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A Happy New Year to all of our Readers Our best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2020!

Raise a Glass to Fantastic Fizz

Our Champagne recommendations to toast New Year’s Eve...

Revealing our Good Food Award Winners Who won our Restaurant of the Year title? COVER IMAGE: PRIDE MAGAZINES’ ILLUSTRATOR JOCELYN LAWMAN


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iving in the countryside affords us the luxury of realising that every season has its own unique charm. Winter, whilst damp and cold, at least brings a countryside bejewelled with crystals of ice, cosy nights by the fire and of course, a large glass of red in hand, alongside the enjoyment of hearty winter food. Speaking of food, we’re delighted to announce this year’s Good Food Awards winners, including our flagship Restaurant of the Year title. Just a reminder that our readers have voted for their favourite places to dine across the county, and were free to vote for whoever they wished, with no commercial bias, making them the most comprehensive and trustworthy titles in the county.

One of Lincolnshire’s most famous sons is Tennyson, who also had a taste for good food and wine. We’re presenting three of his winter poems in this edition with some pictorial examples of why winter is one of our favourite seasons. Elsewhere we investigate a cookery school with a difference, looking at the most stylish ranges from country brand Fairfax & Favor and we’re taking a trip back 100 years to see what life was like on Lincoln’s High Street in 1920! Our best wishes for a wonderful month!

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NEWS It’s a happy ‘news’ year


WHAT’S ON The best New Year events from across Lincolnshire.


TENNYSON POETRY Reflections on winter from one of Lincolnshire’s most famous sons.

in the area this January.


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The county’s finest pubs and restaurants as voted for by our readers.


EDUCATION Schools and colleges.

in agriculture, celebrating farming.



Enjoy a break in North Norfolk.

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CHAMPAGNE Fine fizz for New Year. DINING OUT Cross Keys Grasby.



WELCOME HOME A peep inside a beautifully restored late - Georgian property in Moulton.

HOMES A new year’s resolution you’ll be glad to make; quality for your home with sofas and kitchens.


WEDDING DRESSES The latest wedding dresses for 2020 brides.

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Caribbean-inspired wedding.

129 FASHION Boots and accessories from luxury Fairfax & Favor.


147 HIGH LIFE Raising money for

JDRF and Lincoln’s Samaritans.

154 MOTORS Porsche’s electric Taycan.

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LINCOLNSHIRE Lincolnshire horse racing coach Sue Ringrose has been selected as a finalist for the Uk Coaching Awards. The showpiece event, held at The Tower Hotel London, celebrates the outstanding work of a diverse network of coaches who promote healthy and active lives, unlock potential and provide a platform for people to thrive. nominated in the Coach developer of the Year category, Sue Ringrose has been instrumental in embedding a coaching culture within horse racing, with coaching currently provided to over 90% of apprentice and conditional jockeys. placing technical innovation at the heart of her coaching, she uses racehorse simulators, video race replays and coaching apps and has, in the last 12-months, trained over 50 coaches to pass their coaching qualifications with a 100% pass rate.

Speaking about her award nomination, Ringrose said: “To be recognised for what i do is something that i have never contemplated, however it is a huge honour and i am

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absolutely delighted beyond words to be nominated for my work within the horseracing industry.” “Coaching is my life – to be able to get out of bed each

morning and to go work doing something that you thoroughly enjoy doing has the most amazing positive effect on myself and those around me!” n

LOUTH duncan & Toplis has submitted a planning application to build new offices on Fairfield Way industrial Estate in Louth. Adrian Reynolds, managing director at duncan & Toplis said:“We see a great deal of potential in Louth, which is one of the reasons we’ve taken the decision to submit a planning application for a new office development on the Fairfield industrial Estate.” “We’ve worked closely with local developers Stirlin to prepare the application and design a building that will

better accommodate our team and is attractive to passers-by.” “Our Louth team has seen tremendous growth over the years and this has taken our current site on Chequergate to maximum capacity.” “in order to future-proof our presence in the area, the new site is much larger with a good sized car park for colleagues and clients, a contemporary, open plan office space and we also plan to sublet half of the first floor to provide a modern office space for other local businesses.” n See or call 01507 604841.


SPALDING An exciting three year plan of improvements for Holbeach and Spalding town centres has been revealed providing future opportunities for residents, businesses and visitors in the towns. The £500,000 development plan, funded from the Council’s growth and investment reserve, outlines a series of proposed improvements for the town, designed to recognise the

importance of the district’s towns as community hubs for its residents, and to offer an all-encompassing destination for retail, leisure and social interactions that people want to live in, work in and visit. nick Worth, deputy leader of SHdC said: “This plan lays out a really positive and exciting series of improvements for Spalding and Holbeach’s role in retail and entertainment.” n

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Opening date announced for £100m Rioja Shopping village

GRANTHAM Work will start in the town of Grantham on a new £100m outlet shopping development which will open in Autumn 2021. The project has been created by Rioja Estates and will comprise 130 shop units. it’s expected that over 3.5m a year will visit the site, which will also include 1,800 parking spaces. “Grantham designer Outlet presents a unique opportunity for premium brands to bring their outlet offerings to an affluent audience,” says Giles membrey, md of Rioja developments. n

LINCOLN A timely introduction from watchmaker Harold pinchbeck. The pinchbeck Lincoln watch is a beautiful, limited-edition timepiece, inspired by the unique character and history of Lincolnshire. Only 50 will be made making it an exclusive watch for anyone who loves the city and the county as well as a collector’s piece. To make this superb timepiece even more exclusive, pinchbeck have commissioned a painting from Lincoln artist dominic parczuk, used under glass in the watch back. included with each watch as part of the limited edition, is a numbered 10x8 inch print.

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A Winter Windfall

A new £300,000 leArning centre has opened at Barton School following a £300,000 investment from north Lincolnshire Council. The project included a new two-classroom extension and a refurbishment of the previous Skills Centre on the site, to make the facility more practical and adapted to pupils’ needs. n

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long live the king, AS filmed in lincoln!

Eagle-eyed viewers watching actor Timothee Chalamet playing Henry v in new Tv drama The king may also see a cameo from Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter. That’s because the city was used as a filming location for the production, with the Cathedral itself used to stage a recreation of the king’s coronation. The series is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Henry iv and Henry v plays, and stars Timothee Chamalet, Great Gatsby actor Joel Edgerton, Twilight star Robert pattinson and Lily-Rose depp, daughter of Johnny depp. The film was directed by Hollywood’s Brad pitt and the series will stream on netflix this winter. The king is set to be one of the Tv provider’s most popular releases in 2020. n


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A trio of poems from one of Lincolnshire’s most famous  sons, former Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson...

Image: A view across the Lincolnshire Wolds.


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Ring Out, Wild Bell Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light; The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, and let him die. Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true. Ring out the grief that saps the mind, For those that here we see no more, Ring out the feud of rich and poor, Ring in redress to all mankind. Ring out a slowly dying cause, And ancient forms of party strife; Ring in the nobler modes of life, With sweeter manners, purer laws. Ring out the want, the care the sin, The faithless coldness of the times; Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes, But ring the fuller minstrel in. Ring out false pride in place and blood, The civic slander and the spite; Ring in the love of truth and right, Ring in the common love of good. Ring out old shapes of foul disease, Ring out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring in the thousand years of peace. Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand; Ring out the darkness of the land, Ring in the Christ that is to be.  n Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1809 – 1892 15

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Winter The frost is here, And fuel is dear, And woods are sear, And fires burn clear, And frost is here And has bitten the heel  of the going year. Bite, frost, bit! You roll up away from the light The blue wood-louse, and  the plump dormouse, And the bees are stilled,  and the flies are killed, And you bite far into  the heart of the house, But not into mine. Bite, frost, bite! The woods are all the searer, The fuel is all the dearer, The fires are all the clearer, My spring is all the nearer, You have bitten into  the heart of the earth, But not into mine. n

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, former Poet Laureate was born in August 1809 in Somersby. The author of Charge of the Light Brigade, and In Memoriam, Tennyson was one of Britain’s most popular poets. He was selected Poet Laureate in succession to Wordsworth. In Memoriam is a poem by the British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, completed in 1849. It is a requiem for the poet's beloved Cambridge friend Arthur Henry Hallam, who died suddenly of a cerebral haemorrhage in Vienna in 1833, aged 22. It contains some of Tennyson’s most accomplished lyrical work, and is an unusually sustained exercise in lyric verse. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest poems of the 19th century, as well as a highly personal lament following the death of his best friend who was rumoured to also be his lover. The original title of the poem was The Way of the Soul. The poem was especially read by Queen Victoria after the death of Prince Albert in 1861. A bronze statue (erected in 1905) of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by George Frederic Watts, shows the poet looking at a flower in his hand and with his Siberian wolfhound (borzoi) Karenina at his side, stands in the grounds of Lincoln Cathedral. The Tennyson Society exists to promote the study and understanding of the life and work of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. It has a world-wide membership. Founded in 1960, its president is The Lady Willoughby de Eresby. n

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The Death of the Old Year Full knee-deep lies the winter snow, The winter winds are wearily sighing: Toll ye the church bell sad and slow, And tread softly and speak low, For the old year lies a-dying. Old year you must not die; You came to us so readily, You lived with us so steadily, Old year you shall not die.  He lieth still: he doth not move: He will not see the dawn of day. He hath no other life above. He gave me a friend and a truelove The New-year will take 'em away. How hard he breathes! over the snow I heard just now the crowing cock. The shadows flicker to and fro: Cricket chirps: the light burns low: ‘Tis nearly twelve o'clock. Shake hands, before you die. Old year, we'll dearly rue for you: What is it we can do for you? Speak out before you die.  His face is growing sharp and thin. Alack! our friend is gone, Close up his eyes: tie up his chin: Step from the corpse, and let him in That standeth there alone, And waiteth at the door. There's a new foot on the floor, my friend, And a new face at the door, my friend, A new face at the door. n

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New categories, but the same philosophy... we asked all of our readers to name their favourite restaurants, to ensure our Good Food Awards are an unbiased reflection on the area’s favourite restaurants and pubs... Main Image: Stapleford Park, Pride’s Chief Photographer Dean Fisher. Words: Rob Davis.

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Restaurant of THE YEAR 1. Jew’s House, Lincoln 2. Winteringham Fields, Scunthorpe 3. The Bell at Coleby 4. The George of Stamford 5. The Pig and Whistle, Healing

Asking our readers to name the ‘best’ restaurant in Lincolnshire’ is a pretty broad brush stroke. We’re a large county, for a start, and tastes & preferences differ dramatically. That’s why, last year, we decided to change our categories to ask for a few more specific recommendations and perhaps why, this year, we see more pub restaurants in more specific categories and more ‘fine dining’ oriented venues reflected in our list.

Top of the list is the excellent Jew’s House. Having trained at the Wig & Mitre and then Winteringham Fields under the epic Germaine Schwab, Gavin Aitkenhead and partner Sam opened The Jew’s House in 2006.

Gavin’s food is so beautiful and well-executed it’s almost guilt-inducing to eat it. It’s Michelin quality but without the pretentiousness, and different enough from typical restaurant menus, making it seem as if more effort and creativity has gone into creating his dishes. The place, the food and the couple themselves are lovely. Definitely a well-deserved win. 24

Winteringham Fields as always features in our list. With its out of the way position in the far north of the county, its owners Colin & Bex McGurran provide an à la carte dining experience during lunchtime service and a mandatory eight course menu surprise with optional flight of wine.

Colin is a keen advocate of foraging and has also curated possibly the finest cheese trolly in the county, in between his appearances on TV. Meanwhile, North Lincolnshire is also home to the Pig & Whistle, offering dining excellence courtesy of The Lincolnshire Chef, Stephen Bennett.

Another well-known Lincolnshire chef is Paul Vidic. Having set up, or put on the map, different Lincolnshire pub restaurants, The Bell at Coleby has been his lair since 2011. It’s excellent, naturally.

A dining sortie to the south of the county, too, to visit The George at Stamford. Traditional, luxurious, with lovely service and that oak-panelled dining room. Timeless. n

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Best Restaurant FOR STEAK 1. The White Hart Hotel, Lincoln 2. Doubletree by Hilton, Lincoln 3. The Queen’s Head, Kirkby la Thorpe 4. Miller & Carter, Grantham 5. The Haymaker, Brigg

Who doesn’t lust after a plump, rare steak with all of the trimmings during the winter months? Well, fortunately we’re well-served in Lincolnshire with plenty of restaurants offering a grill menu alongside their à la carte offerings.

voted top by our readers is Lincoln’s White Hart Hotel. its Grille Restaurant is overseen by Head Chef myles mumby, and the grill section of the menu includes beef, pork and salmon ‘steak’ options alongside four sauces, and a choice of hand cut chips, dauphinoise or new potatoes. Commended is the marco pierre-White affiliated doubletree by Hilton Steakhouse with its 35-day aged steaks, chateaubriand and t-bone options.

Opposite: Taking the title for best steak restaurant this year is Lincoln’s White Hart Hotel.


kirkby la Thorpe’s Queen’s Head does steak brilliantly too, despite not being a dedicated grill restaurant. There’s also a mention for miller & Carter, with its 50-day aged 10oz fillet mignon and beef dripping chips. n

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Best Restaurant FOR SUNDAY LUNCH 1. The Green Man, Norton Disney 2. The George Hotel, Stamford 3. The Barley Mow, Friskney 4. The Five Bells, Bassingham 5. Supreme Inns, Boston

Adjacent: Enjoy a beautiful Sunday lunch in Lincolnshire. Above: Norton Disney’s Green Man, under new management but promising consistent standards.

In what’s likely to be one of the most debated categories in our list, the Best Sunday Lunch title in our awards goes to norton disney’s Green man. Until recently the restaurant was run by Becky pinfold and matt kerekes, and very popular it was... especially for Sunday lunch. Since our voting closed, however, the pub restaurant has come under the management of the building’s owner.

We hope that its provision of its Sunday Lunch will continue to be as good; the new owners have promised us an even higher quality dining experience, which is a really compelling prospect! Stamford’s George Hotel, then, remains our readers’ next recommendation. The hotel’s British Sirloin is carved at your table, pink and succulent, served with homemade horseradish and a huge Yorkshire pudding ... perfect. Step up Friskney’s Barley mow, and Bassingham’s Five Bells, as well as Boston’s Supreme inns, each of which are commended by our readers in our awards. n


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Best Restaurant FOR FISH 1. San Pietro, Scunthorpe

2. The Pig & Whistle, Healing 3. The White Hart, Boston 4. Queen’s Head, Kirkby la Thorpe 5. Burton Road, Old English Chippy

This Page: Piero Catalano (second left) with Head Chef Chris Girst (third left) and Enrico Podda and Daniele D’Amico at front of house.

Fans of seafood should certainly make a pilgrimage to Scunthorpe in 2020 as the town’s San pietro has been voted the county’s best restaurant for fish.

Owner and Chef patron pietro Catalano’s mediterranean heritage shines through with great dishes prepared by him and Head Chef Chris Girst. italian cuisine - specifically pietro is from Sicily - is predicated upon freshness and vibrancy; good qualities for a fish dish. during our visit, San pietro’s menus offered king scallops, bream with brown crab and fennel risotto and soft shell crab or a roast hake and mussel ‘bouillabaisse’ style dish.

meanwhile, The pig & Whistle at Healing, is not too far away and closer to the spiritual home of fish in England; Grimsby. its menus offer a mussel risotto, smoked haddock or half pint of prawn starters, plus scallops and oxtail or smoked haddock fishcake main courses.

There’s also an Oscar Cleeves sourced fish and chip dish on the bar menu and Chef patron Steven Bennett works with premier Seafood and Seafish to promote local fish.

Everyone has their favourite chippy, but Lincoln favourite Burton Road Old English Chippy was voted the Uk’s second best restaurant in the national Fish & Chip Awards, making this takeaway and restaurant worth a visit if a more traditional fish dish is on your wish list. n 31

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Best Restaurant FOR DESSERT 1. The Red Lion Inn, Bicker

2. Winteringham Fields, Scunthorpe 3. The Brownlow Arms, Grantham 4. The Barley Mow, Skegness 5. The Chequers, Woolsthorpe

Above: The team at Bicker’s Red Lion - reopened and still as wonderful as ever... definitely worth a visit!


Debate desserts and you basically split the nation into chocolate versus fruit... with vanilla as a sort of common ground. To our mind, the best pubs and restaurants are those which offer both a thick, rich, gooey chocolate offering as well as something more refreshing and tart on their pudding menus.

Bicker’s Red Lion reopened in autumn after a six month hiatus following a kitchen fire caused by an electrical fault. Thank goodness the place is once more available to diners, because it’s gloriously rustic, provides great food and is utterly rewarding to visit. dessert wise, we’ll point you towards its sticky toffee staple, or its apple and blackberry strudel; caramelised and delicious.

