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Earning, Spending & Enjoying Wealth

LincolnshirePride - The High Society Magazine - August 2009 - Issue 85



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12 Luxurious Lincolnshire properties.

20 This month: Grantham


broadcaster Nicholas Parsons.

6 News: HM The Queen at RAF Cranwell’s Graduation Ceremony. an impressive August Lincolnshire Pride, in which we champion the finer elements of the county - the excellent weather at this year’s Lincolnshire Show for example, on our High Society pages, and not one but two royal visits from HRH Princess Anne, opening the EPIC Centre, and HM The Queen, who this month attended RAF Cranwell’s graduation ceremonies.

34 Equine art with World renowned James Gillick.

Elsewhere this month, we celebrate wealth in the county by profiling the county’s top businesspeople and investigate why Lincolnshire constitutes such a promising county for high-earners.

148 High Society - Pride at The 125th Lincolnshire Show.

Also in this edition, you could win a meal a month throughout 2010 simply by voting for your favourite restaurants in our 2009 Gourmet Guide competition where we profile some of the county’s finest dining rooms. Finally, we profile the forthcoming registration plate’s newest models in an extended motoring section and we meet Grantham broadcaster, Nicholas Parsons. Our best wishes for a wonderful month! ROB DAVIS EXECUTIVE EDITOR

137 Motors: New Registration Special for the 59 plate.

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The best of

both worlds he only private hospital facility in Lincolnshire, where profits are returned to the NHS for the benefit of all local NHS patients. Patients enjoy privacy and individual attention whilst having the reassurance that The Bostonian is adjacent to the sophisticated services of The Pilgrim Hospital, with its expert diagnostic and emergency medical and surgical facilities.


H Award Winning Sleep Apnoea Service H Gold Food Safety Award Please visit our website to view the full range of services we offer Comfort & Peace of Mind The Bostonian is the private wing of Pilgrim Hospital and is set in its own grounds and gardens. There are 19 en-suite single rooms with digital TVs and telephone. Patients can choose from a delicious a la carte menu with meals freshly prepared in the Bostonian's own kitchens. Our dedicated housekeeping team ensure continually high standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

Professional Expertise Almost any condition can be treated at The Bostonian by our dedicated team of professionals – most of our Consultants live only minutes away. We welcome self referral and provide 24 hour medical cover.

Range of Payment Options Available We deal with all the major insurance companies and also offer Fixed Price packages for the uninsured.

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COUNTY NEWS News from across the county, every month in Lincolnshire Pride - The High Society Magazine

Not another ‘run-of-the-mill’ company...

One Lincolnshire company says it’s proud to be helping businesses to stand out from the crowd amid the recession. Marketing and design company DSD, based in Duddington, was formed more than 10 years ago, when three marketing experts combined their businesses together. Collectively they are offering a range of marketing and PR services to businesses to help them survive the recession. The team works out of a 17th Century Water Mill, overlooking the River Welland, and have recently recruited Sarah Elam and Nina Oxley to enhance the breadth of marketing skills within the company. Their experience is acquired through a seasoned history of working across a range of businesses from retail and agricultural through to independent schools.

In Brief... • 10 year old Ethan Thompson from Scunthorpe has named the town’s new £24m sports complex to be built next to Central Park in Scunthorpe; The Pods. Work is due to start on the project in August this year and is expected to finish January 2011. The new building will provide a 25m swimming pool, training pool, state of the art gym, dance studio and six court sports hall.

Stop Press... Sleaford’s controversial new Tesco supermarket has been given the go-ahead by North Kesteven, which also brings the re-development of the Maltings one step closer. Work is expected to begin in 2010.

The Queen at Cranwell HRH and Duke of Edinburgh attend RAF Cranwell Officer Training Graduation. Royal Air Force College Cranwell recently played host to The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, on the occasion of the Graduation for this year’s Officer Training, Specialist Entry and Reserve Officers Initial Training Courses.

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Following a fly past by the Red Arrows, the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy were invited by the Parade Commander, Officer Cadet Matt Jewers, to inspect the cadets.

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The Queen then presented the annual and course prizes includ-

ing the inaugural International Sword of Honour. Addressing the cadets in front of their families and friends the Queen said; “You have joined a fighting service and the years ahead will test your resolve in unpredictable situations around the world.” “Through the training you have received and the development of your leadership skills you are prepared for the most demanding of circumstances. I wish you all every happiness in your chosen career. My prayers go with you and your families.”

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Lincolnshire’s rich involvement with the RAF was celebrated recently with a special Heroes Festival held at the Newark Showground.

General Sir Richard Dannatt and MP for Newark Mr Patrick Mercer. The event raised over £100,000 for service personnel hurt in current conflicts, and their families.

Organised by Lincoln woman Tarnia Venning-Heyhoe, the event included a family fun day on the showground with display teams, simulators and funfairs for the children, as well as off-road driving experiences, flypasts and the Flying Gunners Motorcycle Display Team. During the evening, a VIP reception was held outdoors attended by the head of the Armed Forces Chief of the General Staff

Organic and artistic, a brand new form of farming art... A Lincolnshire farmer is hoping to blend art and farming in a bid to raise awareness of Lincolnshire’s contribution to agriculture by appointing a new artist to record life in his 700 hectare farm. Andrew Dennis of Woodlands Farm near Kirton has appointed renowned illustrator, Long Sutton’s Rosie Redzia, to record life on the farm and encourage people from the community to spend time on the farm with a series of open days and workshops. The farm provides home deliveries of organic vegetables, meat and dairy products, and has been awarded Organic

Producer of the Year by the Soil Association. Rosie’s artworks will be exhibited at the farm, in local galleries, through an innovative mobile exhibition and through the farm’s home delivery service of organic vegetable boxes, meaning, alongside organic vegetables, you could be enjoying a weekly home delivery of local art!


Heroes celebrated at Newark festival

Lincolnshire has been important in defining what we mean by sustainability.


Record Attendance for county’s 125th Lincolnshire Show Attendance at this year’s Lincolnshire Show was up around 40%, with a near record-breaking 100,000 attending, the show’s organisers have reported. Excellent weather and a royal visitor ensured plenty of visitors to the 125th show, the highlight of which was the opening of the £6m EPIC Centre, which will be used as a blueprint for sustainable public building development. Opening the centre HRH Princess Anne declared; “The history of this county has been important in defining what we mean by sustainability, and it is set to play a great role in explaining what sustainability means for the future. “This is a truly original building, one for everyone here in Lincolnshire and I hope that all of you will use it as much as possible.” For more images of this year’s Lincolnshire Show, see page 148.

Obtaining an MA in Childrens’ Illustration from the University of East Anglia, Rosie will also take up residency and will be devising and teaching drawing workshops to adults at the South Holland Centre, Spalding.

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COUNTY NEWS News from across the county, every month in Lincolnshire Pride - The High Society Magazine

Lincolnshire name opens new delicatessen

One of the most well-respected names in Lincolnshire food, Myers Bakery, home of Lincolnshire Plum Bread, has opened its new deli on Horncastle’s Bull Ring. Fresh olives, cheeses, honeys and pickles are just some of the products now available right on Horncastle’s residents’ doorstep from a celebrated local family-run business.

There are more than 30 different varieties of delicious local and regional cheeses available at the new shop, alongside a large selection of fresh olives, locally produced pate, stuffed peppers and chillies, Lincolnshire pork pies, stuffed chine and cooked ham produced by F.C Phipps. Over on the shelf there is organic flour, oats and muesli from Maud Foster Mill; Pipers crisps, honey and pickles by Keys of Heckington and Primrose Hill free range eggs from Wragby.


“We have a lot of customers that like our bread and cakes and we can now offer them even more. A large range of our products are fresh and home-made and we take a lot of pride in the products we sell.” says Robert Myers, who runs the deli.

Colleges from across Lincolnshire competed in the challenge


Young Chefs do battle in the kitchen Students from across Lincolnshire compete in the first of a new ‘Masterchef’ style challenge Lincolnshire’s catering students recently competed in the first of a new annual competition to encourage individuals studying to become chefs. The competition was held at Boston College and invited each further education institution across Lincolnshire to submit teams consisting of two

students and a ‘runner’ who would prepare two courses which would then be judged by a panel of chefs and experts to determine which college in Lincolnshire could be named Best Catering College. To make the event just that little bit more challenging, each of the chefs entered the competition

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with no idea which ingredients they would be using, and had just 30 minutes to decide how they would use them, before using just an hour and a half of preparation time to create each meal. Competing in the competition was Boston College, Grimsby Institute, New College Stamford and College of West Anglia. Two further institutions including Lincoln College were also planning to attend the event.

the judges rated each one on the basis of creativity, appearance and, of course, taste. This year’s winners were Jonathon Lee and Aaron Johns of New College Stamford, whose lecturer, Phillip Matthews said; “We were very impressed with the standard of their food.”

Students were given their ingredients with just 30 minutes to decide what to create with them...

As the students cooked, each was grilled by a team of six judges from across the industry who would assess their ability to remain calm under pressure, their organisation and management of time and second chefs. Once cooking time was over, and each dish was presented,

“It was great to see the students using techniques learned throughout the year and their teamwork applied and great to see how students are inspired and motivated by their achievement and success.” The students prepared Mediterranean chicken and a rhubarb crumble that proved particularly popular with the judges. They each won vouchers for professional kitchen equipment for use in their future careers.

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THE PANEL OF JUDGES The competition was organised by Jonny King of Lincolnshire fresh produce supplier FreshDrop and Boston College Lecturer Steven Cottrell who wanted to create a challenge for the next generation of chefs using Lincolnshire ingredients.

Swineshead Bridge’s Barge, Kevin Leech, Mark Thackwell and Jamie Walker from the De Vere Belton Woods Hotel and Golf Resort. Food for the event was provided by FreshDrop and G Simpson Butchers of Heckington.

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Griffin House, Burley on the Hill Guide price £1,500,000 An outstanding country house formed from one of England’s finest conversions, Listed Grade I, with views over open countryside. • Entrance Hall • Spectacular Drawing Room with Dining Area • Breakfast Kitchen • Reception Hall • Cloakroom • Principal Bedroom with Bathroom 1 • Guest Bedroom, Bathroom 2 • 3 Further Bedrooms, Bathroom 3 • Double Garage with adjoining 6 bay Coach House • Private Walled Garden • Extensive rights over approximately 67 acres of parkland

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Sinderson House was built in 2004 by Tennyson Homes and is a substantial family residence offering well proportioned accommodation. Particular features of the property include the impressive reception hallway with wide feature staircase and mirrored wall, the spacious fitted kitchen with its vast array of units and the attractive galleried landing. • 6 bedrooms • 4 reception rooms • 5 bathrooms - 2 en suite • Double garage, garden • Luxurious, quality fittings

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OldOld Church Church Farmhouse, Farmhouse, Stretton Stretton Set in approximately Set in approximately one acre, oneOld acre, Church Old Church Farmhouse Farmhouse benefitsbenefits from lying from in lying a secluded in a secluded part of part the village. of the village. Planning Planning permission permission has been hasgranted been granted to buildtoa build double a double garage,garage, sore and sore extension and extension from the from the utility room utilityfor room a back for ahall/boot back hall/boot room. room. • 3 Reception • 3 Reception RoomsRooms • 5 Bedrooms • 5 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Kitchen/Breakfast • Kitchen/Breakfast Room Room ParkingParking • Utility•Room Utility •Room 1 Cloakroom • 1 Cloakroom • Gardens • Gardens • Off-road • Off-road

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With a charismatic smile, quick wit and passion for live performance, Grantham-born BBC broadcaster Nicholas Parsons has an enviable list of radio show co-presenters, TV show hosts and fellow raconteurs. This month discover how life in Grantham and an awe-inspiring sight from his nursery window on the town’s Castlegate led to a life-long love of broadcasting Words: Rob Davis. Image: BBC.

For Grantham-born broadcaster Nicholas Parsons, the sight of a travelling circus visiting his home town inspired a lifetime in broadcasting. The brief moment, snatched from his nursery window in 1930 was an awakening which reverberated around his life, despite initially appalling his middle-class family, who had him down for life as an engineer. Nonetheless, without that one moment the country wouldn’t have one of its most well-renowned and much-respected broadcasters, host, of the BBC Radio Four show Just A Minute for over 40 years. “We lived on Castlegate.” says Christopher, for Nicholas is actually the broadcaster’s middle name, despite Nicholas becoming his colloquial moniker. “My father had a GP’s surgery nearby and his patients included the father and mother of the future Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher. It was from my nursery window I saw the circus and was astonished by the animals, the clowns, the pageantry. It was all fascinating and I realised then that a life in showbusiness was what I really really wanted.” The family moved to London and Nicholas spent two years at a prep school he describes as ‘archaic in the extreme and miserable’ before transferring to the John Colet School. As a child, Nicholas experienced difficulty studying due to as


then undiagnosed dyslexia. Born left-handed but made to write with his right hand, he found studying difficult, and in consequence his father and mother insisted he train as an engineer. However, with his own career plans firmly in mind, he left his position as a horological engineer and contacted family in Clydebank, Glasgow, who set him up as a shipyard engineer with pump manufacturer Drysdales and soon fell into the world of reparatory theatre in and around Glasgow. It was at this point that Nicholas met talent scout and empresario Carrol Levis. “There’s never such a thing as a ‘big break.’” Nicholas declares. “Except in the world of TV talent shows. But after meeting Levis little bits of work and jobs back in the rep theatres of Kent & Windsor became more frequent.”

Nicholas’s middle-class family were

initially appalled at his choice of career, broadcasting and the theatre, rather than engineering...

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Image: Nicholas has recently narrated a new children’s show, The WotWots, recording 13 episodes which debuted on Channel 5 last month.

Eventually, Nicholas became resident comedian at the Wingmill Theatre and soon sharpened his wit, joining Arthur Haynes as the ‘straight man’ to Haynes’s Ealing tramp.

trimmed to the required 30 minutes. All of the dialogue is live and improvised and this results in an uproar of ‘pure’ comedy with no visual gags, and as Nicholas himself points out, ‘no ideal topics or predictability’, just razor sharp impromptu wit.

“It was an enormously successful, innovative show.” says Nicholas. “It struck a new note with audiences.” The duo’s partnership lasted until 1961 when With the death Nicholas returned to the theatre. In of Kenneth Williams in between this, Nicholas also appeared 1988, and Clement as a regular on the Benny Hill Show and recorded a pilot for a new radio Freud earlier in 2009, programme in 1967, Just a Minute. the baton for rapacious

With the death of Williams in 1988, and Freud earlier in 2009, the baton for rapacious wit has been passed to the likes of Paul Merton, Gyles Brandreth, Jack Dee and Sue Perkins. A new recording which has just taken place on 20th July will be broadcast soon as part of a new season, and the BBC has just released a new series of Audiobooks featuring Nicholas as host including that of the 2008 recording at the University of Lincoln where the broadcaster was given an honorary Doctorate of Arts.

wit has been passed to “It was a disaster.” says Nicholas. “Two of the panellists just didn’t work the likes of Paul Merton, and the BBC didn’t want it. Only Gyles Brandreth, Jack due to the insistence of a young BBC Dee and Sue Perkins... producer, was the show saved, and we soon developed a nucleus of regulars from Kenneth Williams to Clement Freud. “It’s a great city, and very close to my home town. Then the combination really worked.” I travel back to Lincolnshire and still have friends here such as my writer friend Howard Imber. I still The show has been running ever since, broadcastremember the Castlegate window I looked out of ing on BBC Radio Four and latterly, BBC Radio 7. when I first dreamed of a career in showbusiness... Two shows are recorded at each venue over the I think I’ve come rather a long way since then!” n course of an hour and a half or so, with each show

WOT WOT’S NEW FOR PARSONS? Nicholas moved from Grantham to Gloucestershire and Buckinghamshire. The couple have nine grandchildren and Nicholas’s four pre-school grandchildren love his new role as narrator of the WotWots. The Australian programme made its UK debut in late June and is voiced by Nicholas, who recorded 13 episodes of the show at BBC’s Broadcasting House in just under three hours. The colourful alien characters live in the Zoo and find out all about each animal with each episode. It’s zany fun for pre-schoolers starring SpottyWot and DottyWot. Nicholas has also finished recording a new series of Just A Minute which will broadcast soon on BBC Radio Four.

Nicholas now lives in Buckinghamshire with his second wife Ann near the couple’s nine grandchildren. Parsons’s latest project is of particular interest to the four youngest members of the family!


The broadcaster published his autobiography in 1994 and was awarded an OBE for services to broadcasting ten years later. “You work hard all of your life and to be recognised for that is just a delight!” says Nicholas.

Born in October 1923 the broadcaster returns to his home town of Grantham whenever he works in the area and recently revisited as part of the The One Show’s Retracing Your Steps feature. “We revisited the place where I used to live which is all different now.” says Nicholas. “The building’s largely the same but the garden has been destroyed completely. The surgery has since been transformed too, it’s really quite sad.” Leaving in 1935 for London and then travelling to Glasgow, working his way into theatre on broadcasting following a stint in reparatory theatre, the broadcaster also appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, in the Benny Hill Show and hosted Sale of the Century for over 13 years and Have I Got News For You, as well as touring with The Rocky Horror Picture Show as the narrator. More recently Nicholas competed in Celebrity Mastermind and listed his Desert Island Discs to Kirsty Young.

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The Heart of Lincolnshire Welcome to the heart of Lincolnshire! This month we discover the quirkier side of Lincolnshire’s picturesque Horncastle, Woodhall Spa, Coningsby & Tattershall, and the characters who live there

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Welcome to the heart of Lincolnshire! The quirky quadrangle of towns and villages that makes up the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds has plenty of visitor attractions, pretty scenery, and friendly locals... but scratch the surface and there’s more to the area than meets the eye. The Truth is Out There...! For instance, Woodhall Spa. It is home to the English Golf Union, the 617 Dambusters Squadron, a natural spa with mystic healing properties... and now, aliens. At least, that’s according to those who recently witnessed a series of bright lights over the town’s Kinema. It all started back in January 2009, when residents of nearby Louth were flustered by news that a UFO had struck a wind turbine. On the same day, eyewitness Rebecca Hodgson reported witnessing a bright orange light over the Conisholme turbines, stating “It was really bright and glowing, it went dimmer and then moved across horizontally”. Fast forward to June 2009 and once again aliens appear to be paying the county a visit - probably following the recent publication of the (apparently not so) Lonely Planet guide book which described Lincolnshire as ‘uncommonly friendly & remarkably varied’. Sightings over the Kinema in June by a family of holidaymakers saw what they described as a ’low meteor shower’ moving quite slowly across the sky around the same time the new Star Trek movie was screened... perhaps the Truth is Out There, or maybe the interplanetary creatures were attracted by Kinema’s original Compton organ and packed screening schedules!


The Last Remaining Bit of England... Travelling across the galaxy is thirsty business... so our interplanetary visitors would be well-advised to pay a visit to Janet’s Tea Rooms in the town. Renowned across Woodhall Spa, the tea shop is the last remaining bit of England untouched by modernisation. The time-warp tea-shop, opposite the Dambusters memorial, still features 1940s tunes by Vera Lynn playing over a tea room of lace table cloths, with traditional home made cakes, Woodhall Spa memorabilia, several occurrences of the Union Flag, and traditional China cups and saucers. It seems that everyone in the town has a nice word to say about owner Janet, and a visit to Woodhall simply isn’t complete without sampling the tea-rooms’s hospitality. Charity Begins in Horncastle Speaking of being welcome, several of Horncastle’s Charities recently welcomed donations totalling £3,000 following January’s Farmers’ Ball at the Petwood Hotel. Six cheques for £500 each were presented to Headway the cycle-helmet promoting Brain injury charity, the Horncastle Branch of Carers UK, Horncastle’s Disability Lincs, Louth & District Hospice, Getaway and the town’s LIVES First Responders. Farmers’ Ball organiser Colin Adams said he was “Delighted the event had been such a success.”

Main: Would you jump off Tattershall Castle?

Woodhall Spa 10k Last month also saw more than 1,400 runners compete in the village’s 10k run and 3k fun-run events. The event has tripled in size over the previous three years and

Left: Woodhall Spa, once Home to the Dambusters, still attracts visits from previous servicemen.

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was this year won by Lincoln’s Aaron Scott, who completed the run in just over 32 minutes, with Lucinda Pitcher, also from Lincoln, completing the event in 38 minutes. Life on the Verge Elsewhere, in Horncastle, Lincolnshire’s Wildlife Trust has just launched its Life on the Verge initiative, which invites volunteers to discover more about the county’s native wild flower verges and join in an attempt to survey and conserve grassland in Lincolnshire. The LWT is seeking volunteers to survey metre square areas of grassland, species in which can then be identified with a supplied leaflet and recorded onto a new online database.

unprecedented investigation into life on the former estate of Lord Curzon. The survey takes place between 18th and 21st July, with visitors able to witness the results live on screen and talk to the professionals conducting the study. Coningsby is People’s Choice Favourite Meanwhile, RAF Coningsby’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is this month crossing its fingers as the visitor attraction goes head-to-head with other attractions and heritage sites in the county in a bid to win the People’s Choice Award at the Lincolnshire Renaissance Heritage Awards.

