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A week to make your dog perfect! Our brilliant day- by-day guide to making your dog come back every time ISSUE 30 // DECEMBER 2014



UP IN THE AIR See Stamford and ter, Rutland by helicop n glider, upside dow and while looping the loop!

Pregnancy and Birth

Post-natal care and how to be a working mum

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Rutland Sports Awards Who are this year's stars?

Christmas crisis?

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Editor’s Letter THIS MONTH, WITH THE GROUND MUDDY and soggy, and dank fog lurking about with few glimpses of a watery sun, we have decide to rise above it – quite literally – and take to the skies. This area has a strong relationship with flying, borne out of the Second World War when airbases were so numerous you could apparently go barely six miles in any direction without finding one. The bug for all things aeronautical stuck and even with some of our local RAF bases not operating as they once did, the skies around here are still full. So much so in fact that my wife, whose knowledge and interest about all things technical is so sketchy I’m not sure she even knows the make of car she is driving, can recognise the approach of a Spitfire or Lancaster just by the insistent beat of a Merlin engine. Then there’s the sight of the Vulcan lumbering overhead on its way to a display, looking every inch the awesome beast and, of course, the uplifting pass of the Red Arrows in tight formation. But getting a lift in a World War Two legend, Cold War behemoth or any of these other stunning things that streak above us is nigh-on impossible. Don’t despair though: there are still equally amazing ways to see Rutland and Stamford. In what could in no way be construed as cowardice on my part, I sent Mary Bremner on two intrepid flying trips: one involving no engines and the other that involved being upside down the whole time. Me, I opted for the far more sensible helicopter option. So if you’re stuck for a Christmas present for a loved one, perhaps a memorable flight might be just the thing.

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, Sandie Hurford, Jeremy Beswick, Julia Dungworth Photographers Nico Morgan, Harry Measures, Jon Clarke, Pip Warters, Andy Balmford Production Assistants Abigail Sharpe, Clare Smith, Gary Curtis Advertising Sales Lisa Withers lisa@theactivemag.com Rachel Meadows rachel@theactivemag.com Accounts Amy Roberts amy@theactivemag.com Active magazine, The Grey House, 3 Broad Street, Stamford, PE9 1PG. Tel: 01780 480789 A member of the Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce If you have information on a club then get in touch by emailing editor@theactivemag.com. If you would like to stock Active magazine then email distribution@ theactivemag.com. If you would like to discuss advertising possibilities please email advertise@ theactivemag.com Active magazine is published 12 times per year on a monthly basis. Distributed by Grassroots Publishing Ltd. ISSN 2049-8713 A Grassroots Publishing Limited company. Company registration number 7994437. VAT number 152717318

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Price: £625,000

Pond Yard is a delightful village home set in an elevated position on the edge of the Welland Valley with captivating views over lovely Rutland countryside. Surrounded by extensive, secluded gardens which border open fields, the property is hidden away behind mature trees and flowering shrubs and yet is just a few minutes walk from the centre of the village. The house itself is around 300 years old, originally comprising three dwellings and now converted into a spacious home that retains much of its period character. Set around a central courtyard the exterior has stone-built walls and a Collyweston slate roof, whilst inside original features include solid oak beams and open fireplaces and the simple decor, with stone-flagged hearths and tongue & groove panelled doors enhances the charm of the house. On the south-side wide windows make the most of the captivating rural views and a lovely Garden Room has bi-fold doors opening out on to the south-west facing terrace running along the back of the house. The garden covers approximately one acre and has a mix of sunny terraces, lawn, woodland and an orchard. With its captivating views, peaceful setting and unique character, Pond Yard is an appealing and welcoming period home in a lovely location. EPC Rating: E




Price: £695,000

The Roost is a delightful Georgian residence set in an elevated position with far-reaching views out over the pretty village of Ufford. Built of local stone, the Grade II listed house dates from the 1700’s and is a charming example of the architectural style of the period. Outside the classic façade sits beneath a steep slate roof, whilst inside the principal rooms have high ceilings and open fireplaces and tall windows, some with casement shutters. The property’s location at the top of the village allows far-reaching views and throughout the house the rooms are flooded with light from the many windows. The substantial accommodation is laid out over three floors and, whilst some interior modernization is required, the property has excellent potential to become an elegant home that could suit a variety of lifestyles and needs. Outside, the delightful, secluded mature gardens include large expanses of lawn and are stocked with mature trees including fruit varieties, whilst the extensive outbuildings include an original two storey barn, a Garage and a log store. With its peaceful village setting and attractive Georgian appeal, The Roost is a unique and welcoming property that will make a stunning period home in an excellent location. EPC Rating: Exempt

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Price: £695,000

With lovely views across the open countryside that surrounds the village, Ash House is a handsome residence with superb reception space, extensive accommodation and a stylish interior. The house is built of Clipsham stone with a slate roof and traditional sash windows and the exterior has a timeless architectural appeal, whilst inside the contemporary interior has been designed to maximize the sense of space and light. Natural, high quality materials have been used throughout with features such as stonemullioned windows, solid oak doors and an ash staircase custom-made by local craftsmen and having been recently completed the house is offered in immaculate condition. The impressive Kitchen & Breakfast Room is a natural focal point for daily life and French doors from the principal living rooms allow the house to extend easily to the secluded garden. The interior also features bathrooms by Villeroy and Boch, under-floor heating and internet wiring, making this a streamlined, efficient and truly modern home. Ash House combines excellent design with extensive living space and, with its superb Rutland location, it makes an impressive country home. EPC Rating: Pending




Price: £725,000

Manor Barn is a handsome period barn dating from the 1700s, built of local stone with brick-work detail. The house is located in an ideal semi-rural location bordering open fields with lovely country views and easy access to many local bridleways and footpaths. Originally converted and extended in 1988, subsequent additions to Manor Barn have created a welcoming, light-filled home with substantial and flexible accommodation set over two spacious floors. The house retains much of its historic charm and many period features such as the hayloft on the front façade, solid oak beams and inglenook fireplaces, whilst vaulted ceilings and many windows throughout flood the house with light. French doors from the large Conservatory open the interior to the grounds and make the most of the country views, whilst the striking Study features a unique mezzanine Gallery adding further living space or guest accommodation. Outside, the enclosed garden is south-west facing and there are an excellent range of outbuildings including a three-bedroom selfcontained Annexe and a bespoke Glass-house, as well as the further benefit of a 1.5 acre paddock. With its extensive grounds, flexible accommodation and potential to adapt to many different lifestyles, Manor Barn is a unique, impressive country home in a wonderful rural location. EPC Rating: D

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Contents NEWS

ISSUE 30 /// DECEMBER 2014



The Santa Express is departing from Wansford


Great ideas from local companies


Cottesmore Hunt secretary Clare Bell

18-19 HEALTH AND WELLBEING The latest on looking and feeling great


Local experts to help you look your best


The latest dispatch from intrepid adventurer James Peach


The Active Rutland Sports Awards



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Great present ideas for Christmas


The Sunday Times writer on how money talks in football


Mary Bremner finds out how it feels to soar like a bird


Steve Moody takes to the skies in a chopper


Fancy trying your hand at mid-air aerobatics? Here’s how



This month we try out The Cherry House in Werrington


Will Hetherington finds another great local route


More great advice to make life with your pooch easier


Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils

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How clubs in the Stamford and Rutland area are faring

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One less thing to worry about this Christmas ‌..

Smiths Gore has your property sale all wr apped up. Please ring for free property consultation Stamford office t 01780 484 696 e stamford@smithsgore.co.uk

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Lois Simpson

Heather Lemmon

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Peak performance Pupils from Oakham set out to conquer the summits of Wales and England as part of their Duke of Edinburgh course: survival skills were honed in Snowdonia, the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales. See page 59 for the full story.

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The Final Whistle 118 years of history ended recently when Stamford Daniels welcomed Rushall Olympic for the final game at Kettering Road, where they have played since the club’s formation in 1896. They now move to their new Borderville ground on Ryhall Road.

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Activelife GREAT THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO SEE, PEOPLE TO MEET // Edited by Mary Bremner


All aboard! The Santa Special at Nene Valley Railway is must for every child and steam train enthusiast. Trains depart from Wansford station between November 30 and December 24. There’s a present for every child from Santa and then a 55-minute trip to Peterborough and back. While on the train Santa will wander through to have a word with the children, little elves will dish out sweets and drinks and the adults will get mince pies and a hot drink. Booking is essential at www.nvr.org.uk

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Frog Bikes with Team Sky

A bike for Christmas? Most children will say ‘Yes please!’. And Rutland Cycling is the place to buy one. They now stock Frog Bikes who have joined forces with professional cycling team Team Sky to launch a high quality, high performance, lightweight, stylish childrens’ bike range which is now in stock, just in time for Christmas.

The Team Sky Kids’ Bike range is suitable for children aged 2-14 and includes a balance bike, first pedal bike and many different sizes in hybrid and road bikes. All aimed for children to learn key skills and have fun from their first pedal bike to first race. What’s more each bike has the iconic Team Sky

blue line, so the youngsters will feel like a pro. Frog Bikes are lightweight and high quality with narrow handlebars and slim-grip brakes, ideal for youngsters. At affordable prices ranging from £100 to £450, visit Rutland Cycling at either of their stores at Whitwell or Grafham, or online at www.rutlandcycling.com

Pretty pottery Pop in to Maiden Lane in Stamford and visit Nicola Tame in her shop. Proprietor of Country Traditionals, many of you will recognise Nicola from her other business, Artyfarty Designs – Home Accessories. She’s a busy lady who has now branched out with Country Traditionals. This business sells handcraed Polish stoneware that is practical as well as pretty. Oven/Aga, microwave and dishwasher proof the range is mostly blues and creams which blend well together in any home, traditional or modern. An ideal gi, for yourself or a friend, start collecting this lovely pottery, it’s proving irresistible.

Denhams the Jewellers Denhams the Jewellers have now opened in St Mary’s Street. Established in 1951 in Leicester and with another store in Market Harborough, Denhams have now come to Stamford. Owner Sarah Stamp is a diamond specialist but also stocks a wide range of jewellery ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. Denhams specialises in re-modelling old jewellery and will work closely with customers to create bespoke designs. Sarah also offers a full jewellery repair service using very skilled goldsmiths and watch repairers. Call in and say hello, Sarah and her manager Jennifer Hayes and her team, will be delighted to see you.

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A day in the life of Clare Bell The Cottesmore Hunt’s secretary on washing horses and making hunting more accessible I desperately wished for a horse while I was growing up, hoping there’d be one in the garage one Christmas morning, but my parents weren’t interested at all so I had to ride my friends’ horses. That’s probably why I’ve now got five and my children, Will and Charlotte, are so into riding. They love to come hunting with me and they event with the Pony Club. It’s a lot of work to look aer five horses so in the hunting season I’m normally outside by 5.30am aer a quick cup of tea and a bowl of cereal. I muck out and then plait any horses that are going hunting – usually four – which takes me about 12 minutes each. I’m pretty regimented and know that at 10.15am I have to be in the lorry with wheels rolling, unless we’re meeting miles away. We cover Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Rutland and we always meet at 11am so everything works backwards from there. Once I’ve finished in the yard I load the horses in the lorry and we’re off. When we get to the meet we might have a glass of port and a sausage roll or a piece of fruitcake. On busy days we oen have 100 people on horses and over 50 on foot and in cars. We can cover up to 25 miles during the day, stopping when it’s dark.

