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YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Welcome to our Christmas edition, packed with gift ideas, entertainment, features, competitions and everything you need to make the festive season special. Whether you’re looking for a place to enjoy a special meal or a particular gift idea, you can find all you need for Christmas right here in Newark and its surrounding villages. So happy Christmas to all our readers and advertisers. We’re back in January with the return of our usual expert columnists. Graham, Steph and june

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awtonville chippy The Jolly Friar also had a jolly potato peeler sitting outside the Newark shop after regular customer Katie Murphy ‘won’ a stint of spud-bashing – for the second time! As the latest in a series of charity fund-raisers, chip shop co-owner Austin Ryan organised a prize draw, with 50 prizes donated by local businesses and residents to raise money for the NSPCC. But in among the real prizes were a few booby prizes, and Katie, 21, won a two-hour spud-bashing session, having previously won one hour of doing the same thing, in the rain! “My husband Dominic thinks it’s funny,” says mother-of-two Katie, of St Mary’s Gardens. “I haven’t got a clue how many potatoes I’ll get through. I don’t peel potatoes at home – I get my husband to do it!” At least Katie had some consolation in between her potato peeling, because she did win a real prize, too – tattoos to the value of £40. “I think Katie has been a really good sport about it,” says Austin, whose shop has now raised more than £2,000 for good causes. “We started fundraising a year ago when we did one for Tommy’s (the charity funding research to help unborn children) and Mencap, then we did one for local baby Charlotte Wright, who has a kidney complaint, when we raised £1,200 for the family.” A charity Halloween party got the community involved and created a great atmosphere as well as helping a good cause, with the party and the prize draw raising £375 for the NSPCC.

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Arresting images

u A powerful image (above) from Tom Martin’s exhibition alongside an aerial shot he took for a tourism project. Right and below left: Tom at work in Africa.


N alarming 24 hours in an African jail gave Newark documentary photographer Tom Martin the insight and inspiration for the latest London exhibition of his remarkable work. The exhibition, entitled Another Day on Earth, runs at the 12 Star Gallery at the EU’s London headquarters at Europe House in Westminster from November 30 to December 30. Tom, 26, a married father of two who lives in London Road, says the exhibited photographs are “mostly images that I’ve taken while working with the EU in Africa, focusing on the contrast between gritty reality of the humanitarian projects and the beauty of Africa.” Images of police, judges, soldiers, and a rural population caught up in a rapidly changing society feature alongside potent glimpses of the harsh life endured by prisoners, including women and children. This is a theme Tom has been drawn to ever since his own brief but traumatic incarceration five years ago.

“Back in 2006 I was on my first trip in Rwanda,” said Tom. “I naively decided to attempt to cover the general election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “I crossed the border in a rented Toyota Corolla with a local journalist and guide. Within one hour we were arrested at gunpoint, pushed into the back of a pick-up truck and taken to the prison cells, where we were separated. “We were in prison in Goma for about 24 hours and we were very lucky to be freed. The police wanted a $20,000 bribe to release us. “But as it turned out, the guide that we had picked up on the border with Rwanda was having an affair with one of the government ministers. The first I knew about it was when he arrived in a brand-new white Range Rover, and proceeded to shout very loudly at the police chief. I still have our ‘ticket du liberation’ – written on a Post-it note... “Brief as it was, this experience and the atrocities I saw have stayed with me. I felt some of

the extreme fear and isolation felt by both prisoners and the general population of the DRC. “But the exhibition also includes examples of my tourism work that captures some of the joys of Africa, because there has to be a balance. These were taken for travel magazines and to promote tourism.” Tom Martin was born and bred in Newark but works primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and undertakes commissions for organisations including the EU and UN and also works as a photojournalist. His latest exhibition follows an earlier one where his work was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery. It was spotted by the cultural attaché for the EC to the UK and he approached Tom about staging an exhibition in the gallery in their own HQ. l Tom Martin: Another Day on Earth, 12 Star Gallery, November 30-December 30, 10am6pm, Monday to Friday, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

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nterviewing Newark Palace panto star Bernie Clifton on the hoof was an an interesting experience, though he had at least disentangled his legs from his yellow ostrich sidekick Oswald as we strode across town on the day of the panto’s press launch. Bernie plays Wishee Washee in the star-studded production of Aladdin and had just conducted a comedy masterclass in crowd control in the Market Square and outside the Palace as he bantered with fans and photographers. Bernie was there with co-stars Marshall Lancaster, Rob McVeigh, Antony Stuart-Hicks and Victoria Scott. Such unscripted antics could make some performers nervous, but Bernie just took it in his vigorous stride. Mind you, he has more than 40 years’ experience as a professional entertainer handling everything from working the cruise ships to extracting tears of laughter from the Queen in the 1979 Royal Variety Performance, so not much phases ex-plumber Bernie when it comes to entertaining. He started out as a dance band singer, and coming back to Newark prompted warm memories of his earliest local appearances, in a roadshow that came to Balderton Working Men’s Club. “I always found the clubs in Nottinghamshire were easier, more

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accepting, more gentle than Yorkshire and Lancashire, at a time when we were all learning our trade,” he said. “You were only on in between the bingo, so it didn’t matter that much if you weren’t very good. You could learn and gain confidence. You were not so naked and exposed.” This prompted me to share a memory of interviewing satirist and instant calypso king Lance Percival at a bingo club in Corby in the 70s. Not only was the crowd tough, the ‘dressing room’ consisted of three portable screens in the main hall, shielding a plastic chair, a bowl and a water jug. Lance washed his feet in the bowl as we talked. “Oh the glamour…” says Bernie. “Why do we do it? I don’t know. I think we are just a lucky breed. We are blessed to be involved

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in entertainment and to be able to express ourselves.” But the thrill of making an audience laugh must be a big part of it? “Yes, I remember when I was plumbing I didn’t get much applause. If there’d have been an absolute opposite to applause I’d have got a lot of that, because I wasn’t very good. But I think performing is in your bones somehow.” Bernie’s own comedy influences include Ken Dodd, Tommy Cooper and Les Dawson. Les was responsible for the change of direction that led to Oswald the Ostrich and to that Royal Variety show, when both Les and Bernie were on the bill. “I never went for the patter comics – apart from Les, who became something of a mentor. He stopped me reverting to the patter. He gave me a good shaking and said ‘Don’t do that. You should find your own direction. You’re only doing what a hundred others are doing.’ I’d got a few props and I loved visual comedy, so I went with that.” The change paid off, as a Newark shopper reminded him. “In about 1968 I was booked at Ilkeston Town Football Supporters’ Club and I drew the raffle at the end, and the tickets were in two biscuit tins, so I just stepped in the tins and did this fandango dance. “And a guy in the Market Place half an hour ago said to me ‘Thanks for all the laughter. I saw you years ago, dancing with a pair of biscuit tins,’ and I went ‘Wow!’ So from then on it was a downward spiral…” l Bernie stars in Aladdin at Newark Palace from December 7-31.

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CHOOL Nativity plays don’t normally include a bossy teacher or an amorous innkeeper in the cast, but the Newark Chauntry Junior School Nativity was not a normal production. A dozen pensioners played children playing the parts of Mary, Joseph and the rest, and an audience of around 40 lapped it up as Newark Chauntry Group, a friendship group for older people, staged the play in the lounge area of Newark Palace Theatre on November 18. This was definitely a lighter take on the Nativity, narrated with deft humour by Geoffrey Foulds, dressed in woolly hat, woolly pully and short trousers. He also wrote, produced and directed. Marjorie Hartley played Mary, and John Lewthwaite was Joseph, doubling up as King Herod for good measure. Norman Brown was the innkeeper whose first response on the arrival of a



heavily pregnant Mary was to deny all responsibility. Then Joseph did likewise. Doreen Anderson was suitably commanding as bossy teacher Miss Tomkins, Dianne Munford was the Angel Gabriel and Pat Kirk played all three gift-bearing kings. “I was very encouraged by the amount of laughter,” said Geoffrey Foulds. “There were quite a lot of ad libs in there, which is also encouraging.” Geoffrey explained how he came to provide the script. “We couldn’t find an adult Nativity play that would suit the age group so I thought ‘Oh blow it, write it yourself!’ It didn’t take very long. The story is quite well-known!” The Chauntry Group has been established over 40 years. It meets every Friday at the Palace and the first visit is free. For more information go to or call 01636 659239.

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ewark’s new £1.1m, ecofriendly Salvation Army Centre in Mead Way, Balderton, has an excellent sound system, though given Commissioner John Matear’s wonderfully rich baritone he could probably have managed without as he addressed a packed congregation of around 200 worshippers and guests at the official opening. London-based Commissioner Matear is the Territorial Commander of the Salvation Army for the UK and the Republic of Ireland, but he proclaimed a special interest in the ambitious project dating back many years. “Twelve years ago my wife Betty and I were divisional leaders for the East Midlands, and Newark Salvation Army was part of our responsibility, so in the last six years as Territorial Commander chairing various business boards in London I’ve always paid particular attention whenever this project has appeared on the agenda. “It’s been a little bit of a journey, but all along I had a strong sense of global

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vision, of local determination and of God’s blessing on this project.” Commander Matear also prompted a rousing round of applause as the congregation stood and showed appreciation for the drive and initiative of Majors Tim and Jo Justice in seeing the project through to its conclusion. He had earlier cut the ribbon to officially open the building and unveiled a commemorative plaque before accepting a second plaque from Councillor Brian Grocock, Lord Mayor of Nottingham and chairman of the Wren Landfill Tax Credits Scheme, which had made a £50,000 grant for the project. Major Tim Justice thanked everyone who had helped create the new centre. “When you think of the numbers of cakes baked, cups of tea served, cars washed and hours spent it’s incredible. Raising £1,000 at a fair and thinking that we had to raise £1m was daunting, but it’s amazing how quickly it happened.” Divisional director of finance David Robinson said contributions included


u Above: “I promise to be careful with these scissors,” jokes Commander John Matear as he officially opens the new centre, flanked by (left to right) Majors Jo and Tim Justice, Commissioner Betty Matear and Lieutenant Colonels Mike and Wendy Caffull. u Right: The new £1.1m building in Balderton. £250,000 from local fund-raising and over £150,000 from legacies. Many other trusts and charities also made substantial donations. In addition to the main hall, the building houses a large meeting room and a “chill-out zone” for teenagers and children, office accommodation and a café. Eco-friendly heating using air-source heat pumps reduces the building’s carbon footprint, while photo-voltaic solar panels on the roof reduce power bills and generate income by exporting power to the National Grid. Major Justice said these measures were taken not just for financial reasons but also because “we felt the environmental issue was really important”. In terms of involving the community,

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War timeline

u Newark MP Patrick Mercer presents Alan ‘Bud’ Snell with his Vietnam medal.

KEY events in the background to the Vietnam war:

1954 At Geneva Conference

Vietnam is split into North (Communist) and South at the 17th Parallel.

Vietnam begin infiltrating the South.

1962 Number of US military advisers in South Vietnam rises to 12,000.

1963 Vietcong, the Communist

guerrillas operating in South Vietnam, defeat units of ARVN, South Vietnamese Army. President Diem overthrown.

1964 American destroyer allegedly 1965 200,000 American combat troops arrive in South Vietnam.

1967 US troop numbers in Vietnam rise to 500,000.

1968 Tet Offensive – a combined

assault by Vietcong and North Vietnamese Army on US positions – begins.

1969 President Nixon draws back US ground troops from Vietnam.

1970 Nixon’s National Security

adviser, Henry Kissinger, and Le Duc Tho, for the Hanoi government, start talks in Paris.

1973 Ceasefire agreement, US

troop pull-out completed by March.

1975 North Vietnamese troops

invade the South and take control of the whole country.


ORMER merchant seaman, aerial rigger and local pub landlord Alan ‘Bud’ Snell has a bit of extra glitter to hang on his Christmas tree this year – after he finally received what could be a unique medal for a British seaman, for services to the US military in the Vietnam War. Newark MP Patrick Mercer played a leading role in Bud – as he is known to his friends – gaining the honour, and he presented him with the American-issued medal at his local office, witnessed by Living Local and Hugh Brown, a former merchant seaman from Newark who also

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attacked by North Vietnamese patrol boats. This triggers start of US bombing raids on North Vietnam.

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worked on Vietnam-bound Shell tankers during the prolonged war between North and South. The award comes 41 years after Bud, of Main Street, South Muskham, left the Merchant Navy. He had begun his US medal trail after he received, out of the blue, a British-issued medal for serving our own military bases in far-flung trouble spots such as Malaya,

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eenager Alan ‘Bud’ Snell had never been abroad when he signed up as a callow 16-year-old Merchant Navy recruit. But Bud, of South Muskham, went on to serve all over the world and made two dangerous trips to war-ravaged Vietnam, on Shell tankers delivering aviation fuel to the US Air Force. Alan, known to his Newark area friends as Bud, gave up seafaring in 1970, but the medal which MP Patrick Mercer recently presented

to him is the latest extraordinary twist in a career which saw him not only heading for war zones in the Merchant Navy but also working in some of the world’s most volatile countries, including Libya and Angola, as a maintenance engineer on military and civilian communications antennae. It was all a long way from the pit town of Normanton which straight-talking Yorkshireman Bud left behind. Was it a steep learning curve? “Oh, bloody ’ell, I’d never been

out of the country – never been out of Yorkshire! And all of a sudden I gets this train to Sharpness in Gloucestershire and after training there got a ship straightaway, out of Tilbury. “I caught the midnight mail train from Normanton, got in to London at 6am and had to wait until the Underground opened. I’d never seen an Underground train before!” At Tilbury he clapped eyes on the Oti – “the biggest ship I’d ever seen … loading sacks of coffee beans to take to Rotterdam and Amsterdam

and logs for Genoa in Italy, then it was off to West Africa. In fact, it wasn’t that big, but it was to me.” The Oti belonged to the Elder Dempster Line, whose ships worked routes to West Africa. Bud soon saw much more of the world, including Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana and the Congo. “I just loved West Africa. That’s where they picked the logs up,” said Bud. “You would go into dark creeks to pick up the floating logs and all you could see was mud huts. The local people would come

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Vietnam war medal Malacca, Sarawak and Borneo, from 196070. “When I phoned the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall about the Merchant Navy medal, the man said that I would be entitled to one for serving the Americans in Vietnam, too.” Bud confided in his friend the late district councillor Peter Prebble, who passed on the story to Patrick Mercer. “Patrick wrote to the American Embassy but I heard nothing back and got a bit disheartened, but Patrick said to keep on trying,” said Bud. The result is a bit of history in the making.


on dry land ... out in dug-out canoes. The nearest I’d seen anything like it was in Tarzan films. I was mesmerised!” When violence flared in the Congo, Bud’s ship had to rescue missionaries who were at risk. “They were beheading them and all sorts …” Vietnam was another dangerous destination – crews on British tankers were paid a war bonus for being so close to hostilities. Both Bud and ex-merchant seaman Hugh Brown, who was present at the medal presentation and himself worked as an engineer on tankers serving Vietnam, had some hair-raising experiences. One morning about 4am I thought we had been hit, but there was a US destroyer pulled up alongside us, shelling the Vietcong,” said Bud. “They would send remotecontrolled reconnaissance drones over the jungle to pinpoint where they were, send the coordinates back to the ship and fire at their positions. “I thought security was very lax. We had two GIs on board to patrol the decks and make sure nobody climbed up, but when you’re young you don’t think about the danger. It was just a job to me. “One Shell tanker did sink after hitting a mine in the Mekong Delta ... We were too big to go up-river to

u Bud the Body as a young merchant seaman. “I was only 10 stone – then I tried that Charles Atlas ‘Dynamic Tension’ bodybuilding course.”

Saigon so we used to offload into a little German coaster. That hit a mine and went down, all hands lost.” Apart from humid war zones Bud also took fuel to frozen whaling stations and his ship had to be

Muskham in the 1990s – but there were more adventures in between. Using his experience as a rigger on ships, Bud worked in the 80s for Granger Associates, maintaining communications antennae. He worked extensively in Libya and spotted IRA terrorists in training – he was advised to “keep your head down and keep moving”. Even while training for Granger Associates, Bud witnessed an international incident. Sent to repair a mast on the Nigerian Embassy in London, he was turfed out of u A souvenir sweet tin the lift by two Nigerians with a presented to Bud while training large bag. on board the liner Queen “So I go home to my digs and Elizabeth. Below: The Russian I’m watching the news and I see the b******s who got me icebreaker that rescued Bud’s out of the lift had been arrested. trapped fuel tanker. They’d kidnapped a Nigerian diplomat, put him in diplomatic luggage and tried to fly him out of the country to face corruption charges back home.” Bud recalls another incident while he was in London in the 80s. He was working next door to the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall. “I just stopped to rescued by a Russian icebreaker have a sandwich when all these when trapped in the Arctic Circle lasses came out on to the roof and north of Sweden. one said ‘We’re going to war with Argentina over the Falklands.’ After he left the Merchant Navy in 1970 Bud and his late wife Babs “I said ‘You’re joking!’ But I was became publicans in Normanton. probably one of the first to know They moved to the Crown at about the war.”

u Above: The Americanissued Vietnam medal – a rare award for a British seaman. Below: Bud’s British Merchant Seaman’s medal.

How war poisoned the countryside for generations

‘ u Hugh Brown recalls how Agent Orange wiped out even the dragon flies in the jungle.

