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AUGUST

AUGUST

THE BEST OF

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AUGUST 2013

RUTLAND & STAMFORD EVERY SINGLE MONTH

RutlandPride

RutlandPride

THE NUMBER ONE COUNTY MAGAZINE

AUGUST 2013

GROW THEM, PICK THEM, COOK WITH THEM - ENJOY FRESH HERBS THIS MONTH...

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Growing & Cooking

FRESH HERBS 2013

The Event

Birdfair

Burghley

Fashion Shows, & Special Events

Natural History & Conservation

Previewing the 2013 Horse Trials

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RutlandPride August The number one counTy magazine

Welcome to August’s Rutland Pride in which we preview the 2013 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, the country’s largest eventing competition right here in the county. Elsewhere we enjoy growing, picking and cooking with herbs, and enjoy time in the garden cultivating stunning wild flower lawns. With our homes and gardens section providing tips for ensuring your home looks great and suggestions for where to enjoy summer dining, we offer our best wishes for a great month!

Enjoy!

Horse

House

Herbs

High Society

A preview of the 2013 Burghley Horse Trials event with dressage, cross country, and showjumping.

Ideas for using fuchsia and on trend floral prints, plus, look round a contemporary family home.

Rediscover the pleasure of growing, picking and using herbs this summer. We’ve advice, tips and recipes.

Enjoy events from across the county including our exclusive pictures from Oakham School’s Leavers’ Ball.

summer 2013


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Rutland Pride – The Number One Team We’ re looking at home interiors in this edition - if you could create your dream home, what would it be like?

Zoie Wilkinson

Julian Wilkinson

Rob Davis

Sales Manager

Publisher & Managing Director

Executive Editor

“my ideal home would be a georgian property. The architecture is lovely, and in neutral colours they always seem to look stunning!”

“i’d like my home to be a rural retreat in the middle of nowhere, nice and peaceful, but with a modern interior and plenty of gadgets.”

“i’d love a traditional, ivy clad farmhouse with high ceilings and plenty of character... oh, and a lovely big farmhouse kitchen with an aga!”

Emily Rippin

Mandy Bray

Jayne Broughton

Sales Executive

Customer Care Manager

Group Sales Manager

“i like Victorian town houses, so my dream property would be a large place, in town, with a modern interior and the odd vintage flourish!”

“i’d love a trendy London crash pad, high above the city overlooking the Thames for the odd weekend away!

“i’ve always wanted a barn conversion, a super sleek home with modern shiny surfaces and huge open plan spaces.”

Runners and Riders... Publisher & Managing Director: Julian Wilkinson. General Manager: ian bagley. Group Sales Manager: Jayne broughton. Executive Editor: rob Davis. Customer Care Manager: mandy bray. Accounts Manager: sue bannister. Sales Manager: zoie Wilkinson. Sales Executives: charlotte aiken, Jo Leadbitter, rachel Jones, emily brown, emily rippin, elaine hall, sami millard, Lauren chambers. Sales Support: Lorraine bashforth. Distribution Manager: Paul Dixon.

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STAMFORD, LINCONSHIRE £585,000 Standing on the banks of the mill-stream and overlooking the open spaces of the Meadows, King’s Mill is located within a handsome converted watermill with an exceptional historic heritage. A mill has existed at this site in Stamford since the time of the Domesday Book; it was named King’s Mill in the era of King John and the existing building dates from the seventeenth century. Now Grade II listed, the main features of the original mill were preserved when it was converted and the property is full of many unexpected, unique and stunning features retained from the working mechanisms. The accommodation is laid out over three floors. The delightful southern aspect is unexpectedly tranquil with views over the millstream and there is a large hidden garden which is a haven for wildlife. With its unique architectural features, flexible accommodation and large garden, King’s Mill offers the chance to create a truly exceptional, stunning and practical period home in a sought-after location. EPC Rating - Exempt.

DUDDINGTON, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE £625,000 In a peaceful location within the picturesque village of Duddington, Walnut Cottage is set back from the road behind stone walls which shelter its attractive south-facing façade. The original section of the property is believed to have been a former barn over 250 years old and subsequent extensions have used the same distinctive local stone to create an attractive and spacious home. Internally it has excellent reception rooms with high ceilings and elegant proportions, as well as distinctive features such as solid oak exterior doors, stripped wood paneled doors throughout the ground floor and oak ceiling beams. Walnut Cottage sits within lovely gardens laid out in a series of terraces, patios and lawns at the rear all of which are enclosed by mature hedging and trees and are extremely secluded. EPC Rating D.

Fine & Country 2 St. Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2DE Telephone: (01780) 750200 Email: stamford@fineandcounty.com www.fineandcountry.com


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WANSFORD, CAMBRIDGESHIRE £925,000 With south-facing gardens running along the banks of the River Nene, Cedar House has a wonderful riverside location on the edge of Wansford village. From the property’s vine-shaded patio, lawns slope gently down to the idyllic river-bank, where a jetty is the perfect place from which to fish, swim or watch the river. The house itself has extensive and flexible accommodation laid out over two floors, with a mix of formal reception space and relaxed family areas. There is a lovely flow throughout the ground floor and a marvelous open plan Kitchen-Breakfast and Family Room forms the hub of the house. The property has many windows with lovely views of the river and the gardens on all sides and plenty of patio doors allow easy access to the grounds. As well as the wonderful location, a further benefit of the property is the self-contained two-bedroom Annexe which has its own entrance, parking and garden. EPC Rating - E.

BARNACK, CAMBRIDGESHIRE £1,695,000 Surrounded by private grounds in a secluded location, Cayman House is a luxurious, contemporary residence with a superb mix of impressive entertaining rooms, informal family space and excellent accommodation over two floors. The interior is designed with clean lines and a pared back décor to set off striking features such as the ‘floating’ oak and glass staircase, the vaulted ceilings, and the double height windows which flood the house with natural light. Highlights of the extensive accommodation include the magnificent home cinema, an airy gym and a luxurious masterbedroom suite, whilst a spacious open-plan kitchen and family room make the house as practical and relaxing as it is striking. Fitted throughout to the highest specification, Cayman house has the benefit of many modern, energy-efficient systems. With its modern design and excellent location, Cayman House is a unique, practical and striking twenty-first century home. EPC Rating - D.


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JEnnIfER COx TRAvELS TO SRI LAnkA - knOWn AS IndIA-LITE AmOngST THE mORE dISCERnIng TRAvELLER - And dISCOvERS SOmE ExCITIng CHAngES, And SOmE ExOTIC dInIng And LuxuRIOuS ExPERIEnCES! “You must try the pepper crab. It’s the best in the whole country. I must warn you to go easy with the sambal though, it’s pretty fiery.” This is Ministry of Crab, an extremely popular new restaurant in the heart of one of today’s most exciting Asian cities. Not South Korea’s Seoul, not China’s Chengdu, not even Tokyo, with its ever-evolving appeal. No, the city currently attracting the attention of foodies, fashionistas and, most importantly, investors is Colombo in Sri Lanka. These days Colombo is in the grip of a profound renaissance, as a wealth of restaurants, artisan shops, galleries and festivals – not to mention luxurious 5-star hotels and characterful boutique properties – spring up across the city. In March this year, British Airways reinstated its direct service from London Gatwick to Colombo, while international luxury hotel brands such Starwood and Shangri-

La are developing large upscale and imaginative small eco-boutique properties across the country. For all Sri Lanka’s modernising though, leave the city and you will quickly discover a country that is the very picture of a lush tropical paradise, filled with natural wonders and a history stretching back more than 2,000 years. Travelling through Sri Lanka is like turning the pages of a richly illustrated history book. Its landscape is filled with images and sites that tell the story of the country’s ancient origins through to the modern day. Many describe Sri Lanka as India-lite, a country that shares much of the history, culture and natural attractions of India without the vast distances or sensory assault. But visit Sri Lanka and you’ll quickly discover a country with a unique and wonderful identity of its own: one drawing upon its history as wholeheartedly as it embraces its future.

£ savvi travel Savvi Travel can arrange a luxury holiday to Sri Lanka - alternatively enjoy a twin centre holiday; for instance seven days in Sri Lanka followed by a further seven nights in the Maldives. A longer version of this article appeared in the summer issue of Compass, published by Cox & Kings Travel. Savvi Travel’s Sri Lanka deals represent exceptional value: call your Travel Consultant on 01572 842012 for more information or pop into Savvi at 7 The Maltings, Oakham.

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THE EvEnT Emma Munro-Wilson at Barnsdale Sumptuous summer dining met beautiful music recently as Emma Munro-Wilson and her Jazz Quartet performed on a warm summer evening at Barnsdale Lodge. The jazz singer whose inspiration comes from luminaries such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn performed during a three course supper for around 50 people. Barnsdale Lodge will this month host a Glorious 12th Dinner to celebrate the first day of the shooting season. Fresh grouse is on the menu - we’ll see you there! For more information call 01572 724678.

Around 50 people joined Jazz Singer Emma MunroWilson for supper.

The Hotel has breathtaking views of Rutland Water, but equally impressive is its beautiful courtyard!

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THE EVENT Jazz

at Barnsdale Lodge

Emma Munro-Wilson with Paul Freeman and Ed Burrows.

Emma performed hits at Barnsdale Lodge fresh from The Savoy Hotel and an evening with Tim Rice.

Purchase photographs from this event online. Visit www.pridemagazines.co.uk.

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RESTAuRANT OF THE MONTH

THIERRY DAUGERON Patisserie and Chandelier Restaurant, Wine & Tapas Bar, Stamford

one oF The area’s mosT charismaTic anD TaLenTeD cheFs, Thierry Daugeron has oPeneD uP his neW resTauranT in a 400 year oLD buiLDing aDJacenT To The riVer WeLLanD aboVe his PaTisserie... We can DeFiniTeLy recommenD a VisiT! Words & Photos: rob Davis.


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In addition to à la carte dining in the Chandelier Restaurant, Thierry provides lunchtime dining like this open beef sandwich with home made Thierry at Home Chutney from the chef’s retail range.

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Thierry’ s provision for Stamford dining include his patisserie café and the Chandelier Restaurant, his first floor à la carte dining experience...

Try Thierry’s pastry treats... and if you’re impressed, recreate them at home after a lesson from the French chef himself: a one day Petit Fours/Sweet Canapés course on Wednesday 14th August costs just £35 with all ingredients included.


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RESTAuRANT OF THE MONTH

Thierry’s new restaurant (right) has a beautiful setting and provides lunchtime and evening dining from Wednesday to Sunday.

T Thierry’s pastry chef Sarah Pope produces around 20 different choices for patisserie customers each day!

he French are amazing; stunning wine from Rhône, prose from Baudelaire, music from Piaf... but by far the greatest contribution they’ve made to the world is in the field of food. It’s fortuitous, then, that the arrival of Thierry Daugeron to Stamford some 16 years ago brought French cuisine to the area without the need to travel. Even more fortunate is the opportunities Thierry’s Wharf Road patisserie and his new Chandelier Restaurant provide for locals dining in the town. Having been brought up in the Loire Valley, Thierry worked on cruise ships and enjoyed a brief period working at The Rupert Brooke, Grantchester, Cambridgeshire. He returned to France to work at Château de Rochecotte, an aristocrat’s home which became a four star restaurant and country house hotel, before coming back to the county in the noughties. The chef set up Thierry Daugeron Catering in 2004 and The Stamford Cookery School in 2011. Today, his outside catering operation prepares around 75,000 dishes each year, creating dishes for five or ten guests at private dinner parties hosted in his clients’ own homes to weddings and functions with 1,000 guests. Meanwhile his cookery school runs around five courses each month for locals to attend with July’s courses covering knife skills, cake making, Indian cookery, seafood and Thierry’s own French Patisserie course. These cost between £35 and £130 with both daytime and evening courses available. Being so busy, it’s surprising that he found the time to launch his patisserie in September 2012, which quickly became very popular with locals. Thierry and Pastry Chef Sarah Pope provide light lunches and around 40 daily-changing home made patisserie treats. It’s above the patisserie that Theirry in February 2013 opened his new Chandelier Restaurant for lunchtime and evening dining. 19


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Right; Selection of Thierry and Sarah Pope’s patisserie offerings. Below; The patisserie is also open for themed Tapas - Tiger Prawns with Garlic Butter and Sautéed Potatoes and Rocket with Sun Dried Tomatoes are shown. It’s open from 5pm-10pm Wednesday to Sunday.

