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Meet superfood skincare expert Lisa Armitage We try out a ‘god pod’ Find out about girls’ and women’s cricket at Leicestershire CC Meet fly fishing guide Nick Dunn Local walks with Will ISSUE 93 | MARCH 2020

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“Stamford is renowned for being a beautiful Georgian market town, but there’s a lot more to it than just stunning architecture.” EVERY TIME I co e o the and dri e down t artin s ne er cease to ar el at the beauty of the town call ho e ta ford s ellow li estone houses and beautiful eorgian architecture work their agic on e e ery ti e enter the town and e en after years of li ing here a still thrilled by its beauty when a going about y business nd don t think the only one who feels its siren call o this onth we are focusing on the ewel in the ast idlands crown ta ford t s renowned for being a beautiful eorgian arket town, but there s a lot ore to it than ust stunning architecture t has a ery strong sense of co unity and the friendly locals are always happy to chat, which really does ake a di erence and is true of all our local towns t s full of local independent retailers and businesses who ha e all rallied together to for shop sta ford - a odel that has created interest far and wide and is really working at encouraging people to shop local ead ore about the town in this issue and also ad ire the artwork fro the talented artists who ha e kindly allowed us to reproduce their work pring is hopefully ust around the corner so it s ti e to get out and about soaking up so e of that uch needed ita in ill has a couple of walks for us and eresa ennedy is telling us what to do in the garden alking of ita in , so eone who ery uch en oyed eeting was skincare e pert isa r itage er superfood skincare range is creating a lot of interest, and a big fan ate has learnt a lot about fly fishing this onth and e found out about eicestershire s co it ent to girls and wo en s cricket we e been busy so en oy the fruits of our labour nd as a treat for other s ay why not enter our co petition to win an ening pa perience for two at agdale for your u sure she s worth it a e a great onth and en oy the issue Mary - ditor

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I S S U E 93 / M A RC H 2020

Contents Rosemary Tolkein

ACTIVE LIFE 11 NEWS

Local news updates

13 WHAT’S ON

Catch up with what’s going on locally

20 STAY AWHILE AMIDST STAMFORD’S ANCIENT CHARMS We focus on the jewel in the East Midlands’ crown

29 COMPETITION

Win a Twilight Taster for two at Ragdale for Mother’s Day

30 INTERVIEW

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Meet superfood skincare expert Lisa Armitage

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34 MEET NICK DUNN

Fly fisher an and professional guide Nick Dunn tells us more about the sport

36 WILL’S WALKS

Irnham and Warmington are Will’s starting points this month

ACTIVE BODY 45 SQUEEZE AND RELEASE Physio Sarah Babbs talks pel ic floor uscles

ACTIVE KIDS 49 LOCAL SCHOOL NEWS

ACTIVE SPORT 55 GET BIKE FIT

he sta at peedhub e plain why a correctly fitting bike is ital

58 INTERVIEW

64 THE ROUNDUP

News from our local clubs

64

Charles Hurst

Meet Leicestershire CC’s Mark Hudson

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ActiveLife Meet superfood skincare expert Lisa Armitage | Travel to Vietnam Win a Mother’s Day treat to Ragdale Hall Meet fly fishing guide Nick Dunn | Walk with Will E DI T E D BY M A RY B R E M N E R

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New Eco Village for Market Harborough BETH LAMBERT, FOUNDER of Market arborough s eďŹ ll e olution, and her business partner eth wdry, ha e recently created a o unity nterest o pany to run the co unity hub co illage in the centre of arket arborough ai ed at changing the way people shop hat used to be the lu b enter has been transfor ed into a centre for sustainability entral to the co illage will be a collection of businesses who all ai to pro ide sustainable products helping custo ers reduce packaging and food iles here will also be workshops and talks to help people with an ai to li e ore sustainable li es op along to t ary s oad and ha e a look

New Business keeps your vehicle safe A NEW 3,000 SQ FT ehicle storage business, the ehicle ault, has recently opened t pro ides secure and personalised ehicle storage for custo ers who wish to store a ehicle fro as little as two weeks to indeďŹ nitely he co pany o ers tailored packages fro basic storage to de-hu idiďŹ ed cha bers et in touch for ore details www.thevehiclevault.uk

Junior Bridge Competition STAMFORD BRIDGE CLUB has recently hosted a co petition for the younger e bers of their club he e ent was run by lan hillitoe, ngland nder s uad leader, who is entoring the youngsters at the club s ta ford outh ridge cade y er 3 youngsters attended, ainly fro local schools, with the bragging rights e entually going to he erse chool fro a bridge he ini bridge section was won by the nglish artyr s chool fro akha

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Tree planting scheme LMRT DESIGN HAS started a tree planting ca paign, to help negate their carbon footprint, at local schools starting with ourne cade y aul o psett and his son ui ha e instigated a special planting sche e at the school alongside arbon Footprint who si ultaneously plant e ui alent trees in the a on ainforest

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New owners at The Collyweston Slater THE COLLYWESTON SLATER is now under new management with Alan Eyre having recently taken over. Pop in to say hello and to enjoy some traditional pub grub. 01780 444288

New Owners at Rutland Garden Centre THE WINDS OF change continue to blow in at Rutland Garden Centre in Ashwell. New owners Katey and Robin have been extremely busy. There’s a gorgeous new rose area with David Austin roses, an i pro ed lpine one, new special o er co post deals and the place is packed full of quality plants, all at excellent prices. Rutland Garden Centre continues to tick all the boxes for the practical side of gardening too with all the pots, turf, compost, feed, seed and landscaping materials you’ll need. The shop has also been transformed with a new indoor plant area as well as a lovely range of gifts for the garden and home. They now sell logs, firelighters and fuel as well as all you ll need for a cold snap ie, salt, shovels and de-icer. This month also sees the launch of their new e bers ard o ering discounts and e bers-only o ers utland arden entre is definitely worth a isit, ore than once www.rutlandgardenvillage.co.uk

More Beans BEANS IN OUNDLE will soon be running a café within Oundle School’s brand new sports centre which is opening soon. The sports centre will not only be used by the school but will also have a general public membership from early May onwards. Beans will be opening the caf e ery day ser ing locally sourced co ee and high uality teas and snacks nd they are looking for sta so e ail beans.sportscafe@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested in joining the new team.

New Head chef at Barnsdale Hall Hotel TIM LUFF JOINS the re-energised Barnsdale Hall hotel team as head chef. He crafted his skills at The Olive Branch for over 10 years and has worked locally since then. He now plans to transform the food at Barnsdale Hall bringing lots of new ideas literally to the table. www.barnsdalehotel.co.uk

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HERE’S A FASHION show on March 19 at aUK in Stamford starting at 7pm for the SS20 clothing launch from Iris & Violet accessorised with jewellery from Murano Silver. aUK will also be giving live beauty demonstrations on the night. Iris & Violet and Murano Silver will then both be open after the show (they are neighbours on St Mary’s Street) for customers to shop the new collections as well as enjoy a glass of prosecco. George Egg, anarchist cook and comedian is coming to Braceborough Village Hall on Saturday April 4. His brand of live cooking and comedy is sure to entertain. Tickets are available from Keith Wright on 01778 560258 or keithwrightcollingwood@gmail.com Peterborough Sings is celebrating 10 years of singing in the city with a choral celebration at the Cresset on March 6. The combination of three choirs will come together at this celebratory concert. Book at wwww.peterboroughsings.org.uk or the resset bo office

Spring is almost here when gardens are opened for the and the first one of the year in Rutland is Gunthorpe Hall on March 22. 80 pence in the pound goes to charity and, of course there is always good cake! The Burghley7 which takes place on March 8, is a seven mile race around Burghley Park and the streets of Stamford, so it’s going to be very pretty! The race starts at 9am and the roads of ta ford will be traffic free including High Street St Martins for the runners to enjoy. rutlandmarathon@gmail.com Cambridge Science Festival begins on March 9 and runs until March 22. Find out about how to grow organs in the lab and 3D printing of living cells, and what’s at the forefront of medical research. All events are free and bookings are now open. www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk here s a concert of big band, fil and show music at Market Overton’s village hall on March 15 courtesy of Rutland’s mainly organ and keyboard group which starts at 2.30pm. Tickets available on the door.

