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Contents Useful Numbers Seasonal Affective Disorder Interior Lighting Tips Wealthcare Rutland Business Awards Rutland Photograhy Awards Holiday On Ice

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New Year Resolutions Whats On Burns Night Lets Fly A Kite Motoring Citzens Advice Column

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A Happy New Year to all of you in Rutland! Welcome to the first edition of the Rutland Scene for 2011 and one full of reviews, news, community updates and a fab competition with Barnsdale Lodge Hotel. After the hustle and bustle of Christmas, we look to the New Year to make changes, whether at home or work. Here at the Scene offices, we are looking forward to changes in 2011 as we are set to launch a further two magazines; The Wedding Scene (out in February) and also a Business to Business title later in the Spring, to offer businesses the opportunity to create a local community and benefit from local products and services. If you would like any information on these please drop us a line. We look forward to the traditional Scots January celebration of Burns night, see pages 38 & 39 to learn more. Our reviews this month include lighting, motoring and travel. Locally, we look at Rutland Homecare, Lighter Feet and the recent successes that Rutland businesses have had with tourism awards. Do keep in touch, whether you are a business, school, church group or community group. We love hearing what’s going on and celebrating the successes you have. Make a plan for 2011, which includes chatting to us at the Rutland Scene about your local advertising plans! Keep safe and warm 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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Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a type of winter depression that affects an estimated 7% of the UK population every winter between September and April, in particular during December, January and February. For many people SAD is a seriously disabling illness, preventing them from f unctioning normally without continuous medical treatment. For others, it is a mild but debilitating condition causing discomfort but not severe suffering. This is called subsyndromal SAD or ‘winter blues’. It is estimated that a further 17% of the UK population have this milder form of condition. SAD symptoms disappear in spring, either suddenly or within a few weeks and may begin at any age but the main age of onset is between 18 and 30 years. SAD symptoms may include a number of the following: Depression, Sleep Problems, Lethargy, Over Eating, Cognitive Function, Social Problems, Anxiety, Loss of Libido, Sudden Mood Changes in the Spring. In sub-syndromal SAD, symptoms such as tiredness, lethargy, sleep and eating problems occur, but depression and anxiety are absent or mild. There are treatments available but also ways you can live day to day by implementing some of these tips from the NHS. Keep active & get outside; a walk in the middle of the day can be as helpful as light treatment and helps you get fit too! Keep warm; it has been shown that staying warm can reduce the winter blues by half. Keep warm with hot drinks and hot food, wear warm clothes and aim to keep your home between 18C and 21C (or 64F and 70F degrees). Eat healthily; a healthy diet will boost your mood, give you more energy and stop you gaining weight over winter. Balance your craving for carbohydrates, such as pasta and potatoes, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.


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Take up a new hobby; keeping your mind active with a new interest can ward off symptoms of SAD. Having something to look forward to and concentrate on can help. See your friends and family; it has been shown that socialising is good for your mental health and helps ward off the winter blues. Accept that invitation, even if you only go for a little while. Talk it through; talking treatments such as counselling, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you cope with symptoms. See your GP for information on what’s available locally on the NHS and privately. Light therapy can be effective in up to 85% of diagnosed cases. One way to get light therapy at home in winter is to sit in front of a light box for up to two hours a day. Light boxes give out very bright light that is at least 10 times stronger than ordinary home and office lighting. They’re not available on the NHS and cost around £100 or more. Join a support group; sharing your experience with others who know what it’s like can be very therapeutic and make your symptoms more bearable. Seek help; if your symptoms are so bad you can’t live a normal life, see your GP for medical help. SADA is the UK’s only registered charity dedicated to seasonal affective disorder. Telephone: 01780 783613 | January 2011


Should your room feature predominantly table and floor lamps, think about the colour scheme of the walls, upholstery and curtains when you go shopping for lamp shades and bring fabric and paint swatches with you for a good match. For wall and ceiling lights a dimmer switch is a great

option as it will instantly change the lighting from work and study mode to a cosy and relaxing one. Candles will also instantly change and soften the mood of a room - a must for the dark and cold winter months!

