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LAKE ISLE A Day Out in



Weddings - What’s On Motoring - Homes & Gardens


Food & Drink

The Event


We launch our Food Awards

Lots of fun for families

Country clothing

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RutlandPride The number one counTy magazine

Welcome to October’s edition of Rutland Pride, and it’s an exciting one indeed, as we launch our Rutland and Stamford Business Awards for 2014. We’re inviting businesses across the area to nominate themselves to win one of seven awards, and we’re hosting a VIP event for our winners.

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This month we also launch our Good Food Awards. Vote for your Restaurant of the Year, your Bistro/Coffee Shop of the Year and nominate your Rutland Food Hero, and you could win free meals out during 2014 with some of our restaurant advertisers.

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Also this month, we focus on local businesspeople, enjoy luxury dining in Uppingham and suggest ways to wrap up warm with Oakham’s Cavells. Why not follow us on Facebook? you can keep up to date with any news we may have for our lovely magazine! Follow us on Twitter so you can read our tweets. We’ll let you know what’s going on and keep you well informed!


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With best wishes from the Rutland Pride team... Publisher: Julian Wilkinson. General Manager: ian bagley. Group Sales Manager: Jayne broughton. Executive Editor: rob Davis. Customer Care Manager: mandy bray. Accounts Manager: Sue bannister. Sales Manager: zoie Wilkinson. Sales Executives: charlotte aiken, Jo Leadbitter, rachel Jones, emily brown, emily carder, elaine hall, Sami millard, Lauren chambers. Sales Support: emily rippin, Denise ging. Distribution Manager: Paul Dixon.

enjoy rutland Pride, read it cover to cover. Pick it up, put it down and when you have finished with it pass it on. When everyone has had a good read,pop it in the recycle bin!





A preview of this Autumn’s best fashions from some of the best local independent retailers.

Pumpkin carving with the children - great fun for halloween... we’ll provide some inspiration this month!

Enjoying Uppingham’s Lake Isle, seasonal dining and the launch of our Good Food Awards 2014.

Pig and Pimms - don’t miss this month’s exclusive pictures of a society event with a difference...

auTumn 2013


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Send your press releases and county news to: Rob Davis, Editor,

Rutland Pride launches its Business Awards 2014 Nominate your Rutland or Stamford business and celebrate your success - it’s great publicity! Celebrate your business achievements by nominating your business - at no cost - in Rutland Pride’s Rutland and Stamford Business Awards 2014. This month we launch our awards in conjunction with co-organiser Nicky Barr of Essence Event Solutions. We’ve seven award categories, and between now and February 2014, we’re inviting nominations which will be examined by an independent panel of judges before a winner in each category is chosen. Winners will be revealed at a VIP awards dinner to be held in April 2014. “Winning a Rutland Pride Business Award would help you publicise your business & achieve independent validation for your accomplishments.” says Nicky.

‘Quality markets’ thanks to two businesswomen Two Rutland businesswomen have joined together to launch high quality indoor markets in Stamford and Oakham. Vicki Taylor and Isobel Pearce want to create stalls for local businesspeople and say; “These will be quality markets like no other, with a great mix of stalls, from gorgeous gifts and goodies and interior design items to local fresh produce such as handmade breads, cakes, cheese and jams... all under one roof.” Oakham’s event will take place on October 13th in Victoria Hall on High Street. Stamford’s Arts Centre will host the first monthly market on Sunday October 27th, with dates of 17th November and 15th December confirmed too.

Best ever ‘A’ level results for students at Oakham School... Head Nigel Lashbrook celebrates ‘best ever’ results

“Having worked in event management with clients like Jaguar Land Rover, The Daily Telegraph and Yorkshire Bank I found it refreshing to later work with SMEs and found the diversity and determination of businesses in Rutland and Stamford so impressive. That’s why I wanted to create a way of recognising such businesses in my own county.” “This is a chance for businesses to prove themselves and have their successes validated with independent awards, so it’s really important to us that we have as many entries as possible to make sure we can publicise the range of businesses in the area.” Find out more about our awards and how to enter by reading our feature on page 150 of this edition.

Congratulations to students of Oakham School who are celebrating their outstanding A level results, with a 100% pass rate and a quarter of all pupils achieving straight A* or A grades. Nine students achieved straight A*s and Head Boy Thomas McNally achieved 4 A*s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics. “I am incredibly proud that our students have achieved such impressive A Level results. It is exceptional that 85% of our A Level entries were awarded A*, A or B grades.” says headteacher Nigel Lashbrook. “It really is a testament to the incredible amount of hard work that both the students, and their teachers, have put in during the last two years.” Pictured are Oakham’s A level students Natasha Denton, Harry Robertson, Thomas McNally and Tom Beadman.


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CountyNews Move to new premises for Uppingham’s Rug Studio... Uppingham’s Rug Studio, which was established in 2000, has opened a new three storey studio in opened in Uppingham. The move is an expansion of the original business which solely dealt with antique rugs and textiles. Owner Rachel Simpson has a true passion which comes out through her knowledge and personally selected stock of 200-300 antique and semi old rugs while husband Tony specialises in their artist led contemporary range.

Olive Branch is Good Pub Guide’s ‘UK Pub of the Year’ 31st edition of the 1,130 page authority on pubs and pub restaurants heaps praise upon the Clipsham pub. Ben and Sean are “Delighted!” Rutland’s Olive Branch in Clipsham, has been named overall UK Pub of the Year in the 31st edition of the national Good Pub Guide. Run by friends and business partners Ben Jones and Sean Hope since November 1999, The Olive Branch has forged an exceptional reputation for its food, drink and hospitality over the past 14 years. Its entry in the 2014 Good Pub Guide says: ‘The civilised Olive Branch prompts readers to superlatives: ‘service as good as it gets’; ‘sublime food’; ‘how have they managed to maintain such consistently high standards?’; ‘the ultimate pub experience’. It’s a first class all-rounder.’ Ben Jones commented: “When we took on The Olive Branch in 1999 our primary aim was to open a good pub – a place that served good food, good wine and good beer in a comfortable, relaxed environment.


This award shows we’ve achieved that. It’s brilliant news.”

of restoration and bespoke projects also woven in Iran to clients’ own weaving specifications. Tony liaises with clients to try the rugs in situ and collects and delivers those in need of a clean, which he carries out personally. “Come and visit our new showroom for sales, in house cleaning, restoration and design services.” says Rachel. “We look forward to helping you.”

Rachel, a trained weaver, restores having learnt extensively throughout Turkey and taught her own team in India both the art

Local dentist Deborah Manger is a trifle sad, after Great British Bakeoff “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and I was practising every night during the filming!”

“We put the award down to the incredible hard work of our great team. We all have a passion for the produce we serve, from the real ale through to the food, and we all have a passion for serving our customers to the best of our abilities.” Sean Hope, who is also The Olive Branch head chef, said: “Over the past few years of recession we’ve had to focus hard on our primary target of being a great all-round pub. This award recognises the team’s hard work and gives us confidence we’re doing the right things.” Fiona Stapley, joint editor of The Good Pub Guide 2014, said: “The Olive Branch in Clipsham is a very special place and a first class all-rounder. It’s civilised but warmly friendly, has a carefully chosen range of drinks, offers exceptional food and lovely bedrooms.

Local dentist Deborah Manger (front/left in white) was voted off TV’s Great British Bakeoff last month after a trifle disaster. Deborah beat off competition from 14,000 hopefuls to recently appear on TV’s baking contest. “It was a very exciting experience, but very anxious at times!” says Deborah. The show was filmed over 10 weeks in June at Harptree Court, Somerset.

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Raise a glass to celebrate Blake’s new venture... Stamford Wine Company’s Blake Johnson relocates shop and opens new wine bar in Stamford... Stamford Wine Company this month relocates to larger premises at 10 St Paul’s Street, where it will also launch a ‘wine café’ with serving charcuterie and cheese. The company is currently based on St Mary’s Street and only opened in November 2013, but business has been so brisk that owner Blake Johnson is looking to expand. The company describes itself as a ‘boutique’ for wine lovers, and Blake says: “I believe that people still want to have a traditional 'face-to-face' shopping experience and appreciate the benefits that come from a personal service, excellent advice and extensive product knowledge.” “Things have gone well so far, and we’ll always be grateful to The Stamford Cheese Cellar [above which the company is based], but we feel that we need more space and can increase our selection.” “Customers will be able to choose from our ‘by the glass’ list or take a

bottle from the shelf and for a small corkage fee, enjoy it with a cheese board, charcuterie platter or even some bruschetta or a crostini.” Blake hopes to relocate the business by the end of October and will offer private tutoring and wine tastings for those looking to expand their knowledge of wine.

Begin your Christmas shopping this month at Burghley House

The Food Hall has grown over recent years and includes a large number of specialist foods with traditionally produced meats, pies, cheeses, chocolates and truffles, puddings and cakes.

Burghley House this month invites you get a head start on your Christmas shopping with its Craft, Food and Gift Fair.

For tickets contact Living Heritage on 01283 820548.

The show will host over 100 craftsmen and demonstrators, such as artists, jewellery makers, wood turners, glass blowers, basket makers and much much more. Children's entertainment at the event includes string puppet shows and various Make and Take areas.


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STAMFORD, LINCOLNSHIRE £1,800,000 Built around 1800, Austin House is a handsome period townhouse and a fine example of the elegant Regency style synonymous with the renowned town of Stamford. The property’s stunning four storey garden façade features pairs of bow-front windows set symmetrically on each side of an elegant stone staircase and its striking style led Pevsner to describe it in his architectural guide as ‘the prettiest in Stamford’. The interior of the historic Grade II* listed house retains many original period details such as the handsome staircase, solid wood floors and a number of impressive fireplaces, whilst the elegant rooms have fine Regency proportions, high ceilings and sash windows which flood the space with natural light and offer wonderful far-reaching views. Laid out over four floors, the house offers substantial accommodation and combines a welcoming feel with its period looks; more recent updates to the house include curved radiators, a zoned heating system, a stylish kitchen with four oven AGA and a wine-cellar. A particular highlight of the property is the extremely private south-facing garden. Designed to mirror the gentle curves of the garden façade, the garden has mix of formal box-edged beds, sunny lawns and cottage-style planting, as well as a wide variety of mature fruit trees. The property further benefits from a Garage and off-street private parking for up to three cars. With its timeless classical style, elegant reception rooms and wonderful private garden, Austin House is an exceptional and impressive town residence in an excellent location.

Fine & Country 2 St. Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2DE Telephone: (01780) 750200 Email:

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BURLEY, RUTLAND £2,800,000 The Pavilion is a superb country home set in a wonderful rural location with views over lovely Rutland countryside. Built using a mix of local Clipsham stone, handmade brick and Welsh slate, a key feature of the property’s design are the walls of bi-fold glass doors opening onto sunny terraces, and the result is an airy, light-filled home which seamlessly blends interior and garden spaces. At the heart of the stunning interior is a vast openplan living space with high vaulted ceilings, impressive roof beams and solid-wood floors and particular highlights include the stunning bespoke kitchen with state-of-the art appliances, the light-filled Pool Room and a luxurious three-level Master Bedroom Suite. The property also benefits from high specification systems such as zoned Smarthouse lighting, under-floor heating and an integrated sound system, whilst the bathrooms have been individually designed and fitted by Porcelanosa. The Pavilion combines striking contemporary design, excellent entertaining space and extensive and flexible accommodation and, with its superb Rutland location, it makes an impressive country home.

GREATFORD, LINCOLNSHIRE £2,800,000 Dating from 1837, The Old Rectory is a handsome period property whose charming style has late Regency and early Victorian influences. Built of mellow limestone with a Collyweston slate roof, the property has a striking south-facing façade with arched stone-mullioned windows, an impressive central front door and Gothic detailing along the roof-line. Inside, the elegant reception rooms and bedrooms have classic proportions, high ceilings and tall Tudor arched windows with working shutters, whilst the stunning entrance hall retains the original flagged floor and magnificent sweeping staircase. Later additions at the rear have extended the accommodation and the house has recently been refurbished throughout including the addition of a stunning Vale Garden orangery to the delightful Kitchen & Breakfast room. The house combines historic character and charm with modern fittings which include under-floor heating, lighting systems and state-of-the-art bathrooms. Set in secluded south-facing grounds the property has the further benefit of three adjacent paddocks, a self-contained Annexe comprising an office and one bedroom flat and an exceptional Garage which is ideal for a car enthusiast. With its peaceful village setting and immaculate interior, the Old Rectory makes a stunning and welcoming historic family home in a wonderful location.

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GUIDE PRICE £845,000

A Charming 17th Century Grade II Listed Village House Set in Delightful Landscaped Gardens. • Entrance Hall

• Utility Room

• Shower Room with separate WC

• Drawing Room

• Cloakroom

• Double Garage with separate Single Garage

• Dining Room

• Principal Bedroom

• Gardens to Front and Rear

• Sitting Room

• 5 Further Bedrooms

• Breakfast Kitchen

• Bathroom



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Conduct your meeting within the peaceful surroundings of The George Hotel’s Business Centre. A range of meeting rooms are available to hire, all offering natural daylight. Each meeting room is set with blotters, A4 paper, pencils, sweets, mineral water and fruit cordial. Photocopying, fax facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi are all available. Our meeting rooms include, two Boardrooms for up to 12 delegates, the Leatham Room for up to 18 delegates, one larger Conference Room for up to 50 delegates and three Executive Offices suitable for meetings with up to four delegates. The Business Centre team will be on hand throughout the day to ensure your meeting runs smoothly and efficiently.

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Enjoy... Stamford

The sights of

Stamford beautiful Stamford combines stunning architecture with a town rich in independent traders. great for those seeking a day out, excellent for those seeking quality dining... Words: rob Davis. 17

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Enjoy... Stamford

Where history

Survives It’s the best town in the country, according to the Sunday Times. We spoke to the town’s Geoff O’Neill to find out if Stamford is still riding on the crest of its best town accolade... It was quite an accolade! Stamford was this year voted the best place to live in the whole of the UK. Establishing quite what makes Stamford so popular both with locals and visitors is a subject for debate. But to our mind, the town’s respect for its architecture, a core of independent retailers determined to provide a unique shopping experience and a number of high quality restaurants all combine to make the town a really pleasant place to spend time.


The pretty limestone town centre, clustered around the Elizabethan Burghley Estate and bisected by the Welland, was the first conservation town in the UK, and still has over 600 listed buildings, accounting for half of all listed buildings in the county. Its Arts Centre and Corn Exchange have probably the largest number and most diverse acts in the area, too, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for forthcoming events - such as our suggested ones over the page. The town’s history also translates into modern day events - as Pride goes to press the town is hosting its Georgian Festival, with live musical performances, demonstrations of art and crafts from the period and lectures including appearances from historians like Dan Cruickshank. The town’s Stamford Shakespeare Company keeps the spirit of Elizabethan literature alive too with open air performances, and Burghley House itself which attracted families to its grounds for the first time this summer with an open air cinema, prom concert and the Horse Trials.

Stamford Gallows This month you can visit the stately home to enjoy its annual flower festival - this year with a literary theme - and if the weather’s not too nippy, you can enjoy its Garden of Surprise and sculpture garden, with its new exhibition, Surface, too. There’s lots to do throughout the year all around Stamford, and with plenty of places to eat too, the best shopping and friendly locals, it’s likely the town will retain its title as the best place to live in the county for a number of years to come.

The Ghost Walk SPOOKY goings-on in Stamford this month as the town’s Martin Tempest invites visitors to soak up the haunting atmosphere of Stamford’s streets and passageways with a guided walk through Georgian Stamford’s rich history. Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Thursday 31st October from Stamford Arts Centre. Four walks on the hour from 6.30pm. £5.50 or £18.50 with two course supper at Stamford Corn Exchange.


History: Erected in the C18th, Stamford’s gallows were never actually used. They were created as a warning to potential highwaymen at a time when Stamford was one of the country’s most important coaching inn destinations. A Busy Route: During this period, over 40 coaches a day passed through Stamford. That made it an especially compelling target for highwaymen like Tom King, Dick Turpin and others. The gallows were situated across St Martins near The George as this was the town’s most popular coaching inns.

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fivE THinGS TO DO...

A Georgian town of dreaming spires...

Protecting Stamford’s Architectural Gems... Stamford’s architecture is arguably one its best features, but ironically, that’s largely due to the town’s economic downturn with the advent of the railway, according to Stamford Civic Society’s Gwyneth Gibbs. “It’s a happy coincidence that Stamford finds itself halfway between London and York.” says Gwyneth. “It made Stamford popular as a coaching inn town, but the arrival of the railways heralded a change in the town’s fortunes.” It’s rumoured that one of the Cecil family was adamant that he didn’t want to see the railways come into Stamford - though a rather more benign explanation

for why the railway bypassed the town in favour of Peterborough would be its geography. The route to Stamford would be more hilly compared to the route to Peterborough. In any case, Stamford missed out on the prosperity of the railway and trade for coaching inns dropped with the advent of a new transport network. As such, Stamford was passed over for development during this time and its Georgian architecture remained quite unmolested.

you’re walking around; look up, and you’ll see not just Georgian architecture but a mixture, from the 15th century to the present.” “Brown’s Hospital, the town’s Arts Centre and the town bridge are all are understated examples of the town’s architecture.” “Its churches each offer a unique charm too - my favourite is St John’s - it’s small but has lovely Victorian pews... and a peaceful, discreet walled graveyard.”

