Issue 26 Apr/June 2014
FOLK AND CIDER 2014 Hear them train whistles blow! MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR RETIREMENT The baby boomer generation rewrites the rule book ALL4SEASONS GARDEN CENTRE Blooming Bargain Baskets ROOFSEAL ROOFING Your fast and friendly local roofing specialists
WRITING IS A COMPULSION Josie-Anne Gray talks to author Rebecca Mascull MUSEUMS AT NIGHT Nocturnal adventures at local arts venues HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE VINE CAFE Good food and great value at the Ice House
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in this issue
In The Know
Folk & Cider 2014
A Sense Of Place
The Vine Cafe
Museums At Night
The Ten Commandments Of Sleep
Writing Is A Compulsion For Me
Days Out For The Family
Make The Most Of Your Retirement
The Trouble With Dads
Whatâ€™s going on in our area?
Music, trains, cider - whatâ€™s not to like?
Two exhibitions explore our interactions with landscape
Good food and great value at the Ice House
Nocturnal adventures at Grimsby arts venues
Helpful advice on knitting up the ravelled sleeve of care
Josie-Anne Gray talks to local author Rebecca Mascull
Places to go, things to see, stuff to do
These days there is no blueprint - you choose what suits you
What do you buy the man who thinks he has everything?
Rhododendrons for late spring colour
The Northern Home Show at Manchester Central
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ix years ago the good people at Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway got together with Grimsby folk rock band Merlin’s Keep and the Grimsby Morris Men and decided to organise a day of music, dancing and cider appreciation at the Lakeside Station on King’s Road. And so the Folk And Cider Festival was born.
Folk & MAY MAY MAY Cider 24 25 26 2014 Thanks to the good will, enterprise, hard work and sense of humour of all concerned the event has continued and become one of the highlights of the summer season. It has played host to some fantastic names from the world of folk music, from the local area and from further afield, but despite becoming bigger and better it has not lost the quirky charm that marks it out as a special day in the music calendar.
Above - The Coggle Sisters Right - Elliott Morris (image by Vanessa Haines) Below left Beggar’s Bridge Below right Joe Solo
Why so special? Well partly it’s the atmospheric setting, partly the varied musical program and partly it’s the dancing from the Morris sides who come from all over the country and even from abroad to take part. And of course the cider also deserves a share of the credit. This year there will be over eighty varieties will be on offer and some people will make a serious bid to try them all. The festival isn’t just a favourite with the audience either. Many performers ask to come back year on year because they have so much fun playing between the platforms on a working station against a backdrop of steam noise and train whistles.
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So what do the team behind the festival have in store for us this year? Well, the main stage on the Lakeside Station will host twenty one acts over the three days including festival favourites Joe Solo and Wendy Arrowsmith, Hull band Beggar’s Bridge and rising star Elliott Morris but, due to demand from
“It’s always a pleasure to holler at the Folk and Cider crowd. Great atmosphere and just the right amount of mischief in the air ....” - Joe Solo
regular festival goers, there will also be an acoustic tent for singarounds and sessions this year, located on Meridian Park. Children will be well catered for with their own ‘Glastonbabies’ area (also on Meridian) for play and activities and there are plans
Folk and cider might seem like an unusual mix but there’s a long British tradition of apple fuelled musicality and it’s not just the Wurzels. In mediaeval times, at the turning of the year, wassailing festivals would take place, usually in churchyards. Copious quantities of ‘apple wine’ would be consumed and pieces of wheat cake, dipped in cider hung from the branches of trees as offerings for future good harvests. A typical wassail song ran like this “Stand fast twig, bear well top, God send thee a yowling crop, Every twig, apples big, every bough, apples enow. Hats full! Caps full! Half bushel bags full! And my pockets full too! Huzzah!” They don’t write them like that any more. for children’s theatre and a craft market as well so the entire site will be vibrant and buzzing for the full bank holiday weekend. The festival is a free, family friendly event, made possible by support from NE Lincs Council. Full details can be found at www.folkandcider.co.uk
IN THE KNOW Multi-instrumentalist Gareth Williams at The Grimsby Jazz Club.