When I get home I wash the horses. It was truly hideous last year with all that rain so I invested in a hot horse shower which is a gas heater that turns your hosepipe into a warm bath for horses. They were so much happier! Once I’ve finished in the yard, I then have to clean my kit. How long it takes depends on what sort of day I’ve had. If I’ve fallen off, it’s a nightmare. The season before last, I fell off three times before the opening meet! From about 6pm I do my official hunt secretary work. I’m the first person anyone gets in touch with if they’re interested in hunting with the Cottesmore. I’ll probably get about 20 new people each season phoning or emailing me. Some of them will decide hunting’s not for them, some will come two or three times, and others will end up being with us for years. I try and make sure that if they’re new to hunting they don’t come on a day that’ll frighten them to death. Tuesday country means big hedges and you need to be quite an accomplished jockey to sail across them. Saturdays are family friendly and Thursdays are good for beginners because there are less people out. I’ll spend about two hours in the evening checking my emails, paying bills, writing up

minutes from meetings and counting the money I’ve collected during the day. You have to be really thick-skinned doing this job because taking money off people – even for something they’re passionate about – isn’t always an easy thing to do. I’ve chased someone around a wood before to get their money off them. We need all the money we can get from subs and caps because that’s what pays our bills. We have nine hunt horses to be fed and shod; the hounds; vets fees; staff to pay; council tax at the kennels; utility bills and country maintenance costs for the farmers. If we hunt a lot across someone’s land we try and help them by paying for hedge laying or new fences. To relax in the evening I go to the gym or I cook. I love cooking with game. And I look forward to the next hunt. I count myself so lucky in what I do for a living. Historically, hunting was out of reach for the ordinary person but since the ban, I think it’s become more accessible as we’ve worked on our public image. It was my intention when I took over as secretary to make people realise that it’s for everyone. I’m not from a ‘posh’ background, and I want people to think, ‘if she can do it, I can do it.’ /// D E C E M B E R 2 0 14

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Health and Wellness Everything a woman needs to be fit, healthy and fantastic

// Edited by Sandie Hurford

PREGNANCY & BIRTH: New analysis highlights failings in post-natal care Around 5,000 new mothers each week will develop long-term health problems because of the poor post-natal advice and guidance they receive, according to a new book. With around 60,000 births per month in the UK, it is widely acknowledged that a third of these new mothers will develop long-term health problems such as stress incontinence and prolapse because they are not encouraged to follow an effective post-natal rehabilitation programme, says Barry Fowler, author of The Kegel Legacy, based on a new analysis of published data. The scale of the problem was highlighted by NICE in the new Clinical Guidelines on the treatment of incontinence in women, which stated that incontinence alone, largely caused by pregnancy and childbirth, affects between a half and two-thirds of women and that there is a general belief among women that there is no effective treatment. NICE acknowledges that the awareness problem is so bad that many women may wait up to ten years before seeking medical help. Fowler, who

has worked in the field for 15 years, says this raises a fundamental question: “With so many sufferers, how do we arrive at a situation where the general perception among women is that they are unusual and alone with the problem; that there is no point in seeking advice and help from their GP; and that there is no effective treatment?” He believes that the answer is very simple. “There is a simple, clinically-proven and very cost-effective treatment that can be prescribed by all GPs and it costs just a few pounds. But instead, like generations of women before them, new mothers and existing sufferers are being offered little or no effective help and guidance.” “Our research shows that the best most can expect is a suggestion that they ‘do’ pelvic floor or Kegel exercises. He is also dubious of the benefits of the primary treatment recommended by NICE – a three-month course of physiotherapistsupervised pelvic floor muscle training.

“It is widely acknowledged that this approach fails to offer any real improvement in symptoms in any realistic timescale and the fact that there are two-year waiting lists for physiotherapy in some parts of the country just compounds the problem.” Fowler questions the fact that the new NICE guidelines focus on much more expensive pharmaceutical and surgical interventions. He highlights the example of The PelvicToner™ exercise programme which has been available on prescription for nearly three and a half years but that he says is subject to a ‘postcode lottery’. “The PelvicToner is clinically proven to be as effective as a three-month programme of physiotherapy yet it costs one tenth as much and does not take up scarce physiotherapy resources. Fowler believes a review of post-natal rehabilitation is urgently required. “There are an estimated 7 million women living with the embarrassment of Urinary Stress Incontinence in the UK and potentially 60,000 new mothers join them every month. Most could prevent or cure their problem within a couple of weeks.”

A mother’s reward – but there can also be a downside to childbirth Photo: Marc Debnam

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Nearly half of working mums want to share baby leave Some 44% of working mums would consider sharing their maternity leave with their partner, according to Workingmums.co.uk annual survey. The number of women who would consider sharing their leave when the new shared parenting legislation comes in next year has risen by 3% since last year and may in part be due to a rising number of women who are the main breadwinners in their families – over 17% of women who were living with a partner say they are the main breadwinner and only in a small number of cases is this because their partner has been made redundant or had to reduce their hours. The survey of over 2,390 working parents, sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants, covers a wide variety of issues, from childcare and flexible working to finances, discrimination and self employment. It shows that, despite the rise in women breadwinners, the number of women who claim to split childcare and housework equally with their partners is just 21%, down from 27% last year. Some 17% say their partners work flexibly, with 4% of partners working part-time. Many women said the economic situation was affecting how long they took for maternity leave. Some 46% had returned to work early due to the recession or cost of living. Some 10% took only between one and three months’ maternity leave. The majority, however, took between seven and 12 months. Although 70% said they went back to work because they needed the money, 60% said they would work even if money was not an issue. Other findings from the survey include: ■ 56% of women say they earn less pro-rata than they did before having children ■ 49% say employers discriminate more against women in the current climate ■ 60% think they have to work harder than men due to unconscious bias ■ The number of parents using grandparents for childcare has risen – 56% make use of grandparents to reduce their childcare costs, 18% use tax credits, 25% have childcare vouchers, 23% use friends, 8% get older siblings to help and 18% get help from other relatives (many use a combination of options) ■ 41% (up 11% on last year) spent nothing on childcare while 20% pay over £500 per month ■ 32% say homeworking is their most favoured type of flexible working and homeworking is the most likely thing to

The work-life balance is changing for modern parents Photo: nyul

encourage more women to work full-time ■ 53% said that more flexible working would aid them in their career development ■ Most women got the flexible working they requested but 23% did not, with 11% feeling their employer did not even consider their request at all ■ Only 13% who had taken a career break found a job fairly easily aerwards ■ Most women (53%) want part-time work and 15% of part-timers work at least 6-8 hours extra a week ■ Just 4% do a job share ■ 74% of working mums are logging on to emails outside of their working hours, with 48% doing so regularly ■ 14% of respondents were on a zero-hours contract or variable shis – of these, 54% prefer it

as it offers flexibility, but 17% find it difficult to arrange all the childcare they need. 28% like it for the flexibility but also find it a challenge with childcare. Gillian Nissim, founder of Workingmums.co.uk, said: “Our annual survey always throws up a wealth of information on the way women are working or would like to work and the hurdles many face when attempting to reach their potential. It is interesting to note the appetite for shared parenting in the light of expectations that initial take-up will not be significant. This perhaps reflects a growing awareness among couples of the link between equality in the workplace and at home. It is vital that policy supports parents in having greater choice over how they balance work and family life.”

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Get set for your Christmas party Christmas is the time to get glammed up for all those parties and there are many places in the area just waiting to give you a hand. Mary Bremner discovers some local beauty experts

Pamper Me Pretty

Glen Eden Medical Aesthetics

Lottie Davies, a former pupil of Stamford High School, has recently set up her own mobile beauty business. Pamper Me Pretty, offers all beauty treatments in the comfort of your own home – ideal at this busy time of year when fitting in an appointment at the salon can be tricky. She specialises in waxing, does make up lessons and offers many other treatments as well. And she has very pretty nail colours! To contact Lottie to make an appointment ring her on 07850 539884 or visit her website www. pampermeprettyrutland.com

Husband and wife team Dr John and Mary Elder, from Glen Eden Medical Aesthetics in Corby Glen offer a range of cosmetic treatments. They are both fully trained practitioners and are members of the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors and British Association of Cosmetics Nurses. The practice is a private one and offers treatments such as botox and dermal fillers as well as travel immunisation and anti malarial advice, cervical smears and employment medicals. Visit their website to see the other treatments available. For further information or to book a consultation visit their website www.glen-edenmedical.co.uk or ring 01476 550056.

Beautica Beautica in Silver Lane specialises in nails and beauty. Aga, Beautica’s proprietor, started the business in August 2013. She holds an MA in Psychology and Pedagogics and was always interested in art – take a look at her website to see what she can do with nails. As well as being a fabulous nail technician, coming second in the UK Nail Technician of the Year competition in 2012, Aga has recently completed five

advanced masterclasses with leading world semi permanent make up artists. Since setting up she has brought modern SPMU techniques to Stamford. Aga and her talented team offer lash extensions, fabulous nails and permanent make up such as eyebrows and lip liners. To find out more visit her website www.beautica. co.uk or give her a ring on 01780 759086.


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Activelife OUT AND ABOUT

Six things to do in December  Visit Santa! There are lots of Santa’s grottos about. Visit him at Waterside Garden Centre and go for a skate at the same time. Or find him at Gates’ Nurseries at Cold Overton where you can sample their delicious food in the Traditional Tea Shop and don’t forget the children’s play area. Or go to Sacrewell where you have a tractor ride and visit the donkeys in the live nativity. He also visits Rutland Water, at the Whitwell car park every Sunday in December. He’s a very busy man…  Everyone has to do it – race around like a fool doing your Christmas shopping. Try and support the local shops rather than go further afield or online. Use them or lose them! And, of course, don’t forget to order the turkey and buy the Christmas tree…  Go carol singing. Loads of opportunities to open your lungs and join in with Christmas carols. Attend a carol service at your local church or go to Burghley House for the annual Burghley Carol Concert on December 14. Tickets are on sale now.


