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SPRING 2013

MAY MAY 2013

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RutlandPride

RutlandPride

THE NUMBER ONE COUNTY MAGAZINE

NAUTICAL STYLE: A FRESH LOOK FOR YOU AND YOUR HOME...

Spring Homes Special

NAUTICAL Baking Hambleton

BREAD MAY 2013

S PRING

High Society

Mill Weekend

Fashion

Cavell’s Spring Fashion Show

Artisan Flour in Whissendine

Seasonal Style with Local Retailers

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RutlandPride May THE NUMBER ONE COUNTY MAGAZINE

Welcome to May’s Rutland Pride in which we acknowledge National Mills Weekend by meeting one of the county’s windmill owners, Nigel Moon. Then, we enjoy freshly baked bread from one of the county’s artisan bakeries as well as delicious cupcakes in the county. Elsewhere we discover why Stamford has been voted the UK’s best place to live, enjoy a delicious meal at the Jackson Stops and create nautical home style on our homes and garden pages too.

Enjoy!

Sweet

Summer

Stamford

Style

Find out how baking bread and cupcakes is proving more popular than ever with some top tips for better baking from Barbara Farrow.

Summer fashions with a nautical theme this month, from the county’s leading independent retailers, plus 50s retro fashions.

It’s the best place to live in the UK, according the Sunday Times. We talk to the newspaper’s Associate Editor to find out about the town’s latest accolade.

This month we’ve nautical home style and a look around one of the county’s most prestigious properties on our homes and garden pages.

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Rutland Pride – The Number One Team Stamford was recently voted the Number One place to live in the UK... what’ s your favourite thing about the town?

Zoie Wilkinson

Rob Davis

Rachel Jones

Sales Manager

Executive Editor

Sales Executive

“My husband and I were married in Stamford. It was a really nice day and the weather was perfect, so whenever we return to the town in the summer it’s like a reminder of that day. It’s a pretty town with lovely architecture and plenty to do with the family!”

“Stamford is great for a family day out at any time of the year, but I especially love taking my wonderful partner Anna to Burghley House’s Battle Proms each summer. This year it takes place on 6th July, and it’s always such a fun night!”

“I wasn’t surprised at all to see the town so highly regarded in The Sunday Times’s shortlist of the best places to live. Its beautiful homes provide a really nice place to live with pretty stone architecture and a good standard of living.”

Jo Leadbitter Sales Executive

Mandy Bray

Emily Brown

Customer Care Manager

Sales Executive

“It’s really important that a market town appreciates good food. We went to the Burghley Fine Food Market recently, and it proved how much local produce is valued in the area. We love Thierry’s patisserie, The George and all of the other great restaurants in the town!”

“A modern town centre needs national retailers, of course, but it’s just as important that local firms feel valued and can thrive. They certainly do in Stamford which is why it’s such a great place to shop for clothes, jewellery and things for the home.”

“There’s plenty to do in Stamford, from a walk around the Burghley Estate with my boyfriend, to Tolethorpe - the town’s open air theatre. I love introducing friends to the town because they’re always impressed with how much there is going on!”

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COTTESMORE, RUTLAND

£525,000

Wayside Cottage is a truly unique property whose traditional exterior style belies a spectacular and unexpected home within. The striking contemporary interior has a semi-open plan design, is airy and fresh and has been superbly planned and fitted throughout. At the same time the use of local Stamford stone and slate roofing when it was built six years ago ensures that the house sits comfortably alongside older village properties. Internally Wayside Cottage has been fitted to a high specification with every attention paid to details and modern features include; under floor heating on both floors, a spectacular contemporary fitted kitchen and double-glazed timber-frame windows throughout. Particular use has been made of natural materials such as solid wood Bamboo flooring, Tulip wood doors on the first floor and Travertine tiling on the ground floor.

BRAUNSTON, RUTLAND

£695,000

A classically proportioned brick-built property, Ashton House is a stylish and substantial family home with extensive accommodation. Enjoying a lovely location on the edge of this friendly and lively village, the house borders open pasture to the rear with many stunning views from the garden and the house itself. Built twelve years ago, the property’s interior layout has an open flow around the reception rooms and out to the garden, making it ideal for family life and entertaining. The use of natural materials such as French stone floor tiles, solid oak flooring and a stunning Clipsham stone fireplace add to the classic style of the interior, which is flooded with natural light from the many windows. The property also benefits from practical modern features such as an integrated vacuum system on both floors and timber-frame double glazed windows throughout.

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


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GREETHAM, RUTLAND

£775,000

The charming, classic facade of Godfrey’s Farmhouse, with its symmetrically aligned sash windows, central front door and steeply sloped local Collyweston slate roof, are typical of the period character and style of this handsome Georgian property. Whilst a dwelling is believed to have existed on this site since the 1650’s, the existing farmhouse was built in the Georgian era; more recently barns at the rear were incorporated into the main residence enlarging the overall living accommodation. Today the property is Grade II listed and retains its historic character with many classic period features such as the twelve-pane sash windows, high ceilings with original roof beams and open fireplaces in the principal reception rooms. As well as these formal rooms the house has plenty of robust areas ideal for day-to-day life.

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STAMFORD, LINCOLNSHIRE

£1,985,000

The Vale House is a splendid Georgian property dating from 1788 and retaining many original features including high ceilings, cornices, sash windows with shutters on the ground and first floors and fireplaces. However, the current owners have transformed the interior to an extremely high standard with state of the art bathrooms, kitchen and other contemporary fixtures and fittings, including a Bose sound system throughout the downstairs, in the principal bedroom and outside, creating a wonderful family home fit for the 21st century.


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ASHWELL HOUSE, ASHWELL

GUIDE PRICE £1,900,000

A Fine Grade II Listed House in a Conservation Village. In all approximately 2.2 Acres (0.89 Ha). Main House

Bungalow

Coach House

• Drawing Room

• Utility

• Living Room

• Coach House, Stables, Tack Room, Loft

• Dining Room

• Cellars

• Sitting Room

Gardens and Grounds

• Kitchen

• Summer House

• 3 Bedrooms

• Double Garage

• Sitting Room

• Principal Bedroom Suite • 6 Further Bedrooms

• Morning Room • Kitchen with Eating Area

• 4 Further Bathrooms (2 En Suite)

• Bathroom

• Larder

• Playroom

• Cloakroom

• Vegetable Garden

• Cloakroom

• Store Room

• 2 Store Rooms

• Green House

King West St Marys Street, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2DE Telephone: (01780) 484520 email: stamford@kingwest.co.uk www.kingwest.co.uk

• Swimming Pool • Lawned Gardens


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The No1 Place to Live in the UK...

It’ s Stamford!


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Stam ford The Sunday Times recently confirmed what many of us have known all along; Stamford is the best place to live in the UK. Here, we enjoy an exclusive interview with the list’s author, the newspaper’s Associate Editor Eleanor Mills who, in compiling the shortlist, came to fall in love with the Georgian town too...

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he ducks are quacking and the river is sparkling! Those were the words with which Sunday Times Associate Editor Eleanor Mills recently named Stamford the best place to live in the UK. It’s little surprise to us, nor to any Stamfordian, that the Georgian market town was named as the best place to live in Britain, but we wanted to hear why from Eleanor herself... >> >> Lead image: Jo Tony. Words: Rob Davis.


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Stamford

“We took into account the hard data on crime statistics, school performance, live expectancy and house prices. We also looked at transport links, proximity to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, community spirit and even access to the nearest Waitrose!” “I’ve been travelling all over the country for our Behind the Brochure feature in the homes section for the past three years.”

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charming, snob-free English town! That’s how the Sunday Times recently described Stamford as it counted down the best places to live in the UK. To receive a mention would be something to be proud of... to be named overall winner is an incredible accolade, but that’s exactly what Stamford has achieved. The newspaper named 101 towns and villages that blend an attractive place to live with low property prices and good schools. Eleanor Mills edited the guide and sent along reporter Matt Rudd to cover the story. “My work - and family - keeps me in London.” says Eleanor. “But like many I dream of blending life logistics with log fires, proximity to culture, sumptuous architecture and excellent schooling. We used these criteria to select the 101 best places to live in the UK.” Currently Associate Editor of the newspaper’s Homes section, and a regular on Sky News, Lorraine, This Morning and Woman’s Hour, Eleanor was appointed the Sunday Times’s Saturday Editor back in 2009 and has been a regular contributor or Editor at the newspaper ever since.

Eleanor works in a team of 10 journalists compiling the Homes section of the Sunday edition. Having divided the country into 10 areas, she called upon more than 100 contributors when she began compiling her shortlist around a month ago. “We created a ‘perfect life matrix,’ which objectively takes into account hard data, and compiled a shortlist which I then visited to evaluate based on my own objective thoughts.” The shortlist of 101 towns was not at that stage ranked, but instead presented region by region, before Eleanor visited each of the towns to determine four eventual winners. She visited Stamford on 4th March and visited estate agents including Fine & Country on the town’s St Mary’s Street

This is going to be really good for Stamford!” says Mary Davies, from the town’s Tourist Information Centre, of the article which described the town as ‘the Cotswolds without the snobs...’

At 41 and with a husband and two young daughters, Eleanor splits her time between London and the Cotswolds where she was raised, but admits that Stamford compares more than favourably to the latter. “Stamford looks very much like the Cotswolds, but without the snobs and without the cars!” she says. “The town quickly emerged as the clear winner!” 16

“I’ve been to the area before and thought how beautiful it was, having seen a Palladian property at Burghley on the Hill and properties in Ketton. I remember thinking on both those occasions how beautiful the area is.”

before enjoying the town’s (slightly chilly) meadows, warming up with a visit to The George of Stamford for a cappuccino. Eleanor and her team decided that Stamford was a clear winner over the other contenders, which were ranked, and which saw Kendal in Cumbria, Wye in Kent and Thornbury in Gloucestershire nursing bloodied noses and losing out to Stamford, now officially the UK’s best place to live.


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Stamford has beaten o competition from 100 other towns across the UK to be named as the best place to live in Britain.


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Stamford

Above: Eleanor Mills, Associate Editor of The Sunday Times, who compiled the list and talks to us exclusively here.

The article was largely well-received but some are sceptical that such favourable coverage will price locals out of the housing market and lead to an influx of out-of-towners... The article prompted a follow-up visit from reporter Matt who visited the town in early March and joined the town’s Tourist Information Centre officer Mary Davies on a tour around Stamford. The two took in the town centre, including independent retailers like the Stamford Cheese Cellar, before stopping for lunch at The George of Stamford, and visiting Burghley House. Matt later described Stamford as being ‘the happy accident of geography and geology,’ and echoed Betjeman’s description of it as ‘the finest stone town in England.’ The article drew upon little known facts... e.g: Burghley House’s orangery was the first place a tomato was ever grown in Britain, as well as more common Stamford lore such as Daniel Lambert’s ample 53 stone frame and the fact that Stamford was, at its peak, home to 14 churches and over 100 pubs (it has lost 58 of these) and the country’s oldest coaching inn, The George of Stamford.

With Burghley House - which saw a visit from The Queen last year and has enjoyed a cameo role in the Da Vinci Code and Pride & Prejudice plus traditional stone architecture, there’s a lot to love about Stamford. The article hasn’t been warmly received by all though. Some locals claim they are already being priced out of the town. They’re sceptical that such favourable coverage as the accolade of being named best place to live in the country will lead to our undiscovered idyll gaining unwanted attention from a fresh influx of out of town-ers. Our take on this scepticism is that Stamford is already a colourful town with a healthy blend of commuters and natives. It has successfully retained its independent traders, and its architectural, tourism and retail appeal. Any recognition of Stamford’s success and charm is good, and will be a welcome boost for tourism and local trade too.

£ A MenTIon for oAkhAM, Too! Stamford wasn’t the only town in the area to be recognised in The Sunday Times... Oakham was 51st in the list of the 101 best places to live in the UK: “The Rutland town sits next to one of the largest man-made lakes in Europe - a weekend playground for sailing, kayaking, fishing, wildlife-watching, walking or cycling around the 25-mile perimeter.” “Everyone ends up at the Finch’s Arms, in Hambleton, a gastropub with great views.” “The town itself has a lively market twice a week, independent shops in Mill Street and the High Street, several good pubs and bandstand concerts.”

