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his month will yield all the pleasures of a summer spent in Stamford & Rutland, so we’ve been out and about enjoying all that the area has to offer. From the culture and history of the area’s waterways to the neatly clipped topiary and the panoramic vistas of Belvoir Castle. A visit to see the Duke and Duchess of Rutland yields a fine day out and is just one of the suggestions we present this month for enjoying summer.

July sees us paying a visit to Barnsdale Lodge for a dining out sortie, touring around the beautiful Rutland country home of one of the county’s interior designers and we’ve designer fashions and accessories for high summer from Cavells. We’re also taking a look behind the scenes of Oakham vets as the team care for all creatures great & small.

Finally, we offer our thanks and best wishes to all who came to see us at this year’s excellent Rutland Show... we had a lovely time meeting readers and enjoyed all of the lovely feedback, despite unpredictable weather! With best wishes for a great month!

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CONTENTS NEWS A roundup of the best good news stories from across the area in July.

WHAT’S ON Rutland and Stamford’s best events in July.

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RIVERS IN THE COUNTY See the waterways that trickle through Rutland and Stamford’s countryside. THE OCCUPATION We visit

Oakham’s equine vet for a booster.

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DINING OUT Our featured restaurant

is Barnsdale Lodge this month.

STRAWBERRIES Pick your own, eat them at Wimbledon or make delicious desserts with strawberries.

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WELCOME HOME Hamilton House in Easton-on-the-Hill.

LUXURY BEDS Designer bedrooms from Portess of Oakham.

GARDENS The stunning landscape at Belvoir Castle, ancestral seat of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland.

LADIES & GENTLEMEN 95

WEDDINGS A styled shoot centered around the grandeur of Rushton Hall.

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FASHION Fashions and accessories MISCELLANY Facts about Rutland.

HIGH LIFE 115

HIGH LIFE The Rutland Show and Margaret Miles as the county’s new High Sheriff.


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NEWS & EVENTS

“you have the right to remain royal!”

LOCAL POLICE OFFICER WILL RUB SHOULDERS WITH ROYALTY AT GARDEN BASH RUTLAND Big-hearted copper Joe Lloyd, based in Oakham, will rub shoulders with royalty as Pride goes to press, after being handed an invite to the queen’s garden party. Joe, who has previously served as a soldier, helping people in areas of conflict, made the transition to policing in 2001 and has worked for our local Police force ever since. Joe saw an advert for the beat officer job in Oakham. Joe went for it and the rest, as they say, is history. he has now been there for years and has loved it. “It’s been brilliant, the role has allowed me to continue exactly what I wanted to do when I finished as a soldier; serve my local community.” “Our Lord Lieutenant, Dr Sarah Furness said that she had put me forward for an invite, which I was thrilled about, but I didn’t really think much else of it.”

“One morning, my son shouted through to me in the kitchen that I had some important looking post that was from Lord Chamberlains Office. My initial response was pure

yoga group will bend over backwards to promote wellness

NEW GROUP BRINGS MINDFULNESS YOGA & ECO-THERAPY TO STAMFORD

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excitement! I feel extremely honoured to have been issued with an invite and now I just can’t wait for the day to come. This is my first invitation to a really special event!” n STAMFORD A new yoga group has launched in Stamford bringing a new blend of the therapy to encourage mental and physical wellbeing. hidden School yoga brings together traditional yoga practices with eco-therapy to help bring “A good dollop of wildness, spontaneity, boundlessness and passion,” says founder Grace Moore. hidden School yoga offers traditional yoga classes across Stamford and Rutland, as well as one-to-one sessions, but Grace is keen for participants to reap the benefits of outdoor therapy.

Eco-therapy focuses on our connection with the natural environment. The aim is to coordinate breathing and physical movement, improve focus and concentration, and help participants regain control of their body and mind and re-connect to the wider environment. “yoga helps to bring back a sense of self and balance, so adding in the outdoor aspect helps even more,” adds Grace. hidden School yoga offers a range of classes, including eco-therapy, and more traditional classes at Rhino’s gym in Stamford. n


NGS TRIO RAISES MONEY FOR CARERS...

RUTLAND Three gardeners, over 1,200 people and £6,000 for the NGS’s charities. It’s safe to say that Exton Hall Park & Garden’s open day was a roaring success this year. Zara Campden, Lucy Hurst and Sally Killick formed firm friendships when they met studying the RHS Level Two course in Horticulture at Brooksby College. Lucy and Sally went on to study Garden Design and Sally set up Cornflower Blue Gardens.

Zara moved into Exton Hall with husband Harry; Sally and Lucy became County Organisers for the Rutland NGS. The three teamed up again when Zara and Harry opened Exton Hall park and gardens for the NGS recently. 1,235 people delighted in the opportunity to explore the beautiful park and grounds, raising money for NGS charities including the Gurkha Welfare Trust in memory of Exton’s much loved Gardener, Ramesh Gurung who died last year. n

Helping pets in need...

WOOD GREEN IS PROUD TO BE THE CHARITY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE... BUT IT NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Stamford on trend with new independent fashion store...

STAMFORD Exclusive, independent fashion brands. That’s what a new upmarket fashion and lifestyle boutique opening as Pride goes to press. Iris & Violet on St Mary’s Street has been created by Bethany ScottMorris and will provide fashions, accessories, homeware and gifts. n irisandvioletstamford.com.

RUTLAND Wood Green, The Animals Charity is proud to be the pet charity that makes a difference to the lives of pets and people across the UK. They also help people be the best pet owners they can be through a pet advice and support service. Volunteering for the charity means they can provide care for pets in need. Helping out in their shops, for example, is a great way to help the charity’s great work. They have a range of roles from customer service to visual merchandising. All voluntary hours are negotiable and they have shifts that require talent every day of the week. n Visit woodgreen.org.uk to find out more and to apply.

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UPPINGHAM pupils from Leighfield School will launch a world record attempt for people in a horseshoe at their summer fête as Pride goes to press. The record currently stands at 250, but the school will attempt to create a 300-strong human horseshoe with past and present pupils as part of celebrations for it 50th aniversary which takes place in June. n

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STAMFORD STORE HELPS CHURCH TO CLEAN UP... Stamford’s St John’s Church gained some much-needed assistance from the town’s Morrisons supermarket’s community fund last month. The Grade I listed 12th century church was restored in 1867 in the High Church tradition. Recently though, the church has been the subject of a (biblical?) plague of pigeons who have been leaving a mess in the nave. A donation from the community fund enabled volunteers to hire a Rug Doctor cleaning machine to give the floors and pews a deep clean, making them look as good as new. The birds had made life very unpleasant for worshippers, but now the church is spick ‘n’ span... and as we all know, cleanliness is next to godliness! n

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NEWS & EVENTS

Rutland Winners for Future Success

LOCALS AWARDED QUEENS AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE FACE A BRIGHT FUTURE... RUTLAND The county’s Lord Lieutenant Dr Sarah Furness says she was “Delighted” by the turnout of 60 businesspeople from across the area at her recent queens Award For Enterprise Event. “Business is the backbone of a community. We have great ones in Rutland but few winners of the most prestigious of awards, The queen’s Awards for Enterprise.” “Winning this award can make an enormous difference to a business. We want great Rutland businesses to be winners – hence this event.” The queen’s Awards for Enterprise are for outstanding achievement by uk businesses in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable business development and the promotion of business opportunities through social mobility. valid for five years, winners are able to fly the

LOCAL NEWS In Brief

STAMFORD LEFT (UN)SHOCKED AS DEFIBRILLATOR IS STOLEN...

A shocking crime in Stamford recently; a defibrillator on the town’s park has been stolen. Dannii Vincent who funded the installation of the lifesaving device via her charity Dosh4Defibs is “Devastated and angry” at the theft, discovered by the Wittering Community First Responders Group from The Shack in the park. n

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Ed Burrows; Jeannette Warner (Warners sponsored the publication of the event’s ‘Rutland Winner’s Guide’), Dr Sarah Furness, Jamie Weir, Kathy Robinson & Elizabeth Mills.

queen’s Awards flag, given a Grant of Appointment (an official certificate) and a commemorative crystal trophy. Winners have reported benefiting from worldwide

recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale. queen’s Awards for Enterprise awardees are also

Otter suspected of playing koi OTTER SUSPECT IN CASE OF THE MISSING KOI AS OWNER REALISES SOMETHING FISHY IS GOING ON IN OAKHAM

officially announced in a special Gazette supplement every year. n For more information about the awards see www.gov.uk/ queens-awards-for-enterprise. OAKHAM Elaine Barton of Oakham’s Redwing Close clocked that there was something fishy going on around her koi pond recently, as 17 koi goldfish disappeared. A rogue heron was the first suspect; “I could see scratch marks on the surface of the pond, which made me think it might not be a heron. Plus, the pond is visible from my window so I would have seen a bird.” Elaine now believes the suspect is a rogue otter family, and is asking for help from others who have had similar problems to get in touch via Pride for ways to discourage the nefarious creatures. n


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WHITWELL, RUTLAND £1,100,000

This attractive period residence, sits in the heart of the pretty village of Whitwell, just a stone’s throw from the shores of Rutland Water. The property has been much improved by the current owners who have added contemporary additions to makes this a fantastic family home. The highlight is the stunning open plan kitchen dining family room which is the hub of the home. Fitted with a bespoke kitchen, this extended room benefits from bi folding doors that open on the terrace as well as a large lantern that floods the room with natural light. The remainder of the house offers several versatile reception areas and five double bedrooms. Outside the gardens have been carefully landscaped to include a terraced patio area and large lawned area for children to play. With its stylish looks and period features, Holly Cottage is an appealing property that offers excellent family accommodation in a superb Rutland village.

Tel: +44(0)1780 750200 Email: stamford@fineandcounty.com

Tel: +44( 0)1572 335145 Email: rutland@fineandcounty.com

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LAXTON, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE £625,000

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An attractive, wisteria-clad cottage with an integrated double garage, and a delightful, mature garden, set back behind a beech hedge in the peaceful, conservation village of Laxton. The property is presented in excellent order throughout and the layout is spacious with several large, light and airy rooms including a double reception room, a generous dining room, study, a newly refurbished kitchen with Shaker-style fitted units with solid oak worktops and a tiled conservatory enjoying 180 degree views of the garden. Upstairs has character with dormer windows and sloping ceilings, offering five bedrooms, one with an en suite and a family bathroom. Outside, there is plenty of room for parking on the gravel drive, brick terracing directly from the back of the house for al fresco dining, and a large lawn surrounded by mature shrubs and trees.


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Guide Price £865,000

Offers Over £850,000

The Green, Stonesby

Main Street, Egleton

A spacious, five-bedroom, brick-built village home sitting in mature gardens with stabling and paddock land on the edge of this popular Leicestershire village.

An elegant, Grade II Listed stone property offering characterful and spacious accommodation with pretty gardens, located in the heart of this sought-after Rutland village.

Offers Over £750,000

Guide Price £695,000

Ashwell Hall Stables, Ashwell

Church Lane, Greetham

A Grade II listed, stone & Collyweston built stable conversion with many of its original features, sitting within the former grounds of Ashwell Hall, offering flexible and spacious accommodation.

An attractive, double-fronted, five bedroom stone village property in need of some modernisation sitting on a generous plot at the heart of this popular Rutland village.

Guide Price £675,000

Offers Over £675,000

Church Street, Wing

West Street, Clipsham

A 17th century, Grade II listed, four-bedroom cottage with spacious and flexible accommodation, positioned on the edge of this Rutland village with far reaching countryside views.

*NO CHAIN* A period three bedroom stone property sitting at the heart of this popular Rutland village with mature, walled gardens and generous accommodation.


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Exeter House, Wakerley, Oakham, Rutland

A well-presented 8 bedroom country house set on a sizeable plot in a picturesque conservation area.

Guide Price £1,200,000

ENTRANCE HALL | RECEPTION ROOM | INNER HALLWAY DINING ROOM/CONSERVATORY | 2 STUDY ROOMS GAMES ROOM | OPEN PLAN KITCHEN/BREAKFAST/ GARDEN ROOM | UTILITY ROOM | 2 CLOAKROOM/ SHOWER ROOMS | BOILER ROOM | CELLARAGE | MASTER

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BEDROOM WITH EN SUITE BATHROOM | 7 FURTHER BEDROOMS, 3 WITH EN SUITE | FAMILY BATHROOM DOUBLE GARAGE | GARDENS | POTTING SHED


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HARRINGWORTH

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£595,000

A beautiful detached character Cottage with double Garage, ample parking and superbly landscaped gardens set in a sought after and well established village of Harringworth close to the historic market town of Uppingham. 2 Reception Rooms, Conservatory, Kitchen/Diner, Utility, Clkrm, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath/Shower Rooms. Energy Rating: TBC.

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OAKHAM

WYMONDHAM

£550,000

A delightful detached period property offering substantial family accommodation appointed to a high standard throughout and set in the heart of a highly regarded and picturesque village. 3 Reception Rooms, bespoke Kitchen, Utility, Clkrm, 4 Bedrooms, luxury En-suite Bathroom, Family Bathroom; parking, private Garden. Energy Rating: D.

