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Lincoln Cathedral - The Inside Story

Uncovering the secrets of the Cathedral from nave to cloister...

Richard Austin and The Best of Boston Author’s home town is a small town with a big story... COVER IMAGE: PRIDE MAGAZINES’ ILLUSTRATOR JOCELYN LAWMAN



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hakespeare in Richard III wrote of a winter of discontent. Well, hopefully your winter is ‘made glorious by sun’ as you read this and the gloomy curtain of grey out of our office window has been replaced with something a shade more optimistic. When you’re ready to cast off cabin fever and venture out, you could do a great deal worse than paying a visit to Lincoln Cathedral.

With the grand old girl such an omnipresent fixture on the skyline of Lincoln it’s easy to neglect to pay a visit, thinking you’ve ‘been there and done that.’ In fact, one of the most curious facts about the Cathedral is the ability to see, learn or experience something new with every visit.

To that end, we’re telling the inside story of the Cathedral in this edition, meeting the building’s Organ Laureate Dr Colin Walsh, and we’ve a look at how the Cathedral has been a part of an otherwise changing skyline with a ‘then and now’ image of the Cathedral from Brayford Wharf... you’ll be quite amazed how the view has changed!

Should any winter blues persist, you might also pay a visit to Bicker’s Red Lion Inn, as we did for this month’s Dining Out feature. And to further warm your heart, we’ll also meet the heroes of the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance later in this edition too. Our best wishes for a wonderful month!

Executive Editor rob@pridemagazines.co.uk


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94 84 CONTeNTS NeWS & eveNTS



WHAT’S ON The best February events from live music to theatre.



LINCOLN CATHEDRAL The inside story on the Cathedral with trivia and some hitherto unseen features.


NEWS The best ‘good news’ stories from across Lincolnshire.




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DR COLIN WALSH The history of the Cathedral’s Father Willis organ. HISTORY A look across the Brayford

towards uphill Lincoln from 1950.

AIR AMBULANCE Saving lives in the sky with the county’s ambucopter, now flying 24/7.

BOSTON Reasons to fall in love with

Boston, courtesy of local author Richard Austin.


DINING OUT The Red Lion, Bicker.


WELCOME HOME A country home in Barrowby with a Presidential namesake.



WINE English roses, for Valentine’s Day.

HOMES Soft furnishings, kitchen and furniture to revamp your home in spring.


100 WEDDINGS A very familiar bride to the whole Pride team!

106 FASHION Luxury skiwear. 111

COSMETICS Makeup and perfume.


HIGH LIFE Fundraising in Woodhall Spa and Lincoln.

The hIGh LIFe

120 MOTORS Aston Martin’s DBX.

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Reds staying put despite rumours

NO NEED FOR SEEING RED... THE FAMOUS DISPLAY TEAM IS GOING NOWHERE! LINCOLNSHIRE It’s ‘silly season’ for the tabloids and so, once again, a story reaches the press speculating on the future of the Red Arrows... but, says the mOD, they’re going nowhere. each year following the publication of the government’s Security Defence Review claims appear in print that squadrons like the Red Arrows will be disbanded. This year’s rumours were first published in the Daily mirror and among the potential savings the report identified were the Red Arrows, alongside a suggestion of merging marines with other special forces and the suspension of the RAF regiment. Speaking to pride the mOD’s press office said that all of the above reports were speculative suggestions and that no plans to implement and of the proposals in the

report were being considered at this time. That means the squadron, currently based at RAF Scampton until at least 2022, should be safe for the forseeable future at least.

New hQ approved for county’s Air Ambulance...


The Red Arrows were created in 1964 with the amalgamation of the Yellowjacks, Black Arrows and Red pelican display teams. The team costs around £9m

to run a year, and fly at 645mph. The team has flown 5,000 displays in 57 countries and is supported by more than 100 ground staff, including engineers known as ‘blues.’ n

LINCOLN A brand-new headquarters for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) has been granted planning permission by North kesteven District Council. The Charity’s new futureproof home will be based adjacent to RAF Waddington on the A15 Sleaford Road. The new headquarters will see charity staff, crew and helicopter all based under one roof; the facility will include a helicopter take-off and landing pad for both day and night operations as the charity moves to full 24/7 coverage early next year.

With the charity’s operations and offices currently based on separate sites, the move will allow for closer working between staff and crew, whilst providing a facility for visitors, former patients, volunteers and benefactors to visit the charity and support their fundraising efforts. The headquarters and airbase will have a purpose built hangar with space to enable on-site engineering, along with housing for the charity’s Critical Care Car with access onto the A15. n Read more later in this edition.


LINCOLNSHIRE Fighting fire with fire isn’t as effective as fighting them with the latest equipment. So fire and rescue services across Lincolnshire will benefit from an £8m investment being rolled out across the county designed to make local heroes the best-equipped and best-protected in the country. As well as 33 new Scania fire appliances being rolled out across the county, fire crews

will have state-of-the-art Cobra units. These ultra-highpressure extinguishers cut into burning buildings to allow fires to be tackled from the outside. meanwhile, new vehicles will feature lower emissions, wider hose reels for greater water flow, RTC rescue equipment and thermal-imaging systems. All of Lincolnshire’s 38 stations will gain the new equipment. n

The Future of Farming...


Belvoir Castle takes a starring role in Tv’s The Crown...

GRANTHAM Belvoir Castle was recently the understudy for Windsor Castle in the worldwide Netflix blockbuster, The Crown. The ancestral home of the Duke & Duchess of Rutland has been used in all three series of The Crown, charting the ups and downs of the British Royal Family. The Netflix cast and crew spent over a month filming at the castle filming key scenes both inside and out, using the rooms like the elizabeth Saloon and the Regent’s Gallery as a replica for Windsor Castle. n

LINCOLNSHIRE experts from across the farming industry will tell local landowners ‘the future is now’ at the county’s annual Farming Conference. The event will be held on Tuesday 11th February, with guest speakers including Stuart Roberts, the NFU’s vice president; The University of Lincoln’s professor Simon pearson who will talk about the future of Lincolnshire’s farming systems, and Ross Davenport of Cote hill Cheese who is one of three speakers discussing young people and their role in farming. Other topics include robots, Brexit... and farming insects! n See lincolnshireshowground.co.uk.

£16.4m investment

Blazing a Trail...

lincolnshire towns Grimsby, Scunthorpe, mablethorpe, Skegness, Boston and Lincoln are among 100 places in england to receive a share of £16.4 million capacity funding for redeveloping vacant buildings and land and supporting small businesses to create new jobs. n

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Alien sightings Aplenty As et phones... Boston!

The Uk’s alien hotspots are revealed and Boston makes the top 10 list for UFO sightings! A new report online has revealed Britain’s top spots for UFO sightings based on data from the National UFO Reporting Centre. Whilst London is the top ‘alien hotspot’ in the Uk, Boston takes eighth place. Data was analysed from the years 1998 - 2019. Boston is more appealing to eT than hull, which only managed to come 10th in the list, although his preference is manchester, Birmingham and Bristol which were placed second, third and fourth in the list... presumably because of their better shopping and night life. n Later in this edition we’ve 10 reasons to fall in love with Boston...


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Celebrating Joseph Banks in 2020

SIR JOSEPH BANKS SOCIETY COMMEMORATES 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH HORNCASTLE Throughout 2020 the Sir Joseph Banks Society will be commemorating the bi-centennial anniversary of the death of Lincolnshire botanist Sir Joseph. Based in horncastle, the society will next month host a series of events as part of British Science week from 6th-15th march. The society will be holding a number of science related activities in association with its Love Lincs plants partners, the Natural history museum, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Lincolnshire Naturalist Union and Lincoln University. events will have a specific focus on botany and genetics, though may 2020 will also see the group host Banks Churches, which will include a tour of St Lawrence Church Revesby, St helen’s Church, mareham le Fen, St Benedict Church, Scrivelsby before concluding at St mary’s church horncastle


conscience cAtches up with cAnnon criminAl...

It’s taken 30 years, but the guilty conscience of a Tealby tea-leaf has led to the return of a 19th century cannon stolen from the village hall in 1989. Recently the 400lb cannon reappeared at the hall with a note from the thief confessing to the ‘shameful act’ which had troubled him ever since. n


with a Lincolnshire afternoon tea and a visit to the Joseph Banks centre. Other events to mark the bi-centennial anniversary include a one day seminar about the botanist in June at Lincoln Cathedral, a performance by Boston Sinfonia at horncastle’s St mary’s Church in July plus an event in the Garden Room of the house of Lords to mark the completion of the group’s Love Lincolnshire plants project, on 12th November, including a Champagne reception. Sir Joseph Banks, was an english naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences. he accompanied Captain James Cook on his first voyage of discovery around the World, he also visited Newfoundland, Iceland& holland and was responsible for the establishment of kew Gardens. n


LOUTH Beef... wrapped up in Lincolnshire longwool! Artisan producers of Lincoln Red Beef the massingberd-mundys on the South Ormsby estate near Louth have worked with Woolcool to develop an ecofriendly sustainable packaging solution using Lincolnshire wool. The farm’s Lincoln Red Beef is reared on the 3,000 acre estate in the Wolds and is one of the world’s largest herds of rare ‘original population’ Lincoln Red cattle. Now available for order online, the beef is being distributed across the Uk using innovative packaging that is made using 100% British Wool. n See www.southormsbyestate.co.uk.

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is month we’re discovering the inside story of the county’s most prominent buildings. As work continues on lincoln cathedral’s connected project, with landscaping underway outdoors, we look at the treats already visible inside the building... Words: Laurin Dempsey. Images: Pride’s Chief Photographer Dean Fisher.


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Architecture & History... One major architectural feature of Lincoln Cathedral are the spectacular vaults. The varying vaults within the cathedral are said to be both original and experimental. The vaults especially, clearly define the experimental aspect seen at Lincoln. There are several different kinds of vaults that differ between the nave, aisles, choir, and chapels of the cathedral.

Along the North Aisle there is a continuous ridge rib with a regular arcade that ignores the bays. meanwhile, on the South Aisle there is a discontinuous ridge rib that puts an emphasis on each separate bay.

The Cathedral’s chapels have quadripartite vaults and vaults that stem from one central support columns. The use of sexpartite vaults allowed for more natural light to enter the cathedral through the 20

clerestory windows, which were placed inside of each separate bay.

Saint hugh’s Choir exhibits extremely unusual vaults. It is a series of asymmetrical vaults that appear to almost be a diagonal line created by two ribs on one side translating into only a single rib on the other side of the vault. The Choir also features an odd bone shaped floor stone with the inscription ‘Cantate hic;’ or sing here. It is the spot in the choir designed to be acoustically perfect in the Cathedral.

The cathedral is the fourth largest in the Uk (in floor area) at around 5,000 square metres (54,000 sq ft), after Liverpool, St paul’s and York minster. >> Above: St Hugh’s Choir, with its acoustically perfect ‘bone’ shaped stone... sing here!

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Above/Left: The Works Chapel ceiling with its 14th-century paintings. Above/Right: The crossing roof has 8 freestanding flying buttresses, quatrefoil frieze and pyramidal roof. Below/Left: Later in this edition we’re finding out more about the Father Willis organ, dedicated in 1898. Below/Right: From the west wall, a view into the Cathedral’s Nave. Notice the ‘wonky’ ceiling... it’s out of alignment by more than a metre and a half!


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Lincoln Cathedral, officially known as The Cathedral Church of The Blessed Virgin Mary of Lincoln, dates back to the 11th century and dominates Lincoln’s skyline. Lincoln Cathedral can be seen from 30 miles away and at 271-foot it is the second tallest tower in England... The Baptismal Font... The baptismal font at Lincoln Cathedral has long been recognised as one of a series of eight decorated Tournai marble fonts to survive in england. Bishop Alexander (1123-1248) modestly styled himself Alexander ‘The magnificent’ and upon his appointment treated himself to a swish new font of Tournai marble. It arrived in ‘flat pack’ form, and was assembled on site. It is the oldest piece of furniture in the Cathedral and came as a ‘buy one get one free’ with a free grave slab which the victorians incorrectly attributed as the resting place of Remigus. The Cathedral is 156m (512ft) long, 76m (251ft) wide and 24m (82ft) high. Fresh examination of the Its central tower is 82m (271ft) tall. the spire of St mary The central tower spire collapsed current evidence suggests in 1548, but before that it was and All Saints Church, that the font is more likely to 160m (525ft) tall; higher than a group of imps went have been carved in the 1150s the Great Pyramid to Lincoln and planned to of Giza. during the episcopate of Robert wreak havoc in the city’s de Chesney, at the same time as the stunning Cathedral. baptismal font at Thornton Curtis (Lincs). mischievous activities in Lincoln included The carving on these two fonts relates knocking over the Dean, smashing the them to a small group of fonts found in stained glass windows and destroying the Belgium and northern France and to lights. To put a stop to any further chaos, carved work still in situ in the transepts of an angel appeared from the Bible left on Tournai Cathedral in Belgium. the altar and commanded ‘Wicked Imp, be The Lincoln Imp... turned to stone!’ hidden in the upper reaches of

Cathedral Measurements

Lincoln Cathedral you'll find a symbol of the city surrounded by myth and legend: the Lincoln Imp. Legend has it that one day the Devil was in a frolicsome mood, and let out all his young demons to play. After having allegedly stopped at Chesterfield, twisting

Some imps managed to escape, one of which is said to be found at St James’ Church in Grimsby. however, one imp remained, hurling insults and stones at the angel. The angel responded in kind, turning the imp to stone where it sat and it can still be seen there today.

