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Gainsborough Life Magazine August 2019 EDITION

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Welcome! Welcome to the August edition of Gainsborough Life magazine.

We’ve finally reached August and the school holidays have begun – the key focus of the month if you’ve got children in the family. We often look through rose-tinted glasses and see a time for some rest, recuperation and socialising with friends and family. Though, if you’re anything like me, I am already feeling the pressure of juggling work, parenting and socialising. If you are looking for things to do this month, then you’ll find lots of ideas in our Summer Days Out guide. Gainsborough Old Hall, Gainsborough Model Railway Society and the Connexions Community Hub all have activities planned during the school holidays. Amid, all the busy-ness, don’t forget to make some time for yourself — something I need to prioritise. Mindfulness has gone from buzzword to a therapy and we have

Motoring writer Tim Saunders reviews the Honda Civic 1.6 diesel.

an article this month which will encourage us all to sit back and appreciate the here and now. We’ve also got some book recommendations which will inspire you to lose yourself in a good book. More active ideas inside the magazine may be baking or creating new planting opportunities in your garden. Let’s all vow to do something for ourselves this month… I’ll report back in the next edition. You might be interested in signing up to St Barnabas Hospice’s brand new event (pictured above). Mighty Mudder takes place in September. Don’t forget to visit our website, www.gainsboroughlife, over the summer as we’ll keep adding new events to our calendar and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

Pippa Greenwood on installing a vertical structure in your garden

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Features Make your home office work harder for you.................................................8

What’s on at the Trinity Arts Centre.......34

First Drives: Honda Civic............................60

Summer Days Out.................................14, 16

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HOMES

Make your home office work harder for you

BE COLOUR CONFIDENT Why not paint the room in a bold colour that makes you happy, or cover a feature wall (or the whole room) with patterned wallpaper? ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY? A comfortable chair is essential, and an adjustable office chair on castors is the best choice. You might want to re-cover and/or paint it, or just hang a length of fabric over the back and add an attractive cushion. SEE THE LIGHT Good lighting is vital to avoid eye strain. Natural light is ideal, but glare from direct sunshine is not — experiment with the desk’s position and consider a blind for shading. Fit overhead lighting that doesn’t cast shadows over your working area — track lighting, inset ceiling spots and wall lamps are all options. Desk lamps should, ideally, be adjustable.

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Katherine Sorrell looks at how best to decorate your home office Make working from home

less of a chore by designing a room that’s functional and attractive. SORT OUT YOUR STORAGE While a combination of shelving, files and boxes works well, why not seek out unique pieces to introduce a sense of character? Although chain stores and specialist shops sell office furniture at a range of prices, consider junk shops, second-hand furniture stores and salvage yards for interesting alternatives, such as old school lockers, distressed wall cupboards, huge wicker baskets or old factory trolleys. Some stored items will need to be within easy reach, while those used less frequently can be stored on high shelves or in deep cupboards,

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or even in another room. If your office is an awkward shape, consider built-in storage to maximise space. THE BEST DESK Even in a small room, desk area will probably be more useful than floor space, so choose the biggest one possible. A desk with drawers or cubby holes is doubly practical, though minimalists may wish to consider a glass desk: perfect if you can generally keep it clear and tidy. With limited space, consider adding a small worktop to one side of your desk to create an ergonomic L-shaped workspace. ON THE WALLS Make the most of the height of your room with wall-mounted storage. Pin boards, peg board, magnetic boards and hanging racks are ideal, and wiring one or two adjustable lamps into the wall above your desk also saves worktop space.

DETAILS MATTER If necessary, ask an electrician to add plug sockets to minimise messy and inconvenient cabling. About three inches above the work surface is good, plus some lower down and out of sight. Sort the rest of the cables out with ties and clips and consider labelling plugs so you know which is which. DON’T BE AFRAID TO GET PERSONAL Add a pretty rug, a cushion, interesting desk accessories, a selection of plants, some colourful wall prints or a selection of framed photographs. Scent is important too — make the room fragrant with a vase of flowers, scented candle or reed diffuser, and this will be a room where you’ll enjoy spending time. Helmer drawer unit on castors, £30, www.ikea.co.uk


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For more community events visit your Local Events directory at www.gainsboroughlife.com

Outdoor meeting The Gainsborough branch of the

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust are holding an outdoor meeting to be led by Matt Cox, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust conservation officer at The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Reserve of Scotton Common. Scotton Common is the largest remaining fragment of the once very extensive heathland. The heathers should be in full bloom, there are many other different plants and possibly attendees may see a number of different animals whilst there. The meeting is on Saturday 3rd August at 10.00am, lasting approximately between one to two hours. The nearest postcode reference is DN21 3PY, the OS map reference is SK873985. Numbers attending will be strictly limited, so if you wish to attend, please either email dbardsley999@gmail. com or text 07720 569228. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please note that there are no facilities at Scotton Common, the ground may be uneven, so wearing suitable footwear is a must. Further details will be sent out nearer the time.

Coffee morning

Two charities that have benefitted local people will, in turn, benefit from the proceeds of a coffee morning held at the home of Ian and Melanie Keat on Saturday 22nd June. The charities to benefit are Motor Neurone Disease Association and Marie Curie, which provides care and support through terminal illness. The sum raised was £1,130, which will be divided equally between the two charities. Thank you to Ian and Melanie for hosting the coffee morning, which saw nearly 60 people come to enjoy their garden and homemade refreshments. Ian added: “We would like to thank everyone who supported the coffee morning. The atmosphere was great, and people seemed to enjoy themselves. We would like to also thank the people who gave up so much time to become Mel’s helpers, the Methodist Church for allowing the use of the car park, and Max and Fabian for expertly executing the raffle.”