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£525,000

Charming Grade II listed property with triple Garage/Workshop and south facing garden with summerhouse set in the historic centre of Oakham. 3 Reception Rooms, Kitchen, Cloakroom, 4 Bedrooms, Bathroom, one-bedroom Annexe accommodation (above garage). EPC Exempt.

OWSTON

£495,000

*STUNNING RURAL VIEWS* Exceptional detached chalet bungalow providing spacious accommodation enjoying panoramic views over undulating countryside. Lounge, Kitchen/Diner, Utility, Clkrm, large Master Bedroom with brand new en-suite Shower Room, 3 further dbl Bedrooms, Family Bathroom; dbl Garage, Gardens. Energy Rating: D.

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MARKET OVERTON

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£465,000

Substantial Grade II listed cottage providing spacious accommodation in need of updating and modernisation set on a good size plot with lovely gardens and ample parking, overlooking the village green. 3 Reception Rooms, Office, Breakfast Kitchen, Utility, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bath/Shower Rooms; Stable, Store Place, open fronted Garage. EPC Exempt.

GRETTON

£395,000

An exciting opportunity has arisen to acquire a large RESIDENTIAL BUILDING PLOT with a full Planning Consent to erect a substantial detached four bedroom house and an existing two bedroom stone COTTAGE which is located within the grounds. This plot is situated in the heart of a highly regarded Conservation Village. Energy Rating: TBC.


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Bespoke Property. Bespoke Advice.

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A superb Georgian townhouse with its own private gardens, ample off-street parking and garaging, listed Grade II* of the type for which Stamford is world renowned. • 6 Bedroom Georgian townhouse • Central Stamford location • Recently refurbished and updated • Landscaped gardens with additional terracing • Approx 5300Sq/ft internal floor area • Three Private Garages with attached pavilion • Living accommodation across 3 floors • Extensive additional parking & turning area with cellar in addition • Listed Grade II* • No onward chain

STAMFORD – GUIDE PRICE £2,750,000

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A rare opportunity within the heart of one of Rutland’s finest villages to acquire and update a substantial unlisted family home with glorious gardens. • Central Village plot of approx 0.68ac (sts) • Attractive unlisted period home • Requiring general modernisation • Scope to remodel and rework (stp) • 4000 sq ft of living accommodation • Within same ownership for over 60 years • Private drive with parking • Picturesque rural location • Large private Gardens to rear • Offered with no onward chain

BRAUNSTON-IN-RUTLAND – GUIDE PRICE £825,000

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Beautifully appointed detached stone village house set in the conservation area of Easton on the Hill. Separate cottage, office, utility and barn amongst attractively landscaped gardens. • Gated approach in the centre of the village • Copious off-street parking • Three well proportioned reception rooms • Landscaped grounds with veranda • Open-plan kitchen and garden room • Separate one bedroom cottage. • Principal bedroom with en suite • Utility with kitchen facilities, Office with WC • Over 1000 sq ft barn {for a variety of uses} • Additional three double bedrooms

EASTON ON THE HILL – GUIDE PRICE £1,375,000

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An attractive stone built house, with self contained annexe in a sought after conservation village. • Entrance Hall • Principal Bedroom with En-Suite • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Guest Bedroom with En-Suite • Sitting Room & Dining Room • 2 Further Bedrooms & Family Bathroom • Study/Bedroom 5 • Mature Landscaped Gardens • Separate Utility Room • Dbl Garage & Self Contained Annexe

IRNHAM - GUIDE PRICE £650,000


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PROPERTY FINDERS

PLAYING THE WAITING GAME Garrington Property Finder, Kate Vincent explains how the unpredictable UK political situation is having a direct effect on the local property market. There is nothing markets like less than uncertainty and there’s certainly lots of that at the moment. In the Stamford and Rutland property market, the response for many has been to sit tight and wait for clarity; fearing that the market may be against them if the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit continues for many months to come. Waiting to sell An estate agent recently told me that of all the valuations they had given to potential sellers last year, only half of them had decided to put their property on the market – with anyone. Extrapolate that over the dozen or so agents in the areas and that’s a lot of properties waiting to change hands. It is understandable why so many homeowners are holding off listing their properties. If you do not have to move and having looked at the property portals, seen that there is not much to buy then staying put can seem like a really good strategy.

For those who decide to actively sell their property, it is tempting to use the lack of stock situation as an opportunity to dictate to the market. Most of us view our homes through rose tinted glasses and probably believe it is worth more than it is so, when three stock-starved estate agents visit your property to advise you, it’s very tempting to not only take the top price but also add a bit for good measure. In many cases selling prices are being driven not by valuations but by sellers and I could (but won’t) mention

many examples of homes that have been put on the market at over bullish prices.

Where hefty asking prices are being sought, invariably there follows a flurry of viewings (it’s a new, rare and exciting property after all) and then a lengthy period of stalemate until the price is lowered to a level that the market deems to be acceptable. The lesson here is that if you want to sell your home, get proper advice and listen to it!

Buyers are wary At the other end of the spectrum, buyers are interpreting the market in a very different way. Sure, the lack of stock is reducing their buying-power, but the political uncertainty is making them highly wary of overpaying and making a wrong decision. Add to this the possibility that a protracted Brexit and the associated uncertainty might adversely affect the housing market then many buyers are wondering why sellers are not welcoming purchasers looking to negotiate a deal during this period of relative calm.

Perhaps something better will come along? If you have time on your hands then waiting usually produces more choice. But, for those who would like to buy sooner rather than later and are looking for an individual home then my advice is that if a property delivers 8 out 10 of your requirements then go for it. The perfect house may not exist, unless you’re willing to create it. So if a near perfect property does come along then why would you not try and buy it even in

Kate Vincent Garrington

a difficult market, particularly if you are planning on living there for the long term? It might not be available again for a generation. Taking longer to complete The sensitivity of the market, on both sides is meaning that even after an offer has been accepted the conveyancing and due diligence period is typically taking considerably longer than previously. Cautious buyers are taking time to carefully assess the structure and legal aspects of their future home and ever more frequently, looking for the inevitable issues to be reflected through a price reduction. Frustrating for a seller but often necessary to reflect the sensitivity of the market. Get it right, make it happen In an uncertain market, it has probably never been more important to obtain the correct advice from a local property expert who understands the nuances of the local market, what properties have been sold at what prices and who can broker a deal that may need sensitive nurturing over the line. At a time when it is easy to just wait, having a professional property advisor on your side can help you weigh up the plethora of items that need to be considered and enable you to buy with confidence.

For more information on how Garrington can help you find and acquire the perfect property contact Kate Vincent: Tel: 01780 408377 Email: info@garrington.co.uk www.garringtoneastmidlands.co.uk

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Rivers play a key role in the bucolic countryside scene that we adore in Rutland & Stamford, so it’s important that we know more about them and make every effort to conserve them. That’s why we’re speaking to Chris French from the Welland Rivers Trust to discover more about the area’s water courses and their role in history... e water courses, tributaries and rivers that weave their way through rutland and stamford are beautiful features to the bucolic country scene of the area. not only do they add so much visual attraction, but the soft trickling of a nearby stream adds a certain tranquility to a sunday dog walk or a family picnic. We gain so much enjoyment out of rivers in our area in this day and age, but throughout history, the water courses that make up rutland and stamford have taken on new forms, moved and changed and have played important roles in our history. for more of an insight into the role of our rivers, we spoke to chris french from the Welland rivers trust who’s passionate about their preservation and interested in their history. chris used to work for forbes magazine in a job that meant he had to travel the world, seeing the good, the bad and the ugly. “my travels really showed me the awful lack of respect our planet and population has for the environment,” says chris. “I decided to get a masters degree in conservation on my return and began working for the Welland rivers trust and conservation movement. my role focuses on river ecology and improving river quality.” >> Main: Tributary near the viaduct. Words: Tilly Wilkinson.

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“Welland Rivers Trust is responsible for improving Rutland & Stamford’s many water ways...”

The Trust was founded in 2010 and came about due to a group interest in the area to see an improvement in the waterways. They are responsible for developing restorations and engaging the community in helping the cause, in addition to improving habitats. It’s an invaluable service, giving guidance and support to the community. It’s a small organisation with six trustees and Chris is the only one that works on the project full-time. They meet every two months to discuss ideas, highlight priority areas and coordinate strategies.

“Everyday is different,” says Chris. “I love my job and I love making a difference. It’s very satisfying and rewarding. I love talking to communities and getting involved in supporting something I’m very passionate about in my local area.” Chris is not only passionate about preserving rivers - he’s passionate about finding out more information on them too. This can help the local community really understand why it’s important to look after waterways.

Above: A small stream by Rutland Water.

Right: The Welland in spate at Duddington, showing its capacity for flooding adjoining meadows. Opposite: The River Welland flowing through Stamford.

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“The Welland is the main river that flows through Rutland and Stamford. In fact, the River Welland is the entire southern border of Rutland and northamptonshire.”

“Other water courses within the county are all tributaries of the Welland which includes the River Gwash. This river was controversially dammed in the 1970s to create Rutland Water, the largest man-made lake in the uk.” “There is also the River Chater, that enters the Welland just after it flows through ketton and the Eyebrook, one of the most natural lowland water courses in the uk, thanks to its lack of modification.” “The Eyebrook was also dammed to create the Eyebrook reservoir. Today, this body of water is predominantly used as a fly fishing hotspot, but was built to supply water to Corby in the 1930s to support the booming steel industry.” “It’s largest claim to fame is that it served as a practice site in May 1943 for the Dambusters before their iconic mission during the Second World War. you will find a plaque on site at the beautiful reservoir that commemorates this.”

“The Welland viaduct, constructed to take the Midland Railway from kettering to Manton, was constructed in the 1870s and authorised by an act of parliament in 1874. It’s the longest masonry viaduct across a valley in the uk and is a very impressive structure. It’s Grade II listed and an icon of the Welland valley on the Rutland border.”

The River Welland is also the river that flows through Stamford under the main bridge in the town next to the George and the Meadows. It is one of four rivers to lead out into the Wash, 65 miles long in total.

The river was one of the earlier rivers to be granted an act of parliament for improvements - by queen Elizabeth I in 1571 - to allow navigation to Stamford.

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WELLAnD for People and Life Project... The Welland for People and Wildlife project

began in 2011 with half a million pounds worth of funding from the Catchment Restoration Fund.

The focus was to improve ecology and water quality. The design to achieve this involved removing six weirs, constructing berms to create a narrow meandering pattern, and excavating deep pooled sections and shallow riffles created with gravels.

With the removal of the weirs, fish and eels are much freer to move throughout the town. There are plenty of deep spaces for fish to hide, along with shallows ideal for spawning on the riffles. There has been a large amount of stickleback mating activity with the river now boasting three species.

The marginal habitat space provided by the berms has flourished now boasting over 25 prominent species including marsh marigolds, water mint, veronica, yellow 28

flag iris, water cress and many types of reed grass and sedges. Some of these were planted by the project and its volunteers. however the majority have sprouted naturally indicating that the environment is now more favourable for wildlife to thrive.

A more diverse range of aquatic invertebrates, particularly damselfly and dragonfly have been seen.

Rutland and Stamford is the only place in the country where one might see both osprey and red kite at the same time, as a result of successful reintroductions.

Elsewhere, otters have returned much to the delight of local people, and small pockets of reclaimed agricultural land are being rewetted for people and wildlife to enjoy. This is merely the result of one project by the Welland Rivers Trust... they’re responsible for many more! n


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“The river was used as a canal. It would have been the longest in Britain when it was built, carrying flour, malt, coal, timber and limestone on barges...” river section below Market Deeping. The canal section was known as the Stamford Canal, and was the longest canal with locks in Britain when it was built. It would have been tremendously busy with barges carrying flour, malt, coal, timber and limestone. navigation ceased by 1863, and the river changed dramatically in the 1970s during the draining of the Fens.

The river was deepened with many meanders, pools, riffles and glides removed and the river was constricted within high, straight banks. high winter flood flows and poor land management practices now cause significant bank erosion and sedimentation. “Prior to modification, a high proportion of these nutrient-rich sediments would have been deposited on the floodplain, providing rich grazing pasture, but as a result of the flood defence works, a large proportion of these sediments now remain in the channel, degrading habitats including fish spawning gravels,” says Chris.

“As a result of this intensive modification, the River Welland is failing to meet the Eu Water Framework Directive objective of ‘good ecological status’ on the grounds of high phosphate levels and poor fish populations.” “To ensure that the river meets these objectives in the future, we are now implementing a series of river enhancement projects across the River Welland.” We get so much pleasure out of this brilliant water way in Rutland and Stamford, so lets make sure it’s ecologically beneficial too! n To get involved with the work of Chris and his team, visit the Welland Rivers Trust website www.wellandriverstrust.org.uk.

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Truly Independent Financial Planning • Efficient Portfolio’s Charlie Reading • Author of The Dream Retirement

You CAN Predict the Future! Retirement has come to be a word that divides us all. For some, the prospect of finally leaving work for good and focussing on the aspects of life they truly enjoy is a wondrous dream. Just imagine it now; leisurely days filled with holidays, quality time with your grandchildren and the ability to embark on whatever whim takes your fancy. However, for others, retirement leaves them struck with fear. Imagine running out of money in your 80’s when you can’t return to work? Or leading a life full of monotony and tedium, because you’re too scared to spend your money on the things you love?

