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Gainsborough Life Magazine September 2019 EDITION

STEP BACK IN TIME Two fantastic events at Gainsborough Heritage Centre

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Welcome to the September edition of Gainsborough Life magazine. The ‘ber months are here and, in some ways, September doesn’t seem to have much to offer — the children are back to school and the days are becoming cooler and shorter. But there is a lot of exciting things to look forward to — the autumn colours, winter cooking, cosy nights in front of the television. This summer I’ve enjoyed a holiday and days out with the family and in my challenge to do something for myself I bought a book and I read it too. But now, I’m ready for the return of routine. I’ve written in the magazines before about the fact I see September as the start of my new year and this time around it’s no different. It’s the first page of my new exercise book and the possibilities are endless.

Erin McDaid looks forward to wildlife wonders as the nights draw in

This edition includes our annual Learning Throughout Life feature, showcasing some of our local schools and colleges — make a note of their open events, when you can find out more about studying with them. On the cover we feature a lovely painting of Gainsborough Old Hall by Margaret Presley — find out more about this historic gem at a talk organised by Gainsborough Heritage Centre on 25th September. Our community pages are full to bursting this month and Gainsborough U3A inspire us to keep learning with the story of their day trip to try out kayaking (pictured above). Discover more community news and local events at Have a super September.

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Inside this month 33


Learning throughout life 62



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Helpful homework hacks.........................36 Learning to a ‘T’............................................40

EDUCATION & TRAINING Learning throughout life...........................33 Technology for the new term..................34

A culinary feast.............................................42 The season of nature’s bounty................44 DCP celebrates milestone.......................51 The history of the Harvest Festival..........52 Going green........................................54 & 56 The privet hedge..........................................58 10 best electric cars on sale today........62 Don’t teach your child to drive..............64 Beauty boosts...............................................68 What’s on at Trinity Arts Centre...............70

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usually picture ourselves jogging on a treadmill, or pounding a crosstrainer, non-stop for 45 minutes. Some people love it, and get a real buzz from a session, but if you’re like me you’ll count every single second as you wait for the torture to stop. What if you could get more health benefits by doing just half the exercise? When I heard this was a possibility at the gym I attend I couldn’t sign-up fast enough. Enter HIIT, High Intensity Interval Training (pronounced ‘hit’). HIIT involves short periods, 30 seconds or so, of high intensity exercise followed by equally short rest periods which you repeat for around 20 to 30 minutes. The idea is to work as hard as you possibly can during each work session, then catch your breath, then repeat. At the end of the whole work out

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and Prophets’ day history coach tours will pick up in Gainsborough on 28th September for a guided excursion round some of our most beautiful country churches and visit the quaint and historic Quaker meeting house in the village of Brant Broughton. Quakers are important in our local history as they began in Mansfield and the first Quaker to die for his beliefs was James Parnell of Retford; in the mid-1600s they were a lively group, not afraid of a disturbance, and we shall hear some tales of their local struggles. The tour will also include a visit to the ‘High Victorian’ church at Brant Broughton and the unusual ‘church in a farmyard’ at Stragglethorpe which retains many ancient features. Other highlights include seeing the ancient tombs at Norton Disney, which were famously visited by Walt Disney who claimed descent from this family, and the church at Holme which is regularly mentioned as one of England’s best village churches with its unique story of the women who lived in the church to escape the plague. The trip costs £27.00 which includes lunch. Places can be booked by calling Maggy on 07724 848958 or email to mail@pilgrimsandprophets. Profits go to support local efforts to develop church-based tourism so that our buildings can be enjoyed in years to come.

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Marton Bowls Club will be holding their Annual Fun Quiz at Marton Village Hall on Saturday 30th November, at 6.30pm, for a prompt 7.00pm start. Everyone is welcome. Why not organise a team from your friends and family? Teams of four are preferred, but maximum of six. You can take your own drinks and nibbles but leave your mobile phones at home! Entrance is by ticket only, at £5.00 each, obtainable from any club committee member. There was an excellent 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. 12 September 2019

quiet of summer everything springs into action again in September. THE COMMUNITY CAFÉ LUNCH CLUB On Thursday 5th and Thursday 19th September from 11.30am to 1.30pm, this café is proving very popular and has had to move from Tuesdays to Thursdays to the upstairs hall and kitchen where there is more room. Enjoy a three-course meal in a friendly, community atmosphere. Meals are sold on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis and are open to all. There’s no need to book, but if you know you are going, it does help with preparations if you let them know. KLIX COMMUNITY CINEMA KLIX starts again after its summer break on Saturday 14th September at 7.30pm and Sunday 15th at 3.00pm. There will be a new and exciting programme of films. If you want to know the details of future screenings simply register. You can do this at a screening, online through the town hall’s website, by contacting Sharron or you can also join the closed Facebook group ‘KLIX’. Details are also available in the foyer of the town hall. Membership and entrance are free and the bar and refreshments are available. See the website for full details of future screenings. YOGA SOUNDBATH These popular sessions are now being held monthly, the next will be on Saturday 21st September, from 1.30pm to 3.00pm. Sound has been used as a therapy all over the world since ancient times and this session is aimed at providing valuable relaxation space.

Memorial for John Stanley A memorial service for John

Stanley, who sadly passed away earlier this year, will take place on Thursday 19th September at Gainsborough Parish Church, at 1.00pm. John had lived in Gainsborough for nearly 60 years and played a huge role within the local community. He served on the local council for many years and was chairman of the council twice; the

It involves a very gentle movement sequence suitable for all levels and simple calming yoga breath techniques and is £10.00 per session. For more information and to book contact Louise Hill on 07790 759003. ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION On Friday 4th October from 5.00pm to 9.00pm and Saturday 5th October from 9.30am to 5.30pm, the eighth annual art 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. If you are an artist, and would like to know more about exhibiting please contact Sharron for more information or you can download an entry form from the town hall’s website. Please note — some information has changed from previous years. STAY CONNECTED New things are happening all the time at Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall, so keep an eye on their website and Facebook page or, 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. For further information, contact Sharron Harris, venue manager and volunteer coordinator, on 07752 246255, or email info@ The town hall office is open Mondays and Tuesdays, from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. More information can be found at www.kirtoninlindseytownhall. or on Facebook, search ‘Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall’. first time as the youngest chairman at only 28! He also served as a county councillor. Back in 1994 he was one of the founding members of Gainsborough Heritage Society and helped to set up the project. One of his great interests was the Model Railway Society as well as playing in Roses Hockey Club. Anyone wishing to attend would be most welcome. Further details are available from John’s sister, Maureen Clough (nee Stanley), on 01909 550237.

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The history of conkers With autumn comes

the familiar sight of the fruit belonging to the horse chestnut tree, traditionally used for playing the game of Conkers. The first recorded game of Conkers took place on the Isle of Wight in 1848, around 200 years after the horse chestnut was introduced into Britain from eastern Europe. Before this, a similar game had been played using hazelnuts (also known as cobnuts) or snail shells. It is not generally known where the name ‘conker’ originates from. Some suggestions are that it comes from the French verb cogner which means ‘to bump’ or from the word conquer (the original game was referred to as Conquerors). However, in other regions of the UK, the game is also known as Cheggers, Cobblers and Kingers. In the Balkans, horse chestnuts were traditionally fed to horses to make their coats shiny. The tree’s name may also come from the appearance of horseshoe-shaped leaf scars that occur on its branches. Conkers become harder with age 14 September 2019

but there have always been tricks of the trade to ensure your conker is a champion, including overnight soaking in vinegar. You can also do a test first to eliminate weaker conkers by placing them in a bowl of water, where the hardest will sink. The technique of drilling through the conker is vital too: the hole needs to be perfectly round and smooth with no cracks that could weaken its structure. Any such cheating is prevented at the annual World Conker Championships where all contestants are supplied with ready-threaded conkers. The World Conker Championships began in Northamptonshire in 1965 and has grown to become an international event with the first overseas title having been won by Mexican Jorge Ramirez in 1976 and the first ladies’ title being awarded to Selma Becker from Austria in 2000. Junior competitions attract schools with sponsorship and hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised for the visually impaired to date.

It was once thought that conkers could win us the war. In the autumn of 1917, the Ministry of Supply offered children money through their schools and the Scout movement to collect as many conkers as possible. Under the Official Secrets Act, they were not told why, but it was hoped conkers could be used in the manufacture of cordite, needed for ammunition, which was running short due to shipping blockades. To manufacture cordite, a large supply of acetone is required, which is made from starch — readily available in horse chestnuts. Conkers are believed to have medicinal properties, helping in the treatment of haemorrhoids, varicose veins and rheumatism. And for arachnophobes, they are said to be a spider deterrent when placed around the home. Although traditionally a child’s game, many schools now ban conkers for health and safety reasons. And with the decline in the health of horse chestnut trees due to leaf miner moths and the bacterial disease bleeding canker, autumn conkers may become an increasingly rare sight.

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Gainsborough & District Flower Club

The Gainsborough and District Flower Club meets on the fourth Thursday of every month, at the Blues Club, North Street, Gainsborough DN21 2HU, at 7.15pm. They are affiliated to NAFAS, but you don’t have to be a flower arranger to join them. Members enjoy flower demonstrations by national demonstrators, workshops, social events and trips out. On Thursday 26th September, the meeting is a floral demonstration entitled ‘Midas Touch’ by Sharon Badger. Visitors are always welcome to the club nights, for whom there is a small charge of £5.00, you may then like to join the club! Contact or 01427 890264 for further information. Frog racing fun in Beckingham

Do you fancy a bit of fun with a difference? Then go along to Beckingham Village Hall on Saturday 14th September at 6.30pm, to join in the frog racing. Tickets cost £5.00 per person and you’re welcome to take your own food. There will be drinks available from the bar. There will be a raffle too, with great prizes. For tickets, contact Joan Sanger on 01427 848636 or Claire Hunter on 01427 848756. 18 September 2019

Centre’s latest exhibition and step back in time to your school days. The exhibition opens on Tuesday 3rd September and closes on Tuesday 15th October. It will be a fantastic chance to view memorabilia and photographs relating to local Gainsborough schools and you might even spot yourself! So, go along and re-visit the ‘happiest days of your school life’ with items from the Gainsborough schools that you attended on display. The centre is also celebrating its 25th anniversary in October, with a special display of its heritage, and a feature exhibition on member and supporter of the centre, Miss Peart. The centre’s next talk on Wednesday 25th September is focusing on the 17th century history of the town’s historic gem, Gainsborough Old Hall. The speaker, Paul Howitt-Cowan, will reveal stories from the hall’s past. The talk is held at Gainsborough House, 18 Parnell Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2NB and starts at 7.30pm. The evening is £4.00 and includes a refreshment break of tea, coffee and biscuits. The Gainsborough Heritage Centre has recently been awarded the 2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. The team are very pleased to have achieved this award as the certificate accounts for the quality and quantity of recent reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. Current Chairman Andrew Birkitt said: “This is a fabulous achievement

for the team of volunteers that work tirelessly to ensure that our visitors have a great experience when they come to the Heritage Centre. I thank all of them for making this award possible, I am really proud of all of you.” A recent TripAdvisor comment said: “a hidden gem, well worth a visit. Free entry, three floors of interesting heritage. Amazing if you are tracing your family history, as the top floor is given over to local archives including newspaper articles and photographs. Stop for a drink and a slice of homemade cake at very reasonable prices.” Don’t forget to visit the Telephone Exchange tearoom where you can enjoy a lovely range of refreshments including a variety of delicious cakes on offer. The centre’s tearoom is open every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday and all proceeds raised from the sale of refreshments help to continue the development of the centre. The centre and exchange tearoom are open every Tuesday, from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday 11.00am to 4.00pm. The centre will be open over the Heritage Open Day weekends on Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th, Tuesday 17th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September. Last admission is at 3.30pm. Please contact the centre if you would like to arrange a group tour by visiting www., email chairman@gainsboroughheritage. com or call 01427 610526.