The Airman’s Chapel... The Airmen's Chapel of St michael sits within Lincoln Cathedral and houses three Books of Remembrance containing the names of 25,611 men who flew from Lincoln RAF bases in the Second World War and never returned. The Chapel’s four windows are decorative memorials to Bomber Command, Flying Training Command, the Royal Rhodesian Air Force and Royal Nz zealand Air Force.

The Russell Chantry... The Russell Chantry features friezes painted by Duncan Grant in 1953. Unveiled in 1953 the mural shocked with its prurient imagery, and so remained closed to the public until 1990. It was a bit too ‘racy’ for the socially conservative 1950s, but was finally opened to the public in the more socially enlightened nineties. >>

Maintaining structures within the Cathedral like its marble font fall to the building’s Works department, a team of Stonemasonry and Conservation, Glazing, Carpentry and Joinery, Leadwork and Domus - Engineering & Maintenance - specialists. The Cathedral also has its own quarry near Riseholme, with its supply of stone dating back 16.2m years! The Cathedral’s fabric costs around £3.5m a year to maintain.


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500 LeD lights have replaced Lincoln Cathedral’s old lighting, with new, brighter white LeD light. meanwhile, inside, stained glass windows provide visitors with an illuminating experience...

The Bishop’s Eye.

LINCOLN CATheDRAL has, in total, over 700 windows, 140 with stained glass. On the north side of the cathedral there is the ‘Dean’s eye’ which survives from the original structure of the building and on the south side is the ‘Bishop’s eye’ which was most likely rebuilt circa 1325–1350.

This south window is one of the largest examples of curvilinear tracery seen in medieval architecture. As north represents the devil, and south the holy Spirit, a description reads goes on, ‘it is in these directions that the two eyes look.’

The bishop faces the south in order to invite in, and the dean the north in order to shun; the one takes care to be saved, the other takes care not to perish. With these eyes the Cathedral’s face is on watch for the lights of heaven and the darkness of Oblivion. expressing the compelling beauty and majesty of Lincoln Cathedral; Lincoln Cathedral’s breathtaking stained glass is one

reason many believe this to be the finest Gothic cathedral in the British Isles. much of its medieval glass has been lost, but what remains is the most important collection of english early thirteenth-century glass after Canterbury Cathedral. Lincoln Cathedral features two major rose windows, which are a highly uncommon feature among medieval architecture in england. The nave is lit by intense colours from the mainly mid-nineteenth century windows such as these memorial windows. Several different studios made the windows on the south side of the nave, which explains the variations in style. The windows in the Chapter house were all by one studio, Clayton & Bell, to give a more cohesive look.

The West Window of 1859 contains Old Testament kings and prophets. The Great east Window was installed in 1280, the glass is 19th Century. >> 23

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Keeping Good Time: The Tower Clock... The Cathedral’s clock by John Thwaite was installed in the North West tower in 1775. This was later improved by Benjamin vulliamy and moved to the broad tower around 1835. It was replaced in 1880 by a new clock under the instruction of edmund Beckett QC. The clock was built by potts and Sons of Leeds. Cambridge Chimes were a feature of the new clock. The clock featured a double three-legged gravity escapement to the designs of edmund Beckett. Its striking mechanism 24

requires winding daily, which prior to electrification took 20 minutes a day. The going train - the main gears in a timepiece - requires winding twice a week. The machinery weighs about 4 long tons (4.5 short tons), with the driving weights being 1.5 long tons (1.7 short tons), suspended by steel-wire ropes 270 feet (82 m) long, and the pendulum weight of 2 long hundredweight (100 kg). The beat is 1.5 seconds. The hour hammer is 224 pounds (102 kg), striking upon Great Tom. During the 1835 when the Cathedral discovered the structural problems, the

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L I N C O L N C AT H E D R A L : CONNECTED IN 2020 Lincoln Cathedral Connected is a high profile, multi-millionpound transformational project which will bring economic and social benefits to the Cathedral, as well as the city of Lincoln. The Connected project is a scheme to radically improve the Cathedral’s setting and visitor experience – offering more engaging and dynamic spaces for a wider number of visitors to enjoy.

Main Image: The Cathedral’s clock mechanism is behind glass and has an inscription which recognises Edmund Beckett’s role in the creation of the clock in 1880.

Left: The Cathedral’s 102kg Great Tom bell strikes the hour.

bells were prevented from completing their usual full circle ringing. Instead, they were ‘plucked’ to prevent too many vibrations shaking the Cathedral. There are 20 bells in the Cathedral in total, in both the West Front (the change-ringing bells which ring) and in the Central Tower (which strikes every quarter of an hour to indicate the time). When Great Tom, the Cathedral’s 5.5 tonne bell was recast in 1830 the Central Tower had to be enlarged to accommodate the new bell. The 5.5 tonne bell chimes 40,880 times a year! n

The project has been designated £12.4million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake ambitious restorations and renovations to the Cathedral. The project will provide new state of the art facilities for the people of Lincoln and Lincolnshire to enjoy, as well as the many thousands of tourists who visit every year. New facilities that will be introduced as part of the project include a new visitor centre, a larger café and shop, new toilets and a changing places facility,

and an interpretation centre to display some of the Cathedral’s treasures. “The vital works taking place as part of the project aim to conserve this precious building and its memories,” says Michelle Andrews. “Connected is a hugely significant milestone in the Cathedral’s history and aims to engage people in the Cathedral’s past, archaeology and architecture through activities and events to educate, inspire and inform. The vital works taking place as part of the project aim to conserve this precious building and its memories.” “As part of the project, we are also introducing an exciting education and interpretation programme, which we believe, along with the new spaces, will result in 125,000 visitors a year – helping to boost not only the Cathedral but the local economy. n

Find Out More: Lincoln Cathedral is open from Monday – Sunday from 7.15am – 6pm. Lincoln Cathedral Connected is set to be completed by March 2022, with a new visitor centre opening sooner. See www.lincolncathedral.com or call 01522 561600.


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Does your holiday planning include making a Will?

By Lucy Butterfint, Partner in the Private Client team at Wilkin Chapman solicitors.

BOOKING a well-deserved holiday is accelerated to the top of many peoples to do list during the colder winter months. On doing so, there will be a check list that runs alongside: up-to-date passports, insurances, visas if necessary, booking dogs into kennels and getting someone to feed the cat! But, just how many people add making or updating Wills onto their priority list and, if they do, how long do they leave it before they decide to act?

During every holiday-booking season, there will be a flurry of activity as people think about the consequences of a tragedy occurring while they are away. While no-one wishes to consider such an eventuality, the national and international news headlines remind us of such – from accidents travelling to natural disasters, our eyes just before Christmas were on the terrible volcanic incident off the coast of New Zealand. To prepare for such, ensuring there is an up-to-date Will is essential, be it for a couple travelling on their own or taking family with them.

For example, if a married couple die together as a result of a crash or natural disaster, the question is raised of who dies first? If it cannot be determined, then the law deems the eldest person died first and with no Will in place, the assets of that person pass to the younger

“If a married couple die together as a result of a crash or natural disaster, the question is raised ”

husband or wife – it is then their surviving immediate relatives who inherit.

While not a holiday case, this very issue was given national publicity earlier this year when a couple, John and Marjorie Scarle, were found dead at home. The tragedy ended in a dispute between two surviving stepsisters and it was the daughter of Marjorie who inherited the whole estate, in line with the Law of Property Act 1925.

Aside from this important reason for making a Will, whether planning a holiday or not, there are many other considerations including the protection of children and ensuring appropriate provision for spouses and partners, while ensuring Last Powers of Attorney are in place, will enable a person’s wishes to be carried out, should they be rendered incapacitated, either by injury or ill health. As 2020 starts, we do wish everyone a very happy 12 months, but we also wish to stress the importance of planning for the unforeseen.

For any element of future planning, Lucy can be contacted by email lucy.butterfint@wilkinchapman.co.uk or you can call 01507 430622 or visit www.wilkinchapman.co.uk

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The Father of


For over 120 years the organ crowning the choir of Lincoln Cathedral has been in fine voice. at’s thanks to its designer, Henry ‘Father’ Willis and to Durham company Harrison & Harrison who maintain the instrument... The inextricable link between music and the celebration of faith, not to mention the vast internal dimensions of Lincoln Cathedral necessitate a rather special instrument.

Words: Laurin Dempsey.

That’s why, in 1885, specialist henry Willis was commissioned to design a new organ for the Cathedral. Remarkably, his company is still thriving today, one the most longestablished and expert companies caring for ageing ecclesiastical instruments.

Father’s organs including the one at Lincoln Cathedral may be called ‘orchestral’ in that they made some use of pipe ranks designed to imitate orchestral instruments and were well suited to the organ arrangements of orchestral works then popular in england.

henry Willis & Sons is one of the oldest and most famous organ building companies active in the world today, having been in continuous operation since 1845, and with an opus list of over 2,500 organs up to the present day.

But although they were expressive in the romantic sense, his organs were also well balanced tonally, with an abundance of traditional, characteristic organ voices.

The founder of the company, henry Willis was born on 27th April 1821 in London and died on 11th February 1901).

Father’s reed stops were particularly renowned, and the specifications for his instruments included rather more of the critical higher pitched stops and mixtures (stops comprising two or more ranks, or sets, of pipes sounding simultaneously) than was common in his time.

his nickname ‘Father’ was not just because of his contribution to the art and science of organ building but to distinguish him from his younger relatives working in the firm.

Four generation of Willis have worked in the business before new mD David Wyld took over the company in 1997.

‘Father’ Willis was himself the son of an organ builder and showed extraordinary inventiveness even as an apprentice. he also learned to play the instrument well and served as a church organist for most of his life… thus he understood the instrument from a performer’s viewpoint as well as that of an engineer.

henry was a friend of Samuel Sebastian Wesley whom he met at Cheltenham, and who was instrumental in gaining for Willis the contract for his first work on a cathedral organ, at Gloucester, in 1847. This was largely restoration of an existing instrument, but Willis always claimed that it was the success of this early work which established his reputation.

Above: Henry ‘Father’ Willis is the first in a generation of four organ makers and restorers in his family. The company still trades in Merseyside today.

Though designed in 1885, to replace a ‘defective’ earlier organ created by William Allen in 1826, Willis’s organ nearly failed to get the green light, with the precentor of the time declaring that the Cathedral had no funds for its replacement. Lincoln Industrialist Alfred Shuttleworth’s gift of £1,000 towards the £4,675 cost of the organ meant that Willis’s instrument was finally installed in 1898 and dedicated on St hughs Day, 17th 29

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“Lincoln Cathedral’s henry ‘Father’ Willis organ is one of the best in the world,” says Dr Colin Walsh...

Dr Colin Walsh

November 1989 in front of a congregation of 4,700.

Lincoln Cathedral’s organist laureate Colin Walsh has been performing on the Henry ‘Father’ Willis organ for over 40 years and is considered by experts to be one of Europe’s finest church organists.

Lincoln Cathedral’s organ was to be the first ecclesiastical instrument to be powered by electricity, but a delay creating Lincoln’s power station meant that instead it was instead pumped manually by soldiers of the Lincolnshire Regiment.

The organ remained unchanged until 1960 when harrison and harrisson of Durham completed a rebuilt at a cost of £14,000. The organ was also given a new console and electro-pneumatic actions.

The tonal scheme was not changed, except for the addition of stops 6, 9, 15, 22, 24 and 25; stops 16, 17, 21 and 23 were placed on a new chest in the eastern oriel of the organ case.

The same firm restored the organ in 1988, a century after it was first played in public, with a rededication ceremony. A tremulant - a device on a pipe organ which varies the wind supply to the pipes of one or more divisions - was provided on the Choir Organ, and new coupling and piston systems were installed. One of the most enfranchised fans of Father Willis’s pipe organ is the Cathedral’s Organist Laureate, Dr Colin Walsh. Top/Right: The organ created by Henry ‘Father’ Willis is over 120 years old.


Colin has served as organise at Christ Church Oxford, Salisbury & St Albans Cathedral and has been affiliated with Lincoln Cathedral for over four decades.

he describes the famous ‘Father’ henry Willis Organ of Lincoln Cathedral as ‘one of the best.’ he teaches in Cambridge and London and last year he received an honorary Doctorate of music from the University of Lincoln.

his enthusiasm for the instrument has also led Colin to host ‘pay to play’ sessions at the Cathedral, on monday evenings, a snip at just £125 a pop, though only competent pianists should apply! As for henry Willis, well, he went on to make his name building organs to fill great Cathedrals with sound, for example Winchester, St paul’s, Canterbury, Salisbury, Durham, Glasgow, exeter and hereford. he was also famous for ‘Town hall’ organs used as one man orchestras for concert programmes of classical and popular music. however, Lincoln Cathedral’s organ remains one of the finest examples and perhaps his magnum opus, over 120 years in fine voice, and even better for the fine acoustics of the Cathedral itself. n

Find Out More: Lincoln Cathedral is open Monday – Sunday from 7.15am – 6pm. Call 01522 561 600 or see lincolncathedral.com.