 Learn how to make your own wreath to hang on your door or a centrepiece for your table courtesy of Burghley’s head gardener John Burrows. The festive floral workshops at Burghley House run twice a day on December 4 and 5 at 10am and 2pm. Or go to Stamford Arts Centre on Saturday, December 13 at 9.30am to make your own wreath. This workshop to make a contemporary wreath or table decoration lasts three hours and is free of charge.  Go to the traditional Boxing Day and New Year’s Day hunt meets. The Cottesmore will be meeting at Cutts Close in Oaham on Boxing Day and the Fitzwilliam at the Haycock in Wansford on New Year’s Day. What better way to blow away the cobwebs aer a day or evening of overindulgence…  And don’t forget the Santa fun run. The eighth fun run organised by Burghley Rotary will be held on Sunday, December 14, starting at 11am in Burghley Park. A great way to raise funds for your own charity just by doing a 3km amble, you can even take the dog.


How to spot a robin

No need to describe this, our national bird, a woodland species so common in our gardens that graces so many Christmas cards. Robins are currently doing well, with twenty-one territories on an Uppingham breeding bird survey plot this year, more than double the 2013 total. Robins are very territorial, defending an area which will provide them with food all year and a choice of nest-sites in spring. In winter even the females sing to warn other Robins off their ‘patch’. Robins can become very tame if fed regularly – their favourite food is mealworms, preferably alive, but they will also take fat, suet and household food scraps.

Many have learned to access hanging feeders, like tits, but they are not so agile and prefer to feed on the ground or on raised bird tables. Well known for choosing unusual nest-sites – kettles, old tins and the like, robins can be tempted to breed in gardens using carefully sited nestboxes. These should be placed in cover, up to shoulder height, perhaps on an ivied tree or a fence shielded by shrubs. Two or three broods may be reared, the fledged young very different from their parents with mottled brown plumage and no red breast. Terry Mitcham

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Inspirational idea for the leftover sprouts Teriyaki sprouts with chilli & sesame – courtesy of Riverford Organic Farms Serves 4. Preparation time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 6 minutes Serve with cooked rice or egg noodles tossed in a little sesame oil for a simple vegetarian supper (add some tofu for protein), or add leover pieces of cooked chicken, beef or pork from a roast. Ingredients 500g Brussels sprouts, trimmed 2 tbsp sunflower or olive oil 1-2 red chillies, thinly sliced, seeds removed for less kick, depending on taste 2 garlic cloves, peeled & thinly sliced 3cm fresh ginger, peeled and grated or cut into very thin matchsticks 2 tbsp Riverford teriyaki sauce 1 tbsp sesame seeds (we used black ones for colour, but normal ones will do) Method Boil the sprouts in a pan of salted water for approx 5 minutes, depending on size, until just tender. Drain, refresh in a bowl of cold water, then drain again. Leave whole, or cut larger ones in half. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in wok or large frying pan. When hot, add the sprouts, chilli, garlic and ginger. Stir fry for 2 minutes, then add the teriyaki sauce and sesame seeds. Toss together for a few moments before serving.

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Cycling the world

James Peach is on the adventure of his life – to cycle around the world and in the process raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. This month he finishes crossing America We were warned about Kansas being very windy, very hot and very dull. But these harbingers of doom were wrong. The weeks we spent cycling across the Kansas desert were magnificent. As we were cycling west we were pedalling into the sun setting on the end of the road each night. The sky lit up with an array of colours and then a canopy of stars opened above you. We would pedal late into the night and camp when we grew too tired. Sleeping under the desert stars with a full belly is the best moment in every touring cyclist’s day. We carried on into Colorado in the middle of autumn so the lush green trees were mixed with deep reds, oranges and yellows. It made for very colourful, pretty cycling. A week of mountain climbs was tough especially with the cold nights, some knee pain and a chest cold. But we got to Monarch Pass, the Continental Divider which means all water now flows west, towards the Pacific, and towards our target of San Francisco. The state of Utah brought new challenges and a new landscape. We descended into and climbed out of canyons every day. Our bikes were now heavier as we had to carry enough water and supplies for days on the road as we were far from civilisation. The landscape was the most impressive I’ve ever seen and like nothing I’ve seen before. Sleeping out in the wilderness under the stars is fabulous. Leaving Utah we hit Highway 50, known as ‘the

loneliest road in America.’ This road goes across Nevada through mountain ranges and basins time and time again. Headwinds and cross winds aplenty slowed our progress. A small town every 100 miles or so was the only break to the monotony of climbing and descending, pushing through the wind to the next mountain range. It was relentless and exhausting, physically and emotionally. Every gust of wind slowed you down or if you weren’t careful pushed you off the road As we reached the shores of Lake Tahoe we crossed into California, our final state. The cars soon got smaller and more European. The temperature warmed up as we came back down to sea level for the first time in over a month. We got through Carson Pass, our final mountain range and descended the Sierra Nevada range on our way to the Pacific Ocean.

We cycled through the Napa wine region before finally reaching the Pacific at Dillon beach. Then it was a final 60 mile day down the coast to the Golden Gates of San Francisco. Aer three months on the road, days of pain and tears mixed with days of delight and euphoria, we finally reached our goal. 7,800 kilometres cycled and huge smiles on our faces. To cross a continent on a bicycle has been a dream for many years and rolling into San Francisco was a very special moment. I will miss America a lot, it has been an unforgettable experience. But a new challenge awaits, Australia – and I wish you all a Happy Christmas from Down Under!  To follow James visit his blog at www. thelifecycle.org which will also allow you to donate to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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Congratulations to Jo Bevilacqua, a mum and entrepreneur (a mumpreneur) who has recently triumphed in the Unique Category at the Mumpreneur UK Awards. These awards recognise that having children does not mean the end of your career. The exact opposite in Jo’s case as having children sewed the seed for her unique idea. Jo, who lives in Whittlesey, runs Serenity Loves (www.SerenityLoves.co.uk) that is a hair and beauty salon that has onsite childcare facilities – such a simple, sensible idea that filled a gaping hole in the beauty industry. So successful has Jo been that she is now working on plans to open franchises across the UK. She launched the business in March 2012 and was delighted to be presented her award by model Caprice (pictured).

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Feature /// Active Rutland sports awards



sponsored by Rutland Sailing Club


Zoe Smith, Rutland Running and Triathlon Club

Holly Newton, Vale Judo Club (represented)


sponsored by Think Digital Print


Emma Phillip, Vale Judo Club

Charlotte Bell, Cottesmore Hunt Pony Club

On November 12, the Active Rutland Community Sports Awards 2014 were held at Greetham Valley, with 14 awards presented at this prestigious event which celebrates the efforts and achievements of individuals and the unsung heroes who help and inspire the community to take part and succeed in sport and physical activity. Photography: Nico Morgan


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Fraser Clephane, Leicester Riders Junior Basketball Academy (represented)

Rob Braint, Vale Judo Club (represented)





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Toby Williams, Rutland Sailing Club


Olivia Hunnikin, Rutland Rouleur

Millie Fionda, Rutland Rouleur / Oakham Tae Kwon-Do

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Barbara Crellin, Oakham Rugby Club / Rutland Athletic

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Feature /// Gear


Need help with your Christmas present list? Here’s a few ideas... Bryn Parry team work gun licence holder

Bryn Parry shooting practice mug

Classic bone china mug decorated with Bryn Parry’s amusing illustrations. Individually gi boxed. Price: £10 each or 5 for £40 From: Kibworth Gun Shop

Made in so leather, this licence cover is printed with one of Bryn Parry’s great caricatures of the hunting world. Presented in a gi box. Holds current A4 shotgun licences folded. Price: £20 From: Kibworth Gun Shop

Tropic skin care

Tropic products are derived from 100% pure plant extracts and are naturally effective on all skin types, never tested on animals and use only premium, responsibly sourced natural ingredients. This gi set is the whole skincare collection— ideal for Christmas! Price: £79 From: www.tropicskincare.co.uk/ shop/amyroberts

Dawes Duchess bike

Combining classic looks with modern styling, the Duchess is the bike to be seen on riding about town. It’s fitted with all the essentials such as a websprung saddle with matching grips, a rattan effect basket, kickstand and painted mudguards. Price: £329 From: CycleWright

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TomTom Multi-Sport GPS watch

Whether you prefer running, cycling or swimming, the TomTom Multi-Sport GPS watch allows you to track your progress and boost your performance. An extra large display shows key running stats at-a-glance including distance, run time and pace and are shown in impressive high-resolution. Price: £130 From: John Lewis

Team Sky Frog road bikes

Bryn Parry team work flask Decorated with Bryn Parry’s artwork, this stainless steel flask has a removable so leather cover. Price: £20 From: Kibworth Gun Shop

Team Sky have partnered up with Frog Bikes to produce some of the best kids’ road bikes on the market. The new range of lightweight aluminium-framed bikes features components carefully designed for children: specially designed drop handlebars because of a child’s narrower shoulders, microshi brakes and scaled down gear shiers craed for smaller hands. Price: £400 From: Rutland Cycling

Exteondo Lerro Performance jacket

A cycling jacket from Exteondo, its design provides maximum comfort and great protection against the elements on cold winter days. The Lerro performance jacket fits this bill by utilising Windstopper technology to protect you on chilly days, while its exceptional breathability will let you cool off if you get too hot. Price: £200 From: Rutland Cycling

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WackySox offers a huge range of funny, funky and cool high performance, British made, novelty sports socks. Price: £8 - £10 From: Rutland Sports

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Guest column

The colour of money in the Premier League Martin Johnson on the power of cash in football’s top flight ho said you can always buy success with money? When I was a lad, one of my chums had a brand new sled for Christmas, with gleaming steel runners and revolutionary aerodynamic design. It looked terrific, and hugely expensive. And I wanted one. “No, no” said my father, I’ll make you one”. And he did. Out of old wooden boxes and some pram wheels stolen from the local tip. A thing of beauty it was not, but when my home-made sled and my friend’s machine finally lined up side by side at the top of a snow covered slope, have a guess which one made it to the bottom first? Right first time. It was my chum’s. By about two and a half minutes. I was the Eddie the Eagle of winter sport long before Eddie the Eagle himself. It’s the same with football, is it not? Money talks. Flog your team to some oil sheikh or Russian oligarch, and hey presto. One season you’re scrubbing along on the fringe relegation with a collection of old has-beens picked up in the January sales, and next you’re nailing down a Champions’ League place with a squad of players who cost a combined 1000 trillion pounds. And yet. A glance at the Premier League table after a quarter of the season made you look again closely, just to make sure you’d read it correctly. For years we’d been conditioned to check for how the likes of Southampton and West Ham were getting on by starting from the bottom and working up. This season it’s been the other way around, and Swansea City, whose entire player budget would buy Manchester City half a new goalkeeper, were doing pretty well early doors also. It could all end in a familiar basement struggle by the end of the season, of course, but are we at last seeing a trend which means that the title will not always be won by Moneybags United or Rolling Init Rovers? Sadly, probably not. The Premier League has always been competitive enough to make it difficult to predict a result with any degree of certainty, and no-one is hugely surprised when Liverpool go to Burnley on a filthy Tuesday night in January and get beaten 2-0. But just as the attritional nature of the Premier League throws up this kind of result fairly often, so, ironically, does the same attritional nature mean that it’s the teams with all the dosh that will be polishing the silverware at the end of the season. Simply because, when injuries and suspensions kick in, the


