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Welcome to the November 2013

edition of Gainsborough Life. Since the very first edition of Gainsborough Life five and a half years ago, we have consistently preached — often with a sense of urgency on occasion — about shopping locally. Since then, the landscapes of our local village shopping areas have changed dramatically, as the squeeze of both supermarkets and the internet change our shopping habits. They take their toll on the independent retailers and businesses that have supported our area for decades. We all agree that ‘keeping things local’ is the best thing for our local economy, jobs and more, but how many of us continually choose convenience, without a second thought to what’s really important? Yes, we’re all busy, and yes, life does get in the way, so convenience is important. Yet heed this warning; we must do everything we can to support our own local economy — now more than ever! Christmas is coming, and whether you love or loathe the festive period, there’s no escaping it. Most of us will spend more money in the next two months than we do at any other time of year. How you choose to shop for loved ones in the run-up to Christmas, may just be one of the most important decisions that you

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make this year! So this is another request to please shop locally when you can. We now know — more than ever — that where we spend our money may just affect the very future of our independent shops and local economy, than any other time in recent years. This month’s edition of Gainsborough Life starts the festive ball rolling, with not only local businesses gearing up for a busy season, but your local community groups and societies too! We hear from the Gainsborough Country Market on page 10, about the Gainsborough Old Hall Christmas Craft Fair on page 16 and we also find out what’s on at the Trinity Arts Centre on page 10. There’s just too much to list, find out more in this month’s community pages. Darron Childs enlightens us to the impact of World War I on Gainsborough on pages 28 and 30. Helen brings us a truly delicious recipe in time for bonfire night, with her toffee apple tray bake on page 48. There’s so much more we haven’t mentioned, used the contents opposite to make sure you don’t miss any of the great articles this month!

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The Gainsborough Rotary Club will host their annual Bonfire and Fireworks evening on Saturday 2nd November at Lea Park. There will be fun for all the family, whilst safety is fully catered for. People are reminded that no sparklers or unofficial fireworks are allowed. The gates open at 6.00pm, the bonfire lighting ceremony starts at 6.30pm and the fireworks start at 7.00pm. Entry is £5.00 per adult and any young person over 13 years old, and children under 13 are just £3.00. There will also be secure free parking available for all on the evening. All monies raised will go to the Rotary fund for distribution to local charities. Of course food will be available on the night too, including; a Hog Roast and burgers, along with tea and coffee refreshment too. No alcohol can be consumed while the event is in progress. The event is sponsored by the Gainsborough Rotary Club, Caspian Hire Co, Lindum Construction, GB Scaffolding, North End Garage, Aegir Electronics and Gainsborough ATC.

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the end of the First World War poppies have been worn. They are not only the quintessential symbol of Remembrance, but are also about something more. The millions of individual poppies worn each year symbolise all the individual serving and ex-service people and their families that The Royal British Legion helps each year — help that we can only continue providing with your ongoing support. As you may be aware, the Legion relies completely on donations from our supporters, with a large portion of these donations coming from Poppy Appeal collections. The support you’ve given us is so very much appreciated, and so desperately important. We simply couldn’t continue supporting the Armed Forces family without you. That’s why today, as well as wearing your poppy with pride, the Legion needs to ask whether you can help us again; by being generous with your donation for your poppy. Your generosity helps us be there for the people who need us most throughout the year, by offering them exactly the right support, tailored to suit their needs. Your donation could help severely injured young veterans through their recovery. You could help us give the


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What’s on at: Trinity Arts Centre Trinity Arts Centre is a fabulous

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Bellamy from Radio 4’s ‘The Archers’. Ticket prices for the films are £5.00 for adults and £4.00 for children (contact box office for Theatre ticket prices) there is also free car parking at the rear of the Centre. So if you’re looking for something to keep you

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BEX KNIGHT picks out the best fashion picks for men this season

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another crazy Fashion Week in London, instead of complaining about my choice of footwear I thought I’d tell you about my favourite trends to look out for now Autumn/Winter is upon us. I’ve chosen these two trends because not only are they stylish and chic, but they’re accessible and can be incorporated into your wardrobe on many different levels. Firstly, pink. And I mean pink. They can be seen all over the catwalk, from Antipodium to Roksanda Ilincic. Look out for this huge colour story across a range of shades and fabrics — from deep corals right through to pastel pinks, on

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sheer materials to material with more texture. You could follow this trend by simply painting your nails your favourite shade of pink, or you could go the whole hog like I did and purchase this coat from Topshop. I matched it with a similar coloured skirt and a marl grey jumper to add a bit of edge. Secondly, geometrics are making an even bigger come back this season by using way more colour and excitement than last. Watching Holly Fulton and House of Holland was like being transported back to the 70s with psychedelic and, I hate but love to say it, wallpaper-esque prints to be seen everywhere! If the thought of all this ‘business’ scares you off a little, you could keep it simple by adding a shapely statement necklace to your wardrobe, but if you’re willing to dive right in then I seriously recommend these trousers from Ted Baker. If you’re in need of any more inspiration, don’t hesitate to head to my blog where I have some catwalk videos of my favourite pieces within these trends, RIGHT Ted Baker Geometric suit jacket Geometric suit trouser LEFT Topshop Fluffy Swing Boyfriend Coat

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Our meeting in September took place as usual at the Blues Club, when the speaker was Gill Mills from Nottingham. Gill’s demonstration was entitled ‘A New Lease of Life’ and was enjoyed by members and guests. The highlight of our flower arranging year will be the Christmas demonstration on Thursday 28th November, once again at the Blues Club, North Street, Gainsborough, at 7.15pm. Our speaker is National Demonstrator, Johnathon Mosely from Derbyshire. His demonstration has the title ‘A Christmas Cornucopia’, which we’re sure will be fabulous. Everyone is most welcome to this event. Tickets cost £8.00 each and can be obtained by calling 01427 880879.

Delvers History Group charity slideshow The Delvers History group present a charity slideshow entitled ‘Old Gainsborough’ on Tuesday 12th November from 7.00pm to 9.00pm, at Benjamin Adlard School, Sandsfield Lane Gainsborough. The admission cost will be £1.00 per person and will include a ticket for the raffle.

