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ISSUE 46 // APRIL 2016



Stamford & Rutland’s sport and lifestyle magazine

HOW TO WIN AT EATING! Local chefs on how to have a healthy diet that’s not boring

ISSUE 46 // APRIL 2016


Find bluebell woods Stop muscle stiffness Avoid bad carbs Dress well this summer



WILL’S WALK Baston and Greatford



Local teams fighting to the season finish

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Editor’s Letter IT’S SO EASY TO EAT BADLY, ISN’T IT? I know I find it too simple to come up with the excuses, such as I’m too busy to cook properly, and end up eating all manner of rubbish. Before you know it, you’re putting on weight and not feeling particularly energised. Yet only a few simple changes to how you eat can make huge differences. You just have to work out what works for you. Personally, I avoid processed food. I was told once by an expert that anything you buy that has more than five ingredients in it probably isn’t going to do you much good because that’s when the unnecessary, processed stuff gets added in. It’s a bit simplistic but it roughly works. Then, I try and avoid white bread and eating carbs late at night. If I do all of that, I tend to lose weight. Of course, it’s different for everyone, and so in this issue we’ve tried to come up with some suggestions for great food you can eat, and ways of eating, that might work for you. A lot of it is about finding the time to eat well. Hopefully our experts will inspire you, as they have me. Keep a Rutland boat afloat Mike Baumber from Rutland Sailability has been touch, because they are in need of help. One of their boats, adapted for use by disabled sailors, is in desperate need of refurbishment. They’re looking to raise nearly £8,000 to keep Kinsman no 41 afloat, so if you think you might be able to contribute to fund-raising in any way, please contact Jim Fleming on 01780 756300 or email flemingjandb@msn.com Win a bike! Don’t forget to enter our competition to win a fabulous bike from Rutland Cycling in this issue – entries are coming in and time is running out. It’s a great opportunity to think up something fun to do, and get some great expert support and a superb machine on which to do it. You don’t have to be riding round the world, or over the Andes, to win. It just has to be an adventure or challenge important to you. So don’t sell yourself short or assume only the grandest challenge will win the bike – we’d love to hear from you. See page 35 for more details on how to enter. Enjoy the issue! Steve

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Priory Road, Stamford ÂŁ450,000 This three bedroom extended dormer bungalow is set close to the town centre and offers flexible accommodation which include bedrooms and bathrooms on both floors. The property comes with three reception rooms, a spacious breakfast kitchen and family bathroom. The Master Bedroom features an en-suite shower room, whilst the the other two bedrooms are both doubles. There is gas fired central heating and replacement windows. To the rear of the property is parking for two cars, a single garage, secluded west facing patio and a lawned garden with flower borders. NO CHAIN

Chestnut Gardens, Stamford ÂŁ180,000 This extended two bedroom semi-detached home is set in a cul-de-sac location and provides easy access to the town centre, Malcolm Sargent Primary School and the A1. The property has a good sized living space, a double Master bedroom and well presented bathroom. Accommodation comprises of an entrance hall, kitchen, sitting room, dining room, landing, two bedrooms and a bathroom. To the side of the property is gravel off street parking, whilst to the rear is a sizable patio and lawned garden.

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“WHAT A SUPER BUNGALOW ALTERNATIVE” with this two bedroom GROUND FLOOR APARTMENT situated only a stone’s throw away from amenities including Oakham’s Town Centre overlooking an open green space to one side and a PRIVATE GARDEN.

An immaculately presented and improved four bedroom detached home situated in the popular Larkfleet development boasting many features including separate reception rooms, a superbly appointed breakfast kitchen with separate utility room, master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and en-suite shower room, PV solar panelling providing FREE electricity, a well-balanced lawned garden, driveway parking and single garage.

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Located in a popular family area close to Stamford town centre is this immaculately presented FIVE DOUBLE BEDROOM detached property offered with TWO EN SUITES, a kitchen breakfast room, lounge, separate dining room, conservatory, rear garden, double garage and parking for four vehicles.

A rare opportunity to purchase a modern five bedroom DETACHED family home just a short walk away from Stamford town centre, local amenities and offered with ample reception space an enclosed rear garden, garage and further parking.

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Contents ACTIVE LIFE 12-13 HOW TO...

ISSUE 46 /// APRIL 2016


Brew a tea cocktail and learn to Morris dance


The seasonal delights on offer outdoors


Another tasty recipe from Riverford Organic


Greensleaves florist Mandy Clarke


Great things to do locally for all the family


Jeremy Beswick visits a dance studio in Oakham


Healthy recipes packed full of flavour

ACTIVE BODY 46-67 AVOID THAT EXERCISE HANGOVER Expert training advice from Function Jigsaw


More from our nutritionist on eating healthily


Tips and products to help you look great






Essential gear to help you put a spring in your step


The Sunday Times writer on rotund sports stars


We head out to Baston and Greatford


We try out The Country Lounge Café Bar


Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils

68-74 ROUND-UP

How clubs in the area are faring


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Activelife HOW TO…


Ingredients 4 English breakfast teabags 500ml boiled water 200g caster sugar 400ml Burleighs London dry gin 2 lemons

Method Infuse teabags in 400ml of boiled water for 5 minutes. Remove teabags and refrigerate to cool. Mix 200g caster sugar and 100ml boiling water to make a syrup, allow to

cool. Mix cooled syrup and tea with 400ml of gin and 200ml of fresh lemon juice in a jug or teapot. Pour into a glass or teacup and add a thin slice of lemon. Chin chin!

Recipe courtesy of www.thehopeandglory.co.uk


Learn to Morris dance We are celebrating everything English this month, but, sadly, can’t tell you how to slay a dragon like St George. Instead, have a go at Morris dancing, the traditional English ritual dance. It’s called a ritual dance as it’s performed for others to watch rather than join in. It’s great exercise and very sociable. There are a lot of clubs locally, so grab those bells and coloured handkerchieves and have a go.

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Barnsdale Leisure Club Come and join this month…

Unwind this April. Joining fee at just £40 per person and the rest of the month free! ›22 Metre Swimming Pool


GET A BEAUTIFULLY STRIPED LAWN It’s April so the grass is growing quickly. Now is the time to put those distinctive stripes on the lawn. The stripes you see on a lawn are actually light reflecting off the grass blades. The weight of the roller on your lawn mower pushes the grass in one direction as the blades are leaning in the opposite direction, so reflecting light differently. To make the stripes you need to ensure that you cut your lawn in straight lines, turning back on yourself each time.

Household tip of the month…

› 2 Spa Pools ›Steam room & Sauna › Studio fitness classes included › 2 Squash courts › NEW & IMPROVED Gym

Tel: 01572 771314 www.barnsdalehotel.co.uk Barnsdale Hall Hotel, Oakham, Rutland, LE15

To remove rust from metal – take a sheet of aluminium foil, crumple it into a loose ball, rub on the rust and it wipes away. For really stubborn rust, wet the foil slightly – this makes a huge difference.

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BLUEBELLS April is the month for bluebells, a flower that is dedicated to St George. They can be found in woodland or grassland and grow so closely together that they give the appearance of a blue carpet – one of nature’s most stunning displays. Remember, don’t pick or dig up any wild bluebells as they are a protected species.

THE TAWNY OWL One of the most common owls in Britain and quite common in our area, too. Most likely to be seen at dawn or dusk, this owl makes for a magnificent sight as it quietly patrols its territory. The tawny owl is about 38cm long with a rounded head. It has large brown eyes with its face surrounded by a ring of dark feathers. Its back is a reddish brown (hence tawny) with a line of light and dark patches on its wings and head. The under parts are much paler, making it easy to spot in flight. The tawny owl preys on small birds and rodents as well as rabbits. The silence of its flight means it can approach its prey unobserved. When hunting they rely upon their sight and hearing and use their talons to attack.

Badgers The badger is a member of the same family as stoats and weasels – the mustelids. They are omnivores, eating both plants and animals. Badgers live in setts below ground but are very adaptable to their surroundings so can be found in woods, hedges, quarries or moorland. Commonly seen in open countryside, the badger can be found on the edge of towns and cities and can be the bane of a gardener’s life as they are inclined to raid the vegetable patch. As they are nocturnal they can be hard to spot but can be seen foraging for food at night – keep an eye on those vegetables…

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12 St Leonards Street Stamford, PE9 2HN 12 St Leonards Street Stamford, PE9 2HN

Tel 01780 654321 • www.classicstamford.co.uk

Tel 01780 654321

12 St Leonards Street Stamford, PE9 2HN

Tel 01780 654321 • www.classicstamford.co.uk


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– with celeriac chips and crunchy salad INGREDIENTS


1 lemon 1 large celeriac Oil for frying 1 bulb of fennel 1 apple 50g salad pack 1 red onion 1 pack of ham hock ½ tsp dried chilli flakes Pot of jerk seasoning (1/4 tsp each of allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and smoked paprika) 2 wholemeal rolls 1 tbsp coarse grain mustard 40g mayonnaise 2 tbsp mixed seeds




Preheat your oven to 220 degrees C. Juice the lemon. Peel the celeriac and chop into 1 – 1 1/2cm thick slices then into 1cm chips.

Toss the celeriac chips with 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 2 tbsp oil and a good seasoning of salt and pepper. Pop into the oven for about 30 mins until they are tender and starting to colour. It is worth tossing them once so they bake evenly.

While the chips cook, trim away any tough stalk tops from the fennel and cut into quarters. Cut out the solid root core and slice each quarter into three generous wedges.

Wash the apple, core and cut into chunky dice. Mix the fennel and apple together with 1 tbsp of lemon juice. Season lightly with a pinch of salt. Wash and drain the salad leaves.

gently for 10 minutes until starting to colour and soften. Add a dash of water if it starts to stick.

mayonnaise. Taste the ham hock and add more chilli flakes if you wish. Slather a blob of mustard mayo in the warm rolls, pile in the jerk ham hock and finish with a pinch of salad leaves.

Shred the ham hock into the frying pan and turn up the heat. Fry for 3-4 minutes until the hock starts to colour and crisp. Add ½ the chilli flakes and jerk seasoning and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, stirring often.

While the ham cooks, split the bread rolls in half and pop them in the oven for a couple of minutes to warm. Mix the mustard with the

Mix the remaining salad leaves with the fennel, apple and mixed seeds. Serve alongside the rolls, hot celeriac chips and remaining mayo.

Peel the red onion and finely slice. Heat 1tbsp of oil in the frying pan and cook the onion

RECIPE BOXES Riverford recipe boxes are a simple and inspiring way to cook. Every week, we deliver everything you need to make three tasty organic meals. Inside each box, you’ll find the freshest, seasonal organic produce, step-by-step recipe cards and all the ingredients in exact quantities. The recipes are quick to cook and ideal for weeknights – most are ready in under 45 minutes. Think well balanced and

nutritious, with a few treats thrown in. Our cooks come up with nine new recipes every week, so there is always plenty of choice. There are three different varieties of recipe box - choose from vegetarian, quick, or original. A box for two people ranges in price from £33 for the vegetarian box, to £39.95 for the quick and original boxes. Delivered straight to your door, with everything you need to cook included, generous portion sizes, and three delicious meals per box they offer

Tip: Be warned – the chilli flakes add quite a kick so go gently with them at first.

great value for money. No waste. No missing the vital ingredient. All you have to do is cook. Visit: www.riverford.co.uk/recipebox to

find out more or call 01803 762059.

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ROCKINGHAM HORSE TRIALS Rockingham Horse Trials return for the fourth year from May 20-22. Featuring dressage, cross-country and show jumping, it will be a great day out for everyone. As well as other events for young horses and competitors there are trade stands to browse around and lots of family entertainment. For details go to www. rockinghamcastlehorsetrials.com.


Sacrewell Mill nominated for awards The £1.8 million restoration of the 18th Century Grade II* listed Sacrewell Mill has been nominated for two regional awards. The mill, which had been on the ‘at risk’ register, re-opened last July after a 12-month project and now all the hard work has been recognised. To find out more about the mill, the awards and opening times, visit www.sacrewell.org.uk.

Recently opened in Stamford’s Red Lion Street is Bread Meat Cheese. It’s a sandwich bar with a difference and is becoming very popular. Using bread from Hambleton Bakery and locally reared meat and produce, the sandwiches (a take on the New York deli style) are made in front of you. The menu changes frequently, with fillings such as Hot Ox, Bringing Home The Bacon and Poacher. Or why not try Aussie Avo – mashed avocado, lime juice and chilli on a slice of grilled sourdough if you want something lighter? Even the

crisps are local, coming from Ely. Follow them on Twitter (@breadmeatcheese) and be privy to a secret menu. www.breadmeatcheese.co.uk

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Open Tuesday through to Saturday from 9am until 5pm, not only are we a licensed restaurant we have a deli which has a good selection of smoked goods, cheeses, snacks, drinks and takeaway salads and sandwiches.

