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JUNE 2021

HERE COMES THE SUMMER IS IT THE SEASON FOR HOT OR COLD? JUNE GARDENING GET YOUR GARDENING BLOOMING THIS SUMMER

HOT HITS THE HOTTEST SUMMER TRACKS FOR THE SUNSHINE

KEEPING COOL KEEP YOURSELF COMFORTABLE AT HOME

FATHER’S DAY A GIFT GUIDE FOR THE PERFECT GIFT FOR DAD’S


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Here comes the Sun Favourite season of extremes, hold or cold?

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Cooling your house Top tips to keep comfortable at home during the hotter months Our latest instructions Take a look at a selection of our latest properties on the market About us Get to know us a little better and see why we are your agent of choice

FOOD

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BBQ rubs and sauces Elevate your ribs, steaks and burgers on the BBQ this summer

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Gifts for Father’s Day We have hand picked the perfect gifts for Father’s Day

June gardening It’s officially Summer, which means our gardens are in full bloom, but there are still jobs to do…

Summer’s tracks Get summer ready with the hottest tracks to enjoy in the sun

Upcoming films Cinemas reopen: A preview of the delayed films finally being released

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Will England be Euro stars? EURO 2020 finally arrives and we have all the fixtures all in one place.

WELCOME TO THE JUNE ISSUE! It’s an exciting month. On the 21st, if things continue to plan, all social distancing measures will be lifted. And what better month for the UK to get back to normal than the official start of the summer? With this in mind, this month we are going all out for the good times with a feature showcasing some of the best summer facts around. Can’t stand the heat? On pages 8 & 9 we give you some great ideas how to keep your home cool during the warmer months. Father’s Day is on the 20th June and we have put together a guide of some of the hottest present ideas this year alongside two BBQ features; one keeping you up to date of the best kit available and another with some fantastic recipes to try.

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The delayed EURO 2020 football competition kicks off this month too, which is why we have created a handy guide of every single fixture so you don’t miss a kick, alongside a preview of the top teams vying to bring the trophy home. And if that wasn’t enough, we explore the delayed films that are finally being released at the cinema; the top summer tracks you’ll all be singing along to this year as well as our usual monthly gardening guide. So, what are you waiting for? Light the BBQ, grab a beer or a vino, get settled in and enjoy… Jonathan Wheatley Editor

It’s the start of our favourite season of extremes “I love to see the summer beaming forth, and white wool sack clouds sailing to the north…” are the opening lines to a sonnet by John Clare, the so-called Northamptonshire Peasant Poet whose romantic visions of the English countryside made him a hot topic with Victorian chattering society. And what we could do with is a “beaming” summer to banish the gloom cast by a world-enveloping pandemic. June traditionally marks the start of the brightest, warmest and most longed-for season of the year. So here are a few facts to amuse, amaze and kill the conversation at your socially-distanced barbecue…


HERE COMES THE SUMMER! BARMY THAN BALMY

THE HEAT IS ON

It has snowed in June. At least a centimetre fell in parts of the country on June 2nd, 1975, forcing the abandonment of several county championship cricket matches. And, if that wasn’t bad enough, the bedding plants took a proper battering on June 19th, 1955 and June 1st and 3rd 1962 in Santon Downham, Norfolk, when temperatures dipped to a bulb-numbing -5.6°C – that’s 21.92°F, chillier than most winter nights.

Although meteorologists say summer officially starts on June 1st, the astronomical summer doesn’t begin until the 21st, when there is a 23.5° tilt of the Earth’s axis in its orbit around the Sun. The summer of 2006 is considered the warmest on record with daytime temperatures averaging 15.8° Centigrade (around 60° Fahrenheit). However, the hottest day was recorded at Cambridge University Botanic Garden on July 25th, 2019 when plants wilted in the sweltering 38.7°C heat (101.66°F).

Figures show that the summer of 2012 was the wettest on record. From June until the end of August, 366.8mm of rain fell across the UK, compared with 384.4mm in 1912.

The Eiffel Tower grows in the summer. Paris’ iron landmark can expand by up to 17cm on a hot day. Theoretically, it is possible to fry an egg on a car bonnet. TV chef James Martin did it in June 2018 in 26°C heat, although experts say you really need a dry heat of 70°C (158°F) to get it done properly. Which means you need to be in Death Valley, California, or the Australian outback to have a decent fry-up on your Merc, although it will make a mess of your paintwork. Droughts are not uncommon in the UK. One of the worst started in the autumn of 1975 when below-average winter rainfall preceded a blistering summer. From June 23rd, the temperatures did not dip below 32°C (90°F) for two weeks, peaking at 35.6°C (96.1°F) with the first significant rain falling on August 27th. You can work out the evening temperature by listening to a cricket. Count the number of chirps over 25 seconds, divide by 3 and add 4 to the Celsius figure. Yes, really. More

THAT’S N-ICE

More than 405million kilogrammes of ice cream were sold in Britain last year. Hardly surprisingly, ice cream manufacturers say the most popular flavour is vanilla, followed by mint choc chip and raspberry ripple.