Lighting - a key factor in your home. Lighting is one of the most, if not the most, important factor in a room, yet it is often overlooked. Good lighting can make the difference between a dull, dated and unwelcoming room and one that is cosy, welcoming and has a great ambience. It can easily make your home appear bigger, fresher and more unique as well as adding value. Most rooms need a variety of lighting and it is important to create a lighting scheme before you start to plan and decorate a room. Use light to enhance your surroundings, generate the

correct lighting for the tasks performed in each room and create the correct mood for each area. Make a plan of where the furniture is going, features you would like to highlight and what kind of usage each area/furniture piece is intended for. Will the room be used during the day or in the evening or perhaps both? Will it be used primarily for entertaining or perhaps for study and work or once again a combination of both?

Hot tip: To make a room appear larger, place an uplighter in a corner. It will create a feeling of more space. Sol Sunnarvik

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All weather training begins.... How much should I put into my pension fund?


At the risk of being ‘bah humbug’, this Xmas many of us will spend to our limits. However, very few of us will have saved sufficiently enough for retirement, falling well short of the ideal target of a pension of two-thirds of final salary. I say ‘two thirds’ of course, but how do you work out what savings you will need to reach your target pension income, taking into account the State retirement pension? A useful place to start is using current annuity rates; every £100,000 of pension savings would generate annual income of £6,745 for a man, £6,406 for a woman at age 65. So a couple with current income of £50,000 a year wanting a retirement income of half their current income - plus the State retirement pension, (currently £97.65 a week or approximately £5,000 a year per person, assuming both partners have a full National Insurance contribution rec ord) – would need to accumulate a pension pot of roughly £400,000. This would give them pension income from savings of around £25,000 a year plus £10,000 a year from their State pensions making a total of £35,000 a year – just over two-thirds of their pre-retirement income. Accumulating a pension pot of £400,000 will involve some sacrifice and is almost certainly unrealistic for most people who are in their 50s and who have done nothing. So if you are one of the one in three over 50s who have so far saved nothing, how much will you have to save from now on to reach a pension pot of, say, £200,000 by age 65 - or 70 if you are prepared to delay retirement by five years? A 50 year old would need to save £940 a month to reach a pot of £200,000 at age 65, assuming 5% growth after charges and 2.5% inflation. That’s £11,280 a year, or 22% of salary, so lets be honest – that’s something of a tall order, particularly if you still have children in full time education and you are paying a mortgage. For many couples in their 50s, saving £11,280 a year out of income of £50,000 will put a severe strain on their current standard of January Email: living –2011 even |taking into account the fact that

tax relief at their highest rate paid would be available on the contributions. If they delayed retirement for five years, to reach £200,000 at age 70, our 50 year old would need to save £660 a month, or 16% of salary. The £200,000 pot would produce an annual RPI linked income of £10,110 from age 70. The simple truth is; the earlier you start, the less painful its going to be. This pension fund could provide tax free cash of up to £50,000 and an annuity income on a single life, no guarantee level annuity basis of around £9,625 a year gross from the remaining fund of £150,000. If they carried this funding on to age 70 at the same level (£875.00 a month gross), the fund would be worth £313,000 at their age 70. However much pensions are an important part of how people save for their retirement, they are only one aspect. Saving in an ISA,VCT or MIP (for instance) can be equally valuable, and equity release could help fund some of their retirement (this is much more likely if someone has a buy-to-let property). Simply downsizing their main residence is unlikely, in isolation, to fund someone’s complete retirement income. Downsizing is only likely to produce significant sums to fund retirement if you have a relatively valuable home and are prepared, not only to move to a smaller home, but also move to a cheaper area. Standard Life’s research shows that downsizing a home in the UK will on average provide only £43.50 a week retirement income, compared with £53.40 in 2008 because of falling property values. I suppose the message is simple. If you have just one New Year’s Resolution over the next month, why not make it an important one? Use the time to think ahead as early as possible to how you want to retire. An appointment with an Independent Financial Adviser is free, without obligation and can add clarity and give structure to even the most unformed of retirement, investment and protection strategies.

