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Enjoying Polo in Rutland
A chukka or two in the county this month
A Summer of Activities
Great days out around Rutland Water
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hat a scorcher of a month, I’ve never had to water the garden so much and I’m sure you can all say the same. We’ve had a remarkable month here at Rutland and Stamford Pride.
This month we feature the area’s very own MP, Sir Alan Duncan, who gives us his update on everything that’s going on in Westminster. We’re excited to say that Alan will be contributing to the magazine for the rest of the year to help everyone in Rutland and Stamford keep up-to-date. Also this month, you’ll get to see into the life of local live events businessman Colin Ward, read all about Rutland Polo Club and feast your eyes on some seriously impressive food at The Coach House in South Luffenham. If you’re approaching a summer of activities and holidays we have also shared with you some of the best ways to enjoy this area, from sailing to golf, and we suggest ways in which you can get involved too. We hope you enjoy reading this issue.
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CONTENTS NEWS & EVENTS 06
NEWS Our roundup of good news.
A BEAUTIFUL VOICE An interview with local soprano Katie Marshall.
of polo and how you can join in.
102 FASHION Style with Joules.
ALAN DUNCAN News from
WHAT’S ON Art and drama in July.
HOMES & INTERIORS
RUTLAND POLO The fantastic sport GET INVOLVED Where to go and
what to do.
FOOD & DRINK 50 57
DINING OUT The fabulous Coach
House at South Luffenham.
WINE With Georgie Fenn.
HOMES A stunning barn conversion in North Luffenham.
GARDEN A lovely surprise at Burghley House.
WEDDING The stunning wedding of Lewis and Lucy Chisholm.
107 MAKEUP Summer must-haves.
MOTORS The Jaguar I-Pace.
BUSINESS NEWS Success stories.
BUSINESS & FINANCE
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Hambleton’s Bread is Good For You!
FINALLY SOME GOOD DIET NEWS THAT WE CAN ALL GET OUR TEETH INTO... RUTLAND Finally some good news about dieting! In June, Hambleton Bakery was featured on the BBC documentary “The Truth About Carbs.” Dr Xand van Tulleken had some interesting facts about the health benefits of switching to wholegrain loaves (sold at Hambleton) such as Rye, Spelt and Sourdough. You can find the feature in the programme from 14.48 – 16.50 on catch-up so have a quick watch and see for yourself.
The benefits that Dr Xand expected from a switch from “bad carbs” to the breads above included: less weight gain per slice, good for type 2 diabetes, reduced danger of bowel cancer, improved fertility and that children have improved genetic makeup. This is great news for
the Hambleton Bakery as it confirms what they have always known: good bread is good for you! Hambleton Bakery supplies Hambleton Hall with all
School pupils’ hard work
its baked goods. If you pop into the High Street Hambleton
Bakery shop in Stamford on Ironmonger street in Stamford
you will we be able to purchase
In recognition of Carers Week 2018, both LOCAL SCHOOL, CATMOSE COLLEGE, IN UPPINGHAM Catmose College and Catmose Primary School were awarded HAS BEEN REWARDED FOR THEIR HARDWORK ‘Young Carer Friendly’ certificates by the Rutland County Council Early Help Team. During the week students took part in daily sessions to enhance their wellbeing, including meditation, Bhangra dancing, Tai Chi, mindfulness art, Zumba, Pilates and a Karaoke-athon! All students and staff were requested to take a break from their mobile phones for the full week, as
their glorious breads and there are always delicious tasters out too. The shop also stocks delicious Olive Oils, Flour and other bits and bobs. n over-use of mobiles has been linked to mental health pressures. Catmose College recently held a Positive Mental Health Week to fundraise for Rutland Young Carers, as well as promoting wellbeing amongst staff and students. Students raised a total of £1489.57 through a home clothes day, and benefitted from assemblies highlighting the responsibilities and challenges for young carers in the Rutland area. n www.catmosecollege.com
RUTLAND POLICE USING DRONES
STAMFORD It was announced in June that police officers in Rutland will soon be able to use drones to help them locate missing people. They will also be used to prevent antisociable behaviour as they will be fitted with sensitive infra-red cameras. This investment means that for investigations where possible, the police helicopter will not
be needed and instead the drones will come into use. Drones will not be used on the general public, they’re merely an eye in the sky for the police when they need it. It will enable them to scan large areas of possible inaccessible land in a very short time. Keep an eye on @Rutland Police on Twitter.n
Is This Britain’s Sexiest Cow? A LOCAL COMPANY HAS COME UP WITH A MARKETING STRATEGY THAT HAS GONE VIRAL
No more plastic in Rutland say Anglian Water
RUTLAND Anglian Water has become the first water company to announce a radical commitment to rid the East of England of plastic waste by 2030. The company, which serves a tenth of the UK population, has already rolled out free water refill schemes with City to Sea for the public in numerous towns and cities and funds a wide volunteer network with Keep Britain Tidy to remove plastics from the rivers and beaches and care for the natural water environment. Research conducted by Anglian Water showed its customers were greatly concerned about the impact microplastics are having on the environment and revealed overwhelming support for developing a better understanding of the types of microplastics that end up in rivers and seas. Specifically they saw the water company as having a vital role to play in leading and influencing others across the region on a plastic-free journey. The pledge will be launched on World Ocean’s Day which is when the government will announce their own plans against plastic.
240 Happy Hens...
Drones In Charge
STAMFORD has rehomed 240 former battery hens recently. The hens were taken under the wing of the British Hen Welfare Trust who are on a mission to rehome the 16 million hens kept in cages and battery farmed over the country. n
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RUTLAND Local strategic branding and communications agency Dupree Creative from Castle Bytham are celebrating after their campaign for RAGT Seeds went viral. Julie Dupree, Account Director said: “To help get the message out to the UK’s feed-wheat growers, we strategically devised the ‘Britain’s Sexiest Cow’ competition, driven by social media, to go viral to the UK’s agricultural audience. The winner was Char, a doe-eyed, latte coloured, four-year-old Jersey from Devon who was crowned ‘Britain’s Sexiest Cow.’ n
NEWS In Brief STAMFORD
FROM FOOD TO FACE An ex-professional chef, Lisa Armitage, has developed her own range of skincare, LA, after seeing a gap in the market. Lisa was inspired after suffering from skin conditions herself in her 20s. After deciding chemicals were actually making matters worse, Lisa started using natural products and discovered the results were amazing. Several years later and Lisa has decided to put her chef skills together with her passion for natural skincare to produce all sorts of serums and creams that are not only good for your complexion but your body too. Lisa’s moto is that she wouldn’t put anything on her face that she wouldn’t put in her body as well and she shines from the results! To see more visit: www.lisaarmitage.com. n
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A Letter From Westminster...
Sir Alan Duncan MP
I was delighted to be asked recently to write a monthly column for Rutland Pride and Stamford Pride. Given that this is my first, I thought a good starting point would be to explain the sort of day-to-day work I do as your local Member of Parliament. Over the 25 years I have represented the area and Melton in Westminster, I have led a large number of successful campaigns to champion our area.
One of those I remain to this day most proud of was the fight to restore Rutland’s unitary status, something I began to immediately lobby the then Government on following my election in 1992. We put forward a strong case that set out how a local county could more effectively deliver services for residents, a plan I am pleased to say Ministers subscribed to. The 20th anniversary celebrations that took place at the beginning of this April, which I was delighted to take part in, were a reminder of the successes we have enjoyed and an affirmation that we were right to back that effort. There have been similar victories for localism in my various campaigns that have sought to oppose the building of large, inappropriately placed wind farms, which no doubt would have hurt our community. I successfully lobbied the Secretary of State to reject Woolfox Wind Farm, an unwanted application with very little local support, and remain absolutely committed to protecting our area’s rural character.
Although voted one of the best places to live in Britain – and rightly so – like any rural community, ours faces a unique set of challenges not shared by our counterparts in more urban areas. That has always been the case, but it should not, and does not, stop us from pressing ahead.
A key challenge ahead is the development of the St George’s Barracks site once the MOD vacates it in 2021. Many of you, I am sure, will have read about the initial plans for the site and have your own carefully considered views. I have been having many conversations with both the County Council and local groups about this – most recently with a large group of Parish Council representatives in late June. It is critical that in this plan, and in any other development, we retain the special character of the area and are sensitive to the surrounding areas.
Needless to say, much of my work at the present time relates to Brexit, and more specifically, securing a favourable deal for Britain, a process I am closely involved in as the Minister for Europe and the Americas. This role sees me cover 77 countries, which, as you can imagine, means a lot of travel, not to mention a jam-packed diary, both at home and
abroad. It’s my job to maintain a strong relationship with my counterparts on the continent and across the Pacific, and to promote our interests on the international stage wherever I can. In any one day I have to switch frequently from meeting ambassadors and European foreign ministers, to answering Parliamentary Questions and making statements in the Commons.
To give you an insight into what that involves in real terms, in September last year I became the first UK Minister to visit Belarus since its independence, holding productive meetings with President Lukashenka and Foreign Minister Makei to discuss UK-Belarus cooperation on security, prosperity and reform. I’ve twice visited Sofia with the Prime Minister in recent months, and we’ve been working hard to reset our, at times difficult, relationship with Argentina. Closer to home, in Westminster, this role has recently seen me lead the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act through the Commons. This is the first piece of legislation that prepares us for life after our exit from the EU to complete its passage through Parliament, and will ensure that, post-Brexit, we have full control over our own sanctions policy again, a key foreign policy and national security tool. Like most MPs, I return home almost every weekend, and can frequently be found walking my Cockapoo, Noodle, in our beautiful countryside (I couldn’t help including a photo along with this article!) Our area truly is a very special place to live and, for me, serves as a welcome break from my rather hectic life in central London! With best wishes,
n I would be delighted to hear from any readers who would like to share their ideas or aspirations for our county. I can be contacted most easily by email on firstname.lastname@example.org, but also by post at the House of Commons. If you find yourself eager to receive more than the monthly updates in this column, please do browse my website www.alanduncan.org.uk.
Above: Alan’s Cockapoo Noodle.
“Like most MPs, I return home almost every weekend, and can frequently be found walking my Cockapoo, Noodle, in our beautiful countryside...!”
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Sitting in an elevated position, surrounded by private grounds and stunning landscaped gardens, with lovely views of St Mary’s church, The Manor House is an imposing stone residence with superb reception space and extensive accommodation ﬁtted to the highest standard throughout. Sympathetically renovated and extended over the last few years by the present owner, the property has been restored using traditional methods and tradesmen to create a stunning example of an Elizabethan property dating back to 1571. The interior combines a wealth of period features and traditional detailing with modern ﬁttings of the highest speciﬁcation; a particular highlight is the stunning bespoke hand crafted Kitchen with Wolf cooking appliances and Sub Zero refrigerator. In parts digitally controlled under-ﬂoor heating and cast iron radiators make this a truly stylish home.
The Manor house, orTon WaTerville £2,450,000
The property is accessed by a sweeping tree lined driveway which leads to 1.15 acres of private enclosed grounds that include several formal landscaped gardens and a large courtyard at the rear of the property which adjoins the kitchen. A large range of original farm buildings offer further potential with full planning permission to convert if desired. With all the beneﬁts of an enviably private location and excellent facilities, The Manor House is a unique, impressive country home.
Tel: +44(0)1780 750200 email: stamford@ﬁneandcounty.com
Tel: +44( 0)1572 335145 email: rutland@ﬁneandcounty.com
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briar CoTTage, easTon on The hill £325,000
Fir Tree house, PinChbeCk £525,000
225 oﬃces across great britain Plus 75 oﬃces globally
Briar Cottage offers the perfect opportunity to purchase a quaint character cottage in the heart of the ever popular village of Easton On The Hill. The property has been loving maintained over a number of years with period features such as beams, exposed stone work and feature windows, all showcased to their best potential. The cottage beneﬁts further from a fully enclosed, private rear garden which is not overlooked. The west facing aspect allows sunshine all day and there is ample space for the shed and summer house. There is also a single garage to the rear of the property which is accessed via a shared driveway. With its charming interior and private setting within a highly desirable village, Briar Cottage needs to be viewed to be fully appreciated.
Fir Tree House is a handsome double fronted property parts of which date back to 1780. Over the years the property has been sympathetically extended to create a stunning 21st century family home, set in entirely private grounds. The current owners have refurbished the property throughout including the addition of a light bright kitchen, living, dining room which opens out onto the rear garden. The property offers versatile living and good bedroom accommodation. The large enclosed garden wraps around the property which lots of seating areas, feature pond and small fenced paddock. There is also a large gated parking area with double garage. Fir Tree House needs to be viewed to appreciate the quality of accommodation on offer in this popular rural location.
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S A L E S • L E T T I N G S • S U R V E Y S • M O R T G A G E S
CHATER BARN, NORTH LUFFENHAM
PRICE ON APPLICATION
A stunning ﬁve bedroomed grade II listed barn conversation, beautifully presented throughout, oﬀering spacious and ﬂexible accommodation in the centre of this pretty Rutland village.
THE GABLES, MORCOTT
GUIDE PRICE £650,000
A superbly presented, stone built ﬁve bedroomed family home, circa 1850, sympathetically renovated throughout and located in the centre of the pretty Rutland village of Morcott.
TANNACHIE HOUSE, WING
GUIDE PRICE £875,000
A substantial, detached four bedroomed stone property with ample accommodation sitting on the edge of this premium Rutland village, with mature gardens and open countryside views.
11 HANNAH’S FIELD, RIDLINGTON
OFFERS OVER £600,000
A spacious detached four bedroomed property oﬀering ﬂexible accommodation and located on a large plot on the edge of Ridlington, surrounded by some of the county's ﬁnest countryside.
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Old Langton Hall, West Langton, Leicestershire
An exquisitely renovated part of a Grade II listed Hall set over three floors with south-westerly views over substantial private gardens
Guide Price Â£1,295,000
HALL | DRAWING ROOM | SITTING ROOM | BOOT ROOM KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM | CLOAKROOM
CELLAR/LAUNDRY ROOM | PRINCIPAL BEDROOM WITH
EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM | BEDROOM 2 WITH EN SUITE
SHOWER ROOM | 3 FURTHER BEDROOMS | FAMILY BATHROOM
Edward Brassey 01858 438 723 Edward.email@example.com
DOUBLE GARAGE | EXTENSIVE PARKING | PRIVATE
WALLED GARDENS AND GROUNDS | SWIMMING POOL IN ALL ABOUT 1.485 ACRES
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Discreet Marketing Register POPULAR RUTLAND VILLAGE
A substantial, individually designed family home with dbl Garage and private gardens set in the centre of a sought after village. The property has been constructed to a superb speciﬁcation by local craftsmen and oﬀers extensive and ﬂexible living accommodation with generously proportioned rooms. 5 Rec. Rooms, Living Kitchen, Utility, Clkrm, Boot Room, 6 Bedrooms, 5 Bath/Shower Rooms, 2-nd ﬂoor Guest Suite. Energy Rating: C.
