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JUNE 2013







W e’ v e lo ad s t h e R u t la n do f su gg es t io n s fo r h o w to co u n t ry si d e in t h is ed it ioen jo y n!



Enjoy the great outdoors

Food & Drink


High Society

Rutland Show


Ladies Day in Oakham

Find out what’s on this month

Country style with Joules

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RutlandPride June The number one counTy magazine

Welcome to June’s Rutland Pride! This month we preview the Burghley House Battle Proms concert, the Oakham Festival and look at this month’s other must-attend events on our summer What’s On pages. We also enjoy the great outdoors, camping on Rutland Water. Elsewhere we enjoy a meal at Stamford’s William Cecil, preview Joules’s summer fashions and enjoy a trip in Caterham’s latest sports car. We do hope you’ll come and see us at the Rutland Show on the 2nd June at Burley on the Hill; it’s a great day out for the whole family!






Fresh in for the summer months, we preview the latest vintage inspired fashions from Joules and preview this season’s beachwear...

This month we’ve holiday destinations, camping, cycling and county shows to ensure you’ve plenty to do all summer long...

If you love good food, you’ll love The William Cecil in Stamford. We enjoy the venue’s new summer menus in the open air...

Elizabeth Stanhope hosts a fundraising event in association with Colefax and Fowler - just one of the high society events we attend this month...

summer 2013

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Rutland Pride – The Number One Team Summer’ s here at last! What are you looking forward to most over the next few months?

Zoie Wilkinson

Rob Davis

Julian Wilkinson

Sales Manager

Executive Editor

Publisher & Managing Director

“There’s so much to see in rutland during the summer. as a family we’re looking forward to the rutland show and a trip to the water for camping, cycling and sailing - see later in this edition!”

“my little boy, george, celebrates his second birthday as Pride goes to press. This summer i’m looking forward to watching him play on the lawn, taking him to the beach and enjoying lots of family days out with him and anna.”

“i love nothing better than spending time in the garden. it’s looking nice at the moment but there’s always room for improvement, so i’m looking forward to planting my borders whilst enjoying a nice cold beer!”

Charlotte Aiken Sales Executive

Mandy Bray

Jayne Broughton

Customer Care Manager

Group Sales Manager

“To me summer means updating my wardrobe... there’s a feature on Joules fashions this month, and i’m head over heels for the brand, so i’m already making a mental shopping list!”

“in the warmer months i enjoy the simpler pleasures like sitting out in the garden. my partner Dave is a dab hand with a barbecue, so i’m looking forward to relaxing with a glass of wine whilst supervising his cooking efforts!”

“i’m looking to replace my car at the moment, and with summer just around the corner i’d like something a bit more fun. my dream car would be a convertible VW beetle... i should take a test drive!”

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

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GUIDE PRICE £1,300,000

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Above: F1 Action in Monaco - and you could be there too, with Savvi Travel and sports holiday partner ItC.


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Puppy Love

The Pride of the Litter! Two of our readers are enjoying the latest addition to their family - six Irish Terrier pups. They’ve registered one of the dogs with the kennel Club name Rutland Pride - we think he’s definitely the pick of the litter!

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Congratulations to our readers Richard and lucy Howard, who have just registered one of their new litter of Irish Terrier pups with the kennel Club name Rutland Pride! The six dogs were born last month to the family’s Bartley and Susie and are among just 277 examples of the animals registered last year, making Irish Terriers an endangered breed. Rutland Pride himself, we’re told, is absolutely adorable and like the breed generally, is very entertaining and great with the family’s children - Richard and lucy have had the breed for over 15 years. Thankyou so much to Harry measures, a sixth former at Stamford Boys’ School for his photos... they brought a smile to everyone in the office!

Main/Above: Irish Terrier pup Rutland Pride and his brothers!

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THE EvEnT Elizabeth Stanhope’s Design Workshop Around 50 ladies recently enjoyed the expertise of Anthony Ferrigno of Colefax and Fowler, who helped them to put together mood boards on which to base a scheme for their next interior design project. The workshop was a light-hearted chance to gain lots of advice from the company’s Head of UK Sales before a tapas lunch provided by fellow Mill Street business Otters. Colefax and Fowler have over 3,000 UK customers but hold just ten or so workshops each year - making the event a real coup for the Mill Street interior design specialists. Words and Photos: Rob Davis.

Colefax and Fowler ‘s Anthony Ferrigno hosted the interior design workshop.

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ThE EVENT Elizabeth

A Tapas luncheon was provided by Leo Sugden of Mill Street’s Otters.


SJ (centre) and the girls from Elizabeth Stanhope.

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Main Course; Our Gressingham Duck was beautifully flavoured with a little help from a sweet cherry and port reduction.

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THE WILLIAM CECIL on St Martin’s, Stamford

LocaTeD on sTamForD’s sT marTins, The WiLLiam ceciL’s brieF is To oFFer iTs Diners Quirky Luxury. reFurbisheD in 2011 aT a cosT oF oVer £1m, The Venue has creaTeD a uniQue Dining exPerience in a bouTiQue hoTeL. WiTh a neW heaD cheF noW making his mark on The hoTeL, We ask iF PhiL kenT can DazzLe DemanDing Diners in sTamForD...


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The William Cecil has a new Head Chef, and he’ s determined to make his mark on Stamford’ s restaurant scene...

New Head Chef Phil Kent has been with the William Cecil’s parent company for a while, but recently took over as the Head Chef of its flagship William Cecil...

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The bill for the refurbishment of the Grade II* hotel by interior designer Christine Boswell ran into seven figures...


sing its slogan, Quirky Luxury, as a mission statement, Hillbrooke Hotels is aiming to offer something a little special with its flagship William Cecil on Stamford’s St Martins. The Grade II starred hotel re-opened after a refurbishment which cost over a million pounds and now offers 27 individually designed bedrooms and great opportunities for both residents and non-residents alike to dine. The hotel has a main restaurant, orangery and bar, plus four private dining rooms and a marquee.

Late last year The William Cecil gained a new Head Chef in the form of Phil Kent. Phil is from Wiltshire, where the hotel’s parent company is based, but moved to the area to work for the company’s other Stamford hostelry, the Bull and Swan, just down the road. The Bull & Swan is a totally different animal (pardon the pun) to The William Cecil, but his tenure at the rather more relaxed pub has given him a good idea of what Stamford diners like; local ingredients, quality food in a relaxed environment and plenty of imagination invested on the creation of menus. After a year at the pub, then, a promotion has put Phil in charge of the kitchen at the hotel, and this presents an opportunity to prove that he can work towards executing a more formal menu, and as a result the hotel this month reveals its spring and summer menus, inviting us along to dine with them. Previously, The William Cecil’s dining rooms featured screens between each of the tables which created an intimate, enclosed but slightly claustrophobic place to dine. Recently, the dining room has been opened up and it’s looking better than ever, with wood panelling, fresh flowers, bespoke plaid window dressings, and plush leather dining chairs give a cosy, historic feel whilst still looking up to date and modern. Equally modern is the provision of nibbles - olives, warmed bread with olive oil, venison Scotch egg - and sharing plates. There’s also a number of salads and a bar menu comprising sandwiches, steaks, and burgers. The bar menu supplements an ‘elevenses’/afternoon tea menu, and the à la carte menu, which throughout spring and summer will comprise seven starters, main courses and desserts respectively. 21

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This spread; starter, and two puddings from the venue’s new summer menus. Our starter was Scallops with Confit Belly Pork and Lilliput Capers. Main course (opposite) was Gloucester Old Spot Belly Pork. Dessert was Cappuccino Mousse with home made Fudge and Biscotti.

These menus change monthly, and try to make the most of seasonal produce from across the region, as well as bringing the best ingredients from around Hillbrooke’s HQ into the county. “We’ve tried to create a menu that represents the best the area has to offer, but we’re also keen to bring new food experiences to our menus from elsewhere. We’ve a really great relationship with Stamford Cheese Cellar, Hambleton Bakery, and two really good butchers; Nelson and Grasmere Farms.” Our visit saw us enjoying two of the summer menu’s most popular options; scallops and salmon fillet. The former was served with Confit Belly of Pork, Salsify and a Lilliput Caper Dressing. Perfectly seared, it was served with a dusting of a few jagged crystals of sea salt, with the white flesh of the scallops contrasting well with the dark slate on which it was presented. Our Smoked Salmon Fillet was less gastropub and more à la carte in appearance, with a timbale of picked linguini cucumber and quenelle of horseradish cream. Never mind appearance, it was bold in flavour too, with sweet mustard and dill, ensuring appearance must ultimately complement flavour.

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The kitchen team is technically skilful but creative too. They’ ve an appreciation for the merits of robust flavours, a flair for presentation and an eye for small details.

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Sample M enu £ starters Gressingham Duck £7.95 Pressing of gressingham duck & foie gras, honey roasted beets, apricot & ginger chutney. Scallops Pan seared king scallops, confit belly of pork, salsify, Lilliput caper dressing.


Carpaccio 28 day aged fillet of beef carpaccio, pickled gherkins, baby onion, truffle, parmesan.


Salmon £6.95 hot smoked salmon fillet, linguini pickled cucumber, horseradish cream, sweet mustard, dill.

£ MaiNs Pork £17.95 gloucester old spot belly pork, fondant potato, apple & black pudding purées, savoy cabbage, pancetta, red wine reduction. Duck £18.95 seared breast of gressingham duck, confit leg, dauphinoise potato, purple sprouting broccoli, sweet cherry & port reduction. Beef Wellington nelson’s butchers 28 day aged fillet of beef Wellington, white bean purée, confit garlic, roasted vines, port jus.


£ PUddiNG Chocolate Fondant £7.95 melting dark chocolate fondant, honeycomb, and cornish clotted cream ice cream. Mousse cappuccino mousse, homemade fudge, and biscotti biscuit.


Cheese served with house chutney, water biscuits and red seedless grapes.


£ oPeNiNG tiMes Breakfast: lunch: dinner: elevenses: afternoon tea: Bar menu:

7am-9.30am (mon-Fri) 8am-10am (sat & sun) 12pm-2.30pm (mon-sat) 12pm-5pm (sunday) 7pm-9pm (mon-sun) 10am-12pm 3pm-6pm 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm

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Main course provided us with a chance to sample Gloucester Old Spot Belly Pork with fondant potato and both apple and black pudding purées. Pancetta and an apple Crisp supplemented Savoy cabbage stuffed with yet more Pancetta, the whole dish accompanied with a red wine reduction. In isolation, beautiful, but overshadowed somewhat by our Gressingham Duck; with seared breast, confit of leg and beautifully judged cherry and port reduction with buttery dauphinoise potato and lightly blanched purple broccoli. Our dessert of Cappuccino Mousse - served in a cup was enhanced with the addition of homemade fudge and a homemade biscotti, adding extra flair and a little more effort. Likewise, a Chocolate Fondant is a staple of many menus but at The William Cecil you’re also treated to hand-made clotted cream ice cream, and hand-made honeycomb, making it a little more special. At this point it’s worthwhile mentioning we also sampled a cheese board comprising Cropwell Bishop, and three derivatives of Godminster - not exactly local, but delicious nonetheless with a Brie, and a strong full-bodied organic cheddar.

