LIVING ROOM RENOVATIONS BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO YOUR LIVING SPACE TODAY KIT-OUT YOUR GARDEN BE SPRING-READY WITH THE BEST GARDEN FURNITURE
ST PATRICK’S DAY RECIPES COOK AN IRISH FEAST TO CELEBRATE ST. PADDY’S DAY
NEW MUSIC FROM STARS CLASSIC BANDS RELEASING BRAND NEW MUSIC
BEAT THE BOREDOM HOBBIES TO TRY AT HOME TO KEEP YOU BUSY
CONTENTS COVER STORY
Living room renovations Breathe new life into your living space today
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Kit-out your garden Be spring-ready with the best garden furniture Our latest instructions Take a look at a selection of our latest properties on the market About us Get to know our team a little better and see why we are your agent of choice
A feast for St Patrick’s Day Tasty Irish recipes, perfect for celebrating St Paddy’s day
A matter of time The clocks go forward this month, but what does it all mean?
A head-start on your garden There are certain seeds and bulbs you can now start to sow
The Many Saints of Newark What to expect from the film based on The Sopranos series
New music from old stars We look at the classic bands releasing new music
Beat the boredom Put some bounce into spring with a new hobby
Reaching for the pot of gold The race to reach the Premier League is entering the last leg
WELCOME TO THE MARCH ISSUE! The schools go back in a week and, at the end of the month, outdoor sports facilities will reopen and the rule of six will come back into place. This is obviously positive news for everyone, especially with the days getting longer. This month, to coincide with the positive news, we want to help you get your garden up to scratch and to do so we have two great features about your outdoor space. The first includes the ‘best buys’ to kit-out-your-garden in styles, and the second is our Spring gardening guide. At the end of the month the clocks change; lighter evenings are coming and on pages 4&5 we have an in-depth look at the
process. Moving inside, we have a superb feature with some incredible, space-saving living room renovation ideas. In the middle, we celebrate St. Patrick’s day with some traditional Irish recipes, and, on top of all these, we have a preview of The Many Saints of Newark, the best new music releases from old favourites and a look at the EFL Championship teams pushing for promotion this Spring. The clouds are clearing and there is light at the tunnel… Remember, Stay Safe, Stay Positive. Jonathan Wheatley Editor
ack in August, the UK recorded a record-breaking heatwave. Therefore we can be hopeful of rivalling temperatures in 2021. So, in preparation, here are some perfect DIY garden ideas so you can make the most of celebrating the British Summer from your own home.
If you want to capitalise on the warm weather this Summer, then give yourself a good excuse to cook outside, and treat yourself to a new barbecue, or, if you feel like getting hands-on, then check out how you can design a barbecue from scratch. Perhaps you would like to go a step further. In this case, look to build a whole outdoor kitchen so you can really make the garden the place to be. As well as increasing your living space, its openness provides the perfect opportunity for entertaining guests, and allows everyone to gather around whilst dinner is being prepared.
SNUGGLE UP IN THE DARK
A really stylish way to transform your garden is to install a fire pit. Through just a few easy steps, and a handful of materials, you can create a stunning visual display, which is equally as practical. On cool evenings a firepit can provide you with some much needed warmth, and add some colour to your garden. On top of this, they are the perfect crowd-pleaser. With just the addition of a few chairs, fire pits are great for socialising late into the night. They can also offer a great way of cooking food. For example, you can place a grill rack over the top in order to give your dinner the authentic taste of a campfire. And what’s more, the fire pit is the gift that keeps on giving, because it can be used throughout the year. Just grab some blankets, and experience its warmth into the winter months.
SOAK UP THE RAYS
There is nothing more exciting about the Summer months than the prospect of hot weather
TAKE THE PARTY OUTSIDE
If you want to take the good times anywhere you go this summer, then why not create your own home bar? For example, if there is a rustic shed at the end of your garden which is going unused, then why not dust it down and revamp it into an industrial pub shed. Or, if you fancy going for a slightly more minimalist approach, then choose to extend a bar counter onto the outside of the kitchen. By merely switching to appropriate windows, this can transform your kitchen into a restaurant-like bar in seconds, and make it easy to transfer food and drink across, creating a link between your kitchen and patio. And if you fancy designing a bar that can follow you around the garden, then opt for a sturdy bar cart, and fill it with all the drinks of a fully-stocked bar, so that, wherever you are, the party is never far behind.
How many times have you basked in the summer heat, and wished you had a hot tub to be soaking in? Well this year, make this dream a reality! There are so many reasons why getting one would be a fruitful investment. For example, along with a fire pit, a hot tub is not restrictive to the summer season, so you can relax in one whether it’s sunny or snowing. They also add a very bold statement to any household. They’re great for entertaining guests, or if you’d prefer to use it privately, they can act as a personal oasis, whilst simultaneously boasting health benefits, such as de-stressing and muscle relaxation. And finally, soaking in a hot tub is a superb way to feel pampered, without going on holiday. Just lie back, turn on the jets, and enjoy your own private retreat
GO ALL OUT ON A SUMMER HOUSE
If you fancy an even bigger project, then why not splash out on a summer house? As well as providing a statement for your garden, summer houses are great places to detox f rom the stresses of everyday life. For instance, the sanctuary of a summer house offers ample opportunity to unwind with a good book, or even to get creative with arts and crafts. And if you need some peace and quiet f rom the bustle of your own house, then turn this space into your own home office, and say goodbye to being interrupted during all of your important meetings. More than anything though, a summer house gives you more options for entertaining, so that you can really take advantage of the warm weather.
