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Food, glorious food!

Spring clean like a pro Make Easter biscuits Age brown trout!

Cycle Circuit

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How to eat better than ever, by local chefs and experts

Will’s Walk Clipsham

Wedded Bliss How to look amazing on your big day

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Editor’s Letter IT NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME HOW many people in this area are out taking part in challenges for charity. We love to hear from people and try our best to flag up what they are up to. Britain is one of the most active nations on Earth when it comes to fund-raising, and I have lost count of the number of incredible people from Rutland who have headed out, often around the globe, by foot, on boats and on wheels to help raise money for a good cause. We get lots of emails every month from these remarkable teams and individuals who are looking for coverage to help promote what they do, and we try our very best to get everyone in the magazine – to the point that we’ve increased the number of pages we give to cover of this sort of thing. But there are a couple of tips for those who are looking for some exposure for their challenge: please send in what you’re doing in a timely fashion. Often we get emails saying “next week we’re doing X” and we just can’t help. We need it at least a month or two before in order to get it scheduled in, printed, and let readers have time to respond. Also, high resolution pictures really help. Whether it just be in training, a logo, a map or picture of the person or organisation you’re trying to help, you’ll get more coverage with a nice pic. Stands to reason really. We want to do the best for you, and we really want to hear your stories and challenges, so please keep sending them in – and good luck in all your amazing efforts! Enjoy the issue! Steve

Publisher Chris Meadows chris@theactivemag.com Editor Steve Moody steve@theactivemag.com Deputy editor Mary Bremner mary@theactivemag.com Production editor Julian Kirk julian@theactivemag.com Art editor Mark Sommer mark@theactivemag.com Contributors Martin Johnson, William Hetherington, Jeremy Beswick, Julia Dungworth Photographers Nico Morgan, Pip Warters Production assistant Gary Curtis Advertising sales Lisa Withers lisa@theactivemag.com Amy Roberts amy@theactivemag.com Editorial and Advertising Assistant Kate Maxim kate@theactivemag.com Accounts accounts@theactivemag.com Active magazine, The Grey House, 3 Broad Street, Stamford, PE9 1PG. Tel: 01780 480789

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Contents

ISSUE 58 /// APRIL 2017

ACTIVE LIFE 11 WHAT’S ON

Great things to do locally for all the family

12-13 HOW TO...

Make Easter biscuits and spring clean your home

16-17 RIVERFORD RECIPE

This month we cook a crispy topped fish pie

19 GET AWAY FROM IT ALL Plan your ultimate safari holiday

FEATURES 22-29 HOW TO WIN AT EATING

Delicious, healthy recipes from local chefs and nutritionists

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31 MARTIN JOHNSON’S COLUMN

The Sunday Times writer on sports managers

ACTIVE BODY 35 KIT BAG

Keep dry in April’s showers with this kit

37 DEALING WITH BACK PAIN

Expert advice from the Ashleigh Clinic

38 COMPETITION

Win Rat Race Dirty Weekend tickets

40-42 THE FINISHING TOUCHES

Tips and products to help you shine on your wedding day

ACTIVE LOCAL 46 DAY IN THE LIFE OF...

Aran Beesley, assistant curate at All Saints in Stamford

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48-49 CHALLENGE UPDATES...

How our intrepid fund-raisers are faring

50-53 FOOTBALL AND FRIENDSHIP

Jeremy Beswick discovers the camaraderie at local clubs

55 ON YOUR BIKE!

Our new feature gives you a great cycling route

56-57 WILL’S WALKS

Will and dogs head out to Clipsham

59 SPORTSMAN’S DINNER

Turkish delight at Stamford’s Zada

62-66 ROUND-UP

How clubs in the area are faring

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Activelife EASTER TREATS, PLACES TO GO, SAFARI SUGGESTIONS, BROWN TROUT AND A DELICIOUS FISH PIE Edited by Mary Bremner

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CHARITY NIGHT Marc Palmer, a friend of Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams (pictured), has been inspired by Wolfie’s battle with prostate cancer to organise a charity event. Marc will be hosting a darts event on May 3 at Deeping Rugby Club where Wolfie and Brian Dawson (another professional darts player) will take part. It all kicks off at 7.30pm and donations will be taken at the door. But he’s not stopping there. On Friday, May 5, Marc will be hosting a charity auction and party with live music at Borderville Sports Centre in Stamford. Entry will be £5 per person. There will also be an auction. If any businesses would like to donate an item for the auction, contact Marc at palmer850@gmail.com.

DEEPINGS SWIMMERS TAKE THE PLUNGE Deepings Swimming Club is taking part in a cross-Channel swim at the Deepings Leisure Centre on April 2 in a bid to raise £10,000 for a new electronic timing board. The challenge will involve club swimmers completing a distance equivalent to crossing the English Channel and back - or 2,832 lengths of the 25-metre pool. All 150 club swimmers will take part from the youngest (eight years old) to the oldest (75). The club hopes to cover the distance in less than five hours (the fastest solo swim is 6 hours 55 minutes). The swimmers will be obtaining sponsorship for taking part with all the money raised put towards the total required to replace the timing board. The new board is essential to enable the club to host more swimming galas, a vital source of revenue. Lynn Chapman, head coach at Deepings Swimming Club, said: “The current Timing Board is approximately 20 years old and is now obsolete and therefore the club is unable to obtain spares to fix it. We are desperate for a new board so our swimmers can continue to develop their skills in the best possible environment.” There is a Crowdfunding page where people can donate at: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/DeepingsSwimming-Club

SNOWY SUCCESS

Tallington Lakes is celebrating another successful snow season with many new recruits learning to ski and snowboard. To celebrate it is hosting an end of season bash on Sunday, April 2. There will be free ski and snowboard sessions throughout the day as well as free tobogganing on the nursery slope. There will be a barbecue and bouncy castle as well. And to kick off the summer season, there will be free taster sessions available on the climbing wall. www.tallington.com

GARDEN SCHOOL

Landscape designer and gardener Adam Frost has opened a garden school in Barnack. He will be running a wide range of courses for anyone wanting to learn practical gardening skills, find inspiration and get great ideas. Class numbers will be small with lots of practical experience gained in his garden. www.adamfrost.co.uk

FRIENDS NEEDED

Evergreen Care Trust is looking for new friends. Friends of the trust donate a monthly amount to help fund the practical support offered to older people in our area. Any money is gratefully received so the charity can help even more people. www.evergreencare.org.uk/friends-of-evergreen

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

■ To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rutland’s independence there will be a Run for Rutland race on April 1 at the Rutland Showground, starting at 9am. Local schools will be joining in and all funds raised will go to the For Rutland charity that supports people with long term conditions in the community. www.forrutlandinrutland.org.uk ■ Want to have a go at sailing and windsurfing for free? For nine days from May 13-21 you can have a go thanks to the RYA’s Push The Boat Out 2017 campaign. This is all about getting people afloat and having a go. Don’t worry about having the right gear. You will be taken out with experienced sailors, and lunch will be provided on the day too. www.rya.org.uk/PTB02017

■ There’s a family fun day on May 1 at Serpentine Green Shopping Centre in Peterborough. There’s lots to see and do with all proceeds going to The Village Playgroup in Werrington and the city hospital’s Amazon children’s ward. ■ The Dragon Boat Festival is being held on June 10 on Peterborough’s rowing lake, with all proceeds going to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Entries are now being taken and it promises to be a fun day out for competitors and spectators alike. There are spaces for 52 crews who will battle it out over the 200-metre course. Dragon boats and equipment are provided and no previous experience is needed. www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/ peterborough

■ The Grainstore Brewery in Oakham is holding its first event of the year, The Cra Lager and Ale Festival, over the Easter weekend. As well as lots of excellent cra beer, each band that appears will be a tribute act for some of the greatest bands in the world. www.grainstorebrewery.com ■ Lyddington Film Club, in the village hall, is showing The Girl on the Train on April 7 and Starfish on May 5. Both films start at 7.30pm with tickets costing £5.

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HOW TO…

MAKE EASTER BISCUITS

INGREDIENTS 100g caster sugar 1 egg ½ tsp baking powder 80g currants 100g butter 250g plain flour 2 tbsp milk 1/2 tsp mixed spice

METHOD Heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. ● Put greaseproof paper on a baking tray ● Beat the butter and sugar together until so and fluffy ● Add the egg and mix in ● Fold in the flour, baking powder and spice, along with the currants ● Roll the dough to about 4mm thick ● Cut out the biscuits and place on the tray ● Bake until the edges are just turning golden – about 11 minutes – then remove immediately ● Sprinkle with caster sugar while still hot. ●

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Make hatching hard boiled eggs… These eggs are great fun and look just like they are hatching. They are incredibly easy to make... just boil some eggs and peel them. Using raw carrot cut three-inch long matchsticks with one end coming to a point. Cut a small W shape from the carrot for the feet. Poke a hole in the centre of each foot using a skewer and then poke a carrot stick in the hole to make the legs. Then push the sharp end of two carrot matchsticks into the bottom of the egg. Perfect for some Easter fun!

Get ready for summer this April with Barnsdale Leisure Club... To help you get ready for the summer season, Barnsdale Leisure Club are offering 3 months peak membership for just £120 per person, with no joining fee!

Brighten up the month with Barnsdale Leisure.

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Clean your house and clear your mind Spring is in the air so it’s time to get spring cleaning. And it’s good for you. If you sort your house out, cleaning and decluttering it can help your mind as well, motivating you to sleep better, exercise more and feel less stressed giving you a much more positive outlook and lifestyle. It makes sense really, so get those rubber gloves on and the feather duster out. The sense of achievement aer having a good sort out gives the feel good factor immediately and helps reap the long term benefits.

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NATURE

COWSLIPS A cousin of the primrose, the cowslip is an evocative sight heralding spring and the arrival of warmer weather. A common sight, but not as common as in years gone by, this pretty native flower can be found in hay meadows, hedgerows and woodland. It is often seen on the verges of country roads throughout the county. Flowering in April and May, it is associated with English folklore, adorning garlands for May Day and spread across church paths for spring weddings. The name cowslip is thought to derive from the old English for cow dung, probably because it grew amongst the dung in pastures.

