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Welcome to the June edition of Gainsborough Life. We hope you enjoyed the May Bank Holidays and the lovely weather they brought with them too! As June gathers pace it brings with it summer fairs and fetes, festivals and allows us all to enjoy more outdoor living. Why not enter our competition on page 22 to be in with a chance of winning festival tickets to Retford’s Fake Festival on July, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Maybe now is the time to spruce up your home’s interior? Take a look at our article on freshening up with floral patterns on pages 6 and 8. Have you put away your winter clothes yet? Although we have only had a few days of summer-like weather as of yet, you don’t want to miss this month’s Fashion article from Bex Knight on page 12. It’s not just our wardrobe that can benefit from a seasonal swap-around, why not think about giving your home a summer make-over? On page 6 and 8 we take inspiration from one of this year’s on trend looks; floral, giving you some handy tips on how to bringing them to life no matter what your personal style. Are you thinking about buying a car? Then you should read the article on page 38, when Dean Dunham

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Gainsborough Country Market The Gainsborough Country

Market has been established in the town for over 30 years. The aim is to appeal to the local people and the many tourists and visitors to the town. Whether you wish to browse and maybe buy, or just join us for refreshments, you can be assured of a warm friendly welcome. Every week there is a wide selection of cakes, pastries, savouries, jams, marmalade and chutneys — all of which are homemade and without any preservatives. All are labelled in accordance with trading regulations. Our logo is a sign of high quality, genuine home produce. You can place orders for your favourite items on a regular basis to avoid disappointment. Or you may like to order a one-off special item, for example celebration cakes. Selections of home-grown vegetables are available in season. All items are freshly baked or picked. There is an on-site cafe serving tea, coffee, tea cakes and scones each week with bacon butties once a fortnight. The craft room holds a great choice of hand knitted or crocheted items — baby bonnets, jackets, shawls and scarves, bed socks and tea cosies. The market even offers greeting cards, wooden items, and aprons. The Gainsborough Country Market based at the Friends Meeting House, 22 Market Street, DN21 2BE so do call in and see us! For further information please call 01427 616491 or email pam370@btinternet.com. 14 Gainsborough

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Get out and about in National Bike Week Saturday 15th June to Sunday 23rd June

Throughout the week,

Bike2Work is a scheme that encourages as many people as possible to support a charity, by either raising sponsorship money and/ or donating the money you save by cycling to work instead of driving. DR BIKE A free 31- point visual safety check of any bicycle will be offered by Church Street Cycles, 102-104 Church Street, Gainsborough. Bookings and further information can be obtained by calling them on 01427 617752. On Sunday 16th June there will be a sponsored cycle ride in aid of Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. There will be rides available for all the family with distances of 10, 15, 30 miles and a Toddler’s Ride. They all start at 10.30am from The Lincolnshire Otter, Summerby

Way, Gainsborough and sponsor forms are available from Church Street Cycles Gainsborough. Or perhaps you may like to take part in the ‘Pedalling Picnic’ on Sunday 16th June in Richmond Park, Morton Terrace, Gainsborough from 4.00pm onwards. Simply cycle to the park and bring your picnic. On 19th June, there’s a Novice Race organised by Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club, so why not give it a try? Church Street Cycles are supplying the Trophy for the overall winner. If you’re not a racing cyclist but interested in taking part please come have a go. For further information, please contact Trevor Halstead at Church Street on 01427 617752. For more experienced riders, on Sunday 23rd June, a Leisure Ride to York Rally (Extra Long — 120 miles) starts at Roseway, Gainsborough at 4.00am. To take part in this ride, please register your intent to ride with Trevor Halstead on 01427 617752.

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FOOD & DRINK

Helen Stevenson shares her favourite baking treats THIS MONTH Chocolate Brownies

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Hello my fellow bakers! It is June — yes, trust

me it is. This time a year ago I was busy packing up to move house as well as planning my wedding to Richard, and 12 months later I am still as busy as ever. Trying to be the “domestic goddess” that I would like to be, as well as taking on an extra role and commitment at work. So having time to bake is often

a struggle, as I am sure it is for a lot of us. So this month I have shared with you a recipe for Chocolate Brownies, a simple and easy to do recipe, which everyone will love, plus it keeps us all happy with that chocolate fix we all need once in a while. Happy baking everyone!

Chocolate Brownies

INGREDIENTS • 150g unsalted butter • 300g light brown muscovado sugar • 75g cocoa powder, sifted • 150g plain flour • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda • Pinch of salt • 4 eggs • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 150g milk chocolate, chopped into small chunks • Icing sugar to dust (optional) METHOD • Preheat the oven to 190°c • Melt the butter over a gentle heat in a medium sized saucepan • When it’s melted, add the sugar, stirring with a wooden spoon (still over a low heat) to help it blend

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and quickly pour into a baking tin and bake for approximately 20–25 minutes • It will look set, dark and dry on top, but when you feel the surface, you will feel it is still wobbly underneath and a skewer won’t come out clean. This is perfect! • Leave to cool on a wire rack then cut into squares and sprinkle with icing sugar

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YOUR MONEY

Money Saving Expert With Martin Lewis Get more tips from Martin at www.moneysavingexpert.com

It’s the financial nightmares you never thought would happen that really hurt, so here’s how to fight back against the top hidden bill perils MY SIX-YEAR-OLD SPENT £3,200 ON AN IPHONE GAME Letting youngsters sit on your knee while you use your smartphone or tablet means they’re likely to know your password which in turn can be pretty expensive. Recently, England player Sam Vesty got smacked with a £3,200 bill after his six and eight year olds bought their virtual farm animals a mountain of food, with real cash at £70 a pop over three hours. This is just one of the countless examples I’ve heard of. It’s disgusting that a kids’ game allows this, but it happens, so protect yourself. If you’re going to let the kids use your tech, there are tips to follow. Protect your password — your kids may know it without you knowing so change it regularly. Plus ensure your phone’s “app purchases” setting is restricted, so it needs a password. Most phones let you do this. Also speak to your network about financial and parental controls. An alternative with iPhones is to delink your credit/debit card from your account and buy vouchers instead. Then it’ll never go over the top. And, finally, if all goes wrong and you’ve been stung by a massive charge due to the kids, do call up and explain. Often they’ll wipe it on a ‘one strike and you’re out’ policy —as they did for the rugby-playing dad.

transaction. It’s very easy to get caught out, but extremely costly, so ensure you stay in the black. If you have been caught with a hefty amount of bank charges, many of you will remember a few years ago I was urging people to reclaim them. Some got thousands back. While a decision in the Supreme Court put an end to that, rumours of the death of bank charges reclaiming have been greatly exaggerated. If you’ve had charges and they’ve put in financial hardship, you may still be able to reclaim.

