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The Leeds star on bringing her mum's vision to life


Where to stay to see the finest Yorkshire sights


Waste not, want more at restaurant Pignut in Helmsley





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APRIL 2024 CULTURE 18 AGENDA The best events in Yorkshire in April 20 GAYNOR FAYE On keeping it in the family 24 10 OF THE BEST Landmark stays across the county FOOD & DRINK 36 FOOD NEWS The latest from around the county 38 PIGNUT Sustainable dining in Helmsley FASHION & BEAUTY 48 THE SHOOT Nadine Merabi's colour concoctions 55 JEWELLERY Nine of the best arm candy INTERIORS 69 DESIGN NEWS The latest launches and innovations across the industry 70 FURNISH & FETTLE The family-run business that are one of Yorkshire's favourites 74 STUDIO DUGGAN On their latest collection 85 TREND Five looks for the bathroom EDUCATION 98 BOOKS Simon Packham's latest is an innovative look at bullying and how to cope 100 QUEEN ETHELBURGA'S Girls' football is on the rise in the UK and this school leads the way ABSOLUTELY Contents ON THE COVER Nadine Merabi SS24 (nadinemerabi.com) 38 ABSOLUTELYMAGAZINES.COM The online guide to inspirational living that helps you stay one step ahead of the crowd and gives you the chance to win exclusive prizes. 74 48 11 ABSOLUTELY magazines

Yorkshire YATTER

Lisa Byrne reflects on past figures whose lives should inspire us all

Yorkshire is famously called God’s Own County, so it should come as no surprise that we’ve produced a vast array of canonised saints, with new ones’ occasionally being discovered. Earlier this year, evidence was identified which proved that Thurstan, a 12th century Archbishop of York, was declared a saint in the Middle Ages after a service book from Pontefract Priory was discovered listing St Thurstan in a calendar of saints’ feast days. While campaigners at York’s Bar Convent Heritage Centre, the oldest working convent in Britain, are building a case to have its founder, Riponborn Mary Ward (1585-1645), canonised.

Considering Mary fought for gender equality in education, founded a religious order not answerable to any bishop –which was banned by the pope and nearly led to Mary being burnt at the stake as a heretic – it appears she’d be a great choice. This hardy Yorkshire woman crossed the alps in shoes far too tiny

for her feet, to walk to Rome in a bid to defend her order to Pope Gregory XV.

The formidable nun gave up a life of luxury to focus purely on her faith and determination to arm women with power through education. One of Mary’s most inspiring quotes, made centuries before women got the vote, is completely relevant today: “There is no such di erence between men and women that women may not do great things.”

I am currently writing a screenplay about the first ever female MP for Great Britain and Ireland, Countess Constance Markievicz, whose drive and devotion to the disenfranchised people of Ireland led Constance to also turn her back on her wealthy upbringing to live in poverty, being constantly imprisoned for her ‘revolutionary’ views. Like Mary, Constance believed that she could make a di erence to the lives of the downtrodden through her faith and compassion. What great role models these two relatively unknown ladies could be to today’s young women.

Church attendance may be at a record low and most of us would rather go for a walk and hearty Sunday lunch in our local pub than spend an hour in a cold church praying to a spirit that we don’t even know exists, before coming home to relax watching TV or looking through social media. But instead of scrolling through Instagram, it’s worth investigating the lives of the men and women who sacrificed a comfortable life not for fame and fortune, but for something much greater. And in a world full of Kardashians, I know who’s a bigger ‘influencer’ on me.

My highlights for the month of April…

Getting my caffeine fix on huge country hikes with my trusty Ember temperature control travel mug.

Cowering in terror while watching 2.22 A Ghost Story at York’s Grand Opera House.

Slathering on Sisley’s fabulous new Phyto Teint Perfection Foundation.

Relaxing in a bath bursting with Soapsmith’s delicious Lavender Hill Bath Soak.



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16 APRIL-19 MAY, ALHAMBRA THEATRE Wicked, “one of the most successful musicals of all time” (BBC News), is returning to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. It takes over 100 people on-stage and behind the scenes to deliver each performance of this award-winning touring production. Featuring all the celebrated spectacle, magic, technical wizardry, and more than 350 stunning costumes, this gigantic production has been acclaimed as “quite simply, the best musical I’ve ever seen. An absolute triumph and not to be missed” (Yorkshire Evening Post). bradford-theatres.co.uk

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The Agenda


Paloma Faith


Gearing up for another monumental chapter, British superstar Paloma Faith returned with the release of her brand new single and video ‘How You Leave A Man’, which preceded the February release of Paloma’s sixth studio album ‘The Glorification of Sadness’ via RCA Records. Fans will also be delighted to hear that, to celebrate this next era in style, Paloma will embark on the ‘The Glorification Of Sadness Tour 2024’ tour across UK & Ireland, which heads to She eld this month.

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ART Obumu

Until 8 September


Leilah Babirye’s exhibition Obumu (Unity) features new sculptures made at YSP, from materials found onsite. Leilah spent the summer of 2023 at YSP making a clan of seven larger-than-life-size figures in wood and five coloured ceramics. Supported by YSP’s technical team, the seven sculptures were carved using a chainsaw and chisels from trees that had reached the end of their life on site. ysp.org.uk


The Magic of Middle-Earth

Until 6 April


The Magic Of Middle-Earth celebrates the fantasy world brought to life by J.R.R. Tolkien, and the generations of writers, artists, musicians, and film makers it has influenced. Discover a magical treasure trove of over 200 rare objects and artworks and some incredible links to Barnsley. Family fun for all ages, from little halflings to wizened wizards. experience-barnsley.com

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EVENT Colours



Colours Uncovered is a new exhibition tracing the history and science of colour, through selected objects and artworks from the Harewood House collection. Curator Darren Pih connects the vibrant pigments in a Renaissance Vivarini painting, the blush pink in Sèvres porcelain, and the muted natural pigments in work by contemporary artist Max Lamb in a celebration of Harewood’s collection and gardens. harewood.org


Why there’s more fairy magic to discover this year in Nidderdale Treasure

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This Month’s Must See

ABBA Sensation

Here we go again... The Manor Rooms on Drewton Estate's Mamma Mia Party Night returns in support of a cause close to their hearts. The ABBA Sensation tribute band will perform greatest hits, with their chefs boasting a three-course Mediterranean supper and an element of surprise. There will be a ra e, games and auction in support of The Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Trust and The Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology at Castle Hill Hospital. drewtons.co.uk

Families visiting a Nidderdale attraction this spring will be able to see inside the newest nature-inspired miniature rooms that have been created to house the growing resident fairy community.

Studfold Adventure Trail at Lo house, near Pateley Bridge, kicks off its spring and summer season with its Great Easter Egg and Fairy Hunt starting on 23 March and running for two weeks.

Then by 20 April the full complement of fairy and pixie houses will be in place along the scenic 1.5-mile route. This year the trail will include seven new colourful rainbow doors set in tree stumps, walls and hidden dells that youngsters can open and discover part of the Studfold fairy mystery by wondering what the occupants do to help maintain the Yorkshire Dales countryside.

This year, when families come to the first of the Rainbow Doors they can use a QR code on their phone that opens a special weblink explaining more about each of the characters and work of the tiny inhabitants such as Red Ladybird Fairy, Indigo Kingfisher Pixie or Blue Bluebell Fairy.

Each ‘behind the door’ discovery will complement the nature-rich surroundings at Studfold as families wander through swathes of bluebells and primroses in the woods during the spring, catch a glimpse of a kingfisher flitting over the water or count the spots of a ladybird on a leaf.




Leeds’ Gaynor Faye on bringing her mother’s vision to the stage across the UK in The Syndicate

The Syndicate was a family a air long before it blast onto the box in 2012 with a host of famous faces amongst the cast.

Written and produced by “titan of TV” Kay Mellor, her daughter Gaynor Faye was the series script editor. “I just knew that it was going to be a hit because she captured the brothers, the family, the whole arena of what winning the lottery and such a substantial amount of money brings people – both good and the not so good,” recalls Gaynor, Leeds born and bred. “My mum writes for people, not accolades.

“The people who watch her shows, those are the people she relates to, the people she champions and admires. She encapsulates them and shows what it is to be a normal every day person. At times it’s funny, at times it’s dramatic, or moving,

but the key thing is that everyone can see themselves in her characters and that’s why people love her work,” Gaynor adds.

With a cast including stars like Timothy Spall and Joanna Page, The Syndicate was a huge hit when it aired on BBC One and went on to enjoy success with three more series. The first series has now been adapted for the stage by Kay in what was her final venture into theatre before her untimely death last year.

She had already asked Gaynor to codirect the project with her, and now the actress is going it alone in a move that she confesses has been rather daunting. “Mum’s shoes are big ones to fill, but I understand what her vision was for this production because I have been by her side from the very beginning,” Gaynor says. “I’m excited for everyone to see it.”

The Syndicate tells the story of five supermarket workers whose lottery syndicate numbers come in just as their

jobs and livelihoods are under threat. Will a share of the jackpot make their dreams come true or their nightmares a reality?

