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Restaurant of the Year We name the best restaurants of 2009 LincolnshirePride - The High Society Magazine - November 2009 - Issue 88

Get Ready for Christmas • Seasonal Gift Guide • Christmas Dining • Party Season Outfits • Handbags & Shoes


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13 Lincolnshire’s best new properties.

27 Festive Fundraising Christmas cheer in Lincoln.


124 We reveal the winner of 2009’s Restaurant of the Year. November’s edition of Lincolnshire Pride, as the whole county begins to prepare for the forthcoming Christmas season. In this edition we exitedly reveal the winner of our 2009 Restaurant of the Year competition, voted for exclusively by readers of Lincolnshire Pride.

78 Festive fashions - gorgeous gowns, plus shoes and bags.

Also, we’re delighted to feature the best Christmas present ideas for both gentlemen and ladies, with quirky, innovative gift ideas and luxurious tokens to prove that it really is better to give than to receive.

150 High Society - the best events from across the county.

In addition, we feature the best cameras with which to capture your Christmas, and glamorous fashion ideas, evening bags & shoes, plus winter perfumes to ensure you look and feel wonderful when attending this season’s parties. We also meet Lincolnshire MP Douglas Hogg to discuss life after Westminster, enjoy a meal at South Rauceby’s Bustard Inn, enjoy a visit to Lincoln, and preview the new flagship Jaguar in our Motors section. Our best wishes for a wonderful month! ROB DAVIS EXECUTIVE EDITOR

144 Motors - Jaguar’s new flagship sports saloons.

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110 Eating Out - South Rauceby’s Bustard Inn.

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Pass on Lincolnshire Pride for others to enjoy or take it along to your local doctors’ or dentists’ reception area. After everyone has enjoyed the magazine, please ensure it is recycled!

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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 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. 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.

The Bostonian Private Wing, Pilgrim Hospital, Sibsey Road, Boston, Lincs PE21 9QS Telephone: 01205 360606 / Facsimile: 01205 311442 • ISO 9001:2008 accredited

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

Bomber County’s RAF Tribute

The eagle has landed at Anwick Forge, near Sleaford. The company recently completed a spectacular commission in the form of a magnificent polished stainless steel eagle perched, with its wings aloft, on top of a globe of the world that constitutes the central feature of the RAF Association’s Remembrance Garden. The garden provides a unique memorial to all those who have served in the Royal Air Force and was officially opened in September by HRH The Princess Royal in a moving ceremony that included a Spitfire from Coningsby and the Red Arrows from Scampton. The imposing hand crafted monument is a depiction of the RAFA’s much-loved emblem, which presented its own challenges as that emblem had previously only ever been depicted in two dimensions. “We therefore had to exercise a degree of artistic licence in realising, for example, the eagle’s back as well as his overall body shape” explains Tim Mackereth, one of the owners of Anwick Forge. “But we also had to keep constantly in mind that it needed to be as faithful a representation as possible – quite a difficult balancing act to achieve.”

In Brief... • Work begins on Scunthorpe’s £21m Pods sport and leisure complex as Lincolnshire Pride goes to press. It will comprise a 25m swimming pool, gym, dance studio and six court sports hall plus café and crèche. Work is expected to finish spring 2011.

Stop Press... Following the recent upgrade and redevelopment of Lincoln’s Birchwood Centre, solicitors McKinnells this month move into a new, purpose built office at Unit 3A Birchwood Centre on Jasmin Road. The firm can offer a full range of legal services to the Birchwood and Doddington Park areas, with a large free car park avoiding need for local clients to drive into the city.

Farm Shop for Sleaford Lincolnshire town gains new farm shop... and some great new independent food retailers! Lincolnshire butcher Gary Simpson is just one of the retailers at Sleaford’s newest farm shop venue - the Four Seasons Farm Shop on the town’s London Road.

The butchery opened alongside Docherty's Fruit & Veg and bakers Wilcox, alongside Four Seasons’s own cut flowers & house plant and delicatessen concessions.

Based at the Four Seasons Garden Centre, the new farm shop offers a new butchery franchise headed up by Gary and his team, a bakery and fruit & vegetable retailer, with the latest, freshest food for residents of Sleaford and the surrounding area.

The butchery has an amazing 12 metres of chiller cabinets, and attracted over 400 customers in its first day alone.

“The new farm shop has taken 18 months to plan and build, but opened on 1st October.” says Gary. “It’s a superb place and has already proved really popular.”

The shops will run alongside Gary’s Heckington shop, and will sell his speciality haslets, and pies, all made freshly on the premises, plus quality convenience foods, as well as beef, pork and lamb, and Gary’s seven varieties of Lincolnshire sausages, making it a must-visit venue for keen foodies.

Send your Lincolnshire News to: Lincolnshire Pride, Elm Grange Studios, East Heckington, Boston, Lincolnshire PE20 3QF 6

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Cleethorpes has won the Best in Britain award and a further Gold Award at the national Britain in Bloom awards. Results were announced last month at an Awards Ceremony in Torquay. Colin Eastwell of North East Lincolnshire Council says; “Cleethorpes is the pearl of the East Coast and this will certainly bring the community together. It’s great for the town, and the whole area of North East Lincolnshire. We’re on a roll!” The Judges’ comments were very approving, noting that the awards were well deserved.

They were particularly complimentary about the overall cleanliness of the resort, saying they hadn’t seen anywhere as clean as Cleethorpes. Alan Fletcher, in charge of parks and open spaces in the town added: “Everybody’s absolutely ecstatic! This reflects so well on the whole area and on the work of Neighbourhood Services in particular, in maintaining such standards of cleanliness.” Both Grimsby and Cleethorpes were also successful in their categories at the regional level in East Midlands, winning Gold Awards, earlier in the month.

Spalding Optician Sees Landmark Anniversary Spalding opticians, Molsom Optometrists have recently reached their first anniversary of trading from their Donington practice. In a double celebration, they have also welcomed their 1,000th customer. The company, which is partnered with Molsom and Associates in Spalding, has built its reputation on providing a friendly customer focus, professional advice and thorough eye examinations. Cheryl Clark, branch Partner says “It is fantastic to have been here in Donington for a year, serving the local community and ensuring that professional eye care is within reach for everyone.”

“This year has flown by and we’ve welcomed many new clients. I am sure the free parking outside the practice has helped.” “We are committed to delivering the very best eye care both here and in Spalding, a principle which has seen us grow in size and reputation despite competition from the high street.”


Blooming Cleethorpes is ‘Best in Britain’

Stress is extremely damaging. Many don’t realise how much pressure they inflict on themselves.


Free stress clinic is open to all this month... Sleaford’s Carre Street Clinic is this month offering a free Stress and Anxiety workshop to support this month’s National Stress Awareness Day, to be held on Saturday 21st November. According to a recent BUPA survey more than a third of the population find work their biggest worry but other common causes of stress include relationship difficulties or a divorce, serious illness in the family or bereavement. “Stress is insidious and damaging.” Says the Carre Street Clinic’s Marianne Langley. “Many people don’t realise how much pressure they inflict on themselves. At Carre Street Clinic we want to encourage people to reduce this.” The workshop will give participants the opportunity to learn about a range of techniques and therapies useful in combating the negative effects of stress. The workshop is free but spaces are limited so book early to reserve your space by calling 01529 414121.

“We have recently welcomed our 1000th customer, which we believe is a testimony to our core values of delivering time honoured levels of customer service, as opposed to a speed driven process service.” For information call 01775 713366 or see

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

150 years of trading in Louth

~ A Louth-based firm of surveyors and auctioneers this month celebrates over one hundred and fifty years of trading. Estate agency and auction house John Taylors was founded in Louth in 1859. Ann Laverack of the company says: “It’s fascinating to think that when the firm began the Crimean War had barely ended and the electric light bulb hadn’t even been invented!” With many household names disappearing from the high street it is encouraging that a small business should still be going strong after all these years.”

I couldn’t have completed the book without the help of so many green-fingered Lincolnshire people!


Floral Author Sally Launches New Book In Lincolnshire Sally Page, author of The Flower Shop series of books, launches her new book, The Flower Shop in your Garden, at Navenby’s Potting Shed flower shop Floral author Sally Page has been inspired by Lincolnshire florists to create her new book, which the author will launch in the county as Lincolnshire Pride goes to press. Sally Page, author of the Flower Shop series of books, signed copies of her new book, The Flower Shop in your Garden,

at The Potting Shed flower shop in Navenby in late October and praised the work of Lincolnshire’s top florists. “I couldn’t have completed the book without the help of so many green-fingered local people, it seemed the perfect spot for a signing.” said Sally shortly before the launch.

Send your Lincolnshire News to: Lincolnshire Pride, Elm Grange Studios, East Heckington, Boston, Lincolnshire PE20 3QF 8

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The fifth book in the Flower Shop series is packed with the possibilities that exist in English gardens for beautiful floral arrangements.

Codrington, author of The Photographer’s Garden, Philip Martinson and Stephen Hodgkinson of Treehouse Interiors, and even that of a local school boy who grows ferns for his dinosaurs to play in!

Sally’s aim in the beautifully illustrated 95 page hardback book was to show what could Sally was also helped by be created with the foliage, Stamford florist Miss Pickering flowers and who was on plants that hand to help “I didn’t intend grew in your decorate garden when sculptor Sarah to include two you view them Coward’s stand flower shops in with a florist’s at Burghley eye. Lincolnshire, but Horse Trials. “The florists’ Sally first met they were both tips I include Becky and Miss so gorgeous I are practical Pickering when and simple, you she was writing couldn’t leave will not need to her previous them out!” have a cutting book, Flower garden to try Shops and them out, nor will you strip your Friends, which told of the borders of all your favourite secret lives of twelve flowers.” Sally says. beautiful flower shops around the country. “Along the way I take advice from other florist friends we “I hadn’t intended to include meet, such as Becky Macnab, two flower shops from owner of The Potting Shed. Lincolnshire” Sally confessed, Becky not only helped with “But they were both such ideas but directed me to some exceptionally gorgeous shops beautiful local gardens, that I could not leave one of including those of Emma them out!”

THE PERFECT WINTER READ... The Flower Shop series are published by Fanahan Books, a company set up by Sally and her partner, Billy Kelly.

Christmas present, with the whole of the winter season to read up and gain some inspiration ready for Spring!

The author was initially told by mainstream UK publishers that her book, The Flower Shop, was “Too English” and that she was “Not famous enough!”

The first print of Sally’s Flower Shop book met with great success around the country and this encouraged her to go for a reprint. Now Sally’s books are sold in Waterstone’s, Kew, RHS bookshops and, of course, through flower shops. The Flower Shop in your Garden retails for £9.99.

Her titles include The Flower Shop, The Flower Shop At Christmas, The Flower Shop & Friends, Flower Shop Secrets, and Love Pink... each of which would make an ideal

For information on the author see

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This Month... • Welcome Home to a Grade II * listed Grantham farmhouse. • Capture your Christmas: featured cameras and photo tips. • The latest Sound and Vision technology for your home. •In the Garden with Paul Gray and Lorraine Bellis.

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Baumber House, Baumber

Guide Price £1.35m

A fine six bedroom country house set in approx 19 acres • Reception hallway • Dining room • Breakfast kitchen • Lounge • Snug • Sun room • Utility • Study • 6 bedrooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms • Separate shower room • Extensive outbuildings • Office suite with kitchen and WC • Stables, loose boxes, kennels • Crew yard X 2, vehicle storage • Walled patio, pond • Private aspect

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

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Hall Hall Farm, Farm, Snarford Snarford An exceptional An exceptional country country househouse with equestrian with equestrian facilities facilities set in 15 setacres in 15 acres room •room Study • Study • Reception • Reception hallwayhallway • Drawing • Drawing room •room Family • Family room •room Conservatory • Conservatory • Kitchen • Kitchen • Dining • Dining room •room Utility• •Utility Morning • Morning • 6 Bedrooms • 6 Bedrooms – master – master with ensuite with ensuite bathroom bathroom • Family • Family bathroom bathroom • Shower • Shower room •room Indoor • Indoor swimming swimming pool, gym, pool,changing gym, changing roomsrooms • Stable • Stable block, block, menage, menage, barns barns • 7 Paddocks • 7 Paddocks • Double • Double garagegarage • Private • Private aspect, aspect, landscaped landscaped gardens gardens

Contact: Contact: Lincoln Lincoln OfficeOffice Olympic Olympic House, House, Doddington Doddington Road,Road, Lincoln, Lincoln, LN6 3SE LN6 3SE Telephone: Telephone: 0152201522 508900 508900 Email:Email:

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Castle Farm Swayfield

Guide price £750,000

A Superb Grade II* Listed 17th Century Former Farmhouse • Reception Hall • Cloakroom • Dining Room • Inner Hall • Sitting Room • Study • Utility • Breakfast Kitchen • Principal Bedroom • 3 Further Bedrooms 1 En Suite Shower Room • Shower Room • Bathroom • Double Garage plus an Oak Framed Double Garage • Gardens • Outbuildings

St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2DE Telephone: 01780 484520 Fax: 01780 484521 Web: Email:

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The The Old Old Rectory, Rectory, Sotby Sotby

Reduced Reduced priceprice on application on application

A wellAmodernised well modernised five bedroom, five bedroom, three bathroom, three bathroom, centrally centrally heated, heated, doubledouble glazed, glazed, early 19th earlycentury 19th century detached detached Rectory Rectory standing standing in good in size goodgrounds size grounds on a corner on a corner plot ofplot thisofrural thishamlet rural hamlet some some 7 miles7 north miles of north Horncastle. of Horncastle. There There is good is access good access to the to city the ofcity Lincoln of Lincoln (15 miles). (15 miles). The house The house is not is listed not and listedwas andbuilt wasinbuilt 1835 in in 1835 brick in under brick under a rosemary a rosemary clay tiled clayroof. tiled It roof. wasIt was comprehensively comprehensively modernised modernised in 2002 in at 2002 which at which time the time wiring, the wiring, plumbing, plumbing, drains,drains, heating, heating, windows, windows, kitchen kitchen and bathrooms and bathrooms were renewed. were renewed. The bedrooms The bedrooms have Sky havetelevision Sky television and phone and phone points.points. Outbuildings Outbuildings includeinclude a full size a fullsnooker size snooker room and roomthere and there is potential is potential for a granny for a granny annexe. annexe.

Contact: Contact: Robert Robert Bell &Bell Company & Company Old Bank Old Chambers, Bank Chambers, Horncastle, Horncastle, Lincs.Lincs. LN9 5HY LN9 5HY Tel: 01507 Tel: 01507 522222 522222 Fax: 01507 Fax: 01507 524444 524444 Email:Email:

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The Grange, Partney


A fine Grade II Listed residence situated in a tucked away village location being set within extensive grounds of approximately 9.32 acres. The accommodation briefly comprises: Entrance Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Rear Hallway, Study, Cellar, Kitchen Dining Room, Cloakroom, Utility. First Floor Master Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, Bedroom 2 with En-Suite Bathroom, 2 Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom. Second Floor 2 Further Attic Bedrooms. Outside the Property is Approached via a Long Driveway, Turning Circle, Extensive Range of Brick and Timber Outbuildings, Lawned Garden Area, Small Side Paddock, Extensive Field, Wooded Area, Views Towards the Lincolnshire Wolds, In Total Approximately 9.32 Acres.

Email: 2 Eastgate, Lincoln LN2 1QA Telephone: 01522 546444

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Ash Ash Tree Tree House, House, Nettleham Nettleham

£645,000 £645,000

A SUPERBLY A SUPERBLY REFURBISHED REFURBISHED GRADEGRADE II LISTED II LISTED STONESTONE AND PANTILE AND PANTILE FARMHOUSE FARMHOUSE OCCUPYING OCCUPYING A LARGE A LARGE LANDSCAPED LANDSCAPED PLOT. PLOT. Utility, Utility, Reception Reception Hall, Farmhouse Hall, Farmhouse Kitchen, Kitchen, Dining Dining Room,Room, Sitting Sitting Room,Room, Conservatory, Conservatory, Inner Hallway, Inner Hallway, Family Family Room,Room, Study, Study, Cloakroom, Cloakroom, Rear Entrance Rear Entrance Hall, First Hall,Floor FirstLanding, Floor Landing, Four Bedrooms Four Bedrooms (two with (two En-Suites), with En-Suites), Bathroom, Bathroom, Self-Contained Self-Contained AnnexeAnnexe Comprising Comprising Kitchen, Kitchen, Lounge, Lounge, Bedroom Bedroom and Bathroom, and Bathroom, Delightful Delightful Lawned Lawned Gardens, Gardens, Driveway. Driveway.

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

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Fraglands Farm, Algarkirk An outstanding barn conversion which has recently been renovated to an exceptionally high standard. Lots of character & charm throughout. 4 bedrooms, en-suite, lounge diner, galleried area, fitted diner kitchen, 4 piece bathroom. Oil central heating, sealed unit double glazing. Large enclosed plot. Triple garage. Must be viewed.

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


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GRANTHAM GRANTHAM OFFICE OFFICE 69 High 69 Street, High Street, Grantham, Grantham, Lincolnshire Lincolnshire NG31NG31 6NR 6NR Tel: 01476 Tel: 01476 584164 584164 Fax: 01476 Fax: 01476 591901 591901

The The Mill, Mill, Swallow’s Swallow’s Mill, Mill, Grantham Grantham The MillThe over Milllooks overthe looks Millthe pond Millatpond Swallow’s at Swallow’s Mill, onMill, the on River theWitham River Witham approximately approximately 1 mile to 1 mile the south to the east southofeast Grantham of Grantham town town centre.centre. The main Thevehicular main vehicular and pedestrian and pedestrian accessaccess is off Bridge is off Bridge End Road, End Road, throughthrough a gateda entrance gated entrance system,system, (offering(offering a high adegree high degree of of privacyprivacy and security), and security), which leads whichto leads a private to a private drive, gravel drive, turning gravel turning area and area double and double garage.garage. Par ticular Par features ticular features of the proper of the proper ty are the ty are the large reception large reception rooms rooms with beamed with beamed ceilingsceilings and large andwindows large windows to bothtothe both front theand front rear. andThe rear. MillThe Wheel Mill Wheel is visible is from visiblethe from kitchen the kitchen and dining and room diningand room there andare there other arekey other features key features of the Mill of the in situ Mill around in situ around the house. the house.

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Westminster L ife After

After months of media furore, Lincolnshire MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham Douglas Hogg recently announced his intention not to stand as MP next year. With three decades of political experience and considerable respect from those in his constituency, his announcement begs the question; is there life after Westminster? Words: Rob Davis.

For Lincolnshire’s political infrastructure, it’s the end of an era. Three decades after arriving in the county to begin his political career. Douglas Hogg has announced his intention to step down at the next general election as MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham after a turbulent end to his career in Westminster during this summer’s expenses scandal.