No Chain £795,000
A beautiful Grade II listed detached Country House oﬀering extensive family accommodation with a wealth of character throughout and set within very private, glorious gardens and grounds of approx. 1.0 acre in the centre of this desirable village. 3 Rec. Rooms, Farmhouse Kitchen, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bath/Shower Rooms; Dbl Garage, parking. EPC Exempt.
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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.
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Stunning stone cottage in the town centre renovated and refurbished to a high standard throughout with kitchens and bathrooms by a reputable interior designer. Reception Room, Dining Kitchen, Clkrm/Utility, 3 Bedrooms, En-suite Bathroom, Wet Room. Full planning permission to convert the roof space to provide 2 further bedrooms with en-suites. Landscaped Garden, Parking. Energy Rating: E.
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Guide Price £595,000
A beautifully restored and superbly refurbished Grade II listed property with a very private, good-sized garden situated in the town centre. The property dates from 1616 and has been tastefully and sympathetically refurbished to retain as many original features. 2 Rec. Rooms, bespoke Kitchen/Brkfst Room, Study, 3 large Bedrooms, Bathroom, Shower Room, large loft space. EPC Exempt.
BELTON IN RUTLAND
Guide Price £425,000
A detached agricultural Barn with PLANNING PERMISSION under permitted development for conversion to a residential use and overlooking its own land extending to approx. 3.0 A. The barn has an internal ﬂoor area of approx. 4,500 sq ft and is set in an elevated position on an area of level land on a no-through lane on the outskirts of this popular village. The adjoining land has been planted with over 500 native English trees and runs down to a stream and a pond. NO CHAIN.
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An exclusive FOUR BEDROOM riverside home set in a gated development combining the convenience of central Stamford with the tranquillity of the river Welland • Adapted Garage Space • 4 Bedrooms, 1 En Suite, Family Bathroom • Kitchen / Breakfast Room • Additional Parking Space • Utility Room & Sitting Room • Gardens to River
Anseres Place, Stamford – GUIDE PRICE £725,000
A substantially extended semi-detached cottage oﬀering flexible living accommodation, oﬀ street parking & garaging, gardens & stunning views • 4 Bedrooms (2 En Suite) • Snug • Sitting Room, Kitchen • Double Garage • Entrance Hall • Gardens with Stunning Views
Stockerston Road, Uppingham – £550,000
TO ET Properties are L LETTING fast... and oﬀ market From town houses to village and rural properties – we have tenants waiting Please contact King West for free rental advice and appraisal A 5 bedroom contemporary family residence situated in a pretty Rutland village • 5 Bedrooms (2 en suite) • Further bathroom • Drawing Room
• Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Double garage with Room Above • Landscaped Gardens
Empingham, Rutland – £1,150,000
Very competitive rates and an experienced team
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T H E
I N T E RV I E W
Colin Ward THE AREAâ€™S LOCAL LIVE EVENTS GURU
Words: Rob Davis. Images: Tilly Wilkinson.
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is month we’ve an exclusive interview with Stamford live events entrepreneur Colin Ward about his life and work with Live Promotions as he celebrates 50 years of life among the stars... AS THE SAYING GOES, find a job you love and you’ll never do a day’s work again in your life. It’s certainly true for local businessman Colin Ward, whose career as a promoter this month reaches the milestone of 50 years. It’s a job which has taken him around the world, but also grounded Colin in the area, where he’s lived all his life. We recently caught up with Colin at The George of Stamford in between meetings to find out how his many interests in life have intersected with his career as a live events promoter. Are we correct in saying that you’ve always been a local boy?
That’s right. I was born and raised in Spalding and was schooled at Spalding Grammar, then at college and the finally the School of Art studying what was grandly referred to as Industrial Art otherwise known as printing! And art was your first love, specifically album covers?
That’s right. I aspired to work either as a designer or in the music industry, and album covers is where the two interests intersected. I was in a band at the time, it was called Sounds Force Five, and we were fortunate enough to be making waves in the local music scene at venues like the area’s RAF camps, and so on. The area was an incredible place for music at the time with Jimi Hendrix, Cream and many others performing locally.
We all eventually fell into a hippy counter-culture frame of mind and the psychedelia movement yielded some stunning album covers. We had a great time travelling far and wide. The most memorable gig for me was on the beach at Perranporth in Cornwall a phenomenal open air gig that really takes me back! Main Image: Pride’s Rob Davis interviews Stamford’s live events promoter Colin Ward.
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We became the ‘can do’ company, satisfying any client’s brief. Our most ambitious and generously monetised - campaign, which saw us hiring Concorde to ﬂy over the oﬃces of one of our clients whilst hosting a ‘street party’ in their head oﬃce compéred by presenter Phillip Schoﬁeld!
But then adult life beckoned?
I was torn between music and pursuing a career in art and design, so I ended up working in the local area and London as an artistic buyer, commissioning art for EMAP. These included promotion for events like the Isle of Man TT, my first taste of life as a promoter; needless to say, one which quickly began to appeal! It was a good job but one that was fraught with frustration too. I regularly quit the job, to the extent that it became an in-joke between my wife Daphne and I. She and I would be sitting in the car and the Managing Director would tap on the window asking me to come back into the office and come back to work! How did you begin your own events company, Live Promotions?
Some time around that point, a friend asked for help promoting a folk music event, which neatly ensured all of my interests came together; an ability to be creative, working with talented musicians and to play a part in organising an event. There was a lack of good event venues and good music acts in the area so circumstances, I felt, were right and we began Live Promotions in 1972. I say we, because as well as Daphne’s constant support, I’ve always been blessed with some excellent colleagues like George Slinger who later departed to run Birchgrove Garden Centre, and Bob Limming who has been with me for 40 years now, and is also a Director of the company. My son-in-law Tom also joined the company 12 years ago and it’s great to have a family connection in the business too.
Together we began to host events at Boston’s Assembly Rooms, local cinemas or theatres and venues as far afield as London, with acts across the genres of jazz, country music and pop music. But live music events were only half the story?
That’s right. We picked up corporate work, which was a crucial period of change for the business. Some of our clients included breweries like Skol & Tetley beers and Marlborough tobacco.
We became the ‘can do’ company, satisfying any client’s brief. We held a German-themed medieval banquet at a local castle, organised concerts on boats on the Thames, and in our most ambitious - and generously monetised - campaign, which saw us hiring Concorde to fly over the offices of one of our clients whilst hosting a ‘street party’ in their head office compéred by Phillip Schofield!
And then the ‘digital revolution’ happened?
Yes. It was a changing business climate and client work was changing as well, to become more rewards-oriented. In the mid to late 1980s we created Truckfest, and our Land Rover events. These were our in-house projects and the company underwent a huge change, hosting our own events - which were more secure by virtue of the fact that we owned them - rather than working for our clients. With success soon following?
The company grew from just a handful of people to around 20. We built relationships with venues like Burghley House and stately homes, as well as taking Truckfest nationwide. How large is Live Promotions now?
We have 18 people in the office and host about 26 events a year, entertaining about 200,000 people annually including 60,000 at our local flagship Truckfest event. What was your most successful moment in business?
The most prestigious event that we were involved in took place in 2012, when we organised The Queen’s Jubilee event at Burghley House. I was on the organising committee and it was attended by over 10,000 guests.
I worked closely with the late and very great Tony Worth and met HM The Queen briefly, which was one of the proudest moments of my life. Aside from that, Truckfest has been the greatest achievement... I suppose every poet has a sort of magnum opus, and that’s ours. >>
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>> It’s so popular and well-attended that I feel really proud to be associated with it, and we’ve had no end of celebrities making appearances at the event over the years, like Noel Edmonds.
Do you have any business regrets?
Not regrets as such. In hindsight, I wish we’d have hung on to the corporate work a little longer. It was a great industry to be in, and a different matter entirely to working in the music industry. What stars and celebrities have you worked with - any favourites?
I’m no longer starstruck and I try not to have favourites, especially when we’re planning an event; we’re there to work. It sounds blasé, but when you’re putting your name to the event you have to deliver the concert and to ensure that it’s successful regardless of the talent. And you’re not a fan of backstage pass requests?
Afraid not! I cringe because musicians have to work hard and perform to the best of their ability so they can’t be begrudged their time to mentally prepare before and to ‘recover’ mentally after the event. I don’t like intruding on that. Who has impressed you most?
We’ve been very lucky to work with lots of very hard-working acts, and I’ve a bulging contacts book of really good people who are totally professional, dedicated to putting on a really great event for their audiences.
I’ve worked with Jools Holland on a number of occasions and he’s very good indeed. His drummer, Gilson Lavis, is local too and I’ve become good friends with him. They’re an incredibly successful pair. Likewise I’ve organised events with Bryan Ferry who is a total gentleman. He’s a great performer and a real professional. The presenter Fiona Bruce also worked with us three years ago to host an event akin to the last night of the proms, which was a real pleasure too.
We travelled to the oldest opera house in Venice where Callas made her early musical debuts, and to the destinations which inspired Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. You take pleasure in researching your musical interests?
Absolutely. And history is a great interest too, one which will see me go through phases of mild obsession... my period of fascination with the artist John Constable last year for instance.
I try to visit Venice each year, and have been to Rome a couple of times too. They’re such beautiful cities and they’re all home to really unique stories which I love exploring. Which is how you enjoy relaxing when you’re no in the office?
Oh absolutely not! I absolutely love running the business, and I couldn’t contemplate retirement. I could never fully retire as I’d be very bored. I’ve always had an interest in music and I love facilitating it for the enjoyment of other people. That’s the best thing about it.
Yes, but principally I love spending time with my family. We’ve two grown-up children who work in the aviation industry and in the family business respectively. We’ve five grandchildren, whom I absolutely adore. I’m a real ‘family man’ and I think it’s great having the kids and grandkids around us at home. We’ve a couple of dogs too; a lively wire-haired dachshund and a Cairn terrier. I love nature and I absolutely adore wildlife.
And what music is on your CD player or streaming playlist right now?
What’s the secret to a happy family life?
But generally you’re not in the business to work with celebrities?
I never switch off from the business, I’m open all hours and always on the look out for projects I can get involved in. In that sense it’s full on but it’s still a profound pleasure too.
I return to Jools Holland time and again, and love the energy and skill with which he performs. I’ve also been listening to the guitarist Albert Lee and to Rod Stewart. I’ve seen Rod live, and the Stones too quite recently, but my musical tastes are quite eclectic, and both Daphne and I enjoy classical and opera as well.
Above/Opposite: Colin’s life has seen him working with an array of celebrities and musicians from Jools Holland to Fiona Bruce to Noel Edmonds. One of his most successful events is Truckfest, which attracts 60,000 visitors in Peterborough alone.
We’ve a family of foxes that visit the garden, badgers too. I really enjoy birdwatching and escape to Norfolk regularly to watch the world go by on a beach. Simple pleasures are often the best.
Daphne and I are approaching our 50th wedding anniversary, and I think the secret is tolerance. Too many people give up on marriage these days.
Every couple will have moments that aren’t as good as others but in a marriage you’re there to support each other. My marriage has brought me more pleasure than anything else in my life as we’ve shared so many day-to-day experiences together; that’s the beauty of marrying your best friend. n Colin is the founder of Live Promotions; www.livepromotions.co.uk.
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Hitting the High Notes
We say it time and time again, for such a tiny area, Stamford and Rutland contribute a lot to the wider world. We put this down to the people, and we’ve been chatting to one such individual, local soprano Katie Marshall Words: Georgie Fenn. Image: Robin Boot Photography taken at Rushton Hall
Oakham isn’t shy of producing talent. Take Matthew Macfadyen for example, he only went and played the glorious Mr Darcy later in life. Then there are the sporting legends, Stuart Broad, Lewis Moody, Lucy Pearson, Tom Croft, Alex Goode, there are too many to mention. You could even say that Dr Who came from Oakham!
The infamous Matt Smith attended the school and most recently has wowed everyone with his portrayal of Prince Philip on screen in the Netflix series, The Crown (if you haven’t watched it yet, it’s worth the subscription alone.)
A younger generation is making its way through the ranks and among them is Katie Marshall, a Rutland girl through and through who is making her name as a Soprano. They say that passion is one of the most powerful forces in this world and Katie is proof. She is extremely focused on her singing and a force of nature in the musical world. You may have even heard Katie’s voice already. She sang ‘The 12 Days Of Christmas’, with the Downton Abbey and Broadway actor Julian Ovenden who played Charles Blake in Downton Abbey (lady Mary’s suitor) on Warner Music’s ‘Christmas at Downton Abbey’ Album (2014) This was produced by the acclaimed producer, Nick Patrick. “My singing has been such an important part of my life since I first fell in love with classical music at six years of age,” says Katie. “I grew up in a very musical family. My sister studied Classical singing and my brother sings and plays the guitar. I started
KATIE’S FIRST ALBUM...
having lessons with singing teacher Rodney Dawkins of Oakham, who also taught my older sister. I now have lessons with different voice coaches around the country.” Katie can sing in Italian, Latin, German and French and the more she sings the more she learns!
Katie’s album is called Voice Divine and was recorded in London with the Kent Although singing may be her world, Katie also Sinfonia Orchestra. enjoys dance, drama, yoga, swimming, cookThe album has been ing and many wonderful walks in the beautiful produced by Rutland countryside. The yoga can be VOCES8 musical a great help to sopranos as it director who helps with relaxation and recorded looks after the all imporKatie’s tant vocal chords. debut EP. It was then A Free Download of ‘I feel Pretty’ mastered (West Side Story) from a live at Abbey performance with the Kent Sinfonia Orchestra will be Road available on: Studios by katiemarshall Simon music.com Gibson.
Arias: O Mio Babbino Caro (Puccini); Art Thou Troubled (Handel).
Sacred: Pie Jesu (Lloyd Webber) and Ave Maria (Caccini) & Laudate Dominum (Mozart). Musical Theatre: If I Loved You (from Carousel) Folk: Danny Boy
Walking in the Air (Howard Blake). n
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Katie is currently home schooled so that she can focus on her singing, “I’m working hard at present with my A Levels alongside my performing life and vocal studies,” she says.
In the past she has attended Leighfield Junior School in Uppingham and Catmose College in Oakham.