THE GOOSANDER The goosander is the largest of the ‘sawbill’ ducks, so called because the bill has serrations which enable the bird to grip the small fish which are its main food. It is larger than the mallard. The drake has a dark green head and black back, the flanks and breast are white with a pink flush in good light. The dark red bill is long and narrow, hooked at the tip. The female is smaller with a reddish-brown head, grey body and white throat and breast. As a winter visitor to our reservoirs, goosanders are also seen on Burghley’s lake and even on the Welland at Stamford, and further upstream. They are very active, constantly peering below the surface or flying low over the water. They often gather in a communal roost on one of the lagoons at Rutland Water. The handsome males are usually outnumbered by the duller females. Goosanders breed in upland Britain and Scandinavia. Numbers wintering

in Britain have decreased in recent years, perhaps due to climate change, and the large counts of the past, when 250 were seen at Eyebrook Reservoir in 1973, are long gone. Just 17 were at Rutland Water in January this year. Terry Mitcham

Brown trout Brown trout is one of the most genetically diverse vertebrates known, having between 38 and 42 pairs of chromosomes compared to a human’s 23, so it is more genetically diverse than the human race. You can tell the age of a brown trout from growth rings that can be read in a similar way to rings on a tree; they can live to be 20 years old but the majority die before their first birthday. All trout can look and focus out of both corners of each eye at the same time so can see in almost every direction at once. Brown trout are present in local rivers including the Welland and Gwash and are fished for in Rutland Water. The river fishing season runs from March 15 to October 6 and at Rutland Water from March 10 to January 31.

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CRISPY TOPPED FISH PIE WITH SPINACH AND SPRING GREENS INGREDIENTS

600g potatoes Salt and pepper 2 eggs 50g butter – ½ for the sauce, ½ for the mash 350 ml milk – 300ml for the sauce, rest for the mash 25g plain flour 250g spinach 300g diced white fish 1 nutmeg 1 tsp dried parsley 1 lemon 25g grated cheese 250g spring greens

METHOD

● Peel and chop the potatoes into chunks before cooking until tender. At the same time boil the eggs for eight minutes. ● Drain the eggs and put in a bowl of cold water to cool. Drain the potatoes, allow to dry off then mash with half the butter, a splash of milk and salt and pepper to season. Keep to one side. ● Boil another pan of water. Melt the remaining butter in a separate saucepan, add the flour and cook very gently for two minutes. Gradually whisk in 300ml of milk, heating and whisking the mixture until it thickens to a smooth sauce. Remove from the heat, season and keep to one side. ● Wash the spinach and then strip the leaves off their stalks. Peel the eggs and chop into chunky pieces.

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● Add the spinach to the pan of boiling water. Cook for about a minute until wilted. Drain into a colander and rinse under cold water to cool it. Squeeze out the excess moisture with your hands then chop it up. Put your oven on to 200 degrees/ gas mark 6.

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● Gently mix the chopped fish into the white sauce (1). Arrange the spinach in the bottom of a small baking dish. Add a fine grating of nutmeg, no more than ¼ tsp. ● Lay the eggs on top of the spinach (2). Spoon the mixture on top and sprinkle over the dried parsley. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice over the fish. Cover the mixture with the mash, roughing up the top a little (this helps get the nice crispy bits). Sprinkle over the grated cheese (3) and bake for 25-30 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden and the top has started to crisp. ● Meanwhile, wash the spring greens. Strip or chop the leaves away from the tough central stalks. Roll up and finely shred the leaves. Put a pan of water on to boil.

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Tip: Make sure you squeeze all moisture out of the spinach to avoid it making the pie filling too wet.

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TRAVEL

OH TO BE IN AFRICA TO SEE NATIVE ANIMALS such as lions, elephants, giraffe and hippos in their natural habitat is one of the most impressive, humbling sights an African safari can offer, and one that will stay with you for a lifetime. Safari in Swahili translates to ‘going on a journey’, and this really will be what you do. Wildlife viewing in Africa is usually at its best in the dry season when the lack of grass increases visibility and birds and animals are congregating on limited water sources. In East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda this is from June to October. Africa is vast and there are many safari destinations including the Kruger National Park in South Africa, but for the sheer number of animals you will see, and ease of access, go to Kenya and the Masai Mara and the Serengeti.

Kenya is a favourite safari destination as you will see elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebras, lions, hyenas, buffalo and much more. Flights to Nairobi take less than nine hours. You can fly overnight, pick up a light aircraft in the morning and be in the bush in time for lunch. Kenya’s safari industry is efficient with a plethora of camps and lodges to suit all budgets. Just remember, to keep safe follow the rules... always listen to your guide, zip your tent up and never have food in it, and don’t walk around at night.

WHAT TO TAKE

Save Me From The Lion’s Mouth by James Clarke – a conservationist’s take on the human/ wildlife conflict in Africa. Born Free by Joy Adamson – the story of Elsa the lioness and her re-introduction to the wild.

USEFUL WEBSITES INCLUDING LOCAL TRAVEL AGENTS www.nhs.uk www.kenyasafari.com ● www.trailfinders.com ● www.safari.co.uk ● www.stamfordindependenttravel.co.uk ● ●

● In Kenya between June and October it will be winter so you will need warm clothes for dawn drives. Layers are the order of the day and long sleeves to protect from bites and branches. ● Malaria is widespread so anti-malarial tablets are vital. Check what immunisations you might need before going. ● A strong insect repellent containing DEET will help keep the mosquitoes at bay. ● Avoid white and bright colours. Wear khakis and greens but not camouflage clothing as this is associated with the military. Do not wear blue or black as this attracts tsetse flies. ● Don’t forget binoculars and camera.

BOOKS TO READ

Out Of Africa by Karen Blixen – her famous memoirs published in 1937 that give a fascinating insight into colonial life.

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FINANCIAL HEALTH

RUNNING OUT OF TIME Make sure you have a plan for your retirement, says Bryant Wealth Management’s William G Bryant The spring marathon season is once again upon us. If you are one of the more than 40,000 runners lucky enough to gain entry to this year’s London Marathon, congratulations and good luck. Marathon running in this country has come a long way, from the obscure pursuit of a few wizened distance runners, to the annual street party that sees 40,000 runners stream through the streets of the capital each April. Thanks, in large part, should go to the inspirational co-founders of the London Marathon, John Disley and Chris Brasher. Brasher and Disley had gone over to run the New York City Marathon in 1979 and were inspired by the event. Brasher, writing for The Observer in his article ‘The World’s Most Human Race’, said: “To believe this story you must believe that the human race can be one joyous family, working together, laughing together, achieving the impossible. Last Sunday, 11,532 men and women from 40 countries in the world, assisted by over a million people, laughed, cheered and suffered during the greatest folk festival the world has seen”.

He finished his article by challenging London to see if it could host a similar event. London accepted the challenge and the rest, as they say, is history. Last year a record 39,140 people finished the race in London, taking the total number of runners who have completed the course to more than one million. Brasher used to describe the race as ‘The Great Suburban Everest’, a challenge that is just about possible for most people to achieve with effort, but guaranteed to inflict pain along the way. Having been lucky enough to have run the London Marathon five times I can certainly testify to the pain. On the start line, you can’t help but feel nervous and excited. Thinking back to the long hours of training that have gone before should give you some comfort (provided you have done enough!) and having a race plan that is flexible and can adapt to the unexpected over the next 26.2 miles is essential to get you home. At some stage you will hit the dreaded wall, the point somewhere around the 18-mile mark, where you feel like you have been shot in the back of the legs by a sniper and someone has turned the Tarmac into treacle.

How you react to this challenge will determine whether you achieve your target time or even finish the race at all. Like the marathon, life is guaranteed to throw up unexpected challenges. No longer can people expect to have a job for life, and retire with a gold plated final salary pension. Job changes, career breaks, and career changes are much more the norm. Your financial planning, like your race plan on marathon day, should be robust enough to deal with any changes in circumstance. It is too late to start training the week before race day; likewise it is too late to plan for your retirement in the final few years before you plan to retire. Don’t be the marathon runner on the start line with no plan, and don’t go through the marathon of life without a plan for your personal finances. To receive a free guide covering wealth management, retirement planning or Inheritance Tax planning, produced by St. James’s Place Wealth Management, contact William Bryant on 01780 668117, email william.bryant@sjpp.co.uk or visit bryantwealthmanagement.co.uk

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Feature /// Healthy eating

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD Local experts and chefs show off their favourite healthy recipes... and the odd indulgent pudding! 2 2 A PR I L 2017 ///

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Seafood ramen broth 300ml fish stock 20g garlic 200g medium onions 40g red chillies 200g ginger 50g miso paste How to cook Slice ginger, onions and garlic into slice. Cut chillies in half, leave seeds in. Add to stock and miso paste, bring to the boil and simmer for 25 minutes. Prepare ramen broth as per recipe, return to the boil. Square off and score squid into 15g pieces; grate carrot, finely slice onion, slice spring onions.

Add vegetables (except spring onion) and mussels and cook for three minutes; halve prawns, season and seal on grill along with squid. Add seafood to broth, season with fish sauce and soy. Add noodles to broth for two mins, place in bowl, pour broth over. Garnish with spring onion, chilli, half lime. Fry egg on high heat in oil serve sauce on side. Loch Fyne’s seafood recipes take the best fish and shellfish and pair them with exciting ingredients for healthy, memorable food. 01832 280298.