How many times have you basked in the summer heat, and wished you had a hot tub to be soaking in?
A MATTER OF
TIME The clocks go forward this month, but what does it all mean?
hat started with a throwaway remark in 1784 has influenced our lives for more than 100 years. But although one of America’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, observed on a visit to France that Parisiennes should be woken an hour earlier by cannons and church bells, the concept of Daylight Saving Time (DST) – or as it is more widely-known British Summer Time – did not gain traction until 1895 when a New Zealand scientist, George Vernon Hudson, proposed to his government that the clocks should go forward by two hours every summer. Although he was unsuccessful, an English builder, William Willett, began lobbying Parliament in 1907 to alter the clocks to create more hours of daylight in the
summer. Although cynics sniped it was to allow Willett more time to play golf and ride out, he argued we were frittering away natural light by rising at the same time in the summer as in the darker days of winter. He advocated putting clocks forward of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) by 80 minutes (20 minutes at a time during April) and reversing it in similar stages throughout September. But it wasn’t until the spring of 1916, a year after his death, that Willett’s proposal was adopted - and then only by an hour – as wartime governments around Europe tried to cut fuel consumption and increase productivity. Incidentally, Willett is the greatgreat-grandfather of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who co-wrote the track Clocks for the group’s album, A Rush Of Blood To The Head. A nod to his ancestor, perhaps? Anyway, apart from a spell during, and immediately after, the second World War when they were brought forward two hours to avoid fuel shortages, that’s the way it stayed until 1968 when Britain spent three years in DST.
But fears around road safety prompted a return to the status quo, disappointing those who argued changing the clocks twice a year upset natural sleep rhythms which could ultimately lead to health problems. To say nothing of the shocks suffered by those who had forgotten to change and couldn’t work out what was going on. Our former European colleagues also tackled time in 2018, when the European Union commissioned a study which found 84 per cent of people in countries which had DST wanted it discontinued. It gave member states the option to continue in summer time by adjusting their clocks for the last time this month, while those opting for permanent winter time would turn back their clocks in October. For most of us, though, it all revolves around whether, for one day, we are gaining – or losing – an extra hour under the duvet. So, in this case, it means after 1am on Sunday March 28th, we spring forward from our beds, desperately hoping the other half remembered to adjust the central heating settings. The main advantage, of course, is that evenings gradually become lighter, promoting more activity
after work, which is obviously good for general health and the retail sector, which has long complained that darker, colder afternoons reduce footfall apart from around Christmas.
Nature starts to break out of its winter slumber to bring splashes of colour to the countryside
Roads also become safer. Figures show casualty rates peak at 8am and 10am and worsen at 3pm and 7pm during darker hours and deteriorating road conditions when cyclists – particularly children on their way home from school – are most at risk. There are also environmental benefits, as demand for electricity decreases in correlation with the increased hours of daylight as well as rising temperatures. Plus nature starts to break out of its winter slumber to bring splashes of colour to the countryside. Consequently, people generally feel happier and more energetic.
Employers’ organisations say there are lower sickness rates among their workers while instances of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as winter depression) drop significantly, while carb cravings are also lowered. And once the clocks go forward, the clock starts ticking down to the first of the Bank Holiday weekends, heralded by the four-day Easter blockbuster, followed by two more in May and another at the end of August. So, as you ponder the complexities of resetting the timer on the boiler count yourself fortunate. There are more than 2,000 clocks in the Houses of Parliament. And the time on your Smartphone updates automatically.
NEED SOME INSPIRATION ON HOW TO RENOVATE AND TRANSFORM YOUR LIVING SPACE?
If you’re renovating your living room, and trying to change things up, and/or create more storage space, look no further for your inspiration than here
asking in the peaceable kingdom that is your living space has never been so important. Whether it be a calming décor, an ocean of soft and fluffy comfort for your bare feet to walk through, or a crackling fireplace spitting happily away as you read a good novel, your living space should be a thing of beauty. Here are our ideas for how to get the best out of your living space.
Art is the gateway to the soul, as someone great surely once said. Grace your walls with art. And art is art – it doesn’t need to be by a world-renowned artist, just something you like which suits your tastes.
Perhaps choose colours which match your desired décor of the entire room. Either way, art or photography can go a long way in giving your living space a much needed lift in character and mood.
RUGS. If you’re in the process of renovating your living space, rugs can serve a very good practical purpose as well as a decorative one. If you’ve recently moved some significant furniture to another position, for instance, this can leave unattractive indentations in the carpet, and a rug can discreetly solve this problem. Two birds, one stone. It’s fun to decide upon the right colour and design of your rug, too!
TV AND UNITS.
