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Stamp duty trap........................6 Delicious Christmas dishes....8 Fun but frugal Christmas......12 A good read............................15 Step into health.......................16 Party in style..............................18 Baking bliss................................20 Duvet day.................................22 Seven heaven.........................28 Paint like Picasso Challenge....30 Party perfection......................34 Restaurant review.........36 & 37 Perplexing puzzles..................38 Time for beds............................42 December skies......................44 Perfect toys for kids.................46 My Christmas wish list............48 Pet playtime.............................50 Top tech for Christmas..........52 Save your skin...........................58 The morning after...................58

Regulars Community.....14, 26, 40, 54 & 61 Useful numbers........................60 Index...........................................62

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Welcome to the December edition of Gainsborough Life. Christmas means something different to everyone, and it certainly is a very special time of year. You may love the run up to the festive period, such as shopping for gifts, and cooking up festive yummy treats. Or perhaps you enjoy making your own special presents, or just spending quality time with family and friends. Time seems to fly by for us all so quickly these days, and it’s so important to take time to slow down over the Christmas period, to reflect, plan and recharge our batteries. For those of you that haven't had time to start your Christmas shopping yet, let our local businesses help you out. There are many Christmas offers within these pages and you might just find inspiration for that special gift you were looking for! If you’re looking to get your house and garden ready for the Christmas or New Year season, you’ll find all the local people you need to help you within these pages. Keeping things local and supporting our local businesses is more important than ever in these challenging times, so please

pick up the phone and give them a call. This is our Christmas edition, and we’ve pulled out all the stops to bring you some great articles and features to help you make the most of this great month. We've got the top five toys for the kids, plus five more for the gadget gurus on pages 46 and 52 as well as tip on making the most of the festivities in these straitened times on page 12. Our resident food writers Richard and Helen stopped by The Charnwood Hotel, Blyth this month, to try out what the Lounge Bar menu has to offer, see what they thought on page 36 and 37, plus all the usual great news from the community. We have been twittering recently @gainslife and you can find us on Facebook too at www.facebook.com/ gainsboroughlife so for all you social media users, please ‘Follow Us’ or ‘Like Us’, and we will catch up with you online. We hope that you have a fabulous month and festive period.

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One of the properties currently on my books is a very nice five bedroom semi in an upmarket city suburb; it is priced to sell at £320,000. Surprisingly, out of eight initial viewings, five of them have been from first time buyers, most of them cheerfully admitting to help from the bank of mum and dad. The obstacles in the way of a first time buyer getting on the property ladder with a house at this price level are considerable. I’ve spoken before about the standard 25% deposit expected by most lenders before — in this case £80,000 which is a huge amount of money to find — but the other big problem is the stamp duty. A lot of first time buyers are stamp duty exempt because their first house costs less than the £125,000 threshold, but beyond £250,000 stamp duty jumps to a hefty 3%, £9,600 if this house sells for the asking price. Stamp duty is simply a tax; you can’t borrow the money on your mortgage and it doesn’t go towards the equity you have in your property. By the time solicitors’ and moving costs are taken into account, our first time buyer will need

How to avoid the stamp duty trap to have about £95,000 in the bank. One of the viewers really liked the house but only had £85,000 available. To get round the shortfall they tried offering £280,000 which, naturally, the vendor rejected out of hand. I came up with a solution to the problem — the buyer would pay the full asking price but the vendor would pay the stamp duty. This meant that the vendor was effectively receiving £310,000 for the property, the lowest price they would accept, and the buyer had to find £80,000 for the deposit, plus around £5,000 for solicitors’ fees and moving costs making up the £85,000 they had in the bank. The deal went through and everyone was happy. Sometimes you have to think outside the box in the current housing market.

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CHRISTMAS 2011

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PORK & STILTON PARCELS

• Lay out the fill pastry sheets and cut into squares, around 15cm square • Brush each sheet with melted butter and lay three on top of each other at angles, making a star pattern • Place in the pork ball in the centre of the filo and fold up the sheets, pinching and twisting to make a parcel • Fill a muffin tray with the parcels and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the pork is cooked through and the pastry is browned and crispy

INGREDIENTS • 6 Filo pastry sheets • 3 Pork sausages/sausage meat • 50g Stilton cheese • Butter, melted • Olive oil

METHOD • Preheat the oven to 180°c • Remove the skin from the sausages and roll a ball of meat in your hands around 2.5cm in diameter • Press it into a disc and pop a generous crumb of stilton in the middle • Fold up the pork around the cheese and form a ball again • Brown the meatballs in a pan with the oil over a medium heat for 5–10 minutes

SPICED NUTS

INGREDIENTS • 400g of your favourite nuts, such as almonds or walnuts • 1tbsp honey • 1tbsp olive oil • 1tsp paprika • 1/2tsp cayenne pepper • Salt and pepper METHOD • Preheat the oven to 180°c • Put the nuts on a lined baking 8 Gainsborough

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tray and make for 5 minutes or until they have turned slightly golden • Turn the oven down to the lowest setting • In a frying pan, mix the oil, honey, spices and a generous pinch of salt and pepper over a medium heat • Toss in the nuts until fully coated and the honey starts to caramelise • Turn the mixture out onto the lined baking tray and return to the oven for a few minutes, then remove and allow to cool

SERRANO & TOMATO CHEESE STRAWS INGREDIENTS • 1 sheet Ready roll puff pastry • 8 sun dried tomatoes, chopped • 50g Serrano ham • Parmesan cheese, grated • 1 egg, beaten

METHOD • Preheat the oven to 180°c • Lay out the puff pastry sheet. Using a sheet of ready roll puff pastry makes this incredibly quick and easy. You can use a block, just roll out to 35mm x 25mm • Lay the ham over half of the sheet of pastry, going right to the edges, then top with the chopped sun dried tomatoes • Fold over the other half of the pastry like a book and roll out slightly • Trim off any excess pastry that has no filling • Brush with the beaten egg • Cut horizontally into strips, around 1cm wide, then take each one and gently twist while pulling away slightly • Lay on a baking tray and press the ends down slightly to stop them unravelling • Sprinkle with a little extra grated Parmesan • Bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes or until golden

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Fun but frugal Christmas… CHRISTMAS 2011

Debbie Singh-Bhatti on how to make the most of Christmas on a budget

For children, Christmas

is that mystical time of year when Santa miraculously squeezes himself down the chimney and presents they’ve dreamed of magically appear at the bottom of beds. For adults, the magic of Christmas may turn to misery and the dreams to nightmares as the wonder of receiving gifts turns into worry about how to pay for them. Now, perhaps more than ever before, the question of how to pay for Christmas is on everyone’s mind. The answer to that question is simple — set a budget. Take an honest look at your finances and decide how much you can afford to spend on everything relating to Christmas: food, drink, decorations, cards/wrapping paper, clothing, entertainment and gifts. Next, allocate a portion of your budget to the different headings on the list. This will vary according to the individual. For example, a family with several young children may allocate the majority of their money to gifts, whilst a single person might choose to spend most of their cash on entertainment or drink. The next step is to make a shopping list. Take time to plan your menu or to calculate what you and your guests are likely to drink and then note down the items you need to buy. Make a list in the cold light of day — and stick to it! This eliminates impulse buys that could result in you carting home a load of items you really don’t need. Prepare early if you want to get the most out of your money. That way 12 Gainsborough

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you can take advantage of special offers and other savings that often disappear as the day approaches. You also give yourself chance to shop around for the best prices and deals. Don’t ignore local car boot sales or school fairs where you could find real bargains in unwanted gifts from last year — often still as new in original packaging. Homemade gifts are often the most treasured. Use a bit of creativity: expensive high street gifts can often be copied for a fraction of

the price. Homemade jams and preserves, fleece blankets, car care kits and family photo calendars have all graced our Christmas in recent years. You could also make ‘vouchers’ that can be exchanged for gifts of time or days out. Finally, why not hold a family gift exchange? As our extended family grew, we introduced the “Secret Cousin” tradition, where each child bought in secret for just one cousin at a previously agreed price. Unveiling the secret cousins has become a highlight of our Christmas. Sometimes the best traditions are born out of necessity. Why not create your own.

