Discovering the Deepings issue 064, October 2020

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Issue 64 / October 2020

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NEWS FROM TRAVEL COUNSELLOR MARIKA

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’m Marika Riddick, I’m based in Deeping St James and have worked twenty of my thirty-five years in the travel industry with Travel Counsellors. I have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and I’m passionate about travel. I can arrange your dream holiday or organise your perfect business trip.

Let’s create something to look forward to in 2021 Whether you are thinking about worldwide, European or UK holidays, skiing, cruising, touring, safari, fly-drive, city-break, wedding, honeymoon or help with accessibility holidays, let me help you plan your next trip. In these uncertain times, you may prefer to take a holiday closer to home. The British Isles have never been more popular. From castles, houses and cottages, boats, caravans and campervans or family seaside holidays, there are plenty of ideas to choose from. Many companies have more flexible booking conditions and have extended their booking dates, giving you many more options.

Whatever, and wherever a customer wants to go, I want to see and experience what a destination has to offer, share my thoughts to create the perfect holiday for my customer. And when they return home, I want to hear all about their holiday, see their photos, listen to what they experienced and the memories they will have forever.

Why not give me a call or e-mail to find out more?

Trusted advice As travel arrangements continue to change and caution lingers, I stay abreast of the latest FCDO travel advice and the safety protocols of the destinations and hotels I work with.

As your Travel Counsellor, my sole aim is to look after your travel plans, better than anyone else. I give honest and professional advice, I’m contactable when you need me. By booking with me, you can rest assured that you will have financial protection, the “myTC app”, choice, flexibility and bespoke service that promises complete peace of mind when looking forward to your well-earned break.

At the moment, there are places that you are ok to travel to, such as Italy, Madeira, some Greek islands and some Caribbean islands, but travel rules and regulations may change at short notice!

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Introduction

Welcome to your October Issue Welcome to October’s issue. Just when some of us thought it was safe to call ourselves “empty-nesters” as our last teenagers head off to university, a warning has been issued, claiming that the present financial uncertainty has prompted almost 60% of UK students to consider dropping out of their university degrees. With some students returning or going to university for the first time around now, pressure and financial support group SavetheStudent claims that increasing numbers are deeply concerned their finances won’t stand the pressure of such uncertain times! Oh well, there will be plenty of jobs around the house and garden to keep them busy … oh no, they’ve already been done during the lockdown. Brace yourselves, “Bank of Mum and Dad”! Anyway, as ever, there’s plenty here to keep all of your family informed and entertained, and don’t forget to change your clocks (“Spring forward, Fall back”), as we lose the hour on Sunday October 25th.

Claire x

This month’s issue combines the usual sparkling array of articles from our team of dedicated contributors. It gives us great pleasure to know that there are so many individuals who put in so much effort to ensure that their monthly contribution is not only relevant and topical, but also that it appears in such a way that you, our readers, will find it useful and, hopefully, entertaining. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to run its tragic course, this caught my eye recently. A man was seen using a live snake as a face covering on a bus from Swinton into Manchester. Transport bosses said passengers can make their own face covering or wear something suitable, such as a scarf or bandana, adding, “We do not believe it extends to the use of snakeskin - especially when still attached to the snake.” And finally, last week I put up a world map on the kitchen wall, gave my wife a dart and said, “Throw this and wherever it lands - that’s where I’m taking you when this pandemic is all over.” Just our luck … two weeks behind the fridge! Enjoy the read!

