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Merry Christmas to all of Our Readers

The county’s finest magazine wishes our readers the finest festive season!

Celebrating the Season in Lincolnshire

Festive events, dining and gifts to help you enjoy Christmas!

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- DECEMBER 2017 -

welcome letter Rob Davis

Editorial Director

Ian Bagley

Production Director

Zoie Wilkinson

Advertising Director

First and foremost, it’s incumbent upon me to wish you a very Merry Christmas and an equally Happy New Year.

It has been a remarkable year for Pride Magazines, from the expansion of our team to the refurbishment of our offices, to the relaunch of our magazine in its beautiful new bond format with bold and brave new cover artwork, for which we’ve received overwhelmingly enthusiastic feedback. There will also be a final flurry of excitement to 2017 as we count up the thousands of votes we’ve received for our Restaurant of the Year awards. As you read this we’ll be visiting our winners to offer our congratulations in person, so many thanks if you’ve voted, and please do look out for our next edition to see who you’ve nominated as the county’s best restaurants. Back to this edition though, and we’re celebrating the festive season with a Christmas in Lincoln feature, our Gift Guide, and Lincoln florist Rachel Petherham, who will be helping us to craft a festive wreath for our doors.

Elsewhere we’re ringing in the season with Washingborough’s bellringers then we’ll meet the author of a new book which explores the secret behind Lincolnshire’s street names.

With a Royal Visit this month as HRH The Princess Royal officially opens Heckington Windmill, and a look at the imminent opening of Lincolnshire’s International Bomber Command Memorial site, we hope there’s plenty to warm your heart during the season in this month’s magazine. Our best wishes for a wonderful Christmas!

Emily Brown

Sales Director

Julian Wilkinson, Publisher and Managing Director 3

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CHRISTMAS A round up of the

festive events taking place in Lincoln.


WELCOME HOME A modern take on the traditional farmhouse.


GARDENING Waste not want not, with Rachel Petherham’s wreaths.


FASHION Winter fashions party


officially opens Heckington Windmill.

101 SUPER SCENTS The latest perfumes


WHAT’S ON The best music, drama and other live events from across the county this month.


across the county in the field of art.

campanologists of Washingborough.



independent retailers’ suggested gifts for the festive season.

124 TIME TO CHIME Bellringing with the 52


DINING OUT Enjoying winter dining at Newark’s Farndon Boathouse. DINNER IS SERVED Lincolnshire farmers making festive dining easy.

dresses available in Lincoln.

as gifts or to enjoy yourselves.


REMEMBERING HEROES Canwick’s Bomber Command Memorial opens.

WHAT’S IN A NAME? Grimsby author investigates the origins of street names.


END OF SUMMER BALL held at the Lincolnshire Showground.

STARLIGHT BALL Raising money for Macmillan at Kelham Hall in Newark.

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Skegness is “Better than Brighton!” LINCOLNSHIRE’S SEASIDE TOWN RANKS IN ‘BEST UK DESTINATIONS’ POLL... SKEGNESS At this time of year Lincolnshire’s East Coast is bracing to say the least, but a new survey is bound to warm up the winter of Skegness residents as a poll reports that the seaside town is one of the UK’s top holiday destinations. The credit card company Marbles commissioned research that found Skegness is the eighth best place in the UK to enjoy a local holiday or ‘staycation.’ The study measured days of sunshine and compared quantity and quality of attractions, also assessing beaches and the cost of meals and taxi rides. Skegness beat Weymouth and Salcombe, but couldn’t quite manage to knock top three Southwold, Bamburgh and Woolacombe off the top spots for local holidays. One satisfied visitor said: “I love Skegness, definitely. I normally go on cruises but

I love the sea air. It’s brilliant. You can’t beat it. It’s only an hour and a half away from where we live, so it’s perfect. You can even come for the day, enjoying the sea air and a walk.”

Going going, gone, in a knight to remember!



The survey found that Skegness enjoyed an average of 64 days of sunshine each year, and boasts flagship attractions such as its aquarium and traditional pier. LINCOLN Hundreds of expectant Knights’ fans gathered in the Nave for the sale and, after days of hot speculation, it was the Knight of the Skies – signed by the last surviving Dambuster, Johnny Johnson MBE, which attracted the big money. A mighty cheer went up when it was snapped-up by its sponsor Game Engineering for £15,000. Jubilant Red Imps supporters also went away wearing huge smiles, after ensuring that the Lincoln City Knight, painted by artist Leah Goldberg, would be ‘going home’ to Sincil Bank, after auctioneer Ian Walter, of

n Look out for our sister

publication, the Skegness & East Coast Visitors’ Guide, which is published around Easter. To advertise your East Coast business in our guide, call 01529 469977.

J H Walter, dropped his gavel on their winning bid of £6,000. Other big money spinners were the Lincoln Green Knight - bought for £9,200 - and Knight in The Forest sold for £9,000. “It has been a brilliant evening,” Auctioneer Ian Walter said. “Lively bidding resulted in the Knights’ Trail Auction raising even more money than the Baron’s Auction in 2015.” The Trail commemorates the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln Fair and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest in 1217 with 36 life-sized Knights

Walking on Air...


Heckington Windmill reopens with Royal Visit...

HECKINGTON It was the ‘sail’ of the century recently as Heckington Windmill reopened last month with an official event that also included a visit from HRH The Princess Royal. Lincolnshire Pride was there, of course, and we’ve some exclusive pictures later in this edition of The Princess being given a guided tour of the new bakehouse, and the windmill itself before unveiling an official plaque. n See our pictures on page 30...

work undertaken by everyone involved in air ambulance charities across the UK, from the operational crew and staff, right through to the volunteers and fundraisers. The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance has been short-listed in three of the 10 categories which is a fantastic achievement for a service which covers 3,500 square miles 365 days a year with one aircraft. n

Turner Prize nominee comes to Lincoln’s Collection... ORIGINALS AND INSPIRING PIECES GOES ‘BACK TO NATURE’

LINCOLN December and January will see a collection of artwork from Turner Prize nominee George Shaw celebrated at The Collection in Lincoln. George was working at the National Gallery in London when he created his collection, and brings with him not just a series of original pieces, but historical pieces that inspired him too, such as Piero Del Pollaiuolo’s Apollo and Daphne. The Collection, on Dane’s Terrace, will showcase the pieces until January 14th, from 10am - 4pm, with entrance to the gallery remaining free. n See


LINCOLN The county’s Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance service has been shortlisted for three Awards of Excellence to be presented by the Association of Air Ambulances – Volunteer of the Year, Air Operations Support Staff Member of the Year and Campaign of the Year. The annual awards, which this year will take at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London this month, seek to recognise the

LINCOLN’S TRANSPORT HUB will officially open as Pride goes to press. The 1,000 space car park will make it easier than ever for shoppers to choose Lincoln as their festive shopping destination this season, with an official opening that co-incides with the city’s Christmas lights switch on. The scheme has cost £30m. n

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for more information on the work.



DAVID ROSS TO FUND NEW SCHOOL Philanthropist businessman and founder of the Carphone Warehouse David Ross will fund a new school for local children in the grounds of Havelock Academy. It’s hoped the school will open by September 2019. n GRANTHAM

CANAL SOCIETY HOSTS DISCOVERY DAY Grantham’s Canal Society last month hosted its annual Discovery Day, attracting 500 visitors to explore the town’s industrial heritage. n BRIGG

ENTHUSIAST ENSURES CINEMA COMES BACK TO BRIGG Local film fan Daniel Smith is bringing the silver screen back to Brigg. Daniel is establishing a community cinema to screen both art house or classic and mainstream films at the Angel Suite on Saturdays. n


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It’s hard cheese for Poacher’s rivals...


ALFORD For Simon & Tim Jones’s Poacher; victory. For the others... hard cheese! Lincolnshire’s flagship cheese, Poacher, has been named the UK’s best hard cheese for the second year running at the Great British Cheese Awards. The brothers have pioneered the development of Poacher, using milk from the family’s 230 Holstein Fresian cows. The cheese they make now won’t be ready for sale for another 18 months, so, as the pair says, the life of a cheesemaker is one of patience. “Making the cheese is an unusual blend of art and science,” the two say. “But we are absolutely committed to producing the very best cheese that we possibly can.” Simon and Tim are the fourth generation to be running the farm, which has been in the family since 1917. It is situated on the edge of


LINCOLN is one of

twelve historic cities which have secured a £1m investment from the Discover England Fund for an innovative new project to encourage more US visitors to explore regional England. The money will be spent on bringing history to life by telling stories via enhanced augmented reality and will feature itineraries that link the cities by rail, making it easy to plan and book a multi-destination trip. n


the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds about ten miles from the east coast. This year’s cheese awards, organised by Great British Chefs and held at Marcus

Waring’s restaurant within Renaissance in London, saw over 9,000 different products being nominated, and a record number of votes being cast to the find the best.

You jammy thing! Jenny’s win at Great Taste Awards LINCOLN BUSINESSWOMAN’S CHUTNEY WINS GOLD...!

n Poacher Cheese is available at all good local delicatessens and farm shops. For more information call 01507 466987 or see www.lincolnshire

LINCOLN The name of county’s 617 ‘Dambusters’ squadron is already pretty famous, but thanks to Lincoln’s Jenny Smith, it’s set to become even more so. That’s because the wartime heroes’ moniker has been attached to a new chutney created by the county’s ‘queen of preserves.’ Jenny’s Dambuster Chutney has just won a gold star rating in the Great Taste Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Foods. Flavoured with Tom Woods Bomber County ale, plus dried apricots and vegetables, it’s a must for your festive table alongside the maker’s eight other chutneys.

n See

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Lincolnshire Showground The ‘End of Summer’ Ball 2017 A short-lived summer has given way to the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Seeing summer off in style, though, were around 200 attendees at the Lincolnshire Showground, whose role as the home of great entertainment was proven recently at

an ‘End of Summer’ ball organised by its in-house entertainments team. The team brought together a Champagne reception, two course supper and live entertainment courtesy of popular party band The Baltic Donkeys.

Coming up this month, the Showground will also welcome visitors to its Food & Gift Fair on 2nd and 3rd December, with two exhibition halls of local produce. n For more information, call 01522 522900 or see

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• Leverton is located approximately 1.6kms to the east of the A16 trunk road which connects Boston to Skegness. Leverton is approximately 10 km to the north-east of Boston, a bustling market town with twice weekly market, a port, a large hospital and a strong retail offering. • Spacious Period 6 Bedroomed Detached House with Outbuildings • Set in Mature Parkland Extending to 1 hectare (2.4 acres) • Coach House Previously Used as Offices with Garaging • No Onward Chain • For Sale Freehold with Vacant Possession


£595,000 Subject To Contract

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Willingham House & Building Plot, Willingham By Stow A rare opportunity to acquire a prominent country house and a large building plot (0.7 acre) with consent for an additional good sized 4 bedroom detached dwelling and extensive gardens and country views. Willingham House is a substantial and versatile Grade II Listed period home situated in attractive and landscaped grounds in a sought after and popular village. Accommodation briefly comprising Entrance Hall, Cloak Room, Hallway, Lounge, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Family Room or Office, open plan Kitchen, Utility, Butlers Pantry, Wine Cellar, 7 Bedrooms (2 En-Suites) and Family Bathroom. The property further benefits from a 2 Bedroom self-contained annex, 2 further self-contained apartments and a building plot with planning consent. Guide Price: £825,000

Branston Lodge, Lincoln Situated in 5.8 acres Branston Lodge occupies an enviable position 6.9 miles to the south east of the Cathedral City of Lincoln. The original house is undated but has been extended in 1866 to provide its statement frontage. The main house has three reception rooms, five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, utility, conservatory and a large cellar. Annexed to the house is a self contained two bedroom dwelling with a new bathroom suite, kitchen and living room. Surprisingly the property remains free of listing and has been sympathetically modernisied by installing double glazed sash windows. Surrounding the house are gardens, paddocks and parkland providing ample space for equestrian pursuits. EPC Rating: F. Guide Price: £745,000

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Glebe Farm, Brattleby, LN1

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A substantial detached modern stone built farmhouse which has panoramic views over the Trent Valley and is set in approximately 10 acres. 5 bedrooms, 2 with en suites and 8 reception rooms, triple garage,. EPC rating C.

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An attractive extended period residence with 7 bedrooms, 2 with en suites and 5 reception rooms. The property occupies a large plot with beautifully maintained gardens and excellent parking facilities. EPC rating C.

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Enjoy Festive

LINCOLN There’s plenty happening in Lincoln this month as the city prepares to celebrate Christmas in the only way it knows how - with inclusive, fun events for the whole family... Words: Rob Davis.

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Left: Stallholder at last year’s Lincoln Christmas Market. Below: Festivities will take place across the city.