AVOID PAYING £150 A MONTH FOR BUSTING YOUR OVERDRAFT Break your overdraft limit by even £1 and you can face charges up to £5 a day or, at Clydesdale, up to £35 a

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BEWARE TRAPS OFFERING £15 OFF YOUR NEXT PURCHASE WITH AN ONLINE DISCOUNT Shockingly, even sites like The Trainline and Ticketmaster have reportedly made extra 30 pieces of silver by allowing membership clubs like Shopper Discounts to push these offers once you’ve bought stuff. Many have been caught out, as MoneySavingExpert.com forum user Sweetie27 wrote, “Bought a train ticket and must have clicked a link, as for two years Shopper Discounts has been taking £10/mth from my account, now totalling £300. I did not know anything about this and am totally gutted.” Communications about these have marginally improved since then but, be very careful — my view is these aren’t worth signing up to.

them overseas. Avoid! Instead, get a specialist overseas credit card — Halifax Clarity, Post Office, Saga (over 50s) and for Nationwide account holders only, its select card. These have no spending charge, low ATM fees and crucially they don’t ‘load’ the exchange rate, meaning near perfect rates worldwide. Yet the golden rule is to set up a direct debit to repay these cards in full each month to avoid interest. WATCH TV ONLINE? DON’T PAY A HIDDEN £5 PER FILM Web players now pump out programmes with image quality rivalling Sky and Virgin. Yet this hoovers up data and many broadband packages have data limits. You can be charged up to £5 per 5GB (about two HD films) if you’re over your limit. Consider an unlimited package, normally only a couple of quid a month more expensive. I GOT A £3,000 HOLIDAY MOBILE DATA BILL Many smartphone apps routinely check for updates and downloads in the background and this can lead to monster fees when abroad. Watching TV, videos or even streaming music is worse. Prices aren’t regulated outside Europe, so turn 3G off. One of my users got stung with a £3,000 bill just for a few emails and maps on a trip to India and the USA and leaving their data roaming on whilst not using it. FIXED YOUR ENERGY PRICE? WATCH FOR PRICEY ‘GO-TO’ TARIFFS Once a fixed energy tariff ends, you slide onto providers’ uncompetitive standard tariffs—up to £260 per year more than the cheapest. So diarise when it ends and switch again.

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In Lincolnshire there are a range of different transport options which link the county’s market towns and villages.

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Lincolnshire’s Bus Service Network: There is an extensive bus service network operating across Lincolnshire. This ranges from the high frequency Interconnect services to the rural bus services which provide a vital community link. Go to www.lincsbus.info to find out more.

Call Connect is a unique bus service. It does not run to a set timetable, but responds to passenger requests and then links up to the main interconnect bus services. Anyone can use the service but journeys have to be pre booked. Go to www.lincsinterconnect.com to find out more. Voluntary Car Schemes are operated by volunteers using their own cars, to provide transport to local people for a small fee. Journeys are organised by a co-ordinator and available to anyone unable to access public transport. Go to www.lincstravel.info to search for car schemes in your village or call 01507 609 535. Information leaflets about all the different ways to travel are available from Libraries, Tourist Information Centres and Community Access Points. They are also available online at www.lincsbus.info to download.

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LEISURE

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knowing about Retford Fake Festival – performances from internationally acclaimed bands and talented local support acts without bank busting ticket booking fees, all taking place where the weather can’t ruin it. Hosted inside the Fake Festivals’ marquee, the tour will be stopping off at Retford Rugby Club in Retford, bringing with it once again internationally acclaimed tributes to firm festival favourites such as Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Kasabian, as well as performances from the best emerging local musical talent.

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Festival goers will also get the opportunity to check out and enjoy some of the most exciting artists in their region before they hit the big time, thanks to five local support band slots held by the festival. Handpicked for their talent, this year’s have just been confirmed as; Vinegar Strokes, Stolen Fridays, The Torn, Gaucho and North Road. The bands have been chosen by the Fake Festivals team for being of a high quality and standard, and being from the region. Visit www.fakefestivals.co.uk for more information and to buy tickets.

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Gainsborough & District Fine Arts Society Most months the Gainsborough and District Fine Arts Society meet on the first Thursday of the month to hear a guest lecturer talk about their chosen subject of interest. Each meeting starts at 1.50pm, and an excellent lunch can be booked to enjoy at The Trinity Centre, before each meeting, by calling Rachel on 01427 838780. New members are always welcome and annual membership costs £39 per individual and two people joining who live at the same address can receive a slight discount at £70 for the year. For further information, please call Secretary Mrs Barbara Jones on 01427 788568.

On Sunday 2nd June, Jon Cannon will talk us through 1,000 years of history, entitled Medieval Cathedrals as Time Machines. A forthcoming event not to be missed will be the performance and dinner evening on Wednesday 3rd July. The Shakespeare production, A Comedy of Errors, will be the evening’s entertainment at Tolethorpe near Grantham, and visitors will travel by coach and also enjoy a meal. For information and tickets, please call Barbara Lyon on 01427 678168. 24 Gainsborough

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Misterton Art Group Misterton Art Group held their annual Exhibition over the holiday weekend and were delighted with the large numbers of the public, who came to see the quality of work that the Group members had displayed after just one year of the Groups existence. They saw a few members of the group working on new paintings, and answering questions regarding the 58 works of art displayed in the Granary Room, Grovewood Road, Misterton. A few did show an interest in joining our group, and were told they would be made welcome. Anyone interested in joining can come along to our weekly meetings on most Thursdays at the Granary Room. This invitation extends to all members of the public of any age, and ability, come and give it a try, we know you will enjoy our company.

