consists of all day games on each day of the week starting at 10am (11am on Friday against the MCC) and from 6pm every evening, the ever popular six-a-side compe-

young talent tackling what is considered to be the toughest cross country course in equestrian sport, for the very first time. n See tition takes place. This year Buckles Solicitors LLP will once again be sponsoring a champagne moment each evening, as well as the trophy for player of the sixes. In the last few years another highlight has been the introduction of a real ale festival in affiliation with Adnams Stamford too. Will Plummer, Burghley Park Cricket Club, commented: “We’re really excited to have BGL on board, it’s a testament to all the hard work that has been put in by club volunteers each year.” n See


KINGS CLIFFE Katie Cardew is one of the only manufacturers, artists, and illustrators who can say without even a hint of irony that everything she creates is made here in England. It’s very rare these days as more and more companies favour profit over high quality. However, Katie is sticking to her local suppliers as for her, that’s one of the most

important aspects of the business. As Katie’s designs have grown in popularity, she’s had to move into a bigger space. You can now find her in Kings Cliffe in a brand new studio that includes her lovely prints as well as the new homeware range. Any of her products make the perfect gift! n Park Visit Katie on Park Street, Kings Cliffe PE8 6XN.

Walking & Cycling festival


Air ambulance service praised for saving lives in the sky...

STAMFORD & RUTLAND The team behind county’s air ambulance service has been praised by the Care Quality Commission. The service completed 800 missions in 2017, with each one costing in excess of £1,700. Inspectors rated the service as ‘excellent,’ for the Children’s Air Ambulance, the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland service too. The service offers smoother, more direct transport, working alongside its NHS partners but receives no funding from the NHS or central government. n See

£10,705 Donation

Made in Britain

OAKHAM CANAL between Oakham and Melton will be cleared out and upgraded thanks in part to a £10,705 donation by local business Mick George Ltd. Improvements to the 200 year old location will include towpath restoration and new fishing platforms. n

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RUTLAND The Rutland Walking and Cycling Festival is back for 2018 following huge success over the last nine years. The festival is a fun packed celebration of Rutland and its glorious countryside and will host led walks and bike rides to suit all ages and abilities, perfect for a family day out. The residents of Rutland are encouraged to join the many walkers and cyclists who travel from far and wide. A great selection of walks, cycle rides, activities and classes are available over the second week of the festival. n Further details including the festival programmes and how to register can be found at



ANNA COUTURE: A PLACE FOR STYLISH CLOTHING... This Unique Boutique in the heart of Stamford offers the latest stylish and glamorous bridal, special occasion, evening, prom and day wear, with on-trend accessories ranging from hats, fascinators, lingerie, shoes, bags and jewellery. Choose from the ready-towear collections; hand picked from London fashion houses, including luxury labels Forever Unique and Hybrid. From Sequins and sparkles to elegant chic silhouettes perfect for all occasions, gifts and treating yourself. Visit the bridal salon where vintage and theatrical meets classic British designer gowns including Chanticleer Bridal Design. In this glamorous and relaxing little boutique, you can have your gown designed and made especially for you. n Cheyne Lane, Stamford, PE9 2DG 01780 765 174


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Welcoming the County’s New

High Sheriff

Margaret Jarron (above, third from right) was officially sworn in recently as Rutland’s new High Sheriff at a ceremony held at Oakham Castle.

Civic dignitaries enjoyed a reception before a welcome prayer by the Very Revd., Christopher Armstrong, Chaplain to the outgoing High Sheriff Craig Mitchell. Craig reflected on his time in the role, before Susan was sworn

in and promised to uphold the position. The unpaid non-political office will be undertaken by Susan in 2018/2019 with a number of local charities supported, including Warning Zone, the area’s life skills and children safeguarding charity. 10th June will see an Open Garden event in Edith Weston, whilst 11th June’s Community

Service at All Saints Church will celebrate voluntary work in Rutland and the area’s Friends of Cancer Research will host a lunch and talk at Greetham Valley Golf Club on 12th June. Next month the office of High Sheriff will also host an Evening Osprey Cruise on the Rutland Belle on 10th and 12th July. n

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Austendyke Hall is a charming seven bedroom Georgian property which originally dates back from 1730. The property has been sympathetically extended over the years to offer a deceptively spacious family home. The present owners who have been in the property for 20 years have renovated throughout whilst retaining many of the original features which include a stunning panelled drawing room, whilst also adding modern features such as a bespoke kitchen and modern bathrooms. Outside the mature landscaped gardens of approximately one acre offer plenty of lawn space, mature beds and trees which provide upmost privacy.








Finches Cottage is a stunning example of a stone Georgian property in one of the most sought after roads in the ever popular village of Easton On The Hill. The current owners have sympathetically refurbished throughout to create a stunning home whose traditional interior, features cosy and light-filled rooms, beamed ceilings and original period details such as flagstone floors and original doors. Situated in the conservation area of the village, this character property offers versatile living and good bedroom accommodation, as well as an enclosed garden and off road parking space.

Tel: +44(0)1780 750200 Email:


The Old Farmhouse offers the perfect opportunity to purchase a spacious family home that has been finished to the highest standard. The property benefits from flexible spacious living accommodation which has been immaculately maintained. The landscaped garden wraps around the property, and features lawns, an orchard, a range of brick outbuildings and equestrian facilities. With its charming interior and private setting within established gardens, The Old Farmhouse is a well-proportioned family home with superb facilities in a fantastic Lincolnshire village location.



Situated within the main house, 6 Stocken Hall is one of the few properties to have a private entrance door peacefully located on the far side of the house with a parking area adjacent to the front door. The apartment is set out over the first floor and is immaculately presented throughout, with lots of character features, a superb light-filled living dining room and an elegant master bedroom with a lovely square bay window. The apartment overlooks maintained communal grounds and gardens totalling four acres. With its period elegance and stylish décor, it is a unique and impressive property in a quiet and secure countryside location.

Tel: +44( 0)1572 335145 Email:

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An historic Grade II Listed village home presented beautifully throughout with high quality fittings, with a layout fitting modern living. Every room in this splendid home provides some architectural detailing to include stone mullions, original Inglenook and fireplaces, joinery, flooring and staircases. The bathroom and kitchen fittings are all of very high quality.

GUIDE PRICE £800,000

• Entrance Hall • Breakfast Kitchen • Dining Room • Sitting Room • Drawing Room • Cellar • Cloakroom • Six Bedrooms • Private Walled Gardens • Parking • Annex/Outbuildings

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Tixover Hall, Tixover, Stamford

Asking Price £1,995,000

Tixover Hall is the archetypal Country House. High ceilings, history and harmony are a common theme throughout. Beautiful to its core, with an elegance that is relaxed and dignified and at the same time comfortable and friendly.


Claire Moloney 07471 227 352



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Imposing detached period property offering elegant and spacious character accommodation in the heart of Stamford town centre with views over the meadows. 2 Reception Rooms, Kitchen with Dining Area, Utility, Cloakroom, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bath/Shower Rooms; private southfacing Garden. Energy Rating: D.



An attractive semi-detached Barn Conversion set on a good sized plot, located approximately 1/2 mile to the east of the village of Hambleton, on the peninsula and enjoying panoramic views over Rutland Water. The property offers flexible, spacious family accommodation with abundance of character. Sitting Room, Living Kitchen, Utility, Clkrm, 5 dbl Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms. Energy Rating: E.





A stunning, executive detached family home offering spacious, beautifully appointed and immaculately presented accommodation with dbl Garage and private, walled garden set on the new, sought after development just a short walk from town centre. Living Room, Office open plan Living Kitchen, Utility, Clkrm, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bath/Shower Rooms. Energy Rating: B.


Guide Price £635,000

A handsome Grade II listed village residence dating back to 1750s set on a good-sized corner plot in the heart of this picturesque Welland Valley village on a quiet, one-way street. The property is one of the first to have been built in Gretton and has been sympathetically refurbished to a high standard. 2 Reception Rooms, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2 Attic Rooms; Garage, Gardens. EPC Exempt.



Superb stone-built spacious character property set on a good-sized plot with garaging, ample parking and extensive gardens in this sought-after Rutland Water village. Sitting Room, Office, Conservatory, open-plan Living Dining Kitchen, Utility, Clkrm, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bath/Shower Rooms. Energy Rating: D.



Delightful semi-detached cottage with detached 1-bedroom Annexe offering tastefully appointed and immaculately presented character accommodation with ample parking and private west-facing garden. 2 Reception Rooms, Garden Room, hand-built Kitchen with AGA, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath/Shower Rooms. Energy Rating: E.

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Willow End, Horbling A spacious executive home located on a superb plot with open countryside views and accessed through electric gates. Willow End offers spacious, luxuriously appointed accommodation in a sought-after village location, and comprises an entrance hall, living room, dining room, study, garden room, kitchen, utility, two cloakrooms, 4/5 double bedrooms and 3 bathrooms including 2 en suites. Outside, the property is approached by a sweeping driveway, with a double garage to the side, and established gardens to the front and rear. The main garden gives onto open fields, and features a lily pond with fountain. EPC Rating: C. Guide Price: £475,000


The Manse, Navenby A beautifully proportioned family home with generous sized rooms, while benefitting from being located in an extremely sought-after Cliff Village. The Manse was originally the old Navenby Methodist minister’s rectory, demonstrating well proportioned living accommodation including a lounge, dining room, family room, kitchen and utility, four double bedrooms and the family bathroom. The property also features front and rear gardens, private driveway and a garage. EPC Rating: G. Guide Price: £420,000

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THE COST OF ACCEPTING SECOND BEST Kate Vincent, professional property finder for Garrington, explains why recent increases to Stamp Duty over the past few years, means that making a property buying mistake is a costly blunder most of us should avoid Many homebuyers in Rutland and Stamford are increasingly frustrated with the state of the current property market. There really is very little for sale.

may not be truly aware of how expensive Stamp Duty (SDLT) is these days. Paying it once is painful, a second time after making a buying mistake is beyond belief.

In these vexing conditions, it is sometimes tempting just to settle for one of the best but not ideal purchasing options and hope that it serves your needs. Whilst a level of compromise is always required during a property search, there is an increasing risk that taking second best could trigger the need to move again in a short space of time. Unless you are extremely rich and have money to burn (which the majority don’t) getting it wrong and moving home frequently becomes a very expensive hobby!

Paying for help is an investment rather than a cost

A quick review of Rightmove reveals that at the time of writing, there is only sixty seven properties priced over £500,000 including a handful priced at between two and three million pounds. Further analysis shows that eighteen of the properties have been on the market for over six months suggesting that there is either something wrong with them or are overpriced – leaving a mere forty nine properties in this wide price band for buyers to choose from.

Taxing times

Most people know that buying and selling property is an expensive game, but unless you have bought a property recently, you

To demonstrate this point, let’s take a couple of examples. Purchasers buying a £650k home will pay £22,500 SDLT, whereas those looking to spend £1.2m will face a whopping tax bill of £63,750 – and this assumes that you don’t own any other properties, whether it be a holiday home, little investment property or shack inherited from an ancient aunty, in which case your SDLT bill will double in the first scenario and hike to £99,750 in the second. Caveat Emptor.

As professional property buyers and advisors, we understand the frustration associated with this spartan property market and after months of waiting for the non-existent perfect property to arrive, it can be very tempting to accept second best. However, given the meaty tax bills faced by house buyers today, the pressure to buy wisely and successfully is greater than ever before. A solution to this is to engage the services of a professional property buying consultant. Yes, it will entail a fee - but nothing like as costly as a wasted SDLT bill.