THURSDAY 7th DECEMBER TO SUNDAY 10th DECEMBER 2017 LINCOLN The city’s flagship festive event returns this year as Lincoln Christmas Market takes place from 7th - 10th December in Uphill Lincoln.

Visitor Numbers Lincoln’s Christmas Market

attracts a quarter of a What began life in 1982 as million people and a modest German market “The link that we have with contributes more than with 11 stalls, designed to £10m to the local Neustadt is still strong,” say economy... celebrate Lincoln’s twin town sponsors, the City Council. affiliation with Neustadt an der Wein“With stallholders from Neustadt strasse has since grown to its current size. bringing German crafts, food and drink to the The market brings £10m into Lincoln’s market; a perfect gift if you want something economy each year, and now comprises over a bit different. One thing is for sure, those on 200 stalls with food, gifts and other festive the hunt for beautiful, hand-crafted and treats. unique Christmas presents will find a treasure trove of goodies from a spectacular selection.” According to research conducted by the University of Lincoln, most visitors to the “Visitors to the market should look out for market return between four and five times, hand made jewellery, hand poured candles, and over 250,000 visitors will make their way wooden toys, hand painted glass, ceramics, through uphill Lincoln in total to begin their photographs and locally created art, as well as Christmas shopping in the city. fabulous fresh produce from the area.” >>


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“The City of Lincoln has a wealth of festive events taking place to help you celebrate the season, from its flagship market to worship at the Cathedral and shopping opportunities...”

Food & Gift Fair

Lincolnshire Showground, 2nd-3rd December

SHOPPING You’ll find everything you need to celebrate the season this month at the 17th annual Lincolnshire Showground Food & Gift Fair, in early December. This year will see over 150 indoor stands giving you a chance to shop for gift for loved ones, and to stock up your pantry in advance of festive entertainment too. The usual suspects of local cheese, meat and game are present, as are stockists of festive treats like wine and chocolate. 9am until 4pm, £5/advance; £6/gate, see

Lincoln Artists’ Market

Castle Square, 2nd December

ARTS & CRAFTS The best in Lincolnshire talent this month as the county’s arts and crafts specialists gather between the Cathedral and Castle Square to offer hand-crafted gifts for your loved one. Castle Square, Lincoln 10am-4.30pm.

Christmas at the Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral, Throughout December

MUSIC As Pride goes to press, Lincoln Cathedral will begin its Christmas celebrations with The Snowman, a live orchestral version of Raymond Briggs’ heartwarming Christmas tale featuring on Saturday 18th November. December at the Cathedral brings with its La Nativité du Seigneur on Sunday 10th December from 7pm. Olivier Messiaens 1935 masterpiece is considered to be one of the greatest Organ compositions of all time. La Nativité du Seigneur is a Christmas tradition at Lincoln Cathedral and one not to be missed. >>


>> For those who enjoy carol performances, there’s a Concert of Carols by Candlelight on Wednesday 13th December from 7.30pm with mince pies and fruit punch, as well as the Ceremony of Carols on Saturday 16th December from 2pm and 7pm.


Lincoln Cathedral 25th November

LINCOLN The Lincoln Cathedral Choir is returning with their performance of Handel’s Messiah, a spectacular piece of music which is to be accompanied by Northern Baroque Sinfonia. Messiah is a true Christmas highlight, telling the story of Jesus’ birth, life, death and victorious resurrection. From 7pm, tickets £16-£50.

Call for tickets on 01522 504394 or see

Christmas Lantern Parade

City Square to Castle Hill, 14th December

PARADE One of the most impressive sights in Lincoln during December is the city’s annual Lantern Parade. Hundreds of families parade through the city from Castle Hill down to City Square with their paper lanterns all aglow. The event begins at 5pm on Castle Hill with carols and a nativity performance, plus hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts before the parade starts at 6pm. >>

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Jack & The Beanstalk, Drill Hall From 8th December - 2nd January

Fee fi fo fum, Drill Hall brings audiences great fun, with this year’s family panto. Tickets £13-£18; 01522 873894,

Aladdin, South Holland Centre From 9th December - 31st January

A magic carpet ride through a land of fantasy with Aladdin & Princess Jasmine in Spalding. Tickets £18-£21; 01775 764777,

Cinderella, Grimsby Auditorium From 15th - 28th December


Tickets £13-£16; 0844 854 2776,

Cinderella, Blackfriars

From 8th - 20th December

From the panto Dames to Buttons, a host of festive friends at Boston’s Blackfriars Arts Centre.

Castle Hill, 17th December

Above/Right: The Santa Run is a charity fun run for local causes.

Robin Hood, Bath’s Hall

A brand new homemade pantomime, swashbuckling into your festive season at Scunthorpe’s Drill Hall.

Santa Fun Run

Left: Lincoln’s Lantern Parade departs from City Square.

Tickets £10-£17.50; 0300 300 0035, From 13th - 31st December

>> The event concludes with a light show in City Square, and as always, a marching band will accompany participants. You can purchase your lanterns at the start of the evening, and new for 2017, businesses on Steep Hill and Bailgate will be opening their doors to late night shoppers. Organised by Lincoln BIG, call 01522 842702 or see

FUN RUN Ready, Steady, Ho Ho Ho... as 2,500 runners will take part of Lincoln’s lighthearted charity fun run this month. Lincoln’s Santa Fun Run is a 3.5km (two lap) course around uphill Lincoln, taking in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Participants can run or walk, but having fun is mandatory, as is raising money for a good cause. Prior registration only, ‘hire’ suits available. Organised by Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia, see

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jon Cleg is this year’s panto star at Grimsby Auditorium.

Mistletoe Masquerade Ball

Tickets £12-£14; 01205 363108,

The Lincoln Hotel, 31st December

NEW YEAR’S EVE A Champagne cocktail reception will ensure your New Year’s Eve festivities begin in a suitably glamorous fashion at The Lincoln Hotel on Eastgate. The hotel’s Mistletoe Masquerade Ball include a four course supper, with accommodation available too. n

£89/ticket, The Lincoln Hotel, call 01522 520348 or see


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The Lincolnshire


Celebrate the season and give your loved one a gift they’ll treasure courtesy of the county’s best independent retailers. This month we’ve asked them to suggest thoughtful gifts for ladies, gents and younger members of the family too... Compiled by: Rob Davis.

ERIC A BIRD Citizen Promaster Navihawk with GPS timekeeping £1,095, from Eric A Bird, Lincoln. 01522 520977,

DOUBLEDAY Musto Ladies Jumper, 100% lambswool. Variety of colours, £85 from Doubleday. 01205 822440,

GATES Rowallan Safari holdall perfect for weekend trips, 55cm x 40cm x 30cm £179.99. 01664 454309,

HOPPERS Hot Diamonds bracelet £129.95 from Hoppers jewellers of Bourne. 01778 423816,

GRANGE SPA Thalgo Christmas Cracker from The Grange Spa, Pointon, four mini products, £19.50. 01778 440511,

JASMINE TREE Harrogate Candle Co., diffusers £27; candles £25 from Jasmine Tree Gifts North Street, Gainsborough, 01427 362971.

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MAUDES Vivienne Westwood bas relief brooch £120 from Maudes the Jewellers of Boston. 01205 367959,

OLDRIDS Radley Speckle Dog multiway handbag in ink, medium, from a selection at Oldrids £99. Boston, Grantham, Scunthorpe,

GARY SIMPSON What better gift than a hamper from Lincolnshire, providing the chance to enjoy all of the county’s best food? Gary Simpson Butchers can create hampers of quality Lincolnshire produce and deliver nationwide... great for those elsewhere in the UK who miss their Lincolnshire produce! From his Sleaford store within Four Seasons Garden Centre near Sleaford, you can add bakery, and deli items to your order too. n The business has shops in Heckington, Sleaford, Lincoln, Spalding and Stamford, or shop online at, or telephone 01529 460403.


MOORE & SCRUPPS Nomination bracelets from £12, available from Sleaford & Bourne branches. Sleaford, Bourne, Newark 01529 302674.

STRIACROFT Junkers Bauhaus Automatic watch. Mechanical self-winding 26 jewel movement, Hesalite crystal, power reserve indicator, steel case, leather strap, £439. 01507 604029,

ANDREW MUSSON The area’s only bespoke tailor and spent over 25 years cutting suits for the rich and famous on Savile Row. He returned to take over his father’s tailoring business and now allows discerning men from across the country to enjoy the luxury of bespoke tailoring too, with gift vouchers available from £10-£100 plus a range of ready to wear menswear and accessories available as well. n Bespoke & made-to-measure suits available from £895. Gift vouchers, accessories and ready to wear menswear available. Call 01522 520142, see or visit him at 39 High Street, Lincoln LN58AS.

OLDRIDS Made By Zen Signature Reed Diffuser Berry Vanille – RRP £24.99; Oldrids £12.50. Boston and Grantham;

DUCKWORTH Who better to trust if you’re planning to purchase a bike than Land Rover, who have put all their engineering know-how into a range of pushbikes, from £300-£500 (Six 50 Series V pictured). Alternatively, book an off-road driving experience for a loved one for just £375/driver. The whole Land Rover and Range Rover of vehicles are available to try. n For more information visit Duckworth Land Rover in Kirton or Market Rasen, call 01205 722110 or see

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GIFTS for the HOME

LMS LINCOLN Snowglobe, £20.99 from a range of gifts and decorations at LMS Lincoln. 01522 810562, KATIE ALICE Ditsy Floral tea for one set, £29.99 from Katie Alice, Stamford., use code ‘Pride10’ for 10% discount.

LITTLE RED GALLERY Lincoln Castle - Early Evening Sunset, original acrylic painting by Carl Paul, 46cm x 28cm, £600 from Little Red Gallery, Bailgate and Stamford. 01522 589134,

AMELIA ALICE Large punch bowl by Culinary Concepts with antlers, 68cm tall, £288. Lincoln Road, North Hykeham, 01522 501616.

RUG STUDIO Cushion, floor cushions stocked too, various designs, great for pets or teenagers. 2 High St., East, Uppingham, 01572 829927.

YOU AND BEYOND Thomas Sabo Love Coin, £39, from Stamford’s You & Beyond. 01780 755996,

NO98 Dancing reindeer resin sculpture, grey, 30cm tall, £22. 98 Wide Bargate, Boston, 01205 355298.

GILES AND BELLA Fairfax & Favor Imperial Explorer Leather boots from Giles & Bella, Newark £375. 01636 643733,

ACCENT Voyage Darya lamp, Enchanted Forest shade, £195. Matching organiser £22 and personal notebook £10. Also available in other designs. 01427 679494, Southolme, Gainsborough


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Princess Breezes In... Last month saw HRH The Princess Royal breeze into the county, giving the completion of work to restore Heckington’s unique eight sailed windmill the royal blessing it so richly deserves...

Words: Rob Davis. Images: Rob Davis, Chris Vaughan.

Despite the ominous date - Friday 13th the winds of good fortune blew through Heckington recently as HRH The Princess Royal breezed into the village to mark the completion of work to restore the village’s eight sailed windmill. The windmill is the only fully working eight sailed windmill in the world, and work to Main: HRH The Princess Royal arrived to greet volunteers and locals.

Right: The mill has taken 10,000 man-hours and 13 years to restore.

restore it has taken 13 years and over 10,000 man-hours, mostly completed by 85 active volunteers. Hundreds of visitors arrived to greet The Princess Royal, who enjoyed a guided tour around the site before officially unveiling a plaque commemorating the site’s restoration.

The site has a new bakery/café and brewery respectively using milled flour and malt, in addition to interactive exhibitions, museum exhibits, shopping, real and virtual tours as well as access for all to the raised ground floor of the windmill tower. >> 35

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Left: HRH toured the site to see the interactive exhibits that the team has created in the old barns. Below: Chairman of the trust Charles Pinchbeck greeted HRH The Princess Royal and introduced other members of the trust too. Below/Left: The princess met many of the mill’s volunteers and learned how the building works from Jim Bailey, Heckington’s Mill Manager.

Eight Sails Heckington Windmill is the world’s only fully working eight sailed windmill. Today, it still grinds flour and malt.


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HISTORY 1830: New mill tower built at Heckington for Michael Hare. 1833: Five sailed machinery completed.

1836: Mill ownership passed to Mr Nash, baker in the village. 1837-1847: Mill put up for sale with no success.

1890: Mill severely damaged in thunderstorm. 1891: Site purchased by John Pocklington.

1892: Repairs carried out and eight sails fitted. 1907 Wheat grinding ceased at Heckington.

1933: - Repairs and four new sails fitted by Pocklington.

1941: John Pocklington died leaving the mill to his family.

1953: Kesteven County Council buy the mill for £400. 1953: Basic renovation works to make the mill safe.

