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Gainsborough Life Magazine October 2019 EDITION

A BURST OF AUTUMN COLOUR Nature’s golden season

SMALL STEPS

Leading a greener life

PLAN FOR CHRISTMAS LIKE A PRO

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Welcome! Welcome to the October edition of Gainsborough Life.

This month we really embrace autumn — no longer are we mourning the end of summer, but it seems everyone is getting excited about the new season. It is the one time of the year we use pumpkins for all sorts. With that in mind, why not try out this month’s recipe, which is spiced pumpkin cheesecake? There is something special about seeing the leaves turn orange and this is the season when you can’t fail to notice the nature around you. Inside, Erin McDaid tells us about some of what autumn has to offer in the natural world. It’s also closer to the big festive celebration of 25th December. It’s still early, but we’re thinking about it already and we have some top tips on Christmas preparations you can start in October. At this time of year why not give a little to other people? Sometimes it is easy to overlook how small gestures can

Erin McDaid anticipates an autumn season full of colour, plus looks at pond making

be appreciated by others. It doesn’t matter how small it is — maybe a tin of something for the food bank or a little of your time to charity — these little acts can transform the communities in which we live. Why not get involved in your community? There’s lots going on in and around Gainsborough. Charlotte Pickering (pictured above) and Connor Burkinshaw from 6th Gainsborough Sea Scouts have been selected to represent the United Kingdom at the 2020 European Scout and Guide Jamboree in Poland. Could you support their fundraising efforts? 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. Enjoy your October.

Pippa Greenwood on creating an alpine paradise with a rock garden

Tim Saunders & his family explore Guernsey during a five-day trip

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What’s on at Trinity Arts Centre...............30

Beautiful blueberries..................................58

Plan for Christmas like a pro.....................32

Perplexing puzzles.......................................62

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Fabulous floors.....................................14 & 16

to know about the menopause............38

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ENVIRONMENT

A burst of autumn colour

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Autumn colour (Ross Hardknott); Fungus (Alan West); Berry the Hedgehog (Tim Sexton).

Erin McDaid anticipates a season full of colour Natural colour is often cited as one of the wonders of autumn and the month of October is as colourful as they come, with Mother Nature delivering a rich palette of reds, orange, browns and yellows that can brighten the greyest of days. Autumn might be short but it certainly packs a punch as our trees and hedgerows transform before our eyes with tired, washed out greens making way for vibrant shades. As well as punctuating the often grey days, these warm colours provide a contrast to the noticeably cooler mornings. The sun is still able to deliver relatively warm days once it breaks through, but after chilly nights there can be mist and fog, especially over rivers and wetlands, adding a special sense of atmosphere to early morning walks. Dewdrops can often be seen sparkling like jewels amidst the delicate framework of spiders’ webs. Whilst out and about in the countryside there is plenty to see and enjoy. Weird and wonderful fungi can be seen on the ground and sprouting from the trunks of dead and decaying trees, especially silver birch trees. Flocks of tits can be seen feasting on 8 October 2019

seeds and berries along hedgerows whilst smaller birds such as goldfinches will strip the seed heads of flowers such as teasel. In areas where there is an abundance of fallen apples look out for wasps and red admiral butterflies sipping juices from the overripe fruits. Whilst important year-round, garden bird tables will become increasingly relied upon if the temperatures start to plummet and as natural food supplies start to become thin on the ground; so do remember to keep your table and any feeders topped up. If you have hedgehogs in the area, it is worth putting out food such as a meat based cat or dog food to help provide them with extra calories to boost their chances of putting on enough weight to see them through the challenge of hibernation. Rather than giving your lawn a final close cut of the season consider letting at least part of your lawn grow a little longer. This will provide more shelter and egg laying opportunities

for a wider range of insects which in turn provides feeding opportunities for birds and other wildlife. By also avoiding chemical weed and moss killers you can create a year-round feeding station for birds such as blackbirds and thrushes which will relish the prospect of hunting for worms and leatherjackets. MAKE A WILDLIFE POND October is also a great time to think about creating a wildlife pond. A pond constructed now will have plenty of time to settle and come next spring should already be teaming with wildlife. For details of how to create a pond and other improvements you can make to your garden to help wildlife visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife. org/actions/how-build-pond.


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Give an hour to help Gainsborough & Following on from last month’s

National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance is calling for people across the two counties to help raise awareness and funds for the life-saving charity. Over the last 25 years, the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance has responded to more than 20,000 potentially life-saving missions. On average, the medical crew attend three incidents every single day, where they provide the equivalent of a hospital Accident and Emergency department to people suffering from the most serious of illnesses and devastating injuries directly to the scene of an incident. George Overton, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, said: “We are so grateful for the fantastic support we receive every single day from our local community and businesses from across the two counties. The National Air Ambulance Week gave all local air ambulance charities a national united voice, promoting all the hard work which goes on not only during this week, but every single day of the year. “Without the support and generosity of our local communities, we simply would not be able to do what we do and continue saving lives every day.” You can find out more about the charity at their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Ambucopter or Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/ LNAACT or visit www.ambucopter. org.uk or call 01522 548469.

