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Fairytale Style Kilworth House; one of Leicestershire's most idyllic wedding venues All White? Choosing the right colour dress for the big day Honeymoon Hotspots Some of the best destinations from around the world Ye Olde Gem Jewellery experts Gildings take a trip down memory lane

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As we bask in the glory of our well-earned 2nd place on the Rio 2016 medal table (and our attention now turns to cheering on GB’s Paralympians), those tell-tale signs that suggest we’re fast approaching autumn are beginning to emerge. Darker evenings, cooler temperatures and of course the kids are back to school, but a far bigger give-away for us here at Beacon HQ is the much anticipated start of The Great British Bake-off and the recent unveiling of the Strictly stars who will grace our screens and see us through all the way to the festive season! The start of a new season always brings change and although we might miss the warmth of the sunshine, in its place are beautifully crisp, fresh autumn mornings and the rustle of leaves underfoot. And talking of leaves, it’s also that time of year when our gardens are in need of a little tlc – so luckily Goscote’s Frances Hunt is here on page 71, to offer her expert advice on how to plan ahead with some great tips and tricks for your winter prep. Our wardrobes also tend to undergo a transition around now, and our very own fairy clothes mother Cleo gives us the low down on what’s hot on the catwalk in her AW16 runway report on pages 16 & 17. But regardless of how amazing that new season jacket or LBD is, when it comes to wearing something quite magnificent, there really isn’t much that can top the beauty and elegance of a bridal gown. So, in this our Wedding Issue we’ve got dresses well and truly covered – in fact when it comes to deciding what to wear, our resident colour analyst Victoria Scranage takes a closer look the whole bridal party, to help make sure everyone is looking utterly fabulous on the day. Plus we bring you the very best local wedding venues, bridal styling, jewellery and honeymoon ideas in our dedicated 20 page section (pages 30-49) so you have everything you’ll need for your special day.

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Beacon Magazine definitely wouldn’t be complete without the usual sprinkling of health, beauty, entertainment and foodie features so, with all of the aforementioned present, correct and dutifully accounted for, without further ado all that’s left for me to say is, sit back, relax and enjoy this edition, until next time.

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| HEALTH, FITNESS & WELLBEING

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SLEEP MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER, BUT ITS IMPORTANCE GOES WAY BEYOND JUST BOOSTING YOUR MOOD OR BANISHING UNDER-EYE CIRCLES. CAN YOU THINK OF A TIME WHEN YOU DIDN'T GET ENOUGH SLEEP? THAT HEAVY, GROGGY FEELING THAT LEAVES YOU TIRED, GRUMPY AND FAR FROM FEELING YOUR BEST. WELL IF YOU'RE NOT TOO JADED, JO HELCKÉ IS HERE TO TALK ‘SLEEP’

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From personal experience I’d say the first thing is to avoid thinking about sleep – or lack of sleep – as a problem. In fact, banish all thoughts relating to sleep and sleeplessness (immediately after reading this piece)! Secondly, a noisy environment can be most intrusive to those of us who find sleep hard to come by: invest in excellent earplugs. Wax ones are extremely effective, mould to the shape of the ear and will cut out all those sounds that penetrate your consciousness and keep you from falling sound asleep. Darkness is, in my view, pivotal to a good night’s sleep. Invest in blackout blinds and curtains lined with blackout material. If you are a light sleeper, any daylight that creeps in round the edges of the blinds is liable to wake you up at the crack of dawn – quite literally. So an easy solution (no, I’m not obsessed, really…) is to invest in black sheets which you can then stuff round the edges of your blinds. This can make a huge difference during the summer months. If you have young children I’d suggest doing the same for their bedrooms too. You might well get an extra 2 or 3 hours of peace every morning! Do you find your head crowding in with inexhaustibly long “to do” lists when you surface in the early hours of the morning? If so, then I find that having pen and paper next to the bed and jotting down all these hugely “urgent” things you need to do will enable you to free your mind, switch off and fall back to sleep. Interestingly, the following morning you’ll discover that the “to do” list wasn’t that vital after all. The mind plays tricks on you at night… Finally – and of course I would say this – I am a great believer in the power of exercise and healthy eating when it comes to promoting a good night’s sleep. I am convinced that it is not just caffeine that is liable to interrupt your sleep but also processed foods that are filled with weird and not-verywonderful additives and sugars. As for exercise, it has been proven to encourage good quality sleep even if the only slot you can find to keep fit is in the evening.

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THE HECTIC PACE OF TODAY’S MODERN LIFE HAS LED MANY BRITON’S TO OPT FOR TIME-SAVING SHOWERS OVER A RELAXING BATH; BUT I’M WITH HAYLEY SPARKES ON THIS ONE, FOR ME THERE’S SOMETHING WONDERFULLY INDULGENT ABOUT UNWINDING IN A RELAXING BATH TO ENJOY A BIT OF QUALITY ‘ME-TIME’

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WHAT BETTER WAY TO WELCOME IN A NEW SEASON THAN WITH A FRESH NEW LOOK? BECKI HEATHER, OWNER AND PROPRIETOR AT ÉLAN HAIR DESIGN SHARES SOME OF HER TOP TIPS AND IDEAS TO KEEP YOU LOOKING YOUR BEST AS WE BID A FOND FAREWELL TO THE SUMMER

IT’S A NEW SEASON After your holiday please don't forget, as well as moisturising your skin, it’s just as important to get your hair back into great condition. A perfect way to do this is with intense treatments such as Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair or if your hair is particularly dry from the effects of sea, sun and pool water we highly recommend Dry Remedy Intensive Masque! This is paramount to get the best out of your hair and prepare it ready for your next colour treatment; your autumn/winter colours need a healthy strong base to keep them lasting longer. We have some beautiful copper and red tones here at the salon and some new techniques which the team are really looking forward to using. Now's the time to warm up your cooler or ash blondes with our ever evolving range of toners too!

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Your new hair will need a fresh new makeup colour to complement it. Whether you’re looking for a new foundation, face accent/blush or a lipstick, one of our friendly team is always on hand to advise you. We now stock Aveda makeup in our extensive range of products. Twice yearly a limited edition range is introduced. With autumn/winter now upon us, the team will be undergoing regular on-going training with reference to skin tones and application. We love a ‘New Season’ so let us create a fabulous new look to suit you at Élan Hair Design. Call 0116 2374579 for more info or to book your appoinment. Or visit www.elan-hair.co.uk

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THIS SEASON'S FASHION TRENDS MAY BE WILDLY DIFFERENT FROM EACH OTHER, BUT THEY'RE ALL SUPERCHARGED WITH ONE MAJOR ELEMENT… CREATIVE INDIVIDUALITY. THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT RIGHT NOW THAT'S HELPING BOUNDARIES TO BE PUSHED AND NEW SARTORIAL GROUND TO BE STOMPED UPON SAYS CLEO LACEY

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he industry is in a major state of reworking, the concept of ‘see now and have to have now’ is increasingly demanding (well who wants to wait?). Many designers and brands are rethinking not only how they present their collections, but when and to whom. The old-school fashion calendar or idea of the runway show is being pinched and tweaked into new forms and this overdue disruption has sparked an inventive energy. Some of the most talked about labels of AW16 didn't even have fashion shows. Some hyped-up names create limited-edition runs only and are challenging the norm with super-high price points or controversial trends. But all fashion editors are in agreement that now is the time to be you, take AW 16's trends and make them your own.

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Mix and match if you want to. Wear head to toe if you want to. Don't be afraid to step out of the norm, individualism is the new key trend. What's great about the new season is that it's about reviving pieces you already have in your wardrobe and tweaking them; from the trench coat, tweed jacket, velvet dress to the statement earrings you might have already invested in. This is obviously pleasing to our credit cards, but not to our need for buying new season clothes! I’ve divided up my findings into my top 7 key trends that I think we'll all be wearing. Crazy creativity and confusion is exactly what fashion is right now, it’s time to brave individuality to the MAX!

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FACING PAGE: Vivienne Westwood AW16, FOH, SHUAN JAMES COX | TOP: Antonio Berardi AW16 FOH, KRIS MITCHELL, British Fashion Council | BOTTOM: Burberry AW16, FOH, DAN SIMS, British Fashion Council

DUVET DAYS - Oversized Outerwear and Quilting It probably won't come as a surprise that coats are going to be important this autumn winter, after all it is going to get cold! The coats that sauntered down the London Fashion Week catwalks were oversized, slouchy, long, huge sleeves and collars. Anything goes as long as it’s big, bold and beautiful. Move one size up this season because oversized is the way to go, the puffa jacket is back and I’m guessing you’ll see quilting everywhere. SPARKLING SEQUINS – Metallic Madness Although this trend reappears every autumn winter, all things that glitter are back in a big way this season. Think sequins, sequins and more sequins. Sparkle and shimmering metallics were a mainstay across the London Fashion Week catwalks. It doesn't matter whether you choose full-on, head-to-toe sequins or a more subtle shimmer, as long as you're shining, you're doing it right.

