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Issue 24 Jan - March 2014



Publisher: Deborah Staff Advertising Sales: Deborah Staff - deborah.staff@ Distribution: Andrew Staff - andrew.staff@ Design, Photography, Editorial: Ian Pickles Contributors to this issue: Stephen Waumsley & staff at Easy Cleans, CA Norman, Heath & Hygiene, Emma Nicholson, Jo Gray, Anarchy Entertainments, Ann Reavey, Grimsby WEA, Mark Howarth, Jackie Butterill, Kate Roberts, Home Is Where The Heart Is, George Axworthy, Jim White, Sime Naylor All rights reserved. Diva Publications have made every effort to ensure that the content of The People’s Publication is correct. However we cannot guarantee responsibility for any errors or omissions. Diva Publications do not accept any liability which may arise or result from any error in any advertisement or editorial, whether relating to wording, position, space or artwork. The Publishers cannot be held responsible for any breach of copyright arising from any material supplied, including advertisement copy, editorial, design and images. No part of the People’s Publication may be reproduced, transmitted, (mechanical, electronic or photocopying) or stored in a retrieval system of any kind.

Welcome to Issue 24 of The Peoples and with a bit of luck when you read this the first signs of spring will be showing and we can start looking forward to some warmer weather. We’ve got plenty to read including our new English and Maths feature, a true life love story spanning two continents plus lots of music and arts news and business features. Next issue we’ll be moving to a more convenient format so we’ll take the opportunity to give ourselves a make over and we’ll see you soon, so until then keep warm!

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in BUSINESS spotlight on local enterprise C.A.Norman (Plumbing & Heating Ltd) is a real family firm. Now a partnership between Alan and his son Lee they’ve established a reputation that’s second to none because both father and son share a commitment to quality which means doing the job right first time and always giving their customers first class service. Whether it’s a leaky tap or a faulty radiator or a state of the art wet room or even a full solar panel installation C.A.Norman are a firm that you can rely on. They’ve got years of experience in the trade, an impressive range of skills and expertise and maybe because they’re a father and son team they have an easy going ‘can do’ attitude that means that they’re people who you’d be happy to have working in your home. Alan qualified as a plumber and gas engineer in 1971, setting up in business on his own in 1974. “It was something I always

wanted to do,” he explains, “to work for myself. I always fancied being my own boss. And the 1970s were the ideal time to start out because it was the beginning of the home central heating boom - everybody wanted new radiators. It was non stop.” Lee did his apprenticeship with his dad in the early 1990s but then he went back to college and retrained as a refrigeration engineer, only rejoining the family business in 2002. How do they find working together? Do they get on? “It works just fine. There was a time when we’d have argued non stop but nowadays we get on

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at his son. “He’s the boss”. He sounds like he means it but it’s hard to tell because they’re both laughing all the time. In fact they get on so well they spend a lot of time together outside work too, fishing on the Broads or out in the Humber, although Alan doesn’t share Lee’s enthusiasm for his ten mile bike ride every morning before work. And will another generation of the Norman family be entering the business? Well, Lee and his wife Toni (who is a care home manager) have three children, Jack, Brandon and Ethan. At present eldest son Jack is more interested in his band Vorltex than in pipes and spanners however given how much Alan and Lee appear to enjoy working together you certainly wouldn’t rule it out.

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In The Know Your indispensable guide to what’s going on where you live Music4MS At Grimsby Minster With Gyoko Taiko There’ll be plenty of great music at Grimsby Minster on Saturday 22nd March at 7.30pm when the annual Music4MS Charity Concert takes place. The concert,

which sees local musical talent coming together to raise money for the MS Society is organised by the Gyoko Taiko Japanese Drumming Group in partnership with The Minster, MAPAS Youth Music & Fusion Youth Theatre. The evening will feature a wide

Diary date Sat 22nd March at 7.30pm Grimsby Minster Music4MS Charity Concert Tickets: £5 (£3 concessions)

range of classical, contemporary and world music including Gyoko Taiko, Steel the Rhythm, Eclectic Strings, The Grimsby Youth Band, FYT Choir and Eclectic Wind as well as soloists Chloe Oliver, Charlotte Adams, Isobel Chesman and Lucy Everett. Tickets are £5 (£3 concessions) and can be booked online at