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Macmillan are holding a fabulous dance in October and are hoping to get many supporters to Upton and Kexby Village Hall to dance the night away. The band performing on the night is called Crossfire. They play covers and will get your toes a-tapping and your fingers clicking and you will want to be up jigging before you know it. The dance is on Saturday 5th

Sturton & Stow Agricultural & Horticultural Association Annual Show Still going strong even after all these years, the Sturton and Stow Agricultural and Horticultural Association 132nd Show will be held on Saturday 5th October at Sturton by Stow Primary School. Locals and also visitors from further afield are all welcomed. Do go along and have a great day out visiting the ploughing match at Bransby crossroads, from 9.30am to 2.00pm and then go along to the show in the afternoon. Not only will visitors be able to view all the exhibits, there will be various stalls including the local history society and also the Sturton and Stow Neighbourhood Planning Group. As a special treat, a local resident is also making available for display his

October, from 7.30pm to 11.00pm, and there are still tickets available. The tickets are £8.00 each and you’re invited to bring your own drinks and supper if you wish — but don’t forget your bottle opener and glasses! All proceeds raised are for Gainsborough and District Macmillan Cancer Support. There will be some party games in the interval and a raffle and extra raffle prizes will be gratefully received. For further information and for tickets, please call Helen on 07906 465867, Sheila on 01427 788868, or Rachael on 07811 525574. So go and get caught in the ‘crossfire’ and have a brilliant night out for a good cause. Model T Ford which is 100 years old this year! As Henry Ford himself said — you can have any colour you like, as long as it is black. Admission to the show is 50p minimum donation, 30p for children. If you want to enter the show, entry forms are available in the schedule, which is available in the village shop and on the blog. Signing up night is on Wednesday 2nd October, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm, at Sturton and Stow Village Hall, or via the blog at www.sturtonandstowshow. wordpress.com or by post to the secretary, Rebecca Andrews, West Farm, Normanby by Stow DN2 5LQ. The show is at Sturton School, School Lane, Sturton by Stow LN1 2BY, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday 5th October. For further information please contact the chairman of the association, Mick Moore, on 01427 788681 or at mm28a@hotmail.com.

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A good read LEISURE

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Be part of the next 80 years of volunteering at Citizens Advice Citizens Advice is marking 80 years of providing free, independent advice nationally. Citizens Advice was founded on 4th September 1939 — the day after World War II was declared. The day after World War II began, Citizens Advice opened in 200 locations. Advisers dealt with issues such as rationing, displacement and overcrowding and helped people to locate missing relatives. Since then, the service has become a trusted household name. Last year it helped 2.7 million people across England and Wales in person, by phone, email or web chat. Jenny Barnett, Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Lindsey, said: “Citizens Advice is celebrating #80yearsofadvice. “Our advice changes lives because we are constantly adapting to the challenges people face, from broadband bills to Universal Credit. Whatever the problem, our amazing staff and volunteers do all they can to help people find their way forward. We are here for everyone and we will continue to help make things better.” Volunteers at Citizens Advice help in roles such as giving our clients information and advice, raising funds, keeping the service running smoothly, and helping with the strategic direction of the organisation. “Volunteers at Citizens Advice come from a range of backgrounds and ages,” Jenny added. “The benefits are many and our volunteers increase skills and confidence while meeting new people and making a positive difference to people’s lives. “Our volunteers contribute their time and energy to make a huge difference to people’s lives and help keep our vital service running. If you’d like to help people in your community, and can spare a few hours a week, we’d love to hear from you.” If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering with Citizens Advice Lindsey or for more information about the types of roles on offer, visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk/lindsey. 20 October 2019

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have the opportunity to visit the European Solidarity Centre, Museum of the Second World War, Hevelianum Astronomy Centre, St Dominic Fair and the Museum of Gdansk. As part of the Troop from Lincolnshire they will either, explore Poland before the Jamboree starts at the end of July or will round off the camp with a tour when it ends on Thursday 6th August. Charlotte and Connor are organising some fundraising events as this is an important part of the experience, challenging the youngsters to take responsibility for raising the £1,200 that they need to fulfil their dream. Any past Scouts who might like to support them and put something back into Scouting can contact the Group Scout Leader, Jonathan Swatton, jonathan.swatton@6thgainsborough. org.uk. Offers of prizes for fundraising events would also be appreciated. on Monday 2nd December when the exhibition will be closed for the day). The exhibition will be held at the Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln and is titled ‘Colour, Colour and more Colour’. Entry is free and more information is at www. lincolnshireartistssociety.com. bicycle via the Quakers Conversation Club, but confessed to having lost confidence in cycling. It was arranged for her to gain this confidence back through an organisation called Pedalready in Sheffield, www.pedalready.co.uk, who provide amazing support and help all ages gain confidence in cycling. She is now so pleased to be able to cycle again. Bicycles for many isolated refugees are still needed in order to help them to gain access to work or to get involved in the local community. Bicycles of any size or shape that you may not have used for some time are ideal. Pickup can be arranged and then they are serviced in order to offer them to asylum seekers in Doncaster area who are in greatest need. If you have any bikes or want to find out more, please contact Kathy Cowbrough on 01777 706880 or kathy.Cowbrough@gmail.com.


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On Tuesday 29th October, Stuart

October opens with the Kirton in Lindsey annual Art Exhibition followed by the usual array of live music, craft activities, lifestyle sessions and the regular meetings of clubs and societies. It’s only possible to mention a few here so do check out the full details on the hall’s website or pick up a ‘What’s On’ leaflet from the foyer. Better still, sign up through the website for their email information service then you will get the inside track on all the latest activities and new developments.