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how to plAy A pipe orgAn WhY mOzART DeSCRIBeD The pIpe ORGAN AS The kING OF INSTRUmeNTS

The organ has been described, along with the clock, as the most complex of all mechanical instruments and developed before the Industrial Revolution. Mozart called it the king of instruments. The organ is a hybrid, a combination wind instrument and keyboard instrument. It's a wind instrument because it produces sound by means of air vibrating in pipes. And it produces different notes (that is, notes of different pitch) by setting the air vibrating in pipes of different lengths: the longer the pipe, the longer the vibrating air column and the lower the pitch.

The shorter the pipe, the higher the pitch. The pipes of an organ sit on a ‘wind chest.’ There are various types of organs, but they all have some mechanism to force air at steady pressure into the wind chest and from the chest into the bottoms of the pipes. To play the instrument, the organist uses keyboards and pedals. The pedals are like an extra set of keys, but played with the feet. (Their function is not in any way related to that of piano pedals.) In fact the keys and pedals are really just one end of a system of valves that open and close the pipes at the bottom, allowing forced air in or shutting it out.

On a piano, the way the player depresses the keys (the ‘touch’) determines the quality of the sound. But on an organ, this is not the case; the function of the keys is strictly to control which pipes will be opened. Variations in the materials, shape, and functional design of organ pipes can produce effects ranging from subtle gradations of tone colour to drastic differences in volume and character of sound. The reason the organ offers such a remarkable panoply of sounds is that many different types of pipes can be used, separately or simultaneously, to play the same notes. n


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On the Waterfront

The difference that 70 years makes to one of Lincoln’s most iconic views is extraordinary! This month we find out what the Cathedral looked like from a vantage point of a dramatically different Brayford pool... Images: Francis Frith Collection and Pride’s Dean Fisher.


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Below: This image, taken in the 1950s, shows Brayford Pool just before another period of decline. A couple of decades later, the creation of Wigford Wharf at a cost of £550,000 in 1972 linked High Street with Newland. This paved the way for the creation of the Wharf with its restaurants and cinema, and the University from 1995.

Today’s Brayford Wharf is a hubbub... with students on smartphones, diners, drinkers, cinemagoers and those enjoying one of the county’s most cosmopolitan places to eat and drink.

Difficult to believe, then, that the history of Brayford Wharf is one predicated by the ups and downs of trade; cast in commerce before being destroyed by the fickle and changing fortune of the city as the railways turned what was once one of the country’s most successful inland ports into a part of the city in severe decline.

The area was populated as far back as 300BC and the iron age Witham Shield was discovered nearby, now residing at the British museum. Indeed, Lincoln owes its Roman designation to the area; ‘lin’ (pool) and ‘don’ (at the foot of a hill). As well as giving Lindum its name the Romans were also responsible for deepening the Witham and linking it to the Trent via the Foss Dyke. Brayford pool soon became a centre for trading wool, and attracted the attention of the vikings who designated it a ‘broad and fordable’ river; breit-ford or Brayford.

The area’s was hugely prosperous from the mid-13th century, until well into the 1800s, with sailing barges and steam boats transporting goods into Lincoln until the decline of the wool industry in the 1600s. Brayford Wharf and the Foss Dyke was dredged and rescued in 1744, and again

Lincoln experienced prosperity until the 1840s when the Great Northern Railway Company signalled the death knell for Brayford pool. Rail and road transport eroded the waterway’s fortunes and our image shows a rather shabby Brayford pool circa 1950. Such was its decline that just 10 years after this photograph was taken, it was proposed that the pool should be filled in and turned into a car park. Fortunately in 1969 the Brayford Trust was established and its restoration began.

The Witham Oil and Candle company was founded by Albert edward Smith in 1921 and made bicycle oils, candles and carbide, moving to the city’s Webb Street in 1952. The company still exists today as Witham Oil and paint, based on Outer Circle Road.

Fisons Chemical Works Limited produced fertilisers and traded from Lincoln and Ipswich. melbourn Bros brewers and Goole Tillage also traded from the area, gradually dwindling into the late 1960s. The swing bridge here was removed when the £550,000 Wigford Way road was created in 1972, linking high Street and Newland. On the opposite side to the water, the Royal William Iv pub is the only surviving pre-1945 building, the area having been reinvigorated partly by the creation of the wharf and by investment, too, from the University of Lincoln from 1995. n


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Saving Lives in

tHe Sky e Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance has been saving lives in the sky for a quarter of a century, and yet the service relies entirely on charitable donations, with no direct government or NHS funding... Words: Rob Davis. Images: Rob Inglis, Dean Fisher.

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“As pride goes to press, the service will become operational 24-hours a day, 7 days a week...” Let’s hope you never have to experience first hand just how remarkable the pilots, paramedics, doctors, fundraisers and other members of staff behind the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance are.

2.5million people sleep soundly knowing that Lincolnshire’s ambucopter service provides an area of some 3,500 square miles with emergency medical support over and above the provision of NhS-funded emAS. And speaking of sleeping soundly, night time will be covered soon too, as by the time pride goes to press the service will be operational 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, where the medical crew will be available to help approximately 438 additional patients overnight each year..

There’s a catch though. Currently the cost of keeping the ambucopter in the air stands a £2.5million a year, a figure that will increase to £4million when seven-day a week night flying operations commence, which means it’s more important than ever that we all support the service. “Increasing our hours of operation is something that requires not only careful planning, but also significant investment,” says Shani Wortley. “Whilst our crew have

worked tirelessly to undertake and learn processes involved by using Night vision Goggles and other illumination systems that our aircraft is fitted with, we vitally need to raise even more funds to enable us to provide a full 24-hour helicopter emergency medical Service (hemS).”

incident, and we’re less than 20-minutes flying time from anywhere in our catchment area. That’s not just advantageous for reaching a casualty, but for performing transfers to the hospital most suitable for their condition.”

The good will of the public is what keeps the service in the sky and sadly it’s all too easy to take the ambucopter for granted, but if that fundraising and that support ceases, so does the service.

“Our paramedics receive enhanced training enabling them, and our team of specialist Doctors, to undertake procedures such as general anesthesia, emergency blood transfusions, and administration of advanced pain relief – procedures usually only possible in a hospital. Access to us is via 999 calltakers who can then refer an incident to the hemS desk.”

“many still believe the service is NhS or government funded but in fact all of the money raised is from donations, legacies, our weekly lottery and our 10 charity shops.”

“We’ve been established in the area for a quarter of a century, and our worth has been proven to date 20,500 times over. That’s how many times we’ve been called out to potentially life-saving missions.” “There are so many ways in which the availability of an air ambulance benefits the community. Travelling at 180mph and reaching a callout ‘as the crow flies’ provides the ability to reach a casualty rapidly, compared to a land-based ambulance. Traffic problems aren’t a factor in reaching an

“It’s really important to state, though, that we’re a supplement to, rather than a replacement for, land ambulances. We have a great relationship with our emAS colleagues and work together as closely as possible.”

There’s no such thing as a typical day - every day is different - but an average for the service would be three callouts. Almost half of their workload is attending road traffic collisions, but the county is uniquely unfortunate in terms of the prevalence of equestrian and industrial or farming incidents. Being able to reach a casualty in a remote field is advantageous in our part of the world.

e lincs & notts Air Ambulance in numbers... £2,500,000: The current cost of funding to keep the service operational each year.

£4,000,000: The cost of keeping the service operational will rise to £4m annually once the ambucopter begins operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 20,400: The number of missions the air ambulance has flown since the service began operating in 1994. £2,500: The current cost of each mission.

3,500: The number of square miles the service covers across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

2,500,000: The number of people the air ambulance provides medical support to across its catchment area. 180mph: The aircraft has a cruising speed of 180mph; over three times faster than a land ambulance. 20: The number of minutes it takes the air ambulance to reach the furthest point in its catchment area.

Three: The average number of callouts during a shift when the service operates during daylight hours, from 7am-7pm.

999: The service is integrated into the 999-service run by EMAS, the East Midlands Ambulance Service. When a call-handler believes the aircraft will benefit an emergency, they can expedite a call to the HEMS - Helicopter Emergency Medical Service - desk who will monitor the call and scramble the helicopter if it’s appropriate to do so.

45%: Almost half of the aircraft’s workload is attending road traffic collisions, (RTCs). Sadly the summer month see many motorcycle incidents.

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The charity began operating a Bolkow aircraft before upgrading to an mD902 explorer in 2000. In 2017, the charity upgraded its aircraft to their new state-of-the-art night capable AgustaWestland 169. The new aircraft is much larger and benefits from 360° access to a patient whilst in flight. It’s substantially quicker enabling the crew to reach a casualty faster, and has greater endurance for longer flying hours before refuelling. The aircraft is also ‘top of the range’ in the sense that it can carry an extended number of life-saving drugs and equipment. It’s ideal for reaching

cardiac patients and is one of the few aircraft which has the ability to perform defibrillation of a patient whilst in the air. “excellent patient care is at the heart of everything we do and the combination of speed, endurance, and technology of the new aircraft gives patients the very best chances of survival possible in their greatest hour of need,” says CeO karen Jobling.

“We are proud to say that our charity aims to save lives every day, and with this new aircraft we’re happy that we can continue doing so for many years to come.”

A Huge Catchment

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance covers an area of 3,500 square miles, populated by over 2,500,000 people.

“This is only possible thanks to the generous support from the people, organisations and businesses in the communi-

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Helping your SeRvICe NEW PATIENT & FAMILY LIAISON OFFICER EMMA JOINS THE AMBUCOPTER TEAM If you’ve needed the services of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance crew, you’ve probably experienced a traumatic incident. Now, the service’s new Patient & Family Liaison Officer, Emma Hawkesford-Webb will provide additional support. The role, which has been newly created for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, aims to assist patients with their transition back to independent living; bridging the gap between the rapid on scene pre-hospital treatment that the charity provides and the patient’s long-term recovery. Emma, who has a Diploma in Counselling, offers support to both patients and their families as part of her new role, aiding the physical and psychological recovery as an extension to the clinical care provided by the charity.

Above: The cockpit of the service’s state of the art AW169 aircraft.

ties within which we serve, so a heart-felt thank you must go out to each and every one of them.”

For the first winter since the service began in 1994, with its shorter days and longer nights, everyone in the catchment area can benefit from a service that can operate 24-hours a day.

It’s impossible to overstate the importance of the service, nor to underline the fact that the service is entirely predicated on charitable donations.

Left: The Charity’s new aircraft is larger, faster, has a greater range and sets the team of pilot and paramedics up for its new 24/7 operations.

Without the huge support of its volunteers, fundraisers and without the dedication of the pilots, paramedics and doctors, it’s a service that wouldn’t exist to safeguard the lives of the 2.5m people who don’t realise how important the air ambulance is, until they’re unfortunate enough to need its help. n

Emma’s day-to-day work ranges from identifying patient needs to referring them towards a holistic suite of solutions, be it follow up medical care or support from another service provider or charity. Sadly too many people undervalue the service until they’ve experience first hand its use. Once they’ve experienced the skills and dedication of the team, they’re usually keen to become involved in fundraising and supporting the service. n

Find Out More: For fundraising and general enquiries, call 01522 548469 or donate via www.ambucopter.org.uk/donate


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sundAy 9th FeBruAry

help out your heArt with A 10k vAlentine’s run

sAturdAy 15th FeBruAry

strictly Ann: An evening with Ann widdecomBe

Work with the British Heart Foundation to raise funds and beat heartbreak forever. ‘Run Your Heart Out’ is a Valentines 10k run, in the Quibell Park Athletic Stadium. All finishers will receive a large fantastic Valentines medal and cake!

A chance to spend an evening in the company of one of our most outspoken, stoic and long-standing front bench politicians on her first ever national tour. Entertaining, enlightening and as controversial as you would expect, Margaret Thatcher and Craig Revel Horwood collide as Ann lifts the lid on life in Westminster and shares behind-the-scenes gossip from some of the nation’s best-loved programmes, including Strictly Come Dancing, Have I Got News For You and Celebrity Big Brother.

n Quibell Park, Scunthorpe, 11am start. Entry from £18.50. Visit www.tape2tape.co.uk. LOUTH

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tess oF the d’urBervilles

n Tickets £23.50, from 7.30pm, Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston. Call 01205 363108 or see www.blackfriarsartscentre.co.uk.



sundAy 23rd FeBruAry

the juniper project live

If you have never heard the flute and harp together before, they make a magical sound and this programme takes you from baroque to tango. At a special performance at Lincoln’s performing Arts Centre, flautist Anna Rosa mari and harpist eira Lynn present Bach’s Sonata in G minor, Andantino for Flute and harp composed by mozart and Chopin’s variations on a theme of Rossini. n Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. from 3pm, £16 full ticket. Call 01522 837600 or visit www.lpac.co.uk.


Thomas Hardy’s fictional masterpiece, Tess of the D’Urbervilles traces the life of the young country girl Tess Durbeyfield. Driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urberville family. Hardy’s heroine is one of the most moving in all of literature, and her story is hauntingly brought to life in this new version by Hotbuckle at Louth’s Riverhead Theatre.

n From 7.30pm, Tickets £9.50. Riverhead Theatre, Louth LN11 0BX. Call 01507 600350 or see louthriverheadtheatre.com. STAMFORD

sAturdAy 1st FeBruAry

porgy & Bess One of America’s favourite operas returns to the Met for the first time in nearly 30 years, and will be screened live by satellite to Stamford Arts Centre. Gershwin at his very best.

n Tickets £20, from 5.55pm, Stamford Arts Centre, PE9 2DL. Call 01780 763203 or see www.stamfordartscentre.com.