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Adele modeling Joseph dress.

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RESTAURANT OF ThE MONTh

THE JACKSON STOPS in Stretton, Rutland

as one oF ruTLanD’s mosT WeLL respecTeD pub resTauranTs, sTreTTon’s Jackson sTops is a greaT prospecT For spring Dining... anD a spoT oF nurDLing. The Venue is ThriVing unDer heaD cheF roberT knoWLes anD WeLL-knoWn ambassaDors For LocaL proDuce, oWners roberT anD JuLia reiD. LasT monTh We Were inViTeD To preVieW Their spring menus


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Main Course; Our Pan Fried Fillet of Sea Bass was served with a Chablis, Peashoot and Samphire Risotto.


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The restaurant has a wine list comprising 50 bins, all reasonably priced, including dessert wines, sparkling and rosé wines.

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hose who fancy turning their hand to nurdling this month would do well to drop into Stretton’s Jackson Stops. Not only does it this month host the World Championships of the traditional pub sport - which, for the uninitiated, involves throwing pennies into a hole drilled into a pub seat - but the Grade II listed 15th century pub restaurant will also reveal its new menus this month.

Open fires, no-nonsense pantiles and a farmhouse feel all remind diners they’re in the country - as does the wealth of produce from local suppliers.

The building was a bakery in its early years and later became a pub known as the White Horse, probably when it was extended in the 1700s. It remained so until the 1950s when it was put onto the market. The place took so long to sell that the estate agency, Jackson Stops, gave the White Horse its new name. The building’s oldest wing is the bar and restaurant whilst the later extension features a thatched roof and shady beer garden. Owners Robert and Julia Reid are much-loved by the locals who use the pub and the couple are keen to ensure The Jackson Stops appeals to locals as well as Rutland’s wider dining community. Robert Reid and his head chef Robert Knowles are a formidable duo, setting up the White Horse at Empingham before creating Barnsdale Lodge in the 1980s and eventually spending nearly seven years in charge of catering for VIPs at Burghley House’s Orangery restaurant. The dynamic duo took on The Jackson Stops in 2011 and though food provision at the pub restaurant was good, they were determined to improve standards further. New for spring and summer 2013, the restaurant has streamlined its menus. Now, lunchtime diners can enjoy a two-course set menu for £13.95. This features seven starter options from Roasted Field Mushrooms to Rutland Water Trout served in a timbale with Lobster and Prawns, or as spring salad of Olives and Feta. Next, seven main courses offer traditional favourites like Fish & Chips, Sausage & Mash or Burgundy Beef Pie. There’s a choice of six desserts like Créme Brulée and Poached Pear. Additionally, a blackboard offers lunchtime specials. These are also available during evening service, but evening service is predominantly accommodated with an à la carte menu that comprises eight starters, 11 main courses, a grill menu and eight dessert options. 25


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This spread; starter, and two puddings from the venue’s new spring and summer menus. Our starter was English Asparagus wrapped in Smoked Salmon Filo with Hollandaise Sauce and Poached Egg. Below; Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramel Ice Cream.

During our visit, we enjoyed a few highlights of the spring and summer menus. “Spring is definitely my favourite season.” reports Robert Knowles. “Lots of fresh ingredients and lovely flavours!” “We use as many local ingredients as quality permits which this month will mean Rutland trout, strawberries from Empingham, and local lamb alongside sea bass with local pea shoots and chablis risotto.” Our choices included Local Asparagus which was treated to a Filo Pastry and Smoked Salmon blanket, whilst our main course, an assiette of spring lamb comprising Lamb Cutlet, Roast Rump and Baby Lamb Shoulder Pie was gently cooked and presented with a delicious redcurrant and Merlot reduction. Other options include a Burgundy Beef Pie, Grasmere Pork or Gressingham Duck and for lovers of fresh fish, Lemon Sole. Grill options during our visit included both Sirloin and Fillet Steaks which are available with home-made chips, salads and peppercorn, mushroom or even truffle oil sauces. Portions are impressive and presentation is excellent with side orders of salad, vegetables, chips or potato dishes also available.

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The Jackson Stops this month unveils its spring and summer menus with some innovative dining ideas which utilise the best local ingredients...

Poached Pear with spun sugar and summer berries.


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Sample M enu £ STArTerS Rutland Trout Timbale of prawns, rutland Water Trout and east runton Lobster with bouchée of Dressed Leaves and marie rose sauce.

£7.95

Game Terrine Venison, Wild boar and rabbit Terrine with homemade piccalilli.

£6.95

Asparagus £7.25 english asparagus with smoked salmon Filo Wrap, hollandaise sauce and poached egg.

£ MAInS Lamb Trio pan Fried cutlet, roast rump and baby Lamb shoulder pie served with redcurrant and merlot reduction.

£16.95

Grasmere Pork £15.95 slow roasted belly of grasmere pork, cauliflower purée and baby Vegetable panache. Seabass pan Fried Fillet of sea bass with chablis, peashoot and samphire risotto.

£15.95

Fillet Steak £24.50 10oz Fillet steak with Tomato, portobello mushroom, onion rings, home made chips and choice of peppercorn, mushroom or Truffle sauce.

£ PUDDInG Crème Brulée Vanilla crème brulée with baby raspberry shortbread.

£6.95

Poached Pear poached pear with rocha pear sorbet and green apple coulis.

£6.95

Stretton Mess a jumble of meringue, soft Fruit and cream with biscotti.

£6.95

Cheese slate of Fine Local cheese with chutney, biscuits, grapes and celery.

£7.95

£ oPenInG TIMeS TUeSDAy – SATUrDAy 12PM – 3PM 6PM – 10.30PM SUn 12PM – 5PM


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A footnote here is the ‘Bits and Bobs’ offerings which now appear on the ‘specials’ blackboard rather than on a dedicated menu. These options still provide for those seeking lighter bites or plates to graze on; freshly baked bread, gourmet burger, ploughmans lunch and local cheeses for example. Our desserts, Poached Pear and Sticky Toffee Pudding, both featured home made ice creams and were accompanied by one of 50 bins of wine priced from £16.50 to £34 for premium wines such as a 2008 Australian Chardonnay or 2005 red Margaux. In addition, the pub restaurant remains true to its roots by offering local ales from the likes of Oakham’s Grainstore and Oakham Ales. “We try to let ingredients do the talking and try to demonstrate what we’re so lucky to have in the area.” says Robert. “There’s something optimistic about spring dining, with better weather and colourful ingredients making everyone feel better. Spring dining is predominantly about pleasure, and it’s important that good food is backed up with good service, a nice looking place to dine and comfort.” Diners have the option of enjoying their meal in one of a number of enclaves, rather than one large dining room. This creates a more intimate feel and provides a choice of

the former barn, the old bakehouse or the stone walled dining room. Wherever you dine, thick wonky beams, solid pine tables, suede chairs and fresh flowers provide a warm country feel. If the weather is kinder to this month’s diners than during our visit - when our easter trip was greeted by flakes of snow rather than warm sunshine - you’ll be able to enjoy The Jackson Stops’s pretty garden with its dry stone wall, mature weeping willow and established shrubs. “A village pub was always the hub of the community and in larger towns and cities we’ve lost that.” says Robert. “That’s why we’re really passionate not just about providing really high quality dining but preserving the character and retaining the warm welcome of the venue.” With robust new menus providing carefully considered dining options and a great setting, plus a mention in the 2013 Michelin Guide, its little wonder that we’re so keen to recommend one of Rutland’s best dining pubs this month. If you’ve not had the pleasure of The Jackson Stops’s hospitality lately, revisit the Stretton venue and remind yourself how good pub restaurant food can be... you can also give nurdling a go, too!

Head Chef Robert Knowles has transformed dining at The Jackson Stops, and this month recommends his spring and summer menus...

THE JACKSON STOPS in Stretton, Rutland

Rookery Lane, Stretton, Rutland, LE15 7RA To book a meal call

01780 410237 www.thejacksonstops.com

From Oakham - Head north on ot Burley Road/B668 towards Bull Lane. Continue on the B668 turning right onto Toll Bar/B668. At the second roundabout take the first exit onto Clipsham Road and after half a mile turn right onto Manor Road then take Rookery Lane. From Uppingham - Take the A6003 (Ayston Road) and follow for around six miles until reaching the roundabout of the Burley Park Way/A606. Take the third exit, Burley Rd/B668. Continue onto Cottesmore Rd for half a mile. Continue on B668 until reaching Clipsham Road. Turn and after half a mile turn right onto Manor Road then take Rookery Lane.

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FINE DINING

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WEDDINGS

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A C C O M M O D AT I O N

OUTSIDE DINING AT T H E G E O R G E O F STA M FO R D

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...

71 St Martins, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2LB UK Tel: 01780 750750 Email: reservations@georgehotelofstamford.com Web: www.georgehotelofstamford.com

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TheWineCellar

Sip a stylish seasonal tipple this month and drink pink — or rather, Rosé. This often underestimated wine genre employs black grape skins to provide a delicate blush that’s simply super for a sizzling summer spent in the garden...

Lutzville Shiraz rosé, South Africa - £7.50 The original Lutzville cellars were founded in 1961 on the Cape's west coast. Fifty years later, the Lutzville winery is the second largest producer in South Africa making up to 25 million litres of wine each year. This wine has berry fruit flavours on a medium palate and an appealing fruit balance with a creamy finish.

Chateau de Campuget Invitation rosé, france - £8.50 Chateau de Campuget’s rosé has a lovely pink colour and is dry and delicate with bright berried fruit through to a crisp and lingering finish, a great wine at a really nice price, perfect for the summer months in the garden with a good book or for a picnic somewhere pretty!

Prado rey rosé, Spain - £12.25 The Predo Rey Rosado is a unique rosé blend of 50% Tempranillo and 50% Merlot. The nose shows some strawberry notes with hints of vanilla. In the mouth the strawberry is there, with vanilla, cherry and a hint of tropical fruit. It’s not a full-bodied wine, but it drinks ‘bigger’ than it actually is!

Caliterra Shiraz rosé, Chile - £7.50 Caliterra was established in 1996 as a partnership between, the late, great, Robert Mondavi of California and Eduardo Chadwick of Vina Errazuriz in Chile. Aromas of strawberries, ripe raspberries, and cherries pair with a smooth, well-rounded palate that is medium-dry with a long, persistent finish.

Saint Clair Pinot Gris rosé, new Zealand £10.50 Made by award winning winemaker Matt Thompson, this rosé is light and crisp. With flavours of wild strawberry and cream with hints of raspberry, this is a dry, soft, elegant, fresh and appealing, easy-going wine that’s a great example of what New Zealand can produce at its finest.

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Barbara Farrow and the team at Stamford Cupcakes create celebration cakes, wedding cakes... and over 40,000 cupcakes every single year!


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Spring hobbies

Rediscover Baking

We Love Cakes

The Great British Bake-Off recently encouraging us to rediscover the joy of baking, we this month meet a talented trio of local ladies who know more than most about creating cupcakes and celebration cakes...

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aking really is enjoying a resurgence in popularity lately, thanks to TV programmes like The Great British Bake-Off. Thankfully, Barbara Farrow and her team love baking, which is just as well... as they’re the team behind Stamford Cupcakes who are responsible for baking over 40,000 cupcakes each year. Here, we ask the county’s cleverest cupcake creators for a few baking tips! >> >>

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Barbara is keen to ensure people rediscover the joy of baking for themselves,

Barbara and her team create cupcakes for sale on Stamford’ s market days, and at Burghley House’ s Orangery Restaurant... they have over 20 flavours in their repertoire...!


