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Useful Numbers The Garden Scene Valentines Scene Book Reviews Competition Rutland Photography

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Scene Poetry Digital Switchover Whats On Lets Fly A Kite Citzens Advice Column Rotary In Rutland

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A Happy New Year to all our readers and friends in the ‘North’ of Rutland! Welcome to the February edition of the Rutland Scene – Valentine’s is here.....time for some romance and a good excuse to stop and make time for yourself and your loved ones. With some of the beautiful days we have had lately, albeit cold, get your walking boots on, wrap up and take some exercise whilst enjoying the beautiful county. If you prefer to stay closer to home, take a look in your back garden – see page 8 for our gardening tips for the next month. The Rutland Photographer of the Year competition saw a phenomenal response and we have featured some of the winners this month on pages 26&27. We’re busy here at the Scene offices launching the first Wedding Scene magazine – it’s been a great excuse to look at all things gorgeous and glitzy! This month we are delighted to bring back Freya North’s book reviews...lots of romantic reads! For a shorter read, we have featured a local poem by Brian Martin, page 29. Our competition and reader offer this month is from Scalford Hall Hotel – see page 24 on how to take part. Phew! What a busy month....keep warm, safe and enjoy Valentines! Heidi & Naomi


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Need a phone number? POLICE Non emergency (0116) 222 2222 In a non emergency - for example not requiring police attendance - or to report a non-urgent crime, there is one telephone number for the whole of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 Emergencies 999 Childline - 0800 11 11 Parentline- 0808 800 2222 Samaritans - 08457 909090 Citzens Advice Bureau 56 High Street Oakham LE15 6AL 0845 120 3705 Rutland County Council Catmose, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6HP Tel: 01572 722577 Email: Uppingham Town Council The Town Hall, High Street East, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9PY 01572 822681 www.uppinghamtowncouncil. Rutland Adult Learning Enquiries and Enrolment email: adultlearning@catmose.

HEALTH Doctors Dr D A J Ker & Partners Cold Overton Road, Oakham, LE15 6NT 01572 722621


Ketton Surgery Geeston Road, Ketton, Nr Stamford, PE9 3RH 01572 823531 Market Overton and Somerby Surgeries, Thistleton Road, Market Overton, LE15 7PP 0844 815 1470

Chemists Boots The Chemists Ltd 18 High Street, Oakham, LE15 6AL 01572 722024 Day Lewis 21 High Street, Oakham, LE15 6AH 01572 722083 Your Local Boots Pharmacy Cold Overton Road, Oakham, LE15 6NT 01572 770101

Dentists ADP Oakham The White House, 17 Burley Road, Oakham, LE15 6DH 01572 770579 D S Nadany 2 Market Street, Oakham, LE15 6DY 01572 755002 Dentith & Dentith 83 South Street, Oakham, LE15 6BG 01572 755970

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J A Gwyther 74 High Street, Oakham, LE15 6AS 01572 755260 Oakham Dental Studio Knight’s Yard, Gaol Street, Oakham, LE15 6AQ 01572 771775 West Road Dental Practice 71 West Road, Oakham, LE15 6LT 01572 722677


Langrick & Coe Opticians 16 High Street, Oakham, LE15 6AL 01572 724407 Oakham Opticians 3 Westgate, Oakham, LE15 6BH 01572 720072 Simmons Optometrists 23 Burley Road, Oakham, LE15 7DH 01572 756434


Vale of Catmose College Sports Centre - 01572 756181 Oakham School Sports Centre 01572 758754 Rutland County Council Active Recreation Team 01572 722577

Then look no further than our useful numbers

Police, Health, Sports clubs, Libraries, Vets and Places of Worship Helplines/Advice, Public Services

Athletics Rutland Athletic Club 01572 757617 / 01572 723606 Badminton Oakham Badminton Club Football Royce Rangers Junior FC 07800749907/01572821189 Horse riding RutlandRidingClub 01780 755237 rugby Oakham Rugby Club 01664 454421 / 01572 770274 running Rutland Running Club 01572 755533 e-mail:



Oakham Library, Catmos Street, Oakham, LE15 6HW 01572 722918

Oakham Ashwell, Braunston in Rutland, Brooke, Egleton, Hambleton, Langham, Market Overton, Teigh, Whissendine

Uppingham Library, Queen Street, Uppingham, LE15 9QR 01572 823218

The Revd Lee FrancisDehqani 01572 722108 Ryhall, Essendine, Carlby The Revd Patrick McKee 01780 762398