During special occasions the dining room also provides amuse bouche, and we enjoyed a palate cleanser in the form of the restaurant’s chilled melon with home made - and delicious lemongrass sorbet. With another - somewhat well-established - coaching inn half a mile down the road, it’s ambitious of the William Cecil to try to compete, but compete it does! The kitchen team are technically skilful but creative too. They’ve an appreciation for the merits of robust flavours, a flair for presentation and an eye for detail. What’s more, they also have the necessary determination to employ both in a setting that’s relaxed and fun, but polished in terms of its welcome and its service. There’s lots to love about The William Cecil, from its funky design - all of the rooms are individually decorated and have an innate quirkiness - to its philosophy for customer satisfaction. Phil Kent isn’t the oldest head chef on the Stamford restaurant scene, but he’s pulling out all the stops to put The William Cecil at the top of your list when you look for places to dine in Stamford. Fortunately, his colleagues in the kitchen and at front of house are similarly magnanimous. That’s why we can definitely recommend visiting The William Cecil very soon... it represents quirky luxury at its very best!

Head Chef Phil Kent leads a team determined to put The William Cecil at the top of your list when you’re wondering where to dine in Stamford.

THE WILLIAM CECIL on St Martins, Stamford

St Martins, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2LJ To book a meal call

01780 750 070

Finding it - Situated just off the A1. Put PE9 2LJ into your Sat Nav and follow the instructions. If that doesn’t work, exit the A1 at the Carpenter’s lodge exit, signposted Burghley House and Stamford. Continue for one mile and the hotel will be on your right as you enter Stamford. The hotel has plenty of car parking with space for up to 60-70 vehicles.


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New MeNus “Baby Leek Vinaigrette with Local Boiled Hens egg” is just one of our new dishes on the spring/summer a la carte menu. New Bar Menu includes staple dishes such as the Classic BLT along with delicious others like “Launde Lamb Burger with spiced Apricot Chutney” and our Marquess sharing plates.

suMMer suNdAys Last sunday of the month throughout the summer… next is our Caribbean evening on sunday 26th May; live music and food, £12.50pp.

MArquess LArder we will be showcases our homemade products and offering up some tempting snacks at various events; next up is the stamford Feast on 9th June at stamford Meadows.

52 Main street, Lyddington, uppingham Le15 9LT Call for bookings: 01572 822 477 Lunch & dinner 7 days a week | 17 Modern Bedrooms | Four AA star rated


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Sample Dishes


SuMMER PuDS Round off your meal with a delicious dessert. The county’s top chefs this month prepare something exceptional to show off their talent! Photos: Rob Davis

Rhubarb Crumble Tart with Pistachio Ice Cream. Marquess of Exeter, Lyddington 01572 822 477,

<< Apricot Frangipane with clotted cream. Thierry Daugeron at Riverside Café, Stamford 01780 766651

>> Trio of Melon set in Elderflower Jelly with Blueberry Daiquiri Sorbet. The Jackson Stops, Stretton 01780 410237 28

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Rhubarb and Ginger Cheesecake. Barnsdale Hall Hotel, Exton 01572 757901,


Melting Dark Chocolate Fondant with Honeycomb and Clotted Cream Ice Cream. William Cecil, Stamford 01780 750 070,


Chocolate Brownie with CreĚ&#x20AC;me Chantilly. Barnsdale Lodge, Exton 01572 724678 29

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Infinity and Beyond... The gentleman pictured here, in the rather festive shirt, is nick Woods. He’s a nice guy, you’d get on well, but if he invites you round for a dinner party we’d advise you to consider your dinner plans carefully unless, that is, you like your food hot... really really hot! This month, we meet the creator of the World’s hottest chilli pepper, the Infinity!


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The Red Hot Infinity Chilli


eet Nick Woods; a man who knows no fear... certainly not when it comes to his food. Nick is a lovely chap, but I’d have to think twice if he invited me over for supper. That’s because the local man is the creator of the Infinity Chilli, at one time the hottest of the so-called super-hot chillies in the World. Remarkably modest about his achievement, Nick was perfectly content to create some already very warm condiments from his home having left his career in the forces in 2004 to establish his aptly named business, Fire Foods, now specialising in curry sauces and chutneys for devotees of really (really!) hot food. But last year Nick found himself the subject of international media interest when he grew what was, until only recently, the World’s hottest chilli. “I was in the MoD for 12 years and moved from my home county of Hampshire when posted to RAF Cottesmore.” says Nick. “My father had an allotment so I started off growing tomatoes as a kid. Then I got my own allotment... I really get a lot of pleasure from growing my food.” Nick also gains a lot of pleasure from hot food, and whilst he was already growing cayenne peppers in his polytunnel, he yearned for something a little stronger.

In the clique of devoted chilli fans, these are known as the super-hots. Their strength is measured using the Scoville scale, on which a standard bell pepper measures less than 100 and a jalapeño pepper measures around 80,000. The chilli enthusiast began importing his own peppers from the Netherlands - evidently the European centre of the super-hot chilli industry. Upon establishing his own business Nick was able to sell the chilli peppers themselves and a range of foods that include hot chilli sauces, chilli pickles, chutneys and spreads, oils and vinegars.

The Infinity Chilli was created in the polytunnel of Nick Woods. It has now been usurped as the World’s hottest chilli... but it still comes far too close to the title for our delicate tastebuds!

Nick created a niche line of products which are hotter in flavour than mainstream makers are able to sell. There’s a science behind the burn as a hot curry or pepper causes the body to hyper-metabolise, releasing a rush of endorphins and- in most- a feeling of great pleasure... Nick soon found himself embroiled in the international world of the chilli pepper nerd - where the ability to withstand the hottest pepper eclipses the flavour of the pepper itself. However, he insists that quality and taste of the pepper, and the flavour of his products - as well as a love of the endorphin rush the heat provides - is his motivation in seeking out a hotter chilli, not mindless bravado in daring to withstand the greatest heat. 31

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Food and drink

The Red Hot Infinity Chilli

Nick and wife Zoe had ‘15 minutes of fame’ with Infinity, and their products are still adored by those hardy enough to enjoy them!

The Scoville measurement is an objective, scientific measurement of the amount of capsaicin, a chemical compound which initiates hyper-metabolism in the body and causes an increasing in the dopamine receptors responsible for the production of endorphins. It’s hydrophobic (hence its inability to be quenched by water) and odourless, hence a pepper’s flavour being entirely separate from its heat. Nick’s desire for a hotter chilli and the ultimate flavour culminated in an interest in the World’s hottest chillies; the Thai Red at 250,000 Scovilles, the Scotch Bonnet at around

nick’s insists that it’s not just about the heat; it’s about the flavour that you enjoy before the burn kicks in. it commands respect and responsibility, but infinity actually has quite a nice, fruity flavour... 500,000 Scoville and eventually the Naga strain of chillies which can rise to around 1,300,000 Scovilles. The chilli breeder was importing and propagating them all, sowing seeds in January and February ready for a harvest in August or September, and Nick was already familiar with cross-pollination techniques which result in new hybrid varieties - of which 4,000 currently exist in the chilli world.

For more information or to purchase Nick’s Infinity range, see

However, when Nick created the Infinity chilli, even he was surprised by its potency. The deceptively terrible hybrid is around the size of a fifty pence piece, it’s nobbly and goes bright red when ripe; “I cut it open and tasted it... it was incredibly painful! I was doubled up in agony and had terrible stomach cramps.” Nick discovered that when tested by the University of Warwick’s Crop Centre, his newest hybrid topped 1,250,000

Scovilles... that’s even more than law-enforcement grade pepper spray. Incidentally, the hottest chemical on the scale is the 16m Scoville (non-food product) resiniferatoxin hopefully it’ll never make its way into a curry because it causes terrible chemical burns, and ingestion of just 40g is toxic. Today Nick handles his creation more responsibly, and insists that as long as it’s used with a degree of moderation its flowery, fruity flavour - before the burn kicks in - makes it a really good product for his sauces and chutneys. “I didn’t set out to create something so hot, just hotter than mass-market products.” says Nick, who sells Fire Foods’s products at farmers markets, specialist food shows like the BBC’s Good Food show. Nick’s Infinity Chilli has since lost its title as the World’s hottest chilli pepper to the Trinidad Scorpio Butch T (1.4m Scovilles), but he’s not bitter; it’s still potent enough for anyone and did allow him to have what he modestly describes as his 15 minutes of fame - it was considerably longer than that. Producing around 500 Infinity chilli plants each year, using hydroponic propagation, Nick’s products include Infinity and Infinity & Beyond chilli sauces, jams & relishes and his own line of sauces including ‘World’s Hottest Curry.’ Nick also works closely with the owner of his local Indian restaurant, Bindi’s Muhammed Karim, who uses it in the world’s hottest curry, The Widower. However, for a business which accidentally achieved notoriety, he still has a fondness for the chilli which has seen him appear on TV and in newspapers across the world. The chilli fan’s man’s products still command a healthy respect and have a very keen following among connoisseurs of curry. So, to a devoted - and digestively sturdy - elite, Nick, and his Infinity chilli, will always remain hot stuff... we’re still not sure about the shirt, though!

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Infinity is actually rather a pretty plant with delicate flowers which die off to reveal the pepper itself where the stamen is normally located...â&#x20AC;?

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Spices Aspiceisadriedseed,fruit,root,bark,orvegetative substanceprimarilyusedforflavouring,colouringor preservingfood.Spicesaredistinguishedfromherbs, whicharepartsofleafygreenplantsalsousedfor flavouringorasgarnish.NotsurprisinglyIndia produces70%ofglobalspiceproduction

CARAWAY SEEDS Toss into carrots and other root veg caraway seeds have a nutty, delicate anise flavour and punGent aroma with notes of oranGe peel.

GINGER Add to cakes and sponge puddings GinGer is a tasty, tropical, aromatic spice traditionally used in indian and asian cookinG. today it is widely used as a partner for meat, poultry and fish, as well as soups and stir-fries.



PAPRIKA Perfect for adding colour to dishes briGht red in colour, as a Garnish paprika will always impress your Guests! a mild powdered spice that comes from red peppers, paprika is a deep red, sliGhtly earthy flavoured spice with a subtle, sweet and peppery taste. belonGinG to a family of mild peppers, the term paprika refers both to the fruit and the spice; whilst its found in a variety of forms, it’s most commonly available as a powder.

TUMERIC Widely used in Indian curries... especially madras, for its wonderful earthy flavour and yellow colour

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Nutmeg GROUND NUTMEG Adds character to sweet and savoury sauces nutmeG has an aromatic, sweet, warm and rich flavour.

