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How is it already June? This year is flying by and I can’t believe

summer officially starts this month! If you’ve still not thought

about your summer wardrobe, I’ve given you a little helping hand

on page 54. Talking of summer fashion, Ladies Day is just over

6 weeks away and if you’re still struggling to source the perfect

dress, I’ve picked a few of my favourites on page 57.

Nothing says summer quite like a picnic and John Lewis in

Cambridge have given us a luxury hamper, with rug and bottle

of bubbles to give away to one lucky reader on page 17. These

brighter mornings and longer evenings, alongside my new FitBit

Surge, have meant I’ve been back out running again. If you too

were inspired by the efforts of the London marathon runners,

you might want to read our chat with Lauren Bradshaw, specialist

sports physiotherapist at Cambridge’s Progress Clinic on page

70. Not only does she discuss running techniques, she’s also

recommended some of the best running shoes. If you’re looking

something to aim for, how about the Focus12 half marathon at

the end of next month?

Elsewhere in this issue, we’ve reviewed Cambridge’s newest

burger hotspot, Honest Burgers (page 18), rounded up the

region’s best spots for afternoon tea (page 23), listed the latest

beauty launches (page 62), and even give some of the best ways

to treat Dad this Father’s Day (page 34).

The next few weeks are also rather exciting for us here at Velvet as

we celebrate our 10th birthday! Look out for the highlights in our

July issue which will illustrate some of the best times over the last


Happy reading!

Samantha x

Smashing my PB

at the Thurston 10k

Madeleine Shaw’s vegan

peanut butter and banana loaf

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Lauren Bradshaw

“Runners need to be better

educated about running styles

and appropriate footwear.”

Honestly Good p18

Lou Sommereux

“I am passionate about the

cosmetics industry and

offering both expert

services and safe practice.”



17. Pack a Picnic

It’s now officially picnic weather

23. Time for Tea

The region’s best spots for afternoon


34. Daddy Cool

Ideas for Father’s Day

36. What’s On

In the area this month


49. Food, Glorious Food

Lilac Rose talk food-inspired fashion

53. Specs Appeal

For International Sunglasses Day

54. Summer Lovin’

Sourcing your summer wardrobe

73. Men’s Health Week

We talk to personal trainer, Ant



81. Elegant Exterior

It’s time to bring the inside out

83. Making Your House a Home

With interior designer, Jane



94. Introducing The Mercedes GLA

Phil Huff takes it for a test drive






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Raspberry Meringue Cake p15

Sweet Treat p13

Time For Tea p23

Kitchen Pin


Article by Samantha Nice


Calling All Sushi Lovers!

These two are for you…

Hot New

Sushi Spot

Waitrose in Bury St Edmunds

have now opened their new

‘Sushi Daily’ bar. Watch Sushi

Artisans live at work as they

produce a range of fresh,

quality sushi in store. It’s ideal

for lunch on the go or perhaps

to take away and enjoy later.

Alongside the usual nigiri, maki

and sashimi, there’s vegetarian

options as well as pieces without

raw fish for those who are still a

little unsure! Their sharing platters

are ideal for a get together with friends

or perhaps even a corporate lunch.

Perfect Pairing

Here’s another one to add to your ‘to do list’ this summer…

Sticks’n’Sushi have embraced the Cambridge scene and

decided to offer you sushi on a traditional punting tour. Don’t

forget they also offer takeaway if you’re looking for some

picnic inspiration!

Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QJ

Tel: 01223 907900 |

Robert Boby Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3DH

Tel: 01284 725222 |





As if we needed an excuse for fish and chips!

The Sea Tree in Cambridge, serves traditional fish and chips with a difference.

Boasting a wet fish counter, customers can request all kinds of fish, shellfish

and seafood, cooked to order in the way that suits them. That being said, at the

heart of The Sea Tree is its original fish and chips. Forming the backbone of the

business, the staples are all there, eat in or takeaway. Their gluten free batter

option is a great draw for many in and around Cambridge too.

The Sea Tree | 13-14 The Broadway, Cambridge, CB1 3AH

Tel: 01223 414349 |


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Kitchen Pin

English Garden Party

Nothing says summer quite like a garden party so why not head along to

The Varsity Hotel & Spa on Sunday 18th June for their English Garden

Party. Held on their iconic rooftop terrace which offers stunning

views across the city, they will be offering a traditional picnic and

flutes of champagne. There will also be other summertime food

and drink classics as well as live music. At just £59 for a picnic

hamper for two… is there a better way to spend a Sunday

evening? We think not!




The Varsity Hotel & Spa

Thompson’s Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8AQ | Tel: 01223 306030 |

Authentic Italian

“È pronto, a tavola, buon appetito e allegria!” “It’s ready, on the

table, enjoy!”That’s the motto of a new Italian eatery sharing

the passion and tradition of Italian food and wine on Mill Road

in Cambridge. Maurizio Dining & Co. specialises in cecchetti

(hot and cold small plates), paninis and tavolozza antipasti planks

–simple, tasty and quality dishes that showcase the true flavours

of Italian cooking. All are perfect with a glass or bottle of red,

white or sparkling (Prosecco and Franciacorta) Italian wine.

Maurizio D’Apollonio, founder of Maurizio Dining & Co. grew

up in Italy and jokes that tomato pasta sauce (not blood) runs

through his veins! His love of cooking started from an early age

- one of his first memories is helping his mother stir the big pot

of tomato sauce on an outdoor fire before bottling up, ready to

share with relatives.

“Eating and drinking together is the Italian way of life,” says

Maurizio. “I really hope to bring this homely experience to my

new kitchen and wine bar. Also, my children grew up around the

Mill Road area so it’s very exciting to be opening in this special

part of Cambridge.”

Maurizio Dining & Co.

44 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 2AS

Tel: 01223 301869 |

Sweet Treat

Say hello to Hotel Chocolat’s selection

of delicious frappes

Next time you’re in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds, we

strongly suggest you take a trip to Hotel Chocolat’s café

to sample one of their heavenly frappes. Using only natural

ingredients and their renowned chocolate, they’re ideal for

a summer’s day. Our favourite? Most definitely their new

salted caramel and raspberry one!

Hotel Chocolat

Lion Yard Shopping Centre, Cambridge | Tel: 01223 328950

arc Shopping Centre, Bury St Edmunds | Tel: 01284 723625

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This month’s recipe courtesy of Waitrose

Using golden caster sugar gives your raspberry

meringue cake a subtle caramel flavour and

golden colour


• 100g butter, at room temperature,

plus extra for greasing

• 300g Billington’s Golden Caster


• 4 medium Waitrose British

Blacktail Eggs, separated

• 2 tsp vanilla extract

• 2 tbsp milk

• 150g self-raising flour

• ½ tsp table salt

• 50g flaked almonds

• 300ml whipping cream

• 200g fresh raspberries

• Icing sugar, for dusting

Raspberry Meringue Cake

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6.

Butter and base line 2 x 20-22cm non-stick,

cake tins. Using an electric whisk, beat the butter

and 100g of the sugar together in a bowl until

pale and creamy, then whisk in the egg yolks,

vanilla and milk. Sift over the flour and gently

fold in. Divide equally between the prepared tins.

2. Using clean beaters, whisk the egg whites

in a bowl until they form soft peaks. Gradually

beat in the salt and remaining 200g sugar to

make a glossy meringue. Spread over the sponge

mixture then scatter over the flaked almonds.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and set.

Leave to cool in the tins.

Serves 8

Prep 25 mins

Cook 15-20 mins + cooling

3. When ready to assemble, remove the cakes

from the tins. In a bowl, whisk the cream to form

soft peaks. Spoon over one of the cakes and

scatter over the raspberries. Top with the second

cake and dust lightly with icing sugar before

slicing and serving.


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Words by Samantha Nice Photography by Keith Heppell

Hear what we thought

of Cambridge’s latest speciality

burger joint

When Honest Burgers first launched in Brixton back in 2011,

Londoners went mad. Co-founders Tom Barton and Philip Eeles

had one goal; to offer high quality British burgers and that is exactly

what they have done. It wasn’t long before they soon popped up in

numerous other London hotspots including Soho, Camden, King’s

Cross, Oxford Circus and Covent Garden to name just a few.

In April this year, they cropped up here in Cambridge. Located on

Corn Exchange Street, this is Honest Burgers’ 21st branch but the

first outside of the UK’s capital.

We called in one Friday afternoon to see what all the fuss was

about… Whilst I wouldn’t like to class myself as in the slight bit

snobbish, when it comes to food, I do like to know what I’m eating.

I adopt a fairly reasonable, some may say fussy, diet which consists

mainly of wholefoods. I wouldn’t say I’m the world’s biggest burger

fan but was rather intrigued at the ‘honest’ part of Honest Burgers.

Their promise is to serve high quality Great British produce and that

sat comfortably with me. We were quickly seated and handed the

menu. The décor is quirky yet relaxed and informal making it the

ideal spot for a multitude

of occasions. The simple

“They also recognise

that chips aren’t

an option when it

comes to burgers –

they’re a given.”

flow chart menu is easy to

read and ideal for even the

fussiest of eaters. It allows

you to build your own

burger depending on your

preference and favourite

flavours. Whilst beef

burgers predominantly rule

the menu, there’s also free

range chicken and even a cauliflower and sweetcorn fritter burger

drizzled with cucumber and coriander yoghurt for all you veggies.

There’s also an impressive selection of sides including BBQ chicken

wings, onion rings, apple and beetroot coleslaw and green salad, not


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Sat and Sun: 8:00-12:00


Mon to Sat: 11:30-23:00

Sun: 11:30-22:00

Honest Burgers

1-6 Corn Exchange Street,

Cambridge, CB2 3QF

Tel: 01223 788240

to mention their speciality bacon ketchup

and chipotle mayo.

We opted for the classic Honest Burger,

the Tribute Burger and of course, The

Cambridge Special which is unique to the

branch here in Cambridge. Whilst we sat

overlooking the open kitchen, we sipped

on their homemade mint lemonade and a

salted caramel milkshake from Cambridge

favourite, Jack’s Gelato. The Honest Burger

is their staple classic and alongside the

dry aged beef burger is jam-packed with

red onion relish, smoked bacon, mature

cheddar, pickled cucumber and lettuce.

It was great to know that the burger itself

contains simply rare breed beef which has

been slightly seasoned with only salt and

pepper. This was reflected in both the taste

and appearance. The brioche bun was salty

sweet yet somewhat light and fluffy. If

you’re gluten intolerant, don’t panic, they

have you covered with their gluten-free

buns. The Tribute

is aptly named as

it pays tribute to

the much-loved American style burgers.

Filled with bacon, American cheese, burger

sauce, French’s mustard, pickles, onion and

lettuce, this one certainly packs a punch.

It’s great to know that The Cambridge

Special, champions local producers. “Our

Cambridge burger showcases our favourite

local flavours in a single bite. The Baron

Bigod brie is from the Cambridge Cheese

Company and the owner, Jacky, makes our

apple and onion chutney in her kitchen at

home”, Tom tells us. This one was a clear

winner. Other local touches to the menu

include Cambridge Gin and beer from

Cambridge’s Moonshine Brewery.

Not only do they recognise the importance

of using quality produce, they also

recognise that chips aren’t an option when

it comes to burgers – they’re a given. That’s

why all burgers are served with free chips.

Yep… there’s no additional cost for their

signature rosemary salted chips which are

all made fresh in-house. These too are

insane. If you’ve got little ones, they also

had a kid’s menu which uses all of the same

great ingredients, just on a smaller scale and

only 50% of the price. On top of this, they

offer a takeaway option too which is great

for those in a hurry.

It’s not just burgers they’re good at – they

also have a delicious breakfast menu at

the weekend which welcomes everything.

From granola with fresh fruit and honeyed

yoghurt, to smashed avocado and eggs on

sourdough, bacon sandwiches, the Honest

Breakfast (or full English as we know it) and

even a Breakfast Burger.

All in all, they have proven that a burger

isn’t just a burger and crafted a menu

which is unique yet creative. Our honest

verdict? Undeniably top notch. Our

recommendation? Most definitely The

Cambridge Burger with a mint lemonade.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to

sample the cocktails and local beers but

we’re taking that as a great excuse to go


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With field to fork

and seasonality being

top priorities at Ben’s

Restaurant in Bury St

Edmunds, June and July

is a great time of year

for quality local produce.

Owner, Ben Hutton, tells

us a little more…

With the weather getting warmer and the

days finally drawing out, we begin to see

a productive allotment supplying us with

a range of colourful vegetables which are

great for brightening up our dishes.

Some of the best are yellow and green

courgettes, cherry tomatoes and both

golden and purple beetroot. Beetroot has

to be one of our summer favourites. We

all know about purple beetroot, but we’ve

learnt not everyone is familiar with golden

beetroot. It adds a totally different colour

and slightly different taste to any dish.

Having different varieties of beetroot,

allows us to be experimental and creative

using one type of vegetable. On our July

menu, we’ll be serving ‘textures of beetroot’

with British quinoa and a tahini dressing.

This time of year brings our Head Chef,

Jim Sloman, into his element. Having spent

years working on the coast of Scotland in a

lobster shack, both him and I are pleased to

introduce Norfolk lobster and Cromer crab

to our menu and specials board. We always

take our shellfish live, to ensure maximum

freshness for our customers. It doesn’t get

much fresher than that!

Cromer crab is going to be used on our

starter menu, served as crab and salmon

rillettes, on horseradish blinis, with pickled

quail egg. lobster will feature on our specials

regularly throughout summer too and will

also be part of our new ‘Surf & Turf night’

we will be introducing later this month.