The Chandelier Restaurant is open from 12-2.30pm and from 7pm-9.30pm from Wednesday to Sunday and provides à la carte dining, as well as afternoon tea accompanied by a pianist from 2.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Diners can choose from a two or three course lunch or three course dinner, with a choice of four starters, four main courses and desserts presented as an assiette of delicious miniatures. Thierry loves the area’s provision of local ingredients and has taken full advantage of the proximity of Hambleton Bakery for his speciality breads, butchers Nelson’s, Riverford Organic Veg and Coles of Kings Lynn for fish. “Stamford’s a great place to open a restaurant because there are loads of fresh ingredients which in turn means its locals are so knowledgeable and so discerning.” says Thierry. “That’s what I loved about the town initially, and why I returned. It’s a beautiful town with lots of history, beautiful architecture... actually, it’s quite similar to the Loire Valley.”

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The Chandelier Restaurant provides Ă  la carte dining both for lunchtime and evening service. Shown here is a Wild Mushroom Risotto.


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Sample M enu £ starters Bruschetta £5.95 bruschettas of mixed roast vegetables with tomato and basil, aubergines and mint. Monkfish £6.95 spicy monkfish kebab in cumin, coriander with fennel and summer herbs. Beef spicy Lincolnshire beef mini loaf on toasted muffin.

£7.95

£ Mains Risotto seafood, wild mushroom and sun blushed tomato risotto.

£12.95

Lamb £14.95 rack of Lincolnshire spring lamb with local vegetable. Chicken Saltimbocca £13.50 breast of free range chicken stuffed with mushrooms and sage, served with organic vegetables.

£ PUDDinG Desserts £6.95 assiette of patisserie desserts from a choice of 20 by sarah Pope. Cheese £7.25 stamford cheese cellar cheese trolley served with Thierry at home chutney.

£ OPeninG tiMes Patisserie Open seven days 9am-5pm. taPas in the wine bar wednesday to sunday 5.30pm-10pm. ChanDelier restaUrant wednesday to sunday 12-2.30pm, 7-9.30pm. Cabaret bar (tDh DininG/MUsiC) selected dates five times a month; call for dates and details of artist.


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Thierry will also provide further evening dining options from this month with the patisserie transformed into a wine and tapas bar from Wednesday to Sunday evenings, and the Cabaret Bar just off the Chandelier Restaurant providing three course table d’hôte dining for £25 with live easy listening music. The restaurant itself looks spectacular. It offers a beautiful view of the River Welland, but also, the 400 year old former tollhouse, initially created to provide flood protection for the town. Restored a few years ago by the building’s owner Michael Bilkus, it’s architecturally stunning. With exposed beams and a massive chandelier the namesake of the restaurant - it looks great, with soaring ceilings over thick stone tables, wood burners and beautiful crockery and cutlery. Even those enjoying afternoon tea are treated to cute vintage china and traditional cake stands. “We’ve tried to make sure that good presentation permeates the whole dining experience.” says Thierry.

“In addition, we want to provide excellent service, and we’re really lucky to have staff who all share our vision for providing the very best experience from the warmest welcome to the best food.” This claim was certainly substantiated during our visit. We’ve enjoyed the patisserie before, and it’s a fun, happy place to visit, a place for a treat. However, with the Chandelier Restaurant now providing full à la carte dining both at lunchtime and during evening service, there’s reason to pay Thierry a visit at any time of day. With his tapas & wine bar, and cabaret nights too, there’s also the option for more casual evenings. What’s more, even the Chandelier Restaurant is really good value, with most main courses below £15 and a range of 28 wines all below £25. Great fun, great value and great food, then, are all hallmarks of one of Stamford’s best chefs. Nobody works harder than Thierry and his excellent team, and it really shows... pay a visit soon!

Thierry and his team work really hard to provide a warm welcome and a great experience.

THIERRY DAUGERON at The Chandelier Restaurant, Stamford

Thierry Daugeron, Wharf Road, Stamford, PE9 2DU To book a meal call

01780 766651 For Outside Catering and Cookery School, call 01780 238 105.

From Oakham - Head out of Oakham on the B640, and at the roundabout turn left onto Stamford Road signposted B640. Continue for half a mile and at the roundabout take the A606. After 10 miles, bear right onto the B1081 and take the A6121 signposted Spalding A16, Bourne, Sleaford. Turn right onto St Leonard’s Street, then left onto Wharf Road.

www.thierrydaugeron.co.uk

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Sample Dishes

FROM FARM TO FORK... This month; exceptional Rutland main courses which take advantage of the best quality traditionally farmed ingredients... Photos: Rob Davis

Beef Stew with Quenelle of Mash The Finch’s Arms, Hambleton 01572 756575, www.finchsarms.co.uk.

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Grilled Rib of Derbyshire Beef, Pomme Frites and Green Salad. Marquess of Exeter, Lyddington 01572 822 477, www.marquessexeter.co.uk >> Gressingham Duck with Sweet Cherry and Port Reduction. The William Cecil, Stamford 01572 822 477, www.marquessexeter.co.uk 24


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Maple & Cumin Grilled Pork Belly, Grilled and Pureed Sweetcorn, Garlic and Chilli Cavelo Nero. Barnsdale Hall Hotel, Exton 01572 757901, www.barnsdalehotel.co.uk

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Pan Fried Cutlet, Roast Rump and Baby Lamb Shoulder Pie served with Redcurrant and Merlot Reduction. The Jackson Stops, Stretton 01780 410237, www.thejacksonstops.com <<

Loin of Easton Estate Venison, Butternut Squash gratin, Norfolk Kale finished with a Port Jus. Barnsdale Lodge, Exton 01572 724678, www.barnsdalelodge.co.uk 25


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fAST fOOd, fRESH, WITH

HERBS 15 minute food with healthy herbs, perfect for speedy and sublime summer suppers... Photos & Food Styling: Alice Jarrett-kerr, www.freshlivingherbs.co.uk.


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Recipes

with Herbs

salmon & Mint

Fishcakes with Chicken dill dip Serves Four Preparation: 15 minutes Chill/Cook time: 12-14 minutes Ingredients: 700g potatoes, diced 300g salmon fillets 1 medium eggs 1 bunch spring onions, sliced 20g dill, chopped 1 tbsp mint, chopped 200ml tub half fat crème fraiche 2 tbsp garlic mayonnaise (50g) 1 tbsp oil

herby Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus Serves Four Preparation: 10 minutes Cooking: 10 minutes Ingredients: 300g pasta shapes 1 tbsp olive oil 300g boneless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips 230g bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into three 150g low fat cream cheese 25g chives, snipped 25g parsley, chopped

Chives and parsley are the perfect combination as the grassy freshness from the parsley works well with the subtle onion flavour from the chives. This is a light, summery recipe which is low in saturated fat and high in protein.

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Cook the pasta in boiling water for 10 minutes until tender, drain and return to the pan.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the chicken and asparagus for five minutes, add the cream cheese and herbs with 75ml water and cook for one minute. Stir into the pasta, season to taste and serve.

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For an additional twist on this summery supper, try using garlic and herb soft cheese for a quick infusion of garlicky flavour.

these fishcakes make the most of the classic combination of dill and salmon and the addition of mint provides extra zing. The ‘dill-icious’ dip really adds the finishing touch to the dish. This recipe is high in omega 3 and is also a good source of protein. Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 10 minutes until tender, drain and allow to cool. Meanwhile, poach the salmon and eggs in boiling water for 10 minutes, cool. Flake the salmon and chop the boiled eggs. Mash the potato and stir in the salmon, egg, spring onions, half the dill and mint, season. Shape into eight fishcakes and chill for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, mix together the crème fraiche, mayonnaise and the remaining dill and set aside. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the fishcakes in two batches for three to four minutes each side until golden. Serve with the dill dip and a green salad. Alternatively, try using lightly smoked salmon fillets for extra flavour.

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herb Marinated

lemon Chicken with Tabbouleh Serves 4 Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking: 25 minutes You’ll need 2 lemons 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

25g chopped fresh parsley 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts, scored (500g) 200g bulgar wheat 4 tomatoes, diced (280g) 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint

Delicious and filling, this is allow salt meal, also low in saturated fat! Fresh parsley and mint with the zingy lemon make this full of flavour. Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark six. Mix together the zest and juice of one lemon, the oil and one tbsp parsley. Add the chicken and marinate for 10-15 minutes.

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Meanwhile, cook the bulgar wheat in a small saucepan with 200ml water, Simmer gently covered for five minutes. Cool with the lid on. Place the chicken in a small roasting tin and roast for 25 minutes. Mix the tomatoes, remaining parsley, mint and juice of the remaining lemon into the bulgar wheat and serve with the chicken, pouring over the left over juices.

Mediterranean thyme &

Minestrone soup Serves Four. Preparation: 10 minutes. Cooking: 15 minutes. Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped (170g) 1 carrot, diced (170g)

400g chopped tomatoes 600ml vegetable stock 75g macaroni pasta 2 tbsp Thyme, chopped 400g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed ¼ savoy cabbage, shredded

This recipe has two servings of your five-a-day, is low in saturated fat and is also a good source of protein. Remember to use the leaves and the young stem of living thyme for extra flavour. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion and carrot for three or four minutes. Add the tomatoes, stock, macaroni, thyme and beans and bring to the boil, simmer for eight minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cabbage and cook for a further two minutes until tender. Serve immediately with crusty bread. You can mix it up with this recipe by adding any vegetables you have to hand. Courgette, aubergine, carrots and peppers work particularly well. Meat lovers can also add bacon.

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Recipes

with Herbs

Substitute chicken for pieces of courgette and vegetarians will love our pepper and basil kebabs too...

Chicken kebabs with tomato & basil Compote Serves Four. Preparation: 10 min. Cooking: 20 min. Ingredients: 500g boneless chicken breasts, diced

2 tbsp basil infused oil 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 25g basil 6 tomatoes, halved 1 garlic clove, chopped 1 red pepper, diced

These Chicken Kebabs with a Tomato and Basil Compote are perfect for a summer party. The basil gives the compote a lovely peppery, spicy flavour and a fabulous aroma. This recipe is low in fat, and provides one of your five a day of fruit and veg! Preheat the oven to 200oC, gas mark six. Mix together the chicken, one tbsp each oil and vinegar and Âź basil, shredded, season and marinate for 10 minutes.

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Meanwhile, place the tomatoes cut side up in a small roasting tin, sprinkle with garlic, remaining oil and vinegar and basil, roughly torn, season and roast for 20 minutes. Mix roughly with a spoon to break up the tomatoes.