“Alongside being part of the Chamber Choir, I was chosen for the lead roles in the musical theatre productions at Catmose College of Beauty & the Beast (Belle) and West Side Story (Maria),” Katie tells me, singing really is her life. After achieving A and A*s for her GCSEs, Katie chose to continue her studies with online tutoring and local tutors. “I enjoy this very much and it works really well for me as a performer,” she says. “I can be
anywhere in the world and still continue with my academic work,” that’s showbiz.
After A-levels and no doubt many more performances, Katie will be looking at joining a Music College in London. “At present I am enjoying all the opportunities I have to perform” she says. It’s clear that the nerves of performing have gone, Katie has a gift, and for her, performance has become a thrill rather than a fright, just listen to her album to hear the sheer power in her voice! Katie also keeps busy working as an ambassador for lots of charities and many of her performances help to raise money for them. Charities include the Prince’s Trust, Children’s Air Ambulance and Born Free Wildlife and a new charity called Sponsor Stars helping disadvantaged children in the U.K where she is an Ambassador alongside their Patron Aled Jones. An angelic voice and a heart of gold. n
KATIE’S AWARDS SO FAR
Next Brit Thing: One of only two Classical singers in the U.K. to reach the final at the O2. Young singer of the year 2017 - Oundle.
Youngest ever singer to be awarded the prestigious Sheila Armstrong Award Farnham.
Woodfine Lousada Challenge Cup (Best Junior singer) - Bedford. Great Bowden Recital Trust Twice overall winner and most promising vocalist. Jane Cosford Memorial Award By the Kettering Operatic Society for Outstanding performance in the ‘Songs from the Shows’ classes.
Meikle Baird Award The most promising competitor under 21yrs in all vocal classes. Montagu Girls’ Choir Trophy & Award Most promising vocal soloist 13-21yrs. Mary & David Green Challenge Cup. Margaret Judd Cup KD&E Trophy for Junior Vocal.
Naomi Keach Memorial Rose Bowl. Classic Brit Award Nomination Nominated in May 2018 for a Classic Brit Award (Sound of Classical Poll).
n To purchase Katie’s Album, see www.katiemarshallmusic.com.
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The Sport of Kings
The Rutland Polo Club is one of the highlights of this area, a magnificent sport played in an equally magnificent setting. It’s also more accessible than you might think, to play and to watch. Here, we give you the low down on the fantastic sport of polo and all the actions and events happening right on your doorstep.
The equine population in Rutland exceeds that of most counties in the UK. In addition to hosting The Burghley Horse Trials every year, the area is also the territory for the Cottesmore Hunt, one of the oldest foxhound packs in Britain. On top of these proud boasts, Rutland has its own Polo Club, home to some of Britain’s best players and has welcomed royals for a game.
Polo is a team sport played on horseback. The objective is to score goals against an opposing team. Players score by driving a small white wooden ball into the opposing team’s goal using a long-handled mallet. Each polo team consists of four riders and their mounts. The game is played professionally in 16 countries and it was formerly an Olympic sport.
It was brought to Rutland in 1971 by eight friends and founders of the club. They were all keen riders and were looking for a spot of entertainment outside of the hunting season. Edwin de Lisle is the club’s only remaining founder.
“We were all mad on hunting,” says Edwin. “The problem was, the hunting season only lasted from October to March. We needed something to keep us entertained during the summer months, so we decided on polo.” “The nearest club to Rutland was at Melton Mowbray in 1909, having been raised by
Col EH Baldock. He had commanded The City of London Yeomanry ‘Sharp Shooters.’ They first played near Sysonby Lodge and later at Brentingby.”
“After the First World War, polo was played but the Club ceased to function in the 1930s. In 1971 Colonel Tony Gilks, Major Charlie Humfrey, Mike Seckington, other local enthusiasts and myself started up the present Club which was recognised by the Hurlingham Polo Association in 1972.” “Play was originally at Luffenham Airfield and then moved to Cream Gorse and the Oakham Showground,” says Edwin. “In 1993 we gave up renting the Rutland Showground and made a second polo ground at Langham.”
Rutland’s tournaments have become very popular and many teams come from across the country to compete.
“Many former Rutland Polo Club members are now medium and high goal players in top polo competitions across the country,” says Edwin. “His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has played at the Club and more recently, in May 2002, Prince Harry played at Rutland in the Eton vs Uppingham schools match.” Above: The Cani team vs the Strategic team in the Assam Cup Final in 2015. Words: Tilly Wilkinson. Photography: Nico Morgan.
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and participants hire people in to play for them with big cash prizes if they win.”
Shortly after the formation of the club, the first trophy now known as the Assam Cup was acquired. The cup was a large and splendid example of Victorian silver, originally commissioned as a challenge cup by a club located in the Assam area of India. “When polo ceased in India, a man named Leetham returned to the UK and brought the cup with him, offering it to the Hurlingham Polo Association. As Rutland had been formed only recently, it was suggested that we might have the cup.”
The Westerby Group Assam Cup sponsored by Westerby Investment Management was played for in June this year. Winners receive the cup and magnum bottles of Pol Roger champagne, one of the finest champagnes in the world. Other cups at the club include the Rutland Cup, the Flindlay Cup, the Ruddles Cup and the Whitbread Cup, all for their own individual tournaments played throughout the year. Below: A member of the winning team celebrating with plenty of champagne at the Assam Tournament prizegiving ceremony last year.
Left: A member of the Rathbeags team is competing with a member of the Print On Demand team for the Assam Cup in 2015.
Above: For the Assam Tournament’s prizegiving ceremony, winners are presented with a bottle of the finest Pol Roger champagne.
The mounts used are called polo ponies, although the term pony is purely traditional and the mount is actually a full-sized horse. They range from 14.2 to 16 hands, and the polo pony is selected carefully for quick bursts of speed, stamina, agility and manoeuvrability. Temperament is critical; the horse must remain responsive under pressure and not become excited or difficult to control.
Many are Thoroughbreds or Thoroughbred crosses. They are trained to be handled with one hand on the reins, and to respond to the rider’s leg and weight cues for moving forward, turning and stopping. A well trained horse carries its rider smoothly and swiftly to the ball and can account for 60 to 75 per cent of the player’s skill and net worth to his team. “There are four players per team and when we used to play, you would pick your three closest friends to join you,” says Edwin. “Nowadays, the sport is more competitive
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In August, there’s the Escalina Ladies Open, The Hartropp Trophy and The Sandicliffe Cup amongst others. If you’re a rider and you want to compete or learn to play polo, speak to a qualified instructor that is registered for polo training.
“Polo ponies are extremely sensitive and highly tuned,” says Edwin. “Any small shake or movement may take the horse off in a different direction to where you want them to go. It’s a difficult sport and its great entertainment to watch them play to such a high level of skill.”
The ponies at Rutland are from Argentina, South America, New Zealand and Australia.
The game is played in chukkas; a division in a game of polo. The game consists of four seven and a half minute chukkas, between 38
or during which players change mounts. Players need more than one horse to play, as it’s a very tiring sport for the animals.
At the end of each seven minute chukka, play continues for an additional 30 seconds or until a stoppage in play, whichever comes first. There is a three minute interval between chukkas and a five minute halftime.
“THERE IS NO FEE TO WATCH A GAME OF POLO IN RUTLAND, AND YOU CAN BOOK LUNCH WHICH IS JUST £30 EACH FOR ANY NON-MEMBERS...” Above: There is always a referee during a match of polo, also on horseback. Opposite/Top: Edwin de Lisle, founder of the club.
Opposite: A large crowd of people watching the match from the side line, and Bob Music vs Las Pulgas for the Assam Cup last year.
Play is continuous and is only stopped for penalties, broken tack or injury to horse or player. The object is to score goals by hitting the ball between the goal posts, no matter how high in the air. If the ball goes wide of the goal, the defending team is allowed a free knock-in from the place where the ball crossed the goal line, thus getting the ball back into play. Each position assigned to a player has certain responsibilities. Number One is the most offence-oriented position on the field. The Number One position generally covers the opposing team’s Number Four. Number Two has an important role in offence, either running through and scoring themselves, or passing to the Number One and getting in behind them. Defensively, they will cover the opposing team’s Number
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Three, generally the other team’s best player. Given the difficulty of this position, it is not uncommon for the best player on the team to play Number Two so long as another strong player is available to play Three.
Number Three is the tactical leader and must be a long, powerful hitter to feed balls to Number Two and Number One as well as maintaining a solid defence.
The best player on the team is usually the Number Three player, usually wielding the highest handicap. The best players in the world will have a handicap of 10, and all beginners will start with a handicap of -2. Number Four is the primary defence player. They can move anywhere on the field, but they usually try to prevent scoring. The
emphasis on defence by the Number Four allows the Number Three to attempt more offensive plays, since they know that they will be covered if they lose the ball. Interestingly, polo must only be played right-handed; you can’t play the sport if you’re left handed. It’s been known that determined players will tie their left hand behind their back in day-to-day life to force themselves into being right handed! In July, Rutland Polo Club supported an armed forces charity in line with WWI centenary events. If you would like to see a game in action, visit the club’s website to see what events are coming up on the calendar and simply turn up to watch. There is no fee to watch, but you can book lunch which is £30 for non-members and £25 for member.
THE CLUB Calendar The Belvoir Cup, 28th - 28th July The Preston Lodge Bowl, Sponsored by The Weatherby Family, 28th - 29th July The Ruddles Cup, 25th - 26th August The Sandicliffe Cup, 18th - 19th August The Hartropp Trophy, 18th - 19th August Escalina Ladies Open, 18th - 19th August n For more information, please call 07870 212902 or visit the club’s website at www.rutlandpoloclub.co.uk. The photos across this feature are by Nico Morgan. Visit www.nicomorgan.com or call 07515 029261.
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Wake Up to Wing Pilates/ Yoga Stretch Class at Wing Hall -10am to 10.45am all levels welcome bring a towel. Fun Dog Show – 12 classes registration on the day from 11am show starts 1pm. Farmers Market and Artisan Stalls. Victorian Side Stalls. Wingledon Tennis Championship – all levels welcome.
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Celebrating the Arches Known as Welland, Harringworth or Seaton viaduct, you canâ€™t argue that itâ€™s a sight to behold, and just how many times have you witnessed this magnificent structure and wondered about its history? Words: Georgie Fenn.
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When you think of the problems new railway tracks cause these days, it does make one wonder how the Welland Valley farmers felt when they were told an enormous viaduct would be built across their land. The villagers can’t have been best pleased either, the original steam trains would fly over their homes, occasionally igniting a pretty thatched cottage. These days, the viaduct tends to be much better behaved and its magnificent structure more of a marvel than an annoyance.
In fact, it’s very hard not to pull one’s car over and take a photo every time you’re in the vicinity of those arches, they really do take your breath away. The Harringworth Viaduct (also known as the Welland or Seaton Viaduct) is a railway that crosses the valley of the River Welland between Harringworth in Northamptonshire and Seaton in Rutland. It is over one-kilometre-long and has 82 arches, each of which has a 40 foot (12m) span and in places 70 feet (21m) high. The viaduct was built by Lucas and Aird the Contract Agency for
Midland Railway, and completed in 1878. It is the longest masonry viaduct across a valley in Britain and is a Grade II listed structure. The first brick was laid in March 1876 and the first arch a year later, remarkably it was finished by the end of 1878. The foundations of the viaduct are concrete and the bricks are known as Blue Staffordshire although red bricks have been used for repair work since. The structure contains 30,000,000 bricks, 20,000 cubic yards of concrete and 19,000 cubic feet of stone. >> 43
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In 1878, it cost around £12,000 to build, which is approximately £14 million in today’s money. The structure is Grade II listed under the Planning Act 1990.
Engineers designed the railways but it was gangs of navvies who built them. The term ‘navvy’ comes from the word ‘navigators’ who built the first ‘navigation canals’ in the eighteenth century. Around 3,000 navvies arrived in Welland Valley and despite hardship and deprivation, with the little tools they had, mainly gunpowder, picks and shovels, they created the viaduct as we know it today. The Welland Viaduct lies on the route between Oakham and Kettering and carries the twin track non- electrified line between Corby and Manton Junction, where it joins the Leicester to Peterborough line. The route is generally used for the passage of freight trains and steam train outings.
The Navvies Sarah Chambers, a local to Harringworth, has worked hard to preserve the history of the viaduct. Sarah now leads tours around the village that are growing in popularity as people realise the wealth of history that they are living amongst. Here, Sarah tells us about the Navvies, the people who were employed to build the viaduct. As nineteenth-century railway companies levelled corridors through Britain’s landscape, those in their employ inflicted disorder and upheaval on the places they visited. Navvies earned notoriety for working hard and drinking even harder, that latter characteristic having a predictable impact on previously unsullied rural communities.
There is, however, a more nuanced story to tell. Of immense social value is the Reverend Daniel William Barrett’s sympathetic insight into navvy culture, chronicled during his time running a Railway Mission on the KetteringManton line in the late The whole of Harringworth 1870s. Viaduct includes 82 arches
Facts & Figures
In early 2009, a single daily passenger service was that span 40ft but some are Seaton, a village close to introduced by East Midup to 70ft high. It goes the Rutland/Northamptonacross two counties. lands Trains between Melton shire border, had a population Mowbray and St Pancras via of about 320 at this time; then Corby, the first daily passenger Messrs.’ Lucas & Aird arrived with their service to operate across the viaduct since construction contract from the Midland the 1960s. Railway. The viaduct is also used as a diversionary Suddenly, 47 wooden huts appeared nearby, route for mainline services using the Midland at the northern end of a proposed viaduct; Main Line route. The line and structure, each one typically housed seven men, two dominating this picturesque rural valley are a women and three children – upwards of 560 favourite with steam train and heritage enthusouls. Beer consumption was conservatively siasts alike. Before the viaduct was planned, estimated at 30 gallons weekly per hut (a there was talk of a canal construction! daily rate of about five pints per man), on top of which was half a gallon of whisky. That’s Left: A map of the viaduct.. Top Left: A steam powered navvy digger. quite a lot even on today’s standards and they Top Middle: Navvy workers & a viaduct in progress. were handling heavy machinery! Top Right: Navvy workers taking a break.
But the work ethic was heroic. Wagons with a capacity of 2¼ cubic yards would do 14 rounds in a shift, with two men allocated to each one. This meant that every man was tasked with shoveling more than 20 tons of earth, above their heads, in 12 hours. And they often finished early. At its peak, a workforce of 3,500 – assisted by 120 horses – was occupied along 15 miles of route. Around 90 million bricks had to be manufactured and fired, mostly on site.
It was backbreaking, monotonous and monumental; today, it is also beyond anyone’s imagination. Walk the Route If you’d like to walk the Harringworth viaduct route, here is a little suggestion for how to spend your day.