The size of the unit obviously is determined by your television, because it’s all about the widescreen high def. Right? Well, not always. It’s often about storage and décor. Perhaps you’re someone who doesn’t particularly care for an enormous TV in your living room. Either way, a TV unit is a fantastic way of creating precious space for your Sky box, DVD’s, Blu-rays, video games, books, ornaments, and many other things. Make it work for you.
STORAGE BOX SEATS.
One of the most wonderfully versatile pieces of furniture for the living space can be a foldable storage stool. It can provide a
Throw pillows can also be the perfect seasoning to chairs, and can help blend the chairs into the desired décor of the room
brilliant storage solution for a great many bits and bobs, but also act as a foot rest, or a full on seat. Pick the right colour and style, and you’ve got yourself a very welcome new member of the furniture family.
CHAIRS AND THROW PILLOWS.
Hanging chairs can make the difference between traditional and modern, if done right. Be thoughtful in your creative thinking, and the chairs you have in your living space can complete it in reliable ways. Throw pillows can also be the perfect seasoning to chairs, and can help blend the chairs into the desired décor of the room. Hanging chairs are a more modern option, which, depending on the style of your room, can be one of the most impressive things in it.
The centre piece of many living spaces, believe it not, can be a coffee table. If it’s a large, marble, beautifully crafted coffee table, for example, it certainly has the power to completely transform the living space from a mere room to a beautiful entertaining space. They usually serve
great practical purpose too, acting as a kind of storage solution in themselves, both on top and underneath the table.
The fireplace can be key to creating the focal point in your living room. It can enhance the modern feel to the space, or indeed complement the vintage style to the room. Fireplaces can get expensive, though, so be sure to pick the right one for you, in terms of style as well. Log burners can be ideal for the winter, whereas wall-mounted fireplaces can be more low maintenance. With many factors to consider, the choice is yours to make.
Like the aforementioned hanging art possibility, lots and lots of books can be the finishing touch to a living space and add a touch of class. After all, reading by the fireplace – is there a more peaceful scene? Book shelves can solve many storage problems. With an entire wall dominated by beautiful, elegant and spacious book shelves, you’ve got yourself a mini library, which is when a library ladder would be in order to really give your living space a delightfully stylish finish.
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COOK UP A FEAST TO CELEBRATE ST PATRICK’S DAY St Patrick’s Day is on the 17th March, so what better time to look at some great recipes from the Emerald Isle
Ireland isn’t just about Guinness and Potatoes, we have scoured through the cookbooks to find some of the most comforting and tasty Irish recipes, perfect for celebrating St Paddy’s day at home this year.
FIFTEEN Ingredients 15 digestive biscuits 15 marshmallows 15 glacé cherries, cut in half about 200ml condensed milk 100g desiccated coconut, to coat Method Crush the digestive biscuits in a food processor or in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, then put them in a large mixing bowl. Chop each marshmallow into 4 pieces and add to the bowl with the cherries and 175ml condensed milk. Mix until the ingredients are well combined and you have a sticky mixture. If it’s too dry, add a splash more condensed milk.
Images for illustrative purposes only Recipes from www.bbcgoodfood.co.uk
Sprinkle most of the coconut over a large piece of cling film (or foil). Tip the mixture onto the coconut and shape into a long sausage, about 30 x 5cm. Sprinkle more coconut over the top of it and wrap the cling film tightly around, twisting the ends together. Leave in the fridge to chill for 4-6 hrs, then cut into 15 slices and serve. Will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week wrapped in cling film.
IRISH STEW A classic, hearty and warming Irish stew, perfect for a cold Spring evening. Ingredients 3 middle necks of lamb (about 1.8kg/4lb), filleted and boned - you need to end up with about 950g/2lb 2oz pure meat 650g floury potatoes, such as King Edward 650g waxy potato, such as Desirée or Pentland Javelin 1kg carrots 2 onions ½ tsp fresh thyme leaves chopped fresh chives and parsley, to garnish For the stock bones from the lamb 1 large carrot, quartered 1 onion, quartered ½ celery stick, quartered 1 bay leaf 2 large sprigs of thyme a generous sprig of parsley 6 black peppercorns, lightly crushed
Images for illustrative purposes only Recipes from www.bbcgoodfood.co.uk
Method Make the stock. Put the lamb bones in a large heavy-based saucepan with the carrot, onion, celery, herbs, peppercorns and 1 tsp salt. Pour in 3 litres/5 ¼ pints water. Bring to the boil and simmer uncovered for 2 hours. Strain the stock through a fine sieve to remove bones and vegetables, then return to the pan. Boil until reduced to about 1.3 litres/2 ¼ pints. (You can make the stock the day before – keep it in a covered container in the fridge, or freeze it for up to 3 months.) Make the stew. Cut the lamb into large chunks. Peel the potatoes (keeping both types separate) and cut into pieces of similar size to the meat. Put the two different types in separate bowls of water to keep them white. Peel the carrots and cut into slightly smaller pieces. Slice the onions into thick rings. Put the lamb in a large, clean saucepan. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil, skimming off all the impurities from the surface. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Add the floury potatoes, carrots and onions. Season generously and simmer for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the waxy potatoes and thyme. Simmer until the lamb is tender (15-20 minutes). Take off the heat, cover (don’t stir) and leave for 15 minutes. (You can make this up to 2 days ahead and keep in the fridge). Garnish and serve.
