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LincolnshirePride - The High Society Magazine - November 2010 - Issue 100




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06 Homes and Gardens. 42 Lincolnshire Dairy Farming Investigating Nocton’s ‘Super’ Dairy.


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58 Lincolnshire Fashion - the Best Partywear from Retailers.

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01522 508942 the 100th edition of Lincolnshire Pride! This month, we celebrate our landmark centenary edition with an interview with one of the county’s centegenarians to find out how Lincolnshire has changed over the years, and look back on 100 editions of the county’s most successful magazine. We’ve the latest luxury partywear in this edition, available from the county’s best independent retailers, and we enjoy luxurious jewellery and accessories on our fashion pages. Elsewhere, we prepare for Christmas with a selection of the most luxurious seasonal gifts for both ladies and gentlemen — a great help for your Christmas shopping — and enjoy delicious recipes from Rachel Green. Speaking of food, we this month enjoy a meal at luxurious Stapleford Park, and examine a new era in dairy farming in Nocton. Finally, we’ve Aston Martin supercars, a luxurious country home with its own cinema and the best High Society events from across the county. To all our readers, thank you for your continued loyalty and our very best wishes for a wonderful month!

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81 Lincolnshire Weddings One Couple’s Happy Ever After.


110 Lincolnshire Motors Aston Martin’s Supercar Range.

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114 High Society - 14 Pages of the Best Lincolnshire Events.

88 Food & Drink - Luxurious Dining at Stapleford Park.

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Shopping Your Guide to What’s Happening across Lincolnshire this Month

Barton & Barrow

Harlaxton Church; seeking £60,000 for urgent repairs.

News n Barton Lions Take the Plunge for Dylan’s Dream The Barton Lions have completed a charity skydive for 5-year old Dylan Storey. The jump raised £1,300 towards the £50,000 cost of sending Dylan to the US for an operation which will see him walk for the very first time.

Boston News

300 butterflies were released in memory of loved ones, with attendees including the Mayor of Boston. For more information see

News n Charity Fashion Show This month will see a charity fashion show in Brigg, hosted by boutique Petticoats. The show takes place on 5th November at The Angel Suite in Exchange Place and proceeds will benefit Brigg LIVES First Responders. For more information call 01652 654284. n 28th November: Ghost Walk A guided walk around the town centre to the sites of Brigg's ghost sightings, with a dash of local history thrown in, from Brigg Amateur Social Historians. For more information see

n Shopping & Markets Barton Upon Humber farmers’ market, Thursday.

n Butterfly Release to Remember Loved Ones Supporters of the Butterfly Hospice Trust, which will be completed towards the end of 2011, remembered loved ones by releasing butterflies at Westwood Fields, Wyberton, last month.

Brigg, Caistor, Rasen

n Mammoth Marrow for Friskney’s John Bray Retired farmer John Bray is this month celebrating the success of his massive marrow. John won the Wainfleet and District Horticultural Show Vegetable Competition’s Heaviest Marrow class with his 30lbs 30” monster-marrow. n 25th Nov: Ladies’ Day This month jewellery designer Miglio will host a Ladies’ Day at the Wheatsheaf, Swineshead. The day comprises a two or three course meal, jewellery and fashion show and stalls of giftware. For more information call 01205 820349. n Shopping & Markets Boston Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Farmers’ Markets third Wed in month.

Bourne n Knitting Club Rosie Recognised in Bourne Kind-hearted Bourne woman Rosie Cudmore has been recognised by her knitting club who nominated her in celebration of her work for good causes for over two years. Organising her fellow knitters, Rosie’s club has been creating garments for charity in India, Bosnia and Eastern Europe, from their local church hall. Rosie was honoured with a Rose Award, organised by The Local newspaper and said; “I am very flattered!” n Shopping and Farmers’ Markets Bourne Market Thurs and Sat.

n Shopping & Markets Brigg market Thursday and Saturday, farmers’ market fourth Saturday in month. Caistor market on Saturday. Market Rasen markets Thursday, Friday and small market Saturday.

Grantham n Fund Raising Campaign for Harlaxton Church Harlaxton Rector Keith Hanson is campaigning for the £60,000 needed to repair his church. English Heritage has already pledged £142,000 for repairs, and the church has raised £40,000, but additional funds are needed to repair the south side of the building and a leaking roof. “The money from English Heritage is promised providing we can raise the rest.” says Keith.

Get In Touch: Email your news releases, forthcoming events and what’s on events to or call 01529 46 99 77.


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Follow Our Useful Colour Coded Guide: n News n What’s On n History n Gardening n Sports n Shopping/Markets

n Guildhall Arts Centre, Tel: 01476 406158 17th November: Animal Farm Gorgeous satire from Orwell retold by Theatre Tours International. n Shopping & Markets Market every Saturday, farmers’ markets second Saturday in the month.


Grimsby & Cleethorpes News n Remarkable Rowing From Great-Grandmother! Grimsby’s Edna Lindley has set a new British Indoor Rowing Record... despite being 88 years young and having had a new heart valve fitted in March! Edna rowed a mile in ten and a half minutes, a record for people aged 80-90.

News n Redhill Farm’s Free Range Award Blyton farmers Jane and Terry Tomlinson are celebrating this month, having been awarded six gold awards in the national Great Taste Awards. The couple is delighted that their farm’s free range pork has won the awards — the industry’s equivalent of three Michelin stars. n Shopping & Markets Open market on Tuesday and Saturday, farmers’ market on second and fourth Saturday of the month at Marshall’s Yard.

“I couldn’t believe it when they said I’d got a British record!” says Edna. n Grimsby Auditorium Tel: 0844 847 2426 29th-30th November: Dreamboats & Petticoats This musical will relive the greatest time of your life. Songs from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury and Chuck Berry. n Shopping & Markets Freshney Place Market Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat. Freeman Street Market Tues, Fri and Sat. Farmers’ Market 3rd Fri in the month, St James’ Square.

Dreamboats and Petticoats at Grimsby Auditorium


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Horncastle & Woodhall News n Belchford’s Brilliant Downhill Challenge Nutty soapbox racers recently took part in this year’s Belchford Challenge. Nearly 50 competitors raced home-made ‘billy carts’ down the village’s hill. Colchester’s Mike Barker and grandsons Luke & Liam claimed the top prize, whilst Black and White Racing took the somewhat less auspicious Most Spectacular Crash award. The race is one of the quirkiest in Lincolnshire and attracts scores of spectators each year keen to engage in a little silliness to raise money for charity!


Shopping Your Guide to What’s Happening across Lincolnshire this Month

n Lord of the Manor Julian Says ‘No’ to Supermarket Tattershall’s Lord of the Manor, actor and screenwriter Julian Fellowes has voiced his concerns over plans to built a Tesco supermarket in the village. The actor, who inherited the title of Lord, has described plans for the development as ‘wholly inappropriate,’ and suggested that residents were being ‘hypnotised by the business’s might.’ n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Farmers’ market held on first Saturday of each month.

Louth & Alford n Charity Ball to Celebrate Children’s charity Home Start will host its first ever charity ball on Friday, November 9th at Kenwick Park Hotel. Tickets for the event are £35 and include a three course meal and entertainment by Face the Music. The event will also feature a raffle with prizes including a behind the scenes trip to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The charity is a network of 16,000 trained parent volunteers who help families struggling to cope in the UK. To book tickets, for the event, call 01507 610665.

Kenwick Park. n 17th-18th Nov: Greenwich House School Open Mornings Independent Primary School Greenwich House, in Louth, will open its doors to prospective pupils and parents this month. The school has around 30 pupils, aged from 5-11 and is now celebrating its 20th year. The open day will include access to classrooms and activities, and refreshments will also be available. For further information call 01507 609252.

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Johnnie Walker - at Lincoln’s Drill Hall.

Follow Our Useful Colour Coded Guide: n News n What’s On n History n Gardening n Sports n Shopping/Markets

Lincoln News n War Widow Elizabeth Travels 3,000 Miles for Ceremony to Honour Flying Officer Connor War widower Elizabeth Connor-DuBoyce last month travelled 3,000 miles to attend a Brattleby service in honour of her war-hero husband, Flying Officer Clare Arthur Connor. The trip was organised by Mike Spencer, chairman of Brattleby’s Parish Council, and took place 70 years after 26 year old Connor was targeted during a bombing mission from RAF Scampton.

n Theatre Royal Tel: 01522 519999

and the music that has influenced him from the 1960’s to the present day.

21st November: A Night at the Opera London Festival Opera brings together world class artistes who have appeared with major opera companies including the Royal Opera, ENO and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

n 27th & 28th: Christmas Food and Drink Show This year’s Christmas Food and Drink Fair will be a festive extravaganza of food, gifts, crafts, drink, cookery inspiration and Christmas themed demonstrations.

A thrilling programme of works by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Offenbach and many more.

Visitors will be able to purchase lots of festive fancies in the Epic Centre which is situated on the Lincolnshire Showground.

n Drill Hall, Lincoln Tel: 01522 873891 3rd November: Johnnie Walker Johnnie hits the road with his brand new show Musical Milestones that tells the story of his life and times in Radio,

For more information see n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Spalding market in Tuesday and Saturday, farmers’ market on first Saturday in each month.

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Shopping Your Guide to What’s Happening across Lincolnshire this Month



n South Holland Centre Tel: 01775 764777 13th November: Cello and Harpischord with Chris Grist and David Wright An opportunity to hear live performances of two of the greatest instrumental works of the Baroque era - Bach's suites for cello numbers 1 and 3, and his keyboard masterpiece the Goldberg Variations.

News n Talking Newspaper Celebrates 30 Years A North Lincolnshire talking news service this month celebrates 30 years of bringing news to the visually impaired. Edward Buckley set the service up in 1979, taking news from the Scunthorpe Telegraph and recording it for listeners to enjoy.

Chris Grist is well known as a cellist in London Concertante and David Wright has made a recording of the Goldberg Variations.

n Plowright Theatre Tel: 01724 277733 2nd-5th November: Yeoman of the Guard G&S romp set in C19th London with stunning one-liners! n Shopping & Markets Market on Friday and Saturday.

n Shopping & Markets Spalding market in Tuesday and Saturday, farmers’ market on first Saturday in each month.


Sleaford News n Actor Ewan McGregor’s Flying Visit to Sleaford Scottish actor Ewan McGregor and his pilot brother Colin paid a ‘flying’ visit to Sleaford recently to film his 90-minute documentary celebrating the Battle of Britain. Filming for the documentary took place at RAF Cranwell and Scampton. n 22nd-31st November: Mixed Media Art Exhibition As feature in October’s Lincolnshire Pride, The Carre Gallery presents work by Jana Siebers and ceramicist Lyn Lovitt. For more information see n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Farmers’ market held on first Saturday of each month.


Stamford’s Festival of History. Image by Visit Stamford.

Skegness News n Skegness Mayor Gets a Dunking for Charity! The Mayor of Skegness Coun Sue Binch recently raised over £670 for the RNLI and Help for Heroes by taking a chilling dunk in the sea! “It was something I've always wanted to do - to know what it feels like to be out at sea with the fear factor.” Both charities are the Mayor’s two chosen charities for the year.

n Embassy Centre Tel: 01775 764777 4th November: Beauty and The Beast Amateur production of the musical seen by over 25 million people, one of the biggest musicals ever brings to life a beloved tale. 11th November: Festival of Remembrance A service of remembrance and an opportunity to think about the Service men and women around the world who are putting their lives at risk. Also features the Skegness Silver Band. n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Skegness market Mon to Sat.

n First Festival of History Goes Back In Time Stamford held its first ever Festival of History on The Meadows last month. Over 300 re-enactors performed to children on Friday, 1st October, then to the public over the weekend with Rome, Medieval Britain, the English Civil War era and the First World War all recognised. n Stamford Arts Centre Tel: 01780 763203 3rd November: Stamford Festival of Ghosts Series of events celebrating the supernatural! n Shopping & Markets Stamford market on Friday and Saturday (smaller market). Farmers’ market on alternate Fridays, contact TIC for details.

Get In Touch: Email your news releases, forthcoming events and what’s on events to or call 01529 46 99 77.


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A Century of


At 100 years of age, Katharine Bush has a century of memories, from growing up in the Fens to the coming of war and the changing landscape of Lincolnshire. To celebrate our 100th edition, we visited Kath to celebrate her life, which spans the careers of 21 Prime Ministers, five monarchs and two World Wars to discover the secret of a long and happy life... Words & Image: Rob Davis.

For Lincolnshire woman Katharine Bush, a recent birthday was somewhat of a milestone. At over 100 years old, the Lincolnshire centegenarians is one of the county’s oldest citizens, but remains no less sharp than many people half her age. To co-incide with Lincolnshire Pride’s landmark 100th edition, we popped in to see Kath for a cup of tea and to reminisce about life gone by in Lincolnshire. Born in what was undoubtedly a simpler time, Kath remembers a time when Lincolnshire’s market towns were neither a sprawl of newly constructed homes, out of town superstores and bustling town centres, and before the proliferation of the motor car filled what then passed for the county’s roads with heavy freight and fast-moving vehicles. Kath was born in an era when George V came to the throne, when aviation was in its infancy following the Wright brothers’ flight a few years earlier in 1906 and when Ford’s Model T would bring motoring to the masses. In an era when computers and the internet, space flight, modern medicine and even the NHS couldn’t even be comprehended, never mind created. That’s not to say, however, there was no such thing as fun. Kath’s early memories, having been born on a farm near Whaplode Drove, involve skating on the Wash during some particularly bitter winters — although we appear to have got off lightly; Paris in the same year suffered severe flooding.