Douglas had intended to remain an MP for one more term, but with the press delighted by the opportunity to paint the picture of a Tory toff with an extensive estate and large moat. The story remained in place, with the case cited as a ‘typical’ example of MPs expenditure, until Douglas announced his resignation in 19th May.

It’s a needless end to a successful career given the misconceptions and falsehoods that surrounded the MP. Of the country’s 640 MPs, over 550 were claiming expenses greater than those of Douglas, whilst the infamous moat that was the source of so much press derision was, in fact, never the subject of an expenses claim.

So what now for the MP? A successful criminal law barrister called to the Bar in 1968, Douglas will continue his role as QC in both Crown and Appeal courts, and has just acquired some land adjacent to his Lincolnshire home for the horses that belong to himself and wife Sarah.

In fact, the MP did more to ensure his financial transparency and minimise his cost to the taxpayer than most MPs, and went to greater lengths to ensure honesty of his expenditure than many other politicians. All this ventures the question, ‘why not fight for your political career’ which is precisely what we asked when we met Douglas at his home, a few miles north of Lincoln, recently. “The party was having a hard time and the headlines weren’t going away.” Says Douglas. “I’d submitted expense forms for three decades and had never been questioned. It was an embarrassment for the party, and we wanted to draw a line under it.”


A dedicated countryman whose father had a small farm which he ran alongside his political career, and a former agricultural minister himself, one

For 30 years Douglas has

represented Lincolnshire in Parliament. The MP will step down in 2010, but will continue to work as a QC in the Crown and Appeal Courts.

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Image: Douglas at his Lincolnshire home, next to the notorious moat.

reason for Douglas’s success as an MP is his depth of understanding for matters affecting agriculture in his constituency.

EU and that, after expenses, the next controversy to affect politics will be MPs’ concurrent careers beyond politics.

With just one or two lawyers in Westminster and Despite being 64, Douglas is still terrifically fit and even fewer GPs, the knowledge and experience enjoyed a skiing and hiking trip to the Alps earlier that comes from having an external in the year with his brother. Douglas’s ‘specialism’ broadens our politicians’ time is also spent riding in the Wolds, knowledge base. Having dedicated shooting and hunting with the Despite being 64, politicians who are denied external Blankney and Burton hunts, as well careers will water down the breadth of as spending with his grandchildren, Douglas is terrifically knowledge our politicians possess. who live in London and love returning fit, enjoying skiing, to Lincolnshire for some fresh air and “It’s a shame.” Says Douglas. an adventure with their grandfather. hiking, horse riding “Parliament is richer for having a greater scope of knowledge, there’s a Douglas also says that if he’s called and riding out with move away from that and I want to to the Lords he’ll sit in the upper the Blankney and leave Westminster before that’s house and take an active part in the Burton hunts... completely eroded.” making of legislation, but he categorically rules out a return to the His constituents often comment that Commons; “I’m 65 next year and the Douglas is famed for clear answers, nature of the job has changed enormously.” He not soft soap, but with the media misreporting his says. “The burden of constituency work has expenses, his career has changed to such as degree increased significantly, and it’s becoming too that life as an MP is something Douglas will, in 2010, heavily regulated and homogenised.” reluctantly wash his hands of. As one of the country’s most knowledgeable, experienced and trusted In particular, Douglas takes exception to the fact politicians, Douglas is a great loss not just to that much of the executive work that parliament Lincolnshire politics, but to parliament as a whole. n should be involved in has been farmed-out to the

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE HEADLINES... During his time in parliament, Douglas also served as minister for agriculture during the BSE crisis, and as a member of the Privy Council. Before that, however, he worked as a legal sub-editor on the Times and Mail newspapers ensuring the newspapers never went to press with anything of a libellous nature. It’s ironic, then, that the MP didn’t sue the newspapers for the claims made during the expenses scandal.

Douglas came to Lincolnshire in 1979 as MP for Grantham before taking up the role as one of Sleaford and North Hykeham’s most respected politicians. The politician served under both Thatcher and Major, the former born in Douglas’s constituency herself. Douglas described Thatcher as “A wonderful person, formidable and brilliant. Working with her was always a pleasure. She has a keen mind, and a great wit, it’s a real privilidge to know her.”


In particular, the newspapers had a field day of claims that the MP used taxpayers money to clean out his moat. This is, in fact, wrong. “There’d no point in pursuing legal action.” Says Douglas. “It’s timeconsuming and expensive, but the media was incorrect with some of their facts.” In addition to being the 550th ‘cheapest’ out of 640 MPs in total, Douglas contacted the expenses office back in 2003 to check what he could legitimately claim, and retained all the necessary receipts to prove his expenditure.

Douglas agreed with the fees Office that because the costs of running the house exceeded the allowance by a substantial amount he should claim each month one twelth of the annual allowance; Douglas suggested to the Fees Office and they agreed that he should keep a schedule of all the expenditure that he incurred on the house and that he would supply the Fees office with that schedule so that they could be sure that he was not overclaiming and they were not overpaying; That schedule included all the expenditure incurred - whether allowable or not; so far as the moat is concerned; the moat was cleaned and the cost did appear on the schedule and in the covering letter but was not the subject of the claim as the pre-agreed expenses together with obviously allowable items exceeded the allowance and therefore there was no balance available. Douglas does however point out that cleaning the moat was clearly an allowable expense as it was ‘maintenance’ rather than an ‘improvement’... but as the allowance had been exhausted the issue did not arise.

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Image: Santa Fun-Runners will run through Lincoln this month. Words: Emily Casswell.

Lincoln at Christmas This season there’s plenty to amuse anyone visiting the county’s capital... from the bustling Christmas Market to the Lincoln BIG ice rink and a fun run for Santas!

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And.. They’re off! The Great Lincoln Santa Fun Run is taking place once again this year. Lincoln’s Rotary Club got their Santa hats together last year to work out how to raise funds for the charity’s Christmas projects and on the 14th December, Lincoln was a blur of red and white as over 1,350 sprinting Santa’s took part in the 3.5 km race. This year, the race will take place on Saturday 13th December, with all of the money raised from the event given to county charities, including the Lincolnshire & Nottingham Air Ambulance. All of the runners will be in the same free five-piece outfits! Lincoln is also planning to set a new world record this year in aid of Lincoln Home-Start... the plan is to get over 100 people, dressed as St Nick, onto the Lincoln Ice Rink all at one time! First Stop... the Shops! There was speculation this year as to whether or not the annual Christmas Market was going to be held this year. The council had commented saying “The Christmas Market costs the City Council thousands each year to run and we don’t make a profit”. With the current economic climate many local busineeses have been fighting back pledging to sponsor the local event. Businesses from the Lincoln area have given up to £5,000 each, and many have ofered their services to help run the annual event. Lincoln’s Councillor Spratt said: “The Christmas Market is such an important event for Lincoln, bringing more that £10


million of additional spend to the local economy over the four days, so we’re really pleased to see that businesses are supporting it this year, especially given the current economic situation.” The Christmas Market will this year run from the 3rd December until the 6th of December, with over 300 stalls nestled into the medieval square. Get Your Skates On The Lincoln BIG ice rink is also back again this year, running from 26th of November to 4th January. Lincoln BIG events manager, Michael Armstrong, said: “The ice rink is always hugely popular among residents and visitors to the city. We know that the city centre retailers are delighted that the ice rink is returning and we’re doing all we can to help them end the year on a high.” On the back of the ice rink’s success, Lincoln’s outdoor roller rink will also open next August, drawing in 5,000 skaters for the four weeks it opens. “We are hoping to bring the roller rink back next year.” said Rachel Hanson from Lincoln BIG “It was such a success.” Located on the City Square near the Waterside Shopping Centre it will run from 10am with the final session starting at 8pm. Mellow Autumn Colours This month, an exhibition entitled Autumn: Mellow Yellow is running at the Harding House Gallery.

Main: Lincoln’s Christmas Market attracts 150,000 visitors each year.

Running from the 14th November until the 28th November the exhibition will then be replaced by a Christmas themed selection. The gallery, on Steep Hill showcases a range

Left: The Lincoln BIG Ice Rink this year opens on 26th November.

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of contributing artists. Established as a co-operative the group is run by thirteen members, all of which are either artists or craft makers. The Harding House is made up of two galleries. The lower offering a range of more contemporary work which is for also for sale. Christmas came early for Sue Ryder Premier Kitchens and Bedrooms raised nearly £4,000 for the Sue Ryder cancer charity at a recent charity golf contest. The competition has raised £35,000 over the last 11 years. This year, 38 teams of four golfers met at Elton Furze Golf Club for the day. “It was a fantastic turnout, yet again.” said Iain Forsythe, Premier’s Managing Director. “I never dreamed when I started that it would continue for so long or raise so much money.” This year’s winning team was made up of Martin Saggers, Mick Gargan, Mark Wright and Andy Clarke from Area Glass. A Taste of Lincolnshire Lincoln’s Farmers’ Market celebrated 10 years of local produce this year. Children from Westgate School marked the anniversary with an outdoor art project project in which 22 students teamed up with artist Ruth O’Sullivan to create a picture that captured the county.


“Lincoln’s Farmers’ Markets offer a whole range of world-class food and drink.” said Susan Smith, Lincolnshire’s resident ostrich farmer. “What could be better than talking about and buying great tasting food from the people who produce it?” The Lincoln Farmers’ Market is held on the 1st Friday, 2nd Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of every month from 9am to 4pm. Break a leg Lincoln’s Theatre Royal will live another day thanks to the efforts of its new patrons Ian Dickens and David Shepherd.

Lincoln’s Theatre Royal has been saves thanks to the efforts of its new patron Ian Dickens and David Shepherd

The pair have formed ID Entertainment Group who are set to start running the historic theatre in March 2010, saving the venue for future thesps. Following a comprehensive refurbishment, a series of comedy acts from Leicester Square, a café, opportunities for schools and amatuer groups in the theatre are all set to usher in a new era for the theatre after this year’s funding shortfalls. Lincoln’s Got Talent And finally... the residents of Altham Court care home in Lincoln proved that they had some moves when they took part in the Bupa’s Got Talent competition. Septuagenarians Olga Bradshaw and Fran Porter wowed the crowds with their Rock’n’Roll dancing duet! n

Image: Lincoln Cathedral this month hosts a Remembrance Sunday service on 8th November.

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

Guildhall Arts Centre’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

27th November: A Midsummer Night’s Dream The Independant Ballet Wales return to the Guildhall with a breathtaking version of one of Shakespeare’s most magical plays. The production features Mendelssohn’s joyous music, expansive choreography by artist director Darius James and critically acclaimed costumes by Yvonne Greenleaf.

Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston Tel: 01205 363108 www.blackfriarsarts 14th Novembr: El Moreno A night of Spanish classical guitar, accompanied by a selection of modern classics.

Drill Hall, Lincoln

Grimsby Auditorium, Grimsby

Tel: 01522 873891 Wednesday 4th November: Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Eleventh Hour A powerful and inspiring environmental documentary. It motivates the audience to take a personal fight against global warming. The piece, produced and presented by Leonardo DiCaprio, informs practical ways of making your stand. Wednesday 11th November The Dambusters To mark Armistice Day Drill Hall are putting on a special screening of this historic film. as one of the most popular British war films of all time, it tells the true story of one of the most daring and brilliant raids of World War II. The viewing will be preceded by readings of war poety in the cafe bar. Proceeds from this event will go towards the Poppy Appeal. Thursday 12th November: Antipode Four young male dancers are joined by a double bass player

Tel: 01507 600350

as they perform a raw and exhilarating piece of athletic dance. Five individuals share the same stage, but on their own journey, with no shared goals and no fear. 19th-21st November: Arthur Miller’s The Crucible Set in the 1692 witch hunt of Salem. The piece is a timely reminder of the evils of mindless persecution and the terrifying power of false accusations. Leonardo DiCaprio in his role as documentary film maker.

Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham Tel: 01476 406158 5th November: John Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ Arguably the greatest novel about the Great Depression, recieving the Nobel Prize in 1962. This epic tale and its unforgettable characters is the subject of Literature at Lunch. 7th November: An Audience with Jonathan Miller ’Master of all trades’ as a satirist, theatre and opera director, medical consultant, sculptor and writer. This is a fantastic opportunity to see inside the inspiring mind of an intellectual icon.

16th November: Grumpy Old Women: Chin Up Britain Ninety minutes of advanced Grumping by Jenny Elair - the original grump, Wendi Peters and Ms Susie Blake. They’ll be grumping about beauty on a budget and the joy of fresh air.

Kings Lynn Arts Centre, Kings Lynn Tel: 01553 764864 Sunday 8th November: Ha-Ha-Hitler! The Great-ish Escape In a spoof wartime drama just in time for Remembrance Sunday, three hopeless RAF pilots plan to escape from the infamous Chatea Plonke. Under the watchful eye of General Von Schnitzershitz, Tom, Dick and Hilary take you on an unforgettable journey with a plot thicker than Hitler’s moustache.

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Saturday 21st November: Sitkovetsky Piano Trio The Piano trio is a collaboration of three young musicians sharing a passion for music. After recently being invited to play in front of Her Majesty the Queen this promises to be an entertaining evening.

South Holland Centre Tel: 01775 564777 Tuesday 10th November: The World’s Wife The World's Wife was Carol Ann Duffy's first themed collection of poems, first published in 1999. The collection takes characters, stories, histories and myths which focus on men, and in Duffy's renowned feminist way, presents them anew for the public to look at the women that were previously obscured behind the men. Adapted by her poems of Carol Ann Duffy and performed by Linda Marlowe she imagines the wives’ perspective

of famous men through the ages, from Frau Freud to Mrs Midas. Laced with dark humour and acerbic wit, you will be enthralled by this passionate expose.

Stamford Arts Centre Tel: 01780 763203 Saturday 7th November: The Carducci Quartet The Carducci Quartet have won a number of major international prizes. For this concert they will play classical works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beethoven.

Embassy Theatre Tel: 08456 740505 Friday 20th November: Heather Small in Concert Showcasing her vocal talent, Heather Small performs a mix of blues and jazz as well as a selection of the greatest and best-loved hits from solo material and her days with MPeople.

Antipode at Lincoln’s Drill Hall

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SOS: SAVE OUR SHOPS! MANY ANTIQUES SHOPS ARE FACING CLOSURE AS RENT AND BUSINESS RATES INCREASE... IN ORDER TO SAVE THE INDUSTRY, THE BBC’S HENRY SANDON AND INDUSTRY CAMPAIGNER IAIN BRUNT HAVE THIS MONTH LAUNCH A NEW CAMPAIGN, ENCOURAGING BRITAIN TO SUPPORT THE INDUSTRY... The aged delights of antiques in the UK could be lost if the industry continues to suffer in the current economic climate. That’s the view of industry expert and the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow’s Henry Sandon. This month, Iain launches his campaign, SOS: Save Our Antique Shops, petitioning for government assistance and the public for support. The recession has hit the antiques trade harder than usual recently with 30 per cent of antiques shops being forced to close. The Chancellor’s recent actions, increasing business rates, has damaged this often overlooked sector. Combined with the rising price of rent has majorly effected the antiques business. “There was a £2bn loss suffered by the trade in 2008.” says Iain. “We need Antiques and Fine Arts dealers to speak out and encourage the government to support the industry.” To fight the downturn, Ian has started a petition, encouraging the Government to help the struggling businesss. The industry, until now, has always been able to recover from recessions using a range of techniques. In 1993, for example, Antiques Fairs were launched throughout the UK, increasing the national interest in antiques. In 2007 the industry generated a £4 billion revenue, which was ten per cent of the global market share. However, in 2008 the revenue fell to just £2.75 billion With antique shops an important aspect of towns like Horncastle, Iain explains: “The antiques industry creates jobs in tourism, shipping, transport and conservation. At a local level, antique shops provide an important draw to country towns, helping other local shops and businesses.” “Every closure leaves a gap in provincial streetscapes. On an ecological level, the Antiques industy encourages the re-use of old and beautiful things, reducing landfill and new-goods consumption. It’s time that people realised that Antiques are the new ‘green’.


“With the pound at its lowest for some considerable time, UK products are once again attractive to overseas buyers. With some marketing support from the Government, we could be using this opportunity to reach the world market for antiques and help sustain our economy.” Henry Sandon, a long-term expert from the Antiques Roadshow is backing the campaign and told Lincolnshire Pride: “The Government needs to understand that this industry is not a negligible part of English heritage, but an international market leader and a viable business sector that provides employment and generates revenue.” We talked to Laura Conway, owner of Navenby Antiques Centre about the issue: “I know a number of shops who have had to close, but we haven’t really been affected by the credit crunch.” she says. “Trade has been quite bouyant, and we are over the moon with how well we are doing. Most of our contributors are still couples who are downsizing or the result of clearences rather than people needing money. We seem to be protected from the recession, whether its our range of different antiques or the range of prices... I’m not sure... but we are delighted with the way things are going.” Joining the campaign is BBC Homes and Antiques magazine. They are offering a 10% off deal with over 1,000 UK antiques dealers through November. This involves Astra Antiques Centre in Gainsborough, Gallant Antiques & Restorations: Richard Barstow in Kirton and Hansord in Lincoln. This campaign has been organised to coincide with National Antiques Week, which runs between 23rd and 30th November. This year the campaign is ‘green’ themed to help boost interest in this vital heritage protecting industry. n To join the Iain Brunt’s campaign head to and sign the petition which will be delivered to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Main: Henry Sandon MBE, the leading authority on Royal Worcester porcelain for The Antiques Roadshow and figurehead of the campaign. Above: Bucking the trend - Laura Conway of Navenby Antiques Centre and M&M Antiques of Spalding, two successful - and thriving - antiques businesses.

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Above: German tunnels, captured by Robert, working underground.