ON YOUR GARDEN It’s that time of the year, gardeners everywhere are getting prepped for what they hope will be an incredible year in their gardens
t may still be cold outside, but, hopefully, the last of the year’s frosts has come and gone. There are certain seeds and bulbs you can now start to sow, both outside and inside, ready to move outside later on. If you get the timing just right, regardless of whether you have a greenhouse or not, or the size of your garden, you can have a bumper crop of veg and herbs alongside some beautiful flowers in your borders, but you need to put the work in now.
good quality compost and pick a few different varieties of tomatoes. Sow the seeds on the top of the seed trays, before sprinkling on a thin layer of compost. Give them a good water, before covering and leaving in a warm and sunny place. When the weather gets warmer, then transplant them into a large planter or grow bags with bamboo or trellis to hold them up.
Another great group of plants, that when grown yourself at home adds so much to As opposed to shop-bought flowers ready your summer BBQs, are herbs. Basil, to plant, if you have grown oregano, and thyme your flowers from seeds and are three of the most bulbs, as well as the popular and you can There are certain excitement of watching start these great seeds and bulbs you them grow, they will plants off early. Sow can now start to sow, actually be hardier than the basil, oregano and both outside and shop-bought variety. thyme now in seed inside, ready to move planters with good outside later on For a little investment now quality compost and in seeds, if you’re savvy, you a propagator lid in a can then use the seeds warm place. The from the veg that grow for next years shoots should start to show within a week crops and likewise with the herbs. If you and when they do keep them moist until take a cutting towards the end of the they’re large enough to pot-on. When season, you can have your herb plants potted-on, put them in a warm, sunny ready-to-go next year too. spot in your garden or, even better, a greenhouse.
Tomatoes are one of the best go-to veggies for your garden or greenhouse. Get an early start by sowing your seeds early in seed trays indoors. Start with some
Chilli peppers and sweet peppers perfectly compliment the tomatoes and herbs you already have growing and they are just as
If you get the timing just right you can have a bumper crop of veg and herbs alongside some beautiful flowers
simple to grow. Pick a few different varieties such as Burrito Chilli, Sweet Pepper and Cayenne, and sow the seeds similarly to the tomato plants. The roots go deeper in chilli plants, so plant each seed 1cm into the compost and then water, cover and keep in a very warm place. Once the plants are 2-3cm tall pot-on into individual containers somewhere warm and with lots of sunshine. Ideally, keep them in a greenhouse or lean-to with direct l Always use good quality compost when starting sunlight. your seeds to get incredible growth.
l If you don’t have a lot of room for seed trays and Most of your Spring propagators, simply cover pots with cling film. bulbs should already l Always put pots with seeds in a well-lit and warm be in, however, there area to encourage growth. are a few more you can plant now. l When potting on, pull out the plant – root included Summer-flowering – using the leaves as if they break they will grow bulbs like Pineapple back, whereas a broken stem won’t. Lilies and other Lilies l Tomato plants grow like a jungle when bunched alongside your Gladioli together, so make sure you use bamboo or trellis to are prime to go into try to keep the space neat and tidy. the ground next. For Gladioli, soak the bulbs in water a day before planting and then plant the bulbs 2-6 inches deep, 5 inches apart in rows before covering again with soil. These will take between 70-90 days until they flower. For Lilies, plant the bulbs three times as deep as the height of the bulb and set pointy side up.
THE MANY SAINTS
OF NEWARK – WHAT ARE WE
On the cusp of the millennium in 1999, we were introduced to The Sopranos. Spanning six highly critically acclaimed seasons of ground-breaking TV, and leaving our screens in 2007 with almost 12million viewers tuning in for the final season’s finale. A story about New Jersey’s most famous fictional mob family, the upcoming film based on the TV series will act as a prequel to the series’ events, thus being set in the 60s and 70s during, and in the wake of, the Newark riots, which was one of many race riots of the time, killing 26 people. Films like The Godfather and Goodfellas romanticised the antihero in cinema, and The Sopranos was perhaps the first iconic TV show which carried on that tradition, putting the viewer in uneasy positions as we forever awkwardly albeit sympathetically root for the antiheros of the show. Shows like Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad and Mad Men followed in a similar theme,
Just over 20 years later, and it’s back on the screen – the big screen. The Many Saints of Newark is due for release this year, after a COVIDcaused delay
exploring and glamorizing the darker complexities of human nature.
David is a masterful storyteller and we... are thrilled that he has decided to revisit, and enlarge, the Soprano universe in a feature film
David Chase, creator of The Sopranos and co-writer of The Many Saints of Newark, has already divulged that the storyline of the film centres on the 1967 Newark riots and racial tensions between the Italian-American and African-American communities. He said: “I was interested in Newark and life in Newark at that time. I used to go down there every Saturday night for dinner with my grandparents. But the thing that interested me most was Tony’s boyhood. I was interested in exploring that.”
