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LincolnshirePride - The High Society Magazine - September 2009 - Issue 86


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13 Luxurious Lincolnshire properties.

20 Jason Atherton, Lincolnshire born head-chef of Gordon Ramsey.


38 This month’s beautiful featured Welcome Home property. this month’s Lincolnshire Pride magazine, in which we offer local brides-to-be our very best wishes with 16 pages dedicated to county weddings. This month, we provide a wealth of wedding wisdom, and preview the season’s best autumn and winter fashions with help from the county’s best independent clothing retailers, alongside the best handbags, shoes and jewellery.

109 Summer Weddings our 16 page special feature.

Also this month, we review the county’s best independent schools and nurseries, meet Lincolnshire Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton and enjoy a meal at Lincoln’s Branston Hall plus we enjoy a refreshing glass of Lincolnshire cider as this year’s apple harvest becomes ready.

150 High Society - this month’s most prestigious events.

On the subject of food, don’t forget to vote for your favourite restaurant in this year’s Restaurant of the Year Competition - find out more on page 139 - in addition to recognising your favourite county restaurants, you could win a meal a month for two in 2010. Our best wishes for a wonderful month! ROB DAVIS EXECUTIVE EDITOR

144 Motors - a roundup of Audi’s most luxurious models.

6 20 25 30 32 38 44 54 60


124 Eating Out - we enjoy a meal at Lincoln’s Branston Hall.

65 76 100 104 109 124 134 144 150


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The best of

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


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

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

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

The Bostonian Private Wing, Pilgrim Hospital, Sibsey Road, Boston, Lincs PE21 9QS Telephone: 01205 360606 / Facsimile: 01205 311442 • ISO9000 accredited

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

Lincolnshire Chef gets new TV series

As Pride goes to press, Channel Four will screen a new six-part documentary about Lincolnshire restauranteur Vito Cataffo. The energetic businessman will tell how he scoured Italy to find a brilliant location for a new eaterie – then put Lincolnshire dishes on the menu! When others trying to tempt Italian tastebuds with more traditional foods got wind of the news that Vito would be serving up the county’s favourites, such as Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding, Fish and Chips and Lincolnshire Sausage and mash, they thought it was the stuff of fairytales. But while the doubters raised their eyebrows and shook their heads, Vito forged ahead with his dream - ultimately launching Passion, in Via Galleria, Bologna, in celebratory style… and was toasted by more than 90 diners chinking glasses of sparkling Dom Perignon! The first episode of Dolce Vito is being screened by Channel Four on Thursday evenings throughout September at 8.30pm. Vito is the owner of Gino’s and Zucchini’s in Lincoln and Newark.

In Brief... • Work began last month on a new £4.3m business and innovation centre in Market Deeping to encourage local enterprise in South Lincolnshire. The Deepings Business & Innovation Centre will be called Eventus’ after the Roman God of success in commerce and in agriculture, and is being funded by Lincolnshire County Council, EMDA, the European Regional Development Fund and South Kesteven District Council.

Stop Press... Tickets are now on sale for the LIVES charity’s 10th Anniversary Ball. The event takes place on 10th October at the Showground’s EPIC Centre and features a fourcourse meal, band and disco. Tickets are £40/ea. Call 01507 525999 for to reserve yours.

Parker, fetch the Rolls! East Midlands Rolls Royce Club holds its 40th anniversary meet at Stapleford Park Last month saw around 150 Rolls Royce & Bentley Enthusiasts, including an incredible collection of 50 Rolls Royce and Bentley cars dating back to 1912, visit Stapleford Park for the 40th anniversary of the East Midlands club. Members arrived with picnic hampers and umbrellas to enjoy Champagne and Pimms on the lawn before a short address from Chairman Jeff Dennis. Jeff thanked Stapleford Park for their vision, wisdom and generosity in allowing the club to return after 40 years. The East Midlands Section was formed

40 years ago in 1969 and the section’s first rally was held at Stapleford Park, the home of Lord and Lady Gretton. It was therefore very symbolic that they could return to the place from where it all began. Alan Wadd of Queniborough, was the only original member attending the 40th anniversary who attended the event 40 years ago. The main thing he noticed was the increase in numbers: in 1969 there were only a dozen members and just 6 cars. Pictured is Jeff Dennis, Alan Wadd, and Albert White, owner of this 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.

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Lincolnshire food producer Branston officially opened its £3.5 million high-tech, high-care, environmentally-friendly prepared factory this month. Branston Chairman Chris Howard and Managing Director Graeme Beattie were joined by

over 100 guests and by TV chef James Martin at the celebration, which saw the company formally embark on its latest venture: building its prepared potato and vegetables business. Branston is already the category leader for Tesco prepared potato products and has a number of other customers in the convenience food sector, both in the UK and overseas. The new 2,500m2 factory is one of the most advanced food production facilities in the country. Over 300,000 packs per week are currently produced on four production lines.

New Showground venue for popular Antiques Fair Lincolnshire’s popular Swinderby based Antiques Fair next month relocates to its new home the county’s Showground. The next fair will take place on 6th and 7th October and will move to its new home to facilitate more room for the 3,000 exhibitors who come to the event to trade antiques, collectables, reproduction articles plus reclamation materials and ‘shabby chic’ items. Organiser Marc Burgoin says; “We’re always trying to improve and introduce new ideas to the show but were restricted by the facilities available on the disused

airfield. Over the past few years we have looked at many venues that would be suitable to relocate to... the Lincolnshire Showground can provide us with the facilities we require to take the show forward.”


£3.5m flagship factory expansion for Branston

The annual service is one of the most important events in Lincolnshire’s calendar


Civic year officially opened at Lincoln Cathedral Roy and Edna Chapman, the Chairman and Lady of Lincolnshire County Council, officially welcomed in the Civic Year with a service at Lincoln Cathedral recently. The Service of Dedication was hosted by Councillor Chapman and aimed to promote the county of Lincolnshire at its best. Among the guests were Tony Worth, the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, and Lady Sarah McCorquodale, the county’s High Sheriff. Councillor Roy Chapman, Chairman of the County Council, said: “The annual Civic Service is one of the most important events in the Lincolnshire calendar. This year’s service was a tremendous success with around 1,000 people attending.” “It also saw the launch of my Chairman’s Charity Appeal for 2009, which will this year benefit the Lincolnshire Music Service. This organisation offers many opportunities to young people in the county, and its Youth Symphony Orchestra provided excellent music during the service.”

This year’s new additions to the show include the Furniture Hall, in the new EPIC centre, which incorporates a Dealers Bar for visitors to negotiate a deal or treat a valued customer to a drink. Stallholders will benefit from a compact, central stall layout around the centre on firm grassed areas linked with tarmac roads to ease the collection of goods.

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

New restaurant opens this month at Lincoln Hotel

The Lincoln Hotel opens the doors of its new Green Room restaurant this month in the heart of historic Lincoln.

“Our belief is that Lincoln is in need of somewhere to taste and experience food and drink as it should be.” Says Severine Soulian, Restaurant Manager. Head Chef Sam Owen will use the most up to date techniques and styles of cooking to give diners the most balanced, understandable and enjoyable meal possible, making sure all dishes work together and compliment each other. Sam is working directly with local suppliers to ensure their products are available to the local customer and to show what can be done using quality locally sourced ingredients. For more information about the opening, or to make a booking please contact Severine Soulian or Sam Owen on 01522 565697.

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The restaurant opens for business on 17th September and aims to create a new fine dining experience in the heart of Lincolnshire using the best products and techniques in food preparation and service.

The team climbed 15 mountains in Wales, trekking over 52km!


An amazing adventure in aid of Macmillan! An intrepid team from Lincolnshire has raised over £11,000 for Macmillan by embarking on a gruelling 52km Welsh mountain trek! 13,000 feet, 52km, 15 mountains, and just 27 hours! Boston’s Mark Locking, David Wookey, Ian Fisher, James Hopper and Marcus Cain embarked on an epic journey last month to raise money for Macmillan. The Welsh 3000 Challenge consist of climbing the range of mountains in Wales that are

over 3000 feet above sea level. “Our aim was to raise £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support to help all of the good work that the Boston committee currently carries out.” says Mark. “Six men between 36 and 45 years of age set out; five walkers and a support driver to prove a point to themselves,

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their doubters, supporters and hopefully raise a target of £5,000 for Macmillan – we had no idea just what we were letting ourselves in for!” “We arrived at our accommodation with a fearful ear on the radio with some fairly dreadful weather conditions reported.” “Not wishing to be deterred with all the support we had been given both financially and emotionally by businesses, we visited the national Mountain Centre at Plasy-Brenin to get their thoughts on our route; their response was ‘I wouldn’t if I were you!’”

deserted peak of Snowdon, the 15th and final peak, at 8pm on the 9th May, and toasted our achievements with champagne and home-made sloe gin! We arrived back in the car park at 10.30pm having descended much of the route in the dark and collapsed in the pub following a gruelling day of 12 hours walking and climbing!”

Winds of 70mph, driving hail, snow and rain... the conditions couldn’t have been worse!

By the time the group reached Carnedd Llewelyn, the 3rd and highest peak, winds were gusting up to 70mph and the weather had closed in, bringing driving hail, snow and rain. “Exhausted but elated on the second day, we arrived at the

In total the group completed the 15 mountain, 3,000ft challenge in 27.5 hours... impressive given that the conditions to complete the Challenge could not have been worse! The total raised was not £5,000 but, in fact, £11,000 with a further £1,500 Gift Aid monies. “We’re so proud of them!” says Macmillan’s Sue Kirk. “They completed an amazing challenge and raised a huge amount for Macmillan.

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This Month... • Executive and Rural Properties from across the county. • Welcome Home to Denton’s Silver Pear Cottage. • A busy month for Paul Gray: In the Garden. • Lorraine Bellis in Lincolnshire Pride’s Kitchen Garden.

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Hidcote House, Easton on the Hill Guide price £895,000 Constructed in 2007, Hidcote House is a striking contemporary home in a superb elevated position overlooking open fields towards Stamford and finished to a very high standard throughout. The accommodation is arranged over three floors • Drawing room • Dining hall • Sitting room • Breakfast kitchen • Boot room • Laundry area • Lobby, cloakroom • Principal bedroom with dressing area and en suite • 4 further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Sauna • Separate office • Double garage • Rear terrace, gardens overlooking open fields

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

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Etton Etton Manor, Manor, Etton Etton

£725,000 £725,000

A Distinguished A Distinguished GradeGrade II* Listed II* Listed ManorManor HouseHouse Offering Offering a Wealth a Wealth of Period of Period Charm Charm and Character. and Character. • Entrance • Entrance porchporch • Reception • Reception hall • hall Studio/Drawing • Studio/Drawing room room • Sitting • Sitting room room • Family/Dining • Family/Dining room room • Kitchen/breakfast • Kitchen/breakfast room room • Half• cellar Half cellar • Cloakroom • Cloakroom • Utility • Utility room room • First• floor: First floor: Principal Principal bedroom bedroom with En with suite En suite • Three • Three furtherfurther bedrooms bedrooms • Shower • Shower room room • Family • Family Bathroom Bathroom • Study • Study • Second • Second Floor:Floor: GamesGames room/room/ office office & large &storage large storage attic rooms attic rooms • Outside: • Outside: Gravelled Gravelled courtyard courtyard • Stables • Stables • Open • Open frontedfronted barn providing barn providing covered covered parking parking • Work • Work shop • shop Attractive • Attractive gardens gardens traditionally traditionally set outset out

St Mary’s St Mary’s Street, Street, Stamford, Stamford, Lincolnshire Lincolnshire PE9 PE9 2DE2DE Telephone: Telephone: 01780 01780 484520 484520 Fax:Fax: 01780 01780 484521 484521 Web:Web: Email:Email:

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Bolingbroke House, Old Bolingbroke


A substantial and individual Grade II Listed detached residence set within delightful grounds of approximately 1.2 acres and offering flexible living accommodation with many attractive period features. The accommodation briefly comprises Reception Hall, Central Hallway with Elegant Staircase to first floor, Dining Room, Music Room, Drawing Room, Butler’s Pantry, Rear Porch with WC, Kitchen Breakfast Room with Larder, Boiler Room, Laundry Room. First Floor Landing, First Floor Sitting Room, 5 Bedrooms (Master with En-Suite Shower Room), Family Bathroom with Separate WC. Second Floor Playroom, Box Room. Outside Delightful Lawned Gardens, Extensive Trees and Shrubs, Trap Shed, Greenhouse, Old Washhouse, Garden Store and Garden Tool Store. In total the Grounds Extend to 1.2 Acres.

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

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21a21a East East Bight, Bight, Lincoln Lincoln

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

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Town Farmhouse, Donington


2 Church Street is a handsome town house offering substantial accommodation, the original house also benefits from a tasteful single storey addition. The house has many interesting features including cast iron fireplaces, wood panelling, two cellars and feature windows. • Kitchen ■ Utility ■ Boot room ■ 4 Reception rooms ■ Study ■ 2 Cellars • 6/7 Bedrooms – 1 en suite ■ Family bathroom ■ Garden ■ Outbuildings

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

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Black Black Bungalow, Bungalow, Tattershall Tattershall Thorpe Thorpe

£325,000 £325,000

This substantial This substantial property property was designed was designed and built andbybuilt theby current the current ownersowners in 2006 in and 2006offers and flexible, offers flexible, family family accommodation. accommodation. It has It has and enclosed and enclosed gardengarden with field withviews field views to the to rear. the rear. the benefit the benefit of UPVC of UPVC doubledouble glazedglazed windows windows throughout, throughout, oil central oil central heatingheating ■ Hallway ■ Hallway ■ Lounge ■ Lounge ■ Kitchen/Diner ■ Kitchen/Diner ■ Sun ■room Sun ■room Utility■ ■Utility 2 Ground ■ 2 Ground floor bedrooms floor bedrooms – both–with bothenwith suites en suites ■ Cloakroom ■ Cloakroom floor bedrooms – 1 en–suite 1 en■suite Bathroom ■ Bathroom ■ Garage ■ Garage ■ Enclosed ■ Enclosed gardengarden ■ UPVC ■ UPVC doubledouble glazedglazed windows windows throughout throughout ■ 4 First ■ 4floor Firstbedrooms

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Master Chef Born in Skegness, educated in Boston and now the star of BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen, Lincolnshire’s Jason Atherton currently works with Gordon Ramsay as the Executive Chef of his Grosvenor Square restaurant, Maze. However, Jason could soon be backing a bid to bring Michelin-star quality food to South Lincolnshire thanks to an exciting venture launching next year... Words: Rob Davis.

South Lincolnshire could soon be enjoying Michelin-star standard food courtesy of Spalding’s new further education building on Red Lion Street. Supporting the bid is none other than Skegness born celebrity chef, Jason Atherton, Executive Chef of tempestuous TV chef Gordon Ramsay. Back in November 2007, Jason - together with Gordon - oversaw the launch of Maze at the newly named and substantially refurbished Hilton Prague Old Town in London. Then, in April 2008, he oversaw the launch of Maze Grill, which sits alongside the restauraunt in Grosvenor Square. Most recently, April 2009 saw the opening of Maze in Cape Town at the One and Only Hotel but now the chef is expressing interest in the Spalding project, a little closer to home. Both Maze and Jason’s recipes have appeared widely in magazines and newspapers, and he demonstrates regularly at food shows in the UK and abroad as well as on television shows such as the hit series Saturday Kitchen. Now though, the Michelin starred Executive Chef has expressed great interest in a new bid to bring high quality food to the Lincolnshire town and create a great training restaurant for the county similar to Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Kitchen series.


In association with Boston College, Spalding’s new Red Lion Street development will see catering students learning their profession in a dedicated restaurant in which Spalding’s diners can enjoy great food and, via a one-way window, see it being prepared too. Boston College says Jason will voice his support for the project and will hopefully be on hand to open the facility when it launches in 2011, with construction anticipated to begin in November. Undeniably talented, the chef is the son of a Skegness Hotelier and began working in the family bed and breakfast hotel on the seafront before running off to London for his first taste of both city life and the London restaurant trade whilst his parents were on holiday.

The project is certainly an exciting

one... aiming to fuse the best ingredients in the county with the best emerging talent in a similar venture to that of Jamie Oliver’s ‘Jamie’s Kitchen’ project...

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Image: Some of the Michelin Star quality dishes prepared for Gordon Ramsay.

Having returned to Lincolnshire Jason subsequently trained at Boston College and then spent six weeks training with the Army Catering Corps... “I hated it!” he recalls. The same, however, cannot be said for his home county, for which Jason has always retained a certain fondness, despite now living in London with his wife and daughter. Jason’s career, really took off following a unpaid internship far away from Lincolnshire at three-Michelinstarred El Bulli restaurant whilst backpacking around Spain in 1998. Chef Patron Ferran Adrià remains one of Jason’s most admired food heroes; “He’s so inspiring. He’d be a dream dinner party guest.” Jason says.

with Jason winning a Michelin star and three AA rosettes in his first year alone. However, in addition to his kitchen-based career, Jason is also enjoying a successful career in broadcasting and won the Great British Menu in 2008 serving up a starter of Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato with Croque Monsieur and main course of Dexter inspired Beef Fillet with Ox Cheek.

Jason was by Spanish-style Tapas menus, and has retained the use of small, taster size portions throughout his career...

The chef loved the restaurant’s approach to food and was inspired by the tapas-style menus of small tasting dishes, a theme he continued with at Maze upon his return to the UK in 2000. Jason cooks on a plancha or charcoal robata grill (the latter adopted from traditional Japanese cooking) and produces tasty dishes from £3 to £11 for Maze’s menus. The approach has yielded great success

As for Jason himself, favourite foods includes pork; “I can’t live without it any cut of it, all of it!” and sweet white wine from Spain’s Alsace region.

Working with Gordon was never going to be an easy endeavour, but Jason has great respect for him and describes previous employer Marco Pierre-White as even more fierce; “He was an absolute nightmare because he was so demanding!” says Jason. Thankfully, Jason is a little easier going, and above all, highly supportive of the next generation of Lincolnshire chefs that will train at the new restaurant following its official opening early in 2011. n

FOOD FOR THOUGHT FROM JASON Fresh Crab Mayonnaise with Avocado and Sweetcorn Sorbet Serves 6–8

1 large, freshly cooked crab, about 1.3kg (to yield 250g white crabmeat) 100g mayonnaise Juice of 1⁄4 lemon, or to taste Avocado purée:

2 avocados Juice of 1 lime, or to taste 1 tbsp crème fraîche Sweetcorn sorbet:

6–8 servings 340g can of sweetcorn in brine Pinch of caster sugar (optional) Sea salt to taste Sweetcorn Purée:

Sweetcorn Sorbet Chervil sprigs 1 tsp oscietra caviar

As Gordon Ramsay’s Executive Chef, Jason really knows his stuff, and to prove it, we asked the chef to supply on of his favourite recipes... here, we exploid fresh seafood from Grimsby Docks for a taste of late summer...