Punk Promoters Anarchy’s First Anniversary Show It’s coming up for a year since Ross Stark decided to try his hand at music promotion as Anarchy Entertainment and in that time he has notched up some great successes, bringing big names on the punk circuit like the UK Subs, Angelic Upstarts and GBH to Grimsby, playing host to raconteur and self styled ‘most sophisticated drug baron of all time’ Howard Marks and providing an important boost to the many local bands who have played on his shows. Ross is now making plans for 2014 and kicking things off with a visit from Peacehaven’s finest and long time Peel favourites Peter And The Test Tube Babies. They’ll be at The Yardbirds on February 14th with tickets at £10 in advance and £12 on the door. Anarchy follow that up at The

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Anarchy Shows from 2013 Above - Duncan Reid & The Big Heads at Walter’s Below - The Barb Wire Dolls at The Yardbirds

Matrix on Friday 21st March when Yorkshire punks Dirt Box Disco, who claim to be the result of a terrible industrial musical experiment, are supported by Not Tonight And The Headaches. Speaking of Not Tonight they’ve got a new album, entitled Love And Other Weapons Of Mass Destruction coming out soon and the launch night will be at The Yardbirds on Friday 4th April, admission is free and there’s a top line up of local bands

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Diary dates Friday 14th February The Yardbirds Peter & The Test Tube Babies Tickets £10 adv £12 door Friday 21st March The Matrix Dirt Box Disco Tickets £4 adv £6 door Friday 4th April The Yardbirds Not Tonight & The Headaches Album Launch Admission free!!!!

Valentine Winter Picnic With Merlin’s Keep! There may be romance in the air on Saturday 15th February when popular local Celtic band Merlin’s Keep come to the Madhouse in Markham Hall at St James School for an evening billed as a Valentine’s Winter Picnic. According to the organisers attendees are welcome to bring their own romantic supper to be enjoyed in the candle lit ambience of the Markham Hall or just opt for a great night out with their friends and relations. Merlin’s Keep are, of course, living legends on the Lincolnshire music circuit, described by one reviewer as “rustic Mamas And Papas with a social conscience” and they’re sure to have everybody out on the floor so don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Diary date Sat 15th February@8.00pm The Markham Hall, St James’ School Music4MS Charity Concert Tickets: £12 available from the St James’ School Office

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Local Author’s Debut Novel In The Shops Now! Grimsby novelist Rebecca Mascull’s debut novel The Visitors was published in January by Hodder and Stoughton. The Visitors tells the story of Adeliza Golding a deaf blind girl in late Victorian England whose only friends are the Visitors, mysterious acquaintances only she can sense. A teacher arrives to free her from the prison of her inability to communicate through the gift of finger spelling and her friendship with her teacher and the woman’s beloved brother leads them from the hop gardens and oyster beds of Kent to the dusty veldt of South Africa and the Boer War and the truth about the Visitors. It’s a blend of history, romance and classic ghost story and has been gathering excellent reviews since its publication.

Rebecca has a Masters in Creative Writing and was formerly the leader of professional writing courses at Grimsby College. As part of her research for the novel she spent time working with deaf children and came

to appreciate their courage in overcoming the limitations of deafness. The Visitors is available from Waterstones and the first chapter can be read on the Hodder & Stoughton website.

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Breakwater Theatre Company present a night of new writing on Wednesday 5th February at the Old Clee Club. Breakwater is an innovative and dynamic company specialising in bringing new writing to the stage. The company provides a unique opportunity for writers to produce fifteen minute scripts to a brief. The plays are performed by an ensemble company. Each event occurs in a different location, taking theatre out of theatre space and into the community. For more information about Breakwater visit their Facebook page and contact Sara Beasley.