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Church, Church Street, Gainsborough DN21 2JR, will be open for Lincolnshire Heritage Open Day from 10.00am to 2.00pm, on Saturday 14th September. The church will also be open from 10.00am to 11.30am on Thursday 5th September. Tea and coffee will be served on both days along with cakes on Saturday 14th September. Visitors will find the recently opened Mayflower Room of interest. The Mayflower Room contains a fascinating all-age exhibition installed by CreateInn of Retford, telling the story of John Robinson and the Pilgrims and the history

surrounding the building of the church. The church also contains a commemorative tablet to John Robinson and a display created by Bassetlaw Christian Heritage. The foundation stone was laid by the American ambassador, Honourable Thomas Francis Bayard, on 29th June 1896. The two manual pipe organ, built by Forster and Andrews, is an instrument of national heritage importance. A booklet recounting the history of the church is available at a cost of £3.00. For further information about local Pilgrim churches, visit www.

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Classic Crème Caramels Just a few cheap ingredients

are needed to make this classic French dessert. Served with fresh fruit it’s an impressive finale to a special meal. INGREDIENTS • 150g granulated sugar • 4 medium eggs, plus 2 medium egg yolks • 100g caster sugar • 600ml whole milk • 1 tsp vanilla extract • Orange slices, grapes and raspberries, to serve METHOD • To make the caramel, place the granulated sugar in a medium heavy-based pan with 3 tbsp cold water. Heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved in

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the water to form a clear syrup. Increase the heat and bring the syrup to the boil, without stirring, until it turns a deep golden caramel colour. Swirl the pan occasionally to prevent hotspots forming and the caramel burning. • Remove the pan from the heat and carefully pour the hot caramel into six individual ovenproof dishes (see TIP). Place the dishes in a roasting tin. Preheat the oven to 140°c / fan 170°c / gas mark 3. • Whisk the eggs, yolks and caster sugar together in a large heatproof bowl. Pour the milk into a clean pan and bring to simmering point, then whisk the hot milk into the egg mixture. Stir in the vanilla extract then strain the mixture into a large jug and divide between the dishes.







• Pour enough boiling water into the roasting tin to come halfway up the sides of the dishes. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes until just set. Remove from the oven and leave to cool, then remove from the tin, cover and chill for four hours or overnight. • To serve, run the tip of a knife round the edge of the set custard. Invert each one on to a small plate. Serve decorated with orange slices, grapes and raspberries. TASTY TOP TIP Use small metal pudding basins or ceramic ramekin dishes each with 150ml capacity.




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A good read LeISUre

Whether it’s a new release or an old classic, fact or fiction, there’s always time for a good book.

VOX Christina Dalcher

GOOD OMENS Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

In this dystopian tale, women are only allowed to speak 100 words a day. They’re also not allowed to read, have a job or, in fact, do very much at all other than look after their husband and children. But Dr Jean McClellan is given the chance to resume her research job and have the word limit lifted for both herself and her daughter, if she collaborates with the government. A real page-turner of a book that will appeal to fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power.

The TV series has proven a hit, but it would be criminal to watch it without also reading the book. Crowley is a demon. Aziraphale is an angel. They’ve been good friends for a few thousand years. When they find out the apocalypse is coming and neither of the sides they represent want to stop it, the duo take it upon themselves to intervene. Hugely original, incredibly funny and, most of all, a truly entertaining story.

DIARY OF A SOMEBODY Brian Bilston It’s difficult to describe this book. It’s part poetry, part diary, part love story, part crime novel. Somehow, it all adds up to a very funny take on suburban life. If you struggle to find time to read, this could be the book for you, as it’s written as a series of short diary entries — perfect for dipping into each day when you have a few minutes to spare. SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW: A MEMOIR Wendy Mitchell Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of 58. In her memoir, she talks about the reasons she sought a diagnosis, how she came to terms with it and the changes she’s made to her life. Somebody I Used to Know gives us an eye-opening insight into an illness that’s all too often whispered about behind closed doors. Perhaps surprisingly, the memoir is also brimming with optimism, hope and humour. 22 September 2019

THERE IS NO PLANET B: A HANDBOOK FOR THE MAKE OR BREAK YEARS Mike Berners-Lee Want to play your part in protecting the planet? This book can help you decide which actions to take to make the most impact (the answers may surprise you). Topics range from food, energy and travel to wealth distribution. It’s presented in bite-sized chunks and written in plain English. TIN CAN COOK: 75 SIMPLE STORE-CUPBOARD RECIPES Jack Monroe Simple, wallet-friendly dishes that are delicious and nutritious? It seems too good to be true, but Jack Monroe seems to have succeeded. Her latest book puts canned food at the heart of every dish. Recipes include Rhubarb and Custard Pancakes, Sunshine Soup, Red Lentil and Mandarin Curry, and Creamy Crabby Pasta. Most only contain a handful of ingredients and only take a few minutes to prepare, using ingredients you can pick up from the local shop.

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Lincoln Pro Musica at St Paul’s Church, Morton St Paul’s Church, Morton,

Gainsborough are pleased to present Lincoln Pro Musica Orchestra in concert on Tuesday 24th September, commencing at 7.30pm. Admission is £6.00 (children free admission) per person and includes light refreshments. The string chamber orchestra, under conductor Martin Stockdale, is led by Caroline Siriwardena. They will be playing a selection of music including works by Vaughan Williams, Mozart, and Elgar. Lincoln Pro Musica is well known to Gainsborough audiences as they regularly accompany the Gainsborough Choral Society at concerts held in All Saints Church. They give a number of concerts every year to support churches and charities around Lincolnshire. They are delighted to be performing their own concert in the excellent acoustics of St Paul’s Church in aid of church funds. Please go along to support this event which will be an evening of the finest musical entertainment. Tickets are available on the door, or in advance from Horsleys, Church Street, Gainsborough, or call Alan Clapham on 01427 612546. Doors open at 7.00pm.

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Crowds out for Rescue Day 2019 Thousands of people converged

on 7 Lakes Country Park near Scunthorpe, to see 999 crews in action at the annual Rescue Day event. Teams from all the blue light services, plus highways, road recovery, rail and water rescue agencies worked together in a series of live demonstrations that saw visitors flock to watch them in action. At lunchtime the famous Red Devils Parachute Display team performed a breath-taking jump into clearwater lake in front of the gathered crowds, followed by a flotilla of rescue boats that collected them back to shore to meet members of the public. After yet another successful event the organisers have already announced the date for Rescue Day 2020 to be Saturday 11th July. The annual rescue day raises funds for charities and good causes and during the opening ceremony, the organising committee presented several organisations with donations to support their vital work, including Scunthorpe Sea Cadets, International Rescue Corps, Humber Rescue, Pete Lewin Newfoundland Water Rescue and Therapy Dogs, York Rescue Boat and British Divers Marine Life Rescue team. Donations have also been made from last year’s proceeds to Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance and the Emma’s Wish charity. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the emergency services and charitable organisations and show the public what they do and how they work together. Families enjoyed the day with children and adults alike engaging with the many different exhibitors

spreading messages about road, rail, water and fire safety. There were lots of activities to have a go at, including a mass CPR lesson which saw over 120 people simultaneously be taught how to perform chest compressions. On the lakeside a session on how to rescue someone from the water took place. Other attractions included a climbing wall, a confined space tunnel and an ordnance disposal team robot. Specialist Newfoundland water rescue dogs, plus K9 fire investigation and Humberside Police Dogs all took part in various mock incidents showing how their skills can help the public. There were also visits from the popular Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance helicopter and The Children’s Air Ambulance made its first appearance this year at Rescue Day too. Emergency crews from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, East Midlands Ambulance Service, Humberside Police, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s regional Urban Search and Rescue team and British Transport Police all took part in a range of real-life demonstrations, supported by Highways England, Network Rail, Gallows Wood Recovery and VolkerRail. Crowds gathered to watch teams attend a rail crash, a house explosion, an aircraft incident, a protester removed from the top of a train carriage, a heavy goods vehicle tanker rollover recovery and much more. Photos and video clips from the day are available at www.rescueday999. com and you can follow Rescue Day on social media — Twitter: @ Rescue_Day or rescudedayuk for more information.

An evening with Margaret Dickinson Best-selling and well-loved

author Margaret Dickinson was born and brought up in Lincolnshire. She has written over 25 novels, set mostly in Lincolnshire, but also in neighbouring Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire and is coming to All Saints Parish Church, Gainsborough, on Friday 25th October, at 7.00pm to give a talk about her life and her passion for writing. There will be an opportunity to

ask Margaret about her life’s work in a question and answer session, and also to purchase some of her novels — the latest of which (the last of the Maitland Trilogy) is due to be published early next year. Go along to meet Margaret and hear her story. Tickets cost £6.00, to include wine and refreshments, and are available on the door. Contact Rosemary Walker on 07739 268316 if you need any further information.

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Here’s to a dementia-friendly future “We want to make Knaresborough a town where people living with dementia feel understood, respected, supported and confident so that they can contribute to life in the community.” So says Alison Wrigglesworth, Services Manager for Harrogate and Knaresborough Alzheimer’s Society. The Yorkshire town of Knaresborough is one of the latest in a long line of UK towns to declare themselves a ‘dementia-friendly Community’ (DFC). Dementia is not, as many people believe, a natural consequence of old age (although the older you are, the more likely you are to be affected) and it is predicted that the number of UK residents with the condition will increase to over one million by 2025. That figure is set to double by 2051. Given these statistics, it’s seems likely that in future our public health and social care services could struggle to care for people who develop the condition. Dementia-friendly initiatives therefore serve a dual purpose: helping people stay at home for as long as possible and relieving some of the burden that would otherwise be placed on our public care providers. WHAT ARE THE ISSUES? Things we all take for granted, such as using technology, getting served in shops and banks, going on holiday or enjoying hobbies are difficult when you have dementia, but they can become even harder when the individuals around you don’t know how to respond appropriately. For this reason it’s not uncommon for people to shut themselves away as their condition progresses, even though this can make them feel isolated and depressed. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, over two-thirds of those polled have reported feeling lonely. WHAT IS A ‘DEMENTIAFRIENDLY COMMUNITY’? A dementia-friendly community is a place where people with dementia 28 September 2019

Kate mcLelland takes a closer look at a groundbreaking initiative are understood, respected and supported. It can be a street, village, town, city or region, an organisation, a group or even a virtual community. There are no hard and fast rules to follow when setting up a community of your own. Instead, local people are encouraged to decide what works best for them. While flexibility is encouraged, there are certain measures that are regularly adopted by towns and cities who want to become DFCs. Businesses that regularly come into contact with older people, such as banks and taxi firms, are asked to provide extra support for customers with dementia, while museums and art galleries are encouraged to offer dementia-friendly activities. Other initiatives include

‘dementia cafes’ and drop-in centres. In the public realm planners use clear signage, creating well-defined open spaces with public toilets, seats, shelters and good lighting. Most DFCs are keen to engage local people as ‘Dementia Friends’. These are individuals willing to promote the aims of the DFC, from spreading awareness about the condition to spending time with people with dementia. Currently almost three million have signed up to this initiative on the Dementia Friends website The Alzheimer’s Society has estimated that one in six people aged over 80 in the United Kingdom currently has dementia, and a further 225,000 people will be diagnosed this year. There’s clearly no time to lose, so it’s reassuring to see that new dementia-friendly communities, just like the one in Knaresborough, are appearing every day.