New Line Cinema purchased the rights to produce the film along with HBO Films, and NLC chairman, Toby Emmerich, has said: “David is a masterful storyteller and we, along with our colleagues at HBO, are thrilled that he has decided to revisit, and enlarge, the Soprano universe in a feature film.” In the famous TV show, the Soprano family, racist and hypermasculine as they usually were, were frequently looking back on the plight of the Italian American’s place in society, whilst struggling with their lack of a sense of home in the US. We are surely to expect The Many Saints of Newark, then, to explore just how the family’s tough and bitter men and women came to be the way they were in the modern day. “[The film will be] set in the 60s and 70s during, and in the wake of, the Newark riots, which was one of many race riots of the time, killing 26 people.”
As we enter March, the music keeps on coming, as we welcome new material from some of the biggest acts around the world
KINGS OF LEON
This year is sees Kings of Leon release new music. Back in January, the Tennessee quartet shared two new songs ‘Must Catch the Bandit’ and ‘Feel the Way You Do’, with further snippets released for two further tracks. With the exception of the aptly-titled song ‘Going Nowhere’, in 2020, this is the first new music that the band have dropped since their 2016 album ‘WALLS’. This album, which landed the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200, has much to live up to, so the group will hope for their new album ‘When You See Yourself’, to be equally successful, when it comes out on March 5th.
This is the first new music that the band have dropped since their 2016 album
For the first time in a decade, Evanescence will be releasing new music, following up the self-titled 2011 offering. ‘The Bitter Truth’, will be available from March 26th, with a number of singles
already available to listen to. To mark the announcement of the upcoming record, the band released the song ‘Yeah right’, a hard rock number, offering insights into the band’s lengthy tenure in the music industry. Speaking to Rolling Stone, frontwoman Amy Lee spoke of the difficulty in writing music during lockdown, saying, ‘Even on the days that I don’t want to, I come out here and I go, ‘Let’s do this. Let’s finish the album.’’
The former Beatles drummer will also release a new five-song album in March. The record, entitled ‘Zoom In’, was recorded between the months of April and October 2020, and will include contributions from Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl and Finneas. Starr has already dropped one song, ‘Here’s To The Nights’, which was available to listen to from December, and was worked on with songwriter Diane Warren.
Due to unforeseen manufacturing delays, the release of Sting’s forthcoming album ‘Duets’ will be released on March 19th. As the title suggests, the seventeen-track album will feature some big alreadyreleased collaborations, including with the likes of Eric Clapton, Shaggy, Annie Lennox, and Mary J. Blige. It will also feature one new song, entitled ‘September’, which Sting has recorded with the famed Italian singer, Zucchero. Speaking in September 2020, Sting spoke of the ‘amazing people’, who he had recorded music with, leading to the creation of this new star-studded album.
THE GREEN SHOOTS OF PERSONAL GROWTH
Put some bounce into spring with a new hobby
o here we are, spring already: the season of new birth, new growth … and new ideas. It’s an exciting time of the year, even more so if you’ve decided to broaden your horizons and embark on a new hobby. As the weather, hopefully, grows warmer and daylight gets longer there’s more chance to get outside to indulge newfound interests and put to use those rediscovered items which were bought with the prefix: “One day, I’ll…” Technology’s relentless advance brings information and advice to your fingertips, particularly helpful if your new smartphone also has a state-of-the-art camera, which has piqued an interest in photography. There are many online tutorials and workshops to help you develop your skills before advancing to that big digital SLR camera you’ve dreamt of for years. Similarly art, whether it be sketching or painting with watercolours or oils. Springtime, with its rapidly-improving light and emerging plant life, is a rich source of inspiration and the internet is awash with advice on how to get started, selecting your subjects and brushing up your techniques to get the best results.
Painting, particularly capturing landscapes, might just encourage a feeling of well-being, of being at one with nature. In which case, a logical step forward would be to try Tai Chi, the traditional Chinese martial art with its sequences of slow, controlled movements which reduce stress, improve mood and sleep, and promote weight loss … just the thing to shed those Christmas pounds in anticipation of Easter chocolate. Again, there are many lessons online, but for the best grounding, join one of the many classes at sports centres, gyms or village halls so a qualified instructor can help you get the principles right before you go solo. Could there be anything more invigorating than callisthenics in the back garden in the early-morning sunshine? Well, how about standing thigh-deep in a swift-running stream trying to outwit a fighting-fit trout? Angling has long been one of Britain’s biggest participation sports, and while fly-fishing may be seen as elitist, it is anything but. Fairly accessible, relatively inexpensive and incredibly therapeutic, there are lessons online but for the best experience – and when lockdown restrictions are
It’s an exciting time of the year, even more so if you’ve decided to broaden your horizons and embark on a new hobby eased – enrol for a day-long lesson at venues such as Anglian Water’s recognised fisheries at Grafham, Pitsford, and Rutland waters, or Ravensthorpe Reservoir, and pretty soon you’ll be hooked (sorry). If you become proficient, you can always cook your catch. Barbeque cooking is an art-form in itself and something to explore beyond chargrilling the whatsits out of a forlorn sausage on a balmy summer evening. Again, internet tutorials – plus recipes – abound, while the same applies if you fancy more ambitious and creative continental cooking. A hobby where you can eat your efforts? Can’t be bad!