Thai Red Curry

THAI RED CURRY Ideal with Jasmine Rice a balance of fraGrant thai flavours includinG spicy red chillies, GalanGal and aromatic lemonGrass

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CHILLI Infinity Chilli previously known as the world’s hottest chilli and Grown locally. it’s so fiery it can put diners in hospital. hot chilli sauces available to buy from

Spices have always been valued for their ability to add flavour, colour and aroma to dishes, but before the advent of refrigeration they were also an important means of food preservation, and in some cultures their medicinal and antiseptic characteristics are revered. The regional cuisines of India, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia rely a great deal on spices. Spice mixes are important in these countries, but will often be in fresh paste form rather than the dried spice mixes found in the UK.


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Enjoy dining in the lush courtyard at The George of Stamford... Our Garden Room Restaurant’s new summer menus and the formal à la carte menus of our Oak Panelled Restaurant can be enjoyed in our courtyard all summer long. Enjoy a leisurely lunch with us next time you’re in Stamford, and remind yourself why The George is considered one of England’s finest coaching inns...

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TheWineCellar This month’s featured wines are a selection of dinner party offerings recommended by Blake Johnston of The Stamford Wine Cellar - bottom’s up for a great summer!

domaine haut Fevrie, Muscadet sur lie, loire, France - £9.49 using the melon de Bourgogne grape variety, the wines of domaine Haut Fevrie are somewhat unique in the production of muscadet due them being hand harvested, and grown from vines with an average age of 35 years. This crisp, dry yet ‘zingy’ wine is the perfect summer picnic white.

henri Prudhon, st aubin 1er Cru, Burgundy, France - £17.99 For all you Chablis fans out there, this may be a new appellation to add to your portfolio. lesser known than some of the big names in Burgundy, Saint aubin provides excellent value for money, and in my book there are few better than Henri Prudhon’s wines. Premier Cru... for under £20!?!

david sautereau, sancerre rose, loire, France - £13.99 david Sauterreau’s Sancerre Rose is blended from three villages ensuring the best of the appellation. Bright, pale pink in colour, with notes of strawberries on the nose. The palate is fine in texture, with delicate fruits of the forest flavours and a refreshing hint of acidity.

Guntrum, spatburgunder, rheinhessen, Germany - £10.99 If you have lost faith with german wines I recommend giving them another try. The reds are made in the same way as Burgundy, using the Pinot noir grape and the comparative value for money is huge. ‘Spatburgunder’ is a wonderful summer red and this is a great example.

Berry Bros & rudd, Good ordinary Claret - £9.00 Berry Bro’s and Rudd, the world’s oldest wine merchant (whom I am very fortunate to be supplied by and know well) have this wonderful wine blended for them. It’s our biggest seller by far at the shop and it does exactly what it says on the label.... a smooth, quaffing Claret, lovely!

This month’s features wines are recommended by: The Stamford Wine Company, 17 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2DG Tel: 01780 489 269 37

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WeLcome home

A Piece of History In RuTland


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The Old Hall was built in 1665 and carries a Grade II* Listing. It has won the Tony Traylen (Rutland Historic Building) Award and George Phillips Award for the best new or refurbished building contributing to conserving the county’s environment.

The oLD haLL, Langham


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The propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s ballroom has been transformed into a living and dining kitchen with two open fires and well-appointed hand-made bespoke kitchen...

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e’d like to introduce you to Langham’s Old Hall, the product of one of the county’s best restoration projects. It’s one of the county’s finest period properties, carrying a starred Grade II listing and celebrating the talents of Goodhart Rendel who completed a refurbishment in the 1920s. After it fell into disrepair, its present owner has built upon and sympathetically reinstated Rendel’s work since moving into the property in 2008. With the work complete though, she’s moving on to a new project and is looking for new custodians. Rumour has it that the Hall was constructed for France’s ambassadorial attachment to England, and it is believed that the ambassador himself commissioned the house in order to be close to London - yet far enough away to escape the plague.

This is perhaps the reason the property’s Grade II listing was starred, for it’s impossible to overstate the architect’s influence in instigating a Medieval revival. Rendel was also President of the Royal Institute of British Architecture working alongside contemporaries such as Nikolaus Pevsner. Rendel’s remodelling of the property was extensive and it is believed he used materials reclaimed from Normanton Hall, when its shell was demolished in 1925 after the death of the Countess of Ancaster. The Hugh Smith family’s crest still sits above the new entrance Rendel created at what was the property’s rear entrance. He also designed a set of grey metal gates which were never installed. However, in undertaking the house’s most recent

Rendel’s remodelling of the property was extensive it’s believed he used materials reclaimed from Normanton hall, when its shell was demolished in 1925 after the death of the Countess of Ancaster...

The rear of the house was created in a Carolean style and was the original entrance, hence its grander appearance than one might expect. Later, in the early 1920s, it was purchased by the London banker Owen Hugh Smith, of the Abel Smith banking family who became part of what we know now as NatWest. Hugh Smith commissioned architect Rendel to complete a restoration of the property that he would use as a hunting and fishing lodge.

renovation, the present owner discovered the plans for the property (and its gates) in the V&A Museum and installed them in 2011. Such an acknowledgement of Rendel’s work gives you a fair idea of how much effort has been expended during the Old Hall’s renovation. The property’s original flagstones have been used in the entrance hallway and one of the sitting rooms, and the property’s grand staircase was also purchased from Normanton Hall before its demolition. The property’s kitchen is among its most impressive features - located in the former ballroom and fitted with modern

The winter sitting room features an open fire and mullion windows. The kitchen is situated in the former ballroom and has two further fireplaces plus original oak flooring and a magnificent bespoke kitchen. 43

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The sitting room has visible beams whilst the dining room and staircase has original timber panelling.


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The front door sports the crest of the Hugh Smith family who occupied the Old Hall in the 1920s, commissioning Goodhart Rendel to refurbish the country house...

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appliances and two original fireplaces. Finished in an offwhite shade with pale grey granite and the property’s original oak floor, it’s magnificent, and features an additional utility plus bespoke soft furnishings created by the owner herself. The Old Hall has four receptions; the living kitchen, a winter sitting room, morning room and dining room, with a further drawing room on the first floor. Upstairs is a principal bedroom with a very large en suite, two further bedrooms (one with an en suite), a drawing room and study, whilst the second floor has three further bedrooms with another en suite and shower room. In total the property spans 6,400sq ft and is set in over an acre of grounds. The walled gardens are a particular feature and have been beautifully landscaped with balustraded terrace and parterre garden. They attract a wealth of wildlife including Red-Legged Partridge and nesting pheasants. In previous years it has been opened as part of the NGS to raise money for charity and show off its beautiful magnolia trees in June and its impressive topiary. The Old Hall’s restoration is as impressive outside as it is inside, and the owner’s efforts have been recognised with the accolade of Rutland County Council’s Tony Traylen Award (formerly the Rutland Historic Building Award) and the George Phillips Award in 2011. The latter is given to the building which has significantly contributed to enhancing or conserving the county’s built environment. As for the current owner, she describes her work as having been a labour of love. It needs, she says, to be appreciated and occupied by a new family; one which will enjoy its scale and all of the modern conveniences it offers as well as its beauty and architecture. In the 1920s, it was a testimony to Rendel. Now though, it’s testimony to the hard work its current custodian has invested since 2008 to create a magnificent Rutland home.

The Old hall, Langham

The property’s entrance hall has the house’s original flagstones. Rather newer is the master bedroom’s en suite with its rolltop bath.

style: Carolean property restored in the 1920s by goodhart Rendel and from 2008 by its current owner. receptions: Five, currently arranged as living kitchen, winter sitting room, dining room, morning room and first floor drawing room. bedrooms: Six, with three en suites and two further bathrooms over two upper floors. other features: Computer networking, multi-room hi-fi. Cellars, first floor study, grade II* listing. Electric gated entrance. Price: £1.65m. estate agency: St marys Street, Stamford PE9 2dE. Telephone: 01780 484520. Website:

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RELAX AND UNWIND, IN A ROOM OF ONE S’ OWN... Words and Photos: Rob Davis.



irginia Woolfe in 1929 famously wrote that a woman ‘must have a room of one’s own’ if she is to write fiction. We believe that a space to relax and unwind, to read or write or just enjoy a glass of wine is a pleasure that should be afforded to everyone, regardless of age and gender, especially in the summer months. William Lloyd’s Stephen Roe agrees. The illustrator and garden architect creates gardens, rustic retreats and bespoke buildings to enable Rutlanders to enjoy their garden all year long...

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>> When I was a kid, I always wanted a treehouse. When I was a teenager, I wanted a place to drink wine and play music with friends. Now I’m all grown up, I want a writing shack. When I retire, I’ll probably want a potting shed. The desire for a place of your own never quite goes away, even if the purpose changes. Oundle’s Stephen Roe understands the need for such a space, and set up his business, conceptualising and building bespoke garden structures, William Lloyd. Some of Stephen’s work is purely practical - pool houses for changing areas and plant equipment, hot tub buildings, car ports and even a dog kennel. However, others are buildings created for pure enjoyment. Examples include his beautiful reading rooms, which cost from £3,000 and create a shady spot to enjoy the paper, strategically positioned at a focal point in the client’s garden, or tree houses for children with rope nets, slides, swings and sand pits. “It’s a great job!” smiles Stephen. “Everything we do is bespoke, and I love working with my hands, but the real pleasure is getting to know the client and designing some thing unique for the client that they’ll enjoy for many years to come!” For anyone who longed for a tree house as a child, Stephen’s work is the stuff of fantasy; each one is bespoke, costing roughly £10,000 (though Stephen works with budgets from just a few thousand to over £100,000), and they can be neat and tidy looking, or knurled and organic looking. What’s more, if you’re smart enough to begrudge the children a privilege that you could instead enjoy yourself, there’s a ‘grown-up’ version too. Stephen is currently creating a ‘Hobbit House’ - 4 rooms covering 36m2 designed to give the owners of the bespoke commission a suite of buildings at the bottom of the garden to enjoy all year round. 54

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Stephenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; s work is great for those seeking somewhere to read, somewhere to write, somewhere to play or somewhere to just relax!

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This rustic bird-watching hide and artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio featured a fold-out day bed for curling up with a good book and hand-forged fittings to the door and windows.


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Room of One’ s Own

The beauty of bespoke design means that William Lloyd’s work can be as utilitarian or as creative as you wish; like the studio pictured left and opposite. Created for Stephen’s old art teacher, it’s a bird-watching hide and artists’ studio with a drop-leaf table, fold-out day bed. With the cast iron skylight oodles of natural light fills the room and apple-green painted interior as well as hand-forged window and door fittings. “Listening is essential.” says Stephen. “It’s really important to us that we identify each client’s likes and dislikes and understand how they’ll use their building. From there, we always undertake a site visit and consider location, materials and budget.” “My work is used for so many different purposes; reading, an artist’s studio, a drink with friends... nothing’s off the peg and it’s really important to me that each commission is unique and blends into its surroundings really well.” The artist presents his ideas as careful hand-drawn sketches and paintings, then the design becomes a dialogue between the client and Stephen. Work is completed in the company’s workshop or entirely on site, and Stephen uses anything from English oak to local stone to ensure each finished installation engages brilliantly with the architecture or landscape in which it’s situated. 57

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Room of One’ s Own

Stephen also creates workshops, gazebos, car ports, garden furniture, stone walls and water features.

