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The county’s food town

LOVE LOUTH Designer Dresses for Autumn


Homes & Garden Food & Drink High Society



Horse and Rider in Harmony at the 2013 Burghley Horse Trials


Food & Drink



Dining out in Lincoln

Your Autumn wardrobe

Country pursuits

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LincolnshirePride THE nuMBER onE CounTY MAGAZInE

It’s September, so this month, the county’s Burghley Horse Trials is nearly here. It’s a prestigious event to say the least and we’ve been finding out how the team behind the event prepares for a world-class sporting fixture. Elsewhere, we’ve been enjoying the sport of clay pigeon shooting, and have enjoyed a trip to the market town of Louth too, before enjoying supper at Lincoln’s Old Palace and The Lincoln Hotel.

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Autumn weddings also feature this month and we preview the latest fashions too... it’s certainly been a busy month, but we hope you’ll enjoy this month’s edition of the county’s number one magazine!

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With best wishes from the Lincolnshire Pride team... Publisher: Julian Wilkinson. General Manager: Ian Bagley. Group Sales Manager: Jayne Broughton. Executive Editor: Rob Davis. Customer Care Manager: Mandy Bray. Accounts Manager: Sue Bannister. Sales Manager: Zoie Wilkinson. Sales Executives: Charlotte Aiken, Jo Leadbitter, Rachel Jones, Emily Brown, Emily Carder, Elaine Hall, Sami Millard, Lauren Chambers. Sales Support: Emily Rippin. Distribution Manager: Paul Dixon.

Enjoy Lincolnshire Pride, read it cover to cover. Pick it up, put it down and when you have finished with it pass it on. When everyone has had a good read, pop it in the recycle bin!





A preview of this Autumn’s best fashions from some of the best local independent retailers.

Two restaurant suggestions for anyone looking to eat out in Lincoln this month.

Behind the scenes at Burghley and suggestions for a visit to Louth and Peterborough.

HRH Princess Royal visited Lincolnshire recently - we’ve exclusive photographs of her time in the county.

AuTuMn 2013


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Aled Jones visits the county for a one-off performance... Singer‘s performance will raise money for Boston’s St Botolph’s Church’s £120,000 a year restoration fund Aled Jones will appear in Boston this month for a one-off concert to raise money for St Botolph’s Church. The concert will take place on the 28th September and will be the biggest concert to be held in the Stump since Lesley Garrett performed in 2010. The 42 year old presents Songs of Praise on BBC1, BBC2’s The Early Breakfast Show, Good Morning Sunday and has co-anchored Daybreak since May 2012. All profits from the concert will go towards the church’s restoration programme. Also performing will be the St Botolph’s Singers featuring guest soloist Caroline Trutz. The church needs to raise over £120,000 a year to continue with its

Public Apology by Hubbard’s Hills Vandals in Louth... Beauty Spot Hubbard’s Hill was recently the subject of vandalism, with three youths damaging one of its wooden bridges. Happily though, the youths have been caught and have written three letters of apology to the town’s residents. Additionally, kind-hearted local businessman Carl Bostock has carried out a free repair for the bridge, which is now open to the public once more. The youths will all complete unpaid work all summer at the public park, to make amends. Hubbard’s Hills is a glacial valley gifted to the town in 1907 by teacher Alphonse Pahud.

Huge Master Plan Document Outlines Development of Lincolnshire for 2031... Shopping centre and tram network for Lincoln?

restoration programme and receives no government support. It therefore has to raise all of its money itself. “With the number of seats set at 950 we are hoping for a full house and with tickets already selling well people are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.” says the Church’s Peter Coleman. “In order for everybody to get a good view two large screens will be erected on each side of the aisles as we have done before so everyone in the church has uninterrupted views of the performance.” Tickets are priced from £29.50, and are available from the Stump Shop 01205 365111, from Peter Coleman 07887 94312 and at

Lincolnshire’s development up to 2031 has been outlined in a huge ‘master plan’ document revealed by Ric Metcalfe, leader of Lincolnshire’s Joint Strategic Planning Committee. The document outlines how the £100m Lindongate project, due to be completed in 2015/2016, could also pave the way for a tram network to ease congestion in Lincoln and to the redevelopment of the St Marks Shopping Centre site, with retailer John Lewis keen to move into the city. The plan also outlines a redevelopment of Lincolnshire’s waterways to improve their tourism potential, and details the provision of 42,800 new homes across central Lincolnshire. Three new housing estates are planned for Lincoln, three for Gainsborough and two on the outskirts of Sleaford.


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CountyNews Crowders’s work as Olympic supplier recognised... Horncastle’s Crowders has been awarded a Supplier Recognition Licence for London 2012.

In the two years building up to the games, Crowders supplied trees and shrubs for landscaping within the park and associated facilities. In addition the company is supplying trees and shrubs for the The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The British Olympic Association has recognised the part played by Crowders by awarding a licence under their Supplier Recognition Scheme. The licence gives Crowders the right to use the phrase Supplier of Trees and Shrubs - Olympic Park and Olympic Village - to the London 2012 Games.

Lincoln Lipdub now available to watch online...

New Lincolnshire wedding venue available to brides at Fen Farm...

Eight minute video saw Lincoln residents miming to Take That. The performance involved more than 40 community groups and 100s of participants! An internet video of Lincoln people lip-synching to music from Take That has taken the web by storm. Lincoln City Centre was brought to a standstill recently for the filming of the eight minute Lipdub video. Lip-dubbing is a global web phenomena where people are filmed mining to their favourite tunes to make a music video. Lipdub Lincoln was commissioned by BBC Radio Lincolnshire and involved hundreds of people from the city as they ran, drove, danced and marched through the historic heart of the city. Participants included Jive dancers, RAF cadets, Mods on Vespas, Mystery Players, Nordic Walkers, a variety of choirs, a hotel buggy, cricket team, local shops, carnival characters, the Mayor, rock school, Ceilidh dancers, cyclists, local gymnasts, choristers, Delta Dogs, Olympic torch bearers, and


shepherds with Lincoln Longwool Sheep. BBC Radio Lincolnshire Managing Editor, Charlie Partridge, said: “I really hope everyone enjoys the video as much as we enjoyed making it.” “The sun shone for us, more than 40 different community groups from across the whole county sang, danced and laughed their way through the streets.” “The whole project generated such an incredible feel-good factor reminiscent of when the Olympic Torch travelled the country.” “We really want to thank the people of Lincolnshire who were fabulous in supporting this venture and the Lipdub is - we hope - a fitting celebration of our county and the beautiful City of Lincoln.” The video can now be seen on YouTube - simply type in Lincoln Lipdub at

For five years brides have been able to find their perfect wedding dress at Lincoln’s Jdezire Bridal Boutique. Now you can hold your dream wedding there too. Fen Farm, on Skellingthorpe Road on the outskirts of Lincoln, is now taking bookings for their new wedding venue, which is just perfect for a relaxed country wedding. The farm has stunning views of Lincoln Cathedral and has a brand new reception venue which you can personalise for your special day.

En suite accommodation for the couple and their relatives is also available on site, in the venue’s converted barns. Newly refurbished to a high standard, the venue’s accommodation features hot tubs, private patios and underfloor heating whilst Jdezire itself still has a wealth of wedding dresses, bridesmaids’ gowns and accessories to ensure you look good and feel amazing on your special day. For more information please contact John or Joanne at Fen Farm by calling 07908 697 493 or see

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Thatcher statue in Grantham ‘could go next to Newton...’ Talks underway to commission a statue celebrating the Iron Lady - and a place next to Newton is possible Grantham’s two most famous inhabitants could be side by side very soon, despite their lives being some 280 years apart. Talks are underway to raise money and commission a statue of the late former PM, with Grantham Museum’s chairman Helen Goral speculating that there’s a place next to Newton. If the statue is positioned on St Peter’s Hill, it’s likely that it would be situated on a raised plinth to deter vandals. Other plans under discussion include the placement of the statue in Grantham Museum itself alongside the museum’s other exhibits. “I think it’s fair to say that a statue of Margaret Thatcher would be one of our most controversial exhibits.” said Ms Goral. “However, we already have a lot of experience in dealing with artifacts that are priceless.” A statue of Margaret Thatcher already stands in Westminster,

created by Anthony Dufort and unveiled to Thatcher in 2007. When the 7ft statue was revealed she referred to the decapitation of a previous statue at London’s Guildhall Gallery and said; “I might have preferred iron, but bronze will do. It won't rust. And, this time I hope, the head will stay on.”

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Chattertons Bowling Team raises £1,400 to save LIVES... Lincolnshire law firm Chattertons recently held a ten-pin bowling evening with over 120 people from 25 businesses in attendance, raising £1,400 for Lincolnshire’s first responders charity LIVES. Stephen Hyde, Fundraising and Marketing Manager for LIVES, who was in attendance on the night, said; “We must thank Chattertons for all the hard work that has gone into organising a

great night like this and the money raised will be invested in keeping our volunteers’ emergency kit up to date.”

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THE EVENT Princess Anne visits Lincolnshire HRH The Princess Royal visited Lincolnshire last month, travelling by helicopter to land in Boston. She was welcomed by Lord Lieutenant Tony Worth. The Princess Royal then visited Boston Stump to witness a service of dedication to the town’s new Puritan Path tourism project, which commemorates the 12 men and women who founded the New World colony in Massachusetts Bay in 1630. The Princess Royal met the masons who have renovated the south and west tower faces, leaving the town via helicopter for Lincoln, where she celebrated the Hykeham Sailability Club’s fifth anniversary. Photos: Matthew H Lane.

HRH speaking to The Revd Chris Wedge - Associate Rector of Boston.

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Princess Royal visits Lincolnshire

HRH speaking to the Revd Wedge, the former Vicar of Boston The Revd Canon Robin Whitehead and Mrs Judy Cammack of the Historic Boston's Partnership.

Members of the Wash Fens Local Action Group who assisted with the funding of the project.

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Princess Royal visits Lincolnshire

HRH speaking to The Revd Wedge, Mrs Judy and Mr John Cammack of the Historic Boston's Partnership about the memorials.


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The Colourful Market Town... Take another look at Louth - this Lincolnshire market town is much more colourful than you’d think, with a keen food culture, and a love of music and performing arts!

Louth’s Pahud memorial has never looked so colourful - it’s the work of local photographic artist Vik Waters. Find out how he did it over the page!

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EnjOy... Louth

The Look of

Louth There’s much more than a mere market at Louth. The town has always been famous for food, and has nurtured a keen sense of community... A traditional Lincolnshire market town, you’d expect Louth to provide independent retailers like Materialistic or Eve and Ranshaw - one of the oldest retailers in Louth, trading since 1781. You’d also expect it to keenly support local produce (see opposite). But Louth also provides its 17,500 residents with more than the usual market town remit; not least the glacial valley, Hubbard’s Hills, gifted to its people in 1907 and run by the Hubbard’s Hills Trust since 2009. The beauty spot - and Louth’s position in the Lincolnshire Wolds, attracts a number of tourists and day trippers all year round, and was one of the reasons the town was voted Best Market Town by BBC Countryfile back in 2012. This year, too, Louth attracted a national award when The Sunday Times declared it one of the UK’s best market towns in its Best Places to Live supplement, with the town reaching position 12 out of 101. St James’s Church is a popular venue for live choral and classical music, whilst next month’s Wolds Words Festival will be the town’s 12th literature festival held at venues including its Riverhead Theatre, home of Louth’s Playgoers, and nearby Spilsby Theatre too. In addition, the town hosts its Zero Degrees Festival each year, celebrating the intersection of the Greenwich Meridian Line through Eastgate. Also intersecting Louth is its Navigation, originally a


canalisation of the River Lud which ran for 11 miles towards Grimsby with eight locks along the way. No longer navigable, it’s cared for by the Louth Navigation Trust, whilst a few miles up the road, there are similar efforts being made to reinstate the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway which used to connect Louth and Grimsby. Today, it’s open every Wednesday and Saturday, with a keen group of steam enthusiasts happy to provide a short sortie to members of the public.

The Garden WOODLANDS at Fotherby, just two miles north of Louth, is a mature woodland garden in which a wealth of wildlife thrives. Open for the NGS on 8th September from 11am-5pm, the nursery gives visitors the opportunity to purchase plants seen in the garden and has an award winning professional artist’s studio open to visitors.


St james’s Church History: Third building on the site of previous 11th and 13th century structures. St James’s Church was built in 1515. What’s There Now? With the tallest spire of any parish church in the country (295ft) St James’s is of particular interest to fans of ecclesiastical architecture. Watch Out For: Local singer Barbara Dickson gives regular performances at St James’s. As Pride goes to press the church also hosts a performance by Cambridge’s renowned Trinity Choir Scholars on August 31st.

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A special relationship with food...

Butchers, Bakers and Cheese Shops... Louth has always enjoyed a special relationship with its food, with a number of businesses in the town flying the flag for local produce in particular. “There’s a mindset among Louth people that they can use supermarkets for basics, but also support independent retailers.” says cheese retailer Paul Adams. The town is spoilt for independent retailers like Paul’s shop, which stocks over 100 British territorial and European cheeses and deli products. Louth has quality retailers like local bakery Pocklingtons, and some really good butchers. Jim Sutcliffe is the 26 year old manager of Meridian Meats and was the

BBC’s Young Butcher of the Year in 2009, having trained with Lincolnshire stalwart Eric Phipps. “Many of us are part of the Keep Louth Special group which is a traders association that aims to ensure customers receive the best service and can buy the best produce.” says Paul. Another treasure for those who respect food is Chilli Peppers Louth’s Eastgate cook shop provides bakeware, food preparation gadgets, electricals and tableware. It’s beautifully stocked with quality products that will last for years, making it a must for serious cooks.

According to one retailer customers visit Louth from an hour or two away specifically to take advantage of the town’s independent food retailers. It has also been visited by TV’s Hairy Bikers and Adrian Edmondson last year as part of his Ade in Britain series. The comedian visited Louth to try his hand at making stuffed chine and said that he loved the town’s enthusiasm for food.


Louth’s Art Trail was commissioned by Louth town council. It starts in Westgate Fields and includes four giant carved wooden leaves, three sculptures along the Lud and a series of bronze and steel figures. Pictured above is Searching, situated outside St James’s Church.


Louth Museum has a panorama showing what the town looked like in 1844.


Cadwell Park, five miles south of Louth, is Motorsport Vision’s motor racing circuit - it’s known as the mini-Nürburgring, and hosts one leg of The British Superbikes as well as vintage car racing and track day racing for privately owned cars.


The town’s Riverhead Theatre is a well-managed and well-supported theatre with really good professional and am dram performances. See our diary dates over for a few forthcoming events.


The Photograph VIK WATERS’S images of Hubbard’s Hills’s Pahud memorial were created when Vik used a long exposure, and a torch with sweet wrappers as makeshift colour gels, to light paint the colours onto the scene. Additional swirls used a Lenser V24 - an acrylic rod - with LED's shining through it.

And finally... Louth’s market takes place on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm in Cornmarket. Its Farmers’ Market is on the last Friday of each month with around 20 local traders.


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Looking for lunch in Louth?

Places to Eat Recommended restaurants and perfect pubs, compelling coffee shop and the best bistros Being a foody town, Louth is well-served indeed for delis and independently owned restaurants.

The restaurant has just 18 covers and was opened in 2011 by young Salmon at The Queen’s couple Michael Bullamore and Head, Legbourne, Louth. partner Gaydre Egan. Presentation is exceptional, and it’s a cosy place to A third spend time, with a simple prix fixe menu. option is More contemporary in style is the Kenwick Greyhound Inn on Louth’s Upgate. Park, open to The first floor restaurant is industrially both residents styled with an open kitchen, and a bar on and locals alike for lunchtime and evening the ground floor. There’s a nice looking dining in the Fairways Restaurant. terrace for warmer nights, and the menu is Thursday and Friday nights at Kenwick brilliantly conceived. Park are Steak Night and Fish Night There’s an à la carte menu for more respectively. Prices for two courses are formal dining plus a bar menu too, as well £25/couple, and there’s a Sunday carvery as steak and pizza menus for more relaxed option too... you can even enjoy a round casual dining. of golf to work up an appetite!


The Events Diary... 6th-15th September, Fawlty Towers: Louth Playgoers take on the crumbling world of manic hotel manager Basil Fawlty. A man of infinite rudeness with a rabid dislike of almost all guests. His wife, Sybil, is of a more practical demeanour, but seems to have an immunity to work. Meanwhile, the Spanish waiter and porter, Manuel, is still struggling with English. Tickets from £7.50, see 7th/8th, September, BArC racing: The British Automobile Racing Club was formed in 1912 and organises some of the best club race meetings in the UK, as well as major promoted events such as British Touring Cars and the British Truck Championship. This weekend’s racing will include single seaters, sports and saloon car action. An open paddock policy will allow you to walk freely amongst the competitors and allow you to watch as they prepare their cars for the on-track action. 23rd September, Last night of the Proms: The Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers returns to the Riverhead Theatre again to celebrate the Last Night of the Proms. The band, which can trace its history back to 1860, will perform music from the shows, famous military marches and solos. Based at Riverhead Theatre, all proceeds from the concert will be donated to Help for Heroes.



Whitewashed ‘Mediterranean’ villa in Louth with 35ft roof terrace, swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi, four beds and stables/tack room.

Riverside barn conversion with lofty industrial chic. Four receptions, five beds, three en suites and a Grade II listing.

The Spa FOR LUXURY IN LOUTH, look no further than Kenwick Park. Eight treatment rooms, a 20m swimming pool, spa and steam room. Lazy Sunday packages includes three course lunch, facial, massage, file & polish of fingers and toes and use of the spa’s facilities for just £90.