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A Happy New Year To ONE AND ALL! January 31st marks the start of the Chinese New Year, bringing to an end the Year Of The Snake and welcoming in the Year Of The Horse. It’s an important time of year with festivities spread over 15 days, starting on New Year’s Eve and ending with the Festival Of Lanterns. By tradition the celebrations begin with a thorough cleaning of the home and the decoration of doors and windows with paper cuts. Gifts of money in red envelopes are frequently given, especially to young unmarried people and children. The zodiac is derived from the story of how the Jade Emperor ordered that all the animals should attend his court and that years would be named after each animal in the order of their arrival. This involved crossing a great river and neither the rat nor the cat could swim so they both hitched a ride on the back of the ox, who was the best swimmer. Half way across the rat pushed the cat into the water and it never reached the court which is why there is no year of the cat. As they neared the far bank the rat jumped off the ox’s nose and ran ahead. He arrived first so the first year of the zodiac is the Year Of The Rat with The Year Of The Ox second.

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The Chinese zodiac animals are arranged in a 12 year cycle. The Year Of The Rat is traditionally the first animal so this year, The Year Of The Horse, marks the beginning of the second half of a cycle.

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After a highly successful year the Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage have announced their programme for 2014 starting on Saturday 8th March at 2.00pm at St Peters Church, Cleethorpes with a talk by Professor Michelle Brown of London University on The Lindisfarne Gospel. The Gospel, which is currently held at The British Library, was produced on Holy Island in around 700 by Eadfrith, Bishop of Lindisfarne. It is renowned as one of the finest works of early mediaeval art in Britain and

Friends of Cleethorpes Heritage announce events for 2014 Programme includes events dedicated to The Lindisfarne Gospels and the sinking of the RMS Titanic although its original binding of jewelled leather was stolen by Viking raiders it has survived in almost perfect condition. The Gospel contains superb calligraphy and illustration, heavily influenced by Celtic styles and as a later addition, the earliest

Diary dates Sat 8th March at 2.00pm St Peters Church, Cleethorpes Prof Michelle Brown - The Lindisfarne Gospel. Sat 7th June at 1.00pm Memorial Hall, Cleethorpes Nick Barratt - The RMS Titanic

Learn something new this spring with the WEA at The Central Hall The WEA (The Workers’ Educational Association) is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education, running courses wherever they are needed in the local community - for example in clubs, pubs, community centres, schools or workplaces. They offer a wide range of courses organised around four central themes: employability, community engagement, cultural education and health and well being. The Grimsby branch is based at The Central ​ Hall in Duncombe Street and runs courses on subjects as diverse as history, music, astronomy, literature and languages.

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Many courses are run in conjunction with the Foresight Centre. These include Arts and Crafts, Card Design, Painting, Assertiveness and Independent Living. There’s a lot going on, far too much for us to try to fit it all in here, but we’ve put a few highlights on the right to whet your appetite. For more details go to the WEA website at Courses are open to adults aged 19 years and over and there may be a charge for some courses,. If you need help choosing the right course you can ring 01724 844245 and you can enrol by telephone on 0114 242 3609 or on the website.

known translation of the Bible into English. A further date for your diary is Saturday 7th June at 1.00pm at the Memorial Hall, Cleethorpes when Nick Barratt, of the BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ fame will be talking about the RMS Titanic, the White Star liner which sank after collision with an iceberg in 1912. The story of the vessel’s ill fated maiden voyage has been told many times, most famously by James Cameron in his film Titanic, but Nick promises to shed some new light on the history of the vessel and how she came to meet her sad end. Both of these events are free to enter and are open to everyone.

Diary dates Thurs 6th Feb at 1.45pm 1914 & Poetry Before, During and Beyond (7 sessions) Sat 8th March at 2.00pm Criminals & Magistrates in North Lincolnshire 1700-1850 Sat 15th March at 2.00pm Music And The First World War Sat 12 April at 2.00pm Spotlight On The Middle Eastern Front 1914-1918 Alternate Tuesdays from Jan 28th at 7.00pm Astronomy events including Observatories In Space, Images Of Earth, The Space Shuttle Era and The Red Planet - Mars.

Life Long Learning Do you panic when the kids ask you to help with their homework? Do you wish you could remember all that Maths and English stuff from school? Our new regular feature will try to remind you of some of what you used to know, starting with .....