During my 15 years with the Merchant Navy I went to Vietnam three times. The first time, I was just 18. We carried fuel oil from Singapore to a Shell refinery up the Mekong Delta near Saigon – lush green undergrowth, very hot and steamy. We were told to be careful on deck due to possible sniper fire – no helmets or flak jackets available! Giant dragon flies were everywhere; they were even blown down the vents into the engine room. One night I talked to some US soldiers, specifically a very young Texan, fascinated by my white tropical uniform. Morale was clearly not good. I hope

This is an edited extract from ex-marine engineer Hugh Brown’s own moving, thought-provoking account of his time in Vietnam on British tankers. Hugh, of Harewood Avenue, Newark, is still haunted by it. To read his full account log on to and search for ‘Hugh Brown dragon flies’

he made it back home safely. All the time helicopters were flying so low over the ship, and at night the artillery fire was clearly visible. The American military were everywhere; I saw very few South Vietnamese. Again in 1970 I found myself in Vietnam, the same refinery, no shore leave allowed, I was serving on the SS Hindsia, a real rust-bucket – round the clock engine repairs, with asbestos

everywhere. I can’t describe the heat and the exhausting nature of it. The big shock was the Mekong Delta and the effects of Agent Orange, a vicious chemical that caused and continues to cause tragedy and suffering for many. The jungle had gone. As far as the eye could see there was a brown mass. People were dying and suffering, atrocities on both sides, poisoned land. The dragon flies had gone.

My resounding memory of my final visit in1974 is of being in the engine room at night – loud explosions, shockwaves and shrapnel hitting the side of the ship below the water level. A frantic phone call comes: ‘Stop the cargo pumps – it’s too dangerous to continue!’ Allegedly the South Vietnamese believed the Vietcong were in the area, so they were firing into the water round the ship and lobbing grenades. The whole ship was shaking after the shock waves. After a couple of days we did complete the discharge and received orders to load again in Singapore for the South Sea Islands, Tahiti and other places. What a contrast!



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David’s on a mission to give Africans the tools for the job

If I had a hammer by Graham Keal


f someone gave you an old hammer, a pair of elderly screwdrivers or an outmoded sewing machine for Christmas you would probably not be too thrilled, but in Africa old tools and equipment can bring one of the most precious gifts of all – independence. And Newark motor engineer David Longstaff is helping to make this happen, by collecting old, discarded or simply unwanted tools, machine tools, kitchen equipment and gardening gear for national charity TWAM – Tools With A Mission: “We’re not just recycling things to do something else with them, we are taking these tools and ensuring that people can use them and benefit from them. It’s wonderful isn’t it? I think it’s a fantastic thing, and one of the best recycling ideas there is,” says David, who lives in Coddington but has been a motor engineer in Newark for 50 years, as was his father, Harold, before him. “The majority of this equipment is just in people’s garages, sheds, chicken coops and all the rest, lying there doing absolutely nothing, and it will probably continue to lie there until somebody dies and then it will be chucked out or go to the skip. “Whereas it could have a useful life, and it’s not costing us anything! It’s a win-win situation.” David stores donations in fatherin-law Ron’s garage. When there is a big enough batch, a volunteer van driver collects it. At the TWAM warehouse in Ipswich, items are sorted, refurbished and repackaged to suit particular trades. Last year 20 containers “packed to the brim with tools” were sent out to East and Central Africa, equipping nearly 400 projects where TWAM trains people how to earn a living, then gives them the tools for the job. Anything from a spanner to a lathe can be put to good use. David already has an Aladdin’s cave of donations awaiting dispatch: “We’ve got two hand-operated sewing machines, the promise of another, a lovely Kenwood mixer, a lot of gardening tools – forks, spades, all sorts of woodworking tools, electric drills. We take anything that could be put to use.” Computers, printers, knitting and sewing machines are all grist to the mill. A TWAM leaflet shows a

u David explaining TWAM at the new Salvation Army Centre. Photo: Graham Evans u Below: A TWAM project teaching carpentry skills with recycled tools in Uganda.

u A happy Nigerian bears his sewing machine lightly as he goes out looking for work.

smiling Nigerian carrying a sewing machine on his head, scissors in his hand – Twam equipped him not only with the machine but also with the training and the sewing materials needed to make it productive: “He’s going from house to house doing jobbing work. When they get this equipment they can go from dependency to self-sufficiency. They don’t need a big income to do that. These are basically very poor countries.” Tape measures, thimbles, thread, surplus ribbon, working zips, material, buttons, buckles and even pins are all useful. Tools that have seen better days can be brought back to good productive use before being sent overseas. “On the video on TWAM’s website ( you see guys reconditioning tools and so on. A lot of them are retired people who have probably worked with tools in

industry all their life.” Small gifts (or large ones) of tools and equipment can make huge differences to impoverished communities. David cites the example of townships where corrugated roofs are weighted down with boulders instead of nailed down, simply for lack of a hammer. Another big TWAM project in Uganda provides clean fresh water to communities where trekking for water once took enormous time and effort. And water sources are not always safe. Twam’s solution is a team of locally recruited workers who use wooden moulds to create cement water containers, fed by rainwater collected from roofs. David again: “A lot of the children die because of contaminated water, and this gives them a relatively clean source. The water is filtered to exclude insects and debris as it goes

in, and in the bottom there is a sand filter.” The sand filter acts as an effective bacteriological layer and provides clean water for up to two years before it needs to be replaced. TWAM has been an established charity for 27 years but I confess I’d not heard of it until now, so how did David get involved? “I only became the local collector this summer… One of the reasons I do this is because I’m a Christian, and Christians believe in helping people, or they should do,” he laughs. “I’d heard about TWAM some time ago but had never come in direct contact with it until July when we went to the Keswick Christian Convention, a fantastic event that

runs for three weeks, with about 6,000 people going each week. “Various missionary societies and similar have a massive marquee where they put their stands up and I came to the TWAM stand and thought ‘Yes, that’s something I could help with.” Since then he has spread the word with stands at the new Salvation Army Church Centre in Balderton, where David worships, and the old tools have poured in. l Anyone willing to donate tools can drop them off at David’s garage/ workshop just behind the Jet petrol station by Beaumond Cross in Newark, or call David on 01636 700858.

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Chris Rafferty, General Store Manager, welcomes you to your new Asda Newark. When a fantastic new store opens in town, who better to introduce it than the person in charge? “ Hello and a very warm welcome to your new Asda Newark – the store with everything you need under one roof. We’re proud of what we can offer the local community. We hope that you’re proud to shop here, because there really is something for everyone.

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From a late-opening Pharmacy to an in-store Bakery and Pizza counter – and our very own Asda Café, situated upstairs, with great value food, drinks and kids’ meals.

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New store… familiar faces. Your Asda Newark store may be brand new, but there are some familiar faces from the community ready to serve you. The launch of the new Asda Newark has created 238 jobs, including that of community colleague Andrea Jeffrey, who will become a familiar face in Newark as she establishes strong links with the local community. So with friendly local faces, community initiatives and famously low prices, Asda Newark has everything needed Lincoln to be Aa46success. A1 Why not come and see Northgate for yourself? Retail Park EN


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He said: “Sara and Justin’s experience is extremely valuable in delivering a positive shopping experience for the people of Newark. We have been recruiting for colleagues with the right attitude, skill and enthusiasm and Sara and Justin have these in abundance.


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u Bob and Jill McGhee have transformed the shop ‘from drab to fab’.

F YOU go down to Newark’s Hallmark shop today you’re in for a big surprise, and not just because of the talking teddy bears, chocolate shoes, hand-painted glasses or all the other unusual and unique gifts you can find at the Paxton’s Court store and post office. “It’s quite deceptive when you see the little shop at the front and come in and see the size inside and the range of things we have,” says Bob McGhee, who with wife Jill took over the post office franchise and adjacent shop space from the Co-op in May. “The retail side is about 3,000 square feet.” What was formerly a rather dreary waiting area and redundant retail space has gone “from drab to fab” as Bob points out. The couple have created a spacious, air-conditioned box of delights with all manner of lovely gifts, gorgeous chocolates, inventive toys, attractive jewellery, amusing novelties, hand-painted glass – even ladies’ scarves! And this is all in addition, of course, to the town’s most comprehensive range of cards and gift wrap: “We have a huge selection of wrap – probably the biggest in Nottinghamshire,” says Bob. “People are still finding out what’s here, although the post office gives us an effective kick-start because people amble in and say ‘Oh, it’s changed!’ and ‘Ooh, you’ve got this!’ or ‘Oh, you’ve got that!’ “So the response has been very pleasing indeed. Initially people might have thought ‘Oh no, not another card shop,’ but we like to think we are different to the vast majority of them.” And there is so much more to the store than a comprehensive card selection. Beautiful, elaborately handpainted glassware in the Lolita range makes an

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eye-catching gift and, from America, there’s a comprehensive range of beautifully perfumed candles in the Yankee Candle range. “They are superb quality, very consistent in fragrance throughout the burn of the candles, and they have a huge following,” says Bob. Fragrances include special imports from the USA that are exclusive in this area, as well as great seasonal fragrances such as Christmas Eve and White Christmas. Another key attraction in the run-up to Christmas is the Pralibel chocolate concession – finest Belgian chocolates which are amongst the most exclusive in Britain. Pralibel is a top Belgian manufacturer which has recently licensed retailers in other countries. “I’ve not tasted any as good as these. We are the second place in the UK to have them,” says Bob. “The other is in Hungerford. Any favourite centres he recommends? “I like lots of them but the Lemon Praline (pictured left) is one of my favourites. It’s topped with a candied lemon sliver and has crystalised lemon segments inside as well so it balances nicely with the


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shop with a big heart u Left: Hallmark’s spacious store. u Top right: Reading buddy Jingle, the barking husky pup. u Right: Hand-painted glasses are among the shop’s stock. Pictures: Jim Molloy, Queen’s Court Studio Photographers dark chocolate, which is very smooth and rich.” The store also has seasonal novelties such as chocolate chess and draughts, using good-quality chocolate made by the Creative Chocolate Company in Kendal, for just £4.99. Most astonishing of the chocolate lines, though, are the exquisitely crafted Choco Rico stiletto shoes and matching handbags. Killer heels you can eat! “These are hand-made in Bristol from very fine Belgian chocolate. They are a little expensive but beautifully made and unique.”

If you need an usual gift for a young child, Bob has the answer here, too: “Two lines have been fabulous really this year. One is the recordable storybooks (£14.99). You can read and record the story and the recipient opens it and listens to it. “We’ve had some fantastic customer stories with these. One mum bought Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for her five-year-old daughter. It was her favourite story and the five-year-old was going to record it, then send it to Australia to her grandparents,” says Bob. “We’ve had some bitter-sweet ones, too. Quite

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a number have been sent out to Afghanistan because the dad is not going to be back for Christmas, but they can send back the story they’ve recorded and be back home in essence. “The other fantastic success is Cooper, Watson and Jingle. These are rather clever and won the Toy of the Year award. They’re called reading buddies. “Watson is a cuddly interactive raccoon, Cooper is a talking teddy bear and Jingle is a husky pup looking for a home for Christmas. Squeeze their ear to switch them on and when

you reach the red lines in the story, Watson and Cooper talk and Jingle barks. “They’re designed to encourage children to listen to reading, and as they move on to encourage them to read themselves, because they get a response from the characters.” Cooper and Co cost £19.99 each complete with one book, Additional books are £5.99. “And we have an offer on for a short period,” says Bob. “If you buy either Cooper or Watson, you can have Jingle for £10, while our initial stocks last .” Sounds like a must for Christmas.


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Girl About Town

’VE tried all sorts of new things as Living Local’s Girl About Town but none of them have put my nerves to the test quite as much as the most recent one, when I joined Laura, Lesley, Chris and Becky as a model at Blessed’s charity fashion show in Newark. It’s one thing doing something for the first time in relative privacy but doing it in front of an audience? The more I thought about it, the more I began to wonder if this was such a good idea after all. Then again, it might be fun and it was for a good cause, raising money for Beaumond House; so putting aside my doubts, I decided to give it my best shot. There’s a whole lot more to modelling than just turning up on the night and strutting your stuff along the catwalk. Our preparations began in September; owner Carly Aldred invited us to the store, where we spent two hours trying on the clothes, choosing accessories and making a mental note of the things that would be finding their way on to our personal wish lists. A few weeks later, it was time for a practice run-through. Another couple of hours sped by as we changed from one outfit to the next at high speed and sashayed down the runway to music. After a summer in sandals, putting on heels for the first time in months came as a bit of a shock; would I be able to re-learn the art of walking tall in time for the show? Glamorous clothes need equally glamorous hair and make-up, so when Thursday, October 27 finally came around, our first stop was The Nail Room in White Hart Yard. Samantha and Anna were standing by with some exotic enhancements at the ready; then, fingertips suitably sparkly, it was straight round to Stodman Street. Here Inizio’s Les and Paulina worked their magic on our hair, with braids, pleats, ponytails and a few strategically placed hairpieces, before makeup artist Jo took over to add the finishing touches.

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ack at Blessed, the audience was already arriving, the paparazzi were out in force and that’s when the butterflies really kicked in. Time for a stiff drink perhaps? Then again, maybe not – I’ve got to get up uChris (left) and Girl About Town June step out on the catwalk. and down the runway nine times in those heels. Taking heart from the fact that the rest of the girls seemed just as nervous, there was only one thing for it – deep breath, now go! In a flurry of activity, outfits were quickly donned and just as quickly If you have ideas About Town to june@ discarded as we went from one collection for things you’d livinglocalnewspapers. to another – thank heavens for dressers! or give me a call like me to check out Out front, the audience was blissfully on 07850 845351. on your behalf, why unaware of the backstage frenzy as we not get in touch? Send made our way along the catwalk in a your suggestions for Girl whirl of silk, chiffon and lace. And then it was over – the snow

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An Elle of a good time on the catwalk machine brought the show to a suitably festive finish and the audience headed inside for a closer look at their personal favourites. Reluctantly, I shed my uberelegant Christmas outfit – definitely on my wish list for the party season – and joined the throng for a welcome glass of champagne. Congratulations to Carly and her team who rose to the occasion and pulled it all together very professionally. The evening raised around £900 for Beaumond House

and a great time was had by all. Would I do it again? If you’d asked me as I stood waiting to make the first trip down the catwalk, I’d probably have said no. An hour later, flushed with success (or was it just the champagne?) I was more than ready for a repeat performance. Despite my initial qualms, I really enjoyed my debut as a supermodel – but somehow I don’t think Elle, Agyness and Kate will be losing any sleep on my account!

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Girl About Town June Rowlands gets taken out of her comfort zone to help make her nice and comfy for the big chill ...


T’S hard to believe that only a couple of months reflecting the ever-changing face of fashion, alongside ago I was driving around Newark with the soft top accessories such as scarves, bags and jewellery from down and, even more incredibly, getting the bikini simple to lavish for the perfect finishing touch. back out to top up my tan. Faced with so much to choose from, I turned to Sarah Now that brief Indian summer is just a for her expert help. A quick glance was enough memory, and suddenly there’s something to establish my size – “Don’t forget you’ll be missing from my wardrobe. I really need a wearing extra layers to keep out the cold, new winter coat … so go for one that fits without being too The timing was perfect for a trip to snug,” said Sarah. Shirtsleeves, where the latest collections Then, after a few questions to We like are bursting with cosy layers in the rich determine things like favourite warm tones set to be the biggest stories of colours and general lifestyle, she soon customers the autumn/winter season. assembled a selection which included to try Owner Sarah Tacey opened her everything from fake furs and an up-toMiddlegate store in November 1988 something the-minute knitted cape to tailored wool and over the years has created a relaxed coats. Among her choices was one that, different left to my own devices, I wouldn’t even u Snug fit ... June Rowlands tries on the coat, atmosphere where shoppers can browse at their helped by Shirtsleeves owner Sarah Tacey. leisure or find friendly advice on putting together have taken from the racks; and yes, you’ve the ideal outfit for a special occasion. guessed it, that was The One! Down-filled coat in pewter by Fransa, £175; Ranges such as Oui, Passport, Mexx, Kapalua, Olsen “With a major investment like a winter coat, it’s scarf, £49. Right: A cool cardy to keep you warm. and Lauren Vidal offer versatile, good-quality clothes tempting to play safe and go with what you’re used to,” said Sarah, “but we like to get customers added a whisper-soft scarf that picked to try something different, too. Although up the pewter of the coat, I took a few we always take their preferences into moments to enjoy the sudden warmth – account, we move them out of their decidedly snuggly – before turning to comfort zone a little and encourage them the mirror for the final reveal. to experiment with colours, shapes or Definitely no sign of the Michelin man styles they might not normally consider. here – with its nipped-in waist, the shape It doesn’t always work but you’d be was sleek and stylish, perfect with the surprised how often it does.” jeans and boots I’d chosen to wear that Thinking out of the box like this, Sarah day and versatile enough to take me persuaded me to try a down-filled pewter from the streets of Newark to the ski coat from Danish fashion brand Fransa. slopes of St Anton. Mission accomplished! Padded jackets are something I’ve always l Visit Shirtsleeves between Monday, steered well clear of – wrapping up warm December 5, and Friday, December is one thing but let’s face it, who wants to 9, for a special festive treat, with the look like the Michelin man? opportunity to win a £150 gift voucher, Overcoming my reluctance, I decided to complimentary gift wrapping for every go with the flow, taking comfort from the purchase and delicious home-made mince fact that at least the colour wasn’t too far pies with hot mulled wine. But if you u The Shirtsleeves shop in Middlegate and (right) an from my preferred navy or grey. While take my advice, you won’t wait till example of its winter outfits. Sarah adjusted the drawstring collar and then to check out those winter coats.




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Living Local With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to get glamorous! Shop for chic dresses, sparkly bags, statement jewellery and shimmering make-up – women’s editor June Rowlands takes a look at what’s in store in Newark for the party season ...