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Spring hobbies Rediscover Baking

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here’s something about cupcakes... the teatime treats tap directly into all that’s fashionable at the moment, from vintage style in the home to a sense of knowing where your food comes from. Baking is thoroughly enjoyable (therapeutic, even) and whether you’re baking for yourself or baking cupcakes for friends and family, your effort are always satisfying. TV programmes like The Great British Bake-Off and Lorraine Pascale’s Baking Made Easy series encouraged us all back into the kitchens, with measuring scales and cooling trays, poised and ready. The best thing about baking though, is no matter how deftly you wield a balloon whisk at the moment, it’s a skill you’ll never completely master and will always be able to improve upon... that said, we know someone who’s come pretty close to perfection! Barbara Farrow runs The Stamford Cupcake Company and works with colleagues Sam Lines and Samantha Jose. The three create celebration and wedding cakes, all baked in Barbara’s farmhouse kitchen on the Burghley Estate. As the business’s names suggests, cupcakes is what the trio love doing most of all. Every Friday and Saturday the team sell hundreds of them to customers at Stamford Market, hundreds further still go to Burghley House’s Orangery Restaurant, which the business supplies and up to 400 at a time to around 30 brides-to-be each year. In total, the three create no fewer than 40,000 cupcakes every single year.

These include gorgeous decorations, beautiful bespoke designs with hand-made sugarcraft and around 17 different flavours of light, fluffy sponge. Barbara and the girls really are the experts, so there’s nobody better to seek advice from when it comes to creating the perfect cupcake. Unlike many forms of cooking, which are open to ad-libbing and artistic license, baking is more prescribed, and there are a number of definitive ‘rules’ that stand no matter how talented you are.

Samantha Jose (left) and Sam Lines (right) work with Barbara to produce 17 different flavour of cupcakes which are sold via Stamford Market and to brides-to-be for wedding cupcakes.

We wanted to rediscover the joy of baking cupcakes for ourselves... and who better to seek advice from the trio of professionals who create 40,000 cupcakes a year! Creating The Perfect Cupcake “There are a few unalterable rules when it comes to baking.” says Barbara. “Most of all, it’s to use quality ingredients. We’re lucky because we get many of our ingredients like our soft fruit from the Burghley Estate. We also forage for apples, blackberries and strawberries around the estate, and we make our own lemon curd for our lemon cupcakes.” “Also, the lightest cake batters are those with the greatest amount of air in them, so it’s really important to sieve your flour so it’s light and airy. You should never over-beat your eggs either” 37


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Spring hobbies Rediscover Baking

There are lots of expensive mixers available like KitchenAid models and Kenwood Chefs, but these are by no means pre-requisites for successful cakes; a trusty hand-mixer or a wooden spoon and plenty of elbow-grease work just as well, as long as you get as much air into the batter as possible. Barbara also advocate giving yourself plenty of time to bake; “Cakes can’t be rushed.” she says. “Always pre heat your oven to about 170°c for 20 minutes and never, ever open the door!” A Cupcake for All Seasons Once you’ve mastered creating a good cake batter and have a mixture that rises well, you can have fun with flavours. Many of Barbara’s flavours she’s happy to share, but there are a few flavours that remain closely guarded trade secrets. In Spring, blanch rhubarb down and incorporate into your batter, then put custard into butterfly-style cupcakes, or use sieved fresh raspberries and melted white chocolate to create a unique flavour. One of Barbara and team’s most popular summer offerings is their Pimms cupcakes - superb for garden parties. Add summer flavours like strawberry or cherry & vanilla. Late summer calls for apple and blackberry cupcakes using

Barbara’s spring and summer cupcake suggestions include raspberry & white chocolate, rhubarb and custard, lemon, lime & mango and Pimms flavoured cakes... the ladies also have a repertoire of six cocktail cupcake flavours! freshly harvested or foraged fruit, or a lime and mango cupcake using fruit from a further afield.

Above; One of Barbara’s full-size celebration cakes.

Even autumn and winter don’t escape the team’s creative flair, with pear & cranberry, chocolate orange, Baileys and ginger all providing quirky flavours. The team also has six cocktail cupcake flavours in their repertoire, from Mojito, to Piña Colada and Cosmopolitan cupcakes. A Piece of Cake There is, of course, an easier way to enjoy beautiful cupcakes for a birthday, wedding, summer garden party or any other occasion. Barbara and the team make cupcakes to order for customers and even offer local delivery. From a half-dozen to 300, no quantity is a problem, and the team can create bespoke decoration on any theme, creating all of their sugarcraft decorations by hand. Prices start from £1.50 a cupcake, and the team also creates single and multiple tiers of full-size cakes with over 20 flavours available. 38

Order cupcakes from Barbara and the team by calling 01780 489 364, or for more information see www.stamfordcupcake company.co.uk.


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Barbara’ s summer cupcake flavours include Pimms, strawberry and cream, rhubarb and custard, lemon and summer fruit...

Barbara and the Stamford Cupcake Company team usually create between six and 300 bespoke cupcakes for their customers.

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Apple & Blackberry Summer Cupcakes Makes a dozen cupcakes or six muffins; preparation time 30 minutes, cooking time 20 mins. 110g/4oz unsalted butter, 110g/4oz caster sugar 2 free-range eggs, Two bramley apples 110g/4oz blackberries 110g/4oz self-raising flour 1-2 tbsp milk For the buttercream icing 140g/5oz butter, softened 280g/10oz icing sugar

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preheat the oven to 170c/gas 3 and line a 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases. cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract. sweat the apples until soft and fold in the blackberries, sieve and set aside to cool.

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Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Fold in the fruit and spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.

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bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean.

a fresh, tangy and delicious flavour using fruit you can harvest from your own garden or the Rutland countryside...

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set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack. For the buttercream icing, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth.

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Then add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of the milk, adding more milk if necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

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mix until well combined. spoon the icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe the icing using a spiralling motion onto the cup cakes in a large swirl.

For More Information - you can order celebration cakes and cupcakes from barbara and her team by calling 01780 489 364.

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Tempting Teatime Treats Rediscover Baking with Barbara Farrow

An extra family recipe that’s a great summer treat, served with strawberries and cream...

Bread Pudding

Rich Chocolate Cake The ultimate dark, rich treat flavoured with stout... Serves six; preparation time approximately 20 minutes, cooking time 45mins-1hour. 250ml guinness 250g unsalted butter 100g quality dark chocolate 400g caster sugar 142ml sour cream 2 medium eggs 1 tbsp vanilla extract 275g plain flour 2 ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

Find out more by visiting www.stamford cupcakecompany.co.uk.

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Preheat the oven to 170c/Gas 3 and butter and line two 15cm springform tins. Melt the chocolate over a bain marie. Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter - in spoons or slices - and heat until melted. Whisk in the chocolate and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarb. Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tins and bake for 45 minutes to an hour.

When the cake’s cold, sit it on a flat platter or cake stand create the icing; lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth, sieve over the icing sugar and then beat them both together.

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Add the cream and beat again until it makes a spreadable consistency. Ice one sandwich of the cake and dust with icing sugar before serving.

Creates 9 squares, preparation time approximately 10 minutes, cooking time 11/2 hours. 500g white bread 500g mixed dried fruit 85g mixed peel

1 ½ tbsp mixed spice 600ml milk 2 large eggs, beaten 140g light muscovado sugar zest 1 lemon (optional) 100g butter, melted 2 tbsp demerara sugar

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Tear the bread into a large mixing bowl and add the fruit, peel and spice. Pour in the milk, then stir or scrunch through your fingers to mix everything well and completely break up the bread. Add eggs, muscovado and lemon zest if using. Stir well, then set aside for 15 mins to soak.

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Heat oven to 180c/160c fan/gas 4. Butter and line the base of a 20cm non-stick square cake tin (not one with a loose base). Stir the melted butter into the pudding mixture, tip into the tin, then scatter with demerara. Bake for 1½ hrs until firm and golden, covering with foil if it starts to brown too much. Turn out of the tin and strip off the paper. Cut into squares and serve warm.


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This month’s featured property is the Old Greetham Inn between Greetham and Stretton. Dating back from 1780 with a Grade II listing it is, as its name suggests, a former village pub.

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IF yOU’RE SEEKING A HEALTHy LIFESTyLE, HEAd dOWN TO THE PUB... OR RATHER, A FORMER PUB NOW CONVERTEd INTO A FAMILy HOME By THE MOHAMMEd FAMILy. WITH A GyM ANd HEALTH SUITE, IT’S PERFECT FOR FITNESS FANATICS!

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or those seeking a healthy lifestyle, the pub is probably the last place you’d expect to go. However, that’s just what this month’s featured property offers. Located between Greetham and Stretton, The Old Greetham Inn is the family home of Barrie Mohammed and fiancée Lorine. The local businessman is originally from Cornwall but came to the area in 2001 to build up an already successful shopfitting business, seeking a more central location for keeping in touch with a list of nation-wide clients which includes John Lewis, Debenhams, Primark and DFS. “We’ve been working in the company since we left school, myself and my brothers Ryan and Gareth.” says Louise, who showed us around the property. “Originally we moved to Peterborough but always admired Rutland, it was a great county in terms of the lifestyle it offers. We found this place in 2004 and though it was near derelict, we could all see the potential in it.”

“Much of our work is based in London - we’re working on the flagship Oxford Street Debenhams store at the moment so Dad is seeking a move down to the City... it’s the fitness suite that we will all miss most!” says Louise. It’s easy to see why. The two cellars are spacious and well-lit, in the case of the gym, naturally, by the light well.

The property was created in 1780 and has a Grade II listing. It’s arranged over three floors and has five bedrooms, three en suites and a separate two-bedroom self-contained apartment...

“The fact that it’s so close to the A1, with London an hour and a half away, makes it really convenient for people who travel nationally for work. My father embarked on a really big restoration project which took two years. He moved in around 2006 and it has been an amazing family home ever since for dad, for us and for his grandchildren too.”

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Arranged over four floors, the property has five reception rooms currently arranged as a drawing room, dining room, games room and breakfast kitchen. A large orangery has been created at the rear of the property and has a glass-plated light well which leads into the fitness suite Barrie has created in the property’s large cellars.

One features fitness machines, flat-screen TV and upright tanning booth, whilst the other features a large sauna, steam room and plunge pool. All of the modern equipment is neatly hidden, like much of the technology which features throughout the rest of the house - the underfloor heating and centralised vacuum cleaning system, for example. That leaves only the property’s period features and style visible.


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With business interests keeping him in London on an almost permanent basis, Barrie is seeking a move to London, so the family has put the property onto the market...

The family love cooking so a large, well-equipped kitchen was essential. A lively sociable family, they also enjoy the games room and fitness suite.


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Barrie’s main stipulation was that technology was inconspicuous and the property’s period style wasn’t compromised. The pillars and architraving were restored by local period property specialists WJ Wilson.

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Meanwhile, in line with Barrie’s ethos of ensuring the property is fit for modern living, the first floor of the Old Greetham Inn has four bedrooms with three en suites and a family bathroom, whilst the second floor has a further bedroom, as well as a self-contained flat with two bedrooms, living area and kitchenette. With a flair for inconspicuous technology, an appreciation for the preservation of the property’s underlying age, architecture and character, not to mention a willingness to make a substantial investment in the restoration, Barrie’s transformation of The Old Greetham Inn has been very successful. Not only is the property faithful to its original style, it has been brought up to date for its role as a modern family home. Traditional materials like the flagstones in the entrance hall or the bespoke joinery sit nicely alongside modern essentials like underfloor heating for the former, a super-modern kitchen with the latest appliances, and a great gym & spa area. Barrie is looking to downsize and spend more time in the capital to allow him to be closer to his work commitments. The couple are looking for a family who will enjoy the property and use it as a family home, benefiting from the work and thought the family have put into its restoration. It won’t be easy to leave The Old Greetham Inn behind though. “We’re all going to miss the place!” says Louise. “It really has been a great family home, and with 12 grandchildren from the age of two to 14, it is a lovely place for us all to spend time together.” “I think it will appeal to someone looking for a property that makes commuting easy, one that’s better value than property you’ll find in London. Someone looking for a family home in the countryside away from the stress of the city.” “Its best feature is definitely its location, in the heart of Rutland which as we all know, will give its new owners an absolutely fantastic quality of life!”