The project will be run throughout 2009 and 2010 and is organised by Mark Schofield find out more at

The public has been asked to vote for their favourite visitor attraction, with 18 other sites in the running. Voting closes as Pride goes to press with the winner announced next month.

Over The Top Fundraising Bid Also launching this month is Tattershall Castle’s Echos of the Past Geophysical survey. Following an ‘over the top’ fundraising bid last month which saw volunteers including 11-year old Horncastle Grammar School pupil Lucy Wells-Cole complete a 130ft abseil down the castle. Enough money was raised for this month’s Festival of Archaeology project. The project will see a full Time-Team-esque geophysical survey completed of the National Trust property, for

What’s the time? Coningsby is also the home of St Michael’s Church’s one-handed clock. Many locals believe the hand simply ‘fell off’ at some point. In fact, the clock was originally created with the mechanism for just one hand as a cost cutting measure when it was installed in the 1650s, according to Vicar John Moore. The clock’s hand is over 9ft long and can be seen from two miles away. It’s maintained by Edmund Czajkowski & Son of Woodhall Spa. n


A new project aims to survey and conserve the county’s wild flowers across the county

Image: Mark Schofield of Life on the Verge, the Lincolnshire WIldlife Trust’s new two-year conservation project.

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THEATRE & ARTS Your Monthly Round-Up of Productions and Shows from Arts Centres and Theatres Across Lincolnshire

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stamford Shakespeare

Louth Playgoers’s Riverhead Theatre

Drill Hall, Lincoln Tel: 01522 873891

Tel: 01507 600350

1st August: Elvis - 40th Anniversary Comeback Between 31st July and 28th August 1969, the King of Rock and Roll performed the now famous four-week, 57 live show engagement at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. Today Elvis Tribute Artist Al Duncan recreates the show. Hosted by your very own Coffee Bar Cowboys and friends. In aid of the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. 14th - 21st August: Mostly Mendelssohn Part of Lincoln & Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival; a celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Felix Mendelssohn is at the heart of this year’s festival. Artistic Director Ashley Wass is bringing a range of artists to Lincoln who have been Festival favourites from earlier years as well as introducing us to some of the brightest young stars particularly from the BBC New Generation Artists scheme.

Embassy Centre, Skegness

16th August: Last Night of the Proms Last Night at The Proms evening in support of Help for Heroes with music by the Yorkshire Volunteers Band.

Sands Venue, Gainsborough Tel: 01427 811118

4th, 11th, 18th, 25th August: Waterloo UK Journey back to the 70's with the ultimate Abba show. Stunning costumes, 6 piece band and award winning lighting design. Providing a pure slice of entertainment. The ultimate party night is here...over two hours of HITS. Elvis, Drill Hall

Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham Tel: 01476 406158 24th-25th August: Beneath The Waves Lincolnshire based photographer Adam Stoaling creates stunning images from under the sea perfect viewing in the height of summer!

Grimsby Auditorium

Tel: 01754 897672

Tel: 01507 600350

2nd August: Motown on Tour An electrifying show with classic hits like Baby Love, Dancing in the Street, My Girl, I Can't Help Myself, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Reach Out and more.

28th August: Rocking on Heaven’s Door Spookily convincing portrayals of musical giants Presley, Orbison, Holly, Cochran and The Big Bopper, backed by a five piece band.

21st August: The Cheatles Four decades after the hysteria of Beatlemania, this live band will transport you back into the swinging sixties, creating the ultimate feel good factor. Now firmly established as one of the finest Beatles tribute bands around. The Cheatles have been performing at top venues throughout the UK and Europe, and are rapidly building up a huge following. 22nd August: 80’s Gold An outstanding tribute to the 1980's featuring music and look-alikes from bands such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, OMD, Human League, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Wham, Huey Lewis, Simple Minds, Tears for Fears and many other 80's favourites. Optional dining is available to be enjoyed prior to the performance.

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South Holland Centre Tel: 01775 764777 www.southholland

Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford Tel: 01780 763203.

15th, 22nd, 29th August: Spalding School of Dance Participants in Spalding School of Dance's summer workshop weeks present the results of their work on stage: Junior Musical Theatre Saturday 15th August at 2pm. Classical Ballet - Saturday 22nd August at 2pm. Senior Musical Theatre - Saturday 29th August at 2pm.

14th-16th August: Living History Guy Leven-Torres’s Living History exhibition. The Romans are coming to Stamford. Visit Stamford’s Art Centre this month and see the Roman Art of War a must see.

Spilsby Theatre

20th Aug: Sense & Sensibility Live theatre adaptation of Austen’s classic by Laura Turner.

Tel: 01790 752936 9th August: Tashi Lhunpo’s Sacred Sounds of Tibet The Tashi Lhunpo return this year to the theatre on tour. Masked dance and sacred music and chant from the principal monastery of the Utsang Province in Tibet.

Theatre Royal, Lincoln Tel: 01522 519999.

Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford Tel: 01780 754381. 3rd-8th, 17th-22nd Aug: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Live performance at Tolethorpe’s open-air theatre venue.

Beneath The Waves, Guildhall Arts Centre

Call 01529 46 99 77 or e-mail


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PIANO FORTÉ PIANOS MAKE A SOUND INVESTMENT FOR THOSE SEEKING AN ANTIQUE THAT BOTH LOOKS PHENOMENAL AND CREATES A FAMILY HEIRLOOM FOR THE FUTURE. WITH EXAMPLES AVAILABLE FOR LESS THAN A GRAND - PIANO, THAT IS - OWNING ONE STARTS TO SOUND RATHER APPEALING In some professions, patience can be a virtue… but in piano specialist Chris Winter’s case, it’s an absolute necessity… with 88 keys and 88 mechanisms underlying each and a total of 200 strings to adjust when tuning, it’s a time-consuming and intricate vocation. The situation is hardly helped, either, by the fact that the trade is flourishing. More and more people are discovering how a piano in the home constitutes a great piece of furniture and are choosing to buy them to help their children’s flourishing musical careers. Chris is discovering a burgeoning rental market, with pianos available for £40 a month, but is finding that on price, if not quality, competition is stiff, since the world of pianos is replete with cheap, poor quality examples, genuine bargains and beautiful examples of pianos that look as good as they sound, so helping customers to choose one has become a profession and a pleasure for Chris, who lives in Sleaford and owns specialist dealer White and Sentance. An offshoot of the harpsichord, the piano in its own right was invented in the 1700s but didn’t proliferate fully until the 1850s. The earliest on the market today tend to date from the 1880s, and whilst new examples are competent, many believe that it takes between 20 and 30 years before a piano is properly matured in terms of its sound. Whilst age and brand has a bearing on a piano’s value, size is perhaps the most important variable, with upright pianos accounting for around 80% of Chris’s sales and smaller baby grands (under five feet) and boudoir grands (up to six and a half feet) making up the majority of grand piano sales. Concert pianos, incidentally, measure nine feet. The size of a grand piano does have a bearing on its volume and the clarity of its sound, though few homes have the space and fewer still have pianists competent enough to appreciate the difference, making upright pianos the more popular option.


Auction houses are awash with uprights available for just a hundred pounds but as Chris points out, these invariably prove a false economy, since they tend to be useless as instruments using cheap mechanisms, or stencil pianos - generic models onto which dealers stencilled their own brand names. Even factoring in a repair and tuning budget these examples should be avoided unless they’re to be used purely as furniture. If you intend to actually play your piano, however, it’s imperative to opt for an overstrung underdamper model as opposed to inferior vertically strung pianos. The distinction refers to the action design and how the strings are configured on the metal frame and soundboard, with the overstrung/underdamper mechanisms all but taking over from the 1930’s. These produce a crisper, even sound owing to better damping once the note has been struck and sound better even to the untrained ear. Having your piano tuned once a year should be sufficient, as should regulating it every decade or so. The life span of a piano tends to be three generations, assuming it’s kept away from direct sunlight and in a environment with a consistent temperature. As with all antiques it’s a sound idea to use beeswax rather than synthetic polish on the case, and warm soapy water with a well-wrung-out cloth on the keys - using milk to clean piano keys is a myth and really just creates a mess. “Expect to pay around £750 for a pre-owned upright piano if you’re purchasing one for a child who’s just beginning to graduate from their keyboard.” says Chris. “New examples start from around £2,000 for an upright, but for grand pianos, the price is considerably higher - around £3,000 for a second hand example, £6,000 new.” n Chris owns Sleaford based White & Sentance. See our Directory on p160 for contact details.

Opposite: Chris Winter sells, restores and tunes pianos across Lincolnshire.

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This month represents one of the most important in Lincolnshire’s equine calendar, with horses being brought out into the countryside ready for the hunting season in a couple of months, plus this month’s Revesby Show, CLA Countryside Fair at Belvoir and with preparations for the imminent arrival of this year’s Burghley Horse Trials. It’s a time when many of us are caring for our horses and ensuring they’re at their best, and one way to ensure your impeccable equines (and for that matter, dogs and doghounds) are preserved for posterity is with an oil portrait by a special animal artist such as James Gillick. The Somersby artist adores the countryside and comes from a long line of artists and artisans. For instance, his father is a theatre set designer, and his sculptor aunt designed the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II that featured on coinage from 1953-1967, and his cousin is Turner Prize nominee Liam Gillick. As for James, the artist had the notable distinction of being able to paint the portrait

of Pope John Paul II in 2005 and Baroness Thatcher in 1998 - Thatcher was so delighted by her likeness that she even remarked ‘I thank the artist for doing the impossible - painting me in a way I would like to be remembered.’ However, James’s first love remains producing figurative oil canvases of racehorses, ponies, point-to-pointers and hunters for his well-heeled clients. “I always leave my studio to make initial studies from life.” says the artist. “The challenge of capturing the spirit and beauty of these glorious animals is a joyful experience as well as a thorough test of my skills. I instinctively treat the horse as I would a still life subject and seek to achieve a heartfelt representation.” James claims that the essence of a fine painting is the marriage of a truthful study of the subject with the use of the highestquality handcrafted materials. “I make all my own panels and canvases employing techniques last used in the eighteenth century”, says James. “And I

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Left: James at work in his studio. Right: Point-to-Pointers.

prefer to make most of my own oil paints, varnishes and mediums as they give my work a lasting lustre. It’s essential - these are moments of frozen time and I take great pleasure but also a sense of personal responsibility from the fact that these images are the heirlooms of the future. They have to be created with absolutely the highest regard.”

This approach also enables the portrait to incorporate a contemporary quality in featuring the owner too, as with Jane Strawson, our main image, pictured as a side-lit low-key subject. With few creatures more awe-inspiring than that of horses, it’s little wonder that equine portraiture is as popular as ever, and with artists like James striving to preserve these in modern ways that fit admirably into large country homes, there could scarcely exist a better way to preserve one’s best four-legged friend than with an oil commission.

James is a versatile artist - from formal portraits to still life “A fine painting made in a world of quick-fit solutions is an to religious anomaly - it is a lasting pleasure and a slow burning joy.” says works

He was born in Norfolk, England in 1972 and has an identical twin, the sculptor Theodore Gillick. Currently living in Somersby, Lincolnshire, James works from his studio in the nearby market town of Louth. The comparative simplicity of his way of life in the market town, indeed the county’s unpretentious, almost timeless serenity seems to mirror the qualities found in James’s artwork.

James is a versatile artist, embracing subject matter from formal portraits to still lifes, including game paintings to religious works for church restorations. He gained a degree in Landscape Architecture from Cheltenham and Gloucester College in 1993. After graduating at the age of 21 James spent two years working alone in an old billiard room at his parents’ home in order to understand and perfect the techniques of painting light. However, his stunning horse portraits, in which James skilfully celebrates the beauty and elegance of these animals, shine out as exquisite examples of contemporary figurative painting. In our featured examples the subjects are depicted with an understated background rather than in the context of a conventional countryside setting, this ensures that the magnificence of the horse is the main focus of James’ study.



The artist will appear with his twin Theodore at both the CLA Game Fair at Belvoir Castle on July 24th, 25th and 26th and at next month’s Burghley House Horse trials from 3rd - 6th September. n For more information about the artist see or email

"A fine painting made in a world of quick-fit solutions is an anomaly - it is a lasting pleasure and a slow burning joy." says James.

INDUSTRY EXPERT - EQUINE ART If you’re considering commissioning an artist to produce a representation of your horse, dog or doghound, consider the following: l Always allow at least three weeks for pastel work, six weeks to a year for oil. l For a sought after artist such as James expect to pay from £7,000 rising to £25,000 for a large scale portrait. l Don’t scrimp on the initial photograph or drawing - opt for a very high quality digital photograph or an artist that can attend personally to produce initial life studies; these will be the artist’s starting point for your commission. l Don’t necessarily opt for a traditional background - a black background ‘low key’ look such as the one on the previous page will prove extremely dramatic.

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Around the same time that Milton published his epic poem Paradise Lost, the foundations were laid for Swayfield’s Castle Farm. This month we explore the C17th farmhouse lovingly restored by the Alsop family

i Castle Farm, Swayfield

The Coach House, Carlton Scroop Owners: Michael and Marian Alsop. Style: C17th Grade II* listed former farmhouse near Grantham. Receptions: Two, currently arranged as Dining Room and Drawing Room. Bedrooms: Four, with one en-suite. Price: £750,000. Agent: King West, St Mary’s Street, Stamford. Find Out More: Call 01780 484520 or see

There are currently over 370,000 listed buildings in the UK, over 92% of which claim a ‘basic’ Grade II listing and of the remaining properties just 5.5% claiming Grade II* status. Consequently when starred properties come onto the market they usually create a frisson of interest. Castle Farm in Swayfield is one such property but, somewhat uniquely, it’s also a terrifically practical family property that has been modified to facilitate easy, day-to-day living. The house, currently on the market for £750,000, has been owned by Michael and Marian Alsop since 2004, and has proved an excellent family home through the couple’s four children’s teenage years, even inspiring Jake, now 19, to study architecture at university. Clearly inspired by the magnificent period features of the family’s home, built in the early 1600s, Jake is pursuing a career in architecture, and has plenty to study in the property with an original frieze in the master bedroom and original oak panelling in the family sitting room, as well as period floors and original fireplaces throughout the property.


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The property features beautiful period detailing including a magnificent relief frieze in the oak-beamed master bedroom, which depicts Adam & Eve and Abraham...

The former farmhouse is constructed of Castle Bytham-sourced limestone with a grey slate room and is arranged over three floors. Originally part of the Ancaster estate, the house was sold to a private owner in 1956 and subsequently sold out of the farming estate in 1994. The property’s next owners completed a full restoration, remaining dutifully sympathetic to the property’s age. In previous years it had already been extended beyond the original drawing room, dining room and study to include the current breakfast kitchen, a new entrance hall and a rear porch. The Alsops subsequently replaced the rear porch with an oak-framed utility room and renovated the heating systems and the shower room, creating the current property’s impressive proportions and giving the home a total of two reception rooms and four bedrooms.


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Main Image: The magnificent master bedroom features an original fireplace, period beams and the frieze. Left: The period features are continued in the oak-panelled dining room and sitting room.

The original wing of the property was created in the early 1600s and in the main drawing room, original oak remains from floor to ceiling plus a period flagstone floor and original stone fireplace. Upstairs meanwhile in the master bedroom, a moulded plaster frieze depicts Adam & Eve in the book of Genesis and Abraham about to sacrifice Isaac with several angels surrounding them. The detail is exquisite with the caption Abraham His Faythe and each character wearing 1600s dress. Also in the room is a restored floor and original beams. The couple’s chunky four poster bed and crisp white linens complete the room perfectly and make the most of the beautiful period detailing that makes the property such a pleasure to live in. Michael says; “It really is a treat to wake up

to the details each morning, there’s no other property like it, it really is a one-off.” The kitchen, meanwhile, features a bespoke English Rose shaker style kitchen with beech & granite worktops and a brand new Aga installed by the couple two years ago. A well-appointed dining room with table from a Horncastle antiques dealer and reinstated oak panelling creates a comfortable and opulent period dining room the whole family can enjoy. The period style of the property continues outside with a recently created Elizabethanstyle knot garden flanked by a well-stocked kitchen garden with mature herbaceous borders and herb garden throughout the grounds. The family is originally from a small village in


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The family says they love the warm, welcoming feel of their period house, and the traditional values that are a feature of village life...

Warwickshire and come from a line of farmers dating back over 400 years. Michael and Marian moved to Lincolnshire some years ago to enable Michael to be closer to his work as an agricultural machinery supplier near Boston. As the MD of Swedish owned farm machinery supplier Vaderstadt, Michael works all over the UK, enjoying the freedom that working via computer offers and consequently the family is hoping to move back to their Warwickshire village. “We’ve put the property on the market but we’re all really sad at the thought of leaving... we’ve all said that if we could pick the place up and move it to Warwickshire that’d be ideal!” says Michael.

i Inspired Buys

Refectory Table from Coach House.

Double Belfast sink with drainer by Villeroy & Boch.

“There’s so much history and it’s such a unique, beautiful home that’s also so practical to live in day-to-day. It’s the perfect family home and we’ll be really sorry to leave it behind.” A property with Grade II* listing commands a new owner with a sense of respect for Castle Farm’s unique identity. The Alsops are seeking new owners who will love the house as a family home but also preserve it for future generations and appreciate the huge amount of character and charm it offers.

Special Edition Aga 1930s cooker by Aga.

Ambassador Four-Poster Bed by Revival of Retford.

Currently on the market with estate agents King West of Stamford for £750,000, the property offers substantial accommodation, the kudos of a Grade II* listing but also, a way of buying into the rural idyll for which Lincolnshire is justly renowned, and enjoying a sense of what life was like in an otherwise long-forgotten rural age. n

Ornate Gilt Mirror by Coach House.

For stockists and suppliers see our Directory on page 160.


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The Heart of the Home A perfect kitchen is more than just cabinets, worktops and appliances. It’s a room that reflects your personality and lifestyle - a living room, in fact. We at The Lincolnshire Kitchen Company pride ourselves on quality and value for money. We offer over 20 years of kitchen experience to our customers. Why not call into our Lincoln or Kirton showrooms.

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A Dash of Lime Fabrics, wallcoverings and accessories, with the style and sharpness of lime...



Using two shades of the same colour together is tricky, but successfully implemented here in Designer’s Guild’s Chawton roomset. A rich satin stripe with metallic lustre creates a decadent tactile roomset, against the velvet chaise longue in a contemporary, lavish room.

Cushions created with Villa Nova’s Yoshino range - exquisite silks infused with oriental style, Japanese influenced embroideries and lustrous silk weaves complemented by elegant sheer in lime green and creams. Looks splendid with taffeta, silk and heavy linen fabrics.



Shown here is fabric from the Mirabel range with contemporary prints. The collection is suitable for Edwardian and Victorian properties in particular, but is inspired by the subsequent 1930s trend for art deco design with rich detail and botanical designs, with painterly florals and elegant leaf trails.

Mirabel is Roma’s bold lime and duck-egg blue scheme that will suit an orientally inspired room and will work perfectly in both traditional and contemporary properties. Shown here is the company’s Wasabi theme with foliage and birds used in a bold, repeating pattern.


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USING STRONG COLOUR SCHEMES IN YOUR HOME Professional interior designers are extremely adroit when it comes to using bold prints, chunky designs and strong colours in your home Achieving a Professionally Designed Room The difference between professional interior designers and amateurs with an enthusiasm for styling their home is confidence. A professional designer will use bold colours to accent your room, incorporate a contrast in size of elements in your home and will employ bold design moves. An amateur, by contrast, will err on the side of caution and create comparatively blander room schemes for fear of being too reckless.


Using Colour Wisely

Alchamelia by Designer’s Guild in moss is a lustrous period colour that looks straight out of a grand country property in a rich period drama. Taken from the company’s Arabella collection, repetitive patterns interspersed with slate gray and soft gold blends effortlessly in Georgian properties with high ceilings.

When using bold or bright colours in your space remember to always use in moderation! There is definitely such a thing as ‘too much of a good colour’. If you want to use a bold colour on your walls consider obtaining two shades of that colour. A very light shade and a dark shade can be paired up nicely. There are so many possibilities when you use two shades from the same colour palette. You can also pair a neutral colour with a bright or bold colour. Pairing a neutral or lighter shade with your bold colour helps to keep the room balanced. Using a bright or bold colour on every wall in a room can be overpowering and is simply too much. Small Colour in Bold Rooms Some people shy away from using bold colours in a small space thinking it will make the room feel smaller. Used in small doses, bold colours can add a great accent to the room. Prints Charming Bold prints are good for smaller rooms, or maybe one accent wall with a bold print. It might feel a little claustrophobic with all four walls done. Sometimes it's good to have one focal wall; as the eye takes in the pattern from the floor to the ceiling. Pattern is an important part of interior design. It adds texture, colour, and diversity. It gives a monochromatic design depth, and adds visual cues to the most colourful and complex rooms.

JUNGLE PRINTS Fabrics from Designer’s Guild’s Manhattan range, a great way to introduce bold prints which blend with clean white backgrounds for modern homes. Shown here is Central Park, embroidered with apple on the reverse and black trim, and Delancey Lime, with aqua reverse and trim.

One of the basic tenets of mixing patterns or prints is to employ them like colours; creating coherence. n Images supplied by interior design specialists Elm Grange Interiors, Elm Grange Studios, East Heckington, call 01529 461800 or see for more information.