Folklore says if it rains on St Swithin’s Day, it will rain for 40 days thereafter. Remember the date – July 15th. More thunderstorms occur during the summer than at any time of the year, most occurring over the south-east of England.

There are currently 195 Blue Flag beaches in the British Isles. While most accept it is a recognition of water quality, the flag is also awarded for environmental management, safety and services, plus education and information. So, it is aimed at resort beaches with plenty of facilities as much as smaller, picturesque coves. Even though it does not have a sandy beach, the little village of St Mawes in Cornwall was last year named Britain’s ideal seaside resort in a Which? study. Skegness, Great Yarmouth, Bognor Regis, Blackpool, Morecambe and Cleethorpes didn’t fare as well. Chesil Beach in Dorset is the longest in the UK, at 18 miles long. But it is a shingle spit, so the sandy beaches at Bournemouth and Pendine Beach in Wales, which are more than seven miles long, are officially the longest. In comparison, the largest in the world is at Praia do Cassino in Brazil – a piffling 150 miles long.

WALL OF FLAME

One of the world’s largest fixed barbecues has been made in Gloucestershire. The £10,000 monster, commissioned by a wedding venue, can cook seven whole lambs, three pigs or two cows at the same time, as well as

1,000 sausages or 500 burgers, is heatproof to 600°C, weighs two tonnes, measures 5m across, needs 14 bags of coal to ignite and can be worked by three chefs. It is made by the Bespoke BBQ Company and is dubbed… God-grilla.

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e’ve all missed spending precious time with our parents, so this year make it extra special with our unique gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for your dear dad this Father’s Day.

GLAMPING TRIP A glamping break might be the perfect way you and your dad, or your dad and his partner, can escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The beauty of a glamping pod is that you get the advantages of camping, but without the hassle that traditional camping can sometimes bring.

DRINKS CADDY This gift would be perfect for a picnic, and/or for carrying beers in. Even if it’s not a picnic, this would be extremely useful for just about any kind of travelling event. These caddies can sometimes come equipped with various accessories, so make sure you find the right one for your dad.

AFTERNOON TEA There is nothing quite like an afternoon tea, and everyone loves them! You can’t really go wrong with tea, sandwiches, cakes and scones, so why not treat your dad this year and satisfy his sweet tooth?

FIRE PIT The last year or so has understandably seen outdoor spaces being used much more than usual, so your dad might love to light up his very own fire pit once the sun goes down, to extend those evenings outside a little longer than the sun alone permits.

IDEAS FOR SPECIAL FATHER’S DAY GIFTS Celebrate Father’s Day with our hot picks for gifts this year

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DRINKS JAR WITH TAP If you dad likes to drink, a large glass jar with a tap would be just perfect for him. This would be ideal to keep a unique mixer for spirits, for example, since it can be made ahead of time and kept refrigerated in the jar for weeks, even months.

SPA DAY Spa days might often get primarily associated with women, but this is an unfair generalization because couples very often attend spa days together, and indeed men can attend them alone if they wish – nothing wrong with that. A luxury spa day might be the very thing your dad needs at the moment. From full body massages to jacuzzis and steam rooms, your dad might just love to receive a voucher for something like this for Father’s Day.


You can make it as unique as you like, and it will last him forever.

PERSONALISED ENGRAVED KEYCHAIN If you want to get really sentimental this Father’s Day, an engraved keychain would be ideal to say something special to your dad. You can make it as unique as you like, and it will last him forever.

FRAMED PORTRAIT OF THE COUPLE Never has it been so important to celebrate togetherness, and especially longevity of relationships. This Father’s Day, your dad might well love a framed portrait of him pictured with his beloved, or his family. Social media can surely provide you with varying options to frame, and you can also have it redesigned slightly if you wish, to make it even more bespoke.

PERSONALISED PEN Pens are typically inexpensive. But to have one personalized can add priceless value. And let’s face it, even in this digital age, we still often use them, especially our sometimes old-fashioned fathers!

PERSONALISED MUG The thing about a personalized item is that you have almost complete freedom to say whatever you like to your beloved dad, and what better way to do that than to simultaneously encourage him to relax with a hot beverage of his choosing? A personalized mug is the perfect way to tell your dad how much he means to you, which he can be reminded

of daily whenever he drinks from it. But if you think a picture says a thousand words instead, an imprinted photo on the mug is a fantastic alternative.

PERSONALISED CHARGING DOCKING STATION A charging docking station is an ideal gift for your father. It can hold the likes of his phone, his glasses, his wallet, his keys, and more. In terms of practicality, it’s perfect, for it organizes all of your items into one small unit, making things altogether so much tidier.

MENS BODY SPRAY There’s a big difference between smelling bad, and smelling really quite nice. And usually, especially when you’re out and about, there’s no in between, so it’s important what we men spray ourselves with. You’d be well advised to get your dad an especially nice smelly this Father’s Day. A mild one which will last all day long would generally be the preferred option.