New Spring and Summer menu now available. Also lunch specials menu 2 course - £13.95 3 course - £15.50 5 Cheyne Lane, Stamford Tel: 01780 767063

T: 0116 277 9705

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Swim at the additional times listed below and benefit from ½ price admission. Available Monday 16.00 – 17.00* and for a e Tuesday 09.45 – 10.45 limited tim . .. ly n o £2.10 adult, £1.60 child *Monday Session shared with private lessons **Sessions running from 11th April to 26th May

For more information contact our friendly team on: 01572 820830 ussc@uppingham.co.uk www.sportscentre.uppingham.co.uk

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Activelife EDINA KEEPS ON RUNNING Recruitment specialist Edina Bremner, who is training for a half marathon, has overcome her knee problems and is running again. Taking it very steadily, she is working hard at the gym, concentrating on her core strength using weights and running on the treadmill. She is cautiously building up her distances and, so far, all is going well with her knees. Now that the clocks have changed Edina is looking forward to running in the evenings and intends to join the Park Run group at Rutland Water on Saturday mornings. She is also thinking about joining Stamford Striders to help with her quest to run a half marathon this year. www.poze-lingerie.co.uk

52 IN 52 CHALLENGE UPDATE This month the 52 in 52 challenge is focusing on Carys’s marathon effort. On Sunday, March 13, she ran the Barcelona Marathon, running the 26 miles alongside two of her friends. She has been training since November and has completed several half marathons, running in rain, sleet and snow. Carys flew out a few days in advance to acclimatise and hoped to complete the run in under five hours. Speaking before she set off, Carys said: “It has been a challenge to train for this marathon as running isn’t one of my usual sports, but I am excited to get there and hopefully cross the finish line in a decent time. I hope my efforts will encourage people to donate to Cancer Research through our JustGiving page.”

In addition to the marathon, this month Alec will be trying gymnastics at Corby Gymnastics Academy while Mike completed a 5km Park Run in Long Eaton. Holly is taking part in a pilates session at Uppingham School sports centre and a rowing session with the captain of the Anglia Ruskin University Rowing Club. So far the team has raised £1,265 for Cancer Research UK. Donations can be made via www. justgiving.com/Challenge52 and you can follow the team on the blog at https://52in52site. wordpress.com. The team is still looking for different sports clubs to offer them a session, particularly in equestrian and water sports.

YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU If you are aged between 17 years 9 months and 49 years 11 months you can apply to join the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) Army Reserves. The 1st Military Working Dog Regiment at South Luffenham is looking to recruit reserve soldiers as dog handlers, veterinary technicians and qualified vets. Civilians and individuals with past military service are all encouraged to apply. If you are interested in a challenge and would like some adventure, overseas travel and can commit to at least 27 days training per year in the RAVC Reserves, log on to www.army.mod.uk and follow the links for more details. Or consider regular service as a full-time career. Both regulars and reserves can provide you with recognised qualifications, sporting opportunities and lifelong skills which will benefit you both in military and civilian careers. There are great incentives for those wishing to rejoin the Army and a tax-free bounty for reserves who complete the specified annual training requirements. Log on to www.army.mod.uk to find out more about the Army and the RAVC.

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You don’t need a bat, racket or expensive kit for this exercise. Just a ball.

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Become a host with Barking Mad It’s great fun, all of the benefits of dog ownership without the emotional or financial commitment. We carefully match dogs to your home.

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Plumbing & Heating Maintenance

Landlord Gas Safety Checks

Un-vented Hot Water Servicing & Maintenance

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A day in the life of



have always liked flowers. When I was a little girl my mum used to have catalogues and when she’d finished with them I would cut out all the pictures of flowers. I was also that horrible child who would pick daffodils from the neighbours’ gardens, put an elastic band round them and tell my mum I’d spent my pocket money on them. My dad was an Army man and we never had any accessories in the house. I joined the RAF and worked in telecoms and when I married Phil, who was also in the military, I didn’t want our house to look like a military house. So on my days off I’d make things with flowers. We moved around the country a lot and when we moved up to the Outer Hebrides I took a stall at a craft fair and started to make things. Everywhere we moved to I’d go into the flower shops and, despite having no floristry qualifications, they would normally give me a day’s trial. I’ve always been good with flowers but I’m totally self taught and shop trained. Changing fashions Flower fashions have changed over the years. You used to always have odd numbers and all level flowers in a bouquet. Now anything goes. A lady I knew in Stornaway pointed out that flowers don’t grow in a straight line or with a wire up their backside, or a bow round their neck. She advised me to take the flowers’ style as they grow in the garden through to what I’m working on. I’m an all-rounder and I like a challenge. My favourite floristry is funeral work. I’m not weird, but you can be very creative and it’s the last thing you can do for a person. I may cry when I’m making them but it has to be right. We make more bouquets for birthdays and anniversaries than anything else. A lot of people have accounts with us who I know very well. I’ll deliver flowers at 8am if it’s someone’s birthday and they’re going out to work. If you leave it until 6pm she’ll think her partner has forgotten. Customer service is so important. We also do a lot of weddings. Nowadays brides often ask for very simple, vintage arrangements, almost as if you’ve gone round the garden and picked the flowers. I spend a lot of time with each bride and get to know her tastes. I only do one wedding a day so I know I’ve given her 110%. I make the bouquet and buttonholes on the day and table decorations the night before. The flowers are the same price regardless of the type of decoration but the time spent on them may be more if you’re doing a more

‘Flowers don’t grow in a straight line or with a wire up their backside or a bow round their neck’ structured affair. And it depends on the size too. If the bride is a size six you can’t make an enormous bouquet – it would be bigger than her! The flowers have to suit her hair, dress and personality. If she’s a bubbly, bright person the flowers need to reflect that. The flowers are the finishing touch that tie everything together. All my flowers come from Holland. I can confirm what I want at 11am on Tuesday and then they’re all cut fresh and delivered on Wednesday. Flowers are graded from A to D where A is top grade and D is poor, which means they’ve been cut a long time or they’ve not been grown as well. I only buy top grade flowers and would rather send open flowers that haven’t been bought to the nursing and care

homes rather than selling them off cheap. I’ve been at Casterton Garden Centre for eight years and previously I was in town. A lot of our orders are done over the telephone or website and the average spend on a bouquet is around £30. We’ll always say if something won’t work or if the customer doesn’t need to spend as much. Sometimes if you put too much into an arrangement it kills it. I love flowers and I always have them at home. I think people are either a lily or a rose person and I like cottage garden roses. Scent is very evocative so when you see or smell some flowers it can remind you, very strongly, of a person or a place. www.greensleavesflorist.co.uk

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Borderville Sports Centre

Venue Hire If you want a function room or a conference venue in Stamford then ‘The Daniels’ Lounge’ is the ideal place. • Anniversaries • Birthdays • Christenings • Events • Presentations • Training • Wedding Receptions The venue is ideally located just minutes from the centre of Stamford with ample parking on site for 110 vehicles. Function room to seat up to 80


Function room to seat up to 120


Function room to seat up to 160


Hire of Bistro area for buffet or disco


Function room for childrens party, christenings (up to 3 hours)


Please contact: commercial@stamfordafc.net Paul Pepper on 07849 629991

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opening times monday - closed tuesday 10 - 5 wednesday 9 - 5 thursday 10 - 5 friday 10 - 5 saturday 8.45 - 5 sunday 8.45 - 5

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tel: 0116 259 8063 ride@cafe-ventoux.cc

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There’s lots going on in your area this month, why not try some of these?

■ The Bluebell in Helpston is renowned for its stock of gins (it has 101 of them in total) and has a different gin on sale every week. They also have a quiz night every Sunday, Grumpy Old Men’s Club on Monday evenings and serve afternoon tea every weekend. To find out more, go to www. bluebellhelpston.pub. ■ Rutland Cycling has opened a new department dedicated to electric bikes. They have more than 40 bikes on display that are available to try out. Staff are trained electric experts and on hand to offer advice. The company will be hosting a free e-bike demo event on Saturday, April 16. Drop them an email at rides@rutlandcycling.com to book your place. ■ The Run4Fun beginners group starts on Saturday, May 14. The seven-week course is for complete running beginners who, at the end, will be running 5km. Each session lasts one hour and starts at 9am outside Werrington Sports Centre in Peterborough. It costs £25 for the seven weeks. To find out more get in touch with Tim at www. run4fun.co.uk. ■ Oakham Veterinary Hospital is having an open day on Saturday, April 23, between 11am and 4pm. Here’s your

chance to see behind the scenes at the hospital on Ashwell Road, to meet the staff and take a look at the new Small Animal Hospital. Entry is free. Details at www.oakhamvethospital.co.uk. ■ Two experienced photographers, Andrew James and equine photographer Matthew Roberts, are running master horse photography courses on April 22 and June 17 at Grange Farm Equestrian Centre, Wittering. They will teach you to take amazing action shots of horses and riders. To find out more and to book visit www.andrewjamesmedia.co.uk. ■ Get tips on collecting and identifying wild food at Ferry Meadows on April 12 between 1.30 and 3pm. The cost is free but a donation of £2 would be gratefully received. Booking is essential on 01733 234193 or email visitor.services@ neneparktrust.org.uk. ■ The Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival is returning to Peterborough on Saturday, June 11. Entries are now being taken for the event which is being held in aid of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. The dragon boats and all equipment are provided and no experience is needed. For more information and to enter visit www.dragonboatfestivals. co.uk/peterborough.

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Feature /// Dance

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LET’S DANCE! Jeremy Beswick puts on his tap shoes and tries not to fall over at the new Oakham Studios Photography: Pip Warters

IF YOU’VE EVER sat out a favourite record at a party because you secretly lacked confidence; if you enjoyed dance lessons as a child and wonder what it would be like to try them again; if you want your own children to experience the joy of dance or even if you’re just looking for a fun way to improve your fitness, then I have some good news for you. On the main road through Oakham, tucked away behind the Baptist church and Domino’s Pizza, is an undiscovered gem. A bright and modern complex combining ceramic art and dance, with two dance floors and a shop that can cater for all your needs – from leotards to shoes: the new Oakham Studios is the brainchild of local woman Sarah Gott. Over a cup of tea Sarah told me she’s been dancing since the age of three, which means for more than 40 years (“Just!” she quickly added). Although there have been times when her passion has had to be sacrificed to put work and family commitments first, it’s something she’d always felt a need to return to. “I just love it,” she told me. “The rhythm, having fun, keeping fit. Every time I felt I had to stop for a while I really missed it.” Sarah had dreamt of running her own dance studio for some time, and the chance came when what seemed to be a setback turned into an opportunity. “I looked around this wonderful space one day and wondered how on earth I could ever afford it. Then, a few days later, out of the blue, I was made redundant from my job in finance – and I immediately knew just where that redundancy money was going.” As well as the pot-painting – ideal for rainy days with the kids – you’ll find lively classes of tap, ballet, jive or, if you’re feeling adventurous, burlesque, with the occasional Bollywood and Charleston session thrown in for fun. There is music and movement for babies and toddlers and both beginner and intermediate classes for adults of all ages – in fact, Sarah told me her most senior dancer is 84 years young. “All sorts of people come to join us,” she said. “Teens, 40-somethings, whatever. Some have done ballet or tap at school and want to start again and others have never danced before but somehow just wish that they had.” She’d dearly like some more men to give it a go, too. Although I can thoroughly recommend it, my own first tap session was, I confess, something of an eye-opener. Being the only male among a group of ladies, I was somewhat hampered by trying to hold in a paunch that,

these days, does a passable impression of a smuggled basketball, but I can assure all you chaps out there that this is no easy option exercise-wise. Indeed, I’ve played easier games of veterans’ rugby. The first quarter of an hour was bad enough but when the music stopped and I looked forward to what I naively assumed would be time for a breather, only to hear the words: “Right everyone, warm-up over. Let’s start.” I started glancing around for a defibrillator. Eventually I stumbled home another half an hour later, dripping with sweat and somewhat humbled. “It’s true that tap particularly is an energetic, lively workout for both body and brain,” Sarah agreed. “Your feet get it before your brain does. Some people think they’ve got two left feet and that it’s not for them, but as long as you like music anyone can enjoy it. I don’t get many people drop out once they’ve started because it’s such fun working as a team and making new friends.” In addition, as long as you’re not the shy and retiring type, there are even opportunities to perform on stage at


It’s not just tap dancing at the studio – other classes include ballet, jive and even adventurous dances such as the Charleston and the chance to learn some Bollywood moves

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‘I love it because it’s sociable with no pressure. If it wasn’t fun I wouldn’t go. It’s great for fitness too’ the annual Spotlight event held at Stamford’s Corn Exchange. Siobhan Taylor was new to it all when she started a few years ago. “Apart from a disastrous attempt at learning ballroom, I’d never really danced at all before but for some reason I just thought this would be a blast – and it is. So much so that I’ve been an enthusiastic beginner for four years now,” she joked modestly. “But Sarah’s a very patient teacher. If I don’t get something right we just laugh about it. I’ve decided that I won’t give it up until she starts to cry! Seriously, although I don’t think I’ll ever be that good a dancer, I still love it because it’s sociable with no pressure and such a nice way to meet people. If it wasn’t fun I wouldn’t go. It’s great for fitness too, even though we do sometimes end up at the pub afterwards.” In contrast to her friend Siobhan, Ros Bowley has been keen on tap since the age of five but, like Sarah, had periods when life intervened. “Kids and work and stuff,” as she put it. “But it’s a bit like riding a bike. If you did it as a child you’ll be surprised how much comes flooding back when you start again,” and Ros agreed with Siobhan’s

view that “it’s great exercise, and the brain and foot co-ordination improves your posture and balance. It’s hard enough work that you get that feeling of well-being afterwards and it’s a friendly class – Sarah’s a lovely teacher and very patient.” Ros took up ballet this year for the first time in her life (she’s given me permission to tell you that she’s in her 60s) and told me: “Yes, I’d never done it before but I always fancied giving it a try but somehow never did. So now I’ve finally managed to get around to it – thanks to the studio. Whatever your age, ballet’s really good for core muscle strength and balance.” Fancy finding out more about this inspiring establishment? Sarah said: “If you’re not sure, by all means come along and watch us one day for nothing, and you don’t even need special clothes or tap shoes to start with. Just give me a call or drop me an email.” Not that you’ll need to invest in a second mortgage anyway, with the classes costing only about £5 and a pair of tap shoes starting at £20. Neither age, nor finances nor skill level are valid reasons to stop you. So, maybe it’s time you too heeded the call of the studio’s motto and got some ‘seriously fun dance’ into your life. You need never be a wallflower at parties ever again.