“My father grew strawberries, so my school friends would always come to our house.” says Kath. “I grew up in Whaplode and was schooled at Whaplode Drove Infants School. I finished my education at 14 years of age and went to work in the village shop serving customers.” In much the same way as today, Kath as a teenager — although that particular term wouldn’t be coined for another 40 years — lived for the weekends and enjoyed attending dances held at the village hall. She would cycle from Whaplode to Moulton and Gedney, between three and six miles, unlike today’s young people. “It was there I met my husband, Frank.” says Kath. “He had an old motorcycle, and worked at a porter at Cowbit railway station.” In the era of the roaring 20s, village dances swung to ragtime jazz and Kath still today enjoys a good sing song with her friends at Tanglewood in Boston, where she has lived since 2009.

This month, we meet Katharine Bush,

still sharp despite her years, and a keen advocate of the fresh air, abundance of vegetables and good standard of living that Lincolnshire offers...

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Below: The Queen’s telegram to centegenarians was replaced by a card in 1999. A further greeting is sent a 105 years of age!

Kath and Frank married in 1934, and lived in Spalding before moving to Sutterton in 1939 when Frank became a lorry driver at a time when horses and carts began to be phased out. Frank would deliver produce all over Lincolnshire at this time, and Kath herself worked on the land until the couple’s two children Norman and Margaret were born in 1935 and 1940 respectively. The coming of war is something that Kath and family took in their stride, but Kath, Frank and their children say they vaguely remember the feeling of terror sheltering during air raids over Lincolnshire. Frank avoided going to war, but was a member of the Home Guard.

Despite technology and industrialisation though, the centenarian advocates fresh air — and lots of it — and fresh vegetables from Lincolnshire’s fields. Thankfully, for those hoping to match Kath’s years, the centegenarian’s recommendations of a healthy lifestyle with lots of laughter and dancing are easy to adopt, though she did confess to the odd nip of sherry at Christmas and confesses to the occasional cigarette when she worked on the land.

“The same as now, you have to make the best of everything.” says Kath. “I’ve always taken things as they come...”

When asked about how life compares to live in the 21st century, Kath is relaxed and relatively unphased by the changes that have indelibly altered the character and landscape of Lincolnshire.

“The same as now, you have to make the best of everything.” she says. “I’ve always taken things as they come.”

Kath and Frank moved once again, into a bungalow in Wyberton, where Kath remained until moving to Tanglewood. Her 100th birthday took place with her two children, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren, as well as a birthday cake with her photograph on and a card from The Queen.

A Lincolnshire girl through and through, Kath says that the landscape has changed significantly from a patchwork of fields to a more developed place in which to live. Still, Kath says she still loves the county in which she has lived throughout her life. Vibrant and cheerful at over 100, Kath is delightful company, and positive proof that life in Lincolnshire is very good for your health and happiness indeed! n


KATHARINE BUSH has, during her life, witnessed five monarchs, 21 Prime Ministers, two World Wars, a new millennium, and dramatic changes in day-to-day life thanks to labour-saving gadgets, the proliferation of the motor car and affordable air travel. During the 1910s, the cost of living was dramatically different from today... In 1910, the average wage was 14 shillings per week — the


equivalent of £99 today — for an agricultural labourer. By contrast the average weekly rent was 3s 6d to 5s. Groceries: Back then, a loaf of bread was 21/2d, a pound of butter, sugar and tea was 1s 2d, 3d and 1s 2d respectively. A pound of cheese and a pound of bacon cost 6d and 9d, whilst essential Wright’s Coal Tar Soap and Swan Vestas matches cost 4d and 1d. The latter two brands are still available today, as are other 1910 food products, including Colman’s mustard, Rose’s Lime Marmalade, Bournville Cocoa, and McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits. For breakfast, you could even enjoy Hovis Bread and Marmite, or Quaker Oats. Luxuries: Back in Edwardian England, you could walk into a shop to purchase a vacuum cleaner, iron, camera or telephone. Whilst there were only 850,000 telephones in the UK — the population was 41m, as opposed to 61m today — the devices were at least usable. Despite inviting friends around for ‘hoover parties’ to show off their new appliance, the devices were largely useless. Irons, meanwhile, were

filled with coal, rather than being electrical, and cameras were bulky and difficult to use... a marked contrast from today’s digital cameras. Prime Ministers from 1910-2010: Arthur J Balfour 1902-1905 Cons. Henry C Bannerman 1905-1908 Lib. Herbert H Asquith 1908-1916 Lib. David Lloyd George 1916-1922 Lib. Andrew B Law 1922-193 Cons. Stanley Baldwin 1923, 1924-1929, 1935-1937 Cons. J R MacDonald 1924 & 1929-1935 Lab. Arthur N Cha’lain 1937-1940 Cons. Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill 1940-1945 & 1951-1955 Cons. Clement R Attlee 1945-1951 Lab. Anthony Eden 1955-1957 Cons. Harold Macmillan 1957-1963 Cons. Alec Douglas-Home 1963-1944 Cons. Harold W’son 1964-70 & 1974-1976 Lab. Edward Heath 1970-1974 Cons. James Callaghan 1976-1979 Lab. Margaret Thatcher 1979-1990 Cons. John Major 1990-1997 Cons. Tony Blair 1997-2007 Lab. Gordon Brown 2007-2010 Lab. Cameron/Clegg 2010-Present. Monarchs from 1910-2010: Edward VII: 1901-1910. George V: 1910-1936. Edward VIII: 1936. George VI: 1936-1952. Elizabeth II: 1952-Present.

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For Victoria and Rob Ayling, a Georgian house in Stickford provides the perfect pad for a rock ‘n’ roll fanatic, with five acres and a cinema!

i Stickford House, TheStickford, Coach House,near CarltonBoston Scroop Owners: Victoria and Rob Ayling. Style: Sympathetically restored five acre estate with Georgian house, parkland and lake. Receptions: Five, currently arranged as Drawing Room, Snug/Family Room, Dining Room, Dining Kitchen and Cinema. Bedrooms: Six, with four en-suite bathrooms. Other Features: Professionally installed cinema with Odeon seating, swimming pool. Price: £1.25m. Find Out More: Drury’s Estate Agency, 16A Main Ridge, Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6QQ. Telephone: 01205 350889. Website:

For Victoria and Rob Ayling’s three children, Anthony, aged 18, William, aged 17 and Hunter, aged nine, Stickford House is a very cool place to live. Mum and dad, a District Councillor with East Lindsey and record label owner respectively, have created an extremely impressive teenage des-res, complete with swimming pool, tennis courts, and 12-seater cinema! Set in five acres and with its own lake complete with island, the family house is very popular with the children’s friends, and many happy family parties have been hosted in the home, which has been sympathetically modernised to provide surprisingly practical, modern accommodation despite the beautiful Georgian architecture and modest proportions of the original house. Extended several times during its life, the family has lived in the house since 2004, refurbishing and extending it once again having moved to the county from Surrey and Yorkshire respectively. The couple wanted to afford their children a better standard of living and better schools, and say they have found Lincolnshire welcoming and safe, with a great pace of life and great food.


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Stickford House was created in the early 1700s by a wealthy

Yeoman, despite its later conversion into a farmhouse. Created on the site of the original Bolingbroke Castle, it has been extended and modernised throughout its life and now features a cinema...!

The house was constructed in 1740 by a Yeoman on a toft near Stickford, just off the A16. The house is constructed, it is believed, on the site of the original Bolingbroke Castle, and upon digging the foundations for what is now their new kitchen, the family commissioned an archaeological survey which found iron age and medieval relics. Later to become a farmhouse, the property still has tiny 17th century doors behind the skimming, and still retains its bullrush insulation within walls and underneath floors. “The years of 1755 and 1770 yielded magnificent harvests.” says Victoria. “And in 1755 the house was extended and refurbished. Then, in 1770, a music room was added which is now the drawing room.” The family has also extended the property, adding in 2010 a new kitchen and


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The newly installed kitchen — finished in summer 2010 — features two pyrolytic ovens, dishwasher and US-style fridge freezer, with places to sit and watch TV and dine.

converting the former kitchen into a 12-seater cinema complete with Odeon tiered seating and professionally engineered sound system created by Rob’s business contacts — the cinema also doubles as a venue for Rob to preview DVDs and music tracks to his clients. Along with a complete rewiring, replumbing and roof refurbishment, Victoria created a new kitchen with huge island and Sheraton cabinets supplied by Jacksons Building Centre in Skegness. “Alison at the store was fantastic.” says Victoria. “She designed an amazing kitchen with American fridge freezer, two pyrolytic ovens, hob, dishwasher and plenty of storage. It’s really practical and modern, and there are areas in the kitchen to dine, sit & relax and a lovely breakfast terrace.”

Bathrooms in the property were supplied by Horncastle Tiles, about whom Victoria is equally enthusiastic. A lavish master suite features a two-person whirlpool bath, two sinks and steam Roman shower enclosure. Six bedrooms and four en-suites provide practical family living, and with a walk-in linen cupboard, utility with drying rack, cellars, and hotel-specification drainage and zoned central heating system, wired entertainment and networking & phone system throughout the house, every provision has been made to ensure the house is a la mode. This is despite the specially imported Spanish marble for the entrance hall, Georgian architraves installed with advice from the National Trust, and original period features such as beams and bell system to summon servants.


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Outside, the property features

an orchard, copse, tennis courts, paddock of around one and a half acres and a lake with an island in the centre... the property also enjoys gorgeous panoramic views of the Wolds and lots of light from huge Georgian windows...! The property is approached by a long driveway, set back from the A16 and nestling within five acres of grounds. The property also features an outside pool house, currently an office/studio, currently retired swimming pool, lake with island, tennis courts and paddock of around one and a half acres, making it ideal for anyone with equestrian interests. The house also features an annexed wing with two bedrooms, bathroom and dedicated entrance, making it ideal for those with elderly relatives or teenagers. “It’s very practical.” says Victoria. “We’ve had guests from political backgrounds staying here, and those with music backgrounds staying here whilst working with Rob.” Rob is also a keen photographer, and in addition to the Cinema’s bon homie to 1970s/1980s prog rock exponents — to whit The Doors, Pink Floyd, Led Zep and Cream — the house also features his own images. The kitchen, for example, is home to Joss Stone, Tom Jones, Florence and the Machine, Paul Weller and Yusuf Islam, all taken by Rob. “It’s an amazing property and we’ll be really sorry to leave, but we’re really keen to pursue a new project.” says Victoria. “Because of my work with East Lindsey District Council we’ll still be living in the area, but we’ve so many lovely memories of the house, and the kids absolutely love it!” n



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Salad Solutions

November in the garden is an opportunity to make plans and organise 2011’s growing season. It’s also a time for hard work and clearing up, says keen Alford-based gardener Lorraine Bellis At this time of the year my thoughts turn to plans for 2011. It’s incredible, but the new year really is just around the corner as far as planning your garden is concerned.

Looking After Wildlife Wildlife is a big feature here and I am pleased to report that having so much wildlife allows a more ‘natural’ look which is also much easier to look after... a real win/win situation!

Making Plans Part of the planning must be the reflective There are squirrels are here and in particular analysis of the year to date. Here at Damson I have seen a youngster venture onto the bird Cottage, after our first full year converting the feeders that hang just outside the kitchen three acre site into a productive kitchen window. However, I have taken a garden, I am relatively pleased with laissez-faire approach to them and our produce, and even more so far we are getting along just fine. In the Garden; delighted that we have an idea of The big pond has been home how to improve on what we’ve Lincolnshire Pride’s to more than one clutch of accomplished this year too. moorhens and it has also been Lorraine Bellis works a privilege to watch them. Going Nuts for Hazel Over the winter, I will be working from her kitchen garden When we decided to keep to create new supports for my the chickens in the run the in Thurlby near climbers; there has been a lack moorhens learnt to fly over the of structure in the garden and I fences to get to the chicken grain. Alford think new hazel arches will Allotments in the News resolve that. I could not let this issue pass by The hazel tree certainly hasn’t been as without referring to the rise in demand for productive this year; when I arrived here last allotments and the increasing interest for year, it was covered in ripening fruit. This year families to find ways to grow their own food. the fruit did at least begin to appear, but it In urban locations the demand for land to grow hasn’t produced nearly as much and what did food can’t be met and so exciting alternative form was taken by the squirrels before it was initiatives are being created. The result is that ripened. I am sure the weather has a large households are growing vegetables in window part to play in this. A late dry spring and then a boxes, front gardens, and any spare land at wet August has taken its toll. By contrast the the end of roads, village greens, and even damson trees have been groaning with fruit. church yards.


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November is a time for planning next year’s garden. It’s also a time for clearing leaves and lifting root vegetables.

