Discovering Bourne issue 115, March 2021

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Issue 115 / March 2021

and the surrounding villages

INSIDE THIS ISSUE ANGLIAN WATER A helping hand!

NOYA MOTOR GROUP

Taking the stress out of selling your car

AGENTIS FINANCIAL Your first mortgage

Yo u r f a v o u r i t e c o m m u n i t y l i f e s t y l e m a g a z i n e – P R I C E L E S S


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Thorney Golf Club Situated on the outskirts of the cathedral city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. This well respected and long established 18 hole championship course also boasts a 9 hole par 3 course, covered driving range and practice green by the Clubhouse. Located in beautiful countryside you will feel you have escaped to a new world where the pace of life is

slower and you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of your surroundings. An ideal place for golf lovers or for people looking for a retreat that is a haven of tranquility. A place where you can relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. Our fabulous bar and restaurant offers wonderful food in a converted clubhouse.

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Welcome to your March issue... There are three significant dates we can look forward to celebrating this month.

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arch 14th is Mother’s Day, our annual opportunity to shower dear Mum with love and gifts, which this year, sadly, might have to be “Zoom-related”. March 28th is when our clocks “spring forward” an hour – surely a sign that summer will soon be upon us. Thirdly, and this is a much-awaited date which has not yet been finalised – the start of the easing of our lockdown measures and a steady return to “normal times”, those days before anyone had ever heard of ‘social distancing’ or ‘the R number’! Hoping you enjoy our issue this month, and it is with such joy and pride that we, at “Discovering Magazines”, can send out “Discovering Whittlesea” (the very first of our five titles) for issue number two hundred. Huge thanks go to everyone who has made this possible over the years.

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Inside Highlights

4.................... Meet Your Discovering Team 6..................... Book reviews from Bourne Bookshop.

12-13.......... Fenchurch House Care Home, Spalding.

14.................. The Wellhead Practice – Rachel Nicholls.

16-17.......... Tips on preparing for spring. 18.................. Bourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan update.

This month, there are many positive signs that we might be on our way out of the year-long stranglehold, imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. March 23rd, 2020 was the day we were all told to “stay at home” and since then everyone’s life will have been impacted in some way. The successful rolling out of the vaccination programme has been the vital beacon of optimism we have all longed to see and so, as springtime arrives later this month, let us all hope that the end will soon be here. I’ve just heard that police have issued the following warning: “We’re on the lookout for a cross-eyed burglar. If you see someone suspicious peering through your window, warn your next-door neighbour”. Enjoy your read!

20................ Food & Drink – Wines from France. 21-23......... The Griffin Inn 26................. Your Garden: Tips for March. 31.................. L J Roberts Timber Ltd. feature. 40-41........ Noya Motor Group feature. 42................. Your Home: Alto Electrical. 47................. Commercial Waste Connections feature.

50................. Odin HR Consultancy. 56................. Words from the Mayor. 58................. Local History: Windmills and watermills.

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Copy deadline for the April issue is Friday, 12th March 2021. Publisher and Sales Claire Saberton 01778 421427 | 07837 499061 | sales@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Ops Director Andy Armstrong: 07780 922214 Accounts Sarah Brooks: 07564 966452 | accounts@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Group Editor John Schwarz | editor.bourne@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Design Graham Copestake | Sarah Gumbley | Rob Harradine | Andy Beavis Events Hilary Bloomer | hilary@discoveringmagazines.co.uk

62................. Pets and Vets: Fur balls. 64................. Mother’s Day Quiz. 65................. Mother’s Day Special – Nicola Brister at ‘Don’t Lose Hope’.

72-80...... Classified businesses directory. With thanks to: Double and Megson,

Liberty Partnership, Colin Pattison, Bourne Bookshop, NFU, Jason Treadwell, Coleen Everitt, Christine Beardwood, Gordon Cochran, Eileen Le Voi, Alder Vets, Odin HR Consultancy, Agentis Financial

Discovering Bourne is published by a local team and is not associated with any other business. Care is taken to ensure that the content and information is correct at the time of going to press; however, we cannot take any responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by any errors. Permission must be granted to reproduce, copy or scan anything from this publication. For a copy of our contributors’ guidelines please email info@discoveringmagazines.co.uk

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Book Review

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BY JULIA QUINN The first in Julia Quinn’s worldwide bestselling Bridgerton novels, this is the story of Daphne Bridgerton and the Duke: Welcome to the ballrooms of Regency London! “Can there be any greater challenge to London’s Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?” (Lady Whistledown’s Society Papers, April 1813) By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s sister, the lovely - and almost-on-the-shelf - Daphne Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth - it’s all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable . . . Amidst the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule.

A deeply moving, powerful story about the strength and resilience of women and the bond between mother and daughter. Texas, 1934. Elsa Martinelli had finally found the life she’d yearned for … a family, a home and a livelihood on a farm on the Great Plains. But when drought threatens all she holds dear, Elsa’s world is shattered to the winds. Fearful of the future, when Elsa wakes to find her husband has fled, she is forced to make the most agonizing decision of her life … fight for the land she loves or take her beloved children west to California in search of a better life. Will it be the land of milk and honey? Or will their experience challenge every ounce of strength they possess? Elsa’s incredible journey is a story of survival, hope and what we do for the ones we love.

Hello, Mummy! Baby Touch BY LADYBIRD

The perfect gift for a new mum on Mother’s Day! With bright, high-contrast colours and exciting touch-and-feels, Baby Touch: Hello Mummy is perfect for sharing and will help to engage your baby’s senses as they discover all sorts of babies and their mummies.

Tales from the Farm BY THE YORKSHIRE SHEPHERDESS (AMANDA OWEN) From bestselling author Amanda Owen, comes this delightful and uplifting collection of her monthly ‘Dalesman’ columns, covering events in 2019 and 2020. Journey to Ravenseat, where Amanda lives with husband Clive and their nine children, not to mention their flock of sheep, herd of cows, hardworking dogs and a formidable chicken called Linda.

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Mother’s Day at Cherryholt Mobility Some problems with feet develop through illness and some as a result of poorly fitted shoes. So, treat the feet of a loved one this Mother’s Day!

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You’ve perhaps heard of the phrase, “Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings.” Well, their mothers could have provided some humorous material, if only there had been someone around at the time to have recorded it. Here’s a selection of what “Dear Mama” just might have said:

ALBERT EINSTEIN’S MOTHER: “But Bertie darling, it's your passport photograph. Can't you do something about your hair? Styling gel, mousse, anything …?” NAPOLEON’S MOTHER: “Alright, young man. If you’re not hiding your report card inside your jacket, then take your hand out of there and prove it!” GOLDILOCKS’S MOTHER: “I’ve got a bill here for a broken chair from the Bear family. I don’t suppose you know anything about this, do you Goldie?” CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS’S MOTHER: “I don’t care what you’ve discovered, Chris. You should have written – I’ve been worried sick!”