Fusion Youth Theatre explores online bullying and abuse in new drama
Fusion Youth Theatre will be taking on one of the most important issues for young people in the UK today in this hard hitting new drama from the pen of Josie-Anne Gray, directed by Emma Middleton. Supported by Humberside Police and The Tribune Trust performances will be at St James’ House on July 19th at 7.30pm and July 20th at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. For tickets phone 01472 352006, prices to be announced.
The Rumble Band To Bring Their Special Brand Of Sweet Soul Music Back To The Central Hall
Following the success of last year’s visit, The Rumble Band are to return to The Grimsby Central Hall in Duncombe Street - this time with a special guest! Paul Doody, winner of Stars In Their Eyes as Marti Pellow, will be opening up the show and the Rumble Band themselves will be performing from 9.30pm until 11.30pm with a full bar available throughout the evening. Ticket prices for this show have yet to be confirmed but more details can be obtained from the Central Hall Box Office on 01472 355025 or from their website. Also on the way are top Queen tributes Mercury on September 6th - so that’s two great nights of music to put in your diaries.
The Kings Of Psychobilly And The Sound Of The Suburbs On The Way To The Yardbirds. Two great nights of punk are in prospect in June when Anarchy Entertainments bring both The Meteors and The Members to town. Formed in the 1980s, the Meteors are the original creators of psychobilly music and are now acknowledged to be the ‘Kings of Psychobilly’. They have spawned hundreds of imitators, but remain proud to be the only pure psychobilly band ever. They’re appearing on June 3rd, tickets £13 adv or £15 otd. On June 27th it’s The Members, one of the first punk groups to successfully incorporate reggae into their set. Their biggest hit, the million selling, ‘Sound Of The Suburbs’, is one of the most instantly recognisable of punk anthems. Tickets for this one are Tickets £8 adv or £10 otd.
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Barton based writer Nick Triplow, author of crime novel Frank’s Wild Years and the social histories The Women They Left Behind and Pattie Slappers will be leading a six week creative writing programme at Grimsby Minster aimed at those with an interest in writing short fiction. Experience is not necessary although a commitment to improve one’s writing is helpful. Participants will be introduced, through readings and practical workshop exercises, to various methods of writing. Each participant will have the chance to have their work read and critiqued. The course takes place at Grimsby Minster from 7-9pm from Thursday 29th May. The fee is £60, payable at the first session and booking is essential as places are limited. Contact nick.triplow@ btinternet.com or call 07963 157864.
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Piano, violin, trumpet, guitar and vocals - there seems to be no limit to the versatility of Gareth Williams, described as “the embodiment of creative energy” by Jazzwise magazine. He’ll be the guest of Grimsby Jazz on Wednesday 4th June with the Pat McCarthy Band at the Old Clee Club. Tickets £10 in adv £12 on the door. And don’t forget that vibes maestro Roger Beaujolais will be at the same venue with his quartet on 14th May tickets for thbis gig are also £10 in adv £12 on the door. Contact Gill Wilde on 01472 873730 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets or information.
