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Welcome! Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition

of Gainsborough Life magazine. The start of a new year, a new decade even, and the time when we traditionally look ahead and plan for the next 12 months. As satisfying as the thought is to start again and make sweeping changes in order to be ‘happy’, why not make a smaller pledge… don’t be a ‘new you’, be a ‘better you’ and be kinder to yourself. It may be dark and cold outside, but snuggle up and enjoy your magazine. You’ll find tips for cosying up your home, becoming financially organised, giving Veganuary a go, and much more. One of the lovely things about being the editor of Gainsborough Life magazine is finding out so much about what is happening locally. I feel incredibly privileged to receive so many submissions each month from local groups. They cater for a diverse range of interests and I

Chris Barnacoat on planning your future in the new year with a new clarity

know they would love to welcome new members. In this edition alone, we hear from numerous groups you could join for some ‘me’ time in 2020 — maybe making new friends at the Morton Ladies group, discovering more about our heritage with the Kirton in Lindsey Society or dancing with the Caledonian Society of Lincoln. Enjoy yourself too at the charity nights at The Blues Club, where there’s a busy 2020 calendar of events following their successful fundraising in 2019 (see picture above)? And if you’re a member of a local group and you’d like to be included in a future edition, drop me an email to community@ gainsboroughlife.com and we’ll make it happen. Keep up to date with daily news from local groups and updates about local events via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/gainsboroughlife, Twitter @gainslife and on our website, www.gainsboroughlife.com.

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Five tasks for an organised financial life in 2020.......................................8 My dear diary...............................................10 Your 20/20 vision for 2020..........................14 Cosy up your home...........................16 & 18 Start a New Year’s revolution...................22 The history of dentistry................................24 New Year observing...................................32 6 January 2020

Blueberry custard tarts..............................38 Planning your high-rise edibles..............44 First drives: Lexus UX250..............................50 Easy tips to improve your driving............52 The healthy way to do Veganuary.......54 The colour of the year................................58 A good read..................................................60 How to keep your dog safe and warm this winter........................62 Making family life that little bit easier...64

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Five tasks for an organised financial life in 2020 January is the perfect time to

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new full state pension,¹ so it’s definitely worth investigating. • Make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) A Lasting Power of Attorney is an official document whereby you appoint one or more attorneys to help you make financial or health-related decisions, or to make them on your behalf if you lose mental capacity in the future. You need to be over the age of 18 to make an LPA, and have the mental capacity at the time to make your own decisions. Drawing up an LPA is often regarded as unnecessary until later life, but it’s well worth considering at any time. • Write a will Making a will ensures your assets are passed down according to your wishes when you die, and with today’s complex family structures it can prevent a great deal of stress for those left behind. It’s advisable to seek professional assistance when making a will, particularly if you have a young family or your circumstances aren’t straightforward.

• Take out ‘life event’ insurance Adverse life events such as chronic illness or serious accident can derail your plans for the future. You may not be able to work or function in the way you used to, for instance, but if you’ve taken out appropriate insurance it can reduce some of the devastating financial impact for yourself and your family. • Check your credit report The state of your credit report affects your ability to borrow and obtain credit, and is a fundamental part of your overall financial situation. Lenders and credit card companies assess your creditworthiness by checking your credit file, and decide whether or not to sanction loans or grant credit based on its contents. If you blitz these jobs in January, you can relax for the rest of 2020 knowing that some of the mundane but very important financial issues that can affect your life so seriously are all under control. ¹www.gov.uk/new-state-pension/your-nationalinsurance-record-and-your-state-pension


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LIFESTYLE

My dear diary… Did you ever keep a diary when

you were younger? I did. I poured my angst-ridden heart out to its blank pages. I look back on those fat notebooks with a mixture of fascination and horrified amusement. They are a funny, embarrassing, touching testament to my teenage turmoil and inner weirdness. I stopped journaling my thoughts at some point, but a few years ago, when I was gifted a rather beautiful notebook one Christmas, I started again. It was a good call. Writing in my diary helps me in many ways. I track my moods, my anxieties, the funny things my kids say, and the daily routine of writing helps me thrash out solutions to some of life’s challenges. There are many benefits to keeping a diary. Here are my favourites. IT ORGANISES YOUR THOUGHTS Most of what we think and feel would be incomprehensible to anyone able to look inside our heads. Writing helps to articulate thoughts and make them comprehensible to our conscious mind. IT IMPROVES YOUR WRITING Not everyone aspires to be a journalist or a writer. But many of us have to produce handouts, talks or web content in the course of our 10 January 2020

Sarah Davey on why you should keep a diary jobs. Writing daily in a diary helps us improve our style and fluency. IT HELPS SET AND ACHIEVE GOALS A diary is a good place to write down ambitions, aspirations and new year resolutions. Writing them down makes them real. They can then be used as a reminder, and to monitor progress. YOU CAN RECORD IDEAS It could be ideas for birthday gifts, holiday destinations or the name of the shop in which you saw the perfect curtains for the bedroom you’re currently decorating. The benefit of a diary is that it can all be recorded in one place, whenever it comes to mind. IT’S A STRESS-RELIEVER It can be helpful to ‘brain-dump’ anxieties, frustrations and pains into a diary. Teenage me waxed lyrical about problems with my parents, teachers and how worried I was that no boy would find me attractive while I had braces on my teeth. Adult me expresses concerns in my diary as a good way to free up any tension that prevents me

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Welcome in spring with a walk at Knaith Hall Spring is in the air, aconites and 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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Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance given go ahead to build new HQ A brand-new headquarters for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) has been granted planning permission by North Kesteven District Council. The charity’s new future-proof home will be based adjacent to RAF Waddington on the A15 Sleaford Road. The new headquarters will see charity staff, crew and helicopter all based under one roof; the facility will include a helicopter take-off and landing pad for both day and night operations as the charity moves to full 24/7 coverage early next year. With the charity’s operations and offices currently based on separate sites, the move will allow for closer working between staff and crew, whilst providing a facility for visitors, former patients, volunteers and benefactors to visit the charity and support their fundraising efforts. The air ambulance helicopter currently operates from RAF Waddington, whilst the charity has offices at Bracebridge Heath in Lincoln and Colwick in Nottingham.

The brand-new headquarters and airbase will have its own purposebuilt hangar with space to enable on-site engineering, along with housing for the charity’s Critical Care Car with direct access onto the road network for faster response time. Enhanced crew training facilities will also be available at the new base, which will help clinicians to develop their skills further and prepare for the incidents they respond to. To support the funding of their new home, the charity recently received an award of £1.82million from the Department of Health and Social Care. The Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance was successful in its application for funding when £10million was set aside by Chancellor Phillip Hammond to help support UK air ambulance charities with capital projects. Construction of the new HQ will begin early next year and is due for completion in the winter of 2020. To keep up to date with the latest developments of this project, visit www.ambucopter.org.uk.