Ingredients (serves four) One large onion, chopped Five garlic cloves, peeled and chopped Large chunk of ginger root, peeled and finely chopped Coconut oil or lard or goose grease for frying (never use vegetable, nut, seed or olive oils for cooking) Sea or rock salt Black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin One small crushed dried chilli 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander Two medium carrots chopped Two medium sweet potatoes peeled and chopped small 200g sprouting broccoli roughly chopped 200ml water How to cook Gently fry the onions for five minutes then add ginger, garlic, spices, carrots and sweet potatoes. Continue to fry on a gentle heat for another 10 minutes, you may need to add more oil/lard/grease. When the carrots are nearly done add the broccoli and water and cook for a further five minutes. Recipe from Sheila Storer FdSc BSc, mCNHC mBANT Nutritional therapist, Archway Health Hub, 01858 410820

Loch Fyne smoked haddock scotch egg Ingredients 500g poached smoked haddock 300g mashed potato 50g unsalted butter 100g onions 10g flat parsley 1g cooking salt 1g cracked black pepper 5g curry powder, Mild 6 eggs 250g breadcrumbs

For the celeriac remoulade 400g celeriac 250g mayonnaise 1 lemon 2tsb wholegrain mustard How to cook Bring water to a rolling boil with salt, once boiling carefully place eggs into water and simmer for six minutes, remove from water and run under a cold tap until room temperature. Peel away shell, place in container labelled

day plus three. Poach the haddock for six minutes at 100°C, finely dice onions, sweat onion off with curry powder in the butter until soft, season. Mix together with flaked haddock, mash potato and chopped parsley, adjust seasoning. Lay 100g of haddock mix on cling film, press flat, place egg in middle, wrap the corners into a ball to wrap mix around the egg. Chill for 15 minutes. Then

coat in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs. Oven bake until golden brown. For the remoulade Finely slice celeriac & cut into long very fine strips (use a mandolin for best results) dress in juice from lemons and season, allow to sit for five minutes. Add mayo and mustard. Mix well. Serve remoulade in a bowl, with the scotch egg on top.

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Feature /// Healthy eating

The William Cecil’s sundried tomato and paprika panna cotta, toasted pine nuts, bocconcini, pesto sorbet Ingredients 150g sundried tomatoes 50g crème fraîche 300ml double cream 100ml milk One gelatine leaf One shallot One whole clove of garlic 1tsp of smoked paprika A pinch of salt and pepper to taste How to cook Soak the gelatine leaf in cold water until soft. Finely dice the shallots and garlic, add to a lightly oiled pan and cook under a low heat until soft. Add the sundried tomatoes and top with cream, milk and crème fraiche. Bring to a hot temperature, then add gelatine and salt and pepper. Put aside and pour into a blender or food processor, blend until smooth, add the smoked paprika and continue to blend. Pour through a fine sieve and add into a non-stick dariole mould. Pesto ingredients 50g of toasted pine nuts 100g of fresh basil 100g of fresh spinach 100ml of olive oil 1 tsp of xanthan gum A pinch of salt and pepper to season How to cook Add all the ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth, pass through a fine sieve and set aside in the fridge.

The William Cecil’s caramel fondant, toffee sauce, sour cherries & raspberry ripple ice cream Ingredients Toffee 200g of soft brown sugar 150ml double cream Fondant mix 150g butter & a little extra for greasing 150g soft brown sugar Two large eggs 150g plain flour A pinch of salt How to cook Melt the soft brown sugar and double cream together, simmer until all sugar granules have disappeared. Chill for approximately two hours or until set. Melt the butter and sugar together. Sieve the flour and salt into the melted mix and stir rapidly, leave to rest for five minutes. While mix is resting, whip your eggs, then fold

into mixture. Allow 15 minutes to rest, while resting grease your moulds generously. Half fill your moulds with the fondant mix. Bake at 180 degrees C for 15 minutes. Use extra toffee to decorate the plate and serve with sour cherries, and raspberry ripple ice cream. The new seasonal menu is set to launch mid-April at The William Cecil’s 2 AA Rosette award winning restaurant, open to non-residents seven days a week serving food in their restaurant from 6-9:30pm. The recipes here were complied by head chef Phil Kent, who worked very closely with Jamie Knowles, junior sous chef, and Joe Donson, chef de partie, on these dishes.

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Feature /// Healthy eating

The Marquess of Exeter’s pan-roasted fillet of salmon with new potatoes and salsa verde This recipe from renowned chef Brian Baker of The Marquess of Exeter in Lyddington is a firm favourite, and one he often likes to whip up for himself after a busy service. It’s quick and easy to make, packed with protein and omega 3 thanks to the salmon, while the salsa verde gives it a little pizzazz. Like many of his dishes: traditional, unpretentious home-cooked fare with a contemporary twist – and plenty of finesse, flair and flavour. Ingredients (serves four) Four salmon fillets, skin on 400g new potatoes 300g jar of artichokes Large bunch of parsley Large bunch of mint Juice and zest of two lemons 200ml extra virgin olive oil

How to cook Cook the new potatoes in salted boiling water, drain and set aside. To make the salsa verde combine the artichokes, parsley, mint, juice and zest of the lemons and olive oil. Blitz in a blender until combined and finely chopped, but still a little chunky.

Pan-fry the salmon in olive oil for 5 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, slice the potato in to 1cm thick rounds and toss in a little oil, with a little finely chopped parsley and mint. Add salt and pepper to taste. To serve, place the salmon on the potatoes with a dollop of salsa verde on the side.

Super-nutritious salad: chickpea and avocado lime juice Three tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 clove garlic, crushed Sea salt Black pepper, freshly ground

Give your body a treat and your energy levels a lift with this delicious and super-nutritious salad. Rich in fibre, antioxidants, and healthy fats to support your immune system. Ingredients (serves two-three) One romaine lettuce, shredded (or mixture of other salad leaves) One 400g tin of chickpeas, drained and rinsed 30g mixed sunflower, pumpkin seeds and pine nuts Dressing One large, ripe avocado, peeled and stone removed One tbsp apple cider vinegar One tbsp freshly, squeezed lemon or

Add all dressing ingredients to a food processor. Blitz to a smooth consistency. Add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Adjust seasoning to own taste. Add the lettuce and chickpeas to a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss the salad to combine. Sprinkle over the seeds and pine nuts and serve straight away. Be creative – add other favourite, fresh, colourful, chopped vegetables to this salad for extra nutrient power.

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start to blend while slowly adding olive oil, until pesto is created. Add the syrup and blend down until smooth Pass through a fine sieve and churn Pan seared fillet of skate, wilted spinach, sautéed fèves, confit of potato, sea food chowder. SWS Nutrition provides personalised nutritional advice that is always simple and sustainable to individuals feeling below par or wanting to finally achieve a healthy weight. Recipes from Sarah West-Sadler BSc, PgDip, mBANT, CNHC, registered nutritional therapist. 07725 972927 Email: sarah@swsnutrition.co.uk www.swsnutrition.co.uk

100g of fresh basil 30g of pine nuts 300ml of cold water 300g of caster sugar A splash of olive oil How to cook Add water and sugar to a pan, reduce to a syrup. Then put aside to cool. In a blender add the basil and pine nuts,

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Feature /// Healthy eating

The Falcon Hotel’s coconut crème brulee The Falcon Hotel’s coconut crème brulee is not only an indulgent dessert, but is both gluten and dairy free, making it one everyone can enjoy. Ingredients – brulee 400g coconut milk 60g caster sugar 6 egg yolks Ingredients - spiced pineapple Half a pineapple 200ml pineapple juice 100g caster sugar 1 tsp pink peppercorns 1 star anise 2 cloves Ingredients - cashew brittle 100ml water Squeeze lemon juice 300g caster sugar

50g cashews Garnish Lime sorbet Raspberries Lemon balm How to cook - brulee Pre-heat the oven to 120 degrees Celsius. Whisk egg yolks and caster sugar. Combine with boiled coconut milk. Pour into moulds half filled with water. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until bruleé is set. How to cook - spiced pineapple Cut pineapple into chunks. Heat all spiced pineapple ingredients. Add pineapple chunks. Simmer for 5 minutes until pineapple softens.

How to cook - cashew brittle Heat sugar, water & lemon juice to make a caramel. Leave to set. Blitz caramel powder. Bake at 180 degrees C. Sprinkle cashew crumb over caramel circles. Construct dish as pictured. About The Falcon Hotel The Falcon Hotel is a jewel of Uppingham, both for its service and calibre of food. Joe Bryan, head chef, pioneers menus which encapsulate a modern twist on English fine dining. 01572 823535 info@falcon-hotel.co.uk www.falcon-hotel.co.uk

Herby roast chicken Sheila Storer, nutritional therapist, says the recipe includes slow cooking the chicken for four to five hours but if time is short the oven can be hotter and cooking time reduced Ingredients (serves four) Two chicken crowns Sprig of rosemary chopped 1/2 teaspoon paprika Finely grated peel and juice of one lemon Rock or sea salt Black pepper 1 large butternut squash 1 handful of spinach roughly chopped 200g of cherry tomatoes quartered Handful of pine nuts Balsamic vinegar Olive oil

Cheeky chocolate mousse Ingredients 350g silken tofu Two dessert spoons peanut butter (smooth or crunchy) 100g melted dark chocolate Two teaspoons raw honey Two drops of orange essence or use some finely grated orange peel How to cook Mix all the ingredients together and put into

glasses ready to serve, decorate with a sprig of mint, edible flowers, or fruit. This is very filling so less is more! Recipe from Sheila Storer, FdSc BSc, mCNHC mBANT Nutritional Therapist Archway Health Hub 01858 410820

How to cook With a pestle and mortar mix together the rosemary, paprika, lemon peel and juice, salt and pepper then paste over the chicken crowns. Place chicken crowns in a hot oven (200°C) for 10 minutes then cover and reduce heat to 100°C and allow to slow cook for 4-5 hours. To cook the butternut squash simply place in the oven unpeeled with the chicken for two hours. Put the tomatoes, spinach, pine nuts, balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a dish with some salt and pepper mix it all together and warm it to a temperature of around 100°C for about half an hour. To serve make a bed with the spinach and tomatoes, add the squash (peel and chop first) then the chicken either on the side or roughly chopped on top.