HOT STONE THERAPY PACK Since we all love a good massage, it seems like an ingenious idea to bring that pleasure into your very own home, and without even needing a professional masseuse. These packs can come with everything you need to enjoy a good massage, without having to travel to a massage parlour.

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BBQ BEST KIT Get kitted out ready for BBQ season with our guide to the best tools for the job

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BQ season is upon us. The smell of smoke alongside a glass of wine or a beer is what summer is all about. However, for those of us who see BBQ as more than just burnt sausages and burgers, there is a real science to creating the perfect smoked food. So, we have put together this guide to the best kit you need to get the most from your grill…

MEAT THERMOMETER Maybe not the snazziest or most exciting piece of kit, but an internal meat thermometer is probably the most important tool for all smoking and grilling enthusiasts. You see, when you cook burgers or sausages on a BBQ over direct coals you are actually grilling not barbecuing. A real BBQ is cooked using indirect heat with lots of smoke to get that real BBQ flavour. Barbecuing is tougher than grilling, which is why it is so important to have a meat thermometer to know what is happening inside your meat and when it is safe to eat. We highly recommend this meat thermometer from Weber. £19.74 | bbqworld.co.uk

SMOKING WOODCHIPS Even if you are simply grilling, you’ll still want that smoky flavour to your food. We don’t all have access to chopped oak, applewood or hickory, which is why companies supply flavoured woodchips. These little pieces of roughly 1cm woodchip are usually soaked in beer or wine before being added directly to your charcoal or in a smoker box. When they burn they release thick flavourful smoke, which gives all your food, whether smoked or grilled, that rich BBQ flavour. We love these Whisky Barrel Oak chips that add great flavour to red meat. £5.50 | hotsmoked.co.uk

BEER CAN CHICKEN HOLDER Have you ever fancied cooking a whole chicken on a BBQ but was worried about how much time and effort it would take if you don’t have an electric spit to cook it through on all sides? Beer can chicken originated in the U.S State of Louisiana and is a great way to indirectly cook a whole chicken whilst imbuing it with plenty of taste and moisture. It’s simple, by placing a half-filled beer can inside the chicken’s cavity, when the liquid gets hot enough it steams the chicken from the inside out. Sometimes, it doesn’t seem so hygienic to put an actual beer can inside the chicken, which is why you can buy a handy beer can chicken holder that can be used again and again. We love this simple device from Landmann. £15.99 | landmann.com

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BBQ RUBS AND SAUCES

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BQ season. The smell of smoke in the air. Drinks with friends. Sunshine. What more could you ask for? How about the best rubs and sauces to create the most flavourful meat possible in your own back garden.

Elevate your ribs, steaks and burgers on the BBQ this summer

DRY RUB

A dry rub is perfect for ribs, steaks and for adding to your burgers before and during cooking to give a rich smoky and sweet flavour.

MAPLE GLAZE FOR RIBS AND CHICKEN

MEMPHIS RUB

A sweet and smoky marinade that is perfect for pork ribs and chicken.

In Memphis, USA, the rub is considered as important as the meat and smoke. Ingredients: 1/2 cup paprika 1/4 cup garlic powder 1/4 cup mild chilli powder 3 tablespoons salt 3 tablespoons black pepper 2 tablespoons onion powder 2 tablespoons celery seeds 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon dried thyme 1 tablespoon cumin 2 teaspoons dry mustard 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons ground allspice Method: Simply add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined. Store in an airtight container for up to six-months. When ready to use, rub the spice mix all over the meat at least an hour before cooking and leave to marinade. Cook the meat over open coals or smoke depending on your preference.

Ingredients: 1 cup apple juice, to be divided about 1/4 teaspoon morton’s kosher salt per pound of ribs another 2 pinches salt for the glaze 2 teaspoons hot sauce 1/4 cup real maple syrup 4 tablespoons of the Memphis rub Method: Sprinkle the salt onto your ribs or chicken and then rub in the Memphis rub. Smoke or roast for an hour or so. Place the chicken or ribs onto aluminium foil and create a boat. Drizzle ½ cup of the apple juice over the meat and then re-wrap tightly before placing back on the grill. After another hour or so (longer for the ribs) remove the meat and drain the apple and meat juice into a saucepan. Add the remaining apple juice and the maple syrup and bring it to a simmer. When the sauce has a shiny glaze, add the salt and hot sauce and stir. Coat the meat in the marinade and put back onto the grill for five-minutes.

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As the hottest months of the year approach, we can look ahead to lots of upcoming warmth.

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ut that’s not to say that the heat doesn’t present some challenges. When it comes to winding down in the evenings, it can be difficult to relax when the temperature doesn’t feel like it’s dropping. So here are some of our best ways to cool your home this Summer.