To prepare the crab, twist off the claws and legs, then separate the body from the main shell, by prising them apart with a knife and pushing the body upwards until it comes away. Remove the inedible parts from the body. Loosen the brown meat in the main shell and spoon into a bowl. Crack the large claws open with a mallet or rolling pin and take out the white meat. Remove the white meat from the body section and legs.

Pick over the white crabmeat to check for any small fragments of shell, then tip into a bowl and add the mayonnaise. Mix with a fork, adding the lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. For the avocado purée, halve, peel and stone the avocados, then whiz to a purée in a food processor or blender. Add the lime juice and crème fraîche. Whizz to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. To make the sweetcorn sorbet, tip the sweetcorn into a food processor or blender, adding the liquid from the can. Whiz until smooth, then pass through a fine sieve into a bowl. Taste and add sugar and/or salt. Churn in an ice cream machine to a sorbet consistency, according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to a rigid container and put into the freezer (unless serving the sorbet straight away). Let the sorbet soften at room temperature for 5–10 minutes before serving. To serve, spoon the avocado purée into cocktail glasses. Divide the mixture among the glasses, forming an even layer, then top with a quenelle of sweetcorn sorbet and a chervil sprig. Finish with a small spoonful of caviar.

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Image: Ayscoughfee Hall Museum.

Spalding & South Holland Spalding is soon to be the subject of a dramatic makeover that will see the town gain a £6.5m venue to celebrate local food. This month, we find out what’s new in Spalding and South Holland

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£6.5m Flagship Project for Spalding The biggest development since Spalding’s South Holland centre, this month saw the unveiling of plans for a new £6.5m development on Spalding’s Red Lion Street.

Tulip FM gains permanent status Just a month ago, Tulip FM gained its five year license to begin broadcasting permanently in the town to an audience of over 25,000.

Specially developed by South Holland District Council, Boston College, Lincolnshire Enterprise, Lincolnshire County Council and EMDA, the building will incorporate a dedicated further and higher education facility for the town, managed office space, specialist food court and a flagship restaurant for the town that will be run with Lincolnshire born Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton and used to educate future chefs studying at Boston College, similar to Jamie Oliver’s training restaurant.

Station managers Chris Carter and Jan Whitborn are delighted that their community radio station, which has been based at its New Road studio for four year running on temporary licenses, can now broadcast permanently on 107.5 FM.

Designs for the project have been put to the council and the public, and when planning permission is rubber-stamped in November, construction on the currently derelict site will go ahead with a completion date for the building of early 2011. Town Centre Manager Bruce Wakeling pointed out at a recent press conference that: “Now is definitely the time to launch the project. It will boost the local economy during construction by using local contractors and provide employment opportunities within the town when completed. It will create a further education centre, give the town much-needed shared office space for startup businesses, and provide a restaurant and three food production units which will house demonstrations for local food producers.” £500,000 of funding has been provided by SHDC’s profits from the town’s InterGen power station alone, and the project will yield £18m of revenue for the town, create 105 new jobs and 46 new businesses by 2017.


“We’re always looking for volunteer presenters to front their own shows.” says Chris. “Response from the public has been tremendous, and we’ll be broadcasting at all of the town’s major events including its forthcoming Pumpkin Parade. Pumpkin Parade’s 7th Year Talking of Pumpkins, for seven years now, the self-proclaimed centre of pumpkin excellence in the UK this month prepares to celebrate the area producing 2m pumpkins annually with a parade on 9th October. The event will feature a parade, fireworks and new for this year, competitions for the best examples. Happy Birthday Water Taxi Last month also saw the first anniversary of the town’s Water Taxi service from the town centre to the Springfields site. The service has proved extremely popular with visitors to the area. Peter Flett is one of seven pilots for the five boats that conduct the 35 minute trip carrying up to 12 passengers at a time.

Main: Springfields Outlet Shopping and Festival Gardens.

“Each of the boat’s names are varieties of daffodils that were registered by growers in the area.” he says.

Left: Peter Flett, one of seven River Taxi pilots.

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Spalding’s brand new hospital The town’s brand new £25m Johnson Community Hospital was opened this June. The new hospital replaced the previous Johnson and Welland hospitals and Holland clinic to provide the town’s population with 32 beds for diagnostic, therapy and mental health facilities. Also provided by the new hospital is an ambulance station and minor injuries unit. Springfields’s New Look Having opened in 2004 and with over 50 shops, Springfields is proving more popular within the town than anyone could have anticipated. Brand new shops at the outlet shopping centre include Lincolnshire’s only Gap store for casual clothing, and Tula, specialising in handbags from names such as Radley, with five more stores due to open this autumn. As Pride goes to press, Springfields has hosted its first open air theatre event; the Chapterhouse play of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Next month sees the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, with an official Christmas Lights switch-on planned for 29th October. November will see Santa’s Grotto and as Winter Woodland Walk established as well as Christmas Shopping hours.


Feeling crafty? For those seeking to exercise their artistic talents, Unique Cottage Studios on the town’s Fulney Lane South provides locals with access to studios and workshops situated on an old crew yard. Artist Jo Dobbs has been running the studios since December 2008 and will this month host mosaic workshops and evening classes in pottery. The South Holland Centre The town’s South Holland Centre this year celebrated its 11th anniversary. Formerly known as the Civic Centre, the building this month hosts a Folk Weekend. Andrea King of the centre says; “Its taking place on September 18th & 19th, and it’s entitled A Taste of Tradition.” The event will feature a performance from While and Matthews, an award-winning folk duo, and workshops for amateurs and experienced musicians.”

The town can boast an extensive outlet shopping park, plenty of arts & crafts provision and a unique water taxi service...

And finally... Chris Allen, a teacher at Spalding’s Priory School made an exhibition of himself recently by performing a 15 minute aerobic display on the artist Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square dressed as children’s hero, Disney’s Buzz Lightyear. The teacher was aiming to promote health and fitness among his students. How far are the school’s teachers willing to go to promote health and fitness among students? To infinity and beyond, evidently! n

Image: The town’s South Holland Centre, this month hosting a Folk Weekend.

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

“Oh... René...!” ‘Allo ‘Allo, at Louth’s Riverhead Theatre.

‘Allo ‘Allo; Gordon Kaye playing Rene Artois, Sue Hodge playing Mimi Labonq and Guy Siner as Lieutenant Gruber.

Broadbent Theatre, Wickenby Tel: 01673 885500

Nottingham Arena, Nottingham

12th-13th September: Lincolnshire Heritage Weekend A free weekend at Broadbent Theatre, open 10am-4pm, everybody is welcome.

Tel: 0115 853 3024

Embassy Centre, Skegness Tel: 01754 897672 4th-25th September: Let’s Face the Music & Dance Return of the popular Janice Sutton Productions. This year’s Let’s Face The Music And Dance singers and talented young performers, in fabulous West End costumes. A dazzling night out at the theatre this summer, there is always something special wrapped up inside this Friday night show, that is always a crowd puller. 6th September: Forever In Blue Jeans 10 terrific singers, dancers and musicians with hilarious impressions and comedy. Cast including 50s favourites Lonnie Donnegon, Brenda Lee and Jerry Lee Lewis. 7th-8th September: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen’s ever popular Smarties Book Prize winner is brought vividly and noisily to life on stage in Sally Cookson’s loving adaptation to Benji Bower’s lively score. Don’t miss this ‘swishy swashy, splashy, splashy, oozy, squelchy show!’

27th September: Last Night of the Proms Unique version of this very British institution, with music provided by the Hepworth Brass Band, who have gone from strength to strength over recent years performing extremely well and joined by local singers.

Michael McIntyre, Nottingham Arena.

Grimsby Auditorium Tel: 01507 600350 28th September: S4K’s Macbeth Shakespeare for Kidz is an exciting theatre company perform their thrilling musical version of Bard’s Macbeth. Song and dance telling the story with many of Shakespeare’s original words woven into easy-to-understand modern language.

Louth Playgoers’s Riverhead Theatre Tel: 01507 600350 14th-19th: ‘Allo ‘Allo Three members of original cast feature in the stage version of

25th-27th September: Michael McIntyre Having taken the comedy world by storm last year with sell-out shows around the country including an impressive five nights at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, Michael returns to the road with a brand new show. Michael’s brilliantly engaging delivery and effortless rapport with the audience has led to him being hailed, by audiences and critics alike, as the best new stand-up to emerge for years.

South Holland Centre Tel: 01775 764777 www.southholland 18th September: While and Matthews Breathtaking singers, songwriters, musicians and performers Chris While (vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, bodhran and percussion) and Julie Matthews (vocals, piano, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki) have been hailed the best and most hard working acoustic duo on the folk roots scene. Though internationally acclaimed, they continue to be a leading force on the UK’s acoustic/roots arts circuit.

Send your Lincolnshire Events to: Lincolnshire Pride, Elm Grange Studios, East Heckington, Boston, Lincolnshire PE20 3QF 30

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Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford Tel: 01780 763203. 10th September: Stamford Arts Centre Classes Exhibition A free exhibition of a collection of work created by participants of the Arts Centre’s regular Painting and Drawing, Life and Sculpture classes. Come along and have a look at the work of these adult students. Classes represented are tutored by Mike Alabaster, Heather Harrison, David Rushden, Joanna Crawford, Catherine Headley, and Jonty Meyer.

Theatre Royal, Lincoln Tel: 01522 519999. 22nd-26th September: Strictly Murder Ian Dickens productions presents the ingenious murder mystery Strictly Murder by Brian Clemens. April 1939, an English couple, Peter and Suzy, are living in

Provence in idyllic isolation, far, it seems, from the rumblings of the coming war. Their peace is shattered from within when Suzy discovers she has been betrayed and Peter is not the man he claims to be. Suzy’s life is thrown into turmoil as the possibility arises Peter could be a serial killer on the run, and when a Scotland Yard detective turns up bluffs, double bluffs, lies and murder make this a fast moving thrilling play.

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

14th-19th September: Adolph Hitler: My Part in his Downfall Spike Milligan’s celebrated war memoirs are finally brought to the stage. This anarchic odyssey charts Gunner Milligan’s progress through World War Two. High comedy and tragedy collide, as Milligan’s own words, fuse comedy, song and dance – showing how humour, music and comradeship enabled a hapless bunch of young men to prevail against the Nazi War machine.

Adolph Hitler: My Part in His Downfall. Theatre Royal, Lincoln.

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ONE FIELD OF ANTIQUES IS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING A BOOM... THE SALE OF ANTIQUE PISTOLS, SHOTGUNS AND OTHER WEAPONRY IS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH. AUCTION HOUSE HOLTS RECENTLY HELD A VALUATION IN LINCOLNSHIRE, AND WE ATTENDED TO TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE MORE UNUSUAL LOTS For Simon Grantham, antique weaponry auctioneer and valuer of specialist auction house Holts, there’s simply no predicting what’s next through the doors on valuation days. For some years Simon had been sourcing antique shotguns for friends so was aware of the company – he also enjoyed collecting pistols and upgrading his own collection of shotguns. Then, back in 2001 a chance meeting with the owner of the specialist firm proved mutually beneficial, and Simon got the chance to assist the company as a Lincolnshire specialist, holding quarterly valuations at Manor Farm near Walcott, alongside two other professional valuers. “I first met Nicholas Holt in 2001 when I consigned for sale an old pair of Henry Atkin 12 bores.” Says Simon. “They sold very well to an American and my love for gun auctions began. Valuers have to travel the world working with our agents from Australia to Namibia, Russia, Italy... literally anywhere.” Each of the people Simon and the rest of the valuers meet share a love of fine guns and particularly British ones. The company is based on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, with an auction house in Hammersmith where the quarterly sales take place. Lincolnshire’s Walcott based office is a satellite branch, but still sees its fair share of interesting memorabilia and lots. The company sells not just shotguns but all sporting memorabilia, rifles vintage and swords… as well as cannon from the Napoleonic wars, plus native spears, beautiful leather cartridge cases and magazines, sporting books, uniforms, muzzle loaders and all types of vintage pistols. Even fishing rods - particularly reels are now highly sought after. The saleroom is, in fact, an Army barracks - it has to be for security reasons. People apply for passes to enter as the sales are closed. All vendors receive a pass and, of course, a copy of the company’s famous hardback and beautifully bound catalogue.


“We would expect around 700 people to attend the sale, commission bids are also taken during the previous three days viewing.” Says Simon. “We now have additional capabilities from internet which enables vendors to view the sale live and even bid should they feel the urge. There are also many smaller items to satisfy everyone’s needs from oil bottles to cleaning rods, shooting coats and sporting prints - even a days shooting in Yorkshire or Africa or a gold watch can be brought.” Valuation days vary enormously – our visit was something of a high point - Simon picked up a collection of American items during our visit, dating from 1870-1890: a Colt .38 calibre ‘lightning’ from 1875 - one of 1,500 estimated examples, one of which could well have been carried by Wyatt Earp or a stage coach official - it was even with its original holster. Other items included a tiger skin from the late 1920s done by Theobold & Co of Mysore estimated to fetch £1,200 - £1600. More preferable is to see them still on the tiger but skins of this age do not require a cites certificate and can therefore be sold. The team spent more than nine hours valuing vendors’ guns and associated items - some of which were consigned for auction whilst some were not. “Many clients have rummaged through the attic - some have items inherited lying in drawers gathering dust.” says Simon. Most items are legal but some are not; this is an aspect of ownership the company is happy to advise upon. “Lincolnshire always fields a fascinating display of vintage and modern guns and I have only touched on some of them.” Says Simon. “Prices now are at an all time high due to the weak pound and lack of investment avenues, so now’s a great time to enlist our help in valuing items that you may have consigned to the attic or that you have around the house.” n The next sale takes place on 17th September in Hammersmith, the next valuation day in Walcott takes place on 20th October. Call Simon on 07860 300055.

Main: Simon with a rare Percussion Colt .45 (circa 1850). Above: Sale lots range from guns and cartridges to more unusual items such as this 1920s tiger skin!

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Robin Smith, seen here with wife Carol, won Lincolnshire Pride’s first Art in Lincolnshire Competition, in association with the Carre Gallery.

MILE HIGH ART GRIMOLDBY ARTIST ROBIN SMITH WAS DELIGHTED TO RECENTLY DISCOVER HE WON FIRST PRIZE IN SLEAFORD’S CARRE GALLERY’S LINCOLNSHIRE ART COMPETITION IN ASSOCIATION WITH LINCOLNSHIRE PRIDE. HERE, WE PROFILE THE ARTIST AND DISCOVER HOW TWO INTERESTS DEVELOPED IN PARALLEL TO TAKE ROBIN’S ART IN A NEW DIRECTION; STRAIGHT UP For Grimoldby artist Robin Smith, returning to his native Lincolnshire - bomber county – was the perfect way to take his art in a completely new direction. The artist recently won first prize in the Lincolnshire Pride and Carre Gallery’s Art in Lincolnshire summer exhibition with a breathtaking landscape entitled Shifting Sands, and says he was delighted that his canvas was chosen over 35 other pieces as the winner of the first such competition, open to both amateur & professional artists. “I was overwhelmed and delighted!” says Robin. “The judges love the quintessentially Lincolnshire landscape of Shifting Sands, which featured a huge sky, flat landscape and brooding sky.” The event was judged by the county’s Lord Lieutenant Tony Worth of Holbeach, gallery Director Windham Hime and Lincolnshire Pride’s Editor Rob Davis from a range of artwork in media from oils and acrylics to textiles and fabrics. Following the artist’s success we visited Robin to discover more about his passion for art. Born in the little village near Louth, Robin later moved away from the county and into an engineering career with Rolls Royce, designing intricate components for aviation engines. “I became disillusioned.” The artist says. “I left in 1971 and after a period of time spent in the Royal Navy, moved to Derby and became a firefighter.” After being injured in the line of work, Robin then took early retirement and rediscovered art, an interest that originated in his childhood, finding the thrill of painting his new hometown of Derby, depicting scenes from the 1950s and 1960s before the instatement of the inner ringroad which, Robin says, changed the whole feel of the town. “I knew Derby as an industrial town but before the ring road was introduced in 1966, It had many beautiful old buildings which were destroyed to make room for the ever evolving modernisation required for future city life. I researched the era and within a year was staging one-man shows, producing around 30 watercolour landscapes each year.” It wasn’t long before Robin’s two interests of aeronautics and watercolour painting co-incided, and between 1988 and 1990, Robin won the 1988 Best Watercolour aviation award three times consecutively and became a full member of the Guild of Aviation Artists, at around the same time as he and Carol moved back to Lincolnshire.

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Words: Rob Davis. Images: Rob Davis, Robin Smith.

By 1997, Robin was beginning to work in oils, and following a three year overlap between watercolours and oils, the latter won through as the better medium in which to work. Not only can oils command a higher price, the medium is more realistic for clouds in skyscapes, and the heavier treatment works effectively for the detail and resolution required when painting the technically accurate aspects of each aircraft. The majority of Robin’s work now comprises aeronautical commissions, even though Robin still enjoys painting landscapes - as landscapes still feature in paintings with aircraft. It’s a talent that brilliantly reflects Lincolnshire’s terrain well-enough to earn him first place in last month’s competition. Says Robin; “I love painting landscapes, and look forward to commissions of landscapes, but I have to admit, my real passion is aircraft.” Painting aircraft requires real attention to detail and technical accuracy. Whilst Robin is intimately acquainted with the dimensions and lines of common planes such as Spitfires, and Lancasters, a good deal of research is also required for each commission, especially when, as is usually the case, clients request a specific designation, location or sortie to appear in the composition.


Producing around 35 oils each year, spending anywhere from two and a half to six weeks on each piece, (sometimes two or three paintings are on the go at the same time) Robin works from a purpose-built studio at his home, entirely in oils, and has a back catalogue of around 50 pieces for clients to order prints from in strictly limited editions of up to 500. Prints cost from £20 to £100 for a veteran signed limited edition print, whilst original oils cost from £1,000 to £3,000. Robin sends his work across the UK and also exports his work internationally, with celebrity clients including New Zealand film director Peter Jackson who has several original pieces. Each piece is exquisitely detailed, with Robin’s best-selling example, Two Boys, One Dream featuring a Lancaster bomber with an autumnal Lincolnshire scene in the background popular with those of the appropriate age to remember Bomber County as children and stare in awe at the machines operating around the county. Rob’s winning entry was a real success with the judges, who thought the subject and composition was ‘very Lincolnshire’. “I love painting skies and seascapes.” Says Robin. “I was delighted to win, it was completely unexpected but a real thrill! n

For more information contact the Carre Gallery in Sleaford; 01529 415056 www.carre and for aeronautical commissions contact Robin Smith Fine Art on 01507 327681 or see

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For the France-bound residents of Denton’s Silver Pear Cottage, leaving a charming Grade II chocolate box cottage will prove difficult. Fortunately, there’s another project waiting for them on the continent!