Putting on u Left: Perfect for Christmas lunch with the family – purple vest (£35) and long-sleeved ruffled shrug (£69) by Tina Taylor; steel grey trousers (£52) by Brandtex; silver and crystal necklace, part of a set with matching earrings included (£28). From Yvette, Queens Head Court (01636 702916)

u Right: Re-apply your make-up without leaving the dance floor. Both lip gloss and mascara have a mirror on the side and an automatic light when you take off the top – just slick them on and keep on dancing! Clubworks Lighten Up Lip Gloss and Mascara: £5.99 from Superdrug, Stodman Street (01636 707943) u Left: Available in six wild shades – silver, purple, bronze, navy, green and nude – these little pots of creamy mousse give you fierce smoky eyes and can be used as a sheer wash of colour or built for more intensity. 17 Wild Metallic Cream Eyeshadow: £3.99 each from Boots, Stodman Street (01636 703489)

u Right: Angel delight! Embellished top (£47), shrug (£40.99) and leggings (£30), all DKNY; worn with Angel’s Face heart-embellished tutu (£56) and plaited bracelet (£8.99). From Lollypop’s Boutique, Middlegate (01636 678786)

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u Left: These bags are just big enough to hold all your party essentials – pink lace clutch, also available in blue or gold (£19.99); silver lace clutch with bow and diamanté detail (£22); purple sequined clutch, also available in silver (£19.99); silver sequin and bead clutch (£25) and matching iPod case (£16.95). From Shirtsleeves, Middlegate (01636 605880)

u Above: Avoca Anthology dress (£159); Pilgrim necklace (£39.50). From Domino, Stodman Street (01636 612006)

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u Right: All dressed up and ready to party! Michaela Louisa black slashsleeved dress with diamanté detail (£130) and About Face necklace (£25.50); Michaela Louisa red animal print stretch satin dress (£119) with About Face necklace (£18) and bangle (£7.50). From Domino, Stodman Street (01636 612006)



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Put a festive icing on the cake of romance


S THE nights are drawing in and we are all more likely to be wearing warm woollies and boots than summer dresses (well us girls, anyway!), maybe most readers wouldn’t be thinking of this time of year for a wedding. Well, yes, of course, there are many bonuses to having a spring or summer wedding, mostly because of the likelihood of good weather and the relaxed atmosphere that results if a couple are lucky enough to be having their celebrations at a venue with gardens, but winter weddings also bring their own kind of magic. A crisp, bright, sunny morning is a fabulous start to a wedding day and SNOW (so long as guests can reach the wedding) is the absolute icing on the cake of romance. Generally, the colour themes tend to be richer at this time of year, with creams, gold/brown, dark green and deep reds being most popular. Venue décor containing more candle/lantern features and materials such as organza can be used to give a decadence and depth, both on the tables, chairs and reception areas. Although they’re not the typical choices many would expect for bridal bouquets

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welcoming Winter Wonderland for party guests. Winter brides have an amazing choice of dresses, of course, but also, the luxury of some fabulous additional pieces, such as velvet or faux fur jackets or shrugs and they can perhaps carry more decadent jewellery or accessories, rather than in the spring or summer, when the accent tends to suit a much softer style, to complement the type of dresses and themes chosen. Also, of course, for the grooms, the suits, coats, etc are able to be worn without them sweltering. Choices made are, naturally, a very personal thing, but I would say that a winter wedding is a very good choice when a couple are considering a date for their big day, along with the fact that most suppliers aren’t quite as busy at this time of year, so there is likely to be more choice, whether a late booking or looking ahead. Ooooh and, of course, a winter wedding is the perfect excuse for mulled wine and festive nibbles. Yum! Whatever the celebrations you are attending over the festive period, may I wish you all A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

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Each month Sarah is here to give advice about your special event Hi Sarah, I read your Talk of the Town feature with great interest, as I have always wanted to be a wedding planner. Do you have any hints and tips to get started? This is a topic I will be covering in much more detail in the new year, but in essence there are two main routes available, firstly a college course in conjunction with placement training, or the more direct route, which is working your way up through the ranks in hospitality/hotels/event suppliers to gain as much experience as possible, before deciding how you want to figure in the industry. There is now what is becoming an ever more popular third route into the business, however, and this is where a recent bride, or perhaps

someone who enjoys helping friends and family organise parties, feels she has the makings and passion to become a wedding/events planner and so set up on her own. This is a very tough route but for those with natural ability, dedication and flair for this industry it is a possible option. The role of a wedding/event planner is a rewarding one for many reasons, but it demands a great deal of hard work, long hours and commitment and an ability to take on many different roles and challenges with a genuine smile and kindness.

Dear Sarah, we are planning on getting married next year but my partner is adamant about not having children attending on the day. How would you suggest we deal with this without offending people? No matter how tactfully you try to approach this one, there are some parents who just won’t get it and may take offence. Generally, the wedding couple will have at least one or two young bridesmaids and/or pageboys and this can be used as the ‘only’ children allowed. Parents will mostly welcome a day without the children, so they can enjoy some precious grown-up time,

and the children also enjoy being spoilt at the grandparents or other favourite friends and family. I have only known a couple of instances in all the years I have been organising weddings where an invitation has been refused because there were no children allowed. You know your friends and family best and you and your partner will decide how best to approach this tricky matter. Good luck!

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Pan Fried Salmon Fillet

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Braised Beef Blade

Slow-braised for 8 hours and served with a roast gravy and mashed potatoes.

Vegetarian Suet Pudding

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Smoked Chicken Tart

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Salmon Trio

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Caramelised Fig Salad

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Cheddar Cheeseboard

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Traditional Christmas Pudding

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White Chocolate Cheesecake

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O, HERE we go again! Is it manic shopping and cooking for the 5,000 and a compulsion to buy every possible wine and bizarrely coloured drink we can find, ‘just in case’? Just no need! Though I have to admit to having been guilty of all of the above for many years. Our house always seems to be the melting pot all our friends and family end up gravitating to and I love it. I find that keeping it simple, but special, showing you have put in the effort for your friends and family is what really counts. Hotpots, sausage ‘n’ mash and ‘bring a dish’ scrumminess for home parties is such a relaxed way of all being together and the dishes are so easy to prepare in the daytime and so much more comforting than trays of sandwiches and sausage rolls! Great music is essential and, although iPods are a godsend, a ‘free for all’ choosing of ‘memory-packed’ CDs can bring a great atmosphere (even if some of the guys’ dancing is cringeworthy – sorry, guys!). Party games are a must, although the men will immediately find their competitive streak for kids’ games like ‘pin the tail on the donkey’ or Twister and Jenga. Or you could

hire Giant Jenga and Connect4 as they’re brilliant for causing major chaos, if there’s room, and are available locally at very good prices. If it’s an ‘all ages’ party, I will do my best to create an extra special place for the kids to retreat to (away from us embarrassing adults!), maybe a Christmassy tent in one of the bedrooms or, weather permitting, a games grotto in the garage or garden. Creating that magical festive atmosphere in the house doesn’t have to be extravagant; it’s about making the effort. Along with scented candles and festive foliage, a fire (an open one is, of course, amazing) creates rich country smells. Then there are decorations made by the kids – annual favourites we carefully wrap and unwrap each year – and there just has to be some bling. Even at home parties, we girls NEED sparkly dresses and delicious shoes! We all lead such busy lives that when we can all get together at this time of year, I like our home to be filled with tradition and warm squidgyness, but remember, you don’t have to be Wonderwoman. Part of the feelgood factor is organising and cooking and enjoying the preparations with friends and family but it doesn’t have to be a perfect production, just a happy get-together, making lots of smiles and memories.

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Traditional Christmas Pudding

The classic taste of Christmas served with your choice of double pouring cream or brandy and vanilla sauce.

Saint Clements Brûlée

The classic “burnt” custard dessert. Flavoured with citrus and served with home-made shortbread.

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Seared Duck Breast

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Roast Topside of British Beef Roast Loin of English pork Roast Turkey Breast Roast Leg of Lamb All roasts are served with seasonal vegetables, roast and mashed potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and stuffing.

Pan Fried Salmon Supreme

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Steamed Vegetable Suet Pudding

Filled with button mushrooms, chestnuts, shallots, leeks and carrots smothered in a vegetarian gravy and served with seasonal vegetables and mashed potatoes.


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Toasted Mushrooms

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HERE can’t be many fashion stores where the clientele ranges from trendy teenagers to style-conscious 60-somethngs, but being unique is what Vintage Vixen is all about. Whether you want to make an impression at a party or find a fashion classic, any outfit you buy at Vintage Vixen’s new Cartergate store will be the only one in Newark. That’s a large part of the appeal, according to owner Clare Parker. “That’s what I think people are after,” she says. Everyone says ‘At least when I go into town or go to the party, there’s no fear of someone else turning up in the same one.’ “I get 60-year-old ladies looking for classic dresses and 16-year-olds who just want to be a bit different, which is fantastic.” Retro fashions from the 60s, 70s and 80s include vintage dresses, chic and snug fake fur coats, stylish tweed blazers, leather shorts and more: “I don’t particularly go for the designer labels. I’m just looking for things that are of the period, are good quality and in good condition.

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Living Local spotlight on CARTER GATE “The tweed blazers are very popular. They’re like gold dust – their appeal cuts across all age ranges. “I’m now stocking a range of reworked vintage as well, like vintage dresses brought up to date – perhaps given waistbands or altered collars or things like that. “The reworked leather shorts are very popular with the young girls, too. They will have been leather trousers originally.” Clare’s personal favourites are the fake furs and classic sheepskins, which range from £50-£65 and can be a huge saving on buying new. “The curly sheepskin coats – some people call them teddy bear coats – are fantastic and I must admit I did have one

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of those myself,” says Clare. Accessories such as jewellery, bags and even period crockery, glassware and small items of furniture add interest and are very affordable. “I want to expand the accessories as much as possible because sometimes people perhaps can’t afford to buy a new dress but they can buy themselves a little piece of jewellery or something like that.” Even the music system is different. Customers immediately spot the 70s Ferguson record deck

on a low display shelf. It was playing a Rolling Stones album when Living Local first came calling. “A bit of vintage record crackle adds to the atmosphere, and it’s such a talking point! Some children don’t even know what a record player is, but the guys seem to like it as well.” l Vintage Vixen, 6-8 Cartergate, Newark. Open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Evenings by appointment. Tel. 07941 323229, website


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works with Nottingham-based designer Angela Vickers, to offer a bespoke service for brides wanting dresses made to their own designs. Completing the look, Solitaire stocks a full range of wedding accessories, from tiaras, veils, petticoats and garters to hats, shoes, gloves and jewellery. Dresses for bridesmaids and flower girls are also available and Samantha can offer advice, based on personal recommendation, on services such as wedding stationery, balloons and photography. Prom dresses by Pollyanna, Alexa Designs and Linzi Jay add splashes of vibrant colour to the showroom. “Most girls can’t wait to wear a wedding dress and for them going to the school prom is every bit as exciting. We see girls and

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s the mother of five boys, Samantha McAleese doesn’t get much chance to indulge her love of all things girly at home. But as soon as she enters her new shop Solitaire, she’s transformed from mother to Fairy Godmother, bringing a sprinkle of stardust into the lives of Newark’s brides-tobe and prom princesses. After 18 years as a textile merchant, Samantha stepped from behind the scenes to front of house when she opened Solitaire in September. Now she’s surrounded by beautiful bridal wear and pretty party frocks on the ground floor of the Buttermarket, giving her customers the dresses they’ve dreamed of, whatever their budget. “Shopping with a friend for her wedding dress, I was really disheartened to see how the level of service and attention to detail seems to suffer when it becomes obvious that the budget is limited,” she says. “I’m really privileged to be able to share the excitement that comes from choosing the perfect dress and I want to make sure every bride has the same magical experience.” Wedding gowns by London-based Pearl Bridal offer traditional styling with a contemporary twist, with prices starting at £650. Samantha also

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their mums planning for it a whole year in advance; it’s their chance to be a celebrity for the evening and we give every one of them the same personal service we give to our brides. Each detail is recorded – the date, the school and particularly the venue – to make sure we never sell the same dress, even in a different colour, for the same prom.” With first communion dresses, in-house alterations and a wedding planning service also available, Solitaire offers everything you’d expect from a big city store, in the heart of Newark. “I want to make beautiful things affordable, to give every girl the day of her dreams,” says Samantha, as she prepares to wave her magic wand and turn each one into a fairy princess.

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Otham-based Zoe Edwards has been selling vintage shabby chic home accessories and gifts online and at craft fairs and markets for the last three years. Now she and her business partner Diane Peck have “come in out of the cold” to open Rose & Peck, a stylish little shop at 14 The Arcade in Newark. “I wanted to escape from all the pressures of the corporate rat race and do something I really loved,” says Zoe, who previously juggled working full time in financial services with being a mum of two. “Opening our own shop was quite a big step but, having taken the plunge, I’m already much happier and less stressed. We’ve been looking for the right location in Newark for some time; now we’ve found it and we’re looking forward to adding new lines like distressed furniture and more items made by local crafts people.” Housed in a former butcher’s shop that still features some of its original fittings, including exposed brickwork, a butcher’s hook in the window and black and white tiled floor, Rose & Peck is a tiny treasure trove which is becoming a go-to destination for anyone in search of unusual presents. From silk and linen scarves to metal storage tins and signs, scented tea lights and candles to felt daisy brooches and silver jewellery – just perfect for all that Christmas shopping!


n the edge of town, sisters Carly Aldred and Cassie Masters have opened businesses side by side in the splendid red brick Warwick Brewery on Northgate. Dating back to the 19th century, this historic Newark building is now home to both Blessed and Flavours, which together offer the very latest in fashion and food. A diploma in fashion retail at Nottingham, followed by a stint as

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In association with manager at the Bluewater Centre in Derby, set Carly on the route to launching Blessed in August. “When I decided to open my own shop, I wanted something a little bit different,” she says. “Visiting the top trade shows for ideas was useful but checking out some of London’s smaller boutiques gave me real inspiration. I was looking for clothes you just don’t find on the High Street of every town and what I saw in places like Sloane Street was exactly that. “I found lots of brands I simply fell in love with, that I knew would fit the shop I wanted to create. And looking through fashion magazines, I identified other up-and-coming brands I wanted to bring to Newark. Gallery

4 is a prime example – we’re really excited to be the first retail store to stock their exclusive new range.” Other leading fashion brands include Hoss Intropia, Charli, Antik Batik and American Vintage, complemented by Modalu bags and shoes by Cocorose. From softly casual loungewear to elegant evening wear, the collections feature luxury fabrics like silk and cashmere, hand-embellished accessories and striking jewellery.


ust next door to Blessed, Cassie opened Flavours coffee shop and deli at the beginning of November. With a degree in hospitality business management from Sheffield, she has an extensive background in the



If you’ve recently joined the growing band of Ladies Who Launch, or you’re about to do so, we want to hear from you. Email june@ livinglocal newspapers. or call June on 07850 845351 to share your story with Living Local readers.

catering trade, from washing pots to working in restaurants, pubs, hotels and as catering manager of a children’s nursery. Like Carly, Cassie wanted Flavours to be something special. Setting up the business in a listed building was not without its problems but she was determined to keep the look and character of the old brewery. “The features are fabulous and finding solutions to the few restrictions we faced has been well worth it. “The location is unique and I believe what we have to offer stands out from the rest,” she says. “It’s all about using the very best ingredients and, unlike bigger chains, having the flexibility to give customers what they want.” With Northgate retail park just a stone’s throw away, Flavours is the ideal place to take a break from shopping. “Cake of the day is bound to be a favourite, especially served with Stokes of Lincoln coffee,” says Cassie. “We’ll have other daily specials, too, and I’m sure Sunday brunch at Flavours will quickly become a regular treat for lots of local families.” Individually, Blessed and Flavours are great additions to Newark’s shopping and eating experiences. Together they make the perfect combination – shop till you’re ready to drop in one, then re-fuel in the other and you’re ready to start again!

u Great escape: Zoe Edwards.

u Sister act: Carly Aldred (above) and Cassie Masters.


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u Mark Hennis and Naomi Moore – building a local brand you can trust.

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local store staffed by local people is often the place to go for the best service, but with mobility specialists Ableworld it’s also the place to go for the keenest prices and the most enjoyable shopping experience. Since Mark Hennis and Naomi Moore opened Ableworld in the former Spar store on Farndon Road, Newark, customers have been delighted by the wider, supermarket-style aisles, the ease of access, the care and expertise of the staff – and the prices. “I think the layout of the store has caught most people by surprise,” says Mark. “When “We are on average 20-30% cheaper on they walk in and see how big it is and, more everything we sell, across the board. People importantly, realise that they don’t have to leave think there’s some sort of catch and they have their wheelchair or scooter outside and struggle to buy today, or it’s not going to be the same around a tiny shop piled high with stock, that price tomorrow, or there’s a load of add-ons and goes down well. insurance. “The second thing is the time we spend with “But there’s no secret to it. Our prices are so every one of our customers, no matter what keen because as a group we buy 16 or 17 times they’re buying, to make sure they get the right as much as the nearest competitor, and we pass thing first time. the savings on to customers.” “For example, people think a chair is a chair It’s a big change to Mark and Naomi’s is a chair, until they get measured properly and previous life, running the Boot and Shoe pub find they’ve been sitting in the wrong size chair at Flintham, though Naomi previously worked for years. for the NHS. Now they feel they can offer a “There is a science to it, to make sure all your much-needed service to the community, while pressure points are their experience of covered and the chair customer service in is the right height the hospitality trade and depth for you. can apply equally That takes time, but well to their new it’s reputation we are clientele. They aim trading on at the end to build a local brand of the day.” people can trust. Ableworld’s Servicing and reputation for repairs are done in value and service is clients’ homes or unrivalled. The chain on site by resident was founded by uAbleworld’s store on Farndon Road. engineer Chris Mike Williams, who James, and when previously helped Chris surveys a home for a stairlift, he gives a establish B&Q as a major force in DIY. After straightforward price. opening a dozen Ableworld stores over the past “We will usually be there for 20 minutes,” decade, he franchised the concept. Newark is the says Mark. “We measure up, give the customer UK’s third Ableworld franchise. their options and the once and final price – not Now the chain is doing for mobility what a price where someone then pretends to phone B&Q did for DIY, offering the most competitive their boss to get a discounted price. And Chris prices on riser recliners, stairlifts, scooters, can often be back next day to fit it if you want to wheelchairs and more, plus friendly, expert go ahead.” service. Ableworld steers well clear of the highPrices in store are crystal clear and exactly pressure sales that have previously clouded this match prices on the Ableworld website. sector’s reputation. It certainly sounds like a recipe for success. “We’re looking for customers who will be with us for the next 15-20 years. We’re not looking l Ableworld, 112 Farndon Road, Newark NG24 4SE. Tel 01636 703598; for a quick buck,” says Mark.

