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Join us at the 2018 Lincolnshire Show

This year’s unmissable main ring attractions profiled inside

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welcome letter

Whatever you love about Lincolnshire, whether it’s the panoramic countryside views, the rolling undulations of the Lincolnshire Wolds or Lincoln, the beating heart of this great county, it’s celebrated at the Lincolnshire Show.

In this edition, we have very patriotically and proudly celebrated every aspect of this beautiful, underestimated part of the world, as we will be doing at our marquee around the main ring at the Lincolnshire Show on both days. Please do come over and see us if you are at the show;

our favourite part about Lincolnshire is its people and we love meeting our clients.

We especially love the county at this time of year. Not only will we be at the show, but in this edition, we have enjoyed picking our own strawberries on Willows Farm and we’ve even had a scoop of Dennett’s Ice Cream in the Bailgate. Our best wishes for a wonderful month,

Tilly Wilkinson, Editor,


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HIGH SOCIETY Our photos from

Sophie’s Journey charity ball.

BEEKEEPING We speak to beekeeper Theo Gillick about the hobby and what wondrous products bees make. WHAT’S ON Our comprehensive


What’s On guide of county events.


EATING OUT We’re enjoying dining



LINCOLNSHIRE SHOW A guide to what’s on at the Lincolnshire Show.


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at the White Hart Hotel in Lincoln.

known ice cream producers in the area tell us of their 100 year history.

STRAWBERRIES Enjoy strawberry picking - and eating - at Willows Farm near Skegness this month.

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AITCH INTERIORS Interior design from Heather Grant in Wellingore.


of the area’s best cabinet makers.

100 CHRIS SHARP Latest work from one 119

NATURE What nature is doing though the summer months.

BRIGHTWATER GARDENS Chris and Jonathan speak to us ahead of their first garden opening for summer.

LaDIeS & geNtLemeN 129 SOMETHING BLUE Accessory and shoe inspiration for your wedding.


Norfolk with Barefoot Retreats.

152 JORDAN WRISDALE Read about the local professional golfer competing to be one of the best in the world.

156 MOTORS Take a ride in the Ferrari Portofino, our featured motor.

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an Inspiring tale at Lincoln uni

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY’S VICE CHANCELLOR WINS A VERY PRESTIGIOUS TITLE LINCOLN the university of Lincoln’s Vice Chancellor, mary Stuart, has been named as The Guardian’s ‘Inspiring Leader 2018.’ the award recognises inspirational leadership within the uk higher education sector and celebrates institutions and leaders who have had a far-reaching impact on higher education, who have encouraged innovation, and demonstrated visionary thinking. Professor mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor of the university of Lincoln, said: “these accolades recognise all the staff and students at Lincoln.” “Our university is home to extraordinary people who are truly passionate about higher education and research and who fundamentally believe that an exceptional student experience should be at the

heart of any university. It is also a recognition of our city which provides a welcoming and supportive home to our student population. I am delighted to see Lincoln

a magic Night of music at Lincoln Drill hall



succeed in this way.” Speaking about the award for mary's leadership, Chair of the greater Lincolnshire LeP, ursula Lidbetter mBe, said: “under mary’s leadership, the LINCOLN Following the success of last year’s ‘Proms at …’ concert in hull, the BBC Proms once again travels outside London, this time to our very own Lincoln Drill hall. the performance will be of Stravinsky’s 1918 First World War music theatre piece, the Soldier’s tale. William Conway will be conducting the hebrides ensemble in this tale of a young man who sells his soul (and his violin) to the Devil in exchange for what he expects to be untold wealth...but all is not what it seems.

university of Lincoln has gone from strength to strength, steadily rising in the league tables and helping to put our city on the map. n William Conway is an internationally renowned conductor and cellist, whose performances have been described as ‘astonishingly convincing’ (Opera magazine), ‘a tour de force’ (guardian), with ‘a flair for the unpredictable’ (Financial times). the pre-sale of tickets will begin early June so you need to be organised if you want to go and see this spectacular event. n The Soldier’s Tale performances take place at 3pm and 7.30pm on Saturday 4th August and tickets go on pre sale Monday 14th June.


LINCOLN Lincoln decided they needed their very own angel of the North and they have finally had their very own design approved. the full-size installation of the Lancaster Bomber will be on land at Brills Farm, just off the a46 in Norton Disney. the sculpture will welcome visitiors as they drive into Lincolnshire and it’s extra special as it’s 100 years of teh raF this year. the 26

metre long sculpture will be mounted on a steel frame to give the impression that it is in flight.So far, there have been no plans to create a car pack but they are considering installing a viewing area. there will also be guided tours for school children or other people interested once the installation is completed. n

Look Out, hornet about


Fiction set in the Fens

LINCOLNSHIRE The new novel by award winning writer Robert Edric explores life in The Fens in1954. Mercury Falling is about the post-war chill where people will do almost anything to stay alive. Penguin Books writes, ‘With his keen eye and trademark candour, Robert Edric takes his readers to the most desolate of places, to explore what a man is capable of doing when he has nothing left to lose.’ ‘It is a tough winter; the temperatures have fallen too low too quickly and the floods are the worst anyone can remember. Most people have lost everything but there are some who have found themselves eager for the chance at a new start. For Jimmy Devlin, it’s a little of both.Forced from his home by an uncompromising bailiff, Jimmy has nothing to his name and the prospect of work digging urgently needed drains could be the opportunity he’s been waiting for. But Jimmy, it seems, has a knack for finding trouble. Before long, he’s caught up in the wrong business with the people from the fairground passing. But, on the run from the law, he has nowhere else to turn.’

BOSTON asian hornets are bad news as they can wipe out bee populations in a very short space of time. If you do see one, you must report it as it is a non-native species of england. the latest sighting was seen on a cauliflower in Bury, greater manchester and was later traced back to a farm in Boston. Defra’s Nicola Spence said: “We are taking swift and robust action to locate and investigate any nests in the Bury and Boston, they pose no greater threat to humans than normal bees. Defra says at this time of year the hornet is likely to be a newly emerged queen which is looking to establish a nest.


Lincoln’s Sculpture

LINCOLN ‘S HERITAGE CENTRE has been awareded a grant of £585,600 from the heritage Lottery Fund. the project will offer training to those who wish to gain traditional and specialist skills, but may do not currently have the relevant experience or qualifications needed for such a specific role. n

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OPEN AIR CINEMA GOES AHEAD Sleaford town Council is to press ahead with plans to stage an outdoor cinema event on Boston road recreation ground to add something special to Sleaford’s calendar in summer. the date for the screening has been set as Saturday 1st September, but the film is yet to be decided. If the project is successful, the council hopes to then progress with an open air theare show the following year and local theatre groups will be approached to come on board. the culture, events and markets panel is also progressing with plans for a special 1940s day in the town with dressing up, a parade, old vehicles and stalls. this is due to the success of 1940s festivals in the surrounding towns and villages most notably Woodhall Spa and Boston. n


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Charity Ball in Lincoln for

Sophie’s Journey The DoubleTree by Hilton in Lincoln recently hosted Sophie’s Journey charity ball. guests enjoyed a drink on arrival at 6.30pm before a meal and a dance.

the charity is inspired by Sophie robinson who was diagnosed with cancer.

It wasn’t until after Sophie died that her family decided to register Sophie’s Journey. they wanted to make a positive difference for children with cancer and their families. they went on holiday after Sophie finished radiotherapy, which gave them this idea.

If you’re a family in Lincolnshire and have a child with cancer who is having treatments you’ll be eligible to receive a week’s free stay at a holiday park in mablethorpe, courtesy of Sophie’s Journey. n Visit for more info.

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FIELD HOUSE Fen Road | Boston | Lincolnshire | PE20 1SD

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• Spacious and Characterful 4 Bedroomed Detached House For Sale Freehold

• An Attractive Detached Four Bedroomed Farm House with Extensive Equestrian Facilities and Outbuildings, Set in Secluded Grounds of Around 5.6 Acres

• Situated within 0.69 Acres (0.27 Hectares) of secluded mature private gardens • Spacious Open Plan Kitchen/Dining Area, 2 Main Reception Rooms with Separate Conservatory • Integral Garage, Additional Garage and Gravelled Parking Area, External Brick Built Office Accommodation


• Additional Land May be Available Subject to Separate Negotiation

• Excellent Location on the Edge of a Highly Desirable and Popular Village • A Superbly Equipped Modern Country House in a Fantastic Rural Setting


• Excellent Equestrian Facilities, Gardens and Paddocks; Set within Approx 5.6 Acres

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• Parking for a Number of Vehicles including Horseboxes

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£520,000 Subject To Contract

MILL TOWER HOUSE Holmes Road | Kirton End | Boston | Lincolnshire | PE20 1SP


• Exquisite Georgian Mansion In Desirable Village With Coach Houses, Outbuildings And Over 2 Acres Of Mature Gardens (0.87 hectares) • Currently Arranged To Provide 2 Principle Reception Rooms, 2 Self-Contained Apartments, Coach House, Garden Tower Building, Summer House And Aviary • Includes Additional Land With Development Potential For Residential FOR SALE FREEHOLD WITH Dwellings. Paddock, large ornate pond leading on to the formal VACANT POSSESSION gardens, an orchard and aviary. Garden tower building, summer house • Period coach buildings comprising tack room, the former wash house, laundry room, boiler room, store and partitioned sauna. Subject To Contract


• Unique Grade II Converted Mill House with an adjoining modern two storey structure in Exquisite Landscaped Gardens and a Plethora of Outbuildings Set in Secluded Grounds Extending to 2 Acres sts • 6 Bedroomed Residence with Garages, Workshops, Garden Offices, Orangery • Extensive gardens designed by an award winning horticulturalist to FOR SALE FREEHOLD WITH provide a number of walks and vistas, with private seating areas, VACANT POSSESSION lawned areas and areas of exceptional beauty, incorporating the original Folly which supplies additional storage .


• May Suit Leisure and Other Uses Subject to Planning

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THE OLD COACH HOUSE MOTEL Church Lane | North Kyme | Lincolnshire | LN4 4DJ

Market Place | Donington | Spalding | Lincolnshire | PE11 4ST 



























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• 1.5 Acre Residential Development Site Extending to 0.6 hectares, 1.47 acres. The proposed scheme has Planning Reference HO4-0395-17 dated 20th October 2017

• Motel Business For Sale Freehold with Licensed Restaurant

• In sought After Village with Outline Planning Consent for Six Dwellings

• 7 Letting Rooms, 36 Seat Covers in Licensed Restaurant

• Sale Includes 12 Market Place, a 1970’s Detached Three Bedroomed House Currently Let on an Assured Shorthold Tenancy for £600 per calendar month


• The site has outline planning consent for six dwellings with the construction of the houses requiring the demolition of 12 Donington Road.

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• A rare opportunity to purchase a building of distinction • Comprising Ground Floor Shop – 2 South Street • Ground Floor Shop – 4 South Street • Sales Area having frontage to South Street, 35m². • Nightclub • Upper Floors – Vacant – Requiring Renovation

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• Accommodation Extending to Over 3,000ft2. Also Available on Leasehold Terms • Parking and Private Gardens • Manager’s Accommodation with 3 Bedrooms • Coach House Lodge which offers a further 5 double bedrooms available by separate negotiation.


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A Grade II listed period house located in a quiet residential area but within close-proximity to the local facilities in Ruskington. 5




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A detached house situated in a popular cliff village with a large enclosed garden and separate garage.




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ADDLETHORPE HOUSE, ADDLETHORPE £550,000 Addlethorpe House is a Grade II listed property set in about an acre of garden close to Ingoldmells and Skegness with income potential from holiday lets. 4



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Recently modernised farmhouse in a highly regarded village together with a former forge building with the benefit of planning permission for conversion to a separate dwelling and approx. 8 acres of land. 4



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The Water Tower, Potterhanworth The Water Tower presents a unique opportunity of living in a beautifully converted late Victorian property, in a sought after Lincolnshire village. Originally built at the start of the 1900s, this superb property enjoys an idyllic position within the much sought after village of Potterhanworth, with views across St Andrews Church, and provides many original and period features including doors, feature fireplaces and exposed timbers, open truss work, a turret stairwell and high ceilings, with the impressive use of the old water tank being converted as a stunning master bedroom. Accommodation briefly comprises kitchen diner, dining room, summer room, utility and cloakroom to the ground floor, with reception room, two bedrooms and bathroom to the first floor and stunning master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and mezzanine area to the second floor. The Water Tower also includes a useful detached annexe, including a kitchen, shower room and bedroom/office, perfect for working from home. Guide Price: £475,000

Fen View, Rowston A well proportioned three bedroom family home, with generous gardens primarily laid to lawn and detached annexe to the rear. An ideal property for those looking to move into a popular village, whilst retaining proximity to excellent transport links in neighbouring towns. Accommodation briefly comprises; open plan living and dining area, kitchen, utility, office, cloakroom, three bedrooms and two bathrooms including an en suite. EPC Rating: E. Guide Price: £300,000

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Old Manor House, Saltfleetby LN11 7TL A rare opportunity to purchase a unique and very special detached country residence, the Old Manor House is a fabulous Grade II Listed Country Manor dating from 1540 with attached Barn Conversions dating from the 18th and 19th Centuries, all positioned in large mature grounds of approximately 1.2 acres (STS). The property has a hugely impressive front elevation approximately one hundred and forty feet in length overall, and a stunning interior with stylish contrasting east and west wings.