MILITARY FORCE – The Iconic Trench We all know that trench coats never really go out of fashion and are an absolute wardrobe staple, but they've been given a renewed lease of life this season, whether in navy buttery leather at Celine, pulled off the shoulder to show off your collar bone at Balenciaga or in black patent at Lanvin. The trench coat is definitely the winning coat of the season. Burberry, Prada, Joseph and Miu Miu each injected military influences into their autumn winter 2016 collections, so be sure to invest in a heavy-duty armylike coat this season, look for oversized gold buttons, red piping or utility pockets. Every woman should own an iconic trench.

VA VA VOOM VELVET Velvet was everywhere this season; the options are endless, it’s soft, elegant and beautifully lustrous. It is the most sumptuous of fabrics and was seen down the catwalk in opulent jewel tones - take inspiration from Princess Diana in her velvet cocktail dress.

CHUNKY BOOTS These boots were truly made for walking… Prepare for an influx of utility styles for the new season as designers favoured more heavyduty, practical styles as seen by Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang, Prada and Valentino. I’m predicting the high street heroes will case a riot.

MAKE A STATEMENT - Earrings From Valentino and Marni to Stella McCartney and Gucci, earrings were once again the jewellery of choice for autumn winter 2016. They're big, bold and the ultimate way of dressing up your look without having to try too hard. LOVE YOUR INNER LEOPARD Release your spirit animal thanks to this cool classic. Having been rescued from the sin bin, leopard is now sophisticated for both night and day. It’s the ‘go with anything’ print that just became purrrrrfect.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS - Reality Check There is a serious resurgence of Scottish fabrics this season, featuring timeless tartan and tweeds but also those warm and tactile pieces in classic autumn colours of elegant butterscotch, shades of camel and yellow browns that make for a very sophisticated look. Checks are also a great way to add a non-scary pattern

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to your wardrobe. Hunting, shooting, fishing, one of the major arching themes this season sees the traditional British pursuits played out on the fashion field. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in fashion, it’s a breath of fresh air when some practicality roots you to the ground. Those are just a few of the trends this season, the ones I envisage will be the biggest. This means so many different looks are available out there for autumn/winter 2016, there is bound to be one for you. If you are the type of lady that welcomes winter dressing (covering up and wearing black!) then fear not. You are not alone and it’s about time you let Cleo into your wardrobe so we can improve that confidence and self-esteem because you really ARE worth it, but most of all… have some fun. You know where to find me…

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| BUSINESS & FINANCE

GOING THROUGH A RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWN IS AN EMOTIONALLY CHARGED TIME, AND WHILST THE GROWN-UPS INEVITABLY MAY WANT DIFFERENT THINGS, A CONCERN THEY BOTH SHARE IS THE WELFARE AND CARE OF ANY CHILDREN INVOLVED

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ne if not the worst aspect of separation is not seeing your children. Having been used to seeing them every day, you now grieve for the small things you once took for granted. It’s not easy for either parent but if you are not the main carer you can face days of loss desperate to see your children again. Many separated parents are able to resolve how the children will spend their time. This can take time and there will be teething problems. You may be struggling to reach agreement or sadly you may have to rely on a court to decide. Living in separate houses is one thing but what if your former partner relocates? You may have tried talking, emailing, texts and telephone calls or using families and friends to act as gobetweens but what if you can’t reach agreement?

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Most importantly try not to believe everything you read in the papers or hear from work colleagues friends or family. However well intended their “advice”, it probably won’t help you. Your situation and your children are unique and what happened to your child’s classmate’s parents’ divorce is not the same as yours. The good news for you is that the starting point is a presumption that a child should not only see both parents. And a child should feel at home when staying with both parents. Shared care is now increasing so if you do have to go to court, even if your ex is refusing to allow you to see your children, unless they are at risk of harm you are likely to get an order so that you get plenty of time to spend with them. A fixed fee meeting will put your mind at rest. Call 01664 499 999 or visit www.bbmfamilylawsolicitors.co.uk

The collaborative process is a positive alternative to the traditional method of resolving disputes over children and finances which often occur when separating. It gives you the opportunity to work together with your partner through these issues to benefit you and your family. The process is less formal, more cost effective and allows you to maintain control. Divorce and separation is never easy but it can be made easier and less stressful using this process. James Belderbos is a qualified Collaborative Solicitor. For clear advice and to discuss all of your options, including mediation or court, to help you achieve resolution call us on.

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AT THE TIME OF WRITING, THE OUTCOME OF THE EU REFERENDUM IS STILL VERY MUCH IN THE PRESS AND THE IMPACT ON FINANCIAL MARKETS IS CAUSING MUCH CONCERN. HOWEVER, DESPITE THE IMMEDIATE REACTION, WE BELIEVE THAT THERE IS NO NEED FOR INVESTORS TO PANIC ABOUT THEIR LONG TERM INVESTMENT AND PENSION PORTFOLIOS SAYS KELLY TREES, FINANCIAL ADVISER AT SMITH & PINCHING

A good investment strategy is normally based on balance. When we build investment portfolios for our clients, we make sure that any risk is spread across a range of investment sectors and sources. In practice, this means mixing UK and overseas investments and cushioning investors from sudden changes in currency values. For example, it might mean using absolute and target return funds in a lower risk portfolio as they are designed to perform irrespective of what’s happening in the markets. We ensure that the overall risk profile of the investments in a portfolio matches the client’s own attitude to risk, although the portfolio itself may contain elements that have both higher and lower risk profiles. The key to a good investment strategy is to be selective and to have a diverse mix of investments. However, it is also important to ensure that your portfolio is monitored and adjusted as conditions change. Most investors will not have the knowledge and experience to read the signs to make changes when needed and this is where the use of an Investment Manager can be invaluable.

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hat tends to happen at times of pressure such as we have now is that the market reacts strongly at the outset then settles. While the market storm rages over the shorter term, there is no need to make any sudden moves: indeed, doing so would crystallise temporary losses. There is a strong possibility that after the initial reaction, markets will recover and stabilise. The reality is that demand for goods and services hasn’t gone away as a result of the referendum and “UK plc” is still doing business at the same levels as before. There may be some repositioning but we can be sure that both Government and the Bank of England will be working hard to regain, if not improve upon, our pre-referendum position. It’s also worth remembering that, in the heat of the Leave or Remain campaigns, both sides made claims that took an extreme view of possible outcomes. In reality, the actual outcomes are likely to be less dramatic after the initial reaction and all sides will be working together to ensure that the economy gets back on track.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER’S ATTENBOROUGH ARTS CENTRE SUMMER EXHIBITION ‘PLANT CULTURE: SELECTED FROM THE ARTS COUNCIL COLLECTION’ CELEBRATED A FABULOUSLY FLORAL OPENING NIGHT IN JULY AND IS NOW RUNNING UNTIL LATE SEPTEMBER IN LEICESTER

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The exhibition, which is free to attend, focuses on the special relationship between humans and plants with selected works from the British Arts Council. It is the first time that these pieces – a mix of contemporary sculpture, installation, photography and illustration – are being shown together in the Midlands. Other featured artists include Turner Prize winners Gilbert & George and Simon Staling, as well as a live installation by sustainable artist Louis Weinberger. The exhibition is taking place in Attenborough Arts Centre’s new gallery, which was funded by Arts Council England and more than 1,000 public donations through the Breaking Barriers appeal. Supporters included University of Leicester alumni, as well as local philanthropists who support Sir Richard Attenborough’s vision to create a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone to engage with the arts.

LEFT: Plant Culture, Andy Goldsworthy | RIGHT: Both Plant Culture Event - All courtesy of Attenborough Arts Centre

To accompany the exhibition, the centre will be delivering free drop-in family workshops focusing on art and nature every Saturday, at 1-3pm until September 24. Book in advance or drop-in on the day. Book: www.attenborougharts.com or call the box office on: 0116 252 2455. Attendance is free and gallery opening hours are Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm & Sunday 12-4pm

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So what does Dotty Gallery have that makes it the perfect place to shop for that special gift or treat? Established now for three years and based in Twyford’s 17th Century bakehouse, Dotty Gallery is a fascinating showcase for ‘out of the ordinary’ gifts, including contemporary silver jewellery, ceramics, glassware, original art and greetings cards, plus many other handmade artisan products not usually found on the high street, a majority of which are made by UK artists; many of them local. You’ll receive a friendly welcome from the owner Lesley, into a relaxed atmosphere where you will be offered complimentary coffee to enjoy while you browse the two showrooms full of unique gifts. With beautiful pieces to suit all budgets, Dotty is a one-stop shop where you can buy a bespoke gift, card and wrapping paper (or take advantage of the free wrapping service).

With two showrooms and a small gallery, Dotty is a showcase for British artists • contemporary ceramics • handmade silver jewellery • gifts, • orginal art • greetings cards. Ask about our creative workshops. Enjoy a complimentary coffee while you browse.