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Who to get in touch with ... FERNWOOD FOXES FOOTBALL CLUB Contact: Joe Whittaker joe.whittaker69@

FERNWOOD AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY Contact: Mollie Weale 01636 647116

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TO start its 21st anniversary year, the Bujinkan Brian Dojo ninjutsu training group has just completed a 24-hour Ninjathon. The marathon training event was held over the weekend of October 22/23 at the dojo’s training HQ in Farndon. It was supported by 31 students, with 23 there for the full 24 hours. The event, the first of its kind, was the brainchild of the senior instructor at Newark, 3rd dan Kiyth Fotitt. He and his instructor team of Andy Osborn, Matt Clark and Alex Espin devised a 24-hour programe that would push and test all the students and the instructors. The time was divided into three-hour cycle patterns; the first hour being taijutsu (open hand/unarmed) and the second was traditional weapons training. The third hour was for peripheral skills training. Some of the Hattori junior students taking part were as young as nine. Some seniors either came straight from work or went to work from training and returned later. Two seniors arrived at 3am and 3.30am after they had finished taxi driving and delivering pizzas. Afterwards, all the students said it had been a fantastic exercise. On November 1, Kiyth Fotitt and Andy Osborn were guests of Newark Castle Rotary Club at their meeting at the Cedric Ford Pavilion at Newark Showground. Kiyth explained the idea behind Zero Tolerance UK and demonstrated with Andy ideas for escapes from grabs and holds. They then demonstrated some weapons improvisation by using everyday items such as keys, plastic card, umbrella, scarf and pen. The audience showed interest throughout and there is a possibility that future courses in self-defence may arise from it.

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THE second annual Scott Whittaker memorial football match on Sunday, November 6, raised an astounding £1,200, with friends and family of the much-loved Fernwood resident coming out in droves to support his favourite causes. Scott (pictured inset) was a loving, loyal and jovial character who touched the hearts of so many people in his 36 years before losing his fight against a rare and aggressive form of cancer – synovial sarcoma – two years ago. Alongside his wife Suzy and close family and friends, he spent the last months of his life raising awareness and money for the Sarcoma Trust charity. Joe Whittaker, Scott’s brother, re-formed his team, the Scottenham Hotspurs, in a bid to defend their title as cup holders from last year’s match against Scott’s best friend Graham Pelling’s team, Scott’s 69ers. That first match had raised £708.20, most of which was donated to the Sarcoma Trust with the rest going to Fernwood Foxes – the youth football club Scott and Graham Pelling founded and of which Joe is co-chairman and manager. Sam Jordon gave Scott’s 69ers the lead within

DOREWOOD WI’s birthday party was celebrated in the Church Hall with a lovely meal provided by the catering committee and a cake made by Pauline Redmile.Speaker Jenni Storr was a most amusing addition.

The November meeting gave members a treat. Speaker Judy Theobald was introduced by president Heather Brummitt. Judy is a presenter on BBC Radio Lincolnshire. Her previous jobs of


the first 10 minutes of this year’s match and they were soon 2-0 up. But Spurs fought back and the two sides ended the first half level at 3-3. The 69ers were back in front soon after the restart, with Ashley Calliss smashing in a 40yard strike. But the lead was short-lived, with Jamie Raikes replying for Hotspurs. Shaun Walton made some great saves for 69ers but, with Regis Sugden, Zak Ashmore, Dominic King, Andrew Price, Jason Penson all on the scoresheet, Scottenham went 10-4 up. A Graham Pelling penalty made the final score 10-5. The Ambitions Personnel Man of the Match award went to Shaun Walton. The £1,200 raised will be divided between the Sarcoma Trust (£700) and Fernwood Foxes (£500). The organisers say they would like to thank everyone who made the day so memorable. Plans are already in hand for a third match on November 4, 2012. l Anyone wishing to donate to this worthy cause should go to www.justgiving/ scottwhittaker

policewoman, poetry columnist, newspaper reporter/sub-editor and magazine editor produced many amusing stories. A Christmas shopping trip to Peterborough was enjoyed by

members. Doreen Wesson was thanked for arranging this trip. Three members took part in Craft Day at County House, displaying beadwork jewellery made by themselves.

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RIchard Thornton addressed the Newark Archaeological and Local History Society on the theme of Mrs Jordan: leading actress and royal mistress. Detailing several aspects of Mrs Jordan’s family tree, he showed how this lady had married into royal and political distinction. Her descendants, directly or indirectly, included a number of monarchs or members of the Royal Family, and politicians, one of whom is David Cameron. At another meeting of the society, Michael Beresford, from Southwell, explained the archaeology of selected areas of the Peak District. The next meeting of NALHS will take place on Wednesday, December 7, when Rod Fanthorpe will conduct a Christmas spoof. It will be held at Mill Gate Museum, at 7pm for 7.30pm. Seasonal refreshments will be available. All are welcome, but a charge of £2 will be made to non-members to cover overheads. Alternatively, anyone can enrol as a member of NALHS on the night. Details of the society’s programme until next summer are: January 4: Bolsover Castle through the ages – Ian Morgan. February 1: Joint meeting with Newark Engineering Society. March 7: Kathryn Swynford: ducal mistress and Lady of Kettlethorpe – Linda Tilbury. April 4: Work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission – Malcolm Ross. May 2: AGM with talk on heritage theme. June 6: Power and patronage in 18th-century Newark– Professor Stanley Chapman. The above meetings will be held at Mill Gate Museum, 7.30pm. Non-members currently pay £2 (subject to revision at the AGM in May). Meetings of the NALHS Family History Group will be: January 25: Meeting with speaker. February 29: Research evening. March 28: Meeting with speaker. April 25: Research evening. May 30: Meeting with speaker. June 2: Research evening. Family History Group meetings will take place at Newark Library, 7.30pm. Non-members pay £2.

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BALDERTON/FERNWOOD SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD GROUP u Main picture: Members of local organisations dip their standards as a mark of respect during the playing of The Last Post and the two minutes’ silence in front of Balderton War memorial on Remembrance Sunday. Above: Remembrance Sunday paraders of all ages file into Balderton Parish Church. These photographs are by Walter Hurst, who also took around 200 more on the day and has made DVD copies with a music soundtrack. All sales proceeds to the Poppy Fund. For details call Walter on 01636 681105.

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Youth trust cash up for grabs NEWARK Youth Trust wants to spread the word that it has funds available to help local voluntary organisations which work with children. Malcolm Ellison, clerk to the trust, says: “Ideally, those seeking funding will be volunteer-led organisations or junior sections of adult clubs looking for funds for equipment. The trust is keen to help groups by funding projects that help with health, education and recreation.” Application forms are available online by searching for Newark Youth Trust and following the link on Newark and Sherwood District Council’s website. The trustees would expect to make a new batch of grants available early in the New Year.

Thyroid events

Thyroid conditions affect one in every 20 people and to increase knowledge of the signs, the symptoms and the treatments available, two special events have been held locally. The events, in Newark on November 10 and King’s Mill Hospital on November 15, were led by three local consultants – Professors George Thomson and Devaka Fernando and surgeon Keshav Nigam. Bridget O’Connor, local co-ordinator for the British Thyroid Foundation and HPTH UK (Hypoparathyroidism UK), said she hoped the events would raise awareness of the conditions. Thyroid and parathyroid conditions can cause fatigue, weight gain or weight loss, anxiety and other problems. l For more information on these conditions generally, call the local helpline on 01623 750330.

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MAIN officers elected at Balderton Royal British Legion’s annual meeting were: President, Ken Fletcher; chairman, Alan Ellerby; vice-chairman, Walter Hurst; secretary, Pat Wood; membership secretary, Lydia Hurst; welfare committee chairman, Margaret Ellerby. The drumhead service was reported and photographs were shown of the crosses placed in a garden of remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum by members of the Riders branch. Poppy Fund organiser Danny Banbury said he hoped that in this 90th year the poppy collection would surpass last year’s total. He paid tribute to the generosity of the people of Balderton. New members are always welcome and anyone wishing to join should contact Mr Fletcher on (01636) 702077 or Mr Ellerby on (01636) 701145.

THE Balderton branch of the Royal Air Forces Association would like to express sincere thanks to all those who helped with the collections for the 2011 Wings Appeal and to the staff of all the premises around the south and east of Balderton at which the collections were made. The combined collections for 2011 amounted to £2,000 and this will go towards RAFA’s national collection. At the Battle of Britain Parade held in Newark on September 11, the Balderton branch’s standard and members acted as guard of honour at the war memorial and a wreath was laid by the chairman, Michael Scatcherd, on behalf of the branch. The standard and branch members also supported the Air Bridge ceremony at Newark Cemetery on September 25 when wreaths were laid in memory of the 250 airmen who lost their lives in 1944 during the operation to drop goods and food to the people of Warsaw who were imprisoned and starved by the German occupation forces. On Sunday, November 13, branch members joined the remembrance parade in Balderton and in the afternoon took part in the remembrance service at the RAF memorial in Newark Air Museum. This concluded the branch’s parade schedule for 2011. Monthly meetings continue to be held at Balderton Cricket Club. 8pm on the second Friday of each month. As a charity by royal appointment, the RAFA has been supporting our heroes and their families for the past 70 years and the Royal Air Force has taken part in every conflict and confrontation occurring during that period. No fewer than 3,500 personnel have served or our still serving in Afghanistan. Some have lost their lives while others have been seriously injured. With your help, the RAFA Welfare Services and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund will be able to continue supporting the unfortunate ones. l For more information about the Balderton branch, email or call 01636 678810.

Around and about League is up to standard THE New Newark Youth Football League has achieved the coveted FA Charter Standard League Award. Les Howie, head of grassroots coaching at the FA, presented the award at a league members’ meeting. Glenn Cobb, chairman of the league, was delighted. He said: “Some two years ago, with encouragement from the Nottinghamshire FA, the league committee made plans to work towards becoming an FA Charter Standard youth league. “Working closely with the Nottinghamshire FA and the sports and leisure department at Newark and Sherwood District Council, the league duly achieved this award at the beginning of this season.



THE 1st Balderton Boys’ Brigade Company meets on Tuesday evenings during term time only, from 6.15pm to 7.30pm at the Methodist Church Hall on Main Street. The company started a new term

u Ted Harris and Sally Sillery, from the New Newark Youth Football League, receiving the award from Les Howie, head of grassroots coaching at the FA. “We have become only the second league in Nottinghamshire to be awarded this national honour. The league is now striving to have all member clubs FA Charter Standard within the next two years.” Mr Howie passed on the league’s thanks to all member clubs and partners who “helped us achieve this magnificent award”. in September and the boys’ work towards their achievement awards was soon gathering pace. The first few weeks concentrated on harvest festival, culminating in a harvest celebration at family service in church. Members joined the company’s friends from Sunday school for an activity in the half-term school holidays and when they returned

they started practising a short play for the Christingle service, which will take place on Tuesday, December 6. The company would welcome any new member from the age of five to 11 and anyone needing more information should phone Jenni Vaughan (captain) on 01636 684572 or Julia Spooner (lieutenant) on 07791 396512.

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Light entertainment ... Fernwood Ladies’ October meeting saw the members getting messy with pumpkins, writes Sue Ashton. As Halloween was approaching they set to with hollowed-out pumpkins to make the best and scariest pumpkin lanterns possible. Members Becca and Jo launched the meeting with some interesting pumpkin facts and a display of pumpkins they had carved earlier. Did you know that the pumpkin capital of the world is Morton, Illinois, USA and that during 2008 pumpkin sales were valued at $1.4m? The tradition of carving pumpkins into lanterns began in ancient times

Craig Lee, Nottinghamshire FA football development officer, was full of praise for all involved. “The league committee and Holly Powell at Newark and Sherwood District Council have worked extremely hard supporting the league members to become FA Charter Standard. They thoroughly deserve this award.”

when pumpkins were believed to act as a protection against evil spirits. The lanterns were placed outside houses to welcome the spirits of deceased loved ones while keeping away those of an evil nature. Inspired by these nuggets of information and the pumpkins on display, the Ladies took their cutting tools, scrapers and scoopers and carved, scratched and punched holes and shapes into the pumpkins. The lanterns were to be donated to Fernwood Village Hall’s Halloween event so they had to look as good as possible. As members worked on their creations, Jo and Becca offered cups of pumpkin soup

r u Sue Ashton (left) and her sister Jackie go work on a pumpkin. Right and inset (left): Some of the finished lanterns, all lit up. and slices of pumpkin pie made from the hollowed-out fruits – delicious. The pumpkin pie was rather like a cinnamon egg custard tart and you would not have guessed it contained pumpkin. As the evening drew to a close, witches, ghouls, haunted houses and bats all made their scary appearance. Spiders and webs adorned some lanterns with glitter, glue and sequins

on others. Finally the moment came to light the candles. The lights were dimmed and the lanterns glowed and glimmered in the dark, casting their ghostly light across the room. It was a scary moment – a coven of lanterns all set to welcome in the spirits of Halloween! l For the recipe for pumpkin soup, log on to www.livinglocalnewspapers. and search for Fernwood Ladies.

Keeping safe and selfdefence will be the subject when Neil Robinson is the speaker at Fernwood Ladies’ next meeting on Tuesday, November 29, 7.30pm, at the village hall. There is no meeting in December but the AGM takes place on Tuesday, January 31, again at 7.30 at the village hall. Already the Ladies have an exciting calendar of events for 2012, including belly dancing, the history of Balderton Airfield, the Workhouse Storytellers, and another chance to take part in a tai chi session. There will also be special events such as wine tasting and a pamper evening.



william ghent house senior citizens’ club MEMBERS of the William Ghent House Senior Citizens’ Club in Balderton are looking forward to their winter programme of events, which started off with a Christmas shopping trip to Barnsley on November 18. This was quickly followed by the annual Christmas fair on November 25, when it was hoped to raise enough money to take members to Christmas lunch and have a party in the centre. The club’s summer fete raised £345 for Diabetes UK and members also took part in a series of highly enjoyable summer trips. The club’s weekly activities are: l Monday: Bingo, 2pm (members only). l Tuesday: Coffee morning, 9.4511pm; chair-based excercise class, 2-2.45pm; dominoes, 3-4pm; ceramic painting, 5-7pm. All welcome to these events. l Wednesday: Ladies’ afternoon for knitting, nattering and different crafts, 2-4pm. All welcome. l Thursday: Bingo, 6.30-8.30 (members only). l Friday: Dominoes and games, 2-4pm. This a free afternoon with anyone welcome. All local residents can apply to become a member at a cost of £1.50 for the year. You can find out more by coming along to one of the Tuesday coffee mornings. Any queries call Eileen on 01636 673427.


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Matlock Bath was the venue for Balderton Puffins’ September outing (pictured below). Members had a great day out and the weather was perfect after the winds of the days previously. The group’s September meeting

Around and about took the form of an afternoon of chair exercises, which was great fun, although a little boisterous at times. Members then had a welcome cup of tea with delicious fruitcake baked by one of the gentlemen. October saw members enjoying a tea and natter afternoon. It was then decided to have a beetle drive; some of the members had not played before and lots of laughter was heard when looking at the drawing of the beetles. The group’s latest meeting was on Wednesday, November 23, when Rodney Cousins entertained members with “What’s my line?” Meetings are held in the Community Centre, Coronation Street, Balderton, and everyone is welcome.