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the Local Sculptor


Sculptor Theodore Gillick takes his inspiration from nature, and as a keen botanist too, has found that keeping honey bees is not only a rewarding pastime, but yields the ability to harvest delicious honey with seasonal variations... What you have to love about Stamford and is not only the beauty of the countryside and all the pretty houses, but the people who inhabit them. you may have heard about the gillick family who live in Priory house. Perhaps the charming children have crossed your path before or maybe you’re a very fortunate owner of a theo gillick sculpture. ruth gillick may have dazzled you with her warm smile; either way, the energy that this family holds is something quite remarkable.

We were fortunate enough to visit theo and his family recently, not to talk his latest sculptures (although we can’t resist touching on that a little) but to discuss the business of his bees. Apis mellifera prove a respite for the intensity that comes hand in hand with creating masterpieces. theo is currently working on human sculptures but in the past he has mainly worked with animals.

theo captures an animal or human in their natural state, no editing, no re-design, but a perfectly sculptured homage to their natural, unconscious beauty.

as we sat in the living room, an audience congregated around theo as he began to talk. a two-year-old Dulcima perched on the sofa, heart-breaking blue eyes looking up at Daddy in fascination while Florence and her cousin Pia listened as they lent against the wall, so much focus in this distracted world.

an ever-growing Louis perched on a chair, ready at any moment to contribute his own extraordinary knowledge and we were later joined by maya, a family friend who seemed

Words: Georgie Fenn.

HONEY THROUGH THE YEAR... Early Summer: Most likely a combination of Rape and Conker. If you’re a hayfever sufferer, this is the honey you need at the beginning of the season to keep the watery, itchy eyes and the running noses away.

equally enthralled at the trials and tribulations of nature.

It all began for the gillick’s after a poor attempt at growing various plants and vegetables in the kitchen garden of their stunning 18th century house. theo decided that lack of pollination was a big problem and with his scientific, botanist education and his wife ruth’s background in ecology, they decided to venture into bee keeping.

theo bought three traditional beehives in august 2014. he had all the beekeeping manuals and books a man could ever hope

Bee Populations

Mid-Late Summer: There are over 250 species of Come bee in the UK, in an estimated summer 275,000 honeybee hives. Bees the honey contribute £651m to the UK will economy a year through their pollination become a services. mixture of trees and flowers. Theo has around 42 species of trees & shrubs within 100m his garden, and one colony covers about 2900 acres collecting pollen and nectar so there will be a huge combination in the summer honey. We tried some honey that was collected from the lime trees and it was delicious with almost a spearmint flavour to it beneath all the sweetness. n



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>> for but in the first three months, what could go wrong, went wrong.

“We had everything from wasps invading the beehives to dying queens,” says theo, clearly still a bit traumatised by those teething issues. theo pulled through this time with the generous help of his mentor, alastair Stirling, a man from ketton who’s father was the infamous David Stirling who founded the SaS (see, that’s another local gem!). It was alastair’s guidance that may have stopped theo killing off his hives entirely. Just four months down the line of this baptism of fire and you’ll no longer see your average beehive anywhere near Priory house.

theo explained that the original beehive design, the basic structure that a chap called reverend Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth designed in 1852, is still largely accepted as the standard home for bees today.

Langstroth constructed his hives so that bees built their honey comb in his wooden frames instead of wherever they liked, and these could be lifted out and inspected. It was utterly ingenious, but that’s about 150 years ago. many beekeepers have tried new designs, but the advantages are small so little has changed at all. theo puts this lack of progress down to there simply being not enough money in beekeeping to invest in r&D; and standard hives ‘do the job’ in many respects. Nevertheless, after pulling together knowledge from keepers all over the planet and what theo refers to as a lot of ‘beginners hubris,’ the new design of hive that is taking great care of theo’s bees came about.

he doesn’t give too much away about the real technicalities of his invention only that after five trials and re-designs it allows the bees to sense and smell the temperature outside of their very well-insulated hive. the colonies are huge and healthy and he has averaged about ten times as much honey from one hive as a run-of-the-mill hive could. In the middle of summer, theo expects to have around one million bees between his ten hives, but with a few novel management methods, only takes a quarter of the work of an old hive, all thanks to a little bit of imagination when it comes to their habitat.

“We’ve got some nice colonies this time,” he says, with a smile before recounting tales of some of the more violent broods they’ve had that have resulted in various stinging stories and his son Louis looking like a Disney character for a short time after being stung on his upper lip.” 20

“the whole family have suits; they are very much a team. the character of the colony relies on that of the queen bee or ‘mother bee’ as she is called everywhere else. “If she’s feisty, it’s likely you’ll get the odd sting but if you have a kinder strain you could make it through a summer without needing to reach for the antihistamines once.”

theo has labelled his honey St. Benedict’s after the Benedictine monks who are likely to have last kept bees at St. Leonard’s Priory, now buried underneath his garden, in the 1530s. you can buy the honey if you make your way to the Friday market in Stamford. the earlier the better... because it’s creating quite the buzz. n

The natural home for bees is living trees. Trees have been important in Theo’s development of his own hives because whereas we know bees don’t manage the temperature in their hives, we have overlooked what the tree does. Tree trunks respond in real time to ambient temperature staying about the same as the air (have you ever felt a hot tree!). But they never go above 34°C, and never less than 0.1°C above freezing. And guess what? A nest of bees is also 34°C.

Trees don’t let bees nests boil or freeze. That’s why it’s so important to think about the natural relationship between bees and their tree homes if we want to keep them well, healthy and strong. n For more information on beekeeping, see

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This is a revolutionary new type of beehive, from about £544 with six frames. The hexagonal honey cells can be turned open at the turn of a key to allow the honey to flow out without having to lift out frames, scrape and spin honey off. The new design means less intervention is needed and bees are disturbed less. But beware of honey setting in the expensive combs! For more, see


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What’s On... LINCOLN






Join 1,000 other cyclists on a brand new cycle sportive taking place from the giant bike store at Doddington Hall, raising money for local charities. Don’t worry - all the non-cyclists haven’t been forgotten as there will be plenty of activities taking place at Doddington Hall to keep friends and family busy while you are out on the road.

Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse will deliver a night of Latin and Ballroom numbers with high intensity. The Strictly Come Dancing pros will perform a dance showcase spectacular designed to dazzle and wow you. Oti is fondly remembered with her celebrity pairing with Danny Mac where they received a perfect score of 40 in the Samba. Ian is a regular on our screens with the spin off programme It Takes Two on BBC2.

n Call 01522 812510 or visit LINCOLN

TUESDAY 5th & 19th JUNE

UNIQUE AUCTIONS Do something different this month and visit an auction! Unique Auctions in Lincoln are hosting an auction on 5th and 19th June with a huge 1,000 lots going for auction.

There are 30 tickets for a meet and greet opportunity with Ian and Oti for photos pre show.

n For more information, call 0300 300 0035 or visit the website

Brocklesby Country Fair...


n Call 01522 690444 or visit for more information. STAMFORD




Brocklesby Country Fair offers family fun for all ages with a packed main ring programme including the sensational stunts of atkinson’s action horses fresh from their Poldark appearances, and Joseph’s amazing racing Pigs. Plenty of animal displays from giant tortoises to alpacas, the family favourite Sheep Show, circus workshops, have a go country sports, and off-road driving. With an emphasis on top quality local Lincolnshire produce this is the perfect setting for a memorable Father’s Day outing. n Adults £12, Under 14s Free,



MAGIC OF MOTOWN The Magic of Motown comes to Burghley House on Saturday 9th June. Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience hosted and organised by Live Promotions. Experience this fantastic performance in the grounds of Burghley House.

n Call Live Promotions to buy your tickets today on 01775 768661 or visit for more information on the Magic of Motown night.

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SATURDAY 23rd - 24th JUN


Go back to the time of the Wars of the Roses at Lincoln Castle in June to see a Tournament of Knights competing on foot with swords, bows and poleaxes. This is the Age of High Chivalry, but tensions exist and although the Tournament is supposed to be a contest of peace, the event is a powder keg of simmering

rivalries. See the hand to hand combat and archery competitions, the watchful eye of the Knight Marshall whilst surrounded by Living History and the sights and sounds of the medieval period. Prepare for an action-packed weekend of treachery, royal diplomacy, weapons, combat and competition.

n Please call 01522 554559 or visit for more information on the event and other events at the Castle.


the Winterton Show is a two day show that covers over 20 acres. Over the weekend you can visit trade stands, sideshows and entertainment. the show caters for many agricultural and countryside pursuits involving all elements of the local and neighbouring communities. It successfully blends a variety of events appealing to both rural and town dwellers; as a consequence it is very well supported, drawing crowds in excess of 12,000, from across the region. n Call 01724 734178 or visit TATTERSHALL

SATURDAY 9th - 30th JUNE


the host of summer activities at tattershall Farm Park includes a fabulous Birds of Prey encounter experience on STAMFORD



the fabulous moonlight Walk is coming to Stamford this September. grab the girls and bring the blokes! this will be a night to remember. this September join hundreds of inspirational people from across the county taking part in the first ever moonlight Walk Stamford in aid of St Barnabas hospice! this promises to be the biggest and best moonlight Walk to date with men invited too. Don’t worry ladies, you still get to wear bright pink!

Saturday 9th June, followed by free entry for fathers on Father’s Day. On Sunday 24th June enjoy free pony rides, and on the 30th, experience what it’s like to be up and close to exotic animals. n Call 01526 344502 or visit BELTON



Belton’s creative women have inspired the team at Belton house, so you’re invited to join in the fun and get artistic in the parkland. there will be activities and entertainment for all ages. n Call 01476 566116 or visit SPILSBY



On the 10th June 2018, take part in the annual Walk for Parkinson’s at gunby hall in Spilsby. Call them today to book. n Call 0344 225 9850 or visit

you are invited to Borderville Sports Centre on ryhall road from 8pm for entertainment and a fun warm-up. the 10k route around Stamford will begin at 10pm. you will also receive a free t-shirt and medal on the night, as well as a bacon, sausage or veggie bap and hot drink after the race. Whether you’re taking part to remember a loved one, be social or simply be active, you’ll be raising money for St Barnabas hospice to continue to provide care and support for people living with life-limiting or terminal illness.

n Call 01522 599515 for more info.


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Stamford Shakespeare Company




the three plays for 2018 include two Shakespeare plays and as always, a wild card, which this year will be the School for Scandal by richard Brinsley Sheridan. the first story - the merchant of Venice - is a story set in 1596 where antonio, an honourable merchant, enters into a chilling contract to enable his friend to woo a beautiful heiress. richard Brinsley Sheridan’s classic comedy sparkles with wit, verbal brilliance and an

intricate plot exposing the lives and loves of fashionable London society. Sir Peter teazle’s simple country bride becomes leader of a group of scandalmongers who tear their friends’ reputations to shreds. Can anyone escape the outrageous gossip of, amongst others, the aptly named Benjamin Backbite, Lady Sneerwell, mrs Candour and Snake? and the third and final play you can enjoy this summer in July and august is the merry Wives of Windsor, a classic Shakespeare tale. the old rogue Sir John Falstaff has returned penniless from

the war and plans to seduce two ‘merry wives.’ Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy is his nearest approach to a farce, with people forever rushing in and out of doors, including a comic Welsh parson, a manic French doctor and a madly jealous husband. Depicting middle-class family life in an english provincial town when women are finding a new role in post-war Britain. all three will be sure to entertain and the location at tolethorpe is always worth the journey anyway.

n For more info call 01780 480216 or visit




the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford has a whole host of events throughout June with a circus theme,

On the 3rd, enjoy Claire Crook’s aerial Intro rope Workshop (£25). On 4th and 5th, watch her rehearse live for free!

On 9th and 16th, go to a free aerial Workshop and on the 19th, watch rio Willett perform live. On 23rd there is another free aerial workshop, and Life Casting with Becky truman (£20/adults, £16/under 16s). Later that afternoon do Circus masks with Becky (£16/adults, £8/under 16s).

On Saturday 30th June, there is a circus typography print workshop (£40). n For more info on the National Centre for Craft and Design’s circus calendar, call 01529 308710 or visit .


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the Lincolnshire

ShOW 2018

On Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st June, visit the Lincolnshire Show 2018. With a strong RAF theme to it this year, see Spitfires, Dakotas and an entire Aviation Zone. We’ll be at the show too...!