MICHELANGELO’S MOTHER: “Mike, why can't you just paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?” THOMAS EDISON’S MOTHER: Of course I’m proud that you invented the electric light bulb, Tommy. Now, turn it off and get to bed will you – you’ve got to get up in the morning!” HUMPTY DUMPTY’S MOTHER: “Humpty, if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times not to sit on that wall. But would you listen to me? Oh no, you never do!”


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here are many phobias that we can suffer from, the most common being fear of spiders, needles, heights, public spaces, being sick, public speaking and flying. The intense fear we feel means we spend a lot of time avoiding certain things or situations, and our world becomes smaller and smaller as we stop enjoying doing some of the things we used to do. A phobia is defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer is compelled to go to great lengths to avoid certain situations. The fear is typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, often being recognized as irrational. There are, in the main, two types of phobias. There is the simple phobia where a person reacts negatively when they come into contact with the thing that causes fear, such as dentists, needles, flying or spiders. Then there is the complex phobia which causes fear and anxiety continually.

“Fear can make a bee seem like an elephant.” One example is needle phobia - a fear of injections or blood tests and considered to be one of the most common phobias in the world. It can affect the sufferer in ways such as not wanting to have any medical attention for many years, or maybe even putting off becoming pregnant or having a much-needed operation.

“Are you not living our dreams because we are living our fears?” Another complex phobia is social phobia, a fear

of social situations, such as weddings, public speaking or simply going out to dinner with people - even if they are friends! Frequently, people with a social phobia have a fear of embarrassing themselves or of being humiliated in public. The human mind is an amazing thing, undoubtedly the most powerful and resourceful problemsolving device in the known universe. However, our minds have developed as part of an evolutionary process, and our mind contains powerful tools for learning and dealing with danger. In our modern lives where these ‘fight, flight or freeze’ responses are generally less useful, strong behavioural responses or fears can nevertheless be set up. It is usually when we are stressed or anxious that these primitive parts of the brain can sometimes overreact and set up patterns of fear or thought that you find difficult or impossible to control. The good news is that Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps with all these different types of phobias, allowing you to feel free to live a normal life again.

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FENCHURCH HOUSE CARE HOME IN SPALDING

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esidents at Fenchurch House Care Home in Spalding marked Valentine’s Day with a Tea Party and a ‘Baked with Love’ cake competition. Residents have been talking about their favourite cakes and recipes and submitting their ideas into the competition. Family and friends got involved through the home’s Facebook page which received many comments and suggestions. The top three cakes were chosen by the Country Court Catering Team and baked in all thirty-three care homes across the group for Valentine’s Day, where residents were able to sample the three cakes and vote for their favourite during their Tea Parties. The three cakes chosen for the ‘Baked with Love’ competition were a chocolate cherry cake suggested by residents at Somerset House Nursing Home; a traditional lemon drizzle cake from The Grange Care Home (also a firm favourite with people commenting on Facebook); and a Mars Bar cake, suggested by residents at Eccleshare Court Care Home in Lincoln. The third one was a no-bake cake which residents were able to help to make in their homes. At Fenchurch House, residents prepared for their party by making Valentine’s chocolate chip

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cookies to dip in hot chocolate and decorating their home. At lunchtime, they enjoyed a special three-course Valentine’s Day menu with sirloin steak and a ‘red velvet’ dessert with strawberry compote. In the afternoon, they enjoyed afternoon tea and cake and voted for their favourite cake. “We wanted to choose three very different cakes for people to try,” explained Senior Catering Operations Support Manager, Ian Powell. “We had over one-hundred and fifty cake suggestions and recipes sent in from residents, families and friends all over the country. We did a test bake of each cake to ensure the recipe worked well before sending them off to all our chefs to bake for their parties.” “Discussing our favourite cakes was a great conversation starter,” commented Suria Webb, Home Manager at Fenchurch House. “We discovered everyone loves to talk about cake! We spent time asking each of our residents about their favourite cakes; it was a great way to get to know people who have recently come to live with us. We had fun chatting about our childhood memories of baking and deciding which cakes we’d like to have at our party”. For more information about Fenchurch House Care Home, please contact Morgan Hicks, Customer Relations Advisor, on 01775 711 959 or e-mail morgan.hicks@countrycourtcare.com. M A R CH 2 0 2 1


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INTRODUCING RACHEL NICHOLLS

Our new Ear Care Clinician at the Wellhead Practice My name is Rachel and I am very excited to be joining the team at The Wellhead Practice in Bourne, where I will be providing microsuction, which is now the preferred method of ear wax removal.

Having qualified as a registered nurse in 1988, I began my career on an ENT (ear, nose and throat) ward and decided that this area of nursing was of special interest to me. I completed a six month ‘Head and Neck Specialist Nurse Course’ at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where specialist skills and knowledge were gained, in particular relating to ear care. Further on in my career, I specialised in ear care and gained an Advanced Diploma in the subject, following a period of study at Rotherham Primary Ear Care Centre. My qualifications allowed me to develop and manage specialist ear care clinics at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, where I continue to work and provide this service on a part-time basis. In 2017, I set up my own private ear care practice in Boston, known as “Ear Care Lincs”. These clinics have been very successful and continue to be in high demand. I am very much looking forward to providing this service to the population of Bourne and surrounding areas, in conjunction with Phillip Hakim and his team. Currently, GPs are not providing ear syringing and waiting times for hospital appointments for microsuction are approximately three to four months. Having access to this highly specialised method of wax removal on a ‘private patient basis’ does incur a cost. However, this is a small price to pay for priority access to a service which provides the most up-to-date method of wax removal, whereby only ‘top of the range’ equipment is in use.

Your safety is my priority and I work to strict policies and protocols to ensure you receive your treatment to the highest of standards. I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and indemnified by the Royal College of Nursing and I look forward to meeting you in the clinics at The Wellhead Practice. For details of prices and appointment availability, please contact the Wellhead Practice directly on 01778 392832.”

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TIPS ON HOW TO PR This month, with the arrival of spring, we look at how we can all prepare, not just ourselves but also our home and garden, so that we’re ready for those long-overdue “post-lockdown days”.

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Exfoliate your skin:

During the winter, the air is cold and dry, which can lead to the accumulation of dead skin and impurities on the skin. Exfoliate on a weekly basis for fresh and glowing skin on both your face and your body.

Look after your body:

A balanced and nutritious diet (including fruits, vegetables, oily fish, and nuts) with plenty of hydration, good sleep, and regular exercise is important all year round, but particularly when you are concerned about how you will look in your summer wear.

T I PS TO PR E PA RE YO U R H O M E FOR SP RING

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Have a general tidy up, removing leaves

and other debris from flower beds and borders. You can cut back the old dead growth of deciduous grasses and herbaceous perennials now. It’s also the perfect time to give your greenhouse a good clean, ready for the seedlings and cuttings of spring. Wash the outside of your greenhouse with disinfectant or detergent, to remove algae, moss and general grime.