9th October, Blithe Spirits: An amateur performance, at the Riverhead Theatre, of a much-loved classic from the pen of playwright Noel Coward. Cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine re-marries but is haunted by the ghost of his late first wife. As the (worldly and un-worldly) personalities clash, Charles’s current wife Ruth is accidentally killed and passes over, joining forces with the ex to haunt hapless Charles into perpetuity.

Happyford is currently on the market with Savills of Lincoln (03301 011631). Jackson’s Barn is on the market with Peter Mountain Estate Agents (01507 603366).

One of its most impressive restaurants is The Queen’s Head in the nearby village of Legbourne.

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Enjoy a day out in...

PETERBOROUGH Peterborough is a city which has something to offer everyone. From the stunning Cathedral and recently rejuvenated Cathedral Square, fantastic shopping centre, hive of bustling eateries and array of independent retailers, through to a packed programme of events including Arts Fest, visitors will be delighted by a day out the city...

Cathedral Square...

Hidden Gems...

Recently rejuvenated, Cathedral Square in the city centre is a bustling hive of restaurants and cafes, making it the perfect place to enjoy lunch, dinner or drinks after a day of shopping. Queensgate has recently brought popular Italian restaurant Carluccio’s to the square where shoppers can enjoy authentic food, relaxing drinks and a mooch around the deli. Visitors can also choose from other tasty eateries including Prezzo and Patisserie Valerie.

Peterborough has lots to offer the discerning shopper. Hidden among its shopping streets are a host of individual independent shops, coffee shops and restaurants. Whether it’s value for money, individuality or service with a smile you’re searching for, look no further than Peterborough’s varied indie retailers. Visit for loads more information.


Shopping at Queensgate... Enjoying a great location in the heart of Peterborough city centre and easy to reach by car, rail, bus or foot. Queensgate is one of the area’s most renowned shopping destinations and with plenty of secure undercover parking around the centre, also one of the most convenient. Visitors can browse the fantastic array of more than 90 stores including John Lewis, M&S, Topshop and Primark, along with independent retailers such as men’s fashion boutique Maysons and eyewear specialist The Oculist, both situated in the centre’s charming Westgate Arcade. Queensgate also has a packed events calendar for visitors to enjoy this year, including a spectacular fashion event in September, October’s student takeover and what promises to be an extremely exciting festive period during December. For more information visit

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EnjOy... Peterborough



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Peterborough Cathedral...

Peterborough Arts Fest...

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Peterborough Cathedral, built in the 12th century, is an excellent visitor destination, offering the opportunity to explore its rich history and magnificent architecture, and of course to enjoy the tranquillity of the Cathedral and its precincts.

Peterborough Arts Fest 2013 is set to be bigger and better than ever before, packed full of street artists, circus acts, street performers, installations and extravagant visual displays, there really is something for everyone. Moving to different dates in August and September, Arts Fest will visit more locations in Peterborough this year including the city centre, in and around Queensgate shopping centre, Central Park, Peterborough Cathedral, Flag Fen, Key Theatre and the embankment. For the full festival programme, dates, times and booking information, visit the festival’s new-look website at

Cathedral Tours... Visitors to the Cathedral will find that nothing quite matches taking a tour in the company of one of the expert guides. They provide a fascinating insight into the history of the building, the key points of religious, architectural and historical interest, and they can relate many stories and legends associated with the Cathedral. To arrange a tour / group booking please call Amber Homer-Woof on 01733 355300 or visit for more information.

Discover Peterborough ... Visit the Peterborough Visitor Destination Centre on Bridge Street, or call 01733 452336. 19

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ENJOY... Peterborough

A Day Out in...

Peterborough This month we enjoy a day out in the city of Peterborough - the cathedral city where there’s more than just shopping to keep visitors entertained! Think of Peterborough and its large shopping centre, heavy industry, or snaking roads in and around the city are likely to be the first elements of the cathedral city that comes to mind... but Peterborough has a few surprises even for locals who are acquainted with the city’s headline attractions. Its Cathedral is a magnificent building, currently the subject of Peterborough 900, which will see a heritage & education centre created in anticipation of the building’s 900th anniversary in 2018.


Staying with a history theme, take the opportunity to travel back in time with a visit to Flag Fen. The site, discovered by archaeologist Francis Pryor in 1982, is a replica of a 3,500 year old Bronze Age village. “We’re open all this month.” says the site’s Frank Murphy. “We’re very much a site that appeals to professional archaeologists and families alike - and we’ve just taken on the Must Farm boats which have come to us for restoration. They can be seen too!” Families are also assured of a grand day out at Nene Park. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the site includes Ferry Meadows, providing 500 acres of unspoilt countryside for walkers, cyclists, golfers and watersports. A new watersports centre will open in 2014 with a new café. Ferry Meadows will also provide ‘Santa Specials’ for children from November onwards.

Finally, why not consider a literary pilgrimage to Peterborough with a visit to Clare Cottage. This month the cottage hosts a Heritage Open Day with free visits and the chance to see the birthplace of one of the UK’s most renowned Victorian poets. And finally, don’t miss the city’s Arts Festival. We’ve included details of this, along with five other ideas for days out in this edition. With our suggestions, you’re bound to find something to entertain you in a city that offers much more than just great shopping!

The Gardens ELTON HALL & GARDENS is one of the area’s finest stately homes, located on the Peterborough/Cambridgeshire border. The 200 acre grounds are open to the public, but by appointment only, out of season. A major restoration programme in the early 1980s has restored the grounds to what they would have looked like in 1890.


Peterborough Cathedral History: On the grounds of the original abbey (Medeshamstede), a 10th century Benedictine abbey was created. The Present building was built between 1118 and 1370. What’s There Now? Katherine of Aragon’s tomb, Mary Queen of Scot’s previous resting place. Original hand-painted wooden ceiling from 1230. Watch Out For: Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage on 12th September including Allegri’s Miserere. Tickets from £10.

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Feeling peckish in Peterborough?

Places to Eat Recommended restaurants and perfect pubs, compelling coffee shop and the best bistros If you’re looking for coffee, or a light bite, Peterborough’s city centre is awash with multinational restaurants; Carluccios, Patisserie Valerie... but real quality and imagination necessitates hunting out the best independent eateries. The Beehive on Albert Place is owned by Jim Trevor, previously of the Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane and Rutland’s Jackson Stops. It has retained its Michelin Bib Gourmand for the 10th consecutive year. Jim’s Yard in Stamford is the sister restaurant, both provide pub favourites and à la carte dishes, sharing platters and home made puds. Clarke’s Restaurant in St John’s Square provides à la carte dishes with pre-starters and pre-desserts for a five course quality dining experience at £40 a head. The market town of Oundle is around 15 minutes from Peterborough but provides the option of the Talbot Inn -

Chocolate fondant at The Beehive.

The Events Diary... a Grade I listed hotel created in the 16th century. With a patisserie and afternoon tea menu, it’s top quality, if a little further from the city. Also in Oundle and worth a look on a Sunday afternoon is Olive Grove Nursery. Gelato ice creams, and a fine food deli plus a mediterranean nursery and new interiors barn provide casual dining and something to do, too.

Ufford Hall is on the market with Fine & Country of Stamford 01780 690010. Riverside is being marketed by Goodwins Property Services 01780 750000.


6th-8th Sept, Writers’ Workshops: Is there a novel in you, bursting to be set free? If so, this month’s writers’ workshops could help. Tim Wilson reveals The Scaffolding of Fiction, and addresses the subject of What Every Publisher Wants... at Key Theatre. Various times; call 01733 207239. 14th/15th Sept, Heritage Open Days: Free guided tours taking place across Vivacity’s three heritage sites: Peterborough Museum, Flag Fen and Longthorpe Tower. 16th Sept, uB40: Birmingham’s acclaimed 1980s reggae band, are appearing at Peterborough’s Planet Ice arena (01733 260 222,, for a one off concert. Tickets from £32.40. 17th Sept, Ghost Walk: Explore the spooky side of Peterborough’s past. The tour starts from outside Peterborough Museum on Priestgate. 17th Sept, Face to Face: From Tuesday 17th to Sunday 13th October Peterborough Cathedral welcomes Alison Thistlethwaite who exhibits her work (pictured above) in the Cathedral. Bright, multi-coloured abstract work with layer upon layer of colour. Free entry, based in the Cathedral’s New Building.

UFFORD HALL - £2.65m


Just three miles from Peterborough, this 17 acre estate is beautiful! It does, however, require full restoration - but what a project!

Beautiful thatched cottage in a village location on the outskirts of Peterborough. Two bedrooms, en suite and two reception rooms.

The Performance PETERBOROUGH’S KEY THEATRE will welcome three popular writers in September, as part of its We Love Words poetry festival. Meet Michael Portillo on 20th September, Alexei Sayle on 21st September and Germaine Greer on 25th September. Call 01733 207239 for tickets.

21st/22nd Sept, Italian Festival: Two-day Italian Festival in Cathedral Square. Features a 30-piece marching band from the Foggia region of Italy, traditional singing and dance performances on stage, and on Sunday the arrival of celebrity special guest, Italian TV chef, Gennaro Contaldo who will be tickling taste buds during a cooking demonstration. 4th-5th Oct, Antiques Festival: Celebrating antiques at Peterborough Arena. Four buildings of antique jewellery and homewares.


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The Old Palace

For the last year, Lincoln’s Old Palace has been providing ad hoc dining nights as a ‘pop-up restaurant’. From this month though, it’s open seven days a week offering luxurious dining in the truly unique setting of the Grade I listed building...

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Our starter was a ham hock terrine, enjoyed in one of The Old Palace’s beautiful dining rooms.

The team (below) recently became one of just two hotels in the county included in the 2013’s Johansens Guide. It also received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award after consistently excellent feedback on the review site.


incoln’s Old Palace is the only Grade I listed restaurant in the county - perhaps in the country. Even the likes of The Ritz and The Savoy can only muster starred Grade II listings. But from this month, the beautiful building won’t just be trading on the basis of its looks, or its sumptuous accommodation, but on the quality of its food with a dining room that’s open to both residents and non-residents alike. The Old Palace has provided dining for the past year, but only for its residential guests and on the occasional evening when a ‘pop-up restaurant’ was opened at the venue on an ad hoc basis. From this month it will provide high quality à la carte restaurant dining, seven days a week, with head chef Paul Newton heading up a kitchen in the historic building. Arranged over four floors, the building is medieval in origin, but was extended in 1720 and 1885. Situated next to the ruins of the Medieval Bishop’s Palace, it’s the administrative building for the Diocese of Lincoln - the Bishop of Lincoln still has his office in the building. However, an extensive refurbishment in 2010 provided accommodation, initially for church officials visiting the area, before it was opened up to the public too as a 32 bedroom boutique hotel. The provision of dining at The Old Palace now allows diners, as well as those seeking plush overnight accommodation, the chance to enjoy the building... not to mention its enviable position adjacent to the Cathedral and overlooking the whole of Lincoln. Three rooms at the Old Palace - the Garden Room, King Room and Flinders - accommodate conferences, weddings and Diocese meetings. It’s the latter that will provide just 18 restaurant covers with a small, intimate restaurant feel, though private dining and dining for larger groups can be accommodated in one of the other rooms. Because of the small number of covers we’d definitely recommend booking in advance, but you’ll be glad you did; if the building itself leaves you anticipating something special, your great expectations won’t fall flat when your food arrives. 23

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Sample M enu £ STARTERS Duck £8.45 Smoked Duck Breast & Duck Leg Rillettes, Radish Salad and Beetroot Purée. Asparagus £7.25 Lincolnshire Asparagus, Soft Poached organic Hens Egg, Tonka Bean, and Hollandaise Sauce. Scallops £9.50 Pan Seared Scallops, Cauliflower & Summer Truffle Puré́e, Smoked Pancetta Crisp.

£ MAINS Beef £16.95 Red Wine Braised Blade of Beef, Yellow oyster Mushrooms and Confit Potato. Cod £17.50 Spiced Pan-fried Cod, Wild Garlic & Chive Mash and Spinach Sautéed in Lemon oil. Chicken £15.45 Chicken Breast Stuffed with Forest Mushrooms, Tarragon and Pistachio, Summer Truffle Veloute. Lamb £18.50 Grilled Lamb Rack and Shoulder Confit, Rösti Potato, Baby Roast Carrots with Horseradish Glaze, Thyme Scented Red Wine Reduction.

£ PUDDING Panna Cotta Lemon and Lime Panna Cotta, Almond Praline and Berries.


Crème Brûlée Vanilla Crème Brûlée and Lavender Shortbread.


Peach £6.50 Spiced Roasted Peach, with Chocolate Délice and Vanilla Pod Ice Cream.

£ OPENING TIMES Seven days a week; 6.30pm - 9pm.

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With 25 years of experience as a chef and experience working at venues like Bailgate’s White Hart and The Lawn, Paul is well-respected in the area and knows exactly what Lincolnshire diners like. He was joined in May by new Sous Chef Kleo Tabaku, who was previously holed up in the kitchens of The Old Bakery on Burton Road. Together the chefs have created an à la carte menu comprising five starters, six main courses and five desserts. The menu is served seven days a week and changes seasonally with the best local suppliers providing ingredients. Our starters included Scallops with a cauliflower & black truffle purée and pressed ham hock terrine. A robust choice of main courses include lamb, pork, fish, chicken and beef based options as well as a vegetarian choice. It’s safe to say there’s something to appeal to everyone, and when food arrives - with as much expedience as you’d expect from kitchen that really knows its stuff - you’re sure to be impressed. Colourful, bright and beautifully presented, with generous portions and thoughtful flavours, each dish contributes to a great experience. Diners are also treated to bread made freshly in house and amuse bouches, as well as home-made petit fours with a bespoke blend of coffee commissioned especially for the restaurant. Desserts are nicely presented with panna cotta, chocolate tart and crème brûlée just three options. There’s also a local cheeseboard with home made chutneys and plum bread, and speaking of local ingredients, you’ll enjoy knowing your food

has been prepared using local suppliers like Lincoln’s Elite Meats and Fosters, fresh fish from Grimsby Dock via Excel and vegetables from Fresh from the Fields and Yellowbellies. Alongside Fairtrade tea and that bespoke blend of coffee from Boston based Lectus Coffee, there’s a choice of 23 different wines including two English sparkling wines Flint Drive’s Chapeldown faux-Champagne at £27.95 and Nyetimber’s Cuvée. If you’re a fan of reds, we’d point you in the direction of the restaurant’s organic South African Pinotage - great value at under £20. The restaurant’s commitment to food and to the finishing touches it introduces into the dining experience is admirable. It demonstrates that The Old Palace isn’t just trading on the basis of the way the building itself looks, but on the quality of its food and service too. “Our aim is to offer freshly prepared, locally sourced food which is cooked to perfection.” says Paul. “Lincolnshire produces more food than any other county in the UK and the quality and flavour is superb.” “We want to work with as many local growers and producers as possible and produce a dining experience that’s even greater than the sum of its parts!” On the basis of our experience, The Old Palace is definitely succeeding. We highly recommend discovering the city’s newest dining room when it opens for business full time, as Pride goes to press. You’ll enjoy the building’s splendid architecture, but not as much as you’ll enjoy Paul’s food!

THE OLD PALACE in Minster yard, Lincoln

The Old Palace, Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PU To book a meal call

01522 580000

Getting There Easily: If you use sat nav, The Old Palace’s postcode will direct you to the back of the building; use LN2 1PT instead.

Diners can also book online from September; visit


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The Lincoln Hotel

The city’s retro hotel offers enviable views of the Cathedral, and equally compelling dining in one of its two restaurants. Innovative preparation and quirky dishes - like our vibrant green dessert - make The Lincoln great fun for diners seeking quality cuisine and exceptional service...

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In addition to a large lounge and bar area overlooking the Cathedral The Lincoln Hotel has two dining with the Long Room offering a less formal ‘Bar menu.’

Starter options during our visit included an assiette of scallops in white wine sauce and venison with a blackberry jus.


ack in 1967, the Summer of Love was in full swing and The Tremeloes were at the top of the charts with Silence is Golden. On the back of its World Cup victory, Britain was enjoying a tourism boom, and plenty of visitors were coming to Lincoln. But there was a problem. There were too many tourists... and too few beds. That’s why the 71 bedroom Lincoln Hotel was created, with its original owners, Trusthouse Forte, assuring Lincoln’s decision makers that their new hotel would look modern and accommodate the tourism boom. It certainly did, and it’s been doing so ever since. The current owners took over the hotel in 2001 and completed a full makeover before implementing a rolling programme of refurbishment. This included the launch of a new restaurant, which was named The Green Room, in 2009 and the launch of its wine bar, Bar ‘67, named after the hotel’s datesake in April 2011. It’s fair to say that the building’s looks are a bit Marmite; you either love them or hate them. Personally, we love them, and the building’s quirky architecture perfectly suits its popular monthly retro music nights; Charade is its regular 1960s evening, and Hussle features the best funk and soul from the 1970s. Both events are held in Bar ‘67, but if you’re going to enjoy a night of music, you’ll want to enjoy a meal first, and that’s where The Lincoln Hotel can really impress! Dining at the venue comes courtesy of its flagship Green Room, which is split into two areas by its own private bar. Furnishing is modern and quirky with giant wall canvases, crisp linens and contemporary decoration. The restaurant caters for 30 covers in total with a no-turn policy, and has its own dedicated kitchen and brigade away from the hotel’s Long Room - which offers bar meals - and away from its wedding and conferencing kitchen. This provides Green Room patrons with a dedicated brigade of four chefs headed by Dale Gill - new to the restaurant for summer 2013 and already making his mark on the venue. 29

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Sample M enu £ STARTERS Carpaccio £5.00 Carpaccio of local beef fillet, with a Parmesan and whisky reduction. Gravadlax £5.00 Gravadlax of home-cured salmon with beetroot, fresh capers, beetroot fondant and lemon oil. Pigeon £5.00 Pan-fried breast of pigeon, watercress, dark chocolate and chipotle dressing.

