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What's your sport?....................8 Legal Eagle...............................10 Keeping sun-safe....................12 WIN concert tickets!..............16 Money Saving Expert............18 Time to buy in Spain?............20 Home VS University................24 Delicious dishes.......................26 Rise of the vlogger.................28 Flea bargaining......................30 A good read............................31 According to John.................32 Your monthly horoscopes...36 Start ‘em young!.....................38 Baking bliss................................40

Regulars Community..........6, 14, 22 & 34 Little Black Book........................42 Useful Numbers........................44 Index...........................................46

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Welcome to the July edition of Gainsborough Life. If you live in Walkeringham and Misterton and are reading our magazine for the first time, then we would like to extend a warm welcome and hope that you will be able to find value within our monthly publication. It was the four year anniversary of Gainsborough Life last month, not quite on par with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration, yet we celebrated just the same. We strive to fill each edition of the magazine with as many interesting articles and community news pages as we can. If you have an event planned or you are a community group or society who would like to tell Gainsborough and its surrounding villages and hamlets about who you are and what you do, please get in touch. Contacting us couldn’t be easier, all our details are at the bottom of this page, and you can reach us by any of the methods. Summer has arrived, and this is the season where events in your community are plentiful and really come in to their own! For the full listings, please visit www. gainsboroughlife.com and search for events on our website. Clumber Park will once again host their summer concerts this August and we’ve a fantastic ticket give-away on page 16! We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to each of the three events, so don’t miss your chance and

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get your entry in! In this July edition, it’s all about getting value for money and two of our expert columnists; Legal Eagle Dean Dunham (on page 10) and money saving expert Martin Lewis (on page 18) both focus their efforts on helping you get the most out of your money! Plus we’ve got articles by two young contributors — Mia Stubbings tackles a life-changing decision on page 24 and Sasha Jones gives an insight into the world of ‘vlogging’ on page 28. We’re now officially on ‘countdown’ to our wedding! As we write it’s 67 days to go and we’re all handling the build-up in different ways! Of course we’re excited, and of course doing what we do we’re used to deadlines, but we can’t pretend that planning a wedding is easy. Not to mention that a certain ‘Bridezilla’ — otherwise known as Leanne, has reared her ugly head one more than a few occasions. Yet planning your wedding does have certain pay-offs, we had a fabulous engagement photo-shoot last month, and we’ve been attending the rehearsals of Retford Male Voice choir who are singing during our ceremony. If you haven’t heard them sing before, then this should be on your list to do some time soon, their singing is so beautiful that you cannot help be moved by them! We hope you enjoy this month’s magazine.

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Saturday 14th July, 10.00am – 6.00pm Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3AZ Admission to Walled Garden is £3, vehicle entry to the park is £5.70, children are free. A beautiful 4-acre walled kitchen garden, growing unusual and old varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and ornamentals, including the magnificent recently extended 400ft long double herbaceous borders. 450ft long glasshouse, with grape vines, peaches, nectarines and figs. Museum of gardening tools. New soft fruit garden and rose garden.

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What’s your sport? Alex Brown suggests some great sports to get into the Olympic spirit

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this summer as the Olympic Games comes to London. It’s the biggest sporting event on the planet, involving 10,500 athletes from 205 countries. These elite sportsmen and women will have trained for years to reach the peak of their physical fitness. You might not want to reach that level, but we all know the benefits of being active — getting fit, losing weight, achieving goals and meeting people. Why not use the Olympics as inspiration to try something new? Before you begin, it’s worth asking yourself a few questions: • What is your existing fitness level and what do you hope to achieve? • Do you like to exercise alone, in a group or with your family? • How much time and money do you want to commit? • Would you prefer a creative activity, such as dance or gymnastics, a fitness regime or a competitive sport? Your local council is a good place to start your search. Leisure centres provide reasonably priced options for a wide variety of sports across all age ranges. Many offer subsidised and even free activities for people on benefits, older people, people with disabilities and students. They may run taster sessions so that you can try a new sport before you commit. ATHLETICS Athletics is always one of the most watched Olympic events and tickets are highly prized. Running is a great way to get fit — it’s free, doesn’t take much time and is suitable for all fitness levels. The Run England website (www.runengland.org) has pointers on how to begin. You can find details of your nearest athletics club 8 Gainsborough