At Ben’s we like to be traditional with our

menu, which includes using a range of

Suffolk game. Although the venison and

game bird season runs predominantly

throughout winter, we are lucky to live in

a rural area where we can use wild rabbit

and wood pigeon throughout the summer

months too. This month, you’ll find pan

seared pigeon breasts on our menu, served

with fondant potato, wild mushrooms, hispi

cabbage and red wine jus.

The other great thing about these summer

months is that we can begin to get hold of

locally-grown berries. Although they have a

short growing season, we use Great Barton


and raspberries

on a range of our

summer desserts,

including our mixed

summer berry pudding.

Come in and sample one of

these locally-sourced, seasonal

delights for yourself!

Ben’s Restaurant

43 Churchgate Street,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1RG

Tel: 01284 762119

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£29 per person

Pre-booking is essential

The Jockey Club Rooms

101 High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8JL

01638 663101 |



Afternoon Tea

From finger sandwiches

and scones to delicate

cakes and a pot of English

Breakfast, we’ve rounded

up some of the region’s

best places for a spot of

afternoon tea


Set in the 1800-acre National Trust

estate, The Ickworth is an elegant 18th

century stately home which boasts an

impressive afternoon tea. Served in their

stunning conservatory, it’s equally suited

to a special occasion or simply ‘just

because’. At The Ickworth, afternoon

tea is done in true style with homemade

treats depending on the season and

a generous tea menu containing

everything from traditional breakfast tea

to decaffeinated berry (or a glass of fizz,

if you prefer).

£21.50 or £26.50 with a prosecco

Horringer, Bury St Edmunds,

IP29 5QE | Tel: 01284 735350



There is little more traditionally English

than punting followed by an exclusive

afternoon tea. With this in mind,

Scudamore’s have developed a perfect

package with the Doubletree by Hilton

Cambridge to allow you to enjoy both

of these ‘must do’ English activities.

After your private punt tour of the

beautiful College Backs, take a trip to

Doubletree’s bar and riverside terrace

to enjoy a tiered selection of both sweet

and savory treats.


Mill Lane, Granta Place, Cambridge,

CB2 1RS | Tel: 01223 359750


Why not take a trip to Cambridge’s

newest hotspot - Tamburlaine? Having

opened just 3 months ago, Tamburlaine

has quickly become a talking point

within the city. Alongside their other

unique food and drink offering, they

serve a traditional afternoon tea in their

picturesque Garden Room. If you’re

looking for something a little different,

then this one’s for you. We love the

colonial-style interior, silk velvet sofas

and floor standing tiers. The cocktail

menu is also rather fancy.


27-29 Station Road, Cambridge,

CB1 2FB | Tel: 07983249708

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Afternoon Tea


Located in the heart of the floral town

of Bury St Edmunds, The Angel Hotel

is a popular spot for those seeking

a luxury afternoon tea. Relax in the

contemporary lounge whilst you sample

traditional sandwiches and scones.

The award-winning team of chefs also

produce a range of other seasonal

savoury delights and freshly baked cakes

such as eclairs, pavlovas, macaroons and



3 Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 1LT | Tel: 01284 714000


Famed for their traditional Chelsea

buns, Fitzbillies have been providing

Cambridge with delicious treats since

1921. Their main branch on Trumpington

Street is open 7 days a week and not

only serves breakfast, brunch and

lunch, but also offers a classic English

afternoon tea. Across the 3 tiers, guests

are offered a range of homemade finger

sandwiches, fruit scones and a selection

of cakes from their in-house bakery.

Why not try a pot of their Fitzbillies

Afternoon Ceylon loose leaf tea too?

This is an ideal spot for a special occasion

or perhaps just a little treat whilst

exploring the city.

£18 or £25 with champagne

51-52 Trumpington Street, Cambridge,

CB2 1RG | Tel: 01223 352500


The Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket

date back from 1750. Located and set

back slightly from the High Street,

provide an oasis of tranquillity and

heritage. Within the walls of The

Rooms, beats the spiritual heartbeat

of British horseracing. Housing one of

the greatest collections of equine art

and British Horseracing memorabilia,

visitors are transported through 250

years of history and can hear stories of

the members of The Club and how they

transformed British Horseracing. Why

not combine this with their fabulous

traditional Champagne Afternoon Club

Tea in the Members Dining Room,

overlooking The Club’s manicured



101 High Street, Newmarket,

CB8 8JL | Tel: 01638 663101



An indulgent afternoon tea with

traditional, savoury and high tea options

is offered by the Swan at Lavenham

Hotel & Spa. Each menu is served

on bespoke Royal Worcester china

in the hotel’s AA two rosette Gallery

restaurant with a choice of 22 fine teas

or infusions by Newby’s of London. The

traditional afternoon tea starts with

finger sandwiches followed by scones,

cakes and patisseries.

The sweet scones are replaced with

Parma ham and parmesan varieties for

the savoury afternoon tea, and cakes

with savoury delights. Guests booking

the high tea can choose from six savoury

dishes before tucking into the scones

and cakes.

From £22.50

High Street, Lavenham,

Sudbury, CO10 9QA

Tel: 01787 247477


This one is new to the scene, having only

opened a few months back but Browns’

are offering a rather indulgent afternoon

tea. Tuck into a selection of butter

brioche rolls filled with traditional flavour


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Afternoon Tea

combinations, layer-up home-baked

scones with clotted cream and jam,

then finish with miniature desserts.

The three tiers of treats can also be

paired with a perfectly chilled glass of

Mercier champagne or a Hendricks gin

and tonic.


or £19.50 with champagne

23 Trumpington Street,

Cambridge, CB2 1QA

Tel: 01223 461655



The award-winning AA rosette

restaurant, The Courtyard at Elveden

Estate, offers a traditional ‘Tea for Two’

with a selection of sandwiches, cakes

and pastries. Their homemade Elveden

jam is the perfect added touch to their

freshly baked scones. Why not add a few

bubbles and opt for their ‘Champagne

Afternoon Tea’ if you’re celebrating a

special occasion or perhaps just because!

Take a look through their Food Hall

afterwards and grab that speciality jam

for yourself!

£22.95 for two or add prosecco for £3

per person

The Courtyard, Brandon Road, Elveden,

IP24 3TQ | Tel: 01842 898068


Another popular choice is Cambridge’s

Quy Mill Hotel & Spa who prove that

afternoon tea isn’t just for the ladies!

Alongside their traditional cream teas

and afternoon teas they also offer

gentlemen’s afternoon tea and children’s

afternoon tea meaning the whole family

can enjoy. Served in their Mill House

restaurant, the lounge or, weatherpermitting,

their picturesque gardens,

there is also the chance to add a glass of

bubbles or two!

Traditional £18.95

Gentlemen’s £22

Children’s £10.50

Celebration £30

Church Road, Stow cum Quy,

Cambridge, CB25 9AF

Tel: 01223 292383


Located at the top of Newmarket’s High

Street, Nancy’s Teashop is famed for

their traditional afternoon tea displayed

on elegant vintage china. Everything

is freshly prepared in the tea room by

Nancy and her team and is the ideal spot

for a girlie catch up. There’s a children’s

and teen afternoon tea and even a

gluten free option. Be sure to make the

most of their speciality teas or perhaps

a glass of bubbles is more fitting for the


£15 or £24 with champagne

18 Old Station Road, Newmarket,

CB8 8DN | Tel: 01638 667064


If you’re looking for something a

little more contemporary, call into

Tuddenham Mill where their afternoon

tea is served overlooking their mill pond.

Another award-winning restaurant,

Tuddenham Mill is known for its genuine

passion for exquisite tasting food. Here

you’ll find traditional ingredients but

flavours with a twist, all served flat as

opposed to the traditional tiered stands.

Choose from their extensive selection

of teas and Paddy and Scott’s coffee, or

champagne depending on the occasion!

£18.50 or £27 with champagne

High Street, Tuddenham,

IP28 6SQ | Tel: 01638 713552

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THE ROARING After our recent visit to The Black

Red Lion

Bull in Balsham, we decided to test

out its sister pub in Hinxton

Located just 8 miles south of Cambridge in an historic Grade II

listed building, The Red Lion is a relaxed village pub which is adored

by many. With its exposed beams, open fire and Chesterfield sofas,

it has a unique home from home feel to it. As we enter the warmer

months, their picturesque garden is also a welcome location for a

bite to eat or drink. We called in one Friday afternoon and were

welcomed by owner Alex Clarke who gave us a bit of background

about his journey at The Red Lion so far. “We’re now in our 14th

year of business which has absolutely flown by. It’s very rewarding

to look back and see how far we have come,” he said. “When I

took on the pub it was perfectly successful for its time, but the

menu was dated. Almost everything was served with chips and

mixed vegetables. Today, our food and drink menus are bursting

with choice and we also have on-site accommodation now. We

have a highly experienced team here who are passionate about the

industry and this makes such a difference.”

After getting us a drink, Alex showed us to our table and a freshfaced,

welcoming waitress handed us the lunch menu. We were also

shown the specials board which was jam-packed with many seasonal

delights. “Alongside many of our pub classics, we also have a range

of specials which change weekly and are dependent on the season,”

she explains.

“Our Head Chef here, Chris Leeton, is a fantastic asset to the

team. Chris is an East Anglian, classically trained chef who is used

to cooking from scratch with no short cuts,” adds Alex. Chris’s first

accolades came in Herefordshire, at The Lough Pool Inn, where he

gained “Pub of the Year”. Later he moved to the more local Hole

in the Wall. “Professional pride is everything, which makes him a

tough taskmaster, but our customers, as well as his apprentices are

the winners. Whether it is one of his restaurant dishes or classic

pub favourites, you can immediately see and taste that it has been

prepared by a chef with both talent and passion,” Alex says.

We also got the chance to have a quick chat with Chris before

finalising our choices. “I love and live for what I do and I’d like to

think that is reflected in the food here. Prior to The Red Lion, I have

been fortunate enough to work with a number of really inspirational

chefs,” he tells us. “It is now very rewarding to be able to teach and

inspire the next generation,

“All were equally as

divine and is a great

choice if you simply

cannot pick!”

however, you never stop

learning and experimenting.

Some of our best new dishes

have been developed as a

team which began from an

idea from one of the younger

team members!” says Chris.

Following his recommendations, we opted for the baked king

scallops and the twice baked beetroot soufflé from the summer

specials board to start. Both were equally attractive on arrival. The

scallops were served with sweet and sour peppers and a delicious

balsamic glaze, and presented in an open shell which was a nice

touch. The beetroot soufflé came with a fruit apple and celery salad

which was topped with walnuts. When it came to main courses,


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Words by Samantha Nice Photography by Keith Heppell

we went with their most popular dish -

Southern-fried buttermilk chicken and the

black bream. We can see why the chicken

was popular! Served with homemade

sweet potato chips which were cooked to

perfection, the chicken was tender yet

incredibly flavoursome. The black bream

was fresh and flaked away nicely. It was

served with egg noodles and spring onions

and was drizzled with a rich soy and ginger

sauce which complemented it perfectly. To

round things off, we went with the waitress’s

recommendation of a dessert taster plate

which was a mini selection of the chef’s

favourites. We were welcomed with sticky

toffee pudding, raspberry sorbet, rhubarb

fool, chocolate brownie and chocolate

bouchon. All were equally as divine and is a

great choice if you simply cannot pick! All

in all, the food was faultless and we had an

enjoyable meal with an explosion of flavour

in each. It certainly made a change from

your usual pie and mash or fish and chips.

But don’t panic... they have these too!

Before we left, Alex gave us a quick tour

of their recently refurbished on-site

accommodation. “We’re really pleased with

all of our eight en suite bedrooms which

were designed by Norfolk-based interior

designer Annie Lambert. We have moved

with the times to warmer and richer colours

and fabrics. The rooms sit in the separate

mews-style building in the garden by the

dovecote, providing a haven to withdraw to

after a convivial dinner and cheeky glass of

something in the pub,” Alex concludes.

The Red Lion Inn

Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, CB10 1QY

Tel: 01799 530601

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Cheers To Beer!


• 20 hand pump beers including

one from The Cambridge

Brewery – Three Blind Mice

• 8 cask beers

• 10 keg beers

• 30 single malts

• Over 70 bottled beers and cans

• Real ciders

• Frequent beer festivals

With Beer Day Britain on the horizon, we caught up with

family-run freehouse, The Maypole, who have one of the

largest selections in Cambridge when it comes to beer

It’s not often that you find a city centre

pub that has lasted 35 years in the hands

of one family, but The Maypole, located

between Bridge Street and Jesus Green

in Cambridge, is an exception to the rule.

It has been a family-run pub since 1982,

when Mario Castiglione and his wife

Christine took the reins. Sicilian-born

Mario left Italy in 1962 and worked as a

bartender at the former Garden House

Hotel in Cambridge. He then decided

to take the plunge and start his own

adventure. His son, Vincent became a

partner in 1988 and saw the Portugal

Place pub go from a cocktail haven in

the 1980s and ’90s, to a traditional pub

which focused on offering real ales, craft

beers, ciders, gin and whisky. “When my

father first took over, his hands were tied

as it was owned by Tolly Cobbold brewery

meaning he had to buy their beer. But

now we own the business we can choose

what we like,” Vincent said. “When we

moved to real ale, we scaled up from

two pumps to 16 and we now have one

of the widest choices within the city,” he

added. “We offer such a large variety so

that there is something for everyone. All

of our beers have a particular taste and

it’s great to offer our customers so much


From US craft and Icelandic Einstock

bottles to Belgian brews, Camden Pale,

Langunitas and Crystal Rye IPA and

many many more, their selection of beers

is really rather extensive. They also serve

several locally brewed favourites such as

Moonshine and some from Colchester

Brewery. If you know your beers, be sure

to look out for the regular beer festivals

which take place throughout the year.