For more information please call Sue Salmon on 01427 891616.

Gringley Garden Festival On Sunday 9th June, Gringley

on the Hill (A631 between Bawtry and Gainsborough) opens its stunning gardens once more for the Gringley Garden Festival and Classic Vehicle Display. Visitors can view the beautiful classic vehicles that so many enthusiasts care for so lovingly and stroll round the gardens, spending time speaking to the owners of all of them about the care, interest and history behind them. For the children there is “Meet

a Creature” which is a hands on experience, in addition to trips on the Routemaster Bus, home-made refreshments, a raffle and the odd stall and where can you get such value. Entry is £3.00 for adults, and accompanied primary school children enter for free, the festival opens from midday to 5.00pm. It will be a fantastic afternoon and we hope to see you there. For further information please call Ann Hickman on 01777 818993.

The Eau Valley Singers The Eau Valley Singers have

great pleasure in announcing their first ever public concert. This will be held on Friday 19th July at Scotter Village Hall. The performance will start at 7.30pm and finish at 9.30pm. The choir will perform with the support of local guest singers and musicians. A medley from Les Miserables

and Phantom of the Opera will feature in its first ever public performance, as well as a number of the other popular songs. Tickets cost £6.00 per person which includes refreshments. Tickets can be obtained by calling Pat Mirkin on 01724 763501 or will be on sale on the night subject to availability.

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PETS

Choosing the best pet boarding… Every year millions of pet

owners are faced with the task of finding reliable holiday care for their dog or cat whilst they are away. The best kennels and catteries are often booked up months in advance, particularly for popular holiday periods, so start planning early to ensure you can find a suitable boarding facility available for the dates of your trip. For your pet’s welfare, and your own peace of mind, it is important you take the time to find the right boarding service for your dog’s needs. Where possible, contact at least two or three premises in your area and ask questions about the service they offer. Once you have narrowed down your choice, visit the best ones to see the boarding facilities in person. It is important you visit the boarding kennel before you go on holiday. You do not want to turn up the day before you are due to leave, find the facilities are not what you were expecting and have nowhere to board your dog or cat while you are away. All kennels must be licensed by their local authority and

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should have a current certificate on display to prove this. Some boarding facilities may welcome visits without a prior appointment which is an excellent way to see what the kennel is like day-to-day. When you visit, have a good look around at the places your pet will be sleeping, playing and exercising in. If you are boarding your dog, some facilities have a range of accommodation sizes, so check which your dog would stay in. Kennels should provide your pet with a sleeping area and an exercise run. Dogs should also have regular walks or access to a large secure exercise pen for play times. Check with the kennel the frequency and duration of the walks provided. A dog that does not get enough exercise will become more stressed in the kennel environment. To minimise the danger of spreading infections, the boarding facilities should be designed so that dogs from different households cannot come into contact with each other. The kennels should be clean, tidy, light and well ventilated. A properly

ventilated and cleaned boarding facility should not have any bad smells. The pens should be secure, well built and well maintained. Please remember most Kennels and Catteries in the UK are well run and caring, but you should do your homework, and choose the right establishment for you and your pet It is recommended you visit several kennels or catteries if possible so that you can feel sure that you have made the right choice for your pet. Then you’ll be all set for a great relaxing break of your own!

Questions to ask • How big is the kennels/cattery? • Are the dogs exercised, and how many times a day? • How many employees do they have? • Are the staff experienced? • Where and how do they exercise? • Do they charge extra for heating, exercise, insurance etc? • Do you have to make an appointment to view the kennels? • Will you be shown around the entire premises? • Do the guests look happy? • Are the runs covered? • Does it look and smell clean? • Are they licensed and insured? • Are you allowed to bring in home comforts and food for your pet?

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HOMES

Have character properties become the hard sell? Craig Brown on finding it hard to sell character properties

For a long time the perceived

wisdom has been that character properties such as Georgian townhouses and Victorian villas sell at a premium to comparable size modern properties; in some areas that premium is as much as 20%. Looking at the current market, in my area at least, this still seems to be true but what I’m also noticing is that character properties are

taking longer to sell. In one town which has a fair proportion of 18th and 19th Century properties, out of six houses that have been on the market for more than six months, five of them are character properties. I have a theory about this. Character homes have a lot to offer such as period charm, wellproportioned rooms and often a good deal of interior space. What they tend to lack are modern amenities such as garages, utility rooms and the plethora of bathrooms that

everyone takes for granted these days. They are also badly insulated, expensive to heat and require a lot of upkeep and maintenance. For all these reasons, for a period home may well not be the best option for a family or a first time buyer. The present market conditions of static or even falling house prices actually favour those who are looking to up-size; yes, they get less money for the house they are selling but they save proportionately more on the house they are buying. But character properties are often bought by retirees or families where the children are about to leave home to go to university. Effectively, these people are often down-sizing and they have a strong incentive to sit tight and wait for the market to improve. This is why character properties are proving slow to sell at the moment. If you are trying to sell a period home and it is proving heavy going, my advice is to be patient; the right buyer will come along eventually.

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HISTORY

Gainsborough Riverside Festival goes all Norse! Saturday 8th June from 11.30am This year, the theme of the Riverside Festival is all things Norse, marking the town’s strong historical connections with northern Europe. In 1002, King Aethelred, exhausted of ideas of how to solve the Viking problem, and tired of “the northern” attitude to the Danes, that being sympathetic because of their common origins, decided his own downfall. Aethelred ordered the gruesome massacre of every Dane living in England. The effects of this decision for many communities were cataclysmic. Gainsborough, as with other areas, consisted of a population that was largely of Danish descent and when news of Aethelred’s orders filtered back to Denmark, together with the knowledge that Sweyen's own sister, Gunhild, living in England, was dead. Murdered because of Aethelred, Sweyen immediately swore revenge. He organised a fleet and an invasion of England was imminent. Towards the end of July 1013 Sweyen and his Viking fleet entered the Humber and sailed up the Trent to Gainsborough. Sweyen, already