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sAturdAy 22nd FeBruAry

mArtin kemp: BAck to the 80s

martin kemp’s ‘Back to the 80s’ is heading to Lincoln! Spandau Ballet star martin kemp will be taking to the decks on Saturday 22nd February, spinning all the best 80s hits, presenting one of the biggest 80s nights to hit Lincoln! n The Engine Shed from 9pm-2am, £10pp. Visit www.engineshed.co.uk or telephone 0871 2200260. GRIMSBY

sAturdAy 8th FeBruAry

hello AgAin: the story oF neil diAmond The world’s greatest celebration of The Life & Work of Neil Diamond. The performance stars Brooklyn Creed & The Salvation Band, the show takes you on a musical journey through Neil Diamond’s glittering 50 year career.

From The Bang Years to the present day you’ll soon find yourself singing along to all the hits including Sweet Caroline, Cracklin’ Rosie, Forever in Blue Jeans, Song Sung Blue, Hello Again and Love on the Rocks. Neil paused his 50th anniversary tour in 2018 and returns to delight his worldwide fans for 2020. n Grimsby Auditorium, from 7.30pm, £24pp. Call 0300 3000035, or visit www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk.

Clare Teal... and all that Jazz!



sAturdAy 1st FeBruAry

los pAcAminos & pAul young

Welcome to the Tex-mex fun as Los pacaminos invite you to enjoy music in the style played by such luminaries as Ry Cooder, Flaco Jimenez, The Texas Tornados and Los Lobos. paul Young, one of the Uk’s best-loved vocalists, fronts the band.


sAturdAy 8th sundAy 9th FeBruAry

dog Friendly lincoln cAstle

Unlock 1,000 years of history with your furry companion over the weekend for a paw-some day out. From the banks of the Norman motte to the prison Cells, your dog can follow you on a journey back through history exploring the medieval Wall Walk, victorian prison and the magna Carta. n Lincoln Castle, 10am-5pm. Adult £13.50, Child £7.20, Visit www.visitlincoln.com or call 01522 782040.

n Louth Town Hall, doors 7pm, £22.15-£32.93. Call 01507 354336 or visit www.louthtownhall.co.uk. GRANTHAM

thursdAy 13th FeBruAry

clAre teAl & her trio

Award winning jazz vocalist and Radio Two presenter Clare Teal’s concerts with her Trio are constantly evolving and renowned across the country for their fabulous arrangements interspersed with Clare’s warm and witty storytelling. With her stunning voice, encyclopaedic knowledge of jazz, swing and big band music, and her innate warmth and wit, Clare is a sought after singer and broadcaster

throughout the country, and now, Clare and her Trio come to Grantham. This brand new show promises a rich jazz infused repertoire in its many forms bringing you more exhilarating swing as Clare and her Trio celebrate 100 years of pop music. As one of the Uk’s greatest interpreters of song and much loved performers, Clare and her Trio guarantee an evening of inspired music and unbridled entertainment performed by the very best. n Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, from 7.30pm, £18-£20pp. Call 01476 406158 or visit www.guildhallartscentre.com. 41

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Brick by Brick: Lego as Artwork


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Brick By Brick: lego At the hArley gAllery

There are toys... and then... there’s Lego. established in 1949, it’s believed that over 600,000,000,000 of the interlocking bricks have been created, and the toy has even spawned a couple of hit family movies. Now, Brick by Brick follows on from two exhibitions of work at Welbeck’s harley Gallery made completely from Lego bricks. The first exhibition, Brick City, broke all records attracting

more than 80,000 visitors to the gallery on the rural Welbeck estate in just three months. This time the gallery will be showing an exhibition by 18 artists from across the world, who have each used the medium of the famed Lego block in different ways from photography to sculptures. visitors will be able to see the thought-provoking artwork, which is set to appeal to art enthusiasts as well as Lego fans alike. There will also be a series of activities planned to coincide with the exhibition including the opportunity to get hands-on in the creative area of the gallery. School workshops inspired by

the exhibition have also been organised, along with a programme of school holiday activities in February and April. Lisa Gee, Director of The harley Gallery, said: “It’s good to have artwork created in the medium of Lego back at the gallery again as it’s something that connects with people of all ages.” “Our first two exhibitions showed what could be done with passion, patience, technical ability and a very big pile of Lego!”

n The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, from 10am-5pm. Free entry and parking. Visit www.harleygallery.co.uk. Brick by Brick is a 20-21 Visual Arts Centre Touring Exhibition.


wednesdAy 19th FeBruAry

BrendAn cole: the show mAn Expect every style of ballroom and Latin dance from Brendan Cole and his hand-picked championship dancers, performed to the music and songs of some of the greatest legends and contemporary artistes. Whether you love a cheeky Charleston or a sexy Salsa, with music from Beggin’ to Bublé, plus numbers from The Greatest Showman and La La Land – this show has it all. The very first winner of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing is joined by an amazing team of professional dancers, singers and a live band to showcase the superb choreography and dazzling performance that has kept him in the public eye for 15 years... a thrilling extravaganza of music and dance, the ultimate Show Man at his best. n From 7.30pm, tickets from £25. Based at Grimsby Auditorium, DN31 2BH. Call 0300 300 0035 or see grimsby auditorium.org.uk.


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Our main course of locally sourced confit belly pork with caramelised apples and shallot jus.

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The Red Lion

at BICkeR

This month we’re celebrating the autumn reopening of one of the county’s best pub restaurants, providing great food in a rustic setting, with the abundance of character that’s simply perfect for winter dining... Words: Rob Davis. Images: Pride’s Chief Photographer Dean Fisher.

Normally, seeing red refers to an indomitable feeling of rage, but in this case, it’s quite the opposite. We’re thrilled that Bicker’s Red Lion has reopened and is back on the local dining scene following a dreadful six month absence following a fire.

electrical gremlins in the kitchen have left hungry locals kicking their heels and missing one of the county’s most compelling dining prospects, one that proves unequivocally the merit of a really good pub over more formal restaurants. And if there’s one dining season that the Red Lion at Bicker is most suited to, it’s winter, so we’re especially enthusiastic at the thought of once again being able to visit the place once more to enjoy the Lincolnshire Tapas that the kitchen pioneered, as well as a range of beautifully presented dishes all with rustic flair and a real feel-good factor.


meet the CHEF

MARCUS FRANKLIN, HEAD CHEF The Red Lion used to be on the coast, before the land surrounding it was drained. It was, in fact, a hangout of choice for smugglers, hence the name of the little private dining nook The Smugglers’ Den, in addition to the main restaurant, and the 60-seater hobble Barn at the rear of the pub. Around 350-years old, the place was purchased in 2012 by the Duffy family, local farmers who, as such, really appreciate food with provenance and lavish immense respect on Lincolnshire produce in the course of creating their dishes. During daytime service, there’s a choice of six starters, nine quality versions of traditional pub favourites, from a pie of the day to beerbattered haddock and chips, plus two versions of the ubiquitous gourmet burger. >>

Food History: I’m from Northampton, originally, and have worked in fine dining restaurants before coming to the county as an agency chef. I worked at the Supreme Inn, the sister restaurant of the Red Lion just down the road but fell in love with this place! Food Heaven: I really am fond of game! Food Hell: I really hate baked beans! n


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Hen’s egg with asparagus in crispy potato basket.

Lamb shoulder confit with rosemary crust, butternut squash and shortcrust pastry loop.

>> In addition, there’s a steak and sauce option and myriad sides. There’s also a dedicated Sunday lunch menu with one, two or three courses at £12, £15 and £18 respectively.

evening dining, though, is when The Red Lion comes into its own. Local suppliers include Boston’s Bycroft Butchers plus peterborough Game, and The Lincolnshire Game Company supplying meat and game. m&J Seafood provides daily deliveries of fish fresh from Grimsby’s morning markets, as well as fresh fruit and veg from J hull

OPEN FOR FOOD Lunch Wednesday – Saturday: 12.00 – 2.00pm Dinner Wednesday – Friday: 5.00 – 9.30pm Saturday: 6.00 – 9:30pm Sunday Carvery 12 noon to 5.00pm.

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homemade three bird game terrine duck, pheasant, pigeon, honey and pumpkin puree, blueberry jam £7. Lincolnshire cheese fondue pickled vegetable, baby leaf salad, dipping bread £6.

Fresh moules provençale red wine, cherry tomato, chilli sauce, warm French bread £7. Main Courses

Deconstructed ginger and cinnamon cheesecake with honeycomb.

and from the family’s own land surrounding Bicker. everything you enjoy is created fresh in house, by a brigade of chefs skilled not just in creating delicious dishes, but in presenting them with great flair too.

If you’re seeking to graze rather than force down a big meal, or if your festive waistline is still very much foremost in your mind, the pub’s Lincolnshire Tapas is an extensive smörgåsbord (not to mix one’s nationalities) of loveliness, from half-pints of prawns to baked honey and black garlic infused British Camembert with warm homemade bread for dipping, to sticky Lincolnshire pork belly served with crackling and apple sauce. You can choose to mix and match each tapas menu item and enjoy them with one of the well-priced bottles of wine or a local ale.

Naturally there’s a more extensive à la carte menu too, with six starter options and 11 main courses plus grill and steak options.

The latter are served with hand-cut chips and homemade onion rings proving that food doesn’t have to be fancy to be wholly satisfying... a dish just has to be

well-executed and prepared with care, as all of the dishes are at The Red Lion. Sundry business pertaining to menu choice includes a children’s menu, plus a promotion for free wine with tapas on Wednesday nights and a special ‘ladies that lunch’ menu on Thursdays. Anything else? Well, The Red Lion may be our preferred haunt in the winter months, but in the spring and summer months, there’s also a decent gardens and usually plenty of live entertainment.

Suffice to say what we’re overjoyed to have The Red Lion back on the Lincolnshire dining scene. It’s one of the most relaxed, high quality dining experiences around, an effortless pleasure every time. This month, bang the loose snow from your boots and make your way across the flagstones to the bar, then secrete yourself at a table for the entire evening.

Amid chunky furniture, candles and fresh flowers on the table and with a backdrop of pub hubbub, you’ll enjoy great dining and a winter dining experience worth braving the weather for. n

Locally sourced fillet of pork crispy crackling, gratinated dauphinoise, wilted kale, chive and shallot cream £15. pan seared venison tagliatelle marinated in garlic and thyme, rich tomato and chorizo sauce, garlic ciabatta£16.

Feather blade of Lincolnshire beef sautéed brussels and bacon, horseradish duchess potato, red wine jus £16. Dessert

Caramelised apple and blackberry strudel, cinnamon, candied pecan, clotted cream £6.

Cointreau and dark chocolate mousse clementine compote, soaked sultanas, chantilly cream £6. NB: Featured dishes are subject to change.

n Ye Olde Red Lion, Bicker, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE20 3EF Call 01775 821200, www.redlionbicker.co.uk. 47

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Enjoy the new spring season at Branston Hall, one of the area’s most quintessentially English country houses , nestling in 88 acres of parkland. Indulge in Afternoon Tea or a Spa package or dine in our beautiful restaurant from our a la carte menu or bar area for a lighter dining option. Overnight accommodation is also available in one of 50 luxury en suite bedrooms. Branston Hall was originally built in 1885 as a stately home for Sir Leslie Alexander Melville, and today, it remains an unspoiled and totally serene stately home close to Lincoln City Centre.

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In the kITCheN

Everyone knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach... and if someone in your life has a sweet tooth, they’ll certainly appreciate these fruity shortbread biscuits, for Valentine’s Day, because raspberry and lemon is a match made in heaven!


Preparation time: 30 minutes. Chilling time: 30 minutes. Makes eight to 10. Ingredients: 110g unsalted butter, at room temperature • 50g caster sugar, plus an extra 1 tbsp for sprinkling 1 lemon, zest • 170g plain flour • ¼ tsp fine salt • 75g Tiptree Sweet Tip Raspberry Conserve • 1 tbsp double cream Using electric beaters, cream the butter and sugar in a bowl for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Beat in the lemon zest, then sift in the flour and salt. Combine to a smooth paste. Bring the dough together in your hands (it will be crumbly and soft) and place on a large sheet of parchment. Cover with more parchment and roll out the dough, between the sheets, to about 1.5cm thick. Chill for 30 minutes. preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3; line a large baking tray with parchment. Remove the dough from the fridge and, still between the parchment, roll out further to about 0.3cm thick. Remove the top layer of parchment and, using a 7cm heart-shaped cookie cutter, stamp out as many biscuits as possible; transfer to the baking tray. Next, stamp a 3cm circle (use the base of a piping nozzle or cut freehand with a sharp knife) from the centre of ½ the hearts. Carefully remove the centres and re-roll with any scraps of dough to make more biscuits. Scatter the biscuits with the extra 1 tbsp sugar and bake for 15 minutes or until light golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. mix together the jam and cream. Spread 1 tsp over the unsugared side of the whole heart biscuits and top with the stamped-out biscuits. These are best eaten on the day of making (or store the biscuits and jam separately in airtight containers and assemble just before serving). n

Recipe: Waitrose, www.waitrose.com/recipes.