Their last saw over 40 different beers on


The Maypole

20A Portugal Place,

Cambridge, CB5 8AF

Tel: 01223 352999

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All Saints


From bespoke wedding packages to a

stunning new restaurant, a professionally-led

golf club and 18-hole course, a new state

of the art gymnasium and 41 hotel rooms,

The All Saints Hotel has a completely

new look and feel

Mary Swenson and David Harris, have owned Hengrave Hall for

over 10 years and seen over 650 weddings take place. When they

saw The Suffolk Hotel, Golf & Country Club come up for sale in

2015, they saw huge potential and opportunity. “The hotel was in

need of a new lease of life and that is exactly what we have done!”

said David. Investing in excess of £2m, both Mary and David

decided to renovate the entire hotel and have now renamed it

All Saints Hotel. “There has been no part of the hotel which we

haven’t touched. It’s been completely transformed. We have built

a completely brand new, state of the art gym, The Health Hub

as well as significantly investing into the drainage and upkeep of

the 18-hole golf course on site. We also crafted ‘The View’; our

picturesque restaurant and café which was aptly named due to the

fantastic views over the golf course,” Mary added. The hotel itself

houses a beautiful array of bedrooms which are ideal for a special

occasion, weekend break or mid-week business stopover.

“We really wanted to make All Saints Hotel one of the most

desirable locations in East Anglia and by offering a hotel, luxury

restaurant, health and fitness suite complete with gym, swimming

pool, sauna and steam room, in-house beauty treatments and golf

course with its own clubhouse, we think we have done just that!”

says David.

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With their previous experience of running

weddings, Mary and David felt there was

room in the market for a beautiful hotel

wedding location in this part of Suffolk.

Offering exclusive use of both function

rooms; the Gallery is now licensed for civil

ceremonies for up to 170 guests, with its

own private courtyard garden which is the

ideal backdrop for photos, drinks and canapés.

The hotel’s bespoke approach to weddings

comes from the experienced team brought in,

together with over 25 years’ combined experience in the

industry. The dedicated team are putting in everything they have

to make it a success. As we walked around one, there was a real

sense of tranquillity and peacefulness which was enhanced by the

simple décor and idyllic views. We are predicting they’re going

to be very busy once guests see the true beauty and versatility

of the venue and it’s no surprise the diary is being filled quickly!

Alongside weddings, the function suites will also be available to

hire for wakes, conferences, dinners and events.


From breakfast, lunch right through until dinner, The View has a

menu for all occasions. Head chef, Steve Winser, prides himself

on offering a range of seasonal delights using the very best local

produce. “Our aim here at The View is to create exciting menus

to appease a variety of diners, from our regular business travellers,

for special occasions or for local people whom visit us on a weekly

basis. My aim is to provide innovative and delicious food which

looks and tastes amazing! A new menu is released every 3 months

in keeping with the seasons,” says Steve. There is also a separate

space for private dining for special occasions and corporate

functions. We will be heading back over the coming few weeks to

bring you a review in our next issue!


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The All Saints Hotel

Fornham St. Genevieve, Bury St

Edmunds, IP28 6JQ

Tel: 01284 706777

fi @allsaintshotel


The Golf Clubhouse, which is set to

complete this year, will have an open

kitchen and be the perfect space to

unwind pre or post-golf. We caught up

with Steve Hall, PGA Proffesional at All

Saints Hotel. “These are really exciting

times for The Suffolk Golf Club,” explains

Steve. “There have been some huge

improvements on this delightful parkland

golf course. With over £1m invested so far,

The Suffolk Golf Club is finally heading

towards reaching its immense potential.

Stage one of the drainage work has proved

highly successful, with further works

planned later this year. In consultation with

the world renowned, Sports Turf Research

Institute, an extensive maintenance

programme has improved the greens.

With work well underway on a new golf

clubhouse and new tees and bunkers

planned for 2017, visitors are flocking to

this relaxed, welcoming club. The unique

atmosphere is also highlighted as one of

the reasons membership has increased

by over 35% in the last 12 months. The

Suffolk Golf Club isn’t your traditional

golf club… they’re moving with the times!

Junior membership is free of charge,

discounted membership rates are available

for everyone under 30 years of age and

traditional dress codes have been scrapped

with the emphasis on all golfers behaving

in an appropriate manner rather than being

attired a certain way. In a nutshell, it’s a

friendly and fun place to play your golf.”


The Health Hub is the hotel’s fully fitted,

state of the art gym which has everything

all you gym lovers may ever need. From

the latest equipment to a team of highly

qualified in-house personal trainers,

they offer both peak and off-peak

memberships. They’re open 7 days a week

and memberships start from as little as


“At The Health Hub, we want our

members to succeed in the pursuit of

their fitness goals. With the help and

support of our great team, that’s really

working for our members. We encourage

quality and bespoke training tailored to the

individual and as well as 1-1 sessions we also

offer small group classes and even aqua

aerobics,” says Stuart Turner, Manager at

The Health Hub. “Our personal trainers

are here to not only give exercise advice

but also nutrition.”

As if this wasn’t enough, The All Saints

Hotel also have an extensive beauty

treatment list on offer thanks to their

in-house therapist, Hayley Cross. From

facials and massages to tanning, waxing,

tinting, manicures, pedicures and make

up, Hayley even offers male-specific


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Father’s Day



Quite the pro or new to the sport, how about a round of golf

this Father’s Day? Gog Magog Golf Club has two excellent

but very different courses with stunning views over

Cambridgeshire and are ideal for all ages and abilities.

If he still needs a bit of coaching, why not treat

Dad to a professional lesson or two?

The Gog Magog Golf Club

Shelford Bottom, Cambridge, CB22 3AB

Tel: 01223 247626

Fitbit Charge 2, £119.95,

John Lewis, Cambridge

Nike Lunarepic

Low Flyknit, £155,



How about a trip to The Playground

in Barrow and challenging Dad over

the 1km assault course with 25

obstacles? Dad’s go free when with

an accompanying participant. 8-17

years: £12. Over 18s: £20

The Playground

Barrow, IP29 5AX



Why not take Dad to Celik’s for the

full 5-star treatment?

This includes a wash, cut, blow dry,

wet shave, hot and cold towel, head

and scalp massage, steam, face mask

and full facial.

Celiks Mensroom

Cambridge, Newmarket and

Bury St Edmunds

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Let Dad track his workouts and heart rate with this Fitbit

Charge. It will monitor running, biking and weights and give

post-workout stats as well as recording his everyday activity too.



Working non-stop and

needing some down

time? Into his sport and

has a few aches and

pains? Why not treat

Dad to a massage

at SK Clinic + Spa?

They’re also offering

men’s facials which are

great for treating signs

of ageing, razor burns and

other skin concerns. Or how

about the full works - a facial,

Pevonia stones therapy and Pedi-Spa


SK Clinic + Spa

4 Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1HG

Tel: 01284 727048

We’ve rounded up a few of the best ways

to treat your Dad this Father’s Day


Here are our top 3 picks!



d’Hermès Eau

de Toilette,

£80 for 100ml

Guerlain Homme Eau de

Parfum, £57 for 50ml

Narciso Rodriguez For

Him Bleu Noir Eau de

Toilette, £44 for 50ml

Father’s Day




Grand Slab, £16

Hotel Chocolat

Bury St Edmunds

& Cambridge


The Courtyard at Elveden Estate are celebrating

Father’s Day with a traditional full English

breakfast or Sunday lunch menu. If Dad is

into his locally sourced and high quality

food, then you really won’t be

disappointed here.

The Courtyard

Brandon Road, Elveden, IP24 3TQ

Tel: 01842 898068


So it appears afternoon tea isn’t just for the

ladies! Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa have

added a masculine twist to the traditional

activity and provided a more hearty take on

finger sandwiches and cupcakes.

Let Dad feast on a range of man-sized club

sandwiches and other savory treats such as

the famous Newmarket sausage rolls and

beef pasties. There is of course the usual

scones with clotted cream and other sweet

bites. Dad can even choose which pint he

would like to accompany it with!


Get the whole family involved with Quy Mill’s Father’s

Day fun day. There will be a magic show, live music, bouncy

castle, bungee run, rodeo bull, garden games, face painters,

balloon modelling and lots more. The fun starts from 12:30pm

and tickets will include their big BBQ feast. Adult tickets are

£15, children under 12 go for £7.50 and under 3s go free.

Quy Mill Hotel & Spa

Church Road, Stow cum Quy, Cambridge, CB25 9AF

Tel: 01223 293383

Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa

Bury Road, Newmarket, CB8 7BX

Tel: 01638 663175


How about updating his wardrobe with

something from luxury menswear brand,

Dapper Fox? Based in Bury St Edmunds,

they have an extensive range of high

quality and on-trend men’s tailoring and

casual pieces. Choose for yourself or

perhaps let Dad do it himself.

Dapper Fox

14 The Traverse

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1BJ

Tel: 01284 762621

Original Newmarket Gin

£70, National Heritage

Centre for Horseracing &

Sporting Art, Newmarket



Ultra In-Ear




Sonos PLAY:1 Smart

Speaker, £189


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Local Events

Cambridgeshire Wine School’s Introduction to Wine

What better way to spend a Saturday than with a bespoke wine tour with

Cambridgeshire Wine School. Find your inner wine connoisseur as you sample a

range of wines and learn about the varying grapes. These informative wine tasting

experiences also include a welcome glass of bubbles and 2-course lunch.

Saturday 3rd June & Saturday 15th July | 11am - 4pm | Cambridgeshire Wine

School, Gonville & Caius College, Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TA

What’s On

Take a look at the various events happening in the local area this month

Bury St Edmunds Farmers’ Market

Head along to this top quality farmers’ market where there will

be a selection of the region’s very best local producers. From

freshly-baked local breads and other savoury delights to Suffolk

pork and charcuterie, fruit and vegetables, sweet treats and

even vegan and gluten free products... nothing will have travelled

further then 30 miles.

Sunday 11th June & Sunday 9th July | 10am - 4pm

The Traverse, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1BJ

The Nearly Festival

The nearly festival is the original

‘tongue in cheek’ music event for

friends, families, kids and music lovers.

This festival will showcase some of the

best live tribute acts in the UK as well as

having a kidzone with rides, a street food

market and even a chilled pub in the park.

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June | Abbey Gardens,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1XL |

Homegrown Music Festival

Taking place at the Suffolk Academy in Barrow,

this three day festival will be showcasing a

variety of local musicians and talent. Tickets

start from just £5 as they’re keen to

encourage crowds and make it accessible

to all. Not only is it affordable, it’s also

family-friendly. There will be plenty on for

the little ones including face painting, play

area and a bouncy castle. Why not make a

weekend of it and camp too?

Friday 9th - Sunday 11th June

Suffolk Academy, Church Road, Barrow, Bury St.

Edmunds, IP29 5AX |

Retraining of Racehorses


If you’re interested in seeing how a

racehorse is retrained after it retires

from racing, then these unique

demonstrations will be right up your

street. Sessions may include dressage,

lunging, long reining, pole work or


Every day throughout June

11am & 2:30pm

Palace House, Palace Street,

Newmarket, CB8 8EP


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Local Events

The Cambridge Roar

The Cambridge Roar is a festival of charity events raising

funds for worthy causes. Since its conception in 2014

they have raised £55,000 for their nominated charities

through marquee events in the grounds of Quy Mill Hotel

& Spa, Cambridge. Take a look at what they have going on

this month!


A VIP champagne dinner complete with red carpet and

a 3-course dinner.


An elegant evening of dinner and drinks.



Dinner for the horseracing fans hosted by TV and radio

broadcaster, Derek Thompson.


Tea and scones with pop-up shops and live entertainment.

Quy Mill Hotel & Spa

Church Road, Stow-cum-Quy, Cambridge, CB25 9AF

Discover Newmarket -

Cheveley Park Stud Tour

Enjoy an exciting tour taking in the best sites of

Newmarket with this exclusive opportunity to visit the

renowned Cheveley Park Stud which isn’t usually open

to the public. You will spend the morning visiting the

Newmarket Gallops, followed by a guided tour of The

Jockey Club Rooms, lunch at the 2AA Rosette Squires

restaurant at the Bedford Lodge Hotel followed by a visit

to the renowned Cheveley Park Stud which will include a

tour of the facilities, stallion parade, and will meet some

mares and foals along the way.

Wednesday 28th June | 9:30am

Meet at Bedford Lodge Hotel, Bury Road,

Newmarket, CB8 7BX |

Forest LIVE

Each summer, Thetford Forest host a variety of music acts...

take a look at who is performing at the end of this month!

Elbow - Thursday 29th June

Olly Murs - Friday 30th June

Rick Astley - Saturday 1st July

Clean Bandit - Sunday 2nd July

High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Brandon, IP27 0AF

Coming Up Next Month...

The Moët & Chandon July Festival

The most anticipated festival at Newmarket Racecourses

is just around the corner! Kicking off with Ladies Day on

Thursday 13th July, make sure you’ve got your best hat or

fascinator ready. The Friday will welcome Gentleman’s Day

and Saturday is the renowned Darley July Cup Day. Don’t

forget there is still a chance to win Grandstand & Paddock

tickets to Ladies Day over on our website.