Some properties have to be seen to be believed, and Silver Pear Cottage in Denton, in the Vale of Belvoir is one such property.

Silver Pear Cottage, Denton, Grantham

The Coach House, Carlton Scroop Owners: Grahame Kenney and Christine Graham. Style: 1760 Grade II listed former Kelby Estate farm labourer’s cottage. Receptions: Four, currently arranged as drawing room, morning room, snug and orangery. Bedrooms: Four, two with en-suite. Price: £650,000. Agent: Chesterton Humberts of Grantham. Find Out More: 01476 514514

The property is Grade II listed, located in the conservation village of Denton, overlooked by Belvoir Castle and neighbouring the estate itself. Built in 1760, the property was originally owned by the Welby estate, and was formerly four separate labourers’ cottages before being sold off and split, which the current owners believe occurred in the 1960s. The cottage’s previous incumbent spent nearly two decades in the property, and when owners Grahame and Christine arrived at the house in 1994, they couldn’t wait to reinstate some of the long-removed period features that the property had lost following a series of unsympathetic renovations. “It was like a time warp.” Recalls Christine. “The property was quite dark with its low ceilings and original beams, so the first thing we did was to paint the beams to enlarge the rooms and make the place lighter.” The couple began renovating the upstairs of the cottage and its four bedrooms first. The master bedrooms has its own sitting room and en-suite, whilst a further en-suite for guests and small


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The kitchen has been beautifully crafted in Farrow and Ball green ground and lime white. It features a period-style Aga alongside a more practical fan oven and induction hob, plus a butler’s sink, making the room practical and stylish

computer room affords guests a good deal of privacy and keeps modern clutter away from the cottage’s numerous period features. Turning their attention to rather more modern matters, they then installed new wiring and plumbing to ensure that despite its formative age, the property’s essential services are à la mode. Next on the agenda was a new kitchen. With interests including interior design, cooking and gardening, the kitchen was an essential room, so Christine entrusted Loughborough based bespoke shaker kitchen specialist Duvol to create a masterpiece in the form of a maple island kitchen with black granite ‘hot’ areas, cream four-oven Aga and modern counterparts in the form of Küppersbusch induction hob and


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Main Image: The gorgeous shaker-style kitchen is finished in Farrow & Ball green ground. Left: The neat sunken conservatory is overlooked by herbaceous borders. Images: FloorPlanz 0845 6344080

fan oven. A large butler sink and gorgeous views over the cottage garden and shutters around the windows maintain the period look of the kitchen. Limestone flooring with underfloor heating and stable doors are a neat feature, whilst the whole kitchen is finished in Farrow and Ball green ground and lime white. A utility room that’s as well-finished and stylish as many homes’ kitchens is, like the rest of the house, packed with antiquities that former dealer Christine has acquired over the years, together with a low boy and dresser inherited from a very dear friend. “I love antiques, I have done ever since I was a girl.” Says Christine. “Newark has one of the best antique fairs in the country, and I visit its show six times a year… I wasn’t a very good antiques dealer, though, as I seemed to keep everything I brought in to sell!”

The kitchen is an ergonomic treat and, like the rest of the property, suits modern living. blending perfectly with the architecture and style of the rest of the property. Each room is small, with low ceilings and a feeling of tremendous intimacy. The snug features a reclaimed white marble mantelpiece and grey slate hearth, whilst the living room has a reinstated inglenook fireplace. The former’s television is hidden away to prevent technology spoiling the property’s cosy, restful feel, and an additional sitting room overlooks a beautiful timber-framed orangery with a roofline just shy of the elevated garden outside. The small sunken terrace just outside the conservatory is a wonderful suntrap and an ideal place to enjoy the Sunday papers over a lazy brunch, whilst the rest of the garden is


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The couple has put Silver Pear Cottage on the market and intend to move to France, where they’ve found a beautiful blank canvas in the form of a Dordogne-based châteaux currently home to two artists impeccably maintained, featuring, in addition to the Silver Pear tree that gives the cottage its name, a peach tree which this year has already yielded fruit. The garden is packed with unusual varieties of Old English Roses including Rosa Banksia Alba, herbaceous borders and magnolias, as well as mature fruit trees, and neatly maintained lawns with boxed borders, all flanked by dry stone walls. Grahame is remarkably handy, a one-man tradesperson whose specialities span the disciplines of plumbing, electrical work, carpentry and cabinet making. With an engineering background and Christine with her keen eye for design behind him, Grahame has completed the majority of the work on the property himself. However, with daughters Janine and Gemma in Sydney and Miami respectively, and five year old Harry Potter fan, grandson Freddie, visiting from abroad infrequently, the couple’s mission to complete the property’s renovation is now complete, leaving both Christine and Grahame keen to embark upon a new project. As such, the couple has put Silver Pear Cottage on the market with Chesterton Humberts, and intend to move to France, where they’ve found a beautiful blank canvas in the form of a beautiful original french village house currently home to two artists. They already have masses of ideas for the property and a tremendous passion for renovation, so it’s pretty clear that they can’t wait to get started.


Inspired Buys Four-oven Aga cooker; English Birds mug £14.50 by Emma Bridgewater; Oval enamel storage pots in cream from The Contemporary Home, £29.99; Newgate oversized clock £99 by Beth Stevens; Chair in cranberry by Lloyd Loom of Spalding;

“I love being able to visualise how a property should look.” Says Christine, rightly proud of Silver Pear Cottage.” I can’t wait to get started but we will miss this place dearly!” n


For stockists and suppliers see our Directory on page 160.

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

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Home on the Range Keep the home fires burning with our chosen selection of stoves and range cookers...



The original 1930s style is a must. Shown here in Claret, it features three ovens (also available with two and four) and two domed lids. Agas are available as heating devices or conventional cookers. It can also feature AIMS, an electronic control system to heat up and cool down your Aga on a timer to save energy.

Brand new for Autumn 2009, a traditional compact design belies one of the most sophisticated models the company has ever produced. Controlled airwash for cleaner glass and brushed steel decoration makes Brunswick suitable for any sized room and for any solid fuel.



A more compact and cooker-oriented model, windowed just like a conventional cooker, and available in cream or black. Storage drawer and removable hob rings constitute a good compromise between style and practicality for smaller kitchens, and built-in temperature gauge takes the guess-work out of cooking.

If you thought Agas required acres of space in your kitchen, think again. The S-Series is 60cm wide, and can utilise a fan assisted electric oven just like a conventional cooker. It features a ceramic grill and automatic programmer too, making it just as easy as a ‘normal’ cooker, with all the style of a traditional Aga!


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Create your perfect cooking platform perfect for even the most demanding chef. Choose from gas or electric modules, or solid fuel options for your Aga, with ceramic plates or gas hobs, fan ovens and integrated grills. 14 colour options and 2, 3 or 4 oven units and grills make the units completely customisable.

Now part of Aga, Raeburn features central heating and hot water capabilities as standard... and that’s not all. Linked to the company’s Solar Thermal System, solar panels can provide up to 65% of your hot water and 60% of your heat before you even burn a single piece of solid fuel!



Stockton by Stovax may look modest, but the unit can power up to 19 radiators to heat your home or heat just one room as a free-standing unit. The free-standing or flush boiler-stove features traditional double doors and is the company’s brand new model for 2009.

One of the most stylish names in range cooking, Rosa is available in Bordeaux, Cream or Soapstone, and features cast ironing detailing that looks perfect in period kitchens. Available as gas, oil and wood burning with air controls and temperature gauges. For stockists and suppliers see our Directory on page 160.


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Tasteful Tables This autumn, the most tasteful tables are wearing shimmering metallic silver and gold



Moritz White damask tablecloth and placemats by Waltons in platinum or gold with matching runner and napkin rings. Available from Oldrids of Boston and Downtown Superstore, Grantham. Also shown here is King’s silver plated cutlery by VIners. See for Lincolnshire stockists.

Create a contemporary soft gold table with Samara from Villeroy & Boch. Based on the popular Wave range, these turn any table into a treat with Paisley patterns and elegant shape taking the cold, contemporary edge away from the range upon which it was based. See for Lincolnshire stockists.



Shown here is Princess, with golden runner and petticoat runner over a Dupion iridescent tablecloth. All available from Oldrids, shown here with black satin napkins and Royal Doulton Aylesbury crystal glasswear.

For modern homes and lighter, less cluttered autumn tables, consider the inverted colour scheme of Walton’s Primavera, which features plain white over silver linen and matching napkins. Economically priced for use on a daily basis, but can be ‘dressed up’ for formal dining.


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WHAT THE BUTLER SAW The season for entertaining is rapidly approaching, so we’ve asked the Guild of Professional Butlers for their most closely guarded table-setting secrets Formal Tables Traditionally, formal French-inspired meals entailed no fewer than 13 courses. For even the most formal dinner parties today, the norm is five. Both time and fashions change but the desire to create elegant formal tables remains consistant, so we asked the Guild of Professional Butlers for advice regarding the creation of elegant tables this season. Cover Story Conventional wisdom suggests tablecloths are essential when dressing a formal table. In fact, the Guild’s guidelines state that the use of placemats rather than tablecloths is perfectly acceptable when the table itself is of particular merit.

ART DECO STYLE Platinum is Jasper Conran’s beautiful designer crockery featuring vibrant streaks of silver that work brilliantly when paired with pure, bright damask table linens. Produced for the designer by Wedgwood, the range is exciting and comprehensive, giving maximum creative potential. See for stockists.

If you opt for a tablecloth, however, a silence pad is a must, as are equal drops down each side. Charger plates are deemed acceptable by the guild, though the use of placemats on tablecloths is frowned upon. Silver Service We all accept that cutlery should be arranged in order that guests begin using the outer-most cutlery and work inwards. On the left hand side, working inwards, one should situate the salad fork, main course and dessert fork. Opposite, from right to left should be the soup spoon, teaspoon and main course knife. Dessert cutlery should, according to the guild, never be placed in front of the service plate. China Crisis Diners’ napkins should be placed on the far left, with the bread plate in front of the left hand side cutlery with bread knife at 90° to the rest of the cutlery. Opposite this should be a red wine glass on the far right, and white wine glass and water glass directly in front of the main course knife. The service plate or charger should sit underneath the soup bowl or first course dish. Cutlery should sit no more than half an inch from the edge of the table. Finishing Touches Candelabras and floral arrangements should remain unobtrusive and equidistant from each side. Though place cards are seen as naff at domestic dinner parties, if used, they should remain in front of the charger plate. Individual salt and pepper cellars should be situated in front of the left hand side cutlery to the right of the bread and butter plate.

RICH GOLD AND SILVER Vivian is Villeroy & Boch’s newest range, a soft gold-edged dinner service for those seeking to create a contemporary table with matching gold plated cutlery. Individual crockery starts from £19, and is available from Lincolnshire stockists by visiting

Napkin Origami Keen to try a little napkin origami? In that case, begin by folding your napkin, bringing the top to the bottom. Fold the corners into the centre line to create a parallelogram. Next, turn your napkin over and rotate 90°. Fold the bottom edge up to the top edge and flip the point out from under the top fold. Turn the left end into a pleat, forming a point on the left hand side. Turn the napkin over, repeat on the right hand side, open the base and stand upright for a perfect Bishop’s Mitre style napkin. n


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Kitchens, Bathrooms and Bedrooms of Distinction... Hand-crafted in Lincolnshire to create a quality home that will last for generations...

Is your kitchen looking tired? Why go to the trouble and expense of having a new one when we can just refurbish what you already have. New doors, worktops, sinks, appliances etc give the instant feel of a whole new kitchen at a fraction of the cost and we can supply you with them all!

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Rain, Rain,

Go Away...! For Paul Gray, Head Gardener of the National Trust’s Gunby Hall and Lincolnshire Pride’s Gardening Editor, the weather has been uncharacteristically kind. That’s made things rather more enjoyable in the garden but there’s no rest for the wicked... now’s the time to begin tidying up for the Autumn. Words & Images: Paul Gray and Rob Davis.

It’s a well-established fact that both gardeners and farmers are rarely satisfied with the weather. ‘I wish this rain would give over’ is swiftly followed by ‘It’s so dry that I’m going to have to water,’ then ‘Just three more dry days to get the harvest in,’ and ‘If it doesn’t rain soon that winter wheat will never germinate.’ As such, I’m pleased to report that June 2009 was the near perfect month for me! As I write this article in early July, I can look back on a month when we gambled on the English weather, and, somewhat uncharacteristically, won! It’s always difficult when you plan a summer full of events back in December. You can go by previous years experience but due to those


vagaries in the British weather, that experience usually still leads to a certain amount of guess-work and some crossed fingers. I knew that we were having a Rose Sunday event at Gunby Hall, and that we were also to host the CLA - Country Land & Business Association - AGM sometime in early summer. In 2008, the roses were not at their best until early July but I have known them to be over their first flush by then, so it was agreed to go for the 28th and 29th June. After a mini heat-wave in May, most of the roses were well and truly out by about the 14th and I was a worried man. What I needed was some light overnight rain and cool, grey skies for the next fortnight. This is just what happened and the roses remained magnificent. By the 25th it all looked on course but the weather forecast said that thunderstorms were expected with heavy downpours and localised flooding. Disaster; if we were to experience just one of those since it would bash all of those heavily laden roses to the floor.

Take Five: Jobs for September 1. Buy or create late season plants in pots. It’s the ideal time to plant them. 2. Set grass seed on bare patches or to establish new lawns.

On the Friday just before, heavy, black clouds

3. Start to pick early apples for use in the next two months.

Both gardeners and farmers are

4. Set out spring cabbage, broccoli and late brussels sprouts into final positions.

notoriously dissatisfied whatever the weather... it’s always too dry, too wet, too hot or too cold!

5. Continue to sow radish, lettuce and spring onions for a late crop.

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The Gardener’s Diary 5th/6th Sept: Hall Farm, Gainsborough 1½-acre garden with mixed borders of trees, shrubs, old roses and unusual perennials. Sunken garden, pond, courtyard garden, walled gravel garden and orchard. Short walk to old moat and woodland. On A631 Telephone: 01427 668412. 20th Sept: South Lodge, Ropsley South Lodge’s borders are no less florific in September as the mellow colours of autumn brighten the shortening days. From Grantham take Ropsley turn off A52; Long Lane. Garden 1 mile on RHS. 27th Sept: Woodlands, Fotherby, Louth Mature woodland garden being further developed by the present owners. Packed with rare and unusual perennials, shrubs, ferns and climbers. Meandering paths lead to surprises around every corner. Award winning professional artist's studio/gallery open to visitors. Leave A16 bypass signed Fotherby. Situated nr far end of Peppin Lane.

SEPTEMBER IN THE GARDEN - IN BRIEF Plant of the Month: Crocosmia Crocosmia or montbretias as they used to be called, are wonderful late flowering herbaceous plants. With their rapier shaped leaves they make a good foil plant in early summer before bursting forth with brilliant orange, red or yellow flowers in September. Lucifer (bright red), masoniorum (orange) and solfatare (yellow) are but three of many hybrids now available. Not fussy about soil or aspect, they are easy to grow garden flowers.

The Kitchen Garden Set out vegetables like greens and brassicas, and continue to sow salads for a late crop.

Watch Out For... Look out for greenfly on winter flowering pansies and treat accordingly.


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September can be the best month to sow new lawns or patch an existing one. Prepare the soil without disturbing it too deeply. This will avoid dips and bumps later. Make sure the newly sown grass seed does not dry out and it will germinate rapidly in the warm soil. rolled in from the direction of Horncastle and distant rumbles were heard, but only a few spots fell. On 27th it was a cool, misty day but on our Rose Day, it all lifted. The sun shone and the roses hung on in all of their glory. The next day’s CLA meeting was just as good. Sun, no wind, and still a magnificent display. I was a happy gardener. Mind you we could now do with some rain!

Keep deadheading both roses, herbaceous plants and annuals. This will keep them flowering throughout September and well into the Autumn. Some plants, like oriental poppies and delphiniums, do go brown in late summer. If you cut them right down to the ground in early September and water them, they will often send up some bright green foliage to fill in the gap in the border. This will die back naturally in winter and not harm the plant at all.

This month in the garden, watch out for nesting wasps. They can be a terrible nuisance, especially Often bedding plants are at their best at this time if you grow fruit. We make jam-jar traps to catch of year especially as there are cooler, damp nights. them. Use an empty jam jar that still has By deadheading them, you ‘frustrate’ their some jam smeared on the inside. Pierce seed making aspirations and force them two holes just big enough for wasps to to send up new flowers. By crawl through in the centre of the lid Towards the end of the month start and fill one third full with water. deadheading to take cuttings of less hardy Hang this fruit trees where they perennials like osteospermums, flowers, you ‘frustrate’ will not be walked into. penstemons and salvias. A dozen their seed making The wasps, after entering, cannot 10cm/4” high cuttings around a crawl back and drown. Dispose of litre pot of leaf mould and sand aspirations and force the water every week. The mixed together will soon root if them to send up new placed in a cool place and kept ‘solution’ of dead wasps can go flowers! on the compost to go back into the damp. These can be over-wintered in cycle of life. a cool greenhouse or cold frame to pot-up in March. This will give you cover if Continue to harvest beans, carrots, onions and there is a severe winter which kills these less salad crops. Now is a good time to pick late-set hardy plants in their border positions. French beans and runner beans for freezing. Try to harvest small, succulent beans as larger one can September can be the best month to sow new be stringy. lawns or to patch an existing one. Prepare the soil without disturbing it too deeply. This will avoid dips We always flash freeze on trays and then bag up and bumps later. when frozen. In this way, you can take out just the portion size you need and not defrost too many. Make sure the newly sown grass seed does not dry Most vegetables are best when cooked straight out and it will germinate rapidly in the warm soil. from frozen. Once 5cm/2” high roll lightly to firm roots. A really good grass cover should be established by late If you intend to freeze fruit such as late strawberries October which will stand the winter. and autumn raspberries, opt for smaller, firmer Happy Gardening! n berries as these do not go mushy, in the manner that larger fruit can, if defrosted.


Prune, Plant and Pick... Prune Shrubs can make vast amounts of growth over summer, prune back now to clear paths and gateways.

Plant Herbaceous plants. The soil is very warm and they will make new roots before winter sets in.

Pick Runner & French beans. Now is a good time to flash freeze them for a ready supply all winter.

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THE FIVE MINUTE GUIDE TO... Hedgehog Friendly Gardens

Why care for Hedgehogs? Whilst this may be a prickly subject to those who vehemently object to their flurry of fleas and trillions of ticks, hedgehogs are, for the most part, a gardener’s best friend. They’re an excellent natural way of controlling slugs, snails and other pests that can seriously damage your plants, and with their number in decline, especially in Lincolnshire villages with roads that are perilously close to the creatures’ garden environments, it’s a good idea to know how to care for prickly passers-by if one decides to pay you a visit. Food glorious food Wet cat and dog food or dry dog food is a useful supplement to a hedgehog’s natural diet. They also love bacon rind, but particularly when serving up the latter, you should also ensure that you put out plenty of fresh water.