Space Hoppers Across The Humber To Raise Money For Local Sport With The Grimsby YMCA
It will be a day of bouncing fun at the Humber Bridge on July 27th when Grimsby YMCA hold their annual Humber Hop. They’re looking for teams of between four and six people to space hop a mile between the piers of the bridge to raise money for Community Games who organise affordable family days out. There’ll be fancy dress and lots of other stuff going on - for further details visit their website, find humberhop on Facebook or ring 01472 231123
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Two exhibitions by artists with local connections demonstrate the vitality and diversity of contemporary British landscape painting
he landscape has long held a special fascination for British painters and two forthcoming local exhibitions show that the tradition is still alive and flourishing. Here, There And The Elsewhere (at Barton Ropery from 26th April to 1st June) is a touring project created by Graham Underhill which, through painting, sculpture, photography and video, explores the role of perception, memory, anticipation and imagination in our experience of place and of the passage of time. Several local schools have been involved in researching the project whose website is at www.herethereandtheelsewhere.com In The Midst Of It (Abbey Walk Gallery from 18th June to 2nd August) features the work of George Rowlett. Born in Troon and a student at Grimsby Art College from 1960-61, Rowlettâ€™s work is characterised by his bold and dazzling impasto. His landscapes are painted on location, the paint applied thickly with a knife or scraper with fantastic exuberance but still featuring details of great delicacy. The galleryâ€™s website is at www.abbeywalkgallery.com
In The Midst Of It paintings by George Rowlett at the Abbey Walk Gallery, Grimsby
Here, There And The Elsewhere - works by Graham Underhill at Barton Ropery
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t’s just a year since Shirley and Phil Hodgson took the helm at The Vine Cafe in The Ice House Christian Centre on Victor Street and in that time the business has blossomed, slowly at first, but then more rapidly as word got around about the excellence of their food and the remarkably low prices. For the couple, who are both committed Christians and whose faith initially brought them to the Ice House, The Vine Cafe is not just a business however; it’s a vibrant focal point at the heart of the Ice House, a vital community hub and the fulfilment of Shirley’s long cherished dream of owning her own cafe. They’re keen to stress however that the 50 seater cafe is open to people of all faiths and of none. “Everybody is welcome,” says Shirley, “we love to see new faces and make new friends”. The Vine Cafe opens at 10am each day and serves its famously big breakfasts until 11.30am when the lunch menu begins. Wednesdays and Fridays are Fish & Chips days (these are getting very popular indeed) while Mondays is the pensioners’ special fish and chips (including bread and butter and tea or coffee) at only £2.99. There are always daily specials, soups and baked potatoes available plus tea and coffee with delicious home baked cakes and scones. As word about the cafe spreads far and wide they’ve taken on staff and are considering offering a place for an apprentice so next time you’re looking for somewhere to go for breakfast or lunch why not give The Vine Cafe a try? We think you’ll like it!
It’s long after closing time but in some of Grimsby’s top arts venues something is stirring.
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Top left - The Museums At Night launch at the Abbey Walk Gallery Top Right - Neo soul legend Omar will be at the Minster Left - Tanya Kennedy in her studio
Museums At Night Comes To Town!
rimsby plays host to a new kind of nightlife from Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th May as part of the UK wide Museums At Night event. Every year hundreds of museums and galleries open to the public for all manner of after hours fun and this year four venues in Grimsby are combining to offer a mix of history, music, mystery, art, poetry, plays and workshops. There’s something for everyone and many events are free. The Town Hall is opening the Time Trap to give a glimpse of Grimsby’s past within the former police cells and at the Minster children can join Sir Thomas Haslerton to unravel history mysteries and gruesome goings on as Minster Detectives. The Minster will be abuzz with entertainment, including Taiko Drumming, didgeridoo, folk opera and various children’s craft, music and poetry workshops, while at the Abbey Walk Gallery there’s an exhibition called Unfamiliar Ground with live music and poetry. Meanwhile in Gallery Two
Tanya Kennedy exhibits her photo realistic paintings with a spoken poetry accompaniment. On Friday 16th detective fans will relish Murder In The Museum, a live murder mystery at the Heritage Centre. The centre will also be opening its galleries for you to chat to a conservator who will be working live to restore one of the paintings. For fans of soul music there’s a treat in store as neo soul legend Omar appears live at the Minster on Friday 16th May - check the website for times and prices. And don’t be surprised if you bump into Dr Archybald Cockles, the famous Victorian explorer or one of his friends. There are simply oodles of acts and exhibits lined up this year, a time travelling performance from Breakwater Theatre, and music from the likes of Amy Naylor, Moll Amour and Joe Gray. Find out more on Facebook at NE Lincolnshire Museums at Night, and on Twitter @NELincsMatN. And come and explore!