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autumn risotto with Sage, Chestnut and Butternut Squash Serves Four. Preparation: 10 minutes. Cooking: 30 minutes

pot of living sage 1 onion, chopped 500g butternut squash, diced 300g risotto rice 75ml white wine Ingredients: 350ml veg stock 1 tbsp olive oil 200g pack whole 20g chopped fresh sage + 4 large whole chestnuts 50g Parmesan, grated leaves, from a

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Mint smoothie with Cranberry Zing Serves Two. greek yogurt Preparation: 2 mins. 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint, from a Ingredients: living pot of mint 600ml light 1 tbsp clear honey cranberry juice 100g fat free A quick and easy low sugar smoothie. Mint adds a refreshing twist. Place all the ingredients in a large jug and blend with a hand blender. Pour into two tall glasses. Add a handful of fresh or frozen raspberries for even more zing! 30


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Recipes

with Herbs

For a variation on this recipe, try replacing the prawns in this dish with cooked chicken breast...

thai Prawn & Coriander noodle Salad Serves Two. Preparation: 10 minutes. Cooking: 5 minutes. Ingredients: 150g rice noodles 1 red pepper 200g cooked, peeled tiger prawns

½ bunch spring onions, sliced 20g coriander, roughly chopped Juice of 1 lime 1 tbsp soy sauce 2tsp Thai ďŹ sh sauce 25g unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped

Coriander is one of the most aromatic herbs and has a distinctive citrusy flavour. This quick and easy recipe is a perfect midweek dinner for two and is also low in saturated fat and contains one of your five a day. Coriander is a versatile herb and is known for aiding digestion, freshening breath and may even help you sleep better. Cook the noodles in boiling water for five minutes, drain and cool. Mix in the pepper, prawns, spring onions and coriander. Whisk together the lime juice, soy and fish sauce and toss into the salad, scatter over the peanuts and serve. For variation on this recipe, try replacing the prawns in this dish with cooked chicken breast.

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PARAPHERNALIA

Herbs

There's nothing like the taste of herbs picked fresh from your own garden! They're so easy to grow, whether in beds, borders, containers or on windowsills. many herbs can also be grown all the year round and will save you the expense of buying from the supermarket. We look at some of the most popular herbs you can easily grow yourself!

ROSEMARY Essential with roast lamb

SWEET WOODRuFF An often forgotten herb

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sow rosemary seeds from march to may, in pots or trays on the surface of moist seed compost and cover with a sprinkling of finely sieved compost. Place in a propagator at 16 - 20c (60F) or seal inside a polythene bag until after germination.

in moist soil, it can spread very quickly and can become invasive in the right conditions. it is often recommended that you plant sweet woodruff ground cover in an area that you would not mind seeing naturalised by sweet woodruff.

THYME The most useful kitchen herb iDeaL For sTeWs, sTuFFings anD bouQueT garni. The aromaTic, eVergreen Thyme WiLL groW aLmosT anyWhere in conTainers, rock garDens, borDers, anD eVen cracks in PaVing. iDeaL For creaTing LoW, maTT Forming grounDcoVer.


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SAGE Essential herb for the Sunday roast THE SOFT BLUE-GREEN LEAVES OF SAGE ARE IDEAL FOR ADDING THEIR RICH FLAVOUR TO MEATS AND STUFFING. MAKES AN ATTRACTIVE PLANT IN THE PERENNIAL BORDER.

CHIVES Perennial member of the onion family THIS HERB IS UNDEMANDING AND EASY TO GROW, RETURNING YEAR AFTER YEAR, AND ATTRACTING BEES AND BUTTERFLIES TO ITS PRETTY PINK BLOOMS. CHIVES ARE AN ESSENTIAL ADDITION TO THE HERB GARDEN. THEIR LEAVES AND EDIBLE FLOWERS MAKE THEM INDISPENSABLE FOR GARNISHING POTATO SALAD, SOUPS AND OTHER SAVOURY DISHES.

BASIL Half-hardy annual ESSENTIAL FOR AUTHENTIC ITALIAN CUISINE, THIS SWEET BASIL IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR VARIETIES, WITH A STRONG SCENT AND DISTINCTIVE FRESH FLAVOUR. TRY GROWING BASIL ON THE KITCHEN WINDOWSILL OR IN CONVENIENT CONTAINERS OUTSIDE THE BACK DOOR. Sow basil seed from February to June, or sow throughout the year for indoor cultivation out of season. Sow seed on the surface of free draining seed compost and cover with a light sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. For more information on how to grow herbs visit www.thompson-morgan.com/ how-to-grow-herbs

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MARQUESS AT BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS Don’t forget to come and see us on the food walk at Burghley Horse Trials and sample our delicious food.

COOKING DEMONSTRATION We are now taking bookings for our next demonstration; a ready, steady, cook style event where you can put Brian’s skills to the test!

SUMMER SUNDAY It’s our last Summer Sunday on 25th August before the quiz starts up again. We’d love to see you all there; live music & food £12.50pp.

52 Main Street, Lyddington, Uppingham LE15 9LT Call for bookings: 01572 822 477 www.marquessexeter.co.uk Lunch & Dinner 7 Days a Week | 17 Modern Bedrooms | Four AA Star Rated

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ThewineCellar Soft fruity reds, and light crispy whites! This month Stamford Wine Cellar’s Blake Johnston recommends beautifully light summer wines, perfect for barbecues and picnics!

Domaine suaterreau, sancerre rouge £14.99. Sancerre produces a small amount of red wine using the Pinot noir grape, think Burgundy-ish. A soft summer red, you could even drink it chilled, perfect for summer evenings!

the wire walker Pinot noir £12.99. Another Pinot here, as it’s my summer red grape of choice. This new Zealander is wonderfully fruity; with very little tannin, it’s one for BBQ pork, or charcuterie, and fantastic with duck and other fatty meat.

berry bro’s & rudd, rosé £7.99. Berry’s Rosé is a firm favourite amongst staff and customers here; soft and fruity, with a fresh clean finish and at £7.99 per bottle it’s a good quality quaffer for the summer months.

villa wolf, sylvaner 2009 £8.99. This refreshing white is as unique as it is fabulous. A lesser known variety, offering tart green apples on the nose, with a soft creamy palate. Reminiscent of dry cider, great for summer!

villa wolf, £8.99 Gewurtztraminer. This slightly spicy, zingy white wine is great with curry, but a little restricting as it’s also very refreshing, with lovely citrus flavours, an excellent aperitif when something a bit different needed!

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The evening included a three course meal and firework finale.

THE EvEnT Oakham School Leavers Ball Over 600 pupils, parents and staff enjoyed the annual Oakham School Leavers Ball recently. Seventh Form pupils were certainly given a fitting ‘farewell,’ accompanied by their parents and members of staff who have taught and supported them during their time at Oakham. Funky Tents and Events provided a unique setting for the ball, and as well as enjoying a superb meal, the guests were entertained by professional band Funk Soul Brother. Featuring a magnificent firework display by Hi-5 Fireworks,the evening ‘went with a bang,’ and the students are wished all the best for their future studies and work.

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THE EVENT Oakham

Leavers Ball

Over 600 Oakham students attended the event.

Pupils joined parents and staďŹ&#x20AC; to celebrate their achievements.

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Cayman House is now on the market with Stamford’s Fine & Country, carrying a price tag of £1,695,000.

cayman house, barnack

CAymAn HOuSE IS THE mAgnum OPuS Of OnE Of RuTLAnd’S SERIAL PROPERTy dEvELOPERS, JOHn REgIS. THE gLORIOuS COnTEmPORARy PROPERTy PROvIdES 6,500SQ fT Of ACCOmmOdATIOn And HAS A CInEmA, BAR And gym!

Words: Rob Davis. Photos: Fine & Country, Stamford 01780 750200.

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on’t spend your time dreaming of a place in the Caymans - we’ve somewhere even better! Serial property developers John and Tracey Regis created their mediterranean villa-style home as a contemporary, stylish ‘party house’ 18 years ago, and it’s now on the market, newly refurbished and looking absolutely stunning.

“We’ve four sons aged between 19 and 30, and we started work on an empty plot here in 1993 so this was always intended to be a house for the children to grow up in.” says John. “We wanted to create a party house and that’s exactly what it has been!” The property has a huge, beautifully appointed living kitchen with sitting room area, dining area and well-equipped kitchen. Installed just two years ago by Stamford based QKS, and created in oak and high gloss white with black star granite, there’s a full suite of appliances from steam ovens to boiling water

The property was created in 1993, extended in 2003 and 2006.

The property developers, both of whom are born and bred in the area, have conducted in excess of 50 local projects, from the refurbishment of old “We’ve four sons aged between 19 and 30, and we started properties to the construction work on an empty plot here in 1993 so this has been a house of brand new ones, all of which have been high-end for the children to grow up in.” says John. “We wanted to create projects with a terrific amount a party house and that’s exactly what it has been!” of attention to detail. Cayman House in the village of Barnack is John and Tracey’s magnum opus; the culmination of all their experience, creativity, and all of the lessons learned during their careers as compulsive property developers. John has family in Italy, and has enjoyed spending time with family relaxing in the country’s villa-style properties, so it’s little surprise they’ve influenced this project. With over 6,500sq ft of space it’s a huge house; contemporary in style, arranged over two floors and situated in two acres of grounds. 42

tap, integrated coffee maker, warming drawer and two Fisker & Paykel drawer dishwashers. A separate utility kitchen houses laundry equipment, US-style fridge/freezer, ice maker and wine chiller. The kitchen also leads to a generous barbecue deck with folding doors that blur the distinction between the indoor and outdoor areas. The deck also connects to the property’s large media room which has a whopping 100” cinema screen and


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WELCOME WELCOME HOME HOME

A formal drawing room features Duresta sofas, a stone fireplace and wood burner.

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WELCOME HOME projector system with central controls and Lutron integrated lighting, as well as a large bar area. Elsewhere there’s a formal sitting room with stone fireplace & wood burner and Duresta sofas all sourced from The Sack Store, and a large dining room with its own adjacent patio, too. The cinema leads onto the property’s gym, and the house has a spacious sauna to enjoy after a hard workout. Between the sauna and gym is a spacious master bedroom suite with Porcelanosa-styled en suite equipped with Jacuzzi, three monsoon showers, LED lighting, underfloor heating and two dressing rooms. A further four bedrooms upstairs include two additional en suites, and there’s a large roof terrace with beautiful views over the countryside. Even something as mundane as the staircase demonstrates John and Tracey’s attention to detail; it’s a floating oak staircase with glass panels to let light flood in and LED feature lighting at ground level. The landing has a bright double height gallery too, and the whole space is spectacularly bright thanks to the natural light the huge area of glass allows in. It’s an impressive property, but what’s even more impressive is the fact that John and Tracey have designed and created the property themselves. “We completed it in about 1994, but we’ve aways tried to incorporate the latest technology and ensure the property looks immaculate.” says John. “We added the gym about 10 years ago, the new master bedroom suite just eight years ago and two years ago we renovated the whole property with new kitchens and bathrooms, the media room and gym.” A property that has grown up with the family, Cayman House is beautifully presented, in a clean and modern style. It’s also beautifully functional and boasts the latest technology. “It really has been the perfect family property.” says John. “It’s large enough for any family and has plenty of space to live in both as a family and separately, too, when any of us wants a bit of space.”

Cayman House

“We’ve had some amazing parties here, great times, and we’ll miss the property dearly. However, our sons are now grown up, and we’ve other properties abroad so we’re looking to spend more time there.”

style: mediterranean villa-esque home on a quarry which yielded Barnack limestone. Created in 1993 by serial property developers John and Tracey Regis.

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Barnack, Stamford

receptions: family kitchen with sitting room and dining areas, plus terrace. formal drawing room, dining room, media room with cinema. bedrooms: five; ground floor suite with en suite and two dressing rooms.

four first floor bedrooms; two with en suites, one with roof terrace. other features: Sauna, gym, separate utility/laundry room, two acres of grounds with mature trees. Guide Price: £1,695,000 estate agency: fine & Country, 2 St marys Street, Stamford PE9 2dE. Telephone: 01780 750 200. Website: stamford.fineandcountry.co.uk.