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The Friends of Gainsborough Cemeteries and Chapel The Friends of Gainsborough

Cemeteries and Chapel hope local people may be able to help them. Firstly, they are looking for information about WWI soldier, Private Joseph Herman Smith, who lived in Alexandra Cottages. He served in the Sherwood Foresters and was severely wounded in the jaw in 1917. He died following an operation in 1920. He is buried in an unmarked grave and the friends are hoping that it may be accepted as a war grave. Secondly, during WWI, several thousand soldiers from Yorkshire were billeted with Gainsborough families during their training here. After they went out to France in April 1915, the local paper published many of their letters describing life in the trenches and breaking news of injuries and deaths. The Gledhill family, from 4 Cromford Street, had four sergeants billeted with them and several of their letters were published in the paper, one of them said: “We often talk of the happy days we were lucky enough to spend with you.” Then in October, the Gledhill’s received a letter saying

that sergeant Dick Simon had been killed in action by a sniper. Another of the sergeants was killed in 1918. It is hoped to produce a book about these Yorkshire soldiers including their letters published in the newspaper. If any Gainsborough people know that during WWI their families had soldiers billeted with them, the friends will be delighted to hear from them. One of the West Yorkshire soldiers who was billeted here was Captain Maurice Lupton, killed in action in June 1915. He is related to the Duchess of Cambridge. Please contact Susan Edlington on 01427 612030, or Peter Bradshaw on 01427 610507.

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HEALTH

Why doctors are prescribing Mindfulness Alison Runman looks at the trend of personal awareness Mindfulness has gone

from buzzword to a therapy increasingly prescribed by doctors. So what’s it all about? Mindfulness is: • Increasing your awareness of what’s going on inside and outside yourself in a particular moment — both physical sensations and emotions. • Stopping to really notice what you’re thinking and feeling and what sparked these thoughts and emotions. HOW IT CAN HELP Today, many of us rush through our days, reacting ‘off the cuff’ and missing opportunities to take a breath and appreciate what’s around us. Mindfulness means taking a step back to examine what’s going on rather than just reacting. “It’s about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives,” says Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. By becoming more aware of your thoughts and feelings, you can recognise signs of stress and anxiety earlier and begin to see patterns, recognising those that aren’t helpful. This can make it easier to prevent them overwhelming you or leading you into a spiral of negative emotions or actions that make the situation worse.

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We can all benefit from mindfulness, but it’s now officially recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to prevent depression in people who’ve had three or more bouts, and is increasingly recommended by doctors for helping with chronic conditions or pain, as well as stress, anxiety or depression. There’s emerging evidence that it can ease insomnia, too. PRACTISING MINDFULNESS The NHS recommends: • Noticing the everyday and trying something new — notice the details of what’s going on around you and try a different seat or

going somewhere new for lunch to see things in a new way. • Watching and naming your thoughts and feelings — “Mindfulness isn’t about making these thoughts go away, but rather about seeing them as mental events,” says Dr Williams.“Imagine standing at a bus station and seeing ‘thought buses’ coming and going without having to get on them and be taken away. This can be very hard at first, but with gentle persistence it is possible.” Identify them. “That’s my worry about my Dad’s health.” “I’m stressed because I’ve got a really busy week.” By being aware of your fears and concerns, you’re more likely to recognise when you’re letting them grow disproportionately to the thing they’re about. • Freeing yourself from the past and future — realising that worries about the past or future can dominate, stopping you from enjoying the now. If you realise you’ve been reliving or pre-living negative experiences for several minutes, take a moment to focus yourself in the present, appreciating the day and the moment you’re living now. • Taking time out — ideally having more formal, longer mindfulness sessions, focusing on your breathing and your body and bringing your attention back whenever your mind wanders. This could be at home or while travelling. Find the time and place most convenient and helpful for you. The NHS recommends the Mental Health Foundation’s online mindfulness course which can be found at www.bemindfulonline. com, or you can find a local teacher at www.bemindful. co.uk/learn-mindfulness.


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LEISURE

GAINSBOROUGH OLD HALL Parnell Street DN21 2NB www.gainsborougholdhallco.uk or 01427 677348 SATURDAY 20TH JULY TO SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER HENRY’S ROSE WITHOUT A THORN TRAIL It’s the summer of 1541, and Henry VIII and his new Queen Catherine Howard — his Rose without a Thorn, set off on their progress North. During the progress they stayed as guest of the Burgh’s at Gainsborough Old Hall. Unfortunately, not long after she lost her head! This summer there is a trail of roses around the hall, follow them round and complete the quiz to claim your reward. Normal admission fees apply SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST AND SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST AN AUDIENCE WITH KING HENRY VIII Meet King Henry VIII himself in all his majesty. Hear his tales and discover how to meet and greet the King. Fascinating stories for young and old. Petition the King and be granted a Royal pardon or privilege, let the King decide. 30 minute ‘Audiences’ throughout each day. Normal admission fees apply

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Schools out and the summer holidays are here — there’s so much happening locally that we are sure you’ll find something to keep everyone entertained without having to travel very far! Don’t forget to visit our website during the summer too as we’ll keep adding new events to our calendar too and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates; @gainslife and www.facebook.com/gainsboroughlife

Find more online at www.gainsboroughlife.com tennis, frisbee, cricket, rounders, benchball and rounders. £35.00 for five days or £10.00 per day