LEST WE FORGET JUST IN TIME FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY, WE PROFILE THE WORK OF ROBERT PERRY, WHO THIS MONTH APPEARS AT GRIMSBY’S NATIONAL FISHING HERITAGE CENTRE. HIS EMOTIVE IMPRESSIONIST ARTWORK DEPICTS THE BATTLEFIELDS AND TRENCHES OF WORLD WAR I AND II For artist Robert Perry, landscape painting is part of being British, but as his exhibition this month at Grimsby’s National Fishing Heritage Centre demonstrates, his paintings about the abhorrence of Europe’s 20th century wars bring distant battlefields and their effects much closer to home. Born in the black country, grew up in the black country and educated in the black country. “That’s how my interest in landscape developed”, Robert Perry explains. “When I was young I was a keen cyclist, I would hop on my bike and be in the countryside within five minutes. I’ve always had an affinity for fresh air and open spaces.” His earlier work focused on the industrial landscape of his native West Midlands and was characterised by experimental techniques subject to constant change and renewal. Robert now works exclusively on location all around Europe from his ‘mobile studio’, his trusty white van. He paints en premier coup, or ‘in one blow’, for those not so familiar with French translation. “Each canvas takes from one to six hours, whether that be illuminated by paraffin lamps down a tunnel or on a bare forgotten battlefield.” Because his work is done on site, the painting has an emotive poignancy which couldn’t be captured in a photograph or in a studio. His field trips allow him to fully immerse himself in the environment. “I work in series in order to gain a deeper understanding of the particular environment in which I am working. To create each piece I simply set up my easel, focus my attention absolutely on what is in front of me and try to interpret, translate or record what I see”. When asked why he focuses on landscape, “I think it’s part of being English. Landscape painting is like a tradition, bred into us.” he jokes, “Look at Joseph Farington, Sir Beaumont and Turner, to name a few, all English. Although I’d have to say Rembrandt, a Dutchman, is first and foremost my main artistic influence, then the Barbizon painters, such as Claude Monet and Frederic Bazille who painted in the forest of Fontainebleau south-west of Paris.” “I have always had a strong interest in history, and painting historical sites. Although I am not a total pacifist, my work in the Battlefields is based upon my abhorrence of war and suffering it brings to innocent people.” Robert’s preoccupation with The Somme battlefields stems from his grandmother, “She had three cousins, they were all killed in the Somme. I found the graves of two

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Words: Emily Casswell. Images: Robert Perry

of them, but the third has no grave. He is commemorated at Thiepval.” The names of 72,090 British and Commonwealth soldiers, whose bodies were never recovered, are carved into the stone war memorial. “That’s the thing about World War One, compare it to the plagues which struck Egypt in the Book of Exodus.” says Robert. “The final one to break the spirit of the Egyptians was the angel of death, taking the first born of every family. The war touched every person in Britain, taking the life of a beloved with it. “My father fought in the Navy during World War Two, and he, and the soldiers fighting knew what they were fighting for, be-that freedom, democracy against an evil regime however they justified it, there was a justification.” “But the soldiers returning from World War One returned disillusioned. Their faith in humanity was shaken by the ineptitude of the generals and politicians. In comparison to the 16 million deaths the warfare caused, little was achieved. “I consider myself to be a landscape painter, pure and simple, just with a strong social conscience. My work tries to evoke a degree of sympathy not just for the British casualties, but for the French and the German too.”


France had 39.6millon casualties and the German empire had 64.9million from the four years of fighting. As a tribute to this, Perry spends time painting scenes from Verdun. Although not as famous as the Battle of the Somme, to the British was the longest battle of the First World War, and the most devastating in human history. Following the failure of the Schlieffen Plan a stale mate developed on the Western front. The Battle of Verdun was fought from February through to December 1916 The determination of both sides not to lose ground meant that holding their position came at a price, and that price was substantial human life. “Although I’m not in Grimsby, I often exhibit with Mohsen Keiany, although we have very different backgrounds (he was conscripted as a boy-soldier in the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980’s) we both have a strong artistic commitment to abhorrence of war. We met through the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and decided to collaborate.” Robert’s exhibition The Echoes of War will be on show from the 17th October until to 13th December. The paintings will be accompanied by photographs and Perry’s field notes to enhance and illuminate the exhibition. n

Above: Robert works by gaslight in trenches and on former battlefields. The artist this month exhibits his work at Grimsby’s National Fishing Heritage Centre.

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Agent This month’s beautiful Grade II* property near Grantham is the country home of artist Milly Welby and family...

i The Agent’s House

The Coach House, Carlton Scroop Owners: Milly Welby, Artist.

Style: Grade II* country home arranged over three floors and set within 1.8 acres of grounds. Receptions: Three, currently Sitting Room, Dining Room, and Office/Snug. Bedrooms: Six; master with en-suite, plus additional bedroom in dovecote. Other Features: Sauna, pool, self-contained dovecote, plus period wood panelling. Price: £825,000. Agent: King West of Stamford. Find Out More: 01780 484250. or see

For artist Milly Welby, inspiration comes easily. Her home is a Grade II* listed ironstone 6 bedroom house near Belvoir Castle, and with beautiful grounds, open fireplaces and period wood panelling, plus a converted dovecote that has, during her time at the property, served as a workshop for her Shiatsu & yoga, and held art exhibitions she organised, and a studio, it provides a wealth of inspiration. With a move to Norfolk to further her career as an artist, though, Milly is seeking to sell the property that has been her home for nearly 20 years, and is looking for a new owner who can afford the property the sensitivity it deserves. Built around 1590, the house had been in the Welby family for generations, originally known as Ivy House before it was occupied by Reginald Cawthra in the 1960s and renamed The Agent’s House after its previous tenant, Bertie Punchard, custodian of the estate’s property portfolio. Arranged over three floors, it’s a deceptively spacious house, with six bedrooms and almost two acres of grounds. Yet, despite its size, it retains a cosy look and feel that suits its country home purpose.


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The Agent’s House is an impressive residence, dating back to 1590 and arranged over three floors. It features a starred Grade II listing that acknowledges its period panelling...

The property’s east-facing front door looks out onto a traditional English cottage garden, with an Old English rose garden, peony beds, and herbaceous borders, walled by pergola roses and flanked by hedges of lavender and roses. To the side of a house is a raised vegetable garden leading to a dedicated herb garden adjacent to the dovecote, with a hazel pear tree and apple orchard nearby. It’s a beautiful situation for an equally beautiful property, with substantial proportions, large chimney breasts, mullion and lead windows, and a majestic oak weathered door. In line with its previous name, the house is covered in ivy and climbing roses, and the character features of the property continue once one is through the huge door.


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Main Image: The sitting room features floor to ceiling oak panelling and seat in the bay of the mullion bay.

The property’s large entrance hall is light, thanks to the family’s reinstatement of the downstairs hallway, this having been blocked up by a previous occupant.

Left: The house is rich in period features; solid oak floors, flagstones and original fireplaces.

There are two main reception rooms, each with mullion bay windows and solid oak floors. Original fireplaces are dwarfed by brooding, dark floor to ceiling stained panelling daring from the early 17th century with Doric fluted carvings and framed medallion bases, whilst gaping bay windows and a south facing aspect allow an abundance of natural light to stream through the leaded glass. Huge deep sofas in the drawing room and a cosy snug, currently arranged as a study, plus the presence of six bedrooms, facilitates comfortable living for Milly and her family, each of whom has grown up in the property.

This practicality is underlined by a substantial pine kitchen sited in a Victorian extension with bespoke cabinetry and Aga cooker with built-in appliances and Belfast sink plus period features including an entrance way with thick stone arch representing the original doorway to the property and a large mullion window over the sink. In addition to enjoying substantial accommodation, the family has also benefitted from the presence of a large swimming pool situated outside in a polytunnel. “It’s a great family home.” says Milly. “We’ve had many family parties here and the children have really enjoyed growing up in a large house with a big garden in a safe and friendly village, it really is the perfect family home and we’ll really miss it.”


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The house is a beautiful mix of practicality and history, with a Grade II * listing and substantial accommodation boasting a wealth of period features. For the current owners, it’s a charming, family-friendly country home... As a sculptress, who learned her craft under Burghley House’s resident artist Rob Fogell, Milly is hoping to find inspiration for the career to which she is returning, upon her imminent move to Norfolk. Milly has previously used the property’s grounds as a studio, and the self-contained dovecote as a gallery, with the 22ft living space hosting an exhibition for Children in Need. The artist is looking forward to a return to her work after working for Project Galle, a short-term charity set up in Sri Lanka in order to help victims of 2005’s Tsunami, in which the family was inadvertently caught-up whilst on holiday.

i Inspired Buys

With older children Maria, 22, a currently working on an internship in the New Media industry, Octavia, 19, beginning a career as a model in London, and son Hector studying towards his GCSEs at Uppingham School, Milly is seeking a new custodian for the impressive Grade II* property, one who will care for the house and tend the gardens with the same dedication as its present incumbents. With so many period features, substantial proportions and a gorgeous setting, it’s the ideal family home for those seeking practical accommodation, a beautiful family home and a safe environment and village in which young children can grow up. “I’m looking forward to returning to my work, Norfolk will provide plenty of opportunity for that, but I’ll definitely miss the house.” says Milly. “It’s been a superb family home, with just the right blend of practicality and history.” n For more information call 01780 484520 or see


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BRITAIN A Lincolnshire home furnishings retailer this month shows its support for British design and manufacture with British Made, British Style, an exhibition and promotion of British design throughout November… Shocked and horrified. That’s how interior designer Judy Coops of East Heckington’s Elm Grange Interiors felt when one of the only two textile printing mills left in Britain went out of business owing her an order. Judy works with beautiful fabrics made all over the world including Italian silks and Portuguese weaves, but the home grown textiles - wools, cottons and linens created in Lancashire and Yorkshire, or printed in secret valleys in the Cumbrian hills, are an important part of the range available to any interior designer. The mill in Cumbria is now back in business after a buy-out and Judy eventually got the fabric she was waiting for but the experience prompted her to examine the suppliers the company uses and she has identified some essentially British products. “I decided that Elm Grange Interiors needed to do more to highlight the history of great


British design and show support for the mills, factories and designers that produce British quality and style interiors products.” Says Judy. “From the start of November to the end of the year these products will be on display and special offers to customers will be available throughout the promotion.” The exhibition includes displays from companies such as Ian Mankin, a new name for Elm Grange, but familiar to anyone who loves simple striped and woven cottons and linens. The business has recently been bought by one of the few cotton mills left in Lancashire – John Spencer in Burnley. Organic cottons are increasingly sought-after by customers concerned for the environment and Ian Mankin show a good selection. Across the Pennines near Leeds is one of the few woollen mills left in Yorkshire Abraham Moon, who weave richly coloured

wool plaids and herringbone weaves. Their very affordable fabric makes lovely warm curtains and hard-wearing upholstery. Another new name for Elm Grange, Joshua Ellis, is the last cashmere mill in England. They weave luxurious cashmere cloth for the softest throws, cushions and curtaining. Available to order, a sumptuous throw and cushions will be on display Designing very English but original designs, then printing them in the West Country onto cotton and linen, is the small team at Lewis and Wood. New designs include Cobweb, designed by Marthe Armitage, with an up to date take on the country print. Another small but successful company Rapture and Wright - produce a small range of linens, silks and wallpapers with large, crisp designs which are available in bespoke colours. The fabrics used are environmentally

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Main: Tara, Judy and Heather from Elm Grange Studios are flying the flag for British designers at Elm Grange Interiors this month.

friendly where possible, woven in the UK and printed in their own studio by hand. “Elm Grange also sells upholstered furniture, almost all of it British. Long Eaton is the home of several British sofa and chair companies. John Sankey and Henderson Russell make stylish and good quality furniture, both popular brands at Elm Grange. Further up the market for hand built furniture is Artistic, with partners fine furniture makers Iain James. We’ve items from both companies on display.” Says Judy. Lighting is very difficult to source from UK manufacturers so Elm Grange has added to its extensive range on offer with a classic design from the Modern British archives. Bestlite table, wall, floor and pendant lights were designed in the early 1930’s and originally made in Birmingham. Revived in recent years by a Danish company, they are simple, stylish and

long lasting. A new display area in the Elm Grange showroom demonstrates the lasting qualities of the Bestlite designs. Another designer in the exhibition is the past master William Morris. Perennially popular William Morris designs have recently been updated and many of the wallpapers available at Elm Grange are printed here in the Midlands. The factory houses Morris’s original wood blocks and Sanderson and Son have adapted the designs for contemporary taste. Elm Grange welcomes regular and new customers and visitors to their inspiring showrooms and hope that clients will show their support for the best of British design. n Best of British runs from throughout November. For more information call 01529 461800 or see


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Sound and Vision Enjoy the season’s best TV programmes and films with the latest entertainment technology...



The distinction between phone and computer has become blurred, largely thanks to Apple’s iPhone. Not only is it arguably the best handset on the market, it facilitates full mobile internet with no compromises, email wherever you go, and it can store, stream and manipulate music and photographs to use throughout your home.

Installing a multi-room music system is expensive and involves lots of DIY. Sonos is a much better solution - music is stored on your home PC, sent wirelessly to any room in your house where you place a receiver. A wireless controller or your iPhone lets you control CDs, MP3s or radio in any/all rooms in your home. £799.



There’s scarcely a larger TV or more sophisticated home entertainment system than Bang & Olufsen’s Beovision 4. With a 103” screen it’s around twice the size of most TVs... though the 100,000 euro price tag may prove somewhat painful. See for more details.

Recreate an authentic cinema experience in your snug, with Sony’s newest KDL40 (£poa). The TV allows the wireless connection of a Blu-Ray player and surround sound speakers. Bravia TVs are available in sizes up to 70”, with HD 1080px high definition image and HDMI connectors for hassle-free connection to other equipment.


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TV TIMES... Creating an unobtrusive home entertainment setup is easy, if you follow the advice of Oldrids Department Stores’ TV tsar, expert Dean Shaw... Time for a change Television technology scarcely changed for 30 years, until the proliferation of flat-screen and digital tuner technology five years ago. Now, with analogue TV being phased out in Lincolnshire in 2011, there’s never been a better time to replace your CRT analogue TV with a newer model that’s just a few centimetres deep, with a digital tuner and lower power consumption - in fact, by 2011, your analogue TV will be all but redundant.

CONSPICUOUS BY DISCRETION If you’re embarking on a new build project, consider installing a multi-room system. The systems are particularly suited to properties where conspicuous technology stands out. Media is stored centrally, and can be accessed and played from anywhere in the house. Opus 500 from Peterborough’s Audiovision.

What to look for If you prefer a less conspicuous set-up, flat screen TVs can be wall mounted, and wireless connections on Sony’s new models allow DVD/Blu-Ray players, amplifiers and games consoles to be hidden away behind doors in cabinets. In this case, opt for a smaller screen (up to 36”), or a TV with built-in DVD player. For more conspicuous installations, opt for a TV between 36” and 70” (46” being the average) with separate amplifier and speaker system. Screen Sizes When deciding how a set will fit in your room, remember to factor in viewing distance. If you sit too close to the screen, you might notice the picture elements (pixels) and will be more likely to notice any flaws in the images, such as graininess or video noise. TV programming tends to look better and more natural if you sit at least five feet from a 40” to 47” set and six feet from a 50” or larger TV. When viewing top HD content on a 1080p set or Blu-Ray content, the superior quality allows you to sit closer to more fully enjoy the experience of a larger image. Integration and Interaction Many gadgets today interact, so when choosing new audio/visual equipment, future-proof your purchases. In the near future, a home PC will store all of your music and TV programmes, streaming them (downloading them from the internet and sending them to your devices) ready to watch at a time of your choosing regardless of TV schedules and storing all of your digital assets with no need for audio or video discs. Buy with the knowledge that scheduled TV content and disc-media is dying.

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Consequently, ensuring music and TV content can be downloaded directly to your PC and can reach your TV or speakers wirelessly is essential. Our prediction is that the distinction between PC and TV will become increasingly blurred and that a home network will form the basis by which we watch TV, film and listen to music within a few years. n Most products featured here are available from Oldrids Downtown in Boston, and Oldrids Superstore of Gonerby Junction, Grantham. See or call 01205 361251 or 01476 590239 for further details.


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Your Christmas...

The Christmas season is approaching and with it comes parties, once in a lifetime memories and the opportunity to capture children and grandchildren as they grow up... This month we select the most up-to-date cameras and offer a few tips to ensure you end up with perfect pictures

n Use Flash: Using your flash is a great way of lightening dark shots, and neutralising the colours of otherwise orangey shots. For inside shots, it’s practically essential. Well-specified cameras have fill-in flash; this provides just enough flash to lighten However, whilst it’s easy to spot mistakes, the eyes and correct colours whilst not avoiding them is also really easy, so we bleaching out the face with a powerful asked camera retailer Dave Riley of London blast of light. When using flash, try not to Camera Exchange on Lincoln’s Silver Street get too close to your subject – flashes are for his tips for ensuring better photographs: extremely powerful, and if you’re too near your subject, you’ll end up n Fix Shaky Shots: Wobbly or with pale looking subject out of focus shots are caused with a ghostly complexion. Move by camera shake, made wary, too, of using worse by the camera using closer to your subject Beflash when your subject is a slow shutter speed in front of a wall – firing a and fill the frame of because of lack of light. flash straight at your subject your photograph - but Too many people hold their will result in a dark, nasty cameras away from their be wary of using flash shadow behind them. If faces to see their shot on you’re family is prone to too close to your the camera’s screen – red-eye, look for a camera worse still, today’s small subject. with red-eye reduction; it’s cameras can be held and caused by a flash reflecting off operated using just one hand. the back of the retina, so cameras For more stable shots hold your camera with reduction systems built-in fire a preclose to your face and use its viewfinder, flash to dilate the pupils and minimise not the colour screen to brace it and protect red-eye before the shot. it from movement. Use two hands and n Fill the Frame: Too many amateur cushion the camera in your palms rather photographers take shots with their subject than clutching it at arm’s length between lost in the middle. Don’t be afraid to get thumb and forefinger. really close to your subject and get closer to If you’re taking table shots, make them the ground, particularly when photographing even more stable by bracing the camera children on Christmas Day, rather than with your elbows on the table. standing up and ‘looming over’. Today’s digital cameras make it economical to take and store plenty of family snapshots, and to review your shots instantly to weed out the ones where fingers obstruct the shutter or someone has closed their eyes.


i Buying a Camera Point-and-Press: For a point-andpress camera spend anywhere from £99 to £150. Look for a built-in flash, face-detection systems and red-eye fix. Intermediate Cameras: Compact cameras, but with more advanced features; look for aperture/shutter priority and manual modes, zoom, macro mode, and self-timer; budget from £150-£350. SLR Cameras: For advanced photographers - interchangable lenses, external flash, aperture, shutter and manual modes, and adjustable ISO. Popular brands include Canon and Nikon, prices from £350-£2,000.

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Right: Casio’s Exlim EXZ29 is a ‘point and press’ beginner’s camera with 10 megapixels for large shots £99.

For advocates of point and press hoping to shoot HD video and use zoom, Panasonic Lumix’s DMC T27 costs £269.99 but offers more control, and a high quality Leica lens.

For the intermediate photographer, Olympus’s P1 offers SLR control in a compact body, and a wide 14mm lens, at £699.99.

Cameras featured here are available from London Camera Exchange, Silver Street, Lincoln. Call 01522 514131 or see

n Shoot Outside: Natural light is gentler than flash, so whenever possible, shoot outside. A golden rule is that your light source - natural or flash - should always be behind the camera. Don’t shoot a subject who’s sat in front of a window or in front of a strong light, as they’ll be in shadow, and when shooting outside, always ensure you have the sun behind you. n Take Portrait Shots: Don’t be afraid of turning your camera on its side to take portrait shots. People are naturally tall and thin, so rotating your camera 90° and shooting with a portrait orientation is ideal when photographing friends and family. n Take Several Shots: Take several shots, particularly of groups - inevitably one person in a group always has their eyes closed! n

For keen photographers, Canon’s new 18 megapixel 7D is the company’s newest model with full SLR features, and a range of available lenses. £2,099 with 18mm135mm image stabiliser lens shown here. £1,699 body only. Sony’s HDR CX105 costs just £399.99, yet it’s small enough to take anywhere, captures full HD video and features 10x zoom.

