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Baking Bliss..................................6 Royle-y undervalued..............8 Turn it up to 11...........................10 Coming in second.................12 Three of the best.....................14 Perplexing Puzzles..................16 Something about Mary.......18 Fill your boots............................22 Dig It Challenge.............24 – 27 The great outdoors................30 Wedding Fayre.............32 & 33 Runaway bride.......................34 Choosing your invite list........36 Thank you for the music.......38 Spin me right round...............40 Tv gets net-ready....................44 A good read............................46 Delicious Dishes.......................48 Looking back...........................50 Finding the top dog...............54

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elcome to the March edition of Gainsborough Life. The snowdrops are blooming and the daffodils will shortly follow. We love the anticipation that can be felt at this time of year — not yet fully fledged spring, yet the hint of the new season on the horizon brings promise of new life and growth. It may be a cliché yet both myself and Julian's most used used phrase at the moment — when returning from walking the dog — is ‘spring is definitely around the corner’. We wish we knew which corner as we’d try to encourage it to come out from there sooner rather than later. We're sure, now we’ve laboured that point, we still have a few hard frosts to endure — let’s hope for the sake of our Dig It Challenge that we don’t experience too many! You can now follow us at www. facebook/digitchallenge as well as Twitter too at www.twitter.com/ digitchallenge — Twitter in particular is proving extremely useful. Why not read this month’s challenge update, it’s not too late to get involved. Turn to pages 24—27 for details. Are you currently in the midst of planning your big day? Then you need to pop along to our Wedding Fayre taking place on Sunday 6th March, at Ye Olde Bell in Retford. Last year’s fayre on the same weekend was a jam-packed day with over 30 local exhibitors. This year we believe it will be just as great a day if not better — with

some brilliant deals and savings being offered on the day, and our bridal fashion show at 12.30pm — not to be missed! We’ve got some great new features in this month’s edition for you! Baking is experiencing a huge popularity surge at present and in our office we are regularly treated to the delights from one of our closest friends who is a baking genius. For this reason we’ve asked Helen to become one of our regular feature writers — we hope that you enjoy the fruits of your labours, using her recipes as much as we do. Another of our talented contributors is Richard, our graphic designer. He is a keen amateur cook and for the past six months he has been writing all of our monthly food recipes. Well, anonymous he is no more — we thought it was about time he added his face to his creations and took the credit he deserves! Be sure to look out over the next few months for some exciting food contributions from both Richard and Helen. Speaking of graphic designers, we’re about to expand our design and printing side of the business — Life Design — and we’re now on the look out for a talented designer. Take a glance at the advert on page 57 for details of how to apply. We hope that you all have a great March and hope that you enjoy this and forthcoming editions.

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Helen Thompson shares her favourite baking treats THIS MONTH Gorgeous leftover wonders Banana Cake and Quick Apple Tarts

Quick Apple Tarts INGREDIENTS • 500g short crust pastry (or any leftover ready-rolled you have) • 2–3 apples, depending on their size, peeled, cored and diced • 1tbsp demerara sugar • Pinch of cinnamon

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INGREDIENTS • 2 medium-sized bananas, peeled and mashed with a fork • 1 egg, beaten • 130g self raising flour • 1tsp baking powder • 55g very soft butter • 100g caster sugar

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LEISURE

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tanley Royle is now considered one of the finest Yorkshire artists of the twentieth century and much of his work remains affordable and is thought by some to be significantly undervalued. He was born in Stalybridge Lancashire in 1888, his father being a local station master. The family moved to Ecclesfield, north of Sheffield when Stanley was five years old, where he attended the local school before studying at the Sheffield Technical College. Evidently he performed well in his early education because he won a scholarship to the college. By 1910, he was employed in Sheffield as an illustrator — in those days wages for illustrators were low, and it was not long before Stanley began to show his work professionally presumably in an attempt to supplement his income. In 1913 he met his future wife, Lily Goulding whose family lived in Sheffield. The couple married the following year and a child, Jean arrived in 1915. The same year saw a major milestone in Stanley’s career when his oil painting was exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy — his reputation grew throughout the 1920’s and the family were able to move to Park Head, a more affluent area of Sheffield. The 1929 financial crisis took its toll on the art world in much the 8 Gainsborough

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Andrew Middleton Art & antique valuation specialist

same way as it has recently. Despite working part time as a teacher Stanley struggled to support his family and in 1931, following an offer of employment, the family moved to Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada where Stanley began lecturing at the school of art. He held the position for just three years before returning to England. Their stay was brief as another offer of work came from the Mount Alison University, New Brunswick and once again Stanley crossed the Atlantic. Conditions were more favourable and he went on to become the university’s first professor of fine art. At the end of World War II Royle returned to England, settling in the Worksop area where he continued painting, at Hodsock Woodhouse before dying in 1961. Royle is buried in Worksop. Although he received considerable critical acclaim during his life he struggled financially. Much of his work could be described as ‘post impressionist’ in style and his elder cousin Herbert Royle, also an artist, proved a strong inspiration and influence. Stanley is best known for his oil landscapes often featuring rural scenes of Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire, Cornwall and of course Nova Scotia.

Examples of Stanley’s work can be found in the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield and other regional galleries and his oils can still be found at auction quite modestly, depending on subject and size (well under £1,000). However, some of his most expensive paintings to come on the auction market in the last 15 years, depicting Winter scenes of villages under snow and examples of his best work can reach in excess of £10,000 at auction. Stanley had a hard life, he was often stretched to the extreme financially and a Nottinghamshire friend — who knew him towards the end of his life — remembers that he was happy enough provided he had money for his painting materials. Royle is now regarded as one of South Yorkshire’s greatest modern artists.