LEARNING Over the last few issues we’ve had a look at ways to make times tables easier and to improve our punctuation. This issue we’re going to look at memorising lists of facts by harnessing the power of
trictly speaking any system which helps us to remember stuff is a mnemonic (just ignore the M - it’s silent) but mostly we use it to mean a phrase where the initial letters of each word help us to remember things in a list. We know some from school - but there are lots more and they can be really useful. For children they are a great way of building confidence. Kids like to know stuff and they can have a lot of fun inventing mnemonics of their own. Here are a few of our favourites.
Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain
Colours of the rainbow (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet)
Eddie Ate Dynamite, Good Bye Eddie
Guitar strings in standard tuning (EADGBE) also Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears)
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas
Every God Boy Deserves Fruit Notes on the lines of a treble clef stave (EGBDF) also Eskimo Gum Boots Defy Fumigation
Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants How to spell the word BECAUSE
The Solar System - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
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“You have to be thick skinned to be a writer. A bit selfish is good too.” Josie-Anne Gray talks to author Rebecca Mascull
ebecca Mascull lives in Grimsby with her partner Simon and their daughter Poppy. She has previously worked in education and has a Masters in Writing. Her novel, The Visitors, is published by Hodder. How old were you when you started writing? I attempted my first novel when I was twelve. It was a western inspired by watching Romancing The Stone and stealing the ideas. It was about a cowgirl. It was all worked out but never finished. What inspires you to write? It’s not so much a case of inspiration as compulsion. I feel compelled to write. It’s like an addiction and I think about books all the time which keeps me largely distracted from the real world. It’s almost not a choice and I can’t imagine not doing it. Tell us about your writing routine. Writing is a solitary activity and requires a great deal of commitment but my routine has to fit in around the needs of family life. I gave up full time teaching to write and to have a baby. I write in school hours which gives me about twenty five hours a week and I do my reading and research in the evenings or whenever I can snatch a moment, which might be in the car or in the bath. I prefer to write in an empty house but it isn’t always possible. My writing is important to me and I prioritise it over other things. It helps that I can quite single minded because I find I sometimes have to be quite selfish. Writing involves a lot of sacrifices and there’s isn’t nearly as much financial reward as people might think.
How would you describe The Visitors to a potential reader? It is the story of a deaf blind girl who escapes the prison of her condition. It’s about transformation and escape, friendship, love and war. It is also about the mysteries of the mind and has a supernatural element. How does it feel to see your book in the world? It’s a wonderful feeling to hold the physical book after publication after years of hoping it would one day happen. Someone takes a punt on it and then begins the process of transforming it into a beautiful object that has permanence. What would you say to encourage other aspiring writers? Persevere. Be thick skinned. Take rejection on the chin, learn from it and keep going. If you’re not up for that then don’t bother. The highs are few and far between. There is no end point, only stages and gates and there are plenty of gatekeepers to keep you out! There are always worries but the worries change at each stage. Publication is a massive stage and once it’s happened no one can ever take it away from you. To find out more about Rebecca and her writing visit www.rebeccamascull.tumblr.com To find out more about The Visitors visit the Hodder website. The hard back edition of the book is currently available and the paperback edition is due for publication in July 2014.
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f you’ve got an interest in nature and wildlife then you’ll find plenty to interest you at the Waters’ Edge Country Park Wildlife Day on July 27th. There’ll be falconry displays as well as bug hunting and pond dipping, so don’t wear your best clothes, and admission to the park is free. Waters’ Edge was established in 1996 on an 86 acre area of former clay pits on the south bank of the Humber in Barton, close to the bridge. An impressive visitor centre, equipped throughout with sustainable technologies was added in 2006 to provide space for exhibitions, educational resources and refreshments. The park is home to many species of animals, birds and insects and there are well marked walking routes which allow visitors to explore a diversity of habitats including freshwater lakes, salt marsh and mudflats.