King of Denmark, had returned to conquer England and claim the English crown for himself. The people of Gainsborough, as with the rest of Danelaw, immediately swore allegiance to Sweyen. Sweyen's army were highly efficient. A military machine that was not of comparison to Aethelred and his disorganised defences. Victory followed victory with Sweyen and it was only at London that his advance was halted. Sweyen's ingenious retreat involved the surrounding of London and its provinces, which finally cut off the capital and forced it into submission. Aethelred escaped. He fled for Normandy, saving his life in the process. Sweyen Forkbeard, King of Denmark, was now King of England. His ambition was realised. Gainsborough must have been a buzz of excitement that winter of 1013 when Sweyen returned. Sweyen, Canute, the high office and council, took up residence at the Gainsborough Castle. A street name in Gainsborough derives its name from this landmark. Originally called Castle gate (the road = gade, in Danish, to

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the castle). It has now changed to its modern day spelling: Caskgate Street. Sweyen was murdered at a feast at the castle of Gainsborough. Poison is a strong possibility, as also is some type of fever.Sweyen's death at Gainsborough left the Danish monarchy in England relatively weak. Canute, by all authorities, was more of a boy than a man when he succeeded to the crown of England, and so it was no surprise when Aethelred relaunched an attack to drive out the Danes, after learning that Sweyen was dead and buried.Canute and the remaining Vikings resident in Gainsborough left shortly before Easter 1014, assisted by the Gainsbronians. Aethelred is recorded as burning every Dane he could find on his arrival at Lindissi, and Gainsborough felt the full force of Aethelred's anger. Paying in blood for its Danish connections. We will never know if the Danes revisited Gainsborough or if they eventually honoured the loyalty of the townsfolk. History certainly tells us that Canute, son of Sweyen, did return to England to avenge Aethelred's second plunder of the Danes, who by 1016 was dead. Gainsborough's connection with the Danes is a justly proud one. Not only did the town become home to the Kings Sweyen and Canute, it became the base of military operations that resulted in the conquest of England. The many surrounding towns and villages bear witness to this association by name, which at the end of the first millennium had resulted in Lincolnshire becoming strongly Danish in characteristic. In Gainsborough there still exists the military camp perched on Thonocks mounds, the name Castle Hills, of which is still widely used to describe this high wooded area that associates the Danes with their former hilly fortification. At the time of the Domesday Book (1086), of the seventeen households that existed in Gainsborough, it is estimated that at least seventy per cent of these inhabitants were of Danish origin. The Domesday Book also revealed that Lincolnshire had become England's most populous county. The Gainsborough Riverside Festival Committee is very eager to ensure the 2013 event is one that is enjoyed by everyone, so make your way into town on 8th June from 11.30am! Jun 2013 │ Gainsborough

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At a time when I’m making

preparations for my summer holidays and browsing through pictures of tropical locations, I can’t help but compare them with the images of England that I hold in my mind. It wasn’t until I visited America last year, that I realised how very English we are, and how we really do live up to the stereotype we’ve been given. I wouldn’t say I’m a shrinking violet when it comes to confidence, but I really did feel quite reserved. As a nation, I don’t think we’re very good at expressing ourselves, our thoughts or our emotions, and whilst I’m not advocating yelling at random people in the street because “your dust cart is blocking my parking lot” or applauding in the cinema (both of which I experienced whilst over there last year), I do think that when it comes to gardens we are, in the main, a little unadventurous. In fact, I would go as far as to say that a striped lawn and three borders are as traditional as our Sunday roast! But fear not, it doesn’t have to be this way. Expressing yourself outdoors needn’t mean exposing your inner most secrets, but I do think your outdoor space should reflect your personality. The residents at Bestall Towers are generally neat

Lee Bestall on what our little plots say about us and tidy (in fact clutter makes my head hurt), so my garden reflects this with its simple straight lines, well ordered borders, immaculate patio, and perfect lawn! So what does my garden say about me? I’m a clean freak, with an obsession for perfection and a need to control my environment… pretty accurate I’d say. So what does your garden say about you? Does it reflect who you are, or maybe who you were? Maybe it’s time for a change and to let loose that wild side, paint the fence black and plant only orange flowering plants. Whatever you do, break from the norm and express yourself.

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A good read CHILDREN

Kath Bennet takes a look at the best children’s book this month Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Mo Willems What do small children like best in a picture book? If anyone knows, it is Mo Willems, who spent several years as a scriptwriter for ‘Sesame Street’. And here, what he has hit on is that little word beloved of toddlers — ‘NO!’ The premise of the book is simple — and summed up neatly in the title. The reader needs to stop the pigeon driving the bus while the bus driver is away for a few minutes. However, this is a very determined pigeon. On every page he comes up with a good reason why he could, should and must drive that bus.

Reading this book aloud is a delight. As you read the pigeon’s increasingly desperate attempts to get behind the wheel, your audience can say — or shout — ‘No!’ at each page, usually accompanied by a great deal of giggling. And parents will recognise the toddler’s range of tactics — from pleading, to sulking, to promises to ‘be your best friend’ — all of which are summarily rejected. With simple drawings and a thoroughly endearing main character, this is ideal to read to pre-school children of any age. The pigeon makes several reappearances in Willems’ other books — ‘Don’t Let The Pigeon

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YOUR MONEY

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Your rights when buying a car… So many people get caught

out when buying a car and as a result lose money. It is therefore really important that you know what your consumer rights are. YOUR BASIC CONSUMER RIGHTS (BUYING FROM A DEALER) When you buy a car from a car dealer (also known as traders) the car must be: • Of satisfactory quality — the windscreen should not be chipped. • Fit for purpose — if you ask for a car that can tow a caravan it should be able to. • As described — the car should match its description given in conversation or in an advert. If a car doesn’t meet the above criteria you will usually have the right to a repair, a replacement or a refund. BUYING ONLINE OR OVER THE PHONE (FROM A DEALER) If you buy a car from a trader online or over the phone, you also have the right to a ‘cooling off’ period. This gives you seven working days after the car has been delivered to cancel your order for any reason and get your money back. YOUR RIGHTS WHEN BUYING FROM A PRIVATE SELLER If you buy a car from a private seller you have fewer rights. The car only has to match the description given by the seller; and be theirs to sell — the car isn’t stolen or owned by a finance company because the