“It’s a town of great architectural delight.” says Gwyneth. “When


october is your last chance to see Surface, the 2013 exhibition of sculptures in burghley house’s Sculpture garden. a diverse range of sculptures includes a giant installation woven in wicker, combinations of sculpture and topiary, inflatables ceramics, and even motocross tyres.


Learn to cook - the Stamford Cookery School hosts regular one-day courses with topics including patisserie chefcraft, knife skills, seafood and various courses for cooking international cuisine.


Image: St Andrew’s Church by Nisha Keshav.

Play with clay at Stamford’s arts centre as experienced sculptor Jonty meyer hosts sculpture classes on 9th, 11th, 16th and 30th october. classes are at 10am or 7.30pm.


Enjoy fine wine at The George of Stamford on 23rd October as The Contessa Christina Rizzardi from the historic Guerrieri Rizzardi winery in the Veneto region of Northern Italy presents a gourmet dinner. Seven courses £79/person.


The Photographer niSHA KESHAv is one of four artists in residence at Stamford Arts Centre. Whilst she has experience of shooting across the world, Nisha is currently lecturing ‘A’-level photography students at Stamford College whilst working toward producing a calendar featuring images of the town due for release in 2015. See her work at

and finally... if you’ve children with you when you visit Stamford, the civic Society has produced a children’s town trail with 15 special places chosen by the town’s youngsters. See


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Seeking supper in Stamford?

Places to Eat Recommended restaurants and perfect pubs, compelling coffee shop and the best bistros Everybody knows The George of Stamford, the coaching inn on St Martins with a history stretching back over 1,000 years.

Eugene Onegin at Stamford Arts Cent re.

Its wood panelled dining room and, these days, its slightly less formal Garden Room and courtyard provide high quality dining and great service.

It’s the sister venue of the town’s Bull and Swan gastropub, which, whilst still not exactly informal, is a bit more relaxed providing salads, ‘proper grub,’ and sharing platters plus a host of nibbles for those occasions you’re happy to ‘graze’

over a glass of wine with friends. Elsewhere, Jim’s Yard (pictured inset) is a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant on Ironmonger Street offering a three course set dinner menu for less than £20/head. Finally, French chef Thierry Daugeron’s Riverside Café offers exceptional patisserie, plus tapas dining and à la carte and cabaret dining upstairs in his Chandelier Restaurant.


5th october, Eugene onegin: Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien star as the lovestruck Tatiana and the imperious Onegin in Tchaikovsky’s fateful romance. Met Opera satellite performance at Stamford Arts Centre, three and three quarter hours, tickets £20. 5th-13th oct, Burghley Flower Festival: This month Burghley House fills it state rooms with beautiful floral displays from local floral societies. This year’s theme is Books in Bloom a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, which was partly filmed at Burghley House. 7th-19th october, Welland Valley Arts: Autumn exhibition of the Welland Valley Arts Society with artists from the surrounding five counties and the exhibition showcases a wide variety of styles and techniques from professionals and amateurs. Most of the exhibits are for sale. 10am to 4pm and selected evenings, Stamford Arts Centre. 9th-12th october, Mikado Stamford Gilbert & Sullivan Players present Mikado at Stamford’s Corn Exchange. Matinée and evening performances available.


nORTH LUffEnHAM - £825,000

Georgian home with seven bedrooms and five reception rooms in need of renovation. Superb project, and over 6,500sq ft of accommodation.

On the outskirts of Stamford, newly converted contemporary barn with five beds, three en suites and gorgeous finishes throughout.

The Historian STAMfORD’S GEORGiAn fESTivAL takes place as Pride goes to press. Appearing on 27th September from 8pm at the Arts Centre is historian Dan Cruickshank. Other events include an evening of choral music, and an audience with food historian Annie Gray.


12th-13th october, Craft and Food Fair: The ever popular Autumn Craft and Food Fair returns to Burghley House for a weekend of craft and food shopping along with working demonstrations of traditional English crafts. 30th october, Lloyd Cole: Through his work fronting the Commotions and his solo material, Lloyd Cole has become one of the most articulate songwriters of the post-punk era. This month he brings to Stamford Corn Exchange a string of well-written artpop hits such as Perfect Skin, Forest Fire, Brand New Friend, Lost Weekend. Tickets £20.

No4 St Mary’s Place is currently on the market with Fine & Country 01780 690010. Church Street, North Luffenham is on the market with King West 01780 690004.

However, there are a number of other restaurants we’d recommend in the town, too. The William Cecil (assiette of pork pictured above) re-opened a couple of years ago after a huge investment from parent company Hillbrooke Hotels. It’s quirky, luxurious and great for elevenses, afternoon tea, not to mention à la carte dining in the evening and a cracking Sunday lunch.

The Events Diary...

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Lake Isle ‘I shall have some peace there!’ declared W B Yeats in his 1888 poem, The Lake Isle of Innesfree. The Uppingham restaurant which takes its inspiration from the poem offers the same peace and serenity, but with fine dining and a warm welcome included, too...

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The Uppingham restaurant has been run by Richard and Janine since 2001.


eace, tranquility and relaxation. Those were the bywords with which 2001’s new owners of Uppingham’s Lake Isle reinvented the town’s restaurant with rooms upon taking the venue over following the retirement of its previous owners.

Options during our visit included figs wrapped in pancetta (top right), a main course of sea bass (below) and vanilla panna cotta with seasonal berries (left).

Lake Isle is a boutique hotel offering 12 en suite bedrooms and fine dining for both residents and non-residents, with two AA rosettes to its name and a vast wine list created by owners, wine buffs Richard and Janine Burton. The earliest parts of the Grade II listed building, on High Street East, date back to 1650. The buildings knew service as a haberdashery and hair salon before it eventually became a bakery in the 1970s, continuing its relationship with food when it became a restaurant in 1978. It was the restaurant’s original owner Roy Richards who named Lake Isle, but the venue experienced its halcyon days under David and Claire Whitfield from 1982-2001. “We were customers at the restaurant and knew David and Claire well.” says Richard. “Both Janine and I are from Leicestershire and met at the Quorn Country Hotel. We had both been working in the hotel industry from the age of 15 and eventually took on the Newtown Linford tearooms.” “It was our first venture and proved really successful, but we were eventually looking for something a bit bigger and more ambitious. When David and Claire came to retire they were really happy to see the business go to people they knew.” The couple invested money in Lake Isle with a refurbishment of the dining room and the creation of a private dining room which supplements the 35 restaurant covers with a 16 additional covers and bespoke menus for special occasions. Dining is by way of a lunchtime menu consisting of pasta dishes, sandwiches and classics - lighter and simpler portions of dishes inspired by Lake Isle’s evening service. Daytime service is from Tuesday to Sunday 12-2.30pm, with a dedicated Sunday lunch menu comprising five main course options. 23

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Sample M enu £ STARTERS Wood Pigeon £7.50 Pan roasted breast of wood pigeon with celeriac, puy lentils, pancetta and sherry vinegar. jervaulx £7.00 baked Jervaulx blue cheese glazed figs with red chard, walnuts (roasted, pickled and walnut and thyme pangratto crumbs) and a port syrup. Le Petite Anglaise £7.50 Pancetta, semi dried cherry tomatoes, smoked black pudding, fried brioche, lorne sausage, sautéed wild mushrooms and quails egg with piquant leaves and homemade hP dressing.

£ MAinS Venison £17.50 Pan roasted haunch of venison, braised red cabbage, celeriac fondant and a blueberry and gin sauce. Beef Steak £19.95 char grilled rib eye of beef steak with sautéed wild mushrooms, wilted spinach and a truffled béarnaise sauce. Vegetarian Bolognaise £13.50 carrot and chestnut mushroom ‘bolognaise’ with white stilton and hazelnut polenta, braised celery and a watercress and roast garlic pesto.

£ PUDDinG Crème Brûlée White chocolate and norfolk lavender crème brûlée with lemon madeline sponges.


Assiette of Toffee £7.50 Sticky toffee pudding, caramel ice cream and dulce du leche cheesecake with butterscotch liquor syllabub

£ OPEninG TiMES Lunch: Tues to Sat 12-2.30pm. Sunday Lunch: 12-2.00pm. Evening Service: Mon to Thurs 7-9pm, fri/Sat 6.30pm-9.30pm.

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Evening service is by way of an à la carte menu which offers a choice of six starters, seven main courses and five desserts plus cheese option.

Right from taking on the business Richard and Janine have enjoyed having Stuart Mead as head chef, and he’s done a sterling job, working alongside sous chef Janine.

The restaurant bills itself as a fine dining establishment, which is reflected in the complexity and ingenuity of the dishes - like a starter option of steamed mussels cooked with Belgian wheat beer, garlic chives and cream with Hereford hop cheese and onion bread. However, Lake Isle does have a sense of levity regarding some of its options - like it’s posh pastiche of a full English, Le Petite Anglaise; pancetta, semi dried cherry tomatoes, smoked black pudding, fried brioche, lorne sausage, sautéed wild mushrooms and a quail’s egg with piquant leaves and homemade HP dressing.

Not only has he created an innovative menu of quality cuisine, he’s also nurtured an excellent brigade - just recently Lake Isle employed a new pastry chef after bidding a fond farewell to the last one when he left for a position at Claridges.

Main course options during our visit included lemon sole with pea purée and shoots, venison and smoked fillet of pork with caraway cream and bubble & squeak rösti. Dessert options are brilliantly chosen with a white chocolate crème brûlée flavoured with Norfolk white chocolate and lemon Madeline sponges, and Belgian truffle torte with amaretto ice cream just two examples. Ice creams are all made in house whilst bread is supplied by Uppingham’s 17th century bakery Baines.

However, if the venue has a reputation for excellent food, its provision of wine is just as impressive. Richard is a self-confessed wine connoisseur, and has a cellar with over 160 bins and some impressive wines including a wide choice of house wines from £17.50 to £22. Recommended by Richard is a Leeuwin Estate Sauvignon Blanc which he describes as the smoothest he’s ever enjoyed at £45, and a Beaune Greves premier cru burgundy at £70. With innovative menus and quality dishes prepared with great technical skill and imagination, Lake Isle surpasses its fine dining aspirations. However, with a superb wine list, warm environment and good service too, as well as quality accommodation and an appreciation for ingredients with Rutland provenance, the restaurant also lives up to literary apropos of providing relaxation and luxury for its patrons.


on high Street East, Uppingham

01572 822951

From the A1: Leave the A1 at the A47 junction and follow signs to Leicester. At the second roundabout, turn left to Uppingham which is the first exit. At the traffic lights with a petrol station on your left hand side, go straight across. Before the pedestrian crossing, turn left onto Uppingham High Street East. The Lake Isle can be found after the square on the right hand side.

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Marquess Monthly quiz held of on the last sunday of the month throughout autumn and Winter, includes dinner, all for £12.50pp. Come and join us on 27th october, 6.30pm, don't forget to book your team!

Festive Cooking DeMonstration Come and get some top tips for Christmas, Monday 11th november, 10.30am; includes 2 x course lunch and glass of wine £35pp.

Festive set lunCh it’s nearly that time of year again! We will be offering a festive set lunch throughout December, Monday - saturday, 2 x courses £16.95pp.

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CAST yoUR VoTE In ThIS yEAR’S RUTLAnD PRIDE GooD FooD AWARDS... This month we’re launching The Rutland Pride Good Food Awards. We want our readers to vote for their favourite restaurant, bistro or coffee shop and nominate the county’s Food Hero. In return, we’ll pick one voter, at random, to enjoy meals out at our partner restaurants in 2014...

£ How to vote

Images: Rob Davis.

utland is home to some of the best restaurants, bistros, pubs and coffee shops you’re ever likely to come across. From the best pub in the UK - The Olive Branch at Clipsham - to the county’s Leo Sugden, or Otter’s Smokehouse and Deli on Oakham’s Mill Street, success is everywhere.


really had to up their game to provide diners with high quality meals and imaginative menus.”

This month we’re looking to celebrate the quality and diversity of restaurants and food producers in the county with our annual Good Food Awards.

“Being able to ask such a huge audience from across Rutland and Stamford where they recommend helps us to choose the best places to feature in Rutland Pride, but it also provides a way for those businesses to enjoy recognition.”

We want our readers to vote for their favourite restaurant, their favourite bistro or café and to nominate a Food Hero - someone who acts as a really great ambassador for the county’s food. In return, we’re offering six meals out at our partner restaurants across the county to one randomly selected voter to say thankyou for making our awards the most comprehensive, objective and trustworthy in the county. “Once upon a time pubs would provide pretty basic bar meals.” says Rutland Pride’s Rob Davis. “But in recent years the quality of pub food has risen dramatically. What’s more, diners these days want to know where their food comes from and to be sure of its freshness.” “We’re all a little more clued up about food these days so pubs as well as restaurants have

“We’re really lucky to have so many great pubs and restaurants in the county, and we feel it’s really important to provide our readers with suggestions of where to eat each month, but we’re always keen to find out what our readers think, too.”

“Because our awards are voted for by our readers, they include restaurants from across the county and are not influenced by advertising.” “Last year’s winners were really interesting, with our top three restaurants including our fine dining winner, Hambleton Hall, a more relaxed pub restaurant in the form of The Olive Branch and Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, too - three really different restaurants which, despite their different styles, all share a common aim of promoting high quality food and a great overall dining experience.” “It’s this diversity that makes the Awards really fun to work on, so we hope our readers enjoy discovering our winners as much as we enjoy celebrating them!”

£ Vote for your favourite restaurant by filling in the form over the page or by visiting £ We ask you to nominate your favourite restaurant, plus a bistro or coffee shop - somewhere offering lighter meals or daytime dining and nominate a Food Hero. Your Food Hero should be someone you feel works hard, like a farmer, restauranteur, celebrity chef or food producer. This person must, in your opinion, contribute to making the most of local ingredients or act as a good ambassador for the county’s food culture. £ We will pick one voter from our entries to enjoy complimentary dining throughout 2014. £ Our awards are voted for entirely by our readers. Our opinions, and advertising spend, are not factors in determining our winners. That means our awards are a great way for our readers to choose where to eat out. It also means our awards are well-earned. £ Our winners will receive free publicity in our January edition and will receive a plaque to display in their restaurant.


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ur partner restaurants are some of our featured places in the county to eat, and like us, they want to say thankyou for casting your vote in our Good Food Awards. One lucky reader who nominates their favourite restaurant, bistro or coffee shop and food hero will enjoy meals out at the following restaurants throughout 2014. Barnsdale Hall Hotel Guests at Barnsdale Hall Hotel can enjoy the Brasserie restaurant which provides delicious casual dining options. Barnsdale Lodge Hotel Guests at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel can expect the very best food, wine and personal service. Locally sourced ingredients are skilfully used by a talented brigade led by Steven Conway. The Marquess of Exeter One of Rutland’s best known chefs, Brian Baker, heads up one of the finest restaurants in Rutland, providing delicious, locally-sourced fare in a comfortable, relaxed environment. Stapleford Park The 500 acre country estate provides exceptional quality à la carte fine dining in the Grinling Gibbons dining room courtesy of new Head Chef Martin Furlong. The Talbot Hotel Oundle’s beautiful Grade I listed hotel provides AA rosette quality dining and has a beautiful patisserie. Its à la carte menu offers platters, pub restaurant classics and delicious formal main courses. The WIlliam Cecil Hillbrooke Hotels’s flagship hotel is thriving under new Head Chef Phil Kent. It provides ‘quirky luxury’ with everything from elevenses to afternoon tea, à la carte dining in the evening and a strong Sunday lunch provision.

Above: The William Cecil’s assiette of Gloucester Old Spot Belly Pork. Left: Barnsdale Lodge’s brigade source ingredients from their own kitchen garden. Right: The Marquess of Exeter’s Brian Baker has worked at The Criterion and The Ritz.

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RutlandPride Good Food Awards

This month sees the launch of Rutland Pride Magazine’s food awards, in which we want our readers to nominate their favourite restaurant, bistro/coffee shop and the county’s ‘Food Hero.’ This entry form will ensure your vote is counted, and in return, we’ll pick one reader at random to win meals out at these restaurants in 2014.


Vote for your favourite restaurant, and a favourite bistro or coffee shop below. We’d also like you to nominate a ‘Food hero’ — perhaps a butcher, baker, food producer, chef or similar.

Above: Recently restored, the Grade I listed Talbot is Oundle’s best looking restaurant, offering exceptional à la carte dining plus a daytime patisserie for morning coffee.

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Left: Stapleford Park provides exceptional desserts like this black forest gateau.