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Find more online at www.gainsboroughlife.com TRINITY ARTS CENTRE Gainsborough DN21 2AL 01427 676655 or www.trinityarts.co.uk WEDNESDAY 31ST JULY, 1.00PM TO 4.30PM FILM: A DOG’S JOURNEY (PG) Some friendships transcend lifetimes. In A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to the heart-warming global hit A Dog’s Purpose, beloved dog Bailey finds his new destiny and forms an unbreakable bond that will lead him, and the people he loves, to places they never imagined. Tickets: £6.00, £5.00 for concessions, family of four £20.00 WEDNESDAY 7TH AUGUST, 2.00PM FILM: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 (PG) Tickets: £6.00, £5.00 for concessions, family of four £20.00 WEDNESDAY 14TH AUGUST, 2.00PM FILM: HORRIBLE HISTORIES — ROTTEN ROMANS (PG) Tickets: £6.00, £5.00 for concessions, family of four £20.00 WEDNESDAY 21ST AUGUST, 2.00PM FILM: TOY STORY 4 (U) Tickets: £6.00, £5.00 for concessions, family of four £20.00 WEDNESDAY 28TH AUGUST, 2.00PM FILM: THE LION KING (PG) Tickets: £6.00, £5.00 for concessions, family of four £20.00

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is suitable for children aged five to 16. Places must be booked in advance by calling Hannah on 07715 362111. £3.00 per session to be paid on arrival of each session or in advance.

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COMMUNITY

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Gainsborough is a friendly sociable weekly class including refreshments at The Active Senior Hub, at Everyone Active West Lindsey Leisure Centre, every Tuesday from 11.00am to 12.30pm. At each meeting there is a Voluntary Assistant at hand to help. This is a chance for you to meet likeminded friends in an understanding and informal setting. Take control, feel positive, slow down progression and improve confidence. Plant the seeds for your health, for now and your future, physically and emotionally. For more information, please contact Liz Clews on 07751 964832 or email lizclews@btinternet.com. All enquiries will be treated in confidence. Please pass this information onto others that may need their help.

Northern Soul & Motown event Don’t miss the next Gainsborough Soul and Motown event at The Weston Rooms, on Saturday 17th August from 7.00pm until late. The cost is just £3.00 to pay on the door for a full night of Northern Soul and Motown classics. Be sure to be early, the last event was very busy.

Morton and Gainsborough WI Make friends, bring friends, be

friends. Morton and Gainsborough WI’s forward thinking, innovative, fun meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month. They always have lovely cakes, cookies and treats and refreshments too. Their meetings have an eclectic mix of presenters, speakers and lovely social evenings, all at Morton Village Hall, from 7.15pm to 9.15pm. So, if you would like to find out what they do, please go along to find out. For further information, please call Yvonne on 07480 562001 or Liz on 07751 964832.

20 August 2019

Gainsborough Model Railway Society The Gainsborough ‘O’ Gauge Model Railway will be open on Saturday 24th August and Sunday 25th August, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm and on Monday 26th August, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Admission costs are £4.00 for adults, £3.00 for senior citizens and children and a family ticket (two adults and two children) is £10.00. Gainsborough Model Railway represents the East Coast Mainline from Kings Cross to Leeds Central in the days of steam. Visit it to see models of famous locomotives such as ‘The Flying Scotsman’ and ‘Mallard’, which is just one of the 11 A4s in the collection of 180 locomotives. They haul famous trains such as the ‘Yorkshire Pullman’ and the ‘West Riding Ltd’. It takes 10 operators to run the railway which is run to a timetable with bell codes and signals, just like the real railway in the days of steam. The model railway has been built

Charity Nights at The Blues Club After a short break, the

charity nights at The Blues Club, Gainsborough, DN21 2HU, are back to raise money to help local charities. The first event is Ska Britannia, a six-piece band performing Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners, The Beat, The Jam, The Who and many more. The band will be supported by the very popular Emma Kelsey and there will be a disco at the end. Tickets are only £10.00, for Saturday 14th September. You don’t have to be a member so take along a friend or two and show them what a good night the charity nights are at The Blues Club. On Saturday 19th October, the very popular 12-piece band Soulintension

by the members over many years with realistic examples of Kings Cross and Retford station. The railway is in the clubrooms of the Gainsborough Model Railway Society, in an old Victorian school in Florence Terrace, near the south end of Tesco car park, DN21 1BE. For further information, please visit www. gainsboroughmodelrailway.co.uk or email gmrscontact@gmail.com. will be back by popular request, supported by Ocean Blue and a later disco. Tickets are only £10.00. The number one 60s band in Europe, Union Gap, will be at the club on Saturday 9th November, they will be supported by Trevor Leeson, the lead vocalist with The Merseybeats and tickets cost £15.00. Please support live music and local charities and local venues. The organisers would be grateful if you could keep the donations coming in for raffle prizes, they do appreciate it. Don’t forget that tickets can be ordered or collected from John and Steve on a Wednesday or Friday in the club bar or through your normal channels. Alternatively call Baz on 07931 762159, Steve on 07759 945194, John on 07508 320243 or Hank on 07931 714069. Follow them on Facebook ‘blues club entertainment’.