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LIFESTYLE

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

We often reflect on the past year and mourn chances we didn’t take or connections we didn’t make. Instead of looking longingly backwards, perhaps 2020 is a good year to develop your vision for the future so that it’s… well… 20/20! REVIEW YOUR GOALS — SHORT AND LONG-TERM Are your everyday activities helping you to accomplish your short-term goals? Are you working on meaningful projects? Make sure at least some of your daily activities help you to accomplish your short-term goals, and that those short-term goals can build to let you accomplish larger goals and objectives. But don’t be a slave to your goals. It’s okay to change directions and shift deadlines. January is a great time revaluate. Are your long-term goals from six months ago still relevant to you today? It can be helpful to write down your goals using pen and paper, and then hang them in a place where you can see them. This acts as a visual prompt to remind you and inspire you during the day-to-day grind. 14 January 2020

Your 20/20 vision for 2020 Anne McCarthy looks back at 2019 to plan for a better 2020 NURTURE RELATIONSHIPS Sometimes friendships and family relationships get placed on the backburner when we’re busy. Are there friends and relatives in your contacts list who you haven’t spoken with lately? Use this season to catch-up, reconnect, and nurture the relationships that matter. REQUEST A PLANNING MEETING It could be with your boss, or your partner! When you think about the next year — do you see yourself staying at the same job? If so, do you want to be considered for promotion or a transfer? Would you like to plan a big trip with your partner, or start a family? With your boss you might mention projects you’d like to lead, qualifications you’d like to study for. With your partner you might want to talk about joining a gym together, planning a safari, or taking up ballroom dancing.

These discussions are useful in both your work and your private life. They can help you understand points of dissatisfaction in your work or relationship and give you the clarity you need to explore a change. INVEST IN YOURSELF There’s a difference between being comfortable and being complacent. Try stepping out of your comfort zone and take an online course, sign up with the Open University or night classes at college. Try out a yoga class or a massage, or simply go away with a friend or a partner to a spa for a few days. REFLECT ON LESSONS LEARNED January is not all about new beginnings. It’s nice to think about all you accomplished during 2019. What did you learn? What did you achieve? A lot probably happened in the past 12 months, but life moves so fast that too often we don’t take time to reflect on all we’ve learned. Take note of your discoveries and think about ways you can apply those lessons with intention as you move into the new year.


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Spring may still be a while

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A end of the year photograph taken by Gainsborough Life reader Tom Ellis in December. “Gainsborough Life readers, the main market square on a Thursday afternoon, you could easily endure a minor misconception and view it as Trafalgar Square with the blatant presence of pigeons. With Christmas fast approaching, the town have their tree up in the market place, the local pigeons are doing their annual Christmas shopping. The photo was taken from a bird’s eye view (some people will disagree but on a technicality, they weren't in the air). With an amount of diligence, I used a photo editing app on my phone to manipulate the image to give it more structure.” Roxy is a 10-year-old Boxer cross,

and she has been at the RSPCA South Yorkshire Animal Centre for 157 days. Roxy is a sweet girl who loves to be around humans; she likes a good run playing with tennis balls. The team promoted Roxy on social media platforms but it seemed that for no good reason Roxy would be spending Christmas at the centre. Every animal gets a Christmas dinner and a stocking full of toys and treats, but it’s just not the same as having home comforts. Then one day a gentleman

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of concerts at All Saints Church, Gainsborough, for 2020 are well underway and they start off the year with local Lincolnshire band, Between the Lines. They will be entertaining at the church, on Church Street, Gainsborough DN21 2JR on Saturday 18th January at 7.30pm, doors open at 6.45pm. Parking is available in the church car park, at the back of the Plough Business Hub, 37 Church Street, Gainsborough DN21 2RP, Roseway car park, DN21 2BE and on Gladstone Street and Church Street. Between the Lines have long been a staple of the Lincolnshire folk and acoustic scene, playing both cover versions of their favourite artists, and their own songs, which have in turn been sung and recorded by such luminaries as the late Vin Garbutt, who included ‘The Fallen of Fulstow’ on his final CD. Vin’s performance of the song

(often as his encore) inspired the playwright Gordon Steel to write the play ‘The Fulstow Boys’, which toured theatres to great acclaim last year. Phil Biggs, John Blanks and Mark Addison recruited Dave Tucker into their ranks a couple of years ago. Phil and Mark already played with Dave in the country/rock band ‘Crossing the Tracks’, and this has, as you might expect, lent an intriguing air of Americana to the four-piece. Phil, John and Dave are great aficionados of acoustic instruments, and between them play various guitars, mandola, whistle, mandocello, bouzouki, dobro, banjo and slide guitar… although Dave takes responsibility for most of these. This is all underpinned by Mark’s bass guitar. Tickets are £8.00 each; accompanied school children and college students (with ID) are free. Tickets are available from the café based in the church; which is open from Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 2.00pm. They can also be ordered, collected and paid for on the night, by texting 07910 276082 and they will also be available on the door.

New Year tails arrived and very quickly it became clear it was a match. The week before Christmas Roxy was rehomed with her new family. This is just one example of the many RSPCA rehoming stories. Centre staff and volunteers appreciate each and every person who rehomes an animal. Remember your local RSPCA animal centre when you are looking for an addition to the family. During 2019 the RSPCA at Bawtry rehomed over 900 animals. As the charity is

Retford Textile Group making session on 5th February? The theme of the evening is working with leather and they have an expert leather worker from Lincoln joining them for a packed, evening, hands-on, practical course. This group serves the North Nottinghamshire area and

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HISTORY

Although most of us hate visiting the dentist, it’s a walk in the park compared to what our ancestors endured. Like us, the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans cleaned their teeth with abrasive and breathsweetening concoctions, usually applied with a cloth or the fingers. It wasn’t until 1780 that William Addis manufactured the first toothbrush. Toothache has long been a human scourge. Scribonius Largus, physician to the Roman Emperor Claudius, would fumigate the mouth with smoke produced by burning henbane seeds followed by an oral rinse with hot water. This was supposed to evict the tiny ‘tooth worms’ that for hundreds of years were believed to be the cause of cavities and toothache. Traditionally, physicians would treat tooth problems but the medieval era saw the arrival of specialist ‘tooth drawers’ who would offer their services at travelling fairs and markets. Blacksmiths would also draw teeth. In 1540, the Company of Barbers was merged with that of surgeons to create The United Barber-Surgeons Company. Subsequently, high-street barbers were able to carry out rudimentary surgery and took over dental work. The first English book on dentistry was The Operator for the Teeth by Charles Allen. ‘Operators for the teeth’ were in fact the earliest dentists, who could not only extract teeth but also replace them with dentures made from gold, silver or ivory. But by far the best material for false teeth was other human teeth! Allen also had one of the first recipes for a whitening toothpaste made from powdered coral, rose water and a tree resin called ‘dragon’s blood’. During the 17th century, French physician and dental pioneer Pierre Fauchard was one of the first practitioners to explain how sugar in the mouth forms acids that decay enamel and cause cavities. He used dental fillings made from mercury heated with other metals. This was later refined by an English dentist named Bell to produce amalgam. By the 19th century, dentistry had become a recognised apprenticeship, so in 1858 The Dental Hospital 24 January 2020