Kate Vincent Garrington

What can a property buyer do that I can’t do myself? We have already established that there is very little available on the open market. A professional property buyer will unearth off-market opportunities not available to the general public. They will also act as your independent property advisor (remember estate agents represent sellers), ensuring that you consider a variety of factors and balance the inevitable emotions with practical considerations such as travelling times, resale potential, planning issues, light and noise pollution etc. A professional property finder will also handle the negotiations on your behalf using market data, local knowledge and experience of frequent property purchases to ensure that you achieve the best possible deal given the current market conditions. Buying a property is something that most people only do a couple of times in their lives. As such, before you make your most expensive purchase, why not explore how having someone on your side can ensure that your purchase is a wise one, which will serve you well for many years to come. If you are frustrated by the lack of properties for sale in the area and want to hear about less obvious purchasing opportunities in the market, call Garrington for a commitment free meeting:

Tel: 01780 408377 |


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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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High Summer


From the Rutland Show to the Blaston Show, this summer has a wealth of grand days out just waiting to be enjoyed. Over the next couple of pages, we present some of our high summer highlights...

The 2018 Rutland Show held at the Rutland Showground, Oakham on Sunday 3rd June has something for the whole family. It’s a wonderful day out with fabulous displays, entertainment and local food and drink.

Boasting hundreds of unique trade stands alongside livestock, equine and poultry exhibitors, the Rutland Show is a showcase for farming, countryside and rural life that brings together the very best of Rutland with animals, food, shopping, fun and excitement.

This year, you will be able to watch the delightful Shetland Pony Grand National, sponsored, quite charmingly, by Porsche.

There will also be the return of the fast and furious British Scurry & Trials Driving competition.

Prince Philip used to compete at British Driving competitions, it’s a unique sports that is sure to present plenty of thrills and hopefully not too many spills.

Visitors can also watch the skilful BMX bike display, marvel at the magnificent Heavy Horses, enjoy the tractor pulling competition, the hilarious sheep show, our extended craft fair, live music and so much more.

It’s a day that usually ends up in people struggling back to their cars with bags of shopping, new food to try and plenty of tales to tell The 185th their friends. Parking is free and there is plenty of room within a good walking distance of

Rutland Show

The Rutland Show is one of the oldest country shows in the UK and relocated to its new, 150 acre site in 2014.

the showground. However, if you’re slightly less able on your feet there will be a shuttle bus running throughout the day from both Oakham and Uppingham town centres. This might enable you to have a drink or two as well! Under 18’s get in free and with early bird tickets at only £10, the Rutland County Show is a great value day out. n The 2018 Rutland Show held at the Rutland Showground, Oakham LE15 6US on Sunday June 3rd. £10/adult. Call 01572 757110 or see

Main: Rutland Pride will be welcoming readers to our stand again this year. It’s anticipated that the event will draw a crowd of over 10,000.


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A Great Family Country Day Out at Blaston Show: Sunday 24th June... This year’s ever popular Blaston Show takes place on Sunday 24th June, and is again set to be a perfect family day out.

Native breeds of cattle, such as Hereford and Lincoln Red will be on show, together with a selection of prime stock cattle. There is also a Sheep & Lamb Show with a huge array of classes.

Held in Slawston, between Market Harborough and Uppingham, it attracts exhibitors and spectators from across the region. There is something to appeal to all family members, from children’s entertainment to vintage cars and tractors, cutting edge farming technology, diverse shopping outlets and animals – not to mention an array of food and drink outlets. Each year more than 100 dogs take part in the Dog Show. Catering for Kennel Club registered and Heinz 57 breeds, both working dogs and family pets can put their best paw forward.

Entrance costs £15 per car and gates open at 8am. A significant proportion of the money raised on the day will be given to local charities, with Rainbows hospice for children and young people and VASL this year’s principal beneficiaries. Meanwhile, for equestrians Blaston Show offers everything from showjumping, showing and in-hand classes to the ever popular ‘Family Horse or Pony.’ This year there are new classes for younger riders and the heavy horses will return to delight the crowds.

Blaston and District Agricultural Society was founded in 1957 by a group of local people with a keen interest in agriculture and the rural community. n The Blaston Show takes place on Sunday 24th June at the Blaston Showground, LE16 7UD. For details see


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Main: Burghley House and its sculpture garden (far right). Below: Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express at Burghley House this summer.

SUMMER: Four Grand Days Out...


Children and adults alike will delight in open air cinema in the grounds of Burghley House, even if the weather doesn’t quite play ball! This year, the stately home’s film festival will feature Murder on the Orient Express, The Great Gatsby, The Italian Job and Dunkirk, some epic adventures with a spectacular backdrop. Add a picnic and you’ll have a grand day out! 25th – 29th July, from 10am/5.30pm, see website for details of each film and age certifications. n

2. Hills & Holes

Gather up the dogs, children or grandchildren and make your way to Barnack’s Hills and Holes this month. This extraordinary nature site rises up from the rubble of a medieval 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’s designation as a Special Area for Conservation in 2002 to protect the orchid rich grassland. n

3. Burghley House

Burghley is a place that offers so much, it’s even tricky for people who live on the doorstep to take it all in. The gardens and parkland cover miles and within this area you can explore The Gardens of Surprise, The Sculpture Garden, South Gardens and The Deer Park. This year, the Sculpture Exhibition has been named ‘Otherworldly’ and it explores the surreal, strange, magical, cosmic and interplanetary. Expect to see everything from spaceships to stimulating interpretations of other worlds. n

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Six to Watch Out For 4. Birdwatching (right)

Rutland Water is home to many different species of birds, some of which are rarely seen over the rest of the UK. Whilst the more active will enjoy the reservoir’s Aquapark inflatable attraction, those seeking a more sedentary pursuit will enjoy birdwatching on the reservoir, with chicks due to fledge next week and a series of Leics and Rutland Wildlife Trust lectures and guided tours all summer long. Prebook and enjoy a panacea of wildlife that will brighten your summer and allow you to admire the water. n


Chiff Chaff: You’ll notice a Chiff Chaff because of their distinctive tail wagging. They have dark legs and a pale eye stripe. n

Red Kite: Usually high in the sky, floating gracefully and they have a reddish-brown body with white stripes on their wings. n

Oyster Catcher: Not the most attractive bird, the Oyster Catcher has a bright orange beak and orange legs and a black and white body. n

Osprey: A large raptor that’s brown on top and white underneath, comparatively rare but reintroduced the area around the reservoir. n

Scaup: A diving duck with very similar colouring to your average duck but a slightly more rounded head. n

Tree Sparrow: Mostly brown with a black beard and a cream coloured chest. Only a little bird, they normally look a little cross! n

Friday 17th-Sunday 19th August sees Birdwatch, the birdwatchers’ Glastonbury, which encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry whilst at the same time supporting global bird conservation. This is the event of the year if you're into birds and wildlife. There are hundreds of stands selling the latest products for wildlife enthusiasts. You'll find everything, from scopes to sculptures, binoculars to bird food, eGuides to eco-holidays! ( n


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You may have heard people refer to the magic of Burghley House before, but did you know this power helped create the latest Randox Health Grand National Trophy? Creating her pieces in the stableblock of Stamford’s stately home, Shannon O’Neill is the silversmith who really shines!

SHINES The Silversmith Who Really

Words: Georgie Fenn. Images: Rob Davis, Ros Atkinson.

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Did you watch The Randox Health Grand National this year? Perhaps you even won some money on Tiger Roll, the brave little horse who won. During the prize giving, you’ll have noticed the stunning trophy but did you give it more thought than, ‘what a work of art that is, good on that jockey Davy Russell he rode beautifully;’ did it occur to you that those perfectly sculpted helix curves were made by hand?

The next day, that same trophy is all over the newspapers being kissed, held in the air and shown to the world but what you may not

know, is that very trophy and last year’s was designed by a silversmith at Burghley House.

It’s unusual for the same designer to design The Randox Health Grand National trophy but this was the case for Shannon O’Neill. Originally coming from Liverpool, Shannon found herself at Burghley House after a period of her life where you could say she was hiding from her true passion. “Every time I came close to working for myself I would jump at a new job opportunity,” says Shannon who boasts a very impressive CV in the world of animation. >>

Above: Celebrating the creation of this year’s Randox Health Grand National winner’s trophy, which was created by Burghley House based silversmith Shannon O’Neill. Right: Shannon’s design reflects the global healthcare company’s skills with a DNA helix design and on the bowl itself, champagne bubbles and brain synapses depict the link between the company and equestrian biotechnology.


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>> Under the watchful eye of Burghley’s Barry Witmond, who has been a self-employed silversmith on the premises for almost 30 years. Shannon was mentored, moulded and Barry says slightly manipulated into taking back up a craft she hadn’t laid hands on for almost four years.

It’s not difficult to see how Shannon was diverted down a different path several times. After completing a design led education, she found herself working on a Tim Burton animation, a relatively well paid extraordinary first job. “I fell into animation and fell in love with the people,” says Shannon. After this she worked on Tim Burton’s films, as the head of mechanics and in animation, specifically all while partying hard and working even harder in the big smoke. But still, even with London’s magnetic force of fun, in the back of Shannon’s mind she was thinking about silver. The animation took off and Shannon’s next position was ‘more of a 9-5’ she laughs, in the Cotswolds on the children’s TV cartoon Timmy Time. It was in this period where she started designing again, her hands picking up a skill they knew so well until they were picked up again and thrown into another mad world in Oregon, America.

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Shannon’s beautiful DNA helix structure stood out and so she had from August until April to create the trophy from scratch, which in the silversmith’s trade is not long at all! Right: Shannon spent nearly a year creating the Grand National winner’s trophy and smaller versions for the owner and trainer.

especially on her own. Then along came Barry, the manipulation, the bitter smell of silver cleaning products, a twitch for chasing and a chance to finally take up the dream.

Just as before, Shannon was being handed her dream on a plate but no real financial stability. She was also in contact with animation companies who wanted her on the set of the new Star Wars film after she’d worked with Warner on King Arthur. Shannon threw caution to the wind and stuck with Barry and just two weeks later, Randox Health called saying that she’d been selected; the rest is history! The selection process for the designer is no mean feat. Randox Health begin by contacting

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goldsmiths who put together a showcase for them of the contemporary silversmiths they can choose from.

They start with 65 and will be given some sort of silver piece to study by each designer before they whittle this list down to 21.

Sterling Work Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper.

At this stage, they get in touch with each chosen silversmith and ask them to provide an idea; what do they think the trophy should look like? Then, they will choose a final three who will receive the brief and work on a design that meets their requirements.

After this stage, Shannon’s beautiful helix structure stood out and so she had from August to create the trophy from scratch, which is not long at all!

From the design, there are lots of lovely little touches that nod towards Randox Health.

The base of the trophy with their name on it has the drop of blood in the form of the stone. Then of course there’s the stem which is a wonderful spiral helix of DNA to represent the thoroughbred racing lines.

There are little horse shoes within and around the spiral to give the DNA some biological structure; they’ve been carefully positioned to hold onto that mystic Irish luck. Find Out More: Shannon O’Neill is available by appointment only at The Stable Courtyard of Burghley House. Call 07827 755685 or see

When you get up to the bowl you’ll see carvings of brain synapses, fat cells which also replicate champagne bubbles, red blood cells and a magnificent heart beat of a racehorse borders the top of the trophy.

The trophy is Stirling silver and the DNA helix has been gilded in gold. All of these different components help represent what it means for Randox Health to sponsor such a prestigious event. They’re very passionate about what they do and hope that this will transpire into the racing crowd to be more aware of their health options.