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COMMUNITY

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Town Hall Live in Kirton Town Hall Live (THL) continue

to bring the best in folk, roots and Americana music to Kirton. There are two concerts in August. The first is on Friday 2nd August, when The Dan Webster Band, from York, headline. The band are enjoying a successful year promoting their excellent album ‘Devil Sky’ and are playing many of the country’s leading festivals over the summer period. Dan is a seasoned song writer, performer and producer. His music is influenced by the sounds and storytelling traditions of both American and English music, which he uniquely blends into his own distinct fusion of folk and Americana. The band consists of Dan on guitar and vocals, Polly Bolton on mandolin and vocals, Emily Lawlor on violin and vocals, Rachel Brown on cello, Mark Waters on bass and Liam Hardy on drums. Then on Friday 23rd August, Tip Jar from Holland will headline. The trio are just back from a two-month stint in Texas and play their first ever gigs in the UK during the month. The band operates in the Americana genre, with country and jazz influences. Their founder is Bart De Win, who has previously appeared at THL as a member of Matthews Southern Comfort and Birds of Chicago, he plays keyboards and guitar. The line-up is completed by Bart’s wife Arianna Knegt on ukulele and vocals and Baer Traa on lead guitar. Last year they released their excellent album ‘Onward’, which is their fourth. It was produced by the legendary Walt Wilkins, and contains 11 eclectic songs, with Bart and Arianne’s vocals blending beautifully. Support comes from four-piece Hull band, The Snake Oil Charmers, who play and infectious blend of blues, country and swing. Tickets for the concerts can be purchased from The Costcutter store in Kirton, from Brian on 01652 649230 or from www.wegottickets. com. They are priced at £12.50 for The Dan Webster Band concert and £13.00 for the Tip Jar concert.

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Amateur Gardeners The 39th annual show of

the Kirton in Lindsey Amateur Gardeners is just a couple of weeks away on Saturday 7th September and they are always looking for more people to enter items in the various classes available, they are not just gardening related. The classes include vegetables, fruit, flowers, pot plants, floral art, wine making, preserves, baking, classes for children, photography, art and craft classes. The class list is a real assortment to cater for many interests. The show schedules with all the information about the above and how to enter are out now. Many classes remain the same each year, but some change each year to provide variation, so why not consider entering. You can enter if you live within five miles of the Market Place where the show is held in the Town Hall or if you are a member of the club. The show is open for the public to view the exhibits from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Awards to the winners

of the Kirton in Bloom Competition will be presented as well. The society’s season of meetings continues on Wednesday 21st August at 7.30pm, in the Town Hall, Market Place, Kirton in Lindsey. The talk and presentation this time will be intriguingly titled ‘growing and showing gladioli’ and will be given by Anne Augustyns. Anne is from Hull and had an interest in these striking garden flowers for many years. She will be passing tips and hints on how to get the best out of them. At each meeting monthly competitions are held for members, this month it will be ‘one gladioli’. Future subjects include autumn gardening; gardening with alpines, bulbs and woodland plants and photographing plants. If you have any queries entering or need further information, then please contact Martin Hollingsworth, chair, on 01652 648435 or m.hollingsworth205@btinternet.com or through Facebook ‘KLAGs (Kirton in Lindsey Amateur Gardeners)’.

After lots of rain in June, it certainly did not mirror the month of June we had last year. Marton Bowls Club’s Gala competition had to be abandoned after just two hours of play; but twelve teams and their friends were still able to enjoy a Marton Bowls Club lunch and take home their prizes from the raffle and tombola. The club are thankful for the support of everyone who came along. If you would like to try outdoor bowling for the first time or would like to practice and improve your game, the club’s friendly games ‘Roll-ups’ are

continuing on Thursday afternoons, weather permitting, starting at 2.00pm. You don’t need to book in advance, just go along on the day, to the green in Trent Port Road, near Marton Church and Village Hall. The club still has a number of postponed games still to play and current members may be playing extra games in August and September this year! Why not join them? For more information or details, please contact Barry on 01427 788911 or Mike on 01427 717087.

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LIFESTYLE

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Beckingham & District Gardeners’ Club Beckingham and District

Gardeners’ Club will be holding their annual flower and vegetable show on Saturday 17th August, in Beckingham Village Hall. The doors will be open from 2.00pm for visitors to view all the entries and enjoy some of the homemade refreshments that will be on sale. Registration of entries will take place in the village hall on Friday 16th August, from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. If anyone who wishes to enter the show is unable to attend on the Friday, please contact Pat Hooton, to make alternative arrangements. Anyone wishing to enter the show can get a show program, which contains all the classes and registration details, from the post office in Beckingham. Adult and children’s entries are encouraged, from novice to expert gardeners, as you need to be in it to win it. There are trophies and prizes to be won, not to mention the satisfaction of growing or making something that you are proud to show to other people. This is a community event for Beckingham and local villages so it is hoped that as many people as possible will support it. It is always a very sociable occasion and there will be various stalls at the event including a plant stall. If anyone wishes to hold a stall at the event, please contact Pat Hooton. Further information about the show or garden club can be obtained from Pat Hooton, on 01427 890357 or email pathooton1446@gmail.com.

Bishop Norton Summer fête

Everyone is welcome to the summer fête on Monday 26th August at Bishop Norton Village Hall, from 12.00pm to 5.00pm. There will be fun for all the family, with all the classics such as: games, bouncy castle, face painting, produce stalls, refreshments and much more. 32 August 2019

Mighty Mudder in aisd of St Barnabus Hospice

The Mighter Mudder St Barnabas Hospice

has launched their brandnew event, Mighty Mudder, taking place in September. On Sunday 22nd September, St Barnabas Hospice will be hosting Lincolnshire’s first Mighty Mudder event at Ancaster Leisure. The hospice has introduced this 5k obstacle course run event to the county, to help raise vital funds to support end-of-life care locally. With more than 60 obstacles to overcome, the Mighty Mudder will see participants run through fields of mud, crawl through tunnels, swing through trees, slide down 50ft drops, wade through muddy water and battle their way up hills, all whilst completing a 5k course. Opening at 10.00am at Ancaster Leisure, Wood Lodge, NG32 3PY, participants will have the opportunity to visit the event village before they start the event, which is full of food, drink and games. They will be set off in waves of 100, which they can preselect online when signing up. There is also plenty to do for friends and family members, including places around the course which are brilliant to stand and watch the participants as they go past. Melissa Gaffney, Events Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, said: “I started working for the Hospice earlier this year and I’m so excited to be launching this brand new event

