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Welcome to the February edition of Gainsborough Life magazine. Traditionally the month of love, February is maybe best known as the home to Valentine’s Day. Love it or hate it, it’s a great excuse to tell those we know that we love them. Consuming much of the world’s news, it can often seem we’ve forgotten how to show our affection for others, but I believe it’s so important to love ourselves and show our love for where we live and who we live with. I’m not talking about grand gestures and huge public displays of affection, but if we are able to do something small to show our love everyday then maybe we’ll feel happier and more content. Make a conscious effort to show your love each day — start this February when the leap year gifts us an extra day too. February is also home to Pancake Day — the perfect excuse to try out our recipe this month, which is bananas

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in blankets. I think it’s going to be a hit in my house. Technically, it’s also the last month of winter… yippee! Snowdrops are one of the first signs of spring and we learn about the local National Garden Scheme openings and the snowdrop walk at Knaith Hall on Sunday 16th February. We’ve got a feature this month about life in your golden years. It’s all too easy to focus on finances and funerals but there can also be lots to positives to embrace, like more time for hobbies and holidays. If you’re feeling inspired why not think about joining Misterton Bowls Club (pictured above) which has just celebrated its 50th anniversary? For daily updates from local groups and news about local events throughout the month see our website, www.gainsboroughlife.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Golden Years Life in your golden years...........................19 Planning to retire?........................................20 Age shouldn’t be a barrier to playing competitive sports......................22

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Why do we exchange cards, flowers and gifts with our loved ones on 14th February when the day’s patron saint was a Christian martyr? The origins of St Valentine’s Day are said to have begun as early as the third century and were possibly influenced by the Roman fertility feast of Lupercalia held on 15th February, whose themes and rituals were centred around coupling and new birth. No one is entirely sure who St Valentine was. Valentine or Valentinus was a popular name in Rome and there are at least three Catholic saints known as Valentine who have been venerated over the centuries. Any one of them could have had the Feast of St Valentine named after him when Pope Gelasius turned Lupercalia into a Christian festival in 496 AD. One theory is that St Valentine was a Christian priest in the third century who defied Emperor Claudius II’s edict that no Roman soldiers could marry by performing secret wedding ceremonies for young lovers until he was captured, beheaded (allegedly on 14th February) and buried under a Roman road. It is also thought that St Valentine’s Day may have been merged with a Norman celebration that took place around the same time known as Galatin’s 8 February 2020

The history of Valentine’s Day Catherine Rose gets to the bottom of the day of love Day, meaning ‘a gallant’ or lover. The link between Valentine’s Day and romance was solidified in the late 1300s with Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem Parliament of Foules (Fowls), said to have been written in honour of King Richard II’s betrothal to Anne of Bohemia. It contains the lines: “…For this was on seynt Volantynys day Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.” (For this was on St Valentine’s Day when every bird comes there to choose his mate.) Royalty took the notion on board, and by the 1400s it had become traditional for noblemen to write romantic poems to their love interest or ‘Valentine’. The oldest known Valentine still in existence is a poem entitled Farewell to Love written in French by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following capture at the Battle of Agincourt. St Valentine’s Day was clearly

established as a day for lovers by 1600 when Shakespeare referred to it in Hamlet during a speech by Ophelia. By the eighteenth century, handmade Valentine’s cards had become popular and were very elaborate with flowers, ribbons and lace. They would often feature Cupid (whose name means ‘desire’), the mischievous winged son of Venus, Roman goddess of love. He also appeared in much romantic verse as the bringer of often unrequited love — hence a missive was necessary to let the object of your desire know of your affections! With their sentimental notion of romance and the language of flowers, the Victorians elevated Valentine’s Day to the popular celebration it has become today. In 1858, The London Journal wrote of St Valentine’s Day that it was both “natural and proper that at the start of spring the predominating sentiment in the human mind should be the sentiment of love; and to this accordingly the anniversary of our saint is directed”.


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snowdrops are bursting from the sodden ground, a refreshing breeze blows from the River Trent, and all is hustle and bustle in the cake-making kitchens of Knaith. “Hurry up”, they say. Soon they will welcome many visitors who will wander along to gaze at the cheery yellow aconites and the elegant carpets of snowdrops; who will bring their dogs (on leads please) and walk alongside the mighty River Trent to the Gate Burton Chateau which sits on a high knoll like a doll’s house. The Snowdrop Walk takes place at Knaith Hall, Knaith, Gainsborough on Sunday 16th February. Visitors will breathe in the air and enjoy the peace of St Mary’s Church, discover some of its curious past, and then toast their toes in front of a roaring log fire in Knaith Hall to sample delicious home-made cakes. Do join them to Welcome Spring on the Snowdrop Walk from 11.00am to 3.00pm. Entrance is £2.50, in aid of St Mary’s Church Knaith. Knaith Hall is on the A156 Lincoln/Gainsborough Road — three miles south of Gainsborough.

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history (behind the Phantom of the Opera — another previous Academy production) and features some of the most beloved songs in the musical theatre cannon including ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Mr Cellophane’, ‘Razzle Dazzle’ and ‘Nowadays’. In roaring twenties Chicago an aspiring jazz singer, Roxie Hart, murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap… until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another ‘Merry Murderess’, Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines,

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one of only five dates on a UK tour. Support will come from fellow Nashvillian Ali Sperry, who is appearing at this year’s Celtic Connections. Ali is a gifted song writer with a sweet personality and an even sweeter voice. Advance tickets for this concert are priced at £13.00, and can be obtained from the Costcutter store in Kirton, from Brian on 01652 649230 or from www.wegottickets.com. Looking forward to March, there are two concerts. On Saturday 7th, when The Robbie Cavanagh Band from Manchester headline with support from Demi Marriner. Then on Friday 20th, Town Hall Live welcomes Jenn Bostic back to Kirton. Jenn was championed by Terry Wogan and has made appearances on ‘Songs of Praise’, BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 2. Support comes from Welsh singersongwriter Laura Evans. Tickets for both these concerts are on sale now from the usual outlets.

ultimately joining forces in search of the ‘American Dream’: fame, fortune and acquittal. Watch as superstar lawyer, Billy Flynn, defends both women in a court and town that seem far more focuses on fame than the truth. The talented students of The Elizabethan Academy have previously performed ‘Hairspray’ ‘West Side Story’, ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘In the Heights’ to sold out crowds, and this year will surely be another early sell-out. Make sure you secure your tickets today by calling the Academy on 01777 713700. The Academy is delighted to again have the support and sponsorship of Kettlewells of Retford. promotes a wide range of textile skills. Skill levels of members is incredibly varied but the main criterion is an enjoyment of all things textiles. Please contact Carrie Young on 01623 863327 for more programming details and if you’re interested in joining the group.