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Black holes in space

LEFT AND ABOVE: M87 as imaged by the EHT (Event Horizon Telescope); M87 Galaxy in Constellation Virgo

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When anyone mentions black holes in space we immediately get quite interested. The term ‘black hole’ is quite modern and was coined by John Wheeler in 1967, however the idea of a body with such a high gravitational attraction from which nothing could escape from it began in the 18th century. In 1783, English clergyman John Mitchell considered an extremely massive body, which could have such enormous gravitational pull that not even light may escape from it. A little later, in 1786, French Physicist Pierre-Simon Laplace considered the effects of a massive body, which possessed infinite gravitational force so nothing could escape its grasp, not even light. Laplace included this object in the first and second editions of his popular book ‘Exposition du Systeme du Monde’. Later it was Albert Einstein’s famous ‘General Relativity’ theory, published in 1915, which predicted that black holes may form in space and paved the way for their acceptance by the scientific community. During the First World War, German physicist Karl Schwartzchild, produced calculations which proved ‘black 30 September 2019

holes’ could exist. At the beginning of the Second World War, J Robert Oppenheimer, who was later known as ‘The father of the Atomic Bomb’, calculated that a star just over three times more massive than our Sun could form a black hole as it ended its life in a supernova. As more theories about black holes were developed it was David Finkelstein who published a scientific paper which stated that ‘dark stars’ would reside in a region of space and any material around it would be subjected to massive attractive forces and it would be drawn in and nothing, not even light, could escape. In 1967 British astronomer Jocelyn Bell-Burnell discovered a strange radio signal from an unidentified object in deep space. The signal had a regular pulse of 1.337 seconds and it was speculated it could be an interstellar beacon from a far-off civilization, some scientists even gave it the nickname ‘LGM’, (Little Green Men). It was later proved it was a rapidly rotating neutron star. Neutron stars are formed when a star below three solar masses ceases to produce enough outward energy to overcome gravity. The star’s own gravity causes the star

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Learning throughout life

Learning & training at all ages is as important as ever

LINCOLNSHIRE TERM DATES Autumn term 2019 • Schools open — Wednesday 4th September 2019 • Half term — Monday 21st October 2019 to Friday 25th October 2019 • Schools close — Thursday 19th December 2019 Spring term 2020 • Schools open — Monday 6th January 2020 • Half term — Friday 14th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020 • Spring break — Friday 3rd April 2020 to Friday 17th April 2020 Summer term 2020 • Schools open — Monday 20th April 2020 • May Day bank holiday — Friday 8th May 2020 • Half term — Monday 25th May 2020 to Friday 29th May 2020 • Schools close — Tuesday 21st July 2020

A good education has the power to change life. Many of us dislike our school days as we experience them but look back on them so fondly in later life — they really are a stage of our lives that cannot be replicated. And learning doesn’t have to stop there. There really are opportunities to learn throughout life — some formal and some informal — and we really do need to grasp every single one of those and make them work for us. Welcome to the Gainsborough Life Learning Throughout Life Feature.

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Technology for the new term You don’t need to pay full price for your child’s computing If your child needs a computer for schoolwork, don’t get downhearted by the high prices you’ll see in your local Apple Store or electronics emporium. You don’t need to spend a lot to get a good computer. There are three main types of computer. Windows ones, which run Windows 10 (don’t get ones with older versions; that usually means the hardware’s really old too); Chromebooks, which run Google’s Chrome operating system; and Apple ones. For most places the choice is entirely up to you, but some specialist courses at college or university may require specialist software. If you’re looking for a Windows or Chromebook laptop, there’s good news: those kinds of laptops are almost always on sale, so you can expect a wide range of bargains. Sites such as have monthly round-ups of the best deals, organised into price bands: at the time of writing there’s a really nice Asus laptop for just £159.00, while more expensive laptops are available with discounts ranging from £175.00 to over £400.00. Sites often provide reviews of the products, so you can be sure you’re not buying

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something that won’t be up to the job. Another way to save cash is to buy a refurbished computer. This means it’s been used by somebody else and then returned to as-new condition. A number of firms specialise in such computers and the discounts can be enormous: for example, Laptops Direct currently has a perfectly decent Windows 10 laptop for just £109.00. If your child wants Apple kit, you’ll know it’s often very expensive. Shopping around doesn’t usually uncover much in the way of discounts but you can still save money if you know where to look. Apple has a refurbished Mac store on www. and at the time of writing it’s offering Mac minis with a typical saving of £140.00, alongside MacBooks, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros and iMacs with £160.00 to £190.00 off. Third party refurbished sellers can offer even bigger discounts but check the age of the product: may third-party computers are a few years old, which isn’t necessarily a problem but does affect how big a bargain you’re getting: don’t compare the price of a three-year-old Mac with what Apple’s charging for a new one.

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End of line stock can be good too. Every time Apple updates its product range, the previous models are often sold at a discount. Keep an eye on eBay and you can save stacks — we’re writing this on an iMac we got brand new for two-thirds of the list price by looking for end of line stock — but make sure you stick to business sellers with solid, positive feedback going back years. Last but not least, there are secondhand computers. Many ‘power users’ replace their computers regularly, and those computers are still more than powerful enough for the rest of us. eBay and

classified advertising sites such as Gumtree can be great sources of good second-hand computers, but be wary. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

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Helpful homework

The homework debate has been rumbling for years. Agree with it or not, it usually has to get done and no parent wants it to become another battle with their children. So, here are some ideas to make the process easier and less painful: PREPARE YOUR HOMEWORK AREA Create a dedicated homework area, where your son or daughter will complete the tasks on a regular basis. Use a box (decorated with your child’s favourite things, of course) to hold everything needed — pens, pencils, paper, a calculator, sticky notes etc and get this out at the beginning of the session so gathering everything isn’t used as a delaying tactic CREATE A SCHEDULE Let your child be in charge of creating their own calendar for homework — be it a list of tasks and their deadline, pockets 36 September 2019

Chanel Hosfield looks at ways to make homework less stressful containing the set tasks displayed in a particular order, daily trays for activities to be completed or even a washing line to peg activities to so a visual reminder is created — colour coding is always a hit too! MAINTAIN A ROUTINE Set an amount of time after school each day and stick to that for completing homework so it becomes a regular feature in your child’s day. You could also buy a stopwatch, egg timer or use your phone or smart speaker to set a specific time for focusing on homework. If the list is quite long, try setting work and break timers. PARENTS HAVE ‘HOMEWORK’ TOO Lots of children don’t want mum


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or dad watching over them while they work, but they want you close enough to ask questions if needed. So, let the kids see that parents have homework too — create a schedule to mirror what they have and make this the time when you pay bills, sort through the post, research or organise. REWARD Make the time after completing homework to do something they will find fun and rewarding — something that may alleviate the frustration of sitting quietly, like time outdoors or dancing to music if the weather is bad.

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Success extends to the sports field too, with many individual and team successes across a range of sporting activities, including our Academy Equestrian Team! The Combined Cadet Force has long been established in the independent sector, and the Elizabethan is one of a few state schools in the country to offer students this opportunity and our provision is expanding rapidly. The CCF, alongside the Duke of Edinburgh’s award, enables the development of students’ personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline. I am passionate about The Elizabethan but don’t take my word for it. I would be delighted for you to visit and see for yourself at our Open Evening on Wednesday 2nd October. 

Most of our students now intend staying on in our on site Sixth Form. Our extensive extra-curricular programme provides opportunities for participation in all areas: from prefects to Head Boy and Girl, from athletics to boxing, there really is something for everyone. We are passionate about student leadership and want to shape the pioneers and leaders of tomorrow. Our extensive programme of activities provides opportunities for students to make friends, nurture talents and learn a new skill. We have a proud tradition of excellence in the Performing Arts, which has been recognised through our Gold ArtsMark Award. Our award-winning choir and high profile productions, such as Hairspray and Les Miserables, spearhead a range of opportunities for our performers.

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Learning throughout life

but to follow a technical route. Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule, and many success stories about students’ achievements after completing vocational qualifications. But if these qualifications give the anticipated boost to technical studies then it is to be welcomed.

Learning to a ‘T’ Chanel Hosfield on the introduction of T Levels T Levels are new courses coming in September 2020 and they have been hailed by the Government as qualifications which will “lead to a generational shift in technical education”. The new courses will be on a par with A Levels and will provide young people with a choice between technical and academic education post 16. They are designed to follow GCSEs and prepare young people for entry into the world of work. Courses in construction, digital and education and childcare will be first taught from September 2020 by a small number of schools and 40 September 2019

colleges across the country. A further 22 courses will be rolled out in stages from 2021, which will cover sectors such as finance and accounting, engineering and manufacturing, and creative and design. A REAL CHOICE While A Levels are a highly regarded qualification recognised around the world by both universities and employers, there has not always been such high regard for vocational qualifications. This has led to concern that young people don’t always have a real choice at 16, if they want world-class qualifications

WORKING WITH INDUSTRY The new courses have been developed with UK businesses and are said to give students a head start in technical careers and develop the skilled workforce this country needs for the future. Closing the skills gap is said to be one of the biggest challenges to putting the UK on the global economic map and this is being showcased as one way to increase opportunities for young people and help businesses to find the skilled workforce they need. A unique part of T Levels will be the completion of a high-quality industry placement — of at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days — in which students will build the knowledge and skills they need in a workplace environment. ARE THEY FOR ME? As with all qualifications, it is a good idea to access some careers advice and to talk to any potential employers about what qualifications and skills they value before embarking on a two-year study programme. Examination of the current jobs market is a great start, but don’t forget to think about tomorrow’s jobs and what skills may be needed in careers of the future. Schools, colleges or education providers will also be able to offer detailed information about their courses so you can make an informed decision. Parents and young people can find out more about T Levels at publications/introduction-of-tlevels/introduction-of-t-levels.


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A culinary feast for all at Clumber Park’s Festival of Food & Drink There’s a worldwide

culinary feast promised to food enthusiasts heading to Clumber Park for the Festival of Food and Drink, held on 14th and 15th September at the National Trust property in the middle of the stunning Sherwood Forest. Celebrity chef and BBC MasterChef judge/host John Torode will be sharing recipes from his latest book Sydney to Seoul, which follows his journey from Australia to the Far East in the Cookery Theatre on Sunday. He will be joined by Lincolnshire chef Rachel Green, who will be focusing on cooking delicious meals with fish. On Saturday, EpiVegan Brett Cobley will be showcasing meat-free and tasty Vegan dishes. He is joined by BBC MasterChef: The Professionals winner Laurence Henry, who will be sharing recipes that saw him win the coveted title. But it’s not just about the chefs cooking at the Festival of Food and Drink. There are cookery workshops for both adults and children throughout the weekend, held by the School of Artisan Food. For the adults, there’s sausage making with expert tutor Chris Moorby who will also be taking classes on how to create traditional hand raised pies. Tutor David Carter teaches how to achieve authentic Italian pizza from a wood-fired oven while Laurence Fourdrignier teaches on the art of Fermentation. However, the most popular class is always the Beer Tasting with head brewer Claire Monk treated to a brilliant line-up of classes offering a wide selection of hand-crafted teaching them how to make ice-cream, beers from the Welbeck Abbey Brewery pizza, cookies, cheese and dough for sampling. Each session costs just balls. Each session costs £2.00 per £10.00 and can be booked in advance child and lasts 20 minutes. These are to avoid disappointment as each class booked on the day so be sure to head is restricted to 12 participants. to the School of Artisan Food marquee Young foodie enthusiasts are also on arrival so you don’t miss out. 42 September 2019

Along with the 150 producers showcasing their delicious food and drink from around the UK and beyond, festival goers can enjoy live music from John Adams, Dammit Jack and Vince Freeman while they enjoy a diverse mix of Street Food, with some new exciting flavours for 2019. A few VIP tickets are still available for just £15.00 and include priority parking, fast track entry, access to the VIP marquee with seating, an exclusive celebrity ‘meet and greet’ and a fabulous goody bag. Ticket prices start from just £7.00 in advance with free admission into Clumber Park included (usually £5.00 per person), offering a fantastic saving. Children aged five years and under are also admitted free. Family tickets are available, with entry for two adults and two children up to the age of 16 years, from £20.00. For more info, visit www.