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Guest column

Managing expectations Sports journalist Martin Johnson isn’t sure there’s such a thing as ‘managerial genius’ – just lucky ones he lifespan of a hamster, I was reading the other day, is about three years, which doesn’t sound very long until you compare it with football managers. In the time it takes for your cuddly companion to make it from pet shop to a small plot at the bottom of the garden, your soccer team will have got through, on average, two-and-a-half managers. So no prizes for guessing which of these two creatures represents the best value for money. On top of which hamsters are far more cuddly, neither do they pace up and down in their cage all day long kicking water bottles and shouting profanities. In fairness to Claudio Ranieri, the former Leicester City boss was impeccably behaved, and also lasted longer than your average boss, if not your average hamster. But as descents from the dizzy heights go, Claudio’s fall was the equivalent of stepping off the roof of the Empire State Building. One minute the fans were chanting, to the tune of that old Italian ditty Volare: “Ranieri, Oh, Oh!” and the next minute, Leicester’s Thai owners were muttering: “Ranieri, Oh No!”. There was, of course, a predicable sense of outrage at the decision, but as soon as their league form went from hopeless to irresistible, not to mention becoming the sole English survivors in the Champions’ League – Ranieri was immediately consigned to history. Craig Shakespeare was the new messiah, and the King Power Stadium immediately jettisoned the “Ranieri Oh Oh” anthem in favour of “Shakey, Shakey, give us a wave!” That’s football for you. However, does this mean that you can revive a team’s fortunes merely by replacing the man in charge? On all the available evidence you can. In fact, Leicester’s owners could have appointed the Radio Leicester weather man and the Foxes would have immediately given the likes of Liverpool and Seville the run around. Protocol, however, demands that you pick someone who can talk knowledgeably about diamond systems, 4-4-2, and a referee’s eyesight. Which is why Leicester chose someone who, in the 1980s, played 284 times for Walsall rather than the owner of a chip shop on Aylestone Road. Either way, whether you be a football person or someone with an apron smelling of haddock, the sack will be the eventual outcome, after the average tenure of 13 months. Managers, or coaches, seem to have a longer lifespan in rugby, and just across the road at the Tigers, Richard Cockerill was in charge for the thick end of a decade until he was shown the door. But the end product was still the same. So are these people talented masterminds who eventually run out of ideas? Or are they doing

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what any old Tom, Dick or Harry could do if placed in charge of a team of brilliant individuals. One of the most talented players the Tigers ever had was Clive Woodward, who became Sir Clive after coaching England to the 2003 World Cup. However, how much of a genius do you need to be to win things when you inherit players such as Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Neil Back, Jonny Wilkinson, and Jason Robinson? Two years later, Sir Clive was coaching the Lions in New Zealand, and his reputation took a shredding not only by enduring a 3-0 whitewash, but by eccentric decision-making which included appointing spin doctor Alastair Campbell as media relations manager. Or, to be more accurate, media relations manipulator. For some time, though, Sir Clive was hailed as a genius, and the same label is now being applied to the current coach, Eddie Jones. But how difficult is it to coach a successful national side? And why will England eventually, as history suggests, start losing matches and show Jones the door? The answer may be nothing more complicated than the fact that players, whether it is soccer, rugby, cricket or tiddlywinks, are programmed to up their game when a new man is installed. The “I’ll show him how good I am” syndrome, which has a finite lifespan. Before Jones, the man in charge was Stuart Lancaster, who made the players listen to lectures about the history of English rugby, and redesigned the shirts to incorporate a Victoria Cross. And in Lancaster’s case, the time it took for refreshing ideas to become to look eccentrically batty turned out to be four years. Same in cricket. Back in 1996, England appointed David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd and his first job, as he saw it, was to bring his own brand of passion to the team. Ergo, he began by pinning extracts from Henry V and Agincourt to the dressing room wall. The net result of which was that they went on a tour to Zimbabwe and failed to win a single match. If I had my time over, I’d want to be a coach, and would definitely plump for football. Once I got my foot in the door, I’d make sure I was totally useless – play the goalie up front, and the striker in goal, that sort of thing – and get trillions of pounds in a pay-off when they sacked me. Then I’d sail around on my new yacht for a while, wait for another job offer, and repeat the entire cycle. As that meerkat would say (and by the way they have lifespans 10 times longer than your average soccer manager) “simples”.  Martin Johnson has been a sports journalist and author since 1973, writing for the Leicester Mercury, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. He currently writes columns for The Rugby Paper and The Cricket Paper, and has a book out called ‘Can I Carry Your Bags?’.

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Common causes are age and the on-going effects of gravity through activity at home and work, poor posture, being overweight, inactivity, liing, sitting, driving, dehydration and impact injuries. Symptoms vary and can either be acute or chronic and contain all or a few of the following: pain, loss of function, spinal deviation (leans to the side or front), muscle spasm, sciatica in one or both legs, numbness/tingling in the leg/s or feet, loss of reflex, weakness and loss of balance. You may also suffer problems with the bowels and bladder due to impingement of the nerve. An MRI can help diagnose a disc problem, but it does not always show as the bulge may only occur when you are weight bearing due to the direct pressure through the spine and distortion of the disc. We see many of these in our clinic when they have been undiagnosed, but still present with the common symptoms. GROUNDS FOR OPTIMISM

BACK PAIN Craig Mortimer, consultant musculoskeletal physiotherapist at The Ashleigh Clinic, explains how to beat back pain LOWER BACK PAIN is the leading cause of limitation of activity and work absence throughout the world and has a significant financial cost to the individual and economy. More than 10 million working days are lost, costing over £1 billion. By educating and being proactive to either prevent or treat at the earliest opportunity, individuals will live a healthier lifestyle and companies benefit from increased efficiency and performance. Low back pain may begin suddenly or gradually. Today’s modern sedentary lifestyle shows a significant rise in the under 30s suffering with back pain and the most common age group being the over 50s. There are many causes of back pain but the

most well-known is the ‘slipped disc’. Discs have a so centre and this is circled similar to a tyre with concentric circles, allowing the spine to be flexible and provide shock absorption during movement. When these circles get damaged small cracks can appear and the so centre pushes out trapping the nerve and other structures in that area. This pressure on the nerve causes a local inflammatory response and increased pressure. It is very common when acute that you are unable to stand or sit comfortably and struggle to sleep at night. Mornings can be very painful and you may struggle to get out of bed or be able to go to work and perform normal daily activities.

I’m an optimist when it comes to back pain and we treat many patients with problems that are not only acute, but chronic. I have treated patients which have been suffering for well over 10 years, and invariably they think they cannot be helped and that they cannot do anything about it. You need to seek advice and treatment as soon as you can. Aer your assessment the most important part of your treatment is helping you to understand your problem by explaining in detail your injury, showing you diagrams and spinal models. This then will help you to have a full understanding of your pain. There are many options that we can use to treat your issues and at The Ashleigh Clinic we tend to favour spinal decompression, treating the cause and not just the symptom, combining this with functional exercises and a home treatment program. This helps you understand what you can do to help us get the best out of your problem. This will also help you control the issue in the future and while you can never say to anyone that they will not get this problem again, I would say most people make a much faster recovery and live a much better lifestyle with significantly less problems with their back. Many people don’t think they can get better when they have suffered for many years. I feel you have to understand. Be positive. Get advice and the right treatment. You will be surprised what you can do. The Ashleigh Physiotherapy, Back Pain and Sports Rehabilitation Clinic 26 Stoneygate Road Stoneygate Leicester LE2 2AD T: 0116 270 7948 E: info@ashleighclinic.co.uk

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WIN free entry into the Rat Race Dirty Weekend The Rat Race is back at Burghley on Saturday, May 6, and we have two pairs of entry tickets up for grabs. The gruelling 20-mile, 200 obstacle Full Mucker course is not for the faint-hearted but don’t worry, if you’re not quite up to that, you can enter the Half Mucker, a 13-mile, 150 obstacle course instead. And if you’re between eight and 15 the Young Mucker is for you, either a 3km or 6km course with 20 obstacles. Once all the mud and running is out of the way you can enjoy the legendary after party where you will be able to see The Hoosiers and Judge Jules who will be headlining in the big-top tent. To enter, decide which entry you want – Full, Half or Young Mucker and head over to to www. theactivemag.com/competitions. Good luck! Standard terms and conditions apply. See www.theactivemag.com

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THE FINISHING TOUCHES It’s spring and wedding season is upon us. We take a look at what the on-trend bride will be wearing on her big day Edited by Mary Bremner

HERE COMES THE BRIDE A lot of thought will probably go into your wedding dress, and possibly a lot of money as well. It’s not necessarily every girl’s dream to be a blushing bride, in fact it could be some girls’ worst nightmares. But the good thing today is that virtually anything goes. You certainly don’t have to wear a meringue, unless you want to, and you can very easily buy a vintage dress, or something secondhand, to save on cost yet still look fabulous. The golden rule is make sure you are wearing the dress rather than it wearing you. A few trends we’ve picked up on for this season are that there is something for everyone. Simple styles are back in favour. They might look plain with absolutely no adornment, but they ooze elegance and sophistication. For brides who love vintage go for a tea length dress that sits half way

between the knee and ankle. Don’t necessarily stick to white or ivory... pale gold or pink are becoming popular. And for the brave and body confident, the deep V neckline is everywhere, or why not go the whole hog and opt for a sheer bridal gown – perfect for a beach wedding... and you’ll definitely be remembered. Laudable lingerie You’ve chosen your dress but what you wear underneath could make or break the overall look. If you have chosen a slinky number you will need seamless, invisible underwear. And, if you have a backless or complicated neckline you will need to choose a bra wisely. In instances such as this brides often choose practical, functional underwear to wear under their dress and then buy a pretty set for their wedding night.