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Wine of the Month

A winter warmer for Valentine’s Day An espresso Martini that’s pre-mixed and delicious

Amarone Della Valpolicella Montresor, Veneto, Italy, £29.95 / 75cl / 15%

Something smooth and velvety for valentine’s Day... not our editor, but this winter warmer. It’s an espresso martini that can induce a dream state at any time of day. The espresso sits at the front of the drink and combines with spirit to alert every sense. Garnish with three coffee beans – the con la mosca, which is the traditional Italian way to serve sambuca – the three beans ‘with the fly’ present health, wealth and happiness. n £25 / 500ml / 20%

At 15% ABV, this’ll lay waste to a cold winter evening. Montresor Amarone della Valpolicella ‘Satinato’ 2015 is an accessible and delicious example of a modern style of Amarone in distinctive black frosted bottle. With 70% Corvina grapes, 20% Rondinella and 10% Molinara, it has hints of coffee and chocolate on the nose bitter cherry and sweet plummy fruit on the palate it is the perfect partner to team up with red meat or hard cheese.


ENGLISH ROSES: Think pink with rosé wines for February 14th from our own shores! 1. Made from traditional Champagne grapes, with fine raspberry and strawberry flavours linger on the refreshing palate – try it with delicately smoked salmon. £38.99 / 75cl / 11.5% ABV. 2. A blend of Madeleine Angevine and Rondo grapes. Delicate yet concentrated, it has a wild strawberry aroma, with hints of white flowers and peaches. The palate is fresh, with distinct red berry flavours and pink grapefruit. £31 / 75cl / 11% ABV. 3. This fun, off dry rosé with its Dornfelder is full of ripe berries and delicate floral notes. The palate shows strawberry characteristics balanced by a soft and fresh acidity. £17.50 / 75cl / 11.5% ABV.

n Available from www.wriggly tinwine.co.uk. Join as a King’s member to get this bottle for just £23.96.

An Old Favourite

Twelve years in the making, redolent of the Highlands... Each year, all around the world, people celebrate the memory of Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns, by holding Burns Suppers on and around his birthday, 25th January. An evening of poetry, food, drink and fun. If you’re throwing a Burns Supper then you’ll need some fine Scottish whisky. Old pulteney is matured in air-dried, hand-selected ex-bourbon casks, an ‘unashamedly excellent’ single malt. Dry, medium bodied and smooth, redolent of honey and cream, faintly salty with a slight spicy note and a sweet long-lasting finish. n £32 / 70cl / 40% ABV

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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Fresh, homemade, locally sourced delicious food in the heart of Lincolnshire...

Church Lane, North Kyme Lincolnshire LN4 4DJ

(01526) 861 400

www.theplough.restaurant Image: Canon In The Country


Enjoy a taste of fine cuisine with our new gastro dining experience


Available Available 12 12 noon noon –– 2pm 2pm and and 6pm 6pm –– 9pm 9pm Monday Monday to to Saturday. Saturday. Sunday Sunday Lunch Lunch served served 12noon 12noon –– 3pm. 3pm. BOOKING BOOKING IN IN ADVANCE ADVANCE IS IS RECOMMENDED RECOMMENDED DUE DUE TO TO HIGH HIGH DEMAND DEMAND

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THE THATCHED COTTAGE RESTAURANT & BAR • Beautiful unique thatched cottage

• Stunning 40 seater A La Carte restaurant • Function room catering for birthdays, wakes, christenings, conference, small wedding receptions • OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

Tel: 01205 461006

POOLS LANE, SUTTERTON, BOSTON, LINCS PE20 2EZ enquiries@thethatchedcottagerestaurant.co.uk www.thethatchedcottagerestaurant.co.uk


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hOUSe The WhITe

It may share the same name as the residence of America’s president, but fortunately the occupant of this White House is rather more restrained. Meet Jeff Gascoyne, who wants to make Barrowby great again... Words: Carissa Smith.


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The White House is home to Jeff Gascoyne and his family. Jeff, along with his wife, Sarah and four children have enjoyed living in this family home for the past six years. The couple were drawn to the property due to its sheer size and beautiful architecture.

The couple knew it was going to make a special home and were won over by the property’s high vaulted ceiling, heritage windows and victorian architecture with new modern interiors. The couple knew they could redesign this house to make the perfect family home and that is what the Gascoyne family have created, Jeff explains. “The house was viewed and purchased from a local Top: The handsome home is arranged over three floors and boasts five reception rooms.


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developer six years ago who was in the process of renovating and refurbishing the property. The idea of an old victorian property, refurbished and renovated to a high modern standard, in a village location ticked all the boxes for us.”

The property originally dates to 1860 and occupies a superb position close to the heart of the charming village of Barrowby. The house was originally the secondary property of the village rector and clerical architecture can still be found within the property.

On moving into the property Jeff and his partner quickly identified areas that required refurbishment and replaced all external doors and windows, laid new floors and changed internal doors. The single-pane windows were replaced with double glazed, european hardwood sash windows, whilst retaining the high arch style to match the

“The garden room is my favourite too... it’s somewhere to escape to and sit quietly, overlooking the garden...”

history of the property. The open fireplaces were replaced with more efficient multi-fuel burners to create a lovely family home, with a warm cosy feel, retaining its period charm, but at the same time bringing the property up to modern standards. The handsome home is over three floors and boasts seven double bedrooms, with four en-suites.

In addition to this there are two grand receptions rooms, a quality family kitchen with sitting room, home office, gym room, cinema room, garden room with featured

roof lantern and a well-appointed family bathroom. Of all the rooms within the family home, Jeff ’s favourites are the cinema room and garden room. “The garden room is the room where you can escape and sit quietly overlooking the garden and still get the benefit outside of the summer months of warmth from the sun in the autumn and spring with a good book.”

Another special room for the family is the living kitchen, where a lot of time is spent cooking, chatting , watching Tv and eating as a family. The kitchen has a mix of Siemens and Liebherr appliances, with a special mention going to the built-in wine cooler. The house has been installed with a high end Crestron system; the flagship of modern home automation products. >>


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This home central system allows music, Tv, and film to be accessed throughout the house from ipads and wall controls, there is cabling throughout the home for anyone to adopt the central system if they wish. The Creston system is another way the family integrates modern technology into the style of a traditional country home, to make living easy and comfortable and... there is no need to hunt for the elusive missing remote control.

The garden for this property is equally ideal. The outside of the garden is lined with 150-year-old Cedar trees with the tallest being 130ft tall. “It has been designed with ease of maintenance in mind. It has been planted with a boundary of laurels which over the six years we have lived here have become well Above: The kitchen has a mix of Siemens and Liebherr appliances, including a built-in wine cooler.


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established. We love the wild meadow grass area around the seat at the bottom of the garden, which comes to life in early spring and throughout summer. The patio is another favourite spot as it’s south facing and therefore enjoys sunshine throughout the day. The property is on the market due to the family relocating to the South east. “I can honestly say that we will miss absolutely everything about this house,” says Jeff. “It’s been a real labour of love to create the perfect family home and we now have to face the distinct possibility that we will be unlikely to find anything like it again. To say we have loved - and still love - this house is a real understatement!” n

THE WHITE HOUSE, BARROWBY, GRANTHAM location: Grantham 2.7 miles, Newark 13.8 miles, London 126 miles, 2 1/2 hrs. style: victorian property dating back to 1860, unlisted. Bedrooms: Seven, with five bathrooms, including en suite and dressing room to master suite. receptions: Five currently arranged as living kitchen, family room, dining room, sitting room, and garden room. other Features: Gym, integrated Creston home control system. guide price: £1,295,000 Find out more: Fine & Country, high Street, Navenby, Lincolnshire LN5 0Dz. Call 01522 287008 or see www.fineandcountry.com. n


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01522 688285 • 07748 187801 www.mjbmetalwork.co.uk


Interiors . Garden . Gorgeous Gifts at

Vintage Postboxes

Original, Old and Used Post Boxes

The Showrooms, Great North Road, Markham Moor, Nr Retford DN22 0QU

01636 822000 www.elizabethandstevens.com Open from Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm, 24/7 online. Please call ahead if you are making a special journey.

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UNSURPASSED QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CRAFTSMANSHIP Bespoke Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms - full project management and free quotations

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

Tel: 01507 527113 W: www.peterjacksoncabinets.co.uk E: info@peterjacksoncabinets.co.uk



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For well over 40 years, Lincoln’s Roger Davis Interiors has been creating bespoke interiors, with the very best collections of fabrics, wallcoverings plus the expertise to create quality furnishings to your exact requirements...

Under the sole supervision of one of the founders, Adrian Davis, Roger Davis Interiors offers the people of Lincolnshire and surrounding counties a selection of luxury soft furnishings you will not find elsewhere in the region. The showroom presents you with one of only four JAB shop-in-shop concepts in the Uk and the very latest Luxaflex interactive blind display area, the first to be installed in the midlands. We’re pleased to announce that we have recently not only become a ‘Sandberg shop,’ but also have been appointed as a Cole & Son partner. That means being the only stockist in Lincolnshire allows you full access to the complete range of wallpapers from these two leading manufacturer.

From the moment you step inside, you will be presented with a range of high quality blinds, curtains, poles and tracks etc that you will be hard pressed to find outside any of the larger cities.

please visit our relaxed and friendly showroom to see everything under one roof, but if you prefer a home visit, then a telephone conversation will help us determine exactly what you require and we will gladly bring the samples to you.

We offer a full advice and fitting service, whether you require one blind or a house full of wallpapers, blinds and curtains. making and installing our products means we can take pleasure in standing beside every one of our finished projects. We are confident you will not find this combination of quality of service and exclusive products anywhere else. n n Roger Davis Interiors is based on Exchange Road, Lincoln LN6 3AB. Call 01522 531371 or see www.rogerdavisinteriors.com for information. 68

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There's no doubt that selfbuild projects are becoming more popular - they now represent around 10% of all completed properties in the UK (some 12,000 homes a year) and the industry is set to grow by 41% over the next three years.

itself to ensure your vision meets planning legislation, doesn't contravene any building or conservation issues, and can be achieved within both your budget and your timescale.

"People love the idea of building their own homes, but it's a field that presents a number of challenges to someone with limited technical knowledge or design expertise," says Kris Baxter of Studio 11 Architecture. "It represents a huge investment of time and money, so it's essential to get it right - and to get it right from the start."

With an impressive track record of designing everything from small-scale extensions to multi-property developments, Studio 11 Architecture can handle every aspect of any selfbuild project - working with you on the initial concept, handling all planning applications, preparing fully detailed drawings, overseeing the tender process, and liaising with all relevant contractors.

In fact, Kris recommends contacting a design consultant before you even purchase the land

It's an approach that takes away a lot of worry and stress and helps focus people's attentions

on the essentials - rather than the details. "Lots of people start their project with their dream kitchen or bedroom, but we like to take them back to basics," says Kris' associate Johnathon Gower. "You can alter your kitchen or bathroom at any time, but the structure, form and function of a home is the most essential part of any design – and the most difficult to change in the future. That's why it's so rewarding to work closely with clients over the entire course of a project - it’s the best way of ensuring they get a home that's right for them." If you'd like a greater insight into how Studio 11 approaches self-build projects, take a look at their regular online blog at www.pink-stripes.co.uk. "It doesn't sell our services or promote Studio 11 Architecture as such because that's not its purpose," says Kris. "It's designed to be a resource of help and advice for people considering embarking on projects.” For more details and a free consultation, please contact Studio 11 Architecture today and discover how you can get your self-build project off the ground. n

Lincoln Studio: The Sparkhouse, Enterprise @ Lincoln Building, Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS. Call 01522 275039. Email design@studio11architecture.co.uk or see www.studio11architecture.co.uk.

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Call 07534 808903

richwood-cabinetmakers@hotmail.com BRING RICHWOOD INTO THE HEART OF YOUR HOME


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Luxurious, Practical

iNteriorS Richard Sutton Interiors in Grimsby is where a flair for interior design combines with high quality furniture designed to withstand the rigours of family life... Words: Rob Davis.


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If it doesn’t work for everyone, it doesn’t work for anyone. When you create your kitchen, or a new bathroom, it’s a case of creating a room that looks great but also one that will work well and stand up to years of abuse from the rigours of family life; one that thoughtfully incorporates style storage and strength.

That’s where Grimsby’s Richard Sutton Design comes in. Walk through the firm’s showroom and you’ll see a wealth of accessories and furniture, lighting, sofas and cupboards... but that’s the tip of the proverbial iceberg for a firm whose 17-strong team designs and create rooms for your home as well as providing full project management of new kitchens and bathrooms installations.

Richard Sutton and his team have been based on Grimsby’s Wellowgate’s for over a quarter of a century, and rather uniquely

complete all of the design work and employ all trades associated with creating a new kitchen, bathroom or reception room, but can also provide your ‘finishing touches,’ too.

“Creating a new kitchen is the biggest single expense your home incurs. Our clients typically spend anything from £15,000 upwards on a bathroom, £25,000 upwards on a kitchen.”

“many of our clients enjoy being enfranchised in the design process but take great peace of mind from knowing someone then has the knowledge and experience to manage building, electrical, gas, plumbing and decorating trades, create solid bespoke cabinetry, source premium appliances, sinks and taps... then to ensure the whole installation of your room runs like clockwork.”

“From solid hardwood units, quartz or timber surfaces and appliances from names like miele, Sub zero and Wolf, everything we build or use is built to last. There’s cost, then there’s value and our clients are happy to tell us that our bespoke furniture and quality kitchens are a pleasure to live with. That’s the measure of success on which we thrive.” n

“We think that design is a collaborative process,” says Richard. “Nobody knows your home, your family or your needs better than you. So we think our role is to empower your decisions rather than making them for you.”