already. In my spare time, I often take part in mass participation sporting events, so it’s great that I can bring this passion to our event. “Since joining St Barnabas, I’ve met so many amazing people who come together at these events to raise money in memory of loved ones, reach personal goals or to have fun. Mighty Mudder is the perfect event for those wanting a challenge that’s a little different, whether you want to raise sponsorship money or not.” New for this event, St Barnabas has decided to offer two different types of tickets. Participants wanting to raise money for the hospice will be able to pay a lower registration fee of £25.00, providing they pledge a minimum sponsorship of £50.00. Alternatively, participants can pay a £55.00 registration fee if they decide not to raise sponsorship money. These are early bird prices and will be available for a limited time until Sunday 28th July. Children aged 14 to 17 can also take part for a flat rate of £10.00 and are encouraged to raise as much money as they are able. The hospice does ask that there is one adult per two children when signing up. Early bird tickets are now on sale for this exciting new event. To sign up or view more information, visit www.stbarnabashospice. co.uk/mightymudder19.


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LEISURE Rocketman (15) Friday 2nd August, 8.00pm The Secret Life of Pets 2 (PG) Wednesday 7th August, 2.00pm Take That — Greatest Hits Tour Live Streaming Saturday 10th August, 7.00pm Horrible Histories — Rotten Romans (PG) Wednesday 14th August, 2.00pm

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Canal Trust’s Snake Davis Rocked Gainsborough The fabulous acoustics of All the years. Feedback from second walking Saints Parish Church, Gainsborough uptheover audience was very positive, as to the sounds of Snake the following comments show, and festival takes in echoed Davis and his band as they kicked Snake has been approached to come off the Church’s 275th anniversary again next June, so watch this space! celebrations. The sweet, haunting The church is a lovely venue to local villages musical sounds delighted more than hear such a beautiful sound from Misterton and West Stockwith, as well as other local villages, feature in this year’s walking festival, organised by the Chesterfield Canal Trust. The festival runs from Saturday 14th September to Sunday 22nd September and offers 53 different walks. The length of walks ranges from one or two miles to 16 miles — and there’s the chance to walk the whole length of the canal in three days. Special walks include mushroom and toadstool identification, an evening walk to see bats, a children’s walk — and much more. Walks in and around Misterton and West Stockwith feature in no less than eight walks. Booking in advance is essential for all walks though no ticket is needed. All walks have a competent leader. Most walks are free but walk leaders will take a voluntary collection, which will help pay for publicity and booking charges; any extra money will go towards the Chesterfield Canal Trust’s Restoration Fund. FURTHER INFORMATION Brochures are available in The Misterton Centre or, for further information, go to www. chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk.

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North Notts Lions’ Presidents handover Outgoing President Mel

Blacknell has handed over the North Notts Lions’ president’s chain to Lion Barry Cooper for the year 2019-2020. Lion Mel said that he had a successful year as president and thanked all the members for their hard work over the year. Lion president Barry said that the coming year was a milestone in the club’s history as this was its 50th anniversary. He looked forward to an exciting year, with new fundraising ideas as well as old favourites, such

as Santa’s sleigh at Christmas. All the money raised will go back to those who need that extra helping hand.

Lincolnshire Family History Society The Lincoln branch of

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Vintage Vehicle Society will present ‘From scrapyard to MOT’. John is a new speaker to the society and members are looking forward to learning about his society, before they have their annual outing there in September. If you enjoy, family, local and social history, then you would be welcome to join. The meetings are free to attend and for more details, call Tracey on 07941 245322.

Morton Charity Tea Dance Recently, the Morton Charity Tea Dance Group celebrated American Independence Day, and a good time was had by all, who were keeping fit and having fun, dancing to Keith Ivor Band. Everyone is welcome from experienced dancers, to those wanting to just try out. The group dance from 2.30pm to 4.30pm every four weeks on Thursdays

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Plea from Caskgate Street Surgery Patient Participation Group Patients who fail to attend

appointments continues to be a major problem nationally. In England, 4.5 million patients have already missed appointments this year at a cost of £130 million. Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group reported that 14,000 appointments were missed in the first four months of this year at an estimated cost of £423,000 — enough to pay 18 full time nurses! This means than in our area we have one patient in every 23 failing to turn up for their appointment and one in every 19 appointments were missed in the Bassetlaw area. Caskgate Street Surgery operates a text reminder system to remind patients of their appointment, yet we still have this huge problem. NHS England is continuing to encourage patients to cancel appointments in good time, stating: “We urge everyone to let their practice know in good time if they are going to miss their appointment or they no longer need it, so that GPs and nurses can treat those in greater need.” Please help to reduce the unnecessary cost of missed appointments.

The Youth and Employer Support

(YES) Project is an innovative and unique approach to tackling youth unemployment — working with employers and young people to increase opportunities for people and business. The project is a new four-year programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and is delivered in partnership with Voluntary Centre Services West Lindsey and Acis Group. The project will provide free employability and lifestyle support for young people aged 16 to 30 to help them into work, along with dedicated employer support to ensure young people receive a positive experience in the world of work.