One thing’s for certain, the win of a lifetime will change the lives, loves and relationships of the syndicate members forever.

Such is the success of Kay’s writing that her stories have become a hit on the stage as well as the screen with the hugely successful stage adaptations Fat Friends – The Musical and Band of Gold, which, like The Syndicate, were also collaborations between Kay’s company Rollem and theatre producer, Josh Andrews.

As well as directing, Gaynor will also star in the show alongside her son, Oliver Anthony, making it a truly family a air. Gaynor says: “I’m thrilled to be joining Brooke Vincent, Samantha Giles and the rest of this stellar cast on stage. The Syndicate is very close to my heart for so many reasons and it’s fitting that this production is a real family a air, as we

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welcome Oliver to the company too. I know that he will make an amazing addition to the cast,” she adds proudly.

Oliver says: “Having acted in series four of The Syndicate TV show and worked with my grandmother, playing the role of Jamie, in development workshops of the play, I’m chu ed to bits to be making my stage acting debut alongside my mum in my grandmother’s final play. This production is in honour of her and all she achieved and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into the character of Jamie and hopefully doing her proud.” This will be Oliver’s stage acting debut. His TV acting credits include the award winning My Left Nut, Fat Friends, and the aforementioned stint on The Syndicate.

For actors Samantha Giles and Brooke Vincent, the chance to work on a Kay Mellor production was too good an opportunity to miss. Brooke, who became a household name playing Sophie Webster in the ITV soap Coronation Street from 2004 to 2019, says landing the role of Amy was a real thrill: “I’ve kind of taken a step back to have my two boys so this is my return to acting and I’m so excited,” she smiles. “I love Kay’s work, it’s so real and there’s such a sense of warm northern humour that I just adore.”

Meanwhile Samantha was looking for a new challenge after recently leaving her hugely successful role as Bernice Blackstock in Emmerdale, where she entertained fans on and o over the last 26 years.

Talking about her role as kind-hearted worker Denise, the 52-year-old says: “A lot of people are only used to seeing me as Bernice, who is this glamorous person, and Denise is the polar opposite! She’s a bit on the frumpy side, life hasn’t been so good to her, she’s just totally di erent

“This production is in honour of Kay and all that she achieved”

to Bernice, which is so lovely to play. I think Kay’s writing is so good, she’s able to create real stories and wonderful characters that people can relate to and reflect how ordinary people live.”

Samantha and Brooke are veterans of drama having navigated the fast pace of soap-land for years, so taking to the stage in front of a live audience should be a walk in the park. “No, of course I’ll be nervous!” Brooke laughs. “But the way I deal with it is just to think there’s no point worrying now, I need to just wait until I’m on stage and then be nervous and face the fear anyway. It’s that sense that you’re in a team, you all have a part to play to bring the show to life and you just need to feed o that.”

Samantha agrees: “It’s been 14 years since I’ve done a play so I am feeling nervous, but I think if you weren’t nervous you might not care. Nerves are good and I think the more we do it, the more confident we get. I just think you can’t beat live theatre. Just to hear the reaction from the audience and have that


shared experience, there’s nothing like it. And there’s a bond between everyone on the stage, everyone needs to do their part and we look after each other. That’s what I love about a play like this.”

The Syndicate cast is completed by Rosa Coduri-Fulford, Jade Golding, William Ilkley, Jerome Ngonadi, Benedict Shaw and Connor JamesRyan. Gaynor will be performing in Richmond, her hometown of Leeds, Norwich, Newcastle, New Brighton, Salford, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, She eld, Glasgow, Bradford and Cardi .

The appeal of The Syndicate is that there won’t be a theatregoer anywhere in the UK who hasn’t dreamt of winning the lottery, how they would react if their numbers came up and, of course, what they would spend their winnings on. For Gaynor, it’s easy: “I’d love to open a Buddhist centre in Yorkshire. They have them in London, but we need somewhere for people to go in Yorkshire!”


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LANDMARK Staycations

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Yorkshire is renowned for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and diverse cultural heritage. From picturesque coastal towns to rugged moorlands and historic cities, Yorkshire o ers a plethora of attractions for travellers near and far. Exploring these treasures is made even more convenient with the availability of hotels nearby, ensuring you can fully immerse yourself in the region’s charm.


The North York Moors National Park, sprawling across 1,430 sq km of stunning landscapes, is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Established in 1952,

Yorkshire isn’t short on iconic places to visit, so Absolutely rounds up the best and discovers where to stay to make a mini break out of it

its rugged moorlands, ancient woodlands, and dramatic coastline o er a breathtaking backdrop for exploration. Visitors can traverse scenic walking trails, marvel at heather-clad hillsides, and discover hidden waterfalls like the enchanting Falling Foss. The park is also home to diverse wildlife, including rare bird species and wild deer, adding to its ecological significance. With its timeless beauty and tranquillity, the North York Moors National Park invites adventurers to immerse themselves in its natural splendour.

Whether you’re strolling along the Cleveland Way, marvelling at the steam engines of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, or discovering the enchanting beauty of the Hole of Horcum, there are plenty of hotels nearby to suit every traveller’s taste and budget.


Standing majestically at the heart of York, York Minster is one of the most iconic cathedrals in the world. A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, it has a rich and

fascinating history dating back over a millennium. Construction of this magnificent cathedral began in the 13th century, taking more than 250 years to complete. It has survived wars, fires, and numerous restorations, emerging as one of the most iconic landmarks in England. York Minster has witnessed coronations, royal weddings, and significant historical events, serving as a symbol of faith and endurance throughout the ages.

For those wishing to stay close to this architectural wonder, several hotels o er a luxurious experience within walking distance, including The Grand Hotel & Spa and The Principal York.


Whitby Abbey, perched dramatically atop a cli on the North Yorkshire coast, boasts a captivating history dating back to the 7th century. Founded by the Anglo-Saxon Abbess Hilda in 657 AD, the abbey became a prominent religious centre and played a significant role in the spread of Christianity throughout northern England. Over the

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centuries, Whitby Abbey witnessed Viking raids, Norman conquests, and the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. Despite its eventual ruin, immortalised by Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Whitby Abbey remains an iconic landmark, drawing visitors with its haunting beauty and rich historical significance.

Travellers can choose from a variety of hotels in Whitby, including The White Horse & Gri n and The Black Horse Inn, for a cosy stay near the abbey.


The Brontë Parsonage Museum, nestled in the charming village of Haworth, is a cherished literary landmark preserving the legacy of the Brontë family. Housed within the former home of the Brontës, including the renowned authors Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, the museum o ers a poignant glimpse into their lives and literary works. Visitors can explore the rooms where the sisters penned their famous novels such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. With its collection of artefacts, manuscripts, and personal belongings, the Brontë Parsonage Museum continues to inspire generations of literature enthusiasts from around the globe.

Hotels like The Old Registry Haworth and Ashmount Country House provide charming accommodation options within walking distance of the museum.

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The Yorkshire Dales National Park, a pristine expanse of natural beauty, encompasses rugged moors, limestone valleys, and picturesque villages.


Set within 1,000 acres of stunning parkland, Harewood House is a magnificent stately home with a rich history and impressive art collections. Visitors can explore the opulent interiors, stroll through landscaped gardens, and encounter exotic wildlife at the Harewood Bird Garden.

Hotels such as the beautiful Weetwood Hall Estate o ers a comfortable accommodation option for those wishing to explore Harewood House and its beautiful surroundings.

Established in 1954, it spans over 2,000 sq kms and o ers an array of outdoor adventures, including hiking, cycling, and caving. Visitors can marvel at iconic landmarks such as Malham Cove, explore ancient ruins like Bolton Abbey, and traverse scenic trails along the Pennine Way. Rich in biodiversity, the park is home to diverse wildlife and habitats, making it a haven for nature lovers. With its timeless landscapes and tranquil ambiance, the Yorkshire Dales National Park beckons adventurers to immerse themselves in its enchanting allure. There are numerous hotels dotted throughout the Dales o ering cosy retreats after a day of adventure.

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“Castle Howard is an architectural marvel”


Castle Howard, an architectural marvel, has a captivating history that spans over three centuries. Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor, construction began in 1699 under the patronage of the Howard family, Earls of Carlisle. Despite setbacks such as fires and financial challenges, the estate was completed in the 18th century, showcasing Baroque grandeur and innovative design. Over the years, Castle Howard has hosted royalty, witnessed political intrigue, and served as a backdrop for numerous films and television shows. Several hotels, such as The Talbot Hotel in Malton and The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa in Helmsley, provide luxurious accommodation within easy reach of Castle Howard.


Located in the picturesque village of Saltaire, Salts Mill is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to an impressive collection of art, shops, and restaurants. Visitors can explore galleries showcasing the works of David Hockney, browse independent boutiques, and enjoy a leisurely meal overlooking the River Aire.

The nearby Victoria Hotel and Mercure Bradford Bankfield Hotel o er comfortable lodging for those exploring Salts Mill and its surroundings.