Also commended is the ‘almost too good to

eat’ desserts at Winteringham Fields, which verge on molecular gastronomy from a Green Apple Baked Alaska to a chocolate soufflé which is well-executed, and presented with a milk sorbet and chocolate praline flavour.

Step forward The Brownlow Arms, too, with classic desserts like crème caramel and triple chocolate brownie - simple but well produced and more-ish.

The Barley mow produces a super Cherry Frangipane and Woolsthorpe’s Chequers is home to an epic assiette of chocolate, comprising chocolate & salted caramel éclair, milk chocolate & cherry parfait, white chocolate rice pudding and its shot of hot chocolate... n

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Best Restaurant for

AFTERNOON TEA 1. The White Hart, Boston 2. The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa 3. Doddington Hall, Lincoln 4. Something Special, Pinchbeck 5. The Engine Yard, Belvoir Castle That epic combination of a pot of tea, finger sandwiches, cakes & pastries and maybe a glass of fizz if you’re so inclined is truly compelling. Of course, the presentation of and setting for an afternoon tea are equally important, too. Top of our list is Boston’s White Hart. As well as offering a traditional afternoon tea, there’s also a


version with Champagne, plus a range of desserts that you can add, from sundaes to smores, plus a choice of tea including black, green and herbal infusions.

Enjoy an afternoon tea at The White Hart in courtyard bar, or outdoors in better weather. The hotel also has its own patisserie cabinet with homemade treats.

A permanent favourite for afternoon tea in the county is Woodhall Spa’s petwood Hotel. The setting is pretty much as good as you could wish for, exuding Edwardian elegance. Head Chef philip Long has a great team of chefs working alongside him and there’s an outdoor terrace for the summer months.

doddington Hall has become one of Lincoln’s best places to spend a relaxing afternoon with epic shopping, a brilliant farm shop and its café and restaurant. Central to its appeal for those seeking a day out with friends is the ability to enjoy a

lingering afternoon tea with Lincolnshire Tea served, and a pretty courtyard adjacent to the estate’s shops.

You’ll enjoy homemade cakes and the big fat scones of pinchbeck’s Something Special, beautifully presented on tiered stands, another of our readers’ recommendations, and the penultimate afternoon tea venue on our list. And finally, visit Grantham’s Engine Yard for luxurious shopping; a great setting with artisan deli and home & gift shops. Whilst there, relax in the quirky Fuel Tank with afternoon tea served daily and the Belvoir Casa spa next door for a beauty treatment too... a way to turn an afternoon tea into a real treat! n Below: Tiered afternoon tea is available at Boston’s White Hart and at its sister hotel, the Admiral Rodney, in Horncastle.

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‘Divorce day’ brings with it a need for the best professional advice...

By Lucy Reding, a Solicitor in the Family team at Wilkin Chapman Solicitors. THE FIRST FULL WORKING DAY of January has become known as ‘divorce day’ in some circles due to unhappy or separating couples wishing to make a change in the new year. It is often thought that tensions surrounding Christmas and long periods of time spent together can be a toxic mix for troubled couples, who eventually find they have had enough. There is also evidence that some will have planned a separation before Christmas – but not acted upon the decision until after the ‘happy’ family celebrations.

Whether pre-planned or not if January 6th, 2020 or ‘divorce day’, does mark the start of the journey to formalise the separation, then it is extremely important that both parties are equipped with the correct information on the right way forward - be it about any children involved, the financial aspects of separation or a domestic housing situation.


Finances are a big part of any decision, and for some the fear over what may happen can cause extreme anxiety. While talking about these extremely personal situations can be uncomfortable,

“An important consideration too is the time that a divorce takes, and couples must be aware that it is not a quick process”

such conversations must be had, and they are certainly best had with professionals. This is because there are many financial aspects some may not be aware of, such as the fact that both parties may well be entitled to benefit from their spouses pension at the breakdown of their marriage?

An important consideration too is the time that a divorce takes, and couples must be aware that it is not a quick process. The present process will remain for the foreseeable future too, as the

Government bill to reform our present laws fell due to Parliament’s suspension in 2019. Therefore, obtaining legal advice at the earliest opportunity can set couples on the right path to formalise all aspects of their separation.

Our experienced specialist legal advisors will listen with patience and care and help you resolve issues in the best possible way, whether it is to pursue a divorce or to resolve matters more amicably through collaborative law, mediation or arbitration. For further information, please contact Lucy on 01522 515006, email or visit

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BuBBleS is month Carissa Smith explores the finest fizz and raises a glass to Dom Pérignon in the spiritual home of Champagne, the Abbey of St. Peter in Hautvillers... Words: Carissa Smith.

Champagne is synonymous of luxury, a drink to mark those special life moments. many people use the term Champagne as a generic term for sparkling wine however Champagne more accurately describes wine produced in the designated Champagne wine region in northeast France and created using méthode champenoise. Of all the Champagnes there is one name which is truly iconic – dom pérignon. dom pérignon is one of the most recognised Champagne brands of all time, named after Benedictine monk dom pierre pérignon. Legend has it on the 4th August 1639 Benedictine monk dom pierre pérignon invented champagne after tasting the results of a botched batch of wine, with his famous statement, ‘Come quickly, i am drinking the stars!’ Sounds to us like he’d already had enough...

master at the Benedictine Abbey in Hautvillers, not far from Epernay in the Champagne region of northeast France. Hautvillers is thus generally considered to be the birthplace of Champagne.

Since bubbles in wine occur naturally, nobody could be really be credited with the invention of sparkling wine. However dom pérignon perfected the art of producing a clear white wine from black grapes by clever manipulation of the presses; enhancing the tendency of Champagne wines to retain their natural sugar in order to naturally induce secondary fermentation in the spring... and dom pérignon was a master at deciding when to bottle these wines in order to capture the bubble.

Sparkling Conversation

The monk also introduced cork fastenings, instead of wood which was originally used to seal the bottles. The cork were fastened to bottles with hemp string soaked in oil in order to keep the wines fresh and sparkling.

Prosecco from the Veneto region of Italy and Cava from Catalonia and English sparkling wine - all use méthode champenoise, but can’t be called Champagne as they lack the latter’s Geographic Indication status.

Like many historical claims, unfortunately ‘the night they invented champagne’ is more fiction than fact and the first documentation of this statement was published in a Champagne advert dating from the 1880s, rather than the 17th century.

However, while as the date of the invention of Champagne may be unknown we do know dom pérignon made an enormous contribution by developing the techniques that finally produced a successful white wine from red wine grapes, something vintners had been trying to accomplish for years. dom pérignon (1963-1715) was the cellar

The first vintage of dom pérignon was produced from the grapes of 1921 and was only released for sale in 1935. in 1935, 300 bottles of a 1926 vintage precursor to dom pérignon were sold to Simon Bros. & Co., the company that imported moët to Uk.

While these bottles were almost identical to the subsequent dom pérignon releases, they did not display the dom pérignon name, rather ‘Champagne specially shipped for Simon Bros & Co’s Centenary 1835-1935.’


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“dom pérignon is a prestige cuvée, or tête de cuvée, which is the top Champagne that a producer will make. dom pérignon is always a blend of pinot noir and Chardonnay.” >> The wine received immediate attention in the marketplace and 100 boxes of the 1921 vintage were shipped to the United States shortly thereafter, this time displaying the dom pérignon name.

Until the 1943 vintage, dom pérignon was produced from regular vintage moët & Chandon Champagne that was transferred to the special 18th century-style bottles after extended cellaring. it was, thus, effectively an ‘oenothèque’ release of moët & Chandon vintage Champagne in a different bottle. From the 1947 vintage, dom pérignon has been produced separately from the start. dom pérignon is always a vintage Champagne. To be a vintage each bottling contains grapes only from a single year, showcasing that vintage’s unique characteristics. Thus, means dom pérignon is not made in weak years.

From 1921-2009 dom pérignon Champagne has been produced in 42 vintages. Richard Geoffroy, who is the current chef de cave of dom pérignon and has been since 1998 will only make and release the wine in vintages that will age more than 20 years. As a rule, Richard produces no more than six vintages each decade. dom pérignon is aged for a minimum of seven years in bottles before release, but some releases are aged for much longer. dom pérignon releases each vintage three times. The first release is typically around

nine years, the second around 18, and the third around 25.

This ageing gives the wine complexity and richness. most bottles of dom pérignon are first-release bottles, but if a bottle has ‘p2’ or ‘p3’ on the foil, you’ll know that it’s a second or third release, respectively. As of September 2019 the current release of dom pérignon is from the 2009 vintage. The number of bottles produced in each vintage is not precisely defined, and the production numbers are a guarded secret but educated guesses are around four million bottles per vintage. in 1959 a rosé version of dom pérignon was first produced. The rosé is often more expensive than the standard dom pérignon, and 26 Rosé vintages have been produced until 2006, with the 2006 vintage being the current release.

dom pérignon is made by moët & Chandon and the quality comes from specific vineyards and the fact they choose whether to make the wine each year. dom pérignon is a prestige cuvée, or tête de cuvée, which is the top Champagne that a producer will make. dom pérignon is always a blend of pinot noir and Chardonnay.

The percentage of these two key grapes changes from vintage to vintage however is it usually somewhere between 50/50 & 60/40 favouring one of the grapes. Each bottle of dom pérignon always contains a blend of grapes from the original plot in the Abbey of Hautvillers and grapes from Grand Cru vineyards, all from the Champagne region. dom pérignon has the perception of being the best; it is unique, delicious and expensive. The most expensive bottle of dom pérignon is the 1959 vintage. This bottle is now very rare and finding one is like a searching for a needle in a haystack. The last bottle of 1959 dom pérignon sold for just over £33,000. n


Far Left: Statue of Dom Pérignon (1639 - 1715) at Moët et Chandon, in the town of Sainte-Menehould.

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Richard Geoffroy, the long serving chef de cave of Dom Pérignon prefers to drink Champagne from a proper crystal stem glass as it gives the wine room to expand rather than a flute tulip or other dedicated champagne wine glass. Champagne mustn’t be served too cold. Around 10 degrees is the ideal temperature, even up to 12 degrees, as it allows the aromas to fully express themselves. You do not remove the foil around the cage of champagne, as bottles have a traditional antique foil which is meant to remain adhered to the bottle. Instead, just pull the tab through the foil and remove the cage as if the foil were not there. Everybody knows Champagne and salty food go hand in hand. Moët & Chandon cellarmaster Benoit Gouez says, “If you want to fine-tune a match with Champagne, you have to play with salt.” The reason is salt and fat tend to coat the palate; Champagne bubbles help to break these flavours up. Benoit adds that foods with a lot of texture, like crunchy chips or tiny beads of caviar, mimic the wine’s bubbly nature and can make the drinking experience more enjoyable, ensuring salty food is always a safe pairing for Champagne. n

Top/Left: Dom Pérignon vineyard in Reims and the Abbey of Saint Pierre d’Hautvillers, home to the finest French fizz. Cheers!


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let’s Get Fizzical New Year’s eve is nearly upon us and if there’s one sound you’re practically guaranteed to hear it’s the popping of champagne corks. Toast 2020 as we get fizzical and celebrate with our top 10 Champagnes... Consumed & Written by: Carissa Smith.

1. Champagne Dom Perignon Vintage 2008

(Left) The Champagne of Champagnes, with a wonderful mixture of 50% Chardonnay and 50% pinot noir, with white flowers, peach and honeysuckle flavour.

2. Möet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2009

£137, 75cl, 12.5% ABV

(Right) The 2009 vintage year was a season that started badly, with lots of rain. But this all cleared by mid-July, and the rest of the summer was hot and dry, resulting in a particularly good pinot noir vintage and a Champagne that’s more lemony and fresh.

£53.99, 75cl, 12.5% ABV

3. Bollinger Special Cuvée

(Left) Special Cuvée is the purest expression of Bollinger’s house style. its biscuity nose is endowed with hints of white fruit perfectly balanced by fresh acidity. £34.99, 75cl, 12% ABV

4. Chapel Down Non Vintage Reserve

(Right) a classic example of quality English sparkling wine with aromas of red apple, citrus fruits and freshly baked bread together with hints of strawberry and quince on the palate and fine persistent bubbles. £23.99, 75cl, 12% ABV


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5. Krug Vintage Champagne 2004

(Left) The 2004, named Luminous Freshness by the House, is a blend of Chardonnay (39%), pinot noir (37%) and pinot meunier (24%); it’s quite unusual for having so much Chardonnay. A very balanced Champagne on the palate, light notes of brioche and honey gives way to an array of fresh citrus, including oranges and lemons. £265, 75cl, 12% ABV

6. Pommery Rose Brut Champagne (Right) There is some honest and measured precision to this wine, with fresh and mineral peach, pear and nectarine tones. £47.99, 75cl, 12% ABV

7. Perrier-Jouët 2008 Belle Epoque Champagne

8. Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial

(Right) Exuberant strawberry, with creamy, toasty biscuity notes, möet’s imperial Rosé provides a fine creamy mousse, lots of berry fruit, creamy yeasty length. £49.99, 75cl, 12% ABV

(Left) This 2012-vintage Champagne from perrier-Jouët has been made with a combination of 50% Chardonnay, 45% pinot noir and 5% pinot meunier grapes to emphasise the unique character of its vintage. The nose is delicate and floral, hints of lime blossom and acacia sweetened by gentle honey. £130, 75cl, 12.5% ABV

9. Champagne Laurent Perrier La Cuvée

10. Lanson Black Label

(Left) impeccable style of creamy richness, blossom scents and toasty length. A high proportion of Chardonnay and reserve wines, plus at least four years ageing in the cellars, ensure a very fine mousse. £29.99, 75cl, 12.5% ABV

(Right) Brilliantly straw coloured with glints of amber and fine bubbles. Fresh aromas of flowers and honey combine with ripe fruit and delicate citrus notes. £32.99, 75cl, 12% ABV


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What’s On... BOSTON


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dAmiAn wilSon & AdAm wAkehAm 

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the BritiSh  cArPenterS

Now established as a popular UK and European touring duo, Damian Wilson & Adam Wakeman are embarking on a UK tour in January 2020. Featuring Damian on vocals and acoustic guitar and Adam on piano and vocals. They’ll play songs from their individual back catalogues and artists they have worked with, along with tracks from their joint albums, intertwined with stories and memories from their extensive touring careers.

A brand new production celebrating the iconic music of Richard and Karen Carpenter; Bringing together some of their favourite musicians from London’s West End, this show is simply as good as it gets! Featuring Ryan Farmery on piano and vocals and the incredible vocals and personality of Sally Creedon, this not-to-be-missed production has been put together by the same team that created Go Now: The Music of The Moody Blues. Producers Gordy Marshall and Mick Wilson have meticulously recreated the band and vocal arrangements.

n Boston Blackfriars Arts Centre, 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50. Visit LINCOLN

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n Lincoln Drill Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £12-31. Call 01522 873894 or visit

new Year, new Words...!


SymPhony  orcheStrA:  9th new yeAr  concert At drill hAll STAMFORD

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SuSie dent: the  Secret liveS of  the wordS we uSe

Join English lexicographer and etymologist Susie dent to hear her selection of the funniest moments from her 25 years on Countdown and Eight Out of 10 Cats does Countdown, as well as some startling results from eavesdropping on a group of waiters. The evening will include some of Susie’s favourite words from the towns and regions she visits, and she’ll be asking the audience for their favourite Countdown moments. n Tickets £23, 7.30pm. Call 01780 766455 or visit


Performance includes favourites from Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Brahms and, as always, the Strauss Family.

n Lincoln Drill Hall, 3.30pm. Tickets £14/adult, £12/conc, £7/Under 16yrs. Visit LINCOLN

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lincoln cAStle dog friendly weekend Blow out those cobwebs and unlock 1,000 years of history with your furry companion over the weekend for a paw-some day out.


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SundAy 19th jAnuAry

dAnce to  the muSic Dance To The Music is a sumptuously beautiful, glamorous dance show created, directed and choreographed by ex-Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff. Kristina is excited to tour the show with even more fabulous costumes, stunning vocals and breathtaking choreography.

Hosted by professional dance heartthrob Jake Quickenden who first found fame with on the X Factor, I’m A Celebrity and Dancing On Ice and an exciting troupe of dancers featuring Strictly’s Oksana Platero, this promises to be an evening not to be missed... Dance To The Music is a new exciting ‘must see’ dance show like no other!

n Plowright Theatre, 7.30pm. Tickets £32-52. Call 08448 542776 or see

A Family Show that’s all laughs and all trousers



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turnBull’S oPen dAy & cookery demonStrAtion

new yeAr’S  dAy 10k fun run

A great way to start the new Year with a day out in Cleethorpes and who knows, perhaps a personal best. This fast, flat race is held around the streets of Cleethorpes and Humberston. The UkA measured course comprises of two small loops and one large loop making it ideal for spectators.