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ATLANTIS ESCAPE Ages 8+, single player This puzzle game sees the player trying to find the quickest way to the boat before Atlantis sinks. There are 60 challenges to complete, which should keep the kids occupied for a little while at least. It’s single player and compact, so perfect for long journeys — see www.smarttoysandgames.co.uk. 12 February 2020

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ASTEROID ESCAPE Ages 8+, single player As with Atlantis Escape, the player needs to navigate their way through the board in this travel puzzle game. Again, there are 60 challenges to complete. It’s ideal for problem-solving space lovers. Also available from www. smarttoysandgames.co.uk. POINTING FINGERS Ages 12+, 3-6 players With this game, it pays to know your opponents. Who is most likely to have done, or consider doing, the action on the card? Pointing Fingers is a bit like Never Have I Ever, but with points instead of alcoholic shots. While it’s aimed at ages 12 and up, my eight year old loves it (we just skip the questions he doesn’t understand). DOBBLE Ages 6+, 2-8 players Dobble is a card game with a difference. To win a hand, you have to find the matching symbol on two cards. Simple, but fast-moving, ultra-competitive and a lot of fun,

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Katherine Sorrell on using black in your interior to create drama, interest & on-trend style To make an impact when works best for your room. designing a room, sometimes it pays to go against convention. This is why the use of black in an interior is so surprising and, when employed with thoughtfulness and flair, so successful. What could be more different to the typical room with all-white walls than one that uses a significant amount of black? This timeless colour is bold, luxurious and actually more versatile than you might think. For a start, just as there is a huge variety of shades of white, so there are many different shades of black, ranging from cool, blueish blacks to warm, red-blacks. Looking carefully at paint swatches and then testing the paints out on your walls (examining them at different times of day and under various lights) will demonstrate their underlying tones and help you determine what

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FIND OUT ABOUT THE STATE PENSION As far as your state pension is concerned, you can request a pension forecast from the www.gov.uk website. When the time comes to retire you’ll need to proactively claim your state pension as it’s not paid automatically unless you receive certain benefits. CHECK YOUR WORKPLACE PENSION Your workplace pension provider should have sent annual statements over the years showing your accrued pension at the time, plus a forecast of how much your pension might be when you retire. If you can’t find your latest statement, you’ll be able to obtain one by contacting your pension provider. CHECK FOR OLD AND FORGOTTEN PENSIONS If you’ve changed employers a few times during your career, you might have one or more ‘forgotten’ pensions. You can find out by contacting the Pension Tracing Service — it’s government-run and free to use. WILL YOU HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO SUPPORT YOUR DESIRED LIFESTYLE IN RETIREMENT? When you are still working

it can be difficult to envisage life in retirement, and easy to underestimate how much you will need. Online pension calculators can help you get an idea of whether you’ll have enough money, however — you’ll just need a few facts and figures to hand. WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR PENSION Depending on your provider you may be able to use your pension in different ways, including: • Taking some or all as a cash lump sum (this has significant tax implications). • Purchasing an annuity. • Using income drawdown, which allows you to withdraw a sum from your pension and invest it in a different product for an income. • A combination of these options. • Leaving your pension alone, and not withdrawing any money for now. The pension freedoms that were introduced by the government in 2015 mean you now have far more choice in how you use your pension. It’s even more important, therefore, to obtain reliable professional advice before deciding how to proceed. With so many people falling foul of pension scams these days, finding specialist advice you can trust is vital — it ensures you don’t lose your hard-earned money, and helps you enjoy a fulfilling and active life in retirement.


  



  





 

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Age shouldn’t be a barrier to playing competitive sports Claire Jenkin, Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, University of Hertfordshire

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WALKING SPORT Different types of modified sport for older adults exist, but by far the most popular are sports that replace running with walking. Walking football was perhaps the first — developed in the UK in 2011. Since then, hundreds of clubs have been established in the UK alone. England even played Italy in an international walking football tournament in May 2018. Other sports have followed suit. There are now walking versions of rugby, netball and basketball. Although most of these walking sports were first developed in the UK, their popularity is spreading globally, with countries such as Australia now introducing similar programmes. My colleagues and I recently undertook an evaluation of a walking basketball programme in Melbourne, Australia to understand why some people took up modified sports at an older age. We asked the participants, aged 53 to 83, why they joined the programme and what benefits they experienced. Many participants said it was an opportunity to have fun and socialise. They enjoyed the competitive element and saw the sport as a chance to improve their health. They also found the sport to be mentally stimulating as they had to think about

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Still working? It’s the ideal time to pick a retirement hobby

Retirement beckons, and with it the opportunity to do the things you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had time for. However, research by the Skipton Building Society has shown that we don’t always follow up on our dreams of an active retirement: apparently many of us start to feel bored and undervalued within just ten months of stopping work. According to the Age UK Index of Wellbeing in Later Life, the rate of our general wellbeing can increase by 20% if we simply engage with the world around us, whether that’s through social activities in the community, physical activities or creative pastimes. Finding the right hobby can help you make new friends and give you a sense of purpose, which ultimately benefits both your physical and mental health. But here are so many options, it’s often hard to know where to begin.

