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LincolnshirePride M A G A Z I N E


LincolnshirePride - The High Society Magazine - Issue 121

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August Issue 121 - £3.70

THE QUEEN IN STAMFORD Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee by returning to Burghley House, the stately home in which Queen Victoria also celebrated her 60 years on the throne... Eight page special inside.

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Following the Olympic Flame Burghley Horse Trials 2012 The Latest News from Lincoln Morse Author Colin Dexter

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Classic Cars: Stamford’s Hugh Illingworth’s 1940s Rolls Royce.

Welcome... a superb edition of Lincolnshire Pride, in which we celebrate 10 years of success as the county’s High Society Magazine, and who better to help us celebrate than Her Majesty The Queen? We recently attended a Jubilee Picnic in Stamford with the county’s Lord Lieutenant to celebrate 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. There, Her Majesty met the county’s most prolific contributors to local charities. Elsewhere we follow the Olympic Flame’s journey through Lincolnshire over three days — including its overnight stay in Lincoln where we also attend a VIP reception to celebrate local firms who have gained over £40m of business from the 2012 games. Elsewhere we feature the county’s most prestigious British classic cars from three decades, preview the 2012 Burghley Horse Trials and present a selection of images from this year’s Lincolnshire Show. Our very best wishes for a great month!





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Set in open countryside, on the fringes of this sought after village, this detached period farmhouse, nestling in approximately 5 acres offers flexible and spacious accommodation throughout, including three reception rooms and four bedrooms.

Within a short stroll of the Cathedral Quarter and this beautifully restored and refurbished period City dwelling offers light, airy and flexible living space throughout and includes two reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room and five bedrooms.





Enjoying a stunning setting, in the lea of All Saints Church, this well proportioned detached former vicarage, nestles in mature landscaped grounds of some 0.79 of an acre. Principal accommodation includes three reception rooms and five bedrooms.

An outstanding double fronted period residence enjoying an elevated position and set in the heart of this popular village. Nestling within landscaped grounds extending to some one acre, the property features sympathetically and beautifully presented accommodation.



Enjoying an elevated position with far reaching vistas and set in the heart of this popular Cliff village, Village Farm is a stunning stone period former farmhouse, which has undergone extensive sympathetic renovation and extension to create a fine family country home.

Formerly the Dower House to Panton Hall, this imposing period country dwelling enjoys an open countryside setting within its mixed grounds of some seven acres of formal gardens, mature woodland, fishing pond and natural wildlife havens.

JHWalter 1 Mint Lane, Lincoln LN1 1UD Telephone: (01522) 504304 Fax: 01522 512720


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A detached stone property situated in the heart of this desirable village adjacent to the village church with a delightful walled garden and offering spacious accommodation comprising of entrance hall, 28ft lounge, dining room, 21ft breakfast kitchen, cloakroom, family room, utility, landing, four double bedrooms, a master with en suite bathroom and two further shower rooms. There are enclosed gardens to front and rear elevations and a detached double garage. The property benefits from oil fired central heating.

A charming detached barn conversion providing plenty of character and demonstrating many original features situated within the semi-rural village of Springthorpe. The spacious and flexible accommodation comprises entrance hall, four bedrooms, two en-suites, family bathroom, good size living kitchen, snug/lounge area with additional room above, sitting room, laundry room and cloakroom. To the outside there is a garden room, double garage, covered storage space, blocked paved courtyard, gravelled driveway and a private garden.




An individually designed family home with flexible living accommodation featuring a 22ft lounge, dining room, study, 37ft breakfast kitchen, conservatory, utility, five double bedrooms, two en suites, family bathroom and an integral double garage. The property is presented to a high standard throughout benefitting from oil fired central heating with enclosed gardens, greenhouse, workshop/office and extensive parking. The village is situated allowing access to Lincoln, Newark and Grantham with its excellent road and rail network links to London.

Fine & Country 24 Silver Street, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN2 1EW Telephone: (01522) 516590 email:


Located in the heart of this desirable village whilst enjoying a secluded position this former water mill dates back to the 1700s and has been extended through time to create a stunning five bedroom family home. Spread over four floors there are four spacious reception rooms, four bathrooms and a feature glass floor panel in the kitchen over the former mill race in the beck. The plot extends approximately 1⁄3 acre with first floor terraces to the front and rear along with gardens, paved patio, outside store, timber framed greenhouse & double garage.

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The Lincolnshire Show 2012 This year’s celebration of agriculture and a country lifestyle attracted over 65,000 people. Glorious sunshine attended Wednesday’s event, but Thursday’s motto was definitely Images: Rob Davis. ‘Keep Calm and Carry On!’

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Foraging For

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A mother and son team in the kitchen and an appreciation for food that places strong emphasis on quality ingredients. Navenby’s Macy’s Brasserie defied trading conditions and opened two years ago — in the middle of a recession — only to become one of the best small restaurants in the county... Words & Photos: Rob Davis.

FROM THE GARDEN GATE TO A DINER’S PLACE, Macy’s Brasserie provides exceptional dining in a restaurant that belies its modest, intimate size. Mother and son team Felicity and Ben Macy are the restaurant’s namesake, and opened the Navenby restaurant in 2010 on April Fool’s Day — but there’s nothing light-hearted about the chefs’ insistence that every meal leaving the kitchen has to provide food that leaves diners with a real taste of the countryside. Originally from Hampshire, Felicity moved to Lincolnshire in 1985 and worked at the Wig and Mitre, helping to create the venue’s fearsome reputation as one of the best restaurants in the city. Like her previous venues Felicity pioneered high quality but relaxed dining, essentially inventing the gastropub before the term was even coined. Felicity then moved into the outside catering industry in 1992 and cooked for clients like Prince Charles, The Princess Royal, Stephen Fry and Tracy Emin.


Felicity and Ben work together in the kitchen to create exceptional English cuisine with continental influences and fresh ingredients...

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Main: Lincolnshire Rib-Eye Steak with Watercress Purée, Sautéed Enoki, Eryngii, and Shimeji Wild Mushrooms. Triple Cooked Chips, and a Pink Peppercorn Sauce.


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Macy’s Brasserie provides à la carte dining, morning coffee,

afternoon tea and both brunch & lunchtime dining... there’s also a pretty terrace garden in which to while away an afternoon... Felicity then tried retirement but by her own admission was ‘terrible at it.’ As fortune would have it though, at the same time, son Ben was demonstrating more than a slight flair for cooking and had returned from travelling around the world to broaden his skills. It was one day in February — during her short-lived retirement — that Felicity, who lives near the village, noted that the furniture shop would make a nice restaurant, one that would give Ben a start in the industry. A very quick refurbishment and renovation later — not to mention the addition of a brand new, fully equipped professional kitchen — and Macy’s Brasserie was born. The term brasserie implies casual dining. In fact, Macy’s is a full à la carte restaurant with a number of other strings to its bow too. The business features a comfortable lounge area, 46 seater restaurant and newly refurbished terrace. It’s beautifully decorated with neutral creams and caramel colours, and fresh flowers from the village brought in daily. “It was a beautiful building.” Says Felicity. “Typical of Navenby really, with nice light stonework and a space that, we felt, would make a lovely backdrop for food of comparable quality.” Macy’s appeal is certainly broad — there’s an excellent brunch menu with specials, morning coffee menu with freshly ground beans and a selection of freshly baked cakes or scones for afternoon tea. Everything from morning coffee to à la carte dining is a treat, with the attention to detail admirable for a restaurant of Macy’s size. Tea is fresh leaf tea, bread, cakes and scones are all baked in house… the venue even makes its own jam. Felicity and Ben’s appreciation for fresh food and good ingredients go well beyond this though. Ben is a keen forager and has his own ‘secret places’ in and around the village in which he gathers wild garlic, nettles and borage for use in his food. He’s also a keen exponent of superfoods,


keen to promote the health benefits of his nettle puree, and drop into conversation interesting facts, such as dandelion having ten times the amount of iron that spinach has. Other suppliers include East Heckington’s Abbey Parks, which provides the restaurant with its vegetables, M&J Seafood, which provides fresh fish daily, and Fosters of Lincoln’s Monks Road which provides the restaurant with all of its meat. To accompany, Southwell Vintners provides a selection of 30 bins of wine from old world classics to promising New World wines too. The main à la carte menu features seven starters, eight main courses and eight desserts with a further option of a set table d’hôte menu with two courses for £14.95 on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. These menus are supplemented by a terrific blackboard which provides three additional starters, three main courses and three desserts, each of which change daily. “We’re passionate about providing quality food.” Says Ben. “To us that means providing food that has been freshly prepared, with really good quality ingredients, with a degree of flair that our customers will really enjoy.” The venue has plenty of character with a cosy, provincial feel, but for those who would prefer just a little more atmosphere, Ben’s interests of music and food intersect with bi-monthly live jazz performances. A folk and blues singer/songwriter — not to mention an accomplished performer on the guitar and mandolin — the next performance will feature one of Ben’s favourite artists, John Illingworth, on 22nd August. The restaurant is also hoping to begin Sunday afternoon jazz sessions too. With an idyllic village setting, a talented and consistent mother & son brigade in the kitchen, not to mention excellent food, Macy’s Brasserie provides food with flair thats difficult to beat, and, like Ben’s taste in music, is very cool indeed. n

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Main: Treacle sponge with Créme Anglaise.

i Macy’s Brasserie Navenby near Lincoln Food: English cuisine with continental influences; quality à la carte dining as well as brunch menu and morning coffee/afternoon tea. Home made cake and scones. Environment: Recently refurbished stone building with terrace to rear. Menus: À la carte menu for evening service with starters around £7.50, main courses from £18. Dedicated Sunday lunch menu; £17/two courses, £21/three courses. Additional brunch, luncheon and specials menus. Don’t Miss: Beautiful shady terrace for afternoon tea, live music bi-monthly including a performance by John Illingworth on 22nd August. Contact: 43 High Street, Navenby, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN5 0DZ. Telephone: 01522 811830. Website:


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Good Taste... Ten Years of

One of Lincolnshire’s most well-regarded farm shops this month celebrates its 10th anniversary as we say congratulations to Abbey Parks, East Heckington’s farm shop, deli and restaurant... Words & Pictures: Rob Davis.

CONGRATULATIONS this month to East Heckington’s Abbey Parks Farm Shop, celebrating ten years of supporting local food and farming. The Loweth family — Ros and Nick with grown-up children Sophie and Harry — moved to the area from Cambridgeshire back in 1988 and began farming on 550 acres of probably the best soil in the UK. The farm quickly became known for its signature crop of asparagus and remains a supplier to some of the UK’s best restaurants, growing around 30 acres of the crop in the farm’s silty soil amongst wheat, potatoes, oilseed rape and sugar beet crops.

As such the restaurant acts as a natural ambassador for the deli’s suppliers and the two trade off each other brilliantly. The farm shop also opens for special gourmet nights, with evenings celebrating food of different nationalities or themes — like asparagus! This month will be the exception, however, as the family have something grander planned to celebrate their milestone. “We’re hosting a taster weekend and celebrating our anniversary on Saturday August 18th with a "Pop Up" Wine Bar and barbecue event starting at 12pm. We’ve champagne and canapés, and lots of activities for children.” says Ros.

It was back in August 2002 that the family opened “We’re really keen to celebrate our success but a farm shop with a small kitchen originally just even happier that, for the past 10 years, we’ve designed for producing home made cakes and been able to celebrate and champion some scones, though the shop has gone beyond of Lincolnshire’s best food and best this remit and has turned into a fully Abbey Parks producers.” n fledged restaurant. will celebrate its Abbey Parks celebrates its 10th “It’s really our customers who have anniversary on Saturday 18th 10th anniversary on moved the business forward.” says August — call 01205 821610 18th August with a Ros. “We originally wanted to create a or see farm shop that would enable us to ‘Pop Up’ Wine Bar champion local suppliers and artisan & barbecue producers. However, we’ve grown beyond recognition into a 70 cover restaurant which is open seven days a week.” Abbey Parks currently provides à la carte menu with everything from morning coffee with home-made cakes to full English breakfasts and Sunday lunches. A specials board provides five additional starters and around seven main courses with local suppliers including Redhill Farm, Grasmere Farm, Boston Sausage, Pocklingtons Bakery and local cheeses including Poacher and Cote Hill. Naturally all of the restaurant’s food is prepared freshly to order, using the farm shop’s produce.


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Top: The farm shop stocks fresh produce grown on the family’s 550 acre farm. Above: Abbey Parks supplies the UK’s best restaurants with asparagus. Left: Head Chef Anthony Smith is able to pick, then cook his own fresh produce.


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In Good


This month we’re indulging the county’s chefs by asking them to re-create their favourite dining experiences. these are a few of their favourite things! Images: Rob Davis.


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Main: Belly Pork at the Barley Mow, Friskney. 1: Monkfish, Scottish Mussels, Leek and Saffron Potato Stew at The Redwood, Horncastle. 2: Pan Fried Supreme of Salmon with Bubble & Squeak and Coarse Grain Mustard Sauce at The White Hart, Lincoln. 3: Afternoon Tea at Stapleford Park, Melton Mowbray. 4: Salted Peanut Financier, Muscavado Ice Cream, Peanut Brittle at Belton Woods, Grantham. 5: Venison with Fondant Potato, Chocolate, Port and Picota Cherry Reduction at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa. 6: Asparagus with Poached Egg and Hollandaise with Honey Roast Figs at The Jackson Stops, Stretton. n


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7. Butternut Squash and Amaretti Ravioli with a Sage Butter at The George of Stamford.


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8: Chicken Caesar Salad at The Old Stables, Horncastle. 9: Salmon with Seared King Scallops, Saffron Mash and Orange Hollandaise at The Queen’s Head, Kirkby la Thorpe. 10: Chicken Liver Pâté with Cumberland Jelly and a Mini Brioche Loaf at The Mill, Boston. 11: Fish and Chips at The William Cecil, Stamford. 12: Afternoon Tea at Barnsdale Lodge, Exton. 13: L’Escargot at 14 Restaurant, Lincoln. n


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Fayre Barbecue

With August promising a long overdue summer we this month present a selection of barbecue recipes with locally reared, pork, beef and lamb at their most flavoursome... Words: Rob Davis, Simply Beef & Lamb and TV Chef Rachel Green.

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Sausage Burgers with Spiced Apples Serves 4, Cooking Time 25 mins 3 tbsp rapeseed oil 1 onion, peeled and very finely chopped 450g good quality sausage meat 3 tbsp fresh sage leaves, finely chopped For the sweet potato chips 4 sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into wedges 2 tbsp rapeseed oil Sea salt and black pepper 2 Cox’s apple wedges; peeled and cored 30g butter ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp mixed spice 1 tsp soft light brown sugar ½ tsp white wine vinegar


First make the burgers, heat one tablespoon of the rapeseed oil in a small saucepan, add the onion and stir well. Cover and cook for five minutes, until the onion has softened, but do not allow to brown. Remove to a mixing bowl and leave to cool. Once cool, mix in the sausage meat, chopped sage and a little freshly ground black pepper. Mix well and form the mixture into burger-shaped patties.