The Old Greetham Inn, Stretton, Oakham Owners: Barrie Mohammed. Style: Former coaching inn dating back from 1780 renovated to a very high standard by Barrie and family. Receptions: Five, currently arranged as Drawing Room, Dining Room, Games Room, Dining Room and Orangery. Bedrooms: Seven, with four en suites.

The Old Greetham Inn is a successful blend of old and new, with the front entrance featuring an original datestone and a large chunky door imported by Barrie from Spain with heavy ironwork.

Other features: Cellars with gym, steam room, sauna and plunge pool. Price: £1,075,000 Estate Agent: Fine & Country, St Mary’s Street, Stamford. Tel: 01780 750200. Website: www.fineandcountry.co.uk.

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Stamford’s J&L Ball celebrate nautical style with Clarke and Clarke Fabrics - blind in Seabirds, statement chair in Sail Stripe, dining chairs in Reef Marine.

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Nautical Style... Create a fresh, clean nautical look using blue and white, add a splash of raspberry red and serve with traditional earthenware! Even if your home doesn’t enjoy a traditional sea view, it can still channel relaxed, calming nautical style with aplomb!


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Sanderson Tiger Stripes - an iconic design which has been in the collection since the 1970's. Available in blue, pink or aqua with smooth 200 thread count percale for a soft, vintage feel. 55


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Main; As used by Market Harborough’s Brookside Carpets & Curtains, Prestigious Textiles’s Maritime woven cottons looks as good in the garden room as it does in the kitchen.

Above; Statement chair in Marine Sail Stripe as used by J&L Ball of Stamford and inspired by the British seaside, it’s a charming range of coordinated printed cottons.

Ideal for curtains or blinds, this jaunty combination of classic ticking, deckchair stripes, gingham and plains is offered across a range of cheery shades.

There are a total of seven patterns including Seashells, Seabirds, Coral and Skipper and to compliment, a useful deck chair stripe, spot and geometric.

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Clarke & Clarke’s Cloud Coral edged with Mineral Reef (throw). Fixed cushions in Mineral Sail Stripe. Scatter cushions in Mineral Seabirds and Mineral Sea Shells.


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Jane Churchill’s Southwood, Salthouse and Seacroft scatter cushions.

Manuel Canovas runner cushions in Miramas, Beaucaire, Bel Air and Bagatelle.

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s a nation, we do like to be beside the seaside. Holidays to the Great British seaside began as constitutionals for the aristocracy from the mid-1700s, and soon proliferated to the middle classes and eventually to ordinary folk with the proliferation of the railway. From the fresh salty air to the expanse of sea stretching forth over vast panoramic skies, and with later rituals like ice cream and candy floss, beach huts and bathing suits all proving part and parcel of a ritual that we’ve all enjoyed. Seaside style is still as popular today with many coveting retirement somewhere close to the sea. However, even if you don’t live near the coast you can still enjoy seaside style in your own home by adopting an oceanic oeuvre. A palette of soft blues over stark white suits family homes with distressed

furniture easy to achieve. Repurpose antiques or shop around the area’s antique fairs to obtain items to limewash then distress with a wire brush. For a neater finish opt for chalky Farrow & Ball or Little Greene shades like Great White or Slaked Lime. It’s a chameleon look which can be modern, bold and youthful, or more formal, as evidenced in scatter cushion form above. And so to fabrics; opt for mismatched and heavily textured fabrics with bold prints of nautical seashells and boats if you’re feeling brave and contemporary; traditional stripes and checks or gingham with highlights of raspberry otherwise. In any case, it’s a must to consult one of the county’s interiors specialists who can create bespoke soft furnishings and help you to create a cohesive look with collections of 59


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Morcott’s Alison Hutchinson uses Harlequin’s Tranquil and Linen wallpaper and Anoushka Plains upholstery. Scatter cushions in Seagrass and Hessian Anoushka Plains colourways.

wallcoverings and fabrics from the best names and the expertise needed to create completely bespoke furnishings for period properties. Creating a stylish nautical home is something the county’s interiors and garden designer Alison Hutchinson appreciates in particular, having recently created a holiday cottage for a local client on the coast. “It can be tricky making a coastal theme work when you are not by the sea.” says Alison. “What is lovely, clear and bright when you are on holiday can appear out of place when you are back home in the country.” “My advice is to work with colours within the landscape around you to get the best look. If you are after a nautical look then use blues and team them with white for a clean and crisp look. If you use a warmer blue, perhaps with a bit of a red tone in it, you can still get the nautical feel but it will be warmer in winter.” 60

In kitchens, chunky earthenware in cream with bold mid-blue stripes thrives next to enamelware whilst there’s a huge choice of linens available to complement a nautical theme along with a host of accessories from Dualit toasters, to KitchenAid mixers and Le Creuset bakeware in electric blue and ice blue shades. Meanwhile, in living rooms, opt for walnut-coloured engineered flooring, or limed floorboards then combine with weathered stained timber furniture with hefty industrial detailing such as the coffee table pictured above. Chunky wool rugs with heavy textures and finishing touches like hessian, wicker or jute rope. For a more traditional look, search for an antique leather trunk or hurricane lamps, or bring your look up to date with bright white walls, faux fur throws and hessian carpeting to create a multitude of textures.


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Earthenware and table linens by Laura Ashley; mugs £9, tea towels £28.

“At the holiday cottage I designed, we deliberately avoided the coastal look but rather used warm reds and sage greens to create a cosy cottage feel which on a winters day is warm and inviting and on a summers day gives a casual country feel.” says Alison. “The coastal element is brought out in the decoration and use of coastal images by local artists. That makes it completely bespoke, less of a cliché and warmer.” A nautical colour scheme can appear stark, with rough surfaces or distressed wood, severe white walls and brash blue shades. It’s important to soften the look sufficiently to prevent a scheme looking too cold, and to avoid at all costs naff nautical tat. With common colours of blue, slate grey, neutral creams and bright whites in its palette, it’s a look that’s easy to implement, versatile and adaptable. Get it wrong, and you’ll be all at sea, but implement a successfully nautical scheme and you’ll soon discover that life’s a beach. 62

The nautical look is one that can offer a traditional look with a mix of dark wood and rich textures, or a bright, hard-wearing chunky contemporary style that’s perfect for families too...

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Meanwhile in bedrooms cool, calm nautical influences look lovely with jute carpeting and simple bedding with stripes and white linen. Faux fur throws, heavy white dressing gowns and tactile fabrics work great in bedrooms, as do white lamp shades with dark wood and jute baskets of white toiletries, bowls of hyacinths or white tea roses for when guests stay, and candles.

Lloyd Loom hand-made furniture from John Lewis.

Alison Hutchinson; Willoughby Road, Morcott, Rutland. Tel: 01572 747318, www.alisonhutchinsondesign.co.uk. Brookside Carpets & Curtains; St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7DT. Tel: 01858 433334, www.brooksidecarpets.co.uk. Elizabeth Stanhope; Mill Street & South Street, Oakham LE15 6EA. Tel: 01572 722345, www.elizabethstanhope.co.uk. Furleys; 7 High Street, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6AH Tel: 01572 755539, www.furleys.co.uk. Maison Interiors; London Road, Oadby, LE2 5DL. Tel: 0116 271 2584, www.maison-interiors.com.

Helen Proudman; Teigh Road, Market Overton LE15 7PW Tel: 01572 768 970. J&L Ball; 16 North Street, Stamford PE9 1EH. Tel: 01780 481416, www.jandlballinteriors.co.uk. NGI; High Street, St Martins, Stamford PE9 2LF. Tel: 01780 766 899, www.ngidesign.co.uk. Peterborough Carpets; 67 South Street, Stanground PE2 8EY. Tel: 01733 562819, www.peterboroughcarpets.co.uk. Sarah Harding Interiors; Market Place, Uppingham LE15 9QH. Tel: 01572 823389, www.sarahhardinginteriors.co.uk. Simply Chic Interior Design; 07825 598016, www.simplychic interiordesigns.co.uk.


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NATIONAL MILL WEEK

Nigel’s Daily Grind There’s no trouble at t’mill for Nigel Moon. Whissendine Windmill is in a great state thanks to the miller’s efforts in restoring the building, and he’s happy to show visitors around this month as National Mill Weekend encourages visitors to experience the county’s industrial heritage...

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NATIONAL MILLS WEEKEND 2013

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May

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Whissendine Windmill was built in 1809 by the Earls of Harborough from the same material used on their stately pile, Stapleford Park. Refitted in 1862 it went out of use in the 1920s.

To conceive of a machine that can turn itself around to face the wind, and harness wind power to simultaneously turn several set of stones, work a grain elevator and hoist sacks up seven floors is an epic achievement, one that is admired still by the few remaining millwrights and by devoted millers like Nigel Moon.

It’s hard to remember that a windmill is just a machine. They seem to have a soul, with familiar creaks, quirks, temperaments and personalities. During their day they were cutting edge, and their simplicity is still capable of impressing even in the modern age...

inter blasted sleety nastiness over Rutland Pride’s poor Editor as I ascended six storeys to reach the cap of Whissendine Windmill. I found myself in the draughty mill’s elevated cap about 60ft in the air whilst Nigel released the sail’s brakes. It was here that the story of Whissendine Windmill was to unfold and as we made our way down each of the floors, it would become clearer how the machine works.

Nigel comes from Leicester and would visit the mill as a child with his family, so it always held a certain fascination. He started working at Downfield Mill in Soham, in 1974 and in his later years there, split his time between Downfield and Whissendine helping its owner to restore it, and working on Wymondham Windmill too. In 1995 he purchased Whissendine for £50,000, continuing restoration efforts by replacing the mill’s cap, fantail, sails, windshaft and brake wheel whilst using an engine to mill flour.

By the time it celebrated its bicentenary though, Nigel’s efforts had paid off and the newly replaced sails turned for the first time in August 2009. In the cap, and with the brake released, the sails turn a brake wheel, and the mill’s crown wheel, which drives the mill’s main shaft and brings the whole structure to life with a rhythmic, steady thrum.

The working mill uses four sets of stones which are fed a constant trickle of grain from an elevator system driven, like the stones, by the turning of the sails.

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Whissendine Windmill is the county’s impressive working mill built of honey-coloured stone. It’s six storeys high and was built in 1809.

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NATIONAL MILLS WEEKEND 2013

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May

purposes of flour production with a new market for artisan flours. “Bread machines have been brilliant for us.” says Nigel. “Breadmaking was always seen as a black art but the little machines that sit on your worktop and allow you to set a timer and wake up to fresh bread each morning caused a resurgence in the popularity of breadmakers.” This resurgence has been boosted further by TV programmes like Lorraine Pascale’s Baking Made Easy, the Great British Bake-Off and more recently by Paul Hollywood’s series on bread. “We’ve seen a direct rise in business from these as people discover that they’re not just dependent on breadmaking machines. I’m a huge fan of breadmakers but I really prefer to make bread by hand; it’s a tactile, almost meditative process, and I think the texture of the bread it better when it’s made by hand. However you do it though, the secret to good bread is high quality ingredients!”

The sails turn the (large) brake wheel which is connected to via the (small, horizontal) crown wheel and the windmill’s central shaft. It provides the grinding stones, sack hoist and grain elevator with power.

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NATIONAL MILLS WEEKEND 2013

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May

The Mill’’s balcony floor is its control room. The chain outside opens the shutters to control the movement of the sails, and a tentering screw changes the fineness of the grind... Above; Whissendine Windmill pictured circa 1910.

The genius of the mill is apparent when you consider that the mill’s fantail automatically directs it into the wind, and that the weighted chain on the balcony serves to mitigate the speed of the stones to produce a consistant product and prevent the mill’s workings turning is the wind is too strong - the chain opens the shutters in the mill’s sails to control the speed of the sails themselves. Grain arrives in sacks and can be lifted up to the mill’s dust floor - its sixth floor, just below the cap - to be put into a hopper on the floor below, known as the bin floor.

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Today though, mills like Whissendine make use of grain elevator system - fed by a separate electric grain cleaner which comprises cups on a vertical conveyor that runs from the ground floor to the stone floor and keeps the stones supplied with a steady flow of grain. The mill’s stone floor comprises four sets of Derbyshire Grey grit stones. These gain their power from the sails which drive a vertical brake wheel in the cap. The brake wheel’s teeth drive a horizontal crown wheel which in turn drives the mill’s central shaft.