£ MAINS Salmon £12 Salmon three ways; blackened Cajun with garlic courgette ribbons, Sesame coated with wok fried pak choi and poached with crushed pesto potatoes. Pork Belly Crisp pork belly, celeriac rémoulade, baby apples, and cider jus.


Steak £17 Locally sourced rib-eye steak served with Garlic mushroom, tomato jam, chunky chips and a choice of brandy and cracked black pepper or Long Clawston blue stilton sauce.

£ PUDDING Semi-Fredo £5.00 Strawberry and vanilla semi-fredo, raspberry balsamic. Trio of Chocolate £5.00 Trio of chocolates: dark chocolate sorbet, white chocolate and Baileys charlotte, milk chocolate marquise. Cheese Selection (2, 4 or 6) £5, £8, £10 Selection including Lincoln Blue, Smoked Poacher, Cote Hill Blue, Long Clawson and Dambuster.

£ OPENING TIMES Seven days a week; 6.00pm - 10.00pm.

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Dale wants to ensure a fine dining experience and a high chef-to-diner ratio to ensure plenty of time and attention is invested into your food. The chef has implemented a new à la carte menu for The Green Room which is open seven days a week for evening service only. It comprises five starters, seven main courses and five desserts and utilises only the best local suppliers. Bread is baked freshly in house each day, desserts are prepared in house by a dedicated pastry chef and a dedicated wine list comprising 15 whites, 13 reds, and a brace of rosé and sparkling wines too. September will see diners enjoying a range of starter including a tapas-inspired rustic board of homemade speciality breads, olives, sun dried tomato and roasted garlic with marinated feta cheese, whilst other starter options include a carpaccio of local beef, gravadlax and pigeon breast with watercress, dark chocolate and chipotle. Main course options include salmon, served three ways and accompanied by garlic courgette ribbons, wok fried pak choi and crushed pesto potatoes. Other choices include a red snapper served with Mediterranean cous cous, duck breast, pan seared and served with a plum and ginger compote and a

locally sourced rib eye steak which provides a compelling grill option. Desserts are equally desirable with a strawberry and vanilla semi-fredo, an assiette of chocolate desserts in miniature, and another assiette of sorbets cleverly using an old fashion sweet shop as its inspiration, with Turkish delight, cola bottle and liquorice inspired ices. A cheese board alternative celebrates local producers with Lincoln Blue, Poacher, Dambuster and Cote Hill all available. Speaking of local suppliers, Fosters of Monk’s Road, Peterborough Game and Abbey Parks all achieve mentions on a list of the hotel’s most venerated suppliers. Portions at the restaurant are generous, vibrant and skilfully presented, whilst service is second to none. What’s more, with a great atmosphere and wonderful music next door in Bar ‘67, the swinging sixties and stylish seventies are still alive and kicking. Silence may well be golden in some circumstances, but the dining experience of The Green Room and great entertainment offered afterwards is so good, this is one night out in Lincoln that we’re more than happy to shout about!

THE LINCOLN HOTEL on Eastgate, Lincoln

The Lincoln Hotel, Eastgate, Lincoln LN2 1PN To book a meal call

01522 520348

Getting There Easily: From the A46 Lincoln ring road, take the exit at Riseholme Roundabout signposted B1226. After 1m, take the second exit at the roundabout signposted Newport. Turn right onto Newport Court go under the arch and continue onto Bailgate, then turn left onto Eastgate.


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TheWineCellar Brilliant for barbecues, perfect for picnics and equally adept for a evening under the patio heater. These wines will help you see off the summer and greet autumn with a smile...

La Flor Malbec, Mendoza, 2012 £9.99 This smooth Malbec is from Argentina, the best region for the production of ‘New World’ Malbec. The ‘go to’ choice when cooking steak! Plummy bramble fruit and a great length.

Tenuta Manenti, Gavi, Italy 2011 £8.99 Not as tart as some Gavi I have tried in the past. Very much a honeydew and elderflower blossom perfumed wine (like Condrieu but much lighter), that’s easy on the senses.

Casa Del Bosque, Carmeniere, Chile 2010 £10.99 A lovely rich peppery red wine here, from a grape that was for a while usually blended with Merlot, but has recently been making a name for itself in larger production quantities.

Villa Wolf, Pinot Gris, Germany, 2011 £8.99 The same grape variety as Pinot Grigio, a wonderfully dry, crisp white wine from Germany, where sweeter styles often overshadow the exceptional dry wine from this country.

Domain Semellerie, Chinon Rose, France 2012 £9.99 Made from the Cabernet Franc grape, this soft, fruity rose, is very light, perfect for the summer months, but with beautiful soft red fruits of raspberry and strawberry.

This month’s features wines are recommended by: The Stamford Wine Company, 17 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2DG Tel: 01780 489 269 35

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À La Carte Dining • 17th Century Coaching Inn • Seven En Suite Rooms

Enjoy luxurious à la carte dining In one of Lincolnshire’s most well-respected country inns... Enjoy relaxing à la carte dining at one of Lincolnshire’s most respected pub restaurants. With private dining and a beautiful setting within a

historic country house, e Brownlow Arms offers classical and traditional English cuisine courtesy of head chef Oliver Snell and his brigade...

e Brownlow Arms Hough On e Hill, Grantham Road near Grantham, Lincolnshire NG32 2AZ Booking advisable, please call 01400 250 234. Current menus online now at


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care homes

Quality Care for your Family... A safe and stimulating environment, Oak House Residential Care Home provides quality respite and residential care in an environment that’s a home away from home for your loved one... Oak House provides a great environment for those seeking respite or residential care. Established in 1989 and still a family run business, Oak House offers 25 rooms to facilitate the highest levels of independence. The home also provides exceptional quality catering and recently won the National Association of Care Homes’s catering award. All meals are prepared by owner and head chef Preston Walker in-house. New to the home is Ode, a system aimed at stimulating residents’ appetites using a sensory device which also facilitates a holistic approach to nutritional care. “We have all had the experience of walking down the street and catching the waft of bread smells from a bakery, or roasted beans from a coffee shop.” says Care Manger Debbie. “Ode was inspired by this.” Using high-quality authentic food aromas, ode supports good nutritional care at Oak House by naturally stimulating appetite among people who are at risk of malnutrition.


With malnutrition in older adults, there is a complex set of psychological and physical changes which contribute to weight loss and associated health problems. Some of these changes (depression and loss of interest in eating, feeling confused about time of day...) can be countered through fragrance, which can be even more powerful than visual cues like high-contrast plates in rekindling an enthusiasm towards eating and drinking. Ode is a safe, fan-assisted device that releases controlled bursts of food fragrances in our dining room. Fragrances are released as ambient airborne scents in the lead-up to - and during - each mealtime. Pilot testing of Ode took place at Oak House between November 2012 and January 2013, over an eleven week period. The results showed that 50% of participants gained weight during the trial and those who did increased by an average of 1.96kg, providing a great improvement in overall health.

Further Information... £ Oak House provides 25 rooms and was established in 1989. It provides short term respite care and residential care too. £ Visit Oak House Residential Care Home by appointment; Pond Lane, Greetham, Rutland LE15 7NW. For more information call 01572 812647 or see

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Care with a Conscience... Providing private healthcare in your own home... Bespoke and Trustworthy care is now available across the county thanks to husband and wife team John and Yvonne Webber who recently took on the area’s franchise of Bluebird Care.

In addition to providing a guarantee that no carer will ever be sent to a customer’s home without being introduced in advance, Yvonne visits customers regularly to check they’re happy with the care they receive.

Providing peace of mind and allowing customers to remain in their own home, care can take place regularly, as temporary respite, or on an ad hoc basis across the area.

In addition, the company operates a 24 hour direct line to John and Yvonne to provide relatives with peace of mind, and regularly email relatives who are out of the area to keep them updated on their loved one’s care.

The company provides high quality private care; anything from 15 minute daily visits to live-in support, for personal care, dressing, support at meal times, shopping, domestic duties or even taking care of pets. “We had to arrange care for one of our relatives, which was a real eye-opener.” says John. “It gave us experience of what was on offer as users, which gave us the opportunity to offer something dramatically better, that’s why we set up a Bluebird Care franchise in the county.” Care Quality Commission registered, the company also works alongside other agencies like the NHS and local authorities and is a partner with Bupa to provide a high quality service for social and medical care.

“We provide assistance in the tangible sense, but also pastoral care, empathy and peace of mind.” John says. “It means a great deal to our customers to be able to stay in their own homes, and because our care is bespoke, it’s based on what the customer wants and needs, what matters to them and what makes life easier for them.” Bluebird Care itself has over 140 offices across the UK and carries out over 2.5m visits to customers each year. For more information call Yvonne and John at Bluebird Care Lincoln, on 01522 538656 or Tim Carey & Leisa MacKenzie of Bluebird Care Stamford & Rutland, on 01780 480881. Alternatively see


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To VIeW anD purchase phoToGraphs From ‘The eVenT’ VIsIT

Customers helped raise money for this worthy cause.

THE EVENT Oldrids & Downtown Fundraising Ball 2013 Raising money for Marie Curie - that was the aim of a charity fundraising ball organised and attended by staff, customers and suppliers of Oldrids & Downtown. The event was the firm’s second annual fundraising ball with around 170 guests generating over £9,000 for the charity, which was chosen by the retailer’s staff. Marie Curie was able to care for over 1,300 patients in our area last year, but only because of the people like the staff of Oldrids & Downtown who raised both funds, but also awareness, of the charity’s work whilst, we hope, having a great time too! Photos: Darren Garwood.

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Call 01529 469977 and speak to our Events Desk...

Marcus was the event’s Auctioneer for the night!

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The eVenT Oldrids

& Downtown Fundraising Ball 2013

The event’s theme was ‘Summer.’

Annmarie McClintock, Managing Director and Tina Barkway, organiser of the event, with members of the buying team.

Purchase photographs from this event online. Visit


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The eVenT Oldrids

& Downtown Fundraising Ball 2013

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Independent Schools A NEW SURVEy REVEALS THAT EVER GREATER NUMBERS OF PARENTS ARE CHOOSING TO EdUCATE THEIR CHILd PRIVATELy AT ONE OF THE COUNTy’S LEAdING INdEPENdENT SCHOOLS... SO WHAT ARE THE AdVANTAGES? MORE PARENTS THAN EVER would choose to educate their child at an independent school if they could afford it, according to recently published research.

What’s more, 59% of the public believe that independent schools have higher educational standards than state schools, with only 6% believing they are lower.

A survey of 2,057 adults commissioned by the Independent Schools Council (ISC) found that nearly six out of ten (57%) of parents would send their child to an independent school if they could afford to.

The view that independent schools offer a higher standard of education has been growing stronger over the past decade from 49% in 2002 to 59% in 2012; by contrast, the proportion believing independent school standards to be lower has hardly changed, falling from 9% in 2002 to 6% in 2012.

This is the highest favourable response in the survey’s history: in 2002, 48% said they would and 42% said they would not. 51% of parents say better standards of education remains the key reason they would opt for the independent sector.

Rudolf Eliott Lockhart, of the Independent Schools Council, said: “This survey shows that the public increasingly recognise the exceptional quality of education provided by independent schools.”

7 in 10 of all adults agree that independent schools provide good university and employment prospects for pupils as well as giving them opportunities to fulfil their potential.

“The strength of these schools is in their ability and commitment to offer a bespoke education to their pupils, giving them the very best start in life.”


Facts and Figures £ There are 1,223 independent schools in the UK, 24,328 schools in the UK in total. £ 508,601 UK pupils are educated in independent schools £ At A level, 51% of entries from pupils at ISC schools were awarded at least an A grade, compared to 24% outside the sector. Independent schools account for 14.6% of A level entries, but 27.7% of A/A* grades and 32% of A* grades. £ Over the last 25 years, independent schools have been growing in size. The average school today is larger by one third than in 1985.

Top Left: A field trip at Copthill School. Top Right: Independent schools are well-equipped with smaller class sizes. Opposite: Trent College.

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Brooke Priory School, Oakham Brook Priory, is an Independent Day Preparatory School for boys and girls between the ages of two and eleven years. The early years of your child’s education are vital, providing the essential foundation for future life. Brooke Priory sets out to educate its children in the broadest possible way. Academic excellence will always be the highest priority, but education must also include a rich diet of music, art, drama and sports. Above all, school must be enjoyable and a place to foster friendships. We aim to provide our children with a wide range of opportunities and to encourage their individual talents.

The school has a well-equipped computer suite, which all pupils use and all pupils have specific ICT lessons from learning the correct way to turn a computer on in early years, to using a variety of software packages like Microsoft Excel. We are also passionate about the Creative Arts at Brooke Priory and the completion of our new theatre has given us the opportunity to expand this area even further. Sport is also a source of great fun and enjoyment throughout Brooke Priory and we support children’s physical development and co-ordination, whilst teaching them to be disciplined and focused, both individually and in a team. When the time comes to leave Brooke Priory we hope to see confident, successful and well-prepared children moving on to their chosen senior schools.

Kip McGrath, Professional Tuition The first Kip mcGrath education centre opened in Australia over 30 years ago and there are now more than 650 centres in 20 countries around the world - it’s also available to those wishing to learn in both Lincolnshire and Rutland. The centres provide a positive and supportive learning environment to help students reach their full potential. Following a free assessment in English and/or maths an individual programme of study is developed to allow students to work at their own pace. This helps to build confidence and make learning enjoyable. All Kip McGrath tutors are qualified teachers.

For more advice visit The Independent Schools’ Council’s website at

Students are usually aged between 6 and 16 and attend centres for tuition for a variety of reasons. Some may need to catch back time lost though illness or changes of school whilst others could be performing well at school and wish to extend their knowledge further. Centres are also able to offer preparation for specific examinations including SAT’s, 11+, entrance examinations and GCSE’s. The Lincoln North centre also offers courses for adults including adult literacy and numeracy, English as a second language and preparation for the QTS Numeracy and Literary Skills tests. For further information or to book a free assessment call the area’s director Diane Fitzpatrick on 01522 533885 or e-mail


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Above: A science lesson at Lincoln Minster. Right: Pupils at Copthill School enjoy a competely bespoke education. Opposite: Trent College is well-equipped and homely.

Copthill School, Uffington, Stamford We live in a world where we expect services to be tailored to our specific requirements – from our ringtone to the right to make an appointment with our doctor via email at a time that is convenient to us. What could be more important than applying this principle to our children’s education? At Copthill this is the foundation on which education is built. We focus on the individual needs of every child. Learning Conferences and meetings with tutors are vital in enabling teachers to discuss specific targets and initiatives with every pupil. The curriculum we offer is adapted to the needs of our children. At Copthill, we use


streaming in Maths and English to ensure that all pupils achieve their potential. In Year 6, teaching is also tailored to the specific entry requirements of a wide range of secondary schools and all pupils take part in a huge variety of activities every day. Experienced staff recognises potential across the curriculum so children are encouraged to attend extra Music, Sport, Art and Drama activities. The Copthill Challenge Scheme is a unique programme, encouraging our pupils to tackle a wide variety of physical and mental challenges, accept responsibilities and carry out voluntary service outside the school community. Nothing is more individual than a child and nothing should be more individual than their education.

Bishop Grosseteste Bishop Grosseteste university offers undergraduate, postgraduate and work-based foundation degree courses, with an emphasis on enriching the lives of its students, staff and the community it serves. The past few years have seen considerable growth in student numbers, and there are currently just over 2,000 students studying at the university. Named after a thirteenth century Bishop of Lincoln, BGU was established as an independent Anglican teaching college in 1862. It received full university college status in 2006 and was renamed Bishop Grosseteste University in 2012. The university still occupies its original site in uphill Lincoln and the original Victorian

buildings are still in daily use, though these have been extensively extended and refurbished. Today the attractive 18-acre site houses many modern developments, including a newly renovated library, a state-of-the-art cinema and dedicated facilities for subjects such as music, drama and sport. Along with these recent improvements at BGU there are plenty more developments in the pipeline. Work is currently being completed on a brand new residential block and new catering facilities, and the university is always looking for new ways to improve the lives and experiences of BGU students in the years to come. A full prospectus is available to download from the university’s website. For more information about the university visit

For more advice visit The Independent Schools’ Council’s website at

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Lincoln Minster School, Lincoln Lincoln minster school is a school in the heart of the city with a busy, dynamic community where traditional values are complemented by excellent facilities. The school is well-placed to provide quality education to both Lincolnshire and Rutland parents. From those first tentative days of nursery to the excited anticipation of those all-important final examination results, we treat each child as an individual, support them thoroughly and expect to bring out their very best. Boarding students come from all over the globe, and day pupils travel to us from across the region using our dedicated buses. It has been a terrific year across so many aspects of school life

with great achievements, impressive examination results, myriad opportunities to take on challenges, responsibility and to explore their potential. Next year we look forward to more of the same, alongside further major investment in the school campus. Our purpose-built Music School continues to broaden its reach as a centre of excellence and our new sports hall has been the setting for top-level coaching and Masterclasses. There is so much to be gained here and at our Open Evenings you will sense the excitement generated by trips abroad, many sports fixtures, musical performances and the breadth of opportunity. In addition to these events you are welcome to visit at another time by contacting the Registrar on 01522 551300.

Trent College, Long Eaton, Notts

level of support and care that we give to each student.

Trent college is a thriving and popular Independent Day, Boarding School & Sixth Form situated in beautiful grounds on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border at Long Eaton.

If you were to ask current parents why they chose Trent College for their son or daughter, they would tell you that the children here are happy, bright, confident, at ease with themselves and others and full of an infectious energy and enthusiasm for their school life.

Suitable for boys and girls aged 11-18, the college offers a vibrant community which can offer your child an excellent education and a thorough preparation for life.

The boarding community at Trent College is vivacious and friendly, with excellent pastoral care and readily available academic support.

At Trent, we offer something much broader, an education which celebrates all; the academic, the creative, the physical, the spiritual and the emotional.