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car loan hasn’t been paid off. DISCLAIMERS Some car traders try to use disclaimers such as ‘sold as seen’, ‘trade sale only’ or ‘no refund’ to restrict your rights. This is against the law and you can report any trader that does this to Consumer Direct, the Government funded consumer advice service. The only exception to this is if the car is sold at auction, as described below. RETURNING A FAULTY CAR TO A TRADER If you discover a fault with a car you’ve bought from a trader, you should contact the trader immediately. If the trader agrees to deal with the fault, what the trader will offer you will depend on: • How long you’ve had the car — if you’ve had good use from car it’s unlikely you’ll get a full refund • How serious the fault is • Whether the fault happens again and again (is recurring) • The cost of carrying out repairs or replacing the car The law here is complex and you many need to get advice about whether the trader should offer to repair, replacement or refund of the car. KEY CHECKS TO DO BEFORE BUYING A CAR Before you buy a car, you should carry out the following

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checks to reduce the risk of it being faulty or stolen: • HPI Check — this will confirm that the car is not subject to a finance agreement. If it is you should not purchase the car unless the seller can prove the finance agreement will be settled before you purchase. • Make sure that the address at which you view the vehicle matches the one shown in the car’s log book. Do not feel embarrassed to ask a private seller to show you photo ID (such as a passport) in order to verify. Further, when paying for your car, make sure you pay by a method which is documented and easily traceable, such as cheque, bankers draft or banks transfer. • V5C registration document: check the registration date, number of owners, the colour (if it’s a used car), and the chassis number — it should match the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) that’s usually on display near the bottom of the windscreen. • Look at the service history and query any gaps or any use of Tippex. Services vary in size and expense. AND FINALLY… Make sure you get a dated sales contract (or, if buying privately, a dated invoice) showing that you’ve completed the deal and paid the right money. Make sure that all relevant information is shown: your name and address, plus the full details of the car, the agreed purchase price and any deposits or payments made.

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MOTORING

First Drives: Volvo V40

Tim Barnes-Clay takes a spin in Volvo’s latest foray into the hatchback market

Gone are the days of ‘wardrobe on wheels’ or ‘only teachers drive those’ jokes. Volvo now has some seriously stylish cars in its stable — and the V40 is the latest one. Like all Volvos it is well built but this has a definite athletic appearance about it. From the twin tailpipes to the low profile tyres on 18 inch rims the V40 D4 SE obviously means business. But does it deliver? Absolutely. The 1984cc five cylinder, 20 valve oil-burner churns out 175bhp, so 0-62 comes in a rapid 8.6 seconds. The wide car sits low on the road and takes corners on rails. The diesel rattle is barely noticeable, even on start up, and, as with all Swedish-made cars, the seats are ultra-supportive on long commutes. The V40 isn’t just about performance and grip though; it also provides enough space for four-up. The boot, although not massive, is decent enough to shove in everything a young family might need – from a week’s worth of 40 Gainsborough

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shopping to a couple of baby buggies and all the gear that goes with young kids. Of course, safety is never an issue with Volvo and the V40 is no different. It is the safest car in its class, having achieved the highest score ever recorded by EuroNCAP in recent crash tests. This is thanks, in part, to pioneering technologies such as the world’s first pedestrian airbag and Volvo’s autonomous braking system, City Safety, which also now qualifies for reduced insurance premiums. And, as you might expect with a diesel turbo, the £24,795 V40 D4, on test here, is an efficient motor. On average it can return up to 65.7mpg, so it certainly endorses Volvo’s thinking that it “offers the solution for drivers who want a premium vehicle experience with low emissions and low running costs, but who don’t want to sacrifice equipment, styling or safety features”. Put simply, the V40 delivers unprecedented choice in the premium hatchback sector without compromise. It’s a great car; not the cheapest, but you get what you pay for — usually.

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COMMUNITY

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Charity Art & Craft Auction

Inspired by a child’s wish to raise money for charity, arrangements are in full swing for the open art gallery for local artists and crafters, all who share the same wish to see child cruelty ‘Stop Full Stop’!

The Silent Art and Craft Auction in aid of the NSPCC will take place on Sunday 9th June at Beckingham Village Recreation Hall from 12.00pm to 5.00pm. There will be raffle tickets on sale at 50 pence each and will be available on the day. Please bring the children as there will be a face painter and a dog show on the green. Come along and see the diverse range of art and craft we have had donated to the auction and maybe have a bid on them yourself. Please contact Kerry Baines for further details 07530 256256.

Kirton in Lindsey Amateur Gardeners The KLAGs 2013 season of meetings continues on Wednesday 19th June with a talk called ‘Serendipity — Ness Botanical Gardens’ given by Mike and Carol Langstaff, these wonderful gardens are in Cheshire. It will be at 7.30pm in the Town Hall, Market Place. At each meeting monthly competitions are held for members, this month it will be ‘A Vase of Sweet Peas.’ Future outings and meeting subjects include: Outings to Messingham Nature Reserve and to Hall Farm, Harpswell and followed by the intriguingly title ‘Live fast, die young!‘. Please come along and join us we are a friendly bunch. For further information please call Chairman Martin Hollingsworth on 01652 648435. 42 Gainsborough

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50th Annual Leverton Flower & Produce Show Leverton flower and produce

show celebrates its 50th annual show this year, which will take place on Saturday 7th September in Sturton-le-Steeple Village Hall. In its early years, the show attracted large numbers of exhibitors, particularly of cut flowers — chrysanthemums, dahlias and more. Most exhibitors were local to North or South Leverton, and many villagers would look forward to this annual event in their calendar. The show was held for many years in North Leverton School, but for the last ten or so years has been held in Sturton Village Hall, and now attracts entries from people

all over the Retford and Gainsborough area. More recently, there have been fewer growers of cut flowers, and a move towards pot plants, craft items, photography and other skills. This year we hope to welcome new and familiar faces to the show, we have plenty of classes for people to enter — cut flowers, pot plants, fruit, vegetables, baking and preserves, photography, painting, handicrafts and flower arranging. There is something for everyone, schedules with full details of all the classes and rules are now available from June Taylor-Rabjohn, please call 01427 880965 for further details.