REPURPOSE APPLIANCES

When it comes to appliances designed for cooling someone down, a fan can prove to be man’s best friend. But often, when the weather becomes too hot, fans can be counter-productive, and end up recycling hot air. To avoid this, try strategically pointing your fan towards open windows, so that hot air can be pushed out of a room. And if you have a ceiling fan, setting it to anti-clockwise can also help to remove the hot air. Another idea is to place a dish with ice in front of a fan. This DIY air-conditioning trick will create a cool mist as the ice evaporates, resulting in lower temperatures, and is ideal for any time of the day. Another inventive DIY trick is to repurpose a hot water bottle. It is widely known that hot water bottles are the perfect way to warm your bed up on a cold winter’s night. So surely the same method can be applied to summer, when the process is reversed? So fill your bottle with cold water, and place it in the freezer before you go to bed. Or if you haven’t got a hot water bottle, you can grab any bottle that can hold a liquid and give this a go. This will give you a homemade ice-pack, which will keep you cool all night long.

ADJUST YOUR BEDDING

If you fancy getting some new bed sheets in the coming months, then summer is the perfect excuse to replace your heavier, winter sheets, with lightweight cotton ones. And opting for cotton sheets which are also of a light colour, results in a more breathable fabric, and will help to give you a better night’s sleep. And if this still isn’t working for you, then try to bring the temperature of the sheets down.

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THE COOL-PROOF GUIDE TO BRINGING THE TEMPERATURE DOWN IN YOUR HOME THIS SUMMER


Another inventive DIY trick is to repurpose a hot water bottle. So fill your bottle with cold water, and place it in the freezer before you go to bed.

Many people will recommend lying on a damp towel, or sprinkling water over your sheets, in order to cool your bed down. This may work, but will also result in a long-lasting wetness, which no one wants. Instead, pop your sheets in the freezer for a few minutes before bedtime. As well as giving them an icy freshness before you sleep, it won’t make your bedding as wet as applying water would. Just make sure to put your sheets in a bag first, so that they don’t come out smelling of frozen food!

AVOID STEAM

One thing that few people think about is focussing on avoiding activities which increase the heat around a home. In particular, there are two key areas which you can address in order to reduce heat. Firstly, think about your cooking. One of the biggest sources of heat in any home is from preparing food in a kitchen. So why not try your hand at some dishes that don’t require the oven and hobs to be turned on, like salads. And if you do want to cook, consider utilising barbecues outside, to avoid excess steam hanging around. Secondly, reduce the temperature of your shower. By using warm, rather than hot water, this will not only reduce the amount of steam which is able to travel around your house, but will also leave you feeling much cooler, and therefore more relaxed in the hot weather.

GRAB A GADGET (AIR CON/COLD BLANKET)

If none of these DIY tricks are working for you, then there is always the option of buying some tech, which is guaranteed to keep you cool. If you’re on the hunt for a new air conditioner, then take a look at an air purifier. For example, the Dyson Pure Cool Tower Advanced Technology Air Purifier Fan will help to keep you cool day and night. The great thing about this fan is its quietness, even when on a powerful setting, so this is ideal for anyone who struggles to sleep during hot nights. Or, if you fancy a cheaper option, then get yourself a cooling blanket. These blankets absorb sweat from your body, to keep you cool all night long. They’re also machine washable, meaning that you can use it throughout the summer, and it won’t lose its freshness.

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JUNE

It’s officially Summer, which means our gardens are in full bloom, but there are still jobs to do…

GARDENING

GUIDE

June is the first month where the weather can virtually be guaranteed. No more frosts, warmer evenings and, hopefully, hotter days. The Spring flowers have mostly gone and the summer ones are coming through providing an abundance of colour. However, as nice as it is to sit in your garden and enjoy it, there are still plenty of jobs to do…

WEEDING Weeds. The arch-nemesis of our beautiful gardens. However, with some hard work, these can be removed. All weeds can be controlled without weedkillers, and for our environment, it is best to get your hand’s dirty before resorting to chemicals. One of the best manual ways to control weeds is by hoeing. Simply run a hoe over a bed or between rows to kill most weed seedlings. Ideally, choose a dry day with light wind so that the seedlings will dry out on the surface. Pull up annual weeds by hand before they set seed. Perennial weeds should be dug out with as much root or bulb as possible using a hand or border fork. Hand weeding is easiest on lighter soils and should only be attempted when it won’t disturb the roots of garden plants.

HANGING BASKETS Hanging baskets provide valuable colour at eye level in your garden. Choose vibrant bedding plants for a short-term show, or herbs, shrubs and evergreens for a longer-lasting display. The great thing about hanging baskets is that you can plant them in situ straight away. The basic principles for creating a hanging basket are very simple. First of all, if you are using a standard wire basket, it will need to be lined. You can buy readymade cardboard liners and fibrous materials sold for the purpose.

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Then add a good quality, peat-free multipurpose compost and give it a good water before starting to add your bedding plants or herbs, shrubs and

You should prune deciduous shrubs (losing their leaves in winter) after they have flowered.

evergreens. Once the basket has been planted, check every day in summer, watering always unless the compost is wet.