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Send your entry to: Rutland Pride Food Awards, Pride Magazines, Elm Grange Studios, East heckington, Boston, Lincolnshire PE20 3QF.

Win M eals Out With These Restaurants BARnSDALE HALL HOTEL: Barnsdale, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8AB. Tel: 01572 757901.

We’ll pick one voter at random to win free meals out in 2014. If one of your nominations wins, we may want to quiz you on why you voted for them!

BARnSDALE LODGE: The Avenue Exton, Oakham LE15 8AH. Tel: 01572 724678.

Alternatively, you can vote online at

THE MARQUESS Of ExETER: Main St, Lyddington, Rutland LE15 9LT. Tel: 01572 822477.

Closing Date for Entries: 18th November 2013.

STAPLEfORD PARK: Stapleford, Melton Mowbray, LE14 2EF. Tel: 01572 787000.

THE wiLLiAM CECiL: St Martins, Stamford PE9 2LJ. Tel: 01780 750070.


THE TALBOT HOTEL: New Street, Oundle, PE8 4EA. Tel: 01832 27362.

Terms and Conditions: Competition is available to anyone in the county or surrounding area. You must not be personally or professionally allied with nominations. Votes received for each venue will be counted up to determine eventual Gold, Silver and Bronze categories for each winner. The Editor’s decision as to our competition winners is final and further terms and conditions may apply.

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Sample Dishes

AUTUMn PUDDInGS Sticky and sweet or tart and refreshing, few things are as enjoyable as the flavours of Autumn on your local restaurant’s pudding menu... Photos: Rob Davis

Cheesecake with Crumble Topping. The Finches Arms, Hambleton. 01572 756575,

<< Deconstructed Apple Crumble. Stapleford Park, Melton Mowbray, 01572 787000,

>> Sticky Toffee Pudding, with Caramel Ice Cream. The Jackson Stops, Stretton, 01780 410237 32

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Individual Griottine Cherry Frangipane Tart, with home-made Marzipan Ice Cream. Brownlow Arms, Hough on the Hill, 01400 250 234,

<< Trio of Melon Sorbet. The William Cecil at Stamford, 01780 750 070,

<< Sticky ToďŹ&#x20AC;ee Pudding. Lake Isle, Uppingham, 01572 822951, 33

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Celebrate the Season with our

Rutland Restaurants The Christmas season is upon us, meaning we’ll soon be looking for party nights, daytime and evening dining, somewhere to enjoy Christmas lunch without the washing up, or a special night out for New Year’s Eve. We’re able to recommend some of the county’s best hotels and restaurants for luxurious and enjoyable seasonal dining...

Stapleford Park...

The Jackson Stops...

The beautiful Stapleford Park this month provides Christmas Afternoon Tea for £19.50 with traditional finger sandwiches: turkey and cranberry and smoked salmon, followed by a selection of warm scones accompanied by mince pies and fruit cake. Enjoy Christmas parties at the hotel, with prices from £58/person, a luxurious two night Christmas break from £580/person, or look forward to celebrating New Year’s Eve at the hotel for £359/person with overnight stay. Tel: 01572 787000;

A beautiful pub restaurant for the season with open fires, pantiled floors and beams, there’s a cosy feel at Stretton’s Jackson Stops.


The pub is offering a four course Christmas Lunch, and New Year’s Eve supper for £39.95, as well as a special December lunch menu with two or three courses for £15.95 and £18.95 respectively, as well as two or three course December supper menu for £22.95 and £28.95. Tel: 01780 410237;

The William Cecil... Situated on the magnificent Burghley Estate, The William Cecil is a spectacular destination for festive revelry and relaxation; ideal for getting together with family and friends to celebrate the end of the year and toast the start of 2014. The hotel takes on a more magical feel during this time with a beautifully decorated Christmas tree taking pride of place in the lobby. Impressive festive menus designed by The William Cecil’s Head Chef Phil Kent are offered during December and served in the cosy bar, with its log fire and comfortable sofas, or in the stylish restaurant. The William Cecil’s New Year’s Eve gala evening provides a choice of private dining rooms and these are available throughout the season, including New Year’s Eve, for a more intimate celebration with close family and friends. Be it a relaxing day-after occasion like Boxing Day, or the grand finale of New Year’s Eve itself, Don’t forget we also offer luxurious, comfortable bedrooms too; ideal for travelling relatives and friends when there’s no room at your ‘inn’. Tel: 01780 750 070;

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Route 2 – hall Suitable all. place to be this Barnsdale hotelfor is the season; whether you’re return celebrating family, Distance eight miles fromwith Whitwell. loved ones, or arranging theDam office From Sykesfriends, Lane, cycle over the toparty Barnsdale Hall Hotel has and just the event wards normanton church to the Sailfor Our party nights are always a popular ingyou. Club way to start the run-up to Christmas with a in the village of Edith Weston. sumptuous three course dinner, followed by Route 3 – Distance 26 DJ. miles round trip; music from our resident

a party of glitz and glamour! The Petwood Hotel is hosting party nights for friends, family or work colleagues this festive season.

Barnsdale lodge is the ideal venue for your Christmas party, whether with friends, family or colleagues. Guests are assured of the very best food, wine and personal service as well as a selection of private dining rooms to cater for anything from six to 200 guests for both lunch and dinner. Lunches start from £17 per person, with a complimentary glass of mulled wine for parties of eight or more, and a three-course dinner is from £25 per person in a private dining room. Prices start from £27.50 for Barnsdale’s famous Festive Party Nights, which includes a three-course dinner and disco, with a selection of dates available throughout December. Saturday 21st December sees the return of the famous Barnsdale Christmas Ball; tickets are £44.50 per person which includes a glass of fizz on arrival, four-course meal and live entertainment. Special accommodation rates are available for guests attending one of our party nights or the Christmas Ball. Tel: 01572 724678;

carry on past thenight Sailing Club along the Residential three packages are available cycleChristmas track through Berrybutt Spinney. with Eve featuring afternoon tea You’ll enter the Reserve briefly accompanied by Nature a local choir singing yourat favourite Christmas carols.the cycle track signs Gibbets Gorse. Follow marked on the road toa traditional Manton. Then turn Christmas Day provides right down thefollowed hill passing Horsefrom & Christmas lunch by athe present Father Christmas for the children and the Jockey. Queen’s speech. Wake up on Boxing Day to Go under the bridge and follow the track have breakfast, then enjoy total indulgence in to the right. The cycle route takes you Barnsdale Hall’s Spa. through What better way could there be to see 2013 picturesque egleton. Turn right for the out in style than Barnsdale Hall’s New Year’s Hambleton peninsula’s track. Eve Black & White Ball, withperimeter champagne and Turn right again, canapés from 7pm.along a tarmac track and right along the track through Barnsdale car Tel: 01572 757901; park and return to Whitwell.

The hotel provides a red carpet entrance with photo opportunity, enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival followed by a delicious three course meal, then dance the night away with resident DJ on Friday nights and DJ with live band Saturday nights. Make the most of your Christmas celebrations and stay the night special party rates are available. Tel: 01526 352411;

Stoke Rochford Hall... guests at country house hotel and conference venue Stoke Rochford Hall will be able to enjoy a sumptuous festive dinner on Christmas Day for the first time in almost a century. New events for 2013 include an indulgent and traditional feast on Christmas Day, a sumptuous roast lunch on Boxing Day and a two-night Christmas break (24th-26th December) - ideal for those who want to relax and enjoy all the festivities, whilst someone else does all the work! Tel: 01476 530337;


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TheWinecellar This month we’ve premium wines that are just right for Autumn. Pay a little more and you’ll be justly rewarded with a selection of wines that are renowned in their categories...

dog Point Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 £16.85 There’s so much average Sauvignon Blanc sloshing around the supermarkets that it’s easy to forget that the classic Marlborough style is hard to beat for its joyous intensity.

les Bénédictins chardonnay 2009 £12.99 Burgundy style white that’s rich and creamy with honeyed apple and tropical fruit flavours. Fine partner to richly sauced fish dishes, or, for a real treat, confit de canard.

château de Ségries Rosé 2010 £12.99 A rosé for lovers of Châteauneuf du Pape - rich, powerful pink with berry fruit, yet citrus crisp too. With vibrant red fruit aromas it’s well suited to Mediterranean cuisine.

delta Pinot noir 2010 Marlborough £17.75 One for fans of highly fruity, fresh Pinots with good acidity, this 100% Marlborough Pinot has lively cherry and juicy red-berry flavours and a long, succulent finish.

louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot noir £11.49 A benchmark red Burgundy. Silky smooth, light to medium- bodied with fragrant floral aromas and crushed redcurrants with a tart twist of cranberry 41

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October is definitely the month for chocoholics! This month Salon du Chocolat, the world’s largest event dedicated to chocolate, opens in London. Over 60 chefs, chocolatiers and cocoa experts will join together to celebrate the stuff from 18th-20th October, but if you fancy celebrating a little closer to home we’ve a few ideas to ruin your waistline... Image: Lisa Storey. Words: Rob Davis.

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Recipes Chocolate


here are few foods that stir the senses and evoke a feeling of pleasure like chocolate! Over the pages we’ve a few recipe ideas for being creative with cocoa, but before that we’ve asked the county’s chocolatiers to offer a few tips for getting the best out of your bar... Identifying good chocolate... The secret of choosing good chocolate is high cocoa content and a lack of vegetable fats. Cocoa butter - which makes up around 85% of the cocoa bean - is the most expensive ingredient in chocolate. That’s why some of the mainstream manufacturers of chocolate rely on vegetable fat rather than cocoa butter for flavour. Ideally dark chocolate should contain a cocoa content of more than 60%, or more than 30% for milk chocolate. Good chocolate will have cocoa solids and cocoa butter as their top ingredients. Make it snappy... Chocolate should be flawless, evenly coloured and a deep shade of mahogany or red. ‘Black’ is not necessarily an indicator of a good chocolate, it tends to indicate that the beans have been over-roasted. Good chocolate should feel silky and not sticky and it should just begin to yield to the warmth of your finger. Take a piece and break it - it should snap cleanly - if it splinters or crumbles, that’s not good. Finally, pop it into your mouth... most taste buds are on the front of the tongue which is where you should start tasting the chocolate. If it doesn’t start to melt straight away this is probably a sign of poor quality.


The texture should be smooth and buttery, gently dissolving into a creamy liquid filling the mouth with its complexity of flavours.

If it’s waxy or sticky, this is an indicator that the cocoa butter has been replaced with vegetable fat - and it is not ‘real’ chocolate. Cooking with chocolate... To melt chocolate, break it into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Sit it over a pan of simmering - not boiling water. Make sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water, and that no water comes into contact with the melting chocolate, which will cause it to seize and become unusable. Making curls and shavings is easy with a vegetable peeler; soften chocolate for curls in a microwave on 50% power. Use a peeler or flat knife on room temperatures to take shavings. Tempering chocolate controls the crystallisation of chocolate to make it shiny, glossy and ‘snappable.’ Chop three quarters of your chocolate and melt in a bain marie as above, then use a food processor to finely chop the remaining quarter. Use a chocolate thermometer to identify when two thirds of your chocolate has melted as above, then when your chocolate reaches 55°c, add the remaining third of your chocolate. Above: Jan Hansen sells hand made chocolate from his chocolate shop in Billingborough. Call 01529 497297or see 43

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Rich and Delicious Chocolate Cake with Chilli and Orange For the Cake 150g dark chocolate ½ teaspoon coffee granules 1 tsp. crushed chilli flakes 125g butter 125g caster sugar 5 eggs, separated 75g self raising flour 1 pinch bicarbonate of soda 1 ½ tsp. baking powder 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1 tablespoon rum or orange juice or water 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 tablespoon water Peel of half a medium orange, finely grated

For the Glaze 2 tablespoons of good orange marmalade

For the Icing 300g icing sugar 25g cocoa powder 125g butter 4 tablespoons of water


This cake can be easily customised to suit tastes, if you like more heat then add more chilli. Go for fudge icing for a sweeter tooth or a bitter chocolate topping for a sophisticated taste and finish... Recipe: Divine.


Melt chocolate in a bain marie by placing the pieces in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, not allowing the bowl to touch the water. Add the coffee granules and chilli. Let the mix melt then stir with a wooden spoon. Remove bowl and leave to cool.


Meanwhile cream the softened butter with the caster sugar in a food mixer or the proper way, with a wooden spoon, until light and white. Gently stir in the cooled chocolate and four egg yolks.


Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder into the bowl and then add the grated orange rind. Fold the mix gently together with a metal spoon using big scooping movements. Add the rum, vanilla and water.


Whisk five egg whites until stiff (don’t over whisk). Add to the mixture by beating in the first tablespoon to loosen the consistency. Then fold the rest in very gently using a metal spoon.

Don’t worry if the top of the cake has cracked a bit – you’ll be icing it up. Remove and place on a cooling rack. Take out of the tin after five minutes. Leave to cool. Brush the glaze on while still a bit warm.


To make the glaze, put the marmalade into a saucepan and melt over a low heat until it’s runny. Brush this onto the cooling cake base with a pastry brush.


To make the fudge icing: combine the sifted icing sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl. Melt the butter and water and pour into the icing sugar mix. Beat until combined. It should be easily spreadable but not runny so you might not need all the liquid.


Cover the top of the cake and sides generously with the icing, tip it then finish using a spatula.


Pour the mix into the tin and bang it into the oven for 45-50 minutes. Test it after 35 minutes by pricking with a cocktail stick; it should come out clean.

Preheat the oven to 160°c line and grease a 20-22 cm tin (springform or loose based).

An Alternative Icing For a bitter chocolate icing: melt chocolate pieces in a bain marie with butter and golden syrup. Pour it over the cake for a smooth finish. Let it set.

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Recipes Chocolate

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Recipes Chocolate

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Lorraine Pascale’s Raspberry Swirl Chocolate Cheesecake Lorraine Pascale’s chocolate cheesecake looks great in knickerbocker glory glasses - it’s a great way to round off informal dinner parties...

For the Base 140g digestive biscuits, crushed 100g butter, melted 1 tbsp brown sugar

For the Cheesecake 100ml double cream 25g icing sugar 200g cream cheese 100g dark chocolate 200g raspberries

To Decorate 40g white chocolate, shaved with a vegetable peeler, to decorate.

Lorraine’s Tip ”This dessert requires a couple of hours setting time, but if, like me, you aren’t blessed with oodles of patience, put the glasses in the freezer for half an hour to speed things up.”


Ian Marber’s Divine

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40g dark chocolate 2 tablespoons hot water 4 tablespoons fromage frais Heaped tablespoon of toasted hazelnuts, crushed

Melt the chocolate and cream together in a bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water, making sure the base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Mix the biscuits, butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl and divide among the glasses.

Whip the double cream and icing sugar together in a large bowl until it is very thick and can hold its shape in the bowl. Next whip the cream cheese lightly in another bowl. Fold the cream into the cream cheese until evenly blended. Spoon a dollop of the mixture equally among the wine glasses, then add a dollop of the melted dark chocolate over the top and leave to cool slightly until thick. Add another dollop of the cream cheese mixture and stir the chocolate into the cream using only two ‘turns’ of the spoon so the dark chocolate and the white of the cream looks marbled and the bottom layer of the cream cheese is left white. Top with the raspberries and white chocolate shavings, to decorate. Lorraine created this sundae for Divine’s Salon du Chocolat stand.


Pots au Chocolate


Slowly melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir in the hot water and mix well to make a thick, shiny paste. Allow to cool then stir in fromage frais.


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Divide the chocolate mix between two espresso-sized coffee cups and put in the fridge to chill.

Toast the nuts by cooking them in a hot, heavy dry pan for a couple of minutes and then grinding them in a pestle and mortar. When the chocolate pots are chilled, top each portion with half the nuts and serve.

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Autumn Chocolate and Ginger Tart For the Pastry 175g plain flour 100g caster sugar 30g divine cocoa powder 100g unsalted butter 2 eggs beaten

For the Filling 300g dark chocolate 2 eggs 175ml milk 250ml double cream 1 vanilla pod, split 30g stem ginger

For the Ganache 125g dark chocolate 30g unsalted butter 125ml double cream 1 tbsp. ginger syrup

Preparation Pre heat the oven 180°c/350°f/ gas Mark 4

This rich moist chocolate tart is perfect for a formal dinner party. It makes a perfect accompaniment to a strong cup of coffee at the end of a meal, especially when served with home made ice cream... Recipe: Divine.


Sift the flour sugar and cocoa into a bowl. Add the butter cut into small pieces and rub into the flour until like breadcrumbs Stir in the eggs and mix with a fork to form a soft dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for an hour.


Grate the dough using a coarse grater and press across the base and up the sides of the flan tin. Scatter the base with chopped ginger and chill for 20 minutes.


Grate the dough using a coarse grater and press across the base and up the sides of the flan tin. Scatter the base with chopped ginger and chill for 20 minutes. Remove the pastry shell from the refrigerator place on a baking sheet and pour the custard into the shell.