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HE THOUGHT OF LEAVING behind a steady income, the inability to plan ahead and the potential of the great ‘unknown’ are quite frankly terrifying concepts. And that is not to mention longterm care fees, increasing inflation and poor performing pensions. So why is there such a huge disparity between the two views on retirement? e answer ultimately boils down to how prepared you are.

rates. is means it becomes your unique Lifetime Cash-Flow Forecast that best reflects your future and can be adapted over time. If you are looking for a sense of certainty over your own future, we would be delighted to help. We can offer you a free-15 minute telephone conversation or chat over a coffee in our Oakham office with one of our financial planners, where you’ll have the opportunity to understand how we work and make sure we can help you. If you then want our help, you’ll be entitled to a Free Exploration Meeting with one of our Financial Planners too.

It is a general misconception that those whose retirement is akin to a utopia are wealthy. ere may be some truth in this, but actually the people who can afford to live out their final years in comfort are simply financially prepared – ‘people do not plan to fail, they fail to plan’. If you are not prepared for the future, how can you expect to enjoy it? However, feeling secure about your future goes a little deeper than just planning, as life has a knack of throwing in the odd unexpected situation. No one knows what is around the corner. So how can you successfully plan for it? Crystal balls may help you to see into the future, but they are not always reliable! What you need is a mechanism that will set out multiple scenarios about what could happen to your money and where that would leave you. I am delighted to tell you that this tool does exist. If you would like to know where you are heading financially, and let us be honest-who would not, Lifetime Cash-Flow Forecasting is the tool for you. So, what is it and how does it work? Lifetime Cash-Flow Forecasting is a tool that allows you to understand the impact that the decisions you make today will have on your future finances. Essentially,

Remember, if you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail!

People who can afford to live out their final years in comfort are simply financially prepared – ‘people do not plan to fail, they fail to plan’.

n To book your complimentary chat, email hello@efficientportfolio.co.uk or call 01572 898060.

it provides you with a very visual display of how your future finances will look, both from a cash-flow point of view (will I have enough money to pay my out goings) and from an asset point of view (how much am I worth). Not only is every aspect of your finance today taken into account, hypothetical situations are also factored in from your likely future, along with assumed interest, inflation and growth

Charlie Reading created Efficient Portfolio to offer entirely independent financial advice and helping people clarify and realise their dreams and goals through financial planning.

Call 01572 898060, see www.efficientportfolio.co.uk or visit Portfolian House, 30 Melton Road, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6AY

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COUNTRYSIDE VET

hORSES

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Oakham veterinary hospital is a centre of excellence for modern horse care. From complex surgical procedures to everyday medical matters, the team are well-versed in all aspects of the equine world. David Corfield spent a morning with equine surgeon Julia Dubuc to find out more… Words & Images: David Corfield.

Julia Dubuc has a lot of letters after her name. There’s DMv, DÉS and DACvS-LA, M.Sc. plus MRCvS. That’s an awful lot of knowledge and quite a mouthful in anyone’s language, and this 32-year old French Canadian – employed by the university of nottingham’s School of veterinary Sciences as an assistant professor – is blazing her own trail at Oakham veterinary hospital where she is one of two surgeons specialising in caring for the many valued – and valuable – horses that live in the area. Moving here from Canada nearly two years ago, Julia quickly settled into the Rutland way of life with her two dogs, a Great Dane and a Scottish Deerhound; their similar long-leggedness is not lost on her as she walks them around the field within Oakham veterinary hospital’s grounds. “I came here because of the job, really,” she admits pragmatically. “My father is a doctor and it was he who inspired me to look into medicine. I always loved animals and studying them seemed to be the most logical way to go. “I love the academic side,” she continues, “but I prefer the fast pace of a private practice. I like thinking on my feet and love situations that happen really quickly, so I wanted to find a job that combined my interest in research with my passion for surgery and this was the perfect opportunity.” “My typical day is one or two surgeries in the morning and in the afternoon, I give some seminars to the students, take care of inpatients and see outpatient’s Above/Right: Features writer appointments. Some students are resident here at the David Corfield visited Julia at Oakham Veterinary Hospital where hospital while they complete their internships, but most she and the team take care of creatures are at the university, based in Loughborough, about great (like horses) and small. 50 minutes drive from here.” “All my research is undertaken at the university and I enjoy that very much. But I try and be a little bit more accessible to the students which is why I love working here because they get fantastic on-the-job training in real-life situations.” Walking around the hospital with Julia, we look in on a few of her cases: they range from a swelling above the eye on a eight-year old haflinger to some tiny thorns stuck deep to the skin surrounding the metacarpal bone (front leg, to you and me) of a beautiful hunter. Common enough ailments, but both requiring expert skill and precise surgery to avoid damaging vital blood vessels and surrounding tissues. >> 34


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M Y O C C U PAT I O N C O U N T RY S I D E V E T

“Just like in a hospital for humans, we have dedicated teams of nurses, assistants and interns. We care for animals just like we care for people.” >> As I witness the team around Julia scurrying into action around the horse, I am immediately struck by the level of professionalism and speed with which they work. It’s truly impressive and every bit as precise as the treatment we’d expect to find in our own hospitals. And that’s just the way Julia sees it too. her career is taking her to the eventual goal of becoming a full-time professor, but she is determined to keep her hand in the practical world, too.

“While becoming a professor is my primary goal, I love working on the horses that come here. I find it hard to switch off. But I am not a worrier; I think that’s quite a negative word. I keep a look out on my cases over weekends and I enjoy being part of this incredible team around me.”

“I am one of two surgeons here: myself and one of the senior partners neal Ashton. We have a good working relationship and I like that we can always share opinions and knowledge with each other – he is easy to work with and is a good part of the job here.” Based on the Ashwell Road just outside of Oakham, Oakham veterinary hospital is a long-established, purpose built practice, set in 8.5 acres and surrounded by rural countryside.

With extensive hospital facilities and diagnostic equipment in both equine and small animal departments, the experienced and caring teams of vets, nurses and support staff offer a complete veterinary service from routine examinations, vaccinations and visits, to specialist surgery with the very latest state-of-the-art equipment.

teams of nurses, assistants and interns.” Julia says. “We care for animals just like we care for people.”

In 2014, she undertook a three-year surgical residency focusing solely on equine surgery as well as a master’s programme, back at the university of Montreal.

“I couldn’t imagine doing anything else as a profession,” she admits. “It’s so much more than a job. In fact, this is much more than a job. It’s a life!”

Julia qualified as a vet in 2013 from The university of Montreal. The following year, she completed a one-year internship specialising in equine surgery at a busy referral practice in Ontario, Canada.

“With regards to what I do here with the students, the goal is to make sure that they come out of the university of nottingham to the highest standards possible and are ready to work in a real practice from the moment they leave.

She joined The university of nottingham in August 2017 and is predominantly based at the Oakham veterinary hospital in Rutland. “Just like in a hospital for humans, we have dedicated

n For more information, visit the hospital’s website at www.oakhamvethospital.co.uk.

Above: Julia’s specialism is equine surgery.

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Interior Design

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You can now shop online @ www.elizabethstanhope.co.uk www.elizabethstanhope.co.uk showroom@elizabethstanhope.co.uk 17a and 27 Mill St Oakham Rutland LE15 6EA 01572 722 345

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NEWS & EVENTS

What’s On... TOLETHORPE

STAMFORD

throughout july

Stamford ShakeSPeare

Saturday 20th july

the Burghley Battle PromS

The Stamford Shakespeare Company is back again at Tolethorpe Hall with its two Shakespeare productions Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar - and its wildcard by Noel Coward called Blithe Spirit. Watch the fantastic performances in June, July and August.

The Battle Proms at Burghley is held in an impressive elevated parkland position overlooking the grand Elizabethan architecture of Burghley House - the perfect setting for an evening of sublime music. The Battle Proms consists of a spitfire flypast, live music, usually lovely summer weather, British flags, Pimm’s, cannons and cavalry! The evening ends with an incredible firework display over the chimney tops of Burghley House. Bring friends and family for a picnic and an evening of patriotic summer celebrations.

n For more information, visit www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk or call 01780 756133 to book your tickets today! STAMFORD

friday 5th july

jazz in the cellar Bar

n Call 01522 842703 or visit www.battleproms.com.

Food, Drink & Craft Festival THE LIVING HERITAGE FOOD FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD AT THE RUTLAND SHOWGROUND IN 2019 WITH SPECIAL GUESTS...

OAKHAM

Saturday 6th - 7th july

living heritage food feStival For a true summer celebration, head to the Rutland Showground in July for great food, incredible demonstrations, local arts and crafts and a lovely fresh glass of Pimm’s. Levi Roots and Phil Vickery are already confirmed to come and there will be the usual fantastic producers, demonstrators and chefs as well as an extended crafts area which this event company is renowned to deliver well. Put the dates in your diary! n Call 01283 820548 or visit www.livingheritagefoodfestivals.co.uk for more information.

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Join Me and Mr Jones Rachel Foster on vocals and Paul Deats on piano - for an exceptional night of jazz in Stamford’s Cellar Bar. They are playing a mix of beautiful original songs and some American Songbook classics for you to enjoy with a glass of wine or a cocktail in hand this July. n Call 01780 763203 or visit www.stamfordartscentre.com. PETERBOROUGH

throughout july

multi-activity dayS for 8-16 year oldS Stave off summer boredom for children and grandchildren with a series of multi-activity days for eight to 16 year olds. Packed itinerary of different land and water activities including sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, climbing, orienteering, bushcraft skills, problem solving. n Ferry Meadows, see www.nenepark.org.uk.


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STAMFORD

STAMFORD

WedneSday 24th - 28th july

Saturday 27th - 28th july

film feStival

andre rieu

The Burghley Film Festival returns this year with five days and nights of fabulous films alongside the new style film festival food, including American classics served from an airstream trailer.

See the live screening of the 2019 Maastricht Concert at Stamford’s Art Centre this year. The theme for the King of Waltz’s annual performance screened live in theatres across the country is ‘Shall We Dance?’ It features all the classics from this phenomenal artist.

n Call 01780 763203 or visit www.stamfordartscentre.com. OAKHAM

RUTLAND WATER

throughout july

Badger Watch Join Trainee Reserve Officers at Rutland Water for an evening of badger watching from the Badger Hide at Egleton as Badger Watch season begins. The hide is situated close to the badger set and here you can enjoy fantastic views as the resident family venture out for their evening forage.

The Badger Watch evenings start at around dusk and go on for two hours. Not only do you have a chance to see badgers, but other nocturnal creatures too; previous highlights include tawny owls, barn owls, bats, foxes and muntjac deer. Cost is just £10 a person, and its advised to dress warm and bring a torch.

n For more information, please visit www.rutlandwater.org.uk or call 01572 770651 to book a place.

Summer Sundays 2019

BARNSDALE GARDENS IS HOSTING ITS SUCCESSFUL SUMMER SUNDAYS ON VARIOUS DAYS IN JULY FEATURING FLORAL WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS...

friday 26th - 27th july

n Call 01780 763203 or visit www.stamfordartscentre.com.

antiqueS and collectaBleS

Saturday 27th - 28th july

Victoria Hall in Oakham’s Town Centre this month will host an Antiques and Collectables weekend. The event is free to enter, so spend all the time you like browsing the vast collection of ancient memorabilia and artefacts from many different decades. n Call 01572 722496 or visit www.victoriahall.org.

BARNSDALE

throughout july

Summer SundayS

Every Sunday in July, a free family event will be held at Barnsdale Gardens. A Tree Trail starts off the month on 7th July.

Enjoy a tour of the many different specimen trees at Barnsdale Gardens.

The 14th July involves a flower arranging day. Meet members of Rutland Flower Club and learn great tips and tricks for creating your own artistic arrangements.

OAKHAM

rutland Pet & equine feStival Rutland Pet Photography and Carolyn Acton Events have come together to present a wonderful festival celebrating Rutland’s pets and horses. This event will be held at Victoria Hall. n Call 01572 722496 or visit www.victoriahall.org.

The 21st is all about roses. Writer and broadcaster Stuart nixon provides informal talks and walks around Barnsdale.

If you’re looking for a particular variety or just love roses, join Stuart’s tour; there’s no booking necessary and you’re welcome to join him for as long as you like. The final Sunday of the month - 28th - is a Plant Clinic! Join creepy-crawlies expert Sally Cunningham to find out about garden pests and diseases and what to do if you have them at home. n

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FOOD & DRINK

Barnsdale

LODGE

Celebrations for the 30th anniversary of Barnsdale Lodge begin this season with a new summer menu at one of our favourite Rutland dining establishments. Work is already underway to ensure this milestone year is the best ever for Exton’s much loved hotel... Words & Images: Rob Davis.

meet the CHEF

According to a recent article in the FT, your 30s are the best years of your life. This theory is predicated upon being at the zenith of your career - yet still young enough to enjoy the trappings of success - being settled in your relationship and in being sound health, barring the odd weapons-grade hangover. I’m 40 in September... so... it’s all downhill for me from this year, but until then, I’m clinging onto this glorious halcyon decade and to my ill-spent youth for all it’s worth.