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MOTORING

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t comes but only… twice a year — that's right, the first new registration of 2011 is upon us. Come 1st March, all new cars will carry the romantically named 'two-digit age identifier' of '11', and now is the time for the latest models bearing the latest plate to roll off the forecourts. There was once a time that there'd be queues full of new buyers at dealerships eager to get their hands on the keys to their pristine new car at midnight, so they could be the first on the road with the new plate. But does a new registration place still hold the same kudos it previously had, and can you still grab a knock-down bargain price on new cars registered with the now so passé 60 plate? You could argue the current style of prefix makes cars less distinguishable than before, and more difficult to tell apart than when it was just 10 Gainsborough

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the first letter that changed. Perhaps the easiest way to spot a new car nowadays is the LED jewellery adorning the front bumper. There's no doubt there is still a desire for a new car to carry the latest registration plate, but with prefixes changing twice-yearly, perhaps the yearly rush of new car sales around the registration change has evened out. In fact, figures from the last three years has shown sales in March and September of each year accounting for an average of around 35% of the whole sales of the year. It's revealing that in the month before each new registration, sales account for as little as 2.5% of the year. The upside of that for the secondhand buyer is there's a huge influx of cars onto the market, so now is a good time to shop around for a great nearly-new deal.

he current number plate numbering system came into play with the new registration on 1st September back in 2001 after the previous system ran out of possible connotations. The new system provided a number of benefits. If you're buying second-hand, it makes it easier to work out when the car was first registered without having to remember which letter is for which year or registration date. Plus, the police can more easily identify where the vehicle used in a crime is likely to be from by the first two-letter 'local memory tag'. Since 2010 the first number of the 'two-digit age identifier' has been zero on all March registrations, with both numbers basically following the year that registration falls in, while five was used for the second registration of the year. September last year was the first time six was used now we're in the second decade of the century. The first numbers will continue to rise sequentially until the current system runs out of numbers by September 2050, which should give the powers-that-be plenty of time to think of a new system. You never know, we might all have barcode plates like Doc Brown's DeLorean in Back to the Future. Might make reading them by anyone other than a computer a little difficult though. If cars still exist by then that is…

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MOTORING

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olvo has long been viewed as sitting in the second tier of prestige car manufacturers — a club that includes Saab and Alfa Romeo. The reasons for this are simple — dynamically and stylistically any recent model Volvo has produced has not been the match of its rivals from the big three German brands Audi, Mercedes and BMW. With the new S60, Volvo has set out to remedy this, or at least that’s what the launch advertising campaign would have us believe. The S60 is aimed squarely at the “compact, prestige, sporting saloon” segment of the market — in other words it is up against the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. What is it doing differently that will enable Volvo to take the fight to these titans of the prestige car industry? Well, if we start with the styling I have to say it looks the part — from the side profile it has the curves that, these days, are associated with a four door coupé and from the rear everything is taut and tidy. Unfortunately, until Volvo decides to completely abandon its boxy heritage, the front end is always going to be a problem. Even with the trendy LED running lights, the headlights are bulbous and awkward looking — to my eye the car looks slightly too high sided and stubby as well. Climb inside and everything is as it should be in an executive saloon — the fit and finish, quality of plastics and all-round ergonomics are nearly up there with Audi and ahead of anything BMW or Mercedes have to offer, that said, I’m not wild about the slab-like centre console but it is a Volvo after all. The front seats are supremely comfortable but if you get in the back you will find that the price of those coupé-like looks is limited legroom, a centre seat that is strictly for kids and a slightly claustrophobic feel. There are also some funky things on the options list, how about a collision avoidance system that detects pedestrians walking out in front of you and applies the brakes before you run them over? Just don't watch the videos on YouTube from 12 Gainsborough

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Tired of coming in second Kit Johnson finds out if Volvo has upped its game with the new S60

Volvo's official press demonstration, when — on more than one occasion — it's not gone entirely to plan. Volvo’s tried and tested 2.4 litre five cylinder diesel produces 204bhp in this guise — enough for a 7.4 second 0-62 time and a top end of 146mph. I like the hefty shove in the back it gives when it hits the power band and that distinctive five cylinder warble makes it one of the few diesels that I actually enjoy the sound of. The economy figures don’t quite keep up with the likes of BMW — expect around 50mpg in mixed motoring — but are perfectly respectable. I drove the six-speed manual which is fine, but the automatic is to be avoided. What about the handling though? After all, Volvo has made a huge song and dance about what a sporty drive this car is. I can report that this is without doubt the best handling Volvo I have ever driven and I would go further, it is considerably better than the classleading Ford

Mondeo whose platform it shares. Even so, it doesn’t exactly make your heart sing and urge you to push it into every corner as hard as you can. The steering is decidedly lifeless too, but by way of contrast the ride is excellent, soaking up the bumps like a bigger car but without any wallowing or excessive roll. The way I see it is that it will be a rare occasion indeed when you explore the limits of the handling envelope of your sporty saloon, but a supple ride is something you will appreciate every time you drive it. The S60 is a solid all rounder and represents good value for money. Somehow though, I don’t think that it will have the German aristocracy quaking in their boots. Even so, if you are bored with your A4 or 3 Series, it is worthy of serious consideration, and if you are quite happy to drive a second tier, prestige sporty saloon this is definitely the one to go for.

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Three of the best for the new reg… MOTORING

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March sees Volkswagen refresh it's mid-sized car line-up with the re-launch of the Jetta. Following the Mk6 Golf, the company's small salloon offering gets an all new platform, based on the Golf, but stretched an additional 70mm, with no one body panel

The best selling car in Vauxhall's armoury gets a bit of a facelift with a raft of visual tweaks. The front end is re-worked with new Vauxhall signature 'eagleeye' headlights, front bumper and a little extra glitter — if not glamour — in the form of daylight running lights and extra chrome. Inside you'll get their latest 'touch and connect' technology which controls the sat nav, stereo and all connectivity, such as bluetooth and USB. The Corsa's chassis was updated earlier last year, so no there are no real mechanical upgrades to speak of. As a result, prices are only modestly increased.

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shared with it's hatchback cousin, unlike the previous incarnation. The same ethos is reflected inside, with a styling distinctly of it's own. Comfort and quality is raised, but at a price — expect to pay around £500 more this time round. The engine line-up benefits from a new entry level 1.2 TSI, although that might be a little on the small size for a car of this new-found bulk.

