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e as a county have a great deal to be proud of. In fact, it’s the basis of this entire magazine, and it’s my job to find more and more reasons to be proud of the area. One of the main reasons is the Lincolnshire alumni.

In this edition, we look at how some of those brilliant minds are remembered and respected, and in a way immortalised, by touring the county’s statues. You can see Isaac Newton in Grantham, Tennyson in Lincoln and the latest addition Margaret Thatcher alongside many, many others. Speaking of brilliant people, nationally-renowned drummer Gilson Lavis tells us of his phenomenal story with punk bands, rock bands and finally with Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

CEO of Lincolnshire Showground Jayne Southall tells us of her career too and why she loves the city of Lincoln; its brilliant population.

We invite you to celebrate and respect the great people of Lincolnshire this May. A great way of doing so is looking at our What’s On guide for a list of the countless festivals, fairs, shows and events happening near you. Best wishes for a wonderful month,

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NEWS & EVENTS

HOMES & GARDENS

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WHAT’S ON The best events in Lincolnshire this month.

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STATUES We tour the county’s heroes

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NEWS Our roundup of good news in and around the area.

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set in stone from Lord Alfred Tennyson to Isaac Newton.

THE INTERVIEW We speak to the Squeeze drummer Gilson Lavis now banging a different drum in Surfleet. HISTORY The Australia discoverer Matthew Flinders from Donington.

FOOD & DRINK 54 62

DINING OUT Highly-acclaimed Jews

House along Steep Hill in Lincoln.

RHUBARB Three ways to use seasonal rhubarb from cocktails to classics.

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WELCOME HOME The beautiful family home, Westcote Farm. KITCHENS A roundup of great

kitchen suppliers and great kitchens!

101 GARDENING Making the most of

bulbs and a Japanese garden that’s small but perfectly formed.

LADIES & GENTLEMEN 110

MY CITY CEO of the Lincolnshire Showground Jayne Southall discusses her favourite spots in Lincoln.

120 WEDDING Katy & Fin’s wedding.

144 MISCELLANY Little snippets of Lincs.

THE HIGH LIFE

148 BALL The Spilsby Young Farmers Ball. 150 COVER STORY Revving the engines of the most beautiful classic cars.


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NEWS & EVENTS

Backing Lincolnshire’s Natural Beauty THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF LINCOLNSHIRE SUPPORTED IN NEW PLANS... LINCOLNSHIRE WOLDS A new website and visitor guide have been launched in a bid to attract more people to come and see Lincolnshire’s natural beauty. Lincolnshire County Council wants to showcase the other parts of the county’s coastline and the Wolds that are often neglected by tourists in favour of popular holidaying spots. And while keen to ensure people still choose to have a vacation in the county, the authority also wants to get more exposure for the range of low-cost activities available in the region. “Lincolnshire is well-known for its seaside towns, which have been popular holiday destinations for generations, but we want to remind people that our wonderful coast has much more to offer,” says Councillor Colin Davies. “There are great opportunities for walking, cycling, and bird

watching all year round, and a wealth of wildlife and plant-life to explore.” “During the warmer months, our unspoilt beaches are the ideal location for paddling,

Brocklesby Country Fair is now in its 34th Year...

THE SUCCESSFUL COUNTRY FAIR WILL HOST ITS 34TH ANNUAL SHOW ON SUNDAY 16TH JUNE THIS YEAR...

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picnics, sandcastles, beach cricket and kite flying.” “Of course, we would also recommend visitors take the time to go inland and visit some of our lovely village BROCKLESBY The Brocklesby Country Fair now in its 34th year set in the beautiful lakeside setting of Brocklesby Park promises to provide a fun filled day of entertainment. The Main Ring will be host to The BMX Show this year alongside family favourite The Dog and Duck Show. With the ever popular terrier racing and the Blue Cross Fun Dog Show don’t forget to bring the pooch along too. With plenty of ‘Have a Go’ stands for clay and short bore rifle shooting, the adrenaline junkies can enjoy exhilarating rides with the Lincolnshire

pubs and historic market towns, or add variety to their walks or cycle rides by covering the coastal grazing marshes and the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds.” Landrover Club on their off-road driving track. Younger visitors are well catered for with a climbing wall, trampolines, circus skills workshops and mini farmyard hands-on experience. For a more relaxed approach, take a table in the stunning luncheon marquee where a delicious buffet lunch. With trade stands, a rural crafts marquee, extensive selection of artisan food traders and catering outlets, the Brocklesby Country Fair is known for celebrating all that is great about the countryside. n Visit www.brocklesby.co.uk.


SKEGNESS DEVELOPMENT UP AND RUNNING

Second World War Film a Massive Success

A drama set in WWII has finally hit the big screen after five years in the making. Lancaster Skies, previously called Our Shining Sword, has debuted at the Savoy Cinema in Boston and the Kinema in the Woods. Produced by Tin Hat Productions based in Sleaford, they have enjoyed glowing reviews from audiences with an 8.7/10 rating on movie site IMDB. Tin Hat Productions built their own Lancaster and even filmed scenes at East Kirkby Aviation Heritage Centre. SLEAFORD

SKEGNESS KCS Developments started working on the new Premier Inn in Skegness in September 2016 and the work is finally complete. The site includes a new bar and restaurant called the Steamboat, a new KFC drive-thru and 80 bedrooms for guests in addition to a car park. Plans for the seafront hotel have split opinion since it was

announced that the £8,000,000 development would be built on the Skegness seafront. It sits in front of the view of smaller hotels looking across the beach, but many people feel it will bring more money into the seaside town and more tourists visiting and spending money at the various tourist attractions that populate the coast. n www.premierinn.com for updates.

Lincoln Hosts Chow Down THE BIGGEST NORTHERN FOOD FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD IN THE GROUNDS OF LINCOLN CASTLE THIS YEAR...

LINCOLN Chow Down is proud to announce a four-day Easter Extravaganza and a Summer Weekender on 28th - 30th June as the dates for the special Guest Pop-up Festival, in the grounds of Lincoln Castle. Last summer’s biggest Northern food festival goes on tour this year, and historical Lincoln Castle is the perfect backdrop. The festival is returning after the monumental success of last year’s events at Halifax’s Piece Hall. It had more than 120,000 punters enjoying independent food and drink stalls, live music and family-friendly fun. The plan can only be to get bigger and better for 2019! n www.chowdownevents.co.uk.

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YMCA LINCOLNSHIRE will get just over £700,000 from Homes England to build a day and night centre for the homeless in the city. The charity will receive outline planning permission to transform its former gym and leisure space into the Lincoln Nomad Centre. The grant has helped them get closer to their £1,600,000 target.

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News THE COAST

A NEW COASTAL PATH FOR LINCS Ramblers in Lincolnshire are able to enjoy a new 16-mile stretch of coastal path. The new stretch of walkway runs up the coast past Skegness, Mablethorpe and bird watching hotspots at Gibraltar Point and Chapel St Leonards. The route also passes the Woola Bank Site of Special Scientific Interest - a submerged forest dating from the Neolithic Period. Home to a long-established coastal tourism industry, the new route will benefit from improved access and signposting to allow visitors and locals alike to enjoy the diversity of the coast, with a new boardwalk at Chapel Point improving access to the North Sea Observatory. This is part of a 2,700-mile path along the English coastline.

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What is Equity Release and how can you do it safely? By Sarah Watson, Senior Solicitor in the Property team at Wilkin Chapman solicitors.

In recent years, equity release has been frequently advertised as a way for homeowners over the age of 55 to unlock the money that is tied up in their property. It is used for a variety of reasons – from indulging in a dream holiday, to helping fund a child’s career or carrying out vital improvements to their property in order to sell it.

There are two main ways to release the equity in your home. You can either borrow against the value of your house with a lifetime mortgage or receive cash in return for selling part or all of your home, through a home reversion scheme.

If you feel that such an option would benefit you, it is important that you understand the consequences of venturing down the equity release route and have explored every other option available. This is something any reputable financial adviser will be able to discuss with you.

Once a suitable financial product is arranged for you, a qualified solicitor

needs to be appointed to act as an additional safeguard - ensuring that you fully understand the implications of taking out the equity release and that you are also making an informed decision with no undue influence.

“a qualified solicitor needs to be appointed to act as an additional safeguard”

Wilkin Chapman can be appointed as your chosen dedicated solicitor and has the added benefit of being a member of the Equity Release Council. The Council is a voluntary body that promotes high standards of conduct and practice to ensure a “Safe Equity Release” for consumers. As a member of the Equity Release Council, Wilkin Chapman is committed to providing expert advice in line with their Statement of Principles.

During the process, you will be invited by Wilkin Chapman to attend a face to face meeting where advice will be given to provide you with comfort and assurance that you are making an informed decision prior to completing your equity release. If you are considering this as an option for you, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our team. For an initial chat, please contact Sarah Watson on 01522 512345, email sarah.watson@wilkinchapman.co.uk or visit wilkinchapman.co.uk


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HIGHLIGHTS

Set in Stone LINCOLNSHIRE

Lincolnshire has been home to some of the world’s most brilliant minds and pioneers. From the poet Lord Alfred Tennyson to the physicist and astronomer Isaac Newton, we’ve immortalised them forever in stone across the county. Here we look at some of Lincolnshire’s best statues... 1. Lord alfred Tennyson, Lincoln. alfred, Lord Tennyson died on 6 october 1892. a few years later his friend, George Frederick watts began work on a memorial statue of Tennyson. watts began the work in 1898 and was 86 years old when he finished it in 1903, the year before his own death in 1904. e statue stands at the Lincoln cathedral. Unfortunately, watts did not get to see his work in place; the statue was installed at the cathedral in 1905. e statue depicts Tennyson alongside his dog, Karenina, and he is looking down at a small flower in his hand. watts was inspired by Tennyson’s poem ‘Flower in the crannied wall’ published in 1869. “Flower in the crannied wall, I pluck you out of the crannies, I hold you here, root and all, in my hand, Little flower - but if I could understand what you are, root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is.” 2. sir John Franklin, spilsby. Born on 16th april 1786 and educated in Louth, John Franklin experienced his first taste of the sea aged 12 when he visited saltfleet. He joined the Navy at the age of 14 and fought in two of the greatest sea battles; copenhagen in 1801 and Trafalgar in 1805. He served as Midshipman to another Lincolnshire explorer, his cousin Matthew Flinders. Being shipwrecked off australia did not deter the young John Franklin who later took part in Pictured here and in sculpture on this page is Lord Alfred Tennyson, renowned poet and Lincolnite.


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“Dudley the Donkey in Cleethorpes is there to remember the first person to bring donkey rides to the town...”

exploration to the Arctic. He was knighted by King George IV. He was also presented with a silver plate by the people of Spilsby.

Unfortunately, he disappeared while on his last expedition, attempting to chart and navigate the Northwest Passage in the North American Arctic. The icebound ships were abandoned and the entire crew died of starvation, hypothermia, tuberculosis, lead poisoning, and scurvy. Dominating the market area of Spilsby is an impressive statute of this remarkable man.

3. Dudley the Donkey, cleethorpes. This is a slightly random statue to be proud of in Lincolnshire. But a donkey called Dudley just off the Promenade in Cleethorpes commemorates Gladys Nuttall, the first person to bring donkey rides to Cleethorpes before the Second World War. It was made by a local artist called Donna Peterson. 4. Herbert Ingram, Boston. Ingram lived from 1811 to 1860 and was a British politician and journalist. He is famous for inventing pictorial journalism in an illustrated London News. He was a liberal politician who favoured social reform. He represented Boston for four years before Ingram tragically drowned in a shipping accident in America.

Above: Sir John Franklin in Spilsby.

Right: Herbert Ingram, a massive help to the town of Boston. Opposite: Explorer Matthew Flinders and ‘Trim’ the cat standing in his birthplace, Donington. We’ve an indepth feature on page 48.

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The statue was designed by Alexander Munro and was unveiled in October 1862. The allegorical figure at the base of the monument is a reference to Ingram’s efforts to bring the first piped water to the town.

5. Matthew Flinders, Donington. In the village of Donington, you’ll find a bronze statue of Matthew Flinders as a sea captain with telescope. At his feet is his cat Trim, born at sea in the Indian Ocean in 1797. Trim accompanied Flinders to Australia in 1801, survived shipwreck and capture by the French only to disappear in Mauritius. On the base plate, in front of Flinders, is a map of Australia with his route and ship. We have a history feature about Matthew Flinders in this edition. Read about his incredible journey and discoveries.

6. King George III, Lincoln castle. The popular statue of King George III was once part of a full height statue placed on top of Dunston Pillar in Sleaford in 1810 in celebration of the King’s Golden Jubilee. Although George III’s Jubilee was the third royal Golden Jubilee in British history, it is the first one with records of public celebrations. Lincoln’s festivities began with the pealing of bells and at 9am the mayor ate at the Rein Deer Inn, followed by a service at St Peter’s Church. A subscription was made in all the parishes so that the poor could also enjoy the occasion. The festivities in other towns in Lincolnshire included church services, teas and dinners. The serving of plum bread featured as a special treat. The statue was removed from Dunston Pillar in 1941 as it was judged by the Royal Air Force to be hazardous to aeroplanes at Lincoln Heath. Parts of the statue, which was made of the artificial stone called ‘Coade,’ were broken in this process.

In 1956 the fragments were delivered to Lincoln Castle and stacked in the masons’ yard. It took until the early 1970s for it to be restored and the bust was put on display in the grounds of the Castle. The rest of the statue is in storage at Lincoln Castle until such time as further restoration can be undertaken.

7. Fisherman’s Memorial, Grimsby. This is a memorial to all trawlerman who set sail from Grimsby but sadly never came back. 21


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LATEST ADDITION: Margaret Thatcher... Margaret Thatcher will be the latest addition to Lincolnshire’s collection of statues. It was proposed that she stands in near the Houses of Parliament in London but it was rejected amid fears of it being vandalised. It was rejected by Westminster Council. Councillors said it was possibly too soon after her death and questioned the depiction of the figure in State Robes.

South Kesteven District Council have now agreed for the statue to be erected in Grantham. The work, which is currently said to be in storage at ‘a secret location,’ will be placed in St Peter’s Hill in the Lincolnshire town where Thatcher was from.

Grantham Community Heritage Association (GCHA), which runs the town’s museum, said it was a ‘fitting tribute to a unique political figure.’

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It also said it would encourage visitors to the town ‘from both sides of the debate.’

Trustee David Burling said the statue would help secure the future of the town’s museum, which has featured a number of displays of the former Conservative leader, including a Spitting Image puppet from the satirical ITV show.

“No one can dispute she was a very divisive character,” says Council leader Matthew Lee. “But we are honouring her as a person and her links to this town, whatever you think of her politics. The statue would be a fitting memorial to Grantham’s most famous daughter.”

Thatcher is in full ceremonial robes of the House of Lords, where she sat as a Baroness following her 11-year prime ministerial tenure. The statue is placed on a granite plinth, www.douglasjennings.co.uk.


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“The bust in Lincoln Castle is King George III. He did have a full body and stood proudly in Sleaford but he was so tall that the RAF judged him a hazard...” The sculpture dates from 2005 and was made by sculptor Trevor Harris.

The plaque features a beautiful poem dedicated to the trawlermen; “I cannot bend beside his grave, For he sleeps in a secret sea. And not one gentle whispering wave, Will tell the place to me.” “But though unseen by human eyes, And mortals know it not, His Father knoweth where he lies, And angels guard the spot.”

8. Isaac Newton, Grantham. A statue in Grantham depicting Isaac Newton and cast in bronze was erected by William Theed in 1858 and was originally surrounded by iron railings. It shows Newton holding a scroll with a drawing of an ellipse which is the path taken by a planet around the sun. The statue wasn’t just cast from bronze; the metal used was of a Russian gun captured in the Crimean war.

Sir Isaac Newton was a physicist and mathematician regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time. From the age of about 12 until he was 17, Newton was educated at The King’s School, Grantham.

Grantham celebrates Isaac Newton in other forms too; there’s a blue plaque on King’s School, various shopping centres and schools with his name and Woolsthorpe Manor in Colsterworth - the birthplace of Newton has been transformed into a museum. It’s run by the National Trust and creates a fascinating insight to the story of Newton and his link to Grantham. A visit here makes you realise what a brilliantly clever man he was and how his inventions and discoveries helped change the world.

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9. e Jolly Fisherman, skegness. The Jolly Fisherman is a poster created by artist John Hassall in 1908 after he was commissioned by the Great Northern Railways to advertise trips from London Kings Cross to Skegness. The trips cost three shillings per person and were so popular that the campaign ran for five years. It is regarded as one of the most famous holiday advertisements of all time and is believed to have influenced the success of Skegness as a holiday destination. The poster depicts a fisherman skipping along the beach, with the slogan “Skegness is SO bracing.”

He is now the mascot for Skegness and celebrated his 110th birthday in 2018. May 1989 saw the unveiling of the Jolly Fisherman statue in Compass Gardens.

10. John wesley, Upworth. There were many attempts to erect a statue of John Wesley, cleric, theologian and evangelist, in Epworth, including one planned for the centenary of his death in 1891. However that was never built. A statue was finally installed as part of the tercentenary celebrations of John Wesley’s birth in 2003. It was created by Sue Reeves, a local artist, and shows John Wesley preaching from a street in the town, while overlooking the Rectory croft. John Wesley was a leader of the revival movement of Methodism within the Church of England. Wesley continues to be the primary theological influence on Methodist groups the world over. Above: The very Jolly Fisherman in Skegness. Roundel: The statue of John Wesley in Upworth. Main: Newton’s statue in Grantham in front of the Guildhall.