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Access Centre has been awarded funding through the Mental Illness Prevention Fund to launch its Pathway to Wellness programme for Gainsborough residents. The programme is designed to support anyone who is experiencing a mental health condition and help them to help themselves. Wellness Coach, Catriona Paton said, “There are a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding mental health. As a result, people feel ashamed or embarrassed to admit that they are mentally unwell and can go to great lengths to cover it up in front of their friends, family or colleagues. Men in particular, are highly reluctant to talk about mental health problems. “The reality is that it can happen to anyone, and one in four of us at any point in time could be experiencing an episode of mental ill health. Many people don’t realise that a prolonged period of acute stress can be the precursor to a mental health condition. And, if having experience one bereavement in a year, a person may be able to cope. Yet after having lost a loved one, then may be being made redundant and a person has money worries on top of all this, there could be a very good chance that they may be on that slippery slope towards anxiety and depression.” Pathway to Wellness aims to support people during the early stages of developing a mental health issue, before the condition has a chance to worsen. It also

supports people who are recovering from a period of mental ill health. The programme, which can be accessed at any time, has just been launched and runs until August 2014. It is free to Gainsborough residents and anyone can refer themselves without going through their GP or specialist mental health services. The programme is a combination of one-2-one confidential coaching sessions, self-help workshops and social events and activities to support people to get themselves back on track. One of the first things that deteriorates for people experiencing a mental health condition is their confidence to get out and about and socialise. “The only thing we ask is that people are willing to take ownership of their condition and that they want to make positive changes to turn things around”, continues Catriona. “We want people's lives to improve significantly. That could be taking up hobbies, going on outings, meeting new friends, gaining a qualification or even returning to work, if that's the right move from them”, she adds. As well as supporting people experiencing a mental health condition, Pathway to Wellness aims to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with it. Local groups, organisations or clubs can book a Mental Health Awareness talk by calling Riverside Access and Training Centre. For more information, to join the programme or to have an informal chat, please call Debbie or Catriona on 01427 677277.

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Victorian Christmas Craft Fair at Gainsborough Old Hall Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November 10.00am – 5.00pm The Victorian Christmas Craft

Fair is your annual opportunity to visit this beautiful medieval manor house in all its festive glory and get into the Christmas spirit with a host of Victorian characters and beautiful unusual or unique gifts to buy for all the family. The special entry cost of just £1.00 represents a huge reduction on the normal admission, so this is a great opportunity for a family day out to soak up the atmosphere and see a

piece of Gainsborough's rich history. The famous Punch will be flowing, the logs on the fires glowing and the musicians blowing as the hot mince pies are served in the medieval kitchen. A host of the talented artists and crafters from all over the UK will be unveiling their handiwork. There will be over 70 craft workers presenting hand-made items of every description over the weekend, with new stall-holders taking over from Saturday to Sunday it is well worth visiting on both days. This year will include many breathtaking new traditional crafts in their first ever year at the Old Hall. With shabby chic, hand-forged metal,

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Go wireless for broadband

The Government has set a budget of £530m to achieve its target of 90% broadband coverage in the UK, with a minimum 2Mb connection by 2015. Via traditional telecoms this expense from the public purse will not suffice. The main reasons are the cost of digging up roads, laying miles of cables or fibres and the required man-power to install, will by far exceed this amount. The answer is wireless. It is a solution that fills in the rural gaps that traditional telecoms cannot reach. Wireless internet works via a small non-evasive device that is securely fixed to the roof of a property which then transmits to the nearest mast site. It does not require the use of a telephone landline and through the private investment of wireless internet providers all of the UK, it doesn’t eat into the tax payers’ funds either. Quickline Communications is an internet service provider covering Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. It specialises

in rural areas and has transformed village life for thousands of businesses and residents already. The company was contracted this year, by West Lindsey District Council to install WiFi at thirtytwo village halls, turning an area into a broadband hot-spot, that had previously been a communication not-spot. Businesses and residences that were previously subject to speeds of 0.2Mb have access to a connection up to 20Mb, which means that using the internet for streaming films and games, online shopping and accessing social media sites is now achievable and rural users can join the technology age. Steve Jagger, Managing Director of Quickline explains, “We undertake a desk-top survey by running a check on the property address and postcode to establish whether or not there is line of sight to one of our masts. Once confirmed, one of our engineers will attend the property and can connect it

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about promoting the best of local talent and new writing whilst delivering high quality theatre to our patrons.” Standing in the shadow of the mighty Hull Truck, Square One hope to fill the niche in the market for a new company to produce exciting new works from talented new writers, alongside quality established shows. “We hope to bring on board the best of the best; writers, directors, actors and crew — any job associated with the theatre. If you have passion and drive and want a new challenge then get in touch, we would love to hear from you.” Square One Productions are currently casting for their exciting new play ‘Two Glasses and a Bottle of Red’. The play is a compelling, funny and poignant portrayal of one woman balancing her past with her future. From running over her first love with her car to her encounter with Nursezilla, life is never simple for Penny. They are looking for an experienced actress (playing age late 20s/early

30s) to the team. Nikki said, “She would ideally be placed in the North Lincs region and would have proven experience on the stage at amateur or professional level. Rehearsal period would be approximately three to four months with rehearsals scheduled to suit both the Director and the rest of the cast. The role would be a non-paying role.” If you are interested then please send a CV with headshot to Successful applicants will be invited to attend an audience with our panel. Closing date is Thursday 31st October.’ They are also very interested in reading new, small cast, minimal set plays, for more information please see their website www. or drop them an e-mail. You can also find Square One on Facebook ‘Square ONE Productions – Theatre Company’ or Twitter @sqonetheatre. I have attached a copy of our logo, a photo of Andy and Ali in action in their last show, and a headshot of myself.

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The Art on the Map Lincolnshire Open Studios artist group hold exhibitions and events throughout the year. These are free events and a wonderful chance

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of The Great War. This is not without controversy. Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has already waded in and criticised the Prime Minister for comments he made about how Britain will mark the centenary of World War I, when he said he wanted to see a “commemoration that, like the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, says something about who we are as a people”. The purpose of next year’s centenary should definitely not be to glorify war — but not to recognise the total human sacrifice behind the Great War, as part of the story of our nation, would be a complete and utter all round failure. The human catastrophe created by the war would be a lasting legacy and would reverberate on the national psyche for generations. This sense of loss needed

Remember November

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long as I can recall, has always been a month of reflection. Perhaps this is down to the indelible mark the eleventh day has left for people, like you and me that have respect for the past. As next year will mark the one hundredth anniversary of The Great War (1914-18), I thought I would invite you to travel back in time a hundred years ago. On the 6th November 1913, at precisely 2.00pm, virtually all the land and associated property, at the south end of Gainsborough, known as Lea village would be put up for sale by auction, under the direction of Margaret Louise Duncombe-Anderson. What was on the horizon was unimaginable change. The Great War would structurally damage the old order and give way to new thinking and new ways. In this respect, the fate of the Anderson estate at Lea mirrored social history. Never again would things be the same, not only on a local level but on the national stage too. At Lea, the country hall and home of the Anderson family, would be sold and take on new uses. 20 years after this tumultuous time, I wonder how many people in the featured photograph,