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WINTER WITH THE PROLIFERATION OF CLIMATE CONTROL IN OUR CARS, MORE PEOPLE ARE SEEKING TO ENJOY THE SAME COMFORT AT HOME AND IN THEIR OFFICES, AS SPALDING AIR CONDITIONING’S ROB LYON CAN BEAR WITNESS TO… Would you buy a car without air conditioning these days? Certainly not. Do you appreciate being able to maintain a constant, comfortable temperature in your car? Of course… and would you like the same in your home? The answer for many homeowners is a resounding yes, and that’s why business is booming for coolheaded businessmen Rob Lyon and Simon Spinks. The Lincolnshire entrepreneurs behind Spalding Air Conditioning Services are enjoying fresh demand from consumers who are so hooked on their in-car and office climate control systems that they’re seeking the same luxury in their homes. “We’re approaching our second anniversary, and business couldn’t be better.” Says Rob. “And unusually, rather than just experiencing seasonal peaks we’re finding that we’re popular with our new domestic market all year round.” The systems that the pair install cost from under a thousands pounds and every installation can both heat and cool room to a set temperature ensuring a consistent environment all year round. Each system includes remote control, dehumidification, and air filtration making them exceptional for those who suffer from asthma or allergies, and ideal for removing odours, steam and moisture from kitchens and bathrooms. Rob and Simon also perform yearly checks on the systems and as the only two engineers the company has, pride themselves on the relationship they develop from point of sale to after sales year after year, a consistent, reliable point of contact with

customers, with the reliability of NAPIT industry certification and City & Guilds Qualifications in their field. Those with existing properties can have systems installed in their rooms for minimal cost, but the pair are also working with those restoring property or building new houses who are seeking complete installations throughout their home for less than the price of a new kitchen. “All of the products we supply produce heating or cooling three times greater than the power in kW that’s put into them.” Says Rob. “That makes them super efficient – indeed, all are A-Rated for energy efficiency. Their green credentials also means that they’re subject to just 5% VAT instead of the usual 15% - equivalent to a discount of over 10% for the domestic consumer.” says Rob “And the reduced cost of your winter heating when using our climate control systems will cover the cost of summer cooling, giving you all year round climate control.”

“All of the products we supply are super efficient – their green credentials also means that they’re subject to just 5% VAT the equivalent to a discount of over 10% for the consumer.”

With this generous saving, and the convenience of a consistent temperature all year round plus the benefits of comfortable, dehumidified air, there are few reasons not to consider an air conditioning installation, as Rob and Simon are discovering. “People love having the comfort in their own home.” Says Rob. “They find it convenient, comfortable and both cost & energy efficient – all year round.” n Call Spalding Air Conditioning Services Ltd on 01775 714097, 07879 628632, 07805 163121 or see for more information.


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The Romantic


Lincolnshire Pride’s Paul Gray, Head Gardener at The National Trust’s Gunby Hall, this month comes over all romantic, and contemplates the idea of a Pre-Raphaelite - themed garden complete with fruit and wild flowers... though the abundence of weeds may prove problematic!

Words & Images: Paul Gray and Rob Davis.

As I may have shared in this column before, one of my passions is art and my favourite artists have always been the Pre-Raphaelites. I suppose my interest in their paintings started many years ago when I first worked at Gunby Hall. There are a couple of good ‘Pre-Raph’ paintings in the Hall and I fell in love with them literally at first sight. Out of that initial interest my wife and I have visited galleries up and down the country admiring their work. We especially enjoyed the recent BBC drama Desperate Romantics which was based on the early lives of the Brotherhood. The series was accompanied by a guide to some of the paintings, which we have enjoyed in the flesh and on their website. I know for me part of the attraction lies in their very accurate portrayal of nature. The flowers


especially painted with almost photographic detail. More than this, the flowers are often what might be called weeds or wildflowers. Somehow, in capturing these they have saved a unique record of nature as it really was 150 years ago. Unlike the magnificent Dutch paintings of fruits and flowers ornately displayed in unreal arrangements the brotherhood painted exactly what they saw. Think of Holman-Hunt’s famous ‘Light of the World’. Close inspection shows brambles, ivy, hogweeds and fallen apples all painted exquisitely. Millais’s ‘Ophelia’ shows the plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Pansies, fennel, columbines, rue, violets and daisy plus many others all painted in situ. Rossetti in his painting ‘Bocca Baciata’ shows the model with a beautiful white rose in her hair, holding a marigold, a lovely apple which looks ready to eat and a floral background which looks like a calendula wall covering. Some of these paintings can be viewed in detail at Perhaps it might be an idea to see how many plants are represented in all of their paintings and one day make a Pre-Raphaelite garden. Now there’s a nice research assignment for me on the cold November nights we’ll soon see!

Many Pre-Raphaelite images feature

within their frames weeds, fruit and wildflowers, created with almost photographic attention to detail...

Take Five: Jobs for September 1. Start to cut down herbaceous plants ready for splitting up. 2. Make sure mowers are cleaned before putting away. Grass sticking to the underside is very corrosive. 3. Prune tall growth off of roses to avoid wind rock. 4. Start winter digging on vacant vegetable growing areas. 5. Watch that tubs are not left where they will get badly frosted or water-logged.

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NOVEMBER IN THE GARDEN - IN BRIEF Plant of the Month: Acer japonicum (Downy Japanese Maple or Fullmoon Maple) A small deciduous tree growing to approx 8m tall, most remain much smaller. In autumn the leaves turn a lovely bright orange to blood red. With small purple flowers hanging in bunches of 10-15 and followed with small winged seed-pods these make wonderful, showpiece trees. Prefers acid soil and damp ground.

The Kitchen Garden Sow broad beans and peas. Some garlic cloves can be planted outside now. Use cold frames to sow Primo carrots.

Watch Out For... Keep a careful watch for crops in the event of frost, place tender plants under cover.


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Rose pruning can start from November onwards - even if you don’t get

around to fully pruning your roses, it’s a good idea to remove straggly pieces. On all roses, remove and burn as many leaves as possible as these can harbour black-spot spores over winter... Talking of such, it can become very cold at night at this time of year, the first hard frost finally finishing dahlias, bedding plants and geraniums. Dahlia tubers can be dug up after the foliage has been removed but geraniums and fuchsias need to be dug up before they get frosted.

Margin plants around ponds can look very drab at this time of year and it is tempting to clear dead tops away.

As soon as bedding plants are ruined, remove them and prepare the ground for next year. If you have compost or well rotted manure this can be dug in. Wallflowers, sweet williams or cheiranthus plants can be moved to their final positions and tulips can be inter-planted to create spring displays.

A fully frozen pond can be dangerous to fish if it remains frozen for a long time as the methane from rotting material cannot escape, a matting of iris leaves near the pond edge will usually keep enough water clear of ice to allow the pond to breathe.

Unless you have very sandy soil it is best to lift late carrots and potatoes to put into store. Carrots will store well in sand laid on their side in boxes kept in a frost free shed. Late potatoes are best stored in paper sacks which will exclude the light. Dig the tubers on a drying day and leave on top of the soil until they have dried. Bag up before the dew settles to store.

Remember in small ponds though that these fallen tops will keep the pond from freezing over fully later in the year.

If there is no margin plants an old football floated on the water at these times can have the same effect.

Frozen ponds can be dangerous to fish, as ice prevents methane from escaping from the water

Parsnips and swedes are best left growing and used straight from the garden. Remove any yellowing leaves from brussel plants. Some varieties are ready to start picking now, keep an eye on the buttons to determine when they are ready. Leeks continue to swell even in winter so keep them weed free and hill up with soil to achieve more ‘white’. Greenhouse and house plants need a lot less water in autumn but watch that they do not dry out completely. Under glass the temperature can still rise rapidly in sunshine. This can be dangerous in cool houses as the nights may go below freezing. To avoid vast fluctuations in temperature, make sure windows are opened in the heat of the day but closed before sunset.


Rose pruning can start from November onwards. Even if you cannot get around to fully pruning it is a good idea to take long, straggly pieces out so that the wind does not rock the plants about too much.

With climbing roses, if they have made long, new growths it is a good idea to tie these in and replace older knobbly stems.

Prune, Plant and Pick... Prune Start to prune roses. Make sure all old leaves are cleared away as black spot spores can appear over winter on these.


I always make sure the new growth is tied in before I cut the old stem away as often there can be a crack just as you pull the new piece in and it tears away from the main plant.

Late apples like bramley’s seedling. Store in a cool, dry place to use right up until next May.

On long, springy stems it a good idea to get some help, one holding the stem in place whilst the other ties. Try to tie long stems out diagonally as this will force the rose to make far more flower buds.


On all roses remove and burn as many leaves as possible as these can harbour black-spot spores over winter. Happy Winter Gardening! n

Young apple trees either from pots or bare-rooted. Make sure they are well staked to avoid wind damage.

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THE FIVE MINUTE GUIDE TO... Servicing your Mower...

The Mow the Merrier Your lawn mower is perhaps your greatest investment in garden machinery, and as such, it’s important to keep it working well. At this time of the year, servicing and ‘putting to bed’ your mower is time well spent to prevent frustration next Spring when blades are discovered to be rusty and your mower won’t start because water has found its way into your fuel tank. After Mowing Whenever you use your mower it’s good practise to jet wash or at least wipe the deck and blade. If you’ve a vacuum with a brush or blower setting, clearing loose grass, pollen and dust from the engine area itself will also prove useful.


Storage over the Winter When stored, it’s best to unplug the spark plugs, (checking if these need to be replaced), drain and change the oil, and remove the air filter.

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Mowers should be stored full of fuel to ensure water can’t accumulate in your fuel tank, and sharpen the blade if necessary, wiping with an oily rag afterwards. Once serviced, always cover your mower and store on a level surface - never against a wall or hanging up - to prevent sump from reaching undesirable parts of the engine. Expert Advice Naturally, the above is hard work, so to make life a little easier, Lincolnshire’s lawnmower specialists are keen to provide annual servicing packages that prolong the life of your machine and sell quality lawnmowers rather than supplying lesser quality mowers with no additional servicing with shorter lifespans.

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LincolnshirePride’s Kitchen Garden



Flower Power

Lincolnshire Pride’s kitchen gardener Lorraine Bellis this month sows cut flowers to bring powerful pollinators to the garden next year, and is gradually clearing her plot ready for a busy winter ahead! With fruit picking completed and jam safely stored, it’s time to concentrate on the serious work – preparation for crops. The kitchen garden has been dug over and the beds for crops have been marked out. Pig manure has been added to the ground to enrich it with nutrients for next year. I have established a strawberry patch, alongside the red and black currants. The plants I have used to start the patch were taken from runners produced by my pot-grown strawberries, and now that I have more space to devote to fruit growing, I plan to plant a selection of strawberries that will fruit over a longer period, so that we can enjoy them for longer next year.

A Winter of Content The other advantage of sowing seeds now is that my rather bare kitchen garden will hopefully look a little more Month three in productive over the winter months; there’s nothing quite as Lincolnshire Pride’s sad as a bare patch of earth, in Kitchen Garden, owned a kitchen garden, in the middle of winter.

and maintained by gardening instructor Lorraine Bellis

The First Beds in Place The first bed created in the kitchen garden is being planted with onions, shallots and garlic. I have selected onion sets that are specifically for autumn planting and will be looking forward to harvesting them in the late spring. Cut Flowers I am planning to grow some cut flowers in the kitchen garden and so have begun to sow some beds with hardy annuals. The reason for


doing this now is to begin the establishment of the plants before the winter gets going and it gives the flowers a head start in the spring. So, Californian poppies, cornflowers, love-in-a mist, poppies and scabious are the seeds I will be planting and hoping that this theory will work here at Damson Cottage.

Flowers are not just annuals, and I did bring a few perennials with me in terracotta pots, so, in the bed behind the pond, I have planted the ones that I would like to be able to see from the patio and that I may be able to cut later on but, more importantly, that will give structure to the bed. In the spring I will sow some annuals which, when grown, will fill it out with more lovely flowers for us and the bees to enjoy. Planting the perennials turned out to be a slow process as my new hens and their even newer beau – Bruce the Cockerel joined in. Every spade-full was overseen by each bird

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Pig manure has proved an invaluable resource, whilst birds help to keep pests at bay in Lorraine’s garden.


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LincolnshirePride’s Kitchen Garden


3 Lorraine will continue planting her perennial herb garden - this is the

heart of any good kitchen garden but even those with modest plots or terraces can grow herbs in pots for a low-maintenance kitchen garden...

trying to beat the rest to worms, or tiny bugs they could find. Entertaining, nonetheless! Allotment Planning In the two months I have been here, digging and developing the kitchen garden, I have been planning the development of the rest of the plot. It has always been my aim to grow as much food for ourselves as I can and so the plot at the bottom of the garden is to become an allotment plot. Here I will concentrate production of the main crops and will hopefully develop a larger soft fruit plot that can be contained within a netted cage to limit the loss to the wildlife around us.

The Months Ahead With so much heavy work needed to create the allotment it would seem that my ambitious plans to move the polytunnel this year will have to wait. I will use the polytunnel for tomatoes, peppers, chillies, okra, aubergines, but it is likely to still be in its current location. Since living here I have set out to find local suppliers of meat and any other foods that I buy. This has led to the discovery that there is a pig producer just two plots away from me... it doesn’t get much closer than that. With this knowledge I was able to make the decision to concentrate my plot on fruit, vegetables and flower production, with the addition of my now eight hens and cockerel roaming the garden and providing me with eggs.

Talking of wildlife, in the bottom of our empty, dry pond someone or something has begun to dig around it... there are holes appearing and our suspicion at the moment is that we Lorraine have badgers; watch this space. Digging for Victory The allotment area was last used as the enclosure for pigs, and they have done a marvellous job turning the ground over and adding natural fertiliser.

will soon begin working in her plastic poly-tunnel to gain a head start on next Spring’s growing season

However, in the time since they were here, the plot has become baked dry and chest high in nettles. My husband Paul - partner in this enterprise - has begun to cut the nettles down using a petrol strimmer, but because of the sheer scale of the job we are moving towards the decision to bring in machinery to turn the ground over as quickly as possible. Digging the plot by hand would not be a job for the faint-hearted and is definitely not a job I would tackle alone. So machinery seems to be a good option... but it does raise the prospect of picking nettle root out of the plot as soon as the exercise is completed, to avoid infestation of nettles in the crops later on. Nettle root is a creeping problem and chopping it up with machinery will spread it around.


This will leave meat production to those that are already established in it; economically I think this will make more sense for me but, more importantly, it will mean that we are both working in the type of food production we are most successful at and complementing each other.

So Far, So Good... So, to sum up my progress in the kitchen garden so far, I have cleared the area, added manure to it, laid out the first bed and planted it with onions, shallots and garlic. I have planted the first part of a strawberry patch. With the perennial herbs I have created the structure of the herb garden. The beginning of the cut flower beds is in place with some cut flowers sown. So what advice can I offer would-be kitchen gardeners following this month? Well, I have learnt that everything takes at least twice as long as you think... so any plans you make will always be wrong. Oh... yes... and do make sure you keep planning, as without one, you can easily lose your way! n

Lorraine will take her inspiration from walled kitchen gardens like Clumber Park, Notts, as shown here. Image by D Kav, licensed under Creative Commons.

Jobs for November Poly Tunnel Make any repairs to the tunnel where necessary and install the home made planters that will be used next year.

Apple Trees Lorraine will lower the canopy and renovate the trees at Damson Cottage, making the harvest next year much easier.

Shrubs & Trees Finally, this is the time to plant new shrubs and young trees. Completion of the native hedging in the kitchen garden will be in November.

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Planting a Native Hedge After removing the invasive Russian vine, a new fence was built along the back of the kitchen garden. This boundary is between the garden and the garages and driveway, so it’s important to me to create an attractive green barrier. The birds that visit our garden have been nesting all over the site and I am keen to create a hedge that they can enjoy as well.


The Lincolnshire Pride Kitchen Garden Plot size two acres. East-facing, with loam/sand soil.

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9. 1. Pig Arks: Lorraine will house pigs to produce natural fertiliser. 2. Pond: Presently derelict but due to be reinstated to attract wildlife. 3. Polytunnel: Essential for a ‘head start’ when growing all year round. 4. Compost Heap: Producing rich, high-grade fertiliser all year round. 5. Plot: Currently a mound of earth

from when pond was dug out. Will contain fruit trees. 6. Hen Houses. 7/8. Lawned Area/Cottage Garden. 9. Trees: Leylandii providing shelter. 10. Garage and hard-standing. 11. Kitchen Garden: Four 2m2 beds and additional strips for vegetables. Map not to scale. 12. Patio & Pond.

Around the plot we have sections of wonderful native hedging, these are full of hawthorn, blackthorn (sloes) and field maple. It seems appropriate to continue the theme and so I have planned for more native hedging to be planted along the new fence. November is a great time to plant hedging and there are lots of growers who specialise in hedging. I am buying whips – these plants are around a year old, and therefore can be bought more cheaply than bigger more established plants. This does mean I have to wait a little longer to see the development of the hedge, but it has it’s compensations as I can buy more plants to create a thicker hedge. Bellis Perennis Lorraine runs Bellis Perennis a business aimed at introducing people to kitchen gardening. A professional kitchen garden consultant, Lorraine visits clients’ gardens to advise and set up anything from free standing pots and planters to full kitchen gardens. Once established Lorraine can visit frequently to assist clients in maintaining their kitchen garden or can leave instructions and allow clients to manage their own plot. In the spring she will be offering courses and workshops at Damson Cottage for groups to take part in. For more information call 07841 372 118 or see


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FARMING MATTERS As I write at the beginning of October, Lincolnshire farmers are experiencing one of the driest periods that they... and I... can remember at this time of the year. As a result of this weather many are holding off lifting their potatoes and in some cases their sugar beet. Those sowing the winter wheat and rape into dry ‘cloddy’ seedbeds are not expecting their crops to grow until some appreciable rain arrives. Possibly, potato growers on the medium to heavy silts are affected more than most. Lifting potatoes with high dry matter content bruise very easily in the dry cloddy soils. The consequent bruising results in unsightly black patches, showing when they are peeled, and virtually making them unsaleable. Farmers, fortunate enough to have irrigation are finding they are having to put at least two inches of water prior to harvesting to soften-up the hard baked soil. Unfortunately time is drifting away and with the onset of frosty and cold conditions there is a serious risk of some crops not getting harvested in good conditions. Sugar beet harvesting has started in late September and most growers are having to be careful in not snapping off the roots in the extreme dry conditions. Initial sugar percentages are well up, no doubt due to the good growing conditions in the summer and autumn. There is no doubt that fungicide sprays are also helping in keeping the autumn leaf diseases in check. Wheat and rape seed sowing has been taking place in dry soils and very little is growing, again due to the extreme dry conditions. Vegetable growers in the South of the county have been sending considerable quantities of cauliflower and calibreese for processing but this has now dried up due to the conditions. Sprouts and cabbage also are growing short with many growers irrigating their crops. Demand for livestock remains steady with primary meat supplies of beef, lamb and pork receiving reasonable returns. The price for milk however is under pressure. One or two of the larger supermarkets, much to their credit, are offering higher contract prices for their milk. The great progress in agricultural mechanisation over the years in local agriculture was recently brought home to me the other day when I witnessed a sugar beet cleaner loader filling 25 tonne loads in five minutes. I was reminded of some 50 years ago when we took 3 ton loads to Kirton railway station and hand loaded the railway trucks for the Spalding factory. Such is progress... I wondered what might happen in the next 50 years? n Read Barry’s Farming Matters column each month only in Lincolnshire Pride.