For the sweet potato chips, drizzle rapeseed oil over the sweet potatoes in a large bowl so they are all well coated. Season with black pepper and place in a roasting tin. Roast in the preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes until cooked through and golden brown around the edges.


For the spiced apple wedges, melt the butter in a small frying pan. Add the apple wedges, spices, sugar, white wine vinegar and stir over a low heat until the apples are caramelised Don’t cook and soft, around five minutes.


Brush the sausage burgers with the remaining rapeseed oil and cook on a hot barbecue for 5 – 10 minutes on each side, until cooked through. Serve with the apple wedges and sweet potato chips. n

Marmalade Glazed Sausage Baps

meat straight from the fridge — let it come up to room temperature and let meat rest before you serve...

450g lean pork mince 1tsp oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1tbsp Apple sauce 1 Cox type apple, cored and sliced 50g hard cheddar type cheese Salt and pepper to season Heat oil in a small pan and cook onion until soft and starting to brown. Put to one side and allow to cool slightly. In a bowl place the pork mince, apple sauce, cheese cubes, seasoning (to taste) and onion, then mix together.

Eight sausages, 1 red onion sliced 4 tbsp fine cut orange marmalade 4 white or wholemeal baps Watercress to serve

Take a slice of apple and mould the mince around the slice, leaving the top of the apple exposed – mixture should make sufficient for five burgers. Place on a sheet of foil, cover and leave in the fridge for about 30 minutes to cool and set.

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Warm your barbecue for around 30 minutes (charcoal) or 10 minutes (gas) — alternatively reheat the oven to 200°c, gas mark six.

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Place the burgers (on the foil) on the grill grid – make some holes in the foil to allow juices to run away.

Place the sausages and onion on a baking tray and mix in the marmalade and 2 tbsp water, season. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and towards the end of this period, toast the baps.


Serves 4, Cooking Time 15 mins

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Serves 4, Cooking Time 25 mins

Place some watercress on the bottom of the bap and add two sausages into each bap, spoon over the onions. n

Pork & Apple Wheels

Above: TV’s Rachel Green.

Cook for 15 minutes, carefully turning half way during the cooking time. If the outside of the meat starts to catch, cover with foil and adjust the grid height to move away from the heat to slow down the cooking. n


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Veal Burgers with Pesto Serves 4, Cooking Time 20 mins 450g lean veal mince Salt and freshly milled black pepper 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped 25g black olives, drained and finely chopped 60ml/4tbsp prepared red pesto 2 small shallots, peeled and finely chopped 15ml/1tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley


In a large, shallow bowl mix all the burger ingredients together. Using slightly damp hands shape the mixture into 4 x 9cm/3½inch burgers, transfer to a large plate, cover and chill for 20 minutes.


Cook the burgers on a prepared barbecue or under a preheated moderate grill for 6-8 minutes on each side until cooked and any meat juices run clear.


Serve the burgers in rolls of your choice with salad leaves, red onions and a spoonful of your favourite relish. n

Gourmet Style Burgers Serves 4, Cooking Time 15 mins 450g/1lb lean beef mince 1 small onion, peeled and grated 1 large garlic clove 5ml/1tsp English mustard, optional 60ml/4tbsp prepared barbecue sauce 15-30ml/1-2tbsp fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley Salt and freshly milled black pepper 15ml/1tbsp sunflower oil

Barbecue Tips with TV Chef Rachel Green l Start with a clean grill; removing old ash ensures good air circulation.

MEDIUM: You can hold your hand over the coals 4 to 5 seconds.

l Don't use the same plate for the cooked meat that you used for the uncooked meat.

l Toss a handful of aromatic fresh herbs — eg: rosemary over the coals; they will create a whole new dimension of flavour.

l Coat the grate with vegetable cooking spray, or brush with cooking oil to prevent food from sticking. l The charcoal is ready for cooking when it’s 80% ashy grey in daylight, glowing red at night. This usually takes about 25 to 30 minutes. l Check the temperature of the BBQ before cooking food: HOT: You can hold your hand over the coals for only 2 seconds. MEDIUM-HOT: You can hold your hand over the coals 3 to 4 seconds.

You can toast French bread on a BBQ; place chopped onion, garlic & tomato on top with fresh basil; drizzle with rapeseed oil...

l To decrease the heat, raise the cooking grill or sprinkle coals with a little water. n

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together. Using slightly damp hands shape the mixture into four 10cm/4inch burgers. Cover and chill for 20 minutes.


Brush each burger with a little oil and cook under a preheated, moderate grill or prepared barbecue for seven minutes on both sides until thoroughly cooked or until any meat juices are completely clear.


Serve in bread rolls of your choice with sliced tomatoes, onion rings, lettuce and/or a selection of relishes, such as guacamole, onion or sweetcorn relish. n

l Be patient; if the fire hasn’t cooled down adequately, do not cook on it. If flare-ups occur, remove the food for a few moments and sprinkle water lightly over the flames. l To increase the heat, push coals together, add more coals, or lower the grilling surface, or fan the fire and rake the ashes from the coals.


TV chef Rachel Green’s marinades can make steaks really special... “MY TOP STEAK MARINADES are either lemony and citrusy, or sticky, hot and as spicy as you can get.”

Main Image: Veal Burgers with Pesto and Olives. Above: TV’s Rachel Green.

“Don’t add salt to your marinade as you will draw the water out of the meat and when you cook it, it will be tough and dry. Season the meat on the BBQ as you cook it. I always use rapeseed oil as the basis for my marinade, it’s delicious and half the cholesterol.” “I also love Wilkin and Sons Tiptree Tomato Sauce in my sweet marinades; once you’ve tried their tomato sauce there’s no going back to your old brand, it’s to die for.” n

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Honey & Mustard Lamb Serves 4, Cooking Time 15 mins

450g/1lb lean lamb leg steaks, cubed 45ml/3tbsp honey 15ml/1tbsp wholegrain mustard 15ml/1tbsp cider vinegar 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 1 fennel bulb, finely shredded 1 red onion, peeled and thinly sliced 30ml/2tbsp cider vinegar 15ml/1tbsp wholegrain mustard 30ml/2tbsp olive oil

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Place the steaks into a bowl with the honey, wholegrain mustard, cider vinegar and garlic.

Meanwhile make the fennel coleslaw; in a bowl place the fennel, red onion. Add the cider vinegar, mustard and oil. Mix well to combine. Thread the lamb cubes onto skewers and cook on preheated grill or barbecue for approximately 12-15 minutes, turning occasionally. Serve the kebabs with the fennel coleslaw and flat bread. n

Spicy Lamb Kebabs Serves 4, Cooking Time 15 mins

450g/1lb lean lamb leg or shoulder steaks, cut into 2.5cm/1inch cubes 4-6 red chillies, deseeded and cut in half 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 5ml/1tsp coriander seeds, finely crushed Finely grated zest of 1 lemon and 1 lime 10ml/2tsp olive or sunflower oil Salt and freshly milled black pepper 3 ripe nectarines or peaches 4 spring onions, finely chopped 45ml/3tbsp freshly chopped mint 30ml/2tbsp fresh lime juice

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Prepare the marinade; in a large shallow bowl mix together all the marinade ingredients.

When shopping for lamb, select lean cuts and use low fat cooking methods such as grilling...

Thread equal amounts of lamb and chillies onto four short metal or wooden skewers (previously soaked in cold water for 20 minutes). Place in a shallow dish, pour over the marinade, cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or overnight. Meanwhile, prepare the salsa; in a large bowl mix the ingredients together.


Cook the steaks on a prepared barbecue or preheated moderate grill and cook for 8-12 minutes, turning occasionally until cooked and any meat juices run clear. Serve the skewers with the salsa and garlic bread. n

If you plan to grill lamb chops, you will get the best results if you choose rib, loin, or sirloin chops. If your recipe calls for chops to be marinated and then baked, shoulder chops are a much better choice. n

Grilled Halloumi 2 x 250g packs Halloumi cheese 200g frozen peas 150g broad beans, shelled 4 spring onions, finely sliced 2 large handfuls rocket 5 tbsp rapeseed oil 1 lemon, juiced 1 tsp caster sugar 1 clove garlic, peeled/crushed 1 tbsp mint, finely chopped 1 red chilli, deseeded First make the dressing; whisk together the oil, lemon juice, caster sugar and garlic. Stir in the mint and chilli, season and set aside. Cook the broad beans in a pan of lightly salted boiling water for 3–4 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold running water.

Buying Lamb... CUTS OF LAMB may vary in colour from pink to light red but should always look fresh, not dull or slimy. The fat should be white and waxy looking; bones should be reddish in colour and moist.

Great For Vegetarians

Opposite: Honey & Mustard Lamb Kebabs. Above: Spicy Skewers of Lamb with Mint and Nectarine Salsa.

Peel off the grey outer skins. Bring another pan of water to the boil, add the peas and return to the boil. Drain and refresh under cold running water. Place the cooked beans and peas in a large bowl. Add the spring onions and rocket leaves, pour in the dressing, season and toss the salad together. Place the halloumi on a BBQ and grill for one minute on each side, until golden and bubbling, then serve. n


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CHENIN BLANC Some issues are black and white — such as the undeniable quality of premium Chenin Blancs from France and the New World. Here, Ben Straw pits a couple of South African examples against established Old World producers...

CHENIN BLANC IS A WONDERFULLY versatile white grape variety that is grown worldwide. Small if unspectacular plantings appear in Australia and New Zealand, but it is in South Africa that the southern hemisphere excels. But the origins of this grape variety are founded somewhat further north in the Loire Valley of Western France. It is here in the appellation of Vouvray that Chenin Blanc is rightly famous. Chenin is a flexible grape variety and allows winemakers to work their magic. It can be unoaked or barrel fermented — a style frequently used in South Africa. In Vouvray the greatest Chenin has many forms. It can be dry right through to lusciously sweet. It’s even made in a sparkling form. Here are my favourites, including a couple of stellar Vouvrays. Enjoy!

Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray pineapple, kiwi, melon, banana, peach Clos de Rougemont, Loire, and honey. The palate is bright and France - £15.25 fresh with lengthy flavours of melon The story goes that St Martin, and citrus with a hint of spice on one of the first Gaul evangelthe finish. Chenin ists, was made bishop of DeMorgenzon Reserve Blanc from Tours in 371 AD. He had the Chenin, Stellenbosch, £8.25 to Clos de Rougemont planted South Africa - £16.50 with vines for the elderly and £16.50. Made from vines planted in infirm. This is another dry 1971 and using only the free-run Vouvray but benefits from the juice this complex Chenin has complexity of a small amount of new layers of pineapple, vanilla and quince oak. There is a buttery undertone to on the nose. The flavours follow on the the almond, citrus and honey notes. palate culminating in a tropical fruit



Indaba Chenin Blanc, South Africa - £8.25 This takes a selection of fruit from across Stellenbosch, Paarl and Swartland to create a crisp and refreshing wine which displays restrained yet inviting aromas of


salad, with crisp acidity and is perfectly in balance. Beaumont Hope Marguerite, Walker Bay, South Africa - £13.50 This barrel fermented Chenin sees some lees contact. The nose has white peach and floral aromas with a hint of savoury wood. While the palate is focused by pure ripe apple flavours and a lovely fresh acid that cuts through the hint of sweetness.


Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Cuvée Silex, Loire - £13.95 Vigneau-Chevreau are a biodynamic producer in the heart of the Loire valley. Their Cuvée Silex has balance and finesse. While this is a decidedly dry, medium-bodied white wine, it begins with an unexpected soft approach, but quickly gains crisp, clean lines by mid-palate. Very food-friendly, expect the bright flavours of citrus and pear to dominate the palate with a drizzle of honey in the mix. n



Featured wines are available at Steep Hill Wines, Lincoln. Call 01522 544737.


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Comfortable The

Coach House

Like the English oak from which it has been made, Moulton’s Coach House just keeps on growing, with 2009 being the most recent addition — the property now boasts a beautifully light, modern wing with a large kitchen and new master bedroom suite... Take a look inside, as we meet owners Damien and Liza Redlich.

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i The Old Coach House, Moulton, near Spalding Owners: Damien and Liza Redlich. Style: 17th century former coach house converted by its present owners and extended in 2009. Receptions: Four; currently arranged as Drawing Room, Playroom, Dining Room and Breakfast Kitchen. Bedrooms: Four with two en-suite bathrooms and family bathroom. Other Features: Around 1.7 acres of grounds featuring mature English tree specimens Cupola clock and gated entrance. Price: Guide Price; £675,000. Find Out More: Savills, Olympic House, Doddington Road, Lincoln LN6 3SE. Tel: 01522 508 900.

TO THE VICTOR, THE SPOILS: creating a beautiful home is usually rewarding, always hard work, and definitely expensive. But, for those inclined to make the effort, the reward is a beautiful, high-specification home that’s a pleasure to live in. Embarking on a project isn’t for the faint-hearted, whether you’re building from scratch or renovating, but there are some who are naturally talented, like serial-renovators Damien and Liza Redlich. Liza is from Wisbech, whilst Damien comes from London. After meeting each other through work, Damien decided that the city was becoming too noisy, too stressful and too crowded, so he decided to leave London to join Liza who has always lived in the area. The couple moved to Moulton, just a stone’s throw from Spalding, in 2002. They initially rejuvenated the house which stands next door, Moulton’s Park House, and then moved on to undertake the renovation of The Old Coach House. A significantly more involved refurbishment — “More of a resurrection!” — the couple worked on the dilapidated shell between summer 2006 and the following December, whereupon they moved into the house. But they still weren’t finished, and in 2009, once again set about extending the property with a new wing incorporating a bespoke kitchen & master bedroom suite with huge bespoke timber-framed windows.

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The Old Coach House was built in the 17th century, and is arranged over two floors with four reception rooms and four bedrooms...