You can visit the studio at Burghley House, but only if you make an appointment. Shannon is open to commissions all year round with prices starting at just £50 and as is clearly demonstrated here, no commission too ambitious! It’s the perfect way to give someone a unique gift or perhaps create a memory in solid form. n


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First there was LINCOLNSHIRE

PRIDE. Then, there was RUTLAND PRIDE. Above, our Lincolnshire Lincolnshire edition, edition, which which Above, Left Left to to Right: Right: Sales Sales Executive Executive Hannah Hannah is is holding holding our launched in in 2002. 2002. Advertising Advertising Director Director Zoie Zoie has has our our Rutland Rutland Edition edition which launched which launched 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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This year the area will celebrate 20 years of Rutland Radio, keeping Stamford and Rutland residents up-to-date with news, traffic & weather, and entertaining its audience with a mix of music. The station’s best known presenter is Rob Persani, who found his vocation - and his wife - on air! It’s a rainy day in Oakham. All the way along Melton Road shoppers are shuffling along with umbrellas with heads down and cars are streaming past with embattled wipers furiously trying to keep windscreens clear. The day looks miserable and grey, but secreted in Studio B of Rutland Radio’s premises, the station’s most long-standing presenter Rob Persani and I are nicely insulated from the gloom. Through the glass, we can both see Studio A and Sayeh Stone broadcasting her mid-morning show, having taken over from Rob at 10am. It’s a presenter’s job to be cheerful no matter how gloomy the weather, and to ensure they give all of their listeners the boost we all get from great music, and a familiar voice in the background... and that’s the funny thing about radio.

Despite the weather, the team have another reason to be cheerful given the fact that they’re currently planning a series of celebrations to mark the station’s 20th anniversary, and by extension, marking presenter Rob Persani’s two decades with the station too.

By our reckoning, Rob has racked up 1,152 hours of broadcasts during his time with the station for his breakfast show alone. The presenter lives on the border of Stamford and Rutland and arrives at the studios at about half past five in the morning, roughly half an hour before he’s due on air.

the beds that are played under traffic reports, and so on, as well as the music the station plays. A series of sliders fades in each input, and the presenter can broadcast live feeds from IRN. This big-hitting news network that broadcasts to over 27m people each week and enables Rutland Radio’s news output to leverage the network’s hegemony whilst supplementing their material with their own, more locally relevant news agenda.

What technology can’t provide, though, is the warmth and good humour of a really great presenter, and Rob’s radio persona has been honed over 27 years.

“By our reckoning, founding presenter Rob Persani has racked up 1,152 hours of broadcasts during his time with the station for his work on the breakfast show alone!”

“It’s a really intimate medium,” says Rob. “I think it’s what initially fascinated me about radio and the reason I wanted to work in the industry. Unlike TV, which commands your full attention, radio can be there in the background as you drive along or as you’re sitting in the office.” “You become a sort of surrogate work colleague or the means by which people know when they need to be out of the house in the morning. Radio becomes part of our routine, a sort of social metronome, and that regular voice on the radio becomes a friend.”


Words: Rob Davis.

The station accounts for over a third of all radio audiences in Stamford and Rutland and that figure is likely to be higher for the breakfast show, which is one of the most popular time slots for any local station. One imagines that it’s a pretty surreal experience, talking into a microphone seemingly to nobody in particular but reaching tens of thousands of people.

Today, technology lends a hand, and binnacles of CD players, MiniDiscs and tape machines have been replaced with a computer system that cues up jingles, ads,

“I was part of a network of about 300 amateur presenters broadcasting on Radio Cracker, over the festive period in 1991 and 1992,” says Rob. “We’d be on air for four weeks at a time and I absolutely loved it.”

“The project raised about £500,000, but also awareness as to the poverty and suffering that were the everyday experience of thousands of those living in Third World countries. It was a really innovative way to support the two charitable beneficiaries, Tearfund and the Oasis Trust, and there are still two surviving stations from the original network.”

Rob’s experience led him to move from his native Staffordshire to pursue a media production degree at Farnborough College, where he became head of news and eventually the station’s controller, and where he held

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“Technology can’t provide the warmth and good humour that comes from a really great radio presenter, and Rob’s persona has been honed over 27 years. He’s one of the founding presenters with Rutland Radio, which serves Stamford and Rutland too...” the role of breakfast show presenter for two years. Rob’s first proper job in radio was in the market town of Alton in rural Hampshire, but he moved to Metro Networks now INRIX to take up a position as traffic reporter for stations in Leicester, Worcester, Coventry and Northampton, as well as working part time presenting and news reading at stations in Wolverhampton and Stoke on Trent. It was in June 1998, though that Rob saw an advert posted by the Lincs FM group seeking new presenters for a radio station they were creating that would serve the people of Rutland and Stamford, providing entertainment and local news. “The group was established in 1991, and Lincs FM was the original station. During the mid-1990s the government wanted to encourage the creation of more local radio stations, and licenses for different areas were being advertised.” 36

“At the same time as the group made a bid for Hinckley, Worksop and North East Lincolnshire’s areas, we put in a bid for this area’s licence too, and launched those stations, Fosseway Radio, Trax FM and Compass FM, as well as Rutland Radio.”

“It was a time of really rapid expansion, and a rush to begin broadcasting in time for Christmas 1998, to give the area a sort of Christmas present!”

“For the first couple of months we were broadcasting from a portacabin but thankfully we managed to create some more permanent studios! Today’s technology makes it easier for us to get out and about. We can broadcast from anywhere - Uppingham’s Fatstock or the Rutland Show - as long as we can get a decent internet signal.”

“We cover Stamford, Oakham & Uppingham, but also reach Melton, Corby, Bourne and

even further afield in higher areas. The signal is carried by two local transmitters and of course listeners can also receive us online.”

“The beauty of radio is its unpredictability. When the great Rutland earthquake struck in 2013 the buzz and the response was incredible. We became a place for locals to check in and exchange experiences.”

“That’s really what radio is all about. Our listeners have a real passion for their area, and for its history. They really want to contribute to the show and take ownership of it, sharing information and joining in. You can plan some content for the following day’s show but you can never totally predict what the listeners are going to engage with most, or what surprising stories will pop up.”

“Recently we had two 80-year old skydivers, and I thought they were wonderful, but I suppose my most memorable caller would have be our ‘royal correspondent,’ Rachel, who gave us daily updates in the run up to the birth of Prince George. We kept in touch and married in 2016. If that doesn’t demonstrate the power of radio then I don’t know what does!” n Find Out More: Rutland Radio broadcasts to Stamford & Rutland on 107.2 and 97.4fm, and online too. The station will celebrate its 20th anniversary in December.

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The Cover Story


We’re all for local produce and now we have a lovely farmer called Lou right on our doorstep offering everything from sausages to hog roasts... posh pork for the pickiest palate! Words: Georgie Fenn.

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Someone once said to me, “The trouble with sausages, is that you can’t tell if it’s a bad one until it’s in your mouth.” I replied that if he was from Rutland, he’d know that it’s very rare to come across a bad sausage.

In the picturesque setting of Barnsdale you will find Farmer Lou and her soon-to-be husband Joe taking care of cattle, sheep and pigs which they are currently producing posh pork and lush lamb from and hopefully beef in the future.

I believe the reason our sausages are so consistently brilliant is the pigs behind them and of course, the fantastic local farmers.

Joe will tell you just how watchful after a brief hospital visit. >>

We have the mighty Lincolnshire sausage right on our doorstep and our very own Rutland sausages which are just as delicious, some might argue better but lets not get side-tracked by sausage politics.

It’s a great set up; pigs lazily sunbathing in the sunshine on a fresh bed of barley straw, lambs and their mothers grazing in endless fields and cattle munching away on silage, keeping a very watchful eye on their calves.

Right: Previously from Northamptonshire, Joe and Lou moved to the area two years ago to establish their artisan livestock operation alongside a rather larger arable farming role. They’re already offering high quality pork and lamb and could offer high welfare beef in the future, too.


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>> Lou and Joe take great care of their animals and the resulting products are all handmade to an exceptionally high standard.

The animals are entirely farmed, butchered and transported by them and they use a family run abattoir. This freedom with the whole process means that Lou can tailor everything to the animals needs as well as the customers so if you want a specific flavour in your sausages, all you have to do is ask!

They’re not meeting a demand and this means there is absolutely no intensive rearing or farming to produce porkier pigs or chunky lambs, just healthy, happy livestock. A giveaway that the animals are well looked after is that they know


their names. Geoff the Boar only had to be called once to come over for a good scratch. He’s quite the impressive pig and does very well with the ladies. They have saddlebacks as well as the traditional breeds and some commercial and cross breeds. The lambs are kept at grass all year round, only coming in to lamb and never force ‘finished’ indoors.

Lou and Joe are in charge of everything including breeding, which has really progressed over the years. “We ideally like the calves to be small so that the birth can go as smoothly as possible,” Joe told me.

“Then they need to grow quickly so that they’re nice and strong.” The couple predominantly keep

Above: The couple farm over 700 acres of mixed land. Above/Left: Our Editor, Georgie Fenn, tries her hand at sausage making on Lou’s farm.

Find Out More: This summer, if you’re looking for a hog roast for a function, some sausages or a lovely cut of lamb or pork, anything at all, contact Lou’s Farm on 07807 748352.

Aberdeen Angus and Stabilisers and have 65 suckler cows and 21 store cattle, they’re just not quite ready to offer beef just yet.

As well as the livestock, Joe farms 700 acres of arable land and Lou looks after their 18 month old twins. We visited on an idyllic day, the sun was shining and on days like this it’s possible to convince yourself that people like Lou and Joe are living la dolce vita. But animal husbandry with this degree of commitment takes real hard work.

That’s why it’s important for every consumer to value welfare over price, and enjoy better quality meat from high welfare producers right here in the area. n

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TOLETHORPE All The World’s a Stage at

Experience the magic of Shakespeare re-enacted as it was meant to be, at the outdoor theatre in Tolethorpe. This year the company will celebrate its 50th anniversary, with an audience of 34,000 enjoying the company’s two Shakespearean plays and its one ‘wildcard’ production... Words: Georgi Fenn.

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Last summer more than 34,000 people experienced the magic of a visit to this unique venue. Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful grounds, then take your seat, protected from summer showers, and see a stage like no other. This year, the Company is celebrating its golden anniversary. Work currently taking place includes an exciting revamp of the bar, restaurant and orangery which will celebrate the past 50 years. There will be costume and photo displays, exhibitions of the Company’s history and much more. The Stamford Shakespeare Company, founded in 1968 by RADA graduate Jean Harley, produced plays in the Monastery Garden of Stamford’s historic George Hotel, initially to raise money for the creation of the Stamford Arts Centre and restoration of the Georgian theatre in St Mary’s Street. The George garden we know today is still magical, but predominantly used for weddings and other events.

When, due to building work, the hotel could no longer accommodate the Company, a new venue had to be found. In 1977, with only £78 in the bank, the Stamford Shakespeare Company acquired the near-derelict Tolethorpe Hall. A private loan of £36,000, later repaid, enabled the Company to buy the property and take advantage of the natural amphitheatre in the grounds. Members quickly set about the huge task of getting everything ready for the first season. Concrete steps were laid, turning a natural bank of grass and weeds into a raked auditorium.

Name: David Fensom.

Title: Theatre Manager, Stamford Shakespeare Company. This Month: In June, the theatre’s 50th season begins, and will attract an audience of 34,000.

A canvas canopy to protect the auditorium from summer showers was purchased together with 382 plastic chairs.