Considering learning a new skill? Then book a place on one of the many creative workshops Dotty offer, including fused glass, willow weaving, mosaics, oil painting, free machine embroidery to name a few – check online for the current schedule at www.dottygallery.co.uk. An exquisite collection awaits just a short drive through the rolling Leicestershire countryside - 10 minutes from Queniborough, 15 minutes from Melton Mowbray, 20 minutes from Rothley/Quorn and 30 minutes from Leicester.

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CO UNTD OW N TO ARTS F RESCO People can expect some thrilling sights and sounds on the streets of Market Harborough when the Arts Fresco Festival returns to the town on Sunday 18th September. Arts Fresco is one of the largest, free street theatre festivals in the UK and an array of popular UK and international performers will transform the streets of Market Harborough at this year’s event. For the first time this year, visitors to the Festival will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite performer via the Arts Fresco website and on social media. The winning act will be presented with their award at a special ceremony to be held in the town after the Festival. Performers at this year’s Festival will include explosive street theatre with Bängditos from Germany, a spectacular show for a two-member audience with the Grand Theatre of Lemmings – The Smallest Theatre in the World, highly energised physical comedy performances with Garaghty and Thom and many more. A children’s village, supported by the Market Harborough Building Society, will feature circus workshops, entertainment and more. Photography: Arts Fresco

LEFT: Plant Culture, Andy Goldsworthy | RIGHT: Both Plant Culture Event - All courtesy of Attenborough Arts Centre

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Nina Thomas from the Arts Fresco Organising Committee said: “We’re really looking forward to presenting this year’s performers. There are some fantastic acts that will entertain and excite visitors. We can’t wait to see which one is your favourite when it comes to voting time!” For more information, visit www.artsfresco.com

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he Stand Up Challenge show is part of Leicester Business Festival and is supported by Leicester Castle Business School at De Montfort University. Being held at The Kube at Leicester Racecourse on Wednesday 2nd November the show will see 12 brave contestants take to the stage to perform their first ever 5 minutes of stand-up comedy. The contestants are all being supported by their colleagues, friends, clients and family to raise as much money as possible for local registered charity, Big Difference Company. All proceeds from the night will support the work of this local charity. The charity runs the annual Leicester Comedy Festival but also works throughout the year, using comedy and humour to improve health and wellbeing of people across the Midlands and the UK. Recent projects have focused on issues such as promoting the identification of the early signs and symptoms of cancer and the benefits of exercise for people suffering from arthritis, as well as projects working with older people, children and young people. The fearless participants will soon begin to work with professional comedian Anthony King, to write and rehearse their comedy routine. To show you support for the participants you can sponsor them online at www.standupchallenge.co.uk/participants2016.html The event is the perfect opportunity to treat your staff, clients and customers to a vibrant and unique networking event. Doors open at 6pm, with food served at 6.30pm. The after show party will finish by 11.30pm. Ticket price includes: • welcome drink • 2 course buffet dinner • Stand Up Challenge comedy show • hosted by Jarred Christmas – “One of the funniest men to pick up a mic” Time Out • after show party Tables for 8 people are now available at £350 + VAT. Limited individual tickets (seated at a table of 8 guests) are also available at £47.50 + VAT. Tickets can now be booked and purchased on the Leicester Business Festival website, please visit: http://leicesterbusinessfestival.com/ events/stand-challenge-leicester-2016

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JASON DONOVAN IS SET TO PLAY FATHER OF ROCK, SAM PHILLIPS IN THE TONY AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY AND WEST END SMASH HIT, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE AUSTRALIAN STAR AS HE PREPARES TO EMBARK ON THE UK TOUR

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Rock ‘n’ Roll As well as a hugely successful pop and TV career, Jason also has an impressive musical theatre background, including leading roles in The Rocky Horror Show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Sweeney Todd and most famously, Priscilla Queen of the Desert. His latest casting as Sam Phillips sees him portray the legendary record producer, in what would be the greatest jam session of all time. Inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll stars Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, Million Dollar Quartet is the worldwide hit that created music history in an unforgettable night of red hot rock ‘n’ roll, when these icons performed for the first and only time. What were your first impressions of Leicester’s Curve Theatre? I was very impressed with Curve and how modern it is, because traditionally many theatres by contrast are quite old. I'm not used to visiting theatres like this.

Your schedule for 2015-16 looked crazy busy… 2016 has been an exceptionally busy year and I’m still loving my singing; I’ve really enjoyed being on tour with the ‘Ten Good Reasons Tour’ which took place earlier this year. Do you get back to Australia much? My home has been in London for some time, so unfortunately I don’t get to go back to Australia quite as often as I’d like to. 2017 looks set to be equally as busy for you…? I’m looking forward to getting away with my family on holiday before my schedule picks up again; so yes 2017 looks to be equally as busy. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame & history, and join in the celebration… at Million Dollar Quartet. 14th-24th Sep Curve Theatre Ticket Office — 0116 242 3595

What attracted you to the role of Sam Phillips, and did you know much about him before taking on the role? I wasn’t too familiar with the character Sam Phillips actually – but I chose the role of because it was such a complete change from what I had been doing as Priscilla.

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Individuality is key at Kilworth House; they offer guidelines and a variety of packages but always prefer to speak to each couple about their preferences. The bride and grooms are invited to a bespoke menu tasting where they can sample their chosen dishes along with a selection of wines to assist them in selecting the best meal for their friends and families. Special dietary needs and child preferences are also extensively catered for.

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Celebrate and share the most important day of your life at Kilworth House. Endless stunning photo opportunities around the grounds, flexible dining and a variety of rooms to choose from, make the hotel your perfect partner. The choice of stunning venues include the Orangery, an iconic, awe-inspiring venue, the Shakespeare for perhaps a smaller intimate gathering, the Library Restaurant with its domed ceiling and glittering chandeliers overlooking the Knot garden, the Staging Post for something unique and the Cellar Bar to end the perfect day dancing until midnight. Here, within the region’s most exclusive retreat for marriage ceremonies and celebrations, you really will feel as if the world revolves around you.

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We have six ceremony locations available across the county, each with a character and style of their own: •

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Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies can be booked up to 3 years in advance. To help you choose the perfect venue visit online at www.leicestershire.gov.uk and take a virtual tour of our registration rooms. You’re welcome to visit any of them prior to making a booking, just call Leicestershire Registration Service on 0116 305 6565 or email: registration@leics.gov.uk to make an appointment. For more information on weddings and civil partnership ceremonies at Beaumanor Hall visit: www.beaumanorhall.co.uk

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ANSTEY FRITH HOUSE has two ceremony rooms and a Gazebo and sits within its own grounds at County Hall, Glenfield. STENSON HOUSE, Coalville, has two ceremony rooms and a large landscaped area. THE ATKINS BUILDING, Hinckley, is grade 2 listed building and has two ceremony rooms LOUGHBOROUGH REGISTRATION OFFICE has two ceremony rooms with access to the garden. THE SYMINGTON BUILDING, Market Harborough, has a bright and modern ceremony room. MELTON MOWBRAY REGISTRATION OFFICE has one ceremony room with access to landscaped gardens.

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“The food was delicious and they were delightful to deal with” Alan Wilson

Based in the heart of Leicestershire, Greens Catering are a family run business that prides itself in exceptional homemade food

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Our elegant style of catering can be tailored to events of any size and budget. We offer a wide selection of menu’s and event planning services to ensure that yours is one to remember. From bespoke picnic boxes, afternoon tea style weddings, sharing platters or sit down meals, together with our dedicated team we can help to produce your perfect menu.

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IF YOU PICTURE YOUR WEDDING DAY TO BE FULL OF FUN, WITH PLENTY OF INDIVIDUAL TOUCHES & A VINTAGE BOHEMIAN VIBE, THEN ORANGE TREE WEDDINGS MAY JUST BE FOR YOU. CREATING A RELAXED & ROMANTIC FESTIVAL SETTING WHILST STILL DELIVERING IMPECCABLE FOOD, DRINKS & SERVICE IS WHAT ORANGE TREE WEDDINGS DO WITH EASE

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nlike other wedding suppliers, the beauty of using Orange tree weddings is that they handle every aspect of your day, from their imaginative catering, to their famous bar services. They provide attentive planners and friendly staff to ensure your day runs smoothly from start to finish. They will also look after every aspect of your wedding styling, transforming the most humble halls, barns and marquees into magical romantic settings for your special day. As they can act as the sole supplier for your wedding, there is no hassle for the bride or groom trying to co-ordinate lots of different suppliers and you can rest assured every detail of your day will be looked after.

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Mel and Jules are now in their 4th year and have catered for over 40 weddings in various locations around the East Midlands. The testimonials from their clients speak volumes about how unique, professional and truly special the service they provide is. ‘You guys organised everything really well and took all the hassle and stress away, whilst creating a wedding that felt like ours. We would recommend you to anyone who wants a personal unique wedding… Thanks a million!’ Matt Casey June 2016, Loughborough Endowed Schools. Visit www.orangetreeweddings.co.uk to view our stories of real Orange tree weddings, for menu ideas & more info. Contact melanie@orangetree.co.uk or jules@orangetree.co.uk for a personalised quote.