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An evening of classics On Saturday 17th December,

you will be able to experience a vibrant evening of classics, varying from Handel to Andrew Lloyd Webber, all in aid of raising funds for the Jumbulance Trust and Gainsborough All Saints Church. The concert will commence at 7.30pm at Gainsborough All Saints Church. Returning young artists, Mezzo-Soprano Kamilla Dunstan (Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London) and Violinist Edmund Taylor (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London) will be joined by Pianist Dorian Markovac (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Drama, London) and young local artists in a bid to help raise funds for the Jumbulance Trust and the Gainsborough All Saints Church. Accompanist Martin Yates will also feature. The Jumbulance Trust is a small charitable trust with four unique and specialist vehicles. Their role is two fold; part-coach, part ambulance, known as 'Jumbulances'. The Jumbulances

are designed for transporting those who are disabled over long distances, safely and comfortably with the help of volunteer nurses, doctors, carers and helpers. You can find out more information about the charity by visiting the website www.jumbulance.org.uk. The trust need to raise at least £100,000 in order to build a new Jumbulance bus. To purchase a new bus would mean adults and children with disabilities or illnesses will be able to maximise their quality of life through social and travel opportunities. The whole aim of the Trust is “to make travel possible and transform lives”. If you would like to experience a fantastic evening and support such a worthy cause in the process, please come along. Tickets are £7.00 per person and £6.00 for concessions. Tickets will be on sale at the door or if you want to purchase a ticket beforehand, visit Gainsborough All Saints Church Cafe or Horsleys, Church Street, Gainsborough.

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A good read

CHRISTMAS 2011 EDITION

Imogen Clemmow, 9, reads Jacqueline Wilson’s Sapphire Battersea

I was really happy when

Jacqueline Wilson’s new book came out because I love her books very much! I enjoy them because they are always realistic, but they are a bit sad sometimes. This book is a sequel to Hetty Feather and Jacqueline Wilson promises to write two more books in the series. Sapphire Battersea

is a story told by a 14 year old girl about her life so far. She was taken away from her mum as a baby because her mum could not look after her. She went to live with a foster family and loves them very much, especially her dear foster brother Jem, but at the age of five she had to leave their home to go to a foundling hospital. She hated it because children weren’t treated very well there. At 14, Sapphire leaves the hospital to start work. The story follows her life as she grows up including emotional times, both happy and sad. Will Sapphire be contented in the end? I found this book a bit upsetting as Sapphire Battersea was often treated unkindly by the maids, which

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was depressing to read about. However, I enjoyed reading about how life was for children in the past. Jacqueline Wilson really made me feel like I knew the characters well. I think this book would be most enjoyed by girls aged nine to fifteen. I was so keen to find out what happened in the end that I read it in just four days — a record for me! My older sister will be reading it next. I hope she will enjoy it as much as I did and I hope you will too. I can’t wait until the next book in the series is out!

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HEALTH

Step into health Sue Blain on why we should look after our feet on these cold winter days

Footcare should be a priority in winter — the season for hiding them away in boots and sturdy weatherproof shoes. No sunny airing in sandals or barefoot on beaches and paddling in the sea to keep them healthy. We need to check our shoes are fit for purpose. Choose quality over quantity. Leather is best, with flexible soles, good gripping surfaces, cushioned insoles, insulated for warmth and room to wriggle those toes. Apparently the average adult walks the equivalent of more than four times round the world in a lifetime. What percentage of that is Christmas shopping I wonder? After a hard day, soak your weary feet in warm water, with added sea salt or soothing oils. Dry thoroughly with a soft towel, especially between the toes. A spot of tea tree oil helps to prevent fungal problems, like 16 Gainsborough

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athlete’s foot. File hard skin gently, preferably using a pumice stone in or after a bath. Finish off with a foot file after drying, and apply a foot cream if heels are particularly dry. Visit a podiatrist for advice if you have any problems. Many footproblems are self-inflicted. However attractive high heels may be, healthy feet are the real beauty. Pam Ayres’ poem, ‘I wish I’d looked after my teeth’, could apply to feet, for those who regret having bunions and corns.

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Massaging feet keeps them supple and healthy. Reflexology offers this and potentially more. Using specific thumb and finger movements, a reflexologist stimulates the pressure points on your feet or hands that they believe reflect various parts of the body, effecting a beneficial physical change. Reflex actually means reflect. It is thought to have originated five thousand years ago in China and was also used by the Egyptians.

Reflexology was introduced in the west by an American doctor, William Fitzgerald, an ear, nose and throat specialist. In 1917 he published his ideas about interconnecting zones within the body, visualised by 10 vertical strips which run the length of the body, with pressure points on the feet, hands, lips, nose and ears. Studies have concluded that reflexology creates relaxation, reduces pain, improves blood flow, aids post-operative recovery, enhances medical care, benefits mental health by reducing depression, complements cancer care and eases pregnancy, delivery and post-partum effects, including post-partum depression. Reflexologists say that it reduces stress by interrupting stress signals and restoring the body’s equilibrium. So this Christmas, step into health. Treat yourself or a loved one to a reflexology session to ease any stress and tension, and make sure your boots are made for walking and your shoes are made for dancing.

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LIFESTYLE

I don’t know about you, but for

me Christmas is the best time of the year. There are presents, great food and, even better, parties! However, everybody knows that parties are always a nightmare if you don’t look your best or if you feel uncomfortable. Well, this year the fashion trends are great! They’re wearable and there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a cocktail dress or something more casual, there’s a perfect outfit for you.

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Dressing elegantly for a cocktail party can be a total nightmare, as we all know. This year’s fashion is all about jewel tones so, whether you’re going for a little black dress or an A-line skirt, a splash of colour will do you the world of good. Try teaming your favourite Little Black Dress with a red or green scarf or clutch purse. When trying to find an on-trend A-line and bodice, seek out jewel tones such as deep reds, blues or purples and emerald greens. To accessorise, brooches are really

Party in style this season in fashion this year. They come in many different shapes and sizes and will add something quirky and fun to any cocktail outfit. Or make your look unique by adding owl-themed jewellery — it’s hot this winter!

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Sarah Hughes with the top tips for fabulous festive fashion

once again that brooches can add something fun to a normally average look. Go for unusual styles and metallic colours. Alternatively, necklaces can add some glamour to an everyday look. This Christmas, silver jewellery is the way to go when it comes to necklaces, but remember that silver is a cold colour, so don’t team it with gold, bronze, orange or yellow. Good luck choosing your Christmas party outfit and have fun with your style choices. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

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CHRISTMAS 2011

Helen Thompson shares her favourite baking treats THIS MONTH Snowy Shortbread and Christmas Pudding Cupcakes

I do like winter, and especially Christmas, getting all wrapped up in winter clothes and getting all cosy on the sofa.

In fact, I love it, which is why I like to bake these seasonal takes on these classic puds at this time of year

Christmas Pudding Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS For the cupcakes: • 200g sultanas • 140g currants • 6 dates, stoned and chopped • 170g unsalted butter (at room temperature) • 255g dark muscovado sugar • 3 Eggs • 170g self raising flour • 1 medium apple, peeled and grated • 1/2 tsp mixed spice • 4 tbsp rum For the Icing: • 140g unsalted butter (at room temperature) • 225g icing sugar (sifted) • 55g ground almonds • 3 tbsp brandy • Christmas decorations for the top (I used some edible glitter in Green and Red, But you can use whatever takes your fancy) 20 Gainsborough

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METHOD • Preheat the oven to 170°c. Line two 12 hole non-stick muffin tins with paper cases • Add the sultanas, currents and dates to a pan, cover with water and bring to the boil, simmer for 15 minutes • Beat the butter and sugar together until the colour begins to lighten. Add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the flour. Stir in the grated apple, spice, rum and the drained fruit. • Divide the mixture between the paper cases. Bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes. Remove the cupcakes and cool on a wire rack. • Next, using an electric whisk, cream the butter so that it is soft. Then start adding the icing sugar a third at a time and keep beating until the mixture is pale and creamy. • Add the ground almonds, beat again, and after a minute add the brandy a tablespoon at a time. Check the flavour and adjust to taste. • Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a plain nozzle, or a palate knife. Pipe onto the cool cakes then decorate your cupcakes as you wish.