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Hunting High and Low...

With the hunting season is set to start in the first weekend of November Lincolnshire Pride has been talking to the Belvoir and Blankney Hunts, who are keen to get newcomers involved New figures from the Countryside Alliance, released as this winter’s hunting season gets underway, show that since the hunting ban the sport has become ever more popular year on year. Of course, now the dogs aren’t allowed to kill the fox, simply flush it out to be killed by a bird of prey, but the increased publicity surrounding hunting has had an almost positive effect on the hunting community. Nina Camm, Hunt Secretary for the Belvoir pack, says; “We’ve had a great influx of new members keen to support the countryside. The best way to get started is simply to come and meet us. The hunting community is always keen to bring in new members.”

tray of warm sausage rolls and a warming glass of sloe gin. Everybody was there, from the hunt master, Rupert Inglesant, on his huge hunter to the dots who were confidently plonked on their ponies, some barely able to fit their little legs around them. All of the horses and ponies, along with their riders were beautifully turned out, looking smart and well groomed.

For starters, there are many benefits to Rita enlightened us on the being part of a hunt. Nina explained social side of the hunt. “It is a that the best advantage is the Hunts charity, so we are always depth of knowledge; “In a hunt holding events to try and raise you have a wide range of are usually charities, a bit of money. We have a experience, so whether you’ve point-to-point at Garthorpe so there’s often a sense got a question or need some every year, and all the advice about your horse, of community, and a real supporters paint the someone is bound to know kennels to try and save a bit desire to preserve the what to do, who to talk to of money. Country people can etc... whatever your problem countryside way get so split up nowadays, so the hunt will know a solution.” its fantastic for the community of life. Last season, I tagged along with to be focused on such a country Rita Wood, a keen follower of the orientated sport.” hunt, to see what it’s all about. After an Charged with the responsibility of early start, armed with wellies and a hot maintaining not just their territory’s flask, you’re all set, even as a beginner. set-aside land, but a way of life within the “The hunt moves around a lot,” explained countryside and proliferating a familiar, Rita, “Every hunt is at a different venue. All friendly, close-knit rural community, there’s of the hosts are very generous, letting the never been a better time to join one of hunt come year on year.” Lincolnshire’s local hunts no matter what Hopping out of the car we walked into the your level of horsemanship. n courtyard and were warmly greeted by a


WELLIES Right: Barbour Ladies Country Boot £250.

Above: Hunter Balmoral Royal in Olive £250. Right: Dubarry Galway in Moss £250.


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1. Lyme Bay Winery gift sets - shown here Summer Fruit and Damson Liqueurs, £20 and Sloe Gin gift set £11. 2. Arthur Price Present Day silver plated frame for 6x4 photograph £29. 3. River Cottage Everyday, hardback, £14.99. 4. Wooden Bead necklace by Mint £15. 5. Cocktail Glass - Lolita, with directions for cocktail on base £16. 6. Lavender toiletry set £9. 7. Vera Wang Princess Perfume £43. 8. Lola perfume by Marc Jacobs £45. 9. Kimmidoll ornament £10. 10. Filofax with Breast Cancer donation £call. 11. Moda In Pelle Jazz shoe £80. 12. India Hicks Toiletries Island Night EDT £36, Bath Cream £16, Lotion £18. 13. Armani Watch in silver £225. 14. Cath Kidston Bubble Bath £18 and Hand Cream £6. 15. Fiorelli handbag in red sequin £33. 16. Yankee Candle in Autumn Fruits £13. 16gb iPod in Electric Blue £115. 17. Silver folding photograph frame £call. 18. Chamilia composable bracelet £155 as seen. 19. Suede-effect gloves in purple £15. 20. Martie Wester Pearl necklace £call. 21. Cashmere effect scarf £12. n All of the above are available from Oldrids of Boston and Oldrids Downtown of Gonerby Junction, Grantham. Available online too at For information call 01205 361251.


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1. Miltonduff Whisky; single malt, aged 10yrs £20. 2. Michael Parkinson autobiography, hardback, £6. 3. Pure Evoke DAB digital radio in high gloss black £149. 4. Ties in blue paisley and purple stripe from a range by Van Buck from £16. 5. Loake 257B shoe £100. 6. Lead crystal decanter and two whisky tumblers £60 and £55/set of 6. 7. JVC Hard Disc high definition camcorder in ruby, model GZ-MG650 £call. 8. iPod 16gb in tungsten £115. 9. Armani watch £199. 10. Cross fountain pen in gunmetal £50. 11. Who wallet in cream leather with mod motif £25. 12. Socks by H J Hill £8/set of 3. 13. Cufflinks by Square Mile £30. 14. Nintendo DSi portable computer game in black with stylus and game £149. 15. Gucci toiletries; aftershave, shower gel and lotion £call. 16. Grooming/shaving set in leather case £100. 17. Van Buck collar stiffeners £10. 18. Van Buck cufflinks £15. 19. Purple striped shirt from a range by Pierre Cardin £call. n All of the above are available from Oldrids of Boston and Oldrids Downtown of Gonerby Junction, Grantham. Available online too at For information call 01205 361251.


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in Blues

Moody blue indigo hues are in this winter with violet and inky grape promenading on the catwalk collections of Chanel, Alexander Wang and Nicole Farhi. The vampire revolution has been sweeping the fashion world, with dramatic features being exaggerated. We have Twilight to thank for the smoky eyes come back, think Eva Green’s dark and dangerous eyes in Casino Royale. Giorgio Armani has been pasting the models with black eyes and dark lipstick.

Valentino has been exaggerating the drama with black nails and Fendi have been shading eyes in pure black. Christine Dior, Gucci and Marni have been sporting noir accessories in their winter collections this year, with Marc Jacobs sporting chunky black glasses, Donna Karan with high waisted black belts and Moschino gloves. Kenzo and Pringle have a new range of winter warmers to wrap up in, and Vivienne Westwood and Juicy Couture embracing the country look with tartan accessories. But we are focusing on the glitz and the glamour, for the up and coming party season. Enjoy, indulge and soak up this seasons latest looks.

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Winter is the season for the glitterbugs. Mix the glittery effect with feathers, leather and denim to get the ultimate party look. Ralph Lauren accessorises with fluffy boas and ruffles to complete the look. Wearing chunky jewellery will create a focus for the eye, as well as making you look thinner. This Grecian dress would be topped off to perfection with Gladiator sandals. Image: Dynasty.


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Over the knee boots are set to be a fashion trend this winter, but for those not convinced the ankle boot is a perfect compromise. Chunky laceups in suede or patent are a safe buy. With the vampire revolution sweeping the nation thanks to the sexy Twilight series, dark eyes and dark lips will set the tone for the night time wanderers. Image: Alberta Ferretti.

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The ruffles are an understated and elegant feminine touch an outfit. Alexa Chung and Ali Hillfiger have been wearing ruffled shirts out this season. Ralph Laurens collection has been wearing ruffled shirts with fur lined waistcoats andfeather boas. Chloe has been matching sillky shirts with high waisted trousers and knee length boots. Image: Linea Raffaelli.


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Block coloured silk dresses have been very in this summer, with the trend set to continue through into the winter. Pinko has been showing a range of silky trousers matched with gladiator shoes. The trick is to choose a simple shade and match with a belt, chunky necklace, silky scarf and gloves. Image: Vera Mont.


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Louis Vuitton, Erdem and Stella McCartney have been matching indigo with black on the catwalks for evening wear. Accessorise with black boots, earings, belts, bags, necklaces, gloves etc, this is not the season to under-do things. Marc Jacobs has been using chunky black glasses with big hair to maximise any look. Image: County Casuals.

i For suppliers in Lincolnshire see our Directory on page 160.


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Fashions: Modern and contemporary fashions for all occasions. With an ethos of customer service. Clothing: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania, Paul Smith, Nicole Farhi, Armani Jeans, Ted Baker, Barbour, Almost Famous, Nougat, Marc O Polo, Penny Black, Kelly Ewing, Hoss Intropia, JJ Park, Kate Fearnley, Paige Jeans, Scarla, Jovani. Accessories: Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Lulu Guinness, Tom Ford, Hultquist, Martine Wester, Wolford, Gipsy Tights. Shoes: Vivienne Westwood/ Melissa, Ugg, Paul Smith, French Sole, Ted Baker. Address: 262 High Street, Lincoln LN2 1HW Telephone: 01522 543956 Web:

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High heel caviar colour open toe shoes: £400

High heel platform sandal with a step and a black satin origami £1,905

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Metallics have become more subtle and sophisticated. Pewter is the shade to go for, it's a bit of glamour without the full on bling and goes with everything. Silver is elegant and timeless, lifts any outfit and you don't have to have the shoes to match, just work a bit of silver into your belt or jewellery.

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Beaded Evening Clutch In silver. You may have found this one in Granny's attic, it's got true vintage appeal. £24.95

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Sweet Smell The

of Success...

‘Per Fume’ in latin translates to ‘through the smoke’, and this month Emily Casswell reviews the latest releases of smouldering scents released just in time for Christmas... This month we review the most popular perfumes out on the market today. With a range of depths, sweetness and notes, there is sure to be one to tickle your senses. Perfumes are made up of metaphorical notes, These fragrance notes gently reveal themselves over time, and are split into three different groups. The ‘top notes’ are the lighter ones being the initial scent which gently fades after twenty minutes. These are followed by the middle, or heart notes, which make the body of the perfume. The base notes are the main, lasting theme of the perfume, bringing depth, richness and a certain solidity to the fragrance. Our selection of fragrances feature notes ranging from violet to vanilla and black orchid to bluebell... enjoy!

Exclusive Winter Scents n Gucci Flora: For the younger woman who likes to indulge in classic quality brands, this hedonistic scent has a darling side. Top notes are mandarin and peony with base notes of pink pepper and patchouli. n Nina Ricci – Ricci Ricci: This is a more sensual fragrance for the urban heroine who is both audacious and glamorous. This Parisian themed scent has a top note of rhubarb, bringing a refreshing fruitiness to it. n Givenchy – Ange ou Démon Le Secret: A more refreshing younger scent to the sister Ange ou Démon scent, modelled by Uma Thurman. Top notes of Cranberry and Winter Lemon, heart notes include Water Flower and base notes of blonde woods and white musks n Armani – Idole D’Armani: This spiced amber fragrance embodies Giorgio’s love of women’s goddess qualities, for the modern day idol. Armani says “Elegance is not about being noticed, it’s about being remembered”, and with a top note of bitter orange and base of benzoin and styrax.

n Marc Jacobs – Daisy: This scent flirts a carefree natural spirit, this pure sunny fragrance is ideal for the feminine women. Launched by leading fashion designer, the top notes boast strawberry and violet leaves, and leave a base of vanilla and white woods. n Calvin Klein – Euphoria: This fun scent which entices with a blend of pomegranate light notes which melt into a heart of sensual lotus blossom and black orchid. The strong base notes leave you with an amber and cream glow. n SJP – Lovely: The Sex and the City star’s fragrance is ultra-feminine and tasteful, with a gentle mix of the exotic and innocence. This timeless and ageless sophisticated parfum has a top note of apple martini, with a heart of orchid and white amber base. n Dolce & Gabbanna – Light Blue: This velvety scent mirrors its light powder blue box. With fruity top notes of apple and bluebell and a base scent of amber and cedarwood, this makes a perfect day pefume. n Dior – J’adore: The gorgeous golden Charlize Theron strips down to this scent in the advert for this fragrance. With a rich fruity top scent from the peach and beragmot, the heart is flowery with Jasmin, Orchid and Violet, and a base of Cedar and Sandal. n

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Four Seasons Lincolnshire jeweller Moore and Scrupps is celebrating 35th years in the trade by opening a new shop on Lincoln’s High Street. The flagship store will be re-named and re-branded to reflect the brand new contemporary ranges it will feature... With over 35 years in the trade, there’s little Sleaford jeweller John Moore doesn’t know about the industry, but when John came to launch his company’s fourth store, the retailer wanted to give his flagship venture a new identity to offer customers an even wider range of jewellery to choose from.

The store will exclusively feature Lola Rose, which looks like costume jewellery, bold, chunky and fun, with bright contrasting colours, but it features semi-precious stones though for a luxurious feel and weight, perfect for Society events and evenings out with friends.

“We’ve three really successful shops already “It’s really bold and fun” says John. and a huge number of regular customers.” “We’re very excited to be exclusive retailers says John. “But having seen couples who in Lincolnshire and can see it becoming came to us to purchase engagement very popular.” rings return for wedding bands, The store will also sell anniversary gifts then gifts for The well Skagen watches. their children and even Available for men and established jeweller’s grandchildren, we’re now women, the watches are finding that we’ve younger fourth store will be a made of light leather or customers too.” titanium, wafer-thin and flagship shop sporting To appeal to those seekunobtrusive. exclusive contemporary ing more contemporary, Whilst Faze 4’s ethos will fashion oriented jewellery, ranges and sporting be on fun, bold, high-fashion John decided that he’d jewellery, quality is just as a new name re-brand his new flagship important to the family firm, Lincoln branch and fill it with and the new Dower Hall brand of fresh new, brands, many of which are hand-made British jewellery will reflect this. exclusive to the city. “We’ve some impressive names and some “Jewellery has become really innovative in great looking jewellery, but we want to retain recent years.” says John. “Pandora the promise of quality and level of service composable jewellery has proved really you’d expect from an established name.” popular, so we’ll be the High Street’s says John. largest retailer of this, and we’ve sourced some new exciting brands for customers seeking fresh designer jewellery. We’ve also re-branded and re-named the store Faze 4 to reflect the store’s new ethos.”


The shop will also stock Ortak contemporary jewllery and Spinning’s range of stackable rings, as well as a host of other names.

i 35 Years of Service In Sleaford: Moore and Scrupps’s Southgate shop opened in 1988, opening the shop with business partner Gary Scrupps. In Newark: John then opened the Newark branch in 2002 on the town’s Appletongate. In Bourne: Next, the company opened its branch on Bourne’s West Street. Faze Four: The newest shop, which opens under the name Faze 4, is based on the corner of Lincoln’s High Street and Tentercroft Street. For more details on products featured here, telephone 01529 302674 or see

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Left: Ortak’s Leah, contemporary silver jewellery with bold colours and semiprecious stones.

Right: Dower Hall, hand-made British like jewellery such as this dark pearl necklace.

Mandy Smith with Skagen watch and Pandora Bracelet.

“We’re really excited at the prospect of the new shop.” says John. “It’ll be managed by Mandy Smith, who really has a keen eye for contemporary jewellery so we know it’ll offer a warm welcome and have some great products. We’re really glad that we’ve done something different with the new store.” With new brands, great looking exclusive jewellery and a fresh new identity, it’ll appeal to the younger generation of shoppers and Lincoln’s student population as well as existing customers seeking fresh, contemporary looking jewellery and some great gift ideas for the forthcoming festive season when it opens in late October, as Pride goes to press. n

Above: Lola Rose: chunky, contemporary choker featuring semi-precious stones.

Above: Skagen wafer-thin, light contemporary unisex watches crafted in durable titanium.


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Wedding Album

Of Anoushka Sudhira Tiagi & James William Stevenson

This month’s featured couple enjoyed their traditional Lincolnshire wedding, though they’re both looking forward to the next one... in Malaysia! Images: Lisa Warrener & Dave Moss, 07977 516944

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The Coach House, Carlton Scroop


Bride’s Name: Anoushka Sudhira Tiagi Groom’s Name: James William Stevenson Ceremony held at: St Peter’s & St Paul Church, Tetney Reception held at: Holton Lodge Best Man: Christopher Kirkland Maid of Honour: Chantelle Shakila Tiagi Bridesmaids: Georgia Redding, Liberty Redding, Jessica Dyson and Gabriella Stevenson. Bride’s Parents: Pops and Saroja Tiagi Groom’s Parents: John and Margret Stevenson

When/how did you first meet? Bride’s View: I was working at Foxtons, an estate agency in London. James was the new boy in the office and I have to admit I thought “He wont last long!” I did, however, think he was rather handsome and we ended up catching each other’s eye during work, soon enjoying a quick drink together after work. Groom’s View: On day one of my new job, I was introduced to Anoushka by a manager, who immediately commented afterwards “I can see your going to be trouble with Anoushka as your distraction…” I initially moved to London to live a bachelor’s life with my friends…! When in the relationship did he 'pop the question?' How did he propose? James had secretly asked my father (who lives between London and Malaysia) when he was visiting in the September and secretly organised the whole proposal with my mother during a visit in December. One morning, he instructed me to pack my bags then whisked me away to the Rasa Sayang Resort in Penang under the false pretence that it was a surprise early Christmas present for us to sit down to a romantic dinner on our own private beach under the stars at sunset, complete with own private chef and waiter. Just after dessert, he went down on one knee and popped the question! It was just so romantic!