Among the hundreds of exhibitors, exciting performances and attractions at the 2018 Lincolnshire Show, there will be an array of raF themed activities and stands, which will include a Dakota flypast, a Spitfire flypast, a replica red arrow, mini tank driving for children and a special aviation themed treasure hunt trail. the theme of this year’s event is all about recognising 100 years since the end of World War I while still celebrating the best of rural Lincolnshire.

“aviation forms an important part of our great heritage,” says Jayne Southall, CeO of the Show. “Lincolnshire is the home of the red arrows and at one stage was one of the leading aircraft production areas in the world.”

“Our chosen charities for 2018 are the Jon egging trust and the raF Charitable trust too, so we’re really excited about this year’s theme and have even more acts and exhibition announcements to come,” says Jayne Southall.

the show is also offering visitors the chance to explore cockpits and fuselages, meet local aviation heritage centres and talk to pilots at the aviation zone. get up close and personal with some of the planes that have come from the multitude of airbases across Lincolnshire. you can also try Ferry ales Brewery’s special new Bastian ale in the aviation zone especially for the raF-themed 2018 show.

Main Ring


The main ring will feature events like showjumping, the Shetland Pony Grand National and livestock parades.

“From its humble beginnings 134 years ago, we’ve transformed the show into an exciting calendar highlight, while maintaining its agricultural roots and county show charm,” says CeO of the show, Jayne Southall.

“We’re counting down the days and can’t wait for visitors to experience another actionpacked show!”

Lincolnshire Show will take place on 20th and 21st June and will host an eclectic mix of entertainment, food, shopping, music, horticulture and agriculture. Images: In the main ring, opposite the Epic Centre, expect to see showjumping, a livestock parade and lots of air show displays for the RAF100 theme this year.


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Lincolnshire Pride Magazine: Find us at the 2018 Lincolnshire Show... Lincolnshire Pride attends the Lincolnshire Show every year! You can find our marquee near the entrance to the Member’s Enclosure, right next to the Main Ring and the Epic Centre. We really enjoy meeting all of our lovely readers at the Lincolnshire Show; thank you all for your kind words and feedback on the magazine! Do come over to speak to us at the show or to browse through the magazine; we will have thousands and thousands of copies for attendees. Feel free to come and have a chat with us; the Editors of the magazines will be there to discuss any editorial opportunities and the Sales team will be there to tell you why it’s so valuable to advertise your business in our magazine.

You can also take home beautiful floral displays from the flower show. We are just opposite the Mews, the main shopping alley. See you there! Visit Lincolnshire Pride’s new website too - - to keep up to date on when new magazines are published, free to read online.

The Show is well known for its provision of shopping stands but 2018’s event will have the largest provision it has ever had. Visitors will be able to satisfy their shopping habit by visiting more than 600 trade stands offering everything from clothes, jewellery and shoes to cars, lawnmowers and hot tubs.

n Tickets: Advanced tickets are £20 for adults, £17 for ages 17 - 22, children are £6 and under-fives go free. Family tickets, admitting two adults and up to three children are priced at £42. Car parking is free on both days of the show. For more information on tickets to the show, exhibiting, sponsorship opportunities, membership or hospitality packages, please visit


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Fun for all the Family, Whatever the Weather... Farm Animals Indoor Soft Play Jumping Pillows Outdoor Adventure Trail Birds of Prey & Reptiles Swing Barn Huge Toddler Room Indoor Sand Play Room Trampolines Bouncy Castle and New Inflatable Slide Cafe & Gift Shop...

Special events every month and FREE term-time craft sessions and interactive story time with Rhubarb Theatre


Marsh Lane, Tattershall LN4 4JR • Open from 10am


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A NEW CAREER AT PRIDE MAGAZINES... With the launch of Stamford Pride and Peterborough Pride, joining our existing Lincolnshire and Rutland magazines, our business is growing! This means we’re looking to recruit for the following full time positions: MAGAZINE EDITOR

Our magazines are very well-regarded by readers and advertisers alike, and positions to join our editorial team are very rare and highly sought after. You’ll be literate, confident and well-organised, assisting our editorial team with creating quality editorial for print and online purposes. Experience with writing, page layout software and photography are essential.


We have two field sales positions available for characters with excellent communication skills, determination and big personalities. To join our large sales force you must have sales experience, having worked in the profession for at least five years. You’ll be part of our team, working hard to introduce people to our much-loved magazines.


We are also looking to appoint a candidate to join our administration team. The successful applicant will need excellent organisational skills, as well as a professional telephone manner. Main duties will include credit control, use of Sage software and Excel, plus assisting the sales team and helping to maintain our inscrutibly high standards of customer service.

All positions are full time with five weeks holiday and are based at our recently refurbished five star offices. Send a CV with your cover letter to All of our positions are based at Elm Grange Studios, East Heckington, Boston, Lincs PE20 3QF.

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800 prom-goers will enjoy celebrate 100 years of the RAF at 2018’s annual Burghley House Battle Proms Concert on Saturday 7th July...

This summer Stamford will once again play host to an expected crowd of around 8,000 happy picnickers, when the Battle Proms returns for their 14th annual concert at Burghley house, on Saturday 7th July.

the concert includes a full programme of captivating classical music from the 60-piece New english Concert Orchestra plus a sensational freefall demonstration by the red Devils parachute team, dramatic WWI cavalry display and groundshaking live fire from over 200 cannons! this ‘party in the park’ concert features magnificent musical firework displays, culminating in a flag waving, sing-a-long, firework spectacular including Jerusalem, rule Britannia and Land of hope and glory, as well as Beethoven’s ‘Battle Symphony,’ performed as he composed it: with 193 live firing Napoleonic cannons providing a thunderous percussion! “I’m so proud to be working with the Battle Proms again,” says compère Pam rhodes. “this year we commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I and mark the 100th anniversary of the raF.” n For more information, or to book tickets for this summer spectacular, visit or call 01432 355 416. Book by 30th April and get your tickets for just £36 per adult.

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Ringrose Law and an Oars-ome

Charity Dragon Boat Race

LINCOLN Dragon Boat Race returns to the City on Saturday 21st July.

Lovells Estate Agents, Duncan & Toplis and many more.

The Lincoln Dragon Boat Race is back for third year running this summer along the city’s Brayford Waterfront. Organised by local Lincolnshire Solicitors, Ringrose Law, the event will take place on Saturday 21st July and will be raising money for LIVES, St Barnabas Hospice and the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Alex Bennett; Marketing Manager for Ringrose Law and organiser of the Lincoln Dragon Boat Race is delighted with the response this year;

An ancient Chinese tradition, dragon

“To have over 20 teams competing in this year’s event is fantastic. The event is a great spectacular for all to watch along the Brayford.”

Last year the event raised over £7,000 for the three local charities with 16 teams competing. This year there are over 20 teams competing battling out to be crowned the 2018 Champions.

“Last year we had hundreds of spectators during the day, with charity stalls and refreshments along the Brayford Waterfront it really is a great day for families and a fantastic day for the City of Lincoln. So whether you are a willing spectator ready to cheer everyone on or a champion oarsman in the making - you need to be there.”

Local teams competing this year include; Delta-Simons Environmental Consultants Ltd, Lambert Smith Hampton, APSS, Belton Construction, Wright Vigar,

Michael Armstrong, Head of Events at Lincoln BIG comments; “The event continues to build from strength to strength every year, a credit to the team

boat racing is one of the fastest growing water activities in Britain – and one of the most fun.


at Ringrose Law for bringing such a wonderful spectator event to the City. Last year the atmosphere was fantastic, with hundreds of spectators cheering on the local teams competing. We’re thrilled to be involved in such an important event for Lincoln and would encourage people to come on the day and support.” Ringrose Law are a multi-disciplinary law firm with six offices across Lincolnshire and Newark. Ringrose Law pride themselves in delivering a first class service to both private and commercial based clients. Ringrose Law also works very closely within the local community and supports many local charities and community groups every year.

n For further information on the event please go to /lincoln-dragon-boat-race-2018 or follow us on twitter @Lincsdbr.

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HERITAGE It’s the local company with a national reputation for excellence. Opening 80 years prior to M&S, Rob Davis looks back at the origins of Oldrids and Downtown The Oldrids name was first heard in the town of Boston when draper, mercer, hosier, haberdasher and funeral director John Oldrid, who was born near Spilsby in Hagworthingham in 1778, moved his business to Boston. The business passed down to John Oldrid III (far right) in 1831 and though his wife ran the business until her death, a lack of male heirs meant Oldrid & Co was put up for sale in 1906 whereupon Sydney Smith purchased it. Smith had a somewhat irascible management style and in leaner times would even add small amounts to his customers’ accounts.

After nine years the business passed into the ownership of Mr Robert Isaac, the first of a local retail dynasty which endures today (see opposite). The war years saw a decline in trade as there was less money to spend and fewer resources to trade. Nevertheless the business thrived with new opportunities to sell furniture and kitchen appliances in the more optimistic decades of the 1950s and 1960s. The 1970s saw the introduction of the Oldrids otter; a familiar logo for a decade. Today the business sells over 250,000 lines and keeps up with changing trends of fashions and home furnishings. n

Looking After Our People Whilst the company has grown, its core values of looking after both customers and employees alike continues. All members of staff are entitled to a free ‘soup and sandwich’ lunch, and staff enjoy 20% discount with two members of staff sitting on the board as directors. There are generous long service awards for employees like Sheila Hayes, who has been employed by the company for 45 years, and 15% of the company’s shares are held in trust for the benefit of employees in the form of dividend payments. n


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1804 John Oldrid & Richard Hyde founded Oldrids. 1831 Richard Hyde sold his share of Oldrids. 1905 Sydney Smith bought Oldrids. 1915 The Isaac family took over Oldrids. 1960 Oldrids New Street opened selling furniture. 1981 Downtown Boston opened including car garage. 1985 Downtown Boston was refurbished, no longer sells cars. 1989 Downtown Grantham superstore opened. 1998 Downtown Grantham enlarged, including the addition of another storey. 2000 Downtown Garden Centre opened. 2003 Pescod Hall is moved.

The Isaac Family: 1915-2018 Ever since the Isaac family purchased Oldrids from Sydney Smith, the family have guided the development of the company right into the 21st century over four generations. A true family business, Martin Isaac is Chairman of the Oldrids board, Peter Isaac is Finance Director, whilst Rachel Emmitt (née Isaac) and Roberta Isaac work in the Boston ‘in town’ store’s restaurant. Richard Isaac works in the furniture department

of the Downtown Boston store, whilst Dawn Isaac and Ruth Stephenson (née Isaac) are Non-Executive Directors. The company also employs no fewer than four members of the Chester family and five members of the Allen family, too! Husband and wife team Andrew & Joan Brader, have worked together at Oldrids for 40 years! n

“There’s nothing more motivating than to be part of a 200 year old business that has supported local Lincolnshire families over many generations...”

Below: Peter Isaac is Finance Director at Oldrids.

2004 Oldrids celebrated its 200th birthday. 2005 Oldrids & Downtown Boston are both refurbished. 2009 Oldrids launches its first ecommerce website. 2016 Oldrids Scunthorpe opened, delivering great quality products at great prices. 2017 Lincoln and Gainsborough stores close, staff are relocated to other branches. “Modern retail must embrace change and technology." "Bricks and mortar retailing is relevant. Physical retail is not dead. But lacklustre retails is.” says MD Richard Broadhead. 2017 Oldrids announces plans for 2020 opening of a new Designer Outlet development in Grantham. n


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THE FUTURE With 700 employees, 250,000 lines and 500,000sq ft retail space across Lincolnshire, Oldrids & Downtown are names that have been synonymous with quality and choice for over 200 years... but in the era of online shopping and large retailers, what does the next two centuries hold for the stores? Oldrids & Downtown are names that have proved synonymous with quality and choice in retail for over 200 years. It’s one of the few family owned/independent retailers left in the UK and enjoys an enviable reputation nationally as well as employing over 700 people locally. At the helm is Richard Broadhead, Managing Director and the man responsible for ensuring a steady ship in an uncertain time for retail. Richard took on the role in April 2017, and in addition to protecting Oldrids’ reputation, is looking to secure the company’s reputation in retail for the next 200 years as well, with ambitious plans for the creation of a designer outlet village which could open as soon as 2020. “Retail is in my DNA - I love it,” he says. “And I  feel a profound responsibility for a heritage brand like ours. We’ve 700 families who depend on the company and many long standing members - one who has served for 45 years.” “But we can - and we need to adapt to changing trends in retail too. Our values can remain constant and we can mitigate the need to make profit with a social conscience as we grow, trade and as we embark on improving our online shopping experience - 40% of which is local custom - whilst developing our Downtown site near Grantham too.”

As Pride goes to press the company hopes to secure the go-ahead for its new designer outlet. The site will form part of a wider redesign of the Gonerby Junction site including the creation of a new garden centre. It will include more than 220,000sq ft of retail space, the creation of 107 designer outlet stores with some big names already secured but subject to an embargo. The 25 acre site will also include 2,000 parking spaces, 22,000sq ft of leisure attractions and will inject £125m into the local economy.