The history of dentistry

Catherine Rose tries to not to put her teeth on edge and National Dental Hospital Schools opened in London. There were still rogue dentists around so in the 1870s the newly founded Dental Reform Committee decreed that practicing dentists had to complete a License in Dental Surgery in order to be officially registered. More dental innovations were made during the Victorian era, with the introduction of ether as a general anaesthetic and nitrous oxide or laughing gas. The invention of the foot-operated dental drill also made filling teeth much easier. In 1896 Colgate mass-produced the first

commercially available toothpaste in a collapsible tube in the UK. Despite this, tooth health among the general population was far from ideal. In 1942 the Beveridge Report highlighted the need for regular dental check-ups for everyone, and in 1948 the formation of the NHS gave people free access to dental treatment for the first time. These days, most of us have a healthy smile. But who knows? Our descendants may look back at dentistry today and consider it as crude as a blacksmith yanking out a rotten molar.


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The town centre was a sight to behold as record numbers lit up the streets of Gainsborough with their colourfully decorated handmade lanterns in November. More than 300 people joined the mesmerising Illuminate Parade. Starting at the United Reformed Church, community groups, young people and families paraded through the town with an impressive array of lanterns, before watching a spectacular light projection show onto the walls of Gainsborough Old Hall. Beth Evans from 2nd Gainsborough Guides joined the parade. She said: “We made our lanterns with artist Julie Willoughby and this is our second year of doing this. It’s been a lovely event and there has been some stunning lanterns. We are already starting to plan for next year.” Pam Craig brought both her two children, to the event, Eloise and Reece who created his candle lantern at Connexions in the town. She said: “It’s been absolutely amazing and it’s lovely to see a lot of people.” This year’s parade highlights the opening of the was particularly special as it marked the start of the commemorative 400th year since the Mayflower first set sail, an important historical moment for communities in the UK, US and the Netherlands. It was in our The Lincoln branch of

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Record parade turnout sparks beginning of Mayflower commemorative year region that Separatists formed their ideas. The parade is inspired by the words of leading Separatist William Bradford: ‘As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many.’ Thanks to a £100,000 grant from Arts Council England, the parade this year was biggest and best yet. Anna Scott, Mayflower 400 Officer at West Lindsey District Council, said: “We’re really pleased to have worked with schools and community groups in and around Gainsborough to prepare for the parade. This year we’ve made candle lanterns with professional artists, featuring the names of the 102 Mayflower passengers.” An exciting programme of events has been planned for the next 12 months, which was launched during the parade. It will offer an engaging,

educational and insightful range of activities throughout 2020 for local residents and visitors alike. Events include: • Music — Seth Lakeman’s A Pilgrim’s Tale Tour, which will be at Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough. • Talks — Rachel Carter’s Spirit of the Mayflower. Adventures of a Pilgrim Woman, Gainsborough Old Hall • Exhibition — The Story of Mayflower II, Gainsborough Heritage Centre Gainsborough’s Mayflower Cultural Programme is supported by Gainsborough Town Council and a range of other local partners. Discover the exciting Mayflower 400 programme of events by visiting www.discovergainsborough. com/pilgrim-roots.

Lincolnshire Family History Society first meeting of 2020, featuring their first guest speaker of the year — Simon Pawley presenting ‘Dissent and Nonconformists’. Simon is a local historian and author from Sleaford, well known to members, and he will be presenting his talk on

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LEISURE

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James Ince on what to look out for in the new year skies and noted it was being perturbed by a massive unseen companion. The first meteor shower to be visible during 2020 is the ‘Quadrantids’, these are seen in the very early hours of the mornings of 2nd to 5th January, when it is very cold and not welcoming to venture out of doors. The Moon will, however, make observing these difficult. There was a predicted meteor storm during late November, ‘Alpha Monocerotids’, appearing from the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn. It was expected to see over 200 shooting stars in the space of one hour; however, it did not happen and many observers, including myself, were quite disappointed. Despite these unpredictables, there is lots to see in the night sky during winter months so do wrap up in warm clothes and take a look at the night sky. Although some constellations such as Lepus, ‘The Hare’, are not far above the horizon they present a lot

of interesting views; they are so much higher here in the Valencia region! Binoculars are ideal for casual observing and if you have a smartphone, apps such as ‘SkyView’ and ‘Star Walk 2 — Night Sky Map’, by Vito Technology Inc., are extremely useful guides and inexpensive. A useful pocket-sized book to consider is ‘Collins Gem, Stars’ which is very compact, easy to use and full of useful information about objects visible to amateurs. An important accessory is a torch with a white and red light. Using the red light will not affect your ability to see objects in the dark as much as the white light. 10 x 50 binoculars are ideal for observing and if you have a camera tripod, they may be attached to it using an adaptor and this provides a steady view. A starting point for a beginner has to be the ‘7 Sisters’ or ‘Pleiades Cluster’, and once you have seen these it is likely you will want to see more! Close to the Pleiades are the ‘Hyades Cluster’ and binoculars will show a multitude of bright stars with ‘Aldebaran’, a bright Orange Giant star, marking the ‘Eye’ of the Bull. Look below to see the three stars which make up ‘Orion’s Belt’ and locate the ‘Great Orion Nebula’, a brightly illuminated cloud of gas, where new stars are forming. If this object inspires you to search for more then try to locate the bright star cluster Messier 41. M41 is located approximately 5° below Sirius, that is about one field of view of binoculars. Finding your way around the night sky takes a little time but using the smartphone apps make this so much easier. If you get inspired and want to learn more about astronomy then do come along to the friendly and informal meetings of the Bassetlaw Astronomical Society. For more information please do not hesitate to contact james.ince1@tiscali. co.uk or contact Pete Whyles on 01909 562831. Happy and prosperous New Year to everyone and wishing you clear skies.