John

Publisher and Sales - Claire Saberton 01778 421427 | 07837 499061 | sales@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Op. Director - Andy Armstrong | 07780 922214 Sales - Paula Peake | 07903 776211 | marketing.discoveringmagazines@gmail.com - Tori Martin | 07498 588487 | info@discoveringmagazines.co.uk - Catherine Healy | 07879 478448 | catherine@discoveringmagazines.co.uk

Inside Highlights 2....................... Travel Column – Let Marika be your Travel Counsellor. 5....................... Deep-in Aesthetics – Friendly, professional and very able! 6....................... Will & Probate Services – Duties of a dad. 8-9.................. Fenchurch House Care Home, Spalding, feature. 10..................... Behind the Mask – Advice from Renu. 12-13............... Empire Gym. 14..................... The Little Soft Play Company feature. 20................... Property News – Briggs Residential. 22.................... Alto Electrical – “More bright ideas!” 26.................... Consumer advice from Safe Local Trades. 32.................... Your Finances – Interest rates. 38-39............ Eco Drives Lincolnshire Ltd. feature. 40................... “Save Your Theatre” – Appeal from Stamford Shakespeare Co. 44................... Puzzle Page – Let’s Get Quizzical! 48................... Recipe of the Month – Pumpkin soup. 50.................... What’s happening at Vine House Farm. 52.................... Words from the Mayor of Market Deeping. 54.................... Pets & Vets – Food allergies and trials. 56.................... ‘Kidz Puzzle Page’. 62.................... Events Guide. 63-68............ Classified businesses directory Cover Photography: David Pearson, taken at St Guthlac’s Church. Harvest flowers arranged by Pamela Pearson.

Group Editor - John Schwarz | editor.bourne@discoveringmagazines.co.uk Design - Graham Copestake | Sarah Gumbley | Rob Harradine | Andy Beavis | Holly Jean Events - Hilary Bloomer | hilary@discoveringmagazines.co.uk

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Nick Ash, Liberty Partnership Ltd, Marika Riddick, Empire Gym, Claire Gray, Vine House Farm, Paul Briggs

Discovering The Deepings 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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Back on the Road Again! We’re good to go, and we hope you are too! We’re delighted to tell you that we’ve got staff back in the office and drivers on the road.

By Gillian Beach DIPCFHP, MPSPract DIPMAFHP MCFHP

THE NEXT STEPS!

Head to the news page of our website for details of our upcoming days out. These feature some really lovely visits which will allow you to maximise your time outside and enjoy at your leisure. We’ve got plenty of relaxing breaks lined up for 2020 too, including Derbyshire, York and Paignton.

My priority is for the safety and well-being of my patients, also I need to look after myself! With this in mind, and following the advice from the College of Foot Health Practitioners and my insurance company, I am happy to see patients in their homes, with the following procedures in place: ■ Safe distancing: I will ask you to open the door and then I will wait until you are seated in your preferred chair so that I can work around you.

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Will & Probate Services

Duties of a Dad

ADVICE FROM NICK ASH, MANAGING DIRECTOR AT WILL AND PROBATE SERVICES

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here’s nothing to make one feel responsible, all of a sudden, like the birth of a child; it is one of the most amazing, wonderful things you’ll ever experience.

Your partner has been carrying your baby for months and you’ve tried to support her as much as possible. The labour, though? I remember feeling useless, seeing my wife go through so much pain and not being able to help. In fact, in my panic, I hindered her, encouraging her to push when she was supposed to be panting! And while you understood, as a concept, that at some point the bump would become a child, nothing can prepare you for that punch of love when you hold your baby in your arms for the first time. You are suddenly responsible for this tiny person! The maternity ward feels safe but driving home with a passenger in the baby seat is frightening. Back home, you and your partner are in charge – flying alone. It’s exhilarating but suddenly all the rules have changed and it’s bewildering too. You’re a grown-up. And, as a grown-up, it’s time to ask yourself some grown-up questions and make some adult decisions … and to plan for your child’s future by writing a will. You and your partner are going to have to ask yourselves that most terrifying of questions: Who will look after our child if something happens to us? It’s a horrible but, tragically, very real situation for the 24,000 children a year who experience the death of a parent (source: Winston’s Wish). There’s a common assumption that your next-of-kin will automatically be granted guardianship of your

children, should you die but, if both parents pass away and there’s no valid will and therefore no legally appointed guardian, children will be a “ward of court” until the courts decide who they live with. Thankfully, while the thought of your child being all alone makes your hearts lurch, reassurance is at hand.