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via UK Athletics (www.uka.org.uk). CYCLING Another Olympic sport that gets you out and about is cycling. You can either use it simply as a practical way to travel, or head for an off-road route. The Sustrans website (www.sustrans.org.uk) has a regional guide to beautiful places to ride. If you never learned to swim or want to improve your technique, or if you want to support your child to learn, www.swimming. org is full of tips, inspirational stories and guidance, such as what to do if you’re nervous in water.

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LEGAL EAGLE Dean Dunham

Holding energy suppliers to account There is no getting away from it,

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show you a valid identity card • must do their best to make sure you understand any contract you’ve signed, and your right to cancel • must not exploit consumers, give them false information or use high-pressure sales tactics • must leave your home if you ask them to. IF YOU ARE SOLD A NEW ENERGY CONTRACT ON YOUR DOORSTEP YOU HAVE 7 DAYS TO CHANGE YOUR MIND If you sign up to a new energy supplier when a salesperson calls at your home, the Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumers Home or Place of Work regulations 2008 apply. These regulations give you a seven-day coolingoff period during which you can cancel your contract - this applies whether the visit was solicited or pre-arranged. IF YOU’RE SWITCHED TO A NEW ENERGY SUPPLIER BY MISTAKE If you have been switched by mistake, the Erroneous Transfer Customer Charter sets out what the suppliers should do to put things right. It says: • You can contact either the original or the new energy supplier — they share equal responsibility for resolving the problem • The energy supplier you contact should explain clearly what action they’re going to take and keep you updated with progress • You should receive written confirmation of the details provided above within five working days of first contacting the energy supplier • Within 20 working days you should

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Keeping sun-safe Phoebe Hodge on sensible sun bathing in the summer months

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People with a medical condition that would benefit from exercise are being encouraged to speak to their GP about ‘Exercise Referral’. Every district in Lincolnshire offers Exercise Referral, funded by NHS Lincolnshire, and over 20 medical conditions across the county could benefit from exercise. The offer is open to anyone aged 18+ with a medical condition that would benefit from regular physical activity. Lincolnshire Sports Partnership is helping to coordinate Exercise Referral schemes across the county, and Physical Activity Manager Sarah Ferneyhough is hoping more people will take up the offer. She says, “Individuals may reduce

Ask your GP about Exercise Referral medication, increase their fitness level, feel and look better after completing the 12-week course, and I hope that more people in Lincolnshire will see the benefits of Exercise Referral. Lincolnshire is very fortunate to have a scheme like this, other counties have had their funding cut, and around 3,000 people are being referred onto the programme every year.” As part of the programme, Level 3 instructors will help individuals get started and review their progress as they increase their activity levels. Individuals will be eligible for subsidised rates at their leisure centre, and will receive lots of information about improving their health and keeping fit. Conditions that are accepted onto the scheme include cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, joint

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Chapterhouse Theatre Company bring open air theatre to the area Chapterhouse Theatre Company is touring six wonderful

Gainsborough Rotary Club Hemswell Court was the venue for the annual Rotary Ball held on Saturday 5th May. One hundred and six guests enjoyed an excellent meal and danced to the music of 'Eat at Joe's'. Proceeds from the event amounted to £943 with £700 being donated to the international campaign 'Stop Polio Now'. Rotary Assistant District Governor Wendy Watson was a guest at the club’s meeting on 16th May at which time a cheque for this sum was presented to her.

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new productions across the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland from late May to September 2012. In a season full of magic, romance and enchantment, Chapterhouse is performing some of the bestloved stories of literature. The Open-Air Theatre productions will take place at some of the most beautiful country houses and gardens in our area, during the summer months. This is a perfect opportunity for friends and family to gather under the stars to watch some spectacular open-air theatre. • A Midsummer Night's Dream Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough on 7th July at 7.30pm • Emma

The Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln. 1st September at 7.30pm • The Importance of Being Earnest The Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln, 31st August at 7.30pm Tickets are £12 for adults and £10 concessions. Call the Box Office on 01427 676655 or visit www.chapterhouse.org. Join us at Chapterhouse for a thrilling night of 'Theatre Under The Stars'!