1969-72: Mill hit by lightning. 1974: Ownership passed to Lincolnshire County Council.

>> “The volunteers and local enthusiasts who manage and run the centre have always worked to create a living windmill experience but this project has been a game changer,” says Charles Pinchbeck, Chairman of the Project Board. “It’s a big milestone in the Mill’s rich history - firstly we’re delivering a working eight sailed windmill thanks to a complete new set of sails.” “In addition, we’ve extended visiting hours and will provide mill tours, but the latest project puts the windmill complex on a new level with the miller’s house and outbuildings which formed the Victorian industrial complex beautifully restored.” “This is why Heckington Windmill is such an exciting place,” says Charles. “It works as a showcase for our 21st century community,

Top: HRH The Princess Royal unveils the plaque which will officially mark

the completion of a 13 year project to restore the building.

1981: Friends of Heckington Mill established. 1986: Mill re-opened & turned again - the first time in 40 years.

1999: Mill ceased working due to structural defects.

and is not just a static page in our history. The process of using mill ground malt to produce the contemporary taste of Rolling Stone beer in the on-site eight sail brewery is a perfect example. “It’s people working together, taking inspiration from the past, using new and old technology and creating a product for today. History will continue to be made at Heckington Windmill.” n Visit the newly restored windmill on Hale Rd, Heckington NG34 9JW. Call 01529 461919 or see

2004: Major repairs to the cap & brickwork. Mill re-opened. 2009: Mill house opened as tea room & visitor centre. 2010: Mill ceases working pending urgent sail repairs.

2013: Heritage Lottery Fund announce grant to purchase and renovate the site.

2014: All sails are replaced and windmill working again. 2015: Heritage Lottery work starts on site. n


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To view photographs from The Event visit

The Starlight Ball

for Macmillan Cancer Support Macmillan Cancer Research will benefit from proceeds from the second annual Starlight Ball, held at Kelham Hall near Newark last month. The event was organised by Cathy, Pete, Sarah, Lauren & Kieran, who created an event for over 200 people

designed not only to raise money but to also highlight the important work that the charity is responsible for. The event featured a Champagne reception followed by supper and entertainment courtesy of the tribute act Only Olly, plus a mind-reading table

entertainer and fireworks to round off the evening too, all in the sumptuous setting of the Victorian house, built in 1863. n A date for next year’s event has provisionally been set, tickets can be reserved by visiting

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What’s On... BOSTON





This dark celebration of Christmas is adapted and performed by Rebecca Vaughan. Come in from the cold and enter into the Christmas spirit as a dark and spectral woman tells haunting tales of the festive season.

COLLABRO IN GRIMSBY AUDITORIUM Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro have today announced dates for their third nationwide tour.

Dyad Productions resurrects a Victorian tradition by presenting three seasonal tales of terror.

In the two years since the competition, Collabro have released a number one debut album Stars, and their follow up album Act Two peaked at number two in the charts in the summer of 2015.

n Blackfriars Theatre, Boston, from 8pm, tickets £14.50. Call 01205 363108 or see LINCOLN



Collabro have performed at the Royal Variety Performance and to over 30 million people with major record deal stateside as well.

n Call 0300 300 0035 or see, tickets £19.50-£39.50.

La Nativité du Seigneur at Lincoln Cathedral





La Nativité du Seigneur (or the Birth of the Lord) is an early 20th century piece for organ by the French composer Olivier Messiaen. Olivier Messiaens 1935 masterpiece is considered to be one of the greatest Organ compositions of all time Hear it performed by Lincoln Cathedral’s Organist Laureate, Colin Walsh, on the world famous ‘Father Willis’ organ. The moving and dramatic music take us through nine movements, each depicting an image or concept from the life of Jesus n Sunday December 10th, 5.30pm-7.30pm, tickets £6, Lincoln Cathedral. Call 01522 561600.


Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story is brought alive in this most traditional of productions, complete with beautiful period costume, song, dance and a magnificent, original musical score. Join critically acclaimed theatre company Chapterhouse as Scrooge’s frozen heart begins to melt and he finally embraces the festive spirit in this most Christmassy of Christmas tales. n Lincoln County Assembly Rooms, tickets £14/adults, from Drill Hall, call 01522 873894 or see

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Biopic about Britain’s most popular artist, with intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London.

The hit show The Rat Pack is back and perfectly captures not only the wonderful music and comedy of the original legends, but also the remarkable personalities of the stars who truly ruled the entertainment world.


n Tickets £14, Stamford Theatre from 2pm. Call 01780 763203 or see GRIMSBY


SWAN LAKE: RUSSIAN STATE BALLET AND OPERA HOUSE... After a successful ballet tour last year, Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back at Grimsby Auditorium for the group’s annual UK tour with mesmerising, and captivating full touring ballet production.

One hundred and thirty-five years ago, audiences heard the Swan Lake music by the great Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for the very first time. From this moment on, the world of ballet would never be the same again. n Sunday 3rd December 2017 from 7.30pm, tickets £25-£33, Grimsby Auditorium. Call 0300 300 0035

Eleanor Longshanks’ life in Medieval Grantham...





2nd - 4th DECEMBER


Season of Shakespeare including performances of Much Ado About Nothing (2nd Dec); As You Like It (3rd Dec); Midsummer Night’s Dream (4th Dec). n LPAC, Lincoln, tickets £9/adults, 01522 837600 or see




The medium of live theatre is used to best effect here to transported the audience back to medieval Grantham and the court of King Arthur as we weave together the real history of Queen Eleanor, and a legend of Camelot. In 1290 Eleanor died in Lincoln, her heartbroken husband Edward I - nicknamed ‘Longshanks,’ because of his 6’2” height - erected 12 monuments in her honour, known as the Eleanor Crosses -


The Rat Pack is Back is Britain’s longest running tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr.

Includes all of the hit songs made popular by the legendary performers such as ‘Ain’t That A Kick In The Head;’ ‘The Lady Is A Tramp,’ and ‘My Way,’ plus ‘Mr Bojangles’ and of course, ‘New York, New York’. n Plowright Theatre, Laneham Street, Scunthorpe. From 7.30pm, tickets £20/each, call 0844 854 2776 or see

stretching from Lincoln to Westminster, including Grantham & Nottinghamshire. Through the ancient art of storytelling you will enter Edward and Eleanor’s world.

It was a true love match and the couple were inseparable until her death. However, seeing the contradictory and glorious powerhouse she was; property magnate, mother, lover, bookworm, huntress, crusader and chess champion. n Tickets £12/adults, Guildhall Arts Centre Ballroom, Grantham from 7.30pm. Call 01476 406158 or see


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HEROES Remembering Our Words: Rob Davis. Image: James Ewan.

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It’s been a feature on Lincoln skyline for two years already, but the steel spire of the city’s International Bomber Command Memorial will be flanked by a new visitor centre, Wall of Names and the site’s two Peace Gardens when it opens next month. The site is designed to remember the 58,000 heroes who gave their life for the freedom we take for granted today...

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THE YOUNGEST WAS JUST 14. The average age was just 23. Despite their different ages and backgrounds, though, they - the 55,500 - all share something in common. They gave their lives in pursuit of freedom. Lincolnshire’s legacy as Bomber County is to be recognised in a new home next month as the International Bomber Command Memorial opens to visitors.

The opening of the centre will represent a ‘soft’ launch in January before an official launch event on 1st April 2018 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF - one of just six key national events taking place across the UK. “The idea came about in 2009,” says Project Director Nicky Barr. “It was devised by the county’s Lord Lieutenant Anthony Worth, whose father and two uncles served in Bomber Command. He thought that such heroes deserved a permanent recognition.”

“He formed a trust to realise the dream of building a memorial that commemorated not only the bravery and sacrifice of those who served and supported Bomber Command, but also to officially recognise the significant contribution of Lincolnshire to the outcome of WWII.” “From that dream, the International Bomber Command Centre was developed with a remit to tell the stories of all those involved in the Command during the last major worldwide conflict.”

Bomber Command comprised over 125,000 airmen, and a total of one million people serving and supporting the 164,000 operational sorties during the Second World War. Below: The 10 acre site has cost £13m so far and still needs £1.5m of funding prior to its opening next month.

Over 58,000 aircrew were killed in action, and for anyone serving in Bomber Command, there was just a 28% chance of returning from service without having been killed, injured or taken prisoner. Nicky was brought on board in the same year, ostensibly for a year, and to oversee a project which would cost £1m. Initially the idea was to create a memorial on Lincoln’s South Common, but being common land the location was rejected, so the new site on Canwick Hill was deemed more suitable. Interest in the project exploded. In addition to the memorial itself, the wall of names became a major research project themselves.

“The efforts of RAF Bomber Command changed the outcome of WWII significantly” A visitors’ centre was added - which would become known as The Chadwick Centre, named after the designer of the Lancaster Bomber. In addition the site gained two peace gardens. A Lincolnshire one has been geoplanted with 27 lime trees, representing each of the county’s RAF bases, positioned in the same relative positions as the bases themselves when viewed from the air. A second garden will remember members of Bomber Command from the 64 additional countries and is planted with native species from five different continents.

Paid for entirely by grants and donations, predominantly from members of the public, the project’s cost swelled to £13m, with the final £1.5m still to be raised. Conservative estimates suggest that the project will bring £2m a year into Lincolnshire’s economy. Already there are 18 tour companies set to bring coachloads of tourists into the county in 2018, and Nicky and her team have shown 18,000 visitors from 14 countries around the site even before its opening. The word ‘International’ was added to the site’s name after it was inundated with support from the 64 different countries. Central to the £10m site is a 55 tonne spire designed to the same dimensions of a Lancaster’s wing and made of Corten steel.

A competition was devised to design the spire, the winner of which - Stephen Palmer of Lincoln’s Place Architecture - was revealed at the project’s official launch in May 2013 at East Kirkby’s Aviation Heritage Centre.

Around the spire are panels with the names of all 58,000 aircrew and support staff who gave their lives cut into them. The spire is the tallest war memorial in the UK and will weather over time to take on a rich rusty colour.

The project also ballooned to include the creation of a digital archive and library at the Chadwick Centre. Already Nicky’s team, including 628 volunteers, have been hard at work over the past four years to digitise 150,000 documents and collate 800 interviews and over 3,200,000 individual pieces of information, for the archive, all of which will be publicly available from January. The centre will also incorporate three exhibition halls to house both permanent and peripatetic displays, including those on Bomber Command’s most notable operations, from the Dambusters’ raid to the first humanitarian operation - Operation Manna - which was devised to deliver aid drops to the starving population of German-occupied Holland. “Bomber Command never had the level of recognition it deserved after the war,” says Nicky. “The project is situated in the heart of Bomber Command territory, but it’s fair to say that it has blossomed to recognise all of the countries and many more veterans who


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Bomber Command Bomber Command was made up of 125,000 heroes, from over 60 nations. 44% were killed; their average age was just 23.


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all contributed, alongside Lincolnshire, to the success of the Command’s operations.” “For some, it is the only place in the world where loved ones are recognised; the only place where a poppy wreath can be laid.”

“The efforts of the RAF Bomber Command significantly changed the outcome of WWII,” says Nicky. “Their bombing sorties did great damage to the Axis powers’ industrial capacity. Bomber Command also developed and pioneered new technologies that together with Allied contributions of men and material allowed a huge expansion of bombing operations after 1942, contributing to the eventual victory in Europe.”

January will see the site open by way of a ‘soft launch,’ but it will officially open with a ceremony to be attended by over 7,000 guests with veterans invited, along with VIPs from the armed forces and, via applications, relatives of those who gave their lives The International Bomber for the freedom of others. Command Centre covers

IBCC Volunteers

10 acres and has been “The site will be an created with the help of incredible resource, preserving 600 volunteers. testimonies from veterans, providing a peaceful place for those who were killed and injured or captured to be remembered, and to educate a new generation,” says Nicky.

n The IBCC will open in January 2018, donations are still needed to complete the project. A date for the centre’s ‘soft launch’ will be confirmed as Pride goes to press at and on social media.

Image: The 55 tonne 102ft spire is made of Corten Steel.

Remembering Bomber Command’s Heroes: Three ways to remember the 58,000...

n The Spire: Unveiled in October 2015, made from Corten steel, the spire is 102ft tall - the wingspan of a Lancaster - and 16ft wide - the width of a wing.


n Wall of Names: 23 walls, each laser cut with 270 panels of names; all of Bomber Command’s 58,000 fallen heroes’ names are immortalised in steel.

n Chadwick Centre: The Chadwick Centre, and its Peace Gardens, will provide interpretation and a place to reflect, with three galleries and a library.