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One word of caution - the old wives’ tale of leaving out bread and milk for a hedgehog is a myth these actually cause chronic upset tummies in hedgehogs and should definitely be avoided. Hedgehog Hazards They may be cute, but hedgehogs certainly aren’t bright. Their naturally inquisitive nature can get them into trouble, and as such, ponds & drains can prove hazards. Ensure yours are hedgehog friendly with barriers or netting. Equally perilous are strimmers and trimmers, nasty accidents with which can befall hibernating hogs and those seeking refuge in hedges from noise or boisterous pets. It’s a good idea to check for wildlife before you unleash your latest garden gadget to avoid mutilating one of your little garden helpers.

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Worst case scenarios If you discover a sick or injured hedgehog, find a local RSPCA affiliated veterinary surgery (call 0300 1234 999) or call the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (01584 890801) for advice. Avoid handling the creatures if possible as they can harbour pests like fleas, and their spines are sharp, but if you need to do so, wearing a pair of gardening gloves is highly advisable! n


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LincolnshirePride’s Kitchen Garden



Good Life The

Introducing Lincolnshire Pride’s Kitchen Garden. New owner, kitchen gardener Lorraine Bellis, will gradually transform this run-down site into a productive and eco-friendly plot - join her each month to find out how you can enjoy a taste of the good life too This month we introduce Lorraine Bellis, the Lincolnshire woman who’s aiming to bring kitchen gardening back into the county, and prove that no matter what the size of your plot, regardless of how much or how little time you have to dedicate to your garden, it’s easy and rewarding to grow your own produce. With a little more involvement, one can become entirely self-sufficient by growing vegetables and keeping chickens to ensure you’ve the freshest, most organic and locally sourced produce available, using Lincolnshire’s rich arable soils.

garden’s key areas. In addition to a fruit orchard and formal kitchen beds, Lorraine will install pig arks and chicken coops and ensure the garden is organic, environmentally sensitive and productive all year round. Currently, the garden is overgrown, riddled with weeds and badly planned. Having moved to the property just one month ago, Lorraine had scarcely unpacked when work began in earnest. Here, she takes up the story.

This Introducing Lorraine: There I was in my small month we introduce suburban garden, around 10 square metres, feeling very Lincolnshire Pride’s clear about my abilities and Kitchen Garden, owned knowledge. After all, I show people how to grow vegetables and maintained by in containers; containers are something I feel very comfortable Lorraine Bellis with. Then something amazing

Lorraine’s First Love: An IT consultant seeking to return to her first love of gardening, Lorraine has moved from Bourne to Huttoft near Alford to embark on a new gardening project that will see her becoming entirely self-sufficient for vegetables. The kitchen gardener will also lecture on the subject as Lincoln’s Riseholme College of agriculture, and will run workshops once the garden’s renovation is complete.

Beforehand though, there’s plenty to keep Lorraine busy this season, with the dilapidated garden needing a complete renovation. This autumn will see the garden’s beds completely emptied and nutrients added to the soil, before the instatement of the


happened – I was given the opportunity to move to a garden with so much more potential. In fact, not wanting to sound like an estate agent, it has ‘great potential.’ Despite knowing that, I looked at the area I have named the 12 metre square kitchen garden and thought to myself ‘What have I done, can I really take this plot and produce my own food; will there be food here next year’?

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Lorraine’s scruffy plot will soon be transformed into a working kitchen garden, find out how as we track her progress each month!


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LincolnshirePride’s Kitchen Garden


1 Of the many jobs this month, Lorraine will be clearing and weeding the whole two acre plot in order to create a great starting point for the garden. She’ll be clearing out the paddocks that will house the pig arks, collecting her new hens, and setting up the kitchen garden beds. All the containers and pots that I have nurtured and loved came with me and make up the landscaping in the area directly around the house; they have softened the hard landscaping and made me feel ‘at home’. However, some of my ambitious plans for a glut of tomatoes have fallen by the wayside, as moving in June and keeping the tomatoes in their pots for too long has not had the desired effect on their production. But, being philosophical about it, one thing I do know about gardening and growing your own food is that there are no guarantees, but there’s always next year; as long as you practice everything you have learnt this year, it can only get better. The Kitchen Garden Beyond this area is what will become my kitchen garden; it has, in the past, been a decorative area, completely enclosed with a circular pergola at the centre which should be dripping with scented roses at this time of year.

However the rain showers, which I would normally be very pleased to see, are encouraging the weeds to grow again, so it’s time to dig. A Busy September September is the usual time to make a start digging and feeding the ground for the New Year. To be as successful as possible, I am going over the ground carefully digging out the weed roots, trying very hard not to break them in the process, as every piece of root broken and left in the ground means another weed for later.

Lorraine is confident that despite all the weeds, she’ll soon be picking salads, herbs and asparagus.

However, the pictures I have taken show how it looked when we moved in - completely overgrown with perennial weeds. This is the effect of not working the plot for a little over a year and letting nature take over! The old saying ‘one year seed, seven years weeds’ comes to mind.

But, let’s not get overwhelmed by the task ahead, let’s concentrate on working methodically and, hopefully, if I’ve learnt anything at all, we’ll be picking salads, herbs, asparagus, and the like from here next year. So many of the weeds were about to spread their seeds all over the garden that I decided to tackle clearing their tops as quickly as possible. Digging the roots out could follow later perhaps, after some rain, as the ground had been baked hard by the


wonderful weather we have been enjoying. It is now three weeks since we arrived; five days of work have resulted in the area being clear of the weed tops and I can now see the area that I have to work with, the layout of the garden in the past and the existence of beds and pathways.

Luckily I have inherited a pile of well rotted farmyard manure, and I will be adding it when I have created the beds for next year. This will encourage worms to come to the surface and drag the material down into the soil, improving and aerating it as they do. This should create a rich, nutritious material, just waiting to produce lots of lovely vegetables for me. It’s exciting to think about all the wonderful things I can try to grow here and hopefully cook and eat... I can’t wait to get started! Catch up with Lorraine each month Each month, Lorraine will be writing for Lincolnshire Pride, revealing which areas of the garden she has been working on. She’ll also offer tips and advice for bringing elements of kitchen gardening into your own plot - from small containers on terraces to full-raised beds and allotment style areas in your garden, Lorraine will prove it’s easy to grow your own! n

Jobs for September Tidying-Up There’s plenty of work to complete weeding the main kitchen garden with its arches.

Hens Next on the to-do list is to collect Lorraine’s new hens.

Mowing the Plot Keeping the grounds under control is essential until Lorraine can instate all of the garden’s features this autumn.

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Meet Lorraine Bellis Former IT consultant Lorraine recently moved to Huttoft near Alford to create a kitchen garden that can also be used as a base to run workshops and host work experience trips for students at Riseholme’s college of agriculture.

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.

The Garden Lorraine’s new two-acre plot will become a productive kitchen garden for her family. Once clear, Lorraine will reinstate all of the features of a traditional kitchen garden with vegetable beds, fruit orchard and glasshouse & polytunnels. Bellis Perennis In addition to lecturing at Riseholme, Lorraine also 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. Growing your own food is immensely satisfying, and with Lorraine’s help, clients find they can create the most productive gardens possible no matter how much space they have available. For more information call 07841 372 118 or see


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FARMING MATTERS In September local farmers will be finishing off any wheat combining and making a start on potato and sugar beet harvesting. Rape seed, and some winter barley and winter wheat will be sown. More acres appear to be sown using direct drills into the stubble left by the previous crops. Considerable savings can be made using this system compared with the more expensive system of plough, power harrow and conventional drill. At the time of writing in mid-August farmers are hoping for a long period of good weather to dry and speed the harvest. So far the initial yield of rape seed appears very good. The wheat crop appears to be less promising with the second wheats looking short and thin. Unfortunately wheat and barley prices are low and with current yields farmers will not be getting their costs of production returned. The acreage of vegetable crops grown south of Boston appears to be reducing, especially with the closing down of one or two local pack houses. Presumably the overall demand for vegetables has not reduced and one can only assume that supplies for the supermarkets have been obtained elsewhere, most likely being imported from other countries. A well known farming magazine has been carrying out a survey of the greatest British Farming Innovations over the last 75 years. Having been involved in farming for over 50 years this set my aged mind to work and I came to the conclusion that in my opinion the five greatest innovations would be firstly the vast increase in size and efficiency to farm machinery which has enabled a great reduction in labour and a far larger acreage cultivated at the correct time. The little grey Ferguson tractor with three point linkage developed soon after the Second World War was probably the precursor of larger mechanisation to come. My second choice would be the great improvements in plant and animal breeding. Agricultural crops have trebled and sometimes quadrupled the yield of crops of this period. This increase has been helped by the sensible use of agricultural sprays and fertilizers. In the years after the war the amount of hand hoeing and harrowing that took place on all agricultural crops was amazing. Today one hardly ever sees a man with a hoe in a field. On the livestock side, tremendous improvements have been made in animal breeding. The use of A.I. in cattle and pigs has been extensive and provided a large increase in milk production, quality beef, and pig conversion rates. The quality of all meat carcasses has been directly improved with the amount of lean meat per animal. Like all industries, agriculture has had to progress and change to keep up with current trends and it is only with the aid of the innovations mentioned that it has survived as one of the largest industries in the country. Read Barry’s Farming Matters column each month only in Lincolnshire Pride.


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Sleeping? Furnishing your stable is a contentious issue at the best of times. This month, we sort the wheat from the chaff - or rather the straw, from the shavings...

Good sleeping conditions for your fourlegged friends depends first and foremost on good accommodation. Ensure your stable is big enough for your horse to turn around and lie down in, and regardless of the bedding you choose, remember that regular mucking-out and cleaning of the stable environment is essential. Dusty or dirty bedding poses a significant risk to both horse and carer. Dry, clean conditions prevent thrush of the hoof and other ailments, whilst good bedding material allows urine to drain away or be absorbed, blocks out draughts and will alleviate injury if the horse becomes cast.

splinters and shards of timber, can be somewhat dangerous. n Shredded paper and cardboard tends to be harder to muck-out when wet, and printed material is potentially dangerous if ingested. One of the cheaper types of bedding, its impracticabilities tend to make it an inadvisable option.

n The most common type of bedding for horses is wheat, barley or oat straw. Readily available all year Good round, it’s cheap, easy to use sleeping conditions and easy to dispose of.

n Rubber Matting, meanwhile, provides excellent support, and its easy management tends to offset the high initial cost. begin with good stabling. However, its non-absorbant However, it can command a nature means the use of premium at this time of the It’s important to ensure rubber matting without year, and varies dramatically your horse has plenty additional bedding material in terms of quality and dust & can mean wet floors, a mould content. of room to build-up of ammonia and Horses and carers susceptible to regular jet washing. turn. respiratory ailments may not find it For most owners, good quality wood easy to work with, and whilst most shavings are the ideal compromise. common, wheat straw is the dustiest However, opt for a dedicated supplier variety compared to barley and oat, which who will remove dust and debris. Some by contrast tend to cause more skin suppliers can even treat their material with irritations and is heavier when soiled. scents such as lavender to ensure a more n Wood shavings provide excellent support fragrant sleeping environment, making your as the product tends to naturally compact stable a sweeter place to be and ensuring around the horse. They’re light and easy to your horse gets the good night’s sleep work with, but quality varies from sawmill to he deserves! n sawmill, and when contaminated with


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Moving forward with confidence

Witham Hall School Witham on-the-Hill, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 0JJ

Boarding and Day 4 – 13 years Low class size, strong tradition of academic, sporting, musical and artistic achievement.

Further details available from Mrs Lis Pinner Headmaster’s Secretary Tel: 01778 590222 Charity No.507070

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Wednesday 14 October 2009 The School will be open on Wednesday 14 October 2009 to parents and their sons who are considering admission to the School in September 2010. Those who wish to visit during the school day will be welcome from 9 15 am until 3 30 pm. Tours of the school will be conducted by students and members of the senior team will be available to discuss admissions. For further details, please contact the School Carre’s Grammar School, Northgate, Sleaford NG34 7DD Telephone: (01529) 302181 Email:


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Education in Lincolnshire 2009

If you’re looking for an independent pre-school, primary school, co-ed or boarding school, we’ve a fine selection as we preview the latest developments at Lincolnshire’s most renowned establishments

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Witham Hall School 01778 590222

Witham Hall is a happy and thriving boarding and day school for boys and girls aged four to 13 years. From their earliest years in the secure and caring environment of Witham Hall, at the heart of which is a beautiful Queen Anne country house surrounded by impressive grounds, children are encouraged to explore life and enjoy learning. The emphasis on pastoral care and personal growth ensures individual skills and strengths can be identified at an early age, whilst imagination and creativity blossom, and children learn to value themselves and others. High standards of teaching, coupled with positive attitudes to learning, results in pupils achieving very good standards in all aspects of their education. The foundations are laid in the pre-prep, where there are approximately 85 children aged four to eight. Children enter reception aged four for full time education. Within small classes, the best of traditional and modern teaching methods combine to provide a stimulating learning experience. The prep department contains 150 pupils between the ages of eight and 13. The preferred age of entry to the prep department is eight, although later entries may be considered. Children from the pre-prep will normally

Lincoln Minster School www.lincolnminster

Lincoln Minster School is a flourishing independent day and boarding school, in the heart of historic Lincoln. With small classes, outstanding pastoral care and a dedication to bring out the best in every child, we are proud of our reputation for offering the very best mix of traditional and modern. From 2½ years, your child can enjoy the idyllic and safe surroundings of our Pre-Preparatory School, assessed by OFSTED as ‘outstanding’ in all areas with ‘no recommendations for


pass in to the prep department automatically. The extensive use of specialist teachers ensures high academic standards, and the timetable encourages all children to experience art, music, drama and sport at the highest levels. New buildings, which house state-of-the art equipment, sit happily alongside the main house, and the recent addition of a full size astrotur f pitch adds to the superb sporting facilities that include a squash court, nine hole golf course, tennis and netball courts, extensive well tendered grass pitches and a sports hall. Across the school, the walls and classrooms reveal a wonder ful array of paintings, drawings and sculptures that bare testimony to the children’s imaginative and

improvement’ being made. Fun, specialist teaching, including French and music, is introduced to give children the best preparation for their formal school careers. At Preparatory School the inspirational teaching continues, encouraging and nurturing every characteristic. The boys and girls of the Lincoln Cathedral Choir are drawn from LMS, and our varied programme of clubs and trips gives ever-present opportunities to make new friends, take on responsibilities and thrive.

inspirational work within art. Boarding at Witham is recognised as a happy and highly rewarding experience, and, made popular by the weekly and flexi-boarding options that are available, many pupils from the age of eight enjoy the special atmosphere this brings. Having just celebrated its 50th anniversary, Witham will start the academic year under a new Headmaster, Mr Charles Welch, who, together with his wife Jo and young family move from Oakham School. His enthusiasm and ambition to strengthen the excellent reputation that Witham has, built upon the achievements of each individual and the collective contribution they make to the life of the school, suggests an exciting and rewarding time for its pupils.

This continues into Senior School and Sixth Form, where academic and pastoral successes are celebrated and places are in demand. Our £10m Music School and sports hall, opening in 2010, will ensure that our students have access to the best possible facilities. This commitment to improvement, hard work and compassion serves to prepare our young people for a rewarding and enriching adult life. Come and find out more at one of our forthcoming Open Events.

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See-Saw Day Nursery 01205 359516

See-Saw Day Nursery provides a hundred places for children aged eight weeks to school age. The nursery has a reputation second to none in the local area - ask any of its parents why they have chosen See-Saw Day Nursery and they identify the happy atmosphere in which everyone feels welcome, dedicated, interested, knowledgeable and smiley staff, great activities and resources, both inside and outside and a purpose built building with modern facilities.

The nursery is committed to providing the highest standards of care & learning opportunities for all children under five. Providing a safe, secure and loving environment in which each child, feels valued as an individual, the nursery aims to work in close collaboration with parents, the wider community and outside agencies, creating trusting and open partnerships in which information is shared for the benefit of the child.

Red Hen Children's Day Nursery 01507 603535 Red Hen Children's Day Nursery is a fabulous childcare facility, providing outstanding early years care and education for 0 - five years. Just four miles from Louth, children come to Red Hen from a twenty mile radius, with no 'rush hour' in Legbourne the nursery has a large car park so it's much easier than driving through town and trying to find somewhere to park. The nursery promises Quality of Life for all its children in a specially converted farm building with surrounding land. The children have unlimited opportunities, lots of access to outdoor play in a natural environment, animals and a top quality healthy balanced diet.

St Hugh’s School 01526 352169

Visitors to St Hugh’s always comment upon the happy, friendly children and its excellent facilities. The school aspires to provide all our children with a breadth of opportunity. The school is fortunate to have its own large playing fields, an indoor swimming pool and sports hall. Consequently, children are able to participate in a wide range of activities. Many children choose to board; some on a full time basis and some for a few nights each week. The school’s intention is to be as flexible as possible and prepare children who intend to transfer on to senior boarding schools, or simply as a rewarding and enjoyable experience. All children are encouraged to be involved in the wide range of

extra activities that are on offer at the end of the school day. Classrooms are well equipped with modern technology such as interactive whiteboards, enhancing learning opportunities for all. St Hugh’s is enjoying its most successful decade in its eighty year history, with record numbers being successful in the county’s 11+ exams, as well as many senior children gaining scholarships to a wide range of leading independent senior schools for academic, music and artistic excellence. All our pupils leave us as well educated, independent, polite, confident young people, of whom the school says it is justifiably proud.

All this combined with a huge variety of top quality resources and a special team of friendly, specially trained staff makes Red Hen the perfect choice for your child.

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Yarborough School 01522 529203 Yarborough School has been a Business & Enterprise School since 2003 and is a mixed 1118 comprehensive school which includes a successful Sixth Form. Staff work hard to create a supportive environment in which students feel happy, secure and cared for.

Carre’s Grammar School 01529 302181

The accreditation has widened the resources available to our students and allow us to work in partnership with other schools in the area, throughout the country and more latterly, throughout the world. All students in every year group benefit from the Business and Enterprise Specialist School status & Enterprise Education is a wonderful way of motivating young people into taking an actual part in their education. The focus is on contextualising learning so that our young people understand when and why some subjects are taught and equally when and why some behaviours and attitudes are desirable for success in the world of work. The school offers students the opportunity to study many traditional subjects that will be familiar, plus a number of BTEC courses including Business Studies, Travel & Tourism, Public Services, Science, Mathematics, ICT, Art, Sport Studies, Retail and Media. BTEC qualifications have been developed in consultation with industry and professionals, ensuring that they are relevant, progressive and recognised by professional bodies, employers & universities.