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Then, will written and adult responsibilities undertaken, you can relax into being a father – it’s the most life-affirming experience ever! Making the right will can cost as little as £199. For more information, please contact us at 01778 382723 or advice@will-probate.co.uk.

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Country Court’s newest care home, Fenchurch House in Spalding, provides affordable luxury care, with a warm family feel. ocated in Spalding Common, the care home opens in October 2020 and specialises in residential care, short-term respite care and specialist dementia care for up to sixty people.

Spread over two floors, the care home boasts its very own pub, ‘The Mallard Tavern’, where residents can visit for a drink or enjoy activities such as pub games and quizzes. The home has its own café called ‘The Gatsby Bistro’, an ideal meeting place for residents and their families to enjoy refreshments and freshly made cakes and bakes whilst visiting. The facilities in the home have been designed to make life comfortable and enjoyable, allowing people to live safely and as they choose. The entertainment suite which features a cinema, games room and library, and ‘The Pantry Craft Room’ with an OMI interactive table, will provide plenty of choice for residents to participate in their hobbies and pastimes. The ‘Marketplace’ on the second floor will be a focal point for the community in the home, a place for residents to meet friends, sit and chat on the park bench or go to the shop.

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Home Manager, Suria Webb, is one of Country Court’s longest serving employees, having joined Ashwood Nursing Home in Spalding in 1998 as a night nurse. She explains, “I am very excited to be managing our beautiful brand-new care home in Spalding. In these difficult times, the elderly population is particularly vulnerable at home. People may be concerned about how a relative is coping and would like to have more support; here at Fenchurch House we will offer peace of mind and security”. For more information about Fenchurch House Care Home, please contact Customer Relations Advisor, Annemarie Taylor, on 07783 808 428 or e-mail marketing@countrycourtcare.com. OCT OBE R 2 0 2 0


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60 luxury en-suite bedrooms 60 luxury en-suite bedrooms Entertainment Suite and Hair Salon Entertainment Suite and Hair Salon The Gatsby bistro and The Mallard Tavern pub The Gatsby bistro and The Mallard Tavern pub Marketplace and shop Marketplace and shop

Join us for our Open Days 9th, 10th & 11th October Join us for our Open Days 9th, 10th & 11th October Take a tour, meet the staff team and sample our mouth-watering menus. Visits Take a tour, meet the staff team and sample our mouth-watering menus. Visits are socially distanced and by appointment only, available between 10am and are socially distanced and by appointment only, available between 10am and 4pm. To book please call 01775 292730. 4pm. To book please call 01775 292730.

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Health

Behind the Mask... BY CLAIRE GRAY, OWNER OF RENU

Our face is the most memorable thing about us.

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t reflects our mood, our age, our health, our personality, and some people even believe its shape can define our personality type. It is such a shame that in this “new normal” world, we now spend so much of our time with it hidden behind a mask!

If they are re-usable, wash them at 60 degrees and dry thoroughly.

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It is even more important you follow a thorough cleansing routine daily. Cleanse twice. Tone once.

Whilst a mask is becoming increasingly important for the safety and well-being of others, it is yet another reason to make sure we are taking special care of our skin.

When your face is open to the elements, it needs protection against pollution, air conditioning, UV rays and free radicals. On the positive side, wearing a mask can sometimes help you protect your face against the elements.

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Wearing a mask slows the skin renewing itself. This is a disaster with regard to the ageing process, managing breakouts and keeping a bright complexion. Exfoliate twice a week and invest in a facial, specific to your needs every four to six weeks. We offer specific facials for every budget for men and women.

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Use the right skin care. It is even more important that your skin is protected against the elements and whatever is lurking inside your mask. Our therapists can help you find the right skin care for your specific needs. This is also a great time to purchase, as there are lots of extra value packs available.

Unfortunately, masks will also restrict the skin’s ability to “breathe” and whilst they can protect you from passing on viral germs, they will also harbour bacteria and germs on your face. This can result in dry, blotchy skin, more frequent breakouts, and an uneven complexion.