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

Please call me on 01572 725415. From all of us, to all of you – have a peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Telephone: 01780 783613 | January 2011


Local Home From Home Pet Care 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:

A perfect alternative to dog boarding kennels, Barking Mad provides a home from home holiday for your much loved dog, with locally based Kerry Wells providing this well established sitting service to the area along with her love and passion for pet care. Kerry arranges for dogs to stay with loving host families, matching the sort of environment and routine the dogs are used to from a portfolio of local trusted dog sitters who meet the extremely high standards of Barking Mad. Accommodation is arranged in a warm, friendly home environment similar to your own, with one-to-one dog care. Exercise and feeding routines are maintained just as your dog is used to. To learn more about using the home-from home dog sitting service or to find out about becoming one of the local host family dog sitters offering dog holidays. contact Kerry on 01775 720382 or email

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RUTLAND BUSINESSES TRIUMPH AT Some of Rutland’s top tourism providers got an TOURISM AWARDS opportunity to shine at the recent East Midlands Tourism Enjoy England Excellence Awards. The event, held at the Roundhouse, Derby recognises tourism businesses that have excelled in providing a first class experience for visitors. Covering all areas of the visitor economy, the categories include visitor attractions, pubs, self catering, B&B and hotels. Stretton Lakes was celebrating after taking home the gold award in the Self Catering category of the awards. Rutland businesses also won five silver and one bronze award including silvers for Rutland Fly Fishing Adventures near Oakham and the British Bird Watching Fair, Egleton. A number of the gold winners from the regional awards, including Stretton Lakes, will go forward to the national Enjoy England Awards for Excellence in April 2011.

Local businesses recognised in the awards include; Pub Experience Silver - The Horse and Jockey, Oakham, Rutland Small Hotel/Townhouse Bronze - Barnsdale Lodge, nr Oakham, Rutland Small Visitor Attraction Silver - Barnsdale Gardens, Exton, Rutland

Taste of the Region Silver - The Kings Arms Inn, Wing, Rutland Tourism Event Silver - The British Birdwatching Fair, Egleton, Rutland Tourism Experience Silver - Rutland Fly Fishing Adventures, Nr Oakham, Rutland

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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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‘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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a Family Ticket for four*, worth £120, to the 7.30pm performance on 3rd February 2011 Holiday on Ice at the PETERBOROUGH EXEC, East of England Showground 3rd – 6th February 2011 ENERGIA – an exhilarating journey through space and time from the world’s most visited ice show Colour, excitement and fun with scintillating choreography, magnificent costumes representing the planets and constellations and all the living creatures of the Earth and not forgetting, Ein and Stein the adorable clowns, with their off-the-planet humour. Watch in amazement as skaters attempt the perilous Death Spiral and hold your breath while they attempt back flips, triple axles and throw jumps.

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New Year Resolutions.... to stick or not to stick... The New Year is a time for many of us to draw new lines, set goals and make a commitment to start (or even stop) something, but do we set ourselves realistic targets? How many of us have said something like ‘I’ll eat more healthily, exercise more, keep the garden looking good and make sure I remember everyone’s birthday this year....oh and a bit more time for me’, only to fall at the first hurdle........those Christmas chocs that are still hanging around. Then you think, oh well and scrap the WHOLE healthy eating bit. Instead, set yourself a commitment, maybe to look at a small monthly change, to try and reach those targets in a realistic way. Stop, write down how your diet can be healthier and cut out just one or two things at a time. Take a walk, once a month then maybe twice a month, maybe with friends for a social get together, whilst introducing a small change to getting fitter. Get those birthdays in your diary now – choose a night where you are going to sit down a get those dates on paper. A perpetual birthday calendar does save time as you only write the birthday down once! Combine exercise and gardening, setting aside just an hour to potter, tidy up, research new plants and then relax with a coffee and your copy of the Rutland Scene, thus creating a bit more ‘me time’.