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taken against the backdrop of Lea Hall, would long for a return to “the good old days” as opposed to those who were looking forward to the future. The effects of the Great War can be discussed and debated until the cows come home. Today, we accept the horrific loss of life as simply tragic beyond words. Yet, could the short four years between the start of the war and the armistice somehow have progressed Britain into a more modern age, leading to the type of equality and freedom we all enjoy today? Before the Great War, social unrest was rising, the suffragettes were lobbying hard for womens’ rights, including the electoral vote, in days when it was not the norm for women to work, yet by 1916 women were running factories, driving buses and providing immeasurable assistance for the war effort. By 1918 women had also been granted the vote. Therefore, it could be said that The Great War liberated a generation of younger females that was beyond their mothers’ imagination. Yet the cost was a lost generation of men, together with growing economic misery, and the slow decline of organised religion and the rigid class structure that dominated pre-war Britain. Starting next year, the coalition government has earmarked £50 million to commemorate the centenary

to be recognised throughout every town and every village in Britain. The Cenotaph in Whitehall was originally a wood-and-plaster structure designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and erected in 1919. It was one of a number of temporary structures erected for the Peace Day Parade, on 19 July 1919 which marked the formal end of the First World War that took place with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919 Simultaneously, a Peace Day Parade also took place in Gainsborough and dominated the Market Place. Throughout Britain, smaller cenotaph memorials were planned that would mostly paid for by public subscription. Gainsborough’s cenotaph later had to be moved after it collapsed into one of the town’s many underground tunnels. These memorials gave families a focus, a reminder of their lost fathers, husbands, brothers and sons. Never before had communities needed such physical reminders, as never before had wholesale carnage happened on an industrialised scale. In my final school years, I studied the battle of the Somme, even down to making audio-cassette recordings with veterans. One such recording I still have today was made with Mr Teddy Turner of Stow. Mr Turner painted a picture of a “living hell”, one where the build up to this battle ► │ e: │ t: 01427 881565 or 881563

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750 of the 900 participants and both the Grimsby Chums and the Sheffield City Battalion lost around half of their men. After early optimism, news of the scale of Gainsborough Residents on the lawn of Lea Hall the losses broke slowly, often only ◄ was of fearsome artillery barrage, once letters from surviving officers and which failed to destroy the heavily comrades reached the families of the fortified German trenches, and in many dead. Casualty lists only began to reach cases had not even cut their barbed Grimsby on 10th July and, in many towns wire. Military commanders, concerned and cities, confused rumours bred panic with maintaining discipline, instructed and anger in the affected communities. the soldiers to walk in formation towards Few homes remained untouched: an German lines when the attack began. In epidemic of grief swamped the country. the event, the British army walked into Many readers will be familiar with a slaughterhouse. The battle on July 1st The Saving Private Ryan story, which 1916 marked the army’s greatest single was later a Hollywood film telling the loss in its history, with 60,000 casualties, American story of a mother who had of which 20,000 were dead. Of the three sons who went missing in World 720 Accrington Pals who participated, War II. A generation before, in Great 584 were killed, wounded or missing in Rissington, Gloucestershire, there is a the attack. The Leeds Pals lost around church memorial to Annie Souls, who


lost five sons in the Great War and at Lincoln, Amy Beechey also lost five boys. In economic terms, Britain went from being the world’s largest overseas investor to being its biggest debtor, with interest payments consuming around 40 percent of the national budget. Inflation more than doubled between 1914 and its peak in 1920, while the value of the Pound Sterling fell by 61.2%. In LP Hartley’s novel published in 1953, it begins with the line “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”. The world of one hundred years ago is without doubt a very different place to today, but it’s still a place we recognise and can travel back to by discovering local history. Darron Childs is the author of The Last Baronets of Old Gainsborough which is available in a hard back collectors’ edition with over 100 pages by telephone on 01427 811348. More details can be found at

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Partnership is a unique husband and wife partnership run by Mark Stockford and Debbie Mitchell in the town of Kirton-in-Lindsey, where they have lived and worked for the past 12 years. Mark, a well known local musician — originally from Winteringham — specialising in piano and french horn, first obtained a degree in Music from the University of Liverpool as well as achieving Licentiate status with the Trinity College examination board. Unfortunately, after leaving Liverpool the world of music offered him little inspiration, so alongside his music teaching and playing commitments he retrained as a Surgical Chiropodist with The SMAE Institute in Maidenhead. Since qualifying in 1990 the world of Healthcare has undergone many changes and Mark is now known as a Foot Health Care Practitioner. Mark currently provides tuition at all levels including beginner, grade exams, certificate and diploma exams in music theory, keyboard, piano, recorder and brass instruments. Debbie originally trained with Ann Lister in Scunthorpe before progressing her training with Richard Hunt, the current Chairman of the Imperial 32 Gainsborough

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Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Debbie is qualified to Fellowship level with the ISTD, with qualifications in Ballroom, Latin, Disco, Rock’n’roll, Sequence and Country and Western Line Dancing. She started dancing at the age of three as a result of her brother attending classes and hasn’t looked back since. Alongside her dance qualifications Debbie is also a qualified administration manager and has a masters degree in education and training from the University of Huddersfield, where her dissertation focused on the role of dance in education. Having served for a period of six years on the disco/freestyle faculty of the ISTD Debbie was heavily involved in the development and implementation of new DanceSport Graded examinations in recent years. Her passion has always been that Dance should not be regarded as a hobby merely undertaken for a few years whilst at school or upon reaching retirement age, but a worthwhile professional occupation that can be undertaken by anyone of any age in order to increase their fitness and social skills as well as providing the opportunity for an enjoyable