Chevrolet Orlando In a busy year for the US giant, the Orlando MPV reaches our shores. In a bid to finally shed the sigma of being a re-badged Daewoo, the Orlando is one of three new models. Sharing a platform with the Vauxhall Zafira, the seven-seater marks a step up in quality. It's flexible too, with a dizzing number of combinations for the seating from the driver backwards. The interior is pretty

well thought-out and should withstand the inevitable beating it will recieve at the mercy of up to five hyperactive children. Like any load-lugger, the diesel will be the powerhouse of choice, with two to choose from.

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Something about Mary HOMES

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ast night I watched Mary Portas: Secret Shopper on Channel 4. If you are yet to discover, Mary is a “TV consumer champion” — her belief, is that service industries in the UK have become faceless entities and through the series her aim is to work with wellknown brands and high-street chains to give shoppers the service they deserve. Last night’s victim (sorry I mean service industry), was North London estate agents Martyn Gerrard. Now before I reflect on the show — and hopefully give a balanced viewpoint — you need to understand the premise of the programme. The basic idea is simple, Mary tells us how bad the industry is, finds faults in the mechanism of the particular business, and then provides a solution, making her look like a saviour (Oops that’s not very balanced!). The programme started with the normal estate agency bashing; how agents are hated as much as politicians, complaints have doubled, it’s the profession you love to hate, and the average agents fee for all this non-service is £3,000! “What a great opener”, I thought, hardly a balanced view — yet I had to remember this is TV after all. After each and every advert break, this figure of £3,000 was thrust at us again — just to remind us what a waste of money agents are! At one point, a small number of people were stopped on the street to be asked their opinions on the industry. This cross-section of the public came up with all the normal negative clichés. Now call me a sceptic but couldn’t they find one person who had a good word to say about agents, or were these left on the cutting room floor? Now it was time to meet the star of the show — arriving in his liveried 18 Gainsborough

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Darrin Carter Estate Agent Mini Cooper was Philip, the permatanned, spikey haired and seven years-in-a-row top salesman. I sincerely hope that every viewer didn’t think that super seller Phil with his 47 viewing appointments a day is an example of a modern day agent. The producers and researchers of the show must have thought it was Christmas when they walked in and saw this guy — I half expect him to crop up in the next series of The Only Way Is Essex! Anyhow, Phil and his patter, such as; “West facing is the new south facing” and, “This will be sold by the end of the day”, was shown as an example of how us, as lazy agents, push for a sale with limited knowledge of the product — as was his colleague Veronica, who failed to show the light benefits of a glass brick wall but did point out where the washing machine was! So the scene was set for Super Mary to change the way we sell our homes. Mary’s first lesson was to take them off to a stately home, to see how a tour guide oozes product knowledge, and enthuses about his subject matter. Mary’s plan was to show how this can be transferred to showing clients properties, resulting in better customer feedback, more seller confidence and ultimately more sales — finally, a point I could agree with! Agents can let themselves down, by having a complete lack of knowledge of their properties. I have also always advocated that honesty is best — if you don’t know the answer don’t lie but say you will find out. My only criticism of the tour guide analogy is that they show the same house every day, so you would expect them to be experts, as opposed

to the average agent having 50 properties on their books. Sure enough, under Mary’s guidance, our friends at Martyn Gerrard put this new found discipline into practice, and clearly as you would expect — remember it’s TV — our wide boy agent Phil turned into a walking talking encyclopedia of knowledge much to the pleasure of Ms Portas. Like all good fly on the wall TV, the hour was highly edited to show the short comings of the agent, and the poor MD Simon wasn’t shown in his best light — his argument was that viewings were not the only one thing agents do, yet liaising with solicitors and knocking on doors to find out the ownership of fences, still wouldn’t be justification of the agency’s £3,000 fee! His father and company founder, was however shown as the good guy, who still had belief in good old fashioned customer service. So, did I with 26 years experience of selling houses think that this was a true reflection of estate agency in 2011? No I don't, but I agree that there should be more transparency in how we deal with clients, and enhanced customer service should be supplied with honesty, integrity and knowledge, and delivered at a value for money fee. Property details should be accurate and not misleading, and there should be some regulation in our industry, to stop the inexperienced cowboys tarnishing our reputation further. So has Mary Portas: Secret Shopper told you or I anything new? Not really — except Phil, please go and get a haircut!

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get flashbacks of the journey from hell and the hefty cleaning bill! Luckily I have never been one of those people who feel a need to drive around in a spotless car and, having now acquired three children and assorted dogs, that isn’t an option anyway. Yes I’ve done the flash motor bit but my latest jalopy, an old Volvo estate, is proving to be as close to perfection as I can get for garden centre forays. Firstly, it has got a massive boot with a low sill — with the back seats down you could even get a garden bench in there Secondly it already has a background aroma of ‘Eau de Wild Bunch’ so a stray bit of manure won’t make any difference. Most importantly, I have a good feel for exactly how much I can load in before either the suspension gives up the ghost or the boys in blue read me my rights. If I had one complaint it would be the lack of headroom for tall plants — forget the passengers! — but perhaps I could get someone to fit one of those concertina roofs like you see on camper vans. The big problem with garden centre purchases is the randomness of it all. Normally your groceries will fit neatly into plastic bags — not so your garden supplies where you have to try and keep your plants from toppling over and prevent muddy water from dripping on your velour upholstery. I would love to see the Top Gear team have a go at ‘pimping’ your average car into the ideal wheels for garden centre devotees — Jeremy Clarkson take note! Maybe ‘garden centre userfriendliness’ would not be top of your average road tester’s priorities when putting the latest Porsche through it’s paces, but I would be willing to bet that at some stage in its life it’s going to have some inappropriate plant life on the passenger seat following a trip to the garden centre!

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an hour or so a day I think will be much better than spending five or six hours on one day once a week. Once the growing season starts, we plan to have in place everything we need to hand. We’ve done some research and come up with what we hope will be a good beginners guide to the essential equipment needed. Just on that point — although not a tool as such, one thing I’m finding valuable is my gardening diary. We’re very much just getting started at this growing our own lark, therefore

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less to get started than we do here, so rest assured getting kitted out with the necessary need not cost much, especially if you can drop on with well looked after second hand tools. Ask your neighbours friends and family as they may have what you need when it may not be being used. • If you are wishing to grow from seed, a facility to grow undercover — a small cloche, greenhouse or self-made area is more than adequate • A well-made spade — getting the handle height correct is one of the most important points • A shovel, a fork and a garden rake — again both the right size for your height ►

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The first of our seeds sewn — fingers crossed!