Carre’s Grammar School is a popular selective school and specialist Sports and Science College for boys in the market town of Sleaford. It is a lively school, successfully combining four hundred years of history with a commitment to helping students and the community meet the demands and challenges of the future. The school is constantly striving to improve already excellent examination results and building work will be carried out over the summer as older classrooms are converted into hi-tech rooms, fit for education in the 21st century. Carre's Grammar School is also a member of the Joint Sixth Form consortium arrangement with Kesteven & Sleaford High School and St

George's College of Technology. As a high performing Sports and Science College, Carre’s has specialist staff which, as well delivering a comprehensive PE timetable to the students, carries out sports outreach work with local primary schools, and delivers exercise referral sessions from health professionals. The school has recently achieved a second Specialism of Science, along with Maths and their Gifted and Talented dimension. 11+ testing is carried out early in September and the school is open on Wednesday 14th October between 9.15am and 3.30pm to parents and their sons who are considering admission to the school in September 2010.

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The Stamford Endowed Schools

The Stamford Endowed Schools consist of the co-educational Stamford Junior School for children aged 2-11, Stamford High School for girls aged 11-18, and Stamford School for boys aged 11-18. There is also a sixth form which teaches boys and girls together across its two senior schools. This structure provides the ideal balance of giving students the co-educational experience from junior level and sixth form which they will need to thrive in the world beyond education recognising the strength of teaching boys & girls separately through the years leading towards GSCE examination. Boarding is available for pupils aged seven and older, offering a further dimension to a Stamford education.

The schools offer a wide and varied curriculum at GCSE and A-Level, and pupils consistently achieve outstanding examination results. It also prides itself on developing well-rounded students who leave equipped with a wealth of life experience. Extracurricular activities range from trips all over the world to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, debating societies and a wide range of sporting activities. “Located in Stamford, a town rich in history and tradition, we are a valued part of the community. Each year, our students support a local charity and frequently launch their own endeavours to support a local worthy cause. Most importantly, we are friendly and welcoming schools in which children are at their happiest and most stimulated.” the school says.

Chattertons 01507 522456 Suzy was eight, and was making poor progress at school. “I was called to a meeting - problems, assessments,” says Patrick Cordingley. “We were eventually told Suzy has learning difficulties.” Suzy had extra attention in the classroom but nothing more. “I commissioned an independent Educational Psychologist.” Patrick continues. “He told me about the SEN Code of Practice; I got a copy and what a revelation! It’s the rule book; what a school should do, responsibilities of the LEA etc.”

Worksop College 01909 537100

Worksop College, a leading HMC independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 13 to 18, is focused on providing the best possible education and opportunity for your child to achieve their potential. The school is set in a beautiful 310 acre site overlooking Clumber Park. This sense of space gives your child the room to breathe, grow and learn. Academically, the school has seen some of the best GCSE, AS and A level results this year. The curriculum covers subjects as diverse as Latin and International Cuisine for a broad

range of choice. At Sixth Form level, the studying of academic subjects is supported by lectures and enrichment activities and the school facilities are excellent; with a large sports hall, swimming pool, an astroturf pitch and golf course, plus separate music school, new languages lab and art block. The school was founded by Canon Nathaniel Woodard in 1890 as a school that aimed to address the needs of the whole child – intellectual, physical and spiritual. For more information come along to the Open Morning on Saturday 10th October.

“What a difference it made! the school was brilliant; Suzy passed A Level English and went to University!” says Patrick. “Obviously I learnt a lot as Suzy’s father and, as a Solicitor, I now regularly advise on Education Law. I represent parents in negotiations with their LEA and represent parents in the Tribunal. Autism, Aspergers Disease, behavioural problems, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and much more.” If your child is experiencing problems at school, or is on the Special Educational Needs Register, call Chattertons on 01507 522456 for advice.


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A utumn F

ashion 2009

This season, subtlety is out and the 1980s, hot highlight colours and chunky detailing are all back with a vengence. Here, we profile the season’s most important trends. Images selected by: Mandy Bray. Words: Rob Davis.

How ironic that this season’s fashions take the louche 1980s as their inspiration against a backdrop of economic austerity post-recession. Nonetheless, the 1980s were a superb decade for fashion and one whose trends will certainly create a distinctive look for Autumn 2009. Chunky details like large belts on peacoats and chunky fabrics such as tweed and dog-tooth checks come to the fore, with coats and jackets featuring large shoulder pads and skinnier waists. Grey knits and blacks feature prominently this season, alongside deep plum, blue


and bright red shades for a decadent, bright 1980s retro look. Special occasion wear and cocktail dresses, particularly for the Christmas party season, includes bold prints, ruched cocktail dresses, and decadent fabrics such as velvets and dévoré. Puffed-out sleeves, exaggerated drapes and frills create a fun, exuberant look for the season and chunky accessories will complete the indulgent look. Whilst the economy might lack the extravagance of the decade, this season’s 1980s inspiration is certainly fun, lavish and shamelessly stylish!

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This Page: Aubergine dresses by IBlues. Opposite: Luxurious brown leather bag and boots by ABRO.

The IBlues collection is available at Sheila Tiller’s of Long Sutton



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Fashions: Established over 30 years with both a Fashion and Shoe shop to complement each other. We specialise in one to one wardrobe management and feature contemporary European designers. Also there is free parking in Long Sutton. Stockists of: iBlues, Marc Aurel, Olsen, Caractere, Marie Mero. Address: FASHIONS: 13 Market Place, Long Sutton PE12 9JA. SHOES: 7 Market Place, Long Sutton PE12 9JA. Telephone: FASHIONS: 01406 363433. SHOES: 01406 364128.

Personal Styling... Providing bespoke advice and a personal stylist to ensure you always leave with the perfect outfit, complete with accessories, no matter what the occasion


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Fashions: Mother of the Bride or Groom, Guests (stunning hats, shoes and handbags to match). Special Occasions, Business or Pleasure. Stockists of: Paule Vasseur, Condici, Coterie, Joseph Ribkoff, Michael H, Basler, Ann Balon, Michelle Trousers & Olsen. Address: 32 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2DS. Telephone: 01780 751773

When it matters most...

Home to the latest fashions in historic Stamford, one boutique always has the perfect outfit no matter what the occasion... when it matters most, visit Nancy French...


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Opposite: Jacket, trousers and 3/4 length coat, all by Basler This Page: Stunning outfit and hat by Condici.

Both outfits available at Nancy French.


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This Page: Preppy Melange wool coat, lambswool argyle V-neck sweater, Preppy fine cord pants and solid cashmere woven scarf, all by Gant. Opposite: Melange blazer, bar striped heavy rugger and wool stretch pleat skirt, all by Gant.

Both outfits available at Coneys of Boston.

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of Boston

Fashions: Dedicated to stocking the finest quality brands and labels, and to giving the best service to its clientele, Coneys of Boston has over 150 years of heritage and ample parking opposite. Stockists of: Fashions for men and women with designer casual brands and tailoring with in-house alteration and tailoring service; Ralph Lauren, Armani, Betty Barclay, Versace, Ted Baker, Gant, Dolce & Gabbana and Save The Queen. Address: 36 Wide Bargate, Boston, Lincs PE21 6RX. Telephone: 01205 311355. Web: www.coneysfashion

You’re Looking Good!

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of Newark

Fashions: An awardwinning, family run business with Drapers Record awards for best Fashion Retailer and stocking many of the leading labels from the UK and Europe. Collections include: Marc Cain, Escada, Armani Collezioni, Linea Raffaelli, Basler, Luisa Cerano, MaxMara, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, Airfield, Joseph Ribkoff, James Lakeland, Oska, Weill, Repeat, Condici, Ann Balon, Betty Barclay and much, much more. Jewellery and accessories. Address: Chain Lane, Newark NG24 1AU Telephone: 01636 703511 Web:

Beautiful Clothes for every occasion with a complete and exclusive selection of hats, accessories, shoes and designer jewellery to complement everything you choose.


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This page and opposite: From the exciting Linea Raffaelli Autumn collection of clothes for special occasions.

All outfits available at Jane Young, Newark.

Chain Lane, Newark


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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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Both outfits by InWear, and available at Agatha.


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This Page: Evening Dress by John Charles. Opposite: Dress and Bolero by Dusk.

Both outfits available at Fancy Frox.


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Fashions: Occasion wear specialists - stunning cocktail, evening, prom and special occasion wear as well as simple, easy-towear dresses for any occasion. Wedding wear for mother of the bride/ groom, bridesmaids and guests. Men’s tuxedos and accessories to hire and buy. We provide a full alteration and delivery service. Our stock includes a separate hire section and a wide range of accessories to compliment your outfit, such as shoes, bags, jewellery, hats, fascinators, bow-ties and cummerbunds. Stockists of: Frank Usher, Dusk, Pia Michi, Bernshaw, John Charles, After Six, Kelsey Rose, Dynasty, Gina Bacconi, Pink Label, Mori Lee, Paparazzi, Hush, Crystal Breeze, Dare, Blue Moon, Le Gala, Tony Bowls, Paris, Mon Cheri, Rea & Attire Couture. Address: 2 Pied Calf Yard, Spalding, Lincs PE11 1BE Telephone: 01775 719600 Web:

Glamour from Head to Toe... Specialists in Cocktail, Evening and Special Occasion Wear, we provide an expert and friendly service to help you find the perfect dress for any occasion...


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Fashions: High end designer labels for the fashion conscious shopper seeking to find the perfect outfit for any occasion. Stockists of: Olsen, Passport, Pause CafÊ, Lisa Campione, Joseph Ribkoff, Heteroclite, Desigual, She’s Beautiful & Aventures des Toiles. Address: 3 Rutland Road, Skegness, Lincs PE25 2AZ Telephone: 01754 764729

Simply Designer Clothes Sue Foye of Togs offers designer labels and accessories for the fashion conscious customer in Skegness...


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Opposite: Gorgeous patchwork effect winter coat by Desigual. This Page: Versatile patterned print blouse and black trousers with a matching blue trim, both also by Pause CafĂŠ.

Both outfits available at TOGS of Skegness.


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This Page: Unusual separates from Sulu. Opposite: Stunning design from the new John Charles Autumn Collection.

Both outfits available at Cindy’s of Sutton Bridge.

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Cindy’s of Sutton Bridge

Spectacular Autumn Fashions: Smart/casual daywear, wedding outfits and also a comprehensive selection of long dresses and evening wear. Sizes 10-26. Stockists of: Frank Walder, Libra, Michele trousers, John Charles, Michael H and many more. Address: 108 Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge. Telephone: 01406 350961 Web:

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J.F. Inkley

Fashions: Smart casual, formalwear and accessories. Stockists of: Suits by Label. Jackets by Gurteen and Brook Taverner. Trousers by Meyer and Gurteen. Shirts by Kings Road, Olymp and Viyella. Knitwear by Breidhof, Hawick and Gabicci. Accessories by Van Buck and Dents Address: The Crescent, Spalding PE11 1AN Telephone: 01775 722239

For the man in your life

Whether enjoying the hospitality of his local golf club or attending a formal dinner, any man can find suitably smart attire at Spalding’s premier menswear retailer...


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Opposite: Casual trousers available in a range of colours by Meyer This Page: Two piece suit available in various colours by Label

Both outfits available at J.F. Inkley of Spalding.



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7 Middlegate, Newark 01636 605880

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Specialising in casual and smart menswear and now formal hire, Woodhall Spa’s dedicated menswear retailer is approaching its first anniversary of trading For Woodhall Spa's Karen and Paul Rowlett owners of menswear retailers Hugo's of Woodhall Spa all the hard work is really paying off as the shop has already proved an enormous success after just 10 months. As it approaches it's first anniversary. Hugo's is even expanding to include a Formal Hire concession for weddings and other formal functions. It's been a great first year says Karen. We've found a good client base from a radius of about an hour, which is really encouraging as it means people are willing to travel for quality clothing and personal service. Hugo's is situated centrally in Woodhall Spa with excellent parking facilities. At Hugo's you will find a range of giftware and accessories including, ties, cufflinks, braces, socks, wallets and leatherware goods making it an ideal venue in which to


find that special gift for a loved one.

pleasure no matter what the occasion.

Brands stocked at Hugo's include highly acclaimed English knitwear company John Smedley, Matinique, Steel & Jelly, Bruno St Hilaire, Remus Uomo, Magee and Azor shoes to name but a few.

“We want to offer modern high quality brands that remain ahead in terms of fashion trends along side classic ageless clothing.” says Karen.

Tailoring at Hugo's is courtesy of David Leonardo, Matinique, Remus Uomo, Steel & Jelly and Magee whose range includes country clothing in donegal tweed as well as conventional wool and silk with superb quality linings and beautiful attention to detail. Alterations can be made to create the perfect fit and accessories ensure you can find the complete outfit for business or

The first year of trading has proved enormously successful for Karen and Paul who are already enjoying repeat business from customers of all age groups. “We are really pleased with the addition of the Hirewear business” says Paul. “It enables us to offer the complete menswear package whether it's a wedding Top hat and tails or a day at Ascot. We are an agent for Peter Posh who are one of the largest suppliers of quality formal wedding hire in the UK.” n Hugo's of Woodhall Spa can be found on Station Road,Woodhall Spa. Call 01526 354725 for more information.

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Main: The plush shop stocks a huge range of formal and casual wear. Above, Right: The shop is conveniently situated on Station Road. Right: Paul Rowlett.

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Pump Action

Luxury Ballet Flat: J Patent leather two-toned ballerina, £90.00.

Snakeskin Tri Bow: Snakeskin/suede contrast flat, £125.00.

Precisa: Suede/J drum leather pintuck flat, £100.00.


Wear them day or night, dressed-up or with casual outfits. This month we feature comfortable, practical designer pumps by Bloch - as worn by Madonna, Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, and Gwyneth Paltrow... achieve the celebrity look with one of footwear’s most versatile, comfortable styles. For more information see our Directory on page 160.

Snakeskin Rodeo: J Patent leather/snakeskin brogue, £125.00.

Filetta: Nabuk leather - lace up brogue, £100.00.

Met Brogue: Metallic J patent leather - two-toned brogue, £100.00.

Cobra Court: Cobra leather ballerina, £348.00.

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of Woodhall Spa

Exclusive Menswear Formal and Casual Clothing of Distinction

Station Road, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire LN10 6QL Telephone: 01526 354725


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BRIGHTS Get out and about this September in Autumnal Brights. It's a great way to integrate your New Autumn wardrobe with your favourite summer pieces. Let's face it, we’re still in for sunshine and warm days, throughout the month, so get a cardigan over that summer dress and accessorise with a leather bag in raspberry, aubergine, tomato or olive. MAIN IMAGE: Fossil 'Paige' Patchwork leather across body bag £109

Pell Mell ‘Penelope’ Aubergine shoulder bag £139

Pell Mell ‘Morgan’ Red overnight bag £149

Blondie Mania ‘Lenasia’ Olive shoulder £145

Pell Mell ‘Odette’ Raspberry ostrich effect leather shoulder bag £85

Blondie Mania 'Montana' Red shoulder bag £119

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


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WILL YOU MARRY ME? Three caret 2 trillion solitaire with cut stones of three and a half carat (certified) £30,000.

Tormaline oval and diamond ring. £700

Rub-over set diamond stepped ring. £550

Princess cut four-stone diamond ring, total 11/2 ct. £2,500

Sapphire and diamond fourclaw set ring. £3,000

Oval amethyst and diamond ring. £550

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18ct white gold marquis shaped diamond ring. £1,900

Diamond and pink sapphire four-claw rub overset ring. £470

A FAMILY RUN BUSINESS FOR OVER 30 YEARS This month’s featured jewellery has been chosen by Boston based company, Maude’s The Jewellers. The company is owned by brother and sister Andrea and Guy Maude, together with a dedicated team that specialises in helping customers from across Lincolnshire find the perfect piece with a huge range in stock and peerless expertise. Exclusive within the UK is the jeweller’s range of bespoke wedding bands designed on-screen by couples using LoveDesign. The rings are completely unique, a colour render is created for the couple to take away on the same day, and their chosen design is manufactured and returned within a month - couples can even have engraved messages on the inside of each wedding band in their own handwriting.

Three-stone brilliant cut 18ct gold ring with 2.50ct diamond. £9,000

Four-claw 18ct solitaire with 80pt diamond. £2,500

The custom rings are proving enormously popular, especially as each couple can design ther rings themselves and create matching wedding bands to ensure they exchange absolutely personal, bespoke tokens of love on the most significant day of their lives. Also a favourite with customers is the LoveLinks range of charm jewellery, with a luxurious range that now includes earrings and rings too. The shop also specialises in the repair and alteration of all jewellery with its own in-house studio and is happy to offer advice and assistance to customers who return time and again to celebrate all of the significant milestones in their lives with beautiful, individual jewellery.


Featured Jewellery supplied by Maude’s The Jewellers West Street Boston; 01205 367959,

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49 Market Place, Boston, Lincs, PE21 6NF Telephone: 01205 362087

S. T. HOPPER LTD Jewellers of Lincolnshire

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HAIR DESIGN at Streaks Ahead

“We’ve some great ideas for beautiful wedding hair and can offer a complete package for the bride and her attendents.” Hannah, Stylist

1 Tattershall Road Woodhall Spa, Lincs

01526 353757

Wedding & Events Show

on Sunday 27th Septmber, from 11am - 4pm Fashion show by Belle and Bouquet of Wellingore and Mussons of Lincoln Various stands including photographers, florists, cars, table decorations, chocolate fountain and many more Hog Roast and BBQ available

For further information contact Natalie Johnson The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, Lincs LN10 6QG

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Wedding Album Of Jane Carter and Ian Swann

This month’s featured couple opted for a contemporary, individual ceremony for their family and friends, with a strong silver and burgundy theme to create a modern, vibrant look! Images: Don Lambert Photography, 01780 757673

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The Coach House, Carlton Scroop

i Bride’s Name: Jane Carter Groom’s Name: Ian Swann Ceremony held at: St Mary’s Church, Ketton Reception held at: Ketton Sports Complex Best Man: Karl Ingram Bridesmaids: Kathryn Carter, Alex and Harriet Caskey-Jones Ushers: Tom Loder, Matt Bates, Jonathon Bentley, Marc Stubley, and Lee Roberts Bride’s Parents: Mr & Mrs David Carter Groom’s Parents: Mr & Mrs Michael Swann

When/how did you first meet? Ian and I first met around six years ago through a mutual friend, but were only casual friends until 2006. We had been together six months when he asked me to marry him, we were on a Saturday night out with a couple of friends at the time and it came as a complete surprise! When in the relationship did he ‘pop the question?’ How did he propose? He didn’t have the ring there when he asked me as he was very worried about getting the wrong one and thought it was best to go and choose what I wanted the next day… which we did! In the end, the one I chose was the same one that he had chosen anyway! What were the first things that you decided on? Once we set the date, the next thing we decided on was the venue. We knew we wanted somewhere very local as we wanted all our friends and family to be able to attend the whole event, so the village church in Ketton and the Sports Complex in the village were chosen in order that everyone could come to both church and reception… there were over hundred at the final count. Was planning your big day fraught or enjoyable? Did you both contribute ideas with equal enthusiasm? The planning stages weren’t too stressful, we had a lot of help from my parents, and Ian’s parents too, which was great and


made the whole experience a lot easier. Ian’s mother designed and made the invitations and my parents had the inserts printed. We did attend a couple of wedding fairs where we met Denis who did our balloon decorations, as we weren’t convinced that flowers would suit our reception venue. He decorated the room with deep burgundy and silver balloons to match the bridesmaids’ dresses. He also made a Swan design sculpture, two white hearts and swans on a silver and burgundy base to put on the cake table, that was also covered with white and red rose petals with dishes of small cakes that had been decorated by the bridesmaids. At the same wedding fair, we saw Peter Hitchox, who had been the headteacher at my primary school and he volunteered to play the organ for our wedding, when I told him I had always wanted Pachebel’s Canon in D for my wedding, he advised me it was too gentle for entrance or exit but suggested that he play it during the signing of the register. What made you choose your dress, and can you describe it? The dress I chose was one of the last dresses I tried on, I had imagined a platinum coloured dress which was gorgeous, but when trying it on for the second time it didn’t have that magic ‘the one’ feeling. The dress I finally chose was a Mori Lee Ivory Tulle & Crystal bridal gown which had a satin bodice

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decorated with crystal and a skirt with seven layers of soft ivory tulle. The dress was extremely heavy on the hanger but once on was very floaty and light. It made me feel like a princess and I have never once doubted that it was the perfect dress for me! Who did you choose for attendants, why? My bridesmaids were my sister Kathryn and her partner’s daughters Alex and Harriet, whom I have known since they were babies, in fact as soon as Ian & I got engaged Harriet decided she wanted to be my bridesmaid. It was lovely to have them as part of my day, they were all so helpful and all looked really pretty with Alex looking so grown up. Alex and Harriet both performed readings at the marriage service with great assurance. Harriet looked so special that our photographer Don Lambert asked to use one of the photographs of her in an advert for his business. Since Ian’s best man, Karl, is in the Army, we weren’t sure until the last minute whether he would actually be able to get to the wedding and only heard that he would be

there a couple of days before the wedding. He flew in on Friday night and had to be back at his base on Sunday.

