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  • Cat people

    25th June 2024

    Rachael Smith and her husband Ade are confirmed ‘cat people’ and are prepared to dispel some commonly perpetrated myths surrounding their feline friends

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  • More Travel

    17th April 2024

    Helen Dooley, Director of More Travel, describes the magic of the Sani Resort in Greece

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  • This April, Life Rituals, an integrative medicine and healthcare practice in Oakham, is launching a series of informative and empowering talks to support your physical and mental health at neighbouring cafe Fika. Clare Rudd-Jones caught up with Life Rituals’ founder, Jo George, to find out more about this exciting news

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  • Snowdrop Season

    22nd January 2024

    Is there anything more lovely than a walk through a garden or park in late winter and seeing thousands of snowdrops peppering the ground? They evoke a sense of cheer, flowering when little else does, marking the end of winter and the beginning of longer days and kinder weather. We look at special snowdrop-related events across the region.

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  • Rutland Calendar 2024

    22nd September 2023

    We take a look at the 2024 Rutland Calendar, produced by local photographer Richard Adams to raise money for charity, notably the Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust

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  • Hywel Pratley

    22nd September 2023

    Hywel Pratley is an eminent sculptor of international renown. He is a member of the Society of Portrait Sculptors and the Royal Society of Sculptors as well as being a principal instructor at the Florence Academy of Art. He also worked on the legendary ‘Spitting Image’ as Puppet Sculptor. He has created a very special statue of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for Rutland – the first in the UK to be commissioned – and it was unveiled in its new home behind Oakham Library on Sunday 21 April. Amander Meade spoke to Hywel about the project and the process

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  • When the new cast of the five-star West End musical ‘Hamilton’ was announced, it included former Stamfordian, Declan Spaine, in the title role. Amander Meade caught up with Declan during rehearsals for the smash hit musical

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  • Two fabulous decades of business for Susie Archer in Stamford Huge congratulations to Susie Archer, owner of Arch Label Agency in Stamford, as her boutique celebrates an incredible 20 years….

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  • The Rudd-Jones family went to explore the ‘Hide & Secrets’ Adventure Play at Burghley and had a whale of a time at this impressive new attraction – even going back the next day!

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  • Trent Galleries, Oakham

    20th February 2023

    Trent Galleries are an independent gallery of over 30 years, representing a portfolio of worldwide contemporary artists. They showcase original artwork and limited editions by artists including Mr. Brainwash, The Connor Brothers, Tom Butler, John Waterhouse, Yuvi, Dan Pearce, Craig Alan,Todd White, Doug Hyde and many more

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  • Goldmark Gallery: 50 years

    23rd January 2023

    Huge congratulations to Goldmark Gallery in Uppingham, as the business celebrates half a century. We take a look at the gallery, past, present and future…

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  • Belvoir at Christmas

    21st November 2022

    This Christmas, the beautiful Regency castle has been transformed into an immersive experience bringing the rags-to-riches fable of Cinderella to life. Created by award-winning interior designer Charlotte Lloyd-Webber of CLW Event Design, the extravaganza includes a winding walk lit by twinkling lights up to the hilltop fairytale castle, a showstopping presentation featuring bespoke figurines dressed in handmade ballgowns, a life-size gold carriage and a white wedding. For young visitors to the extravaganza, there’s also the opportunity to book tickets to see Santa in his Grotto

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  • Love your guts!

    24th October 2022

    Naturopathic nutritionist Louise Cunliffe, who works at The Broad Street Practice in Stamford, is particularly interested in gut health. Here, she explains here why good gut health is key to general well being

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  • Natural Structures creates beautiful buildings with a contemporary twist that are lovingly and meticulously designed and crafted to create your ideal home. Nicholas Rudd-Jones met with founder, Simon Lewington, at the company’s headquarters in Tur Langton to discuss how he achieves this

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  • Musical theatre and TV legend Paul Nicholas leads a stellar cast in a brand new production of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, opening at Curve, Leicester, on November 22. Amander Meade spoke to Paul about his role in this joyous comedy, which tells the story of a group of British retirees as they embark on a new life in India

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  • Sing for Life 2022

    27th June 2022

    Launching in September, Sing for Life will sign up 40-plus local women to take part in a 10-week pop-up singing project, working towards a live performance at The Cresset this November, supporting charity partner Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. Participants will learn to sing, meet new people, perform live on stage and raise money for this much-loved local charity – what’s not to like?

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  • In February 2022, Hambleton Hall near Oakham was awarded a Michelin star for the 40th consecutive year – the longest-retained Michelin star in Britain. This is an outstanding achievement. Perhaps even more remarkable is Hambleton Hall’s unique talent for finding, developing and unleashing talent. Great Food Club’s Matt Wright tells us more…

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  • Woolroom

    21st March 2022

    These are exciting times for Rutland-based company woolroom. Recent achievements include a world exclusive product launch and Rutland’s first Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. Amander Meade speaks with the firm’s Managing Director, Chris Tattersall

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  • Taylor & Tails

    21st February 2022

    Stamford firm Taylor & Tails recently launched their own range of luxury dog beds, which are ethically and sustainably produced at a highly competitive price point. Editor Clare Rudd-Jones went to meet them to find out more

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  • Local food: The Blonde Beet

    24th January 2022

    ‘Stamford Green Quarter’, at 7 St Paul’s Street, is home to The Blonde Beet, Stamford’s first plant-based eaterie, which has a genuine focus on sourcing ingredients seasonally, ethically, sustainably and locally. Clare and Nicholas Rudd-Jones went along to sample the Friday night bistro menu and were hugely impressed by the whole experience

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  • Escape to The Lake Isle

    1st November 2021

    The Lake Isle truly came of age this year, reaching its 21-year milestone under the superb ownership of Richard and Janine Burton. Nicholas and Clare Rudd-Jones paid a lunchtime visit

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  • Guinea pigs

    21st June 2021

    Jane Evans is Vice Chair of The Welland Valley Cavy Club and offers her advice around keeping these adorable, sociable rodents as pets

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  • Stamford author Hannah Gold’s enchanting novel ‘The Last Bear’, featuring beautiful illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Levi Pinfold, was published in February this year and has created quite a buzz. Clare Rudd-Jones asked Hannah to tell us more…

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