Stamford Choral is holding their spring concert, to include works by Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn, on March 28 at Stamford School’s Oswald Elliot Hall beginning at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on the door or from Stamford Arts Centre. Uppingham Choral Society is holding its spring concert on March 28 in Uppingham School’s chapel. Starting at 7.30pm, tickets will be available on the door. Stamford Corn Exchange hosts a live stand up comedy night on March 6 featuring comedians Paul Foot, Chris McCausland and Chris Norton Walker. www.stamfordcornexchange.co.uk Entries are now open for the Orsted Great Grimsby 10k which takes place on Sunday July 19 starting at 10am outside Grimsby Town Hall. www.greatgrimsby10k.com

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RECIPE

Nettle and barley risotto with goat’s cheese

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ARCH IS WHEN we begin to see an influ of nettles popping up all o er the place hy not har est the and use the in this pearl barley risotto perfect e a ple of eating seasonally and sustainably r if you think nettles aren t for you replace the with spinach or kale

INGREDIENTS 3 g pearl barley • 1 litre vegetable stock g nettle tops • 50g butter tbsp oli e oil • 1 leek, sliced thinly onion, finely chopped • 2 crushed garlic cloves Finely grated est of le on • 200ml dry cider g soft fresh goat s cheese

METHOD oak the pearl barley in a bowl of water for 3 inutes • Bring the stock to the boil and blanch the nettles in it. Remove them and keep the stock on a low heat. t the sa e ti e heat half the butter and tbsp oli e oil in a large pan o er a ediu heat dd the onion, leeks, garlic and le on est along with plenty of salt and black pepper and fry gently for about inutes until e erything is soft • Drain the pearl barley and stir through the onion mix cooking gently for a couple of minutes. Add the cider, turn up the heat and let it boil before adding about a quarter of the hot stock. Stir

until this is absorbed, then add the next batch, continuing the same way until all the stock has been absorbed as per a normal risotto. Finally add the nettle tops and re aining butter letting the barley cook gently for a few ore inutes • Once dished up add the goat’s cheese to the top along with some more salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. NETTLE PICKING TIPS Wear gardening gloves to avoid being stung. Pick nettles that are above waist height and avoid popular dog walking areas for obvious reasons!

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Let worms work their magic Lizzie Davies de-mystifies home composting and explains the whys and wherefores A COMPOST HEAP is a must if you have space in your garden. Compost is produced in 6-12 months, as worms and other creatures work their magic by decomposing organic matter. Composting reduces landfill and sa es you oney Adding compost to your soil helps to improve the health of it and richer soil produces strong, healthy plants. Soil structure is improved by a network of pores to hold water or oxygen which releases nutrients slowly to feed plants. Compost will break up and aerate heavy compacted clay soil. And composting is free - no transport hassles.

What do I need?

If you have space use pallets to construct a 1m sq cube with a removable front section. For smaller gardens enclosed plastic bins are readily available.

What can I compost?

Add a mix of veg and fruit waste, garden cuttings, co ee, tea not the bag , eggshells, natural fibres, cardboard and paper. Do not add meat products and nasty weeds.

How do I manage the heap?

Cut things up as small as possible to speed up the process. And mix to add air. If it is dry add water, and if soggy add shredded paper or newspaper rolled into loose balls. Turn the contents over once the container is full, ideally into a second container and start filling again Remember to keep the contents aerated.

How do I use compost?

The compost is ready when it is crumbly and earthy smelling. It is best spread on beds at the beginning of the growing season in early spring. Take care that the compost doesn’t touch plant stems as it can burn. Lots more information at www. gardenorganic.org.uk/compost You can follow Lizzie on Instagram @ lizcatalpa and on Facebook @catalpacloud

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Spring is in the air Garden designer Teresa Kennedy enjoys the spring reawakening in her garden and recommends some tweaks to be made at this time of year

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ARCH IS THE month when every single day there is a change in the garden - a reawakening - and there’s lots to do. Now is the time to get in the garden and prepare it for the growing season ahead. he first thing for e to look at in y garden is evergreen structure. I’ve got plenty of interesting frameworks on deciduous trees and shrubs but I’ve noticed how the rich, tight, deep structure of evergreens is missing. By bringing some in, I think a freeform will suit my garden best, I will be adding to my winter and spring views. What else can you be considering?

NEW HARD LANDSCAPING

f the weather is ild and dry ish then this is a good time to carry out building works. There’s time to focus on the task as everything else is being kept in check by nature, plus it will really kickstart your year in the garden by introducing something new. I have a secluded area which I pinpointed for an outdoor lounging and seating area last year but didn’t get round to

bringing it to life. I’m still undecided on whether to use wood or paving. It is alongside an exposed stone wall which catches the sun all day. My plan is to use deep red flowers and so e of the freefor evergreen, so perhaps wood is the best choice for a uted finish

REFRESH THE BORDERS

hape, redefine and dress with goodness for the year ahead. Now is also an opportunity to check the health of newly emerging growth and readjust a few things if it will improve the picture. If you planted containers with spring bulbs back in the autumn start to move them into position to enhance your views. Where the light catches, and where it doesn’t, are the perfect places to balance things out.

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Do it! If you have any space free at all then growing your own is possible. Vegetable growing is good for so many reasons: personal achievement, freshness and taste, environmental considerations and for the bigger picture.

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A Vignette of Vietnam Now is the perfect time of year to visit Vietnam to see it in all its glory

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IETNAM IS LOCATED in the South China Sea and reportedly one of south east Asia’s most beautiful countries with its lush mountains, terraced rice paddy fields, fabulous golden beaches, winding rivers, Buddhist temples and bustling cities. The capital Hanoi (which is still untouched by western retailers) lies over 700 miles north of Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) showing how large the country is - don’t be fooled, it’s over 1,000 miles long. Because of the length of the country the climate in Vietnam is varied. In Hanoi and the north, May to October is wet, hot and humid. The south in contrast is generally hot and dry between November and April and warm and wet between May and October. Wherever you go it is best to travel between December and April.

Vietnam is the country of mopeds. The adventurous (or foolhardy depending on your ability) tourist often hires one to travel the length of the country. The rest of us take our life in our hands just trying to cross the roads in Hanoi. If a moped isn’t quite your style what about a cycling tour? More Travel in Stamford run organised cycling tours to the country: ‘Cycle the Back Roads of Vietnam’ is a 14 night tour riding from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh giving you a unique view of the countryside, with time to take it all in including beautiful beaches and stunning coastal roads. You need to be o er and physically fit it s a hilly country) but it’s an experience you will relish. For the non cyclist and keen trekker, Sapa in the north and the Fansipan Mount Peak, one of the

highest points of Vietnam known as Indo China’s roof, is a two-day trek to the peak. But you can always take a cable car if the thought of the trek doesn’t appeal. he flora and fauna are stunning, there are temples galore to explore throughout the country and every visitor needs to try the national dish, Pho. But one place that every previous visitor says is a must is Ha Long Bay which is in the north east of the country. It’s Vietnam’s top tourist spot but don’t let that put you o his orld eritage Site is renowned for its emerald waters and towering limestone islands which are topped by rainforests; a vision of ethereal beauty which is not to be missed. Richard and Hayley from More Travel have travelled extensively in Vietnam and will be happy to help plan your trip including the Cycle the Back Roads of Vietnam tour. www.more-travel.co.uk

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This beautiful Georgian market town has more to offer than just stunning architecture

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TAMFORD COULD QUITE rightly be classed as the jewel in the East Midlands’ crown. This pretty predominantly Georgian market town, with its fantastic architecture and beautiful limestone properties beca e ngland s first conservation town in 1967. It sits on the borders of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland so has a foot in many counties. Its roots can be traced as far back as Roman times with the Anglo Saxons later developing settlements around the river. Initially well known for its pottery, by the Middle Ages it had become famous for its production of wool and woollen cloth and has had strong links to the productive agricultural land that surrounds it ever since. Located on the main London to Edinburgh stagecoach route Stamford has many coaching inns, with evidence of carriages still very apparent, particularly at The George, who everyone seems to have heard of if you ever mention you live in Stamford! One of the town’s most famous forefathers was Sir illia ecil, later ord urghley, first inister to Elizabeth I whose 500th anniversary is being celebrated this year he ast urghley estate had a huge influence on the town with much of it being owned by the family who resided in Burghley House which lies just on the edge of the southern side of the town within large parkland that the town’s people are free to use and make the most of. Thanks must be given to the Cecil family as the third Marquis of Exeter made certain that the industrial revolution largely left the town untouched. He allegedly refused to let the main east coast railway cross his land so it went to Peterborough instead. At the time many business owners in the town might not have agreed with this, but we have a lot to be thankful to him for! Development outside the town walls was also not permitted by the family for many generations, which created overcrowding, but also some of the quirky lanes and alleys we enjoy today, as well as controlled development from Victorian times to the early 20th century. Image: Rosemary Tolkein

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Markets and Fairs

If you drive down St Martin’s you will enjoy the iconic view of the town once you have passed the Bottle Lodges

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Today the town is a thriving market town with its weekly street market on Fridays and its annual mid Lent fair which arrives on Mothering Sunday every year and stays until the following Saturday. One of the largest street fairs in the country, look out for it arriving on March 23. The town allows the fair to set up within its streets and it’s a Mecca for young and old alike, albeit quite inconvenient for local businesses and shoppers; but it’s quite a spectacle to see. Stamford is well worth a visit, and a day (or longer really) can be pleasantly spent meandering through the ancient streets, admiring fabulous Georgian architecture and marvelling at the beauty of the limestone houses. If history and architecture are of particular interest take a walking tour of the town. Stamford Sights and Secrets o er inute alking ours starting at he rts entre with other tours run from there as well. If you drive down St Martin’s you will enjoy the iconic view of the town once you have passed the Bottle Lodges which are one of the many entrances to Burghley Park. The gallows across St Martin’s from The George were said to be a warning to would-be highwaymen. Today make sure you pop into t artin s nti ues entre for a browse n hour or two can easily be spent perusing the numerous antiques and it will be hard to leave empty handed nd if anti ues and ewellery are for you, Dawson’s in Red Lion Square is a must, even it it’s just to peer through the window at all the glittering gems and antiques.