Le and above

Jeremy puts his feet up aer an unexpectedly physical class; all ages are catered for; the studio also offers a shop and art activities

Email: segott@btinternet.com Tel: 01572 724 047 or 07940 333 280 www.oakhamstudios.co.uk www.facebook.com/oakhamstudios.co.uk www.twitter.com/oakhamstudios

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Feature /// Gear


1. Cycliq Fly6 camera & light


A combined camera and rear light, the Fly6 offers 720p video and audio recording from behind in HD, leaving you to enjoy your ride or commute in the knowledge that your ride is being documented safely. A serious light output of up to 30 lumens ensures you are visible to all road users when cycling with the Fly6 fixed to your bike. Price £99 From cycliq.com


2. Asics FuzeX Black Red Cushion women’s trainer A shoe that combines a lightweight design with protection and cushioning. You can still take on your longer runs with fuzeGEL underfoot. So lightweight it can be spread from your forefoot to your rear foot. Price £99.99 From Rutland Sports

3. Tribesports women’s shorts

These women’s 2-in-1 running shorts have an inner-short providing optimum support and comfort while the outer layer delivers ventilation and a stylish, flattering finish. Price £28 From tribesports.com

4. Canicross running waist belt and running line

This waistbelt and line combination is ideal for anyone starting out and getting a feel for the sport of canicross. Made of soft neoprene and hard-wearing nylon it is ideal for canicross, jogging, Nordic walking, etc. The lead system evenly spreads the pull of the dog across the waist and gives more freedom as both hands are free. Price £29.99 From innerwolf.co.uk




5. Saucony Guide 9 men’s trainer

The Guide 9 is back at it again, delivering a plush and supportive ride to take you all the way to the finish line, and beyond. It features EVERUN, the latest in cushioning construction and material innovation. A new TRI-FLEX outsole configuration gives better ground contact and a smoother ride. Price £115 From leicesterrunningshop.co.uk

6. GIRO Foray MIPS helmet

The Foray drafts off the bold design language of Giro’s premium Synthe helmet, and offers many of its key features including durable In-Mould Construction and the Roc Loc 5 fit system with two-way fit adjustment. The slim design is very light and offers great ventilation. Price £69.99 From rutlandcycling.com

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Electra’s Townie lets you cruise with the wind at your back even uphill into a head wind thanks to the latest generation Bosch Active Line motor. A sleek, integrated drive unit and low mounted battery, means the Townie Go! 8i handles just like the normal bike, just with less sweat and tears. Price £1,999.99 From rutlandcycling.com

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Guest column

Who ate all the pies (and drank all the beer)? Martin Johnson picks out his favourite fattie athletes eaving aside the fact that Colin Montgomerie has never won one of golf’s major championships, he has (so far) trousered upwards of £30 million in career earnings – with a figure that makes you wonder how much of it he’s spent on cream cakes and fish and chips. Thirty million quid isn’t a bad return from a sport in which it’s a big help to be able to see your feet when you look down, but Monty is one of many top sportsmen and women who have somehow managed to excel without spending 10 hours a day on a rowing machine, and consuming nothing but grilled chicken and freshly squeezed seaweed. Healthy eating is one of the features in this month’s issue, and even those of us who would sooner die young than submit to a daily glass of carrot juice have given it a try at some time or other. Including Monty, although it’s never done his golf any good. A close examination of his career will tell you that of the aforementioned £30 million, the amount he’s won when his golf shirt is clinging to his abs, rather than appearing to house a small colony of ferrets, is somewhere in the region of 58p. Being thin, or to be more accurate, not being overweight, doesn’t suit his game, and the same goes for many sportsmen. Golfers in particular. John Daly gets through the day fuelled by Diet Coke and Marlboro Lights, while Lee Westwood is, like Monty, a golfer whose periods of being trimmer in shape have coincided with being trimmer in the wallet. There are, of course, downsides to being overweight, such as the risk of type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and – worst of all for a golfer – the prospect of being lectured by Gary Player. The South African has turned into a messianic messenger, mounting his soapbox at all the major championships to deliver daily sermons on the perils of McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, and the benefits of 1,000 pressups before a breakfast of radishes and lightly boiled noodles. Most people, if asked to name the sport they most associate with the complete opposite of a healthy diet, would single out darts. That long walk from the oche to remove three quivering arrows from the treble 20 has serious heart attack potential for the oversized competitors, most of whom are compelled to wear shirts capable of accommodating a family of four on a camping holiday. Snooker is another sport in which you’d say diet wouldn’t necessarily play a huge part in being able to play it well, and one of the big names – in every sense of the word – when the sport was first


taking off was a Canadian by the name of Bill Werbeniuk. I once interviewed Bill in a pub in Vancouver, and still have a framed copy of the receipt I later submitted for expenses. Bill’s share – for a meeting lasting fractionally under two hours – amounted to 15 pints of lager and a plate of meat pies. Football players are probably the sportsmen with the most carefully orchestrated diets; understandable given the rewards on offer but a bit sad for the spectators, who now have to find an alternative to the traditional enquiry as to ‘who ate all the pies?’. Somehow, ‘who ate all the muesli?” doesn’t have the same ring to it. This is not to say that footballers didn’t eat with care in the old days. I remember an episode of Roy of the Rovers in the old Tiger comic, when the Melchester Rovers goalie Tubby Morton was ordered to go on a diet by his manager. The well-named Tubby was doing pretty well until his dastardly rival for the jersey lured him into a tuck shop and locked him in. He finally let him out three days later, and when Tubby reported back for training resembling a pregnant hippo our hero got the axe. Before the modern trend towards specialist diets, one sport on which the accent was less on eating healthily than eating as much as humanly possible in any given 24-hour period was cricket. When I was covering Leicestershire for the evening paper in Leicester in the 1970s and ’80s, a typical day’s food intake for a professional cricketer would be roughly as follows: hearty fried breakfast followed by mid-morning coffee and biscuits. Lunch would be at least three courses, sometimes more, with tables groaning under the weight of roast potatoes, apple pies, cheeseboards and sticky toffee puddings. It was an unholy wait of two hours until the tea interval, when you could recharge the energy levels with plates of sandwiches and chocolate cake. Then, after the game, it was into the members’ bar, or the next door Cricketers pub, for several pints over a natter with the punters, before a huge plate of curry and off to bed. Assuming you could make it without a stair lift. Old time cricketers such as Colin Cowdrey and Colin Milburn were, shall we say, generously proportioned, getting by in the field largely because there was then no requirement to even get a grass stain on your flannels, but the most celebrated trencherman the game has ever seen was Mike Gatting. Gatt was the subject of some hilarity during a Test match in the 1980s when the then-England captain David Gower, contemplating a change in the field, shouted to the bowler, Chris Cowdrey, ‘would you like Gatt a bit wider at mid-on?’. “Better not,” replied Cowdrey. “If he gets any wider he’ll probably burst.”

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WIN GO ON AN AMAZING JOURNEY Planning a great cycling adventure this year? Active and Rutland Cycling can help with our brilliant competition. You could be heading off on a 2016 Genesis Croix de Fer 20 adventure road bike Tell us what your cycling adventure is and your challenge could win you this amazing bike and Ortileb panniers from Rutland Cycling, a prize worth £1,350. Whether you are thinking of riding around the world, across Europe, around Britain or through your county, tell us what cycling adventure you have planned this year and one lucky winner will receive an amazing bike and expert back-up from Rutland Cycling to help you achieve it. We’ll follow you all the way through training and the challenge in the magazine too, helping you drum up support.

The bike

One bike. Come rain or shine, the Genesis Croix de Fer 20 olive green will take you almost anywhere thanks to its excellent blend of Tiagra components, TRP Hy/Rd-C brakes and Reynolds 725 steel frame. Fast and responsive on the road, yet stable and perfectly balanced, the Croix de Fer 20 is a real pleasure to ride on both smooth Tarmac

and on terrain where you’d normally reach for a mountain bike. The wider gear range and great trickle down technology in the new 2016 Tiagra creates a premium riding feel for a more affordable price. TRP Hy/Rd-C brakes offer all the benefits of hydraulic disc brakes with standard cables. The Reynolds 725 frame is tough, and fully fitted with all the mounts you can think of.

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Rutland Cycling will get the right fit for you, using the latest in Retul sizing technology and years of good old-fashioned experience. You’ll enjoy its Bike Fit process, using the latest Body Geometry video capture technology in the hands of guys who have raced and coached at the highest level. You’ll then be helped with training, with the team getting you out on their regular organised rides and tailoring a bespoke program. They’ll also offer you nutritional advice. So you’ll be as well-prepared for your challenge as it is possible to be.


Our standard competition terms and conditions apply, www.theactivemag.com/terms, in addition to the following additional terms and conditions: • The winner must be prepared to take part in publicity, including writing a training blog on a regular basis. Failure to do this will result in the bike being reclaimed by Rutland Cycling. The bike only becomes property of the winner upon completion of the chosen event. • The winner must be prepared to train, as per the training schedule set out by Rutland Cycling, for the event of their choice. • To be in with a chance of winning the bike you must live within 50 miles of Rutland Cycling’s Whitwell store.

How to win

To enter the competition send us your CV – not your actual CV, a cycling CV – stating your name, address, cycling experience (if any), the challenge you’re planning and 100 words telling us why you should be shortlisted. Send your cycling CV, along with a picture of yourself, to adventure@theactivemag.com by Wednesday, April 20. After the closing date, a select panel will choose a shortlist of entries to feature. We’ll announce those shortlisted in the magazine and then readers will be asked to vote for who they would like to see win the bike. So what are you waiting for?

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• Entrants must be over 16. Entrants under 18 are able to apply but must have parental permission and parents must be prepared to travel to Rutland Cycling’s Whitwell store with the winner if the winner is unable to organize transport to the training sessions and event. • The winner, and those shortlisted, must be willing to have their pictures printed in Active Magazine, and shown on social media. • By entering the competition you confirm that you are in a fit medical state and the event will not put you in any medical danger. If you are unsure then please seek advice from your doctor before entering. Active magazine and Rutland Cycling will not be held liable for any medical issues that arise.

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Feature /// Summer fashion

Richard wears Scotch & Soda Ralston regular slim fit denim jeans £94, Ralph Lauren short sleeve custom fit polo in spring melon heather £75 and Ralph Lauren long sleeve full zip sweater in winter navy heather £129 from Cavells, Oakham. Rachel wears Passport Lissabon white dress £109 and Plus Fine Marlin stripe blazer £119 from Jacks for Women, Market Harborough, along with HenryBLAKE The Wanderer sunglasses £85.

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PLAY DATES The sun is coming out, it’s getting warmer – time to stock up your wardrobe with clothes for summer party fun Photography: Katie Ingram

Rachel (l) wears Otto Dame multi-coloured spot print dress with a stretch waist £144 and Rosamunde cotton limelight cardigan £80 from Cavells, Oakham. Richard wears Scotch & Soda Ralston regular slim fit denim jeans £94 and Ralph Lauren short sleeve custom fit polo in Spring melon heather £75 from Cavells, Oakham, along with HenryBLAKE The Wanderer sunglasses £85. Charlotte (r) wears Gant block stripe flared dress in marine/cream £134 and Gant fine rib cable clear/yellow jumper £84 from Cavells, Oakham.

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RIGHT Charlotte wears Derhy Elvira printed dress £115 from Jacks for Women, Market Harborough, and sunglasses from HenryBLAKE The Wanderer £85. Blake wears Scotch and Soda Ralston regular slim fit Touchdown jeans £94 and Ralph Lauren long sleeve full zip sweater in winter navy heather £129 from Cavells, Oakham.