The Secret Of Learning Times Tables If you’re anything like us then you probably still have nightmares about being at school and saying your tables over and over and never being able to remember them when the lesson ended. But there are some simple rules that you can follow which can help make times tables much easier to learn. They don’t get rid of the memorising completely but they cut it to a minimum.

Rule 1

With multiplication it doesn’t matter what order the numbers are in. 3x7 is the same as 7x3 but for some reason it’s less intimidating. That’s cut the number of sums you have to learn in half already.


Rule 2

The 2x table isn’t hard - just add each number to itself. 2x9 is the same as 9+9. The 3x table is okay too if you remember that the digits of numbers in the table, like 15, 21 or 36 always add up to 3, 6 or 9.

Rule 3

The 5x table just goes 5, 10, 15 and so on. Most people can count in 5’s. The 10x table is similar - just put a nought on the end of the number to multiply by 10 so 2x10 is 20, 7x10 is 70 and so on.

Rule 4

The 9x table can be one of the tricky ones but fortunately there is a sneaky rule to help you to remember it. The digits of all the numbers in the 9x table 18, 27, 36 and so on always add up to 9.

Rule 5

And we’re up to the 11x table. Sounds tricky but not so bad if you remember that all the numbers in the table (up to 100 anyway) are double digits - 33, 66, 88 etc. 10x11 is 110 - that’s 11 with a 0 on the end.

Next issue - The apostrophe - Everybody’s least favourite punctuation mark!

Take advantage of a Free Assessment at the Kumon Grimsby, Healing Study Centre We all know the importance of maths and English. It has been widely shown, for instance, that young people with better literacy and numeracy skills are far more likely to succeed in gaining good employment and fulfilling their potential later in life.

determine where on the programmes they will begin and will ensure that your child’s Kumon study is individualised to their needs from the outset. Once enrolled, your child will start on the programmes at a level they are comfortable with. This ensures that they establish a daily study habit and that there are no gaps in their understanding of the subject before moving on.

Kumon Educational, the UK’s largest supplementary education provider, offer maths and English study programmes which are tailored to each child’s ability. Kumon’s unique method The Kumon Grimsby, Healing Study focuses on your child as an individual, Centre is located at Healing Village Hall providing them with transferable skills on Great Coates Road. and the ability to learn for themselves. For more information, call Instructor Before enrolling, your child will benefit Sarah Prior on 01472 884104 or email from a Free Assessment. This will



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from Grimsby to Kampala According to researchers almost 25% of couples today meet over the internet and that’s fine if you happen to meet someone who lives fairly close but for Mark Howarth of Garden Aid his online introduction to his future fiancée marked the start of a long distance relationship that spanned two continents and more than 4000 miles! Mark joined an international Christian pen pal club because he enjoyed receiving news from all over the world and learning about the lives of people in far away places but there was one

distance is not an obstacle to true love says Mark Howarth and his fiancée Betty

seemed really funny and nice.” And in Uganda Betty was taking a shine to Mark. “He was very shy at first” she says, “much more so than the men I knew in Uganda but gradually he came out of his shell and I fell in love with him.” They first met up in 2009 when Betty came to England for a visit and there was a definite romantic spark between them. It took Betty a while to get used to Grimsby but she came to really like Mark’s hometown. She couldn’t think about staying however even if the authorities would allow it, because she had important

“I thought Betty looked great, like nobody I had met before. And from her letters she seemed really funny and nice. correspondent who seemed different to all the others and that was a woman called Betty, a social worker based in Kampala, capital city of Uganda. They first started writing to each other in 2003 and exchanged pictures soon afterwards. “I thought she looked great,” says Mark. “Like nobody I had met before. And from her letters she


things to do back in Uganda. Although she was living and working in Kampala, in the east of the country, Betty’s birthplace was in the west in Mukunyu parish, an agricultural district famous for its banana beer. It was an area of extreme poverty where the effects of civil war and disease and migration to larger cities had taken away many of the

Top - Mark Howarth and his fiancée Betty Below left Women wait for assistance at Age Care Concern’s Mukunyu project.