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Six Sculptures in Lincolnshire...

Words: Tilly Wilkinson.

A Mighty Blow for Freedom: At the Usher Gallery in Lincoln, you’ll see this incredible contemporary bronze sculpture called A Mighty Blow for Freedom by Michael Sandle made in 1988. There are a number of neoclassical and modern sculptures at the Usher Gallery and the Collection in Lincoln.

Lancaster Bomber: Currently not a sculpture in Lincolnshire, but plans for a full-size steel sculpture of a Lancaster Bomber on the Lincolnshire border have been approved. The tribute to RAF bomber crews who served in World War Two will stand at Norton Disney flowing with poppies.

Vertical Face II: There are several sculptures in the gardens of Burghley. Burghley House’s Garden of Surprises includes Caesar’s Heads, fountains, mirrors, grass mazes and modern artworks. Annual exhibitions of sculptures run from April to October in the Sculpture Garden.

The Meridian Line Man: In Louth you’ll find a series of sculptures made by Lawrence Edwards and book artist Les Bicknell. Three sculpted figures in Louth are seen discovering, contemplating and understanding the Meridian Line which is represented by a steel ribbon engraved with text.

Presence: Doddington Hall hosts a sculpture event biennially. Almost every piece is for sale. If you buy a sculpture you are not only buying something that will bring you enjoyment for years to come, but you are also helping to support the career of a local sculptor.

Empowerment: Designed by artist Stephen Broadbent in 2002, the sculpture spans the River Witham in Lincoln’s City Square. It takes the form of two human figures reaching to each other across the water. The design is intended to echo the shape of turbine blades, in recognition of Lincoln’s industrial heritage.


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WORKSOP COLLEGE

Looking for a senior school? SOME TOPS TIPS TO HELP YOU FIND THE RIGHT SCHOOL FOR YOU

If you have child a child in year 4 or 5, you are probably looking at options for secondary school. And whether you’re at the very beginning of this journey, or looking for a place for September 2020 here is some useful advice from Worksop College & Ranby House to help you navigate the process!

Look at their social media and website You can often determine lots about a school’s focus and what they excel in by taking a look at their social media channels and website. Does it feel as though what they are offering suits your child? It’s also worth dropping them an email or message on social media and seeing how long it takes them to respond! This can often be a reflection of how responsive the school is as an organisation. What else is on offer? The academic provision is of course, paramount, but what else is on offer? Are

there extra-curricular opportunities and how often? Research the sports provision and quality, as what is on offer can vary wildly. The same goes for additional support if your child is someone who learns differently to the mainstream. What is their Special Educational Needs provision and how is it staffed? Health & well-being

As pressures on young people increase, the pastoral care that schools offer is increasingly important. When looking for a school, it’s worth asking about their pastoral care and

how they ensure young people’s mental health is looked after. How will they put the appropriate care in place to ensure your child thrives? Transport It may sound simple, but it’s fundamental! Take a look at the school’s transport system and how long it will take your child to get to school. If the school has its own buses, are they run by an external provider or owned and staffed by the school with the appropriate safeguarding measures in place?

Visit the school Take a good look at the welcome. How were you welcomed when you arrived? Was there someone there to greet you and were they warm and inviting? The strength of welcome often tells you a lot about the culture of the school and whether parents are actively encouraged to be involved, or not. Fundamentally, it’s about finding the right match for your child and whether you get a good ‘feel’ for the place is really important. n Worksop College and Ranby House is a co-educational day and boarding school for 3-18 year olds based in over 400 acres of beautiful North Nottinghamshire woodland. The school offers a generous scholarships and bursaries programme and you can find out more about the school by visiting wsnl.co.uk or calling 01909 537100. 27


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LINCS & NOTTS AIR AMBULANCE

Celebrating 25 Years of Saving Lives

For the last 25 years, the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance has touched the lives of thousands of people and is extremely proud to deliver the equivalent of a hospital A&E department directly to the scene of an emergency. Whilst the charity has come a long way from its humble beginnings in 1994, it has even bigger dreams moving forward... Words: Tilly Wilkinson.


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“The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance began when a group of doctors in Lincolnshire were determined to save the lives of hundreds of patients not receiving the right care in time due to the rural nature of the area...” The day before I visited the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, I saw first-hand the level of service carried out by the crew. Outside our offices on the treacherous A17, a lorry went straight into the back of another lorry before flying into the ditch. The nature of the 999 call - entrapment in a vehicle - required the service of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, and they arrived in under 10 minutes.

25 YEARS OF SERVICE

IN NUMBERS 20,000: The amount of callouts the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance will have attended to by the end of 2019.

In fact, Karen Jobling CEO of the charity explained that the service can reach any corner of Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire within just 15 minutes of receiving a callout.

4 Minutes: How long the startup procedure for the pilots lasts before they take off. 500: The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance will reach another 500 people when they are flying 24/7.

Speed is an essential part of this vital service, but the quality of clinical care is a focus for the charity too.

“We’re extremely proud to be celebrating our 25th anniversary year. This is a huge milestone in our history, which would not have been possible without our amazing supporters, fundraisers and volunteers.”

“The charity has come a long way over the last 25 years. When our first airlift took place on 13th May 1994, we could only fly when we had raised the money to do so. Since then, the tremendous support of our local communities has ensured our helicopter remains on call and available 365 days of the year.”

“Our first aircraft was a Bölkow, which was a former police helicopter. It could only fit one pilot, two paramedics and a patient. In 2000, our new Explorer aircraft replaced the Bölkow, providing more space to include a doctor on board. In 2013, the charity took a further step forward and began night flying, with the crew wearing night vision goggles.” “In June 2017, we acquired the AgustaWestland 169. It’s bigger, faster and allows us to have 360º access to the

For more information: Visit www.ambucopter.org.uk or call 01522 548469. Alternatively, you can pop into the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Head Office at LNAACT House, Bentley Drive, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln LN4 2QW.

2/3: Two thirds of callouts are based in Lincolnshire.

patient. Our air ambulance crew brings an enhanced level of clinical skills to the scene, including the ability to anaesthetise and give blood transfusions. We effectively bring the equivalent of a hospital A&E department directly to the scene of an incident. Furthermore, we can then transport the patient to the most suitable hospital for their injuries.” “We are currently on call to fly 24 hours over the weekends whilst we work towards building up a 24-hour service 7 days a week, enabling us to give more people than ever before the very best chance of survival.” The goal for 2019 is set high as the charity will need to raise more funds to make sure they are able to provide a full 24-hour service, 7 days a week, with operational costs increasing from £2.5million per year to around £4million. There’s never been a better time to get involved and support such a great charity that has touched the lives of thousands of local families.

100km: The latest fundraising event involves a 100km walk across the Sahara Desert by 25 brave participants.

3 Times a Day: How many times the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance are called out on average.

72% of patients attended to are male. 28% of patients attended to are female.

£2,500: The approximate cost of each mission.

1,000: The number of callouts attended by the crew, on average, every year. 5 days old: The age of their youngest patient.

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T H E

INT E RVI E W

SQUEEZE AND RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA DRUMMER

GILSON LAVIS

is month, Gilson Lavis turns back time and tells his incredible story to Editor Tilly Wilkinson. e punk rock band member turned painter is banging a very different drum in Surfleet... My handwriting consists of very small squiggles and tiny, condensed letters. e words are sandwiched together and after an interview, I’ve usually covered two, maybe three sides of my A5 notepad. I’m currently flicking through 11 pages filled with my illegible scribbles in an attempt to do the incredible story of Gilson Lavis justice. From the people he meets to the venues he’s played and the ups and downs on the rollercoaster that is his life, Gilson’s story would be best illustrated in a fascinating biopic or an entire publication. ere are just so many different chapters to his life, and he has been on a journey of rock ‘n’ roll and realisation that’s shifted his entire perspective on the world, and has prompted him to bang a different drum in Lincolnshire... Where did life begin for you and your love of music?

“I was born in Bedford in 1951 before my family moved to Luton. I had very loving parents and twin sisters Carol and Olivia. I left home when I was just 15 to join a rock/pop band in Glasgow.” “I had been playing in various small bands but I wanted to play with a bigger band and I knew from a young age that that’s what I wanted to do with my life. is wasn’t a well thought out career path; it looked like a laugh and I was good at playing the drums.” “I lasted six months before returning home. I was only 15 and Glasgow was a little rough and tough. I was out of my depth and very homesick. At home, I formed my own band gathering musicians from around Luton and Bedford. We were called Headline News.” Was it successful? Where did it take you?

“It worked well but I can’t really say it was successful. We toured Germany at American base camps. ey had resident bands for a month and we would support American stars like Edwin Starr and Arthur Conley that had come across to entertain the troops.” “It did work well for about a year, until we were swindled. We were booked in Morocco to play for an American base, but they didn’t pay us. We returned to Germany penniless and with no way of getting home.” Words: Tilly Wilkinson. Gilson’s Art: gilsonlavisart.uk.


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“We managed to get work at a club called K52 on Kaiserstrasse in Frankfurt. It opened for 20 hours a day. There were two bands that played on a one hour rotation basis. It was shattering work, we ran off no sleep and the pay was terrible. However, we were given food and drink and lodge and we had no other option. Morale was low.” So the band split up at this stage?

“Not quite. We formed a plan to get back to Britain. We would all save the money we got paid and draw a name out of a hat, sending one person back home each week. There were seven of us and of course, my name wasn’t in the draw; you can’t really have a band without a drummer, so I was going down with the ship.” “We played for 10 hours a day until everyone had left apart from the guitarist, the frontman and me. The owner of the club had had enough of our ever-shrinking band and we were fired. Well, the guitarist hitchhiked his way home, I’m not sure what happened to the singer, and I decided to raise money by driving a cab around Frankfurt for two months. I couldn’t speak German so I had an A-Z phrasebook with me and my drumset in the boot.” “When I raised enough, I headed to Calais, took my drums and left the cab somewhere on the docks.” You managed to get home? What happened to the band?

“I came home but the band never came back together. We all lost contact and to be honest, I think most of the band never wanted an experience like Germany again. I on the other hand, was around 18 and turning into a bit of a likely lad. I was on the search for another band and found one in Cambridge.”

“We were the house band for the Rex Club. It was a strange setup; a working mens club, cinema and bingo hall in one. We would play for various cabaret acts.”

“One of those acts was Tommy ‘Highnote’ Watson, a trumpet player. Before the show, he came over to me. He stuttered ‘Gilson, I don’t feel too good.’ I said ‘let’s just do one run through and then you can lie down for a bit.’ The song was called Tonight and I started with the drums before he played a high note on the trumpet. He looked a little dizzy and staggered down the stage next to my drum kit. He said ‘Gilson, I really don’t feel very well.’ I said to him ‘go on, have another go, you’ll be alright.’ Well that’s the last thing he ever heard. He died of a heart attack right there on stage.” That’s awful! Did you stay at the club after that?

“We had plans to move to Newcastle. I was a bit of a Jack the lad and became very friendly with the club owner’s daughter. She was called Beryl, she wore miniskirts well and drove a sports car. We got married at the grand old age of 18 and her dad took the car off her! She moved with me and the band to Newcastle.”

“We played in working men’s clubs of which there were hundreds of at the time. We were the backing band for comedians like Freddie Starr and strippers were starting to become a big thing in the north east. It was very strange and not glamorous by any stretch of the imagination. We would start playing at lunchtime before a stripper walked out on stage. The audience was a dwindling collection of men with a pint in one hand and a fag in the other. It wasn’t quite the life I had pictured.” 34


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Main: Gilson centre with white jacket. Jools is to his right with the sunglasses.

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Top/Left: Gilson and Jools Holland in the early days of Squeeze. Photo: Lawrence Impey. Top/Right: Editor Tilly Wilkinson interviews Gilson Lavis in his art studio. Centre: The controversial Chuck Berry, with whom Gilson toured with, and the drummer doing what he does best in Squeeze in 1975. Bottom: Gilson on the left in his first band to tour Germany Headline News. He also toured with Lulu later on in his career. For more information on Gilson’s Art, please visit the website www.gilsonlavisart.uk.


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We headed to Norway to be the backing band for this stripper. It was headline news, we were on all the covers in Norwegian press. My manager grabbed a copy and sent one to my mother. She was quite proud of my career up until that point!

And did things get better from there?

“Well it got a little worse before I became more successful. The chap we rented our flat from also owned ‘pro digs’ where big acts and bands would stay to record songs or perform for a period of time. We somehow managed to get a gig in Norway. We headed over there on a boat called the Leaping Leader and I was seasick for the whole trip. We were to play at a restaurant/club in Norway but we weren’t the headline act.” “The headline act was a stripper. There had never ever been a public stripper perform in Norway before so it was a fairly big deal. There was press, cameras, the works. At the time, my mother was quite enjoying the fact I was a professional drummer. She didn’t really know the details. My manager grabbed a Norwegian newspaper and popped it into the post to my mum. She was horrified to find a stripper on the cover and half my face in the shot just behind her!” “We returned to the Northern clubs but the band slowly broke up. I went to go live with my parents and Beryl went to live with hers. We were divorced at the grand old age of 20.” So you didn’t have a band again?

“Yes, washed up with no gig, no home other than my parents and no wife, I went on the search for a band. I was asked to do a bit of ‘depping’ - standing in for drummers - in Southend so I rented a house and moved my drumkit.” “The bands played in a club similar to the Rex Club called ‘The Talk of the South.’ When I wasn’t standing in for a drummer, I worked in the bingo hall directly below calling out the numbers, getting everyone to sing and have fun. I really enjoyed it actually!”

“Anyway, Tony, one of the band members, came down from the club upstairs. He said they had a problem. The drummer couldn’t play the songs this particular band was requesting. I followed him upstairs to play the drums for the Four Tops. The manager of the club liked me so much he fired the former drummer straight on the spot and hired me. I finished my job calling bingo and my music career had finally started becoming a little more serious.”

If you weren’t in a band, does that mean you were playing for big names?

“Essentially. I played drums for the likes of Lulu, David Frost, Bob Monkhouse and Tommy Cooper. It wasn’t a good time in my life though. I had started drinking heavily. Tommy drank a lot too, so we would often be sat at the bar together at closing time, Tommy with his whiskeys and me with my treble vodka.”

“I remember this one time he asked if he could show me a magic trick. He told me to pick a card so I did. He shuffled them and pulled one out. ‘Is this your card?’ he says. I said ‘no Tommy, that’s not my card.’ He shuffles and pulls another. ‘Is this your card?’ It wasn’t. He did it several times before he threw the deck at me and said ‘Oh, find it your f***ing self !’ He was hilarious and we got on so well. We had a great working relationship too.” Who else did you play for?

“At this time, it was acts like the Temptations, Vince Hill, Edmund Hockridge, Dickie Henderson and Arthur Askey. There were so many more but too much time has passed.”

“I was becoming an alcoholic and a liability. I was sacked. Tony and Chris, my band members, decided to open a music shop called Mighty Music on Queens Road in Southend. I went into the venture with them and it worked well. I however, did not work very well. I drank a lot, I was a bad business man and they tolerated me.” “We still wanted to play music and there was no work in Southend so we headed into London. Tony was writing songs too. We met a man called Mervyn Conn and he liked our new music but I liked the fact we were musicians first.” “That’s how I managed to become the drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis. I toured with him, and then when I was about 21, Chuck Berry wanted me. Chuck was considered the godfather of Rock ‘n’ Roll and incredibly popular at the time. That was the first time I played in big venues across Europe.”

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before the tour even began and he’d demand his money in dollars before he went on stage. I would be sat at the drums seeing this huge wad of cash hanging out his back pocket.”

“I remember this particular concert in France. The lights were dimmed, his name was announced and the crowd went wild. But Chuck wouldn’t go onto the stage. He was handed his cash in Francs and demanded it in dollars. The tour manager was mortified but drove to a bank in Leon and swapped it. Chuck stood at the side of the stage for 45 minutes waiting. The crowd was aggressive!” “If people hurled abuse at him as well for any reason, he’d put his guitar down, walk off and drive away leaving us all on stage.”

you can imagine, my drinking became much, much worse, but I needed money so I got a job on a brickyard.” How did you turn it around?

“Well, I figured I needed to as a drummer. My hands were getting rough and crooked, it was a hard graft. We were paid £1.50 per stack and there had to be 1,250 bricks in a stack. I needed a drum job but I had no drumkit. My mother, god bless her, bought me a really high quality drumkit using my dad’s insurance money.”

“I saw a gig in Melody Maker, a music magazine. It was for a band in Greenwich. I pulled the front seat out my mum’s mustard-coloured mini making room for my

“One of our singles reached 14 in the charts which was a big deal and our big break. We were on Top of the Pops, went on tour and released Cool for Cats and Up the Junction...” But life was good with Chuck?

“Not really. I was descending further and further down into alcoholism and it became worse. My manager came backstage one night just before the show and handed me a large glass of scotch. He told me to drink up, my dad had just passed away and put on a good show. I was devastated and as I’d lost my driving license at this time for various speeding fines, I headed back home the next day on the train to see mum and left the tour.”