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The Choice Is Yours How To Make The Most Of Your Retirement.
n the past retirement meant stopping work completely and winding down but things are very different now. We’re living longer and often more affluent lives and today’s retirees can expect to spend twenty or more years in retirement. They’re more likely to see retirement as a fresh start – a chance to explore new opportunities or carry on working on their own terms. These days there is no blueprint for retirement – you can create your own vision of what you want from life after work and retirement doesn’t have to mean a full stop to your working life. You might ease yourself in, cut back on the number of days you work, or take on contract work. You
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Dad’s are so much harder to buy for than Mums - journalism student Paige Freshwater ponders the available options
hy is it that Dad’s are so hard to buy for? Father’s Day makes Mothers’ Day look like a doddle. Mums are easy to buy for, so much easier to please. Some pretty flowers or some nice perfume and you’re set. With Dads it’s much harder. Last year you got him some football gloves, the year before that a book on the war. What else do Dads like? It would be a whole lot easier if they just told you what they wanted. I suppose that would take away the element of surprise, but it would mean that they wouldn’t be surprised with something they don’t want, or something they never wanted or something they have no idea what to do with! Perhaps it’s best to just take them out for a meal. Somewhere that serves steak and beer. Everybody has to eat, right? And if all else fails there’s always the Only Fools And Horses box set. All Dads love that!
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We all love to see our garden looking great but it’s hard work and that’s where Geoff’s can help. With Geoff’s there’s no fuss or gimmicks - just excellent gardening services. Whether it’s an occasional trim and tidy or a full clearance and make over Geoff’s can make your garden beautiful and they offer treework, hedge trimming, pruning and power washing too! So when you need a helping hand make GGS top of your list!
4AllSeasons is a local garden centre and plant nursery based at Cromwell Road in Grimsby. 4AllSeasons we pride ourselves on working with vulnerable people. All profits are reinvested back into our garden centre and help towards employing people with a disability, so come on down and kit out your garden! 4AllSeasons is part of charity organisation Care4all which is a local charity that provides a wide range of services for older people and people with disabilities living in North East Lincolnshire. We are also part of the Care Plus Group ‘Family’ – Care Plus Group being the main provider of community health and social care services in North East Lincolnshire The garden centre is just one of many social enterprises that Care4all operate in order to create training and employment opportunities for local people with disabilities. Others include a chain of cafes known as Cafe4 and various textile banks situated in locations across North East Lincolnshire. These along with our charity shop on Victoria Street, and holiday chalet on the Humberston Fitties that has been specially adapted for people with disabilities, mean that there are numerous opportunities to get involved within or charity. Day opportunities for older people and people with disabilities are provided from four health and wellbeing centres throughout North East Lincolnshire including Immingham, Grimsby and Cleethorpes. Other services that we operate include personal Assistant and Shopping Support Solutions, Meals on Wheels Plus, and also a Keysafe Service We are extremely proud of the services we provide and the people we work with. If you would to get involved do not hesitate to contact us on 01472 571100 Alternatively if you would like some more information visit our website at www.care4all.org.uk Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Care4allNEL Tweet us @Care4allNEL
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April and May are the months when many of the most vibrant flowering shrubs and plants in the garden come into bloom and that includes the rhododendrons, which offer some of the brightest and most gorgeous colours available. Named from Ancient Greek meaning â€˜Rose Tree' the rhododendron is evergreen and deciduous. The family includes azaleas which are frequently used around foundations and occasionally as hedges and many of the larger leafed rhododendrons lend themselves well to more informal plantings and woodland gardens. Rhododendrons prefer acidic soil and sheltered conditions and grow best in areas with high rainfall.