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With winter approaching, it’s time to plan next year’s gardening, and

organise community growing projects to ‘spread the word’ about growing your own... schemes such as Todmorden’s prove that collective growing projects really can work well! For someone who lives in Lincolnshire, a county that has so much open farmland it may seem incredible that people are going to such lengths to grow their own food, but the benefits gained make it clear why doing so is all worth it. Currently, there are increased concern about jobs and income for many people, but environmental issues are more widely known and understood, and an appreciation of fresh food for health are some of the reasons for becoming involved with community projects or growing your own produce. Teach The Children Well Recent independent research commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society shows that school gardening boosts a child’s development, teaches life skills and makes youngsters healthier and happier. As a result of this research the RHS is urging the Government to put gardening high on the education agenda.

neighbourhoods are also benefiting from involvement in community growing projects. Those who are less advantaged benefit from the social inclusion that community projects can bring and in some cases this leads to employment. You could be forgiven for thinking that these projects don’t apply to our spacious county with its wide open spaces. However, bringing communities together, growing, cooking and eating food together is a practice that connects us all with each other as well as the past. In an odd way these practices remind us of a bygone era when everybody was a friend and neighbour. Sharing and cooperating is the way to become a more sustainable society and I for one embrace those ideals.

Lorraine Bellis works from her Alford garden teaching experienced and novice gardeners how to grow their own food...

The positive results continue with projects like the town of Todmorden working collectively to grow food in the community and champion local produce. The scheme describes itself as; “Incredible! Edible Todmorden aims to increase the amount of local food grown and eaten in the town. Businesses, schools, farmers and the community are all involved. Vegetables and fruit are springing up everywhere. Public flower beds are being transformed into community herb gardens and vegetable patches.”

Other examples include — the scheme launched and promoted by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. This project aims to match people with land to spare with others who are looking for land to grow food on. Gardening as Therapy Gardening can be a therapy for ex-servicemen and women. Youth groups and residents in local


Teaching people to grow food, seeing how others benefit from those skills has always been my aim. As I plan my year ahead — appreciating the advantages of living in Lincolnshire and in particular here at Damson Cottage — I can see lots of opportunities ahead for Lincolnshire to put its best foot forward. If you are interested in helping with a community project or have land that could be made available for a community project please contact me by email; This Month in the Garden November in the garden is predominantly a time for clearing up. Removing falling leaves will add to your compost heap and create great growing material. Clean and insulate your glasshouse and clean patios thoroughly. Pruning roses and buddleia, will reduce their height to prevent wind-rock, and at the same time, you may wish to weed borders and fork our weed roots. Finally, spring flowering plant tulip bulbs and plan your spring borders now, ordering bulbs accordingly. n

Jobs for November If the ground isn’t too wet, which means if it doesn’t stick to your boots when you walk over it, dig over the ground for next year’s cultivation. Harvest brussel sprouts starting from the base and working upwards. If the plants look a little unstable, stake them to canes for security against the winter winds. Net brassicas to keep out hungry pigeons. Make sure the netting is secured at ground level and that it is fine enough to keep out wild birds. Plant fruit trees & bushes.

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GATHERING WINTER FUEL AND BURNING WOOD SATURDAY 6th NOVEMBER Sustainable Living course at Home Farm, Somerby in which Ray Lister, who managed woodland locally invites you to rediscover the art of burning wood as a fuel and learn about growing, harvesting, gathering, processing and seasoning different varieties, storing and burning wood. When used correctly wood is a fuel that is totally sustainable and carbon neutral. See



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WEDNESDAY 17th NOVEMBER Linda Hewitt from Fulbeck Bread is back again to show us how simple it can be to make bread. Linda will demonstrate all sorts of festive loaves including stollen, Swedish saffron rolls, panettone and a selection of Christmas bread crafts – garland, tree and table decorations. Festive cheer and delicious celebratory breads with ‘wow’ factor. See

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS FRIDAY 26th - SUNDAY 28th NOVEMBER Doddington Hall celebrates a home-made Christmas with its Create Willow Christmas Decorations course, and towering tree grown on the Estate with delightful festive floral displays, created by Rachel Petheram of Catkin Flowers. Rachel will be using plants and foliage from the Estate, a green approach uses flowers from earlier in the year which have been dried and stored with Christmas in mind together with seasonal foliage — pick up some ideas for your own decorations at home! Call 01522 694308 or see

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News, Events & Countryside Activities From Across Lincolnshire

News In Brief Young Farmers’ Cheeky Calendar for Marie Curie NAUGHTY Young Farmers from the Billinghay branch of Lincolnshire’s Young Farmers have embarked on a risqué calendar shoot to raise money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity. Over 100 copies of the calendar, inspired by the 2003 movie featuring nude WI ladies, will be sold following efforts by organisers Charlotte Aiken and Lauren Franklin. To purchase copies of the calendar at £7 each, email

Vintage Tractors in Newark Show VINTAGE tractors and farming ephemera will be on display at the 8th annual Newark Vintage Tractor and Farming Heritage Show, at the Newark Showground on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th November. The event will feature over 850 vehicles with David Brown and Case tractors taking pride of place. A rare and native breed show will also take place, and there will also be a Remembrance Sunday service in the George Stevenson Exhibition Hall. For more information see

Top Turkeys Come from Lincolnshire, according to British Turkey Awards Lincolnshire turkeys honoured... just in time for Christmas! TALKING TURKEY recently, Lincolnshire was honoured in the British Turkey Awards, with birds from Lincs Turkeys, based at Grainthorpe, Louth, deemed the Best Branded Turkey in the awards. There were 10 award categories and 86 entries in the awards, with both traditional and convenience categories. Also honoured in the awards

2,000 capacity pig farm gets go-ahead... Almost 2,000 pigs will be housed on an expanded South Kelsey pig farm after WLDC gave the go-ahead for two pig

was Tesco, which scooped Best Meal Solution, Best Ready-to-Eat Product and Best Christmas Convenience Product for its Lincolnshire grown and processed turkeys. Best overall retailer went to supermarket chain Asda. For those who prefer organic turkeys this season though, farm shops including Scunthorpe’s Pink Pig (01724

844466), Doddington Hall (01522 694 308) and Abbey Parks (01205 820722) are providing locally sourced organic turkeys. Alternatively, boxed vegetable schemes including Boston’s Woodlands Farm (01205 724778) and Fenella’s Garden in Lincoln (01522 681580) will also deliver turkeys straight to customers’ doors.

fattening units to be created on an existing facility. The plans had faced opposition from nearby residents concerned by noise, increased traffic and odours, which the planners have now addressed.

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FARMING MATTERS Send us your News...! We’re keen to hear the latest news and events from nature groups and charities across the county; email

As I write this article in early October, with the Ryder cup seriously delayed after two inches of rain in the last week, I worry about the amount of potato and sugar beet harvesting — not to mention wheat drilling — held up because of the wet soil conditions.

It’s Time to See Seals at Donna Nook... NOVEMBER is a great time for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike to enjoy seals at Donna Nook. Lincolnshire’s coastal beauty spot is an RAF bombing range, and ironically, it’s this fact that makes the normally deserted range popular with seals, which come to the coastline to pup. Around 3,000 seals in total are based at Donna Nook, with upwards of 900 pups born each year. Managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust with the agreement of the MoD, a spokesperson for LWT said: “The British population of grey seals is of great international conservation

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importance and we are fortunate to have a thriving colony on the Lincolnshire coast. For much of the year the seals are at sea or hauled out on distant sandbanks, but during the winter they come to breed near the dunes on the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve at Donna Nook. They are present on the beach in November and December.” Visiting Donna Nook this year? Email your pictures to and we’ll print the best!

November in the Countryside...

5th November: Winterton Bonfire Winterton showground, gates open 5.30pm, 7pm bonfire, 7.20pm fireworks. Adults £2, children £1 (under fives free) or £5 per car including occupants. £4,000 of fireworks. Mini-fair, stalls, entertainment, refreshments. 07785 277780.

7th November: Firework & Bonfire Based at Sincil Bank, home of the Red Imps. circus theme with live music and entertainment and giant firework spectacular.

7th November: Barking Mad for Trees Family fun day at Bardney’s Chambers Farm Wood organised by the RSPB. Time TBC, see for details or call 01205 360858.

8th 13th, 20th November: Nocton Field Sports Partridge shoot on the 6,000 acre Nocton Estate near Lincolnshire. Meet at 9am for coffee, complementary refreshments late morning, two course roast dinner at shooting lodge. Own 4x4 essential, £595 plus £30.61 cancellation insurance per gun. See for more details.

13th November: Barking Mad for Trees Family fun day at Bardney’s Chambers Farm Wood organised by the RSPB. Time TBC, see for details or call 01205 360858. Natural Lincolnshire: We’re promoting ecology, welfare & substantiability.

October is a traditional month for these jobs but with machinery becoming larger and heavier, serious damage can be done to the soil structure during these harvesting operations. Those Lincolnshire farmers with simpler crop rotations have managed to drill most of their wheat and rape crops in satisfactory conditions but will have to take special care of slug damage. Vegetable growers in the southern part of the county are finding very variable crops due to the dry weather at planting and more than adequate levels of rain since. Early demand for sprouts has been good and one wonders with less acres grown, an economic return can now be made from this crop. Considerable acreages of calabrese and cauliflower for floretting and freezing have been grown, but harvesting has been made difficult by the wet weather. A good, but wet, start has been made lifting the sugar beet, yields are down on last year with the slightly reduced sugar percentage meaning that the adjusted weight yield is down. There is no doubt with the advent of six row tanker harvesters, lifting is a lot easier; however with these machines has come the extra weight and consequent danger to soil structures. The main piece of good farming news has been the higher prices, both now and in the ‘futures’ of cereals and rape. Although higher cereal prices will mean higher feed costs to livestock producers, wheat is probably the barometer crop of farming in Lincolnshire (and the UK) and prospects for good returns for British agriculture should be enhanced if the present prices can be maintained. The recent extra rainfall has brought to one’s mind land drainage and at a recent meeting of the Environment Agency explaining the proposed Boston Barrier, more details were forthcoming. The main reasons given for the barrier were to both reduce the risk of a tidal surge through Boston and to control the water levels in the Haven to give the waterfront a more attractive appearance. With my farmer’s hat on, I was disturbed to hear no mention in the initial paperwork of the two main sluices; the Black Sluice, and the Maud Foster Sluice both of whom carry drainage water from tens of thousands acres of prime agricultural land in the area surrounding Boston. Both of these could have their freefall outlets considerably reduced by such a Barrier. However I am sure that the farmer members of these Drainage Boards will make sure that more of their drainage water, especially in flood conditions, will not be held up by such a Barrier. One would doubt that in today’s financial situation whether such a project would struggle to get the financial backup. n Read Barry’s Farming Matters column each month only in Lincolnshire Pride.

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Milk Shake-Up

Dairy farmers Peter Willes & David Barnes, and Lincolnshire farmer Robert Howard are causing a real milk shake-up with their proposals for a 8,100 cow ‘super’ dairy near Nocton. Plans for the dairy have been re-submitted as Pride goes to press to accommodate planning officers’ concerns, and with the project set to proceed in 2011, we speak exclusively to the farmers and their opponents to hear each side of the story... Words: Amy Jackson.

CONTROVERSY CONTINUES to rage over the proposal by Nocton Dairies put forward by farmers Peter Willes and David Barnes to create a ‘super’ dairy on the former Smith’s Crisps estate near Lincoln. This is certainly not dairy farming as we know it; it will mean some 8,100 cows in 22 acres of buildings on a farm 2½ miles square. It’s an ambitious plan which will change not just milk production in Lincoln, but dairy farming across the UK. Objections have arisen because of comparisons with some particularly poor US dairies rather than the best practice the planners of the Nocton dairy claim. To find out more we talked to Peter Willes and local Lincolnshire farmer Robert Howard who also supports the plan. The output will be 150 million ‘pintas’ a year — that’s enough milk for the entire combined

population of Lincolnshire and Nottingham to pour over their cornflakes every single day! Plans for the farm include the anaerobic digestion of cow muck — to generate heat and electricity from waste products — which, along with the latest recycling technology, should facilitate the lowest carbon footprint for milk production in the country. The dairy will also provide optimum welfare standards with high comfort features for the cows and 24-hour vet cover. But one of the most important features of all, according to those behind the plan, is it’s a return to the age old principles of mixed farming (arable and pastoral) ...albeit on a very modern scale. But why here in Lincolnshire?

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All cows will have outdoor access in the summer and non-milking cows will have a month grazing outdoors.