Headteacher Gill Dixon has worked hard to ensure the college provides a homely atmosphere in each boarding house, which allows pupils to make friends and also to establish their own identity.

What makes Trent so distinct, so different from many other schools, is the breadth of education that we offer and the

International and British boarders are fully integrated from a range of nationalities, immersed in traditional boarding school life.


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Creativity meets



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It may look traditional but Sara and Campbell’s converted granary has a ground-source heat pump, solar panels and huge glazed panels in a timber frame for modern open plan living.

T H E G R A N A R Y, F O L K I N G H A M

interior designer sara normansmith’s traditional looking barn, near sleaford, discreetly employs lots of technology to make life easier for its occupants and help to boost the property’s eco-credentials...

Photographs: Smithsgore and Rob Davis.


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The main living area is an open plan space with soaring full-height glazing.


here’s no disputing the beauty of a barn conversion. With muscular, chunky and utilitarian style, they look great and employ traditional materials. However, with large open plan spaces, they’re the ideal structure in which to create a modern home that’s fit for purpose for busy families, too.

You can imagine, then, the combined talent, experience and technical ability that has gone into revamping The Granary since the couple arrived at the then derelict building after restoring their Folkingham bakehouse in 1998. Sara and Campbell saw the property in February 2003 and moved in just over a year later after a year of living in a caravan on site. The whole site was covered in concrete and the grounds choked in brambles - 450 tonnes of waste needed to be removed, not to mention the cow stalls, feeders and other farmyard equipment.

This month’s featured property is a masterclass in the style; it’s absolutely stunning to look at, blending the traditional (a timber framed structure, massive doorways thick beams and red bricks, wood burners Sara rescued a butler sink and large marble fishmonger’s slab, and rustic staircases) with the thoroughly modern (a ground whilst Campbell created brick supports and wooden cabinetry source heat pump and solar to support them, creating a unique freestanding kitchen... panels, and a gable end glazed to its full height). “Planning permission wasn’t a problem, the planner Located in the village of Folkingham, it’s the home of actually said that he thought we had our work cut out, Sara & Campbell Norman-Smith and daughter Pip. but told us that if we could make it better they’d Sara is an interior designer who has worked at Stamford’s appreciate it!” says Sara. Hunters Interiors since 2002 and has restored four Campbell had always wanted to create a timber-framed properties before taking on The restoration of structure, and worked with one of his former students The Granary. Meanwhile Campbell has a doctorate in to reinstate the gable end of the old barn to create a Furniture Conservation, splitting his time between full-height glazed family room with a kitchen and lecturing at Buckinghamshire New University, dining area at one end. invigilating exams for the University of Lincoln and One of the loveliest aspects of the property is the managing a list of exclusive private clients including personal craftsmanship and ingenuity employed within; Rothschild and Lord Pembroke.

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WELCOME HOME rather than installing a conventional kitchen, Sara rescued a butler sink for which Campbell created a brick support. He created freestanding worktop areas, designed and made his own freestanding dresser, and created a support and legs for the large carrera marble fishmonger’s slab Sara managed to find. Doors in the property were created from reclaimed English oak timber, the sinks in the property’s two en-suites are held up by old door braces, and even the door furniture has been design and hand-cast by Campbell’s father. It’s not all traditional though; the Dalsouble rubber flooring in the kitchen has underfloor heating, there’s a separate plant boiler room-cum-cupboard, a separate huge larder with US-style fridge freezer and mod-cons like a dishwasher. With their green energy technology, the family anticipates they’d spend just £800 a year in 2014 on heating and electricity. With a Biotank water system too, the house uses water really efficiently too, so the house has very small water bills and overall running costs. Sara and Campbell have been really mindful when it comes to incorporating environmental technology, and the family usually have chickens, a couple of Kune Kune pigs, and two Lincoln Reds, plus a productive vegetable garden, helping them to reduce food miles and ensure they know where their food comes from. “It’s definitely not a developer’s property.” says Sara. “It’s really personal, we’ve tried to make the place calm with natural materials like reclaimed oak, seagrass carpets, wool and linen soft furnishings.” They’ve succeeded spectacularly well; it’s a beautiful restful property, but with two huge workshops and a large barn, one with plenty of potential for further development too. A total of four acres provides plenty of space and there are lovely views to the rear aspect of the house. With a high specification, it’s a property which beautifully blends its old fashioned look and feel with modern technology that makes it really easy to live with day to day, as well as very economical to run. This will be the fourth property that Sara and Campbell have worked on in Folkingham, but with a desire to further his knowledge of timber-framed buildings, Campbell is keen to begin a new project. “It’s not just our home in the sense that we’ve commissioned it or designed it,” says Sara. “We’ve completed a lot of the work ourselves, it’s really personal, but we feel it’s a house that will suit others just as well. We’ll miss it... we’ll miss it a lot!” 56

The Granary, Folkingham, Sleaford Style: former granary and dairy converted into four bedroom family home with open plan living area. Receptions: two currently arranged as living area, and winter sitting room. Bedrooms: four with two en suites. Other features: two huge workshops,

solar panels and ground source heat recovery system. Price: £750,000 Estate Agency: smithsgore, 9 high street, st. martins, stamford, lincolnshire pe9 2lf Telephone: 01780 484696. Website:

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>> oldrids and downtown have an extensive range of pride of place ceramics in sage and cream. shown here is a baking Jar £29. also available teapot £25, large pitcher Jug £20, sugar/tea/coffee Jars £15.



In our homes and gardens section this month, we take a look at sage colours and botanical prints - but sage isn’t the only on-trend green hue this month. Here, we suggest ways to introduce chartreuse, sage and lime into your home with a selection of products from Oldrids and Downtown...

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<< sam toft off for a breakfast pop art print, 60cm x 80cm £40.

>> olive green candle holders to match lamp (below) £4.50, £11, £14.

Homes and Gardens

with Oldrids

>> chartreuse throw £25.

>> Woodwick trilogy candle £23. << harry by Westbridge in mallory leaf fabric £699.

>> roberts dab retro radio £159.

<< cimc mosaic lamp with olive shade £43.

<< À la folie picture, olive heart, £47. >> les oliviers de provence clock, approx 15cm, £17.

>> trio of cushions by malini; flowers £28, multi disc £28, owl £23.

All products shown here are from Oldrids and Downtown: Downtown Furnishing Store, Wyberton Chain Bridge, A52, Boston, PE21 7NL. Tel: 01205 350505. Downtown Superstore, Gonerby Junction, A1, Grantham, NG32 2AB. Tel: 01476 590239. Web:

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The Wonder of Ewe with

The Wool Room


<< the Wool room’s gorgeous wool throws are available in pink weave, shown here, or traditional check, multi check and herringbone designs in neutral and bright colours; £55-£225.

rainbow spot cushions. 100% wool designed and woven in yorkshire £39.


Wool bedding is ideal for a good night’s sleep. it is naturally hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, and helps to control your temperature at night, meaning you can benefit from more deep sleep! available in s/d/k/sk in many weights, there’s a duvet to suit every season. Wool duvets from £90, pillows from £25, wool bedding sets from £205.


the Wish list foot stools; each one unique. ‘aberdeen angus bull’ shown here £199, smaller sheep foot stools £99.

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the Wish list >> rustic doorstop, shown here in rust check. blue, green and purple check also available £22.

Ensure a Good Night’ s Sleep with

The Wool Room << exclusive sam the sheep hand made wool baby boots (left) £30 and sheepskin baby boots (below) available in blue, pink and tan £28.

<< Wool tote bags in grey and heather check. purse, mobile phone and ipad sleeves also available. bags £125, purses £18.99, phone sleeve £22.50, ipad sleeves £49.99.

There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep... yet our bedding is something we give little thought to; that’s why the Wool room is on a mission to improve everyone’s sleep. >> Handcrafted nursery furniture, full range available to order. Devonshire Cot Bed (pictured) £300.

the retailer sells wool and alpaca bedding as well as throws, nursery bedding and furniture, quirky wool gifts and accessories for the home. the retailer’s duvets and pillows promise to improve your sleep and your health with hypoallergenic, sustainable and british made products. Wool is a fantastic natural insulator; that means it can keep you warm and snug, but also that it cools you when you’re too hot! as you warm up, the wool fibres wick moisture away from your body and into the atmosphere, helping you keep a steady temperature through the night. scientific studies have shown that sleeping in wool bedding can provide up to 25% more deep regenerative sleep thanks to its thermoregulatory properties. it’s hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, naturally flame retardant and has been shown to keep your heart rate lower! this all adds up to a perfect night’s sleep! head to your nearest store to learn more. Order online from or via the phone by calling 01780 461217. The retailer also has five retail outlets across the UK including shops on Star Lane in Stamford and Marshalls Yard, Gainsborough.

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bespoke Without doubt, your kitchen is the heart of the home. many people are taking advantage of increasing their existing living space and creating a larger living environment by knocking through into dining rooms or by adding an extension...

£ find out more You can contact Sarah on 01472 826614 or 07956 622082 or by email at or visit her website at


If you’re looking for a kitchen, or living space that’s a little bit special with unrivalled attention to detail and outstanding quality then look no further.

incorporates project management and they liaise with other trades to ensure a smooth transition from start to finish ensuring minimal disruption.

Based in Lincolnshire, Sarah Anderson Kitchens has a reputation second to none and is frequently mentioned as a selling point in estate agent particulars. Sarah has over 26 years’ experience in kitchen design together with a team of experienced craftsmen with over 50 years’ experience between them. Specialising in hand-drawn plans and perspectives they offer a free design service to highly discerning clients from initial consultation, design, construction and through to completion. This service

A visit to the beautiful Holton-le-Clay showroom will fill you with inspiration with the range of bespoke kitchens on display alongside contemporary high gloss and wood veneer styles. They also offer a comprehensive range of granite, wood and stone worktops and specialise in Siemens appliances to complement your choice. So if you’re searching for your dream kitchen or bedroom with the “wow” factor then come along and see what they have to offer.

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Unsurpassed Quality, Affordable Craftsmanship Bespoke Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms - full project management and free quotations

Peter Jackson Cabinet Makers Ltd Devereux Way, Horncastle LN9 6AU

Tel: 01507 527113 Web: Email:



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Autumn in the Garden with

Pennell’ s Garden Centre

<< encourage wild birds into your garden this month - shown here is gardman’s beach hut and country cabin nest boxes available in yellow, blue, pink and green (rrp £18.) >> don’t let a chilly summer night spoil your barbecue; la hacienda chimenea (rrp £60).

AuTuMn in the garden Whether you’re relaxing and unwinding in the garden, preparing for autumn or getting your garden growing for next spring, pennells garden centre of lincoln and cleethorpes have all you need this month... here we’ve selected our favourite garden lifestyle accessories and suggest projects to keep you entertained throughout what will hopefully be a warm september! << for a table and chairs that will look great on your terrace, we recommend hartman’s palermo (rrp £800).

created in texteline - a man-made rattan material, it will withstand even the harshest british weather and look great year after year.

this set features a built-in firepit which can also be used as a barbecue... or an ice bucket if september proves to be an indian summer.

also available is a matching lounger (rrp £250) and parasol with 15kg base.

With four chairs, the set has been created in cast aluminum so it’s guaranteed not to rust, and with lounge chairs

the Wish list nb: stock may vary between lincoln and cleethorpes sites. please telephone to confirm availability.

built to last, palermo is the last set of garden furniture you’ll ever need to buy!

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the Wish list Autumn in the Garden with

Pennells Garden Centre >> perk up your patio with these cheerful hand-painted pots and wall planters; £various. this month pennells has a range of violas and pansies which will provide late summer colour in september. transfer them into the glasshouse when the weather cools down and they’ll look great in the spring months too. plant bulbs for early spring colour in september too; pennells has a range of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and

aconite bulbs from lincolnshire’s taylor’s bulbs. on september 6th, the firm’s Johnnie Walker - a gold medal winner at chelsea for the last 25 years - will appear at the company’s lincoln store to provide free gardening advice.

>> plant sarah raven’s birds & butterflies seed mix, developed by mr fothergill and available at pennells. it’ll provide a wealth of colour and attract the perfect pollinators to your garden year after year!

September in the garden provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy what forecasters are promising will be a warm late summer, but also to get your garden ready for autumn and put in some ground work for great colour next spring. the perfect partner to your gardening efforts is pennells, the family run garden centre established in 1780. beginning life as a seed merchant, the company became a plant nursery specialising in clematis under Walter pennell before son richard took over the business, employing his children Will and James, creating lincoln’s largest garden centre in 1966 and a centre in cleethorpes in 1967.

>> liberate yourself from leaf litter with Wolf’s interchangeable tool system (right). the range includes quality brooms, rakes. gardman’s pop-up bag (left) will make moving them a cinch.

this month, pennells can provide all you need to relax in the garden, with garden furniture, chimeneas and barbecues from names like hartman and Weber, as well as tools and equipment to make tidying your garden easier, and plenty of shrubs and trees grown on site, as well as tubs, troughs, pots and planters to give your garden character all year round. Pop into Pennells: Newark Road, South Hykeham LN6 9NT or Humberston Road, Cleethorpes DN36 4RW. Tel: 01522 880033/01472 313600,

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YOUR HOME A COMMITMENT TO QUALITY AND STYLE ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT DEFINE KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS FROM LINCOLN’S INHAUS DESIGN... Inhaus Design means quality and great service. We’re committed to providing clients with the kitchen or bathroom that they desire at a price that’s affordable, and with service that ensures that the completion of their new project is as quick and hassle-free as possible. Kitchens are not just an arrangement of units and appliances serving a practical purpose. Today’s kitchens are the centre of our homes; the place that most families end up congregating to eat, watch TV and talk. As a supplier not just of kitchens and bathrooms, but of rooms that work well for families, we ensure we listen to our customers to find out how they use their kitchen, then tailor a layout to cater to these needs and to compliment the space that the design occupies. We can provide both classic and contemporary designs, but feel really at home creating kitchens with the ‘wow-factor’ such as those you’d see on TV’s Grand Designs with the latest technology skilfully integrated. Attention is given to the ‘sociable aspect’ of the kitchen, to make it a fully working and sociable area combined.

Our bathrooms, meanwhile, are cleverly designed to make the best use of the available space and create somewhere you can really relax. Neff and Caple appliances, Silestone quartz surfaces, and top name designer bathroom fittings can be supplied, like Kudos, Vado and our newest range, Pelipal. This ensures and up to date look and the very highest quality products with innovation and style as standard. Inhaus Design is a local family run firm, and specialises in kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms offering simple makeovers to full project management. We fit all our work with in-house fitters, not sub-contractors, to a high standard, using quality fittings and materials ‘behind the scenes,’ to ensure our installations will last the test of time. Drop in to the showroom on Burton Road, Lincoln for an informal chat or contact us to arrange a no obligation quote. You’ll be cared for by Paul Pheby who has many years experience designing and installing quality kitchens and bathrooms both in this area and across the UK too.

£ FIND OUT MORE Inhaus Design is based at 173 Burton Road, Lincoln LN1 3LW. Telephone: 01522 845008 or see


Inhaus Design is an independent local studio offering inspirational design, quality products and full project management for your kitchen or bathroom, all tailored with a realistic approach to cost. No obligation quotes and advice, so drop by for a chat.



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Natural Selection Botanical prints and a colour palette of sage, teal and eau de nil combine with watercolour, etching and contemporary prints to create a look for Autumn that brings nature into your home...

Main: Sandersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roseanna in sage; a typically English country house design, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sophisticated, elegant and open in design and is perfectly complemented by the texture of the linen cloth.

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Designer’s Guild’s Cassandra is a striking and sophisticated design of Hydrangea. Created on linen and blended with cotton for practicality and wear, it’s ideal for creating fresh, warm bedrooms. 69

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Main: Woodland Fern from Sanderson’s Painter’s Garden collection is available with grey on cream, lime on cream or silver over lime colourways. Also shown here is a small sofa in Grandiflora, linen over olive. The whole collection is a fresh mix of floral and botanical prints and embroideries that co-ordinate with the wallpaper collection of the same name. The original artwork produced by designers in the Sanderson studio was painted from life and inspired by botanical engravings and etchings.

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Clarke & Clarke’s Bukhara Mitra (chaise) and Mandana (curtains) in apple and citrus.

Colefax; sofa in leaf green Ellary Check. Cushions Evesham, Barbizon and Limoges.


ature is arguably the world’s best designer so it’s little wonder that mere mortals take their inspirations from its patterns, shapes and its diverse colour palette. Autumn may bring to mind burgundy and russet shades but it’s botanical colours - sage green, eau de nil and teal that look great in a botanical room scheme. Both contemporary and traditional fabric designers take up the botanical mantle; traditional prints include reproductions of early botanical etching - line drawings over traditional arsenic or modern lime. A more contemporary scheme will feature a combination of retro 70s floral prints and on trend geometric shapes. Linen fabrics and heavy tweeds make the best of the colour palette with hard-wearing sofa coverings and curtains for period homes. For best effect in period homes with high

ceilings, pair white covings with large print wallpaper and use either a ‘busy’ sofa or chair fabric with more restrained scatter cushions or a plain sofa with mix and match cushions in large prints. The beauty of botanicals is their ability to create a warm, soft and feminine scheme against cream shades or - with the use of warm grey tones - a more contemporary scheme that will suit the use of strong accent colours like raspberry or cyan. Likewise a stark white backdrop will allow sage colour to be paired with light blue tones to warm up a nautical theme, making it less stark and clinical. Always use a professional interior designer to take advantage of bespoke soft furnishings and create furniture to suit the scale and style of your home. Taking on a designer will always prove good value in the long run as the designer fabrics a professional uses will not only prove better quality, but will produce a room with more long term appeal. 71

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in the garden

Something to look forward to... Autumn is about to arrive and soon the garden will lose its lustre... but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; t despair. Planting spring-ďŹ&#x201A;owering bulbs will give gardeners something to look forward to in the autumn...