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The Boathouse at


There’s more than one reason to celebrate at Farndon Boathouse this month as we revisit one of our favourite restaurants, an exciting and contemporary dining room with plenty going on over the festive season... Hibernation is overrated. This month, one local restaurant is keen to show that there’s as much merit in winter as there is in the summer months. And to prove its point, Farndon Boathouse has a few events, promotions and some exciting news to announce as well.

Words & Images: Rob Davis.


Any visit to Farndon Boathouse is a treat. For the uninitiated, the place was created in 2008, with co-founder of the restaurant Dan Garner taking full ownership in April 2016.

New for January, though, the restaurant will split into two distinct areas. The former boathouse itself will retain the à la carte menu whilst the second dining room, adjacent to the kitchen, will have a brand new menu based on a steakhouse concept and offering homemade pastas, a ‘catch of the day’ option plus an array of grill dishes.

When the restaurant closes between 2nd and 4th of January, a team will give the new grill dining room a makeover, with the new menu beginning soon after.


meet the CHEF

Also in January, diners will be able to enjoy the restaurant’s ‘January Sale’ promotion which offers 50% off selected dishes from 5th January all month long.

Traditionally, Farndon Boathouse has been a place diners have in mind during the summer months. Outdoor dining takes place against a soundtrack of the live music acts the restaurant hosts for diners, especially on Sunday evenings. The restaurant also hosts its garden party in June too. Ordinarily, we too will wax lyrical about summer dining, but the changes Dan and the team are aimed at ensuring there’s just as much happening during the winter months too. In addition to the new restaurant and a January sale, there’s a Christmas Market with boutique stalls, live music and mulled wine

Background: “Born and raised in Nottingham, worked with owner Dan Garner for four years after stints in numerous Michelin-commended restaurants around the city. Philosophy: “All ingredients have their merits as long as they’re fresh, simply used and if a dish has been well executed.” Food Heaven: “I love freshly caught fish and freshly shot game...” Food Hell: “Anything that’s been frozen, prepared carelessly or that has been overcomplicated.”

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>> plus a barbecue on Sunday 19th November, plus Farndon Boathouse’s first ever Winter Ball, which takes place on Friday 17th November. Naturally, there’s Christmas Eve dinner available for £26.50/head and Christmas Day dining with a Champagne reception for £80/head.

Diners can celebrate the arrival of 2018 at the restaurant too, with New Year’s Eve dining for £75/head including a Champagne reception, and New Year’s Day dining at £25/head. Otherwise, Farndon Boathouse remains the place we know and love. The restaurant was proud to achieve its second AA restaurant earlier this year, and well deserved it was too. The place is entirely contemporary in design, with two open plan dining areas, and vast

OPEN FOR FOOD Kitchen: Monday to Friday 12-2.30pm; 6pm-9.30pm. Saturday & Sunday: 12-3.00pm; 6pm-9.30pm. Bar: Monday-Sunday 10am-Midnight.

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Bird liver pâté (chicken, duck and goose) with fig & apple relish and toasted sourdough £7.95. Hand dived scallops, with crispy chicken wings, sweetcorn, pickled cauliflower and raisins £12.95.

Main Courses

Pan roasted duck breast with rösti potato, spiced honey, squash and pak choi £18.50. expanses of glass creating a light and airy dining space, with two contemporary open fireplaces to take the chill off winter dining. Polished concrete floors, timber, exposed ducting, contemporary artwork by local artists and photographers, all ensure the place is very trendy looking. Beauty is more than skin deep too, because the food that the brigade produces is always very special. A single à la carte menu provides a choice of eight starters, two sharing boards, 10 main courses and seven grill options, then seven desserts.

That might sound like an extensive menu but each dish is well-practised, beautifully presented but executed with flawless technical ability too. The team are as proficient and as creative a brigade as it’s possible to curate.

What’s more, the place is decent value too; it’s not the cheapest, but it is very reasonable given the quality of dining, the overhead cost of ingredients and labour expended in their use. There’s an Early Bird option for lunchtime or pre-7pm evening patrons, affording two or three courses for a reasonable £16.95/£19.95, with four or five options per course. Local suppliers includes West Bridgford’s Fruit Basket which grows and sells much of

its produce, and there’s seafood from the village’s Paolos, too. Meat is provided by Owen Taylor, whilst game is sourced from local shoots. Naturally, bread, ice creams and petit fours are homemade, and dishes are beautifully presented and embellished. Also homemade are the ‘gourmet’ pizzas which, in the summer months, are cooked in the woodfired pizza oven adjacent to the kitchen. Since opening Farndon Boathouse, Dan has gone on to open a further restaurant; Dry Doddington’s Wheatsheaf - a rustic pub in the village in which the restauranteur grew up - and establish an outsider catering element to the business too.

Both are compelling dining options, with the same quality of food emerging from their kitchens, and the same level of service. But for its character, its brisk programme of live music and events, our favourite remains Farndon Boathouse.

It’s a trendy place, different from the typical ‘Farrow-and-Balled’ village pubs, with a premium experience and a contemporary feel. We absolutely love the place in summer, but Dan and the team appear to be going out of their way to prove the restaurant’s merits during the cooler months too... and we’re absolutely certain that he and the team will succeed in doing so! n

Pressed belly pork with fondant potato, baked apple purée, apricot stuffing and crispy kale £15.95. Thai fish bowl, white fish, salmon, mussels, prawns with rice noodles in Thai spiced coconut broth £16.95.

From the Grill

Gourmet burger with grilled rump steak patty, farmhouse cheddar, bacon, gherkin, tomato and toasted brioche bun with fries and sweetcorn relish £13.95. Butcher’s Block 20oz T-bone steak - sirloin on one side; fillet on the other £28.


Chocolate marquise with black forest garnish £6.95. NB: Featured dishes are subject to change.

n Farndon Boathouse is based off Wyke Lane, Farndon, Newark, Notts, NG24 3SX. Tel: 01636 676578, or see 55

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Celebrate with us this

Festive Season Call now for our Christmas Party, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve menus and celebrate the season with fresh ingredients, wonderful food and a warm welcome!

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Call 01529 305743

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FESTIVE LARDER The county’s food producers want to wish you a very Merry Christmas... here are our favour producers and their products!

1. Vintage Lincolnshire Poacher cheese, produced at Ulceby Cross near Alford £19.95/kg.

2. Piper’s Crisps, produced near Brigg, Thyme & Rosemary flavour for nibbling when guests drop in during the festive season 75p/pack. 3. Cranberry Sauce from a range of artisan or locally produced sauces and chutneys at Abbey Parks Farm Shop £6.75/570g.

4. Honey roast ham, available by mail order £1.55/100g. 5. Cote Hill Blue cheese, made in Market Rasen by Michael and Mary Davenport £22/kg.

6. Belvoir Cordial, made in the Vale of Belvoir near Grantham. Quality drinks for the designated driver or a great mixer £1.75/25cl Cranberry shown. 7. Pork & Stilton Pie from topped with cranberry £3.95/1lb.

8. Stuffed Chine £1.40/100g.

9. Pocklingtons Plum Loaf, delicious toasted with Poacher Cheese on top. Made in Louth, £3.65/440g. 10. Tom Woods’s Bomber County ale, 4.8%ABV, dark bitter flavour £3.75/500ml.

11. Homemade Fruit Cake from Abbey Parks Farm Shop, £2.95/slice; £25/whole.

12. Huntsman’s Pie, pork chicken & stuffing £3.95/1lb. n With Thanks: Our festive food selection was produced in conjunction with Abbey Parks Farm Shop, off the A17 at East Heckington. With thanks to Ros Loweth and the team, 01205 821610,


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La Dolce Vita



The Lincoln Hotel presents this rum & raisin pannacotta, a warm, unctuous taste of winter courtesy of chef Dale Gill. 01522 520348,

n The Red Lion at Bicker is 350 years old, but its current owners manage to both retain the traditional look and feel whilst also bringing its provision of ‘gastropub’ dining right up to date.

n Stallingborough Grange provides the sweeter of tooth among us with a wealth of truly tempting choices, but we especially loved this winter treat; a raspberry and pistachio tart with raspberry coulis and crushed pistachios.

Stallingborough, Grimsby, Telephone 01469 561302 or see, 62

Its ‘Lincolnshire tapas’ menu is innovative and delicious, main courses are well executed but do save room for desserts like this baked vanilla cheesecake. 01775 821200,

n FARNDON’S BOATHOUSE serves these delicious homemade petit fours with coffee.

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The Queen’s Head, Kirkby la Thorpe offers this assiette of rhubarb; panna cotta, purée and poached rhubarb, available at the restaurant, near Sleaford. 01529 305743, www.thequeens


Toft House in Bourne present some of their puddings on slates for a contemporary look. this assiette of fruits included homemade sorbet, whilst winter highlights include warm roasted plums topped with honey. 01778 590614,

Newark NG24 3SX, 01636 676578, www.farndon

The Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa present this chilled strawberry soup with winter berries this winter, as well as brandy crème brülée and chocolate and marinated cherry cake. 01526 352411, n Featured dishes are representative examples of our featured chefs’ skills... the menus of our featured restaurants change frequently so dishes are subject to availability. Check each restaurant’s website prior to your visit for an up-to-date menu. 63

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Roast Organic Turkey

with Lincolnshire Sausage Apple & Herb Stuffing... Serves: Eight. Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 3 hours (approx). For the Turkey 2 tbsp oil

1 onion, peeled and chopped 6 small eating apples 175g fresh white breadcrumbs 2 tbsp freshly chopped thyme leaves 2 tbsp freshly chopped flat leaf parsley 450g Lincolnshire pork sausages, skins removed 1 egg, beaten salt and freshly ground black pepper 5.4kg oven-ready turkey 50g butter, softened a handful of fresh thyme sprigs 4 grilled rashers back bacon, to garnish For the turkey gravy

juices from roasting 2 tbsp flour 700ml turkey or vegetable stock a splash of red wine, Madeira or port

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the chopped onion until just softened. Peel, core and finely chop three of the apples and add to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Leave to cool then mix with the breadcrumbs, herbs, sausages and egg. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Preheat oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/375°F/gas mark 5.

Fill the turkey neck with half the stuffing, then smooth down the flap of skin and tuck under the bird. Tie the turkey’s legs together with string and fix the wings to each side of the bird with metal skewers. Calculate the cooking time by weighing the turkey - allow 18 minutes per 450g plus a further 18 minutes. Shape the rest of the stuffing into 12 small balls, then put them in a roasting tin, cover and chill in the fridge.

Place the turkey in a roasting tin. Spread the butter over the skin, season and cover loosely with some buttered foil. Roast for the calculated time, basting occasionally with the juices from the roasting tin.

Uncover for the last 45 minutes to allow the skin to brown.

Transfer the turkey to a large warmed platter. Cover and leave in a warm place. Put four tablespoons of the cooking juices in a roasting tin. Cut the rest of the apples into wedges and toss into the juices. Roast in the oven with the tray of stuffing balls for 15-20 minutes until just golden. To serve, put the stuffing balls, thyme sprigs and apple around the turkey, with the grilled bacon on top.

For the turkey gravy: pour nearly all the juice and fat from the roasting tin into a jug and skim off any excess fat from the top of the juices. Heat the roasting tin on the hob and stir in two tablespoons of flour.

Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for one minute then gradually whisk in the turkey juices and about 700ml turkey or vegetable stock. Bring to the boil, stirring all the time, then allow to simmer until the gravy has thickened.

Add a large splash of red wine, Madeira or port and season with salt and pepper. n

Chef ’s Tip: As a rule of thumb, when cooking any piece of meat - whether that’s roast turkey or sirloin steak leave it to rest for half the time it has been cooking for; if you cook a turkey for three hours, rest it for one and a half. 64

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Lincolnshire farmers feature in NFU’s new Countryside Kitchen recipe book...

Four Lincolnshire farmers feature in the NFU’s new recipe book, Countryside Kitchen: Farm, Food, Fork, launched today. With 77 recipes, including the recipe we’ve reproduced here, that use only British seasonal ingredients, the recipe book celebrates the best of British food – and the people who produce it. Tom Wells from Barnetby near Brigg, Joe and Ross Davenport of Cote Hill Farm, Market Rasen and Chris Moore from West Butterwick near Scunthorpe are Lincolnshire’s proud representatives in this new book that features farmers from across England and Wales. n Countryside Kitchen can be purchased via the NFU Countryside website ( for £15.95 plus P&P.

Recipe & Images courtesy of NFU.


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Come to the Little Rose Tearoom, with friendly staff, making everyone welcome. Enjoy our home made cakes and food. Little Rose Afternoon Tea: Pork pie, home made quiche, choice of sandwiches, home made cakes and a lovely cup of tea or coffee from our selection...

The Little Rose Tearoom, 28 Aswell Street, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 9BA. Tel: 01507 610222


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Wine of the Month

Honey honey, how you thrill me!

New gin from local producer Warner Edwards really is the bee’s knees!...