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The Arts Society North & South 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! There is no lecture in January, the society’s first 2020 meeting is the AGM on 6th February, when Dr Jonathan Foyle will speak on ‘A Comparison of English Cathedrals’. ‘SANTA CLAUS; THE ART THAT TURNED HIM FROM ST NICHOLAS INTO FATHER CHRISTMAS’ Christopher Bradley made a welcome return to The Arts Society’s December lecture. An expert in the history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa and a professional tour guide, he has led groups throughout the Middle East and Asia and as a film producer and cameraman he has made documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic TV and Channel 4. He gave the seasonal talk on the real Nicholas, the Greek Bishop of Myra, a 4th century port in Anatolia. Following his death, the legendary generosity of Nicholas had established him as a principal gift-giving saint, as well as the patron saint of seafarers. The body of St Nicholas was stolen by Italian sailors to protect their own ports in the Adriatic. Over the centuries the image of St Nicholas changed constantly until the Dutch re-invented him as Sinterklaas. Taking him to their new colonies in America, he transformed into kindly Santa Claus. Later re-imported into Britain without his Catholic baggage, he gradually emerged as the Father Christmas we know today.

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Wheatley Local History Society On 18th November the speaker

at North and South Wheatley Local History Society’s meeting was Dave Valentine, who had received ‘A Tip from FamilySearch’ just over 12 months ago. That snippet of information, just a single name, was the basis for his talk. He started with an explanation of FamilySearch, probably the oldest genealogical society in the world, as it celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. The name was William Stewart, a cousin of his great grandmother. In c1840 he had joined the Mormon Church, which at the time was a clandestine group meeting secretly in member’s house. With his wife, Mary Ann, two young daughters and William’s sister, they became part of a migration of almost 100,000 to establish new settlements in virgin territories of America. Their journey included sailing across the Atlantic, being almost shipwrecked off Florida, being towed into New Orleans and then journeying up the Mississippi to St Louis. Times were so hard he had to sell his watch to pay for the last part of that journey. After overwintering in St Louis and plying his trade as a shoemaker, he earned enough to survive and then undertake the next part of their migration. They became part of a small waggon train and whilst crossing the great plains encountered everything from native Indians, and stampeding buffalo, to fording across the Rio Grande and near starvation. After 17 weeks and more than 1,000 miles of dust and mountain passes they arrived in Salt Lake to join other strugging Mormon migrants. William’s sister Elizabeth had stayed behind for a time in St Louis and married Mary

Ann’s brother John Marriott. They too made the same journey across the plains and set up home in Utah. Many of the towns are now named after those early settlers, Brigham City, Layton, Ogden and even Marriott bear testament to the early Mormons. The story went on to include the building of their first homes, some as log cabins, some cut into of rock caves and others built of turf sods. In 1853 they even dismantled their cabin and moved it into a fort as protection from armsed forces. They were friendly with the Shoshoni Indians and learnt many survival skills from them. The Mormons practiced polygamy openly from the early arrivals until around 1890. William had just two wives and a total of 12 children. John Marriott took five wives, Elizabeth being the second, and between them all, they produced 15 sons and 20 daughters. All were listed in Dave’s talk, but he followed the line of just one son, Hyrum Willard. He in turn produced eight children including John Willard Marriott, who with his wife Alice set up a small ‘Root Beer’ bar with just 10 stools and six tables in 1927. Their business prospered and over the years became the Marriott Hotel Group which now has 1.3 million rooms in 131 countries — but Dave, although a fourth cousin, has yet to introduce himself or get a ‘freebie’! Make a note in your new diary of the next society meeting on Monday 20th January at 10.00am, at the Village Hall in South Wheatley when they welcome back Mr Harry Foxley, the well-known Retford historian and raconteur. His subject this time will be ‘The Majestic’ (and the history of theatre and cinema). His last visit and talk was one of the best of the year — so don’t miss this one! As always new members and guests are very welcome. For more information please contact Dave on 01427 880934 or Alan on 01427 884147.

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Club (RIBs) recently held a very enjoyable Members Social Evening at the Blues Club in Gainsborough to thank members for their support. They would like to thank the Blues Club and also the Lincoln Cooperative Society, Heapham Road, who helped RIBs put on a well-received buffet supper. They also had a quiz and a raffle and the evening provided a good opportunity for members to chat and catch up. Trustees were able to convey some very positive news about the probability of a combined sports facility in the town, with help from members of West Lindsey District Council and the Town Council who can steer them towards funding once a feasibility report has been prepared. A working committee has been formed by all interested parties. With the planned regeneration of the town already progressing, this would not only provide an indoor bowls hall for the district but the ability to incorporate other sports and facilities within the complex. Members left with much more positivity after hearing some very important details. The club now need to increase membership, so anyone wishing to show support to RIBs please contact Lynda Enever on 01427 614627 or Lyndry@sky.com, or Linda Grocock on 01427 614682 or lindagrocock@hotmail. co.uk for a membership form and to submit a one off £5.00 subscription to show their interest. 42 January 2020

St Barnabas Hospice I hope you all had a fabulous

Christmas and it was a time spent with loved ones, friends and families. I would like to wish you a very happy and healthy New Year to you all. Our Light Up A Life service took place on Tuesday 3rd December at the United Reformed Church, Gainsborough, kindly led by the Reverend Gillian Poucher. We were joined by the Mayor of Gainsborough, Keith Panter, and the Chairman of West Lindsey District Council, Councillor Steve England, Caroline Swindin and Pat Goucher who all did readings and it was a memorable and poignant evening. People wrote their messages of love and then they were transferred to our Tree of Life at our Gainsborough Hospice, the George Henderson Lodge, Front Street, Morton. It was lovely to see everyone joined together remembering the people that we love, who are no longer with us. Many joined us for refreshments afterwards which were served by our wonderful St Barnabas volunteers. We were delighted to attend the Mayor of Gainsborough, Councillor Keith Panter’s ball in support of St Barnabas Hospice, which was held at Gainsborough Golf Club. It was lovely to see so many people there and a good time was had by all. Our sincere thanks to Councillor Panter and all who put such hard work into organising a wonderful evening, those who attended, donated prizes and supported the evening in some way; this is helping to make a real difference to the care and support St Barnabas provides to those in our local communities living with a life limiting or terminal illness.