Opposite: Richard Broadhead took over as Managing Director in 2017. Bottom: Gonerby Junction will be subject to a £125m Designer Outlet development.

“One of our main strengths as a business is that we own the freehold for each of our five sites,” says Richard. “The Designer Outlet will capitalise on our site and offer the chance to redevelop it for the 21st century.” “In conjunction with a new online retail strategy and a new head of e-commerce, it’s important to me that we face the next 200 years with strength and optimism. But we will still hold onto the values that have ensured we’re still one of the most trusted and most well-respected independent retailers in the area.” n

“The Designer Outlet at Gonerby Junction will capitalise on our site, totally redeveloping it for the 21st century...”

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the White hart in the Bailgate, Lincoln

In the heart of Lincoln, you’ll find the White Hart positioned prominently between the Bailgate and Steep Hill. It’s consistent with the area’s rich architecture, but the White Hart’s superb standards of food in the Grille Restaurant sets it apart from the rest... The White Hart in Lincoln has always been a welcoming sight. after scaling Steep hill or a day touring the area’s rich heritage - the Castle and Cathedral are next door to the hotel - the White hart’s revolving doors, cocktails on demand and warm, cosy lounge area has never been more inviting.

Words & Photos: Tilly Wilkinson.

MYLES MUMBY Food Experience: “I have worked in kitchens since my working life began, starting out as a potwasher! Since then, I have worked in highly regarded restaurants all over the country.”

however, you’ll be wanting to visit the highly regarded hotel for a different reason this month. Its grille restaurant was given a huge refurbishment last year, creating an enticing atmosphere to match the hotel’s grand entrance.

the restaurant has a superb reputation in the local area; it has won numerous rosettes and accolades from awarding bodies across the country. therefore, Ian robinson, the general manager, felt the dining room needed to be consistent with these high standards. “We wanted a luxury dining space to match the quality of the food we were serving,” says Ian. “Now we’ve updated the restaurant in


Head Chef

keeping with the food, we’ve updated our level of service too.”

“too often is waitering not considered as a career. Our waiters, waitresses and bar staff go through rigorous training - some have the equivalent of a diploma in the subject - and try every dish on the menu to ensure our staff can offer the highest standards of service.” “there’s no point in having highly trained chefs in the kitchen if you don’t have highly trained representatives in the restaurant to take orders and serve the food.”

Ian is keen on offering the same service and quality as ‘anniversary places’ but without the expensive price tag. many good

Food Wisdom: “My cooking tip for anyone at home is before cooking green vegetables, drop them in ice cold water first while raw to make sure they’re crisp once cooked!” Food Heaven: “I love all food, there isn’t a lot I dislike! However, if I was to pick just one, it would have to be salted caramel!” Food Hell: “Coconut. Although I use it in my cooking, I can’t stand the taste of it.”


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quality restaurants are labelled as places to visit only on very special occasions because of its pricey menu.

“We want to be somewhere that’s considered a real treat at the weekend, a regular spot enjoyed by all, rather than a rare visit for birthdays and anniversaries.”

the White hart welcomes visitors and diners from all over the world; its location no doubt entices travellers coming to the area. however, a large part of their restaurant trade comes from local and regular diners.

“We support the local economy as much as possible,” says Ian. “We’re based right in the heart of Lincoln, we serve Lincolnshire people

OPEN FOR BUSINESS Weekday Dining: Monday to Thursday, lunch served 12noon to 3pm. Evening dining from 5pm. Weekend Dining: Friday to Saturday, open from 12noon through to 11pm. Sunday Lunch: 12noon - 6.30pm.


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redhill Farm pork terrine with soused vegetables, £6.95.

Orange cured smoked duck with five spice, noodle salad and nasturtium leaf, £7.50.

Main Courses

rolled loin of rabbit with serrano ham, confit leg, apricot & rosemary pork stuffing, peas and asparagus with a mustard scented jus, £17.50.

and tourists that want to experience what our area has to offer, so we think it’s invaluable that our menu reflects that too.”

the grille restaurant uses ingredients from over 20 local suppliers including Cote hill in market rasen, Scaman’s eggs in Louth, redhill Farm in gainsborough, Bateman’s Brewery in Wainfleet and Stokes in Lincoln to name just a few.

“If kent is the garden of england, Lincolnshire is definitely the vegetable patch. It makes sense to use the superb suppliers that are right on our doorstep, supporting the local economy, reducing food miles but also utilising the best ingredients in the country.”

In addition to its hotel, bar and restaurant provisions, the White hart also has an exceptional space for entertaining.

their self-contained room has space for 80-100 guests and has its own bar. It’s perfect for weddings, and is primarily used as a wedding venue, but the space can also be used for charity events and balls too. On our visit to the grille restaurant, we were able to try a wide range from the chefs

as their new spring and summer menus were being tasted by the waitering team. as well as concentrating on local suppliers, the menus are seasonal too, offering something different for regular diners throughout the year. Our personal recommendations from the new spring and summer menu are the rolled loin of rabbit, the pan fried cod supreme and the hay smoked rump of lamb. every thursday throughout the year, you can enjoy Steak Night. Choose from three cuts of meat - steak, lamb and chicken - two sides, a garnish and drink all for just £15. after dinner, you can also enjoy live acoustic entertainment performed every thursday.

Sunday Lunch is a very popular menu of course, but so too is the ‘Five of harts.’ It’s the lunchtime menu with the choice of five mains, starters and desserts.

We take our hats off to the managers, chefs and waitering team at the grille restaurant. their improvements have transformed dining in the Bail, and we can see these changes making the White hart a hotspot for dining in the city.

Spinach and Cote hill blue cheese pappardelle with walnuts, hazelnuts and micro rocket, £12.95. roasted cauliflower with raisin purée, coconut curry sauce, onion bhaji and Bombay potatoes, £12.95.


textures of strawberry; semi-freddo, freeze-dried, poached and meringue, £6.25. hot chocolate fondant with salted dulce de leche and banana ice cream, £6.50. Slow cooked caramelised pineapple with glass tuille, pink peppercorn and coconut ice cream, £6.50. NB: Featured dishes are subject to change. n White Hart Hotel, Bailgate, Lincoln LN1 3AR. Call 01522 526222 or visit the website to find more info on the restaurant; 51

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Afternoon Tea

£19.95 per person Available Monday to Friday 2pm-4pm Fresh, homemade, locally sourced delicious food in the heart of Lincolnshire...

Must be PRE-BOOKED, call 01526 861400!

Church Lane, North Kyme Lincolnshire LN4 4DJ

(01526) 861 400


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SUMMER IS HERE at The Queen’s Head Enjoy a selection of dishes from our summer menus whilst dining on the terrace or in the formal dining room at the Queen’s Head... Located on the A17, Kirkby La Thorpe, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 9NU

Call 01529 305743

The Queen’s Head Q U A L I T Y P U B R E S TA U R A N T


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Cream of the Crop

Everyone with a sweet tooth in Lincolnshire will know of the delights of Dennetts Ice Cream, but only a few will know its extensive history and four generations... Main: Robin and his wife Clare who works in the Lincoln store.

Bragging is our forté. When a yellowbelly entures outside of the county borders, and someone remarks about how great the food is from their area, it’s only natural for us to correct them.

We’ve all been guilty of it. When visiting Cornwall or Scarborough, you may hear someone remark that their ice cream is the best in Britain. you won’t be able to stop yourself from thinking ‘I doubt it’ll come close to Dennetts.’ On a warm sunny day, scaling Steep hill in Lincoln is an arduous task, but it’s all worth it when you reach Dennetts Ice Cream Parlour at the top, serving 30 refreshing flavours of delicious, dairy ice cream.

everyone is familiar with this Lincolnshire staple, but only a handful will know its rich heritage, a long history giving the company enough time to perfect their flavours.

robin Dennett is the current man in charge, proud of the company’s fabulous reputation with locals but he very modestly credits it to his predecessors.

“It’s my grandparents arthur and mary who started the ice cream business in 1926,” says robin. “During the first world war, arthur bought his dairy farm in hundleby. they had a herd of Lincoln red cattle, and sold the milk for a penny a pint!” “they decided to add value to their product, and churn it into ice cream butter and cheese

selling it from the farm. the ice creams were called ‘licks’ back then.”

“the Spilsby Shop was opened in 1934 and we took over the ice cream parlour in the Bailgate in 1995 to reach out to a wider audience. the Spilsby shop closed in the 1970s but Lincoln’s parlour is still open and has its own tearoom now. the Lincoln parlour has a 14th century vaulted ceiling in its seating area, and we serve our famous Wolds Whopper here!” In arthur’s time, they just sold plain ice cream - no vanilla flavouring or any kind of flavouring. It wasn’t until his son eric, robin’s father, took over the business that the wide variety of flavours were introduced.


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“My father came home to work with my grandfather after the Second World War in 1948,” says Robin. “He was an electrician in the RAF stationed in Italy. It was Eric’s time spent in Italy, the capital of ‘gelato,’ that changed the nature of Dennetts.”

“The dairy farm was still running, so at the time, my father was still bottling milk and grading and packing eggs. He would’ve been delivering milk too; we had 12 milk rounds back when bottled milk was still popular, but this was slowly on the decline.”

“Inspired by the Italian’s passion for ice cream and their wealth of exotic flavours, Eric returned and started to introduce flavours to Dennetts’s plain ice cream.” When Eric introduced different flavours, sales skyrocketed. It was still a new concept to have flavoured ice cream, and with high quality milk from the Friesian cows, the ice cream was delicious and started to gain its reputation. “Arthur had seven grandchildren, so we knew that once my grandfather passed the farm and the business down, the farm would unfortunately have to be sold,” says Robin. “There were too many of us to split it between.”

“However, I had been working for the farm for several years so I took on the ice cream business. We don’t milk our own cows now unfortunately, but we use a Lincolnshire dairy for our milk and cream, to ensure the quality and flavour is kept.” Dennetts in the 21st century has accumulated many awards from the Ice Cream Alliance

TIMELINE of Dennetts

1915: Arthur Dennett started the dairy farm with Lincoln Reds. 1926: Arthur and his wife Mary started Dennetts Ice Cream together. 1934: The Spilsby shop was opened.

1948: Eric joined Dennetts, turning it into AE Dennett & Sons Ltd and started to add new flavours. 1952: Robin was born, the next generation of Dennetts Ice Cream. 1995: The Lincoln parlour was purchased.

2004: Robin took over the business 14 years ago after Eric passed away and the dairy farm was sold. 2016: Kate, the next generation of Dennetts joined the team. The fifth generation was born!

2017: The Spilsby parlour reopened as Sweet Vanilla by Kate and her partner; fourth generation of Dennetts.

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and various other respectable awarding bodies, offer 30 flavours and also offer frozen yoghurt and sorbets too now.

Ice Cream


Dennetts is sold across the whole of the county largely through the Lincolnshire Cooperative. the fourth generation of Dennetts has opened a new shop called Sweet Vanilla in Spilsby selling the ice cream alongside sweets and other goodies. the fifth generation of Dennetts has just been born!

Vanilla: Most of the vanilla used to make ice cream comes from Madagascar and Indonesia.

Toppings: Chocolate syrup is the world’s most popular topping.

Dennetts is also sold to restaurants, pubs and cafés, as well as the kinema in the Woods and weddings as well. they have a special cart and trailer they take to weddings and fairs. “We believe the reason why we’re successful and why we’ve been around for nearly 100 years, is first of all the quality of our product. using local milk from high quality cattle, and sourcing the very best flavourings for our products has been the key. I also think the service we provide has really contributed to our growing success.” In a Pride exclusive, robin discussed the secret recipe and ingredients to Dennetts’s exceptional ice cream. after all, it’s the quality of its ingredients that makes it so special rather than the process.

“We make batches of around 160 - 170 litres of ice cream - 1,150 - 1,250 cornets - using a base of fresh milk and double cream we add the other ingredients and pasteurised to 85ºC. It is then slowly cooled and aged for 24 hours.” “the mixture is then flavoured then frozen. We then use a machine to churn the mixture; it does exactly the same as what my grandfather would’ve done by hand all those years ago!”

although robin’s favourite flavour is coffee, the general public still prefer vanilla. around 25% of what Dennetts sell is simple vanilla ice cream. their five bestsellers overall are mint chocolate chip ice cream, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and toffee.

Licks: It takes about 50 licks to finish a single scoop ice cream cone.

Brainfreeze: This occurs when ice cream touches the roof of your mouth. Left: Arthur and Mary, the first generation of Dennetts Ice Cream. Above: Mary standing outside the Spilsby ice cream parlour or creamery.

to my surprise, rum & raisin was not on this list! In my personal opinion, Dennetts rum & raisin is by far the best ice cream around. In a year, Dennetts will produce between 65,000 to 75,000 litres of ice cream - that means yellowbellies will consume 445,000 to 525,000 cornets a year!

unfortunately, Dennetts will not be at the Lincolnshire Show, but robin will definitely be there as he is the Patron of the Lincoln red Cattle society.

he’s been at Dennetts for 38 years, but before this, he was a shepherd, and is still very passionate about shepherding. he will be providing commentary on the sheep classes at the Lincolnshire Show. Dennetts is comparable only to the Italians in our proud Lincolnshire opinions, so next time that’s ever questioned by the Cornish, yorkies or Devonians, remind them of our superb provisions of ice cream and its outstanding heritage and reputation in the local area.