Age Care Concern provide food & medicines and are working to build a hospital in the Mukunyu district of Western Uganda. They can be contacted on their website or via Mark Howarth of Garden Aid (see advertisement on opposite page).

working age population leaving a high proportion of children and elderly people. Betty was the founder of Age Care Development, a charity devoted to helping the people of Mukunyu by providing basic food supplies and medicines and building a school and hospital. When Betty went home Mark devoted much of his free time to raising money for the charity and dedicating 10% of the profits from his gardening business to the Uganda project. After several more visits and an occasional computer crash their relationship has gone from strength to strength and Mark and Betty are planning to marry soon and spend half the year in Uganda and half back in Grimsby which all goes to show that where true love is concerned distance is no problem!



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Twenty years ago I went to Kelham Hall with my sisters to a Dolls, Teddies and Dolls’ House Fair. I was getting supplies for my teddy making and the sisters were looking at dolls’ houses. When I went to find them I was taken into a fabulous miniature world. I had never seen anything

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so amazing and I was hooked. Having a dollhouse opens a whole new world and you can put to use all the talents you have and learn some new ones along the way, interior design, decorating, sewing, knitting, crochet to name a few. If I can’t find what I want, I have a go at

making it. Some things are not perfect by any manner or means but I have had the pleasure of doing it. Some people stick to a particular period of design, others put in what they like. I am one of the latter. I built my house from a kit as I wanted to put my own stamp on it and it gives scope for making any alterations, like adding a window or door. Of all the hobbies I have, and they are numerous, I think my house is my favourite. So if you want something to do on the cold days of winter or rainy days of summer, think about having a doll’s house and get your creative juices flowing. Do be aware though, dolls’ houses can be addictive. Jackie Butterill

New Year - New Hobby? It’s too cold for gardening and too wet for walking but we need something to while away the drab winter nights. Maybe you’d like to build a life size model of Westminster Abbey out of matchsticks? Or you fancy learning to play a musical instrument? Here are two suggestions that my be just right for you and whatever you choose we hope you have a great time and keep warm.

Pick up those needles and let’s get the world knitting! With knitting and crochet you can create a wide range of beautiful things with just a pair of sticks or a hook and some string. No matter what your budget there is always something to be made - from a mug hug for a work colleague to an heirloom shawl for a new baby. And, if you make

“whatever your budget there is always something to make” a mistake you can just pull your work back and start again. A project can cost as little as a few pounds and can be taken anywhere. It’s therapeutic and relaxing and can be shared with others or enjoyed on your own. At A Good Yarn we meet many mums who want to make hand

knits for their children but who were never taught when they were children as well as people just looking for a new hobby. We encourage people to come along to learn in our beginners’ groups. For the more experienced there are monthly workshops and there are our Knot Just Knitting sessions which take place several times a week. There is nothing like settling down with a cup of tea and your knitting, the rhythm of the needles and the feel of the yarn as it glides through your fingers – then the satisfaction as the curly little pieces are stitched into beautiful knitted or crocheted items. So, what are you waiting for? Come and see us and get knitting!

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that’s never more true than when we’re looking at designs for our homes. Your dream sofa may be somebody else’s nightmare, their perfect carpet may look revolting to you. There are some things that most of us agree on however. We all like a bargain. Not cheap stuff of course, but we like quality at a good price. And we like style. We appreciate things that look as though they were designed with care. And we like colour, well most of us do, although some people are liable to get carried away. So on these pages we present three of our favourite local companies - Brigg Beds,

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Bathroom Innovations and Kitchen Discount - each of whom tick all the boxes: style, colour and great value. And while we’re on the subject of colour we thought you might like to know that the official colour of the year for 2014 according to Pantone is radiant orchid, which is described as a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple. So take a good look because in three months time all the shops will be full of this colour and so, in all probability, will your home and wardrobe. Radiant Orchid is said to work well with rich pinks and bold purples and plums so we’ve found a few ideas for you to try. Happy painting!

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At Saxby Roofing we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality in roofing services. We understand that undertaking roof repairs can be a major investment and we commit ourselves to performing your work to the highest possible standards. We work on nearly all types of roofs, including slate and tile roofing and we offer competitive rates on guttering repairs and plastic fascias. We specialise in flat roofs and as experts, we always use the highest quality products to make sure that when your roof has been re-felted that it stays water tight for years to come. We are members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen and will undertake storm damage repairs and can also perform general building work if required.