C o m p a c t hybrid rhododendrons can also be planted in containers and dwarf alpines look fantastic planted in rock gardens or pots. Rhododendrons will survive in most acidic soils and need hardly any pruning and even when not in flower most species have lovely deep, glossy leaves will provide interest all year round.
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f you’re looking for your dream home then you should make time to visit the Northern Home Show at Manchester Central from 4th to 6th July. It’s the perfect place to find products and ideas to create your dream home. If you want to enhance, renovate, extend or even build your own home then it’s the exhibition you need to see One of the biggest barriers to creating an ideal home can be finding products and ideas that are just right for you, but not any more! Whether you’re considering an extension, a renovation, a new build or a home improvement
Taking place over three days the show covers all aspects of interior design, home improvement, self build, finance, renovation, energy efficiency and gardens. It also plays host to a wide range of free workshops and seminars, thousands of products and a wealth of free advice and information from the experts, all under one roof! At the ‘Ask The Expert’ stands you can speak to architects, project managers, landscape architects, interior designers, building control managers and architectural technologists, all with in depth expertise and specialist knowledge or if you’re keen to learn a new skill then the DIY workshops should be your first port of call. They’re ideal for anyone wanting to learn how to tackle projects around the home as well as learning preventative maintenance skills – which could save you time and money. The Northern Home Show is on from Friday 4th July to Sunday 6th July at Manchester Central, Manchester. Tickets are only £8 per person on the door
searching for the home of your dreams? project, the Northern Home Show has it all under one roof. You’ll leave with so many great ideas your only problem will be deciding where to start.
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How safe are your blinds?
ew regulations relating to the manufacture and installation of all types of window blinds will come into force this April. The regulations deal with the hazards caused by free hanging control cords fourteen children have died in Britain since 2010 as a result of becoming entangled in blind cords. The changes will not affect the safety of blinds that are already installed but local businessman Ken McQuoid of Kensway Blinds is offering a solution.
Having taken delivery of a stock of cord cleats to make free hanging cords safe Ken has chosen to give two for free to anyone who calls into his shop to ask for them. The offer applies to everyone, whether they are a Kensway customer or not because, as Ken says, “If these clips contribute to saving just one child then it will be a worthwhile effort.” So if you’ve got old blinds with potentially dangerous cords call in at Kensway Classic Blinds on Pasture Street and have a word with Ken - he’ll be very pleased to help.
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f you’re thinking about trading in that tired, old fashioned looking kitchen for something more eye catching then don’t make a decision until you’ve seen the amazing Schuller range at Kitchen Discount of Wood Street (that’s on Freeman Street, near Wellington Street, check out the map below). Schuller kitchens have the quality and elegance that you’d expect from a top German manufacturer and their range is huge. Traditional or contemporary, modern or farmhouse, there’s certain to be one that’s perfect for you. Kitchen Discount are the consummate professionals in kitchen design and installation. They specialise in providing top quality fitted kitchens and cover absolutely every aspect from start to finish. With state of the art VR design technology and a range of appliances, worktops and tiles to suit every taste and budget, they’re the number one choice for kitchens in Lincolnshire.
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obody needs telling that the last few years have been tough for many local businesses but some of them seem to have weathered the hard times better than others and emerged just as strong or stronger than before the recession set in. So what’s the secret of thriving during a downturn? For Ian Dalton it’s about adaptability and service. “People’s needs have changed and we have to be flexible enough to respond,” he explains. “A few years ago it was all new builds and moving house but now people are staying put and improving. We work on a lot of home improvements - upgrades and extensions which often include bathrooms, kitchens or utility rooms. We’re also in the fortunate position of being both plumbers and gas engineers which means that we are ideally placed to help people with boiler work. The arrival of the modern condenser units has created a big demand for replacement boilers. If you add up the costs and the potential savings it’s common sense.” He’s a great believer in the importance of repeat business and word of mouth too. “A lot of our customers are regulars or friends of regulars. Many of them I’ve
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Have the boiler serviced every year by a qualified engineer. This is essential to keeping your warranty valid. Keep an eye on the pressure gauge. Dropping pressures may be a sign of a leak. Make sure your condensate pipes are properly lagged so they don’t freeze up in the winter - just when you need your boiler the most!