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The season of nature’s bounty CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Badger (Jon Hawkins); Redwing amongst the berries (Mike Vickers); Hobby (Mike Vickers)

erin mcDaid looks forward to wildlife wonders as the nights draw in As summer turns to autumn

the days begin to rapidly get shorter and the sun is noticeably lower in the sky. Once we pass the autumn equinox on Monday 23rd September, when day and night are of equal length, the days will draw in noticeably as the weeks and months pass, but this loss of day length is balanced by the prospect of spectacular sunsets, the stars seeming brighter in the night sky and magical misty mornings. Autumn is also the time of nature’s bounty with hedgerows full of hips, haws, berries and seeds. As well as providing opportunities for tasty treats to pick on wildlife walks, there’s plenty of scope for watching wildlife stocking up from nature’s larder. Many species will be taking advantage of the wild harvest as they race to build up their reserves of fat for migration, hibernation or just to help them through the long, cold days of winter when food becomes scarce. Look out for squirrels and jays searching for and burying acorns and other nuts to see them through the winter. Badgers will be busy searching out food and getting their winter quarters ready for leaner times

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and volunteering opportunities visit ahead, so if you know of a sett, now could be a good time to find a spot downwind and settle in for your very own autumn watch experience. As the month progresses, look out for flocks of migratory birds such as redwing and on wetland sites such as the Wildlife Trust’s Idle Valley Nature Reserve, populations of species such as snipe will be boosted by birds arriving from colder climes. Flocks of geese and swans will also be worth looking out for and birds of prey such as the hobby might make an appearance on their southerly migration, whilst hen harriers can become a more regular visitor as they move in from their typical upland breeding sites. For details of wildlife to look out for, nature reserves across the county

EXPLORE NORTH NOTTS WEEKEND AT IDLE VALLEY Over the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September The Wildlife Trust are delighted that Idle Valley Nature Reserve will be participating in a special ‘Explore North Notts Weekend’. Venues including Creswell Crags and Clumber Park are also taking part, and there will be a dedicated bus to transport visitors between venues, making it the ideal opportunity to explore and discover more of the great destinations in your local patch. Visitors to Idle Valley over the weekend can enjoy 10% off in both the café and shop — all you have to do is mention ‘Explore North Notts Weekend’ for your discount. For further details of all the venues taking part just Google Explore North Notts Weekend.

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Wildlife Trust meetings The Gainsborough Branch of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust resumes its programme of indoor meetings this month. Geoff Trinder, who is president of the County Wildlife Trust, will be showing ‘Images from 2018, Hungary, the UK, and More’. As many people know, Geoff is an accomplished photographer and loves to share photos taken on his travels round the world in search of wildlife. Do go along, the meeting will be at Morton Village Hall on Wednesday 18th September, at 7.30pm. On the branch’s recent field meeting to Scotton Common, Matt Cox, who is the warden, gave a fascinating insight into the complexities of managing the nature reserve, where the water levels that are crucial to the survival of the rare plant species at Scotton Reserve, are not under the trust’s control. People who attended were lucky to see Marsh Gentians in flower, but Sundew is struggling to survive there now. Matt will be the speaker at the branch’s meeting on Wednesday 20th November. Julie Ellison is returning on Wednesday 4th September, at 7.30pm, to lead an outdoor meeting to demonstrate how to identify and locate bat species using bat locators, starting from Mercer Road, Gainsborough. Please email to book your place as numbers are limited. If you have enjoyed an influx of butterflies to your garden this year, perhaps including Painted Ladies, do note that on Wednesday 16th October, Mark Schofield will be talking about ‘UK Butterflies and Moths’. More details can be found at www. or by emailing or

Soul & Motown at The Weston Rooms Don’t miss the next Gainsborough Soul and Motown event at The Weston Rooms, on Saturday 19th October from 7.00pm until late, with guest DJ Dave West. The cost is just £3.00 to pay on the door for a full night of Northern Soul and Motown classics. Be sure to be early, the last event was very busy. 46 September 2019

Castlewood Academy traffic zone Parents of the Gainsborough

Castlewood Academy located on the busy road the Avenue, are campaigning for a 20mph zone to help keep their children safe when dropping of and arriving at school. The school opened in September 2015 and grows in size each year. It is now being asked by Lincolnshire County Council to add a large extension to the school to take on even more children, a two class intake each year. With more children coming in parents say the parking, speeding, traffic situation has become more of an issue than ever before. The school sits at the bottom of a hill, previously the Castle Hills secondary school site, and its entrance sits at the top of the Avenue. On one side of the entrance is the road leading to the belt road (60mph) which becomes 40mph on the Avenue and just before hitting the entrance of the school becomes 30mph. The parents of the school are asking for • 20mph zone in this area to get cars to slow down around the school in hours between 8.00am and 9.30am and in the afternoon from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. • A crossing and crossing assistant

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

to help the children who live on the estate close by crossing the roads to get to school. • Proper signage to indicate there is a school in the area. At the moment there is insufficient signage to show the school is there until you are actually outside. Parent Chris Bradley said: “We know this will not completely fix the problem as it will make parking in the leisure car park even more of a problem. This is currently where we have been asked to park but there is insufficient space for all the cars. We are asking our local Council for permission to help extend the car park onto the grass which is next to the leisure centre to help us have more parking for the people that cannot get to school on foot. “Our excellent headteacher, Mr Brown who has been has been trying for two years to get something changed on the top road, is completely behind the campaign and is working alongside the parents, talking in a local meeting at school with MPs.” If you feel you can help them please visit their Facebook page Castle wood traffic zone group. 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. 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


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Charity Nights at The Blues Club Gainsborough Lincoln-based initiative Flix Soulintension are a 12-piece in the Stix is looking for villages to add

band who will be bring the sounds of soul and Motown to The Blues Club at Gainsborough, on Saturday 19th October. They will be supported by Ocean Blue and there will be a disco too. Tickets are only £10.00 so order yours as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Then on the Saturday 9th November, Union Gap will play — the number one sixties band in Europe, supported by Trevor Leeson, the ex-lead vocalist with the Merseybeats. Dave Brewer’s disco will also be there, making a full night’s worth of entertainment for £15.00. Of course, the boys at the Blues 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. There will also be one more charity event before it’s New Year’s Eve, on Saturday 23rd November, when Divide Trio, supported by Steve Clements, plus disco will play. Tickets are only £6.00 for this event, 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. Ordering in advance helps the organisers to reserve your table and sort the table plan in advance. The club has also announced their line-up for New Year’s Eve, which will be Soundinjectors, supported by Taylor Soul, plus Dave Brewer’s disco. 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.

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to their rural touring cinema service and currently has a subsidised rate available. They can bring the big screen experience to your doorstep. Running for close to four years, Flix in the Stix has been taking a large pop-up screen, HD projector and sound system to villages in and around Lincolnshire. Run by not-for-profit organisation Blueprint: Film Foundation, Flix in the Stix provides a regular social event to remote rural areas, where access to similar services is limited due to poor transport connections and where sometimes, accessible group activities are thin on the ground. The villages currently visited by the service, which include Ingham, Laneham and Spilsby, are full of praise for Flix in the Stix. Eunice Woodfield, an audience member from Laneham, said: “It’s a wonderful thing they are doing here… and we thoroughly enjoy it.” Di Fisher said: “It’s really livened up the village.” Laneham Memorial Hall’s Vice Chair Daniel Griffin said: “It helps people access the kind of facilities you

might find in bigger towns or cities”. Visiting participating villages on a monthly basis, Flix in the Stix screens a variety of the latest crowd pleasers and blockbusters, as well as classic films once in a while. Titles are chosen by the village hall committees from a shortlist compiled by Flix in the Stix. film licenses, technicians, equipment hire and marketing materials are all provided, ready for the village hall committee to run front of house on the night. There’s an interval in the middle of each screening to allow for comfort breaks, socialising and a chance for village halls to raise funds by selling refreshments. The halls also take any money from ticket sales, which are usually a very reasonable £4.00 per person but can be set by the village hall committee if desired. Flix in the Stix would love to bring their pop-up cinema to further villages, so are offering a new special rate, which is partially subsidised to make it more affordable to small charitable village hall committees. Visit their website for more information — You can also watch the new promotional video at, or on Facebook at www.facebook. com/flixinthestixlincolnshire.

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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

Live music in Springthorpe tour around the UK and much further afield, but he has just escaped! The organisers are really excited that he has agreed to come to Springthorpe. This concert starts at 7.30pm

‘Yorkshire Pullman’ and the ‘West Riding Ltd’. It takes 10 operators to run the railway which is run to a timetable with bell codes and signals, just like the real railway in the days of steam. The model railway has been built by the members over many years with realistic examples of Kings Cross and Retford station. The railway is in the clubrooms of the Gainsborough Model Railway Society, in an old Victorian school in Florence Terrace, near the south end of Tesco car park, DN21 1BE. For further information, please visit www.gainsboroughmodelrailway. or email and tickets are £10.00. They will be in limited supply so please email or call 01427 838726 to check availability and reserve your seats. Please feel free to bring your own alcoholic drinks.


