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LincolnshirePride - The High Society Magazine - April 2010 - Issue 93

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6 Lincolnshire’s best properties.

38 Art and Antiques - Antique Armour and April’s Open Studios.


76 Good Spa Guide - Round-up of 2010’s most relaxing spas. April’s Lincolnshire Pride, and with Spring cheer spreading across the county, we’re delighted to this month introduce a wealth of seasonal fashions from some of the county’s best retailers. We’ve the latest outfits modelled by Lincolnshire women, plus shoes, handbags and other accessories.

88 Fashion - 20 pages of Lincolnshire fashion.

Also this month, we’re delighted to publish 2010’s Good Spa Guide, a comprehensive and objective round-up of the most relaxing residential & day spas, and to continue your pampering at home, we reveal the most popular spa brands’ newest take-home treats and treatments.

150 High Society - The Best Events from Across the County.

This edition celebrates Art on the Map, the county’s arts and crafts initiative for independent artists and studios, plus, we meet NFU Chairperson Sarah Pettitt and Romany museum curator Gordon Boswell. Finally, we promote the county’s best homes, gardens, food & drink and deliver the latest County News alongside our What’s On guide. Our best wishes for a wonderful month! ROB DAVIS EXECUTIVE EDITOR

143 Motors - Executive and Sporting models from Audi.

14 26 30 40 48 56 66 74 76


124 Food - Dining Out, Eating In, County Food and Wine.

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Advertising Feature

WRIGHT VIGAR now in Newark is a founder member of the firm since it commenced over 30 years ago; he is a qualified Trust and Estate Practitioner and also a member of the Society of Expert Witnesses. Michelle has been with Wright Vigar for almost 8 years, training and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor with the firm. Michelle’s client portfolio is focussed around business start-ups and businesses with turnover of up to £1million. Michelle, through training and experience, has been able to offer practical advice in relation to VAT and has helped to develop Wright Vigar’s new VAT service.

Wright Vigar are very pleased to be opening an office in Newark to complement their existing offices; Lincoln (the head office), Gainsborough, Retford, Sleaford and a sub-office in London. The main people involved in the Newark Office will be Richard Vigar and Michelle Stocks, both of whom live in Newark. Richard

As well as a convenient location, Newark is a prosperous town with excellent amenities and a good place to locate and do business. It also is well placed geographically and communications are excellent; they will, of course, improve further when the southbound duelling of the A46 is complete. Wright Vigar feel that the business environment will improve further in future years, as the property market picks up. Wright Vigar already has several clients in Newark and the surrounding area and is looking to strengthen their client base further. They have many colleagues in the

legal profession and the banks in Newark who have been very helpful and accommodating, and they are looking to develop these contacts further. Newark Business Club has also been particularly helpful in assisting in getting to know the business community better. The number of attendees at their monthly breakfast meeting is excellent. With an aim to give an excellent service in all accounting and tax matters Wright Vigar have five Directors and over 70 employees which means that they can provide specialisation as needed. Like any profession, accountancy is very competitive and fees have to be justified by adding value to the business and giving good advice to all clients. This may be in the form of financial expertise such as assistance with budgeting, cash flow, etc but also looking at the business as a whole and considering succession planning, etc. Wright Vigar ensure that businesses do not pay more tax than they should, and this applies to private individuals also. Tax planning for individuals, both income tax and capital tax is an important part of the work. Wright Vigar currently have a broad range of clients but with a particular emphasis on the farming and construction industries together with the professions; they also have a very strong Charities Team and a Forensic Team.

Wright Vigar are looking forward to opening for business in Newark.


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The Boundary, Boston


Spacious detached six bedroomed executive residence located on small select development. Accommodation includes Lounge, dining room, breakfast kitchen, utility, sun lounge, study, cloak room, two en-suites, dressing room, bathroom and double garage. Full sized Snooker room with bar & further first floor accommodation suitable for office, hobbies or further living accommodation (subject to building regulations). uPVC double glazing, gas central heating. Internal inspection essential to fully appreciate.

Contact: Sharman Burgess Estate Agents 3 & 4 Pump Square, Boston, Lincs PE21 6QW Telephone: (01205) 361161 Fax: (01205) 359080 Web: Email:

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Carpenters Carpenters Cottage, Cottage, Brattleby Brattleby

£435,000 £435,000

GuideGuide Price Price

A DELIGHTFUL A DELIGHTFUL MODERN MODERN DETACHED DETACHED STONESTONE AND PANTILE AND PANTILE COTTAGE COTTAGE SITUATED SITUATED IN A SOUGHT IN A SOUGHT AFTERAFTER VILLAGE VILLAGE LOCATION LOCATION WITH VIEWS WITH VIEWS TO THE TOREAR THE ACROSS REAR ACROSS OPEN OPEN FIELDS. FIELDS. The Accommodation The Accommodation Comprises Comprises Entrance Entrance Hall, Cloakroom, Hall, Cloakroom, KitchenKitchen Breakfast Breakfast Room,Room, Utility, Utility, Dining Dining Room,Room, Sitting Sitting Room,Room, First Floor First4Floor Bedrooms, 4 Bedrooms, Bathroom Bathroom and Separate and Separate Shower, Shower, Gas Fired GasCentral Fired Central Heating. Heating. OutsideOutside Gravelled Gravelled Driveway Driveway providing providing Ample Ample Car Standing, Car Standing, Attached Attached DoubleDouble Garage, Garage, Lawned Lawned Gardens Gardens backing backing onto Open onto Fields Open with Fields views with views towards towards The Ridge. The Ridge.

Email:Email: 2 Eastgate, 2 Eastgate, Lincoln Lincoln LN2 1QA LN2 1QA Telephone: Telephone: 0152201522 546444 546444

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Littlemoor Lane, Sibsey 5 Bedroom Prestige / Character • Executive Style Residence • 4/5 Bedrooms • 2 En-Suites • Gas Fired Central Heating • Upvc Double Glazing • Double Garage & Workshop • Landscaped Gdns With Pond • High Standard Ref: LITTL/10257/1

Contact: Bruce Mather Ltd 6 Pump Square, Boston, Lincolnshire PE21 6QW Tel: 01205 365032 Email:


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CutCut Road, Road, Fishtoft Fishtoft 4 Bedroom 4 Bedroom Residence Residence With Land With Land • Detached • Detached 3/4 Bed 3/4Property Bed Property • 3/4 Reception • 3/4 Reception RoomsRooms • En-Suite • En-Suite To Master To Master Bed Bed • Oil Fired • OilHeating Fired Heating • Double • Double GlazingGlazing • Garage • Garage & Workshop & Workshop • Approx • Approx 9.75 Acres 9.75 Paddock Acres Paddock • Rural•Location Rural Location Ref: OLDHO/10013/1 Ref: OLDHO/10013/1

Contact: Contact: BruceBruce Mather Mather Ltd Ltd 6 Pump 6 Pump Square, Square, Boston, Boston, Lincolnshire Lincolnshire PE21 6QW PE21 6QW Tel: 01205 Tel: 01205 365032 365032 Email: Email:

£425,000 £425,000

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The Granary, Heighington Period 4 bedroom stone barn conversion • • • •

hallway • breakfast kitchen • 4 reception rooms • cloakroom 4 bedrooms – master with en suite • landing library • bathroom 4th bedroom/studio with en suite facilities • double garage garden room • walled garden & decking

Contact: Lincoln Office Olympic House, Doddington Road, Lincoln, LN6 3SE Telephone: 01522 508900 Email:


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Sycamore Sycamore House, House, Springfield Springfield Yard, Yard, Branston Branston 4 bedroom 4 bedroom house house on a select on a development select development • hallway • hallway • cloakroom • cloakroom • kitchen • kitchen • utility••utility study• •study lounge/dining • lounge/dining • conservatory • conservatory glazingglazing • 4 double • 4 double bedrooms bedrooms – 1 en –suite 1 en• suite double • double garagegarage • double • double • private • private locationlocation • security • security systemsystem • established • established gardengarden

Contact: Contact: LincolnLincoln Office Office Olympic Olympic House,House, Doddington Doddington Road, Road, Lincoln,Lincoln, LN6 3SE LN6 3SE Telephone: Telephone: 01522 01522 508900508900 Email: Email:

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Annessley House, Tattershall


This extremely well presented, three double bedroom detached period home with many character features including open fireplaces and stripped pine doors benefits from a wide range of accommodation including four reception rooms and large living kitchen. The gardens are pleasantly landscaped having timber cabin, Hot Tub and detached double garage with office over. The shopping, social and educational facilities of Tattershall and Coningsby are within reasonable walking distance for most.

Contact: Robert Bell & Company 32 High Street, Coningsby, Lincs. LN4 4RA Tel: 01526 344434 Fax: 01526 344600 Email:

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Hoplands Hoplands Road, Road, Coningsby Coningsby

£150,000 £150,000

This is This an extremely is an extremely well presented well presented bungalow bungalow situatedsituated to a corner to a corner position, position, convenient convenient for shopping for shopping and social and facilities. social facilities. The property The property benefitsbenefits from three frombedrooms, three bedrooms, two reception two reception rooms rooms and recently and recently updated updated kitchen,kitchen, bathroom bathroom and décor. and décor. A viewing A viewing of this property of this property is highlyis recommended highly recommended to fully to appreciate. fully appreciate. • Kitchen • Kitchen • Dining • Dining Room •Room Lounge • Lounge • Inner•Hall Inner • 3Hall Bedrooms • 3 Bedrooms • Bathroom • Bathroom • Detached • Detached GarageGarage • UPVC• Double UPVC Double GlazedGlazed Doors, Doors, Windows, Windows, FasciasFascias & Soffits & Soffits • Mains• Electric, Mains Electric, Water & Water Drains & Drains • Oil Fired • OilCentral Fired Central HeatingHeating

Contact: Contact: RobertRobert Bell & Bell Company & Company 32 High 32Street, High Street, Coningsby, Coningsby, Lincs. LN4 Lincs.4RA LN4 4RA Tel: 01526 Tel: 01526 344434344434 Fax: 01526 Fax: 01526 344600344600 Email: Email:

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n Boston United FC Friday 2nd April: Home, Frinkley Athletic. Monday 5th April: Away, Hucknall Town. Saturday 10th: Home, Guiseley. Wednesday 14th: Away, Worksop Town. Saturday 17th: Home, FC United Manchester. Saturday 24th: Away, Marine. n Equine Events Friday 2nd April: British Dressage, Sheepgate, Leverton. n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Boston Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Farmers’ Markets third Wednesday in month.

Barton & Barrow News n Rugby Club Taking the Strain for Charity A team of strong men from Barton Rugby Club will this month lift the equivalent weight of the Ross Tiger, to raise over £1,000 for Help for Heroes. The event will take place at Barrow Sports and Fitness Centre on April 30th, whereupon each member of the team, led by Dave McDonald and Joey Jenkins, will perform over 1,000 repetitions of a 50kg lift... the equivalent weight of the 355 tonne Grimsby fishing smack! For more information or to donate, call 07787 142347.

Bourne News n A Tale of Two Bournes Two bridges will open up Bourne’s currently overgrown wellhead following the unveiling of exciting plans by the Bourne United Charity.


n 9th April: Snake Davis Astonishing jazz session saxophonist Snake Davis this month appears at the Ropewalk’s Ropery Hall (01652 660380), to perform a combination of jazz standards, self-penned numbers and soul classics. n 10th April: Henry Priestman Live music at Barton’s Ropery Hall from the Hull-born former Stiff Records punk who supported the New Wave’s greatest acts and founded The Christians. n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Barton Upon Humber Farmers’ Market, Thursday.

News n Borough Council Stumps up £140,000 for St Botolph’s Church Boston Borough Council has earmarked £140,000 over five years to repair the chancel of Boston Stump. The Council will rubberstamp the spend in a future cabinet meeting, whereupon the cash will be used to repair and clean the masonry of the south wall’s two western bays, clean the north elevation and clean down & descale the west window’s ferramenta, as well as repairing the south doorway and re-laying sunken paving.

n Blackfriars Arts Centre, Tel: 01205 363108 4th April: Swan Lake Vienna Festival Ballet brings Swan Lake to Blackfriars, with stunning costumes and incredible choreography. 23rd April: Dusty Springfield Katy Setterfield performs Dusty Springfields most compelling hits, fresh from an award-winning Las Vegas tour. 24th April: Beverley Craven The vocal talent of Beverley ‘Promise Me’ Craven visits Boston this month the perform songs from her new album, Close to Home. 25th April: The Picture of Dorian Gray Wilde’s tale of vanity and horror, performed by Chancel Productions at Blackfriars.

Work on three acres of recreation ground and a boardwalk will commence as Pride goes to press and will be completed in June. n £550 for Haiti Following the Haiti quake, South Kesteven District Council and Grantham Rotary Club held a coffee morning which raised over £550. The money will be used to buy up to 100 special aid boxes containing tents, waterproof clothing and essential tools to help survivors.

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n 17th April: Soul Night Bourne’s Corn Exchange invites you to enjoy a mix of Motown, Northern Soul and 70's Soul Disco Hits and re-live those disco memories in 'Soul Night,’ in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Call the Box Office on 0782 803 2241. n 1st April: Grimsthorpe Family Cycle Challenge Bourne’s Grimsthorpe Cycle Challenge launches this month with a new cycle hire service and four trials of between 3.1 and 9.6 miles. “For several years visitors have been able to bring their own bikes to Grimsthorpe to enjoy the picturesque trails” says Ray Biggs. “However, we’ve added a cycle hire service and family trail so children and parents can take part in a fun quiz along the route.” Grimsthorpe is located on the A151 between Colsterworth and Bourne. For information see n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Bourne Market Thurs and Sat.

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Brigg, Caistor, Rasen News n Mush! Caistor’s Maxine’s Husky Bid Caistor’s Maxine Johnson this month leaves Lincolnshire to drive a team of huskies 250km from Tromso in Norway to Jukarssarvi in Sweden in order to raise £1000 for St Andrew's Hospice in Grimsby. “It was my sister Carole's idea to do a challenge to raise money for a charity.” says Maxine. “My friend Val spent her last few days in St Andrew's and I wanted to raise money for such an excellent cause.” To donate see www.justgiv n 6th April: Yeller-Belly Years Growing up in Lincolnshire Are ill winds heading for Belvoir? from 1930-1950 by Davis. John Image: Chauncey Rhodes; a Talk for Brigg Amateur Social Historians, 8pm, Brigg and District Servicemen’s Club, Coney Court.

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

Gainsborough News n Laughterton Golfer Seeks Sponsors Amateur golfer from Laughterton Nick Lister has gone pro... and is now looking for sponsors to help him build his reputation as one of the area’s most promising players in national competitions. The 27 year old spend 16 years as an amateur player at Torksey’s Lincoln Golf Club and has been playing since the age of seven. n The Sands Venue, Tel: 01427 811118 30th April: The 1970s Sweethearts’ Tour Donny Osmond, David Essex and David Cassidy Tribute... 1970s heartthrobs show by Christopher Nott brings all of their well loved songs together in one show: Hold Me Close, Puppy Love, Love Me For A Reason and many more. n 10th/11th: Saxby Open Garden 8 acres of landscaped gardens at The Garden House, Saxby. n 25th: Haxey Open Garden 38 Low Street, Haxey. Half-acre garden with rockery and herbaceous gardens. n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Open market on Tuesday and Saturday, farmers’ market every second Tuesday in the month.

Grantham News n Messy Church for Families in Castlegate Arts and crafts for families caused a real mess in a Grantham church recently, but helped to encourage local families into the Christ Church on St Peter’s Hill. Minister Jane Campbell said; Traditional forms of church worship are no longer hitting the mark... but Messy Church is for families of all shapes and sizes, and aims to shop that the church still has an important message to deliver.” Activities at the church included stickers and glue pictures, heart shaped biscuit baking and Play-Doh. Future events of a similar nature are planned for March and April. n Guildhall Arts Centre, Tel: 01476 406158 1st: Breakfast at Tiffany’s Capoté’s most enduring work. Find out more about the real Holly Golightly who inspired Hepburn in a Literature at Lunchtime lecture, before a screening of Blake Edwards’s masterpiece. n 11th: Little Ponton Hall Open Garden Event Four acre garden with formal walled gardens, Victorian glasshouse and riverside walk. Hosted from 11th - 13th, in Little Ponton, adjacent St Guthlac’s Church. n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Market every Saturday, farmers’ markets second Saturday in the month.

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Grimsby & Cleethorpes News n Archbishop’s Easter Visit to Grimsby The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Dr Rowan Williams is due to visit Grimsby this easter following a visit to The Holy Land. His visit to the county will co-incide with the anniversary of the death of Bishop Edward King, the 61st Bishop of Lincoln, and will include a lecture in Lincoln Cathedral on the subject. n Children’s Charity Saved from Closure A Grimsby Children’s Charity, FLAG, will continue to provide after-school and weekend activities for disabled children and their families. Readers of the Grimsby Telegraph raised cash to support the charity, that needs £65,000 a year to run. The Charity’s Secretary, Malcolm Rudkin said; “Thanks to the support of the public we’re back in a safe position... we couldn’t just give up.” n Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No. Its a Firefighter! Kind-hearted Grimsby firefighters from Green Watch recently competed in the Lincoln 10k race dressed as children’s TV characters. 15 firefighters from Peaks Lane’s Green Watch completed the run, with profits donated to St Andrew’s Hospice. “We want to raise as much as possible.” said Danielle Taylor.

Image: Steve Punter.

n Grimsby Auditorium Tel: 0844 372 7272 17th April: Jimmy Carr Witty, sharp and often close to the knuckle put-down humour featuring the star of TV’s Eight out of Ten Cats as he launches his brand new Rapier Wit tour at Grimsby Auditorium. n National Fishing Heritage Centre Tel: 01472 323345 3rd - 30th April: A Stitch In Time This exhibition celebrates all that can be created with a needle and thread, with costumes, samples, artwork

and much more. Made up entirely from pieces in the Museum Service Collection, it’s a dazzling exhibition of the needlework skills of generations of men and women. 17th April: Bernard Bale Never With With Animals A National Fishing Heritage Centre Thursday Talk. An award-winning journalist. Bernard is

fully experienced in animal husbandry. In the entertainment world he has met and befriended many celebrities ranging from Vera Lynn to Johnny Depp. Add to that the various Prime Ministers he has spent time with plus the many investigations he has carried out for national and regional newspapers and you have a kaleidoscope of experiences and anecdotes. Full of anecdotes of animal experiences from an escaped elephant to unintentionally frightening Noel Edmonds with a very large spider! n 16th April: Grimsby Historical Association St James’s School Bargate hosts Prof John Ashworth’s talk; Lincoln & The Origins of the Civil War. See for information. n Grimsby Town FC Friday 2nd: Home, Northampton. Monday 5th: Away, Accrington. Saturday 10th: Away, Hereford. Tuesday 13th: Home,ß Chesterfield. Saturday 17th: Home, Torquay. Saturday 24th: Away, Darlington. n Golf in Grimsby Friday 2nd: Good Friday Am/Am. Grimsby Golf Club. Saturday 3rd April: Am/Am. Both from 8am. Call 01472 342823 or see www.grimsby n Shopping & Markets Freshney Place Market Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Freeman Street Market Tues, Fri and Sat. Farmers’ Market 3rd Fri in the month, St James’ Square, Grimsby.

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Professional Equipment for the Commercial & Domestic Customer Holbeach & Long Sutton News n 30 Years of Trading for Sutton Bridge’s Cindy Congratulations to Cindy Gittings and colleagues at Cindy’s of Sutton Bridge. The ladieswear retailer began trading in 1980s, and whilst fashions may have changed considerably over three decades, the retailer’s commitment to her customers haven’t. This month, the retailer hosts a special Frank Walder Open Day on Thursday 15th April. “We’re serving refreshments to visitors and modelling the label’s latest collection.” says Cindy. See our fashion shoot later in this edition for just a few examples of the retailer’s designer names. Cindy’s is situated at 108, Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge. Call 01406 350961.

n South Holland Centre Tel: 01775 764777 www.southholland 1st: Tangomotion Live music and Tango dancing at the South Holland Centre. Tangomotion has appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and Evita! n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Holbeach market on Thursday and Saturday with farmers’ market on the third Saturday in month. Long Sutton market on Friday. Market Deeping market on Wednesday.



News n New Home for Woodhall’s Country Show Organisers of Woodhall Spa’s Country Show have vowed the annual event will continue after concerns that the existing show field would be turned into a caravan site. The show, which is scheduled for May 23rd, will now take place on a larger site a few yards up Green Lane.

Book your pre-season service to receive 20% OFF parts and labour. n 8th April: Ladies’ Day The Petwood Hotel this month hosts a day exclusively for ladies, with morning coffee, fashion show by Cindy’s of Sutton Bridge, two course lunch, raffle and afternoon tea. Tickets for the event are still available for the 10am-4pm event, priced at £25. For more information call 01526 352411. n 9th April: Musicale and Gildenburgh Choirs An evening of easy listening music by these popular Isle of Man & East of England mixed voice choirs, at The Petwood Hotel from 7pm. n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Horncastle market on Thurs and Sat, farmers’ market on second Thursday in month.

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Lincoln News n Kindly Co-Op’s £10,000 Haiti Donation Lincolnshire Co-operative’s Board of Directors has agreed a £10,000 donation towards the Haiti reconstruction effort on behalf of the Society’s 180,000 members. Lincolnshire Co-operative’s President Margaret Tranter said: “Our members and staff have been deeply moved by the terrible events which have unfolded in Haiti. On their behalf, the Board of Directors felt it was appropriate to make this donation towards the reconstruction effort. n Lincoln to Gain New 115 Bedroom Hotel Lincoln’s Brayford Wharf will soon gain a new 115 bedroom hotel with gym and top-floor restaurant. Lincolnshire’s Manorcrest, the project’s developers, are keeping tight-lipped about which one of the ‘world’s most recognised hotel brands’ will own the site... though the Hilton Chain has been named as a possible candidate.

n High Sheriff Lady Sarah McCorquodale opens Air Ambulance Shop Lincolnshire’s High Sheriff, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, recently opened the Bracebridge Heath Air Ambulance Charity Shop at a ceremony attended by Chief Executive Peter Aldrick, Trustees and Staff at the charity’s headquarters. The charity has shops in Market Rasen, North Hykeham, Spalding, Grimsby, Grantham, Mansfield and Woodhouse, with Wragby & Bracebridge Heath the latest editions. The shops are an essential way for the charity to raise the £1.5m annual cost of keeping the air ambulance operating in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. “Last year the shops raised some £127,000 for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.” says the charity’s Vivienne Chambers.

“This year we expanded the shops with the aim of building a secure future for the charity, but none of this would have been possible without the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire supporting us by donating quality goods including furniture, clothes and bric a brac and without our volunteers running & manning the shops and sorting stock”.