PRUNE EARLY-FLOWERING SHRUBS Deciduous shrubs that flower in late winter, spring and early summer need annual pruning to encourage strong, healthy shoots and improve flowering. Annual pruning also prolongs the life of these early-flowering shrubs. You should prune deciduous shrubs (losing their leaves in winter) after they have flowered. As they usually flower on the previous year’s growth, pruning immediately after flowering allows maximum time for the development of young growth. To prune, you will need a good pair

of secateurs and start by cutting out any damaged or dead shoots back to their point of origin. Where there are many stems, remove some to ground level to keep the bush open and avoid congestion.

PLANT SUMMER BEDS Bedding plants provide a temporary decorative seasonal display for planters, borders, containers and hanging baskets. And now is the perfect time to create them. Bedding plants can be grown from seed, bought as plug plants (young seedlings) or purchased as pot-grown specimens.

sunshine you will have more luck with Mediterranean plants, flowers and herbs than if you tried to plant something more suitable for shady conditions. Once you know your borders and beds, you can go online to find the most suitable plants or ask at your local garden centre.

WATERING Watering is key to growing healthy, beautiful plants, however, water is a precious resource and supplies in the UK are under pressure, so you want to be water-smart to help the environment and preserve water.

The best time to water plants is in the Many public gardens change the morning, as this is when the sun comes bedding up and plants start to use displays the water. The foliage and twice a year, soil surface is also likely To prune, you will replanting in to stay drier for longer need a good pair of late spring and than evening watering, secateurs and start early autumn. discouraging slugs and by cutting out any This is called snails from ruining damaged or dead successional your plants. shoots back to their planting. point of origin. However, In regards to how much before you water, there is no simple rule even think of thumb. Each plant has about planting summer beds, you will different watering needs, however, want to know what type of soil you have. you can look for the signs that a plant needs more or less water such as a lack For example, if you have a dry border of growth, dull leaves, wilting and a with free-draining soil and lots of change in position of leaves.

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Perfect to kick-off the summer with, this hot tune by Selena Gomez

THIS SUMMER’S

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Get summer ready with the hottest tracks to enjoy in the sun

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his summer will be one of freedom and new beginnings for many, and music is one of the best ways to channel that inner sensitivity and soulfulness into something to be shared with others. These inspirational-entitled tracks for this summer will surely do just that. So, let’s crack ourselves wide open this summer and enjoy the tunes! “Rare” by Selena Gomez Perfect to kick-off the summer with, this hot tune by Selena Gomez blends themes of breakup and self-affirmation, and features a killer baseline accompanied with Selena’s typically delicate vocals. “On My Own” by Shamir More of a declaration of independence rather than a moan of loneliness, this sizzling beat from Shamir rather sounds like a homage to the 90’s with its old-schools sounds. It’s crunchy guitar and textured percussion providing the song with a somewhat lo-fi charm, Shamir has described the song as “an accidental quarantine anthem.” “Hard To Forget” by Sam Hunt Typically creating earnest, bittersweet estrangement anthems, Sam Hunt makes no

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exception with this country pop hit which invites us to reflect on how hard it can be to let certain things or people go. “Do It” by Chloe x Halle Typically known for their icy cool R&B sounds, “Do It” features a more angelic intertwining of both their vocals. This track was produced by Scott Storch, who was perhaps the biggest producer in pop and hip-hop during the 2000s, and he shows he still has the touch with an airy beat that bring out the best of Chloe and Halle’s harmonies. “Play Play” by J Hus ft. Burna Boy A refreshing blast of tropical breeze, “Play Play” rises and falls like a cresting wave with the vocals contrasting from one another masterfully. This is British rapper J Hus’ and Nigerian Afro-pop superstar Burna Boy’s third collaboration, the track altogether boasting their smooth baritone harmonies. “Physical” by Dua Lipa Dua Lipa was a big hit last year, and with her new song, “Physical”, she is sure dominate this year too. It has a neo-80’s feel to it, and offers chuggingsounding synthesisers with high powered vocals.


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s cinemas reopened May 17th, we can look forward to indulging in all the latest releases. And after repeated setbacks, we take a look at some of the films that have been put on hold, but are now ready to explode onto UK screens.

BLACK WIDOW

The much anticipated Marvel superhero movie will hit screens in early July, having been pushed back on three separate occasions due to the forced closure of cinemas. The film is a sequel to the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), and will focus on the lead character Natasha Romanoff, as she deals with issues in her past, long before she became an Avenger. As well as Scarlett Johansson, who will reprise her role as Romanoff, Black Widow will feature a star-studded cast which includes Florence Pugh, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz. The film will also be made available on Disney+.

PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY

This 3D live action/computer-animated comedy is a sequel to Peter Rabbit, and will include many of the bignames who starred in the first film. In particular, James Corden will voice the title character once more, and Rose Byrne and Dominic Gleeson will also return. This instalment will see Peter with his makeshift family, but forced to confront his mischievous behaviour. After being originally postponed, the release of this family favourite will be of interest to all ages, come May 21st.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK

The long-awaited sequel to the 80s classic Top Gun, will be on our screens towards the end of the year. Filming was completed by Summer 2019, but due to post-production details, eand ensuing lockdowns, this action movie will finally hit cinemas. The film sees Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer reprise their 80s roles, in a cast which will also boast Jon Hamm. Tom Cruise’s other new release, Mission Impossible 7, has been moved to 2022, in order to make way for Top Gun: Maverick.