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time. It’s estimated that a staggering 2.8 million Britons now belong to a choir, and recent research has shown that group singing is a particularly fast way to create social bonds — in other words, it’s a speedy short cut to making new friends. Other ways to meet people include volunteering at an animal shelter, joining a book or film club or local amateur dramatic society, helping at a charity shop, or starting a social media group such as a neighbourhood watch. HOME ALONE If you want something you can do at home, creative hobbies such as upcycling furniture, card-making or jewellery-making could be perfect. Get inspired by the speedy arts and crafts videos available on YouTube or scour charity shops and secondhand bookstores for cheap ‘how to’ books that can teach you a new skill. Buy vintage jigsaws and share the completed pictures with friends online, write poetry or short stories, take up knitting or baking or learn to fix up an old

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COMMUNITY

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Doncaster Movie Makers Since the 1950s Doncaster Movie

Makers have been meeting, making films, exchanging advice and helping each other to improve their skills. They have adapted to the changing film formats and equipment but they still are essentially the same as the original members — keen and enthusiastic. Their season restarted in September and they have had a very interesting and varied programme so far. As well as open evenings, when they have discussed film making development, they have had two film competitions. One had the theme ‘film inspired by the word AFT’ and it was won by a very amusing film using as many words as the filmmaker could think of, all to music in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan. The group also held a ‘holiday/day out’ competition, which was won by a very well-made and interesting film about the Gaping Ghyll, a 322ft pothole in the North Yorkshire, down which the filmmaker very bravely descended. Members have also had a lot of fun producing a ‘film in a night’ with a ghostly theme and evenings of films made on the theme of ‘yellow’ and films made using mobile phones and tablets. Coming up they will have more competitions as well as joint meeting with the Doncaster Naturalists. The season will end in April with their ‘Film of the Year’ competition. They meet nearly every Wednesday at Flintwood Methodist Church, Lansdowne Road, Intake, Doncaster DN2 6QN from 7.30pm. If you are interested in filmmaking — whether it is acting, filming, editing or you just like watching films — new members are always made very welcome. Check their website for details, www. doncastermoviemakers.weebly.com, call Charlie on 07765 715422 or email doncastermoviemakers@hotmail.com.

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The case of the missing carrot Gainsborough-born Joanne Livesey (nee Cuckson) has

become a published author after the recent launch of her debut children’s book: ‘Guinea Pig Detective – The Case of the Missing Carrot’. Managed by London-based Olympia Publishers, Guinea Pig Detective is a rhyming picture book about a crime-solving guinea pig called Gordon. It is charmingly illustrated by award-winning designer and artist, Sarah-Leigh Wills. Joanne, a former pupil of Queen Elizabeth’s High School, lives with her husband in Latimer, Buckinghamshire and regularly returns to Gainsborough to spend time with her parents, family and friends. With a passion for poetry and creative writing from an early age, Joanne completed a

degree in journalism before moving to London to develop her career. After starting out in PR and promotions, she moved into recruitment and is now a partner of a Real Estate Executive Search (head-hunting) firm. Writing stories had remained a hobby, until now! Inspired by her cheeky pet guinea pigs, a love of animals and living in the countryside, it seemed the natural choice for Joanne to combine these interests in a rhyming picture book. “It’s a dream come true to be published and hopefully proof that it’s possible to have a corporate life combined with a creative one,” she said. ‘Guinea Pig Detective’ is available now on Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes and Noble and directly via Olympia Publishers.

Over 1,000 animals given second chance 2019 was another great year for

RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch with over 1,000 pets rehomed or wildlife rescued and released. The local animal charity continues to deliver against a vision to live in a world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion. In short, all animals should be valued and loved. The local RSPCA branch provides excellent care at its South Yorkshire Animal Centre, establishing a successful rehoming process, and promoting responsible pet ownership, and working to encourage a more positive, respectful and compassionate attitude towards all animals amongst the general public. The charitable work is made possible by the fundraising efforts of the community. RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch needs to

raise 95% of its own funds and receives no government or lottery funding. Fundraising events coming up in 2020 include the annual Easter egg hunt and fun dog show. Keep up to date at www. rspcadoncasterrotherham.org.uk. Other services include microchipping, dog training, secure exercise areas and financial assistance for the welfare and neutering of pets. The branch provides a pet cremation service and a memorial garden for your beloved pet. There are many ways to help your local RSPCA, including volunteering, donating cash or goods, sponsoring the Safe Haven programme and attending events. There are charity shops at Bawtry, Maltby, Rossington and Thorne as well as an eBay shop. At the Animal Centre there is a pet supplies store. To donate £5.00, text ‘RSPCADRB’ to 70085.

Mayflower 400 Heritage Mornings The church also contains a commemorative tablet to John Robinson and a display created by Bassetlaw Christian Heritage. The foundation stone was laid by the American ambassador, Hon Thomas Francis Bayard, on 29th June 1896.

A booklet recounting the history of the church is available at a cost of £3.00. For further information see the church website, www.gainsborough-unitedreformed-church.org.uk, and for details of other local Pilgrim churches, visit www. bassetlawchristianheritage.com.


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What’s on at Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall We hope all the New Year Resolutions are on track. If not, there may be a class at Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall that can help. They have a lot of regular activities on offer from active circuits and Pilates to yoga, tai chi and seated exercise. If moving your body isn’t your thing then there are various clubs and workshops which may suit better. If you (say it quietly!) ‘over-indulged’ a little over the festive season then Slimming World meets on a Friday morning. Everything is now back in full swing and all the details are on their website and Facebook page. POWERTEX STONE HEART WORKSHOP Saturday 8th February, 1.00pm – 5.00pm Powertex is a water-based, non-toxic, environmentally friendly sculpting medium. It can be used for making sculptures, paintings, decorative objects and jewellery. The workshop will be taught by Jill Cullum of Purple Meadow Arts. Previous workshops have proved very popular and in this one we will be making a stone art heart. All materials will be provided, including an assortment of embellishments to create your own unique design. The workshop costs £35.00. HERITAGE FAMILY CRAFTING Tuesday 18th February, 10.00am – 12.30pm This is the latest of these popular sessions run by Kathy Holland of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. As we went to press, we didn’t have the theme for this session but it will follow the usual pattern of cutting and sticking, colouring and

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Snowdrop weekend at Babworth Church Babworth Church will be holding its annual and ever-popular Snowdrop Weekend on 8th and 9th February. It is a wonderful opportunity to visit the ‘Church in the Woodland’ and to discover its historical connection with the Pilgrim Fathers, and their voyage on the Mayflower nearly 400 years ago. A walk through the churchyard is 38 February 2020

a must — to admire the abundance of snowdrops — a true sign of the coming of spring. Follow this with hot soup and refreshments and the opportunity to purchase fresh and homemade products, books, plants, bric-a-brac and much more. It is a time to renew friendships and share the welcome of the church.