Even the fineness of the flour can be finely tuned from the balcony floor - the mill’s control room - with a tentering screw altering the gap between the stones. It’s incredible to consider the amount of control a miller has over the windmill with no electricity, no motors or engines, just an incredibly well-conceived and well-engineered design. Whilst tourists can enjoy the mill as a nostalgic machine from a bygone era, it’s still a commercial enterprise with a place in the market and the science backs up this claim. Industrial roller mills produce tremendous heat when grinding grain which in turn causes oil within the grain to oxidise faster - this adversely affects the quality of the flour. It’s true, you’d have to be a finicky connoisseur to notice the difference in your bread but the fact remains if you want the best tasting bread, cakes or scones you should make your own, using only artisan flours. For that, you should acquaint yourself with a local miller like Nigel during National Mills Weekend this month. It’s well worth a look... I just hope it’s a bit warmer during your visit!


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Other Windmills... Whilst Whissendine Windmill is the only Rutland windmill taking part in National Mill Weekend there are four additional mills in Leicestershire...

£ hArCoUrT MILL, kIbWorTh: Status: restored in the 1970s, but does not work. About: off a6 at kibworth, between Leicester and market harborough. Take the Langton road; mill is quarter mile out of kibworth Village. an early 18th century post mill, the last one in the county.

£ hoUGh MILL, SWAnnInGTon: Status: internal workings under construction. Fantail and brakewheel now installed. About: From peggs green roundabout on a512 head down st george's hill, swannington. Take second track on right; follow brown sign. a red-brick tower mill, built around 1820. Visitor centre with milling, mining and railway exhibits.

£ ULLeSThorPe WInDMILL: Status: restoration in progress. About: a six-storey brick-built tower mill, at present without sails, with original mostly wooden machinery and three pairs of millstones. built in 1800 by subscription. adjacent granary, stable, carthouse, pigsties, bakehouse and miller's office; mill house built c.1830s.

£ WyMonDhAM WInDMILL: Status: complete, with most machinery, but at present has no sails. About: on the north edge of Wymondham, off b676 melton to colsterworth road. a six-sailed tower mill, with tea-room serving lunches and hot food all day.

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You have to get up pretty early to better Hambleton Bakery’s Julian Carter - he and the team at the Exton Bakery are now officially Britain’s Best Bakery, an accolade they won in December 2012.

ThE EXPERT

Fresh Bread In this edition we’ve already met Nigel Moon, the Rutland miller whose artisan flour is ground using the county’s only remaining windmill. But to really make his flour bloom, we turn to Hambleton’s Bakery’s artisan Julian Carter to discover the secrets of bread!

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rtisan baker Julian Carter of Hambleton Bakery is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. Five years ago he woke up at 3am and opened up his new bakery with a yawn, and five years on, he’s just been named Britain’s Best Baker. Unfortunately, Julian’s not as popular with everyone as he is with us.

At Hambleton Hall, Julian worked his way around each of the kitchen’s stations but always loved baking the hotel’s bread best.

During our uncharacteristically sunny visit in early April, the door was open, a lovely breeze stirred up the scent of freshly baked bread and the birds were chirruping... in fact, never mind chirruping, they sounded very upset indeed.

They found a quirky building in the form of a 1950s power station, which at the time provided electricity for Exton’s iron ore quarry. It was requisitioned and its four diesel generators ripped out to create what would become the county’s artisan bakery in 2008.

“Oh dear... I’m late, I’ve upset them!” said Julian, peering out the door. Sure enough a small army of inpatient looking birds had camped out on the doorstep and were awaiting their morning feed. They were easily placated with a few crumbs and are perhaps the best fed birds in the county. They love Julian’s bread which is hardly surprising; we do too! Hambleton Bakery was, of course, designed to create bread for Hambleton Hall, the peninsular’s Michelin starred dining room, but its remit has far exceeded its original role. Julian is from Liverpool and learned the craft from his father who owned a bakers too. He moved away in the mid-1980s and following a stint in the RAF where he met his wife, a Rutlander, became a chef, even working in Downing Street and at Chequers for John Major before coming to Hambleton Hall in 1996.

However, with breadmaking and the pastry section of the kitchen clashing in terms of when they needed to work, Julian and Tim Hart hit upon the idea of working elsewhere and really concentrating on creating an artisan bakery.

Bread

Julian’s oven was a six tonne monster specially imported from Barcelona. It took three weeks to reach its baking temperature and has held steady at 250°c for 24 hours a day, 364 days a year ever since!

The team installed a six tonne oven which has been up to temperature since the bakery opened. Hambleton Bakery is a 24-hour operation, which now has eight bakers and works 364 days a year. Neither Julian nor Tim anticipated how successful the bakery would be - and Julian soon lost his office to a small shop for the public. Within a year Hambleton Bakery had also opened up retail outlets on Oakham’s Gaol Street, on Stamford’s Ironmonger Street and in Oundle. There are over 20 other retail stockists too, like Otter’s Smokehouse & Deli on Oakham’s Mill Street and with Julian estimating a 50/50 split between retail and wholesale trade, it’s easy to see that the bakery is very busy indeed! 71


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Bread

Julian creates bread using a slow-fermentation method and a wood-fired oven.

Julian is delighted by that fact, but even more so that the public appreciate his quest to bring artisan bread to their tables. “Britain has the worst bread in Europe.” says Julian. “That’s because we’ve only ever wanted cheap bread. It’s a sin! Look at the love and attention our continental cousins lavish on their bread, which they buy fresh from local bakers, even in poorer, Eastern European countries! We’re always demanding cheap bread and we’re eating a poor product everyday because of that. That’s why consumers think of bread as a mundane, unfulfilling product, but bread can be

Local produce, slow fermentation, 50% less yeast and a wood-fired oven creates a product that has a better flavour and texture than fast-baked bread with its many processing aids and additives... so, so good... We think nothing of paying several pounds for coffee from national chains, but resent paying a little more for bread from their local artisan baker, and it can be such a magnificent food, really satisfying!”

For your nearest stockist visit the Oakham, Stamford or Hambleton retail outlets of see www.hambleton bakery.co.uk. Alternatively call 01572 812995.

“Take a look at the ingredients on your supermarket loaf. You only need flour, yeast, water and salt to make bread so any ingredient other than these is for the purposes of industrialisation and mass production, not for the benefit of the consumer. Our bread is more expensive than supermarket bread, but that’s not because we make more profit, it’s because we use better ingredients and bake slowly.” An industrial plant-bakery loaf will be made within a single hour. That means it’ll be loaded with yeast to facilitate fast fermentation. The human body can’t process gluten, which is why cheap bread often irritates those who are gluten intolerant.

Squeeze a mass produced loaf and it’ll return to a dough-ey state, and it won’t taste or feel as good as artisan bread. By contrast, Julian’s bread takes between 24 and 48 hours to produce and has less than half the yeast, which is possible because the bread has longer to ferment at its own leisure. A member of the campaign group Real Bread, Julian’s ‘back to basics’ artisan technique of long, slow breadmaking frees the consumer of processing aids, artificial additives (which includes most flour ‘improvers,’ dough conditioners and preservatives), chemical leavening (baking powder) phospholipase, amylase, xylanase, hemicellulase, oxidase, peptidase... and so on. His most popular loaves are Hambleton Local, which uses Nigel’s flour and yeasty froth from Oakham’s Grainstore Brewery. It’s malty, rich and lovely. Likewise, his Hambleton Sourdough is made from wheat and rye flour, with a crumpet-like texture. They are just two of the 11 specialist breads. In addition, the bakery produces tarts and cakes, the Ploughman’s Parcel focaccia, and The Rutland Pippin - a crusty dough containing Lincolnshire sausage meat, ham hock and Stilton cheese. Julian’s preferred way to enjoy the profound pleasure of freshly baked bread is to use cut a thick, chunky slice of his sourdough and toast it lightly before treating it to a liberal smothering of Seville marmalade - Hambleton’s own brand. The likes of Paul Hollywood and Lorraine Pascale have re-ignited an interest in real bread, and a loaf from artisan producers, or a loaf that you make in your own kitchen will prove to you how good it can be. If you’ve never made bread yourself it’s definitely something to try. In the meantime though, for the best bread ever you’ll ever taste, use your loaf and try Hambleton’s products for yourself... it’s an epiphany in dough and is, quite simply, beautiful!


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PARAPhERNALIA

CAMPAGNE BLOOMER

Fresh Bread

Made using the ‘Poolish’ method,

There are few scents as delicious and evocative as the smell of fresh bread... Using Nigel Moon’s Whissendine flour, Hambleton Bakery’s Julian Carter creates gorgeous artisan bread. In december 2013, he was honoured to receive the title of Britain’s Best Baker, and celebrated by creating the Rutland Pippin.... if you haven’t tried one yet, please do... they’re delicious!

maDe From a combinaTion oF WheaT, rye anD maLT using a WeT Dough meThoD anD LeFT To FermenT For 12 hours. a WeLL-DeVeLopeD crusT WiTh a nice springy crumb anD creamy coLour.

WhITE TIN LOAF Pictured above and sliced (below/right) This is a perFecT sanDWich LoaF maDe The Way The oLD masTers useD To make iT WiTh Long FermenTaTion. iT has a springy TexTure unLike moDern breaD anD is exceLLenT ToasTeD.

RESTAURANT LOAVES A trio of tiny treats pictured above/right haLF oF The bakery’s business is WhoLesaLe, For resTauranTs across The counTy. picTureD here is a resTauranT Version oF seeDeD anD pLain WhiTe anD sourDough LoaVes.

photo: Rob Davis

ThE RUTLAND PIPPIN Developed for the ITV programme Britain’s Best Bakers which hambleton Bakery won in 2012 a crusTy Dough conTaining LincoLnshire sausage meaT, ham hock, sTiLTon cheese anD bramLey appLe purée.


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Fresh Bread

WhOLEMEAL Produced with stoneground artisan flour from Whissendine Mill picTureD aboVe, aLL oF The germ anD bran is reTaineD here To maximise roughage anD nuTrienTs. Long FermenTaTion creaTes a highLy DigesTibLe Dough WiTh a greaT FLaVour.

ThE LOCAL The company’s most popular loaf with organic local wheatflour The LocaL’s Dough is FermenTeD For more Than 24 hours using The yeasTy FroTh From oakham’s grainsTore breWery. iT’s maLTy WiTh a Touch oF biTTerness, buT reTains LoTs oF ViTamins anD mineraLs.

WhITE BATON hand-shaped and proved in cloth for a traditional look and taste a sTrong WhiTe FLour From yorkshire is useD To creaTe hambLeTon bakery’s sourDough bLoomer. iTs proDucTion anD baking in JuLian’s WooD-FireD oVen creaTes a perFecT crusT!

TARTS AND CAKES From a selection, baked daily picTureD here is an aLmonD anD apricoT Frangipane, anD Fresh Lemon TarT - The Firm’s Lemon curD is home maDe anD premium ingreDienTs Like LocaL buTTer, anD cane sugar are useD ThroughouT!

SOURDOUGh One of the bakery’s most popular loaves The company has been making iTs sourDough since 2006 anD use a combinaTion oF WheaT FLour anD rye FLour. The Dough is FermenTeD For 24 hours beFore baking in a WooD FireD oVen.

To order Julian Carter’s artisan bread, call Hambleton Bakery on 01572 812995 or see www.hambletonbakery.co.uk.

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TO VIEW and purchasE phOTOGraphs FrOM ‘ThE EVEnT’ VIsIT WWW.prIdEMaGaZInEs.cO.uK

Lise organised the event to support her college friend Claire and husband Richard.