Burnleys of this world will be struggling to find enough people to sit on the substitutes bench while the Manchester Citys have £150 million-worth sitting there ready to come on. The only thing the manager of Moneybags United has to be wary of is preserving team morale – a constant worry when you assemble a team of pampered egos each one of whom belongs to the Kevin Pietersen school of high maintenance. You have to be careful not to offend people nowadays, and any Premier League footballer put on the bench might well demand compensation for emotional distress and loss of self esteem in the European Court of Human Rights. When I grew up supporting Newport County, in what was then Division Three (South), it was the same story of the non-glamour players having to put up with the outrageous demands of the socalled superstars, and it was by no means uncommon to drive to an away game and see the team bus pulled over on the hard shoulder while the big names got out for a communal fag. The problem for the Southamptons of this world is that even if they have players worth a small fortune, they will always lose them to the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea or Barcelona unless they can somehow buck the trend of all the major titles going to the clubs with all the money. The other day their French midfielder, Morgan Schneiderlin, was already hinting that as soon as Southampton discovered their rightful place below stairs, he’d be off. “A career passes quickly” said the 25-year old, “and I want to play for a big club. Today I am at Southampton and all is going well. But we’ll see at the end of the season what will happen and I will make the choice.” Spoken like a real team man. Years ago, the top players hardly ever moved clubs – stars such as Bobby Moore, Trevor Brooking, the Charlton brothers… yet nowadays, no sooner has young Jimmy persuaded his dad to stump up £100 on a shirt with “99 Hertz van Rental” on it, than his hero is off somewhere else. Managers, too, come and go for multi-million pound salaries, followed by multi-million pound pay-offs, including some who haven’t even lasted long enough to speak the language. Nothing will change until everyone is on the same financial playing field. Southampton and West Ham have made a good start to the season, but there’s a long way to go. And remember, when David downed Goliath, it was the equivalent of a cup tie. If they’d have come up against each other 37 more times, you’d have put a few quid on David sacking his manager en route to relegation to the Old Testament League Division Two.

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Feature /// Gliding

YOU CAN FLY LIKE A BIRD… Mary Bremner takes to the skies courtesy of Peterborough and Spalding Gliding Club

DO YOU EVER watch a buzzard, or more probably in this area, a red kite, high up in the sky circling lazily, catching the odd thermal and seemingly soaring effortlessly? And feel really envious and wish you could do that? I know I do, but obviously we can’t as we don’t have wings. But the next best thing, and the closest you are going to get to it, is gliding. Peterborough and Spalding Gliding Club, just outside Crowland, is the place to go if you want to soar like a bird. They’re a friendly bunch who will make you very welcome. They have 60 members, at least 10 of whom are instructors and are always looking for new recruits. They actively encourage you to come along and have a go, and have a special offer on at the moment, available until Christmas – you can purchase a voucher for £60 (normally £75) which is valid for a year. It’s an ideal Christmas present and the perfect introduction to gliding. They will take you up for a flight, and the more adventurous of you may even get the chance to loop the loop later in your training – yes ,you can do aerobatics in a glider… The club has an ace up its sleeve in the form of Ross Morris. He’s only 23 but has just qualified as an instructor; the youngest the club has ever had and probably one of the younger ones in the country. But don’t worry, he’s very experienced – so experienced that he has just gained his diamond height badge. That means

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Feature /// Gliding he’s flown at 22,500 feet. He had to do that in Scotland, where ‘wave lift’ can be found – you don’t get ‘thermals’ in this country to achieve those heights. You’re in safe hands with Ross, who qualified as a pilot when he was 16. Strangely, and unexpectedly, it’s best for a beginner to glide in the winter, and a particularly good time to learn, as it’s less turbulent and the thermals aren’t as strong. This means that the flight is going to be much smoother. You might not gain such giddy heights, but you won’t be reaching for the sick bag either… Anyone can fly as long as they weigh under 16 stone and are in good health. The club has members aged from 14 to 84 from all walks of life, but they all have a common cause, ‘the challenge of staying up’, says Ross. Some of the members share ownership of a glider, and you can buy a wooden framed one for under £1,000 so it’s not as prohibitive a sport as you might think. And, of course, you don’t have to pay for fuel… I turned up at the club on a sunny Sunday in November. I’d been told to dress warmly – sensible advice as the airfield is in the middle of the blustery Fens. And remember, the higher you go the colder it gets and, of course, there’s no heater as there’s no engine. But it’s not cold up there as the canopy acts like a greenhouse and the sun shines in. It did cross my mind that I would be flying

without an engine (“are you mad”, asked a couple of people) but it always looks so inviting up there if you spot a glider, so I wanted to try it. And it’s fabulous! It’s quite an odd sensation initially, being towed by a plane. Not uncomfortable at all, but strange being tied to the plane in front of you. The take off was very smooth. I must confess I had a bit of a gulp when the rope was released and the plane veered off, leaving us up there alone. But then you realise that all you can hear is the noise of the wind, which is very quiet, and you are literally soaring like a bird. Ross turned the glider in huge circles and we could see for miles. It’s quite extraordinary as it really is very tranquil up there. Everything seems to slow down. Incredibly calm and quiet, it seems like you have all the time in the world. ‘It’s the perfect way to de-stress,’ more than one member told me, and they are right. Everything gets forgotten when you are up there with the birds and then you float gently back down to earth, landing very smoothly totally relaxed. I can’t wait to go again…. // To find out more about gliding or to buy a voucher visit www.psgc.co.uk


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Feature /// Helicopter ride

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CHOPPER SQUAD Helicopters are a great way to see the region, and there are even opportunities to train as a pilot too. By Steve Moody

YOU CAN KEEP Airwolf and Blue Thunder: one of the first programmes I loved as a kid was Chopper Squad, a ’70s show about an Australian rescue helicopter working the beaches around Sydney. I’ll be honest, a wet and windy Leicester Airport in winter lacked the glamour of that show, and I was at Helicentre Aviation to try out one of their tours of the area rather than rescue stricken bikini-clad Sheilas, but there’s always something a bit special about helicopters nevertheless. They’re so much more personal than most of the claustrophobic, bus-like plane flying we tend to do. Helicentre Aviation trains pilots, offers private charters and has a number of contracts, such as inspecting national gas pipelines. But it also has experience packages for those that want to see a bit of their local region from a new perspective, from as little as £30 for a quick hop to a longer tour around Rutland Water, or Belvoir Castle, and back. In the hangar there is a fleet of helicopters including well-known types such as the Bell Jet Ranger and Robinson R22. But we’re going up in one of its choppers used for training: a Guimbal Cabri G2. A helicopter such as a the Cabri might not seem like it has a lot of power – around 145bhp is as much as a fairly standard diesel family saloon – but they are amazingly light, weighing less than a third of that type of car. Reassuringly then, it has the power to weight ratio of a Ferrari, which seems much more the thing for getting you into the sky. Pilot Simon Wiles explains the physics behind it, and also talks though all the helicopter’s systems as he prepares for the flight. I’ll be honest: he pointed at a lot of dials, poked quite a few switches, mentioned something about

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Feature /// Helicopter ride


Clockwise from above

Helicentre Aviation runs a large fleet of helicopters, including the Guimbal Cabri used on this flightt; editor Moody realises flying in a chopper is not as terrifying as he’d thought; pilot Simon Wiles

clutches, matching engine and rotor speeds and checking some fairly important bits weren’t going to ice up and I nodded in knowing appreciation, while grappling with my seatbelt and trying in vain to get the bit of string around the door latch secured. It’s a complex process, getting a helicopter into the air, and getting as hopeless a passenger as me stowed away safely too, but Simon managed both and as he increased the speed of the blades the Cabri went from gentle chug to a high pitched whirr. Now, I’ve been in a few helicopters before and the over-riding impression has been that my washing machine is smoother and more refined, and that things which shake like they are on the spin cycle shouldn’t take to the sky. But as we gently bobbed a few feet into the air for a taxi over to the take-off zone I was extremely, and pleasantly, surprised. This is a very smooth machine, fizzing gracefully over the ground, and as we reached the big H in the middle of the field I had already come to the conclusion that helicopters aren’t so bad after all. It got better as Simon applied even more power, titled the rotors, and we leapt skywards like a child on a trampoline. Except we kept going up, climbing away from the ground at an astonishing rate. There’s something about lift-off in a helicopter (especially one like this) that is magical, almost unreal. A plane requires so much forward momentum and drama that when it leaves the ground you are mentally prepared for it – it’s a mechanical process. In a helicopter the experience is more ethereal, much quicker, and

because of the big bubble around you, so much more intimate too: the grass beneath seems to be waving goodbye as you pull away. Soon we had left the airfield behind and climbed to just below the low, scudding, angry clouds at about 1,500 feet. On the ground there had been a strong wind which you would certainly know about in a plane, but the helicopter just chopped clean through it. Vast spotlit areas of sun highlighted swathes of the countryside while in the distance angry curtains of grey rain sheeted down over Leicestershire. Spectacular weather, but spectacular views too: from our vantage point we could see Rutland Water in one direction and Welford Road in the other – 30 miles apart. And because of the slower speed and lower height a helicopter flies at, it’s a great way to be extremely nosey. We followed the A47 for a bit, as generally

pilots navigate using roads or landmarks, in what seems like a simple three dimensional orienteering challenge, although there are obviously some areas where navigation is a little more complex, such as around airports and MoD sites. In what appeared to be a rather cavalier move, Simon said I could have a go at steering (or some other phrase to that effect). He warned me the joystick needs very small inputs. Fine, I said, I’ve got the delicate fine motor skills of a lacemaker. I took the controls, gave the joystick a gentle push to the left and almost put us in barrel roll, like a victorious Spitfire. Sensitive is not a word that does it justice. A couple more goes and I learn the trick is to rest your arm on your leg to steady it, and almost just think in which direction you want to head and your hand will squeeze rather than move the joystick. Once not ploughing us upside down into the

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Our barrow bags will fit into a large car boot Call or text 07900 408437 and we will have your firewood ready.


email: sam@stamfordfirewood.co.uk Walk Farm Barn, Ryhall Road, Great Casterton, Stamford, PE9 4BN

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Feature /// Helicopter ride This image and below