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Instant Relief for Sufferers of Cracked Heels Cold weather can also sometimes exacerbate the problem. Treatment of this painful, unsightly and often chronic condition has proved to be challenging for health professionals such as; GP`s chiropodists, podiatrists and pharmacists. Small breaks in the skin commonly referred to as Heel Cracks, or by the clinical term Heel Fissures, occur widely within the population, affecting open footwear users especially females and also people with medical conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Treatment of this painful, unsightly and often chronic condition has proved to be challenging for health professionals such as; GP`s chiropodists, podiatrists and pharmacists. A recent research study produced by four private podiatry practices, under the control of the University of Southampton, evaluated the clinical use of medical grade tissue adhesive (Liquiheel™) for the treatment and management of dry heel fissures.


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It concluded that Liquiheel™ offered “instant and lasting pain relief following application… and functioned as an occlusive dressing with a reported microbial barrier, and were aesthetically pleasing to patients”. This unique product is new on the market, provides instant pain relief, is durable and waterproof. It provides a microbial barrier and no secondary dressing is needed. LiquiHeel™ is designed and manufactured in the UK and is exclusively available to qualified professionals only via Bailey Instruments Ltd – a specialist supplier of innovation products to the Health Care market in the UK. Zoe Paradine Ward of Lighter Feet of Rutland is offering this treatment in your local area, within your home. To contact Zoe please call 07890 475 177 or for more information please see Do not sit and suffer in silence.

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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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Whatever you crave from a holiday, the Caribbean is likely to have it all and more! Inspirational Travel are experts in the provision of tailor-made holidays to the Caribbean and will be happy to discuss your ideal itinerary with you to create your dream holiday.

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Homecare Rutland Social Enterprise has been formed to help the elderly at home with all the care they need to stay at home. As a Family of Independent Carers or Personal Assistants, the organisation can help you or your loved ones, enjoy a quality of life, independence and dignity through real personal care whilst giving the security and peace of mind only a family could. Homecare Rutland can help even just for a short time or as long as you might like. Helping you to; • • • • • •

Adjust after being in hospital. Get over a temporary illness. Full personal Care Get that meal ready Companionship Bathing

In fact anything you need to maintain your independence. A social enterprise is a business with primarily social or environmental aims, and whose profits are ploughed back into the business or community. Advantages are for patients and service users, health and social care organisations and the third sector. As patients, staff and service users are involved in designing the services they provide, the services are better tailored to meet needs and are based on expert knowledge of a particular area. 01572 828000


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The Electrics Company Domestic installation of electrical wiring and fittings

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PAT Testing If you are the owner of rented accommodation or you run your own business then you are obliged by law to have all your portable appliances tested every year. This includes all office equipment and domestic appliances, even the beloved kettle. This is to ensure the safety of your tenants and your working environment. The Electrics Company can do this for you. Our qualified technicians cover all areas within a 30 mile radius of Stamford and we aim to be very flexible as we know t that you are busy!!! ise to bea We prom ! any price Tel: 01778 561810 | Mobile: 07540 447398 Email: Telephone: 01780 783613 | January 2011


Care. Support. Stimulation. Scalford Court Care Home

Set in its own delightful woodland grounds at the end of an avenue of lime trees, Scalford Court Care Home is a haven for restful care and tranquility, located just outside the market town of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, in the heart of the Vale of Belvoir. As an independent registered residential care home for fifty nine residents, Scalford Court is proud of its philosophy of providing a

permanent home for residents over 55 with a 24 hour care service, we encourage and welcome all visitors to come and see their loved ones at anytime, giving them a feeling of individuality, security, warmth and belonging in a homely and caring environment whilst supporting the needs of their families wherever possible.