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FOCUS ON STAMFORD

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Coaching Inns A visit to The George is always on the list of ‘things to do in Stamford’ and make sure you take note of Daniel Lambert’s portrait and walking stick whilst you’re there. He was recorded as England’s heaviest man and died in the town whilst at the races. At this time of year enjoy sitting in front of the fire with a cup of co ee in the summer the courtyard garden is a favourite. You can soak up the atmosphere here and imagine the stagecoaches that would have come through the courtyard dropping passengers o - or picking the up - fro what is now The York Bar or the London Room.

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Whilst you’re in one of the local independents pick up The Little Book of Stamford which lists most of the independent businesses in town.

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Shop Stamford But Stamford is not only ancient charms and beautiful buildings. It is a thriving town full of independent retailers and businesses. These independents have got together to form #shopstamford to encourage people to shop locally. It is well supported by both businesses and townspeople and has generated great interest and created a huge sense of community within the town, as well as bringing attention to supporting local businesses and keeping high streets alive, certainly a worthy cause. Whilst you’re in one of the local independents pick up The Little Book of Stamford which lists most of the independent businesses in town. Historically the town was renowned for its pubs and churches. So the locals could frequent the local hostelries during the week and presumably confess their sins and do their penance on Sundays. Today, there are fewer churches but still very many pubs and bars, virtually all independents, with any co ee shops and caf s as well So you must spend time trying delicious cakes at the likes of Cakes and Co; afternoon tea at Fine Foods and quality co ee at afae on the uare or Frothys who ha e an open fire to war yourself in front of r try a bert s which is down one of Stamford’s narrow lanes and serves delicious lunches. Stamford now even has a sushi restaurant.

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Say hello to Valentine You can get an excellent glass of wine at The Wine Bar on St Paul’s Street and with its fabulous secret garden it’s an ideal place to sit and enjoy a summer’s evening. The Tobie Norris a few doors up serves excellent food and whilst you’re on St Paul’s Street you must stop and say hello to alentine, florist iss ickering s lurcher, who sits in the shop window, master of all he surveys; he even has his own very entertaining Instagram account. Talking of Instagram, this picturesque town attracts lots and lots of photographers, with many of the residents snapping away as well; it is very hard to resist posting images of this photogenic town @prettylittlestamford and @theoldbuilding are two that spring to mind immediately. And if you want to enjoy historical facts and photos take a look at Frank Newbon on facebook; he will keep you entertained and fascinated for ages. n oy a stroll by the i er elland on the eadows, a municipal area of land which is well used by the town and where bull running used to take place. As the day draws to a close why not visit Stamford’s Arts Centre which is celebrating o er years of showing fil s here are numerous live shows and performances as well which keep everyone entertained. During the summer months the Stamford Shakespeare Company put on major productions at its open air theatre at Tolethorpe and have a national reputation for excellence.

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“Enjoy a stroll by the River Welland on the Meadows, a municipal area of land which is well used by the town and where bull running used to take place.”

Stamford the Siren Stamford is home to the Stamford Endowed Schools, which educates boys and girls from the age of two upwards. It is interesting to see how many of these pupils stay within the town or migrate back after a few years away; the town wasn’t voted the best place to live by the Sunday Times in 2013 for nothing. The ancient walls, mellow limestone buildings, stunning Georgian architecture and thriving community seem to act as a powerful magnet; and we can fully understand why as we hear Stamford’s siren call. Image: Nick Grove

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INTE RVIEW

Super, superfood beauty Mary Bremner meets superfood skincare expert Lisa Armitage

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ary: Tell me how you got started with the beauty products? My background is food and nutrition. I spent 22 years as a professional chef, which I loved, mainly working in Nottinghamshire and London but spent a year during my 20s in Florida. After I returned I developed a skin pigmentation, dark patches all over my face - mainly due to the sun I thought - which was so bad I spent most of my summer hiding indoors feeling thoroughly miserable. For the next seven years every summer I’d slather myself in the strongest factor could find and would hide under a sun hat; for someone who loves the sun and being outside this was just awful. The dermatologist prescribed me really strong creams which seemed to irritate my skin more. I persevered with them as I assumed they knew best, but eventually gave up as my face was so sore. I resigned myself to spending the rest of my life skulking in the shade. hen had y first child took a break from my career as a chef (childcare and catering don’t really mix) and discovered, whilst working in a boutique, a natural skincare range that really suited my skin. I used my nutrition knowledge and started researching ingredients finding out what did and didn’t work on my sensitive skin and found I could once again go out in the sun. Unfortunately my baby appeared to have inherited my skin sensitivities and developed eczema type rashes. I decided that I was not going to inflict harsh steroid crea s on his sensitive skin so started looking at alternatives using the knowledge I had gained whilst becoming an ‘ingredient detective’ with the natural skincare ranges. I studied what I was feeding him to see if that could help alleviate his symptoms and became hooked as the results were amazing. I started tinkering, creating recipes for lotions and potions.

I was frustrated that even products that claimed to be ‘natural’ weren’t; they were still using harsh chemicals so decided to use my nutrition knowledge to make my own fully natural products that I used on him and myself. I was making products using Superfoods having researched their incredible antioxidant and healing properties. Superfoods are a diverse collection of nutrient-rich natural foods. They contain a large percentage of vitamins, essential fatty acids, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and a very impressive amount of antioxidants. Unlike most healthy foods, which normally contain two or three particular nutritional properties, superfoods have many more. They are powerhouses of goodness and agnificent multi-taskers, able to tackle all manner of skin concerns, from sensitivity and sun damage, to environmental stress from pollution. They plump up and increase collagen production, hydrate, shrink large pores, nourish, soothe and repair; the list is endless. I am a great believer in getting enough vitamin D and love being outside in the fresh

“I used my nutrition knowledge and started researching ingredients finding out what did and didn’t work on my sensitive skin. ”

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Active life I have tried to source everything as locally as I can. Oil seed rape oil, borage and sunower oil co es fro orkshire, y for ulator is in a bridge and uch of y ingredients are ritish do source so e ingredients fro around the world si ply because so e superfoods don t grow in this country but try to li it the air iles as uch as possible and as work fro ho e, which is a illage ust outside ta ford, this helps as well

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I have been using your products now for a couple of months and absolutely love them. As well as feeling great on my skin, and showing the benefits, they smell fabulous. es want the whole lu ury package, hence the holistic approach think beauty products should be a ery sensory e perience as well as e ecti e use essential oils to ake the s ell gorgeous as well as for the therapeutic beneďŹ ts y is transparency and honesty don t use che icals and all y ingredients are natural t frustrates e that we are being green washed by so e co panies who clai their products are natural, but read the ingredients, they aren t We need to clean up our beauty cabinets. ou could be using hundreds of che icals on your body a day without realising it ou wouldn t choose to put these in your outh so why put the on your skin, particularly as of what you put on your skin is absorbed into the body y custo ers really trust e, knowing that they are not using any che icals if they use y products, which is ery i portant for cancer su erers or people with skin issues suppose because ha e co e fro a food background rather than a beauty one take a slightly di erent approach y products are good for your health and the en iron ent as well as being e ecti e Now that you have some excellent products, six in total with two more planned for this year, how do you get people to hear about them? hat s the proble here are so any beauty products on the arket, any of the originating fro assi e co panies with huge arketing budgets ust can t co pete with that ha e built up a loyal following locally and through y website, throughout the world ha e recently started stocking ttic in ta ford and aterside nurseries and a planning to approach so e ore local retailers as well ord of outh has been working well for e but ha e also been working on a ery e citing partnership o the biggest piece of news - and ery e citingly - a in uthwaite has co e on board he fell in lo e with the products and began talking to e about how we could work together to introduce y products to a larger audience so watch this space www.lisaarmitage.com

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Rutland is holding its second Jigsaw Festival next month, so we thought it was time to find out a bit more.