John Coupland Charity Fund Efforts continue to build pace for the Centenary year of the John Coupland Charity Fund, to raise monies for the hospital. The jam jar collection which started at the beginning of the year continues and people can still participate. Simply collect all your loose change and pop it in to a jam jar and then when it is full contact a member of the fund to collect or take it to the reception at John Coupland. On Saturday 22nd June at the Weston Rooms, there will be a Line Dance vs Rock and Roll evening, accompanied by a light supper, bar

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As summer approaches we look forward to lazy afternoons and warm evenings where it is possible to enjoy a barbeque and gaze up at the azure blue sky. During June it never gets fully dark and astronomers never experience a truly dark sky, however there is always plenty to see. As the Sun sets the planets Jupiter, Venus and Mercury are visible in the West–Northwest, forming a straight line to the horizon marking the Ecliptic, the path taken by the Sun and planets across the sky. The inner planet Mercury makes it best show of the year during June and is furthest from the Sun on June 12th. Although tiny, the use of a small telescope will show Mercury as a thin crescent only 23% illuminated, as long as the air is quite steady. Venus presents a similar sized gibbous phase when viewed through 46 Gainsborough

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a telescope and is much brighter. Saturn is the showpiece of the month with its fantastic ring system seen to good advantage as soon as dusk occurs. If you view Saturn using a telescope, look carefully for the shadow the planet casts on its rings. The shadow’s shape changes as Saturn moves in its orbit and we view it from Earth. Saturn has quite a retinue of moons and the brightest of these is Titan. Titan is easy to see in a small telescope along with Rhea and Dione. During June Saturn is positioned midway between Spica, the brightest star in Virgo and Zubenelgenubi, the brightest star in Libra. If you view Zubenelgenubi using a telescope it will reveal it is actually two stars close to each other, their colours are pale blue and yellow. The Summer Solstice, Midsummer’s Day is on 21st. The sunrise will be watched and celebrated by those attending Stonehenge. Mid-

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In this age of touch screens, mouse pads and voice control, it is surprising to know that by far the most common way of interfacing with your computer is still the good old QWERTY keyboard. The QWERTY keyboard layout was invented in the 19th century for the earliest typewriters and enables a typist to use all their fingers and thumbs on the keyboard at the same time. The most commonly used letters are arranged to lie closest to the dominant fingers and this allows a trained typist to easily top a typing speed of 100 words a minute. Even an untrained casual user will average 60 words a minute. The problem is that a QWERTY keyboard is usually a sizable thing, big enough to cover with both hands. The touch screens that are found on smartphones and tablets still offer the QWERTY layout but they are naturally much smaller which means that the typist is normally utilising just the two thumbs or even one index finger. Because of this, the average typing speed on a touchscreen drops by two thirds to just 20 words

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per minute. A Doctor at St Andrews University feels this has trapped tablet and smartphone users in a “suboptimal text entry interface”. To combat the problem he and his team have developed a new keypad layout designed to be used solely with two thumbs, dubbed the KALQ keypad. This consists of a 4x4 grid on the left containing 15 letters and a 4x3 grid on the right containing 11 letters. Extensive research has been carried out so that the most commonly used letters are located in the places that the brain naturally gives precedence to. It is hoped that this arrangement will push average typing speeds back to the kind of level achieved on a full size QWERTY keyboard. On the face of it this is a good idea but, straight away, I foresee a couple of problems. One of the main things that slows down text entry on a touch screen is the need to keep toggling back and forth between the main keypad and a second one containing the punctuation symbols and numbers. One of the main

advantages of the Windows 8 operating system is that the touchscreen keypad exactly resembles the one found on a typical laptop; you can even display a numeric keypad. Of course, Windows 8 is only available on tablets, not smartphones. The other issue is that, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have spent decades of your life working out where everything is on a QWERTY keyboard and the thought of having to learn a new layout from scratch fills you with horror. In reality, neither of these things represents an insurmountable obstacle. It would be simple to put the most common punctuation symbols, full stop, comma, apostrophe and question mark at the bottom of the right hand grid and maybe a row of numbers across the top. Then you could have a second screen for everything else. Also, one of the great beauties of a touchscreen is that, unlike a conventional keyboard, it can display whatever keys you like. It would be extremely simple to set up the operating system so that users can select which type of keypad they want to use. This is the great thing about technology, particularly IT. There’s always someone beavering away in the background trying to make something better, faster, stronger — someone trying to build a better mousetrap. I remember years ago watching my teenage niece sending a text message on her old fashioned mobile phone; using one thumb and twelve keys she managed to type a message more quickly than I could have done with both hands on a proper keyboard. In years to come we’ll probably see kids able to display blinding fast typing on both a QWERTY and a KALQ keypad, whichever takes their fancy. And Dr Per Ola Kristensson, the man who developed the KALQ keypad layout, will probably be hailed as a pioneer of computing.

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Grass on the tracks David Cook explores Clarborough Tunnel Photo: Charles Langtree

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and in order to get fitter I’ve decided to explore the various public footpaths and bridleways across our countryside. On one of these walks I went to Clarborough Tunnel Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and was intrigued to find more of its history. The site covers several acres above a railway tunnel on the Sheffield to Lincoln line on land owned by Network Rail and managed by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. The geology of the hill is magnesium limestone and is the last hilly outcrop before the river Trent to the east. There is plenty of biodiversity on the site which consists mostly of calcareous grassland meadow made up mainly of Tor grass and upright brome with bee orchids, fairy flax