If my 30s have been kind to me - and they have - they’ll be kinder still to Barnsdale Lodge, for whilst the narcissistic notion of me being at the top of my game is debatable at best - hubris at worst - there’s absolutely no doubt whatsoever that this very special place in the heart of Rutland is, by every measure, on top of, winning at and simultaneously reinventing the game. The hotel was an old farmhouse and hunting lodge before being converted in May 1989 by then young go-getters Thomas noel - in

“THIS VERY SPECIAL PLACE IS, BY EVERY MEASURE, ON TOP OF, WINNING AT AND REINVENTING THE GAME...”

DAVID BUKOWICKI, HEAD CHEF AT BARNSDALE LODGE

whose family the place had been since 1760 - and Robert Reid. The latter left the business to pursue other great things, leaving Thomas to entrust its day-to-day running to its MD Ed ‘Mr Rutland’ Burrows and GM Warren Browning. Both are outstanding in their field and both are well-served by a team whose collective commitment and achievement is nothing short of stellar.

Everyone at Barnsdale Lodge is friendly and cool, but the kitchen team, headed up by David Bukowicki are pan-rattlers par excellence and manage to not only service lunchtime diners seeking something as simple as a sandwich or the morning coffee and afternoon tea trade, but also those seeking really, really very good à la carte dining both at lunchtime and in the evening. One winces at the term ‘fine dining,’ but if the cap fits... >>

Food History: “I’ve worked in the Square in London; a restaurant in Devonshire and in Leeds each of which had one or two Michelin stars.” Food Heaven: ”Seafood and fresh fish is my food heaven. I used to work in Spain so I love tapas too!” Food Hell: ”Food that has been thrown together in a pile, like a really bad carvery!” n

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>> For a place offering such a great dining experience, you’ll find neither airs nor graces at Barnsdale. Whether you’re in walking boots and a bobble hat, flanked by a scruffy terrier, or you’re in a beautifully cut whistle, you’re always equally welcome in the lounge, restaurant, courtyard or the little dining rooms at the hotel. A couple of years ago a nice new garden room was added and the hotel rebranded with its stag motifs. Local designer Annie Allison has provided bespoke hand-drawn wallpaper for a makeover of some of the

OPEN FOR FOOD Lunch: Monday – Saturday 12pm – 2.30pm.

Sunday Lunch: 12pm – 2pm. Dinner: Monday – Saturday 6.30pm – 9pm.


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on the MENU TAKEN FROM THE SUMMER MENU AT BARNSDALE LODGE Small Plates

Chilled avocado soup with Burrata mozzarella and heritage tomatoes £7.95.

Champagne cured sea bass fillet with oyster, cucumber & caviar dressing £9.25. Classics

Barnsdale seafood pie with scallops, prawns, haddock, Rutland Water trout & swordfish, topped with saffron mash served with a selection of greens £18.95. 8oz sirloin or ribeye steak, triple cooked chips, Colston Bassett topped field mushroom and confit vine tomatoes £21.95. Meat & Fish

Grasmere Farm pork fillet with Serrano ham, Bad Apple cider fondant, & poached apricots £19.95.

hotel’s private dining rooms, and will be lending her expertise to the last of the 46 bedrooms to be refurbished this year. next on the hotel’s to-do list is a revamp of the conference and wedding barn where events are hosted throughout the year. So by May 2020, when the hotel celebrates the anniversary of its post-refurbishment opening, the whole of Barnsdale will look beautiful.

Already revamped, though, is a consolidated menu serving both lunchtime and evening diners. Small plates, light plates, four [pub] Classics, five meat and fish options, four vegan dishes and six desserts are offered. Local suppliers include Manton Farms, the Easton and Exton estates and Rutland Water, but the hotel also has its own kitchen garden.

That’s now being curated by new gardener Dan, who also looks after the rare breed hens and ducks which allow the kitchen to go to work on an egg. Meanwhile, dishes dazzle with decoration from edible flowers, microherbs and flashes of colour. The hotel’s food is technically perfect, creative and imaginative and just... a pleasure. A footnote, too, about the wine. Warren has introduced some pretty good wines from English sparkling options by way of an aperitif to muscats and sauternes as digestifs.

Look out in future editions for news of what’s happening in Barnsdale Lodge’s 30th anniversary year but do pay a visit as soon as you can to celebrate this Rutland institution. It’s ageing far better than me... n

Char-grilled swordfish loin with paprika potatoes, mojo dressing with baby leaf salad £19.95. Dessert

Cafe Gourmand; a selection of mini homemade desserts & an espresso or pot of tea £9.95. NB: Featured dishes are subject to change. n Barnsdale Lodge Hotel is based at The Avenue, Exton, Oakham Rutland, LE15 8AH. Call 01572 724678 or see www.barnsdalelodge.co.uk. 51


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Stay at The White Hart, Ufford call 01780 740250 Main Street, Ufford Stamford PE9 3BH lisa@whitehartufford.co.u www.whitehartufford.co.uk @WhiteHartUfford The White Hart, Ufford

The White Hart has 12 beautifully appointed bedrooms, all offer complimentary WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities, television and hairdryer. Dogs are welcome in two of our bedrooms

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Strawberry and Hazelnut Meringue Cake 100g blanched hazelnuts • 150g caster sugar • three large free range eggs from Fairburns Eggs • half a teaspoon of white wine vinegar • 170ml double cream • half a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste • 170g Greek-style natural yoghurt • a freshly picked punnet of strawberries Preheat the oven to 180 C ̊ . Put the hazelnuts on a baking tray and roast for eight minutes; set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, grease and line the base and sides of two loose-bottomed sandwich cake tins. Put the cooled hazelnuts and a tablespoon of caster sugar in a food processor; pulse until ground. Put the egg whites and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk to stiff peaks, then whisk in 150g caster sugar.

Fold through the ground hazelnuts and vinegar, divide between the tins, smoothing the tops, then bake for 30-35 minutes.

Set aside to cool. Whisk the cream, another tablespoon of sugar and vanilla to soft peaks. Stir in the yoghurt. Remove the meringue cakes from the tins; place one on a cake stand.

Spread with half the cream mixture and tumble over half the strawberries. Repeat with a second layer. your finished product should look like the above! Recipe courtesy of Waitrose.


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SUMMER RECIPES

The Joys of Fresh STRAWBERRIES

As we head into Wimbledon season, we can stick our straw hats on, bathe in the sun, watch the tennis and enjoy a bowl of strawberries and cream. There’s no better British summer pasttime, so for the most enjoyable experience, pick fresh fruit and follow our easy recipes... It’s that time of year where Pimm’s is acceptable at lunchtime and you’ll find yourself digging out that Lacoste kit for an enthusiastic but somewhat dangerous round of tennis. The best part of Wimbledon after the tennis is arguably, the strawberries. For two joyous weeks, the humble strawberries and cream becomes a pudding priority. This delightful combination was first served at Wimbledon way back in 1877 when only 200 spectators would go to see the Championships.

When it’s strawberry season you must only serve something strawberry themed such as pavlova, strawberries and cream or strawberry ice cream; it’s an unwritten law. So make sure you have the very best strawberries for your summer dessert.

you won’t get a fresher strawberry than one that you have handpicked right off the stalk. There’s something traditional and simple about picking fruit on a hot summer’s day when they’re still warm to the touch and full to bursting with sticky sweet juices.

Words: Tilly Wilkinson.

Rutland Water FRUIT FARM

Open 9.15am - 5pm, Nick Makey’s Pick Your Own fruit service is a chance for you to pick the very best, most local fresh strawberries. There is also a soft fruit farm on site selling premium strawberries and raspberries grown on the farm. Call 07875 479533 or head to Manton Road, Edith Weston.

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

you’ll be greeted by a charming nick Makey who will direct you to one of 12 polytunnels to pick your strawberries. There are various varieties including Sonata, Elsanta, Malling Centenary and Fenella. nick will be picking his own, first thing in the morning, if you’re not keen on manual labour but still want fresh strawberries. nick has been running this Pick your Own field of fun since 1995.

As well as being available to the general public, nick also delivers fresh strawberries to local restaurants such as hambleton hall... opt for a strawberry dessert as they will have arrived fresh that morning! “As well as the Pick your Own service and our delivery service to local quality restaurants, we have a soft fruit farm shop selling premium

Strawberries at Wimbledon: Roughly 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten every year during the Wimbledon Championships, together with 7,000 litres of cream. The actual amount of strawberries consumed on average equates to over two million individual berries. That is just at the actual event too, not accounting for fans at home. In addition to strawberries and cream, 150,000 glasses of Pimm’s, 135,000 ice creams and 17,000 bottles of Champagne are consumed. 55


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Below: Nick Makey at Rutland Water Fruit Farm near the Golf Course.

>> strawberries and raspberries grown on the farm,” says nick. “We offer a warm welcome and very friendly service!” Every year, nick replaces three quarters of the plants to try to prevent disease and crop failure. he grows his strawberries in coco peat which includes the husks of coconuts shells. he finds that this retains the moisture well and plants thrive in it. nick staggers the planting in the 14 polytunnels on site, ensuring that there will always be four tunnels available for ‘Pick-your-Owners’ to pick from.

I think what’s really special about picking your own fruit is first of all how fresh the fruit is and how good it tastes, but also how local the fruit is.

you literally cannot get less food miles even if you tried, and the buying habits of people nowadays is changing; people are backing and supporting local farmers. It’s very important to support the local economy.

It’s also a way to get the children out of the house, off the gadgets, in the fresh open air, eating healthy fruit and doing something at a minimal cost that they will love. If you no longer have little ones running around, you may want to even grow your own at home, and why not? you can’t get much more local and they’re so easy to grow. Make sure you have well-manured soil for bumper crops, and as fruits start develop, tuck straw underneath the plants to keep them clean. This is probably where this lovely fruit gets its name! your strawberry plant will crop successfully for about four years before you need to replace them. They’re such a versatile fruit; strawberries only need sun, shelter and fertile, well-drained soil.

now you have your delicious local fruits, you can either serve your fresh sticky strawberries with cream or a dusting of sugar, or you may want to try something more adventurous this year.

Fancy something a little lighter? Our cover story carries on over the next couple of pages to really get you into the mood for sunny summer weather and Wimbledon.

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cream of the croP five interesting facts about strawberries

1. There are around 200 little yellow seeds on the average strawberry. They are also the only fruit to have their seeds on the outside.

NEAR YOU: Pick Your Own Farms... rutland Water fruit farm, manton: Pick a selection of strawberries at nick Makey’s fruit farm near Rutland Water Golf Course. Call 07875 479533 for more information or visit the Facebook page. hill farm, peterborough: Travel a little further afield to hill Farm in Peterborough for a fantastic Pick your Own experience.

Pick everything from Gooseberries, strawberries, raspberries, black and redcurrants, blackberries and plums, to mixed flowers, sunflowers, sweetcorn

and pumpkins and squashes! Call 01733 233270 or visit the website www.hillfarmpyo.co.uk for more information. seldom seen farm, Billesdon: If bending down and breaking your back for a few strawberries isn’t really your cup of tea, head to Seldom Seen Farm. The fruit here is grown on table-top beds which means there are three acres of strawberries which is equivalent to around ten acres on the ground. It also means you can stand up to pick the fresh fruit! Call 0116 259 6742 or visit www.seldomseenfarm.co.uk.

2. Strawberries are a great source of potassium, which counters the effects of sodium in the body and reduces blood pressure.

3. A 100g serving of strawberries is just 50 calories, and the acids in the fruit help to whiten your teeth. They are also full of ellagic acid which can help fight cancer. 4. Just eight strawberries have more Vitamin C than an entire orange. That is 140% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin C.

5. The strawberry plant belongs to the rose family as does the raspberry plant. Strawberries are technically not actually berries either. They’re classed as an ‘accessory fruit.’ A berry has to have its seeds inside of it. 6. Making strawberries a part of a balanced diet can reduce your risk of diabetes or improve existing diabetes symptoms.

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In the kITChEn

Easy peasy, summer breezy... this month we’ve a really simple pudding to ensure a whole season of strawberry satisfaction!

STRAWBERRy MALLOW MOuSSE

Preparation Time: 15 minutes. Chilling Time: Six hours. 400g pack local strawberries • Grated zest and juice 1 orange 40g caster sugar • 250g mini white marshmallows 2 x 200g tubs fromage frais • 2 tbsp roughly chopped pistachios Reserve six small strawberries for decoration. hull and roughly chop the rest and put them in a saucepan with the orange zest and juice, plus sugar. Stir over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved, then simmer for 5–10 minutes until the strawberries are soft and pulpy. Mash with a fork and stir in the marshmallows until melted. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool. Fold the fromage frais into the strawberry mixture and spoon into six serving glasses. Chill for at least six hours, until set. hull and slice the reserved strawberries and arrange on top of the mousses. Scatter over the pistachios to serve. n

Recipes & Dishes: Thousands of recipes can be found at www.waitrose.com/recipes.

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Learn to distil your own gin...

Wine of the Month

Le Manoir Sancerre Loire, £22.49 / 70cl / 13% ABV.

Let local distillery Burleigh’s show you how gin is born!