We chatted to Zoe at Poze Lingerie in Stamford, who gave us some vital advice. Here are her top tips... * Make sure you leave enough time to shop for underwear and if possible take it to your first dress fitting. Or wear a good fitting nude or white strapless bra. * Do you actually need a bra? Some dresses will be boned and a bra won’t be necessary. If that’s the case, invest in some pretty briefs instead. * Be realistic about your body shape. If you are busty a low backed dress that doesn’t allow for a bra is probably not the dress for you. Poze do have stick on bras and nipple petals for the invisible look. * And remember, you are going to be wearing your dress for a long time – make sure you are comfortable and confident as it will make all the difference. Pop in and have a word with Zoe who will offer some very good, sensible advice. www.poze-lingerie.uk

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The latest wedding fashions Once the dress is sorted, hair and make-up are probably the most important things on a bride’s mind. You know – however much it might scare you – that attention is going to be focused on you, so you need to look your best. And looking your best needs to be left to the experts. You do not want to be stressing about your make-up on the day. You need to know it’s expertly applied and brings out the best in you. And hair? Well, it’s vital that it stays in place and doesn’t leave a trail of pins behind you as you walk up the aisle.You also need to be comfortable and confident that everything will stay in place so you can enjoy your day knowing you look fabulous. Laura at Ltd Beauty specialises in wedding make-up using cruelty-free and organic beauty products. “Your wedding day is not a day to be trying new trends or changing your usual style. The day is about enhancing your natural beauty and creating a ‘bridal glow’,” she says. Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to a bridal look; nothing too heavy, but bear in mind that you need to look good in the photographs and this is where Laura comes in. Laura used Delilah products on our bride Lisa (pictured), who is getting married this summer. She started with primer and then a foundation with a SPF20 as it’s important to have sun protection, particularly for summer weddings. Lisa has huge green eyes, so to enhance them Laura used daisy, biscuit and walnut shades to contour the eyes and create a subtle smokey look. Well People Champagne eyeshadow was used on the lid and inner corner to make the eyes pop. She then used a purple eyeliner that will match the bridesmaids and flowers. Black mascara was next. A blusher and bronzer were then applied as well as a luminiser on the cheek bones and cupid’s bow on the top lip. Lip colour was kept natural with a bit of

added gloss. Most importantly, a setting powder was used (Well People Realist Invisible) that sets make-up and does not create flashback in photographs. It’s important that you have a trial run for your bridal make-up. It allows you to chat with the make-up artist about what you want. You will be asked about colour schemes, flowers, dress, bridesmaids and hair and the time of year. They will also offer skin care advice prior to the big day. Laura will also tell you what products she will use so you can purchase them for touch ups during the day. On the day Laura will burn some calming oil whilst she does your make-up. This creates a lovely smell and is relaxing at the same time. www.ltdbeauty.co.uk/weddings. A trial and make-up on the day costs £150. Hair styles for brides depend very much on personal taste and what your dress looks like. Your stylist will ask about your dress, colours of make up, theme of wedding, how you normally wear your hair and what you feel comfortable with. Again it is vital to have a trial so different styles can be tried if need be. Your hair stylist will also fit the veil and/or tiara on the day. Hollie from Chapel Yard Hair and Beauty Salon in Stamford says that this season hair loosely up is very fashionable. It’s a soft, romantic look that Lisa has chosen. Starting with clean freshly washed hair a Kitoko rate-thermal spray was applied to towel dried hair for damage protection. Another product was applied for volume and shine and to give some extra hold. Depending on the style chosen hair will possibly be curled before the actual style is done. Stylists often work from photos so do take one along with you. Hollie ensures the style stays in place by back-combing, as well as using product, before blow drying the hair and then using plenty of clips to keep it in place. And then lots of hairspray. The finished article looked lovely. Lisa’s hair looked romantic and soft, and almost as if it could fall down at any minute, just the look she wanted. But she knows it will stay firmly in place all day thanks to some skilful work. Chapel Yard Hair and Beauty Salon, Stamford, 01780 489200. Price £90 including trial and fitting of veil. Plus call-out fee of £30 within 10 miles. The salon also offers beauty treatments.

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AND DON’T FORGET… Organising a wedding can be a logistical nightmare. Make lists, lots of them, so you don’t forget anything vital. We’ve pulled together a few names who can help make your day go with a swing... Save the dates, invitations, order of service and thank you cards can all be matched to the theme of your wedding. Spiegl Press in Stamford specialises in bespoke stationery from the classically elegant to the downright quirky. For more information ring Jo Spiegl on 01780 762550 or visit www.spieglpress.com. A photographer is vital to capture the spirit of your day and some fabulous memories. Do your research, as standards, styles and prices vary. Two who come highly recommended are www.katieingram. co.uk and www.rosiebphotography.com. Hair and make-up are a big part of the day. Oliver Lee in Stamford (www. oliverleestamford.co.uk) is renowned in the

town for specialising in men’s grooming, including wet shaves, but is equally skilled with the female of the species. Barnsdale Hair and Beauty (www.barnsdalehotel. co.uk) offer the whole package and don’t forget Laura at Limited Beauty (www. ltdbeauty.co.uk) and Chapel Yard Hair and Beauty (01780 489200). And don’t forget to pamper your hands to show off your new wedding ring. Manor Hair and Beauty at Tur Langton are experts at gel nails, and will also give the broom a manicure as well (01858 545333). Beautiful flowers are remembered by guests, be it the bride’s bouquet, flowers at the venue or in the church. Mandy at Greensleaves has a real flair for weddings (www.greensleavesflorist.co.uk). Clothes-wise, try Anna Couture Boutique at 17c St Mary’s Street/Cheyne Lane, Stamford. Telephone 01780 765174 or email annacouture1@gmail.com.

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A day in the life of

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spent 18 years in marketing and magazine publishing. I worked for loads of specialist magazines and I tried each activity. I had a go at riding, climbing, gardening, golf and running – I even ended up running the London Marathon. So I know a little bit about lots of things but my favourite magazine was Trout and Salmon and I fly fish on the River Gwash whenever I have time. I spent years presenting new plans to my teams at work, saying if this idea isn’t for you, and if you don’t believe in it, then you should try something else. One day my boss presented me with a plan I didn’t agree with so instead of being a hypocrite I decided to go and do something else. I used to go to church with my family until I was 11. Then until my 30s I only went, if forced, to marriages, baptisms and funerals. When my wife and I were thinking of starting a family I wanted to be part of a community rather than focus just on work. We wanted to get to know our neighbours. The day I decided to go back to church was very difficult. It was hard walking up to a lonely stone building on a Sunday morning and going through those enormous oak doors. I was familiar with the buildings and when to stand up and sit down but I felt like you do when you eat in a fancy restaurant and think you’re being clumsy. The fact is that most people in most churches are very happy to have you there. I love the way that my wife, children and I have become part of the church family. I offered myself for ordination because there weren’t enough people to put on services in each parish church every week. It’s my job to create the right conditions for people to want to come. Churches can look a bit austere on the outside so we encourage people to visit or take time out of a busy day to pop in for a bit of stillness. Each day is vastly different but the clergy meet at 8am and 5pm every day for prayer no matter what we’re doing. I enjoy baptisms because often they’re for people who aren’t that familiar with church but who like the tradition. We do about 60 baptisms a year and they’re free of charge. I also prepare people for confirmation and marriage, visit people at home and in hospitals and conduct their funerals. It’s a real privilege to be invited to take a funeral and be part of such a pivotal moment in a family’s life. We also take collective worship at St Gilbert’s School where we try to make religion more exciting: we don’t want to be over-stuffy, all dressed in black with a card collar... even if that’s how I choose to dress.

‘We don’t want to be over-stuffy, all dressed in black with a card collar’ Christians working together Church attendance in Stamford is creeping up; no church is more or less important and we all work together well. There’s a mental health forum spearheaded by St Mary’s and St George’s as male suicide is a massive killer in Lincolnshire; Christians from all over town run a food bank and are shortly due to bake and take 7,000 cookies to HM Prison Stocken as a physical token of support to the prisoners, and the Methodist church runs a café called Second Helpings which serves food from supermarkets and restaurants that’s about to go out of date and people pay what they can afford. On Good Friday all of the churches combine to do a Walk of Witness to demonstrate various aspects of Jesus’ life. It’s the closest we get to a festival feel on the streets like in Italy or South America. We also have a Good Friday workshop from 10-10.45am which heaves with children making gardens, planting seeds and doing crafts. A typical Sunday for me would be leading Holy Communion at 8am then preaching at the 9.30am service. We have a monthly service

called Saints Alive with about 75 people of all ages. We may have a baptism then an evening service. We run a youth club called T-PoT (The People of Tomorrow) in term time for 10-yearold children upwards where we run activities and ball sports and discuss all sorts of topics. I work with the police regularly and the town panel to help people who fall between the gaps in matters to do with housing, benefits, medical and spiritual issues. I may not be able to do much but I can sit next to someone and listen to them or give them phone numbers to call. My job is amazingly rewarding and it’s the most fulfilled I’ve ever been. There is something greater than ourselves. I’m a trained scientist with a degree in chemistry so I can talk about science and religion. It’s very brave to believe in God because there’s no evidence to prove His existence. Just think about different cultures with little or no contact with each other – they have very elaborate but similar belief systems so there’s definitely something there. www.stamfordallsaints.org.uk

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NEXT STOP ROME The 321 Challengers are ready for the off, but managed a quick run round Bath first… We only have days to go until our first marathon in Rome, and all is going well. James and I had a great morning at Rutland Water when we ran almost 18 miles; Alex’s knee is finally on the mend and our fund-raising is gathering momentum every day. Our biggest achievement so far is the outstanding morning we had down in Somerset at the Bath Half Marathon last month. We planned this race as our last big run before we start winding down the training and resting before our first marathon in Rome on April 2. Bath was going to be a test – this was James’s first ever race and Alex’s first long run after ligament damage in his knee. The weather was kind, the atmosphere was electric with 16,000 runners taking part, and after a couple of miles settling in, we all found a good steady pace and thoroughly enjoyed the next two hours of running. The Bath Half is a brilliantly organised event which I’d recommend to any runner. We were encouraged by everything from African drummers to rock bands along the route, as well as lots of cheering from our own lovely support team – James’s wife Jess, their dog and Michael from Pelargos. We all finished in just over two hours and celebrated with a well earned pint of West Country cider. Now Rome is days away. We are now concentrating on why we set out on the 321 Marathon Challenge in the first place, to raise money for The Pelargos Foundation and Parkinson’s UK. To support the team, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/alexway

Emma’s the ‘one and only’ for Evergreen Determination and a ‘guardian angel’ sees Emma Holttum running her first London Marathon. She explains how it all came about...