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Move! Improve, don’t

The housing market is just beginning to recover from its most serious slump since the mid-1990s, but it’s a long process. With sales still thin on the ground and prices depressed, our recommendation is to ‘play the long game’, and in the interim period, enjoy the availability of products and services from those keen to add tens of thousand of pounds to the value of your home. This month, we implore you to improve, not move

Words: Rob Davis.

When it comes to Lincolnshire’s larger properties, there is more to maintenance than a mere lick of paint. Whilst selling high value Grade II listed properties is a waiting game at the best of time, the market’s slow recovery means buyers are still expecting to wait whilst selling high-value homes. In the mean time, why not improve your home and enjoy a better standard of living whilst increasing the value of your property ready for resale. “The simplest way of potentially adding value is through home improvements.” says Savills’ property reseach expert Richard Donnell. “Many owners have already been very busy doing this, but the key to adding value comes in expanding actual space as well as performing cosmetic makeovers.”

Home Improvements n Loft conversions, digging out cellars, building extensions, creating substantial period conservatories and developing garden plots are the real value-adding winners. The most common type of extension is the conservatory. One agent we spoke to claims that an average of 80% of the purchase price of your installation goes straight onto the value of your home, and anecdotal evidence from estate agents


suggests that even beyond a conservatory’s value and function as an extra home, the installations also render a property easier to sell. The same rules apply with extensions, which can work brilliantly when sympathetic to a building’s character, but can be disastrous when poorly implemented, ugly or ill-thought out. n Decorating, according to experts, is less likely to add substantial value to the house unless your home has been professionally styled. It is astounding how much money we, as a nation, are currently spending on maintaining our old and ageing housing stock. Much of what is spent goes into updating the internal fabric of the house, on items such as kitchens, bathrooms and general decoration. According to research on DIY spending and building maintenance, the average annual spend appears to be around £6,400 a year per household. If you’re decorating yourself, aim to make your home appeal to as wide a number of people as possible - inoffensive, neutral shades appeal to buyers and don’t date if you plan to remain in your home for some time. Alternatively, use an interior designer who will be bolder and braver in their use of colours, texture, and contrast of elements in your room and will achieve greater, broader appeal than an amateur

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Harmston Hall is currently Lincolnshire’s most expensive property for sale; a 43 acre estate with seven bedrooms and eight reception rooms, it’s on the market with Savills for £4.5m


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designer who attempts to be bold but can’t quite achieve a professional result because they lack the required sense of fundemental skills or bravery in creating ambitious rooms. n Kitchens and bathrooms are always a sound investment; Lincolnshire kitchen designer Chris Roberton estimates that over 90% of the cost of your kitchen is added to the value of your home and says; “At least as important as the added monetary value of kitchen remodeling is the more subtle benefit – a newly remodeled kitchen is more likely to sell your house than virtually any other home improvement you can make and in the interim period, the kitchen is the heart of the home for most people, and will provide a practical benefit day after day. n The latest home improvement venture on which homeowners are concentrating is the installation of wind turbines and solar panels as a source of alternative energy. Power ‘self-sufficiency’ is unlikely with wind power alone but may be possible when supplemented with a solar panel system.

Experts are encouraging homeowners to improve, not move in 2010

At over £10,000, experts estimate it takes a decade to recoup your initial investment, with grants of £5,000 available from the Energy Savings Trust. The systems are also connected to the National Grid, so any excess power generated can be sold back to the UK’s power infrastructure meaning that after initial purchase costs are recouped, the systems can earn their homeowners money as well as saving over £1,000 powering their home. Even if you don’t intend to remain in the property long enough to recoup your investment, energy credentials are just one of the elements included in HIPs and represent a powerful selling point for potential vendors.

n Bespoke features like hand-crafted kitchens, custom staircases and joinery from experts like Leverton’s MG Dales also work wonders for increasing the value of your home. Naff laminate flooring and homogenous kitchens from DIY stores simply fail to strike a chord with homeowners of home buyers, according to estate acent Spicer Haart. However, individually designed items and those that represent traditional craftmenship afford properties a premium of around £30,000 for a property worth £500,000. A rule of thumb is to work with the age and character of your property and ensures any new projects upon which you embark are commensurate with the style of your home rather


Right: Bespoke period staircase by MG Dales.

than being designed or installed in isolation. Much harm was done to the appearence of period properties in the 1960s and 1970s with the installation of out of character features and a dearth of chipboard-patterned wallpapers and avocado bathroom suites. Appropriate home improvements and skilfully implemented decoration will both improve life in your home whilst you live there, and increase its value when you come to sell. That’s why, with the current property market recovering from a period of great turbmoil, experts are encouraging homeowners to improve, not move in the last quarter of 2009. n

THOSE BAD HOME INVESTMENTS Along with profitable home improvements, some, investments according to Lincolnshire estate agent Russell Jervis can not be recouped or, worse still, detract from the value of your home. “Swimming pools are seen as labour intensive, and don’t appeal to those with small children.” he says.

Worse still are poor examples of DIY interior decor, bad extensions or conversions and garden makeovers. “Expensive internal décor and a complete garden makeover with decking can be costly and vendors often will not see their investment returned.” says Russell.

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Muntjac Revenge of the

This month, Paul Gray exclaims ‘oh deer’ as he discovers a rogue Muntjac threatening to leave his calling card of destruction on the ancient trees surrounding Gunby Hall. This month - how to banish garden invaders and get the best from August, a great month for garden maintenance!

we have another worry: Will Bambi make that same four legged jump I had just witnessed, to clear our fence and visit our vegetable gardens? Also was this a lone beastie or did it have a spouse and children? I quickly did a search on the internet and found out about the muntjac or barking deer. Apparently they do bark like dogs so I hadn’t been so wrong in my initial impression! They originate from China, where they are now quite rare. Introduced about 100 years ago to Woburn Abbey they inevitably escaped and soon naturalised. It is now estimated that a population of 100,000+ live in the south, central and eastern parts of Britain.

Words & Images: Paul Gray and Rob Davis.

As I walked to work the other morning I was alarmed to see a large, brown dog some 50 metres ahead of me, without an apparent owner and, worse, no lead. I froze and was deciding if I went with a nice doggy approach or found an alternative route. Suddenly the ‘dog’ leaped into the air with all four legs, turned tail and ran off into the fields. At this stage I realised that instead of a dog I’d had a fright over a deer, a muntjac to be precise. Suddenly the strange markings we had seen on some young tree stems made sense. We had joked that we maybe had a tiger running loose; having seen what looked like large cat scratching on the bark of young trees. But now


So it does seem that our muntjac is part of a family rather than a singleton. Also they breed all year round rather than at specific times like red deer. It was a pleasant surprise to see this funny little deer, especially once I realised it was not a mad dog, I just hope it was on the way to somewhere else and has not taken up residence at Gunby!

The Muntjac was responsible for scratching the bark off our young trees... still,they’re not as bad as the rabbits we’re plagued with!

Take Five: Jobs for August 1. Deadhead flowers to ensure good growth next season. 2. Pots - ensure these are sufficiently watered, and if one should dry out, soak it for a few hours in reclaimed rainwater. 3. Clematis - ensure these are situated in the shade to keep them healthy. 4. Clean glasshouse windows and keep floors damp to promote maximum humidity. 4. Select and order spring-flowering bulbs.

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The Gardener’s Diary 1st-30th Aug, Cobwebs Mature cottage garden of 3/4 acre. Herbaceous borders, clematis, wisteria, wildlife pond and new dahlia bed. North Owersby, Market Rasen; follow the signs. 9th Aug, Gunby Hall Open garden event at beautiful established National Trust property/garden, home to Lincolnshire Pride’s Paul Gray, who is head gardener. Seven acres of formal and walled gardens. 2.5m NW of Burgh le Marsh on A158. 9th and 29th August, Watts Lane 1/5 acre established 12 years. Packed with tropical garden with raised tropical island, water features and grapevines. 68 Watts Lane, Louth. 16th Aug, Old Quarry Lodge /2 acre sloping garden with formal and informal features. Imaginative, flamboyant and quintessentially English garden in Elsham, Brigg; call 01652 680309.


AUGUST IN THE GARDEN - IN BRIEF Plant of the Month: Cherry Pie Cherry Pie, also known as Heliotrope Arboescens; the common name comes from the lovely fragrance of this good value annual and its botanical name means reacher for the sun. The flowers will follow the sun and always be facing east by morning ready for sunrise. Best grown from seed, plant out in a sunny position in mid May. Pinch out growing tips to keep plants stubby.

The Kitchen Garden Sow salads, winter spinach and spring cabbage. Plant second cropping potatoes and strawberries. Pickle onions and shallots.

Watch Out For... Hoe or hand-weed Common Chickweed it forms a dense mat, smothering other plants; flopping stems root as they spread.


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One of the main jobs in August is deadheading. By so doing, plants will be kept flowering for a lot longer. As a plant’s main task is to produce seeds, the removal of the wilting flowers before seed can set forces the plants to produce more flowers, just what the garden needs... Not just deer but rabbits, squirrels, pheasants and about 2,000 other bugs and small beasts do like to share the contents of our gardens. One of the most frequent questions I am asked by the public is how to control pests, especially rabbits. We do have a metre high wire fence all around the garden perimeter but even so, they still find their way in.

for that really special something. You can chop fresh herbs into the cooled puree before freezing for added flavour. On hot, dry days it is good to start collecting seeds of early flowering annuals like poppies, lavatera or nicotiana. Collect from dry seed heads or pods and dry in the sun on newspaper before packaging in dry paper. Label and keep in a cool dry tin until next spring.

Live rabbit traps are very effective; if used properly. Place the trap on an open lawn area near where rabbits have been seen. At first, don’t set the traps Self-saved seeds save money and give a great just put them in place and let the rabbits get used sense of achievement when grown the following to them. After a day or two, bait with carrot pieces year. Sometimes even a new variety can come leading into the traps and usually you will soon about because of cross pollination. catch one. These traps do not harm the Some herbaceous perennials grow well bunnies at all and they can be carefully from seed too. It is always worth removed and taken to the countryGarden clubs experimenting. side if you are kind-hearted or used and organisations as part of a good game pie… if Often garden clubs or you are not so kind! have ‘swap lists’ organisations, like the Hardy so you can exchange Plant Society, have seed swap August is a peculiar month in the lists which you can subscribe to. garden as there is a little bit of a non-commercially This is an ideal way to get rare, lull from the frenetic activity of available non-commercially available plants. June and July. Often lawns need Many old vegetable varieties are only plants cutting less and borders are so filled kept going by interested individuals who with plants that weeds find it more keep their own seeds and make them difficult to get through, although it is available to swap. strange that a 4ft nettle can appear as if by magic. One of the main jobs in August is deadheading. By Seed companies cannot afford to get the relevant so doing, plants will be kept flowering for a lot licences to sell some of these varieties so they longer. As a plant’s main task is to produce seeds, would be lost if they were not saved by keen the removal of the wilting flowers before seed can amateurs. set forces the plants to produce more flowers, just what the garden needs. Early onions should be ready to lay over and harden in the sun, allowing the tops to die down Tomatoes and cucumbers in greenhouses produce naturally. They will store in a cool dry place to use in abundance this month. Puréed tomatoes make a all winter. Small onions and shallots can be great base for sauces in the winter. I slowly simmer prepared for pickling. a kilo down without adding any liquid. This will yield 300g of rich, strong puree. Freeze in an ice cube Enjoy the summer sun and I hope our Muntjac tray and add a cube or two to Italian type sauces doesn’t pay you a visit. Happy gardening! n


Prune, Plant and Pick... Prune Finish summer pruning on the side shoots of trained apple trees.

Pick Pick the last raspberries and prune stems to soil level. Peg down strawberry runners.

Plant Plant young winter vegetables from their seed-beds when their stalks are pencil-thick.

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THE FIVE MINUTE GUIDE TO... Creating a Healthy Lawn

How often should I water my lawn? In hot weather it’s important to water twice a day. Try to do so using manual means, a watering can or hose, rather than a sprinkler system that may overwater the same area over and over whilst missing other areas. Water in the evening when moisture is less likely to evaporate, and try not to water in direct sunlight. Mowing Many think that mowing the lawn really short, ‘scalping’ will result in a faster growing lawn. This is a fallacy and, in fact, results in greater risk of moss and weeds. Keep your lawn cut at a height of around 1inch, never shorter than this, and mulch clippings back into your lawn to feed it at the same time. Cut in different directions each time.


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For really convenient mowing, use the newest technology - a robotic mower such as Husqvarna’s Automower. These are virtually silent, completely automatic and mulch clippings back into the lawn, mowing day and night, even around awkwardshaped beds, returning to its base automatically. Aeration Lawns develop thatch or organic matter throughout the year. This restricts the movement of water, nutrients and air. Scarification and aeration can help, with hollow-tine aerators the most effective and rigorous method.

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Feeding your Lawn Domestic lawn feeds are all well and good but for really effective lawn treatment, employ experts such as Green Thumb. The company’s treatments cost less than DIY treatments, includes a full lawn-analysis service and results in an intensive conditioning treatment performed around four times a year. The result is a thicker, greener, healthier lawn without having to re-lay turf or re-seed your garden, carried out on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis. Stripes Finally, to achieve a striped finish, either a rotary or cylinder mower can be used. Mow in strips, cutting in alternate directions. Make sure you overlap where the wheels have been, and opt for a mower with as large a roller as possible. n


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Phlox For August: Plant from July onwards; flowers until Sept

Garden phlox blooms in profusion with huge 5-6in flower heads all summer. Fragrant and showy, with brilliant, non-fading colours. Excellent for perennial borders, corners and cut flowers. Dense, compact foliage with deep green, lance-shaped leaves with prominent veins. Plant in partial shade and ensure damp-ish soil for best results and a brilliant display of colour.

This month we unleash a late-summer riot of colour, featuring long-lasting blooms to ensure your garden is a symphony of colour...!

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Lavender For August: Flowers in August. Propagate from cuttings from August into Autumn.

Unquestionably the epitome of a tranquil English garden with its powerful aroma and timeless beauty, lavender is invaluable for edging paths and borders, for attracting butterflies and bees, and its dried flowers have a plethora of uses. The Hidcote and Munstead varieties are the best for creating the classic cottage garden look. Flowers from May to August, year after year.

These displays will ensure vibrant colour right into the Autumn months



Day Lilies (Hemerocallis) For August: Bloom from this month right through to November.


Hydrangea s

Virtually indestructible, these plants are real stunners in the garden border.

For August: Flowers from July/ August into the Autumn.


Each perfect blooms lasts just one day, but another follows right behind, so these long-lasting garden plants always look fresh and new.


Reaching around four feet high and flowering from June to September, hydrangeas are great additions to the garden. Producing giant, mop-head blooms, they will put on a stunning display in borders or patio pots.

Hardy Geraniums For August: Flowers from mid-summer throughout August and into September.

A fantastic addition to the perennial border, their carefree growing habit makes them an ideal low maintenance plant, growing anywhere and providing years of beauty.


Primroses s

For August: Divide from August to April. Flowers from March. A perfect way to brighten up the dull winter months. The bright rainbow colours will brighten any dull and gloomy day - with Primrose Husky Mixed there's no excuse not to enjoy splashes of colour in your garden all winter even through cold, wet snow! Delicately fragranced too, these primroses will see you through until spring.

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REVESBY SHOW This month sees the return of the county’s beloved country fair on the grounds of the Revesby Estate, between Boston and Horncastle, on August 2nd. The event, regarded by many as a smaller, more concentrated country show less commercialised than other events, will feature numerous horse rings reflecting the core interests of its visitors. These include gymkhana, dressage and showjumping events, which run alongside rings for dog agility courses and terrier racing. Also at this year’s show, will be poultry tents and livestock, vintage cars and steam engines, flower tent and vintage steam-powered funfair.

Headlining the main ring’s programme of events for 2009 is the Imps Junior Motorcycle Display team, Derby Midshipman marching band and Elaine Hill’s sheepdog display. Also on the site will be no fewer than 250 trade stands featuring local food, fresh produce and local crafts. This is the first Revesby Country Fair to be organised by an entirely new committee headed by local farmer John Roe. The event is held on the 6,200 acre Revesby Estate, the home of the Wiggins-Davies family. The estate was originally purchased by Joseph Banks the 1st in 1715. The family has had the country estate for four

This month’s Revesby Show is set to be bigger and better than ever with a host of countryside activities & equine events generations and 106 years yielding the 4th Joseph Banks of Revesby who funded Captain Cook on his Epic journey during which he discovered Australia in 1768. Today it’s home to wild deer, plus its own shoot, fishing lake, and to an active programme of countryside pursuits as well as a dedicated game and food show in July. Lincolnshire Pride will also be attending the show, so come along and meet the team! n The 2009 Revesby Show will be held on August 2nd. As always, entrance is charged per car, rather than per person. For more information on the show, call chairman John Roe on 07946 095122 or see


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Forward Best Feet

This month’s Burghley Horse Trials takes place and William Fox Pitt is keen to take first prize...

If there’s one real coup that Lincolnshire can boast throughout the year it’s the Burghley Horse Trials, one of the most prestigious events in the equine calendar and the event responsible for bringing over £20m of revenue to the town of Stamford every September, when the event is staged. Over 150,000 attend the Trials each year, including royal eventer Zara Phillips, and William Fox-Pitt. As the UK’s finest eventer, Fox-Pitt is this year seeking his third consecutive win at Burghley following wins in 2008 and 2007 on Tamarillo and Parkmore Ed respectively.

semi-retirement of her mother, Lady Victoria, in 2007. With chatelaine Orlando, Miranda and her four children invite Capt Mark Phillips to design the gruelling cross-country course on the Capability Brown landscaped parkland that constitutes the most exciting in a trio of equine events which begins with a dressage competition and culminates in a showjumping round between the remaining 24 contenders. Organising the event is a terrific challenge for the five-strong team based permanently in the Horse Trials office on the estate, and with more visitors annually than the Lincolnshire Show plus over 70 equines to contend with, the team takes on around 400 temporary members of staff to ensure the event, which is a cross between a major televised sporting event and an impressive country show is a success.

The Trials is responsible for This time, William will be bringing over £20m of debuting 16.3 hand gelding Ballincoola and 17 hand Bay revenue into the town gelding Macchiato, as well as the 16.2 gelding Tamarillo which of Stamford each brought him success last year. year! Organiser Elizabeth Inman has If William succeeds in taking the top prize this year, he’ll overtake nearest rival, New Zealand eventer Mark Todd, in becoming the first five-time winner in the event’s history, which renders this year’s horse trials the most exciting ever. First held in 1961 following the demise of a similar event at Harewood, the event is staged on the 10,000 acre Burghley House estate with permission of Miranda Rock, who became custodian of Burghley following the


been Director of the event since 2005 and acknowledges the challenge but says; “Everyone has a can-do attitude, and all have a passion for the show.” The event is staged over four days, three of which are open to the public, and constitutes a four-star event referred to as the Grand Slam of eventing alongside the Badminton Horse Trial in Gloucestershire and Rolex Kentucky, based in the US.

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Last year’s Burghley Horse Trials competitors; Clea Phillips, William Fox-Pitt, Oliver Townend, Annabel Wigley & Georgia Spence.


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Above: Miranda Rock and family. Fox Pitt celebrating last year’s win. Above: Zara Phillips is always a favourite this year she’s looking to recover from a poor season so far. Main Image: Kerry Garratt, licensed under CCL.

This year, Captain Mark Phillips has taken the decision to make the crosscountry course even tougher, cutting down the distance and hence the time it takes to complete the circuit to tighten up the cross-country round of the competition. “It’s my believe that we often see less attractive pictures of horse and rider combinations after the 10 minute mark. Making this change therefore means that horses and riders will have jumped the last combination before reaching that stage.” says Captain Phillips. The competition constitutes an all-round test of horsemanship, with Thursday’s dressage element underwritten by the FEI and awarding marks out of ten for regularity and rhythm of paces, engagement and lightness of forehand. High Marks are awarded for those movements where the horse shows all these qualities. Judging is a subjective art and not an easy test, as once rarely sees perfection, and often some good aspects have to be weighed up against weaknesses - it’s also an opportunity for riders to present themselves at their least exhausted at the beginning of three gruelling days of preparation and performance. The dressage days are also renowned as the best days for those seeking to


enjoy the event’s social side, with ‘Burghley Thursday’ one of the less frenetic days, visitors can enjoy the social areas or 600-strong equinefocused shopping village on what is considered the quieter day. Saturday’s enhanced cross-country course, meanwhile, features obstacles including Capability’s South, the Burghley Overture and gruelling Picnic Table, to make up one of the biggest cross-country tracks in the World, and a real challenge for international cross-country competitors. With its beautiful setting and drama it’s perhaps the most popular event among attendees and the one that requires an early start to beat the queue at the gates. Finally, Sunday’s jumping event will be broadcast live on the BBC and will feature the top 24 competitors. The jumping element of Burghley’s Horse Trials is designed as a test to ensure the horses have not been over-taxed from the previous day’s exertions across country. A reasonably small (by comparison with pure show-jumping), but technical course, it’s built to test obedience, suppleness, accuracy and jumping ability. Competitors jump in reverse order, creating a very tense atmosphere as the leading competitors enter the arena,

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intent on maintaining their place in the final order. This year’s competition will feature Fox-Pitt looking to secure a recordbreaking championship hat-trick and Zara Phillips seeking a return to form after a disappointing Tattershalls International Horse Trials performance in June and disappointment at Badminton at which the rider was forced to retire both horses, plus the new cross-country course and the long-range forecast of promising late-summer weather... So this year’s Burghley Horse Trials is set to be an enormous success. With over 150,000 attending and an enviable reputation among even those equines competing at top international level, 2009’s competition will be even more exciting than usual. n The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials takes place from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th September. See for details.

BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS 2009 Thursday 3 September 9.00am Main Arena: Dressage 9.00am Ring 2: Burghley Pony Club Team Jumping Friday 4 September 9.00am Main Arena: Dressage 12.30 Main Arena: Dressage Display 9.00am Ring 2: Burghley Dubarry Young Event Horse Finals 12.30pm Ring 2: Stallion Parade Saturday 5 September 11.00am Cross Country Sunday 6 September 9.00am Main Arena: Final Inspection 10.30am Main Arena: Show Jumping (in reverse order)

12.30pm Main Arena: Displays 2.00pm Main Arena: The Band and Bugles of The Rifles 2.30pm Main Arena: Show Jumping (top 24 horses) 3.45pm Main Arena: Parade of Foxhounds 4.00pm Main Arena: Presentation of Prizes From 9.00am: Ring 2: P(UK) Mini Burghley Event Pony Ring 2: Racehorse to Riding Horse (HOYS Qualifier) Ring 2: P(UK) Burghley Event Pony Finals


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FARMING MATTERS The fine weather in June was especially welcomed by the Lincolnshire Show society as shown by the near record attendance. The show is one of the few agricultural events to survive the current trend of becoming more commercialised and less agriculturally involved. With my farmer’s hat on I can only hope the same type of show can be continued. Unfortunately the Royal Agricultural show at Stoneleigh is undertaking its final year in 2009. There is no doubt that with the success of the Lamma Show and the demise of the Smithfield Show farmers ideas are changing. The Cereals event has increased in interest and maybe this is where most farmers’ minds are interested and future events will be better supported. Good weather in August is always appreciated to speed the grain harvest and to help keep expensive drying costs to a minimum. The wheat straw looks especially short this year and one hopes the yield will not be affected too much. There is no doubt that the relative dry weather in May held up growth in most crops this year. Sugar Beet is another crop that appears to be suffering from the dry weather. Although most crops met across the rows by the Lincolnshire Show, this generally being a sign of a good crop, there is no doubt that the sugar beet has suffered from a shortage of moisture this summer. The large crop of 2008 was mostly the result of a warm May followed by a summer where few fields experienced water stress. Once again Sugar Beet thrives during a dull and miserable summer followed by a warm and mild September and October when it continues to grow. Unfortunately changes in the European Union has meant the UK has had its quota reduced which has in turn meant a reduction in acres grown together with factory shut downs. Due to the longer beet growth season and efficient factory operations, alongside the second highest sugar contents the UK has one of the brightest chances of success. The drive to produce bio-ethanol gives further potential opportunity for sugar beet to flourish in the UK. At the time of writing in mid-July, the green pea harvest is at full stretch with machine operations and freezing factories working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This has been caused by the concertina effect of the sowing in dry soils in April and May. Pea harvesting groups will be lucky if they do not have to bypass some crops. Fortunately this is not a complete loss as the dry peas left behind have some value. I can report a very good asparagus season as I kindly have access to a friend’s crop; he reports a good yield and good prices. This is an extremely labour intensive crop and requires good management and packing facilities. Finally I would ask all road users to have patience when they meet large Pea Viners and Combine Harvesters on the roads during the harvest period, after all, they are travelling in the largest intensive agricultural county in this country. n

Read Barry’s Farming Matters column each month only in Lincolnshire Pride.


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Horse Play

Hobby Horse

This month’s country and equine fairs see a host of children’s toys available to those whose little ones dream of a life in the saddle… here, we pick the cutest equine gifts to keep little hands busy

Hobby horse by Joules, great fun for those who are too little to ride and a wonderful traditional toy. From T&C Robinson £19.95.

Penelope Pony Beautiful goofy Penelope Pony in purple. Stands over 30 cms high. From Sheepgate Tack & Togs £29.50.

Money Box Children can keep pennies safe and save up for a pony of their own with a “paint your own moneybox” craft set from T&C Robinson £5.95.

Breyer Figures Posable figures, both male and female, with an equine theme - dressage, vet, cowboy or showjumper. From T&C Robinson £9.95/ea.


Jewellery Box Musical jewellery box with secret compartments for trinkets and treasures. From Sheepgate Tack & Togs £24.95.

Featured products are available at Sheepgate Equestrian and T&C Robinson. See our Directory on page 160 for more information.


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All bets are on: being in business in Lincolnshire is no gamble, as the county’s most affluent residents have discovered.


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Safe Bet for Success...

Lincolnshire’s low property prices, and good standard of living make it a safe bet for its most successful residents. Here, we espouse the virtues of the county as a Millionaire’s paradise... Lincolnshire’s business and personal wealth credentials are impressive to say the least. With good proximity to the capital plus cheap land and plenty of scope for property development and space for flourishing businesses, the county has yielded many successful businesses and has become a veritable millionaire’s den with many businesspeople from the capital choosing Lincolnshire as a base to take advantage of low property prices, good private schools and a quieter, more laid-back standard of living. For precisely this reason, the county has flourished amid otherwise difficult economic times, and remains a great place for the most well-heeled residents on the UK’s rich-lists.

Lincolnshire’s Most Affluent Residents n Sir Richard Sutton & Family Worth around £115m according to the UK’s ‘rich lists’, the Sutton family owns and farms land as part of the family’s Settled Estates company. They family also have interests in Berkshire and London, and hold the Baronetcy of Norwood Park, near Newark, now in its 9th generation. In Lincolnshire, they operate from North Lincolnshire and hold the ranking of 500th most wealthy family in the UK. n The Earl of Yarborough The 8th Earl of Yarborough, Lord Charles John Pelham, owns substantial swathes of land around his family’s home, on the Brocklesby estate, which consists of 27,000 acres and a further 1,000 acres of park and woodlands, the management of which necessitates no fewer than 70 full time members of staff. The estate is worth £70m according to the Sunday Times Rich List. The fourth member of his family to be President of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, Lord Yarborough recently greeted Princess Anne at the Lincolnshire Show when HRH opened the £6m EPIC

centre, and is Master of the Brocklesby Hunt, President of Grimsby Yacht Club and has numerous charitable interests including the Lindsey & Lincoln Blind Society, St Andrew’s Hospice and the Blue Cross. Lord Yarborough is also a keen cyclist and has twice cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End. n Graham Mellstrom & Family Worth over £50m, and ranked as one of the UK’s 1,000 most wealthy families according to the Sunday Times Rich List, Graham Mellstrop’s business interests in Lincolnshire include property and land. The businessman is currently restoring Woolhanger Estate on Exmoor, and also owns Glenhouse Estates, a Surrey-based property group, as well as property in Lincolnshire around Bourne. n The Duke of Rutland & family David Manners, 11th Duke of Rutland, is a British Peer, high profile UKIP supporter and oversees the 10,000 acre Belvoir estate, ancestral home of the family, valued by the Sunday Times Rich List at £75m. The family’s interests include the Manners Arms at Knipton and an estate which provides not only property lettings but country pursuits with excellent shooting in the grounds of the castle.


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The 11th Duke of Rutland, is a British Peer, high profile UKIP supporter and oversees the 10,000 acre Belvoir estate, ancestral home of the family... n Geoff Dyson & Family Former owners of Chartdale Homes, the Dyson family sold their interests in 2006. Simon Dyson is still in property running the Grimsby house builder Cyden. The family is worth £50m according to the Sunday Times’s Rich List and Cyden Homes is currently working on developments of properties in Grimsby and Stallingborough as part of a nine-strong team featuring contemporary design, but with commercial ethos of family-business ethics and quality at its heart. n Baroness Willoughby de Erseby With over 12,500 acres in Lincolnshire, preserved by the Grimsthorpe and Drummond Castle Trust based near Bourne, the 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby inherited substantial land and a substantial art collection from her father, the late Gilbert James Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 3rd Earl of Ancaster, in 1983. The family has a seat at Grimsthorpe Castle in Edenham as well as Drummond near Perthshire, and has been held by a woman six times over since it was created in 1313 - more than any other peerage. Baroness Willoughby de Eresby has also sat in the House of Lords as a crossbencher. The title is also associated with the office of Lord Great Chamberlain, which ranks beneath the Lord Privy Seal and above the Lord High Constable. The Sunday Times’s Rich List cites the Baroness as being worth over £48m with the Trust showing £27.7m of net assets in 2008. n Robert Jolly & Family Robert and son Marcus Jolly own Limes Developments, a Burton-based construction firm working nationally to design and construct commercial and residential developments with partners Clugston, based in Scunthorpe, whose Chief Executive was the recent star of Channel Four’s Undercover Boss. Having designed supermarkets and the BT Call Centre based in Lincoln, the family has around £47m of business interests according to the Sunday Times and has numerous charity interests both in and out of the county. n Paul and Philip Hodgkinson Brothers Paul and Philip run Simons Group, the Lincoln-based construction company worth £35m with construction, design and development subsidiaries and an annual turnover of £188m.


The family enjoys a great reputation in the county and has experienced a recent record year, making the family business one of Lincolnshire’s greatest successes. n David Chambers & Family The second generation of family at the head of the 52-year old Lindum Group, based at North Hykeham.

His grace the Duke of Rutland, David Manners (left) and her Grace the Duchess of Rutland, Emma Manners (third left).

Currently involved with a residential scheme in Sutton on Sea, the company employs over 500 people and is worth £30m, from sales of over £87.4m from both residential and commercial refurbishment and new property projects of up to £15m. n

THINKING RICH Want to join Lincolnshire’s most affluent? Lincolnshire life-coach Hil Gib offers her advice for ‘thinking rich’.

Take Responsibility Thinking rich means taking full responsibility for all aspects your life. Relinquishing the responsibility over creating your own life relinquishes the power you have to steer your life where you would like it to go for what you want to achieve. Play to Win Enter into activities with a whole-hearted intention and commitment to win, or for your efforts to work. Ditch being ‘terribly British’ in favour of be ‘terribly passionate’. Avoid Dementors People who Think Rich actively surround themselves with positive people and actively avoid those who are negative. Dementors distract, de-motivate and demolish one’s ability to Think Rich.

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Making it, Spending it... What a predicament! Once you’ve made your fortune, how should you spend it? we’ve some suggestions for exercising some über-wealthy spending habits! Once you’ve made your money, you’ll need to develop expensive tastes and a knack for appreciating the finer things in life. Top of the list must come an Aston Martin DBS Volante. With a 6.0V12 engine, and a £168,000 price tag, its the last word in motoring luxury. For travelling slightly further afield though, we recommend Sunseeker’s 45m yacht. At around £12.5m, with four decks and room for 12 guests, 8 crew, and enough power from two diesel engines to cruise at 20knots, it’s


the last word in luxury at sea. Where better to sail than your own private Seychelles spa island? For £8,000 per week you can enjoy a private beach, butler, and dedicated spa courtesy of Elegant Resorts. During supper, may we recommend a magnum of the £7,000 1982 Château Petrus from Antique Wines... and as you’ll be dressing for dinner, what better by way of a finishing touch than US jeweller Sterns’s $3.4m diamond necklace (not pictured)? For more information on each of our featured products, see our Directory beginning on page 160.

£168,000 Know What You Want The vast majority of people don't get what they want because they don't know what that they want. People who Think Rich are totally clear about their goals and what they want. Unconditionally commit to being focused, gaining expertise, giving 100% effort, and developing robust resilience and perseverance. Think Big Know that whatever you give potentially comes back to you ten-fold. Be true to your purpose. Add value to the world around you. Serve others. Serving others leads to worth, wealth and well-being. Be Bigger Than Your Problems It’s important to realise that it’s not the size or nature of the problem, but rather your re-

sponse to it. When confronted with a challenge, shout, “Bring it on!” Focus on Opportunities Focus on opportunities, not problems. See potential growth not potential loss. Focus on the rewards not on the risks. Expect to succeed. Have confidence in your abilities, your creativity and your belief that, should ‘all your wheels come off your wagon’, you can always succeed in another way.

Enjoy the Journey, Not Just the Destination To Think Rich, celebrate the successes along the way and delight in the joys of the journey to get there; the things that you experience and the people that you meet. Hil Gibb is a personal and business lifestyle coach based in Ruskington. For more information call 01526 830687.

‘Be Rich’ Behave as though you have already achieved your goals. Congruently, be confident, relaxed, self-assured, resilient, passionate and wildly positive.


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HALL SCHOOL Witham Hall School has been celebrating its 50th anniversary during this academic year. In September a new painting of the school by Ivel Muller, the celebrated artist, was unveiled. This painting which now hangs in the front hallway reflects Ivel Muller’s distinctive style and captures almost every facet of school life. In February a book, The History of Witham Hall, which had been commissioned for the fiftieth celebration was published. This book was written by local author Steve Weatherill and his wife Sue. The book, specifically written for children has proved to be very popular with both parents and children.

Having celebrated the present and the past with the painting and the book it was decided to be futuristic in the Summer term celebrations and in June the school had an unforgettable day when The Blades visited. The Blades are an aerobatic team comprised entirely of ex Red Arrow pilots. They are the only aerobatic team in the world which is licensed as an airline as they can have front seat passengers (though not during displays). They have already gained much fame having given a display at the Bahrain Grand Prix and to the winning team on The Apprentice in June were allowed to fly with them. The team formed by Chris Norton and Andy Offer gave a display to the school with commentary which lasted over 15 minutes. It was a day which all present, especially the pupils, will remember forever. The aircraft seemed to defy belief, flying backwards and somersaulting through the sky in formation. The school had invited all the villagers from the three neighbouring villages and the school drummers heralded the start of the display and the choirs sang afterwards when tea was served on the lawn. Also during the Summer Term, a 50th Anniversary Ball which was a complete sell out was held in the school. A champagne reception was held in the grounds prior to the Ball. An auction was held during the Ball

with the star auction lot being a day spent with The Blades aerobatic team including flights. The Black Tie Ball organised by the Friends of Witham Committee was a wonderful success which saw the welcome return of many former pupils and their parents. The Ball was one of the final events attended by David and Sarah Telfer as joint – Heads since they retired at the end of the Summer Term after twelve very happy years at the helm. There is little doubt Witham Hall is thriving, is a player on the national stage and is one of Lincolnshire’s success stories. We feel sure that the next fifty years will bring the same excitement and achievement. n

Images: The Blades aerobatic display team. Celebrating at the 50th Anniversary Ball. The History of Witham Hall book cover and Ivel Muller’s painting capturing almost every facet of school life.


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Nothing wears better or feels better than natural fabrics. Breathable and hard-wearing, warm, yet light, cotton, linen and silk are the staple ingredients of our wardrobes, so this month we pay homage to natural fabrics and neutral tones. Hard-wearing cotton is perhaps the most well-used fibre striking a perfect balance between being hard-wearing yet easy to wear, warm yet breathable. Linen, meanwhile, is much lighter making it ideal for late summer garments that remains more comfortable on holiday. A pair of light, baggy white linen trousers are a cruise-wear staple, and can be dressed with almost any colour to create an elegant casual outfit. Meanwhile, silk and silk mixes provide the opportunity to take advantage of the luxury of silk in a garment that can still wash and wear well.

Wear neutral colours to create an elegant, understated but stylish appearance by choosing the right color for your skin tone. For the very dark skinned, the world is your oyster; any neutral colour will look amazing. When the skin’s colour gradient becomes lighter however, it becomes more difficult to choose which shade is most complimentary. The key is to pick a colour that does not match your own skin colour. You should go at least three shades lighter or darker than your skin’s pigment. Otherwise you will look washed out. It’s also a good idea to keep your make-up fresh and rosy, to add colour. This colour palette also looks best with rich hair colours like black, deep brown, auburn, red and golden blonde. Finally, accessorise with hats, belt, bags, or shoes in bright or metallic color or pair cream with khaki or darker shades of brown. n

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Ultra-feminine cream Sarah Pacini knitted top which can be worn alone or combined with other styles

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Beige silk and cotton mixed dress with an accompanying sleeveless over jacket, both by Sandwich


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Three outfits that show how silk, cotton, wool and linen work together so well, these outfits are all by Olsen


For suppliers in Lincolnshire see our Directory on page 160.

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This fantastic cream silk shift dress comes from Rouge, finished off with this lovely chiffon coat over the top makes it a perfect outfit for any formal occasion

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Soft gold halter neck dress in luxurious silk by Stills


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Three fantastic outfits by Lauren Vidal. All in easy to wear cotton and linen in shades of white and stone

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Well Heeled Sometimes, things in life simply aren’t black and white... and to prove that fact, we present a selection of sensational mono slingbacks, sandals and killer heels by Giuseppe Zanotti, with just a hint of deadly red! For more information see our Directory on page 160.

Dark grey satin platforms with wooden heel embellished with crystals £775


Zebra print satin criss-cross sandals £360

Black patent slingback platforms £395

Off-white court shoes with black scribbles detail and cork platform £395

Black leather high heel gladiators embellished with rivets £445

Black woven satin court shoes with cork platform £395

Off-white and black patent lace ups platform £445


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COUNTRY LEATHERS Your brown leather bag is one of the most hardworking bags in your wardrobe so it has to be up to the job. Hardwearing and practical inspiration comes from the bags that have been used by hunters and fishers, gamekeepers and riders. Pockets and straps have purpose and function. Leathers can be fine or chunky. Whatever your country life demands make sure you have the bag that'll keep up with you

Saddle bag With belt loops. Where else would you put your mobile when you're in the saddle? £POA

Large Soft Foldover 'Shakira' So at home in the tack room with that lovely leather smell! £135

Moroccan Tote Structured shoulder bag with front pockets. £135


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Choc Croc Crocodile finish shoulder. £75

Fossil 'Sutter' in camel. As seen in main picture. £98

Blondie Mania 'Lenasia' in veg tanned soft leather. £145


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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ACUPUNCTURE, STRAIGHT TO THE POINT The independent body responsible for advising GPs on appropriate medical treatments last month concluded that acupuncture should be offered to all NHS patients suffering from back pain. We found two Lincolnshire practitioners to ask: acupuncture – what’s the point? Despite originating in China over 4,000 years ago, What does remain consistant, however, is the detailed acupuncture has only been widely known to the hour-long consultation deemed mandatory by the Western world since the 1970s. Since then it’s been system’s governing body, the British Acupuncture seen as a little esoteric, and has remained an Council. alternative treatment rather than a viable mainThe consultation is necessary since it allows stream procedure, but all that’s about to the practitioner to consider other causes, change following the publication of new and make other recommendations for The process guidelines by NICE on the treatment treatments beyond acupuncture. of back pain. works with the Multi-disciplinary practices like the The guidelines, published by the body’s natural drive Carre Street Clinic in Sleaford, with National Institute for Health and to heal itself, and allows therapists Marianne Langley and Clinical Excellence, the independent Helen O’Connell, enable practitionbody responsible for advising GPs the flow of energy ers to offer the best combination of which treatment protocols to follow or ‘qi’ to be come therapies to suit an individual’s has recommended for the first time needs. that acupuncture be offered to patients


suffering from persistent lower back pain. This constitutes the first official sanctioning of acupuncture alongside conventional medicine. “Some GPs have always been open to alternative therapies.” says Wragby practitioner Peter Botten. “But most are very sceptical. This is a major step forward and acknowledges that acupuncture is a viable addition to conventional medicine.” Benefits are usually felt within 4 to 6 sessions, but the total number of treatments needed will vary from person to person.

The treatment works with the natural energy of the body, known as Qi. Considered homeostatic. That is, the body actively uses qi to retain its sense of health and balance for instance, by purging itself of poisons or repairing tissue, acupuncture works by assisting the body in ensuring correct flow of qi through the body’s channels or meridians. The needles themselves are thinner than those used by doctors and nurses, just a fifth of a millimetre in diameter, and consequently, they don’t hurt when

WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE BE USED TO TREAT? l Acupuncture is widely considered to be beneficial for a range of illnesses and symptoms, from clearly defined complaints through to more general feelings of ill health such as nausea or low energy. l It’s also terrifically effective for treating muscular-skeletal conditions, headaches and even allergies such as asthma, hayfever and eczema.


l Furthermore, acupuncture can be used to relieve chronic and acute pain, stress, insomnia and anxiety, as well as tiredness and fatigue. l Expect to pay around £50 for an initial consultation of around one hour and a half. Further follow-up treatments last between half and hour and an hour for around £30 for a full session.

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Sleaford’s Carre Street Clinic, home to a wealth of alternative treatments.

inserted; patients liken the sensation to a dull ache or tingle. “Some treatments can be slightly more prescriptive, like asthma.” says Marianne. “But others such as those for headaches or stress vary enormously, like the conditions themselves and their causes. We make a decision on the location of needles, number used, how long we leave them in for and whether we manipulate them when they’re in place.” The needles are used at key points to adjust or interact with the flow of energy through the body and when the practitioner manipulates them, the practitioners can actually feel the resistance as the treatment begins to work. Afterwards, patients report anything from lethargy to a spaced-out sense of relaxation and are often surprised at just how effective the treatment is. Acupuncture has always been regarded by many to be a sound treatment, but with last month’s amendment to the NICE guidelines providing the official validation the treatment deserves, Lincolnshire’s practitioners such as Peter, Marianne and Helen will be delighted that the treatment they know to be so effective has been so officially acknowledged. “We’re absolutely delighted... it’s really going to help us to show people that alternative therapies aren’t just esoteric; that they’re credible, they’re readily available and they really do work.” says Marianne. n


Wragby practitioner Peter Botten.