We recommend you park at The George & Dragon in Seaton and follow the footpath from the village down and along the River Welland, the walk is around 4.5 miles and you can loop back so that you end up back at the pub for a good lunch afterwards. The George & Dragon is a traditional village pub that serves exceptional food. It was taken over in the last year or so by Ralph Offer and he’s turned it into a beautiful spot for lunch or supper. The building dates back to 1620 and Ralph has worked hard to strip everything back to its former glory. Other local village pubs include The Kings Head in Barrowden, The Marquess of Exeter or The Old White Hart in Lyddington.
If you’d prefer to make your way into a town, the viaduct isn’t far from Uppingham where there are lots of lovely pubs and cafes to choose from. If you’re taking your canine companions, make sure you check when you’re booking that they’re allowed in the restaurant area. n 45
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NEWS & EVENTS
What’s On... OAKHAM
11th - 12th AUGUST
ANTIQUES IN THE COUNTY
17th –19th AUGUST
BRITISH BIRDWATCHING FAIR
This huge event includes hundreds of traders in the Rutland Suite, Shopping Arcades, Marquee and substantial outdoor arena of Rutland County Showground. 2018 includes 'Entertaining the Troops Show' along with Popular BBC antiques presenter Mark Stacey who will be on site providing free valuations plus so much more! Day trips are being provided by coach companies from across the UK.
Described as the birdwatchers' Glastonbury, Birdfair 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! The Events Marquee hosts quiz shows, question and answer sessions, exclusive book launches and family-based entertainment. This is the biggest bird event in the UK, definitely worth a visit!
n Dogs welcome, Saturday 9am4pm Sunday 9am- 3pm Adults £5 per day Children free. BARNSDALE
SUNDAY 29th JULY
SUMMER SUNDAYS: GROW & DISCOVER
n Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton, Rutland, LE15 8BT Tel: 01572 771079
A Treat for your Tummy
THE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND BURGHLEY FOOD MARKET IS BACK
26th AUGUST 27th AUGUST
BURGHLEY FINE FOOD MARKET
There’s something about being invited to Burghley House, it gives events that certain je ne sais quoi! This is certainly a food market with a difference! You can go and visit around 30 local suppliers in a celebration of local produce with handmade cheeses, artisan breads, organic vegetables, luxury sweet treats and rare breed meats at one of our seasonal Fine Food Markets. There is usually a fantastic gin bar at the event too, perfect for rehydrating on the way round! n Burghley House, Burghley Park, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY Tel: 01780 752451
Families of all ages can join garden designer Chris Allen to learn some amazing facts about what goes on in your garden. 12pm - 4pm. Garden admission: adult £9, concession £8, child £5, family (2 adults + 3 children) £28.
n Tel: 01572 813200 Barnsdale Gardens, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8AH
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GET SUMMER READY WITH PARK RUN
The 5k timed run every Saturday at 9am costs nothing, it’s free! All you have to do is register on the website before your first run then take a printed copy of your barcode. It doesn’t matter if you start off by walking, everyone is welcome. WING
SUNDAY 26th AUGUST
WING VILLAGE SUMMER FEST EXTRAVAGANZA
A full day of family fun in a classic Rutland Village. Make your way to the picturesque setting of Wing and enjoy the local artisanal stalls and Rutland food and drink stalls, Victorian side stall games, children’s activities and competitions and 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.
This event deserves a visit for the ‘Wingledon’ event alone, what a name! Dig out your tennis whites, get your trainers on and see if you can become the Williams of Rutland.
n The event will run from 11am – 4pm
Maastricht... in Stamford THANKS TO MODERN DAY TECHNOLOGY, YOU CAN TUNE INTO ANDRE RIEU LIVE!
n www.parkrun.com STAMFORD
LEARN TO COOK MACARONS
Learn how to cook macarons at Rutland Cookery School from 10am - 2pm. You will stop halfway through for a bowl of homemade soup and sourdough, with cheese and fruit too. It’s a day to learn lots but have plenty of fun too. n rutlandcookeryschool.co.uk STAMFORD
28th - 29th JULY
ANDRE RIEU 2018 MAASTRICHT CONCERT
One of the most popular live acts in the world, the King of the Waltz André Rieu has announced that his 2018 Maastricht concerts will be screened in over 2000 cinemas worldwide across the weekend of 28th – 29th July, as he performs his hometown shows this year with a celebration of love. ‘Amore, My Tribute to Love’, is the renowned violinists tribute to his love for music, and his love for both of his families; his wife and children, and of course for his Johann Strauss Orchestra, who he
25th July – 9th SEPTEMBER
JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling musical brings to life the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours! With its family friendly story, familiar rags to riches theme and irresistible music, this is one of the most enduring shows of all time, full of unforgettable songs including ‘Those Canaan Days’, ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Close Every Door To Me’. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ is a glorious family musical filled with non-stop action. The show has received fantastic responses in the press so is sure to be a great evening for the whole family. n Tel: 01858 881938
has performed with for over 30 years. It follows on from the release of his album ‘Amore’ last year, which features his own versions of classic love songs, from the worlds of popular and classical music.ing the concert on both nights.If you’ve never seen Andre Rieu live, this is your chance to see what all the fuss is about. There is a magic at Rieu’s events that is quite captivating, the crowd get whisked away on his musical journey and they will be dancing, singing, crying and laughing all together as they celebrate this wonderful tribute to love, a subject that none other that Andre Rieu can do justice.
n Tickets £20
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Langham Street Market
ONE OF THE FINEST RUTLAND VILLAGES IS PUTTING ON A SHOW AND THERE WILL BE A FANTASTIC BBQ TOO LANGHAM
MONDAY 27th AUGUST
Langham Street Market will be held again this year by popular demand. You are invited to a fantastic day out on Bank Holiday Monday 27 August from 11 am onwards with around 100 stalls expected. There will be stalls selling everything imaginable, a grand barbecue outside the Village Hall and food and refreshments will be provided all day inside the Village Hall. As well as the private market stalls there will be all the usual
Village Hall stalls: white elephant; books; tombola; raffle and a bottle stall. Raffles are always great
fun, you could go home with a nice bottle of wine or some dodgy chocolates, depending on your luck!Additional attractions include an area for games and fun events plus a display of classic cars and live music – there’s something for everybody in the family. The Street Market will be along Church Street from the Noel Arms crossroads to the junction with Well Street in Langham, Rutland and a oneway system will operate to help stall-holders in setting up before the road closure. n www.langhamvillagehall.org Tel: 01572 771115
STAMFORD SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
If you haven’t got round to booking yourself into Tolethorpe yet, fear not, the plays are running throughout summer and (fingers crossed) the best of the outdoor theatre weather is yet to come. Now that we’re looking towards July and August you can book The Merchant of venice, The School for Scandal or The Merry Wives of Windsor. It’s a beautiful day out, pop a picnic in the car, grab a few throws and let yourself be engulfed by the magic of Shakespeare. There is fantastic diability access, plenty of facilities and if you don’t feel like taking your own picnic, you could book into the pre-show formal supper before hand. n www.stamfordshakespeare.co.u k Evening performance – 7.45pm start Matinée performance – 1.30pm start
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FOOD & DRINK
The Coach House
IN SOUTH LUFFENHAM The delightful surprise when you enter an old pub and it’s been refreshed, rebranded and reinvented. Alec and Sue have turned The Coach House at South Luffenham into a very exciting new experience... Words & Photos: Georgie Fenn.
I hadn’t been back to The Coach House for a couple of years. The last time I was in there I think I had my sausage dog and we stopped for a bite to eat on the way home. It was your standard pub menu, fish and chips, gammon, that sort of thing. When I pulled up recently I was delighted to see an exciting menu that even included lobster! “We noticed that it’s only really The George who sells lobster in this area,” the new manager of the pub Alec tells me.
“I think in a place like this, we have the audience where people want to be able to choose things like lobster,” Alec clearly has his head screwed on right! The new owners of The Coach House in South Luffenham are a mother and son duo, Alec and Sue.
“I think in a place like this, we have the audience where people want to be able to choose things like lobster!”
Meet The Chef
Alec will be bringing a lot of his experience to The Coach House but with his friendly nature and Sue’s warm character, you can guarantee that a fun atmosphere is going to surround this space. Sue is a retired police officer from Nottinghamshire police and these days she’s fully involved at the pub.
Alec and Sue took over in July 2017 and its fair to say, they’ve spent a good chunk of there time refurbishing areas of the property. They have have certainly done a fair bit of DIY. We’ve always said, “If you want to do it for cosmetic reasons, do it yourself. If it needs doing for structural reasons, get a professional in,” Alec smiles. >>
Dining History: Alec has previously worked in fine dining restaurants around Europe. Most recently in Derbyshire at The Boot at Repton, where it won AA Pub of the Year England and its first rosette. Dining Ethos: Alec decided he wanted to take on his own place and create a more relaxed dining experience. “I’ve always worked in rosette restaurants,” Alec tells me. “I’ve worked in London, France, Italy, it’s always been fine dining.” n
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>> As well as the main restaurant, there are seven rooms, all with ensuites that have been completely refurbished. “When we came in here it had very much been the same for 12 years,” says Alec. “The manager hadn’t changed anything, it had just been a pub, all the same,” so they’ve had a lot of work to do ripping things out, getting new furnishings in and tidying the place up. They have completely revamped the restaurant and created a separate menu for the bar area. You can tuck into the bar menu from Monday to Thursday and the restaurant menu runs from Thursday to Sunday.
OPENING HOURS Monday 5pm - 10pm. Tuesday - Saturday 12pm - 2:30pm. 5pm - 11pm. Sunday 12pm - 9pm.
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on the MENU FROM THE RESTAURANT MENU AT THE COACH HOUSE
Beef tartare, bourbon beef fritter, toasted sourdough, gentleman’s relish. £8.95.
Smoked chicken terrine, charred corn, spiced tomato chutney. £6.95. Torched Cornish mackerel, confit heritage tomatoes, jersey royal salad, bloody mary £7.50.
Hayloft hotpot, lamb loin, curd, new season carrot, confit beets, wild garlic jus. £19.95.
I was also thrilled to see they have a very exciting wine list. It doesn’t matter whether you’re having Chargrilled Asparagas in the bar area with your dogs or Baked Half Lobster ‘Thermidor’ in the restaurant, there is a wine to match from your mid-level wines to some really impressive premium bottles. There’s a Lebanese wine which is definitely worth a try and even a Greek wine which is great to see as they’ve really upped their game in the last few years.
Alec will still be using many of his contacts across the wider counties, “I’ve used Owen Taylors for meat for the past 12 years,” he says.
“It’s really good quality beef and always receives great feedback, the cattle come from Derby.” You will also spot Rutland Trout on the menu when it is at its best, lobster from Scotland and rabbit from local game suppliers. Alec’s open to feedback from his diners and he’s already taken on board the locals acquired taste when it comes to beer.
“We’ve now got Black Sheep on and Sharps Atlantic due to popular demand,” he says.
Then they have a weekly rotating beer from occasionaly having a Grainstore ale on tap. They also have Peroni, Carling and Staropramen on tap to keep you refreshed. “The next job is to modernise the bar area,” he says. It’s a never ending job taking on a pub! Alec and Sue have taken on The Coach House on a lease with the aim of buying it, but they will see how things go. Aongside and assisting Alec in the kitchen, is Pat who has worked there for 16 years. Together they work hard to keep the menu creative and interesting. “We just want people to have a really good relaxed experience,” says Alec. “I’m going to be putting in an application to the AA in July and I’m hoping to get one rosette when they come and do a blind tasting.” If Alec’s experience is anything to go by, this pony will be collecting all the rosettes! n
Glazed rack or rabbit, stuffed thigh, crispy leg, anna potato, asparagus, broad beans. £18.95.
Baked half lobster ‘thermidor’ Warm Jersey royals, dill mayonnaise, orange & fennel salad £27.50.
Passion fruit cheesecake, coconut & lime sorbet £6.50. Lemon curd, meringue shards, raspberries, lemon balm, raspberry sorbet £7.
Dark chocolate fondant, mango sorbet, chocolate soil, mango salsa £8. NB: Featured dishes are subject to change.
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Believe the hype!
Wine of the Month
Ch Léoube, La Londe Rosé 2015 Côtes de Provence £40 for 75cl.
This rosé has been all over the place this year and you’ll be relieved to hear it’s as good as it gets.
“Whilst dry and crisp, there is fine intensity of strawberry and white peach fruit. This could well turn out to be a provence rose wine that improves and gains complexity with age.”
There are a few rosés in the line from winemaker Sacha Lichine’s Chateau d’Esclans. It starts with Whispering Angel, then there’s Rock Angel (do you whisper or rock?) Then Les Clans and finally the exquisite Garrus. Jancis Robinson MW once said “Best rosé in the world? I’m impressed!” It really doesn’t get much better than these Côtes de Provence rosés, they’re a sublime addition to any well stocked cellar. Average Prices:Whispering Angel £23.99. Rock Angel £32.95, Les Clans £44, Garrus £102.70.
The Wine Cellar IS THERE ANYTHING MORE REFRESHING THAN A BEAUTIFULLY CHILLED DRY ROSÉ ON A SULTRY SUMMER’S DAY? HERE ARE OUR TOP PICKS OF THE FINEST ROSÉS YOU CAN BUY THREE OF THE SUPERMARKET’S FINEST
1. Chene Bleu Rosé comes in at £21.99 from Waitrose and oozes essence of passion fruit. Think porn star martini meets deliciously dry rosé. The grape is Grenache Cinsault Syrah which gives the rosé a robust structure, perfect on a hot day. £21.99 / 75cl / 13% ABV. 2. Sainsbury’s Baron Gassier Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire Elégancé Rosé has become very popular for its easy drinking qualities. Located East from Aix-enProvence, the vines are nestled at the foothills of the Sainte-Victoire mountain. £20 / 75cl / 13% ABV. 3.Waitrose are proud to be merchandisers of Nyetimber and you should be supporting this fabulous English sparkling wine company too. The sparkling rosé has won numerous awards. £39.99 / 75cl / 12% ABV.
