Government urged to review Stamp Duty holiday deadline Posted On 30 October 2020

Industry chiefs warn “holiday” needs to be extended or economy could take £4bn hit   Property industry leaders are pressuring the Government to extend the Stamp Duty holiday because increased pressure on service providers is causing huge delays for buyers and sellers. A joint letter – sent to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and signed by …

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County of Rutland stars in Top Five UK safe staycations in the UK list Posted On 30 October 2020

Self-catering experts, Lakelovers, revealed their list of the ‘top eight safe holiday spots in the UK,’ this week…   With a quarter of the population saying they are looking to holiday in the UK until a Covid-19 vaccine is found, the county of Rutland, which borders Stamford, has made it into the Top Five of …

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Green solutions to break up interior monotony Posted On 28 October 2020

Tall, elegant houseplants can add a vivid flourish to today’s clean and clinical home. And, surprisingly, some do more than just look good Back in the day, when lava lamps and Hostess tea trolleys were all the rage, no self-respecting home was without a rubber plant; an ungainly, spindly, temperamental thing with large, glossy green …

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Halloween Party at Home Posted On 26 October 2020

Halloween will, like most of 2020, be a different experience this year, however, we have a great guide to make it special at home…   Halloween has always been about Trick-or-Treat, pumpkins and decorating your house, however, this year, with Trick-or-Treating all but off the schedule, we thought we would look at the ways to …

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Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials to return in 2021 Posted On 23 October 2020

The world-famous, prestigious horse trials, which significantly boosts the town’s economy, will return next September.   Organisers of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, which have been held on the grounds of the famous house since 1961, have announced the return of the event next year. The 2021 event will take place from Thursday, September …

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Spooky places to visit in the UK this Halloween Posted On 23 October 2020

It’s that time of year where we are all looking for a good scare and where better to start than some of the most terrifying places around the UK…   On the build-up to Halloween, some of us get comfy on the sofa with a good horror film, while others are more adventurous. If you …

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Kit out your kitchen Posted On 21 October 2020

With the kitchen one of the hubs of the home, it’s key to ensure that you have everything you need to make it fully functional Like any good workspace, your kitchen needs the right tools. Having these to hand will ensure you cook up a storm in no time. But fear not, we tell you …

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Rare royal portraits dazzle the nation Posted On 19 October 2020

Queen Elizabeth II poses for a rare and beautiful official portrait, which was captured last year at Windsor Castle by royal photographer Chris Jackson, and which has recently been released to the nation. The portrait shows Her Majesty, 94 years old, wearing blue sapphire jewellery and a matching tiara, along with a couple of pieces …

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Stamford Shakespeare Company at Tolethorpe Hall saved! Posted On 16 October 2020

Tolethorpe’s outdoor theatre, which was threatened by closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has been saved.   Stamford Shakespeare Company, which has been putting on performances at Tolethorpe since 1977, received a grant of £240,000 from the Government’s Cultural Heritage Fund on Monday afternoon. Due to the pandemic, all of this year’s shows had been …

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Pension Schemes Bill passes latest stage Posted On 16 October 2020

“The role of bricks and mortar in later life is changing”, says the Chairman of the Equity Release Council, as hopes of housing wealth being included in the pensions dashboard improve!   At its second reading last Wednesday, The Pension Schemes Bill has been passed in the House of Commons after some debate between MPs. …

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Final garden prep before winter Posted On 14 October 2020

We are grasping onto the last ounces of sunny, warm(ish) weather, and now your garden will need some attention and preparation for autumn and winter   With the hot summer we have had this year, and the surprise second-budding of your flowers, your garden will have had its work cut out this summer, and is …

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How to carve a pumpkin this Halloween Posted On 12 October 2020

With Halloween coming up, there is nothing that symbolizes this holiday better than a carved pumpkin…   Whether you want to create a simple jack-o-lantern or something a little more artistic, here are some hints and tips that will help you out, as anyone who has ever carved a pumpkin already knows, it can be …

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Local Pick your own pumpkins Posted On 09 October 2020

What better Autumnal activity for you and your family than picking your own pumpkin this weekend…   We’re deep into October and the Autumnal weather has definitely arrived. The trees are turning, offering wonderful yellows, oranges, reds and browns, and it is now that time to go and pick your own pumpkin. Luckily, there are …

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Autumn half-term days out Posted On 09 October 2020

With half-term already approaching, we thought we’d take a look at some of the awesome family days out available this year…    Legoland Treat the little-ones this half term, especially after starting school and the craziest of the past 6-months, with a day out at Legoland, Windsor. Legoland is the ultimate experience for kids of …

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Going Green has Never Felt so Rewarding Posted On 07 October 2020

If you’ve ever considered taking measures to make your home more eco-friendly, then there’s no better excuse to ‘go green’ than right now.   The government has recently announced the Green Homes Grant, which could subsidize your home-improvement costs, whilst you’re simultaneously doing your bit to combat climate change.   What is the Green Homes …

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Creating the perfect home office space Posted On 05 October 2020

With growing numbers of people regularly working from home, it’s important to get the environment just right   With an ever-growing number of Brits now working from home each week, especially those whom after Covid-19 may not be going back to the office, it is important to create the right working environment. With the benefits from homeworking …

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Aldi to open in Stamford Posted On 02 October 2020

Award-winning retailer Aldi supermarket to join LIDL, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tescos and Morrisons in Stamford.   The green light was given for the construction of a £5 million Aldi on Uffington Road on Thursday after members of SKDC’s planning committee unanimously backed the application on Wednesday.   Keeping with the aesthetic’s of Stamford, Richard Thompson, the …

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Stylish Wallpaper Ideas and Trends Posted On 02 October 2020

Looking at decorating a living room, home office or bedroom at the end of this year? Let’s take a look at some of the hottest trends!   Stylish and trendy wallpapers have never been more popular. A few years ago, the trend was for neutral shades of paint etc, however, times have changed and, as …

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