Most of his work looks fairly formal with beautifully turned finials and reading rooms that are double-skinned and double glazed for comfort, but he can also produce more organic, rustic looking shapes, like the lakeside rustic retreat on our opening spread which was made with reclaimed stone, slate and timber. In addition to structures, Stephen also creates follies, arches and walling for properties, which are particularly superb for creating an ‘olde worlde’ look around modern properties. His work may be varied, but it’s commensurate with each commission’s setting, and creates garden structures that are unique, quirky, or just plain beautiful. He’s created eco-offices, forest walkways and is even working on a full-size pirate ship with treasure chests and barrels to be auctioned off for local children’s charities. What’s more, his work isn’t just for humans; he’s designed a very funky contemporary chicken coop for garden designer Bunny Guinness and a £350 dog kennel for a really pampered Norfolk terrier.


“The buildings are an investment rather than a cost.” says Stephen. “That’s in the sense that they are a cost-effective way to add a study with real character, a way of providing an extra reception room outdoors, or a way of protecting your swimming pool or hot tub.” “It’s also fair to say that if you’ve somewhere warm and comfortable to sit, you’ll spend more time in your garden, and if something’s been built with thought and purpose in mind, you’ll see the results will speak for themselves”. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to read the Sunday papers (and Pride) in the summer, a place to enjoy a glass of wine sheltering from the mid-day sun, or you’d like to create the treehouse of your children’s dreams, Stephen’s craftsmanship is peerless, his work completely unique and his clients consistently delighted! Stephen Roe of William Lloyd can create bespoke garden structures anywhere in Rutland and beyond. His work is completely bespoke so to discuss your idea, call 07974 071 551. Or, visit

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Think you know NGI Design? WE’vE CaugHT uP WITH nEIl PaRTRIdgE & daRREn CHERRy OWnERS OF THE ngI dESIgn SHOWROOm In STamFORd TO quIz THEm On THEIR SERvICES.


e often work on projects for single rooms such as a kitchen, living room or bathroom, but more and more, we’re finding that people want to start from scratch and redesign their whole home. in these instances, we tend to refer to this as interior architecture, and this includes the intense process of collaboration with the client, working through various design options, then specifying and finally installation. it’s a complete package from start to finish; making sure the client is looked after at every step. We’ve become well known for taking on ambitious luxury large scale projects, but what many people don’t realise, is that we also work with many clients in the mid-price range. Our showroom reflects the very best contemporary designs for the top of the market, but we’ve also considered a range of price points too. We understand the local market and can provide some very competitive options that don’t sacrifice design or quality. We have a really friendly team, and we’re dedicated to finding a design solution that not only excites and engages our clients, but fits their budget too. We’re in the process of putting in a brand new tile display that is going to include some of the very best international brands available. This is going to include Italian porcelain tiles from marazzi, Spanish porcelain by grespania and Italian glass mosaic tiles by Bisazza. There are really exciting developments in tiles at the moment and they have such varied applications. Would you believe that there are now 3d tiles! This new display is really going to help us show customers the various options and demonstrate how versatile, exciting and dramatic tiles can be. you don’t have to be working on a project to drop into our showroom. We have lots of accessories and lighting options picked to satisfy a range of price points. We’ve also got lots of options for those that are just decorating with lots of new samples from French wallpaper brand gallerie, and great carpets from the dutch brand desso. Drop by our showroom to find out how we can help you plan and decorate your home. The NGI Design showroom can be found at 4-6 High Street, St Martins, Stamford, PE9 2LF. For further information, please contact NGI Design on 01780 766 899, email or visit


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Words and Photos: Rob Davis.


ven if you’re accustomed to luxury travel and posh hotels, there’s something about camping that never loses its appeal. For a few hundred pounds you can pack up a tent with no real planning and enjoy ad hoc breaks in some of the UK’s best destinations. What’s more, modern equipment makes camping warmer and more convenient than ever before as we found when we tested out the latest kit from Rutland’s Get Lost, designed to make the great outdoors even greater...

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This month we test drive the latest camping clobber and make the great outdoors even greater...!

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“Even if you’ re used to far flung destinations and fancy hotels, camping is still enormous fun. It’ s a great leveller and for those with kids, it’ s a real adventure, even when you’ re camping close to home!” Thankfully some camping traditions remain - not least the morning-after fry-up!

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Enjoy... Camping


he great outdoors just got even greater. As someone who loves camping - it’s a great leveller and enormous informal fun with friends and family - we think there’s something magnificent about being able to take off for ad hoc weekend breaks across the country. What’s more, camping is more comfortable than ever thanks to the latest kit, which we decided to test on what turned out to be a sunny weekend near Rutland Water. Carry on Camping Personally, I can’t stand the term ‘glamping’ - it tries to sanitise what camping should be; enjoying the great outdoors and spending quality time with family and friends. However, though we were happy to go ‘proper’ camping, we still weren’t aversed to a bit of comfort, so in the name of testing the latest kit we duly made our way to one of the county’s newest and largest outdoor retailers.

and Cornwall to enjoy the UK’s South Coast, the Lake District for a spot of Wordsworth (not to mention Keswick’s actually quite interesting pencil museum...) a couple of outdoor festivals and later on in the year, the Loire Valley for continental camping cuisine and a trip to our local vigneron for some wine tasting mirth.

All of our modern kit folded down to fit into our (small-ish) saloon car - even the kettle squished down!

Thankfully, on this occasion a dry run was exactly what the weather had in store, too. What’s more, as we were just a

The tent we were testing had a party piece - inflatable beams which replace fiddly tent poles. Camping is much warmer and much more convenient than I remember! couple of minutes from Rutland Water, we were able to get an early start the next day and enjoy cycling around the reservoir as well as a spot of sailing.

The company, Get Lost, is based in Rutland and is only six months or so old. Offering a mix of outdoor clothing, cycling, golf and camping equipment, we found everything we needed to ensure our excursion was comfortable enough without compromising a proper camping experience!

Life Under Canvas Central to our experience was one of the latest tents on the market. The grandly named Genesis 500 from Vango. My experience of camping in the past has been punctuated with memories of wrestling with tent poles and mallets in the pouring rain.

Camping in Rutland Camping in your home county may seem like a futile endeavour, but it proved a great opportunity to get to know our camping clobber to ensure we could put it up quickly and easily. It was, as it were, a dry run in preparation for trips to Devon

Forget that... this tent has a party piece in the form of its inflatable beams; simply peg out the four corners, use the included pump to inflate the crossbeams and peg down a couple of guylines. It took less than five minutes to put up our five-berth tent; the process was so simple and quick.


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Enjoy... Camping

Our morning after fry-up was really welcome... and we were able to get an early start tackling Rutland Water’ s 26 mile cycle route!

Once up, the tent is stable even in fairly grumpy wind, it’s waterproof and really warm.

modest saloon car which was able to swallow all of the gear we tested, plus the kit and kabooodle for four friends.

Our folding camping table and chairs were really space efficient and our fold-down silicone kettle and folding camping stove meant we were enjoying the simple pleasures in life - a cup of tea and a sing-song, in no time at all. Get Lost even threw in a couple of ration packs which made cooking a doddle.

What became obvious from our Rutland sortie was the clever space-saving design of modern camping equipment. Get Lost has chosen its products really well, which stood us in good stead for venturing further afield this season and provided plenty of comfort without ruining the authentic camping experience.

La Dolce Vita Later on, we enjoyed a glass of wine by the rechargeable lantern and the warmth of an Atlas Square double sleeping bag... camping is definitely warmer and more comfortable than I remember!

You’re Never Too Posh to Pitch With Rutland Water offering a wide range of entertainment, it’s a great camping destination, even if we weren’t too far from home. It’s also a great proving ground for your new equipment and a springboard for many adventures both in this country and abroad.

Fortunately, some camping memories remain - not least the tradition of a morning-after fry-up. Nothing cures a fuzzy head from too much wine the previous evening than a hearty cooked breakfast and a cycle around Rutland Water. Again, the folding stove made life easy, and when we were ready for the off, everything fitted easily into our fairly 70

Even for those accustomed to the lap of luxury, camping is a simple pleasure - one that it’s good to remind yourself of from time to time. No matter who you are, you’re never to posh to pitch, and if you’ve children, it’s definitely a right of passage that will provide lots of fun all summer long!

Rutland’s Get Lost is amazing, whether you’re a farmer, equestrian fan, or if you’re into camping, golf, or walking. The company, run by katherine Horner and family, has everything you need, from technical clothing to top of the range cycles, camping equipment and walking shoes.

Visit get Lost at rutland Village in rutland garden centre, on ashwell road, oakham Le15 7Qn. call 01572 868712 or see

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Places to Stay... get to know your camping clobber and introduce the children to life under canvas before you leave the county...

£ rUtlaNd CaravaNNiNG aNd CaMPiNG, GreethaM: Where: one mile from a1, four miles from oakham and rutland Water, seven miles from stamford. About: Family owned site, caravan club affiliated, which is open all year. hard-standing and grass pitches available. separate adults only and Family areas. Facilities include two heated shower blocks; children’s play area, disabled facilities, wi-fi internet, ‘paws’ dog shower. Located in the village of greetham, with three pubs, shop/post office within 10 minutes walking distance and greetham Valley golf course nearby. Contact: 01572 813520,

£ GreeNdale FarM CaravaN aNd CaMPiNG, WhisseNdiNe: Where: Five miles from oakham & six miles from melton mowbray, greendale is easily found nestled in farmland, half mile from the a606. About: attractive, small, quiet, adult only, quality touring caravan and camping park. set in rolling countryside half mile from village with pubs & bistro. ideal for those wanting a relaxing break yet with much to offer nearby; especially for walking, cycling, birdwatching, heritage, shopping, gardening, festivals & rutland Water. Quality sunday breakfasts are very popular here as is the birdwatching from your own pitch. Contact: 01664 474516,


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The Rutland Show This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rutland Show is set to be bigger, better and hopefully drier than last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. With guest star Titan the Robot making an appearance, both adults and children will enjoy celebrating the very best of Rutland on Sunday 2nd June...


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Sunday 2nd June 2013

£ tiCkets Tickets for the show are available for £10/adults, £8/concessions, with discounts for pre-ordered tickets available from Oakham’s Walkers Books on High Street, uppingham’s Sports & Books on High Street and Stamford’s arts Centre on St mary’s Street.