“We are always looking for more help...” says Vivienne. “The more volunteers we have, the more events we are able to attend which in the end means extra funds to keep the helicopter in operation.” The air ambulance first began flying in 1994 and can reach any destination in Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire in under 19 minutes. The service completed its 10,000th mission in 2008 and had around 1,000 in the last twelve months, saving lives in the event of RTCs, agricultural accidents and reaching other inaccessible areas. For more information on the charity see

Chief Executive Peter Aldrick and Lady Sarah McCorquodale.

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n Drill Hall, Lincoln Tel: 01522 873891 24th April: In The Spotlight Songs from the Musicals Celebrating over a century of musical theatre, Faye Tozer from Steps together with five of the UK’s finest vocalists, six incredible dancers and a superb live band. With numbers from Oklahoma! My Fair Lady, Wicked & Rent. n Theatre Royal Tel: 01522 519999 13th April: Mum’s The Word An award-winning theatre piece written by six women who have endured the agonies and ecstasies of parenting. A hysterically funny and poignant play, it deals in shocking detail with all the important elements of childrearing! n 23rd-25th April: Twentieth Century Local History Series of lectures at Riseholm Agricultural College, including Lincolnshire’s Hidden Female Agricultural Workers, Twentieth Century Lincolnshire Farm Buildings and Lincoln’s Agricultural Markets and Fairs. Call 01522 521337.

n 4th April: Easter Sunday at Doddington Hall The first Sunday of the year that both the House and Gardens are open with a popular Easter Eggs-ploration around beautiful springtime Gardens. n 22nd April: Spring Flower Arranging A day of flower arranging, using seasonal flowers from the garden. Rachel Petheram demonstrates simple flower arrangements with classes accessible to people whatever their level of experience. Held at Doddington Hall, see or call 01522 694308. n Lincoln City FC Saturday 3rd: Away, Cheltenham. Monday 5th: Home, Morcambe. Saturday 10th: Home, Bournemouth. Tuesday 13th: Away, Notts County. Saturday 17th: Away, Shrewsbury. Saturday 24th: Home, Bury. n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Mon-Sat in City Centre, farmers’ markets first Friday in month in City Square, second Thursday in month in The Cornhill, third Saturday in month in Castle Square.


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Louth & Alford News n Alford Brass Band Visited by Rusty A brass band from Alford last month received a surprise visit North American Brass Band Association President Rusty Morris. The trip also comes ahead of a performance in Tower Gardens, Skegness on 3rd April.



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n Louth Playgoers Tel: 01507 600 350 12th April: Brassed Off A Louth Playgoers production at Louth’s independent arts venue. Based on the 1996 film starring Pete Postlethwaite and Tara Fitzgerald about the Grimley Colliery Band in a Yorkshire village threatened by the closure of their pit. The arrival of a promising young flugelhorn player could save the day for the group, despite friction and tensions within the band. n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Louth market on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, farmers’ market second Friday and last Wednesday in month. Alford Market Tuesday and Friday.


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Newark & Notts n Nottingham Arena Tel: 08444 124624 14th April: Whitney Houston On the heels of her critically acclaimed, internationally chart-topping album I Look To You, pop diva Whitney Houston will be calling at Trent FM Arena Nottingham this month as part of her eagerly anticipated European tour, her first in more than 11 of her twenty-five year career. One of the bestselling female artists of all time, she has sold over 140 million albums worldwide and is the most awarded female artist in history with 411 titles to her name.

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27th & 28th April: Torvill & Dean’s Dancing On Ice The King and Queen of the ice are coming back to Trent FM Arena Nottingham! Starring Gaynor0 Faye, Chris Fountain and Ray Quinn. 25th April: Pink Floyd The Australian Pink Floyd Show formed in 1988 in Adelaide. Their live shows attempt to recreate the look, feel and sound of Pink Floyd’s later world tours. The Australian Pink Floyd Show are renowned for their amazing show, setting them apart from local or regional Pink Floyd tribute bands. n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Newark market on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Farmers’ market on first Wednesday of each month.

Scunthorpe News n Kilimanjaro Climbers set off for £12,000 Trek Four Scunthorpe climbers last month embarked upon a gruelling climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. Josh Butcher, Jonathan Lilley, Tom Davies and James Reddin are raising money for Help 4 Heroes, and will trek 20km daily during a six day ascent.

n 25th April: Open Garden, Low Street, Haxey Half-acre garden consisting of spring bulbs, front rockery with hostas and herbaceous borders. Rear garden includes bulbs, acers, azaleas and flower borders. Fish pond and wildlife pond leads to fruit orchard and vegetable plot. 38 Low Street, Haxey, from 11am-5pm. n Scunthorpe United Friday 2nd: Home, Blackpool. Monday 5th: Away, Swansea City. Saturday 10th: Away, Preston. Saturday 17th: Home, Bristol City. Tuesday 20th: Home, Reading. Saturday 24th: Away, Doncaster. n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Market on Friday and Saturday.


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Shopping Your Guide to What’s Happening across Lincolnshire in March



News n Sleaford Town Centre Redesigned by Public Members of the public and local businesses recently attended an event that gave members of the public the chance to redesign Sleaford’s town centre.

News n New Shopping Site for Sleaford Town Centre Spalding Bus Station and former Gore Lane Telephone Exchange could be torn down to create a new shopping centre in the middle of Spalding, South Holland District Council recently revealed.

The event follows a recent Distinctiveness Survey which revealed that 83% of respondents said they would spend more time in the town centre if there was a better variety of shops and more leisure and entertainment activities.

n Luxury Menswear Retailer in Springfields Luxury men’s clothing retailer TM Lewin has opened its first Lincolnshire shop in Springfields, stocking luxury shirts, ties, suits and accessories.

Sleaford residents have £38.2m available to spend on consumer goods each year and 70 per cent of that money is being spent outside the town. n ‘Slow Down for Horses’ plea to Sleaford Drivers Sleaford equine fans Babs and Amy Larrad are urging drivers around Sleaford’s villages to slow down for horses. "We have had a couple of incidents when out riding with people accelerating past us at dangerous speeds and lots of people driving too close.” Babs, who is from Burton Pedwardine, fears there could soon be an accident and adds; “Horses don't bounce off cars, they can suffer serious injuries and, in turn, the rider can also be at risk." n Sleaford Marathon’s Record Runners 2010’s Sleaford Half Marathon attracted record numbers of competitors last month, with 638 runners taking place.

n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Farmers’ market held on first Saturday of each month.

Skegness & East Coast News n Peter Tapsell speaks at Wind Farm Meeting Skegness MP Peter Tapsell recently addressed a group of protesters near Anderby hoping to block plans to construct a wind farm near their homes. NPower wants to erect six 27m turbines but protester David Quinton fears the turbines would ruin the area, which is a renowned beauty spot popular with birdwatchers.

n Embassy Theatre, Tel: 08456 740505 23rd April: Boy George As the front man of Culture Club, Boy George needs little introduction and remains one of the world's most recognisable pop and fashion icons. With a new album George returns to the live stage performing all the hits from Culture Club, his solo career and some great covers. Never far from his Culture Club roots - George will perform songs from his new album. n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Skegness market from Monday to Saturday.

n South Holland Centre Tel: 01775 764777 22nd April: Jongleurs on the Road Get set for an evening of comedy with a compere and three stand-ups from the Jongleurs circuit. n 3rd-5th April: Deepings Art Group - An Exhibition The first exhibition by members of the Society for All Artists, some of them professionals. Over 70 paintings on display and most of these will be for sale. Based at Oddfellow’s Hall, Market Deeping. n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Spalding market on Tuesday and Saturday, farmers’ market on first Saturday in each month.

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

Spilsby & Alford News n Apprentice Stewart Building Up to Award Spilsby teenager Stewart Needham has been shortlisted for a Lincolnshire and Rutland Work-Based Learning Award. The teenager studied bricklaying at college but, unable to find a job elsewhere, decided to become self-employed. “Ever since then I have not looked back. I've had plenty of work and I am always improving the skills I have.”

n Stamford Arts Centre Tel: 01780 763203 7th and 15th April: The Art of Silver Serendipity Silver Design presents the opportunity to learn ‘The Art of Silver Alchemy’ using Precious Metal Clay. Come along and let experts show you how simple it is to make your very own Fine Silver Jewellery within a relaxed workshop environment, no artistic or creative ability is required.

n 1st April: Snipe Dales An Illustrated Talk An illustrated talk by Peter Graves and James Forrester. Preceded by a short AGM with the Spilsby Area Group, at Franklin Hall, Spilsby, from 7.30pm. See n Shopping & Farmers’ Markets Spilsby market on Monday. Alford market on Tuesday and Friday.

Stamford News n Eco-Warrior Lewis Wants to Make Stamford Green Ten year old St Gilbert’s School student Lewis Baker wants to make Stamford a greener place to live. The youngster is urging mums and dads to walk instead of drive to school, and has this month started a Green Group at his school. “We’re in charge of recycling, litter picking and planting flowers... It’s great fun!” he said.

22nd April: William Morris & The Arts & Crafts Movement William Morris’ life and work was to influence the Arts and Crafts Movement’s spirit and ethos, raising the status of the applied arts and his Socialism gave a vision of a free and equal society in which art is part of everyone’s life. History lecture with Don Chiswell. n 2nd April: Private Gardens, Burghley House This month the Private South Gardens at Burghley House will open for the NGS with spectacular spring bulbs in parklike setting and Capability Brown's famous lake and temple folly. n Shopping & Markets Stamford market on Friday and Saturday (smaller market). Farmers’ market on alternate Fridays, contact TIC for details.


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Travelling Light The Romany culture is alive, well, and brilliantly preserved for all who wish to appreciate the rich heritage of the people... Spalding’s Gordon Boswell, keeper of the world’s largest collection of vardos and ephemera, this month opens his museum for a 15th season to celebrate a traditional way of life in Lincolnshire... Words: Rob Davis.

Many of us value our heritage, and our own family history, but few among us will have such a tenderness for our birthright than Spalding’s Gordon Boswell, who this month opens his Romany Museum on the town’s Clay Bank for its 15th season.

“It’s important to never let the past die.” says Gordon. “It’s been 15 years of hard work but we’ve a great reputation now, and we’ve plenty of coach tours visiting us. People are genuinely fascinated and love to learn about the history of the Romany people.”

“So many people who live in the area know where we are and have often wanted to pop in but have never quite got around to it.” says Gordon. “But when they do visit, they wonder why they’ve left it so long!”

The curator moved to Lincolnshire back in the late 1950s, where he worked alongside father Sylvester and brother Don as a scrap metal dealer.

The museum opened its doors on 25th February 1995 - a very specific and significant date, as it would have been the 100th birthday of Gordon’s father, Sylvester Gordon Boswell, after whom Gordon is named. The museum aims to preserve the history of the Romany people, and to address some of the misconceptions that surround them, as well as preserving Gordon’s own history, which the curator has traced back over seven generations. With three children, ten grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, Gordon wants to preserve the legacy of his family and keep the decreasingly itinerate Romany culture alive for future generations. His enthusiasm and knowledge are limitless and it’s really easy to be drawn into a fascinating and much maligned people with a wealth of history in Lincolnshire.


Gordon brought the site and created a museum as a tribute to his father, who died in 1977. Gordon comes from a long line of Romany historians, with great-great-grandfather Tyso Westrus ‘Dictionary’ Boswell working with fellow academics Croft and Smart to produce a definitive history of the Romani language back in the 1860s, the first translation from the Sanskrit based language. Interestingly the Romany culture also features a heavily Hindu-based religious ideology, favouring ideals of purity, and traditionally favouring outdoor burials.

Romany people value their heritage

and take great pride in retaining a sense of nostalgia for their birthright and for their culture...

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Below: Interior of one of Gordon’s Romany Vardos.

The Romany people originated in Northern India, around the 1100s. Their initial migration was the result of fleeing persecution and being sold into slavery following India’s invasion by the Ayrans.

This month, the culture and Gordon’s own family will be preserved with a special edition porcelain sculpture of a Romany Vardo driven by Gordon and designed by Peter Jones China.

Featuring Gordon and Margaret on their restored Heading to Egypt, from where many incorrectly Reading Caravan, the example that believe Romany people originated, features Queen Victoria’s crest, the the term Gypsy was used for the first sculpture will be unveiled this month. time, originally to describe a Romany The Romany Created with a limited run of just woman who married outside of her people’s way of life 300, the first example of the culture and became a ‘half-breed’... the term was later used as an insult. and their traditional porcelain design to be produced will be presented to Gordon with all 300 Vardos and Heading into Europe, the people of the remaining examples of the made their way to Scottish shores £950 design already sold. memorabilia around 1500, and ventured south to survive in Gordon’s With more and more Romany people England some 10 or 20 years later. choosing to settle, and colourful, Further persecution ensued at the Spalding museum beautifully crafted Vardos now a thing hands of Henry VIII where hangings for all to enjoy... of the past on our roads, Gordon is would frequently occur, and into the proud to keep the culture of his 20th century where the Romany people alive and says he is delighted that so many people were the first ethnic group to be targeted visitors each year enjoy what he believes is the by the Nazi regime, with estimates of between largest collection of Romany Vardos and 220,000 and 1.5m deaths. memorabilia in the World. Despite horrors and persecution, the Romany “It’s important to remember where we come from people have endured prejudice, and their and to celebrate our families.” says Gordon. “I just traditional Vardos and memorabilia survive in hope that visiting the museum gives people as Gordon’s museum for all to enjoy. much pleasure as I get from creating it.” n

HISTORY OF THE ROMANY CULTURE 1960s from wagons with Royal associations with shiny polished wood & brasses and colourful paintwork to thoroughly modern kitsch wagons with polished chrome.

The term Romany refers to an ethnic group who have their origins in Northern India, NOT Egypt as many people believe. There are over 4,000,000 in Europe and Asia, with between 44,000 and 100,000 in the UK, less than 1% of the entire population. Gordon’s museum aims to keep the Romany culture alive and is visited by many coach loads of visitors over the 6 months they are open. Visitors come to enjoy Gordon and Margaret’s collection of 20 Romany Vardos plus Romany memorabilia and ephemera dating back from the 1850s to the


Among the museum’s star attractions are a late 1800s wagon bearing a coat of arms attributed to Queen Victoria, the coat of which was covered up by a board signed by the wagon’s next owner, the actor and star of War & Peace, Dunkirk, Great Expectations and Goodbye Mr Chips, John Mills, and his friends and fellow stars. Mills’s wife Mary Bell wrote the story for Whistle Down the Wind whilst sitting in the caravan. A photo published alongside the Guardian obituary printed following Mills’s death in 2005 shows the couple sat on the steps of the vardo, upon which Mary wrote a number of other screenplays. Other attractions include a 1930 Eccles wagon, a traditionally designed vardo with a wonderfully furnished interior that’s designed to be towed by a car, the earliest example of a caravan with beautiful workmanship.

Later exhibits include two much later caravans, a Westmoreland Star and Vickers, deemed the Rolls Royce of caravans back in their day. A newly built cinema features a DVD of Gordon’s documentary on Romany life, whilst the area also features photographs of Gordon’s family and projectors for a slide show, which last over an hour and offers a fascinating insight into the history and culture of the Romany people plus a history of Gordon’s own family too. Gordon also offers visitors the opportunity to arrange a seven mile trip on a Romany Vardo with stick fire and traditional steak meal cooked on the roadside. Lasting around six hours, it’s a relaxing way for a group of up to six to experience the Romany way of life and enjoy South Holland’s expansive scenery. The museum opens late in March as Pride goes to press and will remain open to visitors from Friday to Sunday and on Bank Holidays until October. For information on The Romany Museum call 01775 710599 or see

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The Lincolnshire Pride Gallery: Putting Art on the Map

n Art on the Map takes place around Lincolnshire in April and May. To celebrate the county’s artists’ co-operative, we this month visit the studios of the artists behind the pieces featured here... and you can too...! Our main picture shows (left shelf): Paradise Bird Batic Silk Scarf by Barbara Melling and large format painting by John Gray. (centre shelf) Saxophone player by Louise


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Arts & Crafts

Stebbing, Fast from the Past and the Penultimate Supper by Adrian Fordham and Big Sky by Louise Stebbing. (right shelf) Town landscape by Phil Tetlow and textile artwork by Julie Willoughby. (floor) Sharrow Lanterns and Michael’s Garden by Phil Bowman, sculptures by Tim Mackereth and Robert Fogell, bowl by Steve Leaning. Turn the page to meet the artists behind our gallery.


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Arts & Crafts

Peter Montgomery, Scothern.

PUTTING ART ON THE MAP This month’s featured artwork has been produced by artists belonging to the county’s Art On The Map members, who, in April and May, open their studios to the public... Art On The Map brings together many of Lincolnshire’s finest artists and craftspeople who work collectively to open their art studios and creative work spaces to the public. The next Open Studio weekends take place in April and May. Visiting Professional Artists... Established in 1999, Art On The Map was set up to do just that – put artists and art firmly on the Lincolnshire map. This county-wide network has gone from strength to strength and now has 100 artists actively working across the county. The Open Studio scheme consists of set days in which artists in a particular region of Lincolnshire invite the public into their


TIm Mackereth, Anwick Forge.

studios to watch them working. Gainsborough-based textile artist Julie Willoughby is passionate about the Open Studio concept: “Art On The Map gives people a chance to see how work develops from the germ of a thought into a finished piece!” Supporting Artists Printmaker Louise Stebbing believes that open studios also support the work and skill of artists: “Visitors are often surprised at the amount of time and effort that goes into creating our art.”

Finding Out More... Many artists also run workshops and give taster ‘have a go’ demonstrations allowing visitors to discover a new hobby, develop a new skill and discover their creative side.

It is often easy to underestimate the impact of the arts - tourism, arts and cultural industries (this includes artists and craftspeople) contribute approximately £1.2 billion a year Visitors to Lincolnshire’s economy. n

to the contributing artists’ studios are surprised to see how much effort goes into producing artwork...

Journeys of Discovery... What each studio has in common is that they offer a unique insight into where the inspiration to create art comes from, and visitors can enjoy experiencing and learning how a rich and varied selection of art forms - including painting, drawing, ceramics, ironwork, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, calligraphy, plaster art, photography, glass art and mosaics – come into being and end up as finished art or crafts works.

In the next few pages, we’ve chosen to feature just a few of the many artists opening their studios in each area.

Admission to Studios is free and many artists will offer refreshments to visitors with each of Art On The Map area hosting Open Studios weekends throughout April and May. Before setting off we recommend you check the Art On The Map website or call ahead to ensure a studio is open.For more information see

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The Wolds and Coast Artists Barbara Melling & Philip Tetlow work in textiles & paper and on canvas to produce stunning work from their studios in Wainfleet and Louth... Both will be opening their studios to visitors on 17th/18th April and 1st/2nd May....

1. Barbara Melling, Wainfleet Batik, Textiles and Mixed Media Artist Enter Barbara Melling’s studio in Wainfleet Bank and you’re greeted with an exotic and colourful feast for the eyes. Objects and art works including pictures, wall hangings, vessels, jewellery and textiles in rich and vibrant colours all adorn the walls. “I take inspiration from everywhere and everything, although a part of my work is concerned with the flora and fauna found locally to my studio which is in a rural situation very near the coast” she explains. “Since moving to Lincolnshire seven years ago I have, with the aid of an Arts Council England grant, been able to set up my studio which is a converted blacksmith's forge. I now work mainly with textiles and paper using batik techniques. Many things contribute to my way of working and the feel of the materials used is very important to me, from pure silk to recycled paper. I use vibrant dyes, as colours are a key part in my work and can enhance both the design and the materials used.”

cantings (wax pens), brushes or stamps. Paint or dye is then applied that does not adhere to the areas where the wax has been placed to create stunning visual effects.

contrasting tones, the dapples and reflections. I often start with a dark canvas and work tone on tone until, after building up the layers, the finished painting emerges.”

Barbara gained her degree in Fine Art about 30 years ago at Wimbledon School of Art. She specialised in sculpture and then took a post graduate diploma in art therapy at St. Albans School of Art. She now works from her studio where she holds classes and workshops and has a small craft shop. One day a week she also works in a school for children with severe learning disabilities.

Philip graduated in Fine Art at Sheffield College of Art and Brighton before teaching art in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. He now exhibits widely throughout the UK.

2. Philip Tetlow, Louth Aviation and Portrait Painting Philip’s repertoire includes landscape paintings, portraits, aviation art and other commissions. “My common theme is light and it’s ever changing effects on the world we observe, landscape, buildings, people.” says Philip. “I love the huge open skies and the sudden seasonal changes and seek to capture that instant play of light on the landscape, the

Although essentially anchored in realism, his paintings represent his striving to balance an image of reality with the pure 2 l enjoyment of painting and maintaining painterly qualities. 1 l “To me, a portrait is not just an image of the person. It should be a reflection of their personality too. I take the time to get to know my subjects. I think it’s important to have a real feeling for their interests, character and changing moods!” n

Batik is a process whereby hot wax is applied to natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, linen, paper or even wood and leather material using Barbara Melling in her studio and at work.


Open Studios Wolds & Coast 17th/18th April, 1st/2nd May n Barbara Melling The Old Forge Studio, Wainfleet Bank, Wainfleet St. Mary, Skegness, PE24 4JP Tel: 01754 880652 Web: n Philip Tetlow 10 South Street, Louth, LN11 9JS. Tel: 01507 607309. Web:


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Artists in The Vales A trio of 3D artists, working in metal, ceramics and carving respectively, open their studios to the public this month on 8th/9th May and 22nd/23rd May...

3. Tim Mackereth, Anwick Blacksmith Tim Mackereth of Anwick Forge is a passionate blacksmith with an incurable fascination for ‘moving metal’ and an enduring curiosity for discovering what metal is capable of. Tim’s sense of adventure means that the work he and his team at Anwick Forge take on can range from a simple paperweight and work for domestic settings to large scale pieces of art in commercial or public spaces. As well as mild steel, he also works in wrought iron, stainless steel and even copper

the crumbling graffitied walls, and the colours of faded plaster and wallpaper on half demolished buildings. Steve uses a combination of different clays, oxides, coloured slips and glazes with multiple firings to build up the colours and textures of the final piece.

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5. Robert Fogell, Stamford

4. Steve Leaning, Newton

Sculptor and Carver

Ceramicist, Painter and Sculptor Take a trip to the picturesque hamlet of Newton nestled between Sleaford, Bourne and to the east of Grantham, and you will find artist Steve Leaning busy at work in the end of a 17th century house. Steve and his artist wife Barbara have literally turned a room of their home into a studio and gallery – aptly called The End Room - to showcase a mix of contemporary and traditional ceramics, painting and sculpture. Steve’s inspiration for his latest ceramic work, with titles such as ‘Urban Decay’, is taken from the run down areas and buildings of our towns and cities, from

Steve Leaning in his studio.