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The 8,100 cow, 22 acre dairy

will produce 150,000,000 pints a years... that’s the equivalent milk for everyone in Lincolnshire and Nottingham to put on their cornflakes every morning! That’s the first question we asked, given that Peter & David hail from Devon & Lancashire respectively, and Lincolnshire has never been considered prime dairying land. The farmers have spent five years looking for then securing the perfect site and it appears Nocton Estates and Lincolnshire in general have some unique benefits to offer. Local supporter of the project is Robert Howard, who is from a long established farming family specialising in potatoes and sugar beet at neighbouring Nocton Rise. He explains that the site has good natural resources of water and the right type of land to grow the large amounts of forage the cows will need. “It’s also sufficiently far from neighbouring houses to minimise disruption,” he says, adding that planning regulations are very rigorous in terms of noise, smell, lighting, flies and potential effects on water supply and quality, and all conditions must all be satisfied for planning to be granted.” “One of the biggest benefits is having a livestock farm in the arable heartland.” says Robert. “This means that after the cow muck has been digested and the energy taken out of it, what’s left is basically just as nutrient-rich — but much less smelly — and exactly what potatoes and sugar beet need. There’s a problem disposing of this natural fertiliser in the west of the country where cattle populations are higher and fewer arable crops grown, but here it’s just perfect.” Nocton Dairies’ Peter Willes, who along with his father currently has 2,000 dairy cows on three farms in Devon and runs a West Country farmhouse cheese business buying milk from 28 other herds in the Bideford area, maintains that by starting with a clean

sheet the farm can be designed wholly around the cows. “The cows will be milked three times a day — which is about the number of times they opt for when given a choice — in a giant 80-place parlour that takes eight to ten minutes to rotate before they step off again and go back to their quarters to eat or sleep. In the summer they will have the choice to go outside to loaf around if the weather’s good, but they can stay inside if they wish; the choice is theirs,” he explains. “All their nutrition will come from a mix of forages and grains and local plant byproducts such as sugar beet pulp and brewer’s grains rather than relying on grass, as its quality can be very variable.” The cows’ beds will have deep sand in them and will be cleaned three times a day when the muck is scraped out. All this will take lots of work and that means lots of staff; 85 and counting. But with this size of farm the pair knows they can not only attract the very best, but also train up local people to give them a start in the dairy industry... something virtually unheard of these days. The aim of Peter and his business partner David Barnes, who have a combined 60 years’ of dairy farming experience between them, and their aim is that all these

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‘SUPER’ DAIRY PERSPECTIVES PLANS FOR A ‘SUPER’ DAIRY AT NOCTON HAVE CREATED CONTROVERSY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE DEBATE... “We were totally opposed to the dairy farm at Nocton when the plans were first submitted. We will still be opposing the dairy. Lincolnshire and the UK does not want it. If this super-dairy does get the green light, this will pave the way for this method of intensive farming all over the UK.” Linda Wardale, Vegan Lincs “You may be forgiven for thinking this is a five star hotel for cows, given the hype coming from Nocton Dairies. It is not. It is a highly industrialised conveyor belt where the only real consideration is profit. Do we really want this type of farming in the UK? The cows lose, local people lose and small scale farmers will lose. In fact, this is the perfect example of the few getting fat off the misery of the many.” Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Officer, VIVA — Vegetarians’ International Voice for Animals

measures and the individual attention for the cows will keep levels of lameness and other ailments down, and ensure they live long, productive lives. But they add that there has been much confusion about how the farm will operate, and some horrific images from farms abroad, particularly some very poor examples in the US, have only served to fuel fears. “It’s important to recognise the high welfare standards we have in the UK with a combination of controls such as Assured Dairy Farms and the Dairy Hygiene Inspectorate.” says Peter. “So with Britain importing the net equivalent of a billion and a half litres of milk each year (2.6bn pints) and two dairy farmers shutting up shop every single day, the more milk we can home produce, the surer we can be of the welfare standards used to produce that milk.” David also points out that welfare standards can’t possibly fall below acceptable levels

because the groundbreaking dairy, which is set to be a barometer of both public opinion and day-to-day ‘super’ dairy operating practices, will be especially subject to constant scrutiny by industry experts and potential critics. “One thing’s for sure; we’re always going to be under the spotlight here, and that’s the way it should be!” says Peter. Currently, plans have been resubmitted following impact concerns by the Environment Agency, so what are the chances of the application for planning being accepted? Peter says he’s confident all the questions asked by the EA have now been answered. “But we can’t predict all the queries that might be raised... there’s no precedent for this project and we still may have a way to go. If we do get planning, we could be breaking turf on the farm within six months and milking the first cows within 18 months… equally it could be considerably longer, depending on how much energy and money we have left!” n

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“Milk from cows kept indoors for most of their lives and pushed to their physical limits to produce ever more milk, is a future that the majority of consumers are unlikely to accept. If we are to preserve the integrity of our ‘white stuff’, we should remember the basic biological truth that cows eat grass and therefore need to graze.” Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive of Compassion in World Farming “Our cows WILL be able to decide to go outside — or stay inside — whenever they decide. Large scale dairy farming means on-site veterinary and welfare facilities. This is a ground-breaking, welfare-conscious operation.” Robert Howard, Nocton Dairies For more information on the Nocton Dairies proposal, visit or the planning section of North Kesteven District Council’s website Is Lincolnshire leading the way for UK dairy farmers, or will Nocton’s proposed ‘super’ dairy turn the milk industry sour? We’d love to hear your thoughts; email your opinions to editor@


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100 Editions

This month we look back over eight years and 100 editions producing the county’s High Society magazine. Here, we celebrate our success in an ever-so-slightly self-indulgent article to thank our loyal readers and advertisers, and find out a little more about the team behind Lincolnshire Pride... Words: Rob Davis and Julian Wilkinson.

It was a hundred issues ago today that Lincolnshire Pride was first published, and with the publication going from strength-to-strength, this month, we’re indulging ourselves a little by revealing the story behind Lincolnshire’s only High Society magazine. From Early Beginnings With over 20 years of publishing experience behind him, Lincolnshire Pride’s Julian Wilkinson began Whitespace Publishers, home of Lincolnshire Pride, in 2002. At this point, the publication was a decidedly skinny 64 pages and was produced from a small studio in Boston. A former printer and typesetter, Julian’s first business was markedly different; the owner of a paintball site on the East Coast. Frustrated by the lack of a publication to promote Skegness and the East Coast, Julian simply produced his

own. Still today, Whitespace Publishers creates The Skegness and East Coast Visitors’ Guide, a rather more developed successor. Planning his wedding in the early 1990s, Julian once again saw a gap in the market and created a local wedding magazine. Lincolnshire Bride & Groom magazine is also still published annually every January, and part of its distribution is by the Church of England to couples getting married in the county, in return for an annual charity donation to the Bishop’s Discretionary charity fund. “I always wanted to produce a county magazine, though.” Julian confesses. “I launched a tabloid newspaper, the Boston Focus — formerly known as The Puzzler — but newspapers were really text heavy and it was always an ambition to produce a luxurious, colourful glossy county magazine instead.” Lincolnshire Pride presented the opportunity to do just that and the first edition launched in August 2002. Just one year later, the magazine was relaunched in a new format, a necessary step given the increase in pages that was a direct result of the increased popularity of the magazine both to readers and customers.

Main Image: The first 100 covers in the life of Lincolnshire’s only High Society magazine...


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Publisher Julian Wilkinson says;

“We’re proud of our county, and enjoy reporting about all that makes Lincolnshire such a great place to live. It’s a pleasure, as well as a profession, to let people know about all of the great things going on in Lincolnshire...” “The aim behind Lincolnshire Pride in the beginning was to produce a really exclusive modern magazine that concentrated on all the good things happening in Lincolnshire at the time.” says Julian. “As a Lincolnshire lad, and with a Lincolnshire born team behind me, we set out to revamp the county magazine format in Lincolnshire and have continued to do so ever since.” Growing in popularity, a redesign of the magazine in January 2009 reinvented the county magazine format in Lincolnshire once more. With a luxurious matte format, bespoke size and new identity as the county’s High Society magazine, the new format enhanced the publication’s High Society pages and introduced ‘fine art’ photography covers designed to look more opulent on the coffee tables of Lincolnshire’s most discerning readers. Challenging Rob Lincolnshire Pride’s Editor for the past eight years, Rob Davis is a huge fan of the county, and has lived here all his life, working on the magazine to write, take pictures for the publication and design its editorial pages. “I’m naturally nosey — always a good quality for a journalist — but I do love people, and that’s another important quality.” he says. “Everyone I meet has a story to tell and a background, and it’s fascinating to find out what makes people tick.” “The best compliment for the magazine and the biggest pleasure for me is seeing the same clients time and again, which

demonstrates they get a response and so re-book, this ensures we get to know one another, and enjoy good working relationships.” One of the quirkiest features was the Challenge Rob articles, which ran from 2006-2009. The idea behind the feature was to find the most dramatic, quirky or dangerous jobs and hobbies. Over the three years the feature ran, Lincolnshire Pride travelled across the county, training with the SAS, painting the top of the Humber Bridge, working as a butler at one of the county’s stately homes. We also raised awareness of Lincolnshire’s Air Ambulance by posing as a patient — resulting in several concerned calls from readers who mistook the staged ‘accident’ as real. “I enjoyed Challenge Rob, but after three years and with the new format we all felt it was time it was retired.” says Rob. “The most infamous feature was a skydive over Brigg, which was terrifying at the time and resulted in some pretty embarrassing photos, but it was an amazing experience in retrospect, and definitely served to show off Lincolnshire’s landscape of patchwork fields and big skies.”

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A Close Team Lincolnshire Pride has always had a close-knit team, with Sales Manager Cathy Taylor living with husband Andy in Sleaford, and Sales Executive Zoie Wilkinson a doting mum to children Joseph and Harvey. Meanwhile, Graphic Designer Mandy Bray is a real fashion expert, creating Lincolnshire Pride’s fashion section each month and Accounts Manager Sue Bannister loves spending time in the countryside with husband Roger. Charlotte Aiken is the newest member of the team. Her responsibility is to look after customers across the whole porfolio of magazines and websites produced by Whitespace Publishers. A move to Elm Grange Studios in East Heckington in 2008 saw the company relocating to beautiful converted barns in open Lincolnshire countryside, with plenty of space for both Whitespace Publishers’s magazines and its website,

Our New Website September 2010 saw a complete redevelopment of Lincolnshire Pride’s website, making it easy to access past articles and even easier to purchase photographs from the High Society events we attend. Images are now available to purchase in hard copy format — rather than as digital downloads — from our professional photo lab to ensure the highest quality prints possible.

The Lincolnshire Pride team at this year’s Lincolnshire Show: Mandy Bray, Graphic Designer, Cathy Taylor, Sales Manager, Sue Bannister, Accounts Manager, and Charlotte Aiken, Customer Service Manager.

A Pleasure and a Profession “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 magazine.” says Julian. “We’re proud of our county, and enjoy reporting about all that makes Lincolnshire such a great place to live. We’ve some really great ideas to take Lincolnshire Pride to the next level over the next 12 months... so watch this space!” n

l Find out more about Lincolnshire Pride’s publisher, Julian Wilkinson, on page 130 of this edition.

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1. Art Deco jewellery hanger £18. 2. Gold heart necklace £20. 3. Tea light holders £5, £7, £10. 4. Radley handbag exclusive to Oldrids £145. 5. Black Dents scarf £28. 6. Michael Kors watch £119. 7. Lolita Love My Martini glass £16. 8. Lindor Lindt chocolates £8/300g. 9. DKNY watch £250. 10. Red crocodile skin effect jewellery box £25. 11. Black and gold beaded dress bracelet £15. 12. Heathcote & Ivory shower cream £7 and hand cream £4.99. 13. Templates fragranced candle in cranberry & orange £5. 14. Délices de Cartier perfume £57. 15. Nour black heart fashion necklace £30. 16. Red and black beaded necklace £20. 17. Danielle compact bag £6. 18. Daisy by Mark Jacobs perfume £60. 19. Swarovski compact £9. 20. Dents red gloves £12. 21. Nour diamanté necklace £69. 22. Brooch/Hat Pin £20. 23. Pen by Cross £50. 24. Malden by Filofax in red leather £55. 25. Lady Million by Paco Rabanne £60. n All of the above are available from Oldrids of Boston and Downtown of Gonerby Junction, Grantham. Available online too at For information call 01205 361251.

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Christmas Gifts

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1. Paco Rabanne One Million £48. 2. iPod Touch 64gb £299. 3. Lambretta Union Jack wallet £30. 4. Nintendo DSLite £129. 5. Davidts laptop bag £89. 6. Dents scarf £12. 7. Gumy earphones £6. 8. Fujifilm 12mp camera £229. 9. Glentauchers 19y/o Speyside whisky £25. 10. Nike sport band electronic personal trainer £40. 11. Rockingham Crystal decanter £50 and glasses £25 pair. 12. Day Above Lincs book £15. 13. Union Jack silk handkerchief and cufflink set £35. 14. Roberts DAB radio £99. 15. Churchill’s Wit book £10. 16. Valet set £25. 17. Van Buck gold collar stiffeners £10 and cufflinks £18. 18. Davidoff Hot Water set £35. 19. Van Buck Silk tie £16. 20. Bow tie £12. 21. Ted Baker socks £10. 22. Armani Exchange watch £180. 23. Van Buck cufflinks £16. 24. Sheaffer fountain pen and rollerball set £45. n All of the above are available from Oldrids of Boston and Downtown of Gonerby Junction, Grantham. Available online too at For information call 01205 361251.

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Christmas Gifts

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This month in

58 Partywear

Shot by Lincolnshire Pride on location at Stoke Rochford Hall (pictured above).

74 Accessories

Handbags, shoes and jewellery to perfectly complement your occasionwear.

81 The Wedding Album

This month’s feature bride and groom enjoyed a dream wedding... in a castle!


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Ruth wears a French Connection black dress from Oldrids and Downtown, £135. Bracelet by Nour £40, earrings Nour £25, handbag by Wiley, £15. Call 08452 505502 or see Shot on location by Lincolnshire Pride at Stoke Rochford Hall, available for weddings, conferences and occasions;, 01476 530 337.

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Sarah wears a black off-the-shoulder dress. Call Sheila Tiller of Long Sutton on 01406 363433. Shot on location by Lincolnshire Pride at Stoke Rochford Hall, available for weddings, conferences and occasions;, 01476 530 337.


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Ann wears a black John Charles dress £158, with faux maribou feather jacket £119. Call Cindy’s of Sutton Bridge on 01406 350 961 for details. Shot on location by Lincolnshire Pride at Stoke Rochford Hall, available for weddings, conferences and occasions;, 01476 530 337.

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Sarah wears a black and mink shift dress. Call Sheila Tiller of Long Sutton on 01406 363433. Shot on location by Lincolnshire Pride at Stoke Rochford Hall, available for weddings, conferences and occasions; www.stokeroch, 01476 530 337.