“It was around this time that Ted Heath reduced the working week to three days. The music shop couldn’t cope and bailiffs seized everything including my own drumkit I had added to the shop window to create interest.” “So there I was. No car, no job, no money, no house and my father had just died. As

drums. It was a small band. For the first time in my life I was Mr Professional - I had played the drums for big names. I was hired.”

“Back home, I had met a girl called Elaine and we had become an item. We rented a room in Holloway so I could play with the band and soon were married. I met many great musicians in this time including Jools Holland, the band’s pianist. He had long hair!”

“I also met our producer, John Cale. He was was a founding member of the American rock band the Velvet Underground. We started producing some good songs.” So this was the start of ‘Squeeze?’

“Yes, this was the very beginning of Squeeze. We were entering the punk era though, so

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we were told to ‘punk up.’ We basically made our songs faster and it got a good response. We were signed by a record company.”

“We made a whole album but were told there wasn’t a single on it so we booked a recording studio for one afternoon and created the song ‘Take Me, I’m Yours.’ It was a hit. We got to number 14 in the charts. It was a big deal! Next thing we know we’re on Top of the Pops, announcing a tour and headlining our own shows. Being about 25 and in a popular punk band, anything goes. We let loose.” “We then started producing massive hits like Cool for Cats and Up the Junction. The manager was keen for us to break America where the big money was, so we headed over there and toured small clubs in a little van, starting fresh with the hits we had. That’s the first time anyone really did that. It went very well.”

How did the demise of Squeeze come about?

“Well Jools wanted to do his own thing and left the band so Paul Carrack joined, a fantastic musician, and we created ‘Tempted.’ It wasn’t a hit but it received so much airtime that it became one. We did 18 coast to coast tours including venues like Madison Square Gardens and it was relentless. I was not enjoying life and drinking heavily.” “Chris and Glen, the writers, went off as a duo. I got the sack. It was quite an accomplishment to be sacked from a punk band for being a drunk! My life took another nosedive.” Did you continue to drink after this?

“Back in South London, I decided I needed to sober up and I did. In the space of three months I went from playing Madison Square Gardens to driving a cab around London again. It was my 31st birthday, I was driving three drunk Irishmen in a red Peugeot around London. The radio DJ was calling out birthdays and he said ‘it would be Gilson Lavis’s birthday today, the 39


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It started with Jools and I touring as a duo. More musicians joined us and we became the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. I fell in love and married Julian’s PA Nikki. Soon our son Gilly was born.

drummer from Squeeze. I wonder what happened to him.’ A year went by and Glen called. He said their duo didn’t go well and he wanted Squeeze to get back together so we did, but things were different. I was sober, everyone else were still punks and getting up to all kinds of things. Our next hit, ‘Hourglass,’ was released, and whilst on tour, I sat with the driver at the front of the bus. I really didn’t want to go back to my old ways.” Was Jools Holland part of the newly reformed Squeeze?

“His solo career as a musician didn’t work out so he was presenting shows like the Tube. However, this wasn’t his passion and when he heard Squeeze were getting back together, he grabbed at the opportunity. There’s only one chap like Jools in the world. He was unique, stylish and rather unusual. He was an avid collector too. He kept shooting off to do TV work and the manager didn’t like it so the reincarnation of Squeeze didn’t last long.” “Neither did my second marriage. Elaine left me and it hit me hard. I picked up a drink again. I needed to get away, I couldn’t be in the music industry anymore. I loved drumming but I hated the egos, the insecurities, the hotels, the isolation. I was tired of people saying how wonderful I was but feeling worthless. It was just a toxic environment and fertile ground for someone like me.” You found peace in Lincolnshire?

“I was planning on doing so. I had bought the cheapest house I could find in the area - it was derelict and rat-infested. I slept in a sleeping bag upstairs feeling quite sorry for myself ! My plan was to renovate the home and give drumming lessons; just keeping out the way of the madness. I bought a shovel, a ladder and screwdriver with the best intentions. Then Jools phoned.” You couldn’t stay away from the music industry in the end then?

“It seems not! He asked if I wanted to do a charity show and I’ve always had a problem saying no to people. I dusted my drums off and headed down to the city. Jools was mixing with the upper echelons of society and there were Royalty at this event. I felt a little out of place after sleeping rough in a rat-infested ruin!” “The show went very well, and he called me to do another...then another and another. We eventually became a duo, piano and 40

drums, touring art colleges. After a year, bass players joined, then brass and singers. We gradually became the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. I never picked up a drink again. I fell in love with Julian’s PA Nikki who I’m happily married to today and we have a son Gilly. I had a different way of looking at the world.” The Rhythm & Blues Orchestra was the highlight of your career then?

“It certainly was the most positive. I’ve been with it now for 30 years since its creation. I still do the Hootenanny every year and I’ve performed with stars like Cher, Eric Clapton, Bono, Ringo Starr, Smokey Robinson, George Harrison and Barry White. We circumnavigated the world performing in New Zealand, Thailand, Japan, Argentina, America and it seems everywhere in between.”

“When I’m not performing the odd show with Julian, I like to help people get through alcoholism. I like to be honest and share my story. I’m part of a fellowship in Lincolnshire.” When did you start painting?

“It’s a strange story. I was in Budapest 10 years ago having my teeth fixed. A life of alcohol abuse isn’t great for your teeth. I rented a flat off the internet for a week but I had been completely ripped off. There was no heating, no television. I was there for a week with just a paper and pen for entertainment, so out of sheer boredom, I started drawing my tour manager. It was quite good so when I got home, I framed it and gave it to him as a gift. He was delighted and completely taken aback.” “His jubilation at the drawing prompted me to do more and more. I was sketching the orchestra, their wives, dogs, anything. The flood gates had opened. I then started to paint on canvas. I’ve exhibited my work in New York and London, and created about 80 to 100 paintings. I have a private collection signed by the people I’ve met in my career, and charge as little as I can for the ones I sell.” “I am the happiest I have ever been in my life. I’ve reached a balance and a peace out here in the Lincolnshire countryside. I’m thankful to my family and all the positive people in my life. I’ll continue to paint into retirement but I’ll be playing the drums for a long time before then. See you at the Hootenanny 2020!”


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The Lincoln Grand Prix celebrates its 64th year as elite women and men race across historic Lincoln. The exciting races are complemented by a Sportive the day before which follows some of the elite course. The steep hills of Lincoln’s cobbled Cathedral Quarter offer a popular, exciting and tough route for riders.

SpArk! ENGINEEr’S FEStIvAL 2019 Lincoln Cathedral is hosting a celebration of the city’s fascinating engineering heritage in May. Take part in have-a-go activities, meet today’s engineers and technologists, and find out about career opportunities with world leading organisations based in and around Lincoln.

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The event will showcase cutting edge developments in maths, science and technology that are happening across the county right now.

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It celebrates our engineering heritage; the city invented the tank, was home to the world’s first ever electricity lit factory and the largest integrated circuit was designed in Lincoln.

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A Holy Festival of Churches TOUR THE WONDERFUL WEST LINDSEY CHURCHES AS PART OF AN ANNUAL CHURCHES FESTIVAL IN MAY...

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CHurCHES FEStIvAL Step into history for free this May and indulge in Lincolnshire’s first ‘Sconeathon,’ as around 100 churches open their doors amidst the stunning Lincolnshire Wolds and West Lindsey landscapes.

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To celebrate the event’s 23rd year, church volunteers are putting on the county’s first ‘Sconeathon,’ where scones of every variety are being freshly baked for visitors to sample.

Based on the 1980 pop culture film, which inspired generations to light up the sky like a flame, Fame The Musical is the international smash hit sensation following the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts, as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, romances, heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life. See the show live at South Holland Centre.

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tHE dEEpINGS LItErAry FEStIvAL The Deepings Literary Festival brings some of the UK’s best-loved contemporary authors to The Deepings for a series of talks and events all about books and writing them! Local authors will feature in the Festival programme too. If you love books, you’ll love the 2019 Deepings Literary Festival.

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BEEr FEStIvAL There will be more than 100 real ales for thirsty punters to try at Lincoln Drill Hall in May alongside bottled beer, traditional farm-produced cider and perry. You can support local favourites or go for medal winners from across the country. A souvenir Festival Glass will be available for you to use for the festival (with a refund on return) or to take home and keep as a

IrIS WEEk Enjoy the enchanting beauty of the famous Doddington Iris display in the romantic setting of the Walled West Garden. There is also the chance to see a unique collection of Dodsworth Irises cultivated by expert Bryan Dodsworth. n www.doddingtonhall.com. BROCKLESBY

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BrOCkLESBy FAIr Main Ring attractions run continuously throughout the day. The Countryside Area offers country sports displays and participation. Children’s Area, Arts and Craft Marquee, Bygone Area and Gun Dog competitions are just a few of the many things to enjoy! n Call 01469 561400 or visit www.brocklesby.co.uk.

memento of the fabulous day in the sun in Lincoln. Mingle in the main hall with the enthusiasts, take your drink al fresco in the courtyard, or relax in the Café Bar to enjoy great food and live music. Whether you’re a regular or a first-timer, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome at the CAMRA Beer Festival, Lincoln. n Call 01522 873894 or visit the

website www.lincolncamra.org.uk. Entrance cost is free on Thursday and just £3 for the Friday, Saturday and the Sunday of the festival.

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HIGHLIGHTS

The Explorations of

MATTHEW FLINDERS

In this edition, we’ve featured ten of the most prominent statues in Lincolnshire. Amongst the depictions is Matthew Flinders. The Donington explorer who discovered the continent of Australia, has only recently been discovered himself... words: Tilly wilkinson.

It’s important we remember the people of our great county and their fascinating stories. That’s why Lincolnshire’s statues provide a place to visit to learn more about famous Yellowbellies and to pay respect. Now, Matthew Flinders of Donington has a statue and a final resting place too, recently discovered for people to pay respect to the man who discovered Australia.

Flinders was born in Donington. In his own words, he was “Induced to go to sea against the wishes of my friends from reading Robinson Crusoe.” In 1789, at just 15, he joined the Royal Navy. From his first voyage he established himself as a fine navigator and cartographer, and quickly became friends with George Bass, a ship’s surgeon, born in Sleaford, just 11 miles from Donington.

In 1798, Lieutenant Flinders was given his orders to “Sail beyond Furneaux’s Islands, and, should a strait be found, pass through it, and return by the south end of Van Diemen’s Land.”

He found such a passage between Australian mainland and Tasmania which saved several days on the journey. He named it Bass Strait after his close friend. The largest island in Bass Strait would later be named Flinders Island. In 1800, Flinders rejoined the HMS Reliance and set sail for England. His work had come to the attention of many scientists, especially the influential Sir Joseph Banks. Banks convinced the Admiralty to set Flinders on an expedition to chart the coastline of New Holland. As a result, in 1801, Commander Flinders set sail on the Investigator.

Flinders married his longtime friend Ann Chappelle before the expedition, and hoped to bring her with him. However the Admiralty had strict rules against wives accompanying captains. Flinders brought Ann on board, planning to ignore the rules, but they learned of his plans. He was told he must remove her from the ship. As a result, Ann wouldn’t see her husband for nine years.

Flinders’ Ships at Sailed the High Seas...

HMS Bellerephon - Flinders was

HMS Reliance - In 1795, Flinders had

HMS Investigator - In 1801, Flinders

HMS Porpoise - Flinders attempted to

midshipman in 1790, previously

his first voyage to New South Wales

was promoted to commander and

return to England on this ship but it

serving HMS Alert and HMS Scipio.

on this ship, as a midshipman.

discovered Australia in this ship.

wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Aboard the Investigator, Flinders reached and named Cape Leeuwin and proceeded to make a survey along the southern coast of the Australian mainland. Proceeding along the coast Flinders explored Port Phillip, which had been discovered only 10 weeks earlier by John Murray. With stores running low, Flinders proceeded to Sydney in 1803. Having hastily prepared the ship, Flinders set sail again, heading north and surveying the coast of Queensland. From there he passed through the Torres Strait, and explored the Gulf of Carpentaria. During this time, the ship was discovered to be badly leaking, and despite careening, they were unable to effect the necessary repairs. Reluctantly, Flinders returned to Sydney. He did this via the western coast, completing the circumnavigation of the continent. Arriving in Sydney, the Investigator was judged to be unseaworthy and condemned. Unable to find another vessel, Flinders set sail for England as a passenger aboard HMS Porpoise. The ship was wrecked on part of the Great Barrier Reef. Flinders navigated the ship’s cutter across open sea back to Sydney, and arranged for the rescue of the remaining crew stuck on HMS Porpoise.

He then took command of the schooner Cumberland in order to return to England, but the poor condition of the vessel forced him to put in at French-controlled Isle de France, now known as Mauritius, for repairs.

War with France had broken out. Flinders hoped his French passport, though for a different vessel, and the scientific nature of his mission would allow him to continue on his way. However, the French governor, Charles Decaen, was suspicious and detained him.

The relationship between the men soured; Flinders was affronted at his treatment, and Decaen was insulted by his refusal of an invitation to dine with him and his wife. Decaen’s search of Flinders’ vessel revealed a trunk full of papers from the governor of 50

New South Wales that were not permitted under his scientific passport. Decaen referred the matter to the French government. In 1806, Napoleon finally gave his approval, but Decaen still refused to allow Flinders’ release. In 1809 the Royal Navy began a blockade of the island, and in 1810 Flinders was paroled. He received a promotion to Post-Captain, before continuing to England. Flinders had been confined for the first few months of his captivity, but he was later given greater freedom. In 1804 he sent the first map of the landmass back to England.

This was the first map he named Australia and the first time he used the word. Sadly, due to the delay caused by his confinement, the first published map of the Australian

“Matthew Flinders was the first person to produce a map of Australia. Sadly, Baudin published his first...” Top: The HMS Investigator and Flinders’s signature.

Right: Matthew’s grandson William Flinders.

continent was the Freycinet Map of 1811, a product of the Baudin expedition.

Flinders finally returned to England in 1810. He was in poor health but resumed work preparing A Voyage to Terra Australis and his atlas of maps for publication. When they were finally reunited, Matthew and his wife Ann had one daughter, Anne. She married William Petrie, and they had a son named William Matthew Flinders Petrie. Flinders’s map of Terra Australia was first published in 1814 and the remaining maps were published before his atlas and book.

On 19th July 1814, the day after the book and atlas was published, Matthew Flinders died, aged 40. Flinders was buried at St James, Hampstead Road, though the grave has since been lost due to alterations to the churchyard. Until recently... read the column opposite to discover the happy ending to Matthew Flinders’ story. His legacy also has a happy ending. Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie was the grandson of the great explorer. He was born in 1853. He was born in Kent, the son of William Petrie, an electrical engineer who


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A Remarkable Discovery London has a long history of digging up burial grounds to lay rail lines. Luckily, Flinders has been discovered recently...

“There were three further generations after Matthew that went on to be brilliant minds and discoverers...” developed carbon arc lighting, and Anne, Matthew Flinders’ daughter. Petrie was raised in a Christian household and was educated at home. His father taught his son how to survey accurately, laying the foundation for his archaeological career.

At age eight, he was tutored in French, Latin and Greek. He also gave his first archaeological opinion aged eight, when friends visiting the Petrie family were describing the unearthing of the Brading Roman Villa in the Isle of Wight. The boy was horrified to hear the rough shovelling out of the contents, and protested that the earth should be pared away, inch by inch, to see all that was in it.

“All that I have done since,” he wrote when he was in his late seventies, “was there to begin with, so true it is that we can only develop what is born in the mind. I was already in archaeology by nature.”

In 1896, Petrie married Hilda Urlin in London. They had two children, John who was born in 1907 and Ann. They originally lived in Hampstead in 5 Cannon Place. In 1933, on retiring from his professorship, he moved permanently to Jerusalem, where he lived with Lady Petrie at the British School of Archaeology.

When he died in 1942, Petrie donated his head, and thus his brain, to the Royal College of Surgeons of London while his body was interred in the Protestant Cemetery on Mountain Zion. World War II was then at its height, and the head was delayed in transit. After being stored in a jar in the college basement, its label fell off and no one knew who the head belonged to. It was identified however, and is now stored, but not displayed, at the Royal College of Surgeons of London.

This incredibly talented family didn’t stop at William though. His son, John Flinders Petrie, went on to become a great mathematician, who gave his name to the Petrie polygon. He was unfortunately killed in 1972 by a car while attempting to cross a motorway. n

A body that was disturbed in the name of progress is recognisable to every Australian; explorer Matthew Flinders, the first person to circumnavigate the continent. He was buried in a graveyard over 200 years ago where Euston Station was built. However, recently the area has had to be dug up as part of the construction of ‘High Speed 2’ rail link from Euston to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. The Sunday Times reported that the biggest exhumation in British history, of more than 60,000 bodies, will begin this year. While some of those buried in the cemetery had tin name plates on their coffins, many of these have not survived. But when Flinders died in July 1814, aged 40, the plate on his coffin was made of lead - still legible. Along with many of the other skeletons excavated from the St James’s site, Flinders’ remains will now be examined by osteo-archaeologists. They will be looking for lessons as to how life at sea affects health.