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Power of publicity helps boost numbers The power of publicity led to

growing numbers at a Thursday night ‘Bat and Chat’ session — and ensured Blitz Table Tennis Club could keep their club night going. Steve Fox, the project organiser at the Gainsborough club, said: “We had a Thursday night club session where we really needed to increase the numbers attending or potentially lose that club night.” Aiming to try new ways to attract new members to the club, Steve approached Table Tennis England Development and volunteering officer Mark Willerton and it was decided to submit an application for Be TT funding for a new ‘Bat and Chat’ session. The application was successful but a slow few weeks left the club wondering whether evening Bat and Chat sessions would work. Then a feature in Gainsborough Life changed everything. The feature had an immediate impact, with 11 new members

YES Project Ben Barley, chief executive at Voluntary Centre Services (VCS) said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for us to build upon existing provision for young people in West Lindsey and opening up new opportunities, whilst helping young people overcome barriers and challenges in finding employment.” The youth engagement lead offers 1:1, bespoke support for participants with information, advice and guidance as well as mentoring and coaching. Referrals to the project can be made by any third party or by self-referral and participants should be open to making

attending the session the following week, nearly all of whom had seen the article in the magazine. Now the weekly Thursday night is going from strength to strength and head coach Paul Johnson said: “We knew there was interest for a social table tennis in Gainsborough, we just couldn’t get people there.” Mark Willerton and Table Tennis England national delivery lead Jenny Leach recently visited the session and both enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere to play table tennis. Mark said: “It’s not a traditional bat and chat, in the sense that it attracts as many families as over50s, but people really do make the session lovely, friendly and welcoming to all ages and abilities. “It was fantastic to see mum, dad, brother and sister all playing together in a game of social doubles! For further information about the club, call Steve Fox, chairman, on 07920 041925. positive changes in order to succeed. The employer lead will bridge the gap between employers and potential employees and will work to support local companies in recruiting more young people to their workforce. The YES Project follows in the footsteps of Talent Match, a project which had a proven track record in making a difference to the lives of young people across the county. YES hopes to help and support around 200 young people over the next four years. For further information, contact Lorraine Espin-Hempsall, youth engagement lead at VCS in Gainsborough on 01427 613470 or 07422 665340.


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Abbie wakes in a hospital bed to discover everything she thinks she knows to be true is wrong. She’s an AI who’s been created by her tech genius husband using memories of the real Abbie, who died five years before. As she struggles to come to terms with her life, Abbie starts to question everything she’s been told. But when she has no rights, who can she trust? Suspense, twists and moral quandaries abound in this skilful thriller.

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Pippa Greenwood on installing a vertical structure in your garden to make a new planting opportunity arch or even an arbour as a means of dividing your garden into one or more rooms. This age-old designer’s trick can make your garden seem a lot larger and more interesting. Chosen carefully, arches and arbours themselves are good looking and can be a feature in their own right, so don’t necessarily go for the first one you see; shop around and remember that if you clothe them with climbers, you are adding to their appeal. Some plants look great but others have another secret ingredient: scented climbers, like some of the rambling or climbing roses, or honeysuckle or jasmine, can totally

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Recycling your waste water Rachel Leverton keeps it eco in the garden I like to consider myself an ecogardener. I use few pesticides and I recycle, upcycle and repurpose whenever I can. Like many people I own and use several water butts, which are a fantastic way to utilise all the lovely free rainwater nature provides. Over the past few years I’ve been reading and researching about other sources of water too. I’m talking about grey water. But what is grey water and how can gardeners make use of it? Grey water, for those not in the know, is any kind of household wastewater apart from toilet water, which is considered ‘black water’, and which should definitely not be recycled by the average gardener. You can reclaim water from your washing machine or dishwasher, but this can prove costly and time consuming. 54 August 2019

TOP TIPS • Keep it simple — It is possible to buy special kits to convert all your home’s grey water for garden-usage, but these can prove expensive. You’re more likely to try something that’s cheap and easy. If you really get into water-recycling though, then go for it! • Think natural — Switch to environmentally friendly cleaning and beauty products. These are biodegradable and won’t harm your plants. • Don’t forget the shower — Put the plug in when you shower, and you can save the water for the garden. • Safetyfirst — All grey water will contain some bacteria. Use it within 24 hours but don’t use it for edible plants or for pots and containers, only on decorative border plants. • Think laterally — You don’t have to restrict greywater to garden usage. Use it to clean the car too!

The best advice for us amateur eco-gardeners is ‘keep it simple’, especially in the first instance. Basically, this means water from the kitchen sink, the bath or shower, or paddling pool. Getting grey water to the garden is not difficult. In the case of washingup water, simply use a removable plastic bowl in the sink which can be carried out. For baths and paddling pools ask at your garden centre or local DIY store for a water siphon hand pump. All you have to do is prime the siphon with a couple of squeezes then let the water run out into your temporary storage containers. Once you have the grey water you

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Riverside Indoor Bowls Club update

The Riverside Indoor Bowls Club (RIB) has had a very busy month. They attended the Armed Forces Day, on Middlefield Lane and it was very successful for the Gainsborough Town Council and the RIB’s members and many other charities. The town council made it a glorious day for the community and their efforts were rewarded by the 2,000 who attended to see the re-enactments, child displays, an act of remembrance, display of military vehicles, entertainment and children activities. The club had two tables and as well as selling items to raise funds, they spoke to a lot of people about their aim to bring indoor bowls back to Gainsborough. People also tried out their skills at playing outdoor bowls on the Middlefield /Marshalls Sports Field, including small children. It was good to see their enthusiasm. It was the Corringham Primary School fayre on Friday 5th July, where members were in attendance and sold goods and raffle tickets for the grand raffle and had a good chat to people. Another event on Friday 19th July was attended at the

Blues Club, where a fun quiz was held and supported by indoor and outdoor members. It was fun and very competitive with many prizes. Please support RIB in their latest exciting project to build a new indoor bowls facility, to encourage more of the community to become active and to have a go at enjoying this fantastic sport. The club promote friendship and it makes no difference if you have never played bowls before. This new project will involve the group working with other community groups and sporting clubs and people are invited to get in contact to help. The next fundraising event will be on Saturday 31st August, at the Meynell Kindergarden Fete, Laughton, from 11.00am. There will also be another tabletop sale, their fourth, at Morton Village Hall in September. If you wish to support the club please contact Lynda and Roy Enever, on 01427 614627 or Linda Grocock on 01427 614682. They have a large raffle full of gifts from surrounding businesses and would appreciate anyone buying tickets.