group ‘KLIX’. Details are also available in the foyer of the town hall. TEA DANCE Mondays 10th February and 9th March, 2.00pm – 4.00pm Monthly tea dances are a firm fixture in the calendar on the second Monday of every month. It’s a popular and gentle way to spend the afternoon, drink tea, dance and meet like-minded people. Live music is provided by John on his keyboard. Admission is £3.50 including refreshments. YOGA SOUNDBATH Saturdays 22nd February and 21st March, 1.30pm – 3.00pm These popular sessions are now being held monthly. Sound has been used as a therapy all over the world since ancient times and this session is aimed at providing valuable relaxation space. It involves a very gentle movement sequence suitable for all levels and simple calming yoga breath techniques. The cost is £10.00 per session. For more information and to book contact Louise Hill on 07790 759003. COMMUNITY CAFÉ LUNCH CLUB Thursdays 6th and 20th February and 5th and 19th March, 11.30am – 12.30pm The café is back after a short break. Meals are sold on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis and are open to all. There’s no need to book, but if you know you are coming, it does help with preparations if you let the organisers know. These meals are very popular so get there in good time! Find out more from Sharron Harris on 07752 246255 or see www. kirtoninlindseytownhall.co.uk. The weekend will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday, and from 12.00pm until 4.00pm on Sunday, immediately after their Morning Service at 11.00am — why not join them for this as well. Don’t miss out. Put the dates in your diary now. They look forward to seeing you there. There is wheelchair access, together with car parking and toilet facilities.


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Bowls Club celebrates 50 Fundraising with years & successful 2019 January was the start of Misterton Bowls Club held its a new year and a new decade.

annual awards dinner to celebrate the successes of the 2019 season, with presentations to the top players:

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Did we manage to keep the new year’s resolutions we made? A date for the diary is St Barnabas Hospice’s Bring a Gift Coffee Morning which is being held on Thursday 6th February from 10.00am to 12.00pm at their Gainsborough Hospice, Front Street, Morton. Please take along unwanted gifts and enjoy cake and refreshments whilst raising funds for St Barnabas Hospice. The organisers would really love to see you.

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Axholme Camera Club enter the new decade with an exciting programme of events planned. Meetings for the coming weeks are as follows: • 5th February — Acclaimed photographer, Rebecca Oram brings her illustrated talk on ‘Seeing Opportunity’ to the club. • 11th February — Club night on ‘Preparing Images for External Competitions’. • 19th February — Club Competition. Round Six — ‘The Natural World’. • 4th March — A talk with images by Derek Doar outlining his passion for photographing landscapes and nature.

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Axholme Camera Club • 10th March — Members’ practical night on the subject of low light photography. The club meets weekly in St Nicholas Church Hall, Haxey starting at 7.30pm to approximately 9.30pm. They are a very friendly club and welcome any newcomers. The annual subscription is £10.00 plus £2.00 for each meeting attended (reduced for under 18s) which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Feel free to contact any Camera Club member you may know or give Alan Keen, club secretary, a call on 01724 601448 or 07971 842045 or email compsec@axholmecameraclub.co.uk.


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A game of two halves Rachel Leverton gets into the swing of things For me February is where the gardening year begins...twice!

REAPING LAST YEAR’S REWARDS If you were industrious in the autumn, you could now be benefiting from a lovely display of snowdrops (Gallanthus) and Irises. My favourite snowdrops are G ‘Atkinsii’, which are tall with long, graceful flowers and G nivalis ‘Viridapicis’ with sweet, green tipped flowers. It’s said they’re best planted ‘in the green’ in spring but I’ve had lots of success with packaged bulbs planted in the autumn so they’re definitely worth

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GARDENS

Perfect potatoes… Mid to late February is ideal for

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Pippa Greenwood turns out some tasty tubers the sprouts are about 1cm tall. To avoid the fungus-like organism responsible for potato blight (the cause of the Irish Famine in the 1840s) early varieties are better, but varieties with resistance to the infection are available. These include Valor, Lady Balfour or Colleen but Sarpo Mira and Sarpo Axona have the best resistance in my experience. Consider varieties such as Cara, Desiree or Sante if your garden is infested with slugs — again, earlies are likely to suffer less damage as they are not in the soil for so long. The biological control nematode Nemaslug can be used as a drench and, as it works under the soil surface, it has a brilliant effect and poses no threat to wildlife. Earlies are also ideal if space is at a premium and, as they are in the ground for less time, give you the opportunity to grow another fast-maturing crop such as lettuce or salad leaves in the soil after the potatoes have been lifted.

WHAT VARIETIES TO BUY To help you decide what varieties to buy, think about how you most enjoy eating potatoes and follow my recommendations below: • Steamed potatoes — Vanessa, Dunluce, Edzell Blue or Lady Christl • New potatoes — Lady Christl, Charlotte, Juliette, Nadine or Nicola • Mash — Dunluce, Valour, Maris Bard, Lady Balfour or King Edward • Jacket potatoes — Cara, Lady Balfour, Picasso, Kestrel, King Edward, Desiree or Valor • Roast potatoes — Kestrel, Maris Piper, Desiree, Lady Balfour, Vivaldi or Edzell Blue • Chips — Kestrel, King Edward, Maris Peer, Accord, Rooster or Edzell Blue Choose early varieties for a newly created vegetable plot, especially if the soil has not been cultivated for several years. Earlies will be in the ground for less time than main crops and are less likely to suffer from wireworm attack.


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LIFESTYLE

Winter saviours Kate Duggan gets some winter TLC When it’s wet, cold and

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doing an at-home peel and for a few days afterwards, as your skin might be a bit more sensitive. See www.murad.co.uk. When your skin is feeling dry and lacklustre, it can be tempting to slather on an extra thick moisturiser. While that’s fine for some skin types, others may prefer an easier to absorb serum. Alteya Organics’ Rose Jasminium Illuminating Perfecting Serum (£39.00) is lightweight and non-greasy — skin just drinks it up. It’s packed with nourishing natural ingredients, from aloe vera and jojoba oil to rose flower oil, jasmine extracts and evening primrose oil. Together, they work to hydrate, repair and protect, and just generally leave skin feeling more ‘spring-like’. See www.alteya.co.uk. If your hands are feeling dry and sore this winter, the first thing to do is switch to a gentler soap or handwash that doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulphate. (It dries my skin to the point where my hands end up bleeding when I move them.) Next, try an intensive hand cream. Don’t worry about the fragrance or pretty packaging — go for a workhorse that’s going to get the job done. Goldfaden MD’s Hands to Heart cream is one such workhorse. It boosts hydration, fades age spots, soothes cracked

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COMMUNITY

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Gainsborough & area Christmas Day Kirton in Lindsey Amateur Gardeners celebrations for those on their own The Kirton in Lindsey Amateur

9TH DAFFODIL SHOW Following on from the success of last year’s show (one of the best they have held), this year’s show will be on Saturday 4th April, from 9.30am to 12.30pm in the Town Hall. New classes will be included. See more details next month. Please go along and join them, they are a friendly bunch. For more information call chairman Pat Frankish on 01652 649365 or secretary Derek Lawrence on 01652 640527.