Turnbull’s brand new state-of-theart flagship kitchen & Bathroom showroom will open this month, and to celebrate, the company is hosting an open day from 8am until 2pm with demonstrations taking place from 10am until 1pm. With prosecco on arrival and rolling cooking demonstrations all morning from neff ’s home economist with samples of sweet and savoury dishes to try throughout the morning and afternoon, this is one not to miss! Special offers will be available on the day. Turnbull is the largest independent builders’ merchant in Lincolnshire & nottinghamshire, supply everything from kitchens and bathrooms to building, landscaping and paving materials. n No booking necessary.

n The Beachcomber, Cleethorpes. £20 join up fee. Visit

Visit or call 01522 214344.

No booking necessary. Visit


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wAllAce & gromit in  the wrong trouSerS 

Wallace & Gromit have been firm family favourites for more than 30 years. This month Lincoln Cathedral will start your new year in cracking style with five showings of The Wrong Trousers accompanied by a live orchestra. The Wrong Trousers is one of those films that can be enjoyed by young and old alike and you will be treated to a showing of the film on a big


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Join Spilsby Area Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Group for an exciting and illustrative talk on butterflies with Conservation Officer, mark Schofield. n Spilsby Franklin Hall. 7.30pm,

screen in the nave of the Cathedral, and the 30-piece chamber orchestra will bring the sound track to life in spectacular fashion. The Revd Canon John patrick, Subdean of Lincoln says: “There’s something very special about coming together as a family to enjoy a shared experience. it can often seem that there is less and less opportunity in our busy lives to do that, so i’m delighted that the Cathedral is hosting Wallace and Gromit in Concert. n Lincoln Cathedral five screenings from11.30am-20.30pm, tickets start from £6. Visit 43

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SAturdAy 25th jAnuAry  - SundAy 15th mArch 

BAStion in the  Air: A century of  vAlour celeBrAted in lincoln...

This never-to-be-repeated opportunity is part of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire’s final Bastion in the Air exhibition, made possible thanks to national Lottery players. A unique opportunity to see dambuster Guy Gibson’s famous victoria Cross medal, along with other rare artefacts, telling the story of bravery in the air and on

the ground through three major periods in Lincolnshire’s military history – World War One, World War Two and The Cold War. Gibson’s famous victoria Cross medal, which has only been publicly exhibited three times previously and all in London, has remained stored away since 1992. Stories include the heroism of aircrew and ground personnel who risked their lives to support their comrades, Bomb disposal Officers defusing devices on their own, the impact of animals such as explosives detection dogs and homing pigeons and modern-day stories of bravery in Afghanistan. previously unseen memorabilia

from the famous fighter ace douglas Bader, including his log book and artefacts from his time in captivity in Colditz castle, will also be displayed. Other stories include the international story of American nurses, known as the ‘Winged Angels,’ supporting injured troops transported in C-47 dakota aircraft to bases in the county. This is brought to you by Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire and West Lindsey district Council on this prestigious national Lottery Heritage funded project.

n The Collection, Danes Terrace Lincoln LN2 1LP. Call 01522 782040 or see


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ABSolute Bowie:  the legAcy tour  Absolute Bowie continues to celebrate the life and music of Starman David Bowie with a spectacular show uniting Bowie fans across the UK. Absolute Bowie’s Legacy Tour is named after the Greatest Hits album released in 2016 and takes us on a musical journey of non-stop hits through the iconic singer’s ever-ch-ch-chchanging personas. They are often credited with being the most accurate and exciting Bowie tribute. The show is presented with incredible attention to detail, costume changes galore, excellent musicianship and an electrifying frontman. Featuring the incredible vocals of John O’Neill as David Bowie. Prepare to be taken from A to Z (Absolute Beginners to Ziggy!) with Stations to Station in between. n The Engine Shed, from 7pm. Tickets from £10. Visit www.engineshed.see or call 01522 837400.

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Shopping on the High Street

Lincoln’s High Street is dramatically different to this scene, 100 years ago. From 1920 to 2020, see how the centre of historic Lincoln has evolved! Images: Francis Frith Collection and Pride’s Dean Fisher.


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Below: Also in this image; Lincoln’s Guildhall. Late 15th century, Grade I listed, and remodelled in 1885. It still plays host to Full Council meetings and City Council events. The Guildhall houses numerous pieces of regalia, including the sword of Richard II, Mayor’s Chains of Office and Mayor’s posy ring.

100 years of history. Welcome to Lincoln’s High Street in 1923. note the neater stucco frontage of the row of buildings currently occupied by Hotel Chocolat and Samuels the Jewellers. Less recognisable is number 300 High Street.

That glazed and iron portico is long gone, as is The Saracen’s which dated back to the middle ages but was given the frontage pictured here at the start of the 19th century. Shortly after this picture was taken, the Spread Eagle in 1924 became the Hotel de Luxe, named by flush entrepreneur H H Leven who spent £20,000 doing the place up.

doubtless the economic depression of the 1930s took its toll and the hotel passed into the ownership of Lincoln Hotels Ltd, the latter finally closing in 1959... our sincere thank to Steve Richardson of Lincoln Camra who provided this insight.

You’ll also notice Home & Colonial Tea Stores. The grocer was founded in 1883 on London’s Edgware Road and by 1900 it had 100 stores. By 1903 it had five times that many, making it and the CoOp perhaps the first supermarket chains. By 1960 Home & Colonial still had a presence on the Uk’s High Streets and was making profits of £4m, but through the latter half of the 20th century, it was amalgamated into companies we now know as debenhams and Safeway. Lincoln’s Waterside Shopping Centre opened in 1991, but here, you’ll see footwear retailer manfield.

A renowned cobbler from northampton, moses manfield and his sons Harry & James were one of the first companies to ‘cut out the middleman’ and sell their footwear directly to the public. They soon had shops in London, Liverpool, manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield and London as well as Lincoln... in fact, 70 shops by the time this photograph was taken.

By the time the company was converted into a plc in 1950, there were 93 branches and the company’s overdraft was a worrying £760,000. There were record profits and eventually a takeover by US firm Sears in 1956. The name endured on the High Street until a management takeover which created the firm we now know as dolcis. Speaking of worrying overdrafts, HSBC bank can be seen just across the road from the Guildhall. The area was formerly known as Baxtergate, and was situated just outside the city walls. The bank used to be an inn called The Falcon prior to the mid-15th century - and once hosted king James i who attended a cockfight at the premises in 1617.

its name was changed to The Reindeer in 1716, before it was remodelled in 1848 and became The Lincoln & Lindsey Banking Company in 1893, then the London City & midland Bank in 1913. it was extended a year after this photo was taken by W G Watkins architects and became midland Bank in 1923, then HSBC in 1998. n


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Farmers have been ‘ploughing their own furrow’ for centuries, and celebrating the act of doing so with traditions like Plough Monday. is month we look at one of agriculture’s oddest and most anachronistic traditions, celebrating an activity that’s still right at the heart of farming... Words: Laurin Dempsey.

Nocton in Lincolnshire was recently the home of the 69th British National Ploughing Championships... just ahead, in fact, of Plough Monday, traditionally celebrated this month. The Championship took place in Lincolnshire in October at Nocton, near Lincoln, where more than 250 top ploughmen – and women – from all over Britain competed, on a site provided by Beeswax Dyson Farming. The first day of the event saw thousands of visitors and happy ploughmen in fine weather, despite rain the day before. However, the second day was a challenge when the weather changed overnight to rain which continued into the following afternoon and left walkways similar to what can often be seen at Glastonbury! Unfortunately the weather affected many parts of the event, with some competitors’ equipment unable to cope with the conditions, trade stands covered in mud and the steam ploughing engines sinking. However, spirits would not be dampened and ever smiling faces kept the great atmosphere going and a good time was had by all... fast forward a month or so and ploughing is also celebrate with the tradition of Plough Monday.

The tradition falls on the first Monday after the twelfth night of Christmas, which is also the night of the Epiphany. It marks the beginning of the English agricultural year and when ploughmen traditionally returned to the fields to prepare the Spring crops. In Medieval times it was common for ploughs to be blessed by the Church on Plough Sunday (the Sunday prior) before they returned. Still celebrated in some parts of the North and East of England, the tradition is to trail a plough around local houses to collect money to pay for a community feast. As agricultural work was scarce throughout the Winter months, farm labourers disguised themselves by blacking their faces with soot to get money by dragging their decorated plough around the larger houses in the villages. As they dragged the plough they would shout out ‘Penny for the Ploughboys.’ They were often accompanied by musicians, an old woman or a boy dressed as an old woman, called the ‘Bessy,’ and a man in the role of the ‘fool.’ >> Opposite: Jethro Tull’s inventive influence in the plough can still be seen today. His genius design allowed for grass and weeds to be pulled from the ground and left on the surface to die.


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Agriculture is the oldest industry in the world – humans were ploughing fields and sowing seed before we could even write. Before ploughs, early farmers would use branches or sticks to create furrows on the surface of the soil for seeds to be sown. In a bid to become more efficient, man eventually invented purpose-built hand-held hoes. There is evidence of these being used by the ancient Egyptians some 4,000 years ago. Eventually, after generations, man also domesticated wild animals – and thus the animaldrawn plough was born – so that the camels, oxen or even elephants could do the difficult work while men lazed around being fanned by palm leaves. Ploughing has come rather a long way since those early days of sticks and oxen – but though the plough has evolved since the early simple scratch plough, its principle remains very similar. This device is still used in some parts of the world and does exactly what it says on the tin: its wooden frame is dragged through the topsoil, breaking it up to create a path to be planted.


Less fertile soil must be churned to bring nutrients to the top – which is where the nifty turn plough comes in; cutting down into the earth and turning the soil as it's dragged along by an animal.

King of the Plough At the British National Ploughing Championships recently, 250 top ploughmen and women competed. Mick Chappell from Loversall, near Doncaster won the Reversible Plough-Off Final!

Then came heavier iron mouldboard ploughs: these more heavy-duty tools would include a wheel – thus reducing the amount of time taken to plough a field and enabling workers to cultivate greater expanses.

With the Industrial Revolution came steam power – enabling ploughs to be pulled by machines, rather than horses or cows and high volume farming was born. In 1837 John Deere created the first steel plough – this was even stronger than the iron plough and thus able to work soil previously unsuitable for agriculture... though the basic principal of ploughing remains the same, today’s ‘horse power’ arms race between tractor manufacturers has ensured made this staple of agriculture is more relevant than ever before! n

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Discover Farming in 2020

n 11th February 2020: Farming Conference The Lincolnshire Farming Conference returns next month, with a theme of ‘The Future is Now.’ A key date in the annual farming calendar, the Conference at the Showground will feature talks from a number of captivating speakers.

While the specifics of each celebration may differ, it is the exchange of money which crops up again and again. it is thought that the money taken in by plough teams would help maintain a ‘plough light’ in the local church, but after the Reformation this tradition fell off and the money began to be used for festivities instead.

plough monday plays were popular in parts of Lincolnshire, nottinghamshire and East midlands. They were similar to that of Christmas mummers plays - mumming being best described as early pantomime. The plays are based loosely on the legend of St George & the dragon and are intend to show the struggle between good and evil.

Controversially these days, dancers may have their faces blackened or otherwise disguised. disguising the face in this way is well-known in English social history: men wishing to pursue proscribed activities would black their faces to avoid recognition: such activities could include both smuggling and morris dancing.

instead of pulling a decorated plough, during the 19th century, men or boys would dress in a layer of straw and were known as Straw Bears who begged door to door for money. The straw costume would often weigh about five stone! The tradition is maintained annually in January, in Whittlesey, near peterborough where on the preceding Saturday, the Straw Bear is paraded through the streets of Whittlesey. n

molly dances developed in East Anglia: these dances were performed in January, as part of the plough monday celebrations. The costumes worn by molly dancers are very individualistic, but largely based upon working outdoor clothes and hobnailed boots.

plough monday plays were performed by young men and included some of the same story elements, such as the death and resurrection of one of the characters.

Find Out More: Our favourite authority on the art of ploughing is The Society of Ploughmen. The group was founded in 1972. It is a registered charity run by volunteers responsible for the organisation of the British National Ploughing Championships.

n 5th April 2020: Countryside Lincs Visit the Showground for Countryside Lincs, a fun packed family day out about food, farming and the countryside. Meet producers, crafters, farmers and lots of animals all in one place to inspire young minds all about Lincolnshire’s heritage.

n 7th June 2020: Open Farm Sunday Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, over 1600 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed over 2.5 million people onto farms for one Sunday each year. It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the fabulous work they do producing our food, enhancing the countryside and all the goods and services farmers provide. Each event is unique based around the farm’s individual story. Activities during the day may include a farm walk, nature trail, tractor and trailer rides, demonstrations, pond dipping, activities for children, a mini farmers market or farm shop. n 24th & 25th June 2020: The Lincolnshire Show As always, highlights will include shopping, food, gardening exhibitions, fairground rides, music, farmyard animals, competitions, displays and countryside pursuits.


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The Cross keys at GRASBY

Next month will mark the Cross Keys at Grasby’s second anniversary, and what a couple of years it has been! Reborn and refurbished with a stunning menu and a father & daughter team determined to provide first class dining well beyond the usual remit of a village pub restaurant... Words: Rob Davis. Images: Lincolnshire Pride’s Chief Photographer Dean Fisher.

Traditionally, the new year is an opportunity to embrace a new challenge. Roughly two years ago, father and daughter nick and Steph received the keys of their new pub restaurant, the Cross keys at Grasby.

meet the CHEF

They opened the doors to customers eager to see what the new owners have made to the pub restaurant, equidistant between Brigg and Caistor, then awaited their response.

But what superlative could do Steph’s provision of ‘British food with a modern twist’ justice? As our photos demonstrate there’s remarkable flair in presentation, technically flawless chefcraft and a warm welcome at front of house thanks to nick.

Steph decided she wanted a new challenge, having worked at Lincoln’s White Hart, the city’s doubletree by Hilton, and the Horse & Groom dining pub. She and nick set up the Cross keys and are part of a team that also comprises chef de parties malika Garwell & Tom Soulby, and sous Steven Rendall. At front of house alongside nick is Sue Chaperon, assistant manager, and together



they’re all doing great things for local diners. “We’ve a great team, and that’s something that’s difficult to achieve but helps enormously when you’re trying to run a busy dining room, so i’m really grateful for them, and for the way we all work so well together!” says Steph.

The kitchen takes advantage of Lincolnshire’s wealth of local ingredients and suppliers, creating dishes which are elaborate and appealing in their appearance but grounded in just one or two good quality ingredients which are allowed to shine through and make each dish special.

diners can choose to enjoy a meal in the main restaurant, which was refurbished in July 2019 and seats 35 covers - enough for a good atmosphere but still quite intimate - in the lounge, with its capacity of 12 covers ideal for private dining - or in the bar, with its homely feel and log burner - nice for cosy dining on a winter evening. >>

Food History: Raised in Lincolnshire, worked at Lincoln’s White Hart, Doubletree by Hilton, and The Horse & Groom before opening The Cross Keys. Food Wisdom: “I think the best thing a chef can do in this part of the world is to ‘keep it Lincolnshire... we’ve great ingredients right here on our doorstep!” Food Heaven: “I like my food to have great texture. Flavour wise I love local game.” Food Hell: “Dishes that have been rushed.” n


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menus include an à la carte or plat principal with about eight starters and main courses apiece, plus a separate list of seven pub restaurant-inspired classics, the kind slow cooked pies, sausage & mash and Grimsby haddock & chip options that would provoke mutiny from customers upon their attempted removal from the menu. Grill options include the ubiquitous gourmet burger, Steph’s iteration of which features a black sesame seed roll and streaky bacon.

There’s also a dedicated Sunday lunch menu offering proper roasties and home made

OPEN FOR FOOD Monday to Friday: 12 noon - 8pm.

Saturday: 12 noon - 8.30pm. Sunday: 12 noon - 6.30pm.

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Charcoal squid with vanilla puree £6.95.

vegan gourd butternut squash with burnt pepper £6.95 Main Courses

pan seared duck breast served with celeriac fondant, textures of pear, purple sprouting, alongside a confit teriyaki duck bon bon and celeriac puree £14.95.

Yorkshire puddings, plus slow blades of beef and pork shoulder braised to bewitching perfection over 12 luxurious hours. Senior Citizens have their own menu too, with dining available monday to Friday for a decidedly trim £6.95, £9.50, £12.95.

Happily, even in the case of the latter, all of the Cross key’s dishes are the result of plenty of effort. There can be no corner cutting in the pursuit of excellence, reckons Steph. it’s a philosophy reflected in the fact that she creates all of her bread, desserts, ice creams, sorbets, sauces and so on all in house. Local suppliers include Ashby Butchers, and premier Seafood whilst eggs, honey and potatoes are all sourced from the village.

no labour is spared in the her dishes’ creation, nor their presentation, with our halibut dish served with a sort of sushi-esque parcel of asparagus and a brown shrimp beurre noisette. Likewise the redoubtable soufflé has proved ignominious to even the most experienced

chef. And in a busy kitchen, when you’re juggling 40-odd covers, it’s a brave chef who attempts to put one on the pudding menu.