Peter Botten practises from a dedicated therapy room at his home on Victoria Street, Wragby (01673 857412). •

Marianne and Helen practice from their Carre Street multi-disciplinary clinic (, 01529 414121), having met whilst studying Acupuncture at the University of Lincoln in 2004. •

They’re just two of over 50 BAcC approved practitioners across Lincolnshire. •

To find a practitioner in your area call 020 8735 0400 or see


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One of Lincoln’s jewellers is this month celebrating his 50th anniversary trading in the city, but no matter when your birthday or anniversary is, there’s a stone to celebrate

Celebrating his 50th year trading in the City of Lincoln, jeweller Steve Thompson is celebrating the event with his traditional element of gold, but no matter what month you celebrate your birthday or anniversary, there’s a stone to suit... Garnet for January Garnet can occur in every colour of the spectrum, except blue, with deep dark red and purple the most popular colour. Amethyst for February Amethyst, the birthstone of February is actually a member of the quartz family and gets its name from amethysts, the Greek word for sober! It occurs in transparent light to dark purple; darker colours are more valuable than the lighter smoky or lavender colour. Aquamarine for March Not only is aquamarine the birthstone for March, it is also the anniversary stone for the 19th year of marriage. Often light to medium blue, but sometimes features a slight greenish splash, very similar to that of the sea. It is also said to have a soothing effect on people on land, especially married couples! Diamond for April The original girl’s best friend, measured by four factors; cut, clarity, colour and caret. Cut identifies the diamond’s ability to refract light, whilst larger, clearer diamonds, those with greater carat weight and better clarity, are more valuable.


Emerald for May The traditional birthstone for May, and birthstone for the Zodiac signs for Taurus and Cancer. Emeralds are brittle stones and care should be taken when wearing or cleaning them. A brittle stone that’s not particularly hard-wearing, they should never be immersed in an ultrasonic or subjected to steam cleaning. Pearl for June Available as saltwater pearls - the most popular, or more desirable cultured pearls, and in more colours than most people consider - black, blue, and purple, for example. Graded in terms of quality from A-D, and in terms of iridescence. Ruby for July Found in a variety of shapes and cutting styles. Ovals are the most common, but rounds are also seen, as are other shapes, such as the heart or emerald cut. Premiums are paid for round stones, over pears and marquises. Peridot for August The birthstone for those born in the month of August and anniversary gemstone for the 16th year of marriage. Sapphire for September Although blue is the most well known hue, sapphire is any colour of corundum except red. Sapphire may also be colourless. Also celebrates a 45th wedding anniversary.


i Throughout the Year... 1. Turquoise 9ct yellow gold dress ring £325 and earrings £188. 2. Aquamarine bead necklace £285. 3. 18ct white gold amethyst earrings £740. 4. 18ct white gold ring set with 139 diamonds total 1ct £1,200. 5. 18ct rose gold dress ring with pear cut topaz and .41ct diamonds £1,050. 6. 18ct white gold ring set with single emerald £1,495. 7. 9ct white gold earrings with two 9mm black Tahitian pearls £395. 8. 18ct white gold pendant, single 2.29ct oval ruby and 54 diamonds £1,136. 9. 9ct white gold ring; single opal, two emeralds and 12 diamonds £570. 10. 18ct white gold sapphire ring £1,000. 11. 9ct yellow gold garnet ring £360. 12. Aquamarine bead necklace £285.

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Main: The shop is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a range of 50th anniversary birthstones. Bottom: Clock and jewellery specialists Steve and Maria Thompson celebrate their golden anniversary.



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Opal for October Dubbed Queen of Gems by William Shakespeare in Twelfth Night, opals have long been considered a symbol of hope. Considered a great gift for people born in October, and those celebrating 14th wedding anniversaries. Topaz for November Literally means ‘a yellow gem’, with imperial and precious topaz often used to distinguish between true topaz and the quartz look-alikes. Turquoise for December Always opaque, turquoise is a mineral prized for its perfection of colour, when of finest quality possesses a blue tone, soft and pleasing, like the colour of clear sky. Featured examples are available from Eric A Bird, St Mary’s Street, Lincoln. See our Directory on page 161 for contact details.


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acupuncture ease pain • relieve stress • regain energy

The painless, drug-free treatment that’s great for relieving muscular pain, menopausal symptoms, headaches & migraines and the symptoms of stress, tension and fatigue... Also ideal for sufferers of asthma and allergies, and those who wish to lose weight or give up smoking.

Old Court Acupuncture Victoria Street, Wragby, LN8 5PF

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Wedding Album

Of Lisa Marie Wheelton & Benjamin Davies

Footballer’s wife Lisa Davies is no Wag - a solicitor with a keen idea for exactly what she wanted from her wedding... here we discover how the couple married near Louth amid family & friends. Images: Lisa Warrener, Tel: 07977 516944 and Dave Moss

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The Coach House, Carlton Scroop

i Bride’s Name: Lisa Marie Wheelton Groom’s Name: Benjamin James Davies Ceremony: St James’ Church, Louth Reception: Kenwick Park, Louth Best Man: Thomas Davies Bridesmaids: Victoria Clare, Courtney Clare, Ruby Clare, Katy Brewster & Mollie Stansfield Pageboy & Ushers: Max Clare, Daryl Clare, James Wilmott, Tommy Disbury & Andrew Corbett Bride’s Parents: Linda Wheelton & Rennie Wheelton Groom’s Parents: Susan Davies & Dai Davies

When/how did you first meet? We first met at my sister, Victoria’s, wedding. Ben played for Chester City FC at the time and used to play with my sister’s husband, Daryl Clare. My sister and her husband sat us next to each other on the head table because I was a bridesmaid and he was an usher. From the moment we met we never stopped talking and have been together ever since. When in the relationship did he ‘pop the question?’ How did he propose? Ben proposed on 21 May 2007; he had just reached the play-off final at Wembley with Shrewsbury town but found out he would not be able to play as he ruptured his Achilles tendon in the final minutes of the Dons game in the play off semi-final. As he had to have an operation he could not fly to Dominican Republic on holiday where he had planned to propose. The night before his operation he took me to Rowton Castle near Shrewsbury and proposed over a game of I Spy because he wanted me to look away whilst he got down on one knee - he wasn’t sure whether he would be able to get down on one knee because he was on crutches at the time, so didn’t want me to see if he fell! I said “Yes!” straight away and couldn’t stop crying. What were the first things that you decided on? Whilst Ben was in theatre for his Achilles repair I booked the venue, Kenwick Park. There was no question of where we would be


married, it was the place we first met and it is, in our opinion, the best wedding venue in Lincolnshire. The service is fantastic, the room is beautiful and there are a lot of hotel rooms and log cabins for guest to stay in which we needed as half of Ben’s family are from Birmingham and the other half are from Aberdovey in Wales. We then booked St James’s Church in Louth and Cannon Stephen Holdaway as our vicar. He is a lovely man and made our big day even more special. Any differing ideas about how your big day should be? We didn’t have any differing opinions about our big day. Ben was very busy with his football so left it to me, my sister and both our mums to plan the big day. Was planning your big day fraught or enjoyable? Did you both contribute ideas with equal enthusiasm? I loved planning our wedding and I am very upset it is all over now! It was, however, hard work as I work long hours as a trainee solicitor. Ben was enthusiastic about the wedding but other than sorting out a pick-and-mix stand and the suits for the big day he didn’t contribute much! Ben trusted my opinion and was overwhelmed on the day by all my hard work. Any pre-wedding nerves? Surprisingly I was not nervous at all, I was just very excited. The only thing I was slightly nervous about was the weather because I

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heard on the news the night before that the weather was predicted to be heavy rain. Fortunately, the weather turned out to be beautiful on the day. How did it feel to walk down the aisle and take your vows? I loved walking down the aisle, it was lovely because, in St James’ Church, there is a long aisle with a red carpet. I felt like a film star for the day and I thoroughly enjoyed taking our vows - it was my favorite part of the day. I couldn’t think of anywhere more special to take our vows than a beautiful church filled with all our friends and family. Also the vicar was very funny and made us laugh a few times, particularly when he begged someone in the congregation to object because it had never happened before! Who did you choose for attendants and why? I chose my sister Victoria Clare – she’s one of my best friends and I love her so much, if it wasn’t for Victoria setting Ben and I up there would not have been a wedding! My nieces, Courtney and Ruby Clare; Courtney sang

Edelweiss perfectly in the church, I was the proudest aunt in the world listening to her sing! My best friend Katy Brewster and I have been best friends since we were 11, she would have killed me if I hadn’t chosen her! And finally, my nine-year old cousin Mollie Stansfield has been on holiday with Ben and I a few times and I used to babysit her when she was born so she was a must. Ben chose his brother and best friend Thomas Davies and Daryl Clare, his brother in law and the person who set us up as his attendants, with friends Andrew Corbett, James Wilmott & Tommy Disberry as the rest of his groomsmen and Max and Bradley Clare as pageboys. What made you choose your dress, and can you describe it? I tried on many beautiful dresses and liked them all, but the minute I tried mine on I knew it was the one. It was an ivory Maggie Sottero gown from Proposals in Abbeygate Grimsby, it is fitted to the thighs then went out from there with a chapel length trail. The dress was covered in crystals. I had a full-length veil covered in crystals to complement the trail.

My gown was an ivory Maggie Sottero dress, I knew it was ‘the one’ the very minute I put it on...

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We held the reception at Kenwick Park, near Louth and had a pianist and pick-and-mix for our guests!

Where was your reception held? The reception was held at Kenwick Park in Louth. Whilst we were having the photos taken in ground we had a pianist and pickand-mix stand to keep the guests entertained. Kenwick was fabulous, the staff gave all guests a choice of three meals to choose from. The level of service and attention to detail was unbelievable. Did you have a honeymoon? If so where, and most importantly, did you enjoy it? Yes, we went to Maldives for two weeks then went to Atlantis in Dubai. It was absolutely amazing, we had a villa with a private pool and Jacuzzi in the Maldives, the island was incredible. It was the best holiday we have ever had. We travelled from the capital Male to our island by sea plane and went swimming with the stingrays and sharks.


photographs. I’d also like to say a massive thank you to my sister Victoria for my wonderful make-up and Jenny for the flowers. Anyone you particularly want to recommend? I would recommend Victoria Clare, my makeup artist, Salon 47 in Cleethorpes, Kenwick Park, and KC Wedding Cakes plus Lisa Warrener and for entertainment DJ Andy Carr and Jacqueline Wilson, our singer, and also Flower Creations for the bouquets. How are you finding married life? Absolutely fantastic, although very busy as Ben has just moved clubs to Notts County FC so we are currently moving out of our house! n


The Atlantis in Dubai was a fantastic hotel that contained everything from designer shops, to a water park, to an aquarium with a whale in it!

And finally, do you have any top tips that you can give for future brides? Just relax and enjoy every minute because it goes too fast.

Any friends or family you'd like to thank or recognise? I would like to thank both our parents and my sister for all of their help. But I’d also like to thank Lisa, Sam and Adam at Kenwick, Carla for my hair that remained in place all day and Lisa Warrener & David Moss for our wonderful

Also do choose to have a wedding video because then you can relive your wedding day every time you watch it. For more wedding tips visit - the national site for the local bride.

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Hayley Teague and Steven Barsby were recently married at St. Leodegard’s Church, Wyberton, the bride was given away by her father Martin Teague. The reception was held at Whaplode Manor followed by a honeymoon in Florida.

Claire and Adrian caused quite a stir recently after setting off some floating Chinese lantern at their wedding reception at the Lawns, Lincoln. They even received a mention in the Sun, Daily Mail & Telegraph.

Photographer: Jennie Wilson, Boston. 01205 760729.

Photographer: KCB Photography. 01522 804046.

Natalie Firth and Stuart Patterson both of Lincoln, were recently married at the Branston Hall Hotel where a reception followed. Afterwards they jetted off for a honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.

Alex Burrell and James Barwell were married recently at St Peter & St. Pauls Church, Gosberton. A reception at Harlaxton Manor, Grantham followed. For their honeymoon the couple climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

Photographer: R A Davey Photographic, Lincoln. 01522 813852.

Photographer: Don Lambert, Stamford. 01780 757673.

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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Victoria Posey and Timothy Clipsham recently married at St James’ Church, Freiston. Jennifer Posey, Joanna Lewis & Anna Bedford were bridesmaids and Christopher Spruce was best man. The couple honeymooned in Switzerland. Photographer: David Simpson, Boston. 01205 311235

Helen Woodliffe and Richard Gordon were recently married at Waltham All Saints Church. A reception at Hall Farm, Ashby Cum Fenby followed. The happy couple then went on to honeymoon in Antigua. Photographer: Dubart Photography, Louth. 01507 603753.


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THE WEDDING VENUE that’s perfect for those smaller intimate occasions

Can also cater for larger functions Picturesque gardens ideal for marquees or photo opportunities

HALF MOON Hotel and Restaurant

25-28 West Street, Alford, Lincolnshire LN13 9DG

01507 463477


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Queen’s The


Quality Restaurant & Country Inn

Early Bird (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday): Choice of 7 main courses, desserts & coffee for £11.95.

Sunday Supper (4pm-7pm): Choice of roasts or vegetarian option, plus desserts & coffee. Only £12.95.

Steak Supper (Thursday 6pm-9.30pm): With double glass of wine, only £11.95!

The WInner of Lincolnshire Pride’s Restaurant of Distinction Award 2008

Fish Supper (Fri 6-9.30pm): Choice of 7 fish dishes only £11.95.

Lunchtime Specials (12pm-3pm Mon to Sat): Choice of 7 dishes only £7.45. Regular À La Carte Menus, Lunchtime Menu and Specials Board available at all times.

Kirkby La Thorpe, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 9NW • Tel: 01529 305743 •

A Beautiful Venue

For Beautiful


Enjoy a grand wedding at the Lincoln Hotel on Eastgate - we specialise in Friday, Sunday and Mid-Week Weddings. We cater for Ceremonies, Wedding Breakfasts and Parties for both large and intimate groups from 20 people upwards... ...all with the best Cathedral views in Lincoln! Call our wedding co-ordinators now on 01522 520348 and let us host your dream wedding.

The Lincoln Hotel, Eastgate, Lincoln LN2 1PN T: 01522 520348 F: 01522 510780


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Barnsdale Lodge at

One of the area’s most traditional and comfortable boutique hotels is celebrating two decades under ownership of Thomas Noel. This month we find out what’s been going on in the past two decades to earn the venue its enviable reputation Words & Images: Rob Davis.

This month marks Barnsdale Lodge’s 20th anniversary, and since our last visit to the country house hotel and restaurant some two years ago, some impressive changes have been underway. In addition to a rolling programme of refurbishment throughout the 44-bedroom country house hotel, the hotel has created a kitchen garden to provide its best dishes with home-grown organic produce, and with 12 chickens running about the grounds, provide certain dishes with free range eggs from the grounds too. With planning permission already being sought for 17 eco-friendly lodges to be built on the hotel's estate too, the company is determined to both capitalise upon and protect its beautiful surroundings, right next to Rutland Water around 10 minutes from Stamford, Bourne and Grantham. It's a devastatingly beautiful place, with pretty limestone exterior and an interior made up of flagstone flooring, opulent soft furnishings and a large period-style orangery overlooking a central


General Manager Ed Burrows with Lincolnshire Pride’s Restaurant of Distinction award.

The restaurant has beautiful surroundings, a pretty courtyard and plenty of period features... but happily, the food is of an equally high standard and doesn’t let the venue down

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The venue welcomes dog-walkers and hikers, and those spending the day sailing on Rutland Water just as much as businessmen in bespoke suits - Barnsdale Lodge is relaxing, and the service is impeccable, warm and personal to an almost unprecedented degree... courtyard which, during our visit was awash with Old English roses and lavender, creating a sensory experience that constitutes the perfect backdrop against which to frame the venue's superb food. One caveat, however; don't expect pretentious, fussy food - whilst the venue itself is beautiful, and whilst the service is impeccable and whilst the ingredients, chef craft and attention each dish receives is beyond merit, the restaurant never forgets that good food needn't be too flamboyant. Generous portions, clean simple presentation and well-considered flavours are the secrets of creating a brilliant dining experience and quality dining, complemented by exceptional customer service will guarantee customers shall return time after time. “We have regular customers, some of whom come each week without fail. We love that our customers have become our friends. But we’re equally happy that we’ve a healthy flow of new trade too, many of whom come to enjoy the surrounding countryside, the activities around Rutland Water, of Geoff Hamilton’s Barnsdale Gardens just down the road.” says Manager Paul Freeman. The restaurant’s main dining room seats 20 and features a soaring ceiling, luxurious furnishings and Vettriano prints on the wall, whilst the periodstyle orangery seats 45 and is ideal for relaxed dining in a light environment, with crisp linen tablecloths and polished silverware. No fewer than four additional private dining rooms make the restaurant ideal for smaller parties and for business lunches or meetings.


The restaurant’s à la carte summer dining menu features six starters plus a soup option, eight mains including two fish options and a vegetarian choice, plus a weekly specials menu with two additional starters and three additional main course choices. Highlights during our visit included Smoked Salmon with Sour-Dough bread from Hambleton Hall’s bakery, just down the lane, and Rutland Water Trout, demonstrating the restaurant’s commitment to using local ingredients wherever it’s possible. Interestingly, the restaurant’s menu also has two cocktails, a permanent house cocktail of Hibiscus Fizz, a raspberry and champagne cocktail with a flower that unfurls in the glass, and a monthly option which during our visit was Green Apple Martini. Lunchtimes, meanwhile, have a dedicated seasonally changing menu with nine options and a further seven ‘lighter bites’ options for more casual dining. Essentially lunchtime options are starter dishes, and are, in consequence, designed with equal attention to those on the main à la carte menu, priced at anywhere from £5-£18 for great value casual dining. Even someone for whom puddings rarely appeal will find something delicious and tempting on each menu, with options including Strawberry Eton Mess or gooey Raspberry Cranachan Fool, an innovative Summer Berries option is served frozen but with hot white chocolate sauce - to gradually thaw them out whilst retaining the berries’ shape and texture and more conventional options such as Lemon Meringue Parfait and Warm Chocolate Brownie.

Main: Frozen summer berries with a jug of hot white chocolate! Right: The courtyard, overlooked by the orangery, which offers 45 covers.

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i Finally, a wine menu with no fewer than 90 bins and options from a reasonable £25 Fleurie to a lavish Château Feytit-Clinet bordeaux from the owners’ private cellar at £120 or 1995 vintage Krug at £230 adds a brilliant touch of class to proceedings. Happily, dining can be as formal or informal as diners desire - businessmen in suits stand next to dog-walkers and their Spaniels in the bar, with both equally welcome, which is both a great leveller and a reflection of the venue’s policy of making all customers welcome, whether they stop by for a Barnsdale High Tea or a full three course meal. Making customers feel welcome and providing excellent quality food whatever the degree of formality is a real skill... one that Barnsdale Lodge has down to a fine art. n

Barnsdale Lodge Country Hotel & Restaurant Cuisine: Traditional English, with kitchen garden sourced vegetables. Environment: Beautiful country house hotel with flagstone flooring, beams, Georgian windows and impeccably maintained Old English Rose courtyard. Menus: House lunch TDH menu from £12.95. Daily changing Lunch menu with fish and vegetarian option, £12.95/2 courses, £14.95 3/courses. À la carte evening menu with additional weekly specials. Sunday lunch menu served from 12-2pm. Don’t Miss: Frozen summer berries served with hot white chocolate sauce! Beautiful courtyard garden offers great al fresco dining. Prices: À la carte start at circa £7. Main course dishes £13-£19 Desserts £5. Contact: Based on the North Shore of Rutland Water. Call 01572 724678 or see


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Locally Produced Food Restaurant • Farm Shop • Butchery • Bakery

A46, A17, A1 Roundabout, Winthorpe, Newark NG24 2NY Tel: 01636 612461


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Come and enjoy the great outdoors at the Farndon Boathouse...

The Perfect Place for

Summer Dining

... dine alfresco from our summer menu while boats pass and the sun sets!


Our popular ‘SUNDAY SESSIONS’ provide the perfect soundtrack with live acoustic playing into the evening For more information on current menus, up coming events and a list of artists playing, visit our website

The Riverside, Farndon, Newark, Notts NG24 3SX

Fresh crab and avocado sala d Andalusian chilled tomato soup Indonesian fish curry Tempura of king prawns and baby asparagus Poached fillet of brill Lobster club sandwich a small selection chosen from our Oak Panelled and Garden Room restaurants, both menus ava ilable to be taken in the courtya rd


The George Hotel, 71 St. Martins, Stamford 01780 750750 113

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Chef ’s Choice


This month we’ve decided to let our county’s chefs voice their foodie preferences instead of pandering to our own! We’ve asked Lincolnshire’s top chefs to share with us a few of their own preferred dishes, their delicious personal favourites!