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have a heavy clay soil then wait a few weeks yet as it’s more slow) • Plant Broad Beans, Parsnips, Garlic and Shallots outside • Plant undercover (in a greenhouse, under cloches or polytunnel) Lettuce, Carrots, Radish, Rocket, Baby Beetroot, Spinach, Salad Onions, Peas, Potatoes and Parsnips

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things needed for successful germination — light and warmth! One thing most gardeners will agree on, is that often their growing successes have brought them a glut of vegetables that cannot always be used, stored or frozen at the same time and inevitable waste can occur — this certainly happened to us with tomatoes last year. Although we may not be entirely successful, we’re going to try to stagger planting our seeds with some of the varieties to try to have smaller quantities of the same crop growing through the season. This is where a greenhouse can really come in handy! To sow the seeds, simply follow the instructions on the packet, then if you wish to stagger then do the same three weeks later in more seed trays or the different cells of the same tray. Obviously organisation is important here, so labelling each cell with the date you planted the seeds and what they are is essential.

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Grosvenor’s & Burn’s Address to a Haggis

During our Tuesday bingo bashes, we like to do something different every now and then, so whilst the tables were arranged in lines what better time to pass the whisky, haggis and short bread around to celebrate burns night. Never content to just do that we thought that we would have a “Taste of Scotland” experience, and see which one of 4 whiskeys and 2 Haggises would come out on top. The Haggises were very different . The Halls Haggis by Royal Appointment is the largest selling Haggis in the world and it dates back to 1932. a regular haggis eater thought that “it is very traditional and just as I liked it”, also “It reminds me of a particular type of sausage”. The Simon Howies award winning haggis with a “a touch of romantic barbarism so dear to the Scottish heart”, was completely different “it reminds me of a really nice meat ball or faggot with lots of flavour and peppery spice”, “It seems different to the first haggis”. We were all surprised just how different these two haggises were, and upon investigating the ingredients, the difference became apparent, the Halls Haggis contained pork bits and pieces, whilst the Howies contained beef and lamb bits and pieces. So a complete split between the Haggis aficionados, and cross boarder sasanacks. To wash the haggis down we had four different whiskies Teachers and Famous Grouse blends, plus The Glenmorangie and The Glenlivet. Famous Grouse was the most popularly drunk by our tasters “sweet and sherry like and quite mellow” were as Teachers was “ full and malty with a richness”. Glenmorangie claims that only the lightest and purest of spirits ascend to such heights, and our tasters agreed that it was “pure and smooth”; Glenlivet was an older whisky 18years and seemed to have a “fuller oaker taste and colour, and a lovely aroma”. And to complete the tastings some delicious shortbread seemed to be the obvious choice. Our Burns celebration was great fun and we will certainly be having more similar fun on forthcoming bingo bashes. If you would like any more information about the Grosvenor House community, please speak to Barbara Bussey. www.grosvenorcare.co.uk

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the shade factor — you do not want your guests to be sweating if it gets too hot. Always have back-up plans and inform your guests about the outdoor setting. Once your tables have been set and decorated you cannot move them around, therefore, ensure that you listen to the staff at your venue regarding best possible positioning for your tables. You have to ensure that there is plenty of shade and that spare umbrellas or parasols are available — you could even think about printing your wedding programme on fans to enable guests to cool themselves. If you are not interested in using a tent, then the ideal outdoor wedding location has an indoor location waiting just in case and in case of a particularly hot day, you could have sun cream and sun hats handy! One of the main requirements of a successful outdoor experience is a steady flow of chilled drinks and not just alcohol — plenty of juice and even chilled bottles of water would be ideal.

Another great tip is position citronella candles around any seating and eating areas. This little touch will help to get rid of the bugs, making sure that your guests won’t spend the whole dinner swatting at the air! Even though you will be surrounded by natural beauty, there is still work to be done to create an ideal wedding setting — this is where your wedding theme really comes in to play. If you really wish to follow the country garden theme then choose a pretty palette of muted pinks, greens and creams. Think roses and hydrangeas spilling from vintage boxes, antique bottles and jamjars, and lay the tables with mismatched vintage crockery and cut-glass candelabras. Swathing the whole area in vintage or floral bunting will finish off the whole look. If you wish to create a more classic and elegant style, then beautiful table cloths, cut crystal on the table and hurricane lamps could all add magic. For the finishing touches, drape fairy lights or hang chandeliers from tree brunches for an exquisite and unexpected touch of glamour. Having an outdoor wedding usually means there is more scope for arranging classic games such as croquet and bowls, or even setting up a coconut shy. The finishing touches are also important — just as you would with an indoor venue — don’t forget about the ambience and background music.

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he term runaway bride refers to a young woman who seems to want marriage, but has an extremely hard time committing to the ultimate relationship called marriage. Your wedding date is set, and maybe the invitations are out. You’ve chosen the dress, yet everything you ever wanted has turned in to some twisted nightmare

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Evegenia Poplett looks at how to avoid the runaway bride syndrome overnight. If you’re feeling cold feet, try to relax and explore your feelings. Figuring out what’s behind them will either lead you to a stronger and healthier marriage or save you from making a giant mistake. Either way, the time to deal with cold feet is now! Fear of the unknown is a great factor — commitment requires a great deal of faith and optimism that everything will work out for the best. None of us know what lies ahead, and of course one thing is certain, not everything

will be perfect. Striving for perfection is not only usually unattainable, it’s dangerous. Achieving happiness is a completely different matter, in fact not only is it relative, but the notion of perfect changes as our life journey progresses. The great thing is that most obstacles can be overcome with a positive attitude — an important ingredient in a successful marriage. Another crucial factor is the communication skills between the two partners. Being able to communicate concerns, fears and anxieties without criticizing, blaming, complaining, nagging, threatening, punishing and bribing — sound impossible? Well now is the time to test out those skills, before the marriage. Planning a wedding can be an extremely successful task for both partners, therefore if you can keep it together and communicate well through the planning stage it bodes well for the future ahead! One question any bride having doubts should ask herself — what will happen if you walk away, once the tears have dried up and the dust settles? Is what you are giving up something that you can’t replace? Imagine that scenario, could anything be worse than that? A bride is entitled to her feelings, yet please consider those who would get hurt in the process. Fortunately, in most occasions, pre-wedding jitters is just that and many brides go on to marry their hubby to be. However, if the worse should need to happen and you need to call off the wedding, remember to try to handle the situation with as much dignity and graciousness as possible.