Yet, here we are with an impressive example with white chocolate and raspberry, textures of meringue and a well-deserved side order of chutzpah for the chef who created such a beautifully fluffy, golden example of a pud that could easily have been a chef ’s downfall.

during January & February, the log burners and cosy bar, the steak nights and Sunday roasts, the real ales and library of gins will leave you wanting to revisit again and again. Long story short, approaching their second anniversary, it’s very easy to see that this is a pub restaurant which is overdelivering on its remit of good food, delivering instead some pretty stunning fine dining dishes that are as good to eat as they are to admire.

To brave a night out in cold January you need a pretty compelling excuse. Well, excuses don’t come more compelling than the rather excellent Cross keys. Try it and enjoy it! n

pan seared venison with breaded bubble and squeak cake, Wild mushrooms, charred leek, pickled turnip and beetroot £17.95. pan roasted halibut accompanied by smoked cauliflower cheese puree, roasted baby courgette, hazelnut pesto, brown shrimp beurre noisette £14.95. Dessert

White chocolate and raspberry soufflé £6.95.

Grasby honey parfait, candied nectarine, toasted almond textures, honeycomb £6.95. NB: featured dishes are subject to change. n The Cross Keys Inn, Brigg Road, Grasby, DN38 6AQ. Call 01652 628247 or see 59

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complimentary glass of fizz with afternoon tea purchase a full afternoon tea and received a glass of fizz. available monday – friday, December 2019, January, february & march 2020.

25% off sunDay lunch purchase 3 courses from our sunday lunch menu and receive 25% off your food. available 5th January until 8th march 2020 (inclusive) Advance booking essential. Please quote “Lincolnshire Pride Magazine” when booking. Terms and Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Not valid for peak times (such as Christmas, Valentine’s, Mother’s Day etc).


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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with us Tuesday 31st December Six Course Tasting Menu with a glass of Champagne.

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nEW YEAR If you’re to make just one New Year’s Resolution, making a promise to yourself to ‘eat better’ is perhaps the most worthy pledge you can make. at’s why, this month, we’ve visiting a cookery school with a difference... Words: Rob Davis.

have you made a new year’s resolution? Perhaps  to  drink  less,  get  more  exercise?  All noble intentions, of course. But what about learning a new skill, too? Specifically, what about improving your cooking skills? What about preserving time-honoured and traditional food preparation techniques? Providing food for the mind and… well… food, is e School of Artisan Food on the Welbeck  Estate.  It’s  a  food  school,  but rather more robust in the quality and variety of its courses than other places we’ve heard of,  and  with  a  much  stronger  ideological foundation. Joe Piliero is a director at the school,  which  is  approaching  its  10th  anniversary. “e  school  was  founded  by  Alison  Swan Parente who, in 2009, was trying to create a new artisan bakery. As well as the challenge of setting up the business, Alison found it would  be  increasingly  difficult  to  recruit those with the necessary skills to deliver the kind of quality products she wanted to offer.” “is coincided with her growing interest not only in creating bread, but transforming milk and rennet into cheese and curing raw meats  to  become  charcuterie.  is  soon widened out into an interest in the whole food  system  and  how  basic  it  is  to  our  culture, health and economic life.” It  soon  became  apparent  to  Alison  that there  was  a  real  need  for  the  kind  of  food school which would teach the value of authentic  ingredients  combined  with 

traditional skills. e school, therefore, is  concerned as much about the quality and authenticity of food generally as it is about teaching people how to work with it. Uniquely, the school doesn’t just cater for the needs of the domestic cook who wants to brush up on their skills, but also chefs seeking to specialise in a particular skill – butchery or breadmaking – and for those seeking  a  career  change.  If,  for  instance, you’re seeking to escape the drudgery of an office  job  and  set  up  your  own  artisan  bakery  or  patisserie  shop,  the  school  has courses that will set you on a new career path.  “Ten years on we now offer a wide range of over 80 hands-on courses taught by over 30 world-class award-winning tutors, we’ll get you truly fired up about the art and business of sustainable  artisan food production. From baking & patisserie to cheese making and  butchery; pie-making to  brewing and  preserving to pickling to foraging or ice cream making; our courses cater for all levels,  whether you are a complete beginner or a professional.” >>


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“The School is housed in a beautiful 1870 Grade ii listed building in the heart of the Sherwood Forest. it has three well-equipped training kitchens, designed to teach bakery, butchery and dairy...”

>> Joe is part of a team at the school which sees 4,000 students – 15% of which are from overseas - coming through the doors each year. That’s pretty impressive considering that there are no more than 14 students in each class.

The split is fairly even between ‘home-cooks’ students and ‘professionals’ – i.e.: home cooks looking to attend a course for pleasure and those seeking to establish or gain new skills in their business.

The school runs cookery demonstrations lasting just a few hours as well as 200 annual ‘short courses.’ These are half day courses and full day courses as well as three or five day ‘intense’ courses. For those looking to make it their career, the six-month Advanced diploma in Artisan Baking runs twice a year with lots of hands on teaching as well as industry placements, and the new Artisan Food production Foundation degree delivered in partnership with nottingham Trent University covers baking, butchery and dairy artisan skills along with the business skills needed to set up a food enterprise. The School is housed in a beautiful 1870 Grade ii listed building in the heart of the Sherwood Forest. it has three well-equipped training kitchens, designed to teach bakery, butchery and dairy skills. There are also two informal classrooms and an 80-seater lecture


Above/Right: Later this month you can learn the art of creating artisan patisserie, with the help of internationally renowned baker, author and tutor Emmanuel Hadjiandreou.

Below: The school specialises in courses for bakery, butchery and dairy skills.

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Courses at the School n Friday 10th January Pig in a Day £195 From nose to tail, this introductory course is guaranteed to be instructive and fun exploring every part of the pig. n Sunday 12th January Introduction to Patisserie £185 Discover the art of creating artisan patisserie, with the help of internationally renowned baker, author and tutor Emmanuel Hadjiandreou.

n Thursday 30th January Introduction to Ice Cream Making £165 Spend the day with ice-cream maker extraordinaire Kitty Travers of La Grotta Ices and master the art of making the most divine ice creams.

n Friday 31st January Artisan Bread Baking (Three Day) £480 Master the baking process as you create a range of delicious bread on this hands on three-day course under the guidance of award-winning baker Emmanuel Hadjiandreou. n Thursday 20th February Sticky Buns & Fruit Breads £185 Spend a day discovering how to make the most delicious sticky buns & fruit breads, such as Lincolnshire plum loaf & sticky pecan buns.

theatre too. ‘Hands-on’ courses, as well as having fewer than 14 pupils also benefit from a teacher and a teaching technician in each class so there’s always help on hand.

The School of Artisan Food is a registered charity which has benefited past students to the tune of £700,000 in financial support and bursaries to create access to its qualifications.

“Understanding and mastering artisan processes, such as bread making, cheese making, brewing and charcuterie and confectionery, produces a great sense of achievement and wonderful new skills,” says Joe. “One thing that many of our courses and foods have in common is a move away from

industrialisation and rapid mass production. We enjoy helping people to rediscover food that - because their flavours are able to develop slowly and naturally – taste so much better.”

“Artisan food is discernibly different, like a high definition version of the food you thought you were familiar with. keeping an appreciation for skills and ingredients alive, and an enjoyment of good food are values that everyone here is keen to share.” “if you’re looking for a resolution that you can stick to, learning a skill that will gift you good food and provide endless pleasure is one of the best promises to yourself that we think you can make.” n

Find out More: The School of Artisan Food is based on the Welbeck Estate, providing half day, full day and three to five day courses as well as more intensive courses. Call 01909 532171 or see

n Friday 21st February Wood-Fired Pizza Making £185 Authentic wood-fired pizza is the ultimate & original fast food. This professional level course is ideal for those wishing to master the art of the pizzaiolo. n Sunday 15th March Curing & Smoking £195 Discover the traditional crafts of curing and smoking meat that have stood the test of time with expert butchers and charcutiers.

n Saturday 21st March Introduction to Cider Making £165 Discover the art of making delicious cider and perry on this practical one-day course for beginners with expert cider maker Simon Reed. n Monday 27th April Cheese, Butter & Yoghurt £185 Discover how to make soft cheese, yoghurt and butter with this one-day practical course.


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TRY OUR NEW PRANZO PRESTO ONLY £9.95 (Wed - Sat, starting January 2020)

WHO SAYS FAST FOOD CAN’T BE GOOD? Choose from our new speedy service Pranzo Presto Menu and we guarantee you will be in and out within 45 minutes without compromise on taste, quality and service: Sample Dishes: Sirloin steak piadina, gorgonzola mayonnaise, caramelised red onions, rocket leaf salad, chunky chips San Pietro fish cakes, Sicilian pesto, wilted greens with lemon and olive oil Penne alla Norma – spicy tomato sauce with roast aubergine, smoked ricotta cheese, pine nuts (V) Leek and tallegio cheese risotto with chargrilled squash and toasted hazelnuts (V) (menu subject to change)

STAY A BIT LONGER... Any of these dishes can be incorporated into our Menu del Giorno – 2 courses £19.50, 3 courses £24.50

EXECUTIVE BREAKFAST Don’t have time for Lunch? Why not start the day with an Executive Breakfast. Served between 7 - 9.30am, Mon - Fri (reservation required)


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It’s the chickens that come first at lincolnshire egg producer l J Fairburn. at’s because animal welfare is the secret to producing a great product and growing a great business, says the family’s Sarah louise Fairburn... Words: Rob Davis.

Which came first… the chicken, the egg, or the family firm? Well, at Lincolnshire’s Fairburn’s Eggs, it’s most definitely the chicken. According to the family’s Sarah Louise Fairburn, in such a rapidly changing market, rearing fresh, unique new breeds of hens is the secret to producing a great product and growing a sustainable business. When Fairburn’s Eggs was founded in 1951, it certainly wasn’t of the same scale at which the company operates today. The third generation of Lincolnshire farmers now have 94 units across 21 farms, with 5,000,000 laying hens producing an egg-ceptional 884,000,000 eggs every year – that’s 17,000,000 each week!

To give the firm its proper name, L J Fairburn & Son Limited is now being run by managing director, daniel Fairburn. daniel is supported by his wife Sarah Louise heading up the companies Brand & Sales strategy, and sisters Caroline Fairburn-Wright and Sarah Hall looking after the office and milling operations.

The whole family is passionate about the business, about family values and sustainability... but above all, its chickens are at the heart of the farms’ operations. “Our chickens will always come first,” says Sarah Louise. “Adapting quickly to changing markets by rearing fresh, unique new breeds is the secret to producing a great product and growing a business.”

Opposite: L J Fairburn & Son Limited is now owned by Stuart and Judy Fairburn and is run by their son, Managing Director, Daniel Fairburn. Daniel is supported by his wife Sarah Louise, Brand & Sales Director, and sisters Caroline Fairburn-Wright, Business Director and Sarah Hall, Milling Director.


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“Why should an egg be just an egg in 2020? We want to excite our customers by producing unique varieties of eggs with true taste differentiation and multi-coloured shells...”

>> All of the directors at Fairburn’s Eggs have young kiddies which makes them especially conscious about the quality of food they provide for their families. Happily, it also makes each of them well-practiced in producing toast soldiers and a dippy egg, so i joined Sarah Louise for a late breakfast – egg farmers rise rather early in the morning - to find out more about the business.

As one of the largest egg producers in the Uk, the family have had to balance an increase in volume and the growth of their business with the retention of their values – welfare and integrity. As a country, we consume 13,148,000,000 eggs each year. Each of us, individually, consumes about 200 eggs a year. We’re surprisingly self-sufficient too, producing around 87% of the eggs we consume in the Uk on our own farms, although Sarah Louise says this still isn’t enough and we should be moving to be 100% self-feeding in the Uk farming supply base of eggs.

56% of that market is retail sales to consumers, the rest is to the food industry. in the retail sector, about 65% of the eggs we buy are from the big four supermarkets, 22.6% from discount supermarkets whilst less than 3% are purchased from markets, farmers and farm shops, or at the farm gate. Happily, the Uk’s 41,000,000 estimated laying flock of chickens are living in better conditions than ever before, with 63% of consumers in the retail sector opting for free range and 2% choosing eggs from barn raised layers.

in order that you don’t end up with egg on your face, you’ll need to get up pretty early in the morning to see the Fairburn family in action. The firm’s chickens - most of which are isa Warren, Hyline Brown (with its proven ability to lay more first class quality eggs than any other breed) or Bovans Brown breeds - prefer to lay early in the morning. The company has also pioneered its own bespoke breed, the British Blue® and with ambitious plans to change the face of the way we buys eggs more exciting varieties are in the Fairburn innovation pipeline… Around 6am the collectors begin the first of two or three collections, beginning with a walk through the units - each of which have between 3,000 and 30,000 chickens in them.

After a stroll through to check the welfare of their birds, they’ll turn a central conveyor belt on and begin... well... collecting the eggs. Each chicken typically lays one eggs a day, and with such a rapid turnaround, this morning’s eggs could be the very ones you’re eating for breakfast the following day. The company is totally integrated and manages its whole supply chain, purchasing its chickens at just one day old and rearing them to pullets (point of lay hens) - adolescent chickens - and once they’ve finished listening to terrible music, experimenting with makeup and refusing to do their homework, they’re moved to the laying sheds. Left: L J Fairburn & Son has over 94 egg-producing units across 21 farms and is one of the largest egg producers and packers in the UK. The business has 5m laying and rearing hens.


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The chickens are kept for 76 weeks - the whole of their productive lives - and enjoy a diet of grains, typically wheat and maize – with 80,000 tonnes grown on Fairburn farms a year.

The Company also purchases from other Lincolnshire farms supporting the local economy. The business is one of the largest producers and packers in the Uk, and is one of the only egg producers which farms, mills, rears, breeds and sells its own grains to other producers all in-house.

“Welfare is the most important aspect of the whole industry,” says Sarah Louise. “if you look after your birds they’re happier, healthier and produce a better product. As we are in control of the whole aspect of producing standard eggs, eggceptionally, we wanted to



change the market and delight shoppers with new varieties of eggs. We are so proud of our new egg innovation arm and we can’t wait to bring our exciting new varieties of eggs to market very soon!

“Why should an egg be just an egg in 2020? We want to excite our customers by producing unique varieties of eggs with true taste differentiation and multi-coloured shells. it’s proven that if consumers are interested in the food they are consuming, they will eat more and with eggs holding so many natural health benefits, it’s a great product to produce and support our nation’s health” Consumers, too, are demanding higher standards in food choice. Speciality egg sales have grown by 76% in the last three years alone so we know Sarah Louise knows her eggs and her shoppers!

Speaking of the premium-ness of Fairburn’s product offering, the firm’s British Blue® eggs are from the first flock of blue laying hens to be raised in the Uk from breeding, rearing and point of lay, with hens housed in state-of-the-art ultra-high welfare housing. The breeding flocks are even being tended to, by hand, by nanny Judy Fairburn, with the kids mucking in on weekends and holidays too. This egg comes from a supply chain that Fairburn’s know would make their customers feel really proud and happy.

Accounting for just 3.4% of the firm’s output, there’s a compelling reason to choose blue beyond the novelty of the unusually hued shells and for the family to create more products like this to grow its premium offering much further. 71

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“A more golden yolk is associated with a richer and creamier tasting egg. We feed our hens on a diet that enhances the eggs’ natural flavour.” “By including ingredients like paprika and brightly coloured flowers in our feed, and by creating our own, 100% British-origin bespoke breed, we’re able to create eggs that have a gloriously bright yolk, true taste differentiation and a luxurious flavour,” says Sarah Louise.

“A more golden yolk is associated with a richer and creamier tasting egg. We feed our hens on a diet that enhances the eggs’ natural flavour. Our British Blues® also provide a much larger yolk, and a greater ‘yolk to white’ ratio, which consumers say they love! The British Blue® eggs have also been critically acclaimed, The British Lion is the UK’s most with judges of the Great successful food safety scheme. Taste Award in 2017 calling Over 90% of UK eggs are now it ‘the perfect egg.’ The British produced under the British Lion scheme and more than 130bn Blue® eggs became the first British Lion eggs have been hens egg to win this sought after sold since its launch in 1998. food industry award.”

British Lion Eggs

“We worked closely with top geneticists to develop the correct genes, to hatch, rear, and nurture these new hens into the beautiful, opulent egg layer that she is today,” says Sarah Louise.

From dippy eggs and soldiers to their myriad uses in anything from a quick omelette or a fancy soufflé for pudding, it’s impossible to overstate just how useful eggs are, and difficult to think of an ingredient which makes such a frequent appearance in our diets. And the good news is that eggs are also very good for you indeed. Eggs are one of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods and fit into many diets, boasting vast health benefits. You’d be

hard pressed to find a food that contains such an ideal mixture of vitamins and nutrients naturally.