We’re never too shy to give local distillery Burleigh’s a bit of a plug, not least because their artisan distilling results in a product that’s among the best in the trade, but also in the hope that we’ll find a bottle or two waiting for us at the office on Monday morning. now you can discover how Burleigh’s crafts its four core gins at 45 Gin School, where you can make your own gin, choosing and weighing your own botanicals then bottling the product to show off to friends.

The Wine Cellar n £145 inc G&T and cocktail masterclass; distil and bottle your 70cl custom gin. Based in Leicester, call 0116 3266 426.

IT’S WORLD GIN DAY AS PRIDE GOES TO PRESS, SO THIS MONTH WE GEN UP ON GIN, EXPLORE A TRIO OF LOCAL TIPPLES AND THROW A BOTTLE OF WINE AND A CIDER IN TOO... JUST THE TONIC (NEEDED): A trio of gin to make you grin this summer...

1. An authentic London Dry Gin that’s juniper led, inspired by the Melton Mowbray countryside, with citrussy notes and coriander. Brentingby will refill your empty bottle in the name of ecology, though sadly not for free. £31.95 / www.brentingbygin.co.uk. 2. A frequent flyer on this page, there’s something epic about Harrington’s Warner Edwards’s creation of flavoured gins; they’re like the Willy Wonkas of spirits. We were spoilt for choice which to feature but plumped for their raspberry gin with its hedgerow-fresh flavour. £38 / www.warnersdistillery.com.

3. Beautiful beyond reason, Burleigh’s 40% ABV gin has 11 botanicals, led by dandelion and burdock. Its ‘export strength’ 47% gin is for mums in school holidays, whilst Distiller’s Cut is sweeter. £37.50 / www.burleighsgin.com.

This month’s featured wine is an ideal match for a seafood lunch in the garden. Derived from grapes curated on the biodynamic estate of Messrs Mellot, in an archetypal French village in the upper echelons of the Loire. It’s a more than passable Sancerre, drier than my ex-mother-in-law and almost as sharp, which I’ll tell you is some achievement. A reminder that whilst all Sancerres are Sauvignons, not all Sauvignons are Sancerres. In this particular part of the Loire all Sancerres are made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape, so if you’re a fan of them, and you like your wine super-chilled, this is a beautifully refreshing wine with gooseberry and flint with a hint of smoke. Our image shows a 2014 vintage which is as rare as hen’s teeth but worth a punt if you can source one. n

How do ya like them apples...?

The king of cyders: long live the king! Aspall 1728 is best consumed whilst sitting in your own orchards with apples falling all around you. A mousse as rich as the finest champagne and a finish that’s as bubbly as the doe-eyed office junior this is the cyder (with a ‘y,’ because it’s re-pressed) production method which inspired methode champenoise. The catch is that 1728 is becoming increasingly rare. If you love ciders and fancy a treat this summer, blackmail your wine merchant to find some and enjoy arguably the absolute Rolls Royce of cyders. n £35 / 75cl / 11% ABV.

n Our featured wines are available from the best local independent wine merchants, supermarkets and online, prices are RRP and may vary from those stated.

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HOMES & INTERIORS

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Name a better previous owner than an interior designer. We certainly can’t think of one and this month’s home only supports our argument.

Every corner of every room of hamilton house has been well thought about and designed, which means the next owners can reap the benefits of a beautiful home from the day they move in. The current owner of this Easton on the hill property we are referring to is Delia Calder. Delia and her partner have loved living and designing hamilton house, but they have plans to move onto other projects. Main: The beautiful kitchen features granite tops and an Aga oven.

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“We both love the house and have lived here for almost 12 years, we are very sad to leave,” says Delia. “but we are both looking forward to undertaking new projects!”

The house is arranged over two floors with the addition of an underground cellar which is fully tanked and presently used to store wine.

Downstairs there are three reception rooms and a beautiful kitchen with an orangery dining space overlooking the south facing garden.

On the upper level there are a total of four double bedrooms. Two of these rooms have their own en suites and there is also a main bathroom with wooden panelling. They are beautifully appointed bedrooms.

“The house dates back to around 1850 and is built in limestone under a Collyweston slate roof. It still has its original features...” “The house dates back to around 1850 and is built in limestone under a Collyweston slate roof. The house has mainly sash windows with beautiful wooden shutters in the majority of the rooms.” “We had been searching for our dream home in this area for over a year before we viewed and immediately fell in love with hamilton house. We knew that it had to be ours.”

“We renovated the barn six years ago to create our fabulous wedding venue complete

with a hand built stage to host the live band. It truly was the best party space ever and we entertained over 200 guests.”

“After creating such an amazing space, I then started my own little business in the Barn hosting a pop-up interior and gift shop called havershams selling quirky and unusual items and running workshops too.”

“The village attracts lots of walkers and it was always great to see the surprise on their face when they walked into the barn. I even manage to store my fully working 1965 Morris Minor convertible in the barn which has always been a talking point amongst visiting customers.” “My love for interiors means that I have constantly been evolving the decor of the

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house and making changes here and there. We have completely refitted one of the outdoor buildings into a fully fitted extra kitchen/utility room which is great for hosting parties. We turned one of the bedroom alcoves into a fabulous walk-in wardrobe and another alcove into an en suite.”

“The hand crafted kitchen has been painted to keep it looking current and the granite work surfaces are beautiful quality and hard wearing. The beautiful red Aga is a great focal point and creates a cosy feel to the whole space.”

“In addition to the large barn and the outdoor kitchen building, there is also a stable currently used as a log store and garden tool storage room.” Left: The dining room sits in an extension to the property pictured on the opposite page. Sitting room above.

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“Above here is a large office space complete with toilet facilities. With this property, there is also a one bedroom cottage built in the same materials with its own private courtyard garden and own access that has been rented out to our lovely reliable tenant for the last 10 years.”

“In the garden is a beautiful old brick building with a slate roof and original fireplace of which we have had plans drawn up by an architect to have converted into a modern space using the original brick and adding lots of glass.” “We are both very sad to leave this beautiful house standing proud in the centre of the village in a very private and quiet setting, as it has truly been our dream home and is a very special house.”

“We hope that its next occupants will love it as much as we have. I will be continuing with havershams in a different format and would also like to offer interior styling to anyone that would like some inspiration and a little bit of ‘wow’ adding to their home.”

HAMILTON HOUSE, EASTON-ON-THE-HILL

Location: 2.5 miles from Stamford, eight miles from normanton. Style: 19th century period home with stunning well-designed interiors and extension. Bedrooms: Four; two en suites. Receptions: Four arranged as breakfast/kitchen room, dining room, sitting room and lounge. Guide Price: £1,375,000. Find Out More: King West of Stamford, call 01780 484520 or visit www.fineandcountry.com.

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If you’re seeking sweet dreams but your bedroom has seen better days, your mattress is maddening or you’re left wanting for storage, a visit to Oakham’s Portess may be in order... 1. Pillow Comfort Collection 5’0” Divan Set from £1,289, 5’0” Elizabeth Deep Buttoned Headboard £1,439. 2. Soft underfoot, Cormar’s Sensation Heaven in Riga Surf colourway will provide a cosseting feel so you can put your best foot forward each day £22.89m2 down to £19.99m2. 3. 5’0” Elite Posture Silk Mattress and Super Storage Bases £1,579. 4. Portico Bedside £239, 5’0” Sleigh Bedstead £1,389, Dressing Table £499, Dressing Stool £139, Dressing Table Mirror £139, 2 Door Wardrobe £925. 5. 5’0” Beech Supreme 4 Drawer Divan Set £1,409, 5’0” Katherine Headboard £915, Glass Top Side Table £598, Console Table £535. 6. Apollo Elite Carpet £16.36m2 down to £14.99m2.

n Featured products are available from Portess of Oakham, High St, Oakham LE15 6AL. Call 01572 722052 or see www.portess.furniture The firm provides competitive prices, professional service and in-depth knowledge. Portess also provides free assembly of beds & bedroom furniture. 71

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JAMES OLIVER

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This month, the most stylish and durable furniture for lounging, dining or socialising, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use...


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featured Garden f urnIture is available from James oliver, specialists in conservatories, orangeries, doors and windows as well as furniture for indoor or outdoor use - as seen here and even lighting.

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created in 7-9mm tissé woven synthetic fibre, it’s the best quality garden furniture of its type and can be left outside all year round, and simply jet-washed clean. Its quality is also underwritten by a five year guarantee. fabrics can be ordered from a choice of over 100, with swatches available from the firm too.

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1. Hamilton lounging and dining set comprising left/right seated sofa, corner chair and two modular chairs, plus dining table and two dining benches in light bonaro, £3,384. 2. Auckland sofa, chair, coffee table and footstool in light bonaro, £2,080 3. Fresco sun lounger, shown in light gray, £1,150. 4. Lazio olive bar table £395 and bar stool, £call/each. 5. Copenhagen shale rattan sofa combination comprising two end chairs, two modular chairs and corner chair, £2,180; Copenhagen rectangular coffee table, £215.

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6. Barcelona lounging sofa £960 and coffee table £250 in chunky weave and shale colourway. 7. Cebu bistro set in antique white wash £650. 8. Bourton corner set in pale French grey £2,450, with optional coffee table £330 and side table £260. n all of our featured products are available from james oliver conservatories. With over 17,000sq ft of showroom space and 50 sets on show in their outer circle road premises, the firm can order dining sets in over 100 hardwearing fabrics. james oliver conservatories provides windows, conservatories, home accessories and lighting as well as a range of furniture designed for both indoor and outdoor use. for enquiries visit james oliver at crofton road, lincoln ln3 4nl. call 0800 037 7917 or see www.jamesoliverhome.co.uk.

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Mr & Mrs Clark and Percy David Hockney

Chatting about the loss of Bohemia, sipping Champagne one lazy Sunday afternoon with David Hockey and JP at their London home, David recalled the moment he witnessed Mahalia Jackson singing at Maddison Square Garden, in front of a huge crowd of people. With his usual piercing eye contact he pulled our attention back to him from his new work hanging across the room, whilst he impressed upon us the greatness of her voice. David remarked on how, from the moment Mahalia emerged with an immediate powerful presence from the big black Cadillac she commanded attention, with a vast entourage of impeccably dressed people. David expressed how her voice was so clear, precise and powerful ‘you

could hear every word’ like Frank Sinatra's voice, then excitedly and rather remarkably he sang a few lines for us. This was clearly a powerfully moving and fond memory for David Hockney and one which we were delighted he shared with us.

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At Mr & Mrs Clark’s we have an etching plate proof of the scene - It is an incredibly important proof as it shows David's working mind as he adds, in pencil, paint and ink and corrects aspects of the plate, including Mahalia Jackson herself, the space in which she sings, her ‘visible song’ and the crowd. In short there is so much of David Hockney's hand on this plate proof (including his finger prints) that it is clear to see his progress and why and how he decided to use a new plate entirely. David Hockney’s plans for the 2nd

plate are clearly visible and our proof acts as a primary sketch for the next plate, indicating to him reminders on figure placements and scale. This is a truly unique piece which bares more resemblance to an original sketch than a plate proof, it was retained by David Hockney’s dealer John Kasmin in 1961.

www.mrandmrsclarks.com gallery@mrandmrsclarks.com 7 High Street, St. Martins, Stamford. PE9 2LF 01780 238797

The National Portrait Gallery is to stage an exhibition of David Hockney’s drawings, spanning self-portraits from his school days to his new work.

It will be the first major show devoted to the art master as a draughtsman in more than 20 years, exploring the ‘many different stylistic turns’ the 81year-old has taken, from the 1950s to the present day. Among the 150 works will be portraits created in pencil, pastel, ink, watercolour and with his trusty Polaroid camera. Examples of these can be purchased from Mr and Mrs Clark’s and can be seen alongside original sketches, paint on canvas, limited edition prints. Some David Hockney prints and original posters are, for now, within reach for new buyers from as little as £450, whereas Limited Edition Prints begin around £8,000 and sketches and other originals infinitely upwards from £25,000.


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SARAH HARDING INTERIORS

hOMES Creating Beautiful

from juicy botanical prints to warm chunky plaids and wool fabrics to the quirkiest, most eclectic prints, uppingham based designer Sarah harding this month reveals some of her keenest trends from her recent project work, creating beautiful bespoke furnishings for the best dressed homes in the area... Words: Rob Davis.


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Step into the studios of uppingham’s Sarah harding Interiors and, surrounded by over 1,000 fabric books, it would be difficult to know where to start creating your room, were it not for the presence of Sarah and fellow interiors designer vivienne Busby.

“We opened up in 2001 and have had a few homes in the town as we’ve grown. Our current place in the town’s Market Place houses our design rooms and examples of our bespoke furniture, handmade in Long Eaton, but also a studio with accessories from zoffany paints, lighting, accessories, mirrors, and finishing touches.”

“The idea is that we can help our clients, working with them collaboratively to create their home from the overall look to the finishing touches. That’s not to say, however, that we only work on whole rooms or entire houses. Often customers are seeking just a

single set of curtains, cushions or to recover a single chair. no job is too small, or too large an undertaking.”