GOLD The race for the Premier League is entering the finishing straight
he English Premier League is, on the surface, the land of milk and honey, a footballing Utopia where the streets are paved with 24-carat gold bricks and the super-rich chatter idly of multi million-pound contracts and eyewatering sponsorship deals. But, as with most elitist societies, there are fat cats lounging at the top table with the wannabes scrambling around, snapping up the hand-me-downs and dining off scraps. And then there are those huddled outside, noses firmly pressed against the window, waiting for their membership of this lucrative club to be rubber-stamped so they too can bask in the limelight of being one of the chosen few. Unfortunately, for those outsiders, the path from the threshold to the cosiness of the inner sanctum is littered with broken dreams and, more often than not, severely-depleted bank accounts. Norwich City know this more than most. In the 29 seasons of the Premier League, they have had five separate spells in the top flight, none lasting more than three
seasons. And yet, once again, they are perched among the front-runners trying to escape the Sky Bet Championship for the Promised Land of the Premier League.
As the season enters the final quarter, it’s all about momentum and consistency
Their last attempt at gaining a toehold on football’s Everest came with a longanticipated relegation in May last year, but crucially, unlike many of their doomed predecessors, they managed to keep hold of the majority of their highlyrated younger players.
quarter, it’s all about momentum and consistency – and most of their rivals have shown anything but. Watford and Bournemouth squandered points around the middle of the campaign and lost ground, with Swansea, who squeezed into the playoffs last season, emerging as contenders from a rather congested pack. However, it is Brentford, another of last season’s bridesmaids, who continue to take the eye in a leading group otherwise dominated by clubs who have previously reached for the Holy Grail and been found wanting.
And with the arrival of the well-regarded Oliver Skipp on a season-long loan from Tottenham, they have regrouped, shown great resilience and now look a solid bet to bounce straight back, if not as champions then in the other automatic promotion spot.
The Bees, cruelly denied in the playoffs last season, continued to thrive despite subsequently losing key players Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma, and their run to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup hinted at greater things, thanks to the arrival of Ivan Toney from Peterborough and the continued potency of Sergi Canos and Bryan Mbeumo.
Who accompanies them, though, is not so obvious. As the season enters the final
Perhaps there will be no sting in the tale this year.
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Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac within a short walk from the river Welland, Burghley Park, Stamford station and the town centre this stone fronted end of terrace home is offered with no chain. Benefitting from replacement upvc double glazing the property offers reception lobby, sitting room and a kitchen diner with range of appliances. To the first floor there are 3 bedrooms and bathroom. The property has gated side access giving access to an enclosed rear garden with doorway into the kitchen diner. The property also benefits from an allocated parking space.
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Positioned within this highly popular village with its wide range of facilities and easy access to Stamford, this detached bungalow is offered with NO CHAIN. Just a few yards away from the post office/store, the property offers spacious accommodation and is approached by a good sized block paved driveway providing parking for several vehicles and leading to the garage. The hallway has useful built in cupboards and gives access to all living and bedroom accommodation. The large dual aspect living room has a living flame gas fire, and the spacious kitchen dining room has range of storage cupboards and space for dining table.
Main Street, Empingham £525,000
Situated within the conservation area of this highly sought after Rutland village of Empingham, which offers a good range of facilities including a doctors surgery and with Rutland Water close at hand, this well designed detached stone built home is offered with no chain. The feeling of space is evident when first entering the property with a wide reception hall with under stairs storage and separate cloakroom. There are two reception rooms with the study/family room positioned to the front with a corner fireplace, sitting room with further fireplace.
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Torkington Gardens, Stamford £159,500
Situated within a purpose built established enclave just a stone’s throw from Waitrose supermarket this first floor apartment forms part of one the over 55’s areas and is situated on a corner allowing plenty of natural light and overlooking the communal gardens. The apartment is well maintained with a modern kitchen and a modern white bathroom suite and has gas central heating. For piece of mind there is a security entry phone system, 24 hour emergency response call system and a local site manager looking after the building, gardens and providing support if needed.
High Street, Rippingale £525,000
Set back and positioned off the High Street this attractive individual stone and brick barn with a pantile roof has had a two story extension to the rear so is a lot bigger than first impressions. The quality of the repointed brick & stone work with an impressive oak porchway gives a nudge of reassurance to the overall quality and finish of this conversion. The retention of period features hasn’t compromised the modern open plan layout with an open plan kitchen dining/sitting area with separate living room and further home office or reception with its own entrance as well as plumbing for a shower room if required. There is also a cloakroom and utility to the ground floor.
Rich ardson Newtown Court, Stamford £235,000
An opportunity to purchase a modern ground floor apartment with its own private southerly aspect garden within easy walking distance of the town centre, Stamford railway station and Burghley Park. The enclave comprises of only 11 apartments in two buildings built approximately 8 years ago. Entered by a security entry phone system to a communal hallway the apartment is light and airy with the reception hall opening to a large open plan kitchen, living dining area.
The Long Barn Mews, Ketton £435,000
3/4 bedroom home part of an elegant development of the original farmyard located in the heart of this thriving Rutland village. Combined with a quality specification creating comfortable yet contemporary living space, with character of a traditional property. The elegant properties are built to a high quality specification with a contemporary feel. Porcelanosa kitchens and flooring with extensive moulded Procelanosa work surfaces. The kitchens are generously equipped with top quality appliances incorporating the latest requirements for the modern kitchen.