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We’ve teamed up with UK Events to offer the chance to WIN tickets to three great summer concerts in Clumber Park. On Friday 17th August there’s Rockin’ The Park with Hawkwind, Carl Palmer, Focus, Curved Air, The Strawbs and headline by Brit Floyd. On Saturday 18th August there’s Flashback Festival, this 80’s gig has a superb line up of Marc Almond, ABC, Go West, Belinda Carlisle and headlined by OMD. Finally, on Sunday 19th August there’s Alfie Boe. Alfie will be performing with him orchestra and special guest Laura Wright. Find out more about the concerts at www.clumberconcerts.com or by calling UK Events on 01909 512534. We’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away to each event, so if you want to be in with a chance of winning, simply fill out the form, indicating which event you’d like to attend and post us the entry, or email us at community@ gainsboroughlife.com — simple!

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The Olympics came early for

Gainsborough Theatre Company on Saturday 26th May, when our team of actors, technicians and stage crew took a production to the Skegness Playgoers Annual Festival at Butlin’s “Crazy Horse Saloon” theatre. The play — Our Promise — written and directed by GTC member Kim Newby, is a touching tale of friendship and devotion, with humour and emotion in harmonic proportions. The main contingent arrived with minibus and laden trailer at 9.30am, and amazingly the large and complex set was in place by 10.30am — with lights and sound ready to go by 1.30pm. Nerves were by this time also highly focussed! Final rehearsal and last minute adjustments were completed by 5.00pm, all ready for curtain up at 7.30pm. With the play over, it was time for the dreaded adjudication. This was in the capable hands of Marie O’Sullivan, a lady with a lifetime’s experience of theatre and an eye for detail that could spot a speck of dramatic dust at 100 yards. She was surprisingly gentle with us, all criticisms being both constructive

Gainsborough gets gold and helpful, and centring on stage positioning and movement. Her praises were all the better received, when she firstly commented on the backstage organisation. Some will be aware that we have recently made arrangements with the employment agencies to provide opportunities for long-term unemployed people to regain confidence and skills to assist them to find future work. Our volunteers under this scheme had taken a major role in the building, painting and transport of the set, so we can be justifiably proud

Garden competition

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that she gave us the award for best stage crew — our first gold medal! Very favourable comments were made about our actors, with special commendations going to Kelly Kraske (as Shaz), Mo Smith (as Ron), Ellie Bowker (as Annie) and Sue Hill (Maggie) — bronze and silvers! The crowning glory of the evening, however, came with the nomination of both Caroline Hewis and Kim Newby as best supporting actress, the award going to Kim, yet another gold! Now, about next year…

Gainsborough Operatic Society Gainsborough Amateur Operatic Society presents Songs

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Without Doubt, The Greatest Fight In History

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VS UNIVERSITY Mia Stubbings ponders stepping into the big bad world of university

I’ve been trying to ignore

this topic for as long as humanely possible. I’ve been ignoring it, in the hope that it will just go away. Apparently that’s not how the world works, I’ve been told. I spent a lot of my life assuming I would go off to University, but now the prospect is a lot nearer, I’m not so sure. The whole concept of University is lost on me. We basically have six weeks to decide where we want to live for three years. What is this nonsense?! Obviously most people are excited to get out of here, live independently and all that, but I am not. I’m not qualified to live in the big wide world. I can only iron tea towels and pillowcases. I am pretty adept