Let St Barnabas take the hassle of disposing your real Christmas tree for a donation to the hospice. Our friendly team of elves will collect and dispose of your tree in the most environmentally responsible way. The process is simple; just book your tree collection online on www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/ treecycle. Booking closes on 6th January. In taking part; you can feel great knowing you have donated vital funds to St Barnabas and recycled too! A date for the diary is our Bring a Gift Coffee Morning which is being held on Thursday 6th February from 10.00am to 12.00pm at our Gainsborough Hospice, Front Street, Morton. Please bring along unwanted gifts and enjoy cake and refreshments whilst raising funds for St Barnabas Hospice. Did you auntie give you yet another jumper, or did you receive too many socks this Christmas? If you are wondering what to do with your unwanted presents then look no further... We’d love them! You can donate your items to one of our 26 St Barnabas shops and help to care for people near you every day of the year. Remember to Gift Aid your donations to help us raise an extra 25% at no cost to you! Find your nearest shop at www.stbarnabashospice. co.uk or call 01522 559500. Last year we cared for 1,822 patients over the winter (December, January and February). This is across our clinical services. We could not do this without the support of those in our communities. Our sincere and heartfelt thanks to you all. Becca Hooton Community Fundraiser Rebecca.hooton@stbarnabas.co.uk or 07825 713666

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Pippa Greenwood on maximising your gardening space in April, or raised in small pots or trays and then planted out into the high-rise planter. Dwarf French varieties such as ‘Duel’ or the purple-podded ‘Purple Tee Pee’ do well in a good sized window box. Wall baskets, troughs and hanging baskets can play host to strawberries, which trail naturally over container edges. Plants can be bought from garden centres or by mail order at this time of year. There’s a huge selection of lettuce and other salad leaves available in a wide range of colours and leaf shapes. Fast-germinating and fast-growing, you can either buy small plants or sow the seed directly into the compost. Creeping or trailing forms of herbs are a must for a basket, trough or window box, and thyme in particular is ideal for a container in a sunny spot. As it’s hardy it can be planted

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‘Talk the Talk’ at The Old Nick Theatre … She couldn’t stand fish —

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January and 2020 with two great concerts. On Saturday 4th Wilson and Wakeman headline and on Friday 24th they welcome back Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters to the town. Tickets for both concerts are selling well and both are expected to sell-out, so get them now. Wilson and Wakeman are Damian Wilson and Adam Wakeman. Together they put on an evening of great musicianship, great songs and generate a great atmosphere with jovial banter between themselves and the audience. Damian is most widely known for his contribution to the progressive rock genre. He has one of the most versatile voices in rock music and has played the lead role of

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Seth Lakeman comes to Gainsborough with Mayflower inspired album Multi award-winning folk

singer Seth Lakeman will release his new album ‘A Pilgrim’s Tale’ on 7th February 2020, in a year that marks four centuries since The Mayflower ship departed the UK. To coincide with the album’s release, Seth will play live dates specially routed in a trail of towns and cities that, for various reasons, hold significance to the Mayflower journey. He will appear at the Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough on Saturday 8th February. See www. sethlakeman.co.uk for ticket links. This stirring and beautiful record is narrated by the actor Paul McGann (Dr Who/Withnail and I/Hornblower/ Luther), and features a host of guest performers including Cara Dillon, Benji Kirkpatrick, Ben Nicholls and Seth’s father Geoff Lakeman. 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower ship setting off to the Americas. The ship carried British and Dutch passengers with hopes of fresh settlement, and who were famously met by the Wampanoag first nation tribe upon their arrival. Bottling the spirit of the 17th century pilgrimage, Seth has written and performed a selection songs that shape a

Town Hall Live Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Adam is the son of Rick and is best known as the keyboard player with Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osborne. As a duo they have released three albums and, as stated above, together they put on a wonderful evening of their own music and choice covers, such as Life on Mars by David Bowie and Bring Him Home from Les Miserables. Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters are from Asheville, North Carolina. Amanda is so good it is ridiculous. Her singing, songwriting and presence is unmatched in American music today. She is a master songwriter, not only because she finds unusual metaphors and creates cute word play, but also

fictional narrative of the journey, informed by extensive research from text such as the journals of William Bradford, conversations with modern day ancestors of the Wampanoag people at the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts, and information sourced at the national heritage sites that still exists in the UK. Chronicling the voyage and early settlement in these songs, Seth has created a drama that celebrates the history, but doesn’t lose sight of the journey’s tribulations. It stays sensitive to important facets of the story; the religious liberation that passengers were trying to achieve, the nefarious deeds enacted upon the Wampanoag, and the deaths that followed on both sides. Close your eyes, and with each track you feel possessed by one of those 17th century characters; a crewman wrestling to control the ship, a pilgrim celebrating in rapturous faith, or the solemn Wampanoag tribesmen forlornly surrendering to the new way of life thrust upon them. Seth has married mood to pulsing rhythms in an immersive tale of struggle that, 400 years later, still holds an emotional impact. because her songs are so effortlessly conversational. Her voice is magical, clearly enunciated with every word infused with poetic loveliness and made all the more appealing by her slight Carolinian twang that causes the syllables to rise and fall at the end of lines. There is no one like her. The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on guitar and pedal steel, Evan Martin on keyboards and drums and Rick Cooper on bass. Over the last five years they have released five stunning albums and last year released what is probably the best live album you are ever likely to hear. It is called ‘Live At the Grey Eagle’. Check it out. Tickets can be purchased from the Costcutter store in Kirton, from Brian on 01652 649230 or from www.wegottickets.com.


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First Drives: Lexus UX250 Tim Saunders gets frustrated than usual. I feel very justified in

Patience and understanding are required when driving the Lexus UX 250. As an impatient, approaching middle aged man… I struggle with this especially when faced with the following issues:

• When on a slope it rolls forward after the park function and the handbrake are applied — thank goodness I park it some distance from my house • It takes far too long to engage drive and get the vehicle moving • The rear seatbelt sensors repeatedly sound an ear-piercing bleep when my children’s car seats are unoccupied • There’s not enough space for three car seats to fit as they should in the rear; one of them sits awkwardly at an angle Combine these factors with a Friday night when I’m late night shopping these days (not clubbing or going to the pub any longer) and more tired

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Easy tips to improve your driving

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HEALTH

The healthy way to do Veganuary

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environmental cost of eating meat and dairy products have transformed veganism from a fringe dietary choice to an increasingly popular everyday concept and more people than ever are ‘doing’ Veganuary. However, if you’re going vegan for a whole month or more, it’s important to understand how to get the vital nutrients you might otherwise get from meat or dairy (and to be aware that children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers may all need supplements). PROTEIN One of the most often voiced concerns about veganism is that it makes it hard to meet your protein requirements. But with knowledge and planning, you can get all the protein you need from a vegan diet. Proteins are made up of amino acids that perform vital functions in our bodies. Nine of these are ‘essential amino acids’, essential in our diet as our bodies can’t make them; phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine and histidine. You don’t need to eat them at every meal, but you should include them all in your diet daily. Soy, quinoa and buckwheat provide all nine essential amino acids in good quantity, so eating at least one of these