Ketton Library, High Street, Ketton, PE93TE 01780720580

Cottesmore, Barrow & Burley Greetham, Thistleton, Stretton, Clipsham, Exton 01572 812202 (Cottesmore Church office)

Ryhall Library Coppice Road, Ryhall, PE94HY 01780751726

St Josephs Catholic Church, Oakham 01572 722308

Mobile Library offers a fortnightly service to the villages of Rutland

Congregational Church, Oakham 01733 262086


Methodist Church, Oakham 01572 756946

Sailing Rutland Sailing Club 01780 720292

Best Friends Veterinary Centre Melton Road, Oakham, LE15 6AY 01572 770011

tennis Oakham Tennis Club 07966 466482 / 07971 457739

Oakham Veterinary Hospital Ashwell Road, Oakham, LE15 7QH 01572 722647

Ketton Tennis Club 01780 460501

Rutland Veterinary Centre 12a Ayston Road, Uppingham, LE15 9RL 01572 822399

Volleyball Oakham Volleyball Club 01572 812544

Baptist Church, Oakham 01572 724990 School Chapel, Oakham 01572 758797 Langham Baptist Church 01572 768386 The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) 59 South Street, Oakham 01780 460454 (voicemail) Market Overton Free Church 01572 767383

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Cash on the attic! Imagine never having to pay another electricity bill, or even better having your power supplier pay you rather than bill you. This is now a reality for many customers who have installed Solar Electric Panels with most systems achieving between 8 - 10% return on investment after tax. So where is the catch? Well there isn’t one. The incentive scheme is part of legislation to improve the uptake of renewable energy in homes across the country. It is payable for 25 years (from April 2010) and even better it is index linked to the Retail Price Index so your earnings are protected from inflation. Solar panels are relatively easy to fit to most roofs without any disruption to the house or its occupants, they require virtually no maintenance and last for decades, and they don’t even have any complicated controls to manage. The technology is well


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tested as panels have been installed across Europe and America in the many millions already. They simply convert daylight into electricity and many homeowners, businesses, schools and farms are now getting in on the act and earning money from the sun. The incentive scheme payments will drop permanently from April 2012 so there is literally no time like the present to act! Energy Now are a local Rutland based specialist who offer free no obligation quotes. To find out more visit, or alternatively email or phone 01780 729099.

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The Garden Scene February - bleak and dormant but then a dusting of white as snowdrops unfurl, the sweet citrus scent of Witch Hazel floating on the breeze, a bash of yellow from an early primrose, spring is but a whisper away. Much to do in the garden!

The Ornamental Garden * Now is the time to prune your Wisteria. Prune back to two buds on all laterals/side shoots.

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* Late flowering clematis, prune to 30cm and mulch. * To borders apply a generous layer of mulch after a winter tidy. There are a number of options available, home-made compost, well rotted farm manure, composted bark. * Annual mulching is one of the secrets to successful borders, improving soil structure and retaining moisture, both vital factors to keep plants growing healthily.

* Grass still grows all be it slowly through the winter so if we have a dry week give a light trim with cutting blades raised high to keep your lawn in check. * Prune your roses.

The kitchen garden * Apply a general fertiliser like blood, fish and bone to all fruit trees and bushes. * If your soil allows, towards the end of the month try a short row of early potatoes under horticultural fleece for an early crop. Also, direct in the ground sow early peas, broad beans, beetroot, radish, spinach and spring onion. * On a warm window sill or in a propagator sow peppers, aubergines, cucumbers/ tomatoes. In a glass house, summer cabbage, and lettuce. * Keep feeding the birds they’re your free caterpillar, slug and snail control! Plant of the month. For me a must have plant for the winter garden is the shrub Hamamelis, or which hazel. Flowers are exquisitely delicate papery tassels, from yellow to red and orange with a subtle citrus scent, most flowering now, some in the autumn. Easy to grow, it prefers lighter soils and does well in semi shade or full sun. With no routine pruning needed this is a wonderful plant to brighten up any dreary winter’s day. By Joseph Whitehead


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Good varieties - Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’, ‘Diane’, ‘Jelena’, ‘Arnolds promise’, ‘Copper Beauty’ and Hamamelis mollis.