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ocal Abba tribute group Voulez Vous are wowing audiences across the country with the "Mamma Mia Concert". Now in their 20th year touring, the group’s members still capture the sheer brilliance of ABBA. You too can experience the Voulez Vous phenomenon, when the group perform at the Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre in Boston Lincolnshire on Saturday 5th March and Gainsborough Trinity Arts Centre on Friday 6th May (hopefully for 2 nights). Tickets cost only £14 and more details can be found on the website www.voulezvous-tribute.co.uk. Dave (Bjorn) and Linda Monks (Frida), who are two of the founding members of Voulez Vous, have teamed up with local Scotter resident Emma Kelsey who portrayed Agnetha/

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Frida with the show for many years. Along with Amanda Kelly from Scunthorpe, and Sara Horner in Morton, they have produced fantastic new choreography, lighting and stunning intricate new costumes. Their roles are extremely demanding, with close to 40 costume changes within each show, their attention to detail means that perfection is the only solution to making the show yet again a hit! Since launching 20 years ago, Voulez Vous have had many highlights. They have been interviewed on radio with Terry Wogan and Lorraine Kelly and performed by request by the then Prime Minister, John Major. Even Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and their children attended their Concert at the Seacombe Centre in Sutton, Croydon! They were given special treatment when they appeared 38 Gainsborough

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on Noels House Party. They performed in an ABBA fan's house in London, live on air and were due to perform for the Lord Mayor of Leeds — all went well, considering they managed to perform live in London at 6.30pm. Along with a Police escort, they zoomed off to Heathrow to catch a plane to Leeds, just in time to perform at 10.00pm that night. They were voted 'The Best House Party' of that year and were featured in Noel's 'Christmas Special'. Voulez Vous were employed by the Swedish oil company STAT to feature as their main ingredient, as the "Best Swedish Export" along with Volvo and Saab. The advert was shown in 27 Countries around the world, giving Voulez-Vous a very high profile. They appeared on the Richard Whiteley Show, and were the only people to be

requested to make a second visit, by popular demand from the viewers. The group often take part in charity fund-raising, and following the Warrington bomb disaster, a charity night was set up at the Parr Hall in Warrington, where they appeared alongside Bill Tarmy, Cannon and Ball, Rick Wakeman, Miss UK and the St Winifred's School Choir. They performed in London for the Millenium, at the Greenwich Maritime Museum alongside Bryan Ferry, Lesley Garrett, Mick Hucknall and Annie Lennox. One particular highlight for the group was being able to represent Abba themselves at an official Abba book launch at a HMV London Store for an Abba Book Launch and actually featured in the book! Don’t miss out — book your tickets today and you too can thank Voulez-Vous for the music!

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Spin me right round Carrie Cartwright-Owen get all in a spin over the latest craze

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o, you’ve heard of spinning and aqua aerobics classes but have you ever thought of putting the two together? Hydrospinning is a new style of exercise that combines these two effective workouts in a pool based class. The theory is simple, cycling to music with an instructor, it’s just that the bicycle is under water! Gyms are ordering their Hydrorider bikes by the drove, it is a set to be a real hit! Hydrospin is a pulse-increasing, muscle strengthening exercise that uses water resistance to push your body to a new level of condition. It is a little odd wearing the special shoes with a swimming costume and the feeling of sitting on a bicycle in water takes some getting used to. The instructor gets you pedalling to the beat of the music and it gets progressively harder; the faster you 40 Gainsborough

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pedal the stronger the resistance. It is excellent for those who have old injuries, back pains or simply hate aching the day after — water’s natural buoyancy means that this is a non weight-bearing exercise and therefore minimises the risk of pulled or strained muscles. Hydrospinning could also be an excellent way to get people back into exercise, or indeed start them off, as there is little discomfort and stress to the joints. It has other added benefits too — you can work your upper body at the same time and use the bike in more ways than on land; hanging off the back of the saddle whilst pedalling for example. Another property of water is hydrostatic pressure — this works to decrease your heart rate meaning you can work harder for longer. It is just science really, but you don’t need to understand it all because it’s really good fun — just don’t drown if you have to get off to put your chain back on!

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rom Good Friday 22nd April to Easter Monday 25th April inclusive, an exhibition by Morton & District Art Club will take place daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm. The exhibition will take place on the 1st Floor Engine Room in the Well — sign posted Marshall’s Yard shopping complex, Gainsborough DN21 2NA. The venue is accessed by lift or by the stairs. One of the exhibition highlights will be a Best In Show vote. Refreshments can be purchased within the shopping complex where there is extensive car parking at only 50p. Please contact Cliff on 01427 679510 or Sue on 01427 615995 or visit www.sue-young-art.co.uk.

e wish to thank all volunteers and members for another amazing year and for all the hard work you’ve done throughout 2010. From Alice In Wonderland through to PACS Goes Pop it’s been a very special year, with lots more to come in 2011. In 2011 PACS will begin offering vocational qualifications at the group as part of its activities. The courses shall begin in March and will be Level 1 certficates in Dance, Drama, Music and Stage Craft. Each course will involve building a portfolio of evidence from any of the PACS Shows and Concerts that members take part in throughout the year, from the planning stage, to rehearsals and the final performance.