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in the kitchen however, but that’s not the point. I don’t like being away from home, from my bed and from my family. Why would I want to go sleep in a bed that’s not mine for three years? I like my bedroom too; and it’s only just been decorated. I wouldn’t be able to cope on my own, I’d crawl into a corner and stay there until someone collected me and took me home — home, not a fake home in a place you don’t really know. Another thing that baffles me is the whole room mate thing. Why on Earth would you want to share a house with someone you don’t know? It’s beyond me. I’d never be comfortable; I’d feel perpetually awkward. I don’t do socialising. I get panic rash at just the thought of these situations. That would make me shy, quiet and seemingly diseased from another person’s perspective. I’d be ‘That Girl with the Rash’ and that would be followed with ‘Oh she’s quite weird you know…’ and ‘watch her closely and she’ll probably fall over something, she’s dead clumsy I’ve heard.’ Just brilliant! So that doesn’t really appeal to me. What if I get lumbered with someone even weirder than me? I don’t think I can cope with that. I’m very open-minded, but extreme weirdness simply weirds me out. And what about all the drinking?

Yes, this may be a stereotype, yet I don’t think it’s far off the mark. All I see are people getting drunk, going out, getting even more drunk, going home, and then drinking some more! Madness, I hate that! I like to stay at home, read a book, watch TV; even do a spot of knitting if I’m feeling particularly crazy. I don’t ‘go out’. It’s a concept wasted on me. And because of this, I obviously wouldn’t make any friends, and so really, I’d end up being ‘That Recluse’ who never leaves her house. So really, what’s the point in even going? I have looked at a few Universities for English, and yes I have to admit it does sound quite interesting, if only I didn’t have to leave home and my whole world behind. I’m not cool with that. I rarely leave the village anyway. Yet I know it’s inevitable that I have to go. Let’s face it — I won’t get anywhere if I don’t go, so I’ll just have to suck it up and I’m sure I’ll come round eventually, albeit very slowly. Hey, perhaps I could event take a gap year to learn ‘The Ways of The World’ (you know, ironing and socialising) and maybe by then I’ll be more enthusiastic about the whole concept. So much to think about, so little time!

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Richard Stevenson shares his favourite savoury dishes THIS MONTH Griddled Steak Salad and Beetroot and Goats’ Cheese Tart

GRIDDLED STEAK SALAD INGREDIENTS • 1kg baby potatoes, halved

Ok, so summer has been a little shy in showing its face so far this year, but the sun is shining as I write this so I’m going to say both these recipes are great for a summer

evening — whatever the weather! Try them out and let us know what you think by emailing us or send us a message on Twitter, you’ll find all the details on page 4!

• 350g rump steak • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 200g courgettes, finely sliced • 100ml crème fraîche • 2 tbsp horseradish sauce • 3 tbsp lemon juice • 7g fresh mint, finely chopped • 75g watercress • 150g radishes, finely sliced

and season with salt and pepper • Cook on each side for 1–2 minutes, depending on how rare you like it then leave to rest for 10 minutes • Coat the courgette slices in a little oil, season again and griddle for 2–3 minutes on each side until nicely charred • In a bowl, whisk the crème fraîche, horseradish sauce, lemon juice and mint • In large bowl, toss together the potatoes, watercress, radish, griddled courgette and steak • Serve and drizzle over the horseradish dressing

METHOD • Bring to the boil the potatoes in a pan of cold water, simmer for 15 minutes and drain. • Meanwhile, get a griddle pan nice and hot • Coat the steak in a little olive oil

GOATS’ CHEESE TART

INGREDIENTS • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 4 red onions, finely sliced • 7g fresh thyme • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar • 200g beetroot, peeled and grated • 3 sheets filo pastry, halved • 30g unsalted butter, melted • 100g goats’ cheese, torn in pieces • 120g bag of salad METHOD • Preheat the oven to 180°c • Heat the oil in a frying pan over a low heat and gently cook the onions, thyme, vinegar and beetroot for 26 Gainsborough

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20 minutes, stirring occasionally • Meanwhile, lay a sheet of filo across a 20cm round loose-based tart tin and brush with some of the butter. Continue layering with filo, brushing with butter as you go, trim the edges so they hang 1cm over the side, prick the base with a fork and cook on a baking sheet in the oven for 10 minutes • Spoon half of the onion and beetroot mixture into the pastry case and scatter over half of the goats’ cheese • Top with the remaining onion mixture and goats’ cheese