Provence claims to have the oldest of France’s vineyards. From the 2nd Century BC, the Romans expanded winegrowing in the area, introduced four centuries earlier by the Phoenicians. Then, in the Middle Ages, the monastic orders and noble families came to head up numerous Provencal estates. An era when vineyards were to increase considerably in size and stature. This wine is the fashionable very pale pink, like Farrow & Ball’s Setting Plaster and comes in a beautiful if all-but-illegible screenprinted clear bottle on which much is made of the wine's organic credentials.n
For a bit of Fun Rum infused with Banana & Coconut
After a boozy trip to Burnham Market one weekend I have told everyone about this rum. If you like rum, you’ll love this. It’s not sweet or sickly like you might imagine, it’s refreshing, tangy and absolutely delicious. Made in Newquay, Cornwall by the Real Rum Company, Bombo Caramel & Banana is a flavoured rum based drink combining the exotic flavours of banana, caramel and Caribbean rum. A seductively smooth drink which is very moreish. n Bombo Caramel and Banana Rum 24% 70cl £19.50
n Our featured wines are available from the best local independent wine merchants, supermarkets and online, prices are RRP and may vary from those stated.
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BARN A breathtaking
The converted barn of Mr and Mrs Powell is built for space, comfort and really relaxed living. Have a look through the beautiful transformation of this home in North Luffenham... Words: Georgie Fenn.
This delightful spacious barn was converted by the current owners, Mr and Mrs Powell, who took the project on when it was just a shell of a property and a plot of land. Over five years later you will find a home that has provided a great space for a large family and well established gardens.
“It’s lovely open plan living with a very well stocked south-west facing garden,” Rod tells me. There are several seating areas in the garden so that you can move round with the sun and relax and enjoy your surroundings. It’s clear that Rod really enjoys doing up properties in his retirement, he’s thought about everything and tries to use local suppliers where he can. “The kitchen is fitted with a Bakehouse kitchen,” he tells me. “He was fantastic to work with, I can’t 59
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recommend them enough!” Bakehouse Kitchens are of course from Stamford and run cookery schools as well as designing fantastic kitchens. The kitchen and includes a variety of floor standing and wall mounted cupboards and drawers under granite work surfaces.
There is an integrated cooker with extractor over and two integrated ovens. A central island offers further work surface and additional seating. The kitchen area then flows into a large dining living area with plenty of space for both eating and living. Two windows with deep recesses and window seats look out onto the garden and French doors lead onto to the terrace beyond. The utility sits next door and offers further useful storage, a secondary sink and space and plumbing for white goods. “My favourite room is the kitchen,” says Rod. “It’s around 32ft long, we’ve always spent most of our time in there.”
Above/Main: The beautiful original features of the barn have been transformed into this stunning property.
“There are several seating areas in the garden so that you can move round with the sun and relax and enjoy your surroundings.” Another talking point of this property must be the formal living and dining room with its soaring double height ceiling and original exposed stone work and beams. Light floods in through generous French windows leading out to the terrace and gardens. A contemporary wood burner allows this large room to still be the cosy centre of the home.
A separate snug sits off the main hall as well as one of two downstairs cloakrooms. The second cloakroom is located off the boot room on the far side of the kitchen. The downstairs accommodation is completed by an office with built in cabinetry and a door to the front of the house. 61
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Above: A modern kitchen gives the property a light and bright feel. It’s also extremely spacious for entertaining and large families! Right: An enormous walk in shower in the ensuite of the master bedroom.
The first floor accommodation offers five double bedrooms. The master has a wonderful glass viewing gallery looking down onto the formal living room. A well-appointed ensuite shower offers a walk in shower, a wash hand basin set in a vanity unit and a WC.
North Luffenham is a delightful village ideally located for the market towns of Oakham, Stamford and Uppingham. Rail stations are close by in Oakham and Stamford with connections to the Midlands and Peterborough offering links to many London stations.
North Luffenham has a strong community feel with a well thought of Primary school, a number of sporting and social clubs plus a thriving pub. “We go to the The Fox, the pub in the village, quite a bit,” says Rod. “It’s
great for food and drink and always has a fantastic atmosphere.”
So not only are you in the ideal location if you want to go elsewhere, but you’re also in a location you won’t want to leave! Rod and Viv won’t be moving too far from the area as they’re fortunate to be surrounded by their offspring. “We have one in Melton, one in Oakham and one in North Luffenham,” says Rod. They also have a daughter over in Australia who visits every two years. When they’re not busy converting barns into beautiful spaces, Rod and Viv are busy golfing at Luffenham Heath and Rod likes to go fishing. n Chater Barn in Rutland is currently on the market with James Sellicks, 24 Catmos Street, Oakham, LE15 6HW. Call 01572 724437 or see www.jamessellicks.com.
Location: Oakham eight miles; Stamford seven miles. Style: Grade II listed barn
Receptions: Snug and Sitting Room. Beds: Four, two with en suites.
Other Features: Double garage, driveway, two cloakrooms and a boot room and office too. Spacious mature gardens. Price on Application.
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WILLOWBROOK ...there’s a way!
Willowbrook Kitchens can trace its beginnings to the summer of 1982. What does it take to stay current after all these years?
Paul Davanna is bullish on the hand built, bespoke kitchen market, and his 25 years in the business gives him a realistic perspective.
The director of Willowbrook Kitchens Limited is all too willing to share his views on the industry.
“For those of us who are hand built, bespoke kitchen companies, the future of our market looks good, but it’s not without its 68
challenges.” Paul left school at the age of sixteen without really knowing what it was he wanted to do.
This was in the late eighties, and it was the prime time for housing and building developments. He answered an ad in his local newspaper, looking for apprentice carpenters. “Being a site carpenter wasn’t for me, I was more interested in the joinery side, creating
wonderful pieces of furniture from wood that still had bark on it.” It was three years before Paul finished his apprenticeship, gaining a City and Guilds Distinction and being awarded best student,but things were about to get tough. The early nineties saw a huge crash in the building industry, this spilled down to joinery workshops across the land, and Paul sought agency work to make ends meet. Bar work, cake factories, production assistant: just some of the tasks that needed to be done.
“It was a tough six months, a really hard time but I never lost faith and never stopped working, I would try anything to earn a wage.” Things started to look up and he eventually landed a job restoring old furniture that shipped out to America. It was here that he got his first opportunity in the kitchen industry. Along with six of his colleagues, Paul was asked to join a team that would lead the company into new territory: hand built, bespoke kitchens. “I look at those years with
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mixed emotions, it was very exciting, but we had to learn fast. We made mistakes but also amazing kitchens. I knew this was something I wanted to continue.”
Paul joined Willowbrook Kitchens in April 1998, it proved to be a turning point. At the time, Willowbrook had been bought out, the new owner, while an exceptional businessman, did not have a great deal of experience in the kitchen industry.
The company relied on its master craftsman who had worked there since 1982, for the next 10 years, Paul would serve alongside what he considers to be the best bench joiner he has ever seen. “I would watch how he did things, the accuracy and speed of his work was outstanding, I wanted to learn as much as possible from him before he retired.”
Paul was promoted to workshop foreman and master craftsman on the retirement of his colleague and from 2008-2014, Paul was responsible for building and overseeing all of Willowbrook’s’ projects. “It was so important to continue building and installing our
kitchens to the highest quality, there should be no noticeable difference now that I was in charge.” It was in early 2014 that Paul was informed that the current owner was to retire. There were two options: close the workshops forever or find a new owner, Paul was offered first refusal. “At first I didn’t want to buy the firm, I didn’t think I had it in me to run a company with all that it involves, but as the months went by and retirement became closer, I decided that if I don’t try it now, I never will.”
It’s now April 2014 and the new company is formed: Willowbrook Kitchens Limited, new owner, new era and a whole lot of new things to learn. As Paul said, “Bench work is what I knew and was best at, I had no experience of dealing with clients or designing kitchens, but I was excited and really happy to give it my best shot.” The past four years has seen Willowbrook expand its portfolio, gaining new clients,
keeping in touch with previous customers and bringing a new modern side to compliment the still traditional way of making their kitchens. “We have added new features, soft close drawer runners, integrated bin systems, led lighting inside units, and coupled with a vast array of accessories, we can cater for just about every taste, but we will never make ‘shiny’ kitchens. We have just this month, moved over to solid oak drawers that look amazing, we are offering these as a free upgrade to all new clients.” So, what of the future? As Paul explains, “Innovation is key, but we will never move away from our core principles of making the very best hand built and totally bespoke kitchens, home offices and bedrooms. If you are unsure, then pay us a visit at our workshops and showroom and take a look for yourself ”. n Willowbrook Kitchens: 5 Barnwell Workshops, Peterborough, PE8 5PL 01832 275177 69
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BURGHLEY A Nice Surprise at
Burghley Parkâ€™s Garden of Surprises and Sculpture Garden is thriving in 2018, pop along to see the latest installments and experience the magic. Words: Georgie Fenn.
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Oh Burghley, I love you more than words can wield the matter, dearer than the eyesight, space and liberty. For you, Burghley, provide endless entertainment, a space to breathe, a space to think and a space to have raucous fun.
While the deisgn may reflect times gone by, subtle changes continue to add new twists to this historic garden – the most recent being transforming transformations!
The Tudor’s knew how to have fun, and you can play part in the past with the whimsical garden of Burghley’s aptly named Garden of Surprises. Perhaps in writing this, we are giving away it’s secrets. But only in visiting with the Garden of Suprises reveal to you what you wholly deserve. Perhaps that’s a severe drenching, perhaps it’s an opening of a creative flow of thoughts you didn’t know you had, only visiting will show you.
For instance, the Earth obelisk now supports a green wall with butterflies, using plants like Ivy, Hostas, Ophiopogon, Ajuga and trailing Heuchera.
A green, tree rich paradise where you can fool around until the sun goes down. Where you can run through naughty sprinklers that may or may not gently dampen you with their service. Private spaces where you can sit with family and have moments that you’ll never forget.
For youngsters, it doesn’t get better than the 32 water features of the Tudor-inspired ‘trick’ garden, which nestles in the shadow of the stunning architecture of Burghley House on the edge of the Lincolnshire stone town of Stamford. However, even the grandparents misbehave amongst the fountains, it’s impossible not to.
Hidden behind a traditional hedge, fun and history combine in the garden, which is based on an original design created by the 1st Lord Burghley back in the 16th century but packed with modern tricks to create a host of features including a moss house, swiveling Caesar busts, curtains of water and a mirrored maze. 76
The obelisks, which represent the four elements, transform in various ways to reflect their element, such as one ocassionally ‘fuming’ with smoke to signify fire. They have been part of the garden since it opened in 2007, but this year Burghley has given them a 2018 transformation using new planting to create fresh sculptures.
Five centuries ago, transforming obelisks – along with ponds, classic statues and hidden ‘divers conceits’ – all made an appearance in one of the gardens of passionate gardener William Cecil, the first Lord Burghley This modern verion is inspired by those Elizabethan plans and deliberately hidden from the outside by the high hedge – waiting to reveal their surprises to those who enter. Offering a real sense of fun, the garden has
Above: The latest installments in the Garden of Surprises features interractive Earth, Fire, Water and Wind displays.
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been designed to be accessible to all regardless of age or interest, and the water jets, curtains and pools prove especially popular for the young or those young at heart who enjoy a paddle on a warm day.
Work your way out of the Garden of Surprises and you’ll find yourself in the great open space of the Sculpture Garden. Get lost amongst the latest exhibition, sit upon a bench and look across the lake and when you walk out, you’ll be refreshed, rejuvinated and ready for whatever life throws at you. The exhibition is called ‘Otherwordly’ and features sculpture that explores elsewhere; the microscopic, the cosmic and the interplanetary. Constructors of spaceships, planets and satellites have been parking their creations for the duration of this year’s
“The exhibition is called ‘Otherwordly’ and features sculptures that explore elsewhere; the microscopic, the cosmic and the interplanetary...” exhibition at Burghley Sculpture Garden. As well as scientists of the molecular, creators of sci-fi quirks and observers of the minuscule. The exhibition spans our world and the known existence; exploring the geological, the celestial, and the extra-terrestrial. There’s something very strange about seeing such modern structures among the park’s trees that have stood there for many years and hopefully many more. n
SURPRISE Price: £16.50 per adult and £8.50 per child. Opening Hours: The House and Gardens are open until Sunday, 28 October 2018, daily (House closed on Fridays) from 11am until 5pm, with the last admission to either at 4:30pm. Find out More: Call 01780 752451 or see www.burghley.co.uk. The Park: The Park stays open daily from 8am until dusk. n
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ARTIST ANTIQUES A painting arrives at the Grantham saleroom for further research. It is an oil on canvas almost 100cm wide from a very good local source. Items of such criteria are regularly seen at this busy auction house; however, the subject matter - a high quality image of Lincoln Cathedral from the Brayford is rare and crucially its lack of signature is very unusual on this enigma of a picture.
Helping to date the work can be done so by looking at it. Architectural changes from then to now would indicate a time post 1824, also one of the Brayford buildings is named ‘Norris’ this firm ceased trading from these premises by the early 1870s, so it is unlikely the work was done after then. These facts point to the work being executed in the lifetime of the great artist John Wilson Carmichael (1800 – 1868), well known for a comparable picture from a similar location of Lincoln Cathedral done in around 1858. Stylistically the works are alike and it is just possible they are by the same hand.
Few fully attributed works come up for such a famous artist but two watercolours of Lincolnshire scenes sold in the early 2000s signed and fully attributed to Carmichael also resemble the layout of this much larger oil: with clusters of figures in similar areas and of comparable artistic styles. The lack of signature on this picture though is frustrating. It has been relined, cleaned and renovated and any attribution may have been lost if it has been cut down, there is simply no signature to find.
The fact remains it was almost certainly painted during Carmichael’s lifetime, in a comparable style, but a full attribution is tricky. If any Pride readers have similar works, we would be delighted to hear from you so we can continue to research further, all comments would be gratefully received! 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 7AA, 01476 565118; The Stamford Valuation Office, The George Mews, Station Road, Stamford PE9 2LB, 01780 751666 or The Lincoln Auction Rooms, Thos Mawer House Station Road, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 3QY, 01522 524984. Alternatively, see www.goldingyoung.com.
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HOMES & INTERIORS
CREATING GARDENS A Wealth of Experience in
Award winning landscape designer David Greaves adds another notch to his belt after recieving a Silver Gilt award at RHS Chatsworth after building a show garden with Elspeth Stockwell and Jo Fairfax to celebrate 100 years of John Deere tractors.
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David Greaves Landscape Design & Construction have a wealth of experience in both construction and design with several skilled teams implementing their high end projects for clients across Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
They have recently built a Silver Gilt award winning show garden at RHS Chatsworth designed by Elspeth Stockwell and Jo Fairfax which was a representation of 100 years celebration for John Deere tractors, sponsored by John Deere.
The garden was designed to replicate the feeling of a farm yard with Ceda path ways, porphyry setts to the edge of the pathways and circular seating area which was home to a bespoke Charred Oak bench to give a relaxed seating area to take in the subtle sways of planting, sponsored by Miles Nurseries.