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Order summer-flowering bulbs and seeds now

it’s the perfect task for a wet and windy winter’s day. Flowers like lilies, gladioli and ranunculi can all be ordered in the winter for early-spring planting.

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EPARE FOR SPRING T I P S TO P R E PA R E YOUR GARDEN FOR SPRING

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Visually inspect the outside of your property to check for any issues like damaged or displaced tiles/slates or loose guttering.

Clear debris from guttering & downspouts

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Use moisturiser:

leaves and moss may have accumulated over the year, meaning that rainwater could soon find its way out of the gutter and cause problems.

You should be using a moisturiser throughout the seasons, but it becomes even more important during the dry, cold winter. Moisturiser will hydrate your skin and restore balance, but it is important not to use one that is too heavy or greasy as this can clog your pores.

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Inspect patio slabs

for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home’s foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, powerwash and then seal the concrete.

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Look for damage to water pipes

caused by the winter’s icy ravages. A leaking outside tap or an internal pipe can soon cause untold damage if not remedied very soon.

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“Spring cleaning”

around the home can take many forms: deep cleaning your carpets, re-arranging your pictures and ornaments, and sorting through kitchen cupboards are just a few of the jobs which could go towards making your home “spring-ready”!

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Bourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan Update In late 2020, the Steering Group responsible for the Bourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan (BPNP), undertook a public consultation, for residents of the parish to respond to the draft Visions and Objectives, which had been identified from previous research.

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four-page ‘pullout’ was placed in ‘Discovering Bourne’ and there was additional publicity in the local press.

Anyone interested in responding was signposted to an on-line questionnaire, a hard copy of which was also available from the Bourne Town Council offices in the Corn Exchange.

86% of respondents indicated that they agreed or strongly agreed with the vision, and approximately

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expressed disagreement

Responses to the questionnaire have now been assessed, and are available in a comprehensive summary, which can be found on the BPNP website or via the Town Council website. The summary covers all aspects of the questionnaire and the responses received, including the age range of respondents, and their answers to the seventy questions which were asked.

A range of suggestions/comments were received, including: ● The need for greater emphasis on reducing carbon emissions and developing a more sustainable community (e.g., greener transport and pedestrianisation of the town centre). ● The need for a greater explanation of how the area is going to be a safe and healthy environment and how it is to be more resilient to climate change. ● We should recognise that the town centre ambience can only be improved by constructing a bypass to reduce through-traffic. ● We need a plan that addresses the impact of online shopping on the high street and researches how the town centre can be well used. Words like ‘a flourishing town that enhances the wellbeing of all those who come to Bourne’ should be included in the vision.

● There needs to be better leisure, community and health provision; improved provision for young people, including a better high street offer; greater emphasis on the conservation of green spaces and the introduction of new ones; and more emphasis on meeting the educational needs of all. ● There needs to be more focus on heritage and history and recognising the historical elements of the town. There needs to be improved and attractive architecture. There needs to be better transport links to larger towns and improved cycling infrastructure. The vision should mention improved pedestrian and cycling in the town centre as well as the links to the countryside. Access to the report is available via: www.bourneparishneighbour hoodplan.org.uk or www.bourne.parish. lincolnshire.org.uk.


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he Provence region of France is renowned for gastronomy and wine productions of excellent quality. Tourists from around the world visit this part of France and return regularly for the pleasurable delights. The climate is perfect for the production of the grapes which ultimately produce some very impressive wines, ones which can lay claim to many awards, from numerous prestigious competitions and events. The Sainte Croix winery is located in Provence. Tradition and history have a large input for the wines produced by this outstanding, multi-awardwinning company. It is now in the fourth generation of the family and is located on the former lands of Thoronet Abbey. Château Sainte Croix ACACIA (13% vol. Grapes: 100% Rolle) has a very pleasant bouquet which leads, enticingly, to the mouthfeel. The pleasures for the tastebuds include a captivating freshness, for this white wine. The palate’s sensation continues, with the overall pleasing effect of this production. It is great for pre-dining drinks and perfect to pair with fish and seafood dishes in particular. Château Sainte Croix CHARMEUR (13% vol. Grapes: Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache) is known to be the company’s flagship production. I found this salmon-coloured rosé wine excellent. Elegance and sophistication are thoughts that easily come to mind. Wonderful to accompany cold meats and a lot of cuisine, it certainly adds colour to a dining table and is splendid for alfresco occasions too.

from the nasal initiation. Full-bodied and smooth, the palate further enjoys the delights of this wine. It is fantastic with red meat dishes. In addition to the vineyard and winery, the estate offers very well-appointed accommodation and restaurant dining, plus most attractive outdoor areas. Events and wedding receptions, plus parties, take place regularly. The company is dedicated and committed to producing and supplying wines of excellent quality, plus very memorable experiences for visitors to the estate. For all details, including easy ordering (online too), please email: chateausaintecroix83@yahoo.fr and visit: www.chateau-sainte-croix.com

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Château Sainte Croix SAINT-PIERRE (14% vol. Grapes: Grenache, Syrah) is a powerful production and a popular, regular choice for many red wine lovers. Juicy, dark, ripe fruits are in abundance for the mouth’s pleasures, which follow splendidly

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Looking Forward to 2021 Many hospitality venues will sadly have spent the last few months in a state of limbo, the uncertainty over their very survival brought on by the ravages of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

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imes certainly have been a whole lot rosier in the licensed trade, but that has been no reason for someone like Jamie Benton-Jones, owner of The Griffin Inn at Irnham, to be totally downhearted and ready to close everything down. On the contrary, our recent conversation began with the fact that The Griffin was actually open every day throughout last year’s lockdown, and 2021 is likely to be the same. It has been as a result of much imaginative thinking on the part of Jamie and his team that the public have still been able to enjoy excellent food and drink, when other venues have had to display those “Closed Until Further Notice” signs in their windows. “Our greatest achievement of 2020,” Jamie assured me, “was our al fresco dining” in the grounds of nearby Irnham Hall. Faced with the original lockdown last summer, Jamie, (who actually owns Irnham Hall and many of the village properties, including The Griffin, alongside managing the 2,000acre estate) instigated “The Irnham Picnic”.