“We tend to take eggs a little for granted,” points out Sarah Louise. “And why not? They’re available at every supermarket, across the country, and they’re a food staple.”

“But eggs are perfect in providing extra protein for your diet. They’re a great source of vitamins A and d, which have been found to assist in the functioning of the immune system. Eggs are also rich in vitamin B12, currently possessing 80% of your recommended vitamin B12 intake.” “They’ll also help you to overcome the January blues with niacin, a natural compound designed to contribute to the reduction of tiredness, meaning eggs can provide a much-

needed energy boost. Eggs also contain iodine to help in cognitive functioning.

Therefore, enjoying an egg every morning can improve your skin, hair, and thyroid functioning and add a positive boost to your mental health”

And yet, many consumers continue to think that all eggs are created equal. in an age when we’ll opt for an organic or high welfare chicken over a standard one or a better cut of steak or an organically produced vegetable, it’s prudent give equal consideration to the army of chickens helping to satisfy our need for eggs.

“We’ve been raised to understand that our hens are the most important part of our business. Their welfare is crucial and it forms the foundations of our business.” n

Find Out More: L J Fairburn is based in Alford and Burgh le Marsh. The firm produces high-welfare eggs and is one of the largest family-owned producers in the whole of the UK. Find the farm’s products on the shelves of your local supermarket or farm shops, and for more information call 01507 462 264 or see


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Eggs Benedict à la Lincolnshire!

Makes Two. Preparation Time: 10 mins. Cooking Time: 10 mins. eight lincolnshire  pork sausages eight eggs 1tsp white wine vinegar four english muffins Softened butter For the hollandaise sauce four egg yolks 2 tbsp lemon juice 250g unsalted butter,  diced and chilled cayenne pepper Sea salt & black  pepper (optional) Recipe: Rachel Green.

Preheat the grill. First make the hollandaise sauce. Place the egg yolks and lemon juice in a fairly large bowl and season. Whisk all the ingredients until they have blended together. Place over a pan of just simmering water, making sure that the bowl is not in contact with the water. Whisk in the butter, a few cubes at a time, until the sauce begins to thicken. Continue adding the butter, whisking all the time and adding a splash of water if the hollandaise looks like it is becoming too thick. If the sauce begins to separate, remove from the heat immediately and add a  teaspoon of cold water to the mixture.  Once all of the butter has been  incorporated, season to taste with sea salt and lemon juice. Remove from the heat  and keep the hollandaise warm.

Next, prepare the eggs and sausages. Preheat the grill to a moderate heat and grill the sausages for 10 - 15 minutes. At the same time, poach the eggs in a large saucepan of barely simmering water to which you have added the white wine vinegar and the salt.  When the eggs and sausages are almost ready, cut the muffins in half and place them in the toaster or under the grill. When the muffins have been lightly toasted, butter them generously and place in the middle of a warmed plate. Remove the sausages from the grill and place on top of each half muffin.  Place a poached egg on top of the sausages and finally spoon the warm hollandaise sauce over the egg. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper or a twist of freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately. n

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Aged 23 Years For the Best Laid Evenings...

Wine of the Month

The perfect treat for Burn’s Night: Glenfiddich’s Grand Cru luxury whisky

Champagne Gremillet Blanc du Noir, 100% Pinot Noir, France £38.95 / 75cl / 12%

My best advice when selecting whisky is firstly to stick to Speyside and thereafter to never drink a whisky younger than your children. After all, they’ve probably driven you to reach for a whisky in the first place. Following my advice, Glenfiddich last month launched this flagship, premium, top of the range 23-year old Speyside. Apple blossom, brioche, sandalwood and the finest oakiness thanks to being aged in French Champagne casks. Toast Robert Burns on 25th January. £220 / 70cl / 40%.

Toast the arrival of 2020 with this wonderful, less-well known but more rewarding Champagne. We may not be living on the moon, we may not have flying cars or robot butlers, but by gosh, if 2020 has brought us anything, it’s gifted us ruddy good fizz! Pale golden colour with hints of amber, this Champagne is full of fine bubbles, aromas of quince and spicy almost peppery notes. Rich, full-bodied and voluptuous.


PROTEST VOTE: Three knockouts from Burgundy to protest the tyranny of Dry January... 1. This enviable Pauillac is full of spice and peppers, a medium to full bodied super trooper of Burgundy designed to help you power through winter. £90 / 75cl / 13% ABV. 2. For a really heavy flavour, this Cabernet/Merlot blend affords Les Griffons a certain weight and dignity. Sweet red plums, liquorice and tobacco for a warming palate and a satisfying finish. £24.99 / 75cl / 13.5% ABV. 3. And last, but by golly, not least. Château Climens 2009, Barsac Premier Cru Classé. A sweet sauternes that’s a perfect partner to a winter pudding after Sunday lunch! £110 / 75cl / 13.5% ABV.

n Available from www.wriggly Join as a King’s member to get this bottle for just £29.

New Year, New Gin Stapleford Park launches exclusive own brand tipple

We’ve known for a while that Stapleford park is one of the area’s finest country house hotels, and one of the little joys of staying in one of its 55 beautifully appointed bedrooms was always the little bottle of complimentary sloe gin left in the room for guests to enjoy. Well now the hotel has gone a little further by commissioning its own bespoke gin in association with local distillery Brentingby using botanicals foraged from the 500 acre estate. Juniper, lavender, rose petals and nettles. it’s available both from - and at - the hotel! n £47.50 / 70cl / 40%

n Our featured wines are available from the best local independent wine merchants, supermarkets and online, prices are RRP and may vary from those stated.


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Schools & Education The Lincoln School of Speech & Drama

Lincoln Minster School

Lincoln School of Speech & drama is an independent school based in rural Lincolnshire, offering a wide, comprehensive range of services focusing on performance, drama, vocal techniques, communication and presence.

At Lincoln Minster School we are very proud of our school and welcome visitors to come and see our facilities at one of our Open days.

With over 25 years experience in performance, owner and head teacher Helen millington specialises in theatre, poetry, classical literature and the English language. Through these classes, students gain valuable transferable skills such as confidence and social interaction, along with developing a cultural and historic understanding of classical and contemporary texts. Lincoln School of Speech & drama is proud to have a 100% pass rate for all Trinity and LAmdA entries, all GCSE and A-Level English and drama entries, as well as 76

students regularly receiving trophies and medals at various national music and drama festivals.

We have also had many successes with students achieving their career goals, including gaining places at some of the top stage schools in the country and securing high-ranking positions within the military.

We also offer a range of corporate services, designed to develop your employees confidence and ability to engage effectively with clients, customers and board members. These workshops are available as one hour, three hour or six hour sessions. Further details of all of our services can be found on the website.

n Call 01522 813718, or visit for more information.

“Providing an inspiring education, for life...”

We are proudly non-selective, offering an all-through education in a nurturing and stimulating environment

We aim to provide an environment that sets high expectations, facilitating stretch and challenge, where each child is stimulated to fulfil their potential in preparation for the next stage of their education and future employment. Through an inspiring curriculum, exciting clubs, activities and trips, excellent academic and pastoral support, and dedicated and caring staff, we provide each and every one of our pupils with an ‘education for life.’

Through encouraging active involvement in a wide variety of inclusive co-curricular opportunities pupils are engaged in school life, engendering a spirit of community and co-operation.

At LmS we value everyone equally, building self-esteem and self-respect by demonstrating respect and care for people, ideas and our environment. We recognise the importance of things that enrich life beyond material possessions, which contribute to a sense of wellbeing, fulfilment and wonder. Our next Open days are on monday 10th February from 9.30am and Thursday 12th march from 1.30pm, or by appointment. n For more information visit or call 01522 5551300.

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The School of Artisan Food

St Hugh’s School, Woodhall Spa

The start of the new year is the perfect opportunity to pursue long-held passions and to learn something new.

Pupils at St Hugh’s prep School, Woodhall Spa have joined in the world’s Climate Change campaign and are aiming to promote an awareness of sustainable development and create an environmentally friendly awareness through the School and also in the local community.

“10 Years at the Forefront of Artisan Food…”

For food lovers, The School of Artisan Food - housed in the historic Wellbeck Estate is the perfect place to achieve their resolutions. Opening in 2006, the School became the first place ever dedicated solely to teaching traditional artisanal breadmaking, cheesemaking and butchery and has been educating people of all skill levels ever since.

There is a course for everyone to sink their teeth into, whether it’s a two-hour tasting session, learning a new artisan skill in a day or advancing a professional career. There is so much on offer, including baking and brewing through to cheesemaking and chocolate, fermentation and foraging.

Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking...

This six-month, full-time, intensive course is the equivalent of a foundation degree level qualification and combines practical hands-on training in bread making, patisserie and viennoiserie alongside how to establish a successful business start-up. Artisan Food Production Degree...

The School has teamed up with nottingham Trent University to offer the new Foundation degree in artisan food production. Students learn all aspects of artisan bread-baking, cheese-making, butchery, charcuterie and patisserie creation. Teaching is split between the university’s Brackenhurst Campus and the School on one of England’s great country estates.

n For more information, visit or call 01909 532171 for one to one, group sessions or ‘taster’ classes.

“Developing the confidence to explore...”

known as Eco Warriors the St Hugh’s pupils have installed new recycling bins for paper throughout the School, they have been out litter picking in the village and are transforming part of the Headmaster’s garden into an environmentally friendly garden with bee friendly plants which are rich in nectar for all pollinating insects. At home they are returning all non-recyclable plastics to supermarkets to encourage them to invest in plastic-free

food shopping. This all follows on from the School’s initiative to reduce the use of plastic water bottles by introducing metal ones for pupils and replacing the plastic sachets of condiments in the dining room with pump dispensers. Located in the picturesque village of Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire, the school is a co-educational preparatory school offering both day and boarding options.

With exceptional facilities and an outstanding academic record, it provides a happy, inclusive and stimulating learning environment for children aged 2-13 from a broad catchment area and a wide range of backgrounds. n The school is based on Cromwell Avenue, Woodhall Spa. For a guided tour, please contact 01526 352169 or visit


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Highfields School, Newark

The Suthers School

Highfields is a small co-educational independent preparatory school and day nursery for children aged 2-11.

The Suthers School is newark’s newest secondary school, which was established in September 2017 by the nova Education Trust to serve the communities of newark and its immediate surrounds.

“Highfields School is rated ‘excellent!’”

Situated in newark, notts the school has recently been judged “excellent” in all areas in its recent iSi inspection (June 2019).

in particular: • The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent. • The quality of the pupils’ social development is excellent. Excellent is the highest descriptor the iSi can use.

The report states that “The progress pupils make from Early Years through to Year 6 is excellent and reflects carefully structured and rigorous curriculum; the attitude of the pupils to their learning is exceptional; and pupils demonstrate excel80

lent subject knowledge across the curriculum.

The moral understanding and behaviour of the pupils are both outstanding; pupils’ abilities to collaborate with each other are excellent and provide them with invaluable skills for life; and pupils show very strong self-awareness and self-esteem.”

Headteacher Sarah Lyons says: “This report is a clear recognition of all the hard work put in to making Highfields such a special place to learn. it is truly an exceptional place to develop as an individual and it allows each and every child to reach their potential academically and outside of the classroom.”

n For more information about Highfields School please contact the Admissions Registrar on 01636 704103.

“The first choice for a brighter future...”

The school’s uniquely character-centred approach means that personal development is ranked alongside academic preparation and through its extended day the school guarantees access to a broad range of enrichment opportunities. This includes the chance to participate in nationally-recognised programmes, complete additional qualifications and compete in a range of sports. Head of School, Andrew pettit, says: “The Suthers School has at its heart the absolute conviction that young people deserve an education that excites and enthuses.

Our ‘work hard, be kind’ philosophy, together with our unique approach to character development means that there is something very special about The Suthers School.

in short, we aim to deliver a highly academic, enriching curriculum and to empower the young people of newark to do more than they ever thought possible.” The Suthers School is currently housed in temporary accommodation on the Toot Hill School site in Bingham, and will relocate to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility in Fernwood, newark, from April 2020.

n To register your interest in The Suthers School and for further information, including details of the new school build and upcoming open events, visit or call 01636 957690.

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Copthill School, Stamford “Curiosity, excitement & desire for 50 years!”

There really isn’t another school like Copthill in the area. in an age where parents worry constantly about how much exercise their children are getting, or how addicted to their phones and ipads they are Copthill School, near Uffington, is a perfect solution to those concerns.

it has the most amazing 300acre grounds, which hide the sorts of delights and challenges which will make any child forget Fortnite in an instant.

Whether its building rafts on its gorgeous stretch of the Welland, learning about World War i in a purpose-built trench, or playing all sorts of sports on its astroturf pitch, Copthill provides opportunities for children that inspire their imaginations and kick-starts a passion for learning. But it’s not just about the Forest School, wooden fort,

farm with live animals, outdoor kitchens and any other number of other outdoor marvels. Academic attainment and Copthill’s indoor educational resources are of an extremely high standard too. There’s a fully kitted out laboratory for science, all the classrooms have state-ofthe-art digital teaching facilities, while music pods and a studio cater for the arts and of course, as you would expect at a school with such a strong health the dinner hall is a bastion of fresh, healthy eating. The next Open morning is on Thursday 13th February from 9.00am - 11.00am (no need to book) as it’s an informal morning where the Copthill children, will show you their Copthill School.

n Copthill Independent School for children age 2 - 11 Years, Barnack Road, Uffington, Stamford PE9 3AD Tel: 01780 757506 or visit


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Let the pride Team Create or Update Your Website

An online presence is essential for any business, so for web design you can trust, talk to the team behind pride magazines to be assured of the highest quality of service and design, whether you’re seeking a simple brochure website or a complex national site... Words: Rob Davis

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We can create anything from a simple brochure website to a complex national website...

If you’re reading this... you already know we’re a success. As magazine publishers, we have 35 years experience creating the area’s finest magazines. What you may not realise, though, is that we have created, from our offices, the Uk’s number one wedding website; in fact, we can create anything from a simple brochure website to a complex national website like Ukbride. The great news is that now, we’ve decided to make our creative teams available to you too.

That means you can utilise the skills of the same web developers who created Ukbride, which is ‘Facebook for brides,’ a complex website with three million pages. in addition, our photographers, 3d tour developers, copywriters, graphic designers, photographers, videographers and illustrators can all bring their skill to bear too, helping you to bring your online needs to fruition. You already know that pride magazines are the finest county magazines, and now the same team is available for you and your website development needs. We promise a great experience with no jargon, just common sense marketing and a team that’s easy to work with.

Left: Pride Magazines’ Sales Executive Emily Brown liaises with web developer Joe Proctor.

n For more information on creating your new website or marketing your business call our friendly sales team on 01529 469977 or email


For almost 18 years the Pride Team have worked solely on producing the finest magazines in their areas. We now feel that the time is right, having a proven track record for quality, that our clients should receive the benefits of our professional marketing team too. If you require any of the following services for your business please get in touch. We are reasonably priced and of course you already know the quality of our work by the magazine you are holding in your hands!




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Two properties became one 12 years ago when Jo Teeuw and her family took on a former building that had previously served as shops and flats. Consolidating the space into one, it’s now on the market offering generous and highly configurable living space... Words: Rob Davis.


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Many crimes against architecture have been committed when beautiful old buildings are made to serve as commercial properties. And when they’re returned to life as a family home, there’s usually a lot of reinstatement of original features to be completed before a building is restored to something approaching its original charm. Jo and nathan Teeuw moved into their architecturally used and abused property over 12 years ago, and began restoring the grand old girl - a late Georgian three-storey building constructed in 1830 - back to her former glory. it’s now on the market, and it’s looking really good, having been thoughtfully and comprehensively restored. Top: The open plan first floor reception room features a dining area and sitting area. Joining the two is a space currently used as a study for graphic designer Jo.


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Even better, though, than the use of natural materials - oak, stone and red brick - clean neutral palette and the wealth of original features, the house, on the village’s High Street, offers complete versatility with open plan rooms that can be repurposed into bedrooms, reception rooms or whatever its next owners require.

Originally two shops, with an archway between, the couple filled in the space creating one large property, and incorporated the two flats above. The result is a property that spans three floors and has over 2,500sq ft of living space. Floorboards were replaced with reclaimed solid oak flooring and brick or stone floors and in the kitchen and sitting room were installed two Aga wood burners. The kitchen was replaced with a large, open-plan configuration, Mercury range

“It’s created in handsome red brick and topped with slate, with smart white keystones and lintels...

cooker and US-style fridge freezer, with plenty of storage in the walk in pantry the house also benefits from having a separate utility space and additional kitchenette.