My dress made me feel

Any pre-wedding nerves? On the day I surprised myself with how calm I was, I think I had decided by then there was no point worrying about what we might have forgotten to do, I wanted to relax and enjoy the day as everyone had told me it would fly by, so I decided to make the most of it and not get worked-up about anything.

like a princess... I have never

It helped that Hayley, my friend, decided that as her and her partner Sam’s wedding gift, she would style my hair and that of my bridesmaid’s. She together with Julie, my make-up artist, pampered everyone and kept us all relaxed. My hair looked great and Hayley even waited outside the church for me to arrange my veil, as it was quite long and we were both worried that I might sit on it in the car and pull my hair out of style, which would have been somewhat of a disaster! Julie made us all feel special with make-up that needed no touching up for the rest of the day.

once doubted that it was the perfect one for me!

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I did get a little nervous as I stood at the back of the church, it was so full and quite nerve racking seeing all those people looking at me!

How did it feel to walk down the aisle and take your vows? I did get a little nervous as I stood at the back of the church, it was so full and quite nerve racking seeing all those people looking at me, so I looked straight ahead at Ian and tried not to notice anyone else. Hearing the music I had chosen, Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell, really helped. Did any thing funny or particularly memorable happen, highlights of speeches, things you said to each other? Everyone at the reception was asking who on Earth June was! This was because the Vicar said ‘these are the hymns chosen by Ian and June’ which I think is something I’ll never be allowed to forget! Did you have a honeymoon? If so where, and most importantly, did you enjoy it? In November last year we decided to spend 11 days in Mexico as our honeymoon and found the perfect hotel at which to stay. Then, about a month and half before the wedding, the swine flu outbreak occurred in Mexico and we were extremely worried that we may have to cancel, but as it turned out the travel ban was lifted just two weeks before we left. Everything went as planned and we had a perfect honeymoon! The weather was great and the resort went


above and beyond our expectations, we will never forget having a couple’s massage on the beach with the sound and the smell of the ocean, I don’t think either of us had ever been that relaxed before. How are you finding married life? Married life is wonderful! We are now back in our work routine and Mexico is feeling a long way away. We decided as we now have time, by way of a wedding gift to ourselves, we would have a new addition to the family and are getting a golden Labrador puppy at the end of July to be a playmate for our black Labrador, Snoop! n

i And finally, do you have any top tips that you can give for future brides? Stay calm and enjoy every moment of the day. A few minor things may go wrong but that’s to be expected – don’t allow a minor crisis to ruin the happiest day of your life! For more wedding tips visit - the national site for the local bride.

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Wedding Experts This month, we asked brides on wedding planning website to submit questions for our experts to answer. Here, our team addresses Lincolnshire’s brides’ most common concerns...


I’m looking for a venue but can’t decide whether to opt for a marquee or hotel... I like the idea of a marquee’s versatility but our wedding takes place in September next year so I’m worried about the weather? Any advice? Hayley, Stamford

Sometimes, weddings conducted abroad aren’t legal in this country - legislation varies from country to country, so your first port of call should be to decide on a potential destination, then investigate the legal implications of choosing to marry in that country.

Marquee weddings are certainly versatile, but are affected by the weather, especially when the British summer is so changeable, and especially during the contentious months at the very beginning and very end of the season.

Contact the country’s embassy (see the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s website at for specific information on the legality of their ceremonies in the UK.

Many hotels such as The George of Stamford (01780 750750), Caenby Corner’s White Heather (01673 878100) and Lincoln’s Doddington Hall (01526 834293) offer both inside and marquee based wedding packages so you can ‘hedge your bets’.

Also, check if you need to provide proof of residency in the country, and obtain travel Sometimes, insurance that covers your weddings conducted ceremony (some policies don’t). Check if you need to abroad may not be obtain visas & vaccinations legally valid. Consult before you travel.

your chosen country’s international embassy.

If versatility is an issue and you feel restricted by some venues, opt for a civil licensed venue that offers a dedicated wedding planner and can offer a completely bespoke package.

Expect some opposition from families and friends who want to spend your wedding day with you... but stick to your guns if you decide that a wedding abroad is your preferred option. Plan at least a small celebration back in the UK, perhaps with a civil blessing if your international ceremony isn’t legally recognised in the UK.

I love the idea of a wedding abroad... somewhere hot and tropical... but is it legally valid in the UK and what else do I need to bear in mind? Julie, Lincoln

Alternatively, a dedicated international wedding planner specialising in organising ceremonies abroad such as Scunthorpe’s Christine Wilkinson can take their burden away from your planning.

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Wedding Exhibitions 20th September Olde Barn Hotel, Marston, Grantham. 10am-4pm. Free admission, complimentary goody bags. More at 27th September Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa. 11am-4pm. Free admission. See for details. 4th October By Brides of Bailgate, at The Lawns, The White Hart and The Lincoln. 25th October At The Lincoln Golf Centre, Thorpe On The Hill; 01522 686340 for details.

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Choose your photographer wisely as you have just one chance to capture your big day... Frances Roxburgh, Sleaford. Wear comfortable shoes! I chose some beautiful Jimmy Choo shoes for my big day but they were agony... you should definitely choose your shoes for comfort! Olivia Sims, Louth. What you decide on or plan initially may evolve throughout the planning of your wedding. Don’t be afraid to change your mind, and when you come across new ideas, discuss these with your suppliers - it’s their job to ensure everything is exactly how you want it to be on your wedding day. Lisa Williams, Grimsby. Make your wedding as child-friendly as possible. Children are a fact of life at weddings, and ensuring they’re occupied at your wedding will keep them quiet throughout proceedings. Busy-bags containing colouring books and crayons, or special children’s favours with little games in will ensure they’re kept amused, meaning less disturbance and an easier time for the adults! FIona White, Lincoln. Above: Sealed with a kiss - but is it legal in this country? FInd out before you travel abroad.

In a moment of madness I purchased a wedding dress from the internet. It’s beautiful in terms of quality but the fit isn’t right... can you recommend someone who could alter it as I’m really regretting my false economy? Nicky, Sleaford


Purchasing dresses from the internet does tend to be a false economy as many require substantial alteration and several fittings prior to your wedding. Fortunately, haberdashery experts such as Westlands of Boston (01205 364850) can help. The business stocks a wide range of bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, fabrics & accessories and can supply dye to colour your bridal shoes too. They’ve 30 years experience and can turn your false economy into a dress to die for!

Enjoy the day and relax. After all the planning that goes into your wedding it’s imperative that you enjoy it. Remember to drink lots of water too - it’s an exhausting day, and if you become dehydrated you’ll feel tired and less able to enjoy the day. Katie Cowie, Doddington. Organise your venue as soon as possible then sit back and relax - let people help and learn how to delegate... enjoy every part of your day as it goes so fast! Jennie Doyle, Scawby. Definitely have a wedding video on your special day... the day itself goes so quickly; having a video means you can re-live the day over and over again. Lisa Davies, Louth.

You can find more wedding tips online at


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I’ve a modest budget and very little idea as to how to create an individual ‘second time around’ wedding. I’ve no interest in wearing a meringue but would like a ceremony that’s elegant and simple. Any suggestions would be gratefully received? Linda, Brant Broughton


It’s great to see our forum members had some good suggestions. In addition, we’re happy to make a suggestion too; a consultation with one of Lincolnshire’s professional wedding planners. Experts such as Valerie Tall (01652 657744) or Deborah Stokes of High Heels and Tiaras (07702 627791) don’t just plan entire events. They can help with specific areas of your wedding planning and offer as much - or as little - input as you need. Smaller, more intimate venues such as Newstead Priory near Brigg (01652 653283) offer beautiful period settings for smaller weddings without the formality of a church ceremony. Can you suggest some ways to make my wedding venue look amazing without resorting to the usual balloons and partywear? Sarah, Grantham


A dedicated wedding stylist can work wonders, either as consultants or to manage and carry out the wedding styling themselves.

Wedding photography varies enormously in terms of pricing and style. Compare different photographers and their respective styles.

Our favourites are Tony Marklew and Javier Salvador of By Appointment Only. The wedding stylists can create amazing tables, floral decoration and themes with outrageous, dramatic, but always impressive design. See their website at for more inspiration. My husband to be and I have been researching photographers are slightly confused by the difference in their pricing? Rachel, Louth The old caveat of ‘you get what you pay for’ applies in abundance when it comes to choosing your photographer. The proliferation of digital cameras has lead to a host of low-cost photographers who work only on a part time basis or with cheaper equipment.


Above: By Appointment Only table. Right: Stapleford Park fireworks.

Be sure you see multiple examples of their previous weddings, to gain a better idea of their individual style and make sure you feel relaxed and comfortable around them. Can you suggest a really stunning Lincolnshire wedding venue? Michelle, Lincoln Lincolnshire’s period hotels such as Branston Hall Hotel (01522 793305), Stapleford Park (01572 787001) and The George of Stamford (01780 750750) all offer excellent service, bespoke wedding packages and great photographic backdrops! n



Our recommendation is to opt for a professional with years of experience such as Aurora Studio (01673 844519), David Hart (01205 723198) or Amba Photography (01522 807191).

The county’s wedding planning website, is relaunching this month with a host of new features.

interface, searchable library of over 3,000 wedding dresses, enhanced built-in table planning software and wedding news.

Photographers who charge less may not offer multiple photographers, backup equipment or have sufficient experience to provide really stunning images. Not all cheap photographers are less talented, of course, but it stands to reason that the most desirable ones are usually in demand and therefore command a premium for their services.

Brides can join the site free of charge and can even win a wedding worth over £25,000.

The new site is due to go live at the end of September and will be one of the biggest wedding websites in the whole of the UK.


The one-stop online wedding planning system will be redesigned and relaunched boasting a completely new

See for more information.

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Belle Bouquet

...offering you Lincolnshire’s widest choice of the finest gowns, at the best possible prices in the most beautiful & friendly surroundings.

Bridal Gowns, Bridesmaid Dresses, Veils, Tiaras, Shoes & Jewellery 01522 811122 The Bridal Suite, Wellingore Hall, Wellingore, Lincoln LN5 0HX

Appointments preferred but not always necessary


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Emma Pick and Richard Smith were recently married at St James Church, Louth. A reception then followed at Kenwick Park Hotel. The couple then honeymooned in California, Las Vegas and Atlantis.

Kieli Smith and Ben Bibbings were recently married at the newly re-opened Stoke Rochford Hall near Grantham. The couple, Kieli and Ben were married in the Orangery after a 12 year romance.

Photographer: Jennie Wilson. 01205 760729.

Photographer: Paul Saxby. 01636 650954.

Sarah Tacey and Ryan Howsham were recently married at St Marys, Broughton. A reception followed at Reeds Lakeside Hotel.

Angela Noone and Paul Scott were recently married at Saltfleetby All Saints. A reception followed at Louth Town Hall, as did an impromptu photoshoot on the beach!

Photographer: John Denton.01522 822044.

Photographer: Dubart Photography, Louth. 01507 603753.

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


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THE WEDDING PLANNER PHOTOGRAPHERS AND VIDEOGRAPHERS Your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life, so you not only want to make the most of it, but also have a record of just how beautiful it all was!

Emma Brocklesby and Paul Harding-Hubbard were recently married near Lincoln. The best man was Mr David Holland. The couple went onto enjoy a honeymoon in the Maldives Photographer: R A Davey Photographic, Lincoln. 01522 813852.

Photographers can vary considerably in both price and style so do your homework well by going to wedding fayres in your area. They’re normally on from September to November and again from January to March, although you may well find the odd one at other times of the year. Recommendation is all very well, but it may not be the style you would like. The prices vary from a starting price of around £600-800 to £3,000+ and what you get for your money will be reflected in these prices. A basic package will consist of your usual photographs ranging from individual ones for you and your husband to large family and friends gathering in one large picture. Once you go up the price ladder, you will have the choice of albums for yourselves as well as both sets of parents and DVDs which can be downloaded and shown to your relatives and friends. Many photographers these days, using digital equipment, will load the album onto their website and give you a password allowing everyone to view. Each person then has the choice as to which picture(s) they would like and order accordingly. The top of the range, and looking very elegant, are the albums that look like story books. You’ve chosen your package, now you have to choose the style you would like. Some brides are quite happy to be snapped away in the traditional style whilst others can be very ‘camera shy’. If it’s the latter bracket that you fit into, then have a casual or journalistic photographer. Whilst they will take the usual poses, they will also snap the causal ones and these are often better than the set up ones as people are relaxed and more natural. It’s at this point that a videographer can add to your memories. You should not consider this as an alternative, but an integral part of your wedding day if your budget will allow. Like the journalistic photographer, they will capture those relaxed moments. They can also be at both your house and that of your partner prior to the wedding, again filming something that you would not otherwise know about.

Sarah and Paul Were recently married at the Church of St Peter, Scunthorpe, followed by a reception held at San Pietro restaurant. Photographer: Chris Beaumont.

If you are having a church service do check with the vicar/priest first about both photographs and videos. Some will allow the whole service to be captured, whilst others may let you have just the signing of the registers and/or your arrival and leaving on film. n


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


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Branston Bring Out The

Branston Hall deserves its reputation as a grand country house hotel, but few realise it’s open for non-residents seeking smart restaurant dining too. This month, Head Chef Miles Collins lets us into his kitchen to discover a newly revamped autumn menu. Words & Images: Rob Davis.

Branston Hall is approaching its 20th birthday, and in a relatively short space of time has become one of Lincolnshire’s most renowned hotels and wedding venues. However, too few people are aware that the restaurant is accessible, enjoyable and affordable even for non-residents so this month, we thought a visit to the Lakeside Restaurant, Branston Hall’s à la carte dining room, might be in order. This season’s new Autumn menu promises all of the innovation and style one would expect from one of Lincolnshire’s most renowned boutique hotels, but also promises a few long-forgotten traditional dishes such as Pork Knuckle and Brawn of Rabbit. Somewhat of a tradition at the hotel himself is Miles Collins, Head Chef and Executive Chef of the group that owns Branston Hall, Heritage Resorts. Miles has been at the venue for over 11 years now, and has, in that time, been responsible for leading the eight strong brigade to become one of the county’s most successful kitchens.



The venue is plush and welcoming from start to finish. From the grand entrance, to the bar’s plush wood panelling and the soaring ceiling of the main dining room with its parkland views...

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Superb food and a lavish setting combine to create the ultimate dining

experience in a wonderful country hotel environment. Miles Collins, Head Chef, and Jon McCulloch, General Manager, come together to form a welcoming venue and innovative menu, never losing sight of their overriding aim - to create a great customer experience... The venue is a treat from start to finish, with an appearance that is commensurate with the quality of its food. Huge oak doors lead to a bar area with original panelling, enormous inglenook fireplace and leather sofas. There’s also a substantial and light south-facing guest lounge with comfortable, opulent furnishings and the same views as those enjoyed by the main dining room. A blue accent combines with Victorian period details and grand bespoke architectural details and soft furnishings to create a luxurious and light, spacious and stylish dining room. Diners can enjoy a table d’hôte menu, or dine on an à la carte basis for a small supplement per dish. Eight starters, main courses and desserts are offered and naturally all meals and desserts are prepared freshly to order. Bread is baked in-house and ice creams and sorbets are made on the premises... Miles even makes his own Lincolnshire haslet! With a separate team dedicated to the hotel’s weddings, the restaurant’s team are free to concentrate on preparing well-presented, substantial food in a style that’s both contemporary in its presentation, yet has at its heart, a traditional English feel with locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. During our visit, Miles previewed his Autumn menus which this season includes Smoked Duck Breast with Whipped Goats Cheese and Toasted Walnuts, and Brawn of Rabbit & Pork Knuckle with Apple & Hazelnut Salad.


The latter is an example of Miles’s fascination with traditional English food which the chef believes is making a successful return in the UK’s dining rooms. “I think that’s what we’re about.” says Miles. “Presentation and style that’s contemporary, but with food that embodies traditional Lincolnshire values in terms of ingredients... people have all but forgotten about Pork Knuckle, but it’s wonderful, and our dish features warm, mellow autumnal flavours with smokey harvest finish.” Other traditional dishes making a resurgence include Pease Pudding on the restaurant’s Roast Monkfish and White Asparagus dish, and a Roast Duck Breast with Root Vegetable Purée dish presented with Stuffed Cabbage and Spiced Red Wine Sauce. For dessert, we enjoyed a Lemon Verbena Jelly with Red Fruit Salad & Sugar Nuts, once more bon homie to the English summer but with a contemporary twist and stunning presentation. Other quirky dessert options include the Artists’ Palette of desserts, an asiette complete with sugar-art paintbrush. Local suppliers include Cranshaw Butchers of Lincoln, Tidd’s Fishmongers of Grimsby docks, Ulceby Cross for Poacher Cheese. Meanwhile, amuse bouches and aperitifs are available and the hotel has 50 specially selected bins of wine from a from a refreshing Chilian Sauvignon Blanc at under £15 to a Domaine Belland Premier Cru Burgundy at around £50. A selection of champagnes include a £160 1999 Dom Perignon and there’s a dedicated dessert wine menu and selection of digestives

Main: Lemon Verbena Jelly with Red Fruit Salad and Sugar Nuts. Right: Opulent location makes the venue popular for weddings and conferences as well as dining.