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Childs celebrates 30 years as a specialist adviser at the heart of the community. As well as Darron being the founder of DCP — The Darron Childs Practice, acts as the wealth manager for charities, corporate clients and individuals who want to grow or protect their wealth. Darron is also a respected author and has worked with The Delvers over the last 20 years to promote the town’s blue plaque trail. To celebrate this important milestone DCP are offering a limited number of complimentary consultations where specialist advice is needed or required. Afternoon Tea at DCP is a very civilised way to learn more about what DCP does and how you could benefit. Consultations take place at The Lindens, the former historic Dower House to the Anderson’s Lea estate throughout selective

dates in September and October. Typically areas where DCP can provide significant value include: Putting together an effective financial and Investment plan, Tax efficiency and retirement planning, Putting your estate in order, together with the benefits of on-going advice. To make an enquiry telephone the Client Experience Manager, Alice Denton, in the first instance on 01427 811348. These milestone celebrations coincide with DCP announcing their 3rd consecutive year as Lead Sponsors of Gainsborough Trinity FC. Darron recently joined Chairman, Richard Stallard Kane to unveil the 2019/20




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The history of the Harvest Festival around the time of the full Moon, known as the Harvest Moon. Harvest festivals are closely associated with the church, but actually date back to Pagan times. It was 1843 before the Church became involved. The Reverend Robert Hawker invited members of his parish to a service of harvest thanksgiving at his Cornish church. The practice spread rapidly and led to the custom of decorating churches with harvest produce. THE STORY OF JOHN BARLEYCORN You may never have heard of him, but John Barleycorn is a character in a medieval folksong. He represents barley, the most important cereal crop of the harvest, and also the alcoholic beverages beer and whisky which were made from it. In the song John Barleycorn suffers attacks, indignities and death which correspond to the various stages of the harvest such as reaping and malting. It begins…

Sarah Davey looks back a centuries-old tradition Take a look at a modern harvest festival and you’ll no doubt see many ‘urban’ offerings of pre-packed cakes and tins of sweet corn. It’s so easy to pop down to the supermarket these days we forget that until relatively recently in this country, people’s lives depended upon the success or failure of their crops. Harvest festivals were a way to say thank you for a good harvest while trying to guarantee the fortune of the next one. Saxon farmers offered the first cut 52 September 2019

sheaf of corn to the gods of fertility in order to please them and ensure they were kind the following year. The last sheaf was used to make a Kern baby; a doll, dressed in white and trimmed with coloured ribbons to represent spring. Most peasants were tenant farmers who farmed for a landowner. Harvest time meant weeks of back-breaking work, so it became a tradition for the landowner to host a harvest supper as a thank you to the whole community once the harvest was brought home safely. There was no set date, but the celebrations generally took place

There was three kings into the east, Three kings both great and high, And they hae sworn a solemn oath, John Barleycorn should die. They took a plough and plouh’d him down, Put clods upon his head, And they hae sworn a solemn oath, John Barleycorn was dead. The song has many verses and poor old John Barleycorn suffers dreadfully throughout, particularly when he’s ground between the milling stones! But the story has a neat twist as our hero, who’s finally turned to alcohol, wreaks his revenge on everyone who drank him so merrily, and they suffer for their sins the following morning with gargantuan hangovers! It is a mark of how important the harvest was that there are more versions of this song than any other in the English language!

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Going green With the ground still warm from the summer sun and moisture levels in the soil increasing, September is the perfect time to create a new lawn. Using grass seed is far cheaper than using reasonable quality turf, plus you can choose a suitable grass mixture for the site and it is easy to shape the lawn without having to cut pieces of turf. So how do you ensure a great green surface with your newly sown lawn? Examine the site first and calculate the total area to be seeded, then study the grass seed packs in your local garden centre. Many different types are available, but broadly speaking you will find yourself choosing from various grades of utility lawn (which usually contains a fair amount of rye grass to provide toughness), finer lawns that look more elegant but need more care, and mixtures suitable for lawns in partial shade. It will be about three weeks before the seedlings emerge and then about ten weeks before the lawn can be cut, so bear this in mind when choosing your time to start. Clear the area you wish to sow by removing all weeds (including their roots), any old grass and any debris. Dig out or kill off any perennial weeds before you sow the lawn, either by hand or with a suitable weedkiller. Dig the area over completely and consider the texture. Ideally you want a light, free-draining loam that does not become too dry in summer, nor waterlogged or compacted in winter. Improve drainage in heavy soil by adding horticultural sand and some bulky organic matter, whereas light soil will retain moisture better if plenty of well-rotted organic matter is dug in. Next, rake over the soil repeatedly to achieve a good level surface that is free from large stones, any plant remains and other debris. Gauging the level by eye is normally 54 September 2019

pippa Greenwood on how markers on the pegs as a guide. For lawn seed to germinate quickly September is the perfect you need warm, moist conditions time to create a new lawn so avoid hot, dry weather and wait adequate, but if necessary use a system of pegs and a spirit level. Incorporate some granular general fertilizer, raking it in or spreading it evenly over the prepared area. To prevent pockets of subsidence forming, firm the area by treading it over evenly in at-soled shoes or boots, keeping your feet level as they hit the soil, paying particular attention to the edges. If you think the site is not level, drive in pegs along each side of the patch. Mark each peg at the same distance from the top and tap them in to the same height, using the mark as your guide. Use a spirit level and (if necessary) string attached between the pegs to check the levels, then re-rake the soil using the

until just before rain is forecast. Using the directions on the pack, weigh out the quantity of grass seed needed for one square metre. Use four upturned owerpots to mark the corners of a one metre square plot and distribute the seed evenly over the plot, thus showing you how the lawn seed should look when sown correctly. Obviously there is no need to mark out each square metre, but with this as a guide you should do perfectly well. Never sow too thinly as this encourages weeds to invade and makes a thin and moth-eaten ►

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The privet hedge rachel Leverton on keeping handsome hedge One of the questions I’m often asked as a gardener is ‘How do I trim my privet hedge?’ Privet hedges aren’t a particularly sexy subject for a gardening article, but hedge-trimming seems to cause a lot of angst so let me tackle it here. Privet is one of our most popular hedging plants. It has dense foliage which is green all year round, and it’s hardy which means it’s suited to a wide range of planting sites. It’s also available in a selection of varieties and root types, so there’s a Privet hedge to suit most gardens. Autumn is a good time to trim them because there’s little chance of disturbing any birds who might be nesting in them. Nesting season generally runs from March to early August. If you have a small hedge like 58 September 2019

those outside terraced town houses, then hand-held hedge shears are fine, but for large hedges an electric or even a petrol hedge-trimmer is definitely easier. If you have one, give it a check over and make sure it’s sharp and well lubricated. Safety should be paramount. Wear safety goggles and sturdy gloves. It’s not overkill. I once spent Saturday afternoon in eye casualty because a small sharp twig flew into my eye while I was trimming a hedge. It hurt and took ages to heal properly so be warned. Before starting, remove any potential obstacles on the ground which might prove to be a trip hazard. Avoid using powered tools above shoulder height; instead use a sturdy step ladder set on stable ground. If your hedge trimmer is electric use a residual current device (RCD) for safety purposes,

TOP TIPS TO ENSURE AN EVEN, SYMMETRICAL HEDGE • Straight edges are difficult to cut by eye. Use a taut horizontal string tied between two stout canes to act as a guide so you can cut the top of the hedge level. For vertical lines use canes or stakes pushed into the ground. • When using shears, ensure that the top of the hedge is cut level and flat by keeping the blades of the shears parallel to the line of the hedge. • When using a hedge trimmer, keep the blade parallel to the hedge and use a wide, sweeping action working from the bottom of the hedge upwards, so that the cut foliage falls away and don’t use it in damp conditions. One little trick I learned at a hedgecutting course a few years ago is to cut hedges so that they are slightly tapered on both sides. This will mean the base is wider than the top and light can reach the bottom of the hedge, which means the hedge will be greener and look healthier.

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Wheels at the Windmill & Family Fun Day It’s the 12th annual Family Fun Weekend and Mill Fest Open North Leverton Windmill on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September and everyone is invited to go along and join in the fun. There really is something for everyone and it’s free entry — a simple donation would be welcome if you enjoy your visit. All proceeds from the weekend go to the windmill charitable trust to keep the doors open and this iconic windmill in tip top condition. The day time activities start at 12.00pm to 4.00pm and on Saturday the fun continues into the evening with local bands and music including Gaucho, The Levertones, and Jake Cleaver. There will be fantastic refreshments on offer, including the windmill pizza Make friends, bring friends, be

friends. Morton and Gainsborough WI’s forward thinking, innovative, fun meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month. They always have lovely cakes,

oven and BBQ, along with tea, coffee and cakes and of course local favourite Madame Crêpe, The Bees’ Knees bar and an ice cream tricycle. There will also be food available on Saturday evening too. You can also browse the stalls selling local crafts and local produce. There are lots of exhibits, and this year don’t miss Wheels at the Windmill supported by Retford and Gainsborough Motor Club as well as birds of prey, heavy horse and shire horses. During the day there is J S Leisure to keep the kids entertained along with have-a-go archery courtesy of Top Archery. There will be, of course, the Fun Dog Show on both days. And if the wind is blowing the sails will be turning and they will be selling their renowned windmill flour.

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The 10 best electric cars on sale today battery shortage as has hit Kia, wait times can be up to a year. AUDI E-TRON Audi’s E-Tron is its first all-electric model, bringing a premium look and feel as well as impressive electric technology and plenty of space and practicality. Audi claims it’ll do 248 miles on a single charge.

the Tesla Model X, its biggest rival. NISSAN LEAF Nissan’s Leaf was one of the very first all-electric cars to become popular, and it has retained that popularity. The Leaf still holds its own. It’ll crack 239 miles on a single charge, and is spacious and comfortable too.

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HYUNDAI KONA ELECTRIC Capable of travelling up to 279 miles on a single charge, the new Kona Electric has one of the most impressive ranges of any new electric car available, and comes with funky styling and plenty of in-car technology too. As a compact package, it’s just as well suited to urban driving as it is to longer distance motoring. JAGUAR I-PACE The British firm has customers queuing up to buy its all-electric SUV, and it’s easy to see why — the I-Pace is both fast and a comfortable cruiser, plus has almost 300 miles of range. It’s not cheap at £64,495, but that’s good value compared with 62 September 2019

BMW I3S BMW has taken time to refine its i3 all-electric city car, ditching its petrol range extender thanks to better range. The i3s model gives the car a little added performance, and comes with a tuned stability system and a slightly more dynamic look. KIA E-NIRO Journalists have praised the e-Niro crossover for being good to drive and offering a battery capacity that gives an excellent range. Unfortunately, Kia hasn’t been able to source batteries quickly enough to meet demand, so wait times are about twelve months. HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC The Ioniq Electric is an appealing electric car that’s practical, good to drive and surprisingly quick. The interior feels a little on the cheap side, but it’s far from disappointing. However, due to the same

RENAULT ZOE The Renault Zoe offers one of the cheapest entry points to EV ownership and is a great little supermini. The big battery version gives 186 miles of range, so most inner-city commuters will only have to charge it once or twice a week. Prices start at just over £17,000 with the plug-in grant. TESLA MODEL 3 Tesla’s Model S, its saloon car, has been successful, but for many is too expensive. The new Model 3 is a bit more affordable, but still capable of delivering plenty of range and high technology levels too. VOLKSWAGEN E-GOLF The Volkswagen e-Golf is a safe bet for an electric vehicle purchase, with the build quality and dependability you’d expect from one of the UK’s best-selling models. Its range of 144 miles is far from the best in the segment, but is perfectly acceptable for the typical commuter. With plug-in car grant applied, prices hover around the £30,000 mark. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Audi E-Tron; BMW I3s; Renault Zoe

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The arrival of the first day of September will always be marked for most of us as the start of the school term, whether it’s a memory of school years gone by or the daily school run, that you still have to look forward to. After the energy filled days of the summer, it’s a time to start something new, seek out opportunities, or simply have a rest! You may be jumping for joy in those first few quieter weeks, but for some people the empty day can be just as much of a chore as the holidays. Maybe your children have just gone to school for the first time and you’re wondering what to do with yourself, or perhaps your loved ones have flown the nest to university leaving you with a bit more time to fill? If you’re finding yourself wishing for some grown-up company, why not consider volunteering? Most volunteering opportunities are available for a few just hours during the day, once a week, and can be flexible in the holidays too. Disability Network volunteer Michelle Leighton said: “I started volunteering because I wanted to give something back to the community that has helped me so much. “I can volunteer whatever hours fit around my children, so I choose to volunteer a few days a week during term time — I

held on Saturday 12th October at 7.30pm in the village hall, Beckingham. The entry fee is £5.00 per team member and you are welcome to take your own food and drinks. The aim of these quizzes is to provide an enjoyable night out and at the same time raise money for charities. It is hoped that this one will be as successful as the previous 25. It is important to register a team (no restriction on numbers) with Joan Clifton on 01427 848294 as tables are limited. Proceeds on this occasion will be for the Bassetlaw Hospice.