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et’s face it though, us brits are not particularly blessed with lots of sunshine, so when it does arrive we have to make the most of it. The key pieces in any garden will be your table and chairs for outside dining and a lounge area for casual seating. you should also think about landscaping the greenery, lighting for the evening and don’t forget storage as it is essential for keeping this space tidy and uncluttered. garden furniture has come along way and now you can get really fresh, striking and contemporary pieces. We’ve got a new selection of furniture in the showroom that can help you do just that from varaschin. The Italian company was established in 1969 and currently produces a wide range of design-led products including garden furniture. The Summer Set range by designer Pillet Christophe is a particular favourite of ours. It features a very contemporary design with clean lines defined by the steel wire shape structure, and what’s great about it is that it looks great indoors and outdoors. There are lots of complimentary pieces in the range, so you can create a bar area with high stools, use dining chairs for an outdoor table, and finish off the look with low lounge chairs for your casual seating area. There are tables too with petite café style sizes for two or larger rounder tables for those that like entertaining. What’s more, you can customise it to suit; the tables are available in lots of finishes including a beautiful Carrara marble top and different seating pads and white or dark mocha finishes on the steel frame. Drop by our showroom to find out how we can help you plan and decorate your home and garden. The NGI Design showroom can be found at 4-6 High Street, St Martins, Stamford, PE9 2LF. For further information, please contact NGI Design on 01780 766 899, email enq@ngidesign.co.uk or visit www.ngidesign.co.uk. 49


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Main: Designer manuel canovas advocates pairing traditional textures such as gustave in rose - used to cover this antique chair - with contrasting materials used for cushions; Joseph in pomme sophie in rose indian, Victor and (front) marius in menthe and Louis in cyclamen.

HOuSE & HOME

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Main: maycott print by Sanderson employed in curtains and floral scatter cushion. Pink/ivory Lamorna shown here with duck egg/rose wallpaper.

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Additional scatter cushions in Heather Wildflowers and daisy in Raspberry. Curtains nancy in Chintz. Throw Paisley Rose in Heather.

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Main: clarke and clarkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bukhara is a stunning collection of embroidered linens, stripes and jacquard. The inspiration comes from ancient Persia, where traditional ethnic patterns are combined with rich, bold colours. shown here is a sofa in mitra berry, scatter cushions in zari and bukhara.


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Manuel Canovas 2013 collection’s Sara, Samina, Kazan and Sultan collections.

Chair in Foch Rose, curtains Voyage en Chine, cushions in Champs Elysees and Nura.

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couple of years back, the owners of a Grade II listed cottage angered their neighbours by painting their property bright pink. The disgruntled neighbours returned from their relaxing holiday to discover the house they look at each morning, when they open their curtains, has metamorphosed into a bright magenta. Another couple, in May this year, returned from their honeymoon to discover the groom’s brother had decided revenge is a dish best served cold and have taken revenge for a prank played on him some six years earlier, by painting his house bright pink with yellow spots, mimicking the 90s character Mr Blobby. We’d certainly recommend employing pink shades with a bit more restraint - if only to ensure good neighbourly

or familial relations - the bride in particular was reluctant to see the funny side. However, it remains the case that the beauty of the colour pink is its versatility; it can be as gentle and soft, or as bright and vivid as you wish. A flat bright pink in a fuchsia shade (Fired Earth’s Eton Mess, Little Greene’s Mischief) will add energy to a room. Mix it with rich, pastel pinks and paint wooden floorboards in a soft white that will brighten and freshen the space and mitigate the shock of the bright modern use of the colour. A softer look can be achieved with dusty pink, which is calmer and suits large, bold floral fabrics and textured patterns. Equally powerful is the use of different shades of pink, mixed and matched for a cheerful on trend look that’s less formal. 55


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GP&J Baker’s Marwood features curtains in the company’s Willoughby fabric, sofa in pink Luna, cushions in Luna, Rushford, Mersham Leaf and foot stool in Rushford.

One of the tricks that the colour has up its sleeve is its ability to complement other colours; in a bolder scheme, it looks good colour blocked with retro orange shades in a teenager’s bedroom, and if such a dramatic use of colour blocking is a turn off, you can colour small sections of a stark white kitchen with candy pink, apricot and orange. In more traditional rooms, pink can work just as well to lift the starkness of a white room - traditional prints which combine pink with floral patterns that channel an on trend 1950s Cath Kidston look. Softer shades of pink pair well with sage and duck egg blues against warm creamy white shades for a grown up scheme or chocolate and glistening gold colours in a more whimsical, theatrical setting. 56

The design rule to remember about decorating with pink - any pink - is to break it up with different colours to achieve balance. The best colours will always depend on the intensity of the pink you use and the look you want to achieve. In kitchens, achieve a retro look with soft vintage pink, blue and mint. Enamelware and floral patterned mug will complement retro styled appliances and gingham linens. In living rooms, bright raspberry tones with lime and mismatched cushions with a variety of textures and patterns break up single colour sofas, whilst patterned sofas can look good with the addition of colour blocked cushions with contrasting colours.


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Chair in Foch Rose, curtains Voyage en Chine, cushions in Champs Elysees and Nura.

Conversely, modern room schemes can use bright pink to offset hard metallic silvers and event charcoals & blacks. Vibrant fuchsia, stone, off-white and black are perfect bedfellows in a boudoir - stick to simple patterns and shapes and it’s not as girly as you might think. It’s easy to dismiss pink as a colour more suited to a teenage girl’s room rather than a ‘grown up’ colour choice. In fact, pink can be perfectly mature as well as garish. Utilising the design skills of one of the county’s interiors specialists will create a cohesive look with collections of wallcoverings and fabrics from the best names and will provide the expertise needed to create a beautiful bespoke room no matter what your property. 58

vibrant fuchsia, stone, off-white and black are perfect bedfellows in a boudoir - stick to simple patterns and shapes and it’s not as garish or as girly as you might think...

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Meanwhile bedrooms can benefit from a layering of different textured fabrics with tactile silks, velvets and heavy linens colour blocking bright fuchsia at the foot of your bed. Cool white bedroom schemes with bold floral prints cheer up an otherwise stark scheme, and with stripped floorboards and fluffy tactile rugs, add warmth and luxury. Let walls do the talking with a paper with a soft-pink print acting as a backdrop for all-white furniture and home accents.

Osborne & Little’s Shiaz wallpaper from SS2013 collection, with Ibis and Oriole fabrics.

Alison Hutchinson; Willoughby Road, Morcott, Rutland. Tel: 01572 747318, www.alisonhutchinsondesign.co.uk. Elizabeth Stanhope; Mill Street & South Street, Oakham LE15 6EA. Tel: 01572 722345, www.elizabethstanhope.co.uk. Furleys; 7 High Street, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6AH Tel: 01572 755539, www.furleys.co.uk. Elizabeth Stanhope; Mill Street & South Street, Oakham LE15 6EA. Tel: 01572 722345, www.elizabethstanhope.co.uk.

Maison Interiors; London Road, Oadby, LE2 5DL. Tel: 0116 271 2584, www.maison-interiors.com. Helen Proudman; Teigh Road, Market Overton LE15 7PW Tel: 01572 768 970. J&L Ball; 16 North Street, Stamford PE9 1EH. Tel: 01780 481416, www.jandlballinteriors.co.uk. NGI; High Street, St Martins, Stamford PE9 2LF. Tel: 01780 766 899, www.ngidesign.co.uk. Sarah Harding Interiors; Market Place, Uppingham LE15 9QH. Tel: 01572 823389, www.sarahhardinginteriors.co.uk.


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IN THE GARDEN

Growing Wild... Whether you’re looking to declare turf war on lacklustre lawns or create something less formal, like a chamomile lawn or wildflower meadow, This month we’ve tips for troubleshooting grotty grass and suggestions for going wild for flowers...

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eatly clipped and impeccably edged or ragged and wild with jewelled speckles of wild flowers, it’s likely your lawn will be the centre of your garden. Whilst there’s a likelihood that you’ll retain a certain area of formal lawn, wildflower lawns have also become popular thanks to the increased profile of conservation issues. Maintaining a Formal Lawn If your lawn is looking lacklustre, we recommend three-in-one products like Evergreen Complete (£8.99/80m2). These will feed, de-weed and control moss with results visible in just seven days. It’s also really easy to apply, with a hand-crank spreader for smaller lawns, or via a walk-behind applicator for larger ones. Starting from Scratch Alternatively, start from scratch with turf or seed. Turf is more expensive (£130 for 36sq yd) and labour intensive, but immediate. Seeding is much cheaper (£15 for the same area) and requires more aftercare. Seeding also allows you to choose a more utilitarian and less ‘luxurious’ lawn variety, and is certainly better for larger areas. Creating Wild Flower Meadows Of course, your grass needn’t look formal and manicured; wild flower meadows attract loads of wildlife, they’re relatively easy to maintain and suit rural properties beautifully, with huge explosions of colour throughout the summer.

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A hand-crank spreader is the best way to economically distribute grass seed or wildflower meadow seeds. August is the ideal time to seed areas with wildflower mixes - you can sow them in March or April, but many seeds need the cold winter months to break their in-built dormancy. They will therefore not germinate in their first year from a spring sowing. Making it Easy Choose a mix from an independent seed retailer; Landlife Flowers at the National Wildflower Centre can supply wildflower mixes butterfly & bumblebee mix that comprises varieties including oxeye daisy, evening primrose, scabious and knapweed; a mix created with the RHS’s Perfect Pollinators list in mind. Autumn-sown seeds generally germinate and establish quickly, although some will not come up until the following spring. A wildflower area doesn’t require any additional watering or feeding. This could alter the natural balance of plants in the area. They don’t need mowing, either, although if you wish to cut a path through your meadow, this can be tackled more easily with a strimmer. Herb Lawns Whilst grass lawns have the disadvantage of requiring regular mowing, feeding and edging. In sunny areas where foot traffic is light or mower access is difficult, Chamaemelum nobile, micro-clover (e.g: white nanouk) or Creeping Thymes can be used to provide a lower maintenance alternative to grass, especially on banks or slopes.

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IN THE GARDEN

Jobs for August

£ The flowers on some plants have already finished flowering. If you ‘dead head’ them regularly, it helps the plant thrive and flower more. Sometimes you will even get a second or follow-on flowering, which means that you can enjoy scent and colour in your garden even longer. Both annuals and many perennials flower much better if the dead flowers are regularly removed. On some varieties such as lupin, delphinium, Geum, Alyssum and Alchemilla a second flowering or follow-on flowering can then occur, given favourable conditions.

£ Now is a good planting time for Madonna lilies (Lilium candidum). The bulbs of colchicum and autumn-flowering crocuses (such as Crocus kotschyanus, pink flowers, and C. speciosus, lilac) need to be planted in August. Plant Colchicum 10 cm deep, Crocus 6 cm deep.

£ If the grass is growing well, the blades remain succulent and the lawn is easy to mow. You can now give lawn feed one more time. After this, only give special nitrogen-free autumn fertiliser. The grass must be able to ripen before winter in order to be more frost-resistant.

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THE EVENT De Montfort Centenary Evening Leicester’s De Montfort Hall celebrated its 100th anniversary recently with a spectacular concert compéred by TV’s ‘Mr Go Compare,’ Wynne Evans. A programme of light classical music and opera included Nessun Dorma and O Sole Mio as well as music from film scores including Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and James Bond. The evening ended with a spectacular champagne and firework finale. A time capsule was buried to mark the centenery.

VIPs enjoyed a classical concert featuring scores from TV and film, as well as opera favourites.

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Montfort Hall’ ’ s Centenary Celebrations

100 balloons were released to mark the occasion.

The evening was compéred by TV’s Wynne Evans.