Condensing boilers - saving money by increasing efficiency All boilers burn fuel to create hot water but old fashioned boilers can be very inefficient. Modern modulating condensing boilers can burn at less than full power when required capture the waste heat from the steam produced in the burning process and use it to pre-heat the cold water entering the system. The condensed steam leaves the system as cold water by way of a drain. Modern systems incorporate a trap element to prevent trickle and avoid icing up during cold weather. On average the efficiency increase from installing a condensing boiler can be in the region of 10-12% but they do need regular servicing to run at their best.
known for nearly twenty years, since I first set up on my own. When you’re working in peoples’ homes they need to know that they can trust you. It’s important to have a good relationship with your clients.’ Ian has been in business since 1986 and he’s happy to give credit to the people who have helped him along the way, from the teachers who taught him his craft at Grimsby College, to his first boss who allowed him to work part time while building up his own business. Special tributes go to his wife Louise - “she works as hard as I do on all the paperwork as well as having a full time job of her own”, to Kevin for all of his hard work and help and to James and Matthew, who have been working for him since they left school and are now fully qualified gas and plumbing engineers. And in his spare time? “Well I don’t get much of that,” he says “but I’d be complaining if I did. We like to go walking. I like my football as well. I try to get to Grimsby Town games when I can and I like to head over to Anfield too, especially this season!
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Business Round Up Danmat Motors boss Andy Lister has decided to take the plunge into internet marketing with the launch of his new car maintenance website at www.danmatmotors.com The site, built by Mariner Computer Services, has details of the many services that Danmat offer plus regular updates from Andy himself from the front line of vehicle maintenance. In future a section devoted to customer testimonials and advice on how to keep your car running smoothly and
repair bills down are in the pipeline. Youâ€™ll be hard pressed to find a garage with a better reputation than Danmat so why not play it safe and add them to your bookmarks just in case?
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KINGSWAY - FOR MORE THAN JUST TYRES!
It’s got to be a good thing when your business has a reputation for excellence but sometimes it can be a problem too. Take Kingsway Tyres of Immingham as an example. They’re tyre experts we all know that - the clue is in the name. But are you aware how much else they do? Brakes, servicing, batteries, air con recharge, wheel alignment, exhausts - the list goes on. In fact they’re a one stop shop for all your motoring needs and they also offer nitrogen tyre filling for longer tread life, reduced fuel consumption, decreased wheel corrosion and less tyre noise. Kingsway are on Hall Park Road in Immingham or you can ring on 01469 575177. So now you know. Did we mention they sell tyres?
Welcome to the new look Peoples, we hope you’ll like it. The Peoples is a great place to promote your business. It’s available free in local Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys and Morrisons stores as well as Freshney Place and Grimsby Auditorium plus garden centres, restaurants, retail outlets, business centres, tourist information, libraries and many other prominent distribution points throughout the area and our rates are very competitive. To advertise in the peoples email deborah.staff@ divapublications.co.uk The Number 1 Lifestyle Magazine for Grimsby and Cleethorpes
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ost of us are fairly honest as a rule or at least we like to think so but a new survey has revealed the shady lengths to which many of us are prepared to go in order to sell our cars at a good price. Of the people questioned less than 20% said that they would always be scrupulously honest in any used car deal, while over a quarter (28%) play fast and loose with the truth by telling a lie. The statistics get even worse for younger car owners (18-25 year olds) with 1 in 3 admitting to blatantly telling a lie to secure a quick sale; what’s more 11% would physically hide minor problems with their cars and a devious 9% are actually prepared to turn back the odometer on their car to get a better price! Of the 2000 private car owners surveyed 35% admitted to being selective with the truth when it comes to selling their vehicle, leaving it down to the buyer to ask the vital questions. Only 21% of respondents said they just give their car a quick wash and polish before putting it up for sale, without worrying about faults or problems being seen by prospective buyers.