NOTFAST Running Club member Mike Bullock recorded a splendid personal best in finishing 16th out of 1,000 competitors in the testing Rutland Water Marathon. This is set in an outstandingly pretty location. The Water is one of the country’s most important wildlife sanctuaries, home to some 20,000 birds, not least the magnificent 6ftwingspan osprey. A couple of hundred feet below these wheeling killing machines stand 1,000; none is looking to the skies, only to watches and Garmins. This is a toughie. Running round a big pond sounds lovely ...

wrong! Rutland Water was formed by combining three valleys and the result is a long series of hills. Success is measured in terms of survival, not time – well, at least for the majority. Mike knew it was going to be gruelling and reports an early fast start followed by a grim middle section but finishing in a Nitrofuelled finish. How about this then? A personal best by some two minutes of 3:14.04 – 16th out of 1,000. Brilliant! This time will give Mike a goodfor-age qualifying place for the Boston and Edinburgh Marathons – just reward for hard work and determination. Jill McIntyre took on the Evil Sheriff Duathlon at Sherwood Pines. This consists of a 5k trail run followed by 16k on the mountain bike and another 3k on foot. Jill would look at the runs as mere bagatelles but, by her own admission, is “not very accomplished” on the bike (“not very accomplished” is a term that is printable; her own description is very much less so). Nonetheless, her time of 2hrs 31mins must be applauded for her pluck and surely, next time, she will chop off a huge amount in the bike section. Go, Jill! On the same morning there was a 10k trail race at the same location in Sherwood Forest. A finer setting really cannot be found in this area and the three Notfasts who took part were treated to lovely weather and excellent organisation. For Adrienne Peach, it was especially exciting to pin a number on for the first time and complete her first 10k race in 58:35. Nice one, Peachy! Her clubmates’ times

were 54:15 for Ali Lawrence and 51:55 for Wyn Thomas. It was a case of trek for a treat when four Notfast members took part in the Skeleton Run – a fivemile night offroad event on the Friday before Halloween. The run was held at Beacon Hill Country Park, near Loughborough, with perfect weather, atmosphere and terrain and a great crowd enjoying a calm, starlit night. The Notfast quartet of Bob, David, Liz and Caroline enjoyed superb views from the high ground (250 metres of climb, 2.5 times). The event felt more like a big gang just out for a lark. It’s not really a race at all but it is very well organised. There were some fantastic costumes and make-up. Liz and Caroline looked great with bat masks, tutus, black lipstick and appropriate facial scarring and blood-dribbling mouths. And would you believe it that Notfast’s two blokes ran in dresses? However, the two luminous beasties that jumped out of the bushes on the final hill so took me by surprise that I couldn’t get my breath back and I had to walk a bit. The two lasses behind me echoed my own sentiment by calling them ‘b******s’. Marvellous! Liz reckoned she “could do this every Friday night” but I’m not so sure about that: at one point she was laughing so much in the back of the car that she had to use her inhaler. Chips on the way home at Bottesford just about rounded off a perfect night out. Many thanks to David ‘Dodo’ Watts (black frock) for being chauffeur. Bob Oakham (red frock)

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Buddhist abbot’s visit A Buddhist master will have the wellbeing of Newarkers in mind when his envoy makes a special visit to Muskham Hall and other Newark area venues on the weekend of December 9-12, writes Sara Chadd. Are you one of those people who believes in destiny? If so, it may be destiny that brought you to this page, just as destiny brought me to meet Abbot Paul King of the HanMi Esoteric Buddhism School of Tibet. Paul thanks destiny for his trip to Hawaii in 1989, when he happened to meet Dharma King Master Yu, a living Buddha, ranked with the Dalai Lama. To take account of our busy lives, Master Yu devised a condensed, 15-minute meditation programme which has shown amazing results for

some westerners. It is a concentrated teaching experience said to be equivalent to seven to eight hours per day of meditation. As a result of that chance meeting, Paul was initiated into the HanMi teachings and is bringing them to Newark. “Whatever your experience, the 15-minute meditation programme will have a beneficial effect. You will definitely get a feeling of enhanced wellbeing – or maybe more,” says Paul. The value of meditation is now acknowledged in the West as a way of bringing peace and inspiration into our lives. l If you would like to learn this technique, contact Sara Chadd on (01636) 700752 or e-mail ccc3@

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Chuter Ede is growing strong If you have ever visited Chuter Ede Primary School, you will know what fabulous grounds the school has. It is extremely lucky in having large traditional playgrounds for the children to play on as well as a large grass field. Coupled with this, all the classrooms open out on to fantastic spaces that have been created by the children. Once a week, a talented gardener, Margaret Bruce, works with the children. They carry out maintenance to the grounds to ensure they stay looking fantastic, but they also tend the school’s vegetable allotment. This is in two forms – a traditional allotment using materials donated by Trent Valley Construction and in the World War II garden that the Year 5 pupils tend every year. Every week about 14 children stay with their parents or grandparents for the school’s gardening club. To date, they have sown, grown and harvested runner beans, peas, potatoes, carrots, pak choi, Swiss chard and finally – just in time for Halloween – pumpkins. These ingredients have been used in the after-school cooking club and for school lunches. Chuter Ede received funding to plant its own orchard of apple trees including Bramley, Scrumptious and Sunset. These will not only provide beautiful fruit, but as they grow will give much needed shade and habitat for wildlife. The pride of place, though, goes to the school’s bog and pond area. This is situated in a quiet, secure corner of the school field. The Ernest Cook Trust donated some money to allow vital equipment to be purchased so staff and children can use the area for pond dipping and wildlife hunting.

A fair trek ...

A Christmas gift fair was held on Saturday, November 26, at the Mount School, Newark, to raise money for the Beaumond House Sahara Trek. Products on offer included jewellery, gifts, accessories, sweet treats, bags, cards and artwork. Anyone interested in adding to the funds raised should contact Emma West on 07908 619014 or email her at Another Christmas fair was held by 1st Walesby Brownies on the same date at the village hall in New Hill.

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u Living Buddha ... Master Yu has devised a condensed 15-minute meditation programme.

PARKING outside schools remains a concern and Balderton Safer Neighbourhood Group heard at its meeting on November 3 that every option was being explored in an effort to alleviate the problem. The walking bus from the Chesters pub to Chuter Ede School is very effective, and the Co-op is willing to help with a similar scheme for the John Hunt School. Group chairman Councillor Walter Hurst agreed to contact the school to pursue this. Drink and drug-related anti-social behaviour remains fairly quiet in the area, although residents of Pinfold Lane are still finding empty alcohol containers in the street.

The PCSOs reported that the offroad team continued to have success in getting rid of the vehicles they caught. Great concern was expressed over the decision by the county council to remove bollards from the footpaths in Balderton. These have successfully deterred motorbikes from using the paths and the meeting heard that to take them away now made no sense. Anti-social behaviour on one of the estates was again discussed and the residents who attended the meeting were told that initiatives were being pursued to tackle this problem. l For crime reduction advice or to report a suspicious incident, call the police on the new number, 101.

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AD a lovely job last month – entertaining the RAC Ladies’ Luncheon Club in Epsom, Surrey, with my ‘Oprah Winfrey Touched My Elbow’ talk. The venue, Woodcote Park, is a lush country club set in 350 acres of parkland, and Diana Boulter of DBA Speakers had me booked in for an overnight stay (nice one, Diana). Next morning as dawn mists lifted from the Downs, I wandered through the grounds to reach the sports complex housing the 30-metre swimming pool. As back gardens go, it made Downton look downmarket. And the ladies later obliged me by laughing in all the right places. If only all jobs were like this. I will have to write another talk, just so I can wangle a return invitation. One thing puzzled me – the name on one room door, ‘Blink Bony’. What on earth was that about? A friendly concierge explained – rooms were named after famous racehorses. The only Google reference I could find on this one referred to a Blink Bonny (sic) who notched up 14 wins, but since this mare was born in 1854 it might explain the lack of web presence. That’s the thing about journalists, though, we’re incurably curious – as in nosy, not as in odd. Though we are that, too, of course.

Obama for Xmas A friend forwarded an email showing a placard at an American antiTea Party Rally. It was quite apt for Christmas. The message was: “Obama is not a brown-skinned, anti-war socialist who gives away free health care … You’re thinking of Jesus.”

Vintage Hendrix I FELT a burst of nostalgia popping in to see Clare Parker at her Vintage

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u There ain’t nothing like a dame, as another show famously mentioned, and former manager of Newark Waitrose Peter Gibbs certainly looks convinced as he figures out how to handle Widow Twankey (Antony Stuart-Hicks) during a visit by the cast of Palace panto Aladdin. Peter oversaw the £3m-plus refit of the Newark store during his year-anda-bit as manager but that challenge probably paled into insignificance compared to this one. Peter has now moved on to manage the Waitrose branch in Otley, near Leeds, and we all wish him well in his new post while welcoming his successor, Leigh Ford, to Newark ... At least Leigh now knows what he’s in for next year.

Editor at Large Vixen store. There’s a poster of Engelbert Humperdinck on the wall and Clare’s dad had just bought tickets to see him. I was never really a fan, but I did see Engelbert perform, on April 20, 1967, at the long-gone Lincoln ABC cinema. I can be precise about the date thanks to Google. Engelbert’s first number one Release Me was dropping down the charts at the time and he was second on the bill only to the Walker Brothers. Fourth down was Cat Stevens, and third was the real prize – the Jimi Hendrix Experience. This tour must surely be the only time Jimi ever played Wild Thing with his teeth on the same bill as Engelbert, but these rather wonderful mixed-bag one-nighters were common then.

The little pic (left) is proof – Jimi, Cat, Walker Brother Gary Leeds and Engelbert himself, pictured at the Finsbury Park Astoria.

Book of the month Colleen McCullough – The Touch (Arrow Books, £7.99). A good rollicking read to last you through Christmas – a 639-page saga from the author of The Thorn Birds, following the life and loves of a single-minded Scotsman who leaves home in the 1870s. In Australia, his talent for engineering and sniffing out gold makes him fabulously rich, but money can’t buy the love of his child bride. The story is compelling and, initially at least, Colleen’s detailed research is hugely impressive – teaching


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Tipple tip Local expert Ann Hayes of Ann et Vin recommends her Christmas

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AST year saw The Grove School in Balderton produce its version of hit West End musical We Will Rock You to rave reviews. This year the school hopes to match this success with its version of Fame. Head of drama Ally Sadler described Fame as “a rollercoaster ride through the dreams and disappointments” of star-struck pupils at New York’s School for the Performing Arts. “From audition to graduation the show follows the pupils’ journeys into the limelight, through pleasure, pain discovery and loss. Romances and friendships develop as the story makes a social statement.”

Richard Keeling reports on the preparations for The Grove School’s forthcoming production

The decision to perform Fame was made in June last year and auditions for parts began almost as soon as the school returned from the summer holidays, with rehearsals starting shortly afterwards. Some of the pupils are experiencing a role-reversal by playing the parts of the teachers. Around 75 pupils, aged from 11 to

18, are involved in the production. Past shows from the school have included Les Miserables, Grease and Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Ally said they chose Fame as they “needed a show that combined dance, drama and music and that would reach out to the young people of The Grove School”.

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HIS year’s Newark’s Got Talent winner, veteran singer Al Cotton, joked that the first thing he’d buy after his success would be a zimmer frame. Al, 70, was handed the crown after winning the most votes from the audience and gaining plaudits from the judges, including Catherine Davey admitting that Al was her “guilty pleasure”. A full house at the Palace enjoyed the fifth annual contest on November 6, organised by Martin Seymour, with judges Tom Gribby, Lynn Baker, Justin Baker-Smith, Susie Chambers and Catherine Davey. Thirteen acts took to the stage, including singers, dancers and even magician Billy Fearon, whose card tricks gained him third place. This year’s runners-up were street dance trio AYD, who performed to loud cheers from the audience. The trio, who have been dancing together for the past year, combined several tracks and created their routine in just under a month. AYD, which stands for Achieve Your Dreams, said on the night: “We create moves by dancing in a way no one else has done before.” Winner Al was taken aback by his victory and by the cheers from the audience. “I’m shocked,

u He’s top talent ... Al Cotton was described by one judge as her ‘guilty pleasure’.

I can’t believe it!” Al told host Howard Newport after his win. “I’ve been singing since I retired,” said Al, from Honington, Lincolnshire. “I took part in Newark’s Got Talent just for the enjoyment – I honestly never thought that I would win. My dream would be sing with Frank Sinatra. He’s a true legend, and that’s why I sang My Way at the final. I just enjoy being on stage, that’s why I took part in the show.” Contest organiser Martin Seymour commented: “It was a great night, with a worthy winner. It’s great to see all the acts all come together at the final and respect each other’s talents.”

Head judge Tom Gribby said: “All the contestants raised their game for the final. Anyone could have won – it was a truly open contest. But Al was a much-deserved winner.” Martin added: “The show is a platform for any type of artist to showcase their talent on a large, professional stage, in front of an enthusiastic audience. It’s getting more rare for local artists to perform at the Palace, which is a shame as there is a lot of hidden talent in Newark and the surrounding areas.” Plans are already in place for next year’s event, with details being revealed early next year. “It’ll be bigger and better,” said Martin.

Hospital volunteers honoured THREE volunteers who between them have helped out at Newark Hospital for a total of 80 years have been presented with long-service awards. Barbara Mabbott, who works on the voluntary help desk, has devoted 30 years to assisting patients, visitors and staff. And two volunteers at the outpatients’ tea bar, Joan North and Ruth Pilkington, have each put in 25 years’ service. They were among 38 volunteers presented with long-service medals by trust chairman Tracy Doucét at the Town Hall on Thursday, November 3. The Town Mayor of Newark, Councillor Bryan Richardson,

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attended the celebration, together with many of the hospital’s senior managers and board of directors. Newark Hospital has the support of over 235 volunteers working in various sections, including outpatient clinics, chaplaincy and tea bars – which the hospital is proud to acknowledge represents one of the strongest local support networks across the whole region in relation to the population it serves. Also presented with awards were: 15 years: Jo Baldwin, Cynthia Cox, Thelma Footitt, Maureen Glossop, Jean Loftus, Phyllis Parr (Mary Taylor coffee lounge), Joyce Bateman, Ursula Clifton, Janet Gillespie, Mary Jones, Jean Peet, Enid Stanwell, Marian Wright

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(voluntary help desk), Cate Fenlon (voluntary help desk and Mary Taylor coffee lounge), Gillian Howell (outpatients’ department), Josephine Tyndall (chaplaincy department), Rosemary White (assists with the flowers). 10 years: Joan Barker, Christine Broughton, Mary Forman (outpatients’ tea bar), Michael Bavin, Jean Scotney, Judith Senior (Mary Taylor coffee lounge), Eileen Bettney (Mercia Doughty pre-op assessment centre), Joan Ford (voluntary help desk and podiatry department), Pam Weir (outpatients’ department assisting on the fracture clinic). 5 years: Patricia Allen (Mercia Doughty pre-op assessment

centre), June Bayes, Barbara Wilcox (outpatients’ tea bar and Mary Taylor coffee lounge), Juliet Burt, Betty Dobbs (Mary Taylor coffee lounge), Pearl Fuller (Mary Taylor coffee lounge and helps with the flowers), Evelyn Golland (assists with the flowers), June Porter (voluntary help desk), Bruce Rhinds (voluntary help desk, outpatients’ tea bar, Mary Taylor coffee lounge and podiatry department). l For information about volunteering opportunities at Newark Hospital contact Nadia Whitworth in the customer services department on 01636 685692 or e-mail nadia.

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f SAGITTARIUS November 22 - December 21

It’s been an exhausting year but you can now enjoy the fruits of your labours. Have a harmonious Christmas. You are one of the more secure signs of the zodiac as the New Year dawns.

g CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20 Workaholic Capricorns can enjoy an oasis of calm as they embark on a successful new venture. Partners are unexpectedly supportive.

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The secret to making progress with a new project is to get the team on board first. Diplomacy rules. Take stock of your romantic situation: maybe better the devil you know.

i PISCES February 19 - March 20 Luck favours a community project and you are just the sign to win friends and influence people now, so go for it. While you are doing your field research you will take someone’s fancy. ^ ARIES March 21 - April 20

You seem to be between a rock and a hard place financially. Delay major decisions until around November 27. The New Year looks happier but patience is advised on a career matter.

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Everything you have worked for this year has come to a satisfactory conclusion. Time to look for pastures new with a clear conscience – or a new project in familiar surroundings.

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You are rewarded for your hard work at last. Take advantage of your new-found popularity to swing a promotion. You seem to be indispensable – not just at work either. Enjoy.

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rayton Manor Theme Park’s Magical Christmas offers a great day out for families from the Newark area – and we have a family ticket to admit four people, worth £64, to give away in our simple festive quiz. Magical Christmas runs from November 26 to January 2. Featured attractions include Thomas Land, Drayton Manor Zoo, 4D Cinema, the Ben 10 Rollercoaster, the Big Wheel, Carousel and Jolly Buccaneer, plus the hotel and the Grill Inn. Thomas Land itself features over 20 rides and attractions and will be adorned with Christmas trees and lights as well as snow three times a day, with festive music playing in the background. Rides include Cranky’s Drop Tower, the Troublesome Trucks Coaster and the Blue Mountain Engines ride. There’s also a café and huge Thomas Land shop, while the zoo has more than 100 species from around the world such as tigers and other big cats, reptiles, birds of prey, monkeys and primates. New this year will be Santa’s Magical Workshop, where

children meet Jack Frost and his penguin friend Archie, who tells the story of the flying reindeer before the children share their Christmas wishes with the Ice Princess. Children then get to see Santa and his elf, Humphry, hard at work making toys in their workshop. Boys and girls aged nine and under will receive a free gift, too… if they’ve been good! Another new offering will be festive food stalls where visitors can enjoy cinnamon doughnuts, soups or bratwurst hot dogs, washed down with hot chocolate or gluhwein. The Staffordshire theme park is also looking for school choirs, singing groups and carollers to perform during its Christmas event. A different choir could perform every day from November 26 to January 2. Volunteer carollers should contact marketing officer Adel Aljaedy by emailing adelaljaedy@ to arrange an audition. The group will receive free entry into the park, so, in addition to performing three carol sessions around the Christmas tree, they get to enjoy all the rides and attractions on offer. Family members of the singers will also be able to enter at the reduced price of £14. l Quiz question: What is the name of Jack Frost’s penguin friend in Thomas Land? Please email your answer and contact details to editor@ livinglocalnewspapers. by December 14.


This is me and my new friend Cooper. I take him everywhere, and when my mummy reads me Cooper’s special storybooks, he joins in reading, too, which makes me laugh as he is so cute. In his stories, Cooper has lots of fun and uses his imagination just as I do when we play together. l For more on Cooper the interactive story buddy, see the Hallmark feature on pages 16/17

THEY’RE ON TO A WINNER WITH US n FIND THE OWLS The winner of last month’s Find the Owls competition was Monica Lawrence, of Newark, who wins a family meal for four from the two-for-one menu at the Tawny Owl in Fernwood. Please claim your prize, Monica, by emailing editor@ or by calling 01636 703226. n FESTIVAL OF PRIDE Winners of our competition for tickets to the Festival of Pride food festival at Newark

Showground were Derrick and Margaret Lewis, of Loveden Close, Balderton. n FACEPAINTING Our online poll in the GoPhotography facepainting competition (www.livinglocal was won by Amber Heath, whose family wins admission to the star-studded Palace panto press night (December 9). Please email or call us on 01636 703226 to claim your prize.