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This involved pre-ordering hot food and accompanying drinks, collecting them from The Griffin and then dining at ‘socially-distanced’ picnic tables in the glorious grounds of the Hall. This will be repeated throughout this summer, although there will be days when “The Irnham Wedding Experience” will take precedence, (once restrictions will allow!) The idea has been to offer the marriage service in the small church (if required) right next to Irnham Hall, which is a short walk to the reception in the beautifully appointed and spacious Orangery, with its gardens and ornamental pond. This is part of a highly successful business, and so professionally masterminded by Jamie and his wife Leila for several years. Several cottages have been renovated in recent years in the village and are made available for wedding guests. The role played by The Griffin Inn is of course central to this whole “Irnham country-estate package”. Recently totally refurbished, both the bar and eating area as well as the six luxurious bedrooms, The Griffin can now fulfil its role as the potential pre-nuptial venue for bride and groom, as well as

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Sloe Gin Pudding Ingredients: 100g sloes 200ml sloe gin Half a loaf white bread 200g caster sugar 4 eggs 300ml whole milk 500ml double cream Apricot jam to glaze A deep bowl or dish around 6” diameter

accommodation for guests too. Jamie is very keen that The Griffin should continue to act as the central ‘beating heart’ of the village, and the excellent reputation built by Head Chef, Michael Prescott, means that many people will hopefully continue to make the journey for a first-rate meal in such a friendly, welcoming setting. Ever the one to add to the sum total of what Irnham has to offer, Jamie explained how the fish and chip shop at the back of The Griffin has kept trade ticking over during recent months and is expected to be popular in the months to come in the spacious gardens behind The Griffin. For more information, Jamie encourages everyone to access his You Tube “performances” to fully appreciate the beauty of Irnham. His “sloe gin competition tasting” video is highly entertaining, whilst the accompanying recipe shown here for Sloe Gin Pudding is further evidence of how he wants to share it with us all. It’s perhaps best to leave the final word/words to a few of the many recent visitors to Irnham:

“Staff were incredibly friendly, a real family atmosphere, and nothing was too much trouble.”

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Stone the sloes.

Remove all crusts from the bread.

Make a cold custard with the cream, milk, eggs and 150g sugar.

Place a layer of bread in the base of the bowl before adding some sloes (be generous!)

Repeat this process, dipping the bread in the gin each time.

When at the top of the bowl, gradually add the custard mix, add the remaining gin, and finally sprinkle with the remaining sugar.

Bake in the oven at 160 degrees for approximately 40 minutes (the pudding will be nicely risen and golden in colour and will wobble like a jelly).

Remove from the oven before glazing with apricot jam and devouring with a smile!

“I would highly recommend the Griffin - delightful staff, wonderful food and gorgeous rooms.” “The food was delicious, and the pub and grounds are stunning.”

Many thanks to Michael Prescott, chef at the Griffin Inn, Irnham.

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COVID-19 and First-time Buyers in the Mortgage Market

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ADVICE FROM LUCA PALUMBO, MORTGAGE & PROTECTION CONSULTANT

any industries, unsurprisingly, were affected by the pandemic in March last year, but one industry that affects many others is the housing market and how lenders react to these outside influences is key. As the lockdown took hold of the country in March, lenders all but closed their doors to new applications from home movers and first-time buyers, as surveyors could not attend valuations and many lenders were scaling back their products. This adversely affected many first-time buyers as the deposit needed to purchase a property in many cases doubled overnight, making it unattainable to purchase a property during this time. Lenders initially were slow to return; originally only one lender had the option of a 10% deposit, but it proved difficult to secure this mortgage. Lenders would occasionally make flash returns to ‘help

out’ the market. Things looked bleak for a while. Fast forward to March 2021, and we are now looking for some normality in our everyday lives and there is some positivity in the mortgage market. Lenders are now coming back with products which can greatly benefit many first-time buyers, and there is an array of products to choose from which require a 10% deposit; with more lenders returning to this space, the market is more competitive and first-time buyers now have something to be really positive about. The gap between a ‘two-year-fixed’ and a ‘five-year-fixed’ is the narrowest it has ever been, which means that a buyer can now secure their rate for a longer period and have peace of mind of monthly payments for longer. Ultimately, it’s all about getting the right advice and the right service, something that has never been more evident than during the past twelve months.

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onger days, the clocks “springing forward” at the end of the month and, hopefully, days becoming warmer means more work in the allotment. The first things to tackle are any weeds that have survived the winter or are starting to grow in the warmer weather; it is advisable to dig out weeds such as bindweed and couch grass.

Once that is done now is a good time to prepare your beds for later planting by raking the soil thoroughly, breaking down any lumps to achieve a fine tilth and applying fertilizer. I favour chicken manure pellets, liquid seaweed and blood fish and bone meal to keep it all organic. Once this is done you can cover the ground to keep it warm before you sow or plant. If you have chitted your first early potatoes and the ground is not frozen, they can be planted out from mid-March or early April, but it is well worth covering them to protect them from the late frosts. Don’t forget to add a light sprinkling of fertiliser to the trench and plant earlies about 30cm (12 inches) apart, with 40-50cm (16-60 inches) between rows, with the shoots pointing upwards. If you want to grow asparagus, now is the time to prepare your bed and plant the crowns by digging a trench 12 inches deep and adding some well-rotted manure. Make a four-inch ridge at the base and spread the roots of the crown over the ridge, replace the soil, leaving the tips just visible. Water in and add mulch. Don’t forget to leave the asparagus for two years before actually harvesting – it’s well worth the wait!

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March can be a busy month for sowing, particularly indoors – aubergines chillies and peppers – indoors or heated greenhouses – brassicas such as Brussels, sprouting broccoli cabbages (summer, autumn and red) can be given a head start by sowing the seeds under cover and planting on when all frost risk has passed. Although there are plenty of seeds to sow, it is worth keeping an eye on the weather forecast as we can still get some pretty cold weather in March and some heavy frosts. Other jobs include: • Lettuces and other salad crops can be sown either indoors or outdoors under cloches or in cold frames. Tomato and cucumber seeds can be sown indoors but wait until the end of the month. • Plant out onion and shallot sets. • Early varieties of carrot, beetroot, spring onions, peas, chard, parsnips, spinach and broad beans can be sown into the open ground. • Last chance for planting bare-rooted fruit trees and bushes. • Feed and mulch fruit trees – fertilise the base, water in and then cover with well-rotted manure or compost to act as a mulch. • Check cabbages for caterpillars and pick off. • Remove dead leaves from cabbages and Brussels. • Herbs such as rosemary and sage will benefit from a good trim, whilst chives and mint can be propagated by dividing them and re-planting. Happy gardening!

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Children Come First

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n all Family Court proceedings, the children of the family come first, as the paramount consideration in cases under the Children Act, or as “the first consideration” of the court in financial proceedings within divorce under the Matrimonial Causes Act.

No one is likely to be surprised at this and yet parents who are in conflict about the amount of time the child should spend with each of them after separation, whether in or outside a marriage, still take up an inordinate amount of resources from the court and support services. Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service) received last December an increase in 9.5% of new private law cases on the previous year, December 2019, totalling 3,510 new cases involving 5,371 children. Mediation is not being ignored though, as there has also been, in the last year, an increase in MIAMs (Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings) which means that parents are attempting mediation. But, clearly, there are still many occasions where the mediation process fails, with the dispute ending up in court. Mothering Sunday is fast approaching. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are not hard to agree on, but mediation and other dispute resolution approaches could reduce the number of children cases ending up in court. Consult your Family Law specialist for advice concerning these options.