“It’s a nice looking property, surrounded on all four sides by mature trees.” says Damien. “The extension has allowed us to create a period property that has all the natural light and feeling of spaciousness that a modern-looking house should have, whilst retaining the character of the period coach house.” The house was completely derelict when the couple first began work, and has benefited from a new roof, new plumbing and electrics. The original part of the building is believed to date back to the 17th century, but it was extended in the 18th century, and in the 1950s when the current drawing room was added, initially serving as a double garage. The kitchen — now a spacious entrance hall and playroom — were replaced by Damien


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The bright bespoke kitchen is finished in Old English White and features black granite surfaces.

and Liza’s 2009 addition, and in the space, a beautiful new kitchen was created. A local joiner created the bespoke installation, painted in a Farrow & Ball Old English White shade with black granite toppers. The electric Aga — which affords a modern level of control with a traditional look — and Belfast sink both sit alongside modern appliances (the couple deliberately avoided integrated appliances for reasons of practicality) like a US style fridge freezer, whilst a separate utility affords an extra degree of practicality. The living room, like the rest of the house, features sustainably-sourced English Oak beams from Skegness based Somerscales, and a large fireplace with multi-fuel stove,

not to mention French doors that open up onto a large terrace which the house wraps around. Damien says “It’s great for watching a wide variety of wildlife that visits the garden, and we’ve lots of specimens of mature trees like oak, ash and horse chestnut.” “Our first impression of the house when we first saw it whilst walking in the grounds was that it was really idyllic, a great setting for a large, safe country home.” The property also has four bedrooms, including the new master suite which features a dressing room, en-suite wetroom and Juliette balcony. All of the bathrooms in the property feature designer fittings from names like Daryl, Kohler and Porcelanosa. The bedrooms also have exceptional views


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The house has been

redesigned and extended since 2009 with huge windows designed to allow natural light to flood in... over the 1.7 acres of mature gardens in which the property is centrally positioned, via large floor to ceiling windows in the new wing or Velux windows in the coach house itself. Outside, the garage has a Cupola clock and a gravel driveway provides easy access to the property, whilst the terrace blurs the distinction between a reception room and garden, the ideal place to enjoy a G&T as the sun sets. “It’s really hard to believe that the house was derelict, looking at it now.” says Damien. “Where pleased with how its turned out, but it was a real mess. We’ve just completed work on another property nearby too, and for the first time in a while I’ve been sitting down with nothing to do. It’s a case of itchy feet I guess, but with both properties now complete, we’re looking for the next challenge.” “We’re not property developers as such, more like serial renovators. It feels so good to bring a property back to life, and we hope the next owners will love this house as much as we have!” n The Old Coach House is currently on the market for £675,000 with estate agency Savills of Lincoln. For more information call 01522 508 900.


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Feature Lighting... A trio of downlighters combine with more decorative lighting such as the integrated LED lights in the plinth of the raised bath area.

My Dream Bathroom...

Recessed storage creates a place for bottles and decorative ornaments...

Mono-Magic Creating a bathroom with style and substance in this modern town house was a job for Lincoln’s InHaus... BATHROOMS CAN LOOK SO LINEAR — unless you commission forward-thinking designer Paul Pheby at InHaus. Using Utopia branded furniture from the company’s fitted collection, the bathroom is installed in a large room with recessed storage to keep the area around the bathtub free of clutter. A raised level made for a more luxurious approach, with feature LED lighting built into the raised platform. A Symmetry shower bath was installed and surrounded by black gloss to match the doors of the adjacent sink. Other colour options, though include walnut, black linear, white gloss, golden oak or ornamental black. The finishing touch was a Paleto designer tap. “We’ve over a decade of experience creating bathrooms that look great, but work well too.” says Paul. “We install and project manage each job personally, so the results are always great looking rooms but more importantly, very satisfied customers!” n

InHaus Design 173 Burton Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN13LW. Telephone: 01522 845008.


Freestanding or Integrated The room was created with integrated furniture, but Paul can also utilise freestanding designs — this Aveo bath makes a real statement in textured concrete-style resin, and is comfortably curved...

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Fog-Free Mirrors A mirror that never mists up, and has LED lighting and an integrated radio!

Palento designer taps create a feeling of luxury and quality, and the sink area has plenty of useful storage!

Curves Are In!

A raised step created a more luxurious area and allowed the installation of LED lighting...

Curves are in this summer, not least around your bathroom sink! Breaking up the traditionally linear lines of your bathroom looks great, and these free-standing cupboards in black linear create clutter-busting under-sink storage that will make keeping your bathroom tidy a doddle whilst ensuring you have all of your cosmetics to hand.

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Zebrano Wood Finish The Shift range is available in a white high gloss finish, as well as anthracite and larch. However, designers Sarah and Stephen suggested that a high gloss Zebrano finish would suit the modern bathroom best.

My Dream Bathroom...

Simple Style A trend of creating a room with simple style has inspired Stephen & Sarah of Deeping’s Devonports to suggest this minimalist bathroom...

A window seat with frosted f oste t d te glass and Venetian blind allows the maximum amount of light and privacy...

LESS IS MORE: This designer Vitra-equipped bathroom provides simple style that proves less is more with easy to clean surfaces, in-built storage and clever features. Fog-free cabinets with built-in lighting, designer taps and a non-slip tiled floor all create a bathroom that’s easy to live with but stylish too. Stephen and Sarah Devonport have over a decade of experience creating bathrooms using designer names like Vitra, Hansgrohe, Imperial, and Mereway. “As a family run business we understand the decisions and considerations that need to be taken into account when planning a new bathroom or kitchen.” says Stephen. “We offer you honest and reliable advice whether you are requiring our installation services or want to project manage the installation yourself using your own team of tradesmen.” n

Devonports 45 Bridge Street, Deeping St James, Lincolnshire PE6 8HA. Telephone: 01778 346415.


A wall-mounted pan and bidet prove more hygenic, easier to clean around.

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Integrating Useful Design Vitra’s Capricorn Mirror cabinet provides built-in storage and integral lowvoltage lighting — so it’s a really practical design. Also available is a range of fog-free mirrors that are heated so they don’t mist up — practical when shaving or applying makeup.

Finishing Touches

Large Sierra tiles in grey provide a safe, slightly textured and most importantly non-slip floor surface...

Stephen believes the use of the right taps are important as these are the tactile elements of a bathroom you come into contact with. Shown here is Vitra’s Diagon mixer.

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Black leather-effect tiles were used on both the wall and floors, creating a stark, dramatic effect...

My Dream Bathroom...

Freestanding Style...

Amazon Bathrooms, based in Horncastle, have created this modern, freestanding installation proving sleek black tiles and the contrast of stark white creates real drama... THINK BATHROOMS and you immediately think of stark white rooms, but as Amazon Bathrooms in Horncastle proves, the stark contrast of black and white can work to great effect in bathrooms. The receding effect of dark colours makes this room much cosier, and the leather effect tiles on the walls contrast well with the white, high gloss units. Attractive, but also functional, the room features plenty of storage for the whole family’s cosmetics and toiletries, and a Bose stereo system allows your iPod to send music and MP3s to two freestanding speakers designed for the bathroom. With a freestanding suite and wall-mounted cupboards & pan, it’s also really easy to keep clean. n

Amazon Bathrooms 15 Bull Ring, Horncastle LN9 5HU. Tel: 01507 527 331.


Convenience was assured with plenty of storage and a fog-free illuminated mirror with further storage behind it...

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Stylish & Modern The bathrooms was designed to be stylish and modern, with wall-mounted pan, plenty of storage, and a semiintegrated sink. The storage units provide plenty of space for linens, as well as cosmetics and cleaning products.

For radio or iPod playback with no wires, this Bose Sound Dock will transmit music directly to a set of speakers...

Add a Shock of Colour Even stark black and white bathrooms benefit from a shock of colour — duck-egg blues and bright orange tones work really well, so accessorise with towels and wall art.

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Making History With The Landmarks

of Lincoln City...

The Cathedral and Castle may be the best part of 1,000 years old, but they’re still every bit as relevant, as the city’s landmarks make a great backdrop to London’s 2012 Olympics and 2015’s 800th anniversary of Magna Carta...

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Lincoln’s Top 10

Historical Highlights...

LINCOLN has always been a city which allows history and modern living to co-exist comfortably.

terrific — with Lincoln Castle home to one of the few remaining copies.

A case in point is the historic Cathedral which served as a beautiful backdrop for this year’s Olympic torch route.

To celebrate the anniversary of the document, Lincoln Castle will complete a series of renovations which will be completed next year under the project management of Mary Powell.

The cathedral is a beautiful and ever-changing building, and in The most significant of these is the coming weeks, masons from a £3.5m project to open up the the Works Department of the south wall to members of the Cathedral will mount upon St public via cantilever bridges and Hugh’s Turret a 13x14 inch wooden walkways — this is part replica of The Queen’s of plans to enable visitors crown, which her to walk all around the majesty inspected Visitors castle’s walls. personally when will see a newly she visited “Visitors will no Burghley House refurbished castle longer need to last month. visit the castle in as part of a £20m The crown has two stages — the been designed restoration project walls and the Lucy by head carver Tower.” says Mary. by 2015... Paul Ellis and “It will be a complete visitors in May were alcircuit which will greatly lowed to see where the improve the visitor experience.” crown would be placed during In time for the anniversary, a new special 30 minute turret tours. interpretation centre for the docuIn a few years, however, we’ll be ment itself will be created. celebrating another example of A vaulted cavern in which Magna the city’s past and present Carta can be seen will include an coming together as the city’s underground cinema and Magna Carta celebrates its interactive activities, and the cas800th anniversary in 2015. tle will house a heritage Skills centre to train those preserving The constitutional and societal our most precious buildings. importance of the document is

Above: The Castle will be transformed beyond recognition in time for Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary. Main: A 1,000 year old icon of Lincoln overlooks a thoroughly contemporary scene as Dorothy Fraser, one of Lincoln’s torchbearers, carries the flame for this month’s games.

1 NEWPORT ARCH is the remains of a third century northern gateway. The Roman Ermine Street passed through it and continued right up to the Humber uninterrupted! 2 LINCOLN CATHEDRAL Originally created by Bishop Remigius in 1072 in just 20 years! Recreated after a fire in 1141 and earthquake in 1185. The central tower, which was 525 feet high, blew down in 1549. 3 TENNYSON Situated in the Cathedrals ground is a statue of Lincolnshire’s famous son, erected in 1903 by George Frederick Watts. 4 WATER TOWER Built in 1911 by Sir Reginald Bloomfield to hold a new water supply after a typhoid outbreak.

Magna Carta will celebrate its 800th birthday in 2015...

5 LINCOLN CASTLE Incorporating interpretation for its copy of the Magna Carta — currently undergoing a £20m restoration with the construction of a new Heritage Skills centre for restoration craftspeople. 6 BISHOP’S PALACE: Newly opened as a hotel, dating back to 12th century in places. With vineyard featuring grapes from Lincoln’s twin-town, Neustadt. 7 USHER GALLERY: Built in 1972 to hold the county’s collection of art and architectural finds. 8 THE COLLECTION: Opened in 2005 as a centre of excellence for archaeology. 9 STEEP HILL: Aptly named historic street with one in seven gradient! 10 STONEBOW: Created in 1520, the Southern gate to the city, housing the city’s Guildhall. n

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Above: Brayford Wharf was a catalyst for the development of the city as an entertainment destination. Right: The city’s new £100,000 grandstand. Far Right: Olympic Torch on Brayford Wharf.

Lincoln’s Brayford Wharf area has created an entertainment quarter, just like its historic Cathedral quarter...

Archaeological activity has already been conducted at the castle by a team led by Dr Philip Dixon, who uncovered a previously buried medieval tunnel.

Meanwhile the Queen’s Jubilee year will be celebrated as Lincoln reopens its Grade II listed Carholme Road grandstand after a £100,000 restoration.

Archaeologist Beryl Lott says; “These excavations have discovered the remains of a stone building with a circular interior, possibly the remains of a stairwell or room below the ground level of the castle bailey.”

The grandstand was built in 1897 — Queen Victoria’s Jubilee year — so it’s fitting that the relaunch of the grandstand co-incides with 2012’s celebrations. The refurbishment has involved a replacement of the grandstand’s timber, a new roof and a full re-paint of the whole structure.

“The room is accessed by a doorway, which leads into a tunnel in the direction of the central bailey area.” “Provisionally, it is suspected the structure may be as early as the 12th century and indicate one of the first buildings within the medieval castle.”


Above: The Lindongate development will also feature 875 parking spaces and a transport interchange.

Finally, Lincoln’s economic future will be secured by the fruition of Lindongate. The £100,000,000 project will replace the current bus station and Sincil Street with a new 300,000sq ft retail site and new transport interchange

obtained planning permission in 2011 with further permission being sought following a public consultation which called for more greenery and revamped bus station. Developments in Lincoln in recent years include 2012’s Doubletree by Hilton hotel and the revamp of the Brayford Wharf, as well as the £140m campus that has this year seen the University of Lincoln jump seven places to become the 55th best University in The Times’s league tables. With modern development and history sitting wonderfully next together, the next chapter of Lincoln’s history is ready to be written, and it’s a very bright future indeed! n

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Bailgate &

Celebrating the Success of

Steep Hill The Academy of Urbanism recently confirmed what the rest of us already knew... Bailgate and Steep Hill are the best streets in Britain! Here’s why!

‘THE BAIL’ and Steep Hill have always been one of Lincoln’s strongest assets. It provides the Cathedral Quarter with some of the city’s best independent shops and ensuring shopping in the city isn’t just limited to the High Street’s multinationals. The area received a massive boost in November when it was named Best Street in Britain by the Academy of Urbanism. Hosts from the City of Lincoln Council and Lincoln BIG took assessors on a tour of the street and as part of the assessment, the street’s very own poem — written my Ian McMillan — was read out. Matt Corrigan, Chief Executive of Lincoln BIG, said: “It was brilliant news, Steep Hill is a really special place, and Lincoln BIG is delighted that its charm will be recognised well into 2013.” Steep Hill’s one in seven gradient doesn’t put off visitors to the area, and actually serves local restaurants and bistros


really well — eateries like the excellent No14 Bistro and the White Hart as visitors stop to rest, enjoying a meal, whilst specialist retailers such as Steep Hill Wines and The Whisky Shop create a unique shopping experience. There’s the excellent Follie, for the home, and The Lincoln Soap Company for cosmetics. Those looking for something to wear are especially well-catered for, with everything from on-trend outfits from Lottie’s Attik & Vis á Vis, to occasionwear from Brides of Bailgate. With hair & beauty salons nearby too, plus cafés like Grayz plus the Cathedral and Castle, there’s more than enough to entertain families, and keep those seeking a great day out really well amused. “Steep Hill and Bailgate are a real part of Lincoln’s charm, and offer a special experience that rivals anything that any other world class historic place can offer.” says Matt. n

Main: Shopping on Lincoln means a whole range of shops, with those seeking high quality fashions especially well catered for.