Clothing Cavells 16 Mill Street, Oakham, LE15 6EA Tel 01572 770372 www.cavells.co.uk Jacks for Women 16 Church Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7AA Tel 01858 431396 www.jacksforwomen.co.uk Accessories HenryBLAKE Eyewear www.henryblakeclothing.co.uk Tennis balls kindly supplied by Rutland Sports www.rutlandsports.co.uk Models Thanks to Charlotte, Rachel, Blake, Richard and Dave the dog for kindly modelling. Models are wearing their own footwear. Photography Katie Ingram www.katieingram.co.uk Venue Thanks to Ivor, Marion and Nick for the kind use of their tennis court and gardens.

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TOP LEFT Charlotte (l) wears Maison Scotch short sleeve beige/green/blue linen/ cotton paisley shirt £84 and Yerse belted cuffed trouser in azure blue £68 from Cavells, Oakham. Richard wears Scotch & Soda Ralston regular slim fit denim jeans £94, Ralph Lauren short sleeve custom fit polo in spring melon heather £75 and Barbour Wadd crew bug heritage grey marl sweater £99 from Cavells, Oakham, and HenryBLAKE The Wanderer sunglasses £85. Rachel (r) wears Absolu black printed skirt £109, Sandwich Essentials peach top £39 and Passport Barcelona cream poncho £35 from Jacks for Women, Market Harborough. TOP RIGHT Barbour Wadd crew bug heritage grey marl sweater £99 from Cavells, Oakham. LEFT HenryBLAKE The Wanderer sunglasses £85. RIGHT From le to right, Rachel wears Plus Fine cream lace top £109, Intropia coral/cream trouser £89 from Jacks for Women, Market Harborough. Blake wears Scotch and Soda Ralston regular slim fit touchdown jeans £94, Ralph Lauren long sleeve full zip sweater in winter navy heather £129 from Cavells, Oakham. Charlotte wears Otto Dame wide leg print trouser in white/blue/green £95, Velvet crew neck white tank top £69 and Brax Seattle deco denim jacket £159.95 from Cavells, Oakham. Richard wears Scotch & Soda Ralston regular slim fit denim jeans £94, Ralph Lauren short sleeve custom fit polo in spring melon heather £75 and Barbour Wadd crew bug heritage grey marl sweater £99 from Cavells, Oakham.

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Feature /// Healthy eating

HOW TO WIN AT EATING! You don’t have to have bland, tasteless, dull food when you eat healthily. Here’s some great recipes to show you how to eat well without piling on the pounds

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CHARGRILLED SQUID, BUTTER BEAN AND TOMATO SALAD Tempura batter 1 tin chopped tomatoes 1 tomato cut into concasse 1 lime wedge 1 lemon wedge

By Jamie Allsopp of the Red Lion, Great Bowden


By Steve Conway of Lambert’s Kitchen-Deli-Coffee, Stamford “Smoked chicken with its oak smoked depth of flavour is a good source of protein and complemented with the mango and avocado is a lovely summer salad.” Ingredients 1 x smoked chicken breast 1 x ripe avocado 1 x ripe mango 1 x bag of washed rocket salad Tiggs Basil & Pea dressing Drizzle of reduced balsamic to finish Method ● Give the rocket salad a wash under running cold water. This always helps to refresh and crisp up the salad. ● Peel and slice the mango into nice long thin strips, which

can be folded over to help give volume to your salad. ● With the avocado carefully cut in half and the stone removed, cut each half in half again and now you should be able to remove the skin. Slice the avocado into a fan or big wedges if you prefer. ● Lightly dress the rocket with the dressing (I chose Tiggs dressing because of its hint of mustard, refreshing basil flavour and we sell lots of it). ● Layer the sliced mango and smoked chicken, top with avocado and finish with your dressing and reduced balsamic. ● You can add some walnuts to give your salad a bit more crunch and make it more rich in omega-3.

“I have chosen squid for this dish as it is not only sustainably and responsibly caught, it is a great source of protein, it works well with the butter beans and tomato which are a great source of iron, zinc and magnesium, and the coriander fits perfectly, as well as being full of antioxidants.” Ingredients 1 squid, prepped 50g butterbeans 1 diced shallot Small bunch coriander 1 clove garlic chopped Bunch of rocket

Method ● Slice the squid down the centre and score gently 1mm deep, season and chargrill for 20-30 seconds (slightly press so as not to curl up). Leave to rest. ● Sautee diced shallot and chopped garlic in 1tbsp olive oil ● Add butter beans and chopped tomatoes. Reduce. ● Stir in rocket, coriander and lime juice. Season to taste. ● Slice the grilled squid into slices and stir gently through the tomato and butter bean mix. ● Tempura batter the squid tin tacks that are left over and deep fry for 30 – 45 seconds until crispy. ● Serve with a lemon wedge and a sprinkle of chopped coriander. The Red Lion 5 Main Street, Great Bowden, LE16 7HB 01858 463571

Lambert’s opened its doors in February, and not only is it a restaurant but has a deli which has a good selection of smoked goods, cheese, snacks, drinks and takeaway salads and sandwiches. Lambert’s 5 Cheyne Lane, Stamford, PE9 2AX 01780 767063 www.lamberts-stamford.co.uk

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SCALOPPINE DI POLLO AL LIMONE Plain flour for coating Sea salt Black pepper Glass of white wine 50g of butter 200g of fine beens Method: Slice the chicken into small fillets, season with salt and black pepper. ● Coat the fillet in plain flour then fry in a non-stick pan in light olive oil on low heat. ● After you seal the meat completely, add the wine and let it evaporate to get rid of the alcohol, then add the juice from the lemon and two slices. ● Increase the heat and add the butter. The sauce will start to thicken up and look yellow after 10 minutes. ● Serve on your blanched green beans and garnish with some flat leaved parsley. ●

By Mido Fricha of il Vicolo, Stamford “Italians have some of the healthiest diets in the world, despite liberal use of butter and wine. It’s all about balance and natural ingredients. This tender chicken fillet in lemon sauce is just such a dish.” Ingredients: 2 chicken breasts Extra virgin olive oil Half a lemon for juice Half a lemon for slices

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FISH PIE Serves: 4 Time: 60 minutes

gas mark 6. Start by preparing the potatoes. Boil them for about 10 to 15 minutes until they’re soft, then drain them and mash with a little milk. ● To make the sauce, mix the milk, low-fat spread and flour in a small pan and warm over a medium heat. Stir continuously until the sauce starts to bubble and thicken. ● Pour the sauce over chunks of fish in an ovenproof dish, then top with mashed potato and sprinkle the cheese over the top. ● Bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Serve with broccoli. ●

You can use any kind of white fish, such as cod or haddock, or even salmon to make this tasty and filling fish pie. Salmon is a good source of vitamins A and D. Ingredients 700g potatoes 4 fillets of haddock (or any kind of white fish or salmon) 425ml 1% fat milk 25g low-fat spread 25g flour 25g reduced-fat strong hard cheese 320g broccoli (to serve) Method ● Preheat the oven to 200ºC or

CITRUS CHICKEN Serves: 2 Time: 45 minutes A zesty protein-rich dish. Try serving this with brown rice and green beans. Ingredients 1 tsp sunflower oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 chicken breast

1 dessert spoon wholemeal flour 1 red pepper, sliced Juice of 1 orange, or 75ml unsweetened orange juice plus 25ml water 1 carrot, peeled and sliced 1-2 medium potatoes, cubed Chopped parsley (optional) Black pepper, freshly ground 130g brown rice, raw

Method ● Heat the oil in a pan and brown the onions over a low heat for two to three minutes. ● Cut the chicken breast into large pieces and coat each piece in the flour. Then add the chicken to the pan and brown for two minutes, stirring all the time to make sure it doesn’t stick.

Once the chicken is cooked, add the other ingredients. Then bring it to the boil, turn the heat down and simmer over a low heat for about 20 minutes, until the vegetables are soft and the chicken is thoroughly cooked. ● While the chicken is cooking, cook rice according to packet instructions. ●

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TOMATO PASTA SAUCE Serves: 2 Time: 35 minutes Tasty and rich, this easy-tomake tomato sauce is great with pasta and can be made in advance and reheated. It’s low in salt and fat, and is perfect for vegetarians too. Ingredients 1 tsp oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 tin of chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato purée Pinch of mixed dried herbs Pepper to taste 210g uncooked Wholewheat pasta Method ● Heat the oil in a saucepan or frying pan. Cook the onion on a medium heat until it’s soft. ● Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Make sure the

pan is not too hot when you add the garlic, as it burns easily. Burnt garlic will make the sauce taste bitter. ● Add the tin of tomatoes, tomato purée and herbs. ● Simmer gently for 15 minutes until the sauce is thick and rich. ● Add pepper to taste. ● Cook the pasta according to packet instructions and serve topped with fresh herbs. Other options Add a tin of tuna or some sliced vegetables to the sauce at step three. Try mushrooms, peppers or courgettes. ● Pour the sauce over fish fillets and bake in the oven at 180°C or gas mark 4 for 15-20 minutes. ● Use the sauce as a pizza topping. Just sprinkle with reduced-fat cheese and your favourite vegetables. ●

CHILLI CON CARNE Serves: 2 Time: 50 minutes A hot and spicy filler that’s high on flavour but healthily low in salt. Ingredients 1 tbsp oil 100g lean beef mince 1 onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 400g can of chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp tomato puree 1 tsp chilli powder 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp coriander 1 red pepper, chopped 100g mushrooms, sliced 1 small can of kidney beans Black pepper, freshly ground 150g wholegrain/brown rice, raw Method ● Brown the mince over a

gentle heat, stirring to stop it from sticking. ● Drain any excess fat from the meat, then add the onion and garlic to the mince and cook for two to three minutes. ● Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and spices. Bring the sauce to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer gently for 10 to 15 minutes. ● Meanwhile, cook the rice according to the packet instructions. ● Add the chopped pepper and sliced mushrooms and simmer for five minutes. ● Add the drained kidney beans and simmer for another five minutes. ● Add the pepper to taste and serve with boiled rice. Other options Serve any leftover sauce with baked potatoes.

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HARD EXERCISE MAKES YOU EAT LESS Exercising hard results in people eating less than those who are dieting, according to a new study Researchers at Loughborough University have found that long runs seem to trigger chemical changes in the body that curb the appetite, while eating less food than you need seems to have the opposite effect. The scientists asked 12 young women to run hard (rather than jogging) on a treadmill at 70% of their top speed for 90 minutes. Six-and-a-half hours later, after a controlled breakfast and lunch, they were invited to eat what they wanted from a buffet. It was found that the women had eaten an average of 660 calories after their run. They then repeated the experiment without the run, when the women ate 944 calories. The levels of ghrelin, a hormone that makes you hungry, were about 50% higher in the women who had not exercised, while the level of peptide YY, which suppresses hunger, was also much higher after the run. GOOD FITNESS MAKES YOUR BRAIN BIGGER A separate study has claimed that exercising in your 40s could stop your brain shrinking. It found people with good fitness levels in their 40s had larger brains than their unfit peers when measured 20 years later – the concern being that people with smaller brains may be more likely to develop dementia. The study, part of an on-going research project in the US (the landmark Framingham Heart Study) measured people’s exercise capacity and heart and blood pressure reactions to exercise during a treadmill test, at an average age of 40. The same people were assessed about 20 years later, with a repeat exercise test and an MRI scan to determine brain volume. People with 20% less fitness compared to the average had smaller brains by the equivalent of one additional year of ageing. A similar effect was seen for higher blood pressure or heart rate in response to exercise. The research adds to the growing evidence that physical fitness and better mental capacity in older age go hand-in-hand.

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We have all experienced that feeling of soreness, muscle ache and tightness the day after a hard workout. These feelings are technically described as ‘delayed onset of muscle soreness’ (DOMS). There is some argument about what causes DOMS. It has historically thought to be a build-up of lactic acid and toxic metabolic waste, although new research suggests it is in fact inflammation caused by microscopic tears in connective tissue. Exercises which stretch and lengthen muscles are the worse culprits: speak to anyone who plays cricket and they will say that the couple of days after bowling in the first net of the winter, when muscles get stretched in a manner they haven’t been subjected to for months, are the worst for DOMS. Irrespective of the physiological and biological causes, the simple fact remains that DOMS is an issue which can be tough to recover from. Here are some strategies for minimising it, and recovering quicker too. MASSAGE Exercise and competition can be stressful on the body, and will lead to injury if proper precautions are not taken. Sports massages are ideal to help the body deal with this stress and injury prevention. A sports massage increases blood flow and lymph fluid (lymph builds up during exercise and can prolong the effects of DOMS), both assisting in the body’s natural healing process and speeding up waste removal. Swelling and inflammation associated with physical activity is also reduced. Scar tissue, normal from a severe injury, can be lessened with massage. Sports massages can also be beneficial to help your range of movement and have also been shown to improve sleep patterns, which is another component of recovery.