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Here are my top tips to make sure you reveal a beautiful, healthy skin under your mask:

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Resist the habit of keeping a mask in your bag and repeatedly putting it on and off. Have several and use a clean mask every time.

Skin repairs at night. Whatever we have put our face through during the day, it will take the time to try and repair itself at night. Day care is about protection. Night care is about repair and rejuvenation. Use a good quality night balm, specific to your skin’s needs and it will drink it up overnight. Smile with your eyes. We may not be able to show our sunny smile from behind our mask, but we can smile with our eyes! So, keep them in tip top condition using a daily eye cream and grooming your eyebrows and lashes!

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Health

We Cannot Be Distanced from

Words

While physical ‘distance’ is the order of the day, we cannot be distanced from words. So, let me shift for once from the benefits of exercising the body by moving to talk about the magnificent menagerie of our minds.

Words

The very origin of structured communication. Books, poems, lyrics, articles, reviews, studies… information; to be digested for the purposes of pleasure, entertainment, escape, or used to be informed, or to be educated. One thing I have always loved to do is write. It is a means to convey one’s ideas, opinions and imagination. A way to focus energy and to constructively channel whatever thought or feeling is being experienced on any given day. In any given moment. A way to capture mood and to be able to recall it on a page thereafter. A tool, an instrument, a means to document the present, speak of the past and paint perceptions of the future, whether in stark,

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statistical scientific fact, or in the fantasy, flair and festival of creative, colourful storytelling. A means to move people to emotion. Words it seems to me have more importance now than ever before. Initially, the written word, which of course holds the powerful potential to become the spoken word. Spoken as a means of communicating to groups of people for information, spoken in the form of a story we read to our children or even sung as your favourite song. Right now, I spend my time digesting the written word in two primary ways. Firstly, by reading the news from a number of different, corroborated, reliable sources as a means to understanding how I navigate myself, my family our business and our customers safely through the pandemic, and secondly by reading books

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Health to our two-year-old son. Anything from the ABC to the Gruffalo, Winnie the Pooh, and Zog the Dragon. I enjoy the latter far more! Indeed, to experience the way in which reading the written word in the form of a children’s book to our son allows him to completely immerse himself in an imaginary moment, is to learn a valuable lesson. If we choose to be, we are totally in control of where our minds take us. We have an obligation to read about and understand how to be responsible to ourselves and our communities in the context of the global pandemic, but equally, in order to gift ourselves the balance of mental health, we have the opportunity to take our minds to places of our choosing. We can read. Or indeed, we can write. A passion for one will certainly promote the likelihood of the other.

So again, I come back to my passion to write. And I am going to do something with it. Yes, I am writing. Something creative, which for now will remain a secret but in time I look forward to sharing my creation. And it fills me with excitement and a feeling of creative purpose. And there lies the balance we all need.

Words it seems to me have more importance now than ever before

And I don’t mean the news feed on your chosen social media app. I mean, we can decide to go in a direction of our own choosing. It may be the magical wizarding world of Harry Potter, the autobiography of your favourite sportsperson, or even ‘A Brief History of Time’ by the late great Professor Stephen Hawking, but the inside of our minds and the worlds that exist there are subject to none of the physical restrictions of the time. No ‘lockdown’ can ever lock down your mind and imagination. Rather the opposite is true. Time to reflect is an opportunity. Ideas, creations, plans, metaphorical seeds planted by freeing our minds to read, learn, write and create now, will serve the world well in a future that still holds infinite optimism. We also owe it to generations new and to come to extol the massive importance of the art and tradition of using skilled language as the means to communicate and create. To ‘tweet’ or to ‘post’ may have its place, but it cannot be ‘in-place’ of a more

considered way of writing and reading.

There is a catharsis in writing that is absolutely unique. It needs no permission and has no boundary. It can become whatever your creative mind can perceive. In many ways the very opposite of the narrative of immediate times. I’ve always known that perspective and context are powerful in appreciating some of the things we can on occasion take for granted. But so, it is true.