There are four double bedrooms and three reception rooms, currently arranged as a living kitchen and adjacent family room, plus a sitting room, both on the ground floor, then a further open plan reception on the first floor with a sitting area and dining area. Created in handsome red brick and topped with slate, with smart white keystones and lintels, there’s a delicious sense of non-

conformity about the house, from its slight kink on the middle (it’s situated just on the village green, following the slight curvature of the road) to the decidedly un-English sub-tropical garden at the back. Jo is Creative Director within a communications agency by trade, specialising in mainly projects which concern corporate sustainability, working for an impressive list of clients. Moving from her native London to be near the Teeuw family - who have horticultural form as family owners of Gee Tee Bulb Company in Moulton Seas End - Jo and husband Nathan were able to establish a superb garden with non-native plants. “We almost have a tropical micro-climate in the garden with some thriving palm trees and banana plants,” enthuses Jo. >> 87

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>> “It’s a very sunny garden from where you can see the church spire. At the end is a large, south facing building with three sets of sliding glass doors for the indoor swimming pool which we re-lined and surrounded by decking.”

“If someone wanted to dispense with the pool, it would make a superb studio or office, an annex or just a spacious garden room. There’s also a useful old brick built garden store, and we have a driveway down the left hand side of the house for off-road parking.” Jo’s three daughters were all born and raised in the time she has lived at the house, and she says it’s a terrific family home with plenty of space, lots of storage - especially in the eaves - in a safe, green, happy place to raise a family. Moulton is not only a very pretty village, but Above: The kitchen features black terracotta tiles from Fired Earth and kitchen with range of a built-in appliances.


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also an extremely desirable with its own primary school and its position in the catchment areas of Spalding’s High School and Grammar with school buses passing through.

“It has a good village store with a post office, a traditional butcher, a medical centre, a fish & chip shop, a pub and of course the tallest windmill in the country with a tea room.” She’s proud of the family property they both created though. “So much of us is in the house, it’s a lovely family home and we hope its next owners will love it as much as we have.” n

HIGH STREET, MOULTON, SPALDING Location: Spalding five miles; Stamford 22 miles; Peterborough 20 miles. London 2hrs 30m. Style: Late Georgian property created in 1830 and consolidated into one property 12 years ago. Bedrooms: Four with family bathroom and separate shower room. Receptions: Three, currently arranged as kitchen/family room; sitting room; open plan first floor sitting/dining area. Other Features: Swimming pool, utility, sub-tropical garden. Guide Price: £525,000 Find Out More: Fine & Country, Seaton Grange Barn Offices, Grange Lane, Seaton LE15 9HT. Call 01780 750200 or see n


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The term magnificent is much overused in daily life, but is a fair narrative for the trophy which appeared at the Golding Young weekly valuation day in Stamford. The massive silver chest which contained this beast of an item gave a slight indication of its proportion, but still one could only gasp when the heavy bound lid was lifted and the Glenda Spooner Perpetual Challenge Trophy (later the Ponies UK Patrons Cup) came gleaming back at me. It is up there with some of the more famous pieces seen in the world of sport, coupled with its most famous of Victorian makers James Barclay Hennell and its association with one of the most astute names in the history of equine welfare, writing and judging, it will appeal to many people when offered in a forthcoming sale at Golding Young Grantham.

Glenda Spooner (1897-1981) was associated mainly with the welfare of horses and ponies, but applied her hand to a great many projects: she was the chairperson and secretary of the Ponies of Britain Club, helped run the Old War Horse Memorial (later the Brooke) Hospital and wrote many books both fiction and non fiction regarding the welfare and technical aspects of all levels of horse breeding and ownership, her name remains associated with a welfare farm in Somerset and she even won this trophy three times between 1958 and 1960.

The trophy itself is a mixture of Victorian skill and excellence from one

of the great silversmiths James Hennell. In 1851 he was described as a 23 year old silver plate worker, by the production of this trophy in 1880 he was at the forefront of Victorian design and quality, he was taken over by Holland, Aldwinckle and Slater in 1887 and this piece was produced at the pinnacle of his powers.

The trophy oozes class. It has a hallmarked horse finial and was always an equine related piece; only becoming the named cup in what appears 1958. It exudes a razzmatazz of style and elegance, its size 71 cm and weight (with base) nearing 200 ounces coupled with the repousse and chased decoration of swags, masques, scrolls, flower heads and acanthus leaves is showing off the skills of this great producer, it is truly sensational.

In determining a value, it really shouldn’t be anywhere near a weighing scale as it is a talking piece, typical over the top Victoriana which dominates a room and would be difficult to match. My advice is to come and see it, this is what Victorian silver is all about, illustrating the skill of the producer and having the association with famous makers and famous names in the world of showing ponies. In a nutshell magnificent may be overused, but is apt for this heavyweight piece. n Find Out More: Craig Bewick is an antiques specialist with Golding, Young & Mawer: The Bourne Auction Rooms, Spalding Road, Bourne PE10 9LE, 01778 422686; The Grantham Auction Rooms, Old Wharf Road, Grantham NG31 7AA, 01476 565118; The Stamford Valuation Office, The George Mews, Station Road, Stamford PE9 2LB, 01780 751666 or The Lincoln Auction Rooms, Thos Mawer House Station Road, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 3QY, 01522 524984. Alternatively, see

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nEW YEAR, nEW SHOWROOm New Year spells a new era for lincolnshire’s Turnbull Kitchens & Bathrooms as the company opens the doors of its fabulous new flagship showroom in lincoln. It’s the perfect place to pick out a new kitchen or bathroom for your New Year! Words & Images: Lauren Hackett & Biddy Walcot.

Turnbull has been trading successfully in Lincolnshire, supplying the local building trade, for quite a while - 125 years to be precise! For the past 40 years the company has also been designing and supplying kitchens and bathrooms - everything from first time homes to luxury developments. Anniversary celebrations kick-off this month with the opening of the company’s deacon Road showroom, the largest in the company’s network and its first in Lincoln.

Turnbull director Chris Hopkins says: “We’ve been in the kitchens and bathrooms business for a long time now. We’ve always been proud of our excellent customer service. many of our customers come to us through personal recommendations and return to us again and again, recommending their own friends. They like the personal touch, and the fact that the team work with both sides of the industry - from installers, fitters and plumbers, to retail customers - so can offer helpful tips and advice.” “Buying a kitchen or a bathroom can be an exciting - but daunting - task. it’s not something any of us do often, so it’s

reassuring to be able to have a browse and a chat about the whole project, before committing to anything.”

The deacon Road showroom marks the sixth showroom in the Turnbull network with others in Sleaford, newark, Brigg and two in Boston. The new showroom is a light and airy 7,200sq ft space, split over two floors, displaying a wide range of kitchens and bathrooms from Europe’s leading suppliers. From ultra-modern German designs to traditional Shaker kitchens, nEFF and Quooker kitchen appliances, and premium bathroom brands including duravit, Burlington and HiB. Turnbull kitchens & Bathrooms offers customers a dedicated member of the team to provide 3d design services, no-obligation quotes and finance packages, if required. Lincoln kitchens & Bathrooms opens on monday 6th January 2020. Come and have a look around and join the team for a no-obligation chat. You can find the showroom on deacon Road, or for more info, visit: n

You’re Invited! Turnbull’s Lincoln showroom is hosting a cookery demonstration on Saturday 25th January 2020. The company invites you to join them for Prosecco, opening offers, and a rolling cookery demonstration by a NEFF home economist from 10am - 1pm. There’s no need to book and the event is free to attend. Visit the showroom on Deacon Road, Lincoln, LN2 4JB.


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Investing in quality will always leave you sitting pretty, but a bespoke sofa, suite or chair created by lincolnshire based master upholsterers Crowther & Sons will prove especially wise. Completely bespoke from frame to fabric, ed Crowther’s work has been considered unsurpassed in terms of comfort and longevity for over 35 years... Words: Rob Davis. Main Image: Paul Craig.


You’ll never regret buying quality. That’s why, 35 years ago, the Lincolnshire upholsterer Ed Crowther vowed only to produce quality furniture he’d be proud to have in his home. Since then, his reputation as a master of his trade has been validated by scores of satisfied customers, whilst myriad ‘out of town furniture warehouses’ have made consumers ever conscious of the merits of prioritising quality before price.

As founder of the master upholsterers Crowther & Sons, Ed and his team of 10 traditional craftspeople specialise in creating sofas, chairs, dining chairs and b a n q u e t t e seating. The team also produces bespoke beds, headboards, ottomans, padded walls, children’s chairs, with absolutely everything they make created for their customers, completely bespoke from frame to fabric, with

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long guarantees on frames and the best quality materials. The team also reupholsters existing pieces of furniture, too. “We guarantee many of our frames for 30 years,” says Ed. “We’ve had some of the first sofas and chairs we created back to us to be recovered and we’re delighted to see that they’ve held up well... better than us, even!” “Quality is never the result of luck, but the result of an investment in materials and time. We use beech hardwood for our frames and never use wood that has knots in. All of our frames are glued, screwed then doweled. We’ll never use staples to construct our frames and we’ll never use mdF.” Typically Ed and the team put ten times the man-hours into the construction of their products than the four or five hours it takes an ‘out of town furniture warehouse’ to create their products. Crowther & Sons also

use upwards of 10 layers in the construction of sofas, which is around double the number of layers used to create lesser products, that are mass-produced and then heavily discounted. “Our materials are not the cheapest, and certainly not the easiest to work with, but the pay off for that is the strength and longevity of our products.”

And of course, every piece Ed and the team makes is completely bespoke. A couple of centimetres longer? Lower? Firmer or softer padding? no problem. Every detail can be tweaked according to your own taste. Being able to choose from an extensive fabric library at the nettleham showroom of over 30 leading fabric brands, with new collections added regularly and expert advice and guidance on colours, is only the beginning of Crowther & Sons’ bespoke

experience. The team can create any sofa, chair, banquette seating, they undertake commercial projects and they can create bespoke roman blinds, curtains, window seats and curtains with innovative detailing including headings and trimmings.

“The very idea that craftsmanship is an anachronism in an era of mass production is one that we like to challenge,” says Ed. “We think everyone should be able to invest in quality, and seen as a long term investment, our products may not be the cheapest initially, but they represent good value for both comfort and for their longevity in the longer term. Creating a bespoke sofa or chair is an enjoyable experience.” “it’s a journey that begins with possibility and ends in years of comfort!” n Tel: 01522 510520. 97

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Happy New kitchen

if the festive furore has brought forth productivity problems in your kitchen, it’s time to make a resolution to revamp the most important room in your home. Think quality, think craftsmanship, think Richwood... Images: Chief Photographer Dean Fisher.

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Craftsmanship. Remember that? Well, if you thought that quality is a trait of a bygone era think again. in an age where ridding ourselves of single use plastics and fast fashion is important, shouldn’t we apply the same lust for longevity to our home, too?

Remarkably, given that Alex’s kitchens are well-specified and beautifully made, typical budgets for a Richwood kitchen range from just £13,000 to £30,000.

investing in quality will yield dividends, and the best news of all is that doing just that needn’t prove expensive.

With full project management and the reassurance that the same person will design your kitchen, build your kitchen and install your kitchen, Alex oversees your project from start to finish, creating a room that will last decades, not just years... meaning a quality kitchen needn’t be just for Christmas; it’s for life.

Though very much in demand, the quieter festive season and January period is the best time to beat the spring rush and secure a chance to commission a Richwood kitchen, or one of Alex’s bespoke designed boot rooms, utility rooms, bedrooms or one of his free-standing pieces of furniture.

Take the kitchen, for example. A poor kitchen will last years, but a well-made, solid kitchen will stand up to decades of mistreatment and family life.

Lincolnshire’s Alex Richardson is a cabinet maker par excellence; a true craftsman. His kitchens are created in solid beech with hard durable cabinetry, traditional dovetail joints, solid cutlery inserts and larder racks, with hard-wearing frames and soft-close systems. Cabinetry can be finished in a colour of your choice and work surfaces are typically granite and quartz. Alex is able to source appliances from well known brands, such as neff, or you can supply and source your own appliances for Alex to install and the whole lot is hand built and hand-assembled by Alex.

And yet, with no salespeople, no showroom space to upkeep, except his workshop, and with no staff but the odd helping hand when installing, One of the advantages of running such a small business is that the savings made on business overheads can be passed on to clients which helps to keep Richwood’s furniture affordable. The client is therefore assured of a quality and long-lasting product at a highly competitive price. Apprenticed to his father, Alex has carried on the family business, initially leaving to work with Grantham’s vale Garden Houses before being coaxed back ‘by popular demand’ by his father’s clients.

n Alex’s business, Richwood, provides hand-made kitchens all over Lincolnshire. Call Alex on 07534 808903, or e-mail for further information, or follow Richwood on Facebook or Instagram. Above/Below: One of Alex’s recent commissions includes meticulously crafted cutlery drawer inserts and dovetail joints plus quartz surfaces.


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Grimsby based furnishings retailer Stevensons Furniture & Bedroom Centre is the third-generation retailer to provide high quality, design-led products for every room in the home... A new look, for an old favourite, as Grimsby’s Stevensons updates its buildings, signage & branding on both sides of Cleethorpe Road, whilst remaining faithful to its principals. Stevensons offers a relaxed atmosphere for customers to view their whole product range across three floors and two separate stores, from sofas, to dining, bed and bedroom ranges, accessories & giftware. “Driving past lately you’ll have noticed a sleek new look,” says Georgia Redding, Marketing Manager. “The new signage represents our commitment to the town and to our customers, and show that we’re very much here to stay as a presence in the town centre. But it’s an evolution of our brand, not a completely new identity, to show we remain faithful to our values of outstanding customer service and quality. The fact that we’ve been here since 1907 shows that we’ve been doing something right.” “Alongside our new signage we’ve also opened The Living Room, a space designed to showcase our most sought-after ranges. It’s been created for customers who want something extra special, an identity for their home which has colour and style. We’ve added 10 new collections in the Living Room and we think our high standards and the quality we insist on is exactly what our customers are been looking for.”

“New customers turn up all the time and don’t realise how large the stores are. Letting customers browse, giving them competitive prices, and looking after them is a way to ensure that in an internet age, you’ll still find a better experience at an independent family retailer. n n Stevensons Furniture & Bedroom Centre is based on Cleethorpe Road, Grimsby DN31 3AY. Call 01472 233111 or see Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm. and Sun 11am-4pm. 102

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n Darcy sofa in velvet £5,975.00; Shiny nickel stainless steel & glass lantern, 99cm high £149.99; Gold metal leaf bowl £49.99; Black & gold convex mirror, 65cm tall, £199.99; Champagne gold sculpture, 68cm tall, £99.99; Chrome hammered lamp with shade £39.99. 103

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The idea behind Studio 11 Architecture is as simple as it is refreshingly modern. From its studios in Lincoln, this Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) registered practice offers a service that's perfect for people looking to realise their own grand design.

From its early days in Kris’ spare bedroom over a decade ago, Studio 11 Architecture has grown to a multidisciplined practice that's completed everything from extensions and one-off builds up to large-scale residential developments involving dozens of individual properties.

“We like to take out a great deal of the stress and worry involved in a building project,” says founder, Chartered Architectural Technologist Kris Baxter.

“We like to produce the very best modern architecture we can within the budget of the client," says associate Johnathon Gower. “That doesn't mean compromising on looks – there are some really simple elements of design that cost nothing but that can make all the difference.”

“Instead of having to deal with an architect, planning consultant, structural engineer or roads and sewers designer, we can offer you one single design team that can design and deliver the whole project from start to finish.”

The pair met when Kris undertook some work for a local architectural practice in the first few years of Studio 11 Architecture, and worked

so well together that Johnathon jumped at the chance to join the practice. “One of the reasons we make such a great team is that we both agree that the client is the most important part of the design process,” says Johnathon. “We’re not going to force something too cutting-edge or too traditional on anyone - we produce designs that suit the function and usability of a building and ‘speak’ the vernacular of the surrounding area.” If you're currently planning a project of your own, please contact Studio 11 Architecture who would relish the opportunity to work together to make the completed project everything you ever dreamed of. n

Lincoln Studio: The Sparkhouse, Enterprise @ Lincoln Building, Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS.Call 01522 275039. Email or see

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BETTER LiFE If you’re seeking an ultra-low maintenance property that affords a combination of proximity to the city of lincoln plus a great village location, look no further... Cathedral View in Scothern is, in our opinion, one of the best new property developments in the county, combining the best of both worlds - a village location but with proximity to Lincoln. The development comprises 33 properties, with three, four and five bedrooms, and a well-thought out design. “Every kitchen, indeed every property, has its own unique characteristics, and have

been created with family life in mind,” says matthew Truelove. “For our kitchens, for example, we use quartz work surfaces and neff appliances, whilst our bathrooms are created with villeroy & Boch fittings and incorporate underfloor heating.”

“We believe that properties should be attractive and well-made, without feeling like a large impersonal development.” “That’s why our ethos is always to create ‘communities,’ not just ‘houses.’ We are a family run business with over 40 years’ experience building new homes across Lincolnshire and north Lincolnshire.”