Thursday 13th, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th July

The July Course, Newmarket Racecourses, CB8 0XE

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The Stage


a look at what’s taking

to the stages of Suffolk and

Cambridge this month!



Stand Up Stand Up


Stand Up Stand Up is a dark comedy,

hilarious and heartbreaking in turns. A

struggling comedian meets a frustrated

bailiff with secret show business dreams,

forming an unlikely alliance that leads

them on a life changing roller coaster of

an adventure neither was quite prepared

for. It is as if Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It

Away met with Live at the Apollo and

spontaneously combusted. A must-see

by Jim Cartwright, acclaimed writer of

Road and Two.

alice in wonderland


Basing his ballet on Lewis Carroll’s

much-loved children’s books, Alice in

Wonderland and Through the Looking

Glass, Ballet Theatre UK’s Artistic

Director Christopher Moore has created

a captivating piece, brimming with wit,

humour and charm. Whimsical flights of

the imagination and joyful dance.

Theatre Royal

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR

emma by jane austen


Two hundred years after the much-loved

author’s death, Jane Austen’s comic

masterpiece, Emma, takes us on a joyful

journey of warmth and wit, romantic

schemes, and mistaken intentions

directed by Colin Blumenau and adapted

by Tim Luscombe.

Cambridge Arts Theatre

Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

An Evening of



Leave your inhibitions at the door and

prepare to experience the UK’s biggest

burlesque extravaganza. With a bevy

of beautiful burlesque stars, speciality

variety artists and fabulous costumes,

An Evening of Burlesque brings this

classic artform into the 21st Century

with a glamorous new show.

The Apex

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

Russell Brand -



Following a series of sold-out

preview shows, Russell Brand

brings his stand up comedy tour

to Cambridge. He asks: “How do

we make sense of the madness

of our lives once we become

parents? What am I going to tell

my daughter about conformity

and responsibility? What happens

if she grows up to be like me or,

worse, date someone like me?”

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Cambridge, CB2 3QE

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Article by Josh Tait

Keep your eyes peeled for our line up of must-see films,

up-and-coming musicians and the next big thing...


Director: Danny Boyle

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller

Release Date: 5th June

Trainspotting was never really a film that needed a sequel. A unique

cult classic and genuine cultural phenomenon, few would have

mourned its legacy remaining untouched. T2 Trainspotting is loosely

based on Irvine Welsh’s 2002 novel Porno, and the presence of

original director Danny Boyle and the majority of the original cast,

lends this sequel a constant air of authenticity. The script is more

conventional, and feels less inspired than its predecessor, but is still

packed with narrative flair and white knuckle performances from

the likes of Ewen McGregor, Robert Carlyle, and surprising showstealer

Ewan Bremner. What is perhaps most impressive is that 20

years on, more than just being excellent fun, the Trainspotting series

still feels as relevant as ever.


Directors: Andrés Muschietti

Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard

Release Date: August 2017

Stephen King’s 1987 horror novel has become famous for its

terrifying, clown suited villain Pennywise, a role memorably filled

by Tim Curry in the 1990 TV series of the same name. It seems

unlikely that Pennywise will take on the same form in this reboot, as

he terrorises a group of seven children in the town of Derry Maine.

A tale so epic (the original novel ran to over 1,000 pages) that it will

be split into two films, horror fans need look no further this summer.


CD Review

At first glance it is hard

not to dismiss Leeds

indie rockers alt-J’s

third album as being a

little try-hard. From

their pointlessly

de-capitalised name to

the binary captioned

teaser for their

comeback single. Focus

on the music though,

and it’s not hard to

see the evidence of a

group who won 2012’s

Mercury Prize for

their debut album, ‘An

Awesome Wave’. The

slowed down, trumpetinfused

funk of In Cold

Blood is a venture into

relatively uncharted

waters for the three

piece, while lead single

3WW is an impressively

measured comeback.

Early signs are that alt-J

will continue innovating,

without compromising

their ear for a tune.




Wonder Woman

1st June


16th June




The Book of Henry

23rd June

Despicable Me 3

30th June

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Educate, Nurture,


Hear about the innovative and unique approaches to

learning that are being undertaken at Brookes Cambridge

Brookes Cambridge is an independent day,

and boarding school, that accepts boys and

girls from three to 13 years old. They not

only provide their students with the tools

that give them confidence and a mindset to

take on new challenges, but also encourage

them to be open-minded, aware of cultural

differences, and creative and innovative

about how they approach world issues.


Brookes Cambridge is a pioneering school

that places the child at the heart of all they

do. Through their unique ethos, which

starts in their ISI “Outstanding”-rated,

Montessori-accredited nursery, they inspire

a love of learning through creativity and

imagination. The combination of small class

sizes and innovative teachers provides the

catalyst for students to flourish and unlock

their natural talents.

During lessons they not only use

imaginative activities to spark children’s

inspiration but also explore links between

different disciplines to develop a deeper

understanding of the subject matter. These

connections are developed and enhanced

through bespoke learning programmes that

break down the artificial barriers that can

exist between individual subjects.

Providing the fertile soil to allow children’s

potential to take root is key, as Head of

School, Carole Beedham explains. “From

my experiences in teaching in the UK and

around the world I have learned that the

most successful schools are ones that

create the conditions where children will

flourish and give their best. Every child is a

unique individual and it is our responsibility

to give them a wide range of opportunities

and experiences so they can find their own

successful path in life.”

Each programme is multidimensional; not

only do they use a kaleidoscope of subjects

to bring learning to life, they venture

beyond the classroom, be it excursions,

performances, leading assemblies or

meeting keynote speakers.

Internationalism is part of their DNA and

informs all subjects across their curriculum.

It’s a principle that provides children with

a broader understanding of today’s world.

This global awareness is nurtured not only

through teaching but also their family of

schools that span the continents.


Brookes Cambridge is a founding member

of the Brookes Education Group, which was

born out of the inspiration of a small group

of experienced, international educators who

are passionate about sharing their vision for

global education.

The Brookes family currently boasts five

schools located in some of the top-ranked

countries for education and opportunity,

which are Canada, South Korea, the United

Kingdom and the United States of America.

In 2018, Brookes will open in Moscow,

Russia and in Bangalore, India.

Having a truly international family

of schools provides an extraordinary

opportunity to share experiences from

across continents and cultures.


Their key values of love, courage, honesty,

respect and trust are just as important

as any subject taught within the school.

Brookes Cambridge embed these values in

everything they do, creating a reflective,

diverse and respectful atmosphere in the

school. Together with these values, pupils’

spiritual, moral, social and cultural learnings

are also embedded. “We are proud of our

pupils, who demonstrate tolerance and an

understanding of democracy,” explains



Community plays an important part of

school life and it is their mission to identify

new and innovative opportunities to foster

support and development.

“To this end, we are proud of our

partnership with the Fitzwilliam Museum,

in which we have invested in key parts of

their outreach and education work. The

partnership enables the development of

workshops for 11-13 year olds, innovative

family trails and the ever popular ‘Fitz Kits’

that provide a selection of activities that

children enjoy transporting around the

galleries,” adds Carole.

The partnership also enables the school

to enhance its series of programmes.

Exhibitions provide inspiration for teachers

to develop a curriculum that excites and


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intrigues pupils.

It’s an association that underlines our commitment to creativity and

innovation; a statement underlined by Carole. “This partnership

inspires our teachers as well as our children. To work with such an

important and respected institution underlines our commitment

to both the community and also to the development of a truly

innovative and groundbreaking curriculum,” she says.


Brookes Cambridge is set in eight acres framed by the undulating,

lush Suffolk countryside. 30 minutes drive from Cambridge and

five miles west of Bury St Edmunds, they provide a safe and

enriching environment for children to study and play. “To open

our campus to families in Cambridge, we operate a high-quality

bus service from Babraham Park & Ride that provides a safe and

pleasant journey to the school. Bus routes from Saffron Walden are

also expected to launch in time for September,” adds Carole.


They have embarked on an ambitious redevelopment plan that

will see their campus truly deliver 21st century schooling to all

students. By September, they will unveil a £2.5 million, state-ofthe-art

boarding and classroom facility that will boast modern,

highly equipped art, science and computing labs as well as five-star

lodging for full-time, weekly and flexi-boarders. By 2020, Brookes

Cambridge will be a true ‘through school’, that will offer a complete

learning experience from three to 18 years old. Children will be

able to study for the IGCSE before embarking on the International

Baccalaureate, a globally recognised qualification that better

prepares students for life beyond the school gates. However, their

ambition does not stop there, as Brookes Education Group UK

Director David Rose explains: “We want to see Brookes Cambridge

recognised as one of the best schools in Eastern England and for

our students to benefit from the global connections that are open

to them.”


Gryphon House has been designed and built to exceptional

standard with all rooms boasting a full complement of modern

furnishings and fittings as well as separate en-suite shower and

toilet facilities. Quiet places for study along with academic

support give residential students room to thrive, and social spaces

and weekend excursions encourage exploration of culture and

community life.


We believe we offer something truly different from other schools.

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is a vibrancy in our lessons which I invite you to come and see

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£15.99, Zara, Cambridge


Bvlgari Polarised Round Sunglasses

£287, John Lewis, Cambridge

WILMA Chunky Brow

Sunglasses, £18, Topshop,

Bury St Edmunds

Specs Appeal

Quay Australia Santa

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From cat eye and aviators to

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Sunglasses, £300

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Summer Lovin’

Sourcing pieces for your summer wardrobe has just become a whole lot

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Summer is the perfect time to rock a

bright colour and lift your usual muted

palette. Shades of yellow and hot pink

are the in choices for SS17 and they’re

surprisingly very versatile.

1. Pleated Tiered Dress, £69.99

H&M, Bury St Edmunds or Cambridge

This pleated dress screams girly girl

and will flatter all shapes thanks to the

nipped waist and flared skirt.

2. Frilled Sleeve Dress, £25.99

Zara, Cambridge

These over exaggerated frill sleeves are

both on-trend and flattering.

3. Yellow Tie Front Cotton Top, £29

Warehouse, Cambridge

The chic tie front detailing makes for a

great focal point.


Whatever your style and whatever the

occasion, a show-stopping pair of sandals

are an absolute must in everyone’s summer


From this season’s favourite sliders to a

pair of lace up gladiators, here are some of

our favourites.

4. Leather Slides with Ribbons, £39.99

Zara, Cambridge

Tie these two-tone ribboned sandals in

a bow at the ankle for a chic take on last

year’s gladiators.

5. Maya Cross Over Sandal, £129

Jigsaw, Bury St Edmunds or Cambridge

These simple cross over sandals come in a

choice of leather or calf and the moulded

rubber tread sole means they are extra


6. FRAY Toe Ring Flat Sandals, £45

Topshop, Bury St Edmunds or Cambridge

The perfect pairing to just about anything,

the ring detail and ankle strap are on-trend

for the season.

Whistles Flat Tassel

Gladiator, £129,

Whistles, Cambridge


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From ditsy pastels to louder electric prints, florals are another staple

which are again, easy to wear. Steal the show at your summer party with

a midi floral piece or perhaps update your accessory collection.

7. Wrap Floral Blouse, £29.99, Mango,

Frilly florals? Our favourite! The satin finish on this is a welcome touch too.

8. Bluhm Botero Sheer Maxi Dress, £130

French Connection, Cambridge

Bohemian, glamorous and statement-making - the Bluhm Botero

printed full-length dress has everything we want from a summer dress.

9. ROSIE Floral Studded Shoulder Bag, £25

Topshop, Bury St Edmunds & Cambridge

Add an elegant and pretty touch to your accessories with this petite

floral stud shoulder bag.



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Simple, crisp and clean, white is the perfect shade now our skin is a little

sunkissed. From cotton shirt dresses to wide leg trousers, you’ll be

wearing these season after season.

10. Pure Cotton Cutwork Long Sleeve Shirt Dress, £35

Marks & Spencer, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket & Cambridge

This cotton detailed dress will suffice for a multitude of occasions.

11. Broderie Sleeve T-Shirt, £24

Topshop, Bury St Edmunds & Cambridge

These layered broderie sleeves will keep you looking and feeling cool.

12. Nancy Culottes, £80, Boden

These draped trousers are a must for both your summer wardrobe and holiday suitcase.

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Janice Nice

Dress: Zara

Jacket: H&M

India Pople

Blouse: Marks

& Spencer

Skirt: Zara

Shoes: ASOS

Suzanna Watson

Dress & Jacket:


Bag: Chanel

Chloe Bullett

Dress: ASOS

Jacket: Boohoo

Shoes: Kurt Geiger

Lilly Higson

Dress: French


Shoes: Kurt


Kate Butcher

Jumpsuit: Zara

Maureen Guilfoyle

Dress & Jacket: Nine West

Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana

Mimi Newnes

Dress: Topshop

Shoes: Office

Bag: YSL

Racing Fashion

Take a look at what the racegoers were wearing to the QIPCO Guineas Festival

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Megan Morley

Top & Skirt: H&M

Shoes: Carvela

Chelsea Stock

Dress: River Island

Gina Manning

Skirt & Top: New Look

Shoes: Dune

Katy Lever

Jacket: French boutique

Trousers: Gucci

Shoes: Topshop

Silvanna Martinez

Dress: River Island

Shoes: Kurt Geiger

Kloe Tolton

Dress: Lipsy

Shoes: Matalan

Angela Wroughton

Dress: Paper Dolls

Shoes & Bag: Dune


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Our Top 10

With Ladies Day at Newmarket Racecourses

just around the corner, we’ve rounded up our

top 10 favourite dresses

1. Palm Leaf Hitchcock Midi Pencil Dress, £52, ASOS

This palm leaf print is both on-trend and eye-catching and the mix of green

and blue hues will allow for a range of complimenting accessories.