VALLEY VIEW DEVELOPMENT The Valley View development is a brand-new development in the wonderful village of Castle Bytham, just 25-minutes from Stamford town centre.
CASTLE BYTHAM Castle Bytham is a beautiful conservation village lying between Stamford and Grantham. The village, with its limestone buildings, is nestled in an area of stunning natural beauty with gentle rolling hills, native woodland and mixed agriculture. Overlooking the village is an 11th century Norman castle mound which is the site of the former castle where the village got its name. Castle Bytham is very close to the border of the smallest county in England, Rutland, which boasts one of the largest man-made lakes in Europe, countless village pubs and miles and miles of gorgeous countryside. And only a mile away from Castle Bytham, you will find the village of Little Bytham, while to the west, you will find the village of South Witham. Castle Bytham currently has two pubs, the Fox & Hounds and the Castle Inn, and it benefits from a wonderful village shop. St. James’s church offers a place of worship and is the hub of the community. Castle Bytham boasts an incredible position amidst beautiful English countryside, only 35-minutes away from the town of Uppingham and 25-minutes’ from both Stamford and Oakham.
PLOT 5 FLOOR PLANS
Proposed Dwelling at Castle Bytham Peterborough
PROPOSED FLOOR PLANS HOUSE TYPE 5 FLOOR PLANS
All the homes on the development are built using Stamford Stone with corner quoins and stone lintels, making them some of the smartest homes in the whole area. Each pair of properties will have electric gates which open to a block paved driveway and the garage with electric doors. Outside, there are enclosed gardens with paved patios and pathways with your choice of seeded or turfed lawns, perfect for enjoying the countryside.
Richardson are pleased to offer a fantastic opportunity to acquire one of these well appointed homes. Please contact us on 01780 762433 or email@example.com to register your interest.
Rich ardson SPECIFICATIONS
& PLOT 3
• Oak Stairs with oak newel, handrail & spindles • Kitchen & Utility will be fitted with stylish units with
(SAME LAYOUT AS PLOT 5)
quartz, granite or corian work tops and upstands, comprehensive range of Bosch or Neff built in appliances
PLOT 6 FLOOR PLANS
• Recessed down lighting and pendant lighting with polished chrome or brushed chrome switches and sockets. TV points and media plates to principal rooms
• Tiled flooring to kitchen area, utility, cloakroom, bathroom and ensuites with fully tiled shower areas
• Chrome heated towel rails to bathroom, ensuite and cloakroom. Proposed Dwelling at Castle Bytham Peterborough
PROPOSED FLOOR PLANS PLOT 6
• Heating via a programable air source heat pump system. Under floor heating to ground floor and radiators with individual thermostats to the first floor. Chimney and space for multi fuel stove in an attractive surround to living room
• Carpeting throughout • NHBC 10 year warranty
• All homes are built using local Stamford Stone with corner quoins and stone lintels
• Flush Casement double glazed windows and doors • Electric gates opening to block paved driveways • Electric Garage doors • Paved patio area and pathways with seeded or turfed lawns
ALL PROPERTIES COME WITH A NHBC 10-YEAR WARRANTY.
Internally, no expense has been spared. The kitchen and utility room have been fitted with stylish, modern units with quartz, granite or corian worktops and a comprehensive range of Bosh or Neff integrated appliances. The reception rooms have under floor heating and a chimney with space for a multi-fuel burner in the living room. Stunning oak staircases with oak newels, handrails and spindles lead to the first floor where you will find the bedrooms, some with en-suites, and the family bathroom.
• Enclosed gardens by close board and post & rail fencing
The specification may change and any choice will be subject to the stage of construction.
POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT BRANDED
‘A GOOD USE OF LAND.’ St Martin’s Park, on the old Cummin’s site, was discussed at an application meeting on Tuesday.
The Cummin’s factory, off Barnack Road, closed in 2018 and was bought by South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) for £7.5m. With some adjacent land added by Burghley Estates and a collaboration with the council, they proposed St Martin’s Park, a development of residential properties, including affordable homes, business units, a retirement village and areas of green space. On Tuesday, Stamford town councillors met to discuss the application which despite being
drawn up by SKDC, will also be decided by its elected members. There was only one member of the public to speak at the meeting. Stamford resident, Richard Cleaver, made several points, including the fact that if the Cummin’s site is not reused, no-one benefits and taxpayers would pick up the cost of SKDC’s investment. Councillor David Taylor, who has worked on creating the ‘Stamford Neighbourhood Plan’, a development guide for the town, said, “The neighbourhood plan
supports developments that bring employment opportunities and we are told 825 jobs will be created.” He went on to add that affordable homes were necessary and that he was pleased cycleways and paths could create an attractive new ‘gateway’ to Stamford. The proposal was supported by the majority of town councillors, which will be relayed to South Kesteven District Council planning committee when it discusses the Cummins application. Its next meeting is on January 20.
SOUTH KESTEVEN SEARCH FOR YOUNG STORY WRITERS Youngsters across South Kesteven are being invited to take part in an exciting new short story writing competition.