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HAVE YOU CHOSEN THE THEME AND COLOURS FOR YOUR BIG DAY BUT JUST CAN’T QUITE DECIDE HOW TO ‘MARRY’ THEM TOGETHER? WELL, HELP IS AT HAND - TALENTED WEDDING STYLIST AND PLANNER, NICOLA MASON OF EVE LILY HAS ALL THE ANSWERS YOU NEED

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esigning a wedding style and working with clients to pull together their ideas is always a very exciting point in the wedding planning stage. This is when creativity can really flow and visions are transformed into reality. Each wedding is different, even if it falls into a similar style, it will always be a unique, personalised version. Starting with a blank canvas and creating something amazing is what makes being an event stylist so special. I love using colour in weddings; lots of people can be afraid of it or feel they have to stick to a certain colour palette for each season, but that really doesn’t have to be the case. Injecting a little colour where possible, can really add depth and a different dimension to the finished look. At Eve Lily we provide a range of services from full wedding planning, on the day management, design consultation, floral design, bridal party flowers, event décor hire, prop hire and finishing touches – and offer a mix of services depending on what our client’s needs are. With each wedding being bespoke, we work hard to ensure each couple has the wedding of their dreams, whilst working with budget and design ideas, often offering many options they may not have considered themselves.

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For me it’s all about the love that goes into the finished floral design, the table set up or the overall wedding style, with 7 years industry experience it’s still a passion to see a wedding evolve from start to finish. To arrange a consultation and discuss your wedding requirements please contact Nicola at Eve Lily on 07808 736281 or email nicolamason@evelily.co.uk. Please do take a look at our website and blog to see many more wedding ideas and information on what we do. www.evelily.co.uk

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edding dresses come in a variety of colours but, aside from the more flamboyant alternatives a bride can enjoy, the traditional options remain ivory, oyster, champagne or white. A wedding dress will, arguably, be the most important item of clothing a woman will ever wear, which means it is imperative that brides choose the best colour for them. The style is important, but the correct colour dress will make the difference between the bride looking fine or fabulous. Whether you are looking for yourself, or with someone else, focus on finding the right colour first. This will enable you to discount others very quickly, making wedding dress shopping far easier. For most, the wedding dress is a block of colour, yes perhaps with some added detail, but it’s a lot of dress to wear in the wrong colour. Start by comparing and noting down the colour of various wedding dresses. If it has slight pink undertone, then compare this to a dress with a yellow hue. For example, compare a white dress to one in a champagne colour. Which looks best? Keep comparing dress colours until you are set on which makes your skin glow, the white of your eyes sparkle and the colour of your iris’ stand out. It’s not only the colour of the dress that you need to consider, but the material too. The majority of wedding dresses will have a certain amount of sheen. Consider the material carefully as this can have an impact on your skin tone. Compare various different material types and make a decision based upon which works best. As a general rule, if a fabric has a degree of shine, it will look better on a bride whose skin doesn’t – a bride with a shiny complexion should opt for a matt fabric. Compare, compare, compare! So, then bridesmaids… how to choose a colour that will suit the red-

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headed best friend, the cousin who is a brunette and your blonde sister? Well fortunately help is at hand, as there are a number of colours that are considered ‘universal’; teal, purple, turquoise and lavender. This is a relief as, trust me, there is such a thing as a bridesmaidzilla! A bride certainly doesn’t need the added stress of bridesmaids feuding over their dress, so it is best to choose a colour that will work with any combination of hair (natural or not) and eye colour. Universal colours are great for wedding themes as they can also be used for floral arrangements, including the bouquet, and venue decorations. This ensures that the primary colour used complements all guests’ skin tones, which makes a real difference, not only on the day but, when looking back at the photographs. Whilst most brides know they are the most important person at the wedding, we do need to consider the men. Black suits the least amount of people, though it has to be said men tend to wear it more easily than women. However, when looking for a suit that works well for your groom and groomsmen, try to choose a softer colour. If your groom has blue eyes, then choose a blue suit as this will make him look great. Grey suits a lot of people, but be careful to choose the right grey. Initially they all look the same, but when you compare them closely they can have a yellow or blue undertone. The groom is of course the most important man, so obviously pick the grey that best suits him and the others will follow ‘suit’. Consider using one of the ‘universal’ colours to complement the wedding theme as a useful accent – ie for waistcoats, ties and handkerchiefs. Not to forget the flower girls or page boys, but age is on their side. The younger you are, the easier it is to wear any colour so don’t worry too much; they will look adorable whatever you put them in. As long as the colour works with the rest of the wedding party, then they will be just fine. Last but not least, guest outfit colours… aside from the etiquette of not wearing cream, black or the colour of the bridesmaids, the one rule wedding guests need to follow is that you want to be remembered for looking wonderful… not for ‘that’ outfit!

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AWARD-WINNING HAIRDRESSING GROUP, RUSH HAIR RECENTLY OPENED THEIR FIRST EAST MIDLANDS SALON RIGHT HERE IN LEICESTER. THEY INVITED ONE LUCKY BEACON ‘BRIDE-TO-BE’, DONNA BEESLEY OF MELTON MOWBRAY INTO THE SALON TO ENJOY A MORNING OF PAMPERING AS SHE PREPARES FOR HER BIG DAY ‘DOWN UNDER’!

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eciding on how to wear your hair on your wedding day is definitely something that requires as much consideration as your dress, shoes and accessories. Most brides have a pretty clear idea of the look they are going for, and duly armed with the requisite piccies for the stylist, Donna was certainly no exception. With an Aussie wedding planned for October 5th a relaxed, tousled beach look was the order of the day; so after chatting this through (whilst enjoying a chilled glass of Champagne!), with Rush Leicester’s franchisee Sandra Hopkins, the make-over was soon underway. You can see below how the final look all came together.

The salon opening hours are designed to fit around clients’ busy lifestyles with late nights Monday to Thursday, Sunday opening hours and an early start on a Saturday. To book an appointment visit www.rush.co.uk/salons/leicester or call 0116 296 3567

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With 80 salons across the UK and over 20 years' experience in creating the latest trends and delivering first class customer service, Rush Hair is one of the fastest growing hair brands around. Sandra is thrilled to be bringing the brand to the city. She said: “Leicester is a fabulous location and a thriving city with lots of scope and activity. It is an exciting time to get to know the area, as it’s an up and coming location with lots of enthusiasm from the people who live and work there.” Donna will be wearing a beautifully handcrafted beaded hair piece, lovingly created especially for her special day by her sister Angela, co-owner of Boda Tiaras in Thurnby, Leicester.

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MEWIES & INDY At our salons, Indy Hair and Mewies & Indy we have a great reputation for bridal hair. We pride ourselves on personal service. We ensure that each bride and bridal party are treated as individuals from the initial consultation through to the big day. Our aim is for your hair to look at its best, fabulous colour and style and in great condition. We confidently cater for weddings of all sizes, taking place in any location, we have travelled to many and varied places including Europe and the Caribbean. Our team are all trained in bridal hair, up-dos and braiding, and include educators who not only share skills with each other, but teach bridal hair throughout the uk and abroad. Virtually every weekend throughout the summer we have been fully booked and each day we are getting bookings for autumn and winter. Not only do we cater for our existing clients but we have found that half of bookings taken are for new clients. If you’re planning your marriage and you would like a consultation, just contact Indy direct at indyhair@me.com We guarantee that by choosing one of our salons for your wedding you will not only look amazing but you will feel like the proverbial million dollars!

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CHOOSING YOUR OWN BRIDAL HAIRSTYLE CAN BE TOUGH ENOUGH, BUT DECIDING HOW YOUR BRIDESMAIDS’ SHOULD LOOK MIGHT BE EVEN HARDER – DON’T KNOW YOUR CHIGNONS FROM YOUR FRENCH TWISTS? KNOT TO WORRY, INDY IS ON HAND TO STRAIGHTEN EVERYTHING OUT

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he big day is getting ever closer; your daughter, sister or best friend’s wedding day – and the bride has undergone numerous trials and has the perfect hair planned for that fairy tale happy ending. Here at Indy Hair, Mewies and Indy and NY Beauti, belive it’s important to ensure everyone involved has a stress free time and looks fantastic on the big day! So you’ve whittled the list down to your chosen bridesmaids and of course their styles vary from short to long, from blonde to brown and every colour in between, so how on earth do you go about working out the styles that best suit them? ...well the answer is in the question and that is "what suits them?" At our salons we strongly believe the bridesmaids should reflect their own individual style whilst still maintaining an overall theme that reflects the big day. We like to invite the bridesmaids down to the salon for trial runs to ensure everything runs smoothly and stress free on the day - we want to know the bride is as relaxed as possible, and not worrying that one girl wants a fishtail plait and another a French plait.