Serego Alighieri, Vaio Amarone della Valpolicella... £59.95 / 75cl, Grape Variety: 70% Corvina; 20% Rondinella, 10% Molinara 15.5% ABV

A stunning new gin from local producer Warner Edwards this month. Perfect for warming up your winter. It’s a floral and zesty gin with a long, lingering and gently sweet finish. 28 botanicals is infused with local honey: golden nectar from Warner Edwards’s own Hives on Falls Farm on the Leicestershire border! £40/70cl, 40% ABV.


1. One of Harish’s favourite Champagnes, Drappier offers aromas of white peach, quince and a touch of spice. The dry, elegant palate shows fine bubbles and a long, crisp finish. £34.95 / 70cl / 12% ABV. 2. A beautifully balanced style of rosé: elegant yet full of character. Pretty red berry aromas and Pinot Noir base lead to a delicate palate of summer fruit and herbs, finishing crisply dry and refreshing. £39.95 / 70cl / 12% ABV.

3. Beautifully pure, elegant wine, with a refreshing lemony aroma and a delicate mousse. Dry and with plenty of substance. Diamond & Jubilee edition featured here; £34.95 / 70cl / 14% ABV.

“Push the boat out this season and enjoy a heavyweight red that’s perfect for December; spicy and festive...!” Concentrated and elegant on the nose, with hints of spices and sumptuous ripe red fruit. Aged in cherry wood casks, this is an absolutely sublime red! n

Perfect for Pudding

An exceptional accompaniment to your Christmas pudding! Serve up a smasher with your Christmas pudding this month and enjoy a nose of candied lemon peel, honeysuckle, and white flowers. Nectarine, peach and apricots on the palate, and subtle botrytis notes of marmalade. A great pudding wine from Domaines Barons de Rothschild. n Chateau Rieussec, Cru Classe Sauternes, France, £34.49 37.5cl/13.5% ABV.

n Our featured wines are available to buy from Harish’s shop, Oakham Wines. Call 01572 757124 or visit his website


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The best of both worlds. That’s what the country home of Jo and Tom Siddens will offer to its next custodians. One half of the house is a traditional farmhouse created in the Edwardian era, whilst a modern extension provides modern open plan living for busy families. What could be better? How about a rural location adjacent to the family’s dairy farm? “We’re fifth generation farmers,” says Jo. “The old wing of the house was built by my great-grandfather for my grandfather to live in. When my grandfather died five years ago, my uncle inherited it and lived in it for just a couple of days before we purchased it just before Christmas in 2013.”

“We had already renovated five properties in Canwick and Welton, but this was a real challenge. We had to install new hardwood windows, insulated the property, and replaced the roof.” At the same time, the family had applied for permission to extend the farmhouse, and with planning granted just as the family had completed their four month renovation, they began creating the new wing of the house with its cedar cladding and slate roof. Right: The family is moving just half a mile down the road onto the family’s farm.


Far Right: The master suite has a west-facing balcony with great sunsets.

Above: The house is a combination of Jo’s great-grandfather’s Edwardian farmhouse with a modern extension featuring cedar cladding.

Right: The old wing of the house has wood burners in the living room and bedrooms.

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“I remember the date as our youngest son had just been born,” says Jo. “We put up a tarpaulin between the space where the new wing met the old one and had no kitchen, just the small utility room for three weeks. It was a challenge with two young children! We completed the new wing in December 2014, just in time for Christmas, that was our target.” The house is arranged in an L-shape, with a dining room and bay-windowed reception room in the Edwardian wing, and a large breakfast kitchen in the new wing.

Period features in the drawing room include a wood burning stove, whilst natural light from three aspects makes it a light and airy space all day long. The entrance hall is just

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“The grounds are beautifully landscaped with Jo responsible for an increasingly mature native planting scheme with hostas, echinacea, delphiniums and climbing roses...”

>> as light and the family has managed to create a home office in the space. There’s also a utility for keeping white goods and household clutter out of the way, too.

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms in the old part of the property, but a thoroughly modern master suite in the new wing with an en suite, dressing room and west-facing balustrade endowing the room with beautiful Lincolnshire sunsets.

The modern part of the house is well suited to family living with a high gloss truffle coloured kitchen and white Corian surfaces, and there’s a suite of built-in appliances by AEG. Throughout the ground floor there’s a combination of carpeting and Amtico limed oak flooring with underfloor heating. The property’s bathrooms are all new, and beautifully appointed with designer suites and marble tiling. The property is every bit the modern interpretation of what a country farmhouse should be in the 21st century.

The grounds are beautifully landscaped with Tom curating a carpet-like lawn and Jo responsible for an increasingly mature native planting scheme with hostas, echinacea, delphiniums and climbing roses. “We were really lucky to be creating the house on such an established site,” says Jo. My great-grandfather imported many of the trees that are now well-established from Europe. It’s also a really safe garden, fully enclosed, allowing our two boys to enjoy running around in complete safety.”

Main: The kitchen is smothered in truffle coloured high gloss cabinetry.


Right: The 0.7 acres of grounds can be supplemented by an additional four acres if required.

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“Just at the same time as we bought this house, we also applied for planning permission to create a home on the site of a couple of old barns. It’s taken four years, but finally we’ve managed to get planning permission and to get our plans finalised, so we’re moving less than half a mile down the road to begin the new project.” “We’re gutted to be leaving, it’s a superb family home, but we’ll be transplanting the DNA of this place into a slightly larger property. We’ve 300 heads of cattle so we’ll be closer to our livestock too, which will be useful.”

“We really will miss this place though, it’s part of my family’s history, and a superb family home, but we hope the next owners will love it just as much as we do!” n


NEWBALL, WRAGBY Location: 7.8 miles from Lincoln, 10.1 miles from Market Rasen. Style: Contemporary family home set in 0.7 acres. Bedrooms: Four bedrooms. En suite, dressing room to master. Receptions: Three, currently arranged as living kitchen, drawing room and dining room. Other Features: Further four acres available by negotiation; barn, three outdoor stores and courtyard suitable for equestrian conversion. Kitchen garden. Guide Price: £599,950.

Find Out More: South View is currently on the market with estate agency Savills of Lincoln. Call 01522 508908 or see for more information.


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Festive Home Rich red hues for a

The colour palette of Christmas is festive red against a backdrop of Scandi-inspired neutral linens and whites. It’s also a warm room scheme for a pre-Christmas makeover that will look good into the New Year and beyond..

There’s still time to give your home a preChristmas makeover, alongside the creation of a ‘Scandi’ look for your festive home.

From redecoration to just a few finishing touches like the odd scatter cushion, the look is typically defined by a richness and warmth that’s achieved with natural materials. Rustic timber tones, wooden floors, traditional furniture and hard-wearing warm fabrics like linen and weaves also create the scheme.

The ‘Scandi’ look can be achieved with a palette of warm neutral colours - linens and biscuit hues - and with the addition of wide or more subtle ‘ticking’ stripes. At this time of year and into the winter months, it works best with bold festive red shades! >> The Scandi Look: Fabric shown here is from the Prestigious Textiles brand’s Cairngorm range in Cardinal colourway, with tweeds, tartans, bold stripes and twills. It’s stocked by Oldrids, whose Boston Downtown store can create curtains, cushions and other bespoke furnishings; call 01205 350505 or see


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Above: Glenmore from Clarke & Clarke,

INTERIORS AND DESIGNERS IN LINCOLNSHIRE Aitch Interiors The Stables, Wellingore Hall, Lincoln LN5 0HX, 01522 810961,

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Above: Clarke & Clarke’s Vienna is a hardwearing, linen fabrics in festive claret. Right: Hudson Bay by Linwood features reindeer, stag, and festive tartan motifs as well as plaids and tartans.

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This page: larger items from Elizabeth and Stevens, providers of new, antique 82 and reclaimed furniture.

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Artist’s Sculpture

‘Life Balance’ with verdigris finish, 110mm tall £875.

Festive Mugs

With ‘Nöel’motif, in red enamel, £5.50/ea.

Retro Ornaments

Betty Boop doorstop £32; Guinness moneybox £43; Toucan doorstop £38.

Winter at ELIZABETH & STEVENS Original Postboxes

GR, ER in reg, black, blue, white, variety of sizes available £call for details.

Bronze Elephant

Heirloom bronze piece, patinated in verdigris finish 60cm tall £850.

Based at Markham Moor, Elizabeth & Stevens is one of our favourite retailers for quirky, imaginative pieces to furnish your home...

Salsa Bottles Different colours £24/each.

Antique working locks

Metal/wood 28 x 36 x 6cm £160; 19 x 16 x 5cm £50.

Ornamental Succulents Faux cactus £125/ea; faux succulents £85.

All items available from Elizabeth & Stevens, The Showrooms, Great North Road, Markham Moor, Retford DN22 0QU. Tel: 01636 822000 or see


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Circle of Life

In the Christian faith, evergreen circles - hung from doors at this time of year - denote everlasting life. If you’re trimming back foliage to put the garden to bed for the winter, you may want to leave some greenery aside to create a beautiful wreath. Lincoln florist Rachel Petherham this month provides some inspiration... Words & Images: Rob Davis.

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“Rachel works from a pretty potting shed in the walled garden of Doddington Hall, Lincoln’s Grade II* listed 15th century stately home. She’s ably assisted by colleague Michelle and a snoozy cat, Tiger Lily...!”

Dr Rachel Petherham’s former potting shed on the Doddington Estate near Lincoln must be the area’s prettiest floral workshop. The owner of Catkin Flowers is one of the UK’s top 50 florists according to the Independent. By summer, she specialises in wedding floristry, but by Christmas, she creates the Farm Shop’s artisan wreaths, and other festive arrangements. Conveniently, that affords her just a few weeks of breathing space between the seasons to advise us on how to create wreaths from materials gathered from our own gardens, and there’s a much greater scope for creativity than one might think. Getting The Basics Right...

You can create your wreath using metal frames from floristry foam, but that’s not overly robust for something that’ll be hung on a door. An alternative suggestion is to use willow loops, which can be a feature in the wreath itself - rather than just a means of supporting your wreath’s foliage - and is available from garden centres, in many different colours.

An even better option is to use a floral frame available from a florist in a traditional rounds shape but also in hearts and crosses, too. Use a continuous length of reel wire to secure moss around your frame, and you’ll be able to use your moss either dry or wet, affording much more flexibility. Start by adding filler foliage like conifer, leylandeii and ivy - the latter of which is abundantly available in both single colour and variegate forms. Rachel and her colleague Michelle Kelsey avoid using holly as it’s too prickly. What to Use...

Once you’ve sufficiently bushy foliage, practically anything is fair game for your creative purposes. The wreath in our opening image features alliums hydrangeas, pine cones and grasses like Periosteum, whilst the wreath pictured centre, opposite uses dried hydrangea, sage and hops. Foliage with berries, herbs and seed heads can all be used depending on your design. 88

Design Hints...

Rachel advises wiring in your material, preferably with the same continuous length of reel wire, or with stub wire. Place larger items in threes or fives so your items aren’t situated too uniformly, and vary if not the colour then at least the texture of your foliage to create contrast and a dynamic looking wreath. Make the most of the season and ensure your wreath is a reflection of your garden’s unique biodiversity. Even from one area of Lincolnshire to the other there’s great variety. In Doddington for example, there’s an abundance of snowberries, whilst at home, Rachel has spindleberries and crabapples. Don’t be afraid to sparingly use spray either. Rachel confesses she used to be snobby about it, but it’s a good preservative of dry seed heads and so on, and it allows you to introduce accents of white or silver. Taking it Further...

The odd berry will be pilfered from your wreath so why not acquiesce to the inevitable and create a bird wreath with rosehips. Alternatively, create seed-themed wreaths or living wreaths with succulents like sempervivums or bulbs such as grape hyacinth.

Top/Left: Dr Rachel Petherham operates from the Doddington Estate as Catkin flowers.

n Rachel Petherham’s artisan wreaths are available in the Doddington Estate’s Farm Shop, or you can commission one to order if you’ve specific requirements. For information on the florist’s wreaths or wedding work, call 07758 730462 or see

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Your Colour

PALETTES Practically any foliage is fair game when you’re creating your wreath...

Red is one of the easiest colour schemes to work with. Holly, rosehips and deep pink or red hydrangeas can all be used.

Gold is a trickier colour to find in the natural world, but goes well with more natural tones like copper and brown. Don’t be snobby about using a bit of spray paint, especially on dried allium, seed heads or pine cones... just use it sparingly! Orange can be achieved by using delicate ’Chinese Lanterns’ or Physalis to give them their proper name. Silver and white shades can be achieved with the use of eucalyptus, white grasses, white heather, or with the use of white or silver spray.