Stamford-based sculptor Robert Fogell has been busy at work on a new sculpture in his studio at Burghley House in Stamford: “I’m interested in the geometry of sculpture, the balance that occurs in nature and the universe. Elements such as symmetry, positive and negative mass, and the investigation of scientific and artistic dialogue are all fascinating to me. My work is underpinned by seeking to understand where science, mathematics and art merge.” Robert teaches specialist workshops in carving, clay modeling and plaster construction at the Burghley House studio and also runs art workshops for primary and secondary schools in the area. n


Artists in the Fens A trio of Fenland artis will open their studios to visitors on 8th/9th and 15th/16th May...

Open Studios The Vales

6. Louise Stebbing, Wisbech

8th/9th, 22nd/23rd May


n Tim Mackareth Anwick Forge, 62 Main Road, Anwick, Sleaford, NG34 9SU. Tel: 01526 830303. Web:

“I was enticed back to the Fens in 1993 after 14 years away at college and work, and then converted a barn into my studio. I’ve found that overlooking the rural Fenland landscape has been a great source of inspiration for my work.”

n Steve Leaning The End Room, The Old Farmhouse, Newton NG34 0DY. Tel: 01529 497470. n Robert Fogell St Leonard’s Gallery, St Leonard’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2HU. Tel: 01780 755620.

Printmaker Louise Stebbing creates atmospheric etchings, and vibrant, colourful screen prints and linocuts that depict the Fens and exotic places she has visited. She continues: “Using a variety of techniques, I draw inspiration from my environment and try to capture the essence of a place, for example the dramatic fen skies and simple but intense landscapes.”

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Main: Adrian Fordham in his Spalding studio.


Below/Inset: Louise Stebbings’s Skylark Studios

Open Studios The Fens 8th/9th, 15th/16th May n Louise Stebbing Fenlands Studios, Hannath Road, Tydd Gote, Wisbech, PE13 5ND. Tel: 01945 420403. Web: n Adrian Fordham 259 Bourne Road, Spalding, PE11 3LW. Tel: 01775 710003. n John Gray/Helen Webber Riverbank Studios, Double Street, Spalding, PE11 2AB Tel: 01775 680683. Web:

She is also a qualified teacher with several years of experience teaching both adults and children and running classes at her Skylark Studios. “My images usually start with a sketch and I like the print to evolve as I create it – not working out too much detail in advance.”

layers of meaning to give a piece attitude, a twist in the tale or some humour. My inspiration comes from many sources including artists like Salvador Dali who encourage us to see the world differently.”

8. John Gray/Helen Webber Spalding, Painters

7. Adrian Fordham, Spalding, Abstract Painter Former cabinet maker and antique furniture restorer Adrian Fordham turned his workshop into an art studio on his retirement in 2006. He now spends much of his time there painting large canvases that are simply bursting with colour and energy. “My work depicts the people, places, objects and instances I encounter in daily life or when travelling. I like to go beyond the apparently obvious to make the ordinary extraordinary and create or reveal

John and Helen are both painters, and Riverbank Studios, situated on the River Welland in central Spalding, houses their own painting studios as well as a gallery and teaching space.

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John Gray works on large figurative oil paintings with autobiographical and historical subjects, often featuring his home city of Edinburgh.

John has had many solo and group exhibitions, and his work is included in many public and private collections.

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Artists in Lincoln Nigel, Phil and Sarah invite the public into their studios on 3rd & 4th and 10th & 11th April as part of the Lincoln Cluster of Art On The Map

12. Nigel Sardeson,

There is nothing Nigel Sardeson doesn’t know about trees. As well as being a sculptor, he is also the Trees & Woodlands Officer for Lincolnshire County Council. He has been producing large woodcarvings of natural and abstract forms since 1995, when he was a forester.

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Art in West Lindsey Giclée, Furniture and Painting on 8th/9th and 15th/16th May

Lincolnshire born artist Peter Montgomery was raised in Sleaford, but has lived and painted in Scothern since 1992. "I paint to help recall happy memories of places and events in my life.”

“I carve in strong curves that flow with the grain of the wood and I look for shapes that we recognise and that create an impression. When carving figurative work I aim to be accurate enough to make the result believable, but stop short of the detail that can render a carving lifeless. The patterns achieved by cutting across the grain of wood add complexity to the forms and are brought out through sanding and oiling the finished work.”

“In general, subjects for my paintings are places that I have visited. When possible, I paint outdoor sketches from life, using acrylics, and then return to my studio to produce finished paintings in oils.”

He also breathes new life into dead trees, working on-site and carving using whatever tools are most effective, especially chainsaws, to allow him to realise the shape quickly, and making his work affordable.

10. Julie Willoughby, Gainsborough

13. Phil Bowman,

Textiles artist Julie Willoughby creates incredible and breathtaking textile sculptures and wall hangings inspired by a range of influences including nature, historical events and the seaside.

Painter and gallery owner Phil Bowman is a very busy man. You will often find him in the intimate space of the Gallery At St Martins, in the heart of Lincoln, located close to the cultural quarter, Cathedral quarter and busy High Street.

9. Peter Montgomery, Scothern Fine Art Painting and Giclée

She has previously worked as design technician, puppeteer, and costume and scenery designer for theatre, festivals and community plays.

11. Tim Rinaldi, Gainsborough Furniture Maker

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Tim designs and make handmade furniture. On leaving school he served a five year apprenticeship in handcrafted furniture with a local firm, before he enrolled at the University of Lincoln and graduated with a degree in Furniture Design 9 l & Manufacture. Now with his own workshop, he is also a full member of The Society of Designer Craftsmen with his work featured in A-Level Design Technology textbooks, ensuring that his knowledge and skills are passed onto future generations. n


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artists, and those up and coming on the art scene, and has a different exhibition each week. His own work uses the three traditional disciplines of still life, landscape and figuration as a starting point from where the picture is taken on a journey via abstraction. “At the heart I am a colourist” he says “the majority of my work is characterised by the use of heightened vibrant colour. The possibities of working from the model open up many avenues, and the influence of the figure can be found in both my landscape and abstract works.”

14. Sarah Graves,

Based in Lincoln, Mary Mary Mosaics creates beautifully colourful, original mosaics for the home and garden. Sarah Graves explains: “Living in a Victorian townhouse with a small courtyard garden inspired me to find alternative ways of decorating my outdoor space. It started with a mosaic mirror to reflect the light, then I added a mosaic table and chairs to give interest and colour. Sarah also runs creative mosaic courses for schools and community groups, undertaking public art, and private and community commissions. n

The gallery aims to show a good mix of established


Lincoln & West Lindsey n Peter Montgomery: 4 Church Street, Scothern, Near Lincoln, LN2 2UA Tel: 01673 861556. n Julie Willoughby: 16 Edward Road, Gainsborough, DN21 2QR. Tel: 01427 811977. n Tim Rinaldi: Hall Farm Nursery, Harpswell, Gainsborough, DN21 5UU. Tel: 07974 419723. n Nigel Sardeson: Honey Suckle Cottage, Barrf Road, Potterhanworth, LN4 2DU. Tel: 01522 792201. n Phil Bowman: Gallery at St Martins, 37b Hungate, Lincoln, LN1 1ET Tel: 07720 810468. n Sarah Graves: 24 North Parade, Lincoln, LN1 1LB.Tel: 01522 522493.


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KNIGHTS & SHINING ARMOUR FATHER AND SON GARTH AND DOMINIC VINCENT ARE THE THIRD AND FOURTH GENERATION OF ANTIQUES FANS IN THEIR FAMILY, AND SHARE AN INTEREST IN ANTIQUE WEAPONRY INCLUDING FIREARMS, SWORDS AND SUITS OF ARMOUR, TRADING IN THEM FROM THEIR GRADE II* GRANTHAM MANOR HOUSE... Allington Manor is a superb Grade II* listed property near Grantham. Like all starred properties, it boasts noteworthy internal features beyond its mullion windows – in this case, original panelling and a huge Jacobean dog-leg staircase. Enter, the property, however, and the period features of the property are enhanced further by the majestic entrance hall’s four large suits of armour and antique weaponry from different periods, some replicas of those dating back to the Civil War, some from a little later. “My father was a rector in Suffolk, and also ran the nearby RAF station. His father was a keen antiques collector and our home was always full of Georgian antiques.” Garth never intended to forge a career in the antiques trade, instead becoming a landscape gardener, but the chance find of a Lancaster Rifle dating from around 1860 in a client’s garden led to an interest in the specialism of collectable and antique weaponry and militaria alongside his existing interest in general antiques and collectables, selling items like pocket watches, gramophones and gramophone records on tables at fairs. Garth’s first purchase was a Japanese sword bought for £8 and sold for over £1,500 and thus began a long career trading in militaria and weaponry. Garth then set up the Leicester Antiques Centre, the largest of its type in the UK with one of the area’s best collections of antique weaponry, and was the UK’s first dealer at the Berlin Arms Fair in 1989 upon the fall of the Berlin Wall. Throughout his career, Garth has moved away from specialist militaria fairs some of which can be intimidating, cliquey and tend to specialise in weapons from the Second World War. Using general antiques fairs to trade in his products, Garth finds, results in a more approachable client base, more interested in items from an earlier period. Having moved to Lincolnshire 27 years ago, Garth was joined in the trade by son Dominic two years ago, and now operate from their Allington home, selling pistols, pikes and pole arms, swords, Japanese swords,


cannons and armour. Over 70% of their trade is UKbased, with the 19th century the most common period. Typical items include Victorian swords, Cromwellian Armour, flintlock pistols and US Civil War era Colt Revolvers, from the English Civil War period with up to the First World War. In the two years that Dominic has been working in the business he has seen some items double in value. “The scarcity of the items we trade is becoming recognised and I’ve seen most items appreciate rapidly.”

Main: Dominic and Garth, the Grantham father and son team who have discovered a niche market for the trade of weaponry and armour from the Civil War era to the early 20th Century era.

Typical values include firearms at between £500 and £600, with rarer items fetching several thousands of pounds and items that are rarer still like a pair of cannons Garth traded, can fetch anything up to £45,000. Armour is a marginal trade, with the pair selling only five or six sets a year. However, complete suits of armour such as a 16th century Milanese style full suit (pictured right) or 19th century replica suit made for display are valued at £35,000 and £23,500 respectively.

For more information see www.garth or call 01400 281 358.

Professional restoration is a must for any item, Garth and Dominic suggests that many of the county’s period homes could contain items of real value. “We’ve over 13,000 contacts on our database so we’re pretty good at matching items that will appeal to our existing client, so it's worth checking if you've anything of interest to us in the attic.” Whilst some items are traded internationally, with Japan, China and Europe common destinations for international trade, the US is a not a popular market for militaria, as post-9/11 shipping costs of £150, designed to stem the import of firearms have made import costs preclusive to many. Having stocked Abercrombie & Fitch’s flagship store, shooting wear Holland & Holland’s Regent Street foyer and supplied militaria for celebrities like Michael Flatley’s Castle Hyde, trade is exceptional for Garth and Dominic, and with items appreciating in value steadily, their products make great investments and in the mean time… really enhance for Lincolnshire’s period properties. n

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Barn Thriller

With reclaimed bricks and wood, period features and real charm, a recently restored Sturton by Stow property boasts thrilling character and natural charm

i Gilbert’s Barn at TheSturton Coach House, by Carlton Stow Scroop Owners: David and Lesley Hackney. Style: Recently restored period barn conversion on former farm near Lincoln. Receptions: Three, currently arranged as drawing room, dining room and orangery. Bedrooms: Four, three with En Suites. Other Features: Wealth of reclaimed or original materials, mezzanine reception/study. Price: £420,000. Find Out More: Savills of Lincoln, Olympic House, Doddington Road, Lincoln. Call 01522 508900, or see

If you’re seeking a period property with plenty of character, and versatile layout that combines gorgeous internal features with the modernity of a recent renovation, that’s a stone’s throw away from Lincoln, look no further than this month’s Welcome Home property. Gilbert’s Barn is a period barn conversion that utilises red brick and original reclaimed roof tiles originating from around 1801, that once formed part of an arable farm in the village of Sturton. Just 15 minutes from the centre of Lincoln, the property has three bedrooms and a versatile mezzanine level, plus a generous formal drawing room, cosy orangery dining room and a breakfast kitchen that affords owners David and Lesley Hackney plenty of room for when their four children visit their parents for a meal. This is something their offspring do often, since David and Lesley are former restauranteurs with a huge passion for food, so the chance of a meal cooked by mum and dad is especially appealing, and the property is, necessarily, very much fit for this purpose, with a generous, well-appointed and beautiful looking kitchen with Aga and David’s new kitchen garden outdoors.


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The property features three bedrooms and three reception rooms including three en suite bedrooms, a versatile mezzanine level, and a cosy orangery, plus a beautiful country house kitchen...

The original part of the building, the drawing room and adjacent breakfast kitchen, dates from around 1801 and was converted in 2001 by the property’s previous owners. David is a Lincoln man born and bred whilst Lesley comes from Oxfordshire. Having met some 20 years ago, the couple were in business throughout the 1980s and 1990s as the owners of a successful computer software company before moving to Woolacombe in Devon to start a seafood restaurant, The Boardwalk, before moving on three years later to run a Cumbrian hotel. Moving back to Lincolnshire in 2006, the couple were originally seeking a renovation project of their own but instead came across an ‘off the peg’ solution which was as beautiful and practical as any project they could envisage and design themselves.


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Main: The country house kitchen features an electric Aga and Aga module. Left: The drawing room and mezzanine, and dining room.

Today, Gilbert’s Barn’s stunning 18ft square breakfast kitchen and drawing rooms are the property’s most compelling features, and over both is a 40ft mezzanine level with balcony that constitutes a great informal reception room, fourth bedroom or study area.

couple also source many of their furnishings from antiques fairs, with Hemswell being a particular favourite, and have continued their 1800s theme by employing a generously proportioned Aga in the kitchen with electric ovens, and butler sink.

All around the property are period beams in thick oak, whilst stripped pine floors and earthy colours from the palettes of Farrow & Ball and Fired Earth. These are used with aplomb by Lesley, who has created the property’s cosy interior with furnishings by Horncastle’s The Big Chair Company, on the Wong, and Lincoln’s Shaws on the High Street, from which David and Lesley found their Duresta sofa, coffee table and dining set with harlequin chairs and thick oak table.

In the dining room, a multi-fuel stove is nestled in a fireplace whilst the drawing room’s inglenook contains a less messy electric contemporary instead, plus large French windows looking out onto the grounds.

“We love G H Shaw’s in particular - they’re really nice people, great to deal with.” The

“We love the look and feel of the property.” says David. “It looks great but it’s also really practical. The orangery is cosy, with three internal walls so it’s nice and warm, but the glass roof still lets in loads of light, it’s a great place to sit and read. We love the hallway too, it’s large and wide, and it lets in plenty of light.”


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Sturton’s Gilbert’s Barn is a superb barn conversion that’s bright & beautiful and packed with period features... Three bedrooms and the option of a fourth in the mezzanine level create generous living space with privacy ensured by no fewer than three en suite bathrooms, making the property ideal for families with teenagers. Sloping beamed gables and bathrooms with Heritage sanitaryware ensure the period look and feel continues throughout the house, and underlying all of the fixtures and fittings of the property is the reassurance of brand new electrical and plumbing infrastructure. Outside the property, the couple have ensured the grounds afford the property as much privacy as possible, and plenty of shade. A vegetable plot is David’s latest passion, and the chef is already thrilled by the prospect of growing and cooking his own vegetables. A generous double garage is partly concealed from view, whilst the grounds are being enjoyed, with black timber cladding and large barn doors in castle grey give the property a cheerful lift, and a further terrace to the rear of the property provides a real sun trap with a water feature, climbing ivy and olive & fig trees creating a mediterranean feel. With the couple planning a move to Oxford in the next couple of years to ensure they are closer to Lesley’s family, the couple has recently put Gilbert’s Barn on the market for £420,000 but concede that they will be extremely reluctant to leave the property. Undoubtedly, Lesley has lavished a great deal of thought, imagination and creativity on the property’s decoration, in between her work as Church Warden at Bailgate’s St Mary Magdalene church and as a hospice chaplain. Nonetheless, with another project beckoning and the possibility of the couple creating their next home from scratch, the couple will certainly leave a beautiful legacy back in Sturton! n



Inspired Buys Parisienne painted sleigh bed from Revival Beds, Retford; £call. 1930s special edition retro Aga; £call, from Gold lamp by Home Sense; £60 by Dining chairs from Lincoln’s Chris Sharp Cabinets; £call, Duresta Sofa from The National Trust range; £call,

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Red Hot Use red as a cheerful, bold accent colour in your kitchen with our favourite kitchenalia...



There are plenty of weighing scales on the market, but none are more accurate, stylish or traditional than these, from Typhoon. The company’s Retro Scales in red feature enamel body, stainless steel bowl and clear dial and will weigh up to 4kg; £12.50.

In addition to excellent non-stick properties, Judge’s Wacky Wok will look great in any kitchen, particularly in bright cranberry. With hard-wearing handles and a hanging loop, plus non-stick coating, it’s the ideal wok for any hob; gas, electric, aga or induction; from £6.99.



Joseph Joseph are masters of the ingenious, from folding chopping boards to fold-flat colanders and nests of preparation bowls. Shown here, Rinse&Chop is a patented hinged chopping board that, when folded, creates a strainer at one end and a chute at the other; £15.

This ingenious grater from Joseph Joseph folds completely flat for easy storage. When required, simply unclip the locking catch and open out, to create a traditional-style box grater. The side-grip handle makes grating over food easy, with both fine and coarse stainless steel blades; £15.


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Morphy Richards’s Accents toasters in two slice and four slice red feature polished aluminium, keep warm setting, and frozen bread setting, blending modern features with gorgeous retro style; 4 slice £39.99.

A must for any serious chef, cast iron cookware from Le Creuset is now available in glossy chilli red. Shown here as a frying pan, it’s also available in casserole and stockpot form, as three-piece pan sets with 16cm, 18cm and 20am diameters or as a new three-in-one 23cm multipan; from £50.



Quality coffee without the hassle... using a 15 bar pump, and convenient, mess-free Roast & Ground pods from Nescafé, Krups’s Dolce Gusto is a superb way to enjoy cappucino, macchiato, chococino, and mocha in your own home, cup by cup. From £129.

New Accents Traditional Kettle Collection, combines classic retro styling with all the functional features required in today’s kitchen; £39.99. Selected products available from Hill’s Department Stores, Broad Street, Spalding. Call 01775 767155 or see


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A Tropical Paradise... in Lincolnshire Create a tropical paradise and shelter from April Showers this month... we’ll show you how!



Prima Vera is a classic small summerhouse with beautiful Georgian styling and a wealth of options. Offering more shelter than its open counterparts, the structure also features two top-hung windows, weather vane or brass ball finisher, five colour options and large single door. By Lugarde, £3,421.

Miami is one of Oldrids’s most popular ranges, and features a dining table that seats between eight and 10 people. Perfect for dinner parties and drinks parties this summer, and for hosting barbecue parties in shaded comfort; available from £6,865.00.



Beach Hut Leisure’s newest addition and the smallest product in company’s range, Cocoa compliments all garden settings with a thatched layered roof, windbreak panel and upholstered bench seating for four people... a great retreat even where space is limited, at £4,145.

Prima Michelle is a larger pyramid building featuring two sets of large folding doors. This is an ideal building for those seeking a cosy summer house and those who prefer fresh air with the option to open up either of the doors or on those hot balmy evenings, both sets !


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Miami is a cost-effective house extension solution; a timber log cabin that comes with a sectional door that’s electronically operated, two folding doors and a built in canopy. The design can also be adapted to your needs to provide a bespoke outbuilding for your pool, spa, or barbecue terrace.

Fifth Avenue is one of the smaller summer houses in this range but still an ideal place to sit and enjoy your garden. This versatile summerhouse is perfect as a focal point or to fit neatly into a corner of the garden, ideal for storing your patio furniture or garden tools.



Why not choose a beach hut as the perfect spa housing? Keep leaves at bay, keep your spa clean and provide muchneeded shelter from the sun whilst at the same time creating your own private oasis in which to relax and unwind. Spa is the £4,800 beach hut that will enhance your garden for years to come!

The perfect place to enjoy your garden, relax and reflect... inspired by contemporary beach hut design. An economical way to add extra space to your home; £6,083. All of our featured rooms are available from Downtown Garden Centre of Great Gonerby Junction, Grantham... see or call 01476 512333 for details.


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Fire & Soil... Paul Gray of Gunby Hall this month recalls a poem from his childhood and muses on the merits of an open fire to take the nip out of chilly Spring evenings... the perfect antidote to a month of hard but rewarding work, preparing for a warm Spring and Summer...

Words & Images: Paul Gray and Rob Davis.

The Firewood Poem


Beechwood fires are bright and clear If the logs are kept a year, Chestnut’s only good they say, If for logs ‘tis laid away. Make a fire of Elder tree, Death within your house will be; But ash new or ash old, Is fit for a queen with crown of gold Att. Celia Congreve

I always remember, when I was a boy, we used to live near the sea. My father and I used to go fire-wooding, that is, collecting up drift wood for the open fire. He would always tell me that firewood kept you warm three times; in the collecting, the sawing and the burning.


On trips to a lovely holiday cottage down at Theddlethorpe we taught our own daughters the same maxim as we fuelled the open fire there. Since then many people have gone away from ‘dirty’ open fires to use ‘clean’ fuels like gas, oil and electricity. Now, at last, people have come to their senses and realise that unlike the former, wood is actually a carbon neutral fuel. Added to this, it is totally renewable and the waste product, grey powdery ash, is an excellent plant food/soil conditioner, and wood, when dry, burns with great heat and little smoke. I always remember an old Lincolnshire farm hand, Charlie Wilkinson, with whom I used to work. If something was too hot to eat he used to exclaim “Must have bin cooked on sticks.” I asked him what this saying meant; it was to do with old fashioned cast iron ranges. If you wanted to get something to come to the boil, you used to put some dry sticks on the fire and it soon got things bubbling. He also used to say that if something was really tasty it had been cooked “’pon an ash fire.” As the poem quoted above says ash is perhaps the best wood of all to burn.

Since my childhood, I have been

told that collecting firewood keeps you warm three times... collecting, sawing and burning...!

Take Five: Jobs for April 1. Plant evergreen hedges like conifers and hollies. 2. Hardy annuals can be sown in the garden to provide quick colour. 3. Plant out young sweet peas in prepared ground. 4. Plant container grown shrubs, perennials and alpines. 5. Train clematis and similar, and feed to strengthen.