Never more important are words of magic, hope, adventure, possibility, peace, love, family and tranquillity than when they are threatened by matters new. So, let’s take this adversity and let’s think about how it makes us feel. And maybe you can write it down. Maybe there is a thought, a poem, a passage, a world waiting to be created that lives within you that can fill a page for others who need such escape. Let’s bring back the art of words. Let’s communicate with deep creative passionate meaning. Whether to describe the day, to remember the values of the past that could serve us so well now, or to write our imaginings of hope. The Hundred-Acre Wood cannot be the only such place where we can sit, be happy and eat ‘hunny’. There are thousands of acres in our own minds to be discovered and to be shared! Be happy. Much love.

Matt x

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The Little Soft Play Company For Those Magical Early Years

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he role of play in a young child’s early years is enormous – the exploring, the learning and having fun are crucial for their physical and social development. Local mother of two, Sam CrosbyStockwell was well aware of this when bringing up Zachary and Paige, and was finding soft play hire in the local area, which encompasses all of these things, problematic. Last year, Sam decided not to return to the corporate world after maternity leave, feeling a huge desire to remain at home just that little bit longer to enjoy those magical ‘early-learning-years’. That was when this ‘stay-at-home’ mum created The Little Soft Play Company, serving Bourne, the Deepings, Stamford and surrounding areas. Sam explains her mission: “Every child has their own unique personality; they develop at different stages, prefer to play and learn in different ways and cope with social situations differently too. Recognising this, I have designed my

play areas to embrace children’s uniqueness and provide them with the tools to play in a way that they most enjoy. “My packages are made up of everything I wished was there when I was searching for soft play hire - something suitable for babies and toddlers (up to the age of four) - delicate colour schemes, beautiful materials, iconic traditional toys and sensory resources to motivate children to explore different textures, shapes and mechanisms. From crawlers to walkers, from sitters to roamers, each of my packages has something for every little one to explore.” “Little Soft Play packages are safe for hire at home or at venues, and have the highest hygiene and sanitisation standards before, during and after the hire” Please refer to Sam’s Instagram/Facebook pages for further information regarding packages or call Sam directly on 07944 767194.

Contemporary play areas to hire, designed to keep your little ones safe and happy while they do what they do best - explore, learn and have fun in the process! Mummy/Baby meet ups Wedding receptions

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From week to week, information changes, but one thing remains constant … THE VALUE OF COMMUNITY; the value of LOCAL; we the people; the relationship we have with where we live and with each other. We have that here, across the Deepings and the villages, in abundance! Why? Possibly because we connect and care about where we live, and where we live makes a difference to our quality of life. Each one of us helps shape our community, in the decisions we make and the interactions we have. Certainly, by connecting, supporting LOCAL and each other. What a great place to live – long may the sense of ‘COMMUNITY MATTERS’ continue! Take care everyone and keep safe. #supportlocal #lovedeepings.

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We are pleased to be welcoming back all our students over these turbulent times. Due to the school being opened during lockdown, we were able to put routines in place with regard to regular hand washing, cleaning touch points etc, so we were ready to welcome all our pupils back into school in September. It was lovely to see the smiles and excitement on the children’s faces. The first few days were used to get all children into these new regular routines such as the one-way system and staggered start times, in order to keep classes separate. By introducing a soft approach into the classes, the children have been given an opportunity to share the concerns and things they did during lockdown. It’s important that time is given to allow children to discuss and express their feelings in these unprecedented times. Since the retirement of our previous Headteacher, Mr Emery has been our school’s Interim Head and has brought a wealth of experience to us. Due to

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Deeping St James Community Primary School Can I start by saying that it is great to have all the children back into school. The staff and all the children are excited, and they have done brilliantly to adapt so quickly to all the changes that are in place due Covid-19. The classrooms are set out with all the children facing the front; we have split playtimes; split drop off and pick up times (from three different school entrances) and hand sanitizers have become the norm. Unfortunately, at present we are having to cancel or postpone events like Grandparents’ Afternoon and our Year 6 residential trip, but hopefully we will be able to reinstate these great events later on in the year. As always, if we can be of any assistance in the local community, please let me know. Take care and keep safe!