The opening season at Tolethorpe Hall in 1977 saw productions of Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew. Members who recall the early days describe it as a chance happening which began with no great ambitions, no business plan, just a wish to carry on performing Shakespeare in the open air for the enjoyment of local audiences. Tolethorpe Hall is in Rutland, close to the Lincolnshire border, and the new theatre was named Rutland Open Air Theatre although it was decided to keep the company name, Stamford Shakespeare Company, since after nine years at The George Hotel it had become so well-known. In the early 1980’s Derek Harrison, took on the publicity and oversaw increases in attendance from 6,000 in 1985 to 12,000 in 1986 and over 34,000 by 1994.

Incredibly, the 2018 season has just seen ticket sales hit one million since the Company began performing at Tolethorpe Hall. The lucky patron who bought the millionth ticket, Jane Smethurst of Stamford, has won herself a bottle of champagne, a free meal in the restaurant at Tolethorpe Hall, signed programmes for all three productions, a backstage tour and free membership of the SSC Friend’s scheme, which is being launched this year. Don’t miss out on an extraordinary summer experience; great theatre in a stunning and unique setting... see the Bard at Tolethorpe this summer. n

“The 2018 season has just seen ticket sales hit one million since the Company began performing at Tolethorpe Hall. The lucky patron who bought the millionth ticket, Jane Smethurst of Stamford, won a bottle of champagne, a free meal in the restaurant at Tolethorpe Hall, signed programmes for all three productions and a backstage tour...”

Left: The theatre celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Right: Willie Mossop, the protagonist of last year’s ‘wildcard’ play Hobson’s Choice, is absolutely delighted!

Tolethorpe Hall THIS SUMMER AT

THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER (12th June – 1st September) the Company will be performing three productions, two of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Merchant of Venice and Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classic comedy The School for Scandal. Tues 12th June to Sat 4th August

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice is a remarkable play, with its explorations of prejudice, love, justice, and the power of money. At the heart of the story stands Shylock, the Jewish moneylender, one of Shakespeare's greatest and most complex characters. n

Tues 10th July to Sat 1st September

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor features the hilarious antics of the roguish Sir John Falstaff as he plots to seduce two ‘merry wives’. This production is set in 1947, a time of austerity and optimism, when women are finding a new role in post-war Britain and musicians at the Garter Inn are playing 40’s jazz. n Tues 19th June to Sat 25th August

The School for Scandal

Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classic comedy The School for Scandal sparkles with wit, verbal brilliance and an intricate plot exposing the lives and loves of fashionable London society. Can anyone escape the outrageous gossip of, amongst others, the aptly named Benjamin Backbite, Lady Sneerwell, Mrs Candour and Snake? n l For more details on the Theatre’s 2018 productions, visit www.stamford or call the box office on 01780 756133.


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Wing Village Summer Fest Extravaganza Sunday 26th August 2018, 11am-4pm

A full day of family fun in a classic Rutland village Come and enjoy the local artisanal stalls and Rutland food and drink stalls, Victorian side stall games, children’s activities and competitions & gardening events. Wander round the art, quilting, local history and flower exhibitions. Take part in the Wingledon tennis event or enter your dog in the Wing Fun Dog Show. Music, entertainment and an evening Hog Roast are all planned for this very special event. We look forward to welcoming you to Wing! Free parking and small charges for entry to competitions and events.


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This month we’ve asked the headteachers of some of the area’s finest schools to tell us what values they instill into their pupils. Stamford and Rutland are close to some of the finest independent schools and colleges for children, teenagers and to some excellent further education colleges... Sam Robertson, Laxton Junior School

Roger Outwin-Flinders, Brooke Primary share their achievements with us all. I am always delighted to receive GCSE and A Level results and feel proud when I read of Oxbridge successes.”

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!” “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.”

“In the playground, laughter and kindness are the fuel of enjoyment and, inside school, corridors are decorated with hard work and imagination.” “On the sports field, the individual and the team collaborate to develop their resilience through victory and defeat; and, the melody of 52

“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.

Brooke Priory School is an excellent co-educational day school for children aged 2+ to 11+ years. Located in Oakham, the school enjoys a unique and enviable reputation both in Rutland and throughout the country,” says Roger OutwinFlinders Headmaster. “In February 1996, the school moved to its current location where it enjoys purpose built accommodation providing the very best facilities for the children.” “Our school community now stretches well beyond the physical walls of our building and I am thrilled that our Alumni keep in touch and

“More than anything else, it is our mission to ensure that the boys and girls in our care receive an outstanding education which nurtures their childhood. I am passionate that they experience the world outside the classroom and continue to allow them to play, build dens, get dirty and savour the beautiful Rutland countryside.” “Expectations at Brooke Priory are always high, ambitions limitless and successes numerous. Small classes, outstanding and talented staff and excellent facilities ensure that every child receives the very ‘best start’ to their education.” “I look forward to meeting you and giving you a personal tour of the school!”

n Brooke Primary School can be found at or by calling 01572 724778. The school is based on Station Approach, Oakham LE15 6QW.

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“Uppingham Summer School is a programme of residential and day courses for both children and adults run during school holidays throughout the year,” says the school’s Caroline Lawson.

“Courses cover a multitude of different interests, including music, drama, sport, science and technology, art and creative writing, and are designed to appeal to various different age groups.”

“We are delighted to be running regular favourites such as our Upholstery, Creative Writing and Stained Glass Making courses once again. Returning for the third year is our Orchestra Course.” “This proved to be extremely popular last year, so we look forward to welcoming previous and new participants in August.” n Meanwhile, Uppingham’s state of the art sports facility is open to all members of the local community.

It contains a 25m swimming pool, a 62 station fitness studio, three squash courts, a gymnasium, two dance studios, hospitaility studio and a 6 court sports hall as well as 12 outdoor tennis courts. A range of membership packages are available for individuals and families. n Call 01572 820830 or see Main: Oakham School - see over.


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“The UK’s 1,500 independent schools are ranked among the best in the world and educate more than 500,000 children in the UK...”

Will Phelan, Stamford Endowed Schools

Nigel Lashbrook, Oakham School everything we do, our focus goes far beyond just encouraging our students to achieve outstanding results in their examinations.” “Our genuinely holistic approach to education means that learning is never just confined to the four walls of a classroom. Students can choose from over 130 activities in which they can take part every week.”

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 board54

“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.”

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

“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.” n See or call on 01780 750311 for details.

“Oakham is well known and loved for being a friendly and unpretentious school.” “Whilst we are proud of our 400-year heritage, our priority is always to be at the forefront of educational developments: to be educational innovators. We were one of the first independent schools to move to co-education in 1971 and we were also one of the first schools to introduce the IB Diploma, alongside A-levels.” “We continue to look to the future to ensure that we equip our students with the knowledge, aptitude and skills to thrive in the world of 2030 and beyond. Whilst academic excellence lies at the heart of

“There are five major drama productions every year and we teach over 500 individual music lessons each week. As well as offering 30 different sports to students of all levels – from enthusiasts to elite athletes.”

“By the time they leave us, Oakhamians are well rounded and confident young adults, equipped with the vital abilities and attributes to succeed at university, in the world of work, and in their wider lives.” n For more information call 01572 758500 or visit the website Visit Oakham School, Chapel Close, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6DT.

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HERITAGE It’s the local company with a national reputation for excellence. Opening 80 years prior to M&S, Rob Davis looks back at the origins of Oldrids and Downtown The Oldrids name was first heard in the town of Boston when draper, mercer, hosier, haberdasher and funeral director John Oldrid, who was born near Spilsby in Hagworthingham in 1778, moved his business to Boston. The business passed down to John Oldrid III (far right) in 1831 and though his wife ran the business until her death, a lack of male heirs meant Oldrid & Co was put up for sale in 1906 whereupon Sydney Smith purchased it. Smith had a somewhat irascible management style and in leaner times would even add small amounts to his customers’ accounts.

After nine years the business passed into the ownership of Mr Robert Isaac, the first of a local retail dynasty which endures today (see opposite). The war years saw a decline in trade as there was less money to spend and fewer resources to trade. Nevertheless the business thrived with new opportunities to sell furniture and kitchen appliances in the more optimistic decades of the 1950s and 1960s. The 1970s saw the introduction of the Oldrids otter; a familiar logo for a decade. Today the business sells over 250,000 lines and keeps up with changing trends of fashions and home furnishings. n

Looking After Our People Whilst the company has grown, its core values of looking after both customers and employees alike continues. All members of staff are entitled to a free ‘soup and sandwich’ lunch, and staff enjoy 20% discount with two members of staff sitting on the board as directors. There are generous long service awards for employees like Sheila Hayes, who has been employed by the company for 45 years, and 15% of the company’s shares are held in trust for the benefit of employees in the form of dividend payments. n

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1804 John Oldrid & Richard Hyde founded Oldrids. 1831 Richard Hyde sold his share of Oldrids. 1905 Sydney Smith bought Oldrids. 1915 The Isaac family took over Oldrids. 1960 Oldrids New Street opened selling furniture. 1981 Downtown Boston opened including car garage. 1985 Downtown Boston was refurbished, no longer sells cars. 1989 Downtown Grantham superstore opened. 1998 Downtown Grantham enlarged, including the addition of another storey. 2000 Downtown Garden Centre opened. 2003 Pescod Hall is moved.

The Isaac Family: 1915-2018 Ever since the Isaac family purchased Oldrids from Sydney Smith, the family have guided the development of the company right into the 21st century over four generations. A true family business, Martin Isaac is Chairman of the Oldrids board, Peter Isaac is Finance Director, whilst Rachel Emmitt (née Isaac) and Roberta Isaac work in the Boston ‘in town’ store’s restaurant. Richard Isaac works in the furniture department

of the Downtown Boston store, whilst Dawn Isaac and Ruth Stephenson (née Isaac) are Non-Executive Directors. The company also employs no fewer than four members of the Chester family and five members of the Allen family, too! Husband and wife team Andrew & Joan Brader, have worked together at Oldrids for 40 years! n

“There’s nothing more motivating than to be part of a 200 year old business that has supported local Lincolnshire families over many generations...”

Below: Peter Isaac is Finance Director at Oldrids.

2004 Oldrids celebrated its 200th birthday. 2005 Oldrids & Downtown Boston are both refurbished. 2009 Oldrids launches its first ecommerce website. 2016 Oldrids Scunthorpe opened, delivering great quality products at great prices. 2017 Lincoln and Gainsborough stores close, staff are relocated to other branches. “Modern retail must embrace change and technology." "Bricks and mortar retailing is relevant. Physical retail is not dead. But lacklustre retails is.” says MD Richard Broadhead. 2017 Oldrids announces plans for 2020 opening of a new Designer Outlet development in Grantham. n


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THE FUTURE With 700 employees, 250,000 lines and 500,000sq ft retail space across Lincolnshire, Oldrids & Downtown are names that have been synonymous with quality and choice for over 200 years... but in the era of online shopping and large retailers, what does the next two centuries hold for the stores? Oldrids & Downtown are names that have proved synonymous with quality and choice in retail for over 200 years. It’s one of the few family owned/independent retailers left in the UK and enjoys an enviable reputation nationally as well as employing over 700 people locally. At the helm is Richard Broadhead, Managing Director and the man responsible for ensuring a steady ship in an uncertain time for retail. Richard took on the role in April 2017, and in addition to protecting Oldrids’ reputation, is looking to secure the company’s reputation in retail for the next 200 years as well, with ambitious plans for the creation of a designer outlet village which could open as soon as 2020. “Retail is in my DNA - I love it,” he says. “And I  feel a profound responsibility for a heritage brand like ours. We’ve 700 families who depend on the company and many long standing members - one who has served for 45 years.” “But we can - and we need to adapt to changing trends in retail too. Our values can remain constant and we can mitigate the need to make profit with a social conscience as we grow, trade and as we embark on improving our online shopping experience - 40% of which is local custom - whilst developing our Downtown site near Grantham too.”