Wall will give a talk entitled, ‘Pixels and Peas’ at Axholme Camera Club. Stuart is a photographer, lecturer and Royal Photographic Assessor of distinction. He will outline his passion for urban street photography through his talk on the little, big stories on your doorstep. FUTURE MEETINGS • 6th November — Members’ followup photographs on their town/village • 12th November — Digital competition, ‘People’ • 20th November — Members’ practical ‘Portraits' • 26th November — ‘Faces and Places’ a talk on portraiture, by Gary Langley. Gary has developed a style of portrait photography through his fascination with fashion and the way people look and dress. He endeavours to evoke emotion through his photographs which also include landscape, seascapes and the natural world. 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 £3.00 for each meeting attended (reduced for under 18s) which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. Non-members are welcome to attend at £5.00 per person. Feel free to contact any Camera Club member you may know or give Joyce Hooley a call on 01427 752323 or just turn up on the night.

Harvest Supper Go along to Corringham Village

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ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION Friday 4th October, 5.00pm to 9.00pm, and Saturday 5th October, 9.30am to 5.30pm. As usual, the exhibition will showcase a range of artistic techniques including painting, pottery, textiles and glass craft and there will be the opportunity to buy everything on display. Local artists, and some from further afield, display up to four paintings in any medium. Each year is a bit different, with some regular exhibitors and some new ones each time. The standard is very high and there are quite a few sales. All the artwork on display is for sale. Admission is free and refreshments are available. THE HUT PEOPLE Friday 11th October, 7.30pm The Kirton in Lindsey Entertainment Organisation (KLEO) in conjunction with LIVELINCS rural touring, bring the return of The Hut People. Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond mix global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between. This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before — expect feel good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot percussion (whilst playing the accordion) and humour aplenty. Not to be missed! Contact Martin Hollingsworth on 01652 648435 for more information and tickets. NEEDLE-FELTED HARE WORKSHOP Saturday 12th October, 10.00am to 4.00pm Back by popular demand! Ideal for beginners, you will make a hare from

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Crisp packets, biscuit wrappers, toothbrushes, contact lens packaging and baby food pouches usually aren’t collected by the council, but they can be recycled by TerraCycle. Alternatively, Ellie’s Fund has recycling collection points across the UK to raise money for brain tumour research, see www.elliesfund.com/recycling. GET CRAFTY Most children love crafts, so why not look at a few eco-projects? You could make beeswax wraps together (an alternative to cling film) or soy candles to give as gifts. My children decorated some organic tote bags (£1.00 each on eBay) to donate to the local shop for customers to borrow. GO WILD Cut down on the weeding and do your bit for insects by letting an area of your garden go wild. Encourage birds by hanging up some bird feeders and bird boxes, or planting large

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LEISURE

What’s on at: Trinity Arts Centre An exciting programme of

theatre, film, music, live streams and other events awaits you at Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough’s premier picturehouse and theatre. There is something for everybody this October and we look forward to welcoming you all to your Trinity Arts Centre.

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A Nashville Experience

The Masque of the Red Death

Friday 4th October, 7.30pm

Saturday 19th October, 7.30pm

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Monday 7th October, 2.00pm

The Queen’s Corgi (PG)

Gainsborough Comedy Club

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Thursday 10th October, 8.00pm

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Friday 11th October, 8.00pm

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Thursday 17th October, 7.00pm

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Thursday 31st October, 8.00pm

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It’s also a good idea to sit and write in your diary the whole host of other social activities you want to enjoy or the dates you will be expected to keep clear. The lead up to Christmas can become busy with festive fayres, carol concerts, nativity plays, parties so a master plan will help you to see all your commitments and avoid double booking. BUY YOUR BIG-TICKET ITEMS Traditionally, the festive season can put pressure on many of your household goods and furniture so now is a good time to replace them. Maybe you’ve been meaning to buy a better television, a new sofa or a bigger dining room table to seat everyone for Christmas. Getting your house looking its best is priority if you’ve got people coming over but think about the big-ticket

WINTER-PROOF YOUR HOME Gone are the light and airy days of summer and out come the blankets and throws to make your home warm and cosy for the longer and colder winter evenings. You may also want to add some splashes of colour to your rooms during the greyer days More practically, you may want to fix any draughts around your windows and doors, check your guttering is clear, get your boiler serviced, programme your heating thermostat and check your insulation. LISTS Even if you’re not going to start your shopping just yet, now is the perfect time to set your budgets and write plenty of lists. Set a ballpark figure of what you’d like to spend and start choosing what you’d like to buy for each individual, in order to avoid last-minute panic buying which often leads to spending more. You can also spread the cost and do a similar thing for you Christmas food and drink shopping too. If you love being organised why not search on the internet for some Christmas planning printables — you can find a whole host of free and paid-for options which you could even keep in a binder!


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Call for stall holders for Gainsborough Christmas for NSPCC The Old Nick has a great programme of plays for all ages fundraising group North Nottinghamshire NSPCC fundraising group are

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Volunteers needed Gainsborough ‘O’ Gauge Model Railway Have you visited your local Barnado’s charity shop in Corringham Road, Gainsborough lately? There are quality items to be had from just £1.00 and your support is very much appreciated.