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and a multitude of other wild herbs and wild flower which was a garden and orchard. There is also an area of woodland directly above the tunnel with trees, wild roses, hawthorn and blackthorn. The site was in danger of becoming overwhelmed by this scrubland vegetation but the NWT has been working over the past few years to ensure that these are controlled. The grassland is managed by allowing sheep to graze for a brief time during the year preventing saplings and bushes from taking control although wild rabbits and hares also forage in the meadow. There are various paths winding around the woodland with wooden steps provided around the steeper climbs to aid access. The views from the top of the hill are impressive — to the east the Trent Valley, the Anglo-Saxon church at Marton and the geological ‘step’ of the Lincoln Gap are visible whilst to the west views over Bassetlaw and South Yorkshire provide an impressive vista. West Burton Power station is visible to the north east billowing condensed steam into the sky, in the right conditions these produce long flowing clouds across the sky for miles on end. It was built in 1958 and commissioned in 1967 producing 500Mw with the coal currently being provided locally from Thoresby colliery. Recently a 1270Mw combined cycle power station has been added. The future view may include a windfarm at Maumswood, just to the

east of the SSSI with the closest turbine being just north-east of the tunnel. The building of the railway by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway had to pass through this huge obstacle before it could get into Lincolnshire. The line climbs steeply from Retford running through the deep cutting before entering the tunnel, boring its way into the deepest section of the hillside. A vertical shaft called a steam hole was also constructed to allow smoke from the steam locomotives to escape. The gypsum spoil from these workings was deposited on top of the hill in three large tips. The line opened on 4th September 1849 and a second line from Clarborough to Sykes Junction was opened on 7th August 1850. Both the MS&LR and Great Northern Railway had powers to run on the line between Retford and the junction where their lines diverged. Several railway accidents have occurred around the tunnel. The first was in 1851 — I have, however, not been able to gather any information on this incident. Three years later a disaster was to occur on 11th April when the 8.26am MS&LR goods train smashed into the back of a preceding GNR coal train which had lost traction and stopped in the tunnel. The driver and fireman of the goods train were killed and blame was portioned on the coal trains brakeman for not setting the red light at a sufficient time and ►

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◄ distance from the coal train and the goods train driver for going too fast to be able to stop in time. Four days later insufficient track repair led to another near disaster when a coach on the 4.45 passenger train from Retford derailed where the mainline met a siding. The track was found to have been severely worn. After these incidents a 10 minute gap was made mandatory to reduce the risk of collision. Two further incidents occurred on On 15th November 1865 and 1871 when a passenger train

ran into a goods train despite the gap still being enforced — this led to a recommendation of a 15 minute gap and better signalling along the line. Nowadays the Type 5 locomotives have no problem getting heavy coal wagons up the one in 120 gradient on their way to pick up coal from Immingham or deposit it at the power station. On 27th April 2012 a pacer unit heading to Retford hit a landslide on the western edge of the tunnel and derailed. The exceedingly wet summer caused a stream to flow on the top of the hill and the slope forcing the water down the embankment next to the tunnel mouth. Fortunately the driver saw the obstacle as he entered the tunnel and was able to apply the emergency brakes slowing the train from 60 to 45 miles an hour. Other deaths have occurred in the tunnel; on 14th September 1853 Hugh Edwin Strickland FRS a natural historian and geologist died after being struck by a passenger train whilst inspecting the strata of the tunnel cutting, he had stepped back so a coal train could pass but did not hear the other train

approaching. The impact broke his pocket watch so his time of death was recorded as 4.29pm. He was buried at Deerhurst near Tewkesbury. The most mysterious incident in the tunnel is the murder of J.H. Petrie, a retired merchant from Ealing, in 1902. Witnesses on the train bound for Retford stated Petrie was in a first class compartment and just after the train had entered the tunnel after slowing down they heard a gunshot — the inquest never found the murderer but concluded it was a botched burglary attempt as the gun was left in Petrie’s compartment and no items were taken. So if the weather is nice go and explore the countryside, it’s great to get out and about and you never know what you may discover just around the corner! Find out more about the Priories Historical Society at www. priorieshistoricalsociety.blogspot.com Images courtesy of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org

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21st MARCH — 20th APRIL Jupiter, planet of expansion, moves into a pivotal point in your chart. Education, learning and communication are high on your agenda now and during the 12 months ahead. This is the time to review how you come across to others, and make exciting plans to broaden your horizons.

TAURUS

21st APRIL — 21st MAY Mighty Jupiter leaves your sign on the 11th, after a whole year’s stay. As Jupiter now moves into Gemini, the sign of learning and communication, you’ll feel the need to put what you have learned into practice. Finances are also highlighted and money worries could start to ease.

GEMINI

22nd MAY — 21st JUNE The exciting transit of Venus takes place in your sign and could bring love and romance knocking at your door. Enthusiastic Jupiter moves in for a whole years stay on the 12th. This is your chance to push forward and reach your goals as confidence is at an all time high.

CANCER

22nd JUNE — 22nd JULY June is a month of introspection for Cancerians. Both Jupiter and Venus highlight the need for close examination about how you feel in all areas of your life. Visionary Neptune in Pisces is asking you to broaden your horizons, and there could be an exciting travel opportunity.

LEO

23rd JULY — 23rd AUGUST June is a very sociable month for Leos, as expansive Jupiter shines on all areas of friendship and group activities. Although Jupiter has now left your career angle, progress made earlier will continue to expand during this half of the year as work projects continue to flourish.

VIRGO

24th AUGUST — 22nd SEPTEMBER Abundant Jupiter reaches the highest point in your chart on the 12th and this encourages the start of an extremely creative and rewarding cycle. You are able to treat all minor inconveniences with a positive attitude and you’ll find that this helps you to achieve ultimate success. 56 Gainsborough

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LIBRA

23rd SEPTEMBER — 23rd OCTOBER Mighty Jupiter shifts to the adventurous sector of your chart making travel and broadening your horizons important themes for you. Fiery and assertive Mars provides you with extra motivation, power and energy to move forward with personal and business plans.

SCORPIO

24th OCTOBER — 22nd NOVEMBER IMoney and resources are in the spotlight for Scorpios this month and as benevolent Jupiter moves into Gemini on the 12th there could be some positive financial surprises coming your way. Optimism is high and you should also feel more deserving of any recognition that you receive.

SAGITTARIUS

23rd NOVEMBER — 21st DECEMBER Relationships are highlighted in June as Jupiter, your ruling planet, changes signs on the 12th. Take advantage of this positive move to learn as much as possible and to go after what you want. A personal relationship is reaching new depths of intimacy as your overall approach changes.