STRETCHING Static stretching has come under a lot of flak recently, after conflicting articles suggested it could reduce strength and power. You need enough flexibility to move well and remain pain free. So include dynamic stretching in your warm-ups while saving static stretching for after your workouts. Static stretches should be held for 30 seconds. Any longer than this and there is no benefit. Less than this and not enough benefit to make the appropriate changes in muscle length. FOAM ROLLING Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique used by athletes and physical therapists to aid in recovery of muscles that are prone to being overactive. Fascia is the soft tissue portion of the connective tissue around the muscle that provides support and protection. The fascia can become restricted due to overuse, trauma, and inactivity. Consequently, inflammation occurs and if it becomes bad enough the connective tissue can thicken, which results in pain and irritation, and additional inflammation. SMR techniques via foam roller are performed by rolling the device under each muscle group until a tender area is found, and maintaining pressure by one’s own body mass on the muscle group for 30–60 seconds. Recent studies suggest that SMR of the quadriceps, or potentially any other muscle for that matter, was an effective treatment method to increase range of motion without suffering muscle performance. HYDRATION Drinking adequate amounts of water is critical to health, energy, recovery and performance. Athletes tend to be very

attentive to hydration levels close to and during competitions, but keeping that awareness during training and recovery can make just as large an impact. Water helps all of our functions. A few examples of that are more efficient nutrient uptake, lower levels of stress on the heart, improved skin tone and better hair quality. The simplest way to check hydration is to look at your urine. If it is clear to pale yellow, you are hydrated. The darker and more colour, the less hydrated you are and more water you need to drink. • Water is the best way to hydrate. • Sports drinks are only needed for before, during and after strenuous training or completion – don’t drink them simply because they taste good. • Flavourings and other additives simply give your system more to process. Stick to adding a lemon or lime in your water. Function Jigsaw’s Active Roller can be purchased online at http://functionjigsaw. co.uk/product/rollers/

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ORDINARY JOE Joe Wicks has become a social media sensation with his fast, high intensity training and healthy eating regime. Active caught up with him Active It’s time to start thinking about your summer body. Where and how would you recommend starting? JW The first thing I say to everyone is prep your own meals and get nutrition under control. If you make your own meals you’ll sleep, eat and train better. Small things make a difference – so taking a lunchbox to work instead of grabbing something off the shelf will help a lot. Then, your exercise has to fit into your lifestyle. That’s why I’m a big advocate of high intensity interval training (HIIT). It keeps you feeling lean in literally in 25 minutes a day. You just have to prioritise the time. If

you keep telling yourself you haven’t got time then you’ll probably never do it. Active You’re a big advocate of HIIT. What are the key benefits? How often should you train? JW It’s really intense, really hard work and you don’t want to do it when you’re doing it, and when you’re finished you’ll feel winded, but it can be done in your living room, the garden or your gym, and can be squats, burpees, jumps – anything that gets your heart rate up, creates tone and burns calories. You can do it at least four to five days a week, with a couple of rest days to allow your body to recover.

Active Any good starter exercises you would suggest and anything you would avoid? JW My favourite HIIT exercise for a real beginner is running on the spot, getting your knees up as high as you can. And burpees really get your heart going, too – 30 seconds on and a 30-second rest, and repeat that for 15 to 20 minutes Active You’re not a fan of fad diets are you? What would be your top healthy eating tips? JW Don’t mention the word diet around me. Low calorie diets are the reason my

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WIN a Microsoft Band 2 worth £199.99* For people wanting to live healthier and achieve more there is Microsoft Band. Reach your health and fitness goals by tracking your heart rate, exercise, calorie burn and sleep quality, and be productive with email, text and calendar alerts on your wrist. Whether you’re off for a run, on your bike or out on the golf course, Microsoft Band gives you a wealth of information thanks to its 11 sensors, such as built-in GPS, UV monitor and barometer. And one of these could be yours! We have a Microsoft Band 2 to give away to one lucky winner. To enter go to www.theactivemag.com/ competitions *RRP. At time of going to print Microsoft is offering the band at a discounted price of £149.99 at www.microsoft. com for a limited time. Terms and conditions apply – see www.theactivemag.com. Competition closes April 29.

business is booming, because I’m rescuing people from them. They don’t work so that’s why I came up with this 90-day plan because food is important fuel. Eat the right stuff at the right time. So on a rest day, when you’re not very active, you’re not going to want carbohydrates because your body only needs them for high intensity exercise. So those days are for protein and healthy fat. On a training day, eat more carbs and drop the fat so the energy system is switching to the right sources for training. Active Wearable tech is also changing the habits of how people train. How can fitness trackers, such as the Microsoft Band, be most effectively used? JW I’m just starting to reap the benefits of these bands. Getting fit is about more than just counting calories and lowering your intake. A lot of people just don’t realise they have a resting metabolic rate, even when they asleep they’re consuming calories, and bands give you a wider picture. People often under-eat. And the accuracy of the heart monitors is so good you get a really accurate picture of whether you’re hitting the exercise levels you want to be. Then the sleep mode shows the quality of sleep you’re getting. You think you’ve had a good deep sleep rather than waking up, but often you haven’t. These bands can give an insight over a month and allow you to change a few lifestyle habits.

JOE WICKS’ TOP THREE TIPS FOR A SUMMER BODY ● You have to prep your meals right for each day. You cannot get away from that. ● Do HIIT training, four to five days a week, for 25 minutes a day ● Replace fizzy drink juice etc and drink more water. Hydrated bodies are more efficient at burning fat. For recipe ideas pick up a copy of Joe’s book Lean in 15, which features a hundred recipes for nutritious, quick-to-prepare meals and guides you through Joe’s signature HIIT home workouts – revealing how to combine food and exercise to ignite intense fat-burning. Available from www.thebodycoach.co.uk. JOE’S ‘HEART-BREAKER WORKOUT’ 15 minute workout – three rounds of the following: 30 sec running on spot 30 sec rest 30 sec standing half squats 30 sec rest 30 sec explosive push-ups 30 sec rest 30 sec mountain climbers 30 sec rest 30 sec sit-ups 30 sec rest Joe’s goal for this was to raise his heartbeat as high as possible during each five-minute round, then beat that peak heart rate in the next round.

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GOOD CARB, BAD CARB… Carbohydrates are vital for health and energy, but make sure you eat the right ones, says nutritional adviser Helen Cole Carbohydrates get a lot of bad press, especially by those watching their weight, but they are in fact our body’s preferred source of energy and should not be avoided. It might be that we just need to look more carefully at the types of carbohydrate we consume and get a better understanding of how our body uses them. SO, WHAT EXACTLY DO THEY DO? Carbohydrates are an essential nutrient and their main function is to provide the body with energy, so it is important that we consume enough to provide us with energy for everyday activities and to manage our blood sugar and insulin levels. Another vital role of carbohydrates is to provide a steady and readily available supply of energy for the brain and nervous system. Most of the carbohydrate we eat is converted to glucose in the body and the brain needs a constant supply of glucose in order to function properly. Carbohydrates are either used immediately or stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen (a starch that maintains blood sugar levels).

ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CARBOHYDRATES? Carbohydrates are generally classified in two types: simple (sugary) and complex (starchy). What determines one from the other is the amount of sugar units they are made up from – simple carbohydrates consist of between one and 10 sugar units, whereas complex carbohydrates are made up of hundreds of sugar units joined together. Simple or ‘sugary’ carbohydrates occur in fruits, some vegetables, milk and dairy products. They are also in processed and manufactured foods, juiced fruits and vegetables. Complex or ‘starchy’ carbohydrates are rich in many other nutrients such as vitamins and minerals and tend to be found in bread, cereals, rice, pasta and potatoes. HOW DO WE KNOW THE GOOD CARBS FROM THE BAD? The rule here is to ensure you are eating the right sort of carbohydrates... • Ditch the white bread, pasta and rice and

switch to wholegrain complex carbs as these help to maintain steady blood sugar levels, keep you fuller for longer and they contain fibre. • Obtain most of your simple carbohydrates from fresh fruit and vegetables, as these contain a range of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fibre. • Milk and dairy products are also a good source of simple carbohydrate and they also provide protein and calcium. Choose lower fat options if you are trying to lose weight, but make sure you read the label properly – a ‘lower fat’ option may still be high in calories and could contain a lot more sugar. As mentioned, eating the right sort of carbohydrates also increases our fibre intake. Fibre can be classed as soluble or insoluble. Soluble fibre slows down digestion and the absorption of other carbohydrates such as starch, so can help to manage blood sugar levels. It may also reduce cholesterol levels. Soluble fibre is found in fruit, vegetables and some cereals and beans. Insoluble fibre does not dissolve in water and is undigested in the body, which helps to keep the gut moving and promote regular bowel movement. It therefore reduces constipation and the risk of bowel cancer. Insoluble fibre can be found in all plants, wheat, rye, fruit and vegetables. WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T GET ENOUGH CARBOHYDRATE? If we don’t consume enough carbs to maintain the required level of blood glucose, our bodies must convert protein or fat to glucose. This system is designed to see you through an unexpected fast and is a less efficient back-up process. It is true that eating a high protein, low carb diet will aid in weight loss; however, this is not sustainable in the long term. Without carbs you lose water, sodium and potassium, and you won’t have energy reserves in your muscles to help you in an emergency. So, listen to your body. It needs carbs in order to run efficiently but make sure you are making the right choices. Information in this article is provided by Future Fit Training. Cole Nutrition offers a full dietary analysis to identify the requirements for each individual. Together, we look at current eating and lifestyle patterns or habits and identify possible changes in realistic and achievable terms. Whatever your lifestyle, Cole Nutrition will endeavour to find the perfect balance for a happy, healthy you. If you would like to book a consultation or find out more about what they offer, contact Helen Cole on 07966 050 193, email colenutritionh@ gmail.com or visit the website at www. colenutrition.co.uk.

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THE FINISHING TOUCHES You’ve done all the hard work in the gym playing sports and getting fit, so now is the time to reap the benefits and add the finishing touches... Edited by Mary Bremner

DITCH THE WINTER COAT It’s now officially spring – even if the weather hasn’t quite realised that. So that means it’s time to ditch the winter coat at last. Thankfully this year the fashion designers seem to have seen some common sense and the shops have been

flooded with the practical coat-to-jacket combination. And what’s really great is that you can interpret that how you want as there’s lots of variety on sale. A few examples we’ve seen in the shops recently are the biker jacket – there are some great leather versions around in different colours rather than classic black. The lightweight coat and the trench coat are both popular. Alexa Chung’s take on the trench will be in Marks and Spencer this month. The blazer seems to be making a bit of a comeback or, if that’s too ’80s for you, try a bomber jacket, a favourite with fashion editors this season. Or what about the sleeveless, otherwise known as a gilet? A long sleeveless gilet can look really stylish and is great for showing off what you’re wearing underneath.

beauty routine. But which cleanser do you go for? They can range from the sublime to the ridiculous and, if you wish, you can spend £70 or more on some ridiculously expensive concoction that basically is going to be washed down the plug hole. The best advice we can give is to either visit a beautician and get some advice with regards to your skin type and their recommendations, or go to somewhere such as Boots and ask the staff for advice. But whatever you do, and whatever you spend – and it doesn’t need to be a lot – remember to cleanse your face religiously every day.

CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS… Well, it is in beauty terms. The powersthat-be in the beauty world, and even your mother, are always going on about the benefits of a good cleanser and how you must remove your make up, without fail, every night, to guarantee a healthy, blemish-free skin. And you know that your mother is always right, so a good cleanser is an absolute must-have in your daily

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And finally…..

ACUPUNCTURE Menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats can be a nightmare and many women of a certain age struggle to get any sleep because of them. I had never considered that acupuncture could be the answer to my problems but was willing to give anything a go. Duncan Ford at The Broad Street Practice in Stamford was very confident that he would be able to help. Aer an initial consultation I lay on the couch and he felt my pulse in both wrists. From this he was able to tell the state of my general health and bizarrely had a look at my tongue. Apparently the tongue is important in Chinese medicine. And then it was time for the needles. I had

three placed in my le hand, fingers and thumb, another in my right thumb. It wasn’t comfortable when they were put in, apparently that means they are effective, but once in I couldn’t feel them. Another needle was placed in my forehead; this one ‘calms the spirit’. The needles were le in for half an hour, and that was it. Did it help? Yes! I had the best night’s sleep I’ve had in years and other symptoms have diminished as well. Duncan recommends that you have three or four sessions to be completely symptom-free. Duncan Ford, The Broad Street Practice, Stamford, tel: 01780 480889. An initial consultation costs £54 and a follow-up appointment is £39.