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utumn brings falling leaves, deadheaded flowers and cooler weather. Whilst it’s a pretty depressing time in some respects, gardeners can take some comfort in the richness of its colours, and the optimism of planting bulbs ready for next spring. Light Bulb Moments Reject soft bulbs or those showing signs of mould, and opt for larger bulbs within each variety as smaller ones may not flower in the first year. In borders, dig in horticultural grit, especially in heavier soils. Plant bulbs in groups of at least six but up to 50 for a compacted display, with a planting depth roughly double the height of your bulb and the ‘nose’ or shoot facing upwards. In containers use John Innes No2 compost and plant three times the depth, one bulb width apart. Water when in active growth and feed every week or two with tomato feed. Plant daffodils, hyacinths and tulips by the end of September, lilies, alliums and crocus in October. Here, we recommend five of the easiest and most rewarding spring flowering bulbs to provide real colour Narcissus Têtê à Têtê Popular version of a dwarf daffodil ideal for container growing, it’s hardy and has a rich bright yellow colour with darker coloured flute.

Opposite/Above: Only ever buy your bulbs from an independent local garden centre, and reject bulbs that are soft. Left: Tulip ‘Boston’ - bi-coloured blooms, or for a dramatic single colour display, we recommend ‘Queen of the Night’ or ‘Ronaldo.’ 73

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Plant bulbs one bulbwidth apart in clusters of at least six, and at a depth of three times the height of each bulb.

Tulipa Queen of the Night Hardy tulip variety that loves full sun and will prove really hardy. Available as a single colour in dark maroon or as a variegated multi-colour tulip. Dutch Crocus The ideal bulb to plant in grass, varieties available with white flowers veined in purple - we suggest Thompsons and Morgan’s Bi-colour Collection - or try Crocus sativus to grow your own saffron! Snake's Head Fritillary Luminous white form with ‘chequered’ pattern. Hardy and trouble free. Thrives in a moist well-drained soil rich in organic matter; scatter generously for organic looking drifts, and enjoy lantern-like hanging bells of colour. Hyacinth The Victorians revered hyacinths for their sweet, lingering fragrance, and carefully massed them in low beds, planting in rows of one colour each. They can be forced into early growth for an indoor display - place in a cool, dark environment like a cellar. Use a vase and fill with water as high as you can without touching the bulb. Bring them into the light in December after the flower is fully out of the bulb. Alternatively, force bulbs in soil; pot them in containers with a well-drained soil mix. Water after planting, and place in a cool, dark spot until green foliage appears, then move to a cool, sunlit location for flowering.

Main: A single colour display of Dutch crocus packed tightly together makes a cheerful sight from February onwards. Opposite: Be imaginative with your planters!

hyacinths look great when forced in water or soil. they will produce flowers in about six weeks. Purchase the best-quality pre-chilled bulbs you can find and choose ones that are large and blemish-free... 74

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in the garden

Jobs for September

£ September is an excellent month for planting conifers. They can then establish good roots before winter and will not suffer any problems with their ‘breathing’ and water supply. The same applies to other evergreen varieties which are supplied with a rootball.

£ Start your compost going by buying a compost bin or building a partially enclosed and easily accessible area for a heap. It is essential to replace the goodness in soil and autumn produces quantities of garden waste that will add invaluable organic richness back into your soil next spring.

£ While the soil is moist and warm, plant hardy perennials so their roots have a chance to become established before winter.

£ If your soil is heavy clay, start digging it over now whilst it is still relatively dry. Add plenty of organic matter to improve the quality and pea shingle to improve the drainage. It can be left in a pretty rough state over the winter when the cold will break the lumps down, making spring planting infinitely easier!

£ Buy and plant out violas, wallflowers and primulas now for cheery colour come springtime. 75

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Kevin Hard and Katrina Howells A love of travel, and inspiration from bridal trends in the USA, lead Katrina and Kevin to design the wedding of their dreams, but it was one of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stately homes that provided a beautiful and dramatic backdrop! Photos: Contact:

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We fell in love with our beautiful stately home wedding venue almost immediately!


evin and I met at school; I had to do my A-level in Design & Technology at the local boys’ school as it wasn’t available at the Girl’s school. We didn’t get together until the Summer between our second and third year at University. Kevin was studying Building Services in Nottingham whilst I was studying Interior Design at Bournemouth. I moved to Nottingham after graduation and started work whilst Kevin started towards his Phd. We had been together for 12 years last July. I had made quite a point of it being a leap year last year and that I was thinking that perhaps I might ‘pop the question’ in February.... Kevin is quite traditional about things like that though, and made it clear he really didn’t want me to. He’s an entrepreneur, working hard for his solar energy business EvoEnergy, and as such he doesn’t have much time to plan things outside of work, so it was quite a surprise when, shortly before Valentine’s


Day, he announced that he wanted to take me away to Las Vegas. I was given the laptop and a glass of rosé, and asked to organise our break. I planned a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon and thought that would be a great opportunity for him to propose. However he managed to surprise me instead, by asking me the day before in the middle of the Nevada desert after a dune buggy driving experience. I bought my first wedding magazines in the US on the way home and loved the extravagance of how they plan weddings over there. I found a clear picture of the type of dress I wanted; huge, period, satin and theatrical! We looked at six venues in the area and found a few that ‘would do,’ but we both knew we wanted somewhere a bit different and unique! We carried on looking and immediately fell in love with Harlaxton Manor. The availability of the venue set our wedding date, so we had a year to plan the day! I lost count of how many hours were spent at weekends and eventually evenings too making all the handmade details I’d designed. Luckily I had lots of willing family and friends to come and lend a hand with payment of wine and chocolate.

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I’m generally a bit of a crier, so I was convinced that I would cry all morning on the day and blub all the way down the aisle. In fact, it turned out that I was about the calmest of the bridal party and didn’t shed a tear. It was amazing to have the sun streaming in through the windows and to know all our friends and family were there to support us, however my attention was focused entirely on Kevin and making sure I didn’t mess up my lines! We had quite a big list of attendants; my sister Jo was chief bridesmaid and my three year old niece Caitlin as flowergirl. My best friend from school Amy, her two young daughters Charlotte & Chloe, my university friend Lorna and friend Jess were also bridesmaids and flower girls.

Meanwhile, Kevin chose Simon and Tom plus four other ushers for his groomsmen. I had seen some amazing dresses in an US magazine by Amalia Carrara, so I searched for a dress in the UK of similar design! Huge theatrical satin dresses aren’t as popular in the UK, so it was quite disheartening at first. However, I found my Ronald Joyce dress in a local shop and with the help of a dressmaker, added extra removable tuille under the skirt to make it fuller, plus some extra ‘sparkles’ and removable shoulder shrugs so that I could wear a sparkly choker in evening. The whole day was at Harlaxton Manor. The champagne reception took place in the Gold Room, Conservatory 81

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tri al ’ The groom smen put Kevin ‘ on gu ilty found du rin g th e rec ep tion. He w as m ar ria ge ! an d senten ce d to a lifet ime of

w a s h e ld 0 12 r fo t s a f re ak A w e d d in g b e ly h o me’ s lon g g a llery . in t h e sta t

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the Wedding aLBuM

“We had a wonderful three week honeymoon to Sanur and Ubud in Bali and Australia’ s Brisbane and Sydney...” and in the Gardens. We had giant garden games and a magician to keep the guests entertained, accompanied by a harpist and pianist from the ceremony. A wedding breakfast was held for 120 in the Long Gallery and the Magic Parlour show and disco took place in the Great Hall in the evening. One of Kevin’s best men is a barrister and so they put Kevin ‘on trial’ during their speech... he was charged with having the same haircut for years, numerous crimes against fashion and for not living up to his name; Hard. He was found guilty by the bridesmaids and sentenced to a lifetime of marriage! After the first dance the bridesmaids and hens had planned a ‘flash mob’ surprise dance for Kevin to Bruno Mars’s Marry You, where the bridesmaids ran onto the dancefloor and the children danced with pink ribbons. Our honeymoon was amazing; we left for Bali on the Monday after the wedding to begin our three week honeymoon! We spent the first nine days in Sanur & Ubud; it was wonderful to relax in beautiful surroundings and watch the first of the wedding photos appear on

Facebook. We then flew to Melbourne where we explored the city for a couple of days before starting our three day drive to Sydney, where we finished our honeymoon with three wonderful days before flying back to reality. Our wedding coordinators Simon & Ellen did a fantastic job at Harlaxton Manor. Simon worked incredibly hard on the day and the day before to ensure everything ran to plan. My wedding team were all awesome, Yvonne Charlton for making my dream dress, Rebecca at Floraldeco for our unique ‘peacock’ flowers, Nicola at Little Cakes for my wedding cake, David Fox for keeping our guests entertained all day and of course Sam Hook for producing stunning photos of our magical day to keep forever. In terms of advice for brides-to-be, I’d recommend that they don’t leave things until the last minute. You’ll be less stressed if you plan well in advance and enjoy the experience so much more. Also, be as imaginative as possible and don’t give up! Just because what you want isn’t standard, normal or fashionable doesn’t mean you can’t have it!

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now offering bespoke wedding packages

Main Street, Ewerby, Sleaford, NG34 9PH.

Telephone: 01529 460363

The Finch Hatton at Ewerby has always offered high quality dining but now its new brand new function room is available for use as a wedding venue too.

Our packages are completely bespoke, allowing you to create a totally individual day. We can help you to plan a completely unique day youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll treasure forever.

Call now for a no-obligation look at our brand new wedding venue or visit

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creAting BeAutiful

WEDDINGS PlAnning A wedding cAn Be stressful, But the teAm At the douBletree By hilton Are dedicAted to mAking your sPeciAl dAy As Perfect As PossiBle... our location in the heart of Lincoln’s city centre, directly adjacent to the Brayford Wharf, makes us easily accessible to you and your guests. With panoramic views of the Lincolnshire skyline as your backdrop, our stunning Cathedral Ballroom can cater for up to 200 of your guests in style, and our Viewing Gallery is the perfect place to toast you, the bride and groom! Modern and stylish, our fifth floor space provides a blank canvas for you to personalise with those little touches that make your wedding personal to you. We’re now licensed for civil ceremonies too, so you and your guests can relax knowing that everything is under one roof. Our specialist chefs have created a number of delicious menus, so whether you’re hosting an intimate canapé reception or lavish wedding breakfast, we’ll cater to your every need. We use the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients, and can easily cater to your tastes and dietary requirements. We even offer a complimentary menu tasting for each of our happy couples!


Each wedding is individual and special to us, so we’re flexible in meeting your budget, themes and ideas for the big day. We can also help you with hiring your perfect photographer, florist, entertainment and venue stylist from our network of trusted suppliers. To make your day run smoothly, every bride and groom who chooses to enjoy their wedding reception with us will receive: l A personal, four star welcome for you and your guests. l Exclusive use of the contemporary Cathedral

Ballroom and Viewing gallery with private bar. l Complimentary room hire for your wedding

reception (subject to minimum numbers). l White table linen and napkins. l Use of our silver wedding cake stand and knife. l Complimentary use of our 4th floor bridal suite

with private balcony overlooking the Brayford Wharf, and breakfast the following morning. l Special wedding guest room rates.

£ DOUBLETREE Let our dedicated wedding co-ordinator help you to create your perfect wedding day. Call the team on 01522 565180 for more details or to be sent a wedding brochure.

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Wedding dresses

To Have and to Hold... this month we preview the bridal trends and the brand new designer dresses that will look beautiful on 2014â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brides with wedding dress experts maggie Blackband and simone roulinson in an exclusive photoshoot...

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Wedding dresses


rom the catwalk to the county, we this month present the bridal styles that those marrying in 2014 and 2015 will enjoy. Bridal retailers like Belle & Bouquet, featured here, have brand new ranges of vintage-inspired wedding dresses to choose from this season. The company was established in 1988 but since 2002 has been under ownership of Maggie Blackband and Simone Roulinson. The ladies have ensured that over 5,000 of the county’s brides have looked beautiful on their big day and currently work with around 400 brides a year - around 25 weddings a week in the peak season - to provide beautiful wedding dresses, bridesmaids’ outfits, headdresses, tiaras and shoes. There are few experts better placed, then, to offer us a few tips about forthcoming wedding dress trends that will be seen in 2014 and 2015 weddings. Working with Maggie and Simone, we’ve picked out six of the newest dresses in the retailer’s studio, located in the pretty former stately home of Wellingore Hall, with its scenic views and large rooms for the two ladies to show off over 150 dresses - one of the largest ranges in the area. The company stocks dresses from designers like Eliza Jane Howell, Maggie Sottero, Benjamin Roberts, Mori Lee and Ronald Joyce. Each of their key designers recently revealed their new collections which will feature heavily in the weddings of 2014 and 2015’s brides.

above/Left: the company has provided dresses to over 5,000 brides since current owners maggie Blackband and simone roulinson took over in 2002. Left: greta by eliza Jane howell Bridal collection; £825. 89

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Unsurprisingly, vintage style will still be popular with multi-layers of lace and heavy vintage beading. 1920s style is in evidence with the recent Luhrmann remake of The Great Gatsby expected to incite demand for styles based on the film’s Daisy Buchanan - aka Carey Mulligan. Metallic embroidery, blushes, coloured gowns and bright red, will all be seen at this year’s bridal show, as will ombre gowns, which feature white or ivory to the bodice and a subtle wash of colour towards the bottom of the skirt. Sleeves will be popular into 2014, with removable or statement sleeves, especially in lace, and detailing continuing to the back of dresses. Cap sleeves will be especially on-trend, as will one-shoulder dresses with asymmetric details. With a range of sizes from 6-32, and dresses starting from £400, whether you’re looking for an on-trend wedding dress or a traditional design, there’s a dress for every bride at Belle & Bouquet. “We’ve some really exciting new designs coming into the studio, which is why we take time with each bride and ensure she find the dress of her dreams.” says Maggie. “We offer a full range of products and services like alterations and accessories, but most of all, we offer help, advice and reliability.” Belle & Bouquet is based at Wellingore Hall, Wellingore, LN5 0HX. Tel: 01522 811122. www.belleandbouquet Thanks to Chambers Florists, 01522 524169 for our flowers and Emily Johnson who provides bridal hair and makeup; 07870 443 419.

top: flowers for our shoot were provided by chambers florists. above: mori lee column dress with crystal beaded embroidery on chiffon; £575. headdress by Blossom tiaras. right: maggie sottero’s Afton; £995, with embellished lace & cap-sleeves.

“we’re showing a selection of dresses here that represent key trends for 2014.” says Belle & Bouquet’s maggie Blackband. “rich embellishment, vintage styles and lots of luxurious layers of lighter fabrics are all key trends we’ll see more of...” 90

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Wedding Dresses

“The Great Gatsby has inspired a trend for cap sleeves in the 2014 season, with designers like Maggie Sottero and Mori Lee taking inspiration from the film set in the roaring 20s...”

Above: The retailer stocks 30 styles of shoes plus 50 tiaras and headdresses.

Left: Willow, tulle ball gown style dress with illusion lace bodice and bateau neckline; £1,150. Headdress by Liza Designs of Skegness, Harlow lace-edged veil by Elizabeth Dickens.


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choosing your


STATIONERY Advice on choosing your wedding stAtionery from stAmford’s Jo And hugo sPiegl of fAmily run Printing comPAny sPiegl Press how did you start doing wedding stationery? We’ve always printed occasion stationery, but only really started marketing it seriously 3 years ago. When the recession really started to bite and the nature of our work changed, we realised that we needed to diversify and so we called on our existing skills and equipment in order to major on this wonderful area of business. do you have a set range of styles that couples can choose from? No... we offer a completely bespoke service which ensures that our customers can have exactly what they want in terms of quantity, style, layout, colour, shape – you get the idea! All budgets can be catered for, however, as you add more special finishes, then the price does go up. so do the customers need to know what they want before they talk to you? Definitely not! We will always encourage customers to come and talk to us at the office so that they can see the fantastic work that we have done previously, they can feel the card and paper and discuss


colours and style. We pride ourselves on giving a very high level of personal service. Out of hours appointments are always available for those who cannot get to see us during the working week. Can couples see what their stationery will look like before you print it? Yes. In fact we insist! We will tweak, proof and reproof until it is right for the customer. Help and guidance on text and layout is always available if required. so do you just do the invitations? Not at all; we do everything from Save the Date cards all the way through to the thank you cards, so orders of service, menus, table names, table plans can all be part of the service provided. do you have any tips for couples choosing their wedding stationery? We always try to establish if there is to be a theme running through the stationery to make it all pull together. The theme can be a colour, emblem, initials etc; it’s important to try to do this at the outset, even though orders of service and reception stationery are coming later. Also, it’s helpful if the couple can establish what they both like in terms of style (e.g: contemporary, classic, quirky) before they come to see us – it avoids those uncomfortable moments of a minor domestic taking place in our office! What does the future of spiegl Press hold? We fully see that our bespoke stationery market is going to increase rapidly as people realise that the online solution is not always the best way forward. You can come and sit in front of us and talk about your order – often original ideas morph into something quite different and very unique! Spiegl Press Limited.,

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Book your Wedding Celebration or Civil Ceremony with us. Packages to suit all tastes and budgets, beautiful gardens and surroundings. We also cater for functions, birthdays, anniversaries and christenings. Bar meals and Sunday lunches in our

newly refurbished Gingerlily Restaurant

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T H E W H I T E H A R T , B O S T O N • T H E A D M I R A L R O D N E Y, H O R N C A S T L E


• Riverside Location with beautiful Boston Stump as your backdrop. • 24 well-appointed rooms. • Courtyard Bar and Riverside Restaurant for exceptional dining. • The Boston Suite - Lincolnshire’s premier function room.


• Personal Wedding Coordinator to help you make the very best of your special day.