Flying in a helicopter offers a far more personal exprience than being in a plane – it’s also a great opportunity to have a nose in people’s gardens; part of the fleet of choppers at Leicester Airport

ground had been achieved I left the Cabri in Simon’s infinitely more capable hands, as we roamed about over Rutland peering into back gardens (what a surprising amount of swimming pools there are), while I tried to guess what village we were over. Great fun, until Simon decided to ruin it on our return to base. There’s a prevailing opinion about helicopters by ignoramuses such as myself that if the engine gives up the ghost then you’ve had it, while in a plane you can keep on gliding along for a while. Simon’s opinion differs. He decided to prove he was right. “The thing is,” he said, “in a plane you need a long stretch of flat ground in which to land. Helicopters are far safer, because you can still fly without an engine and you can land pretty

much anywhere. It’s called auto-rotation.” And with that, we did an auto-rotation. He disengaged the clutch which transmits power from the engine to the rotors and we dropped from the sky. The rate of descent for this sort of behaviour is 2,000 feet per minute, but actually it is surprisingly calm and lacking in drama, other than your ears popping a bit. With no engine power, at about 40 feet from the ground the pilot would change the trim of the rotors and come in to land on a shallow slide rather than straight in, but to make our landing more comfortable he re-engaged engine power and we alighted gently on the ground. I have revised my opinion. What a way to fly. // For more details on Helicentre Aviation’s tours and flights, go to www.flyheli.co.uk

FANCY BECOMING A PILOT? THERE’S A GLOBAL shortage of trained and certified commercial helicopter pilots, according to captain Sarah Bowen, managing director of Helicentre Aviation at Leicester Airport. “We train pilots here, and have seen there are incredible job opportunities all over the world for them,” she says. “We’ve seen our students go on to work on air ambulances, work going to and from the oil rigs or even as private pilots for rich clients. The choice is endless actually.” If you are committed and practice regularly, it can take as little as two months to get your private pilot’s licence, then the commercial training generally takes another two years, although Sarah has seen students do it faster. The cost is around £80,000 to train to a commercial level, but Helicentre Aviation does offer scholarships for some of its students. And once trained, such is the demand for pilots that they soon recoup the outlay of training. “We have a number of contracts ourselves, so we are always looking to train pilots to work on the projects we have. But many go on to other jobs within the profession too,” Sarah says. // For more information on how to start training, email Sarah at sarah@flyheli.co.uk

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Feature /// Aerobatic flying

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Tom Cruise may have been clinging to the wing of a jet while filming at Wittering recently, but Mary Bremner has been taking a tumble in a plane too, and she’s sure it was much more exciting…

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TURKEY HAMPER - only ÂŁ40 4kg Fresh Lincolnshire Turkey (4-4.5kg = 8.8-10lb) 1lb Sausagemeat Stuffing (sage & onion or cranberry & chestnut)

Please order as soon as possible to ensure availability and size of the items you require, especially poultry. Saturday 6th December is the last day for placing orders

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he Red Arrows in the sky above Stamford are not an unusual sight as they often fly over going back to Cranwell, usually in formation in their iconic arrow shape. Many of you will have been lucky enough to have seen them put on one of their displays and gasped at their seemingly death-defying stunts. Some of us will have been envious and thought ‘I want to do that.’ Not necessarily to fly yourself but to experience the sensation of looping the loop and flying in close formation. Well, unless you’re very important or famous it’s just not going to happen as the Red Arrows don’t take passengers. This is where The Blades comes in. Andy Offer OBE and Chris Norton OBE, DFC (who both live near Stamford) are ex-RAF pilots and spotted a niche in the market. Andy led the Red Arrows for three years and had lots of requests for flights. He and Chris (Harriers) came up with the idea of a mini version of the Reds and in 2006 launched The Blades – the first, and only, aerobatic airline in the world. This means that they are licensed by the CAA to carry passengers. It’s the only place in the world where you can fly in formation, up to four planes, and do all that the Red Arrows do, and more, as the small propellor aeroplanes can perform manoeuvres that the jets can’t. What’s more, you will be flown by an ex-Red Arrow and military fast jet pilot so you can trust them implicitly. They are very experienced, well trained, skilled pilots. The Blades display all over the country and if you’ve seen them you will have been impressed and awe struck. They put on displays at airshows and also at weddings, parties and corporate events. But as well as displays they take passengers on aerobatic flights during their ‘unforgettable events’ days. These days are what they say on

Feature /// Aerobatic flying the box. You get to spend the day at Sywell, chatting to the pilots, racing on the F1 simulator, and you’ll also learn to hover a helicopter. What’s more you’ll be looked after all day by a host of first class air hostesses and catered for by some fabulous chefs. But the highlight of the day is a flight with The Blades, flying in formation whilst doing aerobatics, a very special experience flying within 12 feet of another aircraft. And I was lucky enough to do it…. I have to admit I was in two minds about it. Part of me was really excited, another part slightly nervous and a bit terrified, with a big bit of me thinking ‘will I be sick?’ All very normal emotions apparently. Mark Cutmore, leader of The Blades, was very welcoming and took me through the briefing. He oozed confidence, charm and competence. He was so relaxed and friendly that before long the doubts had gone. I was getting very excited. These pilots have flown 30,000 hours between them and display to more than five million people every year – they know what they’re doing. Then it was time to meet my pilot, Andy Evans, and it was off to don the flying suit and parachute. That didn’t faze me, everything had been explained to me so thoroughly and calmly, from how to get into the plane, to how to talk to Andy through the headphones and how to exit the plane in an emergency (I didn’t even flinch). I had been assured that if I didn’t want to do anything or wasn’t happy in any way we would land immediately. A comfort bag (ie, sick) was quietly tucked into my parachute, with a cheery ‘you won’t need this,’ and we were off to the

plane... Andy helped me in, strapped me in safely, snuggly and securely, checked the cameras were on and working (they film you), chattering away to me all the time. Then he jumped in and we were off. We took off separately to the other plane because of a slight crosswind but once airborne were very quickly flying in formation, and it was incredible. We were 12 feet apart and it felt as if I could touch them. Big grins and a wave to Cutty’s passenger and then we were in normal formation right behind him. And then it got exciting…. We split up from the other plane, still in formation but much further apart, with Andy checking all the time that I was fine and happy we started the aerobatics. Superlatives can’t really describe it but it was fantastic, awesome, unbelievable and thrilling all at once. At times I was rendered speechless. We started with a loop the loop. Again Andy checking that I was happy to do it and telling me what to expect, when the G force would hit, when we were upside down and when the Gs would hit again. I loved it. And from then on it got better and better and more and more thrilling. We did some barrell rolls, two aileron rolls, one faster than the other,and then we flew upside down (inverted). I couldn’t stop smiling. Tom Cruise in Top Gun sprang to mind. Cutty in Blade 1 was alongside us, but at a distance, and doing all the manoeuvres first. So each time Andy would say ‘look to your left, see what they’re doing, do you want to have a go?’ I was putty in his hands, ‘of course I did!’


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The ‘unforgettable days’ are exactly that, with an F1 simulator, first class hospitality and the chance to fly aerobatics with The Blades from Sywell

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The Blades have a huge amount of flying experience between them, led by ex-Red Arrows and RAF fast jet pilots; Mary and pilot Andy Evans

We then did a torque roll pulling straight up into the vertical, rolling and then allowing the aircraft to fall backwards through the smoke. Something called a Lomcevak – the headache or hangover the pilots call it – which is when you go straight up and turn out into an inverted spin. And then the piece de resistance which only about 5% of their customers manage, the tumble, or the rouade to give it the correct name. That was almost a step too far for me, seeing the ground rushing towards me, whilst spinning disorientated me completely. But Andy sensed I was a bit shaken so flew me in a straight line whilst I checked my heart was still beating and, more importantly, whether it was still in my body and not by my feet as my heart had quite literally been in my mouth. But all was well, I was still in one piece so I was ready to go again. We were back in formation and then did barrel rolls around each other’s aircraft, like a corkscrew – I loved it. And then back in formation as sadly it was time to land. Words can’t really describe the sensation of being thrown around in mid-air, nothing like a roller coaster (which I hate) as you feel so secure. It was completely disorientating in some of the spins, thrilling in all of them, and slightly terrifying in an adrenaline junkie way in others. But I was never frightened, felt incredibly safe


and had absolute confidence in Andy all of the time. When we landed I couldn’t stop smiling and hoped Andy hadn’t been too alarmed by the odd shriek, manic giggling and squeaks that erupted from me. There is no hiding when you are being twirled around like a whirling dervish, every emotion is laid bare and you really are out of your comfort zone - a good thing every now and then. I couldn’t believe afterwards that I had actually done it. I didn’t need the ‘comfort bag’ – it didn’t even cross my mind. Also I could still walk when I got out of the plane, which was a bonus, as I was expecting my legs to be like jelly. All I can say is that if you get the chance to fly with the ‘amazing men in their flying machines,’ take it. You will have the time of your life. Eat your heart out Tom Cruise... I reckon I had more fun than you!

TRY IT OUT An unforgettable event day costs £1,200 per person. To find out more about booking a flight, where the next displays will be or just to see what the planes can do, visit www.theblades.com

To see some footage of Mary during her flight and to experience what she did follow this link.

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Festivities at The Marquess


Festive Set Lunch - from 1st - 23rd December we will be offering a 2 x course set lunch of Traditional Roast Turkey followed by Christmas Pudding Soufflé Monday to Saturday for £15.95 per person.

Our very own deli in the grounds of the Marquess is bursting with delicious homemade meals and essential produce, including

New Year Dinner & Dance Come and enjoy a seven course dinner followed by dancing and bring in the New Year with us. £79.50 per person and why not stay over; £75 for a standard or £85.00 for a superior or suite.

• Herbs & Vegetables • Chutneys, Jams & Oils • Homemade Frozen Meals • Eggs & Cheeses • Meat & Fish to Order • Festive Hampers Also taking order for your festive Turkey! Open Monday - Friday 11am-4pm and weekends 8am-4pm

Be e t roo t catering & events It’s the winter warmer menu with all your old favourites Liver and bacon Lamb shanks Steak and kidney puddings Lamb and mint puddings And much more!

£8.95 all served with seasonal veg and potatoes

A large selection of bar meals including steaks and light bites. Vegetarians also catered for. A selection of local ales and ciders Christmas parties welcome and with menus to fit all.

Live music on Saturday nights phone for details.