Your dog’s daily routine for feeding and walks maintained by our hosts Local hosts in your area Suitable for dogs with a wide range of needs Remember, it’s their holiday too Cosy, loving home environment with very special hosts Established 4 years Keeping you informed about your dog’s holiday Bourne | Deeping | Stamford | Rutland | Spalding Kerry Wells - Barking Mad Tel: 01775 720382 Email: Website:

NEW RUTLAND WORK CLUB Rutland is proud to announce that they have introduced one of the first Work Clubs in the East Midlands, where jobseekers can get advice and support on finding work. Rutland’s Work Club will give residents the chance to meet others looking for work, build new contacts, share job hunting experiences and get advice on interview techniques, CV’s and even volunteering opportunities. During every session, Information, Advice and Guidance Advisor, Michelle Brown, will help people to look for work by swapping ideas and talking to guest speakers including people from local businesses, about opportunities in the area. The main aim

of Work Club is to help people make the most of local knowledge and resources in order to help them gain employment. The work club aims to empower and encourage people to work together to offer additional support to the unemployed The Work Club will meet at Oakham Library every Wednesday and Friday from 9am – 12pm. If you would like to find out more information about the Rutland Work Club, attend or find out how you or your company could get involved in it, please contact Michelle Brown at Oakham Library on 01572 722 918 or email

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Valentine saw this injustice and didn’t agree with the Emperor’s idea at all; he believed that young lovers should be allowed to marry freely. He united young lovers in secret places, allowing them to be together in love. However, he was soon found out and sent to jail. His jailor, Asterius, is said to have had a blind daughter that Valentine was able to heal due to his saintly powers. He grew very close to Asterius’ daughter whilst awaiting his sentence, and is believed to have fallen in love with her. Therefore just before he was executed on 14th February 27 AD, he left her a note signed ‘From your Valentine’, hence the reason that we send cards bearing this message on Valentine’s Day.Valentine’s Day is associated with love and romance due to the fact that Saint Valentine helped young lovers to be together and allowed their love to blossom.

Saint Valentine’s Day By Megan Templeman

Valentine’s Day is a day that the month of February is renowned for. We all know and love (or not in some cases) the traditions which bring everything pink, romantic and sweet to the world for just one day. But where did it all start, I hear you ask? Apart from the commercialised celebration that we are all used to today, it has another, deeper meaning and origin. The real meaning of Valentines Day is slightly obscured due to the fact that three Saint Valentines are said to have been martyred on the 14th February, so essentially it could be due to any of the three. There are two slightly alternating versions of the Biblical story also, a


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Protestant version and a Catholic version, although the main stories in both are the same. Legend has it that Saint Valentine was a bishop that secretly held marriage ceremonies in about 270 AD because the emperor Claudius II had banned them. The Emperor needed soldiers for his army, and believed that married men were less likely to want to become a soldier because they would want to stay with their wives rather than fight; he thought that married young men were weak, and he needed strong men to fight for him.

Although other stories do exist and this could simply just be a myth, I think this is most believable, and a nice way to think of Valentine’s Day this February. So now you know, and when you write your Valentine’s card this year you will no longer be left wondering how it all came about. Stapleford Park promotes David Ellams to Head Chef role David Ellams, aged 30, has been promoted to the position of Head Chef at Stapleford Park, nr Melton Mowbray, as it moves into a new dining era. David brings over 13 years of industry experience to the role including time at Overton Grange, Summer Lodge, Mortons House and three years at Stapleford Park as Executive Sous Chef. Stapleford Park is such a unique property that really challenges a chefs ability, from fine dining dinners for two to grand weddings for up to 180 or even large celebrity parties. Flexibility is key, and as a team it’s key to embrace the challenges.

The new House Menu enhances the more relaxed dining experience option at Stapleford Park, ensuring that extraordinary food can be served to a wider audience. For further information and to view menus visit or call 01572 787000

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Catmose Sports, a fantastic new community leisure facility will open in April 2011, giving the residents of Rutland the opportunity to experience the best in sports, health and fitness.

• A 60 station fitness suite fitted with state of the art Technogym equipment

That is exactly what you will get at Presland & Co.

• The ‘Aqua Ed’ Swim School teaching adults and children to swim in a safe and supportive environment, following the Amateur Swimming Association’s National Plan for Teaching Swimming

To find out more about how we may be able to help you, and claim your

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Based at the new Catmose Campus in Oakham, the facilities will include:

We understand that today’s business environment is fast moving, complex and highly competitive. As a result, company owners need dynamic relationships with professionals who can provide effective solutions to move their business forward.

• 2 dance studios offering dance and workout classes

• A full size floodlit all weather pitch and a multi-use games area Managed by Stevenage Leisure Limited (who operate 16 other community leisure facilities in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire) in partnership with Rutland County Council, the centre will be staffed by a knowledgeable and friendly team who will help you to improve your health and fitness, and achieve your personal goals.