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• Quality of photographs (55%), description (52%) and number of photographs (50%) were also very important in a property search. • Despite the pandemic stopping physical viewings during Lockdown One, only 16% of buyers said a video tour was very important. • Energy Performance Certificates were more important to older buyers than younger buyers. 31% of over 65s said it was very important, compared to 20% of under 35s. Source: Dataloft, Property Academy Home Moving Trends Survey 2020

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Why Are People in Bourne Moving This Year? BY JASON TREADWELL, MANAGING DIRECTOR

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ere at Newton Fallowell, having spoken with numerous homemovers so far this year, we have found that there are seven main reasons people in Bourne are ‘upping sticks’ in 2021.

The reasons why people are moving are many and varied; however, they tend to be one of the

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Love - A new romantic relationship is a beautiful time in people’s lives. And when things get serious in the love stakes, the decision to move in together is one that fuels the moving market.

Loss - Sadly, on the flip side, when a loved one dies, or a relationship ends, this can also be a catalyst for people to want to move out and on to a different chapter of their lives.

Learning - When love turns into a family, then the demand for being near good schools motivates movers as much as anything we come across. That is why people will pay a premium to be within the catchment areas of great places for their children to learn and develop.

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Lifestyle – “A change is as good as a rest”, as the old saying goes. People’s lifestyles change as they get older, and their circumstances change. This is the driving force behind people upsizing, downsizing, and relocating. Location, location, location – This is one of the main motivating moving factors. It might be about being nearer to loved ones, an

open space, good schools, transport links, even a view. Location is always up there as one of the most popular reasons why people move.

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Leaving - When children get older and ‘spread their wings to seek their own nests’, the family home can often seem a little too big. This can be the cue for people wanting to downsize and free up some of the equity in their current home.

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Lockdown - The present and ongoing pandemic has made many of us reevaluate our lives. And spending so much time indoors and at home has made many people want somewhere new to live. It could be because of a lack of space, a need for a garden, or to be nearer loved ones. Whatever your reason for thinking about moving, we’re here to help you every step of the way. To speak with our local Bourne team, please call our market experts on 01778 422567!

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THE LAW AND THE FAMILY

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ADVICE BY RICHARD WOOD AT DOUBLE & MEGSON he law interacts with our family life mostly without us realising it, and usually we only know about it when something unusual happens or goes wrong.

Solicitors can help at the beginning of family relationships. Where there are unequal contributions to a purchase of a home a Deed of Beneficial Interest can set out how net proceeds of sale are to be divided if the parties later split up or if they wish to protect their interest going forward, even when a couple remain happily settled over their lives. Sometimes, when a couple marry, they want to enter into a ‘pre-nuptial agreement’ which sets out what would happen if they split. An exchange of information relating to each party’s income, assets, liabilities and pensions is considered and a Deed (Agreement) negotiated. It is not for everyone and should

be carefully thought through. Usually, these agreements should be reviewed at later dates. When relationships are breaking down, solicitors are either dealing with married couples or those who are living together but are unmarried. Much of the law governing marriage is set out in The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. What is important is for the clients to use the offices of ‘Relate’ to see if it is possible to reconcile their differences. Sadly, that is not always successful. If married, a couple can consider whether they wish to enter into a Separation Agreement to formalise their separation without getting divorced. If that is not for them, they should consider who shall divorce the other and on what basis. A married couple should then try to agree a financial order to regulate any agreement between them. For unmarried couples, the process is different and can depend on the parties’ conduct, statements made, and how they own property.

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Taking the Stress out of Selling your Car Noya Motor Group (NMG) are an independent dealership, based in Peterborough. Robin Ewan (Brokerage Manager) and Georgia Purdy (Brokerage Consultant) are both enthusiasts with a real passion for cars.

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vehicle, so NMG offer finance on very favourable terms, alongside a warranty and benefits, like paint protection. ●

The car will receive a valet and health check on arrival.

A professional photographer will take over fifty photographs for NMG’s multiplatform advertising facility.

Furthermore, 360-degree videos of the interior and exterior of your vehicle will be taken, so that potential customers can have a virtual viewing from the comfort of their own home.

NMG will collect your car from your home.

They handle all negotiations and finalise the sale to give you the best price possible for your vehicle.

NMG operate on a ‘sale or return’ basis and are confident that they can sell your car within ninety days of it arriving at the dealership; if not, they will return your car at no cost to you.

This, of course, may have its own issues, for example, it can take time, effort and a lot of stress to achieve a sale at the right price. With their bespoke brokerage service, NMG take care of the sale from start to finish, dealing with the ‘time wasters’ and the ‘tyre kickers’, making the whole process easier and safer for you, especially during the ongoing pandemic.

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Testing Your Electrics in Rented Properties: What’s All That About?

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ou may, or may not, be already aware of “The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020” which state that landlords MUST have all rented properties tested every five years, and any remedial work carried out within twenty-eight days of testing. The deadline for this is April 1st, 2021. For landlords, this is now a legal obligation and if they refuse, they risk a £30,000 fine. In practical terms, this means having an electrical report called an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) carried out, something that the electrical regulations already recommend that all properties do every five years or at the change of occupancy. If your home is rented and you have recently had an electrician in to check over your electrical system, this is what has been happening.

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When the electrician comes in, they will ask you about your installation. Are there any issues? Are your energy bills normal? Does anything ever randomly trip?

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Make you do any additional work afterwards. If any remedial work is needed, we will flag this up to you, and it is completely your choice as to whether you do it. Judge your home. Everyone has dust behind their cooker! We honestly do not bat an eyelid; it’s all part and parcel of the job!

The electrician will unplug everything in the house, to prevent any false readings; anything that is plugged in can make it look like there is a fault.

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ound familiar? When you left school and started working, you probably had no idea what a pension was, how it worked and how it could benefit you; well rest assured you were not alone! Pensions can be an effective way of managing your finances from a young age all the way up until you intend to retire, from age fifty-five onwards. How, I hear you ask? Well, truth be told there are many ways in which a pension, and more specifically pension contributions, can benefit you and potentially others. For example, if you have young children but are unable to claim full child benefit as someone in your household earns above £50,000 per year, then a pension contribution can help. Are you lucky enough to earn over £100,000 per year? Well, if so, you will be paying higher rates of tax at 40% or 45% and you will have lost some, or all, of your tax-free personal allowance. Again, a pension contribution can help.