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It all started at last year’s London Marathon when I went to cheer on a friend. The range of people competing was incredible. And that was it... if all these people could do it, then so could I. I was already involved with Evergreen Care Trust, which helps promote healthy ageing in Stamford, Bourne and The Deepings, so there was no question who I would be running the marathon for. Evergreen offers many vital services for the elderly, ensuring their clients never feel isolated. And this is why I am ‘the one and only Evergreen runner’ at the 2017 London Marathon. It was hard for me to get a place because Evergreen Care Trust is not known to the organisers, and it was not listed on Virgin Money Giving, which organisers insist you use for fund-raising. We eventually got confirmation but then discovered a substantial fee needs to be paid to secure a charity place and this was just too much for Evergreen to fund. At Rutland Park Run someone, who I can only describe as a guardian angel, came forward and

said they would donate the entry fee — an act which Evergreen and I are extremely grateful for. Anyone who has ever run more than a mile will know how hard the first mile can be. Realising I needed a regular weekly running routine I joined the Stamford Striders on their Tuesday runs. Running with a group is great when you’re starting out as it helps you to find, and maintain, a good pace — and motivates you to continue running to the next rest stop without slowing to a walk. I’ve suffered with a bad back for many years so am very grateful to Glyn Davys at Stamford’s Broad Street Practice who has kept me going with his sports massages. I have been concentrating on building up the miles, with two training runs in the week and a longer run at the weekend. I plan to fuel my body with the right nutrients, stay injury-free and try to enjoy myself in the lead up to what will be an amazing experience. To sponsor Emma go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/EmmaHolttum1 To find out more about Evergreen Care go to www.evergreencare.org.uk

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ICELAND TREK FOR THORPE HALL NURSES International challenges are big business for charities, with millions of pounds being raised by supporters climbing mountains, trekking deserts and tackling jungles. Thorpe Hall Hospice nurses Sylvia Reid and Catherine Cole are just two of the thousands of charity challengers who will be seeking sponsorship as they prepare for an experience of a lifetime this year, trekking across Iceland in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for Thorpe Hall. The charity is aiming to take 30 people to Iceland with a joint fund-raising target of £81,000. The trek is a chance to have that Icelandic holiday and to really experience what the country has to offer at the same time and that’s exactly what Sylvia and Catherine are hoping for. “Neither of us have been to Iceland before or done a challenge like this, so it’s a great way to combine the two,” said Sylvia. “Already in the training we’ve been pushed out of our comfort zone. As nurses we work shifts so when we get the opportunity to go out for a training walk together we have to take it. Unfortunately that meant we were walking around Rutland Water as Storm Doris hit. At one point we were holding on to each other in an effort to stay upright!” Despite that Sylvia and Catherine’s training remains on track – Catherine even managed a six-mile walk every day during a family break to Thetford Forest. And their fund-raising is going well, too. With four months until the trek starts in Iceland on August 10, the pair have raised in excess of £2,000 between them – they have individual fundraising targets of £2,450. “We were both worried that fund-raising would be quite tricky – we’d never done anything like that before,” said Sylvia. “But friends and family have been so supportive. And while we’ve been out and about collecting with buckets in supermarkets and at football matches so many people have approached us to tell us their Thorpe Hall story and said such lovely things about the care people they know have received there” There are still places left on the Iceland Trek, being organised for Sue Ryder by Charity Challenge, a company with more than 16 years of experience in the field. To find out how you could get involved visit www.sueryder.org/get-involved/ events, call the fund-raising team on 01733 225999 or email Thorpe. fundraising@sueryder.org

CATHEDRAL CYCLE 42 Meet Margaret and Robert Miles who are going to spend the summer cycling to every Anglican cathedral in England – all 42 of them – covering 1,700 miles in the process. They have planned their routes, usually circular, and will spend a week away from their Rutland home each month cycling. Very much social cyclists, who have had many cycling holidays across the UK and Europe, they have already started their tour by visiting Peterborough, Ely, St Albans, Chelmsford, Bury St Edmunds and Norwich during March. This month they are visiting Leicester, Derby, Lichfield, Birmingham, Hereford, Worcester and Coventry. They will be carrying their own luggage and plan to stay in B&Bs or with friends who are also invited to join them for a few days of cycling. As well as enjoying the countryside and seeing the beautiful cathedrals Margaret and Robert will be raising funds for two charities, Young Minds and Sustainable Land Trust, both charities that help young people. To donate, and to find out more about their tour, including routes, visit www. milescathedralcycle.com

GENTLY, GENTLY … Meet Dan Swan and Joanna Espin who are both training for the Perkins Great Eastern Run, the half marathon on October 8 in Peterborough. Both are experienced runners who are going to share their training techniques, top tips and how they keep themselves motivated over the next few months. Dan is one of those very people who is naturally fit. He ran the Perkins Great Eastern Run last year in an impressive 92 minutes and hopes to do an even better time this year. But remember, even Dan had to start somewhere. “Starting sensibly is absolutely vital,” says Dan. ‘Train, eat and rest properly and set yourself a goal. Ease yourself in slowly, building up distance gradually. It is vital to listen to your body; if you hurt, don’t run and make sure you have plenty of rest days. Despite being fit I have regular sports massages from Jonny Hands that help with any aches and pain. “The most vital piece of advice I can offer anyone starting out running is get yourself a good pair of running shoes. Don’t buy cheap ones off the internet, go to a proper running shop where they will analyse your gait and get you properly fitting trainers. Remember you are going to be covering a lot of miles in them.” Joanna is taking a different approach. She has set herself a goal this year of running a half marathon every month throughout the year while raising funds for the Phoebe

Research Fund and already has three under her belt. Joanna was a regular runner who let it lapse and, after a change in circumstances, has come back to running and is embracing it wholeheartedly. A busy mum who works on architectural projects all over the country, she has also inspired friends to take up running. “Start gently but make sure you do something, even if the weather is bad,” she says. “Start by walking and then building up your pace, and then start walking combined with running and before long you will find you can run much further than you thought you could, but remember to take it slowly. This technique is called fartlek training, a weird name I know, but it’s effective as it helps you build up endurance skills. “I also set myself goals but in a different way to Dan. I’m not worried about time but enjoy the actual achievement of finishing a race. I do it for myself and the psychological impact of finishing a race. And to see friends achieve something that I have encouraged them to do is tremendous.” Entries are now open for the run. To find out more go to www. perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk Jonny Hands – 07879 368074, jonny.hands@aol.com

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COMMON GOALS Local football clubs enjoy close links with their communities, similar dreams and many have intertwined histories, as discovers Photography: Pip Warters FOOTBALL IS KNOWN as our national sport and its claim to that accolade is not only based on the large numbers attending professional games, nor on the millions watching on TV, but also because of the untold thousands who play in organised competitive matches every weekend. There are around 40,000 clubs in England – more than in any other country in the world – and locally we have our fair share of successful, thriving teams. Stamford AFC, better known as the Daniels, stand out; Oakham and Uppingham have fine sides, but the majority of them are strictly amateur and village-based. One such club is Langtoft United, otherwise known as ‘The Vikings’. Langtoft is a growing village as new housing developments swell the population. The team was formed in 1990 by Brian Topham and Barry Woodthorpe, who co-managed the team as they began their footballing journey in the lower divisions of the Peterborough Sunday League. They are now playing in the ChromaSport Peterborough & District Premier Division, sit in mid-table and are proud holders of the Jack Hogg Shield. I spoke with player Steve Slack who now also helps to coach the youngsters. He told me: “We’re a growing club, trying to be family-based with more local involvement. We’re investing in youth and are growing our junior football to help secure a bright future. The youngsters start at under six and there is a little ones’ soccer school on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings.” Steve works for locally based financial services company BGL Group – home to comparethemarket.com among others – which is also an indispensable sponsor of the club, as it is for several local sides, including the three featured here. The company views support for grassroots sport in its local communities as a crucial element in its sponsorship strategy. When Steve first went to have a look at Langtoft’s set up he was playing at a higher level with Blackstones and didn’t know much about them, only going because a manager he knew well was thinking of joining. “The manager didn’t stay long but I did,” he told me. “I liked the people and the club has a dream, a strong vision to involve the local community more and more and to build our support.” If you’d like to join in, they’re currently in need of a physio for the men’s side and a home linesman, which is a paid position for anyone wishing to stretch their legs and get some fresh air on a Saturday afternoon. Local man and Spurs fan Andy Gray knows Langtoft well and told me: “I’ve plenty of mates playing there. They’re a nice bunch of lads and have a good reputation.”

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That’s reliable praise coming from him as he’s club secretary and assistant manager at rivals Ketton. He has a 20-year association with the club, having joined at 17 as a centre forward and he still plays, but “not very often”; more usually to be found on the bench or in the veterans’ side nowadays. Ketton were founded in 1987 so this is their 30th anniversary season. In the intervening years they moved quickly up the leagues and joined Langtoft in the Premier Division two years ago in what was one of their best seasons, winning the League Cup along the way. In addition to the firsts, there are reserves, under 16s, under 18s and a ladies’ team, with juniors and under sevens and under nines training on a Saturday morning. He told me: “For a first team match there will usually be about 20 people watching, which after all is part of the charm of grassroots football.” That’s a typical attendance for many local sides and, in Ketton’s case, after the game players and spectators alike are often to be found in the clubhouse bar that they share with other users of the community centre in Pit Lane where they play. “If you couldn’t have a beer afterwards I wouldn’t be going,” Andy joked. One of the club’s prodigal sons, Will Bird, has recently returned to the fold from Deeping Rangers and has strengthened the side, and scored eight goals in five games. He’d grown up playing for Ketton and, to demonstrate how much of a community club this is, so did his father, grandfather and three uncles. Andy stressed: “We’re an extremely friendly club yet ambitious. It’s run for the people of the village and surrounding community. We like to think we’re as successful an amateur club as there is in this area.” As well as Langtoft and Ketton, Andy also knows Deeping Rangers very well, having played for them from the age of nine until he joined Ketton eight years later, and he was equally supportive of them.