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£ vitrUvian

£ bUrGhley FilM Festival

, What s On... £ real ale in rUtlanD

£ willOw weavinG

£ the vitrUvian

This month, raise a glass to the annual rutland beer Festival. The event brings together a wide range of real ales from around the uk. it features over 70 real ales with an array of golden ales, stouts, bitters, porters and barley wines plus a wide selection of traditional ciders. admission to the event, which runs over the bank holiday weekend, is free. From Thursday to monday, it features live entertainment and barbecues with real rutland produce, as well as tours of oakham’s grainstore brewery, where the event is based. now in its 13th year, the event is the biggest in the brewery’s calendar. The brewery’s adjacent Tap opened its doors in september 1995 and today is recognised as one of the best brew pubs in britain. www.grainstorebrewery.com tel: 01572 770065

on 25th august from 11am at barnsdale gardens, meet a local craftsmen from rutland Willows. They will show you how to make pheasants, foxes, garden obelisks and plant supports as well as other fun items which will all be available for you to buy. Take the children and watch them make a very life-like fish from a bunch of sticks!

a punishing triathlon that, each year, attracts over 1,000 competitors and a huge number of spectators!

www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk

Taking place on 31st august the event, which is held at rutland Water, has grown into one of the most respected and iconic races on the uk calendar. With a two lap 1,900m swim in front of highly enthusiastic crowds, the race starts as it means to go on and the double lap bike course covering 85km in total is not for the faint hearted. With a 21km run to finish it off, the Vitruvian is quite the test of endurance! hosted by rutland Watersports, it begins at 6.15am from Whitwell creek... good luck to all competing but we’ll sit this one out, not least for the gruelling nature of the event, but the early start, too! www.anglianwater.co.uk


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Fun for the whole family...

Grimsthorpe Festival 2013... £ vikinGs OF rOCkinGhaM

A SuPERB LIvE muSIC And SPOkEn WORd fESTIvAL In THE gROundS Of BEAuTIfuL gRImSTHORPE CASTLE...

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The burghley Film Festival launches this month with four days of fabulous films from 1st-4th august. There’s a barbecue, Pimms & beer tent and popcorn, so bring a picnic and blanket!

The Vikings return to rockingham! be prepared for battles, horses, pageant, and a living history camp plus much more.

1st august: aladdin, Toy story 3, The Duchess, The king’s speech. 2nd august: chitty chitty bang bang, Finding nemo, casino royale, skyfall. 3rd august: Tangled, shrek, grease, rocky horror Picture show. 4th august: Jungle book, Lion king, Les miserable.

it’s good fun - and an education - for the whole family, as The Vikings of middle england are most famous for their realistic, exciting and entertaining battle displays. The thunderous clash of steel rings out as opposing forces meet. off the battlefield, life in the tented encampment goes on with tradesmen displaying their skills, making weapons, coins and wood turning.

book day or evening sessions, from £6 per adult, and see a double bill that will enthrall and delight all ages. gates open 10.30am, see website for timings.

held from 12 noon to 5pm, the event includes admission to the castle: adults £10.50, children £7 & Family ticket £28. event only: adults £9.50, children £5.50 & Family ticket (2+2) £24.50.

www.burghley.co.uk/film-festival/ tel: 01780 752451

www.rockinghamcastle.com tel: 01536 770240

Fun for the Whole Family! The August bank holiday sees the return of the Grimsthorpe Festival in the grounds of Bourne’s Grimsthorpe Castle. Taking place on 26th August from 12 noon, Main Stage will feature an amazing lineup of anything from rock to indie, whilst Show Ring stage takes in the traditional and contemporary folk genres and the Acoustic Stage has solo bands and artists with a more mellow persuasion. In addition, there’s a Spoken Word stage with live performances of poetry, prose and comedy, children’s area and the Grimsthorpe Beer Festival, plus side shows and workshops for festival-goers to enjoy throughout. Tickets £8/adults, £6/conc, £4/children. For ticket information call 07711 705604 or see www.grimsthorpefestival.co.uk.

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Private healthcare is not just for adults – Spire Leicester Hospital’s consultant paediatricians and children’s nurses provide private healthcare for children.

HEALTH AND BEAuTY

Caring for your Child Private healthcare can benefit the whole family – including children. This month we meet dr Sophia mooncey and kerry Ward who provide paediatric care at Spire Leicester Hospital, Oadby Leicester...


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rivate healthcare is not just for adults, it’s for the whole family. Spire Leicester Hospital has a dedicated team of paediatric consultants and surgeons including Dr Sophia Mooncey and Children’s Nurse Kerry Ward, aiming to provide private healthcare services for children age three and upwards in Leicestershire, Rutland and beyond.

for Your Child

Children’s Nurse Kerry Ward with the hospital’s Sammy the elephant - a cuddly friend to make your child feel better!

A Range of Services The team see and treat a wide range of children’s conditions; the most common procedures performed are tonsillectomies, adenoidectomies and the insertion of grommets. However the range of services includes orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, dental and plastic surgery for the removal of birth marks and skin lesions. ‘’We provide paediatric services from age three years’’ says Dr Mooncey, whose NHS practice is based in Bedfordshire. With over 20 years experience in paediatrics, Dr Mooncey works across Leicestershire, Rutland, Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire and uses Spire Leicester Hospital as one of her private practice bases. ‘’Choosing to go privately can deliver benefits such as greater flexibility around appointment times, for example after school, on Saturdays and the option to have treatment during school holidays. Opting for private care does not limit access to NHS care in the future and it is wise to let your child’s GP know that you have chosen to see a paediatric consultant at a private hospital.’’

With access to over 30 consultants who provide healthcare for children, greater flexibility and shorter waiting times children, too, can benefit from the facilities that Spire Leicester Hospital offers...

Spire Leicester Hospital is based on Gartree Road, Oadby Leicester LE2 2FF. For more information on the hospital’s paediatric services please call 0116 265 3021 or see www.spireleicester.com.

A Range of Experts Dr Mooncey’s specialism within paediatrics includes neurodevelopment and addresses not only physical but also behavioural issues such as eating and sleeping. Highly skilled in diagnosing and assessing autism, ADHD and Asperger’s, Dr Mooncey works closely with a range of healthcare professionals including educational psychologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech & language therapists. This allows a multi-professional input to reach a diagnosis and commence early intervention. “As a mum myself, I understand the importance of being ‘listened to’ and seeing the appropriate clinical

management delivered by healthcare professionals who care for children on a daily basis in an environment which is tailored for children.’’ A Range of Facilities Dr Mooncey’s affiliation with Spire Leicester Hospital means access to a high standard of facilities. Built in 1989, the hospital has been part of Spire Healthcare since 2007 and is now one of thirty eight Spire hospitals in the United Kingdom. Spire Leicester Hospital has 71 beds, four operating theatres, two high dependency beds, onsite sterile services and pathology. Diagnostics such as MRI and CT are situated in the heart of the outpatient department and have extended opening hours to offering flexibility around appointment times. Each of the hospital’s rooms are private with en-suite facilities and are tailored for children with a range of toys for children to occupy themselves whilst in hospital. All parents are given the option to stay in the same room as their child after a procedure. Children’s nurse Kerry Ward is part of a team of nurses specialising in providing high quality nursing care for children following a philosophy of care that even includes showing children around the hospital in advance of their operation to familiarise them with the hospital environment. Paediatric services are available to patients with private medical insurance and also for those who wish to self-pay. For self-pay patients, inclusive care packages are available which gives parents the peace of mind that their child’s care is paid for before they come into hospital for their procedure. 73


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Three looks for Autumn from

Cavells...

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akham’s Cavells is one of most respected names in fashion - and with three stunning suggestions for late summer and early autumn style, it’s easy to see why. Founded in 1993, the retailer has 100 brands including Marc Cain, Oui, Mulberry, Paul Smith, Gant and Ralph Lauren with over 30 brands devoted to footwear and accessories. Already providing some of the most stylish and selected shopping for men and women outside London, the Mill Street retailer then went on to launch Cavells South Street incorporating its lifestyle fashions and Cavells Country ranges. All items here available from Cavells, 16 Mill Street, Oakham LE15 6EA. Telephone: 01572 770 372. Website: www.cavells.co.uk. 74

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£ wraP UP warM accessories can enhance any outfit and this autumn, cavells have some fabulous examples to add to your wardrobe. Dress up a casual puffa jacket with a beautiful silk scarf from Paul smith £175, add to this a bag from michael kors £330, and a heeled chelsea boot from h by hudson £160. a perfect look for everyday. also available a useful leather vanity case from Paul smith £235.


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£ in the Pink These wonderful metallic boots by Vic £195, can take your look easily from day to night. Team with a cross body shoulder bag from michael kors £220, and a floral scarf from Paul smith £229, and your outfit is complete. also available a Paul smith floral purse £245.

£ briGht yOUnG thinGs a perfect pair of jeans is a must for any wardrobe, wear these with a beautiful shirt, belt by Paul smith £95, and an oversized two tone bag by michael kors £315, and you are ready for any occasion. boots by h by hudson £150, and soon your little black book from Paul smith £75, will be full of numbers! 75


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THE EvEnT Elizabeth Yardley Fashion Show Kate Yardley from Elizabeth Yardley Events recently organised a superb fashion show at Oakham’s Whipper Inn. The event was held to raise money for the Make a Wish foundation, which grants wishes for children and young people aged between three and 17 living with life threatening illnesses. Ladies were treated to style advice from Felicity Slater of Mill Street’s Vanilla and a makeup demonstration from Beauty Bound. Words & Photos: Rob Davis.

Over 60 ladies enjoyed advice on how to style their summer wardrobes for summer from Vanilla’s Felicity Slater of Oakham’s Vanilla (pictured centre).

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THE EVENT Elizabeth

Yardley Fashion Show

The ladies demonstrated over 50 outfits like these during the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fashion show.

Beauty Boundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annie Burns gave a makeup demonstration.

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ORGANISER OF BIRDFAIR 2013

TIM APPLE TON

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Birdfair’ s Tim Appleton If the thought of an international event for birdwatchers seems like a bird-brained idea, consider this: since its creation 25 years ago, Rutland’s Birdfair has so far raised £3,000,000 for conservation projects. What’s more, its 22,000 annual visitors all have a great time at the event, which has become known as the birdwatcher’s glastonbury. Tim Appleton tells us more about the event... 16th-18th August is the 25th anniversary of Birdfair, known as the birdwatcher’s Glastonbury. Attracting 22,000 visitors annually and raising over £3m during its history, the event has done a great deal for conservation projects and is one of Rutland man Tim Appleton’s most successful projects. Living in Rutland, it’s easy to take for granted what an amazing conservation resource the reservoir is. Today, it’s managed by Anglian Water who have a duty of care not only to provide clean drinking water but safe recreation for the public. However, it’s also home to one of the longest standing partnerships between industry and a charity - specifically the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust who manage its reserve on Anglian Water’s behalf.

Back then, Tim was already hosting ‘wildfowl bonanzas’ to try to engage the public, but a visit to Gamefair made him wonder if the formula of a large outdoor event could apply to the birdwatching market. Birdfair was born over a pint in Hambleton’s Finches Arms with Martin Davies of the RSPB, who still co-organises the event, with the aim of celebrating the country’s diverse bird population, providing a shop window for the industry and to raise awareness of conservation projects. 25 years on, it has raised £3m for conservation projects and attracts 22,000 people each year from 60 different countries. With 350 trade stands Birdfair is the world’s biggest eco-tourism event and puts £500,000 into the local economy each year.