2. 3.


2. Adrianna Papell Embroidered Tulle Fit And Flare Dress, £230, John Lewis

Bursting with blooms, this Adrianna Papell prom dress exudes femininity.

Complete with discreet side pockets, the tulle overlay is heavily embroidered

with wild flowers. Team with slingback heels and clutch for an ethereal look.

3. Burn Out Dress, £79, Warehouse

This pastel yellow burn out dress has a unique drop hem and would work well

with other sunshine shades such as oranges or reds and perhaps even pink.

4. 5. 6.

4. Tinsel One Shoulder Midi Dress, £59, Topshop

This one shoulder midi dress is another versatile one which will allow you

incorporate any other colour. Really go to town on your hat or fascinator and

pick something loud and vibrant to ensure you turn heads.

5. Emmie Dress, £174, Hobbs

This striking Emmie dress by Hobbs will certainly make you stand out thanks

to the elaborate, laser-cut lace. With a fitted bodice and skirt which falls

at the knee, this would work best accessorized with a quirky fascinator and

cream heeled sandals.

6. Boho Off The Shoulder Flared Dress, £235, Karen Millen

Opt for the monochrome look with this cold shoulder, elaborate lace dress

by Karen Millen. We suggest sticking with the colour scheme and teaming

with black and ivory accessories.

7. Arieal Frill Detail Midi Dress, £165, Ted Baker

The frilled cap sleeves on this dress will ensure you’re bang on trend this

season. The block colour will also make it easy to accessorize. Add another

bright colour when it comes to finding a hat or fascinator.

8. Lace Skater Dress, £55, Oasis

This floral lace dress screams summer and would certainly turn heads at the

racecourse as well as any other summer functions you may have. You may be

pleased to hear it also comes in red!

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9. Manila Peplum Sleeve Dress, £180, Reiss

Fashioned with flared peplum sleeves and asymmetric twisted waist, this too

will flatter your figure and allow for experimentation when it comes to your


10. Sorrento Jaquard Full Dress, £179, Coast

This stunning floral pattern and modern high low hem makes this another

winning choice. The fit creates a flattering silhouette for all shapes and sizes.

Team with dainty neutral shoes and a statement hatinator.

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Beauty Notebook



Scents of Summer

Nothing says summer quite like the

refreshing scent of coconut. Not only does

it smell delicious, it’s also got some serious

advantages for our skin and hair. It’s both

antibacterial and antifungal as well as being

a fantastic moisturiser.

Marc Jacobs’ spring beauty collection is

jam-packed with coconut-scented treats

so much so it’s named the ‘Coconut Glow

Collection.’ Our top pick is most definitely

the dew drops highlighter. The gel-cream

texture glides on effortlessly as a standalone

highlighter or can be mixed into your

primer or foundation for the ultimate allover

glow. The bronzer is also a favourite -

we just cannot get over the smell!

This lightweight, coconutscented

water mist by MAC

Cosmetics is jam-packed with

vitamins and minerals to gently

soothe and refresh the skin whilst

also giving an instant boost of

hydration. It’s great for refreshing

your makeup or sealing it once

you’re finished. We love the floral

packaging and summery coconut


MAC Cosmetics Prep+Prime

Fix+ in Fruit Juicy, Coconut, £18,

MAC Cosmetics, Cambridge

Marc Jacobs Dew Drops

Coconut Glow Highlighter

£30, and O!mega Bronze

Coconut Perfect Tan, £33

both available from

Enriched with vitamins A, E and F, this super-rich

body crème by Laura Mercier is great for adding

moisture and leaving a subtle coconut scent. It

smoothes and softens without feeling heavy or greasy.

Also in the collection is a bath milk, body butter, hand

crème and eau de toilette.

Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Soufflé Body

Crème, £45, Space.NK, Cambridge

We were both excited when we heard that

Philip Kingsley’s award-winning elasticizer is

now available in Coconut Breeze. If you’re

not already an avid user, this intensive,

super-conditioning treatment is great

for adding elasticity, bounce and shine

to all hair types as well as providing UV

protection meaning it’s great for holiday!

Philip Kingsley Coconut Breeze Elasticizer,


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Living Proof

Take a look at Living Proof’s 40-strong product collection

which promises healthier hair and fewer hair washes

Hair wash days are always an unwanted

chore and Living Proof acknowledge the

struggle. Their products were created

with ingredients which repel dirt and oil to

ensure our hair stays cleaner for longer.

The founders decided to shake it up a little,

and after extensive research, began a quest

to source real solutions for our various hair

dramas; frizz, damage and volume.


OFPMA, AKA the ‘healthy hair molecule’,

is used to create a thin, weightless and

invisible shield around each strand of

hair to repel dirt and oil. It is also great

for eliminating frizz, blocking humidity,

protecting the hair and also smoothing.


Kissing Day

June 24th

Zelens Extreme

Velvet Lipstick in

Nude Beige, £32

Dior Addict Lipstick in

Gentle Red, £26.50


PBAE, AKA the ‘thickening molecule’ is

great for encouraging thickness and volume.

If you suffer from thin or lifeless locks, then

this one is for you. It builds long-lasting

body and creates a much fuller look.


ETAS, Expandable Textured Aero-Spheres

or the ‘volumising and texturising molecule

to you and me, are using to create a serious

sense of volume.

Their extensive range houses

everything from shampoos and

conditioners to hairsprays, overnight

perfecters, styling treatments, split end

menders, dry shampoos, nourishing oils,

mousses, root lift, repair masks, style

extenders and serums.

NARS Audacious

Lipstick in Anna, £25

All available from

John Lewis, Cambridge

Velvet Magazine | June 2017 61



Take your glow wherever you go with

Estée Lauder’s new compact sticks

which launch next month. Simply touch

on with the easy-to-use cushion, buff

and blend for an instant sun-kissed or

luminous glow. The sheer, buildable

formula is naturally-derived of plant and

fruit extracts and lasts up to 8 hours.

Estée Lauder Double Wear

Highlighting Cushion

Stick or Radiant Bronze

Cushion Stick, £28 each



Achieve that natural sunkissed

glow overnight with this

sleep-in bronze and glow mask

from Charlotte Tilbury. Apply

to cleansed skin and build

your desired colour for up to

3 consecutive nights. Don’t

panic... this is a very subtle

tanning product!

Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow

Mask, £38, John Lewis, Cambridge



Benefit The POREfessional Pore

Minimising Makeup, £26, Boots

Bury St Edmunds & Cambridge


MAC Cosmetics new allin-one

brow kit contains two

matte shades and a creamy

highlighter to perfectly

groom and shape brows. The

compact even contains a mini

angled and spoolie brush for

easy application.

Crème De La Mer Limited Edition Blue

Heart, £330,



Minimise the appearance of pores and

hide imperfections with Benefit’s new pore

minimising makeup. The new long-wear

and incredibly lightweight formula contains

mushroom extract which helps to reduce pore

size and control excess surface oil. The poreblurring

sponge is also great for fool-proof


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MAC Cosmetics Great

Brows, £22.50, MAC

Cosmetics, Cambridge


To celebrate World Oceans Day (June

8th), cult skincare brand Crème De

La Mer have launched a limited edition

moisturising cream with in a sea-inspired,

blue watercolour pot. It’s ultra-nourishing

and fantastic for skin renewal. Dr Max

Huber, creator of the legendary Crème

De La Mer, had an ongoing love for

the beauty of the sea and in tribute to

his legacy, the brand continue to use

sea kelp that has been sustainably hand




Available from Liberty, London

After much anticipation and years of development, Sam

McKnight’s hair styling range is finally here! They first

appeared at fashion week back in February where they

caused quite a stir, but they’re now available for us all

to get our hands on. The Modern Hairspray (£22) is a

real game-changer and will hold your style in place all

day. The Lazy Girl (£19) is the every dry shampoo lover’s

dream, whilst the Cool Girl (£25) is a versatile texturizer.

Lastly, the Easy-Up Do (£25) is described as ’20 hair

pins in a can’ and gives body, hold and bite.

Samantha Nice takes you through the newest

beauty products we’re currently obsessing over

Decléor Hydra Floral

White Petal Skin

Perfecting Hydrating

Sleeping Mask, £34


Infused with pure, cold-pressed

marula oil, this new range of

styling products, featuring

a styling cream (£29.95),

perfecting hairspray (£22.95)

and extending primer (£29.95),

are great for replenishing and

conditioning hair. Each product

is packed with antioxidants and

oleic acids to tame, soften and


Available from


With one sold every 36 seconds, the

Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors

are one of Clarins’ most popular

products! The add to their success,

they’ve launched another two

shades; pink grapefruit and juicy mandarin.

They give 4 hours of hydration and contain 3D

radiance pigments to smoothe lips with a glossy finish.

Liz Earle Limited Edition

Botanical Shine Shampoo &

Conditioner, £13 each, Boots


Clarins Instant Light Natural

Lip Perfector, £18, Boots

Inspired by the uplifting scent of summer, Liz Earle

have launched a limited edition fragranced version

of their bestselling sulphate-free shampoo

and conditioner duo. Enriched with West

African shea, the shampoo cleanses and

smoothes hair, whilst the conditioner,

with Kalahari melon oil and seakale, leaves

hair looking and feeling healthy and

revitalised. Be quick... they’re only

available for 8 weeks as of July!

Valentino Valentina Blush Eau de Parfum

£63 for 50ml, John Lewis, Cambridge


Wake up with a fresh and glowing

complexion with Decléor’s new

radiance-boosting sleep-in mask.

The gel-mask is packed with Vitamin

B3 to boost collagen production

and strengthen skin, Pea Extract

to brighten and ease inflammation,

Salicylic Acid to refine texture and

promote radiance and Vitamin E to



Exclusive to John Lewis, take a look at the

newest addition to the Valentina collection.

This ‘floriental’ fragrance by perfumer

Alexis Dadler is slightly sweeter than the

original with orange blossom, Morello

cherry and pink pepper notes all

housed in the iconic signature bottle.

Velvet Magazine | June 2017 63




I founded Cosmex Clinic in Cambridge

in 2002 and it has since become a multi

award-winning clinic offering a full range

of skincare rejuvenation and anti-ageing

procedures as well as skin tightening and fat

reduction. We are situated in a convenient

location just by Waitrose in Trumpington, 10

minutes from the city centre and 3 minutes

from the M11. I opened the clinic based on a

few fundamental principles which still stand


Samantha Nice quizzes Lou Sommereux,

Clinical Director at Cosmex Clinic, about her career to

date, industry changes and her range of treatments

• Our commitment to meeting the

individual needs of you the patient,

with dignity and privacy.

• To strive to deliver your care to the

highest standards.

• We only use safe, clinically proven


• Above all, we treat you how we would

want to be treated.

I am the Clinic Director and Nurse

Prescriber and have a background in

mental health and general nursing. I am

passionate about the industry and offering

both expert services and safe practice.

I was awarded the prestigious Aesthetic

Nurse Practitioner UK Award in 2014 and

have since been nominated for The Safety

in Beauty Award for Aesthetic Nurse

practitioner 2017. I am currently studying

for a Masters in Aesthetic Medicine and

I am also an honorary member of the

BACN which promotes patient safety in

Aesthetics. In 2016, I was recommended

by Tatler Cosmetic Guide as best clinic for

new patients.



The beauty industry has evolved rapidly over

the last 10 years, especially with the trends

in social media and apps such as Instagram,

vloggers and the ‘selfie’ culture. People want

to look and feel their best at all times and

with the development of technologies, we

are able to help them.

There has been a real shift from surgical to

non-surgical treatments, as people’s lives

are becoming increasingly busy with work,

family and social commitments they want


Velvet Magazine | June 2017


optimal, natural results with little or no


The celebrity culture has also increased the

consumer awareness across the industry as

well as what treatments are readily available.

Consumers are more aware that safety

is of upmost importance and are starting

to discuss their treatments and chosen

practitioner more freely; however there is

still a huge number of clients that wish to

look and feel good ‘naturally’. At Cosmex,

we call this the ‘Cambridge Look’.



At Cosmex we believe in a holistic approach

to skin and body rejuvenation. Therefore

during an in-depth consultation we would

create a bespoke treatment plan for each

individual based on what they want to

achieve. This could be a one-off treatment

or a range of combination treatments.

We anticipate to be there over a patient’s

lifetime to protect, prevent and repair the

skin for women and men of all ages.

Treatments we offer include; muscle

relaxant for frown lines and crows feet,

advanced dermal fillers including lips, noses

and mid face volume loss, treatment for

acne, scar improvement, skin rejuvenation,

peels, skin tightening, skin analysis,

sclerotherapy, excessive sweating, laser hair

removal, tattoo removal, fat reduction and




We can treat a number of conditions

during a normal working week ranging from

injectables to laser hair removal. However

our top three treatments currently are:

• Muscle relaxant (Botulinum toxin) for

frown lines and crows feet. It reduces

muscle movement in forehead to stop and

prevent lines and wrinkles forming and

can be used for therapeutic uses such as

migraines etc.

• Dermal fillers such as Restylane ® and

Juvederm ® are used for replacing loss of

volume especially in the mid face as well as

lip and cheek enhancements.