THE EVENT Easter Ball at the Talbot Hotel Lise Griffiths organised her black-tie Easter Ball at Oundle’s Talbot Hotel recently, raising money for Chrohns and Colitis UK. Lise organised the event for her college friend Claire, who endured Chrohns Disease throughout her college career, and husband Richard. The evening was attended by around 70 people. The evening included a three course meal, dancing with DJ Andy from Rutland’s California Disco and an auction which included a painting by Lise, beauty treatments at Stamford’s Essence and 30 other prizes. Photos: Issi Greig, 01536 746187, www.issigreig.com. To Donate: www.justgiving.com/lise-griffiths.

The event raised money for Chrohns and Colitis UK.

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ThE EVENT Talbot

Hotel

The event was held at Oundle’s Talbot Hotel.

The event was held in the hotel’s Drummingwell suite and was attended by around 70.

The event was attended by over 70 guests.

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

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£ LADIeS’ DAy

£ rUTLAnD CyCLInG

, What s On in May £ rUTLAnD CyCLInG

£ yoUTh fLy fIShInG

£ enjoy LADIeS’ DAy

The active rutland Walking and cycling Festival from 18th may to 1st June is a celebration of rutland's beautiful landscape with walks and cycle rides all led by qualified volunteer walk and bike leaders, making this festival free!

a fun day for 10-17 year olds on sunday 14th July from 8.30am organised by rutland Water Fly Fishers. entry £15, including tackle and boat hire, fishing permit and lunch. see the website for more details.

22nd may sees Ladies’ Day at huntingdon racecourse near peterborough. it’s a chance to enjoy large hats, a glass of champagne and hopefully, a winning flutter!

The first week offers a variety of different length walks and rides at different times and locations. The second week takes in the seven sections of the 65m ‘rutland round’ encircling the county’s perimeter.

www.rutlandwaterflyfishers.co.uk

The day consists of six races, trade stands and stalls, a ‘clarins and cupcakes’ beauty event, plus live Jazz music from The gershwin gang.

you can hire adults and children’s cycles from rutland cycling at the reservoir’s Whitwell and normanton shores, from £10. alternatively, purchase high quality walking, cycling, golfing or camping equipment from get Lost in rutland, on oakham’s ashwell road.

naturally there’s a prize for the best dressed ladies, and the racecourse has launched two bespoke packages, the barbie package and the ken package for £22/person which include admission, racecard, and either beauty treatments and champagne or pork roll and pint of bitter respectively! The early booking of tickets is strongly recommended.

www.getlostinrutland.co.uk 01572 868 712

www.huntingdon-racecourse.co.uk 0844 579 3007


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WhAT’S ON WhAT’S ON

A Perfect Gift for Father’s Day

Burghley house Battle Proms... at Burghley House, 6th July from 4.30pm, tickets £34...

£ CoUnTry fUn AT bUrGhLey

The Burghley House Game & Country Fair takes place on 26th and 27th May.

£ CoUnTry fAIr

£ brIGSToCk horSe

The burghley game & country Fair returns on the bank holiday weekend of 26th and 27th may for a whole host of country attractions and entertainment. Two action packed arenas have a full programme of displays with stunts, scurry racing, sheepdog and duck displays, birds of prey, dog displays and even a grand national steeplechase. equestrian demonstrations can be seen in the specialist arena. other types of horse are used for competitions such as scurry racing and mounted games, which can be seen in the main arena. The show’s arenas are encompassed by an array of country and craft stalls, selling everything from country clothing to handcrafted art and regional food. Tickets; £11/adults, £10/oaps/£4children. www.burghley.co.uk Tel: 01283 820548

rockingham castle is hosting its annual brigstock international horse Trials with be100 novice, intermediate and cii 1/2 star classes. spectators can enjoy show jumping, dressage and cross country plus lots of trade stands and food. www.rockinghamcastlehorsetrials.com Tel: 01536 770240

Burghley house’s Battle Proms event is a great way to celebrate Father’s Day this year. The event takes traditional picnic proms to new heights, with soul-stirring classical music, a tear-jerking aerial display with Spitfire aircraft, daring cavalry skill-at-arms demonstrations, thunderous cannons and a flag waving, sing-a-long finale of proms favourites with fantastic fireworks. 2013 marks the 16th year that the company has been hosting the events, and this year, The Battle Proms have announced the arrival of the Concert Pavilion, an exclusive marquee pavilion offering the perfect Father’s Day gift – a place for you and your family to enjoy a restful picnic with a prime viewing spot for the concert. With VIP parking and a ‘meet and greet’ with some of the stars of the show included, this is the place to be whether you are treating Dad for Father’s Day or for those who would simply like to make the most of the Battle Proms, knowing that there is a covered area with a table reserved especially for you. Tables available are for four or six in the Concert Pavilion the price of £240 (table of four) or £340 (table of six) includes VIP Parking, entry to the concert, a prime site pavilion with private patio are, easy access to all facilities, a table dressed with cloth and lantern, chairs for your party plus souvenir concert programmes and flags. Call 01432 355 416 early to book a concert pavilion position. General admission is £34, for more information see www.battleproms.com or call 01432 355 416.

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The ULTIMATE Combat Gaming Experience Airsoft is a military simulation game similar to paintball. It costs a lot less to play, it hurts less and uses realistic looking replica weapons.

Two unique sites and different styles of gaming. Fight in and around buildings or in the woods and undergrowth. The games run with two teams, each are given objectives which they have to try and achieve. Competitive Prices Private, corporate and open days catered for.

01733 247171 www.urbanassault.org.uk www.freefirezone.co.uk Designed by email: games@urbanassault.org.uk Airsoft Shop www.fire-support.co.uk

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IN ThE GARDEN

Rose Gardens

This month roses will begin to brighten up and add fragrance to your garden. Now is the time to give your roses a good feed and a prune to ensure they look good year after year. It’s also time to train climbers and ensure beautiful rose arches and walls bejewelled with blooms...

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oses have it all - pure beauty, perfection in form, and the paradox of their thorns has not been wasted on generations of poets and lovers. A rose without thorns may be very practical, but it lacks an essential part of its character. The red rose is a symbol of fiery love, social involvement, as well as secrecy; ‘sub rosa.’ The white rose stands for purity, pure beauty and complete honesty. Making fabulous cut flowers too, roses are a great asset in the garden. Classifications of Roses Roses are part of the rosacaea genus which also includes the apple, pear and cherry. There are over 3,500 species but broadly, roses are divided into seven classifications; wild or shrub roses, large-flowers or tea hybrid roses, spray roses, climbers, ground-vering roses, dwarf or miniature roses, and rootstock roses for the grafting of cultivated roses. Planting and Caring For Roses It’s best to plant bare-root roses in late autumn, but you can put off planting until spring, if the weather has been especially chilly like this year. Containerised roses can be grown all year round and in May and June, it’s time to give both new and well-established roses some TLC. Prune out weak or weedy growth to leave bush roses around a third of their original size. Roses planted last Autumn and facing their first spring season will require more brutal pruning; leaving just 10cm of your roses above the ground will allow all of the plant’s energy to go into creating a large, stable root network and will result in better growth.

Above; Most climbing roses are actually trained roses. Varieties such as Parkdirektor Riggers (red), Pink Cloud (dark pink) and New Dawn (pink) already meet those requirements, Goldstern is a very good yellow. One magnificent old climbing rose variety is Zéphirine Drouhin; freshly scented pink flowers and no thorns! Right; Deadhead roses as soon as they look scruffy by snapping off head or pruning them. 83


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Right; The term bush roses is a collective name for the large group of bushy, heavily cultivated roses which include old groups such as tea hybrids, floribundas, polyanthas, patio roses and sometimes miniature roses too. Prune shrub roses in mid-spring, bush roses in late spring, ramblers in late summer and climbers in Autumn. Feeding and Mulching If you’re growing roses on clay solid, fertilise them bi-annually, just after pruning in May/June and again in late July. Sandy, chalky or loamy soils require a single feed in mid-summer. Roses prefer moist soils so keep up your watering regime in summer. Little and often watering is the best strategy. Rose growers find watering in the morning or keeping the leaves dry reduces incidence of disease. Likewise mulching is a good practice; garden compost, leaf mould or manure will keep the moisture in the ground, but bark chippings are best avoided. Container Growing Roses grow well in containers but we recommend using John Innes Number Three as roses dislike multipurpose compost. Use a slow release fertiliser, and liquid feed from mid-July until September and choose a pot that is at least three times the size that the rose is growing in at the garden centre. Training Climbers For best results, if growing climbing roses against a wall or fence, train them to grow horizontally. The best time to train these is in September by stretching wires along your wall and bending the rose over, attaching it to the wire with string or raffia. The first wire should be around 60cm above soil level and further wires at 60cm intervals. After a time the stems trained horizontally will throw up vertical stems. Use the strongest verticals arising from the base and the middle of the plant to train along higher wires to create another tier if required. Prune the remaining vertical stems to one centimeter from the horizontal stem during September.

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Right; Varieties like Molineaux and Wildeve are best for shaded areas.

Far Right; Opt for ‘Dorothy Perkins’ - a weeping spray rose in bright pink or ‘Mullard Jubilee’ a double-flowered rose in dark pink.


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gardening

Morning Mist is a variety of rose available from specialist David Austen comprising single and double English roses, most suitable for training.

in The garden

Jobs for May

£ You can prune early-flowering shrubs which have finished flowering now. On varieties like Forsythia, Ribes and Spiraea cut off a few of the oldest branches every year. This constantly rejuvenates the bushes and means that they continue to bloom magnificently every year.

£ Cut the brown sprays that have finished flowering from the lilac. This will ensure it flowers even better next year. Also prune the winter heather that has finished flowering now.

£ It is time to trim hedges in order to prevent them from growing too vigorously. Careful not to prune any hedges if birds are nesting in them.

£ Everything that can grow, flower and live in the pond can go into it now. This includes water hyacinth, water lettuce and other tropical varieties. Ensure that two-thirds of the surface remains free of plants. Turn the pump on again and place fresh bacteria in the bio filter.

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alison hutchinson

the gardening expert

Alison has over 10 years experience as a garden and interior designer. She works with clients in Lincolnshire and Rutland.

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Alison Hutchinson The 2013 Chelsea Flower Show takes place from 21st – 25th May, and if you’ve coveted a landscape worthy of show garden status, but your efforts haven’t quite manifested themselves, it’s time to call in the professionals! Alison Hutchinson is the perfect person to provide essential garden design advice...

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arden design is probably the trickiest design project to undertake. A blend of art, science, hard-landscaping knowledge and plant husbandry. It’s easy to spend a considerable sum designing your own garden and end up with an unsuccessful planting scheme, a garden which lacks colour in the winter, or a space that requires too much maintenance. Many people invest in an interior designer and find they save money and create a bespoke interior that suits their lifestyle more effectively. The same applies to garden design, so this month we’ve asked Alison Hutchinson to identify some of her best garden schemes to suit everyone from busy families to keen gardeners. Changing Gardens In the same way that kitchens are no longer utilitarian places to prepare food, but a room for the family to converge, the way we use our gardens has changed.

Usually I work with budgets of around £10,000, but every project is different because gardens are personal. Once I’ve created my initial design it becomes a collaborative process between designer and client.” Making Modern Gardens Alison’s first suggestion is a ‘modern’ garden theme for busy couples. Create bold blocks of planting, incorporating abstract squared-off paths which create a route through the garden. Keep materials simple and use a recurring colour of paving throughout the garden. Don’t be tempted to over complicate your design.

“design your garden based around your lifestyle, not around plants and flowers,” says alison, who should know, with over 10 years of garden experience and a number of beautiful gardens to her name...

Increasingly we’ll dine and socialise outdoors, read or relax in a hammock (weather permitting), or just potter with a glass of wine in hand. For most of us, a garden needs to be a room in its own right in which the whole family can spend time. Planning Your Garden “Planning is the most important aspect of creating your garden.” says Alison. “But planning necessitates knowing how you’ll use your space. As a garden designer my initial meeting isn’t about plants or landscaping, it’s about the client.” “I try to establish how much time they have, how they use their space - for sunbathing, as keen gardeners, for spending time with the children, for enjoying a glass of wine in the evening and so on.” “Only then can I create a brief to suit. I complete a full survey of the garden and costings for the design process.