The Jorvik Viking Centre in York o ers an immersive journey back in time to the Viking age. Founded in 1984, this award-winning museum transports visitors through reconstructed Viking streets, complete with sights, sounds, and even smells from 10th century York. Exhibits showcase archaeological finds and artefacts unearthed from the Coppergate excavation, providing insights into Viking life, trade, and craftsmanship.

Hotels such as The Judges Lodging and Middletons Hotel provide convenient accommodation options within the historic city centre.


A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fountains Abbey is a breathtaking Cistercian monastery ruin nestled in the serene landscapes of Studley Royal Park. Founded in 1132 by Benedictine monks seeking a simpler way of life, the abbey grew into one of the wealthiest and most influential monasteries in England. However, in the tumult of the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, Fountains Abbey fell into ruin. Today, visitors can explore the abbey’s atmospheric remains and wander through the meticulously landscaped water garden. Nearby, hotels such as The Old Deanery provide comfortable accommodation.

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“Yorkshire has long been a muse for writers, poets and playwrights”

Exploring Yorkshire's rich and diverse literary heritage

Yorkshire, with its rugged landscapes, historic towns, and vibrant cities, has long been a muse for writers, poets, and playwrights.

From the windswept moors immortalised by the Brontë sisters to the bustling streets of industrial Leeds, Yorkshire’s literary past is as diverse and rich as the region itself.

From 11-28 April, a key event returns Yorkshire that accentuates our county’s link to the written word. Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF) is an award-winning twoweek event held annually in the spring. A blended festival of around 70 digital, outdoor and venue-based events held online and at accessible spaces in Huddersfield,

HuddLitFest champions accessibility, diversity and under-represented groups. Showcasing emerging writers and artists alongside major names, the festival o ers a diverse programme of author talks, workshops, discussion topics, performance poetry, multiarts performances, wellbeing projects, events for young people and family friendly events.

This has inspired Absolutely to delve into the tapestry of Yorkshire’s literary heritage, tracing its roots, uncovering its luminaries, and celebrating its enduring influence on literature.


The literary history of Yorkshire can be traced back centuries, with early influences found in the medieval ballads and folklore that were passed down through generations. The oral tradition of storytelling thrived in Yorkshire’s rural communities, with tales of heroism, tragedy, and romance shaping the cultural landscape of the region. These stories often reflected the struggles and triumphs of everyday life, providing a glimpse into the collective consciousness of Yorkshire’s inhabitants.

One notable figure from Yorkshire’s early literary tradition is Geo rey Chaucer, whose masterpiece The Canterbury Tales draws upon the diverse characters and dialects he encountered during his travels through Yorkshire. Chaucer’s vivid portrayals of pilgrims journeying to Canterbury o er a window into the social and cultural fabric of medieval England, with Yorkshire playing a significant role in shaping the narrative.


No exploration of Yorkshire’s literary past would be complete without mentioning the Brontë sisters – Charlotte, Emily, and Anne – whose timeless works have left an indelible mark on English literature. Born in Haworth, the Brontës drew inspiration from their surroundings, weaving tales of passion, tragedy, and unrequited love.

Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights stands as a masterpiece of Gothic fiction, with its haunting portrayal of the rugged Yorkshire landscape mirroring the tumultuous emotions of its characters. The desolate moors, with their wild beauty and brooding atmosphere, serve as both backdrop and character, imbuing the novel with a sense of otherworldly intensity that continues to captivate readers to this day.

Similarly, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre transports readers to the windswept moors of Yorkshire, where the eponymous heroine undergoes a journey of self-discovery and resilience. The novel’s depiction of Thornfield Hall, a grand yet decaying estate shrouded in mystery, reflects the contrasts inherent in Yorkshire’s landscape – beauty and brutality, hope and despair.

Anne Brontë, though often overshadowed by her more famous sisters, made her own significant contribution to literature with novels such as The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which addressed themes of domestic abuse and female independence. Set in the Yorkshire countryside, Anne’s works challenged societal norms and o ered a nuanced portrayal of women’s experiences in the Victorian era.

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As Yorkshire entered the industrial age, its literary landscape underwent a transformation, with writers turning their attention to the harsh realities of urban life. In cities like Leeds, She eld, and Bradford, the rapid pace of industrialization brought both prosperity and hardship, providing fertile ground for writers seeking to capture the human cost of progress.

One of the most notable voices of this era was Barry Hines, whose novel A Kestrel for a Knave (adapted into the acclaimed film Kes) painted a stark portrait of working-class life in 1960s Yorkshire. Set in the mining town of Barnsley, the novel follows the struggles of young Billy Casper as he grapples with

“In the realm of poetry, Yorkshire has produced a wealth of talent”

poverty, family dysfunction, and the oppressive social structures of his environment.

In the realm of poetry, Yorkshire has produced a wealth of talent, from the Romantic lyricism of William Wordsworth, who found inspiration in the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, to the gritty realism of Tony Harrison, whose verse captured the social upheaval of post-industrial Yorkshire. Harrison’s poem V explores themes of class, identity, and heritage against the backdrop of his hometown of Leeds, o ering a poignant reflection on the challenges facing contemporary Yorkshire.


Today, Yorkshire’s literary scene continues to thrive, with a new generation of writers adding their voices to the region’s rich tapestry of stories and experiences. From crime fiction to literary fiction, from poetry to drama, Yorkshire o ers a diverse array of voices and perspectives that reflect the complexities of modern life.

One such voice is that of David Peace, whose Red Riding Quartet delves into the dark underbelly of Yorkshire in the 1970s and 1980s, exploring themes of corruption, violence, and

moral decay. Peace’s gritty, noir-inflected novels paint a visceral portrait of a region in turmoil, grappling with the aftermath of industrial decline and social unrest.

In addition to its homegrown talent, Yorkshire has also become a melting pot of cultures and identities, with writers from diverse backgrounds contributing to the region’s literary landscape. Poet and playwright Ian Duhig, whose work draws upon his Irish heritage and Yorkshire upbringing, o ers a unique perspective on the intersection of identity, history, and place. Similarly, writers like Sita Brahmachari and Nikesh Shukla bring their own experiences of migration and diaspora to their work.

From the windswept moors of the Brontës to the gritty streets of industrial Leeds, Yorkshire’s literary past is a testament to the region’s enduring influence on English literature. Through the works of writers past and present, Yorkshire’s rich tapestry of landscapes, communities and cultures comes to life, o ering a window into the heart and soul of this remarkable region. As new voices emerge and old stories are retold, the legacy of Yorkshire’s literary heritage continues to evolve, inspiring generations of readers and writers to come.

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Head to Middleton Tyas for a sensorial and timeless tasting experience, created by head chef Jake Jones and the Middleton Lodge estate team. Forge brings you a taste of the Yorkshire landscape as it transitions through the seasons, in a truly innovative way. Bringing a wealth of knowledge from some of the most noted restaurants in the UK, Jake has created a new dining experience on the estate with Forge. middletonlodge.co.uk/eat/forge

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Wine recommendations for the month

Blanquette de Limoux Méthode Ancestrale, Antech NV

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A delightful, sweet and e ervescent Languedoc white, fermented just once in bottle. Refreshingly light, low in alcohol and with a taste reminiscent of apples, this is perfect with fruit-based desserts such as apple pie as well as lightly spiced canapés.

Undurraga Cauquenes Estate Carignan 2020  £9.95

From 60-year-old, unirrigated bush vines, this ripe black-fruit scented Chilean carignan maintains a wonderful freshness and firmness on the palate. Ideal with the fatty cuts of oxtail, shoulder of lamb or pork.

Bogle Vineyard California Chardonany 2021  £14.50

A proper California chardonnay, 50% aged in American oak for eight months to give rich vanilla and nutmeg spice. The other half is aged in steel to retain the fresh peach and lemon character.