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Poles keep true taste of the past

u From top: Barszcz (beetroot soup), makowiec (poppy seed cakes) and bigos (meat and cabbage stew).


inding out about a typical Polish family Christmas and the food and traditions that go with it was simply fascinating. We tend to think of Christmas as a time u Polish Christmas past in Newark – (left to right) Bozena Meszko, sister Danuta, to indulge in rich foods and treats, but one of Daniel Dogiel, Pawel Meszco and Mateusz Dogiel with his mum Agnieszka. the most important foods for a Polish family has more to do with nourishing the spirit than the Inset: Danuta, Daniel, Mateusz and Agnieszka ready for Christmas 2011. body. foods at Bocian Polish Food Store on Albert turkey. The traditional dish is a hearty meat and These are wafers imported from Poland – large, the women prepare in the kitchen and the father decorates the Christmas tree with the children. Street or the Maja Deli on Barnbygate, while a cabbage stew called bigos, and while Christmas white rectangles embossed with scenes depicting We wait for the first star in the sky before we more recent opening has been the bustling Eden Eve is for close family, Christmas Day is for Christ’s birth, reflecting, too, the religious ritual start to eat, between five and six o’clock.” store on Appletongate. visiting friends and being sociable, “like your that underpins the Catholic Mass. Boxing Day”, says Daniel. “It’s really exciting for the children, too, as Other dishes might include beetroot soup Their significance was explained to me by Agnieszka and Daniel, who works at the it’s this day that we put the presents under the (barszcz – like the Russian borscht), dumplings Daniel Dogiel and his wife Agnieszka, who had Laurens Patisseries, came to Newark about six Christmas tree and open them,” adds Agnieszka. with sauerkraut and mushrooms and lots of kindly invited me join them in their immaculate years ago and more family members followed, home-made cakes (ciasta) and desserts. home in Newark, along with son Mateusz, 5, and Despite all the food preparation, this is seen including mum Danuta and her husband and Agnieszka’s mother Danuta. Poppy seed cakes with sultanas (makowiec), as a day of fasting rather than Danuta’s sister Bozena. gingerbread with honey (piernik) and chocolate, feasting, because they eat no meat “For us, the wafers are very The family attends Mass three days running vanilla or fruit-topped cheesecake (sernik) are and drink no alcohol on Christmas important. Usually people try to and in all of this there’s no mention of shopping popular choices. Eve, at least not until after the bring them from Poland,” says online over Christmas, dashing around Boxing family has attended Midnight Daniel. “Every lady likes to make something Day sales or any of that madness. Mass. No one goes hungry, though, special which is from her, not bought from a “Every person must share a In some ways it seems more akin to how including passing strangers. “It’s supermarket, so that in every house, every cake wafer with ever other person and Christmas was in Britain 50 years or more ago, traditional that there must be 12 is different,” says Daniel. give their best wishes for the next when families did things together instead of dishes on the table and you must year. Usually we start with the Straw is put under place mats “because when peeling off to play computer games and such. I taste every dish,” says Daniel. oldest person there, trying to show Jesus was born he was laid on this. And after must admit, it sounds hugely appealing. “Before we start the 12 dishes we respect.” supper we never clear the table share the wafers and then sing – so that if anyone comes they Showing love and respect for Christmas carols. can feed all the pets.” our elders seems to have rather “And however many people you gone out of fashion in Britain, but Feed the pets? Did I hear that I was already beginning to feel the u Detail from a Polish invite, you always set one place right? Seems so – in Poland extra, in case a poor and hungry warm glow of Polish family life at Christmas wafer. it’s a traditional belief that on person comes to the door. This Christmas, which for them retains this day animals can speak tradition comes from the Bible, I think.” much more spiritual significance than for many like humans, the nearest thing Fresh carp, boiled then fried and served with native Brits. I guess to leaving mince pies vegetables, is the centrepiece of the 12 dishes, for Santa and his reindeer. The wafers are eaten and exchanged on and with Newark now well served with Polish, “But we’ve never heard them Christmas Eve, the key day of Christmas for Lithuanian or Eastern European shops, the talking,” smiles Agnieszka. Polish families. “For us Christmas Eve is very family can buy what they need right here. important and we prepare a lot of dishes for On Christmas Day itself u Newark’s Eden Polish food store on Appletongate. that,” says Daniel.“It’s traditional that all day Agnieszka and family tend to shop for Polish there’s still no rush to roast a

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Raspberry ful de OR many people, myself included, Christmas lunch wouldn’t be complete without a generous helping of rich, dark pudding, flamed at the table and served with lashings of custard, cream or brandy butter, writes June Rowlands. But if you’re looking for a lighter alternative to follow the traditional “turkey and all the trimmings”, here’s home economist Teresa Bovey’s recipe for a simple yet sophisticated dessert which can trace its roots back to Tudor times. Serve your lemon syllabub with biscotti – little Italian biscuits which are hard and crunchy because they’re

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twice-cooked (‘bis’ is Italian for twice and ‘cotti’ for cooked). Also known as cantuccini, they were originally made at the beginning of the 19th century with aniseed and almonds; there are now lots of different flavour combinations available and you’ll find them in most supermarkets. But, for an extra festive touch, why not try making Teresa’s special Christmas version, which uses slightly less sugar and no fat? Any dried fruit or nuts can be substituted and try adding a teaspoon of mixed spice to the recipe, too, if you like.

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To make the biscotti l Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/ Gas 4. l Place the flour, baking powder, lemon rind and sugar into a large bowl and mix well. l Stir in the eggs, dried fruit and nuts and mix well. l Divide the dough into 3 pieces and roll each piece into a sausage shape about 12in x 2in (30cm x 5cm). The

mixture will be slightly wet and sticky. Cook’s tip – using wet hands makes the dough easier to roll. l Place on to a baking sheet which has been lined with non-stick baking paper. l Bake for 25 minutes, remove from the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes. l Reduce the oven temperature to 160C/325F/Gas 3. l Cut each sausage shape diagonally into 8 to 9 pieces. Place back on to the baking sheet and bake for a further 12 to 15 minutes. Leave to cool, then

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To make the syllabub l Thinly peel the lemon and squeeze out the juice. l In a small saucepan, gently heat the wine, lemon juice, rind, and sugar for 3 to 4 minutes, then cool and leave to infuse for 2 to 3 hours. l Strain the mixture into a bowl, add the double cream and whisk with an electric mixer until the mixture is thick and just holds its shape. l Pour into espresso cups, decorate with raspberries, lemon zest and mint and serve with the biscotti.

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ifting through the exotic variety not a ‘session’ beer at that sort of strength. by Graham Keal of beers in Newark’s Real Ale But that’s the thing with a lot of these Store in Kirkgate was really just 20 beers. They are more satisfying because minutes of pure self-indulgence, you’ve got the depth of flavour, so you with strong malt flavours, good bitterness masquerading as work. It also solved don’t have to be quaffing pints and pints.” and gentle hops. one of the most difficult Christmas gift Other eye-catching examples include “If you’re wanting something lighter, conundrums – what to give “the man who Wentwell, a new micro-brewery near then Prior’s Gold from the Prior’s Well has everything”. Derby which uses old family photos for brewery in Clumber Park (£2.25, 500ml, Most of us have one or two of those 4.7%) is a lovely golden ale, very crisp and labels. “One’s called Barrel Organ Blues to buy for, but unless he already has (£2.45, 500ml, 4.5%) – and that’s actually refreshing,” says Richard. everything from Trembling Rabbit beer, the head brewer’s grandfather on the barrel The exotic or enticing possibilities go made by Poacher’s Brewery at North organ.” on and on. “We’ve got around 70 different Hykeham, near Lincoln, to Hazelnut Grandad resorted to the barrel organ beers in from breweries around the area, Coffee Porter (a “smooth dark red when he couldn’t get work as a tailor, including Milestone Brewery in beer with coffee and syrup adding which may explain why he’s playing the Cromwell, the Maypole Brewery depth and richness to its natural dark blues. at Eakring, Oldershaw’s from malty character”) from the Saltaire Grantham, and the Magpie Brewery Then there’s Cleopatra (£2.35, 500ml, Brewery, there is definitely stuff here in Nottingham. There are some 5%), “a complex beer with a hint of apricot which ‘the man who has’ hasn’t got, very good ones around. A lot of the and a subtle bitterness” from Derventio and might relish. breweries will bring out Christmas Brewery, named after an old Roman fort I also put shop owner Richard beers so we will be getting those in. near Ashbourne. Banks (a good old brewing name) “And we’ve got beers from the Or Dorothy Goodbody’s Golden Ale on the spot by asking him to Orkney Islands right down to (£2.95, 500ml, 4.2%) complete with recommend one or two beers as a Cornwall.” Marilyn Monroe lookalike in a pin-up pose good accompaniment to Christmas There’s even a smattering of craft on the label. What man could resist? turkey and all the trimmings. beers from America – “I think I’d go for something quite “they’re doing fantastic dark and malty,” said Richard, “like stuff, really interesting,” the Belvoir Brewery’s Old Dalby, says Richard. Proof on from Leicestershire” (£2.60 for u Strong the shelves includes 500ml, 5.1%). The brewery describes stuff ... Black Chocolate Stout, this as “a rich, smooth, ruby red this US looking glossy and strong ale with roasted flavours and a stout Christmassy with its complex, warming character”. is 10% black and gold label, Richard’s alternatives include proof. a beer “pitch black in “the Flipside Brewery’s beer along colour with a rich roasted the same lines, The Flipping Best (£2.45, flavour” and a massive 10% 500ml, 4.6%), which comes from Colwick alcohol. Fortunately, the bottle in Nottingham.” contains just 355ml (£3.15). u Ale and hearty ... the store in Kirkgate. This is a traditional dark brown best bitter “You have to be careful – it’s

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unique service. Available until the 24th December 2011. Valid until 30th November 2012 only.

for just

£28.00 per person

When booking your preferred date quote private dining voucher. Minimum booking of 6 people

For more information about these exclusive offers or to book a table in our restaurant please call 0845 8800 859/01636 605214


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The White Swan Christmas Party From

Thursday, 1st December, 2011



Make this Christmas extra special by sitting back and relaxing


Friday, 23rd December 2011

4 Courses for £19.95 Festive Offer 1 in 10 Eat FREE


The White Swan, 50 Northgate, Newark. NG24 1HF

Tel: 01636 704700

Curry & Drink for 2 only £11 at the

Tawny Owl, Fernwood






*Promotion excludes Guinness

All dishes served with Naan Bread, Poppadum, Mango Chutney, Rice and Chips.

It’s all in the best possible taste Living Local and our vibrant, redesigned website are the places to advertise your local restaurant, takeaway, food store or food product. At Living Local we understand good food, and we love local good food better than anything. Our readers savour our restaurant

reviews, and our website generates thousands of visitors. So why not get your restaurant in the news or put your takeaway menu on line and in view? It costs much less than you think! n For more information contact Stephanie on 07756 703226 or email



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Discover fine dining at Cutlers this Christmas...

Enjoy the difference! Served from Saturday the 3rd of December until Wednesday the 21st of December

First Course

Choose from our delicious menu offering: Starters • Tandoori Bread • Tandoori Dishes Tandoori Masala Dishes • Biryani Dishes Meat, Chicken and Prawn Dishes Vegetable Side Dishes • Sundries

Asha Special Dishes Zeera Khori Gosth Khari Murgi Nawabi Tandoori Masala Venison (Deer) Specialities Heran Tikka Specialities Tava Chiken

House Specialities Shahi Gosh Turka Shahi Murgiturka Shahi Jhinga Tandoori Masala (Lobster) House Special Biryani

Stodman Street, Newark, Notts. Open seven days a week

12 noon-2.30pm 6pm-11.30pm Established 1986

Call for a reservation or to order your takeaway

01636 702870 / 676110

Butternut Squash Soup - finished with julienne of apple Red Onion and Marmalade Tartlet - topped with Cropwell Bishop Chilled Fantail of Melon - tropical fruits and lemon sorbet Chicken Liver and Pork Terrine - Victorian chutney and warm toast Prawn, Satsuma and Walnut Salad - sweet chilli mayonnaise

Main Course Roast Saddle of Turkey - with traditional yuletide accompaniments Braised Blade of Beef - Guinness gravy, creamed potatoes and wild mushrooms Pan Fried Duck Breast - red plum and port sauce Poached Supreme of Salmon - white wine and dill sauce Fresh Vegetable Fajita - roquette and cucumber salad all served with a selection of freshly prepared vegetables and potatoes

Dessert Christmas Pudding with rum sauce Chocolate and Grand Marnier Crème Brulee with amaretti biscuits Whole Pear Poached in Spiced Mulled Wine served chilled with vanilla ice cream Mango and Passion Fruit Cheesecake set on a tropical fruit coulis Mature Cheddar, Brie and Cropwell Bishop Stilton with date and walnut loaf, biscuits, crisp celery and grapes Coffee and Petits Fours


Cutlers Sunday Festive Fayre Lunch £25.95 4th, 11th and 18th of December (other lunch dates are available on request)

We also cater for private parties for up to 40 guests



r e s t a u r a n t

Please call Tom, Sandra or Gabor on 01636 703399 to make your reservation.

visit to find out more about the award winning Hotel and Restaurant situated in the heart of the town. Experience our impeccable customer service and warm welcome.

We even have lots of free parking


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Fernwood Village Hall Presents

SchoolReunion School Reunion A New Year's Eve Party

New Year’s Eve Party at the

Fancy Dress with parents dressed as school kids and kids dressed as teachers!

Adults £7.50 Children £2.50 Family £16.00 (2x Adults and 2x Children)

restaurant & bar

The Place to be seen!

70s, 80s & 90s Music Glass of Bubbles on arrival Fireworks at Midnight Games from days gone by Bar Open until 2am School Dinners Quiet room with bean bags, showing films etc

Entry £5

DJ and Drinks Promotions all night until 2am Be the best-dressed Hollywood Guys and Dolls character and win a prize! Optional buffet available for an extra £8.00 per person

New Year Fun for the whole family!

Telephone: 01636 611118

34 Castlegate, Newark, NG24 1BG

NEW YEAR’S EVE is a family time at the

Tawny Owl Fernwood

Disco Hot and Cold Buffet all included in the ticket price


This event is ticket only so hurry! - Get your ticket soon. Call

01636 703765 and ask for

Shirley or Hannah

Adults £1 Children £ 2.50 Children u 5.00 5's are F nder REE

William Hall Way, Fernwood NG24 3NG

Telephone: 01636 703765 Email:

There’s still time to advertise your New Year event – do it it online with Email steph@livinglocal or call 07756 026973



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Enjoying Onjance, by night...


IRST thing to savour when you step inside Onjance 1, Newark’s luxurious new restaurant and day café, is not the food but the décor. The Castlegate restaurant has an opulent interior in which the low beamed ceilings and quirky architecture of the centuries-old building contrast with the ultramodern luxury furnishings. Squishy sofas and high-backed dining chairs in soft cream leather, reflective metallic wall coverings, sophisticated mood lighting and sumptuous carpeting give the restaurant a special appeal before you even glance at the menu. The labyrinthine series of upstairs and downstairs rooms provide intimate spaces for a romantic dinner. Downstairs offers a livelier buzz, or you can book the private room for fine dining for your celebration or business dinner. Owners Alison Allwood and Chris McCleod were helped to realise their vision for Onjance by Ian Kay of No 16 Interiors. Alison had been nurturing the concept for several years as a way to build on her 14 years of success at the Trivet coffee bar in Chain Lane. The new restaurant and day café is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 9.30pm – or later for drinks.


he unique name came courtesy of Chris’s three-year-old daughter. The business partners wanted an original name suggesting colour, and when Maya asked for orange juice it came out as ‘Onjance’. Result! Settling in downstairs, we chose from five starters – fresh mussels in a thick wine and garlic reduction with dipping breads, spiced pumpkin, chicken and jalapeno soup, Romano stuffed peppers with chilli jam and Mediterranean salad, goat’s cheese with black pudding, onion chutney, rocket and balsamic dressing, or seasonal pâté with

Living Local spotlight on u The opulent interior gives Onjance special appeal. Pictures: Lee Bryan Images sweet onion marmalade, rocket and toasted brioche. We shared one pâté – a good move because we do like to save room for dessert, and the portion was generous. The smooth, savoury pâté was neatly offset by the sweet onion marmalade, while the brown brioche was lovely – crispy on the outside, softly yielding inside and with a nutty flavour. Rocket and balsamic to garnish. Perfect. Seven main courses ranged from slow-baked Mediterranean vegetable moussaka topped with Lincolnshire Poacher cheese and served with garlic ciabatta, or hearty minted lamb stew with a hint of chilli served with creamy buttered mash and dipping breads, both £14.95, through to a prime 8oz fillet of beef with a brandy, mushroom and peppercorn sauce with a hint of chilli, served with dauphinoise potatoes, whole Chantilly carrots and purple sprouting broccoli (£22.95). I went for the beef fillet and was rewarded by a beautifully seared

medium steak with bags of flavour. Being a brute when it comes to seasoning, I’d have welcomed more peppercorns in there, but the dish worked very well with the creamy inside, crispy outside dauphinoise potatoes. My other half was torn between tender pork fillet cooked in an apple and cider reduction or panfried chicken breast cooked with an applewood smoked Cheddar reduction, with baby buttered potatoes and fresh veg. Both were £17.95. The chicken breast won and was moist and generous, while accompanying veg on the night were perfectly-cooked carrots and an appealingly glossy mound of fine beans. Nice.


he wine list starts at £12.95 which gets you buttery Chilean chardonnay, a mellow Chilean merlot or a Californian Zinfandel rosé. We chose Les Deux Brasseurs (£17.50), a deliciously soft 2006 claret with lots of blackcurrant notes, a touch drier than most New World rivals, which suits us. If you really want to splash out, Champagnes start at £29.95 and run all the way to celebrity favourite Krug at £175. Having already heard women’s editor June Rowlands’ rave reaction to the velvet truffle cake, that had to be one of the dessert choices (all £5.95). Expectations were high and the truffle cake really delivered – lush, dense, intensely chocolatey

yet not cloying, garnished with strawberry and maple syrup swirls and served with a shot glass of cream. I had the lemon posset slice – a variation on the familiar cream, sugar and lemon dessert, taking those ingredients and blending them into a wonderfully moist lemon cake, garnished with strawberry, a shot glass

of cream and maple syrup. Lovely. Alison plans a tempting new range of cakes and desserts in the run-up to Christmas, so watch for those. Two ‘Illy’ black coffees were hot and strong, just how we like it, served in stylish cups on quirky off-centre saucers.