As Pride goes to press the company hopes to secure the go-ahead for its new designer outlet. The site will form part of a wider redesign of the Gonerby Junction site including the creation of a new garden centre. It will include more than 220,000sq ft of retail space, the creation of 107 designer outlet stores with some big names already secured but subject to an embargo. The 25 acre site will also include 2,000 parking spaces, 22,000sq ft of leisure attractions and will inject £125m into the local economy.

Opposite: Richard Broadhead took over as Managing Director in 2017. Bottom: Gonerby Junction will be subject to a £125m Designer Outlet development.

“One of our main strengths as a business is that we own the freehold for each of our five sites,” says Richard. “The Designer Outlet will capitalise on our site and offer the chance to redevelop it for the 21st century.” “In conjunction with a new online retail strategy and a new head of e-commerce, it’s important to me that we face the next 200 years with strength and optimism. But we will still hold onto the values that have ensured we’re still one of the most trusted and most well-respected independent retailers in the area.” n

“The Designer Outlet at Gonerby Junction will capitalise on our site, totally redeveloping it for the 21st century...”

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Very definitely a pub, very definitely relaxed, and very definitely one of the best dining experiences in the area. This month we enjoy a return visit to Clipsham’s Olive Branch, to enjoy the hospitality of Ben Jones, Sean Hope and their exceptional team... Words: Rob Davis.

Few things in life are flawless. Holidays have to end, interest rates can go up as well as down, the clouds in the sky are just impending rain. I’m all for optimism but it’s often wise to temper expectation with reality.

Sometimes, however, you encounter something so satisfyingly flawless that it’s akin to a moment of perfection, frozen in time. The sight of a perfectly maintained garden in June; the expression on the family dog dozing in the sunshine; an open top car and an empty country road.

Forgive the flowery prose, but I’ve just emerged from Clipsham’s Olive Branch for a return visit and it, too, is flawless. Purely in the interest of journalistic integrity, I had to check that was still the case and I’m happy to report that Sean Hope and Ben Jones’s


The Michelin Awarded


place is still very definitely a pub, still very definitely relaxed and still very definitely one of the best places to dine in the area. 18 years ago the two restauranteurs shook hands with Hambleton Hall’s Tim Hart and departed from the grand old place to impress the Michelin inspectors in a completely different way; with a ‘militantly relaxed’ place to dine... if that’s not an oxymoron?

Back then the notion of a pub that served good food was comparatively rare. Today it’s a more common concept, which raises the question of whether the place has become lost in the crowd... but no. The Olive Branch has managed to keep pretenders to the throne at bay with consistent improvement >>

With the help of friends, family and villagers, Sean Hope, Ben Jones and Marcus Welford bought The Olive Branch in 1999 and spent six weeks scrubbing, cleaning, decorating and renovating to bring it back to its former glory as a village pub. Sean oversees The Olive Branch kitchen, as well as searching out new local produce, whilst Ben Jones oversees front of house service for the pub’s diners. n


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>> and a constant flow of new ideas to keep the place fresh and innovative. That hasn’t just extended to keeping abreast of dining trends, but also creating a pub shop selling very good wine, preserves, pickles, condiments, plus chocolates and cheese. The two also developed an adjacent country property, Beech House, into a six bedroom luxury bed and breakfast style boutique hotel. Acquiring the site across the road from the building also enabled the two to create a kitchen garden. It’s used by culinary polymath head chef, gardener, teacher and genius Sean to grow fruit, veg and herbs

OPEN FOR FOOD Lunch: Monday to Saturday Noon to 2.00pm. Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Sunday Service: Noon to 3pm; Dinner from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

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Warm salad of honey roast confit duck leg, beetroot & onion marmalade, spring onion & soya glaze £6.95.

Plate of Rutland charcuterie, pub pickles, parkin £11. Crispy cannelloni stuffed with paddock herb ricotta, heritage tomatoes and tapenade caramel £7.75.

Main Courses

Roast fillet of John Dory, champ mash, morel & St. George mushrooms, red wine sauce £27.

throughout the year. Other local suppliers taking a bow include Grasmere Farm (who provide their Grunta as a bar snack) Stilton Butchers, Rutland Charcuterie and Hambleton Bakery. The restaurant’s own rare breed hens provide the place with eggs, speciality bread, sauces, soups, ice creams, sorbets, oils and mayo are made in house from scratch.

Sean & Ben host a series of food masterclasses (butchery; fish; bread; pasta), and cookery demonstrations with 3rd and 10th July the next events.

Meanwhile, 22nd September is the next date for the pub restaurant’s wine masterclass. South African wines, is the rather tempting theme for a tutored tasting of between seven and nine examples of wine from the region. Restaurant manager and South African native Alistair McKinlay will host the event, with his typical trademark warmth and knowledgeability. They’re great events and only serve to highlight the pub restaurant’s desire to make food and drink something you enjoy, not just consume.

Lunchtime and evening service sees a choice of seven starters and eight main courses and a tasting menu comprises five courses chosen by the Olive Branch’s brigade.

Eight very tempting desserts are offered too, including mini desserts for those who can’t, or shouldn’t but really want to. Sunday lunch is one of the best in the area, too, traditional but technically flawless. The wine list is well curated and should certainly be raided alongside the ‘afternoon snack menu,’ preferably with a copy of Pride or at least the Sunday papers, in the pub garden. Dripping in accolades - not least four gold stars from the AA for its accommodation, putting Beech House in the top 5% of accommodation providers in the UK - The Olive Branch is not only celebrated by Michelin but was also awarded Pride Magazines’s own Restaurant of the Year title.

It’s a reminder that equidistant between Stamford and Oakham is that rare pleasure, a flawlessly perfect experience in an otherwise imperfect world. n

28 day aged Rib eye (10oz), pub chips, pickled onion rings, flat cap mushrooms, grilled pesto tomato, peppercorn sauce £30. Olive Branch Haddock & chips, minted peas, tartare sauce £14.95.


Summer pudding, plum & basil sorbet £6.95.

Vanilla pannacotta, berry compote, churros £6.95.

Chocolate & orange tart, blood orange sorbet £7.94. NB: Featured dishes are subject to change.

n The Olive Branch at Clipsham, is located on Main Street, Clipsham, LE15 7SH. Call 01780 410355 or see 71

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As a small chain of privately owned hotels, we understand what's important when looking for overnight accommodation, with wellappointed rooms, good facilities and friendly service. Redwings Lodge caters for the business traveller, families and visitors to the area. Located halfway between Leicester and Peterborough; Redwings Lodge Rutland boasts stunning views of historic Rutland, an area of outstanding beauty. Combining convenience, comfort and value for money, our Lodge is the perfect place to stay whether your travelling for business or pleasure.

As a small chain of privately owned hotels, we understand what's important when looking for overnight accommodation, with wellappointed rooms, good facilities and friendly service. Redwings Lodge caters for the business traveller, families and visitors to the area. Located halfway between Leicester and Peterborough; Redwings Lodge Rutland boasts stunning views of historic Rutland, an area of outstanding beauty. Combining convenience, comfort and value for money, our Lodge is the perfect place to stay whether your travelling for business or pleasure.

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A Strawberrry ROMANCE

As English as a Royal wedding, as traditional as Wimbledon in July, but never ever as disappointing as the British climate. This month Georgie Fenn champions the great British strawberry! Words: Georgie Fenn.

It’s that time of year where Pimm’s is acceptable at lunchtime and you’ll find yourself digging out that Lacoste kit for an enthusiastic but somewhat dangerous round of tennis. The best part of Wimbledon after the tennis is arguably, the strawberries. For two joyous weeks, the humble strawberries and cream becomes a pudding priority.

This delightful combination was first served at Wimbledon way back in 1877 when only 200 spectators would go to see the Championships. These days, an average of 10,000 litres of cream and 28,000kg of strawberries are consumed at the tournament each year which is a somewhat staggering amount.

When it’s strawberry season you must only serve something strawberry themed such as; pavlova, strawberries and cream, strawberry ice cream, it’s an unwritten law. To really impress the guests, you should grow your own strawberries. Some spaces and lifestyles just aren’t cut out for the home-grown gardening malarkey which means you need to go down the pick your own route instead.

Help is at hand at Rutland Water Golf Course and if you go in the middle of the day, you won’t be spotted by anyone you know as they’ll either be busy trying for the ‘hole in one’ or out for lunch somewhere.

You’ll be greeted by a charming Nick Makey who will direct you to one of twelve polytunnels to pick your strawberries. There are various varieties including Sonata, Elsanta, Malling Centenary and Fenella. Nick will be picking his own, first thing in the morning, if you’re not keen on manual labour but still want fresh strawberries. Nick has been running this Pick Your Own field of fun since 1995. As well as being available to the general public, Nick also delivers fresh strawberries to local restaurants such as Hambleton Hall... opt for a strawberry dessert as they will have arrived fresh that morning!

n Nick Makey is based at Rutland Water Golf Course, Manton Rd, Oakham LE15 8HB.

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! 76

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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 & Camomile Shortcakes Makes Six. Preparation Time: 20 mins. Cooking Time: 20 mins. Total Time: 40 mins plus chilling, resting and cooling. For the Filling: 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.

Reheat 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 one tbsp castar 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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Giles & Penny Brook’s period cottage in Langham has a wealth of character and charm with period features like limestone construction, thatch and flagstone floors... Words: Rob Davis.


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I’m yet to meet anyone who doesn’t aspire to a beautiful stone cottage in our part of the world. This month’s featured property is one that we suspect will appeal especially strongly to readers, with a wealth of traditional features and materials. Its unique selling point, though, must be its deceptive spaciousness, with five reception rooms, five double bedrooms, its selfcontained annexe and range of outbuildings. It’s the home of Giles and Penny Brook, and has been beautifully restored, with clean, crisp white tones used throughout and natural materials allowed to come to the fore.

Herringbone timber flooring, oak beams and window seats, plus carved stone fireplaces all sit below the thatched roof of the original part of the cottage.

Limestone flooring in the cottage’s kitchen and the couple’s chunky rustic dining furniture are sweet, but are both juxtaposed between a modern hand-built Alexander Lewis kitchen with granite work surfaces and premium integrated appliances including a British Racing Green Aga set into its beamed alcove. A separate utility hides all of the family clutter and nasty white goods too. Main: The kitchen is a hand-built Alexander Lewis installation.


Right: The drawing room has a curved bay window with carved oak seat.

Above: The property’s sitting room features a beautiful carved stone fireplace and exposed beams.

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The upstairs follows a similar theme, blending modern creature comforts with period features and plenty of space.

The master suite is especially spacious and features a separate dressing room and en suite bathroom with twin showers and sinks to prevent queues for the bathroom before going out for the evening.

Above: The bespoke fitted kitchen features an Aga oven which ensures the room is kept cosy at all times.