“But we’re also a family, and so we pride ourselves on quality properties with bespoke and distinctive finishes that we’d like to live in too.” “Quality properties are the basis of future communities, so if you’re seeking a new home in the new year that’s stylish, but well-made and energy efficient, you may already have found your next home!” n

n Truelove Property’s Deer’s Leap development is based in Scothern. Visit the firm’s showhome on Dunholme Road, Scothern, LN2 2UD, or call 01522 526979 or see 107

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This spread: Classic Chesterfield in Designers Guild Varese velvet in a dark & moody aubergine colour. Large (240cm), £2,914. Classic stool £556.


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The Best Seat in


Finding the perfect sofa can be tricky. So don’t bother. Create one instead. Enlist Stamford’s Delcor to design your own, specifying the shape and size  to suit you and choosing the filling, fabric and finishing touches to create  not just the best seat in the house, but the best seat in your house... Words: Rob Davis.


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“instead of struggling to find your perfect sofa or chair, it’s easier to simply commission one from delcor...”

Top: Florence Parisian Chesterfield with scooped back, £2,600 in Modena Prussian velvet. Above/Right: Milan from £2,047, shown here in blue Jonathan Adler fabric by Kravet. Right: Boxer corner group from £4,780, shown here in Lynton navy chenille.


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Magnum sofa inspired by classic Elizabethan Knoll sofa, £2,536 in large (208cm) in Designers Guild fabric.


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Ridley Victorian style sofa in Lindale weave fabric £2,149 in large (203cm).


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Above: Duke chair in two designer fabrics, £1,036. Right: 1940s style Montrose sofa with undulating arms in mustard coloured weave fabric, £1,958 large (209cm).

THE SOFA OR CHAiR YOU WAnT, designed just for you, and delivered in time for a cosy winter. Stamford’s delcor is a furniture retailer unlike any other, crafting its products to every single customer’s individual preference and creating them in its Uk workshops. Choose the shape of your sofa from around 50 designs, choose your preferred dimensions, filling, choose from a range of fabrics from leading designer names, then choose your piping, feet, scatter cushions, foot stool and accent chair according to your every whim.

Gloriously bespoke, beautifully made and completely one-off in nature, partnering with delcor will ensure you can enjoy having not just the best seat in the house, but the best seat in your house.

Based on Bath Row, the company’s studio has a range of over 100 exemplar sofas, but kathleen Wilkinson and her team make an effort to work alongside each customer to design their perfect sofa, so you’ll never compromise on achieving exactly what you’re looking for in a comfortable, functional and beautiful piece of furniture. With craftsmanship that lasts a lifetime, delcor even offers a refurbishment service to take decades old sofas and give them a mid-life refresh, meaning an investment in a delcor sofa is an investment in quality. n

Find Out More: Design your sofa, armchair, dining or bed divan and achieve the perfect piece of furniture for your home. For an initial consultation, visit the company’s showroom to view over 100 examples of the company’s products and arrange a design consultation. Delcor Furniture Stamford, Bath Row, Stamford PE9 2QX. Call 01780 762579 or see


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n Martina Liana is a designer who specialises in offering a wide variety of styles. Often it’s clear to see what kind of style a designer prefers but with martina Liana, she has tried to

n Sofia Bianca designed this dress with a slightly pink hue, capped sleeves and a translucent fabric that really accentuates the detail of the gown. 118

cater for all variety of brides. This stunning boho bride style has flared sleeves, plenty of lace, a sweetheart neckline and a subtle blush hue.


Opulence Bridal is part of the Romantica group, featuring a huge variety of really gorgeous gowns like ‘Batiste.’

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Paolo Sebastian has opted for Hollywood glamour in the latest collection with a Marilyn Monroe and Art Deco style mix. We love it!

Rebecca Ingram’s latest style is very classy and modern. The sweetheart neckline, exposed corset look and fishtail on this dress is very on-trend for 2020.

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Mori Lee’s dress to the left is gorgeous with a subtle hint of blush. Right is Lazaro’s ‘Hanna’ gown with a unique neckline. www.jlm

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A Winter proposal for a Caribbean Wedding! A proposal of marriage in winter is perhaps the best Christmas gift you can give to your partner, but Lexy and Will looked to the warmer climate of the Caribbean for their summer wedding! Photographer: Alan Howe Photography, 07776 154698,

It was the long hot Summer of 2016 when Lexy and Will met. it was when Lexy was working as a waitress at another wedding... the nuptials, in fact, of her future mother in-law, Will’s mum. Whilst serving Will a drink the two exchanged a look of familiarity and later found each other on Facebook and soon realised where they knew each other from - they attended the same primary school and lived down the road from each other whilst growing up!


inside a beautifully wrapped box - which was deceptively heavy, containing a brick to throw Lexy off the scent - and a Cd. The Cd, incidentally, played Can’t Help Falling In Love With You by Elvis presley - the couple’s personal anthem.

Whilst the song was playing, Will went down on one knee and listed all of the things he loved about Lexy. “He said i’ve made him the happiest he has ever been and presented me with the most beautiful sapphire and diamond ring.”

“We used to hear our song everywhere we went when we started seeing each other, and the lyrics are still very special to us. We were in our pyjamas, in tears on our living room floor... what a perfect Christmas morning!”

“All we knew is that we wanted a private venue that was exclusive to us. We were really struggling to find the right place until we saw irnham Hall.”

“my wedding dress was everything i hoped it would be and more. i bought it from Blush Bridal in Bourne, where Simone and Liz were amazing. They went above and beyond to ensure that i was happy.”

With memories linking back to newspaper cuttings and Christmas nativity videos that they both featured in at school, the couple went on to become teachers themselves.

Opening Christmas presents is an enjoyable moment for most households on the morning of 25th december but for Lexy that morning was especially exciting as Will proposed with a Christmas gift in 2017.

it wasn’t until march 2018 that Lexy and Will started planning the wedding and looking at venues. After looking online, Lexy and Will both fell in love with just one special venue and booked their date on the phone before even visiting!

Wedding Venue: Irnham Hall, 01476 550 244

Wedding Flowers: Clare’s Wedding Flowers at The Hive, 07816 028434, Wedding Breakfast: The Catering Crew, Bourne 07706 157097 and Richi Blues.

Hair and Makeup: Natou Charles at AfroSmart, 07764 608658,Hannah Stapling at Wedding Car: Nene Valley Weddings 01733 253776, Wedding Video: Steve Parry Wedding and Event Films 01529 461308, n

Eventually all brides have to choose between a tight fitting dress or one with a full skirt, but bride Lexy knew she wanted both close profile glitz but also some ‘wow!’ factor which helped to narrow down her options.

“i found a Sottero & midgley gown which was encrusted with pewter embroidery and hand-sewn diamonds, pearls and beading from top to bottom.” “it shone in either pewter or gold depending on the light and it had a fish tail which gave me just the look i was after.” Growing up, Lexy used to go to St Firmin’s Church in Thurlby with her Grandmother. Consequently Lexy was determined to be married in the church.

With an incredibly accommodating parish vicar and the blessing of the vicar who conducted the service, marrying in the church was a wonderful way to start their much loved day. >> 123

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“It is such a special time, so try to savour it – ensure as many jobs as possible are complete before the day so you can take it all in and relax!” >> “irnham Hall is situated between Bourne and Grantham,” says Lexy. “it’s a really luxurious and an elegant venue but it also has such a relaxed vibe, which was perfect for our ‘tropical theme.’” Lexy is of Caribbean heritage and wanted to incorporate her heritage into the day with bright colours, a cold buffet (in the hope of warm weather which, at 30 degrees, they definitely got) and a tropical vibe including a steel drum band and ‘Richi Blues’ mobile food van.

For Lexy the most memorable moment of the day was arriving at the church in the car with her father; “i was so nervous yet excited but as soon as i saw Will standing at the alter, watching me walking down the aisle, all of the nerves started to disappear.”

“Another moment was when our family and friends were throwing confetti over us as we walked down the garden steps, it is definitely a ‘wow’ moment when you have all the people you love and care about come together and celebrate with you. The day really was like a fairytale, and that was a word that our guests used again and again.”

Will says: “my most memorable moment was seeing Lexy walking down the aisle towards me. She looked so beautiful.”

“The weather was on our side. it felt like we were abroad! We had to be back the following weekend for our friend’s wedding and to start work but we’re looking forward to a belated honeymoon to the maldives next year!” n 124

Images: Alan Howe Photography, 07776 154698,

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Fairfax & Favor A Brief Encounter with

is month we enjoy a brief encounter with luxury accessories brand Fairfax & Favor whose winter ranges include beautiful boots, faux fur and stunning leather goods... This Page: Gavin wears Trafalgar Brown Leather Ankle Boot £235. Kajsa wears Elizabeth Tan Toscana Gilet, £450, and Regina Tan Suede Boot, £325.

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kajsa wears Belgravia knee high Black Suede Stretch Boot £325.

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regina mahogany  leather Boot, £335.


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kajsa has madison  chocolate croc Print leather cross Body Bag £250.

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Top/Left: Monte Carlo Navy Suede Driving Shoe in navy, £155. Top/Right: Trafalgar Brown Leather Ankle Boot £232. Bottom/Left: Desert Boot Chocolate Suede Boot, £196. Bottom/Right: Chelsea Chocolate Suede Boot £215. n

For local stockists and more information see or call 01760 338 199.


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new year, new Scent NEW LUXURY FRAGRANCES TO ENSURE THAT YOUR 2020 IS HEAVEN SCENT... 1.    jo malone london festive limited edition         english  Pear and freesia cologne 50ml, £69. 2.    creed in gold leather atomiser 10ml, £140. 3.    lancôme maison Patchouli tonka edP, 100ml, £150. 4.     guerlain mon guerlain gold collector edP 50ml, £63.75. 5.    miller harris la fumée Alexandrie edP 100ml, £170. 6.    estée lauder Aerin limone di Sicilia edP 50ml, £150. n

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Purveyors of Luxury Eyewear Since 1979

Francis Klein glasses range in stock now.

43/44 Wrawby Street, Brigg, North Lincolnshire DN20 8BS Tel: 01652 653595. Web:

Call for an appointment or pop in to view our latest designer eyewear.

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• Services include: Palliative Care, Day/ Night Sitting, Rehabilitation Support, General Domestic Help and Escorted Trips out • All supports workers are DBS checked

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Striking midnight


1. Sweet dreams thanks to Charlotte Tilbury... If your idea of a satisfying new Year’s eve is a little more homely, you’ll appreciate Charlotte Tilbury’s essential kit for ensuring a head start on a 2020 of fresh looking skin. With a lavender-infused sleep mask, night cream and magic Cream with hyaluronic acid, and bionymph peptides, a night in with this will ensure you wake up looking fresher faced than those night owls on 1st January! £75; 50ml/15ml.

2. Sure Foundations

La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Essence-inFoundation. An ideal light-coverage foundation on its own or an ingenious on-the-go complement to Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation. Available in six shades. Buildable light to medium coverage for a seamless finish. £160 / 1.5g.

3. Blue Harmony

Dior’s Colour Gradation eyeshadow palette from dior that perfectly harmonises four colours based on blue. inspired by the beauty of nature with enchanting glory as standard. £30 / 4.5ml.

4. Thyme to Shine

Get Rid of Thyme is an inky, indigo shade from spa-manicure favourite Opi, whose infinite Shine range includes this amid a total palette of 30 colours. Lasts up to 10 days, no soak-off formula. £14.50 / 15ml.

5. Be the Envy of All with Estée...

Envy may be one of the seven deadly sins, but you’ll be forgiven for choosing Estée Lauder’s pure Colour Envy in one of seven shades. it saturates lips with undeniably daring matte colour - in one stroke. Lightweight, ultra-creamy formula glides on effortlessly, covers evenly. Sensually soft and smooth, luxuriously comfortable. Available from John Lewis, the lipstick bullet case feels like luxury in your hands. And with one click, case closed. £21.60 / 3.5g.

6. A duet of roses thanks to a Jo Malone cologne... Spring will be along soon but if you can’t wait that long, this is a sensual floral scent with a mysterious character. Some may even describe it as magic. Luminous magnolia and a duet of roses, blooming and enchanting. Alive under inky skies and the moon’s silver glow. A decadent heart of sweet and petals of Rose de mai, warmed by Rose damascena. £104 / 100ml.

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Why it is vital to ensure you have a Lasting Power of Attorney...

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that enables you to appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf. Grantham’s JMP Solicitors can assist with clients who don’t have mental capacity to manage their own finances, through illness, injury or old age...

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions for you (the donor), or act on your behalf if you are no longer able or capable to do so due to reasons such as illness, mental health condition, dementia, confusion, drowsiness or unconsciousness.

The person appointed to be your LpA becomes known as your ‘Attorney’ and can legally make decisions on your behalf. There are two types of LpA. property & Finance – this can be used when registered with the donor’s permission, even when they have capacity.

Health & Welfare – this can only be used when the donor loses capacity. it is the attorney(s) role to make decisions on general living conditions, medical treatment and if authorised end of life decisions for the donor.

it is a misconception to assume that if you are married, or in a civil partnership, that your spouse will be able to deal with your

bank account and pensions, and make decisions about your healthcare if you lose the ability to do so – this is not the case. Without an LpA, a spouse will not have the authority which could be devastating at an already difficult time, especially if the joint owner has their only form of income, such as their pension, paid into a sole account. Accidents, strokes, brain injuries and parkinson’s disease can also affect someone’s ability to make their own decisions, which can make managing financial affairs virtually impossible.

Charities who care for the elderly recommend everyone plans ahead by having at least one LpA which could save a great deal of money and ease the burden on relatives.

if you lose mental capacity without an LpA in place, it will be necessary for your family to apply to the Court of protection to have a deputy appointed to deal with everyday financial matters. This is a slow and expensive process that could cost

thousands of pounds, and if you have to use a solicitor, it could cost a considerable amount more. However, if you have an LpA in place, this will not be necessary.

You can choose more than one attorney, but you must decide if they are to make decisions jointly or separately. The role of an attorney involves a great deal of power and responsibility, so it is vital that you trust the person or people you choose.

if you would like to enquire about making an LpA, Jmp Solicitors is able to guide you through the process. Yvonne Carratt, head of the wills & probate department is an Associate member of the Society of Trusts and Estate practitioners and also holds the Step Advanced Certificate in Advising vulnerable Clients. n JMP Solicitors is based on Autumn Park Business Centre, Dysart Rd, Grantham NG31 7EU. Please call 0800 0241 976 or email for further information; 141

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GETAWAY Get away, without going far away... that’s our advice for surviving winter in comfort and luxury. Barefoot Retreats offers luxury, privately-owned self-catering accommodation in North Norfolk, where there’s plenty to do, even in January... Words: Rob Davis.

Shakespeare’s notion of a winter of discontent is rather disingenuous to a season that brings us crisp temperatures, vistas of white frost and snow, hearty dining and simple pleasures like an evening in front of an open fire or juicy full-bodied glass of red wine. But if you’re suffering winter ennui, or you’ve overindulged during the festive season, or if you simply feel inclined to leave behind chaos and escape to a quiet, calm bolthole without first having to battle through an unruly departure lounge, we can think of nowhere better than north norfolk.

After just an hour or so travelling, you’ll be transported to a county of expansive coastlines, wild and wonderful scenery, quiet

country pubs offering proper food, history, and really good shopping.

What’s more, if you stay in a Barefoot Retreats property, you’ll enjoy luxurious self-catering accommodation with concierge service and some pretty stunning places to stay. The firm’s director Emma Tagg ran the area’s Hoste Arms for over 20 years before creating Barefoot Retreats, which now offers 100 self-catering properties in the county of norfolk for anything from two to 24 guests.

Enjoy a long weekend, a week or two, either in the winter season, or book nice and early to secure your chosen week in spring or summer. >>

The Old Chequers in South Creake sleeps up to 12 people, £1,404.* *

Prices quoted refer to a short break of three nights from Friday to Monday between 3rd January and 6th February.


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First Staithe Field & Boathouse in Brancaster, sleeps up to 18, £2,160.*

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“it’s always a pleasure to welcome people to north norfolk, a really understated part of the Uk for tourism...”

>> pictured here are just a few of the lovely properties the company provides. Guests enjoy a welcome hamper, logs and kindling for a property’s open fire. dogs are welcome in many properties and Emma’s team are always happy to volunteer ideas for places to eat, places to walk or local places to visit. The concierge service even runs to organising catering for private dinner parties, cocktail parties, whisky distillery tours, luxury spa days or beauty treatments.