“At that price and in the beautiful homes we work in, a kitchen needs to be right first time in terms of its installation and the management of the project, and needs to be practical and built to last, but it also needs to feel like a special room every time you walk in; like it’s your room, designed specifically for you.”

n Call Richard Sutton Design on 01472 268377 for a free, no obligation, no pressure-selling discussion of your project, or see www.richardsuttondesign.com & www.richardsuttondesigninteriors.com. The company is based on Wellowgate, Grimsby DN32 0RA.


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01529 300609 07832 344046 morrissandshawgardenhouses.com


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If you’re seeking to refresh your reception rooms or add some style to your study this spring, whether you’re beautifying your boudoir or doing up your dining room, furniture can be sustainable and stylish when you visit Furniture Loft...

Can furnishing really be sustainable and stylish? Yes! According to long-established market harborough business Furniture Loft. The company is combining heritage and recycling in its new vintage painted furniture range.

In purpose-built workshops and showrooms, artisan painters are sourcing beautiful antique items to restore and hand-paint, at surprisingly low prices. The growing selection is right on trend, for style and sustainability, offering upcycled pieces to discerning customers, who are invited to bring in items and ideas of their own.

With high quality chalk paint and wax, skilled craftsmen give reclaimed pieces careful consideration before applying an exquisite, sympathetic finish. Restoration work done, antiqued items are hand-

crafted and customised by the vintage team, which ensures the colour choice and technique complement each individual piece.

A wide palette of colours (by Annie Sloan Chalk paints, Oxford) and waxes enable the team to create one-off statement pieces; subtle and understated, carefully restored and all beautifully finished. vintage painted furniture is lovingly created yet highly sustainable in its recycling of old classics. It brings pieces full of character into a retro-flavoured market.

Customers love vintage and heritage while respecting the future of their environment and resources.

The firm’s beautiful hand painted furniture ranges can be viewed at Furniture Loft on Riverside, in showrooms beautifully decorated with Farrow & Ball shades. n

1. Pollard Oak 19th Century Sideboard £495; 2. Jacobean Style Oak Sideboard with Back £275; 3. Maples Bow Front Sideboard £225, Blue Rocking Chair £115, 19th Century Blue Oak Sideboard £475; 4. Yellow Dry Gin Display Cabinet £335, Linen Cupboard with Decorated Panels £495; 5. Pink Dressing Table £225; 6. Black and Gold Washstand £155, Black and Gold Chest of Drawers £295. n

Items are subject to availability/New items arrive every week.

Furniture Loft is based on Riverside, Market Harborough LE16 7PT. Call 01858 435500 or see www.furnitureloft.co.uk. 76



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STONe The Beauty of Natural

Words: Rob Davis.


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Beautiful, local limestone is a product for your home that’s been thousands of years in the making. Its new ambassador is Stamford Stone’s Karen Jackson, who introduces us to its natural charm and quality... Natural. Beautiful. Hard-wearing. Natural limestone, from beneath the Rutland countryside, is one of the most understated of the county’s local produce - a term more usually reserved for food and drink but equally applicable. Stamford Stone has operated Clipsham medwell quarry since 2001. After buying the Clipsham Quarry Company last year, it gained Clipsham’s Bidwells Quarry on Bidwells Lane, giving it the exclusive supply of Clipsham limestone worldwide. karen Jackson, who has extensive experience working in the home improvement sector, and has now joined the company to champion local limestone. “I’m used to offering people quality products to improve their homes, but local limestone from Stamford Stone has a whole other dimension,” says karen. “It’s developed over thousands of years to create beautiful flooring, staircases, fireplaces and so much more too.”

“It’s difficult to think of a material that’s more versatile nor, with the proper care, one that is as hard-wearing. Looked after, stone will withstand family life and will continue to look better as it ages.” “Our showroom is located on the quarry at Swaddywell. It may sound like a tough environment, but in fact we have really light comfortable space in which to display all the versatility our products offer. Of course, the coffee’s always on, but if you’re so inclined you can enjoy a tour and see your own stone actually being quarried!”

“Clients can discuss their project and can take advantage of our technical knowledge and familiarity with the product, as well as our excellent customer service. We also have the ability to put them in touch with our own sub-contracted installers to really get the best out of the material, whether you’re looking to create a beautiful floor, an architecturally impressive staircase, a beautiful kitchen or bathroom, or architectural stonework inside or outdoors at home.” n n Visit Stamford Stone Co at Swaddywell Quarry, PE6 7EL. Alternatively, call 01780 740970 or see www.ssathome.co.uk. 81

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This spread: Lismore from Sanderson in indigo/silver colourway is the feathery motif seen here on the cushion. Curtains in Juniper Pine, Forest colourway.


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COUNTRY For those giving serious consideration to hibernation, we present a series of country fabrics for soft furnishings and upholstery designed to ensure you’re cosy in the country... see you in spring! Words: Rob Davis.


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Juxtaposing traditional prints and modern neutral colours can create a fresh take on the classic ‘country’ look... Top: Chaise sofa finished in Zoffany’s Darnley with rich colourways inspired by aristocratic stately homes. Above/Right: Elysian from Sanderson is inspired by impressionist watercolour images of nature. Right: Another Sanderson fabric from the Elysian collection, Bryndle check in russet colourway.


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Forest fruits, flowers and birds are captured in great detail in the Abbey Gardens family of fabrics from Prestigious Textiles.


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Osborne & Little’s Laghetto is a painterly underwater composition of fish and plant life printed on pure linen. The name means a small lake in Italian.

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Above: A dreamy feathery leaf motif from Osborne & Little, Paraggi in blue. Right: Pietra Damask from Zoffany is a soft floral design shown here in La Seine colourway. Above/Right: Evesham Deer fabric and Elysian Fig wallpaper from Sanderson.

Local Suppliers...

40 Winks: 01522 525999, www.fortywinkz.co.uk.

Aitch Interiors: 01522 810961, www.aitchinteriors.co.uk. Anelise Home: 01522 530400, www.anelisehome.co.uk. Delcor: 01780 762579, www.delcor.co.uk.

Elizabeth & Stevens: 01636 822000, www.elizabethandstevens.com.

Kimbell & Co: 01858 433444, www.kimbellinteriors.co.uk.

Lees Furnishers: 01472 353251 www.leesfurnishers.co.uk. Richard Sutton Interiors: 01472 268377, richardsuttondesigninteriors.com. Roger Davis Interiors: 01522 531371, rogerdavisinteriors.com. Sack Store: 01205 310101, www.sackstore.co.uk.

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Lowry Legend

The works of the most recognisable artist of them all, Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887 – 1976) continue to fascinate art collectors, galleries and the wider public alike. Based in a small paradox of Northern living, Lowry spent most time in Pendlebury and neighbouring Salford, producing a similar arrangement of street scenes famed for his portrayal of the grime and toil of working class life, often painting when time allowed at twilight hours, even using colours and raw materials that would deteriorate over time and emphasise the squalor of what he saw around him. There many remarkable things about Lowry; not least he rejected several major honours including a Knighthood in 1968. He juxtaposed living in upper class Mottram and later Cheshire with his overall dislike of the people and surrounding area there and he is as well known for harrowing, oppressive self portraits as he was for street scenes, falling into depression after his father’s death which had left his family debt ridden in 1932 and having to look after his ill mother until her death in 1939. This took a toll on his painting and after a promising early career when, in 1905 he was enlisted into the Manchester School of Art finding himself under the renowned tutorage of the Impressionist Pierre Adolphe Valette, he only changed his style to what we know today after frequent persuasion from D B Taylor of the Manchester Guardian. Many of the portraits in the 1930s illustrated his inner turmoil and suffering, a sort of inner working class self mirroring the working class scenes in say Going to The Match. His landscapes portrayed melancholic, everyday figures, although mere strokes on a page, his characters are all different often illustrating normal

people doing normal things like going to work or attending a football match. Seascapes and beach scenes were drawn from time spent in the North East at Sunderland and Berwick Upon Tweed, but all works show hopelessness and a degree of pity which appeals to buyers and admirers today. His legacy marks him as one of the most famous artists in the world. The 2013 Tate Britain exhibition and a major solo offering in Nanjing China are just two examples which highlight his global appeal. He influenced many other artists such as the great Sheila Fell and continues to be recognized and known throughout the world. The prints, signed and watermarked and so popular in salerooms today add emphasis to the fact how well loved and admired his works are by high end and middle ground collectors alike. With the aforementioned Going To The Match print selling for upwards of £20,000 and his regular limited edition works changing hands for well into four figures, not to mention the popularity of his original works, the difficulty in attributing originals and the large number of fake works on the market, the worldwide appeal of this northern genius only continues to flourish. 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 www.goldingyoung.com.

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What a difference a door makes! Stay safe, sound and warm behind classical timber doors. With the winter upon us and winter to close in now is the time to think about changing your doors... The oldest doors in the world were made of timber and still there and working. You can see on many of our finest heritage buildings be they churches, colleges or other fine institutional facilities how magnificent the doors look because in the main our heritage is protected and now in public ownership or private trust and are kept up to date with good regular maintenance. This is a far cry from the cheap doors brought in from the far east to fund an explosion in private house ownership in the 1960s through to the very recent times.

In the 1970s, the British Wood Working Federation launched a campaign aimed at the consumer named ‘what a difference a door makes.’ Timber entrance door production in the Uk increased because of this and peaked at volumes close to 3 million units and manufacturers values of £400m by 1986.

Since then however we have had the explosion of the plastic revolution. This wiped out the huge market share that timber enjoyed to the extent that in windows nearly 80% was lost to the plastic products by the beginning of 2000. Timber doors held a higher market share in this move as it was and is always felt that a solid timber door does provide good security and is generally more efficient at keeping the prevailing elements at bay. The rise of composite door constructions have made huge inroads into the entrance door market and now probably account for more than half of the Uk demand

which is now measured at some £600m and growing at more than 5% pa. Security has been provided by the strength of the door core and the combination and use of decent ironmongery with espagnolette systems that can lock all three leading edges using shoot bolts or hooks with a central controlling arm handle. In 2017 however a new requirement under the building regulations was introduced and is now in force part Q which demands even greater security standards for external fenestration products. Current market research suggests that the major driving force for consumers when purchasing new doors and windows is security and energy conservation, but also adding beauty and real value to the house.

It is little wonder then that the Timber Door complete with all the appropriate ironmongery and factory assembled and finished is now leading the way again to dominate the choice for new door designs and mechanics that more than satisfy todays demanding new standards.

Timber is the most versatile of all materials and can be easily finished with modern waterborne paints or stains from a huge range of colours and wood stains which are expected to last for up to eight years before new decoration needed. products made by timberwindows.com and installed by The New Window Company at Frieston heath Caythorpe near Grantham all meet the very high standards demanded today. n

Find Out More: New Window Company is based at Elms Farm, The Old Barn, Frieston Heath Lane, Grantham NG32 3HD. For a free no obligation discussion about your property’s needs call 01400 272538 or see www.new-window.co.uk.


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BOSTON Ten Facts About

Boston author, businessman and local councillor Richard Austin and co-author David Radford enlisted over 50 authors and photographers to help assemble their new book, which promises to reveal everything about the town of Boston you ever wanted to know... Words: Richard Austin and Laurin Dempsey. Images: Lincolnshire Pride’s Chief Photographer Dean Fisher.


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The sudden collapse of european countries into the massive conflict of the First World War happened over a Bank holiday weekend in August 1914.

The Boston company of the Territorial Army were away at their annual camp in Bridlington and had to be summoned home in haste before marching to Lincoln led by their Captain meaburn Staniland. At that time he was the youngest town clerk in the Uk. The other Boston Territorial unit, an artillery battery, followed them a few days later.

The declaration of war in September 1939 came as little surprise. The Council had already instructed the Borough Surveyor to draw up proposals for public air-raid shelters, and plans to create a new fire station were being discussed. Within hours of the war being declared 3,000 mothers with children and helpers arrived in the market place by bus. They were mainly from hull and sent to billets in the surrounding villages as the town itself was considered too risky because of it’s port. most evacuees had returned home by Christmas.

Life on the home front and Boston’s role in the war effort is celebrated by paul and Linda Brichford who set up We’ll meet Again. The museum has a wide range of artefacts from both the first and second World War, including documents and correspondence detailing the first-hand experiences of local men who were sent to the front, and details on what happened between the wars as Boston reeled from the aftermath. n



Nineteenth century British poet, novelist, and children’s author Jean Ingelow was born in Boston on 17th march 1820 and was the eldest of 10 children. her father, William was one of Boston’s bankers and the family lived in South Square overlooking the river near to what is now haven Bridge. The family moved to Ipswich and then London, where Ingelow remained throughout her life.


Ingelow began publishing poems in periodicals as a girl, under the pseudonym Orris, and later published some of her work anonymously.

many of her long narrative poems were written in blank verse, with themes of Christian faith and romantic love. her work was widely read during her lifetime, and she was known for her charitable ‘copyright dinners,’ in which she hosted her poorer neighbours for dinners paid for with the profits from her books. n


The Port of Boston is located on the Wash, on the east Coast of england serving a wide hinterland – in particular the West midlands, but also London, the North West and North east. For most of Boston’s thousand years the port was on the banks of the River Witham where it passed through the town centre. Several features of this riverside port still remain. The sea-port was downstream of the town’s bridge as sea-going vessels with their tall masts could not pass underneath it.