Adjacent to the house there’s one annexe with a summerhouse, gym and its own kitchenette, cloakroom and sauna. The Wash House would make an ideal office or fitness suite. The property’s Coach House has two bedrooms, a spacious sitting room and its own kitchen and bathroom, ideal for relatives or for use as a holiday let. There’s also a range of outbuildings with a single garage for 83

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garden equipment, double garage for vehicles and an additional garage for a horsebox. With two loose boxes, two stables and a tack room, there’s plenty of space for those with horses. In terms of space outdoors, a beautiful formal garden has yew hedging and raised borders, with a shaped lawn and flagstone terrace, and there’s a separate orchard too. In total, Cotton Cottage offers no less than 6,295sq ft of space, which is a pleasant surprise given the property’s initial appearance as a quaint country cottage. For those seeking a period look and feel, with plenty of space and modern features, Cotton Cottage just might be the perfect home! n



Location: 1.8 miles from Oakham, 13 miles from Stamford. Style: Beautifully presented cottage in period materials like thatch and limestone. Bedrooms: Five bedrooms, with en suite and dressing room to master, and two additional bathrooms. Receptions: Five, currently arranged as drawing room, play room, dining room and breakfast kitchen. Other Features: Wash house office/gym annexe; selfcontained two bed coach house.

Estate Agent: James Sellicks, Catmos St., Oakham, LE15 6HW. 01572 724437; Guide Price: £875,000.

Above: There’s a gravelled driveway with plenty of space, as well as formal gardens and an orchard. The property also has a range of outbuildings and stabling making it perfect for those with horses.


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After three years Hazel and Wayne Horn were seeking to create a kitchen that would be the magnum opus in the restoration of their Edwardian home. The couple were looking for a kitchen that blended traditional style with modern functionality... and traditional craftsmanship was a must!

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Traditional craftsmanship for period homes, that seamlessly blend modern design and technology with the provenance of your home. It’s a real specialism and one with which Moir Wade’s Will Moir and Jonathan Wade are very familiar.

The pair worked alongside designer James Hyde-Dryden, to create the kitchen and media wall in Hazel and Wayne Horn’s three-storey six bedroom Edwardian home in Leicester. After a three year restoration of the property, the two were seeking to combine a kitchen and scullery, incorporate a modern kitchen but ensure the room remained in keeping with the property.

The couple run an engineering company calibrating test equipment for the aerospace sector. Clearly it’s a business that relies on precision and the couple were impressed to see Moir Wade incorporate a similar obsession with precision into their new room. “Everything was coordinated, properly managed,” says Hazel. “Everyone turned up when they should have done, time scales were adhered to, it was all so professional; so well managed with great communication and aftersales support.”

The kitchen uses solid American walnut cabinetry with additional cabinets hand-painted in Farrow & Ball Joa’s White, and white quartz surfaces. The kitchen has Miele appliances, an induction hob and Kohler carbon fibre tap, plus brass lights and dining chairs designed by Tom Dixon. The room incorporates Moir Wade’s own freestanding bespoke elliptical dining table and bench, and a media wall with all cables hidden neatly away. “We’re so happy with the space the firm has created and so impressed with Moir Wade’s service... we have a lovely property as a whole, but somewhat frustratingly the room is so nice that we find ourselves living only in this one room!” n


Find Out More: Moir Wade Design is based at Syston, Leicester LE7 2JQ. For a free, no obligation, no-pressure selling guaranteed discussion of your project, call 0116 269 5915 or see

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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 94

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 the reason for that is not just our quality products, but the service we offer too!” n

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


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More Space, Less Hassle

More living space and a modern, fit-for-purpose addition to your home. Local timber-framed extension designers Natural Structures can provide you with more space, using natural sustainable materials and fabricate much of their structures off-site for minimum stress during construction...

Imagine your dream home, combining the beauty of a traditional oak framed house with modern materials, making it ideal for contemporary living. Or perhaps you already have a wonderful home, but need more space that blends the best of the past with the techniques of the future. That’s where Tur Langton-based Natural Structures comes in. The craftsmen at this Leicestershire company are passionate about using their artisan skills and capturing the beauty of oak to create fabulous living spaces.

Experts in working with traditional materials, local styles and construction methods, Natural Structures has the experience to make practical design suggestions to get the very best out of your new building or extension. Some time ago, Managing Director Simon Lewington invested in bringing in-house skilled architects and designers who can help make his customers’ vision become a reality. He says: “Often a client will come in for an initial discussion over a coffee and will have a rough idea of what they are looking for. When we’re involved at that early stage, it allows us to help them bring those ideas to fruition.

Our architects can create a design from those first thoughts using 3d software and once the design direction is confirmed, we can take the headaches away from the householder, by applying for planning permission and listed building consent, producing working drawings, costing the project, building it and sourcing complementary suppliers such as kitchen and furniture manufacturers and audio visual installers.”

This one-stop-shop service is extremely popular with busy property owners who like having one project manager to deal with who will literally sort everything out from initial design and planning to ensuring the right colour paint is on the walls. It’s not the only way that Natural Structures works however, it is also possible to come to the team with overall designs already complete and they will happily advise on how best to achieve the desired end result.

“WE ARE EXPERTS IN WORKING WITH LOCAL STYLES AND TRADITIONAL MATERIALS AND CAN OFFER ADVICE AND IDEAS” When you visit Natural Structures at the company’s workshops in Tur Langton, you’ll receive a friendly, relaxed welcome which belies the attention to detail that is employed to ensure that each structure is produced to the highest quality. Natural Structures uses oak timbers grown and felled in France then imported and graded here in the UK. Each component beam is carefully selected for its position within the frame.

ings, therefore the differing grain directions, cambers, knots and twists can be balanced across the frame.

To maintain quality and integrity throughout each project, the company carries out all manufacturing processes in controlled conditions in its framing barns. Every component is cut, assembled and coded ensuring that the oak frame arrives on site completely prepared for a smooth and accurate assembly. One look at the Natural Structures website will demonstrate the enormous variety of projects that the company can produce.

Timber framed buildings of all shapes and sizes; from small porches to huge family homes – the gallery of images inspires customers with ideas of what can be achieved. The craftsmanship and design detailing is evident in every photograph and it’s that expertise that makes Natural Structures special. >>

This timber selection is an essential part of the framing process as each component part is under different load-

Left: Natural Structures specialises in creating artisan timber-framed structures that blend beautifully with listed buildings and look great in conservation areas. Right: The majority of the work is completed off-site for ease of installation.


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>> Simon Lewington continues: “Some of our clients have very fixed ideas in their minds, others simply know that they need a new kitchen space or double storey extension. We’re here to help them every step of the way and to manage the process too. The beauty of our timber framed method of construction is in its flexibility; every home that we touch is individual and the end result completely bespoke.”

“We have a stable and long serving team of senior craftsmen who train younger apprentices in the age-old techniques used within the oak framing industry. Each and every member of the team plays an important part in creating high quality homes and buildings and works on both highly detailed oak frame projects and simple smaller designs. By bringing the younger generation into the business, Natural Structures ensures its own longevity and can also integrate new ideas with age old ones.”

“THE BEAUTY OF OUR TIMBER FRAMED METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION IS IN ITS FLEXIBILITY...” Above: Natural Structures’s timber-framed extensions can create modern, fit-for-purpose living kitchens for older properties. Below: Each design begins as a hand-drawn sketch and every one is a bespoke project.

Simon Lewington and his team also like working with oak framed buildings from an ecological and sustainable perspective. The company’s timber suppliers comply with the requirements of environmental legislation and approved codes of practice and are careful to use wood harvested from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forests. Natural Structures makes sure that the oak is used in the most economic way, so that wastage, with its resulting cost implications, is avoided and this beautiful timber is appreciated. Natural Structures somehow manages to combine making a new build or an extension to an existing home seem completely in keeping with its surroundings. By utilising the oak frame structure the company can remain true to the philosophy behind traditional building methods whilst engaging with techniques that will allow homes to fulfil the needs of modern living. n

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Above: The structures are ideal as reception rooms, living kitchens and offices. Far Left: Vaulted ceilings with natural timbers suit older properties beautifully. Left: The Tur Langton company, Natural Structures, can provide fully project managed living kitchen extensions from start to finish.

Find Out More: For a free, no obligation discussion on your project, call Natural Structures on 01858 545518 or see The company is based at The Manor, Main St, Tur Langton, Leicester LE8 0PJ.


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ALL ABOUT YOU Moving to a new home is stressful enough, but to settle in quickly, Stamford based Emma Taylor can help you to redesign and refurbish your property. The former investment banker has moved around 30 times and specialises in bringing tired properties back to life, also providing relocation and Feng Shui consultancy too...

Some addictions are just too compelling to resist. Chocolate for instance, or popping bubble wrap. Moving house isn’t an obvious example, in fact it can be downright stressful, but breathing new life into tired homes is a compulsion that Emma Taylor just can’t shake.

Emma loves redesigning and renovating old properties, and providing interior design services. A former investment banker turned property specialist, Emma estimates she’s moved 30 times in her life and the last time she was surrounded by boxes, contemplating what she’d do with the layout and style of her new home, she had somewhat of a brainwave. “It was a year or two ago and friends had already sought my advice about their own homes. I see the potential in my own homes, and move in, then renovate them,” says Emma, who completed the renovation of an Edwardian town house in Stamford in November 2016, and her current home, a 400 year old cottage, late last year.

“I love breathing new life into old properties, and I’ve moved so many times that actually, I’ve become great at doing so without any major stress. I enjoy it all! It surprises my friends, who are always daunted by the prospect of taking on a refurbishment project, so I realised I could offer the same services to other people.”

From a simple interior design mood board to advice and implementation of renovating or refurbishment, to feng shui consultancy services, Emma can provide help and advice that will blitz clutter pre- or post-move, reconfigure spaces to be more practical on a day to day basis, design new rooms, or simply advise on the décor, furnishings, colours and lighting schemes that will make the most of your home’s features. 104


1. Space: Space is important - clutter is the enemy of beautiful interiors and harmonious lives 2. Light: Don’t underestimate the power of lighting – using ceiling lights, floor/table lamps and candles at different times within one room can create totally different moods. 3. Materials: Natural materials, e.g: wood or stone, can form a design scheme with timeless appeal.

Emma sees her design input as working in harmony with clients, rather than purely imparting her own ideas onto her clients. The idea is to help you create your ideal home, whether that’s bringing your own ideas to fruition or creating inspirational schemes for you with design services, contacts, knowledge of brands, impeccable taste and a long list of tradespeople she’s worked with in the past.

The trouble is, what would you call such a business? How do you sum up the services that Emma offers?

“All Things House,” says Emma. “Because that’s what I specialise in, not just bringing homes back to life, but with moving services too; from preparing your house for sale to finding and shortlisting potential properties for you to view, to negotiating your sale, right through to sourcing packers, to producing a dossier of the area you’ve moved to.”

“On moving day, I can provide help with unpacking, but once you’re in, I 4. Plants: Use can offer a full interior bright green design and renovation What is plants/ service, and finally, feng foliage to shui consultancy if you make require.” plain Feng Shui aims to bring harmony white “Everyone I’ve come to your life by balancing the walls energy within your home. across so far is really appear Emma will work with you open to the idea of havto improve and align your much ing someone to help them environment in order to warmer. achieve your goals. make the most of their home. The clients I’m already working with are so pleased to have Find Out More: Emma someone provide new ideas and design Taylor helps clients to schemes, and are thrilled with their new redesign your home spaces. As for me, I absolutely thrive on the or to move house. Call 0333 210 7288 or see buzz of helping someone create their dream home and seeing how pleased they are when for more information it’s complete!” n on her services.