HE FIRST JIGSAW dates back to 1767 when cartographer John Spilsby cut shapes from wood for educational purposes. He called them dissected maps, which is where the word dissectologist (a person who makes jigsaws) originated from, and the name jigsaw from the tool used to make them. Little did he know what a phenomenon he had created and what benefits were to be gained fro co pleting igsaw pu les Assembling a jigsaw keeps the brain alert, and research has proven this many times with the elderly encouraged to do them to help maintain cognitive function and improve the memory. But it’s not just the elderly who should be doing them. Children and infants are introduced to them at a young age, and the younger the better apparently, again to help with cognitive function, learning to recognise shapes and even hand to eye coordination. And the more you do them, the better it is for you. But above all, they are really enjoyable, challenging and help relieve stress. The satisfaction that is

gained from placing that last piece in place is immense. And who can resist joining in when someone has a jigsaw on the go? Jigsaw enthusiasts range far and wide. Apparently Bill Gates always takes one on holiday with him and DJ Fatboy Slim is another fan, along with many of us as well. One great advocate in Rutland is Joyce Lucas. So much so that last year she organised the inaugural Rutland Jigsaw Festival with donations going to Oakham in Bloom. This year the team is back with an even bigger festival and venue as last year’s proved so successful it has outgrown it’s original location. Historically many jigsaw festivals took place in local churches and are held all over the UK and Europe: The Isle of Wight will be holding its 26th this year and Newmarket has over 1,000 jigsaws for sale during its festival. Joyce was onto something when she started Rutland’s Jigsaw Festival which was enthusiastically embraced by Oakham, its surrounding villages, Stamford and Peterborough as well, all donating igsaws he final count was o er igsaws asse bled This year’s festival is taking place over the Easter weekend on April 11-13 in the ballroom at Oakham’s Victoria Hall. Joyce is looking for more jigsaws and assemblers so do get in touch with her and go along to enjoy some assembling with the chance to purchase fully assembled puzzles as well. There will be a new attraction this year - a competition for the fastest assembled jigsaw, sponsored by Gates Nurseries. This involves teams of two people racing to complete a 500 piece puzzle, which will be fun and competitive. It’s free to enter and pieces are large so open to everyone. A dissectologist will be in attendance daily demonstrating the fascinating art of jigsaw making. The event is sponsored by Gibsons Games who have kindly donated many jigsaws to sell and once again donations will go to Oakham in Bloom. To find out more and to offer your services as an assembler or helper contact Joyce Lucas on 01572 7555718 or email lucahackgreen@aol.com

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On the fly Kate Maxim finds out about trout fishing and fly tying from fly-fisherman and professional guide Nick Dunn

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ishing is a really popular pastime isn’t it? Can you explain why? It’s the biggest participation sport in the country, as opposed to the most viewed sport. And that’s because it’s a challenge here s sea fishing, coarse fishing and ga e fishing a e or fly fishing is for sal on and trout ainly coarse fishing is for carp, tench and bream. eople go after carp, for e a ple, because it’s hard: carp are smart and know how to avoid being caught. Once you’ve got to a level and you can catch carp, you might then go on to target big carp for the additional challenge People can earn quite a good living as professional atch anglers in the coarse fishing world as there are lots of pri es up for grabs sponsored by the big tackle anufacturers n the fly-fishing world co pete with y team, “The Reservoir Dogs.” We’re usually in the top three teams in the country and so earn a bit of pri e oney fro that, but not a lot co pared to coarse fishing t s a si - an tea ostly fro the sse area and got involved with them about three seasons ago. e ha e a lot of fun You’re also in the England Team? e fished for ngland on si occasions you don’t get picked to be in the team, you have to ualify e ery year ou fish an eli inator round and you’ve got to be in the top 10% to get through that and into the national final ut of around finalists you ust then get into the top 28 to be in the team which is actually two tea s of people the spring tea fishing their atch in pril or ay and the autu n tea fishing their atch around ctober t s called the o e International Loch Style Competition between ngland, cotland, reland and ales captained the ngland ea on Lough Leane in Ireland in 2016 and we won a gold medal by a mile. Ironically, the Irish ho e tea ca e last but they were wet fly fishing and we were ny ph fishing which worked better for us on the day

for practice or research er the four days there will be se en boats of two en plotting the lake f you find a load of fish on day one you’d note it down, not tell the other teams, then go elsewhere the ne t day his builds up a picture of parts of the lake with loads of fish which ay be s all another part of the lake ay ha e fewer but bigger fish nother area may have nothing happening at all, and so on t s aluable in fact to co e in with nothing because you know not to go there again, as that part of the lake is rubbish, whereas your team mate may have caught loads of fish elsewhere so you know to go there on the day of the co petition ethod is also i portant ay be in the same boat as a Scotsman where he’s catching fish to y one, but on the day he ay be using a method that’s much better than mine and it s y ob to fatho out what he s doing ou always ha e an opponent in your boat and a boat an who ensures fair play och style trout fishing eans fishing fro a drifting boat, ne er at anchor, and you ha e to use flies of a certain length - only ths of an inch long on a certain si e hook, so it s a ery le el playing field n the orning you flip a coin and if you win you get to choose where you re going for the first two hours our opponent chooses the ne t two hours then you swap again until the eight hours are up t can be frustrating if you e lost the coin toss because you know e actly where you want your boat to be fro your practice but you ay end up yards away fro the “hotspot” which is enough to make a di erence

Don’t the fish move? es, they ha e tails and they o e around if the winds, weather conditions or food sources change but if e erything has stayed the sa e, particularly if the wind is in the sa e direction, the fish will ost likely be where you e found the on day one ut you always ha e to ha e a plan , and Is having the right equipment important? es n fly fishing you ha e a fly rod, reel, a selection of flies and you use the fly line as the weight: the skill is casting the line through the rod rings and e tending it, solely using the weight of the line to propel the flies

How long does an international competition last? It’s a one day competition but you typically spend a ini u of four days at the enue

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“I’ve fished for England on six occasions – you don’t get picked to be in the team, you have to qualify every year.”

he flies are hugely i portant as fish ha e really good eyesight you can t ust tie on any old fly and e pect to catch a fish e been tying y own flies since was about 3 and my name is associated with three or four quite well known flies because e designed the n the lakes where trout fish there are also lots of coarse fish which spawn in the spring so in the summer there are billions of tiny little fry which the trout hone in on and gorge on. I thought it was impossible to imitate these s all fry but e finally co e up with a fly that does - the “Dunn’s CDC Pin Fry” - which doesn’t actually look like a fry to you and me but to a trout it suggests a tiny fish that s stuck in the surface fil of the water I could kit someone out with a set of decent gear for a couple of hundred quid if they wanted to start fly fishing, they don t need to spend thousands, but if you’re into it, you tend to e got about rods and y reels are expensive because I need them to be super reliable kept on buying cheap stu that failed ust at the wrong ti e y rod would snap or the reel would fall o ust as was about to land a fish he reels ha e now bought ten years ago and they’re still brilliant. How old were you when you first went fishing? was about when got it into y head

wanted to go fishing because saw a young lad catching tiny perch and roach in the farm pond when was playing in the field nearby I was completely self-taught, I didn’t know what I was doing but was enchanted with the thought of catching a fish on the fly Eventually I found out how to catch tiny trout caught y first trout on a dry fly and was hooked! ha e fished all y life since then but about four years ago - when I was made redundant fro the industry - asked myself what did I want to do next? I’d always had an idea wanted to beco e a fly-fishing guide so my wife Cathy and I moved from heshire to ortha ptonshire specifically because there are so many great trout lakes around here now fish and guide on the Eyebrook Reservoir, Rutland Water, Pitsford, Grafham Water and Elinor. As a fly fishing guide who are your typical customers? I don’t tend to teach beginners, I take people who want to improve. I like coaching so eone who already catches fish but knows they could catch ore here are always some fundamental reasons for that and I’m able to show them how to make little changes that ake a assi e di erence gi e the

tips and tricks and they end up catching more trout. What does your day entail? If we go to Rutland Water, for example, we’ll eet at the fishing lodge at or anton in time for a bacon butty, then we discuss what my client hopes to achieve. He or she may want to ust catch a couple of fish they ay want to catch loads of fish or concentrate on landing big fish ypically we spend eight or nine hours on a boat on the water fishing under instruction, with a packed lunch. At the end of the day we may go home with a fish or two for the table if that s what the client wants, but a lot of the time we return all the fish to the water unhar ed as we use barbless hooks which are better for them. How do you like to cook trout? I think the best way to cook trout is to either smoke it, or marinade it in teriyaki sauce for about an hour then pan fry it hat way it gets rid of any earthy fla ours fro the flesh, which trout often has. A full day including instruction, fishing fees, equipment, boat hire and packed lunch is £198 for one person, £299 for two people. www.fanatical-flyfishing.uk 07971 381442

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As country lanes go they don’t get much prettier or quieter than this.