... and by day Earlier in the week, Living Local founder Steph Bilton and I joined shoppers taking a break for lunch in the Onjance day café. One of the oldest buildings in Newark, it retains many original features, with the furniture and decor adding a sophisticated touch to the setting. At £6.95, my choice of a wholemeal open sandwich with griddled bacon, melted mozzarella and fresh tomatoes on a bed of seasonal leaves was topped with mustard mayonnaise, while Steph went for Sibley’s sausage with griddled tomato and melted

Cheddar cheese on a muffin, at £4.99. Beautifully prepared and presented, the portions were generous without being overwhelming for two ‘ladies who lunch’. Unfortunately, neither of us had room for dessert. Having called in for coffee a few days before, I knew exactly what we were missing – the velvet chocolate truffle cake is a chocoholic’s dream, the best I’ve ever tasted. So now we’ve got the perfect excuse, if one were needed, to make a return visit for afternoon tea!


Daytime Café Mon, Tues and Thurs From 9.30am Weds, Fri and Sat From 8.30am

Day Café  Evening Fine Dining  Lounge Bar The new restaurant and day café is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 9.30pm – or later for drinks. 57-59 Castlegate  Newark  Notts

NG24 1BE

Tel: 01636 700716

Evening Dining Mon to Sat 6.30pm-9.30pm Open til late after dining times


Living Local u Left: Clockwise from high chair, happy customers Georgia Dixon, 12 months, mother Melinda Dixon, sister Emily, two-anda-half, James Tall, three, and mum Ruth, Maya Swain, two, and mum Deanne, and Marion FoxGoddard with baby Edgar, five months, and son Hugh, three-anda-half.

Serving up community spirit on a plate


nyone wanting to escape the winter chill can find a warm welcome and good company at Newark’s innovative Roots ‘n’ Fruits Community Café, not to mention home-cooked food at low prices. The café opens on Tuesdays (9am4pm) in term time at Charles Street Methodist Church and is entirely staffed by volunteers, all gathered together by Charles Street resident Heike Fust. “This area here is so densely populated but there was nowhere to go to meet people, you had to walk in to town,” said Heike. So she and friends Harriet Cockayne and Alison Court, later joined by Hannah Leese, provided a place where people could eat as well as meet. They have ambitious plans to broaden the scope by providing classes where people can learn new skills in arts and crafts, gardening, languages and more. The menu is vegetarian, mainly because fruit and veg are easier to source and store than meat or fish. “We just put the emphasis on healthy, local, home-grown foods, in a place where people can meet not just for food but to get to know each other,” says Heike, who originally


comes from the Dortmund area of Germany. A £6,000 grant from National Lottery’s Rewards For All community fund helped set them up, funding a website ( and enabling them to produce locally printed flyers, posters and business cards, along with uniforms with logos printed by Newark Embroidery Services. The menu certainly looked tempting – and the place was buzzing when Living Local dropped in for lunch and a chat. Dishes available included carrot and ginger soup (£1.50), Jamaican black bean pot with couscous and salad (£3.50), and fruit crumble (£1.50). The lovely home-made bread had been donated by Harcourt Street supporter Ruth McIntosh. Home-made cakes – Heike’s toffee apple upside-down cake came highly recommended – were just 50p to £1, and alternatives on the day included double chocolate cake, assorted muffins, Victoria sponge and more, so

u Heike Fust (left) with fellow-volunteers Hannah Leese (centre) and Harriet Cockayne. Pictures: Alan Hudson.

a coffee (£1) and a cake is affordable for almost everyone. Diners and supporters bring in surplus produce from gardens and allotments, and people donate cakes and other gifts for the café to sell. Once costs are paid, any extra income goes back into the project or the community. Heike again: “Every three months we pick a local charity, so this month we are writing a cheque for £100 for Sue’s Place. And then we are going to take another less well-known local charity. “We’re planning a soup kitchen for the homeless and needy before Christmas as well but we need to find out where the need is first. “Anybody can help us in any way they can, and they do. People bake for us, they come and wash up … It’s hard work but we have brought people together, and people who have maybe been out of a job for a long time come to volunteer and get their confidence back to go out there and do it.” All the volunteers involved in food preparation have gained hygiene

certificates which could also help gain paid employment. Young mums and their charges mixed with pensioners and passers-by on the day we went, with the mums listing the reasons they liked coming along – “good food”, “good value” and the fact that “they don’t mind rowdy kids” – though all the children behaved beautifully and were clearly enjoying their food.


here was also a posse of hungry cyclists who had pedalled in from Grantham. One of their number, David Ibberson, said they discovered the café 15 months earlier just when an urgent refueling stop was needed: “We found it by chance. One of the lads was ‘on his limit’ and he had to have some food, so when we saw the sign outside we piled in. “We’re not a club as such but we’re all 60-plus, we just meet up on a Tuesday morning and whichever way the wind’s blowing we usually ride into it until we come across a café. “When the wind’s in the right direction we come here. It’s great. It’s a lovely atmosphere, you’re always made welcome, the food’s good, and we really enjoy it.” The community café idea does seem

to be catching on. Heike modelled this one on a similar operation in Nottingham, and now another is being started in Lincoln using the Newark café as a model. In the long term, Heike and friends would like to turn the café into a social enterprise so that, while all profits would go back into the project, one or two people might have paid employment there, as in Nottingham. That could mean a move to larger premises. The café is entirely non-religious but everyone involved is very grateful for the support of Charles Street Methodist Church, whose recently appointed minister Philip Macdonald was lunching there, too. Meanwhile, there’s the Christmas dinner to plan. That was still on the drawing board when we visited, but last year diners (who had to book) enjoyed a feast of soup, a choice of mushroom and blue cheese tartlets or feta cheese and chestnut filo parcels, followed by chocolate roulade, homemade mince pies and coffee – all for £7.50. Best book early if you want to join in the next one. l For more information call Heike Fust on 07530 339128.


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T’S the most important meal of the year and even experienced cooks can be daunted by the challenge. But don’t despair – follow our countdown and you’ll all be sitting down to the perfect Christmas lunch.

Countdown to Christmas

hour to go ... Roast the chipolatas and put 1turkey. stuffing in the oven if it’s not cooking in the Remove the foil from the turkey for the

last 30 minutes to brown the skin. Get someone else to do the first round of washing up!

Peel potatoes, carrots and sprouts; put potatoes in a pan of salted water and store carrots and sprouts in a bag in the fridge. Defrost frozen turkey – in a fridge, about 10 to 12 hours per kg; in a cool room, three to four hours per kg, longer if the room is particularly cold; at normal room temperature (about 20C) two hours per kg. When it’s fully defrosted, put it in the fridge till you’re ready to cook it. Work out cooking time for the turkey – 45 minutes per kg plus 20 minutes if it’s under 4.5kg; 40 minutes per kg if it’s 4.5-6.5kg; and 35 minutes per kg if it’s over 6.5kg. Our countdown is based on a 5kg bird, so adjust timings accordingly.

minutes to go ... Remove the turkey 30 from the oven. Once you’re sure it’s cooked (it’s piping hot all the way through;

none of the meat is pink when you cut into the thickest part; any juices run clear when you pierce it) cover with foil and a tea towel to keep it warm.

to go ... Cook carrots and 20 minutes sprouts. minutes to go ... Skim fat from the 15 turkey juices, add chicken stock, a glass of red wine and a little cornflour to make the gravy. Taste and add a little water if necessary.

u On Christmas Day


hours to go ... Remove the turkey from 6 the fridge and allow it to reach room temperature.


hours to go ... Parboil potatoes for 10 2 minutes in salty water. Drain them, shake the pan to fluff up the edges, then roast in the oven for an hour and a half.

u On Christmas Eve

hours to go ... If you’re making your own stuffing, do it now. Wrap chipolatas in pieces of bacon and grill for 10 minutes.


the turkey but always clean worktops, chopping boards, dishes and utensils thoroughly after they have touched raw poultry.

rosemary, cover loosely with foil and put it in the oven now so it can rest for half an hour before it’s served. Baste it with its own juices every 30 minutes.

Carve the turkey, pull a cracker, put on a paper hat and enjoy your meal.

minutes later ... Microwave the 30 Christmas pudding and serve with cream, custard, brandy butter – or all three!

hours to go ... Stuff the turkey, fasten hour later ... Sit down, put your feet up, 1/ hours to go ... Preheat the oven to 4 the neck-end flap with a skewer and tie the hours to go ... Skewer the turkey all over 4 2 180C (350F, Gas Mark 4) and don’t 1 enjoy the well-earned compliments to the 3 to let excess fat run free and return to the legs together with kitchen string. Rub it with forget to remove the turkey giblets! The advice chef – and make sure someone else does that oven. from the Food Standards Agency is NOT to wash salt, pepper, olive or vegetable oil and thyme or final mountain of washing up.

A warm friendly welcome awaits you from all of the team at ...

restaurant & bar Sunday Lunch Menu Starters

Home made Soup of the Day £3.95 Chicken Liver Parfait £3.95 Marinaded Olives £2.95 Spiced Pineapple Carpaccio £4.95 Toasted Mushrooms £4.50


Roast Loin of Pork £7.95 Lemon and Thyme Roast Chicken £7.95 Roast Topside of Beef £8.95 Roast Lamb £8.95 Vegetarian Roast £4.95 OAP/Children only £4.95 All Served with Yorkshire Pudding, Sage Stuffing, seasonal vegetables, Roast Potatoes and delicious Gravy

And not so traditional...

Pan Fried Sea Bass Fillet £11.95 with Saffron and Lemon Potatoes and rustic Ratatouille Butternut Squash Risotto £10.00 Flavoured with Rosemary, Shallot and White Wine with glazed Goats Cheese


White Chocolate Crème Brulee £5.45 Dark Chocolate Terrine £5.45 Vanilla Panacotta £5.45 Home made Classic Tiramisu £5.45 Cheese Board £6.95 Ice Creams and Sorbets £1.50 per scoop

Same quality produce, just at great new prices. Come and enjoy our family friendly menus.


Sunday Lunch & Early Bird Prices

We are situated off the main road of Castlegate accessible through an archway with FREE PARKING or by foot from the footpath of the River Trent opposite the Lock with views of the Castle.

Early Bird Menu

5-7pm (Tuesday to Thursday) 4-6pm (Friday and Saturday)

2 courses £9.95

3 Courses £12.95


Soup of the Day Smoked Haddock Fish Cake Ham Hock Deep fried Lemon Scented Goats Cheese


Blade of Beef Salmon Fillet Pheasant Breast Wild Mushroom Risotto


Home made Sticky Puddings Roast Pecan and Honey Tart Selection of Ice Creams

Our Daily Lunchtime and A La Carte Menus are regularly changed for your enjoyment. Full menus are always on display. Telephone or call in to reserve your booking. We are looking forward to seeing you and your family.

Telephone: 01636 611118 34 Castlegate, Newark, NG24 1BG 


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‘Superstar’ superstore


carnival atmosphere lifted expectant crowds as they queued outside Asda’s new 36,000 foot, 24-hour Newark store when the day of its longawaited opening finally arrived on November 14. A giant panda, or someone dressed as an unusually slender giant panda, handed out chocolates, staff gave away mince pies and a woman in a giant robin costume added to the fun as people awaited the official cutting of the ribbon by Councillor Keith Sheppard, chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council. Balloons released in green and white Asda colours headed towards an even bigger balloon in the shape of a blimp high over the store, while inside a jazz band and a flute quartet played as Captain Jack Sparrow and assorted Pirates of the Caribbean (character

performers from a Derbyshire entertainment agency) cavorted around the aisles to give the opening a superstar flavour. Cllr Sheppard was accompanied by wife Sheila. Newark Town Mayor Bryan Richardson and his wife Pauline also officiated, and Asda colleagues Dawn Vann and Sara Mayfield joined in at the ribboncutting. Sara is a familiar and friendly figure to former Netto shoppers while Dawn was celebrated her 12th anniversary with Asda on the day. Two classes from Coddington Primary School and pupils from Chuter Ede School in Balderton were there after taking part in an Asdasponsored competition to draw a poster for the Newark Civil War trail. Joshua Hanstock, 9, won a £75 gift token to share with his Coddington

u Crowds snake around the building as the opening hour approaches. Picture: Phil Ulyatt, PA Photography

Happy Christmas to all our customers from Tony, Leigh and the team at Dry Clean-Plus and The Clock Tower, Slaughter House Lane, Bargate, Newark NG24 1ES

Telephone 01636 918184

classmates while runners-up Emily Grant, 10, from Chuter Ede, and Olivia-Jade Allen, 9, from Coddington Primary, each shared £25 tokens. Asda’s local ‘Community Colleague’ Andrea Jeffrey said: “It was a fantastic, lovely day and the atmosphere was brilliant.” Branch manager Chris Rafferty agreed. “We had a really good opening day and 9,620 people made a purchase.” But with many people shopping as families Chris put the actual numbers in store much higher. “We weren’t expecting so many people.” Shoppers arriving by car can see an electronic read-out on entry saying exactly how many spaces remain in the 430-space car park.

Alison Frederick, of Yorke Drive, Newark, tried the new store the day after the opening. “It’s a bit hectic in there but it’s nice and clean and the prices were good,” she said. “It was nice to see kids’ clothes in Newark at competitive prices.” Suzi Taylor, of Winchilsea Avenue, Newark, hadn’t shopped in an Asda for 15-20 years: “I thought it was very good. “Obviously, like any supermarket, it takes a bit of getting used to, to find your way around. Some things I buy were the same price and some were considerably cheaper than the main competition. Overall, I was not as impressed with their fruit and veg but there are one or two things I would go back for – aubergines were 65p when I usually pay 99p. All I hope and pray is that it brings more people into town.”


u Main picture: Cap’n Jack Sparrow and friends – alias performers from the Tru Entertainment agency – bring a film star touch to the opening. Top: Newark and Sherwood District Council chairman Keith Sheppard cuts the ribbon, watched by Asda staff and visiting dignitaries. Above: Poster competition winners Joshua Hanstock (centre) and Olivia-Jade Allen (left), both from Coddington Primary, plus Emily Grant, from Chuter Ede Primary School, with store manager Chris Rafferty. Asda’s regional marketing manager, Donna Bolton, was delighted with the turnout. “There was a nice queue waiting, all smiling and seeming happy, then happily buying things,” she said. Now the message is ‘Come to us at Christmas!’”

The team at Living Local would like to thank our readers, advertisers, columnists, contributors and distributors for your support and appreciation throughout 2011. We wish you all a very happy Christmas and a terrific New Year!



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The Newark Nativity

All set for a feast of family festivities C

u Holly Pickerill as Mary and Rhys Hawkins as Joseph in the Newark Nativity to be performed at the parish church on December 16-17.

hristmas in Newark promises to be a feast of fun, entertainment, retail therapy and spiritual renewal with a string of special events to lift the spirits and spread good cheer while keeping the town centre buzzing in the run-up to December 25. The Christmas Lights Switch-on kickstarted the celebrations on November 27 with the day’s charity and craft market opening at 11am and funfair rides too to attract early visitors. Live entertainment started with the winners of the schools’ carols competition taking to the stage. Newark’s Got Talent winner Al Cotton followed and attractions through the day included Newark and Mansfield Rock Choir, the Trent Chamber Academy (students from Newark Violin School), Newark Choral Society, local soul band Big Stuff, new boy band Eli Prime, headlining boy band Twenty Twenty, and the cast from Palace Theatre panto Aladdin. Newark Town Mayor Councillor Bryan Richardson and Newark and Sherwood chairman Councillor Keith Sheppard then switched on the lights and signalled the launch of the spectacular fireworks display.

The display was followed by the Community Carol Service at Newark Parish Church, St Mary Magdalene, which is, as you’d expect, a hive of activity for Advent. The fourth Newark Christmas Tree Festival runs there from December 3-11, culminating in carols and mulled wine at 6pm on the final day. More than 100 imaginatively and beautifully decorated trees from local businesses, community organisations and schools will be displayed amid the medieval magnificence of St Mary’s for the event, which made £5,000 last year. Admission is £2 (children 20p), all in aid of maintaining the church. The thousands of visitors will also find stalls selling Christmas gifts and cards, children’s toys and clothes, jewellery and more. Homemade refreshments, plus seasonal music including live choral singing, add to the magic. Main sponsors for the tree festival are Larken & Co and Ringrose Law, with many other firms and organisations in support, Living Local included. Howard Newport and Matt Colbourne host Carols in the Market Place on Sunday,


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u All spruced up ... St Mary Magdalene Church will stage the third annual Newark Christmas Tree Festival from December 3-11. Picture: Shawn Rabon. u Below: Rob McVeigh and Marshall Lancaster check out Aladdin’s magic lamp for the panto being staged at the Palace Theatre. And shoppers will be hoping some of the lamp’s magic rubs off on them with a competition where there’s £800 up for grabs.