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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

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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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 110

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IT IS RARE TO FIND a female Auctioneer & Valuer running the show, but in Little Bytham near Stamford, Jessica Wall is leading the way at Stamford Auction Rooms. Her friendly understanding approach to valuations, including probate and insurance valuations, has proved her to be very popular. “Proof of the good work we do is in the prices we achieve for clients. For example a ring my seller was going to take to a charity shop sold for £1,900.” She sells most items, including jewellery, coins, silver, furniture, ceramics and paintings from all ages. With monthly Saturday sales, a welcoming friendly approach from Jessica and all her staff, and a fun and busy atmosphere on sale days, it is not surprising that this saleroom is the talk of the town. Below: A late 19th century Fifteen Meissen Monkey-Band group of figures, including conductor and stand, with blue crossed swords to the bases of each example. Hammer £4,500. Right: Jessica Wall: Director, Auctioneer & Valuer. Find Jessica at Unit 3, Station Road, Industrial Estate, Little Bytham, Lincolnshire NG33 4RA.


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The Perfect Lawn


Love your lawn and it’ll provide a place for lazy labradors to luxuriate, for a summer of sunbathing and a pitch perfect place for the grandchildren’s ball games all season long. Naturally we all want the perfect lawn; green, flat and even with no weeds and uniform stripes... of course, we also want to 116

spend summer enjoying our lawn, rather than being a slave to its upkeep. That’s where Chris Brown of Peterborough Grass Machinery comes in; he’s your go-to-guy for when the grass looks greener on the other side, and with Great British brands like Westwood and Atco, he’ll point you in the direction of the finest

lawn care equipment plus guidance on how to get the best from your investment, plus all of the servicing and repair services you need with free delivery in Stamford & Rutland.

“For larger lawns, use a machine that’ll suit the size of your plot and make the job of cutting your lawn less of a labour,” says Chris. “We specialise in providing British machines which are designed to last decades, not just years. Our Westwood ride-on machines have powered pick-up to collect wet grass and still leave beautiful stripes. Meanwhile, our Atco walk-behind mowers embrace cordless tech to make setup faster and to free you from a fumey, stifling, petrol-powered summer.” >>

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The Perfect Lawn: Ensure the Grass Doesn’t Look Greener on the Other Side...

1. Cut Larger Areas: A Westwood ride-on lawnmower (main pic) like the T60, at £4,290, will make light work of large areas. It’ll rough-cut paddocks, mulching clippings to prevent you having to dump them, or collecting on finer lawns, with a powered collector which works well even in the wet. n

2. Move on to Smaller Areas: Once the bulk of your mowing is completed, move to a smaller machine like Atco’s bowling-green proven Liner 18S Li 80v (£649) which is rechargeable, cord-free, quiet and great for small areas, edges, or for cutting round borders and trees, without the hassle and odour of petrol. n

3. Trim Your Edges and Hedges: Invest in a multi-tool and you’ll use the same battery system in a range of rechargeable tools, all of which will offer cordless convenience. Stihl’s system includes strimmers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws and leaf blowers. n

4. Get Ready for Autumn: Autumn? Crikey! Let’s have a summer first, shall we! Although when autumn comes along, remember your ride-on Westwood lawn tractor can work just as hard, shifting logs in its trailer or spreading lawn feed. n

Chris BroWn’s tips for a top LaWn Advice to curate a luscious lawn with lasting benefits and the minimum of effort

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Company: Peterborough Grass Machinery. Find Out More: Visit the company on Ivatt Way, Peterborough PE3 7PG, call 01733 268168 or see

l Even if lawns turn brown and dry over summer, watering is usually not necessary over summer, but if you do have to water the lawn and maintain a green sward, aerate it by spiking with a garden fork before watering, to aid water penetration. Watering once a week to every 10 days is normally sufficient.

l areas of dry shade, such as under trees, become sparse very quickly despite adequate care. Consider over-seeding on an annual basis to maintain a dense sward. l if grass loses its vigour and freshness this month, apply sulphate of ammonia mixed with four times its weight dry soil. Mixing

with soil ensures even distribution and avoids scorching the grass.

l Moss is a problem in damp, poorly drained lawns. spring aeration is a good way to remedy moss.

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The Local Sculptor


Sculptor Theodore Gillick takes his inspiration from nature, and as a keen botanist too, has found that keeping honey bees is not only a rewarding pastime, but yields the ability to harvest delicious honey with seasonal variations... What you have to love about Stamford and Rutland is not only the beauty of the countryside and all the pretty houses, but the people who inhabit them. You may have heard about the Gillick family who live in Priory House. Perhaps the charming children have crossed your path before or maybe you’re a very fortunate owner of a Theo Gillick sculpture.

Ruth Gillick may have dazzled you with her warm smile; either way, the energy that this family holds is something quite remarkable. We were fortunate enough to visit Theo and his family recently, not to talk his latest sculptures (although we can’t resist touching on that a little) but to discuss the business of his bees. Apis mellifera prove a respite for the intensity that comes hand in hand with creating masterpieces. Theo is currently working on human sculptures but in the past he has mainly worked with animals.

Theo captures an animal or human in their natural state, no editing, no re-design, but a perfectly sculptured homage to their natural, unconscious beauty.

As we sat in the living room, an audience congregated around Theo as he began to talk. A two-year-old Dulcima perched on the sofa, heart-breaking blue eyes looking up at Daddy in fascination while Florence and her cousin Pia listened as they lent against the wall, so much focus in this distracted world.

An ever-growing Louis perched on a chair, ready at any moment to contribute his own extraordinary knowledge and we were later joined by Maya, a family friend who seemed

Words: Georgie Fenn.

HONEY THROUGH THE YEAR... Early Summer: Most likely a combination of Rape and Conker. If you’re a hayfever sufferer, this is the honey you need at the beginning of the season to keep the watery, itchy eyes and the running noses away.

equally enthralled at the trials and tribulations of nature.

It all began for the Gillick’s after a poor attempt at growing various plants and vegetables in the kitchen garden of their stunning 18th century house. Theo decided that lack of pollination was a big problem and with his scientific, botanist education and his wife Ruth’s background in ecology, they decided to venture into bee keeping.

Theo bought three traditional beehives in August 2014. He had all the beekeeping manuals and books a man could ever hope

Bee Populations

Mid-Late Summer: There are over 250 species of Come bee in the UK, in an estimated summer 275,000 honeybee hives. Bees the honey contribute £651m to the UK will economy a year through their pollination become a services. mixture of trees and flowers. Theo has around 42 species of trees & shrubs within 100m his garden, and one colony covers about 2900 acres collecting pollen and nectar so there will be a huge combination in the summer honey. We tried some honey that was collected from the lime trees and it was delicious with almost a spearmint flavour to it beneath all the sweetness. n


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>> for but in the first three months, what could go wrong, went wrong.

“We had everything from wasps invading the beehives to dying queens,” says Theo, clearly still a bit traumatised by those teething issues. Theo pulled through this time with the generous help of his mentor, Alastair Stirling, a man from Ketton who’s father was the infamous David Stirling who founded the SAS (see, that’s another local gem!). It was Alastair’s guidance that may have stopped Theo killing off his hives entirely. Just four months down the line of this baptism of fire and you’ll no longer see your average beehive anywhere near Priory House.

Theo explained that the original beehive design, the basic structure that a chap called Reverend Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth designed in 1852, is still largely accepted as the standard home for bees today.

Langstroth constructed his hives so that bees built their honey comb in his wooden frames instead of wherever they liked, and these could be lifted out and inspected. It was utterly ingenious, but that’s about 150 years ago. Many beekeepers have tried new designs, but the advantages are small so little has changed at all. Theo puts this lack of progress down to there simply being not enough money in beekeeping to invest in R&D; and standard hives ‘do the job’ in many respects. Nevertheless, after pulling together knowledge from keepers all over the planet and what Theo refers to as a lot of ‘beginners hubris,’ the new design of hive that is taking great care of Theo’s bees came about.

He doesn’t give too much away about the real technicalities of his invention only that after five trials and re-designs it allows the bees to sense and smell the temperature outside of their very well-insulated hive. The colonies are huge and healthy and he has averaged about ten times as much honey from one hive as a run-of-the-mill hive could. In the middle of summer, Theo expects to have around one million bees between his ten hives, but with a few novel management methods, only takes a quarter of the work of an old hive, all thanks to a little bit of imagination when it comes to their habitat.

“We’ve got some nice colonies this time,” he says, with a smile before recounting tales of some of the more violent broods they’ve had that have resulted in various stinging stories and his son Louis looking like a Disney character for a short time after being stung on his upper lip.” 124

“The whole family have suits; they are very much a team. The character of the colony relies on that of the Queen bee or ‘mother bee’ as she is called everywhere else. “If she’s feisty, it’s likely you’ll get the odd sting but if you have a kinder strain you could make it through a summer without needing to reach for the antihistamines once.”

Theo has labelled his honey St. Benedict’s after the Benedictine Monks who are likely to have last kept bees at St. Leonard’s Priory, now buried underneath his garden, in the 1530s. You can buy the honey if you make your way to the Friday market in Stamford. The earlier the better... because it’s creating quite the buzz. n

The natural home for bees is living trees. Trees have been important in Theo’s development of his own hives because whereas we know bees don’t manage the temperature in their hives, we have overlooked what the tree does. Tree trunks respond in real time to ambient temperature staying about the same as the air (have you ever felt a hot tree!). But they never go above 34°C, and never less than 0.1°C above freezing. And guess what? A nest of bees is also 34°C.

Trees don’t let bees nests boil or freeze. That’s why it’s so important to think about the natural relationship between bees and their tree homes if we want to keep them well, healthy and strong. n For more information on beekeeping, see

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Your First Beehive

One 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 turned 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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American Dream

Whirlwind romances are usually only found in novels and films but Chris and Katie’s story is a rare example of true love and some real old fashion male chivalry... with Stamford a magnificent backdrop to Katie’s special day! Photographer: Dottie Photography, 01945 773368,

This month’s couple met each other when Chris, originally from Manchester, was transferred to the same office as Katie when they were both working for Park West Gallery, Katie as an Art Dealer and Chris as Head of Publishing. Katie’s friend Jennifer also works for the company but over in Texas and Chris had worked alongside her too. “Jennifer and I share the same birthday and we have always spent it together, ever since we’ve been friends,” Katie tells me.


With some confidence, Chris had already asked Katie’s father for permission before the holiday and he’d been on the Burghley website and so they returned home to a wedding brochure sent from Kara, Events Manager at Burghley.

“Before our holiday we actually found Burghley and I couldn’t believe you could get married there,” says Katie. “We’d been doing some Googling and I was saying maybe we should look for somewhere smaller

“We wanted it to be quintiseentially British because half of the guests were coming from the U.S. and some of them had never been to England before.

We thought it would be great to have almost a historical British banquet, but with a ‘Marie Antoinette meets Dracula feel,” says Katie.The fabulous Kara totally understood Katie’s vision and the planning began!

A very forward thinking Chris decided his first date would be to fly Katie over to Texas for her birthday so that she could spend it with Jennifer. “I was a little bit worried he’d have expectations but he was the perfect gent and picked me up for dinner and dropped me back home after. It must be a British thing, it was perfect.” After that ridiculously impressive first date, the pair were living together just two months later and Chris proposed to Katie in the Bahamas shortly after. “We’d been together almost a year at this stage, and before he asked me,” Katie says, “Chris asked if I’d want to get married in England and I replied ‘yes let’s get married in a castle!’”

but I fell in love with Burghley’s history.” Coming from a historically knowledgeable background, Katie is the sort of person who is exceedingly good at research. After finding out that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited during their honeymoon, Katie was sold; it had to be Burghley.

“I had this team of incredible women working with me, it was amazing,” and the photos really speak for themselves. Captured by Dottie Photography, Katie puts the beautiful images down to Dottie’s pure talent.