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THE THATCHED COTTAGE RESTAURANT & BAR • Beautiful unique thatched cottage

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

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FOOD & DRINK

LINCOLN Jews House Restaurant

Lincolnshire is, of course, well known for its food and its food providers are passionate for the county and their offerings. However, the exceptional level of fine dining at the Jews House Restaurant along Steep Hill and the devotion of its owners has seriously made it an unrivalled success story... Creating a restaurant is in itself like creating a dish. So just imagine having the following ingredients; a Grade I listed building with a hint of Norman architecture, a hospitality expert with a strong flavour for wine, a central Steep Hill location and a drop or two of fine dining finesse. Mix them all together with a sprinkling of gorgeous interior design and you’ll have the Jews House Restaurant. There are so many brilliant features to this restaurant, I’m sure I’ll run out of pages, so I’ll start with the best aspect; the people.

Samantha and Gavin opened the Jews House Restaurant in August 2006. Samantha is head of hospitality, passionate about all things wine, while Gavin is the head chef, passionate about - you guessed it - food. “Our aim when we first opened the restaurant was, and still is, to cook exciting dishes that we love to eat, giving the best service we can and building a trusting relationship with our customers.”

“IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND A BIG LEARNING CURVE WORKING WITH SCHWAB IN A MICHELIN KITCHEN...”

Words & Images: Tilly Wilkinson.

meet the CHEF GAVIN AITKENHEAD,

HEAD CHEF

Gavin had an extensive cooking career before Jews House, starting at the Wig & Mitre in Lincoln after college, learning about all aspects of the kitchen. He stayed there for nearly six years before moving on to Winteringham Fields. “It was a fantastic experience to work in a Michelin kitchen under Germain Schwab, and it allowed me to broaden my horizons in my career of culinary,” says Gavin. “I was there for six years until I eventually became his head chef, helping the restaurant acquire its second star.” “I decided to test myself, opening my own place and finding my own cooking style. Here we are still nearly 13 years later.”

That style of cooking Gavin was referring to means letting the ingredients speak for themselves, not over complicating the dishes at all. He believes in buying the very best

Food History: After college, Gavin began at the Wig & Mitre before joining two Michelin-starred restaurant Winteringham Fields for six years working his way up to be head chef. Food Philosophy: “Try not to over complicate dishes, let the ingredients speak for themselves.” Food Heaven: Lamb and Jerusalem artichokes. Food Hell: Egg sandwiches!


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produce you can afford and allowing it to take centre stage. “We strive to give the best informal service we can, cooking with the best local, seasonal ingredients we can get and making the dishes flavourful and exciting. It’s something we have stuck to from the start and it seems to have worked!” Jews House is now highly acclaimed and recognised by many as one of the best establishments in Lincolnshire for fine dining. “All our food is prepared freshly, and is as seasonal and as local as possible. For example our eggs come from Priory Free Range Eggs,

THE HISTORY Jews House Restaurant is housed within a 900 year old building. Dating back to 1150, it is thought to be the oldest dwelling in Europe. In the 1100s, Lincoln was the third most important city in the country after London and York, and home to one of the five biggest Jewish communities. Jews House would have been one of the most luxurious dwellings in the area.


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on the MENU SEASONAL A LA CARTE MENU FROM THE JEWS HOUSE RESTAURANT Starters

Mackerel, rhubarb, caviar and crème fraîche. Scallops with mushroom jelly, asparagus and a hollandaise sauce.

Laksa marinated tiger prawns in filo pastry with a lime and coconut yoghurt. Main Courses

Roast Lavinton lamb, goats’ curd, beetroot relish and Iberico ham crumbs.

our lamb is Lavinton Lamb and all our cheeses come from the Cheese Society.” In terms of how fresh the rest of the ingredients on the restaurant’s menu are: bread, ice cream, sorbets, sauces and everything possibly made in a kitchen is produced in house. Gavin says this is the key component in turning a good place to eat into an exceptional one.

“I enjoy creating lamb dishes especially in the spring when there are a lot of fresh ingredients coming into season. I generally use two different cuts of meat to make it more interesting.” “However, my signature dish would have to be pork belly with miso, king prawns and melon sorbet. I’m inspired a lot by my travels and the various restaurants we try.”

Samantha and Gavin’s intertwined passions for offering exceptional restaurant standards means their personal life at home fits hand in hand too. They travel the world together, exploring a variety of unique and exotic foods and wines. “Gavin’s food is certainly inspired by the places we visit and the food we eat there,”

says Samantha. “I personally travel to a lot of the vineyards on our wine list. We have a wonderful cellar in the Grade I listed building too, allowing us to store a wide variety of wines from across the world. Our combined passions means we host various wine and food matching events in the restaurant.” Samantha’s philosophy is to under-promise and over-deliver when it comes to the Jews House Restaurant. This includes herself; she would never label herself as a sommelier although she knows almost everything there is to know about her wine list.

“I want people to be amazed by the quality of our service and food, to come away feeling like they got a lot more than they bargained for rather than feel cheated,” she says. “It’s that feeling that persuades people to return.” The restaurant caters for 40 covers with private dining too for up to 24 people. They employ 12 staff full and part-time.

Although a small restaurant, its size creates a relaxed and romantic intimacy. If you’re looking for Michelin food without the modern, stuffy, trying-too-hard style of London kitchens, Jews House is the perfect place.

48hr shin of beef with wild garlic and truffle mash and served with a roast chicken jus. Cornish brill, duck confit, Jerusalem artichokes and truffle sauce.

Fish and seafood dish Bouillabaisse style, saffron rouille, fennel salad, lemongrass, ginger and prawn emulsion. Desserts

Rhubarb and custard roll served with a rhubarb and Sauternes sorbet. Caramelised pine nut mousse, clotted cream, shortbread and dark chocolate sorbet. NB: Featured dishes are subject to change. n The Jews House Restaurant, 15 The Strait, Lincoln LN2 1JD. Call 01522 524851 to book a table or visit www.jewshouserestaurant.co.uk. 57


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Forthcoming Events

at The Jew’s House Restaurant Friday 17th May

Fish Tasting Menu Night Friday 28th June

Taste of Asia Night Wednesday 3rd July - Friday 12th July

Annual Holiday Closure

15 The Strait, Lincoln LN2 1JD 01522 524851

www.jewshouserestaurant.co.uk • info@jewshouserestaurant.co.uk

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TO START Artichoke velouté, parmesan and mascarpone slaw *** Burnt mackerel, beetroot, burrata *** Potted beef, pickled onion, crostini *** Chicken tortellioni, sweetcorn sauce, pine nuts, basil oil

MAIN COURSE Pork belly, chorizo and butterbeans, cavolo nero *** Cod with crispy skin, garlic potato espuma, roast chilli pesto, roast peppers, spicy broccoli *** Mushroom and artichoke risotto, sauté wild mushrooms, artichoke crisps, sage

leaves, gorgonzola bon bons (v) *** Roast rump of English lamb with lentils, black garlic and aubergine puree, confit tomatoes, mint salsa verde (£2 supplement)

DESSERT TERRAmisù Our version of a classic tiramisu *** Plum frangipani tart, cinnamon ice cream *** Seasonal ice cream and sorbets *** Trio of cheese with accompaniments

2 COURSES

£19.50 3 COURSES

£24.50

Not available on a Saturday evening, Sunday lunch or special occasions e.g. Mothers Day

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RHUBARB & CUSTARD

It’s rhubarb season! If you also love the tart flavour of this unique vegetable, we have three recipes you’ll love from cocktails to classics...

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Prep: 15 mins. cook: 45 mins.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Place 400g rhubarb cut into 3cm lengths, 400g strawberries hulled and halved, two star anise, 75g light brown soft sugar, the zest from one large orange and the juice in a large ovenproof dish. Place 150g porridge oats, 100g plain flour and 100g chilled, diced butter in a bowl then, using your fingertips, rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add two tablespoons of clear honey, 100g light brown soft sugar and 50g of roasted chopped hazelnuts, then rub together to form small clumps.

Scatter the oaty crumble over the top of the fruit mixture. Sit the dish on a baking sheet in the oven and cook for 45 minutes until the fruit is tender, bubbling around the edges and the top is crunchy and golden brown.

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FRUITY COCKTAILS with gin, ginger and mango Prep: 5 mins.

Ingredients: For the Ginger Gin and Rhubarb Fizz: 60ml gin • 1tsp grated root ginger • ice cubes • 330ml can Cawston Press Sparkling Rhubarb For the Mango Sorbet Float: 200g strawberries, hulled and chopped • 1tbsp caster sugar • 2 scoops Mango Sorbet • 330ml can Cawston Press Sparkling Rhubarb

For the ginger gin and rhubarb fizz cocktail, prepare your ingredients. In a jug, stir the gin and ginger together, then cover and chill for up to 24 hours until ready to serve. Strain the gin mix into two tall glasses and add a scoop of ice cubes to each. Top up with the sparkling rhubarb and serve. Make a garnish by threading ribbons of rhubarb peel onto cocktail sticks.

For the ‘mocktail,’ place the strawberries and sugar in a small pan and heat very gently for 10 minutes until the strawberries are soft and pulpy. Press through a fine sieve and leave to cool until ready to serve. Add a little sauce and a scoop of sorbet to a long-stemmed glass. Pour in the sparkling rhubarb, drizzle over more sauce, and serve with straws and long-handled spoons.


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ROASTED RHUBARB & CUSTARD CRUNCH with pistachios serves 4. Prep: 10 mins and cooling. cook: 20 mins. Ingredients: 400g rhubarb, cut into 3cm lengths 4cm piece root ginger, peeled and thickly sliced • 50g golden caster sugar • small knob of butter • 2tbsp honey • 50g jumbo rolled oats • 2tbsp roughly chopped shelled pistachios • 500g custard • 100g pomegranate seeds

Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Place the rhubarb and ginger in a baking dish and sprinkle with the sugar.

Cover with foil and roast for 10 minutes then remove the foil and cook for a further 10 minutes or so until tender and syrupy.

Meanwhile, heat the butter and honey together in a large, non-stick frying pan. Add the oats and pistachios and cook for three to four minutes, stirring until

golden brown.

Tip out onto a plate and leave to cool. Warm the custard according to pack instructions.

Divide the rhubarb between four small sundae glasses discarding the ginger slices and spoon over the warm custard. Top with the crunchy oat mixture and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds.


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An English Rosé

Wine of the Month

Somerby Magna Carta 1215 Reserve Rondo

Based in Leicestershire, Walton Brook vineyard was originally planted in 2008 on a sunny South-facing slope consisting of clay with flint on limestone. The original plantation of 2,500 vines consisted of Seyval Blanc, Solaris, Regent and Madeline Angevine planted in two blocks by laser guided equipment from Germany. The following year, an additional several hundred vines of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay were planted, and again in 2010 a further 6,000 Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Bacchus completed the current selection. Try their Rosé; from pinot noir grapes, with fruity rasperry undertones.

UK, 2017 £12.99 / 75cl / 11% ABV

The Wine Cellar n £10 / 70cl / 11% ABV www.waltonbrook.com

RULE BRITANNIA! BRITANNIA RULES THE VINOCAVE! TO MARK ENGLISH WINE WEEK (FROM SATURDAY 25TH MAY) WE’RE CELEBRATING PATRIOTIC TIPPLES FROM OUR SCEPTRED ISLE! ENGLISH WINE WEEK: Three enchanting examples of Blighty’s finest fizz...

1. Nyetimber’s Tillington Single Vineyard is regarded as the UK’s finest sparkling wine. A previous Ritz Hotel ‘Champagne of the month,’ it’s reminiscent of English summer fruit and almonds. £89.90 / 75cl / 14% ABV. 2. Bolney’s sparkling offering is made from the vines of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. It offers a full-bodied, crisp and citrussy flavour with flavours of honeysuckle and elderflower. Made with the Methode Traditionelle. £32.00 / 75cl / 12.5% ABV.

3. Unique to the UK, the Wiston Estate’s traditional Coquard wooden press turns Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier into this 2011 vintage fizz with its peach, apricot and brioche notes. £42.50 / 75cl / 12% ABV.

Made in Lincolnshire on a 16 acre chalk escarpment producing white, red and sparkling wines as well as cider. Somerby is probably one of the most northerly vineyards for a red wine, this home grown hero is a rare rich red available from Somerby Vineyards or from Waitrose Cellar. Perhaps between a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Syrah, it’s an oak structured fruity wine, full mouth feel for an English red. Violet and Blackcurrant with a cedar finish all held by a ripe tannic structure which harmonises with the delicate oak base. Very punchy nose with vibrant blackcurrant and blueberry aromas accompanied with spiced cedar wood and floral notes.

www.somerbyvineyards.com www.waitrosecellar.com.

An English fizz for those in the pink...

An English rosé fizz, made using the traditional method to produce a quality sparkling wine with a fine mousse, tightly beaded. Bolney Estate was the sixth commercial vineyard planted in England. In 1972, Rodney and Janet Pratt planted 1.2 hectares of vines then some years later Bolney’s vintage won the Global Rosé Masters 2017 gold award.

Sumptuous berry fruits lead to ripe red apple and delicate floral notes. A touch of yeast balances perfectly with bright raspberry on the palate. n £29.99 / 75cl / 10.5% 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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A FULL

HOUSE

FOR A HOME TO KEEP A FAMILY OF SEVEN ENTERTAINED IS QUITE THE TASK, BUT WESTCOTE FARM IN BARROW-UPON-HUMBER SEEMS TO HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THAT FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS. GARY AND ALISON HAVE SPENT THOSE YEARS RENOVATING WHILE THEIR FIVE CHILDREN MADE THE MOST OF THIS SPECTACULAR FAMILY HOME... Words: Tilly Wilkinson.


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Time and time again, we find beautiful properties on the market and have to find out why anyone would ever want to leave it. Usually, it’s because the owners have the renovation bug and have to move onto their next plan.

We think Gary and Ali Baugh have it right though; they bought Westcote Farm 15 years ago and they’ve spent almost every one of those years updating their home. “We are a family of seven!” says Ali. “Five have now left home so we have made the difficult decision to move to pastures new, and we’re ready for a lifestyle change.” Above: The kitchen is handmade and features a four oven Aga.

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“We have lived at Westcote for 15 years and spent most of those renovating it. We will be moving into a market town which will be rather different!”

Westcote Farm is a Georgian farm house set out over three floors. There’s also an annex and a gym and shower room above the garage. The top floor is made up of a family bathroom with its beautiful grand copper bath, and two adjoining bedrooms.

On the second floor, there’s a beamed master bedroom suite with wet room and gorgeous sash windows with tremendous countryside views. The next double bedroom has fully fitted bespoke wardrobes, beams, a feature fireplace and a door leading to the attic. The final bedroom has two fitted wardrobes,

“The kitchen is handmade featuring a beamed ceiling, four oven gas Aga, granite worktops, limestone flagged flooring and a garden room...” beams and a feature fireplace. On the ground floor, you’ll find three reception rooms that are beamed and panelled. The TV room has a log burner and oak flooring which Gary and Ali have decorated with Zoffany wallpaper. The dining room is beamed and panelled with another log burner and oak floor.

The kitchen is handmade and there is a beamed ceiling. The chimney breast houses a four oven gas Aga. It also has limestone flagged flooring and granite worktops. The kitchen leads onto a garden room which has underfloor heating and another log burner.

In the annex, you’ll find another double bedroom. It has built-in wardrobes, a fitted kitchen with granite worktops, oak flooring, a newly fitted shower room and French doors leading onto the garden. The triple garage outside also has remote controlled electric doors. Above the garage is a gym with dormer French doors overlooking the pond alongside a shower room. “Westcote Farm is a grade II Listed Georgian farmhouse,” says Ali. “Our house was the

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original farmhouse, and the barns and farm worker cottages have been developed making us a hamlet of seven houses. The charm, character and stunning location first attracted us to Westcote as well as the large rooms to accommodate our large family.”

“We have passionately renovated Westcote, making sure we have kept the integrity of the building. The kitchen and living area has been extended. The garden was professionally landscaped. We converted above the garage. The kitchen is handmade featuring a double butler sink, granite worktops, a four oven gas Aga and an American style fridge freezer too.” “Westcote is set in just under an acre. We have a pond with decking and a summerhouse. Left: There is a pool with decking and a summerhouse. Above: The gardens have been professionally landscaped. Right: Alison in the gardens of Westcote Farm.

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“For the past four years we have featured in the National Garden Scheme. The garden is a mixture of formal borders with yew hedging. Stunning rose arches grow over tiered steps. We created a large open grassed playing area. We have an orchard and collection of mature trees. The garden is south facing. The summerhouse by the pond is the perfect spot for a sun bather! Finally, there’s extensive parking and a large outdoor patio, ideal for entertaining.” “Westcote has been such an amazing family home. We have made many memories here from camping in the garden to family football tournaments, bird watching by the pond and fabulous parties.” “That being said, now the children have flown the nest, it seems we are ready for the next stage and a home that’s more fit for us.”

WESTCOTE FARM, BARROW-UPON-HUMBER Style: A beautiful Georgian farmhouse with annex, pond and summerhouse. Landscaped grounds and well renovated interiors. Bedrooms: Four bedrooms in the house and double bed in the neighbouring annex. Receptions: Three currently arranged as lounge, dining room and garden room. Features: Annex with double bed, gym, living/dining kitchen, a pond with decking and a summerhouse, professionally landscaped grounds with patio area for entertaining. Price: £850,000 Find Out More: Westcote Farm is currently on the market with Fine & Country, 8 Kingston Road, Willerby, Hull, North Humberside, HU10 6BN. Call 01482 420999 or for more info see www.fineandcountry.com.