By the late 19th century ships could not safely rest on mud at low tide, so in the 1880s Boston Corporation built the wet Dock that is still in use today.

The recent creation of the Boston Docks and the much improved haven had the potential make Boston into an east coast fishing port on a scale similar to Grimsby.

Supported by a number of influential people of the town, the Boston Deep Sea Fishing and Ice Company was formed in August 1885 by a group of Boston businessmen. By 1890 Boston was a viable fishing port and the Company’s 24 trawlers were operating alongside other fishing companies, such as the Boston Steam Fishing Company. n

This was built at the same time as the river from there to the Wash was straightened with a new curving channel out into the Wash.

remembering Boston’s lost Fishermen The town remembers its lost fishermen who sailed from Boston at the outbreak of the First World War and were killed or taken prisoner. Some of the fishermen put to sea unaware that war had been declared and ten of 16 deep-sea trawlers from the port were sunk in the first month of the conflict. At least 51 fishermen lost their lives and 53 more were held prisoners of war. n


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4 herbert ingram

Herbert Ingram was born in the town of Boston on 27th may 1811 and was educated at the local free school, laughton’s charity school which was operated in the south-west chapel of the stump, when afterwards he became an apprentice in the printing trade for joseph clarke who had premises in the market place. when ingram finished his training he moved to london at the age of 21 where he worked as a journeyman printer. whilst in london henry ingram met nathaniel cook, and with nathaniel’s literary skills and herbert’s technical ability it resulted in the two men forming a partnership as printers, newsagents and stationers in nottingham.

As a newsagent ingram noticed that when on the rare occasions that newspapers included woodcuts, their sales increased. he therefore came to the conclusion that it would be possible to make a good profit from a magazine that included a large number of illustrations. in 1842 the illustrated london news was born, selling at an affordable 6d a copy and has remained in circulation ever since. ingram returned to Boston and devoted considerable time in working for the betterment of the town. he was prominent in the founding of Boston water works which, in 1849, provided the town for the first time with a reliable supply of fresh water.

he also ensured that Boston and its port were connected to the national rail network and was instrumental in the restoration of the stump and paid to have the east window restored. in 1856 herbert stood for parliament as the liberal candidate in a by-election which he won with the help of mark lemon, editor of punch. in 1860 ingram went to America with his eldest son to obtain material for the illustrated london news. on 8th september, ingram was on board the lady elgin, when the ship was sunk after colliding with another vessel on lake michigan. herbert ingram, his son, and nearly all the passengers were drowned. n 97

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20kms wide and 30kms long, The Wash is the largest estuary system in the United kingdom. Characterised by vast saltmarshes and mudflats it is intentionally recognised for its important wildfowl and wading birds. There are now two RSpB reserves near Boston, at Freiston Shore and at Frampton marsh. Freiston Shore has one of the Uk’s largest 'managed realignment' projects, in which the RSpB has worked with the environment Agency to convert 66 hectares of coastal farmland into tidal saltmarsh. Frampton marsh is a coastal reserve set up to bring The Wash closer to you, with wetlands, reedbeds, large freshwater scrapes and wet grassland. n


John Foxe historic shodfriar’s hall A BUILDING OF BOTH 15TH CENTURY PROVENANCE AND AN 1874 ADDITION...

Shodfriar’s Hall comprises two conjoined buildings of different dates and styles, a fifteenth century L-shaped structure and a substantial red brick extension of 1874. The older of the two (described by pevsner as ‘the ghost’ of a timber framed building) was reconstructed by J Oldrid Scott in 1874 who also designed the new building in contrasting gothic style. The old building housed the Boston Conservative and Constitutional Club, the new one contained a great hall at first floor level for dances, public meetings and concerts, with occasional theatricals. n

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Another famous Bostonian was John Foxe (1516-1587). Queen Elizabeth I ordered that every parish church in England should have a copy of his 1563 Book of Martyrs, as well as Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer.

john cotton & e pilgrim Fathers

Reverend John Cotton lived in Boston, serving as the town’s vicar from 1612 to 1633. Cotton became a mentor and a guide to America’s Founding Fathers after fleeing arrest in England for being Puritan. John Cotton lived for 19 years in Massachusetts, surrounded by some in his Lincolnshire congregation who played key roles in governing Massachusetts. n



Though born in Buckinghamshire, the renowned gothic revivalist architect Scott has strong connections to Boston. he studied architecture as a pupil of James edmeston, an english architect and surveyor, and, from 1832 to 1834, worked as an assistant to henry Roberts, a British architect best known for Fishmonger’s hall in London. George Gilbert’s architectural connections with Boston were many and George called Boston his ‘third home.’ he married his Boston cousin Caroline Oldrid in St Botolph’s in 1838 and from that moment stayed in the town for part of every year. The house that was their Boston home is the large white house at the end of South Street where it joins John Adams Way. In 1837 he designed the Skirbeck Workhouse with a neo-classical façade. known today as ‘Scott house’, it can still be seen set back from the Skirbeck Road. Between 1846 and 1848 Scott designed holy Trinity Church in Spilsby Road then going on to restoring St Nicholas’s Skirbeck between 1869 and 1875. George’s two son’s John Oldrid Scott and George Gilbert Scott Jnr went on to restore and extend Shodfriars hall in 1873. n

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Fydell House is owned and run by The Boston preservation Trust. The house is now available for conference and wedding venue hire and there are a number of adult education classes led by professional tutors. n



The Hanseatic League was an association of traders from a number of German towns led by Lübeck. Their aim was to encourage trade, maintain monopolies and help each other out in cases of piracy. It grew to include the Baltic countries, with the east coast ports in england such as Boston and king’s Lynn becoming involved, it meant that there were always safe havens for travelling merchants to trade with. During this time, Boston was a very wealthy town with many merchant’s houses, which had links to abbeys in the area including kirkstead and Revesby. Fountains Abbey also had links to the town, hence Fountains Lane. Wool was the dominant... and lucrative export! n


Our Boston extracts are taken from Boston: The Small Town with a Big Story, written and compiled by Richard Austin BEM and David Radford. Published by Cherry Tree Books, it has 120 pages, with colour illustrations and features 55 topics covering 2,000 years of history. £12.95 from good bookshops.


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“The Best Relationships Begin Life as Friendships!” We are very excited to share with you another Pride wedding, that of our Sales Manager Charlotte and husband Richard. Over 10 years ago, their flourishing friendship formed the foundation of their love... Photographer: Natalie Lauren Photography, 07545 783153, www.natalielaurenphotography.co.uk.

Congratulations to Charlotte and Richard! Charlotte is one of our own; having worked for a number of years at Pride as our Sales Manager. It was, therefore, our profound pleasure to help her celebrate her special day recently, and a great excuse to find out the story behind the couple’s nuptials to share the story of a marriage founded on a great friendship.


First meeting more than 10 years ago over a tray of drinks in their local pub - The Barley Mow at Friskney - it wasn’t until five years later - five excruciating years for those watching from the sidelines as they couple danced around the inevitable - that a very great foundation of friendship flourished and resulted in (finally!) becoming husband and wife. But that’s fine... because as we all know, the best things come to those who wait!

Pride’s Charlotte Daubney is a Lincolnshire girl born and bred, growing up in East Keal whilst husband Richard grew up in Old Leake. Both attended Young Farmers clubs in their formative years and share a common love for - and interest in - the great outdoors. With this interest in mind a trip to Keswick, in the Lake District, with friends was arranged in August last year. Charlotte being an inveterate organiser sorted everything out, from the accommodation to what was going to be done on the weekend... little did she know there would be a surprise twist! “Saturday came and our friends had informed me that they wanted to go on a walk with views, where would I recommend? I immediately thought of Cat Bells, a ‘little mountain’ overlooking Derwent Water that

I have fond memories of walking up and down as a child on family holidays... and so we packed our rucksacks - I wasn’t allowed to get involved in this activity, nor carry a bag of my own.” “Richard wanted to ‘bear the load,’ and we set off for Cat Bells that morning.” After an hour or so of slog, a lot of sweat and a few tears, we finally saw the summit and Rich grabbed my hand then marched me to the top. Our friends were ‘taking their time’ as Nicola, supposedly had a ‘sore knee!’ “We reached the very summit and Rich asked me how I felt, to which I responded ‘I feel exhausted after that climb,’ he then shuffled around in the rucksack and turned around with a little box in his hand and said to me, quite simply, ‘will this make it better?’ and then presented me with the most beautiful ring I have ever seen!”

Leaving no time to spare, Charlotte and Richard set their wedding date the following month, to be married a year later. Wedding Photographer: Natalie Lauren Photography, 07545 783153 natalielaurenphotography.co.uk

Wedding Flowers: Michelle Roworth, Rosedale House, 01507 239068, rosedalehousefloraldesigns.co.uk. Wedding Marquee: Tilly’s Garden Party Hire, 01775 711137 tillysgardenpartyhire.co.uk. Catering: Claire Fairman Catering, 07949 652599.

Music: Manytones, 07483 854496, www.manytonesmusic.co.uk. n

“We had always talked about having our wedding on the family farm, so the marquee was the first element of the wedding that we booked!”

We’re sure you will agree that Charlotte looks absolutely stunning in her wedding dress... although like most brides, she found herself at odds with expectation when it came to picking her dress. “I always envisaged myself choosing something a little different, elegant and classy but full of character with a twist of the 1920s... and I think my dress fitted the bill nicely!” >>


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“Don’t panic about speaking to every single person, it’s your wedding day so make sure you enjoy it with your other half !”

>> “It was a beautiful Mikado Silk gown with an open back and lots and lots of beading! I am not quite sure where my initial caveat of ‘lace and absolutely no bling’ disappeared to.” “The day couldn’t have gone any better and hosting it on the family farm made it even more special to us. We had a great team of suppliers who we can’t thank enough!”

Charlotte’s most memorable moment of the day was driving away with her new husband in an open top car. Meanwhile Richard’s favourite memory was tapping his toes to the amazing jazz band!

By way of honeymoon, the couple caught the Eurostar to Paris and drove down to the Dordogne to a place called Chateaux dans les Arbes where their treehouse in the stars awaited them.

“Our highlights were breakfast served in a basket that we hauled up to our treehouse every morning and Champagne with macarons on arrival, plus a Nordic bath tub in the treetops and - best of all - not another person in sight!” Advice to any brides to be? Make sure you provide a decent supply of welcome drinks, this will set everyone up for the party ahead!

“Don’t panic about speaking to every single person, it’s your wedding day so make sure you enjoy it with your other half ! For me, I wanted to make sure I enjoyed spending that time in the morning with my amazing bridesmaids and of course my mother, you only do it once so enjoy every second!” n 102

Images: Natalie Lauren Photography, 07545 783153, natalielaurenphotography.co.uk.

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Top/Left: Goldbergh Kaja luxury ski jacket £598.62. Top/Right: Annok pink ski jacket from Dope £152. Bottom/Left: Sportalm Escape ski jacket with fur and hood £471. Bottom/Right: Goldbergh Hida jacket £599.26 in black, red, pink, white or green. n

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Mr Yewlett, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, at Avicenna Clinic Explains Frozen Shoulder WE ARE DELIGHTED to welcome Mr Yewlett, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, to the Avicenna Clinic in Peterborough. He brings cutting edge diagnostic and regenerative techniques which are not widely available on the NHS to Avicenna. This complements our ethos to deliver world class treatments and care under one roof. Mr Yewlett is an experienced Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in both surgical and regenerative treatments of shoulder, elbow and hand conditions and sporting injuries of the same. He studied medicine at Imperial College London and graduated with a first class honours degree in 2004, obtained a higher degree in Trauma Surgery with the outstanding performance award, awarded the national British Elbow and Shoulder Society Leadership fellowship and Pump priming grant. In 2019, Mr Yewlett became the first and only named shoulder surgeon approved by the major insurance group (Alliance) to perform wideawake office based diagnostic arthroscopies on their corporate patients in recognition of his international expertise with the “Mi-eye” device. With winter approaching it seems apt to mention “frozen” shoulders! This is one of many conditions that Mr Yewlett treats at the Avicenna clinic.

Despite its name a frozen shoulder, (“adhesive capsulitis”) is not related to the temperature. It is a painful, disabling condition of the shoulder characterised by increasing stiffness of the joint. It typically goes through three stages.

An initial, very painful, inflammatory phase (approximately 12 weeks), followed by a less painful but stiff frozen phase (12-36 weeks) followed by a thawing phase (36-52 weeks) during which movement is recovered. What causes frozen shoulder? Frozen shoulder usually comes on “out of the blue” but occasionally it can follow a 108

The whole process, however, from onset of pain to recovery of function and resolution of pain can take up to two years. Once you are in the ‘frozen’ phase then gentle physiotherapy can be helpful. If you are experiencing a lot of pain then an injection into the shoulder joint can be very helpful at reducing the pain and it may shorten the time to recovery. In severe cases surgery may be beneficial. What injections can be given and how? It is critical to inject the right anatomical location and as such Mr Yewlett advocates mi-eye guided glenohumeral joint injections. This ensures the injection is correctly placed as well as allowing a “hydrodilatation” procedure to be performed in selected cases. This is an out-patient procedure and does not require hospital admission. minor injury of the joint. It is not known what triggers a frozen shoulder but the capsule (the lining) of the joint becomes very inflamed and then gradually scars leading to a contracture. It is the inflammation that causes the intense pain, particularly at night, and the contracture of the capsule that causes the restriction of movement.