Wedding Venue: St Martin’s Church, Stamford Reception Venue & Catering: Burghley House, Stamford 01780 752451, Dress: Inbal Dror, Israeli Designer, Wedding Flowers: Pollen Designs

Photographer, Stationery & Styling: Wedding Cake: Katie Sanderson n

The stunning wedding dress was a custom design that Katie and her monther designed themselves after studying a lot of historical photos.

The original dress is an Inbal Dror design but the veil, skirt and sleeve attachments were designed by Katie and the Ever After Boutique in Miami and later constructed over two weeks by four talented ateliers at Miami Atelier. It took two giant body bags to get the dress onto their Business Class flight to the UK. “If I could give anyone a tip it’s this,” laughs Katie. “If you want to be taken care of, present the flight attendants with a box of really good chocolates. My dress had its own closet!” The bridesmaids also ended up wearing


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“I told Kara I wanted ‘Marie Antoinette meets Dracula...’ as of our US guests had never been to England before!” cream coloured dresses after many trials and tribulations over colour choice. “Because I’m originally from Detroit, I looked back at Henry Ford’s wedding photos,” says Katie, “The bridesmaids were wearing these amazing sashes with flowers adorning them, so after discussing it with the florist at Pollen Design she managed to recreate it!”

The marvellous cake is printed with Burghley’s very own Heaven Room ceiling artwork thanks entirely to Couture Cakes. The monogram she had designed is because of Marie Antoinette’s ‘M’ on her cake and so Katie inspired Dotty Creations and our cake artist to do the same. As for tips? Katie says: “We weren’t sure whether to have the fireworks at the end of the evening because they seemed a bit extravagant, but in the end we just went for it and honestly, it’s been the highlight of my life and I can’t even remember how much it cost.”

The happy couple are living together in Miami and Katie is expecting their first child, a baby boy, in October. You’ll find Katie updating her blog, after retiring from being an Arts Dealer to be a full time housewife and prepare for being a Mother. They hope to return to Stamford in the future, “We had such a lovely time staying at The George in Stamford, we can’t wait to go back,” I’m sure The George would love to have them back too. By pure coincidence, Chris’s brother is now living in Stamford. He moved there just before the wedding. Can anyone resist Stamford’s charm, we wonder? n 130

Photographer: Dottie Photography, 01945 773368,

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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: Burghley House (, Rushton Hall ( The Dress: Moira from Mori Lee ( The Cake: Couture Cakes ( Stationery: Spiegl Printers ( The Flowers: Flower House, Stamford ( n 136

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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: Fort Henry, Exton (, Rushton Hall ( The Dress: Lilian West Venice from Justin Alexander ( The Cake: Rutland Cakes ( Stationery: Orange Pippin ( The Flowers: Pollen ( 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: Rutland Water Golf Club (, Barton Hall (, Kilworth House ( The Dress: Maggie Sottero Serencia ( The Cake: Rutland Cakes ( Stationery: Creative Wedding Stationery ( The Flowers: Pollen ( n 137

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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.

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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. 140

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With warmer weather just around the corner and summer holidays looming, the thought of exposing more skin may make you feel a little apprehensive. Do not worry - help is on hand with our complete body approach.

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Indications - Skin tightening, inch loss, fat Frequency - Course of weekly treatments. Downtime - None.

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Beauty in Bloom



The sun may be late in arriving this year but that does not mean that we can’t have some beautiful colour in our wardrobe for when it does. This summer season at Cavells certainly doesn’t disappoint with a wonderful array of fabulous hues and prints. From bright yellows, greens and oranges to the more subtle pinks, white and navy, florals to stripes there really is something to suit everyone. 1. Ribbon Dress By Paul Smith £450; Weekend, Max Mara Cardi £239. 2. Star Mela Basket £135. 3. Luisa Cerano Bell Sleeve Top £149; Samsoe & Samsoe Jacquard Trouser £139. 4. Marella Fluted Sleeve Knit £189; Marella Floral Trouser £140. 5. Chinti and Parker Cashmere Knit £350; Marella Floral Skirt £159. 6. Essentiel Floral Dress £220. 7. American Vintage T’shirt £55; Oui Palm Print Trouser £149. 8. Cocoa Cashmere Cardi £215; American Vintage T-Shirt £45; Marc Cain Pleat Skirt £269. n

With thanks to Havershams Barn for the gorgeous location! For more information on any of our featured fashions, visit Cavells on Mill Street, Oakham LE15 6EA. Call 01572 770 600 or see




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MBST may be something you’ve heard of or come across, but what is it? In a nutshell: MBST is a therapy that transfers energy directly into the cells of the tissue we treat to stimulate the regenerative processes. This can reduce pain, improve movement in joints and remove the need for surgery. To give you a better idea of how it works, we asked a patient to tell his story… I’ve always been an active person. I’ve enjoyed a long career as a soldier, and at 65 I still enjoy an active lifestyle.

Like many people, not just military men, I’ve had a few injuries along the way and suffered from the inevitable wear and tear on various parts of my body, but I just learned to live with it. However, in 2002, x-rays confirmed compressed L4 and L5 discs and in 2007, significant wear on both knee joints, led to an Arthroscopy to alleviate my pain. I continued to “manage” my ongoing pain situation with exercises and aids, albeit knowing that conditions attributed to wear and tear would never get better by themselves.

This all changed when one day I was playing golf with a gentleman who mentioned MBST. It occurred to me, the best course of events was to consider MBST right away based on “building on what remains” rather than waiting until there was little left to build on further down the line – a sort of preventative maintenance.

I contacted Cell Regeneration and arranged for a consultation, along with a round of treatments. From the moment the treatment finished I began to feel better and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that my condition has since improved significantly.

The sessions are completely relaxing, there’s no need for undressing, no special garments required, and the treatment couch is comfortable enough for you to either take a nap or read a book. When you consider the non-invasive benefits of MBST over surgery, there really is no competition. 144

n If you would like to know how MBST can be used to treat your pain then please email or call 01780 238084.

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and treatment compound that misery, so why wait? Peterborough’s Avicenna Clinic is a private healthcare facility with access to over 15 consultants, all offering state-of-the-art MRI, ultrasound and digital X-ray diagnosis, plus procedures under local and general anaesthetic and access to specialists in pain management.

The clinic was established in April 2017 by local NHS and private consultants, who work within musculoskeletal, pain management, spinal, gynae, ENT, ophthalmological, rheumatology and psychiatry disciplines of medicine, with a treatment room, an operating theatre and outpatient clinics.

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technology, conducted by experienced Co-founder and experienced musculoskeletal consultants, with the patient as the prime radiologist Dr. Hany Elmadbouh has focus. The clinic can save months of pain worked all over the work within many and inconvenience, with X-rays from different healthcare infrastructures and £90, MRI scans with images wanted to establish a clinic that supplied on disc in the same could circumvent waiting lists visit from £450 and and provide quality of care What is appointments with in terms of the latest consultants specialising equipment, and better in fields such as pain communication through Traditionally an MRI scan is management from £150. IT and medical imaging conducted in a ‘tunnel.’ Avicenna

Open MRI?

State of the Art: Avicenna has the area’s only open

If you’re in pain, why wait for a treatment or diagnosis? Private diagnosis and treatment has never been more affordable, or convenient. n For more information on Avicenna Clinic, call 0330 202 0597 or see Avicenna is based on North Street, Peterborough PE1 2RA.

has the area’s only open MRI scanner which allows simultaneous scanning and procedures, and often proves less ‘scary’ for patients too.

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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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‘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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Artisan Designs for your Home... KETTERING Nestled amongst many historical buildings within a pretty courtyard setting, Hilly Horton Home in Thrapston offers two floors and three rooms of wonderful products for you, your home and garden. The ladies behind this independent shop are Hilly Horton and Sarah Whiteside, both of whom play an intrinsic part to the operation and everything that this unique store has to offer. This independent business has grown from strength to strength over the last three years, now being established, registered stockists for many UK based brands such as Garden Trading, Grand Illusions, Nukuku, Biggie Best, Sam Wilson Studio and Tutti & Co. In addition to their core suppliers, Hilly & Sarah are committed to working with some of the regions most creative, artisan makers, many

of whom produce designs solely for Hilly Horton Home. Based in a historic market town which is home to many other superb independent retailers, Hilly Horton Home offers a wide range of homeware, furniture, home decor and gifts together with a capsule ladies clothing and jewellery collection. With so much on offer in this pretty East Northamptonshire town, a trip to Hilly Horton Home is well worth while. The team behind Hilly Horton Home are Hilly, Sarah and Becky, all passionate advocates of design, quality and customer service. You can also follow the store on Facebook or Instagram and for further information and an insight into what you can expect to find at Hilly Horton Home, visit their website. n Hill Horton is based at Goss Court High St, Thrapston, Kettering NN14 4JH. Call 01832 358894 or

Look after your mower, and it’ll look after your lawn!



COATES How’s your lawn looking? With the help of Ben Burgess, and its John Deere Brand, it could look event 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. The firm specialises in the sales, servicing and repair of all domestic, commercial and agricultural equipment. “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 the firm’s Steve Trostler. “Remove any twigs, pet toys or stones, rather than just mowing over them, and maintain your mower well; a change of oil is less than £60 and sharpening the blades costs very little, but that investment will ensure your machine remains healthy, the cut stays clean and your lawncare equipment is a faithful friend year after year.”

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


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.

“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

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.

Summer is the perfect time to create a dream fireplace...


Love yurts, but country bumpkins really adore them...!

GREAT OXENDON Introducing glamping and the Great Outdoors in the heart of the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire countryside! Glamping combines the best of camping with the luxuries of home. Imagine a beautiful bright tent big enough for proper beds, fairy lights, candles and a log burning stove. You’ll have hot water, showers and phone charging (none of us can cope without this nowadays). Yet, it is also eco-friendly with solar power, composting loos, and a wood-burning hot tub. We have three yurts; two that can sleep up to six in each, and one that sleeps just two. Visit our website for more information!

n Call 07375 024672 or see

MARKET HARBOROUGH It may be warm outside, but summer is the perfect time to create a focal point that will add style, personality and warmth, to your home. Burning kiln dried, locally sourced logs is also a great way to cut use of the central heating, be more energy efficient & save money, all whilst being more self-sufficient. At Harborough Stone, Market Harborough, solid, natural stone fireplaces can be created to any style, shape or design. There are a wide range of wood and marble mantels too & they offer a wide range of both old and new solid oak beams. n Call Harborough Stone on 01858 410033, visit or visit their Market Harborough showroom.


Five Great Years

TWO LOCAL BUSINESSES HAVE RECEIVED NEARLY £100,000 to help them grow, thanks to Rutland County Council and Opportunity Peterborough. Parker Farms, which is based in Ridlington, has been awarded £49,570, while Oakham-based Simmons Optometrist has received £44,754. The money will help expand what they do and potentially employ more people. n

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NEWS In Brief


SAM JOINS JAMES SELLICKS... Sam McDonald has joined the James Sellicks Group as one of their General Practice Surveyors and the Business Development Manager. Sam is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and comes with over 15 years experience in the residential, investment and development markets. James Sellicks has offices in Leicester, Market Harborough and Oakham. This is an exciting time for Leicestershire, and as has been the case for over 20 years, James Sellicks will be at the forefront of local activity and promotion. n Contact Sam with regards to his role or to discuss an opportunity please call him direct on 07519 106984.


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Rutland Pride June 2018  

For more information call 01529 469977.

Rutland Pride June 2018  

For more information call 01529 469977.