For birdlife in particular Rutland Water is a spectacular habitat with With over 350 trade stands and celebrities nine wetland lagoons, 800 acres of wetland and a number of conservation like Bill Oddie and Chris Packham, Birdfair is the projects. Since 1975, the county’s world’s largest eco-tourism events, bringing Tim Appleton has been charged £500,000 annually into the local economy... with the responsibility of promoting a good balance between the needs of “It’s an event which provides a lot of fun for novice visitors to the site, and the water’s bird population birders and experts alike.” says Tim. “Generally with Tim Mackrill he’s pioneered the reintroduction speaking Friday is for the hard-core of birding of an osprey population on the water, for example. enthusiasts whilst Saturday attracts the average birder, “I was employed by the Trust to create a conservation and Sunday is more popular with families.” says Tim. area, a wetland of international importance that would “There’s lots to do, with eight trade marquees, attract a large number of birds and bring people to the Mark Cocker launching his new book Birds and water.” says Tim. “It was a conservation project on an People, and a special appearance from Matthew unprecedented scale, with lots of landscaping and Gordon who brings along the penguins he used planting, designed to attract birds and mammals, when creating the series Spy in the Huddle.” creating the ultimate food chain. It happened quite fast in conservation terms and the area was designated The public enjoy the opportunity to meet birding a site of special scientific interest in 1982.” celebrities like Bill Oddie, who will attend the event Around that time Tim was keen to engage locals and created a voluntary wardening programme which today sees volunteers put in over 40,000 hours of work.

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Birdfair 16th-18th August 2013

The event is a great place to see birding celebrities like Bill Oddie, Simon King and Johnnie Kingdom... The event has raised over £3m for international conservation projects.

Bill Oddie will be chairing Birdbrain of Britain - the event’s hilarious bird quiz and in addition to the excitement of celebrities at the fair itself, Simon King and Nick Baker will be providing accompanied osprey cruises on the Rutland Belle.

Birdfair - and as a result, Rutland Water - achieves so much for international conservation projects. This year the event is championing the Flyways project which aims to improve the conservation status of migratory birds along three main global flyways.

The event is also a great place to find binoculars, camera equipment, country clothing and birdwatching holidays to far flung destinations. There are around 40 different wildlife artists at the event alone, many of whom will contribute to the event’s 16ft x 4ft 2013 mural, hand-painted over the course of the event.

“The success of Birdfair means we can take action to protect species internationally, so it’s a really powerful way to raise awareness and take practical action when there’s a conservation project which deserves our attention.” says Tim.

“If this is your first Birdfair, you’re in for a real treat.” says Tim. “As the people who come back every year will tell you, this is the event of the year if you’re into birds and wildlife. There is certainly something for everyone here - you’ll soon find that there’s so much going on.” 80

Birdfair may be a powerful way of raising both money and awareness of issues affecting bird populations, but at its heart, it’s also great fun and a way of promoting a really rewarding pastime. Rutland’s contribution to conservation is considerable, thanks to both Tim’s efforts and to Birdfair as an event. Even if you’re a birding beginner, its highly recommended!


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Celebrity ‘Bird’ Species to look out for... A five minute guide to Birdfair’s celebrity attendees lecturing and meeting members of the public... Lesser Spotted Oddie Presenter of Springwatch and Autumnwatch Bill Oddie will host the event’s quiz, Birdbrain of Britain and be on hand to meet the public.

Red Crested King Big Cat diary presenter and expert on kenya, Simon king will host Rutland osprey cruises following on from the birds’ return from Africa.

Feathered Kingdom naturalist and wildlife cameraman Johnnie kingdom will be lecturing on optics and providing an insight from Exmoor.

The Arctic Gordon fresh from his groundbreaking BBC series Spy in the Huddle meet matthew gordon, and his robotic ‘spy’ penguins used in the series.

Birdfair takes place from 16th-18th August, tickets are £12.50/online, £15/gate. Three day ticket £30. Camping available on site. The event is held at Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton. For more information call 01572 771079 or see www.birdfair.org.uk. 81


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ON THE FARM

BARRY POSTON At this year’s major farming shows, farmers were greeted with slightly improved weather and an improvement in growing conditions. Barry Poston took time out for a catch up with his farming friends...

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t the time of writing, in late June, most crops seem to be maturing some 10-14 days later than normal. This is due to the much reported - cold and wet season which is anticipated well into July and August.

Probably the most noticeable crop affected is the green pea crop grown for freezing and canning. I cannot remember a season so late to start harvesting or vining. The pea crops look very well and no doubt there will be a ‘concertina’ affect. With our four harvesters completely flat out in the area I apologise to all road uses for any hindrance as these large machines move around. Due to last year’s poor crop the processors’ stores are very empty and they will be very keen to get the new season’s pea crops in. Most other crops, despite the slow spring growth, now look very well. The wheat crop has filled out considerably and in July it looks fairly clear of leaf and ear diseases. However reduced acres and pulled up crops will mean there could be a 25% reduction in overall yield. Growers that were able to store last year’s potatoes were well rewarded with better prices than for many years. The early potato crop lifting starts off in Jersey and then moving to Pembrokeshire and East Anglia. These crops were also late in maturing and consequently helped those growers with

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sophisticated stores of last year’s old potatoes who were able to store them until the end of June. This year’s crop looks particularly well and I get the impression that more acres have been planted which may cause an over supply and consequent lower prices. The sugar beet crop has also improved immensely and most crops were just about meeting in the rows by the time of the Rutland Show. However growers are still unhappy with the prices being offered for the 2014 crop and negotiations are still taking place. The two major agricultural events in the area (The Rutland Show and Cereals) were very well attended. However it’s sad that the organisers have decided to move the Cereals event to Hertfordshire which will entail a long journey for Rutland farmers. I recently had the opportunity to see a new anaerobic digester being constructed in the area. There are now several in and around Rutland with most of them having maize as their main feedstock, however pig slurry and general council waste can also be used. Sowing maize in April gives an excellent opportunity to remove blackgrass and to those farmers with this weed as a problem, it can be a great help. Considerable capital is required to set up these plants and one hopes the output will enable these enterprises get their money back.


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ON THE FARM

with Barry Poston

Anaerobic digestion projects mean farm waste from animals, and crops like maize, will be increasingly used to meet the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s power needs...


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Stamford is home to The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials which, each year, brings in the region of £20m of revenue into the area and attracts over 160,000 people. It’s one of three Grand Slam events alongside the Rolex Kentucky & Gloucestershire’s Badminton Trials and it’s one of the top events in the world, meaning astonishing entertainment for those seeking world-class equestrian entertainment... Words: Rob Davis. Pictures: Kit Houghton.

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xperience the thrill of world-class equestrian entertainment as the area’s four-star four day eventing competition returns to Stamford.

chance to also compete for the coveted Grand Slam of eventing comprising Burghley’s event, the Rolex Kentucky and Gloucestershire’s Badminton Horse Trials.

This year, the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials returns to the county for its 52nd year and will host around 80 horses and riders, keen to walk away with a £60,000 prize - an increase of £5,000 on last year - plus the

For spectators, that means the chance to enjoy world-class riders, and four days of country pursuits, shopping and socialising right here in the county...

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It’s easy to take the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials for granted - it’s something that comes around each year, an enjoyable late summer pastime - but consider for a second how lucky we are to host such an event. Attracting over 160,000 spectators, it’s a major international sporting event, as well as a huge county show with masses of media coverage and seven full-time members of staff in the Horse Trials office, preparation for the event runs throughout the year, becoming increasingly industrious in the last month or so. “It’s definitely an all-year round task, and everyone in the office is up to speed with routine administration tasks at the beginning of the year.” says Elizabeth Inman, Director of The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. “There are numerous outline meetings with contractors; planning and allocation of qualifiers for the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse classes; marketing and PR; invitations issued to tradestand exhibitors and much more besides. Then, in May the opening of the box office signals the start of our busiest time.” Above: Last year’s winner was New Zealander Andrew Nicholson on Avebury. Left: Zara Phillips will not be competing in this year’s event following the announcement of her pregnancy.

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over four days, with a total prize fund in the region of £220,000 and the chance to go on to compete for the Grand Slam at Kentucky and Badminton, completion of which will allow the winner to walk away with $350,000 and the prize money from each of the events too. The Trials attracts the best riders in the world with Andrew Nicholson winning for the second time in 2012 and William Fox-Pitt winning at Burghley on no fewer than six occasions. Past competitors include HRH The Princess Royal and Captain Mark Phillips - the event is a family affair too, as daughter Zara Phillips is a regular competitor, though her entry has yet to be confirmed for the 2013 Trials. Wednesday 4th September sees a horse inspection whilst gates open from 7.30am on Thursday for the first of two dressage days. Designed to test the poise of the animal, its obedience and the relationship between horse and rider, the dressage stage of the competition sees competitors performing a series of movements which are awarded marks between one and ten. These are averaged and shown as a percentage before being multiplied by one and a half to bring scores in line with the other two disciplines in the Trials. Judges are looking for energy, steadiness and to see that each horse is regular and rhythmic in its paces, calm and obedient. Thursday is also regarded as an unofficial ‘ladies day’ at the Trials. With over 600 retailers, there’s plenty of choice for those seeking specialist kit or shopping in the Rural Crafts, Country Living and Burghley Lifestyle areas. 88


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“Every year the variety of shopping on offer at Burghley just seems to get better. The selection and diversity never ceases to dazzle and we are especially proud that the shopping combines with the Trials themselves to give our visitors such a treat.” says Elizabeth. Saturday is the event’s most popular day as competitors tackle The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials’s cross country course. Taking place in the park, this spans approximately four miles and comprises 33 fences taking competitors around 11 minutes to complete it’s an intense part of the Trials and a true test of horsemanship. Meanwhile the event’s second ring is, on Thursday, home to Pony Club Team Jumping and on Friday the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Finals and the British Bred Sport Horse Stallion Parade. Finally, Sunday sees the competitors completing the third phase of the competition, a show jumping course of nearly 600 metres, with an allowance of 93 seconds. The course is designed to see whether horse and rider are fatigued from the previous day and tests suppleness, jumping ability and obedience. Knocking down an obstacle or a first refusal incurs four penalties and is enough to damage a competitor’s chances of winning the competition, whilst a fall or error eliminates horse and rider from the competition altogether. Dressage and show jumping both take place in the Main Arena and on Thursday there is also a fascinating Dog Display by the Defence Animal Centre (DAC), whilst on Sunday a HOYS Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifier and a Parade of Foxhounds take place before prizes are awarded at approximately 4.00pm. The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials may be a major international sporting event for equestrian enthusiasts, but despite its standing and the excitement of its spectators anyone can enjoy the event, regardless of whether they’ve a good knowledge of eventing. 90

There’s an immense sense of pride amongst the event’s team of organisers, each of whom express how privileged they feel to work on the Trials. In the week or two leading up to the event they work 16 hour days at least, running on pure adrenaline, but the event’s reputation makes it all worthwhile. “As well as being one of the world’s greatest events of its type, The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, also offers our visitors much more than world class equestrian sport.” says Elizabeth.“Over 600 selected trade stands, seven specialist pavilions, and the Burghley Food Walk offers an unrivalled shopping experience.” Burghley House is one of the country’s finest properties of its age, a beautiful backdrop to such a superb event. Whether you’re a first timer, or a Trials veteran, this September it’s time to go back to Burghley and reacquaint yourself with the four star event that offers a truly five star day out.

Above: Kate Hicks during the cross country round. Right: andrew Nicholson completing the show jumping element of the competition. Top/Left: the event has over 600 selected trade stands.

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PROVISIONAL

TIMETABLE Equestrian action spanning four days and the three disciplines of dressage, cross country and show jumping...

£ WEDNESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER 4.00pm: First Horse Inspection in Main arena.

£ THURSDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER 7.30am: Gates open. 8.00am: Members only: breakfast served in Member’s Enclosure. 9.00am: Shops open. 9.00am: Dressage begins in Main arena. 9.30am-5.00pm: Pony club team Jumping in Ring two. 12.30pm: Dog Display by Dac in Main arena.

£ FRIDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER

Anyone can enjoy The Burghley Horse Trials, regardless of whether they possess a knowledge of eventing...