Pets: 1 in 5 people admit to sharing their ice cream with their pet! Record: The world’s tallest ice cream cone was over nine feet tall and it was scooped in Italy. USA: Behind cookies, ice cream stands as the bestselling treat in America.

1300s: Marco Polo brings an early form of ice cream to Europe. July: July is National Ice Cream Month.

Rocky Road: This was the first widely available flavour other than vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.

The Biggest Consumers: The average American consumes 48 pints of ice cream each year! 87% admit to having ice cream in their freezer at any given time. n For more information on Dennetts Ice Cream, please call the Spilsby wholesalers on 01790 752573, or alternatively call the Lincoln parlour on 01522 511447. Visit the website for any further details.


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Take Your Pick at WILLOWS Farm

There’s nothing better than fresh strawberries and raspberries on a summer’s day, and you can’t get them any fresher than right off the stalk. You can pick your own fruit at Willows Farm near Skegness thanks to David Pridgeon... Fresh strawberries with cream is a cliché of a British summer. It’s a picnic highlight, Wimbledon classic and welcome treat after a day in the garden. you won’t get a fresher strawberry than one that you have handpicked right off the stalk. there’s something traditional and simple about picking fruit on a hot summer’s day when they’re still warm to the touch and full to bursting with sticky sweet juices.

We visited David Pridgeon on his family farm near Skegness as he was getting ready for another busy season of fruit picking. Willows Farm is largely arable but in 1997, when David returned from college, he thought it would be good to diversify the business into fruit and fruit picking.

“I started the fruit farm at a time when picking your own fruit was really popular,” says David. “It still is but it has definitely seen a resurgence in the past couple of years.”

“David sells his fruit to wholesalers and at local markets as well as offering the Pick your Own service, and it isn’t just strawberries you can try from Willows Farm. there are also raspberries, blackberries, redcurrants, gooseberries and plums to pick and eat. “I think what’s really special about picking your own fruit is first of all how fresh the fruit is and how good it tastes, but also how local the fruit is.” “you literally cannot get less food miles even if you tried, and I think the buying habits of

Words: Tilly Wilkinson.

HARVESTING FRUIT IN THE YEAR... June: Gooseberries, redcurrants, rhubarb, strawberries.

people nowadays is changing and people are backing and supporting local farmers. It’s very important to support the local economy.” “It’s also a way to get the children out of the house, off the gadgets, in the fresh open air, eating healthy fruit and doing something at a minimal cost that they will love.”

David has just extended the

July: Blackcurrants, season he is able to offer the strawberries, Pick your Own fruit gooseberries, service so there’s interest loganberries, there all year round. raspberries, you can pick most of rhubarb, tayberries, There are over 200 seeds on cherries, your average strawberry. There white are also three different types of strawberries: June-bearing, currants, overbearing and day redcurrants.


Facts & Figures

August: Early-season apples, blackberries, blackcurrants, cherries, plums, raspberries, tayberries, strawberries.

neutral berries.

September: apples, blackberries, elderberries, plums, raspberries. October: Apples, elderberries, pears, plums, raspberries. Pick pumpkins on Willows Farm.

November: Late-season apples.


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the fresh fruit including the strawberries from early June till the end of august, but you can also pick pumpkins in time for pumpkin soup and scary carved faces at halloween on the farm in October.

Look for plump, shiny, tender berries, with a good, bright colour and a sweet aroma, preferably with their leafy green calyx and stalk still attached. Avoid picking slightly mushy or mouldy berries, especially if you’re keeping the strawberries for later.

“the diversification into fruit on the farm has now taken over and despite it only taking up 10 hectares of the 500 hectare arable farm, it is the most labour intensive and the biggest part of the business.”

When we visited Willows Farm in early may, there had been a recent heatwave so the interest in David’s strawberries from wholesalers and markets had skyrocketed. David and his team of 20 were busy preparing everything for the start of the season and the expected high demand due to the warmer weather. however, due to the unusual weather we’ve had this year, jumping from snow to sun, it has had an affect on when they’ve been able to plant and grow the fruit.

“We plant from march till June, but we grow most of our wholesale produce in polytunnels. this allows us to be flexible with cropping, and lets us stagger growing and production out so we have a level amount of fruit throughout the season rather than one high peak.”

If you would prefer to buy your own fruit from Willows Farm rather than picking your own, there is a farm shop that you can go to on the site. If you’re worried about accessibility there is field grown strawberries, but also ‘table top’ fruit production grown in rows so there is no need to bend down. you can either get your ready picked fruit or pick your own every day from 9am until 6pm in the season which will start mid-June this year at Chapel St. Leonards and from 10am until 5pm at Saltfleetby.

at Willows Farm you can also buy locally grown Lincolnshire potatoes, carrots, beetroot, onions, cauliflowers, cabbages, lettuce, spring onions and tomatoes. there will also be other seasonal fruit and veg on offer including pod peas, sweetcorn, runner beans, cherries, plums, greengages and much more.

If you’re not heading to the east coast this summer, there are a number of other Pick your Own fruit farms across the county and one that may be a little bit closer to home. If you’re in grantham, try Syston Park Farm 62

(01400 250000), or if you’re further north, there’s Braders near grimsby. In Lincoln, Spinney Farm is a great place to pick your own fruit (01522 703865), and Naylor Farms in Spalding is also a great one to visit (01406 370439). however, if you would like to head to David’s lovely fruit farm and try your own locally produced strawberries this summer, visit him on the way to Skegness! alternatively, visit or call David on 07771 696001 for more information. n

If you’re buying a punnet, always check that the underside of the punnet isn’t stained; that means the lower level of berries has been crushed. Large strawberries tend to have a higher water content, so will be less flavourful. Choose the small to medium-sized ones.

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Strawberry & Camomile Shortcakes Makes Six. Preparation Time: 20 mins. Cooking Time: 20 mins. Total Time: 40 mins plus chilling, resting and cooling. For the Filling: 400g local Strawberries, hulled and halved, or quartered if large 2-3 tbsp caster sugar, to taste Finely grated zest of 1 lemon For the Shortcakes: 300ml pot double cream 2 camomile teabags 90g unsalted butter, cubed 2 tbsp whole milk 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 2 tsp baking powder 50g caster sugar, plus 1 tbsp 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

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ese delicately flavoured shortcakes have a complex, subtle spiciness from the infused camomile and are a match made in heaven for sweet British strawberries.

Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. mix the strawberries, caster sugar and lemon zest in a small bowl and set aside to soften a little. Warm 125ml cream in a small pan with the teabags until simmering. remove from the heat, add the butter and infuse for five minutes. Squeeze the teabags and discard.

reheat the pan to melt the butter, if needed, then stir in the milk. In a large bowl, sift the flour and baking powder, then mix in the infused cream with 50g caster sugar and a pinch of salt, bringing together to make a rough dough.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 2cm thickness. Cut out six biscuits with a 6cm round cutter, rerolling the dough as needed. Place on a lined baking tray and chill for 15 minutes.

Brush the tops with a little cream and bake for 12-15 minutes, until light golden. Place on a wire rack to cool, then carefully split in half horizontally. Whip the remaining cream with one tbsp caster sugar and vanilla to soft peaks. Spoon onto half the shortcakes, add the strawberries, then balance the remaining shortcakes on top.

the shortcakes can be frozen for up to one month. thaw thoroughly before filling and serving. n

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First there was LINCOLNSHIRE

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meet the headteacher

Some of the best headteachers across the whole of Lincolnshire leading the very best schools the county has to offer... Julie Miles, Bicker Preparatory School

sized classes enable children to feel their opinions and ideas are valued and listened to.”

David Scott, kesteven & grantham girls

enabling many of our students to attain places at the most selective universities.”

“Children and their families are greeted by name at the door each morning and parents feel confident to come and talk to myself and the staff.” “Having joined the school in 2000, it has been a pleasure to see the school grow and flourish over the past eighteen years,” says headteacher of Bicker Preparatory School, Julie miles.

“During that time, I have taught throughout the school, becoming head of Lower School before taking on the role of head teacher in September 2015.”

“It is still a delight to spend time in the different classrooms throughout the school, hearing readers and teaching lessons and assemblies that take place throughout the week.” “It is the relationships within the school that make Bicker Prep so special.”

“We firmly believe that children perform best in a learning environment in which they feel safe and confident, and our small 70

“I enjoy the support of an excellent team of dedicated staff who ensure that the education and care we provide for the children is of only the very highest standard.”

“We use our wealth of experience in teaching and management to lead the school forward, whilst maintaining our traditional ethos and values.”

“Our established school has been open for 25 years and has achieved three consecutive ‘Outstanding’ grades from the awarding body Ofsted.” “We will continue to educate Bicker Preparatory’s pupils to the highest standards and to uphold our belief in an holistic education which enables all children to shine.”

n For more information call 01775 821786 or visit the website Visit Bicker Preparatory School and Early Years on School Lane, Bicker, Boston PE20 3DW.

“Kesteven & Grantham girls’ School is a selective academy. Situated in the market town of grantham and close to the borders of Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, we attract students from both the local area and further afield. Notable alumni include Shona mcCallin, 2016 Olympic hockey gold medallist, and margaret thatcher.” “kggS boasts an impressive record of academic excellence, a fact that recently placed us in ‘the times’ top Secondary School list.”

“Our students do well at gCSes with the school achieving the best Progress 8 Score in Lincolnshire in 2017. In the Sixth Form, students can select their a-Level choices from a wide range of subjects. results are consistently impressive at around 70% a*/B,

“In years 7-9 we offer a strong foundation with French, german and Spanish as well mathematics, english and Science as part of a comprehensive curriculum that embraces both academic and practical subjects.”

“yet whilst the aim of the school is - and has always been - to provide a learning environment which is stimulating challenging and supportive, we are also keen to ensure that our students’ learning goes hand in hand with the development of their personal qualities.” “accordingly the school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activites. these include student exchange visits, foreign expeditions and significant involvement in the Duke of edinburgh award Scheme.” “In recognition of kggS’ academic and pastoral provision, we were amongst only a handful of schools to be featured in the 2016 Parliamentary review magazine which is something we are very proud of.” n Call 01476 563017 or visit

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Jane Hopkinson, the Priory academy LSSt

“We have our own Combined Cadet Force, we offer the Duke of edinburgh scheme and the arts and sport feature heavily in our after-school programme.”

“At The Priory academy LSSt, we are proud of our established track record of academic success, with results that make us one of the top performing non-selective schools in the country.”

“We have an ambitious culture, with the overwhelming majority of our students progressing to higher education, with many gaining places at Oxbridge colleges, uk medical Schools and a range of russell group universities.”

“We also strongly believe that education is about the whole experience a student receives while at school which is why, in addition to academic studies, we offer a stimulating range of extra-curricular activities.”

“We are also one of only a small number of state boarding providers and our robert de Cheney Boarding house is an exciting offering for families exploring the option of boarding at Sixth Form.” “given an Outstanding rating by Ofsted in 2017, the house has 60 boarding places available for Sixth Form students.” “there are no tuition fees for boarders, with fees payable for the boarding element only. the house offers modern, state-ofthe-art accommodation and all rooms are single occupancy with en-suite bathrooms.”

Mark Wallace, Lincoln minster School

“as we move through 2018, we continue to develop our brand awareness locally, regionally and overseas and showcase Lincoln as a city of excellence for its educational provision. We will be working closely with local facilities to raise the profile of the city’s offering.”

“A real stand out for me, as headmaster of Lincoln minster School is the togetherness and connectedness that links staff, parents and pupils.” “there is a sense of a shared journey and ambition, underpinned by a caring and nurturing environment. the feel of a school is not something that can be manufactured; it comes from shared values.”

“the level of participation of our pupils across many areas of school life is a real joy to see. I believe that an important part of our mission is to inspire pupils to develop interests beyond the classroom. It is wonderful to see young enterprise, Doe, eco Club and more thriving here.”

“this connectivity is important and aligns two areas of debate in education - globalisation and partnerships between schools and universities.”

“It’s exciting that Lincoln minster School is at the forefront of these two areas of development. having international students as part of our school community is a real strength; it adds cultural diversity giving all students the opportunity to learn more from each other.” “always at the heart of what we do will be our pupils. We celebrate our pupils as individuals and what they all bring to Lincoln minster School. Being part of and leading a strong community is an absolute privilege.” n Call 01522 551300 or visit

“Whether it is on a full-time, weekly or flexi basis, we ensure our boarding students’ time here is rewarding and enjoyable; a time of self-development before the transition to university and life beyond.” n Call 01522 889977 or visit


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Charles Welch, Witham hall Preparatory

proud of the fact that the School catchment starts within the village itself, and extends across six counties.”