“We were thrilled to be part of the team implementing this wonderful garden at RHS Chatsworth and we look forward to being part of other show gardens in the future” We offer a bespoke design and construction service to our clients implementing large and small projects which include bespoke sculptures, water features, outdoor kitchens and bbq areas.
We also work with a number of leading RHS designers implementing their designs. If you’re interested in giving your garden a revamp and would like a professional opinion, get in touch with David Greaves and his team to see what they can offer you. n
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IN RUTLAND & STAMFORD
To make the most of summer, you need to know where you can have the most fun in your home county! Here are a few things to give a try, you never know, you might like some of them so much you wonâ€™t want to go abroad this summer! Words: Georgie Fenn. Photo: Tim Olim.
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better way to take in the beauty of Rutland, than sailing around on a breezy summer’s day?”
Get into...Sailing might sound daunting but it’s really not as hard as it looks. Once you feel the wind whipping into your sail and you’re speeding along the water you will wonder why you hadn’t got yourself into a boat sooner. Not only is sailing a great hobby to take up, but you can take it anywhere with you and what better way to enjoy the sunshine and the sea on holiday that in a little dinghy? As a Rutland resident, a county famous for it’s reservoir, you really ought to know how to sail purely out of principle. And what better place to learn? Rutland Water Sailing Club was founded in 1976 to offer a place for sailing enthusiasts to get their kick.
The Sailing School is now run by Ben Lulham who is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) approved trainer and coach. For adults, the Sailing School run personal coaching as after many years of experience, they have discovered this is the best way for adults to learn. If you’d like to learn with your partner/husband/friend/wife there is also the option for two to one sailing instruction.
All you have to do is call the Sailing School and arrange a private session with an instructor and they will provide you with everything you need. Once you’ve grasped the basics you’ll be able to start working towards your sailing qualifications and before you know it you’ll be flying across the seas in Portugal. For people who wouldn’t call themselves beginners, but you’re not that confident in your skills you could ease yourself back into the sport with some of Rutland Sailing Club’s group sessions. Ladies Who Launch meet on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10am and there is also Saturday Social Sailing at the weekend at 2pm. You don’t have to be a member to go to these sailing meetings and you can use one of the school’s boats. What better way to take in the beauty of Rutland, than sailing around on a breezy summer’s day?
Get into…Cycling Rutland Water is perfect for cyclists and whether you’d confidence needs building up or you’re an experience professional, you can take in the beautiful surroundings in the safety of the tracks and trails of the reservoir. You don’t even need any equipment as the fantastic facilities provide hire bikes, helmets, the lot!
Right: Local golf professional Jordan Wrisdale on the green.
Cycling is really good for your health, it boosts your heart and in the pretty location of Rutland it is bound to improve your mood too. There are also several pubs on the way round the loop so you can stop off for refreshments and a rest on the way round.
Get into…Golf Golf has quite a bad reputation for people who aren’t ‘golfers’. All you see from the outside are lots of retired men having a lovely time on perfectly manicured grass, and it doesn’t seem like the sort of sport that just anyone can have a go at. Well, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!
Golf is the perfect excuse to do very little at the weekend while getting some fresh air and a bit of exercise too. You can socialise, catch some sun, be competitive, and have a lovely refreshing drink in the club house afterwards. In Rutland, we’re surrounded by exceptional golf facilities that are always running various offers to get new people into the sports. At Burghley Golf Course in Stamford, you can join the popular Ao.com Burghley Park Golf Academy, the perfect introduction to golf in a beautiful setting. Whatever your age, gender, standard and experience, Burghley’s Professional Sam Beckett will ensure that you’re fully prepared and equipped to enjoy the sport of golf. The Academy membership gives you a 12-month season ticket for £245.00 per person. This will get you access to 15 professional group clinics in one season with the Academy Professional. The sessions last for an hour and run at several different times throughout the week so that you can be completely flexible. This package is great value and will teach you everything from golfing etiquette to all of the technical information about which golf club you should be using, it’s the perfect introduction to golf and you might meet some great people along the way. The health benefits of golf spread far and wide. Predominantly getting outdoors and walking around is great for your heart and stimulates your brain cells too. The socialising aspect of gold as well as being in nature also helps to relieve people from stress. This is a low impact sport unless you cross the green at the wrong moment which also means it is low injury! Finally, a study
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Have you worked up an appetite yet?
The Finch’s Arms, Hambleton, Overlooking Rutland Water, The Finch’s Arms is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy day. They have a great menu that is always changing depending on what’s available locally and with a huge garden space, you’re sure to be able to enjoy the view and the weather. Contact: 01572 756575. n
The Bull & Swan, Stamford, This pub will run their outdoor cinema on Thursday evenings now that the nights are warmer. These are fantastic evenings, the pizza potting shed will be open from 6 – 9pm and an insider tells us the pizzas are delicious! Films range from scary to hilarious, settle in with a warm blanket, a delicious pizza with home-grown ingredients and a glass of Prosecco, bliss! Contact: 01780 766412. n
Right: Part of the beautiful trail which makes Rutland Water cycle route.
carried out by the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, led by Professor Anders Ahlbom found that golfers have a 40% lower death rate, which corresponds to a 5-year increase in life expectancy.
Barnsdale Lodge, Barnsdale To treat yourself at the end of an exciting day of outdoor activities, you’ll find comfort and luxury at Barnsdale Lodge. This exquisite hotel provides a fine dining experience without being stuffy so you’ll feel relaxed and reenergised within their walls. The food is exceptional so make sure you’re hungry. They are open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Contact: 01572 724678. n
Get into…Shooting Have you ever noticed those very hand-made signs along your route to work advertising Young Farmers Club (YFC) clay pigeon shooting days and thought to yourself, that could be a fun day out, if only I could shoot/had a gun/knew what I was doing? The funny thing is, shooting grounds are popping up all around us currently as clay pigeon shooting is no
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longer seen as a sport purely for country folk but something that everyone can enjoy. Now that this sport is so accessibly with most recently, a fantastic facility opening in Grimsthorpe grounds where absolutely anyone can try clay shooting, there’s nothing holding you back.
Shooting clays gives you a buzz, it’s a sociable day out and there are often smart club houses at these venues where you can go for a drink and a bite to eat afterwards. If you’re not into exercise or less able on your feet, aside from the gentle kick that the shotgun gives, clay pigeon shooting is low
impact and very unlikely to cause an injury. If you’re feeling adventurous, Grimsthorpe’s new clubhouse is only a short journey up the A1 and has everything there that you need. The estate offers practice, tuition, corporate entertainment, large scale competitions and more.
kitchen which means you will be provided with fantastic breakfasts and lunches should you so desire. n
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UP & AWAY
One of life’s greatest pleasures is getting out into nature. Take things up a level by experiencing the beauty of this Earth up in the sky in a hot air balloon... Words: Georgie Fenn.
If you’ve done everything you can on the ground in Rutland, perhaps it’s time to get up in the air instead. With Virgin balloons you can clamber into a basket right in the middle of Stamford meadows before being taken into the sky in the tranquillity of a balloon. Drifting around on a warm summer’s evening is about as idyllic as it gets and it’s not quite as expensive as you might think. Every balloon ride is different, you never know what you might be treated to see whether it’s a clear day with exceptional
views of sailing boats on Rutland Water or people walking their dogs across harvested fields. Perhaps you’re scared of heights so find the thought of a hot air balloon practically horrifying but no matter how scared you are, you’ll feel safe in that basket.
The joy of flight will have you waving at the specks of people on the ground as you may your way into the atmosphere. In a basket, you have a 360 degree view of the world, carpets of fields, woodland, water, it’s all there to gape at and it will make you appreciate the Earth’s beauty like
Around the World in 11 Days!
The fastest solo round the world balloon flight was carried out by Russian adventurer (and priest) Fedor Konyukhov in 2016.
you never have before. You can’t get the same experience from a plane, helicopter or sky bar (trust us) so as soon as you get the opportunity to fly in a balloon, say yes!
If you want to forget about all of your troubles, take some incredible photos that are entirely original and just take in the beauty of the earth from a point of view you can't create unless you're in a hot air balloon, what are you waiting for? The only catch is that you won’t want to come back down once you’re up, up and away! Left: We enjoyed balloon in flight on a beautiful blue sky summer day.
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Did you know that a hot air balloon ride can actually help you overcome a fear of flying and heights? There is something about the peacefulness of a balloon ride that gives people time to overcome their fear and instead of panic, enjoy the ride.
Within the basket, you’ll be surrounded by other people taking it all in. With a confident pilot at the helm taking you to different levels of altitude while you peacefully drift across Rutland, you might find you never want to get out. The smooth journey of the balloon as it drifts up and up ensures your body gets
adjusted to the altitude slowly and steadily. You should feel absolutely no nausea as the balloon moves gradually so if you’re suffering from acrophobia at heights normally, this could be the cure! If you do start to feel the fear, we suggest looking out for some famous Rutland landmarks. Look out for Normanton Church on Rutland Water, see if you can see your own home! Then look out for people, it can be quite therapeutic watching people go about their lives, dog walking, horse riding and driving around while you watch from above.
Finally, try not to worry too much about landing. You will only fly if the conditions are perfect which means landing is easy! Your pilot may have to tip the basket, it’s a lot of balloon to get down but no matter what happens it isn’t something you should worry about, those baskets are sturdy! We can’t say that a balloon ride will help you climb up a wobbly ladder but we’re just saying, don’t say no out of fear, never try, never know. n To book visit:www.virginballoonflights.co.uk or call 01476 855660. Balloons take off from Rutland Water, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8RN.
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Well Plaid, Sir This month’s featured couple embraced a sense of fun with groomsmen in tartan and the couple’s Labrador Doris assisting during the proposal. Introducing the wedding of Lewis and Lucy...
Photographer: Rachel Blackwell Photography email@example.com
Lucy and Lewis met each other in the September of 2011 at a mutual friend’s 21st party in the picturesque county of Norfolk. Lucy was about to start her final year at the University of Nottingham and Lewis was working in Northampton and it turns out that absence does make the heart grow fonder. Following graduation Lucy applied for several jobs and ended up in Swindon where Lewis became well accustomed with the ‘magic roundabout’.
Eventually in 2014, both Lewis and Lucy were lucky enough to be able to move back to the town where they had both attended school. With friends and family close by, Lucy and Lewis’ relationship continued to blossom and in 2017, on Lewis’ birthday weekend, he popped the question. “I thought I was surprising him by taking him to Norfolk with our five month old Labrador puppy, Doris,” says Lucy. “It was Doris’ first trip to the beach and Lewis took me back to the place where we first met. After getting Doris’ approval he popped the question’. So what started as Lucy’s surprise suddenly turned into Lewis’ surprise and 364 days later on the 5th May, the couple were married, “It’s taken me three weeks to get used to calling him my husband!” Lewis and Lucy were married at the Stamford School Chapel and had their reception at The George Hotel in Stamford, “We hadn’t actually considered The George,” says Lucy. “But my parents had their wedding reception there and suggested it – I am so glad they did!.”
WEDDING SUPPLIERS LEWIS & LUCY CHISHOLM
Wedding Venue: Stamford School Chapel. Reception Venue & Catering: The George Hotel Stamford. Dress: RS Bridal, Melton www.rscollection.co.uk
Wedding Flowers: Greensleaves Stamford. www.greensleavesflorist.co.uk Wedding Cake: Love Life, Eat Cake. www.lovelifeeatcake.com
Car: Peterborough Wedding Cars www.peterboroughweddingcars.co.uk Band: Covers in Arms www.coversinarms.co.uk
Wedding Planners: Abi Corby at The George Makeup: Rebecca Chantrell. www.makeupbybecca.co.uk. Hair: Nicky at Envy. 01780 762323.
Videographer: Jason Lynch Weddings www.jasonlynchweddings.co.uk n
Lucy puts the success of the organisation down to Abi at The George and her mum Liz, who Lewis jokes is now a very in demand wedding planner.
“The food at The George was incredible,” says Lucy. “Lots of people commented on how delicious it was and also how generous they were with the portions.” Once guests had finished their meals, waiters brought out seconds and even thirds to guests who were still hungry! They went for Smoked Salmon & Prawns or Chicken Liver Parfait to start, followed by either Roast Beef or Chicken and then a selection of desserts, all created under the watchful eye of Chef Patron, Paul.
The George also took care of the wine leaving Lucy with mainly the flowers and a wedding cake to organise. “Michelle Walters of Love Life, Eat Cake in Oakham made the wedding cake, even creating a gluten-free top tier which I think I single handedly ate myself,” says Lucy. “We also celebrated Lewis’ 30th the day after the wedding at The Wine Bar and she made him a giant three-tier brownie cake for that too, she was great.”
As for flowers, Lucy admits she was clueless but luckily, with the artistic influence of her future mother-in-law, they were able to brief Amanda at Greensleaves. Amanda arranged the flowers for the tables, bouquets, cake and buttonholes. You may be wondering what on earth the tartan trews have to do with all of this when both sets of parents are from the Stamford area. “Lewis is Scottish and his parents moved 97
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“When we got them back, only one of the boys could fit into them!” Says Lucy. to the area around 25 years ago. Both of his parents and both sets of grandparents are Scottish,” says Lucy. “Lewis didn’t want to wear a kilt so instead we thought we’d capture some of the Scottish essence with his clan’s tartan.”
Lucy explains that there is a hunting tartan as well as a traditional tartan, Lewis and his ushers wore the hunting tartan while his father opted for the traditional cloth. “The boys were measured in Stamford just after Christmas and then we sent the measurements off for the trews to be made by McCalls Highlandwear in Edinburgh,” Lucy’s giggling at this point. “When we got them back, only one pair actually fitted!” It seemed that the boy’s bottoms were a bit too big for the original measurements and after a hasty visit to Stamford’s seamstress on Brazenose Lane, all fitted perfectly. Following a fabulous three days celebrating the wedding, Lewis’ 30th and a family BBQ, Lewis and Lucy spent their honeymoon in Santorini.
They’re back in Stamford now and Lucy is busy upping her running game for the Amsterdam Marathon in October. n
Photographer: Rachel Blackwell Photography firstname.lastname@example.org
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NOT JUST FOR WEDDINGS... From our Rutland base, Funky Tents can help clients visualise and create wonderful and bespoke marquee spaces for all occasions.