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The History of

The Hill... THE MOST IMPORTANT thoroughfare in Lincoln runs from North to South parallel to Ermine Street, a road which dates back to Roman times. Some of the area’s oldest buildings are situated on Steep Hill and The Strait, including No1, The Jew’s House, and No47, which dates back to 1170. A conservation area with a number of Ancient Monuments, it is punctuated by Newport Arch, which dates back to the third century and is the oldest stone arch to still be used by traffic. At the opposite end of Bailgate is Castle Hill, with the Cathedral and Castle dating back to 1072 and 1068 respectively; Minster Yard’s Exchequer Gate dates back to the 14th century. Halfway along Bailgate is the site of an early timber church (from AD350-AD650) marked out by setts and a Roman well. The nearby County Assembly Rooms were constructed in 1745 and remodelled in 1825 and 1914. 2010’s Bailgate Restored saw the area’s 150 shops benefit from an investment of £1.18m after the Historic Lincoln Partnership secured funding from Lincolnshire County Council and the EMDA to recreate the appearance of Bailgate in years gone by using historically accurate materials. n

Pictures of

Bailgate OUR BAILGATE IMAGES (above and far left) were taken by South Willingham snapper Andrew Appleton. The photographer is in the middle of writing his forthcoming book, which will teach photography students how to set up various shoots. In this case, Andrew will demonstrate how to cover a ‘live’ event using the technique of reportage photography. n

Right: The Strait, at the foot of Steep Hill, in 1900’s, and today. Above: You can also turn a shopping trip into a day out with, cafés, the Cathedral and Castle — images; City of Lincoln.

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Legends Through the Years...

Main Image: The E-Type Jaguar was said — by none other than Enzo Ferrari himself — to be the most beautiful car in the world.

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This month we meet three classic car enthusiasts who celebrate Britain’s motoring heritage by caring for one of the country’s best motoring names... From the 1940s we meet Hugh Illingworth’s Rolls Royce Silver Wraith, then a 1950s Land Rover owned by Alan Cromack and finally, we enjoy a spin in George & Maggie Waite’s 1960s E-Type Jaguar... Words & Pictures: Rob Davis.

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MOST FAMILIES have sentimental heirlooms they hand down through generations. None could be more impressive than the Illingworth family’s heirloom though; a 1949 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith coupé which has reached its fourth owners, Hugh Illingworth and wife Debby. The car is the first model the company produced after WWII when the company temporarily suspended production to specialise in aircraft engines. Interestingly, there’s no such thing as a standard Silver Wraith per se, as Rolls Royce only produced a rolling chassis at this time, supplying them to coachbuilders like Rippon Brothers, who celebrate their 150th anniversary this year and which produced Hugh’s coupé-bodied Silver Wraith. Hugh says “My mother acquired it from my grandfather in the 1950s and it was always used as a family car — if the supermarket existed in those days we’d have used it to fetch the groceries!” Now Hugh says that he and the family enjoy trips to nearby Rutland Water and use it to ferry them to and from The George Hotel of Stamford for afternoon tea instead. With just 63,000 miles on the clock — just 1,000 for each year of its life — it’s in beautiful condition with the company’s trademark seven coats of paint and sparkling chrome bodywork, not to mention the Spirit of Ecstasy rising from the huge bonnet. On the road it’s surprisingly refined for a car of its age, and quite quiet, except for more wind noise than modern vehicles, a casualty of the long bonnet and bluff grill. However, the car is still brisk to accelerate and will cruise happily at 60mph. “At over 17ft, it’s a little unwieldy to manoeuvre and seeing out of junctions is tricky, worse still is the heavy steering, when


The Rolls Royce has been passed down to four generations... These days it is used to ferry the family to The George of Stamford for afternoon tea...

driving slowly with no power assistance.” says Hugh. A few years ago at the request of a friend Hugh also started to use it for a few very special weddings and has developed this activity in to a hire company, Classic Rolls & Bentley Hire ( With four children, Hugh is hoping that he will have a fifth generation of Illingworths to whom he can hand down the vehicle. For now though, it’s on standby, ready to make a bride’s day special, or ensure a thoroughly English trip out for afternoon tea. n

1940s: Rolls Royce Model: Rolls Royce Silver Wraith, coachbuilt by Rippon Brothers. Year: Sold between 1947 and 1959, this is a 1949 example. Engine: 4.25 Straight Six with four speed manual. Top Speed: 85mph Numbers Sold: 1,800 created by different coachbuilders with coupé, limousine and landaulet body styles. Price New: £7,000. Value Now: £40,000 (est).

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Above: A 1949 London Illustrated News advert for the new Land Rover. THE BEST 4X4XFAR; that’s how Land Rover came to describe its product line, but in the beginning — before Range Rovers with their luxury, and Discovery models with their off-road driver aids — was genesis; the Land Rover Series One. At 72 years of age, Alan and Denise Cromack are fans, and Alan purchased his classic 1950s model to exhibit at county shows with wife Denise. The machine was based on the American Willy’s Jeep, using the model’s chassis design and four wheel drive system with its high and low range gears to allow for the best traction of any non-military vehicle before it.

The Series One Land Rover is the benchmark by which all 4x4s thereafter had to compete...

A prototype was commissioned by Maurice Wilks of Rover in 1947 with the first Land Rover model field-tested at Long Bennington before being offered for sale in April 1948. Still today the car is available, now known as the Defender, with just a few concessions to modern motoring; a new engine to comply with emissions regulations, and such

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luxuries as cloth seats, radio and heater. Originally the Land Rover featured a 1.6 engine, four speed gearbox and space for crew in the back.

It featured a wheelbase of 80” and after ordering 300 examples for testing the British military placed an order for 10,000 vehicles, but forced Rover’s hand in stretching the car 6 inches and creating a 2.0 model. Alan’s example has had five previous owners with the previous custodian, Ken Wiley, owning the vehicle from 1998-2007. Alan had completed quite a lot of the restoration with a paint job that’s bon-homie to Ken’s

time in the 36 royal Artillery Regiment in Malta, during the time of the Suez Crisis — though the car has never seen military service. Alan says that a Series One requiring restoration can be picked up for around £500, with faultless examples worth up to £10,000. His Series One is worth around £6,000, but of course, much more in terms of sentimental value, if one can be sentimental about something so functional! If anything, the car was more civilised than we were expecting, but Alan’s ‘Solihull Tank’ can definitely still cut the mustard off-road with chunky tyres and low range box! n

EVEN IF YOUR Land Rover is a rusted ageing old tied wreck requiring new bodywork and a new engine, Country Workshops can bring it back to life.

1950s: Mk1 Land Rover

Father and son team Peter and Tim can fabricate new chassis and body panels, install new engines and create new interiors for vehicles that, at first glance, seem only fit for scrap.

Year: Sold from 1948, this is a 1952 example with a larger engine and longer 80” wheelbase. Engine: 2.0 four cylinders. Top Speed: 40mph.

Based at their current premises since 1948, the pair can also create bespoke Land Rovers to a client’s requirements whether for work, exploration or leisure. n For more information see

Numbers Sold: More than 1,000,000 before 1973 when the Series Three model became the 90 model in 1983, renamed Defender in 1990. Price New: £500. Value Now: £6,000 (est).

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A BEAUTIFUL ICON of Great British motoring. The E-Type Jag is, alongside the Mini and Land Rover, one of the most recognisable motor cars Britain has ever produced. George and Maggie Waite are certainly fans; it was when George, a farmer by trade, enjoyed a racing experience day at Croft that he first got to drive one of the icons of his youth, the motor car that the likes of George Best, Steve McQueen and Frank Sinatra would drive. At that point George had owned classic Austins, but after experiencing the crisp, stiff and still surprisingly capable handing and rise of the E-Type, brought what’s considered to be ‘the best’ E-Type himself. “It’s a Series 1 with a 3.8 engine. Later engines were 4.2 and eventually 5.2V12 in size.” he says. “It’s still quick, it’ll reach 60mph in about eight seconds, and will cruise at 60mph comfortably.” “Our Austins used to frustrate other motorists as they couldn’t keep up with traffic, but an E-Type can.” George is an active member of the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club which has a regional day coming up at Burghley House on 9th September, but he resolute that his E-Type should not be a concours example. “There are lots of enthusiasts who clean the wire wheels with a toothbrush — and that’s fine — but whilst they’re doing that, we’re enjoying the drive!” he says. The E-Type has a snug cabin with a ride and handling that stacks up pretty well against even modern cars. Leather seats and a wide wooden steering wheel create a sumptuous cabin, and its surprisingly roomy.


The E-Type was described by Enzo Ferrari himself as being the most beautiful car in the World...

On the road it’s reasonably quiet but the engine sounds great, and it’s telling that 80% of all E-Types ever made are still on the road. It’s reliable, and still beautiful to look at, after 50 years. Best of all, E-Type ownership can start from around £15,000 — £20-£25,000 for a nice example — with open-top Roadsters around £30,000... That’s not bad for the pleasure of owning probably Britain’s best ever motoring icon! n

1960s: E-Type Model: E-Type Jaguar, Series 1. Year: Series 1 sold from 1961-1968, Series 2 from 1961, Series 3 from 1971-1974. This is a Series 1 from 1961. Engine: 3.8 straight six. Top Speed: 130mph. Numbers Sold: 73,000 over the three series. The model was replaced by the XJS in 1974. Price New: £2,097. Value Now: £20,000 (est). With Thanks To: Doreen & John, Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club; 01529 214053.

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Above: The E-Type handles beautifully, and can still keep pace with modern hot hatches.


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Main: Classic cars, live music on six stages and live comedy & poetry... 2012’s Grimsthorpe Festival.

What’s On In

August August is a packed month across Lincolnshire — here we’ve hand-picked our favourite events for family entertainment and fun, whether your pleasure is gardening, music, transport or country pursuits... Send your events and What’s On listings to

n 10th-12th August: Antiques and Home Show Imagine your favourite vintage stores — those secret off the beaten track — plus furniture shops, the flea markets and bric-a-brac shops of your dreams all in the same place! With thousands of stalls present, the Antiques & Home Show at the Lincolnshire Showground creates a unique and rare opportunity to browse through some real treasures. Visit or call 01298 27493 for further information.

n 15th-19th August: Chamber Music Festival The Lincoln & Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival is looking forward to a summer of 10 inspirational performances, from 15th – 19th August. Events take place at Lincoln’s Assembly Rooms, Doddington Hall, St Mary’s Church Horncastle, Minster School Lincoln and Drill Hall. The 2012 Festival is entitled ‘Notes from Nature’. For a full programme call 07757 708858 or see

n 16th-20th August: Lincoln Cathedral Flower Festival Once every few years Lincoln Cathedral comes alive with the sight and scent of thousands of flowers. In 2012 Great Britain celebrates the Olympic Games and the festival, held in the nave, reflecting this with the theme Dreams of Gold. Tickets £10/adults, £8/conc, profits to fabric fund. Call 01522 561600 or see for tickets.


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The 2012 Grimsthorpe Festival... The Grimsthorpe Festival is one of Lincolnshire’s newest country shows, with a strong emphasis on live music and the spoken word...

n 18th & 19th August: Steam and Vintage Rally 2012 will be the 27th rally organised by The Lincolnshire Steam and Vintage Rally team and held on the county’s Lincolnshire Showground. Over 1,500 exhibits, an old-time fair, plus classic car show provides plenty for the whole family to enjoy... and Lincoln’s own home-produced vehicles will take pride of place. £8/adults, £3/children. Call 01507 605937 or see

AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY sees the second Grimsthorpe Festival! An eclectic and dynamic summer festival disguised as a country fair! Held in the beautiful grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle Estate near Bourne, over 100 live musical performances from across the world on six live stages, including a World Stage and Folk Stage. These combine with a classic car show, Children’s Area, plus a large number of side shows and workshops to entertain the crowds, including The Knights of Skirbeck, Lionheart Company of Bowman, and circus acts.

n 24th-26th August Stamford Harp Festival The 14th annual Stamford Harp Festival this year features two performances at Thorney Abbey Church on Friday 24th August at 7.30pm and St Andrew’s Church Northborough on Sunday 26th August from 7pm. Performers include Susan Enochsson and John Dalton with refreshments available at each performance. Tickets £8, call 01733 253068 or see

Last year around 10,000 people visited Grimsthorpe Festival and the event was a huge hit with the public. New for 2012 is the introduction of the Speakeasy Stage — which features live comedy and poetry — plus a fairground, relaxing therapy and massage zone, farmer’s market and a visit from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. n Ticket prices £8/adult), £6/conc. Free Parking. For more information about this year’s Festival visit, or call 07711 705604.


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Celebrating the best in gardens and gardening all across the county, compiled and edited by our own English Rose, Anna Morrish... 1st August: Orchard Tour: The Cottage Garden Society tours the five acre garden of Hudd’s Mill, Stamford and the town’s community orchard too see 5th August: Sir Joseph Banks Tribute Garden: Tribute courtyard garden in Horncastle, with 70 different species of plants, many collected on his voyage with Cook on HMS Endeavour; LN8 5HZ. 18th/19th August: Summer Veg Weekend: Celebration of the kitchen garden with cookery demonstration and talk by Gardens Monthly editor Liz Dobbs. Takes place at Barnsdale Gardens. 26th August:

Paint the Garden: Hazel Hook invites visitor to Belton House near Grantham to Recreate the beauty of Belton’s Garden in paint, pastel or crayon. Call 01476 566116 for details. n

A Festival of Flowers

designed to reflect the spirit, history and international flavour of the Olympics.

ON AUGUST 16TH-20TH: Lincoln Cathedral will be transformed with a breathtaking display of flowers from all over the world this summer.

Last year the event attracted more than 10,000 visitors and this year organisers hope both the displays and the visitor numbers will be even better. n Tickets £10 for adults, £8 conc. Profits go to Fabric Fund. Contact 01522 561644 or see

This year’s annual Flower Festival, staged in the cathedral for the seventh year, will include 130 stunning floral arrangements

Six of the Best:

The Art of Hoarding Seeds...

Garden Chairs & Benches






DO YOU ENJOY growing plants from seed yourself? Well, now is the right time to collect seeds! How about making it a treasure hunt and getting some help from the kids? Many plants are bearing ripe seeds now, such as the campanula, mullein, primula and maiden pink. Dry the seeds and then store them - preferably in acid-free paper bags — in a dry cool spot. Then, you can have the fun of going out into the garden together next spring to plant them. n



1. Helicopter Swing Dream Chair in Cool Grey by Suntime £219; Crowders Garden Centre. 2. Besp-Oak Dining Set Table with Four Folding Chairs, £229; Downtown Garden Centre. 3. Contemporary Garden Bench with Low Back Hardwood slatted seat, £475; Elizabeth and Stevens. 4. Karri Swing Seat FSC Ecru by Alexander Rose, £715.99, Crowders Garden Centre. 5. Vintage Style Two Seater Cream Metal Bench, £95; Elizabeth and Stevens. 6. Pagoda Richmond Companion Bench with Parasol, £149; Downtown Garden Centre. n

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This Month in the Garden

Plant, Prune, Pick n PLANT: Now is a good planting time for lilies, and the bulbs of colchicum or autumnflowering crocuses can also be planted in August. Plant Colchicum 10 cm deep; Crocus 6cm deep.