“no two jobs are ever the same, and there are some really diverse ranges of wallcoverings and sofas coming from our suppliers’ studios at the moment, so we thought we’d review a few of the looks that our clients have gained inspiration from.” Botanical Prints

Botanical prints like those from Sanderson’s Glasshouse collection can be as conservative and floral or as bold and quirky as you wish. We’ve bold leaves and big peonies, jungle scenes and animals in bright prints, or botanical pieces which take inspiration from explorers’ engravings. Plaids and Wools

Companies like Mulberry, with its Shetland collection provide wool or linens with plaid designs that have subtle highlight colours you can bring out really effectively in other areas of your room, and the look suits country homes and period properties perfectly! >>

Botanical designs like Glasshouse can be as conservative or as bold as you wish...

There’s no such thing as a typical customer. Or a typical home. That’s why bespoke interiors will always work better for those seeking to furnish their homes with the best quality curtains, cushions, chairs and sofas.

Opposite: Palm House, King Protea and Terrariums from Sanderson. Above: Pierre Frey’s rather bonkers Pachira Petrole suits eclectic tastes and bright hallways with bold palms.

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Lewis & Wood’s Steven Lewis has created some beautiful quirky ‘English ethnic’ designs!

Top: Colefax & Fowler’s Honeysuckle Garden in Old Blue is a linen mix with country style embroidery. Top: Floral fabulousness courtesy of Designers’ Guild’s Adachi Celadon from the firm’s Jaipur Rose collection.

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Left/Above: Autumn from Lewis & Wood’s Royal Oak. The collection has hunting, shooting, fishing, golf and farming motifs, from original engravings, ideal for a gentleman’s study! Right: Jane Churchill’s Malay.

>> Embroidery and Silks Improvements in silk printing, inks, and industrial embroidery mean silk and linens with prints and embroidery are harderwearing, more detailed and have stronger colours and designs than ever before. As well as providing variations in colour and pattern, they allow you to introduce tactile variations too. have a look at Colefax’s honeysuckle Garden and Designers’ Guild’s Jaipur Rose. Ethnics and Geometrics

Ranges like Jane Churchill’s Indira make good use of colour and bring in beautiful ethnic, ikat print or oriental influences. Eclectic Choices

If you’re seeking something dramatic, unusual or a bit bonkers, look to the large traditional etchings of Lewis & Wood’s beautiful ‘English ethnic’ designs like Womad or Bacchus, or the über-quirky Pierre Frey range of Wokabi geometrics, Obsidienne abstracts or the gaudy greatness of the firm’s Janis.

Whether you’re seeking something subtle or you’re of the opinion that bolder is better, the firm can guide you towards a collection that has the charm, the drama or the warmth to ensure your room is as individual as you. n

Sarah Harding Interiors will work with you to create either a single item, a whole room or your entire home with a collaborative and friendly design process. Beware, though: with over 1,000 fabric books to enjoy browsing through, it’s an addiction, and you’ll soon lose hours exploring the possibilities for creating a stunning room for your home! Our featured products and suppliers are all available from Sarah Harding Interiors, Market Place, Uppingham, LE15 9QH, 01572 823389, www.sarahhardinginteriors.co.uk.

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OUTDOORS

A Castle vIEW

ere have been four castles built on the site of Belvoir castle over the centuries of its existence. ere are also five gardens to explore on the site. is month we discover the work of head gardener tom Webster, the duchess and her team of volunteers, and capability Brown... Words: Tilly Wilkinson.


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Belvoir Castle’s grandeur isn’t just limited to its sandy stone walls and fine art collection. Thanks to head Gardener Tom Webster (and a little help from Capability Brown), the Castle’s grandeur extends to its five stunning gardens to explore in the 15,000 acre estate.

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Flower & Garden FESTIvAL

On 13th and 14th July, Belvoir hosts specialist plant growers, furniture, sculpture artists, show gardens, displays, The conditions in this small tools and garden valley at Belvoir are perfect The first of the five are the formal gardens. Over experts. for the woodland; sheltered the centuries, Belvoir’s formal gardens have undergone from winds on all sides, and with several major changes, with most Duchesses leaving their wet ground which is well suited to hardy mark. Elizabeth - 5th Duchess of Rutland - commissioned Sir exotics. In the early 18th Century, along John Thoroton to terrace the gardens in 1815. Later on, violet with Trentham and Chatsworth, the Japanese the 8th Duchess commissioned the renowned Edwardian garden Woodland at Belvoir was regarded as the designer harold Peto to create the gardens we know and love today. greatest north of London. The striking statue of Winter by Caius Gabriel Cibber presides The third garden is the Duchess Garden. over the Rose Garden, and in the Statue Garden there are six This section of the gardens was cultivated more statues by Cibber including Spring, Autumn and Summer. by Elizabeth, 5th Duchess of Rutland, in There are also two statues representing the senses of smell and 1814. It was a fine example of a Picturesque taste, and finally Juno with her peacock insignia, taken from the Regency garden and a peaceful place to Manners family crest. retreat from the massive restoration and This year marks the beginning of a £200,000 restoration of the rebuilding of the Castle at the time. here, Rose Garden, following the rediscovery of the original plans you can see an abundance of roses amongst drawn up by harold Peto in the Castle archives. the stone structure that features a fountain, The second garden you’ll find at Belvoir is the Japanese Woodland. statues and a pond with lilies. you’ll find the Japanese Woodland to the right of the embankment The penultimate garden at Belvoir is the on your way up to the Castle. It’s filled with beautiful magnolias, hermit’s Garden. It covers an area of seven rhododendrons and camellias that were sourced from the original acres adjoining the Duchess Gardens. It has seed collection of Charles Williams from Caerhays Castle in recently undertaken a substantial rejuvenation Cornwall. The Williams family were avid seed collectors who programme with significant investments undertook many expeditions to Western China. made in clearing and replanting. During the In addition to 250 specimen camellias, discover tree magnolias, clearing process, a couple of Regency grottoes hydrangeas, azaleas and rhododendrons, snake-bark and bamboos. were uncovered. It was fashionable during the 90

Above: The Duchess Garden.

Right: A beautiful magnolia tree in the Japanese Woodland, the pond in the Duchess Garden, a laburnum arch, rhododendrons and bluebells in a meadow and Tom Webster Head Gardener. Left: Part of the formal gardens - the Statue Garden - at Belvoir.


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late Georgian and early victorian periods to pay a hermit to live in your grotto, completing the ultimate picturesque landscape ornament. The final garden is credited to Capability Brown. In January 2013, an extensive two year restoration programme began at Belvoir with the clearance of over 500 acres of woodland. At the same time, an amazing discovery was made in the Castle archives; a set of landscaping plans drawn up in 1780 by Capability Brown, which were thought to have been lost in the fire of 1816. 250 years after they were originally conceived, the current Duchess of Rutland has finally brought these plans to fruition, aided by her team of dedicated employees and volunteers. you can now enjoy the stunning vistas of the

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“A set of landscaping plans drawn up by Capability Brown were discovered in the Castle. The Duchess has now restored the gardens to portray Brown’s original landscape design...”

landscaping Capability Brown planned for Belvoir, on a series of walks through the gardens and grounds. In addition to this beautiful and varied selection of gardens at Belvoir Castle, there are also several dedicated walks you can take through the landscape. Take a stroll through the beautiful surrounds of Belvoir’s Gardens before visiting the brand new Engine yard.

It’s a centre of excellence for food and drink unlike any other in the region, championing local businesses and great British brands. If you enjoy your visit, please give them a vote in the prestigious Garden of the year competition. “We’re delighted to be up for historic houses’ Garden of the year,” says Emma Rutland, 11th Duchess. “With the public vote now open, we hope everyone who loves visiting our landscapes will support us.” Find Out More: Admission to the Gardens only at Belvoir start from £12 for adults, £7 for children and £34 for a family pass. As a listed RHS Garden, Belvoir Castle opens its doors to RHS members in June free of charge. Call them on 01476 871001 for more information or visit the website www.belvoircastle.com to discover what else the Castle has on offer from shoots to weddings.


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Making the most of your garden by creating new “living rooms� for your relaxation & pleasure. We offer a full design across your entire garden, through to upgrading a bed or part of your outdoor space. You get the garden you want, an investment in your property and improved well-being through the pleasure of your enhanced outdoor living areas and plants.

Call Soo on 07545 007323 for an initial chat. Email soo@soospectorgardens.co.uk See our portfolio of work and client testimonials at www.soospectorgardens.co.uk

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Venue: Rushton Hall, www.rushtonhall.com. EJ Wright for Insposa, www.insposa.co.uk.

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A classically-styled wedding with Park Lane panache will yield a memorable wedding day, especially at the area’s most impressive venues like Rushton hall. This month we’ve asked Insposa’s Creative Director EJ Wright to show us how to achieve the look...


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A wedding with Park Lane chic. That was the look creative director EJ Wright was looking for when pulling together this month’s featured styled wedding shoot. “Our aim, in addition to creating something beautiful, is to show you how to work with the key features and tones of your wedding venue by allowing those elements to guide you.”

“What more beautiful backdrop could we have had, than Rushton hall? My mood board started with embracing the features of the room and letting them influence our choices. Beauty is created from the simplest of things. Crisp white linen and polished silver, the whisper of silver and gold catching the light from the chandelier, glasses sparkling within a classic white and green floral palette.”

“From the soft velvet of a chair to the smallest, but prettiest of bouquets and breath-taking floral arrangements which can fill a room with a heavenly fragrance.”

“By bringing the outside in to the stunning Orangery at Rushton hall, we created a fresh, elegant look that is timeless and unforgettable. A look that sits comfortably amidst the features of the room.” “Whatever dream you have for your wedding, it is important to choose a venue that provides the perfect backdrop, and to work with a creative team who are on point with your style and imagination. Working together with this incredible wedding venue and a team of true wedding professionals, the image I had in my mind’s eye has been beautifully transformed into stunning reality!” n

Our Local Suppliers Location: Rushton Hall Hotel & Spa, Kettering, 01536 713001, www.rushtonhall.com. Concept & Creative Direction: EJ Wright for Insposa, 0116 236 4849, www.insposa.co.uk. Photography: Dottie Photography, 01945 773368, www.dottiephotography.co.uk. Model: Miss Betsy Rose, missbetsyrose.com. Make-Up: Liza Smith 07788 421 401, www.lizasmithmakeup.co.uk. Hair: Leanne Eldridge, 07818 060885. Bridal Designers: Suzanne Neville & Jesus Peiro at Courtyard Bridal Boutique www.courtyardbridalboutique.co.uk. Wedding Accessories: viviembellish.com. Styling & Décor: Nerissa Eve Weddings, 01858 419544, www.nerissaeveweddings.com. Flowers: 07999 351514, floraeforay.co.uk. Cakes: Abigail Bloom Cake Co., 020 72780835, www.theabigailbloomcakecompany.com. Stationery & Signage: Millie Stone, 07891 088980, www.millie-stone.co.uk and Jenna Claire Stationery, www.jennaclairestationery.co.uk. Macarons: www.maisondesmacarons.com. Trees: More, www.moreproduction.co.uk. n

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CAVELLS FASHIONS

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we LOvE FOR SuMMER

Mill Street retailer Cavells recently hosted its summer fashion event, presenting a capsule wardrobe from which we’ve chosen a few looks we love...

Oakham’s Cavells has 25 years provenance on Mill Street, and remains one of Rutland’s best independent fashion retailers with both fashion and country studios stocking over 100 brands from Marc Cain and Oui to Mulberry, Paul Smith and over 30 brands of accessories.

With regular fashion mornings held throughout summer, there’s styling suggestions and a display of the latest fashions available regularly at the retailer, all aimed at ensuring you can find your own sense of style, rather than simply adopting a look. “I was delighted to read recently that ‘creativity is on trend’ for this season. Good! Fashion should not be something dictated to you by the catwalks of the world, but something you can make your own, adapting, and finding your own style,” says Cavells’ Rosie Charlsworth, who hosted our featured event. n Images: Rob Davis. Edit: Rosie Charlesworth.

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Luisa Cerano shirt dress, £395


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Luisa Cerano trouser, £229, 120% animal print top, £175, Cocowai cashmere scarf, £120.


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Sara Roka dress, £499.


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Above: Custommade Leslie wrap dress, £189. Weekend Max Mara jean, £155, 360 cotton sweater, £99. Custommade skirt, £150, American Vintage shirt, £95. Left: Marella trouser, £149, Bitte Kai Rand top, £119.

Right: Vilagallo dress, £129, Mulberry Anthony bag, £495.

Below: Ottod’ame skirt, £139, Lolly’s Laundry top, £75. Vilagallo dress, £139. Paul Smith dress, £300. -

All of our featured fashions are available at Cavells, Mill Street, Oakham LE15 6EA. Call 01572 770372 or see www.cavells.co.uk.

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SUMMER SHOES

Essentiel Antwerp Swelter Plaid Wedge £110.

Paul Smith

Swirl Basso Trainer £350.

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This month we’ve selected eight of the most eclectic, colourful and imaginative summer shoes to leave you on a real high!

Marc Cain

Penelope Chilvers

Pirginie Emb Slipper £169.

Blue wedges £165.

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Images: Rob Davis.

Sol Marrakech £119.

All of our featured shoes are available at Cavells, Mill St, Oakham LE15 6EA. Call 01572 770372 or see www.cavells.co.uk.

Castañer

Embroidered Pear Wedge £175.

Gaimo

Suede wedge heel £105.