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The Gainsborough ‘O’ Gauge Model Railway will be open on Sunday 6th October from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. Admission costs are £4.00 for adults, £3.00 for senior citizens and children and a family ticket (two adults and two children) is £10.00. Gainsborough Model Railway represents the East Coast Mainline from Kings Cross to Leeds Central in the days of steam. Visit it to see models of famous locomotives such as ‘The Flying Scotsman’ and ‘Mallard’, which is just one of the 11 A4s in the collection of 180 locomotives. They haul famous trains such as the ‘Yorkshire

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Library volunteers to host charity coffee morning Volunteers running Misterton

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Going Dutch… First introduced in the Netherlands, where it is now part of their driving test, road safety bodies in the UK are promoting the technique of using your left hand to open the driver’s door. This action means you will naturally turn your head to the right and thus look back over your shoulder for oncoming, or passing, cyclists. The Dutch Reach, as it’s called, has been endorsed by a major UK private-hire firm, who now incorporate it into their driver training, and Olympic cycling gold-medallist Laura Kenny.

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First Drives: VW Caravelle Executive On seeing the Caravelle Executive my mind is transported back to the much loved T2 VW camper; you know the one with its split windscreen and great character often thanks to the use of a two-tone exterior finish. I shouldn’t be so sentimental; the two vehicles are quite different in both their look and size. But it’s the beautiful blue and white paintwork that makes it eye-catching, in the same way as its predecessor, making many passers-by do a double take. It is exceedingly smart and a great surprise. After all this is basically a van, a commercial vehicle. And they are, by nature, dull and boring, aren’t they? It is large but surprisingly easy to drive. When it comes to reversing off our driveway which has a little incline, it does take quite a bit of gas to get moving but that’s hardly surprising really. On returning from the late-night weekly shop, I open the massive boot and some of the shopping falls out, much to my infuriation and this is amplified when my reactions are too slow to save my beloved bottle of beer that smashes to smithereens. As the odour of a brewery pervades around the garden and I bemoan the loss of my precious pint, I think it would be extremely helpful to have a lip inside the boot that could be lifted to avoid such downright frustrating situations. I can see that having a flat space is easier to load heavy and awkward luggage into but that, as I prove, is not the only situation that this versatile vehicle will be used for. It uses the popular two-litre turbo diesel found in a range of VWs from the Golf to the Passat and the Touran. THE BIG NUMBERS Price....................£55,000 Engine .................... 2.0TDi Power....................148bhp 0 to 60mph ..........13secs Top speed .......... 112mph Economy ...............40mpg Watch the video at www.testdrives.biz 48 October 2019

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The rock garden is alive… If you have ever dreamed of Sound of Music landscapes, then why not get on and create your own? Maybe there’s not room for an entire mountain range in your garden, but there may well be space for your very own rock garden. So what do you need to do? You’ll need to choose a fairly sunny spot, ideally away from overhanging deciduous trees — most alpine plants like a fair bit of light and detest becoming clogged up with deteriorating leaves. Even if space is limited — and it always seems to be — make the rock garden on as large a scale as possible; it’ll have far more impact and planting opportunities, and more of a realistic feel. If possible include some gullies running down the rock garden, perhaps ending in a pond or pool. This means you will need to arrange the rocks so that water can trickle or run down between them or over their surfaces. Where the water runs over rock there

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Beautiful blueberries I love blueberries and they are not only incredibly good for you but also quite simple to grow. They thrive in a sunny border or in a pot on a balcony or patio, so there’s no excuse for not harvesting a crop of your own. In addition, they are a generous plant. All varieties produce pretty white flowers in the spring, followed by delicate green fruits which ripen to deep blue. If that wasn’t enough, the foliage then turns pink and peach for autumn. Blueberry bushes do require an acid soil to thrive but if you don’t have that (I don’t!) then use pots of well-drained ericaceous compost. When you need to re-pot, choose a pot just a few inches larger because they fruit better in a snug pot! Ensure it has adequate drainage holes and put some stones or crocks in the bottom and keep it raised so it doesn’t become waterlogged. Water with rainwater from your water butt, especially if you live in a hardwater area. Make sure they are watered well while they become established 58 October 2019

and also while the fruit is ripening. Feeding with tomato food helps too. Poor or erratic watering causes the blueberries to shrivel or split, and no-one likes a shrivelled blueberry! If you have acid soil you can plant blueberry bushes at any time of year when the ground is soft. Dig a hole twice the size of the root-ball and spread the roots as you refill the hole to the base of the stem. Press the soil down with the heel of your boot. Blueberries are sun-lovers and will fruit most abundantly in full sun. They are better grown in pairs to allow for cross-pollination. If you can bear it, remove the flower buds in the first year after planting because it

Rachel Leverton on a berry bounty that keeps giving all year round encourages strong stem growth better fruiting for the following year. They don’t require any pruning for a few years. After that thin overcrowded or unproductive branches in winter after the leaves have fallen. Remember blueberries fruit on branches produced the previous year, so each year remove one or two of the oldest canes to make space for the more productive younger stems. In the winter move pots to a sheltered area or the shed for protection. Our feathered friends love blueberries as much as we do so make sure you protect you harvest with netting!