The Admiral Rodney Hotel • Luxury and style in the heart of historic Horncastle. • Lots of character in a 17th century former coaching inn with 31 en suite bedrooms. • Courtyard Restaurant and Rodney Bar, function room and more. • Recently refurbished.


• Personal Wedding Coordinator to help you make the very best of your special day.




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New Season Dresses



WEDDING DRESSES for An ENGLISH ROSE here, wedding dress designer AmAndA wyAtt unveils english rose - her newest collection for 2014’s Brides. trends for next yeAr include lAyered lAce, long sleeves, cAPPed shoulders And Asymmetric gAthers...


Carman: With a stunning lace bodice and full length sleeve, Carmen has a wide taffeta waistband and bow which emphasises and flatters the waist. A tiered organza skirt finishes off this statement dress. Available in Ivory only.


suri: Suri is a fun short tuille gown encompassing 3D effect flowers on the bodice and skirt, this dress is perfect for the bride who doesn't want to be traditional or even for the bride who wants to change in the evening. Suri is for dancing the night away. Available in Ivory only.


Yvie: Made with a new ‘stretch’ lace to enable more movement through the sleeve, Yvie has a chic finely pleated chiffon bodice and skirt that ensures this gown ticks all the boxes.


Lorelei: This beautiful tuille gown has a stunning drop waist with guipure trim. Delicate pearl beading and a long train make Lorelei the perfect romantic dress. Available in Ivory only. 96



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harlow: Harlow is a slipper satin gown with a stunning lace in a creamy deep ivory. The wide boat neckline is a the most flattering shape and the peplum detail creates a striking silhouette emphasising the waist. Great for the bride who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want a strapless gown. Available in Ivory only.


Violet: Violet is an all lace dress with a fantastic shimmer finish! Encompassing a lovely loose sleeve this gown has a flattering slim A-line shape, which is so easy to wear. A sassy but chic gown. Available in Ivory only.

for local stockists see

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Find out More: speak to ed godden wedding Photography; call 07977 559853 or visit ed’s website at


A pre-wedding shoot will capture your engagement, and make you feel more comfortable with your wedding photographer. choose an expert like ed godden... there are so many reasons why I encourage a couple to have a pre-wedding shoot with me. The first being the fact that it’s a great way to really get to know me before their big day. Having a good rapport, and feeling relaxed with your wedding photographer is hugely important. Not everyone likes having their photograph taken, so spending a few hours with a couple gives me a great chance to chat with them about what they want from me on their wedding day, discover their likes and dislikes, and ultimately let them see how relaxed and fun a photoshoot with me can be, and this is no different on their wedding day. Plus, when you book your wedding with me, the pre-wedding shoot is free! Not meeting a bride and groom before their wedding day can be a tad weird, I find. Having no chance to get to know a couple properly, then all of a sudden to photograph them on the most important day of their life seems impersonal. 98

An example is a lovely couple I completed a pre-wedding shoot for, Lucy and Rich, before I photograph their wedding next year. I spent 30 minutes chatting over a coffee about their wedding day plans, before heading out on a short walk near their house, snapping away along the way. A couple of hours later and we were back at the house reviewing the images. All that was left for me to do was edit the images and let them have a selection of images for them to do whatever they want with. Some couples use them for their wedding invites, some blow them up and have them framed, and some just upload them to Facebook and look at it as a great experience and a fun way of getting to know their photographer. I can’t wait to capture some beautiful images on their wedding day in the Summer!

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CaPturing Your Wedding

naturaLLY “if you’re in the throes of planning your wedding, you’ll probably have asked the question ‘how do i choose a wedding photographer?” says Ali lovegrove. ” i imagine the extensive and varied opinions on the subject left you more confused than ever. so let's break it down into a few key decisions'!“


hoosing your wedding photographer is a big decision. I don’t say this just as a wedding photographer but as a bride-to-be myself. You’ll spend weeks, months and sometimes years planning just one day but after the food has been devoured and the beautiful flowers you lovingly chose have wilted, only your photographs will preserve the details of your amazing day. With that in mind, choosing a wedding photographer is so important. Setting your budget is usually the first step to choosing your wedding photographer and often comes down to a question of priority. If your priorities are spending money on the most amazing cake, stunning flowers and an exquisite dress rather than photography, the resulting images you have of these may not reflect how they looked on your wedding day. Most of my couples have been offered wedding photography from either a friend, friends of friends or family members for a few hundred pounds, and even for free. Well intended this might be, but does your free photography friend have the confidence to deal with people, do they have professional editing software and the technical ability to deal with changing light? Do they have backup equipment and photography insurance? If you value your wedding photographs and want to have images that help you remember your day as beautifully as it was, spend as much as you can possibly afford. Once you’ve set a budget, it’s time to seek a photographer whose style you really love. Do you want traditional wedding photos where images are more structured and directed, a more relaxed, informal approach with moments captured as they happen, or a photographer with creative flair to create truly unique images? Next, do you want your images to have a vintage or retro feel, maybe even shot on film or do you prefer a more natural look? My style is to spend most of the day unobtrusively capturing those fleeting glances, hugs, handshakes, tears and smiles that, combined with the décor and details you have lovingly chosen, represent your wedding day naturally. I take a slightly more direct approach when it comes to your

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family group photos, ensuring everyone is where they need to be, but even then I like to take a few photos of your family groups relaxing, giving you the option to have more natural photos than simply looking at the camera. What’s more, I love to work with my couples that want to do something a bit different, such as writing ‘love’ in the night sky with sparklers. The best way to find the style you love is by exposing yourself to as many weddings as possible that make you really feel something. Are the images quirky, creative, natural, vintage, traditional, relaxed or formal? When you research photographers look for those whose portfolio closely mirrors the images you love. So, now you know the style of photography you want and you know how much you want to spend on it, the remaining question is who you want with you on the most special day of your life. As a 27 year old female wedding photographer currently planning my own wedding, I love getting the chance to connect with like-minded brides which also builds a genuine connection with my couples. I don’t want my couples to see me as another tick on their list of wedding suppliers, so I include an engagement shoot in all of my wedding packages because this is so important in developing that great relationship with my couples. In the run up to a wedding I want to gossip over dresses and hairstyles, walk our dogs together while chatting about guest lists and Facebook each other about décor. I want my couples to get to know me as much as I want to get to know them because all of us being comfortable with each other means they won’t be as nervous when I pick up my camera and we can all have a great time whilst creating some truly timeless photographs. Above all else, consider three things; time, talent and personality. Will your wedding photographer dedicate the time needed to really get to know the two of you, ensure you are comfortable in front of the camera, and be there for whatever you need before, during and after your wedding day. Do they have the talent needed to not only create the images you love but to enhance your entire wedding planning experience? And finally, do they have the personality that makes you want to be their friend, putting your friends and family at ease to ensure you have a good laugh along the way? If you can answer yes to those questions, you’ve found your photographer!

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Weddings Photography

A professional photographer captures details you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; t normally think of taking pictures of...

You can opt for a mix of posed and reportage shots...

The best photography captures emotion...

Mastering light and focus is something your well-meaning relative who offers to photograph your wedding for free might not be capable of...

A good photographer will capture all of the detail from your big day...

A professional photographer can capture the mood of the day with candid shots...

Quirky shots are far removed from the formally posed traditional style of wedding photography...

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Been to the oAklAnds hAll hotel Before? But not in the lAst two yeArs? then Be mAke sure you mAke A visit...


he Oaklands Hall Hotel has received A £1,000,000 of investment this past two years to return this stunning manor house to its former glory. the oaklands launched the comfy duck bistro last may and within the first eight months won best restaurant in lincolnshire for taste of excellence, the restaurant is now known for its fresh local produce, exciting presentation and exceptional experiences this can be seen from their use of only the best local produce to their local lounge singer who is on every friday and saturday night, it has now become the place to dine. the churchill room is in the traditional banqueting room of the manor house and can hold wedding receptions or banquets from 50 to 240 guests, this room has stunning views of the victorian terrace and gardens and now has its own private bar to the rear of the room, this room has luxurious gold’s, fabulous high ceilings and ceiling to floor windows overlooking the stunning gardens. the laceby suite - soon to be renamed garden room - is the latest room to be refurbished, with soft creams, silver colours and private landscaped gardens, this room is stunning for weddings and corporate events. Any colour scheme works in this room and really is the jewel in the oaklands crown. the garden room can accommodate 40 – 140 guests for an event. The Oaklands has wedding packages starting from just £3,500 to book your guided tour call 01472 872248. 105

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MaLe grooMing at aseMBo

A Treat for M en... stamfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Asembo is unique in the area, in giving equal precedence to their male customers. whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a guy who wants to look his best and de-stress, or a woman seeking the perfect gift for her partner, get to know Asembo...

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Men’s stYLe with

Asembo of Stamford


hen it comes to pampering, women no longer have the monopoly, thanks to Stamford’s Asembo. Male grooming products are de rigueur these days, and most men see the benefits of ensuring they adopt good shaving habits, cleansing and moisturising. When it comes to spas, and salons offering in-town treatments, male clients are usually subjugated or treated as an afterthought... not at Asembo though. The salon was set up by Natasha Parker, and opened in March 2013. Natasha has 15 years provenance in Stamford and had built up a loyal client list who were delighted to hear that she was opening up a contemporary salon offering exceptional service and the best hair and beauty treatments. Styled by Stamford based NGI Design and branded in conjunction with D-Squared, part of the couple’s brief was to ensure men aren’t treated like an afterthought. The salon offers men everything from a regular trim in a luxury salon to treatment packages that can be enjoyed either on special occasions or as a monthly treat to unwind from work and kick the weekend off with a bit of luxury.

“We make a point of ensuring that men aren’t an afterthought at asembo.” says natasha. “a monthly hair cut with our ultimate wet shave is accompanied by a chilled beer, whilst our manicures and men’s facials will ensure any man looks great and feels relaxed.” A gent’s wash, conditioning treatment and haircut costs £18 with complimentary tea or coffee. The salon uses Redken hair treatments including Colour Camo, a range of men’s bespoke camouflage treatments for grey hair. Colour Camo is really quick - just under ten minutes - and can be applied with each trim to avoid a dramatic ‘grey-toblack overnight’ transformation to keep grey at bay. Loyalty points with each monthly trim provides guys with the opportunity to earn free grooming treatments.

asembo Visit: 20 st leonard's street, stamford, Pe9 2hn. Call: 01780 765337. Website:

Turning a Trim... into a Treat Alternatively, the salon can compliment a monthly trim with treatments that will de-stress, revive and make any man look great. If you’ve plans for the weekend, Asembo’s treatment packages include The Ultimate Wet Shave - a trio of cut-throat hot towel shaves, with exfoliation and facial treatments for a smooth finish, for £35. The Asembo Gent combines a wet shave treatment with a hair wash, trim and style for £50, whilst the salon’s Preparation Preparation Preparation package features a facial, manicure, and haircut - over two hours of pampering - for just £78.

For men heading out for a meal or special occasion with their loved one, attending a society event or wedding, or for those seeking to unwind after a stressful week, there’s Asembo’s ultimate package, Suited & Booted. This features four hours of treatments from a manicure, pedicure, 60 minute deep muscle massage, wet shave, haircut and eyebrow tidy. A better looking, fragrant and thoroughly relaxed man for £155 seems like good value to us, and with gift vouchers available too, Asembo’s packages are already receiving great feedback and achieving repeat bookings, too. The Best Names in Grooming “We’ve created our men’s treatments really carefully.” says Natasha. “All of our stylists and therapists have been trained by male grooming experts, and use products from Baxter of California - the best name there is in shaving. Naturally we stock Baxter products you can use at home too; they’re amazing quality, and really will improve your shaving regime.” “For our face and body treatments we’ve partnered with Espa’s specifically designed men’s range. We offer a hot stone massage for tired and aching muscles, ideal for those whose gym and squash regimes are sometime a little too vigorous, and a face and body reviver for those afflicted with tension headaches, neck and shoulder strain.” Noticed and Appreciated by All With back, face and scalp treatments, hair removal treatments for back and chest, as well as manicures and pedicures designed for men, Asembo understands that good grooming is like good manners - it’s noticed and appreciated by everyone. “If you’ve never been pampered before, this is as good as it gets.” says Natasha. “But if you’ve had, and enjoyed, spa and salon treatments before, you’ll quickly see the Asembo difference.” “Every man deserves to look good and feel great, and with their partners benefiting from their man’s grooming habits too, a well-groomed guy is a treat for men, but also, their partners, too.” 107

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food for thought for steAk lovers, everywhere, with dentAl imPlAnts from

THE DENTAL HEALTH CENTRE, GRANTHAM “The way Colin carries out implant treatment is as good as it gets!” says one happy patient... “I had partial dentures but I didn’t get on with them at all. My teeth were dreadful due in the main to a childhood of neglect. I had a mixture of gold and porcelain crowns but they had become wobbly and sticky making it difficult to eat. I didn’t want to live the final third of my life living on soup.

If you can’t eat, you’re in trouble. I am absolutely delighted; they look better and work better than in my teens. Before, I struggled to eat a piece of bread, now I have almost no limitations. I look in the mirror and smile at myself - I haven’t been able to do that for 50 years!”– C.T. Lincoln.

Full dentures can be ugly and intrusive, as you feel like you have a mouthful of plastic. I now have two implants to support a denture and this is a far more pleasant experience. The implant-supported denture is firm, secure, less intrusive and better in every respect. Snap fastenings hold it in place and it’s very easy to put in and take out for cleaning. There is no question that I would recommend Colin and his team at The Dental Health Centre. The treatment was painless in so far as it could be and this is testament to Colin’s skills. Yes implant treatment is expensive but you get what you pay for. My dentures are now absolutely rock solid on two implants.

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

Colin Sutton BDS

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heAlthy, BeAutiful skin with the sAfe, effective use of...

LASERS Lincoln Laser skincare are delighted to announce the arrival of a new laser at the clinic. The Revlite laser from Cynosure, one of the most respected and largest laser manufacturers in America, is a medical grade Q-switched Nd:YAG system. It has four different wavelengths of light, so can be used to remove all colours of tattoo pigment as well as offering the clinic more options when dealing with epidermal and dermal pigmentation problems, such as melasma, birth marks and age spots. Julian Kessler, Nurse Practitioner at the clinic said “We are delighted to add this laser to our existing repertoire as it allows us more flexibility and treatment options. This will be especially useful in treating the wide variety of tattoos we see. It represents significant investment for us but will allow us to continue to offer our patients the best equipment on the market that will deliver the best results.”


The clinic is about to undergo further expansion with plans to open another treatment room in the coming months. Julian stated; “The new treatment room allows us to continue adding new services that will enhance our reputation within the speciality of aesthetic medicine.” “We are considering technology which will be the most beneficial to the population of Lincolnshire and Rutland. A laser of particular interest to us is one used to treat fungal nail infections, a condition previously notoriously difficult to treat. We hope to start a clinical trial in September.” He added ‘we have to take things bit at a time but our success is down to the dedication and hard work of our staff. If we can continue identifying areas that will impact positively on the general public then we are keen to invest in them.” For further information please call the clinic on 01522 575756.

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The best of

both worlds T

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

H Award Winning Sleep Apnoea Service Please visit our website to view the full range of services we offer Comfort & Peace of Mind The Bostonian is the private wing of Pilgrim Hospital and is set in its own grounds and gardens. There are 19 en-suite single rooms with digital TVs and telephone. Our dedicated housekeeping team ensure continually high standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

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

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

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

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Dentists issue warning over unlicensed whitening... The UK’s dental regulator has issued a warning against cheap teeth whitening procedures at unlicensed salons, and against diy teeth whitening kits. “tooth whitening is not a trivial matter,“ says evlynne gilvarry, of the general dental council. “while it may have cosmetic effect, it is still a serious dental treatment.” evlynne says that in untrained hands, tooth whitening can cause serious harm to patients. dentists see patients with blistering of the gums and the mouth and discolouration of the teeth following such procedures, and advise that often the bleach solution used in unlicensed procedures is too weak to offer any effective whitening. the council advises that patients should only have teeth whitening performed by trained dentists such as those on our health and beauty pages.


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the latest health and beauty treatments from leading independent clinics and salons...

new reiki treatments REIKI is deep relaxation treatment designed to release stress and bring the body into balance and harmony. it’s the newest service to be offered by county’s red roof clinic. treatments are around £35 for a 60 minute session and are carried out by qualified reiki master gregg chapman. For more information see


Last year saw nearly 10,000 women seeking breast augmentation and enlargement according to the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons. The Association advises anyone seeking a procedure to seek out a consultation with a reputable private hospital in their area, rather than risking cheap surgical procedures abroad.

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The Product COLOUR CONTROL (CC) AND BLEMISH BALM (BB) creams are versatile, on trend and a great addition to your makeup bag. Both are designed to provide a good base for makeup like a primer, even out your complexion and serve as a concealer and tinted moisturiser. our recommendation is clinique’s moisture surge, available in nine shades, £28/40ml.

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Top left: Joules Rosamund Shirt £54.95 Sizes 8 -18. Bottom left: Navajo patterned chunky sweater by Fransa £65 Sizes S - XL. Top right: Mens and Ladies Classic Crew Sweaters from £55. Bottom right: Seasalt Terrazzo Tunic £65 Sizes 8 - 18. 100% Cotton Needlecord.

FIRST FOR top brands For fresh, fashionable colours and top quality lifestyle brands like Crew, First in Horncastle is a must... First is a men’s, women’s and children’s clothes store in Horncastle at the heart of rural Lincolnshire. Having been trading for nearly nine years, the shop is a stockist of on trend lifestyle clothes and footwear in both classic as well as directional colours. First carefully source ranges from top brands such as Joules, Fransa, seasalt, Esprit and Joseph seibel. 116

all of these designers have a great eye for design, wearability and value. don’t just take our word for it come and have a look around, or shop online on our secure, easy to use website. What’s more, when you bring this page in store, we'll give you 10% off your Crew purchase and enter you into a prize draw to win a £50 Fransa gift voucher.