The competition is being held in association with the South Kesteven District Council’s Cultural Services team and the Deepings Literary Festival. Young authors from across the district will have the chance to write a short story of up to 500 words creating an imaginative twist on a well-known nursery rhyme or tale. The competition has two age group categories, 5-8 years and 9-13 years. For inspiration, local primary schools are being offered free creative writing workshops. These will be conducted online and are available on a first come, first served basis. Contact Jo Dobbs, Arts Projects Officer for more information by emailing jo. firstname.lastname@example.org Councillor Rosemary Trollope-Bellew, the Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy at SKDC, said: “The Deepings Literary Festival team is busy planning a range of events for 2021. Their work encouraging creativity in young people is especially important as
the fascinating world of words and reading opens doors to the wider world of arts.” Deepings Literary Festival Committee member, Ros Rendle, said: “We want children and young people to really use their imaginations by taking a popular tale and giving it an unusual spin. “Perhaps the wolf in The Three Little Pigs was simply misunderstood? Or maybe the witch in Hansel and Gretel was just lonely? The possibilities are endless. We hope the initiative will encourage children to revisit some of their favourite stories and look to retell them in unusual and entertaining ways.” A shortlist of the best entries will go to Festival Patron and international best-selling author Elly Griffiths and well-known local children’s author, Hannah Gold, to decide the overall winner. The first prize will be a £50 voucher and signed copies of children’s books by the judges and book prizes for 2nd and 3rd places too. For more details and to submit entries email: enquiries@ deepingsliteraryfestival.co.uk by: 31st March 2021.
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Mrs Hatt - Buyer Daniel Baker was excellent, we got on really well. He was very efficient and honest and straight-forward and he never hassled me, he never made me feel like I was being put under pressure.
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Meet the Team... Sheep Market House, Stamford. PE9 2RB
ALISTER LEACH Alister is a Partner at Richardson who has over 35 years’ experience within residential sales. Since becoming a partner at Richardson in 2007, he has expanded the residential sales department giving it a highly valued reputation today. Alister has a vast knowledge and a strong reputation for honesty and attention to detail. Always approachable, building on working relationships with both vendors and buyers.
ANDREW LEECH Andrew Leech is a Chartered Surveyor with 30 years’ experience, an RICS Registered Valuer and Head of the Commercial Property Department. Andrew and his team provide a full range of services, including agency, acquisition, commercial property management, valuation, rent review, development advice, lease renewal and general landlord and tenant related work.
CHARLES RICHARDSON Charles is the Senior Partner at Richardson, overseeing the day to day running of the business and ensuring the strict compliance with the ever increasing regulation of our estate agency/surveying practice. Specialising in rural property, Charles completes formal valuation work, alongside advising clients on complex farming, land development, taxation, partnership and associated legal matters.
MARK THOMAS Mark Thomas is a Partner at Richardson with 22 years’ service working at the business in the local property sector. During this time, he has grown and developed our Residential Lettings Department, successfully guiding our many landlords through the increasingly complex area of property rental. Additionally, Mark completes farm agency instructions and undertakes rural professional work.
SANDRA BROOKBANKS Sandra joined the Residential Lettings team as a property manager of Richardson in 2011, having worked in the industry for over 20 years and qualified as a Licenced ARLA Agent in 2013. Sandra’s extensive experience, local knowledge and willingness to go the extra mile has enabled her to build excellent relationships with both tenants and landlords, ensuring the rental process runs as smoothly as possible for all concerned.
TINA WALSH Tina joined the company in 2019, working as a Property Manager within the Lettings Department having previously worked within the industry. Since joining Richardson, Tina has achieved her Level 3 ARLA Property Mark Qualification. Tina has a passion for providing the best possible Customer Service to both landlords and tenants.
KAYLEY LAPPAGE Kayley is the latest addition to our team, starting in February 2020 as our Receptionist and Administrator for the Sales Department. Kayley has recently completed her Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration. She is approachable, organised and hardworking. Kayley cares about customer needs and will help to the best of her ability, which will help build relationship.
CHARLIE BURROWS Charlie joined us as Degree Apprentice in September 2019. Charlie is at Nottingham Trent University studying a Level 6 Chartered Surveyor BSc (Hons) Real Estate Degree Apprenticeship with the ambition to become a Chartered Surveyor at the end. At Richardson Surveyors he is part of the commercial department and is mostly involved with the letting and selling of commercial properties.
MOIRA STUDD Moira has been with Richardson’s Since 2018, who joined as a Residential Lettings secretary, providing support to the letting’s managers. Moira has a vast knowledge within the Residential sector having worked within the industry for the past 25 years and has an eye for attention to detail, ensuring everything is correct before any tenancy agreement takes place.
GINA GRADY Gina joined us during 2019 as a private secretary. She has had a long career working in professional offices, mostly Chartered Accountants, in London and Hertfordshire, before moving to Stamford after having fallen in love with the town many years before. In her spare time she enjoys golf, travelling and renovating properties.
SUE BINDER Sue joined in 1994 and is one of our long established employees, starting out as a secretary Sue’s role has evolved as the business has grown over the years now handling both office, management and accounting systems
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