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Are you a business owner and would like to look at tax-efficient ways of extracting money from your business? Once again … a pension contribution can help! Now let’s look at Tax Relief. Simply put, tax relief is where the government “tops up” a personal pension contribution by 20%, but if you are a 40% or 45% taxpayer you can claim an additional 20% or 25% tax relief. This could also be the case for your workplace pension, so if you pay tax above 20% then you may be able to claim additional tax relief. So, whether you’re just starting out or are soon looking to retire, a pension can provide great planning opportunities. It’s not that complicated, as we can help simplify your planning and help you with all the paperwork. If you would like to speak to one of our friendly and experienced Financial Planners, then please contact our office on 01778 342291 to arrange a FREE initial meeting.

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The NLW is higher than the NMW – up until this year, workers aged 25 and over had to receive the NLW. However, this April, the NLW will be extended to 23 and 24-year-olds. No matter how small your business, you must pay the correct minimum wage. Also, the minimum hourly rates apply, no matter how somebody gets paid. For example, if the worker is paid an annual salary, you still need to work out their equivalent hourly rate to check that they are receiving the legal minimum for their age.

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being attended to and made “upgradeready” by Ray Crane at The Bourne Computer Store; we thank Ray for his work and efforts to make this possible. The quality of what has been handed in to me and to our Town Clerk, Ian Sismey, who is very much co-ordinating this effort, has been, on the whole, excellent. We thank all those involved who have contributed to this effort so far. Once again, marvellous Bourne community spirit to the fore in troubled times! One or two of these upgraded units have already been dispersed where there was a need. Finally, it’s been another very quiet month on the ‘Civic duties’ front with, quite literally, nothing happening! Please take care and best wishes to you all, Councillor Colin Pattison.

Prime Minister Johnson has made it very clear to all that any lifting of restrictions and any return to normality later this year is going to be done very gradually and in stages; quite right too. Let’s hope we have a clear and decisive path forwards; we simply cannot afford to go the wrong way again.

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The ravages of time have meant that a considerable number are barely a shell of the former structure, whilst many have remained in working order or have been converted into alternative usage, either for residential or commercial purposes. Only the neighbouring county of Norfolk, another predominantly agricultural area, can boast a larger number of mills in the country. However, most of its 180 structures are water pumping mills, rather than windmills whose purpose was to grind the local wheat into flour. MILLS IN THE BOURNE VICINITY Bourne and some of its villages nearby were the location of several windmills and, in the case of Bourne, water mills. Of the latter, only Baldock’s Mill on South Street, (now The Heritage Centre) remains. Now, using a collection of old pictures and associated memorabilia, there follows a brief tour of this part of South Lincolnshire over the next few issues of “Discovering Bourne”, stopping off first at Baston.

CARLBY – Nothing remains today of this mill which stood just outside the village of Carlby, at the junction where the road from Greatford meets the Bourne to Stamford road. In 1820, William Smith and his son were the owners and millers. The 1881 census tells us that the mill was working, but ten years later, there is no mention of either the mill or the Smith family. Some time between these years, the mill was moved to a new site in Hanthorpe, north of Bourne. BASTON – There are still the remains of ‘Hutson’s Mill’ to be seen on the eastern side of the A15, between Baston and Langtoft. Built in 1806, it ceased to trade during World War One, when it is said that a waggon collided with one of the sails which meant it eased production. (Photograph taken in 1901)

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he COVID-19 pandemic has created much uncertainty for everyone and The Trustees at the Butterfield in Bourne wanted to ensure that they continued to provide a service to the community at this difficult time. Inspired by ‘The Bunker’ at ‘Second Helpings’ in Stamford, The Butterfield Community Pantry was born. Volunteers collect unwanted food from local supermarkets and other retailers which would otherwise have gone to waste. It is then re-distributed to the community on a “pay-as-youfeel” basis. Elsea Park Co-op and Marks and Spencer, Bourne, regularly donate products, (mostly bakery items and fresh fruit and vegetables that are going out of date), end-of-line and over-ordered items, and products that have slightly damaged packaging.

Bakkavor Salads, Bourne, very generously donate, three times a week, prepared fruit, salads, stir fry, noodles, trifles and so much more. Carla Collick (Material Supply Manager at Bakkavor, Bourne) contacted the Trustees and offered help and support because helping out in the community, supporting causes and projects, is very important to her and her colleagues at Bakkavor. “Food for Nought” (a Peterboroughbased charity) has also been amazing, providing surplus food, whilst donations of store cupboard items are gratefully received from some of the people who use the Pantry and from the local community. Whilst there is a donation box, with any funds raised ploughed back into the Butterfield, all of the food is free. If you, or your business, have any surplus food that you would like to donate to the Butterfield Community Pantry, please get in touch. They are open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1pm to 3pm, from the entrance on Harrington Street.

“We’ll Be Back!”

Reassurance from The Bourne Events Team As we all eagerly await the news about how and when we are to move forward from the present lockdown, The Bourne Events Team have reluctantly had to decide that The Annual Classic Car & Bike Carnival in the town in June will be cancelled again. However, be reassured that, once some semblance of normality has been established (and we can consign this wretched COVID-19 to the history books) every effort will be made to create the best-ever Magical Christmas Fayre and Lights Switch-on in early December.

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A cat’s fur was designed to be short – there is no wild type of cat, big or small, that has long hair all over its body. If you have ever been licked by your cat you will remember the tickly feeling you get. The cat’s tongue is covered with tiny barbs that are designed to comb through the fur, keeping it clean and free from dirt, parasites, and foreign bodies. It also removes excess hair, especially at moulting times, in the spring and autumn, when new fur develops for the seasons to come. Your cat will swallow this hair, which is then passed through the digestive tract and comes out in the faeces. If your cat has long fur, there is an over-abundance of hair to remove. If your cat is happy that you brush him, it is amazing how much dead fur can be removed and yet the coat is still full and luxurious. Many cats, of course, hate being brushed and end up either with tangled fur (matts) or swallowing all the hair. There is too much fur to go through the digestive system so, as a consequence, your cat brings up fur balls instead. However, there are other reasons why cats develop fur balls. A stressed or anxious cat will over-groom

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and swallow too much fur. Over-grooming is a stress reliever, similar to nail biting in humans, and, therefore, is difficult to treat. Most of the stressed cats we encounter are housed indoors and are unable to Wise Words By display normal cat behaviour Deirdre Wilson such as hunting, territory roaming and socialising with other cats. There are times when outdoor cats are anxious too, for instance, when a new cat enters their territory and can be a bit of a bully. Pain may also cause cats to over-groom parts of their body. Whereas rubbing our sore joints helps us, cats lick their sore areas instead. The pain may be internal, in the bladder or digestive tract, and grooming seems to stimulate the release of natural painkillers, the endorphins. Gastro-intestinal disease may also play a role in fur ball formation. If the intestines are inflamed due to infection, disease, or cancer, then fur is not going to pass through the guts normally and must be eliminated as a fur ball instead. If your cat is a persistent producer of fur balls, most of the time the causes are harmless, and it is nature’s way of dealing with a simple problem. If, however, there seem to be other worries with your pet’s health, then the cause of your cat’s fur balls may warrant a more in-depth investigation of the problem to understand all the issues involved.