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daily is an easy way to ensure you’re getting all your essential amino acids. Quorn products contain all nine too, but check you’re buying vegan options; vegetarian products often include egg. Spirulina is algae high in protein, iron, manganese and B vitamins (although not B12). It’s available as a supplement or as a powder that can be added to meals or drinks. SOME OTHER DIETARY SOURCES CONTAINING GOOD QUANTITIES OF SEVERAL ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS INCLUDE: • Lentils, chickpeas, tofu and tempeh • Beans (particularly soybeans, kidney, black, navy, and adzuki beans) • Nuts (particularly peanuts, pistachios, almonds and walnuts) • Seeds (particularly pumpkin, squash, watermelon, hemp, sunflower, sesame and chia) • Vegetables (particularly kale, broccoli, watercress, spinach, asparagus and baked potatoes) • Fruit (best choices here are fresh blueberries, avocado, cranberries, bananas and dried figs and apricots) MINERALS AND VITAMINS Iron: Men need about 8.7mg of iron a day, while women (aged 19 to 50) need about 14.8mg a day, and women

over 50 just 8.7mg. Sources: beans, lentils, peas, nuts, dried fruit such as raisins, dark-green vegetables, cereals fortified with iron, wholegrains (eg brown rice and brown bread). Calcium: Adults need about 700mg of calcium a day. Sources: fortified unsweetened soya, rice and oat milk, leafy green vegetables, almonds, sesame seeds, dried fruit, pulses, bread. Don’t forget your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Vitamin D: Sources: sunshine (but in the UK, the NHS recommends supplements for everyone between October and March), spinach, kale, fortified margarine, fortified fat spreads and fortified breakfast cereals. Vitamin B12: Adults need about 1.5 micrograms of vitamin B12 a day. Sources: Products fortified with B12, e.g. yeast extract spreads such as Marmite, breakfast cereals and soya products. Omega-3 fatty acids: There’s currently no recommended daily intake. Sources: flaxseed oil, rapeseed oil, mangoes, walnuts, butternut squash and soyabased foods (such as tofu). This information should help you plan your meals and ensure a healthy Veganuary. Enjoy


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The regional Respect Carers

Award winner is David Edwards, a male nurse from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS). He has been honoured with a regional award for his contribution to the end of life care for Darren Williams. Darren, known as Taff, sadly passed away in October and Taff’s family were so impressed with his professionalism they nominated him for a Respect Carers Award. The awards are sponsored by Respect Green Burial Parks, where Taff was eventually laid to rest, and Respect Direct Funeral Services in Morton Gainsborough and Kirton Lindsey and the award was given in Taff’s memory. The organisation hears families’ heartfelt comments about how good a hospital, care home, nursing home,

The NHS has one humbled caring winner hospice or home visiting carers were and encourage nominations for the Respect Carers Award. The awards give thanks and recognition to all the carers in communities throughout Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. David was cited as being a very experienced district nurse who exudes a reassuring calmness. The family felt he always went above and beyond his duties by always getting back to them quickly. They felt very lucky to have David, not only for his wealth of experience but because he was is a very lovely man. David who works as part of Gainsborough Community Nursing Team, said: “I am humbled and proud to receive this award; it was truly

unexpected. I feel very honoured that the family nominated me.” A small presentation took place at David’s workplace, John Coupland Hospital in Gainsborough on Tuesday 10th December. Gordon Tulley, who presented the award on behalf of Respect Green Burial Parks and Respect Direct Funeral Services, said: “It was a pleasure to meet David and bestow this award in Taff’s memory. We have been running these awards for nine years and David is the second male nurse to receive this accolade.” For more information on how to nominate your loved ones’ carer contact Gordon on 07836 202158 or gt@respectgb.co.uk.

LIVES awarded £15,000 from Tesco Bags of Help scheme Lincolnshire charity LIVES

has been awarded £15,000 from Tesco as part of their special centenary Bags of Help grant. The grant was awarded after LIVES were selected as one of three charities to be part of a vote in all stores across Lincolnshire and Yorkshire during the summer. Shoppers could vote for their preferred charity in the voting points with tokens they received at the checkouts. Last month, the votes were counted and finalised and LIVES came in second place, receiving a £15,000 grant to fund 20 defibrillator replacements for

LIVES Community First Responders. Gemma Shaw, Head of Fundraising at LIVES, said: “We’re thrilled to have been awarded such a significant amount from Tesco. This money will be used to fund much-need replacement defibrillators for our Community First Responders. It is vital that our responders carry this life-saving equipment but it can be expensive, which is why this support from Tesco will make such a difference.” Earlier this month, Tesco employees from Lincolnshire stores were invited to LIVES to learn more about the importance of what their donation is

Chicago comes to the stage You are invited to see a story

of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, and treachery — all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts. This year The Elizabethan Academy Expressive Arts Department will bring the award winning, record-breaking ‘Chicago’ to the stage entirely performed by students of the Academy. See performances between 4th and 7th March at 7.00pm. All tickets cost £7.50. The musical, by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, is currently the second longest running musical in Broadway

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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,

funding, with a demonstration of how LIVES responders use a defibrillator in a 999 medical emergency. Last year, LIVES Community First Responders attended over 15,000 medical emergencies across Lincolnshire, with almost of third of these involving a patient that was suffering from chest pain, breathing difficulties or cardiac arrest. In 2020, LIVES will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. For more information on how they’ll be celebrating or how you can support them, please contact fundraising@lives.org.uk. 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.


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The colour of the year Tranquil Dawn, a soft shade of greyish-green, is paint company Dulux’s colour of the year. It’s a calm, restful colour that’s very easy to introduce into your interior.

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USING TRANQUIL DAWN AT HOME • This pale grey-green is inspired by the dawn horizon. It’s a soft and easy-going natural and, as such, could be employed to paint all your walls, providing you with a delightfully calming and contemplative space. It also looks good added in the form of window treatments, upholstery, rugs or smaller accessories. • Dulux has produced four colour palettes, each consisting of ten colours, to demonstrate how to combine Tranquil Dawn in different ways and create a variety of effects. The ‘Care’ palette includes pale pinks and blues, and is soft and airy for a soothing atmosphere; the ‘Play’ palette uses bolder colours such as citrus and crimson to create a sense of energy and vibrancy; the ‘Meaning’ palette employs subtle greys for a still, quiet space; and the ‘Creativity’ palette, with sapphire, garnet and chocolate, is more moody and intense. Take your pick according to your home style. • Although this delicate shade looks gorgeous with natural materials such as wood, leather, linen, stone and wicker, it can also be teamed with sleek, shiny metallics and plastics for a more chic, contemporary look, while adding rich textures such as velvet or sheepskin will give a sense of natural luxury.