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Time To De-Winterise! Is Your Vehicle Ready For The Summer?
e all know that we need to get our cars ready for winter – that’s just common sense. But how many of us stop to consider the importance of preparing them for summer? Taking the time to perform a few basic tasks can help keep the family safe and save money on fuel so here are a few pointers on getting ready for the sun. Check tyre pressures. As temperature rises so will tyre pressure – roughly 10psi for every 10º rise in temperature and over inflated tyres mean that you have less tread in contact with the road surface. Check your oil and water levels. It ought to go without saying but lots of people forget and especially in summer when many of us do a lot of extra driving it’s a bad error.
Clean the underside of the vehicle. During the winter the underside of your car gets coated with corrosive salt. Get down on the floor and hose it all down to stop the rot from setting in. Hoses and belts are perishable. Cold weather can make them brittle and start them degrading so give them the once over to check their condition and make replacements where necessary. Is the air filter clogged with salt? Salt from the road can build up in the winter. If it has then get it replaced - this can increase your fuel economy by up to 10%! Get your air-con checked. This has to be done by a qualified person but it’s a sound investment because a poorly maintained system could end up costing a packet to get fixed! Check the buckets and spades. All sand castle building equipment should be serviced annually by qualified engineers. Same goes for windbreaks and knotted handkerchiefs. Better safe than sorry. And whatever else you do - have a great summer!
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Changing Your Driving Style Can Cut Your Fuel Costs By 15%!
e’d all like to keep our fuel bills low for the sake of the planet and of our pockets - but we often underestimate the effect of our driving on fuel efficiency. According to the Institute of Advanced Motorists however a few changes to the way we drive can mean big savings on our fuel bills. In particular they make the following suggestions: Keep braking to a minimum. Take your foot off the accelerator early and look further ahead so you can avoid braking. In a traffic jam, switch your engine off - don’t just sit there burning fuel. Stick to the speed limit. There’s a big saving from doing 70 instead of 80. Use block gear changing (eg 2nd to 4th when accelerating, or 5th to 2nd when decelerating). This is more efficient than working your way through the gears every time.
Students Aim To Build And Race The Fastest Human Powered Bike In History
t’s 40 times more aerodynamic than a Bugatti Veyron, has a top speed of 90mph, generates enough power to light the average UK home and is entirely pedal-powered! Meet the ARION1 - which, although it my not look much like any bike you’ve ever owned is in fact a
Reverse into parking bays so that you manoeuvre with a hot engine and you can drive straight off when you come back. Check your vehicle regularly to ensure it operates efficiently. In particular, check your tyre tread depth and pressure (tyre pressure should be checked when the tyres are cold, before the air inside heats up). Remove excess weight, including roof racks, car clutter, mothers in law and unnecessary items in the boot. The more weight you carry in the car, the more fuel you’ll consume. bicycle and is aiming to become the fastest human powered vehicle in history. The University of Liverpool Velocipede Team are hoping their design will smash the 83mph record set in September 2013 by Delft and Amsterdam universities. ARION1 will be designed, manufactured and ready to race by May 2015, and will attempt the record in September 2015 at the World Human Power Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada. They will be the first UK university team to ever compete in the global competition. The rider, who will need to have both immense physical strength and nerves of steel, will be just five inches from the floor and will need to generate over 700 watts of pure human power. ARION1, which emits zero carbon emissions, weighs less than 25 kilos, and whose super streamlined shape makes it 98.4% energy efficient and will travel at almost double the current sprint cycling record - well in excess of 150mph! We think that should be quite a ride. Best of luck guys!
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