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Food news and the most exciting openings across Yorkshire NOTES

Fishing for more

Whatever seafood you’re craving - from lobster to tiger prawns, plaice, sea bass and cod fillets – let Rick Stein’s Online Fishmongers elevate springtime dining with sensibly sourced options at reasonable prices. Bursting with flavour, entertain in style with the Seafood Platter (£95), or why not enjoy fresh fillets of fish including hake (£15) or salmon (£16), delivered boneless, prepared, and ready to cook to make things that bit smoother. rickstein.com

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Celebratory drink

Over 10 years in business, Masons have experienced the highs and lows of running a business being totally absorbed in the brand’s growth and guiding their company through fire, the pandemic, as well as receiving over 180 awards, hosting prime minister visits, and even receiving invitations to Buckingham Palace. To mark their 10th year, Masons of Yorkshire have released a special edition gin. masonsofyorkshire.com


Chocolate treats for the Easter holidays


Chococo's Dino Easter egg is hand-decorated to look like a mottled dinosaur eggshell and cra ed in 47% Colombia origin milk chocolate. Avid paleontologists will discover mini origin milk, white and dark chocolate dinosaurs and ammonites inside. chococo.co.uk


Gelateria Gelupo will be reuniting with bakery and restaurant Jolene for tongue-in-cheek gelato ‘creme egg’ toasted buns, as well as tasty hot cross bun ice cream sandwiches. gelupo.com

Very fi ne DINING


Embark upon a culinary journey at the Michelin-starred Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, a new level in fine dining. From punchy pan-Asian flavours and Yorkshire classics with a twist to Shaun Rankin's award-winning creations (and that's just the start), each restaurant at Grantley Hall o ers a new culinary journey. grantleyhall.co.uk

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The Plough prides itself in showcasing true Yorkshire character, charm and hospitality. Launched this month, their new spring menu is filled with exciting flavours using the best local ingredients. The East Coast Fish Stew is a delightful bowl of fresh seafood and sa ron potatoes; the ultimate comfort food while visiting the North Yorkshire coast. theploughscalby.co.uk


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Food inspired by Mashamshire, expertly cooked over coals and embers. At Where there’s Smoke you can expect to find a warm welcome, big flavours, fine wine, carefully sourced produce and a love of all things food. Sourcing from a network of local suppliers, growers and farmers they aim to bring the very best of Yorkshire to your plate, cooking freshly from scratch over smouldering coals wts.restaurant

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Sustained SUCCESS

Tom Heywood and Laurissa Cook reflect on a year since they got the keys for Pignut in Helmsley

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They haven’t even been open a year yet, but the buzz around Pignut in Helmsley is growing at some pace. It’s unsurprising, too, considering not only the great food on o er, but also their sustainable approach.

Tom Heywood, the head chef, and Laurissa Cook, front of house, are the brains behind the venture. At Pignut, they believe in the transformative power of local ingredients. Their food philosophy is rooted in the idea that food is a narrative, and each dish they craft tells a story of the land, sea, and the ever-changing tapestry of seasons.

At Pignut, they are more than just a restaurant; they are creators of experiences and champions of community. Through their culinary artistry, they aim to craft moments

that go beyond the plate. Absolutely caught up with Tom and Laurissa to find out more.

Q What were your experiences in the food industry before Pignut?

TOM: Overall my experience in the industry has always been positive. Of course there have been negatives, but I think that has helped me learn how I want Pignut to be.

I have worked in a few di erent places from Cumbria to Cambridge and I think in the industry there are a lot of egos and that is something we don’t want here. We’ve created a menu and an experience where not everything points at the chef, it actually points at the suppliers, which I feel in some restaurants that can be missed.

Q Did something in particular inspire you to open Pignut?

LAURISSA: Being our own boss and having our own freedom has always

“The menu and experience points towards the suppliers”

been something we wanted and when we saw the space for Pignut it was an opportunity we couldn’t turn down.

Q Why was Helmsley the perfect place to open in?

LAURISSA: There is an abundance of small suppliers in the area and there is a lot of wild foraging in the area, which is why and how we stumbled across the building that was up for lease.

Q Was it tough to get o the ground or pretty plain sailing?

LAURISSA: We got the keys for the restaurant in March 2023 and was still working full time in York, so on our days o we were spending our time painting and refurbishing the restaurant, which was hard work but definitely worth it for us to open in June 2023. That was the hardest bit. Once we were open we got into the flow of things and everything fell into place.

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Q How do you want to be di erent?

TOM: We are not trying to be di erent, we just want to produce a tasting menu the best sustainable way, which means the menu does have to change quite often, sometimes weekly. I suppose that does make us di erent to other tasting menu restaurants.

Q What does having just six tables enable you to do?

LAURISSA: It’s a more personable and intimate setting, it means we can enhance the experience for our diners by having more time to interact and get to know everyone.

Q How does nature play a role in your menu?

“We just want to produce a tasting menu the best sustainable way”

TOM: Nature is key, that is what we base our menu on. Everything that is grown wild or farmed and fed from the local land as well.

Q Is everything locally sourced?

TOM: Yes, for example for our vegetables we use Newfields Organic in Fadmoor, Castle Howard for beef, and pork that is reared in the Howardian Hills. Helmsley Walled Garden for herbs, fruit and vegetables in the right seasons.

Q Can you pick out 2-3 dishes on the menu right now that showcase what Pignut is all about?

TOM: The first course on our menu is named “wastage”, which is a really important course for us. It’s made from any wastage we might have in the kitchen and also we use it to highlight industry waste. We also have a mushroom mousse which has been on the menu for a couple of months from mushrooms grown locally to the restaurant, it’s our last course on the menu, so it’s a sweet dish. The reason we use mushrooms is because of the season – there is not much fruit so we used the mushrooms’ malty like flavour to make the mousse.

Q Why did you want to go down the tasting menu route?

TOM: With tasting menus, we find it’s our best way to be sustainable. It’s a set menu so there is really

zero waste with that and allows us to showcase a wide range of suppliers.

Q Why do you pay particular attention to food and wine pairings?

LAURISSA: Wine is meant to enhance flavours in food. They go hand in hand when you have a meal. You don’t want a wine that will ruin the flavours Tom has put together in the food, so it is very important to get it right.

Q What ambitions do you still have for Pignut?

TOM: We want to keep improving our food and ultimately our experience as a whole, we want to keep finding more suppliers and working with more people in the area to make a restaurant people want to come back to.

Q Ultimately, what do you hope people will take away from visiting and eating at Pignut?

LAURISSA: We would love for people to come and eat here, ask questions, find out where we source everything and then get out there and use the same suppliers as us. We want people to come here and leave like they’ve had an experience that is unique to the area they are in and eating produce that can only be had here. Hopefully taking something away from the evening that they will remember.


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Easy bakes

Simple recipes for time-poor bakers

Chocolate & Hazelnut

Pull-apart Loaf

Serves 8

Another chocolate for breakfast situation? Yes! This ‘pull-apart’ loaf, made of layers of pillowy bread dough sandwiched around chocolate hazelnut spread, is a real treat to eat while it’s still warm.

35 mins hands-on time

Resting and proving time: 1 hr 30 mins

Bake time: 40 mins

Total: 2 hrs 45 mins


• 1 x 7g/¼oz sachet fastacting instant yeast

• 1 tbsp granulated sugar

• 250ml (8fl oz/1 cup) tepid water

• 55g (2oz) butter, melted, plus a little extra for brushing the finished loaf

• 200g (7oz/1½ cups) strong white bread flour

• 150g (5½oz/generous 1 cup) plain (allpurpose) flour, plus extra for dusting

• 3 tsp fine sea salt

• 200g (7oz) chocolate hazelnut spread

• 75g (3oz) hazelnuts, crushed a little flavourless/mildflavoured oil, for greasing


1 Combine the yeast, sugar and tepid water in a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, stir and leave it to sit and let the yeast ‘bloom’ for 10 minutes (it should look bubbly).

2 Add the melted butter and both types of flour to the yeast mixture, along with the salt, and bring together. Once a shaggy dough has formed, knead for 10 minutes by hand on a floured surface, or 5–7 minutes in the mixer on medium speed, until it forms a smooth, springy ball. Lightly oil the bowl, place the dough back into it, cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rest in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

3 Lightly oil a 900g (2lb) loaf tin (pan). Divide the dough into about 12 balls then roll each ball of dough flat on a floured surface and top it with chocolate hazelnut spread in an even layer. Top with some crushed hazelnuts, saving some to scatter over at the end. Fold each piece of chocolatecovered dough in half, creating a

semi-circle. Place these pieces of dough in the tin with the folded edge at the bottom. Leave to prove in a warm place, covered with a tea towel, for 30 minutes.

4 Preheat the oven to 180°C fan (200°C/400°F/Gas 6).

5 Bake the risen loaf in the oven for 40 minutes until golden brown on top.

6 Remove from the oven, brush with some melted butter, sprinkle with the remaining crushed hazelnuts and serve warm!

7 The loaf will keep well for up to 2–3 days in an airtight container. Give it a 20-second flash in the microwave to reheat, if you like.

Goat’s Cheese, Fig & Walnut Tart

Serves 6

This is one of those recipes that may have you debating whether it totally fits into the savoury category, but it’s a wonderful thing for those who love a cheese course a er a meal or the cheese/fruit combination. There is added salt to keep it as a lunchtime treat, and this will sit amazingly as part of a lunch, perhaps alongside a Waldorf salad. 15 mins hands-on time

Bake time: 30 mins

Total: 45 mins


• 320g (11¼oz) ready-rolled all-butter pu pastry

• A little flour, for dusting

• 125g (4½oz) goat’s cheese

• 100g (3½oz) crème fraîche

• 4 fresh figs

• 75g (2½oz) walnuts, coarsely chopped

• Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

• Handful of fresh rocket (arugula), to serve


1 Preheat the oven to 180°C fan (200°C/400°F/Gas 6) and line a large baking tray with baking parchment (or a silicone liner).

2 Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to create a rectangle a little smaller than your baking tray – it should be about 1cm (½in) thick – and place it on the tray.

3 Mix together the goat’s cheese and crème fraîche in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Spread this mixture onto the pastry, leaving an edge of about 2.5cm (1in) around the border of the pastry to create crusts.