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Top left: Special occasion cream and navy dress and jacket from Condici. Bottom left: The ever popular Basler collection includes this pink jacket with Tibet Lamb collar. Top right: Black and white checks with black trim for this jacket from an exciting Godske collection.


Bottom right: Joseph Ribkoff black wrap-around jacket with faux fur trim from an exciting new collection.

oCCasions Examples from the current collections of ever-popular labels to take you through every occasion in style... For fashions in Lincoln and retford, look no further than anne Wilkinson - a world of fashion for sizes 10-24. this season’s collections include smart casual separates from the every popular basler, betty barclay, Gerry Weber and Joseph ribkoff, as well as special occasionwear from the best names like ann balon, Condici and John Charles. What’s more, anne Wilkinson also has an extensive range of hats, jewellery, shoes, handbags, belts and other accessories.

this month anne Wilkinson will be hosting an exclusive preview of the forthcoming season’s new looks, with informal modelling and refreshments in Lincoln from 5th-7th september, and in retford from 12th-14th september, both from 10am to 4pm. Meet our models and see the new ranges for yourself... we’ll also be on hand to provide exceptional service and advice whenever it’s needed. 119

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FroM CHErriEs

an established fashion retailer with quality names, a great look for the season and a relaxed shopping environment, Cherries provides lots of inspiration, as well as personal shopping advice and style consultation in your own home... Creating a stylish autumn wardrobe is a more enjoyable experience than ever, thanks to the team at one of Lincolnshire’s most established fashion retailers and family business, Cherries.

the retailer also provides a personal style consultation in your home to look at how your existing outfits can be utilised with new items from this season’s fashion trends.

serving the whole of Lincolnshire, Cherries on boston’s pen street allows you to shop in a relaxed and friendly, air-conditioned atmosphere and enables you to browse at your leisure.

this season is characterised by the emergence of boiled wool full length and pencil skirts in jewel colours. animal prints are still on trend with mock fur trims, man-made suede and leather look materials are used for stunning trousers, dresses and jackets – all of which remain fully washable.

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Look out for seasonal red and - most appropriate

- cherry tones, which can be teamed up with navy and cream. burgundy and pale grey is a popular combination, as is mustard & brown, combined with cobalt blue and rust. purple is especially popular, certainly when trimmed with orange and black. Cherries specialises in providing a personal advice and the kind of old fashioned service that really will warm up your winter.

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discover betty barclay & Frank Walder this season at the sutton bridge fashion retailer... Autumn 2013 is set to be an exciting one at Cindy’s of sutton bridge. Fabulous new collections in brilliant jewel colours will set your autumn wardrobe alive.

Highlights this season include black mixed with artichoke green & salsa and dark navy from betty barclay. Meanwhile, Frank Walder has a strong collection starting with purple, black & white then a mix of magenta contrasting beautifully with classic black.

then it heats up with a capsule collection of red, black & white. Furs are bang on trend this season from cuff trims to capes & waistcoats, plus fur headbands that set the scene for the new season. autumn collections are now available at Cindy’s of sutton bridge, our size range is 10-26 - look out for our autumn Ladies day and Charity Fashion show at boston West Golf Club on Wednesday 16th october with tickets £25. 123

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AUTUMN AT EvE & ransHaW autumn is set to be an exciting season with old favourites and the debut of new names at Louth’s family-owned department store... Customers love the old fashion service and quality products carefully chosen by Louth’s 232 year old department store. despite its provenance in the town, the retailer’s fashions are right on trend with names like Masai Clothing, Joules, Laura ashley, Gerry Weber and seasalt. What’s more, a new name makes its debut at the store for autumn; Jack Murphy’s country clothing-inspired brand radiates humble, well-crafted elegance. Embracing romance and nostalgia through incredibly tactile textures and fabrics and celebrating past and present through the fusion of classic and contemporary design influences, this range exudes a sense of character, durability and timeless splendour to create a delectably alluring, irresistibly wholesome collection... it’s a truly distinctive country clothing range, available exclusively at Louth’s Eve and ranshaw. 124

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at ConEys new brands, new style and bold colours – Coneys welcomes autumn with cutting edge contemporary fashions... Just arrived for autumn: both men’s and ladies brands – Hugo boss black, ralph Lauren,, diesel, Marc Cain, oui, armani and lots, lots more..... parking is available opposite the shop and our opening hours are 10.00am – 5.30pm Monday to saturday and 11.00am – 4.00pm on a sunday.


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TIMOTHY GUY Stylish autumn fashions and great service combine to create a really happy customer at Timothy Guy... Shopping for wonderful autumn fashions is a pleasure at Timothy Guy thanks to the efforts of Jenny Brewster, the shop’s manager Val Wright, and a dedicated team which really cares about its customers. The retailer this month presents the subtle, sophisticated french 128

label JJ Garella for a smart look perfect for a formal lunch and Jean Gabriel with gorgeous casuals perfect for layering and exploring colour. With other names including Sbelt Jeans and James Lakeland, it’s easy to create a beautiful autumn wardrobe at Boston’s Timothy Guy.

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Is this you... Classic Clothing for the Modern Lady...

If you’re a ‘first thing I think about when I wake up’ go-getter, a “let’s make it better”, a cold coffee drinker, a mid-morning thinker, a missed lunch groundbreaker, an afternoon risk taker, a falling to sleep with your spreadsheet reader... You’ll appreciate an equally dedicated marketing leader. To advertise in Pride Magazines call our friendly team on 01529 469977.

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Image: Novice gun Nel Hales gets some tuition from Callum.

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enjoY Shooting


SHOOTING This month the British Clay Pigeon Shooting Association launches its Give it a Shot campaign, aimed at encouraging new participants in the sport to try shooting for themselves. Words & Photos: Rob Davis.


ive it a shot. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the message from the British Clay Pigeon Shooting Association this month, as the group launches its campaign to encourage more people to try the sport. With partridge season due to start in September and pheasant season in October, experienced guns will soon be out and about. In advance of the season many take advantage of local clay pigeon shooting grounds to get in a little practice before the season. However, these grounds are not just for those with plenty of experience. CPSA subsidised taster sessions are available this month from just ÂŁ5 and give people the opportunity to shoot under the expert guidance of trained professionals in a safe and friendly environment. We went along to one such session and found out what a beginner can expect from an Olympic sport with no fewer than 16 separate disciplines.

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ENJOY Shooting

Above: Shooting grounds provide different levels of challenge for novices and experienced guns alike.


hooting clays, as opposed live game, is a sport that represents a completely different challenge for even experienced guns, but few novices realise how accessible and enjoyable the sport can be.

Above: Typically beginners shoot with a 20 bore gun. During our experience we shot with a 12 bore - and felt it the next day! Right: Our day was spent on a private shooting estate. Shown here is our willing model Callum Aiken, who offered us a taste of the sport.

The CPSA’s Give it a Shot sessions this month provide even novice guns with the opportunity to try the sport for themselves with training and equipment included too. Joining a group of beginners, we tried our hand at the sport with Callum Aiken, who represents the county in national competitions in several of the 16 clay shooting disciplines. Our shooting ground was on the Grimsthorpe Estate, popular with guns from Lincolnshire and Rutland, with over 10 stands and on site tuition. Beginning at seven in the morning, we enjoyed a half day Sunday session before retiring to a nearby pub for lunch.


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Novice guns Nel and Charlotte received a brief tour of the Beretta 12-bore we were using and were soon getting to grips with basic technique. It wasn’t long before even our complete beginners were hitting clays and discovering how rewarding the sport can be. Whilst live game shooting is seasonal, clay disciplines can be enjoyed all year round. What’s more, game birds are erratic in their number and flight path. The greater consistency that clay shooting provides in terms of the target’s presence, speed and trajectory means several participants can compete fairly for the title of best shot. “Clay target shooting is already a popular sport but we want to open up this inclusive activity to an even wider audience.” says the CPSA’s Chief Executive, Nick Fellows. “It’s an ideal way for a group of friends or family members to get together for an hour to try a new skill and enjoy the fast-paced fun it offers.” According to the group, the number of people shooting in the UK has increased since the Olympics, with the greatest increase seen among women, and youngsters from 10-16. Aimed at ensuring this increased interest continues, the taster sessions available at CPSA affiliated clubs are available from as little as £5.

Above: Give it a Shot taster sessions are available in the county from just £5. The sport is equally accessible for younger or older guns, men and women, novice and expert shots.

That price includes qualified, friendly and professional instruction, gun hire, cartridges, hearing and eye protection and insurance. All a novice has to do is turn up and be willing to fire off a few cartridges before they hit their first clay. “We’re keen to remove any perceived barriers to getting involved in clay target shooting so with our ‘Give it a Shot’ sessions, there’s no need to have your own equipment, join a club or obtain a license – it’s simply encouraging more people to take advantage of these ‘turn up and have a go’ opportunities.” says Nick.

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Challenge: Even riders like Andrew Nicholson last year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials winner - is challenged by Philip Herbert’s obstacles, like Land Rover Landing, shown here.

Behind the Scenes at Land Rover Burghley

Jumps for Joy This month’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials will showcase the best equestrian talent but behind the scenes, just as much talent is being utilised creating the event’s cross country course, so meet Philip Herbert, the man who builds Burghley!

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THE 2013 LANd RovER



his month’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials will showcase the world’s best equestrian talent in a four-star FEI three day event with a coveted £60,000 prize and a chance to be one step closer to achieve the Rolex Grandslam of Eventing. To say that the participants are talented is an understatement, but there’s a pretty talented team behind the event itself, too, as we discovered when we met Clerk of the Course Philip Herbert to find out what happens behind the scenes at the event. The Burghley Horse Trials first came to Stamford in 1961 having taken over the trials from West Yorkshire’s Harewood House which could no longer host the event. Philip was its Course Designer for a number of years before Captain Mark Phillips took over in 1998. Creating Burghley’s cross-country track is by no means just a case of staking out the route and banging a few posts into the ground. The route and its obstacles have serious implications for the health and safety of horses, riders and spectators alike, so construction of the event’s cross country course has to be expertly managed. The governing body of the sport, the FEI, has strict rules as to how challenging obstacles can be, but The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials has to be as close to these as possible to challenge the kind of world-class riders it attracts. Charged with the responsibility of creating the course each year, Philip Herbert works with course designer and former Burghley competitor Captain Mark Phillips. The two pay close attention to which elements of the course challenge horse and rider most, and immediately after the trials, set to work deciding what to adjust for the following year. Around two thirds of the course remains the same each year. The 6,500m course is designed to be around 12 minutes long, comprising approximately 35 numbered obstacles. With

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Top: Philip Herbert, Clerk of the Course at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

“You can’t create the course on paper.” says Philip. The cross country element is arguably the most influential elements of the course, and the tolerances between obstacles being acceptable or too difficult are very small.” groundwork such as bank building, aeration of the track and tree maintenance underway in the autumn and winter months, November is when the duo usually walk the course and stake out the route, discussing the alterations they’ll make for the following year’s event. “You can’t create the course on paper.” says Philip. “As we walk along the route we judge where each obstacle should be and use props to determine their height and beam, looking at how each relates to the ground’s undulation at the point that horse and rider are to both take off and land.”

Above: The obstacles are moved into position a month or so before the event with Land Rovers and forklift trucks.

Portable fences are then dropped off and eventually the route is determined, with an FEI Technical Delegate inspecting the final route before an additional inspection immediately before the Trials begins... the judges also inspect the course, on the Tuesday before the event. “The cross country element of the Trials is arguably its most influential one too.” says Philip. “The tolerances between an obstacle being acceptable or too difficult are pretty small, but it’s got to be an appropriate test of both the condition of the horse and its rider’s horsemanship.”

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“This year we’ve redistributed around half a dozen course elements and made some pretty radical changes. It’s all in the name of challenging some of the world’s best eventing competitors! For the team, the finalising of the course’s exact route and composition is exciting, but it’s only half the story; the obstacle’s also need to be designed and made.

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Philip lives in Oundle and has over three decades of experience creating cross country courses for half a dozen eventing clients. The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is obviously his largest event, and whilst he doesn’t quite work full time all year round, the spring and summer months are when construction is in full flow and both he and fellow course creators David Carpenter & Guy Herbert are busiest. The team has a workshop on site where they create each obstacle. In the 1980s construction in situ was more common, but these days each obstacle is created in the workshop and assembled on site later on. Rustic larch poles from Burghley estate itself are used, with anchor poles driven pneumatically into the ground by a tractor before the obstacles are created to fit on them.

The look of the obstacles comes next, with more casual contractors employed around six weeks before the event. The job of painting every one of the 45 jumping efforts used in the cross country and show jumping elements of the competition falls to David’s wife Gemma and his mother-in-law Ivy. The team swells to around 10 working full time in the remaining month or two before the event. Obstacles are manoeuvred into place for installation using a Land Rover and trailer or a forklift truck - a process which takes about a week - in preparation for a tour in August during which Captain Mark Phillips is followed by a camera crew, providing commentary on each obstacle. Even at this stage some fences are lacking their dressing, but the obstacles remain in place with foliage added in the final weeks. With this year’s course being completed as Pride goes to press, we asked Philip what we can expect and it’s clear the team have been working hard to ensure the course remains as interesting for spectators as it is challenging for competitors. “The drama and appearance of each obstacle is really important to us.” says Philip. “This year we’re reversing the

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event Director, elizabeth Inman

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CReATIng ouR ‘SMALL ToWn’... As Event Director of the trials, Elizabeth Inman is in charge of coordinating a team of seven people who work to create a ‘little town’ in the middle of the Elizabethan stately home’s parkland, each year, ready for an international sporting fixture and county show event that attracts more visitors than even the busiest day at Wimbledon. With 160,000 spectators, 600 trade stands, 90 horses, and 1,000 competition volunteers (fence judges, scorers, stewards and commentators), the trials is a logistical jigsaw. Each year Liz needs to ensure there’s 2.5mw of electricity (literally enough to power a small town), plumbing, drainage, and nowadays wi-fi internet connectivity for the trade stands’ debit card machines and for national & international media to file their copy and broadcast their pictures. In addition, 60,000 man hours are needed to erect marquees, the grandstand, signage, flat screens and scoreboards.

direction of the first part of the course, which is pretty radical.” “Also, we’ve redistributed about half a dozen of the obstacles, and perhaps most significantly, we’re ensuring the riders go underneath the event’s Lion Bridge effectively reinstating a part of the course which hasn’t been used since 1998. It should create a really impressive sight for spectators.”

Above: Philip (right) pictured with colleagues David Carpenter and Guy Herbert.

“We really do love the job, it’s a responsibility with serious implications for the safety of all concerned, but it’s a real privilege too.” “We hope the work we do adds to the pantomime - the pleasure of coming to Burghley Horse Trials. But we also hope we continue challenge some of the world’s best eventing competitors, year after year!”

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Images By: Kit Houghton. Burghley Horse Trials Office.

Two weeks before the event, the team moves from their Barnack Road offices into portacabins on the Horse Trials site itself, whilst security staff arrive on site and at the stables where the valuable event horses will be kept. At this point stabling, food provision and onsite vets are also necessary, as is traffic management and car parking staff for the 160 acres of car parking during the event. Each member of the team works a 16 hour day during the two weeks before the event, and with the financial year end for the Horse Trials occurring just after the competition itself, there’s still the matter of managing the finances of a business which turns over £2.5m each year to contend with. A busy team? Certainly, but Liz says they’re one big happy family; “We’re occasionally pushed to our limits, but always committed to making each Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials the best ever!”


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on The FARM

BARRY PoSTon It’s harvest time and at the time of writing, Barry Poston is anticipating better-than-expected yields after a difficult growing climate...


ith the Editor demanding early copy I am finding it difficult to forecast possible yields and predict the prices that farmers can expect for their crops during August! My early impressions, though, are that cereal yields will be better than expected although the acreage of wheat is considerably down. Rape crops seem very varied with some excellent canopy but some fields smothered with a large population of weeds. Rape seed crops are either swathed (cut into rows) or sprayed with Roundup and then combined directly. As the seeds develop their dark colour, the pods become very fragile and will burst open with the slightest adverse weather conditions. High yields of vining peas and an exceptionally short harvesting period have meant that a considerable amount of bypassing has taken place, with the result that the peas passed over will have to be harvested dry. The vining season has, at just over four weeks, been the shortest that I can remember in 30 years of growing the crop. The machines have been kept going 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the whole harvesting season and great credit must be given to the harvesting gangs who have kept these machines going with very high daily tonnages for delivery to the processing factories. Words: Barry Poston


For vegetable growers, the same comments apply with many crops of cauliflower and calabrese ploughed in. The high temperatures in mid-July were the main reason and the cutting gangs could not keep up with the crop. This was exacerbated by the fact that in high temperatures, demand goes down. The surplus of these early crops of cauliflower and calabrese can’t be frozen either as the factories are completely flat out with peas. There are now fewer growers of daffodils in the county. Demand for bulbs has fallen off and less are now forced in glasshouses during the winter. These are having to compete with early outside flowers from the Scilly Isles and Cornwall. Considerable labour is required for lifting and grading daffodils. These are normally harvested every two years, when they are dried and graded with the extra large and smaller bulbs being kept for planting back. Those for planting have to be carefully sterilised with hot water treatment at accurate temperatures designed to kill the dreaded bulb eelworm. If no sterilisation takes place, yields can be seriously reduced. As with potatoes, daffodils are being grown by fewer, larger growers who can afford the high cost of specialised machinery. I hope by the time readers receive this edition in late August, a fine and successful harvest of cereals has taken place with excellent weather conditions.

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on The FARM

with Barry Poston

My early impressions are that cereal yields will be better than expected although the acreage of wheat is considerably down...