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Alive Church congregation now in Gainsborough On Sunday 8th September, the Alive Church congregation began a new regular Sunday service in Gainsborough, at 4.00pm, bringing their family-friendly, charismatic style of church service to the town. A number of Alive Church congregation members already live in the town and have been meeting fortnightly in small groups around Gainsborough. These groups led the Alive Church leadership to think about establishing a location of the church here. “Alive is one church in many locations,” explains Stuart Bell, Senior Pastor. John and Judi Swannack lead the Alive Gainsborough congregation. John is born and bred in Gainsborough and is passionate about seeing transformation in the town. He said: “My granddad and great granddad worked at the Marshall’s factory and as long as I can remember, I have wanted to see Gainsborough prosper and grow”. As a boy John showed musical talent and the Gainsborough Rotary Club provided money for him to have music lessons. “This town was good to me,” he added. “And so now it is my turn to pay them back for their generosity and kindness. Alive is passionate about

building community, being generous to those around us and doing what we can to help make a difference”. This has certainly been the case in Lincoln, where over the years Alive Church has established ACTS Trust, a charity focussed on eliminating poverty in the city, through CAP debt counselling, job clubs, the foodbank and various social and educational groups. This ethos has spread across the Alive network, with such effect that in 2016 Stuart Bell was awarded the British Empire Medal by the Queen, in recognition of service to the communities across Lincolnshire. “This is the town that we love. We want to see it blossom and we’re here to help in any way that we can,” said John. Entrance to Sunday services is of course free and all ages are welcome! Activities will be provided for children. SERVICE DETAILS • Dates — Every Sunday • Times — Coffee from 3.30pm, Service starts at 4.00pm • Venue — The Town Hall, 36 Lord Street, Gainsborough DN21 2DB For further information visit www.alivechurch.org.uk.

Join us for a free Christmas Day lunch Anyone who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day alone, is invited to join the Gainsborough Christmas Day Lunch Committee for a free Christmas Day Lunch and turn what would have been a lonely day into a memorable festive occasion. The festive meal will be held on Christmas Day, Wednesday 25th December, at Gainsborough House, 18 Parnell Street, Gainsborough starting at 11.00am for tea/coffee and ‘nibbles’. To get in the mood; carols will be sung, accompanied by the piano and ‘Santa Claus’ will be distributing presents and entertainment will be provided. Transport can be provided for anyone living in Gainsborough and the district who cannot get under their own steam. The Christmas Lunch is now in its 44th year and is provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of local organisations

and the local community. If anyone would like to make Christmas more cheerful for some 40 to 50 people who would otherwise be on their own, donations of any kind would be most welcome. These can be sent to Stan Foster, Christmas Lunch Organiser, care of Gainsborough House Community Centre, 18 Parnell Street, Gainsborough DN21 2NB. The committee is also looking for volunteer car drivers who can help transport the guests to and from the event. If anyone expects to be on their own and would like to go as a guest an invitation letter can be collected from Gainsborough House Community Centre or from Stan Foster by calling 01777 248354 or 07904 212533. Applications should be returned to Gainsborough House by 16th December. Further information can be obtained by calling 01777 248354 or 07904 212533.


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New cheerleading programme There is a new sports programme

launching in Scotter and for surrounding village locations, aiming to provide local children with something new and exciting in their area. Lincs Lightning will teach pom dance, cheerleading, tumble and stunts and they will also run an additional needs group. This programme is run by a qualified coach, aiming to bring this sport to as many people as possible and provide the local community with a high energy fun atmosphere. The programme’s training currently takes place at the EAU centre, Scotter. The club are available to teach out of school clubs, birthday parties with a twist and also team building events. Cheerleading is growing as a sport and has been granted a provisional Olympic status by the International Olympic Committee. The programme aims to deliver confidence boosting, promote health and wellbeing. This is suitable for all ages with no maximum age limit. For further information, email lincslightning@gmail.com and follow them on Facebook.

Entertainment evening The Morton Village Hall Committee is organising another Entertainment Evening on Saturday 19th October, when the entertainers, the Badapple Theatre Company from near York, a professional touring company, will be welcomed and present their show ‘The Frozen Roman’. This is a comedy play and family entertainment, with songs and music, so it is hoped that they will get a good audience. The show starts at 7.30pm, tickets are £8.00 each, £4.00 for under 16s. To make sure you have a seat they are available in advance from Phil Robinson on 01427 610130, Lucille Middleton on 01427 613998, or Jenny Emery on 01427 616890. Also tickets can be booked online at www.badappletheatre. com, or will be available on the door on the night. Tickets include a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage. It promises to be a good show so don’t miss it! 64 October 2019

Gainsborough’s tribute to the fallen Remembrance Day and the Two Minute Silence have been observed since the end of the First World War but their relevance remains undiminished. When we bow our heads in reflection, we remember those who fought for our freedom during the two world wars. We also mourn and honour those who have lost their lives in more recent conflicts. Today, with troops ready for duty in trouble spots around the world, Remembrance Sunday and the Two Minute Silence are as important as ever. Remembrance transcends all boundaries and The Royal British Legion seeks a small yet important individual and collective act, a rare moment when the nation can stand together and reflect on the price of freedom. The price is still being paid and more than 12,000 British servicemen and women have been killed on duty since 1945. Small troughs are placed at Gainsborough’s War Memorial to act as a Garden of Remembrance and everyone is invited to lay their own

symbol of remembrance in them any time before Monday 11th November. Gainsborough’s main tribute to those who have died or suffered for their country in war will take place on Remembrance Sunday 10th November. The church service will commence at 10.00am at All Saints Parish Church, followed by a procession led by The Royal British Legion and the Clergy, followed by civic dignitaries and the congregation to the nearby war memorial. Here, there will be a short act of remembrance. The Two Minute Silence will commence at 11.00am, the Last Post and the Reveille will be played and wreaths will be laid. Any organisation or individual will be given the opportunity to lay a wreath or other symbol of remembrance. Each year, the date of 11th November is Armistice Day, the day that marks the end of the First World War. At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month The Two Minute Silence is observed. Everyone is asked to stop what they are doing at 11.00am and stand for two minutes.