7.30am: Gates open. 8.00am: Members only: breakfast served in Member’s Enclosure. 9.00am: Shops open. 9.00am-5.00pm: Dressage in Main arena. 12.30pm: Dressage display by Ferdi Eilberg in Main arena. 9.00am: Dubarry burghley Young Event Horse Finals in Ring two. 12.30pm: british bred Sport Horse Stallion Parade in Ring two.

£ SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 7.30am: Gates open. 8.00am: Members only: breakfast served in Member’s Enclosure. 9.00am: Shops open. 11.00am-5.00pm: cross country.

£ SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 7.30am: Gates open. 8.00am: Members only: breakfast served in Member’s Enclosure. 9.00am: Shops open. 9.00am: Final Horse Inspection in Main arena. 9.00am: bSPS Sports Pony Final in Ring two. 10.30am: Show Jumping (in reverse order) in Main arena. 12.00pm: Racehorse to Riding Horse (HoYS Qualifier) in Main arena. 2.00pm: band Display in Main arena. 2.30pm: Show Jumping (Final 20 competitors) in Main arena. 3.45pm: Parade of Foxhounds in Main arena. 4.00pm: Presentation of Prizes in Main arena. 91


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Middleton Hall Golf Club extends a warm welcome to Golf Societies seven days a week. We have a range of competitively priced options to choose from or we can tailor a package to suit your specific requirements.

OPTION 1 Tea or Coffee with either Bacon Roll, Teacake or Croissant, 18 Holes of Golf. Weekdays £25/pp, Weekends & Holidays £30/pp. OPTION 2 Tea or Coffee, 18 Holes of Golf, Fresh Baguette with a choice of fillings and Chips. Weekdays £28/pp, Weekends & Holidays £34/pp. OPTION 3 Tea or Coffee & Bacon Roll, 18 Holes of Golf, A choice of Ham Egg & Chips, Chicken Pie, Chilli Con Carne or Sausage & Mash with Onion Gravy. Weekdays £30/pp, Weekends & Holidays £36/pp. OPTION 4 Tea or Coffee with either Bacon Roll, Teacake or Croissant. 18 Holes of Golf. Traditional Roast Dinner with seasonal vegetables. Dessert & Coffee. Weekdays £36/pp, Weekends & Holidays £40/pp. If the society comprises 30 or more players an option for a traditional Roast Carvery Dinner with seasonal vegetables, selection of Desserts and Coffee with mints is available. Weekdays £38/pp, Weekends & Holidays £42/pp. OPTION 5 Tea/Coffee with either Bacon Roll, Teacake or Croissant, 9/18 Holes of Golf, Baguette, Chips and Salad Garnish. 18 Holes of Golf, Traditional Roast Dinner with seasonal vegetables, Dessert and Coffee. Weekdays £48/pp, Weekends & Holidays £54/pp.

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THE HERB GARdEN

Fresh from the Garden Grow them, pick them, enjoy them - herbs are delicious in summer salads and other dishes too. their delicate scent will enhance any garden and their medicinal qualities are truly unique...

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he appeal of herbs quickly becomes apparent to even the most inexperienced gardener; they’re easy to manage, generally prolific in their growth, hardy and of course, useful. Maintaining a herb garden is back in vogue, and the county’s resident experts are Peter and Christine Bench. The couple were both raised in the county and live between Grantham and Oakham, moving to their former farm house - Grade II listed and built in 1790 - back in 1976 to pursue self-sufficiency. Peter’s mother, Nancy Bench, still plays an active part in the running of what became the family’s thriving herb nursery. She is also the author of The Healing Garden. The Herb Nursery has five acres of nursery, garden and woodland, with 40 types of mint, 20 types of rosemary, 17 types of oregano, seven types of basil and 50 different types of thyme.

Above: the herb nursery supplies common and rarer varieties of herbs, and has a ‘sales area’ with 95% of the plants on offer propagated and grown on site. Left: a large glasshouse is home to the site’s pelargoniums whilst a second glasshouse has walled borders with the couple’s collection of thyme. Right: Peter and christine came to the Grade II listed farmhouse in 1976 and have nurtured the five acre site to include a wild flower meadow designed to encourage bees - nature’s natural propagators - and birds & butterflies.

Peter and Christine have 40 types of mint, 20 types of rosemary, 17 types of oregano and over 50 different types of thyme! They specialise in growing herbs but also have a number of cottage garden plants, wild flowers and over 80 different types of pelargoniums...

Using Herbs EASY PEASY PESTO: Rip off a large handful of basil and grind in a pestle and mortar with 50g cooked pine nuts, 50g of parmesan and two garlic cloves. alternatively, whizz the above in a food processor. Purple basil makes the best pesto but any variety will add a fresh high summer taste to roasts.

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The Herb Garden

5 Mint

varieties of

Mint is one of the most useful, prolific and easy-to-grow varieties - it’s also perfect for winter dishes!

Above: the couple’s knot garden has three types of interwoven box, and is a ‘posh’ showcase for different types of oregano. beyond it is a ‘secret’ garden - a peaceful place with herbaceous perennials

Russian Mint

This month, pot up indoor raised Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme to harden them off before you plant them outdoors... Right: Purple flowering sage Salvia officinalis bicolor can be pruned after flowering, then dried to use over winter. Sage needs a well-drained fertile soil in a sunny spot. If your soil is a little heavy, dig in some grit before planting.

Spearmint flavoured, good culinary mint, resistant to rust with beautiful white flowers.

Pineapple Mint Pretty variegated variety of mint which grows to 24 inches. Great for adding colour to winter dishes.

Swiss Rococo Mint Used commercially for flavouring chewing gum and other mint confectionery.

Bowles Mint otherwise known as apple Mint, with large hairy leaves makes superior mint sauce.

Buddleia Mint

Using Herbs CHAMOMILE TEA: For a naturally relaxing, calming drink to help you sleep, rinse chamomile flowers with cool water, add two tablespoons of chamomile flowers to two cups of boiling water then mash up with two thin slices of apple. Next, strain into two cups and add honey to taste.

Grown for its large buddleia-like pink flowers, especially attractive to bees and butterflies.

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Herbs are tough little plants especially ideal for container growing. Some, like mint, are so prolific that they’re best kept confined to containers, and fragrant herbs are a great way to cheer up a terrace... Above: the five acre nursery offers advice for beginners and experts, as well as common and rarer herb varieties.

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The couple are well placed to give advice on herb husbandry and how to use each one but advise, generally, ensuring herbs are grown from plants, which will be ready to eat in as little as 20 days, with average growing times of 20-40 days depending on the variety. “The right levels of temperature and watering vary from herb to herb, but are vital for a healthy plant.” says Christine. “Basil prefers a warmer climate and likes to be watered frequently, whereas coriander is watered sparingly. Plants taste best when they are strong and healthy; some herbs are gently brushed

which helps them grow more compact and stronger, and when it comes to pest control, natural predators are the best way of keeping pests such as aphids and whitefly at bay.” Herbs are tough plants and are also ideal for containers, window boxes and kitchen window sills. Most will proliferate quite voraciously; mint, for example, is best grown in pots rather than borders as it spreads quickly. “Consider quirky planters, like old buckets, wellington boots, and raised beds separate from the rest of your garden.” says Christine. Grow thyme, sage, rosemary, tarragon and oregano in full sun, but remember that other herbs such as basil, rocket, sorrel, parsley and chervil prefer partial shade. Herbs grown for foliage (mint, chives, lovage) need a cutback after flowering to encourage more shoots. Woody herbs (thyme, lavender, sage, rosemary) need a


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Far Right: the couple’s ‘secret garden’ is a place for quiet contemplation.

light prune to keep their shape and to prevent them from becoming too woody. Do this after flowering or in August and September, and mulch moisture loving herbs to prevent them drying out. “It’s tempting to pot up herbs in order to keep them growing over winter, but not all will keep growing well, even if brought indoors.” says Christine. “Chives and mint need a period of latency, while others - basil and coriander for example - don’t like the low light levels of a British winter. Parsley does, however, well indoors, as does oregano; pot up in gritty compost, and keep in a well-lit and airy spot.” As winter approaches, dry out bay, mint, rosemary and thyme, hanging sprigs in a well-ventilated, dark place, you can protect them from dust by wrapping muslin cloth around them. They’re ready then crisp to the touch but not brittle; stored in an airtight container they should last for a year.

Right: christine and one of the gardens feline friends, who’s presumably a big fan of catmint, catnip or cat’s claw...

Using Herbs PERFECT POTATOES: chop two sprigs of fresh rosemary and two garlic cloves, then use olive oil to roast. add lemon juice to make the best sautéed potatoes you’ve ever tasted. Season with salt and cracked black pepper after frying.


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Right: the two main cultivars of this herb are curly parsley (Petroselinum crispum) with ruffled leaves and Italian parsley (Petroselinum crispum neapolitanum) with flat leaves. In general, flat-leaf parsley has a more robust flavour, while the curly variety is associated with decoration. Some claim that curly-leaf parsley has no flavour or, conversely, that it tastes more bitter, but it really depends on the particular plant, its growing conditions, and age. both kinds of parsley may be used in cooking and when substituting one for the other, taste to determine the flavour and adjust as desired. think, too, about the texture that would work best in your dish.

Healthy Herbs Many herbs have long been used as health remedies and in homeopathic medicines, Peter’s mother Nancy has written a book, The Healing Garden on the subject... £ Chamomile: a soothing herb that is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. It is also used for its mild sedative effect. chamomile tea is one of the best ways to relax before bedtime so that you will get a good night's sleep. £ Mint: Peppermint, in particular, is used to calm anxiety, treat headaches, and nausea. It is also used in some chest rubs used for cold treatment. £ Lavender: assists with burns, antiseptic, used as a stress reliever, good for depression, aids skin health and beauty.

£ Basil: a powerful antispasmodic, antiviral, and antibacterial herb which can soothe upset stomachs. £ Rosemary: antiseptic and antibacterial which cleanses and detoxes the body.

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Right: Practically anything can be requisitioned as a planter like these bricks. old kitchen colanders and enamelware provides good drainage for herbs, and hanging baskets are ideal for a ‘cascading’ hanging herb garden with shade loving herbs on the lower tiers.

Peter and Christine’s Herb Nursery is located just off the A1 at Thistleton, between Oakham and Grantham. Open seven days a week from 9am-6pm. Call 01572 767658 or see www.herbnursery.co.uk for more information.

Using Herbs A THYME-LY INTERVENTION: thyme is one of the best herbs for drying and storing; it’s really easy! the herb is a great marriage with pork. In the winter, we recommend blending it with mustard, salt and garlic to make a rub for pork loin.


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The Wish List with Andrew Michael’s jewellers

Breitling Starliner Bi-Metal ladies watch with diamonds £8,320.

Hublot gents and ladies watch; above is Big Bang with rubberised strap, steel and diamonds £10,200. Below/left is Ferrari Unico limited edition watch £19,600.

tHE WISH LISt

Gents Mille Miglia XL Chrono by Chopard in rose gold, limited edition £17,510.


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tHE WISH LISt With...

Andrew Michael ’ s Jewellers, Newark

Breitling gents Transocean Unitime £8,380.

Chopard Imperial for ladies in rose gold with diamond £19,570.

visit andrew michael’s Jewellers at 38-39 Stodman Street, newark, nG241aW. alternatively call 01636 679638 or see www.andrew michaels.co.uk.

For quality watches and jewellery andrew Michael’s Jewellers has served Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire for over 30 years. they are an authorised agent for high-end watches, such as those featured here, from brands including breitling, chopard, Hublot, tag Heuer, bell and Ross, Graham and Raymond Weil. andrew also has a comprehensive stock of pre-owned timepieces, most of which can be viewed online at www.amjwatches.co.uk. Valuations, adjustments and refurbishing can all be performed in-house by a team of experts headed up by Richard atkins and in-house goldsmith Geoff Rose. “our reputation is centred on tailored advice to suit each customer and unique personal service to guarantee complete satisfaction with every purchase.” says andrew.