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In the heart of Oakham town centre, Oakham Wines have arrived to bring you everyday and speciality wines from all over the world. As well as wine, brothers Harish & Mel bring you world beers and ales from countries including America, Africa, Belgium and Germany. For those who enjoy a Malt Whisky, a range of tastes are available from the highlands and lowlands of Scotland as well as Island whiskies. The range will be extended soon with the introduction of English made whiskies. If you are looking at hosting an event or party, Harish and Mel can advise you on drinks and ranges available and help you with the free loan of glasses with wines purchased. Open seven days a week, 10am – 10pm Mon – Sat and 12pm – 9pm Sun

Maxey House Retirement Home

Maxey House, located just outside Market Deeping, continues to go from strength to strength.

Maxey House is proud to publish the results of their latest Quality Assurance Survey and a full breakdown of the views of residents/ relatives that participated in the survey is available for any prospective client to see. Considerable refurbishment has been undertaken and more is planned.

• 100% scored the home as ‘good, very good or excellent’ regarding the personal care that is received.

They asked all participants to score 10 areas of the home from poor to excellent.

• 100% scored the home as ‘very good or excellent’ regarding the quality and variety of food.

• 96% scored the home as ‘very good or excellent’ regarding the quality of the care staff.

Maxey House continues to welcome new residents to the home so should anyone wish to come and view the rooms, please do not hesitate to contact them on the number below. Maxey House Residential Home | 88, Lincoln Rd | Deeping Gate | PE6 9BA | 01778 342244

Nursery and Out of School clubs C/o Edith Weston Primary School

Open 8am-6pm.

Quality Care / Education for 2–4 & up to 11 years for the Out of School Clubs We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum Flexible funding of 15 hours per week to suit your childcare needs Now taking babies from 3 months at Edith Weston Contact us on 01780 721234 0r 07872 601219 C/o Exton Primary School


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The iconic Norwegian coastline has been the home of Hurtigruten since 1893. In 2011, the hurtig ruten (literally meaning “fast route”) will continue to meet with the beautiful fjords, no fewer than 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the North Cape, the former Viking capital of Norway with its own 12th Century gothic cathedral, the Art Nouveau port of Ålesund, the idyllic Lofoten & Vesterålen Islands and so much more. At any time of year, our informal, friendly atmosphere onboard will allow you to relax while our fleet of 11 comfortable ships takes you on the voyage of a lifetime – a voyage through the calm, sheltered waters of Norway’s shores, taking you closer to the country’s people, landscape and wildlife.


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When is the best time to travel? Most difficult question to answer, the most popular time is the summer, this is the time of the Land of the Midnight Sun, the sunshine baths the shores, fjords and mountains in wonderful colours, reds, pinks and yellows and in this mix the greens of the pine and hardwoods. Many prefer the Autumn, this is the season of different colours russet, ochre and rouge creep into the leaves. Snow starts to appear on the highest peaks. Winter is the time I love, to see the snow covered landscape just takes your breath away. Depending on when you travel and a fair bit of luck you may get to see the Northern Lights unfortunately not guaranteed. Spring is when warmth starts to return to Norwegian shores. This is when the buds start to appear and the colours slowly return, a time to enjoy the transition away from winter.


What are the ships like? Life on board is about relaxation, there may be some entertainment but nothing organised the whole idea of these cruises is to get close to the unique environment of Norway, make new friends, do not forget local Norwegians use these ships a chance to immerse in the community and enjoy the scenery. Depending on the voyage there will be shore excursions available. Cabins are of a high standard

and the cuisine is made from fresh and fine seasonal local produce. Please remember these are working ships but that in no way affects your enjoyment.


Why Norway? If you are looking for wild all night parties Norway may not be for you. If you are looking for awe inspiring scenery, wildlife and colourful fauna you will not get better, the air is so clean and pure it brings a sparkle to your face. Norway regularly scores at the top of the National Geographic Traveler’s Index of Destination Stewardship.