4 Thinly slice the figs lengthways and scatter them over the goat’s cheese mixture, then add the chopped walnuts. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until cooked through and the edges are a rich golden colour. Remove and leave to cool on a wire rack, scatter the rocket (arugula) over the top and serve.


Vegan No-bake Chocolate & Pistachio Bars (ti n)

Serves 8

Tiffin is another word for fridge cake or no-bake cakes. This recipe comprises lots of melted chocolate, biscuits and fruit folded together, then le to set in the fridge before slicing. This makes it really versatile, so do play with the flavours/ biscuits/add-ins. This will sit in the fridge for a few days, tempting you to come and take a piece every time you open the door.

15 mins hands-on time

Chill time: 1 hr minimum

Total: 1 hr 15 mins


• 350g (12oz) dark chocolate, chopped

• 75g (2½oz) vegan butter

• 3 tbsp golden syrup (corn syrup) or light molasses

• 100g (3½oz) dried cranberries

• 150g (5½oz) digestive biscuits (or graham crackers), coarsely crushed


• 200g (7oz) dark chocolate, chopped

• 75g (3oz) pistachios, shelled and chopped


1 Line a 20cm (8in) square brownie/baking tin with baking parchment.

2 Put the chocolate, butter and golden syrup (corn syrup) in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water (making sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the water) and stir until combined and glossy.

3 Turn o the heat, add the cranberries and crushed biscuits to the melted chocolate mixture and stir until combined. Pour this mixture into the tin and spread it out evenly, pressing to the sides.

4 Make the topping: melt the dark chocolate in the microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring regularly. Once melted, pour it on top of the biscuit base. Sprinkle over the chopped pistachios. Let it set in the fridge for at least an hour (overnight is fine). Once set, cut with a hot knife for perfectly smooth slices.

5 The tiffin will keep well for up to 5–7 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

“This will sit in the fridge, tempting you every time you open the door”
Recipes taken from Part-Time Baker by Florence Stanton, published by Carnival, £18.99

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A At Home with Sarah was born in lockdown after the success of my zoom classes and now has almost 200 videos. It’s a place to come home to yourself. To check in with how you’re feeling. And the practices are all there with that in mind. My classes are not about physical appearances or whether or

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Glyn and Eleanor Goddard are codirectors of Furnish & Fettle, who bring homes to life with luxury interiors. Here, Eleanor tells Absolutely about how the business started, how they have evolved and takes a closer look at their portfolio of work.

Q When did you and Glyn first meet – and what were your respective backgrounds in interiors and design?

A We met back in 1992 at agricultural college. I was always interested in interiors having spent my Saturdays working at Laura Ashley. I often wonder why I ended up at agricultural college rather than pursuing my love of fabrics and all things interior design earlier in life. Whilst pursuing other careers we both enjoyed renovating and refurbishing several homes, which naturally led to us helping friends and family to do the same.

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Q How long were you contemplating launching a business together?

A We had often talked about running our own business, but it was when our children came along that we really started to give it proper consideration. At that stage we thought that running our own business would give us more flexibility and time for our children, which was, in hindsight, a little naïve! What it has done though, is to give them a good understanding of running a business and a strong work ethic, which is something that is invaluable.

Q When did Furnish & Fettle launch?

A Initially we launched having bought an existing business called James Brindley in Wetherby back in 2016. Essentially it was a homewares shop that also o ered a soft furnishings service. Our plan was always to build a more professional interior design practice that would be able to help homeowners with any scale of project from the initial ideas stage right through the process to final finishing touches.

Q How do you find running a business as husband and wife?

A It certainly has its challenges. The main one being that it is di cult to switch o , we have had many a conversation about the business at 3 in the morning! The main benefit though is that we trust each other 100%, and we balance each other well with di erent skill sets and di erent approaches.

Q How would you say Furnish & Fettle has evolved over the years?

A I think it’s fair to say that the business now is almost unrecognisable from the business that we bought. Our design team are now professionally trained designers that can o er a totally di erent level of service to our clients. We have built strong relationships with our suppliers, and a network of trusted trades people. Our showrooms are now evolving to be more of a place where you can be inspired and see the standard of our workmanship, rather than being a place to shop for smaller interior accessories.

Q How do you work with a client?

A We invite all potential clients to come into our showrooms for an initial free of charge discovery appointment. We put the kettle on and sit down and get to know them and find out a bit more about their project. We would then talk them through how we work and give them an idea of the fees for each of our design packages. The most important part of this process is to check that both parties get on and are on the same wavelength as working on creating someone’s dream home is such a personal journey.

Q What services do you now o er?

A We o er a full interior design service from concept to completion, which is all project managed in-house using our own installations team and trusted tradespeople. We can also o er bespoke furniture and cabinetry, upholstery, window dressings, flooring, lighting, accessories and styling items. Basically, anything for the inside of a house we can do, and if we can’t we will be able to point you in the direction of someone that can.

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Q Who makes up your team?

A We are a team of 15 at the moment. Georgie Smith is our Head of Design and has a team of five interior designers and two assistants. Ian Beal is our Installations Manager and has a team of three helping him to ensure everything is delivered and fitted to our exacting standards. In our o ce we have Charlotte Chambers, who has the unenviable task of keeping all our admin and accounts in order. Then of course there is the most important member of our team, Dougal Doggins, who is head of welcoming and also plays a vital role in team morale!

Q Can you pick out 3 projects in Yorkshire that stand out for whatever reason?

A The first project that comes to mind was a complete reinvention of a ground floor living area in a period property so that it worked for a busy family who had just relocated from London. It wasn’t without its challenges, such as uneven floors, but working with experts from our trusted trades team we were able to come up with solutions that ensured the initial design wasn’t compromised in any way. The end results are stunning.

The second one is a lovely couple that we have worked with before, and it was a great compliment that they came back to us when they made the decision to downsize from a large Victorian home to a deluxe apartment. They had some pieces they wanted to take with them which provided us with a starting point, but also was potentially limiting the design choices for the scheme. We overcame the limitations on colour by re-upholstering the chairs so that we could create a calm cohesive scheme.

Finally, we really enjoy working with the luxury hotel Grantley Hall on an ongoing basis, helping them to keep all of their décor and furnishings in tip top condition. Last year we designed and made bespoke

headboards, chairs and window dressings for four bedrooms they wanted to refresh, working to tight deadlines so that it could all be installed during a brief shut down period.

Q Is Furnish & Fettle working on any particularly interesting projects right now?

A At any one point we have multiple residential projects ongoing, but at the moment we are working on a fabulous former shooting lodge on the moors that is going to be used as a luxury holiday rental. We are also working with a care home that wants to o er its residents something more special.

Q What do you love about being based in Wetherby and Pocklington?

A They are both proper Yorkshire market towns with a great sense of community. I

grew up in the area and both towns played an important part in my younger years, and it feels very special to know that our showrooms are helping to keep the high street in both of these locations alive and buzzing.

Q What’s next?

A We have no grand plans for global expansion (but never say never!), as we feel there are enough homes to keep us busy just doing what we are good at doing in Yorkshire, but we would like to grow the commercial side of business to work with more boutique hotels and care homes. We are also increasingly being asked to work on client’s second homes and we can’t wait until we are asked to work on a project abroad!

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Treasure TROVE

How Trove by Studio Duggan contributes to stylish, personal interiors

Trove by Studio Duggan is a distinctive home and lifestyle brand, reflecting the unique design philosophy of the UK-based interior design firm, Studio Duggan. Founded and curated by Ti any Duggan, Trove o ers a range of bespoke furniture, lighting, and accessories, combining a nomadic yet timeless sensibility with an emphasis on quality, craftsmanship and the pursuit of beauty.

Studio Duggan, established in 2011 by Ti any Duggan, is known for creating finely

crafted and thoughtfully designed interiors for high-end residential and boutique commercial projects. Ti any’s background in set design and interior styling, alongside her studies in Theatre Practice, Scenic Art, and Interior Design, laid a solid foundation for her creative approach. The studio’s design philosophy centres around creating liveable yet dramatic spaces, combining di erent eras and styles to achieve a perfect blend of form, colour, texture, and scale. This approach is underpinned by a deep respect for the client’s brief, ensuring that each project is both holistic and unique.

The Trove collection, launched in 2019, is an extension of Studio Duggan’s signature style. It features a diverse range of products

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including headboards, beds, lighting, seating, case goods, and accessories, all designed by the studio. Additionally, Trove includes a curated selection of vintage finds. The collection allows for customisation, o ering a personalized touch to home decor. Trove’s showroom and the Studio Duggan design studio in London provides a space where the vision of both entities co-exists seamlessly.

Studio Duggan’s work has been recognized and featured in numerous prestigious publications and has received accolades such as the Homes and Gardens Design Award in 2021 for ‘Best Kitchen Design’. The studio’s projects, showcasing their design philosophy and approach, have been included in magazines like House & Garden, How to Spend It, Elle Decoration, Livingetc, and The Telegraph.