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Made with Love

ere are so many incredible designers in Lincolnshire crafting the perfect kitchen in contemporary tastes or perhaps country styles. No matter what your preference, they are all made with love... Words: Tilly Wilkinson. Photo: Gainsborough Kitchens.


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“UTILISE THE SUPERB LOCAL SUPPLIERS AND FITTERS OF KITCHENS IN THE AREA. THEY CAN SUIT ANY STYLE AND CREATE A ROOM YOU’LL WANT TO USE EVERY DAY...” Above: Peter Jackson Cabinet Makers can create a bespoke kitchen for you too. Just call Peter on 01507 527113.

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Below: Richwood Cabinet Maker’s contemporary take. Call Alex for more info on 07534 808903.

Right: Right and Top Right is Richard Sutton Designs. Call the Grimsby kitchen company on 01472 268377. Luna Living bottom right.


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DREAM KITCHEN LINCOLNSHIRE SUPPLIERS Our dream kitchen suppliers based in and around Lincolnshire...

Chris Sharp: Bespoke kitchens and fitted wardrobes.

01522 504506, cscbespokekitchens.co.uk.

Colin Luesby: Family run business established since 1960. 01205 820215, colinluesby.co.uk.

Coopers Woodworkers: Family owned business since 1979. 01673 308526, cooperswoodworkers.com

Furniture Loft: Made from oak, pine, painted hardwood and more. 01858 435500, furnitureloft.co.uk.

Gainsborough Kitchens: A design led company that project manage from start to finish. 01427 679976, gainsboroughkitchens.co.uk.

Leakes Masonry: 3rd Century of stonemasonry craftsmanship. 01507 604828, leakesmasonry.co.uk.

Luna Living: For great designs and labour saving devices. 01522 521112, lunaceramics.co.uk.

Nicholas Martin Cabinets: Skilled team of craftsmen with extensive experience.

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Oldrids & Downtown: Time-tested department store and furniture shop. 01205 350505, www.oldrids.co.uk.

Peter Jackson Cabinets: Beautiful bespoke furniture specialising in fine interiors.

01507 527113, peterjacksoncabinets.co.uk.

Richard Sutton Designs: Creating luxury kitchens since 1994. 01472 268377, richardsuttondesign.com.

Richwood Cabinet Makers: Bespoke handcrafted kitchens. 07534 808903.


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Left: A dreamy blue kitchen by Nicholas Martin Cabinets. Right: Chris Sharp Cabinets. Above: A stunning unique design by Coopers Wood Workers near Market Rasen. Call 07787 191831. Top Right is also Coopers Woodworkers.

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The Home

PACKAGE

Bored of dealing with several different companies when it comes to renovating your home? Don’t bother. Instead use Richard Sutton Design, a one stop shop for interior design, kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms

Creator of kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and beautiful interiors, Richard Sutton and his team know how to create a beautiful home having 25 years of experience doing so. “We have a manufacturing facility for bespoke kitchens and we can design and make unique pieces of furniture,” says Richard Sutton.

“We employ our own installers too, so you don’t have to deal with any subcontractors when you come to Richard Sutton Design. You will receive the whole service from us from consultation to completion, so there’s a team working on the job rather than several people looking after their own interests.”

“There are 17 members of staff in total on hand to help with any project. We employ tilers and can even liaise with builders to discuss pipe fittings, electrics etc before your new home is built for a full service.”

Richard Sutton works a lot on full house projects because he’s

got the team and the resources to do so, but they also take on individual kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms too. Because of this flexibility and uniqueness, they are employed from as far as London for high quality designs. In the showroom, because the company takes on such large jobs, they have fitted proper display kitchens rather than examples of parts of cabinets. “We also work a lot with high end appliances to ensure our clients are happy with every element of their room” says Richard. “This includes Wolf, Sub Zero and Miele.” Once Richard and his team have fitted your new beautiful room too, visit their interiors store. There are hundreds of accessories, cushions, lamps and chairs to decorate your home in a matching style, an experience you won’t get with many other kitchen installers. Head to the interiors website to purchase products online.

1. High end showroom kitchen with wolf & sub Zero appliances. 2. More of a country kitchen decorated by the interiors brand. 3. once your room is fitted, head to the interiors store to decorate. 4. a modern kitchen also in the showroom with rounded island. 5. e interiors store is cleverly arranged in separate popular colour schemes from navy to blush to gold and to silver. 6. Richard sutton Design supplies bathrooms and bedrooms too. n Call Richard Sutton Design on 01472 268377 to get your quote today. Visit the website www.richardsuttondesign.com for more information and for the interiors website, visit www.richardsuttondesigninteriors.com.

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HOMES

Parrot & Palm Azure Cushion Exotic palms, colourful parrots. A large statement cushion by John Derian £75.

Peonia Chartreuse Cushion

Layers of white create majestic detail perfect for enhancing sofas and chairs £138.

Chimney Swallows Sky Blue

Composed skies and swooping swallows pair gracefully in this tranquil scene £95.

SO-GOOD FOR SOFAS Dragonfly Over Clouds

Bold detailed dragonfly set on a vintage engraving of an ethereal sky £95.

Rose Swedish Blue

Deeply romantic and inherently inspiring, in cool tones of chalky blue £90.

Sofas only look so good without the love of a comfy statement cushion or two! Here are our favourites from luxury brand Designer’s Guild’s John Derian...

Exquisite painterly roses in white and duck egg tones £95.

Arjuna Leaf Viridian

Paeonia Albiflora Celadon

Highly detailed study of a peacock on luxurious velvet £90.

Carrara Fiore Verde

Exquisite and highly ornate illustration of peonies in bloom £95.

For more information see www.designersguild.com.

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With Envy...

ARTHUR ROMNEY GREEN (1872-1945) is high up the list of Arts and Crafts furniture designers, with his works becoming more and more desirable as collecting trends narrow.

Placing a name to a style is crucial in today’s market. It is names that sell and create appeal, whether it be a Lowry print, a piece of Lalique glass or silver bearing the name Omar Ramsden, names sell objects and furniture is no exception.

Romney Green closely followed the Cotswold style of production as seen by the heavyweight designers Ernest Gimson and the Barnsley brothers Sidney and Ernest.

All produced a style in keeping with that of William Morris. Romney Green a mathematician, poet and scientist produced useful furniture with visible joints and kept materials other than wood to a minimum. His style closely follows that of Gimson as he exposes wares and produces items with hand tools creating a high level of finesse, whilst juxtaposing nature with science in producing visually pleasing, useful furniture.

The cabinet illustrates the work involved: the shaped supports and

visible tooling marks show the amounts of work which went into these individual creations. It is functional, stylish and beautifully crafted illustrating the skill of the maker. It made £2800 and was keenly contested throughout the country by collectors of Cotswold School items and buyers of good things. Romney Green lived an interesting life, never a prolific seller, his wares were hit hard by the financial depressive years in the 1930s. However, his designs were often seen in Arts and Crafts magazines, winning him European awards in the 1920s. He moved from Hampshire to Surrey and ended in Christchurch, having to move to the countryside due to ill health, where he produced mainly dining room furniture in a most distinctive style. Commissions were never numerous and his work was brought short by a road traffic accident, eventually resulting in Romney Green’s death in 1945. Although he may be slightly overshadowed by the likes of Heal, Gimson and Barnsley his works were exceptional and are very in keeping with the styles of the Cotswold heavyweights. His tables and chairs grace some of the finer museums and he has a following: names sell pieces and Arthur Romney Green is one of the best. n

With best wishes, Craig Bewick, MRICS. Auctioneer Golding Young & Mawer, Grantham.

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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AT THE AUCTION

30 Years of

AUCTIONS

In 2019 auctioneer Colin Young celebrates 30 years bringing the Golding Gavel down on pots of lots, putting art in the frame and discovering antiques aplenty. This month he shares the secrets of his success and reveals why the area’s auction houses are enjoying - not just enduring - the internet era... “Excuse the amount of items in the place,” says Colin Young as we walk past lot of lots towards the auctioneer’s office. We visited Golding Young’s Bourne sale room shortly before their monthly sale. As such, all of the lots that would feature in both the collective and Arts & Antiques sales were stacking up.

Words & Images: Rob Davis.

That means as a seller, you’re likely to get a better price, as a buyer, you’ve easy access to better lots than ever and as an industry, the likes of Golding Young are really prospering.

Hard to believe, but in a day or two, after the auction, the whole place would be empty. There was really no need for an apology. My eyes darted everywhere, over such a variety of furniture, antiques, art, household effects, vintage cameras, motorcycles and antique clocks. If it’s not in the room, you probably don’t want it! Does the company find it difficult to find stock in the internet era? Oh no. In fact internet auction sites as they’re known have created a whole new market for real auctioneers for products that previously failed to sell. Having sales like those hosted by Golding Young means a wider range of quality of stock, not only those you feast on glamorous results cherry-picked by experts like Colin, who also presents BBC programmes like Bargain Hunt, and won Young Auctioneer of the Year in 1996, but at the lower levels too. “You can pay a commission to online sites, and do all the work yourself,” says Colin. “Or you can pay us to do all the work; collect the item, photograph it, catalogue it, process the sale, publicise it and collect the funds with the security of RICS regulation.”

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and sales through the year for automobilia, ceramics, Asian art and so on. Each sale features about 1,500 lots, and they’re typically attended by an audience of about 200 people in person. But now, there’s a hidden audience of thousands online making bids too.

But where on earth does the auction room’s stock come from? “Oh thats the easy bit!” says Colin. “Private individuals, liquidations of businesses, estate clearances... it’s a real misconception that you have to send off a huge amount to the auction room.”

“Each sale features about 1,500 lots and is attended live by about 200 people...”

“Previously we used a platform to sort of ‘piggyback’ on other auction technologies,” says Colin.

“But just recently we’ve invested in our own platform - technology that was previously the preserve of the World’s top few auction houses.”

The company has sale rooms in Bourne, Grantham and Lincoln, and hosts monthly Collective sales as well as Arts & Antiques sales Above: Colin has to work out the value of around 70,000 lots annually, and present auctions with charisma and professionalism.

“In fact, many of our lots are single items, and we’re always happy to visit those who are downsizing from large properties or redesigning their homes and want to have a single item or just a couple of bits valued for sale; we’re always happy to advise.”

Selling around 70,000 lots annually, Colin’s successes include a Cello which sold to a Canadian collector for £11,000, a sideboard which sold for a cool £135,000 and a James Campbell painting which was sold to the Tate Modern Gallery for £15,000. The firm’s antiques and fine art department has valued about £40,000,000 over the past five years or so. But what’s the secret of auctioneering? “It’s necessary to be technically brilliant,” Colin admits. “After all, you’ve live bids, phone bids and internet-bids all coming in simultaneously, so you have to be aware of what’s going on and count forward.” >>


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“I’m an auctioneer first and a businessman last. It’s important to engage with the audience, make them feel the atmosphere of the excitement of the sale!” >> “But honestly, the secret is that I’m an auctioneer first and a businessman last. It’s important to engage with the audience, make them feel the atmosphere and the excitement of the sale room. It’s a special and fun place to be, and the more of a buzz there is, the more of an exciting atmosphere, the better the reflection on the business. After that, achieving good prices for the seller will take care of itself and buyers will enjoy the experience.”

“Some people are still intimidated by the auction room, by the myth that you’ll scratch your nose and buy a Rembrandt, but the reality is we’re here for both seller and buyer, and it’s in our interest to make the experience fun and lively and likeable. The banter you can have, bringing people in, reading their body language and the humour are all part of the sale experience.” Another part of the fun for Colin is that you never know what lots are going to come through the door. Colin is a fan of vintage motorcycles and was delighted to see a Triumph through the door; it’s now parked next to a convertible Mercedes which will also feature in the next automobilia sale.

Valuation is interesting, but again, that’s all part of the job. With all items their values are dependent on age, provenance, condition and the ebb and flow of trends and fashions. What has Colin learned in his 30 years? “At 21 I knew everything there was to know about antiques & auctions!” jokes Colin, but adds, “and actually think I believed that? Now at 51, all I know is that I so want to be on the rostrum at every sale. After 30 years I really wouldn’t do anything else!”

n Colin Young has 30 years experience as an auctioneer based at Golding Young, established in 1864. The company has sale rooms in Bourne, Grantham and Lincoln, and offices in Stamford and Louth. For no-obligation advice, valuations and to view catalogues of future sales online, see www.goldingyoung.com or call 01778 422686. 96


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GOING, GOING, GONE: Recent lots...

From Top: a signed, framed, coloured Lowry print sold for £340 at the last collective sale. ese Danish rosewood chairs date back from the 1960s and sold for £16,500. a mid-19th century longcase clock by James Usher of Lincoln sold for £360. wwII DFc memorabilia, with lots of provenance, sold for £2,000. a Bang & olufsen Beosound hi-fi with cD and turntable recently sold for £950. n


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OUTDOORS

CALM A Little Place of

is month’s featured garden enjoys more than a slight oriental influence. It may be small, but it’s perfectly formed and a great example of why employing a professional garden designer can save money and create a space you can feel really proud of... Words & Images: Rob Davis.

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“Peace,” as the Buddha once said, “Comes from within.” Well perhaps, but our gardens need to share some of the credit as well. They’re spaces in which we entertain, relax, and create beauty. But above all, they’re our own very special places of peace and tranquillity.

SOO SPECTOR

The garden was created by Soo Spector, professional designer as a low-maintenance Japaneseinspired space. It measures In fact, because Soo is so just over 12 metres good at overseeing both hard by 20 metres. That’s especially the case with this small but so very

perfectly formed urban garden in the unlikely setting of a new development of properties on the outskirts of Lincolnshire.

Quite aside from the strong theme - it’s ostensibly a Japanese garden - what we love most about the space is that it’s strong testimony in favour of using a professional garden designer, and it helps to eschew a few of the misconceptions that people have a about garden design, which is why we had to meet its co-creator Soo Spector. We say co-creator because like all of Soo’s projects, its design was a collaborative effort alongside the owner of the property.

To employ a garden designer, you need a large space, right? Absolutely not. This garden measures about 30 square metres, but still manages to incorporate the perspectives, seating areas and space for planting that its owner was seeking.

Of course, you’ll need deep pockets to employ a garden designer, won’t you? Again, absolutely not. Soo’s garden design commissions are anything from dinky courtyard gardens with a few pots for just a few hundred pounds to much larger spaces and budgets up to six figures.

What’s more, as Soo uses her own contractors, sources plants and other materials from wholesale sources, and controls labour costs for any construction, the initial cost of a garden designer can also be offset by significant savings in the cost of the materials themselves. All well and good. But you’ll end up with a space that’ll take a huge amount of effort to maintain each summer, surely? Not at all. 102

landscaping and soft landscaping elements in a garden, and because she’s always so keen to ensure her gardens reflect their owners’ lifestyles - incorporating sufficient space for their owners to exercise their own creativity, for example, or controlling the amount of work the garden will entail for their owners - is a really important part of getting her design right. The garden’s owner has recently retired and wanted a space to entertain, but one that was easy to manage too as she travels a lot. This didn’t just mean lots of hard-landscaping, and minimal planting, but rather a more thoughtful selection of grasses, ferns, evergreens, perennials and small trees like acers. “She wanted a Japanese garden,” recalls Soo. “So we sat and created a brief together to ensure that we both had a strong idea of exactly what that meant. Discussion, collaboration is the most important part of design.”

“It’s really important that before coming up with a concept design - a sort of first draft - I understand what the client wants, and perhaps as important, what they don’t want; lots of work, for example. >>

Main: Despite its small size and position adjacent to a brand new property, Soo’s design for a Japanese Garden is low-maintenance and can be enjoyed all year round. Opposite: Fargesia Muriale and Acer Palmatum are just two of the plants incorporated to ensure all year round interest.


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>> “This leads to a ‘master plan’ stage which is more involved and has a full planting plan, costings, schedule and much more detail, enabling me to create a fixed-price.” The Japanese garden needed to incorporate the sound of water, which has been achieved with a small and very easy to maintain selfcontained feature.

It also needed to have all year round interest and it certainly does, with a range of Heucheras and acers, plus ferns and grasses that are both easy to maintain but also ensure the garden never looks ‘naked’ regardless of the time of year. A range of pots and containers ensure it’s easy to add or move around planting, whilst LED lighting has been incorporated to ensure the garden can still be seen and appreciated at dusk.

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“I believe a really nice outdoor space that you can enjoy for as much of the year as possible it not a privilege; it’s an absolute right!” Raised bedding brings planting closer to eye-level, and there’s still an area of grass, albeit of a size and shape that’s easy to maintain. Likewise, automatic irrigation is a feature that Soo integrates into almost all of her gardens for the ultimate in ease.

The pergola also incorporates lighting and is nicely sheltered from breezes in the cooler months, and is one of three different seating areas in the garden including a patio.

“There are so many preconceptions about garden design,” says Soo. “It’s frustrating because I believe a really nice outdoor space that you can enjoy for as much of the year as possible it not a privilege; it’s a right.” “There’s no such thing as too small, too difficult - when it comes to the shape of a plot - or too tight when it comes to budget.”

“Gardens are not solely a posh person’s thing. The tradespeople I collaborate with believe that everyone should love their garden, and that a well-designed garden should add intrinsic as well as financial value to your home. Everybody’s garden should be a space they’ll love and use for years to come.” n Soo Spector is a garden designer based in locally who works across Lincolnshire and Rutland. For a free, no obligation discussion about your garden, call 07545 007323 or see www.soospectorgardens.co.uk.