Professional Catering, Locally Sourced Keith MiCKLeburgh oundle • northamptonshire

tel: 07921 672076 info@beetrootcatering.co.uk • www.beetrootcatering.co.uk

Available for:

•weddings •corporate •private dining

Dogs and children welcome. New Year’s Eve party, free buffet, live music, come and join the fun! Call to book or for more information 01572 868260 or follow us on facebook

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“ Many guests commented on the food and the attentiveness of the waiting team”

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Feature /// Sportsman's Dinner

The Cherry House, Werrington Will and Ed head to a characterful gem of a restaurant tucked away in Peterborough Will Andrew Corrick has been the chef/patron here for two decades and he was at the Park Lane Hotel in Mayfair before that, so he has got some pedigree. It’s a lovely looking thatched building and I’ve heard plenty of good things so it’s good to be here. Ed Werrington village has lots of lovely old stone thatched buildings and it feels surprisingly rural considering it’s actually in the city. And that house on the market next door to the restaurant looks stunning (Ed – it’s on Rightmove for £695,000 and, yes, it looks even better inside). So it does feel like you are arriving at a cosy village pub/restaurant and the wisteria on the front wall looks attractive. Will I’m glad you identified the wisteria Ed – always a pleasure to go out for dinner with a horticultural chap. Anyway the reception area is friendly and there’s a pleasant atmosphere in the little sitting room. An excellent pint of Tiger and some decent olives make for a very relaxing start to the evening. In fact after a long week I could quite happily have stayed put in the comfortable chair. Ed I know what you mean but the two main restaurant rooms looked good when we walked past the front, so get off your considerable backside and let’s go and eat. I’m more than a bit

peckish and there was plenty to choose from on the £26.50 three-course menu, including coffee. Will OK my green-fingered friend, here we are in the restaurant with three stone pillars dominating the room and creating an air of seclusion for most of the tables. In fact it works rather well. And the olive bread roll was good. I know you are a fan of the Great British Bake-off, so what did you make of your tomato bread roll? Ed Well it had what we call in the trade a 'good break' and it was very tasty. Not as good as my homemade game terrine starter though. That was very meaty and the chutney and dressed salad served with it worked well. The second pint of Tiger was just as good as the first. Will Yes, I had a bit of food envy there. My potato gnocchi with mushrooms, veal meatballs and a creamy sauce was certainly ample, which was handy after three frenetic games of squash in the last three days, but on balance the game terrine was the winner on the starters. Ed Unlike me to choose well! My main course was strips of British fillet beef with a creamy whisky and horseradish. The beef was very tender, although I don’t think I needed the timbale of rice and the side dish of vegetables. One or the other would have been fine.

Will Alright Eeyore, since when did anybody mind having too much food? My medallions of Grasmere pork fillet were really very good and the apricot and sage soufflé topping worked with the rich Madeira jus. The icing on the cake (or pig as it happens) was the individual circle of potatoes Dauphinoise. A lovely main course. Ed And the pudding list all look like winners to me: so many to choose from.. I closed my eyes and stuck a pin in the list to get the crème brulee and it did not disappoint. Will Evidently. It had almost all gone before I even started my panna cotta. Which I have to say looked superb and tasted just as good. Ed With the Christmas party season upon us it wasn’t surprising when Andrew told us things are looking very busy here, and with so many big companies in Peterborough I am sure they do a roaring trade with the rural feel of the village, charming appearance of the building, good service and freshly prepared food.

The Cherry House 125 Church Street, Werrington Village, PE4 6QF. 01733 571721 www.cherryhouserestaurant.co.uk

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Feature /// Great walks

Making the most of Whissendine Fine views, a meandering stream and a distinctive working windmill make this a walk to remember for Will Hetherington //

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This often overlooked village lies in the north west corner of Rutland a couple of miles north of the A606 Oakham to Melton Mowbray road. Park in the car park at the White Lion if you are planning on heading in later, or otherwise further east by the church and the former Methodist chapel. From here head east out of the village on Ashwell Road. The road takes a sharp right hand bend before quickly leaving the village behind. You will pass what is marked as Samafika House on the OS map on your left (although I saw no signs to that effect when I was there) and then come to a sharp left hand bend. This is where you leave the road and follow the obvious bridleway up the hill and south towards Langham. This is a gradual climb up to the 158 metre mark, which is hardly Himalayan

but in Rutland gets you high enough to offer some decent views. And so it proves here, with Langham, Ashwell, Burley on the Hill and Rutland Water all being easily visible. At the high point you will come to a junction; turn right here and follow the bridleway as it descends through one field boundary and then passes a left turn through a hedge to the path to Langham. Shortly after this you will come to another footpath junction just as you reach the road to the village. Turn right sharply back on yourself on to the footpath. From here the path stays close to the wooded stream as it meanders through the wooded mini valley. You will pass Wright’s Lodge up on your left hand side and on the day I walked here I saw more brown hares in this field than I have seen for a long time. A special sight indeed.

After three field boundaries you have to take special care to follow the path as it crosses the stream. The path is not really marked and I missed it first time, and second time. There are some short pieces of red and white tape tied to a couple of trees which I assume are meant to be the footpath markers in the absence of a sign. Other than that all I can say is look out for what seems to be an unnatural clearing in the trees and bushes on the left dropping down to the stream. Or best of all just follow the dog. They always know which way the path is. Either way once you have found the way it’s very obvious as there are steps down to a small footbridge and the path is clearly marked. On the way back to the village you will see the windmill on your left before dropping down through some woodland and meandering back into the village. And when you do get back into Whissendine the White Lion makes for the perfect spot for a drink and something to eat. Perfect.

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This walk reaches 158 metres above sea level before dropping down into the mini valley back to the village; St Andrew’s church in Whissendine; The White Lion is a tempting prospect at the end of this stroll; far-reaching views to Burley on the Hill and Rutland Water beyond

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Where to park In the White Lion car park if you are planning on heading in there aerwards. Otherwise by the church on the main road further east. Distance and time Three miles/one hour. Highlights Far reaching views of Rutland from the high point. Lots of brown

hares. A charming wooded stream on the way back to the village. The windmill and the pub. Lowlights Could be longer but you can extend to Langham if you feel the need. Refreshments The White Lion is a welcoming option at the end of the walk and there is the Three Horsehoes, too.


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The pooch perspective Not much livestock to worry about and plenty of water on the second half. The hares might provide some interest, depending on your dog...

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Feature /// Dog health

Total recall in a week Over the past few months we’ve been talking about how to get your dog to come when you call – now here’s the final challenge... a seven-day guide taking your dog from reluctance to obedience. By Bobs Broadbent Firstly: get a voice cue The recall voice cue is in two parts. Firstly, it needs to be made up of a variation of your dog’s name and secondly, an action ‘marker’ cue. Both need to be something you are happy to shout out and that comes fairly naturally to you – however, you are going to practise this many times, so it will become conditions for you and your dog! Voice cue part 1: Create a new intonation to your dog’s name by adding to the beginning or end of it so that you adapt it slightly. If you want, you can use another name altogether! What’s important is that this is a new sound that hasn’t been used previously. For example, a dog called Fred can become Freddie or Lucy can become LucyLou. Voice cue part 2: Choose a word that ‘marks’ your dog’s action. This is how you will inform

your dog that he is doing the right action and encourage him to continue to do so. It can be a word or a sound, for example: “good girl”, “yes’, or ‘YayYayYay”. Any act of coming back towards you should get lots of encouragement and that’s what this cue does. It’s important to have a distinctive sound but most importantly the voice cue needs to be delivered energetically. The command word is not important as dogs hear the pattern of sound and that’s why it is possible to re-train a recall response. Also, it is necessary to use a cue that you do not use for anything else. Conditioning your dog to the voice cue

DAY ONE 1. Whilst out of earshot of your dog, practice saying your selected voice cue in the way you will call for your dog to come back to you.

2. Now breakdown the voice cue into part 1 and 2 and begin to build a familiarity to it with your dog. To do this, have 45 small treats divided into three piles of 15. (Pea-size treats – soft, smelly and quick to eat). 3. Say the first part of the voice cue (your dog’s revamped name) in the manner you will call him and instantly give your dog a treat. Don’t ask him to sit, just aim to get the treat into his mouth as immediately as possible whilst saying the voice cue. The objective is to pair the voice cue with the reward. With a second or two in between, repeat this until all 15 treats are used. 4. Take a 5-minute break and then repeat twice more until all the treats are used. 5. After another 5-minute break do exactly the same with the second part of the voice cue (your dog’s ‘marker’ cue). Don’t forget to replicate how you will say this command when in action.

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Repeat this exercise several times throughout the day but always using the houseline to ensure you can encourage your dog back to you first time.

DAY THREE Start by ‘re-charging’ your voice cue. Then repeat yesterday’s exercise. Providing your dog returns to you every time, you can now move outside to your garden and start to use a longer lead, known as a ‘drag-line’ (You can buy 5m or 10m leads from high street pet shops but you must put knots at regular intervals along the lead and always use gloves, for safety purposes). If you do not think your dog will return to you or he doesn’t respond when you call, don’t be tempted to repeat the command – try other methods, such as clapping your hands or squeaking a toy to engage him and use the drag line to show him what you expect. You may also need to go back to day one’s exercises but increase the type of food you’ve used so it is more motivating and be sure you are exciting to return to.


DAY TWO Start by repeating the above exercise for one session (3 x 15 treats for part 1 and 2 of the voice cue). This is called ‘re-charging’ your voice cue. Now it’s time to put this into action but in a very controlled manner so you can guarantee success. Inside the home, use a houseline (a long lead that’s 2/3 metres long) and allow your dog to become distracted from you and use the new voice cues to call and ‘mark’ his response. Hopefully your dog will stop what he’s doing and turn to look at you when hearing his (new) name command and then run back to you. Call out your voice marker to him as he returns and really celebrate and praise, praise, praise. If he does not respond, simply draw him towards you with the lead to encourage him to respond to you and then reward in the same way.

Remaining in the home but now with your dog off the lead, have plenty of high value rewards at the ready and call your dog to you when he is out of sight – make it easy to begin so that your dog can find you and be rewarded with a treat, plenty of praise and even a fun game with toys. As soon as you see your dog coming to you use your ‘marker’ cue. Repeat this regularly over the next few days until your dog is excited and keen to get to you as soon as he hears your voice cue. Aim for 10 15 good results each day. Remember, if you keep repeating your new voice cue and your dog does not respond, he is most likely to become desensitized to hearing it and learn it’s okay to ignore the command sometimes. This will undermine your training so you must ensure your dog comes to you (without repeating the new voice cue) by getting his attention so he can’t ignore you. If your dog isn’t responding to you, as you would like, simply re-introduce the drag-line and the voice cue conditioning exercise from day one.

DAY SIX Take your dog to a quiet park where you can have a training session with few distractions from other park users. Start by ‘re-charging’ your voice commands whilst in the park but do allow your dog to have a bit of ‘at-ease’ time before you begin. Using a drag line (to guarantee success) allow your dog to move a bit further away from you and choose a moment when he lifts his head to put your new recall command in action. Aim to get 3 good returns and make sure it’s fun for him when he gets back to you. Changing direction or running away from your dog as they return can encourage your dog to increase his speed as he chases to catch you. If everything is going well, keep your dog on the lead but drop it so it drags behind him and

allow him to move a bit further away from you. Aim to get at least one excellent return and then leave the exercise until the next day. It’s always important to end on a good note.