Beckingham & District Gardeners’ Club Beckingham and District

Gardeners’ Club held their Annual Flower, Vegetable and Craft Show on Saturday 17th August, in Beckingham Village Hall. Despite the number of exhibits being down this year, the event was a huge success, with lots of people joining in the fun. As usual the refreshments were very enticing and also the stalls, selling a variety of goods, were popular. 2019 has been a very difficult year for gardeners, with the fluctuating temperatures and lack of water, followed by torrential downpours. This certainly put some gardeners off from showing their products. However, some of the exhibits were in tip top condition! Councillor Joan Sanger presented the trophies to the winners of the show. The winner of the Victor Ludorum Trophy, for the highest combined number of points in the show, was Pat Hooton from Walkeringham. The Royal Horticultural Society, Banksian Medal, for obtaining the highest number of points in the horticultural classes, was won by Sid Harrison from Walkeringham. The winner of the Joan Sanger Trophy,

for the highest number of points won in the children’s classes, was won by Emily Gozney, who also won the trophy last year. The Gardeners’ Club, in a joint venture with the North Notts Lions’ Club, also held a paella evening on Saturday 24th August to raise funds for St Barnabas Hospice. The event which was held in the garden of Roger and Pat Hooton, was a huge success, with good food, good company and lots of laughter. The event raised £275 for the hospice. Beckingham and District Gardeners’ Club meet on the third Monday of each month, at 7.30pm in Beckingham Recreation Room. If you are interested in gardening, why not go along. Future meetings include Monday 21st October — John Moss — Old tools; Monday 18th November — Special ed chocolate — All about chocolate; Monday 16th December — Sheila Clark — Making a Christmas floral arrangement. Visitors are very welcome to attend any meeting. Further information about the club can be obtained from Pat Hooton, on 01427 890357.


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What’s on at Town Hall Live Kirton

Marton Bowls Club Annual Fun Quiz

Marton Bowls Club will hold their Annual Fun Quiz at Marton Village Hall on Saturday 23rd November at 6.30pm, for a prompt 7.00pm start. (This is a changed from the originally planned Saturday 30th November). Everyone is welcome. So why not organise a team from your friends and family — preferably teams of four, but maximum of six? Take your own drinks and nibbles but leave your mobile phones at home! Entrance is by ticket only, price £5.00, obtainable from any bowls club committee member. There was a good turnout last year so please get your tickets early. For more information or details, please contact Mike or Jane on 01427 717087 or Barry or Maxine on 01427 788911.

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Gorgeous Guernsey There are 15 towers in Guernsey, built to defend from French attack in the 18th century. From Rousse Tower no. 11, a Pre-Martello Loophole Tower in the Vale district, we can see France. The island, which forms part of the Channel Islands, is a British Crown dependency and was liberated from Nazi occupation on 9th May 1945. It takes under four hours to travel here from Poole, Dorset on Condor Ferries’ Liberation, the sleek high-speed trimaran. The first thing we notice about Guernsey is the 35mph speed limit. Old stone houses line many of the main roads. Our destination is the luxury four-star Fermain Valley Hotel about 10 minutes from the port and easy enough to find with a sat nav. Our family room includes a king size double, double bed settee and a single guest bed. There are double doors accessing the balcony, with views of the tropical gardens, reminiscent of the Eden Project in Cornwall, designed by the same team. The décor, featuring patterned wallpaper and rich flooring, is well maintained and elegant. Fermain Valley itself, where we picnic, has breath-taking views of the sea. Then it’s bedtime. When travelling, breakfast is the key meal for me so cereal, yoghurt, pain au chocolate, followed by The Fermain Valley Full English Breakfast sets me up for the day. Caroline’s favourite is eggs benedict and avocado. It’s a leisurely affair until Henry (aged three) needs the toilet and then it’s all over. There’s a complimentary hotel taxi

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service to take us into town. Saint Peter Port is ideal for window shopping and finding that special treat. For lunch we enjoy Guernsey crab sandwiches at the Duke of Normandie Hotel. Afterwards we take a tour on Le Petit Train, owned by Andy Furniss, which attracts 16,000 passengers a year. The hotel taxi promptly collects us and we head for the heated indoor pool. There’s a sauna, too. We visit the pool four times during our three-night stay and this allows Harriett (aged eight) to progress from using a float to ditching it completely, confidently swimming a width on her own. Heidi (aged six) and Henry all improve, too. After an hour the rascals are ready for bed and so are we. About 20 minutes away is Hotel Peninsula. This three-star hotel has a heated outdoor pool. The difference in star rating is noticeable but it is still comfortable and we have