Blue colour schemes can be created with hydrangeas. Though there’s a danger of them drying into a nasty sludgy brown colour, just occasionally they dry with a lovely lilac hue. Consider lavender, too, the benefit of which is both visual, but also olfactory. n

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Renewable Farming

Alison Pratt, Communications Manager for NFU East Midlands, on how renewable energy can prove beneficial for Lincolnshire’s farms... Lincolnshire’s landscape has been formed by thousands of years of intervention by man and machine. It evolves and alters and the many influences on our countryside could be as small as a mole hill or as big as a bypass. Renewable energy generation has become a key issue in our fight against climate change. Europe’s renewable enetrgy targets state that each country needs to generate 20% of final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020. We’re getting there, though the UK lags behind some of its EU competitors as we import more energy than we should. But energy generation is leaving its mark on our landscape. First it was the erection of wind turbines that were the most noticeable impact of the drive for green energy. Whether you like them or loath them, they demonstrate how the power of nature can be harnessed for man’s benefit.

A considerable amount of renewable power generation is sited on farms. A recent NFU survey found that 25% of farms have solar PV energy production to help reduce electricity bills and, for some, electricity generation is a useful income stream for their business. If you think about it, many farms use lots of electricity - whether that’s to run the milking parlour or to power a cold store to keep vegetables in readiness for sale later in the season. Putting

solar panels on a barn roof means they’re out of the way, but still doing a good job of making electricity from the sun, and they’re out of the way, mostly invisible in the landscape. That can’t be said so much for solar farms, with tens of hectares of ground-mounted panels angled towards the sun, producing enormous amounts of power and feeding it directly into the electricity grid.

Despite what you might think, the land beneath the panels isn’t lost to food production. Many solar farms also host flocks of sheep or free range hens. Wildlife, too, including an enormous variety of insect life, feeds on specially sown pollen and nectar wildflower meadows surrounding the panels. The third element is making biogas which can be burned to make electricity and heat. Lots of different materials can be used for biogas, such as animal manures, food wastes and sewage sludge. Our ever-changing landscape is also a good home for green energy generation. For farmers it’s another string to our bow and a way of contributing to our renewable energy targets at the same time as reducing farm costs.


Arable Sector: Farmers in the county will be ploughing, harvesting winter vegetables and spraying cereals. Livestock Sector: Animals will be brought in from the cold this month and housed. Turkey and geese will be plucked in preparation for Christmas. Farmers will be visiting Fatstock shows too.

To something completely different: Christmas. At the NFU we’re gearing up for our usual seasonal campaigns to promote the food our farmers produce for your Christmas feasts. Whether that’s turkey, goose or beef, we hope you’ll check that what you’re buying does come from a British farmer.

Don’t forget that there’s a wonderful array of produce available from your local butcher and our farm shops and seasonal poultry producers will be advertising their wares from mid-November. Enjoy a truly fabulous Christmas with the very best of Lincolnshire’s produce! n 91

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To view photographs from The Event visit

The Masquerade Ball In Aid of Age UK Lincoln & Kesteven

Fabulous frocks and marvellous masks were the order of the night at a ball held at Lincoln’s Doubletree by Hilton recently. The event was designed to raise both awareness and funds for the Lincoln and Kesteven region’s AgeUK charity.

The event featured a drinks reception on the fifth floor of the Doubletree, followed by a three course supper and entertainment. “Loneliness and social isolation are now considered to be one of the UK’s biggest killers and over a million over 60s say they

go for several days without speaking to someone,” says the charity’s Charlie Mcclelland. “We provide vital services, focusing on the needs of those in later life.” n See or call 01522 696000 for information.

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What’s in a


North East Lincolnshire author Emma Lingard has created a guide to her home town and to how Grimsby’s streets came to be named... here, she shares a few secrets immortalised on the town’s A-Z!

What’s in a name? It’s not a question with a single, simple answer, says Emma Lingard. The broadcaster, author and keen historian has just completed a comprehensive guide to the origins of many of Grimsby’s street names.

The book, released just in time for Christmas, presents unseen pictures of the town’s streets too, and is a treasure trove of miscellany for resident of the town.

Grimsby is said to have been settled by the Danes in the 9th Century. Many of the town’s streets bear the suffix gate, derived from the Scandinavian word – gata meaning a street... as for the town’s other streets, here’s how a few of them originated.

Brighowgate: Usually pronounced briggergate. This is another of the ancient roads of the old town, and shows its Danish roots. The first part of the name is Scandinavian for a bridge by a spur of land and the latter means road or way.

In 1802 the House of Industry, later to become the Workhouse, was sited down here. In Rev Oliver Wild’s Byrde of Gryme, he talks of an ancient pear tree, which stood in the grounds of what was formerly the old Grimsby County Court.

In the book, he tells the reader the tree was planted in 1484 by Stephen de la See, a rich merchant of the town. It’s also alleged that William Shakespeare visited and wrote a sonnet under its branches.

Cartergate: This is another of the ancient streets of Grimsby. Scandinavian in origin it 94

was the road used by the merchants to enter the town. Its name means the street of the carters and was first recorded in 1406.

Deansgate: The name is considered by some historians to be a corruption of Danesgate and is taken as further evidence of Grimsby’s Scandinavian origin. But it could also be a reference to ‘The Dean’s Road.’

One of local artist George Skelton’s drawings is of the old Deanery in Church Lane. Deansgate is mentioned in the Court Rolls of 1501, when “the servants of

“Grimsby is said to have been settled by the Danes in the 9th Century...”

Of course Wellow Abbey Gate is a former Danish word - gata - meaning street. The name, Wellow, also survives today as an area of the town and at one time was a hamlet and not part of Grimsby. Catherine Street: Named after the youngest daughter of George Robert Heneage, of Hainton Hall. Catherine was sister to Edward Heneage, who was MP for Grimsby in 1880. She married a Major Beresford and died in 1895. Alfred Street: This street runs south from Tennyson Street towards Frederick Street.

All these street names commemorate the Lincolnshire Tennyson family, as does Somersby Street. Alfred, its most famous member, was Lincolnshire’s great poet (1809-1892) and Poet Laureate from 1850 to his death. He was born at Somersby, Lincolnshire.

Alexander Del See made two great gifts in the common way against his close in Deansgate for replacing a wall, to the harm of all people coming into the town.”

By the Grimsby Enclosure Award of 8th May 1840, George Tennyson became the fourth biggest landowner in Grimsby. Charles Tennyson was MP for Grimsby between 1818 and 1820.

Wellowgate: This is another of the town’s ancient roads, which ran from the former Wellow Abbey to St James’ Church. Wellow means a spring by a hill or mound and in Oliver’s book (1825) he talks of Abbey Hill measuring ten acres.

n Emma’s book, Grimsby Streets, is now available from good local bookshops or from It has 144 pages, and has a recommended price of £12.99.

Deansgate of course, originally was a road over flat land and the bridge, and Deansgate Hill were constructed to cross over the railway after 1848.

Grant Street: Helen Thorold married Alexander Grant of London, whom the road is named after. The family later changed their name to Grant-Thorold.

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Emma Lingard has been a journalist and broadcaster for twenty years. Her interest in local history has seen her produce many programmes for local television such as Lingard’s Lincolnshire Rambles. Emma conducts guided heritage tours for the Wolds Walking Festival. Emma lives near Grimsby with her family. Below: Author Emma Lingard.

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PARTY Ready to

Red Carpet Ready are the UK’s largest dress specialists, based near Lincoln, stocking over 2,000 dresses for all budgets across short, midi and long styles. If you’re celebrating Christmas, the New Year or if you’ve a youngster planning a Prom in the family, it’s time to get Ready to party... Words/Images: Rob Davis. Sequin dress, £250, in Rosegold, Royal Blue, Wine or Navy.

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(Left to Right) Off the shoulder dress, £395 in Red, White, Navy, Burgundy. Sequin-embellished halter-neck dress £360 also in Navy/Silver, Black/Gold, Burgundy/Silver. Encrusted halter neck dress with train £315 also in Blush, Navy, Red, Silver Green, Wine. Opaque encrusted dress in tulle-style fabric £625 in Navy Crystal Encrusted or Diamond Crystal Encrusted.


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Red Carpet Ready’s range of over 2,000 dresses will ensure this season’s festive partygoers, and prom queens will find the perfect dress, with short and long styles, and many styles available in up to 27 different colourways, plus exclusive designs created for the Lincoln retailer. n

(Red Dresses, Above L-R): £365 in Red, Burgundy Navy, Silver, Blush; £995 in Red, Black or Blush; £345 Red Only; £595 Red or Blush. (Gold Dresses, Top/Right L-R): £455 in Gold, Black/Gold, Wine/Gold, Navy/Gold, Gunmetal Silver; £745 in Gold, Rose gold, Gunmetal, Red, Turquoise. £395 2 Piece in Red, Black, Fuchsia, Royal Blue, gold; £510. (Silver Dresses, Left L-R): £745 also in Gold, Rose gold, Gunmetal, Red, Turquoise; Back Middle Couture Feather Gown £895; End Back Couture Feather Gown £1,100; Front Middle £465. (Burgundy Dresses, Right L-R): Two piece £449 also in Ivory, Burgundy, Navy, Gold; Top back middle £395 also in Wine & Red; Right £290 also in Black or Wine; Front Middle £455 also in Gold, Black/Gold, Wine/Gold, Navy/Gold, Gunmetal Silver.

Featured dresses are available from Red Carpet Ready, Hall Lane, Branston near Lincoln. Open seven days a week until 9pm but please prebook on 01522 793777. All styles and prices of their entire ranges can be viewed on Please note Instagram page @RedCarpetReadyLincoln.


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IMPLANT TREATMENT Why choose the Dental Health Centre in Grantham? Our skilful team of experts here at the Dental Health Centre, Grantham are an excellent choice as the providers of your dental implants because of our years of experience, passion for providing exemplary care and expertise of dental implants. Taking steps to transform the appearance and strength of your teeth is an excellent way to feel more confident. If you have any queries about implant treatment, or would like to book a free 30-minute consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us, as our friendly, knowledgeable staff are happy to help. The Dental Health Centre is proud to offer dental implants to patients of any age, depending on medical fitness. It is possible to insert implants the moment that the jaw stops growing, but in younger patients, treatment can only begin once the jawbone is completely developed.

“My implants have changed my life and I can recommend Mr Sutton’s work and his attention wholeheartedly,” Mrs Carlisle

“I’ve always been treated really well here. The staff are always friendly, very supportive and very knowledgeable. They put you at your ease and you know they are always going to do their very best for you,” Mrs Lemerle

“It isn’t overstating things to say that my implant work really has transformed my dental health and life in general. I can’t recommend it highly enough. It really is worth the investment,” Mr Hartwell If you’re looking for cosmetic dental implants in Grantham, then the Dental Health Centre provides the ideal setting. We have extensive experience in restorative dentistry and always work to give our patients the confidence of a beautiful smile. We recommend dental implants as a solution; but what are they – and are they right for you? Please contact our highly experienced team for any additional information or if you would like to book a free consultation.

The Dental Health Centre, 3 Avenue Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6TA. Tel: 01476 594480, or see


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Heaven Scent

The latest perfumes from Oldrids for winter 2017, heaven scent as a thoughtful gift, or the perfect way to complete your festive outfit...

Left to Right: 1. J’Adore Injoy, fresh, full and lively, 100ml EDT £87.

2. YSL Black Opium, oriental scent EDP 50ml £66. 3. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb gift set with 50ml EDP £69.

4. Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal, woody, elegant, 50ml EDP, £63.50.

5. Gucci Bamboo 50ml EDP and 100ml lotion £68

6. Cartier La Panthere, gardenia, and patchouli 50ml EDP £84. n

Featured perfumes from Oldrids of Boston, Grantham and Scunthorpe, call 01205 361251 for details.

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1. HELPING HANDS THIS WINTER Winter is tough on hands, with dry, cracked hands a common complaint. Whether preparing Christmas lunch or wrapping presents, your hands will thank you for Goldfaden’s Hands at Heart with restorative ingredients like retinol and glucosamine. Avocado oil nourishes and perfects skin £35.

A Little Festive Sparkle

2. From Spa to Home

Spa brand Elemis has released a special edition festive gift set to allow your loved one to take the spa experience home with them. Frangipane Body Beautiful is available for £38, whilst Frangipane Treasures features five products including an Elemis scented candle for £89.

Designer Eyewear in Brigg... Designer Frames from Tom Ford and Face à Face, at O’Briens, Brigg.

3. Skincare for Men

Our favourite range of men’s cosmetics is Deborah Mitchell’s collection of pre-shave scrubs, shave creams and oils, moisturisers, eye creams and masks. Limited edition five piece set contains the brand’s ‘essentials,’ a personal favourite available for £91.