Bake in the oven for 10 minutes then reduce the oven to 150°c, 300°f, Gas mark two for 10 minutes then turn the oven down to 110°c/230°f/Gas 1/4 for 30 minutes then turn the oven of and leave until almost set cool on a wire rack. To make the ganche, melt the butter and chocolate over hot water, stir and leave until cool. Whisk the cream in a bowl until softly peaking and add the chocolate and ginger syrup mix until evenly blended. Spread the mixture over the tin and chill. Just before serving drag a dessert spoon over the ganache to form curls. Arrange on top of the tart and dust with icing sugar.

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Use a 25cm 2.5cm deep fluted flan tin

A Great Ganache If the chocolate gets too hot it may burn and cause the chocolate to seize, turning grainy and thick. If you notice before it all changes, you can rescue it. Remove from the heat and add a little hot water, stirring until glossy.

Home Made Ice Cream The perfect accompaniment to your tart; separate four eggs then beat the yolks together with 1tsp vanilla extract or the seeds from two vanilla pods until light and foamy. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites, gradually adding 140g caster sugar until it resembles meringue. Lightly whip 300ml double cream into stiff peaks then combine with the yolks and egg whites until everything is combined. Turn into a container, cover and freeze.

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Recipes Chocolate

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Recipes Chocolate

Chocolate and Raspberry

Truffle Bites Pastry chef Mich Turner’s indulgent, moreish petit fours...

For the Truffles 100g butter – diced 140g dark chocolate with Raspberries broken into pieces 6 large eggs separated 140g ground almonds 1tsp almond extract 85 g golden caster sugar

To Cover 400g each tempered white, milk and dark chocolate

Make them in advance Can be kept up to four days ahead and stored in an airtight container. Freezes for one month.

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Preheat oven to 170°c/325°f. Line the base and sides of an 8”/20cm square tin with non-stick baking parchment. Melt the unsalted butter and 70% dark chocolate with raspberries together in a bowl over a pan of simmering water – stir occasionally until smooth. Leave for five minutes to cool slightly. Stir in the egg yolks, ground almonds and almond extract.


Whisk the egg whites in a clean separate bowl until soft peaks form. Continue whisking adding the sugar a spoonful at a time. Whisk well between each addition until all incorporated and stiff peaks form.

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Stir two tbsp egg white into chocolate mixture then gently fold in the remainder.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30 minutes until well risen and just firm to the touch.

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To cover, stamp individual rounds out of the cake using a 1.5” cutter.

In three separate bowls temper white, milk and dark chocolate. Working on no more than five cakes at a time, set these on a wire rack with a sheet of non-stick greaseproof paper underneath the tray.


Using a large metal spoon or small ladle, spoon tempered chocolate over the cakes until fully covered. Gently tap the tray to settle the chocolate

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Before the chocolate sets, dip a fork in a contrasting chocolate and marble over the cake creating interesting swirls as shown. Once the chocolate begins to set decorate the top of each truffle with chocolate decorations. Allow the cakes to set before using a palette knife to transfer the cakes to a serving plate.

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sail away STrIkIng The Ideal BalanCe BeTween aCTIvITy and relaxaTIOn, SavvI Travel’S Jenny May TakeS a ‘learn TO SaIl’ hOlIday and IS hOOked fOr lIfe. here we fInd OuT aBOuT lIfe On The OCean waveS... The shift to more active types of holiday such as cycling has been gaining momentum over recent years though for many it can be a one off experience never to be repeated. In our case, a sailing holiday in Greece proved to be a life changing experience for all the family. We opted for a learn to sail holiday combining a week at Seafarer’s Nikiana Beach Club on the island of Lefkas, followed by a week on flotilla, island hopping in the scenic South Ionian Isles. At the Beach Club, we had unlimited use of a fleet of dinghies, windsurfers, sailing catamarans, sea kayaks, all supervised by an excellent team of instructors. Most important for us, we booked a yacht sailing course during our stay to enable us to actually sail a yacht ourselves when joining a flotilla the following week. My husband had done some dinghy sailing in his distant youth and crewed on yachts before on the south coast, but we had never done this as a family before. Our children absolutely loved the dinghy sailing and achieved their first level RYA

qualification. Personally I was more a kayak person, till we went out with the instructor for yacht training. Then I was in my element and took to this like a duck to water. Being on a yacht ticked all the boxes for me, adventure, exploration, active….though not too active and lots of fun. By the end of the week we had a qualified crew in the family and a competent crew member to ensure we were safe and knew what we were doing. The next week on flotilla was just perfect. Glorious weather, easy sailing between idyllic little island harbours, good company for grown- ups and kids as the crews from the various boats meet for dinner in a harbour-side-taverna. In between sailing, we would drop anchor in a deserted bay for some swimming and snorkelling or maybe just a snooze on deck in the shade after lunch on board.

£ savvi travel Jenny May travelled with Seafarer on a Beach Club & flotilla two centre holiday starting at just £2995 for two weeks for a family of four. In high season, prices start from £4,995 for a family of four. Savvi Travel can arrange a sailing holiday Including beach club, flotilla and learn to sail holidays with Seafarer: call your Travel Consultant on 01572 842012 for more information or pop into Savvi at 7 The Maltings, Oakham.

We have since been back and done it again, the children have joined our local sailing club and we have started to make plans to buy a boat and sail off into the blue yonder!


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A Georgian Home for

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MistyHillistheproperty ofDebbieandBrett Elliot.Setinanacreof grounds,ithasfour receptionroomsand fivebedrooms.


ThIS MOnTh’S SpOrTy faMIly haS CreaTed a prOperTy ThaT’S The perfeCT paSTIChe; a Blend Of auThenTIC geOrgIan STyle and BeauTIful COnSTruCTIOn wITh all Of The neCeSSary CreaTure COMfOrTS we’ve COMe TO appreCIaTe...

Photographs: King West.


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he Elliot family is probably the most active family we’ve ever encountered. Father of the family Brett is from Melbourne, so its fitting that he works as the group Managing Director for a global sporting company supplying cricket equipment to high profile teams across the world - even to us poms.

“We spent a lot of time over the design and from the outset wanted a home which was as faithful to Georgian architecture as possible. At the same time though we wanted to create somewhere fit for a modern family with open plan living spaces and lots of light. We commissioned Chris Foers, a local stonework specialist, having seen some of the houses he’d created at nearby Edith Weston.”

It’s unsurprising then that the appeal of the building The family moved in to Misty Hill in the village of plot in the heart of North Luffenham, which the family North Luffenham in Easter 2011 and were delighted came across in 2009, included its proximity to Rutland with the outcome. Water, where the family could indulge in cycling, windsurfing, “We commissioned Chris Foers to build the property. kitesurfing and the like. Whilst Rutland may not have He dressed the Clipsham stone on site, creating a really the climate of Melbourne, it authentic look, rather than a uniform look that some certainly has plenty of appeal, so after living in the centre of obviously modern Georgian-style properties have...” Oakham for a few years, when the family were looking for a new home they Central to their home was a beautiful SeiMatic kitchen didn’t want to move too far. in high gloss white installed by Oakham’s Theodore Ross. With engineered stone surfaces and stainless “We’d looked at lots of period properties. We’d rented steel, plus top of the line appliances from Bosch like a beautiful rectory nearby but decided to build our own two dishwashers, a range cooker plus US fridge freezer home instead for as much flexibility as possible. says and Qooker boiling water tap, it’s a great place to Debbie Elliot. “We wanted to create light, spacious, prepare food, with a vast 3m island. With a sitting area open plan interiors – something that would be difficult and informal dining area too, plus bi-folding doors, it’s to achieve by remodelling an old property that would, also a sociable space that allows the interior and the most likely, be protected by a listed status.” outdoor terraces to flow into one another. Thelivingroomhasastonefireplace,solidoakflooring andvastproportions.Thekitchen,meanwhile, featuresinformalsittinganddiningarea. 55

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ASieMatickitchenin highglosswhiteconceals integratedappliances, likearangecooker, Qookertapandtwo dishwashers.



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The family entertain a lot, so a space that’s both great for cooking and for spending time with friends is essential, hence the family’s desire for an open plan, modern layout. A practical boot room/utility room and a formal dining and drawing room ensure plenty of space for entertaining, and there’s a family room off the living kitchen, plus a spacious reception hall which the family says is great during drinks parties, providing sufficient space for guests to mingle between the property’s reception rooms. The entrance hall and reception halls have underfloor heating for the polished flagstone flooring, plus a large mahogany cantilevered staircase that’s a suitably dramatic example of the craftsmanship that’s gone into creating the property. Arranged over the property’s two upper floors, the house has five bedrooms in total, with a dressing room and en suite to the principal bedroom, plus a further en suite to the guest bedroom. There’s also a spacious annexe with living room, bedroom, en suite and kitchen above the garage, as well as lots of storage on the top floor. “We didn’t want to create a poor pastiche of a Georgian home, we wanted it to be as authentic as possible.” says Debbie. “We obtained planning permission for high ceilings not just on the ground floor but upstairs too, which adds to the feeling of space. Chris also dressed the Collyweston stone on site too, ensuring it looks authentic, not too uniform.” The property’s setting provides plenty of grounds, mostly set to lawn and designed to be low maintenance. Plenty of seating areas and a spacious terrace plus a shady spot overlooking the tennis court ensures plenty of room for the family to spend time outdoors. “We wanted a fairly relaxed home, one with the style of a Georgian property but one that was suitable for the children to hang out in, too. It’s a party house really, but one that can do ‘formal’ as well, and one with lots of character.” With Brett’s work necessitating international travel and with the family spending more time in Australia, the family have toyed with the idea of keeping the property on but have decided, instead, to downsize. “It’s been a really tough decision, but we think we owe it to the house to find a new family. It should have people in it, and it’s been a fantastic place for our two sons.” With the property now on the market with estate agents King West, Misty Hill is a property that can offer families like the Elliots everything they need for a happy life... except, perhaps the Antipodean climate. 58

Misty Hill, North Luffenham Style: Modern family home with open plan living created in a georgian style and finished to the highest standard. Receptions: four, currently arranged as drawing room, dining room, family room and living kitchen. Bedrooms: five, with two en suites.

Other features: Tennis court, separate self contained annexe, wet rooms and gym. Price: £1.35m Estate Agency: St Mary’s Street, Stamford pe9 2de. Telephone: 01780 484520. Website:

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Find your perfect holiday with your local, independent & friendly travel experts

spotlight on the Caribbean a

s the days shorten and the dark evenings begin, it’s time to think about winter sunshine. one of the best destinations in the winter months are the fabulous Caribbean islands offering guaranteed sunshine and only an eight hour flight from the UK. One million square miles of indescribably idyllic islands, powder white beaches, crystal clear seas, perpetual sunshine and friendly faces, make the Caribbean perfect for a break during the winter months. The Caribbean island nations continue to be considered among the world’s most perfect destinations, ripe with palm fringed beaches and some of the best diving reefs in the world, lush rainforests and dramatic volcanic landscapes. rich with adventurous tales, mixed cultures and astonishing natural diversity, the island’s history is still felt today, not least in the cuisine, a heady mix of french, Spanish, dutch and British influences, and a glorious colonial architecture which seems to highlight the simple charm of traditional Caribbean pastel coloured homes. antigua is one of the sunniest islands in the eastern Caribbean, literally blessed with hundreds of sandy beaches; it’s also the region’s top yachting destination. a highly recommended hotel is Blue waters in Soldiers Bay, a particular favourite of Oundle Travel, with many repeat guests returning every year. Of all the Caribbean islands Barbados is the one that remained British throughout its colonial history, it still displays an endearing set of British quirks and traditions from afternoon tea to horse racing and of course the cricket! Coral reef is family owned and remains a firm favourite for 5* deluxe accommodation. forming part of the northern constellation of the Caribbean Islands the British virgin Islands offer some of the world’s most exclusive hideaways and playgrounds with superb hotels and villas. It is difficult to include all the Caribbean islands, but if you are looking for a 5* deluxe property or a family all Inclusive holiday for winter sunshine, then visit the Caribbean – we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Oundle Travel have considerable personal experience of all the Caribbean islands and have stayed in many of the islands hotels, for honest, unbiased personal recommendations, prices and availability please contact us on 01832 273600.

01832 273600 Market Place, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4EA Email: Website:


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AccessoriesandfurniturebyZanotta, availableatNGIDesign.

Give Your Hallway Impact everyOne knOwS ThaT IT’S IMpOrTanT TO Make a gOOd fIrST IMpreSSIOn SO I’M alwayS SurprISed By hOw Many peOple negleCT TheIr hallway.


t’s the first room that anyone sees in your home so it’s essential that it sets the right tone. whether you’ve just moved into a new property, or your hallway is simply looking a little unloved, here are my top tips for making yours shine. wallpaper can be a hallways best friend; there are so many colours and patterns to choose from to instantly make this a beautiful and glamorous space in its own right. In dark hallways you should opt for light shades with small patterns, and to increase the feeling of space, you could try a slightly metallic shade to reflect the light. In larger and brighter hallways, the choices are much less restricted and you can opt for bolder, brighter, or even bigger dramatic patterns. Carpets and stair runners can add a burst of colour and personality, but consider what’s going to work for your lifestyle on a practical level. don’t leave it there; accessorise your hallway like you would any other room in your home to make it really individual to you. a dramatic pendant near your entrance can make a great centre piece, and mirrors work brilliantly reflecting the light and adding a style statement. pick ornate mirrors for period or eclectic homes, or try sleek and oversized options for a more modern look. you can decorate your walls too with photos and wall art. hallways can be a great area for making a feature out of your beloved photographs. The latest trends bring together photo frames in an asymmetric arrangement, with a variety of shapes and sizes and even different frame styles. Try to keep furniture to a minimum in your hallway so that the room feels more spacious and stick to the essentials. look for pieces which have a slim depth so that they don’t encroach onto areas where people may walk. you may wish to also consider creating an area for neatly storing coats and shoes or perhaps a telephone zone with a seat and table. Whether you’re renovating your home or decorating individual rooms, we can help you so drop by the NGI Design showroom to find out more. Visit us at 4-6 High Street, St Martins, Stamford, PE9 2LF. For further information, please contact NGI Design on 01780 766 899, email or visit


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A Room for Life... designed for life, and designed for living in. Stamfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fitted furniture Company provides kitchens, bedrooms and studies that are beautiful, practical and built to last; all hand-made, all bespoke and all truly beautiful...


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as Christmas approaches, one Swayfield family is looking forward to preparing Christmas dinner in their brand new kitchen. As is the tradition, the turkey will be cooked in the faithful old Aga, but this year, as the brussel sprouts come to the boil, they will be surrounded by bespoke kitchen cabinetry and stylish work surfaces, thanks to Jason Nicholls. Furniture that’s built to last is what craftsmen Jason and the team at the Fitted Furniture Company, in Easton on the Hill, near Stamford, have been providing since 1991 in their purpose built workshop. Utilising those years of experience, the company specialises in creating kitchens, bedrooms, studies, and bespoke pieces. The client’s concept is brought to life by Fitted Furniture’s own architect and created in both freestanding and built-in styles, all of which are individually designed to complement their home. “We love creating rooms that work for modern family life.” says Jason. “For example, the way we use our kitchens has changed over time. They are no longer just practical spaces for cooking, but places to socialise and to spend time as a family. Our passion is in creating rooms that not only look great, but are functional on a day to day basis too, using thoughtful design, and practical touches. All of our kitchens are completely hand-crafted, from the solid traditional cabinetry to the brush-painted finishes which are then incorporated with the latest innovative furniture technology such as boiling water taps.”

A full project management service is also available, with Jason and his team personally installing their own work, and supplying appliances and accessories from names such as Miele and Franke. They will even contract plumbing, electrical and gas specialists if required. Kitchens start from £18,000+VAT and appliances. “You can see and feel the difference in the way we create and finish our kitchens.” says Jason. "Attention to detail is everything. We spend five or six weeks on each project which makes every kitchen we produce truly personal.” A beautiful blend of made to measure hardwood cabinetry, polished granite or hardwood work surfaces and finishing touches like brushed steel handles, Farrow & Ball paint and top of the range appliances, means a Fitted Furniture kitchen will be loved for years. Finishing their Swayfield customer’s kitchen ready for installation next month, Jason and his team can’t wait to see it in its new home. As for the client, she knows that with quality and craftsmanship as standard, her new kitchen is not just for Christmas... it’s for life!

above/Left: “It was completely unexpected, a total surprise, but obviously we are extremely proud and honoured!” said Jason upon being presented not only with the Best Stand within a pavilion award, but overall award for the Best Trade Stand at the 2013 Burghley horse Trials.

For more information: visit The fitted furniture Company by appointment at racecourse farm, racecourse road, easton-on-the-hill, Stamford, lincs, pe9 3nT. alternatively call 01780 480080 or see


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Main: Brand new this month to Colefax and Fowler is Simone in slate (sofa) and charcoal (right hand cushion. Shown centre is Fitzgerald - also new - in vintage blue.

house & hoMe

A Bolt from the Blue From lilac and liberty to catalina and cerulean, we this month prove that any shade of blue can enhance your home. On trend colours for autumn range from dark slate blues to lighter shades...