Local, regionally and nationally, Witham hall, near Stamford, continues to enhance its standing as a leading co-educational boarding and day Preparatory School. under their ambitious and award -winning headmaster, Charles Welch, the School has enjoyed continued growth over the last decade, and expansion has recently been facilitated by a development programme launched by the opening of a state-of-the-art Sports Centre.

“In providing a high class, all-round education from the age of 4 to 13, I am particularly

Will Phelan, Stamford endowed Schools

“a number of children commute daily, but the provision of a thriving boarding community makes a Witham hall education increasingly feasible for children living further afield.”

“Flexibility abounds, with the children from year Four able to board between one and five nights per week.” “Oundle, Oakham, uppingham, repton and rugby are the most popular destinations for Witham hall children at 13, but some go further afield, including eton.”

“Our scholarship success is outstanding: annual awards are achieved across all disciplines academic, art, Drama, music and Sport - highlighting the breadth of opportunity the School has at the heart of its aims.” n Call 01778 590222 or visit the website

3 to 11, then separating at senior school and then coming together at sixth form.”

“Overall, we provide a seamless, yet tailored, experience taking the advantages of single gender teaching and pastoral care between the ages of 11 and 16.”

“Together the three Stamford Schools deliver an educational experience that produces truly outstanding and independent thinking young people who succeed in a diverse range of endeavours, set their own expectations and become the people they really want to be.”

“they recognise that success comes in many different forms. We help them to understand themselves, define what success means to them and then equip them to achieve it.” “Our (almost unique) diamond structure provides pupils with a tailored and personalised education at every level from day to boarding. girls and boys are taught co-educationally from

“Our approach is refreshingly different. the diamond structure provides the best learning environment for our pupils; we have the size and resources to provide outstanding opportunities in and out of the classroom; and we pride ourselves on nurturing independent thought.” how many schools can boast that they have the experience and knowledge of four heads (a principal and three headteachers) working together?

“Where people start often defines what they become. Our measure of success is not only what our pupils achieve at Stamford - it is what they become after Stamford as this is shown by our impressive list of notable alumni.” n See or call on 01780 750311 for details.

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Mark Midgley, Caistor yarborough academy

Chief Inspector at Ofsted, amanda Spielman said, “It is clear from the inspection report that you have brought about rapid improvements in the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.”

Caistor Yarborough academy is on an exciting journey under the leadership of mark midgley and his new senior team. “Caistor yarborough academy has a personalised and inclusive learning environment that nurtures and values every student through an ethos of excellence for all,” says mark.

“achieved through an outward and forward-thinking approach, developing closer and stronger links with a wide range of partners, this is increasing the opportunities and quality of experience for everyone associated with the academy.”

“On the governments new, headline figure, Progress eight, Caistor yarborough academy has achieved a positive progress score of 0.05, which places the academy 19th out of 68 schools in Lincolnshire, 6th out of 12 in North east Lincolnshire for gCSe progress and 4th out of 12 for attainment; a fantastic achievement which our staff and students feel justifiably proud of.” “We welcome you to come and see our academy set in a beautiful part of the Lincolnshire Wolds.” n We have an Open Evening on Thursday 28th June 5pm - 7.30pm or contact Caistor Yarborough Academy on 01472 851383 to arrange a visit during the day.


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Words: Georgie Fenn. Pictures: John Lawrence.

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Positioned in the peaceful setting of West Deeping, Cromwell house has been the charming happy home of mr and mrs aldred for ten years. the couple moved away from Stamford after they married for some more space as two families became one. On first impressions, Iain aldred says you’ll be amazed by the lovely situation, “It’s very quiet and private,” he says, “But equally easy to travel to Stamford, Peterborough or commute to London.” the entrance into the house is spacious and welcoming but come may, you’ll mostly want to look at the incredible georgian façade of the house with the charming Wisteria gently hugging the beautiful stone work. Wisteria’s are magical as they are known to live for up to 100 years and even older. there’s actually a 1,200-year-old wisteria tree in Japan. this long-life bestows the symbolic meaning of immortality and longevity to the wisteria. “may will be wonderful,” says Iain, “the garden will look beautiful and the wisteria will come out.”

as you enter the atmospheric Dining hall with its raw stone floor, stone fireplace, alcove and shutters, you’ll feel almost weightless from this spacious first impression. the drawing room is a wonderful double aspect room with original restored light oak parquet flooring, French doors to the garden and a stone fireplace. the kitchen is ideal for informal kitchen suppers has room for a large table, there is an island and French doors to the kitchen courtyard too. the kitchen also features the most amazing pre-historic marble on the surfaces that are very attractive. this property (including the kitchen) was renovated by the previous owner in 2005.

there is also a sitting room with an inglenook fireplace and wood burner although if you wanted to take the wood burner out and have an open fire place, it is all fully functional. Iain’s wife Susanna says that people often comment on the beautiful exposed beams in the snug, “there are lots of features that give this property character,” she says. there is also a study, utility room, two cloakrooms and an internal triple garage. “the windows look South over the main part of the garden,” says Susanna, “It’s a completely unspoilt view.”


the gardens are a treat, with formal box hedging and a stunning walled garden, fruit garden, stream and beautifully tended lawns. the gardens themselves needed quite a bit of attention when the aldred’s moved in and they sought the help of renowned garden designer Bunny guinness.


“Bunny is a charming lady,” says Iain. “She came over for one day and her powers are just amazing.”

you’ll see Bunny’s touches with the walled garden, where hornbeams were planted and the courtyard garden was transformed into the idyllic space that it is today. Nature is thriving and Iain explained that the neighbours are currently putting in a wild flower meadow next door so you don’t have to worry about the peaceful setting being disturbed. n

Above: The property has three reception rooms including the drawing room.

Right: Lovely formal grounds and herbaceous borders. Gardens designed by Bunny Guinness.

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CROMWELL Below: The Left: A lounge

HOUSE house is situated within the Deepings.

serves as a more relaxed reception room.

Location: Spalding 15 miles, Stamford six miles. Style: Beautifully refurbished country house with impressive gardens landscaped by Bunny guinness extending to about an acre. Bedrooms: Five; two en suites. Receptions: Five, currently arranged as drawing room, sitting room, dining hall, library and breakfast kitchen. Features: annexe, inglenook fireplaces. renovated in 2005.

Price: £1,850,000 Find Out More: Cromwell House, West Deeping is currently on the market with Strutt & Parker, Stamford, PE9 2JL. Call 01780 695028 or see


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Handmade, bespoke furniture and soft furnishings, plus paint & wallpaper, and the finishing touches you need to create a truly unique home. that’s just what aitch Interiors can provide for your home.

heather hocking, owner and face of the company, is a well known interior designer in Lincolnshire, so it’s worth noting that she now goes by the name heather grant after marrying her partner earlier this year at tattershall Castle!

heather is an expert in all things interiors, and her beautiful studio based in the Stables at Wellingore hall is like an aladdin’s cave of hidden treasures for your home. “as well as the products that I offer - bespoke curtains and blinds, custom-made chairs, or the re-upholstering of existing chairs and sofas - I provide that personal level of service too,” says heather. “I want to be able to

provide my customers with an experience, not just a product.”


In her studio, you’ll find many examples of her bespoke furniture work which she offers at a reduced price, available for you to take away from the studio that day. If you want the back slightly taller, a different fabric, or a slightly wider seat perhaps, heather can recreate it exactly to your specifications.

the business has a huge library of fabrics and wallcoverings with sample books from names like Sanderson, zoffany and Clarke & Clarke. along with finishing touches like lighting, mirrors and accessories, the design studio provides everything from products to advice to really make your home unique.

n Featured items are available from Aitch Interiors, based at The Stables, Wellingore Hall, Hall St, Wellingore, Lincoln LN5 0HX. Call Heather on 01522 810961 or see

Above: Heather has a variety of cushions available in store to offer that finishing touch to your home.

Top/Right: Bespoke chair in the studio using Clarke & Clarke fabric for the chair and Sandersons for the curtains and wallpaper.

Top/Left: A corner of Heather’s Aladdin’s cave of home interiors. Bottom/Left: Heather and her new husband on their wedding day at Tattershall Castle! Opposite: A stunning corner of the studio. All fabrics and wallpapers from Zoffany.


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a kitchen

OF DIStINCtION a kitchen is a very big investment to your home. make sure you’re using the right cabinet makers. Paul and his team at Chris Sharp Cabinets operates throughout Lincolnshire and can transform the old and outdated into something unique.... 100

Your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home and should have that ‘wow!’ factor whenever anyone enters.

Just by looking through the hundreds of kitchens Chris Sharp Cabinets has fitted in Lincolnshire homes, you can see the ‘wow!’ factor is almost guaranteed. the showroom is just past the Lincolnshire Showground near riseholme College, so if you’re reading this at the Show, pop in on your way home! their in-house designer, James, can provide you with a tour of several fitted kitchens in the showroom, discuss your plans and show you the enormous range of brands they stock. “We can provide kitchens for any budget,” says Paul. “We pride ourselves on being able

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Mr & Mrs Carter: “We are over the moon with the quality, installation and personal service we have received from Chris Sharp Cabinets! From receiving a down to earth solid quote to the fully completed kitchen, not once did we question whether we had chosen the right people for the job.“

to fit bespoke kitchens without the bespoke price. With 30 years of cabinet making experience, we have the tools to undertake any job and have been able to expand our abilities to cater to customers’ needs.”

Want to see your new kitchen manufactured? that’s not a problem at Chris Sharp Cabinets, utilising the very latest technology in their 12,000sq ft factory, which Paul will show you around.

they also offer an unlimited selection of appliances and materials which includes names like miele, Smeg, Silestone and gaggenau, all for a competitive price. the company minimises their waste where possible too; any cuttings or wood shavings are used to heat the rest of the factory.

“Because of our size, we’re very capable of handling large scale projects,” says Paul. “We currently work closely with several housing developments including gusto homes near Southwell. We specialise in high quality bespoke kitchens in a shorter lead time and at a more affordable price.”

after a visit to the showroom, arrange a visit from kevin, their external designer, for a free no-obligation consultation in your home, designing your new kitchen in front of you and pricing it up accordingly, all in one visit. the kitchen is the heart of every home. Invest in yours with Chris Sharp Cabinets. they cut out the hassle and the high price tag when it comes to quality kitchen fittings, giving you a room that will last. n

Mr & Mrs Lyons: “We are so delighted with our fabulous Chris Sharp Cabinets Kitchen. They are great designers, experienced fitters, fine craftsmen, excellent project managers that combined quality, innovation, value for money and vision for our new kitchen in our Victorian house. Our kitchen was small, dark and dated. Well, what a transformation. We now have a bright, bold and beautiful kitchen with lots of space and versatility. And all of this achieved within budget, on time and beyond our expectation.” Mr & Mrs Baggley: “We found Chris Sharp Cabinets to be very understanding of our requirements, timescales and building situation. They fitted the cabinets efficiently with minimal disruption to other trades. There was flexibility when the fitting date was brought forward by a week. They were always available for any queries. We would not hesitate to recommend them to anybody wishing to purchase a top of the range, high quality kitchen using expert, tidy fitters at a very reasonable price.”

n For more information call Paul at Chris Sharp Cabinets on 01522 504506 or visit


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The Sack Store in Boston is a retail experience unlike any other. It is an Aladdin’s cave providing inspiration for the home with something for everyone. Cosy corners in a setting of architectural splendour, roaring fires and an award-winning café only begin to tell the Sack Store story...

An Industrial Estate in Boston is not where you might expect to find an historic building of architectural splendour. you might be even more surprised to find it sensitively preserved, full of everything you will ever want for interior design and an award-winning café. this is the Sack Store. It is an experience. you will always remember it.

Despite its magnificent doors and windows surrounded by Virginia creeper, it isn’t until you walk into the door that you begin to understand that you have walked into an aladdin’s cave providing inspiration for homes of every type and style. From the huge selection of beautiful tiles, many of which are kept in stock, to the stove showroom; from Farrow and Ball paint to pictures; from lamps and chandeliers to mirrors and sofas; from country clothing to comfy chairs; from soap and candles to wheat bags and accessories that make your house into a home, there is something for everyone in the Sack Store. the café is open from 9am until 4pm every day except Sunday when it opens at 11am. Nowhere in Lincolnshire will you find a café with such a setting and ambience to treat yourself to breakfast, relax over coffee and cake, or meet friends for lunch with special afternoon tea.

the Sack Store appears on an Ordnance Survey map of 1859. It was originally built next to the railway line for the purpose of supplying sacks for potatoes supporting farmers from aberdeen to London. as Boston was a significant railway town, the Sack Store was ideally placed in the heart of an agricultural region yet near to the docks. even nowadays a trip to the Sack Store will take you through fields with panoramic skies or the Lincolnshire Wolds with its rolling countryside.