The traditional free Christmas Day lunch and celebration was held at Gainsborough House on Christmas Day. This local tradition has been running for 44 years. It was a bumper year with 78 people attending, starting at 10.30am and continuing until 2.30pm. The event meant that people in Gainsborough and the district, who would otherwise have spent Christmas Day on their own, could celebrate Christmas in the company of others whilst enjoying a sumptuous meal, joining in with the singing of carols and the entertainment provided by vocalist Chris Hatch. They certainly did enjoy themselves. Even Santa and his Elf turned up to distribute presents. In attendance was Councillor Steve England, Chairman of West Lindsey District Council, and his wife, who started off the celebrations, joined in and helped with the festivities. Stan Foster, who organises the entire event, said: “I was overwhelmed by the generosity of the numerous local organisations and individuals who donated goods for the event, money to cover costs or gifts for the guests, allowing the event to be provided completely free of charge. “With this kind of support this tradition of ensuring people need not be on their own on Christmas Day will continue, as it has in the past, for many

Morton Village Hall and Gainsborough House Christmas dinner representatives were the recipients of this year’s charity donations from the Morton Tea Dance Group. They received £150.00 each during the group’s December dance. Gainsborough House put its donation towards the annual Christmas Day

celebrations for people who would be alone, while Morton Village Hall, where the group hold dances, plan work in the gardens to improve the look and use of the outside areas. This money is not raised specifically but it builds up over the year from four-weekly dances, just from people having a friendly

Gardeners (KLAGs) 2020 season of meetings starts on Wednesday 18th February at 7.30pm, in the Town Hall, Market Place, Kirton in Lindsey. The talk this time will be taking the audience down to southern Africa for an illustrated talk given by Mary Hollingsworth, entitled ‘A Grand Tour of Namibia’. Bigger than any western European country, Namibia is also the second sparsest country in the world after Mongolia. It is a land of epic landscapes, encompassing the Kalahari and Namib deserts and the Skeleton Coast. Its pristine environments are home to a fascinating diversity of wildlife and its history is just as interesting. Definitely a safari with a difference. At each meeting monthly competitions are held for members, this month it will be ‘A Bunch of Snowdrops’.

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History Group’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 27th February at 7.00pm in the Recreation Room, The Green, Beckingham. This will be followed by a general meeting 56 February 2020

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Beckingham & Saundby History Group at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome. The group meet on the last Thursday of every month, except August and

years to come. We owe that to the local community. It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves and happy. Many of them said ‘see you next year’ and that makes it all worthwhile. “Special appreciation must go to the volunteers who gave up their valuable time to transfer guests to and from the event, to help in the kitchen and serve the meals, chat with the guests and ensure the guests enjoyed a truly festive Christmas Day to remember. Thanks must also go to the people at Gainsborough House for their support and assistance and to Gainsborough Life for helping to promote the event.” The meal itself was provided by Zena of Zenas Top Nosh and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Donations were gratefully received from: • Acis Group • Francis Barker Trust • Cliff Bradley and Sons • Gainsborough Lions • Laughton WI • Morrisons • Morton Tea Dance • Noble Foods • Rotary Club of Gainsborough • Sis Drill • Sturton By Stow Line Dancers • Unite Union • Local WI and church groups — distributed by Val Strawson • Numerous other generous individuals gathering. The dancers choose who receives the money and only very few dancers are Gainsborough folk — many travel from as far as 40 miles and all work hard to keep the group going. The next dance takes place on 13th February, from 2.00pm. All are welcome, all dances feature tea and biscuits with occasional buffets. December, at the Old Willow Works, with a speaker for most meetings on a range of subjects along with some outings of historical interest. For more information please contact Freda on 01427 848226 or Lynn on 01427 848439.


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MOTORING

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What you won’t have done is contributed to the ‘pogo’ effect by instantly hitting the brakes when the lights in front come on. The first car may only apply them for two seconds but the ‘pogo’, working its way back down the queue of bunched-up traffic, means that the driver ten cars back has braked for five seconds and slowed to a crawl. The result is everyone is now going slower than if they had maintained an adequate gap and just lifted off a little.

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put a note in the windscreen for the traffic warden. I fold the driver’s wing mirror in to prevent it getting knocked. It takes a couple of minutes to walk from the van to the flat, negotiating slow electric gates every time, and walking up a staircase. We decide to move the largest item of furniture first, a sizeable six foot two door pine cupboard. It’s heavy and awkward. With care, a bit of thought and some heated discussions, we slowly make our way through the pokey flat, along the landing and down the stairs. We can then properly carry it on its side and eventually get to the van where we open the back right door first. I soon realise that I can push the door right back and it will helpfully hold itself open without smashing back into me. This is particularly handy as we are parked on a slope. It takes me a minute or so to figure out how to open the left hand door — there’s a black sort of lever on the inside of it that you move to do this. Again, push it out as far as possible and it holds itself open. Good design.