Trove by Studio Duggan represents a fusion of artistic creativity and practicality, o ering a unique blend of contemporary design with a nod to historical influences. Its range of products is designed to evolve and mature over time, mirroring the studio’s ethos of creating spaces that are both dynamic and harmonious

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hen renovating or upgrading your home, what kind of things come to mind?

While many people look for luxury and elegance with a sense of pristine cleanliness, others simply look to turn their house into a warm, family home.

An increasingly popular choice for renovation projects and upgrades alike is porcelain tiles for walls and floors. And for good reason! The range of porcelain finish can truly take the vibe and feel of a space in a new, sumptuous direction – and you don’t have to break the bank to do so.

The possibilities and styles of porcelain are endless. Tiles are no longer just for kitchens and bathrooms, the latest textures and finishes will work well in your living room, dining room or even your bedroom. From patterned to textured, small to large, they can be implemented across any area of the home – inside or outdoors.

Porcelain tiles won’t draw moisture in the same way other paving materials do, which avoids surface staining and prevents algae and moss developing. These tiles are also hard wearing, fade and frost resistant, making them a great option for external areas as they will not lose their visual impact over time. If you’re looking to create an authentic modern look, the real beauty of porcelain tiles flowing from indoors to outdoors will seamlessly extend your living area with style. Matching the tiles you select in your living room or kitchen with those of an outdoor patio help create a continuous aesthetic across the interior and exterior, tying together the feel of your home and garden beautifully. Stoneware porcelain

tiles are available in 20mm for outdoor, or 10mm for indoor and outdoor with concrete base, available in a range of sizes.

The Tile Company is a family business with more than 30 years of experience – with six showrooms across Yorkshire o ering the finest natural stone, new generation porcelain stoneware tiles and luxury bathroom products. Their new outdoor display on Stirling Road, Clifton Moor, showcases a great range of the latest outdoor porcelain stoneware.

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If you're heading to the Tirol to ski, why not stop over in Innsbruck? This beautiful city is often seen as simply a gateway to the mountains but it offers lots to do and see. We suggest staying at Alpenrose.

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We are smitten by St Lucia's sister resorts Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain



Eleanor Roosevelt wisely said:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” As the longest-serving First Lady ever she must have known a thing or two. Everyone has a dream, though some people, like St Lucian hotelier Nick Troubetzkoy, dream bigger than others, resulting in the creation of two exceptional resorts that need to be seen to be believed.

Located on the south-west coast of St Lucia, sister resorts Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain are spread over 600 lush tropical acres. Anse Chastanet sits down the hill, closer to the beach and this is where we begin our Caribbean island odyssey. After winding our way along the rocky road, we’re greeted with smiles and welcome drinks before being shown to our spacious hillside room. It’s open to the elements with only wooden louvres acting as walls. A lack of walls is something we need to get used to.

The large bedroom is decorated in vibrant tropical hues and flows seamlessly onto

an equally large verandah with fabulous forest and ocean views. There’s no air conditioning, but the natural throughdraught makes for perfect ventilation. So we go to sleep to the sounds of the forest and wake up with the sun to the sound of birdsong and distant ocean waves.

It’s a beautiful way to wake up and just a short walk down the hill to breakfast. Then it’s all about sun, sea and sand. There’s plenty to see and keep us busy - one of the best snorkelling spots on the island is right here. There’s also paddle boarding, sailing and scuba diving. There are two beaches for some serious lounging, the main one at Anse Chastanet and Anse Mamin, a short walk or boat ride away. The crystal clear, sunshine-warmed water is waiting when we need to cool o , before checking in to our second hotel, Jade Mountain.

Jade Mountain rises above Anse Chastanet, overlooking St Lucia’s Pitons, a World Heritage Site, and it’s unlike anywhere we’ve ever stayed. The towering building blends

into the St Lucian jungle and individual bridges lead to each of the 24 infinity pool sanctuaries. As our Major Domo (a personal butler on hand 24/7 to ensure your every wish is fulfilled) explains to us, our room starts at that bridge.

He also tells us that people often burst into tears on being shown to their sanctuary (of happiness, naturally), so we brace ourselves as he opens the door to JB4. And wow, it does take our breath away. Every sanctuary is unique and ours is designed with the infinity pool running through the middle, like our very own (heated) river. It’s spacious and spectacular with a huge open bathroom and totally missing that fourth wall: the gap perfectly frames the Pitons, like they were specially placed there. Who needs a wall when you have your own mountains?

As well as successfully working with the surrounding terrain to create minimum disturbance, part of the vision was to create the resorts with an environmental consciousness at their heart as well as being places of beauty and luxury. This is evident in many of

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the initiatives on site including admirable sustainability practices and community e orts.

We also see this reflected in the incredible food. Guests can dine between the two resorts and the genius of innovative chefs Eli and Frank produces dish after dish of deliciousness. There are five restaurants, and 40% of the food comes from their organic farm down the road. From creative breakfast dishes to weekly bu ets; wine pairings at the fine dining evenings in The Old Treehouse restaurant and the best burger on the island at the Jungle Grill, it’s food to dream about.

We take a cruise and witness a picture-perfect sunset, watch turtle eggs hatching and the babies heading for the sea, have an in-sanctuary massage and take a guided walk through the plantation. We make our own chocolate in the onsite chocolate lab, enjoy rum tasting on the beach and a lionfish banquet afterwards, sample cocktails and live the headiest of lifestyles as if we’re living the dream. Nick Troubetzkoy’s belief in the beauty of his dream has become a reality ansechastanet.com; jademountain.com

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Exploring dream holidays in the Caribbean, made reality by Sandals and Trailfinders

No other place in the world captures the imagination more than the Caribbean.

From Antigua, nicknamed the land of 365 beaches, and Barbados, where high tea and cricket mingle with rum and calypso beats, to the peaks of the Pitons providing a striking backdrop to Saint Lucia’s tranquil bays, a Caribbean holiday is one you won’t forget in a hurry.

When it comes to picking a dream destination, Sandals resorts and Trailfinders holidays come together to o er an unrivalled choice. Sandals boast 18 resorts situated across nine islands in the Caribbean. Their all-inclusive resorts are set along the most gorgeous tropical settings and exquisite beaches in the Caribbean. Stay, play, and indulge to your heart’s content at any of their resorts and experience the best the islands have to o er – featuring unlimited specialty restaurants, unique bars, and every land and water sport, including complimentary green fees at their

golf resorts and scuba diving for certified divers. Here we take a whistlestop tour of four perfect examples of what awaits you.


Voted the “World’s Most Romantic Resort” year after year, adults-only hotel Sandals Grande Antigua is located on Antigua’s best and most famous beach, Dickenson Bay. Explore the Caribbean Beachfront Village, then step into a realm of chic sophistication where European grandeur unfolds from the hillside to villas-by-the-sea at the allsuite Mediterranean Oceanview Village.


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Embraced by lush tropical scenery, this destination epitomises luxury, showcasing the prestigious Sunset Oceanview Blu Village – an exclusive resort within a resort. Known as the “Emerald of the Caribbean” because of its sparkling emerald waters, Sandals Regency La Toc hugs a magnificent half-mile, crescent-shaped beach.


Jet-setters flock to Sandals Royal Barbados for the sheer sophistication combined with unrivalled elegance. The posh amenities of this all-suite, all-inclusive Caribbean resort achieve an unprecedented level of extravagance.


Set along a 2-mile stretch of the pristine south coast of Jamaica, this entire all-inclusive resort has been designed to embrace the coastline. Even its innovations are influenced by water, from Over-the-Water Butler Bungalows to an Over-the-Water Serenity Wedding Chapel. In total, Sandals has seven resorts in Jamaica, including Sandals Dunn’s River, their newest resort that opened in 2023.

Speak to one of Trailfinders' travel consultants to book your dream Caribbean escape. The team are on hand 365/24/7 until you’re safely home and your money is completely financially secure. For more information call 020 7368 1506 or visit trailfinders.com

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A warm welcome awaits at The Royal Hotel in Kirkby Lonsdale and Falcon Manor in Settle, part of James’ Places.

Sitting at the heart of the town in the market square, The Royal Hotel offers the perfect base to explore town and country.

While on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, you’ll find Falcon Manor. With modern rooms and fantastic food, you can eat, drink and enjoy with James’ Places.


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Five Star Stays o er luxury holiday cottages nestled in the pretty villages of Seamer and Scalby, just outside of Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Designed with ultimate comfort in mind, they’re the ideal base for exploring the beautiful surrounding coast and countryside, or if you’d prefer you can choose to just relax with their eateries on your doorstep.

Annually inspected to meet AA and Visit England’s 5 Star standards, expect stylish décor, immaculate furnishings and many special touches to make your visit to Scarborough a memorable one. With large comfy beds, plump pillows and duvets to sink into, you’re guaranteed a great night’s sleep after a day of admiring the scenic moors or strolling on the beach with your four-legged friend.

FIVE STAR experience

Why you can expect the height of luxury escaping to beautiful holiday cottages in Scarborough

Scarborough is a great place for families, couples and groups alike. It provides a wide variety of activities and picturesque market towns and villages to enjoy, including Pickering, Filey, Bridlington and Whitby to name a few.