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WESTLAB EPSOM SALTS Epsom salts seem to be a panacea for all aches and pains and aer years down in the doldrums as something your grandmother would use they are now very much back on the beauty radar. There are claims that it can cure gout, reduce water retention and bloating and, mainly, ease muscular aches and pains. The salts contain magnesium sulphate so are ideal for people with a magnesium deficiency. I tried the Westlab Epsom salts – mine were the soothing and detoxifying ones – when I went back to the gym aer a

month’s break. Aer my session I knew my muscles would be complaining the next day so I sank into a bath generously laden with the salts. It’s just like having a normal bath but I have to say the next day I didn’t feel nearly as stiff as I thought I would. I could claim it was because I was fitter than I thought, but I think that would be a bit unfair to the salts, they certainly did their job and are now what I turn to every time I’ve overdone it in the gym. Westlab is offering Active readers a 33% discount until

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AS MANY PEOPLE know from experience, having gym equipment installed at home doesn’t mean you’ll use it. Putting a TV in the same room may help keep you entertained while you exercise but as screens have slimmed so has sound quality. By integrating state-of-the-art, yet affordable, sound equipment as well you can transform your home gym into a room you want to spend time in. Music is perfect for motivation. If you head down to the local gym there is always music blaring out to get you moving, and at home you can have the opportunity to blare out that guilty pleasure as loud as you want, neighbours permitting, and really get stuck into that weight session, pound out some miles on the treadmill or row to your heart’s content. While TVs are getting slimmer, the audio quality is often thin, so a soundbar can put back some power and bass without the intrusive cables and clutter of a home cinema system. We have looked a few of the soundbars currently available on the market to enhance your home gym experience and help motivate you this Spring. 1. SONOS SOUNDBAR There is something of a Sonos revolution taking place at the moment. It’s not surprising: its simple plug and play setup across the whole Sonos range makes it easy to mix and match and get started quickly, with the Soundbar probably the best place to begin. At £549 it’s not the cheapest bit of kit on the market but is worth every penny. With nine speakers built into the rectangular box it’ll comfortably flood the room with ample sound and working wirelessly it links to your phone or tablet

via the Sonos app so you can stream your favourite Spotify or Apple Music playlists with ease. If watching the TV is key to your workout success, then use the Soundbar to create a cinematic experience. There is also the opportunity for full surround sound, by adding a couple of Play 1’s (£169 each) at the back of the room. For the full 5.1 surround experience there is the option of a subwoofer too, albeit at £599. Our verdict: Sonos is a bit like the sound equivalent of Lego, albeit quite a bit more expensive. You don’t need to buy all the speakers at once but the more you have the better the experience becomes. Our top pick. www.sonos.com 2. PHILIPS FIDELIO B5 The Optimus Prime of the speaker world with its ability to change shape. The two ends of the Fidelio B5 soundbar detach to offer two surround speakers and thus offers a unique solution to providing wireless surround sound wherever you are in the room. If you’ve decided that the running machine isn’t your cup of tea today, but still want to hear the Millennium Falcon whoosh past while you’re rowing this is a great solution. And for the same money as the Sonos (£600) you get a subwoofer thrown in too, as well as HDMI, Toslink digital, stereo and Bluetooth. Our verdict: There’s no real alternative to this novel bit of kit. The only downside is it’s lack of cross-room capability. Black speakers tend not to go well with Farrow & Ball walls but containing the sound equipment to one area until required could be a fair compromise. www.amazon.co.uk

3. Q ACOUSTICS MEDIA 4 It’s not the most inspired of designs and there are no sound modes to play with so what you hear is what you get, but what you do get is actually pretty good considering it’ll cost a good chunk less of your hard earned cash than the other two. Thanks to advanced BMR (Balanced Mode Radiator) speaker drive units, the Media 4 produces extraordinarily wide sound dispersion. Which, when put simply, means that wherever you are in the room you’ll hear the same sound quality. Perfect for moving around equipment without having to worry about the positioning of the speaker, so you can just focus on your workout. Its built in subwoofer enables it to offer a genuine cinema audio experience. Teamed up with aptX Bluetooth compatibility, like the Fidelio B5, but no HDMI inputs, like the Sonos, so you’ll need to use the TV as a hub for other devices. Our verdict: Simple yet very effective. This British company’s debut sound bar is now available at a lower price of £329 so is great value for money too. www.qacoustics.co.uk

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Feature /// Club maintenance

Spring clean your clubhouse The third part of our series on how to keep your club’s facilities in the best condition FOR MANY ORGANISATIONS coming out of winter hibernation, it’s time unlock the clubhouse for the first time in months and get it ready for the upcoming season. So what are the first jobs that need doing? It’s incredible how much material can gather in gutters during the winter, and that build-up can create problems elsewhere when water backs up and starts running down walls. So get up on the ladder and fish all the muck out. Also, keep an eye out for loose roofing material, which can be a sign of issues above.

Peterborough Roofing have some advice on what warning signs for possible roof problems would be: • Damp patches/stains in ceiling. • Signs of dampness on external or internal walls. • Signs of any mortar dropping (which may have come loose on ridge tiles) on the ground or fragments of tiles/slates. • Vibration sounds in high winds (a sign of loose tiles). Preventative maintenance should be carried out recommended once a year after leaves have fallen.




Either from a ladder or using a pair of binoculars have a good look at the roof. Experts

Keep painted surfaces in good repair by scraping off any chipped and peeling paint and

spot painting exposed surfaces. “The worst thing you can do is leave wood exposed, because that’s when it will begin to rot,” says Simon Banks of The Decorators.


Spring is a good time to trim branches of shrubs and trees away from your clubhouse —get an early start before leaves grow and while you can see individual limbs. Keep branches five to seven feet away so they can’t conduct moisture onto your roofing and walls. You’ll also help discourage squirrels from exploring ways to nest in roofspaces.


Good drainage is vital. Check to make sure the soil slopes away from foundation walls at least six vertical inches over 10 feet. That’ll move rain far enough away to prevent problems.

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kitchen craft Getting the right catering facilities for your club or organisation can be awkward, because it can be hard to judge its usage. How much do you spend when it might not be used everyday, but when it is, has to cater for a lot of people very quickly? It’s best to get an expert in such as Banks and Banks, who can source appliances at very competitive rates and fit the kitchen too, having undertaken a detailed survey visit that works out exactly what you need and how to hit your budget. Simon Banks of Banks and Banks said: “Our priority is to supply competitively priced, stylish kitchens with a specific focus on customer service. Our kitchen models are similar in style and quality to those supplied by the big high street retailers but we think that we offer a far more specific and personal level of service that will suits your organisation’s budget and catering needs.” Banks and Banks have a wide range of fitted kitchens, which are all manufactured to high standards in the UK, to suit a club’s needs. They are also able to provide you with CAD drawings to help you visualise how your kitchen will function, and manage the entire project. www.banksandbankskitchens.co.uk

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Feature /// Great walks

Baston and Greatford This Fenland stroll is perfect on a still day, as Will Hetherington discovers Photography: Will Hetherington

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Either park on Church Street or in the White Horse car park if you plan to end your walk in this excellent recently renovated pub. Walk east past the church and look out for the footpath to the right at the end of this short road. This path heads south, crossing Aveland Way and passing through a modern housing estate on its way to the countryside beyond. Once you are out in the fields you will soon realise why this walk is best done on a relatively still day – there’s not too much protection from the wind out here on the western edge of the Fens. Follow the path across a few small fields as it gradually converges with the A15 which connects Bourne and Market Deeping. When you get to the main road cross immediately and then turn

left towards Langtoft. In about 100 yards you will find the bridleway heading west towards King Street. This well established track soon brings you to Old Roman Road which is King Street. Cross here and keep heading west, initially through a thin plantation and then straight across the field. Don’t keep to the hedgeline as this is not the footpath, even though it looks like it. If you do get the right path it will take you straight to a barn on a decent track. When you get here follow the path as it veers south west for a short distance and ultimately brings you out on a back road coming into Greatford. Turn right here and turn right again in the village on to Baston Road. Follow the road for half a mile until you come to the left turn to Wilsthorpe. Head down this extremely quiet country lane for a quarter of a mile until you come to the thin belt of woodland on the right with the river Glen not far beyond. There is a footpath running through here which offers a bit of shelter should the wind get up. At the end of the woodland section turn right and sharp left shortly after and

you will now have Baston in your sights. Cross one more wooden bridge before you get to King Street. From here it’s straight back through the village and back to the White Horse for an excellent lunch if you have the time. This is one of the area’s best pubs and Ben and Germaine Larter always ensure a warm welcome.

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The White Horse is a cracking pub; Wilsthorpe church across the Fens; the view towards Baston; Baston church

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Distance and time Five miles/an hour and a half.

Lowlights Best done on a still day unless you enjoy being bent double by the wind.

Where to park Either on Church Street in Baston or in the White Horse car park if you think you will be heading in there aerwards.

Highlights Plenty of open sky here on the western edge of the Fens but just enough happening to make it an interesting walk


Refreshments The White Horse and the Baskervilles in Baston, the Hare and Hounds in Greatford and the Five Horseshoes in Barholm. Difficulty rating Two paws. This is a flat walk with hardly any stiles but it is five miles long. The pooch perspective This is arable country so no livestock to worry about and there there is the odd stream for cooling off.

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A brilliant all day cafe, restaurant and bar on the A47 at Morcott

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The Country Lounge Café Bar, Morcott Will and Matt are surprised by the transformation of an old Little Chef into a modern bar Matt It’s an impressive place. Father and son Alan and Bradley Freeman obviously spent a lot of money and time converting the Little Chef that was here into a warm and welcoming restaurant with a blazing fire and a stylish look. On a cold March evening it feels surprisingly cosy, considering it’s not really a traditional country pub and actually has a modern interior.

Will Yes, I was happy to fit the stereotype there but obviously you’re a bit harder to pin down. The beard means you could be a member of the militant wing of CAMRA or perhaps more a of a craft beer hipster. Either way I’ve never seen you say no to a pint of decent ale, and this certainly is. And this warm bread with butter is a bit moreish.

Will Yes, I’m surprised too, but in a good way and it’s obvious that Bradley cares deeply about the place. It’s always nice to meet the people who actually run a restaurant – it instills confidence and they know the answers to all our questions. It’s only been open for a year but the Little Chef is long forgotten. The investment on this convenient location just off the A47 has really paid off and they appear to have created a bit of a chameleon. It does feel cosy tonight but I think on a warm sunny day it would also be very light and summery. Good use of internal decorations like these heavy tartan curtains helps give it that versatility.

Matt I doubt you will spoil your appetite too much. You don’t get to your size by eating rabbit food! There’s a strong emphasis on homemade on the well presented menus and my fishcake starter with a balsamic dressed salad and sweet chilli sauce (£5) certainly had the hallmarks of a dish made with a bit of attention and care.

Matt I didn’t know you were such an expert on soft furnishings – some of that renovation at home must be rubbing off on you. Although only some, because Bradley immediately correctly identified you as a bitter drinker! And the Rutland bitter is a decent pint.

Will The chicken liver and smoked bacon pate (£4.95) was an ample serving with plenty of toast and a tasty caramelized red onion chutney. I can never understand why some restaurants give you a big slab of pate but not enough toast. Matt There are some really quirky but effective pieces of art in here, like the almost lifesize pictures of Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin and the bowler hat lampshades. It’s got its own character and the staff are excellent. Anyway, now you’ve had half a loaf of bread and a plate full of pate; how’s the appetite?

Will Still there, thankfully, because I went with Bradley’s recommendation from the specials board of the lamb cutlets (£14) served with this potato wedges and roasted cherry tomatoes. And those tomatoes really were extremely tasty. In fact I ate them all before I started on the cutlets. Ordinarily I would prefer them pinker but they were so good that I will stand corrected this time. That was a fine plate of food and I‘m really pleased I asked for a glass of rioja to go with it; it was an excellent combination. Matt My homemade steak and ale pie (£11.50) with chips and vegetables was also really tasty, with big tasty chunks of beef, a good pastry and top-notch gravy. There are also pizzas and a full menu from the grill, as well as a decent children’s menu. So I suppose we will just have to come back to try some of the other dishes. Will Happily. It’s got a good ambience, with tasty and good value food served by friendly staff. It’s really pleasing to see such a successful transformation.

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Neuro Physiotherapy and Pilates with Tanya Riddlesdell Neuro physiotherapists study how the brain and nervous system initiates, controls and adjusts movement, alongside muscle and joint function. How we move depends on our instruction, mood, experience, injury and environmental factors. Tanya Riddlesdell is a neuro physiotherapist (specialising in MS, Parkinson’s, head injury, spinal injury and stroke) with 20 years’ experience in the NHS. In the last 5 years Tanya has also been working with private patients in the Rutland & Stamford area with much success. Tanya was born in Rutland and brought up in a family run hotel, attended Catmose College and Rutland Sixth Form, before studying and working in London and Cambridge. Whilst working in a neuro-rehab team in Cambridgeshire, Tanya worked with individuals at home to enable them to return to essential activities (e.g. using the bathroom rather than commodes), she provided an introduction to local gyms as well as liaising with work when appropriate. The importance of client’s gaining confidence in moving and exploring different social activities is vital to preventing the feeling of isolation in clients with a neurological injury. Pilates gives the body a reminder of re-establishing postural adjustments by performing movements in a supported posture (lying or sitting) which then needs to be translated into standing, walking and functional tasks. Pilates works on the postural muscles, which involves slow gentle contraction and endurance. Strengthening of the faster acting but fatigable muscles is gradually added into the programme. Pilates at the Active Rutland Hub at Oakham Enterprise Park in Ashwell consists of a small group of individuals with a deteriorating condition (2 - 5 people) and a group with a recovering injury or balance concerns (6 - 10 people). The easy parking and accessibility of the Active Rutland Hub makes the studio ideal for those determined to remain active. Tanya starts with a consultation to determine the exact nature of the client’s needs; before running a six week session with a group tailored specifically to individuals with similar requirements.