CAPRICORN

22nd DECEMBER — 20th JANUARY Work and everyday matters are in focus this month. Personal insight comes to a head on the 12th as Jupiter moves into Gemini. Increasingly, you’ll find the need to bring more creativity and less routine into everything that you do. The key to success is time alone for reflection.

AQUARIUS

21st JANUARY — 18th FEBRUARY The pace of your life speeds up this month as Jupiter moves into Gemini on the 12th. Love, happiness and joy are top of your agenda as your circle of friends expands. Creative projects could also bring financial reward and the new moon on the 19th presents an opportunity.

PISCES

19th FEBRUARY — 20th MARCH Your home and family are in the spotlight this month and domestic matters could include expansive home improvements. Assertive Mars in Virgo provides you with personal power and extra motivation, as you realise that you can take on anything that comes your way.

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INDEX Aerial Installations & Repairs ADI Communications....................................55 Aerials Etc.......................................................47 Aerial Lincs.....................................................29 Aesthetics & Beauty Forever Young Salon.....................................17 Auto Spares KSS Auto Spares...........................................23 Bathroom Sales Prestige Bathrooms........................................9 Blinds Vorbo Blinds.....................................................7 Bespoke Blinds...............................................8 Bouncy Castle Hire Ave A Go Bouncy Castles.............................37 Business Opportunity Catherine Schofield..................................... 13 Building & Property Services ADB Builders..................................................29 DA Martin Building Contractors..................15 Nigel Sutton Construction.......................... 54 NLF Building Services................................. 35 Car Repairs & Servicing Diamond Autos............................................. 45 R & A Scott.....................................................39 Caravan Servicing, Sales & Accessories Inglewood Caravans.....................................61 Carpet Binding JD Carpet Binding...........................................7 Carpets & Flooring Showroom Horsleys of Gainsborough.............................9 Chauffeur Service MBE Chauffeurs...................................................13 Childrens Activities Jo Jingles........................................................37 North Leverton Holiday Club.......................37 Chiropractor Gainborough Chiropractic Clinic................15 Chiropody & Foot Health Accolade Clinic..............................................61 Cleaning Services Mid Lincs Cleaning Services.........................7 Service Master..............................................37 Computer Services & Sales Lidgett Computer Solutions........................49 The Computer Man.......................................49 Curtains Vorbo Blinds.....................................................7 Damp Proofing RH Plasterers.................................................28 Dental Services (inc. Teeth Whitening) Dental Design Studio.................................. 43 Vicky Davidson............................................. 13 Design & Print Services Life Design & Print..............................10 & 11 Dog Grooming Barkers Dog Grooming................................27 Domestic Repairs Peter Ford...................................................... 45 Driving Experience Days Driving Sensation.................................................41 Driveway Resurfacing Bespoke Resurfacing.................................. 35 Driving Instructor Sam’s School of Motoring.......................... 13 62 Gainsborough

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Electrical Contractors Mike Stewart Electrical................................15 SJ Wheatley....................................................28 Trent Side Electrical......................................19 Financial Advice Clergy and Professional Ltd..........................2 Fishing Tackle The Tackle Shop............................................27 Fitness & Weight Loss Tranquility...................................................... 13 Funeral Directors Cliff Bradley & Sons.............................................25 Garage Doors & Loft Ladders AJP Home Improvements..................................41 Gardening Services DC Garden Services.................................... 35 DN22 Gardening...........................................55 Greenthumb.....................................................1 W Smith Gardening Services..................... 35 Gifts Trixies Treasures.............................................8 Guitar Tuition Barry Marshall Guitar Tuition............................37 Handyman Service A Helping Hand............................................. 45 Chris Jablonski..............................................47 Hardware & Architectural Ironmongery Tyler Hardware......................................................19 Homes For Sale Barratt Homes......................................................63 House Clearance A Helping Hand.....................................................57 Joinery Service DT Joinery Services........................................7 Kennels & Cattery North Leverton Kennels & Cattery............27 Lawn Mower Repairs Steve Stanton Lawn Mowers..................... 35 Live Music North Notts Community Arena...................59 Local Transport Lincolnshire County Council.......................21 Locksmith Metro Locksmiths.........................................28 Mobile Tyre Fitting Tyres 2 Drive..................................................41 Mobility Scooters & Aids Eco Scooters..................................................51 Motorbike Sales, Servicing & MOTs Ray Hamblin...................................................41 Narrowboat Experience Days JP Business Services..........................................13 Oil Tank Supplies The Oil Tank Company..................................27 Oven Cleaning Integal............................................................ 54 Painting & Decorating CP Painters and Decorators.........................8 Steve Mann....................................................37 Pet & Animal Food Supplies LBF Ltd............................................................27 Physiotherapy Equinox Physiotherapy.................................47 Gainsborough Physiotherapy Clinic.......... 30 Marshall’s Yard Physiotherapy Clinic.........23

Piano Lessons The Dean Headland School of Piano........37 Picture Framing DK Frames.....................................................19 Plastering Service PL Plastering....................................................7 Plumbing & Gas Services A Harris...........................................................47 DC Installations.............................................55 Heat 2 U..........................................................23 Nigel Qualter..................................................49 Pubs & Restaurants Angel Inn........................................................ 13 Blue Bell Inn...................................................19 Gainsborough Golf Club.................................5 The George.................................................... 45 Retirement Solutions & Care Homes Grosvenor House Care Home..........................53 North Warren Care Home..................................30 Re-upholstery Service The Upholsterer...............................................8 Roofing Specialist Timby Traditional Roofing............................15 Second Hand Goods Bought & Sold Cash Brokers.........................................................49 Solar Energy Solutions Solar Enles.................................................... 43 Stoves, Fireplaces & Surrounds N&P Burrows..................................................55 Taxis ABC Taxis........................................................27 Diamond Cabs...............................................55 Television Sales, Installs & Repairs Aegir Consumer Electronics....................... 64 Theatrical Production The Clumber Players....................................52 Timber Merchants G Empson & Sons Ltd..................................47 Van Hire Road Trippin’..................................................29 Windows, Doors & Conservatories Advanced Windows & Doors.......................51 C Toyne & Son................................................23 Paul Jackson Conservatories.....................57 True Window Care Ltd....................................3

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