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Ruth wears a mink dress by Nougat, £145, with pearl and diamanté earrings by Rosie Fox, £15, bracelet by Nour in gold and pearl £40. Call 08452 505502 or see Shot on location by Lincolnshire Pride at Stoke Rochford Hall, available for weddings, conferences and occasions;, 01476 530 337.


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Lauren, Jayne and Michelle wear lime, crimson and powder blue short cocktail dresses by Venus, ÂŁ150. Outfits and accessories available from Eden, Grantham Road, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln. Call 01522 543444. Shot on location by Lincolnshire Pride at Stoke Rochford Hall, available for weddings, conferences and occasions;, 01476 530 337.


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Jayne, Lauren and Michelle wear crimson full-length dresses by Venus, £220 and £185, and short yellow dress by Venus £150. Outfits and accessories available from Eden, Grantham Road, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln. Call 01522 543444. Shot on location by Lincolnshire Pride at Stoke Rochford Hall, available for weddings, conferences and occasions;, 01476 530 337.

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SILVER BELLES Gorgeous metallic silver shades to accessories with little black dresses, this season. This month, we present the perfect partners to a stunning outfit for Christmas parties, office ‘do’s’, and New Year’s Eve balls... Words and Images: Mandy Bray.

Brooch by Ebuni

Clutch Bag by Accessorize

Sandals by French Connection

Earrings by Martine Wester Crystal

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Black dress and bolero by Vera Mont

Boots by River Island

Gloves by Marks & Spencer

Handbag at Marks & Spencer

Necklace by Miglio Scarf by Marks & Spencer

Silver Cuff at House of Fraser

Designer Frames available from O’Briens Opticians, Brigg. Tel: 01652 653595

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The Perfect Gift

The fifth branch of Moore and Scrupps jewellers, branded Faze Four, has just opened in Peterborough, a great place to find beautiful and unique Christmas gifts! Following on from the success of Moore and Scrupps’s new Faze Four store in Lincoln the company is this month celebrating the launch of its new Peterborough store. Opening in early 2009, Lincoln’s Faze Four allowed the company to provide contemporary jewellery from cutting edge designers as well as traditional family jewellery in the three Moore and Scrupps shops in Sleaford, Newark and Bourne. In June this year, the company opened its newest branch in Peterborough. The popularity of the Peterborough branch is rapidly increasing, and already the store is the largest independent retailer of Pandora jewellery in the city. New This Month The store also previews Faze Four’s latest brand, Thomas Sabo.

With nearly 50 new charms in total, it’s work taking another look at the range — and with a range of earrings, and rings to complement the company’s charm bracelets, Pandora is set to be more popular than ever for the retailer. Diamond Standard Another popular brand for the store is Hot Diamonds, with silver and diamond rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and bangles featuring simple, minimalist designs that create a cutting edge look.

Faze Four is the name of Moore and Scrupps’s new contemporary Peterborough based shop...

“It’s a new brand and we’re really proud of it.” says Faze Four’s Aly Betts. “It’s a range of charm jewellery, watches and rings. Unisex, and popular with all ages, it’s sleek and contemporary, really cutting edge.” Thomas Sabo’s chain and charm system is bolder and more contemporary than Pandora jewellery, with sterling silver, enamel and pearl charms, whilst watches from £180 upwards feature contemporary designs, rubberised and silver straps. Charming Pandora Meanwhile, popular Pandora jewellery is stocked in Faze Four, with a new range of


beads for Autumn 2010 featuring Christmas charms, new animal charms and a larger range of glass charms.

With reasonable prices too — a set of jewellery comprising earrings and necklace for around £100, for instance — it’s set to become incredibly popular as the Christmas shopping season begins.

Other Brands in Store Also available at Faze Four is a new range of watches by Ice Watches, with durable, rubberised colourful watches popular with younger customer and as gifts, available from £50-£120. Meanwhile, the retailer’s Ortak range of contemporary jewellery is sleek with classic and contemporary designs, all created in sterling silver. Elsewhere, Skagen is a range of designer contemporary lightweight titanium watches for both gentlemen and ladies, with intricate detail and over 240 models to choose from.

i Faze Four Jewellers by Moore and Scrupps The Shops: Faze Four in Lincoln opened in 2009, and in June 2010 a new Peterborough branch has opened too. The Jewellery: Designer jewellery from cutting-edge names and Pandora composable jewellery, supplementing traditional jewellery from the firm’s Sleaford, Newark and Bourne based Moore and Scrupps shops. Find Out More: Faze Four is now open at 21 Long Causeway, Peterborough, adjacent to the Queensgate Shopping Centre, call 01733 551182. See for more information.

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Left: Thomas Sabo Fleur de Lys chain £26.95, FDL charm £159, crown pearl charm £39.95.

Above: Pandora bracelet £55 and charms from £23.

Above: Thomas Sabo Angel Heart charm £154 and bracelet £24.95.

Amy Novakovic and Alicia Browning of Faze Four’s new Peterborough store.

“We’ve some really strong brands and we’re really looking forward to our first Christmas here in Peterborough.” says Aly. “This season, charms will be popular, with customers able to create wishlists in-store. Contemporary silver jewellery is proving popular, with lots of choice and some really impressive designs.” With the firm’s fifth branch and second Faze Four store open, and with the convenience of the Peterborough store situated next to the Queensgate Centre, the company is experiencing huge success. “We can’t wait to provide customers with the personal presents they’re looking for, to create a very happy Christmas indeed!” n

Left: Pandora pink leather Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet £40 and charm £55, 15% donation to charity.

Below: Thomas Sabo white leather watch £398.

Below: Skagen titanium ladies’ watch with motherof-pearl face, £130.

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Light Fantastic One Lincoln business is using lasers to make available a whole range of health and beauty treatments. Safe, effective and cutting edge, we find out a little more about the stunning technology and expertise behind the aesthetic medical treatments available at Lincoln Laser Skincare...

Light truly is fantastic, when it’s power is harnessed by Nurse Specialists Julian and Deborah Kessler. The husband and wife team opened in Lincoln three and a half years ago to provide cutting-edge treatments in the field of aesthetic medicine and skin-care, and their business has gone from strength to strength ever since. Now, a new machine enables them to provide an even greater breadth of service, as the clinic can provide fast and effective tattoo removal, as well as hair removal, treatment of fine lines & wrinkles, rosacea, warts & skin tags and acne & sun damage treatment. “We’ve added a new machine to our existing complement of two laser and Intense Pulsed Light systems.” says Julian. “The machines all work |with a different wavelength of light depending on their intended use, but they're all incredibly effective.”

Anti-Ageing Treatments The clinic’s lasers can also be used to provide permanent, hair reduction on the face and body, and can be used to reduce lines and wrinkles as part of broader anti-ageing treatments. This can include the firm’s new range of cosmeceuticals; cosmetics which are tailored to the patient following a medical consultation, and which contain high concentrations of active ingredients, some of which require prescriptions.

The clinic uses light to remove unwanted tattoos or hair, treat thread veins or sun-damage.

Tattoo Removal The removal of unwanted tattoos is the company’s newest service. In just 10-15 minutes per treatment, over anywhere from two to eight treatments, most tattoos can be removed completely. A special frequency of light — from the company’s new Asclepion medical grade Q-switch ruby laser — penetrates the skin to shatter the pigment, which is then safely


removed via the body’s lymphatic system. “We’re the only provider of the treatment in Lincolnshire says Julian. “It’s already proving really popular with clients.”

Injectable Procedures With Dr Nikki Osborne, a qualified GP and member of the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors, now working at the clinic, Lincoln Laser Skincare can also offer dermal filler and wrinkle-reducing treatment using products such as BOTOX. These are typically used as anti-ageing treatments but can also be used to treat exessive sweating, known as hyperhydrosis. “We’re keen to stress that all of our treatments are individualised.” says Nikki. “Because we all come from a medical background, we take a medical approach to skincare, rather than a commercial one. We’re registered with the Care Quality

Commission, and the British Medical Laser Association, and always insist on a full consultation — which is free for tattoo removal — and will only proceed with a treatment if we feel it’s appropriate.” With treatments that are unique in the county, and a range of products that can be used at home too, to enhance the clinic’s treatments, it’s easy to be impressed by the technology and products on offer, but just as easy to forget that at the heart of the clinic’s treatments is just a beam of light. “Light can be deceptively powerful.” says Julian. “But it can certainly provide some impressive results. Pain-free, permanent, quick and easy, it’s no surprise to us that people are discovering a better way to boost their confidence and make a difference to their quality of life.” n

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Main: Julian demonstrates the company’s newest machine, designed to remove tattoos. Below: Julian and Deborah Kessler. Bottom: Doctor Nikki specialises in aesthetic medicine such as dermal fillers.

i Lincoln Laser Skincare Treatments: Using three different lasers and an IPL device, the company can treat sun and acne damage, skin pigmentation problems, skin tags and vascular skin problems, and provide effective hair removal. What’s new? The company’s newest machine facilitates effective and fast tattoo removal, and now, Lincoln Laser Skincare provides aesthetic medicine such as dermal fillers and cosmeceuticals products too. These are both non-prescription and prescriptionstrength beauty products for a really effective anti-aging regime. Find Out More: 3 Beaumont Fee, Lincoln LN1 1UH. Alternatively, call 01522 575756 or see


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Wedding Album of Anneliese & Richard Johnson

This month’s couple enjoy living life in the fast lane with thoroughly modern high-octane hobbies… fortunately, life slowed down enough to afford our bride and groom a picnic proposal and an altogether more sedate wedding day…! Images: Andrew Appleton, Apple Photo, Lincoln; 01522 306241,


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Bride’s name: Anneliese Anderson. Groom’s name: Richard Johnson. Ceremony held at: Belvoir Castle, Grantham. Reception held at: Belvoir Castle, Grantham. Best Man/Ushers: James Wild (BM), Neil Bucton, Sean Markham, Nik Johnson, Christian Anderson. Bridesmaids: Selina Smith (MoH), Nicky Sergeant, Rosie Johnson Emma Credland. Bride’s Parents: Capt. Dennis & Dee Anderson. Groom’s Parents: Les & Deanne Johnson.

When and how did you meet? The story of how we first met is perhaps no different to a lot of people who are au fait with technology these days; the internet! We are both very outgoing, busy professional people with a wide range of hobbies and interests keeping us out of (and into) mischief! Richard is the Director of Ancaster Kart Racing facilitating bowling, karting, quad bikes paintball and archery and I work full time as Environmental Protection Manager at East Lindsey District Council. This means our time for socialising was limited. A little over two years ago Richard and I found each other on We saw each other’s profiles and realised we had so much in common that meeting up was not so much a choice as a necessity. Our main joint interest was racing. Richard has raced in the Sports 2000 Duratec Champion for three consecutive years and I had a motorbike and Caterham 7. Adrenalin sports are a definite interest for us both, along with the love of country life; shooting, riding and animals. We both found there were very few people who could handle our rather unique 130mph personalities! We arranged to have lunch and ate, talked and soon realised we had both just reached a turning point in our lives! When in the relationship did he pop the question, and how? I can honestly say Richard’s proposal was a


complete surprise! He hadn’t dropped any hints, and he as far as I was aware, hadn’t been plotting anything or acting strangely in the slightest. I had booked a Friday off as we were going for a hot air balloon ride in the afternoon. That morning he asked me to pop to the shops to get food for our three labradors and two spaniels, as he was going to go around the bird pens and feed the pheasants and partridges that had arrived earlier in the morning. On my return to the house he rushed up to the car, frantically saying all the birds were escaping and there must be a hole in the pen. This was strange I thought, as he is very diligent with his gamekeeping, but nevertheless I didn’t stop to question it. I grabbed a pair of wellies, and we ran up to the pens — I was looking up and down to try and find the hole — after a while of intensely scrutinising, I stopped and looked up. My alacrity prevented me from noticing that in fact the birds were still quite happily inside the pen, looking at some crazy lady running around their new home! I called over to Richard who was standing by a bush on the valley edge, to say it all looked fine; he said he knew with a big grin on his face! I went over, ready to throw a wellington boot at him for teasing me, when just behind him was a beautifully laid out picnic! There was such a selection of food, comprising all my favourites! He dropped down on one knee there and then and proposed. He even said

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‘please’ which I thought was so polite… it would be rude not to accept, so I said ‘yes please,’ and added a ‘thank you!’ The only thing was… we were both so excited we couldn’t eat the picnic! What were the first things you decided on? When we both look back at the day there is honestly nothing we would change… but it would have been nice for it to have lasted longer! Deciding on who was going to make the cake was the easiest part, as Celebration Creation Cakes by Carol in North Willingham is owned and run by Carol, my Matron of Honour’s mum. She makes — without doubt — the most fabulous cakes! Any differing ideas about how your big day should be or things you both wanted to do differently? Organising the wedding was a lovely experience. The venue decision was made very quickly after both sets of parents Capt. Dennis & Dee Anderson and Les and Deanne Johnson offered to be the main contributors to making our special day possible… we thank you with all our hearts!

Was planning your big day fraught or enjoyable, did you both contribute ideas with equal enthusiasm? Pre-wedding nerves were not really a problem… we definitively experienced excitement rather than nerves and we both cope very well with adrenalin! Richard stayed at a beautiful holiday home called Honeysuckle Cottage, in Oasby and had a ‘quiet’ night out the evening before!

We found that few

people could handle our 130mph lifestyle...!