Morton Tea Dance The tea dance at Morton Village

Hall in July, the last before the summer break, was rather special as the group celebrated the Platinum Wedding Anniversary of 70 years, of Joy and Roy Gymer, from Bottesford. The band played ‘Congratulations’ and the Bridal Waltz to ‘You are the only girl in the world’, to a huge round of applause, with everyone joining the dance. What a special day for the lovely couple. The next dance is on Thursday 26th September.

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drop my kids off at school in a morning and then go into the office and leave the office in time for picking the kids up from school. I get self-respect and a reason to hold my head up high, instead of feeling bad about my situation. I would definitely recommend volunteering to other parents.” Volunteering doesn’t have to just be for parents either. If your teenager has just returned to school and is hoping to complete a Duke of Edinburgh Award, or is attending college or sixth form, Voluntary Centre Services can help to find opportunities to complement their study. Duke of Edinburgh volunteers need to complete an average of one hour per week of volunteering over a period of three months, and sixth form or college volunteers can use their complementary activities time on a Wednesday afternoon to make a difference to their local community. The range of opportunities available to parents is huge, from befriending to administration, catering to even getting outdoors and keeping fit. If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering, please call 01427 613470, visit www.voluntarycentreservices. or call in to the Guildhall, from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.

New season at Gainsborough Folk Club Unlike many folk clubs, Gainsborough Folk Club does not close for the summer. However, it is always thought of that the first meeting in September is the start of a new season. This year, that falls on Friday 13th September and meetings take place fortnightly after that, upstairs at the Melrose Club on Melrose Road. The ukulele group meet at 7.30pm on club nights and are always happy to welcome newcomers. They even have ukuleles to lend to you while you decide whether to buy your own. These we bought some years ago, thanks to a generous grant from the Thonock Trust and they have started dozens of people off on a new musical adventure. The ukulele group have lots of previous experience, so you don’t need any! The folk club part of the evening begins at 8.45pm and is usually a singaround.

That means that everyone has a chance to sing a song, play a tune, recite a poem or even tell a joke. It isn’t compulsory however, and you are most welcome to go along and just listen — an audience is needed as well as performers! They do have some guest nights to look forward to later in the season. These are John Conolly, internationally renowned singer songwriter, on Friday 11th October and Roisin Ban on Friday 8th November. If you would like to find out what about the folk club is all about, why not go along? Your first meeting is free. After that, admission is £2.00 per meeting unless you decide to pay for a year’s membership which works out considerably cheaper. Admission for nonmembers on guest nights will be £6.00. More information can be found at www.gainsboroughfolkclub. com or by calling 01427 838726.

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Beauty boosts Kate Duggan takes a look at treats for your skin, hair and senses If your skin (like you) is feeling a

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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

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You can book by calling the Box Office on 01427 676655, online by visiting (£1.50 booking fee per transaction) or by calling in at The Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm. The box office at Trinity Arts Centre is open approximately one hour before every performance.





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Top care essentials for a happy & healthy dog Seeing your dog grow and thrive is one of life’s great rewards, but which are the most important areas when it comes to canine health? Here are five of the essentials: VACCINATIONS Vaccinating your dog against lifethreatening diseases such as distemper, parvo virus and leptospirosis prevents or reduces their potentially devastating effects. Your vet will let you know which vaccinations are required and whether any boosters are needed in the future. DIET Dietary needs change during a dog’s lifetime, so the calcium-rich foods you fed your puppy won’t be as suitable when they’re fully grown. By the time they reach old age fewer calories will be needed, and probably additional help to maintain bones and joints.

EXERCISE Exercise benefits body and mind and is one of the most important activities for your dog. Although the level of exercise depends on various factors, such as breed and age, the mental stimulation that exercise provides adds greatly to your dog’s health and happiness. WORMING, FLEAS AND TICKS Tapeworms and roundworms are common parasitic infestations in dogs. Regular worming is essential, therefore, and should ideally take place every three months. Don’t forget flea and tick treatments too, as prevention is much easier than cure in this respect. DENTAL It’s advisable to start checking your dog’s teeth in puppyhood so they become used to the practice. You can buy dog toothpaste and toothbrushes to make cleaning easier, but you also need to watch for signs of redness or inflammation of the gums.

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MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT AND WORK TO AVOID DEVELOPING TYPE II DIABETES Maintaining a healthy weight helps preserve macular pigment density, helping to prevent AMD onset. Excess body weight is also linked to glaucoma. Diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy and (potentially) blindness. PROTECT YOUR EYES FROM UV LIGHT UV light is a risk factor for cataracts. Never look at the sun directly and on bright days always wear sunglasses bearing the CE mark or British Standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013, which indicate adequate ultraviolet protection.

Seven steps to healthy eyes National eye Health Week 23rd September 2019 According to the Royal National Institute for the Blind, around half of all sight loss in the UK is avoidable. National Eye Health Week (NEHW), from 23rd to 29th September, reminds us of the importance of eye health and regular eye tests. KEEP ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION LOW Heavy drinkers are at increased risk of cataracts, early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), weakness or paralysis in the eye muscles, night blindness, corneal thinning or perforation, dryness, and (especially if they smoke) tobacco-alcohol amblyopia, a progressive optic neuropathy causing bilateral, painless, visual impairment with loss of colour vision and a central visual field defect. Excessive alcohol intake during pregnancy can cause foetal alcohol syndrome, resulting in ocular abnormalities in the baby. Both men and women should keep alcohol consumption under fourteen units a week. 74 September 2019

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Choosing a window treatment

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Katherine Sorrell looks at how to choose the best window treatment options Curtains, blinds or even shutters

— the right window treatment can make or break a room. We look at how to choose the best option for your home. While maintaining privacy and blocking early-morning light may be their primary functions, window treatments are also a key part of an interior design scheme, adding colour, pattern, texture and an essential element of sophistication. They can also correct a badly proportioned window, disguise an unattractive view, filter bright light and provide a visual link between inside and out. But where should one start? While aesthetics are important, practicality should come first. Is the window overlooked? What does it look onto? Is it an unusual size or shape?

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Is there room for curtains to ‘stack back’ on each side? What is below the window? Is complete blackout in the room necessary? Does the window treatment need to be splash-proof? Once you have considered all the basics, think about the overall style of your home and what else is in the room, and start to narrow down the options. CURTAINS When choosing curtains, the colour, pattern and weight of the fabric are the important factors, as is the style of hanging. Generally, grander curtains tend to suit larger, period rooms (pelmets, swags and tails may also be an option in this case), while simple curtains are more suited to modern properties. Check the heading, as this

determines the way the curtain will hang: usually, a tape sewn to the top of the fabric is pulled to form either loose gathers or more formal pleats, and is hooked onto curtain rings. Other styles include tab, tie, eyelet or hemmed tops, which look decorative but can sometimes be harder to draw. Curtain poles are designed to be on show and come in a variety of materials, with finials at each end that are either simple or ornamental. Sometimes, however, a curtain track is more suitable than a pole: they can be mounted either on the wall or the ceiling, can be bent around bays, and need less clearance above a window. To gain maximum natural light, fit a pole or track that hangs far enough from each side of the window to allow the curtains to be drawn right away from it. Floor-length curtains are generally better than sill-length, though shorter curtains may be more appropriate when radiators, window seats or furnishings are in the way. Linings are essential on all but sheers; they help curtains hang neatly and protect them from fading, dirt and condensation. Blackout linings are ideal in a bedroom, while thermal linings can be as effective an insulator as double glazing. BLINDS Perfect for smaller rooms, blinds are ► Solid Shaker panels made from classic hardwood,

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Choosing a window treatment ◄ also great for modern homes and in bathrooms and kitchens — and they tend to be a lot cheaper than curtains. Roller blinds are the most basic style, while roll-up versions, tied with tape or ribbon, have a pretty yet still simple look. Roman blinds are smart and versatile, suiting almost every room. Choose fabric that is mid-weight and not too textured, as blinds need to roll or fold easily against themselves. There is nothing to stop you combining more than one colour or pattern, in the form of smart, contrast borders down the sides or along the bottom of the blind. And sometimes it is a good idea to combine a plain and a sheer fabric, to allow light through at the top of the window while giving privacy beneath. Plain blinds can be boosted with a good-looking pull (think leather, glass, raffia, stone or rope) or trim (such as ribbon, pom poms, ric rac, stitching, fringing, shells or buttons). If you want a dressier look, add curtains as well.

SHUTTERS Good-looking in an unfussy way, shutters suit both old and new properties. They are expensive but are good at blocking out sound and light, and can even provide extra security. The plainest shutters feature a timber frame and solid centre panel (a local joiner should be able to make them for you), while louvred versions (from specialist shutter companies) offer privacy while also controlling light. Both types can be left as natural wood or painted whatever colour you like. They can be made as a pair, bi-fold, tri-fold or more, either fullheight, half-height or one set above another, and fitted within a reveal or to fold back against the walls. BUDGET OPTIONS One of the least expensive options is frosted window film, which you can cut to any size and shape as you wish and stick on yourself.




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What’s on at Town Hall Live in September Kirton in Lindsey Amateur Gardeners Town Hall Live in Kirton has two Dibb on guitar and vocals, Lauren The Kirton in Lindsey Amateur

Gardeners (KLAGs) meetings continue on Wednesday 18th September at 7.30pm, in the Town Hall, Market Place, Kirton in Lindsey. The talk and presentation this time will be about ‘Autumn Gardening — hints and tips.’ and will be given by Rachel Barrowcliffe. She has been a gardener and designer for over 30 years; working in a large variety of gardens from tiny postage stamp size gardens to grand house gardens. You can find out more about Rachel at At each meeting, monthly competitions are held for members. This month it will be ‘Three beans (runner or French)’. Future subjects include: gardening with alpines, bulbs and woodland plants; and photographing plants The 39th annual show flower and produce show is just a few days away — on 7th September at Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall — and the organisers are always looking for more people to enter items in the various classes available, they are not just gardening related. The classes include vegetables, fruit, flowers, pot plants, floral art, wine making, preserves, baking, classes for children, photography, art and craft classes. It is a real assortment to cater for many interests. The show schedules with all the information about the above and how to enter are out now. Many classes remain the same each year, but some change each year to provide variation. Please consider entering. You can enter if you live within five miles of the Market Place where the show is held in the town hall or if you are a member of the club. It is open to the public for view the exhibits from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. The winners of this years’ Kirton in Lindsey in Bloom competition will also be presented with their awards at the show. If you have any queries entering or need further information, then please contact Martin Hollingsworth, chair, on 01652 648435 or or through Facebook ‘KLAGs (Kirton in Lindsey Amateur Gardeners)’.