4. Restore Winter Skin Restore winter skin with Fluer D’Orange truly luxurious Moroccanoil body butter. Energise and restore winter skin with blossom orange, mango butter and pomegranate oils. Also available in a freshly-cut rose scent, as shown here £42.


Wrawby Street, Brigg DN20 8BS 01652 653595

n John Rohnan-Wharff is a beauty and makeup blogger, who reviews and rates products at All products from good independent stockists unless otherwise stated, prices are RRP.

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The surgery-free ‘facelift’ - an anti-ageing technique which takes years off your face

Introducing Julie Smith - Lincolnshire’s new ‘Eva Fraser Facial Fitness’ Practitioner... Use facial exercises to work muscles and tighten your skin, at a fraction of the cost of a facelift. A former client of Eva’s, Julie is now one of just 16 Eva Fraser practitioners in the world. Learn the techniques once, use them for the rest of your life - no drugs, no pain, no surgery. Pioneered by Eva Fraser, pictured here, who was born in 1928.

Call 07796 000001 or see FOR A FREE, NO OBLIGATION CHAT ABOUT HOW EVA’S METHODS CAN TAKE YEARS OFF YOUR FACE I cover the whole of Lincolnshire and courses can take place at my studio near Boston or in the comfort of your own home. Bookings must be made at least a week prior to your appointment.


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Love, Actually For former tennis professional and athlete mentor Jade Windley and her new husband Guy Galpin, it was ‘love’ at first sight. The couple recently enjoyed an autumn wedding at The Petwood Hotel, close to where Jade grew up!

Photographer: Jonathan Mank, PM Photography, 07834 015808,

Tennis is a funny racket to be in, if you’ll pardon the pun. At the level Jade Windley is used to playing at - competing at Wimbledon from 2011-2014 - you need to travel the length and breadth of the country.

One benefit of that, however, is the opportunity to meet your future husband. That’s exactly what happened when Jade met Sunderland born Guy Galpin (he’s a tennis coach, too) whilst working down in Brighton.

Love - the emotion, not the sport’s term for zero points - blossomed. The two became engaged following Guy’s surprise proposal on Jade’s birthday in April 2016, on one knee to the soundtrack of the couple’s

favourite song, Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud. Wedding planning began in earnest and there was only one venue for Jade; The Petwood Hotel, close to where she grew up in the village of Woodhall Spa.

been named after the Dambusters’ Guy Gibson, whose wartime connections with the hotel are well known in Lincolnshire.

“My parents married at the hotel about 30 years ago, and with the Temple of Atlanta Gardens being newly refurbished, the place looked better than ever.”

The couple’s wedding flowers - which made a feature of four tennis rackets - were created by Flowers by Maxine in the village, whilst the couple’s four-tier wedding cake was designed and made by Timberland’s Celebration Cakes by Lisa. Their honeymoon was even designed by local travel consultant Lisa Pocock. >>

“I loved the idea of being able to marry outdoors, it’s unusual in this country and the weather was perfect for it,” she says.

Guy relocated to Lincolnshire so the couple could live together and only discovered a few weeks in advance of the wedding that he had

Happily, Jade and Guy didn’t have to travel far to source the elements of their wedding. Jade found a beautiful Justin Alexander A-line gown with lace detailing from the village’s Ivory Room.


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“The couple used a palette of powder blue and soft pink to create a traditional look for their wedding...” The couple used a beautiful palette of powder blue and soft pinks to create a traditional look for their wedding, accompanied by Guy’s best man, brother Sean, and Jade’s maid of honour, sister Charlotte.

Samantha Barnard from Ashlex and the Petwood’s Lisa Hammond provided hair and beauty for the bridal party and Jade’s three flower girls. She also had a ‘mini-usher,’ plus a page boy with Guy calling upon a total of 10 groomsmen, in blue Ted Baker suits. The attendents helped to provide a real family wedding with a fitting reception afterwards in the hotel’s Woodland Suite. “Both of our families were so wonderful and supportive, and I can’t praise The Petwood’s Janet Lee highly enough, she was amazing!” says Jade. “We’re looking forward to our honeymoon to New York, Las Vegas and Mexico in late October, and can’t wait to begin our lives as a married couple!” n 106

Photographer: Jonathan Mank, PM Photography, 07834 015808,

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Ellie Benton

Nature with abstract vibrancy in Sleaford

Sleaford artist Ellie Benton produces vibrant abstract pieces inspired by the natural world, from indigenous species like the lapwings pictured, to the places she’s visited - Thailand, Fiji and Australia, for example. The artist’s works uses spontaneous strokes of saturated colour to explore the energy and character of her subjects, resulting in work with a technicolour quality and real boldness.

Having graduated from art college in Lincoln and from university in Nottingham, where she obtained a degree in Graphic Design, Ellie became a professional artist and in 2016 won Lincolnshire Pride’s special award in Sleaford’s Carre Gallery’s annual open competition. Giclée prints, canvases and commissions are available.

n Ellie’s work sells on the website Etsy and via her own website at

“These are the lande “Ellie’s work usesof tural vernacular spontaneous strokes of Rutland & Stamford; saturated colour to bring her subjects to life...” Top: Hot Lioness, 75cm 100cm, acrylic on canvas.

Above: Lapwings, 75cm x 100cm, acrylic on canvas.


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Edward Waite Contemporary Landscapes in Lincoln Contemporary artist Edward Waite was born in Sheffield and moved to Skegness as a child before studying at The University of Lincoln, graduating with a fine art degree in 2009. It was whilst at university that Edward pioneered a unique method of laying down acrylic paint on his canvas from a squeezy sauce bottle.

Travelling for two years in Europe, the US and Australia before returning to the area, Edward used his travel sketches as the basis of his artwork. Conventional acrylic underpainting forms the background of each canvas, with acrylic paint - and a ‘trade secret’

combination of other materials - then drizzled over in continuous lines with the ‘blacklining’ forming the initial shadow details before other colours are used to build up the tone and texture. Initially his work focused on cityscapes of New York, Sydney and of course, his home city, Lincoln. His work includes images of The Cathedral and Lincoln Castle, whilst a recent panorama of the city incorporating the Waterside Centre and the Red Arrows will be used as packaging for the Lincoln Tea & Coffee Company’s new Lincolnshire Tea. Each of Edward’s collections typically

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“Last year the artist’s Gilded Collection, traded primary colours for tones of copper and gold applied to the artwork with materials like real 24ct gold or copper leaf...” comprises around 40 pieces, and are sold exclusively through galleries with sketches from £385 and Edward’s larger pieces from £1,500 to £12,000. In addition to his collections, Edward also takes on commissions for clients with lead times of eight to 12 weeks.

Typically each piece takes three weeks including drying time and Edward works on three or four pieces simultaneously. Last year the artist produced his Gilded Collection, which traded Edward’s trademark primary colours for tones of palladium, copper and gold applied to the artwork with materials like real 24ct gold or copper leaf burnished onto the surface of the artwork. The best place to see Edward’s work in Lincolnshire is Bailgate and Stamford’s Little Red Galleries ( n For more information on Edward’s work, see or call 07794 900203.


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Peter & Jayne Smith

Introducing ‘The Impossimals’ in Louth

The Impossimals are creations of Mansfield born Peter & Jayne Smith. The self-taught artists work collaboratively on their abstract interpretations of real people they’ve met. The couple’s Lost Impossimals are visually similar but are based on the fictional characters in the books the couple also write.

Recently Peter and Jayne wrote a third book in Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland series, releasing four chapters online. They are in the process of having the complete novel published, and have created their Lost Alice collection as a visual interpretation of the project. The couple describe their work as colourful, niche, nostalgic pieces that offset the gloominess sometimes found in modern art. Prices range from £4,000-£14,000 for canvases, with the largest pieces 56” x 38”.

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GIFT Sleaford’s National Centre for Craft & Design champions high quality crafts this month with its Gifted 2017 event...

Visit Sleaford’s NCCD this month for a special advent weekend of high-quality craft, local specialist food and a family friendly programme of workshops a Christmas craft trail, activities, demonstrations, musicians and exhibitions.

Amy Louise

Newest artist on Lincoln’s art scene...

Events include a ceramic crockery workshop, Christmas Craft & Trail as well as the chance to make a 3D printed festive star.

An impressive debut for Any Louise, the Lincoln artist. Amy was born in Peterborough in 1989 and moved with her family to Skegness where she started school. Amy created her first collection in 2016 and was quickly snapped up by fine art publishers Buckingham Fine Art Publishers, with whom she now has an exclusive publishing partnership.

Amy’s work consists of ‘Farrow & Ball’ backgrounds over which she’s blacklined

contrast-ey abstract bitumen strokes of indigenous and more exotic animals. The artist adds blocks of colourful acrylic to ensure the characters really catch your eye. On top of her canvas, Amy applies a layer of transparent acrylic resin to give each piece a glossy finish and a real resilience.

The event takes place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December, and last year attracted over 5,000 shoppers and visitors seeking high quality jewellery, ceramics, textiles, glass and tableware.

n The National Centre for Craft & Design is based on Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford NG34 7TW. Call 01529 308710, or see

Amy is just completing her second collection and her work is priced from £312 for a 40cm x 30cm framed piece to £795 for her larger pieces, measuring 70cm x 70cm. n For more information on Amy Louise’s pieces and to see her full collection of wildlife art, visit Left: Fly Away With Me, mixed media on board 40cm x 30cm £795.

Top: I’m All Out Of Carrots, mixed media on board 90cm x 60cm, £POA.

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Nestled between Lincoln’s beautiful Cathedral and Castle, the Artists’ Market offers visitors the chance to view and buy a variety of beautiful, hand-crafted, and unique pieces of artwork and crafts.

Lawrence Coulson

The county’s big skies inspire Stamford Artist...

The British climate may be unpredictable, but it does provide terrific inspiration for landscape artist Lawrence Coulson.

People critiquing Lawrence’s work have made a comparison to the Romanticism-era painter Turner, suggesting that Lawrence ‘reboots’ the artist for the 21st century - a comparison he’s more than happy with. Nevertheless Lawrence’s work is traditional in its composition; he works entirely in oils, and working on five or six canvases at a time.

“Lawrence ‘reboots’ the Romanticism-era artist Turner for the 21st century...” Top: Into the Shadows.


Above/Right: Bewitched.

A keen walker, Lawrence spends a good deal of time on the Lincolnshire and North Norfolk coast, taking pictures with his smart phone, then reimagining them, but with the addition of dramatic weather. Last month saw Lawrence reach a real milestone; 20 years as a professional artist, self-taught and encouraged by his mentor and father Gerald.

Canvases range from eight inches square up to large format measuring three feet by six feet and his originals sell for between £995 and £13,500 via Castle Galleries and Lincoln & Stamford’ Little Red Gallery.

n For more information on Lawrence’s work, see or call 07948 516708.

Taking place on Saturday 2nd December, the Artists’ Market offers a fantastic opportunity to buy bespoke pieces for your home, or unique gifts for your loved ones this Christmas.

The market is a great way to browse and buy affordable artwork direct from both established, and up and coming artists from the area. Make a day of it, and explore Lincoln's beautiful Cathedral and Castle; or visit the variety of boutique shops, restaurants and cafés that Lincoln has to offer. See or call 01522 545458.

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Jeweller sparkles at official relaunch... STAMFORD Established Stamford Jewellery retailer You & Beyond will officially reopen under a new name as Pride goes to press in a newly refitted store. The reopening will take place on Saturday 18th November, Following a three week refurbishment project, which has updated the retailer to include a new ‘shop-in-shop’ area for its most popular brands Pandora, Nomination and Daisy London. As part of its relaunch, the store will also be introducing two new brands, Alex & Ani and Ted Baker, offering affordable luxury jewellery and Watch brands. After winning the Pandora ‘shop-in-shop’ of the year award in 2016, the project will build on the recognition of the customer service and under anew name, give the shop a fresh elegant design. There will also be a significant update to the look of the

retailer’s website, with the ability to buy products online. Located on St Mary’s Street, in Stamford, the store will have a grand re-opening on Saturday 18th November from

Nigel’s quality is putting Lincoln in the frame


10am, where the first five customers through the doors with receive a £50 gift voucher and the following 50 will take home an Alex & Ani ‘goody bag.’

LINCOLN Nigel Robertson has spent the past 30 framing people in Lincoln... he’s not a private detective, but rather the owner of Speed Frame and Bluestone Art on Lincoln’s High Street.