Since Chris Isaac bought the building in 1990, he brought it back to life and the Sack Store opened in 1992. Chris has never looked back and four years ago opened a sister store, the Stamford garden Centre. known for being Lincolnshire’s premier supplier of wood burning stoves, the Sack Store has one of the widest selections in the country and supports sales with a full stove survey and installation service that 106

“FROM DESIGN INSPIRATION TO WOOD BURNING STOVES, THE SACK STORE MAKES YOUR HOUSE INTO A HOME...” is second to none. Clearview, aga, Broseley and hunter stoves are on display next to rayburn, everhot and esse ranges and magnificent radiators.

Furniture includes famous sofa makes such as tetrad, Duresta and harris tweed and there is a fabulous range of practical country clothing for ladies and gents from harkila. Where else would you find an eclectic mix like this in unique surroundings? With a warm welcome, personal service and prices that are often better than those on the internet, the Sack Store has it all. n For more information please call 01205 310101 or visit

Above: Lighting and chandeliers to suit all tastes. Top/Right: The Sack Store’s beautiful ‘roomed’ café.

Right: One of the various rooms you can see and enjoy at the Sack Store.

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Garden Centre

Situated on the outskirts of the Georgian town of Stamford, you will find the sister store to the Sack Store. This is not your typical garden centre. No surprise there given its owner’s approach. Like the Sack Store, it is an experience. With a superb cafÊ, open seven days a week, boasting fantastic menus and an outside seating area, the garden centre has become a favourite with locals. It is busy throughout the day and you would be wise to book if you are thinking of going. Whilst there, you will find Simpsons, an award-winning butcher as well as bread from the Hambleton Bakery and a great selection of wine. The showroom is packed with many of the products on display in the Sack Store, including wood burning stoves, furniture, country clothing, rugs and gifts, matching indoor and outdoor tiles as well as everything that you would expect of a garden centre. Pots, plants, garden maintenance products and furniture might sound ordinary to some. The new building, a design inspiration that is home for these things, will change your mind. And nowhere else will you find products of quality like this at prices to match the internet.


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Stoneware WIth FLaIr

Exploring the rustic charm of stoneware with Golding, Young & Mawer, Chartered Auctioneers and Valuer who specialise in arts and antique surveying...

Stoneware in various forms has been produced throughout the world for centuries. It is defined as pottery fired at around 1200 degrees centigrade producing a robust, dense body, ably used for fine tableware, ornaments, insulators and even chemical vessels. advertising pieces of the 19th and 20th centuries are providing popular as either collectables or interior decorator’s pieces, beautifully juxtaposing with modern furnishings. the naive charm of Lincolnshire and other local stoneware coupled with the vast array of designs; from beer bottles, other tavern related items, butter churns, flagons and even political flasks prominent in areas such as horncastle and the array of advertising styles and varied names mean there are vast numbers of pieces to buy and a great number of collectors. take the humble beer bottle for example: its birth in glass can be traced back to a Dr alexander Nowell, some 440 years ago in hertfordshire. 18th century stoneware pieces are rare and it was in the 19th century that porter (a drink similar to stout) began to be bottled in any number. Whitbread were a big producer of pottery vessels in the 1870s and local firms ANTIQUES

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followed suit. taking grantham alone, we have seen several examples recently by Johnson, Basker & Fletcher, r J Boyall and the illustrated Summerbys type. the illustrated Buttercup Dairy butter crock, produced by a W Buchan in the very late 19th century, in Portobello, Scotland is a rare, quirky survivor. It would’ve had a lid, but the pail is in excellent condition for an everyday item, proving its hardiness. We see many examples of local advertising stoneware, pick a place: alford, Lincoln, grantham, Southwell, Stamford, Bourne, and you will almost certainly find something. Pieces can be inexpensive but look fantastic in modern dwellings; there is a lot available and it needs to be cherished, bought and enjoyed. n With best wishes, Craig Bewick, MRICS. Auctioneer Golding Young & Mawer, Grantham.

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The summer months is when nature really thrives. You’ll see an abundance of colour and flowers in Lincolnshire gardens in June, especially orchids...


OrChIDS There are more than 25,000 orchid species in the world. That means there are four times more orchids than bird species and four times more orchid species than mammals!

June is definitely the best month for orchids. you’ll spot them along road banks and in old grassland across the county, especially the common spotted, heath spotted and pyramidal orchids, adding something new and pleasant to our natural surroundings. you’ll also see dogrose and plenty of honeysuckle, attracting moths of all sizes like brimstone and swallowtail, who are tempted in by the scent of the flower especially on warm evenings. On downland and on road verges you’ll see a flutter of butterflies. the most common butterflies you will spot includes meadow browns, 112

common blues and lots of large skippers. you may even see the odd glow worm on woodland rides or along hedgebanks. glow worms are most prolific in limestone areas.

If you’re out in the garden, look out for leaf-cutter bees. they carve small circles in your leaves to create their nests. Further south, stag beetles will also be searching through leaf litter.

Look out for the rather frightening looking, but completely harmless, cockchafer beetles as they blunder about on warm evenings. you’ll be able to spot these especially over farmland.

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If you’re struggling to tell the difference between honey bees and leafcutter bees, here’s some top tips... On first sighting many species of solitary bees can be mistaken for honey bees or even hoverflies.

It can be very difficult to tell the difference between honey bees and leafcutters, especially if the leafcutter is not engaged in the activity of cutting leaves or building its nest, but instead, is foraging on flowers.

Above: Guillemots on the east coast in Lincolnshire. Opposite/Top: A pyramidal orchid you’ll spot on road verges. Opposite/Bottom: The leaf-cutter bee doing what it does best! Opposite/Left: Meadows are full of wildlife before they are cut to make hay.

Near the Lincolnshire coasts, look out for guillemots and kittiwakes as they fight for space. you’ll also spot gull and tern colonies, but you’ll probably hear them first, as they squawk for food.

Other birds around the county perhaps in your garden - to look out for, includes pied wigtails and spotted flycatchers. these birds you will most likely catch busily feeding their families. In rivers you can spot sheets of water crowfoot. Sea trout will be making their way upstream to breed.

their relatives the brown trout are rising to hatches of mayflies,

that also make prey for metallic green damselflies such as the banded demoiselle.

the most vibrant habitats in June will be meadows, and Lincolnshire has plenty of them. they will be filled with butterflies and plenty of early summer flowers; they are wildlife havens.

traditional meadows are cut for hay in summer to provide winter food for animals. this management leads to a great diversity of plants and animals. they are at their best just before the first cut so make sure you visit a meadow before it is cut for hay, full of diversity and life. n

One giveaway lies in their methods for collecting pollen. Worker honey bees, like bumblebees, collect pollen in their pollen baskets or ‘corbicula’ on the hind legs, then transport it back to the hive or nest. Leafcutter bees do not have pollen baskets, so instead, they collect pollen on hairs on the underside of their abdomens. When the bee is carrying pollen, it is quite visible as a pale yellow colour.

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DOuBLeDay 100 Years of John Deere with

Three generations of experience, and over 40 years of working with local farmers, plus the backing of one of the world’s best brands. Doubleday celebrates John Deere Tractors at the 2018 Lincolnshire Show...

Doubleday of Swineshead, holbeach and kings Lynn have been helping to bring home the harvest ever since John Doubleday set up the business in 1974. today anyone from domestic consumers with modest gardens or smallholdings right up to the largest farming estates can take advantage of the Doubleday groups expertise with machinery from John Deere, plus brands such as kramer, Väderstad, maschio and Bomford turner to name just a few!

Of these brands it’s John Deere which has used its farming experience to create a really good range of products for use in the domestic market, says Director zoë Spencer.

“From walk behind mowers priced from £480 to a range of ride-on lawn tractors from around £2,300, we have products for every size of plot,” says zoë. Within all the Doubleday branches they also offer a range of adults and children’s

clothing, footwear by well known wellies brand Le Chameau and outdoor clothing by musto, as well as a wide variety of childrens toys from the small matchbox tractors to the battery powered and pedal ride-on tractors.

this year is a very special year for John Deere as one hundred years ago, Deere & Company entered the tractor business. “today John Deere is the world’s leading manufacturer of agricultural tractors, and the company produces ‘intelligent’ tractors in 12 factories worldwide. to commemorate this at the Lincolnshire Show, we will be displaying several ‘classic’ John Deere tractors from years gone by!” n Doubleday will be at the Lincolnshire Show with a range of products on display and a hospitality area to welcome customers old and new! You’ll find them on Avenue 2, Stand 04. Alternatively, call them on 01205 822440, visit or visit Station Road, Swineshead, Boston PE20 3PN.

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aheaD Brighter Days

When two people with a background in farming turn to a career in landscaping, their own garden at home transforms into acres of brightly-coloured, bucolic green space. Or at least that was the case for Chris Neave and Jonathan Cartwright, owners of Brightwater Gardens near Market Rasen, filled with flowers and open to visitors... Words: Tilly Wilkinson. Images: Chris Neave and Lee Beel.


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“In addition to promoting garden interest, we like to ensure people are aware of the environment and how they can help it even if they have just the smallest of spaces...”

The National Gardens Scheme is a superb charity that works so well, opening hidden personal gardens for the public to enjoy on summer Sundays. although all the gardens that open are beautiful and worth exploring, Saxby’s Brightwater gardens may come as a bit of a surprise to regular charity garden visitors.

Brightwater gardens was designed and created by Chris Neave and Jonathan Cartwright. Both come from farming families. Chris started his own commercial landscaping company around 25 years ago and he and Jonathan built the house 19 years ago. they now have a total of eight acres which include formal gardens and wildflower meadows and woodland.

In 2007 Chris sold the landscaping business and he and Jonathan started opening the garden to the public at weekends from april until august, also by appointment to gardening groups. the garden hosts several charity days each year to raise money for organisations including the National garden Scheme.

“Since 2012 the garden has also opened for Snowdrop Fortnight and we now welcome over 1,000 visitors in late February,” says Chris. “During the summer months, visitor numbers exceed 100 a weekend with people travelling from all over the uk and further afield.”

the garden is made up of many different elements and you can follow a mapped route around the garden giving a pleasant half mile walk with plenty of seats to sit and soak up the atmosphere. the tour begins at the Birch glade one follows the path through a wildflower area which is home to many bees, butterflies and other insects throughout the late spring and early summer.

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the path leads on through the Prairie Borders which are full of bold drifts of herbaceous plants giving a riot of colour from mid-summer until early autumn. then on to the hillside lawn.

“Watch out for a well-known character around these parts,” says Chris. “We have a robotic lawn mower nicknamed Basil! he wanders

Chris Neave Top Tips from the Experts “Preparation is incredibly important and often overlooked,” says Chris “Look after your soil. Cultivate and prepare the soil properly before you plant. We have so many people say how lucky we are to have such good soil, in fact the soil here is light sand but by adding plenty of our homemade compost, we are able to improve the structure, fertility and water retention.” “Secondly, garden with the environment in mind. We use the minimum amount of chemicals to control weeds and spot treatment of pernicious meadow weeds. To encourage bees, butterflies, other insects and birds we try to ensure there is an all year-round habitat.”

Above: The prairie garden at Brightwater Gardens.

Right: Chris Neave and Jonathan Cartwright, the gardeners at Brightwater.

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the hillside lawn making sure the grass is kept pristine. Basil cuts right down to the bulb bank, Pindle pond and Fritillaria meadow which you can view from this hillside.” Walking through the shaded winter garden you will enjoy the long woodland walk which leads to the far pond.

On returning to the garden you’ll head back past the bulb bank and damp valley to Capability Brown’s lookout with views towards St. helens church which the 18th century landscape architect is believed to have designed around 1775. On through the dry garden which is planted with more tender plants including salvias and agapanthus, to the lavender walk which links the monolith terrace and pergola. the area immediately around the house has the urn garden which is full of peonies, the Dutch garden and the Long terrace with shrub roses and more peonies.

to the east of the house there is the solar garden planted with rich late summer asters and showy rich coloured dahlias and tender annuals and perennials. the formal Cathedral garden gives an area of quiet contemplation before a cup of tea in the hay Barn. a quarter of a mile away from the garden is the Brightwater green Burial meadow which offers environmentally friendly burials in woodland glades in a wildflower meadow. the gardens are open until monday 27th august on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank holidays from 11am - 4pm.

admission is £5, children go free. you may bring your own picnic to the gardens, and there are self-service refreshments available in the hay Barn. If you would like to visit on Brightwater’s NgS Open day, it will be in a couple of month on thursday 16th august when visitors can expect to see an abundance of herbaceous perennials with glorious dahlias. Chris and Jonathan welcome tours for groups of 20 or more on pre-booked dates. n For more information, please call 01673 878820 or visit Alternatively, go to Saxby, Market Rasen LN8 2DQ.