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Rugby League in Oakham Since 2015 On the back of the success of the Active Rutland Hub’s Summer Touch Rugby League, a fully-fledged Rugby League Club - The Rutland Rabbitohs has emerged and will play its first ever season at The County Showground. The season will run from May to August and will provide a range of opportunities for all rugby players of any ability, including enjoying some coaching, getting fit and of course playing. The club has been established in partnership with both Oakham Rugby Club and Stoneygate Rugby Club, who are working together to provide more rugby opportunities for everyone in Rutland. Barbara Crellin, who chairs the Active Rutland Sports Alliance and is a driving force behind Oakham Rugby Club, said “I am thrilled with the new member to Rutland’s sporting landscape. Rugby is a great team sport and it’s great to have more opportunities to play, train, be coached and become involved as a volunteer or spectator. Touch rugby is so much fun and as a mixed sport is a great way to get the family involved in keeping fit and active. Having rugby league throughout the summer will attract new players and give existing players a chance to try their arm at the 13-a-side code - more people, playing more rugby!” Casual turn up and play touch rugby is currently hosted at the Active Rutland Hub on Tuesday evenings. Juniors (up to 14 years) play from 5:30pm - 6:30pm and seniors (aged 14+) play from 6:30pm - 7:00pm. Throughout the summer months a more formal touch rugby league weekly competition will be hosted at The County Showground in Oakham, as will the Rugby League Club training, which will take place on Thursdays and matches on Saturdays. The regular Oakham Rugby Club training will continue during the season on Wednesday evenings as will Stoneygate Rugby Club’s sessions on Thursdays in Uppingham.

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Ben Eshelby who organises the touch rugby league activity in Rutland will be coaching and playing for the new rugby league club and has been pleasantly surprised at the demand for both touch and rugby league, he said ‘’we started in the summer with 3 players and we now have more than 30 attending regularly - these are people that weren’t playing any form of rugby and are now keen to do even more.’’ The Rugby League Club is actively seeking volunteers to help with coaching, organising, PR and travel, training and qualifications will be provided. If you are interested in taking part or helping out, please like and send a message on the Rutland Rabbitohs Facebook page. Alternatively, visit www.eshelbyleisure.com or www. playtouchrugbyleague.co.uk for further information and contact details.

For further details about other sports and physical activities taking place throughout Rutland, please visit the Active Rutland website on www.activerutland.org.uk or alternatively get in contact with a member of the Active Rutland Team on activerecreation@rutland.gov.uk or 01572 720936.

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Feature /// School sports

Deepings U12s in futsal action The Deepings U12 futsal team competed in the County Futsal Finals recently at Grantham. In the first game, the boys played Carres Grammar School and managed to come through 5-2, a really pleasing effort after being 2-0 down inside the first three minutes. The second game was a rather competitive tie against Tollbar Academy which ended in disappointment with Tollbar winning 2-0. The next two games saw straightforward victories for The Deepings, with 5-0 and 4-1 victories against Gainsborough Academy and Kings Grantham respectively.

At this point, with three victories out of four, The Deepings were in second place, but with a game in hand. The next match against King Edwards Louth was a hard-fought victory with The Deepings running out 2-0 winners. Due to other results, it would come down to the final game with the boys needing a victory against Skegness Academy to secure first place and reach the regional finals. In a rather tense encounter, the boys played some wonderful futsal to win 4-1 and take first place to represent Lincolnshire at the Regional Futsal Finals later this year.

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Oliver Tooth, Archie Rickards, Keelan Walker, Adam Blackbird, Max Rigby, Finley Nottingham, Jamie Allen and Harry Barsby

Seven Bourne students gain county call-up Following successful performances in the county and Anglian Championships earlier this year, a record seven students have been selected from Bourne Grammar to represent Lincolnshire at the national final at Wollaton Park in Nottingham. They will be competing against approximately 350 students from across the country, each representing their own counties. This is the pinnacle of school cross country and represents an outstanding achievement to reach this stage.They are: Elin James (Junior Girls), Neve Hattee (Inter Girls), Aaron Hunt and Bradley Allan (Inter Boys), Beth Howells (Senior Girls), Cameron Everist and Michael Cawood (Senior Boys).

Netball and biathlon success for Witham Hall School Witham Hall’s U9 girls beat off competition to win the Bedford Modern Netball Tournament. For the girls this was particularly exciting as it was their first ever netball tournament. The girls, photographed from left, are: Matilda Halford, Charlotte Welch, Millie Atkinson, Rose Allport, Lilia Dunn and Mollie Deaton. Elsewhere, Alice Farmer, Ella Turner, Josie Turner, Gigi Granger, Matilda McKay, Millie Atkinson, Ffion Trundell, Finn Cummins, Ewan Rodell, Louis Batty and Charlie Rymer have won through to the National Biathlon Championships, in a variety of age groups. They are off to Crystal Palace to compete against other athletes from all over the UK. 6 4 APRIL 2016 ///

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Podium finish for skier Seamus Oakham School skier Seamus O’Brien earned a podium finish at the English Alpine Championships in Bormio, Italy. Seamus, who is in Form 2, is part of the training programme for the GB U14 ski squad, having been selected over the summer after taking part in a series of races and fitness tests. Seamus has been skiing since he was 4, racing since he was 7 and now trains weekly indoors, as well as travelling to Austria every few weeks to train outside. In the U14 Super G competition, Seamus came very close to gaining the top spot, missing out by just half a second to one of his academy team-mates. Seamus also took third place in the slalom. The English Alpine Championships help provide an early glimpse of the stars of tomorrow, with British Olympians Chemmy Alcott and Dave Ryding both having competed at the competition. Seamus was “really happy” to receive his medal, and now has his sights set on the British Alpine Championships, where he is hoping for a top three finish.

Runners succeed at indoor championships Oakham School athletes Tyrese JohnsonFisher and Evan Blackman both had outstanding success at the England Athletics Under 20, 17 and 15 Indoor Championships, held at the English Institute Of Sport in Sheffield. After breezing through the heats, Tyrese won the U17 Men’s 60m sprint with a time of 6.92 seconds, clinching the gold medal. Tyrese is no stranger to success in this discipline, having recently run the 11th fastest time in British history for the U17 60m – 6.89 seconds at the London U13, U15 and U17 Indoor Games. Meanwhile, Evan ran in the U15 300m, getting through to the finals with a new personal best of 38.11 seconds. Unfortunately in the final he had a hamstring strain on the last bend and had to pull up before the finish; however, his time in the heats would have placed him in bronze position. Evan now ranks number 1 in the East Midlands and number 4 in the UK for the U15 300m. Director of athletics Trefon Vandoros said: “Oakham School is incredibly proud of these boys. Nothing comes without hard work, and the time and effort these athletes put in behind the scenes can only explain their commendable success.”

MIXED HOCKEY FESTIVAL More than 120 boys and girls from Year 4 took part in the inaugural Stamford Junior School U9 Mixed Hockey Festival. Witham Hall, Bedford School, Copthill School, Magdalene House and Kimbolton School were also involved. Stamford Junior School director of sport, Juan Gonzalez Mendia, said: “All the pupils showed tremendous competitive spirit and we look forward to hosting the event once again in the coming academic year.”

LIV IN NATIONAL FINALS A sport scholar from Oakham School has secured a place in the England Hockey U16 Championship National Finals aer winning the Regional Finals with the Leicester Hockey Club U16 squad. Liv Peacock is no stranger to competing in National Finals, having already taken part in the U16 Indoor National Finals this year as part of the Leicester HC U16 Indoor squad. Liv helped the team to secure the place in the finals by scoring two goals in a thrilling final match against Cambridge City, one of which was an outstanding individual effort, rounding the keeper and calmly slotting in from a tight angle.

STAMFORD IN CLEAN-UP Students from all of Stamford Endowed Schools’ three schools participated in the nationwide ‘Clean for the Queen’ initiative. The idea of the campaign – launched by Country Life magazine in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy – is to clean up Britain in time for The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations later this year. Pupils from both Stamford School and Stamford High School went out in the aernoon collecting litter from the streets of Stamford.

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Megan excels in cross-country Megan Ellison from Stamford High School finished 83rd from a field of 343 in the English Schools National Cross-Country Championships and as a result finished in the top 25% nationally. This caps off what has been an extremely productive and successful past 12 months for Megan on the track. In this time she has won the North Midland Cross-Country League, won the Anglian School Championships 800m and has remained undefeated all season in the 800m category of the Eastern Young Athletes League. Megan additionally broke the Stamford High School records for the 300m, 800m and 1,500m events last summer at sports day. She has now targeted beating her personal best in the 800m this season – this stands at 2 minutes and 14 seconds and she is hoping to get it down to around 2 minutes 10 seconds. Megan is currently training with Nene Valley Harriers in Peterborough, under her coach, Russ Prosser. Her main focus is the 800m but as the track season only lasts from March to September, she spends the winters training and competing in cross-country events, this training is essential as it builds strength and endurance. Head of girls sport, Maria Higgins, said: “Megan has showed tremendous drive and spirit to constantly challenge herself and her hard work has been suitably awarded with some fantastic achievements.”

Deeping bounce through to national schools finals

Brooke teams go on tour The past few months have been busy for the Deeping School trampoline squad with the season well underway. November saw the first event with the Ks4 local schools competition, one that the school hosts annually in conjunction with Abbey High Flyers one of the local clubs. For the past three years Deeping have taken away most of the medals and this year was going to be no different, not only coming away with individual medals from Lucy Blackbird (gold), Lucy Robson (silver) and Ben Gregson (bronze) but the team trophy, too. Regional schools were held at Loughborough Leisure Centre and the school took a minibus full of

competitors from all age groups. With a strong U14 Intermediate team (Christine Mumby, Zoe Blake, Lauren McDonald and Alaiyah Myers) Deeping came second as a team and went through to the next zonal round. Also through to the next round was Nathan Smith – a newcomer to trampolining and this was his first competition so a great outcome for him. This year the Central Zonal Schools competition was being held in Cardiff, and some very strong performances from the girls saw them finish yet again in second place, putting them through to the National Finals. Nathan Smith also put in a strong performance against athletes that had been bouncing for years.

Two very excited U11 netball teams set off from Brooke Priory School bound for East Sussex. There were successful matches against Bricklehurst Manor Prep School before moving on to Rose Hill Prep in Tunbridge Wells. Being a much bigger school the girls faced a massive challenge but team spirit flowed and, whilst narrowly losing, the Brooke girls played their best netball of the season. Brooke presented the opposition teams at both schools with mascot teddies, wearing Brooke Priory t-shirts, which encapsulated the fantastic spirit of sport and fun enjoyed by all. /// A P R I L 2 0 1 6 6 7

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Roundup The scores, star performers and stats from a month in local sport


Third final in three years for Stoneygate BY JEREMY BESWICK


toneygate are proud holders of the Leicestershire Presidents Cup – in fact, they’ve won it for two years running – so will have been well motivated for the visit of Aylestone Athletic in this season’s semi-final. The first 15 minutes were a tight and competitive affair, according to club captain Cillian Brugha; Mike O’Keeffe breaking the deadlock for the Uppingham side with the first try following a powerful drive by the forwards from a line-out. What Brugha nominated as the moment of the match followed. “Gate fly-half Jack Clark found himself with only a couple of yards of space in the midfield,” he reported. “With a jinking outside break and a dummy that left both the Aylestone Athletic players and the supporters in attendance staring at thin air, Clark ran in under the posts for a truly special solo effort.” Further tries, one for each side, followed before half time – Gate’s coming from Will Cropper – to make it 19-7 at the break.