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There may be still time to order your New Year’s Eve tickets for the two great acts lined up by Gainsborough Blues Club. The Sound Injectors will be supported by Taylor Soul, rounded off by Dave Brewer’s disco, for an unbelievable £20.00. Due to demand for these great charity fundraising events, it’s not always possible to fit everyone in that would like to attend, especially on New Year’s Eve, so the organisers at the club, fondly known as ‘The Boys’, have been organising more events to give everyone the chance to attend some of the popular evenings. They also have the system of the more events you attend through the year, the better chance you have of getting tickets for the climax of The summer holidays are over

and there is definitely a nip in the air, autumn will soon be upon us. Caroline Swindin and myself have taken on a personal challenge to raise for funds for St Barnabas, we will be trekking The Great Wall of China in October. We are undertaking various fundraising events, one of which will be a Dan Hadfield night which will be held on Thursday 10th October at Bishop Grosseteste. Tickets will be £10.00 plus booking and they are available at www. eventbrite.com/e/a-night-with-danhadfield-tickets-55176314843. It was lovely to see some friendly and new faces at Gainsborough’s Bike

Gainsborough Blues Club the year — the New Year’s Eve event. The next events will be Soulintension on Saturday 19th October and Union Gap on Saturday 9th November, with another regular always requested, The Divided Trio on Saturday 23rd November, supported by Steve Clements. All events have a disco and tickets are only £6.00 for yet another full night’s worth of entertainment. Refreshments are cheap and you’ll be in great company, so please order your tickets as soon as you can. Of course, The Boys at the Blues

St Barnabas Hospice Fest and Pedal Car Grand Prix. We had a fabulous day. We raised over £100 and the sun shone all day long. During the summer holidays Roger and Pat Hooton from Walkeringham held an open garden and paella night in which they raised nearly £300 for St Barnabas and by all accounts it was a fantastic night enjoyed by many. Many thanks for all your support. Dates for the diary are a fundraising coffee morning on Thursday 7th November, at Gainsborough Day Therapy Centre, Front Street, Morton, DN21 3AD. If you have any raffle or tombola prizes if you could bring

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Springthorpe Village Hall.

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will be available to borrow. This may become a regular session, subject to demand. The cost is £5.00 per person to include light refreshments.

Gainsborough & District Flower Club They enjoy flower demonstrations by national demonstrators, workshops, social events and trips out. At the meeting on Thursday 24th

Club couldn’t do it without your help and support, they are grateful once more for all the raffle prizes and urge people to continue to donate for the charity nights. The organisers are hoping to select some local charities to help in the very near future, look out for further details in future editions. The club already has some great acts lined up for 2020, so look out in the next edition for details. Ordering in advance helps the organisers to reserve your table and sort the table plan in advance. You can follow the club on Facebook and get your tickets from Baz on 07931 762159 or Steve on 07759 945194 or John on 07508 320243 or Hank on 07931 714069. them a long it would be very much appreciated. ‘Light up a Life’ will be held at the United Reformed Church Gainsborough on Tuesday 3rd December at 6.30pm. Last year St Barnabas cared and supported over 10,500 people. This is delivered free of charge to the patient, their family and carers but to do so will this year cost us £11 million — of which we must raise over £5.5 million; we could not do this without the support of those in our communities; our sincere and heartfelt thanks to you all. I look forward to working with you all in the future. Becca Hooton Community Fundraiser thereafter), why not take along whatever craft project you have on the go or ask for help to learn a new skill. Enjoy a cuppa and a chat while you stitch, knit, crochet or just watch! This costs £2.00 per person. For more information about either of these call 01427 838726 or email mandsd@yahoo.com. October, it will be a floral demonstration entitled ‘Addicted to Strictly’ by Marie Bradley. Visitors are always welcomed to the club nights, for whom there is a small charge of £5.00, you may then like to join the club! Contact gdfc.sec@hotmail.co.uk or 01427 890264 for further details.


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HEALTH

Ask an expert… there is most certainly no magic formula, pill or powder which will allow you to lose weight and keep it off in a healthy manner.

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nutrition coach I get asked a lot of questions, so this month I will cover two of the most regularly queried topics; diet and training frequency. WHAT IS THE BEST DIET? The answer is always ‘the one which you can stick to while getting the results you want’. As a coach I have helped people reduce their body fat and improve their health through various methods; reducing carbohydrates, increasing carbohydrates, increasing or decreasing calories and even reducing their exercise. If you study many of the diets in the recent history; Atkins, Zone, Paleo, South Beach, Keto, etc, they all have two things in common; eating good quality whole foods (ie not processed and full of sugar or chemicals) and being in a calorie deficit. In my last article I spoke about the calorie window and how it was important to know your energy balance, but it is also very important for that energy to be in

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Chris Barnacoat answers two of his most asked questions the form of good quality nutrients. Nutrients are the vitamins and minerals which your body actually uses to repair itself, to aid detoxification, to assist digestion and to make sure all your systems are running efficiently. This is why ‘empty calories’ end up having such a negative impact; foods containing lots of calories but very little vitamins or minerals do not help improve our health in the long run. The best diet contains lots of vegetables, an adequate amount of protein (which is usually higher than many people think), the correct amount of starchy carbohydrates for you as an individual and a sufficient amount of fibre. Your diet also needs to be interesting enough for you to be able to maintain it while not sacrificing your goals. You can start to see now why there is no ‘one diet fits all’ and