Below: Colchicum autumn flowering crocus.

n PRUNE: You can prune fast-growing hedges such as privet and leylandii hedges ready for autumn in August.

Where there’s willow, there’s a way to learn... THE WONDERS of willow, ably demonstrated by John Shone of Rutland Willows at Barnsdale Gardens this month. Learn how to make willow pheasants, foxes, ornaments and obelisks with expert tuition and entrance to the gardens included. There’s also a ‘junior willowcraft’ session for children and Johns work will be on sale too! n 26th August 11am-3pm, see www.barnsdale

n PICK: Both annuals and many perennials flower much better if the dead flowers are regularly removed.

Garden Birds... As Autumn approaches, now is the time to consider how you’ll take care of the wild birds in your garden. BirdFair takes place on August 17th-19th at Egleton, near Stamford, with seven marquees of exhibitors all with bird feeding and birdwatching products for sale. Tickets are £12.50/day in advance. For details see

Tips & Tricks:

Autumn Colour... IT’S QUITE HANDY that most garden plants are grown in pots nowadays. This means that you can plant them all year round. Look out for a lovely flowering buddleia, plant; it now and make your garden even more beautiful. Plus you’ll see many more butterflies in your garden. n

ON THE FARM Farmers are taking a battering from the unusually unpleasant weather… which has serious implications for crop yields. ONCE AGAIN, as I write in early July, I mention the weather situation and make no apologies for doing so. Local agriculture is so dependent on the climate that when a near drought situation in March is followed by record rainfall of six inches in April, a relatively normal May and the wettest June since 1920, it does tend to upset the agricultural apple cart somewhat. Most arable crops have taken a terrific battering and consequently, at present, future wheat prices for November are on a contract high. Whilst UK wheat prospects still look set for decent yields, disease worries have pushed the breadmaking premium much higher. However there is still time for the situation to alter between now and harvest. I do feel, however, many thanks should be given to the various Drainage Boards in the area. As yet, I have heard of no serious flooding of arable land following these record rainfull figures. The foresight & investment in the series of pumping stations throughout the area is something all farmers should be most thankful for. It is too early to forecast the outcome of the sugar beet and potato crops, but I cannot help feeling they will not yield well in continually wet conditions. The pea-vining operation has started two weeks later than normal. Initial yields on sandy land appear good but serious concern is expressed over the later sown crops. Peas do not like ‘wet feet’ and experts are suggesting only a 70% crop yield overall. A further reminder of the atrocious weather came to me recently when visiting a friend’s farm. They had a tornado through their house and yard, with serious damage to trees, the farmhouse and surrounding buildings including a piggery roof. When, I wonder, will we get a normal season? n

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InTheGarden... Celebrating the best in gardens and gardening across the whole of the county, compiled and edited by our own English Rose, Anna Morrish...

The Kitchen Garden... Cut back flowered herbs such as marjoram to encourage a second flush. Plant other herbs and take into the house during the winter months.

The marvellous medical magic of

Echinacea in August... Known for its medical properties, Echinacea can also be used to create brilliant borders in late summer... BOTH ECHINACEA AND RUDBECKIA are quite similar plants, both with an arid North American heritage, but the hairy leaves of Echinea are a handy clue for distinguishing one from the other. Both are superb border perennials, combine well with ornamental grasses and are attractive to butterflies. They’ll add glorious colour through the summer months and will look impressive in open woodland settings or as part of meadows of wild flower areas. They love full sun but will be equally at home in light shade. n Rudbeckia fulgida — known as Black Eyed Susancharismatic yellow, daisy-like flowers that are 9-12cm across on stems of up to 60cm. However, it is short enough not to need staking, does not form big clumps too quickly and has a very long flowering period. n Echinacea purpurea is an absolute winner, flowering from August through to October. Purpurea reaches 1.5m in height and a spread of 50cm. They are fully hardy and thrive on well-drained chalk, loam or sand.


MAKE THE MOST of the summer holidays! Why not help your kids be creative in their own corner of the garden. Visit your local garden centre and look out for instant colour and interest plants that they can sow and tend.

Summer Flowering Grass SUMMER flowering grasses (the ‘flowers’ are the decorative seedheads) are adaptable and can grow successfully even in poorer soils. Grasses are a soft and sympathetic element in the garden and offer the ideal counterpoint to dramatic flowers. The leaves of Pennisetum villosum can reach

up to 60cm in length and take on a purple hue when fully grown. Pennisetum orientale is a mound forming grass with dark green leaves and bears beautiful flowerheads up to 14cm long. Other suggestions of great grasses are: Zebra grass (miscanthus) or reed grass (calamagrostis).

Complete summer pruning of fruit trees and continue to sow spring cabbage, turnips and onions. Irrigate these crops well with water from a butt.

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for your summer

barbecue 1. GARDEN FURNITURE from a selection at Four Seasons Garden Centre; £call. 2. GAZEBO from a selection by Camelot at Four Seasons Garden Centre. Heavy Duty model shown; £400. 3. 18 PIECE BBQ TOOL SET, from Landemann from Four Seasons and Oldrids. 4. MESQUITE CHIPS for a smoky barbecue flavour £4.49, Crowders Garden Centre. 5. WEBER GENESIS E330 from a selection at Oldrids and Downtown Gonerby Junction. 6. WEBER BLACKLINE Q120 compact two-burner gas barbecue with stand; £198 from Crowders Garden Centre. 7. ADOBE INCENSE, insect-repelling citronella £2.49, Crowders Garden Centre. 8. LANDMANN TRIPOD BARBECUE £45 from Four Seasons Garden Centre. 9. APRON AND GLOVES from a selection of Weber accessories at Oldrids of Boston and Downtown, Gonerby Junction. n




Brilliant barbecue ideas to ensure you’re warm, comfortable and cooking on gas!



IN AUGUST you can increase your Cyclamen stock by sowing fresh seeds in gritty compost — leave these in open cold frames... 1.


1: All year round mix, 16 seeds; £1.49.

4: Coum Hybrids, 15 seeds; £1.49.

2: Cyclamen Victoria, 10 seeds; £4.99.

5: Persicum Grandiflorum, 8 seeds; £4.49.

3: Scentsation mixed, 10 seeds; £1.49.

Thompson & Morgan; at local garden centres.




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Visits Burghley House

It is the ancestral home of Queen Elizabeth I’s chancellor, William Cecil, so it was only fitting that Queen Elizabeth II should celebrate her diamond jubilee at Burghley House too... Lead Photo: Oliver Wilson, Stamford Mercury. Additional photos by Oliver Wilson and Ken Goff.

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Main: Her majesty greeted crowds at Burghley House in a silk tweed double breasted Stewart Parvin coat and shift dress with shades of aqua, grey and ivory. Her hat, in the same colour, is by Rachel Trevor-Morgan. Opposite from Top to Bottom: The Queen arrived by helicopter from Nottingham and planted a lime tree close to the one that Queen Victoria planted in 1844.

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Main: Her Majesty met Dr Lawrence Howard OBE JP, Lord Lieutenant of Rutland and Hugh Duberly CBE, Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Tony Worth, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and Lady Juliet Townsend, Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire.


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Main: The Queen was greeted by Chairman of the Burghley House Trustees Sir John Nutting (left), Burghley House Director Miranda Rock and husband Orlando (second left)


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Main: The Queen with Tony Worth and local children. Around 10,000 attended the VIP Jubilee Picnic.


Right, Centre: A speech by Tony Worth preceded a jubilant chorus of the National Anthem.

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Top, Left: The Queen received a special commemorative plate from Sir John Nutting, Chairman of The Burghley House Trustees. Bottom: Around 10,000 VIPs were invited to attend the Jubilee Picnic — mainly those involved in helping local charities.

HM Queen Elizabeth II attended a reception in the grounds of Burghley House to recognise those who have made a significant contribution to local charities...

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Top: The Queen met those responsible for ensuring the parkland of the country estate looked its best. Right: The Queen received a posey from eight year old Jemima Rock.


Opposite: The Queen greeted well-wishers, and departed for Stamford where she was greeted by thousands of people lining the street. The Red Arrows later performed a flypast.

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The 2012 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

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burghley... This year will see world-class equestrian stars returning to Stamford to compete in the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials — a tough triathlon in which only true talent will Words: Ady Jennings. Images: Ash Smith. triumph...

FOR WORLD CLASS STARS in the field of eventing, the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials in Stamford is one of the area’s most important international sporting events, attracting over 150,000 spectators and bringing £20m to the town each year. The event is also one eventing triumvirate alongside Badminton and the Rolex Kentucky that makes up the international Grand Slam of Eventing — with a prize of over $350,000 — attracting stars like William Fox-Pitt, who has won Burghley six times, including 2011 — as well as Pippa Funnell, Piggy French and HRH Princess Anne.

Thursday and Friday are dressage days – as many locals testify – ideal for shopping and browsing, enjoying the arena displays or the finals of the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse competition and a picnic in the park with friends.

The event was initiated 51-years ago by David Cecil, Lord Burghley, Olympic gold medallist and MP, and have grown to become more than just a sporting event.

The serious sporting action takes place on Saturday – cross-country day – when 80 horse and rider combinations test their mettle and stamina round the four mile cross-country course and its 30 spectacular feature fences.

Over 500 selected retailers, sell everything from the essential to the exclusive, combining to present a formidable shopping opportunity. Many visitors return each year purely to browse the avenues and speciality pavilions that include the popular Rural Crafts and Country Living marquees, the Burghley food walk and this year for the first time The Green Lifestyle Pavilion.


“Every year the variety of shopping on offer at Burghley just seems to get better. The selection and diversity never ceases to dazzle and we are especially proud that shopping at Burghley combines with the horse trials to give our visitors such a treat” says the event’s Director, Elizabeth Inman.

The competition comes to a rousing conclusion on Sunday with the final show jumping phase which will determine who takes home the Land Rover perpetual challenge trophy and the £50,000 first prize. As leading British rider and six-times Burghley winner William Fox-Pitt says; “Burghley is one event that my team and I always look forward to.” n

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Timetable Thursday 30th August: 7.30am: Gates open. 8.00am: Breakfast served in Members’ Enclosure. Shops open. 9.00am: Dressage begins in Main Arena. 9.30am: Burghley Pony Club Team Jumping in ring two.

Friday 31st August: 7.30am: Gates open. 8.00am: Breakfast served in Members’ Enclosure. Shops open. 9.00am: Dressage in main arena. 12.30pm: Dressage display by Ferdi Eilberg in main arena. 9.30am: Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Finals in ring two. 12.30pm: British Bred Sport Horse Stallion Parade in ring two.

Saturday 1st Sept: 7.30am: Gates open. 8.00am: Member Only breakfast served in Members’ Enclosure. Shops open. 11.00am: Cross Country.

Sunday 2nd Sept: 7.30am: Gates open. 8.00am: Breakfast served in Members’ Enclosure. Shops open. 9.00am: Final horse inspection in main arena. 9.00am: Mini Burghley Event Pony and Burghley Event Pony Finals in ring two. 10.30am: Show Jumping (in reverse order) in main arena. 12.00pm: Racehorse to Riding Horse (HOYS Qualifier). 2.30pm: Show Jumping. 3.45pm: Parade of Foxhounds. 4.00pm: Presentation of Prizes. n Tickets on sale now; £8/car advance, £11/car on the gate. Call 01933 304744 or visit


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AS PRIDE GOES TO PRESS the Olympic torch is reaching the climax of an epic 70-day journey to over 1,000 communities across the country. Lincolnshire and Rutland’s turn was on day 40, when the flame made its way from Grimsby to Lincoln, day 41 when it made its way from Lincoln Cathedral into Nottinghamshire, then on day 46 when it travelled from Leicester to Peterborough via the communities of Melton Mowbray, Langham, Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford. The torch also stopped overnight at the National Space Centre in Leicester, at Yarborough in Lincoln and River Embankment in Peterborough. The torch was designed by Edward

Barber and Jay Osgerby and each one is 80cm tall. it’s perforated with 8,000 holes representing each torchbearer, and these holes help to dissipate the heat of the flame, whilst providing transparency. Each one weighs 800g and is made of an aluminium alloy — lightweight and strong, cool to touch and, coloured gold to represent the brightness of the Olympic flame. Transport partners for the Olympics BMW allowed the Olympic Design Council to use its all-weather testing facilities to make sure the torch could withstand all weather conditions. The torch itself is triangular in shape, representing the three Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship, as

in our region

well as the three words that make up the Olympic motto; faster, higher, stronger. The torch actually has two burners in it, a highly visible yellow part, and a smaller, hotter blue flame which acts as a pilot light. If the flame is extinguished on route it is reignited from a ‘master flame’ which even travels on the Olympic aeroplane between countries. The country’s torchbearers were named in March, with 7,300 nominated by their communities, mostly for making a contribution to charities or good causes in their area. The torch will eventually reach London’s Hyde Park on 26th July ready for the games to begin in earnest on Friday 27th July; the games will run until August 12th. n

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The Olympic Torch passed proudly through our region recently, reaching both Lincolnshire and Rutland. The route passed through over 1,000 of the UK’s communities via 8,000 torchbearers, and was able to be seen by over 95% of the UK’s population during its epic 70 day journey around Britain... Words: Rob Davis.

Main Image: Torchbearer 137 Julie Hanks uses the Olympic Flame to light the cauldron on stage at the Yarborough Sports Ground at the end of day 40 of the Torch Relay through Lincoln. Right from Top: Torchbearer 005 Edward Holt carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg through Grimsby. Two young torchbearers pass the Flame in Boston — image provided by the Boston Standard. The torch passes through Oakham via torchbearer Steve Tipping. Image provided by Andy Cross of Dean Street Photography, Oakham.


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8. Paul Tuffin carries the Olympic Flame at Fishermans Wharf on the Torch Relay leg through Grimsby.


1. Cricketer Arran Brindle carries the Flame through Boston — image courtesy of the Boston Standard. 2. Debbie Chessum with the Flame. 3. Glenn Chambers carries the Flame in severe rain. 4. Starr Halley holds the Flame on Skegness Beach. 5. Dorothy Fraser carries the Flame through Lincoln Castle.

6. Stephen King carries the Olympic Flame by boat across Rutland Water on the Torch Relay leg between Whitwell Harbour and Rutland Water Normanton. 7. The torch entourage consisted of a lorry with plasma screen display and a media truck, as well as motorcycle mounted police. Photo by Darren Garwood.


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Main: One of the more unusual ways the torch made its way through the region was down the dock tower in Grimsby.