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LYNDHURST GARDEN CENTRE

From Luxury Lodges to Double Yolks! Garden centres have grown over the years to offer so much more than just garden products, usually featuring a café, a farm shop and perhaps larger garden features like furniture.

Well, Lyndhurst Garden Centre in Burgh le Marsh have gone one step further (no, we’re not talking about their double yolk, locally-sourced eggs, although that is rather exceptional and unique for a garden centre). We’re of course talking about the wonderful country park with luxury lodges in an enviable location. They’re crafted using top brands such as Pemberton & Willerby and cost from £20,000 to £135,000. If you’re looking for a weekend retreat to get away from the hustle and bustle of a busy life, a place with a view over a lake perhaps and a garden centre on your doorstep with all the necessary provisions, you won’t find anything that beats Lyndhurst Country Park.

It’s also ideally located near the coast, so if you fancy a day out strolling down Gibraltar Point, visiting the new North Sea Observatory or just wandering round Lincolnshire’s coastal towns, it’s all right on your doorstep.

But Lyndhurst doesn’t just stop there. There’s also a full landscaping service. It’s a Garden Centre that really can offer everything there is to improving your garden space.

“My father, Basil Clow started the company in 1973,” says current co-owner Stephen Clow. “It began with the café and the nursery, and my brother Andrew Clow was the first to get involved helping my father. I joined the team in 1991, taking over the running of the business, while my sister Susan runs the coffee shop. Her daughter Amy looks after the garden centre while Sam, my nephew, has recently joined the landscaping team. My primary role is running the country park business at the moment.” “We’re a family business through and through with family principles at the heart of everything

we do. It’s a great asset to have as we service the families of Lincolnshire. It’s also handy when we have so many different aspects to the business; it has certainly aided the growth of Lyndhurst, each member of the family specialising in something.” There really are so many different aspects to Lyndhurst. At the garden centre, they provide a large range of garden furniture from designer brands, there are greenhouse sheds and other forms of garden furniture and storage available, a lawnmower department which comes with a delivery service and all the gardening tools you’ll ever need. The farm shop features local products too like local cheese and wine, and enormous local eggs. Stephen was kind enough to give us a box and we can confirm we got 11 yolks from six eggs! You’ll also find a large range of gifts, cards, home accessories, faux flowers, pet products and the café and restaurant.

Just when I thought this garden centre couldn’t get any better, Jack the resident spaniel wandered round the corner. Another member of the family, Jack is head of customer care, ensuring all visitors walk away with a smile on their faces. Whatever your gardening or holidaying needs, Lyndhurst Garden Centre is the place to visit.

For more information about Lyndhurst, visit www.lyndhurstgardencentre.co.uk or call 01754 810295. Visit the garden centre yourself on Skegness Road, Burgh le Marsh, Skegness PE24 5AA. Above: Stephen Clow (and Jack!). 106


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MY CITY >

LINCOLN BY

JAYNE SOUTHALL CEO OF THE SHOWGROUND

This feature is usually referred to as ‘My Town,’ but we couldn’t produce specific highlights on Lincolnshire without mentioning Lincoln. It’s a beautiful city that’s full of life and full of people passionate about putting it on the map.

That includes Jayne Southall. Jayne is CEO of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society and the Lincolnshire Showground and has lived in the city since 2001. She loves Lincoln and provides an interesting view from someone from elsewhere visiting for the first time. How long have you lived in Lincoln? What brought you here?

“I’ve lived in Lincoln for about 18 years,” says Jayne. “I was originally from the Midlands before moving to Uttoxeter. I had previously worked predominantly in the timber trade, starting as a shipping clerk arranging imports of timber into the UK from many countries including Canada, Russia and Sweden.” “I was involved in all aspects of the Business including accounts, HR and managing the team. I then started working for a timber company in Bardney, hence the move to Lincoln.” “I applied for the role of finance manager at the Lincolnshire Showground in 2006. I held the position for five years until I was asked to act as CEO for a time. When the opportunity arose again, this time for a full-time position, I put myself forward for it.”

“I have been the CEO of the Showground for eight years now and I feel privileged to have been given this opportunity. I love being part of this incredible city.” What do you find makes Lincoln unique?

“Lincoln is a unique city, it’s very friendly and has a Lincolnshire Showground. This month, she takes us for a tour around her community feel to it. Cities generally have the reputation highlights of the city of Lincoln. of being rather corporate and cold, but Lincoln isn’t like that at all. It’s alsosurrounded by beautiful countryside. Lincoln benefits from having all the conveniences of living in a city, and all the pleasures of living in the countryside.” Above: Jayne Southall is the CEO of the

“When I go to various meetings in London for work, I always look forward to coming home, and for me, that’s when Lincoln Cathedral comes into view on top of the hill. It’s like a beacon saying you’re nearly there!” Main: Jayne loves Stokes High Bridge Café for afternoon tea. The bridge it sits on is the oldest bridge in the UK to still have a building on it. Not only is it great for cake, it’s great for history too!

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Who inspires you in Lincoln?

“This is a tricky one because it’s not really a specific person. It seems that everyone in Lincoln wants the city to do well and everyone is passionate about promoting it and help put Lincoln on the map. The people behind Visit Lincoln have done an absolutely incredible job of this. The website, visitor’s guide and everything else they provide is such a valuable resource.” “What is so great about the people in Lincoln though, is that they see the bigger picture. Hotel managers in Lincoln don’t just care about the success of their hotel but the success of Lincoln as a tourist destination. Because everyone seems to have this mindset, the city is becoming an increasingly popular destination.”

The 2019 Lincolnshire Show

“Another huge inspiration is most certainly the veterans of the war. I had the privilege of meeting a couple of the men who had served in World War Two at the opening of the Bomber Command Centre. Their stories are humbling and truly inspirational.”

The 2019 Lincolnshire Show is themed around the various LAS anniversaries and “We invited several veterans to the Show last year as it was will be held on 19th - 20th June. themed around the RAF and they were overwhelmed that we would invite them as guests.” What’s happening in summer and why should we visit?

“I’m a little biased but I think many will agree with me; the highlight of summer is of course the Lincolnshire Show! This year, the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society celebrates 150 years, the Epic Centre is celebrating 10 years and the Showground itself is celebrating 60 years.”

“The 135th Lincolnshire Show is going to be themed around these anniversaries and it’s set to be an incredible event. Head down to the Showground on 19th - 20th June!”

“The ‘What’s on’ guide on our website is a great tool for searching our upcoming events, including the new Outdoor cinema screenings in July. If you’re into rock music, the Showground is hosting its first ever Call of the Wild Festival - on 24th - 26th May!” “Of course in the heat of summer, Doddington Hall, the Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle are all great places to visit.” Where would you take friends or family to dine or drink in Lincoln?

“I love the Bailgate. My recommended restaurants would be Olé Olé and Olivares for an incredible Tapas, the White Hart Hotel’s Grille Restaurant for its delicious food and cocktails, or for a more special occasion, the Castle Hotel’s Reform Restaurant.” “I am most certainly a gin lover, so for drinks, I would head to the latest bar in town; the Curiosity Shop. It’s a lovely place and has over 150 gins to choose from. I would highly recommend.”

“For coffee, I tend to journey just out of Lincoln to Doddington Hall. There’s a great café there and you can make a day of it with everything there is to see and do at the Hall.” Left: Lincoln Castle and the Victorian Prison. Top: The beautiful Cathedral is a highlight of Lincoln for Jayne. Opposite: Jayne looking across the Showground, the Visitor Centre in Lincoln and Steep Hill.


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What independent shops and businesses would you recommend?

“There are too many to name just one! Again, I’d head to the Bailgate. It’s the heart of all our independent shops and a great place to window shop. It’s also right next to the Castle and Cathedral if you’re a tourist in the City”

“If you’re into your history, of course the Castle and Cathedral are incredible places to visit, but the International Bomber Command Centre is a huge attraction to the city, we’re very lucky to have such a centre.” What are the best views by Lincoln by day and by night?

“The Cathedral when it’s all lit up is an incredible site to see, and so is the view across the Brayford Pool reflecting the moonlight. By day, the International Bomber Command Centre has stunning views across the City, but I also simply like seeing the Cathedral as you drive in.” What about a quiet place to escape?

“Whisby Nature Reserve is perfect for that. I have a little Manchester

Terrier that I love to walk along the canal path past the Pyewipe and along the various routes towards Doddington Hall. If you are in the city centre, Lincoln Arboretum provides a quiet place to escape.” What would you change about Lincoln?

“There is a need to improve its transport routes especially by rail. We need regular trains direct to London and other big cities, which I believe would attract more people here. It would bring a lot more business to the area too. I know that improving transport is high on the city council’s agenda, and it’s a matter that action is being taken on. For instance, the new city centre multi-storey car park and the new bus station is a massive pull to the area.” “The city seems to have snowballed over the past few years with success after success, improvement after improvement, from the Bomber Command to transport links to new restaurants and bars. I think people are recognising Lincoln as a great place to be and it is becoming a destination to visit on England’s long list of highlights. Lincoln is a fantastic City to live, work and be educated, and it’s certainly an exciting time to visit too!”

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Below: Doddington Hall, Olivares Tapas Restaurant, The Curiosity Shop Gin Bar and the International Bomber Command Centre; all of Jayne’s favourite spots in and around Lincoln!

J AY N E ’ S P E R S O N A L T O U R Best for Food

Olé Olé or Olivares or for fancier food, Grille Restaurant at the White Hart Hotel or Reform in the Castle Hotel. Favourite Shop

All the little independent shops dotted along the Bailgate. The High Street has many good shops too. We’re spoilt for choice! Best Place for Afternoon Tea

Doddington Hall does a great afternoon tea and so does Stokes at the Lawns and Stokes High Bridge Café too. They’re both fantastic historical places to visit too. Favourite View

Over the Brayford at night or the panoramic views of Lincoln from the top of the Castle or Cathedral. The view as you come into Lincoln with the Cathedral on top of the hill is quite spectacular too. Favourite Activity

I love to walk my little Manchester terrier through the various walks and parks in and around Lincoln.

Favourite Place at Night

The Brayford is a great place to visit at night, or the Cathedral where it’s a little quieter, away from the bars and restaurants. Favourite Way to Spend an Hour

Heading to the Collection to view the enormous selection of paintings and sculptures from different eras on display in the gallery. Best Place for a Coffee

Doddington Hall, simply because you can make a day of it and browse the various shops, buy produce from the farm shop and even tour the house and gardens. Best Point of Interest

The International Bomber Command Centre. It’s an invaluable highlight of Lincoln and of the UK. It’s the perfect educational resource, it’s incredibly well designed and it creates a place of solace and peace to remember those who fought in the war. 115


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PA S T & P R E S E N T

Wide Bargate, Boston

The market town of Boston has probably seen the most amount of change than any other town in Lincolnshire. Wide Bargate was once a market with cattle being rushed through it and now it’s the entrance to the main high street through town...


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The Farmer’s Market. A farmer drives a herd of cattle down Wide

Bargate on market day in Boston where the High Street now is (and cattle isn’t). The junction with Wide Bargate is clearly visible on the right of the photograph. Trading fairs have been held in Boston since at least the 12th century. The earliest historic record of a fair is in 1132. Once a year the London courts would close so that everyone would have the opportunity to visit Boston during the May Fair. At that time goods which were rare, such as spices and wines, could be bought fresh from the port. The town flourished and Boston Port was recognised as second only to London. The Boston Stump. Boston Stump has always been a landmark to both

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seafarers and people travelling across the flat fenland that surrounds the town.

Over its 700 years the church has played its part in both national and international history. It will be forever linked through the Puritan emigrants who in 1630 followed in the wake of the Pilgrim Fathers and founded a new Boston in the United States of America.

Replacing an earlier Norman church, construction of the present building commenced in 1309 at the east end and was completed by 1390, apart from the tower. The tower construction was started in 1425 - 1430 but not completed until 1510 -1520. AB Woodcock, Caterer and Confectioner. Arthur Woodcock was a very

well known baker and confectioner in South Lincolnshire who developed and patented a number of confectionery methods and manufacturing equipment.

The business was based in Peterborough although there were several bakeries across the region. In 1929, AB Woodcock received a bronze medal at the Confectioners, Bakers and Allied Trades Exhibition in London. Arthur died on 3rd December 1948, aged 64, but the business continued without a change in name for many years thereafter.

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Main: An incredible shot of Wide Bargate in Boston. Above: Above you can see the after photo taken recently in the market town. The bakery has since been replaced with a clothing store and the roof appears to have been removed. The clock tower has been built. Spot the difference!

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WEDDINGS

Falling in Love (literally)

Lincolnshire couple Katy and Fin enjoyed a dream wedding that reflected their personalities and adventures, in a marquee close to Woodhall Spa. The wedding day went by without a hitch... Until the first dance when they quite literally fell in love! Images: Charlotte Maddison Photography, 07368 346792, www.charlottemaddison-photography.co.uk.

As we head into May, we were on the look out for a wonderful warm weather wedding to inspire the brides of future summers... and we found it.

The rural marquee wedding of Katy and Fin was set in the tranquil countryside of the Lincolnshire Wolds. But how did the two meet? “I grew up in Berkshire and moved to Woodhall Spa at the age of 10,” says Katy.

“Fin was born and bred here; a true Yellow Belly! With a true passion for the great outdoors, he works locally as a Mechanical Engineer and I work in London as Head of Creative for a global travel brand.”

“He definitely has the practical brain whilst mine is more creative and a little wild at times. Over 11 years ago, we met in a local bar... After several drinks I went back to his and simply never left!”

With a shared love for long walks and pure fresh air, the couple took a three week trip to New Zealand to celebrate a year of milestones; Katy’s 30th birthday, Fin’s 40th birthday and 10 years together.

“After hiking for four hours on a moon-like terrain, we reach the top of Mount Tongariro when Fin dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him!” says Katy. “Of course I said yes, we cried, we laughed and quite literally felt on top of the world!”

“We kept our engagement a secret until we

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returned home in December - perfect timing for celebrations which we continued into the new year - so we didn’t start planning until February.” “First and foremost was the venue. I knew I wanted to get married in St Leonard’s Church in Kirkstead so we looked for venues within a short drive. We wanted something we could put our own stamp on.”

“We chose a marquee overlooking the rolling hills of Belchford, blessed with glorious sunshine! Bridal Hair by Sharon did a fabulous job that lasted so well throughout the day. Flowers by Maxine took my creative ideas and brought them to life in the most beautiful bouquets. Charlotte Maddison Photography put us at ease whilst she captured true, candid moments of friends, family and memories.” “Surprisingly, the first wedding dress I tried on felt special, so after trying a few I was fixed on ‘Enzoani’ dresses. It was the way the dresses made me feel as much as how they looked. My dress was slim-fitting with subtle detail around the neckline. The back was low with lace and diamante features.”

“The day itself was magical... Until Fin dropped me during our first dance! You would imagine that that is a bride’s worst nightmare but it still makes me smile thinking about it! We were mid-spin, his shoes lost grip and next minute we’re both on the floor in front of all our shocked friends and family. 121


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“My advice to other couples would be to break wedding traditions and make it your own special bespoke day...” We actually stayed down for a few minutes just laughing. Happy memories!”

“Every year we spend quality time, just the two of us, in the Lake District, so rather than going anywhere fancy for our honeymoon, we continued our tradition and spent some long sunny days in Ambleside exploring caves, walking up mountains, dipping our toes in lakes and just taking everything in.”

“My advice to other couples would be that it’s your day, so dare to break those wedding traditions and do it your way, making sure to soak up every moment along the way.”

Charlotte Maddison Photography, 07368 346792, www.charlottemaddison-photography.co.uk.

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Frank Walder styles this look with a flower shirt and comfortable bi-stretch trousers. Yellow, white and a little bit of black makes the perfect good mood outfit for many occasions.

SUMMER

A SOPHISTICATED STYLE YOURSELF IN FRANK WALDER THIS SUMMER WITH IRRESISTIBLE STYLES, SOPHISTICATED DESIGNS AND WELL-COORDINATED OUTFITS... Words: Tilly Wilkinson.


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Lace in a new design. The jacket and the shirt in green lace are a light but elegant combination. The cream trouser gives the outfit a more sporty touch.


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A long cardigan with a matching shirt are always a good choice. The green colour brings freshness and light into a look.


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It’s not summer without tunics! This summer stripes look in combination with insects or flowers are a must have. Opposite: Stripped jackets are on trend! The flower pin is an important accessory with this look. This sun colour really stands out.

Visit frankwalder.com for more info.


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Purveyors of Luxury Eyewear Since 1979

Francis Klein ladies glasses range of colours in stock now.

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

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

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BEAUTY

PRETTY in PINK

AS THE MAY BLOSSOMS BEGIN TO APPEAR, YOU’LL LOOK PRETTY IN PINK TOO, WITH THIS SELECTION OF PREMIUM COSMETICS HAND-PICKED FOR SPRING AND SUMMER...

1. Mon Dieu! Miss Dior!

A new fragrance from perfume house Miss Dior, perfect for spring, this eau de toilette is a heady and refreshing floral whirlwind. A mad waltz dances around Grasse Rose and a veil of Lilly of the valley as light as a tulle petticoat. Centifolia rose and Lilly of the Valley scent with the sparkling zest of Mandarin top notes. £94/100ml.