Making Family Friendly Gardens Children love gardening, and creating areas in your garden for them to take ownership of is a really good idea. Incorporate a child-friendly pond design and teach them about water safety. Include a vegetable garden to encourage them to take an interest in where our food comes from. Likewise encourage wildlife into the garden for children to enjoy with bird feeders and insect boxes. Creating a space where they can play in safety is also important. Opt for non-toxic plants with softer leaves and consider play bark around swings and slides, covered sandpits for younger children, and ‘dens’ for older children. Shrubs that will gradually grow up ensure you’ll see children playing when they’re young, but will create a screened off area to hide play equipment as they grow older. >>

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>> Making Small Spaces Work “I love designing small courtyard gardens as I like the restraint that they provide.” says Alison. “The compact garden, pictured right, is one of the smallest I have worked on and it was a pleasure. The brief was for a small, intimate seating area in both sun and shade and for soft, elegant planting. The clients were able to grow a few herbs and create a real suntrap in which to enjoy morning coffee.” Making Traditional Gardens “A few years ago I created a beautiful garden which won me a gold medal at the Sandringham Flower Show. Packed with traditional planting and York stone paving, it really is a delight.” A small circular lawn, tiered planting within the beds and a woven willow fence from Rutland Willows provide structure. Soft planting in pink and purple is a great look, creating a beautiful traditional garden in an installation space no larger than a modest cottage garden. No two gardens are alike so by considering how you want to spend your time in the garden, you can begin to create a space that’s tailored to you. Alternatively, commissioning a professional designer like Alison will help you to use your space in a way that suits both your life and your home.

Garden Designer Alison says it’ s important to consider your lifestyle - specifically, how you spend time in the garden and how much time you can devote to its upkeep - before you begin to design your space... Above; Small spaces can still be beautiful. Alison created this space in a small courtyard as a place for its owners to enjoy morning coffee in the sunshine.

Above; This modern garden scheme for a client on the border of Lincolnshire and Rutland incorporated a water garden with oak ‘stepping stones.’

Right; A traditional plantsman’s garden with tiered planting creates interest. As part of her service Alison creates a ‘maintenance schedule’ so her clients can keep their gardens looking at their very best. Left; The perfect example of a cottage garden, packed with pink & purple shrubs and fragrant herbs.

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GARDEN DESIGN

with Alison Hutchinson

“I try, where possible, to source traditional materials in the UK.” says Alison. “These complement both our local building stone and the landscape and love using recycled materials to give a garden a feeling of age...”

Alison has been designing gardens for clients across the county since 2001 and can create a garden that’s right for your lifestyle - call 01572 747318 or 07973 843020 for a no-obligation chat. www.alisonhutchinson design.co.uk


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on The FarM

BarrY PosTon ‘Well sown is half grown’ is a tried and trusted farming saying that still proves true, even in an age of ever more sophisticated farm machinery, says Pride’s sage of the soils, Barry Poston...

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e make no apology for, once again, starting our farming comments by discussing the general weather over the last six months. Following one of the wettest autumns this century when the county’s farmers had great difficulty in lifting their root crops, sowing rape and winter wheat, the spring weather turned out to be the coldest for 44 years. Consequently, very little land work took place until early April. I am sure that farmers should be patient and wait for what will hopefully be a summer of kinder weather. I have always considered ‘well sown is half grown’ to be a good motto throughout my farming career. Autumn sown wheat crops have so far looked very thin and poor. The old saying that a good wheat crop ‘should cover a hare in March’ certainly has not applied this year. With the acreage of winter wheat down by 24% and a lot of existing crops looking thin and weak, the total production is likely to be considerably down, too. The same assessment applies to rape seed, too, which is very backward and has suffered severe pigeon damage. At the moment, prospects for large yields look very remote and hopefully prices for produce will be higher in order to cover these lower yields. As Pride goes to press, the farming press is reporting that the UK will become a net importer of wheat for the first time in a decade with more than 2,000,000 tonnes lost last year and a 25% drop expected this summer.

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Worryingly, the cost of the poor weather for the UK farming industry is reported to be £500m. What’s more, one saying not proving true is ‘down corn, up horn;’ livestock producers have suffered just as badly as arable farmers. Spring grass growth has proved very slow and consequently cattle and sheep are having to be fed expensive extra food. Pig and poultry producers have also been hit by extra prices for their foodstuffs without any extra return for their animals. Following recent food scandals, supermarkets and larger retailers are all hoping to regain consumers’ trust and have already begun to decorate their chiller aisles with glossy pictures proclaiming that they stock only British meat. There’s nothing wrong with supermarkets per se, and they’re definitely an important part of UK households’ weekly shopping habit, but larger, more complicated supply chains are less reliable by their very nature. We believe there’s never been a better time to get to support your local butcher or farm shop. They can compete on price but will provide meat that has been hung longer and is usually reared locally. They offer advice on cuts, cooking and can offer information about your food’s provenance. Quality meat and vegetables from local suppliers needn’t cost the consumer more, but will benefit everyone from the county’s farmers and food producers to consumers themselves.


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on The FarM

with Barry Poston

The old saying that a good wheat crop “Should cover a hare in March!� certainly has not applied this year!


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The Fashion Pages

Nautical

...but Nice! WHeTHer you’re CruiSing in THe Med or enjoying SAiling CloSer To HoMe, MArBle’S nAuTiCAlly-inSPired FASHionS Are PerFeCT For MeSSing ABouT on THe river...


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£ ALL ABOARD: all aboard for this nautical outfit bright red t-shirt, worn under a navy, red and white cardigan and white cotton jeans.

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arble is a relatively new brand to the county, having made its debut nationally in 2008. The brand is one characterised by chic, wearable casuals and comprises of over 100 looks each season. This season the brand is especially proud of its nautically-inspired fashions and with high quality co-ordinated knitwear, tops, trousers, jeans and skirts. Trousers and skirts come in a variety of different lengths to ensure they look great no matter what your height, whilst colours in the nautical range’s palette include navy blue and bright red over pure white. Within each collection, everything is colour co-ordinated and adaptable ensuring customers can build a capsule look with ease. Nowhere is this more true than in the range’s nautical look, which ca be successfully mixed and matched to create many new looks with a few key pieces.

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Main: £ MIDDAY SUN navy and white striped long sleeved top with detail around the neckline, three quarter length white trousers. Finished of with a pair of colourful red wedge sandals.

Above: £ WHITE HOT White cotton jeans teamed up with a white and royal blue striped top with button detailing and finished off with a matching royal blue cardigan. >> Above: Designer glasses frames by Ray Ban £160 and Tiffany £215. £O’BRIENS OPTICIANS 01652 653 595, www.obriensopticians.co.uk 94


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>> £ BEACH BABE turquoise and white patterned maxi-dress - ideal for day or night.

£ STOCKISTS Cindy's Bridge rd, sutton Bridge; 01406 350961. www.cindysfashions.co.uk eve & ranshaw Market place, louth; 01507 602902. www.eve-ranshaw.co.uk. Felicity Market deeping, peterborough; 01778 345382. Jeanne of oadby chapel street, oadby; 0116 271 4430. www.jeanneofoadby.com. Karen’s Market place, donington; 01775 820808. Level 7 st Mary’s street, stamford; 01780 481295. obsessions of oakham crown street, oakham; 01572 770457. Timothy guy pen street, Boston; 01205 364419.

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Nautical

...but Nice! >> £ SUMMER NIGHTS this jungle print wrap over dress in shades of beige and cream looks great teamed up with chunky gold jewellery.

>> £ LIFE’S A BEACH this knitted top in Mocha looks fantastic worn over a white vest top and cream cropped trousers.

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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

Tel: 01529 421335

Opening Hours: Monday 11am – 3pm, Tuesday – Sat 10am – 4.30pm

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>> £ SHORELINE STYLE a fresh looking printed maxi-dress in white, green and purple is topped off with a bright lime green shrug.

£ STOCKISTS Cindy's Bridge rd, sutton Bridge; 01406 350961. www.cindysfashions.co.uk eve & ranshaw Market place, louth; 01507 602902. www.eve-ranshaw.co.uk. Felicity Market deeping, peterborough; 01778 345382. Jeanne of oadby chapel street, oadby; 0116 271 4430. www.jeanneofoadby.com. Karen’s Market place, donington; 01775 820808. Level 7 st Mary’s street, stamford; 01780 481295. obsessions of oakham crown street, oakham; 01572 770457. Timothy guy pen street, Boston; 01205 364419.

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SHIRT SLEEVES

7 Middlegate, Newark 01636 605880

Buy online at www.shirtsleeves.net


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>> ÂŁ SAIL AWAY Black and white striped t-shirt with three quarter length sleeves - teamed here with white cotton jeans.

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The Fashion Pages

To successfully adopt a nautical look choose key pieces which combine indigo blue and pure white for stylish contrast...


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p rotec t ion u o y s e iv g ly h a t n o t on h too .. . A b ig floppy s un but look s s o sty li s fro m t h e

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The Fashion Pages

<< £ MAIN IMAGE navy and white striped t-shirt with frilled detailing around the neckline and worn with white cotton jeans.

rn p rint e t t a p c e t z A M a r b le’ s tu rqu o ise .. . f o s e d a h s in tun ic top , Turquo ise bo w- bac k kn itted top ...

£ STOCKISTS Cindy's Bridge rd, sutton Bridge; 01406 350961. www.cindysfashions.co.uk eve & ranshaw Market place, louth; 01507 602902. www.eve-ranshaw.co.uk. Felicity Market deeping, peterborough; 01778 345382. Jeanne of oadby chapel street, oadby; 0116 271 4430. www.jeanneofoadby.com. Karen’s Market place, donington; 01775 820808. Level 7 st Mary’s street, stamford; 01780 481295. obsessions of oakham crown street, oakham; 01572 770457. Timothy guy pen street, Boston; 01205 364419.


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Fashion

Five from the Fifties...

1. All outfits created using Queensgate of Peterborough’s retailers. Images shot by Gary Houlder and styled by Pip Edwards. Our model was Tessa at Storm. 2.

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Five SPRING STYLE TiPS

FroM THe 1950s PreTTy PASTelS And going STeAdy, lACe, lAyering And jerry lee leWiS: 1950s AMeriCA iS STill inFluenCing 2013’S SPring And SuMMer FASHionS. Here We TeAM uP WiTH PeTerBorougH’S QueenSgATe To CreATe Five FABulouS lookS... Fashions inspired by the fifties, with retro-inspired shapes, pastel shades and feminine fabrics. They’re all the rage on the catwalk, but you can easily replicate the look yourself.

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Lemon Fizz: Lemon cigarette trousers from Jaegar’s concession at John Lewis £80.00, shown with sequin top from River Island £25. Accessorised with shoes from Schuh £60, blue belt from Topshop £12.00.

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Pastel Panache: Denim cloud dress from Miss Selfridge £40.00, with blue fluffy jumper, also from Miss Selfridge £39.00 and green polka dot scarf from Accessorize £6.

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raspberry Pink: Pink jewelled jumper £39.00 and pink net skirt by Miss Selfridge £32.00, and white blouse from H&M £14.99. Accessorised with blue Swarovski ring from John Lewis £59.00. 108

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Powder Blue: Blue blouse from Warehouse £50, over cream lace cardigan, H&M £19.99. Neon pink brocade skirt from Whistles concession at John Lewis £125.00.

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Lilac and Lace: Lilac lace dress £195 from Whistles concession in John Lewis. Accessorised with Dotty headband from Accessorize £6.

We’ ve created five looks in association with some of Peterborough’ s Queensgate’ s best High Street fashions For stockists’ contact details see www.queensgate-shopping.co.uk.


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Fashionable eyewear with

Lunettes Opticians Tiffany & Co tortoiseshell frames with graduated tint lenses, £238.

Below; Ray-Ban ophthalmic frames in classic Wayfarer style £105.

Above; Ray Ban sunglasses in Wayfarer style with sunshade lenses £120.

Right; Tiffany acetate frame with daisy design to arms £185.

Below; Tag Heuer gents sunglasses £246.

THe WiSH liST

Right; Oakley ladies acetate frames in black with jade inlay £call.


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THe WiSH liST With...