• CoolSculpting is also extremely

popular, especially with the summer fast

approaching and clients wanting their

stubborn fat banished. CoolSculpting

is proven to eliminate stubborn fat by

freezing fat cells, safely and simply. It is

a non-surgical treatment that doesn’t

require downtime and can target and sculpt

a variety of areas such as the stomach,

waistline, thighs, arms, chin and even the

dreaded back fat.


FOR 2017?

This year we have introduced two new

technologies into the clinic, EndyMed

Intensif and Hi-Fu. Both treatments help

rejuvenate the skin as well as tighten and

improve radiance.

EndyMed Intensif uses fractional skin

resurfacing and tightening by rejuvenating

your skin from the inside out using

radiofrequency (RF) technology. The RF

is delivered deep into the skin using unique

gold needles - this triggers a regenerative

response in the skin, while reinvigorating

the skin’s natural processes. It is great for

reducing the appearance of deep lines and

helps to improve skin laxity/radiance.

HI-FU (High Intensity Focused

Ultrasound) is a non-invasive treatment

that helps lift, tighten and improve skin

quality. The technology of HI-FU means

that loose, crepey skin around areas such

as the face, neck, arms and décolletage can

be rejuvenated to reveal tighter, smoother

skin. Hi-Fu works by emitting a precisely

controlled focused beam of ultrasound that

passes harmlessly through the outer layer

of the skin and is concentrated at the right

depth, to produce the correct temperatures

needed to generate new collagen, which in

time with give tighter, smoother skin.

Cosmex Clinic

Maris Lane, Trumpington, CB2 9LG

Tel: 01223 846 363

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Hot list


Healthy Hotlist

New gym gear is certainly one way of

making yourself go! We cannot get

enough of the beautiful detailing on

these sports bras and tops.

Free To Be Tranquil

Bra, £45, Lululemon

Something To

Aim For

Entering an event is a great way to

keep motivated and give yourself

something to aim for. How about

Focus12’s RecoverRace? It’s a new

running event taking place in aid of

Focus 12 - an addiction and rehab

charity based in Bury St Edmunds.

This event is suitable for all abilities.

Sports Top with Sports

Bra, £19.99, H&M


12km or half marathon


Sunday 30th July @ 9am

The Player Lace-Up Sports Bra

£22.27, Victoria’s Secret


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cannot get enough of them. Our favourite? Definitely the

hazelnut spread on sourdough and topped with banana.

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Nutritional health coach and Instagram star, Madeleine Shaw

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Glow and Ready, Steady Glow, Madeleine has produced yet

another easy to follow, and delicious guide to eating well and

nourishing the body. It really proves that eating well doesn’t have

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10th - 18th


Not only is it cheaper than driving, cycling to work is also good for the

environment and your own health. It can cut the risk of heart disease by up

to 50%, make you feel happier and you will even be more productive at work

throughout the day. Cambridge is the cycling capital of the UK and 32% of

journeys to work are made each day by bike. Now the warmer weather is here,

why not join in and discover the benefits of pedal power for yourself?


Cycle to Work is a government scheme aimed at making cycling more affordable

and accessible for commuters and leisure riders, saving you up to 42% on the

cost of a new bike. Up to £1,000 worth of cycling equipment can be deducted

through your salary as a non-cash benefit, meaning you don’t contribute any tax

or national insurance, and can spread payments. There’s also a new scheme aimed

at electric bikes and Bromptons, without the £1,000 limit. Check with your

employer to see if they are part of a Cycle to Work scheme.

Rutland Cycling

Grand Arcade, Cambridge Station, Barnwell Road, Histon or

Giant Store on Hills Road. Tel: 0330 555 0080 or visit

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running for



Lauren Bradshaw,

Cambridge-based, Specialist

Sports Physiotherapist,

discusses running

biomechanics and the

mind-boggling world of

running shoes

“Runners need to be

better educated about

running styles and

appropriate footwear.”

New to running and completely

overwhelmed by the array of fancy coloured

and expensive running shoes on the

market? Do you have no idea what antipronation

means? Have you seen people

running in those weird five-finger shoes

with all of their toes on display? If these are

questions which have been running through

your mind, then you are exactly the same as

many of the runners who attend my clinic

needing both help and advice.

In April 2015, I embarked on a two

day intensive running course at Lee

Valley Stadium with Blaise Dubois, a

physiotherapist for the Canadian Athletics

team. It was a fascinating two days and

completely challenged my way of thinking

and analysing running. We discussed

the concept of barefoot running and

minimalism and the research around this.

We analysed each other on the treadmill

and on the track and deciphered what kind

of runners we all were. The majority of us

were heel strikers which is to be expected,

with a handful being mid-foot or forefoot

strikers. Around 85% of the world’s running

population land on their heel when running

as opposed to landing forefoot. We also

know that biomechanically landing on your

heel can decrease your running efficiency

and increase vertical reaction forces

through your body, which could potentially

increase your risk of injury yet the evidence

is yet to prove this.

I have learnt that the training shoe market is

a minefield of potential misconceptions, and

that runners need to be better educated

about running styles and appropriate

footwear. One cannot be expected to

go from being a heel striker to a forefoot

runner in a day and expect that converting

from a pair of anti-pronation bulky shoes

into a pair of minimalist shoes will not

come without some potential issues. The

body needs adaptation and muscles need

to become strong enough to cope with

changes in both shoe and technique. If this

transition is made too quickly, then disaster

could strike and unfortunately without

guidance this is often the case.

Since the course, I have become

registered with The Running Clinic (www. as a Specialist

Therapist in the analysis of running

biomechanics. I can offer individual advice

regarding your running technique and shoe

type and address issues such as cadence

and force attenuation. If you are interested

in finding out more about the way you run

and how you may be able to improve, or are

injured and would like to return to running

then why not come and have a running

assessment here at Progress.


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When it comes to finding a new pair of running shoes my best pieces

of advice would be to find some which are comfortable on your foot,

lightweight, flexible and a pair with minimal cushioning or stack

height. Please note that if you are thinking of changing shoes and

your running technique, I would strongly suggest a consultation first.

This is only a guide and may not be suitable for each individual.

1. NIKE FREE 5.0

A good starting point if you are used to a

conventional cushioned trainer and looking

to switch running technique are something

like the Nike Free 5.0. Nike pitched them

as their ‘most cushioned, natural ride,’ and

ideal for road running.


I have also recently bought their latest model - the

Cloud Flash. Weighing in at a mere 175g, and with

a heel to toe off-set of 5mm, these shoes are for

what they claim ‘athletes that go for gold!’. They

are a superbly light racing shoe that uses

its cloud technology to transform

and transfer impact energy

from the runner into forward

momentum. I am yet to test

them in a race, but they feel

great in training. They are

also costly at a staggering

£160, and I would not

normally pay so much

for a running show –

however with the fit

and feel that On

shoes offer, I

could not



Weighing in at 190g, with a heel to toe

off at 6mm, these are a great shoe that I

personally feel are super comfortable.

They are lightweight and the ultimate

performance shoe and I can attest

they stand up to running along

some tough terrain including

summiting the Snowdon

peak last month.

They adopt the cloud

technology which literally

feels like you are running on

clouds, and make you feel light

and bouncy yet without the added

weight of a traditional cumbersome

shoe. The downside is they’re expensive

- retailing at £120. If you are a member of

a running club some running shoe shops will

discount 10% which is always a bonus. The other

advantage is they are super stylish and come in 2

gorgeous colour schemes, so you are certainly set to woo

the crowd too! A winner in my eyes and by far my favourite

running shoe of all ( and I have a lot!). They’re worth every

penny in my opinion.


If you are already a forefoot striker, and have been

running like this for some time, then I would suggest

the New Balance Trail WT10V4 with its minimalist

design. These too offer a lightweight ride without

sacrificing underfoot cushioning or stability.

Progress Clinic

Conqueror House, Chivers Way

Histon, CB24 9PW. Tel: 01223 200 580


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Ask Ant

From workouts and nutrition to genetics, hormones and individual goals,

we talk to Bury St Edmunds-based personal trainer, Ant Cullen about the

difference between male and females ahead of Men’s Health Week


Body composition is undoubtedly relative to your gender. In the

majority of cases, men genetically have less body fat and more

muscle when compared to females. Alongside genetics, hormones

have a huge part to play and this dramatically affects our overall

appearance. Men have more testosterone and this is vital when

it comes to muscle growth. It promotes protein generation levels

which increase muscle mass. Women have much less testosterone

which is why they can train with heavy weights and avoid getting

‘bulky’. Women have high levels of oestrogen which is great for

muscle repair and means they often recover from workouts

quicker but it does also increase the body’s capacity to store fat.

Men and women also tend to store fat in different areas. Men

tend to store it on their stomach, whereas women tend to store

it lower down around their hips and thighs. There are also other

factors which affect our appearance such as overall health, calorie

intake, genetics and day to day lifestyle.



Whilst there are obvious physiological differences between both

men and women, this is not what determines an individual’s

programme. Male or female, everyone’s fitness goals are different

and this is where your training programme should stem from.

There are basic structures which look to tackle the whole body

such as exercises and movement which look to put muscles

under stress. This can be achieved through resistance and weight

training, body weight exercises as well as various different forms

of cardio which work to help you get fitter and fundamentally,

change shape. There are many different approaches to these

different forms of training and here is where it perhaps becomes

a little more gender-orientated. Men tend to focus more on their

upper body so utilise exercises which are going to make them

bigger up top for example. There are a variety of more fine-tuned

exercises which are great for targeting a specific problem area.

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This is speaking generically as, as mentioned, everyone’s goals are

different. In short, the same information and ideas can be applied

to both men and women but it’s usually undertaken in different


If you’re new to exercise and want to get started, I would suggest

training one day on, one day off. This will give your body a chance

to rest and enable you to work to your full potential when you

are training. People often underestimate the importance of rest

days. Your body needs time off and it will help to avoid the risk

of causing more harm than good. If you’re already in the swing

of things, you can be training up to 4 or 5 times a week and

incorporate weight training alongside other forms of exercise such

as HIIT training and cardio.



It may surprise people to hear this, but women and men can follow

similar plans. Generally speaking, the majority of men want to

gain muscle and increase size, whilst most women want to tone up

and trim down. What is interesting here, is that both require you

to build muscle. This is why most workout plans follow a similar

pattern. There are also other factors to consider when starting

out such as the client’s current weight, any underlying health

issues or injuries and their lifestyle. Nutrition is crucial is you’re

wanting to see results. You know what they say... ‘abs are made in

the kitchen!’ As a basic rule, your diet should be rich in both fruit

and vegetables to ensure a high level of macronutrients such as

vitamins and minerals. Protein is fundamental for muscle growth

and is great for keeping you full. Carbohydrates (of all kinds), are

also important for fuelling your workouts although some are lower

in nutrients than others. It’s important to remember that all carbs

turn to glucose in our body, and the difference between ‘good

carbs’ and ‘bad carbs’ is fibre content, calorie density, vitamin and

mineral levels, and digestion speed. I am certainly not saying to

eat more sugar, it’s just easier to overeat and that’s why I believe

it has such a bad name. Again, everyone’s goals are different so

this is where we would discuss specific amounts of each food

category. For example, a high protein and low carbohydrate diet

could benefit a weightlifting programme designed for fat loss.

Higher carbohydrates would be considered better for a more of

an aerobic programme.


My top tip would be to monitor your energy intake or calories

as well as understanding your nutrient needs. By default if you

monitor what carbs, proteins, and fat you’re eating you are

monitoring calories. I personally use the app, My Fitness Pal,


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as it’s great for keeping a

record of what you’re eating.

It also tells you so much about

the nutritional content of your

foods and which areas you are

lacking in. It is important to prioritise

good quality protein every day to help

preserve muscle and help to keep you feeling full. It

will also help to keep you energised and boost your productivity

in the gym. Another simple piece of advice, but one which is

often overlooked, is to drink plenty of water. Hydration is key

for decreasing likelihood of infection, maintains performance

while training and power output. A slight drop in hydration % can

result in up to 30% loss in power and performance. Supplements

are all the rage these days, but it’s important to fully research

whatever you’re looking at taking before buying. Think about your

current diet and look for evidence-based research. Are there

any downsides? Can you boost whatever you’re lacking through

certain foods? I would suggest visiting for a

good source of unbiased reviews on most things.





As a personal trainer, it’s frustrating to see

articles and videos on YouTube which claim to

‘lose belly fat in 10 days’ or ‘the best exercises to burn

stomach fat’ as it gives the impression you can pin-point a

specific area and that quick fixes work. In reality, a slight calorie

deficit through nutrition as well as increasing exercise is the most

sustainable way.

In order to lose fat, you must find a dietary approach which allows

you to maintain a calorie deficit for the amount of time required

to hit your goal. It’s also worth noting here that if you drop

your calories too fast, you may actually see a decrease in your

metabolism. Body fat can be put on at any time and it is usually

due to poor diet choices and lack of activity. As men get older,

testosterone levels drop meaning it becomes easier to put on that

dreaded ‘belly fat’. Look to get into regular weight training and

adopt a sensible diet to accompany this.

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Heart Of The Home

See Belvisi’s new Italian

kitchen brand

Elegant Exterior

Take the inside out with

these top picks

Bloomin’ Lovely

Hear from florist, Paula Pryke

Velvet’s monthly property and interiors exclusive




Home Hub




Make Mine A Cocktail

Impress your guests with a refreshing homemade

cocktail this summer. Take a look at these quirky

glasses and accessories!

by Samantha Nice

Velvet brings you the latest

home and interior trends

4-in-1 Punch Bowl and Glasses, £32

This handy 4-in-1 punch bowl doubles up

as a cake stand, punch bowl and chip and

dip serving tray making it the perfect party

accessory for any occasion.