Retford & District Photographic Society Trip to Bempton Cliffs Members of Retford and District Photographic Society have recently enjoyed their summer trip to photograph gannets diving for fish off Bempton Cliffs. A forecast of violent thunderstorms and torrential rain almost called it off, but fortunately the storm passed quickly and the only impact was an hour’s delay to the start. Having to get there for 6.30am rather than 5.30am didn’t upset anyone. The cliffs are an 80-minute boat ride from Bridlington and the group knew they had arrived by the large following of birds, well used to their boat, impatiently gathering in the breakfast queue. The captain threw fish out and 56 August 2019

members were treated to the spectacular sight of gannets diving just a couple of metres from the boat. They found it hard to look through the viewfinder rather than gazing in awe at such an unforgettable sight. The group were grateful to Steve Race of Yorkshire Coast Nature, tutor for the morning, who provided technical advice everyone went home with their cameras full of memorable photos. Jane Brownley, the group’s trip organiser, had scored another notable request. Once back ashore, those who still had an appetite for more gannets set off to watch them from the RSPB

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Chris Barnacoat looks at how to balance your calorie intake I have written articles about calories in the past. I will write articles about calories in the future. The reason for this is quite simple, they are very important, not only for weight loss but for recovery, sleep and health in general. This month I would like to share with you a theory which I have spoken to my clients about for some time now; the ‘calorie window’. A CALORIE IS… First off, a quick bit of science. A calorie is the amount of heat energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree celsius. And that’s it. That’s all a calorie is. There is nothing magical about it — it is not related to being sinful or being red or green or being good or bad. It is a measure of heat energy. Now, to get even more ‘wacky voodoo’ on you, the first law of thermodynamics, also known as Law of Conservation of Energy, states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed; energy can only be transferred or changed from one form to another. And this is what the body does with calories. It produces energy (and you consume it via food) then transfers it around the body for various activities. So, by that rationale, the quality of the energy which is produced (or consumed) will dictate the quality of the outcome. QUALITY OF ENERGY Do you feel tired all the time? Are you not losing weight? Are you not recovering from your workouts? Well, have you ever thought that maybe the quality of the energy you are producing (and consuming) is not good enough to create the outcome you are hoping for? If you put the incorrect fuel into your car you cannot expect it to perform particularly well. With the human body, if you are getting calories which are not connected to good quality nutrients, then the 66 August 2019

The calorie window same poor outcome will arise. THE CALORIE WINDOW Everyone has a resting metabolic rate, which means that if you sit down and do not move for 24 hours you will still ‘burn’ a certain number of calories. These calories are used for a multitude of tasks, such as maintaining body temperature, keeping the heart beating and the various systems (such as immune, digestive and respiratory systems) operational. Performing your daily tasks then requires an increase in calories, but consume too many and you will store them as body fat to be used as an energy source later. The ‘window’ is the few hundred calories buffer where you have covered all your fundamentals but have enough excess to use as energy for a workout. This can then lead to the all-important calorie deficit

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Gainsborough Life

LOCAL BUSINESS DIRECTORY

ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES

Restoration Antique & Home................................................. 43

BEAUTY, AESTHETICS & HAIRDRESSING

Advanced Podiatry..............................................29 Sports Massage The Riverside Clinic........................................... 65

HOME EXTERIOR

AGS Garden Services.........................................51 Appleyard Tree & Garden Services................. 53 Ben Blades Professional Tree Care & Landscaping................................. 53 Clive Williams Garden Maintenance.............. 53 DN22 Trees & Landscapes.............................. 53 Greenthumb..........................................................7 Lawn Mower & Garden Machinery Steve Stanton Lawn Mowers........................... 53

Aerial Installations & Repairs Aerial Lincs...........................................................59 John Gregory’s.................................................... 18 Alarms, CCTV & Security Misterton Security & Electrical........................24 Building & Construction Services ADB Builders........................................................75 Benchmark Brickwork & Masonry...................21 CAL Developments............................................ 34 JCM Building & Fencing.....................................39 S2 Builders.......................................................... 58 Conservatory Roof Conversions Paul Jackson Conservatories.......................... 35 Right Conservatory Roof Conversions............72 Damp Proof Services Just Damp Proofing........................................... 63 Drives, Patios & Pathways Bespoke Landscape Solutions........................55 Brightstar Home Improvements......................52 Elmfield Landscapes..........................................51 Fenwick Landscapes.........................................51 Fencing Elmfield Landscapes..........................................51 Fenwick Landscapes.........................................51 JCM Building and Fencing.................................39 Garage Doors AJP Home Improvements................................. 58 The Doors Group.................................................61 Zap Garage Doors.............................................. 63 Gates & Railings The Electric Gate Guys.......................................55 Handyman Service TD Handyperson................................................ 68 Landscaping Services Bespoke Landscape Solutions........................55 Elmfield Landscapes..........................................51 Fenwick Landscapes.........................................51 Locksmith Andrew James Locksmiths.............................. 69 Locks & Security................................................ 64 Masonry Benchmark Brickwork & Masonry...................21 Roofing Services Matt Timby Traditional Roofing Specialist..... 34 Otter Roofing....................................................... 48 Scaffolding A Craft Scaffolding..............................................75 Windows, Doors & Conservatories Advanced Windows & Doors............................76 C Toyne & Son......................................................19 Cloudy 2 Clear.....................................................37 Dickson Windows.............................................. 64 Simon Blakemore UPVC....................................39 True Window & Glass Centre.................... 3 & 79 Westwood Installations.....................................31 Window Repair Services................................... 48