0808 169 1690 www.funky-tents.co.uk
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HERE COMES THE
JOULES IS A QUINTESSENTIAL BRITISH BRAND, AND THEIR SUMMER COLLECTION BOASTS FLOWER POWER & NAUTICAL STRIPES... Main: AA loose-fitted loose-fitted Main: top/jumper for for colder colder top/jumper days on on the the beach beach and and days navy blue blue shorts, shorts, £39.95. £39.95. navy Opposite: Shirt Shirt dress dress Opposite: £79.95, ‘Hello ‘Hello Sunshine’ Sunshine’ £79.95, straw hat hat £24.95. £24.95. straw
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Main: Nautical striped dress £59.95 and red neck scarf £9.95. Opposite: Striped top £29.95, yellow shorts £39.95 and bag £19.95.
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WE LOVE SUMMER BUT SOMETIMES OUR BODY MISBEHAVES JUST AS WE BARE ALL, SO HERE ARE OUR FAVOURITE SUMMER SAVIOURS 1. The Saviour of Summer Eyes
5. BUM NOTES FROM BRAZIL
Natura Bissé, £49.
Sol de Janeiro, £44.
No more late night wrinkles, fine lines or dark shadows with Natura Bissé's eye gel cream. This fast-absorbing treatment is enriched with Vitamin C to increase collagen and hyaluronic acid production, ginseng to stimulate blood circulation and energise tired skin and caffeine to alleviate puffiness. The fresh orange scent is perfect for that extra pickme-up in the morning too.
2. Help for Hair
It’s important to look after your hair in the sun. This treatment from Davines is to stop hair feeling crispy after a day’s sunbathing. Shea Butter softens and hydrates even the driest strands, while Chinotto di Savona extract protects and smoothes. Davines, £21.
3. Protection First
There’s nothing chic about sunburn and prevention is better than a cure! Invest in a good suncream this summer and you’ll maintain a beautiful tan all year round without peeling. Try La Mer’s Broad Spectrum fluid, SPF 50. La Mer, £80.
4. A Gentle Glow
Estée Lauder’s range for summer, Bronze Goddess, has been a huge success and for good reason. The fragrances are sublime and the bronzers give you the perfect sunkissed glow on bare skin or alongside your normal foundation. Estée Lauder £34.
The absurdly named ‘Brazilian Bum Bum Cream’ should be used sparingly; just a dab here and a dab there. However, this little orange pot has quite deservedly been a bestseller this year thanks to its incredible abilities to save dry skin in seconds. It also contains a secret Amazonian ingredient, guaraná, which contains one of the most potent forms of caffeine for tightened skin, so pack this miracle cream in your suitcase!
6. Achieve Perfect Lips for Summer...
No one does lipstick like Tom Ford does lipstick and this particular shade, sheer, is a must have for holiday! The coral hues complement sun-kissed skin beautifully and make your teeth sparkly white. A decadent mix of vitamins C and E and shea butter helps lavish the lips with saturated moisture. The distinct, beveled lip colour sheer bullet is packaged in a retro-chic, ivory and gold-coloured Tom Ford case. Tom Ford, £40.
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PRIVATE HEALTHCARE WITH AVICENNA
MRI EXPLAINED DR HANY ELMADBOUH, CLINICAL DIRECTOR OF AVICENNA CLINIC EXPLAINS MRI... Very few patients are thrilled to get an MRI scan, and, honestly, we can understand why.
An hour of claustrophobia in a 60cm-wide, tube-like enclosure is not a pleasant thought! Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the safest and most non-invasive ways to see inside the human body. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce three dimensional detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. It is based on sophisticated technology that excites and detects the change in the direction of the rotational axis of protons found in the water that makes up living tissues. MRI does not use the damaging ionizing radiation (x-rays) unlike CT scans. The brain, spinal cord and nerves, as well as joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons are seen much more clearly with MRI than with regular x-rays and CT. For this reason, MRI is often used for sport-related injuries with suspected soft tissue sprain, bone bruise, fracture or cartilage damage. Detailed MR images allow doctors to evaluate various parts of the body and determine the presence of certain diseases and to monitor treatment for a variety of conditions. One kind of specialized MRI is functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). This is used to observe brain structures and determine which areas of the brain “activate”
(consume more oxygen) during various cognitive tasks. There are two main types of MRI machines: Conventional closed MRIs consist of a hollow, cylindrical structure that patients are sent slowly through. It completely envelopes individuals during a scan. From the narrow bore (often measuring 60 cm) to the tube-like, “buried-alive” enclosure, patient comfort seriously lacks with many closed MRI systems. Open MRI is a machine that is open on the sides rather than a tube closed at one end, so it does not fully surround the patient. This wide-open design allows patients to look around the exam room or remain near family or friends. It was developed to accommodate the needs of patients who are uncomfortable with the narrow tunnel and noises of the traditional MRI and for patients whose wide shoulders or weights make the traditional MRI impractical. There are two configurations for open MRI. One where the patient is positioned between two vertical poles (standing) and the other lying between horizontal poles (lying). Only the lying open MRI allows patients to be accompanied by a holdinghand friend and family member and also the one that is used for targeted image-guided intervention such as for pain management injections into the spine, joints and soft tissues. Avicenna Clinic houses the only Open MRI in the East of England, in addition, a state-
of-the art ultrasound and X-ray scanning equipment. The clinic offers a one stope same day appointment to a range of specialist consultants for fast diagnosis and tailored treatment planning. n To book a consultation or for more information on treating your pain and explore the other available services to help you, contact Avicenna Clinic on 0330 202 0597 or see avicennaclinic.com. Avicenna is based on North Street, Peterborough PE1 2RA.
BENEFITS OF AN OPEN MRI
• Ideal for individuals with claustrophobia
• Can accommodate patients of large physical stature as well as patients with wide shoulders who may not fit traditional machines
• A good option for children and teens • Also good for people who do not want to be alone during the test. A person with dementia can have their spouse in the room. A small child can have their parents
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BUSINESS & FINANCE
The Courtyard at Rutland Water RUTLAND WATER GOLF COURSE PROVIDES LUXURY ACCOMODATION RUTLAND
Rutland Water Golf Course now features eight luxury bedrooms ranging form Superior twin/doubles to Super King deluxe with views over the golf course and Rutland reservoir. There is also a self-catering cottage which sleeps six which is available for longer stays. You can also make the most of food that is served daily in the clubhouse so you can fill yourself up with a delicious breakfast. Pop back in the day for lunch and leave the car parked up and stay for early evening dining before wandering back to your comfortable room. Whether you are visiting Rutland for business, family or for a short break- everyone is welcome! The golf course is in the ideal location in Rutland for getting out and about to some of the best activities in the area. Rutland Water itself is within cy-
cling distance so you could visit the Aqua Park, go sailing or perhaps go on the cycle route around Rutland Water. If you’d like to take up golf,
Rutland Voluntary Work Celebrated at Event
HIGH SHERIFF SUE JARRON HELD AN EVENT TO CELEBRATE THE VOLUNTARY WORK FOR CHARITY
there is a driving range where you can give things a go! You could even book yourself a private lesson, you never know, you might love it!
RUTLAND The High Sheriff of Rutland’s Service in Celebration of Voluntary Work in the county took place at All Saints’ Church in Oakham in June. There were over 400 guests at the event including The Bishop of Peterborough, the Rt Rev Donald Allister. High Sheriff Sue Jarron’s (pictured left) three charities - Rutland Friends of Cancer Research UK, Warning Zone and Rotaract - were represented in the service with a collection followed by drinks and networking. Sue has also been busy with the Friends of
n For more information contact 01572737149 or e-mail: email@example.com o.uk. Lodge Farm, Manton Rd, Oakham, LE15 8HB
Cancer Research UK who she joined at their annual Cancer Research speaker lunch at Greetham Valley where Dr Mark Openshaw from the Cancer Centre of Excellence at Leicester University talked about his DNA liquid biopsy cancer research field. You can invite the High Sheriff Sue Jarron to events if you wish, just get in touch with her and explain your situation and event. n Mrs M S Jarron, Spinney House, Weston Road, Edith Weston, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8HQ Tel: 01780 722084 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WAITROSE CAMPAIGN AGAINST PLASTIC
STAMFORD In a pledge to save the ocean from filling with even more plastic, Waitrose have announced that they will no longer be supplying disposable cups at their complimentary coffee and tea stations for Waitrose Card holders. This will save in the region of a shocking 52 million cups each year. You will still be able to pop into Waitrose for your free coffee, you will just have to take a reusable cup with you so
make sure you start keeping one in the car! The changes will go into place in Autumn. Tom Harris, Waitrose head of sustainability, said: “We realise this is a major change, but we are confident the majority of customers will support the environmental benefits.” Interestingly, Waitrose are still stocking plastic straws amongst their picnic sets. Perhaps that will be something they cut back on too!
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A New Fitness Studio Has Opened In Greetham
GREETHAM If you’re struggling to get motivated to exercise this summer, it could be because you haven’t found the perfect exercise to enjoy yet! It can also be really beneficial to go to a group session for extra motivation. There’s a new studio in Greetham to try, it’s called Barre Red and belongs to former dancer and fitness instructor Louise Sheehan. Classes include BootyBarre, Yoga Flow, Pilates and Pilates HIIT. The classes are designed to sculpt, define and tone your body in new ways. This means that no matter how hard you’ve been working in the gym, with Louise’s classes your body could change shape and you’ll discover muscles that you might never have seen before! n To book and find out more visit: www.barrered.co.uk Greetham Valley, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7SN.
RUTLAND Rutland Neighbourhood Watch is launching a new drive to increase the popularity of its free smartphone app. The app is very user friendly and includes many beneficiary features such as instant links with a range of police and other emergency services and domestic abuse agencies, as well as the means of passing on crime related information in the county. There is also a useful ‘Fix My Street’ feature, community contacts, bus and train timetables as well as local news with instant updates. The app even has a direct link with Rutland Neighbourhood Watch's new website, www.rutlandnhw.org.uk, where crime-related news and updates can be regularly found. n See www.rutlandnhw.org.uk
No More Plastic
GLASTON-BASED CONSULTING engineers and surveyor, Smithers Purslow, reached the 40-year landmark in May. To celebrate, the company wants to raise over £40,000 for local and national charities. They will be supporting local charity the Evergreen Trust and the Make a Wish Foundation. Team Purslow completed their first challenge in June, they were the first to cross the finish line in the Three Peaks Yacht Race Challenge! We look forward to watching their progress. n
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NEWS In Brief EMPINGHAM
SENSORY GARDEN PROVIDES RELIEF TO CHILDREN A sensory garden has been officially opened at Wilds Lodge School in Empingham. The garden was opened by the school’s leadership team and pupils from the Nurture group were the first to try out the new area.The garden runs the whole length of the Crossroads building and is 40 meters long. It can be accessed through either the art therapy room or the garden. The sensory garden will be used for autistic students, individual support sessions, and is perfect for anyone needing a therapeutic space to take some time to themselves.It will also be used to support curriculum lessons and particularly those such as English and art. There are other sensory locations in the area including EquATA in Corby where autistic children can enjoy time with horses. n
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GENTLEMEN WELCOME TO THE GENTLEMEN’S SECTION. IN THIS EDITION, WE FEATURE OUR RECOMMENDED DESIGNER SUNGLASSES, A NEW MOTOR FROM JAGUAR, TOP TIPS FOR THE PERFECT GOLF SWING AND GANT’S SUMMER COLLECTION...
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Every so often there comes along a game-changer; a car which is so profoundly well-resolved that it defines a whole new sector of the car market. Jaguar’s I-Pace is just such a car; electric dreams, made real!
Jaguar I-Pace EV400 HSE
Oh! Oh! It’s sublime! Every so often there’s a car emerging from the haze of mediocrity to give a fresh dewy dawn to a sector or to create a completely new one. Think about the original Mini, the E-Type, the Range Rover, even. Respectively they made cars small affordable or sexy and desirable or practical and luxurious.
Jaguar’s new I-Pace is similarly endowed with a sufficient level of uniqueness to be just as iconic. I-Pace is an electric car, but not a combustion one to which a hybrid system has been grafted, but a genuine, designed-from-the-ground-up electric car.
Tesla got there first, and other manufacturers have designed hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius, or dedicated electric cars like Nissan’s Leaf, but this is the first mainstream executive SUV designed from the ground up to be the fuel-free future of executive motoring.
The car is achingly good looking. Not just smart or modern but absolutely great from absolutely any angle... and if you think it looks good in photos, in the flesh it’s even more of a joy to behold. >> 116
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>> The car has just one powertrain, EV400, which refers to the power generated by its motor and 90kWh battery combination.
Firstly don’t worry about running out of juice. Unlike plug-in hybrids with their circa 30-mile range, I-Pace will travel 298 miles (480km) on a single charge.
Charging the I-Pace on a rapid charger takes 40 minutes for 80% range, 100km range in 15 minutes. Using a domestic 13-amp plug, will necessitate overnight charging for just over 10 hours.
Crikey, it’s quick too. Being electric, all of the torque is available the instant the juice flows, so you’ll crack 60mph in 4.5 seconds, and reach 124mph flat out. To put that into context, that’s Porsche 911 Carrera quick. 118
“Don’t worry about running out of power. Unlike hybrids with their 30-mile ranges, I-Pace will travel 298 miles on a single charge.” Because the car is electric, there’s also a surprising amount of room in the cabin and an additional, dinky little boot under the bonnet. There’s five seats, an automatic transmission with no clutch, and all-wheel drive.
Three trim levels are available; S, SE and HSE. All models have a reversing camera, navigation and powered seats. SE grade adds leather seats, power tailgate, adaptive cruise control whilst HSE models are loaded with a 360° all round view camera, 18-way adjustable heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear seats.
Handling is sublime thanks to all of the mechanical bits being under the floor, low to the ground, which in turn facilitates 50:50 weight distribution, and being a thoroughly modern car, it’s has 4G wi-fi, over-the-air software update, voice control and no fewer than six USB ports, plus the ability to be linked to your smart phone to check battery charge, remotely turn on the climate control and so on. I-Pace is not just the best looking, but also the most advanced and impressive new car launch you’ll see this year... we absolutely love it! n
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Plug in, turn on, drop out: The best electric SUVs...