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Curtains in GP&J Bakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nympheus from the Crayford collection; stone, aqua or indigo. Sofa in Lea with beaded braid in indigo. 69

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Main: Ideal in a morning room or for a contemporary twist on a chinoiserie, this sofa is covered in Sanderson’s Compton. Footstool in Marlowe, throw in Elina silk.

Above: Cushions from the Manuel Canovas autumn/winter collection. From top, Miramas and Beaucaire in ciel, Bel Air and Bagatelle in bleu de chine.

For similar paint colours try Farrow & Ball’s Parma Grey or Lulworth Blue, or Little Greene’s Gauze Dark and Celestial Blue in distemper finish.

Each of our featured designers are available from the  county’s leading independent soft furnishings specialists. 71

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Main: Clarke and Clarkeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Woodland wallpaper is shown here in Mineral colourway. Surface printed foliage designs are teamed with embossed, plain grass cloths and a wonderful trompe lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeil named Peeling Planks. Colours range from soft shades of Pearl, Parchment and Mineral through to bold hues of Aqua, Citrus and Spice.

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James Brindley’s Eden Collection includes Zaffira (chair) and Noa (screen).

Morris & Co’s Love is Enough; based upon the poet and typographer’s 1872 play.

lue is the colour - it’s on trend for autumn homes, with dark blues, paired with vintage creams and prints inspired by nature. With vintage typography and etchings also on trend, take some inspiration this month from our selection of wallpaper and textile designers’ latest collections.


temperature. Warm blues, like denim, ocean blue, or slate blue work well with hints of red, for example.”

“There’s no easier hue to work with than blue, in all its warm and cool tones.” says interiors expert Nicole Atkinson. “Calming and peaceful, blue can have very different effects on a room depending on its

“Meanwhile, shades known as cool blues like cobalt, turquoise, and ice blue all have yellow in them and tend to recede, or back away, which can help a small space look bigger. That’s why cool blues encourage calmness,

Colour experts say these make your room’s walls advance, or come toward you, so they help make a room feel cosier. It’s for this reason that interior designers often like warm blues in living rooms and dining rooms.


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New from Sanderson this autumn is the Bird Blossom collection (wall) and Icaria Velvet (middle cushion). Chair in sparkle coral fabric.

which is nice for a bedroom, or focus, for example in a home office. Bedrooms are a great place to incorporate indulgent textures, a ‘statement piece’ headboard, for instance, or cushions with clashing prints different shades of blue. “The beauty of blue is that it’s a perennial favourite and shifts its cast, according to prevailing fashion and its timing on the colour cycle.” says Nicole. “Sometimes cool blues can go a little further and be cold, though in a bathroom, where a crisp, clean vibe is suitable, this can be a good thing.” 74

Right now, blue is coming off a ‘turquoise high’ and preparing itself for a full indigo immersion. Whatever shade of blue you choose, the mood it evokes will depend largely on what colours you select for accents. Blues with green, for instance, are healthy, life affirming and ecological; blues with yellow are harmonious, making them perfect for a relaxing country bedroom. Don’t overlook earth tones and neutrals with blue, either. These subtle shades can add sophistication and freshness to many blues.

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Treetops in Sky/Blue from Jocelyn Warner. Silver/birch colourways available.

Botanical blue from GP & J Baker. Chair: Forbes. Tablecloth: Leaf Cascade.

“I also love the mix of different blues with oranges. The orange really wakes up the blue and brings out a complementary intensity.”

A professional designer will make your room more functional and will help you avoid costly mistakes, adding value to your property, too...

“Generally, my inclination is to bring in one earth tone or neutral colour to make the look more modern. With an earth tone - anything from cream to beige to brown - blue colour combinations will feel more traditional.”

Blue, for instance, will work well in one room if the adjacent room is coloured with a strong crimson or yellow.

“Whatever blue you choose,” Nicole says, “Commit to it totally. There are myriad beautiful shades of blues. All of which are valid choices, but because some shades are especially powerful, you have to use them specifically and with great intention.” As a rule of thumb, use a colour with the same weight as the colour blue you’re using in adjacent rooms. A strong stone blue wall like Farrow & Ball’s deep blue Drawing Room 76

As always, we’d recommend using one of the county’s professional interior designers, whose ability to create a bespoke room scheme for your home and whose access to the latest collections of fabrics and wall coverings shown here really will prove a good investment. “A professional designer can make your room more functional, but they can help you to select the best value products and services, avoiding costly mistakes and boosting the value of your property.”

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WITH FOUR SEASONS GARDEN CENTRE Give Father Christmas a helping hand this year with a bit of help from Four Seasons Garden Centre Visit the Four Seasons Delicatessen in the run up to Christmas and pre order an exquisite hamper made from only the finest produce to be found in our delicatessen. Our bespoke hamper service allows you to tailor the hamper to a particular individuals tastes & your budget.

year they sold very quickly so get in early to choose your perfect real tree.

We also have a large selection of Christmas decorations & indoor & outdoor lights. In late November our real Christmas trees which are grown regionally arrive. Last

So whatever your plans are running up to the big day make sure that you visit Four Season Garden Centre, you won’t be disappointed.

Our gift department will be bursting with gifts for children & adults plus you can choose from our fabulous range of Christmas cards & wrapping paper.

Our Christmas Craft Fayre returns on Saturday 16th November where you will be able to find hundreds of inspirational gift ideas for that someone special. With over 30 stalls on site we are sure you will be spoilt for choice.

Father Christmas and his elves will arrive in time for Christmas and will take up residence in his Grotto, where he will double check which children are on his naughty or nice list. Every child who visits Santa’s grotto during December in the run up to Christmas will receive a special gift from him. Santa will be at Four Seasons every weekend in December up to Sunday 22nd after that he has to go back to the North Pole to pack his sleigh and to feed his Reindeer. For more information visit Or visit us at Four Seasons Garden Centre London Road, Sleaford NG34 8NY or call us on 01529 304970

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Things that Glow Bump in the Night... Carve a pumpkin this halloween and somethingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure to glow bump in the night... this spooky bit of family fun will keep the children entertained for hours!


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hen halloween rears its creepy head, be ready with an equally creepy looking head of your own and remind yourself of the simple pleasure of carving pumpkins this month. It’s easy to carve a simple pumpkin but here, we’ve a masterclass and a few ideas for carving the greatest ghostly gourds. Growing Pumpkins Children love growing their own vegetables, and encouraging them to grow a pumpkin ready to carve for halloween will make the pleasure last even longer. Grow seeds in pots from next spring, or in mid-summer if you’re sowing them directly into the ground. Good quality compost, tomato plant food and regular watering will keep your crop healthy, ready for a harvest in October. Varieties to try include Jack of All Trades, or the more ribbed, ornamental Rouge Vif D’Estampes, though if you’re keen to create a monster pumpkin, Hundredweight is, as its name implies, one of the largest varieties available. Choosing Your Pumpkin We’d always recommend a local independent garden centre or farm shop for purchasing pumpkins, or, why not pay a visit to the county’s pumpkin king, David Bowman? David grows around 4,000,000 pumpkins for the country’s supermarkets from his 500 acre farm, with around 80% of his pumpkins remaining in the UK. The farmer has even supplied a special edition ‘Mickey Mouse ears’ variety for Disney’s family resorts. Harvest Moon is his most popular variety but David has been growing pumpkins

above: Either create your own design or try one of the many templates available online numerous kits specially designed for carving your pumpkin make the job much easier.


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for around 40 years, though last year’s crop was down by around 20% due to poor weather. Thankfully this year is much more promising, which means children across Lincolnshire and Rutland will be able to enjoy the simple pleasure of carving a spooky looking pumpkin just in time for October 31st. Carving your Pumpkin To create the perfect pumpkin, start by making a hole in the top of the pumpkin. You need to cut out a lid that can be replaced once you’ve finished, so angle the knife towards the centre of the pumpkin as you cut. The bevelled edge will keep the lid in place. You might also find it easier to cut a six-sided lid. Next, use a wooden spoon to clean out the seeds and strings. Where you plan to carve the face, scrape away the pulp until the wall is about 3cm thick. The best way to design the face is to draw it on paper first and tape or pin it to the pumpkin (or soak it in water and just slap it on – the water will make it stick). Then, using a toothpick or opened-up paperclip, prick holes along the lines and into the pumpkin. When you remove the paper, you’ll be left with a dotted outline of the face. You can make these holes easier to see by rubbing flour over the front of the pumpkin. Following the dotted line, cut the shapes out with a pointed saw-blade knife. You may need a few different-sized knives. Use a gentle but firm sawing action to avoid breaking bits off the pumpkin. Pieces that do fall off can be reattached with a toothpick. Rubbing the insides of the pumpkin with diluted bleach (one part bleach to five parts water) will preserve it for a few more days. The carved edges also deteriorate more slowly if you coat them lightly with Vaseline.

Above: Scrape away the sides of the pumpkin until the walls of it are about 3cm thick. Right: Cut holes by using a toothpick or cocktail stick to score a dotted outline then use these as a guide.

Make a basic candleholder from tinfoil and secure the candle at the base. Cut a small chimney hole in the lid to let the heat and smoke escape. Imaginative Templates The advent of the internet means you can now order or download templates for really impressive looking pumpkins. Leeds based Carveking (£3.99, offers a pumpkin carving kit with five specialised tools designed for the job (which are also safer for children to use). The kit includes 10 designs which can be stuck to the pumpkin to create some really fancy designs. 82

Words: Rob Davis Images:  Paul Debois.

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in the garden

Jobs for October

above: Younger children will love carving less spooky examples of pumpkins, with goofy faces. Light them with battery powered tea lights or LED lights.

Last year’s pumpkin crop was down about 80% according to local grower david Bowman. thankfully this year’s crops is looking scarily promising!

£ Plant your trees, shrubs and perennials now - that will give them ample opportunity to take root before winter sets in. This will give them a growth advantage over their peers that are not planted until the spring.

£ You can also plant bulbs now. What about establishing an autumn tradition and getting the whole family into the garden for a bulb planting day? Set them to work with a basket of bulbs and a trowel - then all you have to do is look forward to next spring.

£ October is an excellent month for planting

left: Whilst a serrated knife will suffice, dedicated pumpkin carving kits are easier - and safer - for children to use.

heather. Plant it two centimetres deeper than the plants are supplied in their pots. This prevents them from being tugged by strong winds, which can interfere with the roots becoming established. Planting deeper also prevents the sun from shining on the roots.

£ October traditionally sees a lot of organic waste coming from the garden. Instead of removing it, why not make compost from it?

£ Entrench fuchsias and geraniums: many

Pumpkin Tips FRIGHTENINGly FRAGRANT: Your pumpkin can double up as an air freshener if you sprinkle some nutmeg, cinnamon or cloves into it. Alternatively, substitute your tealight with a scented candle or use an oil burner if you’re scoring rather than cutting through it.

people do not have the space in their house, shed or garage to overwinter their collection of fuchsias and geraniums. You can also bury them in the garden or leave them to overwinter in a large box with pot soil.


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If you want to take your creativity even further, American firm provide patterns with Sesame Street, Spongebob Squarepants, Muppets and Thomas the Tank Engine characters as well as movie monsters, superheroes and characters from franchises like Harry Potter and Monsters Inc. You can download two patterns from the site for just £2, or all 300 for under £10. Lighting your Pumpkin Traditionally candles are used to light your pumpkin but if the smell of burning pumpkin flesh doesn’t appeal, Pumpkin Masters ( can supply battery operated tealights, glow in the dark blacklights, strobing LED and colour changing lights too. The company also stocks transfers if you want to keep your pumpkin intact, and surface carving kits for a carving method which is less messy, and even safer for little children. Pumpkin Painting And finally, why not add a dash of colour to your pumpkin with commercially available pumpkin painting kits, or with the use of acrylic paint? A highlight of black paint on your pumpkin or if you’re really flash, a decoupage design, will create a scary pumpkin that’s the centrepiece for what’s sure to be a spooky family halloween!

Pumpkin recipes Creating Pumpkin Soup is a classic way to use up your pumpkin’s flesh  - but we’ve some other suggestions, too... £ Pumpkin Cheesecake: New twist on pumpkin pie. Add cooked pumpkin flesh (approx 300g) into your cream cheese with a tsp of ground cinnamon.

above: Make your pumpkin shine from the inside out? Use multicoloured Christmas lights to add a new dimension to simple styles or try a red bicycle light, set to flash, for a really sinister touch. right: A stylish take on pumpkin decorating with designer decoupage.

£ Pumpkin & rosemary Muffins: Use 1tbsp honey, 240g cooked and deseeded pumpkin and three fresh sprigs of rosemary to give muffin mixtures an autumn kick. £ Pumpkin salad: Pumpkin, walnuts and feta cheese make a great autumn salad. Add shallots and drizzle over good quality vegetable oil.

£ Pumpkin Pickle: Add 400g cubed pumpkin to a large onion, garlic, and mixed spice. create a pickle with cider vinegar. £ Pumpkin seed Bread: Add to your dough before kneading.


Words: Rob Davis Images:  Paul Debois.

Pumpkin Tips THE PERFECT PUMPkIN: Choose one that is fresh (with a sturdy stem and no bruises) and that has a flat bottom (so it won't roll). Tap the pumpkin gently and listen for a slightly hollow sound. Lifting the pumpkin will also give you a good idea of how dense it is. The heavier the pumpkin, the thicker the walls.

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Celebrating another successful year at

BURGHLEY2013 Jock Paget’s win at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and his victory at the Badminton Trials means he’s in with a shot of scooping the Rolex Grand Slam next Spring. His victory was part of a thrilling 2013 event... Words: Rob Davis. Pictures: Kit Houghton and Don Lambert.


his year’s Burghley was a successful one for New Zealand! Kiwi Jock Paget took victory on Clifton Promise pushing Brit William Fox-Pitt to fourth place. Fellow Kiwi Andrew Nicholson finished second and third on last year’s winner Avebury and Nereo respectively. Although he lost his Burghley crown, Andrew gained plenty of compensation in the form of winning the FEI Classics series worth £96,000 to the winner which came to its conclusion at the Stamford event.

This Page: Jonathan ‘Jock’ Paget riding Clifton Promise wins The Burghley Horse Trials 2013

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The 2013 LAnd RoveR

BurghLey horse triaLs

above: Kauto Star ridden by Laura Collett and Neptune Collonges ridden by Sam Wall. Left: Andrew Nicholson, riding Avebury, finished in second place.

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above: Jock Pagetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dressage round. top left: Sculptor Belinda Sillars and Charles Owen were just two of the 600 trade stands exhibiting at Burghley.

Next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Burghley Horse Trials will take place from 4th-7th September 2014.

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The 2013 LAnd RoveR

BurghLey horse triaLs

top: William Fox-Pitt riding Parklane Hawk took fourth place after the competitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dressage round. above: Jules Hudson of BBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Countryfile and Tom McEwen with his horse Dry Old Party. right: Andrew Nicholson riding Nerero during the cross country element. 91

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the Wedding aLBuM

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Joanne and Richard Wilkinson Joanne Wilkinson, née Scarborough’s, family farm was a beautiful wedding venue - so good in fact that the family decided to create a new business from their special occasion. The pressure was also on to find the perfect dress, given the fact that Joanne sells wedding dresses for a living! Photos: Contact:

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“Richard proposed by a beautiful lake in the town of Nora in Sweden whilst we were visiting his family...!”


ichard and I met in 2005 at our local Young Farmers’ club. We became close friends and started dating in December 2006, not exactly to the surprise of our friends, who had seen it coming for months.

Richard proposed whilst on holiday in Sweden. We were visiting some of Richard’s family in a small town called Nora which is on the edge of a beautiful lake. One day he planned for us to take the ferry over to the island for a relaxing afternoon in the sunshine. On finding a quiet spot by a small jetty overlooking the lake and Nora in the distance, he popped the question. It was a beautiful moment! We decided very early on that our reception would be held at my parent’s farm and the first thing we actually booked was the wedding ceremony, which would be held at the beautiful All Saints Church in the village where Richard is from. To begin with, Richard was happy for me to organise everything - he would ‘just turn up on the day’ - but as I started to arrange things he kept having more and more input and ideas. On the day of the wedding I was relaxed and excited - it was Richard who later told me he felt really nervous waiting at the church for me to arrive! The moment I stepped into the church and looked up to see all our friends and family watching, I felt a huge wave of emotion and walking

down the aisle was actually a bit of a blur. As the service started we soon relaxed and my huge grin throughout the service showed exactly how I was feeling. Owning my own wedding dress shop, JDezire, I knew my dress would be hot topic and I did feel a little bit of pressure to get it right. I see so many brides who come in with one idea and end up with something completely different. After trying on some dresses myself it turned out that I would be just the same! I chose a full tuille gown that I just felt fantastic in, it really had ‘the wow factor’ and my excitement told me it was the one. My dress was very simple, with tulle straps; I added some sparkle with my tiara and necklace and a beautiful lace veil. We always knew the reception would be held at Fen Farm but after originally considering marquees we decided to do something a little bit different and to renovate one of the farm buildings. It worked so well in fact that we have decided to offer it for hire as a wedding reception venue. We already have wedding bookings for next summer and I can’t wait to see how each couple puts their own stamp of personality on it. The day was so relaxed and things just flowed really well. On the grass outside the reception venue we had games and a bouncy castle, which was a really fun touch to the day!