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A good read LEISURE

365 DAYS OF CREATIVITY Lorna Scobie As the blurb says, “Creativity is not just about making your mark on the paper. It’s about looking at the world a little differently.” If you’re stuck in a creative rut, this book might help you get out of it. The daily artistic challenges are split into how they help you feel, so you can choose one based on whether you want to feel calm, inspired, energetic or reflective. They range from drawing patterns on a snake to capturing the view through a doorway. Whether you take five minutes or five hours on each one is up to you. GROW COOK EAT DIARY 2020 Sarah Raven If you love gardening and cooking this could be the diary for you. Each month has a short list of what to sow, plant and harvest in your garden, along with other garden-related tasks and a simple recipe using in-season produce. Dishes range from Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry to Beef Carpaccio with Fennel Flowers. As you’d expect, there 60 January 2020

A YEAR OF LIVING THANKFULLY Lois Blyth Can being more grateful change your life? According to this book it can, and Lois Blyth is on a mission to show you how. Each week, you’ll work through an activity to help you embrace gratitude and take pleasure in the little things. There’s guidance on turning negative thoughts around, learning to appreciate what you have and not letting others spoil your mood. FARROW & BALL RECIPES FOR DECORATING Joa Studholme Planning to redecorate this year? This book might help you come up with a plan. There are thirteen case studies, from city centre apartments to a classic Georgian house, as well as tips and tricks for decorating each room of your home. There’s also plenty of advice on decorating in general, including making small rooms look bigger and using colour to make an impact.

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Sarah sells a range of carefully chosen things for the garden and kitchen. She also runs inspiring garden and cookery courses at her school at Perch Hill, in East Sussex and various lovely venues around the UK. To find out more visit her website. Photographs by Jonathan Buckley. Jonathan is an award-winning garden and food photographer who has worked with Sarah for many years.

BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLIST 2019 Various Looking for a new fiction book to lose yourself in on a long winter’s night? Fancy trying something a bit different to your usual genre? Treat yourself to the six novels from the Booker Prize shortlist. Stories range from Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities to Elif Shalak’s 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World. Read them all to see whether you agree with the judges’ final decision.

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PARENTING

Making family life that little bit easier Kate Duggan on ideas to improve everyday family life Ever feel like you’re trying

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LIFESTYLE

Beauty boosters Kate Duggan solves your beauty dilemmas Skin feeling less baby soft and

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Blues Club Gainsborough What a great 2019 the organisers of the charity nights at the Blues Club Gainsborough have had, with some great nights out with unbelievable entertainers and great crowds. There were some new acts to the club and some more regular ones — Union Gap were outstanding again. In fact, the acts though the year were very good so let’s hope they can keep the standard up in 2020. On 23rd November they had the Divide Trio supported by Steve Clements playing and they presented cheques to four local charities, to add to the ones they gave out earlier in the year. The four charities were Be The Difference (£500), Gainsborough Cancer Support Group (£200), The Old Nick Theatre and Museum (£500) and Gainsborough Underprivileged Children (£500). 2019 has been the committee’s best year yet for fundraising and they hope

Kirton in Lindsey Society The Kirton in Lindsey Society

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Citizens Advice Lindsey are

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to make 2020 better still. Don’t forget, they can’t do it without your help and support (thanks again) so please keep going to their events so they can help even more local charities in the future. The organising committee hope you and your family have had a great Christmas and a brilliant New Year’s Eve at the Blues Club. Their charity event of 2010 is on Saturday 15th February — a Valentine’s night event with one of the UK’s top two sixties bands, Amen Corner. They will be supported by Mike James plus Dave Brewer’s disco and a hot food supper. You are getting four to five hours’ entertainment for the silly price of only £15.00 per person. Watch out for some great acts lined up for 2020, please keep donations going for raffle prizes — they are very much appreciated. You can follow the

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Miscellany’ — Martin Hollingsworth will give an update on recent acquisitions, photographs and ephemera received by the society, on topics varying from Boon’s water syphon bottles via lost chapels to silver buttons and brass bands. Future talks include: The Photography

of Human and Animal Remains; The Lost Monasteries of the Witham Valley; and ‘Did the Punishment fit the crime?’. For all the latest news and information check out www. kirtoninlindseysociety.org.uk or contact Martin Hollingsworth (secretary) on 01652 648435.

Morton Ladies on 30th January. There are lovely cakes, cookies and treats and refreshments for everyone and an eclectic mix of presenters,

Volunteers wanted Advice Lindsey said: “Thanks to our amazing volunteers we are able to continue making a huge difference to people’s lives. Our volunteers give up their time for free to help people who may be going through problems to get back on their feet. “Volunteering also brings its own rewards and is a great way to meet new people and learn new skills. If you can spare at least one day each week, we’d love to hear from you.” Nationally Citizens Advice relies on 23,000 volunteers, who help

speakers and social evenings. Go along to their meeting, which takes place from 7.15pm to 9.30pm, and find out what they do. For more information contact Yvonne on 07480 562001 or Liz on 07751 964832. provide support in 2,900 locations across England and Wales — helping 2.7 million people every year. Thanks to the contribution volunteers play in local Citizens Advice, two out of every three clients have their problem solved and four out of five say the advice received improved their lives. If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering with Citizens Advice Lindsey please visit their website for full details, www. citizensadvice.org.uk/lindsey. Previous applicants need not apply.


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LEISURE

The Jurassic Coast Tim Saunders & his family explore the south coast Millions of years ago the Jurassic

Coast was under water. Creatures that swam in these waters have since turned into fossils. These can still be discovered at Charmouth beach by a keen eye. Heidi (aged six) has been learning about famous Lyme Regis fossil hunter Mary Anning. At Seaton Jurassic we learn that a massive Jurassic landslide exposed fossils and we’re taken on a memorable interactive journey through time. The designers have excelled themselves, incorporating period furnishings through to 3D imagery. Boarding the tram back to Colyford we sit on the open top deck. The journey cuts through wetlands beside the River Axe where there is a nature reserve. At Beaminster Museum, Brian’s enthusiasm is infectious and helps bring the wonderful exhibits in the museum to life. So much can be learnt about the area from the fascinating axes used for killing mammoths through to smuggling, crime and the hanging of witches. “You must visit Bridport Carnival,” recommends Shige, owner of Hell Barn Cottages in Chideock, where we stay. So we do and enjoy seeing the floats. Hell Barn Cottages, a complex of five self-catering stone cottages, is only about 10 miles away down a country lane.

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We stay in Rosemary Cottage and park directly outside the accommodation, helpful for unloading. Downstairs is open plan given to sitting and dining and off this is a sizeable kitchen. There’s a downstairs bathroom and shower. Upstairs are two bedrooms, easily accommodating the five of us. There’s a popular games room where the children play and so do the adults, given chance: snooker, badminton and table tennis. Henry drives a go-kart. One evening Caroline, Harriett and I play badminton and it’s great to see that Harriett’s co-ordination is improving. The furthest we travel is to Pennywell Farm near Buckfastleigh (70 miles away) where the children hold rabbits and piglets and feed and walk the goats. We watch piglet racing. A bamboo maze leads to a tower giving views across the Devonshire countryside. When we aren’t admiring the animals the children are playing on the toy tractors and Henry digs sand with the excavator. With his local knowledge, Shige recommends a hairdresser for Caroline in Bridport. She is happy with the results. Bridport itself is a busy market town with a good mix of independent and national retailers. At Bridport Museum we learn that the town is famous for producing nets. Just over 20 miles away at Ilminster we visit a Creative Coverage art exhibition featuring selected professional artists and craftspeople.