£ Meet the teaM there’s a visioN oF the FUtUre at this year’s Rutland show, as guest star Titan the Robot will entertain crowds with a unique blend of street theatre, music and comedy. It’s perhaps rather more futuristic entertainment than you’d expect from the 181st Rutland County Show, but then, in recent years the show has proved that it can offer something for absolutely everyone who attends. Titan will meet visitors, dance and perform his live show having previously performed with stars like Rhianna and Will Smith. Other attractions at the show, which takes place at Burley on the Hill on Sunday 2nd June, include the Knights of the Damned, who will be demonstrating their impressive jousting skills, with the added excitement of the troupe’s sword-fighting skills and flaming fireballs. Also in the main ring is Peter Leadbeater with his chainsaw carving demonstration, and the Vale of Belvoir Machinery Group’s threshing demonstration. Families can also enjoy Lots of Fun’s wildlife displays - with birds of prey, a petting zoo and even exotic animals like snakes, spiders, lizards and giant snails. Speaking of animals, country show entertainment is also assured with horse and pony classes, showjumping, cattle, sheep & goats.

naturally we’ll be at the Rutland Show too! Come along to say hello, meet the team and have your photo taken... it’ll appear in a future edition of Rutland Pride.

In addition, you can enjoy over 100 trade and agriculture stands, vintage and classic cars, farm machinery - both old and modern - and an arts and crafts marquee. The 181st Rutland Show has evolved to become both a source of family entertainment and a traditional country show for those in the agricultural community. However, this will be the last show based at Burley on the Hill, because - since the show now attracts over 10,000 people - it has outgrown its present site, and will move to a new location in Oakham for the 2014 event. “The Rutland County Show provides a unique opportunity to appreciate what is great about our county.” a spokesperson for the show said. “This year the show will be showcasing all that's great about food and farming in Rutland be it craft, local produce or displays of traditional workmanship.” For more information call 07568 181616 or see 73

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£ rUtlaNd day

£ dreaMBoats aNd PettiCoats

, What s On... £ dreaMBoats

£ yoUth Fly FishiNG

£ the BlastoN shoW

enjoy a fabulous nostalgia-fest at De montford hall in Leicester this month! appearing on stage from 24th-29th June, Dreamboats and Petticoats The musical features classic tracks from roy orbison, The shadows, eddie cochran, billy Fury, and many more! To know him is To Love him, bobby’s girl, only sixteen, runaround sue, happy birthday sweet 16, The great Pretender and c’mon everybody... they’re all here, and many more besides!

a fun day for 10-17 year olds on sunday 14th July from 8.30am organised by rutland Water Fly Fishers.

The 56th blaston and District agricultural show society takes place on sunday 30th June 2013. The show will have many main ring displays including terrier racing, classic and vintage tractors and show jumping. attractions include children’s fairground rides, trade stands, rural crafts, tug of war, a licensed bar and food outlets, a modern farming display, dog showing and hunting hounds. There will be many equine events including equifest and bsPa qualifiers, and this year will be the third with a full range of cattle showing classes and the usual sheep showing. The show will once again take place on the blaston road showground, near slawston in Leicestershire. With entry to the show at just £10 per car. Tel: 07977 184870.

inspired by the smash hit multi-million selling Dreamboats and Petticoats albums, the franchise’s live spin-off show features some of the greatest hit songs of the rock ‘n’ roll era, right on your doorstep! Tickets: £19-32.50. tel: 0116 233 3111.

entry £15, including tackle and boat hire, fishing permit and lunch. see the website for more details.

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Coming Soon

Rutland Day Incorporating the Rutland Food & Drink Festival 2013 at Sykes lane, Saturday 14th September from 10am...

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oakham Festival is looking forward to a fantastic celebration of the arts from June 20th to 30th 2013. The event is a literary and music festival beginning with the east midlands book awards and festival reception on June 20th at barnsdale Lodge. events include the Festival orchestral concert on Friday 21st at oakham school, uppingham Feast - a live music and food festival on sunday 23rd in market square - and a performance by the rutland concert band in oakham castle on Tuesday 25th. The event culminates in a oakfest - a workshop and live family fun day with Funky Tent, a live music festival, in the evening featuring british band Toploader, both take place at oakham castle from 12pm to late.

nevill holt near market harborough will this month host mozart’s magic Flute. Tickets are on sale now, with early booking recommended for the live opera event, which takes place from 27th June to 2nd July from 5.30pm with dining prior to the performance. Tel: 020 7534 1540

The Rutland Food & Drink festival together with Rutland Day is back again for its fourth year. The event will take place on Saturday 14th September on the shores of Rutland Water at Sykes Lane and the event promises to be bigger and better than ever. The 2013 Rutland Food & Drink Festival is a celebration of all the wonderful high quality food and drink on offer in and around Rutland. From small family run farm shops to traditional bakeries and award winning butchers, there is something for all tastes in England’s smallest county. All of the event’s exhibitors are local and take pride in showcasing their amazing variety and quality of produce. Sample thirst-quenching ciders and beers, nibble on pork pies and cheeses, savour organic freshly cooked sausages and bison burgers. Food is one of Rutland’s greatest passions, and is highly regarded for the range of pubs and restaurants in the area. Locally renowned top chefs will again be sharing their recipes by way of live cookery demonstrations throughout the day. Rutland Day is on the same site as the Food & Drink Festival, and is a great day for everyone of all ages to enjoy. As well as a great line-up of live music on stage, there’s plenty of entertainment for children and a range of stalls for adults to browse around making it a fantastic family day out in Rutland! To book a stall for Rutland Food & Drink Festival or for more information visit or call 01780 686800.


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Saturday 6th July

BATTLE PROM Fun FOR 2013! IT’S BaCk! a FanTaSTIC EvEnIng OF Fun WITH aEROBaTIC dISPlayS, SPITFIRE FlyPaST, CavalRy dISPlay and a SuPERB ‘nIgHT aT THE PROmS’ InSPIREd muSICal PROgRammE! dOn’T mISS 2013’S BaTTlE PROm COnCERT aT BuRgHlEy HOuSE On SaTuRday 6TH July! hampers and Champers at the ready! The Battle Proms returns to Burghley House on 6th July with gates opening at 4.30pm. Organised by JSL Productions, the event begins with warm-up entertainment from The Rockabellas (the Andrews Sisters of today!) then at 7pm there’s a display by The Blades aerobatic team with exclusive charity flights available. The fun continues at 7.15 with a Napoleonic cavalry display before a ‘night at the proms’ musical programme at 8pm accompanied by a Spitfire flypast and spectacular firework finale! “Each concert also offers a full two hour programme of exquisite classical music performed by the renowned New English Concert Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Coombes.” says Emma Dexter. “The music at the Battle Proms is always carefully chosen to offer something for everyone, delivering soul-stirring classics befitting the incredible setting of Burghley House, such as Pachelbel’s Canon and the finale of the William Tell Overture by Rossini, with a crowd pleasing ‘Last Night of the Proms’ finale of favourites such as Jerusalem for you to wave your flags and sing along to!”

Back by popular demand is star Soprano is Denise Leigh who recently performed at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic games. She’s joined by celebrated young violinist Katy Smith who will give a virtuoso performance of the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Popular BBC presenter and broadcaster Pam Rhodes will once again compere the concerts. “This year the Battle Proms team is celebrating the 200th anniversary of our signature piece.” says Emma. “Beethoven’s Battle Symphony was written to celebrate Wellington’s defeat of the French at the Battle of Vitoria in 1813, and the event is the only outdoor concert series in the world to perform the piece as Beethoven intended, with 193 live firing cannon and musket fire providing a groundshaking percussion.” It’s a terrific event that’s tremendous fun for those who love fresh air, a picnic, and the pomp and ceremony of a night at the proms! So, grab your Union flag, give it a wave and shout ‘Huzzah!’ then celebrate the best that a British summer has to offer against the splendid backdrop of Burghley House!

£ tiCket GiveaWay We’ve 10 pairs of tickets to give away to the first readers who write to us (address on page five) answering the following tie-breaker: ‘We love Rutland because...’

£ For tiCkets The Burghley House Battle Prom takes place on 6th July, gates from 4.30pm. Tickets are £34/each, £16/under16s. To order call 01432 355416 or see


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qualITy CaRE and PEaCE OF mInd gREETHam’S Oak HOuSE RESIdEnTIal CaRE HOmE IS FamIly-OWnEd and PROvIdES ExCEPTIOnal qualITy RESIdEnTIal and RESPITE CaRE. FOR RESIdEnTS, ITS HOmE; FOR THOSE STayIng FOR RESPITE CaRE, IT’S HOmE-FROm-HOmE; FOR RElaTIvES, IT’S TRuE PEaCE OF mInd... Quality Care and a secure, stimulating environment is assured at one of Rutland’s most established and well-renowned residential homes. Oak House Residential Care Home in the village of Greetham doesn’t look or feel institutionalised; but the traditional 18th century building with its beautiful grounds still boasts the latest facilities & equipment and staff who really do care about their residents.

Catering is a particular highlight of the home, with Oak House winning the National Association of Care Homes’s catering award in 2012. Meals are prepared by owner and head chef Preston Walker in-house, using locally sourced fresh ingredients with fresh menus providing real choice, variety and quality.

“We were established in 1989 and Oak House is still a family run business which offers a home-from-home atmosphere with the highest levels of care for the elderly whilst maintaining their independence.” says the home’s Care Manager Debbie Dalby.

“We’re happy to hear both from those seeking long term residential care, but also from families seeking respite, day and convalescent care.” says Debbie. “We’ve 30 NVQ level two or above trained staff offering 24 hour care. We were awarded the maximum three-star rating by the Commission for Social Care’s Inspectorate which reflects the quality and continuity of care that we provide.”

Oak House’s 20 rooms are all private bedrooms with en-suite facilities. A spacious communal dining room and lounge both provide company and a stimulating environment with activities ranging from floristry to baking to painting to dancing, singing and quizzes.

Oak House also won last year’s National Association of Care Homes Care Home of the Year award who said the team offer outstanding levels of service, person-centred care planning and demonstrate that clients are given choice, respect and dignity.

Outside there’s a large sensory garden created with the mobility impaired in mind, whilst the home also has pets like Oscar the Boxer dog.

For quality and continuity of care, Oak House Residential Care provides not just for its residents, but peace of mind and reassurance for families and carers too.


£ Meet the teaM Top; (left to right) Care Manager Debbie Dalby, Assistant Care Manager Amanda Ellis and Co-Owner & Head Chef Preston Walker.

£ FiNd oUt More Visit Oak House Residential Care Home by appointment; Pond Lane, Greetham, Rutland LE15 7NW. For more information telephone 01572 812647 or see

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Above; The care home has won awards for the quality of its food.