Aylestone’s backs repeatedly probed for a breakthrough early in the second and came close several times but never quite finished their moves and it was Gate who scored first, Ben Ashelby running in his first try for the club. Alex Vostanis added a fifth before Aylestone’s second and Gate’s Luke Sturgess finished things off nicely with a kick through and chase to bring the final score to 38-14. Brugha added: “The scoreline looked more one-sided than the play on the field would seem, however it was excellent instinctive play that gave the home side their lead.” The final will be against Burbage on April 23 at South Leicester’s ground. The visit of local rivals Peterborough to Oakham’s Showground yielded a collectors’ item for the home fans. Known more for their backs play than for their defence, which even their most committed supporters would acknowledge not to be among the league’s best, they surprised with a well-organised display to shut out their opponents entirely,

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winning 22-0. Fijian new boy Stee Vukinavanua put in yet another excellent performance, scoring two tries and was awarded man of the match. It was good weekend all round for the Oaks, their Colts reaching the County Cup final by beating Leicester Forest 29-5. Next to visit were Belgrave. Although the visitors were ascendant in the scrum and were first to score with a penalty, it was Oaks who were first to cross the try line, Adam Stimson proving too strong for his tackler as he touched down in the corner. The home side’s backs were getting the better of Belgrave’s defence by now, but were left ruing several missed opportunities when the visitors scored against the run of play just before half time to lead 10-8. Work commitments had prevented Stee Vukinavanua from being available at the start of the match but in a sign of how highly thought of he is by Oak’s coach Tom Armstrong, he’d been named on the bench in spite of his absence and joined the play for the

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Tigers talk Richard Cockerill’s press conferences always start with enquiries about the status of those on the injured list – and this one was no exception. Halfway down the usual list of pulled hamstrings and medial ligaments there was something very unusual. When Cockers was asked about Tom Youngs who had, as far as we knew, been having back spasms, he paused for an inordinately long time to gather his thoughts and then answered in a quiet voice, sounding most unlike his normal ebullient self: “Tom Youngs had surgery on a disc in his back yesterday and won’t play again this season.” We all knew this was a significant blow to Tigers’ campaign and, Youngs being universally popular at Welford Road, what a dampener it would be in the dressing room. “We’re hopeful he’ll make it back fully fit but we’ll miss what he brings to the team, both on and off the pitch” he added. It’s a second big blow for Youngs in a month, having earlier been a shock omission from Eddie Jones’ first England squad. Later the conversation turned, as it tends to do, to the new, more expansive playing style under Aaron Mauger. The team was in a tough period right then and had just lost to Wasps, but there was no plan to abandon the new philosophy. “We’re committed to playing a different brand of rugby,” said Cockers. “We could all clamp up and go back to how we played last season and it might well buy us a result or two, but wouldn’t put us where we want to be at the end of the season, to kick on from there in the new style. So we’ve got to stick with it through the bad patch.” But did he think they were suffering from a lack of physicality – always their traditional strength? “Our injury list is full of big, strong ball carriers,” he said, “but there have been lots of games where we’ve been pretty tough too. It’s a search for the right balance between flair and strength. Everyone’s got a bit gloomy but we’re fih in the league and in the quarter-final in Europe. That’s not a bad place to be. ” Later he was very complimentary about England’s new side, saying: “They’ve been good to watch. Great at the set pieces, patient, playing in the right areas. An organised, tough and motivated group of young players.” He then added with a grin: “Even Eddie Jones seems to be enjoying himself.” I also sat down with the Kiwi that plays for Tonga – Telusa Veainu. He’s been a revelation this season and, aer originally coming for a two-month trial, he’s now signed a contract until the end of the season aer next. Good news for his many admirers in the crowd. He’d played under Mauger at Canterbury, so knows him well. “His strengths are he’s approachable and, having played at world class level himself, knows just what a player needs to hear at what time. He keeps it simple and he’ll tell you it the way it is – good or bad – but you know it’s only because he wants you to improve. In a way he and Cockers are opposites. One calm, one with passion, but both make you want to play for them.” He then smiled and added: “Otherwise they’ll shout at you!”

second period. Oakham again had good possession but were unable to make it count. Despite frequent line breaks from Will Armstrong and James Beanland, a combination of poor support play and mis-timed passes meant they were frustrated for a full 20 minutes until Sam James gave them a narrow lead with a drop goal – another collectors’ item as it was Oaks’ first of the season. A penalty put them four points ahead but the result was in doubt until two minutes from the end when Vukinavanua picked up the ball from a scrum in his own half and, according to director of rugby Andy Williamson “powered his way through, scattering several attempted tacklers in his


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wake” and released the ball to James Padley who had the space and the pace to make the line and make the final score 19-10. The club’s President’s Weekend, which I can highly recommend, is from April 30 to May 1 this year. The first XV will be playing Bristol Saracens and with a champagne bar, beer festival, barbecue and live music, your £5 admission charge will be money well spent. Deepings’ renaissance continues with more good performances, although skipper Guy Cunningham was frustrated by their narrow home loss to Brackley in what was a rather bad-tempered affair. Not the dream start teenager Clayton Bell would have wished, as he made his debut alongside brother Charlie and father Clint. In

contrast, however, Cunningham was delighted with their 10-6 victory at Bourne in spite of missing five first team regulars, tries coming from Nic Coupland and Chris Owen. He was also very complimentary about the referee, which let’s just say hadn’t been the case the weekend before. Stamford’s season continues to stutter and they are now down to sixth following defeats at the hands of West Bridgford and Southwell. Their form before Christmas had been good enough to prompt thoughts of promotion with a record of won nine, lost two but since then the turnaround has been marked and they’ve won two, lost six. Although they can plead a long injury list, coach Matt Albinson will not be best pleased.

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The great escape for Daniels?


his season has been an absolute rollercoaster for Stamford Daniels fans, albeit with the carriages mostly hurtling downwards. There have been three managers, probably 40 or more players, and the side has been in the relegation places for all but about three weeks of the season. However, Graham Drury has instilled a passion in his side that could lead to one of the most amazing escapes from relegation since, well, last season. A superb late winter period has seen the Daniels win four out of five. After Jake Newman’s late strike to beat Frickley 1-0 on Valentine’s weekend, the Daniels then lost away at Workington. Just two days after that long trip though, they pulled off an amazing 3-0 win away at Ilkeston Town, with all three goals coming in the first half an hour. That result obviously then gave huge confidence to the squad to beat Matlock the following Saturday (2-0) with both goals from Newman, and then smashing Skelmersdale 5-2. Suddenly all the negativity that had enveloped the terraces of the Zeeco stadium was diminished. The strong organisation skills of Paul Bastock, Stamford’s evergreen 46-year old goalkeeper, and the goals of Newman, have given the Daniels a chance. Of course,

BY DEAN CORNISH following such a great period for the Daniels, it was obvious that they would then lose their next two games (away at Buxton and at home against Darlington) but they’re still out of the relegation places. Meanwhile, in the United Counties League, Oakham United are just marginally ahead of local rivals Blackstones in the table. Oakham have had a reasonable month following a period of mixed form. Recent good wins have included a 2-0 win over Long Buckby, which included another goal from Lewis Leckie. Following that, the Tractor Boys lost to Peterborough Sports, but then got back to winning ways after Adam Rothery’s solitary goal won three points against Potton United. For Blackstones meanwhile, it’s also been a decent few weeks. The stand-out result was a 6-1 tonking of Olney Town, which saw a hat-trick for Adriano Staffieri and two from Matthew Cook. Phil Gadsby’s side have also recently beaten Burton Park (1-0), drawn with Northampton Chenecks (3-3) but did lose to fellow mid-table side Raunds Town. In the Peterborough League Premier Division, Ketton FC have dropped down to sixth, which is still a fantastic position for the club, but recent results have slipped slightly. Rob Ward’s side will be disappointed to have

lost 2-0 away at Netherton, and even more so to have only managed a draw at Leverington. They also drew (1-1) away at title chasing Peterborough Sports, a creditable result given Sports’ resources. It’s been a great season for Ketton, and if they finish top six, I’m sure they will be delighted. Uppingham Town, meanwhile, have had a poor few weeks, following what had been a good start to 2016. Billy Beaver’s side have lost their last four games with some very unflattering scorelines. They’ve lost 5-1 twice, 3-0 and 3-1 since mid-Februrary. That’s a pretty spectacular drop in form following their impressive start to the year. In Division One, the Stamford Lions are strolling to the title after a fantastic month for James Sheehan’s side. They’re five points clear at the top, with a game in hand on nearest rivals, Wisbech Town. After a 10-0 smashing of Warboys Town (including a Rob Foster and Ryan Brown hat-trick), the Lions then beat Whittlesey 1-0, Netherton 3-0, before then beating Peterborough ICA 7-1 away. Elsewhere, the Stamford Bels will consider themselves clear of relegation issues after an inspired period which has seen Paul Downe’s side beat various Fenland rivals as well as drawing against Baston United.

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The Fitzwilliam Hunt had an amazing turnout for George Adams’ testimonial meet at Milton Park on March 2 where they hunted until 5.45pm and I’m sure would have carried on had it not been for the lack of light. There were more than 200 mounted plus a plethora of foot followers all to wish George goodbye – he has been hunting for 44 years and I’m sure he will be irreplaceable. Hunting has nearly finished for the season apart from a few of the smaller packs who will keep going until the end of March. After a deluge of rain, some of the last meets have been cancelled or cut down to a one-horse day, but luckily all the local packs managed their last official meets and again with spring almost happening overnight, they were all massively well supported as usual. With the end of hunting, the point-to-point season is well underway. The Cottesmore made a great start at Garthorpe at the end of February, when more than a thousand people endured the Baltic conditions to watch a great afternoon of racing. There were doubles for trainers Gerald Bailey and Tommie Morgan and also wins for leading jockeys Gina Andrews and Claire

Hart. One of the best performances of the day came from Agent For Chaos who was a winner in the Maiden at Thorpe Lodge just a fortnight before with part-owner Kelly Morgan on board. Here Sam Davies-Thomas rode him in the restricted race but the performance was no less impressive and he finished very strongly, a distance ahead of Brianogue. The horse has only been in the Morgan yard for six weeks, having been spotted in Ireland, but will now look for an intermediate to contest the rest of the season. Wittering Academy’s (and Julia Dungworth Eventing!) arena eventing series has reached its finale. This year we were blessed with breaks in the weather for all three competitions. The last competition in February saw record entries and a double again for Linda Cowd riding Tommahawk. Not only did she win the 75 & 58cm, it also meant that lucky Linda won the league too and walked away with a huge swag supplied by Nagsessentials. Maddie Price riding her own horse Moss was a hugely popular winner in the 1m open, again having been victorious in December meant that she also took the league. It was not a great start to the eventing season again with the sad death of Olivia

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The 19th hole

The picturesque seventh hole at Rutland Water

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LOCAL GOLF COURSE NEWS New range at North Luffenham North Luffenham GC has opened a new fourbay driving range. Malcolm Hird, the club’s president, called it a “major development for a club of this size” and over the coming months a shelter is being built too. As you would expect from North Luffenham, it is excellent value for money. Costs are: £1.00 for 25 balls, £1.50 for 50 balls, £6.00 for 250 balls. HOW TO PLAY... Rutland Water GC has some fabulous holes overlooking the reservoir, and we’ve asked club pro Adrian Ashworth how to play some of its toughest ones. The 378 yard dog leg right 11th sees a lot of golfers stood on the tee looking a bit puzzled about club selection. A straight drive could go into trouble, but the tiger line over the tree on the right corner of the fairway could leak off into vicious rough and never be seen again. One for the big hitters only. Adrian reckons on a long iron or hybrid and aim to stay left, which leaves a longer shot in, but it’s a safer option and the second hit is downhill too. Get the second right and you have a nice walk down to the hole with stunning views across Rutland Water and the sailing club. But you have to keep an eye on pin position with your second shot. The green is heavily tiered and you don’t want to be punting your ball down three steps, so aim to come up under the hole. That hole negotiated safely, the 12th is the sort of challenge that turns limbs to jelly if you’re not confident of your iron play. A great 140 yard par 3 from an elevated tee, with a big pond at the front and bunker at the back of a shallow green that slopes from back to

front, it’s a test of nerve, accuracy and club selection. Often the wind is into your face, so it is better to be conservative and choose a longer club. The risk is you go long and end up in the bunker or on the bank with a nasty chip back down the hill towards the water, but at least you live to fight another day. If you’re short, it’s all over. Adrian recommends anything from pitching wedge to 6 iron, depending on the wind, which pretty much sums up how tough this superbly tricky par three is. Good luck! FREE STARTER GOLF! Rutland County offers scholarships Rutland County is offering scholarships for talented kids and also an innovative programme to get women who haven’t played the game before into golf. There are free year scholarships available for four girls and four boys, aged between 8-11 years. Applicants have to show some aptitude, but more importantly, must have good parental support. The club also has a brilliant scheme, offering 25 non-golfing ladies a free years membership, and 10 non-golfing families (mum, dad and two children) a free year’s membership. To find out more about how you might apply for any of these generous, forward-thinking offers, ring the club on 01780 460330. On top of that, the club has also appointed a new pro – Dominic Fitzpatrick (pictured). He has more than 15 years’ experience as a pro, and also has been running a golf equipment shop in Leicester.  Got any golf news, tips, recommendations or put in some stellar performances this month? Email Steve Moody – steve@theactivemag.com.


Driving Adrian Ashworth, PGA pro at Rutland Water Golf Club, highlights the key points of making a success of the big stick...






1 Set-up. Getting this right is an essential foundation. Firstly, position the ball adjacent to left heel. Hands, head and majority of your weight should be behind the ball to the right, and left shoulder is slightly higher than right shoulder – all of which will promote a slight upward strike later. 2 Takeaway. Lead the club away low, slow and wide by turning shoulders, connected to the top half of the body. 3 Top of backswing. At this point, your weight is on the back foot, you left arm is straight and knees should be flexed ready for the transition to the downswing. The club shaft position is just short of parallel to the ground – don’t overswing. 4 Through impact. You should stay behind the ball at impact to promote that upward strike, and don’t be afraid to let your arms really extend through the ball. The right hand becomes dominant as the club releases through impact. 5 Follow through. All your weight has transferred on to your front foot, your body is pointing at the target, and the club has finished over left shoulder. All that’s left now is a pleasant walk a few hundred yards down the centre of the fairway. Hopefully…

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