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April Open Gardens 2nd Easton Walled Gardens, Grantham 12 acres of 400 yr old forgotten gardens undergoing extensive renovation. Set in parkland with dramatic views. C16 garden with Victorian embellishments. 11th April: Little Ponton Hall Stream, spring blossom and hellebores, bulbs and river walk. Spacious lawns with cedar tree over 200yrs old. Formal walled kitchen garden and listed dovecote, with recently developed herb garden. 18th April: Grimsthorpe Castle 15 acres of formal and woodland gardens including bulbs and wild flowers. 25th April: The Old Rectory, East Keal Rambling cottage garden on different levels with seats well placed for appreciating special views and plant combinations or relaxing and enjoying the peace. For more information see

APRIL IN THE GARDEN - IN BRIEF Plant of the Month: Euphorbia polychroma This striking plant is a particular favourite of mine. Tolerant of any kind of soil, even shallow, sandy or stony this spurge’s small flowers are surrounded by brilliant yellow bracts. Flowering from early April, stems and leaves are blueish, going red in Autumn. A valuable small (40cm) herbaceous plant. Grow in full sun or semi-shade. Can be propagated by splitting in November, which is fairly difficult because of their tough roots, cuttings from late summer or from seed.

The Kitchen Garden Plant strawberries and potatoes, grow onion and shallots from sets.

Watch Out For... Look out for pests on fruit trees and bushes.


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Lawns will benefit from raking and brushing on fine, drying days. If worm casts are a problem a whip over with a long stick will knock them down and make mowing much easier...

We have just had a large English lime tree felled at Gunby and I have inherited a couple of loads of lime-wood. I look forward to warm nights next winter as we turn lime to ash. April is perhaps the gardening month, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to perform all the jobs that are necessary and pressing. Early on in the month, it is still not too late to plant bare rooted roses and trees as long as you make sure they are well watered until established. Last minute pruning can take place on some shrubs and roses, however caution is advised.

They are best planted singly in 3”/9cm pots. Check regularly and as soon as the shoots show through the ground move to a cooler but not cold environment. The idea is to keep them growing at the coolest temperature possible without giving them a ‘check.’ In this way you produce stocky, strong plants that will transplant well in May and rapidly adapt to their new environment. The same treatment applies to bedding plants and non hardy perennials like Argyranthemums and some Salvias. Plants that are grown at too warm a temperature tend to ‘leg-up’ and become susceptible to late frosts. Stocky plants always overtake leggy plants within days to establish much better.

As sap is really on the rise as the air and soil get warmer, there can be a tendency for pruning wounds to ‘bleed’ thus harming Lawns will benefit from raking and the plant. I certainly would not April is brushing on fine, drying days. If recommend pruning of hardwoods a time for planing worm casts are a problem a whip much later than 10th April. For other plants it is the ideal seeds both in the garden over with a long stick will knock them down and make mowing time to cut back and let them grow. and greenhouse... much easier. Penstemons, hardy fuchsias and salvias will have suffered badly in the cold winter spell. By mid-April they should be showing signs of re-growth from near the crown.

Break down the soil to a fine tilth on a dry sunny day...

Carefully cut back to this new growth to allow new shoots to develop. Tender herbaceous plants like Nepeta should have the tops removed to allow the new shoots to take over. Watch out for slugs which have woken up from winter slumbers and are now very hungry. April is a time for planting seeds both in the garden and greenhouse or frame. Make sure you break down soil to a fine tilth on a dry, sunny day. To get ahead it is a great time to set plants like sweetcorn, runner beans and, late in the month marrows, courgettes and pumpkins. The ideal is to germinate these in a warm place, airing cupboard or propagator.


In spreading the worm casts you gently feed the grass too. I use three metre long hazel whips, you can buy lawn whips which are basically fishing rods without eyes but any whippy, not too heavy stick will do.

Just lay the whip as low to the ground as you can manage and swish from side to side whilst walking backwards. Follow this with a light raking to lift the grass and you will find you have a lovely finish after mowing. If there are small bald patches on your lawn, tease the topsoil with the rake before raking in some grass seed. This should rapidly grow to fill the gaps. If only human hair were so easy... mind you, one old country cure for baldness was to rub still-warm ash into the head! Might be worth a try! Happy Gardening! n

Prune, Plant and Pick... Prune Lavenders and other grey shrubs that have finished flowering.

Pick Pick the heads off Hydrangeas to keep them healthy.

Plant Potatoes, onion and shallots, asparagus and summer cabbage.

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Creating Hanging Baskets

When to Plant... April is the earliest month that it’s advisable to create your hanging basket. If you have a greenhouse, polytunnel or similar, it’s probably best to start off your baskets in there and move them outside once you are certain we’ve seen the last of the frost! What to Plant... Plants for summer baskets include Argyranthemum, Creeping Jenny, Dichondra, Geraniums, and the hanging basket favourite... Fuchsia! Geraniums such as Pelargonium, and Pansies and Petunias also make great hanging basket flowers! For all year round colour, consider creating perennial with Ivy, Purple Leaved Sage and Salvia.


Inspired Buys: Designer Barbecues...

Where to Start...? Use a wire basket, line with readymade fibrous membrane or clump together moss gathered from your lawn. Cover around half an inch of the basket with material and half-fill the basket with compost. Multi-purpose compost is fine, but ericaceous (heath) compost is better for perennial flowers. Water retaining grains will help to reduce the need to water the basket frequently - it’s important to ensure your basket remains moist, but not soggy. Arrange your flowers around one central plant to create structure, then position trailing plants around it, choosing colours that complement each other and plants that flower consistently; winter pansies, petunias, lobelias and geraniums are hanging basket stalwarts.

Clockwise from top left: Atrio Stainless Steel Designer Outdoor Fire Basket Pit from Amode ( £540. Asado Grill Disposable BBQ Set from Drinkstuff, £15. Chefs Grill Barbeque, from Drinkstuff, £1,300. Whitstable Metal BBQ Bucket, £20.99 from The Contemporary Home Bon-Fire Set £200 from Drinkstuff.

Once in place, fill the rootballs with more compost and firm gently, then push in slow-release fertiliser pellets and water well. Maintenance Check your basket each day and water unless the compost is wet. Baskets still need checking in cooler weather, and compost should be moist at all times. Don’t forget to dead-head your flowers to prevent plants expensing energy on seed production rather than producing more flowers. n


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LincolnshirePride’s Kitchen Garden



Super Foods! Lorraine this month prepares for a busy season of sowing, planting and tidying up in her Alford-based kitchen garden... coming soon; delicious summer puddings and wonderful summer salads! March and April are full of the promise as well as hard work. Everywhere I look, growing is breaking out; seeds, seedlings, grass, trees, you name it -’the force’ is rising. Hen-Pecked Gardener Every day gets longer, our cockerel, Bruce and his hens - the girls - rise earlier and the ‘to-do’ list is never completed. However, with this comes a sense of well being and contentment. Along with muscle aches and pains after a long winter in hibernation. Nonetheless, for me, working with nature is as good as it gets.

Superfood Success In the border behind the ornamental pond there are three raspberry bushes. They now need tying-in to secure supports and I intend to use hazel cut from the tree.

Month eight in Lincolnshire Pride’s Kitchen Garden, owned and maintained by gardening instructor Lorraine Bellis

Bruce and his fans made the kitchen garden and the patio area their own, regularly visiting the bird feeders to pick up everything dropped by the visiting wild birds and running wild in the kitchen garden. Thankfully up to the end of February there was little planted for them to damage, although the parsley was eaten to within an inch of its life.

At the end of February we opened the gates from the runs that were side by side and let the hens come together, with Bruce overseeing proceedings it seems to have worked out well. Now, the flock are at the bottom of the garden and not in the kitchen garden. More fortification will be needed, but for the time being it’s working well.


Bruce takes great care to supervise the hens, picking up food, encouraging them to eat and ensuring they don’t get too bossy with each other (that’s his job)... it’s very gratifying to see them thrive.

Growing berries in the garden, whatever their type, is a good choice for anyone wanting to try their hand at soft fruit. Do you recall blueberries recently being referred to as a ‘super-food’, full of antioxidants and anti -ageing properties?

Well, the really good news is that every berry has amazing health benefits, so why not grow blackberries, raspberries and currants in your own garden? They are easy to grow and when you have picked them only minutes before washing and tipping into a bowl, they taste wonderful. In the kitchen garden there are established red and blackcurrants and I am adding some strawberry plants. I have to confess that strawberries are not my favourite summer berry.

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Lorraine will this month be planting fruit and vegetables ready for Summer.

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LincolnshirePride’s Kitchen Garden


8 Lorraine’s least favourite summer berry is the strawberry... because, she believes, she’s only ever tried to grow commercially successful varieties... this spring, she’s attempting less commercial, more ‘artisan’ varieties... I suspect this may be due to the varieties that are grown commercially. During this year I hope to grow a strawberry variety that I really enjoy. After all, no summer pudding is complete without their addition. A Chilly Spring Chillies are the latest plant to be sown in the greenhouse. Although we like spicy food, growing lots of chillies has not really caught my imagination, until I tasted some homemade chilli jam. Sweet and spicy, it is a great compliment to many other dishes, and so chillies are now on my ‘hit list’. I sow, I sow, it’s off to work I go... April is the month to sow the seeds, ideally with some heat. When they become established plants I will move them to the poly tunnel to join the tomatoes and aubergines. Sweet peppers, cucumbers, aubergines and okra are all being sown this month with the heat from the propagator.

April Jobs This month, plant potatoes then earth up later in the month and protect from any frosts. Sow summer cauliflower, leeks, radish, turnip, spinach – in fact almost everything you may be likely to want to grow this year. You can also sow sweet peppers, cucumbers, and aubergines indoors, and sow brassicas for transplant later in the year in the glasshouse or polytunnel. Particularly if you’ve a terrace with plots, sow herbs such as basil, parsley and chives.

Lorraine Bellis will this month be hosting a series of events promoting kitchen gardening for beginners!

Flower Power At the same time I am sowing the flowers that I hope to grow in the kitchen garden for cutting... at least, that’s the plan; I suspect that if they grow well and look good in the garden, I’m unlikely to pick many. It will be lovely to have the choice though!

In the kitchen garden it is time to sow beetroot, carrots, Swiss chard, peas, spinach, lettuce, leeks and herbs. To ensure that I avoid a glut of one thing, I will be sowing some of these crops – such as lettuce and chard, every 2-3 weeks in short rows. It always gives me great satisfaction to go into the garden at lunchtime to cut a small colander of leaves with scissors to rinse under the tap, along with some tomatoes straight from the plant.


They go straight onto a plate or indeed into a sandwich - nothing compares with the taste of freshly picked salad.

We’re not necessarily ‘out of the woods’ yet as regards the weather... make sure you protect fruit tree blossom from any frost damage and cover strawberries with cloches or fleece for early crops.

General Jobs There are of course lots of other general gardening jobs to be carried out from now on and through the summer; the grass needs cutting, the hedging needs to be trimmed, the weeds... oh my... the weeds! These always warrant attention and as such it isn’t possible to take a stroll around the garden at any time without taking a wheelbarrow and an assortment of tools. There is always a job calling me. Nonetheless, during the coming months I will be getting out and about at some events in the county, let’s hope the weather will be kind to us. Have a great month and I hope I will meet some of you during those events! n

Jobs for April Vegetables Plant potatoes. Sow indoors sweet peppers, cucumbers, aubergines.

Fruit Cover strawberries with cloches or fleece for early crops.

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Salads from the Patio - April 17th Come along and learn how to prepare grow salad for the summer the easy way. Containers outside your back door filled with tomatoes and baby salad leaves that can be picked, washed and eaten straightaway throughout the summer.

Saturday April 17th 10.30am – 12.30, £25.


The Lincolnshire Pride Kitchen Garden

Plot size two acres. East-facing, with loam and sand soil.

1. Damson Cottage 2. Cottage Garden 3. Patio with Herbs Salad Planters 4. Ornamental Pond/rose arbour 5. Kitchen garden 6. Summer House 7. Garage and Hard Standing. 8. Greenhouse. 9. Hen House. 10. Polytunnel. 11. Compost Heap. 12. Pond. 13. Allotment. 14. Native Hedging. 15. Leylandii 16. Lime Trees. 17. Pine Trees. 18. Lawn. 19. Fruit Trees. 20. Hazel. 21. Rose Bed and Silver Birch.

Grow Well, Eat Well - April 24th Located at The Hub, Sleaford, this is a day of activities and workshops for families. The day includes cookery and gardening demonstrations. More details next month. South Holland Food Festival 19th July – 15th August This is the first event of its kind, lots of local producers and companies will be hosting events throughout the three weeks. There will be lots of activities for children, and demonstrations at various venues in and around Spalding. The festival will include a wide range of ‘fringe’ events across the district, which will be promoted under the festival brand. It will culminate in a spectacular family Food Fair on Saturday 14th August and Sunday 15th August 2010, bringing together food, music and cultural providers. Please book a place or get more information by emailing: or calling 07841 302118 Lorraine’s Recommended Websites:


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On The Farm

News, Events & Countryside Activities From Across Lincolnshire

News In Brief David Bellamy Seeks the County’s 2010 Young Environmentalist Entries are now being invited to the Lincolnshire Young Environmentalist Award 2010. Schools, clubs and individuals can enter the awards whether they have created a nature area with a pond, helped recycle and reduce waste, taken action to help threatened wildlife or done anything else that improves the environment. 200 - 300 words describing their project should be sent by 30th April to Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Banovallum House, Manor House Street, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 5HF. Entries are assessed by a panel of judges with shortlisted entrants visited by a judge during May. The finalists will be invited to present their entries to the final judging panel led by Prof David Bellamy in July. For more information see www.lincsenvironmental

Avocet by Neil Smith.

Future’s Bright for Lincolnshire Birds RSPB and Bird Club report bright future for feathered friends A new report issued by the Lincolnshire Bird Club celebrates the success of many of the county's bird species.

Harrier, Peregrine and Barn Owl fared particularly well in 2008 perhaps due the availability of good quality habitat.

The Lincolnshire Bird Report is an assessment of the state of Lincolnshire's birds during 2008 in comparison to other years. The report has shown that birds of prey such as Marsh

Andrew Chick of Lincolnshire’s Bird Club says: “In 1971 there was only one breeding pair of Marsh Harriers in the whole country. In 2008 we had 90 breeding females in the county.”

Digging for Victory... An archeological dig recently took place on Willow Tree Fen, a brand new nature reserve purchased by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust in 2009.

“Barn Owls also had a very successful 2008 with an estimated 900 pairs in Lincolnshire - potentially the most successful county in the UK.” Other species enjoying success in 2008 including Lincolnshire's Waders and Waterfowl. For more information on the report see

Before the trust converts the land into a mix of reedbeds and meadows a full survey was carried out, with 120 members of the public joining a team from Heritage Lincolnshire’s Archaeological Project Services.

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With ‘February fill-dyke’ weather, very little farmland work has taken place in early March, and with the land being so wet, farmers will have to be careful not to proceed too quickly before starting cultivations…

New Grant to Save Birds in Limewoods An ambitious new grant scheme has been launched to stem the decline in woodland birds. Both the Bardney Limewoods and Wolds AONB are included in the groundbreaking project. Half of the birds being targeted are found in Lincolnshire, including Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Woodcock, Garden Warbler, Tree Pipit and Spotted Flycatcher.

What’s On Events, Talks, Workshops...

The almost continuous cold and miserable weather in January & February meant that many agricultural meetings were organised and I had the pleasure in attending a number of them. Possibly one of the most interesting of these was concerning the possibility of a Wash Barrage to be built from south of Hunstanton across to south of Skegness. Sea level is projected to rise by one metre by 2100, with sea temperatures also increasing.

The UK’s woodland bird population as a whole has fallen by 20 per cent in the last 25 years, and measures which could be funded under the new scheme include preserving dead trees to provide natural nest sites, coppicing, thinning and creating glades.

April in the Countryside...

Saturday 3rd - Sunday 18th April: Whisby Easter Egg Hunt The Great Whisby Easter Egg Hunt at Whisby Nature Park from 10.30am; crack the mystery and unscramble the mess the Whisby Easter Bunny has left. Prize for each completed trail leaflet, available from the Natural World Centre.

Wednesday 14th April: Lincolnshire’s Sea Defences Banovallum House, Horncastle; An illustrated talk by David Robinson preceded by the AGM. With the Horncastle and Woodhall Spa Area Group.

Sunday 4th April: Bird Walk RSPB walk around the lake and wooded grounds to see and hear the resident and migrant birds. Woody's Bar and Restaurant is available for food and refreshments afterwards. Booking Recommended; 01400 230445.

Sunday 25th April: Bird Walk RSPB Walk around Syston Park, Grantham; a walk through the grounds of this old country estate east of Grantham, around the lake, through woodland and passing the old walled garden. The farm shop and restaurant will be open for refreshments afterwards. Booking is Recommended for lunch on 01400 230445.

Thursday 29th April: Antarctic Peninsula Talk Held at the Sam Newson Centre, Boston, Jim Scott reveals all about his birding trip starting in Tierra del Fuego thence to the Antarctic Peninsular, South Georgia, and then north to Ascension Island near the Equator via Gough Island, Tristan da Cunda and St. Helena. Natural Lincolnshire: We’re promoting ecology, welfare & sustainability.

The generation of large and reliable green electricity from the tides could be incorporated in this plan. The whole scheme is the brainchild of a Cambridge based entrepreneur who makes the case that the electricity generated could finance the scheme. He argues that the ‘small ports’ at Boston, King’s Lynn and Wisbech could be replaced by a deep water port, specially built, near Skegness. My own personal opinion is that, whilst aware of ever increasing water levels, the idea of a Wash Barrage as such is a ‘pipe-dream’ and that other ideas of sea defence should be investigated. One of these, a barrier across the River Witham at Boston, was the subject of a meeting organised by the Environmental Agency. The barrier would reduce the risk of a tidal surge flooding the town. It would control water levels in Boston and provide a more attractive waterfront. The actual site of the barrier has not be decided but if it was, beyond the dock a larger lock would have to be built to accommodate the boats wishing to enter. Apparently a considerable amount of funding has been made available and there is a good chance that the project might go ahead. An interesting day was spent at a meeting organised by the British Sugar Corporation at the EPIC centre on the Lincolnshire Showground. They reported their best ever yield of sugar beet from the 2009 crop. Ideal growing weather, better varieties and excellent sprays were all responsible for this record crop. An American sugar beet expert reported that in the United States, GM sugar beet - or Biotech sugar beet as they call it - had been grown on over 90% of their acreage this year with excellent results. Fortunately after long and hard negotiations the British Sugar Corporation and the NFU have agreed a four year arrangement guaranteeing prices and tonnages. One sad piece of news was that Birds Eye is cancelling their vining pea contracts with over 140 growers in Norfolk & Suffolk and closing their Lowestoft factory, this being due to the amount of crop carryover and the loss of a considerable export order. Peas are a very useful crop in the arable rotation and it is good to know that the Pea Growers’ Research organisation has arranged meetings to explain the possible alternative varieties that may be grown. Fortunately, so far, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire pea growers have not been affected. n Read Barry’s Farming Matters column each month only in Lincolnshire Pride.

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News, Events & Countryside Activities From Across Lincolnshire

News In Brief Schoolchildren Scare the Birds at Stately Home! Lincoln schoolchildren were enlisted recently to scare the birds at Lincoln’s Doddington Hall. The pupils made a total of ten scarecrows for the Hall’s kitchen garden as part of a project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. They will be displayed until 28th May.

RSPB Hosts Family Fun this Easter The RSPB is this month inviting families to take part in an Easter Egg hunt from 10am-4pm on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, at Frampton Marsh. Lasting about an hour, visitors will enjoy a visit to Frampton Marsh, following the trail around the reserve, collecting clues along the way, claiming a very seasonal reward at the end! Also taking place at the Marsh this month is a Family Fun Day on Wednesday 14th from 10am.

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Burdens Open Day at East Kirkby Late February saw one of the county’s largest farming and ground care dealers host a showcase of the latest machinery... Burdens, one of the county’s largest dealers of ground care and agricultural equipment recently invited farmers from Lincolnshire and beyond to attend 2010:&Beyond. The event was a spectacular display of the latest equipment designed for use in the county that feeds the county. On display was over a hundred machines from

domestic groundskeeping equipment to the latest combines and tractors from John Deere, and farm equipment from Manitou, the company’s newest range of telehandlers. The event took place at East Kirby Airfield, with cutting edge mowers and tractors overlooked by site’s famous Lancaster, Just Jane. n

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Wishes & Horses Rocking horses; beloved toys, beautiful ornaments, family heirlooms and cherished time capsules... there are few toys which have the heritage and charm of a rocking horse... just ask Anthony Jackson, Barrowby based rocking horse restorer and maker. This month we meet Anthony to find out if wishes really are horses... Words: Rob Davis.

We all have memories of our favourite childhood toy, but one halcyon toy that has endured over a number of years is the rocking horse. Just over 20 years ago, Lincolnshire rocking horse maker Anthony Jackson left his thoroughly modern career as a telecommunications expert for a job that was decidedly more hands-on and required a more traditional approach. A chance visit to a Norfolk toy museum left Anthony with a permanent fascination for the objects, and back in 1991, he decided to create one for his own children, quickly becoming proficient despite a steep learning curve. A number of years on, Anthony was soon selling his horses all over the World and the maker also became proficient in their restoration, returning tired, worn examples to their former glory and helping to preserve the family heirlooms for generations to come.

“I really wanted to do something for my children.” says Tony. “There was a real learning curve, but it’s incredibly rewarding and you quickly come to appreciate the bespoke, hand-made nature of each, as well as the quirks of each maker’s work.” Indeed, each rocking horse artist has their own ‘signature’ features like dapple designs that marks out each horse as their own work, and Anthony’s specialism is the paintwork and gesso work that goes into each. The finish and appearance of each of Anthony’s designs is impeccable, so it’s hardly surprising that there’s a one year waiting list for his work, and that each rocking horse takes around three months to produce, costing around £2,300... even restorations can cost up to £1,500 and take several months to complete. Tony uses authentic materials, traditional tools and a great deal of patience to produce each one, and his efforts really do show with each one that leaves his workshop.

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Like all rocking horses, Anthony’s

examples are hollow, and clients frequently use them as time capsules, placing photographs and keepsakes within...

Ironically, the craft of rocking horse making was rescued by a latter day deus ex machina in the form of the internet, with knowledge traditionally local and craftsmen few and far between until the advent of international communication enabled craftsmen across the world to discuss with each other materials, techniques and restoration. Another consequence of the internet revolution was Anthony beginning to trade his horses internationally, with his popularity cemented by virtue of his insistence on maintaining a traditional style for his horses. It’s widely accepted that rocking horses were used as toys even in ancient Egypt, but the toys, as we know them, date back to the 1600s. These were slab-sided rockers with solid semi-circles, a design that evolved into so-called bow-rockers. The 1750s saw the introduction of metal safety stands, and between 1850 and 1900, the toys really experienced great popularity. Early horses had very short ears and pommels, as little girls were expected to ride side saddle, but one aspect of rocking horses’ construction that has remained consistant is the use of gesso and dapple grey colouring. Crucially, Anthony never compromises on the look of his horses - their expressions are always a little wilder than examples from other makers that have toned down ‘cuter’ expressions; “I like a horse with attitude, an open mouth and carved teeth & tongue.” explains the artist. “A horse should have attitude and soul... I am occasionally asked to mimic a particular breed or a customer’s own horse but that would go against tradition.”