Costs? Yes Norway is more expensive than the UK, alcohol particularly so but remember your food is included and this is not a trip to sit in a bar drinking, it is a chance to take in clean air, views, wildlife and nature at its best


Currency? Norwegian Krone

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Freya North’s Top 4 Romantic Reads for Valentines

Author of 10 bestselling novels and winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year, Freya’s 11th novel, Chances, is published on March 31st

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte is undoubtedly the most devastatingly romantic book ever written (Jane and Rochester literally go through fire for love). I read somewhere that you won’t understand true love until you’ve read this book! For my Valentine’s selection, I have chosen personal favourites which have plenty to say about That Thing Called Love. For me, a great love story is one in which we recognize our own hopes and dreams – and also the trials and tribulations we may have experienced. But all good romances must have that fairy-tale element which takes us out of the drudge of our everyday lives and puts into print the happy-everafters to which we all aspire… Jessica Adams | I’m A Believer | Black Swan £6.99 This is a book about love after death and life after love. It is jaunty and quite comic – but also very sensitively told. Mark Buckle, a scientist and bit of a sceptic, loses his girlfriend Catherine in a car crash. Soon enough, and initially much to his disbelief and displeasure, she ‘appears’ to him. Catherine becomes instrumental in helping Mark heal, move on and continue with his life. Have tissues close to hand! If you love the movie “Ghost”, you’ll adore this book. Maggie O Farrell | After You’d Gone Headline Review £7.99 How I sobbed in this book. Alice is such a lovely character; I wanted to be her, to befriend her, to mother her. And I fell a little bit in love with John. This novel is beautifully written. The intensity and emotional punch of Alice and John’s love story is that it is told in retrospect – and though their tale is compellingly romantic, for the reader there is this constant, dreadful inkling of the tragedy they’ve experienced.


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John O Farrell The Best A Man Can Get Black Swan £8.99

With O’Farrell’s trademark sardonic wit and observational humour, this book is essentially a reflective and tender tale of one man shaking off the last vestiges of being blokish to become a good husband and father. Michael has a perfectly nice home, child, baby and pregnant wife but of course doesn’t realise their worth until he’s about to lose them. Initially, “just being tucked up warm and cosy” is what Michael resists most. By the end of the novel, he embraces it as the best thing known to man.

Mary Wesley Not that Sort of Girl Vintage £8.99 This book inspired me to write. I love the way that Mary Wesley marries gentle romance with quite surprising sexiness in all her novels – but here in particular.  Rose marries Ned and is extremely loyal to him whilst also carrying on a rampant relationship with the rather louche but wonderful Milo.  And, being a tough cookie, she manages to keep this happy balance for over half a century.  This novel is both feisty yet romantic at heart – it is not about duplicity, it is about dual constancy.

World Book Day 2011 World Book Day was designated by UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organiza tion) as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. The origins of the day we now celebrate in the UK and Ireland come from Catalonia where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St. George’s Day – a tradition started over 90 years ago. Most other countries hold World Book Day on 23rd April every year , but the initiative is so well established in schools in the UK and so coincides with term time to really make the most of the opportunity to celebrate books and reading. World Book Day is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all. Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd and numerous participating booksellers, school children are entitled to receive a World Book Day £1 Book. The Book Token can typically be exchanged for one of the six specially published World Book Day £1 Books (where stocked and while stocks last), or is redeemable against any book or audio book of your choice at a participating bookshop or book club. World Book Day 2011 in the UK and Ireland will take place on Thursday 3rd March.

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Kumon Classes in Rutland


Supply and Fit Domestic and Commercial JAMES COTTAM Tel: 01778 424288 Mob: 07793 488466 Home visits to suit you | Price match promise – like for like

The Oakham Kumon study centre, which was established over five years ago, is run by Maureen Hodge, who has brought passion and commitment with the Kumon name into the Rutland area. A great way to supplement your child’s education, whether temporarily or longer term, Kumon helps to build confidence and provide a solid foundation of study, at a pace to suit your child’s needs. Kumon can help to; Establish a positive attitude to study Develop excellent concentration skills and study habits Foster a mastery of basic skills in maths and English Build lasting confidence and self-belief Understand how to achieve success through perseverance Challenge themselves through advanced study


25 Main Street, Cottesmore, Nr Oakham Rutland LE15 7DH Tel: 01572 898217

We offer a warm welcome and traditional, fresh, home cooked food and real ale. Whether you want morning coffee, lunch, dinner or just a snack, it’s available at The Sun. Our menu changes with the seasons!