Snowy Shortbread

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METHOD • Preheat the oven to 170°c. You will need a greased baking tin measuring 20x30cm • Mix the sugar and flour together and then add the butter. Rub the butter into the flour until the mixture has the texture of breadcrumbs • Put the dough into the baking tray and spread it out evenly. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown in colour • Next, pour the condensed milk into a pan, add the sugar and butter. Bring it to the boil and whilst stirring constantly, cook for 2–3 minutes • To make the topping, melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water • Once cooled, cover with the fudge, then the melted chocolate. Add a sprinkling of the desiccated coconut.

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LIFESTYLE

Duvet day Suki North heads to the bedroom to find the perfect night’s sleep

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the duvet is though, that depends on what the duvet is filled with. Natural fillings have better insulating properties than the cheap synthetic variety. They usually feel lighter and appear thinner than synthetic duvets of the same tog. The most familiar of these natural fillings is combined feather and down. You can also get down-only filled duvets. Pure goose down is the best quality natural filling. It’s more ‘fluffy’ than duck down, giving a soft and incredibly lightweight duvet. When down is mixed with feathers the duvet becomes more affordable and a bit heavier. This is ideal if you like a more weighty cover. Look for a high percentage of down in relation to feather. Feathers add weight but don’t contribute to the softness of the quilt. Synthetic-filled duvets are more practical and generally cheaper than natural fillings but a good one can be

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For most of the last 100+ years the name Connells has been famous in Gainsborough for the supply of fresh Fruit, Veg, Flowers & Plants. Having started out next to the Horse & Jockey on Church Street before the start of WWI, the family business has moved to Silver Street (where theSweyn Forkbeard pub now is), and for many years

on Church Street opposite the state building. Many people will also remember the florist stall in the old Butter market underneath the town hall, and also Connells Nursery which grew all sorts of seasonal salad and veg in what is now Platt & Lobley’s auction yard. Grosvenor House is very proud of its food that is served, and also very pleased to be supplied by the best in the business. Some of the fruit and veg that Connells sell is sourced only 5 miles away from the Ropery Road shop, and is some of the finest you will find anywhere. The Fruit Veg and Florist dynasty is now in the hands of the third generation and Jon, is busy either serving delivering or collecting great food and plants every day. Jon says “ We have been really pleased with the local reaction to our new shop, and many people have commented how it has really brightened up Ropery Road with our colourful displays, I believe that what we are offering today is as good as it has ever been over past 100 years. We are very busy taking Xmas orders for Trees, Arrangements and Fresh grocery's and look forward to supplying Grosvenor House for many years to come”.

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Gainsborough Old Hall Christmas cards Christmas greetings cards from Friends of Gainsborough Old Hall are now on sale. The cards, with images by Andy Rawlins, are priced at only 70p, including envelope and are available from FOHA on 01427 6120217. Visit www.gainsborougholdhall. co.uk for more information.

The Three Counties Botanical Art Group The Three Counties Botanical Art Group meet every Wednesday in The New Hall, Bawtry from 9.30am to 12.30pm. It is a small group that was formed many years ago specifically to illustrate botanical art. We do have room for new members so if you would like to join us please contact Sue Woffinden on 01909 731020. On Sunday, 4th December from

2.00pm onwards, the Clarborough Victorian Christmas market takes place at Clarborough Village Church. Admission is free, and the market will feature such delights as mulled wine and mince pies, roast chestnuts and a barbeque. You will find lots of gift ideas, as well as table and tree decorations, cakes and sweets, a seasonal bottle stall, Christmas tombola and a Christmas hamper raffle. For a special treat during the afternoon there will be an anticipated appearance of the Worksop Miners Welfare Band, who will

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Christmas at Marshall’s Yard

Don’t miss the great festive events

happening at Marshall’s Yard this December. Although Santa is extremely busy this month, he will be popping along to the centre to meet as many children as he can – but only those who have been good throughout the year. You can see him on each weekend day throughout December from 12.00pm to 3.00pm. Santa will be available on the 3rd and 4th, the 10th and 11th and the 17th and 18th of December. There will also be some special festive performances over the same weekends throughout the month. From 11.00am on the 4th, 10th and 17th December, Gainsborough Salvation Army will play for people’s enjoyment. The Cabra Singers will delight with their performance from

1.15pm on 17th December, and then on the 18th December from 11.00am, the City of Lincoln Band will play for everyone’s entertainment. Why not bring the children along on Sunday 18th December for a festive treat with a difference? Santa has let Rudolph and his pals off for a few hours and you can meet the reindeer from 10.00am to 3.00pm, bring the camera because photo opportunities will be available.

Clarborough Victorian Christmas Market entertain us during the afternoon and provide an accompaniment to the carol service at 3.45pm. Victorian fancy dress is optional, but we hope as many people as possible will enter into the spirit of the occasion, even if it snows — let’s face it you can't see Wellington boots under Victorian fancy dress!

A future diary date for next year is the Clarborough Village Festival on Sunday 27th May, and the Annual Village Ceilidh with Pinch 'O' Snuff on Saturday 26th May. If you would like to take part or for more details, please call 01777 705877, 01777 705616 or 01777 710780.

Support local markets Association on behalf of FARMA to inspect the management of the market following on from the market's application to become accredited and is now proud to announce that the Gainsborough Farmers' Market is

a fully accredited Farmers' Market. At the market on 10th December, you will be able to pick up fantastic suppliers of local produce and crafts, some of them award winners themselves.

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handling is good enough to let you enjoy all the power. The Zafira is a big seller so there are plenty around; £6,500 gets you an 06 model with 33k on the clock.

Fast, good value, practical A bit long in the tooth these days

VOLVO XC90 2.4 D5

2003 – PRESENT This is the thinking man’s Toffroader; huge, understated and as well mannered on road as it is in a Swedish snowfield, it exudes prestige and quality. It is luxurious, very well equipped and as practical as a Transit Van. The V8 and V6 petrol engines are fast but anything other than frugal, so Volvo’s excellent five-pot diesel is the one to go for — 163bhp won’t exactly stir the blood but it is commendably economical. And, yes, you can afford one with this miserly budget; an 04 model with 130,000 miles under its belt can be yours for £7k. Space, luxury, prestige, off-road ability Relatively heavy running costs

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CHRISTMAS 2011 EDITION the Espace offers massive amounts of space. The funky styling still looks great after eight years and you’ll be proud to have one parked on your driveway. The interior is airy, spacious, slightly space age in style and supremely comfortable, whatever seat you take. A petrol version is something of a rarity but the 2.2 diesel offers adequate performance and will do better than 40mpg on a run. They are good value too; our budget puts you in a pristine six year old with a scant 38,000 miles on it. Space, looks, comfort, value Unwieldy, not as flexible as its rivals

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As my confidence was

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Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside! with the greens and turquoise for the sea as the waves break and the water catches the light at a different angle, topped by the light greys and whites as it swirls and eddies angrily after breaking on the rock faces. The next stage was to add the rocks in a dark grey, but rather than using just black and white we mixed it with a variety of colours to create a warmer grey. A slightly lighter grey was mixed, and the process repeated to give the different shading of the rock faces as the light hit it. We then used a palette knife and applied a very light grey, to create a sharper, more angular look than a brush could achieve. Overall the painting took three hours to complete, which equates to two lessons and whilst three hours doesn’t seem a great deal of time, for me it is! What with running the magazine with Leanne, the children and dog walking to name just a few things, I would usually struggle to find three hours to set aside to paint a picture. The ability of being able to get out of the office/

home to ‘just’ paint, for me is a luxury that I wouldn’t normally be able to do. I have to say this has been my favourite composition to date, whether that is because it reminded me of my recent holiday to Cornwall, and the happy memories it evokes, or because I found that I could be a little more care free, with the brush strokes and blending in the colours with each other. As ever, Sean’s relaxing presence is there to call upon, should you be unsure as to what to do in order to make your composition look better. To view some of the students artwork in a variety of medium there is an exhibition running from the 3rd December to the 11th December, come along, have a look and be inspired! For further information regarding this, or indeed any aspect of the classes that are running please contact Sean from Imagine Arts at Dukeries Centre, Budby. Call 07772 714155.