Each horse begins life as around 23 blocks of wood, each cut roughly to shape on a bandsaw from three inch blocks of tulip wood - mahogany, the traditional material, has now been deemed environmentally inappropriate. A large bottom block forms the horse’s chest, whilst middle blocks on each side of the horses back and a top block form the horse’s torso, whilst four legs and a saddle block are also used, but the first four blocks to be worked on are the neck, head and two ear blocks that are glued together and clamped into a vice. Anthony then spends a week patiently carving the horse’s expression by hand. Another couple of features that constitute the artist’s trademarks include the carving of the head on an angle, and the straight nasal bone. Once completed, each piece is assembled and glued using traditional rabbit skin glue and dowelled by hand. Like all rocking horses, Anthony’s examples are hollow, enabling customers to use them as time capsules with photographs and keepsakes within. Once assembled, the artist mixes up a chalk and glue mixture known as Gesso - this is best described as a plaster which covers over

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the joins between each piece of wood more effectively than paint alone, and painting begins, before each is dappled by hand with Tony’s trademark design. Anthony also makes the swing irons and the stand, and has a sewing machine in the house which he uses to create the velvet saddlecloths. Even the horses’ saddles are made by hand, using leather that Anthony dyes himself, and the horse hair used to create the manes and tails are also real, created from horse hair that the artist soaks in water before attaching and gluing into place. To say Anthony is a perfectionist is a real understatement - the artist is usually in his studio at 4am and works seven days a week, and yet, still loves the job and remains philosophically upbeat about the fact that he’s creating the antiques of the future.

“I think the phrase is strive for perfection, settle for excellence.” he says. “I don’t compromise by producing bright pink horses or those with modern expressions, but I’m fortunate in the respect that I’m in demand so I can continue to produce horses that are faithful to original designs and shapes and materials.” The artist also derives massive satisfaction from restoring examples from great names like F H Ayres, and George Lines. Anthony’s restoration work is nothing short of astonishing, and his customers are overwhelmed by his efforts. Allowing the horses to gallop again and to bring pleasure to children and grown-ups alike is an astonishing gift to give. If wishes were horses, Anthony’s clients’ wishes certainly come true. His work is exemplary and will bring pleasure to his customers and their children and grandchildren for years to come. n

Above: Rocking Horse artist Anthony Jackson. For more information see www.rocking or call 01476 567 477.

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Health & Fitness

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Words: Rob Davis and Marcus Chester.

Invest in Technology Power Plate is the latest machine designed to provide an exercise with vibrations. Users can perform a full body workout, including warm up, balance, strength, core and massage, in as little as 15 minutes.

Fitness needn’t be gruelling... in fact the gentler you are on yourself, the more likely you’ll gain the results you need without losing motivation. For this reason, we’ve asked Lincolnshire expert Marcus Chester for his advice on how to get the most from your training with the latest keep fit kit for all budgets and fitness aims. Low-Tech, Hi Gain Some of the best results in fitness can be obtained with the lowest-tech equipment; invest in a gym ball and you’ll be able to work on weight loss, core stability, muscular endurance and toning your body with squats and push ups just two examples of exercises that can be completed with a gym ball. Use a 45cm ball if you’re shorter than 5ft, a 55cm ball if you’re 5ft - 5’8ft and a 75cm ball if you’re taller than 6’3ft... they’re also extremely versatile when combined with free weights. Yoga is also an excellent way to manage stress, tone and increase flexibility, both as part of a class (see the Sleaford based British


Clever Solutions MTB’s training shoes and open-toed contemporaries FitFlops, are shoes that deliberately unsettle your core stability as you walk around or stand still. In doing so, you burn more calories as your body constantly tries to regain equilibrium, meaning you exercise throughout the day without a second thought.

More conventionally, exercise bikes, cross-trainers and treadmills allow you to create a well-equipped home gym you can use any time, increasing the likelihood of maintaining your fitness regime. Each of the solutions above come with a wealth of exercise tips and work-outs. Naturally, we recommend a fitness consultation with your GP first, but with easy-to-maintain ways of obtaining unprecedented fitness without leaving your home, it’s never been easier to ensure you fulfill all of your fitness objectives. n


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Right: Horizon T960 Treadmill £599.

Above/Right: 75cm Gym Ball and 8kg Reebok dumbbells.

Above: MBT Baridi training shoes £155. Right: Calima exercise bike £229.

Above: Yoga mat from Reebok. Below: Athos Pro Cross-Trainer £449.


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SPA GUIDE Welcome to the Lincolnshire Pride Good Spa Guide... This month we feature the best spas and health clubs in the area and offer our recommendations for the best treatments available at each... Words: Rob Davis.

The getaway you can enjoy at any time... spa breaks have become extremely popular in recent years and Lincolnshire is brilliantly served with a number of centres across the county. Look after your mind and your body will follow, with treats and treatments to relax and unwind, spend time with a partner or friend, and enjoy getting away from work in an environment that allows you to exercise, enjoy a swim, experience a relaxing facial or massage, or just enables you to relax in peace and quiet.

The Lincolnshire Pride Good Spa Guide is one of the most objective and useful guides to the area’s health clubs and spas; previewing the facilities and treatment available at each, special offers available in Spring and Summer, and offering tips on how to get the best value for money from each venue. In addition, we advise which spas offer residential stay and restaurant dining and provide invaluable information on which brands each venue uses in the course of its treatments. n

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SIMPSON’S SPA AT BRANSTON HALL HOTEL n In Brief: A thoroughly modern spa with a traditional boutique hotel adjacent. n Look Out For: Unique Rasul Mud Temple offers gooey but glorious relaxation! CREATED three years ago in the grounds of one of Lincolnshire’s most established country hotels, Simpson’s Spa offers clients the convenience of a location close to Lincoln but with all the facilities you need. The Latest News The Spa has recently announced plans to create an extension with new treatment rooms, a swimming pool and aqua suite, and bistro for the 2010/2011 season.

towel ‘cut-throat’ shaving treatment make SImpson’s Spa great for men too.

from £35 per person based on two people sharing.

Lazy Sunday treatments for couple using the spa’s Rasul Mud Temple are also available as part of a One Night Spa Escape on Sunday and Thursday evenings. At £140 per person, three hours of treatment time is supplemented by an overnight stay, à la carte dining at Branston Hall and full use of the hotel’s leisure facilities...

Recommended by 2010’s Good Spa Guide A visit to the spa isn’t complete without a Rasul treatment... it really is the spa’s unique selling point. However, the spa’s accessibility, owing to its proximity to Lincoln, and the great value half-day packages are a compelling recommendation too.

The Spa is brilliantly located close to Lincoln and can increase its flexibility further with Branston Hall close by too!

Facilities Simpsons’s Rasul Mud Temple uses herbal steam and chakra muds to remove toxins from the skin and boost circulation. Based on an old Arabian cleansing ritual, it’s a gooey, warm and relaxing spa treatment followed by a tropical rain shower to wash off all that cleansing mud!

Meanwhile, Simpson’s Spa has always been popular with couples, and a range of male grooming treatments supplemented by a hot


Treats and Treatments Half day experiences are available from £89 phenomenal value considering this includes a spa manicure, facial and deep tissue back massage.

Full day treatments cost from £159 for a luxury facial, massage, manicure and pedicure, with lunch in the hotel’s excellent Lakeside Restaurant, to £200 for a Body Detox package. Men’s packages are available too. Rasul packages are available

The Spa Escape packages are great value for those who live a little further away rather than those who live closer to Lincoln, but these at least enable the venue to capitalise on the adjacent hotel. Our Verdict A winning spa with additional Guildhall Street based MediSpa city spa ideal in-between visits. Set in 88 acres of parkland, the owners say they hope to expand the spa further late in 2010, but for now, it’s still one of the area’s best spas, and regularly creates new special offers to keep existing and new clients alike interested. Our Score: HHHHH

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The Good Spa Guide


QHOTELS’S FOREST PINES A £15,000,000 refurbishment in 2007 has yielded one of Lincolnshire’s most modern and plush hotels, with quality dining and hotel, plus golf course and health club... n In Brief: A well-appointed hotel and spa in a convenient location. n Look Out For: Friday evening pick-me-ups from just £99. FOLLOWING an extensive refurbishment in 2007, Q Hotels Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort boasts a health club with 27 hole golf course, spa, indoor swimming pool, and gym.

i Simpson’s Spa The Venue: Dedicated spa besides Branston Hall Hotel. The Treatments: Elemis provides many treatments, with Genie non-surgical facelifts, FakeBake tanning and Jessica nailcare available. Availability: Monday: 9.00 - 7.00pm Tuesday: 9.00 - 7.00pm Wednesday: 9.00am - 8.00pm Thursday: 9.00am - 8.00pm Friday: 9.00am - 8.00pm Saturday: 9.00am - 6.00pm Sunday: 10.00am - 6.00pm Further Details: Simpson’s Spa at Branston Hall, Branston, Lincoln, LN4 1PD. Find out more by calling 01522 797989, or see

i Forest Pines The Venue: Well-appointed spa with golf course, health club, hotel and restaurant. The Treatments: Elemis aroma-skincare, Jessica nail products, ID by Minerals makeup and St Tropez tanning.

The Latest News £15,000,000... that’s how much 2007’s refurbishment of Forest Pines cost, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. The 4* hotel and its AA rosetted Eighteen57 restaurant are plush to say the least and now features 188 rooms!

Availability: Monday: 6.30am - 9.00pm Tuesday: 6.30am - 9.00pm Wednesday: 6.30am - 9.00pm Thursday: 6.30am - 9.00pm Friday: 6.30am - 9.00pm Saturday: 7.30am - 8.00pm Sunday: 7.30am - 8.00pm

Facilities With sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, swimming pool, ice fountain and 190 acres of woodland, there’s little that Forest Pines lacks.

Further Details: Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort, Ermine Street, Broughton, Brigg, DN20 0AQ. Tel: 01652 650770 or see

Treats and Treatments Spa Taster Days are a reasonable £70, and include a choice of one treatment (from a selection), a 2 course lunch and use of the extensive leisure facilities. Recommended by 2010’s Good Spa Guide Three and a half hour sessions, however, represent excellent value at £165, including a full body exfoliation, massage, advanced facial, manicure and use of the extensive leisure facilities. Our Verdict A £15m investment has created one of the most modern and luxurious hotels in Lincolnshire and Forest Pines’s spa certainly doesn’t disappoint. Early opening, late closing and the addition of a restaurant and hotel increase its appeal further for those seeking a mini-break. Our Score: HHHHH

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THE GRANGE SPA, POINTON Happy Birthday to The Grange Spa at Pointon! Lincolnshire’s newest day spa this month celebrates its first anniversary, with a host of anniversary offers and a new range of spa products. The spa is situated between Grantham, Sleaford, Stamford and Bourne, it’s super-convenient and very luxurious! n In Brief: Celebrating its 1st birthday, our newest spa goes from strength to strength. n Look Out For: New product launch of Fleur de Bach available from this month. LINCOLNSHIRE’S newest spa opened its doors in March of 2009, and immediately impressed the county’s spa-goers with an immaculately presented rural spa boasting 12m swimming pool, seven heat experience areas and even the availability of late-night opening hours for clients’ convenience. “We wanted to create a spa with a five star corporate feel, but one that still had a family-run feel to it.” says Emma Craven, who owns the spa with husband and personal trainer at the spa’s gym, Matthew. The Latest News The spa’s first anniversary is the headline news of 2010. To celebrate, March has seen Emma and Matt unveil a special edition treatment, Lovely Bubbly. The back massage, and heated exfoliation treatment is a Thalgo treatment available as Pride goes to press, which ends on 1st April. Other headline news is the spa’s nomination


as a finalist as Day Spa of the Year award in the Professional Beauty Awards. The Grange is one of just six nominees, with the winner of the awards due to be announced as Pride goes to press. And finally - Fleur de Bachs Homeopathic elixirs and treatment sprays. They are also looking to introduce Color Caramel an ecocert certified natural make up range, even all of the packaging is recycled, refillable and recyclable!.

shop that, whilst lacking full meals, offers snacks, coffees, home-made cakes and other goodies from East Heckington-based Abbey Parks and Bourne’s Pea Pod Pantry. Customers can enjoy the spa’s facilities for just £45 for a half day, & £65 for a full day. Treats and Treatments The ‘works’ at the Grange Spa The Ultimate Grange Indulgence - costs £220 and comprises over three and a half hours of pampering, from head (anti-aging facial, scalp massage) to toe (foot soother, pedicure).

One year on, the spa has become established in Lincolnshire for providing real luxury and a range of If your budget or time is compromised, eight facials, treatments... nine body treatments,

With 17 different ‘elixirs,’ clients can choose to focus on, for instance, relaxation, stress relief, increased concentration and restful sleep, and incorporate these into massage & facial treatments.

Facilities In addition to the swimming pool and heat experiences, customers can enjoy a very well-equipped gym with free-weights and cardiovascular equipment and a neat coffee

manicures, pedicures, pregnancy treatments and treatments for men enable you to mix and match to create a custom day of shameless relaxation. Brands Used The Grange’s brand names are pretty much unsurpassed, with marine-algae-based

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Above: The spa’s seven heat experiences include aroma steam bath, herbal sauna, tropical rain experience and ice fountain.

Thalgo providing a range of face and body treatments, and ultra-luxurious Aromatherapy Associates providing other treatments. Manicures and pedicures are courtesy of Jessica. Recommended by 2010’s Good Spa Guide The Grange Spa’s real selling points are its convenient location close to many of South Lincolnshire’s towns, and its idyllic location. Our recommendation is to opt for a day of pure pampering and enjoy the full Grange Indulgence package. Three and a half hours of treatment time for £220 constitutes real luxury, and the comparatively quieter environment is ideal for those seeking a day off from business or running the home for a day. The half days are something that The Grange do well, the intimate surroundings and lack of crowds means that you can get a little bit of pampering without the price tag of the full day. There is no fixed morning or afternoon sessions to The Grange Spa's half day, as long as it's booked within opening hours you can begin your relaxation at a time that suits

you, making it perfect for local people with busy lifestyles. We recommend Aromatherapy Associates products, which, in our experience, are beautifully scented, rich and luxurious. Finally, we love the availability of the Twilight Spa Sessions for an after work pick me up. The twilight sessions are of two hours from either 6pm-8pm or 7pm-9pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Our Verdict There’s no doubt that The Grange can stand alongside more established spas, with arguably better value, closer to Lincolnshire towns and villages. Brand new facilities and established brands give the spa a plush and luxurious feel, whilst a well-equipped gym and the availability of a personal trainer gives the venue all the facilities of a health club too. You will see fabulous new treatments and exciting new products from both Thalgo and Aromatherapy Associates and maybe even another product brand with lots more innovative and luxurious treatments. Our Score: HHHHH

i The Grange Spa The Venue: Newly converted farmhouse in the heart of the Lincolnshire countryside. The Treatments: Names like Jessica, Aromatherapy Associates, and Thalgo provide a total of 35 available treatments. Availability: Monday: Closed Tuesday: 8.30am - 9.00pm Wednesday: 8.30am - 6.30pm Thursday: 8.30am - 9.00pm Friday: 8.30am - 6.30pm Saturday: 8.30am - 5.00pm Sunday: Closed Further Details: The Grange Spa, Millthorpe Road, Pointon NG34 0NF. Find out more by calling 01778 440511 or see


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Above: Eden Hall’s renovated stately home setting and glorious restaurant enhances an excellent spa experience.


EDEN HALL DAY SPA, NEWARK n In Brief: Stately home based spa offers excellent dining and a wealth of treatments. n Look Out For: Bank Holiday offer in April allows four to visit for price of three. WITHOUT doubt, Eden Hall is one of the area’s most established spas and has an enviable reputation for providing supreme relaxation and the best spa treatments with full health club facilities and classes, as well as glorious setting and superb restaurant. Having opened in 2002, the spa is the smaller sibling of celebrity spa Hoar Cross in Staffordshire, and is independently owned by the Joynes family, who have completed a comprehensive refurbishment of the former stately home.


The Latest News Eden Hall maintains regular clients’ interest with regular special offers, and this month, Bank Holiday spa-goers can really relax with a ‘four for the price of three’ special offer on the spa’s Relaxed day experience, which include the use of Eden Hall’s ‘basic’ facilities - its salt water vitality pool, heat experiences and exercise and relaxation classes. Facilities Even without treatments, Eden Hall offers visitors a substantial pool and suite of heat experiences including saunas, steam rooms, herbal baths and water therapy systems. The spa’s gym is brilliantly equipped with modern kit, and the spa has a comprehensive timetable of classes and outdoor facilities including walled garden, neat grounds and outdoor hot tubs. In addition, Eden Hall’s great strength is its number of lounges and chill-out areas. A large post-treatment lounge and substantial orangery afford visitors plenty of time and

space to sit and relax in comfort. Its Seventh Heaven restaurant is on a par with some of Lincolnshire’s best restaurants, offering everything from champagne with home-made cakes and truffles to smoothies & juice to a deli-style buffet and three course meals in the original wing of the former country home. These facilities give Eden Hall both its feeling of size and space, but also gives visitors plenty of opportunity to enjoy the spa all day long and visit for anything from exercise to health & beauty treatments to a day spent in peace & quiet. Treats and Treatments Treatments at Eden Hall are numerous, and can be booked individually or as part of packages. Even high end packages cost just £150 but, in the case of the Elemis backed Sheer Indulgence Day, includes a Well-Being Back Massage, Skin Specific Facial, breakfast, champagne and chocolates, plus the use of Eden Hall’s other facilities, which, all things considered, is excellent value.

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Brands Used Treatments come courtesy of spa-mainstay Elemis, marine specialists Thalgo and nail care specialist Jessica. Treatments are also available for men and pregnant women, and in addition to conventional spa treatments, Eden Hall’s visitors can enjoy reflexology, hopi-ear candling and fitness profiling too. Recommended by 2010’s Good Spa Guide Anyone visiting Eden Hall should do so for the entire day and take advantage of a lunch in the excellent restaurant.

£35, these are brief at just 25 minutes, so we recommend treatments from the spa’s Thalgo and Elemis packages instead - which utilise premium facial treatments and each offer an hour and a half of treatment time. Our Verdict There’s no doubt that Eden Hall is one of the area’s best spas, with an excellent restaurant, exceptional presentation and finishing touches such as celebration cakes, champagne and flowers all available to add a finishing touch for special occasions.

Eden Hall is the benchmark by which other spas in the area are judged. The spa’s restaurant is superb, and facilities are plentiful...

Given the facilities available, enjoy the water grotto and heat experiences after a trip to the gym or class, and opt to have treatments in the afternoon wherever possible. Elemis treatments are luxurious, and whilst basic ‘taster’ facials are available from

The availability of residential packages is the only omission, from an otherwise exceptional venue, and high-end treatments can be pricey, but there’s no doubt that service, facilities and luxury make Eden Hall a great place to spend a relaxing day.

i Eden Hall Day Spa The Venue: Former private residence, converted by owners to create a premium spa. The Treatments: Elemis and Thalgo treatments combine with Jessica nail treatments. Availability: Monday: 9.00am - 5.00pm Tuesday: 9.00am - 5.00pm Wednesday: 9.00am - 5.00pm Thursday: 9.00am - 5.00pm Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm Saturday: 9.30am - 4.30pm. Sunday: 9.30am - 4.30pm. Above refers to treatment times, spa hours from 8.30am - 6.00pm. Further Details: Eden Hall Day Spa, Lodge Lane, Elston Village, near Newark, NG23 5PG. Call 01636 525 555 or see

Our Score: HHHHH


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AT KENWICK PARK ESTATE Louth’s Kenwick Park boasts an excellent golf club, swimming pool and spa just a few miles outside Louth, a great place to relax and unwind in sheer luxury... n In Brief: Golf, health & beauty treatments and a country retreat too! n Look Out For: Leisure Day £50.00 to include use of all Leisure facilities (excluding golf), lunch and one treatment upto the value of £40.00. GORGEOUS countryside, the availability of a first class restaurant, residential accommodation and countryside lodges and golf make Kenwick Park a fully fledged country estate and at the heart of the hotel itself is a luxurious spa. The Latest News May Day Madness offer of a Leisure Day for £50.00 (normally £60.00) to include use of Leisure Club facilities, lunch and one beauty treatment upto the value of £40.00. Offer available Monday - Thursday inclusive throughout May 2010. Offers for April include, treat your feet to a Zen Spa deluxe pedicure (£27.00) and receive a file & polish to fingers FREE (worth £12.00). Choose one of the following Elemis body treatments and a mini facial for £45.00... Elemis

deep tissue massage, Elemis Frangipani wrap, Elemis lime & ginger salt glow, and also book an eyelash perm for £15.00 and receive a complimentary eyebrow shape (worth £6.50). Facilities Leisure Club Facilities include swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, gym, tennis and squash courts. Recommended by 2010’s Good Spa Guide Our recommendation this month is to enjoy dinner, bed & breakfast at Kenwick Park Hotel combined with beauty treatments. A well equipped gym, swimming pool and spinning/exercise classes increase the health club’s appeal further. For a long weekend, enjoy the hotel’s excellent accommodation & restaurant. Our Verdict May’s promotion sees a saving of £10 on the price of a Leisure Day, and with squash, tennis and a gym, the club is ideally suited for those seeking a health club rather than just a spa. Our Score: HHHHH


LIFESTYLE WELLNESS AT Kenwick Park Country Estate The Venue: Health club, restaurant, golf course, pool and gym with hotel and restaurant set on country estate near Louth. LTA Coach and Golf pro available, timetable of classes. The Treatments: Jessica for nails, Clarins and Elemis. Health club, swimming pool, gym and class timetables subject to change, call for further details on availability. Further Details: Best Western Kenwick Park, Kenwick, Louth, LN11 8NR. For more information call 01507 608 806 or see

STAPLEFORD PARK ESTATE n In Brief: Beautiful country estate; superb dining, accommodation and health club. n Look Out For: April Hot Stone Massage for just £39 - a £36 saving! GORGEOUS spa facilities at Stapleford Park supplement exquisite dining, country pursuits, tennis and golf clubs, as well as beautiful countryside and great setting just 15 minutes away from the A1 near Grantham, Stamford and Newark. The Latest News April’s treatment of the month is a Hot Stone Massage; book now to indulge in a full body hot stone massage between 1st and 30th April and receive it at the special price of £39 (usually £75).