“Customers come from all areas of the region to have their treasures framed,” he says. “Whether we’re framing certificates, family portraits, classic oil paintings or signed football shirts they all get the same amount of attention, ensuring the best possible framing options are discussed and custom built.” 118

There will be drinks and canapés on offer whilst customers browse the retailer’s new Winter collections and Christmas promotions. n See “We have a vast selection of framing options, styles and finishes so we are confident that we will have something that will suit your artwork and look great in your home. Traditional or modern we can definitely cater for your taste.” With Christmas around the corner, now’s the perfect time to take advantage of Nigel’s expertise and present your loved on with a beautiful family print, and original piece of artwork, or an old photo you’ve had professionally restored to give a truly personal gift.

n Visit 140 High St, Lincoln, LN5 7PJ, call 01522 542727,

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LINCOLN Lincoln’s Brayford Wharf is set to gain a second floating restaurant after developers have won an appeal in favour of its creation. Over £1m will be invested in the creation of the new building which will be similar to the Wagamama restaurant and will also see the creation of a refurbished viewing platform. Local company Stem Architects are responsible for design of the building, which will sit on stilts and overhand the water. Officials say that the new restaurant is essential to

ensure the Brayford continues to be available to locals and visitors. David Rossington of the Brayford Trust says; “The Brayford is a major jewel in Lincoln’s crown and our objectives are the same as those of our critics… the conservation of the Brayford for future generations.” “The Brayford Trust is a charity which operates on a not for profit basis to maintain Brayford Pool, which it leases from the City Council. Income generated is re-invested in improving and maintaining the pool and its surroundings.” n

Get a head start by planning your garden this season...


WOODHALL Sherry Forbes from the Manor House Stables in Martin, near Woodhall Spa, has picked up an award in the annual Select Lincolnshire Awards. Sherry was the Winner in the Teaching/Education Establishment of the year for the third year running as well as being Highly Commended in the Self Catering Accommodation category. Sherry says: “I'd like to say how delighted I am! In 2018 I will be running new chocolate making workshops, healthy bread courses, historic courses including homefront cookery during WW2 and many more. I have met many lovely people on previous courses I’ve run!”

n See

GRANTHAM You may not be able to enjoy your garden in the winter months, but now’s the time to get your growing going, according to designer Yvette Smith. The winter months can see experts like Yvette designing your garden with a consultation process that could even see work starting next year. Spending the winter designing your garden in collaboration with Yvette - who has a First Class (Hons) Degree in Environmental Design & Management, and has designed trade stands for RHS Hampton Court and Tatton Park - will ensure you have a head start, ready to enjoy a brand new garden!




Sherry wins in Select Lincs county awards

NORTH KESTEVEN DISTRICT COUNCIL has approved plans for the creation of a £16m 14,000m2 industrial development which will see offices and general industrial facilities being created. The site will be created in North Hykeham on the site of the old Lincoln Castings facility and with support around 216 jobs in the area. n

Bold New Brayford

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“ARE YOUR SOLAR PANELS WORKING PROPERLY?” Are you one of the many businesses or farmers relying on solar panels to bring down the cost of your energy? If so, it’s worth checking your panels are functioning correctly, says Grantham’s Simon Hopkins. “As a company mainly working in solar PV maintenance, we consistently find some installations underperforming or not performing at all, losing their owner revenue.” “Using our knowledge and expertise our engineers have built a communication panel here in our offices in Lincolnshire and commissioned an IT programmer to enable us to monitor sites. We call the system, SHES Guard, and it ensures proper functioning at all times and maximises the return on investment.” n For more information on SHES Guard call 01476 452177.


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The Best 4x4


In our part of the world, nothing beats the security, sure-footedness and elevated ride height of a vehicle with four wheel drive. Whether winter motoring brings heavy snowfall, slippery back roads or standing water and muddy verges, the latest all wheel drive cars blend style with safety and luxury... 120

Winter driving, even at a sedate pace, can be fraught with hazards in our part of the world. Sure, we may not be afflicted by drifts of snow several feet deep like other climates. But with muddy verges, pothole-strewn back roads and the danger of black ice where the shade of hedgerows prevents winter sun from thawing roads out, a decent 4x4 is nothing short of essential for our part of the world. Rejoice then, as there are four new-ish choices for those looking for safer winter driving. These models all offer not just sure-footed handing, but decent economy thanks - in the most cases - to the latest hybrid drivetrain technology and eight speed automatic gearboxes.

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Four Doors, Four Wheel Drive, Four Choices...

Three of our featured cars - the Audi, Porsche and Volvo - can be plugged into a standard household socket to offer cheaper company car bills, and a few miles of fossil fuel-free motoring. The Porsche offers an electric range of about 24 miles, the Volvo offers 27 miles of electric range and the Audi provides 34 miles. All of these figures are best case scenario, though, so don’t dismiss the Discovery on the basis of its conventional diesel engine. Expect a real world economy figure for the hybrid vehicles to plummet when on the motorway, where lugging around a heavy electric unit is more of a hindrance, and expect that electric range to fall dramatically in cold weather, too.

Words: Rob Davis.

Audi Q7 3.0TDi e-tron Quattro: 3.0V6 diesel, hybrid electric drivetrain, all wheel drive and eight speed auto gearbox. Seats seven, with luggage space for 650-1,835 litres (seats up/down). 143mph top speed, 0-60mph 6.2 secs. Economy 148.7mpg. £66,510.

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Platinum: 3.0 V6 hybrid petrol electric drivetrain with eight speed automatic gearbox and all wheel drive. Seats five, with luggage space for 580-1,690 litres. 151mph top speed, 0-60mph 5.9 secs. Economy 85.6mpg. £67,626.

Volvo XC90 2.0 T8 Inscription Pro: 2.0V4 petrol electric hybrid drivetrain, with all wheel drive and eight speed auto gearbox. Seats seven, with luggage space for 314-1,869 litres (seats up/down). 143mph top speed, 0-60mph 5.6 secs. Economy 134.5mpg. £69,615.

Land Rover Discovery First Edition: 3.0 V6 diesel with eight speed automatic gearbox and all wheel drive. Seats seven, with luggage space for 258-2406 litres. 130mph top speed, 0-60mph 8.1 secs. Economy 39.2mpg. £68,595

“The breadth of capability displayed by each of our featured models is impressive, but they’re also surprisingly economical...” All the cars featured here feature all wheel drive, but the Discovery is unique in providing low-range gears for serious off-roading. The Land Rover, Volvo and Porsche all ride on air suspension, the Audi rides on springs unless specified otherwise.

The Audi and Porsche have the most roadbiased, car-like dynamic, but the Land Rover is the most comfortable off the beaten track. On the other hand, if it’s a luxurious cabin you’re seeking, the Volvo’s iPad-like central display, minimalist Scandinavian cockpit

and ergonomic seats combine with a generous tally of standard equipment.

All of the models here can survive on their own merits. To our mind, the Land Rover is best as a bona fide off-roader; the Porsche for a sporty drive, the Volvo for a comfortable cabin and the Audi as the best seven seater.

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Learning the Ropes

This season the backdrop to midnight mass will be a peal of bells from local ringers in some of Lincolnshire’s 330 bell towers. In order to learn the ropes Rob Davis climbed the belltower at Washingborough’s church... Lincolnshire Pride had never met Claire Howard before. And yet, meeting her at Washingborough’s St John’s Church, she certainly seemed to ring a bell. That, and myriad other predictable puns was the result of a visit to the Washingborough Group of Churches’ Campanologists. “We’re guardians of the church bells,” she says. “Ringers, mechanics, engineers and learners.” In advance of our visit the 15 strong group of bell ringers had been hard at work clearing up all of the detritus left behind by the pesky jackdaws which encircle the church’s tower. They occasionally infiltrate it to leave twigs and other nesting material around the eaves, which surround the eight bells located about 100ft up in the Grade II* listed 13th century church.

Throughout Lincolnshire there are 214 towers with 3+ bells, most - though not all of which remain ringable. The total number of towers with ringable bells in the country is 6,699. Campanologists are far from a dying breed in the county, though their skill set has had to grow somewhat more diverse to ensure the survival of their craft, and the bells they ring.

There are records of bellringing from Roman times, but the majority of bells were replaced during the reformation, the hobby becoming fashionable in the 1600s. The first true peal - an extent of ringing with over 5,000 variations - was recorded on 2nd May 1715 in Norwich. During the 1700 and 1800, right up until Victorian reforms, ringers were a bit more raucous, and were often thought of as ruffians and drunks - happily, not the case with our group, though their Christmas bash can, apparently, become a bit lairy. The craft really deteriorated in the early 20th century with the war taking away many

Words: Rob Davis.

villages’ strong bell-ringing men and with numbers attending church becoming lower partly because of a fall in the population and from general disillusionment with religion. Latterly, the 2012 London Olympics were opened with the mass ringing of bells. The renaissance of bellringing was ushered in by bodies like the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, whose Dove’s guide is an authoritative source of information. The council is also spearheading Learning The Ropes, in conjunction with the Association

2018. Claire will celebrate her nuptials by ringing in her wedding dress!

So many of our commonplace turns of phrase come from the activity from ‘we come full circle,’ for example, to ‘learning the ropes,’ and ‘going like the clappers.’ Contrary to what you might imagine, few of the group are religious. Bellringing is a surprisingly secular hobby, and the group itself is lighthearted and eccentric rather than stuffy or pious. There remains, however, a deep-seated respect for the church as an institution, and for the church as a building. “It’s an entirely symbiotic relationship,” says Claire. “The church’s bellringers pursue their hobby and are provided access to the bells, whilst the bellringers agree to ring at Sunday services, weddings and so on.”

“In Lincolnshire there are 330 towers with bells, most of which remain ringable...” of Ringing Teachers, to stimulate a recruitment drive. The Washingborough group has ringers as young as 14, and Claire herself learned to ring as a teenager, after moving from Kent to Lincoln with her family. A police officer by day, Claire met her RAF engineer husband-to-be Bill at the group in 1989 and the two will marry in

Most of the county’s churches have a peak of between three and eight bells. Lincoln Cathedral has 12 bells. Our visit to the village of Washingborough was principally because it’s the group’s home turf, but also because the church has one of the roomiest, lightest and most accessible belltowers... not withstanding ascension of the spiral stone staircase which left me with burning leg muscles for days after; god’s own leg workout for generations of pious yet well-toned vicars.

The church’s ringing floor has ropes corresponding to each of the bells above, arranged in a circle. Washingborough has eight bells, dating from 1589 (bells five, six and seven) to 1896. These vary in size and mass from the tiny treble, at 4.5cwt (227kg) to the whopping tenor, weighing in at a bruising 12cwt (629kg).

This brings us to the proper term for bell ringing; Full Circle English Change Ringing, a reference to the fact that, in its 125

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simplest form, the ‘band’ ring the bells in order from smallest to largest.

The bells rest downwards, but to begin ringing, the band first has to swing them into a position where the bell mouth is facing upwards - known as ringing up, or the bell being ‘set.’ It’s a slightly dangerous position for a bell to be left in, as the slightest touch of the rope could result in the bell’s natural momentum swinging it back down, result in the hazard of out of control ropes. When the ringer pulls on the ‘sally’ - the furry bit - the wheel and the bell rotate through 360°, and the clapper then hits the rim of the bell, making it ring once.

On the bell floor, the pulling of the sally results in the rotation of the huge timber wheel to which a headstock, and the bell itself are connected.

When the ringer pulls the rope for a second time, the wheel rotates again by 360° and the clapper hits the opposite side of the bell. This action of ‘handstroke’ and ‘backstroke’ is repeated until the ringing stops. “That’s how to ring a standard circle, as it’s known,” says Claire. “It takes about six months to master the action. The next three or four months are taken up learning call changes. This technique involves changing the order of the ring to produce different tunes, and was developed in the 17th century.”

“The order in which bells are run is really just an algorithm. Instead of ringing from one to eight, for example, we can ring in the order 1,3,5,7 then 2,4,6,8 which is known as ‘Queens.’ There are other common tunes too, like Plain Bob, Stedman and London Surprise.” During their practice sessions, the group take it in turns to ring, and once in the circle, remain silent - apart from the obvious working as a team and concentrating hard to work out who will ring next in the sequence. Ringers usually sound a sequence of 100-300 changes, but a quarter peal comprises 1,250 changes, and a full


peal has a minimum of 5,040 lasting an exhausting three hours.

“It can be tiring, but it’s a great way to work out, and the group always has great fun together. It’s a really sociable activity with lots of teamwork,” says Claire. “Christmas is my favourite time of year. We decorate the tower and really enjoy celebrating the season. Ringing in midnight mass is a chance to ring past our usual curfew of 9pm, so it’s great fun!”

Above: Washingborough Church’s belltower, 100ft up, comprises eight bells ranging from 227kg to 629kg. The group is art of the Lincoln Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, They can be contacted at or via

n The Washingborough Group bellringers meet on Wednesday evenings at Washingborough, Waddington or Harmston Church. They perform a service ring Sundays from 10.20am, and this month will perform on Wednesday 20th December, Midnight Mass from 11pm and on New Year’s Eve from 11.30pm.

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