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Irnham and Bulby Enjoy the remoteness of the rolling hills in this quiet corner of south Lincolnshire. By Will Hetherington.

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ark either on the road near he riffin or in the pub car park if you plan on spending a few pounds in there afterwards. The path leads east out of Irnham from just above the pub and almost immediately takes you out into the rolling farmland beyond. Once you ha e cli bed the first bank turn right to walk along the back of some houses before another sharp left hand turn along the field edge urn left at the end of the field and drop down through the right hand edge of the woodland until you reach the ne t field

boundary. Turn right here and keep going for about 500 yards with the hedge on your left and the large arable field on your right, until you co e to the ne t field boundary o through here and into the pasture and keep going straight down the hill towards the gateway in the hedge ahead. Go through the gateway and make the short climb to the road above. Turn right on the road towards isolated but charming Marwood Farm on the hill above. You will come to a gate on the left with an old sign on it that says: “Any person who omits to shut and fasten this gate is liable to a penalty not exceeding forty shillings.” Go through the gate and from here you can follow the path as it zigzags down the fields re e bering of course to shut the gate) towards Bulby. Cross the East Glen River at the ford or the bridge for the less

adventurous on the way into this remote but charming hamlet. You can take the path north to awthorpe fro here, but think you are better to return to the ford and then take the ery uiet country lane as opposed to the footpath you arrived on) up the hill to Marwood Farm. From there stay on this lane beyond the far , down the hill and round the left hand bend as you head back to Irnham eventually arriving back there on the northern edge of the village. This really is one of the prettiest and quietest tree-lined country lanes I have been on and you will not be bothered by uch passing traffic If you take this route you will be walking in a figure of eight and you will en oy tranquil countryside with some pleasant undulations and do make the most of a trip to the riffin

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Essential information WHERE TO PARK Either on the road near the Griffin Inn or in the pub car park if you are going to spend some money in there. DISTANCE AND TIME Four miles/an hour and half. HIGHLIGHTS Irnham has an attractive grandeur no doubt emanating from the eponymous hall. It’s really pretty undulating countryside with enough woodland to give it character and the lane back is charming in its own way. LOWLIGHTS The two routes down to Bulby and back are a little similar. Walking back into pretty little Irnham.

REFRESHMENTS The Griffin Inn in Irnham. DIFFICULTY RATING Two paws. Not much to worry about here. THE POOCH PERSPECTIVE There may well be sheep and cattle but the river is a nice spot for the dogs and they will be happy enough. For your own safety and navigation make sure you have an OS map with you when you go out walking. You won’t regret it.

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The second half of this walk takes in the open fields across the top from Papley to Warmington.

Warmington and Ashton Wold A private woodland estate, a medieval village, some of the longest views in the area and an American war memorial make this a very worthwhile wander. By Will Hetherington. Images: Will Hetherington

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Park somewhere out of the way along Church Street in Warmington and opposite the church you will see the Nene Way heading down Long Lane. Take this path and at the bottom turn right and i ediately left to find the path over a sweeping grassy ridge and furrow eadow he path crosses the field diagonally and carries on through a thin belt of trees and hedges until it hits the hedge at the very far side ere you will find a wooden bridge o er the ditch followed by a path straight across the ne t field to another wooden bridge ross over and turn left to head uphill around the woodland edge. Take the 90 degree right turn and keep going uphill until you get to the top edge of the woodland. From here you will have extensive views of Oundle to the west and Warmington, Fotheringhay and beyond to the north.

The US War Memorial at the eastern end of Polebrook Airfield is in memory of the 351st bombardment group and the 175 B-17 Flying Fortresses and their crews who were lost during 311 group combat missions in the Second World War. It’s a deeply poignant reminder of these men who died Go through the gap in the misleading sign out a very long way from home to the hedge and keep by Woodbine Farm) you defend our freedom. heading south east across will see an obvious the fields or around the edge footpath sign on the left if it’s easier) towards Tansor leading through Grange Farm. Wold Farm where you turn left on There are meticulous instructions to the road. Stay on the tarmac for about half for navigating the farm on the gate but it’s a mile until you come to a road junction pretty simple if you have an OS map. Before where you turn right o the road and into long you will be striding out o er the fields the Ashton Wold estate. From here the path north east towards Papley Farm and the site heads south for a mile through the pleasant of the medieval village of Papley with the woodland which inevitably was muddy remains of a moat just about discernible. Go when I did the walk in February. Eventually past Papley Cottages which are holiday you will come out on the road just by the properties and after about 100 yards turn left fairytale Lutton Road Cottages. Turn left and through the gate to head north east for a prepare for over a mile on the tarmac all the straight mile or so. I would suggest you pick way to Lutton, passing the entrance to a day with no icy north westerly wind olebrook irfield on the way ou will also because I can tell you from experience there pass the sign for the US War Memorial which is no hiding place from that here. says one mile but it’s actually less than half. When you hit the road turn left and then Although I would suggest popping back in just before Rectory Farm turn right on to the the car afterwards to have a look because footpath which drops downhill back to taking this diversion will just mean more Warmington. The views from here are just as walking time on the road. good as those in the early stages and it’s It’s not a busy road to Lutton and when pretty straight forward all the way back to you get to the illage proper as opposed to the car from here.

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Essential information WHERE TO PARK On Church Street in Warmington near the church and Long Lane. DISTANCE AND TIME Eight miles/two and a half hours. HIGHLIGHTS Some of the longest views in the area to the north, the ancient Ashton Wold estate, medieval village of Papley and the American War Memorial at Polebrook (best visited in the car afterwards). LOWLIGHTS There is a long stretch on the road between Ashton Wold and Lutton, not to be done on a cold and windy day. And mud, of course, there has always been mud this winter. REFRESHMENTS The Red Lion in Warmington – highly recommended for food. DIFFICULTY RATING Three paws. It’s a long way but assuming you don’t go on a cold and windy day like I did it’s not particularly challenging. Just be prepared to keep walking! THE POOCH PERSPECTIVE There are a few sheep on the way round but not many and the odd stream here and there helps for the dogs.

The woodland path through the middle of Ashton Wold estate.

For your own safety and navigation make sure you have an OS map with you when you go out walking. You won’t regret it.

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Squeeze and Release Physiotherapist Sarah Babbs explains more about the pelvic floor muscles, and why it’s not only women who should be doing their exercises

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S WOMEN, WE do go through a lot in our lives but nothing steals up on us uite like the enopause For so e this does co e earlier, ostly through medical changes but for most, we hit our late forties, we are in our prime and then co e the generally unwelco e sy pto s ften we don t talk about the , partly through e barrass ent, partly through disbelief and often through a lack of education and understanding y pto s can range fro the classic hot flushes, feelings of tiredness, an iety and indecision to aching joints and tingling in hands and feet, but there are any others re e ber reading a list on a website where they noted 3 sy pto s of enopause ften frightening sy pto s including a racing heart and palpitations but when important cardiac in estigations are done, they co e up clear o en struggling with work and relationships because of the menopause are sometimes diagnosed with depression and gi en anti-depressants when is actually the answer iscussing sy pto s with a doctor who is experienced in enopause anage ent is ital here are also excellent resources online including www.menopausematters.co.uk. hysiotherapy co es into its own when helping with exercise to limit some of these changes ha e written pre iously about the importance of exercise to improve bone density for which enopause is a risk factor Sarcopenia is an equivalent loss of muscle ass and strength in which we lose 3fro one s 3 s or s depending on which study you read oing weighted and weight bearing exercise will help with both of these, i pro ing not only bone density but

muscle mass, strength and tone as well. Exercise can also help with mood, sleep, weight management and even with the hot flushes risk walking, 3 inutes a day, has been shown to improve blood pressure, ood and sleep ore than the classic , steps. nother change - also ery rele ant when we are younger - is the pel ic floor his can be related to pregnancy and childbirth in women but is also of increasing importance for men struggling with prostate problems, particularly those who ha e had surgery he pel ic floor is the sling of uscles supporting the bladder and the bowel ny weakness in these uscles, including a change of muscle though hormonal changes, can lead to distressing incontinence his can ary fro stress incontinence when one has “accidents” when coughing or running, to urge incontinence which can lead to a fre uent urge to e pty the bladder, leakage of the bladder and, in some cases, of the bowel. here does see to be an i pression, often gi en by ad erts pro oting pads, that “a little accident” is quite normal and acceptable especially in younger wo en

his is not the case oing these si ple e ercises can ake an enor ous di erence ry s uee ing as if you are trying not to pass wind and then s uee e as if trying not to pass urine hen s uee e both together, hold for up to seconds, which ay be difficult at first, and then release co pletely o this ti es then do uick s uee e and releases o this fro three to up to ti es throughout the day and o er a few weeks an enor ous di erence can be noticed here is a great free app a ailable called uee y which gives reminders to do the exercises. f proble s persist, or sooner if sy pto s are se ere, a specialist physiotherapist will e a ine and help with ore specific ad ice and e ercise hey say life begins at and although all of this does sound rather alarming, all is not lost aybe we ust need to look after ourselves a little more than most of us do already for a bright and thri ing late middle age. To make an appointment with Sarah ring The Broad Street Practice on 01780 480889 or contact her directly on 07780 900201.