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At Saxby Roofing we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality in roofing services. We understand that undertaking roof repairs can be a major investment and we commit ourselves to performing your work to the highest possible standards. We work on nearly all types of roofs, including slate and tile roofing and we offer competitive rates on guttering repairs and plastic fascias. We specialise in flat roofs and as experts, we always use the highest quality products to make sure that when your roof has been re-felted that it stays water tight for years to come. We are members of the Guild of Master Craftsmen and will undertake storm damage repairs and can also perform general building work if required.

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Business Bulletin Danmat Motors boss Andy Lister has decided to take the plunge into internet marketing with the launch of the new website at 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

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We all like to keep our homes pristine and perfect but sometimes it can be an uphill struggle, especially in winter with all that mud and rain to contend with – they don’t call it spring cleaning for nothing! If your carpets or upholstery are looking tired but you’re not ready to give up on them and consign them to the skip just yet then Grimsby entrepreneur Heath Johnson of Heath & Hygiene Ltd is the man to talk to. He has recently invested in top of the range pressure cleaners from the USA that allow him to power through even the toughest grease and grime – turning your dirty carpets and stained sofas back into the things of joy that they once were. Not only that but they also offer dry cleaning for carpets, upholstery & curtains and they can work their magic on almost any fabric including leather. They specialise in cleaning tiles too so there’s no reason not to get the bathroom and kitchen sparkling at the same time. What’s more there’s almost no stain or spill that they can’t tackle – nail polish, grease, paint, ink – just stop by their website or Facebook page (Heath & Hygiene Cleaning Solutions)for examples of all of these cleaning nightmares being removed from carpets and furniture leaving them as good as new!

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Sentiments Independent Funeral Home opens new premises in Cleethorpes Sentiments Independent Funeral Home has announced the opening of new premises at 265 Grimsby Road, Cleethorpes. The new branch, which will incorporate a Chapel of Rest, will run hand in hand with their existing Chantry Lane premises, with funeral arrangements, funeral bonds, masonry and flowers carried out by their established and highly skilled team. Sentiments has been looking to expand into the resort for some time to meet rising demand. Proprietor George Axworthy explains, “We have noticed an increasing number of Cleethorpes

“ We hope to help even more families. All the funerals we arrange provide the personal and fitting tribute that a funeral should to be.” families using our services, many of whom are commenting about their wish to use a well established local funeral home with offices in Cleethorpes.”

Sentiments has been established for over ten years and in that time the team have become highly respected throughout the area. They offer their clients the security of knowing that everything will be taken care of at a time when they most need comfort and reassurance. For George Axworthy it’s an important development. “Opening our premises in Cleethorpes is very exciting. We hope to have the opportunity to help even more families and make sure all the funerals we arrange provide the personal and fitting tribute that a funeral should be.” For further help and advice, including pre-planned funerals,

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New Year, New Home The housing market seems to be picking up so if you’re thinking about moving sometime soon why not take time before you go to

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After a long time in the doldrums it looks like the recovery in the housing market that we’ve been told about for so long is finally here but before rushing to stick the For Sale sign up in your front garden maybe you should take a step back and ask yourself what you can do right now to make your house sell quicker and make you more of a profit. New research reveals that seventy per cent of home owners could not sell their home without making some repairs to the

property, with many saying the problem is with jobs that have mounted up over time. The tasks that topped the list were repainting the inside and outside of the house and tidying the garden followed by filling and plastering cracks in walls. Renewing rotting windows and doors, roof repairs and fitting a new kitchen were also common. There is however a further category of jobs which might be worth considering to add value


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Privacy & Security For Your Home With Privatect According to the police most thefts are carried out by opportunists and that kind of crime can be difficult to guard against. Most of us have occasionally left a window ajar or a bicycle unchained in the garden. It’s a real worry but one way to deter the sneak thieves is by speaking to Privatect. The Privatect system works by fitting security screens to your wrought iron gates and fences, depriving would be thieves of the chance to spy out the lie of land and keeping your possessions away from prying eyes. They look great too and they stop leaves and litter from blowing into your garden! Panels are available in Perspex or Polycarbonate and