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Top: Former Olympian Geoff Capes in Holbeach. Right: Natasha Applegate alongside London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe after lighting the cauldron with the Olympic Flame in Peterborough. Bottom: Lyn Hobson carries the Olympic Flame on the Torch Relay leg between Peterborough and Market Deeping after leaving Rutland.

The torch arrived at Burghley House with David Thompson and was passed to Susan Probst in the presence of Miranda Rock, granddaughter of former Olympic hurdler David Cecil - Lord Burghley - who won a gold medal at the 1928 Games, and Sebastian Coe on the Torch Relay leg between Uppingham and Stamford...


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collecting sporting


As torches already appear on the internet, sporting memorabilia is set to be a wise investment for those hoping to deal in 2012’s sporting memories... AS SOON as the torch relay began — around 50 days ago at time of going to press — torches were beginning to sell online for thousands of pounds. Many were being sold with proceeds going to charity, but for private sellers, the most canny way to make money from Olympic memorabilia is


to follow two simple rules. Firstly, lucky owners should keep the torch with original documentation and packaging. For autographs, celebrity merchandise or sporting memorabelia, provenance is absolutely crucial and can seriously affect the value of an item. Secondly, as the county’s cultural

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Antiques & Collectables

A 2012 Torch was put up for auction with a price of over £8,000, but a 1948 guaranteed original was expected to fetch even more...

and sporting memorabelia expert David Maynard points out, the value of items in his field of interest is all about supply and demand. “When you’re collecting literature, or sports-related items, it’s almost impossible to predict what will endure — what will be ‘popular,’ long term.” says David. Supply and demand is dictated by the quantity of items available too — so trying to sell a torch when others are doing so may result in diminished values. For that reason, those seeking to sell memorabilia and autographs for the best price should wait until the market suggests a greater value — for instance, trading in World Cup merchandise during the 2014 event. With a flurry of torches available now, sellers would be better to wait and sell in a few weeks — perhaps after the games have ended.

Sporting memorabilia can command high prices — just this year, collector Nigel Wray revealed he has invested £10m in sporting memories. The star of his collection, Bobby Moore’s 1996 shirt, is worth £150,000 though the collector purchased it for £75,000. A cricket bat used by W G Grace in his collection would command £60,000 at auction, whilst a poster of Ali’s 1974 bout with George Foreman could command £7,000. For printed material, keeping posters rolled up in acid-free paper and ensuring autographs are kept in dry, airtight containers will ensure they are preserved for decades. In all cases, though, provenance is important — it’s essential you can prove your item’s worth. n David trades in music, film & sporting memorabilia. For further information call 01522 811271.

Top: A signed photograph of Seb Coe running in the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The 2012 Torch and a poster of 1974’s Ali vs Forman fight. Above: Autographs from England’s 1966 World Cup Team.


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10th Anniversary

Main: Julian Wilkinson, Publisher of Lincolnshire and Rutland Pride.

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A Decade of

High Society

Publisher: Julian Wilkinson.

The home of Pride Magazines this month celebrates 10 years of excellence in publishing. Here, we meet the brand’s founder and publisher Julian Wilkinson... Words & Photos: Rob Davis. PRIDE is this month celebrating 10 years of publishing excellence, and the Publisher of both Lincolnshire Pride and Rutland Pride, Julian Wilkinson, is delighted. “We created the Pride Magazines brand back in 2002 and decided, from the outset, that producing the very highest quality county magazine was to be our goal.” “That intention hasn’t changed, but ten years on, the brand has grown both in reputation and with the launch of Rutland Pride, too.” Leaving school in 1984 and working as a printer, then a typesetter, Julian followed in the footsteps of his father, Barrie Wilkinson, the MD of a large local newspaper company. By the time Julian decided he wanted to start his own publishing business, the desktop publishing revolution was already beginning to change the publishing industry beyond recognition.

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August 2012 - £3.70


The launch publication was a decidedly skinny 64 pages and was produced from a small studio in Boston but utilised the latest computer systems — with Editor Rob Davis, who remains with the company today, at the helm.



THIS MONTH also marks the 10th anniversary of Pride’s Editor, Rob Davis, too.


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With nearly 20 years of experience already behind him, Julian sold his existing business and created the Pride Magazines brand in 2002.

It’s Ten years for your editor too!


Julian set up his own publishing company with a strong sales and marketing element, but held a long-standing ambition to set aside his portfolio of about 40 magazines and newspapers to concentrate his efforts on a single high quality county magazine.

“Our original intention was to create a magazine of really high quality and that hasn’t changed. We derive a huge amount of pleasure from constantly improving our products...

Beginning work with Pride Magazine since our titles’ launch in 2002, Rob has worked tirelessly to ensure his titles provide high quality editorial content and has built up an excellent relationship with both readers and clients alike. Graduating in 2002 from the University of Sunderland with a first in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, he currently lives in Sleaford with partner Anna and their one year old son George. n

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10th Anniversary

“Response to Rutland Pride has been phenomenal already.” says Julian. “Launching a new magazine is a big undertaking for a publishing company, and we didn’t anticipate such great feedback in such a short space of time...”

Then, like now, Julian recognised the importance in investing in the latest equipment to produce the best looking magazines. “Technology isn’t a bad ally in business — and you need all the allies you can get, because running any business is tough, particularly during a recession.” he says. “However, there are really just two reasons behind our success.” “Firstly we ensure that we work in a really happy environment and all get on well. There’s a terrific sense of teamwork here and I think everyone working here can honestly say they they love their job; that their hearts really are in it. That naturally results in a higher quality product.” “Secondly, we put the effort in — and I mean really put the effort in. We create good editorial, build strong long-lasting relationships with customers, and we pay attention to detail — right down to ensuring our marquees look the best at the county shows we attend.”

Above: Rutland Pride joined Lincolnshire Pride earlier this year — we made our debut at this year’s Rutland Show.

With Lincolnshire Pride magazine approaching its 10th anniversary, Julian began looking to launch the title into other areas.

The first of those areas was Rutland, with the debut edition launching in April 2012. “Response to the new magazine has been phenomenal.” says Julian. “Launching a new title is a big investment and a big undertaking for a publishing company, but we didn’t anticipate such good feedback in such a short space of time.” “We’re featuring some of the county’s best names already, and we attended a wet and windy Rutland Show where we met some of our first readers.” “We’ve had lovely comments about the look and feel of the magazine, and about its content. We were also handing out our Keep Calm and Carry On bags for life which were also really well received.” “Above all, feedback has been excellent, which has allowed us to build a really strong brand. After ten years, we’re well-recognised and well-respected in Lincolnshire, and that success is already beginning to be mirrored in Rutland too.”

For ten years the company has worked to build the Pride Magazines brand, and though it is also the home of The company UKbride, the UK’s number one is also home to wedding website for brides to be, and a number of wedding, the magazine titles, Pride Magazines national wedding remain the company’s best selling monthly lifestyle website for magazines.

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Away from work, Julian and his wife Zoie have two young boys and two teenage girls, he’s also a dab hand in both the kitchen and the garden... but his favourite way to relax is to enjoy exploring the county. “We’re delighted, of course, to produce a magazine that’s so commercially successful... but that’s by no means the only reason we’re proud of our magazines.” says Julian. “We’re proud of our region, and enjoy reporting on all that makes both Lincolnshire and Rutland such great places to live or spend time. We’ve some really great ideas to take the Pride Magazines brand to the next level over the next 12 months... so watch this space!” n


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Main: Both Rutland and Lincolnshire’s county shows were hard work — but the response we enjoyed to the magazines was really rewarding!

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Main Image: Annabel models a navy dress by Inwear £99 and belt £34 from LuLu of Stamford and Newark; 01780 766675 or 01636 705084,

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This Page: Sanitta wears a blue feather jumpsuit £35 and blue clutch bag £20. Further Details: Gracie’s Attic, Boston; 01205 310966.

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2. Left: Annabel wears a silver print blouse £64 and navy crop trousers £64. Further details: LuLu of Stamford and Newark; 01780 766675 or 01636 705084,

3. Below: Navy top with bow detail by Inwear £74 and white cotton shorts £64. Navy belt £34. Not pictured is white cotton jeans by Hudson £189. Available from LuLu of Stamford and Newark.

2 1. Right: Michelle wears an Osca B blue and white jacket £74.95, and NYDJ white jeans £79. Further Details: Karen’s of Donington; 01775 820 808.


3 4. Left: Suzanne wears a Fashion Sport silk suit £30. Further Details: Forget Me Not Fashions at Navenby Antiques Centre; 01522 811271, www.navenbyantiques

Left: Lucy Choi shoes in patent leather £185. Further Details: LuLu of Stamford and Newark; 01780 766675 or 01636 705084,



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This Spread: Tracey wears a Gino Cerruti evening dress in navy sapphire with empire line & diamanté trim £165, from an exclusive selection. Jewellery by Rosie Fox; necklace £29, ring £18, cuff £25. Further Details: Available from Oldrids Boston; 01205 361251 or Downtown, Gonerby Junction Grantham; 01476 590239.

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This Page: Tracey wears a KDK halter-neck ‘A’-line evening gown in cobalt blue £45. Further Details: Available from Oldrids Boston; 01205 361251 or Downtown, Gonerby Junction Grantham; 01476 590239.

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This Page: Annabel wears a silk spot blouse by InWear £75 with silk skirt in navy £64. Also pictured is a purple handbag by Rachel Straw £75. Further Details: LuLu of Stamford and Newark; 01780 766675 or 01636 705084,

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This Page: Michelle wears a petrol blue tunic top £19.95, Fransca jeans £20 and denim vest jacket £30. Also pictured here is Pia Rossini print bag £24.95 and selection of jewellery from £5. Further Details: Karen’s of Donington; 01775 820 808.

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2. Suzanne wears a Louis Feraud designer belted fine wool jacket £40 with Vera Mont cotton boho skirt £22. Further Details: Forget Me Not Fashions.

3. Below: Michelle wears a cream and navy blue Fee G dress £125. Further Details: Karen’s of Donington; 01775 820 808.

2 1. Right: Suzanne wears a chiffon sun dress in turquoise and white £36. Roland Cartier slingbacks £15. Ackery fuchsia mock-crock bag £25. Further Details: Forget Me Not Fashions at Navenby Antiques Centre; 01522 811271, www.navenbyantiques


3 4. Left: Sanitta wears a orange and blue chain print top £25 and blue jeans £20. Black and taupe sandals (shown below) £25. Further Details: Gracie’s Attic, Boston; 01205 310966.

Below: Designer sunglasses by Prada Sport £212 and £275. Further Details: O’Brien’s Opticians, Wrawby Street, Brigg; 01652 653 595.


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Excellence in

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5 High Street, Tattershall, Lincoln LN4 4LE Tel: 01526 342309

Open Monday-Saturday, call for an appointment.


Hair Styling Electrolysis Men’s Barber Shop Jessica Manicures and Pedicures Waxing Lava Shell Massage Guinot Facial Treatments Tanning Complimentary Therapies

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THE EYE CARE CENTRE IN SPALDING BESPOKE STYLE with designer frames by Silhouette. That’s what Spalding’s Eye Care Centre is offering to local ladies with a brand new range of coloured frames due this month. The Eye Care Centre offers sight tests, glasses and designer frames, contact lenses and sunglasses. Most popular are ranges of designer frames from names like Nicole Farhi, Ghost, Ted Baker, Oasis and Morgan.

The Eye Care Centre in Spalding this month launches its new range of Silhouette eyewear for true designer style throughout the Autumn ... sides or flexible one-piece designs. “The range is unique because whilst customers have traditionally been able to choose from designer frames, Silhouette as a range enables us to create completely bespoke lenses with a size and shape to suit the customer’s face.” says Geoff. “It’s the equivalent of a bespoke suit.”

The Silhouette range, available exclusively However, with its Silhouette frames, from the Eye Care Centre, is lightweight, the Eye Care Centre is able to strong, with thin, scratch resistant offer bespoke ultra-thin, lenses and precision engineering. Spalding’s ultra-strong lenses shaped Perfect for the Autumn season Eye Care Centre and sized to suit. and with anti-reflective coating can provide The Centre’s Geoff Eastwood for bright autumn sun and driving, says; “The Silhouette range the Silhouette range is available bespoke glasses in is rimless, which allows us to now from the centre — a trusted custom sizes and business tailor the size and shape of established 22 years lenses to a customer’s exact ago. That makes the benefits of shapes... requirements.” the Silhouette range and the Eye Care Centre easy for everyone to see. n The client then chooses from one of many of side designs and matching bridges. On the 31st August we are holding a A new range to be unveiled this month Silhouette Styling Day. Come along and features bright Autumn colours for real style. have a consultation with a Silhouette Style Adviser who will be in the Centre for the Most popular at the minute is the Crystals day. Ring 01775 722 141 for more details range — glasses enhanced with real or to book you consultation. Swarovski crystals with traditional fold-in More Information: For the complete range of Silhouette eyewear, call in to The Eye Care Centre at 6 Sheepmarket, Spalding PE11 1BH. Alternatively, call 01775 722 141 or see

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Invites, table plans, guest books, save-the-date cards, orders of service, menus and place cards, thank-you notes and signing frames...

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Telephone to arrange a personal consultation in our studio and gallery on 01526 834000 or see


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High Society

The Pre-Wimbledon Tennis Ball 2012 Wimbledon may have been a wash-out, but a fundraising pre-Wimbledon ball for the county’s tennis club at Woody’s Bar was a celebration as English as Images: Rob Davis. strawberries and cream...

FIND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS AT WWW.PRIDEMAGAZINES.CO.UK Coverage of your High Society event is free so invite us along... we’ll take photographs and upload them to where your attendees can order high quality prints. Call 01529 46 99 77.