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MoToRIng neWS

M ercedes’ s S-Class The Mercedes S-Class is a really important car. Why? Not only is it the flagship model of one of the most renowned luxury carmakers, but it debuts the kind of technology that will become standard on every car over the next decade or so...

The S-Class is Mercedes’s flagship luxury saloon and offers a ridiculous array of luxury features - heated armrests, perfume dispensers, hot stone massagers for driver & passengers’ seats and digital TV.


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MoToRS M ercedes


irbags, power steering, ABS, night vision, adaptive cruise control... all of these technologies made their debut on Mercedes’s S-Class. It’s a really important car not just because it’s the luxury carmaker’s flagship, but because it debuts the technology that, little by little, filters down to become de facto on our cars.

A new S-Class is due to reach showrooms as Pride goes to press. There are still no right hand drive models in the country to test drive, hence our left hand drive images, but even reading the specification list it’s impossible not to be impressed with new features that range from the sublime... to the almost ridiculous. In the former category, the S-Class will debut adaptive cruise control that will not only maintain your speed automatically accelerating and braking to your preset maximum speed and bringing the car to a complete stop if necessary - but will also automatically steer the car to keep it within your motorway lane. It will also automatically steer to compensate for crosswinds in blustery conditions, and scans the road ahead with radars to ‘read’ where bumps and potholes are, using its air suspension to proactively reduce their impact on ride quality.

Some of the technology aboard the new car is for luxury rather than practicality’s sake; an air ioniser & perfume dispenser, hot stone massage system for the front seats and heated armrests are a few examples. Wacky features aside, the S-Class is designed to be the ultimate limo, and whilst a rear bench seat is standard, you can order the car with individual rear seats that are electrically adjustable with heating, ventilation, built-in refrigerator, iPads and aircraft style footrests. The car’s new features and enhanced rear comfort ensure it’s the ultimate luxury saloon and should improve the car’s competitiveness in markets like the US - where stretched limos are preferred - and China where chauffeur driven cars are more popular.


S-Class will read the road ahead with radars to pre-empt any bumps and potholes, mitigating their effect on ride comfort using its air suspension. It can also automatically steer to compensate for crosswinds.

European drivers - who prefer to drive than be driven deem a sporty drive more important when choosing a luxury car, and here Mercedes doesn’t disappoint. The car is available as short and long wheelbase 3.0V6 variant badged S350, and a long wheelbase 3.5V6 hybrid badged S400. All three cars reach 60mph in 6.8 seconds and 155mph. The base model achieves 51mpg whilst the hybrid’s economy is worse at 44mpg, making it impossible to recommend. A flagship S500 5.0V8 betters the car’s performance, but economy is weak at 31mpg so our recommendation would be to stick with the base model. 145

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M ercedes S-Class

To complicate matters further there are SE and AMG Sport models. AMG models do look more muscular, and for those who are really willing to be really conspicuous, an S63AMG model with a 5.5V8 turbocharged engine and four wheel drive is on the way. However, whilst AMG models provides a bodykit and more contemporary styling, every S-Class benefits from electrically adjustable heated leather seats and steering wheel, leather dashboard, sat nav with DAB radio, wi-fi hotspot, voice control, cruise and climate control.

The S-Class can accelerate, brake and steer all by itself. It can read the road ahead and if it detects a collision it will brace itself (and its occupants) for impact. It’s a smart machine, and the technology it debuts will soon be available on other cars, too...

Mercedes S-Class From: £62,455 (S350). on Sale: September. engines: 3.0V6 diesel, 3.5V6 hybrid petrol, 4.6V8 petrol. Fuel economy: S350, 51.4mpg (combined) equipment: Heated electric leather, climate, cruise, sat nav, wi-fi, park sensors, keyless entry. 146

Suffice to say there’s no shortage of creature comforts whatever model you choose, so we’d recommend a short wheelbase S350 in SE trim which kicks the range off at £62,455. That saves you the £3,000 premium Mercedes asks for long wheelbase models, the £5,000 premium for AMG trim and £25,000 difference between the basic S-Class and range topping S500 to spend on a few optional extras. You could add perfume dispensers (£360), a Burmeister 3D hi-fi system (£6,400), ambient lighting with seven colour settings (£380) or cup holders - which the company has the audacity to ask £80 for! Whilst we may mock the S-Class for its more indulgent features, its technology does, however, keep the motoring industry moving forward.

A car that can accelerate, brake and steer for itself, read the road ahead and brace itself - and its occupants - for impact when it detects an imminent collision is a very clever machine indeed. Mercedes’s innovations are copied by its rivals and soon filter down to be made available on more modest cars. So, arguably, the new safety features the model debuts will soon be saving lives every day, on the county’s roads, in other vehicles too. If there’s only one real criticism we can make of the car, its looks are quite ‘safe.’ It’s similar to Mercedes’s E-Class saloon and not dissimilar to the outgoing model, albeit with a few edges smoothed off and new LED headlights. Still the S-Class has been very well-received already, and is scoring a five-star rating in every review. It’s an important model, and will soon spawn a stretched version to replace Mercedes’s über-luxurious Maybach sub-brand, as well as a shooting brake estate, coupé and a convertible variant. For now though, even the most modest S-Class is all the car you’ll ever need. It’s luxurious, intelligent, accelerates like a sports car yet delivers economy of 50mpg, making it practical for day-to-day motoring. On the basis that there’s no discernable advantage in performance, and a penalty in terms of fuel economy we find it difficult to recommend anything but the S350. Even that model is a true flagship from one of the best luxury car makers in the world. Now more than ever the S-Class offers everything you’d expect from a car at the top of its class; comfort, performance and safety.

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charged petrol engines (5.0-litre 510PS V8 and the new 3.0-litre 340PS V6) and two diesel engines (3.0-litre 258PS TDV6 and 292PS SDV6). The powertrain line-up will be expanded later in this year by the addition of a high performance 4.4-litre 339PS SDV8 diesel version. The all-new Range Rover Sport is the first vehicle in its segment to feature an advanced all-aluminium body structure, which not only contributes to outstanding agility and driving dynamics, but also delivers improvements in efficiency which will be further raised with the introduction of an ultra-efficient diesel Hybrid achieving CO2 emissions of 169g/km available to order with first deliveries expected in 2014. A design benchmark, the Sport interior offers a unique blend of style and understated luxury with strong, elegant lines, top quality materials and an extra dash of sporting character. Strong, architectural forms within the interior have been enhanced by a

cleaner, purer surface treatments, beautifully executed with more luxurious soft-touch surfaces in key touch points around the cabin. The new Range Rover Sport also offers a comprehensive connectivity package enabling customers to stay seamlessly connected to their vehicle, business and family lives. Connected Car technology allows the driver to check the status of the vehicle via an App installed on their smart phone and also provides support features such as Stolen Vehicle Tracking, Emergency Call and Land Rover Assist Call. Finally, a high bandwidth Wi-Fi Hotspot can be installed in the vehicle so that passengers can use the internet and get the best data connection for their smartphones or tablets. Andrew Shaw, Dealer Principal says; “The All-New Range Rover Sport is the ultimate luxury SUV. I believe our customers will be extremely impressed with not only how the vehicle looks but how it drives. It’s a winning combination all round.” For more information call Duckworth Land Rover Market Rasen and Boston; 01673 842101 / 01205 722110. 149

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Looking to the Future with two new stores in lincoln and gainsborough, oldrids and its downtown stores are now over 200 years old and combine a long, illustrious history with the highest quality furnishings for your home and the very latest fashions...


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Oldrids and Downtown has a reputation for quality and for looking after its customers that’s well-founded in Boston and Grantham. However, 2013 has been a tremendous year and has seen the addition of stores in Lincoln and Gainsborough too, giving the company a presence across Lincolnshire, and providing its customers with access to the range of big names and exceptional service that has ensured the company has thrived for over 200 years. “2013 has definitely been a phenomenal year for us.” says the company’s Brand Manager Caroline Baines. “It’s still a busy time for us as we’re finalising details for the refit of the exterior of our Downtown store in Grantham and our new store in Lincoln.We are also busy planning this year’s Christmas Grotto.” Located just off the A1 at Gonerby, Downtown Grantham opened in 1989. In October last year the store underwent a total refit of the ground floor and work on the exterior of the store is currently underway. This year has also seen the store revamp its garden centre with a new ice cream parlour and café. Grantham’s Downtown is justifiably popular with customers, especially those from Lincoln, but the city’s

Oldrids provides a department store shopping experience whilst Downtown provides the best products for home and garden. The retailer has branches in Boston and Grantham, and now, in Lincoln and Gainsborough too.

shoppers now have their own Downtown store on Tritton Road thanks to a takeover of Lincolnshire Cooperative Home in February. Next month a £250,000 refit will create a fresh shopping experience and allow the company to introduce new brands like its fashion department’s Joules and Fiorelli and a bigger, better home furnishings department with brands such as Halo & Cath Kidston. “Customer experience is really important to us.” says Caroline. “We wanted to give the Lincoln store the quirky, individual product ranges that we’re known for and provide customers with a shopping experience that’s typically Oldrids; we’re a company large enough to offer competitive prices but small enough to offer ‘family business’ service such as free delivery >> >> 151

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THROUGH THE YEARS... it’s amazing what adverts from years gone by can tell you about the mood of the nation and consumers’ needs, as a look through the oldrids archives proves...

>> on certain products, or the five year guarantee we offer on televisions.”

1889: one of the company’s earliest adverts from 1889 proves that even 200 years ago, a sale was big news! The store’s clearance was to make more space for the expansion of the strait Bargate store under John oldrid.

Oldrids also acquired its Gainsborough store in February, with a new electrical and home furnishings department and greater provision of fashions with a larger number of brands. “We want to provide a quality experience for customers but also be part of our local communities too. Last month for example, we held our annual ball which raised over £9,000 for Marie Curie. Each year our staff choose our Charity of the year.” “We also like to honour our long-standing members of staff to say thank you for their commitment.” This year saw Sheila Hayes, our China & Glass Buyer obtain her 40 year long service award. The company also provides training through their Talent Pool Programme to develop future leaders from within the business. “Our belief is that if you care about your team, they’ll care about their customers, and it’s with people that can deliver the quality we're known for, that we can expand across Lincolnshire and deliver the Oldrids experience across the whole of the county.”

1916: Boston must be a dark town, advises this 1916 advert for blindings. other adverts from the time warned the store would close early owing to lighting restrictions.

1918: This press advert ran on august 16th - five days after armstice - and signalled an optimistic mood.

For more information on Oldrids and to see the stores’ new Autumn/Winter ranges, visit: Oldrids Department Store, 11 strait Bargate, Boston pe21 6Uf. Telephone: 01205 361251. Downtown Furnishing Store, wyberton Chain Bridge, a52, Boston pe21 7nl. Telephone: 01205 350505. Downtown Superstore, gonerby Junction, a1, grantham ng32 2aB. Telephone: 01476 590239. Downtown Lincoln, Tritton road, moorland way, lincoln ln6 7Tn. Telephone: 01522 500588. Oldrids Gainsborough, lindsey Centre, market place, gainsborough dn21 2Bp Telephone: 01427 612346. Alternatively, shop online at


1918: with many local families losing loved ones, this advert was a sad sign of the times.

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OLDRIDS oldrids is probably the county’s best known family business and has over 200 years of heritage...

£ 1804-1950s: A Business is Born established in 1804, by John oldrid and richard hyde, a small retailer who specialised as a draper, mercer, hosier, haberdasher and funeral director. during 1831 John oldrid took over the running of the business until 1905. sydney smith then ran the business from 1906 - 1915, when robert isaac purchased oldrids from him. in 1920 the isaacs expanded the Boston store to the three adjacent buildings.

1950s: The two fashion adverts above demonstrate the years in which oldrids could capitalise on post-war profligacy.

£ 1960s-1980s: Downtown The company took the decision to start selling furniture, in a building on new street in Boston, however, as this part of the business grew the company purchased an out of town site in wyberton and in 1981 the first downtown store was opened. The downtown store also housed a motor showroom for four years. in addition the original store, oldrids, in Boston was rebuilt and enlarged to include three floors and a food hall.

£ 1980s-1990s: Further Growth 1974: The above display advert from 1974 introduced the company’s new mascot. The oldrids otter remained with the company for the next decade.

during 1985 the company purchased a 10 acre field next to the a1 in grantham, and in 1989 another downtown was born on this site. during 1996-1998 a new floor was added to downtown in grantham and at the same time the company welcomed Boundary mill stores into half of the ground floor.

£ 2000-2005: Further Growth The grantham site continued to develop and a garden Centre was added to the site, opposite downtown superstore. in 2004 the company celebrated its 200th birthday, with celebratory promotions lasting throughout the year. The company also saw the enlargement and re-fit of oldrids department store and downtown in Boston. 1980: The company’s record department sold everything from the Bee gees to elvis. 2000: The opening of downtown grantham’s garden Centre in 2000 was made official by celebrity Charlie dimmock and local garden designer alan mason.

£ 2006-2013: Further Growth The autumn of 2006 saw the beginning of a new era for the company with a new, nonfamily managing director; annmarie mcClintock, taking charge of the company. in 2009 the company started its journey into the world of online retailing. sales from have grown year on year since that time. in february 2013 the company acquired two new stores in lincoln & gainsborough. 153

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Scunthorpe’s Plowright Theatre is certainly magic this month! September sees an appearance by the master of magic, Paul Daniels, on Saturday 14th from 7.30pm. Undoubtedly the most successful TV magician of the 20th century, and a true magical legend, this brand new show will see Paul perform a selection of his favourite magic and a number of new tricks never performed in public before. He will be joined by the very lovely Debbie McGee for a show full of magic, comedy and amazement. Next month The Plowright Theatre’s sister venue, Bath’s Hall, will welcome Sunderland comedienne Sarah Millican for her Home Bird tour on Saturday 5th October and Wednesday 16th October, with tickets costing £25. Tel: 0844 854 2776

Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Grantham this month as worldrecord setting steam locomotive Mallard returns to the town after a 50 year absence.

Aled Jones is coming to Boston! Preparations are well underway for Boston’s biggest concert of the year on 28th September from 7.30pm. This will be Aled’s only performance in Lincolnshire this year so this is a one off opportunity to see this major television and radio broadcaster here in the county. The 42 year old presents Songs of Praise on BBC1, BBC 2’s The Early Breakfast Show, Good Morning Sunday and The Choir on BBC Radio 3 and the BBC programme Escape to the Country. All profits from the concert will go towards the ongoing restoration programme. The event is priced at £29.50, £35.00 and £80.00 for ‘Meet and Greet’ tickets. Tickets are available from the Stump Shop, or by calling 01205 365111.

A family fun weekend – on 7th/8th September 2013 – will form part of the 75th anniversary celebrations of the speed record, set near Grantham at Stoke Bank when the steam locomotive hit 126mph on 3 July, 1938.

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Lincoln Cathedral once again welcomes Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra with a special concert on Saturday 7th September from 7pm.

This month sees Sleaford’s Historic Car and Classic Motorcycle Show take place in the NKDC car park off Eastgate. Now in its 20th year the event takes place on 7th September and attracts rare and unusual cars and motorcycles plus commercial and agricultural vehicles.

Founded in 1858 by Sir Charles Hallé, the Hallé Orchestra have been performing classical music across the world for more than 150 years. Sir Mark Elder now leads the 80 strong orchestra which is based in Manchester. Lincoln Cathedral welcomes the orchestra to perform Dvorak’s Water Goblin, Vaughan Williams’s A Pastoral Symphony and Elgar's Enigma Variations. Tel: 07908 620677


Tickets are on sale at £24, £18 and £10 from the Cathedral Shop.

The sixth Bathing Beauties Festival takes place from 13th-15th September in Mablethorpe. The longest linear arts festival in the UK celebrates the unique beauty, culture, architecture and history of the Lincolnshire coast. Beautiful Beach Hut Competition, music, poetry, fire, performances, film and drama... something for everyone. Tel: 01522 561644 Tel: 0789 429 2641

The Halle is supported by Arts Council England with National Lottery Funds.

Stamford’s weekend-long Georgian festival will run from 27th-29th September to celebrate the era, spanning the period between 1714 and 1830. On Saturday a Georgian Street Fayre will combine craft and farmers’ markets, rural crafts, period street performers, food demonstrations and tastings, old fashioned children’s games, a Punch & Judy show, flea circus, arts and face painting. There will be storytelling, exotic animals which were popular in the Georgian period, a town crier and live period music and dance. The weekend will stage talks on Georgian architecture, garden design, fashion, natural philosophy, literature and poetry, artists of the period and the alchemy of brewing involving Stamford’s own Melbourn Brothers brewery. Key speakers include Dan Cruickshank, art historian and BBC television presenter with a special interest in the history of architecture. The event’s programme is due to be confirmed as Pride goes to press - for more information see

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Youngsters from the GoDance Academy.

The evenT NCCD: 10 years in Lincolnshire! Sleaford’s National Centre for Craft & Design is 10 this year and celebrated its anniversary with a VIP opening for its latest exhibition, Growing: Celebrating our Past, Exploring our Future. The exhibition features over 30 emerging and established artists who have been nominated as innovators of the future. A Lincolnshire themed lunch was accompanied by live music and throughout the afternoon, the centre was alive with music, dancers, performers, workshops, craft demonstrations, ice-cream vendors and story-tellers. Photos: Steve Hatton, Electric Egg.

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Rosy Greenless of the Crafts Council and Jeremy Webster, Head of Exhibitions at the NCCD.

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The event celebrated 10 years of The National Centre for Craft and Design - formerly known as The Hub.

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The National Centre for Craft & Design’ s 10th Anniversary Emma Ronald with the world’s biggest ‘Knitting Nancy.’

The event celebrated 10 years of The National Centre for Craft and Design - formerly known as The Hub.

Textiles artist Naseem Darbey, whose work is on display in the main gallery. Textiles artist Naseem Darbey, whose work is on display in the main gallery


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