educational experience for children. Debbie currently provides tuition in all of the Dancesport subjects (from Ballroom to Salsa) at both an Amateur and Professional level this ranges from young children to clients in their 90s, wedding couples, other teachers and written tuition by distance learning for professional exams. Last year the business employed another local dancer, Emily Vessey, who had just completed a degree in Dance with the University of Lincoln, after studying for many years with the Wendy Foster dance school. Emily also has extensive experience of performing, having taken part in many competitions, shows and pantomimes from a young age. In addition she has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with The Lincoln Company, and is also part of the FreeSpirit Dance Company. Emily is responsible for delivery of the range of Melody Movement classes, which start with children as young as 18 months old and their parent/carer and progress to Melody Movement, First Ballet, Tip Tap Toe and Groovy Moves, Foundation Ballet, First Tap and Modern as well as Junior Ballet and Ballet Classique. In addition, the Music Dancing Feet Partnership is also a Trinity College exam centre for Music, an ISTD Dancesport exam centre, an Approved Dance Centre for the ISTD Professional examinations and a Sports Leaders Centre, where we also deliver the Young Leaders and Dance Leadership Awards. With the expansion of our teaching staff and the subjects we are able to offer, combined with the progression of a number of our older/higher grade pupils to University in recent years, we are currently recruiting new enthusiastic pupils for a wide range of classes, if you’re interested please contact us. The Music Dancing Feet Partnership 10 Station Road, Kirton-in-Lindsey DN21 4BB 01652 649164 /MusicDancingFeet @Musicdancinfeet │ e: │ t: 01427 881565 or 881563

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winter roads, but somehow the thought of parting with hardearned cash for something as dull as tyres was a bit of a turn-off. Then last November I had to hire a car in Switzerland, and I was amazed at the handling of the little vehicle and the confidence I felt behind the wheel, in what can only be described as lessthan-ideal weather conditions — for that read snow, snow and more snow. I mentioned it to the Swiss friend I was visiting. She looked astonished, ‘It’s the winter tyres,’ she said matter-of-factly. ‘We always wonder why British people don’t use them.’ I was sold. On my return I called in at my local tyre salesman and asked for his advice. He suggested buying a set of

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cheap steel rims for my car and putting the winter tyres on those, storing the originals in my garage. The tyres improve handling on greasy roads, but will really come into their own in snowy and icy conditions, or wet conditions where the temperature is below seven degrees. Braking and traction are improved immeasurably on winter tyres. If your car is rear wheel drive I’d say winter tyres are essential. If your car is front-wheel drive I’d still say they’re essential. Although the improvement in performance isn’t as great, it is still very noticeable. My friendly tyre-fitter suggests changing them over in November and running with them until February/ March depending on the weather. This year try some winter tyres. You will never regret it. They may even save your life!

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First Drives: Volvo XC70 Tim Barnes-Clay heads up hill and down dale in Volvo’s latest jacked-up estate

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totally new segment with the V70 Cross Country in 1997, and then came the less long-winded moniker, the XC70. The Swedish company’s focus in the continuous development of the XC70 model has been to create a well-heeled on-road car with competent, off-road ability. The rugged and refined present-day look reflects the vehicle’s underlying strength and competence. Volvo says to think of it as an “exclusive goose down jacket, designed around those who like their adventure with a true feeling of sophistication”. Pretentious marketing spin? Not really. You see, as well as All-Wheel Drive, Hill Descent Control is a further boost to the XC70’s go-anywhere potential. And these days, fresh exterior design cues sharpen its road presence. If truth be told, the XC70 would look at home in any environment, whether it’s in the middle of the open country or at your place of business. As with the V70 estate car, the rear seats can be folded down in three 40/20/40 sections. Collapse all of the seats flat and the load space swells from 575 litres to 1,600 litres. Another

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handy function is the power-operated tailgate. What’s more, the outer rear seats can be fitted with integrated child booster cushions that offer children from the age of three and upwards a cosy and safe ride height. That’s a massive tick in the box for any parent of youngsters. On the road, IntelliSafe, Volvo’s umbrella name for all its active safety systems, is a vital part of the driver-centric approach in the XC70. City Safety technology is fitted as standard, and this advanced technology works at speeds of up to 31mph. You can also fit Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake. This watches out for people strolling into the car’s path and automatically put the anchors on the vehicle if there’s an imminent collision. In addition, Road Sign Information supports you by displaying road signs on the instrument panel. The XC70’s seats are certainly amongst the most comfortable of the many cars I’ve driven — and the Volvo feels one of the best rides for keeping your children protected. Everything about the vehicle feels tank-solid — from the reassuring ‘thud’ the closing doors make to the quality cabin materials and thick, padded, leather seats. Still, a heavyweight, high-centre-of-gravity car like this has its downsides — it’s not amazingly nimble and all four corners tend to squeal if you take bends at speed. The steering also feels slightly lumpy around town. But get it on a long commute or off-road and it’ll fare very well. The six-speed geartronic transmission makes especially light work of any distance driving and acceleration is brisk. Granted, off-road, it’s not as heroic as a pure mud-plugger, but the XC70’s talented enough to take the family into the rough — or up a snow covered hill if you need to. │ e: │ t: 01427 881565 or 881563

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A HUGE THANK YOU As we are about to remember Jesus Christ and celebrate his birthday at Christmas our “reason for the season”, let us take a quick look back on the first three years of Gainsborough Christian as Partners. We launched the Partners in the run up to Easter in 2010. We pay tribute to the vision of Gainsborough Life, and for its valued support in those fragile early days. We also express deep personal gratitude for another even more wonderful vision; the painstakingly laid foundations over the last 35 years now by the willing workers (lay members) of Churches together in Gainsborough. All of which have provided services, eagerly, willingly and lovingly entered into, expertly led and organised by the members of the ESR committee past and present. Such an undertaking is of immense long-term value to our community, and we should honour all that they did. Although we are unable to mention everyone, and some activities are missing from the following list; nevertheless, a huge vote of thanks must be made to all who

has arranged a day out to Harrogate, on Friday 29th November. Travel will be by a luxury coach, with onboard toilet facilities and air conditioning. The cost will be only £10 per person and will return to Beckingham late that evening. There will also be entertainment available in Harrogate in the evening. For further information and to book, please visit Beckingham Village Shop. 38 Gainsborough

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contributed in any way over the years. In the meantime, you all know who you are; faithfully representing their church vision, led to activities such as the much sought after Christmas dinner. The Rotary Club support the community in so many ways throughout the year. Also, the WI of course, support for the travellers’ struggle to secure habitable living spaces, lip-reading courses, monitoring employment, accommodation housing and furniture needs locally, helping with ongoing drug use and abuse, asylum seekers etc, the annual Caring booklet, Christian Aid week, One-world Week, Gainsborough House and all the valuable work done there week-by week, Homestart, and many more, the list goes on and on.

itself? How does the process become a reality, and how will we know that it is valued by the community? Our vision for Gainsborough Christians as Partners (GCP) is to seek the best way to assist the mission of God. We have faith - of course more is needed - but for now we have faith that Father will fulfill that vision in due course. If you witnessed the signing of the covenant document way back in 2001, and signed your own personal commitment card that day upholding the decisions of the leadership team, you bought into the belief that day as a body we were being obedient. Please get in touch; I believe God wants to take it forward.