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WHEN

The first step is to set a date for your Christmas party. The weeks leading up to Christmas are busy and some guests may not be able to attend then, so why not hold it between Christmas and New Year? There is often a lull during this period and a party to liven things up could be a welcome diversion.

WHERE

A party at home might seem like the obvious place, but many a creamcoloured carpet has been ruined by red wine, so be warned! If your party is likely to be lively or the numbers high, consider hiring a room or hall. It might involve a bit more work but it could save you a cleaning bill afterwards, and it does offer more flexibility and space for games or dancing.

HOW

Keep the food simple and consider asking your guests to contribute — a chance to get rid of Christmas leftovers! Games add variety and give guests the chance to mingle. Start with a simple mixer game and follow this immediately with another. Alternate a lively game with a quieter one, a long one with a short one and imagine your guests playing them. If you struggle to see a guest playing one type of game, be sure to include something they would enjoy. The most important thing to remember is that you are organising an event for people, so keep your friends at the forefront of your mind, not the event itself. Have fun!

WHAT

What kind of party is it going to be? Themed parties are great when planning decorations, food and entertainment. Fancy dress offers some the chance to let their hair down but others may feel uncomfortable dressing up. Think about your guests and choose the theme accordingly: would a full-on Pirates of the Caribbean theme work or would you be better choosing a more subtle ‘Black and White Night’ theme, where the more extrovert might turn up in Newcastle United kit or penguin outfit, whilst the more reserved could stick to a dinner suit!

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Getting the right mix of personalities can make the night, whilst getting it wrong can break it. Avoid inviting just one person or couple who are strangers to the rest of the group. Include a couple of extroverts in the mix to help get things moving, but too many extroverts can spoil it for quieter souls and you might even end up with a battle of the egos on your hands! 34 Gainsborough

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Richard Stevenson & Helen Thompson head to the Charnwood

The Charnwood is wellrenowned for its Moorhen Restaurant, which Leanne and Julian have experienced in recent years, which offers a fine dining experience in beautifully appointed setting. But the choice of eating also extends to the more informal surroundings of the Lounge Bar, which allows diners to sample dishes from the same kitchen in a relaxed 'everyday' environment. Helen and I were asked by Leanne and Julian to see whether the reputation of the Moorhen Restaurant extended to the bar setting, and we happily accepted. We arrived early on a weekday evening, taking a look over the daily specials board and ordering ourselves drinks. The lamb dish looked enticing, but seeing as I'd inadvertently had lamb for the previous two nights, I thought it'd be wise to pass over it for risk of growing a luscious woollen coat to rival the ubiquitous office attire I've adopted now it's turned 'a bit chilly'! We took our drinks and found ourselves a table by the vast bay windows overlooking the hotel's 36 Gainsborough

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grounds, with the setting sun glinting off the lake. I was quietly roused from my poetic indulgence by Helen to take a look over the menu. There's a wide range of dishes available, from sandwiches, burgers and salads for a quick or light lunch, to starters and mains for a longer evening meal. We decided on ordering a starter and main each, and seeing if there was room for a dessert, the menu for which Helen had already spied. You can gauge a lot about a restaurant from the ratio of more premium seafood, so Helen went for the Salmon and Prawn Cocktail. We'd see if there was just a token sliver of salmon lurking in the Marie Rose sauce, or whether the balance was a little more generous! I always like it when a salad dish's description doesn't conjure up images of three-day-old soggy iceberg lettuce, so I decided on the Broad Bean Salad. It is served with a poached duck egg, and seeing as I can say chicken eggs is usually as far as it has gone with me, I was looking forward to sampling the difference, in what sounded like a thoroughly autumnal dish. For our mains Helen decided on

8oz Rump Steak and I went for the Confit Belly Pork. Like Julian, I find it hard to resist a pork dish. Images of sneaking a somewhat generous piece of pork crackling in the kitchen before sitting down for dinner at my parents' and mum's homemade apple sauce means I just have to give it a go. My father — even though he won't admit it — is notoriously difficult to please when it comes to steak, it's got to be just as he asked, so Helen's choice would test what is a restaurant staple, and what reputations can stand and fall on. I made my way to the bar and ordered, the waitress suggesting their selection of sauces for the steak. I went for the Diane sauce for Helen — it's a good job I know her so well! After a short wait the starters arrived and we're glad to say the salmon in Helen's was more than generous there wasn't any risk of scrimping here! It was a really well put together dish that was everything a good prawn cocktail should be. The Broad Bean Salad was delicious too. I'm a big fan of broad beans, especially cooked like this — long enough to cook through but retaining the freshness

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and soft crunch. The accompanying nut-free pesto balanced the sweet beans with a tangy edge and the duck egg yolk tied the two together really well, adding a deep creaminess to the texture. It's certainly a dish to try at home with Mr Stevenson senior's bean crop from this season — not that I'll get anywhere near it! While we digested the starters we had a chance to take in the surroundings a little more, and even though the nights are drawing in (every day I sound more and more like my father — this can only be a bad thing!) the bar still had a light and airy feel, while being sectioned off in a way to not feel open-plan. Soon after, out came the mains, and again, the dishes were more than generous, we almost needed a bigger table! The Confit Belly Pork was a really good-looking dish, assembled with the same care and attention afforded in the Moorhen Restaurant. The pork rested on a bed of mashed potatoes and was topped with apple puree, surrounded by seasonal winter vegetables and a beetroot and red wine jus. The meat was excellent — tender and meltin-the-mouth with a great, crunchy crackling and the vegetables all had a caramelised edge to round the flavour. The red wine jus topped off the winter-warmer feel with a deep beetroot flavour and the dish as a

whole left me well-and-truly satisfied. Helen's steak was cooked just as she liked, and was accompanied by crispy onion rings, mushrooms and tomatoes, along with a salad of rocket, red onion and balsamic vinegar. To top it off were a generous helping of chips and the Diane sauce. The steak was from the char-grill section of the menu and you could really tell, with a lovely smokey, barbecue flavour to the meat. I have to admit to stealing a few of Helen's chips to sample the sauce, which was really rich and creamy. I only had one or seven, so she needn't have been upset! With advancing years comes the increasingly difficult battle of keeping the expansion of the ‘middle ground’ at bay. This isn't helped by the waiting staff suggesting a little something from the dessert menu! But, being one of sound mind and strong will… I wholeheartedly agreed that it would be the best course of action all round. It's not a coincidence that Helen brings us tasty cake and pudding recipes each month in the magazine and has a sweet tooth, so she too didn't at all mind the arduous task of making a choice from the dessert

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menu. She opted for the Bakewell tart and I thought I'd sample a trio of the homemade ice creams and sorbets. They duly arrived, with Helen falling quiet, then declaring “yeah, it's better than mine!”. Of course, I couldn't comment either way without a little nibble myself. The homemade ice creams were great little mouthfuls of flavour, with the rich chocolate and tangy raspberry, both finished off with a cleansing mango sorbet. So we both must say, all in all, the food on offer was top notch at really accessible value — especially if you visit between 12.00pm and 7.00pm and take advantage of the selected dishes available in the ‘2 courses for 2 people for £22’ offer — in a pleasant and relaxed environment. We'll certainly be dropping by again soon! Best Western The Charnwood Hotel Lounge Bar Sheffield Road, Blyth, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S81 8HF Tel: 01909 591610 www.thecharnwood.com Open: Mon – Sun 12.00pm – 9.30pm Dec 2011 │ Gainsborough

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every Tuesday morning from 9.00am to 12.30pm. The Market is held at the Friends Meeting House (Quakers) on Market Street in Gainsborough and everyone is welcome to call in. We have a wide selection of freshly baked pastries, buns, cakes, tray bakes and various fruit loaves. Savouries include sausage rolls, pasties, quiches and cauliflower cheese. There’s also a wide range of jams, marmalade, pickles, chutney and honey. Go through into the craft room to see knitted baby jackets, tea cosies and scarves. Plus, a varied selection of greetings cards and wooden bowls and light pulls. Then why not rest your feet and have a tea or coffee from our small cafe with fortnightly bacon butties! A warm welcome always awaits you. For any further information please call Marjorie on 01427 616070.