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Nicola Brister:

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icola Brister has been the driving force behind establishing the Don’t Lose Hope Café and Counselling Service in Bourne, along with husband, Dominic. Besides their enormous contribution to ensure that the project becomes firmly established in the town, Nicola also happens to be “Mum” to two daughters, Gracie (21) and Phoebe (17) and a step-son, Alfie (12). In June 2019, the Nat West bank in Bourne Market Place became transformed into the “Don’t Lose Hope Café”. Nicola had been a school counsellor for many years and soon, with an enthusiastic team around her, the café was born, to raise funds for the counselling services which would be based in the many small rooms elsewhere in the building. Art therapies, craft workshops and a weekly, dropin café for young people are among the many initiatives that have since taken off. The counsellors are trained and experienced in either Person Centred or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Nicola is delighted that they have been allowed to continue providing a face-to-face service during the present lockdown, which has allowed their play therapy and services for young people to continue. Since opening, 4,626 counselling sessions, (either free or at low cost) have been conducted, 43% of which have been for the benefit of youngsters under the age of sixteen – an impressive performance, in such troubling and uncertain times. Nicola explains, “My daughters both volunteer at the café when they are home from university and

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college and have some free time. They have completed their Level 2 Mental Health First Aid training to help with their other lives and future careers. As for me, I have had to learn many new skills to run the charity, including managing what has grown into quite a large team (twenty counsellors and around fifty volunteers)”. Besides the café, the charity has other projects either already established (witness the gift shop on South Street) or, in the case of their “man shed” and community garden on the Wellhead, well on the way to completion. “We are waiting for the paths to be laid so they will be accessible to people with mobility issues. This area is going to be used for workshops and for people to be able to drop in and potter around the garden or workshop. Its focus will be on male mental health,” Nicola adds. The gift shop also houses several play therapy rooms upstairs, whilst the profit from the shop helps fund the charity. Sadly, both the café and shop remain closed during the present lockdown, but they have recently launched the shop online, with gifts which include their ‘feel good’ boxes, handmade worry monsters and other gift boxes. Nicola views her very full life as follows: “The charity is like one of my children in the way I want to nurture and protect it and to watch it grow and flourish.” Further information and details of counselling fees, please visit www.dontlosehope.co.uk.

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What's On

Events: March 2021 Bourne Hereward Probus 8th - Bourne Hereward Probus will be holding their Zoom monthly meeting at 12.15pm. If anyone is unsure about using Zoom, please contact Rob Denton on 017880 702555 or e-mail robert@ gmail.com. Despite the current problems, Bourne Hereward Probus continues to be ‘up and running!’ Why not give Rob a ring?

Bourne U3A 2nd - The Scitech Group have a Zoom meeting at 10.00am with Tim Young giving a talk about Joseph Bazalgette, “London’s greatest engineer.” 4th - The Railway Group have a Zoom meeting at 2.00pm when the speaker, Tom Ingall, will talk about “The Great Central Railway Trust” based in Loughborough. Should you wish to hear this speaker, please e-mail Tony Burke at derwent39burke@gmail.com to receive an invitation to this event. 22nd - Bourne U3A have a virtual open meeting via Zoom at 2pm which will include a talk by David Williams on “Goodbye to the High Street”, a history of our high street over the past 250 years. If you wish to be included in this or any of the Bourne U3A Zoom meetings, please contact Malcolm Scriven: e-mail chairmanbourneu3a@gmail.com.

Music 5th - “First Friday Zoom Songs and Tunes Session,” coordinated by Dean Hardy, 7.45pm. All singers, musicians, listeners welcome. Dean can be contacted on any of the following: phone 01778 570115, mobile 07788410530 or dean.hardy880@ btinternet.com for the ‘joining code’.

Stamford Arts Centre For full information and booking for all events, visit www.stamfordartscentre.com. 10th and 24th - Cinema Speak Online: Audiences at home have the chance to stream a film to watch, then talk about it together on a Zoom call. Free. See website to book. 13th - Crafting with Jane Schofield, one-hour Quick Stitch sessions on Zoom. Starting at 10.30am, cost £3-50. 66

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Deepings Literary Festival 14th - An online literary talk hosted by Deepings Literary Festival. Treat your mum (or yourself) to an afternoon of romantic chat and travel with award-winning novelist, Isabelle Broom: 2.45pm. Held on Zoom, the call will run for approximately 1hour 30mins. Tickets are free but booking is required through Stamford Arts Centre www.stamfordartscentre.com.

Culture in Quarantine www.bb.co.uk/arts. A website with links through to a wide variety of arts events, classes, talks, dance etc. It also includes details of “The Great Big Art Exhibition,” which is being launched by Sir Antony Gormley, who is asking people to make an artwork at home and put in their window or garden. Why not visit the website to find out more?

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Complete bathroom design and renovation Boiler installations with up to free 12 year warranty Boiler service & repairs Landlord gas safety certificates All Cookers, hobs and fires work guaranteed Power flushing Underfloor heating

www.absoluteplumbingheating.co.uk 24 Hour Free Call Out, Fully Insured

T 01778 570212 M 07771 635966 Established 1998

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Ponds

IMPORTANT PRE-WINTER POND & FISH HEALTH CHECKS

2 Queensway, Pointon, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 0NE

Tel: 07393 367410 Email: peteburlton@live.com  Search Pete’s Pond Clearances

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PC LAPTOPS AND REPAIRS

PLASTERER

Nigel Bailey

• Plaster-boarding • Dry lining • Internal render & set • External rendering • New builds • Extensions • Free estimates • All insurance work Tel: 01778 422082

PC or Laptop Issues?

Plasterer

Better call Ray!

B NO JO TOO L SMAL

Sales • Service • Training Let me assist you with your problems.

Mob: 07949 708833

Virus removal to full re-builds. Upgrade work undertaken. Extensive range of new and used equipment.