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The impact of Covid-19 on SSC has been enormous. The Theatre and Hall were closed in March this year and the Company has lost a forecasted £240,000 worth of ticket sales. As a charity who receive no funding from any arts organisations or formal sponsorship, SSC relies on income from tickets sales to fund the productions, maintain the beautiful grounds and upkeep the Grade II* listed Elizabethan Hall. The future of SSC is now at great risk.

We have been putting on Shakespeare plays for over fifty years and we are determined that Covid-19 will not put an end to this, but without the help from the community, we will not survive. We are enormously grateful to our patrons and overwhelmed by their continued generosity and kindness. We now need you more than ever.” For more information, please visit their fundraising website: www.saveyourtheatre.co.uk.

Although the government lifted some of the restrictions on theatres, allowing outdoor venues to re-open with social distancing in place, SSC have not been able to rehearse, they have not finished the construction of their sets nor the costumes for the actors; therefore, 2020’s productions could not proceed. Caroline Stephenson, Chair of SSC Board of Directors, said: “We are all so lucky to have this theatre on our doorstep. To date, we have welcomed over a million audience members, to share experiences with friends and family through theatre, giving volunteers a place to be valued, and inspiring young people to dream big. Losing this wonderful, unique and special place would leave a void in our community.

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Famous Movie Quotes Name the films from which these famous lines came:

This is I hear aadaily 11.something “ Frankly, my dear, I don’ton give damn.” basis;12.the quick answer “NO”. “Toto, I’ve got a feeling is we’re not in Kansas anymore.” When your estate agent recommends a 13. “Here’s looking you, kid.” conveyancing solicitor or aat licensed conveyancer/ property lawyer, it is likely the fi rm they 14. “Go ahead, make my day.”are recommending are paying them a ‘referral fee’. “You talking me?” This fee15. is usually passedtoon to you, the client.

You may be surprised to learn that some ‘referral fees’ are in the £100s, simply for your conveyancing business. This is why conveyancing fees vary so widely. 21. When Elizabeth Taylor played Cleopatra, Read the small before you sign any agreements! whoprint played Julius Caesar? Every law firm should detail how much they receive 22. Who famously built a dyke to separate from the estate agent for passing business to the English and Welsh? them. The Solicitors Regulation Authority and 23. In which city would you find the The Council for Licensed Conveyancers, which International Court of Justice? regulates conveyancing solicitors and licensed conveyancers, strict referral 24. Whohas shotaBilly the Kid? code.

leasehold and freeholds within different valuation 16. “E.T. phone home.” brackets can vary widely. I also suggest that you 17. “They call meofMister search for reviews the fiTibbs!” rms you are interested 18. “I’ll be back.” in working with. “Love means never having to a property it In19. summary, when buying or selling you’re sorry.” a lawyer that you can is vitalsay that you appoint

20. to “You’ve got to askinterests, yourself one trust act in your best whoquestion: will have the ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, ya, punk?”properly experience to complete thedo transaction and in timely manner and who will charge you a fair price for doing so.

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Solicitors/licensed conveyancers are required to 25. Which four tournaments make up the set out a full quotation which details their fees, the men’s golfing majors? disbursement costs and associated expenses with 26. The following were the alter egos of your transaction. They are also required to reveal which famous crime fighters (i) Bruce how much Wayne (ii) Peter Parker (iii) Diana Prince? they paid for your referral. Look at this closely! I suggest you ask the solicitor/licensed conveyancer/property lawyer for details of the referral fee they have paid for your (potential) custom. In addition to checking the amount of money you, the client, are paying for your referred business, I strongly recommend that you get at least three quotes for your conveyancing. Fees for