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Getting them

Growing The children will soon be on school holidays and no doubt will be lamenting their boredom. But even in an age of video games and children’s TV channels with wall to wall cartoons, there’s nothing like getting messy in the garden to teach children the value of fresh produce...


arents with children off school will soon be greeted by the familiar cry of “I’m bored...” despite your investment in TV packages with dedicated children’s channels and the latest video games! Children quickly tire of toys and games, but gardening can hold a much longer appeal. Not only is it a great way of introducing your child to the world of science, but you can continue their education in the kitchen, introducing them to healthy salads and teaching them about where their food comes from. Best of all, there are so many mini-projects from growing sunflowers (competing with their siblings to grow the tallest) to creating herb planters to growing tomatos and planting trees. What’s more, your local independent garden centre will help you capitalise on your child’s enthusiasm with mini gardening sets, and with special ‘starter projects’ fronted by cartoon characters (Sutton’s Fun to Grow, Unwin’s Little Growers, Thompson & Morgan’s Kew for Kids), but you can easily get their growing going with a few of our suggested projects... Plating From Seed Planting flowers from seed is a great way of building children’s anticipation as they water their pots each day awaiting the first shoot. Nastertiums and marigolds are ideal this month, as are Cosmos and from August, Cornflowers. Lettuce seeds, once sown, tend to sprout within two weeks, whilst radishes from seed are ready to eat within a month, making these especially ideal for impatient children!

Above; Children relish the opportunity to grow their own. Left; Children’s accessories like Unwin’s Little Growers make gardening fun for little ones!

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There are a wealth of ‘fun’ planters and gardening accessories available for children from local independent garden centres. Kitchen Gardening Growing their own food offers children an extra dimension to enjoying the garden and teaches them the values of provenance and nutrition. Tomato plants are really easy to grow, and are suitable for pots and grow-bags, ideal for terraces and prolific in their fruit. Salad leaves sprout quickly and carrots germinate within three weeks, whilst potatoes are fun for children to dig up. Likewise, berries like late fruiting strawberries and raspberries provide a summer treat served with ice cream. Growing Up Getting children to plant their own sunflowers and ‘racing’ their siblings to grow the tallest is another fun garden project. Planting now will provide blooms in September for excitement all summer long. You can also encourage children to keep their own sunflower diaries and encourage art projects like painting and drawing to bring in other areas of their school curriculum. The Birds and The Bees Not only does gardening encourage children to take an interest in planting, harvesting and eating their own food, keeping mini-beasts at bay, feeding birds and creating nesting boxes can encourage children to take an interest in the garden all year round. Making bird boxes, planting bee-friendly flowers like alliums, and borage, creating and maintaining a pond with fish and teaching children the importance of composting all bring an element of conservation and sustainable gardening into their projects. Finding Out More The RHS has just produced its Grow Your Own for Kids book (£8.96, Amazon) whilst the RHS has other great ideas for families; For gardening products, see or visit your local independent garden centre.

Encourage children to eat healthily with soft fruit like strawberries - you can also pick your own locally. Far right; growing sunflowers allows children to compete with their brothers and sisters - who can grow the tallest?

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Our little models, George and Eve, tested out our gardening suggestions; just two years old, they loved getting dirty and watering their plants each day!

in the Garden

Jobs for June

£ Don’t forget Father’s Day in June! What about treating him to a new tree or attractive shrub to add to the garden or go shopping for a useful gardening tool? At this time of year there is plenty for dad to prune and dig in the garden!

£ Nature is flowering profusely now, but there is still time for planting: what about some stunning pot-grown roses. Summer flowers are blooming even faster now than they did in May. Do you fancy creating a new border? Dream up some good combinations and take your shopping list to the garden centre. At the end of the day you will have added a new area to your garden.

£ To guarantee profuse flowering next year, it’s best to ‘dead head’ (pinch out the dead flowers). Pull them off with a little bit of stem: the flower buds for next year are directly underneath. Most varieties have finished flowering by June.

£ Continue to weed; they grow vigorously in June. £ Roses exhaust the soil in which they are growing quite quickly. So it’s ideal to give them special rose fertiliser which contains trace elements and magnesium.


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On the FarM

BarrY POStOn Better weather has come as a relief for the county’s farmers, whilst county shows and Open Farm Sunday both represent an opportunity to both celebrate (and promote) the farming industry to the public... fter kind April and May weather, the majority of arable crops improved considerably in our county, but we are still two or three weeks behind when they would generally appear at that time. Several rape seed crops were dragged up and spring crops sown if the soil conditions were suitable.


grow that several of the small or medium growers are leaving the crop to larger scale, more efficient producers.

Other very poor rape crops will be dragged up, soil ‘busted’ and put in good condition to grow a good crop of wheat next year. This will also give farmers a good chance of killing the high population of blackgrass that these fields generally contain.

Livestock producers - despite higher prices for beef, lamb and pork - have all experienced considerable extra costs with a longer demand for foodstuffs due to a late spring. Fortunately sheep farmers did not suffer as much as those in the north west of the country. The UK pig herd has fallen to its lowest level for more than 60 years with many growers leaving the industry because a lot of their units need capital injection in new buildings. However one or two of the larger supermarkets are now offering contracts fixed to a feed escalator, which will give them extra security to invest and continue in the future.

Most sugar beet crops were sown in good soil conditions, albeit a little later than normal. Emergence was generally good; quick and with no heavy rain very little capping occurring. The main concern with growers is with the price paid which remains considerably below that which is paid to growers in Europe. Potato planting generally went well, with growers waiting for suitable soil conditions; this meant planting was not finished until well into May. Prices for the old crop have reached very high levels on the back of last year’s poor crop. It’s hoped that not too many growers plant excessive acres this year hoping for similar returns. The expression ‘high seed prices mean low feed prices’ quite often occurs, however I do feel that potatoes are now such an expensive crop to Words: Barry Poston


Vegetable, daffodil and pea growers have all felt the effect of the late spring with crops generally later and more erratic in maturing. Daffodil flowers in particular came very late and most growers missed Mother’s Day and Easter - therefore demand and prices have been very poor.

Once again, various farming events will take place in June. Lincolnshire will once again be hosting the Cereals demonstration - attracting visitors from across the UK - with many plots demonstrating the growing of wheat and barley plus many working machines. Other events include both the Lincolnshire and Rutland county shows, and on June 9th many farms will participate in Open Farm Sunday, a chance for members of the public to be welcomed onto the farms with no cost for either parking or entry.

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On the FarM

Feed a cow, learn how to shear a sheep, find out where your food comes from or just celebrate living in the countryside - visit for participating farms near you!

with Barry Poston

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the FaShiOn PaGeS

A Very English


VinTaGe prinTS & preTTy dreSSeS – iT’S a Sure SiGn ThaT Summer iS here. SO FOr Garden parTieS, dayS By The waTer’S edGe and Family picnicS TO Be enjOyed in STyle, we’re lOOkinG nO FurTher Than The new SprinG & Summer cOllecTiOn FrOm jOuleS.

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<< £ BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL Make sure you're always carrying flowers along by slipping on this blooming brilliant dress. This traditional blazer is a must-have for any well-dressed man’s wardrobe. Perfect for summer days when a jacket is required.


ong hot summer days dining in the gardens of the local manor house, lounging on the cricket lawn during the break in play for tea, garden parties and family picnics... All will be carried out in elegant style, thanks to traditional heritage-inspired clothing with unique twists from British lifestyle brand Joules. Joules’s heritage colour palette, when paired with quilted jackets in punchy shades of magenta and mustard, adds a surprising edge that’s sure to bowl over spectators and players alike. Knitwear moves from chunky-knit jumpers to super soft button-down cardigans that will warm up the evening chill as play draws to a close. As we move into the softer hazy days of summer, lighter fabrics in sugary pastel hues of candy pink, chalky blues and French vanilla set the tone for picnicking in the shade.

Colourful vintage prints have been inspired by a 1950s palette of pastel pink, powder blue and fresh greens to create a gorgeous summer look...

Print on print styling takes the lead, with structured A-line tops and matching Capri pants featuring stand-out florals. Should rain stop play, pair back with statement print Joules wellies for a wet-weather ready twist. Dresses arrive with tailored shifts and soft draping styles adorned with ditsy and oversized blooms or a smattering of polka dots. Shorts and cropped trousers in ice cream shades, paired with blouses, peter pan collared tops and the twist of a neck scarf, add a touch of glamour to these classic summer staples.


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£ IN FULL BLOOM Feel like the pick of bunch in this fantastic floral printed cardigan. It will remain a favourite long after the flowers in your garden have departed.


A shirt that certainly makes the cut. Steeped in detail from collar to cuff and in the highest quality cotton around, your wardrobe won’t be complete without it.

£ FLOWER POWER This skirt will look the bee’s knees and will sit elegantly above yours. Perfect to introduce to your wardrobe as the temperature rises. One for your swish list.

>> Designer glasses frames by Persoi £198 and Tiffany Rayban £128. £O’BRIENS OPTICIANS 01652 653 595, www.obriens


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M en should adopt the look with vintage-inspired blazers and chinos, herringbone tweed, layered knitwear and stylish checked shirts...

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Classic Clothing for the Modern Lady...

Smart Casual Wear from every-day brands like Steilmann and Sandwich... gift vouchers available

Swaton, near Sleaford, Lincs NG34 0JP

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A Very English


<< £ HOWZAT! If you want to achieve a relaxed preppy look then this jumper is the perfect catch.

<< £ DECKCHAIR CHIC As cute as the eight buttons that adorn it, this shirt will have you skipping out of your front door all the way to wherever you are going.


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>> £ READY FOR THE VILLAGE FÊTE Such an easy style solution, this flattering dress is garden party ready and will have you standing out from the crowd in no time.

£ STOCKISTS eve & ranshaw Market Place, Louth, 01507 602902. First Clothing North Street, Horncastle, 01507 525040. Fenwick of Leicester Market St, Leicester, 0116 255 3322. Joules St Mary’s Hill, Stamford, 01780 766544. High Street, Market Harborough, 01858 462872. Oldrids & downtown Great Gonerby Junction, Grantham. Tritton Road, Lincoln. Strait Bargate, Boston. t&C robinson St Mary’s Street, Stamford, 01780 755378. Billinghay, Lincoln, 01526 860436. thomas Bell Country Store Bigby Road, Brigg, 01652 600690.


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>> £ TUNIC TOPS With sunshine sewn into every stitch, this is summer in a tunic top. A must-have for into the season and beyond.

£ STOCKISTS eve & ranshaw Market Place, Louth, 01507 602902. First Clothing North Street, Horncastle, 01507 525040. Fenwick of Leicester Market St, Leicester, 0116 255 3322. Joules St Mary’s Hill, Stamford, 01780 766544. High Street, Market Harborough, 01858 462872. Oldrids & downtown Great Gonerby Junction, Grantham. Tritton Road, Lincoln. Strait Bargate, Boston. t&C robinson St Mary’s Street, Stamford, 01780 755378. Billinghay, Lincoln, 01526 860436. thomas Bell Country Store Bigby Road, Brigg, 01652 600690.


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the FaShiOn PaGeS

<< ÂŁ CHINO STYLE Over chinos or jeans this top really comes into its own. Such a simple and easy to wear piece.


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>> £ MAIN IMAGE With leggings (or without when the sun has got his hat on) this lovely little jersey tunic has been made for running wild in style.

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the FaShiOn PaGeS

t h e h ig h f o s r e v lo le t Fo r lit etter top . b o n s ’ re e h t se a s Put you r little one in print th is sea with th is lig htw eig ht su mmer dre son ss.