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THE EVENT The ‘ Pig and Pimms’ Garden Party Mr & Mrs David Pennell and family recently hosted a ‘Pig & Pimms’ garden party to raise money for the area’s Riding for the Disabled charity. The guests were treated to home-reared Saddleback Hog Roast and plenty of Pimms was consumed thanks to a bar laid on by The Bull & Swan at Stamford. Other supporters included Smiths Gore, WSK Ltd, Grange Farm, Burghley and Absolute Taste. Nearly 200 people raised over £1,000 for the charity which will provide riding for local children with a variety of disabilities. Photos: Rob Davis.

Jill Hunter and Campbell Norman-Smith.

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Amy Gibson and Charlotte Keeble.

‘ Pig & Pimms’ Garden Party

Paul Brown and family.

Chris Isaac and family.

200 attendees raised money for the county’s Riding for the Disabled charity.

The Selkirk family.

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‘ Pig & Pimms’ Garden Party

£1,500 was raised for Riding for the Disabled.

Mr & Mrs Will Phelan.


Mr David Porteous & Fiona Ruddick with Doctor & Mrs Bal Appadu.

The event comprised a hog roast, Pimms bar and entertainment for the children.

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£ Five Autumn

Beauty Buys 

Beauty notes

shine this autuMn... seasonaL MaKeuP tiPs New makeup ranges for Autumn have now reached the county’s beauty counters. Here, we’ve enlisted the assistance of Michelle Gomm to provide our model Anne Lenton with a makeover. We asked Michelle for her predictions for autumn trends...

New products and beauty essentials recommended by Oldrids

>> Dior Lipstick in blazing red £25.

Words & images: Rob Davis.


ike so many things in life, achieving a flawless finish when applying your makeup is all about preparation. Makeup expert Michelle Gomm works with the Lancôme brand and recently treated our model Anne Lenton to a makeover using the company’s newest products. Skin Preparation “One of the skin sins we see quite a lot is women who don’t take their makeup off at night or have a poor skincare regime.” says Michelle. “It’s really important to cleanse and tone twice a day, and to really achieve good makeup results, we’ve launched a new product, our Dreamtone serum (£69).” Whilst this serum may seem like yet another product to buy, using it is like having a facial each morning. Evening out skintone and reducing pigmentation, it’s designed to be used under your moisturiser and will allow you to use less moisturiser and foundation, making it a potential money saver as well as allowing you to achieve healthier looking skin and a flawless finish. Brush Strokes It’s advisable to use a primer under foundation, and Michelle recommends using a brush to apply your foundation rather than fingers, which will also use less foundation. It will enable you to blend it more evenly and dust rather than wipe it over the face. Avoid applying with sponges which soak in the oils. Likewise good hygiene is essential to keep your makeup brushes looking and feeling their best. “If you invest in a good set of brushes they’ll last you a lifetime.” says Michelle. “Use shampoo and water to clean them once a week and leave them to dry overnight. On the subject of

hygiene it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your best before dates and to change your mascara every 12-14 weeks as this is the product which comes into contact with the most bacteria.”

<< Benefit Lip & Cheek Kits - three types available, Tropicoral shown here £25.50.

Autumn Trends Autumn usually sees stronger colour and this year is no exception. “We’re seeing lots of dark berry and wine colours, whilst deep pinks are popular and there’s always a surge in bright reds towards Christmas.” says Michelle. “Eyes are smokier, and if you find it difficult to find products that suit both a daytime and an evening look, create two sets of products with separate makeup bags to keep them to hand.” Astalift One of the hottest new products is Astalift’s Aquarysta jelly. Voted the number one skincare product in Japan, it’s only been around for a year over here. Pioneered by Fuji using the same products used in camera film, its Nanotechnology formula incorporates three types of collagen to boost the skin’s elasticity. Anne’s Makeover Michelle used Lancôme’s Cleansing Water, moisturiser and Dreamtone serum (£69) before applying La Base primer (£28) and Teint Miracle mineral foundation (£27.50).

>> Clinique superprimer - redness reduction, sallow, dullness and colour correction available £20.

>> Bare Minerals 10 in 1 mascara Intense Black £16. >> Astalift rejuvenating concentrate from £26/15g.

Lancôme’s Bronzing Powder (£32.50) was used as blusher too, before Michelle used the company’s new Autumn shades of Five Palette eyeshadow (ST4 £37). Anne’s eyeliner was Silver Kohl (£16) with a black Hypnose mascara (£22) - recently voted the world’s number one mascara. Lip liner (£18) in conjunction with Rouge in Love lipstick (£22). Michelle is the counter manager for Lancôme at Oldrids, Boston. Call 01205 361251 or see 109

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THE DENTAl HEAlTH CENTRE, GRANTHAM “I really can’t tell the difference between the implants and my own teeth.” Ian Foard, Heckington I have now had two dental implants placed by Mr Colin Sutton at the Dental Health Centre and I really can’t tell the difference between them and my own teeth. I have had an upper right molar and a lower left molar replaced. The one tooth was crowned but it kept breaking up and the other had a crack in it.

This treatment does cost money but the practice has invested a lot of time in my treatment and in quality materials and equipment. I really think that dental implants are more cost effective in the long term. I had the crown that kept breaking replaced two or three times but I could have saved money if I’d had an implant straight away.

The reason I decided to opt for an implant is because I didn’t like the gap and I didn’t fancy the idea of taking my teeth out at night. For me it was important to have the gap filled because I think the surrounding teeth become weaker with the extra pressure on them and it also makes chewing more awkward. Mr Sutton is a very gentle dentist and the treatment I’ve had there has always been good. I’ve always had a great service - I find the practice clean and the receptionists are smiley, cheerful and professional and they all know me by name now.

The Dental Health Centre, 3 Avenue Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6TA. Tel: 01476 594480, or see

Colin Sutton BDS

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heaLth & Beauty

The Eye Care Centre

Left: Contact lenses are more comfortable than ever, whilst prescription sunglasses can eliminate winter glare on the roads. above: The practice is based on Spalding’s Sheepmarket.


ontact lenses allow you to enjoy life without glasses; great for an autumn or winter spent shooting or fishing and alleviating the problem of glasses misting up when you step indoors. What’s more, the technology behind contact lenses makes wearing them more comfortable than ever.

“Technology has come on in leaps and bounds!” says Geoff Eastwood. “If you’ve tried contact lenses before, but they didn’t suit you, now’s the time to look again.” “Being independent, we’re not tied to any one particular manufacturer of lenses, so we’re able to choose a make that best suits our patient. The latest silicone hydrogel lenses are especially comfortable, as they allow the maximum amount of oxygen to reach the eye possible... they’re amazing!”

autuMn at the eye Care Centre

Autumn Eyecare

The latest contact lens technology makes wearing lenses a pleasure this season. With thin, breathable lenses a reality, they’re more comfortable than ever... For more information: visit The eye Care Centre, Sheep Market, Spalding, Lincolnshire Pe11 1Bh. Alternatively, call 01775 722141 or see

Coloured Lenses Also available at The Eye Care Centre is a range of coloured lenses which allow you to change the colour of your eyes. With the technology for these, too, having developed considerably, they’re comfortable, safe and can be purchased in small quantities for party season with no long term commitment. Don’t Forget Frames Whilst contact lenses are the comfortable, practical choice for winter though, the company still recommends keeping a pair of glasses as a backup. With prescription sunglasses offering UV protection and with polarising lenses available, they’re great for driving in autumn and winter. “We’ve the expertise, the advice and the latest products to make wearing glasses or contact lenses comfortable and practical.” says Geoff. “We really can make the most of your vision this season.”

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The best of

both worlds T

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

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

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

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

The Bostonian Private Wing, Pilgrim Hospital, Sibsey Road, Boston, Lincs PE21 9QS Telephone: 01205 360606 / Facsimile: 01205 311442 • ISO 9001:2008 accredited

Pilgrim Hospital’s Private Wing


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Warm up your  winter with the hottest new  eco-treatment... Lava Shell Massage is the hottest new beauty treatment offering all the benefits of a hot stone massage but with the added bonus of being eco-friendly. The therapy uses 100% genuine recycled Tiger Clam Shells from the South Pacific which heat up internally for up to an hour with a patented combination of natural minerals and water. The heat from the Lava Shells also stimulates blood supply resulting in healthier looking skin whilst the deep tissue pressure point massage eases away muscle tension. Expect to pay around £45/60 mins. Practitioners include John & Associates in Lincolnshire (01526 342309, www.johnand, Equilibrium in Stamford and Rutland (01780 757579, www.


Health & Beauty


The latest health and beauty treatments from leading independent clinics and salons...

<< Perfect for Autumn, we love these Ray Ban designer frames in navy/orange £148 and white £150. Available from O’Brien’s Opticians, 01652 653595.

>> Bioderma Sébium H20, £9.99/250ml. Leaves the skin lookind hydrated with no redness.

<< Vichy Pureté Thermale, £10.50/250ml. Really economical, excellent for removing make-up.

>> Lancôme Eau Micellaire Douceur £22.50/200ml. Leaves skin smooth, moisturised and free of make-up.

The Product CHANEl has a new makeup collection for Autumn 2013. Superstition enables women to achieve perfect sultry eyes with khaki and metallic shades of its Les 4 Ombres eyeshadows, beautifully blushed cheekbones with its Destiny cream blush, and iconic lips with its Rouge Coco mocha lipstick.

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Autumn: The Second Spring The philosopher AlberT CAmus wAs onCe quoTed As sAying ThAT AuTumn is jusT The seCond spring, when every leAf is A flower. wrAp up wArm when you’re ouT And AbouT wiTh The lATesT CloThing from sChöffel

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<< £ DESIGNED IN RUTLAND MADE FOR LIFE Shown here is Manton quilted coat in midnight £249.95. Burley fleece jacket in aubergine £149.95. Whitwell wax jacked in brown £349.95 and Exton vest in forest green £219.95.


esigned in Rutland, designed for life. Schöffel’s range of country fashion and technical shooting clothing has over 200 years of provenance. Originally a ski brand formed in Baveria, Schöffel came to the UK in the early 1990s whereupon the country’s top shooting fraternity requested the brand create a line of high performance country clothing suitable for those spending all day in the field. The brand quickly gained a reputation for being built on a foundation of uncompromising quality and innovation. More recently the brand has found a slightly more mainstream audience as country clothing has become on trend, and there’s nowhere better to shop for country clothing than Oakham’s Cavells Country, which stocks not just Schöffel, but brands like Barbour, Gant, Hackett, and Dubarry, too.



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>> £ ABOVE

>> £ RIGHT

Ptarmigan Ladies Tweed Coat, Bennet Tweed £549.95. Insulated Gore-tex tweed coat using Schöffel's exclusive innovative, lightweight and washable Tweed fabric woven in an English mill. Stylish and flattering with a superb feminine fit and cut.

Egleton Wax Jacket, £299.95. Stylish Egleton Wax Jacket is made from premium British quilted cotton wax.


Pickwell Quilted Jacket in midnight £199.95. Stylish and flattering with a removable belt for the ultimate in style and versatility.

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>> £ TWEED Ladies Bennet tweed jacket £279.95. Stylish, tailored country jacket made from Schöffel Countrywear's house tweed.

£ STOCKISTS Cavells Country The Old Mill Yard, South Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6BG. Tel: 01572 772477.


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<< £ DARCY Tweed sports jacket in Darcy tweed £349.95. Stylish, tailored sports jacket made from Schöffel exclusive house tweed. 121

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>> £ SHOOTING Cambridge check Shirt dark olive £69.95 Ptarmigan tweed plus twos £279.95 Tattersall shirt multi beige £69.95 and Ptarmigan Extreme plus twos in dark olive £199.95.

£ STOCKISTS Cavells Country The Old Mill Yard, South Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6BG. Tel: 01572 772477.


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Autumn: The Second Spring << £ CASCADE PACKAWAY Cascade Packaway jacket in tundra £179.95. Stylish and flattering the Cascade Jacket is the perfect lightweight packable waterproof. Uppingham country coat in midnight £319.95. Three in one fitted coat with with a sporty and feminine cut, made from Schöffel's own high performance ultralight Venturi two-layer laminate fabric that is 100% waterproof, windproof and breathable.

<< £ FLEECE Oakham fleece gilet in navy £119.95. Polartec Thermal Pro 200 weight fleece gilet in Navy, an ideal mid layer, or for extra warmth can be zipped into the Men's Ptarmigan Interactive Shooting Coat.


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>> £ SEATON Seaton - £219.95. A quilted coat with flattering feminine fit and high loft insulation for warmth. Bakerboy cap in Bennet tweed £49.95.

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Rutland gunmetal fleece £19 9.95 and Cottesmore fleece in dark olive £159.9 5.

£ STOCKISTS Cavells Country The Old Mill Yard, South Street, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6BG. Tel: 01572 772477.

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OLLIE AND NIC: Charlie Crossbody bag - RRP £150, Outlet Price £59. Vicky iPad case - RRP £35 Outlet Price £10.

KLASS: Fur Jacket – RRP £115, Outlet Price £80. Olida Boots – RRP £90, Outlet Price £60 (available mid October).

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JACQUES VERT: Knitted Bolero – RRP £79, Outlet £49. Spot Print Prom Dress – RRP £179, Outlet £119.

winTer ColleCTions springfields has something for everyone with suits, ties, party wear, outerwear, handbags, and accessories from over 55 big named outlet stores offering up to 75% off rrp’s every day. stores include m & s outlet, Clarks, gAp outlet, body shop, hallmark, Thorntons, game, nike factory store, weird fish & jacques vert. bench and ollie & nic are the latest additions with subway and a fabulous new chic radley store opening soon. springfields really is outlet shopping at its finest. save even more by becoming a springfields vip where you will receive an extra 10% off at over 40 stores and be updated with all the latest news and events. simply register at Find all these products at Springfields Outlet Shopping, A16 Spalding or find out more at www.springfields All outlet prices are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. All products featured available while stocks last and subject to availability.

RADLEY: Radley Catch of the Day Large Trifold Purse – RRP £65, Outlet Price £44. Radley Chiltern Large Totebag – RRP £129, Outlet Price £89.

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TM LEWIN: Casual Jacket – RRP £229, Outlet Price £129.

JACQUES VERT: Long Camel Coat – RRP £269, Outlet £179. Black Buckle Detail Dress – RRP £99, Outlet £69.

BEAUTY OUTLET: Elizabeth Grant collagen day cream – RRP £43, Outlet Price £7.99. OPI polish – RRP £12.95, Outlet Price £6.99.

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Five looks from one jacket...

Seeing Red in Autumn... This month Cavells on oakham’s mill street are seeing red, recommending this statement jacket in crimson red from mark Cain. with five looks from one jacket, it’s great value. model sue stannard shows how it can be worn and gets some catwalk practice in before modelling for breast Cancer Care this month...


ee red this season with a statement jacket from Marc Cain. It’s a favourite of our local model Sue Stannard who this month takes to the catwalk in London alongside 23 other inspiring men and women to prove it’s possible to regain your confidence and look glamorous after a breast cancer diagnosis. The models will appear at the Breast Cancer Care fashion show, on 2nd October, in London modelling a fabulous range of designer clothing from fashion’s elite including Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood, as well as high street outfits. They will be styled by fashion correspondent, Hilary Alexander, alongside London Fashion Week coordinator, Lesley Goring. Before hitting that catwalk though, Sue visited Cavells on Oakham’s Mill Street to show off our jacket, which retails for £379. Here, we prove it’s not only great value but truly versatile too, with five great looks achievable, no matter what the occasion. The fashion show takes place at London’s Grosvenor House. Ticket prices range from £72 - £188. Details can be found at 128



£ COUNTRY LIFE Barbour padded gilet £109.95. Aigle wellies in crimson £65. Me and Kashmiere scarf £159.

£ GIRL AROUND TOWN J Brand rail jeans in navy £235. White Stuff printed shirt £35. Paco Herrero long boot £175.

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Modelling for Breast Cancer Care >>


£ DRESS TO IMPRESS Max Mara Weekend skirt £149. Max Mara fur collar £129. Paco Herrero Shoe Boot £115.

£ EVENING SPARKLE Marc Cain black dress £265. Paul Smith black shoes £195. Anya Hindmarch gold sequin Valorie clutch bag £350.


£ SUPPER PARTY Marc Cain print trouser £189, Equipment tie front shirt £270. Paul Smith boots in brown £250.