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Caring Everybody knows we have an ageing population but how do we go about staying fit and well as we get older? Here we offer some

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Gillian and Steve of Serenity Memorials have more than 50 years experience in assisting the bereaved. They are both qualified funeral directors and take pride in providing top quality personal service. They can supply new memorials, add inscriptions to or clean and renovate existing headstones, undertake safety surveys and provide consultancy services. Serenity offer no obligation quotations with layout drawings so customers can see how the memorial will look before they commit to buying. Bespoke memorials are a speciality and nothing is too much trouble for the professional staff at Serenity. For information call 01472 269696, or email

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Caring In the UK today average life expectancy is about 80 years which is 10 years more than in 1959. If the trend continues by 2060 people can expect to be living to the age of 90 which is fine if we stay well and active but if old age is accompanied by deterioration in physical and mental health then the prospect is less happy. Old age can lead to incapacity, isolation and depression but research suggests that a few fairly simple dietary and lifestyle changes can help people delay or avoid the onset of many of the illnesses and diseases associated with ageing and vastly improve their quality of life. The two key factors are what you eat and how active you are and the earlier you act to improve your diet and activity level the healthier you’re likely to be when older. Some areas of physical health are likely to benefit more than others, for example the eyes. Many elderly people suffer from vision

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impairment but some vegetables can help and regular eating of foods like kiwi fruit, grapes, spinach and broccoli is a good idea. The brain can also benefit from improved diet. Folate, found in leafy vegetables, citrus fruits and fortified breakfast cereals, vitamin B12 found in fish, meat, poultry,

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As well as diet, physical activity is crucial. Exercise is important for keeping bones healthy but all forms of activity help reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers and help to keep the brain working well. For the less mobile there are special programmes of exercise available about which your mobility specialist will be able to give you more information. So there you go. It doesn’t guarantee perfect health but if you want to improve your chances of a happy and healthy old age a few changes to diet and lifestyle made now may make all the difference in the future.

In The Know

Great Gigs and Big Names In Our Events Round Up We’ve got so much to tell you this issue we haven’t managed to fit it all in so here’s a quick list of some of the great things that are happening in our area. Plans are well under way for the 2014 Jazz and Folk Festivals (more about them next issue) but the line up for the Cleethorpes Blues Festival has been posted and it looks like a humdinger with Walter Trout headlining and support from the Royal Southern Brotherhood among others.


On Wednesday 12th March 60s legends The Move are at The Yardbirds. Led by drummer Bev Bevan, who founded The Move and ELO and was also drummer for Led Zeppelin for a while they were the first band to be played on Radio 1 when Flowers In The Rain was broadcast on September 30th 1967. Out at Barton Ropery on February 21st they’re getting a visit from Canadian Western Swing combo Petunia and The Vipers whose sound is based on adding Latin rhythms to country blues tunes or gypsy flavouring to rockabilly standards. Tickets can be booked on the website www. or by ringing (01652) 660380.

Fusion Youth Theatre - A New Project Following on from their prizewinning success with Tokoyo in 2013, Fusion Theatre and Josie Gray have teamed up with Humberside Police to devise a play that tackles issues of online identity, cyber bullying and the darker side of social networks. The play is intended to empower young people to make safe and sensible online choices and to seek help when they or their friends are being targeted by online bullies. The play is currently in development and will be ready for performance in July. Full details will be available nearer the time. Top - The Move who are coming to the Yardbirds Left - Petunia and The Vipers who are at Barton Ropery in February

We’re always on the look out for events and organisations to feature in our In The Know section so if you’re an event organiser or a member of a local society that could use a free plug drop us an email to

In the Know


On The Road

“I’m very sorry for not taxing my car. The dog ate the reminder.”

people who were being prosecuted for not having a tax disc. Having read them through we think you’d be better off just paying the fine - or better still not forgetting in the first place. I fell out of a tree picking plums and broke both my arms. I took too much Viagra and couldn’t leave the house. I’ve been out of the country for four months and I forgot where I parked my car. My dog ate the reminder. I was on my way to the Post Office and called into the betting shop - there was a horse running at Doncaster called ‘Don’t Do It’ so I bet on that with my car tax money instead – it lost.