There’s a diverse range of things to discover in the region that will suit all ages from castles and gardens to museums and galleries. Or venture out to the North York Moors National Park, the area’s stately homes, heritage railways and much more...

Owned by local husband and wife entrepreneurs, Nick and Sandra Thomas.

Five Star Stays,The Mayfield, The Plough and The Yew Tree Cafe are a mixture of eateries and accommodation, which make up the Five Star Collection family. Each one of the eateries o ers an individually styled menu, with delicious food created using the finest local and

regional produce. With their welcoming atmosphere they attract local customers, as well as many visitors all year round.

Take advantage of the venues’ takeout service and enjoy all their food from the comfort of your cottage or start the morning right with a continental breakfast hamper: homemade granola, fresh berries, pastries and preserves, ham and cheese, bakery bread and orange juice delivered to your front door.

These charming self-catering properties have every amenity catered for, most are pet-friendly and all provide well-thought-out living space to enjoy with your loved ones. Meaning you can stay-cay at ease in your ideal “Five Star” home away from home.

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Students at Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate can broaden their knowledge of both academic and extra-curricular pursuits through an extensive co-curricular programme of over 100 different activities onsite. Recently, their approach to girls' football has come on leaps and bounds, thanks to top coaching and wonderful facilities. Read more about it on page 100. qe.org

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Bullying, EBSA and school anxiety are tackled head on in Simon Packham’s new novel for middle-grade readers

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Simon Packham didn’t have to stray too far from personal experience for Worrybot, his new novel for the 9+ age group. At around age 12, he pulled o the considerable feat of avoiding school for a whole term by feigning illness. This was impressive acting, considering his mother was a trained nurse.

“The thing that brought me back – well I admitted what had happened – was I ended up in hospital having these tests. I suddenly felt guilty taking up a hospital bed,” he says. “I had to come clean and say what was happening at school.” With the wisdom of adulthood, Packham can marvel at how he clung to that time-honoured childhood code of silence about his big problem – bullying had made his school life a misery. “I’m certain my parents would have been sympathetic if I’d said anything, but it was a horrible secret I kept to myself.”

The young Simon Packham who played invalid so convincingly went on to become a successful actor, working for some 25 years on stage, film and TV (alongside the likes of Ben Elton and Judi Dench) before turning to writing in 2008. His books for young adults and children have earned him a reputation for tackling important themes with sensitivity and depth. In Worrybot he explores topical areas of concern for all parents and educators – anxiety, school avoidance, and bullying.

As a parent, he watched one of his daughters grow up managing anxiety and panic attacks and this – with her blessing – is the central theme. Josh, our protagonist, has a happy and loving home life. He has managed to control his anxiety with family and outside support, and a homemade cardboard robot with a slot where worries get posted. But when the family relocate for his mother’s job the anxieties flood back, and in his new school he is picked on by class bully Noah.

Unexpected support and friendship come in the

“There’s also a super-clever twist in this tale that encourages young readers to recognise both bullied and bully as victims”

shape of a real AI device – a ‘learning robot’ that enables a girl called Charlie to be in the classroom virtually. Josh and Charlie form a close bond because she empathises with his fears. Josh grows in strength and has the courage to return to the stage (stage fright was one of the triggers of his earlier troubles). That star performance in the school play with the real – not virtual – Charlie is a triumph and a turning point for both children.

There’s a super-clever and unexpected twist in this tale that encourages young readers to recognise both bullied and bully as di erent kinds of victim. Simon felt this was important. “For a long time, all I had was feelings of hate towards the bullies in my school but gradually, being a parent and getting older, I’ve realised that bullies aren’t very happy generally,” he says. “I think that was one reason one of the boys picked on me – I obviously had a happier home life than he did.”

While this is a complex and nuanced plotline, there is a satisfyingly old-school comeuppance for Noah. Simon’s editor was especially keen to see justice served. The character was fun to draw and specialises in a type of banter nearly all children and adults will recognise. “He reminds me of many of the bullies at school – not particularly the ones who bullied me, but some of the others. There’s certainly humour, if unpleasant, in his bullying,” says Simon. The robots (cardboard and AI) were what inspired the storyline and play a vital role – both in the title and through the narrative. Charlie has no physical characteristics other than robot animation and her disembodied voice for most of the book – it’s a great moment when she finally

appears in flesh and blood form. Meanwhile, Josh’s tattered cardboard bot stands as an enduring reminder of bad times behind.

There is one especially poignant moment when Josh retrieves his worrybot from under the bed, dusts it o and re-reads those worries he’d posted through its cardboard mouth – a great takeaway for any reader going through bad times. This is a point well understood by an author who still vividly recalls his own dark moments of childhood and empathises with children living through them now.

“All those things you worried about,” he says, “none of the things you worried about were actually worth worrying about.”

Worrybot, by Simon Packham, with illustrations by Lucy Mulligan (UCLan Publishing, £7.99)

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Playing BALL

The rise in girls’ football: how Queen Ethelburga’s are meeting the demand with top quality coaching

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Supported by both fantastic results by the Lionesses and an ambitious growth strategy by the FA, it is no surprise that women’s football was the fastestgrowing UK sport in 2023, according to The Guardian. Since the 2022 Euro win, Queen Ethelburga’s (QE) has seen a huge increase in the demand for girls’ football and so the decision was taken to separate the boys' and girls' football Performance Sport Pathway (PSP) to provide the girls' team with their own dedicated coach who could fully get to know them as players, individuals and team members.

As one Year 10 striker, Freya, says: “We pushed for PSP Girls Football and encouraged our friends to join so we could form a team, but after the Euros, we suddenly had 4 teams: U13, U14, U15, U16!”

U16 right wing, Megan, who also plays for Cli ord, adds: “I like being part of a non-main

“We had a choice to play what we wanted to and not what was expected of us”

sports team. It promotes that we had a choice to play what we wanted to and not what was expected of us. Having our own coach has made such a di erence because we study game scenarios like putting the ball through more defenders and reacting to losing the ball. He is great at reading our game and each of our abilities to help us find the right position and to develop. We had skill before, but not that much knowledge on how to apply it. Our team plays a cleaner game now.”

The PSP o ers girls in Years 7-13 the choice to train weekly both within the PE curriculum lessons in the day and as a team after school. Each student benefits from an Individual Development Plan that comprises coaching, nutrition, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, sports massage, and the latest tactical, technical, physical, and mental training. The programme allows for competing at a higher level and teaches responsibility, resilience, teamwork and leadership skills. It runs alongside a vast extra-curricular sport, activity and fitness programme, and includes external talks and coaching sessions from scouts, coaches, and industry professionals.

Girls’ Football Coach, Sam Westhead, says: “The reaction to the Girls’ PSP has been fantastic. Individually and collectively, the team has really developed through the amount

of training and fixtures now on o er. The participation rates continue to grow, and we have entered multiple cup competitions across di erent age groups where we have seen some really pleasing performances and results. I am looking forward to helping the girls continue the excellent progress they have made so far.”

Lead Football Coach, Paul Bolland, comments: “Girls’ football continues to build momentum at QE, with lots of students taking advantage of curriculum lessons, activities and our PSP. The fantastic progress made has enabled us to play competitive fixtures in several national and local competitions this year, and I am excited to continue developing girls’ football at QE.”

The PSP takes place in QE’s dedicated Sports Village on campus, which benefits from a 25-metre swimming pool, triple court sports hall, gym, and specialist studios. Outside, there is a four-lane synthetic cushioned running track and over 30 acres of professional grass and 3G artificial pitches, which are used in the summer holidays by Premier League U18 teams.

For more information about the Girls' Football PSP at QE and scholarships for girls' football, visit qe.org or join their next open day on 27 April. Alternatively email admissions@qe.org for a private tour.



The latest from schools across the county and beyond

Home made

Trinity Leeds and White Rose shopping centres’ joint enterprise challenge, Made in Yorkshire, launched in February, with Oulton Academy and Bruntcliffe Academy taking part. This is the first time that the competition has run in this format, following the two shopping destinations running separate initiatives in the past.

The ‘Made in Yorkshire’ challenge invites participants to reimagine and repurpose a vacant unit for the benefit of the Yorkshire community and guests. Students took part in three workshops focused on: placemaking; customer insights and guest experience; and sustainability, community and responsible consumerism, before designing their retail space.

The teams will then be invited to pitch their ideas to an expert panel, applying the principles gained during the workshops. Pitches will cover all aspects of creating a sustainable retail space, from establishing their concept, understanding their key audience, to how they would design and market the space. trinityleeds.com white-rose.co.uk

Future is bright

Four students at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate are celebrating their recent Oxbridge offers. Yael B and Mark X have both been offered a place to study Mathematics at Cambridge despite the high level of competition for that course. In addition, Alex H has been offered a place to study English and History at Oxford.

Meanwhile, Deputy Head Girl, Georgia M (le ), has been offered a place to study Medicine at Oxford, a er a busy schedule of extra-curriculars including work experience, dance performances and playing for the first team in both hockey and netball.