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She deserves Fairtrade Fairtrade Fortnight will be back in 2020

from 24th February to 8th March throughout the UK. Fairtrade for Bassetlaw hopes that people reading the wonderful ‘Life’ magazine that drops through your door, support Fairtrade all year round; but here is a perfect way to enjoy perhaps one of your favourite foods — chocolate, at the same time as highlighting the poor wages chocolate producers are paid — and many of the workers are women. That’s because this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight theme is She Deserves Fairtrade. The UK chocolate industry is worth at least £4billion each year. And yet the average cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, where 60% of all cocoa is grown, makes less than 75p a day. This is well below the extreme poverty line of around £1.40 per day. So, while around 4 million tonnes of cocoa are produced each year, Fairtrade cocoa represents just a fraction of this. In West Africa, it’s just 10%. The reality of life for so many of the hardworking women behind our cocoa doesn’t get the attention it deserves. That’s why they need your support for Fairtrade Fortnight 2020. Bassetlaw is a Fairtrade District

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• payment no lower than the Fairtrade Minimum Price • an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects of the community’s choice. For farmers and workers, the standards include: • various requirements to ensure product quality and environmentally sound farming practices.

and the local Fairtrade committee are keen for individuals around the area to get involved in Fairtrade Fortnight. One of the simplest things you can think of for Fairtrade Fortnight to support cocoa farmers around the world, is by buying Fairtrade chocolate and cocoa. Some ideas include: • If you have a business — is the tea, coffee, cocoa you offer workers Fairtrade? • Does your school offer teachers Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate (occasionally) or as a treat? • When you host a meeting for your community group or at your church do you make sure any beverages or snacks used include Fairtrade products? • When you pop into a local cafe do you ask the owners if they use Fairtrade products?

This benefits not just the longterm health of our planet, but also thousands of farmers working hard to escape poverty Though it’s ideal to highlight and do a particular event for Fairtrade Fortnight; which could show how using Fairtrade Chocolate provides a fair price for cocoa and, additionally, can make sure women workers earn a fair wage and local producers are using environmentally friendly growing conditions; just choosing Fairtrade chocolate is a great start. If you have examples of what you are doing for Fairtrade Fortnight, or want to know more contact Kathy Cowbrough, Chair of Fairtrade for Bassetlaw, by email at kathy.Cowbrough@gmail.com or call 01777 706880. If you want to try some different Fairtrade chocolates as part of your contribution to Fairtrade Fortnight go to the Fairtrade Foundation website to find a list of 15 Fairtrade chocolate choices you can find on the high street at www.fairtrade.org.uk.


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The final figures for the 2019 Poppy Appeal are not yet in, but early indications are that it will not match the fantastic total achieved last year in Retford and district. However, the amount raised still proves the generosity of the local people and the dedication of all those who helped in any way with the appeal. The money that the local branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) raise during the Poppy Appeal is fed into the national total and is used to help and support ex- servicemen and their families. Anyone locally who has served for at least seven days in the Armed Forces may be eligible for help. For more information about the help available, the Royal British Legion website has lots of information including the national helpline number. A small art group meets at Springthorpe Village Hall every Wednesday from 10.00am to 12.00pm. They have an occasional professional

Retford & District Royal British Legion The 2019 Remembrance Sunday event in Retford Market Square, was well attended and continues to evoke memories for all those who have lost loved ones in past conflicts. The short act of remembrance held on Monday 11th November 2019, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918, was made special by the dedication of a second bench at the war memorial. This was made possible by the generous donation from Mr Mervyn Tacy and Charity on Wheels. 2020 sees the 75th anniversaries of both VE and VJ Day. A full range of activities will take place around Retford on 8th May (VE) with many local groups being involved in the planning process. The local RBL

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• 8 small bananas, peeled • 4 tbsp ready-made chocolate sauce, warmed • Icing sugar and cocoa powder, to dust • Mint sprigs, to decorate (optional) METHOD • Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the salt and make a well in the centre. Add the egg and beat with a balloon whisk, gradually drawing in the flour. • Slowly pour in the milk, whisking all the time, until you have a smooth batter which is about the consistency of single cream. Cover the jug and leave the batter to stand for about 30 minutes to allow the starch grains in the flour to soften and expand — this will give a lighter pancake. Whisk in a splash of milk or water if

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Kirton in Lindsey Society

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season of indoor meetings continues on Tuesday 25th February at 7.30pm, in the Town Hall, Market Place, Kirton in Lindsey. The presentation will be about ‘The Photography of Human and Animal Remains’. The speaker will be Eric Houlder, who is a local historian, archaeologist and author. He will be giving an insight into this interesting and unusual aspect of archaeology. Future talks include: ‘The Lost Monasteries of the Witham Valley’; ‘Did the Punishment fit the crime?’; and ‘The Fossdyke Navigation’. For all the latest news and information check out www.kirtoninlindseysociety. org.uk or contact Martin Hollingsworth (secretary) on 01652 648435

The 13th February 2020 is the first birthday of Dine at the Bridge at Clip Learning, Bridge Street, Gainsborough. Dine at the Bridge is open every Wednesday for lunch. They open at 11.30am for welcoming drinks, and serve lunch between 12.00pm and 1.30pm. They are a pop up kitchen which makes meals mainly from surplus food donated from Tesco Gainsborough. They also get very generous donations from Williamson’s Farm at Blyton, and have had donations from Weatherspoons and members of the public. As they are a pop up kitchen once the food is gone, it is gone until the following week; they advise anyone that wants to eat with them to arrive early to avoid disappointment. They ask for a £2.50 donation for the meal to help buy items

Arts Society Gainsborough

Spring concert from Lincoln Choral Society

The Arts Society Gainsborough and District meet at 1.45pm in the Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough (01427 676655) on the first Thursday of the month (except January, July and August) For membership call 01427 788550. Please remember visitors are always welcome for a £7.00 entrance fee. Further information is available from the chair, Susan Hollingworth, on 07880 500762. A light lunch is bookable from 12.00pm with Cooks the Caterers on 01469 532020 (phone after 6.00pm) by the preceding Monday please! The society’s first 2020 meeting is the AGM on 6th February, when Dr Jonathan Foyle will speak on ‘A Comparison of English Cathedrals’.