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Kirton in Lindsey Society meetings & website launch The Kirton in Lindsey Society’s season of indoor meetings continues on Tuesday 20th December at 7.30pm, in the Town Hall, Market Place, Kirton in Lindsey. On this occasion, we are to be entertained by Messingham Hand Bell Ringers playing a variety of music including, of course, some carols. This will be followed seasonal refreshments and hot mulled wine. This particular meeting will be admission by ticket only (to allow us to cater for the right number of people). The cost will be £1.00 for members and £2.00 for guests. We’d

love you to come along, so please call the number below for tickets. Some of the forthcoming topics for the meetings include; a Family History Miscellany; Victoria and Albert; Churches in the 18th Century and many more. The Society’s own website is now ‘live’, please visit it www. kirtoninlindseysociety.org.uk and let us know what you think (we still have a few tweaks to do and more photos to add). For more information on the society and any of our events, please call the secretary Martin Hollingsworth on 01652 648435.

Breathe Easy Gainsborough Breathe Easy is the support

network of the British Lung Foundation. We provide help and information for people living with lung conditions, and for those who look after them. We meet every second Monday of each month from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at Pillard House, Primrose Street, Gainsborough, and have a varied programme for the coming year including; various speakers, quizzes, a beetle drive, a silent auction, bingo, in addition to outings for summer tea and Christmas dinner. We also have a coffee club that meets at Morrison’s cafe at

11.00am on the second Friday of each month, yet please note that this day will change for 2012. We’re also organising a “Knit and Natter” club to be held in Blyton for 2012, the details will be available in the New Year. Everybody is welcome, so please come and join us for any of the activities. For further information, dates and times please contact Ruth and call 07967 415379 or look out for our monthly meetings and extra events, listed each month on the local events listings part of the Gainsborough Life website at www.gainsboroughlife.com.

Rattlejag Morris Boxing Day Tour In bygone ages, farm workers

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their Boxing Day Tour from noon on 26th December at the King William pub, Scaftworth, near Bawtry (DN10 6BL) then further down the A631 country road from 1.00 pm at the Blacksmith’s Arms, Everton, Notts (DN10 5BQ), after which there will be a music session in the pub. Why not come along and watch this ancient

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GARDENS

As I write this we are expecting the

first frost of the year. In the horticultural world this is a fairly significant event in that it sorts the men from the boys out in the borders. Like all keen gardeners, I have been awaiting this event with a certain amount of trepidation as I know that from now until next spring (whenever that may be in our topsy turvy climatic scheme of things!) the borders will take on a completely different feel. Most of the colourful perennials and certainly all the traditional bedding plants will now be happy memories — leaving the brilliant firework display of berries, fruits and falling leaves. For most of us this period of gardening abstinence, where the lawnmower, hedge cutters and weeding paraphernalia can safely hibernate for a few months, is a blessed relief, but for others such as yours truly it is the best time of year to get stuck in and sort out the beds! One of the difficulties with beds is that they are full of plants, which means that when you come to try and work in them you inevitably start to

Time for beds… sustain casualties. The usual suspects to fall victim to friendly-fire are bulbs — how many times have you put your spade through a clump of King Alfreds or your favourite (and expensive) alliums? Next on the list of vulnerablity are the fleeting spring flowerers that put on a brief but wonderful display and then disappear into the supposed safety of their underground homes. Equally, we have all the usual border suspects such as alstromerias and peonies that may help our cause by hanging on to a few leaves to display their presence but normally have retreated earthwards by this stage. I know we are preached at by all good gardening books and our informed TV gardening celebs to get ourselves organised to prevent this sort of thing happening, but let’s be honest, how many of us actually have the time (or even enthusiasm dare I say?) to go around and make 42 Gainsborough

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sure that we keep a plan of where we have actually planted things? Most of us will use the label in the pot when we buy the plant but when the blackbirds — or in my case one of the dogs — removes this ‘chewstick’ are you going to diligently replace it with a handwritten one? Also, what about all those bulbs which are sitting around like an unexploded minefield waiting for the steel of your spade? The simplest way to sort out this conundrum is to keep a photo file of your borders with shots taken at various times of the year. It doesn’t cost anything and it allows you to recognise just where your plants are, as well as giving you the chance to review planting combinations and where changes should be made. Where you’ve planted bulbs, try sprinkling some sand or pebbles over the spot to remind you where they are and, for more precious plants, I use something

Jonathan Wild on tackling the flower beds in time for winter

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LEISURE

Jupiter, the winged horse and fi shes James Ince Bassetlaw Astronomical Society

If you look into the sky after dusk you cannot fail to see the brilliant Jupiter. Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system and it occupies a volume 1,316 times that of the Earth. Unlike the Earth, Jupiter is a gas giant planet, it does not have a solid surface or oceans but it has a dense atmosphere of swirling gas. The atmosphere is in constant turmoil and surface features come and go regularly. The Great Red Spot is an almost constant feature, however it does change its shape and colour slightly, and may appear brick red or orange. The Great Red Spot is the top of a huge storm cell and may draw in material from the around it and change the appearance of the band in which it is located. Keen amateurs observe Jupiter and locate delicate features which appear, and within a few rotations of the planet, disappear. Quite often Jupiter suffers impacts from comet nuclei and minor debris left over from the formation of the Solar System and 44 Gainsborough

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these appear as dark spots, showing the aftermath of a violent explosion. Jupiter rotates very quickly, in a little over 10 hours, and if you were to observe it with a modest telescope it is possible to see features cross its disc, which makes it a popular target for us amateur observers. Jupiter’s moons are fascinating to observe as they orbit the planet. Their shadows cast dark spots on Jupiter’s cloud tops as they cross the disc. The moons are Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto; all were subjects of Jupiter’s extra marital affairs in Roman mythology. Jupiter’s long suffering wife, Hera did her best to banish them or make them suffer and she chastised Jupiter for his infidelity. The Great Square of Pegasus is a good target at this time of the year and it is high in the South before midnight and it is composed of the stars Alpheratz, Scheat, Markab and Algenib. The stars are all dazzling white except Scheat, pronounced “Scat”, which is orange coloured. Alpheratz actually belongs to the neighbouring constellation Andromeda. Pegasus

represents a winged horse and it is placed in the sky upside down. The Square marks the horse’s body and his neck and muzzle extend to the West and the star Enif marks the tip of his nose. Use binoculars and look to the west of Enif and you will be able to see a compact ball of stars, known as M15. This is a Globular Cluster, a tightly packed cluster of stars all held together by mutual gravity. This cluster lies far away from us at 49,500 light years, but the star Enif is only 740 light years away. The Square is quite large and has very few stars within it, but a few are faintly visible to the naked eye. Below the Square lies the Circlet which marks the head and mouth of one of the fishes of Pisces. The Circlet is composed of a hexagon of white stars and one very red one to the East. This star is known as TX Piscium, it is a rare carbon star, it has soot in its outer layer and this causes its brightness to vary. Please take the opportunity to view some of these fascinating objects and enjoy the beauty of the autumn night sky. Good observing!