FAITH IN GOD Even though the spirit and faith remains very much alive in Gainsborough today, the general decline in church attendance is well documented (everywhere these days). This, coupled with changes made locally to the lay/clergy prayer meetings, meant I took a look more closely at the concept of vision. I started by asking myself these questions; how does a pipe dream or a hunch move on and become vision? Then, how does it embed

A DAY CONFERENCE A day conference on Vision is being planned for the third weekend in January, on Saturday 18th and will be held in Market Rasen. All are welcome to explore vision as a concept both in the natural and the spiritual. Following a limited amount of input in the opening session — I hope and pray that much worthwhile discussion will emerge from our small groups. To book, please call or text on 07966 714512. We hope to see you there!

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On Saturday 16th November from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, there will be a ‘Frost Fair’ at Lea Village Hall. The afternoon is free to attend and will have plenty of free activities for children. For the adults there will be mulled wine and other refreshments on sale, as well as

craft and food stalls, along with many unusual gifts on offer. Please come along and source that Christmas gift with a difference for your loved ones. For more information about having a stall, please call Sue White on 01427 810557 to book.

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A Beginners’ Guide: Spring flowering bulbs

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Jobs for this month • Start to harvest parsnips after the first frosts • Tidy up your greenhouse or polytunnel, wash out pots and seed trays before storing ready for the spring • Sow hardy peas or broad beans ready for an early crop next year • Use netting or chicken wire to protect your broccoli and cabbages from hungry pigeons • If you haven’t already done so, plant garlic and shallots • If your rhubarb is taking over, lift and divide the crowns before replanting

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daffodils and snowdrops will increase naturally in most sites and with different flowering times there will be a succession of interest. If planted in your flower beds, the dying foliage will be hidden by growing herbaceous plants and shrubs. Bulbs are best planted in groups of similar colour and a wonderful show will be created if they are combined with flowers of contrasting colour that bloom at the same time. Try tulips planted with forget-me-nots or wallflowers. Under trees with no leaves, bulbs will get any available sunlight so will grow happily and give a welcome splash of colour when nothing else has yet woken up. Bulbs can be planted in grass - perhaps in the lawn or a grassy bank - as long as the foliage has time to die down before the first mowing. Grass protects bulbs from mice and squirrels. Try Anemone blanda, chionodoxa, crocus, fritillaria, daffodils (narcissus).

Some bulbs are best lifted each year such as tulips and to make this easier you could try planting them in large pots and sinking them in the ground. After the leaves have died down, lift the bulbs and let them dry out. Store somewhere cool and dry and replant in October/November for a spring display. If buying new bulbs, plant as soon as possible and before they start growing. For instance, most daffodils will start producing roots by late summer and other bulbs by mid-autumn. One exception is snowdrops. These are best bought ‘in the green’ which means the leaves are already growing and they are then planted and left to spread. Bulbs should always be planted with, at the very least, two to three times their own depth of soil above them or even more if the soil is very light. If bulbs become overcrowded, lift them in the dormant season after the foliage has died down. Clean off the soil, leave them to dry then store in paper (not plastic) bags to await replanting.

Plant of the month: Crazy Daisy For a burst of late flowers, especially in containers, the Argyranthemum frutescens “Crazy Daisy” is a perfect choice. Indeed they work well as a mass of colour in mixed flowerbeds, interspersed with other bushes particularly roses who enjoy the same high water consumption. Flowering best in spring these plants, if 40 Gainsborough

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Has the nation rekindled its love affair with property? Craig Brown asks if we’ve fallen back in love with house buying

After a five year drought, the television schedules are awash with property programmes once again. Grand Designs is enjoying its annual run of programmes, but these are all brand new projects rather than updates on programmes that were first run a few years ago. Kevin McCloud can also be seen in Man Made Home, a quirky series about building a beach hut from recycled materials. Sarah Beeny, who made her name showing amateurs how to make money out of property development, is now telling them how to achieve their dream house

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for half the cost of up-sizing. Caroline Quentin has recently finished her latest series of Restoration Home, a programme about people who spend hundreds of thousands of pounds restoring historic properties that should probably have been left to crumble to dust. Meanwhile, a brace of architects are showing self builders how to create a perfect home for a pittance in The House that £100k Built. Recently, I saw the first episode of Location, Location, Location, that wasn’t a rerun from six years ago, in a long time. In case you’ve forgotten the concept, this is a house hunting show fronted by Kirsty Allsopp and Phil Spencer. All this and I haven’t even started on

the numerous property shows that litter the daytime television listings. We haven’t returned to the days of 2006 when this kind of programme was at its height. The money no object, fortunes to be made exuberance of the mid noughties is long gone and may never return. Instead, the focus is more on getting the absolute maximum of bangs for your buck. For instance, the concept of Sarah Beeny’s show is that people who have run out of space can extend and renovate their current property for half the cost of selling up and buying a bigger house. But we can still take heart from this; people are passionate about property again and that can only be good news for the housing market. │ e: │ t: 01427 881565 or 881563


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Railway has one more open day before the end of 2013. The open day is on Sunday 8th December. Entry costs £4.00 for adults, £3.00 for Senior Citizens and Children and a family ticket comprising of two adults and 2 children costs just £10.00. Find Gainsborough Model Railway at Florence Terrace, Gainsborough DN21 1BE For further information, please visit www.

Bash Street Theatre brings ‘The Last Illusion’ to Kirton in Lindsey

The Kirton in Lindsey Entertainment Organisation (KLEO) in conjunction with LIVELINCS has organised another special show on Saturday 9th November at 7.30pm in Town Hall, Market Place, Kirton in Lindsey. In the autumn production this year we are going to be entertained in the Town Hall, by the Bash Street Theatre with their production inspired by the variety shows from the Victorian music halls called ‘The Last Illusion’. “A retired music hall couple look back and remember the good old days spent 'treading the boards' in the variety theatres of a bygone age. But when they receive an invitation to revive their act for a local cabaret evening, René and Renaldo agree to come out of retirement and prepare for one last farewell performance”. With live music, silent comedy and magical illusions, this family show will take you on a poignant 'magical mystery tour' to the past and back again. Further information can be obtained from Martin Hollingsworth on 01652 648435 or booking by email

m.hollingsworth205@btinternet. com. Tickets cost £6.00 and £5.00 for concessions, they will be available in early September. For more information or to book tickets contact Hollingsworth on 01652 648435 or book by e-mail LIVELINCS is the Rural Touring Scheme for North Lincolnshire it organises high quality theatre, music and dance events to rural venues across local area in conjunction with local community groups.