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ainsborough Support group for people with Parkinson’s disease and their carers held its first meeting of 2011 recently. The speaker was Graham Penn from Lincolnshire County Council Trading Standards, who led a very interesting session on door step crime and how to prevent it. Members felt they had learned quite a lot from both Mr Penn’s presentation and the DVD which he showed. This illustrated most effectively how easy it was to fall for some of the stories told by criminals in order to gain access to your house — and your valuables! The group also held its rescheduled Christmas lunch at the Ferry House

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ainsborough Country Market hold their event every Tuesday morning at 9.00am – 12.30pm. The market is held at the Friends Meeting House (Quakers) on Market Street in Gainsborough. Everyone is welcome and you’ll be sure to find something for everyone. The market includes stalls catering for 42 Gainsborough

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in East Stockwith which had had to be cancelled in the run up to Christmas because of the bad weather. Also at our last meeting, numbers were finalised for an outing to Doddington Hall at the end of April for lunch and a look around the gardens. Initial discussions also took place around the Pea and Pie Supper, Quiz Night and musical entertainment which is taking place on Saturday March 26th at the Village Hall in Morton and is to raise funds for the group. It is to be hosted by Andy Lloyd of Island Truffles and Treats who will also give a

There will also be some classroom based study. These theory sessions will take place on pre-arranged dates through the year at the Gainsborough St Johns Ambulance HQ on Spital Terrace, and will be arranged around our activities through evening sessions in the week or at a weekend. The courses are offered in association with NCFE (National Curriculum of Further Education) and will be available to any members aged 13 or over. For further information about PACS and how you can take part or volunteer please call Sue on 01427 612870, Helen on 07522 460739 or Rick on 07786 180719.

Chocolate Making demonstration. Another outing on the horizon for the group is to the Mount Pleasant Hotel in Bawtry, for cream tea in July. The next meeting of the group will take place on Tuesday February 22nd from10.30am to 12.30pm at the Village Hall in Morton where the speaker will be Lynne Nelson, a Specialist Parkinson’s Nurse who will talk about what she does and answer questions from members about their individual concerns. New members are always welcome. For further informationcontact John Goddard on 01427 611555.

Gainsborough Country Market all tastes, from freshly baked cakes, pastries and savouries, plus a range of jams, marmalades, pickles and chutneys. In addition to culinary delights, there are a wide range of crafts on display for

you to browse. If you’re in need of refreshment after taking in all the market has to offer, there is a small café for cups of tea and coffee. If you would like more information on the market call 01724 763581.

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TV gets net-ready Graham Iek IT Consultant

a fair chunk of market share. However, the path they have gone down is to set up partnerships with the giant websites rather than simply make the whole of the internet available through your TV. Hence, a Sony Bravia IRTV will provide access to iPlayer, YouTube, Love Film and Sony’s in-house video channel — if you haven’t got an IRTV, you can achieve the same result using a PlayStation 3. But what if you just want to view whatever is on your computer on your TV screen? The best device I have found is a Veebeam which retails for £99. This connects your PC or laptop wirelessly with the TV and operates in two modes. In desktop mode you just see whatever is on your computer screen — as well

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A good read LEISURE

Kath Bennet takes a look at the best books this month

253 Geoff Ryman This may not be for the traditionalist, and it’s certainly not for the nervous traveller, but if you give it a go this unusual and original book will be one you remember for a long time. 253 is the print version of a novel that started life on the Internet. The concept is both staggeringly simple and incredibly complex — a London Underground train can carry 252 passengers, plus one driver, with no-one standing and no seats left empty. This is the story of one tube

train, which starts as it leaves Embankment, and travels south on the Bakerloo line to Elephant and Castle. Each of the 253 travellers has a story, which is told in exactly 253 words. As the train moves inexorably forward to a possibly tragic final 46 Gainsborough

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stop, the connections between these stories become clearer and the reader is able to construct their own version of the events before, during and after the journey. Each of the passengers is described in the same way — outward appearance, inside information and what he is doing or thinking, allowing us inside their heads. Some stories are comic — the commuter who has forgotten to dress properly — and others are heartbreakingly sad —the daughter tending to her childlike mother. All kinds of connections are made — husbands and wives, friends and lovers, even burglar and victim are on the train at various points. To help us keep track of their comings and goings, each carriage is prefaced with a diagrammatic summary, and towards the end Ryman sums up the different experiences of each person as tragedy approaches. It is a mark of Ryman’s skill that, despite having only 253 words for each character, he makes us care about what happens to them. Even the pigeon…

Nothing Mick Inkpen A new baby is on the way, and so the family are moving around the corner. Boxes and bags are packed and Nothing has been left behind… Nothing is… well, he doesn’t really know what he is, or who he is, or why he has been left behind.

But a friendly mouse shows him the way out of the abandoned attic, and he finds himself under the stars, remembering gradually

things that used to be important. He is sure he used to have a tail, and whiskers. And when Toby the cat — one of a long line of Tobys — collects him and takes him to the family’s new home, everything becomes clear. This is a beautiful story — Inkpen’s drawings are simple and charming, and his storytelling here has a lyrical edge, showing his range and versatility and inspiring moments of real wonder for the young reader. As the mystery is solved, there is a final surprise which explains the whole tale. Utterly magical, it rewards reading again and again and again.

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Delicious Dishes

INGREDIENTS For the chicken: • 2 large chicken breasts • 150g goats cheese • 4 sundried tomatoes For the pesto & breadcrumb topping: • 50g grated parmesan • 30g pine nuts • 150g fresh basil leaves • 75ml olive oil • 75g breadcrumbs • 1 garlic clove • Salt & pepper For the bread salad: • 50g mixed salad leaves • 1 red onion peeled and finely sliced • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved • 150g bread (multigrain rolls are best) • Salt & pepper • 2 slices cured prosciutto • 4–6 sundried tomatoes • Olive oil • Balsamic vinegar • 3tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 1tbsp red wine vinegar • 1tsp fennel seeds • 2 garlic cloves

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4 different things to prep before we can get cooking • Butterfly the chicken breasts and tenderise between until it's around 7mm thick • Crumble on the goats cheese, leaving space at the top (wide) and bottom (pointed) part of the butterflied breast • Lay on a couple of drained sundried tomatoes on each then roll up the breast from the pointed end, then wrap tightly in foil — separately — twisting the ends like a Christmas cracker • Add the halved tomatoes and sliced onion to a bowl with the extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, salad leaves, a splash of balsamic and a good crack of black pepper and salt • Tear the bread for the salad into small chunks and add to an oven tray with the fennel seeds, crushed garlic cloves, torn prosciutto and a good glug of olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar • Add all the pesto topping ingredients to a blender, except the oil, and blitz to a paste • Slowly add the oil until a little looser • Boil a large pan of water and add the foil-wrapped chicken and leave for 20–25 minutes • Preheat your grill to medium

balsamic and olive oil-soaked bread is delicious, and steamed chicken, stuffed with goats cheese, is wonderfully juicy with a zing from the tomatoes inside and topped with a crunchy pesto crust.