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We all know how important the day is to the mother of the bride or groom, the countless hours spent searching for the perfect outfit, ready for that special moment their child says "I do" - followed by the photo of the happy couple and the proud parents that will take centre stage in the living room for years to come. We want to ensure the outfit is perfectly complemented with a beautiful hair style fitting for the day. So practice makes perfect. Not only for the bride but also for the rest of the wedding entourage. Trials are highly recommended not just to go over ideas, but the cost can add up, so speak to your stylist about allocating some time when they can get together with the bridesmaids (or at least to show pictures of them), to enable the stylist will go through it all, then everyone feels comfortable and the stylist can confidently to put it all together on the day. It will soon turn into a fun session with a glass of fizz and canapés maybe an extra hen night for you all!

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…& a Sixpence in her shoe

omething old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in your shoe - we’re all familiar with this old traditional saying, which still proves popular with today’s brides. Each line represents a good luck token for the couple with meanings that have held true for centuries; none more so than natures gems and precious metals that have played a central part in important occasions and ceremonies since the beginning of civilisation.

“Something Blue”

For purity and love. If your engagement ring is a sapphire, well you have the most important emblem on your finger. A beautiful blue gemset piece of jewellery to complement your gown can be found in the many shades of sapphire, tanzanite, blue topaz, aquamarine, lapis lazuli and sodalite.

Jewellery has always had sentimental and romantic connotations, regardless of its value. It is suggested jewels are as old as man himself, the earliest known examples being objects trouves shells, fossils, teeth, pebbles, and carved bones. Betrothal rings first appeared in Roman times, and have continued for over 2000 years as a symbol of marriage. Nature’s colourful gemstones have appeared in history as tokens of love since they were first discovered in river beds and alluvial deposits, long before the use of hand tools. Diamonds only being more widely used with the advent of modern mining techniques in the 19th century.

The hidden messages in gems have been used for centuries: Diamond - eternal love Sapphire - honesty, loyalty, purity and trust Ruby – love, passion and emotion Pearls – purity and innocence Emerald – fertility The Victorians used gemstones in jewellery to convey messages of love and devotion in a subtle way, something to look out for in what may look like a random arrangement of coloured stones in a ring, take the first letter from each stone and that message of love will be revealed. (A)methyst (D)iamond (O)pal (R)uby (E)merald, ADORE. Most commonly seen in this acronym jewellery is the “REGARD” ring, “DEAREST” is a slightly rarer jewelled piece, using topaz and sapphire, and you can guess which stone represents G…

“Something Old”

Representing continuity, this may be a token related to your family or ancestors; a pearl necklace worn by your mother, aunt or grandma on her wedding day.

“Something New”

Signifying optimism for the future, this will normally be your wedding ring, or possibly a gift from someone close to you.

“Something Borrowed”

Denoting happiness; perhaps a discreet bangle or bracelet from someone close to you who will pass that happiness on to you, a role model that will be guiding you through the day.

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“A Sixpence in Your Shoe”

A wish for good fortune and prosperity. I am sure one of the older generation will be able to find one of these for you, even if it is normally kept for the Christmas pudding! Oh and hey girls do not think the opportunity for fabulous jewels and romantic tokens finishes here; did someone mention an eternity ring, or those special anniversaries? But you will have to wait 40 years for your ruby wedding anniversary! Not everyone’s first call but your local auction room can be a treasure trove of antique jewellery of all price ranges, those pieces of jewellery that are looking for a new owner, whether it is a 1950s paste copy of jewellery worn by the American screen stars, a fun piece of costume jewellery from the 1960s 1970s, a modern Tiffany piece or a high Victorian jewel sparking with stones rarely seen today. If you have an unwanted piece of jewellery you would like to sell, pop along to your auction room for a free auction valuation - it may realise more than you expected, and importantly save it from the melting pot for future generations to enjoy.

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WINDY RIDGE, SHOBY LANE, GRIMSTON - £775,000 An individually styled, energy efficient 4/5 bedroom detached home within spacious grounds (approx. 28002 ft) with underfloor natural gas fired central heating to both floors, upvc double glazed windows, reinforced composite doors & bespoke metal folding doors. In a delightful setting on the outskirts of this unspoilt village, the property boasts views over surrounding countryside. Reception hall, cloakroom with W.C, family room, kitchen, utility & walk-in pantry. Lounge, double bedroom & wet room. Landing, master bedroom with en suite, 2nd bedroom, 3rd bedroom/sitting room, 4th bedroom/ study & family bathroom. Extensive driveway with triple garage & large storeroom/games room.

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Dating back to 1908 this fabulous Edwardian Lodge house has 4 double bedrooms, all en suite. Original features, include casement windows, quarry tiled floors, sanded floorboards, stripped doors, picture rails & fireplaces. This property sits on a generous plot; with detached double garage, vegetable garden, courtyard, a large lawned area fringed by trees & shrubs. A bungalow annex, accessed via the rear hallway in the house comprises; sitting room, kitchen, double bedroom & bathroom.

This charming & stylish detached period cottage is located in a peaceful & secluded country lane. This cottage has 2 reception rooms with log burners & beamed ceilings, garden conservatory (with potential for enlargement, subject to consent), a contemporary dining kitchen, utility/shower room & study/4th bedroom. The 1st floor comprises 2 bedrooms & period style bathroom & a larger 3rd bedroom is situated on the 2nd floor. Electronic gates & gravelled driveway, substantial lawned garden & stunning views across open farmland.

A stunning dormer bungalow in Western Park, the property comprises a most superb plot & benefits from a high finish throughout. The ground floor offers several reception areas, one of which can be used as an additional bedroom, study, garden room, bathroom & kitchen diner. Upstairs offers 3 further bedrooms & various bathrooms. The grounds really need to be seen to fully appreciate the work that the current owners have put in.

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A modern sanctuary in North London This basement was filled with beautiful light and beautiful cupboards A Victorian family home, beautiful pale York stone steps leading up to a grand front door on an elegant tree lined crescent in Islington, North London; that’s the home to this rather special Classic English Kitchen.

There is a cool air of quality, everything is made to last, it is uncluttered, organised and well, just very tasteful. Sometimes it’s the things you decide not to include that make a kitchen become so special and easy to be in.

Downstairs, below street level, the family have created a complete living space with views onto an urban garden, designed and planted to attract birds and wildlife. This city garden can be seen all year round through the floor to ceiling Crittall style windows, full of birds already, it is a little haven from the craziness that is London. I would love to see it on a snowy day, the view is such a huge part of the room, you would notice the changes throughout the year so clearly. Being aware of the way nature changes every day is so fascinating, I would while away my time perched on a little chair just contemplating everything in this amazing space.

The Classic English Kitchen range is a lovely selection of Georgian inspired cupboards that are all made to your exact dimensions here in Loughborough. People across the country come to us if they are looking for really good English handmade cabinets and a design service that is truly exceptional.

The whole kitchen was designed to give a feeling of calm, the colours are soft and so is the natural stone flooring.

If you are looking for really beautiful, simple cupboards then do come to deVOL at Cotes Mill and chat to one of our amazing kitchen designers. The Cotes Mill showrooms are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 5pm and Saturdays from 10am – 5pm. (For design appointments we generally recommend booking in advance).

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LIGHTING CAN BE ONE OF MOST OVERLOOKED, YET IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF GOOD INTERIOR DESIGN. STEVE HILLS EXPLAINS HOW THE AESTHETIC APPEAL CAN SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCE THE AMBIENCE AND MOOD OF YOUR LIVING SPACE

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or years now the kitchen has been the key social room in a modern home being used for food preparation, eating with friends, parties, the children’s homework, informal supper party’s the list goes on. As this room has to be so versatile, it is important to set the appropriate scene for each function. Whether your kitchen is modern or traditional this can be done very effectively with lighting.

Photography: Courtesy of Steve Hills

It is so important in the kitchen to achieve a good working light but at the same time be able to dim the lights for a supper party or even change the colour to create a snug feel on a winters evening or a cool look on a barmy summers evening. Lighting can also be divided into several categories, for example it is very effective to have feature lighting either over a table or an island but often task lighting needs to be as discrete as possible as you only want to enjoy the benefit of the light not see all the fittings. With the advent of modern LED lighting there are three benefits, they are small and discrete, available in a huge range of styles and functions and finally an infinite number of different colours. This means we can even put lighting in areas previously out of bounds for example inside your cupboards and drawers making it a pleasure to use and making everything clearly visible.

when planning to ensure that the appropriate lighting is controlled from an area where you would be performing functions requiring that specific set of lights. Cupboard and drawer lights can be effectively controlled with motion sensor switches. Plinth, task & mood lighting can now all be controlled remotely from an app on your phone saving the need to even move from your comfy seat or leaving the conversation with your guests. At Steve Hills Design we always prepare written lighting and electrical specifications for all our kitchen, bedroom and bathroom projects. We do this through discussion and advising our clients; recognising how important it is to get it right we don’t charge for this feature, but treat it as just another important part of the design process.