I however had gone to pick up the dress earlier in the day only to find it wasn’t ready! It was completely different to how I’d imagined my dress would be, but as soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one. It was slightly medieval which suited our venue, Belvoir Castle, and the detailing was exquisite! How did it feel walking down the aisle and taking vows? I started my wedding walk at the top of a grand staircase in the castle, on the arm of my father who looked very dashing and handsome in his top hat and tails. The music started and we took our first

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Our honeymoon destination

had been kept a secret, so Richard had asked the staff to deliver the tickets on a tray with breakfast! I could have choked on my toast when I saw flights to the Island of Mauritius!

Images: Andrew Appleton, Apple Photo, Lincoln; 01522 306241,


steps, pausing for a moment to take it all in. Standing in a beautiful dress, in a castle, and it was my wedding day: it was a very surreal ‘on top of the world’ feeling, which words just can’t describe. As I looked around I could see everyone’s faces, I’ve never seen so many smiles in one room! It was difficult not to well-up when taking the vows, but I remembered that we must speak up so people could hear us in such a big room! Where was the Reception held? The wedding and reception was all catered for at the Castle so after the ceremony we had a wonderful time posing for our photographs in the various magnificent rooms and the guests were taken on a guided tour of the castle. We cut the wedding cake — with a sword, no less! It was slightly heavier than the average knife, but did the cake justice! The dinner was superb; Beef Wellington, cooked to perfection for the main course, and a Belvoir Mess for desert. On satiated tummies came the speeches. These were very funny, yet heartfelt at the same time. Did you have a honeymoon? We stayed at Langar Hall on our wedding night, before jetting off on honeymoon. The destination had been kept a secret, so Richard had asked the staff to deliver the tickets on a tray with breakfast! I could have

choked on my toast when I saw flights to the island of Mauritius! We were very lucky to be upgraded to Club Class thanks to my Mum, who worked for British Airways and was one of the first stewardesses on Concorde! Any friends or family you would like to Thank or recognise? We’d like to thank our parents for making our dreams comes true with a fairytale wedding. We’d like to thank Belvoir Castle staff who were excellent in keeping the day running smoothly. We’d also, like to thank our family & friends for their kind gifts. I’d personally like to thank the Johnson family who made me so very welcome from the beginning and my family for their help and support. Special thanks to our attendants, lead by our Best Man James Wild and Maid of Honour Selina Smith and ushers and bridesmaids. Anyone you would like to recommend? We’d recommend Belvoir Castle and caterers, as well as our photographer Andrew Appleton of Lincoln. Also, our cake lady, Celebration by Carol, it was magnificent! How are you finding married life? We weren’t sure exactly what to expect from married life, as we were very happy before, but it really has changed! It has given each of us a great sense of purpose in life knowing that we are committed to one another. It’s a fabulous feeling to have someone special share your life with. We’re very proud and lucky to have each other! n

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Christopher Cox and Kimberly Neal recently married at The Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln. The couple were attended by Scott Gregory, James Dembrey, Kevin Jackman, Gemma Clarke, and Kerry Neal.

Stephen Pool and Natalie Blake were recently married at St Andrew’s Church, Wootton. A reception followed at the Brackenborough Arms Hotel.

Photographer: Shaun Smith, Kamara Photographic, 01522 524202

Photographer: Michael Lee, David Lee Photography, Barton on Humber, 01652 632451,

Simon Jaques and Sarah Dilloway were recently married at St Mary’s Church, Old Leake. A reception followed at a marquee at Faunt Bridge Farm.

Natalie Dawson and Jason Green were recently married at Eagle Lodge, Norton Disney. A honeymoon at Lake Windermere followed.

Photographer: Chris Marsh, North Hykeham. 01522 881 267,

Photographer: R A Davey Photographic, Lincoln 01522 539026,

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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The perfect start to the festive season in the heart of the city

If you are tired of shared Christmas par ties and you are looking for a private venue that stands out from the crowd – The Old Palace is the right place for you. This year The Old Palace is inviting you to hold your exclusive Christmas dinner in sophistication and style – perfect as a daytime treat or a relaxing evening for your hard-working colleagues or valued customers.

The Old Palace can offer private dining rooms for small groups of just 10 to larger par ties of 64 guests. You will be warmly welcomed with a glass of Champagne before you enjoy your choice of our traditional Christmas menu with seasonal fayre and all the trimmings. With stunning en-suite bedrooms, there is no need to worr y about organising transpor t home at the end of the night.

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Countryside... The Taste of the

High quality seasonal dining is assured at one of the area’s most renowned country house hotels... and this month in particular, Stapleford Park is championing local ingredients and celebrating the season. With two Gourmet Evenings and Christmas party menus commencing this month there’s no better time to discover or rediscover dining in luxury and style... Words & Images: Rob Davis.

Winter approaches quickly, and with it comes frosty mornings, the act of scraping ice from your car in the morning, and increasingly scant hours of daylight. Fortunately, the above is recompensed by winter dining, with rich gamey flavours, winter vegetables and traditional hot puddings. One of the our favourite venues for winter dining is the beautiful Stapleford Park which, as regular readers of Lincolnshire Pride will know, is a 500 acre country estate with a history dating back to King Arthur. Whilst the original building dates back to 1633, a later Georgian house was added by Lord Gratton. Today the hotel provides 55 en-suite bedrooms, four dining rooms, as well as a Capability Brown landscaped grounds and Donald Steel golf course, corporate entertainment and health club with spa... but it’s Stapleford’s dining which we really must bring to readers’ attention this month.


Few venues come close to offering

the quality of food available at Stapleford Park, and fewer still offer the warmth and service afforded to customers at the venue too...

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Main: Wild Boar with Vanilla RÜsti, Citrus and Coriander Salsa, to be served at this month’s Taste of the Countryside gourmet dining evening.


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Keen to show off the talents of its 12-strong brigade, Stapleford Park

regularly hosts Gourmet Evenings, the next of which celebrates seasonal produce with a strong game theme over seven magnificent courses! Chef David Ellams is a Lancashire man with foody form following gastronomic sorties in the kitchens of Overton Grange in Ludlow and Cringletie House, Peebles, both of which are small luxurious hotels. Despite his experience though, David concedes that his arrival at Stapleford Park left him more than a little impressed with the venue’s position and aura; “It was an incredible experience to see Stapleford Park for the first time.” he says. “It’s a stunning property and has such warmth. There was a really strong food ethos under the head chef, and the kitchen really understood and valued locally sourced ingredients.” David says that he and his brigade will continue to bring simple, strong flavours and an understated, well-implemented quality and style to Stapleford’s food, with Christmas menus available from 1st December. The Grinling Gibbons dining room provides 50 covers and supplementing the additional 16 cover Billiard Room and 26 cover Harborough Room, the dining rooms offer à la carte dining with current menus comprising seven starters, from John Dory to Squab Pigeon, Terrine of Rabbit to Loin of Wild Boar and Scallops, and seven main courses, with three fish options, Loin of Lamb, Confit Duck, Fillet of Beef and Ravioli of Artichoke for vegetarians. Christmas menus are available from £18.50p/h for 2 courses and offer a choice of two starters, main courses and puddings. An English and French cheese board, serves to tempt diners from one of five desserts, including Raspberry Mille Feuille, Strawberry Consommé and Panacotta, Rhubarb Cheesecake, Green Tea & Elderflower Soufflé and White Chocolate Parfait. Stunning à la carte menus, luxurious surroundings and a talented brigade of 12 chefs assure an exceptional experience, but diners can also choose a more casual menu in the beautiful vaulted Old Kitchen. This rather more casual menu and dining room, available at both lunchtime and in the


evening comprises steaks and the Stapleford Burger among others, and run concurrently with the fine dining room set lunch menu. Also available is an afternoon tea, and Sunday lunch menu, as well as a Tasting Menu offering seven courses for £75p/h, and affording the brigade the opportunity to really show off their talents. Stapleford Park also hosts monthly Gourmet Evenings on the final Friday of each month, hosted in the Harborough Room in strictly limited numbers. The next such evening on 26th November’s will celebrate game, entitled The Taste of the Countryside, and will feature six courses plus coffee and home made petit fours. Wild Boar, Smoked Eel, Mallard and Venison are all celebrated with two pudding courses and specially wines discussed prior to each course. Stapleford Park will also host a lavish seven course New Year’s Eve black-tie gourmet evening for £135/head including champagne reception and entertainment. Produce across the menus include Rainbow Trout from Rutland Water, locally sourced fruit and veg and game shot by the estate’s keeper Malcolm Davidson. Some of the restaurant’s fruit and vegetables including winter berries and herbs are now grown on the estate, and in 2008, when David arrived, the venue spent over £1.8m refurbishing the hotel and installing a brand new kitchen at a cost of nearly half a million pounds. Meanwhile, the Grinling Gibbons dining room itself with its wood panelling, crisp white linen and polished silverware & glasses, is a luxurious, tasteful and comfortable dining environment with attentive service that complements perfectly the quality of the food provided by Stapleford Park. For anyone seeking to celebrate the season in style and luxury, or for those seeking a tasteful venue for seasonal Christmas parties, there are few

Above: Christmas Pudding Soufflé. Above, right: The Harborough Dining Room and grand façade of the main house.

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i venues able to equal Stapleford Park, and fewer still that provide the ‘customer comes first’ warmth exhibited by the venue during our visits.

Stapleford Park Country House Hotel, Stapleford, Melton Mowbray

Awarded two rosettes by the AA’s restaurant award scheme, and with à la carte dining including amuse-bouches and home-made bread, the quality of Stapleford Park’s food is central to its appeal as one of the area’s best country estates.

Cuisine: Exceptional English cuisine with continental influences and creative presentation, making the most of local ingredients. Environment: Classic English stately home on an extensive country estate. Grinling Gibbons room is a soaring Georgian chamber with lavish detailing.

“The house looks particularly superb at Christmas.” says David.

Menus: The Grinling Gibbons serves table d’hôte and à la carte menus. Additional lunch, high tea and Sunday options and provision for private dining with bespoke menus. The Old Kitchen restaurant offers a more casual dining experience.

“We all enjoy the atmosphere in the house and love the opportunity to provide luxurious dining over the festive season. I think if I had one message for Lincolnshire Pride’s readers it would be to encourage those who have yet to experience Stapleford Park’s hospitality to join us to really celebrate the season in style.” n

Don’t Miss: On-site spa, country activities including golf and shooting. 30th October sees a Murder Mystery night at £75/head with four course meal, November sees a special seven course Tastes of the Countryside menu at £95/head. Christmas lunch and party menus are available from 1st December, with Christmas Day Lunch from £95/head and Black Tie New Year’s Eve Gourmet Evening from £135/head including accommodation. Contact: Call 01572 787 000 or see


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It’s a Chef’s Life

North Lincolnshire’s Winteringham Fields has always had an aura of quality and luxury, but now, the secrets of one of the county’s greatest restaurants is being revealed as we go behind the scenes at the renowned restaurant... How much work is involved in running one of the county’s best restaurants? It’s a question we’ve often wondered, so we decided to find out, with a recent visit to North Lincolnshire’s Winteringham Fields, with numerous awards under its belt, a highly disciplined brigade and a husband and wife team who insist on quality absolutely every single time. The day begins at 8am, with the arrival of the fresh ingredients delivered daily. At this time, Winteringham Fields is already a hive of activity. One of Lincolnshire’s most renowned restaurants has incredibly high standards, and chef patron Colin and the team personally inspect each and every delivery, from every lemon to live langoustine, aware that these ingredients are the essential foundations of the dishes presented to guests in but a few hours. Colin will then check on the feathered members of the Winteringham Fields team, collecting fresh eggs for the day from the coop of his prized hens. The ducks in their new pond — lovingly built by Colin — are also visited by the team to check on their heath and well-being. Meanwhile, Colin’s wife Bex creates fresh floral arrangements around the restaurant, lounges and terraces of the house. With a passion for flowers as well as vases, this is a daily activity which Bex sees as a vital finishing touch to the beautiful interiors of the sixteenth century manor house. At mid-morning the pristine dining tables need to be laid. With military precision, this operation takes 90 minutes for just ten tables. The tablecloths are ironed to perfection, the silver polished to a reflective masterpiece whilst the roaring fires are lit in readiness.