What were the first things that you decided on? As Anoushka has Indian roots it was very difficult for us to decide whether to opt for a hindu wedding in Malaysia or a traditional English country wedding that all our friends and family were able to attend. So, we decided to have both… much to my father-inlaw’s delight!!! The English wedding was the first and easiest decision as my parents have a beautiful house with stunning grounds that was a perfect setting for a traditional English marquee wedding reception. We’re really looking forward to our Hindu wedding in Malaysia. Any pre-wedding nerves? I was nervous, but only at the last minute, before I walked into the church, when I think the reality of the situation hit me! Lucky for me my father as always was there to hold my hand. My father knows how much I love James and when I started to panic and the music began, he pushed me through the door and as soon as I saw my family and friends and most of all my gorgeous husband to be I was calm again. How did it feel to walk down the aisle and take your vows? Walking down the aisle was so surreal and so hard to take in, but seeing James waiting for me at the altar definitely helped to calm me down. The fact my dad seemed to take it all in his

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stride as he high-fived all his friends on the way down certainly set the tone for the day… everyone seemed to have big smiles on their faces! Our vicar was so friendly and calm throughout the whole time and he really helped us both control our emotion and nerves. However it was very emotional looking into James eyes and saying my vows and I did get a little choked as the words are so strong - but as he smiled back at me it was all fine. What made you choose your dress, and can you describe it? I tried on a few dresses, and it’s true; you really do know when you have found your dress… and I did. I put it on and I walked out and as ridiculous as it sounds we all welled up; strapless with a lace bodice and a full skirt, it had an ivory sash around my waist with a beautiful antique brooch, I also had a blue sash which I changed into for the reception, it had a real

vintage look, it’s a shame you’re only to wear it once! Did anything funny or particularly memorable happen, highlights of speeches, special things you said to each other etc? Bride’s View: My father’s speech was fantastic – he had no notes, it was spontaneous and amazing – it made me laugh and it made me cry; the perfect speech. As a surprise my aunt and James’s two sisters read three of my grandma’s poems which was really emotional as I was close to my granny before she passed away. It meant so much to me and it felt like she was part of our day – there definitely was not a dry eye in the marquee. Groom’s View: The ceremony, reception, speeches were all amazing and my best man Christopher did a great job with his speech… though I’ll never admit that to him in person. However, for me it will be the first dance that remains in my mind the most. It suddenly felt like Anoushka and I were the only two

We sat down to a

romantic dinner on our own private beach under the stars at sunset, complete with our own private chef and waiter. Just after dessert, he went down on one knee and popped the question! It was just so romantic!

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For me it will be the first dance that remains in my mind the most. It suddenly felt like Anoushka and I were the only two people in the room dancing to our favourite song...

people in the room dancing to our favorite song - from the moment it finished I don’t think either of us left the dance floor. Did you have a honeymoon? If so where, and most importantly, did you enjoy it? We had a small spa-break immediately after the wedding for a few days which was really relaxing, but our main honeymoon will be after our wedding in Malaysia. Any friends or family you'd like to thank or recognise? We’d like to thank both our mums for being so supportive and organising both of us, despite us living in London, my mum in Malaysia and James’s mum being based in Lincolnshire! Anyone you particularly want to recommend? Everyone involved was so friendly and courteous. Our vicar Chris Woaden really made us recognise how important marriage and our vows are to each other whilst also making us feel calm and relaxed. Our caterers, Cerrutis, delivered outstanding food and service. James’s cousin’s band Impulse ensured the dance floor was never empty and created such a party atmosphere. Our fantastic photographer Lisa Warrener and David Moss not only took the most amazing photos but were also extremely


patient and helpful whilst trying to organise two extremely large families who never seemed to be in the same place at the same time! Finally our florist Vanessa Drewery and Wendy Porter did such a fabulous job and were so easy to work with, listening and understood understanding exactly what style we wanted. How are you finding married life? Being married makes one feel so complete. I’m getting used to being introduced as James’s wife and to being Mrs Stevenson, but it is a lovely feeling. I sometimes have to pinch myself as I am so happy and excited about my life with James - in a strange way it makes you feel secure, not that I wasn’t before but it’s now official, this is for keeps! n


And finally, do you have any top tips that you can give for future brides? When sending invitations – don’t underestimate how long this can take! Definitely complete your table plan nice and early – we were amazed at how tricky it was! For more wedding tips visit - the national site for the local bride.

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HAIR DESIGN at Streaks Ahead

“Special occasions deserve a special hair style, so treat yourself this season!” Karen Steatman, Stylist

1 Tattershall Road Woodhall Spa, Lincs

01526 353757


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Lindsey Burrell and Michael Elliott were recently married at St Wilfrid's Church, Alford followed by a reception at The Brackenborough Arms Hotel, Louth.

Leanne Shades and Haytham Abdoush recently married at The Golf Hotel – Woodhall Spa. The couple went onto enjoy a honeymoon in Thailand.

Photographer: Conners Ltd, Louth. 01507 602562.

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

Katie Palmer and Nicholas Scotney were recently married at St Leodegars Church, Wyberton. A reception at The Golf Hotel, Woodhall Spa followed.

Vicky Middleton and Russell Hunter recently married at a stunning civil ceremony at the North Shore Hotel Skegness where they also held their reception.

Photographer: Jennie Wilson, Boston. 01205 760729.

Photographer: Paul Cato, Boston. 07961 223983.

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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Katy Smith and Steven Coleby recently married at Stoke Rochford Hall. A honeymoon in the Bahamas followed.

Sarah Grant and Tom Elderkin recently married at St Mary's Church, Old Leake, a marquee reception at Sarah's family home followed.

Photographer: Don Lambert, Stamford. 01780 757673.

Photographer: Dave Stewart, Stamford. 01780 751141.

Danielle Kirk and Louis Mill were recently married at St Mathews Church, Skegness followed by a reception at the Petwood Hotel Woodhall Spa.

Emily and Jonathan Collins were recently married at St Johns the baptist in Morton, a reception at The Haycock, Wansford followed.

Photographer: MF Photographics, Skegness. 07961 068618.

Photographer: Catherine Carter, Spalding. 01406 425628.

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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Fit for aKing... The Bustard Inn at South Rauceby, near Sleaford, provides a quality of dining that’s fit for a king... just ask George VI and our future Monarch, HRH Prince Charles...! Words & Images: Rob Davis.

If it’s good enough for King George VI, and latterly for HRH Prince Charles, it’s good enough for us we have our tongue in cheek, of course, as the Bustard Inn’s new owners, Alan and Liz Hewitt’s presence at the South Rauceby restaurant post-dates both Charles’s visit to the country inn, and by rather more of a margin, King George’s. Nonetheless, whilst it may not be technically true, we stand by the axiom, since the quality of dining at the venue really is fit for a king; Head Chef Phil Lowe cut his teeth working with Marco Pierre White, Ramsey & Rhodes before settling into his current role under owners Alan and Liz upon their arrival in 2007. The Grade II listed building was tired and in need of updating upon the retirement of its previous custodians. When villagers Alan and Liz heard of its availability, they envisaged a country restaurant that could make the most of the area’s wealth of ingredients and set about a renovation which would transform the pub into a Michelin-recommended restaurant experiencing great success despite its relative youth.


When villagers Alan and Liz Hewitt

heard of the pub’s availability, they envisaged transforming it into a Michelin recommended country restaurant that would make the most of local ingredients...

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Super food, a beautiful restaurant and an insistance upon quality appear to be paying off for the restaurant... it has already won a Taste of Excellence Award for Best Pub Food 2009, an AA rosette for Culinary Excellence and is featured in the 2010 Michelin Guide... Work began in earnest, including demolishing the old outbuildings and bringing back to life the unused brewhouse, sandblasting the Ancaster stone before installing porcelain floor tiles in the restaurant, flagstones in the bar area, custom ironwork by Anwick Forge and bespoke tables created by aptly named local country furniture specialist Peter Tree. Next came the finishing touches - comfortable chairs, tapestries hand-embroidered by Liz and her mother, subdued lighting, sparkling modern white china and crisp table napkins. With a beautiful dining room, the onus was on Phil and his team to create menus that were equally impressive. Thankfully, the brigade has done just that. Bar and à la carte menus run concurrently, and are available from Tuesday to Sunday, with an additional Sunday lunch option. The à la carte option comprises six first courses and main course dishes, with around eight desserts including a local cheese board. Unusually for a venue of the Bustard Inn’s size, the small brigade produces all of its own bread, its own ice creams and sorbets, and produces each meal freshly to order for patrons, even in the case of its more modest bar menu. “We’ve tried to create favourites that are faithful to Lincolnshire’s culinary heritage.” says Liz. “We’ve so many great suppliers and great ingredients in the area we’re keen to make the most of the county’s food culture and provide customers with dishes that present our county at its best.” Already this approach is paying off; the restaurant has already won the Lincolnshire Tourism sponsored Taste of Excellence award for Best Pub


Food, an AA rosette plus a entry in the Michelin Eating Out and Pubs 2010 guide - one of just seven such venues to be recommended in the whole county. Suppliers include Boston’s Abbey Parks and Freshdrop for locally sourced vegetables, Sleaford’s Millstream Butchers and M&J Seafood, with local ingredients including Cote Hill, Pipers Crisps and Bateman’s Ale at the bar. Alan and Liz were born in Leicestershire and Ayrshire respectively, and both met in the village in 2004, acquiring the property in October 2006. “We’d eaten in some really good restaurants and had an idea of what constitutes quality from the customer’s perspective.” says Liz. “This means we’ve created a restaurant that’s the sum of what we’ve enjoyed as customers. We opened with the aim of producing excellent food, wine and beers, and passing on our good experiences accordingly, which, we hope, comes across through our food and our service.” The couple closed the venue down, re-opening in April 2007. Head Chef Phil has also been with the restaurant since the beginning, and whilst Alan and Liz have created a formidable venue with excellent front of house service, the couple has enough confidence in their brigade to leave the creation of their menus to the kitchen team. This affords Phil and team maximum creativity, and allows Alan and Liz to act as their most discerning customer. Liz’s son Stuart Galloway, Bar and Restaurant Manager, was trained at the exclusive Skibo Castle in the Highlands of Scotland and he uses his excellent training and experience to create a very warm and sincere welcome for customers as well as ensuring that his team give first class, friendly service.

Main: Eton Mess at the Bustard Inn. Right: Beautiful Grade II listed front and smart restaurant.

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i “The team really are wonderful.” says Liz. “Alan and I have huge faith in Phil, and love to sample his efforts as customers, but this also enables us to objectively keep an eye on quality and constantly assess the restaurant as if we were diners.” In addition to regular dining, the venue also offers monthly jazz evenings, and monthly themed dining with a Tapas evening as Pride goes to press on 30th October and a Game Evening on 20th November. “We want to ensure dining out with us remains interesting.” says Liz. With quality food, a great atmosphere and sublime environment, interesting is certainly a word that can be used to describe one of the county’s newest quality dining experiences... one that we’re this month only too happy to recommend! n

The Bustard Inn, South Rauceby Cuisine: Fine English dining using fresh Lincolnshire ingredients. Environment: Grade II listed restaurant dating back to 1860. Reopened in April 2007 following complete refurbishment and extension. Menus: À la carte menu with six starters and main courses. Bar menu too, both served lunch and evening, and set Sunday lunch menu. Accolades: Tastes of Excellence Best Pub Food 2009 award. AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence, entry in Michelin Eating Out and Pubs Guide 2009. Don’t Miss: Monthly ‘special’ evenings - previous themes have included Oriental, Fish Night, Game, Wine Tasting and Scottish Ceilidh. Additional evenings with live music from popular jazz performers. This month will see the venue host a Game Evening with game-themed dishes on 20th November. Previous evenings have featured six courses for around £35p/h. Prices: 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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DINING Words: Rob Davis

Welcome to our seasonal guide of the best places to eat out this Christmas and New Year. Our roundup includes venues for luxurious lunches, full à la carte dining options and venues with special event and entertainment. If you’re seeking to dine on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, book quickly since many of Lincolnshire’s best restaurants are already becoming full.

New Year’s Eve, meanwhile, sees a wealth of venues offering dining and entertainment, often with accommodation for those seeking to bid farewell to 2009 in style. The restaurants we’ve chosen to feature here all value high quality local ingredients, and provide the highest standards of hospitality to ensure you spend a wonderful Christmas season with family and friends, rather than being stuck in the kitchen, so raise a glass and accept our very best wishes for an excellent Christmas and New Year. n

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

CHRISTMAS dining at one of Lincolnshire’s finest restaurants is a particular treat, this season, as the restaurant unveils its Christmas Lunch Menu and a unique ‘Chef for a Day’ package for those seeking to expand their skills in the kitchen. The luxurious, Michelin recommended Winteringham Fields’s Christmas Lunch Menu makes dining affordable from just £45 for three courses, with starters, middle courses, main courses and dessert options to choose from. The generous menu includes a pressed game terrine or scallops with Winteringham Fields scrambled eggs to start; breast of Partridge or pan fried Skate for the main courses and a number of delicious desserts including Christmas Pudding parfait and of course, the famous cheese trolley. Chef Patron Colin McGurran says he wanted to create a Christmas dining option which afforded all diners the opportunity to enjoy the restaurant’s exceptional cuisine, beautiful dining rooms and sense luxury. The restaurant’s Christmas menu will run concurrently with evening à la carte dining menus and Winteringham Fields’ Menu Surprise.


i Meanwhile, the restaurant is also offering diners the chance to purchase a family member or close friend a Christmas Present with a difference - the chance to spend a day as a chef working in Winteringham Fields’s kitchens. Alternatively for £495 you can enjoy spending time in the kitchens during lunch service and then indulge in the evening with the Menu Surprise with accompanied Sommelier's wine selection followed by an overnight stay in one of the luxurious bedrooms. For any reader who covets the idea of working as a top class chef, Colin’s pedigree working in Europe and the Middle East’s most formidable venues will prove an unforgettable experience! n

More Information... 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. Seasonal Dining: Lunchtime dining with three courses for £45, four courses for £49.95. À la carte dining and Menu Surprise menus run concurrently, the latter from £79p/h. Christmas Presence: Treat that special someone to a gift voucher for the day in the kitchen packages; a specific menu or a monetary value of your choosing.

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

SEASONAL dining at the George of Stamford means taking advantage of the hotel’s warmth and character, its traditional service and excellent dining with oak panelling. “At The George we believe in a traditional Christmas with log fires, deep comfortable sofas, accompanied by excellent food and fine wines.” says Chris Pitman. “And we believe these should be served in an atmosphere of hospitality and comfort in beautiful surroundings steeped in ancient history”. Next month is a busy time for the venue, with a Christmas Magic Show held in the Business Centre on 12th December from 11am, with dining available in the oak panelled dining room and the hotel’s less formal Garden Room. Over the season, diners can enjoy Christmas Eve luncheon and dinner from £38 and £43.50 respectively. Boxing Day dining is a three-course affair from £62p/h, with Woodbridge Duck, Sirloin of English Beef and Seafood Medley all available in addition to those seeking to prolong their seasonal celebrations... and with New Year’s Day lunch still available, diners can enjoy luncheon and dinner for £47.25 each with Garden Room and bars open all day as normal.


More Information... Cuisine: Traditional English.

New Year’s Day menus include Loch Duart Salmon and Sirloin of English Beef or Casserole of Local Pheasant.

Environment: Beautiful coaching inn dating from 1200. 47 en-suite bedrooms.

Concessionary room rates are also available in one of the hotel’s 47 luxurious rooms from just £24.50 to the hotel’s à la carte diners.

Accolades: Numerous! Regarded as England’s best coaching inn!

Finally, to really celebrate 2009’s festive season, tickets are still available at The George of Stamford’s New Year Gala Dinner. From £180 per person, guests will enjoy a champagne reception accompanied by Sonny Monk’s Jazz Band, a spectacular gourmet dinner, live band with Scottish Piper at midnight with carriages at 2.30am; limited accommodation is also available. Make your season really special, and enjoy the finest cuisine and service at one of the county’s finest restaurants, which this month wished all patrons a wonderful season. n

Seasonal Dining: Christmas Party menus from £41 per head. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus from £43. New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner with limited places from £180 per person. Christmas Presence: Christmas Magic Show on Saturday 12th December from 11am in the Business Centre. Concessionary room rates available, from just £24.50 for à la carte diners. Christmas Family Supper for residents only.


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HAMBLETON HALL HOTEL & RESTAURANT Hambleton, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8TH Tel: 01572 756991 Web:

DECEMBER dining at Rutland’s Hambleton Hall really does bring together the best winter ingredients, and a breathtaking location that’s just right for celebrating the season. Renowned for its strong provision of game dishes and daily-changing winter menus, Hambleton Hall presents diners with an elegant dining option throughout November and December. The 8th December sees a rather fun evening in the form of Something for the Weekend, with a three course meal accompanied by the namesake of the evening, a barber shop quartet performing beautiful melodies to accompany Pavé of Turbot, Roast Pheasant and Exotic Fruit Salad, available for £100 per person including wine. New Year’s Eve, meanwhile, sees a Dinner Dance at Hambleton Hall with a champagne reception, six course meal and music & dancing throughout the evening with tickets for £199 per person inclusive of wine. À la carte dining at the hotel provides a choice of between six and eight first courses, main courses and desserts. Highlights of the winter menus include Whissendine Veal with Sweetbread Raviolo, Confit Fillet of Wild Seatrout and Goosnargh Duck. The Lunch for


i Less menu, meanwhile, utilises the same expertise with more modest ingredients; Ballotine of Ham Hock and Braised Blade of Beef being examples of the restaurant’s lunchtime starters and main courses respectively. “At Hambleton Hall, we offer exceptional winter dining.” says the hotel’s Carolyn Turner. “It’s one of our favourite seasons and our Michelin-starred Chef, Aaron Patterson and his highly skilled team use only the best local produce and the dishes have a strong winter bias producing quite brilliant, assured cooking.” Meanwhile, the hotel’s wine list is a joy coupled with the unparalleled sommeliership of Dominique Baduel who will recommend the perfect choice of wine to complement your meal, making Hambleton Hall an exceptional venue at which to enjoy the very best seasonal hospitality. n

More Information... Cuisine: Modern British fine dining with Continental Influences. Setting: Beautiful late Victorian former private residence with 60 cover restaurant and private dining rooms. Menus: Limited availability of Lunch for Less daytime menus in the run up to Christmas. À la carte dining with two, three course, set menus and a six-course set taster menu changing daily. Seasonal Dining: Just a few places remain in the run up to Christmas as the Michelin-starred restaurant looks forward to a busy season - call for availability. Christmas Presence: Musical Dinner on 8th December with Something for the Weekend; £100 per person. New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance £199 per person.

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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 Distinction 2009 and Restaurant of the Year 2008, The Barley Mow is a traditional restaurant perfect for winter dining, family run for 10 years and valuing honest, fresh, high quality food, created with care and attention to create brilliant seasonal dining. Options for seasonal dining at the restaurant include à la carte lunchtime and evening dining menus 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 warmth & comfort with friendly staff and a choice of either a contemporary, stylish dining room or traditional styled conservatory ideal for parties. Good food doesn’t need to be complicated, and the venue is proud to present simple dishes carefully created from quality ingredients such as Longhorn steaks & meat options to winter dishes including locally sourced game. The restaurant’s Moules Marinieres, is also popular, supplied from Smith’s Smokery, adjacent to the restaurant. A real highlight at the Barley Mow is a selection of home-made winter puddings, 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

i venture suggestions as to which ingredients are of particular merit that week. 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 log burners in both bars create the warm, welcoming feel you’d expect from a cosy village pub. Being a traditional Lincolnshire freehouse, the Barley Mow also features Bateman’s ales and a selection of other guest ales and a choice of 20 wines and champagnes to celebrate the season in style. 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 a meal at the Barley Mow this winter a real treat, and ensuring the restaurant is still a real favourite with Lincolnshire diners. n

More Information... Cuisine: Luxurious Lincolnshire pub restaurant serving English cuisine. Environment: Built in 1700s and located overlooking acres of productive Lincolnshire farmland, from which many of the restaurant’s ingredients are sourced. Accolades: Lincolnshire Pride Restaurant of the Year 2008 and Restaurant of Distinction 2009. Tastes of Lincolnshire 2008 Runner Up. Menus: À la carte menu. Set lunch menu. Tea for a Tenner ‘early bird’ menu. Dedicated Sunday lunch menu. Seasonal Dining: Traditional winter main courses, juicy steaks and warm puddings combine with specials board to highlight exceptional dishes. Christmas Presence: Parties for one-40 catered for. Festive set menu, Chrsitmas Ladies Night.