£ STOCKISTS eve & ranshaw Market Place, Louth, 01507 602902. First Clothing North Street, Horncastle, 01507 525040. Fenwick of Leicester Market St, Leicester, 0116 255 3322. Joules St Mary’s Hill, Stamford, 01780 766544. High Street, Market Harborough, 01858 462872.

Oldrids & downtown Great Gonerby Junction, Grantham. Tritton Road, Lincoln. Strait Bargate, Boston. t&C robinson St Mary’s Street, Stamford, 01780 755378. Billinghay, Lincoln, 01526 860436. thomas Bell Country Store Bigby Road, Brigg, 01652 600690.

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BEACH BEAUTIFUL BOdieS FOr Summer celeBraTe Summer wiTh Beach BeauTiFul BikiniS and SwimSuiTS FOr The SeaSOn ahead... Stay Beach Beautiful this year by updating your swimwear so you look great and feel comfortable all summer long. We’ve picked out five examples of 2013’s brand new bikinis and swimsuits from lingerie, swimwear and beauty boutique Chameleon.

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retro Prints: Energie bikini in emerald by Empreinte, D-F, cups £116.

in the Pink: Petale swimsuit in magenta by Empreinte, E - F, cups (also available in black and bikini versions too) £110. Frills: Navy Rose bikini by Piha A-D cups £54. Purple Passion: Shimmer Separates by Seafolly £98, with booster cups.

Stripes for Summer: Red Stripe bikini by Piha £45 A - D cups, also available in navy stripes with swimsuits & tankinis to match. Our featured swimwear is available from Lincolnshire and Rutland retailer Chameleon, on St Mary's Hill, Stamford and Mill Street, Oakham. Call 01780 755405 or 01572 720222 or see 106



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“Women’ s bodies change all the time so even if you ‘ know’ your size, a professional fitting is crucial to ensure a flattering look for your summer beachwear...”

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the WeddinG aLBUM

the WeddinG aLBUM

Mathew & Emma Gra ham A blind date first set up Mat and Emma - and the wedding was a real family affair as this month’s bride and groom tell us how they celebrated their love. “The whole day was so memorable!” says Emma... though she admits daughter Sophie stole the limelight on more than one occasion!” Photos: Contact:

ali Lovegrove Photography 07735 974799,

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“M at aske d hi s fri en d Beasn n’tot for be hi s Best M an - if it wve met !” hi m w e w ould never ha

o w rite t s r le k r a p s “ We use d sky a t dusk ! ” ‘ L o ve’ in t h e

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the WeddinG aLBUM

“Family is really important to us - our beautiful daughter Sophie was a flower girl and did a really great job...!”


e first met in a pub in 2005. Unbeknown to me at the time it was a set-up; a double-date with Mat’s best friend Ben. We hit it off and five years later Mat proposed to me on Christmas Day.

One of the first things we booked was our photographer back in June 2011! A friend recommended Ali; she was only just starting out but we were so impressed with her portfolio and enthusiasm! The search was then on for the venue. At first I think we wanted different things; I wanted to get married abroad! After finding the perfect venue – Stubton Hall - we both decided to stay in this country to get married... with hindsight, I am so glad we did! On our wedding day, as soon as we entered the room and began walking down the aisle the only person I could see was my husband-to-be. I couldn’t keep the smile of my face and it felt like there was just the two of us in the room! Family is very important to both of us so we wanted them to be heavily involved in the wedding. We asked Mat’s father to do a reading at the ceremony and his mother to be a witness. I asked my own mum to walk me down the aisle as my father had passed away in 2009 and I wanted her by my side. We asked both my sister in law and two sisters to be bridesmaids and our daughter Sophie was a flower girl.

My wedding dress was by designer Ian Stuart, from his Killer Queen collection, called Soufriere. I fell in love with it even before I had tried it on. It was pale blue, rather than ivory or white, so it was really individual. The ceremony was special because we had chosen some beautiful readings. In retrospect it was the most important bit of the day, saying ‘I Do.’ Mat’s speech was very touching; he shed a few tears, as did the majority of guests. The cake was amazing; designed by Mat and created by Choccywoccydoodah. We both loved the fireworks at the end of the evening and especially the sparklers. I don’t think I have seen so many people on a dance floor at one time; the band was brilliant at getting people in the mood for a dance. I could recommend every single supplier; they were all brilliant. However I think the day wouldn’t have been the same without Tina Brocklebank who did our makeup; she made us look beautiful. Ali Lovegrove captured some beautiful memories of the day with her amazing photography. We’d definitely recommend her. The band, The Livewires, were great too! Married life is perfect, I love being ‘Mrs Graham’ and we’re expecting our second child in June... Sophie is very much looking forward to being a big sister!

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The best of

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

H Award Winning Sleep Apnoea Service Please visit our website to view the full range of services we offer Comfort & Peace of Mind The Bostonian is the private wing of Pilgrim Hospital and is set in its own grounds and gardens. There are 19 en-suite single rooms with digital TVs and telephone. Our dedicated housekeeping team ensure continually high standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

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

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

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The Admiral Rodney Hotel • Luxury and style in the heart of historic Horncastle. • Lots of character in a 17th century former coaching inn with 31 en suite bedrooms. • Courtyard Restaurant and Rodney Bar, function room and more. • Recently refurbished.


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Get away from it all... with Barnsdale Hall Hotel. The country club’s timeshare holiday lodges appeal just as much to those who live in Rutland as those from further afield. That’s because purchasing a week, fortnight or month of timeshare accommodation in one of the hotel’s 49 lodges also enables you to exchange your allocation for holidays in other properties across the world, whilst at the same time enjoying Barnsdale Hall’s country club facilities all year round. “Not only is Barnsdale Hall located in one of the most beautiful parts of the county, but it’s a gold and platinum crown accredited resort in the timeshare community, which gives its members great trading value.” says Russell Waters. “A timeshare arrangement means you can accrue holiday time to use at a later date, with an exchange company, stay in it yourself or rent it out.”

week during the summer season, there’s a total of 49 lodges, apartments and cottages at the country club, with two or three bedrooms and provision to sleep between two and eight guests. A rolling programme of refurbishment ensures each apartment looks fresh and each is cleaned and maintained for owners when guests and owners depart. The company’s flagship A-frame Scandinavian lodges are eco-friendly with cosy bedrooms within the eaves and fitted kitchens with modern Neff appliances including dishwashers. “People see timeshare ownership as something prohibitively expensive, but in fact it’s available to all and can result in some really great holidays for couple and families.” says Russell.

In addition to providing exceptional dining in its Brasserie Restaurant the 65 acre country club - which is located on the North Shore of the water - has six tennis courts, two squash courts, golf and bowls facilities and the use of its 22m swimming pool.

“Rutland is a real hidden gem and Barnsdale Hall is available for anyone in the county to enjoy. You don’t have to be a member to dine here or enjoy the facilities, but we offer some really great membership packages, and with over 4,000 similar destinations available across the world, our timeshare provides an extra dimension to the way that you can enjoy your leisure time.”

There’s also a spa, with sauna and steam room, air conditioned gym, and a range of concessions for members such as incentivised dining. With ownership from just £1,200 for a

The country club is located on Stamford Road near Oakham. For more information on the facilities at Barnsdale Hall Hotel or its timeshare provision, call 01572 757901 or see

£ BARNSDALE HALL HOTEL Barnsdale hall hotel is a country club with Brasserie restaurant, 65 bedrooms, health club with gym and swimming pool and 49 holiday lodges.


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Have Fun in the Sun The caterham Seven is 40 years old this month, and to celebrate, the British ďŹ rm is making the super-light roadster faster, more economical and even more fun... as long as you can live without modern comforts...

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the model from Lotus after it ended production in 1973. Since then, the super-light roadster has been manufactured in the village of the same name in Surrey. Caterham borrows engines from companies like Ford, which has gifted the firm the rights to units like its 1.6 Ecoboost, usually found in the Focus and Fiesta. This month it also prepares to release a new Seven with Ford’s smallest engine, the tiny 1.0 Ecoboost. That’s significant because whilst a 1.0 Fiesta weighs upwards of 1,270kg, the Seven tips the scales at just 550kg. The result of a lighter car is a higher power-toweight ratio and a vehicle that can still return 60mpg... but will screech to 60mph in just six seconds. Its top speed isn’t great at 112mph, but that’s probably as fast as you’d dare to go on a racetrack in the Seven, and certainly sufficient for road legal driving.

The Caterham adheres to that rotten cliché, being quintessentially British. It’s still ripping good fun in the sun though!


here’s a different between cost and value when you’re shopping for a car. For some, it’s about a vehicle’s looks. For others it’s luxury and for others still, it’s about pure speed. If you value luxury, Caterham’s Seven is poor value, despite starting at less than £20,000. If, though, you’re the kind of driver who values an authentic experience on the road, a low-down, raw driving experience where the chassis comes alive and man (or woman) and machine become one, there’s only ever been one car for you from 1973 to the present day.

the firm sources its engines from Ford, whose new 1.0 ecoboost unit is tiny, fizzy and frugal. Because it needs to be worked hard, the new engine suits the Caterham Seven brilliantly! The Caterham Seven doesn’t exactly have the sexiest name in the world, and that’s just the start of a long list of things the car is lacking. ABS? Traction control? Nope. Power steering? Absolutely not. What about electric windows, cruise control, sat nav? No, no and definitely no.

Caterham Seven From: £19,995-£44,995. Engine: 1.0, 1.6 V4, 2.3 V4. Performance (1.0 V4): 0-60mph: 6.0 seconds (est). Top Speed: 112mph. Fuel Economy: 60mpg. Equipment: 40 Pack adds hand-tailored leather seats, special edition paint and bonnet stripes and grey leather dashboard.

The Caterham Seven provides seats, a heater and 15” alloy wheels, but not much else. There’s only two seats and there’s no boot. Straight away then, even with its sub-£20,000 starting price the Seven is looking poor value. But a modern, cosseting driving experience is not what the Caterham is about; remove its tonneau roof, start the raspy engine and you’re ready for a low-slung, laugh a minute driving experience that’s fun fun fun all summer long. This month the Seven is 40 years old. Having started its life as a Lotus Seven, Caterham brought the rights to

What’s more, the figures are only half the story. The car’s real coup de gras against modern rivals like Audi’s smart TT and myriad hot hatches is its raw driving experience. It’s not as comfortable, true, but you’re so low down and close to the road that the Seven handles like a pin and sticks to the tarmac like glue. The low-slung position also artificially makes it seem as though you’re going much faster. A tiny steering wheel and stubby short throw gearbox add to the feeling too. The new engine’s small displacement suits the car, too, as you’re compelled to work it much harder than its larger 1.6 litre sibling which, incidentally, also lags behind to the tune of 55nm of torque. To celebrate the model’s 40th aniversary, Caterham is also releasing a 40 Pack of luxuries. The firm has a dramatically different idea of luxury to me though; leather seats and a leather dash may be nice, and the Ruby Red 40YOC paint is pretty, but being in a Seven is still a fairly spartan driving experience! So, can you use the Seven on a day to day basis? Probably not - especially as we’re these days acclimatised to air con and heated seats. However, for ripping good fun and with head-turning charm, the Seven is a great summer treat. If you’re looking to rediscover ‘proper’ driving or cure a mid-life crisis, the Seven will match your imminent big 4-0 with an equal number of years under its belt... you’ll have lots of fun together!