December 4, organised by Newark Business Club trio June Rowlands, Rachel Mosedale and Stephanie Bilton, from 11.30am-3.30pm. Chuter Ede School Choir, Newark Choral Society and Newark Town Band will perform, Santa Claus will be there and the everyone is invited to come and sing along. Living Local’s Stephanie Bilton, the business club’s retail chairman, said: “We’re also asking people to bring presents for needy children on the day, labelled for a boy or a girl and the approximate age, so we give them to the right children. Or donors can take presents into the Newark Advertiser during the following week.” The business club has also invited retailers to come out of their shops and take a market stall on the day. Contact Steph on 07756 026973 for

details. “It’s nice to see the shops ready for Christmas,” said Steph. “And it’s great that 40 retailers have given £20 gift vouchers for Newark’s Christmas competition, so we have £800 in the prize pot – £400 for the first prize.” Shoppers have to look for panto hero Aladdin’s magic lamp in shop windows to have a chance to win the prizes. “Retailers are really getting behind Christmas in Newark and pulling together as a community,” says Steph. “We have the new Asda open now to attract more Christmas shoppers here, and retailers have to embrace the situation and use it to their best advantage.” Aladdin runs at the Palace from December 7-31, starring Bernie Clifton (see interview on

page 7), TV’s Marshall Lancaster and Rob McVeigh from Any Dream Will Do. Meanwhile, back at St Mary Magdalene Church on December 16-17, Newark Team Ministry presents the ‘prequel’ to last year’s successful Passion Play – The Newark Nativity.


olly Pickerill plays Mary and Rhys Hawkins is Joseph. Written and directed by Passion Play director James Pacey, 27, a verger at Southwell Minster, the Nativity is very much an ecumenical event with the cast coming from across the Christian denominations, and rehearsals taking place in the Team churches of Christ Church and St Leonard’s. “I was blown away by the support and success of the Passion,” says

James. “We raised over £2,500 for charity and brought new blood into the church. It is only right that we follow this up with something of equal scale, and what better than the greatest story ever told? “Just as with the Passion, our aim is to produce a play that appeals to both Christians and non-Christians alike. It is an attempt to explain the origins of Christ in an entertaining and powerful way.” Tickets are on sale in Newark Tourist Information Centre (655765) and St Mary’s vestry (706473), adults £4, under-11s £2. For further information, log on to l For a full report and video highlights of the lights switchon and associated events on November 27, go to www.

u Christmas Tree Festival organiser Olivia Blackburn is “thrilled with how the plans are unfolding” for this year’s event. “This festival seems poised for take-off, so that Newark can become well-known for its Christmas Tree Festival,” said Olivia. “It’s bigger and better than ever before – our target was 100 trees, up from 90 last year, and we have over 100 already, with 25 new participants. We’re also having many more stalls this year, so that visitors can do Christmas shopping alongside beautiful Christmas tree-viewing.”

Christmas Newark



Fabulous vouchers from the stores below!

1st Prize: £400 2nd Prize: £300 Sponsored by Newark Business Club 3rd Prize: £100

Instructions: Fly around Newark this Christmas and find the Aladdin’s lamps hidden in local retailers’ windows. For a chance to win all you have to do is visit the shops listed below, find the lamp and write the correct number on the form.

Shop name:

Lamp no:

Shop name:

Lamp no:

Shop name:

Lamp no:

Shop name:






Vintage Vixen

Boots Opticians

Ye Olde Sweet Shop Queen’s Court



Newfield’s Gallery

Fascinators of Design

The Arcade Sweet Shop

The Tanning shop

Newark Advertiser

Domino Fashion, Home & Gifts

Dry Clean Plus

Ann et Vin


Gannets Cafe

Honeytrap Lingerie

Just Beer


Heaven Hairdressers

The Palace Theatre





Rich Furnishings

WH Smith

The Moorings Restaurant

Rose and Peck

One Stop Cake Shop

No Angel

Gente Bella

Inizio Marks and Spencer G.H. Porter Provisions

Name: Telephone: Email:


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ITH a little encouragement many of us can produce our own masterpieces, and in the present climate, Make Do and Mend is a must. Having a background in art and design after leaving school with low grades, I pursued my love of the arts. This journey took me from college in Lincoln, studying fashion and textiles, to the lights of London, where I studied film and theatre design. Once I had graduated I went on to work for West End costume designers, but struggled to make ends meet and moved back to my family home in Newark. This is where the bend in the road came. I found myself in education for the next eight years,

Craft fair organiser and former West End costume designer Abi Davies is set to be a regular contributor to Living Local, so she introduces herself here and reflects on the success of her first craft fair, held in Newark Town Hall’s Georgian ballroom encouraging young people to follow their dreams and create their own paths, while all the time wanting to move back to my first love of art. So with redundancy on the cards, three months ago, after much

u Abi’s first craft fair attracted over 500 visitors.

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A research scientist by training, Christine’s precise eye and attention to detail now characterise her design work. Sourcing materials from the Scottish Highlands and local Antique Fairs, focusing on hand crafting bags, accessories and jewellery, she creates a fusion of classic quality and edgy style.

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prayer, I was back in the arts, organising events. My first, Abi Davies’ ‘A Christmas Fair’, was a great success and saw over 500 people come though the doors. I will be doing my next fair in the spring by popular demand, followed by a tea dance, so watch this space! In the regular column I will give step-by-step advice on making your own craft, and talking to local artists and crafters about theirs. So if you’d like to see your craft or shop featured here, I would love to hear from you. I have also started my own business hiring out vintage china for that special event or party, so if you would like to hire the collection please get in touch for a free consultation. l To contact Abi email abidavies. or call her on 07850 465871.

Christine’s work is available through Baxter’s of Newark and

If you’re a local crafter and you’d like to promote your work between now and Christmas you can advertise online with Email steph@ livinglocal newspapers. or call 07756 026973

u Right: Margareta and a portrait of her daughter. Above: Her depiction of a strelitzia or bird of paradise flower.

Her life in colours Balderton artist and retired teacher Margareta Padgett is “thrilled to bits” with the response to her first ever solo art exhibition, which finished its run at Newark’s Gilstrap Centre on November 27. “I’ve sold quite a few paintings and had so much lovely feedback that it has really inspired me and given me a lot of confidence,” said Margareta. “When you are fumbling around doing your own thing, you really don’t know whether it’s good or not.” The variety of subjects and styles was one factor that impressed visitors to the exhibition entitled People, Plants and Places. Family portraits were mixed with strikingly vivid pictures of exotic flowers, landscapes, seascapes and townscapes captured on family holidays over the years. Venice, Brittany, Cornwall, the

Suffolk marshes, Lindisfarne and a rustic Greek harbour are among the places depicted. Her next subject is closer to home – Kirkgate in Newark. “It’s quite challenging to get all the details of the buildings,” she says. Strong colours are a common denominator whether Margareta is working in oils or water colours, a vivid picture of a purple, orange and green strelitzia or bird of paradise flower being a case in point. “I haven’t really got a style,” says Margareta modestly. “The subject matter dictates to me whether it’s going to be oils or a watercolour, and colour and light are important to me. I like light effects.” Margareta has been painting and drawing since childhood and is a member of Winthorpe Art Group.


Market’s key role Living Local spotlight on NEWARK MARKET and helping to secure its future. With two retail outlets of his own, Cllr Laughton said he had an empathy with retailers and traders. “I felt it was absolutely essential that we as a council show our commitment to Newark market and to retail in Newark. “It is extremely important that as a district council we engage (with the market) and with the county council.” He said he had been working closely with district councillor Peter Duncan, who is also a retailer as co-owner of Ann et Vin, and county councillor Keith Girling. “And the council has already had a stall on Newark market which I attended with the leader to talk to the people who are using Newark market, because we recognise the need for vibrancy in the town – and the market can lead in that.”

Stodd’s Fruit and Veg Fourth generation market traders, on Newark Market every Saturday since 1977. Products fresh daily and locally grown whenever possible. Friendly, personal service. Quality and freshness the supermarkets can’t match. Keep it local – and reduce your carbon footprint! n Tel 07976 297577

Pink Dog Shoes Saturdays and Wednesdays on Newark Market. Ladies’ high-fashion shoes and comfort shoes – ex-chain store ranges and top brands at amazing prices, £8-£30. Brands including Anne Michelle, Annabelle, Dr Lightfoot, Dr Keller, Barratts, Wilfords etc. n Proprietors Clive and Belinda Watchorn.

Set your stall out As part of the Carols in the Market Place event on Sunday, December 4, Newark Business Club has invited retailers to come out of their shops and take a market stall on the day. n Contact Stephanie Bilton on 07756 026973 for details.

Ian Harrison said the market had been a presence in Newark for some 850 years and that retail markets nationally had an annual turnover of around £3.5 billion, sustaining around 66,000 businesses. “In Newark itself we believe about 120 businesses use the market place on a weekly basis.” Ian said feedback from retailers showed the market was “absolutely essential to retain footfall in Newark town centre”. As market traders gear up for the festive season after a difficult year for most retailers, this kind of support from the council is one of the best Christmas presents the market could hope to get. And if you are looking for Christmas presents at the best possible prices, or just buying your weekly fruit and veg, there’s no better place to go.

Cups, Cakes and Bakes Beautiful cup cakes. Delicious chocolate brownies and more Freshly made, finest quality Saturdays and Wednesdays on Newark Market. Celebration cakes for birthdays, events etc. n Proprietors: Harriet and Elaine Mallard. Tel 07894 572018; website: www.

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ewark’s market plays a vital role in helping to keep the town centre vibrant – and it’s not just Living Local that thinks so. Councillor Bruce Laughton and Newark and Sherwood business manager Ian Harrison delivered that same message to Newark Business Club’s November meeting, and it was music to a market fan’s ears. Both were keen to sweep away petty restrictions that deter traders, to find strategies and attractions to improve the market and attract more shoppers, maybe even bringing buses back into or next to the Market Square. Cllr Laughton is a council cabinet member who has responsibility for markets, while Ian Harrison recently took on the job of promoting Newark market

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Smith’s Fruit and Veg Friendly staff serving fresh, top-quality fruit and veg at keenest prices – much of it sourced from familyrun, Lincolnshire farms for greatest freshness. No-quibble guarantee on all produce Every Wednesday and Saturday on Newark Market. Twenty-five years of service. n Proprietors – Roger and Brenda Smith.

T. E. Bethel – fine fresh fish Our stall offers the same top-quality fish as our long-established Leeds shop. Five-star certificate for hygiene. Fresh tuna, sea bass, natural haddock, finney (smoked) haddock etc. Special orders taken. n Proprietor George Leeming. Tel 07703 035413

Angell’s Quality Catering 100% fresh-ground Fair Trade coffee, cappuccino, latte, Americano, mocha, hot chocolate, Tetley tea. Best-selling toasties, local bacon, free-range eggs, fresh market produce. People keep coming back – it’s the quality! Private functions, corporate events, festivals, parties. n Proprietor Steven Angell.

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Vacuum cleaner bags and hard-tosource spares for vacuums and other appliances, plus batteries, tools, gardening equipment. Vac sales and servicing. Every Saturday. Long-established stall, keen prices, sourcing quality parts for washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, ovens etc. n Proprietors: Nigel Tucker and Lee Twigger. Tel 07812 142 897

Save £££s on ink! Epson original inks from £6.90; hp inks from £8. PCs from £279. Laptops from £149 PC repairs, upgrades, security, hardware, printers, home visits Newark Market every Saturday. Also at Unit 4, Jessop Way. n; Tel 01636 605552 / 611158

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Living Local As chairman of the Newark Business Club retail group, Living Local’s very own Stephanie Bilton knows all there is to know about shopping locally. So who better to put together this four-page Christmas gift guide, packed with presents for all the family?

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u Philosophy Hair and Beauty, Cartergate – Get the Christmas pamper package for the woman who has everything ... and save £20. You can treat her to a Glo Facial, manicure, scalp massage, hair treatment and blowdry for just £61, down from the usual price of £81.

u Domino, Stodman Street – Full of gorgeous gifts all year round, Domino really comes into its own at Christmas with everything you need to deck the halls in style.

s t – Glittery decoration u Riad, Church Stree ed to add sparkle to nte like these are guara g. tin set s ma rist Ch ur yo

u Marks & Spencer, Stodman Street – For a wide choice of festive crackers, such as these with Trivia game included, and some great gifts for men. Look out for the three-for-two offers as well.

u W H Smith, Marke t Place – Take your pic a huge range of bo k from ok hardbacks at two for s, including top-selling £10.

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Interval drinks, canapés, flowers, limousine hire and your own personal usher service are just some of the things that can be included in your box package. A box at the Palace Theatre Newark is perfect for celebrations and special occasions. Starting from only £10 per box (plus your ticket price for 4 people)

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Christmas presents u Ye Old Traditional Sweet Shop, Queen’s Head Court – All your old favourites and some new ones, too, including popular themed gift packs for a really sweet treat.

u Gannets, Castlegate – Spoil someone this Christmas with one of these festive hampers, filled to the brim with luscious homemade goodies.

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u Summer Pudding, The Buttermarket – From candles to cushions, bags to bunting, this little shop is packed with crafty Christmas ideas.

ngate u The Palace Theatre, Appleto ce? – Why not book a box at the Pala With bespoke packages offering ers, everything from pre-theatre dinn n champagne, chocolates or eve a ily a chauffeur, give friends or fam night to remember!

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u Boots, Stodman Street – Mix and match with three-for-two offers on a huge selection of toiletries and gifts for everyone.

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Our sweet hampers and baskets make a perfect present for Christmas, you will be spoilt for choice, so maybe a gift voucher is the answer.

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The eyes have it u The Secret Boutique, Boar Lane – Flutter those lashes! Choose from over 100 different styles, with prices starting at just £2.49.

u Two’s Company, Middlegate – Piggy in the middle! One of a range of children’s money boxes starting at just £8 each.

u Monsoon, Stodman Street – Gorgeous little party dresses for gorgeous little girls!

u The Jewellery Stall, The Buttermarket – Whatever your budget, you’ll find ornaments, scarves and trinkets galore here.

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u Rose & Peck, The Arcade – Looking for something that’s a bit out of the ordinary? Another little shop that’s bursting with unusual gifts for her, him, home and garden.


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Nice and spice u Honeytrap Lingerie, Cartergate – Add a touch of spice to the festive season with a gift for the lady in your life from this brand new range called Just For Christmas.

u Lulu Boutique, The Buttermarket – All the stylish accessories you need to make someone’s winter warmer!

u Ragazza, Middlegate – Arm candy no girl can resist, the perfect finishing touch to every outfit – it’s in the bag!

u Vintage Vixen, Cartergate – Looking for original gifts with a vintage pedigree? Look no further!

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u No Angel, Clinton Arms Court – Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to party!

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“Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat Please put a penny in the old man’s hat”. So goes the old saying. At Eton Avenue Growers we’ve had more than a penny put in our hat! Trent Vale Landscape Partnership have just told us they will fund our water retrieval system – tubs, barrels and all the guttering etc. to go with them so that we can harvest all the rainwater

from our sheds and tunnels. What a fabulous Christmas present for us. We are busy making things to go on our stall at the charity market when the town Christmas lights are switched on, so do come and see us and say hello. Newark Allotment and Gardening Society is decorating a Christmas tree this year in the Parish Church, all about from “Plot to Plate”. In the vegetable garden there is still plenty to do. If you have any winter greens make sure there are no dead leaves around the bottom and stake anything tall to prevent rocking in high winds. Garlic can still be planted along with Japanese onion sets, broad beans and peas. If you prefer, sow the beans and peas in pots in a cold greenhouse and plant them out in spring. Personally I now prefer to sow indoors in February and transplant outside in March. Lettuce, salad leaves and Chinese leaves can still be sown in the greenhouse or tunnel – they will just take longer to reach edible size. In the house (or heated greenhouse) you can sow seeds for sprouting. I like green lentils, they have a nice nutty taste. Traditionally onions for the show bench are sown in the greenhouse

Out with the old, in with the new on Christmas or Boxing Day. For the rest of us February is quite soon enough, or just buy sets. We are gradually clearing away all the old plants, digging over the ground and covering with manure or carpet depending what is going in there next year. Do remember to rotate your crops on a three or four-year rotation. This helps prevent disease. In the flower garden the bulbs should nearly all be in by now. I try and buy a few bags of small bulbs every year and my small garden at the front of the house looks a picture with them and polyanthus. Wallflowers, forget-me-nots, sweet Williams, daisies and pansies are all available now along with heathers. Clear up dead leaves and either make a wire leaf cage or put in a black bin bag, splash in some water, make a few holes in the bag and chuck behind the shed! By this time next year you will have well rotted leaf mould. As soon as the fresh cranberries are in the shops I like to make cranberry and apple chutney to go with Christmas dinner. It really needs to sit for three or four weeks before use. This year I’m making my own mince pies or rather a mincemeat slice with a crumble topping. My daughterin-law makes the cakes and we buy the puddings. As we have a lot of vegetarians, Christmas dinner is a

u Large flowered viola ready for planting out and, left, still picking strawberries – in November! mixture, with beef, ham and, this year, a walnut savoury made with beautiful local walnuts I have been given – they taste so much nicer than shop-bought. As the nights draw in we pour over seed catalogues. This year has been so topsy-turvy with plants flowering at the wrong time and produce either early or late. I am STILL picking strawberries. I have three tubs full and they are now in the

cold greenhouse and still producing fruit. Have a good Christmas and I’ll see you all again in the New Year, l Gillie is chairman of Newark Allotments and Gardening Society and vice-chairman of the Eton Avenue Growers’ Association. She can be contacted on 01636 671413 or 07846 997 985 and at


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Nottinghamshire County Council 0115 982 3823 Balderton Parish Council 01636 703626 Councillors Neil Allen 01636 672800 Kenneth G Fletcher 01636 702077 Walter Hurst 01636 681105 John W. H. Page 01636 677998 Jason L Osborne 07833 488559 Tom Scott 01636 674321 Inga Walker 01636 703069 Neil R Allsopp 01636 681888 Betty M Brooks 01636 684717 Gordon Brooks 01636 684717 Lydia H Hurst 01636 681105 Angela M Jarvis 01636 611514 Olga Newstead 01636 685494 Raymond Rouse 01636 676097 Keith Walker 01636 703069 County councillor Keith Walker 01636 703069 District councillors Jason L Osborne 07833 488559 Neil R Allsopp 01636 681888 Gordon Brooks 01636 684717 Betty M Brooks 01636 684717 Clerk to the council Cheryl Davison-Lyth 01636 703626

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