Look Out For Our New February Menu

Book your Event Weddings, Christenings, Anniversaries, Funerals Contact Julie to view our Rutland Room on 01572 898217 Everything tailored to your requirements

We are taking bookings for Valentines Day, Call Julie for more details Opening Times

Autumn/Winter Serving Times

Monday to Thursday 11am to 3.00pm and 5pm - 11 pm Friday and Saturday 11am to Midnight Sunday 11am to 11pm,

Monday - Thursday 12noon - 3pm and 5pm - 9pm Friday and Saturday 12 noon - 9.30pm Sunday Lunch Served 12noon - 7pm

Well behaved dogs are most welcome in our bar


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A one night stay at Scalford Hall Hotel Including Dinner, Bed and Breakfast At the heart of Leicestershire’s picturesque countryside, Scalford Hall Hotel offers 88 en-suite bedrooms, restaurant, lounge and leisure facilities, including a gymnasium and games room. During your stay, you will experience the tranquillity of Scalford Hall Hotel. Former home to Colonel Colman – the founder of Colman’s Mustard, Scalford Hall is set amongst twelve acres of carefully landscaped gardens and captures the true essence of an Edwardian Country House. Just answer the following question to win: How many bedrooms does Scalford Hall Hotel have? Send your answers to or to The Old School House, Great North Road, Wittering PE8 6BX by Monday 28 February 2011 and we will be in touch if you are the lucky winner This prize is non-transferable and non-refundable, and has no cash equivalent. This offer is not open to the employees of Macepark Group, Scalford Hall and Whittlebury Hall, and their family members. Accommodation is based on 2 people sharing a standard room. The prize must be taken by 31st August 2011 and excludes bank holidays and Saturdays.

Scene Reader Offer Book a One Night Dinner Bed and Breakfast Stay from £69 per room and receive afternoon cream tea on arrival FREE* and enjoy use of the leisure facilities.

Call us today quoting ‘Scene’ on 0845 400 1403 *T&C. Apply Subject to availability. This offer is non-transferable and non-refundable, and has no cash equivalent and full prepayment is required at time of booking. The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Offer excludes Valentines period, Bank Holidays and Saturdays must be booked and taken by 30th June 2011


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‘Normanton Church’ taken by Gabriella Florijn, category: Rutland Youth: WINNER

‘Balloon Over Boats’ taken by Andrew Wilson, category: Rutland Landscapes, WINNER

‘I Believe in Windsurfing’ taken by William Kirstein, category: Sport, WINNER

Rutland Photographer of the Year 2010

‘Boys and Their Toys’ taken by Jennifer Marie Dutfield, category: Rutland People, WINNER

‘Swans on Oakham Canal’ taken by Chris Holey, category: Rutland Wildlife, WINNER

The inaugural Rutland Photographer of the Year 2010 came to a climax at the end of November with the judges overwhelmed by the high standard and volume of entries. A total of 65 photographs will go into a book celebrating the local photographic talents, due out in the Spring from Buy the Book in Oakham.


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The Scene - Poetry

Fiddler Brown So please raise your glass to the great Fiddler Brown, who got them all dancing in old Oakham town. Real name Harry Francis, you pulled out your bow and played jigs, reels and polkas in a stomping live show. With your dog at your feet you played music so sweet, while the crowds gathered round to applaud. Then they all started dancing (as if in a trance) when they heard that first violin chord.

A native of Long Row, you’d been to the wars and even met Nurse Nightingale. You’d seen some bad sights but on most summer nights you’d be game for a folk tune and ale. “I’m as dry as a bone”, you would loudly intone as the evening word on without booze. “Have another drinker, Fiddler” you’d say to yourself, “Well , you know I don’t minds if I doos!”

Any when you dropped dead, the sad townsfolk all said: “There’s a man we respect, a person we held very dear”. So they turned out in droves and thronged Oakham’s small roads to catch just a glimpse of your bier. Lord Ranksborough himself ordered bugler and band, with black carriage and six horses too. And so to your rest – with your talent thrice blessed and your old fiddle still playing Adieu.

Subnote to poem Harry Francis Brown (1828 – 1910) was better known as ‘Fiddler’ Brown, playing his violin whenever asked. He lived in Long Row in Oakham and fought in the Crimean war, later nursed by Florence Nightingale.

The Book ‘Rutland Roundabout’ is written by Rutland resident Brian Martin. Brian’s background in journalism has include the Leicester Mercury, Rutland Times and Stamford Mercury. Available in Walkers bookshops in both Stamford and Oakham, in addition to major outlets in Uppingham and several village shops, the book features personal poetry reflecting sometimes on the anomalies of modern life.