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Prostate enlargement, a pressing matter Gary Trickett, Chairman of the National Association of Health Stores and owner of Healthy Route natural health store in Leicester discusses prostate health

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ROSTATE DISORDERS AFFECT many men as they get older and almost all men over the age of eighty. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located below the bladder. It surrounds the urethra which drains the bladder. With age the prostate gland starts to enlarge, slowly squashing the urethra and reducing the amount of space available for urine to pass through. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) occurs when the prostate grows to an unhealthy size, causing difficulty and disco fort for en when urinating. The main symptoms of BPH are urinating fre uently, difficulty in getting a urine stream going and feeling as if you are unable to empty your bladder properly. Although not life-threatening in all but its most extreme stages, it’s not much fun. However, before you think about treatment you do need an official diagnosis fro your doctor to rule out a more serious condition, such as prostate cancer, which is estimated to a ect in en in the y pto s can also be confused with prostatitis, a simpler infla ation of the prostate, often caused by bacteria, and suitable for treatment with antibiotics. Once prostate enlargement has been confir ed, you ay wish to try a aw al etto supple ent he berries of the aw Palmetto plant have traditionally been used to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate. These berries contain specific types of plant sterols, including one known as -sistosterol Many doctors in Austria, Germany and taly use aw al etto as their first line of

defence against prostate problems. Prostasan aw al etto capsules fro ogel are indicated to relieve urinary symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate in men with a confir ed diagnosis of enign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Men taking prescribed medicines for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) or other hormonal imbalances should consult their GP before taking aw al etto Zinc is also important. Zinc is more abundant in the prostate than anywhere else in the body and deficiency is co on in en with prostate proble s upple enting with zinc or topping up on foods rich in zinc can help to ensure you get an adequate supply. Dietary sources of zinc include black pepper, oysters, pu pkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesa e seeds and fla seeds hey ake a delicious snack on their own or they can be sprinkled over cereals, soups and salads or blended into yoghurts. The mineral selenium, found naturally in Brazil nuts, has been found to have a protecti e e ect on the prostate, and lycopene, an antio idant found in to atoes, ay benefit prostate gland cells.

More generally, a diet rich in fruits - berries especially - vegetables and healthy fats is thought to be protective of the prostate. As you might expect, foods to avoid include red meat and dairy, with research suggesting that a red meat and dairy free diet may help improve prostate health. In fact, daily meat consumption is believed by some to triple the risk of prostate enlargement. Also to be consumed in moderation, or if possible a oided altogether, are ca eine and alcohol which can sti ulate urine production alt may also increase the urinary tract symptoms associated with enlargement. In addition to dietary changes, there are a number of lifestyle hacks that may also help. oid fluids in the e ening to help reduce night time urination and try to empty your bladder co pletely o e edications such as antihistamines, diuretics and decongestants can make symptoms worse (but always consult your first before stopping or changing your edication el ic floor and bladder training exercises may also help. nsure as to whether you ha e an enlarged prostate? There is a simple test you can take based on the nternational rostate y pto core t consists of se en uestions and will give you a broad indication as to whether you are su ering fro the proble and if so, how severe it is likely to be. Remember it is advisable to have your symptoms checked by a doctor, to rule out any underlying prostate conditions, including prostate cancer. To find out more about the test or for further information on prostate health, visit Gary and his team at Healthy Route, 18 Silver Street, Leicester. 0116 253 9097

“The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located below the bladder. It surrounds the urethra which drains the bladder. ”

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New Forest School Spratton Hall has recently opened its new Forest School and the children lo e it estled within the school s acres of grounds pupils are able to enjoy a digital detox and get out in the fresh air. The Forest School will be incorporated into the school’s curriculu and e ery child will en oy using it at least once a week. They can search for bugs, build dens, climb trees and enjoy the outdoor classroom. www.sprattonhall.com

Swimming success for Stoneygate pupil toneygate pupil, -year-old acob, has scooped fi e golds at the ong ourse ritish ha pionship ualifier in heffield recently. Jacob, who has a sports scholarship at the school, also took part in the Leicestershire Amateur Swimming Association County Championships where he gained six more golds and PBs in all races. He is now ranked third in Britain.

SES gymnastics success Teams from across Stamford Endowed Schools are celebrating their success at the East Midlands Schools’ Floor and Vault cha pionships with each of the si tea s achie ing a podiu position Four of the tea s won gold and will ad ance to the Nationals in May. Special recognition goes to the U19 boys’ team who scored the highest team total of the day making history as the first e er senior boys tea fro the school to ad ance to the ational Finals

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Basketball success Manor High in Leicester have been doing well at basketball this ter oth girls and boys year and tea s have won the Oadby and Wigston area co petitions and progressed through to the county cup tourna ent ood luck

Catmose gymnasts make the Nationals at ose did well at the egional chool y nastics with the i ed floor and ault tea 3 i ed ea ilano trios and girls trio all winning gold and ualifying for the ational Finals t s at ose s first year of co peting, so well done

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Tigers Academy players from Oakham celebrate victory Oakham was delighted to host a recent nail-biting Leicester Tigers vs Saracens U18 cade y fi ture recently with fi e current pupils en oying a ho e turn ad antage whilst representing the igers nd they e erged ictorious with old akha ian and ngland player o roft en oying the action as a spectator

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SES impress with Alice’s Wonderland Adventures showcase dance Over 80 students from all year groups at Stamford High School and Stamford School ha e perfor ed a showcase of dance the ed around lice s onderland d entures he students choreographed the show the sel es, with sta guidance, allowing the to develop teamwork, artistry and musicality.

Oakham are East Midlands netball champions Oakham School’s U14 and U19 girls have won a spot in the ational etball finals for the third year running after being crowned regional champions at the recent Regional Schools’ Netball tournament. They now play at the National Finals this month; good luck!

Copthill successes opthill in ffington are ha ing a ery successful sporting term! The U11 boys are National ISA hockey champions and the U11 girl s netball tea has ualified for the ationals both firsts for opthill nd they have two cross county runners who have ualified for the ational ross ountry finals as well ell done

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ActiveSport On your bike! This month Gary Waterfall eases us into spring with a 26 mile ride around some of Rutland’s quietest roads

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HIS 26 MILER with 1,200ft of hard climb in places will start to get you ready for spring; and there’s a shortcut for those who need it. Start at the Windmill in Butt Lane at Wymondham where there’s plenty of space to park he first few iles are easy as you coast downhill towards Saxby before turning left to ride around the edge of beautiful Stapleford Park. Take a right up Cuckoo Hill and right again to meet the A606 crossroads then follow the road through Little Dalby. The road to Somerby provides another challenging hill up to Cold Overton; Gates Garden Centre is the half way point if a mid-ride refreshment is needed.