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Main: Lemon and Lime Cheesecake with a Gingerbread Biscuit and Raspberry Coulis and Spun Sugar Ribbon at Kenwick Park Hotel, Louth. 1: Pan Roasted Scallops, Cauliflower Cream and Tempura Cauliflower with Bacon Foam at Winteringham Fields. 2: Beetroot Salad with Pine Nuts at the George of Stamford. 3: Slow Braised Collar of Pork with Buttered Savoy Cabbage, Herb Mash and Seared King Scallop Jus at the Boathouse, Farndon. 4: Chocolate Fondue at The Mill, Boston. 5: Chocolate Fudge Brownie at Barnsdale Lodge, Barnsdale, Rutland. 6: Scallop & Prawn Summer Salad at the Millhouse, Covenham St Bartholemew. 7: Twice Baked Poacher SoufflÊ at The Brownlow Arms, Hough on the Hill. 8: Sausages and Mash at Straits Brasserie, on the Strait, Lincoln. 9: Chocolate & Olive Oil Truffle with Baked Banana at Hambleton Hall, Rutland. n For our featured restaurants’ contact details see our Directory on p160.


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GOURMET GUIDE 2009 Words: Rob Davis

This month, we feature some of the county’s best eating out establishments in our annual round-up of high quality restaurants and gastropubs... Welcome to Lincolnshire Pride’s annual round-up of the best restaurants, eateries, dining rooms, bistros, al fresco terraces and country pubs. We’re delighted to see the county’s most well-regarded venues appearing here, and have, in the past five years we’ve been running the guide, been delighted with the feedback that readers have offered following their own experiences with the venues that have appeared in Lincolnshire Pride.

Each month we’re delighted to offer readers our eating out recommendations, but equally, we love to hear about your favourite places too, which is why we’re this month once again launching our Restaurant of the Year competition to find Lincolnshire’s most highly regarded restaurant. As always, we implore all of our readers to vote for their favourite Lincolnshire restaurants and allow us to award the most popular with our coveted Restaurant of the Year, Restaurant of Distinction and Highly Commended Restaurant Awards in a future edition of Lincolnshire Pride. In addition to rewarding your favourite restaurant, you’ll also be entered into our competition to win a meal a month for a year - so please enjoy our round-up of what we believe are the county’s most prestigious restaurants, then see page 129 so you can register your vote for this year’s competition.


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WINTERINGHAM FIELDS 1 Silver Street, Winteringham, North Lincolnshire DN15 9ND Tel: 01724 733096 Web:

RENOWNED as the most exclusive restaurant in Lincolnshire, the luxurious, Michelin recommended Winteringham Fields is a lavish affair for experienced diners who appreciate the highest level of quality and attention to detail commensurate with the World’s best restaurants. With two dining rooms, one set in the 16th century former Manor House’s original dining room and a newer dining room featuring one-way glass to allow diners to watch their food being created, fine dining at Winteringham Fields never ceases to satisfy one’s appetite for theatre as well as food. Surprisingly though, lunchtime dining at Winteringham Fields is affordable as well as being an enviable experience, with three courses from £39.95. A choice of three starters and intermediate courses, four main courses and three desserts plus the fromargier’s well-considered cheese trolley, provides plenty of choice and a chance to sample the restaurant’s breathataking cuisine. À la carte dining is provided at £75 per head for three courses and provides 11 options with the highest degree of attention paid to using locally sourced ingredients to create each course, but our recommendation is the Menu Surprise at £79 per head which


i More Information... changes daily and affords the brigade free reign to impress diners with six courses. The venue’s sommellier is also available to recommend appropriate wines to match each course providing a satisfying and indulgent opportunity to witness the kitchen’s creativity to the fullest of its ability. With ingredients supplied from local shoots, the freshest fish from Grimsby and vegetables from the village’s local woodland, the restaurant’s food is rich in provenance and represents the last word in luxurious dining for those who really appreciate quality dining. n Lincolnshire Pride readers can enjoy a special room rate of just £50 when dining; contact the venue for full terms and conditions, valid until 25th November 2009.

Cuisine: European fine dining. Environment: 16th century former manor house with two dining rooms, two lounge areas. Additional private dining room. 10 en-suite bedrooms. Accolades: Egon Ronay two star, Voted in the Top 4 Restaurants in the Country by the Good Food Guide. 5 AA Gold Stars. Michelin recommended. Menus: Á La Carte and Menu Surprise run concurrently during the evening. Additional lunchtime menu. Don’t Miss: Superb cheese board with 35 different cheeses and dedicated Fromargier. Price: Three Course Lunch Menu £39.95, Three Course À La Carte £75. Menu Surprise; £79.

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THE GEORGE HOTEL OF STAMFORD 71 St Martins, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2LB Tel: 01780 750750 Web:

REGARDED as one of Lincolnshire’s finest restaurants, dining in Stamford’s historic coaching inn is a delight from start to finish. Whether visiting for casual dining in the light, lush Garden Room or in the hotel’s courtyard, or opting to enjoy more formal dining in the oak panelled main dining room or one of the hotel’s private dining chambers, customer service at The George in an impeccable, warm and old-fashioned experience. From a traditionally dressed bellhop to exquisite gardens and well-stocked hanging baskets around the quaint courtyard, to rich dark wood panelling, gaping fireplaces and soaring ceilings, The George certainly has the atmosphere and drama to match the magnificence of its food. The restaurant’s food has been justly described as ‘outstanding’ by Egon Ronay, and diners enjoy a choice of lunchtime menus, à la carte evening menu or a more casual menu when dining in the Garden Room. Highlights at The George include its exceptionally prepared Roast Beef, cooked to your liking and carved at your table, and à la carte Dover Sole, delivered fresh to the restaurant each day. Its cheese trolley is second to none, whilst the wine list is prepared by one of only 200

i More Information... Cuisine: Traditional English. Masters of Wine across the world, one of just two in the UK. This ensures no effort is overlooked in an attempt to justify diners’ choice to eat at The George, making the whole experience utterly luxurious from amusè bouche to petit fours. The combined efforts of a brigade comprising no fewer than 23 chefs plus the finest ingredients and the availability of 47 en-suite rooms assure The George of Stamford’s reputation as being one of the finest restaurants in the county, turning any meal into an occasion. With late summer providing opportunity for shopping around the town, enjoying open-air performances at Tolethorpe Hall and with the Burghley Horse Trials just around the corner, there’s no better time to rediscover The George of Stamford for traditional English dining in a comfortable, cosseting environment! n

Environment: Beautiful coaching inn dating from 1200. 47 en-suite bedrooms. Accolades: Numerous! Regarded as England’s best coaching inn, also the preferred dining venue for the Horse Trials’ VIPs next month! Menus: À la Carte menu in oak panelled dining room Garden room menu is less formal. Don’t Miss: Exquisite courtyard, sublime roast beef! Enlist the hotel to create a private dining menu for the last word in luxury! Price: À la carte starters from £7-£15. Main courses from £17-£35. Garden room dining with meals from £10-£20. Private Dining £POA.


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STAPLEFORD PARK, MELTON MOWBRAY Stapleford, near Melton Mowbray, LE14 2EF Tel: 01572 787000 Web:

A LAVISH country estate of over 500 acres, enjoying a meal in Stapleford Park’s Grinling Gibbons and Pavilion dining rooms is nothing short of indulgent. For anything from affordable lunchtime occasions to special occasion dining, the venue is plush, the service impeccable and the atmosphere warm and welcoming. The Pavilion’s menu comprises lighter dishes, casual main course dining options such as salads, fish & chips and Stapleford’s Club Burger, providing an additional Sunday lunchtime carvery and wine list with over 20 bottle to choose from. Meanwhile, the Grinling Gibbons dining room provides more formal dining with table d’hôte or à la carte menus, and high tea option. Full à la carte dining at Stapleford Park begins with canapés in the library bar, followed by amusé bouches and a choice of five starters and main courses, followed by one of the restaurant’s exceptional desserts. With all bread, puddings and petit fours produced in house, no attention to detail is spared in the process of creating exceptional quality dining in a comfortable, well-appointed environment in a setting of unparalleled beauty.


i More Information... Head Chef Stephen Conway’s 10 strong brigade works tirelessly to ensure the quality of dining is commensurate with the appearance of the crisp, starched-linen and silverware-clad dining room, and that the freshest ingredients such as pork from Food Hero Debbie Green and venison from the Balmoral Estate in winter are exploited to their fullest potential. Food and accommodation enjoy equal precedence at the venue, and every effort is made to ensure diners experience high quality cuisine prepared and presented with imagination and flair. Diners can enjoy starters such as Quail & Foie Gras Cannelloni, Cèpe Purée, Lettuce & Mustard sauce, main courses like Pigeon, Baby Beetroot, Red Chard, Beetroot Purée & Orange sauce, and puddings such as Raspberry Soufflé with Vanilla Anglaise, for the very best experience that Stapleford Park can offer diners this Autumn. n

Cuisine: Exceptional English cuisine with continental influences and creative presentation making the most of local ingredients. Environment: Classic English stately home on an extensive country estate. Grinling Gibbons dining room features lavish detailing. Menus: Table d’hôte and à la carte menus. Additional lunch, high tea and Sunday options and provision for private dining with bespoke menus. The Pavilion restaurant offers a more casual dining experience. Don’t Miss: On-site spa, or country activities including golf and shooting. Price: Two course lunch menu from £18.50 p/h. Table d’hôte £46.50 p/h. À la carte starters from £15 to £20, main courses from £25 to £35 and desserts from £15 to £20.

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THE BUSTARD INN, SOUTH RAUCEBY 44 Main Street, South Rauceby, NG34 8QG Tel: 01529 488250 Web:

HAVING embarked upon a complete refurbishment with no expense spared, the Bustard Inn reopened in 2007 as one of the county’s most promising restaurants and has, since then, gained an enviable reputation for producing quality food in a plush, traditional environment. Fine-dining modern-British style cuisine combines with ingredients from suppliers like Abbey Parks, Millstream Butchers and Cote Hill for diners enjoyment. Dishes arrive via Head Chef Phil Lowe who has worked with Gordon Ramsay, Marco-Pierre White and Gary Rhodes, impeccably presented with crisp, white fine china, and generous portions. Diners can choose to eat in the former brewhouse and stable on bespoke furniture commissioned just for the restaurant, accompanied by soft, light jazz and candles, with soaring ceilings and tapestries in the main dining area or the private dining room for parties of up to 12. Booking is highly recommended, and menus include the main à la carte, from which diners may select one of six starters, seven main courses and three side dishes, plus one of seven desserts. There’s also a well-stocked cheese board and freshly ground coffee and hand-made truffles afterwards.

i More Information... All food is cooked freshly to order with all bread, desserts, ice creams and sorbets created in-house. Concessionary menus and weekly supplier’s ingredients-led specials maintain interest for regular diners, whilst a beautiful façade and raised outdoor dining area make the place ideal for late summer dining. Owners Liz and Alan Hewitt aim to create a relaxing, welcoming environment without sacrificing quality of their food, and aim to make the venue, which is equidistant between Grantham, Sleaford and Lincoln, one of the most well renowned restaurants in their third year of trading. The venue has previously provided hospitality for King George VI, and Prince Charles during his time at nearby RAF Cranwell... but now, Liz and Alan extend to all Lincolnshire diners a welcome that’s quite literally fit for a king. n

Cuisine: Fine English dining using fresh Lincolnshire ingredients. Environment: Grade II listed restaurant reopened in April 2007 following complete refurbishment and extension. Menus: À la carte menu with seven starters and main courses. Bar menu, both served lunch and evening, and set Sunday lunch menu, plus lunchtime specials and Credit Crunch concessionary menu. Closed Sunday evenings and Mondays. Don’t Miss: Monthly ‘special’ evening - previous themes have included Oriental, Fish Night, Game, Wine Tasting and Scottish Ceilidh. Additional evenings with live music from popular jazz performers. Prices: Credit Crunch menu with two or three courses for £10 or £14.50. À la carte starters and main courses from £5.45 to £23.50, Sunday lunch £12.50/£17.00/£21.50 for 1/2/3 courses.


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THE HOUBLON INN, OASBY, GRANTHAM Oasby Village, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 3NB Tel: 01529 455215 Web:

BEAUTIFUL is the best adjective with which to describe Oasby’s Houblon Inn. A Grade II listed Ancaster stone frontage and beamed ceilings in the bar and dining room, constructed around 1650, the venue offers food that takes equal precedence within one of Lincolnshire’s most picturesque inns. The main bar area seats 45 diners comfortably and was refurbished gradually by business owner Hazel Purvis upon her arrival at the venue some eight years ago. With beams, original fireplaces, flagstone flooring and low ceilings, the Houblon Inn retains all of the warmth and character one would expect from a village pub. All around the bar and restaurant is old fashioned pub ephemera and jugs of herbs & flowers picked daily from the recently landscaped garden. Menus change daily, and are entirely blackboard based - there are no printed menus and are designed by new chef Roy Ball, using local ingredients. The Houblon Inn aims to offer between six and eight starters/lighter meals, a selection of eight main courses and handful of desserts, and always offers diners two fish courses and vegetarian options each. Examples include the Mixed Salad shown here, with town Mozzarella, Peach, Prosciutto, with Mint and Lemon Dressing, and Seared Tuna Steak with Mango and


i More Information... Cuisine: Modern English with European influences. Coriander Salsa. Suppliers include Abbey Parks for the restaurant’s vegetables, Grasmere for pork, Mel Ward for lamb, Ancaster Butchers for beef, M&J Seafood for fresh Grimsby fish delivered daily, and T&J Fine Foods which Hazel describes as a travelling delicatessen. Flavours are rich and zesty, dishes are beautifully presented and service at the venue is impeccable with a friendly tight-knit village pub feel that belies the high quality food served in the restaurant. Naturally for a village pub, Hazel also offers Old Rosie, a 7.3% abv cloudy scrumpy, and Tiger, from Everards, a good old fashioned real ale to accompany. With character, excellent food and impeccable service, the Houblon Inn is undoubtedly a relaxing, warm and welcoming venue that will appeal to diners across Lincolnshire. n

Environment: Gorgeous 1600s Grade II listed gastropub environment with new landscaped gardens and a wealth of original features within conservation village. Menus: No set menus, entirely blackboard based, changing twice daily according to availability and quality of ingredients. Don’t Miss: Beautiful garden with boules and herb garden perfect for late summer dining! Beamed ceilings and open fires plus traditional country pub furnishings give the inn a real sense of character. Price: À la carte dishes from a selection of around 15 dishes, each priced individually with around five desserts.

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THE BARLEY MOW, FRISKNEY, SKEGNESS Sea Lane, Friskney, Lincolnshire PE22 8SD Tel: 01754 820883 WINNERS of Lincolnshire Pride’s Restaurant of the Year 2008, The Barley Mow is a traditional restaurant which values honest, fresh, high quality food, created with care and attention to create a brilliant dining experience every time. The restaurant features à la carte lunchtime and evening dining, plus two additional menus; a two or three course set menu from £9-£12 during lunchtime service, and a Tea for a Tenner set menu from 5.30pm to 7.00pm in the evening. The venue’s ambience is one of relaxation and comfort, friendly staff and a choice of either a contemporary, stylish dining room or traditional conservatory overlooking its mature gardens. Good food doesn’t need to be complicated, and the venue is proud to present simple dishes carefully created from quality ingredients such as Lincoln Red steaks & meat options to fresh fish, from traditional fish & chips to Simply Salmon and King Prawn dishes. A real highlight at the Barley Mow is a selection of home-made desserts, with simple, popular flavours and elegant presentation. Other recommendations take the form of specials, which are created as a result of the good relationship the restaurant has with its suppliers, who are able to venture

i More Information... suggestions as to which ingredients are particularly good that week.

Cuisine: Luxurious Lincolnshire pub restaurant serving contemporary English cuisine.

The dining room features contemporary decoration with suede seating and solid oak floors for a sophisticated, modern atmosphere in which diners can feel comfortable whilst a large, airy orangery provides extra accommodation and a substantial garden is ideal for late-summer dining.

Environment: Built in 1700s and located overlooking acres of productive Lincolnshire farmland, from which many of the restaurant’s ingredients are sourced.

Being a traditional Lincolnshire pub, the Barley Mow also features a Bateman’s ale plus two guest ales, and a choice of 20 wines and champagnes by glass or bottle.

Menus: À la carte menu. Set lunch menu. Tea for a Tenner ‘early bird’ menu. Dedicated Sunday lunch menu.

All ingredients are sourced locally, with daily deliveries of fish fresh from the sea that morning via Grimsby, fresh meat from renowned local butchers, and vegetables from the fields surrounding the venue, making the Barley Mow a genuine foody’s restaurant and a real favourite with Lincolnshire diners. n

Accolades: Last year’s Lincolnshire Pride Restaurant of the Year.

Don’t Miss: Breathtaking... sublime... and delicious! Don’t miss the Barley Mow’s home-made desserts such as the Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake pictured above! Price: Set lunch menu from £9 for two courses, £12 for three courses.


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THE MILL INN, BOSTON 148, Spilsby Road, Boston, Lincs PE21 9QN Tel: 01205 352874 Web:

QUALITY dining is assured in the newly refurbished Mill Inn on Boston’s Spilsby Road. The venue celebrated its first anniversary this year and has been warmly welcomed by Bostonians keen to sample quality English dining in the market town. Offering gastro-pub dining in a comfortable environment is the aim of the Batemans’s affiliated venue, run by front of house manager Tracy and husband Paul who runs a brigade of three additional chefs to produce traditional English food with a continental hint. The restaurant is also planning to organise society events twice a year, with tickets already selling well for the restaurant’s forthcoming New Year’s Eve party. Diners can choose from a lunchtime menu, with four starters, and ten main courses, plus three salads and steak options, or a concessionary set lunch menu with two courses from a reasonable £10.95 per head. Meanwhile, full à la carte dining means a choice of seven starters and 12 main courses, with several vegetarian options and a further steak menu with many main course options priced around the £10 mark and a selection of home made desserts too. All food is prepared freshly to order, and the restaurant also has a specials board


i More Information... changed regularly to provide additional dining options, as well as lavish special options such as the main à la carte menu’s 16oz châteaubriand. Having worked at both The Woodlands & Clay Hall Hotels in Spalding along with The Mermaid in Surfleet, Paul is acutely aware of what constitutes quality dining in Lincolnshire. Paul really enjoys working to produce innovative dishes such as the Portobello Mushroom topped with Spinach, Smokey Bacon and a Garlic and Cheddar Rarebit which is served as a starter or the popular main course Slow Roasted Belly Pork with a Poached Apple and a Quinell of Creamed Potatoes. A comfortable bar and terrace area for late summer outdoor dining ensures the venue will be thoroughly popular throughout summer, whilst real ale from the county’s most well-renowned brewery and a host of wines make the Mill a splendid option for quality summer dining. n

Cuisine: Quality gastropub food with steak options and home-made desserts. Environment: Newly refurbished bar and restaurant with plush, comfortable furnishings. Menus: À la carte menu plus lunchtime menu and additional set lunch option. Sunday lunchtime menu plus Ladies Lunch special each Wednesday with glass of wine on arrival and two courses for £10/head. Don’t Miss: New Year’s Eve black tie ball on December 31st, with bookings now being taken. Prices: Set lunch dining from £10.95 for two courses. À la carte dining with starters around £5 and main courses from £11-£15. Desserts around £5 each.

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THE QUEEN’S HEAD, KIRKBY LA THORPE Boston Road, Kirkby la Thorpe, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 9NW Tel: 01529 305743 Web:

ESTABLISHED for over 13 years in the village of Kirkby la Thorpe, The Queen’s Head is run by John Clark, author of Lincolnshire Pride’s monthly recipe page, and co-author of Lincs FM’s recent charity recipe book in aid of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. Well-regarded in the area as being faithful to Lincolnshire’s food heritage, the restaurant insists on using the freshest ingredients from the immediate vicinity to provide well-presented dishes with strong, hearty flavours. An excellent provision for vegetarians plus concessionary evenings make dining accessible for all, and Early Bird dining proves enormously popular with those choosing to dine early. Concessionary dining for fans of steak and fish are also welcome, at just £12.95 per head including a large glass of wine and two courses. “Good food doesn’t need to cost a fortune.” Says John. “Good quality ingredients aren’t rare around here… this is Lincolnshire after all.” The main menu provides the opportunity to sample one of ten starter dishes and 14 main courses, plus supplier-led specials from the restaurant’s blackboards.

i More Information... value for money has ensured it remains one of Lincolnshire’s most highly regarded restaurants, with even the hard-to-please Lincolnshire Echo Food monster heaping praise on the venue in a recent review, and as a perennial favourite in Lincolnshire Pride’s Restaurant of the Year awards. Yet, according to John, the secret is simple – good ingredients, good value and good honest food, in a newly refurbished restaurant for 2009. “We’ve freshened up the dining room with a renovation that has cost £40,000.” Says John. The new dining room and garden room supplements a refurbished exterior with new car park, and new cloakrooms and introduced into the dining room new feature fireplaces, lighter exposed beams and new soft furnishings to really lighten up the restaurant. n

Cuisine: Hearty Lincolnshire food using high quality local ingredients. Environment: Newly renovated restaurant and orangery provides comfortable dining equidistant to Boston and Sleaford. Menus: Main à la carte menu plus concessionary menus for Early Bird diners on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, plus special menus for steak and fish dishes on Thursday and Friday respectively. Sunday lunch and Sunday Evening menus, plus specials boards. Don’t Miss: New season’s menus including freshly sourced game throughout Autumn and Winter. Prices: Concessionary dining from £11.95 for two courses including glass of wine. À la carte main courses from £9.95.