DAY SEVEN Start by ‘re-charging’ your voice cue before you leave the house and take your dog to a favourite park. Use your everyday commands on your walk and select a time when you feel you have a high chance of your dog returning to you and use your new ‘total recall’ command. Call your dog and ‘mark’ their action of retuning to you and celebrate how good that feels by praising them. Build this up so that you gain at least 2 good returns from your dog each day - one in the home and one out on a walk. If you have followed the above training steps your dog should be keen to return to you when he hears this ‘total recall’ command. This does not replace your ‘everyday’ recall command this is a different ‘must respond’ voice cue. Your new cue will still need to be ‘re-charged’ each day for the next week and then weekly and you need to aim to help your dog to be successful by selecting carefully when you use it during these early stages. You need to judge if a drag-line needs to be used for longer, but gradually, build the level of distractions until you know your dog can be recalled, no matter what. Further tips for success: • Carry high value rewards and a toy or something that can gain your dog’s attention. • When your dog comes back to you of their own accord reward them for it as if you had called them. • When your dog does return to you extend the time they stay with you. Instead of offering just one treat, divide the treat in to tiny bits and slowly feed it to your dog. Your dog learns to come back and stay with you rather than heading off to play straight away. • Don’t make the mistake of only calling your dog back at the end of a walk. Call them back regularly throughout the walk and even put them back on the lead, for no real reason so they learn putting the lead on doesn’t have to mean the walk is ended. • Don’t try to grab your dog as they can learn to quickly avoid this. • Finally, keep the recall that you have learned as your ‘total recall’ command for this purpose only and don’t use it for anything else, as this includes calling your dog back for anything unpleasant. • If you have any questions or want to book a training session you can contact Bobs by e-mail at bobs@dogknows.co.uk by telephone on 01664454792 or Facebook: Dogknows - In Step with Your Dog • If you have any concerns about your dog’s behaviour please seek professional advice prior to introducing any changes to their routine, either from a pet behaviorist: www.apbc.co.uk or trainer: www.apdt.co.uk

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Feature /// School sports

Big win for Stamford First XV Following the announcement that Stamford School First XV had been awarded “Team of the month” by Rugby World magazine – their credentials were put under the microscope as they faced visitors Oakham School who have been enjoying a good season. Stamford started well, as they dominated the breakdown and put together the phases. A great carry from George Cox got Stamford into the 22 and a clever grubber from fly half Hives saw winger Harry Lovell mudslide into the corner to make it 5-0. Again wave after wave of carrying from the likes of Charlie Dunbar, Angus Collett and Callum Corbett kept Oakham on the back foot. Conditions started to worsen, and despite some good Oakham rugby they failed to cross the whitewash. Stamford bounced back, cleared their lines and a great break from Tom Roper opened up holes for Henry Wills and Isaac Troughton. A sublime line from Allen saw him cut through and power his way to the line for his second. Coach David Laventure praised the team, saying; “That was a very good Oakham side and our boys knew it was going to be a real test in difficult conditions. There was also a huge amount at stake as the last time the First XV lost at home was four years ago.”


Ex-international rugby stars Austin Healey and Craig Newby put the Oakham First and Second XV teams through their paces in rigorous training sessions recently. Healey ran exercises on handling, decision-making and team organisation sessions, which the boys responded extremely well too. Former All Black and Leicester Tigers player, Craig Newby, also visited Oakham to pass on a wealth of rugby knowledge and experience to the First XV.

Bourne through to regional netball finals Bourne Grammar will represent Lincolnshire for the first time at the regional round of the National School’s Netball Competition at Leicester Grammar School in January. Bourne Grammar’s U14 netball team playing in the Lincolnshire County Netball Tournament held at the new Priory Ruskin Academy in Grantham made it through to the final, where Priory LSST were the opposition. The teams had met twice already this season in friendlies and had drawn 10-10, with Priory having won the second encounter 16-15, so it was always going to be a close affair. There was very little between either team but with just seven minutes to go Priory quickly pulled Bourne’s lead back following a number of unforced errors where Bourne lost possession. Priory capitalised on errors as fatigue set in, caught up the deficit and took the lead. Time ran out for Bourne and the final score was 8-5 to Priory but both sides will go through. Bourne’s coach, Jackie Mohan, said: “The whole squad deserves to be congratulated. Captain Amelia Gardner led by example at centre, supported by the centre court players Chloe Ladley, Georgia Morton and Gabby Marechal. Julia Eglin and Lily Gray defended with tenacity and determination. Lily Storer, Sinead Mandy and Polly Luscombe shot superbly throughout. The team now have a lot of hard training ahead!”

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Oakham reign on the hockey pitch Oakham School’s hockey players continue to reign on the hockey pitch, thanks to a series of wins and successes this term. For the fifth consecutive year, Oakham’s U18 Girls won the County Indoor title. They won 6-1 against Uppingham and 4-1 against Leicester Grammar School. Jess Compton had her best indoor performance to date in goal. The Boys 1st XI team won an indoor tournament hosted at Oakham. They defeated Bedford, Repton, Worksop and drew against St George’s Weybridge to win the tournament for the second year running. Both U16 and U18 girls are through to the Midlands final. The U16 girls progressed after placing second at the zonal tournament held at Trent College, while the U18s progressed through to the Regional finals after finishing in 1st place at the zonal tournament held at Kings High School, Warwick. Overall, the girls played some really good hockey throughout the day, scoring 15 goals over the four games and only conceding three. Individual players continue to excel. Paul Spies (pictured right) has just begun playing for Beeston Hockey Club, a renowned training ground for elite hockey players. Paul is the only school pupil to be playing in the NOW: Pensions Premier League, as part of the Beeston’s 1st team.

Hundreds of pupils take part in DofE event All Oakham School pupils took part in Service Weekend. Held twice a year, the weekend provides an opportunity for students to get active and use their initiative, whether they are scaling a hillside as part of D of E or CCF, or serving tea to the elderly as part of their Voluntary Action. Over 250 pupils working towards their Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE awards set off on their practice expeditions in various locations around the country, from Snowdonia to the Solent! Also, Oakham School’s dedication to offering Voluntary Action activities to the community in and around Rutland has been recognised as the School won the Independent School of the Year Award for an Outstanding Community Initiative. The School merited the award as a result of its Voluntary Action activities and in particular, one where pupils spend time playing indoor croquet with dementia patients. Oakham has been successfully running the ‘Through Hoops to Hope’ programme, established by the American charity JiminyWicket, for over a year now. The croquet sessions have been recognised as improving the lives of the patients in a range of different ways – mentally, physically and socially. Elaine Elsey, Activities Co-ordinator at Tixover House Care Home, says, “What the pupils are doing is astounding. We have all noticed a difference in the residents who take part. It makes them smile.”

Lauren is new U13s captain Lauren Brownlie has just been named the new captain for Huntingdon’s U13 Girls Cricket Team. Lauren, a year 8 student at Stamford High School, started playing cricket at the age of seven at her local club in Nassington. She went on to play for the boys U11 and U13 teams, and started playing for the men’s 1st and 2nd teams towards the end of last season. Lauren has now started her second season as an all-rounder with Huntingdonshire.

OLIVIA WINS ASA AWARD Olivia Lee has been named Young Swimmer of the Year by the Amateur Swimming Association. Olivia, a year six student at Stamford Junior School, was chosen from hundreds of other swimmers, having been put forward by her club due to a medalwinning season.

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All change at Daniels and Blackstones BY DEAN CORNISH


he best result for the Daniels this month comes off the pitch, with the news that their impressive new ground at Borderville is ready to call home. The wonderful new facility has already been well used in recent months, with the Sports Hall and 3G pitches bustling with activity most evenings. I’ve been up to have a look at the ground a few times and it really is fantastic to see the pitches packed with kids honing their skills, and aching old men like me knocking a ball around solely to work up a thirst for that pint afterwards! Up until now though, the Zeeco Stadium hasn’t seen any match action, with the dry September impeding the growth of the grass and meaning that the FA hasn’t deemed the pitch ready for the Evo Stik League. Thankfully, approval has now been given and the Daniels will play their first game at Borderville on December 13 with the visit of

Nantwich Town. It’s sure to be a great occasion. That’s not to say it’s not sad for the Daniels to have left Wothorpe Road. The final game at the old ‘Town Ground’ or ‘Hansons Field’ or ‘Vic Couzens Stadium’ to give it a few of its names on November 22 was a sad day. There can’t be many visitors to the ground who wouldn’t have been enamoured with the view over the Georgian chimney pots and myriad churches that could be seen from the old Hedge End. It may sound silly to say it was one of the best views in world football, but it probably was. Of course, though, the club needs to progress and that’s what they’ll do. Make sure you get along to the opening game. The terrace will be rocking on December 13, I can assure you. On the (old) pitch, it’s not been a great month though for David Staff’s men. After the great start to the season, it’s been a

constant drift back down the table. In recent weeks, the Daniels have lost to high-fliers Skelmersdale (3-1), Whitby Town (3-0) as well as 1-0 losses to Matlock Town and, even more disappointingly, to the basement boys Belper Town. Among the defeats, though, the Daniels did surprise the form books with a brilliant 2-1 away win at Ilkeston Town. They are currently 16th in the table, just seven points off the relegation places. There’s a few rumblings of discontent on the terraces, but that’s football. Hopefully the board will stay loyal and Staffy will keep the Daniels in the division once again. With a big crowd roaring them on at Borderville, I’m sure they’ll be fine. There’s been some more upheaval a bit down the road at Blackstones with Nick Andersen stepping down as manager, and leading scorer Adam Scotcher joining Deeping Rangers. Andersen had become disillusioned with the lack of commitment

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of some of his players, while Scotcher couldn’t resist the allure of UCL Premier Division football. Stones had been in better form this season, so that’s a shame. There’s some familiar faces back in the dugout at Rutland Road, with Neil Cotton as new manager, Dave Bird as his assistant and Billy Stocks as sports therapist. Bird is an ex-first team manager, while Cotton and Stocks were involved with the under 18s in the past. On the pitch Stones are 12th in the division, having been in mixed form, following a good away win at St Neots Town with a 5-0 loss at home to Olney Town, a defeat to Woodford, then a 4-2 win over Stewarts & Lloyds Corby, before a 4-1 defeat at home to Rothwell. The Rothwell defeat was Cotton’s first game at the helm, and he’ll have probably wished he could have started the following week when keeper Tom Clayton was sent off after just 10 minutes. Hopefully the new management trio will bring some much


Stamford have been in poor form on the pitch recently and now lie just seven points off the relegation battle

needed stability to the club and they can continue their season in recovery. In the Peterborough League Premier Division, Oakham United are receiving plenty of plaudits and rightly so, as they’ve stormed to the top of the division with six straight wins across all competitions. They could now go on and win the division after impressive league wins over Deeping Rangers Reserves (4-1), Crowland Town (8-1) and the 6-0 demolition of Pinchbeck which sent them top. In the first division, Ketton FC are also flying high, with just five points separating them from the top. The boys from Pit Lane have had some great results away from the shadows of the Cement Works, winning 6-1 away at Baston, 2-1 away at Sutton Bridge, and a thumping 4-0 away win at Whittlesey

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Blue Star. Their only recent home game was a 1-1 draw with seventh-placed Peterborough ICA Sport reserves. Ryhall United are also doing well in the first division, still in fourth place. James Sheehan’s men have won both their latest league games 3-1, bizarrely losing the game prior to those two by the same scoreline. In division two Ketton reserves remain above the Stamford Bels’ first team after two more league wins, beating Sawtry reserves and Netherton United ‘A’ team. The Bels haven’t won a game since beating Crowland on October 18. They’ve lost to Spalding Utd, Coates Athletic A and Peterborough ICA Sports, having picked up their solitary point recently away at Pinchbeck United Reserves in a 3-3 draw. All in all, a mixed month for local sides. Make sure you get up to the new Daniels ground over the Christmas period. Grantham Town at home on Boxing Day is already looking like a classic.