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The rise of the ‘vlogger’

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loyal subscribers on YouTube which he has built up over years. Due to the commission given by YouTube for a significant amount of views and his Internet launched music career, he does not need to do anything else; making videos has literally become his job, although he still maintains that it should still be done for fun. Sharing your life, opinions, thoughts and talents in this way is becoming increasingly popular, and this form of media is limitless. The gratification from receiving positive or constructive comments is immense, and as a viewer it is like having a TV show you can influence. Lengthy and lively debates take place in the comment boxes beneath videos, on all manner of interesting and controversial subjects such as religion and politics. Friendships, and even sometimes relationships, are formed over the mutual watching of videos and subsequent contact, and popular vloggers tend to watch others to improve themselves and

Sasha Jones shines a light on the YouTube video blog community form new projects collaboratively, some of this happening without any of the people actually meeting, often across the oceans. It is becoming easier every day for almost anyone to try, what with most mobile phones now having video cameras, and web-cams becoming cheaper and more generally used all the time. The building up of a following is good, but most do it out of sheer enjoyment of being able to express themselves, because often that is simply what even the most advanced video bloggers do — share their daily lives with the world. I believe the prospects of such a versatile platform for people are bright, and I personally hope that many more people find their voice through video, in whatever form that may be, and others will continue to watch, as I think YouTube is a fresh and engaging source of entertainment.

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PETS

Flea bargaining June Turner BVMS, MRCVS Pinfold House Veterinary Clinic

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many of them to tackle! Some individuals give the game away because they experience an allergy to flea bites and develop an obvious itch, yet normal animals can tolerate enormous numbers of fleas without turning a hair. It is in these cases that nobody knows they exist until the infestation is severe. There are many ways of controlling fleas and I would always advise pet owners to seek advice from their veterinary surgeon in the first instance as many products are ineffective and often not applied correctly. Although the cheaper supermarket product seems attractive it is a waste of money if it is not doing the job you want it to do. Many veterinary products also deal with ticks, mites and some worms, so please book to see the veterinary nurse at your local practice. Then you’ll be given

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A good read LEISURE

Imogen Clemmow, 10, reads The Worst Thing About My Sister

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which have some kind of problem going on in their lives and this book is too, but it is quite different to all her other books. It has much more drama and a lot more adventurous ideas. The story is about a girl called Martina and her sister Melanie; they are complete opposites. Martina loves being a tomboy and Melanie loves being a girly girl; Martina loves drawing and Melanie loves makeup and loves to be popular. The story is also about school and a bit of bullying, but all in all it is a great book. In the story Martina and Melanie’s mum runs a dress making business and she makes a lot of money from it. Their dad runs a smaller business where he books holidays for people,

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SPORT

A golden summer of spectacular sports action John O’Byrne looks forward to a golden summer of sport

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When I say summer, I do mean if it ever arrives, but at the time of submitting this article the sun is out, albeit it with a force nine gale at the same time. Yet regardless of the weather we do have a summer of sport to look forward to the Cricket, Wimbledon and Golf, not forgetting the event of the decade — the London 2012 Olympics! CRICKET This summer we are hosting the West Indies, South Africa and Australia no-less — although the three match series against the Windies is over, with England winning the Series 2–0. It was pleasing to watch England win without too much difficulty, however this should of been anticipated playing against a young and inexperienced Windies team, even though the promise is there for the future for all to see! My highlight of the series was watching a certain Tino Best, (go on admit it, you’ve never heard of him have you?). He became the highest scoring No11 in Test Match History. I think witnessing him fall short of his century and his celebrations throughout will be hard to beat as the highlight of this year’s summer of sport (although at the time of writing England are faring 32 Gainsborough

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well in Euro 2012, so who knows?). England have just won the first One Day International at the Rosebowl, on the Duckworth/Lewis ruling — this means it rained again! I hope credit goes to Ian Bell as his 126 was the deciding factor. The South Africans will be here for a three-match Test Series and five One Day Internationals. This will be a real test for England, as the South Africans are one of the best cricketing nations in the World. The first test is at the Oval, beginning on 19th July and its highly anticipated. The Australians are here for One Day Internationals only, five of them, again this will be a difficult task for England, as are any clashes between ourselves and the Aussies in any sport. Unfortunately this is not an Ashes Tour, so the intensity never really matches up to watching that event for me!