The Ministry of Transport have announced that after nearly a hundred years of service the tax disc has finally had its day. The original discs were yellow and were issued in 1921 but they have been made redundant by live database enquiries. The last discs will be issued later this year and from there on car tax will be managed electronically. In the meantime the DVLA have revealed their top five of the silliest excuses that they’ve been given by














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It’s too late for your Christmas list but still it’s good to dream a little so when word about the new Lexus RC F dropped through the office door we just knew we’d have to share it with you. It’s 25 years since the Lexus brand was born so this new marque needed to be something special and it is - with fantastic visual impact matched by the impressive power of its new 5 litre engine. Generating well in excess of 450bhp, it makes the RC F the most powerful V8 performance model Lexus has yet produced. As to the price, well that hasn’t been announced yet so you’d best start saving your pennies and deciding what colour your going to go for. Happy driving.

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Flash Fiction In today’s 24 hour society when everybody is constantly on the move and time poor, some of the things that used to take hours now have to be crammed into minutes. No tittering at the back. Flash fiction is the literary equivalent of the power nap and the al desko lunch - a whole story compressed into as few words as possible. Here Jim White delivers a cautionary tale of crime and punishment in just 300 words .....

All That Glisters by Jim White

He had always been the faithful clerk at the beck and call of them all. Appreciated but not really noticed, but while they weren’t noticing him he was taking notice of them and their deals, learning a little more every day. He was always pleasant and obliging; left to close files up and put things away. Most of them

didn’t even know his name, but he knew all of theirs and what they did. He started one night by moving some money from one clients account to another as if it was a genuine mistake. Then he waited a few months and when nothing happened, he started to siphon off a little from the files he was left


to close up and the ones whose passwords he’d memorised into a bank account he’d set up in a fictitious name. He was cautious and he thought, not too greedy. Who would suspect him, he was just a clerk. After four years he’d accumulated almost £2 million pounds. He transferred that to an offshore account. After a few weeks he handed in his notice, claiming ill health and left with a few wish you well cards and a month’s salary. Now after waiting what he thought was a reasonable time, here he was, sitting on his balcony in his small flat in Brazil where he’d been for a month, enjoying the sunshine and all the pleasures he’d dreamed of. He was so pleased with his achievement. It was a piddling amount compared to their bonuses. There was only a brief moment for a look of surprise on his face as the bullet hit him between the eyes. At last he had been noticed! There is no such thing as a free lunch.

The Dock 2014 Listen by Sime Naylor

Supported by Arts Council England and established by The Culture House in 2012, The Dock is a resource for local writers and for those who live and work further afield. Each month the site,, features the work of a poet or writer and already slots are taken up to May of 2014. In February, singer songwriter, poet and children’s author Simon Naylor (image inset) picks up the mantle of featured writer. Simon is well known in the region and his residency on the site will bring his work to a new audience. Following Simon in March, widely published poet David Cooke will be our guest. There are plans this year to open a page on the dock for younger writers. For submission guidelines and full details please email the editor at

Listen! The air rings with song.

And thrum in twos and threes.

Beyond the dale The seesawing cawing of crows Is heard just below The melancholy warble of a robin.

But rising above it all, Raining sound, the skylark.

A great tit calls for its ‘Teacher, teacher, teacher.’ Like a piper, a lapwing – peewit – Leads a trail of worms on which it feeds. ‘A little bit of bread and no cheese’ Say yellowhammers as they flutter

A song apart! It defies the rest, descending, Ascending, chattering, twilling Over thirty notes a second, A song that demands close, slow attention. So I do. I slow down, lie down And listen.


The Peoples - Issue 24  

The number one lifestyle magazine for Grimsby, Cleethorpes and the surrounding area

The Peoples - Issue 24  

The number one lifestyle magazine for Grimsby, Cleethorpes and the surrounding area