Tesla Model X, £71,405 - £129,155: Tesla has set the motoring world alight with its Model S sports saloon, and its Model X is an SUV version with all wheel drive, available in 75kWh, 100kWh or 100kWh Performance versions. Because the cars have been designed from the ground up as electric vehicles, there’s no legacy compromise in Tesla cars’ design left over from combustion engine roots, and with Tesla’s gigantic iPad to control almost all of the vehicle’s functions, the car’s interior has a modern, ultra-minimalist look. Ranges of anywhere between 259 miles and 336 miles, 0-60mph in 4.9secs to 2.9secs. n
Bentley Bentayga Plug-In £180,000 (est): Pairing a 3.0V6 petrol engine with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, the Bentayga is a game-changer for Bentley, and its plug-in version will be too. Prices will be confirmed as Pride goes to press, but expect a premium over even the V12 version of the SUV. Claimed electric-only range of 31 miles, refinement and a quiet experience will be prioritised over performance. Technical data is scarce but expect to achieve 100mpg combined, and the car will emit just 75g CO2. The Bentayga has a top-down camera, adaptive cruise control and automatic parking too. n
JAGUAR I-PACE 400EV HSE Price: £74,445, available now. Motor/Drivetrain: 90kWh motor, 400ps, all wheel drive, auto transmission. Performance: 0-60mph 4.5 secs. 124mph top speed. Range/Eco: 298 mile range, 0g/km Co2. 13% BIK. Equipment: 360 camera, sat nav, adaptive cruise, 18-way heated/cooled leather seats. n
Volvo XC90 T8 £62,500 - £71,300: Volvo simply can’t do a thing wrong right now, and the XC90 is a superb example of an alternative to the triumvirate of German luxury car makers, Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Even in top Inscription Pro trim, the XC90 undercuts its rivals. It’s loaded with equipment, from ventilated and heated massaging nappa seats to adaptive cruise, parking camera and navigation. 0-60mph 5.8secs; 108mpg. n
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Car detailing is an obsession and DSJ Automotive & Detailing was created from this obsession. A desire to produce something exceptional, down to the smallest detail, using only the very best materials. As is the case with many of the early detailers, the profession is entered as a result of a personal drive for perfection on our own vehicles. From there, others approach us and we start down the path of professional car detailing. Through our detailing design studio we strive to be the best car detailer in Stamford and the wider area, not only through the detailing itself but in the added value services we provide. These include a walk in shop selling the AngelWax products that we work with, aﬀording you the opportunity to watch us work and ask for advice and guidance. Another service that has followed on as a result of being trusted with Clients vehicles, is the car storage facility that we operate. Every vehicle is looked after and more importantly secure and safe whilst at the same time being covered by our insurance policy.
From our discreet unbranded location, DSJ oﬀers classic car storage facilities for short or long term durations. Requested by our clients, we oﬀer a tailor made car storage solution, allowing them to store their classic cars in a secure and fully insured environment. The car storage is monitored 24/7 by CCTV and checked upon regularly by the DSJ staﬀ as they set about maintaining the vehicles based on the the owners car storage needs. Whether it is a simple place to store and cover the vehicle or the client requires the vehicle to be started and moved on a pre-agreed basis, the service we provide will leave you with peace of mind that your cherished vehicle is truly being looked after. We hope that you to will commission your vehicle to be detailed by us and through the quality of our work, we look forward to holding onto you as a DSJ Client.
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Business Class Travel
Audi’s new A6 is an important car for the firm; it’s a volume seller in the most competitive class that the German manufacturer competes in. Head to head with the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class, it’ll need to be one heck of a car!
Making its debut this month, the Audi A6 is a really important car for Audi. at’s because the so-called mid-sized executive sector is the most ﬁercely fought battle ground, occupied not just by the A6, but the Mercedes E-Class with its beautiful cabin, and the BMW 5-Series with its fabulous reputation for driving dynamics.
e new A6 is also a car that will need to oﬀer both frugal company car models, but also a storming RS6 version to compete with BMW’s 520ed and the M5. e cars’ customers are typically company car driving executives who demand the ability to chew through motorway miles and massage away executive stress whilst still oﬀering a bit of poke when the family vacate the ﬁve seats and generous saloon boot. e car will be oﬀered with a 2.0TDi engine, the most economical and a great
option for company car drivers, but also two 3.0TDi engines in diﬀerent states of tune and a range topping 3.0 TSi petrol unit.
Audi A6 SE, S-Line
Price From: £37,000 (est). On Sale: June 2018.
Engine: 2.0 TDi, 3.0TDi, 3.0TSi. Performance (2.0TDi): 0-60mph 8.4 seconds; 144mph top speed.
Economy: 65.7mpg combined, 113g/km CO2.
e 2.0 engine uses a 12v electrical system but the 3.0 engines use a 48v mild hybrid system which will oﬀer great fuel savings over traditional engines when cruising at motorway speeds. e car will showcase the latest technology including no fewer than 37 driver assist systems, and its cabin features three TFT screens replacing analogue instrumentation, the sat nav screen and heading & ventilation controls. Expect automatic parking and adaptive cruise control systems, as well as heated leather seats, sat nav and cruise control to make your morning commute a cinch, and ensure you arrive work nice and fresh! n
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In time for summer
NEW MERCEDES C-CLASS CONVERTIBLE AND COUPÉ PERFECT FOR SUN LOVERS
MERCEDES Hot on the heels of its facelifted volume seller the C-Class, Mercedes has released an updated version of the coupé and convertible derivatives. Following the current trend for downsizing, the entry level C200 cars are powered by a tiny 1.5 petrol engine with a 48v mild hybrid system, meaning 46.3mpg, whilst a C220d diesel version is the pick of the
range for us, and achieves 61.4mpg in the only available trim, AMG Line, for £40,130 in coupé form and £43,949 as a convertible. Standard kit is huge, with heated leather seats, sat nav and reversing camera. Ensure you add the £4,995 Premium Plus package for a 360° camera and stereo upgrade, and £1,695 for a huge suite of driver aids like adaptive cruise control. n
Bullet-proof build quality £118,688 SKODA OFFERS BULLET PROOF BALLISTIC SAFETY
Mitsubishi’s Outlander plug in car is still our PHEV-ourite... MITSUBISHI The UK’s favourite plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) remains the Outlander, selling over 500 cars a month and nearly 2,500 a quarter. Available from just £32,305, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is capable of 166.1 MPG (according to official NEDC fuel economy figures) with an electric range of up to 33 miles. It can be rapid-charged in 25 minutes and can be fully charged from a domestic home charge point in 3.5 hours. Other benefits also include ultra-low company car tax of just 13%, along with exemption from the London congestion charge and first year road tax. There are curently around 36,800 Outlander PHEVs on UK roads. n
SKODA Skoda, now part of the Volkswagen and Audi family, has successfully managed to put all of the 1980s jokes to rest, and its cars, such as the Superb, a 3-Series, A4 and C-Class challenger, whose build quality could be described as bulletproof. However, in the case of this Superb, an estate with a 2.0 190ps engine and a £118,688 price tag, can quite legitimately be described as bullet-proof. That’s because it has been upgraded to offer PAS300 armoured certification. It can resist most type of ballistic and bullet attacks, and is likely to find a home with VIPs under police protection. n
NEWS In Brief
CARS & COUNTRIES
INDUSTRY ANALYST JATO REVEALS DIFFERENT COUNTRIES’ MOST POPULAR CARS... Jato has revealed that whilst the UK’s most popular car remains the Fiesta, different countries all retain their own automotive favourites. Austria’s favourite set of wheels is the Volkswagen Golf, which is also top in Belgium, Latvia and Germany. Croatia, Czeckia and Estonia prefer the Skoda Octavia, as does Switzerland and Finland, whilst Denmark’s favourite is the Peugeot 208 and France and Portugal’s favourite car is the Renault Clio and Italians think the Fiat Panda is bella cibo. Greece love the Toyota Yaris, whilst Spain loves the Seat Ibiza, and Hungary is hungry for the Suzuki Vitara. Ireland’s favourite is the Nissan Qashqai, whilst patriotic Sweden loves the Volvo XC60. The UK’s top car, the Ford Fiesta, sold over 40,600 in the UK last year, with the number two and three spots occupied by the Volkswagen Golf (26,685 cars) and the Nissan Qashqai (21,171 cars). n
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the Seaside Designer clothing brand Gant has just released its latest collection, taking inspiration from the sea. View their nautical styles and summer suits here... www.gant.co.uk
Above: Sunbleached Cable Crewneck jumper in strawberry pink, £100, Breton Boatneck top, £65, Stretch Oxford shirt in white and light blue, £80, and the lightweight cotton crewneck jumper, £80. Left: Diamond G slim stretch linen blazer, £325, Diamond G tailored fit stretch linen trousers, £145, Diamond G knitted mini dot tie, £80, regular fit point Oxford shirt, £85. Watches are GANT’s blue Denville watch, £110 and the Quartz watch, £110. Shoes are Parker suede, £125. Made in a stretch cotton-linen blend, the slim stretch linen of this look is a lightweight, comfortable option for formal summer occasions. Top/Right: Barstripe heavy rugby shirt, £100. This is a great casual shirt if you’re heading to the beach on a windy day and you’re rightfully dubious about the British weather.
Right: Blue pack Madras shirt, £85, Diamond G Home Office blazer, £295, tailored fit trousers, £110. This is the perfect look for a summer formal event with a light trouser, perfect check, matching pocket square and dark belt to go with the Gant blazer featured here. Far Right: Gant’s sunbleached polo shirt in California pink. This is a really versatile shirt that comes in a multitude of colours from lemon to papaya orange and spearmint. It’s a pigment garment dyed to achieve a washed look. Top/Far Right: Wave texture jumper, £115, a focal knit to elevate your looks this season, matched with the Tech Prep slim fit Oxford stripe shirt, £90 and polar blue Diamond G stretch linen shorts, £125. The Stretch Linen Shorts are the perfect solution for formal occasions when the weather is too warm to wear trousers.
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SUMMER SHADE 1
Dior’s Pressure Sunglasses come in a geometric shape, metal-rimmed, and in black. The shades have geometric and sophisticated lines with generous volumes to distinguish yourself for your originality, £350.
The Benedict aviator style sunglasses from Oliver Peoples are plated in pilot gold metal with green polarised lenses. The glasses come in a designer stamped case, and offer a different style and colour to other aviators, £304.
PRADA: Smart and elegant, these Prada sunglasses are the ideal complement to a man’s sunny weather look. The plastic half frame lightens the look, while the polarised lenses are wearable in bright conditions, £276.
Tom Ford eschews flashy logos and gimmicky features, in favour of sleek minimalism and carefully chosen details. His unerring eye for design gives his sunglasses a look that is clearly of the moment, yet at home in any era, £264.
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EYE PROTECTION CAN SOUND A LITTLE BORING, BUT BY ADDING TOM FORD, DIOR OR PRADA, SUNGLASSES BECOME A LITTLE MORE EXCITING. HERE ARE OUR BEST RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THEIR LATEST COLLECTIONS...
RAY BAN: Ray-Ban is the brand of sunglasses preferred worldwide. Setting the standard for excellence, Ray-Ban consistently combines great styling with exceptional quality, performance, and comfort. This is ‘Ferrari,’ £209.
MAUI JIM: Maliko Gulch glasses from the designer sunglasses brand. This MauiFlex style provides full coverage for all-day wear. Perfect for driving or lounging on the beach, Maliko Gulch is a sophisticated frame, £259.
GIORGIO ARMANI: Giorgio Armani round havana metal sunglasses with dark green lenses. This style combines a metal frame with a plastic-rimmed glass, and the metal frame continues to the top half of the shades, £258.
GUCCI: The Gucci brand represents the quintessence of luxury. The sunwear collection uses only the highest quality materials and offers distinctive shapes enriched with historic icons, £250.
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TIPS & TRICKS Even if you have the perfect swing from tee off, if you can’t putt the ball, your score can quickly add up. Professional golfer Jordan Wrisdale gives his tips on how to make the shot a little easier...
“Putting is an easy way for you to add points to your overall score, so it’s worth perfecting the shot,” says Jordan. “It becomes a lot easier when following these simple steps.” “The best tip I can give first of all, is to let it flow naturally. It’s like signing your name on a piece of paper; you can do it perfectly first time, but if you try and repeat it, it won’t be exactly the same. Don’t force it.” Lead with your left: The left hand is the direction hand, and it’s just as important as the right. Practice putting left-hand-only, or have someone hold a club in front of your hands on the target line. Bump the grip with the back of your hand, not your fingers.
Think roll, not hit: The key to distance control is to roll the ball, not hit it. To do
this, take an open stance, your weight slightly favoring your left side and your putter shaft leaning toward the target. The open stance makes it easier to feel the left hand going out and down the target line.
Use your fingers: Grip the putter any way you like, as long as it doesn’t hinder your left hand’s role in the stroke. But make sure to grip the club in your fingers. The shaft should run up the lifeline of your left hand for clubface control, but your fingers must contact the grip. You can drop the right forefinger down the shaft, but don’t steer with it. Forget The Origins about what your palms are doing. Fingers equal feel. Spot the ball: If you stare at the ball too long, it’s easy
of the Caddy
The French word ‘cadet,’ pronouned cad-day, means ‘youngest child.’ This is where the word ‘caddy’ comes from in the game of golf.
to get brain-locked and hit a bad putt. To avoid this, don’t even look at the ball. Try looking at a spot just in front of the ball on your target line and rolling the ball over that spot. Another trick to free your mind is to picture the ball going in on the high side of the hole on a breaking putt. Most golfers miss low. “When you go to take the shot, move the arms like a pendulum swing and keep it in mind that you’re rolling the ball and not hitting it. You should be able to make the perfect shot by following these tips!”
Left: Jordan’s key advice is for your stroke to go naturally, because if you force it, it won’t go in. Make sure you let it roll in, so don’t hit the golf ball with force.
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Jordan Wrisdale: Professional Golfer... This area is widely regarded for its golfing provisions. It’s the home of English Golf, with the National Golf Centre, and there are over 50 different courses across the county.
Jordan is the youngest ever Lincolnshire Amateur Champion, winning at the age of 15. He won the English Champion of Champions hosted at Woodhall Spa, and is currently playing the European Challenge Tour and the Euro Pro Tour which is based in the UK.
Jordan Wrisdale has used it to his advantage, and out of the 60,000,000 golfers across the world, Jordan is currently ranked 1,457, and 2nd in the whole of the county. He has represented England for the sport, appears on Sky Sports regularly, competes across the globe and he anticipates that he will be playing in the British Open at Carnoustie later this year. He has the support from world-renowned coach Phil Kenyon, and his equipment is sponsored by brands Ping and Titleist.
Each month, he’s going to be providing his top golfing tips to the readers of Pride! “I’ve been playing golf since I was 10, and I’ve always known that I would follow it as a career,” says Jordan. “I’m really passionate about it.” Jordan makes regular TV, print and online appearances. This year, he appears on Sky Sports - average viewing figures over 400,000.
n Jordan is currently looking for more sponsors, currently sponsored by Rolec Services, Ping, Mashie and more. He can provide corporate days for staff, great branding across his clothing and great PR for you and your business. If you want to support Jordan through his golfing career, email email@example.com or call him today on 07799 358203.
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