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The KLAGs 2013 season of meetings comes to a close on Wednesday 20th November with a talk called Local Gardens I have Designed given by the aptly named garden designer Julian Gardener. It will be at 7.30pm in the Town Hall, Market Place. At each meeting, monthly competitions are held for members, this month, by contrast to the talk, │ Nov 2013

will be ‘Last Rose of Summer’. We have a great line up of talks for next year ranging from ‘Flora and Fauna of Bird Island in the Seychelles’ to ‘Traditions of Flowers in Tudor England’. Please come along and join us we are a friendly bunch. For further information, please call Chairman, Martin Hollingsworth on 01652 648435. │ e: │ t: 01427 881565 or 881563


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Hello my fellow bakers and welcome to the November edition of Baking Bliss. This truly is my favourite time of year, that slight chill in the air, autumn colour on the trees and Bonfire night just around the corner. This month I am sharing with you a recipe that is

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• Put all your toffee apple ingredients into a large saucepan and cook gently, stirring occasionally until the apple has softened. Use a slotted spoon to remove the apple pieces and set aside. Lots of juice will have come out of the apple so continue to cook until the sauce has reduced by about a third and thickened up. Pour the toffee sauce over the cake layer and cover with the apple pieces. • Make your crumble topping by

rubbing the butter into the flour so that it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar, ground almonds and pecan pieces then cover the top of the cake. Stud with whole pecans and bake at 200°c for about 15 minutes or until the crumble topping has turned golden brown. ARATI EP




METHOD • Preheat your oven to 180°c. Line and grease a tray measuring 30cm x 30cm that is at least 5cm deep. • Put all the cake layer ingredients into a food mixer and beat for about two minutes until smooth and light. Pour into the tray and bake for about 35 minutes until light brown on top. Remove from the oven and use a knife to poke slits all over the top of the cake.

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INGREDIENTS For the cake layer: • 250g unsalted butter at room temperature • 250g caster sugar • 300g self raising flour • 1 tsp baking powder • 5 eggs • 4 tbsp milk • 1 tsp vanilla paste For the toffee apple layer: • 1kg apples, peeled cored and sliced • 75g unsalted butter • 300g soft light brown sugar • 1 tsp ground cinnamon For the crumble topping: • 175g plain flour • 125g cold unsalted butter, cubed • 100g ground almonds • 100g demerara sugar • 75g pecans, chopped (plus a few left whole to decorate)

a good alternative to the traditional toffee apple on 5th November, my Toffee Apple Crumble Traybake. This is a really simple recipe, and is brilliant either eaten hot with custard or cold with a drizzle of cream, or ice cream. Simply delicious!


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A good read LEISURE

Kath Bennet takes a look at the best books this month The Cuckoo’s Calling Robert Galbraith

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months, then you will know that there is actually no such person as Robert Galbraith: Galbraith is really JK Rowling. Much has been made in the press of Rowling’s ‘secret’ authorship of a crime novel. The key question, however, should be ‘is it any good?’ And the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.

While Rowling was understandably angry that her cover was blown by some careless gossip, the fact that this shot the book to the top of the bestseller charts undoubtedly widened its potential audience. Even before this, however, the story had been critically acclaimed by a range of fellow crime writers, and it is easy to see why. Cormoran Strike, the central character, fits well alongside the range of eclectic private detectives that populate the genre. An army veteran, with a 50 Gainsborough

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chequered past, physically and mentally scarred by his experiences, he is believable and likeable from the start. We know enough to keep us guessing, but never fully get inside his head. The supporting characters are equally well drawn — Robin, his receptionist and almost-assistant, acts as an ideal foil — and the setting is given careful treatment. By chance, I read the book whilst staying in London, close to Strike’s fictional office on Denmark Street, and was almost able to trace his steps at times. The novel itself is well plotted — again, no surprise — and moves at a strong pace as Strike investigates the death of Lula Landry, model and style icon. Strike’s own past is explored through hints and flashes, which contrast with the celebrity haunts of Landry and her associates, adding an interesting counterpoint. Many reviewers have claimed that Rowling’s authorship is obvious here, but I would disagree, and had I not known, I would not have guessed. In any case it is immaterial. Cormoran Strike is a million miles away from Harry Potter, and the audience for each book is completely different. This is crime fiction, well plotted, engaging and leaving you in immediate hope for a return of Strike. What more can we ask?

Charlotte’s Web EB White For some readers, the very title of this book brings a lump to the throat. From the first line ‘Where’s Papa going with that axe?’ to the last, it is beautifully told and instantly memorable. The

story of Fern’s relationship with Wilbur, the runt she saves from her father’s axe, and of Wilbur’s relationship with Charlotte, the spider who convinces the world that Wilbur is ‘some pig’, the tale rewards reading and re-reading. Like all the best stories, the central message of Charlotte’s Web is the power of language. Charlotte really is ‘a true friend and a good writer’ both at

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Watching the detectives… Graham Iek asks whether Apple is beginning to lose its way

There are plenty of works

of fiction based on the efforts of our intelligence agencies breaking the encryption of enemy communications. In his novel, Enigma, Robert Harris writes about the efforts of WWII code breakers at Bletchley Park which eventually led to the allies winning the war. Dan Brown hypothesises a staggeringly powerful super computer that can decode thousands of encrypted emails per hour in his book, Digital Fortress. But recent disclosures by US whistle blower, Edward Norton, reveal that truth may be stranger than fiction. In a recent set of leaks published in several national newspapers, Norton claims that both America’s National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK’s GCHQ routinely crack the encryption programs that protect email transmissions, online banking and internet shopping. You might