Answer First Lines 1. Don’t Look Back in Anger - Oasis, 2. The Winner Takes it All - ABBA, 3. I Bet That You Look Good on the Dance Floor – Arctic Monkeys, 4. Any Dream Will Do – Jason Donovan, 5. I Wanna Hold Your Hand – The Beatles, 6. Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones, 7. The Power of Love – Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 8. Everything I Do (I Do It For You. – Bryan Adams, 9. Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh, 10. Space Oddity – David Bowie. Famous Movie Quotes 11. Gone With The Wind, 12. The Wizard of Oz, 13. Casablanca, 14. Sudden Impact, 15. Taxi Driver, 16. E.T. The Extraterrestrial, 17. In The Heat of the Night, 18. The Terminator, 19. Love Story, 20. Dirty Harry. Pot Luck 21. Rex Harrison, 22. Offa, King of Mercia, 23. The Hague, Netherlands, 24. Sheriff Pat Garrett, 25. The US Masters, US Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship, 26. Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, 27. Exeter, Truro, Taunton, 28. Tom Jones, Lulu, Rita Coolidge, 29. Wellington, New Zealand (although Ushuaia the regional capital of Tierra del Fuego is the southernmost city., 30. Au, Ag, Hg.

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4 In a large saucepan over a medium heat, bring the water and crumbled stock cubes to the boil. Cook the potato in simmering water until soft, for about twenty minutes. 5 Combine the potato and water with the roasted vegetables and puree in a liquidiser or food processor until smooth. Return to the pan over low heat and stir in the cream, nutmeg, pepper and salt. Heat gently, then serve with some crusty bread. Helpful tip: Sugar pumpkins are similar to the large orange pumpkins you find during Hallowe’en but they are smaller, sweeter and have more flavour – optimal for this or any other pumpkin recipe. If unavailable, you can substitute in butternut or kabocha squash.

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What’s Happening in October at Vine House Farm AUTUMN HIGHLIGHTS

The seasonal change is well underway & the time has come to once again enjoy the wonderful produce that autumn has to offer. Pumpkins & squashes are a particular highlight with their vibrant colours & interesting patterns. They are delicious roasted, made into soup or even spiralised as a gluten-free alternative to pasta. The spaghetti squash will even take the hard work of spiralising away, as once roasted it will simply turn into spaghetti like strands with the use of a fork.

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Mayor of Market Deeping

COUNCILLOR JOSHUA YARHAM

We find ourselves, yet again, restricted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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imits of groups of six, both indoors and outdoors, travel corridors being removed from the list because of potential spikes, and strict social-distancing and face coverings everywhere we go. The more this pandemic continues, the more I start to agree with Lord Sumption and the ways in which he has been critical of the approaches taken by this government!

In contrast to the bleak picture of restricted liberty, significant progress has been made at the Town Council. Dates have been finalised for works to start on the John Eve Field, the Sanctum Gardens, the BMX Track, and significant planning has been put forward to Council in relation to the renovations of the Town Hall. The Standing Orders and Policy changes made at the August Full Council Meeting facilitated decisions to be made more quickly and forward plans to be more definitive than in previous years. This is a good change and the practice will be continued, in order for the Town Council to get productive and substantive tasks completed. Events, as I am sure residents of Market Deeping are well aware, are few and far between. I did, however, manage to attend the reopening of The Deepings Youth Group and met volunteers and members of Deeping St. James Parish Council who help set up the excellent facilities for the 52

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young people in our community. Multiple sessions are on-going and young people are able to interact and relax with others, knowing there is an extensive and positive support group around them. The Town Council will continue to significantly assist The Deepings Youth Group financially. Sadly, the Deputy Clerk has handed in her resignation. Her work was appreciated by all who relied on her knowledge and professionalism to get an answer to their question. Claire worked tirelessly for the benefit of the Town Council and was an asset who will be missed. We all wish her a happy and successful future in any endeavour she wishes to undertake. I wish all residents of Market Deeping good health, and hope that we are all able to live more freely in the near future. OCT OBE R 2 0 2 0


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Food Allergies and Trials

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ctober … and Hallowe’en around the corner. Pumpkins (and other squashes) are not just for carving though; they can be useful in the veterinary world. It is possible that some of the ones grown round here will end up in pet food, but why? Dogs and cats are not renowned for eating them.