Equally important to the light fittings is the way they are switched and the position of the switching; this needs careful consideration

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La Isla Bonita: THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND HAVING A PLACE TO SIT, PERCH, OR PREPARE FOOD IN YOUR KITCHEN IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING, SO IF YOU HAVE THE ROOM, HELEN PARKER, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT deVOL URGES YOU TO GO FOR IT

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e call them ‘islands’ if they have cupboards with storage, maybe a dishwasher or a fridge and sometimes they can even have a sink or hob. If your room is big and wide then an island can be the main part of the kitchen, the place where you cook and prepare your meals, where you sit up on a stool with a glass of wine and chat to family and friends, a kind of meeting point within the room.

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Big islands, if designed well, can really make a room, you can see why they are called islands, they are sort of middle ground between the walls! Somewhere to land when moving about the room. I love the idea of this place in the middle of a room where everyone gravitates to, kids doing their homework with laptops plugged in, someone unloading the shopping and distributing the wares into their rightful places. In fact there have been kitchens with nothing but an island, an all-encompassing piece of furniture that does everything, including being positioned so you can have the best view to the outside while doing your chores. Imagine a room filled with light from floor to ceiling glass windows, a beautiful big island facing towards the sea, yes I know, not very likely but still, it gives you something to aim for!

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In Victorian times the kitchen would have always had an island or probably more appropriately called a prep table. This piece of furniture would be long - a little like a big refectory table, it would often have had some wood and some marble as a worktop, so there was a place for rolling out pastry and kneading dough amongst other things. A prep table, unlike an island, would be open at the bottom, but unlike a table it would have a slatted area towards the floor for storing all the big pots and pans and really big platters. There are similar pieces of furniture in Mediterranean kitchens, marble topped big expanses of work surface right in the middle of the room. There is often no need for too much storage in these Mediterranean kitchens as all their produce is fresh, collected daily and either bottled for the winter months or simply prepared and cooked that day. deVOL, Cotes Mill, Nottingham Road, Loughborough, LE12 5TL www.devolkitchens.co.uk

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NOW THAT SUMMER IS SLOWLY PETERING OFF AND THE NIGHTS ARE REALLY DRAWING IN, IT’S TIME TO THINK ABOUT HOW TO PREPARE THE GARDEN FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE COMING SEASONS – OUR TRUSTED HORTICULTURAL EXPERT FRANCES HUNT OFFERS ADVICE WHEN PLANNING AHEAD FOR AUTUMN & WINTER

All the LeAaRveEs B R O W N I am a real sucker for burying my head in the sand and denying that winter is around the corner, with the inevitable result that I then have to rush around like a headless chicken to try and complete all the jobs in the garden before the cold sets in!

RE-SITE PERENNIALS. It is so frustrating to have to sit through the whole summer, knowing that one of those Eryngium is just in the wrong place entirely, stuck behind something far too big, or too far to the front of the border so that the lawn mower inevitably bashes it on a weekly basis. Now is the time to do something about it. Make sure you give the plant a good glug of water before lifting, and leave as much soil (and as a result, root) on the plant as possible. Now is also the time to split perennials if they are getting too large or if they are unhealthy. You can tell if a perennial needs splitting if it ‘flops’ in the centre (very common in Crocosmia).

PLANT BULBS. Choosing bulbs in autumn always fills me with ‘faith’, reminding me that spring is just around the corner. Do try and get some unusual bulbs rather than the bog standards, try some Snakes Head Frittilaries, Pheasant Eye Daffodils, and, last but not least, Eremerus, the Foxtail Lily. Plus, the very best part of planting bulbs is that I for one have always forgotten what I’ve planted until they start emerging, pushing through the soil in the spring with so much hope and promise.

PRUNE DECIDUOUS SHRUBS. Wait until shrubs go into their dormancy, once they have dropped their leaves, now is the time to give them a tidy up. Pruning is a minefield. Some shrubs can be cut right back to a few inches from the ground, such as Sambucus and Cotinus (the Elder and the Smokebush), whereas other shrubs needs a very light trim over, such as Pittosporum. If you are unsure, I would advise consulting an expert; you can’t ‘undo’ pruning!

LIFT TENDER BULBS AND TUBERS, and move tender pots inside or to a sheltered spot. Bulbs and tubers such as Dahlias, Begonias, and Gladioli need to be lifted from the ground and dried out before being stored for the winter. It is also time to clear all the summer bedding, and pop into the compost to rot down.

PREPARE YOUR BONFIRE PILE. This is the time of year when typically lots of clearance occurs in the garden. Any plant material that you generate from this tidying can go straight on the bonfire pile, but do make sure that you check the bonfire before lighting it for our furry friends, such as hedgehogs.

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he Langton Greenhouse and Garden Centre is a long established, family run business that boasts a wonderful array of delights for visitors - comprising a large, family café, an extensive food and gift centre, a well-stocked garden centre, a dog grooming parlour, a family butcher and the Langton Stone Company, with its beautiful range of stone and porcelain tiles. "Opening the Greenhouse Café in 2013, enabled us to create a unique space with a fantastic family feel. Full of character, with a great atmosphere, the large, bright, open, dog friendly café is now highly regarded as a destination in which to dine and relax – both inside and out. " explains Louis Marshall, Director of Operations at the Langton Greenhouse and Garden Centre. With a focus on families, there is a

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dedicated kid’s play area, a toy shop and a great family menu on offer, plus a fully licensed bar serving a selection of wines, beers and spirits. Comfortably accommodating family groups, the spacious café has ample access for pushchairs and buggies.

Looking ahead to Christmas, the café remains open throughout the autumn and Christmas season, closing only on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Open on New Year’s Day with a one-off all day brunch menu; it is perfect for a bit of rest and recuperation.

The garden centre maintains a comprehensive range of seasonal plants for your home and garden, offering a dedicated basket and pot planting service on site. Plus the onsight friendly, experienced horticulturalists can provide sound advice and assistance for all your gardening needs, from design to planting and plant care.

The dedicated Christmas store will carry a huge selection of gifts and decorations for the festive period including freshly cut, locally grown Christmas trees – and you can expect a visit from Santa Claus ahead of the big day too, so keep an eye on their website for details.

In addition they stock a range of water features, patio furniture, bird care products and decorative garden pots to suit all tastes, together with a range of items to add beauty and character to any outdoor space.

To visit, follow the signs straight off the A6 roundabout at Market Harborough. Free parking (including disabled) available. For more info please visit: langtongreenhouse.co.uk

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IF, LIKE MANY OF US YOU HAVE ACCUMULATED QUITE THE SPICE COLLECTION OVER THE YEARS BUT HAVE STRUGGLED TO STORE YOUR FLAVOURFUL BOUNTY, FEAR NOT, OUR SPICE QUEEN ANISHA IS ON HAND WITH SOME SIMPLE TIPS ON HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SPICY INVESTMENT, KEEPING IT FRESHER FOR LONGER

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or many the word “spices” means spicy heat but on the contrary they come in many different forms, such as seeds, bark, roots, fruit or stems from a variety of plants and trees. Spices are full of unique and wonderful flavours and used to enhance both sweet and savoury dishes. I prefer my spices in both forms. Whole spice is known for being vigorous but like a caterpillar comes alive into a beautiful butterfly when sizzling in hot oil creating wonderful, wholesome, earthy aromas. Whereas ground spices are bold and warming, and when used in sauces release an intense burst of flavour. It is no secret that spices lose their oomph as they sit, so those pretty and colourful jars lingering on supermarket shelves just won’t cut it. Look for stores that specialise in spices and herbs or markets that sell in bulk and have a high turnover of produce. Store spices in airtight containers and definitely away from direct heat and sunlight; preferably in a cupboard, pantry or drawer to avoid reduction in quality to the essential oils. When in doubt purchase smaller packets of spices and place them into a spice dabba (spice dabba is an airtight Indian spice container that has separate compartments keeping spices organised and fresh.)

Another easy solution is to put your most frequently used herbs, spices and seasonings at the front and centre of your cupboard or draw. There isn’t much need to fit cinnamon sugar into a spice rack if you only use it once a year.

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These are just a few well-loved and frequently used ideas that will avoid squirreled away spices in bags and over flowing spices stuffed into tiny jars, spilling loose powder either on the floor or the cupboard every time you go to use it.

MASON JARS: They are inexpensive, perfect for everyday use if you are using large quantities of spices. DRAWS: Storing spices in draws is perfect if you want to be organised and if you use less spices and don’t need large containers like, mason jars. An additional bonus is to label the tops of the mini jars or tubs so you can find something with ease.

MASALA DABBA (INDIAN SPICE BOX): This is my favourite and my kitchen must-have. They are practical, airtight and keep your frequently used spices fresh and organised. MODERN SPICE RACK INSIDE A CABINET DOOR: Whether or not you're involved in an organisational overhaul you may find some inspiration in a simple, spice rack inside a cabinet door… because they make so much sense and you aren’t digging around in a cupboard while in the middle of cooking.