LSA International Gin

Cocktail Set, £100

Kikkerland Diamonds Drink

Cooler Ice Cubes, £5

These unique diamond-shaped

ice cubes are ideal for cooling

and adding a decorative touch.



Shaker, £10

LSA International

Pastel Champagne

Saucer, £30 for 4

The Architecture of

The Cocktail, £7.49

Become a cocktail

master with this

beautifully illustrated

guide. Featuring 75

different cocktails and

recipes, you won’t be

stuck for ideas!

Final Touch Pineapple

Ice Bucket, £30


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All available from John Lewis, Cambridge

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Hidden Gardens of Bury

The Hidden Gardens of Bury is held every year on the 3rd Sunday

in June and allows guests the chance to take a look around the

many beautiful gardens within the floral town. If you’re looking

for some inspiration then be sure to make the most of the 30

different displays on offer. This event is now in its 31st year and

the Hidden Gardens have raised over £325,000 for the very

worthwhile St Nicholas Hospice Care. Tickets are available from

The Cathedral Shop on Angel Hill in Bury St Edmunds or can be

purchased on the day from the marquee on Angel Hill.

For more information visit

Salad Season

Serve your summer salad in style with

our top pick of unique salad servers

Daisy Bunch Melamine

Salad Serving Spoons

£6.09, Cath Kidston


Heart Of The Home

New to Belvisi this month is a collection of modern kitchens

called Infinity made by Italian-brand Stosa Cucine. They’re a

fabulous brand which have a great range which will instantly

transform your kitchen space. Cool tones, modern lines and

bold graphic colours is the vibe. Belvisi understand that a

kitchen shouldn’t just be a functional space, it’s the heart of

the home.

Belvisi have also just become the elite showroom in

Cambridge to supply Dekton which is a unique natural

heat and scratch resistant material now used by Belvisi for

bespoke-made kitchen tables. All prices on request. Find

Belvisi Kitchen & Furniture Cambridge’s Newmarket Road.

Mose Salad

Severs, £28,

Oliver Bonas


Salad Servers, £12.99, H&M

Bury St Edmunds & Cambridge

Pattern Salad Tongs,

£8, Monsoon, Bury St

Edmunds & Cambridge

132 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8HE

Tel: 01223 327463 |

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Home & Garden


Patterned Cushion Covers

£3.99 each, H&M online



Large Candle Lantern

£19.99, H&M online

Bring the inside out this summer and

use your garden and outdoor space much

like you do your lounge or dining space.

Add candles, cushions and other

decorative pieces to make yours inviting.

Bramlecrest Outdoor Scatter Cushion

£14.99, Glasswells, Bury St Edmunds

Leia 2 Seater Sofa

£450, John Lewis


John Lewis

LSA International Terrace Storm

Lantern, £18, John Lewis, Cambridge

Fusion Bamboo Globe

Lantern, £80, John

Lewis, Cambridge

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Jane Cappleman

Tel: 01284 763770 | 07749 361254


Adrian Peel speaks to Jane Cappleman - one of East Anglia’s finest interior designers

Jane Cappleman set up her business in

2012 after previously working for interiors

firm Clement Joscelyne. Jane mainly covers

Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and

Essex, designing a wide range of interiors

from classic to the more contemporary.

Jane’s most recent commission was the

wedding venue at Ravenwood Hall Hotel,

just outside Bury St Edmunds, though most

of her clients are domestic. Asked about

her areas of expertise, she replied: “Mainly

soft furnishings, fabrics... I worked for

Clement Joscelyne for 14 years and they

were a high-end retail furniture and interior

design company.

“I originally trained as a commercial

interior designer, with a view to enter the

domestic market. I also studied textile

design so I know my fabrics well. Curtains

are a speciality, as well as rugs and carpets.

I have a good knowledge of how they are

made and how to measure for them.” Jane,

a mother of two who works from home,

started in the business in her early 20s so,

at the age of 47, she certainly knows her

stuff when it comes to interiors.

“Everybody wants something different.

Sometimes people know what they like but

they just lack the confidence to go for it, so

hopefully I can cut out a lot of mistakes,”

she said.

“I’m finding that I’m being asked more

and more to go into a building before it’s

finished to make sure that fixtures and

fittings are positioned correctly. Sometimes

light switches are going to be covered by

curtains, or plug sockets are in the wrong

place. It’s better to move them before the

walls are plastered as it saves money in the

long run.”

Jane’s ability to walk into a room and know

immediately what needs doing to it has

come from years of experience. “I use a

sketch-up model with some of my clients

just to show them the best arrangements

for furniture,” she said. “I know how people

move around their houses and have been in

rooms recently where I’ve got newspaper

and put it on the floor. That way, clients can

see where the furniture’s going to go and

how the room will flow.” She added: “I’m

good with colour and know exactly what

colours go together and what don’t – and

they don’t necessarily have to match.”

Recalling a job in Cambridge in 2012, Jane

said: “A gentleman there was downsizing,

moving into a very nice mews house on

the same road. I had all of the curtains

and blinds made for him. “That came on

recommendation through his daughter,

whom I had done some work for in the past.

I also helped him decide what furniture he

wanted to keep and what he wanted to get

rid of.”

Jane works very closely with her customers

and speaks to them at length before any

work takes place, often forming lasting

friendships in the process. She concluded:

“It’s really just making people’s houses a

home, instead of a showpiece. You have got

to be able to use these houses. At the end

of the day, I don’t live there - it’s got to be

for them.”

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Home & Garden

Bloomin’ Lovely!

Florist, Paula Pryke, shares some of her expert

knowledge on all things flowers



There has been a global trend to return

part of your garden back to a cutting

garden. 50 or 60 years ago many people

had a productive garden with vegetables

and cut flowers. In the intervening years,

people went away from producing their

own. When I was first in the flower business

there were lots of smaller suppliers who

sent in a few boxes of buckets of seasonal

flowers. As the flower business began to

get more serious in the late 1980’s these

dwindled. The UK cut flower industry

alone is worth more than £2.2 billion at

the retail area. There has been a six-fold

increase in the import of flowers since

1988, the year I started my business. Then

the supermarkets became very interested

in the supply of flowers and consumed fifty

per cent of it from the florist sector. This

meant that flowers became a very standard

offer and, although the supermarket has

upped their range and their production,

it is still very limited The range you get in

the supermarket is only a fraction of the

supply on offer. Most of these are bought

on a price and the production is totally

controlled. Supermarkets like uniform,

consistent produce and they say we, the

consumers are to blame for this. About six

years ago the ‘growing your own’ vegetables

moved over to including cut flowers again.

Some florists started substituting their

supply from wholesale markets by growing

their own and some people made the

lifestyle choice to start growing flowers to

supply markets and shops locally. As the

demand for locally or homegrown flowers

intensified, the supermarkets started to

support local growers and in return there

was more product to send into wholesale

markets. So in a roundabout way, the

supermarkets have been the unlikely

savours of the cut flower industry in the

UK. I am lucky enough to travel the world

and visit flower markets all over the place.

It is much the same story in the USA but

at present the markets in Asia are still more

fragmented. This is partly because they

have resisted the temptation to import as

many flowers from Europe, South America

and Africa and also because they do not

at present have the same supermarket

culture. Now let’s take a look at some of my



These were the first flowers I chose to use

to represent my new flower shop. A flower

I had grown from seed as a child and a

regular cut flower in my parent’s garden, it

represented the kind of flowers I wanted

to serve in my shop. Seasonal, scented,

colourful and loved by most. Commercial

growers tend to pick varieties with long

stems and larger flowers heads with the best

longevity. The colour is also very relevant

but sometimes these choices means that

the scent is lost. In the wild, flowers need

their scent to attract bees and insects for

pollination, but in the cut flower industry

growers need to provide flowers that travel

and last well. The most fragrant sweet peas

tend to be the older varieties and often

ones with short stems. These last maybe

3 days if you are lucky and this would not

be long enough for the supply chain from

grower to auction market, then onto the

retailer, further logistics before arriving at

the florist or end customer.


It is pretty much the same story with

garden roses – they’re available but the

fragrance is faint.. There are one or two

rose growers who are trying to redress

this by only producing fragrant varieties,

but these are really designated for the

wedding trade as their life is short and they

are expensive. The only solution to having

roses with scent is to grow your own. David

Austin grow some cut roses but beware


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Home & Garden

some of the production is overseas in Kenya where it is much

easier to guarantee the sun required to make roses bloom. There

are also German specialist producers and many of the Dutch firms

are returning to the old methods of creating beautiful open roses

with scent. These are always going to be more expensive than your

standard supermarket rose.


So what makes dahlias so impressive? Well it is to do with the fact

that most plants only have two sets of chromosomes, whilst dahlias

have eight. The hybridisers have then gone to work to produce

an astonishing variety of dahlia’s in all colours, shapes and sizes.

They are subject to shattering like chrysanthemums so the fancier

varieties don’t travel too well. The Karma range has been developed

for the cut flower industry and these have sturdier stems that last

well. Karma ‘Sangria’ is my personal favourite. The dahlias that

are stealing the show at the moment though are the ‘Cafe Au

Lait.’ They come in a number of pale and interesting shades that

particularly suit bridal work.


Another quintessential summer flower, you think about these in

all the famous English borders and of course the banks of them at

the Chelsea Flower Show. Delphiniums come in several different

sizes and grades. The long hybrid varieties which are a metre tall

are really the flowers for grand occasions and for large decorative

pieces. However the smaller delphiniums are perfect for jugs and

vases. The individual florets can also be wired into headdresses and

wired bouquets. When you grow them in your garden, look out for

delphiniums with good sturdy stems. They’re long-lasting if treated

well and the weather isn’t too hot.

Pick up your

copy of Paula’s

latest book,

‘Floristry Now:

Flower Design

and Inspiration’

on Amazon.

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5 Reasons To Love

A Neutral Bathroom

It’s only natural that trends change with the seasons, and although

things change less frequently in interior design when compared

with fashion for example, they still do. If you want an on-trend

bathroom, you would have to be updating it quite often. Opting

for a neutral scheme in your bathroom however will enable you to

still follow the trend and update the accessories instead.


1. Whether it’s forest green, cobalt blue or burnt orange that’s

trendy, a basic neutral colour scheme will allow you to bring any

splash of colour. From towels and baskets to small vases and other

decorative pieces, it’s quick, easy and often affordable to give a

completely new look.

2. Neutral bathrooms will always be in

fashion. You will never need to worry

about redecorating or getting bored.

Unlike most other trends, this one is

a timeless classic and works well in all

spaces and for all budgets.

3. Bathrooms are spaces where we are

all meant to relax or revitalise. A neutral

colour scheme will definitely promote

relaxation. Within the neutral scheme,

there is scope to go warmer or cooler.

4. Within the neutral palette, sticking to

one or two materials can help the room

feel much bigger and therefore more

spacious. As in the above examples I

mentioned, only two tiles in neutral colours

were chosen for each bathroom. Despite

their relatively small sizes, they appear

much bigger.


To create the illusion of

more depth, I have used two

alternative ideas. One was to

introduce ebony dark tiles only

in the shower/bath area and the

other was to add an additional

shelving unit.

5. If you stick to a neutral palette, you can

choose standout fittings. I like to use light

neutral tiles on both the walls and in the

shower area as it allows me to introduce

black fittings such as the shower head

and flushing plate. They work well with

an anthracite floor finish too.

Katie Malik


Tel: 07596190914

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Bellfires Smart Bell 90-80 (featuring Premium Fire)

Things Are Heating

Up at Ivett & Reed!


Whilst it may not seem it, now is the ideal time to be

thinking about installing a new fireplace ahead of winter

Ivett & Reed

615 Newmarket Road

Cambridge, CB5 8PA

Tel: 01223 213500

Stuv 22-70

Jotul GF 373 Balanced Flue Gas Stove

Gazco Logic2 Electric Chartwell

Now as much as we hate to talk about the cold

weather long before it arrives, Ivett & Reed

have got us thinking already with their stunning

range of fireplaces. We caught up with James

Hilton, Business Development Manager at the

long-established Cambridge firm, to hear a

little more about what’s on offer.

Having been in the business for over 120

years, Ivett & Reed really know their stuff

when it comes to stonemasonry. They’re

one of the region’s leading retailers when it

comes to manufacturing and installing stone

fireplaces and have all types of appliances to

accompany them, from wood burning and

multi-fuel stoves to gas and electric fires. With

leading brands such as Clearview, Jotul, Gazco,

Stovax and Bellfires offering products to suit a

wide range of properties and budgets, how do

you decide which is best?

“When choosing a new fireplace it’s important

to consider style and convenience. Trends

change year upon year but so far this year we

have seen a significant growth in the sale of

gas fireplaces,” says James. “This is because

Gazco Reflex 75T Edge with Sandringham

homeowners are recognising their ease of

use and are also taking advantage of the high

efficiency appliances on the market currently.”

While contemporary hole-in-the-wall style

installations remain popular, it appears many of

Ivett & Reed’s customers are choosing to set

their gas fire into a stone fireplace. “This makes

a ‘modern classic’ focal point, whilst also adding

significant aesthetic and financial value to their

property,” James adds.