And after repeated setbacks, we take a look at some of the films that have been put on hold

SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW

This new horror film, starring Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson was scheduled to be released in May last year. But it is now confirmed that this spine-chilling new movie will be available from May 21st. Centred around a brash detective and his rookie partner, the pair investigate a set of gruesome murders. And for all the horror fans who can’t get enough, the latest instalment of The Conjuring series, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, will be released just one week later.

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WILL ENGLAND BE EURO STARS? Southgate’s men looking to end 55 years of hurt

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the World Cup. All their Group D games are in London and they would only be required to travel for a quarter-final tie.

t’s coming home … in a manner of speaking. The 16th edition of football’s European Championships, postponed from last year, kicks off on June 11th and, for the first time, games are spread across the continent rather than one host nation, although the business end will be held at Wembley Stadium. Which will be handy for England should they again get to the semi-finals of a competition which is notoriously more difficult to win than its big brother,

It is, without doubt, one of the reasons why Gareth Southgate’s squad will be regarded among the favourites for only the third major tournament held in the birthplace of the game – the others being the World Cup in 1966, which they won, and Euro 96, where they lost on penalties in the semi-finals. But with England, getting out of the group is always something of an achievement, let alone one that is strewn with banana skins.

GROUP A

Friday June 11th Turkey Saturday June 12th Wales Wednesday June 16th Turkey

Italy Baku, 2pm Switzerland Baku, 5pm Wales

Saturday June 12th Denmark Saturday June 12th Belgium

Certainly, the fact they will not have to stray too far from home is a massive plus, but England were extremely underwhelming in their recent World Cup qualifiers. And the fear is the deeper they progress into the tournament, the more leg-weary they will become as the intensity of a punishing domestic season takes its toll. So, it may be worth siding with a squad which does not rely on England-based players. North Macedonia it is then!

Turkey Rome, 5pm Wales

Copenhagen, 5pm Finland St Petersburg, 8pm Russia

Sunday June 13th

Bucharest, 5pm

Austria

North Macedonia

Sunday June 13th Netherlands

Amsterdam, 8pm Ukraine

Finland

Ukraine

North Macedonia

Denmark

Baku, 5pm

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Bucharest, 2pm

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So, will suburban England once again be awash in a sea of St George’s flags and will we all be wearing Gareth Southgate waistcoats come July 11th?

Thursday June 17th

Italy

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As for Wales, their Group A campaign is marginally less daunting, although the games against Italy, Turkey and Switzerland are divided between Baku and Rome.

It may be worth siding with a squad which does not rely on Englandbased players.

Wednesday June 16th St Petersburg, 2pm

Thursday June 17th

Sunday June 20th

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Rome, 8pm

Rome, 8pm

Switzerland

If they win the group, England face the runners-up from Group F – that’s either Germany, France, defending champions Portugal or Hungary. Finish runners-up and its either Spain, Poland, Sweden or Slovakia. Who said there were easy games in international knockout football?

Top the group, though, and the last-16 tie is at Wembley, while it’s a short hop to Amsterdam if they are second.

GROUP B

Wednesday June 16th

Sunday June 20th

They open their campaign on June 13th against Croatia, their conquerors in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, before the showdown with Auld Enemy Scotland on June 18th and the conclusion against the Czech Republic four days later. Southgate will not need reminding you cannot underestimate the Croatians or the Czechs; as for the Scots, what they may lack in technical ability they will make up in heart and workrate, and the England manager will be grateful for a repeat of the win against the Tartan Terrors in the group stages of Euro 96.

Monday June 21st Russia Monday June 21st Finland

Russia Copenhagen, 5pm Belgium Copenhagen, 8pm Denmark St Petersburg, 8pm Belgium

Thursday June 17th Netherlands Monday June 21st North Macedonia Monday June 21st Ukraine

Amsterdam, 8pm Austria Amsterdam, 5pm Netherlands Bucharest, 5pm Austria


GROUP D

GROUP E

Wembley, 2pm

Sunday June 13th England

Monday June 14th

Croatia

Scotland

Slovakia

Spain

Glasgow, 5pm

Sweden

Friday June 18th

Croatia

Czech Republic

Sweden

Friday June 18th

Wembley 8pm

Saturday June 19th

England

Scotland

Tuesday June 22nd

Scotland Wembley, 8pm

Tuesday June 22nd Czech Republic

St Petersburg, 2pm Slovakia Seville, 8pm

Spain

Glasgow, 9pm

Croatia

Seville, 8pm

Monday June 14th

Czech Republic

Friday June 18th

St Petersburg, 5pm

Poland

Glasgow, 2pm

Monday June 14th

GROUP F

Poland

Hungary Tuesday June 15th France Saturday June 19th Hungary Saturday June 19th Portugal