The terraces and gardens surrounding the house, which are open for guests to enjoy before they are seated are now pruned and tidied. Understandably hungry, at 11:30 am the entire Winteringham Fields team gets together in the ‘family kitchen’ to enjoy a sit-down lunch together. Colin and Bex find this one of the most important parts of the day, where the whole team gets a chance to catch up and breathe. At midday, guests begin to arrive. Typical of the warm service you can expect throughout your stay, visitors are collected by a member of staff at their car or picked up at the train station or helipad, depending on preferred their mode of transport. On arrival at the house, guests are shown to the lounges, complete with roaring fires, or the gardens to enjoy their complimentary champagne, G&Ts and delicious amuse bouche. At 12:30 pm dishes have usually begun to leave the kitchen to the delight of guests. Following their meal, guests are then invited to retire to the comfortable lounge to enjoy Winteringham Fields’s own blend of coffee and acclaimed petit fours, including their famous miniature lemon tarts! Colin and Bex or another member of the team are always on hand to make sure that everything is as it should be. When lunch service has been entirely cleared away, the team is then briefed on the daily changing ‘Menu Surprise’ for that evening. Colin alters the dishes offered on the six course menu, depending on the best ingredients available to him at market on that day. Once the individual plates have been decided, Kevin Portess, the restaurant’s talented sommelier will take time to match

This month, we spend a day in the kitchens of one of Lincolnshire’s most high quality restaurants


delicious wines from the impressive cellar to each course. As Colin and Bex term it, the ‘calm before the storm’ then ensues. In preparation for the evening service, the restaurant is re-laid to perfection and Bex will pick the little McGurrans up from school. The fires are re-stoked to welcome guests in from the twilight cold and any un-reserved rooms are looked over in preparation for any last minute over-night guests. Once the evening diners have headed to one of Winteringham Field’s sumptuous bedrooms or for home, the team tidy up, have a final catch up in the kitchen and then leave for their own homes at about midnight. The team then says goodnight to another full-on but fulfilling day at Winteringham Fields, one of the country’s best loved restaurants. n

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Main: Colin in the kitchen of the renowned restaurant. Below: These finished truffles will be served with coffee.

i Winteringham Fields The Restaurant: World-renowned finedining restaurant with local produce and incredibly talented brigade. Accolades: When choosing Winteringham Fields as its ‘Restaurant of the Year’, the Good Food Guide said: “The restaurant has been picked for its inventive and highly skilled cooking that makes use of first-class materials, plus the high comfort factor of its dining room, and its professional yet warm-hearted service. Discover Incredible Cuisine: Winteringham Fields, 1 Silver Street Winteringham, North Lincolnshire, DN15 9ND. Alternatively call 01724 733096 or see


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orld W Class Cuisine


This month we have the pleasure of showcasing spectacular world class dishes from across the globe. From Asian flavours to European influences and Continental flair, the county’s top chefs take us on a whistlestop World tour of great cuisine...

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Main: Eschabeche of Sardines with Pickled Red Cabbage and Wild Rocket Leaves at Forest Pines, Brigg. 1: Exotic Fruit Salad at Hambleton Hall Hotel, Hambleton. 2: Pea Veloute with a Smoked Bacon Foam and Parmesan Gougere at Winteringham Fields, Scunthorpe. 3: Rare Thai Beef Salad with Oriental Vegetables, Toasted Sesame and Soy Dressing at The Boathouse, Farndon. 4: Chicken Skewers at The Generous Briton, Brant Broughton. 5: Sautéed Frogs’ Legs à la Bernard Loiseau with Parsley Purée and Cream of Garlic at Kenwick Park Hotel, Louth. 6: Indian Mini Bhuna with Paratha Bread, Hungarian Beef Goulash with Radish Dumpling, Chinese Pancake, Julienne of Vegetables on an Orange Temple Glaze at the Lincoln Hotel.


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Sample Dishes 7.


Paul Topliss 9.


Head Chef of The Mill How did your career begin? As a Lincolnshire lad born and bred, I came to appreciate good food from an early age. I began working in Spalding under Roy McFarlan, who was then Perrier’s Young Chef of the Year.



I was educated at Stamford College and worked all over the county before travelling abroad with my wife and business partner Tracy to Portugal, New Zealand and Guernsey, eventually coming back to Lincolnshire in 2005. We took over The Mill in 2008 and refurbished the venue, turning it into Batemans’s flagship pub restaurant. We have recently worked with Becci Reeson and Joe Moore to give a new lease of live to the Ball House on Wainfleet Road, applying the same principles that have made The Mill so successful. What represents your ‘food heaven’ and ‘food hell’? I enjoy food with flavour... for me that means venison, lamb and so on. I like fresh, seasonal food. Regarding my food hell, I can’t stand banana and coconut! What’s the secret to creating a really great dining experience? We’ve tried to create a nice atmosphere, with good food, good wine and good service. When you go for a meal you go for the experience, not just the food, so it’s important that each aspect of the restaurant is just as good.

7: Torta Especiale; Savoury Baked Cheesecake filled with Palm Hearts, Artichokes and Olives with Rocket and Parmesan at Straits, Lincoln. 8: Pan Fried Sea Bream with Pesto Mash, Saffron Shallots and Baby Chorizo Sausages at The Bustard Inn, South Rauceby. 9: Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry at The Millhouse, Covenham St Bartholemew, Louth. 10: Crayfish & Lemon Risotto at The Red Lion Inn, Caythorpe. 11: Tian of White Crab, Prawn & Avocado, Mango and Spinach at Washingborough Hall Hotel, Lincoln. 12: Red Mullet at The George of Stamford. n


Is there life beyond the kitchen? My wife Tracy enjoys the gym but for me, the ultimate stress-buster is a trip down to the golf course! n Christmas menus are now available at the Mill, Spilsby Road, Boston. For booking information call 01205 352874 or see

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Christmas Treats with Rachel Green

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WHITE GLACÉ CHRISTMAS TEA CAKE Makes one medium sized cake 10oz/275g plain flour 8oz/225g butter 8oz/225g caster sugar 4 eggs 4oz/110g Glacé cherries 4oz/110g Glacé Pineapple 4oz/110g Glacé Apricots

4oz/110g Glacé Peaches 4oz/110g Glacé Pears 2oz/55g Angelica 4oz/110g Ground or chopped almonds 2oz/55g Mixed peel

PREHEAT OVEN to 150ºC/300°F/ Gas 2.

Fold in the flour and all dry ingredients.

Line an 8-9 inch tin with a double thickness of greaseproof. Chop glacé fruits.

Place mixture in the prepared tin and bake for approximately 3 hours.

Cream butter and sugar together, lightly beat the eggs and add to the mixture, beating thoroughly. If the eggs show signs of curdling add a little flour.

The cake is ready when a skewer comes out clean once inserted. Decorate with some runny white icing and frosted bay leaves. n

Icing: 6 tbs icing sugar, water to mix in Rachel Green’s Chatsworth Cookery Book is available from all good county bookshops and her official website;

CRANBERRY & MINCEMEAT MUFFINS Makes 20 200g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 3 tbsp caster sugar 1 large egg, beaten 125ml milk 3 tbsp melted butter/rapeseed oil

100g dried cranberries 4 tbsp good quality mincemeat For the Topping: 200g cream cheese 2 tbs icing sugar ½ tsp vanilla essence Dried cranberries, to decorate

MIX THE INGREDIENTS TOGETHER and top each muffin. Decorate with a dried cranberry.

Spoon batter into 20 of the buttered muffin cups. Bake until golden brown and firm to the touch, 12 minutes. Turn out and cool completely on wire rack.

Preheat oven to 200C/Gas 6 Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add the remaining ingredients. Gently fold everything together to make a wet batter.

When cool top with cream cheese icing and decorate with a dried cranberry. n

Enjoy Rachel’s cookery demonstrations at this year’s Tastes of Lincolnshire Food & Drink Festival at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November.


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christmas & new year

in style this year at the lincoln hotel christmas day

6 course menu including champagne on arrival, tea, coffee and petit fours

£75.00 per person

children’s portions available, please call for details

boxing day lunch 3 course menu including tea, coffee and mince pies

£21.95 per person new year’s eve 6 course banquet including champagne and canapes on arrival and with ‘standard time’ band playing until midnight and disco until 2am

£75.00 per person £115.00 per person to include a full night’s accommodation and new year’s day brunch For full menus see our website:

The Lincoln Hotel Eastgate, Lincoln LN2 1PN

01522 520348 103

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CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION In recognition of Lincolnshire Pride’s 100th edition, what better way to celebrate than with a glass of fizz, and who better to provide recommendations for the best bubbles than Steep Hill Wines’s Ben Straw? This month, we provide our recommendations for the most satisfying bottles guaranteed to enjoy a great champagne reception... Premium sparkling white wines from the Champagne region of France, enjoy a mean annual temperature of 10°, and terroir of chalky subsoils: it’s home to 5,000 producers, 76,000 acres, and 338,000,000 bottles annually! Champagne itself is usually a blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay grapes, and was first blended by Pierre Pérignon — although history does record other producers in the area experimenting with blends before this date — in the late 17th century. Two decades after Pérignon’s death in 1715, Ruinart, the first champagne house, was established, with Claude Möet’s house established in 1743, Philippe Cliquot in 1772, Florenz-Ludwig Heidsieck in 1785 and Joseph Jacob Placide Bollinger slightly late to the party in 1822. Styles of champagne range from Doux (the sweetest) to Demi-Sec, Sec, Extra Sec, Brut and Extra Brut (the driest). Non vintage blends are based on wines from the current harvest but can include up to 50% of reserve wines from past harvests, as this helps to ensure a consistent House style. Vintage Champagne is from one particular year only, A vintage champagne is often quite flowery and fresh because of the absence of reserve wines and will only become biscuity or toasty if stored for about 8-10 years from the date of harvest. Finally, a prestige cuvee exaggerates the house style or the winemakers philosophy, but the downside is that this can lead to an over refined champagne, lacking in vibrancy. n

Krug 1998 - £199.00 Only in outstanding years does Krug declare a vintage. This is Champagne of astonishing purity and precision. From its creamy, caressing texture, through to its full, finely balanced flavours, to its extraordinarily long finish, Krug 1998 is a study in harmony; delicate, refined and utterly captivating. The palate shows red berries and stewed fruit, balanced by sweet hints of honey, almond and cinnamon. Fizz at its absolute best.


Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin la Grande Dame 1998 - £104.95 Veuve’s prestige cuvee with 64% Pinot Noir and 36% Chardonnay grapes all from Grand Cru (premier producers’) vineyards. The 1998 has unbelievably fine bubbles and floral and mineral aromas with hints of candied fruit and sweet almond. Pure, perfectly balanced and silky smooth in the mouth. The quintessence of the Veuve Clicquot style.


by intense, rich and complex aromas, whose tonality varies according to the nature of each vintage. Sixteen crus have been used in the blend of La Grande Année 2000, with 63% Pinot Noir and 37% Chardonnay. Taittinger Prelude Grands Crus - £42.95 A wonderfully soft and seductive Cuvée from Champagne Taittinger. Made from a 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Grand Cru Vineyards. Spending four years on it’s lees before release gives this an elegant creamy mousse with fresh floral aromas and a long finish with notes of ripe orchard fruit. Currently my personal favourite!


Montaudon Reserve Premiere Demi-Sec £27.95 A predominantly Pinot Noir blend with some Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. A fine and persistent effervescence leads to a nose of brioche and toast, combined with a delightful freshness. Soft, smooth and slightly sweet on the palate of fruit and biscuit notes. Delightful with fruit desserts.

Fab fizz from £27.95 to £199!

Bollinger La Grande Année 2000 - £89.95 Much more than a simple vintage. It is the interpretation of an outstanding grape harvest. La Grande Année develops a certain majesty led



R de Ruinart Brut - £37.50 A blend of 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir with a good mousse — the foam which settles on top of the wine — and fine bubbles. A very delicate, fresh, and fruity nose, showing notes of white fruits (mainly pear). On the palate the wine is round and soft, yet lively. Well-balanced and full, with a pleasant, lengthy finish.



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


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Village Limits Stixwould Road, Woodhall Spa LN10 6UJ

Telephone 01526 353312 NOW OPEN 7 EVENINGS A WEEK. BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY NOW. Serving Tastes of Lincolnshire award winning food. Fresh food, local ales & homemade desserts available. Special Diets catered for. Located half a mile past the Pewtwood Hotel. Call ahead to avoid disappointment. Visit for menus.

Located in the lovely Wold village of Tealby, The Olde Barn Inn now offers you a choice of Menu’s using locally sourced produce which is cooked to order in our 5* Kitchen. • A varied selection of Lunches & Evening meals, catering for everyone including Vegetarians & Children • Large garden and Terrace with Disabled access and facilities • Licensed venue for Civil Weddings, Civil Partnerships and other Celebratory Ceremonies. Open Daily 11.30am - 3pm & 6pm - 11pm, closed Sunday evening and all day Monday BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN FOR CHRISTMAS

The Houblon Inn Oasby, Grantham, NG32 3NB

Telephone 01529 455215 A Real Country Inn. Relax by the log fire whilst reading the ever changing blackboard menu. Fresh local seasonal ingredients used whenever possible. Limited space available for "Baboon Night" Friday 19th November. See our Christmas Party Menu on the website

Woody’s Bar

and Lakeview Restaurant

Our readers appreciate good food. So, if you’re a quality restaurant, marketing your business in Lincolnshire Pride means reaching the county’s regular restaurant diners. that’s food for thought.

Lakeview restaurant with an extensive à la carte bar and snack menu. Steak Nights every Wednesday Evening, Sunday Carvery from 12noon-3pm.

01529 46 99 77

Willoughby Road, Ancaster, Grantham Lincs NG32 3RT


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MotoringNews Model Launches & Dealership News from across Lincolnshire




News In Brief Mercedes’s CLS Makes Paris Debut FOUR-SEAT luxury is assured from Mercedes as it relaunches its seven year old CLS in a revamped form at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The new model is designed to compete with Audi’s forthcoming A7, Porsche’s Panamera, Aston’s Rapide, and BMW’s 5-Series GT.

BMW’s New X3 Offers Economy and Pace BMW’S new X3 xDrive20D entry level model provides 50.4mpg and 0-60mph in just 8.5 seconds. On sale now, the model has iDrive and four wheel drive as standard.

Bentley Launches All-New CGT

The Smart Choice for Pool Cars...?

• New Continental GT Coupé with more powerful W12 engine. • 0-60mph 4.4secs, top speed 198mph. V8 unit to follow too.