• Remove the chicken from the pan and unwrap — be careful as it will be hot • Spread over the pesto and breadcrumb topping and put under the grill, along with the oven tray of bread for 5 minutes, or until both the toppning and the bread is golden and crisp • Add the grilled bread to the bowl of tomatoes, onions and salad leaves and toss together, drizzling with a little more olive oil and balsamic • Serve the chicken sliced on a bias — just so it looks fancy — along with a generous mound of the bread salad ARATI EP

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Looking back HISTORY

Taking a look at landmark events in our past

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n 8th March 1950 Rover unveiled the first car to be powered with a gas turbine engine. The car was called JET 1, and was a two-seater model powered by the same type of engine used in a jet. It was built with the engine positioned behind the seats, with air intake grilles on either side of the car and exhaust outlets on the top of the tail. During tests, the car reached top speeds of 90mph, with the

engine running at 50,000rpm. It accelerated from 0-60mph in 14 seconds, laughably slow by today’s standards but wildly impressive in 1950. The car ran on petrol, paraffin or diesel oil, and fuel consumption was alarmingly high — about five to seven mpg! Rover hoped that production models would follow. However, it proved difficult to build an engine small enough to fit in a car, which was

also fuel efficient, so the gas turbinepowered car never offered a viable alternative to the combustion engine. JET 1 is now on permanent display in the Making the Modern World gallery in the Science Museum.

Great British inventions: DNA profiling

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ir Alec Jeffries at the University of Leicester discovered a method for identifying individuals from their DNA in 1984. He called this DNA “fingerprinting” — each person (except identical twins) has a unique pattern of DNA as shown on an autoradiogram. In 1986 his technique was used to investigate two rapes and murders in a Leicestershire village. The police collected blood from over 5,000 men in the area — the prime suspect, a boy of 17, was exonerated but another man, Colin Pitchfork, had a DNA profile which matched specimens found on both victims. The odds against such a match

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being a coincidence were almost 600 million-to-one — in the same year Robert Melias was convicted of rape on the basis of DNA evidence. In the late 1980s and 1990s great improvements in the technique led to widespread use of DNA profiling and very small samples were sufficient to enable the identification of an individual.

In 1995 the first database of DNA was established and within five years had over a million profiles. There is much controversy about the retention of this data — many argue that having a huge database will enable more effective identification of criminals, while others object to the database containing information on people who have not been convicted of any crime. There is no doubt that DNA profiling has been an enormously valuable tool in identifying people who have committed serious crimes, but it has also led to the release of many prisoners who have been clearly shown not to have committed the offence for which they have been convicted.

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n Saturday 2nd April at 7.30pm, Gainsborough will host a very special evening with International renowned organist Dr Carol Williams. Dr Williams is the Artistic Director of the Spreckles Organ Society and her performances have taken her all over the world. Some popular venues include St Sulpice and Notre Dame, Paris, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, King’s College Cambridge, Queen’s College Oxford, Harvard University and the list goes on. Dr Williams will perform her programme of light classics including Dam Busters March, Scott Joplin The Entertainer and lots more. Come and hear our famous organ played by a world famous organist who has a very friendly rapport with the audience. The concert will take place at the Gainsborough John Robinson United Reform Church. Tickets are only £5 each and can be purchased at the door.

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hank goodness the weather seems to be turning a little warmer and it really makes you feel spring is around the corner. Our puppy block has been well occupied since the Christmas period with three sets of puppies born within weeks of one another. One litter is ready for their new home but the other two litters are still quite young. Amongst others animals, we have taken in three abandoned Staffordshire Bull Terriers over the Christmas period all of which were found tied up and left. We are finding this a major problem at the moment, as the economic climate pinches, we are finding more dogs needing new homes. We also have lots of kittens that need re-homing which is surprising at this time of the year, as the influx is usually at its worst in the spring. We are also taking a deep breath regarding our financial year end. Our donations are down and all charities are struggling somewhat, not in the least the Sanctuary. On a brighter note, if you visit our Facebook page (The

Mayflower Sanctuary), look up our two star dogs Belle and Doug — you can see how their new lives are changing every day. We would like to thank everyone for taking their unwanted clothes to the Sanctuary for recycling. This is an on-going project, therefore if you have any unwanted clothes, please drop them off at the Sanctuary. If anyone would like to get involved in fund-raising it would be a huge help, please get in contact. Or if you have any ideas you would like to put into place to raise money for our very worthwhile charity call us. We still require volunteers for our Charity shop in Manton, Worksop, so if anyone has the odd day to spare again please let us know. Don’t forget our Charity Summer Ball on 11th June held at Ye Olde Bell Barnby Moor, Retford. Please let us know in good time should you require tickets which are £40 per person — tables are being reserved now. For any further information please call us on 01302 711330 or speak to Margaret on 07969 203206.

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new faces if possible. Our meetings are where you can air your views and have your say about the branch — hopefully bringing any new ideas you may have. As most people will have heard, we are delighted to confirm that later in the year the branch are being given a band concert, by the

Gainsborough Salvation Army. For more information and to purchase tickets on sale at £5, if you don't want to be disappointed get them early. Transport is available for the monthly meeting, please ring Charlie on 611095, you can also get concert tickets on that number, or e-mail charlie_short@sky.com.