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Ketton are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year

I spoke to Dan Ingram, who first got involved with Deeping when his son started at the club at the age of five and has been there around three years now. “I used to play locally,” he told me. “But now I’ve finished I’m concentrating on the coaching side.” The club needs more like him. “We would love to recruit more parent volunteers to be coaches here at Outgang Road,” he said, going on to explain how they’d like to give assistance with the cost of gaining the right FA qualifications and badges. One reason they need those extra coaches is they’re actively recruiting school reception-age boys and girls to be part of the club alongside the current starters at under eights. A highlight of the year for the little ones is the Junior Tournament, so popular that it’s booked up months in advance and sees the ground buzzing with 12 local teams in attendance, each bringing three differently-aged teams of six players which, if my arithmetic is up to scratch, means 216 children in total – plus mums and dads. There are medals for the kids and a barbecue and entertainment for all on a carnival-like day. A thriving youth section is of key importance to any club, as their minis grow to be juniors who eventually feed into the first team. Those who may not make the senior squad when adults will nevertheless have made lifelong friends along the way and will often form the core of volunteers which are so vital – and also in turn bring their own children to play. The future certainly looks bright for Deeping with Dan telling me: “Our under 16s are particularly good and are regularly getting the better of under 18 opponents.” The first team are no slouches either, currently sitting second in the league table having already scored their 100th goal of the season and reaching the Lincs Cup final. With an active social side as well, no wonder Dan’s last words to me were: “It’s a great club to be at.” Whether it’s as a spectator, volunteer, player or parent

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the Blue Cow pub on your left. Stay on Mill Lane, following signs to Wymondham. Pass South Witham quarry on your left. 9. At the T junction at the end of Mill Lane, turn left. 10. At the entrance to Thistleton village, turn right, signposted Market Overton. Market Overton to Cottesmore 11. Enter Market Overton, then turn left onto Main Street, signposted Cottesmore. Ride through and out of Market Overton, still following signs to Cottesmore. As the road bends round to the right, you’ll pass The Lodge Trust and café (closed Sundays). 12. Take the first left turn to Cottesmore, then turn left again, to join the main B668.

ON YOUR BIKE In the first of a series, Rutland Cycling’s Sally Middlemiss suggests some great routes to get you out in the saddle This scenic 30-mile route takes in some pretty villages, as well as plenty of pubs and rest stops. The shorter 21-mile option is great for an early morning blast, especially now the days are getting longer.

THE ROUTE:

Whitwell to Pickworth 1. Park at Whitwell car park (LE15 8BL), then pedal back along Bull Brigg Lane towards the main A606 road. As the lane sweeps round to the left, take a right turn, then drop down to the main road along a path and through a wooden gate. Cross the A606 and onto a minor road, heading towards Exton. 2. At the crossroads turn right, signposted Empingham. Keep straight on, enjoying a long, gentle downhill section, crossing a small river, and then climbing up again to another crossroads. Turn left, towards Pickworth. 3. Go under the A1 and turn left to Pickworth, riding for a short section along a minor road parallel with the A1. Take the first right turn, signposted Pickworth. Cross two cattle grids before entering Pickworth village. 4. At the T junction, turn left, heading towards Holywell and Castle Bytham. Pickworth to Castle Bytham 5. At the next T junction, turn right, following signs to Holywell. At the next T junction, turn left, still following signs to Holywell, then immediately right towards Careby, passing a small lake on your left. 6. On entering the village of Careby, turn left, signposted Little Bytham. Stay on the main road, following signs to Little Bytham.

7. Proceed through Little Bytham, passing Rasell’s Nursery on your right. At the T junction, turn left to Castle Bytham. Soon after entering Castle Bytham, turn right, signposted South Witham. Stay on the main road through the village, passing the Castle pub on your left and the Fox and Hounds pub on your right. Castle Bytham to Market Overton 8. Keep straight on, heading towards South Witham. You’ll pass Morkery Wood on your left. Go under the A1 again, following signs for South Witham. Proceed through South Witham, passing

Cottesmore to Whitwell 13. Follow the B668 for a short section, then take the right turn, signposted Exton. 14. Pass Hambleton Bakery on your left, then Barnsdale Gardens on your right. Take the next left, signposted Empingham. 15. At the crossroads, turn right, signposted Whitwell. 16. Cross the A606, go through the gate and along the path as before, and head back to Whitwell car park to complete your ride. For a shorter 21-mile alternative route, at route note 5 turn left instead of right at the T-junction and ride through the villages of Clipsham, Stretton and Greetham, before turning left on to Exton Road to rejoin the route at note 14. Sally Middlemiss is a British Cycling ride leader and Breeze Champion - getting more women into riding bikes for fun.

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CLIPSHAM AND STOCKEN HALL How to work up an appetite for the Olive Branch Photography: Will Hetherington

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Clipsham is a small village but try and park somewhere along West Street and then head north on to Bradley Lane before turning left on to the footpath just after Clipsham Hall, one of many grand houses in this parish. The path then heads north-west through three fields towards the south-west corner of Addah Wood. Here you will soon see the high fences around Stocken Prison just before you turn right and into the heart of the woods, including Lady

Wood and Little Haw Wood. It’s a charming walk through the woods and I can imagine in April it will be particularly special. The path is pretty well sign-posted through the woods, so keep going until you emerge into the open and follow the route north along the side of Little Haw Wood. Here you will be heading gradually downhill towards the stream. When you get to the little bridge over the stream you can turn left immediately towards Stocken Hall Farm, but I would suggest staying on the path for another few hundred metres before turning left at the next footpath junction. From here you will be heading west along the bottom edge of Morkery Wood towards Stocken Hall and the farm and small settlement around it.

When you get to the farm I suggest leaving the footpath and walking south along the access road to Stocken Farm. You can stay on the footpath if you wish but it takes a rather long and dreary triangular route to the A1 and back, and adds little. So take the main road south from Stocken Hall, passing the road to the prison and staff accommodation along the way. It’s not a busy road because it only serves the farm, the hall and a few other houses and it’s easy underfoot. You will eventually see the footpath signs on either side of the road and this is where you turn left to head into Stocken Wood and the path then curves south through Stocken Lakes fishery and drops down to the road back to Clipsham. If you use your common sense you can avoid the road for some of the way back which makes it a better experience. And by the time you finish you may well be ready for refuelling in the famous Olive Branch or at the Jackson Stops down in Stretton.

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Matt Me too, and it was a warm welcome from the manager, Iva. First impressions are vital and you can’t beat a big smile and a little bit of well-judged guidance on the menu. It’s a fine line because sometimes it can be too intrusive, but Iva and her team seem to have it just right. They waited for us to have a look at the menu ourselves and then offered a little bit of advice.

Matt I’m not going to argue with that, but it was also an excellent hummus and the Turk borek is very special too. It’s deep fried feta cheese, filo pastry and parsley, and if you don’t like that then I feel sorry for you! With sucuk (grilled Turkish beef sausage), hellim (halloumi) and falafel it would be hard to find a better mixed starter. I’m glad I had my chicken and broccoli for lunch otherwise I might be full already. But you could easily just pop in to enjoy this starter if you both just wanted a light snack.

Will First impressions are very important, as is consistently good service right through a meal and, as you say Matt, there is nothing to complain about here. Anyway, I’m glad we all agreed on the hot and cold mixed meze starter for two (£14.95). The homemade breads were tremendous and if you forced me to choose my favourite other part of the starter I would have to say the babaganush, and not just because I like the name! It’s a mixture of smoked

Will You could, Matt, but I’m pleased to say that’s not on the agenda this evening! It was a superb starter but I was out walking the dogs for an hour and a half beforehand to make sure I was ready to enjoy everything on offer. And I am glad I did. Because, as Iva recommended, I opted for the Yavash meat platter (£17.95) and it really is something else. It’s a combination of chicken shish, lamb shish, lamb chop and adana kofte (minced lamb kebab) and the two shish

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Stamford U14s win NLD Shield Stamford under 14 rugby team travelled to a bleak Sleaford last Sunday to play Southwell in the final of the NLD Shield. The driving rain and howling wind turned the pitch into a sea of mud which meant that it was not going to be the usual sight of ball moving through the backs’ hands, which Stamford are used to. Stamford chose to play with the wind in the first half, which looked a good decision as JJ Harrison scored under the posts after a well executed line-out. Cormac Calnan added the conversion. Errors were bound to happen due to the conditions and despite spending the majority of the half in the opponents’ territory, Southwell scored a try in the corner just before half-time to close the gap to 7-5.

In the second half chances to score were low and with eight minutes to go Southwell converted a penalty for a high tackle in front of the posts to go up 8-5. Stamford battled hard and when they missed a penalty they may have thought their chance had gone. But when Southwell missed touch after a penalty Stamford ran the ball to the corner and were held up on the line. From the resulting scrum Joe Carter picked up and when tackled managed to off-load to Orlando Thain who scored the winning try. Head coach Dave Laventure said: “The boys were magnificent today in extremely testing conditions. The character they showed in not giving up despite so many handling errors was the decisive factor in them scoring in the last minute and coming out on top.”

Teddy chosen for MSA squad Rutland karter Teddy Wilson has been selected by the Motor Sport Association (MSA) for an elite squad of young British drivers. MSA Academy manager Greg Symes said: “Teddy has demonstrated his huge potential over the last few seasons which has been backed up by fantastic results in the UK and on the international scene. We want to help Teddy realise his potential.” The selected candidates are all aged 14-24 and have demonstrated potential excellence in motor sport. They will benefit from a unique support programme to aid their progression and development in racing. Fifteen-year-old Teddy said: “I am thrilled to be selected for the MSA Academy squad. It’s a

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GIVE YOUR CHILD A HOLIDAY ADVENTURE YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has announced the launch of its Holiday Club programme for 2017. Taking place at Rutland Water, the clubs are run in partnership with Anglian Water and Thomas Cook Children’s Charity. They will be open from 8.30am to 5.30pm during the school holidays at a cost of £40 per child per day. To celebrate the launch of YMCA’s 2017 Holiday Clubs, the charity is offering two free slots for a one-day place in either Easter or May half-term. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer the following question: What is your child’s favourite sport? Email your answer to holidayclub@ theymca.org.uk with your contact details and a winner will be selected at random. Entries close at midnight on April 6 and winners will be notified on April 7.  Visit www.theymca.org.uk/holiday-club for more information.