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PRIVATE HEALTHCARE WITH AVICENNA

MRS HELEN MUMBY-CROFT, MUSCULOSKELETAL TRIAGE SPECIALIST AT AVICENNA CLINIC, EXPLAINS ONE OF THE UNIQUE SERVICES OFFERED BY THE CLINIC

So you feel sure you need an MRI scan!

Have you suffered with back pain for years, do you get some sciatica at the same time, or only sometimes. Have you heard from a friend or neighbour’s brother that no one listened when they complained about their back, and then they found out they had cancer? Does your osteopath or chiropractor feel they cannot do anything more without a scan?

These are all familiar fears that we have encountered working in spinal assessment for very many years. The difficulty is that the one thing that would be great is if an MRI could show us pain, but it is the one thing that it doesn’t show at all.

Amazingly MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), although discovered in the 40’s, only became a medical diagnostic tool in 1979. Of course, it opened up a whole new world for the medical profession and patient population. Most importantly though, at the beginning, we did not have a catalogue of images to look at to be able to say what is normal, and what pathology is; we needed years of pictures. A research paper finally came out in 2014, which gave us a much better idea of what can be considered normal in the spine, and then we used our assessment skills as we always had, to determine what on a scan is relevant and what is just normal change. 104

So important is this ability to separate out what is normal and what is possibly causing the pain, that at the Avicenna clinic, we combine the diagnostic power of an MRI with a full clinical assessment before you have a scan. That way, we can anticipate what we will find, and use the MRI to confirm our suspicions, rather than expect it to tell us where the pain is coming from. Did you know if we scan one hundred 40 years olds with NO pain in their back, 50% will have a disc bulge, 18 % will have arthritis of the small joints of their back; all with no symptoms at all.

That is why at Avicenna we can offer you a one stop clinic, have your assessment, and then if we think an MRI scan would be helpful, we can arrange to do it right after your assessment. Many occasions patients will come with pain that they think comes from their back or neck, but it transpires it is a hip problem or a shoulder problem, and instead of an MRI, an ultrasound scan or x-ray would be more useful. If you have been worrying about your symptoms, need to put your mind at rest, then consider the Avicenna clinic, where you will be fully assessed and have the right type of investigation and treatment.

At Avicenna clinic, we have a range of specialist consultants, operating theatre for surgical procedures, and superior in-house imaging facilities, including state-of-the-art MRI, ultrasound and X-ray scanning equipment. We can assess and diagnose all cases of acute and chronic pain quickly, and deliver comprehensive treatment plans tailored to you. n To book a consultation or for more information on treating your pain and explore the other available services to help you, contact Avicenna Clinic on 0330 2020597 or see avicennaclinic.com. Or visit North Street, Peterborough PE1 2RA.


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BEAUTY

Lavender Fields

WALK THROUGH FIELDS OF FLOWERS IN HIGH SUMMER WITH MAKEUP THAT MATCHES THE BUDS’ BEAUTY. WE PROVIDE A SELECTION OF DESIGNER PRODUCTS FOR YOU TO USE IN JULY...

1. TOM FORD’S DAyDREAM Sitting at the core of Tom Ford’s colour collection, the Eye Colour quad brings together four opulent shades that are designed to complement one another when creating a multitude of looks. Made using the brand’s advanced colour processes, the quad includes a sparkle, satin, shimmer and matte finish so you can achieve a spectrum of effects with fidelity and adhesion, £68.

3. All nighter Spray

For those warm summer nights use ultra-light and micro-fine All nighter setting spray, ensuring your make-up won’t budge. Featuring urban Decay’s Temperature Control Technology, this lightweight formula maintains a flawless finish, £24.

4. Renewing Serum

Decorté is taking the beauty world by storm with its innovative products. using multi-layer liposomes, this luxurious product strengthens your skin barrier and gradually releases hydration and moisture to keep your complexion looking at its best, £113.

5. youth Liberator

Yves Saint Laurent’s Forever youth Liberator range is an innovative new line focusing on glycobiology and the discovery that with age the number of glycans in your skin diminishes, which leads to a delay in the skin’s regeneration, £89.

2. Metalinudes Lubilaque... Metalinudes, Christian Louboutin’s newest beauty collection, adorns lips and nails in metallic laminated lacquer. Re-invented to complement all skin tones, these glimmering chrome nude shades combine just the right amount of colour with intense reflection to naturally, yet boldly enhance your pout, £65.

July’s Beauty Tips...

It will hopefully be hot in July so try to use a hair mask once a week; shampoo daily, direct sunlight and sweat can seriously damage your hair. Maintain the ph balance of your skin with a glycerine-rich facial water. This will nourish your skin and keep it soft and supple.

Make sure you moisturise regularly in summer! It can act as a barrier for pollutants, bacteria, and sunburn, and stop your dehydrated skin from becoming dry and cracked. Finally, our most important beauty tip is to drink plenty of water! Try to choose fruits with a high water content too to keep skin hydrated.

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DENTAL HEALTH CENTRE

Something to Smile about Offering the very highest standards of dental healthcare, Grantham’s Dental Health Centre will certainly give you something to smile about this month with painless, precise and perfect patient outcomes to ensure you can sport the perfect smile all summer long! Visiting the dentist should make you smile… not just from the techniques and services they employ to create a new smile, and the confidence it provides, but as a result of the service and care you receive too. Take the Dental health Centre in Grantham. One of its recent patients, Mrs C from Lincoln says: “Implants have changed my life. The treatment has made such a fantastic difference to my appearance and my health!” “It sounds melodramatic but this has changed my life. The treatment has made such a fantastic difference both to my appearance and my health too.”

Another patient, Mrs Welton of Grantham says: “A lot of people who live around here think they need to go to London for the best care but they don’t realise what an absolute gem they have on their doorstep.”

It’s true that Colin Sutton and the team at The Dental health Centre can change both your smile and your life, and it’s true that you don’t have to venture further than the Avenue Road practice to enjoy cutting-edge healthcare and a great patient experience.

The practice provides general dentistry, from hygienist appointments including support for nervous patients, to tooth whitening, fillings, braces, crowns and veneers.

But Colin Sutton also specialises in creating implants to replace missing teeth with dental implants that look, feel and work like the real thing. Dental implants are specially designed to match and blend in with your existing teeth and can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or provide a secure anchor for bridges or dentures.

The practice also invests in the latest technology to ensure patients receive the most prompt service possible. For instance, crown patients benefit from the Centre’s Cerec machine - a sophisticated computer controlled milling machine which takes a 3D scan of the mouth and allows Colin and the team to design, then mill, replacement

A patient consultation with care co-ordinator Paula Parkes.

crowns with sub-millimetre accuracy whilst the patient waits, preventing the need for a second visit.

Best of all, the centre offers a free implant consultation no-obligation, pain-free guidance on how modern dentistry can help to improve your smile. “The service we offer isn’t just dentistry,” says Colin. “We provide our patients with confidence and reassurance. A dental practice who will take care of their clients and offer a great service doesn’t just give them a better smile, it also gives them something to smile about too!” n

Find Out More: Dental Health Centre Grantham, Avenue Road, Grantham NG31 6TA. Call 01476 594480 or see www.dentalhealthcentre.co.uk for free, no obligation advice.

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Miscellany

Welcome to Miscellany. This feature in Pride includes snippets of information about the area in July, things you may not have known about the area and just random interesting bits of knowledge. Enjoy! teigh

The ‘Thankful’ Village of Teigh

Teigh was one of the few ‘Thankful Villages’ that lost no men in World War I and was the only village in Rutland to have such a title. Researchers identified just 53 civil parishes in total in England and Wales from which all serving personnel returned which includes Teigh. There are no villages in Scotland or Ireland on the list. In France, where the human cost of war was higher than in Britain, Thierville in Upper Normandy was the only village in all of France with no men lost from World War I.

on the farm: What’s happening in July... Arable Sector: In the arable sector, July is largely about hay making and silaging. That being said, potatoes are irrigated to encourage growth in July too. Livestock Sector: Cows are mated in July for calving in spring. Calves born in the previous spring

are de-horned. Sheep are sheared if they haven’t been sheared earlier on in the summer, and routine sheep work is usually carried out like the standard check ups, worming and so on.

a School fit for a Prince

Princes of Hohenzollern attended Oakham School

It’s Thankful Village status is probably due to the size of Teigh; its population is less than 100 according to the latest census. Although small, famous people once resided in Teigh including Anthony Jenkinson and Richard Folville. Alexander, Hereditary Prince of Hohenzollern, is a member of the Princely House of Hohenzollern in Germany. Alexander is the eldest son of Karl Friedrich and Countess Alexandra Schenck von Stauffenberg. Alexander attended Oakham School and left after taking his GCSEs. He attended

Malvern College for a short period of time before leaving to continue his studies in the Institut auf dem Rosenberg. After spending time in Tibet, he started to train in extreme mixed martial arts. He also joined the German youth organisation ‘Junge Union’ in 2010. After a long journey through Indonesia, he decided to

campaign for the organisation Rainforest Rescue. The Hohenzollern family is named after its ancestral seat Hohenzollen Castle. It’s located atop Mount Hohenzollern and looks like something straight out of a Disney film. It’s nice to know a Prince chose to live in Oakham for a brief period of time!

n Above: Cologne Cathedral and The Hohenzollern Bridge, named after the family.


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MISCELLANY

rutland’s vineyard

We heard it through the grapevine...

Yes that’s right; the humble county of Rutland has its very own vineyard that produces a selection of different wines. Phil kerry at Abbey vineyards told us that the reservoir reflects the sunlight onto his vineyard making it the perfect

location for his own batch of wine. It’s one of the most northern vineyards in Europe. Phil grows the Pinot noir grape as well as Chardonnay, Regent and Reichensteiner varieties too in what remains of Lower hambleton.

fact of the month

no fast food... yet!

Rutland is the only county with no fast food

A quirky little fact; Rutland is the only county in the whole country with no McDonalds, KFC or Burger King. There are no fast food outlets, and it’s something we Rutlanders are quite proud of! If you do fancy a Big Mac or a Boneless Banquet, not to fear; Rutland is only about 18 miles wide and borders three other counties that all feature your favourite guilty pleasures so a takeaway is always in reach. However, this is probably the last time you will hear of this lovely little fact as Oakham might be receiving a McDonalds!

quote of the month

e Punishment of titus oates Oakham man Titus Oates also called ‘Titus the Liar’ fabricated the Popish Plot and was punished pretty severely as a result at the end of the

17th Century. He was fined £100,000, imprisoned for life, stripped of clerical dress and ‘whipped through the streets of London five

days a year for the remainder of his life.’ He was pelted with eggs for a day before being stripped and whipped from Aldgate to Newgate.

e Wild collection at Bugtopia

head to the county’s very own zoo in July to see the eclectic collection of creepy crawlies...

Bugtopia has well over 100 animals at its zoo near Rutland Water and at least 65 different species. 90% of the animals at Bugtopia are rehomed animals that were once pets. Contrary to popular belief, zoos exist for conservation purposes, not just to open to the general public. The team at Bugtopia wants to help and conserve animals that aren’t often thought about like snakes, terantulas and lizards.

When we visited, zookeeper Daniel gave us his most interesting facts about the animals like the fact that terantulas turn their prey into smoothies, liquifying the insides of a fly but keeping the shell firm to drink the contents, and that meerkats have built-in sunglasses to shield their eyes from the sun! If you have kids, and you want to make sure they don’t have the same fear of spiders you have, Bugtopia is a great place to take them!

“I had to go to hospital once because I hit myself in the eye with my own mobile phone charger. It’s a very pathetic thing to find yourself in a&e, where everyone has had an accident or something, and you’ve got a bad blink because of a plug.” Old Oakhamian and Comedian Miles Jupp on the perils of plugs

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THIS MONTH: THE RUTLAND COUNTY SHOW & OUR NEW HIGH SHERIFF IN UPPINGHAM

Tilly Wilkinson, Megan Barnard, Cydney Dyson and Sales Manager Charlotte Aiken handing out the last of thousands of magazines... time for a well-deserved Pimm’s I think!

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THE RUTLAND SHOW Enjoy our exclusive images from the 2019 Rutland Show held near Oakham...


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OUR NEW HIGH SHERIFF Congratulations to Margaret Miles, the county’s new High Sheriff, who hosted a service of celebration at Uppingham’s St Peter & St Paul Church recently. Margaret is pictured opposite page, bottom right...


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We’re sorry to report that if you’re wealthy, and you live in the country, life just got trickier. no longer is your choice of a luxury 4x4 a fait accompli resulting in the inevitable purchase of a range rover; for now there are at least four other options for those seeking a car that can handle a bit of mud with commensurate ease and the utmost luxury... Words: Rob Davis.