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Top toys for Christmas CHRISTMAS 2011

Jayne Deakin takes a look at the toys top of the Christmas wish-list

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NERF VORTEX NITRON

I had a no-guns policy when I first had children. Unfortunately no-one told my eight-year-old this and this particular delight, with its high-tech scope and removable ammo clip is first, second and third on his Christmas wish list. Where did I go wrong?

Likely to enthral parents and children equally. They are 30cm high, soft-skinned robots who respond to some basic human commands. They laugh when you tickle them and even tell jokes. They even interact with an iPhone app. The Furby for the smartphone generation.

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LEGO

Really quite disturbing little toy, linked to the children’s online gaming phenomenon. For some reason (probably because they

You cannot go wrong with Lego, for either sex. Check out the new Ninjago Fire Temple, with its impressive dragon. It’s one of those toys that everyone will want to fiddle with.

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iBALL 3

One for the whole family. It’s an interactive memory game consisting of a sequence of coloured lights. This really is more fun than it sounds on paper. If you can unlock the unique ID code you can even upload your score to a worldwide database.

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HOMES

My Christmas wish-list It’s around this time of year

that parents like myself are given a Christmas present wish list by their children. Depending on the age of your beloved offspring this can vary from a simple Dear Santa please

may I have a puppy, to an extensive list including the relevant page numbers in the Argos book or website details of where these items can be purchased, and how much they cost ! Having been presented with

this years lists to include a new bike, Xbox gaming chair and various other expensive items, it got me thinking about what I would like Santa to bring us estate agents for Christmas! So here it is, here’s my letter.

Dear Santa

and yes before you ask I have been a My name is Darrin and I am 44 and ¾, w estate agent and as I am sure you kno good boy and I do still believe. I am an all us help ld cou you ther whe d wondere we haven’t had it easy this year and g a global icon, that you may be able bein you with ing hop am I 2. out in 201 together a list for you to consider: to have some influence, so I have put ried about this and the implications Eurozone crisis – I am getting a bit wor t year. Perhaps you could have a it may have on the housing market nex ozy and the rest of their gang, and word with Angela Merkel, President Sark Just don’t lend them any money! tell them to get their house in order. eron our PM keeps saying Help for small businesses — Mr Cam ll businesses succeed. He how vital it is for our economy that sma , and how his friend Eddie at the is always talking about new initiatives ing and telling the other banks to bank is continuing with quantative eas is this really happening? lend to business. Call me a sceptic but to er, but we need the first time buyers Mortgage lending — This has got bett tive peti com e happen if there are mor come back to the market. This will only . I know it’s a big ask but if you could lable avai ls 90% and even 95% mortgage dea help out Nationwide and the other lenders to ask our friends at Halifax, Santander, e true. com es wish r thei all e I am sure mad that would be great. After all you have te you also have a word with those esta Consistent and honest pricing — Can big not It’s ket. mar the property on agents who still overvalue to get the you are not helping the clients who ntly orta imp e mor and and it’s not clever, six months time when it doesn’t sell. will just end up reducing their price in e sure that West Ham get promoted Lastly on a personal note can you mak ily and friends stay happy and healthy back to the Premiership, that all my fam really wanted a Tag Heuer watch! throughout 2012, and I have always

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Pet playtime PETS

Julian Broadhead on the best festive treat for your dog this Christmas

As it’s nearing Christmas, many of us with dogs like to treat our pet to a stocking from Santa, but rather than this being an indulgence of the owner, dog toys are actually good for your canine friend. There are all kinds of uses for different types of toys. First, starting as puppies, toys give your dog a distraction from items in your home such as table legs, the sofa or your favourite pair of shoes. Our dog loves ropes. He’s played with played with them until they were tiny pieces of thread. The rope-based toy serves a couple of great purposes, in addition to keeping your dog from chewing your house up like termites. First, it's great bonding for you

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CHRISTMAS 2011

It is that time of year once again so, as is traditional, I give you my advice on the best IT related presents to buy your loved ones (or even yourself if you have some money left over).

GAMES CONSOLE

I’ve long been a fan of the Wii Player because of the way the controller translates body movements into game actions. The Xbox 360 Kinect takes the player console interface to a whole new level — effectively, your whole body becomes the controller. Movements of your hands, feet and body are translated seamlessly into game play and there is even voice control for some games. There is also a stonking range of games available for the Xbox and you can play online. A complete Xbox 360 Kinect costs £225 from Amazon or you can upgrade your existing console to a Kinect for less than £100.

Top tech for Christmas accelerometer which makes for super responsive gaming and video streaming is extremely smooth. You can scroll through any apps you have open (just like Windows) and, most impressively, you can get nine hours continuous use out of the battery. There aren’t really enough good apps available yet but that situation is improving all the time. Expect to pay £359 if you buy online.

Graham Iek on the hottest gadgets set to fly off the shelves this Christmas

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The device that brought smartphones into the mainstream is still the best on the market; yes, I’m talking about the iPhone! The iPhone 4S doesn’t seem to be a dramatic improvement over the previous model so I’d go for the iPhone 4. This features a very good camera and flash, Satnav (though it’s 3G dependent when you’re on the move) and accelerometer technology for gaming. It is super slim and super stylish and incredibly intuitive to use. The number of apps available to download is mind boggling and a lot of them are very good. The handset seems a lot less fragile than the original model and, of course, it still retains the cool status that is the Apple trademark. You can buy

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Village Harmony Christmas Joy concert Everyone is invited to

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Mayflower Animal Sanctuary, Bawtry Sunday. All of the puppies that we have re-homed over the last couple of months were invited, plus some puppies that just came for the fun. This is a really good way of introducing your puppies to different surroundings and getting used to social play. Everyone had a great time. We recently enjoyed collecting outside Pets at Home in Doncaster. With us came the five month old Labrador and a fully grown Lab. Everyone was so lovely and the puppy had a ball — he was so good and really enjoyed all of the attention, while the fully grown dog took it all in her stride and wasn't fazed at all. The people of Doncaster are so generous and lots of money was raised. Pets at Home support us and they are kind enough to let us have a corner of the store to display some literature about our cats and dogs. We have some really important collections coming up soon. Two are street collections in Doncaster on the 11th and 18th December. After that we are holding a bag pack in Marks and Spencer on 24th December. If anyone is able to help with any of these collections even for a couple of hours

it would be very much appreciated. We will take lots of dogs with us so come and say hello if you are in the vicinity. We would also like to try and keep our shop in Manton, near Worksop, open six days a week but we require more volunteers. Again, if you are interested and have a few hours to spare, please call. We would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to everyone that has supported us throughout the year; everyone that works at the sanctuary, the ladies that do a fantastic job in our charity shop, all of the volunteers that work really hard either fundraising, dog walking or volunteer at the sanctuary, everyone that sends us warm bedding and food and everyone behind the scenes. Also a special thank you to Rene Farnworth, who helps to keep our dogs warm over the cold winter months by making duvets for their baskets. Last but not least, thank you to our dedicated team of dog listeners. Without all of these special people our sanctuary would not be able to survive. May we wish everyone a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

KLEO presents Pinnochio The Kirton in Lindsey Entertainment Organisation (KLEO) in conjunction with LIVELINCS hosted a giant shadow theatre performance of the story of Aladdin by the Indigo Moon Theatre on Sunday 6th November. It was really quite brilliant, well so say those parents and children that came (all 120 of them). Everyone who attended booed and cheered in all the right places, and the show transfixed many of those watching. So, following on from this success we have booked, with LIVELINCS, for the Strangeface Mask Theatre

Company to come along and give their performance of Pinnochio This will take place on Wednesday 8th February 2012 in the Town Hall, Market Place, Kirton in Lindsey at 6.00pm The show will be suitable for children aged five and over with parents/families. Please look out for further information next month. 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.