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shows in September. The first is on Friday 13th September, when The Josh Burnell Band will headline, whilst the second is on Friday 27th September, when Chorlton Country Club from Manchester bring their Roadshow Revue show to the town. Joshua Burnell and his band from York are currently getting rave reviews from appearances at festivals across the country. Whilst growing up, Josh was drawn to progressive rock music and more recently became fascinated by traditional music. He has blended the two styles to create a sound totally his own. The band consists of Joshua on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Frances Sladen on vocals, Holly Brandon on violin, Nathan Greaves on lead guitar, Jack Woods on mandolin and Ed Simpson on drums. Support will come from Crooked Weather, who are Will Bladen and Holly Blackshaw, who are a perfect match for Joshua, with their unique blend of rock infused folk. Both acts have a big future ahead of them, don’t forget where you first saw them. Chorlton Country Club are Thomas

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The Lincoln Branch of Lincolnshire Family History Society members’ only outing this year, is to visit the Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum, Lincoln LN6 3QT on Saturday 14th September, meeting at the museum at 11.20am for a 11.30am visit. Refreshments will be available

GMTS’ Night of Song Gainsborough Musical Theatre Society (GMTS) are back after their storming success of this year’s show Sister Act, with their show-stopping concert performance ‘GMTS... a Night of Song’, only this year things will be slightly different... on for two nights only, this is a concert show you won’t want to miss! Filled to the brim with songs that will make you want to sing along and numbers that will get you up in the aisles dancing. Jam packed with songs from your favourite shows such as Waitress, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Matilda, Dear

Housley on vocals, Mark Lewis on bass and CJ Hillman and pedal steel. What started out as a local jam night for roots music enthusiasts, has blossomed into one of the north’s favourite spots to hear the best in the UK and overseas blues, soul and Americana music. Now Chorlton Country Club take their live music experience out on the road with them. What’s more they will be bringing special guests such as Robbie Cavanagh, Demi Marriner and Joe Martin. Expect songs such as Angel from Montgomery, Take it to the Limit (Eagles), To Love Somebody (The Bees Gees), The Weight, Up on Cripple Creek (The Band), Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash) and Jolene (Dolly Parton), as well as songs from Lauren’s band and the guest artists. It is guaranteed to be a night to remember with top class musicians. Tickets for the Joshua Burnell Band are priced at £13.00, and those for Chorlton Country Club are at £14.00. They can be obtained from Costcutter in Kirton, from Brian on 01652 649230 or from and after the introduction to the Vintage Vehicle Society in August, the society will get the chance to go back down memory lane and revisit the sights, sounds and smells of these old vehicles for themselves! For more details and if you’d like to visit, please contact Tracey on 07941 245322.

Evan Hansen, Little Shop of Horrors and much much more, at £10.00 a ticket you’ll want to get your tickets booked fast. With songs and dances to please every generation why not bring the whole family for a night guaranteed to leave you all with songs stuck in your head for weeks after. Show dates are Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September with the shows beginning at 7.00pm. To book tickets visit to book them online, call the box office on 01427 676655 or why not go in to the Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough to book them in person!

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That’s the spirit: Gin

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juniper berries and gin making can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Today, many gins are widely available. There are different styles of gins, plus flavoured and very aromatic gins, too. Gin cocktails continue to be hugely popular, with many ‘devotees’.

Warner Edwards are creators and distillers of hand-crafted, artisan gins. Their Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin is named because the original rhubarb crop, from which the current rhubarb crops are descended, was grown in the kitchen garden of Buckingham Palace, during Queen Victoria’s reign. The mouthfeel and palate enjoys the tangy sweetness. Also, prosecco makes a great mix with this gin. Other Warner Edwards hand-crafted gins include their splendid Harrington Dry. 82 September 2019

trevor Langley samples some stunning measures The Cotswolds Distillery, established 2014, produces an excellent quality, hand-crafted, dry gin, which is unfiltered, so as to retain all the flavour of the botanical extracts and essential oils. This classic production is produced in small batches and is wellbalanced, with an ‘inviting’ nose of citrus amongst the bouquet’s appeal. The mouthfeel and palate continue the enjoyment, which is clean and crisp. This exceptional gin is part of their range. www. Gordon’s is a very well-established company. Premium Pink Distilled Gin I found refreshing and aromatic.

The inclusion of raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant ‘natural flavourings’, make for a superblybalanced and often-selected gin production. Another impressive gin, inspired by Gordon’s original pink gin recipe of 1880. A company dedicated and committed to producing and supplying high-quality drinks. Chase Rhubarb and Bramley Apple is a single-estate production, from the Chase Distillery Company, Chase distils from the field to the bottle and has an excellent range of drinks. This gin is carefully crafted by distilling G B gin with freshlypressed rhubarb and Bramley apple juice, which comes directly from the farm. This impressive production is perfect anytime and great for spritz cocktails. I located these gins at Waitrose, the food and retail division of John Lewis Partnership. Founded during 1904, Waitrose possesses a royal warrant to supply groceries and offers food and beverages of outstanding quality, many of which are multi awardwinning.



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Showground will once again be holding the largest tractor show of its kind in the UK. This family-friendly annual autumn event will feature hundreds of vintage agricultural and horticultural machines as well as plenty of trade stands, demonstrations and displays. The feature tractor themes for 2019 are; International Harvester, CASE and David Brown (pre 1796). You’ll also see original condition vintage machines, the UK’s premier restorations, static and working stationary engines, commercial vehicles and horticultural equipment! For the non-tractor enthusiasts in your family, there is still plenty to see and do, with displays of traditional crafts such as spinning, stick-making and chair caning as well as numerous indoor and outdoor trade stands offering opportunities to shop for products from country wear clothing, gifts, footwear, original paintings and prints, to sweet and savoury snacks, as well as items that will appeal to agricultural machinery enthusiasts. Keep your eyes out for social media giveaways and competitions in the run up to the event, learn more at


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Tamil Nadu, top UNESCO Site in India On the Bay of Bengal, south of

Chennai, these enchanting temples and shrines echo a glorious past to the sound of ocean waves. Eroded by wind, time and sea, they are still an outstanding display of Dravidian architecture, bequeathed by the first Pallava kings, father and son, in the 6th to 7th centuries. The site frequently changed its name but today it is best known as Mamallapuram, the place of ‘Mamallan’, the ‘wrestler’, referring to the first king. From the ocean to the hillside, this vast outdoor complex holds you spellbound, starting with the ‘Five Rathas’ glowing coppery gold on the southern side. Shaped like ‘chariots’ carrying Hindu deities at festival time, each shrine was chiselled out of one huge boulder, starting from the top. Gently fanned by casuarinas, they are all different, one guarded by lions propping up the porch and a majestic elephant nearby, others looking like a thatched hut, a covered cart or a pyramid draped in sculptures

of deities, royal couples, comic figures and wildlife. The largest and most intricate is the lofty Dharmaraja, an art gallery in its own right. Just beyond the Rathas, the hillside beckons with bas-reliefs and mysterious caves. This is a different world where carvings may send shivers down your spine, from battles against a buffaloheaded demon to boar-like Vishnu plunging into the ocean to rescue Mother Earth. The Krishna sanctuary shows gentle scenes of pastoral life as the god lifts the mountain to protect shepherds from the wrath of rain. All these amazing carvings are the legacy of Pallavan artisans, most impressive among them the ‘Descent of the Ganges’. It’s the biggest outdoor bas-relief in the world, 96 feet long and 43 feet high, carved with nearly 1,000 figures of animals, humans and gods. According to legend this is where Lord Shiva brought the Ganges from heaven down to earth, letting it trickle through his matted hair. Then

the river went its own way but you can still see the cleft in the rock. Meanwhile saris flutter across this ancient site, bright red and gold, as locals make their way to the aptly named Shore Temple, the only survivor of the ‘Seven Pagodas’ mentioned by early travellers. The 2004 tsunami uncovered some extensive foundations but the undamaged Shore Temple rises above it all, its sculpted pyramids dominating the landscape from afar, resplendent yet haunted by shadows from a distant past. Built in granite around 700 AD, it includes rock-cut shrines to Shiva and Vishnu and the ‘Mother of the Universe’ seated on a lion’s leg. Beautifully set on lush ground, away from the crowds and souvenir stalls, the compound is enclosed by a low tumbling wall where ‘Nandis’, the legendary bulls ridden by Shiva, have kept watch for over 1,000 years. It’s an inspiring backdrop for the midwinter festival but whatever the season, there is no better place to watch the sunset over the hills as ocean waves crash relentlessly on the shore.




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SMART WATCHES Most children’s smart watches allow kids to take photos and play games. The Moochies watch also allows children to text and call people, but only those who’ve been approved by the parent. So, your child can call you to ask if they can go to a friend’s house after school, send a text message to their cousin and video call their granny, but they can’t call or text anyone you haven’t approved. The Moochies watch is ideal for children who are old enough for a bit more independence, but not quite old enough for their own phone. (It’s proven an absolute hit with my seven and ten year old.) The watch itself costs £69.99 and you’ll need to choose a rolling network plan, which costs from £10.00 a month. You can also customise the watch with different straps, which cost £7.50

each. See www. POCKET MONEY APPS If your child is old enough to go shopping on their own, you might want to look at getting them a prepaid debit card. There are several pocket money apps and cards on the market, including Go Henry, which allows you to transfer money to the card, decide how much your child can spend, and keep an eye on what they’re spending their money on. You can also set them chores to earn extra money. So, for instance, you might set them the task of hoovering once a week to earn £2.00. Once they complete the task, you mark it as done on the parent app and the money is transferred from your account to theirs. You can also set up savings goals and kids can choose to give a percentage of their pocket money to charity. Go Henry costs £2.99 per child, per month at Similar schemes include Nimbl (£2.49 a month) and Osper (£2.50 a month).

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Kirton in Lindsey Table Tennis Club’s extra-curricular fun

The Kirton in Lindsey Table Tennis

Club had some extra-curricular fun last month and entered the Kirton in Lindsey Scarecrow Competition. They didn’t win, but all who took part had lots of fun. The club starts its 2019/20 season on Thursday 5th September, at 7.00pm. You can see their website for further details — Google ‘kirton table tennis’ for further information and directions. You can also email Rod at rod@ or call 07809 459464.

Bowls Club celebrates again

A resounding win in a friendly match against Cleethorpes, with a 146 - 119 score, gave Misterton Bowls Club another cause for celebration. This is on top of the club reaching its 50th anniversary this year. Anyone interested in joining the club and playing (or learning to play) this friendly, competitive outdoor sport, please contact Malcolm on 01427 890340. Following requests from

residents, the Town Council-promoting Kirton Committee invited residents and businesses to take part in a scarecrow competition for the first time across Kirton in Lindsey in July. Winning scarecrows were awarded prizes during the town’s annual summer gala on Saturday 13th July. Imagination was the key for the scarecrows in order to create a varied and interesting trail around the town. 65 competition entries were created

On Saturday 2nd November at Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Choral Society are performing MozartRequiem: a musical masterpiece shrouded in mystery. This emotionally stirring work will be accompanied by Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra conducted by Mark Wilde, the musical director of Lincoln Choral Society. Mozart believed that he had been cursed to write a requiem as a ‘swansong’ for himself as he was convinced of his imminent death! In early 1791, an unknown, grey stranger turned up at the composer’s door 88 September 2019

Gainsborough U3A goes kayaking The Gainsborough U3A meets every second Thursday at 10.00am for a 10.30am start upstairs in the large meeting room of Gainsborough Methodist Church, North Street, Gainsborough DN21 2HP and new members are always welcome. U3A KAYAKING EXPERIENCE With varying degrees of trepidation, a small group of U3A members made their way to Activities Away in Lincoln, to try out kayaking. On arrival, the fun started as the visitors wriggled and twisted and pushed and pulled themselves into wet suits which, although not flattering, did pull everyone in everywhere — next were the helmets and safety jackets and then it was ready for off. Getting into the kayaks was an interesting experience, with members saying that they were no longer as supple as in their younger days, yet a lot of help was given. So, there they were, some with wet feet,

Scarecrow success at Kirton in Lindsey and displayed across every corner of the town, creating a huge trail for residents and visitors to enjoy. Local businesses (No 12 Chocolatier, The Terrace Bistro and Tea Rooms and Station Road Co-op donated prizes and local company Pobblyboo created and designed a trail leaflet to enable scarecrow spotting. Three prizes were presented