£ BAGS OF STYLE Navy blue Anya Hindmarch Multi Zip in navy £850. Mulberry Mini Alexa bag in sage £950. £ ALL OUTFITS UTILISE Marc Cain red jacket £369. Find out more: All of the outfits shown here are available from Cavells at 16 mill street, oakham, rutland le15 6eA. Tel: 01572 770372,

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<< john lewis Ted baker resin finish skinny jeans £89.

<< Karen millen jersey bubble dress £160. >> debenhams jonathan saunders pink coat £call.

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AT HIGHCROSS vanessa white, star of pop-royalty girl band The saturdays, will be marking the most stylish date of the year in highcross leicester’s shopping centre’s calendar as pride goes to press, on saturday 28th september. vanessa will kick off a weekend of style at leicester’s most stylish destination, by hosting The show at highcross at 3pm. shoppers can also enjoy further shows across the weekend as part of the centre’s Autumn fashion fix. 130

visitors will be treated to a feast of seasonal trends during the catwalk shows, with fashions coming from retailers including john lewis and debenhams. fashionistas will be able to take advantage of exclusive offers, competitions and in-store entertainment throughout the whole weekend. Saturday 28th September 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5.30pm. Sunday 29th September 11.30am, 1pm, 3pm (3pm show on Saturday is hosted by Vanessa White; for details see ).

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Discover colourful and creative

BATIK ART Local artist Barbara Melling recently won the Pride Magazines Award for her batik piece in the Carre Gallery Open Exhibition. We were intrigued by the process and wanted to find out a little more about the textile technique that Barbara uses to produce her colourful, cheerful pieces... Words & Photos: Rob Davis.


olourful, creative and versatile, Batik Art is a technique practised by Barbara Melling, winner of Pride Magazine’s special award in the Carre Gallery’s summer exhibition. Many people associate Batik which is essentially a wax-resist dying technique, with 1960s tie-dye but it’s a far more versatile medium than a few hippy t-shirts would suggest! The artist works from her rural studio where she works on textiles using batik and felting techniques, as well as pottery, holding weekly classes in all three mediums for all abilities. We went along to see Barbara and find out a little more about her favourite technique and discovered that all you need is a couple of ‘tjanting’ tools, a frying pan, and a whole lot of creativity! Image: Barbara Melling with her winning piece Life is a Gift.

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Autumn Hobbies

Discover Batik Art

The Batik technique is really versatile and can be used on fabrics like cotton and silk, as well as leather, wood and paper... It’ s a wax resist technique with which you can build up layers of rich colour...

The craft involves using a tjanting tool - a small reservoir of wax - to draw on areas you don’t want the colour to affect.

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atik and other wax resist crafts were all the rage in the 1960s when colourful, expressive tie-dye t-shirts were all the fashion, but the technique itself is much older - around 1,500 years, originally popular in Egypt and the Middle East.

It’s a technique based on the principle that oil and water don’t mix, and is a favourite of Barbara Melling. Born and raised in London, the artist attended Wimbledon School of Art, and gained a Fine Art degree before taking a postgraduate degree in Art Therapy and working in Hertfordshire and Essex. “As a child I’d always loved textiles. You could always find me sewing or working on embroidery.” says Barbara. “I got into batik as an extension of that, when my three children were little. They loved the colours, the control you have over the medium and yet the surprise when you reveal the final colour upon removing the wax.” “It’s remained my favourite technique although I also spend a lot of my time feltmaking and working on ceramics, too. I used pottery a lot in my art therapy career, when I worked with children and adults. It’s tactile, and can be a bit messy, which young children love.”

and a desire to further her art in her own rural studio. Her workshop is a former blacksmiths forge renovated with assistance from the Arts Council. It’s also home to her batik, feltmaking and pottery classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday daytime and evenings, as well as day courses in textile crafts.

Barbara’s studio is open to the public and showcases her batik work, textiles, ceramics and jewellery.

The technique can be used to create pictures like Barbara’s portraits, landscapes and abstracts, as well as silk scarves, sarongs, jewellery, cushions, pennets, cards, jewellery boxes and even bird boxes... The technique of batik can be used to create pictures like Barbara’s portraits, landscapes and abstracts, as well as silk scarves, sarongs, jewellery, cushions, pennets, cards, jewellery boxes and even bird boxes. “To make a batik, selected areas of the cloth are blocked out by brushing or drawing hot wax over them, and the cloth is then dyed.” says Barbara who tends to work on cotton for her canvas based art. Whilst there are fancy melting pots available, she uses electric frying pans and a blend of beeswax and paraffin wax, filling a series of tjantings which

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Autumn Hobbies

Discover Batik Art

pour thicker or finer streams of wax onto her work. She then applies colour using Procian fabric dyes. “The parts covered in wax resist the dye and remain the original colour. This process of waxing and dyeing can be repeated to create more elaborate and colourful designs. After the final dyeing the wax is removed and the cloth is ready for wearing or showing.” Barbara’s work is sold through her website and via the artist and craft producers’ website Etsy. Scarves are around £50, whilst her canvases range from £120-£250 and cushions are around £35. “I have a number of techniques that I use regularly but batik is my first love.” says Barbara. “I love the vibrancy of the colours you can create, the fact that it can be used on so many materials and I love the fact that it can still surprise. When the wax comes off and the design is revealed, it’s a real treat.” “If you’ve never tried it before and you fancy doing something crafty, something a little different and something with a huge amount of scope for creativity, I can really recommend trying batik art for yourself!” 136

Above: Once a wax has been applied, colour can be painted on, in this case with a series of fabric dyes. Right: Like her Pride Magazine award winning piece in the Carre Gallery exhibition, Barbara’s inspiration came from her daughter, Amy, who served as a very pretty model!

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Crafts for October IT’S AUTUMN - TIME TO SETTLE IN AND TAKE UP A CRAFT YOU CAN ENJOY ON THE LONG COLD EVENINGS - PERHAPS CREATING THE ODD CHRISTMAS GIFT, TOO. HERE ARE OUR SUGGESTIONS... Quilting Above: Barbara creates portraits, landscapes and abstract pieces like this example, featuring batik prints and handwritten script.

“I love working with silk - the sheen it has and the way light passes through it really appeals to the senses!”

Trying Wing Quilters in Rutland or Lincolnshire’s Quilters in the Wolds to create patchwork and quilting projects. (

Watercolours Paint watercolours at one of the area’s stately homes. Local artist Sandra Peck will show you how; www.sandra

Stained Glass Cathi Prince teaches the art of stained glass making from her Haconby studio throughout the year;

Life Drawing

Left: Barbara creates cushions, jewellery, scarves and sarongs even bird houses - using batik printing methods.

If you fancy trying your hand at drawing the human form, Stamford Arts Centre runs classes hosted by Joanna Crawford.

Interior Design

Find Out More... BARBARA MELLING’S work can be purchased from her Etsy shop ( or from her own website. For more information on batic and Barbara’s courses, call 01754 880652 or see or follow her on

Stamford Arts Centre is also hosting an interior design course on 1st Oct to give you the tools you need to transform your home.


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BARRY POSTON As Pride goes to press harvest is nearly over, but there’s no rest for the county’s farmers with the harvesting of sugar beet and potatoes...


ine weather at the end of August and early September enabled most farmers to complete their rape and cereal harvest in good conditions. Those crops that had been well established and were able to take advantage of the above average sunshine in the summer produced excellent yields and quality grain. When comparing a sample of last year’s wheat with a sample from this year, it was very noticeable how the size and appearance of the individual grain was so much larger and also more attractive in colour. In good conditions, some modern day combines have an enormous appetite, with over 100 acres and 500 tonnes a day output. Most machines now have on-board computer systems which record moisture and weight, plus any other information required. A lot of rape seed and wheat drilling has taken place through September, in addition to the harvesting of sugar beet and potatoes; yield prospects certainly look good and once again farmers would appreciate fine conditions to lift these crops in good order. Most of October will be spent finishing their potato lifting and sowing their winter wheat. Sugar beet continues to put weight on until early November so this crop will be lifted Words: Barry Poston


during September and October with a ‘just in time’ delivery to the factory. Considerable thought will have to be given to the control of the obnoxious black grass weed, which can reduce yields quite seriously. Light harrowing will help chit the seed from last year’s crop, which can be burnt off once or twice with the use of Roundup. Alterations to cropping plans with more spring crops being sown can also help with the killing off of blackgrass. It would appear that it is becoming resistant to a lot of the chemicals designed to kill it off in arable crops. I recently had a chance to have a chat with a sheep farmer who has a considerably sized operation. When discussing the - currently favourable - sheep prices he reminded me of the difficult spring when the lack of growth of grass and other grazing crops caused several deaths and slow growth of the lambs born then. It would appear that arable farmers are not the only ones to be affected by weather problems! I would like to finish on a positive note, having read a recent article on how nitrogen fixing bacteria could be used on crops of wheat or rape, and could reduce expensive nitrogen bills in the future. Research work at Nottingham University has isolated these bacteria which could soon be used to isolate and fix nitrogen from the atmosphere and would dramatically reduce farmer’s fertiliser bills. Watch this space!

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with Barry Poston

Sugar beet continues to put on weight until early November so this crop will be lifted during September and October with a ‘ j ust in time’ delivery to the factory...

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Range Rover Sport When is a Range Rover not a Range Rover? When it’s the more on-road biased version of the luxury 4x4. Which should you choose? To find out we go under the bonnet of the new model and discover a lighter, more nimble and more practical Sport...

Among the model’s off-road improvements is the ability to wade even deeper and tackle nastier slopes. A sonar system will warn if your aquatic activities verge on the risky...


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he Range Rover Sport was initially designed to fill a gap between the more expensive ‘proper’ Range Rover and more road-biased SUVs like Audi’s Q7 and Porsche’s Cayenne. Sport always suffered from the stigma of being a poor relation to the Range Rover and worst still, from being purchased by footballers rather than aristocrats. What’s more, the previous model, launched in 2005, shared the off-road biased chassis and a similar dashboard design to the Discovery so it was a bit heavier and less comfortable than it should have been given its on-road predilection and a desire to ally itself with the Range Rover as opposed to the Discovery. Neither affected the Sports sales though! Land Rover’s press office told us that 3,926 Range Rovers were sold in 2012. In the same period, sales for the Range Rover Sport were 7,732, making this model extremely important for the brand. So why do people prefer the Sport? For a start the cheapest model is now £51,550 compared to £71,310 for the Range Rover. It’s also just as well-equipped and just as good off-road as its larger sibling.

A new model is now available in showrooms and will probably widen the gap between the two models’ sales figures even further, because this time around, the Sport shares an aluminium chassis with the Range Rover making it lighter and more economical than its larger sibling. What’s more, the Sport is now available with two extra seats in the rear - a trick borrowed from the Discovery - making it even better for its core audience of school-run-mum Q7 drivers. Enhanced on-road tricks like torque vectoring, and Dynamic Response create a sportier drive, whilst the most modest engine, the 3.0V6 diesel tuned to 190ps, will still achieve over 38mpg combined; 34mpg around town. This engine reaches 60mph in seven seconds and reach 140mph. In its enhanced state of tune the 215ps version of the same engine can shave a second off your 0-60mph time for a slight economy penalty, whilst the rangetopping 5.0 Supercharged V8 engine reaches 60mph in five seconds, 155mph flat out, but achieves little more than 22mpg; it’s the least practical choice. Three trim models are available, with the 190ps engine reserved for SE models, the 215ps engine for HSE or Autobiography models and the 5.0 reserved for Autobiography trim.

Rover Sport

A new aluminium chassis makes the Sport lighter than ever for improved economy and performance.


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Range Rover Sport

Our choice is the cheapest 190ps 3.0V6 SE, since all Sports are well-equipped with electrically adjustable heated leather seats, climate and cruise control, rear parking sensors, electric tailgate, DAB radio, sat nav and Bluetooth as standard. HSE trim adds keyless entry, rear view camera, front parking sensors, heated rear seats, upgraded leather and more power adjustment for the front seats.

As impressive as they are, the car’s main changes are not the superficial cosmetic ones, they’re the dynamic changes made to the car’s architecture handling and ability to perform as a sports car... Autobiography adds a panoramic sunroof, air conditioned seats, adaptive cruise control and a heated steering wheel, rear climate control and the company’s 825w Meridian hi-fi system.

Range Rover Sport From: £51,550 (190ps SE) On Sale: now. Engines: 3.0v6 (190ps), and 3.0v6 (215ps) diesels. 5.0v8 Supercharged. Fuel Economy: (190ps) 38.7mpg combined, Equipment: Heated electric leather, climate, cruise, sat nav, rear park sensor, Terrain Response, 8-speed auto gearbox. 142

Opt for the SE model and you’ll enjoy greater economy and the opportunity to cherry pick the options you prefer, but that’s not where your choices end. All models are available with two electrically deployed seats in the rear for extra practicality. Though they’re really only suitable for children, the option will appeal to families. There’s also a Dynamic package which adds a more aggressive body kit with gloss black exterior trim and larger wheels. Speaking of the vehicle’s cosmetics, no fewer than 17 colours, seven interior trims, 11 interior colour

schemes, nine wheel designs and the option of a contrast roof all provide plenty of scope to change the appearance of your vehicle to create a car that’s more reserved or outlandish as befits your personality. If you averaged out the design of the smaller Range Rover Evoke and the new Range Rover the Sport would definitely be the result. It’s decidedly Range Rover in its shape, and for the first time, fit to challenge the on-road dynamics of ‘soft-roaders’ like the Q7 and Porsche Cayenne. Sport’s trump card, though, is that it’s still unbeatable off-road and will handle any terrain you throw at it without fuss. To say that all these changes are the highlights of the new Sport is a misnomer though. The car’s main changes are not the superficial cosmetic ones, they’re the dynamic changes made to the car’s architecture and handling. It’s now a much more distinct car compared to either the Discovery, on which the previous version was based, or the Range Rover. Tauter, nimbler, with new electronics keeping body roll in check, the car inspires more confidence, and has a more dramatic personality. The new model handles phenomenally with a ride that’s a little firmer than before, but grippy and confident. The technology that Land Rover has employed doesn’t dull the driving experience, but combines sports car competence with unsurpassed ability. Sport is no longer the poor-man’s Range Rover, it’s the great value luxury sports tourer that’ll still put a smile on your face, despite its off-road ability and practicality.

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Motorhome Holidays An investment in freedom... The moment you turn the key, a motorhome will provide a world of freedom and luxury. Best of all, Camper uk can open up this world to you for less than you think, with the reassurance of a family-business integrity and the highest level of expertise.

Whether you want to spend thousands, or hundreds of thousands, versatile accommodation, a smooth ride and the ability to enjoy en spec holidays anywhere in the country or abroad comes as standard.

Camper uk is a multi-award winning dealer with a huge stock of 80 motorhomes from manufacturers including Carthago’s range of German made quality motorhomes and Burstner’s range of Semi-Integrated, Elite Integrated and luxurious Alcove range of ‘jumbo’ vehicles.

Established in 2005, the company has over 2,000 satisfied customers who have discovered the freedom and flexibility of motorhome life for themselves, and with models from £6,995 to £200,000 there’s something for every budget with everything from a two-berth compact models to those with room for seven to sleep in comfort and luxury.

“Our motorhomes offer you the freedom to go wherever you wish, and to take the convenience of being at home with you.” says the company’s John Richards.

For comfortable touring, these modern vehicles also boast the features you’d expect from a modern luxury saloon car with leather upholstery, air conditioning and sat nav.

“We’ve a model to suit everyone but there have been some really impressive improvements in design and layout which make driving one of our motorhome like taking a boutique hotel room along with you.”

Meanwhile, modern motorhome luxury means the availability of underfloor heating, central heating with radiators, fully equipped spacious bathrooms with separate WC and fixed double beds.

“Our site covers around 60,000 sq ft, and we’ve an 18 acre proving ground on which we’re happy to let you test your prospective purchase.” “Once you’ve made your choice we’ve a full range of accessories, servicing and maintenance centre, plus livery facilities so you can store your motorhome with us ready for your holiday. We’ll check it over before you depart for your break so all you need to do is get in and enjoy the drive.” The company’s models are more luxurious than ever and with a number of options and interior designs, each model can be customised according to your preferences, providing accommodation that’s luxurious but also personal, too. “When you invest in a motorhome, you truly invest in a lifestyle.” says John. “In a second it becomes a way of life that’s great fun for all the family. What’s more, with a family run multi-award winning dealer behind you, you’re assured of many happy, relaxing adventures and a feeing of complete freedom.”