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Honeymooners have long found the Caribbean the perfect destination for them, mixing romance and beautiful beaches with activity. The islands also continue to grow in popularity with those seeking an idyllic venue where they can tie the knot with a quality wedding in the Caribbean (with the honeymoon obviously included) often working out to be far cheaper than a UK wedding. Accommodation options are also varied across the islands with some islands offering more sophistication than others. The main / larger islands in the Caribbean, such as Barbados, St Lucia, Jamaica and Antigua, provide the whole spectrum of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. Choose from world-class resorts offering a whole host of activities, boutique hotels perfect for romance, family orientated resorts with kid’s clubs etc, exclusive bolt-holes and self-catered luxury villas (although chefs can be supplied if required!!) Many of the resorts offer the opportunity to go “all-inclusive” which helps with budgeting, whilst some are simply on a bed & breakfast basis to allow for exploration of the islands cuisine.

The Caribbean – Idyllic gems in the sun!!


The Caribbean is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs, and cays, scattered like bright, sun-drenched jewels in the Caribbean Sea.

and the Bahamas. You can generally see neighbouring islands over the sea from your own. However, each Caribbean Island has its own individual history, culture and flavour.

Clichés about the Caribbean abound, and they are all true. These islands really are picture perfect with palm-backed white beaches, crystal clear azure waters and year round sunshine. What’s more, the people are friendly and welcoming and the pace of life is laidback and relaxed. And, whether your heaven is five-star nothing with ice in a deckchair, full-on adventure in the jungle or somewhere in between, you’re looking at the right destination.

There are destinations to suit couples, groups and families and there is plenty to do, from trying out water sports to relaxing on beaches, and from climbing volcanic peaks to wildlife watching in the jungle. Some islands reveal French influence, others Latin, Dutch or English. Want lively and well developed sophistication? Or perhaps you would rather be immersed in a strong, traditional culture of music and dance? Whether you want sport, sailing, nature, scuba diving, culture, lush mountains, amazing wildlife or simply a pristine beach, you’ll find it in the Caribbean sunshine.

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The Digital Switchover and what it may mean for you… The way you watch your favourite TV programmes is changing. The government will turn off the traditional analogue TV signal, region by region, between 2008 and 2012, to allow all TV services to go digital. Traditional analogue is where you can only receive BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4 and possibly Channel 5. If you receive Anglia News then you are in the ‘Anglian Region’ and the analogue transmitter will be switched off in April 2011. If you receive Central News, then you are in the ‘Central Region’ which will be switched off in May 2011. If you live in north Lincolnshire you may receive Yorkshire television and this will be switched off in July 2011. Any TV that is not converted to receive digital when the digital switchover happens will no longer be able to receive TV programmes. I can’t get Freeview at the moment, what does the digital switchover mean for me? Almost everyone will get Freeview. By switching off the old analogue signal, the power for digital signals can be increased; so all households that can get analogue will be able to get digital. If I don’t do anything, what will happen? If you do not have digital TV when your area switches over, you won’t be able to watch TV.You must make sure every TV, including those in bedrooms or the kitchen, is connected to a set top box or replaced with a TV that has a digital tuner. What features does digital TV offer for those with sight and hearing problems? Some digital boxes have special access features such as subtitles, signing and audio description for people with sight or hearing problems. For more information you can contact the RNIB on 0845 766 9999 or the RNID on 0808 808 0123.

Will switching to digital affect my TV licence? No, the TV licensing requirements for digital television are the same as for analogue; you will continue to pay it as before. What if I live in a block of flats? If you share an aerial then this may need to be converted to receive digital television, but this is the responsibility of your letting agent or landlord. Will analogue radio be affected by digital switchover? The analogue radio service is unaffected by the digital TV switchover. But everyone with a television will be able to benefit from digital radio which they can listen to through their television set. I have a HD TV; will I be ready for digital? HDTV provides a sharper screen image than standard definition pictures. An HD-ready TV does not necessarily include an integrated digital TV and vice versa, so look for the ‘digital tick’ logo.

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Whats On ... 11 February, 7.30pm The Party isn’t over yet - an Evening with Wendy Cope Uppingham Theatre Tickets £10.50 / Concessions £9 01572 820820

In the ambience of a cosy fireside chat, Wendy Cope, Radio 4 listeners’ top choice for Poet Laureate, reads some of her poems and celebrates life, writing, childhood, and love. Then she answers questions and signs copies of her recent volumes - ‘Family Values’ and ‘Two Cures for Love’ - which will be available on the evening.