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GARDENS

Lee Bestall suggests an unusual and alternative Christmas gift

It’s true, a tree is a gift in more ways than one, but is it for life? Well, if you choose the right variety it could be, and we’re not talking Christmas trees here. Trees make great gifts for people of all ages, and if planted at around this time of year, should establish very well. Traditionally the best planting time for trees and shrubs is November to March, as this is when the plants are dormant and won’t ‘notice’ that they have been moved. Planting a tree is a momentous occasion, and it will hopefully bring years of pleasure to you, your family and your neighbours… as

long as you plant the right type that is. Choosing the right variety is extremely important, so see below for my favourites, which should do well in most garden situations: • Malus ‘Royalty’ — deep burgundy leaves, pink spring blossom and red fruits • Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’ — ornamental silvery leaved weeping ornamental pear • Amelanchier arborea ‘Robin Hill’ — white blossom, fruits, great autumn colour • Malus trilobata — oak-like leaves, stunning red in autumn • Betula utilis ‘Jacquemontii’ — a designer favourite, but short lived (50-60 years)

Tree huggers (as they used to be referred to) are thankfully no longer mocked, and the recent eco movement has educated us to the benefits of planting trees, both for their environmental benefits and also their aesthetic appeal. Research shows that the presence of established trees can actually increase the value of the roads we live on, as well as making us feel generally healthier.

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Plant only if the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. Soak the roots in water for 30 minutes while you dig a large square hole twice the width of the pot: no cheating here, as you’ll get caught out in years to come. Fork over the bottom of the planting hole and lower the tree to the bottom. Backfill, adding some bone meal and well rotted compost. Ensure the tree is planted no deeper than it was in its pot, and firm it down. Water, and attach to a wooden stake with a plastic tree tie. Easy! So go on, give someone a tree this Christmas, and you never know, it could be a present which lasts for generations.

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HEALTH

Save your skin! Suki North on taking care of your skin as the winter chill takes hold

During the winter your skin

takes a double battering — from the cold weather outside and dry, centrally-heated air indoors. Add tiredness from late nights partying plus alcohol-dehydration and your skin can react dramatically. Problems include dullness, dry, flaky skin, irritation and redness. Follow these simple steps to keep your skin healthy and beautiful throughout the winter months. Choose a gentle cleansing routine. Use a light cleansing lotion and, if you use a toner, ensure it is alcohol-free. Alcohol in skincare products contributes to dryness and increases sensitivity. Don’t use a scrub or peel too often either —

once a week should be enough. Apply a heavier, oil-based moisturiser rather than a water-based one. Water-based moisturisers cool and dry your skin too much and can even freeze when venturing into cold temperatures and wind. A good moisturiser helps protect your skin from the elements. If you suffer from very tight dry skin, increase the humidity indoors. A humidifier or lots of houseplants helps bring the humidity to a comfortable level. Don’t forget to pay special attention to your lips to avoid chapping. Keep a protective lip balm with you at all times and apply regularly. Hands also need looking after as they’re exposed most of the time. Choose a rich hand cream, use it liberally and protect your hands with gloves when venturing

outside. Take care of your skin this winter and greet the New Year with a healthy glow.

The morning after Your head is pounding; you

feel nauseated, dizzy and shaky. No, you’re not coming down with ‘flu — it’s the morning after the night before and you have a hangover. Across the centuries and around the globe some very peculiar hangover cures have been formulated. For example, Mongolians swear by a concoction of pickled sheep’s eyeballs washed down with a brine and tomato juice cocktail. Sorry, did that make you feel worse? How about this less revolting but equally bizarre remedy from ancient Ireland — hangover sufferers should be buried neck-deep in damp river sand! Or you could make the famous ‘Prairie Oyster’: carefully crack an egg into a glass without breaking the yolk. Add a dash of

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Worcestershire sauce and swallow whole. Oh dear, that’s making me think of the sheep’s eyes again. More sensible, but less dramatic, is to take the recommended dose of paracetamol with lots of water. Then drink some more water and take an antacid to settle your stomach. If possible, go back to bed. When you’re ready to eat, have a banana to replace minerals lost due to alcohol, or have a good fry-up if you prefer. Other recommended mineral-rich foods are pickles or canned fish… but it’s understandable if you don’t want to try these. Get outside for some fresh air too. Of course, the only way to avoid a hangover is not to drink alcohol, but hey, it’s Christmas. So drink in moderation, don’t mix your tipples, and alternate with soft drinks. That way you’ll enjoy a hangover-free party season!

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Little black book Alzheimers Society (WL & Lincoln) ......... 01427 677348 or 01522 692681 Army Cadet Force ............................................01427 616256 Arts for Trinity ........................................... 01427 616852 Babworth Animal Rescue Kennels ............................................01777 708707 Bereavement Group ........................................... 01522 518225 Breathe Easy ............................................07967 415379 Cardiac Rehabilitation Interest Group ...........................................01427 668335 Christian Aid (Gainsborough) ........................................... 01427 612820 Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust ............................................01427 611497 Delvers (Gainsborough History Group) ........................................... 01427 611940 Diabetes UK (Gainsborough Branch) ........................................... 01427 667230 Friends of Gainsborough Old Hall ............................................01427 612017 Friends of Richmond Park ............................................01427 811573 Gainsborough Adventure Playground ............................................01427 617165 Gainsborough Amateur Operatic Soc. .........................................www.gaos.org.uk Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club ............................................01427 617752 Gainsborough Choral Society ............................................01427 614162 Gainsborough Children’s Centre ............................................01427 617767 Gainsborough Country Market ............................................01427 616070 Gainsborough Croquet Club ............................................01427 617101 Gainsborough Folk Club .............. www.gainsboroughfolkclub.com ........................................... 01427 838726 Gainsborough Heritage Association ........................................... 01427 615064 Gainsborough Hearing Helpline ........................................... 01427 612820 Gainsborough House ........................................... 01427 811160 Gainsborough Lions ............................................01427 617596 G'borough Macular Disease Support Group ..........01427 616852 or 01427 811609

Gainsborough Martial Arts Academy ........................................... 01427 615368 Gainsborough Parkinson's UK ........................................... 01427 611555 Gainsborough Probus Men’s Club ........................................... 01427 613407 Gainsborough Furniture Resource ........................................... 01427 675804 Gainsborough Scouts ...... 0845 09444279 or 01427 613437 Gainsborough Shiatsu Therapy & Treatment Academy ........................................... 01427 615368 Gainsborough Theatre Company ............................................01427 810616 Gainsborough Youth Club ........................................... 07792 626484 Gainsborough Autism Parent Support Group ........................................... 01427 614583 Girls Brigade ........................................... 01427 810305 Girlguiding - Gainsborough ........................................... 01427 612125 Guide Dogs Support ............................................07879 432181 Healthy Walks (Gainsborough & District) ............................................01427 675138 Home Start Support and Friendship for Families ............................................01427 677445 Hospice At Home ............................................01427 679429 Horizon Youth Centre ........................................... 01427 612095 Joshua Tyler Charity ............................................01427 610761 Kirton-in-Lindsey Amateur Gardeners ............................................01652 648435 Kirton-in-Lindsey Entertainment Organisation ...............................................................01652 648435 Ladies Luncheon Club ............................................01427 610708 Ladybirds Playgroup ........................................... 07712 894425 Lincoln & District MS Society ........................................... 01427 611095 Lincoln & Lindsey Blind Society ...........................................01522 500652 Lincolnshire Gypsy Liason Group ............................................01427 619521 Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust ........................................... 01427 628457