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i available in the comfortable lounge area, after your meal. “Comfort is everything.” says General Manager Jon McCulloch. “We don’t want the venue to feel too pretentious, because of the austerity and grand nature of the building. It’s important to us that diners realise that, quality of the food and setting aside, it’s a friendly, hospitable venue that insists customers feel welcome.” With an adjacent spa, Simpsons, and a pool and sauna offering lunchtime ‘dine and dip’ packages or morning coffee, plus a peaceful secluded setting and acres of open parkland, it’s certainly a peaceful, relaxing venue. We’ve no hesitation in recommending the hotel’s Lakeside Restaurant as this month’s preferred Eating Out venue. n

Lakeside Restaurant at Branston Hall Cuisine: Traditional English with a continental twist. Resurgence of traditional countryside dishes such as Brawn and Pork Knuckle. Environment: Beautiful country house hotel, independently owned set in 88 acres of parkland overlooking, as its name suggests, extensive lake and arable farmland. 51 bedrooms, pool/sauna and adjacent Simpsons Spa. Menus: À La Carte menu with eight starters, main courses and desserts. TDH set menu. Bar menu for lighter dining. Don’t Miss: Dip and Dine package allows individuals or couples to enjoy a bracing swim in the hotel’s pool, followed by morning coffee with pastries. Adjacent Simpsons Spa offers luxurious health and beauty treatments. Prices: TDH offers three courses at £27.50p/h. À La Carte starters, main courses and desserts from £5.50, £16.50 and £5.50/ea. Contact: Booking essential; call the Lakeside Restaurant at Branston Hall Hotel, 01522 793305 or see for details.


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Sgame... hooting It’s early Autumn, which means the game season is just around the corner... in preparation, we’ve asked the county’s top chefs to prepare their best game based dishes and showcase rich, meaty flavours and hearty, substantial meals for the autumn evenings ahead. Words: Rob Davis.


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Main: Pan Fried Roast Duck Breast with Cumin Jus and Mixed Vegetables at Kenwick Park, Louth. 1: Half a Woodbridge Duck with Sage and Onion Stuffing and Apple Sauce at The George of Stamford. 2: Loin of Venison with Roast Pineapple and a Gin & Tonic Jelly at Hambleton Hall, Hambleton. 3: Quail Terrine with Foie Gras, Rhubarb Salad and Seasonal Fruit Chutney at Winteringham Fields, Winteringham. 4: Honey Glazed Duck Breast on a bed of Stir Fry Noodles at The Mill, Boston. 5: Rabbit Pie at the Queen’s Head, Kirkby la Thorpe. 6: Roast Corn Fed Guinea Fowl with Wild Mushroom Risotto at the Brownlow Arms, Hough on the Hill. 7: Game Pie with Roast Veg at the Lincoln Hotel, Eastgate, Lincoln. 8: Pigeon, Baby Beetroot, Red Chard, Beetroot Purée & Orange Sauce at Stapleford Park, Melton Mowbray. 9: Pan-Fried Locally Shot Pheasant Breast with Black & White Pudding and Sautéed New Potatoes and Roast Game Jus at The Boathouse, Farndon. n For our featured restaurants’ contact details see our Directory on p160.


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The Bustard Inn & Restaurant Award Winning Restaurant

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Special Events in September Gourmet Fish Evening Friday 18th September

Live Band with Tony Giles All Stars Date to be confirmed Please visit our website for further information

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

Weddings, conferences and functions catered for. SATURDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2009

American Blues & Rock Night featuring Live Band Crossfire.

44 Main Street, South Rauceby, Lincs NG34 8QG

Tel: 01529 488250


Free Entry – Doors Open @ 7.30pm

SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2009 70’s Night featuring The Platforms. Tickets £15 each including basket meal and a pint or glass of wine. – Doors open @ 7.30pm

Woodland Waters, Willoughby Road, Ancaster, Grantham NG32 3RT

Tel: 01400 230552 Email:

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Exclusive LincolnshirePride reader offer


1 Silver Street, Winteringham North Lincolnshire DN15 9ND

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

Tel: 01724 733096 Web: Email:

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

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 • 131

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Cider House In days gone by, Lincolnshire’s itinerant harvest-time labourers were paid - at least in part - in cider. A tipple that pre-dates beer and contains nothing but fruit, it’s simple, honest and refreshing. This month will prove busy for Lincolnshire producer Guy Williams, who we join as his orchard’s first apples are ready for harvesting... Guy Williams leads a double life. By day he’s a level-headed Lincolnshire financial advisor to personal and business clients. But, by night - all night, in the cider season he’s a hard-working farmer of apples and producer of Lincolnshire cider from his Skidbrooke orchard and its farmhouse. Originally from Somerset, Guy met his wife, local lass Kate, and moved to the county over a decade ago. Missing the ‘good stuff’ back home, he took the initiative and began using fallen apples to create batches of just a hundred gallons. However, with friends popping over with increasing frequency to sample Guy’s elixir, the operation soon scaled up, and as demand increased, so did production. “Lincolnshire’s an ideal county for cider production.” says Guy. “There are plenty of fallen apples and - we discovered - at least four Victorian orchards around Saltfleetby that could have been used to produce cider for Lincolnshire labourers.” Production all but ceased in Lincolnshire during the war years and never resumed. However, the orchards, and therefore the capacity to produce Lincolnshire cider using local apples, remains... a fact that Guy is only too happy to capitalise on. As production scaled up, Guy purchased two 500 litre filling tanks, three 2,100 litre fermentation tanks and nine 250 centilitre French oak barrels in which Skidbrooke Cyder’s vintage cider is aged. Apples arrive at the farm courtesy of locals, regular suppliers from orchards, and tip-offs from locals inviting Guy and family go applepicking in their own orchards.


The family has also planted their own orchard consisting of 50 trees with varieties including Allington Mill, Beauty of Bath and Hoary Morning. Once harvested, the apples are centrifugally milled to produce a pomace purée, and packed into cheese cloths, before being stacked into a wooden twin-bed press and squeezed with more than a ton of pressure. All pips, cores and of course skins (where the natural yeast resides) are used; any leftover pulp is used as animal feed, so there’s no waste and, crucially, nothing else is added. There’s enough yeast to ensure natural fermentation, unlike commercial ciders, which contain additional champagne yeast, sulphites, water and sugar. Because Skidbrooke Cyder contains no added ingredients, it’s perfect for those with wheat intolerance and diabetes, and it’s neither pasturised nor carbonated.

i Lincolnshire Cyder

Apple cider also has a relatively high concentration of phenolics and antioxidants which may be helpful for preventing heart disease, cancer and other ailments.

What is it? Apples, apples and more apples. That’s it; unlike commercial brands, Guy’s cider contains no additional yeast, sugar or water.

Unlike wine or whisky production, in which single malt or single estate products yield a better product, cider is all about variety whilst single variety ciders do exist, they tend not to have the diversity of varietal flavours and myriad tastes that a good blend of apples results in.

‘Cider’, not ‘Cyder’, surely? Well, possibly... but cider pre-dates beer and as such, prescriptivist spelling.

Guy does blend different apples for homogeneity of flavour, but loves the diverse flavours that comes from using a range of apple varieties. Apples are harvested and processed from September to November. Then, the product is fast

How many bottles each year? Guy’s cottage industry has swelled due to popular demand. He’s now producing 12,000 pints annually! Where From? Farm shops and pubs across the county - 01507 339368 or see

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Main: Skidbrooke Cyder, aged in oak-barrels. Below: Guy Williams enjoys a taste in his Skidbrooke orchard.

fermented for up to a month, and slow fermented all winter, resulting in a 5.5% ABV cider that’s pure, simple and delicious! January’s Waes-Hael with the Grimsby Morris Men blesses the apple crop, on the Old Twelfth Night, and with a little luck as well, a good batch is produced. Each Easter, once the cider is bottled, Guy invites apple donors and cider alumni for a Good Friday meeting with a truckle of cheese. It’s understandable that Guy and friends would want to celebrate; initially a hobby, Skidbrooke Cider has become an enviable farm-shop favourite with more than 1,500 gallons produced each year, that’s now even exported to back to Somerset. That’s a definite claim to fame for Lincolnshire cider... and we’ll definitely drink to that! n


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RABBIT PIE Serves 4 For the Filling: 1 Wild Young Rabbit, boned & cut into dice 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil 6 Shallots or Small Onion, sliced 2 Carrots, sliced 2 Celery Sticks, sliced 1 Leek, sliced 300ml Chicken Stock 300ml Dry Cider 2 Bay Leaves 1 Sprig of chopped fresh Rosemary Needles 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard Salt & freshly ground Black Pepper To Thicken: 40g Butter, softened 40g Plain flour For the Crust: 300g Self-raising Flour 80g Lard 80g Butter A little cold water Flour, for dusting 1 free-range Egg, yolk only

To make one large or four individual pies, but I strongly recommend making four individual pies to prevent the threat of soggy pastry! Prepare pastry in advance; sift flour into a large bowl. Cut the butter and lard into small dice and add to the flour. Rub the fat in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add ice cold water a little at a time to bring the dough together to form a ball. Cover, place in a fridge. Soak the rabbit in water for an hour to whiten the flesh. Prepare the filling by seasoning the rabbit pieces with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then lightly fry the rabbit pieces until it begins to brown. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the shallots, carrots and celery to the pan and lightly fry for 2-3 minutes. Pour in the stock and the cider and stir in the bay leaf, chopped rosemary and mustard. Place the rabbit pieces back into the pan and cover with a lid. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 45 minutes to one hour. Remove the rabbit pieces from the stock and place in four 12cm small round or oval ovenproof

ceramic pie dishes. Make the thickening in this case a ‘buerre manié‘, by mashing the softened butter into the flour with a fork and add in small pieces to the stock in the pan. Stir over a medium heat until well combined and the sauce thickens, then pour the mixture over the rabbit in the dishes. Reserve any surplus gravy and serve separately in a gravy boat. Preheat oven to 220°C/Gas 7. Brush the edges of the dishes with water. Roll out the pastry and cut off a strip long enough to go around the edges of the dishes. Lay it around the edges of the dishes and moisten. Roll out remaining pastry into four small circles large enough to fit over the pie dishes. Place a pastry circle on top of each dish and press the overhanging edges down into the pastry strip, sealing well. Make a few slits in the top of the pastry to let out the steam. Glaze & bake until golden-brown.

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

An excellent early autumn dish making most of the new season’s young rabbits. n Enjoy good eating! John Clark


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Christmas will be here before you know it... early to avoid disappointment Lunch from ÂŁ17.95 & Dinner from ÂŁ26.50

Call 01724 277774 for reservations or see our full festive menu at San Pietro Restaurant, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire DN15 6UH


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

Telephone 01522 576765 Formally known as the award winning "Viela", Straits Brasserie is now serving Brazilian & Modern British Food made with Local & home grown ingredients at Value for money prices. Try Lunch for less than a fiver Menu or Early evening Special menu. Book online at or Quote LP90 when booking your table and get 20% OFF, offer ends 1st October 2009 (Terms & Conditions apply)

The Falconer

Bar & Bistro Diner

Hackthorn Rd, Welton, Lincoln LN2 3PA Telephone 01673 861888 The perfect place to wine & dine. The Falconer offers an imaginative bistro menu providing excellent food and value for money, with a warm friendly welcome and service in a relaxed atmosphere. Sunday lunches, Children’s Menu. Upstairs function room, licensed for civil weddings. Selected dishes 2 for £10 Mon – Sun. Bookings being taken for Mothers Day 22nd March.

Farndon Boathouse Riverside, Farndon, Newark, Notts NG24 3SX Telephone 01636 676578 The bar and restaurant is situated in a stunning location with great river views and sun sets. Serving fresh modern food, using local produce with a selection of real ales, fine wines and continental beers. The boathouse offers an ‘Early bird menu’ daily and has live music every Sunday evening along with a packed list of events throughout the year. Please visit our website for more information.

Branston Hall Hotel Branston, Nr Lincoln

Telephone 01522 793305 The Award Winning Lakeside Restaurant enjoys fantastic views over our extensive grounds, and offering a combined A La Carte and Table d’hôte menu. Open to residents and nonresidents alike, it has become advisable to pre-book a table, due primarily to its popularity. For further information or to make your booking please contact the hotels reservations department. Email:

The Houblon Inn Oasby, Grantham, NG32 3NB

Telephone 01529 455215 Superb Lincolnshire inn with good old fashioned ales and blackboard menus that change twice daily, offering diners a choice of food that’s second to none. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients are used to create imaginatively designed and skilfully presented dishes to appeal to all Lincolnshire diners.

Famous Lincolnshire Plum Loaf

A beautifully refurbished garden and inn with original features like exposed beams, flagstone floors and open fireplaces creates an intimate, beautiful venue in which to dine with service that’s second to none. Visit the Houblon Inn or see for further details.

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

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

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BRAVE NEW WORLDS This month Lincolnshire Pride’s wine expert Ian Clayton espouses the virtues of New Worlds with red and white siblings, to offer dinner party guests the best of both worlds… or rather the best of the New World!

Our wines each hail from the New World and boast both white and red stablemates... Traditionally, when one thought of wine, France was the country which sprang to mind. However, during the last 30 years and especially the last 10 years other wine producing countries have emerged strongly under the generic heading of ‘New World’. They really are contenders in the quality stakes and the following wines are some good examples with both red and white stablemates.

FALSE BAY PINOTAGE (South Africa) - £6.13 The unique Cape climate has helped produce a wine full of dense mulberry and blackcurrant fruit. Careful oak ageing has produced a balanced wine with a medium body and full, lasting flavour. Enjoy with any red meat and hearty dishes.


FERNGROVE CABERNET/ MERLOT (Australia) - £8.28 From Australia yes, but this time WESTERN Australia. The wines from here really are different. This wine has plum and dark berries both on the nose and palate with hints of subtle oak and long, fine tannin. Absolutely superb with rack of lamb New or roast duck.


World wines from £6.13 to £8.28.

SANTA DIGNA CABERNET SAUVIGNON (Chile) - £7.22 This wine is from the estate owned by the famous Torres family from Spain. Exquisite aromas of blackcurrant overlaid with hints of leather and liquorice. On the palate it is rich and mouth filling with silky tannins. A great partner for poultry, game and grilled meats.


FALSE BAY CHENIN BLANC (South Africa) - £6.13 Fermentation with wild yeast gives this off-dry wine superb flavour. Rich fruit wrapped around a minerally core and enhanced flavour from allowing the wine to rest on its lees. Try with salads and light fish or chicken dishes.


FERNGROVE SAUVIGNON BLANC/SEMILLON (Australia) £8.28 Again from Western Australia around the Frankland River region, 360km south of Perth. A pale green wine with a nose of passion fruit, lime and a hint of kiwi fruit. The flavoursome palate offers tropical fruits, with hints of gooseberry and citrus. A fresh, clean, dry wine to enjoy with friends or wood fired pizza.


SANTA DIGNA SAUVIGNON BLANC (Chile) - £6.82 A super, zesty wine with aromas of ripe, tropical fruits with notes of apple and fennel. This leads to a fullflavoured, long lasting, crisp palate which is a super partner for fish in any form or oriental flavoured cuisine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Third Choice - Highly Commended Restaurant:


CLOSING DATE FOR VOTES: Friday 25th September 2009.

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

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



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Vorsprung T urch echnik D 100 Years of

Last month saw German motor manufacturer Audi’s 100th birthday. The company is celebrating with the release of a new A5 Sportback. With other recent launches including the Q5 small off-roader and R8 supercar, we this month chart the success of Vorsprung durch Technik. Words: Rob Davis.

Best known for dark shadowy adverts espousing the latest technology, and sporting success in the 1980s when the brand fitted 4x4 into a conventional saloon car for the first time, Audi is 100 years old... and still innovating.

Enormously popular with Lincolnshire drivers, its Q7 off-roader is comparable to the Range Rover Sport, and was recently joined in the county’s showrooms by the Q5 model, a smaller 4x4 with its sights set firmly on Land Rover’s Freelander.

Together with BMW and Mercedes, the company leads the rest of the motoring world in producing luxurious, sporty executive models in saloon, estate and now 4x4 form, with models that represent good value smaller cars for families seeking a second car, to luxury models and impractical but fun sports cars for those who really love the open road.

In addition to these models, the company can also boast the A4 and A6 Allroad models - estate models with body protection, 4x4 and slightly higher rides for those who don’t need a full-blown 4x4 but appreciate extra practicality above and beyond conventional estate models for the odd bit of towing and rough ground.

Audi has always been on a par with its two German rivals in terms of build quality and handling. But its Quattro 4x4 system that first featured in its rally car of the same name now appears on both sports and sporting saloon models to provide a grippy, sporty drive, and in the company’s new range of 4x4s for more rugged purposes.


All four models are terrifically popular with Lincolnshire families, and the practical models contrast well with its sporty models - also equipped with Quattro - from the modest A4 and TT models to powerful and grand S8 and R8 models, which cost up to £100,000 and provide sports car performance with unprecedented levels of luxury and refinement.

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The company can now boast an enhanced portfolio of luxurious, sporty new models... Lincolnshire’s Dealers The county is well-served with Lincolnshire Audi dealers, based in Lincoln, Boston and Grimsby. Head of Business for Boston Audi Andrew Shaw says: “We’ve a really exciting line-up of models at the minute. They’re green, they’re great to drive, a joy to own and they’re really well equipped. The only other way we can ensure Audi ownership is something that feels really special is to back up our range with exceptional customer service to really make our customers feel good about Audi ownership.” Small But Perfectly Formed: A3 The bedrock of Audi’s lineup is the A3 and A4 range of family cars. The A3, available as a three door, five door or cabriolet model, provides four seats and practical, economical motoring. Modest 1.6 models cost from £15,000 whilst 1.6 TDi diesel models return a generous fuel economy figure of 68mpg on a combined cycle... 76mpg on the motorway! Main: The firm’s popular TT sports car - now available as a roadster. Below: The car’s lavishly appointed modern interior.