3. Achieve Perfect Legs

Perfect Legs Gradual Tan from This Works is an easy to apply tanning serum that gradually perfects and repairs as its colour builds. Instantly enhances legs and combats skin imperfections as well as building a beautifully golden, natural-looking tan. £38/120ml.

4. Superfood Berry

Superfood Berry Boost Face Mask from spa-favourite Elemis is a smoothie-inspired purifying mask featuring Brazilian Purple Clay and an Omega-rich SuperBerry Complex to balance the skin and mattify the T-Zone. Delicious! £70/75ml.

5. More Volume

Estée Lauder’s Pure Colour Envy Lip Volumiser, is like a magic wand for the lips, with a thrilling plumping effect. Lips look more sculpted and feel moisturised and nourished. Applies easily with the built-in wand applicator. £25/7ml.

2. HOLOGRAPHIC

HIGHLIGHTS

Guerlain present this new Météorites Highlighter Duo with its holographic rose and lilac shades enabling you to capture the light to brighten up and enhance your natural complexion. Adopt a light and subtle look with these silky rosy highlighter shades. Nestled inside a cushion style case, with its integrated mirror, it’s the perfect companion. RRP £45.

6. Cellular Life-Lotion La Prarie’s Platinum Rare Cellular Life-Lotion is the first step in a new beginning for skin. An unparalleled formulation drawn from the source of life that regenerates to rejuvenate. Boost skin renewal from within with three key detoxification processes at the cellular level. Enriched with the peptides and powerful detoxifying ingredients, Cellular Life-Lotion infuses the skin with essential nutrients and helps protect it from stress factors. RRP £500/115ml.

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L U X U RY

B R A N D

As part of a new series in Pride, we’re looking at the fascinating stories behind brands. The story of Chanel and its founder Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel is our focus for May following the death of Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld...

The House of Chanel originated in 1909 when Gabrielle Chanel opened a millinery shop at 160 Boulevard Malesherbes; the ground floor of the Parisian flat of the socialite and textile businessman Étienne Balsan, of whom she was the mistress. Because the Balsan flat was a salon for the French hunting and sporting élite, Chanel had the opportunity to meet their demi-mondaine mistresses, who were women of fashion, upon whom the rich men displayed their wealth in the form of ornate clothes, jewellery, and hats.

Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel could therefore sell the hats she designed and made; she earned a living, independent of her financial sponsor Balsan. Coco Chanel befriended Arthur ‘Boy’ Capel, an English socialite and polo player friend of Étienne Balsan. Per the upper class social custom, Chanel also became mistress to Boy Capel. He perceived the businesswoman in Coco Chanel and in 1910, financed her first independent millinery shop Chanel Modes at 21 Rue Cambon, Paris. The First World War affected European fashion through scarcity of materials, and the mobilisation of women. By that time, Chanel had opened a large dress shop near the Hôtel Ritz. Among the clothes for sale were flannel blazers, straight-line skirts of linen, sailor blouses, long sweaters made of jersey fabric, and skirt-and-jacket suits. Sartorially, some of Chanel’s designs derived from the military uniforms made prevalent by the war, and by 1915, the designs and the clothes produced by the House of Chanel were known throughout France.

The Chanel dress shop at 31 Rue Cambon presented daywear dress-and-coat ensembles of simple design, black evening dresses trimmed with lace and tulle-fabric dresses decorated with jet, a minor gemstone material. After the First World War, the House of Chanel, following the fashion trends of the 1920s, producing beaded dresses. By 1920, Chanel had designed and presented a woman’s suit of clothes, composed

either of two garments or of three garments, which allowed a woman to have a modern, feminine appearance, whilst being comfortable and practical to maintain. It became known as the Chanel Suit.

In 1921, to complement the suit of clothes, Coco Chanel commissioned the perfumer Ernest Beaux to create a perfume. This included No.5, named after the number of the sample Chanel liked best. Originally, a bottle of No. 5 was a gift to clients of Chanel. Its popularity prompted Coco to offer it for retail. The success of No. 5 encouraged Coco Chanel to expand perfume sales beyond Europe and develop other perfumes for which she required investment capital, business acumen, and access to the North American market.

To that end, the businessman Théophile Bader introduced the venture capitalist Pierre Wertheimer to Coco Chanel. Their business deal established the Parfums Chanel company. Wertheimer owned 70%, Bader owned 20%, and Chanel owned 10%; commercial success of the joint enterprise was assured by the Chanel name, and by the cachet of la Maison Chanel. Nonetheless, despite the success of the Chanel couture and parfumerie, the personal relations between Coco and her capitalist partner deteriorated. Coco said that Pierre Wertheimer was exploiting her talents as a fashion designer and businesswoman. Wertheimer reminded Chanel that he had made her a very rich woman. Nevertheless, Coco hired an attorney to renegotiate the 10% partnership. Negotiations failed and she kept the 10%.

During the Second World War, Coco Chanel closed shop at Maison Chanel, leaving only jewellery and parfumerie for sale, and moved to the Hôtel Ritz where she lived with her boyfriend Hans Günther von Dincklage, a Nazi intelligence officer. Upon conquering France in June 1940, Nazis established a headquarters in the Hôtel Meurice, around the corner from Maison Chanel. Occupied France abounded with rumours that Coco Chanel was a Nazi collaborator. Upon the

Chanel Fashions rough the Decades... 1900s - 1930s: COCO’S ESTABLISHMENT Millinery, sailor blouses straight-line linen skirts, beaded dresses for ‘flappers,’ the famed Chanel Suit and perfume No.5 and other perfumes. A new range of diamond jewellery was also launched in the early 1930s.

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1930s - 1970s: ELEGANCE AND THE WAR Leather handbags, pearl jewellery, summer dresses featuring contrast and luxury air hostess uniforms. A line for petite women. The first men’s perfume Pour Monsieur and the first non-couture prêt-à-porter line.

1980s - TODAY: THE POST-COCO ERA Range of perfumes including Chance. Chanel boutiques opened worldwide. Range of watches. Travel collection including sunglasses. Makeup and skincare collection grows. Karl Lagerfeld launches prêt-à-porter line.


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Lagerfeld Legacy

Karl Lagerfeld, who recently passed away, played a huge part in Chanel’s history...

Karl Lagerfeld was born in 1933 in Hamburg.

As a child, he showed great interest in visual arts, and former schoolmates recalled that he was always making sketches no matter what they were doing in class. In 1955, after living in Paris for two years, Lagerfeld entered a coat design competition. He won and befriended Yves Saint Laurent, soon hired by Pierre Balmain. He worked as Balmain’s assistant and apprentice for three years. In 1958, Lagerfeld became the artistic director for Jean Patou. In 1964, he went to Rome to work for Tiziano, but was soon designing freelance for a multitude of brands including Chloé, Charles Jourdan and Valentino. In 1967, he was hired by Fendi to modernize their fur line. Lagerfeld’s designs proved groundbreaking, as he introduced the use of mole, rabbit, and squirrel pelts into high fashion. In the 1980s, Lagerfeld was hired by Chanel. A year later, he began his own ‘Karl Lagerfeld’ brand. Lagerfeld was recognised for his white hair, sunglasses, fingerless gloves, and high collars. He had a relationship with the French model and socialite Jacques de Bascher for 18 years. Lagerfeld owned a red point Birman cat named Choupette which he indicated he would marry, if it were legal.

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liberation of France, Chanel was arrested for having collaborated with the Nazis. In September 1944, the Free French Purge Committee summoned Chanel for interrogation, but without documentary evidence or witnesses, and because of Churchill’s secret intervention, they released Coco from arrest as a traitor to France. Despite having been freed, the strength of the rumours of Chanel’s Nazi collaboration had made it impossible for her to remain in France. Coco and her German lover went into an eight year exile to Switzerland.

his business interests threatened and commercial rights infringed. Nonetheless, he avoided a trademark infringement lawsuit against Coco, lest it damage the commercial reputation and artistic credibility of his parfumerie.

In Switzerland, the news revived Coco Chanel’s resentment at having been exploited by her business partner, for only 10% of the money. She established a rival Swiss parfumerie. Wertheimer, the majority capital owner of Parfums Chanel saw

Upon returning to France, Coco found the fashion business enamoured of the ‘New Look’ by Christian Dior; the signature shape featured a mid-length, full-skirt, narrow waist and a large bust. To regain the business primacy of the House of Chanel,

During this time, Wertheimer returned to Paris and regained administrative control of his family’s business holdings including Parfums Chanel.

Wisely, Pierre Wertheimer settled his quarrel with Chanel and in May 1947, they renegotiated the contract. She was paid $400,000 in cash, assigned a 2% running royalty from the sales of No. 5 parfumerie, assigned limited commercial rights to sell her ‘Chanel perfumes’ in Switzerland, and granted a perpetual monthly stipend that paid all of her expenses. In exchange, Gabrielle Chanel closed her Swiss parfumerie enterprise.


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Booming Success

Post-Coco, Wertheimer turned Chanel into a billion dollar company and hired Lagerfeld... In 1983 Karl Lagerfeld took over as chief designer for Chanel. Like Coco, he looked into the past as inspiration for his designs. He incorporated the Chanel fabrics and detailing such as tweed and gold accents. Lagerfeld kept what was signature for Chanel but helped bring the brand into today. In later collections Lagerfeld chose to break away from the ladylike look of Chanel and began to experiment. During 1980s, more than 40 Chanel boutiques opened worldwide. The 1984 launch of a new fragrance, in honor of the founder, Coco, continued the label’s success. In 1986, the House of Chanel struck a deal with watchmakers and in 1987, the first Chanel watch debuted.

“The only brand able that was able to compete with Chanel at the time was the Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli...”

Coco approached Pierre for advice and capital. Wertheimer’s negotiations to fund the resurgence of the House of Chanel, granted him commercial rights to all Chanel-brand products. Throughout the 1950s, the sense of style of Chanel continued undeterred. Pierre Wertheimer bought Bader’s 20% share of the Parfums Chanel, which increased his percentage to 90%. Later, in 1965, Pierre’s son, Jacques Wertheimer, assumed his father’s management of the parfumerie.

Coco Chanel died on 10 January 1971, at the age of 87. She was still designing at the time of her death. After her death, the leadership of the company was handed down to Yvonne Dudel, Jean Cazaubon and Philippe Guibourgé.

After a period of time, Pierre’s son and successor Jacques Wertheimer bought the controlling interest of the House of Chanel. Alain Wertheimer, son of Jacques Wertheimer, assumed control in 1974. In the US, No. 5 was not selling well. Alain reduced the number of outlets selling it and invested millions of dollars in advertisement for Chanel cosmetics. The exclusivity for No.5 meant that the sales rocketed back up. He used famous people to endorse the perfume from Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Tautou.

Maison de Chanel increased the Wertheimer family fortune to $5bn. In 1994, Chanel was the most profitable French fashion house. In 2002, Chanel launched the Chance perfume. A prêt-à-porter collection was designed by Karl Lagerfeld. In 2018, Chanel announced it would be moving global headquarters to London. Lagerfeld sadly passed away on the 19th February following complications with pancreatic cancer.

Looking for a designer who could bring the label to new heights, he persuaded Karl Lagerfeld to end his contract with fashion house Chloé.

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Bespoke Care Equipment - Prescribed with Clinicians Poor care equipment can leave your loved one in discomfort or with poor posture. It could even worsen a chronic condition. Ambre-Stone can assess, prescribe and supply 24/7 postural and pressure care solutions tailored to suit the end user and carer...

Not all people are the same. Neither are all conditions or carers. So why should anyone put up with ‘one size fits all’ care equipment?

There are no waiting lists, and Ambre-Stone can advise and provide products which can be adapted to accommodate a changing body or condition, for example.

Ambre-Stone is not a retailer of ‘off the shelf ’ products, but a care focused company offering bespoke equipment, all supplied following expert advice and individually prescribed. However, we would recommend that you involve your clinician or can offer direction to an independent clinician.

We work with people of all ages, from paediatric to geriatric end users and with persons who have experienced strokes, cerebral palsy, trauma or conditions like Parkinsons, each of which can require 24-hour care.

Products include specialist seating, in-bath and in-shower chairs/cradles, slings, hoists, modular wheelchairs, air pressure relieving cushions and specialist sleep systems. The difference in product is the inclusion of elements with bespoke design and fabrication to ensure each product suits a client’s

Whilst many High Street retailers provide generic care equipment, many are not tailored to provide the comfort, postural and pressure care needs of each person.

postural needs and reduces the impact of pressure on the body. The result is tailored equipment, specially designed to mitigate medical conditions and provide both healthier posture and greater comfort. Ambre-stone work alongside both NHS and independent clinicians including physiotherapists and occupational therapists who can assess and advise on each client’s needs, ensuring you are only directed towards a product that will suit the person’s needs.

A bespoke solution from Ambre-Stone will be competitive in price and could prove less expensive as a long term investment, giving a better value outcome. “The industry is rife with retailers, but Ambre-Stone is different,” says Blake, General Manager. “We’re outcome-oriented, not sales focused, and as such we will only recommend a product that we’re confident will enhance the quality of life of an individual.” n For strictly no-obligation and no-pressure selling advice on Ambre-Stone’s range of bespoke care equipment call 01522 420091 or see www.ambrestone.co.uk.

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A Worrisome Weed

Gardeners beware - the invasive scourge of Japanese Knotweed isn’t just happening in gardens across the UK, but right here in our county. The plant is immensely destructive and has caused a number of legal problems for landowners and homeowners too. Battling the weed is JMP Solicitors, currently dealing with 130 cases. One of their most notable battles has resulted in a ‘David & Goliath’ style victory over Network Rail... Check your garden. Because the invidious

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese Knotweed is right here in the county. JMP Solicitors specialise in advising householders and businesses fight back against the practical and financial repercussions of invasion.

The firm already has over 130 clients they’re representing in the fight against the weed, and in 2017, won a landmark victory against Network Rail following their client’s compensation claim for nuisance, also forcing them to eradicate the blight.

The fast-growing weed can grow through concrete, wood, and is so virulent and destructive that it’s impossible to get rid of without professional contractors. Mortgage lenders even refuse to offer loans to homeowners blighted with the problem, leaving homes massively undervalued.

Nuisance

The presence of Japanese Knotweed is a nuisance - if it’s encroaching on your land, the adjacent landowner has a legal obligation to remove it and perhaps to compensate you for nuisance. Likewise, if your property has an infestation, failure to embark on an adequate programme of treatment and removal could leave you vulnerable to legal action. Loss of Property Value

As well as ensuring injunctions against the weed’s removal, the presence of Japanese Knotweed can have a significant effect on property values. Most mortgage companies Above: Encroachment is a common problem with Japanese Knotweed, as it grows extremely quickly and can grow through concrete and timber with ease.

will not lend on properties when the weed is within seven metres of the boundary. JMP has already achieved compensation for clients towards the diminution of property value as a result.

Appropriate Removal

Unfortunately, eradication of Japanese Knotweed goes well beyond simply cutting it back. Only licensed waste disposal facilities can handle disposal of the cuttings, whilst the seven metre underground spread and three metre depth can necessitate evacuation, or at least the use of very strong herbicides. JMP Solicitors was established in 2001 and have vast experience in dealing with Japanese Knotweed claims, in addition to advising on personal injury, family, private client and commercial law. JMP’s specialist Samantha Towle pioneered a High Court case against Network Rail and says; “The court has ruled that Japanese Knotweed is an infestation.”

“For other homeowners at risk of losing money on their property, or facing an expensive battle to rid themselves of the weed, it’s a fantastic result that we can deliver hope both for the weed’s removal, but for fair compensation, too.” n

What is it? The blight of Japanese Knotweed is akin to the removal of asbestos - it can only be disposed of by experts and its removal can be expensive. Growing Pain: The invasive plant - known as Fallopia Japonica - grows over three metres tall, with lush, green, heart shaped leaves. Time & Space: The fastest growth period is in spring - Japanese Knotweed grows at a rate of a metre and a half each month. Its rhizomes extends to a radius of seven metres underground, and to a depth of three metres. Removal: Recommended by professionals only. It must be dug out to a significant depth, and/or treated with herbicides, and must not be taken to domestic refuse sites or burned. The Problem: Japanese Knotweed can destroy your property, growing through masonry, timber, up through floors and choking other plants, shrubs and trees. Owners of affected land are legally obliged to remove it or risk a custodial sentence. Mortage companies won’t lend on a property within seven metres of infestation and property values can fall by up to half when land or a property is infested. The Solution: JMP Solicitors are leading the fight against those whose properties or land have been affected by an infestation of Japanese Knotweed. It’s headed up by expert Samantha Towle who is already representing over 130 clients. JMP Solicitors are currently helping over 130 clients in the UK to completely eradicate Japanese Knotweed from their property and to receive compensation for the cost of removing the plant, loss of property value and inconvenience. For further information please contact Samantha Towle at JMP Solicitors on 0800 085 9966 or visit www.jmp-solicitors.com.

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Miscellany

Introducing Miscellany. This new feature in Lincolnshire Pride includes snippets of information about the county you may not have known, monthly features and interesting locals. Enjoy! tIME FOr tEA

Afternoon Tea originated in Belvoir Castle near Grantham in 1840... Afternoon Tea originates from Lincolnshire. Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is said to have complained of ‘having that sinking feeling’ during the late afternoon whilst visiting the Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle. At the time, it was usual for people to take only two main meals a day; breakfast and dinner. The solution for the Duchess was a pot of tea and a snack, taken in her boudoir during the afternoon.