than passion to win Wimbledon as our record shows. So who will take the title? I honestly think the Men’s title is as wide open as it has been in years especially as Djokovic’s results have been far from blemish-free this season. So, perhaps Nadal or Federer? Well deluded or not, I am going to have a little wager on the Murray, as if he ever wins the title, it would be the first British player since Fred Perry won it in the 17th Century… (ahem, well it seems that long ago!). This year I am actually looking forward to following the ladies’ title too. With the Williams sisters and Sharapova, the new World No1, all aiming to lift the famous Venus Rosewater Dish, the three powerhouses should give us all a good show. My money’s on Sharapova, yes she’s beautiful, but she’s got the game for grass!

WIMBLEDON So in the year of the Queen’s Jubilee, we come to another truly British affair — Wimbledon. By the time this magazine is delivered we’ll be coming up to the second week of the tournament. After Andy Murray’s early exit from Queen’s I wonder if we will have any British representation in the latter half of the tournament at all! If fanatical support had anything to do with it, it’d certainly be a sure thing, yet you need more

THE OLYMPICS The start of the 2012 Olympics is Friday July 27th (although the fist actual event is 25th of July, when the women’s football kicks off) which should keep my summer of sport alive and lots more to report on next month! Happy viewing!

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COMMUNITY

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Lincoln & District MS Society The next Lincoln & District MS Society July meeting will take place at the Fox & Hounds Willingham by Stow Tuesday on 3rd July at 7.30pm. The Fox & Hounds public house do wonderful meals. For the Gainsborough members, at this meeting it's our turn for the raffle. This will be our last meeting until September, when we begin our winter program. Transport for the July meeting will be available, more information ring Charlie on 01427 611095.

Nicholas Martin in concert

You are invited to an afternoon of music presented by organist Nicholas Martin at Rampton Village Hall, Retford, on Sunday 5th August 2012, at 2pm. Tickets are £6.00 each including tea, coffee and biscuits. You can obtain tickets by calling 01777 248317, or 01777 704886. You can also purchase them from any member of Rampton Bowls Club and thanks go to the club who has kindly sponsored the event. 34 Gainsborough

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Mayflower Animal Sanctuary My name is Buster and I arrived at

the kennels after walking the streets all alone with no one to care for me. I have settled really well into life here at the kennels and I am told I have no behavioural problems at all I am not destructive and try to behave myself. I love going for walks and I am told I walk really well on a lead, however I do get a bit excited and must admit I can be a little strong in my eagerness to get to anything I don't understand. My basic training is very good, but my carer said I may need a little refresher course on a couple of commands, so it looks like I may have to go back to school at some point. But I am quite clever so I am sure I will not need many lessons ! I do get along with most dogs although I must admit that lady dogs are my favourite! But being with my carers is also great too! They spend

time as much time with me as they can, yet it would be really great to know someone special that I can become best friends with!. Even though I am such a good boy I am still waiting for my forever loving home. I see my other doggy friends come and go but I am still waiting. Could you be the one to help me and give me a second chance? If you can give me a home, or would like to visit the Sanctuary and find out more please call 01302 711330.

Visit your local open spaces and get the bug for bugs! Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

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LIFESTYLE

Your monthly horoscopes ARIES

21st MARCH — 20th APRIL Fiery Mars, your ruling planet, moves into balanced Libra on the 4th, illuminating the relationship sector of your chart. There may be some unexpected developments, particularly around the 19th and you may have to be very clear and open about your intentions.

TAURUS

21st APRIL — 21st MAY Energetic Mars moves into an exciting area your chart on the 4th. An excellent time for new relationships to begin, or to revisit creative endeavours that bring you joy and satisfaction. Social connections are favoured and communications improve after the new moon on the 19th.