Lincoln Choral Club saying he represented someone who wanted a requiem from Mozart, on the understanding that he did not seek the identity of his patron. Spooked by the commission, Mozart threw himself obsessively into the work, but he died aged 35 before he could finish the composition, which was then completed by his pupil Süssmayr, to whom the composer had given detailed instructions about its completion. Regardless of who wrote which parts of the requiem, it still sounds wonderful — and in the words of Beethoven: “If

hanging onto the paddles and realising that kayaks, unlike canoes have no back rest. The lesson started and then they were off. There were some problems: they all found the position uncomfortable, so they were told to bend their legs and lean forward. This did the trick for most people. However, one member had to be unzipped from her wet suit before she could get in that position. Another member found the position far too uncomfortable. He was taken off and the next time the others saw him, much to his amazement and theirs, he was kneeling on a paddleboard! Due to the patient instructors everyone was soon able to paddle across the lake, play racing games and because they all became envious of Tony’s paddle-boarding skills, most people went on to be taught that as well. Everyone said they had a great morning, which was ended with hot drinks and lovely cakes as well as deciding to bring grandchildren during the summer holidays. across two categories of public award and judges award. The public award resulted in a tied vote and therefore two winners and the judges award proved extremely difficult to reach a consensus too! The event was so popular that some residents are already planning their designs for next year! The three winning entries were number one — ‘Peter Rabbit, Mr McGregor and Jeremy Fisher’, number 12 — ‘Land Girl’ and number 57 — ‘Bill & Ben’. Mozart did not write the music then the man who wrote it was a Mozart!” Let you the audience decide! In addition to the requiem there will be extracts from Mozart Operas — trios and arias — including the aria ‘Queen of the Night’ from The Magic Flute with its extreme range. An aria reserved only for the most daring soprano and of course they have one for the night! For further information, please contact Dr Paul Stratton, publicity officer for Lincoln Choral Society at lincolnchoralsocietypublicity@

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A new season will soon start for the Gainsborough Choral Society, with the first rehearsal on Thursday 5th September, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, at Queen Elizabeth’s High School, Gainsborough. The choir are an amateur choir bound together by the joy of singing, with no audition to join, the only requirement is enthusiasm as members are worked hard by their excellent musical director Richard Green. Last year the choir marked the end of the First World War with a performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in Lincoln Cathedral, together with five other Lincolnshire choirs, one German

A new season at Gainsborough Choral Society

choir, two orchestras, three conductors and the choristers from the cathedral. It was a sold-out performance, and a memorable occasion. The rehearsed throughout the summer in coordination with other choirs and it all came together in the cathedral — a difficult work which all performed well. It proved a once in a lifetime experience never to be forgotten. More recently, the choir’s March concert was a highly appreciated. ‘A Night at the Savoy’ with a selection of Gilbert and Sullivan opera excerpts — an altogether more relaxed series of rehearsals and

a brilliant finale to the season. This season Handel’s all-time favourite Messiah will be performed at All Saints’ Church, Gainsborough, on Saturday 16th November. Carols for All is on Saturday 14th December and perhaps a less familiar ‘Not the Messiah’, a comedic oratorio based on Monty Python’s Life of Brian, will be performed on Saturday 28th March 2020. If anyone is interested in joining the society, you’re invited to go along to the first rehearsal, check out the website or contact our secretary, Deirdre Speed, on 01427 614162.

‘The Hut People’ return to Kirton Town Hall Friends of Parkinson’s The Kirton in Lindsey Entertainment Organisation (KLEO) has its autumn show coming up soon in conjunction with LIVELINCS on Friday 11th October at 7.30pm in Town Hall, Market Place, Kirton in Lindsey. Taking the audience on a musical journey around the world, English duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond), have firmly established themselves as one of the most entertaining and best loved acts on the UK folk scene today. Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage and it works so well! 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

The Riverside Indoor Bowls Club (RIB) are continuing to make huge strides in their aim to return indoor bowls to the Gainsborough district. They have identified two potential venues and have had a promising meeting with a representative of West Lindsey District Council and look forward to working with them to deliver a greater sporting asset to the Gainsborough community for all ages — feelings are very optimistic for the future. Funds are continuing to be raised and the July quiz was a huge success, raising 90 September 2019

accordion) and humour aplenty. “This is a brilliantly unique sound – a duo of piano accordion and percussion defiantly unbounded by British traditions as they stride into world music.” The Scotsman Tickets cost £6.00 and concessions are £5.00, or a family ticket is £18.00 (for two adults and two children). LIVELINCS is the rural touring scheme for North Lincolnshire it organises high quality theatre, music and dance events to rural venues across local area in conjunction with local community groups. Call Martin on 01652 648435 to book tickets or for more information or email at m.hollingsworth205@ Tickets are also available from Costcutter in Market Place, Kirton in Lindsey

Riverside Bowls Club £450.00. They have received numerous donations, Ebay sale funds and the grand raffle is very popular. The club were also successful in their application to the Councillor Initiative Fund, all helping to keep the bank balance looking healthier month by month. There will be another table-top sale at Morton Village Hall in September and members of the club are attending Meynell Kindergarten on Saturday 31st August, as their next main fundraising event. So although this is

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Friends of Parkinson’s

Gainsborough is a friendly sociable weekly class including refreshments at The Active Senior Hub, at Everyone Active West Lindsey Leisure Centre, every Tuesday from 11.00am to 12.30pm. At each meeting there is a voluntary assistant at hand to help. This is a chance for you to meet likeminded friends in an understanding and informal setting. Take control, feel positive, slow down progression and improve confidence. Plant the seeds for your health, for now and your future, physically and emotionally. For more information, please contact Liz Clews on 07751 964832 or email All enquiries will be treated in confidence. Please pass this information onto others that may need their help. short notice, if you read this in time it would be great for you to go along, support the club and the school and see what Meynell Kindergarden has in store for us everyone! The club is extremely grateful to RIB members, members of the public, local businesses and shops throughout the area for their continued support which has been unbelievable, and the paid-up supporters continue to grow. If members of the public are interested in supporting RIB, please contact Linda Grocock on 01427 614682.


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and self-help measures that can help to ease the symptoms. A GP will test for other medical problems that can cause tiredness, such as anaemia, thyroid issues, food intolerances or diabetes. Many cases of TATT are related to mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety. Traumatic life events, stress and money worries can also cause fatigue. Talking therapies can help in these cases, and your doctor may be able to refer you to a counselling service. If a GP has ruled out more serious underlying causes but you still feel tired, there are lifestyle changes that will help. First make sure you’re getting enough good quality sleep. Make it a priority for a few weeks to see how much better you feel. The Royal College of Psychologists’ advice is to have both a regular bedtime

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ADB Builders....................................................................78 Benchmark Brickwork & Masonry...........................72 CAL Developments........................................................63 Fenwick Landscapes....................................................57 JCM Building & Fencing...............................................59 S2 Builders.......................................................................45 Conservatory Roof Conversions Paul Jackson Conservatories....................................21 Right Conservatory Roof Conversions....................32 Damp Proof Services Just Damp Proofing.......................................................64 Drives, Patios & Pathways Bespoke Landscape Solutions.................................60 Brightstar Home Improvements...............................55 Elmfield Landscapes....................................................59 Fenwick Landscapes....................................................57 Fencing Elmfield Landscapes....................................................59 Fenwick Landscapes....................................................57 JCM Building and Fencing...........................................59 Garage Doors The Doors Group............................................................65 Zap Garage Doors.........................................................63 Garden Machinery & Lawn Mower Steve Stanton Lawn Mowers.....................................57 Gardening, Tree & Landscaping Services Appleyard Tree & Garden Services..........................55 Ben Blades Professional Tree Care & Landscaping............................................57 Bespoke Landscape Solutions.................................60 Clive Williams Garden Maintenance.......................57 DN22 Trees & Landscapes........................................57 Elmfield Landscapes....................................................59 Fenwick Landscapes....................................................57 Greenthumb.......................................................................1 Gates & Railings The Electric Gate Guys.................................................56 Handyman Service TD Handyperson.............................................................17 Locksmith Andrew James Locksmiths.........................................29 Locks & Security.............................................................15 Masonry Benchmark Brickwork & Masonry...........................72 Roofing Services Matt Timby Traditional Roofing Specialist............. 51 Otter Roofing...................................................................45 Scaffolding A Craft Scaffolding.........................................................32 Sheds & Garden Buildings UK Garden Buildings.....................................................61 Windows, Doors & Conservatories Advanced Windows & Doors......................................47 C Toyne & Son.................................................................13 Dickson Windows..........................................................45 Misty Free Windows......................................................27 Simon Blakemore UPVC...............................................78 True Window & Glass Centre.............................3 & 95 Westwood Installations...............................................91 Window Repair Services..............................................29


Bathroom AHM Installations...........................................................29 Cre8 Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms..................7 Prestige Bathrooms.......................................................47 Bedroom Cre8 Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms..................7 Blinds, Curtains & Shutters Aster Blind Company....................................................77 Hawthorn Cottage Sewing...........................................77 STA Home Furnishings.................................................79 Vorbo Interiors.................................................................11 Domestic Appliance Repairs Peter Ford.........................................................................89 Electrical Retail Aegir Consumer Electronics....................................... 70 Electrical Services & Supplies A Price................................................................................ 51 AGW Electrical.................................................................73 Anderton Electrical........................................................63 Delta Electrical Solutions............................................ 41

Misterton Security & Electrical..................................77 Furniture & Homeware Horsleys.............................................................................17 Joinery Services Clayton Joinery Services...............................................17 Prime Joinery Services.................................................75 Kitchen CP Painters.......................................................................85 Cre8 Kitchens, Bathrooms & Bedrooms..................7 Direct Factory Kitchens...............................................21 Gallant Restorations.....................................................89 Painting & Decorating Services C Markham Painters & Decorators.........................29 INW Decorating.............................................................. 51 Steve Mann.......................................................................17 Sue’s Decor......................................................................77 Picture Framing Services The Working Gallery......................................................11 Plumbing, Heating & Gas Services AGW Plumbing................................................................73 Clear Blue Gas................................................................84 Cozee-Heat Plumbing Services.................................75 Heat 2 U............................................................................ 41 RJ Heating & Plumbing Repairs................................29 Stoves & Fireplaces JT Stove Installations.....................................................47


Gainsborough Golf Club...................................48 & 49 West Retford Hotel........................................................87


West Lindsey Leisure Centre........................................9


Car Valeting Steve Spindley (& Daughter) Valeting......................65 Hire Road Trippin.....................................................................77 Servicing, Repairs & Parts Auto Centre......................................................................65 ColourMatch....................................................................65 PB Powder Coating .......................................................63 R & A Scott..........................................................................5


Clarke’s Pianos...............................................................37




Dog & Cat Grooming Woodside Pet Care........................................................73 Kennels & Catteries North Leverton Kennels & Cattery...........................73 Woodside Pet Care........................................................73


Lincolnshire County Council.......................................13 Stagecoach......................................................................53


Picasso Pottery Cafe......................................................71 Fishing The Tackle Shop.............................................................45


Kisimul Group..................................................................83


DK Removals...................................................................75


Diamond Cabs................................................................ 70 NIS Cars............................................................................73


Whites Recycling — Septic Tank & Cess Pit Emptying......................................................55 EDUCATION & TRAINING Dancing & Performing Arts Hannah Danielle Dance..............................................37 The Music & Dance Journey.......................................38 Schools, Further Education & Tuition Clarke’s Pianos...............................................................37 CLIP — Community Learning in Partnership............2 Mount St Mary’s College.............................................35 North Lindsey College.................................................. 41 Redwood Scholars Tuition..........................................37 The Elizabethan Academy..........................................39



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