Lunettes Opticians

Right; Oakley ladies’ Newsflash Sunspex with grey lens £130.

here come the sun... and with it comes the opportunity to show off the latest designer eyewear from lunettes. established in 1990 the company provides eye examinations and low vision services, and specialises in both prescription tinted eyewear sunglasses and non-corrective sunglasses to ensure you look great, drive safely, excel at your chosen sport and avoid eye strain this summer.

Left; Oakley Ducati ophthalmic sports glasses £130 and Oakley Jupiter sunglasses in matte black with polarised lenses £165.

The company director and optometrist, Tushar Majithia is passionate about sport and believes that having the suitable sports eyewear can not only provide the necessary protection but can also enhance visual performance. He says; “Having regular eye examinations are important in identifying underlying visual defects, as well as signs of general health problems and ocular disease.” “We’ve over 800 frames to choose from, for both men and women, from names like oakley, ray Ban, Tiffany, Prada and Silhouette.” Telephone: sleaford: 01529 414066. grantham: 01476 591793. ruskington: 01526 834466. website: www.lunettes.co.uk


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suMMer sKinCare

Getting to the Point With summer’s black-tie balls, weddings and holidays approaching, and bikini weather beckoning, there’s never been a better time to improve your skin for summer, with the help of qualified medical professionals like dr john and Mrs Mary elder...

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Beautiful skin for the summer is something we all covet, and with many High Street salons now offering dermal fillers, treatments are readily available.

Meanwhile dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm can be really effective at eliminating lines around lips, plumping up skin and smoothing away wrinkles & creases.

However, with the government’s Keogh report - due to be published this month - expected to sound a cautionary note about unqualified practitioners, and clients risking misplaced or badly injected fillers and muscle relaxants, it’s more important than ever to trust your skincare to professionals.

The company also offers courses of Accent Spa RF treatments - safe non-invasive procedure that can dramatically improve the appearance of lax skin, reduce the appearance of cellulite and aid redistribution of body fat to create a better bikini body in time for summer weddings and holidays.

Dr John and Mary Elder have run the Market Cross Surgery in Corby Glen for over 20 years and set up Glen Eden medical Aesthetics eight years ago. In March 2012 they opened a new state of the art surgery, Market Cross Surgery at Corby Glen, near the border of Lincolnshire and Rutland, with purpose-built medical aesthetics facilities.

Glen Eden also provides clinically validated cosmeceuticals by Jan Marini, a brand which only sells its skin care management system of moisturisers, cleansers and acid peels via skin care professionals.

“It’s really important that our medical aesthetics patients receive the correct advice, and that they’re pointed in the direction of the best, most appropriate products and treatments.” say John and Mary. “We use products that are safe; and we use them safely. That’s so important because we’ve seen what happens when unskilled practitioners use inappropriate products and treatments.” The company can dramatically improve your skin for summer, and provides muscle relaxants to reduce or eliminate fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. Treatment is quick and results can be seen two to seven days afterwards.

“It’s also important to keep up a healthy lifestyle generally, including protecting yourself from the sun’s rays this summer and stopping smoking.” says Mary. “However, we’ve a range of treatments that can reduce or eliminate fine line, wrinkles, cellulite and thread veins in time for summer weddings and holidays.” “If you want to look your best this summer, but you also value the safety of knowing that your skin care advice is being offered by a medical professional, we’d definitely recommend calling us for no-obligation advice!”

£ GLEN EDEN Dr John Elder is a senior Partner at Market Cross Surgery and Mary Elder is Partner and Nurse Practitioner, and has undergone training in aesthetic techniques including botulin toxin therapy, Juvederm and Restylane dermal fillers, Dermaroller skin rejuvenation and acne scarring treatment and Accent RF Spa for body sculpting and skin tightening.

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The wedding aLBuM

The wedding aLBuM

Laura and Tom Upson... Well-travelled hippy type seeks overly competitive tennis partner! the groom went down on one knee but it was this month’s bride who was suffering impaired mobility during a romantic proposal! Fortunately it all worked out for the best for this month’s featured couple... photos: contact:

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The wedding aLBuM

“We wrote our own vows so it was beautifully personal and meant a great deal when we said them to each other!”

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om and I met at work. We always had a good friendship as we had a similar sense of humour. We both love to laugh and enjoy anything ridiculous in life! Tom was well-travelled and a bit of a hippy back then, I was always sensible but loved having fun and laughing. After knowing each other for two years we realised how we both felt about each other. It started with a kiss and the rest is history.

We were married and had our reception in the barn at Barnsdale Lodge. It was perfect! We were unlucky with the weather and had rain, so to have a self-contained venue was great! Everyone could stay in the warm, eat canapés and listen to the pianist, David at DG Music, while we had our photos taken.

Barnsdale Lodge worked so well and the staff were fantastic. Tom asked me to marry him on a beach in Khao Lak, Thailand. I made a film for Tom showing him all the things I love most It was the last day of an amazing holiday. Unfortunately I had suffered an ankle sprain on the last day during i am loving the relaxed contentment that comes a rather competitive morning from being Tom's wife! he is a wonderful, kind, loving tennis match, so although he and funny person and i love him with all my heart! got down on one knee, I was hobbling on crutches! about him - whilst including some silly photos of him! It had The dress was bought within a week of getting engaged. several people in tears, myself included, so I was really happy I knew I wanted a specific Amanda Wakeley dress and it was he loved it and was so touched by it! the only one I tried. Next we booked the venue - Barnsdale Lodge - and everything slotted into place from then on! We are both close to our families and have some fantastic friends! Everyone we care about most was there and will We wrote our own vows so it was beautifully personal and forever share our happy memories of our special day! meant a great deal when we said them to each other!


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weddings

Five FLOWER TIPS For

your WEDDING...

By being a little more creative your flowers can be an integral part of your wedding theme. Here are our top tips and ideas for wedding flowers... n Think seasonally: Spring flowers include tulips, lilies, peonies, amaryllis and anemone. Summer blooms you should consider include lilies, carnations, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, lavender and roses. In Autumn, think delphinium, hydrangea, and gerbera, whilst Winter flowers include snowdrop, hyacinth, lisianthus, lilacs and irises. n work with Mother nature: If you’re planning to marry in a hot, humid summer, avoid lily of the valley and tulips in favour of flowers that are less prone to wilting, like hydrangeas, dahlias and zinnias. n Be Creative: Bouquets are beautiful, and they can be hand-tied, tightly for a contemporary look or designed as trailing bouquets tied with raffia for a looser, vintage look. n Cut your Costs: Only work with native, current flowers as this will be cheaper than trying to import something out of season. Combine expensive ‘feature’ flowers with cheaper filler flowers and bushy foliage like ivy, fern and gyp.

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Main; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Blingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; table arrangements courtesy of the Flowers and Plants Association. Below; Hyacinths and bouvardia displayed with sweet treats are perfect for a country garden wedding.

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MoToring news

A Touch of E-Class depending on the version you choose, Mercedes Benz’s e-Class can be a sober-suited executive saloon or a capacious and practical estate... but with coupé and convertible versions in the range too, there’s another side to the company’s mid-range model!

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Whilst the saloon and estate models are still a little sober when compared to a BMW 5-Series, the coupé and convertible E-Class models are considerably sportier with LED lights at the front, wider rear bumpers, flat roofline and pillarless windows. Inside, the coupé and convertible variants feature sportier, figure-hugging seats with optional multicontour air pockets. Convertibles are also available with optional airscarf neck warmers. Both cars have ample room for two rear passengers making them true four-seaters rather than 2+2 models. What’s more impressive is that both the coupé and convertible have 390 litre boots - 50 litres more than a Ford Focus! That makes the two sporty models in the E-Class lineup as practical as a family hatchback.

The coupé and convertible models’ cabins are identical to the E-Class saloon which means plenty of space and practicality. Sporty seats are a nice touch, and equipment levels are generous.

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efore we go any further, I must declare a personal interest. I’m a huge fan of Mercedes at the moment, and of the E-Class. The outgoing models were good value and well-equipped; a little sober in saloon form, perhaps, but practical as an estate and very pretty in coupé or convertible form. New E-Class saloons and estates launched in February with more muscular styling, more standard equipment and even more comfort. However, with this month’s launch of the new coupé and convertible E-Class models, all of the space, practicality and value is carried over into two models that boast, in addition sublime styling, sporty looks and open-top convertible motoring.

The coupé and convertible versions of Mercedes’s superb e-Class have all the space, equipment and practicality of their saloon and estate siblings, but in sportier looking body styles... Mercedes E-Class Coupé & Convertible From: £33,000 Engine: 2.0V4, 3.0V6, 2.1V4 diesel, 3.0V6 diesel Performance (E220CDI): 0-60mph 8.7 seconds top speed 142 mph Fuel Economy: 58.9mpg combined Equipment: Leather, sat nav, electric heated seats, parking sensors

Every E-Class, regardless of body style, has the company’s Comand sat-nav with DAB radio and internet connectivity, Bluetooth, climate control, heated, electrically adjustable leather seats, parking sensors and Bluetooth, electric windows and mirrors. Estate versions have powered tailgates and convertible models have an electrically powered folding roof. Whilst saloon and estate versions start from £32,400, the coupé and convertible models carry a modest premium at £33,000 and £35,900 respectively. With more standard equipment that makes the car much better value when compared to, for instance, a BMW 3-Series convertible.

Even more impressive is the performance of the firm’s smooth, flexible engines. Even the basic 2.0 petrol E200 reaches 60mph in less than eight seconds and can reach 143mph flat out, retuning 58mpg on the motorway, 38mpg in town. The smallest diesel, the E220CDI, reaches 60mph in 8.7 seconds, 142mph flat out and will return a superb 69mpg on A-roads and motorways. The diesel unit has a manual gearbox as standard whereas petrol E-Classes come with the firm’s excellent seven speed auto. With such a blend of performance and economy from the firm’s smallest engines, there’s scarcely any point upgrading to the firm’s larger engines, even if the company’s 3.0 V6 engines is powerful and smooth. As a saloon or estate variant, the E-Class represents great value for money... if you’re willing to forgo the broad appeal of Audi’s excellent A6 with Quattro and the nimble chassis of BMW’s driver-focused 5-Series. However, in coupé and convertible form there’s nothing to touch the E-Class in terms of value for money, style or practicality. Opt for the firm’s smallest diesel engines, basic SE trim which has a softer ride than AMG Sport trim, and specify for firm’s excellent automatic gearbox. In doing so, either the E-Class coupé or convertible will be the only sports car you’ll ever need, and one that’s a pleasure to live with, day to day.


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aCross 9. Marsh ground in goa? (5) 10. exploitation by commanding officer, one in sizzling casual wear (9) 11. close associate's bottom sagged — that's painful! (9) 12,23. one with an agenda — hacking car phones with iridium implant (11) 13. line in mate's clothing (7) 15. died wearing examination supports (7) 17. stupendous housing tip (5) 18. see 29 20. soup from rounded, duck-black vessel (5) 22. Keen to go having been needled? (5,2) 25. act of sleeping produced by bad opera's length! (7) 26. collective curios mostly outrival returns (5) 27. Making tiger come out of a pyramid, say (9) 30. admirable features, thorough observations (4,5) 31. one seen in rushes of movie, ultimately eaten by plant? (5)

down 1,3. puggish feature of bonuses distributed and reduced internally (4,4) 2,21. she would ineptly get players into bad habits (8,8) 3. see 1 4. oh, to be back in new circle cross (8) 5. Be more ingenious than blooming joker (6) 6. coming to a stop, pretty high on drugs? (8,2) 7. see 13 8. how annoying to be turned over for lead (4) 13,7. idle person with set habit needs analyst's aid: "doctor too pat" (5,6) 14. one physically representing an actor needs stiff drink of spirits (4,6) 16,24. homer's after second cutter, say, for grass (5,6) 19. old, much performed piece? actually, a modern hit (8) 21. see 2 23. see 12 24. see 16 26. greens commonly associated with top grade star (4) 28. oscar's equivalent of a thief's aid (not jack) (4) 29,18. "nice little earner" from bread and milk supplier (4,3)

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