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f ever you doubt that the British are a nation of dog lovers, then Crufts will set you straight. 28,000 top pedigree dogs will attend this year, along with around 160,000 spectators. Named after its founder, Charles Cruft, the first dog show of that name was held in 1891 in Islington, London and is now officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest dog show in the world. This year, it will be held from March 10th to 13th, The ‘must-see’ events are agility and obedience — I admit to watching these with an envious eye as my own pooch, Archie, was at the back of the queue when brains were handed out and I can only dream of a dog who sits, stays and jumps through hoops, rather than races around like a loon, chasing his own tail until he crashes into the fridge! Crufts accepts only the cream of the canine obedience corps, and it takes dedication to produce a champion. There are regional selection days around the country and different levels of ability can enter. Top obedience champions need to perform well in many different skills including: • Three different paces of heel work, including a sit, stand and down command • Retrieval of an object • Send-away • Distance control in six positions 54 Gainsborough

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Five top dog training tips • Dogs are pack animals and need to know their place — dominance is probably the biggest cause of poor behaviour in a dog • Dogs are creatures of habit so be consistent with commands • Socialise a dog with children, other dogs, and other animals — you’re less likely to have a nervous dog if it has encountered • Scent discrimination • A three minute sit-stay • A ten minute down-stay As Archie can’t stay still for a nanosecond I don’t think we’ll be troubling Crufts for a while. Agility was actually introduced as a filler item in 1978 and proved so popular it became a permanent fixture and it requires as much discipline as obedience though

a variety of situations • Encourage your dog to play according to breed type — Terriers like Archie adore pulling games and Retrievers like to play fetch • Enrol in a good training club which uses gentle reward based methods and positive reinforcement rather than check-chains the skills are different. The dogs have to negotiate a complex series of obstacles without error, in the fastest time possible — if you’ve never watched it you’re missing a real treat. Most dog owners can never hope to aspire to Crufts glory but we can all make sure our dogs are trained properly — it’s responsible and it’s fun. And local training clubs are great places to make two-legged, as well as four-legged, friends.

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Index

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Aerial Installations John Gregory’s.....................................45 Xpress Aerials......................................49 Aesthetics & Beauty Forever Young Salon...........................41 Lighthouse Laser................................47 Agricultural Machinery/Gates N & P Country Stores..........................53 Bathroom Sales Prestige Bathrooms............................51 Blinds & Curtains Vorbo Blinds........................................... 7 Building & Property Services ADB Builders........................................51 Carpet & Flooring Horsleys................................................17 Car Bodyshop T & S Motors........................................13 Car Repairs & Servicing R & A Scott...........................................15 Car Sales GK Ford.................................................11 GK Kia...................................................11 Caravan Storage N & P Burrows Caravan Storage.......53 Children's Activities Jo Jingles...............................................49 Chiropractic Clinic Gainsborough Chirpractic Clinic......... 1 Cleaning Services CCMS Ltd..............................................20 Sparkles Cleaning Services...............57 Coal & Solid Fuel Sales DK & M Taylor......................................59 Computer Services & Sales Lidgett Computer Solutions..............13 The Computer Man.............................45 Conservatories, Windows & Doors Retford PVCu........................................57 Wellow Park Windows........................61 Decking Supplies Rubadeck.............................................27 Design & Print Services Life Design & Print..............................39 Domestic Repairs Peter Ford.............................................59 Drives and Pathways Sheffield Paving...................................25 Driving Instructor Sam’s Driving School..........................55 Fires & Fire Surrounds Global Marble and Granite................63 N & P Burrows......................................20 62 Gainsborough

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Flat Roof Specialists Roof Craft.............................................61 Funeral Services Lincs Co-op Funeral Services...........43 J E Thurlby.............................................61 Garden Centre Holmes and Gardens..........................23 Garden Services DN22 Gardening.................................25 Greenthumb.........................................24 Hill Top Tree Services..........................26 Golf Course & Golf Lessons Gainsborough Golf Club....................... 5 Health & Fitness The Studio............................................21 Tranquility.............................................53 Heating Solutions Absolute Energy Solutions.................16 Kennels & Catteries Lea Wood Cattery...............................55 Local Shopping Lincolnshire Co-operative.................... 3 Logs For Sale N & P Burrows Country Store............53 Musical Theatre Gainsborough Operatic Society........55 New Homes Redbourne Homes..............................19 Oil and Gas Supplies Chandlers Oil and Gas.......................... 9 Oil Tank Supplier The Oil Tank Company........................64 Optometrist Mike Vickers.........................................47 Painter & Decorator Steve Mann..........................................57 Photographic Studio Red Pepper Studio..............................35 Psychic A New Belief.........................................17 Plumbing & Gas Services DC Installations...................................51 Heat 2 U.................................................. 9 Nigel Qualter........................................26 Restaurants, Pubs & Cafés Sands Venue........................................37 The Jinja Tree.......................................49 The White Horse Inn...........................31 Retirement Solutions/Care Homes Foxby Hill Care Home...............................39 Grosvenor House Care Home..... 28 & 29 Secondhand Goods Bought/Sold Cash Recycler......................................17

Sliding Wardrobes Slideaway Wardrobes.........................51 Solicitors Sills & Betteridge Solicitors................. 2 Taxis ABC Taxis..............................................13 Diamond Cabs.....................................56 Telephone Engineer Ian Cromack.........................................61 Television Sales, Installs & Repairs Aegir Consumer Electronics..............45 John Gregory’s.....................................45 Tiling JEJ Tiling................................................26 Timber Merchants G E Empson and Sons.......................... 9 Timber and UPVC Specialist Westwood Installations......................20 Vehicle Rental (Car and Van) 3-8 Self Drive.......................................13 Wedding Car/Special Occasions Historic Journeys.................................31 Wedding Dress, Bridesmaid Dresses Dressplace...........................................31 Elise.......................................................36 Image Bridal.........................................31

SUDOKU SOLUTION Here are the solutions to this month’s Sudoku on page 16. We hope you aren’t sneaking a look at the answers!

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Gainsborough Life Magazine March 2011