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RUSHTONS BISTRO & DELI BAR NEWARK, NOTTS 41/42 Stodman Street, Newark, NG24 1AW Tel: 01636 605214/ 0845 8800859 Web: NOVEMBER sees the launch of Newark’s newly revamped eating out establishment, in the form of Rushton’s Deli Bar, replacing the existing deli on the town’s Stodman Street folowing a comprehensive refurbishment. The business began life as a deli in 2002, winning Newark’s Retailer of the Year 2006 before expanding into adjacent premises and launching an outside catering operation later that year. 2008 saw the launch of Rushton’s bistro and one year on, the eatery has become so widely regarded that Adam & Bethan Rushton and business partner Stephen Church are changing the delicatessen to supplement a 40 cover bistro and private dining room with the new deli bar for relaxed eating. Rushton’s Deli Bar will offer salads, sandwiches and cheese platters, meat, fish & vegetarian options and home-made desserts. Dishes from the bistro and deli bar range from crudités, and endives, to full à la carte dishes with continental influences and exceptional presentation throughout the whole range of dining options. Everything on the menu is made freshly to order, and to accompany the menus, there is a wide range of wines, beer and spirits.


i Definitely a bistro restaurant performing above and and beyond its remit, the restaurant offers exceptional quality food against a newly refurbished restaurant with elegant soft furnishings and soothing easy listening music. “Our idea is to provide quality, but also consistancy.” says Adam. “It’s important to us that we don’t sacrifice our reputation as the business grows. Our expansion is the result of demand which we hope validates the fact that our customers are really happy with both the food and service we provide.” The deli bar will retain its successful and popular retail lines of artisan English and continental cheeses, as well as personal and corporate gift hampers, also offering outside catering for all events and functions from buffets to weddings. Rushtons customers can expect an exceptional experience from start to finish. n

More Information... Cuisine: Modern European influences from light snacks to full meals. Environment: Newly refurbished Deli Bar relaunches this month offering casual dining for Christmas shoppers. Menus: Deli Bar, daily menus & bistro dining and gourmet dinner party menus with everything from casual to à la carte dining. Seasonal Dining: Daily changing menus at the venue provide the chance to eat fresh, for less and supplement existing private dining room. Christmas Presence: The company also creates bespoke hampers using its deli produce and provides bistro dining gift vouchers, as well as offering outside catering for your own seasonal parties too.

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THE RED LION, CAYTHORPE The Red Lion, High Street Caythorpe, NG32 3DN Tel: 01400 272632 Web:

GOOD old fashioned Lincolnshire food in relaxed and comfortable surroundings. That’s the aim of Caythorpe’s Red Lion this month.


Owner John Cork believes in producing enjoy quality dishes, with substantial portions, great service and an open fire without needing to stand on ceremony, and at prices which make the decision to enjoy a meal at the pub an easy one. Diners can select from an à la carte menu in the daytime or evening, or can enjoy a light snack at the bar. There’s also an Early Bird concessionary menu from Wednesday to Friday with two courses for £9.95, and steak nights every Tuesday. The main dining room seats 60, and is supplemented by a further 20 covers in a smaller dining alcove for cosy winter dining and private seasonal celebrations. The impressive building dates from the early 1600s with a later wing added in the 1830s. Beams, inglenook fireplaces and leather chairs plus terracotta pantiles and stripped pine floors create a lively, warm and welcoming environment, but one which is supplemented by a kitchen creating innovative dishes in an unashamedly English style with plenty of emphasis placed on provenance and quality.

More Information... Suppliers of note at the restaurant include specialist butchers Skinners of Barrowby and Millstream Butchers of Sleaford, Abbey Parks, who provide the restaurant’s vegetables and Majestic wines of Lincoln. With winter at the restaurant promising locally shot game, sweet reductions over rabbit, venison and pheasant, and the presence of local shoots, the restaurant and local agriculture are inextricably linked to the direct benefit of winter diners. Best still, this Christmas will see party menus available to private parties from £16.95 per head and there are still plces available for Chrismas Day dining, which is offered from £57.50 per head. Celebrate your season at the Red Lion in Caythorpe, and you’re assured of a very Merry Christmas indeed. n

Cuisine: Traditional English food, from grills to à la carte dining. Environment: Cosy English pub with quality dining and intimate dining room. Further private dinig room available for private parties. Menus: À la carte dining, light snack menu in bar, Early Bird dining from Wednesday to Friday. Steak Night on Tuesday evenings. Seasonal Dining: Places still available for Christmas parties, Christmas Lunch at £57.50 includes canapés, and four courses., the mainstay of which is Roast Lincolnshire Turkey with Cranberry & Sage Stuffing. Christmas Presence: A cosy venue for winter dining with open fires and traditional pub feel.


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THE MILLHOUSE, NEAR LOUTH The Millhouse, Covenham St Bartholemew, Louth, LN11 0PB Tel: 01507 363652 Web:

STYLISH dining is assured at Covenham St Bartholemew’s Millhouse, a quirky, stylish restaurant that’s great for winter dining just a few minutes from the excellent Chrsitmas Shopping destination of Louth. Even before the food arrives at your table, there’s no denying that The Millhouse Restaurant at Covenham St Bartholomew has a great deal to appeal to Lincolnshire diners. With a sweeping gravel approach and limewashed walls, the 16th century thatched farm cottage, offers idyllic winter dining, and once inside, period beams and low ceilings combine with opulent furnishings in the garden room and a rickety, knurled staircase in the oldest part of the dining room. Once the food arrives at your table, however, it quickly becomes apparent that the standard of dining matches the standard of accommodation, with beautifully presented food courtesy of a newly revamped menu aimed at staving off the recession for diners and ensuring consistently high quality food. Owners Tony Marklew and Javier Salvador and have added adding a modern twist to the restaurant, diners enjoy the best of both worlds with smart, modern presentation that has underlying values of good, wholesome


i More Information... Lincolnshire food that is always fulfilling, never pretentious and which never fails to satisfy. The restaurant really understands what its customers enjoy, and creates simple dishes that are implemented extremely well and presented with creativity. An à la menu staple which includes pies, chicken, fish and meat options with roughly four of each dishes, plus three vegetarian options. Puddings at the restaurant are presented on a platter, with diners able to choose their dessert having seen each option for themselves. This Christmas, The Millhouse with its extravagant decorations can be seen to best effect, and the standard of à la carte dining up to the standard of the venue itself, you’re assured of a warm welcome no matter how chilly the winter proves to be. n

Cuisine: Innovative contemporary gastropub cuisine, drawing on traditional Lincolnshire food with excellent presentation. Environment: 16th century thatched farmhouse. Contemporary garden room, traditional dining room and stylish dining terrace. Menus: À la carte dining menu, concessionary menus for lunchtime dining. Sunday lunch menu. Seasonal Dining: À la carte dining with individual dining rooms for private parties. Christmas Presence: The Millhouse’s christmas decorations are nothing short of breathtaking... and 2008 saw the debut of MChanted, a Christmas shop and children’s grotto.

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GENEROUS BRITON, BRANT BROUGHTON High Street, Brant Broughton, Lincoln LN5 0RZ Tel: 01400 272119 TRADITIONAL dining in a cosy village pub... that’s the aim of business partners John Cork and Jane King, owners of the Generous Briton in the village of Brant Broughton. Situated between Lincoln, Grantham and Newark, the village pub has been subject to a complete refurbishment by its new owners, who acquired the pub in July 2008 and opened a brand new 30 seater restaurant that aims to offer quality food in an informal, traditional and cosy environment. Quarterly menu changes keep food choices fresh, and à la carte dining both at lunchtime and in the evening facilitate high quality dining no matter what the time of day. This season, visitors can enjoy a Fish and Chip Supper night on Tuesday, Early Bird dining from Tuesday to Saturday, and high quality Sunday Lunch dining for £9.95, £12.95 or £14.95 for one, two or three courses respectively. That means both value for money and quality are assured at the pub, and with 20 years experience on the part of head chef Jane King, the kitchen have a real familiarity with what Lincolnshire Diners seek from their restaurants. A choice of eight starters, 10 main courses and a selection of home made desserts, are all prepared freshly to order.

i Highlights of the pub’s autumn menus include Game Cobbler with Mixed Game & Country Vegetables and Homemade Stilton Scone, and Lincolnshire Sausages and Mash, as well as Home-made Suet Pudding with Braised Steak & Gravy.

More Information... Cuisine: Traditional Lincolnshire pub food well presented with European influences. Environment: Recently renovated village public house with traditional ales and comfortable surroundings.

To maintain diners’ interest, Jane and John host popular theme nights, with October’s theme being Chinese Dining, and November’s theme centred around Brant Broughton’s Village Show... January will see a medieval themed supper!

Seasonal Dining: À la carte lunchtime and evening menus. Dedicated Sunday lunch menu, and special Christmas menus. Early Bird menus and Fish & Chip nights Tuesday to Saturday.

“We offer food that’s as satisfying and enjoyable as the service.” says John. “We think it’s important that customers enjoy their overall experience as well as the food itself, and we appreciate that Lincolnshire diners in particular value good old fashioned customer service, a concept that’s really important to us.” n

Christmas Presence: Traditional Christmas pub with open fireplaces, real ale and Christmas fayre. Look out, too, for theme evenings; November will see a special opening for Brant Broughton’s Village Show, whilst January will feature a Medieval themed banquet!


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of the Year 2009

This month we’re delighted to announce the results of Lincolnshire Pride’s 2009 Restaurant of the Year competition, as voted for by readers of the magazine. With no input from us, the results constitute independent and unbiased eating out recommendations from the restaurants’ toughest judges... their customers! Welcome to the results of Lincolnshire Pride’s Restaurant of the Year competition. We’re this month delighted to reveal the winners of what we believe is the most unbiased independent survey of Lincolnshire restaurants as voted for by their harshest critics... their own customers. With no influence from advertising spend or editorial judgement, the results reveal exactly what Lincolnshire diners seek when they choose where to eat out, and those named in 2009’s awards include cosy pub restaurants offering quality dining, fine dining restaurants and independently owned hotels with all levels of formality featuring in our list of winners. Included this year are relative newcomers South Rauceby’s Bustard Inn, and Aswarby’s Tally Ho, the former having reopened in 2007 following a complete renovation, the latter now under new management. Two of Lincolnshire’s most popular hotels, The Lincoln Hotel and Branston Hall Hotel, are also celebrated in the awards, whilst international dining is celebrated in the top ten recommended restaurants courtesy of Boston’s Bizarro. In addition, two of Lincolnshire’s most prestigious restaurants - the panelled dining room at The George of Stamford and Scunthorpe’s Winteringham Fields - also win a place in our list, celebrated as excellent venues when quality and luxury is highly valued.


Our top restaurants, as voted for by readers, feature two established names familiar with Lincolnshire Pride readers, and a newcomer. Our Highly Commended restaurant, The Mill on Boston’s Spilsby Road, celebrated its first anniversary this year with new owners Paul and Tracy Topliss completely refurbishing the venue. The restaurant offers à la carte dining in a comfortable environment and a refurbished dining room. Chef patron Paul offers diners a sound selection of traditional British dishes in a relaxed environment, and there’s a popular terrace area which has proved a real success this summer. “We’re absolutely delighted!” says Tracy. “We’ve had a really great first year and we have been absolutely delighted with the feedback we’ve received from our customers.” Lincolnshire Pride’s Restaurant of Distinction, meanwhile, and last year’s Restaurant of the Year is Friskney’s Barley Mow. A traditional Lincolnshire restaurant valuing good honest food and offering mouthwatering desserts, owner Jayne Cividen says; “We’re really pleased to have won a place in the awards for the third year running. We’re a really close, hard-working team and always do our best to ensure our diners enjoy their experience!” Finally, Lincolnshire Pride’s Restaurant of the Year 2009 can officially be named as the familiar favourite, Kirkby La Thorpe’s The


Restaurant of the Year 2009... The Results in Full, as voted for by readers of Lincolnshire Pride: Restaurant of The Year 2009: The Queen’s Head, Kirkby la Thorpe. Restaurant of Distinction 2009: The Barley Mow, Friskney. Highly Commended Restaurant 2009: The Mill, Boston. Runners Up: Winteringham Fields, Winteringham. The George Hotel of Stamford. Tally Ho Inn, Aswarby, Sleaford. The Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln. The Bustard Inn, South Rauceby. Bizarro Restaurant, Boston. Branston Hall Hotel, Lincoln.

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Main: Proprieters of The Queen’s Head, John Clark, Paul Proust and team. Below: Tracy and Paul Topliss of The Mill, Jayne Cividen and her team at The Barley Mow.

Queen’s Head, owned by Chef Patron John Clark and Paul Proust. The restaurant offers consistantly excellent dining, sound service, and a comprehensive menu of Lincolnshire favourites using locally sourced ingredients. “Thanks to everyone who voted.” says John Clark, accepting our award. “It has been an excellent year, and we really wish all those who have enjoyed a meal with us throughout 2009 our very best.” Our best wishes must be extended not just to our top ten restaurants, but to all those who voted in our awards, and we congratulate reader Kay Spyvee of Market Rasen, chosen at random from all of our entries to win a meal a month in 2010 to say thank-you for voting.


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Travel the World whilst remaining in Lincolnshire... this month we ask the county’s best chefs to take us on a gastronomic global tour to sample World Class dishes from their own culinary adventures abroad. We’ve first courses, main courses and desserts from Europe, Asia and Africa...

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Main: Open Lasagne of Leek, Goat’s Cheese and Chestnut at the Lincoln Hotel, Lincoln. 1: Mozzarella and Basil Croquettes with Tomato Salsa from Barnsdale Lodge, Rutland. 2: Feijoada; Brazilian-inspired Pork, Black Bean and Smoked Sausage Stew at Strait’s Brasserie, Lincoln. 3: Tomato, Aubergine & Chick Pea Fondue with Grilled Halloumi and Tzatziki at The Bustard Inn, South Rauceby. 4: King Prawns at The George of Stamford. 5: Exotic Fruit Salad with Chocolate & Passion Fruit Tortellini at Hambleton Hall, Rutland. 6: Tuna Steak with Salsa at the Houblon Arms, near Grantham. 7: Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry at the Millhouse, Covenham St Bartholemew, Louth. 8: Chinese Bamboo Steamed Fillet of Salmon with Julienne of Vegetables at Kenwick Park, Louth. 9: Roasted Bell Pepper with Mixed Bean & Vegetable Chilli Con Carne at the Boat House, Farndon, near Newark. n For our featured restaurants’ contact details see our Directory on p160.


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Chocolate Box The

Lincolnshire’s artisan chocolatier Fiona Sciolti is in cocoa heaven this month with a new endorsement from equally silky smooth celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli. The chef stated he was seriously impressed with Fiona’s chocolates and declared that she would go far. With such high praise, we decided it was time to sample her botanical chocolates for ourselves! It’s a ringing endorsement from one of the most handsome and well-versed names in the industry. Half Italian and based in Brigg, Fiona recently met top celebrity chef JeanChristophe Novelli who cast his critical eye on the artisan chocolatier’s latest range, and offered his buona fortuna to Fiona. Currently renovating her rustic home, raising four children, and using her inherent talents to embark upon a new business certainly keeps Fiona busy. But the chocolatier, who has lived in Lincolnshire since 2004 is uncompromising, particularly in terms of attention to detail and quality. “I use the finest cream from Roe's Dairy, my local family farm.” says Fiona. “They have a wonderful herd of contented Jersey, Guernsey and Friesian cows. The Borage honey that I use comes from just a mile up the road and I also source my soft fruit ingredients locally where possible.” Together with her children, Fiona picks her own blackberries, scorches her own caramel and candies her own limes by hand, ensuring that no artificial flavourings interfere with the pursuit of her botanical chocolate perfection. The result is the launch of her ‘Signature Six’ range of chocolates comprising such innovative and mouthwatering flavours as Strawberry & Balsamic Vinegar, Lemon Verbena with hand-candied Lime, and Apricot & Almond. Words cannot do justice to just how incredible Fiona’s chocolates taste and having tried her Signature collection, we’re looking forward to sampling the tea-infused range Fiona hopes to launch around Christmas.


“Some have commented they consider my flavours to be idiosyncratic, but” says Fiona “once tasted, you are left in no doubt as to just how incredible my chocolates really are. It’s the result of years of research.” The secret lies in her use of fresh ingredients that result in the stunning flavours and silky smooth textures. Herbs and teas are infused with locally sourced cream and honey and real fruit is prepared and whipped into sensational ganaches. Fiona hand cuts, hand dips and hand decorates each chocolate giving each one their own personality. “You can always tell a truly handmade chocolate” says Fiona “from their matt sheen on the outside.” Fiona loves her local Lincolnshire countryside and spends a great deal of her time working with new ingredients to develop interesting combinations. Some, such as the Green Tea and Cherry chocolate, are what Fiona describes as a ‘journey’ where the complex notes develop as they linger on the palate. “Many of my chocolates have contrasting flavours that compliment each other, whilst others are more traditional.” Each chocolate works brilliantly, from the lusciously divine Blackberry and English Apple Brandy to the indulgent and warm Scorched Caramel, which is perfect for an autumnal fireside. Painstakingly produced sounds like a cliché, but Fiona has counted over seventy individual processes that go to create each box of hand-crafted chocolates. Fiona has worked equally hard to protect her precious chocolates and spent months

i Botanical Chocolates Who? Fiona is an Italian-English self-taught chocolatier with a new range of Botanical Chocolates using natural, locally sourced flavourings. Serving Suggestion: Fiona’s chocolates are best enjoyed from the comfort of a comfy armchair with an open fire and a good book. Professional chocolate tasters advise allowing each chocolate to melt on the tongue slowly rather than munching to allow the chocolate’s temperature to gently rise. Find Out More: Available from leading farmers’ markets, or via

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Main: The chocolates feature hand-candied fruits and local honey. Below: Fiona in her Brigg studio.

designing a unique box to both showcase the chocolates and protect them too.“I had to ensure that my chocolates reached my customers in perfect condition.” Whilst Fiona attends farmers’ markets, and food festivals, her main ‘shop-window’ is her fabulous website Fiona’s business is not yet a year old and in her heavenly chocolate studio, she is bristling with excitement following the endorsement from Jean-Christophe and the promise of a successful Christmas season. “Chocolate is such a pleasure to work with” says Fiona “and I love to watch peoples’ faces when they first experience my chocolates. It makes it all worthwhile.’ n


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New Year’s Eve 2009 at

The Bustard Inn NEW YEAR’S EVE 2009 GOURMET DINNER DANCE Glass of Grand Cru Champagne (or drink of your choice) on arrival Six Course Gourmet Dinner (please visit our website for details) Dance the old year out and the new year in to the fabulous TNT Soul Explosion a 6 piece professional band who have played on BBC Children in Need with Status Quo & Girls Aloud

£85 per person Dress: Black Tie

44 Main Street, South Rauceby, Lincs NG34 8QG

Telephone: 01529 488250 For further details please visit

Queen’s The


Quality Restaurant & Country Inn

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

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.