Contact: To arrange an appointment feel free to contact us: Scalford Court Care Home Melton Road Scalford Melton Mowbray Leicestershire LE14 4UB Tel: 01664 444696 Email:


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Whats On ... 4 -24 January Exhibition: RIBA Fifty Buildings 50 Years RIBA Fifty Buildings 50 Years - Modern architecture in the East Midlands This major exhibition from the RIBA East Midlands continues its tour of the leading cultural venues across the region by visiting Oakham Castle in Rutland. 01572 758440 16 January Rutland International CiCLE Sporting Event This event incorporates the final round of the British Cycling National Trophy cyclo-cross races for the Winter 2010/2011 season. Rutland Water

19 January, 7.30pm The Man Who Was Hamlet Uppingham Theatre 01572 820820 19 January, 7.30pm Snippets of Local History - A talk by Robert Brownlow - Oakham Castle Admission free - Organised by the Friends of Rutland County Museum & Rutland Local History Society Anne Blandamer ( Hon. Sec.) Tel: 01572 756705 Email Discover New Things Through Fun and Play!

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Catmose Films at Catmose College 12 January, 7.30pm L’ILLUSIONNISTE (PG) (2010) Animation, UK/France 80 mins Tale of the friendship between an entertainer facing the end of his era and a young girl Alice just entering hers. Alice is fascinated by the magic of The Illusionist who has to show her ultimately that magic is not real.

Do you struggle to find fun and educational activities for your child? Why not join the new museum club for children 2 - 5 years old. Each session is a different fun theme. Join for only £20 for a whole year’s membership and get: * Activity sessions every month. * A quarterly Museum newsletter. * A Discovery Tots membership card. Or Pay Per Session (£2.00 per child) - Please Book in Advance. Saturday 22nd January – Robots, 10.30-11.30am Come along and have fun making your own robots!

Organising a local event? Send details for the what’s on pages to 36

Saturday 12th February - Busy Bees, 10.30-11.30am Come along and learn all about bees, make pots and plant your own sunflowers - perfect bee food!

29th January, 2pm matinee HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (U) (2004) Animation/Family, Japan (voices English) 119mins Based on a popular British children’s novel, Sophie is turned into a wizened old woman by a witch’s curse. She meets Howl, a young but selfish wizard, and with him tries to break the spell she’s under.

Tickets available on the door: Members: £4 standard £3 concession Guests: £5 standard £4 concession Saturday Family Films: £2pp Tickets are generously subsidized by the society to encourage more families to attend. Individuals are also welcome at the special price.

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- 25th January - see page 23

The groaning trencher there ye fill, Your hurdies like a distant hill, Your pin wad help to mend a mill In time o’ need, While thro’ your pores the dews distil Like amber bead. His knife see rustic Labour dight, An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight, Trenching your gushing entrails bright, Like ony ditch; And then, O what a glorious sight, Warm-reekin, rich! Then, horn for horn, they stretch an’ strive: Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive, Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve, Are bent lyke drums; Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive, “Bethankit!” ‘hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout Or olio that wad staw a sow, Or fricassee wad mak her spew Wi’ perfect sconner, Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view On sic a dinner? Poor devil! see him ower his trash, As feckless as a wither’d rash, His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash, His nieve a nit; Thro’ bloody flood or field to dash, O how unfit! But mark the Rustic, haggis fed, The trembling earth resounds his tread. Clap in his walie nieve a blade, He’ll mak it whissle; An’ legs an’ arms, an’ heads will sned, Like taps o’ thrissle. Ye Pow’rs wha mak mankind your care, And dish them out their bill o’ fare, Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware That jaups in luggies; But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer, Gie her a haggis!

Burns Night Quiz What is the region around Dusstown famous for? Waterfall, clan battles or whisky distilleries What is a clachan? What is the Royal Mile? Where would you find a Cairn erected to the memory of John Cobb? Who is the Patron Saint of Glasgow?