For their annual Spring Concert, enjoy a rare feast of the Italian choral repertoire given by Lincoln Choral Society accompanied by Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra and conducted by their Musical Director-Mark Wilde. See Verismo! The Passion of Italy featuring the arrangements Giacomo Puccini Messa di Gloria and Pietro Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana (concert version, sung in Italian with surtitles) at Lincoln Cathedral on Saturday 2nd May at 7.30pm. The Mass was first performed in 1880 when the composer was just 20, and composed for orchestra and four-part choir with tenor, bass and baritone soloists. The work is exhilarating and combines the excitement of youth

Gainsborough Choral Society hits Broadway Gainsborough Choral Society’s last concert of the

2019/2020 season is entitled ‘Broadway Nights’ and takes place on Saturday 28th March at 7.30pm in All Saints’ Church, Gainsborough DN21 2JR. It will feature popular numbers from Broadway hit shows. The 100-strong Gainsborough Choral Society will be accompanied by the Lincoln Pro Musica Orchestra 68 February 2020

and soloists, and will perform under the baton of Musical Director Richard Green. Tickets are priced at adults: reserved £13.00, unreserved (restricted view) £10.00; and accompanied children aged under 14 £2.00. These can be obtained from Horsleys, Church Street, Gainsborough or from www.wegottickets.com from 29th February (a small booking fee applies to tickets bought online).

they don’t get from donations and train volunteers. They serve a two course meal, with unlimited tea and coffee. They are lucky to have full support and work in partnership with Clip, who have supported the lunch club from the start. Everyone is welcome for lunch. Over their first year they have provided breakfast for the job centre, served a post-Christmas meal for Disability Network, and lunch for Family Action and Hastings Centre, as well as their regular customers. If anyone would like to take a party for lunch it is advised you contact Clip so they can accommodate your needs. We can all feel lonely and isolated from time to time, there is always a friendly smile and welcome from all volunteers who work at Dine at the Bridge.

with the fabulous melodic writing to be found later in his operas. There's barely space for listeners to pause for breath in between one glorious tune and the next. Beloved by opera audiences around the world, Cavalleria Rusticana is an impassioned story of tormented love wrapped in music of fervent vibrancy. Translated, it means Rustic Chivalry and is set on Easter Sunday. During the Easter service in the opera the famous Easter Hymn is sung; the same melody that opens the famous intermezzo featured a little later in the opera. For further information about this concert contact Dr Paul Stratton at lincolnchoralsocietypublicity@gmail.com or visit www.lincolnchoralsociety.org. The society are always looking for additional singers, particularly tenors and basses, and interested parties should make contact with the Hon Secretary, Deirdre Speed, at info@ gainsboughcs.co.uk. Further information about the society can be found at www.gainsboroughcs.co.uk/index. php, or visit their Facebook account, www.facebook.com/GainsboroughChoral-Society-270847546262604 or Twitter account, www.twitter. com/GainsChoralSoc.


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ENVIRONMENT

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East Midlands Charity Awards 2020! After a successful launch,

the East Midlands Charity Awards are back to celebrate in 2020! East Midlands charities and notfor-profit organisations now have an opportunity to be celebrated and recognised for their outstanding contributions to their communities. The awards have been created to shout about all the great things charities have been doing in the East Midlands. After working on numerous charity and community events, Phoebe Benta has taken up the mantle of hosting the event for the second year. With 14 categories, all free to enter, the awards welcome entries from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire. Nominations are now open and the entry deadline is Friday 3rd April. The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 14th April and the Awards Presentation and Dinner is scheduled for Friday 12th June. There are the following categories:

Riverside Indoor Bowls Club

Riverside Indoor Bowls (RIBs)

are very pleased to have received the Lincolnshire Coop Community Award of £412.65, which is a very welcome addition to their fundraising to return indoor bowls to the district. The Lincs Coop have traditionally supported local causes, including indoor bowls in this county. Indoor bowls is a very popular sport for all ages. The club would like to thank Lincs Coop for taking an interest in RIBs, as well as many other community organisations, and helping us all to make a difference to local people. Without the support from organisations like the Coop, the community would suffer. If you would like your organisation to become a Community Champion, please contact your local Coop for details. The club can fully recommend it. They would especially like to thank Ursula Lidbetter OBE who has done a tremendous amount of good in the area as she always likes to get involved and does genuinely care. The club are looking to the future, with RIBs’ trustees working tirelessly behind the scenes making many different contacts. They welcome old and new members from their original

membership, with a one-off payment of £5.00 which shows an interest in a new sporting venue that the club are now making future plans for and contacting the right organisations and authorities about. They have the support of West Lindsey District Council and the Town Council. They believe, once built, this enterprise will attract many new sports and ideas as well as help regenerate the town of Gainsborough. However, they need support now to achieve their ambition. Please help them get there and play your part in creating a multi sports venue which will not only support indoor bowlers, but also give fitness opportunities to other members of the public. New ideas from members of the public and for raising funds are always welcome. Please call Lynda Enever on 01427 614627 or Linda Grocock on 01427 61468. Public participation will make a real difference in the timescale for getting their new venue. RIBs’ trustees wish to thank every member of the public, their present members and all the local businesses that have made the club’s last 16 months so successful by supporting their fundraising. It has made a real difference to their progress.

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Lincolnshire Family History Society Lincolnshire Family History Society will hold its Members Annual Meeting on Saturday 8th February from 1.45pm to 4.00pm at Queen’s Park Community Hub, South Park, Lincoln LN5 8EN. After branch meeting business

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has been completed they will be celebrating 30 years as part of Lincolnshire Family History Society with a quiz and refreshments. All members are welcome. If you wish to join them, please contact Tracey on 07941 245322.

Their 2020 programme starts on 27th February with a floral demonstration by Pauline Foster entitled ‘Beauty in all Things’. They welcome visitors, for whom there is a small charge of £5.00.

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A thin line between love & hate will not do anyone any favours.

February is often known as the month of love courtesy of a 3rd century Roman saint. However, for you regular readers, you will know that I often like to explore the ‘other side of the coin’. So, this month I will discuss the positive benefits of doing the things you hate. WE HATE BORING Firstly, we need to look into why do we hate doing certain tasks. I believe we can often put those reasons into three categories; too difficult, boring or uncomfortable. Let us take washing the dishes as an example of a boring task. A simple way to make it a little more interesting is to put on some music; use earphones if it is late at night or crank it up to festival volume if it is during the day. Set yourself a timer for 10 minutes, shake your money maker and get those pots and pans shining. Why set a timer? Because I have witnessed so many people dragging out an already unexciting task and making it take three times longer than it should because it is ‘boring’. Well, 74 February 2020

Chris Barnacoat on taking positives from doing things you hate if it really is that boring, why make it last longer than it needs to? WE HATE DIFFICULT I do not believe that the same task should always be ‘too difficult’. If it is a task which you are repeating on a regular basis then you really need to start looking for ways to make it easier. Is your work a regular difficult task? Then start looking into why. Do you understand your subject well enough? Maybe starting some additional out of hours reading would help. Are the people you deal with too difficult? Maybe you are in the wrong team or perhaps talking to them about other subjects will help you understand their mindset. Is your job difficult simply because you really dislike it? Well, then start putting your CV together and get looking for another job because another 30 years of being miserable