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Wedding Album The

of Britta Molgaard and Ben Martin

This month we reveal the secret of a happy marriage — love, respect and Yorkshire Puddings — as Britta and Ben tell us how their special day came together. Images: Trevor Gibbs, 01522 821037,

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i Bride’s Name: Britta Molgaard. Groom’s Name: Ben Martin. Ceremony held at: White Hart Hotel. Best Men: James Drabble & Jay Martin. Bridesmaids: Louise Scaman, Shiralee Montgomery, Isabella Montgomery, Bethany Robertson and Martha Ward. Ushers: Stephen Lingley, Darren Hill, Simon Howard, Marc Eastgate, Adam Renshaw, Robin Wisby, James Drabble & Jay Martin. Bride’s Parents: Maureen & Holga Molgaard. Groom’s Parents: Lyn & John Martin. When did you first meet? We first met through a mutual friend; Ben had been on a chaps’ weekend, and was looking a little worse for wear on our first meeting. I thought he was a sweet guy, but he was clearly tired from a busy weekend. However, Ben began to give me a lot of attention after this and was a complete gentleman — we began dating and seeing more and more of each other. When in the relationship did he 'pop the question?' How did he propose? Ben’s proposal didn’t go to his plan as such — but it did go ahead. It was 2010, I had just finished a 12 hour shift at the hospital in which I work, and after driving all the way back home, I was shattered! I remember Ben’s face as I awoke — I didn’t know what was going on, as he kept asking me if I was OK, and whether the pillow was uncomfortable. I was exhausted, but noticed a lump under the pillow. He had left a ring box — I was so tired, I hadn’t even noticed! I cried when he asked me to marry me, I was the happiest girl in the world! What were the first aspects upon which you decided? Pretty much straight away we headed to


The White Hart Hotel. I thought the hotel had a real traditional feel to it and it was located in a perfect place. My sister is the owner of Fairytales Chair Cover and Wedding Decoration so I knew straight away my wedding would look amazing — to top it off, she is also the incumbent wedding decorator for the hotel! The staff and facilities at the hotel are excellent, and Helen Ullyatt, Rebecca Davison and Rachel Seneschall were very helpful in the organisation of everything. Any differing ideas about how your big day should be or things you both wanted to do differently? The only thing that we came to blows over was Yorkshire puddings! They were not on the menu but Ben insisted on having them! We had both discussed the idea of a traditional wedding in terms of the look and feel of the proceedings, and I think we achieved this look on the day. There really weren’t any disagreements on anything! Was planning your big day fraught or enjoyable? Did you both contribute ideas with equal enthusiasm? To be honest it was very easy for things to fall into place. We knew what we wanted and we knew the right people to ensure a beautiful cake, flowers and so on.

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The decorations were completely bespoke and the vintage style worked well with everything else as it all came together. Ben helped out as much as he could and loved bouncing ideas around for the big day... I let him style the ushers and the best man as his eye for detail is excellent! Any pre-wedding nerves? It wasn’t until I walked into the ceremony that it hit me; I’d got myself into the mindset of being a guest at someone else’s wedding! When I put the dress on it felt strange at first but I was able to convince myself I was a bridesmaid. I simply burst into tears on seeing everybody waiting for me! How did it feel to walk down the aisle and take your vows? Upon seeing Ben I felt very happy and started to feel a million times more relaxed. Ben is my rock and there was no doubt in my mind that he was the man I wanted to spend eternity with!

All the nerves and tension evaporated away and I was left feeling completely content. Who did you choose for attendants? Every guest at the ceremony was selected because of their contribution to our relationship during our time together. Friends and family had all shared in making our bond stronger than ever and offered their love and support throughout.

Family and friends

had all contributed to our happiness, so it was lovely to share our day with them...

It’s days like our wedding day that make you feel so very grateful to be surrounded by loved ones. A lot of my former co-workers and managers came to show their love. What made you choose your dress, and can you describe it? I searched high and low for a suitable dress but with no success; I saw hundreds of dresses and nothing really caught my eye. I went to see Barbara at Wellbet Bridal and explained the style of dress I was looking for. The first one she showed me was, I felt, perfect!

Images: Trevor Gibbs, 01522 821037,


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Our reception was held at the White Hart — they really helped us to organise the day...

The service I received was first class, and the dress was beautiful; it was a Mark Lesley Couture made from Dupion silk.

Any friends or family you'd like to thank? Our parents, brothers & sisters and especially Ben’s grandmother, Shirley.

It featured a sweetheart neckline with a ruched and pleated bodice. The detail was amazing, being finished in a Victorian style to go with the surroundings of the wedding.

Anyone you’d like to recommend? Ian Robinson and his team at The White Hart Hotel deserve a huge thanks!

Where was your reception held? The reception was held at The White Hart Hotel. We had always liked the place and with the whole wedding package able to be held under one roof it helped keep things simple enough to organise. Did anything funny or particularly memorable happen, highlights of speeches, and so on? It was very sunny for the time of year, which was a complete surprise. Other than that the whole day was just amazing and everything ran perfectly!

Images: Trevor Gibbs, 01522 821037,


Did you have a honeymoon? If so where, and most importantly, did you enjoy it? We spent our honeymoon on Kuramathi Island in the Maldives. Quite simply described as paradise! It was the most beautiful place we have ever been and it was the ideal place to begin our marriage.

Also, Shiralee at Fairytales and Fairytales Flowers. Barbara and Anita at Wellbet Bridal and our photographer Trevor Gibbs. How are you finding married life? We’re actually really happy to say that little has changed — but its lovely that it hasn’t. We both love each other very much and our day has just reinforced that bond even further! n

i And finally, do you have any top tips that you can give for future brides? Take your time to choose, plan and think about each element. There are so many different styles of cake, stationery and flower, it should be a pleasure, not a chore, to create a really individual day. n

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Market Rasen Racecourse Your Perfect Wedding Venue Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding. Here at Market Rasen Racecourse we understand that your wedding day will be one of the most special days of your life and we endeavour to make the planning as smooth and as uncomplicated as possible. With over 100 acres of vast open space and beautiful gardens, we are an ideal wedding venue for your special day. Our wedding breakfasts start at just ÂŁ22 + VAT per person and all our food and drink can be catered to your taste and budget.

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The wedding of Louise Hayward and Roger Messenger recently took place with a reception held at Belton Woods Hotel, followed by a honeymoon to Las Vegas, Miami & Barbados.

The wedding of Sian and Chris took place recently at Nettleton Church. A marquee reception at the bride’s parents house followed.

Photographs by Reg Moore Photography, 0800 1707101,

Photographs KKG Photography, 07760 557888,

The wedding of Carrie and James took place recently with a reception following afterwards at Barnsdale Lodge.

The wedding of Kirsty Andrews and Mark Stevenson took place recently at Charlotte House Hotel. Their honeymoon will be spent touring Italy.

Photographs Dean’s Street Photography Studios, 01572 757643,

Photographs by Reg Moore Photography, 0800 1707101,


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The wedding of Julie Jones and Joe Cooke recently took place.They were the first couple to be married at Bishop Grosseteste University College. Photographs by Foxtography, 01522 752394.

The wedding of Kate and Mike Reading took place recently at Hemswell Court. Kate wore an Ian Stuart silk dupion & metallic lace ivory dress. Mr Lee Sinclair was the bestman. Photographs Say Cheese Studios.

The wedding of Jemma Corbett and Jamie Sharman took place recently at Kenwick Park. Christian Clarke was their best man and Rebecca Tulley was chief bridesmaid. The bride wore a ivory Mon Cheri gown. Photographs Ian Wibberley.

The wedding of Laura Stott and David Allworthy took place recently at Gunby Hall. A reception followed at The Woodhall Spa Golf Club. Photographs by David Lowerson Photography, 01522 750407,

Congratulations to all couples marrying in the county this month - to have your wedding featured here, e-mail or ask your photographer to contact us directly on 01529 469977.


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High Society

The Lipstick and Champagne Ball St Barnabas Hospice recently benefited from a Champagne and Lipstick Ball held at The Bentley Hotel... Images: Rob Davis.

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Exclusive Profile with Colin Dexter

The Man with

Blood On His Hands Surprisingly, the softly spoken and amenable Colin Dexter has blood on his hands. He has killed over 90 people, and the death toll is set to rise further still this Autumn. It’s all in the name of entertainment though, not to mention a ripping good plot, as the creator of Morse and one of our most celebrated crime writers this month talks about his local origins… Interview & Words: Rob Davis. THE SOFTLY SPOKEN KILLER; gentle, a home town — he’s back next month, for wonderful conversationalist and perfectly example, to visit Stamford School where the charming. You’d never take Colin Dexter author was taught in the 1940s. to be a murderer. Yet, as a crime author “We lived on the A1 road in the town, before with 36 years experience, he has been it was bypassed.” Says Colin. “My father was responsible for turning his character from Oakham and drove a taxi, whilst Endeavour Morse’s native Oxford my mother, from Whissendine, was into one of the most perilous a housewife.” “This month places to live in the country. a new instalment Colin says that whilst his Colin has so far bumped mother and father didn’t have of the Morse saga off no fewer than 90 a secondary education, leaving will begin filming, unfortunate victims and school at 12 years of age, chronicling the the death toll is set to rise the few books that he and his further still with another detective’s early two siblings had in the house series of Endeavour, chronicling years...” were greatly respected, and the the early life of Morse just after children were encouraged to read the acerbic detective leaves from an early age. Cambridge and joins the police force. “We didn’t have to dry the pots or help with These days, of course, Colin is more typically the chores.” says Colin. “We could sit around associated with Oxford, where all but three of the kitchen table and read. It was, in Morse’s adventures have been set. However, hindsight, very important and fostered an Colin originates from Stamford, born of early love of literature.” Rutland parentage and frequently revisits his


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Main: Author Colin Dexter returns to the area frequently, and will reveal the next instalment in the Morse saga next month.


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Exclusive Profile with Colin Dexter

“I was advised to retain the rights to the character, which was shrewd — I didn’t want 101 different interpretations of Morse as happened with Miss Marple...”

This love of literature compelled Colin to study at Cambridge’s Christ’s College — not Oxford, as one might have thought, given Morse’s provenance — but not before an 18 month period of National Service in 1948 working in the Royal Corps of Signals reading messages from the Russians and Germans sent in morse code. There’s a common misconception that this is the origin of the name of Colin’s anti-hero. Upon graduating from Cambridge with an honours degree in the Classics, Colin began a teaching career that took him throughout Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, most notably Wyggeston School in Leicester and Loughborough and Corby’s grammar schools. With hearing problems eventually leading him to take up a position in 1966, Colin eventually settled in Oxford, working for the University of Oxford’s Delegacy of Local Examinations.

The detective was named after Sir Jeremy Morse, a fellow crossword compiler and champion, who Colin describes as “The cleverest man I’ve ever met!” The detective’s forename, closely guarded until later episodes, was derived from an amalgamation of his mother’s Quaker belief, his father’s interest in Captain James Cook and from the sticker in the rear window of Sir Jeremy’s car, which read Endeavour Garage. Lewis, the detective’s long-suffering assistant, incidentally is also named after a crossword champion; Antony Lewis. Initially, turned down by Collins, the first Morse novel, Last Bus to Woodstock, was published by Macmillan in 1975 and cannily, Colin has retained the copyright to the character ever since. “I always said I would not allow what they did with Miss Marple, where they had 101 people trying to put their interpretation on the part.” says Colin.

It was there he enjoyed a comfortable career before a rainy family holiday in the 1970s would change the author’s life forever. “I said, ‘We’re not going to have that Though Colin has written several for the simple reason that I don’t novellas before — published by think anybody is going to match “As soon as Robert Maxwell — he has never John Thaw.’ But people I saw John Thaw experienced literary success misunderstood that, and took I recognised him as before Morse was first born it that I was never going to do Morse. Myself, John on a kitchen table in Wales. anything with Morse.”

and Kevin remained great friends long after.”

“My wife Dorothy is from South Wales. We have been married for around 55 years, and bought a small cottage there for around £1,000 where we would enjoy family holidays.”

“The children would ask why we didn’t find somewhere warm and sunny to holiday. One afternoon in particular they were complaining, and having read several crime novels that were in the cottage that week, I thought ‘I could do better than that’ — I just shut myself in the kitchen and began to write.”

Main: The Mk II Jaguar is one of the most recognisable cars on TV. However, in the original books Morse drove an old Lancia. The production crew couldn’t find one, so the Jag was actually a last minute substitution.


Colin says he has a poor visual imagination, and had little idea of what Morse would look like. Many of his traits are from Dexter himself though; Morse’s Oxford life, and ostensibly Colin’s penchant for single malt whiskies or real ale. The author has diabetes and, like Morse, and has since given up alcohol completely. Colin, like Morse, is also a fan of the music of Wagner, and crosswords — a passion for which is the real origin of Morse’s identity.

Next month sees the start of filming for a new four part series Endeavour, charting Morse’s early years in the force, after leaving Cambridge.

The author still has power of veto over interpretation of the character, so Morse should always be true to the way Colin intended him to be. Certain aspects of Morse’s personality, are pure fiction. Colin himself is by no means curmudgeonly but gentle and a pleasure to talk to... not the intellectual snob that Morse is often shown to be! A real pleasure to speak to, one of the area’s most famous authors has created one of the most compelling characters and one of the best TV series in recent years. With cunning plots that have ensured viewers remain hooked for years, it is, however, the paradox of how a grumpy anti-hero could come from the pen of such a gentleman, that remains the biggest unsolved mystery yet. n

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Paperback Writer Colin’s tips for writing your own novel... Colin would set himself a target of writing a page a day — over 360 days a year that would afford him sufficient time to create enough words for a Morse novel. “There are two types of crime writing.” says Colin. “Those interested in the grizzly details of dispatching a human being and those with the complexities of their plot as their main purpose.” Falling into the latter category, Colin suggests would-be authors creating the end first (usually the twist in the plot) and working backwards. Finally, be prepared for rejection when approaching publishers — even Collins turned down Morse! n

Inspector Morsals Five Facts about Colin Dexter and Inspector Morse... Colin Dexter’s first name is actually Norman.

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The author has cowritten 33 episodes of Morse, originating from 13 novels and 11 novellas. Like Hitchcock, Colin makes cameo appearances in episodes of Morse — you’ll usually see him propping up the bar but he was also ‘the man in the wheelchair on Magdelan Bridge.’ Colin was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters degree by the University of Lincoln in September last year.

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The Morse code for Morse features in the main theme tune for the programme. Occasionally, the name of the killer is also spelled out in an episode. n


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Motoring... THIS MONTH

The family cars that provide practicality and economy with a sporty drive and lots of luxury...

Small hatchbacks can still be luxurious — just look at this month’s selection of premium hatchbacks that can handle tight parking spaces and motorways alike... PREMIUM motoring doesn’t mean a large, unwieldy saloon or a bulky 4x4 — for those of us who spend most of our time in an urban commute, a premium hatch may be more convenient and cheaper to run. This month we compare the newest — and the market leader — with its would-be rivals as Audi’s brand new A3 looks to take on Mercedes Benz’s new B-Class and Volvo’s fresh V40 challenger as well as the frugal stalwart Volkswagen Golf. Each of our suggestions feature a high spec, diesel engines and price tags of around £20,000.

VOLVO V40 Volvo’s newest model consolidates its ageing S40 saloon and C30 hatchback with a brand new hatchback.

MERCEDES B-CLASS A brand new model from Mercedes addresses a lack of volume sales from one of the company’s weakest models.

BMW 1-SERIES The baby-Beemer now features an all-new eco-friendly Efficient Dynamics model in a bid to remain economical.

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF Safe and sound, the Golf is the dull-butdutiful hatch that can do no wrong with 149 owners that value reliability over character.