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

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 • 132

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COOKING WITH COLIN What better gift for a food lover than a day in the Winteringham Fields kitchens Option 1 - £150

Option 2 - £495



• Tailor made lessons to suit your palette • A day in the kitchen with Colin (9am - 3pm) • Personalised CD Rom of your day • Apron & Goodie bag

All of Option 1 PLUS Dinner in the evening for you and your partner along with overnight stay in a luxury room with breakfast the following morning

Please contact us for further details

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


£50 WHEN DINING WITH US 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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WITH SWEET POTATO FONDANT AND PEPPERED AUTUMN GREENS Serves 4 2 Pheasants (breasts removed) 1 tbsp Olive Oil 4 tbsp Chopped Fresh Parsley 2 Lemons Zested 6 Cloves Garlic, Finely Chopped Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper For the Fondant Sweet Potato: 100g Butter 2 Medium Size Sweet Potatoes 3 Garlic Cloves, Peeled and Crushed 150ml Game or Chicken Stock Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper For the Greens: Half Small Savoy Cabbage, finely sliced 2 tsp Freshly Cracked Black Peppercorns 50g Butter 2 Cloves Garlic, finely chopped For the Gravy: 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil Reserved Legs and Carcass from Pheasant 4 Garlic Cloves, skin on, crushed 3 Carrots, peel only Small Onion, chopped 100ml Red Wine 100ml Game or Chicken Stock 4 Sprigs Fresh Parsley 25g Butter

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas four. Heat pheasant breasts in an ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat, add the pheasant breasts and fry for three or four minutes. Transfer the pheasant breasts to the oven and roast for five or six minutes, then remove the pheasant from the oven. Make a deep cut in the side of the pheasant breasts to create a 'pocket'. Stuff the pocket with the parsley, lemon zest and garlic. Return to the oven until cooked then set aside. Meanwhile, for the fondant sweet potato, peel the potatoes and prepare four large fondant potatoes by cutting into cylinders 5cm in diameter by 6-8cm tall. Heat the butter in a separate frying pan, add the sweet potato cylinders and garlic and fry for three to four minutes, or until softened and nicely browned. Add the stock and season. Cover the pan with a lid and cook over a low heat for five to eight minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender. For the gravy, heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the pheasant legs and carcass, garlic, carrot and onion and fry for

five to eight minutes, stirring regularly. Add the wine and boil for five or so minutes, or until reduced by half. Add the stock and parsley, bring to the boil until the volume of liquid has reduced by half again. Heat a separate pan over a medium heat. Pass the gravy through a fine sieve into the hot pan. Bring the sieved liquid to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the volume of liquid has reduced by a third. Prepare the greens by plunging the cabbage into a large pan of salted water and simmer for three or so minutes. Drain well. Place the butter, garlic and cracked black peppercorns into a saucepan and heat until starts to bubble, add the cabbage and heat through. To serve divide between four warmed large serving plates, carve the stuffed pheasant breasts into three or four slices and sit on top of the cabbage. Place a fondant sweet potato on each of the four serving plates and drizzle the pheasant gravy around the edge of the plates. n Enjoy good eating - John Clark

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


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WINES FROM WAY-OUT-WEST Lincolnshire Pride’s wine expert Ben Straw of Lincoln’s Steep Hill Wines this month heads-up a gold rush way-out-West. Here, he profiles fine wine from the American Pacific North West, and explores some interesting parallels to some of the best terroir in France. The assumption remains that California is the USA in terms of wine. Whilst it does account for 94% of the USA’s wine production it is by no means the be all and end all of Stateside wines. In generic terms wines from the Pacific Northwest are more elegant and lighter in alcohol than their sun-drenched Californian cousins. The climate of Washington State has more in common with the Loire Valley and Bordeaux in France than with its much warmer neighbour to the South. This enables cooler climate grape varieties like Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc to thrive. The region’s signature variety, Merlot, also grows exceptionally well in the area. The Oregon wine-growing region is largely influenced by the proximity of the Pacific, producing internationally acclaimed Pinot Noirs very similar in style to Burgundian Pinots. So having had a brief look at the region here is my pick of the bunch from a range of larger scale producers and the smaller boutique wineries alike. Enjoy! n

Domaine Ste. Michelle Blanc de Noirs Sparkling – £11.50 A beautifully soft and delicate Pinot Noir sparkling wine that is a pale salmon colour in the glass. Good flavours of ripe raspberries and strawberries. Crisp acidity and small bubbles cleanse the palate. Great on its own or with food. A true crowd-pleaser.



Erath Oregon Pinot Noir - £16.50 A very classy and elegant Pinot Noir from a producer who set up shop in the late 1960s with some of the first Pinot Noir plantings in Oregon. Dark fruit flavours and a touch of textured earthy tones give rise to a complex and long palate. If you’re a Burgundy fan then this is something that’ll prove a good alternative.

Snoqualmie Whistlestop Red - £10.75 This Cabernet Merlot blend is a full-bodied and balanced wine. There are dark cherry flavours to the palate and almost a hint of chocolate. The tannins are evident but not over-powering and the wine has a lovely smooth finish.


Go Way Out West from £10.75£26.50.

Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay - £10.75 A bold and creamy Chardonnay. Rich and full, the wine is oak-aged for several months and is fermented on its lees (grapes skins) to give additional flavour. This gives a unique soft and creamy texture with a hint of vanilla under the fruit. A touch of tannin gives some body. A good food wine.


Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon - £10.75 One of my favourite wines at the moment. Columbia Crest know the quality of the region, having started planting vines in 1978, and have produced a terrifically smooth, dark-fruit driven mouthful that just leaves you begging for more. Rich and warm in the mouth this leaves a lovely aftertaste of caramel!


Northstar Merlot - £26.50 The ultimate showcase for Washington’s star grape variety – Merlot. This is an absolute blockbuster example. Rich, deep and textured red fruit with a weighty mid-palate. Beautifully balanced vanilla oak notes lead to a long and full finish. Holds it’s own against St. Emilion and Pomerol Cru Classé at a fraction of the price.

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


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The Cley Hall Hotel 22 High Street, Spalding, Lincs PE11 1TX

Telephone 01775 725157 The Cley Hall Hotel in Spalding, is the first choice venue for those looking to relax and enjoy time with family, friends or colleagues over drinks in the bar or garden, when the sun shines. A relaxing Afternoon Tea in the lounge or lawns, Lunch in the dining room, patio or conservatory or a candlelit Dinner in the Lee Clarke Bar & Restaurant. Lee Clarke’s team are on hand to ensure a truly unforgettable visit.

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

01522 576765 A unique family owned Brazilian/British Restaurant and outside catering service using local & homegrown ingredients to give quality & value for money. Now taking Bookings for Christmas. 3 course Christmas menu from £19.50 including wine.

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 Queen’s Head Kirkby-La-Thorpe, Sleaford

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

The Houblon Inn Oasby, Grantham, NG32 3NB

Telephone 01529 455215 A proper "Country Inn" both friendly and civilised. Enjoy the Books Garden Boules and Board Games. The daily chalked menu reflects the changing season whilst utilising our locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Throwing a party? - then visit our website for the special pre-booked Christmas Party Menu for groups of 10 or more. We look forward to your visit soon

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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MOTORING NEWS Model launches and news from dealerships across Lincolnshire Coming Soon November: Bentley Supersports Rolls Royce Ghost December: Aston Martin Rapide Jaguar XJ SWB/LWB January: Mercedes SLS AMG Vauxhall Astra Volvo S60

Maserati unveils Grancabrio flagship - with help from Jodie!

Supermodel Jodie Kidd, celebrity chef James Martin,

Lincolnshire BMW dealer open is hosting an open day as Pride goes to press on 24th October, at a time when the company is also celebrating the tenth anniversary of its enormously popular X5 model. The car will be on display at the dealer’s open day, with a special edition X535D limited to just 2,000 models due for launch this month.

• Supermodel Jodie Kidd unveils £90,000 supercar. • Luxurious Pininfarina designed 2+2 open top GT. • 4.7V8, 175mph top speed, 0-60mph in 4.2secs. Italian supercar manufacturer Maserati recently chose London’s Royal Horticultural Halls to launch its forthcoming flagship GT the Grancabrio.

Soper Celebrates 10 Years of X5 Excellence

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and comedien Patrick Kielty all attended the launch of the V8 supercar, which will be released in limited numbers in January, with a 2+2 convertible body and an expected price tag of £90,000.

£80,000 Equus Ready for Launch Introducting the Equus, a luxurious saloon for those with the inclination to spend £80,000... on a Hyundai.

with a 5.0V8 engine, optional bulletproofing, massaging rear seats and... an £80,000 price tag.

The Korean company is moving away from its usual superminis to produce a limo equipped

It’s not sure whether the oddly-named Equus will reach the UK market, but with Mercedes’s S-Class and Audi’s A8 as rivals, if it does, it should be prepared for tough competition!

Over 63,000 X5s have been sold since the model’s release in 1999.

In Brief... • Land Rover’s new Discovery 4 has taken home two accolades at the Caravan Club's Towcar of the Year Awards 2010. The vehicle won the 'Best Towcar Over £32,000' class and the 'All Wheel Drive Over 1,800kg' category. The testing was carried out at Millbrook Proving Ground to determine the car's towing ability, dynamics when hitched, accelerating and braking with a caravan or horsebox.

Mud Inglorious Mud on County’s Roads The Institue of Advanced Motorists this month warns rural drivers of the danger of mud on Lincolnshire roads after it was revealed that it causes nearly 700 accidents annually. “Mud on roads is particularly an issue from harvest time into winter.” warns IAM’s Peter Rodger. If you are amongst other traffic, drop back from the vehicle ahead and allow yourself more time to see the road surface – and keep away from the mud splattered up onto your windscreen at the same time. “Statistically rural roads are our most dangerous and observation is the key to safe driving.”

This Month in Motors: Jaguar’s new range of flagship sports saloons. 143

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Cool Cats... For

Jaguar’s new XJ model will bring the company’s flagship in line with its new XK sports car and XF saloon. The new model represents a real design paradigm shift for the firm; traditionally a manufacturer of quite conservative vehicles, now Jaguar is a maker of modern, sporty saloons...

Below and Main: Jaguar’s new flagship XJ limo.

Words: Rob Davis.

Jaguar’s XJ models hasn’t changed shape significantly since its launch in the 1970s. The long, low boot and wide, flat bonnet and signature twin headlamps have scarcely been modified, save for a few louvres and air vents, large, aggressive looking wheels and new door pulls from time to time. The XJ has, despite still looking modern and sharp, been due a makeover for a while, in fairness. But nobody quite expected the dramatic makeover it had recieved when images of the new version were leaked to the press just a few months ago, forcing the company to reveal its new model earlier than its planned official UK unveiling. Traditionally, Jaguar’s interiors resembled gentlemen’s clubs, with doeskin coloured hide and walnut veneers, to appeal to its core audience of older, more conservative drivers. That’s all changed. Whilst the usual beige hide and walnut trim are still available, open the dark and


moody Jaguar brochures, and you’ll be greeted with dimly lit low-key photography, and interiors of maroon leather, modern, industrial brushed steel swiches and glowing blue interior accent lighting. Other touches in modern Jaguars include flush air vents and a small knurled brushed steel knob to change gear, which swivel round or rise from the centre console respectively to reveal their louvres and enable gearchanges, both accompanied by phosphor lighting when you start the ignition. Jaguar drivers have traditionally been conservative, and may not take to the modern new interiors, which verge on gimmicky, but it’s worth the firm alienating its key demographic in order to showcase its new technology. The firm has to compete with BMW, Audi and Mercedes, none of which has ever tried to adopt a traditional approach to the design of its vehicles. The firm’s dramatic paradigm shift in design is daring, but the results are certainly impressive, as we this month discover.

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The company’s sports saloons offer plush interiors and amazing performance but power delivery that’s discreet and statesmanlike... Jaguar in Lincolnshire Experts for Jaguar in Lincolnshire are Holland Brothers, with showrooms on Boston’s Tawney Street and Lincoln’s Outer Circle road. General Manager of the franchise Martin Laws says Holland Brothers has existed for over a century and provides complete peace of mind to customers seeking a professional long-established company to back up the excellent reputation of the brand. X-Type - the family premium saloon The brand’s X-Type is now the longest-serving member in Jaguar’s showrooms following the release of its larger XF and XK siblings. Main: Jaguar’s XK sports coupé, new XJ luxury saloon and XK sports saloon all come with the firm’s new 5.0V8 engine. Below: JaguarDrive; the firm’s 21st century take on the switchgear. Opposite: The firm’s XF sports saloon heralded a new, modern era for the firm’s models to compete with modern Audi and BMW.

The car is a direct competitor to other small premium saloons including BMW’s 3-Series, Mercedes’s C-Class and Audi’s A4. Cars in this sector just demonstrate quality beyond comparablely sized vehicles such as Ford’s Mondeo and Vauxhall’s Insignia in order to earn its reputation as a premium saloon as well as sporting potential. Last year’s facelift introduced 500 changes to the X-Type, and the model would be a classleader were it not for the fact that BMW’s 3-Series is a direct challenger. The X-Type is more traditional, more oriented towards motorway cruising, less sporty. Nonetheless its cabin is a class act with premium materials and plenty of equipment, particularly on SE and range-topping Sovereign trims. Equally, the car’s 3.0V6 engine is a smooth, competent cruiser and offers excellent traction in conjunction with the saloon’s all wheel drive and automatic transmission.


The eight year old car is showing its age, especially against more recently released model. With petrol and diesel engines, saloon and estate models, and a well-put-together cabin, plus styling cues from larger Jaguars, it can, however, still compete with its rivals. XF - a design paradigm shift Jaguar’s XF stunned the motoring world when it replaced the tired S-Type last year. Jaguar had always shied away from competing with Audi and Mercedes’s sports saloons in favour of satisfying its traditional market. The XF was a brave step; modern, sporty and dramatic with a gearchange that rises from the centre console, flush swivelling air vents, and most recently, a new 5.0V8 engine co-developed with Land Rover to compete against BMW’s M5 and Audi’s RS6. The XF is beautiful from any angle, with an exquisite cabin, and whilst it’s a sports saloon par excellence, especially with the new engine, the jewel in the crown is the firm’s excellent twin-turbocharged 3.0V6 diesel engine which provides menacing power yet returns 42mpg when driving normally, and measly CO2 emissions, making it the perfect company car.

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JAGUAR IN 2010 Jaguar’s new line-up boasts family saloons, estates, sports tourers and executive saloons...

XJ - reinvented Best of all, Jaguar’s XF model set a design manifesto for future models, so when the larger, flagship XJ model was revealed, it espoused everything that was popular in its smaller sibling whilst presenting a fresh new model to compete with Mercedes’s S-Class and Audi’s A8. The XJ’s design had scarcely changed since the 1970s, so when the 2009 XJ was leaked to the press, response was astounding. The motoring press has not yet been able to road test the XJ, which is due for release in a month or so, yet specifications have been released revealing that flagship models will enjoy the same 5.0 V8 supercharged unit used in the XF, already proving popular and capable. Two wheelbases will be released with the longer wheelbase model transporting the our Prime Ministers, cabinet and members of the Royal Family, Even entry level models will enjoy navigation system, power adjustable heated seats, 400w sound system and panoramic roof, whilst range topping Supersports variants feature suede

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Pat Tarttelin of The Children’s Links Charity Lincolnshire charity Children's Links exists to improve the quality of children's, parents’ and families' life experiences across the county and beyond. Here, we talk to the charity’s founder and Managing Director Pat Tarttelin to discuss the charity’s work

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Were you born and raised in Lincolnshire? I come from Coventry originally – I was a very sickly child and missed a lot of school. I moved to Lincolnshire, via Australia, when I met my yellow-belly husband. After co-founding the charity, Children’s Links, in the 90s, I gained a Masters Degree in Rural Policy Studies at Lincoln University, graduating in the millennium year in a wonderful ceremony in the Cathedral. What do you do and what inspires you about your job? I work with a lot of very inspiring Lincolnshire people who make really positive differences in children’s lives everyday. I am always inspired by even the smallest of positive changes for individual children. Children’s Links was conceived and grown in Lincolnshire, but we now help children in many other parts of England. Whereabouts in the county do you live? I live in a small, pretty village near Woodhall Spa – right in the centre of the County with my husband, Mark - our children have left home now for work and University. We’re really lucky to live in the town which has a local cinema, swimming pools and lots of good restaurants. What are your most vehemently held likes and dislikes? I love home-grown food, in particular lettuce straight from the garden – you can’t beat it. My most vehement dislike is the stereotyping of women and their role in society. I became one of the first women Chartered Directors with the Institute of Directors a year ago and I’m working with them to apply some of the great approaches to work and gender we have in Children’s Links. How do you spend your free time? My life at work can be very sedentary – in meetings and at my desk – so I like to do active things in my spare time. I garden and, when I’m in the mood, I run. I completed the New York Marathon three years ago but sadly, have let all my efforts slip! Whereabouts in the county should our readers go to relax? If you join the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, you get access to some wonderful Reserves and the Coast is always a must for visits – winter or summer. Can you recommend favourite Lincolnshire restaurant The Golden Dragon in Woodhall Spa is a favourite – I was converted to chilli tofu and Singapore noodles there – delicious! What’s the best thing about your life in Lincolnshire? It’s a place where people are willing to give their time to help others – I love that about living here. Name your favourite book, film and music? My favourite book saved my life... I was diagnosed with cancer in 2002 and Prof. Jane Plant’s book Your Life in Your Hands inspired me to become the driver of my recovery. My favourite films are Enemy of the State with Will Smith and my actress daughter’s first film in which she played the leading role – Schrodinger’s Girl. I love the music my children compose but I’m also listening to James Morrison at the moment. What will your epitaph read? Where did the time go? Finally tell us something good? When you’re feeling down, do something good for someone else – it’s the best cure. n For more information regarding Childrens Links’s work see

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