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RAGDALE HALL n In Brief: Well appointed spa with day and residential provision. n Look Out For: Two and three night Spring Break, from £288. LAVISHLY appointed, Ragdale Hall is one of the area’s largest spas with a huge number of treatments. The Latest News Rosemary Conley will be hosting a week-long fitness break from June 14th-18th from £535. Facilities Full spa facilities from £69 - £179 including 25m indoor pool, outdoor pool, heat experiences and mind gym. Brands Used Everything from Clarins and Elemis to Decléor, Phytologie, and Leighton Denny.

Facilities Converted stable block features technogym, 22m pool, and spa with six treatment rooms... there’s a steam room, sauna and jacuzzi too. Treats and Treatments Treatments include four facials, six massages and four body treatments plus reiki, reflexology, manicures, pedicures, waxing and makeup sessions. Recommended by 2010’s Good Spa Guide Taster Day is phenomenal value - £70 for a full access to spa facilities, plus two treatments - choose from two 30 minute treatments such as facial, massage, manicure or pedicure. Pay the small supplement and dine in the main house rather than the Pavilion Restaurant. Our Verdict Top facilities and a great setting - enjoy the country estate at its best... preferably dine in the main house and enjoy a residential stay as well.


Recommended by 2010’s Good Spa Guide An evening of pampering courtesy of Twilight Taster Evening promotion - one treatment, supper and use of facilities from 4.30pm 9.30pm Monday to Thursday from £69 (Friday to Sunday with supplement).

Stapleford Park The Venue: 500 acre 16th century estate with newly renovated health club in former stable block. The Treatments: Clarins provide face and body treatments whilst OPI provides nail and feet treatments.

Our Verdict Excellent facilities, residential element and a wealth of available treatments. Our Score: HHHHH

For information call 01664 434831 or see

Availability: Monday: Closed. Tuesday: 9.00am - 6.00pm. Wednesday: 9.00am - 6.00pm. Thursday: 9.00am - 6.00pm. Friday: 9.00am - 6.00pm. Saturday: 9.00am - 6.00pm. Sunday: Closed. Further Details: Stapleford Park Country House Hotel & Sporting Estate, Stapleford, nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2EF. Call 01572 787000 for more information or see

Our Score: HHHHH


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MANOR n In Brief: A hidden stately home offering beauty treatments by Amy Dove. n Look Out For: Four and a half hour Indulge package for just £115... bliss!

ORIGINALLY a private 17th century manor house, Allington Manor was transformed 27 years ago by the Vincent family into a superb venue for intimate weddings and private dining. The Latest News Most recently, the family have teamed up with The Beauty Lounge’s Amy Dove to offer face, body and holistic treatments in the pretty village near Grantham. Facilities Whilst Allington Manor lacks a swimming pool and water grotto of dedicated spas, it’s more suited to those seeking a secluded spa for peace and quiet with no other spa-goers.

Recommended by 2010’s Good Spa Guide Our recommendation is The Beauty Lounge’s Indulge package phenomenal value with over four and a half including a Dermalogica facial, deluxe manicure, deluxe pedicure, mud massage therapy, body exfoliation treatment, and Jane Iredale make-up treatment all for £115.

Allington Manor is a beautiful converted manor hourse for intimate weddings and private dining...

Treats and Treatments Treatments are courtesy of Dermalogica, one of Europe’s most established spa brands. There’s a choice of two facials, both 45 minutes and 75 minutes, from £25, and


massages from £20 to £48 for a Deep Thermal Therapy treatment. Manicures and pedicures are a reasonable £15.

Our Verdict Allington Manor is an extremely attractive venue that looks great in summer and is, despite its countryside location, really easy to reach just off the A1 at Gonerby Moor, convenient for access from Grantham, Stamford and Newark. Our Score: HHHHH

i Allington Manor The Venue: Converted Manor House available for private functions and intimate weddings, incorporating The Beauty Lounge with fully trained therapist Amy Dove. The Treatments: Four packages, two facials, eight massage treatments mostly using Dermalogica treatments and Jane Iredale makeup. PhD Waxing and Bio-Sculpture Gel Nail treatments. Manicures and pedicures, waxing, eye treatments and holistic treatments including Indian Head Massage, Hopi Ear Candling and Hot Stone Massage. Availability: Call for appointments. Further Details: The Beauty Lounge, The Old Manor House, Allington, Grantham, NG32 2DH. Call 07969 376876.

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1. Sheila Tiller of Long Sutton 1.



2. Cindy’s of Sutton Bridge 3. Avant Garde of Woodhall Spa. Words/Photos: Rob Davis & Mandy Bray.

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Libby from Shirt Sleeves of Middlegate, Newark, wears a Stillmann linen shift dress in navy and white £105, with navy passman £call, necklace £18, bracelet £22, and hat £69. For information call 01636 605880 or see

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Carol from Camille on Skegness’s Rutland Road, wears a red v-neck bandage dress by Gina Bacconi with separate ruffled shrug, £309, with large natural straw hat in black by Gold £99. For more information call 01754 763258.


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5 Gordon Road, Bailgate, Lincoln, LN1 3AJ Tel: 01522 548 296

The Bra Fitting Specialists

“ 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong bra size - are you one of them?” As trained Rigby and Peller bra specialists we do not use tape measures but consider overall breast shape, size and tissue type before fitting an appropriate garment. Lucette offer a free bra fitting service and no appointment is necessary – opening hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am to 16.30pm

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Sue (left) and Elaine (right) wear marine blue jeans and blue stripe tunic by iBlues, with Airforce blue long cardigan by iBlues, and Sea Blue jersey and chiffon dress with matching shrug by iBlues. Pale blue bag and deep blue bag by ABRO. All from Sheila Tiller of Market Place, Long Sutton; call 01406 363433.


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Kelly wears a white frilly shirt by Miss Barron, red knitted waistcoat by Intown, leggings by Intown, red belt and beads both by Sandwich. All from Avant Garde, 15 High Street, Horncastle; call 01507 525200.

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7 Middlegate, Newark, Notts Telephone: 01636 605880 •

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Blue jacket £158, blue cropped trousers £95, top £72. All available from Lindsey James, The Barns, Whitehouse Farm, Heckington Fen; call 01529 461175.

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From Cindy’s of Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge; a Betty Barclay red and white spotted trenchcoat £159. Navy top by Frank Walder £59. Bag by Gabriella, £59. White and silver necklace set also from Cindy’s, £29. Call 01406 350961 or see


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Lisa Olson (left) wears Joules Elephant Polo £45 with three quarter length rugby shirt £29 and Dubarry Clare boots £275. Helen Brackenbury (right) wears Joules red quilted jacket with gold detailing £79, Joules Posh wellies - navy with red bows £59. Also featured here, Dunsden navy polo by Joules £27. All from Gente Bella, Chain Lane, Newark; 01636 643733 or see

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Beverley Foster of Coney’s, Wide Bargate, Boston, wears Betty Barclay Tunic Top in navy and white £70, cotton jeans by Betty Barclay £90. Fly Red suede shoulder bag £90, spotted belt £20, Pomodoro bangle £10. For more information call 01205 311355 or see www.coneys


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Swimsuit at River Island.

RED Essential accessories for your spring and summer wardrobe

Fascinator at Avant Garde, Woodhall Spa.

Images selected by: Mandy Bray.

THE OUTFIT Trenchcoat by Kate Cooper

Belt at Coneys of Boston.

Sunglasses by Diesel

Bangle at Shirt Sleeves, Newark.

Bracelet from Shirt Sleeves, Newark.

Handbag at Shirtsleeves of Newark.


For suppliers in Lincolnshire see our Directory on page 160.

Sandals at Coneys of Boston.


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Swimsuit by Monsoon.

Necklace by Miglio.

Deep Blue Somethings to accessorise your Spring wardrobe, from Lincolnshire retailers. Images selected by: Mandy Bray.

Trilby by Accessorize.

THE OUTFIT Jacket, t-shirt and trousers by Basler

Scarf by Marks & Spencer.

Bangle by Sheila Tiller of Long Sutton.

Handbag at Sheila Tiller of Long Sutton.

Sunglasses by Accessorize


Sandals by Sheila Tiller of Long Sutton.


For suppliers in Lincolnshire see our Directory on page 160.

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Stand In

Show your national pride this month with a range of shoes in Union flag red, white and blue... These stunning shoes will complement this month’s fashion suggestions and are designed and sold across Lincolnshire by Faith. For more information see our Directory on page 160.

Coral, satin courts with embellished gems: £95.00

Tara, suede platform with cross over strap detail: £60.00

Laqueena, satin sandal with embellished gems: £75.00

Tammy, peeptoe slingback sandal in faux suede: £45.00

Luchine, bow detail peeptoe suede platform: £65.00

Leyat, lace-up peeptoe leather platform shoe: £110.00

Talula, suede platform with embellished eyelets: £70.00


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& BEAUTIFUL Bold, bright colours add instant energy to your wardrobe. Green shoots in the garden are bursting with life ready to act as that vital canvas for all the glorious colours of summer. Add to the scene blue skies and a warming sun, summer's on its way. Are you ready? Words and Images: Frances Shippey.

Moss Green Suede Martha Bag. £95

Easton Sicily Tote in Leather. £99

Kipling Uki in Blue. £35


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Storm Portland Overbody Canvas Bag. £30

Lime Green Suede Harriet Bag. £68

Kipling Tash in Blue. £31


Bags available from The Bag Shop, 4 Cheyne Lane, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2AX. 01780 754794 & also at 46 Steep Hill, Lincoln, 01522 522565.


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Home Spa Heaven...

Products & Styling: Mandy Bray. Photo: Rob Davis. 1.

No doubt you’ve already enjoyed this month’s Good Spa Guide, but to really get the best from your spa visit, continue your treatment at home and get to know each of the brands your favourite spa advocates with our pick of the best professional products...

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Elemis Established now for 20 years, Elemis is used by nearly 6,000,000 spa-goers each year and features organic extract, natural bases and medical grade anti-aging actives.

Dermalogica Developed by the International Dermal Institute, oriented towards skin health rather than beauty or relaxation, free of artificial colours and fragrances.

Clarins Specialising in aromatherapeutic products, Clarins uses essential oils and plant extracts in over 70 spas, 200 salons and 100 in-store concessions, specialising in products for relaxation.

Find Another skin-health oriented marine mineral brand with magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium. No parabens, or GMO ingredients.

Aromatherapy Associates 30 years of experience with ranges including Relax, De-Stress, Revive, Renew and Enrich. Highly scented, specialising in the use of essential oils. Thalgo Marine based treatments with no parabens, animal derived products or GMO. New Cabaret Collection features exquisite packaging, ideal as gift sets. Available in 20,000 salons across the World.

Featured Products: 1. Find Inchwrap Super Cellulite Cream; 250ml £20.50. 2. Clarins Toning Body Polisher with Essential Oils; 250g £27.50. 3. Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser with ProCollagen Cream and Mitt; 150ml/15ml £27.00. 4. Clarins Body Treatment Oil; 100ml £34.50. 5. Dermalogica Power Recovery Masque; 75ml £28.30. 6. Find Anti-Cellulite Extract; 6 x 6ml £34.50. 7. Thalgo Micronized Marine Algae; 10 x 40g £28.75. 8. Thalgo Sweet & Savory Body Scrub; 250g £37.50. 9. Aromatherapy Associates Enrich Body Butter; 150ml £30.75. 10. Find Sea Sand Scrub; 125ml £23.00. 11. Thalgo Thalasso with Algae; 500g £24.

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How to Remain


This month, we find out why composable jewellery is still popular over a quarter of a century on, with Sleaford jeweller, Keith Dolby, who stocks two of the UK’s most popular brands and witness to the success of the products himself... Composable jewellery from names like Chamilia, Lovelinks and Pandora are now 25 years old, and remains as popular as ever. Offering relatively inexpensive ways to mark every occasion with a different charm, they’re wildly popular, and consistently provide the brands’ customers with new ranges each year.

Crucially, Chamilia features a greater degree of compatibility with other makes, and 2008 saw a US lawsuit by Pandora who claimed that Chamilia infringed its patent-pending system for bead threading, a decision which went against Pandora, citing that competition in the market was good for consumers.

Success One Lincolnshire jeweller who has witnessed first hand the success of composable jewellery is Sleaford’s Keith Dolby, and this month, the retailer unveils a new range from Chamilia, released for the Spring/ Summer season: an exclusive new Disney range comprising Murano glass and sterling silver charms and featuring characters including Winnie the Pooh, the Muppets and Mickey Mouse.

Compatibility Chamilia and Pandora, each use the same size chain for their bracelets and their beads are all interchangeable. Trollbeads, meanwhile, uses a smaller chain so the beads of all the other companies will fit the Trollbeads bracelet but Lovelinks uses a larger chain so only beads from the Lovelinks collection will fit the brand’s bracelet.

Composable jewellery enables the wearer to change the look of their jewellery quickly and easily.

“The products have always been popular.” Says the jeweller’s Jan Robinson. “We find that customers love the ability to add to their jewellery over time, change the look or colour of a particular piece and buy bracelets, necklaces and earrings that match.”

History Composable jewellery follows the concept of traditional charm bracelets with was reinvented for the modern market by Trollbeads, in 1976. Lovelinks came to market next in 1985, whilst Pandora appeared in the 1990s, and Chamilia, the newcomer to the market, appeared a decade later in 2002.


Around 17-22 charms will fit on each necklace, with sterling silver, glass and 14ct gold all available in the Chamilia range.

What’s New? In addition to a new and exclusive range of Disney charms, Chamilia this month unveils a range of red, purple and cream leather bracelets and necklaces that are cheaper and more versatile than the conventional gold and silver ones, and a range of charms featuring crystallised Swarovski and Murano glass. The company is also unveiling five new ways to wear its drop chain necklaces to create unique looks no matter how many charms each piece of jewellery has, and to


Composable Chamilia Keith Dolby Jewellers What is it?: For the uninitiated, composable jewellery allows customers to buy a single empty bracelet or necklace, then thread charms of glass, silver or gold onto them. Customers can mix and match, building up an individual, unique piece gradually. The Range: Keith Dolby and his team have many years of experience trading in both composable and traditional jewellery from their Bristol Arcade shop. Find Out More: For more information visit the shop at 8 Bristol Arcade, Sleaford, NG34 7ST or call 01529 303945.

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Right: Newly released, Chamilia’s white leather bracelet.

Right: Purple drop-chain with special edition beads. Far Right and Below: Disney special edition beads.

Main: Janet Grove, Denise Winter and Jan Robinson at Keith Dolby Jewellers.

compliment, Keith Dolby is Sleaford’s only retailer of Charlotte Borgen composable jewellery with its matching earrings. Jeweller Keith has lived in the town throughout his career and also stocks Citizen Watches including their exclusive Signature collection, Royal Scot crystal, giftware from Lilliput Lane, as well as stocking a variety of jewellery in gold, platinum, palladium and silver from the company’s Bristol Arcade premises. “We love being a part of our customers’ most special occasions.” Says Keith. “The products we sell play a really important part in people’s lives, marking their most important milestones.” n

Above: Pink and green drop-chain.

Disney bracelet with special edition charms. Right: Minnie charm with 14ct gold.


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Wedding Album Of Katie Elliott and Ricky Lewis

This month’s featured couple enjoyed a summer wedding in a superb location… and their evening reception was by a couple of special guests… Amy Winehouse (or at least an impersonator)… and our bride’s beloved equine! Images: Aurora Studio, 01673 844519

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Bride’s Name: Katie Elliott Groom’s Name: Ricky Lewis Ceremony: Branston Hall Reception: Branston Hall Best Man: Jay Burton Bridesmaid: Olivia Hill, Katie Lewis & Faith Brewer Bride’s Parents: John and Susan Elliott Groom’s Parents: Steve and Tanya Lewis

When/how did you first meet? I was on a night out and we were introduced by mutual friends; there was an obvious instant attraction between us. Our paths crossed socially over the next few months in which time we exchanged numbers and arranged our first date. When in the relationship did he 'pop the question?' How did he propose? Rick was on a family holiday in Turkey for a fortnight, and I joined him for the second week. At this point, we had been together for seven months, but it felt like we’d known each other a lifetime. Rick met me from the airport, and before I had chance to even unpack, he presented me with a beautiful ring and asked me to be his wife. Without any hesitation I accepted, and it just felt so right! What were the first things that you decided on? The first thing upon which we decided was that we both wanted a summer wedding and a perfect location. We stumbled across Branston Hall on the internet and visited it to have a meal there and booked it immediately as it was the ideal venue for us. The building and grounds surrounding the hotel were amazing… we both felt that the hotel oozed class and was so romantic. Any differing ideas about how your big day should be or things you both wanted to do different?


We have very similar tastes, so we had no problem with our plans for the big day. The fact that we have so much in common is one of the strengths of our marriage. Was planning your big day fraught or enjoyable? Did you both contribute ideas with equal enthusiasm? Planning our wedding was a long and meticulous process, but we enjoyed every second. After eating our way through several budgets, we had everything we could have wished for and more! We worked very hard together to plan the perfect day, but this still wouldn’t have been possible without the help from our families and close friends, for which we are eternally grateful. Any pre-wedding nerves? Bride’s View: On the day, I felt incredibly calm and focused. I would describe it as a feeling of excitement rather than nerves; I was awake at 5am, and by 7am I was relaxing and swimming in the pool and Jacuzzi with my mum and sister. I just couldn’t believe that after all the months of preparation and waiting for the big day to arrive that it was finally here. Groom’s View: I started the day in complete control. I went for an early morning swim and spent time walking around the grounds as it was a beautiful morning. After getting ready, I went down to greet our guests as they started to arrive. My nerves gradually

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became worse, as everyone I greeted asked me the same question ‘Are you getting nervous?’… I answered that I wasn’t, but I now admit that the nerves were creeping up on me by this point.

and I tried several on, but knew I had chosen the perfect one for me as we both became very emotional. It just felt so right, and exactly the type of dress I had dreamed of as a young girl.

How did it feel to walk down the aisle and take your vows? I felt very emotional walking down the aisle, hearing the string quartet playing, knowing that the room was full of our closest friends, our lovely families and ultimately being escorted down the aisle by my amazing dad. Exchanging our vows was the most special part of the day, as we meant every word we said to each other and were officially man and wife. There was a great moment after signing the register, as we got introduced to all our guests as Mr & Mrs Lewis for the first time. Everyone clapped and cheered as we walked out and that moment will stay with me forever.

Where was your reception held? We had a civil ceremony at Branston Hall, with the afternoon and an evening reception to follow at the same venue. Branston Hall is a fantastic place and we would highly recommend it as a venue for anyone. The food was faultless and the staff organised the day to perfection. Our evening reception began with an Amy Winehouse tribute act, which created a really good atmosphere, and it was great to see everyone enjoying our special day as much as we were.

What made you choose your dress, and can you describe it? My mum came with me to choose my dress,

Did anything funny or particularly memorable happen; highlights of speeches, special things you said to each other etc? All the speeches were fantastic, with my dad and the best man doing an amazing job. However, the most memorable moment was when Rick announced that we were

We stumbled across

Branston Hall on the internet and visited it to have a meal there and booked it immediately as it was the ideal venue for us. The building and grounds surrounding the hotel were amazing… we both felt that the hotel oozed class and was so romantic… Images: Aurora Studio, 01673 844519


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We are both loving

married life and have so much to look forward to… including the arrival of our baby later this month!

expecting our first child! The room erupted with applause, cheers and tears. It was huge shock to everyone and we had only found out four days before the wedding. Did you have a honeymoon? If so where, and most importantly, did you enjoy it? We had a fantastic honeymoon in Cyprus for two weeks. It was great to have the time to relax and reflect on our special day, and also discuss what the future had in store for us. Our honeymoon was a gift from two of our very close friends for which we are so grateful as it was pure bliss! We spent most of the time relaxing in the sun and enjoying the perfect start to married life. We loved every second… apart from the morning sickness! Any friends or family you'd like to thank or recognise? We would like to thank Branston Hall for all their efforts in providing us with a stress free day, our photographers Aurora Studios for not only their amazing photos, but also for their assistance on the day. We would also like to say a special thank you to our families, especially our parents and closest friends for their invaluable contribution and support. When we look back on our wedding day, we do so with pride and that’s as a result of the people mentioned above.


Anyone you particularly want to recommend? We highly recommend Aurora Studios for their friendly and calming approach and could not be happier with the result of our wedding album. It must be said that they are truly masters of their trade! How are you finding married life? We are both loving married life and have so much to look forward to… including the arrival of our baby later this month! It feels like things can’t get any better for us. We wish we could get married every year and can honestly say that it was the best day of our lives. n


And finally, do you have any top tips that you can give for future brides? My advice for any future bride would be to organise everything well in advance, as the time seems to pass by so quickly. On your wedding day, try and ensure that you soak up and enjoy every second and it is certainly worth all the hard work and planning once that special day arrives.

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Sam and Jon Farr were married recently at St James' Church, Louth. A reception at The Brackenborough Arms Hotel, Louth followed.

Vickie Hill and David North were recently married at Fishtoft Church. Amy Holmes was bridesmaid and Mark North the bestman.

Photographer: Reg Moore Photography, Louth. 07866 533220.

Photographer: David Hart, Boston. 01205 723198

Zoe Bush and Kevin Dean recently held their wedding at Revesby Church with a reception afterwards at The Grange, Wood Enderby.

Louise Hubber and Richard Garford recently married at the Whitwell Hotel where a reception followed. The couple will make their home in Market Deeping.

Photographer: Nick Johnson Photography, Mareham Le Fen. 01507 568512,

Photographer: Dave Stewart Photography, Stamford. 01780 751141.

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 WEDDING PLANNER WHERE TO START…? The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu one stated, quite wisely, we believe, that the longest journey starts with the first step. Quite often, brides feel daunted by the prospect of planning their wedding… the solution? Take the first step! Organising a wedding is a huge undertaking, and an expensive one, but the first step is always the most difficult one! Once the excitement of the thought of being married to your new fiancée for the rest of your life has died down a bit, you realise that the day you have always dreamed about is suddenly becoming a reality. It’s a huge, expensive project to manage, with deadlines to meet and suppliers to liaise with, not to mention a budget to keep track of. Brides feel overwhelmed until they break down the job and take their first steps… so, where do you begin? You’ll need to start with the place you want your ceremony to take place and the venue you wish to hold your reception. Without the same date in place for both of these there’s no point in visiting any of the wedding services you’ll subsequently need to book.