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Just Hatched

Audi’s new A3 is available to order now with first deliveries expected next month — prices are from £19,205.

Don’t let its modest new looks fool you — the A3 has been redesigned from the ground up with just one aim in mind; to be the best premium hatchback that money can buy... THREE FOR ALL: this month sees order books for the new Audi A3 opening, ready for the first deliveries in September. It’s the third generation of the A3 and represents one of the most important launches for the company. Audi last year sold 1.3m cars, a 19% increase on the previous year, and with its new A3, the company is fighting off not just premium hatchbacks from names like BMW and Mercedes, but non-premium models like Ford’s Focus and Vauxhall’s Astra. No other premium hatchback distills a premium brand’s talent for creating luxurious cars with rock-solid build quality into a small package as well as the A3. The new generation of A3 builds on its predecessor’s reputation to improve one what was already pretty close to perfection. Outside it’s a pretty uninspiring change — it retains the same basic shape and same basic style as its predecessor. It’s an evolution, rather than a revolution in styling.

This belies the fact that the new model was completed on a brand new platform which will also be used on Audi’s new A4, Volkswagen’s new Golf, Skoda’s Octavia and Seat’s Leon. The new model, despite looking similar, does have neat tweaks to its look — most notably new LED lights — but it’s the bits you can’t see that have been most significantly altered. Namely, the weight loss of 80kg, making the hatch more economical and nimble; a 50mm longer body and longer wheelbase are similarly imperceptible, but afford passengers more room and provide more poise on the road. Inside is where the changes are more conspicuous. Though the A3 already had cabin quality that would shame some cars more than triple its price, the new generation has improved matters even further. You simply can’t buy a car with a better quality cabin than the A3 — or any other Audi for that matter — and equipment is generous too. Even a ‘basic’ SE model comes with electric

windows, central locking, power steering, air con, Bluetooth, leather steering wheel and gear shift. Sport models add climate control, and sports seats whilst range-topping S-Line adds a body kit. Currently only three doors are offered but a five door A3 badged ‘Sportback’ will appear later this year. Ride quality is also improved upon with the third generation A3. A slightly too-firm ride has been softened, but we’d still advise the SE or Sport rather than the firmer S-Line with its 18” wheels and thinner tyres. Handling is beautiful and the overall refinement of the A3 means that a blindfolded passenger would easily believe they were in a car costing triple the A3’s starting price of just over £19,000. Audi has mastered the art of distilling the quality, refinement and comfort of a large car into a small, but perfectly formed package that’s easy to live with day-to-day. n

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Audi A3

KEY RIVALS £20,000, with engines from 1.6 to two litres, five doors and a premium badge: here’s your shortlist...

Hatchback to Back.. A premium car with a desirable badge that doesn’t cost the Earth? Audi’s A3 would seem to fit the bill perfectly, but how does it compare with its rivals? UNTIL 2013 the A3 is hampered by a lack of rear doors — this is something the Sportback will rectify. So how does it compare?

Volvo V40 D2 SE £21,345 Five doors as standard, but smaller boot. Slow, but low CO2 makes it a good company car.

Mercedes B-Class B180 SE £21,295

First to go is the VW Golf. Fundamentally there’s nothing wrong with it, though it lacks its rivals’ premium badges, it’s slightly more expensive and has a duller, if well-built, cabin.

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Next is Volvo V40. Its drive isn’t as sharp as rivals — boot space is hardly impressive either, but its cabin is beautifully designed.

The Mercedes B-Class is marketed as an MPV, albeit with just five seats. Available with one of two 1.6 engines, the car matches the 116ED for speed, but lags way behind on economy. Boot and cabin space is excellent but a replacement A-Class should prove a closer rival when it arrives in Autumn.


On a parallel footing with the A3, BMW claims its impressive 116ED will achieve 80mpg on motorways. However, the A3 provides more space and style, at least until the Sportback arrives. With a 1.6 engine the 116ED betters the A3 in terms of economy — but when Audi’s 1.6TDi A3 figures are released, the A3 should beat the BMW easily.


Joint first place, then, goes to the Audi A3 for its stunning blend of quality, equipment and understated style. Audi really needs to launch its 1.6TDi engine and hurry up with its five door model, but even in 2.0 form the A3 can match rivals in terms of economy, style and space, making it our car of choice. n

Mercedes’s MPV provides double the boot space, but isn’t as quick or economical.

BMW 116ED £20,855 Cheaper and the most economical here. Can’t quite match the A3 for rear space.

Audi A3


VW Golf BlueMotion Match Tech £21,655 Five doors provides practicality, and it’s well equipped, if dull.

Model Featured: Audi A3 2.0TDi SE three door. Price: £21,505. Doors/Seats: Three door, five seats. Top Speed: 134mph. 0-60mph: 8.6 seconds. Economy: 57.5mpg (urban), 78.5mpg (extra urban), 68.9mpg (combined). Co2: 106g/km (VED/Tax Band TBC). Standard Equipment: Electric windows, air conditioning, central locking, Bluetooth, CD player with iPod input. n


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Best In Class

Here, we highlight the most desirable sports, 4x4 and prestige models newly updated for 2012 from premium brands for private and company buyers...

EXTRA VALUE FOR FLEET FAVOURITE... AUDI’S A4 is probably the best fleet car in the country and in new Technik trim with its 2.0TDIe engine, represents even better value. In its most economical form, the A4 will better the fuel consumption figures of most superminis and hybrid cars on A-roads whilst preserving the Audi experience of a supple ride. Furthermore, in Technik trim the car’s already generous SE specification gains leather upholstery and DVD-based sat-nav system, as well as Bluetooth, auto lights and wipers and three-zone climate control.


The car is also available with an uprated 2.0 engine generating 177ps, a Multitronic gearbox, and Quattro 4x4 transmission. n

...on rising fuel costs! JAGUAR’S mid-life facelift of its XF mid-size executive saloon in 2011 yielded a sleeker and smarter saloon than the comparatively dowdy BMW 5-Series. However, fuel economy and low-tax bills are the important criteria in this competitive sector, and BMW’s excellent 520ED musters over 70mpg out of town (119g CO2) — better than a Toyota Prius — without sacrificing driving pleasure. Arguably Jaguar’s XF still looks better, it has a smarter cabin and it’s better equipped, but the firm must address the XF’s high 149g CO2 and 52mpg combined figure. The BMW is a cerebral choice for company car drivers — though we still prefer the XF’s charm. n

AWARDS HERALD LAND ROVERS THE BEST 4X4XFAR... LAND ROVER has celebrating success with two of its best models winning a slew of awards. Its small prestige 4x4 Evoque model has been named 2012 New York Auto Show Car of the Year, and Women’s World Car of the Year as well as MSN’s Car of the Year for 2012. A convertible model is in development, as is the Evoque Sport model which promises a more road-oriented setup — both should be released in 2013. Elsewhere, the firm’s Discovery 4 model this month wins its third consecutive Tow Car of the Year award in a joint awards venture by What Car?, and The Caravanning and Camping Club. n


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Coming Soon...

NEW RELEASES Audi: Expect an Audi A3 Sportback as well as a hybrid electric drivetrain. Jaguar: Jaguar’s most anticipated car for 2013 is its new E-Type — CX16. Land Rover: A new Range Rover will be revealed in late 2012. Expect an all new, Defender (below) and a replacement for the Freelander in 2013. Mercedes: A new flagship S-Class, ‘shooting brake’ CLS and A-Class city car with small CLS-style saloon will debut early in 2013. n

BETTER FINANCE PRESTIGE CAR FINANCE EXPERTS Charles and Dean have launched a website to offer bespoke finance packages for new and used prestige, sport and luxury cars across the UK. The company is an independent partner to the UK's leading lenders and offer identical finance packages to those offered at dealerships but often at a considerably reduced price, tailored to their individual circumstance. n


German flagship will usher in era of ‘intelligent’ cars’ that can react to the road ahead...

THE MERCEDES S-CLASS pioneered innovations such as air conditioning, power steering, ABS brakes and airbags.

The car will feature a series of cameras that read and react to the road surface, as well as the next generation of ‘intelligent’ adaptive cruise control.

It’s worth keeping an eye on, as the car usually previews technology that will eventually become standard on all cars. It’s undoubtedly the best large executive car on the market, but a new model is due in winter 2012.

The company guarantees to beat any dealership quotation — find out more at

Uncharacteristic discounts on the outgoing model are likely to be available too. n

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THE AREA now has its very first Porsche UK approved body repair centre. AW Repair Group’s Sleaford facility was granted the prestigious approval in May to add to its growing portfolio of manufacturer appointments. The approval follows the company’s Sleaford HQ relocation in January to a purpose built state of the art crash repair and car care facility. Managing Director Andrew Walsh explained: “Modern day vehicles are being constructed using new materials and techniques. It is absolutely essential that any repairs to prestige brand vehicles are carried out with the support of the manufacturer and our new Sleaford site was designed with this in mind.” The facility has a fully enclosed aluminium repair bay and invested £60,000 in revolutionary new paint drying equipment which reduces the paint cycle from more than two hours to just 30 minutes. “This is a revolutionary piece of equipment,” continue Andrew. “While we have invested in the skill and equipment required by prestige manufacturers we can offer extremely competitive prices due to the time saving paint drying equipment. It’s a win win situation for everyone.” Commercial and Defleet Benefits The fast drying equipment is also ideal for corporate and commercial vehicles. “We can offer rapid repair services to commercial vehicles where downtime costs the

Main: Group MD Andrew Walsh and Sleaford Branch Manager Steve Hoe. Left: AW Repair Group's Managing Director Andrew Walsh (centre) welcomes Porsche Owners Club Lincolnshire Region Chairman Richard Watkinson (right) and deputy Gavin Marshall (left) to the county's first Porsche approved body repair centre in Sleaford.

The County’s First Porsche Approved

Body Repair Facility Local firm celebrating success as Porsche is the latest marque to validate its performance as the area’s best crash repair and bodywork specialists... Words: Emma Walsh. customer money and for corporate lease vehicles we offer a great defleeting service,” added Andrew. “It’s always recommended to carry out your own defleet process when lease vehicles come to the end of their term. This ensures you can control the cost and there are no hefty after-charges levied.” And for self-insured fleets or companies with high insurance policy excesses the rapid repair processes offer significant cost savings. AW Repair Group has a growing portfolio of prestige manufacturer approvals including

Porsche, LandRover, Volkswagen Group including Audi and partnerships with Porsche Centre Nottingham and Duckworth Land Rover in Market Rasen and Kirton. The group, which also has branches in Newark and near Rotherham, was also awarded an Outstanding Achievement Award by Citroen UK at the British Bodyshop Awards in June in recognition of the prestigious HQ and repair facility opened in Sleaford this year. n For further information about the company see or call 0844 8486670 for friendly help & advice.


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servicing needs. Each customer receives a level of service second to none.

they’re just like any other car that needs regular care and attention to keep running as smooth as the day you took her home.”

“Our pursuit of excellence in all things automotive ensures your car is in the very best hands.” says Porsche expert Phil Woolley.

Visiting 911 Sport is the very best option when looking for a new car. Customers get a full package deal, with specialists who care about their car just as much as they do.

911 Sport have a full workshop onsite, with the latest diagnostic tools. Offering engine and gearbox rebuilds, along with air-conditioning and tyre services, they will see each car through to perfection.

In 2005, 911 Sport became the largest independent used Porsche specialists in the county, with over 10 years experience. They embody a sense of pride which can be seen in their custom built workshop, and through the quality of cars they have exhibited in their showroom. n

Their state-of-the-art workshop facilities provide the perfect working environment for even the most complex rebuilds. “We recommend these cars for everyday use,

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The Word of G.O.D (Grumpy Old Duffer)


anachronistic institutionalised belief that women can’t compete equally with men. The few high-profile sportswomen we have receive so little coverage compared to male sport; it really is still a man’s world.

I’ve no problem with optimism per se, but the odd syringe full of sterile disappointment injected into the boil of complacency doesn’t do anyone any harm.

Pundits exacerbate the excruciating viewing experience with commentary that takes an age both before and after the game to ‘analyse’ in drawn out terms what I can happily précis in just three words; ‘eventually, we lost.’

he secret of happiness, I believe, is to always temper optimism with a healthy dose of reality. It’s often said that the British crave disappointment and I think that’s true because, secretly, we know that if something appears too good to be true, it usually is. Perhaps, this provides an explanation as to why, as a nation, we love sport.

Football is also disproportionately slavered over every TV channel as an enforced entertainment medium, and drenched over the newspapers. No longer is it consigned to the back pages.

A Game of Two Half-wits

For a country of closet pessimists, then, what Worse still we have This month G.O.D suggests that the ‘beautiful game’ is could be better than to hear about the standing in a cold, ‘drama’ behind the looking decidedly less pretty with every passing season... wet grandstand, scenes — break-ups demonstrating your Words: Grumpy Old Duffer. between players and commitment to your WAGs, tiffs between Chihuahua dogs supermodels dragging chimps in the recent team through the medium of players, tacky cars, wasteful carry; those that shiver and look Euro 2012 football tournament. ill-fitting overpriced sportswear? lifestyles, misbehaving midfieldutterly pathetic. I was really just If there’s one good thing you can ers and managers being ousted. How about, experiencing something to trip up, leap on say about the Olympics — and Who cares? repeated disappointment season or toss about, then discard once amid the expense and disrupafter season, yet still supporting sub-conscious frustrations that The Olympics is something we tion, there is only one good thing them with unfailing stoicism I was more academically capable can delight in; inclusive, equalis— it’s that the London’s 2012 whilst being charged extortionate than them had been dispatched. ing yet competitive. But football? Olympics will be inclusive. amounts for the privilege. Football is different — the sexist, Worse still was the fact that Men and women compete, brutish and brain-dead pursuit of I’ve always hated sport. Football schools up and down the there’s the Paralympics and unending disappointment. in particular. As a flimsy, pale country remain to this day torchbearers up and down the boy with glasses forced to play complicit in this institutionalised That a bunch of grown men care UK… and as a nation we’re all football and rugby in the cold at rite of passage. so much about the movement celebrating the games being school (and forced, also, to wear PE, at school is really just a of a leather sack of air around held here together — it is, at shorts), I was always considered token opportunity to allow thick a muddy field baffles me. least, a chance to recognise how a sort of secondary ball by the kids who are poor at maths and It’s not so much a game of great our country is. older, bigger and rougher kids. English to achieve something. two halves, but rather, a game of 22 half-wits. n But football is different. For a I would stand on the Imagine my delighted start, women can’t partake in wind-ravaged field, in the rain, Do you agree? Disagree? Email disappointment, then, at high-end football — fostering an like one of those hairless ugly England’s overpaid knuckle-

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