Offering diners the best food and the best


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THE LINCOLN HOTEL, EASTGATE, LINCOLN Eastgate, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN2 1PN Tel: 01522 520348 Web:

LINCOLN’S city centre is home to many buildings from many different periods but none are quite as conspicuous as the contemporary Lincoln Hotel.


A stunning 1960s façade overlooking the Cathedral, the building is equally contemporary inside with a refurbishment in 2009 yielding a brilliant new interior with bright colours and soft furnishings. With casual dining in the bar and a new contemporary tapas bar adjacent to the main hotel plus a main dining room providing comfortable, versatile dining for up to 70 covers, The Lincoln Hotel uses a superb brigade of chefs to produce an enviable à la carte menu consisting of three starters, four main course options and three desserts. Dishes include the late summer’s Carpaccio of Beef with Parmesan, Rocket and Olive Oil, boasting impressive presentation and a delightful fusion of continental flavours, and Pigeon stuffed with Wild Mushrooms, Fondant Spinach and Coq-au-Vin offered as a main course option during our visit. Dessert options include the innovative Strawberry Shortbread with Vanilla Mascarpone, Sea Salt and Olive Oil. This cutting edge dining option sits comfortably


More Information... besides more traditional choices such as Chocolate Mousse with Clotted Cream Ice Cream & Lavender and demonstrates The Lincoln Hotel brigade’s ability to both present innovative dishes, as well as erring on the side of conservativism to produce traditional favourites to appeal to all Lincolnshire diners. With a sumptuous setting, interesting options for both main course and dessert options plus the availability of outside dining and a comfortable restaurant overlooked by the beautiful Cathedral, there’s no doubting the venue’s prowess as one of the county’s most sought after dining experiences. Finally, six private dining rooms and the availability of function rooms make the hotel ideal for small private dining parties and large weddings, making the venue both personal and comfortable. n

Cuisine: Contemporary British with continental accent. Environment: Contemporary, recently refurbished hotel in the centre of historic Lincoln. Menus: À la carte Cathedral View restaurant with dedicated menu available both indoors and outdoors. Additional lounge menu for casual dining. Don’t Miss: Beautifully renovated with modern furnishings and newly refurbished terrace overlooking the Cathedral. Price: À la carte starters from £4.25. Main Courses from £12.95. Desserts from £4.95. Sunday lunch menu.

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CLEY HALL HOTEL, SPALDING 22 High Street, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 1TX Tel: 01775 725157 Web:

SPALDING’S beautifully restored boutique Hotel, the Cley Hall Hotel, a Grade II listed Georgian Property, retains many of its original features and characteristics, but has been brought right up to date, with an old fashioned setting and traditional customer service beside contemporary English cuisine. An imposing hotel, set just off the town centre and overlooking the River Welland, Cley Hall can rightly boast being one of the finest hotels in the region and also features beautiful gardens, overlooked by the Terrace and The Garden Restaurant, making it an excellent prospect for late summer dining. The refurbished 15 bedroom hotel features two restaurants, and an à la carte menu which features food created from the freshest local ingredients by Head Chef and Owner Lee Clarke. Highlights include starters such as wild Mushroom & Sage Risotto, Baby Vegetables served with a Poached Egg and Hollandaise. Main course options, meanwhile, include 14oz Sirloin Steak, Duck à l’orange, and Corn Fed Chicken with Garlic Mash and Fondant Potato. To finish, a variety of home-made dishes are available which include Apple and Blackberry Crumble, Manjari Chocolate Fondant and Orange and Chocolate Polenta Cake.

i More Information... Cuisine: Contemporary British. Impeccable presentation and beautifully restored original features create a welcoming, warm and traditional atmosphere in a convenient location on one of the town’s main thoroughfares.

Environment: Sumptuous Grade II listed former coaching inn with 15 bedrooms and two restaurants.

The hotel also caters for any individual requirements, be it Weddings, Christenings, Seminars and Conferences, Birthdays, Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s Day, Murder Mystery nights, etc, and has Deborah Stokes of High Heels & Tiaras as the hotels dedicated Events Director.

Menus: À la Carte menu plus daily changing set menus.

With excellent home-cooked cuisine, an imaginative menu and enviable presentation with crisp linen and silverware, the restaurant is a superb choice for late summer al fresco dining or autumn dining in a comfortable, sumptuous environment. n

Accolades: Cley Hall Hotel holds a Two AA Star Small Hotel award, as well and a single rosette.

Don’t Miss: Beautiful garden and Georgian styling of main dining room. Sundays include weekly jazz event, with live music, dates to be confirmed. Price: À la carte starters around £8. Main Courses from £12-£22. Desserts from £6 to £8. Daily 3 course menu £15.99


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STRAITS BRASSERIE, STEEP HILL, LINCOLN 8-9 The Strait, Steep Hill, Lincoln LN2 1JD Tel: 01522 576765 Web:

THE CITY of Lincoln is replete with restaurants of all nationalities but Straits Brasserie is somewhat unique in that it’s the only Brazilian-themed restaurant with authentic cuisine from across South America. Straits Brassiere was previously known as Viela and is still in the safe hands of Richard and Miriam. The new concept tempts guests with the flavours of not only Brazil, for which Viela was renowned, but tastes of the Mediterranean and home too. The 60 cover restaurant has a new menu with daily specials, delivering a diverse variety of flavours from Britain to Brazil. Using top quality local ingredients, seasonal choices maintain the same high quality that the restaurant enjoyed in its previous incarnation. The historic building was constructed in Tudor times and features rich period beams, floors and fireplaces. Menus available at the restaurant include a main à la carte option, with eight starters, main courses and six home made desserts, plus an ‘early bird’ style concessionary menu for early diners offering a two course table d’hôte option with a glass of wine for just £10.95 per head. Diners can also enjoy concessionary one course lunchtime dining at just £4.95, with vibrant dishes and plenty of atmosphere - highly


i More Information... recommended after a morning spent shopping on nearby Steep Hill and the Bailgate. Brazilian cuisines at the venue includes Xim Xin chicken - chicken and prawns in a peanut and cashew sauce originating from Africa, and Feijoada black bean and pork sausage in a rich sauce. Food from Brazil can be characterised by its tangy, fragrant and slightly spicy flavours. Home made puddings also provide rich, spicy flavours, with notable examples including the venue’s warm carrot pudding and chocolate ice cream served with orange sauce. For the less adventurous, the venue also provides traditional English cuisine including a starter of traditional stuffed chine, sausages & mash and traditional steak with peppercorn sauce. For a taste of Brazil right in the heart of Lincoln’s historic centre, The Straight offers a wealth of flavours and plenty of character. n

Cuisine: Traditional Lincolnshire food, with Brazilian menus featuring spicy, fragrant dishes. Environment: Beautiful Tudor building with low ceilings and period detailing. Menus: À la carte evening menu with eight starters and main courses, plus eight desserts. Additional concessionary menus for early diners and concessionary lunch menus. Additional specials boards. Don’t Miss: Unusual, rich and flavoursome Brazilian dishes. Price: Average cost for three course meal is £19.90. TDH menus for early menus is £10.90 for two courses plus glass of wine. Lunchtime dining from £4.95 per course.

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Win a Meal a Month in 2010 With Lincolnshire Pride’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’ Competition Tell the whole of Lincolnshire about your favourite restaurants and you could win a meal a month throughout 2010...!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS AND WIN A MEAL FOR TWO EACH MONTH The three Lincolnshire restaurants with the most votes will win our Restaurant of the Year, Restaurant of Distinction & Highly Commended Restaurant 2009 awards

Name: ............................................................... Address: ............................................................ .......................................................................... .......................................................................... .......................................................................... Telephone: ......................................................... My Nominees for the Lincolnshire Pride Restaurant of the Year 2009 Awards are:

If you have a favourite restaurant, vote for it in our awards to give them the recognition they deserve... one lucky voter will win a meal a month in 2010 at some of the county’s best restaurants, and here’s where you could be dining if you are our lucky winner...

First Choice - Restaurant of the Year: Name & Location: ......................................................... .................................................................................... ....................................................................................

Straits Brasserie, Lincoln: Contemporary English and Brazilian cuisine in the heart of Lincoln.

The Queen’s Head, Kirkby la Thorpe: Superb dining courtesy of proprietor, and Pride’s Food Editor John Clark.

Olde Barn Inn, Tealby: Traditional pub restaurant dining in the heart of Tealby, one of Lincolnshire’s most idyllic villages.

The Castle Hotel and Knights, Westgate: Comfortable dining in Lincoln overlooked by the Cathedral.


Barley Mow, Friskney: Quality pub food from our Restaurant of the Year 2008.

Name & Location: .........................................................

The Houblon Arms, Oasby: Beautiful traditional pub with a modern twist offering superb contemporary dining.


Hart’s Hotel, Nottingham: Excellent cuisine in one of Nottingham’s most vibrant boutique hotels. Red Lion, Caythorpe: Quality dining in a friendly, traditional pub environment. The Old Bakery, Lincoln: High quality English cuisine with European influences in the centre of Lincoln. The Mill, Boston: Stylish contemporary dining in a beautiful newly refurbished bistro style pub restaurant.

Second Choice - Restaurant of Distinction: Name & Location: ......................................................... ....................................................................................

Third Choice - Highly Commended Restaurant:


CLOSING DATE FOR VOTES: Friday 25th September 2009.

Bizzarro, Boston: Italian restaurant in the centre of Boston with intimate ambience and quality cuisine. Tally Ho, Aswarby, Sleaford: Country inn praised by Egon Ronay Guide 2006 commending a policy of using locally sourced ingredients.

Return your completed entry form to: Lincolnshire Pride Restaurant of the Year Competition, Whitespace Publishers, Elm Grange Studios, East Heckington, Boston, Lincs PE20 3QF. Competition is open to anyone in the country of Lincolnshire or surrounding areas, except Lincolnshire Pride employees or their families. No cash alternative to our prize will be offered. Meals are for two people, to be booked directly with the venues themselves, subject to availability. Alcohol is offered at the discretion of each restaurant itself. The Editor’s decision as to the winner of our competition is final.



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Smoke Without Fire One year ago, Alford couple Simon and Ginny Harrop began making artisan smoked fish from their Belleau farm in the Lincolnshire Wolds. It’s been a roaring success, thanks to one secret ingredient – this month we find out that there really can be such a thing as smoke without fire Third generation fish farmers, the Harrop family’s new venture producing smoked fish from their Belleau farm has been a resounding success thanks largely to the farm’s secret weapon… Lincolnshire’s very own mineral water spring!

Belleau Smokery’s trout is less reliant on salt as a means of preservation and therefore tends to be more succulent, less salty and, especially as it’s fired under oak, also richer in the traditional, warm, smokey flavour one should expect from a smoked fish.

The couple’s family originally owned a cotton mill, but grandfather John Harrop moved down from Yorkshire to begin farming after the decline of the textile industry. The couple have around 120,000 adult fish at any one time, and historically, once they have graduated from their outdoor reservoirs which feed into the Great Eau, the fish would be supplied live to trout lakes, rivers and reservoirs for anglers, or sent to Grimsby Fish Docks to be purchased by wholesalers.

The business produces around 500 smoked fish each week, with half of those hot smoked and just as many cold smoked, a slightly different process involving filleting and removing the head and tail before salting for a slightly longer period, to accommodate the greater weight of between three to five pounds. The fish is then de-salted and smoked overnight resulting in a lovely oaky smoked flavour and a soft almost gravadlax texture. Unlike smoked salmon there’s no associated greasiness, and only prime fillets are used with the subsequent hand-slicing process selecting only the finest examples, using those pieces that do not quite make the grade cosmetically for the farm’s fishcakes and pâté.

When Ginny left behind her previous life in PR, however, the family made the decision to launch a new venture in the form of a farmbased smokery and dedicated filleting room which opened in October 2008. Fish from the earth dug ponds weighing anywhere from 1.5lbs to nearly 8lbs in weight can be salt cured before being smoked. The couple’s hot smoked trout is delightful when served with a poached egg as an alternative to the traditional breakfast kipper. Lighter and more flavoursome, it doesn’t repeat, making it a more pleasant breakfast option. It’s also superb when served with freshly baked warm granary bread, crème fraîche and dill as a cool summer treat. Dry salt cured for three hours and cold smoked, the fish is then cooked in the couple’s oak chip-fired kiln at 70°c for three to four hours before being chilled and rested to preserve it. Being a product made in artisan quantities rather than the mass quantities of supermarket-level industrial production,


Cold smoked fillets need 24 hours in the chiller ‘resting’ before they’re considered at their best and ready for processing. Then, both hot and cold smoked products are shipped to Lincolnshire restaurants, farmers’ markets, and to larger wholesalers like Grimsby’s Fish Docks and Covent Garden market to be used in London’s finest restaurants too. “Provenance is important to us.” Ginny says. “Customers can really taste the difference, and we’re keen that should always be the case. As farmers and consumers of products from farmers’ markets, we understand the market – ethically produced, quality focused artisan products made with more care and understanding than mass-produced food.”

i Lincolnshire Smoked Trout What is it? British Dish of the Year 2008 Award Winning Hot-Smoked and Cold-Smoked trout. Raised in Lincolnshire spring water, filleted and cured in Belleau. Serving Suggestions? Crusty bread and warm smoked trout with dill or chives and cremé fraiche. Use cold smoked trout as a kipper substitute for a traditional English breakfast. Stockists? The company attends Lincolnshire’s farmers’ markets. See or call 01507 480225 for details.

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Main: Cold Smoked Trout on Crusty Bread with Chives and Crème Fraîche. Below: Simon and Ginny with a 4lb rainbow trout ready for the smokery.

The farm’s secret weapon is the spring, on which the hatchery now sits. It’s an understated looking pond but the quality of the water it produces, from the edge of the chalk ridge on which the farm is situated, is equal to the likes of the Buxton, Perrier or Evian springs, and the result is happy, healthy fish that need less artificial feeding. With later summer set to produce record temperatures, there’s nothing better than the smooth, cool taste of a smoked summer snack enjoyed outside with a glass of Pimms. Skilfully produced and having spent over a year in the farm’s hatcheries and reservoirs, Belleau’s smoked trout fits the bill perfectly and proved beyond any doubt that there really can be smoke without fire! n


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TUNA TERIYAKI WITH LEMON SCENTED RICE Serves 4 For the Teriyaki sauce: 4 tbsp Sesame oil 4 tbsp Soy sauce 2 tbsp Honey 1 Lime, juice only 1 Lemon, juice only 4 Cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 Spring onions, finely sliced Handful of fresh coriander, chopped Couple of drops of Tabasco sauce Freshly ground black pepper For the brochettes: 2 Fresh tuna steaks, cut into 2cm cubes 1 Red pepper, cut into chunks 12 Button mushrooms, halved To serve: 300g Basmati rice 1 Lemon juice & rind 1 Lime juice & rind Salt & fresh ground black pepper

Prepare the rice in advance, by first rinsing in plenty of cold running water to expel any excess starch. Cook the basmati in a large pan of salted water, Drain well. Place into a bowl and season. Finely grate the lemon & lime taking care not to grate in the white pith, then squeeze out the juice. Add to the rice and mix well. Divide the rice mixture between four timbales and press down well. For the teriyaki sauce, place the oil, soy sauce, and honey into a bowl and mix together well. Add the lime & lemon juice, garlic, spring onions, coriander, Tabasco and pepper and mix together well. For the tuna brochettes, thread pieces of tuna, pepper, and mushrooms alternately onto wooden or metal skewers. In a deep dish marinade the brochettes in the teriyaki sauce, turning regularly for at least 4 hours, keep refrigerated.

Prepare the barbeque well in advance and make sure the coals are hot and glowing before you start cooking. Place the brochettes onto the grill of the barbeque and brush with the excess teriyaki sauce. Turn the brochettes occasionally, until the tuna is cooked through, and reapplying teriyaki sauce with the brush as they cook. Reheat the rice in a microwave oven, (four timbales will take around four minutes in a 1000w microwave) To serve, prepare four warmed serving plates. Un-mould the rice timbales one on each plate. Place a brochette on each plate and spoon over any remaining teriyaki sauce. Garnish with fresh lime, mint & coriander.

John Clark is Chef Patron of The Queen’s Head, Kirkby La Thorpe, Sleaford. Call 01529 305743 for reservations.

A wonderful summer barbeque dish, relish the moment! But most of all‌ Enjoy good eating - John Clark n


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Voted Restaurant of the Year 2008/2009 by the Journal and also Restaurant of the Year by the Lincolnshire Telegraph

Tel: 01724 733096 Web: Email:


Valid until 25th November 2009. Terms and conditions apply please contact us for further details. Pre-booking essential, one voucher per couple. This voucher must be presented to redeem the offer.

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

Telephone 01522 576765 Formally known as the award winning "Viela", Straits Brasserie is now serving Brazilian & Modern British Food made with Local & home grown ingredients at Value for money prices. Try Lunch for less than a fiver Menu or Early evening Special menu. Book online at or Quote LP90 when booking your table and get 20% OFF, offer ends 31st August 2009 (Terms & Conditions apply)

The Mill 148 Spilsby Road, Boston, Lincs PE21 9QN Telephone 01205 352874 We are here 7 days a week serving food at both Lunch and Dinner, we source the majority of the products we use locally, believing in the fresher the better and always use what is in season. We have a selection of menus on offer, there’s always a range of specials on the board and we can cater for any special requirements with notice. Email:

The Houblon Inn Oasby, Grantham, NG32 3NB

Telephone 01529 455215 Superb Lincolnshire inn with good old fashioned ales and blackboard menus that change twice daily, offering diners a choice of food that’s second to none. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients are used to create imaginatively designed and skilfully presented dishes to appeal to all Lincolnshire diners. A beautifully refurbished inn with original features like exposed beams, flagstone floors and open fireplaces creates an intimate, beautiful venue in which to dine with service that’s second to none. Visit the Houblon Inn or see for further details.

Located in the lovely Wold village of Tealby, The Olde Barn Inn is a warm and welcoming place to Dine. Serving locally sourced produce, meals are cooked to order and served by friendly attentive staff. Our Menu is enhanced by the Black Rock Grill which is a unique Dining experience. We are now a licensed venue for Civil Weddings, Civil Partnershops, Renewal of Vows, Naming Ceremonies and other Celebratory Services. We can offer set packages or a tailor made package to suit your needs and will be happy to discuss your requirements. RESERVATIONS ADVISABLE Closed all day Monday

The Olde Barn Inn Cow Lane, Tealby, Market Rasen LN8 3YB Tel: 01673 838304

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Woody’s... Woody’s Country Bar and Lakeside Restaurant, incorporating The Malden Function Suite... Traditional English à la carte dining. Steak night Wednesday evenings from £13. Senior Citizens lunchtime dining from just £7.75 for three courses from Monday to Thursday. Weddings, conferences and functions catered for.

Woodland Waters, Willoughby Road, Ancaster, Grantham NG32 3RT Tel: 01400 230552 Email:


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MOTORING NEWS Model launches and news from dealerships across Lincolnshire Coming Soon August: Range Rover Audi Q7 Porsche Panamera Mercedes E-Class AMG September: Range Rover Sport Discovery 4

MG brand back on UK roads with new entry-level model

October: Toyota RAV4 BMW X5/X6 M

‘Baby’ Rolls details confirmed for 2009 Rolls Royce has confirmed the exact specifications of its forthcoming ‘baby’ model, the 220EX. The car will be badged the Silver Ghost and will be powered by a new 6.6 turbo V12 engine with more than 500bhp channelled through an 8-speed gearbox. It will cost less than £150,000 when it goes on sale this winter. Modest... by Rolls Royce’s standards!

• Affordable off-road fun at just £13,500. • Ideal second car undercuts MX5 by £5,000. • Fabric soft-top, mid-engined with rear wheel drive. The great British MG is set to make a return to back on Lincolnshire’s roads after the company was rescued from bankruptcy by China’s Nanjing Automobile Company. The group brought the name and the company’s models’ designs, and the new MG will still be

manufactured from Longbridge in the West Midlands. The new model is cheap and cheerful, undercutting rivals and providing cheap second-car thrills from a traditional name. The car will arrive in showrooms next month powered by a 1.8 16v engine.

BMW launches Freelander rival This is the new car that BMW hopes will topple the Freelander from its position as the market leader in small 4x4 vehicles for families requiring moderate off-road abilities.

The X1 will be released with either two or four wheel drive systems and 2.0 diesel or 2.0 turbocharged petrol engines with six-speed gearboxes. The car will be priced from £22,660 to £29,000 when it’s released in showrooms in October.

In Brief... • ROSPA has just announced record lows in the number of people killed and injured in crashes. In 2008, 2,538 people were killed on the roads (down from 2,946 in 2007) and 26,029 people were seriously injured (down from 27,774 in 2007). The total number of road casualties was 230,884 (down from 247,780 in 2007).