Which Scottish town has the same name as a big city in Australia? Where in Scotland would you find Wallabies? Where can you find Saint Magnus’s Cathedral? Which famous Scottish song is associated with Robert Burns? Who wrote the novel “Ivanhoe”?


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sometimes helped out on his fathers’ farm and when Burns reached adulthood, he turned many of these stories into poems. After the death of his father in 1784, Burns inherited the farm, but by 1786 he was in terrible financial difficulties: the farm was not successful and he had made two women pregnant. Burns decided to emigrate to Jamaica so to raise the money required for this journey, he published his ‘Poems in the Scottish Dialect’ in 1786, which was an immediate success. He was persuaded not to leave Scotland by Dr Thomas Blacklock and in 1787 an Edinburgh edition of the poems was published. Burns died aged 37 of rheumatic fever which he contracted after falling asleep at the roadside (after a particularly vigorous drinking session) in the pouring rain. The last of Burns’ children was actually born during his funeral service. Burns will never be forgotten as his poems and songs are still as popular in Scotland as they were when first written.

Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race! Aboon them a’ ye tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye wordy o’ a grace As lang’s my arm.

7. Perth 8. On an island on Loch Lomond. 9. Kirkwall in the Orkeneys 10. Auld Lang Syne. 11. Sir Walter Scott

Burns Night is celebrated on 25th January each year in memory of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns. The ritual of the Burns Supper was started by close friends of Robert Burns a few years after his death and the format remains largely unchanged today, beginning with the chairman of the Supper inviting the assembled company to welcome in the haggis. The poem ‘To a Haggis’ is recited and the haggis is then toasted with a glass of whisky. The evening ends with a rousing rendition of ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Robert Burns is the best loved Scottish poet, admired not only for his verse and great love-songs, but also for his character, his high spirits, ‘Kirk-defying’, hard drinking and womanizing! He came to fame as a poet when he was 27 years old, and his lifestyle of wine, women and song made him famous all over Scotland. He was the son of a farmer, born in a cottage built by his father, in Alloway in Ayr. This cottage is now a museum, dedicated to Burns. (for more information log on to As a boy, he always loved stories of the supernatural, told to him by an old widow who

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1. Whisky distilleries 2. A small village 3. The road from Edinburgh Castle to 4. Holyrood Abbey 5. The shore of Loch Ness 6. Saint Kentigern also called Saint Mungo

Burns Night – History behind it all

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SEAT Leon Cupra R

PROS ‘N’ CONS • Attractive √ • Performance √ • Fun √ • Cost √

THE LATEST Leon is nothing less than a beast. And it should be – it’s the most potent SEAT ever made.

• Boy racer image X FAST FACTS • Max speed: 155 mph • 0-62 mph 6.2 seconds • Combined mpg: 34.9 • Engine: 4 cylinders, 1984 cc, turbo-petrol • Power: 265 PS • Torque: 350 Nm at 2,500 rpm • CO2: 190g/km • Price: £25,205 OTR

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer © BARNES-CLAY MEDIA 2010 The Leon Cupra R sits above the Cupra, and offers a fine-tuned version of its 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, packing a 265 PS punch, backed up by no less than 350 Nm of torque at just 2,500 rpm. That’s a full 50 Nm more than the already burly Leon Cupra. The result? A 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds and an unrestricted 155mph top speed. That’s getting close to supercar levels of acceleration and performance. But the Cupra R is more than just raw power. It’s also a very refined hot hatch with five doors and comfortable seats, and one that’s enormously exciting to drive. Even with front wheel drive, it manages to put all its enthusiasm down without fumbling for grip. The front always feels fixed to the road and the steering wheel doesn’t jerk from side to side as it can in other front wheel drive performance cars.