The road to Langham is gently downhill all the way then follow it to Ashwell, hoping to be lucky at the railway crossing. For the faint hearted, go straight on to Teigh to save four miles and the 200ft climb. Or follow the route and turn right to tackle the long hill all the way up to Cottesmore before turning left to Market Overton to enjoy the downhill road back to Wymondham. And then there’s one last cheeky hill to earn the co ee and cake at the Tearooms. There’s some great shops here too including the bike shop Windmill Wheels, so allow plenty of time to browse. http://www.strava.com/routes/23479491

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Women can catch balls too Mary Bremner meets Mark Hudson, women and girls’ cluster club manager of Leicestershire cricket club

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ur area has a long and illustrious history with cricket with the 9th Earl of Winchilsea, the incumbent at Burley on the Hill in the 18th century, being one of the founders of the MCC who also established a cricket ground in Marylebone. Of course in those days it would have been unheard of for a female to play cricket. Move on to the 21st century and girls’ and women’s cricket is seeing a resurgence ably encouraged by the ECB (English Cricket Board). Tell me Mark, what does your role with Leicestershire CC involve, and what is a cluster? Cluster is an ECB term which is the number of clubs in each county. My area covers Leicestershire and Rutland and within this location I have 21 cluster clubs where girls’ and women’s cricket is played. It’s a number that I am working hard to increase. Ideally I would like every cricket club in the county to have female teams as well. Historically cricket has been a white, middle class men’s sport but that is rapidly changing with more cultures and sexes joining in. My role is to increase the number of women and girls participating and I am finding there is great enthusias for this, from both the women and girls and local clubs.

where the girls really get hooked. They play well together and seem to enjoy not having any boys to put up with! The local clubs then take over with an U9 softball cricket team, which is i ed but we are finding that any of them are running girls’ only teams too which obviously then progress to women’s. Despite numbers of female players increasing rapidly a a fir belie er that girls’ and women’s cricket is still in its infancy and is going to take o in a big way am preparing our clubs so that they are going to be able to accommodate all the women who are going to suddenly appear wanting to play. My role is to make sure the clubs are ready for this and to encourage them to start female teams. The fruits of our labour are beginning to show as we are keeping the girls who started with the All Stars. They are still playing and getting very good! As well as girls coming through the syste we are finding that ladies want to

play and the clubs are setting up teams to accommodate them. Again historically women would have been involved at the club by making the teas, that sort of thing. But now we are seeing women taking a vested interest in the clubs getting on the committees, helping with maintenance, coaching and co-ordinating fi tures ha e found that if there is a women’s team it’s beneficial to the club as they like to get involved, not just turn up to play and then disappear again. Are there girls’ and women’s leagues in the county? Yes we have a softball league as well as hard ball ones, the East Midlands’ Women’s League and the Super 8s which is an eight a side competition for entry level players. Many women really enjoy the softball cricket. It’s fun and relaxed with many of the teams competing for enjoyment rather than to be top of the league. I’d really like to see a men’s

How are you doing this? nitially it has been difficult as ery few state schools o er girls cricket his is not the case with independents where it is becoming much more popular taking over from rounders. As a club we are working hard to encourage state schools to embrace the sport. hat we are finding ery successful is the ECB All Stars cricket which was started three years ago. This is an all inclusive entry level cricket for boys and girls aged 5-8. They play together with a soft ball and this is proving very popular. This way many girls get started, often playing with a sibling and encouraged by their parents. Historically this would have been mainly by their fathers with them coming from a cricketing family but this is rapidly changing as the mothers are often playing too. What I want to see is mothers and daughters playing together. The age groups then move up to the Dynamos group which was launched this year (age 8-11) and we now have two groups, one for boys and another for girls. And this is

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ActiveSport the clubs, virtually everyone is really keen to start the teams. I presume you are a cricketer? Where do you play? Yes I am from a cricketing family and have played most of my life. I am chairman of Market Overton CC. Both my children, and my wife play as well so it’s very much a family thing. My daughter plays for Leicester U17 and has represented England. She used to play a bit with my son, who is younger and was always at the club with me. She seems to have gained her initial skills by osmosis. We took both children to a half term cricket camp when they were 10 and seven. She started bowling, and we were amazed at her skill, I had no idea she was that good! By the end of the camp she had been invited to join the Leicestershire girls’ U13 team and has played for Leicestershire ever since as well as playing for England U17 and touring with them. I am an ECB level 2 coach so am always keeping an eye out for potential future stars and also manage the Leicestershire U17 girls. The club is beginning to see a return on their investment. We now have girls’ teams for U11 right the way up to U17 and then obviously the senior team as well who are playing in the ECB T20 competition. Leicestershire CC is a great place to work as there’s very much a family atmosphere here, friendly and inclusive. We’re a very progressive club.

“At Market Overton we have at least seven ladies who will join either the 2nd Xl or the firsts, usually when the team needs a good bowler!” softball league as well. Did you know that it is very popular in the West Indies? In the hard ball league 50% of the team need to be over 18 (this helps with transport) but if a youngster is good enough they will be in the team. Last year we had one indoor league, this year there are three, one social league and two performance ones; as you can see it’s a growing sport. Softball cricket is a much shorter game, eight or 16 overs rather than the usual 40 for the Sunday league. The eight over matches can take about 40 minutes. The indoor leagues are great fun, the players love it. You can play every week or not, as you prefer. There’s always coaching sessions and the team spirit is great. We now have teams of mums who were bringing

their children to play and wanted to have a go themselves. How are the local clubs reacting to women playing? The vast majority really well and are delighted to welcome them. Many clubs were thinking about it and are now starting girls’ and wo en s tea s y ob is to o er support and guidance. I can advise on kit, budgets, free training sessions, that sort of thing and of course the logistics of changing rooms. My advice to clubs is to just start the teams, the logistics usually sort themselves out. Most of these teams usually have a woman on the committee, and if they don’t they soon will do as it’s part of our criteria. I have come across very little negativity from

I didn’t realise that men and women played in teams together, and do so in the league. Yes it’s not unusual at all. At Market Overton we have at least seven ladies who will join either the nd Xl or the firsts, usually when the team needs a good bowler! I’ve found that girls and women are really good at technique. Once they’ve got the skills there’s no stopping them. Mary: Do you have any goals? Mark: I want to increase girls’ and women’s cricket by at least 50% every year. Cricket is a very inclusive sport and I don’t want cost or ability to be a barrier to anyone. You can play cricket from a wheelchair and up to any age. What I would love to see is a 60-year-old still playing, and who has played all her life. Men do, so it’s time for women too. If the clubs work hard and put on a show, o ering coaching and making them welcome girls and women will come and play and will develop a life-long love of the game. And did you know that the Girl Guides now have a cricket badge, something that the scouts don’t? How do girls and women find a club that is offering female cricket. Go on our website and click on women’s and girls’ cricket. They are all listed, with more being added.

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Meet Ffion and Thea: Stamford to Swansea’s very own superheroes! Meet the two little girls who are the motivation for their challenge TRAINING HAS BEEN going well for the Stamford to Swansea crew, although the storms we have had recently meant that cycling took place in the spin studio and on turbo trainers in the garage. The tea ha e still anaged to ra p up the iles and ha e fitted in a few runs. They’ve also been mixing it up with some cross training which has included weights and skiing. Future training plans include a three hour sponsored spin at Westside Gym on March 15, seats in the class are available so visit our social media channels to get onboard! There will be more updates on training in the next issue, but this month we thought we’d explain why we are doing this challenge. It came about because of two inspirational little girls, Ffion and hea who o erco e their own challenges e eryday Ffion ans was diagnosed at ele en onths with ultiple brain ca erno as which are like ini strokes Ffion, now aged fi e, has already had 15 bleeds to date and has a number of physical symptoms which are treated in the same way as cerebral palsy. This does not deter Ffion fro getting stuck into acti ities such as swi ing or dancing which she enjoys just as much as her friends and big brother Iuan. he a erno a lliance is a charity which o ers support to su erers and fa ilies facing the condition, along with raising awareness of this relatively unknown condition. They have strong connections with the Angioma Alliance in America who are very focused on finding a cure by 3 Thea Williams was born seven weeks early with her twin brother Arlo after a traumatic entrance into the world. As time went on, it became more apparent that something wasn’t quite right. Thea wasn’t able to sit unaided, roll or crawl until much later than Arlo. After an agonising wait and many tests later, Thea was diagnosed with

erebral alsy at two years old For hea, that eans both her fine and gross otor skills are a ected However, none of this will ever hold Thea back as she’s a determined little soul with a love for life. She loves a good singsong and boogie and has a fantastic time giggling with her brother (they seem to have developed their own twin language). For Nat and Steve Williams (Thea’s parents) it is a worry how she will move through life and Scope are an integral part of understanding Thea’s diagnosis. They have supported navigating the health care system, which can be incredibly overwhelming. Scope also spends time canvassing for equality for people with disabilities, with the aim of making society a more inclusive place. Both girls are amazingly resilient, and neither girl will be limited or defined by their conditions

BECOME A SUPERHERO! You can join in the fun and help the team raise lots of cash without getting saddle sore or lacing up those trainers - unless of course you really want to! The team has thought of great ways you can support, simply: • Dig deep and splash that cash. Sponsor the team via their link at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/StamfordtoSwansea • Buy tickets or even a table at the charity ball and auction ‘Not all superheroes wear capes.’ The event is on Saturday May 9 at Barnsdale Lodge. Tickets are £50 and you’ll enjoy a 2-course meal, canapés and fizz on arrival – Tickets on sale soon, we’ll let you know when • Attend a GFest presents… evening at the Bertie Arms on Sunday May 24. Details for these upcoming events and more will be shared on the team’s Instagram and Facebook accounts @stamford2swansea