GEMINI

22nd MAY — 21st JUNE You are blessed with mighty Jupiter in your sign for the next year. What needs expanding in your life and where could you increase and broaden your knowledge? The new moon on the 19th brings finances into focus, probably in a beneficial way as Venus is also in your sign.

CANCER

22nd JUNE — 22nd JULY The sun is in your sign until the 21st and with your personal new moon on the 19th this can be a most successful month for self assertion and for reaching your goals. Let domestic matters follow their own course and pay extremely careful attention to professional opportunities.

LEO

23rd JULY — 23rd AUGUST With communicative Mercury in your sign and assertive Mars in a pivotal point in your chart, you have the potential to reach all your goals this month. Be aware that Mercury does go into retrograde motion on the 15th, so do try to have any important matters wrapped up by then.

VIRGO

24th AUGUST — 22nd SEPTEMBER Your ruler, communicative Mercury, goes into retrograde motion in the 15th. Better to have all your lose ends tied up before to ensure there are no misunderstandings. Mars changes sign on the 4th and brings your finances into the spotlight. How could you benefit from a creative idea? 36 Gainsborough

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LIBRA

23rd SEPTEMBER — 23rd OCTOBER Your ruling planet Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, spends all of July in the fast- paced and dual sign of Gemini. It is all change now, don’t rely on old certainties and, above all, don’t hang on to the past for your security. Build up new interests using your intuition and creativity.

SCORPIO

24th OCTOBER — 22nd NOVEMBER With both the money planets, Venus and Jupiter, in the financial sector of your chart this month has the potential for expanding your resources and positive material gain. Your ruler, transformational Pluto, is encouraging you to accept and value your talents and to go for what you want.

SAGITTARIUS

23rd NOVEMBER — 21st DECEMBER Your ruling planet, the mighty Jupiter, is now in your opposite sign of Gemini until June 2013. Challenge, optimism and growth are all high on the agenda for you. Mars stirs up the social sector of your chart this month; you’re ready to enter a fresh and positive phase of existence.

CAPRICORN

22nd DECEMBER — 20th JANUARY Hard working Saturn, your ruling planet, is still making waves at the most elevated sector of your chart. Your career, your ambition and your goals are all being challenged. Energetic Mars joins in bringing positive energy to finalise the details of a professional partnership.

AQUARIUS

21st JANUARY — 18th FEBRUARY Love, romance and creativity are important themes for Aquarians during July. Abundant Jupiter and amorous Venus are both in pivotal positions in flirtatious and sociable Gemini. With your ruler, innovative Uranus in adventurous Aries, you may move out of your comfort zone.

PISCES

19th FEBRUARY — 20th MARCH Your home and family life is stirred up this month as both expansive Jupiter and romantic Venus dominate this pivotal area of your chart. Domestic strains are apparent, but could very well result in beneficial changes. You need to be open about your intentions and your needs.

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youngsters spending more time outdoors and get them eating healthy foods too? Then what better idea than to involve the kids in growing their own? While we’d all love a string of willing, young, helpers on the vegetable plot you do have to be realistic. Children can have short attention spans, will only want to do the jobs that appeal to them, and usually expect quick results. Us adults on the other hand tend to be stuck in our ways, place great importance in doing things slowly and methodically and don’t usually take well to sudden changes of plan! So how can you encourage your little ones, without boring them out of the garden, or having them dig up your row of prize leeks? If it is at all possible give children a space that is completely their own on the plot. Get hold of some good quality child size tools and encourage their attempts even if it isn’t quite what you’d have done — if digging holes and making mud pies is more in their line than neat rows of seedlings perhaps they could create a wildlife area? A shallow dish sunk into the ground can be used by birds, frogs, toads and hedgehogs, and a log pile will be home to all sorts of insects plus providing a possible hedgehog home. Giant sunflowers are great fun, especially if you have a growing competition, and wild flower seeds can just be scattered and will, in time, encourage useful insects and birds — natural pest control! Keen young growers can browse seed