TINY favourite amongst pool car buyers, the Smart car is this month reinvented, reaching showrooms from £8,780. Mercedes’s two-seater Smart car is available with a 85.6mpg diesel engine or a Brabus engineered 1.0 engine achieving 54.3mpg and racing to 60mph in 8.9 seconds. Pulse models feature iPod hi-fi, and leather seats, whilst Passion models add Bluetooth and sat-nav. Cabriolet models are also available.

PROLES drive Rolls, but Gents drive ‘Bents... so the saying goes. With an estimated price tag of £130,000, and a 6.0 W12 engine, only true gents with deep pockets will find themselves cocooned in the luxurious interior.

The Inside Story A beautifully sculptured new body gives the GT coupe an even crisper, more defined appearance.

Meanwhile, a contemporary interior offers new levels of cabin design, comfort and hand-crafted luxury. New Engines From launch, the car will feature a The seats, for example, provide 6.0 12-cylinder engine with even greater support and twin-turbochargers rear leg-room; a sweeping Bentley’s strapped to the belly of dashboard even more Continental GT the four seat coupé and style and modernity. air suspension to is surprisingly A new touchscreen ensure safe cornering infotainment system contemporary, and peerless handling. features state-of-the-art offering power In addition, a more navigation and 30gb and prestige! ‘economical’ V8 will be hard drive for music. available to order with 40% The cabin is trimmed with reduction in emissions. soft-touch leathers, a full range of wood veneers, cool-touch metals and Both engines are coupled to an alldeep-pile carpets – all hand-crafted in wheel drive system with a sporty 40:60 Bentley’s unrivalled workshops at the rear-torque bias minimising understeer factory in Crewe... true quality, it and allowing experienced drivers to make the most of the car’s chassis. seems, comes at a price! n

Bentley Continental £130,000 est. 6.0W12, 4x4, 567bhp, top speed of 198mph.

This Month: Prestigious, powerful and posh — the latest models from British marque Aston Martin.


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Aston Martin Ad- Vantage

With a new four-door four seater saloon, a city car in the pipeline and a newly revamped V12 powerplant under the bonnet of its flagship DBS, it’s Advantage Aston this month as we examine the vehicles designed to melt the heart of any motoring enthusiast... Words: Rob Davis.

Aston Martin... a stirring brand that’s impressive, evocative and so very British. On the face of it, it’s unclear why a brand that’s very nearly a motoring anachronism is still so widely regarded. After all, German marques offer GT models with blistering performance, the Jaguar XK offers practically the same performance at half the price, and the vehicles’ interiors are no more special than many other premium marques. Nonetheless, as far as badge kudos goes, there’s still nothing to touch an Aston Martin. It’s a purchase made with one’s heart rather than one’s head, and with a significant dent in one’s pocket also — even the most modest Aston is £89,000, and top of the range V12 DBS models cost a downright vulgar £180,000. Despite this, Aston Martin is attempting to make its range just a little more approachable. Its new four door, four seater model, the Rapide, makes at least some concessions to

practicality. Meanwhile, a new city car, the Cygnet is due to launch next year to compete with other premium superminis like Audi’s A1 and BMW’s Mini. Its new car will leave a gulf-like expanse between the world of small family cars and super-coupés, but could set a precedent for the manufacturer to follow the trend toward more ecologically savvy models. Meanwhile, many Aston Martin fans appreciate the evolution of the DB range made famous by James Bond in the 1960s. The GT cruisers remain, with ‘smaller’ V8 and V12 Vantage two-seater models and the larger 2+2 DB9 models powered by V12 engines. A half-race, half-road car DBS, based on the DB9 is also available, from £170,000. Oh, and if the snarling 6.0 V12 Aston Martins aren’t sufficient to race your pulse, the company is also selling its £1.2m 7.0 V12 hypercar, the One-77 — but with fewer than 20 left, motoring exclusivity is selling out rapidly!

Images: Aston Martin’s current Vantage, powered by caramel-smooth V12 powerplant, yours for just £135,000.

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Aston Martin offers motorists

the last word in luxury, whilst diversifying from GT coupés into new markets with models like its Rapide four door coupé... Small Wonder - Aston’s Cygnet Aston Martin’s small car. No matter how many times you hear the phrase, somehow it doesn’t ring true. Nonetheless, sound commercial justification exists for a more approachable Aston Martin. The car will trade exclusively off the company’s name, with excitement already mounting despite the scarcity of technical details about the car. With Mini already constituting a premium small car, Audi and Mercedes experiencing success with their A1 and A-Class models, strong evidence exists of buyers being

comfortable with remaining faithful to their premium brands but downsizing their vehicle to save money on tax and congestion charges. Aston’s baby is still at the concept stage, but already looks like it will rob the acobe cars, and Mercedes’s Smart range of its sales. Aston is promising premium materials such as leather, aluminium and Alcantara but the small model’s gawky, awkward looks need refinement before launch — the Cygnet currently appears not so much a graceful swan as an ugly duckling! The Vantage Advantage Aston Martin’s Vantage is the mainstay of the Aston Martin range. A strict two-seater, unlike the larger 2+2 seater DB9, it’s available as a coupé and roadster, and with both six speed manual and Sportshift semi-automatic gearbox with steering-column paddle shifters. Performance is nippy, with V8 models achieving 0-60mph in 4.7seconds and

Main Image: Aston Martin’s V12 Rapide, a four door, four seater coupé similar to Porsche’s Panamera, Mercedes’s CLS and Audi’s A7.


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reaching 180mph. Economy is less impressive, just 27mpg on motorways and less than 15mpg in town!

Standard equipment is also more generous, which, at such a price, one might very well expect...!

At the top of the Vantage line-up is the V12 model, with a larger 6.0 engine and nastylooking bodykit.

DBS-Express At £170,500 and £179,500, and with performance and economy figures almost identical to the DB9 model, with which it shares and engine, it’s difficult to justify the additional £40,000 cost of a DBS.

Achieving 60mph in 4.1seconds and reaching 190mph, it’s hardly any faster than the V8 model and achieves less than 12mpg in town... it’s also ludicrously overpriced at £135,000 — that’s £13,000 more than a DB9 with the same V12 engine, which boasts a larger body, two rear seats and matches the model’s performance figures. That makes the V12 Vantage a poorer choice compared to the V8 model, which begins at £89,000. One additional observation is that Vantage models lack some standard kit — heated seats, sat-nav, parking sensors and cruise control all remain on the options list! DB9 and DB9 Volanté The DB9 and convertible Volanté models both share the same 6.0V12 — and both have the same 17mpg combined economy figure, achieving just 11.5mpg in town. Priced at £123,000 and £132,500 for the 2+2 four-seater coupé and convertible respectively, it’s a larger model, worryingly fast and very pretty.

Mechanically similar save for a quick tweak of the engine management system, the DBS is expensive and excessive... even for Aston Martin! Rapide Fire With Porsche’s Panamera, Audi’s forthcoming A7 and Mercedes’s CLS Aston Martin can finally compete in the large four-door coupé/saloon market thanks to its Rapide. A silly name, for a beautiful car; with four doors, four seats and a lavish interior for rear passengers, it’s beautiful, with a V12 DB9 engine that rewards drivers with 19mpg combined, a 0-60 time of 5.1seconds and 188mph top speed. It’s one of the most exciting models in the line-up, with it’s more practical body and, for £144,950, better value with none of Aston Martin’s kudos or style lost in translation! n

Aston Martin in 2011 Aston Martin Vantage V8 Coupé: 4.8 V8 32v £88,995. V8 Coupé Sportshift: 4.8 V8 32v £91,995. V8 Roadster: 4.8 V8 32v £96,995. V8 Roadster Sportshift: 4.8 V8 32v £99,995. V12 Coupé: 6.0 V12 48v £135,000. Aston Martin DB9 V12 Coupé: 6.0 V12 48v £122,445. V12 Volanté: 6.0 V12 48v £131,445. Aston Martin DBS V12 Coupé: 6.0 V12 48v £170,500. V12 Volanté: 6.0 V12 48v £179,500. Aston Martin Rapide V12 4-Door Coupé: 6.0 V12 48v £144,950. Aston Martin One-77 V12 2-Door Coupé: 7.0 V12 £1,200,000. Just 77 examples made with around 20 left to purchase.

Top, Right: Interior of the company’s DBS. Above, Right: Cygnet — the forthcoming small Aston Martin!

See see or call Aston Martin Leeds at JCT600; Ring Road, Lower Wortley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 6AA. Telephone: 0844 844 3108 or see


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High Society

Pilgrim Hospital Stroke Unit Grand Ball Boston West Golf Club was recently the venue for a well-attended ball to raise awareness of the Pilgrim Hospital’s Stroke Unit. Images: Phil Nix.


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Inner Wheel Charter Luncheon Around 150 members of the Inner Wheel recently gathered in Woodhall Spa to celebrate Christine Ramsey’s recent appointment as District Chairman of the group. Images: Rob Davis


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Leadenham Polo Club End of Season Ball The county’s only polo club recently held its end of season ball in a marquee adjacent to its dedicated stables and facilities in Leadenham. Images: Rob Davis


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Leadenham Polo Club


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James Bond Casino Night at The Mill The Mill restaurant on Boston’s Spilsby Road recently held a James Bond Night in a marquee to the rear of the restaurant with a stunning three course meal, dancing and, of course, a casino! Images: Morris Winn.


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Casino Night at The Mill


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Lincoln Minster Round Table Ball The Lincoln Minster chapter of the Round Table recently held its annual ball with the theme ‘All the Fun of the Fair’ — amid the glitz and glamour was a fun element courtesy of dodgems and candy floss...!


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Celebrating 100 Editions of Lincolnshire Pride Lincolnshire Pride’s Managing Director, Julian Wilkinson, is this month celebrating having produced 100 editions of the county’s High Society magazine. A keen businessman and a real fan of the county, we this month meet the man behind Lincolnshire’s most successful magazine...

~ I love producing Lincolnshire Pride and I love spending time with my children, but sharing my life with my best friend and wife, Zoie, is the real icing on the cake for me!


Were you born and raised in Lincolnshire? Yes! I’ve lived in Boston and surrounding villages all of my life. I’m very proud of the fact that I am a Boston lad; the town has a reputation of being a little run down, but I have seen how much the town has developed over the past 42 years! What do you do and what most inspires you most about your job? As the Publisher of Lincolnshire Pride magazine my role is to ensure that my staff are aware that only when they are working to the best of their ability am I happy. Quality products, customer service and retention are buzz-words here at Whitespace Publishers; I do have a bit of a reputation for perfection which is a challenging but rewarding goal to achieve. We’re not always perfect but we’re always striving for perfection. Whereabouts in the County do you live? My family and I live in a beautiful Georgian former vicarage in Boston, which is less than half a mile away from most of the homes I have lived in around Boston. I would definitely describe myself as a ‘home bird’! Which is your favourite area in Lincolnshire and why? This is an easy one for me... Stamford! The beautiful Georgian town has always been a special place for me as my wife Zoie, and I married at The George Hotel six years ago. It was a perfect day, the sun was shining, swans were swimming on the river and we were surrounded by family and friends in a setting which would be hard to find anywhere else. What are you most vehemently held likes and dislikes? I love spending time with my children. I’ve been blessed with having two beautiful daughters Tilly (13), Izzy (11) and two gorgeous little boys Joseph (three) and Harvey (two). I also enjoy spending time with my close friends. We have had some fantastic times together and our parties and dinner parties are actually gaining quite a reputation! Ultimately though, sharing my life with my best friend and wife, Zoie, is the real icing on the cake for me! My dislikes? Unprofessionalism and apathy! How do you spend your spare time? Golf is an annoying sport that I’ve never mastered and probably never will master, but spending a Sunday morning at Boston West Golf Course and achieving just one perfect shot gives me a reason to go back again and again! I enjoy gardening and eating out at the vast array of quality restaurants throughout the county. Partying with my friends always results in an exciting Saturday — though this is usually followed by a quiet Sunday! Whereabouts in the County should our readers go to relax? Belton House in Grantham is a great back-to-basics day out for the family. Frampton Marsh now has a superb nature reserve which is free and lets families enjoy a stroll around to stretch their legs, and Stamford is a superb place for boutique shopping, Can you recommend a favourite Restaurant? The Queen’s Head at Kirkby-la-Thorpe never lets us down for the quality of its food, especially good for Lincoln Red beef on a Sunday. If you want to push the boat out for that special meal we always enjoy The George Hotel of Stamford — I haven’t yet ventured up to Winteringham Fields but it’s definitely next on my list; its reputation is outstanding! Name your favourite book, film and Music I have to admit I loved Duncan Bannatyne’s ‘Dragons’ Den’ book. I was laughing so much it hurt! My favourite film used to be Close Encounters but it’s been overtaken by Love Actually — I am a big softie really! My taste in music completely varies from Michael Jackson to Nat King Cole and from Jazz to Pop. What will your epitaph read? My father has instilled Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’ into me from an early age, so some extracts from that poem would be fitting; ‘Kept his head when all about were losing theirs, didn’t look too good nor talk too wise, and filled each unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.’ Finally… tell us something good! I’ll tell you something great; this magazine and my staff! Over eight years ago I had the inspiration to produce Lincolnshire Pride, I felt that there was a gap in the market and I am very proud of our High Society magazine. I am very proud of my dedicated staff and especially proud of my Editor, Rob Davis. He has been a stalwart of the magazine for over eight years now and I’ve seen him grow in confidence with each success, as the magazine has become the number one magazine in the county. n

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