Skin allergies are extremely common in pets and can be due to a variety of causes. Insect bites, mainly from fleas, are our most common allergy, whilst seasonal allergies from tree and grass pollen can be rife at times. Food allergies are thought to be more common than realised but testing for them is hard. It requires a lot of discipline not just by owners, but everyone involved in the care of your pet. Animals eat a variety of commercial foods that contain proteins and flavourings that the body may come to recognise as foreign and which the immune system attacks. The resulting inflammation can occur in the digestive tract, but more commonly affects the skin. Animals itch around the face, especially the ears, but also the feet and over the rump. In fact, inflammation and damage of the ear canals is most commonly due to allergies and may be the only symptom of allergy in your pet. Most owners think

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that it is a new food that causes allergies. However, your pet may have been on the same diet for a long time with no trouble at all. It takes time for allergies to develop then, all of a sudden, the immune system rejects the food and an allergy develops. So how do we know if your pet is allergic to a particular foodstuff? There are no reliable blood or skin tests; instead, we do a food trial that is quite demanding for pets and owners to follow. Prescription diets are best used for food allergy testing. They contain novel proteins such as venison, or hydrolysed proteins where the allergens have been stripped off. The carbohydrate sources are also unique, for instance our lovely pumpkins or sweet potato. This food is the only thing that should pass your pet’s lips – no treats, no milk, no chews, no leftovers. They need to be on this diet for eight to twelve weeks for it to be effective. All family members need to be onboard with this or it will fail, and all the effort wasted. Once symptoms resolve, your pet is gradually introduced to its original food sources to see if the itch starts up again and, if it does, the answer is obvious – your pet has a food allergy. So, pumpkins are not only great for carving, they’re great for pets as well!

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t the time of writing, we should be well into preparations for the 77th Glinton Horticultural Society Annual Show. However, Covid-19 has scuppered many events this year and we are no exception. Set up in 1943 in conjunction with a fete and gala, the Glinton Horticultural Society held its first shows in a marquee on the village playing field in Glinton. The show then moved to Peakirk-cumGlinton school until the Arthur Mellows Village College opened in 1948, where it has been held ever since. This local gardening and hobbies show is one of the largest shows in East Anglia. In normal times, the College and the judges would have been booked, the rosettes and medals ordered, and trophies cleaned, ready for the big day. Friday afternoon is set-up time, then Saturday sees the entries coming in. It is fascinating to watch the dahlia, chrysanthemum and begonia growers, in particular, prepare their blooms for display. Most of their flowers are transported in individually-spaced crates and each bloom is tended with minute detail, with errant petals being teased into place. The end results are magnificent. When the show opens at in the afternoon, everyone can feast their eyes on the wonderful flowers, vegetables and the creative talents of local people in the handicrafts classes – not to mention the inventiveness in the children’s classes. The baking and preserves look very tempting – but not good for the waistline in excess! I try to convince myself that one cake

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won’t hurt! The well-supported photography classes give many interpretations on various themes. At the end of the afternoon, the trophies and certificates are presented to proud winners. We are looking forward to being back next year – please keep your 2020 schedules, as the classes will remain the same. Also a victim of the Covid-19 pandemic is our programme of evening talks which should have started this October. Due to social distancing and the risk of spikes in the number of cases expected over the winter months, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel. This will be reviewed next year. In the meantime, there is fruit to pick, jam, chutneys and pickles to make, to keep our taste-buds interested during the winter. The garden is a neverending joy … or trial when things don’t go according to plan! Many people are now growing their own vegetables – there is nothing better than food picked fresh and cooked fresh. Keep gardening and stay safe!

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