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Hatches, Matches and Dispatches...

CatCh the SUMMer SOLStiCe in JUne This month includes the longest day - if you’re inclined to travel and hang out with hippies, Stonehenge’s Summer Solstice is something you must see at least once in your life...

Births 21st June 1982: hrh prince william, second in line to the throne. 30th June 1983: cheryl cole, Geordie pop star and X-Factor diva.

Marriages 4th June 1999: david and Victoria Beckham, footballer, and pop star. 21st June 1997: colin and livia Firth, actor.

STONEHENGE in wiltshire was created by druids between 2400Bc and 2200Bc (some parts are believed to be more than 5,000 years old, though). The Scheduled ancient monument and world heritage Site is one of the only surviving stone circles out of 900 in the uk.

The heel stone is the most spiritually significant, but the site is 6,500 acres in total and 30 stones remain today, with the site visited by over 1m it comprises three ‘phases’ with the tallest stone in tourists annually... oh and it’s about three hours the Sarsen circle 7.3m high and weighing 45 tonnes. away from our area, so you’ll need to leave the The circle was originally composed of 50 uprights house at about 2am, if you’re not camping at one (25 tonnes average) and is visited each june by of the six campsites nearby!



A SOUND DECISION: there are loads of ipod and iphone docks on the market but none sound as rich, or as clear as Bose’s Sounddock (rrp £329). it charges from the mains and can be taken into the garden for eight hours of cordless music, making it the perfect way to take your tunes along with you this summer.

17th June 1980: atari’s asteroids and lunar lander first video games to be copyrighted. 20th June 1840: Samuel morse granted a patent for telegraphy signals.

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around 15,000 people who want to see the sun rise on the longest day - a spiritual ritual which this year takes place at 5.05am on 21st june this year.

GrOwinG The perFecT TOmaTOeS Easy to grow all summer long... and as you’ve already read in this month’s gardening section, tomatoes are a great project for the children to get involved in, too!

anathema [a-NATH-uh-me-uh], Origin: 1520, from Greek. a person loathed or detested or a person destined to ecclesiastical excommunication. “That man is anathema to him.” 124

1. Plant outside in june in full sun with plants 40cm apart. Growbags and tubs are ideal.

2. Water the soil, not the plants tomatoes hate getting wet! Growbags and pots benefit from extra feed.

3. Harvest pick fruits regularly, and enjoy in summer salads with basil and locally produced cheese.

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OUR MOST COMMON BUTTERFLIES July will see the Big Butterfly Count take place across the UK. Last year, 27,000 participants counted 223,000 individual butterflies and moths, with 21 species identified in total. They reported their sightings via the project’s website to create the UK’s largest butterfly survey. You can take part from 20th July-2nd August this year by visiting, but last year’s results showed the most popular species in the UK were as follows...

MEADOW BROWN - 63,670 also known as maniola jurtina. a variable number of smaller eyespots are usually found on the hindwing undersides. These may number up to 12 per individual butterfly, with up to six on each wing.

GATEKEEPER - 32,432 nymphalidae also known as pyronia tithonus, or more usually called the hedge Brown. Gatekeeper butterfly prefer the habitat of meadow margins and hedges; field gates are often in such locations, hence its name.

RINGLET - 31,437 nymphalidae with a strong degree of attachment to woodland edges and blackberry bushes. common where there are thistles or scabious, its favourite foodplants. Often found later on in the summer.

SMALL WHITE - 18,122 pieridae whose upperside is creamy white with black tips to forewings and 3-5cm wingspan. Females have two black spots in the forewings. Sometimes mistaken for a moth due to its plain-looking appearance.

LARGE WHITE - 15,240 The wings are white, with black tips on the forewings of both males and females, the female also has two black spots on each forewing. Black markings are generally darker in the summer brood. wingspan of 5 to 6.5 cm.

SIX-SPOT BURNET - 11,728 The six-spot Burnet, Zygaena filipendulae, is technically a day-flying moth. Sexes are similar and have a wingspan of 3-4cm. attracted to a wide variety of flowers such as knapweed and scabious.

MARBLED WHITE - 10,218 nymphalidae fritillarie. adults emerge in july and, on a good site in warm, sunny weather, thousands can be seen gently fluttering amongst the grass heads. more usually found in northern parts of the uk.

GREEN-VEINED WHITE - 5,996 pieridae found in meadows, hedgerows and woodland glades but not as often in gardens and parks like its close relatives the large and Small whites, for which it is often mistaken.

LARGE SKIPPER - 5,165 hesperiidae found in wild grasses that are allowed to grow tall. hedgerows, woodland and clearings are favourites. an active little butterfly in sunny weather it is attracted to various flowers but has a liking for Bramble flowers!


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A Daily Pint

hOW tO MiLK a COW BY hand You’re going to this month’s county shows right? You’ll see the livestock, right? What if you’re called upon to milk a dairy cow by hand? Don’t worry, our indispensable guide will come to the rescue... just make sure you’re got warm hands! Safety First: cows can be alarmed by strangers reaching for their teats. make sure the animal is securely tied up before you begin. if you’ve no iodine rubs to hand, clean the teats with food-grade disinfectant or soapy water. Comfort: Sit low down in a position that will make it easy for you to back away if the cow becomes uncooperative (ie: not cross-legged on the floor). use lubricant like Vaseline to relieve teat friction.

High - Cirrus

Milking: wrap your hands around two of the four teats, choosing diagonal teats. Squeeze the base of each one after clamping the teat between your extended thumb and first finger so that the teat fills your palm. Then, squeeze down, maintaining your grip so the milk doesn’t flow back up the udder. continue until both quarters of the udder you’re working on look deflated. There are 1.8m dairy cows in the uk, each one produces an average annual yield of 7,617 litres of milk.

Mid - Alto Cumulus

NON-ALCOHOLIC SUMMER DRINKS It’s summer! Curl up in your favourite garden chair with a good book and enjoy a cocktail that won’t leave you all tipsy, groggy and dehydrated!

Low - Cumulonimbus Clouds are usually divided into three categories; upper, mid and low level clouds. Single, or a few, cirrus clouds indicate that fair weather is coming. cumulus clouds are usually called ‘fair-weather clouds’ and look like white cotton balls or cauliflower heads, and usually indicate fair, dry conditions. if you see alto-cumulus clouds on a warm, humid, or sticky morning, you should be prepared for thunderstorms late in the afternoon. cumulonimbus clouds are thunder clouds; these clouds can forecast some of the most extreme weather, including heavy rain, hail, or snow, thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. The point or ‘anvil’ usually points in the direction the storm is moving. 126

MINT LEMONADE Take a large handful of mint leaves, cover with a teatowel and bruise with a rolling pin. add to a chilled jug and squeeze the juice of six lemons and the zest of three. next, add 3tbsp of sugar cane syrup and top up with sparkling lemonade. mix well and serve garnished with mint leaves and lemon slices.

SHAM-PAGNE a non-alcoholic champagne using Belvoir elderflower cordial. add approx 60ml (a glug!) of lime cordial to 60ml (again, an imprecise glug) of elderflower cordial. add three drops of orange blossom water and top up with soda water. Serve in style in chilled champagne flutes and enjoy!

STRAWBERRY SPARKLE add a generous slug (more than a glug, not as much as a swig) of cranberry juice to an equal measure of ginger ale. add a dash of lemon squash or juice. add a small quantity of dissolved gelatine, strawberries and hot water, then enjoy on a summer evening as the sun goes down and it starts to get chilly!

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THE BEST BOWLINE The bowline almost defines sailing because of its versatility, usefulness, and strength. Since it’s a popular knot there are many ways to tie it but you only need to know one.

A SUMMER PLAYLIST A summer playlist with top tunes for a barbecue or a drive with the roof down, with suggestions from the Pride Magazines team!

heatwave Step 1: make a counter-clockwise loop in the standing end. pass the working end up through the loop.

Step 2: pass the working end behind the standing end, and back down through the counter-clockwise loop.

Step 3: Snug the knot together by grabbing the working end in one hand and the standing end in the other and pulling them apart.

enJOY the Great OUtdOOrS and Create the PerFeCt PatiO

Martha reeve & the Vandellas, 1963 Sublime Holland/Dozier/Holland songwriting with a scorching vocal delivery... wonderful!

Village Green Preservation Society Kate rusby, 2006 The yorkshire folk singer tackles The kinks’s manifesto for village life.

here Comes the Sun nina Simone, 1971 The glorious and gorgeous jazz firebrand does a better job of this track than the Beatles ever could!

have a nice day Stereophonics, 2001 ignore the disaffected guy on San Francisco Bay... it’s still a nice day!

Sunday Girl

FARMER’S COTTAGE rotating sphere so you can turn away from the glare of the sun, and a large door to let the breeze in. a perfect space age seating area for your patio. £6,999, John Lewis.

WEBER BARBECUE a gas burner, two shelves, rubbish bin and cupboard all result in a barbecue that’s more practical than your average example. Weber S-320; £679.

DINING SET jamie Oliver branded melamine set and acrylic wine glasses that are nicer to use than plain outdoor sets, but just as rugged. From £8.50, Jamie Oliver.

Summer Holiday Read THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB: james Bowen was a homeless drug addict. Bob was his cat. having Bob to look after encouraged james to turn his life around. This is an uplifting, off-the-wall, true-life story in which james shows the many ways in which Bob has been his protector and guardian angel through illness, hardship and life-threatening danger; £7.99.

Phillipa alexander, 2011 Phillipa covered Blondie’s 1978 track and made it better - much better - advertising the Mail on Sunday in a TV advert.

Mr Big Stuff Jean Knight, 1971 just a funky, lighthearted summer song.

Shine On the Kooks, 2008 You look beautiful; I look beautiful. Of course we do, it’s summer and everything’s wonderful!

Mr tambourine Man Bob dylan, 1965 The Byrds’s version was ranked above dylan’s in a rolling Stone poll, but we prefer the original! 127

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aCrOSS 1. More than one cross about very loud gags (7) 5. Walkers eating bird from the right part of 16? (7) 9. Relative velocity departing Venice unexpectedly (5) 10. Those having 16 4 contemplating seconds (9) 11. English tail revolutionary running arms here (10) 12. Case for blocking expensive tuition (4) 14. Not a single right digit? Look back! Angles here … (11) 18. … converge — it somehow follows Euclid's first mathematical concept (11) 21. Periodical with foreign articles (4) 22. Acceptable to break into strong alcohol — well over eight bottles' worth (10) 25. What's achieved by a cleric dividing people? That would be telling! (9) 26. Eg New Statesman cutting that is fancy (5) 27. Delayed case concerning 16 4's creator (7) 28. See 13

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