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Mayflower Animal Sanctuary ........................................... 01302 711330 Mother & Toddler Group ........................................... 01427 613606 Multiple Sclerosis Society ........................................... 01427 611095 North Lincs Breast Cancer Support Group ........................................... 01427 615503 Over 50s Good Companions ............................................01724 762940 Performing Arts Group .........................................07797 4628502 Rotary Club ...........................................01427 848395 Royal Air Forces Association ........................................... 01777 704056 Slumgothic (Youth Group) ............................................07908 771107 Salvation Army ........................................... 01427 616353 Scotter Lives ........................................... 01507 525999 Second Chance Feline Rescue ............................................07737 205938 Speckled Frogs Pre-School ........................................... 01427 848922 Speaking Up Group ........................................... 01522 702555 The Performing Arts Club - St Johns ............................................01427 612870 The Royal British Legion ........................................... 01427 616852 Trinity Performing Arts Centre ............................................01427 676655 Tranquility Lifestyle ........................................... 07751 964832 Two x Two playgroup ..........07891 912667 or 01777 710883 University of the Third Age Group ............................................01427 718881 Voluntary Centre Services (W Lindsey) ............................................01427 613470 Whites Wood Lane Judo Club ............01427 616442 or 07980 48467

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Lincolnshire Credit Union ....................................... 01522 528886 Piper Lifeline ACIS Group Ltd ....................................... 01427 678000 MP Edward Leigh ........................................07587 147116 National Rail Enquiries .......................................08457 484950

FIRE SERVICES Police Station (Morton Road) ......................................0300 111 0300 Crime Stoppers ..........................................0800 555111 Community Support Team ........................................01427 679584 Electricity – Emergency .........................................0800 375 675 Gas – Emergency ........................................ 0800 111 999 Anglian Water ....................................... 01522 341000 Severn Trent Water ......................................0800 783 4444 Flood Line ......................................0845 988 1188 BT Faultline .........................................0800 800 151 Business Support ...................................... 0845 194 7140 Citizens Advice Bureau ........................................01427 810914 West Lindsey Council ........................................01427 676676 Childline ..............................................0800 11 11 NSPCC ........................................ 0808 800 500 RSPCA .......................................01522 544862 Gainsborough Library ........................................01522 782010 Gainsborough Town Council ........................................01427 811573 Job Centre ....................................... 01427 643200 Housing Needs & Advice Centre ....................................... 01427 675830 60 Gainsborough

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Age Concern Day Centre ........................................01427 615283 Family Planning Clinic ........................................01427 810801 NHS Direct ..............................................0845 46 47 NHS Lincolnshire ........................................01427 675112 Relate (Lincolnshire) ........................................01522 524922 Samaritans .......................................08457 909090 Samaritans (Lincoln) ....................................... 01522 528282 Positive Health (HIV advice & support) ....................................... 01522 513999 Social Services ........................................01427 615331 Victim Support ....................................... 01522 542687 Women’s Refuge 24 hrs ........................................01724 289299 West Lindsey Women’s Aid ........................................01427 616219

SURGERIES & HOSPITALS

Caskgate Street Surgery ...................................... 0844 576 9377 Cleveland House Surgery ........................................01427 613158 County Hospital (Lincoln) ........................................01522 512512 John Coupland Hospital ........................................01427 816500 The Kirton Lindsey Surgery ....................................... 01652 648214

DENTISTS

Bolsover C.R A.S & Sadeghi R ........................................01427 612537 Gainsborough Dental Care ........................................01427 613322

Riverside Dental Practice ........................................01427 613675 The Forum Dental Studio ........................................01427 615117 The Surgery (GDP Richards) ....................................... 01652 640291

CHURCHES

All Saints Church ........................................01427 611036 Chaplain For The Deaf ........................................01522 787136 Hope Church ........01777 710883 / 07891 912667 Methodist Churches ........................................01427 612913 New Life Christian Fellowship ....................................... 01427 613606 Quakers ........................................01427 718782 Salvation Army ........................................01427 616353 St Helen’s Church (Lea) ........................................01427 613135 St Thomas’ Roman Catholic ........................................01427 612427 United Reformed Church ........................................01427 811258

SCHOOLS & COLLEGES

Aegir Community School ........................................01427 619360 Charles Baines School ........................................01427 613812 Benjamin Adlard School ........................................01427 612562 Gainsborough College .........................................01427 617471 Handel House Prep School ........................................01427 612246 Hillcrest Infants & Nursery ........................................01427 678023 North County Primary ........................................01427 612572 Parish Church Primary ....................................... 01427 612354 Queen Elizabeth High School ....................................... 01427 612354 St Georges’ Primary ........................................01427 612553 Trent Valley Academy ........................................01427 612411 Warren Wood ........................................01427 615498 White's Wood Lane Junior School ........................................01427 613097

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Performing Arts Club St Johns The Performing Arts Club

St John’s is on the move. For between November 2011 and May 2012, PACS will be moving venues due to essential repairs and maintenance being carried out at the X Church. For this period we shall be based at St John’s Ambulance, Spital Terrace, Gainsborough for rehearsals. Performances will

take place across the following venues; The Gainsborough Methodist Church on Roseway, The United Reformed Church Hall on Church Street, St John’s Ambulance HQ on Spital Terrace). Rehearsals will take place at normal times on Mondays between 7.00pm and 9.00pm and on Saturdays between 1.30pm and

4.30pm. To find out more please contact Sue our Club secretary on by calling 01427 612870 or Rick on 07786 180719. Alternatively call Helen on 07522 460739, E-mail events@pacs07.com and even our website www.pacs07. com. We also have a facebook page www.facebook.com/ performingartsclubstjohns .

After dinner, eight lucky members will receive a Christmas Hamper, one person will receive a very special homemade Christmas cake, then our raffle takes place. Transport is available if it is required, so please let us know by Friday 9th December by calling Charlie on 01427 611095. If members could

please note, this will be our last meeting until February 2012. On behalf of the Lincoln Branch I wish to thank everyone in and around Gainsborough that have supported us throughout 2011, (especially the Gainsborough Life magazine) and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Lincoln & District MS Society The branch meet next month on

Sunday 11th December at 12.30pm, this will be at the Bentley Hotel Lincoln, where we hold our annual Christmas Dinner. Members should have by now returned there pro formas to Josie Harris, if not please do so, this will enable the organisers to cater for the event properly. Special diets will be catered for.

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Index

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Adult Training Classes Riverside Training Academy..............63 Aerial Installations & Repairs John Gregory’s.....................................51 Aesthetics & Beauty Butterfly Beauty...................................18 Forever Young Beauty Salon............... 9 Airsoft Club/Range Lincs Airsoft.........................................17 Bathroom Sales Prestige Bathrooms............................23 Blinds and Curtains Vorbo Blinds........................................... 7 Building & Property Services ADB Builders........................................49 Taylor Made Roofing & Construction...49 Canal Boat Trips Seth Ellis...............................................21 Car Bodyshop & Scratch Repair T & S Motors........................................31 Car Repairs & Servicing Diamond Autos..........................29 & 45 R & A Scott...........................................27 Caravan Storage N & P Burrows Caravan Storage.......51 Carpet Showroom Horsleys................................................23 Cattery Lea Wood Cattery...............................51 Chocolatier Chocolicious........................................... 2 Cleaning Services K Kleen.................................................35

Coal & Solid Fuel Sales DK & M Taylor......................................17 Collectable Bears Steiff Bears at Bearies.............32 & 33 Computer Services & Sales Computaparts.....................................64 Lidgett Computer Solutions..............21 The Computer Man.............................53 Design & Print Services Life Design & Print..............................47 Domestic Repairs Peter Ford.............................................45 Driving Instructor Sam’s Driving School..........................21 Electrician S J Wheatley.........................................49 Family Day Out Sundown Adventureland....................47 Florists The Florist............................................... 1 Funeral Services Lincs Co-op Funeral Services...........39 Gardening Services DN22 Gardening.................................57 Hill Top Tree Services..........................57 Golf Course & Golf Lessons Gainsborough Golf Club....................... 5 Health & Fitness The Studio............................................19 Local Shopping Lincolnshire Co-operative.................... 3 Metal Merchants (Scrap) A1 Metal Recycling.............................43 Office Space To Let Mercury House....................................15 Oil & Gas Supplier Chandlers Oil & Gas............................31 Oil Tank Supplier The Oil Tank Company........................31 Painters & Decorators CP Painters...........................................43 Steve Mann..........................................49 Pet Sitting Service Wellingtons World...............................51

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