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THE FASHION PAGES

Beach Bright

Basler

BRIGHT COLOUR AND NEON HUES ARE ON TREND FOR A VIBRANT HIGH SUMMER SEASON... THESE BASLER FASHIONS INCLUDE FLUORESCENT YELLOW, VIBRANT RASPBERRY & STUNNING CYAN


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<< £ SUMMER NEONS These pleated chiffon print floaty dresses will liven up any holiday wardrobe, ideal for both night and day.

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his month’s selection of bright summer come via designer Brian Rennie’s Basler brand. Available at many of the county’s independent fashion retailers, the brand is best known for its traditional nautical look, but its current collection is a good deal more vibrant. The designer says that his formula for success: authenticity and originality. His principles: femininity and preference for colour and details, highest quality as well as optimal combinability. Fashion by Brian Rennie underlines the personality of quality and style-conscious women, regardless of age, clothing size or nationality... they’re real clothes for real women!

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£ LOVE ON THE ROCKS neon colours work so well together whether they are worn for a casual day at the beach or a busy day at the office.

£ STONED LOVE Look how alive a stone outfit can look with a touch of neon green.

<< £DESIGNER SUNGLASSES FRAMES Tiffany £216/dior £243, o’Briens opticians 01652 653 595, www.obriensopticians.co.uk


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>> £ PINK SUNSHINE These beautiful colourful dresses would brighten up anybody’s day.

£ STOCKISTS Anne Wilkinson 4 Saltergate, Lincoln Ln2 1dm 01522 526752 20 Grove St, Retford, nottinghamshire dn22 6JR 01777 703148 www.annewilkinson.co.uk. Fenwicks market St Leicester, Le1 6de 0116 255 3322. jane young Chain Lane, newark, nottinghamshire nG24 1aU 01636 703511 www.janeyoung.co.uk. Rachel 8 victoria Street South, Grimsby dn31 1dp 01472 359655.

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THE FASHiON PAGES

<< ÂŁ SUMMER HOLIDAY What could be more perfect to wear for that moonlight dinner on the beach than this cerise and orange dress.

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>> £ ORANGE CRUSH Stand out in the crowd with this bright orange outfit.

£ STOCKISTS Anne Wilkinson 4 Saltergate, Lincoln Ln2 1dm 01522 526752 20 Grove St, Retford, nottinghamshire dn22 6JR 01777 703148 www.annewilkinson.co.uk. Fenwicks market St Leicester, Le1 6de 0116 255 3322. jane young Chain Lane, newark, nottinghamshire nG24 1aU 01636 703511 www.janeyoung.co.uk. Rachel 8 victoria Street South, Grimsby dn31 1dp 01472 359655.

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Ple ate d chi ffon pro vides a floaty fem inin look for thi s dress - gre at for cru ise e s!

Perfect for on-sho re day trips, these raspber ry and cyan separates are cool and comfortable...

>> ÂŁ MAIN IMAGE This silk dress in a beautiful turquoise and cerise colour will certainly turn a few heads on holiday.


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THE FASHiON PAGES

ÂŁ STOCKISTS Anne Wilkinson 4 Saltergate, Lincoln Ln2 1dm 01522 526752 20 Grove St, Retford, nottinghamshire dn22 6JR 01777 703148 www.annewilkinson.co.uk. Fenwicks market St Leicester, Le1 6de 0116 255 3322. jane young Chain Lane, newark, nottinghamshire nG24 1aU 01636 703511 www.janeyoung.co.uk. Rachel 8 victoria Street South, Grimsby dn31 1dp 01472 359655.


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The best of

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he only private hospital facility in Lincolnshire, where profits are returned to the NHS for the benefit of all local NHS patients. Patients enjoy privacy and individual attention whilst having the reassurance that The Bostonian is adjacent to the sophisticated services of The Pilgrim Hospital, with its expert diagnostic and emergency medical and surgical facilities.

H Award Winning Sleep Apnoea Service Please visit our website to view the full range of services we offer

www.the-bostonian.co.uk Comfort & Peace of Mind The Bostonian is the private wing of Pilgrim Hospital and is set in its own grounds and gardens. There are 19 en-suite single rooms with digital TVs and telephone. Our dedicated housekeeping team ensure continually high standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

Professional Expertise Almost any condition can be treated at The Bostonian by our dedicated team of professionals – most of our Consultants live only minutes away. We welcome self referral and provide 24 hour medical cover.

Range of Payment Options Available We deal with all the major insurance companies and also offer Fixed Price packages for the uninsured.

The Bostonian Private Wing, Pilgrim Hospital, Sibsey Road, Boston, Lincs PE21 9QS Telephone: 01205 360606 / Facsimile: 01205 311442 www.the-bostonian.co.uk • ISO 9001:2008 accredited

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THE WEddiNG ALBuM

THE WEddiNG ALBuM

Sally Mayfield & Austin Ryan This month’s bride and groom met by the light of the misty moon and opted for a ‘bright and beautiful’ theme for their wedding with red bridesmaids’ dresses, blue suits, and cheerful flowers & wedding cake... photos: Contact:

darren Garwood Photography 07962 713177, www.darrengarwoodphotography.co.uk


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Austin referred to his ‘ a wful’ ’ rather than ‘ l awful’ wedded wife - last minute material for the best man’s speech!

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fter moving to London from my home here in the county, I started a working in a pub called the Misty Moon back in 2006. Austin was working there too. We clicked right away and I was soon swept off my feet!

We had been with one another for about six years and had just bought a house together. After a week of moving in and starting a new chapter together, with just the two of us stood in the middle of our blank canvas of a house, Austin popped the question. It was just perfect! The first decisions were ‘where and when.’ Austin comes from London originally but we both decided to have the wedding right here near to where I grew up.

I had quite a search for my dress, but as soon as I clapped eyes on the one I wore on the day I knew it was the dress for me. It was a strapless sweetheart mermaid lace dress over beaded embroidery with a Mandarin neckline sleeveless lace jacket. I work in the vintage fashion trade and loved the 1940s Hollywood glamour feel to the dress and I felt amazing in it! We both have big families and many close friends so it was important for us to have everyone there. In the end the whole day was such a memorable one. We had two best men who gave a wonderful, but unusual speech. The speech had a hilarious last minute addition which alluded to Austin vowing to his ‘awful’ - rather than ‘lawful’ wedded wife!

Wedding planning does test your patience at times but generally it was quite enjoyable. Saying that, I don’t think we’d want to be planning another wedding any time soon though!

We are honeymooning in Bali in a few weeks time. To be honest we’re still on a high from the wedding. We’d like to thank both sets of parents - Tracey & Colin Mayfield and Kathleen & Pat Ryan - for all their support as well as our families and friends for making our day so special.

The day itself was amazing. The ceremony was to be held outside and we were convinced all morning that the weather wouldn’t hold, however when the time came around the sun was shining and it was a moment I’ll never forget, I don’t think either of us could stop smiling throughout!

We’d also like to thank our amazing wedding planners Pauline and Sam, who were wonderful - and our fantastic photographer Darren Garwood. It was a superb day, so memorable, made really enjoyable by our wonderful friends and family. 119


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MOTORiNG NEWS

BMW s’ New X5 bMW’s X5 was one of the earliest sports utility vehicles or SUVs. Its on-road driving dynamic has set it apart from genuine off-roaders like Land Rover’s Discovery, and limited 4x4 ability hasn’t stopped the X5 remaining a school-run favourite...

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MW’s X5 and Land Rover’s Discovery are two models that are luxurious, spacious and desirable. However, the two large SUVs have always followed different paths. Whilst the Discovery has always boasted superior off-road ability, BMW has, instead, prioritised on-road comfort and a more car-like driving dynamic. With a new X5 due in showrooms this year, the respective remit of each model is now even further apart. Whilst the Discovery has conceded defeat in respect of a sporty drive, leaving that to its Range Rover Sport sibling, BMW will provide a more X5-like X5, with greater luxury, greater sportiness better handling and even greater economy.

To aid economy further, and to further underline the car’s on-road delineations, road-going low resistance tyres, an eight speed gearbox, stop/start technology and brake regeneration technologies are all standard across the range. Also standard in all but the base model is four wheel drive which also provides, on the centre screen, a 3D real-time display of the system, giving details of incline and trajectory. Whilst that seems like a dramatic improvement in the car’s off-road systems though, there have been far more improvements in its on-road and ‘school & supermarket run’ systems, proving that BMW anticipates the model will keep its tyres clean.

Currently, there’s a real trend towards engine downsizing - the sizable forthcoming Ford Mondeo will offer a tiny 1.0 engine for example - and the X5 range will start off with a 2.0 turbo engine, badged sDrive 25d, the car will be the only X5 with two wheel drive, and will return 50.4mpg, which is pretty impressive for a car of its size.

All versions are equipped with a new electronic power assisted steering. An Active Steering system is also available which varies the level of assistance and adjusts the steering input required for any given manoeuvre. This reduces the steering effort needed when parking while guaranteeing maximum feedback for the driver at speed.

With seven seats optional across the range, that means the model will be even better for the in-town the school run; frugal and capacious, with a modest £42,590 price tag.

Speaking of parking, the cars new Parking Assist feature not only measures parallel parking spaces but will also steer the car into spaces, accelerating and braking automatically. In addition, there’s a 360° view

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The X5’s plush cabin has two additional design package options - the mocha nappa leather of ‘Design Pure Experience’ is shown here - it’s a £1,700 option though.

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camera to try to ease the burden of parking a vehicle that’s some five metres long and two metres wide. Also helping mums on the supermarket run is a new split tailgate with fully automatic opening and closing, and for really keen shoppers the two seats in the rear can be lowered into the floor, whilst the middle row of seats feature a 40/20/40 split to create a huge load area with 120 litres more space than before.

The BMW X5’s new Parking Assist feature not only measures spaces but will also steer the car into them, accelerating and braking automatically, easing the burden of parking a vehicle that’s nearly five metres long and two metres wide...

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Once on the move, there’s a Driving Assistant feature as standard which warns drivers of impending collisions, whilst the optional Driving Assistant Plus provides ‘next generation’ adaptive cruise control which can maintain a set distance from the car in front, accelerating and braking automatically. The system is so intuitive that it can maintain your position in a queue of traffic up to 25mph without the driver’s intervention. The cabin is typically BMW, and follows the same layout as most of the brand’s cars with as few buttons as possible and an easy-to-use iDrive controller dial working the ventilation, entertainment and sat nav systems. The system can also provide internet access and access to Facebook and Twitter, should you wish.

A mocha colourway has been introduced with Fineline Pure textured wood, that has a matt finish rather than the glossy wooden veneers of existing executive cars. The result is a smart, contemporary interior that’s a great place to spend time. The car’s £42,590 starting price is pretty good value for a large SUV. Seven seats and four wheel drive push up the price tag by two or three thousand, but even then it’s easy to make a case for the car. Best of all though are the frugal engines. Performance figures have yet to be released for the 2.0 engines but for a car of the X5’s size to achieve 50mpg and emit less than 150g CO2 is impressive and will make the car a good prospect both privately and as a company vehicle. The most modest X5 will probably reach 60mph in seven seconds and 140mph flat out, which is plenty of power for most drivers. Prices for top of the range X5 models rise to £60,000, but performance figures only increase marginally so our recommendation is to stick with small engined four wheel drive variants. In doing so you’ll enjoy leather, climate and climate controls, all round parking sensors and automatic transmission as standard, making the X5 pretty good value for its class. Clearly a car to complete the school run in comfort, rather than a ‘proper’ off-roader, there’s no way the X5 could hold a candle to a Discovery off-road, but it will represent a sharper, more driver-focused car when first deliveries take place later this year. More than 1.3m X5 models have been sold so far, and the improvements of the new model should mean BMW shifts a few more...


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