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think that this is no great cause for concern; after all, if the security services cannot crack communications from terrorists and other threats, how can they keep us safe? However, there is a more disturbing side to the story. The traditional way to crack codes or break encryption systems is to use what is known as brute force, literally to keep trying different combinations until you find the one that unlocks the code. Modern super computers are so powerful that they can try millions of different combinations in a fraction of a second. The NSA has spent literally billions of dollars trying to do just this in a programme called Bullrun. But with 128 bit encryption now the commercial standard (there are over 300 billion trillion possible combinations with 128 bit encryption) it can take even a supercomputer several hours to crack just one email. So, for the past decade or so, the NSA in particular has been working hard to find other

ways to access information that is encrypted. Part of this involves using legitimate court orders, for instance instructing a bank to provide details of transactions on a suspect account. But the NSA goes much further than that. Norton claims that the NSA has persuaded several of the software companies that develop encryption systems to create “back doors” in their software. He stops short of saying who the particular software companies are; perhaps because he didn’t know. A back door is a built in vulnerability that allows anyone who knows where it is and how to open it to unlock the encryption without having to resort to brute force. It is not clear how the software developers were persuaded to cooperate; possibly the NSA cited national security concerns or they maybe even recruited developers working within the companies. RSA, a business that develops encryption algorithms that are then used by other software companies in their own encryption software, has recently withdrawn one of its main products because it discovered a back door had been built into it. Senior managers had no idea that the back door was there which suggests the NSA had recruited a “spy” within the business. There is a major problem with this; it is not just code breakers from the intelligence services who can make use of these back doors. Any hacker that discovers them can use them not just to decode emails but to break into internet bank accounts and access online shopping transactions. If the NSA is recruiting (and presumably paying) developers within the encryption software industry, what is to stop those same developers selling on that information to the highest bidder? The best hackers in the world tend not to work for the security services; they either work for themselves or for criminal gangs. Many top hackers have an anarchistic mindset and are against big business and the establishment; hence the rise of hacker groups such as Lulzsec. The NSA has subverted the encryption industry in the interests of national security and their fight against terrorism. In so doing, they have created a whole raft of separate problems that affect the very people that they are trying to protect. │ e: │ t: 01427 881565 or 881563

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Everton Village Players present cabaret evening Everton Village Players will be

presenting another of their popular cabaret evenings on Friday 6th December, this time featuring top professional musicians and Best Duo Nominees in the 2010 BBC Folk Awards, Belshazzar’s Feast. Our artistes will be coming directly from Liverpool Philharmonic Hall to Everton Village Hall to present an evening of music, song and wicked comedy; a Christmas Show packed with a range of Musical treats. It promises to be a fabulous evening of entertainment, including a two-course sit down meal. Belshazzar’s Feast is brought to you by Everton Village Players and Notts Village Ventures. Tickets for our cabaret evenings sell out very quickly, so book yours now. We will be maintaining our ticket price of £15.00 per person (including meal). As usual a licensed bar will be available. Put the date in your diary now. To Book, call the box office on 01777 817275.

Botanical Artists The Three Counties Botanical

Artists meet in The New Hall, Bawtry on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30am. We are a group who enjoy botanical art in watercolour, coloured pencil or graphite. We do have room for new members so if you would like to join us or would like more information about our group either call in to see us on a Wednesday morning, on or after Wednesday 11th September or contact either Sue Woffinden on 07941 509871 or Wendy Street on 01302 742310.

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Air Ambulance presentation evening At a special presentation event held at The Eight Jolly Brewers Public House in Gainsborough, a cheque for £1,035 was presented to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. The staggering amount was raised by a sponsored cycle ride event, organised by the 2013 National Bike Week Air Ambulance, Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club, West Lincolnshire Cyclists Touring Club and Church Street Cycles, as well as individual cyclists. The event proved that all ages can enjoy the pleasures of cycling. There were some special VIP guests at the presentation evening; Steve Underwood received the cheque on behalf of the Air Ambulance. Irmgard Parrott Chairman of West Lindsey District Council along with Len Parrott, Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club’s President, Alan Revill and Chairman Paul Reynolds were also in attendance. The ride held in June, proved a big hit with many riders enjoying rides suitable for families and individuals of all ages. The 15 mile ride though Upton and Kexby proved one of the most popular rides and the longest was a 30 mile ride that took riders out to Sturton by Stow across country to Brattleby. After climbing the steep

ascent of the Lincolnshire Edge, riders then headed to Harpswell returning to Gainsborough via Heapham. The National bike Week cheque presentation evening was organised by Daniel Nicholson, Rachel Bradford and Trevor Halstead. Organisers would also like to thank The Eight Jolly Brewers for their hospitality and all who made the event a great success. Two teams received prizes for the most cash raised

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on the National Bike Week ride for The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, Jonathon Goodall and his two year old son Jackson Goodall raised £300. Ian Atkinson, Gemma Goodall and Tilly Atkinson aged one, along with Taylor Atkinson aged four, also raised £206.50. Both teams received gift vouchers to spend at Church Street Cycles. Contact Trevor Halstead 01427 617752 for more information.

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Tree for life GARDENS

Lee Bestall suggests an unusual and alternative Christmas gift

It’s true, a tree is a gift in more

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

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

Tree huggers (as they used to be referred to) are thankfully no longer mocked, and the recent eco

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Plant only if the ground is not frozen or waterlogged. Soak the roots in water for 30 minutes while you dig a large square hole twice the width of the pot: no cheating here, as you’ll get caught out in years to come. Fork over the bottom of the planting hole and lower the tree to the bottom. Backfill, adding some bone meal and well rotted compost. Ensure the tree is planted no deeper than it was in its pot, and firm it down. Water, and attach to a wooden stake with a plastic tree tie. Easy! So go on, give someone a tree this Christmas, and you never know, it could be a present which lasts for generations. │ e: │ t: 01427 881565 or 881563

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Gainsborough Choral Society will perform their first concert of the season on Saturday 16th November at 7.30pm in All Saints’ Church Gainsborough. This year we are celebrating the centenary of the

Gainsborough Choral Society’s new season birth of Benjamin Britten. The major work is Britten’s St Nicolas for which we are joined by the Lincoln Minster Girls’ Choir and the Grimsby Minster Boys. The programme is completed with the Serenade for tenor, Horn and Strings, Jubilate Deo and Britten’s arrangement of the National Anthem. Tenor, Mark Wilde, French Horn, Janice

Stockdale, Organist, Simon Corner and the Lincoln Pro Musica Orchestra. Tickets cost £12 Adults, £10 concessions, and children £1, whilst being accompanied by an adult. You can obtain tickets from Horsleys, 27 Church Street Gainsborough, or by calling 01427 613014, or on the door on the night.

Gainsborough & District Heritage Association On Saturday 2nd November at 7.00pm, Gainsborough and District Heritage Association presents ‘Tractors From Britannia’, at the Gainsborough Heritage Centre. The association will welcome Bridgett Laycock, Chairman of The Marshall


Club, who will be talking about the history of Marshall Sons and Co Limited. She will discuss the buildings, the people, and the world famous products that this renowned company built over a period of almost 150 years. Admission will

be £3.00 per person and members £1.50. Further information can be obtained from the Heritage Centre, by calling 01427 612030, or by visiting Maximum visitor numbers limited to 50 persons.