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Stoneygate flying and Oakham picking up speed BY JEREMY BESWICK


toneygate continue to enjoy life at their new home in Uppingham, with the momentum of success still with them after their promotion last year. Club captain Graham Ough told Active: “I’m delighted to say that we’ve recently been able to put two teams on the pitch on a Saturday, with more than 40 players showing up. That’s something we haven’t been able to do for some time.” The town is lending its support too, with around 150 spectators at most matches. The crowds have been well entertained thus far and their record in all competitions this season is won six-lost one, and that single reverse being their first league loss in four years. It came in the away fixture against Leicester Medics (29-17) and understandably – being unused to losing – it did not go down well. Ough, particularly, was not best pleased pointing out that, being at university, the

opponents “had all day to practice” and saying: “We were only a few points behind towards the end and were searching for the winning attack when they scored an interception try which was very frustrating.” Yet they remain top of the league and that dislike of losing will serve them well for the rest of the season. They will have taken some solace from beating Oakham 2nds by 47-18 with forward Jamie Cockbill starring as they scored seven tries. It’s not every day that a local derby is played for the first time in history, and the closest geographically for both sides to boot. Last month, Oakham’s president Keith Crellin said he was more than hopeful that the first team pitch at their new ground would be playable very soon, so I was delighted to see it being used for the first time three days later against once-mighty Peterborough. As has been the case several times this

season, four Colts players were in the squad, including 17-year-old Callum Crellin at full back who looks to be a bright prospect - to the obvious pleasure of his President. It was a largely error-strewn and ill-tempered first half (it occurred to me that it was no bad thing that Carel Faurie is AWOL, for he would surely have seen an early bath) but compelling for all that. Oakham’s scrimmaging has improved, doubtless for reasons not unrelated to the arrival on the coaching staff of Ian “Dosser” Smith, but they gave away too many penalties at the breakdown and the stuttering nature of the play resulted in a try-free score of 6-3 at the break. It was the yellow, black and red of ‘Boro rather than the yellow and black of Town that was first to cross the try line. They were to add a second try shortly thereafter and it needed all of Mark Matthews accuracy to keep Town in touch with some

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Brad Thorn called his elevation to the Tigers’ captaincy aer only four games for the club “a huge honour”. He went on: “I am really proud to wear the Leicester jersey, to represent the area and to captain the guys. It means a lot. Richard Cockerill asked me to come over here and I’m trying to repay him with performances.” It was fitting that his first outing in the role should come against high-flying Saracens. In a forward-dominated game that also saw the return of tight head Dan Cole, Owen Williams secured the draw with the last kick of the match. Thorn went on: “It was one of those days, very slippery, wet weather rugby, the forwards had a good tussle. You play to win but we took what we could from the game. I thought the young guys were great.” He then offered an insight into as to why Richard Cockerill has seen the right leadership qualities in him. “Look at Owen Williams, he missed a couple of goals early on but came back and kicked the goal at the end which took a lot of composure. I said to him, ‘Just enjoy this moment, for a young 10 to kick to draw or win a game’. I tip my hat to him.” Just what Williams needed to hear, I’d suggest, to take the pressure off him and maximise his chances of landing the kick. Thorn ended with: “It wasn’t pretty but we kept turning up, kept fighting to stay in it and got that draw in the end. No one opted out, we stuck

heroic kicking. Although wind-assisted, two successful penalties from the half-way line is just the thing to dishearten your opponents, especially when they are down a man to a yellow card for punching. The key moment came with 10 minutes to go. The score stood at 15-13 to Oaks as they were awarded another penalty and the Boro’ defence retreated expecting another kick through the posts. Matthews, however, punted the ball the width of the pitch to Callum Crellin who beat his man to put them out of reach. Matthews slotted the conversion (of course) to leave the final score at 22-13. The pitch seemed to stand up admirably as far as I could see.


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Brad Thorn in action against Saracens

in, that is what the Leicester jersey is about. I hope we can keep going and build on that.” Tigers also had two victories in the LV Cup, narrowly beating London Irish away followed by a home victory against Sales Sharks 29-13 with a stunning second half display that saw them score 26 points with no reply.

Stamford Town are still searching for form under new coach Stef Arlow. Things are getting serious; they are bottom of the table and have lost every match since their opening day win against Ashby. Yet there’s no lack of commitment. Against tabletopping Matlock they were far from outclassed in the 16-8 defeat and the players gave everything in a performance that promised much, but were unable to turn the corner in their next match at fellow strugglers Melbourne, losing 8-3. Key players are still missing and they haven’t always had the run of the green but they need to win soon before losing becomes a habit. December sees them host

Richard Cockerill said: “We created lots of opportunities in the first half that we didn’t take but overall we were pretty good with a makeshi midfield.” Those two games sandwiched the visit of the Barbarians to Welford Road and although Tigers were soundly beaten, the game was played in a style befitting the traditions of the fixture with a dozen or so tries, Freddie Burns playing at full back and the home side playing in old-fashioned shirts with letters.

mid table West Bridgford and Bakewell, who are with them at the bottom, so they’ll be seeing both of these as must-wins. Let’s hope I can report as such after Christmas. Deepings had a better month, losing away to Brackley but beating Bourne 16-11 and handing a real trouncing to Corby, 69-0. The Ladies are still adjusting to life at the higher level following promotion last year and lost to Buckingham Swans and Lichfield Ladies. Meanwhile, over at Stamford College Old Boys they will be buoyant after consecutive victories over Gainsborough in the cup, 14-5, and a friendly against Stewarts and Lloyds 3rds 17-5.

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Horseshoes retain their 100% winning record BY NEIL MOVERLEY


s we enter November and the inevitable away games in the rain and dark atop windswept pitches on the hills at Groby and Coalville, both Rutland Mixed sides can reflect on a successful start to the 2014-2015 season. The Horseshoes are challenging at the summit of the top division and retain a 100% winning record having scored 26 goals with only seven in reply from the first five games. This includes victory over four of the top six teams with a match against the remaining top team next week. Two particular victories stand out with a Loughborough A and Leicester Thursday A defeated 4-3 and 6-3 respectively in hard-fought contests. The Rutland side have added a stubborn defensive streak to their attacking philosophy this year with Phil Ash, Kevin Stanton-King and David Cannie rotating at the back in front of the ever decreasingly mobile goalkeeper Neil Moverley. Stalwart defence has ensured that the side have even managed to keep a clean sheet before December for the first time in two seasons!

Cath McComb and Anne Pollock continue to pull the strings from midfield and Chris Meadows and Carina Stevens have formed a potent relationship up front. The only concern for the side is its inability to put out the same side week-in, week-out with work commitments affecting availability this year. If the same side could be played regularly then there are few opponents that could match Rutland. Special mention should go to set piece specialist Tim Sweet who has recorded season’s statistics of four short corners and four goals since taking over the strike of the hits from Meadows in October. The Oaks continue to take Division Two by storm having been initially concerned about their ability to compete following last

season’s promotion as champions. The Rutland side are undefeated after five games having won three and drawn two games against their nearest rivals stand top of the league. Christine Stride and Ben Chisholm have helped to form a formidable spine to the side and attacking players Charlie Hamnet and Richard Chisholm dazzle the opponents with their distribution and running off the ball. Gregg Topping continues to show that hours of flicking hockey balls at stationary objects has not been wasted as he continued his fine run of shortcorner flicks into the top corner to punish foul play. Rutland Mixed Hockey Club fields two teams in the local competitive mixed league set up. Training is at Oakham School on Kilburn Road on Tuesday 8pm to 9pm. If you are interested in a practice or a game or those new to the sport are all welcome. Check Rutland Hockey on Facebook for more details or just come down training on a Tuesday. For more details contact club secretary Tracey Taylor on 07861967430 or email tracey.taylor13@uwclub.net

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Huge fields out as hunting season gets underway BY JULIA DUNGWORTH


unting is now well underway; throughout November all the opening meets have been taking place and most hunts hold multiple opening meets to open various parts of their county. I went to the Cottesmore Thursday Opening meet on October 30 at Toft, the main reason being because they are renowned for their hospitality and the infamous tea afterwards. It was an extremely hot day, which made it quite hard work for the field of 86. The day coincided (not literally) with a road traffic accident, shortly followed by the huntsman taking a tumble and losing his beloved horn! The Belvoir was next the following Saturday at Long Clawson near Melton Mowbray, on yet another glorious day, but luckily it wasn’t quite as warm. Again the Belvoir had a huge field out of 87 with a few extras coming out at second horses, there were also enough car followers to make it look like a party. The mounted field enjoyed the cream of the Belvoir country following their field master Michael Dungworth. The Fitzwilliam opened on November 5

at Milton Park, where both new joint masters Andrew West and Phillip Baker both christened their breeches, Andrew at the third fence and Phillip with a rather undignified ‘dismount’ under a tree near the kennels thanks to a low branch! The new team at the Fitzwilliam are certainly showing some good sport and I think the season ahead shows great promise in their hands. The infamous Melton Hunt ride also took place on a very gloomy Sunday in midNovember. The Cottesmore, Belvoir and the Quorn take it in turns to host the annual event, and this year it was the turn of the Cottesmore and they were using some of their best country between Barleythorpe and Knossington. There were more than 40 competitors willing to hurl themselves over some of the biggest country in the UK. Zoe Gibson was the bookies favourite and didn’t disappoint with some stylish riding, making the formidable hedges look like child’s play. A brave Geoff Bridges had his first stab and finished a very credible fourteenth. He has informed me he will be aiming for a higher placing next year. Vicky Laing from Pilton decided that she

had enough of the British weather; she packed up her lorry and made the long drive to Oliva in Spain for three weeks of showjumping. There was plenty of entertainment: she managed to hit a flying road sign, get her bike stolen (she did find it again with someone else riding it) and got headbutted half way through damaging her lip. However, the actual jumping went a lot better, Vicky took three horses; Nenagh was on fabulous form and came home with two wins, a second and fourth. Baltimore VDM stepped up to 1.40 and picked up a sixth and a couple of top 20 placings and finally, Déjà Vu had her first taste of the international circuit and came away with a fourth and sixth in her first 1.30’s on the final weekend. By popular demand I have joined forces with Wittering Academy and Spillers again to run a series of Eventer Trials and training, which will be held at Grange Farm Equestrian on the weekends of November 30 , December 28 and January 25. Entries are on the day, so do come and join in. To keep updated and for more details, on the series please look on my Facebook page JuliaDungworthEventing.

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SPORT, LEISURE, getting fit and staying healthy – Stamford and Rutland is buzzing with people full of energy. Reflecting what’s going on th...

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