We dine at the Talbot Arms at Uplyme, a busy and vibrant pub at the centre of the community run by Wendy and Steve. Caroline, Heidi and I enjoy beef and ale pie with chips while Harriett and Henry have sausages and chips. There’s an ice cream dessert for the children. A night time walk around Lyme Regis sees us trying to find the grave of Mary Anning.

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HOMES

Heaven scent What’s the first thing a guest notices when

they walk into your home? Your antique coat stand? The ornate mirror? The pristine hardwood flooring? No, it’s actually the smell. Smell is our most powerful sense and will override the other four senses if something foul wafts our way. So, if your house smells like musty wet dog, stinky shoes, or last night’s fish supper, none of the other details will matter. How your home smells leaves an impression on visitors so it’s nice to make that impression a good one, and of course it’s nicer for you too; after all you live there! There’s a whole industry devoted to home fragrance, so you have lots of choice. But the secret to a nose-friendly atmosphere isn’t synthetic scents. Aside from being overly perfumed, they often contain chemicals that can irritate some sensitive people, particularly asthma and migraine sufferers. LET THE OUTSIDE IN The simplest most effective way to freshen up your home is to open doors and windows yet very few of us do it on a daily basis. Stale air is a health hazard and a mood zapper. I’m not suggesting that you leave the windows open all day in November, but just five minutes will give you an instant, and totally free, air refresh. GROW AN INDOOR HERB GARDEN Fresh herbs such as basil and mint give off a lovely aroma in the kitchen. If you’re feeling ambitious try planting a herb box overflowing with marjoram, lemon balm and rosemary. Sweep your hand across them to agitate the foliage and spread the fragrance around the room. CHOP UP A FEW LEMONS AND LIMES For a quick and easy fresh smell, you can’t beat citrus. Slice a few lemons, limes and oranges into thin wheels and bake them at a very low temperature for several hours until they are dry to the touch. You can pretty much forget about them while they are in the oven except for the fact your house will smell incredible. When they are done you can make potpourri. Thread some on a string with a cinnamon stick and some star anise and hang in your kitchen or pop them in a pretty glass bowl. BUY QUALITY SCENTED CANDLES Organic beeswax scented candles are very different to synthetic chemically fragranced varieties. Try them and you won’t look back. If

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LIFESTYLE

A perfect vision of your future Chris Barnacoat on planning your future with a new clarity ‘Perfect vision’ and ‘20/20

vision’ are often synonymous, but actually 20/20 vision only indicates the sharpness or clarity of vision at a distance (20 feet); beyond that distance your vision can fail. We all have perfect vision when we use hindsight but how about this year we develop foresight — the ability to predict what will be needed in the future? CREATE THE FUTURE They say the best way to predict the future is to create it, but to be able to do that you need to have the ability to see beyond your current potential; you need to have a vision of a better future. Sometimes it is difficult to imagine what life could be like when we base it on our current surroundings; where we work, the town we live in, our relationships with our family and friends, our financial situation, our physical shape and mental health, so we have to use any methods available to us to help mould our future image and allow ourselves to visualise what life could be like. Do not predict the future by wanting more of the same — predict

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the future by wanting better. Do not forget that wanting better does not necessarily mean that you are currently unhappy, it just means that you want to keep evolving. Although visualising is a very important aspect of improving ourselves, it is only a theoretical prospect and nothing more than images and words needed to provide a blueprint. After all, a building only exists if you actually build it… but a great building needs planning first. PAST AND FUTURE I am a rapidly growing believer of living in the present and fully enjoying the moments we have rather than being distracted by what might happen or something which we believe should be happening. But I do believe that we should understand our past to be able to enjoy the present and therefore create a better future. Your past does not equal your future; just because you once were this is absolutely not a guarantee that you always will be. Believe in change. Believe you can change. There are thousands of stories out there about people who have completely turned

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Finding the last great wilderness Alison Runham on the discovery of Antarctica It’s usually agreed that Antarctica was discovered 200 years ago this month. But stating who ‘discovered’ Antarctica and when isn’t simple — and depends what we mean by ‘discovery’. Is it… KNOWING ANTARCTICA EXISTED? For centuries, people had suspected, heard or calculated that a frozen southern landmass existed. European geographers throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance conjectured about the mythical, fertile ‘Terra Australis’. And while Captain Cook didn’t discover Antarctica, he effectively established its limits during his 1772 to 1775 circumnavigation of the globe in high southern latitude, proving that if it existed, it lay beyond the ice packs that blocked his way between about 60° and 70° south. This dispelled the myth of a fertile, populous continent surrounding the South 76 January 2020

Pole, but his mention of numerous seals and whales made hunters keen to explore the area. However… Maori oral history tells that a Polynesian war canoe, under the command of Ui-te-Rangiora, sailed at least as far south as the frozen ocean in around 650 CE. SIGHTING AND IDENTIFYING ANTARCTICA? The first sighting and identification of Antarctica probably occurred on 27th January 1820, when a Russian expedition under naval officers Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discovered an ice shelf at Princess Martha Coast, later known as the Fimbul Ice Shelf. Based on this sighting and the co-ordinates in his logbook, Bellingshausen is credited by some with Antarctica’s discovery. But... Other historians believe the honour goes to a British expedition

SETTING FOOT ON ANTARCTICA? In 1821, American sealer, Captain John Davis, became the first person to set foot on Antarctica. Or was he…? It’s possible he was beaten to it by some of the 644 crew members of the wrecked Spanish ship San Telmo. Damaged by severe weather south of Cape Horn, she sank on 2nd September 1819. Parts of her wreckage were found months later by sealers visiting Antarctica’s Livingston Island. San Telmo Island, off its north coast, is named after the ship, but whether any of the crew came to a short and chilly end on the continent may never be proved. So back to Captain Davis, as it seems certain he and/or his crew did set foot there on 7th February 1821, based on his logbook entry for the day: “A standing for a Large Body of Land in that Direction SE at 10.00am. Close in with it our Boat and Sent her on Shore to look for Seal at 11.00am. The Boat returned but find no sign of Seal at noon our Latitude was 64°01’ South Stood up a Large Bay, the Land high and covered intirely [sic] with snow [...] I think this Southern Land to be a Continent.” So, who ‘discovered’ Antarctica? You decide!


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