Every model enjoys electric windows, mirrors, air conditioning, CD players, Audi’s stop/start technology and alloy wheels, making the A3 a great blend of economy, performance and luxury. The Family-Focused A4 Audi’s 3-Series and C-Class challenger offers a more desirable package whilst remaining competitive, starting at just over £20,000 for a 1.8TDFSi model that reaches 60mph in just over 10 seconds, a top speed of 130mph and a combined fuel economy figure of 40mpg. Further up the line, buyers can opt for a 2.0 diesel unit that returns 61.4mpg and a powerful 3.0V6 that reaches 60mph in 5.5 seconds using a seven speed gearbox. The A4 is also available as an estate and Allroad model with four wheel drive, and as a four seater cabriolet, for those who are willing


to spend the required £40,000. The A4 range is highly configurable for drivers willing to scour the options list. Radar guided cruise control, heated electric leather seats, sat-nav, panoramic sunroof and TV are all available to those with deep pockets. The Sporty New A5 Audi’s new A5 is a two door coupé and four door sportback or four-seater convertible version of the A4. A sporty, dynamic and pin-sharp model akin to Mercedes’ CLS, the car will blend saloon practicality with sports car performance when it reaches showrooms this month. The Executive A6 Available in saloon, estate and Allroad, with engines from 2.0 to 5.2V10, and prices from £25,500 to £57,000. Range topping RS6 will reach 60mph in just five seconds but our pick is the 3.0TDi All-Road estate with four wheel drive that returns over 40mpg, reaches 60mph in under seven seconds and can traverse a muddy field laden with spaniels and all the equipment you need to shoot, fish or picnic!

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AUDI IN 2010 A3/S3 Body: 3 door, 5 door, 2 door convertible. Engines: 1,4, 1.6, 1,8, 2.0 petrol, 1.6, 2.0 diesel. 2.0 Turbo in S3 sports model. Economy: 33.6mpg - 68.9mpg. Price: £15,000 - £27,480. The Masterful A8 No-holds-barred executive express with a sporting edge. From £50,000 to £80,000 and from 2.8FSi to 6.0V12, top models reach 60mph in just over 5 seconds, making the A8 a sports car, an executive car and a family car all in one. The Enigmatic TT Audi’s TT revolutionised car design when it arrived in UK showrooms back in 1998. Today, it’s available in coupé and convertible form from £24,500 to £44,800 with 2.0, and 3.2 engines with optional 4x4 and even diesel units.

Off-Road Q5 and Q7 Audi’s two off-road models are sensationally popular, capable on-road and as luxurious as any executive motor. Q5 models seat five and are available as 2.0 petrol or diesel, or 3.2 petrol models, all of which feature Quattro 4x4 as standard plus CD system, climate control and electric windows. The larger Q7 features seven seats as standard plus 3.6 or 4.2V8 petrol and 3.0 and 4.2V8 diesel units plus a new 6.0W12 unit.

It’s a shameless, brutal and brilliant two-seater sports car that’s still highly desirable and capable, rather than vulgar.

With the new release of Audi’s Q5 and A5 models, the company has an even-more diverse portfolio of economical and rapid models.

The R8 Supercar From £80,000 in 4.2 Quattro form and £90,000 in 5.2V10 form, Audi’s R8 can reach 60mph in just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 197mph making it a bona fide supercar with two electric leather seats, climate control, sat-nav, and Audi Magnetic Ride as standard on V10 models. Phenomenal, aggressive and a real hit with motoring enthusiasts.

Backed-up by dealers across Lincolnshire and a great reputation, the brand’s position as being one of the UK’s leading executive marques is complete, and with even modest hatch and saloon models and 4x4 vehicles able to claim sporty performance and handling, finding an Audi to suit you is easy... but avoiding temptation will definitely prove more of a challenge! n

A4/S4/A4 Avant/A4 Allroad Body: 4 door saloon, 5 door estate Engines: 1.8, 2.0, 3.2 petrol, 2.0, 2.7, 3.0 diesel. Economy: 29.1mpg - 61.4mpg. Price: £20,490 - £36,830. A6/A6 Avant/A6 Allroad/S6/RS6/RS6 Avant Body: 4 door saloon, 5 door estate Engines: 2.0, 2.8, 3.0, 5.2V10 petrol. 2.0, 2.7, 3.0 diesel. Economy: 22.4mpg - 53.3mpg. Price: £25,345 - £76,090. A8/S8 Body: 4 door saloon; SWB/LWB Engines: 2.8, 3.2, 4.2V8, 6.0W12 petrol, 3.0, 4.2V8 diesel. Economy: 20.8mpg - 34mpg. Price: £49,975 - £80,260. Q5/Q7 Body: Five door SUV; 5/7 seats. Engines: 2.0, 3.0, petrol & diesel, 3.2 petrol. 3.6, 4.2V8 petrol, 3.0 & 4.2V8 diesel, 6.0W12. Economy: 25mpg - 42.1mpg. Price: £27,115 - £95,225. A5/A5 Sportback specifications TBC. For more information call 01205 315400 or see


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QASHQAI+2 is the new seven-seat version of the award-winning, urbanproof QASHQAI. With an extra 21cm of length, larger rear windows and longer glass roof, it’s spacious, versatile and gives you and your family even more room to play with the city.

Book a test drive today Crystal of Boston Boardsides, Wyberton Fen......Tel: 01205 313400 Crystal of Lincoln Sadler Road, Lincoln ................Tel: 01522 696426 Crystal of Grantham Dysart Road, Grantham ..........Tel: 01476 564443 QASHQAI+2 Range CO2 177-209 g/km - URBAN 24.8-33.2mpg/11.4-8.5L/100km - EXTRA URBAN 40.4-50.4mpg/7.0-5.6L/100km - COMBINED 32.8-42.2mpg/8.6-6.7L/100km *Finance is available subject to status on eligible new vehicles registered between 01/10/08 and 31/12/08 in the UK to persons aged 18 or over. Guarantees and Indemnities may be required. Offers are available at participating dealers only. Preferences examples based on an agreed annual mileage of 10,000 miles. Further charges may be made subject to mileage and condition if you elect to return the vehicle at the end of the agreement. A minimum deposit of 10% is required on the QASHQAI+2 when purchased on 5.9% Preferences from Nissan Finance. Nissan Finance, a trading style of RCI Financial Services Limited, PO Box 495, Watford, WD17 1FJ. All prices include £55 first registration fee and road fund licence. Model shot shown is for illustration purposes only. Information correct at time of going to press. Refer to dealer for exact specification. This advert supersedes any previously advertised offers. This offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer. Model subject to availability. QASHQAI+2 shown has optional metallic paint at £435 including 17.5% VAT.


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Summer Ball at The Mill, Boston Nearly a hundred partygoers enjoyed a champagne cocktail reception at an exciting summer ball at The Mill, Boston’s newest country restaurant

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Farndon Boathouse Riverside, Farndon, Newark, Notts NG24 3SX 01636 676578

Intone Designs Unit 3, Britannia Ind.Est., Bourne, Lincs PE10 9LA 01778 393160

Jane Young Fashions Ltd Chain Lane, Market Place, Newark, Notts 01636 705006 JF Inkley 14 The Crescent, Spalding, Lincs PE11 1AN 01775 722239 John Cussell Jewellers 84 Westgate, Grantham, Lincs NG31 6LE 01476 571721 Jon Hickson Motors Carlton le Moorland, Lincoln, Lincs LN5 9HR 01522 788363

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Keith Dolby Jewellers 8 Bristol Arcade, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 7ST 01529 303945

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

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

Nancy French 32 St Mary's Street, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2DS 01780 751773

Kirkstone House Baston, Lincs PE10 9PN 01778 560350 La Foundouk Avalon, 15 Brick Yard, Great Limber, North Lincs DN37 8JU 01469 560383 La Vie en Rose 39, Sea View Street, Cleethorpes, Lincs DN35 8EU 01472 695432 Lincoln Hotel Eastgate, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 1PN 01522 520348 Lincoln Laser Skincare 3 Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, Lincs LN1 1UH 01522 575756 Lincoln Metalcraft Unit 2 Branston Business Park, 115 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN4 1NT 01522 795000 Lincoln Minster School The Priory Building, Upper Lindum Street, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 5RW 01522 551300 Lincoln Security Limited 79-83 High Street, Lincoln, Lincs LN5 8AA 01522 532038 Lincolnshire Motors Windsor Road, Fairfield Industrial Estate, Lincs LN11 0LF 01507 604061 Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership 2nd Floor Witham House, The Pelham Centre, Lincoln, Lincs LN5 8HE 01522 805841 Lincolnshire Showground Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 2NA 01522 524240 Lincolnshire Tourist Guide The Haven, 46 Broadgate, Spalding, Lincs PE12 6HY 01406 373122 Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Shop 2 Bentley Drive, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln, Lincs LN4 2QW 01522 548469 Lindsey James (Ladieswear) The Barns, Whitehouse Farm, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 9NA 01529 461175 M & M Antiques 17A The Crescent, Spalding, Lincs PE11 1AF 01775 766125 Mark Harris Commercials The Old Stables, Sudbrooke Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 2UZ 01673 860360

New College Stamford Drift Road, Stamford, Lincs PE9 1XA 01780 484300 Newark Glass Group Oak Tree House, Brunel Drive, Newark, Notts NG24 2EG 01636 610088

See-saw Day Nursery Boston West Business Park, Sleaford Road, Boston, Lincs PE21 8EG 0808 1080250

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

Sheepgate Tack & Togs Leverton, Boston, Lincs PE22 0AS 01205 870236

The George of Stamford High Street St Martins, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2LB 01780 75075

Sheila Tiller 13 Market Place, Long Sutton, Lincs PE12 9JA 01406 363433 Shirt Sleeves 7 Middlegate, Newark, Notts NG24 1AG 01636 605880

Old Court Acupuncture Old Court and Police Station, Victoria Street, Wragby, Lincs LN8 5PF 01673 857412

Simpsons Limited Branston Hall, Lincoln Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN4 1PD 01522 797989

Olde Barn Inn Cow Lane, Tealby, Lincolnshire, LN8 3YB 01673 838304

Sleaford Leisure Centre East Banks, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 7ET 01529 303081

Oldrids Department Stores Gonerby Junction, Grantham, Strait Bargate, Boston, Lincs 01476 590239/01205 361251

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

Oriental Rugs Of Newark 2d Bargate, Newark, Notts NG24 1ES 01636 613000

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

Paradise Wedding Planner 115 Penshurst Road, Cleethorpes, North East Lincs DN35 9ES 01472 593280

Speedframe (Lincoln) Limited 140 High Street, Lincoln, Lincs LN5 7PJ 01522 531177

Parkwood Hardwood Newdown Road, Southpark, Scunthorpe, Lincs DN17 2TX 01724 847181

ST Hopper Ltd Market Place, Boston, Lincs PE216EQ 01205 362087

Parrot Zoo Friskney, Lincs PE22 8PP 01754 820107

St Hugh's School Cromwell Avenue, Woodhall Spa, Lincs LN10 6TQ 01526 352169

Perfection Bridal and Menswear 31/32 Silver Street, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 1EW 01522 533615

St. James' School 22 Bargate, Grimsby, North Lincs DN34 4SY 01472 503260

Peter Jackson Cabinet Makers 1 Deveraux Way, Boston Road Ind Estate, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 6AU 01507 527113

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

Petwood Hotel Woodhall Spa, Lincs LN10 6QF 01526 352411

Starglaze Windows and Conservatories Tritton Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN6 7RY 01522 512020

Philip Ingall & Associates 27 Main Street, Farndon, Newark, Notts, NG24 3SA 01636 705006

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

Phillips Animal Health Ltd Church Close, Holmes Way, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 6AS 01507 523281 Premier Kitchens & Bedrooms 4 Phorpres Close, Cygnet Park, Peterborough, Cambs PE7 8FZ 01733 340471

Straits Brasserie 8-9 The Strait, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 1JD 01522 576765 Streaks Ahead 1 Tattershall Road, Woodhall Spa, Lincs LN10 6TT 01526 353757 Taylors Citroen Endeavour Park, Boardsides, Boston, Lincs PE21 7TF 01205 314800

Maudes the Jewellers 22 West Street, Boston, Lincs PE21 8QH 01205 367959

Red Hen Day Nursery Manor House Farm, Reston Road, Louth, Lincs LN11 8LS 01507 603535

Merrick & Day Redbourne Road, Gainsborough, North Lincs DN21 4TG 01652 648814

Royle Plant and Groundwork 1c Chequergate House, Chequergate, Louth, Lincs LN11 0LH 01507 600423

Millcraft Interiors 38 Queen Street, Market Rasen, Lincs LN8 3EN 01673 844439

Ruskington Dental Practice 37 High Street, Ruskington, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 9DY 01526 832922

Millhouse Restaurant Covenham St Bartholemew, Louth, Lincs LN11 0PB 01507 363652

Sack Store Emporium Redstone Industrial Estate, Boston, Lincs PE21 8EA 01205 310101

MKH Ltd (for Stamford Schools) Vega House, Opal Drive, Milton Keynes, Bucks MK15 0DF 02073 959602

San Pietro Restaurant 11 High Street East, Scunthorpe, North Lincs DN15 6UH 01724 277774

The Bustard Inn and Restaurant 44 Main Street, South Rauceby, Lincs NG34 8QG 01529 488250

Mr Huda's Surma Secrets 161 Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincs DN15 7NH 01724 335492

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

The Falconer Welton Manor Golf Centre, Hackthorn Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 3PA 01673 861888

The Bag Shop 4 Cheyne Lane, Stamford, Lincs PE9 2AX 01780 754794 The Boathouse Restaurant Farndon Newark, Notts NG24 3SX 01636 676578 The Bostonian Private Wing Pilgrim Hospital, Sibsey Road, Boston, Lincs PE21 9QS 01205 360606 The Bridal Suite 17 Castlegate, Grantham, Lincs NG31 6SE 01476 575050

The Grange Spa Millthorpe Road, Pointon, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 0NF 01778 440511 The Lincolnshire Kitchen Company Market Place, Market Rasen, North Lincs DN21 4LZ 01522 533051 The Mill Restaurant Spilsby Road, Boston, Lincs PE21 9QN 01205 352874 The Old Bakery Burton Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN1 3LB 01522 576057 The Queen's Head Boston Road, Kirkby la Thorpe, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 9NW 01529 305743 Time Out 4 High Street, Long Sutton, Spalding, Lincs PE12 9DB 01406 366789 Togs 3 Rutland Road, Skegness, Lincs PE25 2AZ 01754 764729 Turnbull & Co. Ltd. 95 South Gate, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 7RQ 01529 303025 Unique Finish 17 Whittle Close, Boston, Lincs PE21 7SD 07530 554718 Urban Angels 14 Courtyard Mews, Grantham Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN5 0EU 01522 811009 Valerie Tall Wedding Studio 10 School Court, Brigg, South Humberside, DN20 8JW 01652 657744 Valor Victorian Fireplaces 9 Bishops Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN2 4JZ 01522 536373 Wellbet Bridal Gowns Wellbet Farm, Collingham Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN6 9JB 01522 868469 Westlands 19B West Street, Boston, Lincs PE21 8QE 01205 364850 What Box 81, Rectory Road, Ruskington, Lincs NG34 9AE 01526 830687 White Hart Hotel Bailgate, Lincoln, Lincs LN1 3AR 01522 526222 Willow Farm Willow Farm, Thorpe Fendykes, Skegness, Lincs PE24 4QH 01754 830316 Winteringham Fields Silver Street, Winteringham, Scunthorpe, North Lincs DN15 9ND 01724 733096 Witham Hall Preparatory School Witham on the Hill, Bourne, Lincs PE10 0JJ 01778 590222 Woodland Water Willoughby Road, Ancaster, Grantham, Lincs NG32 3RT 01400 230056 Worksop College Worksop, Notts, S80 3AP 01909 537100 Yarborough School Riseholme Road, Lincoln, Lincs LN1 3SP 01522 529203


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Lincoln Director, Order of St John Care Trust Meet Martin Greener, the man tasked with improving the quality of care provided to 600 older people within Lincolnshire’s largest care home provider as well as developing new and innovative care solutions to meet the demands of the new generation now reaching the need for care


Lincolnshire’s unspoilt beaches, with miles of endless sands are excellent for blowing out the cobwebs


Were you born and raised in Lincolnshire? I was born in The Potteries, Staffordshire, but raised in Sunderland and London. I went to university in Hull, and spent time in London, Leeds and Scotland (by Loch Lomond) before eventually landing in Lincolnshire nearly 10 years ago. What do you do and what inspires you most about your job? I am fortunate to be responsible for 16 care homes. Helping and supporting older people is naturally rewarding and I am fortunate to be in a position where I can influence decisions, which can bring a better outcome for those in need of support as their health begins to fail. Promoting care homes as positive choice – so much media coverage is given to bad news, yet dedication and commitment from our staff is awe-inspiring. The commitment from all of the Trust’s staff and indeed in the sector, never ceases to amaze me, as the work is very demanding. Much of the reward has to come from knowing how important you are to the people in your care. The Trust prides itself in the provision of quality care and maintaining those high standards is an ongoing challenge. Whereabouts in the county do you live? I live in Sleaford, but am about to move to South Rauceby, which is reasonably central, and means that I will not have too far to travel to our homes, which are scattered across the county. What is your favourite area of Lincolnshire and why? I very much like Lincoln, with its wealth of historical buildings, which I find fascinating. Having lived beside Loch Lomond, with the Scottish Hills, I find the flatness of Lincolnshire a huge contrast. I enjoy being able to see for miles and count the numerous church spires, but miss the drama and ever changing conditions of the highlands. However, that said, the climate is far better in Lincolnshire. What are you most vehemently held likes and dislikes? I find bureaucracy incredibly frustrating, when huge amounts of time are wasted ‘evidencing’ everything we do ‘just in case’ something goes wrong or so others can check what we are doing. This places significant financial burden on organisations such as ourselves, without significant additional benefits to our residents. In fact staff complain that they have far less quality time with our residents - a difficult dilemma! I am a natural born animal lover, with a Great Dane, Golden Retriever and cat at home. For my sins, I am a Sunderland supporter, which means nearly every year I lose my fingernails as they fight to stay in the Premiership! How do you spend your spare time? When not doing odd jobs in the house and assorted other chores that a family brings, escaping into the countryside with the dogs is extremely relaxing. Escaping into a good book is also very enjoyable. Whereabouts in the county should our readers go to relax? Having the Lincolnshire showground available to the county gives plenty of choice for major events, but I think Lincolnshire’s unspoilt beaches, with miles of endless sands are excellent for blowing out the cobwebs. Can you recommend a favourite Lincolnshire restaurant? The two restaurants in our area we are drawn to are Cogglesford Mill in Sleaford, with its quaint interior and good food, and the Fortescue Arms at Billingborough. What will your epitaph read? I’ve never really thought about this, and being an optimist, take the view it will never happen. I can just hope that those I leave behind will be reasonably complimentary. Finally tell us something good! I think Lincolnshire is very fortunate to have a generally high standard of care for older people within its care homes, not just within the Trust. Many people are afraid of coming into a care home, but those that do generally fare better, as they are safe, well fed and all their needs looked after. We always welcome enquiries either by phone on 01522 810524 or via our website n

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