Spain

Saturday June 26th

M 40

Sunday June 27th

M 41

Monday June 28th

M 43

Tuesday June 29th

Runner up

Winner

Group A

Runner up

Group B

Budapest, 5pm

Group C

Runner up

Winner

Amsterdam, 5pm

Third

Group D/E/F

Copenhagen, 5pm

Group D

Runner up

Group E

Glasgow, 8pm

Group E

Third

Group A/B/C/D

M 37

Saturday June 26th

M 39

Sunday June 27th

M 42

Monday June 28th

M 44

Tuesday June 29th

Winner

Wednesday June 23rd Germany

Winner

Winner

Winner

Group A

Group B

Group F

Group D

Friday July 2nd

M 47

Saturday July 3rd

Winner

Winner

St Petersburg, 5pm

Match 41

Winner

Match 42

Baku, 5pm

Match 40

Winner

Match 38

M 46

Friday July 2nd

M 48

Saturday July 3rd

Winner

Winner

Match 39

Match 43

Wembley, 8pm Runner up

Group C

Seville, 8pm Third

Group A/D/E/F

Bucharest, 8pm Third

Group A/B/C

Wembley, 5pm Runner up

Group F

Munich, 8pm Winner

Match 37

Rome, 8pm Winner

Match 44

SEMI-FINALS M 49

Wembley, 8pm

Tuesday July 6th Winner

Match 46

Winner

Match 45

M 50

Wednesday July 7th Winner

Match 48

FINAL M 51

Sunday July 11th Winner

Match 49

Wembley, 8pm Winner

Match 50

Munich, 8pm Hungary

QUARTER-FINALS M 45

Budapest, 8pm France

ROUND OF 16 M 38

Munich, 5pm Germany

Portugal

Slovakia

Budapest, 2pm France

Sweden

Seville, 5pm

Munich, 8pm Germany

Wednesday June 23rd

Poland

Budapest, 5pm Portugal

Wednesday June 23rd St Petersburg, 5pm

Wednesday June 23rd

England

Tuesday June 15th

Wembley, 8pm Winner

Match 47


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Bowman Mews, Stamford £285,000

Situated within easy walking distance of the town centre and all the facilities Stamford has to offer, but away from the hustle and bustle, this stylish purpose built apartment is offered in excellent order and is offered with NO CHAIN. Located on the second (top) floor with lovely views over open land, allotments and towards The Priory to the rear, the apartment is approached through high electric gates into the enclave with an allocated parking to the front of the attractive stone built building. A security entry phone system gives access to the well maintained and lit stairwell to the front door.

Torkington Gardens, Stamford £225,000

Positioned a stones throw from Stamford town centre and just across the road from Waitrose supermarket this lovely first floor apartment is offered with no chain and has no age restriction. The apartment is light and airy with open views over the communal gardens to the front through the large bay window to the lounge/diner, while to the back the 2 bedrooms have views over Stamford roof lines. The property has gas central heating and replacement UPVC windows along with a newly fitted front door.

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Rich ardson Porters Lane, Easton on the Hill OIEO £600,000

Positioned in the popular and vibrant village of Easton on the Hill, with its extensive range of facilities including post office/shop, two pubs and wide range of clubs and social activities all just under 3 miles to the south west of Stamford town centre. Larger than meets the eye from just driving by, this detached modern stone built family home offers great space over 3 floors and a double width driveway leading to a detached double garage. The property is well maintained and presented throughout with the feeling of space when first entering the reception hall with cloaks cupboard, additional storage and separate cloakroom.

Holywell Road, Castle Bytham £749,995

Positioned towards the edge of this popular village, Valley View is a small development of only 6 large detached family homes set back from Holywell Road and accessed via electric gates. Each property has a lovely open aspect to the rear and has been designed to make the most of their views with the principal living space having French doors or Bifold doors into the rear garden. The properties are being built by a private independent developer with a reputation for building high quality homes on small individual sites with a finish and layout to match with each property benefitting from a 10-year build warranty.

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Anseres Place, Stamford £480,000

Providing very easy access to the town centre this attractive modern double fronted stone built home forms part of a private gated development of only 13 properties, with parking for two vehicles and positioned just minutes walk from the towns facilities. The property is offered with NO CHAIN. The well planned layout is over 2 floors and benefits from gas fired central heating and double glazing.

Church Street, North Luffenham Auction Guide £249,950

For Sale By Online Auction. Starting Bid £249,950. Terms and conditions apply. This former public house, The Horse and Panniers, is positioned in North Luffenham which is is an attractive Rutland village close to Rutland Water. In need of renovation the property is Grade II Listed, predominantly stone built under a Collyweston slate roof. The current layout has 2 distinctive areas with the principal former public house and the attached ancillary building which has been used as living accommodation in the past.

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Rich ardson Phillips Court, Stamford £270,000

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.

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.