OO Charlie returns for coaching session Oakham School welcomed back Old Oakhamian Charlie Walker to help coach the U14 rugby sevens squad as they prepared for their forthcoming competitions at Bromsgrove and Rosslyn Park. Charlie captained the 1st XV in the Daily Mail Cup Final in 2011 and the school sevens 1st team at the Rosslyn Park Sevens, before going on to play for England U20s and the England sevens team. He also became a prolific try scorer for Harlequins in the Premiership. Director of rugby Andy Rice said: “It was fantastic to welcome Charlie back to inspire the next generation of rugby stars. The U14 sevens team really enjoyed being coached by such a talented rugby sevens player and it is great that they can benefit from his expertise.” /// A P R I L 2 0 1 7 6 1

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Rugby

Oakham v Harborough derby goes down to the wire BY JEREMY BESWICK

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akham against Market Harborough is always an eagerly-awaited fixture and the recent encounter at The Showground did not disappoint. Watched by the visiting president of the RFU, no less, Harborough made the better start but it was Oakham who first breached the try line, second-row Phil Gant going over after good work from Jamie Brett. Harborough struck back through their prop following a cleverly worked move from a line-out and then piled on the pressure, keeping Oaks pinned in their own 22. That pressure eventually told as the visitors, going through the phases, went over again, and they were to get a third from an interception that allowed their centre an unopposed run to the line, meaning that Oakham were 21-5 down on the half hour. However, “Oakham seem to thrive in adversity,” director of rugby Andy Williamson reckoned, and Nick Houghton replied with a home try after their forwards had been camped on Harborough’s try line for some time, keeping them just about in touch at the break. Oaks had the wind behind them in the second period and they began it with good possession and territory which resulted in a string of infringements and finally a yellow card for the visitors’ number six. Dogged defending by Harborough still kept them out and Williamson threw on Stee Vukinavanua who immediately made an impact as he drove at the Harborough

midfield. After trying, and failing, with several push-over try attempts they switched tactics as “the backs then cleverly used Vukinavanua as a decoy to create space for centre Will Armstrong to slice through before handing on to wing Stu Hunter to score,” which narrowed the gap to six points. Williamson added that “both sides were playing well and the crowd were treated to some really good rugby as they attacked each other trying desperately to secure the win”. With five minutes left on the clock, Jamie Brett made another good run and off-loaded on the inside to Nick Houghton who made it to the line. Callum Crellin faced a difficult conversion to give Oaks the lead but slotted it to the delight of the home supporters. That made it 22-21 and, although Harborough came back at them, they held on. Williamson summed up “an enthralling game and tribute was paid to both sides for a full-blooded encounter which saw Oakham run out winners but which in truth could have gone either way”. The same was true a week later, but Oaks were on the wrong end of that one, losing out 31-27 to Oadby in another cracker, Williamson noting that “both teams were applauded off at the end of a splendid hard-fought match,” which leaves them in mid-table with five games left. Oundle went on a try-fest in March, starting with a home game against Stamford. They would have expected this to be close, the reverse match having seen them win 39-32,

but an early try from Vernon Home set the tone. Scrum-half Jaco Steenberg, having added the conversion, was heavily involved in their second, scored by Gabriel Smithson. Head coach Peter Croot called it “a superb try” as Steenberg’s 35-metre cut out pass completely evaded the line from the Stamford defence to find Smithson who drifted outside his opposite number and sprinted in to score in the corner. Stamford, to their credit, came back with a try of their own but it was very much a case of swimming against the tide as Oundle started to score almost at will. Rob Shingles, Evan Griffiths, Toby Snelling and Tom Oliver all added tries before half-time. Snelling got a second just after the re-start and then Steenberg also completed his double with a touch of magic. Croot reports: “He showed his all round footballing skills. The forwards had once again created a great attacking position, and the defence, anticipating a wide attack, pressed early. The scrum-half cleverly changed tack, and chipped over the rush. He burst through to collect the bounce and sped over the line.” Stamford did have a good 10-minute spell in which they scored twice, but further Oundle tries from Craig Tandy (2) and Shingles again took their total to 11 in all and the final score to 71-24. Oundle were to go on to bag another eight tries at Belgrave the following Saturday in what Croot called “a complete team performance”.

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Tigers Talk The return of Matt O’Connor to Welford Road will be a positive move for the Tigers. As backs coach, he’d helped them to the Heineken Cup final and three Premiership titles, with the side also regularly topping the try-scoring stats under his tenure. Knowing Leicester, knowing the Premiership and, crucially, knowing how to win it would have been three big pluses on his CV. Alas, the logical result is the departure of Aaron Mauger, unfortunate though that may be, because the two men’s areas of expertise are almost identical. Short term, it’s potentially disruptive with some Tigers players taking to social media to express their disappointment at losing Mauger but expect the dust to settle before next season starts. There may be more changes to come, though. Intriguingly O’Connor’s title is head coach, not director of rugby, and the club are tight-lipped about whether there is still a vacancy. In retrospect, that explains why Mauger handed the reins to Geordan Murphy for the press conference that took place a few days earlier. The main talking point was Tigers’ recent win over Saracens in the Anglo Welsh Cup semi-final, the first time they’d won at Allianz Park in any competition. Murphy has been lead coach for this tournament and said “It’s a very difficult place to come and win, they don’t lose many there. I was really pleased with the how we went about our business.” Wing Tom Brady was equally upbeat. “It meant a lot to us to win at Allianz Park for the first time – we played really well” he said. Brady will have been delighted with his decisive try in the fast half of the final to land their first silverware for four years. Not the competition of first choice but, as Murphy had said: “It’s not been the best season for us so far but we’ll still always be fighting for every result.” Before I le I asked Brady what he thought of the resurgence of the English rugby side. “I don’t usually see a lot of international rugby because I’m playing at the same time,” he told me, “but I’ve gone out of my way to watch England. They’ve a real confidence in themselves and also in the players around them”. Their record of consecutive wins had to end sometime and surely there’s no shame in narrowly losing to Ireland on their home turf just aer St Patrick’s day?

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Football

The Daniels find some form BY DEAN CORNISH

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’ve said many times how much of a roller coaster season it’s been for Stamford AFC. Most of the twists and turns have taken place in the league, with the Daniels languishing in the bottom half of a division most thought they would get promoted out of at the first attempt. This last month, though, has seen some green shoots of recovery for Graham Drury’s men with four wins, a draw and a defeat pushing the Daniels back up towards the top half of the table. But the strange thing with Stamford’s season is that just when you think the team has turned a corner, in the next game they manage to perform as badly as they’ve played all season. That was epitomised on March 5 when after four games unbeaten, Stamford managed to lose 5-0 at home to Jamie Vardy’s old side, Stocksbridge Park Steels. There were calls from some fans that day for Drury to be sacked. With the knives out, Stamford next came up against Northwich Victoria, who they then managed to crush 4-0. It’s a funny old game! Stamford should finish the league in the top 10, not ideal following relegation but the improved performances at the season end give most fans hope for possible promotion next season. In my opinion, Drury should stay, but he needs to recruit well over the summer and build a more settled side.

In the United Counties League, Oakham United have had a tough month with back-to-back 5-0 defeats. Recent results under manager Will Moody had picked up, but two home hammerings by Raunds Town and Potton United have further demoralised an inexperienced side that’s lost a host of players. The tractor boys are mid-table and will hope results pick up to avoid a bottom half finish. In the same division, it’s been a bizarre few weeks at Blackstones. There was a great start of three wins on the bounce under new manager Andy Lodge, which was then bizarrely followed by four heavy defeats with no goals scored. Thankfully, that run of defeats was ended with a 3-2 win away at Melton Town, followed by a 5-1 win away at struggling Woodford Town which included a first half hat-trick by Jones de Sousa. Overall, six wins out of 10 for the new manager isn’t bad; if they cut out the bad performances, Blackstones look like being a side on the rise. In the Peterborough leagues, Ketton FC no longer lead the way for our local sides, with March having been distinctly unkind to Rob Ward’s side. The Pit Lane boys have dropped a place to seventh following home and away defeats to league leaders Peterborough Sports Reserves. Those two defeats though mean that Stamford Lions have been able to leapfrog

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ACTIVE LOCAL Round-up

Equestrianism

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he Quorn’s Melton Hunt ride kicked off the end of last month in fine style. In the morning it even looked like we were going to be blessed with sunshine, but alas it was not to be, and stood on the top of the hill at Great Dalby it was just as cold as ever. The ground was good to soft for the 57 brave souls that started the race and as always a few people said that it wasn’t as big as some years. However at nearly three miles and some heavy going in places, it takes a lot to get round. Rowan Cope rode a classy round to victory; he also won first middleweight and first gentleman and walked away from the prize giving with a plethora of trophies. In second spot was Harry Wallace, he also won First Line Cavalryman. The Household Cavalry had a much higher number of riders than usual at the Melton this time. Sophie Walker took third spot, and also won first lady, best under 25 and first thoroughbred, leaving father and previous winner Richard Walker well down the field in

12th place. Richard did, however, still pick up a bottle of champagne for best veteran. The following weekend was another crowd pleaser in the form of the Cottesmore Hunt point-to-point at Garthorpe. It attracted 180 entries for the eight races on good to soft ground making it a little dead, but otherwise near perfect conditions. The locally owned and trained favourite Robin De Boss took the spoils in the coveted members’ race under Dale Peters. A Rutland syndicate headed by Oakham solicitor Paul Browne owns the horse. The last three races of the day attracted the biggest fields. In the nine-year olds and upwards, the winning owner was Cottesmore chairman Nicholas Wright and the horse was also ridden by his son, Archie. Finally, eventing has started again, although some early rain showers saw the first few competitions abandoned. Oasby on the second weekend in March had a good four days of glorious competition. Oliver Townend hit early form with two winners. He rode

Andrew Cawthray’s Note Worthy to victory in one of the Open intermediate sections, then went on to win another intermediate section on the ex-flat racehorse Khoi Traveler owned by Angela Bishop, which means he is Britain’s number one. Locally we saw Stamford-based Tamsyn Iveson have a good win on her seven-year old Enniscrone Morgan Gold in the BE90. Richard Jones is back competing after his nastily broken leg over the winter. He had five rides at Oasby, which he took steadily, then back to normal service at Lincoln with seven and back picking up placings. His wife Victoria is also going great guns with Wiepke II with which they had their first win in a premier league at Myerscough in Lancashire. Etti Dale from Castle Bytham has had a brilliant start to the season. Not only was she third in the intermediate at Oasby, she then went on to be second the following weekend at Lincoln and has very deservedly been put on the long list for the British team at the 2* European Championships in Belgium in July.

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