19 February, 7.30pm Back to Broadway, Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre A brand new classical musical theatre show with a contemporary edge. Featuring performers from London’s West End, the show brings together world class voices, colourful costumes and songs from some of the best loved musicals, old and new. If you love the musicals, then share in this magical show. This date is a charity fundraising performance for Barnardo’s Tickets £15 / Concessions £14 01780 766455


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12 February, 930am – 530pm Annual Young Musician Competition Uppingham Community College Musicians to 17 years of age Entries must be made by 3 February to Gail Griffin 01572 722439 FREE entry to performances on 12 February

13 & 30 February, 11am – 4pm Snowdrop Sundays at Deene Park Deene Park, Northamptonshire Adults £4 / Children FREE 01572 720921

14 – 27 February, 10am – 4pm Spring Flower Fortnight at Barnsdale Gardens Free entry to Nursery, Gift Shop and Tea Room. Garden admission: adult £5, concession £4, child £1.50, family (up to 5) £11. 01572 813200

Deene Park has become renowned for its Snowdrop Sundays. There are large drifts of snowdrops and many rare varieties that are a delight to see. The lovely ‘Old Kitchen’ will be open with a roaring log fire to welcome you.

4 March, 7.30pm Comedy in the Dark Uppingham Theatre 12 March, 7.30pm Leicester Comedy Festival present Rutland Sinfonia – Concertos in ‘Comedy in the Dark’. Comedy in the Dark comes to Uppingham Theatre after the Chapel – Oakham School Chapel * Concertos in the Chapel Elgar Imperial sell out shows at Leicester Comedy March Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. * Haydn Trumpet Concerto Comedians perform in the pitch black to * Mozart Clarinet Concerto create a truly unique comedy experience. (1st movement) Two comedians, one hour, no lights, saving * Saint Sans Morceau de Concert energy. Tickets £8.75 * Elgar Enigma Variations 01572 820820 with Paul Hilliam conductor, Max Kelly trumpet, Harriet Flather clarinet, Angus Bower-Brown, horn Organising a local event?

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I’ve heard about various government schemes to help people avoid repossession. I’m confused about what they are and how they work. Can you explain?

You’re right, there are several government schemes to help make sure that facing mortgage problems needn’t mean losing your home. If you’re struggling to pay your mortgage, you may be able to get help from Homeowners Mortgage Support (HMS). This is a government scheme which could allow you to put off paying some of your monthly mortgage payments for up to two years. It’s aimed at people who’ve had a temporary loss of income such as a cut in working hours or wages, or who have lost their job. If you’re not working because you’ve lost your job, you’re ill, disabled or retired, you may be able to get help towards paying the interest on your mortgage. This is known as Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI). The government’s mortgage rescue scheme is designed to help vulnerable homeowners at risk of repossession stay in their home. This may apply to you if you are at risk of being made homeless in the near future because of repossession by your mortgage lender, your household income is less than £60,000, and you have children living at home, or you are elderly or disabled.

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All weather training begins.... As President of the Rotary Club of Uppingham for the year 2010/2011, Phil Marston is setting out on his challenge of his first ever sponsored charity walk on 6 March 2011. Phil usually marshal’s or helps to plan such events, but this year has elected to ‘walk the walk’ which will be around the Eyebrook reservoir in Rutland which was used for the Dambusters training during the Second World War. The distance is just less than five miles and Phil is determined to complete it in spite of a dodgy back problem and age related problems. Fundraising Phil is aiming to set a record for the amount collected by the President of the club on this annual event and would appreciate help in aid of two charities. Age Concern Leicestershire & Rutland – a charity that Phil’s wife Joyce has worked for as a volunteer for over four

years. The Rotary Club of Uppingham’s International Project for this year – to buy Autoclaves (sterilising equipment) for an eye clinic that has been set up in Ghana by the Rotary Club of Madras, India. All monies collected will go directly to these Charities with no administration costs involved.Please help by donating online (all currencies) at: just select DONATE NOW

Purple for Rotary Day 2011 Rotary Day 2011 is February 23 and the day is specifically assigned to combine the talents and efforts of every Rotary club, with the main aims being to ; • Raise £1m for Polio Eradication through the Thanks for Life initiative. • To maximize public awareness of the Rotary Polio campaign and Rotary in general. • To increase Rotary membership. Rotary’s big aim is to eradicate polio worldwide, and RIBI (Rotary International of Great Britain and Ireland) has worked with The Eden Project, the International Flower Bulb Centre, the National Trust and Learning through Landscapes to plant purple crocus bulbs from the beginning of October last year so they will be in flower for Rotary Day. These Purple Flowers represent the colour of ink dabbed on a child’s little finger to indicate they have been immunised against polio. This terrible affliction is now endemic in only four countries in the world: Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.

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