WE HATE UNCOMFORTABLE This is the main one for many of us, myself included, but I really believe this is where physical challenges come into fruition. Doing something which makes you feel uncomfortable physically, ie stepping outside of your comfort zone, can have a huge carry over into daily life. Managing to push yourself through a pretty mean workout can give you the mindset that completing other seemingly hard tasks must actually be quite easy in comparison. Over time it starts to harden your mind to the idea that, ‘ok now is not the time to stop, just push through this bit and it will be easier or over’. Recently I have been waking up at 4.30am on a Monday morning and going for a run, no matter what the weather — and believe me I have run in the pouring rain, the wind and the ice. But why would I do such a ‘stupid’ thing? Because if I can drag myself out of bed on a dark and cold Monday morning, do something I really do not like doing (running) and do it in some pretty horrible weather conditions, then I can tackle many more tasks throughout the week because nothing could be as bad as that! Start trying to push yourself a little bit more in the gym and see how you feel mentally after you have physically recovered. I guarantee you will feel more confident in yourself and if nothing else, you will start to get better results physically from your increased gym efforts! Got some health and fitness, nutrition or lifestyle questions? Email them to info@satorihealth. co.uk and you might see them answered in the next article. Chris Barnacoat www.satorihealth.co.uk


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Charity nights at The Blues Club It’s time to go Welcome to 2020 everyone have to be a club member. All money Open Source and what a great year 2019 was raised is for local charities. Call today and for the charity nights at the Blues reserve your table as soon as possible for all your Club Gainsborough DN21 2HU, (over half the tickets have already gone). with some great acts and a record Then on 9th April, Easter Thursday, they computer apps! amount donated to local charities. have The Wired plus Jimmie and Dave Do you want — or need — alternatives

to the increasingly expensive applications (‘apps’ to us nerds!) that are often pushed at us when purchasing new computers? The open-source movement has a vast range of apps covering every possible computing need — and all are free to you! Popular examples include The Document Foundation’s Libre Office, which is a real alternative to Microsoft’s Office and can both read and write Microsoft Office files if you need that feature. Gimp is a real alternative to Adobe’s Photoshop CC if you want a powerful image editing package that can handle everything from basic photo editing right through to multi-layer creations and even animations. For even more opportunities, why not explore Audacity, the sound editing resource, or E-publishing through Libre Office? The open source world is open to you! Clarborough and Welham IT Group has extensive experience of some of the huge range of open-source applications that can power-up laptops and PCs to specifications that match (and interface with) Microsoft’s standard and beyond and all for no cost at all. So why not go along and get LibreOffice and Gimp together with a range of web browser and security applications free? If you’d like to play with one of the group's Windows 10 laptops, or take your own, to get to grips with Windows 10 in a supportive (and sometimes off-the-wall) environment, get in touch. Classes run in Clarborough Village Hall on Tuesdays (from 1.30pm to 3.00pm) or Wednesdays (from 10.00am to 11.30am) with their spring 2020 fiveweek ‘block’ of classes which continues week commencing 24th February at just £20.00 for the whole block. For more information or to book your place, contact Greg on 01777 700918 or email clarboroughwelham@gmail. com. Their website (www.cwitgroup. btck.co.uk) has class dates through to July 2021 in the Calendar section.

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The organisers hope you all enjoyed New Year’s Eve, with the Soundinjectors supported by Taylor Soul. Don’t forget, if you want to see a particular band or artists please get in touch with them by phone or in person. They have a great line up of entertainment coming for 2020, starting on 16th February (their Valentine’s night) when they have the new Amen Corner supported by Mick James plus Dave Brewer’s disco with their famous hot food supper. This event has been sold out since November, showing how important it is to order your tickets early for these charity nights which are getting more and more popular. On 14th March they have the UK’s number one tribute to the Human League, Love Distraction, supported by Johnny Mack and Dave Brewer’s disco. Tickets are only £10.00, a silly price for four hours entertainment and you don't

Family Research Group

The next meeting of Wheatley

Family Research Group, the first of the year, will be on Wednesday 12th February at 2.00pm in the Village Hall, South Wheatley. They are an enthusiastic self-help group who are willing and able to help people wanting to get started with their family history as well as providing help to those who have hit a ‘brick wall’ and cannot find a way forward. New members are always welcome,

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust The Gainsborough Area Group

of The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s next meeting is on Wednesday 19th February at 7.30pm. Des Lloyd will give an illustrated talk entitled ‘A Feast of Photography’. Des, who lives locally, is visiting the group by popular request. He is a past winner of The Daily Mail Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Go along and be inspired

Brewer’s disco. This is a free night to say thank you for your support though the year. Entrance for non-members is £3.00. On Saturday 2nd May, there is a treat for you when they have a man who spent more than 12 years singing with the Drifters — this is longer than anyone else and it is a show not to be missed, especially at the ridiculous price of only £10.00. This will be a sell out, so please order your tickets through your normal channels. Call the Blues Club on 01427 613688 or call 07759 945194, 07931 762159, 07508 320243 or 07931 714069. There is much more to come. Please keep up-to-date with the organisers by following them on Facebook, ‘blues club entertainment’, and remember you don’t have to be a member. All money raised is for local charities. Call today and reserve your table. Don’t forget, the donations for raffle prizes is very much appreciated. so if you are interested in starting to research your family roots or have started and hit a ‘brick wall’ or just need a bit of guidance why not go along and see how they can help. Take your laptop (or tablet, etc) with you — they have access to the internet with WIFI connections. The cost of this two hour session is only £3.00. For more information please contact Alan on 01427 884147 or Dave on 01427 880934.

and see some of his remarkable captured wildlife moments. Entrance is by donation (minimum £1.50), which includes tea/coffee and biscuits, and the meeting is held in Morton Village Hall (postcode DN21 3AL). Members and non-members are equally welcome. There will be a raffle and good company. More details are available from Dan Bardsley on 07720 569228 or gainsboroughlwt@gmail. com or dbardsley999@gmail.com.


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