New flagship for Lincolnshire’s Volvo dealers Super-safe-saloon maker Volvo is preparing to this month launch its new S80 flagship into Lincolnshire’s dealers. Its latest BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class challenger will feature a new 2.4V5 diesel engine delivering over 45mpg on a combined route of town and country driving, plus a tiny 1.6-engine powered unit as part of the firm’s environmentally aware Drive-E range. The car will offer soft leather seats, and unprecedented levels of comfort when it’s released next month. Expect to pay around £23,000 when the new models appear in showrooms.

This Month: Porsche’s new super-saloon and off-roader range. 137

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Porsche All Change


Historically, Porsche has produced some of the World’s finest sports cars with powerful engines and pin sharp handling. But times are changing and the company is now producing luxury saloons & 4x4s too. Here, we talk to Lincolnshire enthusiast Phil Woolley to find out why Words: Rob Davis.

Founded in 1931 and producing 54,000 cars annually, there are few motoring brands which have the reputation or kudos of Porsche. The decadent 1980s was the brand’s heyday, with its iconic 911 sports car, which first went on sale in 1963, the ultimate symbol of yuppie excess for the new loadsamoney class. However, we now live in more austere times and Porsche’s sales of late have been hit hard, with sales of the 911 down more than 18% and sales of its 4x4 Cayenne model down 25%. The whole world recoiled in shock when the manufacturer announced its intention to produce a luxury 4x4 model, and the Cayenne has been criticised for its controversial look, but overall response to the model has been positive, and the company’s Range Rover Sport competitor is still selling well in the US, where the model accounts for over 36% of sales.


In 2009, when the motoring industry has been hit hard and sales projections aren’t looking promising for the new registration period, the company is once again making a bold move in launching its new luxury saloon, the Panamera. A four-door saloon based on the 911, Porsche’s new model will compete with other luxury sports saloons such as Mercedes’s CLS, Audi’s RS6 and BMW’s M5, blending supercar performance with practicality and offering four seater accommodation to render the vehicle as suitable for the school run and business trips as weekends cruising around Monte Carlo. Even more alarming, the manufacturer has just created its first ever diesel engine... which will fit into both the Panamera and the Cayenne. In an age when Porsche can produce a diesel... and fit it into a family car... few things can be considered certain, yet, Lincolnshire Porsche

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Not content with making a 4x4 and a saloon, the company has now created a diesel engine for its range! enthusiast Phil Woolley is certain the company’s new model will prove a success, and to prove just how capable the brand’s 2009 range is, he offered to show us around his Horncastle dealership. The team at 911 Sport, Phil’s business, employs a team with a combined 70 years experience and provides both new and used sales, servicing and accessories for both newer and classic models. The dealership moved to new premises near Horncastle four years ago, with 20 years experience in the brand and is the area’s only Porsche independent dealership. Porsche Boxster Launched in 1996, the Boxster is Porsche’s entry level model ‘for the masses’. At just £34,000 on the road, it’s well within the reach of anyone considering a BMW, Mercedes or Audi, and offers two-seater open-top thrills with even the modest 2.9 model reaching 60mph in under 6 seconds and a blistering top speed of 160mph.

Main: Porsche’s entry level Boxster Below: The four-door, four-seater Panamera.


Porsche Cayman Essentially a hard-top Boxster, the Cayman is powered by the same engines but costs a little more, making it a less popular model, especially given it’s ‘almost but not quite’ similarity to its 911 stablemate.

model is joined by the S, which offers more power, the 4, which offers all-wheel drive and Turbo models plus Targa (glass roof) and Convertible models, and all different permutations combining each of these facets. To make matters even more confusing, the range is topped off by GT2 and GT3 models which are biased towards track racing. Each of the 13 models are available with manual and automatic gearboxes, and prices range from a modest £62,000 to £129,000 for the GT2.

Standard equipment on the Boxster and Cayman includes CD player, Alcantara seats, air conditioning and electric hood, windows and mirrors, but climate control, cruise control, heated seats, parking sensors and sat nav are all optional extras.

Performance is as impressive as you’d imagine but the ‘basic’ 911 is just one second slower than Boxster that costs almost half the price. The 911’s dizzying array of options may overwhelm many drivers, for whom a smaller, simpler, open-top Boxster is a better proposition.

Porsche 911 The staple of the company’s range, today’s 911 is more sophisticated than ever, offering greater driver comfort and also a range of driver options including active suspension and racing specification packs. The 911 range is horrendously confusing - the standard Carrera

Again, equipment levels are similar to the Boxster and Cayman, but the 911 includes touch-screen Porsche Communication Management and part-leather seats as standard. Sat nav, electric heated leather seats and TV tuner are all optional.

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PORSCHE IN 2010 Boxster/Cayman Standard Model: 2.9V6. Top speed: 163mph. 0-60mph: 5.9secs. Economy (urban): 20.8mpg. £33,998/£26,479. S: 3.4V6. Top Speed: 170mph. 0-60mph: 5.3secs. Economy (urban): 20.8mpg. £40,846/£44,492. Porsche Cayenne Porsche’s first off-roader was an impressive feat - the driving dynamics of an off-roader are completely different to that of a sports car and the model was initially criticised for its handling and ungainly looks.

Porsche Panamera Essentially a 911 with an extra couple of doors, the Panamera will compete directly with Mercedes’ coupé/saloon the CLS, Maserati’s Quattroporte, BMW’s M5 and Audi’s S8.

Nonetheless, the Cayenne’s sales figures have silenced all of its critics, with prices from £38,000 to £90,000 and 0-60mph performance anywhere from 8.3secs to 4.8secs.

Powered by 4.8V8 engines and available with optional 4x4 and turbocharged engine, top-end models will reach 60mph in less than 5 seconds and sprint to 180mph, unlike its electronically limited rivals. However, at £96,000, it’s a pricey model in a competitive sector that needs to triumph against some of the world’s most respected brands.

Its chief rivals, the Audi Q7 V12TDi, BMW X5 4.8 and new Range Rover Sport 5.0V8, are directly comparable in economy and luxury but none can match the Porsche’s pace. Off-road users will inevitably plump for the Range Rover, with the Q7 and X5 more road biased, but the Cayenne will still prove a comfortable, towcar when one needs to move horseboxes. It’s also available with optional Off-Road Technology Package which includes low-range gears for serious off-roading, limited slip differential and body protection. Our pick of the bunch is the forthcoming diesel, which offers luke-warm performance but better economy and plenty of torque.

With a facelifted range for autumn 2009 and an all new sector to compete in, life is tough for Porsche, but the firm is resilient. Die-hard Porsche fans and dedicated enthusiasts like Phil Woolley are determined to maintain the brand’s presence in the sector. “It’s an amazing brand.” says Phil. “The name Porsche evokes excitement even in those who aren’t car enthusiasts. It represents fun, luxury, performance and passion, and its new models will build on the manufacturer’s success throughout next year. n

911 Standard Model: 3.6V6. Top speed: 180mph. 0-60mph: 4.9secs. Economy (urban): 20.3mpg. £62,899 S: 3.8V6. Top Speed: 188mph. 0-60mph: 4.7secs. Economy (urban): 18.2mpg. £70,190. Turbo: 3.6V6. Top Speed: 193mph. 0-60mph: 3.9secs. Economy (urban): 15mpg. £99,679. Cayenne Standard Model: 3.6V6. Top speed: 141mph. 0-60mph: 8.1secs. Economy (urban): 21.9mpg. £37,158. Diesel: 3.0V6. Top speed: 133mph. 0-60mph: 8.3secs. Economy (comb): 30.4mpg. £39,718. Turbo S: 4.8V8. Top speed: 174mph. 060mph: 4.8secs. Economy (comb): 14.9mpg. £89,683. Panamera Standard Model: 4.8V8. Top speed: 177mph. 0-60mph: 5.6secs. Economy (urban): TBC. £72,266. Turbo: 4.8V8. Top speed: 188mph. 0-60mph: 4.2secs. Economy (urban): TBC. £95,298.


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The old adage of it being better to travel than to arrive is all too true this month as the county’s most prestigious motor dealers celebrate the arrival of the 59 plate with a wealth of new models. We’ve divided our preview into Sports, 4x4 and Executive sections and reveal the latest models due in showrooms during the last half of the summer and into the autumn months. A general trend in motoring throughout 2009 has been the arrival of leaner, greener models with even prestige brands trying to reassure their motors are clean and economical. Also this season, we see a wealth of new small


4x4s from names like Volvo, Toyota and BMW, with a move towards small, capable but economical models. Those seeking something a little sportier, however, will still enjoy a host of new models from this season’s most renowned manufacturers BMW releases a wealth of M-Sport models whilst Aston Martin, Porsche, Bentley and Mercedes all launch sporty new saloons which aim to blend practicality with performance. Manufacturers are reporting a steady recovery in the market, but there are still significant savings available, so there’s never been a better time to rediscover your local Lincolnshire motor dealer. n

Hannah Buxton and Kelly Emerson of Listers BMW in one of the brand’s new BMW 120M Sport Convertible models - just right for enjoying the late summer sunshine!

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SPORTS CARS: We love: Mini’s Cooper S JCW soft top for later summer fun. Plus, Jaguar’s hearty new 5.0 unit and the first biofuel-Bentley! This month’s most desirable sports car doesn’t cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, and doesn’t break the bank to run. The Mini Cooper Convertible, owned by and sold via BMW, has been relaunched with a 1.6 flagship model that reaches 148mph and 60mph in under seven seconds. It’s undeniable cute, as cars go, but at £23,000, is straying into BMW Z4 & Madza MX5 territory. Substantially cheaper but arguably as desirable is MG’s new model, the MG 135, available from just over £13,000. With a 1.8 engine, but lacking the Mini’s turbocharged engine, it’s an economical alternative. Family cars receiving the sports car treatment this season are Vauxhall’s new Insignia VXR, whose 2.8V6 with 4x4 for extra grip blasts to 60mph in less than 6 seconds and onto 155mph. Meanwhile, Ford’s Mondeo flagship with its 2.5T engine reaches 60mph in 7 seconds whilst able to carry five passengers with a huge boot on the estate derivative. This autumn will see a head-to-head fight between two of the UK’s best-selling family sports models. At the less practical end of the scale, Jaguar/Land Rover recently debuted its new

5.0V8 engine, available in a facelifted XK which now borrows the company’s trademark design features carried over from the XF saloon, such as its rotary gearchange that rises from the centre console. The new XK can boast a 0-60mph time of under 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 155mph, with a choice of coupé and convertible models from £59,000 to £78,000. Aston Martin has recently released its range topping V12 Vantage - the fastest model in the company’s history, achieving over 500bhp, plus the new 6.0 DBS, with a top speed of over 190mph. Equally rapid is Audi’s new RS8, which this month gains a 5.2V10 engine to rocket the car to nearly 200mph. The first choice for those with deep pockets, and following the old adage that ‘proles drive Rolls but gents drive ‘Bents’, Bentley’s new Continental Supersports this month makes its debut, as the company’s fastest model ever, reaching 60mph in under 4 seconds, making the most of a six litre, Volkswagen sourced engine... thankfully, for those dreading the fuel consumption, it can run on biofuel... though that hardly offsets the whopping £160,000 initial purchase price!

From top, left to right: Mini’s new convertible range, with its flagship Cooper S Works model. Jaguar’s luxurious XK GT model. Audi’s R8.


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LUXURIOUS 4X4s AND SUVs We love: New Land Rover family, including economical new Freelander 2 with stop/start. Volvo’s super-safe XC60 off-roader and BMW’s new sports 4x4s. Selling cars in the 4x4 market is tough at the moment, and that’s why we’ve seen a sea-change in the form of more economical 4x4 vehicles. Lexus is enjoying success with its innovative electric-powered RX450, whilst Land Rover’s Freelander now has stop/start technology which saves around 20% fuel wastage around town by cutting the engine out when the vehicle is stationary. The company this month also releases new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models and a fresh-faced Discovery with a new interior and the group’s new 5.0V8 engine. Meanwhile Toyota’s RAV4 family-friendly 4x4, is also available in diesel automatic and 4x2 versions for the first time. New this month is Volvo’s new XC60, the comparable model to Land Rover’s Freelander and BMW’s X3 meaning competition in the sector is stiffer than ever, offering buyers of small off-roaders a better choice than ever before. All vehicles in the class are priced from £25-£35,000 and use engines from 2.0-3.0, providing limited off-road abilities and running costs comparable to family saloon cars.

Volvo’s XC60 is attempting to steal the small 4x4 sector on the back of the success of its larger 7-seater sibling, the XC90. It will offer the same road-biased handling, 2.5 turbo engines and sophisticated safety features such as radar-guided cruise control - a first in the sector - and automatic braking in the event of a potential collision. Rather less rugged are BMW’s road-biased M-Sport X5, with a new V8 engine, and an M-Sport version of its X6 off-road coupé crossover vehicle. Each offers a firmer ride, four wheel drive and the option of seven seats for a road-biased utility vehicle package. Audi’s Q7 also receives a facelift this month, with styling revisions, brake-energy recycling technology to reduce emissions and a cleaner 3.0TDi engine. Finally, Nissan this month launches its new range of Infinity-badged luxury models, and first into our showrooms is the Infinity FX, priced from £42,600 to £58,300 with meaty V8 engines to compete directly with BMW’s X5 and the new Range Rover.

Clockwise: The 2010MY Range Rover, BMW’s M-Sport X5 off-roader and Toyota’s facelifted RAV4.

BMW’s 760iL flagship, the new Mercedes E-Class and Volvo’s S80.

SUPER SALOONS: We love: Sports saloons from Aston and Porsche, super saloons and luxurious models from BMW and Audi. Using the companies’ sporting heritage, in a modern practical body style, Aston’s Rapide and Porsche’s Panamera both represent two new entries into the executive express sector with 4.2V8 and 3.6 turbo engines, to compete head-to-head with BMW’s M5, which this month gains a GT sibling like Mercedes’s CLS the half coupé/half saloon vehicle that created the class. Two beautiful new mid-range saloons will make life tough for this month’s new Audi A5 Sportback; the E-Class saloon with its flagship 5.0V8 AMG, and Jaguar’s sublime XF, with its contemporary, designer influences. The XF this month gain’s Jaguar’s new 5.0V8 and will compete directly with these, and M-Sport models from BMW, as well as Audi’s V8 models. Also wading into the fight is Volvo’s new V8 engined S80 flagship saloon, with a new diesel version, a contemporary cabin, impressive safety credentials and more creature comforts than the well-appointed model it replaces. n


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The Queen’s Head Inn Kirkby La Thorpe, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 7HD 01529 305743

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

The Red Lion High Street, Grantham, Lincs NG32 3DN 01400 272632

Stapleford Park Country House Hotel Stapleford, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 2EF 01572 787522

Tongs Cookshop E.J. Tong & Sons (Retail) 1 High Street, Spilsby, Lincs PE23 5JH 01790 752548

Starglaze Windows and Conservatories Tritton Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN6 7RY 01522 512020 Strait Brasserie 8-9 The Strait, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 1JD 01522 576765 Streaks Ahead 1 Tattershall Road, Woodhall Spa, Lincs LN10 6TT 01526 353757 Stuart Beagles Chimney Sweep The Forge, Frithville Rd, Boston PE22 0SP 01205 751133 Style Floors Elm Grange, East Heckington, Lincs 08454 210555 Sunseeker Yachts

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

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

Quest-eeze The Control Tower, Learoyd Road, Hemswell Cliff DN21 5TJ 01427 667163

The Bag Shop 4 Cheyne Lane, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2AX 01780 754794

Royle Plant and Groundwork 1c Chequergate House, Chequergate, Louth, Lincs LN11 0LH 01507 600423 Ruskington Dental Practice 37 High Street, Ruskington, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 9DY 01526 832922

The Mill Restaurant Spilsby Road, Boston, Lincs PE21 9QN 01205 352874 The Old Bakery Burton Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN1 3LB 01522 576057

T&C Robinson 01780 755378

Revival Beds Beehive Street, Retford, Notts DN22 6JE 01777 869 669

The Little Chocolatier Goose Lodge, Orby Road, Skegness, Lincs PE24 5JD 01754 811598

Simply Yours & Naomi Rose 26 South Street, Boston, Lincs PE21 6HT 01205 367056

Portico 344 High Street, Lincoln, Lincs LN5 7DQ 01522 589589

Revesby Show The Estate Office, Boston, Lincs PE22 7EB 01507 568260

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

The Boathouse Restaurant Farndon, Newark, Notts NG24 3SX 01636 676578 The Bostonian Private Wing Pilgrim Hospital, Sibsey Road, Boston, Lincs PE21 9QS 01205 360606 The Bustard Inn and Restaurant 44 Main Street, South Rauceby, Lincs NG34 8QG 01529 488250

Safe As Houses Hill Top Cottage, Main Street Roughton, Woodhall Spa, Lincs, LN10 6YJ 01507 526298

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

Scott Trailers 33 West End, Walcott, Lincoln, Lincs LN4 3ST 01526 860317

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

Turnbull & Co. Ltd. 95 South Gate, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 7RQ 01529 303025 Unique Finish 17 Whittle Close, Boston, Lincs PE21 7SD 07530 554718 Urban Angels 14 Courtyard Mews, Grantham Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN5 0EU 01522 811009 Valerie Tall Wedding Studio 10 School Court, Brigg, South Humberside, DN20 8JW 01652 657744 Victorian Fireplaces 9 Bishops Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 4JZ 01522 536373 Villeroy & Boch Wellbet Bridal Gowns Wellbet Farm, Collingham Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN6 9JB 01522 868469 Westlands 19B West Street, Boston, Lincs PE21 8QE 01205 364850 What Box 81 Rectory Road, Ruskington, Lincs NG34 9AE 01526 830687 White and Sentence The Temple, Eastgate, Sleaford,

Lincs NG34 7DR 01529 302037 White Hart Hotel Bailgate, Lincoln, Lincs LN1 3AR 01522 526222 Wilcox & Carter 32 Wide Bargate, Boston, Lincs PE21 6RX 01205 362719 Willow Farm Willow Farm, Thorpe Fendykes, Skegness, Lincs PE24 4QH 01754 830316 Winteringham Fields Winteringham, North Lincs DN15 9ND 01724 733096 Witham Hall Preparatory School Witham on the Hill, Bourne, Lincs PE10 0JJ 01778 590222 Woodland Water Willoughby Road, Ancaster, Grantham, Lincs NG32 3RT 01400 230056


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Lincoln Chamber Music Festival Director Heading up the City of Lincoln’s International Festival of Chamber Music this year is Creative Director Ashley Wass. This year the event marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mendelssohn, with 16 events staged across the city from 14th to 21st August.


Lincoln hasn’t succumbed to tourism in the way that some of our other great cathedral cities have, and that makes it all the more appealing.


Were you born and raised in Lincolnshire? I was born in Skegness and spent my early childhood there. I moved away to attend a specialist music school when I was eleven and then on to London at eighteen. My parents still live in the county and it’s always felt very much like home to me. What do you do and what inspires you most about your job? I’m a classical pianist. I’ve always loved music and it’s an amazing privilege to make a living from doing something I’m truly passionate about. My concerts have taken me to all kinds of fascinating places and I’ve met many wonderful characters on my travels. For the past three years I’ve also been Artistic Director of the Lincoln and Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival. It’s such a rewarding position to hold and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to give something back culturally to the county in which I was born. Whereabouts in the County do you live? My parents live in Skegness. I love being there in the winter when it’s quiet; it’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of London. Which is your favourite area of Lincolnshire and why? I think the Bailgate area of Lincoln is hard to beat. Lincoln hasn’t succumbed to tourism in the way that some of our other great cathedral cities have, and that makes it all the more appealing... and of course, Lincoln Cathedral itself is one of the absolute gems of British architecture. What are your most vehemently held likes and dislikes? I love returning home after a period of travelling; there’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed. My greatest passion is Liverpool Football Club; I’ve supported them all my life. My most vehemently held dislike has to be Manchester. Apologies to all Mancunians, but I lived there for seven years and honestly can’t think of a single positive thing to say about the place! How do you spend your spare time? I’m a big mountain walker/climber. I find being in the hills both humbling and inspiring, and I love the sense of solitude to be found in the wild. My wife and I are doing a charity trek to Everest Base Camp later in the year (details at and I can’t wait. Whereabouts in the County should our readers go to relax? Gibraltar Point on a cold, blustery, wintery afternoon can be a magical place. Can you recommend a favourite Lincolnshire restaurant? There are several lovely restaurants close to Lincoln Cathedral that I’ve frequented with other musicians during the annual chamber music festival. Name your favourite book, film and music. I’d say Margaret Attwood is probably my favourite author. Bill Bryson is also an easy, charming and entertaining read. I’m a big movie fan and I’ll watch pretty much any genre, but my all-time number one film has to be The English Patient. I rarely listen to music – after all I do spend most of my time playing it! However, I love jazz and I usually have some Oscar Peterson, Nina Simone or Ella Fitzgerald close to hand. I can’t stand the kind of talentless junk you find in the charts. What will your epitaph read? I’m still hoping someone discovers a recipe for immortality. Finally... tell us something good! The Lincoln and Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival runs throughout August at venues in and around Lincoln. We have an amazing line-up of world-class musicians coming from all over the globe and it should be a wonderfully rich and entertaining programme. n Full details can be found at

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