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Ultimate Pantry Essentials

Gujarati curry paste (fits a 500ml mason jar) - 1 cinnamon stick - 3 bay leaves - 1 tsp green cardamom pods - 1 tsp cloves - 1 bulb garlic, peeled - 4” fresh ginger, peeled & roughly chopped - A small handful of fresh red chillies - 3 tbsp olive oil

- 2 medium red onions, finely diced - 3 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped - 1 tsp turmeric powder - 1 tsp red chilli powder - 2 tsp sea salt - 2 tsp coriander-cumin powder - 1 tsp garam masala powder - 1 tbsp tomato purée - ¼ juice fresh lemon

1 First prepare the fresh ingredients, place the ginger, garlic and red chillies into a blender. Squeeze in the lemon juice and blitz into a fresh paste and set aside. 2 To make the paste, heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the whole spices (green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaves) and fry until they start to crackle. Once crackling carefully spoon out the whole spices using a slotted spoon and discard. (the purpose of the whole spices is to flavour the oil, keeping them in will only overpower the other ingredients, therefore losing the freshness and the subtle flavours of the paste) 3 Once the whole spices have been removed, add in the onions and gently cook until caramelised and dark brown. 4 Once caramelised, add in the fresh ginger-garlic-chilli paste and fry gently for 5 minutes. 5 Meanwhile place the tomatoes into a blender and blitz to a fine pulp and add to the onions. Add the salt, red chilli powder, cumin-coriander powder and garam masala powder and simmer on a low heat. 6 When the tomatoes begin to melt down and the oil comes to the surface of the sauce add the tomato purée and mix well. 7 Allow to cool and spoon into a mason jar and refrigerate.

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If you like to try new recipes and explore new cuisines from around the world it can be easy to fall down the rabbit hole when stocking your spice rack, but lucky for you we have covered the essentials. Here are some of my essential spices, which are perfect for savoury cooking and seasoning. • Crushed red chilli pepper: Perfect for roasting meats and vegetables and especially for seasoning anything carrot or parsnip related. • Fennel seeds: Great with literally any meat or poultry dish and delicious when toasted and added to vegetable soups and stews. • Mustard seeds: Used for their poppy texture and bitterness; ideal when sauteed in butter when making in legume, rice or vegetable dish. • Garlic powder: Don’t hate the smell, it’s especially delicious in breaded mixtures for meat and fish. • Dried oregano: It is the only dried herb I will support; it is flavoursome in a yummy tomato sauce. • Chilli powder: It’s versatile and brings depth and roundness to anything you cook because a little bit goes a long way. • Coriander seeds: Incredibly fragrant, floral and flavourful - toasted or ground, coriander is a staple for me in most of my cooking with its gentle aromas. • Cumin seeds: Toasted, ground or crushed, cumin brings nutty freshness and flavour to just about everything and magnificent when paired with curry leaves. Great as a rub and ideal for anything veggy. • Cayenne: A little goes along way – my favourite way to add some heat to dishes. • Spanish Paprika: Adds colour and a sweet peppery chilli flavour bringing out sweetness, especially with tomatoes, sauces and rice dishes.

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RIVERFORD ORGANIC FARMERS HAVE BEEN GROWING ORGANIC VEG & FRUIT SINCE 1987. AT RIVERFORD FLAVOUR COMES FIRST, GROWING ONLY PRODUCE THAT TOP THEIR TASTE TESTS & WITH OVER 100 VARIETIES THROUGH THE YEAR, SEASONAL COOKING IS ALWAYS FRESH & INSPIRING - AS OUR EDITOR, DISCOVERED WHEN SAMPLING ONE OF THEIR DELICIOUS RECIPE BOXES

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For many of us, organic means the very highest standards of animal welfare, and at Riverford they work with small-scale producers who really care about their animals. Organic also means working with nature, not against it. No system of farming does more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, or protect natural resources like fresh water and healthy soils. So by eating and drinking organically produced food and drinks, you can reduce your exposure to potentially harmful pesticides.

n a society where our demand for good quality, local produce has been on the incline, many of us are now electing to fi ll our fridges and store cupboards with more organic produce than ever before. For the third consecutive year, the UK’s appetite for the niche food sector has continued to grow, along with our conscious decisions to change our eating habits.

The box contained three delicious vegetarian meals for two people, including stuffed mushrooms and gnocchi with basil pesto, curried quinoa and halloumi and courgette kebabs; it was genuinely a refreshing change to enjoy some deliciously tasty, meat-free alternatives. These recipe boxes are a simple and inspiring way to cook and arrive with everything you need

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A mix of sweet and sour makes an interesting departure from butter and pepper on your corn on the cob. We saw this being done in north India on roadside charcoal burners. If the weather isn’t good enough, or you don’t have a barbecue, use a cast-iron griddle or heavybottomed frying pan and fry the corn in their husks, with no oil. Leave them until the husks cook to a dark brown/black colour, then turn every few minutes so the whole husk is coloured, about 15 minutes in total.

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NESTLED IN THE HEART OF THE MIDLANDS, IN THE SMALL PICTURESQUE VILLAGE OF BELTON NR LOUGHBOROUGH, LIES THE MOST CHARMING COUNTRY PUB, THE QUEEN’S HEAD. BEACON EDITOR KAREN DENCH, WAS INVITED TO TRY OUT THEIR NEW LUNCH MENU RESTAURANT REVIEW - THE QUEEN'S HEAD, BELTON, NR LOUGHBOROUGH

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he Queen’s has been a village pub for over 200 years and continues its long standing traditions of serving delicious food, real ales, lagers, wines and spirits. Having recently undergone a refurbishment to celebrate its relaunch, the new décor is incredibly stylish. With a contemporary tone throughout the internal renovation has been carried out to a very high standard and oozes class, which makes for a very comfortable and relaxed environment; whether you’re dining or enjoying a drink in the bar area. With future plans to enhance the decked veranda and increase the seating area, this modern style will soon seamlessly continue outside. Priding themselves on fabulous pub classics, all prepared from scratch, using only the finest local ingredients the food on offer at The Queen’s Head really is superb. Beautifully presented and expertly cooked this is unquestionably some of the finest pub food in Leicestershire. With so many mouth-watering choices on the menu, deciding was definitely the most difficult part – although Daisy our waitress soon whittled it down for me, with a couple of personal recommendations. Feeling adventurous and in a mood to try something new, I took Daisy’s advice and opted for the roast marrow bones with sourdough toast, parsley, shallot and caper salad to start, followed by roast rump of lamb, swiss chard and pickled gooseberries with mint sauce and finishing off with Belgian chocolate mousse, summer berries and strawberry sorbet. My lunch partner Lisa, ordered sauteed mushrooms on homemade sourdough toast with parmesan to start, monkfish tikka, beetroot, dhal and Asian slaw for main and sticky toffee pudding, roasted pineapple and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Every course was utterly delicious! Neither of us were disappointed, in fact my only slight gripe was Lisa beating me to the monkfish tikka; it was like an exquisite piece of artwork on the plate, simply stunning and definitely my first choice when I next visit. The Queen’s Head is a dog-friendly pub (we can vouch for that as we met Spencer, the adorable resident pup), and all furry friends are welcome both in the bar and overnight; there are four very comfortable bedrooms just a short totter up the stairs.

Photography: Karen Dench

If you are looking for first class food, service and surroundings, then I urge you to pay a visit to The Queen’s Head and savour its true majesty.

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“Consistently delicious” Review of The Case Restaurant and Champagne Bar

This was the first restaurant I visited when I met my now husband, 13 years ago. I still remember the rosemary and garlic roast new potatoes from back then. Anyway… since then we’ve enjoyed many special occasions at The Case. Last week was our 9th anniversary so spontaneously we dropped in for dinner. It has finally dawned on me that we’ve always reserved The Case for a special occasion yet it’s so reasonably priced we should be visiting more often. A delicious, freshly cooked 2 course dinner only costs £16. You’d pay that at Pizza Express! The restaurant is laid with crisp white linen and silver table ware and while you might think it’s only for those special days, it’s so relaxed we’re going to make it a regular. The whole area around The Case is fantastic, have a cocktail at 33 Cank Street, dinner at The Case, ice cream at Gelato Village and wrap up with champagne back at The Case champagne bar. A perfect night out and it could cost no more than £75. Review date: August/September | www.tripadvisor.co.uk

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IT’S PROBABLY FAIR TO SAY THAT THE NAME FORD MUSTANG IS ONE OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS IN THE BUSINESS AND THE STRIKINGLY SLEEK APPEARANCE OF THIS ICONIC AMERICAN SPORTS CAR MAKES IT INSTANTLY RECOGNISABLE – MOTOR CORRESPONDENT ANDY WRIGHT CHECKS OUT THE LATEST VERSION AS IT TOUCHES DOWN ON EUROPEAN SOIL