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INDEX Accountants R & A Accountants..................................................27 Aerial Installations & Repairs ADI Communications......................................57 Aerials Etc............................................................8 Aerial Lincs....................................................... 55 John Gregorys.................................................. 22 Alarm & Security Service Misterton Security Services......................... 53 OPS Services................................................... 59 Antiques Centre Pilgrims Antique Centre.........................................43 Auto Spares KSS Auto Spares............................................. 34 Bathroom Sales Prestige Bathrooms........................................51 Bathroom & Kitchen Fitter JC Maintenance.............................................. 55 Beauty Therapy Beauty by Katherine at Crowning Glory...... 13 Blinds UK Blinds Gainsborough..................................8 Vorbo Blinds.................................................6 & 7 Boiler Replacement Scheme TSP Plumbing & Heating................................ 66 Building & Property Services ADB Builders.................................................... 19 Aspray Property Services...............................57 Credland Construction....................................27 DA Martin Building Contractors................... 43 Nigel Sutton Construction..............................61 SAW Joinery and Construction......................47 Tri-County Property Services...................... 10e Car Repairs & Servicing Diamond Autos................................................ 35 Maltings Off Road........................................... 39 R & A Scott........................................................37 Car Sales Arena Vehicles................................................. 34 Caravan Servicing, Sales & Accessories Inglewood Caravans....................................... 44 Carpet & Flooring Showroom Horsleys of Gainsborough............................. 15 Childrens Activities Jo Jingles.......................................................... 13 Music Dancing Feet.............................. 32 & 33 Chiroprator Gainsborough Chiropractic Clinic................ 19 Christmas Gift Idea Marron Wines..........................................................51 Christmas Light Switch On Marshalls Yard............................................................9 Christmas Markets Thoresby Hall............................................................44 Cleaning Services Buzz Cleaning.................................................. 42 Mid Lincs Cleaning Services..........................51 Service Master................................................ 35 Coach Holidays & Tours TJ Coach Hire Ltd.....................................................47 Coal Merchant DK & M Taylor...........................................................41 Computer Services & Sales Gem Computer Services................................27 Lidgett Computer Solutions.......................... 22 Curtains Vorbo Blinds..................................................6 &7 Damp Proofing RH Plasterers................................................... 55 Dance Wear Faun Trading.............................................................23

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Dog Grooming Barkers Dog Grooming.....................................9 Domestic Repairs Peter Ford......................................................... 53 Driving Instructor Sam’s School of Motoring............................. 49 Electrical Contractors Mike Stewart Electrical.................................. 49 Trentside Electric Company.......................... 44 Financial Advice CPA Ethical Wealth..........................................27 Fishing Tackle The Tackle Shop.............................................. 35 Fitness & Weight Loss Tranquility......................................................... 49 Function Room For Hire Corringham Hall......................................................10 Gardening Services DC Garden Services........................................41 DN22 Gardening............................................. 30 Elmfield Landscapes.......................................41 W Smith Gardening Services.........................41 Golf Club Gainsborough Golf Club...................................2 Hair Salons The Hair Gallery..................................................... Handyman Service A Helping Hand................................................ 49 Chris Jablonski................................................ 43 Homes For Sale Barratt Homes.........................................................64 House Clearance A Helping Hand................................................ 30 House To Let Rachel Gregory........................................................49 Internet Service Provider Quickline Communications..................................17 Jewellery Issy J................................................................252 Joinery Services Grade 1 Joinery............................................... 55 Kennels & Cattery North Leverton Kennels & Cattery.............. 55 Kitchen Unit & Door Painters CP Painters and Decorators......................... 55 Lettings Rebrooks Investments................................... 43 Lingerie The Lingerie Boutique.................................... 13 Local Transport Lincolnshire County Council......................... 63 Locksmith Metro Locksmiths........................................... 59 Memorials Barningham Memorials..................................61 Oil Tank Supplies The Oil Tank Company.....................................41 Painting & Decorating CP Painters and Decorators......................... 55 Steve Mann.......................................................57 Pet Services Perfect Companions..............................................24 Physiotherapy Equinox Physiotherapy................................... 44 Gainsborough Physiotherapy Clinic............. 29 Marshall’s Yard Physiotherapy Clinic.......... 53 Plant Centre Tower Plant Centre.................................................41 Plastering Service Ian Mayhall Plastering.....................................51 PL Plastering.................................................... 53 Plastering Solutions....................................... 66

Plumbing & Gas Services A Harris............................................................. 59 DC Installations............................................... 54 Heat 2 U...............................................................9 Nigel Qualter.................................................... 43 TSP Plumbing & Heating................................ 54 Pubs, Restaurants & Cafes Angel Inn........................................................... 19 Blue Bell Inn..................................................... 16 Gainsborough Golf Club...................................2 The Bees Knees.............................................. 58 The Blacksmiths............................................. 20 The Boat Inn..................................................... 58 The Gate Inn At Clarborough......................... 29 The Ship Inn..................................................... 20 Retirement Solutions & Care Homes Grosvenor House Care Home.............................25 Re-upholstery Service The Upholsterer................................................24 Schools & Further Education Hillcrest Early Years Academy...................... 45 Mercer’s Wood Academy............................... 11 Queen Elizabeth's High School.................... 21 Worksop College..............................................31 Second Hand Furniture Gainsborough Furniture Resource Centre....59 Second Hand Goods Bought & Sold Cash Brokers............................................................35 Second Hand But Loved.......................................24 Steiff Bears Bearies..........................................................................3 Stoves, Fireplaces & Surrounds Harworth Heating............................................61 N&P Burrows................................................... 15 Taxis ABC Taxis...........................................................47 Diamond Cabs................................................. 10 JK Cabs............................................................. 49 Television Sales, Installs & Repairs Aegir Consumer Electronics................... 1 & 47 Timber Merchants G Empson & Sons Ltd.....................................24 Van Hire Road Trippin’.................................................... 35 Venue Decoration Vixie J Balloons................................................ 49 Windows, Doors & Conservatories Advanced Windows & Doors.........................57 C Toyne & Son.................................................. 13 Paul Jackson Conservatories..........................9 True Window Care Ltd.......................................5

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


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 or call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 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 or call 0845 243 3344 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 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 to download or call 01522 782070 to request a paper copy.

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