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Bitten by the bug Robin Atter, a Housing Officer at SKDC, has only recently taken up running but the bug has bitten him so now he’s training for this month’s Burghley 7. ROBIN ATTER WHO is Lincolnshire born and bred has always been a keen walker and plays bowls; indoor and outdoor. He’s only recently started running, deciding he wanted to get fitter and make new friends. He joined Wyndham Park Runners in November 2019, a small park based running group and fell in love with it instantly, quickly going from a non runner to someone who ran two 5ks a week. He then progressed to parkruns at Belton improving his time from 27 minutes to 23. Robin then decided he’d like to go one step further and enter a race that covered a longer distance. He found the Burghley 7, a new event which takes place on March 8. The race takes in Burghley Park (bits you don’t get to see normally) as well as Stamford town which will be car free for the race. This really appealed to Robin so he applied for a place. o celebrate his first e ent obin wanted to mark the occasion by raising money for charity. As a dog lover he has opted for The Dogs Trust so will be running in a bright yellow Dogs Trust shirt so give him a wave if you see him run past. Depending on how this race goes - and we will find out ne t onth - obin s ne t goal is the Lincoln half marathon later this year. Finger’s crossed. To support Robin and the Dogs Trust visit https://www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/robin-atter

Up hills and down dales Delia Calder is getting the miles under her belt whilst training for her trek to Everest’s base camp, but still can’t quite believe that it’s happening to her ANOTHER MONTH PASSES and the mountain feels like it is getting closer. There is lots of talk about the trip among family and friends and there’s gasps when I say how soon it is (May) which induces a wave of panic - from me, not the questioners. I sometimes feel I am totally unprepared and almost as if the expedition is happening to someone else, time to get a reality check as that is not the case. I am pleased to report that we all returned from our St Anton skiing holiday injury free with the return to the mountains in May getting us all very excited. We tried to hire ski shoes in the resort but failed as clearly there is no demand for walking up a mountain, only skiing down one in this cool place. In the end, we opted for another day’s skiing and gave up on the hope of walking in higher altitudes. We did manage to get to the top of Velluga at 2,800 metres and tried to imagine what it would look and feel like to climb another 2,500 metres which would be the height of Everest’s base camp. I still cannot quite imagine what lies ahead of us; I’m both excited and fearful about such a big challenge. We recently had another group meet up in the Chilterns and completed the Ivinghoe Beacon 11 mile circular walk. We started in the village of Aldbury and followed the Ridgeway National Trail

across Pitstone Hill to the dramatic viewpoint at Ivinghoe Beacon before returning through the woods and fields of the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate, using some of the Chiltern Way. It was muddy and slippery and a miracle that we all managed to remain upright. We had clear blue skies but it was cold enough to test gloves and hats and we all enjoyed another great training day. We bonded further by enjoying a roast in a local pub on completion. Celebrating one of our team’s 50th birthday, the chef of our group had baked a fabulous cake that looked like Everest and it even had coloured base ca p flags he now has a new title within the group. Last week I completed another 11 mile trek with a girl friend, taking in the local villages whilst chatting and catching up on our busy lives. The time and distance seems much easier when distracted by girly talk. en though these long walks feel fine and I’m coping well with them - I still cannot imagine how I am going to feel doing the same for 12 days in row, particularly when you add in not being able to shower or change clothes and with very little sleep thrown in to the mix as well. A well informed source tells me that wearing merino wool next to the skin stops any odours, something I am yet to test but am hopeful the rumours are true!

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It’s been a mixed month for Steve Cole who is training to run the Manchester to Liverpool 50 mile ultra-marathon. Here he explains how things don’t always go according to plan LAST MONTH’S ARTICLE finished on a high had ust co pleted y first week of training with a ile weekend run and a total of iles during the week felt great with only another weeks of training to go h, how things can change et s start with the positi es e done a further two ile runs with the furthest being a ile run around the country roads of ourne y biggest week has been iles and e started to introduce a unday run after a long aturday run also ran the undle k a day after a ile run actually hate short races but as part of y club atural ourne unners we decided to get a group to enter was

going to take it easy but as soon as it started y co petiti e nature took o er and went for it, finishing in nd with a ti e of - ins -secs y tired legs worked fine ow, let s talk about the negati es hose two ile runs were really hard work probably being tough on yself as any long distance run is likely to be hard, but following the ease of y first big un was a little disappointed that the ne t two were anything but y latest, the distance, was a killer t really had e uestioning how ll be able to run a further 3 iles ut, the biggest downer of the onth ca e in bi arre circu stances ow, don t laugh, but y trainers started s ueaking f you re going to run for 3 hours the constant s ueak when you land your foot is torture o, on y ne t long run wore an old pair whilst waited for a new pair to arri e in the post

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TAMFORD VERSUS OAKHAM is one of the most eagerly awaited fi tures of any rugby season but this year, with Stamford in top place and a rapidly improving Oakham in second, there was an added dimension to the occasion. Oaks decided to play against the fa ous a bleton oad slope in the first half having won the toss, knowing that if they could hold ta ford at bay the o entu would be with the in the second t pro ed to be a sound tactic and, indeed, it was Oaks who opened the scoring with a try from James Beanland. Stamford’s ees urns le elled for the and a penalty apiece ade it - before ick aughton, who perfor ed ad irably throughout, ade it - 3 to aks at the break and, therefore, hot fa ourites to win with the conditions now in their fa our

dedicated to the late a anaca oroibulilek, known as u, the Fi ian who sadly died after collapsing whilst playing for Oaks. adby yggs won their local derby at arket arborough ending a three atch unbeaten run for their hosts arborough s a id ance called it a frustrating day at the office and added that, it was a ga e that arborough will feel was there to be won en after a yellow card for tuart ale, arborough kept applying pressure and attacking arborough know that their own decision making and defensive energy was not where it should be Last month we reported on Stamford’s new adies ugby arrior a p hear it s going well - and now we learn that Oakham, not to be outdone, are restarting what they call their Girls Section. Catering for 9 to 18 year olds and eeting on a unday orning,

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“Sure enough the second forty minutes belonged to Oakham, with Stamford unable to add to their total.”

ure enough the second forty inutes belonged to akha , with ta ford unable to add to their total whilst Ben Shepherd and o asson both crossed the line to earn the a bonus point and ake the final result -3 in fa our of the away side which also meant they leapfrogged their opponents to top the table he following weekend akha went on to ake it to the final of the ounty owl by defeating ld ewtonians - t s beginning to look like a ery good season for them. ourne kept up the pace in third spot with three wins on the bounce including a assi e - 3 ho e result against ortha pton , their tries co ing fro a ack erry hat trick, a hornburn and his brother arry, da c ugh, ake ppleby and a ie olangelo heir ga e with akha at the howground was

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they say ability is irrelevant and just ask that you bring “an open mind and some enthusiasm” adding that what matters is “fun, inclusion, more fun and making friends”. girlsrugby@oakhamrfc.com is the contact point. Although the weather would have you think otherwise, the cricket season gets underway next month and there is much to look forward to in what should be a fascinating campaign. Can Oakham consolidate at the highest level in their history in the Premier League and will Uppingham be successful in their bid to join them there? Will Market Harborough somehow arrest their rapid slide down the divisions? How will Stamford get on after promotion and can Ketton Sports continue their march up the ladder? Oakham haven’t strengthened their side in the close season, possibly because of their bold – and surely correct – decision not to pay any of their players and remain a truly amateur side.They have the most testing of starts with last year’s runners up Barrow own away in their first fi ture whilst in their second they host the champions, Rothley Park. Club stalwart Malcolm awlings said f we can finish in id-table we’ll be delighted,” and pointed out that they have some very good young players coming through from the Colts. The hope is to

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survive this year so that those young players will be ready for the next campaign. Ketton Sports started winter nets in id-February ro otion fro di ision three is skipper Rob Vitas’s aim. The popular annual Sports Bash is planned to be held again at Pit Lane and they’ll also continue with their All Stars initiative, which sees fa ilies co e together e ery Friday e ening for a fun filled session, a few drinks o er the bar and our BBQ”. They will play Oakham in a pre-season friendly on pril th Over in the football world Uppingham Town F ade the final of the eterborough up last onth by beating horney - in the semi, with James Howe the scorer. Stamford’s Daniels are still in second place in the table and had a creditable - away ictory at fellow promotion chasers Cleethorpes with a late, late goal from Tendai Chitiza. Keeper Dan Haystead got the man of the match award for some outstanding saves but the hard-won ictory eans pro otion is still very much a possibility. Cottesmore had a notable win scoring seven away at Thurnby Rangers, Tom Hope bagging three of them. Like the Daniels they sit second in their division and will be disappointed should promotion not come their way. By the way, you can help them to improve their facilities by oting for the in the uildbase

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