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for someBody with £100,000 to spend on a luxury 4x4 you’d think life was good, and indeed, until recently it was. But it just became a good deal trickier. in simpler times, you’d take your six figures, purchase a range rover and eight to ten weeks later you’d enjoy the finest car which that - or any greater amount of money - could buy, your bottom enveloped in 24-way adjustable Windsor leather smothered, heated and cooled, massaging seats as you waft along in the imperious, capable and undisputed king of the road. But now the decision to buy a range rover is not the fait accompli it once was. others have greedily eyed up the six-figure Suv market, knowing how good their offering would need to be to steal sales from a car as good as the range rover. here, we pit the car in its 4.0v8 autbiography iteration against its most credible luxury challengers, like Bentley’s Bentayga, also in 4.0v8 form.

e keen-eyed among you might question why we’ve largely omitted that other luxury Suv, rolls royce’s cullinan. firstly, at £250,000 it’s over twice the price of our other 4x4s, and i at least think there’s something naff about its excess and look-at-me styling, from its odd suicide doors to its bluff taxi cab styling. Whilst we accept that especially at this price point taste is subjective, we think that rolls’ offering is twice the price for little benefit over our other cars.

for good measure, we’ve thrown in a couple of sporty offerings too, mercedes’s new glS flagship Suv which has affalterbach’s latest 3.0v6 firebreather plus technology borrowed from the luxurious S-class. and finally, we’ve thrown the hat of Porsche’s newly updated cayenne into the ring too, in top of the range turbo form.

We’ll begin then, with the range rover, a car which historically has invented and still today defines the luxury 4x4 market. it’s now available in a wider range of variants than ever before. not least among these is two wheelbases, with a longer version affording rear passengers more room. it’s also available as a plug-in hybrid version with a 5.0 supercharged v8 engine, or with a choice of two diesel engines; a 3.0v6 or 4.0v8. >> 123


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Above: Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

>> If you’re being chauffeured, then the longer wheelbase model with two ‘executive class’ rear seats might make more sense, but if you’re driving yourself, or you’re venturing off-road, we’d stick to the shorter wheelbase version as featured here.

Likewise, the standard 3.0v6 has enough grunt for off-road sorties or for comfortable effortless motorway cruising with power in reserve for overtaking. however our 4.0v8 model is more akin to the Bentayga’s 4.4v8 engine which is lighter, equally capable and more sensible for day-to-day motoring than its 6.0W12 sister version with more cylinders than common sense. Whilst the Range Rover has low range gearbox, both the Bentley and Range Rover both 124

The GLS is one of the biggest cars on the market, longer than a Range Rover with only the Rolls Royce frustrating car parks more! have a ‘Terrain Response’ dial to pre-empt tricky terrain, and air suspension to tiptoe over rutted ground. Both cars are also strict five seaters, too.

The Range Rover in Autobiography trim weighs in at £109,445. There’s also an Sv Autobiography, but it adds a whopping £50,000 to the purchase price for little additional specification. Bentley, meanwhile, offers its 4.0v8 Bentayga for £136,900. Both will leave you wanting for nothing in terms of standard equipment, space or power.

In this company, the brand new Mercedes GLS, will look inexpensive, with range topping versions anticipated to rise just a few thousands above the current £106,000 flagship. The price isn’t the only aspect of the new car that’s grown either. The new GLS is one of the biggest cars on the market - longer than the stretched wheelbase Range Rover at 5,207mm in length - with only a Rolls Royce Cullinan’s 5,341mm frustrating car parks more. That does mean, however, that the GLS will seat seven


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Above: Mercedes GLS. Below: Bentley’s Bentayga, Range Rover, Porsche’s Cayenne, Mercedes’ GLS.

passengers, rather than just five and that you have at your disposal a whopping 2,400 litres of boot space; larger than anything here including the long wheelbase Range Rover or the Cullinan. The GLS will go on sale in later summer, with full trim levels, prices and engines yet to be revealed.

Mercedes’s latest MBuX infotainment system will ensure that its hi-res screens and displays are more up-to-date and fancier than that of any other car here, with other confirmed technology including five zone climate control, massaging seats for front and rear passengers, plus an updated version of the company’s adaptive cruise control which will automatically drive the car in tailbacks and slow moving traffic. The car will also feature a trailer manoeuvring system to aid those towing horseboxes or caravans.

The second newest car here is Porsche’s updated Cayenne. At £99,291 it looks like somewhat of a bargain, but keep in mind that options like panoramic roof, reversing or surround view cameras, adaptive cruise, heated windscreen, ventilated or massage seats, four zone climate control are all on the options list, so there may not be much in the final price for a Cayenne in a like-for-like specification.

unlike our other 4x4s, though, the Cayenne is an undoubtedly a road-biased vehicle.

Only a little shorter than the standard length Range Rover, we’re surprised to observe that the Cayenne’s boot is over 577 litres - but the undoubted selling point of the Cayenne is definitely Porsche’s sports car heritage which is still evident despite the car’s Suv body style.

Aston Martin’s DBX

Aston Martin will release its SUV to challenge Porsche’s Cayenne and Lamborghini’s Urus later in 2019

Frustrating your task of choosing a six figure four wheel drive even more, Aston Martin will release its prototype DBX later in 2019 with production due to take place at St Athen, Wales, for a 2020 on sale date. A plug-in hybrid mated to a V8 engine and V12 engines have been confirmed. The later images are heavily camouflaged but show four doors. Expect to pay £160,000-£200,000. n


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>> If you’re driving, rather than being chauffeured, the Cayenne might just be the car for you. Though Porsche purists nearly choked upon the car’s 2003 release at the idea of a 4x4 from the brand, twice as many Cayennes are sold worldwide compared to the firm’s 911, and its smaller Macan 4x4 is selling better still.

Porsche has done a great job of distilling the firm’s sports car heritage into its 4x4, and the Cayenne is unsurpassed in this company when it comes to providing an engaging drive, great handling and lots of feedback. In terms of raw performance, 60mph is dispatched in 3.9 seconds, and the car will reach 177mph where legal, so it’s clear to see where the Cayenne’s advantage rests when trading off-road ability for sports car dynamics. So with these vehicles cutting a compelling figure in the six-figure Suv market, where should you put your money? Interestingly, despite a seemingly crowded market, each model takes a different approach to the brief of a 4x4 Suv. If you’re moving people around, the new GLS will provide plenty of space for five, and an additional couple of seats in the boot for good measure. The GLS is massive, and has plenty of space for cargo as well as people.

If you’re simply after the quietest and most luxurious cabin, the Bentley is perhaps the car you’ll choose. It’s well-appointed and has arguably the best badge kudos.

Those seeking the most engaging drive should look to the Cayenne. Its handling, and performance are still unbeaten even in this company.

That just leaves the Range Rover. If you’re planning to tow, or you’re venturing off-road, it’s the all-rounder you’ll also trust the most when the going gets tough. n Above: The Mercedes GLS is the only car here with seven seats and has the largest boot. Roundel: We discounted the Rolls Royce’s Cullinan from the outset because of its eyewatering £250,000 price. Right: It’s the Range Rover which remains peerless off road.

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The Facts: Price, performance... Range Rover Autobiography SWB 4.4SDV8 £109,445: 0-60mph: 7.5 seconds. Top Speed: 135mph. Towing Capacity: 3,500kg. Fuel Economy (Combined): 30.7mpg. Seats: Five. Boot Space (Seats up): 482 litres. Boot Space (Seats down): 1773 litres. n Bentley Bentayga 4.0V8 £136,900: 0-60mph: 4.5 seconds. Top Speed: 180mph. Towing Capacity: 3,500kg. Fuel Economy (Combined): 31.4mpg. Seats: Five. Boot Space (Seats up): 430 litres. Boot Space (Seats down): n/a. n

Mercedes GLS 400d 4MATIC 3.0V6 £80,000: 0-60mph: 6.3 seconds. Top Speed: 147mph. Towing Capacity: 3,290kg. Fuel Economy (Combined): 20.2mpg. Seats: Seven. Boot Space (Seats up): 500 litres. Boot Space (Seats down): 2,400 litres. n Porsche Cayenne 4.0V8 £99,291: 0-60mph: 3.9 seconds. Top Speed: 177mph. Towing Capacity: 3,500kg. Fuel Economy (Combined): 24.1mpg. Seats: Five. Boot Space (Seats up): 745 litres. Boot Space (Seats down): 1,680 litres. n Rolls Royce Cullinan 6.75 W12 £252,000: 0-60mph: 5.2 seconds. Top Speed: 155mph. Towing Capacity: 3,500kg. Fuel Economy (Combined): 19mpg. Seats: Five. Boot Space (Seats up): 600 litres. Boot Space (Seats down): 1,930 litres. n 127


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BUSINESS & FINANCE

Long live the king (West) of agents... KING WEST WELCOMES IN A NEW ERA WITH THE RETURN OF LOIS SIMPSON

STAMFORD king West estate agents, based on Stamford’s St Mary’s is welcoming in a new era with the return of Lois Simpson and is looking forward to engaging with the town and villages. The agency has been established for over 20 years and has had a high profile presence in Stamford since 2001, offering a bespoke property service - advice and management - priding themselves on their approach and engagement with their clients, be it face to face or on the phone. Tom Wilson, Director of Sales is a qualified Chartered Surveyor who worked in London as well as overseas before deciding to return to his rural roots. Tom now lives in Rutland with his family. he has a proven track record of successful sales and can offer specialist land management advice as well as accu-

rate market appraisals. Tom has recently been joined in the Stamford office by Lois Simpson. Lois has a decade of residential sales experience and has a deep knowledge of the area, particularly the town, having worked, and lived, in Stamford for the past six years. She has built up a great understanding of local property and a love of the region she now calls home. “We are competitive and capable and offer a professional, approachable service along with our expert marketing knowledge,” say Tom and Lois. “We are sometimes perceived, incorrectly, as only selling high-end properties with million pound price tags. This isn’t the case; we’re happy to market apartments and terraces within the town, along with country and rural property.’ n 01780 484520, kingwest.co.uk.

hoping for glory as hoppi Dorri opens in Stamford

SOUL FOOD & SUSHI IN STAMFORD WITH FORMER FISH TANK CHEF’S NEW VENTURE

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STAMFORD Foodies in Stamford have their chopsticks crossed that they won’t have to wait much longer for the opening of hoppi Dorri. The restaurant, opening on Stamford’s All Saints Place as Pride goes to press, is the new venture of Sam Letteri former chef to Elton John, Take That, Rihanna and Depeche Mode - and uffington businessman Chris Riddle. Sam previously ran Oakham’s Fish Tank Sushi restarant in Oakham, which closed in november. After 20 years working as a chef, Sam is now looking to

create something unique and exciting in the town. “hoppi Dorri will pays homage to late-night Asian markets. It’ll bring to the West the rich aromas and colourful flavours of Southeast Asian and Japanese food,” says Sam. “The design is bold honest and nostalgic, taking inspiration from the atmosphere found in ‘hoppi Dorri’ and the many other back streets across Asia, where locals make traditional food for other locals.” “The result will be a unique experience, both visually and gastronomically.” n See www.hoppidorri.co.uk.


DEMENTIA FRIENDLY AGENT HELPS OUT

OAKHAM Estate agency Moores - which has offices in Oakham, Peterborough, Stamford and Grantham - recently received help and training from dementia champion Stevie Jackson of The Alzheimer’s Society, who explained how the condition effects people in the area. Stevie also collected a cheque for £250 from the agency to help the charity give advice and assistance to those in the are affected by the condition.

Following the training, all branches of the agency will act as a safe place to go for those with the condition who are feeling uncertain or lost. Jenny & vernon Moore say: “It’s a reality that we deal with more people being affected with dementia and when it comes to selling or buying a house, we would like those affected to trust that we will deal with their needs as sensitively as possible.” n www.mooresestateagents.com.

Five year Partnership for East of England venue

EAST OF ENGLAND ARENA AGREES FIFTH YEAR OF PARTNERSHIP WITH MICK GEORGE LTD...

new charcuterie deli & café open on Oakham’s Enterprise Park

OAKHAM Rutland Charcuterie owners nick and nicky Brake have opened a café and deli on Oakham’s Enterprise Park. A supplier to harrods, Fortnum & Masons and hambleton hall, The hare & hog will now allow customers to enjoy Carerra Coffee, breakfasts, lunch and of course, charcuterie boards. n www.rutlandcharcuterie.co.uk.

PETERBOROUGH The East of England Arena & Events Centre and Mick George Ltd., have renewed their partnership for a fifth consecutive year, which sees the construction business taking on additional responsibilities at the venue. The firm now has 24/7 on-call and on-site responsibility for maintenance, testing and repairs of all on-site equipment, including all plumbing, electrical, heating, security and emergency needs at the venue. The renewed partnership will also see Mick George takin on the venue’s waste handling management, collection, recycling and disposal requirements. n

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Charitable Moores

KETTON’S TIM WADE was among 140 people to help a grief-stricken family on the BBC’s DIy SOS programme recently. Tim and employees Ian Clark, Ryan Clark and Ashley Mee work at Dynamic Cleaners, based in Little Bytham, and helped to transform the Scunthorpe home of Caroline Blanchard to help the family after her husband and daughter both died in separate accidents. n

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NEWS In Brief UPPINGHAM

mayor of uppInGham celeBrates toWn’s ‘stronG socIal cohesIon’ In annual fInancIal statement Miranda Jones, Mayor of uppingham has published the town council’s annual statement, in which she celebrated the town’s ‘strong social infrastructure.’ “Everywhere you look, people are engaged. The council awarded £12,000 of grant aid in response to bids from Curtain upp, the uppingham Partnership for town events, Feast Day and Christmas in uppingham; to uppingham First in support of the hopper Bus, the Bowls Club, the Flower & Produce Show and uppingham in Bloom.” n

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