Katie and Steve Thompson recently married at Branston Hall Hotel, Lincoln where a reception followed afterwards. Photographer: Aurora Studio, Market Rasen. 01673 844519,

Starting with your place of marriage, you have to consider whether you would like a church service or a civil ceremony. Whichever one you choose, you can create an event that’s as elaborate or intimate as you wish. The number of guests you are inviting will, to a certain extent, determine which you opt for. With lots of family and friends invited, it is, perhaps, one of the few times when the whole family sees each other. If it’s just a few close relatives and friends, it becomes very personal. Starting with a church wedding, it’s normal to marry at your local church, so an appointment with the vicar/priest is essential to check on dates. With a civil ceremony, the local Registrar’s office will only officially book your date 12 months beforehand, but they may ‘pencil you in’ if it’s longer than the year. Almost simultaneously, you will need to check on availability at the venue where you are hosting your reception. Once you have a firm date for both of these services, you can then progress to the other services that make your day complete. Photographers and car companies are probably the next places to visit as these book up quickly. Within Lincolnshire you are not short of choice; unlike years ago when traditional photographs were posed and taken with little scope for further imagination, varying photographic studios these days range from the more traditional ‘formal’ approach to the ‘casual’ or journalistic/reportage photography, and in terms of cars, brides have the choice of vintage, mid 20th century or really up-to-date means of arriving at the church, or options such as horses & carriages or tractors for large country weddings. As time goes by you, will need to consider the style of wedding, colour scheme and just how grand or intimate you would like it. Other services you may want to consider are the florist, videographer, cake artist, bridal party and groomsmen’s outfits. Also on the list will be stationery for your invitations, Orders of Service will be necessary if you opt for a church wedding, place cards, menus, table plan & thank you notes will also need to be created. You may also wish to consider favours for your guests. After all, they will have put a great deal of effort into making your day special.

Lauren Thomas and Adam Goldie recently celebrated thier marriage at The Bainbridge Rooms, Lincoln. Photographer: Reg Moore Photography, Louth. 07866 533220.

Taking the first step is essential, and once you’ve decided on a date, and set a budget, the rest of your wedding planning can proceed in earnest! n


Valerie Tall is a wedding consultant based in The Lawn, Lincoln and School Court, Brigg. For more information see or call 01522 546161.

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HAIR DESIGN at Streaks Ahead

A unique venue in the hear t of Lincoln's Historic Quar ter. Available for Weddings, Meetings, Conferences or Private Dining

Colour your hair and look fantastic to really put a Spring in your step this month...!

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The obvious choice for those who desire sophisticated surroundings combined with excellent ser vice for their event

MINSTER YARD LINCOLN LN2 1PU Telephone: 01522 504075 www.theoldpalace .org


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Strait Talking Lincoln’s Richard Shucksmith has over 20 years experience working in some of the UK’s most prestigious kitchens… but falling in love with his future wife allowed the chef to experience a whole new world of food and compelled the pair to set up one of the city’s most unique and desirable restaurants... Words & Images: Rob Davis.

Take a moment to consider far flung cuisine and the usual countries that come to mind are China, India and Thailand, powerful, spicy dishes packing plenty of colour and flavour. Many Lincolnshire diners have never realised, however, that Brazilian cuisine is also available in the centre of Lincoln, let alone tasted it for themselves. That’s a terrific shame, and the cause of one Lincoln chef who hopes to introduce his Brazilian wife Miriam’s favourite dishes to a wider audience at Straits Brasserie in the centre of Lincoln. Richard’s career began in Saxilby, where the chef’s parents lived. Richard’s father, Brian Shucksmith, was a highly regarded butcher with shops in Lincoln and North Hykeham. As such, Richard’s childhood consisted of home cooked roasts, pies and dishes


Richard is a Lincoln born and bred

chef who hope to introduce his Brazilian wife Miriam’s favourite dishes to a wider audience...

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Straits Brasserie today seats 22 diners downstairs and 40 further diners on the first floor. It’s a Grade II listed building dating back to the 1500s, and looks awesome - original features, wood floors and red pantiles give the dining rooms terrific character... like toad-in-the-hole… all very traditional and all able to exploit the best ingredients produced in and around Lincoln. In fact, Richard confesses that he didn’t eat a single serving of fast food until he was 15 years old, and upon doing so, was disappointed.

The two travelled around Miriam’s home country for a short while and Richard fell for Brazilian cuisine too, finding his food niche and rapidly coming to the conclusion that he had to bring the taste back to Lincoln for others to try.

“I already had a real appreciation for what constitutes good food.” Says Richard. “My career as a chef began after graduating from three years study at Lincoln College, stepping into my first job at the Cross Keys at Stow. It was great!”

The couple married in 2005 and began looking for a restaurant of their own. Straits Brasserie has been so-called since 1974, but had always been known for its English food. Opening the restaurant in Spring 2005 with a re-invented menu of English and Brazilian food, Richard found a superb niche. Trading under the name Viela for a short while, Richard reverted to the original name in April last year, but retained the restaurant’s look & feel, and intention of bringing Brazilian cuisine to the city.

After a spell at Woodhall Spa’s Golf Hotel and a year spent traveling across the UK working in Gloucestershire, Cumbria and Yorkshire, Richard landed a job at the House of Commons, where he catered for three current or former Prime Ministers; Thatcher, Major and Blair, plus the Queen, Betty Boothroyd, then speaker, and even the Dalai Lama, in one of the House of Commons’s nine kitchens with their 70-strong brigade. Other impressive commissions include the plush Park Lane Hotel on Mayfair, where the young Sous Chef was awarded the title Young Chef of the Year, and the Royal Horseguards Hotel in Whitehall. But in 2001, the chef won what he though was his dream job, working on the cruise liners of Northern Europe, spending three months at a time at sea. Back in England and on terra firma in 2001, the chef then worked alongside a colleague to create a trendy Notting Hill gastropub at around the same time that the film of the same name was released and the area experienced a huge surge in visitors. “There were trendy restaurants flying up everywhere, but ours was voted the best in London.” Says Richard proudly. “We had an adjacent private members’ club too, so we attracted lots of celebrities.” But it wasn’t the ‘A’-listers and celebrities that caught Richard’s eye, it was Sao Paulo–born colleague Miriam. The two fell in love and Miriam introduced Richard to Brazilian cuisine, cooking his first Brazilian dish on their first date; Bobó de Camarâo, a King Prawn dish with Coconut Cassava.


Straits Brasserie today seats 22 diners downstairs and 40 further diners on the first floor. It’s a Grade II listed building dating back to the 1500s, and looks awesome - original features, wood floors and red pantiles give the dining rooms terrific character. Menus comprise half English dishes with typical offerings including a starter of Stuffed Chine with Pickles, and main courses of Lincolnshire Sausage & Mash, and Slow Cooked Pork with Wild Mushrooms and Truffle Oil, and the remaining half spicy, flavoursome and delicious Brazilian-inspired cuisine. Highly regionalised, Brazilian food is influenced by the country’s northern tropics with African dishes reflecting historical migration to the region, as well as central and southern regions’ European and Arabic migration, particularly in the post-war era when many Italians, Germans and Portuguese fled their native countries and settled in the country. The restaurant runs a main à la carte menu upon which are nine starters, eight main courses and six desserts. All dishes are prepared to order, with bread, sauces and puddings all made in house. Brazilian options include Xim Xim, a chicken and prawn dish with spicy sauce featuring coriander, peanuts and cashews, traditionally served with a

Previous Page: Char-Grilled Swordfish with Warm Potato and Bean Salad and Chorizo Butter. Main: Chocolate Tiffin with Vanilla Ice Cream.

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i timbale of rice, and Pato no Tucupi; duck with spicy chilli and lime. Desserts also feature Brazilian influences, such as our Cheesecake with Guava, tangy, creamy and delicious. To accompany are 16 house wines available by glass or bottle, and a selection of cocktails, not to mention a great dining environment and the culmination of skills honed by Richard and his brigade. Straits Brasserie is the only Brazilian restaurant of its type in the East Midlands, and represents a unique dining experience in the heart of Lincoln, and in a restaurant with real character and charm. With so many flavours, fresh ingredients at the dishes’ hearts and a chef patron with an enviable pedigree, Straits Brasserie definitely constituted this month’s recommended dining experience! n

Straits Brasserie, Lincoln Cuisine: Brazilian and English menu with South American cuisine and Lincolnshire favourites. Environment: Grade II listed 16th century town house with period dining rooms and plenty of atmosphere! Menus: À la carte menu, early dining concessionary table d’hôte option and Brazilian tasting menu. Don’t Miss: Diners can certainly opt for ‘safe’ Lincolnshire dishes, but by sampling the authentic Brazilian cuisine you’re really giving Richard and his team the chance to impress you! An ‘early bird’ menu also offers diners the chance to enjoy a taste of Brazil at reasonable prices. Prices: À la carte starters and main courses from £1.00-£5.40 and £8.90£12.90. Early Evening dining from £10.90p/h for two courses with glass of wine. Taster BBQ menu from £20p/h. Contact: 8-9 The Strait, Lincoln. Telephone 01522 576765 or see


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Al Fresco Dining At The Lincoln Hotel The sun always shines at the Lincoln Hotel! Dine in comfort overlooking the Cathedral...

The Lincoln Hotel Eastgate, Lincoln LN2 1PN Tel: 01522 520348 Fax: 01522 510780 Website: Email: reservations@thelincolnhotel


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On the Lamb

Spring lamb: subtle, flavoursome and raised right here in Lincolnshire! There’s no better choice for a hearty Sunday lunch this month and by following advice from Lincolnshire butcher Gary Simpson, you’re this month guaranteed to love being ‘on the lamb’... Lincolnshire lamb is a pleasure no matter how it’s served, but a more subtle flavour and more tender texture than beef makes it ideal for a lighter spring dish that will happily take a stronger sauce. This month, we ask Sleaford butcher Gary Simpson for his tips to ensure that life on the lamb is happier and healthier than ever. A Cut Above... There’s no doubt about it... supermarket joints just can’t compete with fresh cuts of locally reared lamb.

Rack of lamb from the side of the backbone between shoulder and loin is better for drier cooking, and is generally considered the most flavoursome cut. In consequence it’s more expensive, but worth the extra. Make Friends With Your Butcher In all instances, follow the golden rules; use your local butcher, buy local and check for the Quality Standard awarded by the English Beef & Lamb Executive.

We asked Sleaford butcher Gary Simpson for his top tips for By purchasing your cut from a specialist family making the most of butcher like Gary Simpson glorious Spring you can specify the exact size, cut, gain additional cooking tips Lamb!

These cuts have evolved over time, historically making concessions for lack of refrigeration and the necessity of making use of every part of the carcass, but these days even ‘premium’ cuts are available to all. Less well-regarded cuts are much improved thanks to better animal health.

What has remained consistent, though, is the aims of good butchery to make the best of each cut. Leg of lamb is the prime cut most suitable for roasting as a joint or for serving as lamb steak. Meat from the loin, meanwhile, is best for frying and grilling as chops, being the most tender part of the lamb, but can also yield smaller joints. Don’t underestimate the worth of ‘lesser’ cuts like scrag (above the scruff of the neck), which is great for stews and


casseroles, tougher, more able to stand a slower cooking time, and both neck & flank, from which great mince can be produced.

and ensure your chosen cut hasn’t been intensively farmed.

Choosing Lamb Lamb (meat that’s under 18 months old) from rare breed or English breeds like the Lincoln Longwool is generally considered to yield the best meat. Meat is darker, closely textured and lean. Look for firm, lean cuts with creamy white fat and avoid yellow, crumbly fat. A blue tinge to bones and pale pink flesh indicates a young lamb, but don’t estimate larger, darker, richer (almost gamey) mutton. Store below -4°c on the bottom shelf of your fridge.


Spring Lamb with Gary Simpson... Which Joint?: Choose the traditional bone-in leg or a boneless rolled joint. For a slightly sweeter taste, opt for shoulder of lamb. Cooking Times: Use a preheated oven; 180°c/Gas Mark 4. Medium: 25 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 25 minutes Well done: 30 minutes per 450g/1lb plus 30 minutes. The Golden Rule!: Always buy from your local butcher, and opt for locally reared, organic lamb wherever possible. Butchers like Gary Simpson offer great service, plenty of advice and will tailor your cut to your exact requirements.

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Serves: 4-6. Preparation time: 15 minutes. Ingredients: 1.3kg/3lb lean leg or shoulder joint Salt and freshly milled black pepper Zest of 1 lemon, 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and sliced, 2 large sprigs fresh rosemary leaves 15ml/1tbsp olive oil and 45ml/3tbsp lemon marmalade, melted. For the Gravy: 15ml/1tbsp plain flour and 600ml/1pint good, hot lamb stock. For the Mint Sauce (150ml): 1 x 30g pack fresh mint leaves, stalks removed, 60ml/tbsp light muscovado sugar, 150ml/¼pint boiling water 150ml/pint white wine vinegar. Method: Place joint on a chopping board and make several slits on sides. In a small bowl mix together the lemon zest, garlic, rosemary and oil.

Thanks to Gary Simpson for his advice. The family butcher has shops on Cameron Street, Heckington and at Four Seasons’s new garden centre on London Road, Sleaford. For more information call 01529 460403.

Almost any cut of lamb (and mutton) can be braised or pot-roasted, but roasting is the most common way to cook lamb this spring... since lamb is very tender and has enough fat to prevent it from drying out during cooking. Allow at least 285-340g/10-12oz meat per person when buying the leg on the bone. If buying lamb off the bone, 225g/8oz is sufficient. Ask your butcher to butterfly a leg of lamb and it can be marinated or stuffed, and insert a thermometer to ensure your joint is between 70°c and 80°c when cooked. Accompaniments Mint and rosemary are obvious (and delicious!) accompaniments, but consider tarragon, apricot, coriander and for an oriental flavour, soy sauce, ginger or honey. n

Stuff the mixture into the slits, place the joint on a metal rack in a large non-stick roasting tin and cover and roast for the preferred, calculated cooking time. 40 minutes before the end of the cooking time remove the foil. 10-15 minutes before cooked, glaze with the lemon marmalade. To prepare the mint sauce: pound together the mint leaves and sugar in a mortar and pestle or blend to a rough paste. Add the boiling water and leave to infuse for 5-10 minutes. When the mixture is almost cold, stir in the vinegar and transfer to a serving bowl. When the lamb is cooked transfer to a platter, loosely cover with foil and keep warm. Retain the contents of the roasting tin for the gravy. Prepare the gravy by spooning off oil from the tin, leaving about 30ml/2tbsp of any rich lamb juices. Place the roasting tin over medium heat and sprinkle over the flour. Stir well with a small whisk or spoon, add a little stock and stir again. Add the remaining stock, and any meat juices from the platter, adjust the seasoning, if required and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally or until reduced to a well-flavoured gravy strain. n


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H ealthy Option... The


Choosing the healthy option needn’t mean neglecting your tastebuds... here, the county’s best restaurants suggest ways to indulge your palate!

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Main: Duck with Red Onion and Feta Cheese Salad at The Red Lion, Caythorpe. 1: Peach and Parma Ham Salad at the Houblon Inn, Oasby. 2: Butternut Squash Risotto at The Mill, Boston. 3: Melon and Parma Ham Salad at the Olde Barn, Tealby. 4: Scallop and Salmon Summer Salad at The Millhouse, Covenham St Bartholomew. 5: Buttered Green Asparagus Spears with Mixed Herb and Crouton Salad, topped with a Poached Egg and Truffle Oil Vinegar at Kenwick Park Hotel, Louth. 6: Salmon with Cucumber Jelly & Soft Quail’s Egg with Caviar at the Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln.


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Sample Dishes







7: Fresh Fruit Medley with Chocolate Dipping Sauce at Best Western Forest Pines Hotel, Brigg. 8: Sugar Free, Fat Free Fruit Sorbets at Ealand Gate, Ealand, North Lincolnshire. 9: Salmon with Potato and Beetroot Salad at The Boathouse, Farndon. 10: Grilled Fishcakes at The Barley Mow, Friskney. 11: Scallops at Branston Hall Hotel, Lincoln. 12: Salmon and Potato Salad at The Tally Ho, Aswardby. 13: Poached Fillet of Sea Bass at Hambleton Hall, Rutland. 14: Scarborough Crab Tian with Chilled Melon Soup at Winteringham Fields, Winteringham, Scunthorpe. 15: Chicken and Apricot at La Foundouk, Great Limber, North Lincolnshire. 16: Melon and Parma Ham at Admiral Rodney, Horncastle.


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John Blenkiron of the Tally Ho Inn, Aswardby... How did your career begin? I was born in Nottinghamshire in a community of hoteliers... most of my family worked at Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moore, where I grew up. My earliest memory is playing football with the chefs there... they’d bring me out treats like Rum Babas and Chocolate Éclairs... it was the 1970s! Tell us your ‘Food Heaven’ and ‘Hell’? I love seafood in all its forms, and enjoy oriental flavours and spices. There’s not a lot I turn my nose up at, but pretentious or overpriced food is a real bugbear of mine.



Tell us about your restaurant? The Tally Ho is a gorgeous building dating back from the 1750s with strong links to surrounding agriculture and Lincolnshire’s food culture... we’ve many fantastic local suppliers, and plenty of regular customers, which makes us feel really lucky. What’s the secret to creating a great dining experience? It’s easy to let the ingredients do the talking in Lincolnshire. We’re not a Michelin star-chasing restaurant, we’re a quality country restaurant that offers realistic food at reasonable prices, which people in Lincolnshire really appreciate.

17: Chargrilled Swordfish at Strait’s Brasserie, Lincoln. 18: Goats Cheese and Pear Salad with Pine Nuts and Salad Leaves at the George Hotel of Stamford. For our featured restaurants’ contact details see our Directory on p160.

Is there life beyond the kitchen? I run the restaurant with my sister Julie, and since coming to the restaurant 15 months ago we’ve been really busy re-inventing it and refurbishing it where possible. Spare time has been scarce but when I get time off I love sea fishing...! n

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GO, WEST! This month Ben Straw travels to the South West region of France and meets Jean-Claude Mas, and discovers couture wines from Vin De Pays to quality AOC wines produced under Domaine and Chateau identités. Here, we select the fruitiest, most approachable reds and cleanest white, all sporting keen prices and offering great value... One of the stellar producers in the South West region of France is Domaine Paul Mas. They offer a New World approach to winemaking with Jean-Claude Mas the owner and winemaker. Production is of consistent quality and style through excellence in viticulture and winemaking. Combining the hard work in the cellar with first rate marketing and sales expertise enables Domaines Paul Mas to produce a core range of elegant Vin de Pays d'Oc varietals and quality AOC wines under a range of Domaine and Chateau identities. In Pezenas, north-east of Beziers, the primary objective is to create fruit-driven, approachable red wines, whilst in Limoux, next to Carcasonne, the emphasis is on cooler climate styles, particularly whites, with clear varietal character and elegant structure. Here are a pick of some of my favourites from Jean-Claude. Enjoy! n

Paul Mas Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 - £7.50 Red and black berry flavours, with blackcurrant, spicy vanilla and toasted oak aromas. Full body, soft tannins, ripe fruit flavours on the middle palate with a good acidity and persistence. Ideal with barbecued red meat, roast beef, stews, pasta dishes, hard cheeses and chocolate cake.


La Forge Marsanne 2006 - £8.50 An aromatic dry wine, Marsanne is grown on the coolest part of the vineyard in order to get the best possible acidity balance. Very elegant aromas of white flowers,


West is best, from £7.50 to £16.75!

honeydew, and a hint of toasted bread. Rich and mellow palate with a good long finish. Mas de Mas Grès de Montpellier 2007 - £16.75 Jean-Claude’s flagship estate. This is a typical Rhône blend of Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache. Big, deep and structured red. Excellent with food, but more than enjoyable on its own. Very long on the finish and shows excellent value for money when compared to Chateauneuf-du-Pape and other premium Rhône-style blends.


Paul Mas Viognier 2008 – £7.95 A rich and elegant nose with dry fruits, peach and floral aromas. A rich, fresh and mellow palate with a long persistence finishing on toasted notes. Enjoy with seafood and fish dishes, curry, white meats, blue cheeses, tarts & fruit desserts.


La Forge Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 - £8.95 A huge fruity mouthful. Rich and full, almost palate-staining in its intensity! Very approachable now despite its youth. Dark fruit flavours of blackcurrant are predominant. A deep structured wine that is an ease and a pleasure to drink. n

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The Bustard Inn & Restaurant Now Michelin Recommended!


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Locally Produced Food Restaurant • Farm Shop • Butchery • Bakery

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Straits Brasserie 8-9 The Strait, Steep Hill, Lincoln LN2 1JD

01522 576765 Straits Brasserie is a unique Brazilian/British Restaurant with value for money prices. Special Mid week offer (Tue – Thu Only) Steak & Chips Supper with a glass of House wine for only £9.95. Please Quote Lincolnshire Pride when booking your table.

The Houblon Inn Oasby, Grantham, NG32 3NB

Telephone 01529 455215 A beautiful cosy country inn with Real Food, Real Ales and a Great Atmosphere. Please do telephone to book. We look forward to welcoming you

The Queen’s Head Kirkby-La-Thorpe, Sleaford

Telephone 01529 305743 Ever changing à la carte menu together with chalkboard specials, alongside a less formal & reasonably priced lunchtime menu, all served by professional attentive staff. Dishes are prepared on the premises including homemade breads, using locally sourced fresh produce. We have an excellent range of cask & keg conditioned beers together with an extensive wine list. Proud winners of several awards recently including the Taste of Excellence ‘Best Pub Restaurant Award’ for best pub restaurant food in Lincolnshire. Thursday Evening Steak Supper, Sunday Evening Supper, Early Bird Special Served 6pm-7pm Tues & Wed, Lunchtime Specials from 12pm – 2.30pm Tues–Sat. Now open Mondays.

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The Malden Suite is a purpose built function room, the perfect location for weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, birthday parties etc etc...

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MotoringNews Model Launches & Dealership News from across Lincolnshire




News In Brief Porsche Launches Entry Level Panamera A new entry level 3.0V6 Porsche Panamera has been released, with 2x4 and 2x4 versions, from £61,000.

Three Decades of Astra Following the launch of the sixth incarnation of Vauxhall’s Astra, the company has now sold its 3,000,000th version of the family car in the UK.

A Mini-SUV! A 4x4 Mini SUV will go on sale in the UK from September. Prices will start at £16,000.

Speed for new Jag XK Jaguar has released new Speed and Black option packs for its XK sports tourer. The £3,500 Speed pack increases the car’s top speed to 174mph and includes 20” wheels. The Black pack costs £4,000 and is a further option for Speed models, featuring black wheels, Ultimate Black paintwork, plus front and rear spoilers.

A ‘Bent for Gents... Bentley’s awesome SuperSport Convertible reaches showroom this month... the fastest model drop-top the company has ever produced! Top speed is 202mph, 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds. Options include adaptive cruise, massage function for seats, iPod interface, powered boot and for those with more money than taste, ‘jewelled’ fuel filler cap!

‘E’ is for Executive & Estate... • Mercedes mainstay now available as estate, coupé and saloon • Prices from £29,785 - £73,127; SE, Avant Garde, Sport trims. Mercedes’s stalwart E-Class is the mid-range saloon that really packs a punch. The new model, which reached UK showrooms last autumn, is now joined by an estate version with massive payload, and sleek coupé and cabriolet versions.