PLUMBING AND HEATING

Central Heating Specialists • British Gas Trained

Servicing • Repairs • Radiators only • Breakdowns • Power Flushing Full Heating Installations • Fires/Cookers/Hobs • Landlords Certificate Bathrooms supply & install • LPG Compliant

For a FREE No Obligation Quotation Call Lee Sutton T: 01778 380070 M: 07971 004273 W: www.acm-plumbing.co.uk

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

Painting & Decorating, Tiling, Plumbing, Fencing and many other home services

› Installation/repair of heating systems › Installation/repair of Plumbing systems › Installation/repair of Electrical systems › Repair servicing Oil Boilers › Repair work to all appliances

Please contact Mark for a quote:

T: 01778 345860 M: 07739 988711

We also accept major debit/credit cards

PLUMBING AND HEATING

01778 571491 / 07792 969106 Email: topmarkspm@outlook.com

SEWING SERVICES

GAS BOILER & CENTRAL HEATING SPECIALISTS

All aspects of Plumbing, Gas Boiler and Central Heating Installation, Maintenance and Repairs undertaken

Alterations & Repairs Tel. 01778 392848 Email. carolsewing@hotmail.co.uk

WORCESTER BOSCH & BAXI TRAINED INSTALLER

Free competitive quotes available PW Heating Ltd Call or text 07939 840653 Email pw_heating@yahoo.com Spring Business Directory

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TOP MARKS

Electrical, Plumbing Heating And Appliances Alan Stephenson

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Tel: 01778 420362

Email: sales@bournecomputerstore.co.uk

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

PLUMBING AND HEATING

624604

Bourne Computer Store

By Appointment Only 5 Godwin Close, Bourne, Lincs, PE10 9QG

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PLUMBING AND HEATING

R J MILLS AND SONS REGISTERED PLUMBERS

Kesteven Cars

24 HOUR EMERGENCY PLUMBING Call us 1st... “We will always answer the phone”

077333 96869

Bourne • Lincs www.kestevencars.co.uk

NO JOB TOO SMALL www.rjmillsandsons.com r.j.millsandsons@googlemail.com Covering a 25 mile radius of Peterborough | Cancelling while en route will result in a charge

• Friendly Reliable Service • Fully Licensed Drivers • Open 7 days A Week • 7 Seater Available • All Airports Covered • Contract Work Welcome

SECURITY

TREE SERVICES

Matthew Mills

T:

01778 347308

M:

07545 270482

s ar ye e 5 nc r 1 rie ve e O exp

KYS Security Ltd are your local friendly electronic security protection experts

Our Services Include: Intruder Alarms | CCTV | Automated Access | Fire Alarms Access Control | Bespoke Systems

STORAGE

MORTON SELF STORAGE ■ INSULATED, VENTED ■ SECURITY LOCKED ■ UNDERCOVER

■ 24H CCTV ■ ON SITE SECURITY

CONTACT: RICHARD 07860 336054 or 01778 570039 www.mortonselfstorage.co.uk

(please try both phone numbers)

TREE SERVICES

TREE AND GARDEN SERVICES

Fully Insured and Professional All aspects of Tree Surgery, Tree Removal & Dismantles, Tree & Hedge Maintenance, Tree Pruning, Storm Damaged Trees

T. 01778 394183

What we do? • Tree Felling • Thinning & Pruning • Lopping & Topping • Hedge Trimming • Stump Grinding • Power Washing • Graveling

For a FREE estimate with no obligation E: andrewwinters83@outlook.com M: 07468 442 002 or T: 01733 322 562

MORTON, BOURNE PE10 0XL

Domestic & Commercial

NOW IS THE TIME TO GIVE YOUR TREES THE PRUNE THEY NEED

Proud member of Trustatrader

■ £25 PER WEEK

Arboriculture Specialist

TREE CARE Why choose Pine Woods? • Competitive rates • Friendly & honest approach • We undertake all aspects of tree work • Free estimates, quotes & advice • Provide references upon request

T: 01780 408223 E: office@kyssecurity.com www.kyssecurity.com

■ NEW 20 FOOT CONTAINERS

PINE WOOD

GARY’S ARDENS TREE CARE

est 1998

Bourne, Lincolnshire

M. 07802 379337 E. garysgardens007@gmail.com

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All aspects of professional tree surgery Hedge maintenance Tree pruning • reshaping Storm damage FULLY QUALIFIED AND INSURED

01778 571993 • 07858 465637 elderwoodtreecare@gmail.com

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TREE SERVICES

Mclaren Tree Services

ALL ASPECTS OF TREE WORK INCLUDING

Tree Inspections • Tree Removal Pruning • Dead Wooding Stump Grinding • Hedge Work

FREE QUOTATIONS T: 01778 426792 M: 07990 706750 Fully Qualified, NTCP Certifiied, £5 million Public Liability

C

TILER

Cj’s Tiling Service

Bourne and Surrounding Areas E: cjstilingservice@gmail.com T: 07912 573698 W: www.cjstiling.co.uk

Prestige Wall and Floor Tiling

TREE AND GARDEN SERVICES

TILER

Tree, Hedge and Garden Services

D.SMITH TILING Wall & Floor Tiler

All types of garden maintenance • Grass cutting and lawn care • Beds, borders and weed control • Rotovating, turfing and seeding • Tree surgery and conifer work • Felling, pruning and shaping • Hedge cutting and shrub trimming • Garden clearance and rubbish removal • Driveways, patios and fencing

John Holland 07957 185487 or 01775 720558

OVER 15 YEARS EXPERIENCE

FREE

NO JOB TOO LARGE OR SMALL

Quotes

Call Danny on 01529 700769 or 07581 135598

50 Little London, Spalding PE11 2UE

ALL WORK GUARANTEED • FULLY INSURED

WINDOWS & DOORS ars e c ye 30 rien pe ex

Mark Taylor

WINDOWS AND DOORS Complete supply and installation service

M Oglesby Installations

PVCu Windows & Doors Doors • Patio doors • Conservatories • Windows Fensa registration & 10 year backed guarantee • UPVC products A rated energy efficient Rehau windows Yale high security locking • Composite doors Soffit, fascia & rainwater systems • Flush sash windows Argon gas filled sealed units • Tilt & turn windows Coloured UPVC windows & doors • Bay windows

01205 722 334 / 07946 318 795

Email: mtwindows.doors@gmail.com

Certified Member

Quality uPVC Windows & Doors

WINDOWS AND DOORS

Repair - Don’t replace

Local Family Business For 20 Years Stylish Windows & Doors In PVC, Timber or Aluminium A rated energy saving • Environmentally friendly • Product range as wide as your imagination

windows available

UPGRADE YOUR PVCu WINDOWS AND DOORS Install the latest energy saving units to your existing windows We can repair: Broken handles - Locks - Hinges - Misty sealed units

Secondary Glazing Now Available SAVING ENERGY - SAVING MONEY

Full uPVC repair service including:

• MISTED UNITS • LOCKS • HINGES • HANDLES

Have you just moved into your new house? Do you need your locks replced? Are you a Landlord? Repairing could save you £££’s

01775 712973 / 07538 997460 E: moglesbyinstallations@googlemail.com

FREEPHONE: 0800 9701469 www.lincolnshirebowwindows.co.uk Unit 2 Holt House, Cherry Holt Road, Bourne PE10 9LH Open: Mon - Fri 9-5, Sat 9-1

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NEED MORE SPACE?

Bourne Self Store is a family run business, offering a flexible approach to your storage solutions ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Domestic and business use 20ft x 8ft 10ft x 8ft Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year Protected by 24hr HD CCTV Personalised security keys with lock box protection Available on a monthly or long term basis Close to Bourne town centre Very competitive affordable rates

01778 428859 www.bourneselfstore.com


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