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uilt in America for Americans, the all-new Ford Mustang has arrived in the UK and on paper it makes very little sense. As a practical motor, despite the car’s length, rear seats are for occasional use only and the trunk – sorry, boot – is distinctly modest. As an outright performance car, it is reasonably quick but rather a handful and trying to edge its considerable hood – er, bonnet – out of small British side roads is positively lethal. It has a bit of a drink problem too. So why did our car receive so much positive attention, so many smiles and people pointing? And why do I love it so much? Quite simply, the Mustang isn’t just a car but symbolises the might of the all-American dream. Arguably the most famous of the stars-and-stripes muscle cars, the ‘Stang boldly presents some of the original car’s features, albeit in a thoroughly modern format. There are the three-bar rear lights, the shark-like nose and inside, the dashboard is

dominated by the two large ‘brows’. It is fully up-to-date with Ford’s 8" touch screen and the trim is well put together with a gently retro feel. Ford has been sensitive with the new Mustang’s overall profile too, and the brawny silhouettes of both the GT and Convertible are delightful. The Convertible is the one for summer cruising but the slightly stiffer shell of the GT coupé makes it the better driver’s car. Both ride surprisingly well on British roads and unlike many transatlantic machines, the new Mustang actually goes round corners. It is hard to consider a Mustang without its 5-litre V8, but Ford also offers it with a 2.3-litre EcoBoost 4-cylinder option for greater economy and lower emissions. It is only slightly slower than the V8, is happier when it comes to changing direction due to its lighter nose, and to make up for those four missing cylinders there is an effective V8 soundtrack piped through the audio system. It’s all very effective – and marginally less thirsty - but when all is said and done,

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it’s the V8 which feels like the authentic choice. One really oughtn’t to consider a Mustang if regular visits to petrol stations aren’t your thing. The Mustang has a couple of tricks up its sleeve too. Not only does it have Launch Control for those cheeky track days but a feature called Line Lock, which holds the front wheels and allows the rears to spin. We are assured it is to warm-up the back tyres but we all know it is there entirely to show off. So, we should celebrate Ford for bringing the beautiful Mustang to the UK. We should also praise the accountants who agreed to pay to put the steering wheel on the correct side. And don’t forget the health and safety advisors who decided it was perfectly fine to hand this wheel-spinning monster to the general public. This car is both completely irrelevant and truly fantastic. Just consider it in the abstract and it all makes sense.

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SHOPPING FOR SCHOOL UNIFORM CAN BECOME A BIT OF A HEADACHE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE SMALL CHILDREN WITH YOU. IT NEEDN'T BE, HOWEVER; THE SECRET LIES IN THE PREPARATION. WE HAVE THE INSIDE INFORMATION ON UNIFORMS, FOR MUMS WHO MAY HAVE FALLEN INTO THE PITFALLS OVER THE YEARS

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BACK 2 SCHOOL WHERE TO BUY Some schools insist you buy from a specialist school shop that stocks uniform with the school logo. This can be rather controversial as is always much more expensive than the high street. Next, M&S, John Lewis & Debenhams are just few of the shops where you can buy school uniform – as well as many of the supermarkets. Many mums opt to buy just the logo sweatshirts, cardigans and items the school insists must be logo-ed from the school shop and then get plain polo shirts, shirts and the rest of the uniform from generic stockists.

withstand that sort of wear and tear and it can be worth paying a little extra for clothes that wash well and last longer – however some may argue they just get lost anyway! There are lots of offers around, such as three items for price of two, or buy one get one half price, so you can probably find a happy medium on quality and affordability.

PE KIT WASHING & IRONING School shirts get filthy. Invest in some stain remover to soak stained polo shirts or shirts before washing. If you are unlucky enough to have a uniform with white shirts, get an in-wash whitener which will help keep them white rather than turning grey. Easy-iron trousers and shirts work well and are well worth it (unless you love ironing!)

QUALITY VERSUS PRICE There is always a great debate about quality versus price, but bear in mind that a single polo shirt could be worn between 50 and 80 times (and therefore washed just as many times too!). Sometimes the cheaper shirts just aren’t strong enough quality to

Boys can often choose to wear shorts in the warmer months and usually those that wear shorts will wear them up to October half term. Similarly girls with summer uniform smocks/dresses will often continue to wear them through September and October.

SEASONAL DRESSING If your child needs proper shirts rather than polo shirts, the short-sleeved shirts are often better for use all year round... they are more comfortable for the child and much easier for dressing/undressing.

Check with the school whether your child needs it in Reception before you go out and buy it. In many schools, the youngest children simply wear pants and vest for PE lessons, and have bare feet. If children need to bring in trainers on PE day, buy a cheap pair of trainers or plimsolls for their PE bag so they can stay in the bag - one less thing to think about each week! If your school specifically asks for plimsolls for PE try to find the ones with an adjustable velcro strap across the front.

COATS You'll need a warm winter coat of course, but this may well be too warm until late October. A lightweight raincoat will be really useful this autumn and next spring/ summer.

SOCKS The best-laid plans can be foiled by the absence of a pair of matching socks! If your school asks for a particular colour of sock, then buy all (or most) of your child's socks in that colour and in the same style. That way you'll always be able to match any sock with any other. Girls often like short socks in summer and longer socks in winter - often instead of tights which can be annoying. If you have a choice between white and any other colour socks, choose the other colour. Even if white socks look smart they are almost impossible to keep white as children kick off their shoes all over the place and walk in their socks.

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even Year 9 physics students from Ratcliffe College won the ‘Best Overall Project’ award in the science and engineering competition Go4SET, a nationwide scheme designed to get students involved with engineering projects. The triumphant students were James Howling, Jacob Dawe, Dominic Baggott, Ben McCahill, Robyn Warwick, Charlotte Langford and Tess Duffin. Their ‘Eco-Hotel’ project was an inspirational piece of work, and was highly commended at the Celebration Event, held at the Ricoh Arena back in June. Their spectacular model and insightful report impressed all the judges, who stated that the project “ticked all the boxes”! Six other Year 9 students who also took part in the competition received much praise for their project ‘Station of the Future’. These were Luke Millett, Alex Pickering, Tom Neuberg, Elliot Kelly, Joseph Summer and Edward Smellie, whose unusual idea to use hydrogen for train power, in their ‘hydrail’ scheme, attracted lots of attention. Mr Adam Chorley, Head of Science at Ratcliffe College said, “Taking part in the Go4SET scheme has given the students an insight into how engineers work and the problems that they have to overcome. Both teams deserve much credit for their efforts, and indeed, winning the ‘Best Overall Project’ award is a fantastic achievement by our students and we are very proud of them.”

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Fulfilment Our Lady’s Convent School was this year rated as excellent in all categories by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate. Book a Taster Day for your daughter to experience all that our School has to offer. Year 7 Taster Day, 13th October Sixth Form Taster Day, 24th November Ring Mrs Spencer on 01509 638280 or email wendy.spencer@olcs.leics.sch.uk to enquire or to book your daughter’s place. To request a prospectus please contact Our Lady’s Convent School, Gray Street, Loughborough LE11 2DZ Tel: 01509 263901 Web: www.OLCS.leics.sch.uk Email: office@olcs.leics.sch.uk

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arents considering an independent education for their children are invited to attend the Loughborough Endowed Schools Open Morning with their families on Saturday 1st October from 9:00-13:30. Families will be able to tour Fairfield’s brand new school building, including the dedicated Kindergarten unit for three year olds which opened in January. A brand new nursery for children aged from six weeks to four years will also open its doors to visitors for the very first time. The four schools in the Foundation – Loughborough Grammar School, Loughborough High School, Fairfield Preparatory School and Our Lady’s Convent School, are situated on two neighbouring campuses. The family of schools welcomes children from the age of three. Pupils enjoy a first-rate provision for all aspects of their education, including sport, drama and music, in a learning environment with attractive modern facilities. Fairfield Preparatory School and Our Lady’s Convent School’s junior school offer younger children a rich and diverse educational experience in a caring atmosphere, which combines traditional and family values within an enlightened and ever-challenging curriculum. Continuous care is available from 7:45-18:00 Children at the senior schools benefit from single-sex teaching environments from ages 10-18 at the Grammar School (boys), and 11-18 at the High School and Our Lady’s Convent School (girls). They also enjoy many of the advantages of co-education

Surge at Grace Dieu Grace Dieu has seen many exciting and innovative changes over the last 18 months. The Governors and Headmaster, in consultation with local parents, have instituted an ambitious Development Plan. A new on-site Day Nursery is a key part of the plan offering an all through education at Grace Dieu for babies (12 weeks) to the age of 11. The new Nursery will enrich the existing care provision at Grace Dieu and is a direct response to the needs of current parents and wider local community. Children attending the Nursery (and their parents) will have the opportunity enjoy the exceptional facilities and benefits of Grace Dieu Manor School. The School itself begins a new phase in its history; pupils will enjoy a Creative Curriculum which includes Outdoor Learning, Spanish, Sport, Music and Drama, all within the unique environment set within 120 acres of rolling Leicestershire farmland.

by sharing a campus and with the inclusion of some joint lessons and activities in the Sixth Form. The academic record of the senior schools is particularly outstanding, with virtually all pupils going on to university each year to study a diverse range of subjects. In the last academic year, Our Lady’s Convent School, Loughborough High School and Fairfield Preparatory School were rated ‘Excellent’ in all aspects by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. An extensive transport system for pupils operates across the East Midlands. For more info, visit www.endowedschools.org

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