Later friends were invited to join her and this summer practice proved so popular that the Duchess continued it when she returned to London. Other social hostesses quickly picked up on the idea and the practice became respectable enough to move it into the drawing room.

Fun Fact: The Duchess Anna was also involved in a scandal regarding Lady Flora Hastings. Lady Flora had abdominal pain. The Duchess disliked her and spread the rumour that she was pregnant.

When she was later diagnosed with cancer and died, the Duchess, came under severe public criticism for blemishing the reputation of an innocent woman.

Lily of the valley: Flower of the Month... If you enjoy cutting flowers for the house, yet always feel guilty at robbing the garden, lily of the valley has the advantage of being one of those plants that you cannot see where you have cut. Take a pair of leaves and a flower stem at ground level and you won’t leave an unsightly gap.

The French are especially fond of muguet - their name for the plant - and sell bunches of it on Labour Day on 1st May as a porte-bonheur or good luck charm.

Top Growing Tip: Lily of the valley is useful as ground cover in shady spots and it will put up with quite a heavy gloom. It’s very fragrant so nice to plant in pots by the house.

Local Business Spotlight

Bateman’s, Craft Brewers since 1874

Jacyln & Stuart Bateman are fourth generation family brewers in Wainfleet. Their great grandparents George and Susannah Bateman started the Brewery in 1874 to supply the local farmers, who paid their land workers part in produce, part in money and part in beer. Why they bothered paying them with money, we have

no idea, as it seems most of it was spent on more of George’s beer anyway! The family has been making well-loved beers and running great pubs to the highest standard ever since. After four generations, they are still independent to the bone. They fought hard for that independence and they feel it’s their duty to protect

it, along with their fantastic brewery. It’s fascinating to visit; a museum in itself.

Fun Fact: The first brewer of Bateman’s was blind! He had an acute sense of smell and taste. An instinctive craftsman, he would check the temperature of a brew by sticking his elbow into the fermenting vessel. If he could keep it in for a long time, then the brew wasn’t hot enough, and if he had to take it straight out, it was too hot!


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MISCELLANY

rock ‘n’ roll Spalding hosted the UK’s first ever rock festival on 29th May 1967...

Barbeque ‘67 was held in Spalding’s Tulip Bulb Auction Hall. Advertising was national and headliners included Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Pink Floyd. It was so popular, national radio warned

travellers to turn back. The venue capacity was full at 6,000 and twice as many were unable to gain entry. Tickets cost just £1 and that covered accommodation in Spalding Town FC.

BOOk OF tHE MONtH

tangerine, Christine Mangan A gripping psychological literary thriller

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two close friends haven’t spoken in a year. Alice has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out. Lucy, always fearless and independent, helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.

Lincolnshire Birthdays in April 18th May 1939 Patrick Cormack, politician, historian, journalist and author born in Grimsby. 24th May 1949 Jim Broadbent, famous actor starring

in films such as Iris, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Harry Potter, Moulin Rouge and Narnia. Born in Holton cum Beckering near Market Rasen.

England’s First Whisky with james Nelstrop Lincolnshire’s James Nelstrop produced the first English whisky in over 100 years after a long family history in farming...

The Nelstrops have a very long farming family history originating 600 years ago. James Nelstrop was born in Lincolnshire into the farming family. James quickly moved away to start what would become an exciting and innovative life in farming and business. Whisky production had stopped in England for over 100 years ago until James opened a distillery in December 2006, making the very first 29 barrels of English whisky. His Royal Highness Prince Charles officially opened the distillery in 2017. The English Single Malt Whisky: Aged to perfection in specially selected Bourbon Casks. An unpeated single malt whisky. An easy-drinking classic single malt. A gentle aroma with hints of vanilla and tropical fruits like a soft whipped vanilla ice cream. Slightly nutty with a long malty finish. Finish is clean and dry.

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice - she feels controlled by Lucy at every turn. Then her husband John goes missing, and Alice starts to question her friend, her decision to come to Tangier, and her own state of mind.

Blue plaque of the Month: Captain Albert Ball, World War One Hero... Albert Ball died on 7th May 1917. He was an English fighter pilot during the First World War. At the time of his death he was

the UK’s leading flying ace, with 44 victories, and remained its 4th highest scorer behind Edward Mannock, James

22nd May 1950 Bernie Taupin, singer and lyricist, famed for writing many songs for Elton John, was born in Sleaford in May 1950.

McCudden, and George McElroy. He studied at King’s School in Grantham. As a student he displayed average

ability, but was able to develop his curiosity for things mechanical. Ball was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

Famous German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, said ‘by far the best English flying man’ upon hearing of his death.


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1998 Ferrari 125-166 (1949) reconstruction: Introduced at the ‘Circuit of Florence’ in 1948 the Ferrari 166 F2 was fitted with a two litre V12 engine. Unlike its F1 counterpart the engine was not supercharged but was enlarged to the F2 capacity limit of two litres. Hall & Hall built this replica of the 2-litre car during the early 2000s.

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Behind the

Wheel

If you’re in the market for a new car, it’s unlikely the examples we’re looking at this month will dispatch the school run and supermarket shop with any degree of anonymity. Nor are they likely to return good miles per gallon or have decent boot space... they are, however, a real part of motoring history! Words & Images: Rob Davis.

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“These local motor racing enthusiasts and mechanics oversees a team responsible for keeping grand old girls alive for their well-heeled owners all over the world...”

“I’ll get the lights.” Chunk. Chunk. Chunk. Successive fluorescent tubes clunk into life and each one gradually unveils at an increasing distance from us the contents of Rob Hall’s premises a modest journey from Bourne. As each bank of cool blue strip light spreads out into the distance, a little more of motor racing history is revealed. The place is then eerily quiet except for my own gasps as famous Formula 1 cars, a Ferrari 250, and a brace of Lamborghini Countachs sleep among an AMG Mercedes, a Xenos, numerous BRMs, a handful of Lotuses and a couple of Cobras. Rob is a very calm and matter of fact counterbalance to my obvious excitation as my eyes grow wide and my mouth falls open at the sight of this pride of sleeping lions.

Rob’s laconic is juxtaposed by the iconic. We’re in a secret location surrounded by… how many? “A hundred and thirty… thirty-two… no, three. One hundred and thirty three,” of the world’s most expensive, exotic and precious motor cars. Dormant and immaculately kept in the dark and in a silence broken only by my footsteps over the pale grey painted concrete floor. Each one is worth between £50,000 and £10m.

Some are for sale, some are being stored for clients. They’re remarkably silent given that any of the engines surrounding us potentially be called upon to roar into life and tear away from the starting grid of Silverstone or around the highest of apexes of the Nürburgring. Bourne’s affiliation with motor racing began with the establishment of BRM - British Racing Motors - in 1949. The firm endured until

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1977 but finally folded under the name of Stanley BRM following financial difficulties. It was the firm Rob’s father Rick Hall worked for. He and Rob Fowler then established their new business, Hall & Fowler, in 1977. It eventually became Hall & Hall in 1999 when Rob Hall brought Rob Fowler out.

To call Rob Hall a ‘car dealer’ would be like describing Michelangelo’s role in creating the Sistine chapel as ‘painter and decorator.’ In fact, the Bourne motor racing enthusiast and mechanic oversees a team responsible for keeping grand old girls alive for their well-heeled owners all over the world.

The team at Hall & Hall specialises in the storage, race preparation, maintenance and repair of historic racing cars, sports cars and in particular Formula 1 cars. Rob also serves as a sort of concierge service for his racing customers, arranging transport to races, booking hotels or yachts and transporting cars to races where he’ll then provides trackside technical support. Hall & Hall’s main premises are back in Bourne and that’s where the firm’s workshops are based.

They’re not open to the public, partly because of the rarity of the cars, partly because the team are too busy working on customers’ cars and partly because there’s nothing to see except a busy workshop where a team of around six mechanics are surrounded by about 12 cars in various states of undress. >>


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Whilst some of the cars that roll in and out of the company’s workshops are ‘just for show,’ the majority are in race-worthy condition and are actively used on UK tracks...”

Below: The company’s workshops are unusual in that there are few of-the-shelf parts and workshop manuals. It’s all down to expert knowledge and engineering expertise to keep them running.

>> Each mechanic is quietly working on very specific engineering challenges, some work paused awaiting the fabrication of bespoke components. This isn’t a workshop as you know it; nothing is standard except for the basic principle of an engine.

Underneath Rob’s office is the dynamometer, where newly refurbished engines are powered up and calibrated. Opposite the engine room is a fabrication facility where customs parts can be made according to specifications from the firm’s in-house library. The team also has the ability to commission a completely new engine block to their specifications. Typically it would be cast in steel or aluminium off-site but still, the ability to perform a heart transplant on some of the world’s most valuable cars is something to be admired.

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Main: Hall & Hall have a unit located a modest journey out of Bourne in which they store 133 historic and sports and F1 cars.

Others are used in film and TV work. “We’re predominantly concerned with cars from the 1950s to the 1970s,” says Rob. “We’re just beginning to see cars from the 1980s. Predominantly we specialise in Formula 1 racers, but the work we receive is quite varied.”

Rob spends about 32 weekends trackside each summer. He glances at his wall planner. “Goodwood. Three member meetings; Festival; Revival. Masters; F1 Series; Monza; Silverstone; Brands Hatch; Nürburgring.” The majority of Rob’s clients used to be UK customers, but now about half of all his business comes from outside the UK. US and Continental customers - Italians, especially - make up a significant quantity, with many of his cars’ owners seeking to

drive their pride and joy on the very tracks upon which they made history the first time around.

What about modern F1 cars, or the new breed of Formula E vehicles? “You can’t hate it. And you won’t halt it,” says Rob, philosophically. But you can sense that he’s a fan of mechanicals, not electronics. “1998, the Festival of Speed,” he recalls. “A McLaren Peugeot stalled on the starting line,” 10 people were trying to get it going; one engineer and three people on computers. It’s becoming too clinical, more electronics and fewer mechanics, smaller tolerances and people looking for hairline improvements.”

“As for electrification, one of the things I love is the sound. There’s something about the sound of a car’s that connects you, viscerally, to its power.”

Whilst the majority of Hall & Hall vehicles are post-war examples, they see their fair share of pre-war vehicles with lots of power, little braking and skinny tyres. You had to be made of stern stuff, Rob observes. “Later Formula 1 cars were different. They still gave you a workout but in a different way,” he says. “It’s easy to make a car fast in a straight line but making a car that’s fast around corners is much more difficult.”

“Rules on what is permitted in motorsport have gradually been tightened up, but there was a time in the 1980s when there was bigger grids and more diverse cars. V12s; V6s; flat 12s.”

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“When the average car was doing 30mph 60 if you were lucky - this thing did 180mph. It must have seemed like a space rocket!”

As for the value of each car under Hall & Hall’s charge, they vary enormously. A car’s livery, previous driver and any previous wins in the vehicle can all separate two otherwise mechanically identical cars of the same type and age. Needless to say, the engineering challenges are reflected in the cost of maintaining such vehicles, too. A strip and service of an engine? You’re looking at £15-£25k. New tyres? Well the good news is that they are available from stock. The bad news is you’re looking at £1,000 for a set. But for the cars’ owners, money is of little concern when set against the pleasure of racing such machines and set against the knowledge that the cars are being preserved for the future, appreciating in value certainly intrinsically… but hopefully financially too.

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Business, Rob says, is quieter than usual for the time of year. Doesn’t seem like it in the workshop, but apparently some customers are keeping their precious assets on the continent just in case Brexit hinders their ability to transport their assets without tariffs.

With such a specialist service though and with few firms around the UK able to offer such a high standard of care for their clients’ priceless assets, Hall & Hall will endure for decades yet, regardless of what happens with Europe with electrification or with motorsport. And as for Rob and his team, their business is neither a job nor a career; it’s a vocation.

Without experts like Rob and his team, the latter half of the 20th century would be an era of mechanical achievement which fades into obscurity, rather than remaining a part of British sporting history, when the roar of a turbocharged V16 Formula 1 engine served as a clarion call to champion the good of days of mechanics over electronics. n

n Hall & Hall has sold, restored and maintained racing cars and F1 cars for over 40 years. Based in Bourne, their premises are NOT open to the public. Their collection of vehicles is kept at a separate secure location. For more information call 01778 392562 or see www.hallsndhall.net. 157


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BUSINESS & FINANCE

Moving on so others can move in...!

PROPERTY DEVELOPER LARKFLEET SETS UP SALES CARAVAN AT ALLISON HOMES BOSTON As building work proceeds on the new Allison Homes development at Boston Gate in Boston, the company is now also ‘moving in!’ A sales caravan has been moved onto the site to provide a base for sales advisor Jackie Anderson where she can chat to visitors. Later this year there will be a show home and sales office, but the caravan provides an interim arrangement until these are ready. Boston Gate will include two, three, four and five-bedroom traditionallybuilt homes and 16 different property styles that include terraced, semi-detached and detached houses. Selected properties are available with assistance from the government’s Help to Buy scheme and some are offered with a package of ‘extras’ for first-time buyers.

There are homes suited to all stages of life, from setting foot on the property ladder for the first time, through to seeking a larger home for a growing family or downsizing.

Naomi Watkins Scoops Prestigious Research Award

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF NWCH IS ONE OF 150 TO RECEIVE A CHURCHILL FELLOWSHIP

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The market town of Boston offers good shopping and local schools alongside a wide variety of cultural and entertainment activities. LINCOLN Successful Lincoln counsellor Naomi Watkins is over the moon after scooping a highly prestigious research award! Naomi, who is Chief Executive of the phenomenally busy NWCH (Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub), is thrilled to be among 150 people across the UK honoured to receive a Churchill Fellowship. She is going to use her grant, from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, to visit Australia and New Zealand to carry out a six week research project into suicide prevention. Churchill Fellowships offer UK

n Call Jackie Anderson directly on 07825 275820, email her at boston.gate@allison-homes.co.uk or call the Allison Homes sales office on 0845 450 7872 for more information on the development. citizens a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel the world and research global solutions to important issues and explore innovative ideas and practice in a subject of their choice. The Fellowships address contemporary issues and offer transformative opportunities to outstanding individuals. “I am excited to be one of just 150 people to receive one of this year’s Fellowships,” says Naomi. “They attract a lot of competition. I was one of 1,800 applicants, out of which just 250 people were interviewed before the final 150 were chosen.”


CHIEF LINCOLNSHIRE NURSE RECEIVES MBE

LINCOLNSHIRE The Interim Chief Executive of Lincolnshire’s mental health and learning disability NHS trust has received an MBE for services to nursing. Anne-Maria Newham was presented with the honour by Prince William after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last year. Anne-Maria has been

recognised for her outstanding contribution to nursing over her 35 year career. She has had an extraordinary impact on the quality of services provided for patients and carers. She is well-known for supporting her nursing colleagues from across the organisation, helping to develop future NHS leaders.

The Little Wedding Boutique Opens its Doors

A BRAND NEW BRIDAL STORE OPENS IN EAST HECKINGTON, NEXT TO PRIDE STUDIOS!

100 years of village football...

SWINESHEAD Swineshead Institute is currently planning the celebrations of 100 years of Village Football, a truly amazing achievement. As a record of the past 100 years, group photographs of Swineshead teams over the years have been kept and will be on display for the celebrations. “We are seeking to contact anyone with contacts to the Club and invite along to our weekend of celebrations and especially to the Reunion Day on Sunday 26th May,” says the president Peter Sharman. “Our Facebook page Swineshead Inst FC Centenary contains many more photographs but if any of the readers have others they can add them. It would be great to include them in the celebrations!”

EAST HECKINGTON We have new neighbours! A new bridal boutique has opened in the adjacent barns in Elm Grange Studios in East Heckington. The Little Wedding Boutique offers everything from designer wedding dresses to preloved gowns, bridesmaid dresses, flower girl dresses, accessories, shoes and more. It’s a one stop shop for your bridal party and they specialise in gowns for the fuller bride, so if you’re struggling to find the right size in your local stores, head to the Little Wedding Boutique, in a tranquil setting and relaxed atmosphere. n Call 01529 969552 or visit www.thelittleweddingboutique.co.uk.

£135,000...

Nurse Awarded MBE

a New £135,000 PRoJecT to provide chargepoints for electric car users in Skegness and across East Lindsey is nearing completion. East Lindsey District Council is installing 11 dual chargepoints at car parks throughout its district. Their installation has been part funded through the Government’s Onstreet Residential Chargepoint Scheme and the remainder has been supplied by the district council.

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BUSINESS

NEWS In Brief GRIMSBY

AIMING TO BE LEADING EMPLOYER

After four strong years of growth, Grimsby’s Seachill is eyeing up a top spot as a leading employer in the town.

For years Young’s Seafood has held the proud position when it comes to headcount, but ambition is clear from the second spot holder, with further expansion plans in the pipeline. Simon Smith, managing director of the £350 million turnover company - a huge supplier of chilled fish to Tesco and others - explained how being based entirely in Grimsby was paying dividends. “We employ 1,550 people, all in Grimsby, and that makes us the biggest private employer in Grimsby,” he said.

“We operate from two sites and are 100% Grimsby, five minutes away from one another. There is a theme here and this sets us apart from other businesses in our sector.”

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