Coupé d’État The coupé and cabriolet versions of the new model will range from £29,370 for a full four seater SE model with 1.8 petrol engine, to around £50,000 for this month’s new model, the convertible, with a threepiece electric folding roof, exact prices for which are to be confirmed.

The new estate will lock horns with Audi’s A6 Avant and like the rest of the range, is The Last Word in Luxury The E-Class Our favourite model is available in SE, Avant offers loads of the versatile, practical Garde and Sport trim, space, plenty of E-Class estate, and with petrol engines released as Pride 1.8, 3.5, 5.5 and 6.2 in standard equipment goes to press. size, and 2.1 & 3.0 and the firm’s diesel units. Fuel Every model comes with BlueEfficiency economy ranges from front and rear parking engines! 22mpg - 54mpg on a sensors, heated leather combined run. seats, climate control, Bluetooth and CD player with large Estate of the Art colour display in the dashboard for Sophisticated estate models optional sat nav, making the E-Class feature a huge payload larger than great value and economical, in even the A6 Avant and Volvo V70, plus a the most basic trim. powered tailgate for easy loading.

Mercedes Benz E-Class Prices from £27,570 to £73,885. Engines from 1.8-6.2, petrol and diesel. Choose from 4-door saloon, five door estate and three door coupé/ convertible.

This Month: Audi’s 2010 range includes a frugal new supermini and new luxury flagship model...


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With the release of three new models, its A1 supermini, A5 Sports Coupé and A8 Executive flagship, Audi is a brand re-inventing itself as a manufacturer that offers practical executive cars, sporty models and chunky leisure-oriented 4x4s... Words: Rob Davis.

Historically, Audi always played second fiddle to BMW and Mercedes in the trio of German manufacturers whose models represented the best drivers’ cars on UK roads.

‘premium’ appeal of the larger, BMW-owned Mini which will also appeal to Lincolnshire motorists seeking a nippy city car.

Now, all that’s changed. Audi is leading the way, from pioneering technology on its A8 flagship that would make Mercedes’s S-Class blush, to its tiny new A1 model. Arguably the brand has been more successful in penetrating the 4x4 market than BMW with its road-only X-Models and much more successful than Mercedes, whose ML and GL off-roaders have never caused concern to Land Rover’s Discovery or Audi’s popular Q7.

A new A8 executive saloon will also be released this month, which, alongside Audi’s sporty R8 Spyder. These represent extremely desirable models with up to three figure price tags and their sights firmly set on not just BMW and Mercedes, but the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin. That’s not bad for a company that also produces some of the UK’s most economical and practical family cars, like the new stop/start equipped A3 with its frugal 67.3mpg figure and £15,770 starting price.

The models that are really of interest to Lincolnshire motorists are the best-selling A4, a premium family car available as a saloon or estate, its new A5 sports coupé and cabriolet derivatives, and the brand’s off-road ranges, the Freelander-sized Q5 and Discovery-sized Q7. However, a new A1 due for release this month will successfully combine the ‘cute’ style of the Fiat 500 city car, and the

So what sort of manufacturer is Audi aiming to become throughout 2010... a maker of family cars, sports, executive or SUV models? The answer is all of the above... with impressive vehicles across its entire portfolio, the recommendation to buy an Audi has never been stronger, and no matter what your needs, there’s a model to suit, especially in light of the company’s newest ranges.

Images: Above: Audi’s A5 Sportback is half-A4 family saloon, and half TT sports car. Main: Huge V12 Q7 off-roader.


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The entire Audi range features frugal diesels... from the 72mpg A1 to the rather less economical £111,000 R8 V10 supercar! Brand New A1 Due to be revealed this month with orders taken from May, Audi’s A1 is a city car that aims to blend BMW’s premium Mini, in a smaller, cuter package like the Fiat 500. 1.2FSi engine will offer fizzy performance and 55mpg, a 1.4 Turbo FSi reached 60mph in 9.1 seconds... but the real star of the show is the 1.6TDi diesel which returns a frugal 72.4mpg with 0-60mph reaches in 10.8 seconds - the best compromise between performance and economy. Standard equipment will include alloy wheels, CD player, air con and electric windows & mirrors. Options include sat-nav with Audi Multi Media Interface, hard drive for storing music, BOSE stereo, cruise control and parking sensors. Prices will start from £13,000 representing great value, sound economy and... knowing Audi... rock-solid depreciation residuals. Three, Four, Five... Audi’s A3 hatchback, slightly more expensive A4 saloon and estate, and A5 three door coupé, five door Sportback and soft-top cabriolet are roughly the same class of vehicle, with the A3 featuring a slightly less plush cabin. Once the A1 is on sale, it will cannabalise sales from the A3, which is due for

replacement next year, so in order to maintain brand continuity and create a distinction between the A3, A4 and A5 ranges, each of which share engines, it’s likely the new A3 will be larger and more upmarket, with prices more in line with the A4 range. The A3 is very well made, refined beyond its class and with its best engine, the 1.6TDi, returns a combined fuel economy of almost 75mpg - 60mpg in town, 85mpg on ‘A’-roads! Meanwhile the new A4 has a sleek body that’s not a million miles away from the A5 Sportback, making the distinction somewhat narrow. The Sportback is pricier, beginning at £24,200, rather than £21,000, but both models share engines, the same interior and similar economy figures. Our recommendation is the 2.0TDi... choose from four door or estate A4, three or five door A5, or A5 convertible, opt for SE trim and enjoy between 49mpg and 57mpg, plus a refined drive and plenty of standard equipment.

Images: Audi’s forthcoming A1 and A5 Sportback.


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Audi in 2010 A1 Body: 3 door. Engines: 1.2FSi, 1,4FSi, 1.6TDi. Economy: 55.4mpg - 72.4mpg. Price: TBC.


Six and Eight... Audi’s larger saloon, the A6, has recently been overshadowed by a new BMW 5-Series, but represents a quality saloon that’s easily on a par with the new model. Nonetheless, the new BMW is only available as a saloon, lacking both the A6’s Avant estate derivative, and its Allroad version. The A6 represents terrific value, with cruise and climate control, CD player, and part electric seats as standard from £26,000. SE trim adds £1,000, and sat nav, leather seats and CD changer making it our recommendation with Audi’s 53mpg 2.0TDIe engine. Meanwhile, Audi’s flagship A8 reaches showrooms this month, priced from £68,000. Opt for the diesel, which features a light aluminium body, Quattro 4x4 system and 46mpg on motorways. Standard kit includes heated electric leather seats, 180w stereo, eight speed gearbox, sat nav with speech recognition, music hard drive and Bluetooth.

Sporting Credentials... Whilst Audi’s TT remains popular as a taut, rapid roadster, its monstrous R8 sports car steals the limelight, especially as a two-seater cabriolet, from £111,995! Its 5.2V10 model reaches 60mph in four seconds, 194mph flat out, though whether you’d enjoy travelling that fast with the roof off is questionable... certainly not if you’ve just left the hair salon. All-Road Appeal... Of rather more appeal to Lincolnshire drivers are Audi’s off-road models. The A4 and A6 Offroad models are loftier, road-biased 4x4 models that represent a good compromise between an economical estate and fully-fledged 4x4. The Freelander-sized Q5 model hasn’t quite managed to usurp the Freelander or Honda CRV in the sales charts but offers a more appealing BMW X3 rival, whilst the firm’s Q7 remains one of the UK’s most desirable large 4x4s, a viable rival to the footballer’s favourite, the Range Rover Sport.

Body: 3 door, 5 door, 2 door convertible. Engines: 1,4, 1.6, 1,8, 2.0 petrol, 1.6, 2.0 diesel. 2.0 Turbo in S3 sports model. Economy: 74.3mpg - 33.6mpg Price: £15,700 - £29,300.

A4/S4/A4 Avant/A5/A5 Cabriolet Body: 4/5 door saloon/estate/coupé/cabriolet. Engines: 1.8, 2.0, 3.2 petrol, 2.0, 2.7, 3.0TDi. Economy: 61.4mpg - 30.1mpg. Price: £21,310 - £43,160.

A6/A6 Avant/S6/RS6/RS6 Avant Body: 4 door saloon, 5 door estate Economy: 22.4mpg - 53.3mpg. Price: £25,820 - £59,510.

A8 Body: 4 door saloon; SWB/LWB TBA Engines: 4.2V8, 4.2V8 diesel. Economy: 29.7mpg - 37.2mpg. Price: £61,340 - £66,240.

Q5/Q7 Body: Five door SUV; 5/7 seats. Engines: 2.0, 3.0, petrol & diesel, 3.2 petrol. 3.6, 4.2V8 petrol, 3.0 & 4.2V8 diesel, 6.0W12. Economy: 25mpg - 42.1mpg. Price: £26,600 - £97,710. For more information call 01205 315400 or see

This page; Audi’s new A4 All Road and the all-new A8’s plush, technology-packed interior.


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Accessorize Admiral Rodney North Street, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 5DX Tel: 01507 523131 All U Ever Need Ltd 29 Whittle Close, Boston, Lincs PE21 7SD Tel: 01205 354361 Allington Manor The Old Manor House, Allington, Grantham, Lincs NG32 2DH Tel: 01400 282574 Amba Photography 78 Doddington Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN6 7EU Tel: 015-228-07191 Andrew Michael's Jewellers Limited 38/39 Stodman Street, Newark, Notts NG24 1AW Tel: 01636 679638 AP Homestyle 6-7 Victor Way, Bourne, Lincs PE10 9PT Tel: 01778 424200 Aromatherapy Associates Asher Swimpool Lincoln Road, Fulbeck, Grantham, Lincs NG32 3JW Tel: 01400 272583

Bush Tyres 92 Horncastle Road, Woodhall Spa, Horncastle, Lincs LN10 6UX Tel: 01507 522444 Chattertons Solicitors 30 Avenue Road, Grantham, Lincs NG31 6TH Tel: 01636 673731 Chris Sellars Groundcare Top Farm, Lineside, Boston, Lincs PE20 3QX Tel: 01205 290900 Chris Sharp Cabinets Tillbridge Lane, Lincoln, Lincs LN1 2SX Tel: 01522 504506 Clarins Colin Luesby Interiors Market Place, Swineshead, Boston, Lincs PE20 3LJ Tel: 01205 820215 Colin Parker Masonry 58 Bridge Road, Long Sutton, Spalding, Lincs PE12 9EF Tel: 01406 365200 Couture Amour 132 Eastgate, Louth, Lincs LN11 9AA Tel: 01507 601925

Aurora Photographic Studio Caistor Road, Market Rasen, Lincs LN8 3JE Tel: 01673 844519

Cropleys Coaches Main Road, Fosdyke, Boston, Lincs PE20 2BH Tel: 01205 260226

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David Twigg Joinery Ashlands, Station Yard, Skegness, Lincs PE24 5EZ Tel: 01754 890560 Dermalogica Diesel Fashions DKJ Resolutions 28 Winthorpe Grove, Lincoln, Lincs LN6 3PL Tel: 07962 217927 Duckworth Land Rover Racecourse Garage, Willingham Road, Market Rasen, Lincs LN8 3RE Tel: 01673 842 101 Duncan & Toplis 5 Resolution Close, Endeavour Park, Boston, Lincs PE21 7TT Tel: 01205 310250 Ealand Gate Restaurant Outgate, Ealand, North Lincs DN17 4JE Tel: 01724 711322 Elemis

Elm Grange Interiors Elm Grange, Boston, Lincs PE20 3QF Tel: 01529 461800 Eric A Bird 1 St Mary's Street, Lincoln, Lincs LN5 7EQ Tel: 01522 520977 Faith Shoes Farndon Boathouse Riverside, Farndon, Newark, Notts NG24 3SX Tel: 01636 676578 Find Spa Products Forest Pines Hotel Beech Tree Restaurant, Ermine Street, Broughton, Brigg, North Lincs DN20 0AQ Tel: 01652 650770 G Simpson Butchers 11 Cameron Street, Heckington, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 9RW Tel: 01529 460403 George Hotel High Street, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2LB Tel: 01780 750750 Glen-Eden Medical Aesthetics The Market Cross Surgery, The Market Place, Grantham, Lincs NG33 4NH Tel: 01476 550056 Gordon Boswell's Romany Museum Clay Lake, Spalding Lincs PE12 6BL Tel: 01775 710599 Grahams of Louth 23-25 Upgate, Louth, Lincs LN11 9ER Tel: 01507 600530 Grandads Shed 10 Wrawby Street, Brigg, North Lincs DN20 8JH Tel: 01652 650416 Habit Kitchens The Stables, Market Stainton, Market Rasen, Lincs LN8 5LJ Tel: 01507 343543 Hambleton Hall Hambleton, Rutland, Leics LE15 8TH Tel: 01572 756991 Hills Department Store 18/19 Broad Street, Spalding, Lincs PE11 1TB Tel: 01775 767155 Houblon Inn Oasby, Lincs NG32 3NB Tel: 01529 455215 J & D Betts 40 Saundergate Lane, Boston, Lincs PE21 7BZ Tel: 01205 311407 Jenny McIntee Architectural Design Chads Cottage, Fen Road, Boston, Lincs PE20 1SD Tel: 07921 003153 JGQC Solicitors 22 The Green, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 2NR Tel: 01522 595441 John Cussell Jewellers 84 Westgate, Grantham, Lincs NG31 6LE Tel: 01476 571721

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Jon Hickson Motors Carlton le Moorland, Lincoln, Lincs LN5 9HR Tel: 01522 788363

Navenby Antiques Centre 34 High Street, Navenby, Lincs LN5 0DZ Tel: 01522 811271

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Kenwick Park Country Hotel Kenwick Park, Louth, Lincs LN11 8NY Tel: 01507 353091

Newark Glass Group Oak Tree House, Brunel Drive, Newark, Notts NG24 2EG Tel: 01636 610088

Soper of Lincoln Roman Way, South Hykeham, Lincoln, Lincs LN6 9UH Tel: 01522 688889

The Lincs Kitchen Company Market Place, Market Rasen, North Lincs DN21 4LZ Tel: 01522 533051

Spalding Air Conditioning 10 Snowdrop Place, Spalding, Lincs PE11 3FW Tel: 01775 714097

The Little Chocolatier Pawnshop Passage, 2 Mercer Row, Louth, Lincs LN11 9JQ Tel: 01507 355770

Stapleford Park Country House Hotel Stapleford, Melton Mowbray, Leics, LE14 2EF Tel: 01572 787522

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Starglaze Windows & Conservatories Tritton Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN6 7RY Tel: 01522 512020

The Old Barn Cow Lane, Tealby, Market Rasen, Lincs LN8 3YB Tel: 01673 838304

La Foundouk Avalon, 15 Brick Yard, Great Limber, North Lincs DN37 8JU Tel: 01469 560383 Lincoln Hotel Eastgate, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 1PN Tel: 01522 520348 Lincoln Laser Skincare 3 Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, Lincs LN1 1UH Tel: 01522 575756 Lincs Motors Windsor Road, Fairfield Industrial Estate, Lincs LN11 0LF Tel: 01507 604061 Lincs Showground Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 2NA Tel: 01522 524240 Lindsey James (Ladieswear) The Barns, Whitehouse Farm, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 9NA Tel: 01529 461175 Lucette 5 Gordon Road, Bailgate, Lincoln, Lincs LN1 3AJ Tel: 01522 548296

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Streaks Ahead 1 Tattershall Road, Woodhall Spa, Woodhall Spa, Lincs LN10 6TT Tel: 01526 353757

Pure Glass Design 107 Main Street, Newark, Notts NG24 3NN Tel: 07854 012356

Supreme Inns Bicker Bar, Boston, Lincs PE20 3AN Tel: 01205 822804

Marks and Spencer McKinnell 17- 23 West Parade, Lincoln, Lincs LN1 1NW Tel: 01522 541181

Richwood Unit 3, Mill Lane, Lincoln, Lincs LN4 4ES Tel: 01526 861440

MG Dales Sharpes Lane, Leverton, Boston, Lincs PE22 0AR Tel: 01205 760275

River Island

Millcraft Interiors 38 Queen Street, Market Rasen, Lincs LN8 3EN Tel: 01673 844439 Millhouse Restaurant Main Road, Covenham St Bartholemew, Louth, Lincs LN11 0PB Tel: 01507 363652

Straits Brasserie 8-9 The Strait, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 1JD Tel: 01522 576765

Premier Kitchens & Bedrooms 4 Phorpres Close, Cygnet Park, Peterborough, Cambz PE7 8FZ Tel: 01733 340471

Relumbratelier 62 Spalding Road, Holbeach, Lincs PE12 7HH Tel: 01406 490630

Miglio 35 Abbey Road, Swineshead, Boston, PE20 3EN Tel: 01205 820909

Steep Hill Wines 25 Steep Hill, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 1LU Tel: 01522 544737

Rushton's Deli 41-42 Stodman Street, Newark, Notts NG24 1AW Tel: 0845 8800859 Ruskington Dental Practice 37 High Street, Ruskington, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 9DY Tel: 01526 832922 Scott Trailers 33, West End, Walcott, Lincoln, Lincs LN4 3ST Tel: 01526 860317

The Old Palace Minster Yard, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 1PU Tel: 01522 504075 The Queen's Head Boston Road, Kirkby la Thorpe, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 9NW Tel: 01529 305743 The Red Lion High Street, Grantham, Lincs NG32 3DN Tel: 01400 272632

Tally Ho Inn Aswarby, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 8SA Tel: 01529 455170

Togs and Camille Rutland Road, Skegness Lincs PE25 2AZ Tel: 01754 763258

Taylors Citroen Endeavour Park, Boardsides, Boston, Lincs PE21 7TF Tel: 01205 314800

Trade Leisure Unit 5 Chieftain Way, Tritton Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN6 7RY Tel: 01522 539089


Turnbull & Co. Ltd., 95 South Gate, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 7RQ Tel: 01529 303025

The Bag Shop 4 Cheyne Lane, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2AX Tel: 01780 754794 The Barley Mow Sea Lane, Friskney, Boston Lincs PE22 8SD Tel: 01754 820883 The Boathouse Restaurant Farndon, Newark, Notts NG24 3SX Tel: 01636 676578 The Bustard Inn and Restaurant 44 Main Street, South Rauceby, Lincs NG34 8QG Tel: 01529 488250


Shakesby's 5 West Street, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 5JE Tel: 01507 526626

The Forum 2 Bracken Close, Branton, Doncaster, DN3 3UL Tel: 01302 532561

Moore and Scrupps 7 Appletongate, Newark, Notts NG24 1JR T el: 01636 704488

Shirt Sleeves 7 Middlegate, Newark, Notts NG24 1AG Tel: 01636 605880

The Friendly Farmer The A46, A17, A1 Roundabout, Newark, Notts NG24 2NY Tel: 01636 612461

Myers Bakery The Bull Ring, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 5HU Tel: 01507 525871

Simply Natural Great Fen Road, Boston, Lincs PE21 7PB Tel: 08458 737888

The Generous Briton High Street, Brant Broughton, Lincs LN5 0RZ Tel: 01400 272119

Valerie Tall Wedding Studio 10 School Court, Brigg, South Humberside, DN20 8JW Tel: 01652 657744 What Box 81, Rectory Road, Ruskington, Lincs NG34 9AE Tel: 01526 830687 White Hart Hotel Bailgate, Lincoln, Lincs LN1 3AR Tel: 01522 526222 Willow Farm Thorpe Fendykes, Skegness, Lincs PE24 4QH Tel: 01754 830316 Winteringham Fields Winteringham, North Lincs DN15 9ND Tel: 01724 733096 Woodland Water Willoughby Road, Ancaster, Grantham, Lincs NG32 3RT Tel: 01400 230056 Wright Vigar & Co. Limited 15 Newland, Lincoln, Lincs LN1 1XG Tel: 01522 531341


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Sarah Pettitt - Caring for the Countryside As chairperson of the NFU’s National Board for Horticulture, few people can speak with such expertise about the future of Lincolnshire farming as Sarah Pettitt. This month, we meet one of the UK’s most important agricultural figures...

~ Born into a Lincolnshire vegetable growing family I am a proud and true yellowbelly taking an active role in the family farming business!


Were you born and raised in Lincolnshire? Born into a Lincolnshire vegetable growing family I am a proud and true yellowbelly taking an active role in the family farming business. What do you do and what inspires you most about your job? As chairman of the NFU National Board for Horticulture & Potatoes and more recently Lincolnshire South Holland County Chairman, my activities involve local and national political leadership for the UK farming and growing industry representing British growers both at Government and European level. Outside of our family farming business I have worked for a number of years in Lincolnshire’s fresh and frozen food industry. I’m passionate about British producers and produce. Over the years I’ve seen the pain, struggle, heartache and hardship that growers have gone through to adapt to the modern market. I have great admiration for our highly professional growers and believe them to be the best in the business at supplying quality affordable food to the UK consumer, as well as a national asset. I feel absolute privilege and honour representing British growers and eager to give something back in my various roles within the industry. Whereabouts in the County do you live? Originally born and raised in Fishtoft, I have lived in Deeping St. James, Spalding and now currently live in Kirton village. Although I have a busy working life which takes me all over the Country, Europe and beyond, I very much look forward to coming home and relaxing in the beautiful Lincolnshire Countryside and living amongst such lovely down-to-earth people! Which is your favourite area of Lincolnshire and why? The County is so diverse in character and beauty it’s difficult to say which is my favourite area. We have a countryside and coastal areas which are a haven for many different kinds of wildlife and outdoor activities, a stunning Cathedral city, historic market towns such as Boston, Grantham, Stamford, Louth, Sleaford and Gainsborough, bustling coastal resorts like Skegness and Mablethorpe, there’s so much to see and do it just all provides such a fantastic quality of life. What are your most vehemently held likes and dislikes? I love the farming industry, quality of life and community which Lincolnshire offers. Conversely, I often feel frustrated by the lack of investment in our County and the lack of provisions within rural villages for young people to enjoy. Where should our readers go to relax? I love the Lincolnshire’s coastline and wildlife, particularly the unspoilt marshes and spend many hours walking and admiring the tranquillity untamed flora of the rural coast. Whatever you want to do Lincolnshire is a great place to get out there and get active. The coastal reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and sandy beaches all lay waiting to be discovered. Name your favourite book, music and film. It’s hard to say I have a favourite book as I enjoy most love stories and heart-rending novels! At the moment I am reading ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger, a love story with a twist. Although I enjoy some of today’s new music, my true love is Motown. Apart from current news and affairs, I tend to mainly watch TV at the weekends and particularly enjoy Country file – which I appeared in recently. What will your epitaph read? I would like to think: ‘Enriched the lives of people she loved and cared for’. Finally… tell us something good! British farmers and growers produce some of the highest quality and best value for money food in the world. With the growing global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, the need to produce more food from less land whilst impacting less on the environment will become an enormous challenge. I believe our highly respected world-class Lincolnshire farmers and food producers will continue to play a central role in everyone’s lives, now and in the future. n

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