How is it diagnosed? The diagnosis is confirmed by taking a careful history, particularly around the onset of the symptoms and the sorts of activities which cause the pain. One of the classic features of a frozen shoulder is that the passive range of motion is equal to the active range of motion. Imaging by X-ray, ultrasound and/or MRI may help to exclude other conditions that may be confused with frozen shoulder such as rotator cuff impingement or tear, inflammatory condition or a more serious pathology as cancer. What are the treatment options? Frozen shoulder is usually a “self-limiting” condition. This means it will generally get better by itself.

What is a hydrodilatation procedure? Hydrodilatation is a procedure that aims to improve the movement of the shoulder joint and decrease pain in the shoulder. It involves stretching the capsule of the joint and reducing the inflammation within it by injecting a mixture of sterile saline, local anaesthetic and steroid. Mr Yewlett provides a “one” stop shoulder diagnostic clinics at Avicenna Clinic.

Avicenna clinic specialises in pain management and minimal invasive intervention. The clinic has a range of specialist consultants, operating theatre for surgical procedures and superior in-house imaging facilities – including state-of-the-art MRI, ultrasound and X-ray scanning equipment. We can assess and diagnose all cases of acute and chronic pain quickly and deliver comprehensive treatment plans tailored to you. n To book an appointment with Mr Yewlett at The Avicenna Clinic in Peterborough please call 0330 202 0597. For more information about the clinic please visit the clinic website www.avicennaclinic.com.

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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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tHiS moNtH: tHe merry mACS iN LiNCoLN & PetWooD’S PeAky BLiNDerS!

to feature your event call 01529 469977. our magazines are free to read online, so you can share the magazine with your friends. visit www.pridemagazines.co.uk. 115

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Roll Up & Dig Deep for the

Greatest Showman! LiNCoLN’S DouBLetree By HiLtoN was full of bright colours, fire-eaters and jugglers recently as the circus came to the city in the form of a big top event by the merry macs. organised by a small fundraising team Fiona Goldsby and Julie treadwell - the merry macs of Lincoln threw the spectacular Greatest Ball for 340 guests. With fire performers, clowns, magicians, popcorn, candy floss, lollipops and so much more, guests were entertained from the very moment they stepped in the door. Huge thanks to reach who sang songs from the hit, e Greatest Showman; Adrian Ley the Clown for the evening; Scott Perry, table magician; Neil martin-Lilley for comparing and mr richard Bond for his fabulous auctioneer skills! e night raised just over £7,000 for macmillan Cancer Support and will be spent locally towards the new Support Centre at Lincoln County. n photos: Pride’s Chief Photographer Dean Fisher.

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The peaky Blinders Fundraising in Woodhall by order of

you DoN’t meSS with Woodhall Spa’s Lions... after all, their recent charity event had the backing of some seriously robust characters, in the form of the Shelby Family. At a recent Peaky Blinders night, held at e Petwood Hotel, there were glamorous 1920s cocktail gowns, cigarette extenders, peaked caps and tweed suits aplenty, as the group raised money not for the Shelby Foundation, but for causes a little closer to home. Woodhall Spa Lions Club was originally formed in 2002 by 23 community minded people. During its time, the group has made donations to Diabetes uk, mNDA, Lincoln miND, e Butterfly Hospice plus national funds such as the european Flood Disaster Appeal. e group also organises the Woodhall Spa Santa Dash and the Woodhall Spa easter egg Hunt. Put the fun into fundraising, by order of Woodhall Spa’s Peaky Blinders! n photos: Pride’s Chief Photographer Dean Fisher.

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It’s the first SUV from Aston Martin, long-awaited and promising practicality as well as unabashed luxury. This month we reveal the manufacturer’s new DBX... Words: Rob Davis.

THEY LAUGHED when Porsche created a 4x4, but the Cayenne’s sales success has since silenced any critics. And now, it’s Aston Martin’s turn. DBX is the firm’s first four-door, fourwheel drive SUV, set to take on a dearth of rivals from the Cayenne to the Range Rover, to Bentley’s Bentayga, Lamborghini’s Urus and Maserati’s Trofeo.

At £158,000, the DBX is currently more expensive than many Range Rover models, pitching itself as a ‘Super-SUV’ in a new sector topped out by the Rolls Royce Cullinan at £264,000. A new Range Rover due in 2021 will position that model more in the six-figure SUV league, so it’s important that Aston Martin’s DBX gains a foothold in the market before competition becomes even stiffer.

The car is powered by a 4.0 V8 engine, with twin turbochargers, such as you’d find in many AMG-Mercedes models. At full output the car is good for 550ps of powers, but a clever feature is the DBX’s cylinder deactivation technology which enables the car to shut down half of its engine under light loads, working as a four-cylinder unit, if you’re busy just dropping the children off at Waitrose and grabbing some groceries from school. Despite the feature you’ll still struggle to get close to the already eye-watering WLTP

fuel economy figure of just 19.7mpg, never mind fuel economy when you’re driving the car in such a way as to exploit its 0-60mph time of 4.5 seconds and top speed of 181mph.

In terms of the car’s practicality, there are five full-sized seats and a boot that extends to 632 litres - for context, a Range Rover has 550 litres of space. Naturally all-wheel drive comes as standard, as does air suspension and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Aston Martin is as synonymous with luxury as it is with performance and in this respect the DBX doesn’t disappoint. There’s a single model available, with three-zone climate control, heated Bridge of Weir leather seats that adjust electrically, 360° camera, sat nav and adaptive cruise all as standard. Wool can be substituted for leather if you’re a committed vegetarian, and there’s a range of veneers, plus gloss black and carbon fibre body kits and 22” wheels available for styling purposes.

Over 200 hours of hand-stitching and polishing are invested in the creation of the interior and the result is a beautiful cabin.

Taking a leaf out of the new Defender’s book, the DBX is available with a number of ‘adventure’ packs, too. >>

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Six Figure Off-Roaders: Four by four by far-fetched...

Lamborghini Urus £159,925: A troublingly medical-sounding name and overtly masculine styling on the interior renders the Lamborghini anything but subtle. Four doors, four seats, four wheel drive, four wheel steering plus a 4.0 litre V8 engine yields a 0-60mph time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 305km/h. We think there are more comfortable options available, and more subtle ones too, but for aficionados of the brand, the Urus is bound to appeal. n

Rolls Royce Cullinan £264,000: Rolls snootily rejects that the car is an SUV, stating instead that it’s a ‘high-sided car from Rolls Royce.’ Enjoy a hand-built 6.75 litre V12, all wheel drive, all wheel steering and all wheel drive, but you’ll need a hand parking, considering the Cullinan is 30cm longer than a Range Rover and over 5cm wider. There’s something a bit naff about someone for whom a Range Rover is ‘not good enough,’ but if you insist, the Rolls will certainly be an imperious sight on the road thanks to its huge grille, vast dimensions and monster engine. n

>> 11 packs include the Snow pack with its boot warmer, ski chains and ski rack, or the event pack with its hamper, picnic blanket, event seating and umbrella storage. A Field Sport pack includes a gun cabinet, and shooting stick, whilst a pet pack features a bumper protector and portable pet washer.

Bentley Bentayga Speed 6.0 W12 £185,800: A more modest Bentayga V8 and a Bentayga diesel are available, but in the above company, £185,800 for an SUV looks like a snip. Audi mechanicals and plenty of options for customisation go some way to justifying its price tag, and on a practical note, seven seats are now available on the car for 2020. n


missing a trick somewhat, Aston martin hasn’t branded the availability of its bespoke leather child and baby seat a ‘brat pack,’ but it’s a practical addition nonetheless.

The first 500 models of the car will feature special 1913 badging, celebrating the firm’s heritage. The will be personally inspected and endorsed by Aston martin’s

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“The car is desperately crying out for a hybrid or electric drivetrain to offset its economy and make it truly desirable...” CeO Andy palmer, with customers invited to a launch cocktail party in the Waldorf Astoria where they will also be presented with a build-book documenting the birth of their car.

In terms of dimensions, the DBX is styled deceptively like a Tesla model X or Jaguar ipace. In fact, it’s 30cm longer than a Range Rover vogue, albeit slightly slimmer. This is a larger and roomier car than it’s coupé styling suggests.

Naturally the car is packed with technology from digital instrumentation and central display to ambient lighting in 64 colours and an optional park assist system.

In all, the DBX is set to be one of the most desirable, technologically impressive and well-equipped models in the very special six-figure SUv market. But what the car is desperately crying out for is a plug-in hybrid or fully electric drivetrain to offset its economy. Then, it’ll be truly desirable. n

ASTON MARTIN DBX Price: £158,000 (available to order now, first deliveries spring).

Drivetrain: 550ps, 4.0v8 twin turbo petrol, automatic transmission, all wheel drive.

Performance: 0-62 mph: 4.3 seconds. Top Speed: 181mph. Economy: 19.73 (WLTp/Comb). Equipment: panoramic roof, sat nav, 360° camera, adaptive cruise. n 123

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Jaguar has updated its muscular F-Type coupé and the result is a pretty well-reconciled sports car... Words: Rob Davis.

JAGUAR’S F-TYpe, the spiritual successor to the e-Type of the 1960s and 1970s, is nearly seven years old. That’s quite an age in motoring circles, especially as porsche has already rolled out an updated Boxster which raises the bar further and further with every iteration in terms of handling. The venerable successor not just to the e-Type but the firm’s Xk risks becoming a bit of a dinosaur, a combustion engined sports car in an age of hybrids and Teslas. That’s why the old girl has been given a nip and tuck, with the latest and most efficient Ingenium engines.

Dynamically, the F-Type is pretty good, but unfortunately it’s pitted against the porsche Boxster. Whilst the latter is bound to suit keen drivers more, we think the Jaguar has the edge in terms of its looks, especially finished in this rather magnificent colour, Bluefire Blue. It’ll pair especially well with the tan leather seats available as part of an extended leather upgrade. They say looks are only skin deep, but when a GT looks as good as this, who are we to argue? n

The range comprises F-Type, F-Type R-Dynamic, First edition and the hardest working R model. 2.0 four-cylinder engines are badged p300; p450-badged models have five litre engines with eight cylinders whilst a 575ps p575 model has the same engine but with an enhanced state of tune.

If that amount of choice isn’t sufficiently bewildering you can also opt for rear or fourwheel drive and a coupé or convertible body. even the standard 2.0 F-Type reaches 60mph in 5.4 seconds and is good for 155mph where legal. So eschew the larger engines in favour of a higher spec F-Type.

As standard, the car comes with electrically adjustable suedecloth and leather seats, navigation, all-round parking sensors and a rear camera. Stepping up to Dynamic or higher provides mostly stylistic tweaks. We’d suggest a base-model car, then ticking the options for more adjustment and heating on your seats, climate control and a few other creature comforts which, with a starting price of £54,000, really ought to be standard anyway... or at the very least paying the £5,000 premium for the convertible model.

JAGUAR F-TYPE Price: £54,060 (on sale now).

Drivetrain: 2.0V4 with nine speed automatic and rear-wheel drive.

Performance: 0-60mph 5.4secs, max speed 155mph. Economy: 29.9mpg (combined). Equipment: Part-leather seats, navigation, Touch Pro and interactive driver display, Bluetooth, DAB, cruise control. n


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Smooth Sailing For your FiNANCeS

Still waters - like those of Lincoln’s Burton Waters - run deep at Williams Wealth Consultancy, where a team of 20 offers a deceptively huge range of services from their idyllic setting adjacent to the marina...

Don’t negotiate the choppy waters of financial planning alone... it’ll be smooth sailing if you enlist the help of Williams Wealth Consultancy based next to Lincoln’s Burton Waters. Captaining the ship is Dean Williams, with over 20 years experience in wealth management. After a number of years working for the high street banking sector as a Senior Wealth planning manager, Dean established his practice and moved to Burton Waters when the company expanded in 2014, moving to the firm’s current offices in 2017. Today, the company has 20 employees including five advisors, para-financial planners and business development experts. As a practice, the firm provides services for individuals and businesses, from retirement planning and investments to inheritance advice and mortgages.

“Financial planning works best when you’re aware of your clients, their circumstances and know which advice is most appropriate for their circumstances,” says Dean, who is also the regional chair of SOLLA, the Society of Later Life Advisors, a not-for-profit body aimed at establishing ethical and professional industry standards for the financial advice sector. “I am totally committed to building long term, high trust relationships and that my clients feel that the advice I give is of the highest standard.”

“With an ever changing environment and changing client circumstances, I feel that it is essential to write bespoke financial planning strategies for clients to help them they can achieve their goals, and, more importantly, to review these

plans regularly to check they remain current and accurate.”

“I work closely with other professionals such as solicitors, accountants and other financial services specialists to ensure that my clients receive the best advice available. It is not unusual for me to work alongside clients’ own professional advisers, making the process simpler and to save valuable time.” Williams Wealth Consultancy has partnered with St James Wealth management, the FTSe100 company which looks after client funds totalling £112.8bn. That means the Lincoln firm is to manage risk and achieve consistent long-term returns, resulting in greater financial security for its 1,500 Lincolnshire clients.

With offices in Louth and Grimsby, as well as Lincoln, Williams Wealth Consultancy is local enough to provide familiar, tailor-made advice for your circumstances, but with the reassurance of years of experience and the support one of the Uk’s leading wealth management portfolios.” n

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