“it’s always a pleasure to welcome people to north norfolk, a really understated part of the Uk for tourism,” says Emma. “And what we’ve tried to curate is not simply comfortable and luxurious places to stay but also places with real character, places which will feel quirky or characterful enough to be an exciting prospect for a short break.” “We’ve plenty of really individual properties to suggest, each of which offers the chance to enjoy a quiet, calm relaxing break after the festive season to recharge your batteries and rediscover a sense of serenity!” n Top/Right: The Old Chequers’ master bedroom. Right: The Round House, Wells, sleeps 12. £1,560. Far Right, Top: The lounge of Holly House, in Thornham which sleeps eight £600. Far Right, Bottom: Westfield Apartment, sleeps two, £360. NB: Prices quoted refer to a short break of three nights from Friday to Monday between 3rd January and 6th February.

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A Barefoot Retreats Property is the ideal base from which to explore North Norfolk’s many attractions. Holkham Hall is open all year round and provides visitors with a stunning coastal landscape, magnificent stately home, rolling parkland and a host of attractions and events 01328 713111, Holt, meanwhile, is a lovely rural Georgian Norfolk town with plenty of unusual shops and surrounded by well-wooded parks. Explore antique shops, art galleries, bookshops and other independent businesses with

a meander around this fine 18th century town with its many places to enjoy a bite to eat or a drink, There’s the Sandringham Estate, too. Not just a retreat for Her Majesty The Queen and her forebears since 1862, the estate features its transport and exhibition museum, country park, sculpture trail and the house itself with its objets d’art, 01485 545400, For those who enjoy nature, birdwatching or expansive landscapes, there’s the Broads National Park, Walsingham Abbey and Sheringham

Park for spring bulbs, Salthouse Marshes and Cley Marshes seabirds and the National Trust’s Blakeney Point, home to Common and Grey Seals near Holt, And finally, for those seeking food and drink, we’ve a couple of recommendations. Firstly Eric’s at Thornham, which is pretty much as good as Fish & Chips can be, and Burnham Market’s Hoste Arms, with its wonderful dinner menu and adjacent beauty spa for a treat as part of your short break, 01328 738777, n

Find Out More: Barefoot Retreats offers privately owned self-catering accommodation for anywhere from two to 24 people, for short breaks or weeks away. There’s a concierge service and dogs are welcome in many properties. Call 01485 512245 or see


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to feature your event call 01529 469977. our magazines are free to read online,  so you can share the magazine with your friends. visit 147

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The 2019 JdRF Ball at BOSTOn WEST BoSToN WeST GolF CluB was a brand new venue for the JDRF, Type 1 Diabetes charity’s annual ball, which for the previous seven years has been held in Spalding. A new venue, but same commitment to the charity, which provides clear up to date information on Type 1 Diabetes, an autoimmune condition, as distinct from Type 2 Diabetes which is at least partly related to diet and lifestyle. is year represents 30 years since the charity was founded, and today, the group conducts research into the origin, treatments and potential cures, in the form of research projects and clinical trials. e ball was organised by Jenny Carr, whose son oliver is 11 and has had the condition since the age of three. Held at Boston West, it was attended by over 100 people. n

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masquerade Ball for

THE SAmARiTAnS TWo lINColN CHARITIeS recently benefited from an evening of fundraising in lincoln. e event, at the Bentley Hotel, was organised by Jo Tolley of Written Wheel and raised funds for lincoln’s Samaritans and Drill Hall. e evening was attended by over 100 guests and included a three course meal, entertainment from Adam Fox, a solo guitarist, acoustic duo ebony and Ivory and singer/performer ellie Pickering. ere will also be a raffle and an auction, with auction prizes including a Spanish villa for ten people for seven days, a supercar driving day, and a five star opera break to Prague, as well as spa break and a celebrity dining experience with Michel Roux. n

images: Rob Davis.


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Annual Charity Ball Greg mustill patient Support Fund

A F uNDRAISING BAll at Boston’s Haven High School recently celebrated ongoing efforts to raise money for the Greg Mustill Patient Support Fund at e Royal Papworth Hospital, specialising in heart and lung conditions. e fund aims to alleviate the financial pressures put on families when loved ones are in hospital. It also helps towards the counselling provision that Papworth offers its patients. organisers have been able to raise around £40,000 over the last couple of years by hosting different events and due to the generosity of companies supporting the fund. Greg Mustill received a life saving heart transplant at Royal Papworth Hospital when he was 19 yrs old. His new heart gave him 14 more years with his family and allowed him to start a family of his own. e event was a collaboration between the Mustill family and Royal Papworth Hospital Charity. n

Photos: Chief Photographer Dean Fisher.

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Williams Wealth management A Ladies’ day for

FouNDeD BY DeAN WIllIAMS, Williams Wealth Management recently held its ladies’ Day at e lawn in lincoln. e firm is allied with St James Place, and the firm’s Paige Bingham says: “Securing your future, for yourself, your family or your business is one of the most important steps you will ever take and we aim to be your trusted advisers in creating clear financial solutions.” “We were joined by fascinating keynote speakers including Natalie Cook, Director of Appoint Consulting, delivering a talk on How to Tackle unconscious Bias - the learned stereotypes that are able to influence our behaviour in life and in business!” n Photos: Chief Photographer Dean Fisher.

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You’ll be quite ‘Taycan’ with the prospect of owning this month’s featured motor. at’s because Porsche is taking on Tesla with a four door, four seater super-saloon to rival Elon Musk’s Model S model. How does Porsche’s new Taycan stack up? Brilliantly. In fact, it may be the best electric car on the market today! Words: Rob Davis.

RIgHT NOW, I’m writing this on an Apple iMac computer. We’ve been using them in publishing  since  the  1980s,  because  back when  Microsoft  Windows    had  yet  to  be  invented and most computers’ interfaces were indecipherable  screens  of  text  and  obscure commands, Macs were different.  ey  had  icons,  menus  and  you  could  use  a  ‘mouse’  to  draw  on  screen.  It  made  the  Apple Mac computer far easier to use than its rivals and especially suitable for graphics and publishing. Many think that Apple invented the mouse but in fact, the boss of Apple at the time, one Steve Jobs, saw it demonstrated at Xerox, and... well... nicked the idea. How  on  earth  does  this  relate  to  the  new  Porsche Taycan, the firm’s all-new, all-electric sports saloon? Well, Apple didn’t invent the mouse, nor were they first to market. ey did, however, execute the technology better than any of their rivals. Likewise, Tesla  was  first  to  market  with  a modern, four-door, all-electric sports saloon, with the first European deliveries in 2013. Porsche’s Taycan may be late to the party, but it’s a better executed and much more desirable product. Sound familiar? e idea of a four-door Porsche was ridiculed, until the Panamera proved everyone wrong, selling about 10,000 a year in the US alone. And though the Panamera was also available as  a  hybrid,  the  new  Taycan  is  the  first

Porsche designed from the ground up as an electric  car,  which  makes  it  the  first  in  a  completely new generation of car from the venerable sports car manufacturer. ree models are available. ere’s a Turbo (680ps  power,  £115,858),  and  a  Turbo  S 761ps, £138,826). e nomenclature is a bit misleading, given the fact that neither model has an internal combustion engine, let alone a turbocharger.  Newly  released  though  is  the  entry  level model, the Taycan 4S. Entry level sounds a bit  dispassionate,  but  in  fact  the  4S  is  still good  for  530ps.  For  comparison,  a  Range Rover  Sport  with  a  5.0V8  supercharged  engine generates 525ps. Charge the car up and you’ll drive anywhere from 206 to 252 miles and of course you’ll emit not a single gram of carbon.  Best of all the 4S undercuts the other models in the Taycan  range, costing £83,367. Whilst that remains a considerable sum of money, it’s cheaper than either of the Turbo models, and should  be  cheaper  to  run  than  a  petrol  or diesel car, especially as a company car, which serves to offset that price further. Stylistically  the  Taycan  is  close  to  the  Panamera,  albeit  a  little  smoother  and  with sleeker flush door handles. Blue is rapidly being adopted as the indicative colour of their electric vehicles, and you may prefer the optional Frozen Blue rather than the white of our demo car. >>


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Power to the People: Plug-in Performance Cars...

Jaguar iPace HSE £71,500: Jaguar’s first electric vehicle, designed from the ground up to be powered by motors. iPace has been deliberately designed to look conventional in order to not ‘scare off’ customers, and its SUV appearance is on-trend with the models which are selling well in today’s market. Leather seats, navigation, rear view camera and park assist are all standard in range topping HSE trim. It’s a touch slower than the 4S, but only on paper, reaching 60mph in 4.5 seconds, and will achieve 292 miles before charging. n

Tesla Model S 100kWh Long Range £81,745: The Taycan’s closest competitor, given that the Model S is a four door, four seater saloon, not an SUV. The Long Range version of the S 100kWh, however, has a whopping 379 mile range. It’s also slightly quicker than the Porsche, reaching 60mph in 3.7 seconds, though you’re unlikely to consider yourself short changed in a Taycan. Heated steering wheel & seats and navigation are standard. For £5,800 you can specify full self-driving, which will see your car automatically drive to meet you at the entrance to Waitrose via its ‘Summon’ feature! n

>> Fancier paint jobs are a ubiquitous option on even premium motors these days, the blue in question weighing in at £800 - quite reasonable - although a deep crimson red which is perhaps our favourite colour commands a wholly premium £1,683.

Audi E-Tron £82,310: Audi’s E-Tron is another sports utility vehicle like the iPace. In budget against the Taycan is the Launch Edition 55 Quattro flagship. 124mph top speed and 60mph in 6.6 seconds, it’s slower than the 4S but still very brisk. It has four wheel drive, four seats and a range of 221 miles. In this First Edition version, electric heated seats, panoramic roof, leather, climate control, powered tailgate, navigation, Virtual Cockpit, 360° camera, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry are all standard. n


You’ll need to delve into the options list too for a rear view camera (£480); adaptive cruise control (£1,238); or fancy leather trim (anywhere between £2,500 and £4,100). However, standard kit on the 4S includes heated part leather seats with electric adjustment, sat nav, climate control and cruise control, digital radio, powered boot lid and park assist front and rear.

in terms of its interior design, the Taycan is truly ‘next generation.’ Two large screens

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“The Taycan’s synchronous front and rear electric motors also provide four wheel drive for more reassured handling...” where you’d expect infotainment and climate controls to be situated replace physical controls, whilst a configurable digital display in place of conventional dials are modern and crisp. You’ll struggle to fund a physical button anywhere but on the steering wheel.

Quite deliberately though, we’re saving the Taycan’s best ‘til last. Even modest electric vehicles feel rapid by virtue of their power being full and instant, rather than building power gradually with increased revs as is the case with conventional engines.

The 4S reaches 60mph in just four seconds and it would reach 155mph where legal, but the urgency isn’t as impressive as the comparative silence which makes all of that performance seem effortless.

The Taycan’s synchronous front and rear electric motors also provide four wheel drive for more reassured handling. And of course, being a porsche driver engagement is unsurpassed, making the 4S all the car you need if you’re seeking practicality, luxury, sportiness and eco-friendly credentials. n

PORSCHE TAYCAN 4S Price: £83,367 (available to order now, first deliveries February 2020).

Drivetrain: 530ps 79.2kWh motors front and rear, automatic transmission, all wheel drive.

Performance: 0-62 mph: 4.0 seconds. Top Speed: 155mph. Range: 252 miles before charge. Equipment: part leather seats, sat nav, cruise and climate. n 157

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BENTLEY Bentley’s all-new Flying Spur saloon has been awarded ‘Luxury Car of the Year’ by car buying site Carwow at their annual awards evening. The award winners were chosen by Carwow’s team of in-house reviewers and writers, led by editorial director mat Watson. “The Bentley Flying Spur is rich in luxury. From the

powerful yet elegant design, the impeccable cabin, the lavish materials and the hand-built boutique ambience that makes you feel super special when you climb aboard. And it’s as enjoyable to drive as it is to be chauffeured in.” The all-new Flying Spur was launched earlier this year, and has been praised by many for its drive dynamics paired with uncompromising luxury. n


vW passat is the Uk’s best company car for business fleets... VOLKSWAGEN Attention fleet buyers! The volkswagen passat saloon and estate has been named best company car, offering low lease rates, good economy and the availability of plug-in hybrid models. Estate models have a huge boot and all models are generously equipped. Auto Express magazine and its German sister title Auto Bild awarded the car the title and described the passat as roomy, well-made and safe. The plug-in GTE model is £36,390, and has leather seats and adaptive cruise control. n

ASTON MARTIN Ahead of its spring 2020 reveal, Aston martin’s hotly anticipated dBX crossover is set to go head to head with top versions of porsche’s Cayenne and the Bentley Bentayga. Spy shots of the car have revealed high haunches, a rear end carried over from the brand’s GTs, plus dB11-inspired exterior details like flush pop-out door handles and striking LEds lights. The interior will feature a new rotary controller for the car’s infotainment, and handstitched leather. Options will include a pet pack with luxury blanket, Snow pack and Touring pack with bespoke luggage. n


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exPect new cAr  modelS APlenty,  throughout 2020 Car manufacturers are lining up some of their most eagerly anticipated models. if you’re seeking a practical, go-anywhere 4x4, look out for the shorter (90) and longer (130) versions of Land Rover’s new defender, Aston martin’s dBX luxury off-roader (see left) plus large SUvs from Alfa Romeo and a maybach branded luxury mercedes GLS likely to cost £200,000. if you’re seeking a sports car, look out for Tesla’s all-electric roadster, Aston martin’s new vanquish and a volante soft top version of the current vantage. naturally there will be plenty of electric cars, plugging in, turning on and tuning in throughout 2020, with a plug-in version of mitsubishi’s Outlander and mercedes’s GLC. Tesla will also produce a smaller SUv sibling to its model X, imaginatively badged the model Y and designed to compete with smaller all-electric 4x4s. Expect next-generation motoring from mercedes’s S-Class, which traditionally preview the technology that will filter down to other cars over successive years, plus an all-electric EQS version of the car and a new Rolls Royce Ghost later in the year. new manufacturers set to be big in 2020 include polestar, the all-electric premium sub-brand from volvo, and E-Tron, the electric Audi sub-brand. n


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Would you like a new Aston Martin? A Superleggera, no less? Well, you can have one. Free, in fact. ere’s just one catch, or rather  six million catches; you’ll have to purchase a DB4 Zagato, too... Words: Rob Davis.

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Buy one; get one free. It’s usually the type of deal you expect to see in your local supermarket, but perhaps Aston Martin has been on the sherry as Christmas approaches because there’s a ‘BOgOF’ deal on its latest model...  albeit with a slight catch in the form of a £6m price tag.

Aside from the gloss finish carbon fibre roof and rear diffuser, the eye is drawn to the model’s literal and figurative  jewellery in the shape of its solid  18-carat gold wings badges front and rear, black anodised active front grille and its gold anodised side strakes and centre lock wheel nuts.

If you’ve been a very good boy (or girl) all year and fancy a belated Christmas gift, and if you have the necessary capital in your stocking, you can purchase what is essential day a modern day recreation of its 1959 DB4 Zagato. A quick motoring lesson; Zagato is  the Italian coachbuilder which, under licence from Aston Martin, designs some of the brand’s most desirable  limited edition models. 

e DB4 was Britain’s fastest passenger sports car, it was a born winner, scoring a debut race victory at Silverstone in the hands of Sir Stirling Moss. A total of 75 DB4 gT. were built between 1959 and 1963. Of these only eight were lightweight models, most of which survive today. Around 4,500 hours of work go into each of the 19 DB4 gT Zagato  Continuation sports cars being  handmade at Aston Martin Works. 

Recently it has turned its hand to  creating a Zagato edition of the firm’s modern DBS Superleggera flagship, with a 760bhp twin-turbo V12.

Only 19 pairs of the cars will be created, some of which are still available to order. First deliveries will be made in early 2020. n

Aston has also allowed the coachbuilder to recreate a DB4 model, which was first produced in 1960. A recent  original DB4 was auctioned in 2018  by Bonhams and achieved a £10.1m sale price. Purchase one of the modern Zagatos, and Aston Martin will also throw in a modern DBS Superleggera for free... call it... Christmas spirit. e DB4 recreation features a 4.7 litre six-cylinder engine which generates 380bhp.  Both cars will be finished in an exclusive shade of red called Caithness Spicy Red. Well-heeled customers will be able to further customise each car  by virtue of access to Aston Martin’s  ‘Q’ Division. Whilst the standard DBS Superleggera is slightly overshadowed by its forebear, it’s still a profoundly impressive car and in Zagato edition, utilises the first  automotive application of configurable carbon and metal 3D-printed interior finishes. A beautiful central ‘saddle’  design features a unique parametric, inter-locking form, available in a range of three materials and finishes. 

ASTON MARTIN DB4 ZAGATO Price: £6,000,000 (with free DBS Superleggera  Centenary Edition).

Drivetrain: 4.7 litre six-cylinder, 380bhp, with four speed manual gearbox. Performance: Undisclosed  but likely to rech 60mph in  four seconds. 

Equipment: Roll cage, bucket seats, fire extinguisher, race-grade fuel bag, battery isolation system. n

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