Acupuncture The Riverside Clinic........................................... 65 Aromatherapy & Reflexology The Riverside Clinic........................................... 65 Chiropody Advanced Podiatry..............................................29 Counselling Amara Care..........................................................71 Dentistry Blyton Dental.......................................................67 Foot Health Advanced Podiatry..............................................29 Mobility Aids & Scooters Out N About Mobility..........................................21 Opticians Bingham & Young.............................................. 80 Clearview Opticians........................................... 13 Physiotherapy Equinox Physiotherapy.......................................71 Pilates True Balance Pilates Studio..............................29 Podiatry

Bathroom AHM Installations.............................................. 33 Cre8 Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms..........9 Prestige Bathrooms.......................................... 18 Bedroom Cre8 Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms..........9 Blinds, Curtains & Shutters Aster Blind Company..........................................23 Hawthorn Cottage Sewing................................43 Vorbo Interiors.....................................................11 Carpets & Flooring Tim Rice Flooring................................................77 Domestic Appliance Repairs Peter Ford.............................................................77 Electrical Retail Aegir Consumer Electronics............................ 13 Electrical Services & Supplies A Price Ltd........................................................... 48 AGW Electrical.....................................................21 Delta Electrical Solutions..................................59 Furniture & Homeware Horsleys................................................................19

Mobile Hairdressing...........................................29

CARE - ADULT CARE SERVICES

Residential & Respite Grosvenor House Care Home...........................47

CLEANING SERVICES

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Mid Lincs Cleaning.............................................21 K Kleen................................................................ 43 Dry Cleaning K Kleen................................................................ 43 Domestic Cleaning Mid Lincs Cleaning.............................................21 Time For You........................................................75

COMPUTER REPAIRS & SERVICING

Lidgett Computer Solutions............................. 18

FAMILY DAYS OUT & EVENTS

Epworth & District Agricultural Show..............17 Gainsborough Old Hall.......................................15 North Notts BID - Party in the Square.............57 Picasso Pottery Cafe..........................................15 Gloworm Festival..................................................2

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Bookkeeping Jane Allen Bookkeeping................................... 34 Independent Financial Advisor P & JK Financial Services................................. 13 Mortgage Broker Blue Ribbon Investments..................................23

FUEL SUPPLIES

Oil The Oil Tank Company...................................... 53 Renewable Energy JRL Microgen...................................................... 45

FUNERAL & END OF LIFE SERVICES

Funeral Directors Cliff Bradley & Sons............................................27 Lincolnshire Co-operative................................ 58 Memorials Retford Memorials..............................................24 Samuel Jacobs Memorials................................27

GARDEN CENTRE & COUNTRY STORE

Peacock & Binnington.......................................73 Torne Valley..........................................................49 Windmill View Plant Centre...............................51

GARDENING, TREE & LANDSCAPING SERVICES

HEALTH & WELLBEING

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HOME INTERIOR

Joinery Services Clayton Joinery Services...................................72 Prime Joinery Services..................................... 18 Kitchen Cre8 Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms..........9 CP Painters..........................................................25 Direct Factory Kitchens.................................... 48 Gallant Restorations..........................................39 Painting & Decorating Services C Markham Painters & Decorators.................59 INW Decorating.................................................. 18 Steve Mann..........................................................76 Sue’s Decor..........................................................23 Picture Framing Services The Working Gallery...........................................11 Plumbing, Heating & Gas Services AGW Plumbing.....................................................21 Clear Blue Gas.................................................... 35 Cozee-Heat Plumbing Services........................24 Heat 2 U............................................................... 69 RJ Heating & Plumbing Repairs.......................76 Stoves & Fireplaces JT Stove Installations.........................................72

LEISURE CENTRES & SPAS

Spa at Ye Olde Bell...................................29 & 71

MOTOR VEHICLE

Car Valeting Steve Spindley (& Daughter) Valeting.............61 Hire Road Trippin........................................................ 34 Motorbikes Ray Hamblin.........................................................61 Sales Wilson & Co............................................................1 Servicing, Repairs & Parts Auto Centre..........................................................62 ColourMatch........................................................62 KKJ Diagnostic Specialists.............................. 63 PB Powder Coating ........................................... 63 R & A Scott.............................................................5

PEST CONTROL

Pestcotek.............................................................55

PETS

Dog & Cat Grooming Woodside Pet Care............................................ 69 Kennels & Catteries North Leverton Kennels & Cattery................. 68 Shirleys Cattery & Small Boarding Kennels.. 69 Woodside Pet Care............................................ 69 Pet Crematorium Westfields Pet Cremation................................ 68

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Stagecoach......................................................... 40

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES & SPORTS

Dancing & Performing Arts The Music & Dance Journey.............................59 Fishing The Tackle Shop..................................................23 Football Gainsborough Trinity FC................................... 30 Go Kart Track Amen Corner Karting........................................ 13 Horse Riding Bransby Horses...................................................17

RELIGIOUS GROUPS

Alive Church........................................................ 33

RECRUITMENT

Kisimul Group Ltd...............................................31

REMOVAL & STORAGE SERVICES

DK Removals...................................................... 35

SCHOOLS, FURTHER EDUCATION & TUITION

The Elizabethan Academy.................................41

SECOND-HAND - BOUGHT & SOLD

Vinyl Picks........................................................... 33

TAXI SERVICE & PRIVATE HIRE

Diamond Cabs.................................................... 33 NIS Cars............................................................... 13

WASTE & RECYCLING SERVICES

Whites Recycling - Septic Tank & Cess Pit Emptying.............................................................. 18


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