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Pushing the Boundaries... Words: Mike Brown.


very business needs to innovate. As the proverb states, if a business isn’t going forwards, it’s already going backwards. We know this, as a company of proactive accountants and business advisors, across sectors like agriculture, education, healthcare, leisure and property in the East Midlands, with 10 offices across the region. Our clients are typically small to medium sized owner-managed businesses. Across every business sector, we to find that there are company directors out there who are unaware that their businesses can claim research and development (R&D) tax relief. Not only that, but when they do become aware they are surprised by how much relief they can claim, and best of all it works the best for

“Across every sector, we find that there directors unaware their businesses can claim R&D Tax Relief ”


clients who are proactive in developing their product portfolio or building their business. R&D tax credits were introduced way back in the year 2000 for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). To qualify for the tax benefits, expenditure must aim to achieve ‘an advance in overall knowledge or capability in a field of science or technology.’ It’s not always about the stuff a business does in laboratories! As long as you can show that you were pushing the boundaries of knowledge then, as an SME, you would be able to claim a tax deduction for more than double the amount of your expenditure. If the business is making a loss at the time then a tax credit of up to 24.75% of the qualifying cost can be claimed from the tax man. We have made claims for companies across a wide range of industry sectors from horticulture to machining; from software to recycling; from packaging to production. There is more to R&D relief than first meets the eye and it’s not very often that companies can say they had a helping hand from HMRC!

Curriculum Vitae £ Mike Brown is Tax Director at Duncan and Toplis. £ “Our specialist taxation department has vast experience in dealing with both business and personal taxation matters. We take pride that we have helped many of our clients to substantially reduce the tax that they are paying. Tax is a very complex issue and specialist advice can often reap many rewards for both your business and you personally.” £ 4 Henley Way, Doddington Road, Lincoln Ln6 3QR Tel: 01522 507000

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For Life and for Businesses... Words: Tim Thompson.


hoosing a solicitor can be a daunting process. There are many different firms out there, and without having used them before, it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Traditionally, it was usual to instruct a solicitor based locally, however today’s technology means that, depending on the nature of your case, it is not always necessary to meet your solicitor in person. Many firms now offer an email or telephone service, or even online meetings. Recommendations from friends or family are a good way to find out about the sort of service a particular solicitor provides, so ask as many people as you can for their opinions. Price is also a consideration, and you may find

“Don’t underestimate the importance of ‘gut instinct’ when choosing your solicitor”

that fees vary significantly between firms offering similar services. Finally, do not underestimate your own ‘gut instinct.’ Talk to any prospective solicitor; do not be afraid to ask questions to gauge their level of knowledge before making a final decision. Many solicitors offer fixed fee packages, so you know in advance exactly what the final costs will be. At the start of your case, your solicitor must give you information about the likely costs, and how the charge is calculated. They must keep you informed about costs throughout, and let you know as soon as possible if the costs are likely to go above the initial estimate. If you are dissatisfied with either the service or the bill, the first thing to do is to make a complaint directly to your solicitor. All firms must have a written complaints procedure, and will tell you who to contact if you have a problem. If you are still not happy with the outcome, you can address your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. If the Legal Ombudsman agrees that your solicitor’s service has been unsatisfactory, they can ask them to carry out a number of actions including a formal apology or refunding reducing legal costs or paying compensation.

Curriculum Vitae £ Tim Thompson is a partner in the Employment Law Department at Hegarty Solicitors. He joined Hegarty Solicitors in 1977 and qualified with the firm in October 1978. £ “Hegarty Solicitors offers a wide range of legal services, with offices in Peterborough and Stamford. Our clients are both businesses and individuals. They come to us because of our established name and our reputation for excellence.” £ 48 Broadway Peterborough PE1 1YW Tel: 01733 346333


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YOU CAN READ RUTLAND PRIDE Visit to see our latest edition. You can also view any of our recent editions, again, free of charge. Enjoy Rutland Pride on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

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Announcing Rutland Pride’s 2014

BusinessAwards This month we launch our Business Awards in conjunction with Essence Event Solutions. Our awards are an opportunity for businesses across Stamford & Rutland to win recognition for their accomplishments. Nominating your business is both easy, and free of charge. Over the page, we’ll tell you how and why you should enter! Images: Nick Farka, Red & Round.


his month we’re delighted to officially launch The Rutland Pride Business Awards for 2014, open to businesses in both Rutland and Stamford, organised in conjunction with Nicky Barr of Essence Event Solutions. We’re asking businesses across our area to nominate themselves for one of seven awards aimed at recognising the best small business, our businessperson of the year, the best local start-up, and companies which have excelled at customer service, design & marketing or for providing an outstanding contribution to their community. Our independent panel of judges will assess each entry and compile a shortlist, with

eventual winners in each category revealed at our awards dinner in April next year.

How to Enter Rutland Pride’s Business Awards...

Entry is completely free of charge and with a closing date of 28th February 2014, you’ve plenty of time.

£ Nominate your business: it’s free of charge and you have until 28th February 2014 to submit your entry.

Over the next few pages we’ll tell you why you should enter, advise which of our seven awards will best suit your business and provide tips to ensure you get the best from your entry - good luck and hopefully you’ll soon be holding a trophy and celebrating your success with us!

£ Choose a category to enter: - Marketing & Design Award - Small Business of the Year - Businessperson of the Year - Best New Business - Best Businessman/Woman - Contribution to the Community - Best Customer Focus Award

£ Obtain your application pack by contacting our awards partner Nicky Barr on 01778 421420 or nicky@ £ Complete your application with supporting documentation. £ Our panel of judges are completely independent; that’s why we’ve partnered with Nicky and her team. Advertising spend with Rutland Pride is NOT a factor in our judges’ decision - and each award will be judged according solely on evidence submitted with each application. £ Our competition is open to all businesses within a radius of 15 miles of Rutland or Stamford,

Find out more about our awards: Visit

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Why enter our awards? Winning a Rutland Pride Business Award will help you publicise your business & achieve independent validation for your accomplishments, says Nicky Barr... “Small to medium enterprises form a huge part of our local economy.” says Nicky Barr, owner of Essence Event Solutions and co-organiser of the Rutland Pride Business Awards. There are around 4.8m SMEs in the UK, employing nearly 32m people - 60% of the UK’s workforce - accounting for a combined turnover of £3,100bn. Having worked in event management with clients like Jaguar Land Rover, The Daily Telegraph and Yorkshire Bank I found it refreshing to working with SMEs and found the diversity and determination of businesses in Rutland and Stamford so impressive. This is a chance for businesses to prove themselves and have their successes validated with independent awards. Awards success can give your business an edge over the competition. 80% of senior business people (and more than 70% of consumers) admit to being influenced by awards when buying products and services. You can shout that you're the best until you’re blue in the face, but winning an award enables you to say ‘don’t just take our word for it.’ A business award is a concrete seal of approval that can be used as evidence of quality when pitching for new business or negotiating next year’s budgets. It can also boost team morale and recognise a business’s hard working team. Depending on the award you win it can help position your company as a leader in its field. Every opportunity should be taken to promote a win: think about using social media, your company website, internal intranet, newsletters and include the award win in promotional materials. In short, nominating your business is worth it... remember, AWARDS: Award Winners Achieve Real Defined Success! Find out more about our awards: Visit



Get the most from your entry in the Rutland Pride Business Awards... £ Obtain your application pack online at £ Plan ahead; consider which award you’ll nominate your business for and work out how you can use evidence to conclusively prove its worthiness. £ Always back up your claims with evidence and focus on what the judges are looking for in each category.

£ Take the time to complete your entry form and emphasise the benefits of any projects, examples of customer care or social responsibility. £ Winners of awards receive 24% more traffic to their website and a 40% rise in media and social networking coverage. Make sure you’re ready to capitalise on your success with a strong marketing campaign.

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Our Awards... The Rutland Pride Business Awards have seven categories this year - here’s who won last year and what our judges are looking for... Our seven categories are designed to appeal to businesses across Rutland and Stamford, recognising community involvement, a focus on customer care and new businesses. You can nominate your business in any of the categories except for our Best Customer Focus award, which requires another individual or business to nominate on your behalf. Each category has its own guidelines, available upon request, and all entries must be submitted by a business, not a charitable or government funded project. Once you’ve chosen your category, apply online at www.stamford or by calling 01778 421420.

Small Business of the Year

Marketing & Design Award

£ Education City

£ Otters Deli

Last year’s winners of our Small and Medium Enterprise of the Year Award were Education City. This year’s Small Business of the Year category is for a business which has no more than 25 employees. It will be able to demonstrate good year-on-year profitability (three years or more) and provide evidence of excellence in their field.

Last year’s winners of the award formerly known as our Creative & Design Award was Leo Sugden’s Otters Deli on Oakham’s Mill Street. This award will be given to a business which has developed and implemented a marketing strategy that has delivered measurable benefits such as increased profit, sales, usage or awareness.

Left to right: Wildcats, Johanna’s Patisserie, Annette Griggs and Inspire2Tri.

Businessperson of the Year

Best New Business

Best Business Man or Woman

Contribution to the Community

Best Customer Focus Award

£ Wild Cats

£ Johanna’s Patisserie

£ Annette Griggs

£ Robert Loomes

£ Inspire2Tri

Last year’s Entrepreneur of the Year award has been retitled Businessperson of the year and will go to the person who has made an outstanding contribution to the business in which they are employed. Consideration is given to factors such as involvement in the growth of the business, contribution to profitability, involvement in innovation or similar achievements.

This will be awarded to a business which commenced trading within the three years prior to the date of the awards ceremony. The developments made as a new business and the approach to overcoming challenges in these difficult times will be considered. Recognition will be given to businesses that have a creative plan which sets it apart from competitors.

Last year’s winner of our Employee of the Year competition was Annette Griggs of Westside Gym. This year our equivalent category of Best Business Man or Woman provides an opportunity for public recognition of an individual’s achievements. Consideration will be given to the benefit this has had on the business, its staff or the local economy.

2013’s Outstanding Personal Achievement has been renamed our Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award. This will be awarded to the business which has made the most significant contribution to the community. Examples may be support for local education, schemes to assist with local unemployment or donations made to local charitable organisations.

Our only category which requires nomination by a customer or other business. Last year’s winners were Inspire2Tri, whose customers felt the business provided an excellent level of service and went above and beyond what was expected of them. The final decision on the winner will be made by the judges based on the quality and reason for nominations.

Rules for Entry... NOMINATE YOUR BUSINESS for an award by choosing your category and preparing a portfolio of evidence to support your application. Business must be within a 15 mile radius of Rutland or Stamford to be eligible for entry. All claims of success must be proven with supporting evidence. All entries must be received no later than 18:00 on 28th February 2014. Entries will be judged by an independent panel not associated with Rutland Pride or Pride Magazines Ltd and the judges’ decision, made solely on the basis of evidence submitted, is final. Additional terms and conditions apply; these may be obtained from co-organisers Essence Event Solutions Ltd.

Find out more about our awards and apply online: Visit


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Sacred music and dance at Stamford Arts Centre with the Tashi Lhunpo Monks. Founded by the first Dalai Lama in the 15th Century, Tashi Lhunpo is one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Re-established in exile in South India, it is best known for its artistic tradition of masked dances and sacred music. Meet the monks before the performance in a participatory workshop where you will learn more about the monastery and try some dance steps. Later, there’s sacred music and monastic dance from the contemplative, mesmerising chant of Buddhist texts to the majestic, brocade costumed masked dances. On 13th October from 11am (workshop) and 2pm (show). Tel: 01780 763203

Appearing on 5th October at Uppingham School Theatre, The BBC Singers hold a unique position in British musical life. They perform all over the UK and abroad, and always play an important role in the BBC Proms. Programme includes Victoria’s Requiem and Britten’s Te Deum in E & C and Hymn to St Peter.

As part of the Music in Lyddington programme, Philip Reed editor of Britten’s correspondence hosts a pre-concert talk at the village hall from 5.30pm before refreshments and a concert beginning at 7pm. Julius Drake introduces a celebration of the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten with Dorottya Lang - mezzo soprano; Ben Johnson - tenor; Julius Drake – piano. Works by Purcell arranged by Britten including Canticle I, Charm of Lullabies, The Red Cockatoo and The Deaf Woman’s Courtship. Music in Lyddington is a registered charity which aims to provide music-lovers in Rutland and its surroundings with fine music in a regular series of high quality concerts, and to encourage young musicians.

Stars of BBC Radio 3, the BBC Singers have the highest broadcast profile of any choir in the world, headed up by David Hill.

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19th and 20th October


£ tHE BBC sinGERs

Preparations are well underway for the Newark Game & Country Show, at Newark Showground on 19th and 20th October.


£ BRyAn fERRy

during October the state rooms of stamford’s elizabethan stately home are transformed with beautiful floral displays created by local flower societies, offering a new perspective on england's greatest elizabethan House.

book early for this one! Roxy Music frontman bryan ferry reaches de Montfort Theatre as part of a major uK tour.

each room will inspire the floral arrangement with societies taking their inspiration from the painted ceilings, seventeenth century art or the original purpose of a room – enjoy them from 5th-10th and 12th/13th October with a house or house/garden ticket.

This will be his first since the dylanesque tour in 2007 and will feature both his usual band, whose hits include slave to love, Virginia Plain and love is the drug, but also The bryan ferry Orchestra. With these, last year released the highly acclaimed instrumental Jazz age album with modern songs like avalon, slave to love and Virginia Plain reinterpreted as 1920s flapper era performances.

also taking place this month is living Heritage’s craft and food fair on 12th/13th October. from ceramics and jewellery to glass blowing and bee keeping, there is something for everyone as well as children’s entertainments and the ever popular food hall.

celebrating his 68th birthday as Pride goes to press, bryan will be performing an eclectic selection of songs chosen from across his whole career to celebrate his 40 years as a singer and songwriter. Tel: 01283 820548 Tel: 0116 233 3111

Tickets from £35, 1st november from 7pm.

New for 2013, visitors will have the chance to cheer on Robin Hood and his Merry Men in an amazing jousting and stunt-riding display by the leading Stampede Stunt Display Team. Having recently performed at Disneyland, American Adventure, Camelot and Europa, the fantastic demonstration will feature amazing displays of horseback riding, jumping through fire, rearing, roman riding and a special demonstration of horseback archery. The Main Arena will also feature breathtaking appearances by Savage Skills Mountain Bike Display Team featuring two world-class stunt riders in an anti-gravity show whilst the Dog and Duck Display Team will wow the crowds with their expert sheepdog handling. Other activities for the whole family include field archery, air rifle and clay pigeon shooting and as well as entertaining and educational alpaca and sheep shearing displays and plenty of shopping and chances to sample and buy a range of scrumptious produce from fine wines to delicious cheeses. For more information or to book discounted advance tickets to the Newark Game & Country Show, visit: Tickets are priced at £10 adults and £5 for children at the gate. 157

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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.

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Crosswords... CRYPTIC CROSSWORD Test your lateral thinking skills with this month’s cryptic crossword. each puzzle has a set of perplexing clues to unravel, and as every lover of logic knows, the frustration is all part of the fun!

ACROSS 9. newspaper staff cuts? (5) 4. Playing what instrument is found in the wood? (8) 8. Protracted wait may egg gentleman on to err (4,10) 10. Prayer for space agreement (8) 11. lethargy sets back squaddies (6) 12. Probes due for condition the morning after? (7,2) 15. Time demands things to do (5) 17. Poetic work gets no backing at place of entertainment (5) 18. One whose quarry is sought and abused? (9) 19. He was involved in jailbreak in biblical times (6) 21. short prince adjusts blue vestment (8) 24. King moves into cash trade involving shady dealing (6,8) 25. said to have erred, catholicism is characteristic of a problem (8) 26. On reflection one's not quite resolute enough (5)

DOWN 1. ye shall possibly appear on time, around 2061? (7,5) 2. an artist has to study horses (9) 3. european without married quarters (5) 4. eights hid from influxes of water (4,5) 5. contend for one's due? (4) 6. Marginal produce of sewer? (9) 7. Hurriedly appear prior to delivery (3-2) 9. like a wolf in sheep's clothing (5-7) 13. Plundered and did a bunk before getting dismissed (9) 14. Where to indulge in bingo? (9) 16. The unsteady begin seeing with glasses (9) 20. figure to press young beginner (5) 22. calm for the working of the spirit? (5) 23. Tory disaster caused by one lacking experience (4)


1. caress with one's eyelashes — 1. Public transport (3) uK best, firstly (anag) (9,4) 2. dense bushy area (7) 8. scarcely detectable amount (7) 3. Rim (4) 9. Port city on Honshu, Japan (5) 4. Of moulds, yeast etc (6) 10. Phoney (4) 5. class of small freeholders cultivating 11. Home of Mary and Joseph (8) their own land (8) 13. catch — frame (6) 6. Visual representation (5) 14. agreement drawn up before 7. silly — unmethodical — the wedding (6) punch-drunk (4-5) 17. small falcons (8) 10. grotesque event put on as an 19. Playing at the opponents’ amusement (5,4) ground (4) 12. clearing of the throat — expression 21. living quarters for wives of dissatisfaction (8) and concubines (5) 15. start of January (3,4) 22. looking good? (7) 16. More airless (6) 24. Meteorological records (7,6) 18. Middle east country (5) 20. It goes well with sausages (4) 23. affirmative (3)





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