College students are highly aspirational and are encouraged to aim for excellence in all that they do. In their academic subjects they achieve the highest grades and will challenge themselves to apply to the best universities in the UK and overseas. qe.org

Education for all

On 19 March, five members of the charity founded by York businesswoman Maxine Brown headed to Nepal to decorate and furnish the school they fundraised to build. With the support of a group of friends, the charity Helping Hands for Nepal was formed in order to support and improve education in rural Nepal and has recently raised funds to rebuild the school.

Ahead of the trip, Maxine, who was joined by Jo and Loren Barnes from Pocklington and Sue and Serena Leighton from Tollerton, appealed for help from local businesses to help furnish the school that provides an education for 73 children

between the ages of four and nine. The charity funded the rebuilding of the school by organising events, including artisan markets, fashion shows, an annual dinner and auction, a ernoon tea, and wellbeing a ernoons, plus a generous donation from an anonymous benefactor. See how you can help at helpinghandsfornepal.org


rimple Head House is a beautifully appointed family home, with five generous bedrooms, set in a sought-after rural position that is within easy reach of Harrogate town centre. The stylish property has been designed to take advantage of its setting and orientation, with glass walls and large glazed doors that lead to the rear south-facing terrace.

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Absolutely heads to Bramham to take a peek at a wonderful cottage


Milnthorpe Cottage Bramham, LS23 6RE


A stunning character cottage in the heart of Bramham


Upon entry, a welcoming reception hall with tiled flooring leads to the first floor. The open plan living dining room features exposed beams, a log burner, and herringbone flooring, flowing into a beautiful lounge.

The modern kitchen o ers fitted units, integrated appliances, and a pleasant rear garden view. Adjacent is a snug/garden room with underfloor heating, ideal for families. Completing the ground floor is a modern utility room and WC. Upstairs, the master bedroom boasts wooden flooring, a period fireplace, and a luxurious en-suite with freestanding bath and walk-in shower. Two further double bedrooms, one with an ensuite, and a modern house bathroom occupy the first floor. The fourth bedroom is currently a dressing room but can easily be converted.


Milnthorpe Cottage is approached via a gated block paved driveway providing ample o -street parking for several vehicles, with electric car charging point. The front garden area is beautifully maintained being predominantly laid to lawn. To the rear is a magnificent enclosed garden that a ords a great degree of privacy and is perfect for outdoor families having a sunken trampoline, play area and a lovely paved patio area. The summerhouse/annexe is a wonderful addition to this property, currently set up as a gym and entertaining space, with its own guest WC, skylights, conversion heater, electric storage heaters and bi-folding doors. This is the perfect space for family gatherings, summer BBQs and al-fresco dining. An early inspection of this stunning, four bedroom, three bathroom detached residence is most strongly recommended to fully appreciate the quality of accommodation on o er PRICE



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Experience refined living in this detached family home nestled in Bramhope’s heart. Renovated to the highest standards, it boasts gas central heating, double glazing, and luxurious finishes. The entrance hallway, adorned with original Oak flooring and panelled walls, sets an elegant tone. The modern dining kitchen features Silestone worktops and integrated appliances, leading to a spacious dining area overlooking the rear garden. A cosy living room with a gas fire offers relaxation.

Upstairs, five bedrooms, three with en-suites, ensure ample accommodation. Outside, a landscaped rear garden and ample driveway space enhance outdoor living. Additional amenities include basement storage and a hobby/gym room. Bramhope offers excellent access to Leeds, Harrogate, and Ilkley, along with renowned schools and recreational spots like Golden Acre Park and Chevin Forest Park. Experience modern sophistication and thoughtful design in this Bramhope gem.

Asking Price £1,150,000

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Riffa House


Riffa House offers a unique opportunity with a beautifully designed family home and two cottages, all set within approximately two acres. Nestled in Riffa’s small hamlet, it boasts breathtaking views of the Wharfe Valley. The main house welcomes you with an entrance porch leading to a hallway accessing principal rooms. Features include a formal sitting room with bay windows, a spacious dining room, a family room, and a well-equipped breakfast kitchen. Upstairs, five bedrooms, two with ensuites, enjoy stunning views. Additionally, there are two cottages ideal for extended family or letting. Outside, charming lawns, a paddock, a greenhouse, and a double garage complete the picture. Conveniently located near Castley village, it offers easy access to Leeds and Harrogate, along with excellent schools and amenities.

Asking Price £950,000

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Local to the towns of Wakefield and Pontefract, Richard Kendall Estate Agent is an established and well known company that has been serving the community for well over 50 years. Today it remains a family run firm, headed up by brother and sister duo Simon and Claire Kendall, providing a wide range of services to assist in the sale and rental of your home. Absolutely Yorkshire sat down with the former to find out about joining the family business and what his hopes are for the future.

Q Before working at the business, what was your background?

A Before I started work as an estate agent 28 years ago, I trained to become a chef obtaining an European diploma and I have worked in high class establishments all over the world including France.

Q What inspired you to work at your business?

A I joined the family business 28 years

ago at my father’s request and learnt the role from the ground up as it were.

Q What do you think makes you di erent?

A We are unique; we are a family run business which very much treats the entire workforce as a family. We wear our heart on our sleeve and truly care about everybody.

Q How was 2023 for you?

A It was a busy year with a high volume of activity in the rental sector while managing and maintaining a portfolio of over 1,000 properties.

Q Are you introducing anything new for 2024?

A This year will see advances in internal technology providing a more streamlined and e cient service benefitting landlords and tenants, whilst maintaining superior and quality service.

Q On a personal level, what are your hopes and dreams for 2024?

A I hope 2024 is full of energy and

enthusiasm. I hope to move forward with a larger portfolio of managed properties.

Q Outside of work, what are you looking forward to this year?

A I am a keen runner and I hope to continue running with my faithful running buddy Branch, my cocker spaniel. I am going to run the Loch Ness marathon in September, which has been on my bucket list for a long time.


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An exciting investment, dive into a fantastic opportunity for holiday rentals with an incredible revenue potential of 18% per year!

Discover a 5-star coastal retreat at The Pines Runswick Bay.

This spacious 45 x 20 3-bed lodge, boasts a king master bedroom with an ensuite, open-plan living, an extended decked terrace with extra high tinted glass to capture the sun all year round, and a block-paved drive.

The site is open 12 months, featuring secure electric gated entry and night lighting, surrounded by stunning coastal walks. Embrace breathtaking seaside living.

Explore award-winning Runswick Bay Beach, Yorkshire Coast’s prettiest destination, with a sheltered bay, charming cottages, with family-friendly activities. A previous winner of The Sunday Times Beach of the Year and the Seaside Award, it promises quality beach experiences and is dog-friendly all year round!

Guide price: £278,000

Contact: 07788 193211

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A retirement apartment – the perfect option in later life from the experts, Westward Care

As our relatives get older it can be a worrying time for the family – especially if our loved ones have a large house to look after and ever-increasing bills to pay for. Cleaning, general maintenance and tending the garden can become more of a struggle and some people just need a little bit of extra care and support on a day-to-day basis. Moving in later life can often be a di cult discussion to broach. However, Leedsbased retirement apartment provider Westward Care are providing the perfect opportunity to explore retirement living by opening up their Southlands Retirement Apartments in Roundhay, Leeds on Saturday 27 April from 10am-4pm. The beautifully decorated, fully equipped one or two-bedroom apartments are available to buy, and come with a range of

services on-site, including 24/7 care and support if, or when, it might be required. Unlike other care options such as a care home you only pay for care if you need it.

With a day of entertainment, tours of the apartments, refreshments and a chance to meet other apartment owners lined up, the Open House Day is the perfect opportunity to pop along and find out more.

“My Dad, after much deliberation, decided that it would be a good idea to do a trial stay at Southlands. He’s a widower and has a few health and mobility issues and the house was becoming too big (and cold) for him,” says Emma on an independent review on carehome.co.uk.

“On coming home day, he was down in the dumps and quickly made the decision to make the permanent move. The apartment is so tastefully decorated and furnished and as warm as he chooses it to be without having to worry about expensive bills. There are always people around if he wants to socialise.

He has three meals a day prepared for him and he feels safe and secure knowing that there is a team of care sta on site. This is also a real plus point for my sister and me.

“Everyone there is so friendly and caring, so my sister feels so reassured. The manager cannot do enough for us and has made the whole process so stress-free.”

Open House: Southlands Retirement Apartments, 13 Wetherby Road, Leeds Saturday 27 April, 10am–4pm

Contact Catherine Reuben on 07834 804186 or email creuben@westwardcare.co.uk


Are you curious about the benefits of retirement living?

Thinking about ‘right-sizing’ your living space in later life?

Feeling a bit lonely but don’t want to give up your independence?


Register today Contact Catherine Reuben creuben@westwardcare.co.uk 07834 804186
OPEN HOUSE Tour our apartments Enjoy tea, coffee, prosecco Entertainment across the day Tour our beautiful gardens Meet apartment owners
Saturday 27th April 10am–4pm
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