“The past 12 months have seen gas fire

technology continue to develop at a fast pace,

with products such as the Gazco Reflex 75T

and Bellfires Smart Bell featuring ultra-realistic

log effects, double burners, LED electric

lighting under the fuel bed and advanced

remote control handsets. Another popular

addition to our showroom has been the Jotul

GF 373, which is a contemporary balanced

flue gas stove - ideal for properties without an

existing chimney,” says James when we asked

about the previous few months’ sales.

In addition to this, Ivett & Reed continue to

offer an extensive selection of wood burning

appliances. “Currently we are installing the

Stuv 22-70 into our Cambridge showroom.

It’s an exciting new high end built-in stove

featuring a guillotine door and a heat output

ranging from a manageable 4kW up to an

impressive 11kW, enough to heat most large

living spaces,” he mentions.

If you’re looking for a more cost-effective

solution in a new or existing fireplace there are

a range of new inset electric fire ranges which

have realistic LED flame effects.

“My top pick would be the Gazco Logic2,”

adds James.

Pop in to their Cambridge showroom to take a

look for yourself. So before the weather does

turn cold… why not think ahead!

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Hear about local sculptor,

Sally Dunham’s’ upcoming

art exhibitions

Sally Dunham will be hosting a solo

exhibition at The Garage Gallery in

Aldeburgh next month from the 14th -

19th July, where she will be taking over this

fantastic space overlooking the sea with

a wonderful selection of her work. Pieces

that will be on display include her human

and animal sculptures and ‘A moment with

Mister Herbert’, a lovable character with an

intriguing long face.

The sculptures in ‘The Mister Herbert’

collection capture a series of everyday

situations and sayings to make you

smile. Available as small scale

designs with Mister Herbert

standing approximately 12cm

tall and larger designs

standing approximately

45cm tall, Sally often

incorporates quotations

with the Mister

Herbert series and has

developed designs to

be wall mounted, with

ceramics incorporated

with canvas


Each sculpture Sally

creates is individually

handmade from

thin slabs of clay

which have been

carefully pieced

together almost like

a patchwork quilt.

Her human and

animal sculptures

are created using smaller sections of clay,

giving them a lively and tactile surface. Sally

has been selling her sculptures nationwide

since graduating in 1998, and is proud to

have many collectors of her work, both

at home and internationally with many

appreciating Sally’s unique and distinctive

style which is easily recognisable as a Sally

Dunham design. Sally is also represented by

selected galleries in the UK and Ireland.

Alongside her ceramic work, Sally will be

bringing her two limited edition solid bronze

designs to Aldeburgh. One captures a

boxing hare mid-action and the second is a

chimp holding a human skull, entitled ‘The

meaning of life’.

“I love thinking of and realising new

designs and the challenges each new piece

presents. It’s great to see people’s reactions

to my work, to see them smile and ponder

in front of a design which resonates with

them,” she says. “Knowing that my work

brings joy to other people is a wonderful

feeling and knowing that my work has pride

of place in people’s home gives me a real

sense of achievement,” adds Sally. “I’m

often asked to commission bespoke designs

as a special gift which I also love doing.”

Be sure to head along to Aldeburgh’s

Garage Gallery each day of the exhibition

between 11am and 5pm with a special late

night on the Friday between 5.30pm -


Sally Dunham


Tel: 07850 286566

If you are unable to visit this exhibition,

why not make an appointment at any

time to visit Sally at her studio gallery

in Soham or perhaps visit one of the

following exhibitions which she will also

be attending:

Art in Clay at Hatfield House

18th - 20th August

Salisbury Contemporary Craft

at Salisbury Cathedral

8th & 9th September

Art Unequalled in Ely

4th & 5th November

Crafts for Christmas

at Blackthorpe Barns, Roughham

18th & 19th and 25th & 26th November

Solo exhibition at Quay Gallery

at Snape Maltings in Snape

2nd - 7th December

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otoring MOur motoring section is full of the latest models, reviews and gadgets


Introducing the Mercedes GLA

Phil Huff takes one for a test drive

The Art of Buying a Car

Hear from Newmarket Motor








The Mercedes GLA

This is the new Mercedes-Benz GLA, although you might not be

able to tell. As is the trend in Stuttgart these days, the revisions

made to the GLA to keep it fresh are pretty subtle - there’s a new

pair of bumpers and some LED headlights. That’s really about it,

but there was never a great deal wrong with the car in the first

place, as long as your expectations were well managed.

That’s because the GLA might look like a tough SUV, ready

to kick sand into the face of any ordinary hatchback, but it’s

actually, well, an ordinary hatchback. Yes, it’s been jacked up on

its suspension a little (and the 2017 cars ride 30mm higher than

the old model) but it’s really a Mercedes-Benz A-Class with some

muscular cladding on the bodywork.

There’s a nod to some off-road ability, with the inclusion of hill

descent control - this electronically keeps the car under a set

speed when descending steep inclines - and there’s a four-wheel

drive 4Matic option, but the GLA is best suited to the tarmac.

On the straight and narrow it’s arguably a little firm, but UK

buyers generally like the sporty feeling that provides. The longer

suspension means it tends to remain a little fiddly over the

small bumps and cracks in road surfaces, but it absorbs longer

undulations without any issue. Switch the adaptive suspension

to Sport mode and the GLA becomes quite engaging on more

interesting roads, with body roll kept well in check and plenty of

grip being offered from wide wheels. Before it succumbs to the

laws of physics, electronic wizardry starts controlling power and

braking to each individual wheel, helping ensure the GLA remains

on the right side of the scenery.

The 200d is powered by Mercedes’ well-versed 2.1-litre diesel

engine and the company’s engineers have managed to squeeze

plenty of useable power from the unit. There’s 134bhp that’s

enough for a nine second sprint to 62mph. It also reduces its fuel

use significantly; officially, 65.5mpg is possible, but this writer has

seen results far better than that on a gentle motorway run.

On the inside of the car lies a couple more updates. It’s much as

it used to be, which means a solid and upmarket dashboard that

adds a sense of occasion missing from its German rivals, but now

with added bling and redesigned instruments. There’s an iPad-like

infotainment screen stuck high up on the centre stack, bringing

sat-nav instructions or other information right up to the driver’s


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Mercedes GLA Sport 220 d 4MATIC

Written by Phil Huff

• Price: £31,980

• Range: £26,220 - £53,405

• Top speed: 124 mph

• 0-62 mph: 9.1 seconds

• Official fuel economy: 56.5 mpg

• CO2 emissions: 130 g/km

• Car tax: £140 (£160 in Year 1)

• BIK: 28%

• Insurance Group: 21E

• Power: 136 PS (134 bhp)

• Torque: 300 Nm (221 ft lb)

• Weight: 1,595 kg

Robinsons Mercedes-Benz of


Barnwell Road, Cambridge,

CB5 8SH | Tel: 01223 401100

Robinsons Mercedes-Benz of

Bury St Edmunds

Northern Way, Bury St Edmunds,

IP32 6NH Tel: 01284 769676

eyeline, but it’s not a touchscreen - this

confuses initially, but the excellent control

system that your left hand falls naturally to

is intuitive and quick. There’s also plenty of

physical buttons on the dashboard for the

more important functions, which makes

life far easier.

The styling masks the size somewhat,

with the GLA being a smaller car than it

appears. That means that there’s not a

huge amount of space in the rear seats,

with headroom being particularly tight so

families with teenagers might need to look

elsewhere, but things are better up front.

Plenty of storage areas are dotted around

the cabin though, and a decent 481-litre

boot is competitively sized.

There’s a lot to like about the GLA, and

its shortcomings could be lived with by

most in return for the raised ride height

and premium style. It’s frugal yet quick

enough, capable on road, well equipped

and distinctive. There’s also enough space

for most people and, while the list price

might be a tad high, the strong residual

values mean finance deals and PCP

payments should be competitive. The GLA

has been a popular model in the UK, and

the changes made for 2017 should ensure

that continues.

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Putting The

Back In To Driving

It’s tough work selling a proper sports car these days. Hot

hatches like the Volkswagen Golf GTi or Ford Focus ST

promise to combine all that’s exciting about the genre with

the practicalities that modern life demands - doors you can fit

through, a decent boot, cupholders and so on.

Even if you wanted an affordable sports car, the list is pretty

short and full of talent. There’s the Mazda MX-5 and its cousin,

Fiat’s 124 Spider, and the Toyota GT86. That’s made life tough

for Subaru, who introduced the BRZ back in 2012. It’s a fourseater

coupe that’s focused almost entirely on driving pleasure;

power is provided by a 2.0 litre engine up front and sent to the

rear wheels via a limited slip differential, with much effort made

to keep the weight and centre of gravity down. And it’s almost

identical to the Toyota, even being built in the same factory.

To keep it fresh, Subaru has facelifted the BRZ a little and, while

the changes seem subtle at first, they make quite a difference

overall. A new bumper and grille makes the car appear wider and

lower, with new LED headlights and taillights adding a modern

sparkle. The side vents look higher quality now, and a rear spoiler

has been added as well, although I’m sure that’s just cosmetic.

The BRZ wasn’t a bad looking car to start with, but it’s been

finessed beautifully now.

The same is true of the interior, at least partly. Home to too

many low quality plastics and dated design, Subaru argued that

the car was designed for those that focussed on driving. Buyers

Written by Phil Huff

disagreed, as no matter how enthusiastic you are about motoring,

you still have to deal with the car every day, so Subaru has gone

about giving it an update to improve perceived quality. There’s a

new steering wheel multifunction controls, less plastic and more

leather, a new digital screen in the instrument binnacle and red

stitching all over the place to remind drivers this is a sports car.

It goes some way to improving matters, but stepping out of the

Golf GTi into the BRZ will highlight just how far off the car is in

terms of material feel and quality.

You’ll also notice the change in practicality. The rear the seats in

the Subaru are a token gesture, but at least they fold down to

make the sensible sized boot even more usable, while a pair of

cupholders sit far enough back to be used by front or rear seat

passengers - assuming they can squeeze in! Just ahead of those

are some buttons for switching the stability control to Track

mode, or off entirely.

If you ever drive one of these cars, press that button. Every time.

Switching the car to Track mode simply transforms it from a car

that feels compromised to one that will make you smile on every

journey. The BRZ no longer just follows a line prescribed by a

computer but actually moves around and feels alive. It’s now that

I understand what the BRZ is all about.

The trend of recent years has been to hunt for ever increasing


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Subaru BRZ SE Lux

• Price: £26,050

• Top speed: 140 mph

• 0-62 mph: 7.6 seconds

• Official fuel economy: 36.2 mpg

• CO 2

emissions: 180 g/km

• Car tax: £140 (£800 in Year 1)

• BIK: 35%

• Power: 200 PS (197 bhp)

• Torque: 205 Nm (151 ft lb)

• Weight: 1,242 kg

power outputs, higher top speeds

and faster times round the

Nurburgring. Subaru has taken

that and ignored it all; the skinny

tyres suddenly make sense when

you’ve only got 197bhp to play

with - there’s the perfect amount

of grip, able to handle 95% of the

power, the back end able to step

out ever so slightly before the

computers prevent it going further.

Electronics don’t stop play entirely,

but keep the game moving.

The weight distribution of the car is near

perfect, a 53/47 balance at rest but

moving rearwards under power, the weight

transfer keeping the tyres planted. A

limited slip differential prevents wasting

any of the power on wheelspin, until you

push that bit harder. Never does it feel

unsafe, just engaging.

The Volkswagen Golf GTi is the sensible

option. It’s spacious, well equipped,

comfortable, grown up. The Subaru BRZ

isn’t, and it’s all the better for it.

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The Art of

Buying a Car

For many people, cars are in reality a useful

appliance providing a function to make

everyday life easier. For others, they are a

work of art or something to admire. They

provide an experience which provokes real

passion and exhilaration. Some people have

no regard for their car and others feel real

emotion, lavishing lots of money, care and

attention. Today there are a huge variety

of cars offering a wide range of different

driving experiences and uses and there are

an infinite range of personal preferences.

Maybe it is easier to buy a car if you are

not remotely interested in them but there

are still considerations such as reliability,

condition, warranty and so on. If you love

cars, buying one can feel akin to choosing

a new member of the family, you have to

really like them and be sure they will fit

in with you and the family. Then there is

the thorny issue of whether to follow your

heart, or at least in part to acknowledge

your head when making a decision.

Newmarket Motor Company

Exning Road, Newmarket, CB8 0EA

Tel: 01638 666404

Many cars today offer

great all round motoring

experiences and suitability

for numerous lifestyles.

At Newmarket Motor

Company we understand

that our customers come

to us with an extensive range

of priorities when choosing

a car. For this reason we offer

a selection of used cars covering

the whole motoring spectrum, from

outright sports cars such as Porsches, to

family runabouts like the widely-acclaimed

Toyota Yaris.

Whether you see a car as a necessity

or a passion, the key element is budget.

Everyone has slightly different resources

and requirements and we understand

this. Our Finance Manager, Graham,

always goes to great lengths to provide

what our customers want from any

finance arrangements. Nobody wants

the enjoyment of their new toy to be

over shadowed by the wrong finance

arrangement. Graham will take the time to

ensure whatever is put in place is right for

you and most importantly, you feel very

comfortable. A bit of finance to boost your

budget can often be cost effective as you

Whether it’s a passionate or practical

purchase, we are here to help. Come

and take a look at our diverse range

for yourself.

can buy a better car providing a better

ownership experience.

They say variety is the spice of life and

when it comes to choosing a car we believe

customers need a good range of both

makes and models to select the best and

that is exactly what we have! But, if for

some reason, you still can’t find what you

are looking for we will find it for you! This

is something we have done for lots of our



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