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VALLEY VIEW CASTLE BYTHAM Only 6 large homes with views over open land the properties are being built by a private independent developer with a reputation for building high quality

PLOT 5

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.

homes on small individual sites with a finish and layout to match with each property benefitting from a 10-year build warranty. There are only five properties remaining offering 4 or 5 bedrooms with Plot 5 nearing completion and available to view. Prices range from £734,995 to £779,995.

Richardson are pleased to offer a fantastic opportunity to acquire one of these well appointed homes. Please contact us on 01780 762433 or post@richardsonsurveyors.co.uk to register your interest.


ALL PROPERTIES COME WITH A NHBC 10-YEAR WARRANTY.

Rich ardson SPECIFICATIONS

INTERIOR

PLOT 3

• Oak Stairs with oak newel, handrail & spindles • Kitchen & Utility will be fitted with stylish units with quartz, granite or corian work tops and upstands, comprehensive range of Bosch or Neff built in appliances

• 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.

Plot 3: In all 240 sqm (2583 sqft) A large 4-bedroom family home with reception porch, reception hall, cloakroom, impressive open plan kitchen with excellent family/ dining area, utility and 2 further reception rooms. Master bedroom with dressing room and ensuite, Guest bedroom with ensuite, 2 further double bedrooms and 4-piece family bathroom. Detached double garage and additional parking. Plot 4: In all 246 sqm (2647 sqft) A large 5-bedroom family home with reception porch, reception hall, cloakroom, impressive open plan kitchen with excellent family/ dining area, utility, study and 1 reception room. Master bedroom with ensuite, Guest bedroom with ensuite, 3 further double bedrooms and 4-piece family bathroom. Attached double garage with additional parking.

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• 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

EXTERNAL • 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

• Enclosed gardens by close board and post & rail fencing

The specification may change and any choice will be subject to the stage of construction.


FILM CREW SETS UP

IN STAMFORD

A Warner Bros film crew has been seen setting up at Burghley House Earlier this week, a Warner Bros film crew was seen setting up at Burghley House, Stamford, which has led to many rumours regarding exactly what is being filmed. With some huge shows and movies having been filmed at the local location including The Crown and The Da Vinci Code it certainly has got local residents all of a flutter. However, our inside sources confirm that it is the new Flash movie which

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is part of the extended DC movie universe. The movie, which is due out in 2022, has some huge stars including Michael Keaton, who is reprising his role as Batman, alongside the newer incarnation of Batman, portrayed by Ben Affleck. Could Burghley House be the new incarnation of Wayne Manor, Bruch Wayne aka Batman’s huge estate that sits atop the Batcave? We like to think so, which could mean they are

here for a little while… Andy Muschietti, who is famous for directing the IT films and Mama, is directing the film. Staff at Burghley House have confirmed that the filming with have no impact on people visiting the parks and gardens, or the house when it opens next month. Will you be heading up there to see if you can spot an A-list movie star?


SUPPORTING GRASS

BLACKSTONES JFC

ROOTS FOOTBALL

IN STAMFORD

2001 Est

Richardson are always supporting local community events and now we have forged ahead with sponsoring grass roots football. Blackstone Junior Football Club was started in 2001 by Justin Osborne whom later teamed up with Neil Stevenson to look after the development of hundreds of children of all abilities. Richardsons are now proudly sponsoring Blackstones Under 7s Blacks who joined the Peterborough And District Junior Alliance League after Lockdown 2.0. So far, the team has won all but one game and has had a team player picked to play for the feeder organisation Peterborough Junior Blues who feed Peterborough United with the region’s brightest talent.

Right now Blackstones has the need for a coach, with or without experience, to run the 7 & 8 year olds Development team to spot and nurture talent before going in to the first team squads. Saturday or Sunday mornings for one hour. All enquiries to Neil Stevenson njstev@gmail.com

BLACKSTONES JFC

Blackstones are a major community hub for grass roots football and are looking for talented 6, 7 and 8 year olds (Year 2, 3 & 4’s) for Wednesday training and dads or mums who want to be trained from novices to be supportive coaches.

Blackstones Junior Football Club

2001 Est

U7/U8 Development Coach Required!

Development Coach Required! £20 per session Role and Responsiblities • • • • • • • •

Plan and deliver technical development sessions Train 1 hour per week on Saturday and/or Sunday Mornings Constantly assess player development and feedback to players, parents and club coaches. This is a paid role, so trust and reliability essential Punctual Reliable and committed to the role over the course of the season and beyond DBS Checks will be done by the club Would suit sports apprentice, sports student 18+, but anyone considered

Benefits • • •

£20 Paid per session Coaching badges offered to the right applicants Longer term coaching opportunities at all levels

If interested in applying or if you wish to know more details please contact club Chairman Neil Stevenson on the following contact details:

T: 07946560198 E: BlackstonesJFC@gmail.com

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WHAT THEY

SAY Mr Goodson - Developer We went through all the pricing, all the variations and stuff, a lot of due diligence, all the work and stuff they helped us through everything. 100% would recommend Richardsons. I mean they’ve been great, every aspect of the selling, the marketing has been fantastic 100%, no qualms whatsoever.

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.

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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.


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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.

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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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