Leanne Lodge on the joys of getting kids involved in the garden packets or catalogues to see what takes their fancy. Quick growing crops are a good suggestion — radishes and salad leaves pop up in no time at all and should give them almost instant satisfaction! Sweet young carrots are likely to tempt even picky eaters, as are those lovely little cherry tomatoes. Popping peas out of their pods is very appealing and how about growing their own hideaway in the form of a lush green wigwam of peas or beans? They may not be keen on eating greens, but there is certainly a much better chance that they’ll be tempted to try something they’ve grown themselves. Fruit, such as strawberries and raspberries is usually popular, and if you haven’t got any of your own planted yet you can always get them enthusiastic by having an afternoon out at the pick your own farm. Ready grown plug plants can be good for helping them to set up an ‘instant’ plot - take a trip out to the garden centre to see what is on offer. If you already have seedlings started, then they could have the choice of some for their own plot (and you can see whose grows best!). Finally, don’t forget ‘indoor’ growing activities too - clean out the bottom half of a boiled egg and draw a face on it. Fill it with cotton wool soaked in water and sprinkle on some cress seeds - in just a few days the egg man will be growing hair and not only can they cut his hair but they can eat it too!

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Well, what a busy Month June has been. We’ve have been making final preparations for Richard and I’s wedding at the end of July and also packing up to move house. Probably the two most stressful things you can do, and we thought it would be a good

Dense and Dark Chocolate Loaf

METHOD • Heat oven to 190°c and make sure there’s a shelf ready in the middle of the oven • Butter a large loaf tin (about 20cm long, measured from the top edge), then cut a strip of baking paper a few inches longer than the total length of the base and the two shortest sides. Press it into the tin. (When your cake’s ready, you can use the paper ‘wings’ at either end to help lift it out) • Put the butter and chocolate in a large saucepan and heat very gently until melted, stirring now and again • Cool for 5 minutes, then use a whisk to mix in the yogurt and vanilla, then the │ Jul 2012

eggs and a pinch of salt • Mix the flour, sugar and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl, squashing any big lumps of sugar with your fingers, then stir into the chocolate mix in the saucepan until even • Pour or spoon into the tin, then bake for 45 minutes until risen and shiny (and probably with a nice crack along the length) • To check if the cake is ready, poke the skewer right into the middle, then pull it out. If there’s wet cake mix on it, put the cake back for five minutes. If there are a few damp crumbs, or if it comes out

clean, then it’s done. Cool in the tin for 15 minutes, then turn out and cool completely on a wire rack • Put the cream into a small saucepan, bring to the boil, then add the butter and half the chopped chocolate. Take off the heat and leave to melt. Stir until smooth and shiny, then spoon over the cake • Scatter with the rest of the chopped chocolate and serve ARATI EP

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Gainsborough Organ Society ........................................... 01427 615265 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 John Coopland Hospital Charities Committee ........... 01427 614466 / 01427 615317 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 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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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

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Aegir Community School ........................................01427 619360 Charles Baines School ........................................01427 613812 Benjamin Adlard School ........................................01427 612562 Gainsborough College .........................................01427 617471 Gainsborough Nursery School ........................................01427 811610 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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Aerial Installations & Repairs Aerials Etc.............................................20 John Gregory’s.....................................19 Aesthetics & Beauty Forever Young Salon...........................13 Glamour Box........................................29 Lighthouse Laser................................37 Alternative Energy Solutions Solar Enles...........................................21 Bathroom Sales Prestige Bathrooms............................12 Building & Property Services ADB Builders........................................35 Car Repairs & Servicing Diamond Autos....................................33 Caravan Storage N&P Burrows Caravan Storage.........41 Carpets & Flooring Showroom Horsleys of Gainsborough................... 9 Cleaning Services Mid Lincs Cleaning Services.............37 Service Master....................................43 Coach Holidays Wilfreda Beehive.................................15 Computer Services & Sales Lidgett Computer Solutions..............29 The Computer Man.............................19 Curtain & Blind Specialist Vorbo Blinds........................................... 9 Design & Print Services Life Design & Print................................ 2 Domestic Repairs Peter Ford.............................................43 Driving Instructor Sam’s Driving School..........................29 Electrician SJ Wheatley..........................................20

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