FREQUENCY OF TRAINING ‘How often should I train?’ is also another commonly asked question. First of all, let us look at the wording of the question, ‘how often should I train?’. Well, this all depends on the outcome which you seek. If you are training for fat loss, you can train three times per week and still get a reasonably fast and sustainable result. A different question, ‘How often can I train?’ gives quite a different answer. The more you train, the greater the result you will have. This is true for both fat loss and athletic performance. However, that training needs to be intelligent and well structured. If you just spend hours and hours doing a very similar style of training, you will not get very far. You also need to make sure that you can recover from your training. Working out 12 times a week is fine, as long as you are recovering. Due to poor sleep, high daily stress and poor nutrient intake, some people cannot recover from training two times a week. Something I would advice is being active everyday and by ‘active’ I mean something as straight forward as going for a half-hour walk. This will help improve cardiovascular health (which will also aid resistance training capability) and add to your overall weekly calorie deficit if weight loss is your goal. If you are struggling with your health with your health and fitness and would like a free consultation, please contact Chris at Satori Health on info@satorihealth.co.uk. Chris Barnacoat www.satorihealth.co.uk


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Enter the Kirton in Lindsey Amateur Gardeners The Kirton in Lindsey Amateur group held their 39th Annual Show in Chesterfield Gardeners (KLAGs) season of the Town Hall, with 564 exhibits ranging meetings continues on Wednesday from a beautifully carved wooden Canal Trust’s 16th October at 7.30pm, in the Town humming bird (in the craft section) and Hall, Market Place, Kirton in Lindsey. giant Dahlias, to award winning carrots and presentation this time and miniature gardens. This resulted in Photo Exhibition willThebetalk about ‘Gardening with alpines, 28 trophies, cups and awards, which The Chesterfield Canal

Trust (CCT) is adding a new feature to this year’s walking festival — a photographic exhibition. The exhibition will be held later in the year at the CCT’s headquarters at Hollingwood Hub, and possibly at other locations, including in Nottinghamshire. This is subject to there being sufficient entries. Entries can be taken on or off the canal and include boats, buildings and structures, wildlife, good views, and scenery. In fact, anything that catches the photographer’s eye. But photographs must be the original work of the photographer. For full details of the exhibition, and an entry form, go to the CCT’s website www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk. Entrants need to include the number of the walk and when the photograph was taken. The closing date for entries is 6.00pm on Tuesday 22nd October. Copies of the CCT’s brochure, with full details of the 53 walks in this year’s walking festival, are in The Misterton Centre. Or on the CCT’s website, www. chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk.

bulbs and woodland plants’ and will be given by Robert Potterton. As we get to the time of year for thinking about what spring flowers and plants to put in our gardens this is a good way of finding out ideas. Robert is a full-time nurseryman and runs Potterton’s Nursery, near Nettleton. At each meeting monthly competitions are held for members, this month it will be ‘three shortbread biscuits’. The talk for the November meeting will be about ‘Photographing Flowers — techniques and tips’. This evening is also the AGM. Please go along and join them, they are a friendly bunch. ANNUAL SHOW On Saturday 7th September, the

Beckingham History Group Beckingham and Saundby

History Group will be holding an open evening on Thursday 31st October, in The Willow Works, Old Trent Road, Beckingham at 7.00pm. There will be a talk on Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Entry will be £2.00 for non-members and includes tea, coffee and biscuits.

were won by 11 exhibitors. There were 57 exhibitors, ranging in age from under seven to octogenarians! Thanks go to Susan and Vincent D’Roza, the show secretaries; the KLAGs committee and all the volunteers that helped in any way. But a special thank you to everybody that entered exhibits making the show the success that it is. Put next year’s date in your diary — Saturday 5th September, which will be the 40th show. Please do go along and enter. For further information, follow the group on Facebook at KLAGs (Kirton in Lindsey Amateur Gardeners), or contact Martin Hollingsworth, chairman, on 01652 648435.

The history group meet on the last Thursday of every month, except August and 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.

Gainsborough Area Group of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust The Gainsborough branch of the

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s third summer field trip was led in early September by Bat Conservation Trust members, Julie Ellison and James Simpson. Cool and windy with rain threatening, the conditions were less than ideal. Guided by Julie, however, all present detected and saw an impressive flight display of both Common and Soprano Pipistrelle Bats as the sun set and the hungry little mammals came out of their roost in Mercer Wood, Gainsborough, to feed. These tiny mammals struggle to survive nowadays, as their habitat, (which

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includes roosts and maternity sites) and their food sources are in decline, both in the countryside, and also in our towns as urban development proceeds. Although bats can live up to 20 years, surviving the winter is a huge challenge, and mortality is high. They must emerge from hibernation and get into breeding condition as soon as possible to enable the new-born and the adult bats sufficient feeding time before the cycle of mating and hibernation begins again in late autumn. Julie explained that a bat will need to eat up to 2,000 insects per night to achieve a healthy bodyweight. How can we help bats? Keep part of

the garden uncultivated, with long grass and native wildflowers, build a pond, and if you have space, plant a tree or a hedge. Further information is available from the Bat Conservation Trust website. Do please note the date of the October meeting on Wednesday 16th October, at 7.30pm, Morton Village Hall. Mark Schofield, one of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Officers, will discuss ‘UK Butterflies and Moths’. Perhaps you saw Mark in a recent TV programme, focused on Lincolnshire. For further information contact gainsboroughlwt@ gmail.com or text Dan Bardsley on 07720 569228. Everyone is welcome.


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