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As impressive, perhaps, is the new Leon’s thriftiness. Combined economy of 34.9 mpg and CO2 limited to just 190 g/km make the car among the most environmentally friendly ultra-hot hatches around. Not quite green enough to qualify for the brand’s Ecomotive badge - but distinctly more environmentally conscientious than a number of competitors which have CO2 emissions of 220 g/km and above. Speaking of rivals, it might not have the kick of the Ford Focus RS, but at £25,205 on the road it is £3,000 cheaper. It’s also £3,500 less than the Volkswagen Scirocco R. Only the Renault Megane Renault sport offers a convincing alternative on cost, but the Cupra R’s engine has more finesse and the inconspicuous five-door formation broadens the interest. Even though the Leon has a relatively modest price tag, there is an awful lot of kit included. There are sporty twin central exhaust pipes within a modified rear diffuser,

a subtle extended high level rear spoiler, tasteful ‘R’ badging and gloss black highlighting inside and out. Then there are the ebony black front seatbacks with ‘R’ logo, which leave rear seat passengers in no doubt about the characteristics of this super quick SEAT. Colossal 19-inch ‘Potenza’ wheels, available in traditional silver alloy or contemporary white finish, also mark out the ‘R’ as something extra special. If that’s not enough, you also get cruise control, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and dual-zone climate control - all of which come as standard. Quite simply, the SEAT Leon Cupra R is a bargain when you consider how much car you get for the cash. It looks awesome, it’s engaging and it’s seriously rapid without being uncomfortable. The Leon would, without doubt, tick all the boxes for me if I wanted to buy a modern day performance hatch. Telephone: 01780 783613 | January 2011


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. In addition to these schemes, new rules (known as the Pre-Action Protocol) are in place to try and ensure that repossession is only ever a last resort. The rules say your mortgage lender must treat you fairly and give you a reasonable chance to make arrangements to pay off the arrears. They must consider any reasonable request from you to change when or how you pay. They should not start court action while you are trying to come to an agreement, and only ever start court action as a last resort, if all other attempts to collect the arrears have got nowhere. If you do face a repossession court hearing, you should have access to support from a free court desk advisor providing confidential, expert and independent advice. In the vast majority of cases where people attend court and are helped by the Court Desk Advice scheme, immediate repossession is avoided and they are able to remain in their own home after the court hearing. More information on all the schemes can be found at or go to for advice and contact details of your nearest CAB.

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ONE YEAR ON: ECO-FRIENDLY FOODSTORE CELEBRATES POSITIVE RESULTS Midlands Co-operative Society is celebrating the first anniversary of the opening of its brand new eco-friendly Oakham foodstore. Billed as one of the most eco-friendly buildings in the UK, the store was built to replace the original one which was destroyed by fire in July 2008. The £4.5 million state-of-the-art building incorporates some of the following eco-friendly features:

New Winter Warmers Posh Pies

Hearty Comfort Food at its Finest from £9.95 for 2 courses Every Tuesday Night

Natural ventilation to the sales floor (as opposed to air conditioning) Maximum use of natural day lighting Solar panels A bio-diversity roof planted with local species Rainwater harvesting, resulting in reduced ‘treated’ water consumption Hot water heated using solar energy Green refrigeration using environmentally friendly gases and energy efficient display cabinets It has also recorded some impressive results in terms of its energy saving features including: Rainwater harvesting reducing the store’s daily water consumption by 600 litres; equivalent to 17 showers The store’s global warming potential has reduced by 92% by using natural refrigerants within its refrigeration system


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Soup-and-a-Side Generous and Filling Lunch Time Specials from £5.95

Lunch for Less Delicious Hot Satisfying Lunches from £6.50

Thursday Evening Special Offer 2 Course Menu £9.95 Normal Price £15.95 - Booking Essential Call in for a real Winter Warmer Tuesday to Saturday Lunch 12-2.30pm and Dinner 6-10pm Nick’s Restaurant 11 Market Place, Oakham, Rutland Book Now on 01572 723199 Telephone: 01780 783613 | January 2011



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The Rutland Scene January 2011  

The latest Rutland magazine about local interests and information.

The Rutland Scene January 2011  

The latest Rutland magazine about local interests and information.