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a Royal engagement

hannah and Jared’s wedding was a true celebration of their lives and their love for one another. the royal engineers were there to support them on the day, all the family chipped in, and it ended in a surprise honeymoon to Cuba... Images: Jessy Jones Photography, 07947 514456,

Our featured couple met through a mutual friend who thought they would make a good match, and how right they were!

hannah is a primary school teacher and Jared is an Officer in the royal engineers. While not being local, the two have a lot of family who live in Lincolnshire.

“Jared proposed to me on my 21st birthday in Berlin,” says hannah. “During this time, I was on my year abroad teaching in germany and Jared flew over so we could get a weekend away in my favourite city.”

“Jared had organised the entire day seeing the various sights of Berlin and going around various Christmas markets. after an amazing dinner in the district of Charlottenburg, Jared took me for a walk near Charlottenburg palace. right in front of the palace, which was all lit up, he started his proposal.”

“We chose abbey Farm Weddings in kirkstead for our venue first and then started to organise the church followed by the catering.”

“For the dress, I had seen the same dress online countless times that I loved. I went dress shopping with my parents and sister, tried on about four dresses and saved the one I’d been looking at online till last. It was definitely ‘the one!’” “We found Jessy Jones, our photographer, online and fell in love with her candid shots

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and how beautiful her portfolio photos were. We had an engagement shoot with her and she made us feel completely at ease, which was essential as neither of us really had a clue what to do! We’re so pleased with our wedding photos.”

“Our gorgeous cake was made by Jared’s mother as a really generous wedding present to us. It was a delicious victoria sponge cake with plenty of fresh summer berries and was so good, there was nothing left of it by the end of the day! She’s a pastry and dessert chef so was the perfect person to make the cake and it added a personal touch.”

“Continuing with the family connection to our wedding, my mother made around 100 metres of bunting to decorate our venue, as well as mirrors for our seating plan, the wedding favours and some beautiful lanterns. We had so many compliments on the bunting, which went really well with the exposed beams of the barn.” “She was such a great support during the entire planning process and we couldn’t have asked for more lovely decorations.” “the day was both a mixture of unbelievable excitement but also nerves about potentially tripping over. anyone who knows me knows that I'm not the most graceful of people!” “But seeing Jared at the end of the aisle and having my mum walk me down dispelled 125

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“Jared organised a secret honeymoon. At the reception, there was a guide to Cuba placed in front of me..!” any nerves I might have had. taking our vows was so special, and something I wish I could do all over again!”

“a highlight was definitely the speeches. there wasn’t a dry eye in the venue with my stepdad’s speech, which was so beautiful and touching. the waterworks (for me anyway) continued into Jared’s speech, and I was just so proud to call him my husband.”

“I organised the wedding and Jared organised the honeymoon as a surprise. as I walked into the barn to sit down at the table, Jared had put a guide to Cuba on the table in front of my seat! We went to havana for 10 days.”

“We went exploring, drank plenty of mojitos in the sunshine, as well as taking buses to the local beaches. It’s such a vibrant and friendly place, full of music, dancing and culture.”

“We cannot thank our families enough for all of their help and support in making our wedding the most amazing day of our lives.” 126

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all that

glitters is gold

June sees 36,150 weddings taking place in the uk, and if you’re looking to take advantage of the warmer weather for your big day, this golden theme will ensure your summer wedding looks absolutely beautiful... Host a smart wedding at a stately home or castle. Utilise encrusted wedding dresses and accessorise wedding tables and stationery with crystals. Use a lustrous gold-leaf burnished effect on your cake and sparkle all day long! We love these golden wedding dresses and golden balloons means that when they pop, golden confetti falls on all of your guests!

Lincolnshire Venues: The Lincoln Hotel (, White Hart Hotel, Lincoln (, Boston Guildhall (, The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa (, Howell Events, Evedon (, The Granary, Boston (, The Poachers Country Hotel, Boston (, Washingborough Hall, Lincoln (, The Dower House, Woodhall Spa (, The Deep (

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Whether you’re going to be poolside, walking along a beach or setting sail around the Med this summer, select a suit from Seaspray, designer brand for luxury swimsuits...

Below: Sapphire Twist front swimsuit, £75.

Right: Azurite draped swimsuit, £78 with a white full-length coverup.

Opposite Page, Main: Black draped swimsuit £75 with the black and white striped sun hat from the brand, £39. Opposite, Far Right, Top: Calypso cross over swimsuit, £78.

Opposite, Far Right, Middle: Amazonite hourglass swimsuit, £78, perfect for lounging around by the poolside.

Opposite, Far Right, Bottom: Cassiopeia corded swimsuit, £78 ideal for sailing around the world via private yacht - glass of wine in hand of course! n To see more from the Seaspray brand, visit to find local stockists or to purchase directly from the site.

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coneys specialises in designer suits for weddings, confirmations and other occasions starting from children’s sizes

To discuss your suit fitting today, please call coney’s Phillip curtis on 01205 311355 coneys of BosTon, 34-38 wide BargaTe, BosTon Pe21 6rX • 01205 311355

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OUR FEATURED BEAUTY PRODUCTS THIS MONTH ALL SHARE A CORAL HUE, PERFECT FOR A SUMMER BLUSH OR LIGHT LIP TINT... 1. tinted Pink with Dior addict Dior’s first longwear lip tint, addict Lip tattoo offers a comfortable, weightless formula that fuses to the lips like a tattoo and stays on all day yet leaves them with a bare sensation. Delivering 10 hours of hold and colour that refuses to transfer, the result is fully kissable.

Light, sheer shades boost the natural tone of the lips to create a ‘no-makeup’ look, £26.

2. Natural Perfection

Clarins’ melting gel lip balm with a sweet scent creates a naturally coloured glossy shine. Lips instantly look plump and luscious. Wild mango butter prevents dehydration while Shea butter nourishes and protects the epidermis for a silky smooth finish, £18.50.

3. In a glaze

This creamy shimmering pigment-rich shadow delivers perfect depth and intensity for highlighting. Long wearing and crease resistant, trish mcevoy’s glaze eyeshadow, can be applied sheer or layered for more definition. Designed for compacts, £12.

4. Flower Power

Clinique’s Cheek Pop provides vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless. In a silky smooth, stay-true formula with shades for every skin tone. that just-pinched look; effortless, £17.


5. SOS PrImer FOr FLaWLeSS FINISh... Clarins’ SOS Primer preps, corrects, and illuminates skin tone for beautiful make-up. the combination of pearls and soft-focus powders blurs imperfections giving impeccable make-up results. Its key ingredient organic sea lily provides 24 hour hydration, while the anti-pollution complex protects the skin from environmental aggressors, £26.50.

6. Subtle Blush Colour Lancôme’s Blush Subtil blusher is perfect for highlighting the cheekbones and showing off a healthy glow. Lancôme has a collection of silky textured powder blushes. each Blush Subtil is formulated to glide on easily and last for hours, giving a fresh look from day to night. Comes in eight shades, featured is Sorbet de Corail, £29.50.

n All our beauty products are available from high quality independent stockists unless otherwise stated, prices are RRP. Visit each makeup brand’s website for more information on local stockists.

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Laid Back

If you’re looking to get away this summer without having to travel too far, you’ll thank your lucky stars we told you about Barefoot Retreats. Their luxury holiday cottages are the perfect escape this summer for couples or the whole family... Main: Wells Harbour. Left: Saltmarsh, Burnham Market. Right: Swanton Cottage.


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Main: 1 Church House. Right: Saltmarsh (top) and Swanton Cottage (bottom). Centre is boats at Blakeney at low tide.

Holidays with the whole family remind me of home alone; the mad rush to get everyone in, count the kids and make it to the airport only to realise you’ve forgotten something.

avoid the stress of it all this summer with Barefoot retreats. Norfolk is just a couple hours drive from Lincolnshire, and offers coastal views, beach walks, and stunning market places everyone can enjoy.

to make the experience even more special, stay in the luxury of a Barefoot retreat.

Barefoot retreats is a luxury holiday cottage rental agency that represents some of the finest luxury cottages and self-catering holiday homes in North Norfolk.

From hidden Norfolk hideaways, coastal cottage gems and boutique Norfolk rural cottage retreats, the selection of hand-picked cottages in North Norfolk are both individual and unique. as a guest you will enjoy a welcome pack, luxury bed linens, fluffy towels, bathrobes

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and slippers in all the luxury properties; plus you will have exclusive access to concierge service if you require a late restaurant booking, private chef, baby sitting or suggestions on where to go for the day. Whether you’re looking for a romantic break for two or you’re looking to take all your friends and family, Barefoot retreats has nearly 100 properties to offer.

Despite having so many properties available, they book up fast! Summer 2018 is almost fully booked but look out for last minute availabilities and short breaks in the off-season.

It seems crazy to even mention Christmas, but this is one of their busiest times, so if you’re thinking about a winter getaway, look at booking a stay now. See the opposite page for recommend properties to book this year...

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Featured: Barefoot Retreats...

Salt Marsh House, Burnham Market

1 Church House, Burnham Market

Sleeps twelve, dogs welcome.

Sleeps four.

Situated on the edge of Burnham Market, Salt Marsh House is a unique combination of superb luxury, ideal location and modern award-winning design. This property gives its guests stunning vista views of the North Norfolk coastline, a very rare treat! Featuring a pool table, cinema room, gymnasium and hot tub, Saltmarsh is a luxury stay in Norfolk for the whole family.

This private retreat offers great location in the vibrant, picturesque village of Burnham Market, just a short drive from Wells-next-the-Sea with the accommodation encased in a traditional period building. Just a short walk from the boutiques, cafes and village green you’re sure to embrace this welcoming first floor home from home.

6 Courtyard Barns, Docking

Swanton Cottage, Swanton Novers

Sleeps eight, dogs welcome.

Sleeps twelve, dogs welcome.

This impressive new retreat combines modern luxury with thoughtful architecture, giving guests the ultimate haven. Beautiful old wooden beams course throughout the rooms giving a feel of permanence and character to the whole building, when coupled with the quiet yet convenient location, Courtyard Barn is sure to be the perfect find when looking for a holiday with friends or family.

Set within five acres of mixed woodland, formal garden and pasture, Swanton Cottage offers its guests an authentic and unique taste of Norfolk. This cottage combines modern luxury with the tranquillity of its grounds and the ancient woodland that lines its borders. The house also features a large glasshouse that has been created for entertaining guests.

All of our featured properties are currently available for weekend breaks, mid-week breaks and longer holidays from 7 - 28 nights. For more info call 01485 512245 or visit The new offices are situated in Church House, Overy Road, Burnham Market, PE31 8HH.


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Cranwell Bloodhounds

26th annual Ball

The Cranwell Bloodhounds are a private, not-for-profit bloodhound pack that hunt the clean boot. every year they hold an annual ball for everyone involved with the hunt and this year was the 26th annual ball.

the Cranwell Bloodhounds were formed in 1992 by masters Phil and Wendy Broughton with a view to providing a day in the countryside that everyone could enjoy.

Bloodhounds hunt the ‘clean boot’ meaning that they hunt the natural scent of

man; a cross country runner. to do this, hounds are given an article of clothing to smell or the quarry will greet the hounds at the meet. the quarry is given 20 minutes head start prior to each of the lines hunted. n For more info, visit

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an eggs-traordinary Local Company LINCOLNSHIRE LJ Fairburn & Son is one of the best in the business - and that’s official. Over the last year the alford egg producer has scooped a trio of top awards including the prestigious Family Farming Business of the year in the British Farming awards, Large manufacturing Company of the year in made in midlands, and ernst and young Northern entrepreneur of the year award for Scale-up. It was also listed in the LSe 100 Companies to Inspire Britain. From humble beginnings, it has grown to become the country’s largest independent egg producer and packer in the uk, processing over 17 million eggs a week. the business was founded in 1951 by Leslie Fairburn with 150 chickens. the business is still family-run with his grandson Daniel Fairburn in post as managing Director. Family values and a passion for farming are at the core of the business.

to ensure every egg is the best, it has invested heavily in its own state-of-the-art production facilities, as well as expanding its delivery fleet to 16 lorries. the family even mill 80,000 tonnes of feed each year, including grain from its own

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2,000 acres of arable land. “growing our business has been hard work but as a family we are passionate about what we do,” says Daniel Fairburn. “We’re proud to receive these recent awards and are looking forward to growing the

business further so we can hand it on to future generations of Fairburns.” n LJ Fairburn is looking for like-minded farmers to join and share in its future success. For further info call 01507 462264 or visit

BOSTON Paws a moment and consider the perennial problem perturbing pet people; maintaining a smart home whilst in the company of man’s best friend. Fortunately, Floors for Paws can offer the uk’s leading pet resistant flooring with its scratch-resistant layer providing a skid-proof finish. Floors for Paws is pet-proof, stain-resistant and anti-slip flooring guaranteed for 25 years in home environments and has been used in veterinary practices, nurseries and hospitals too. emulating wood flooring, there are 18

different colours to choose from and the product is priced from £19.95 to £29.95. the flooring was designed following the plight of Belle, a Pyrenean mountain dog who was diagnosed with a floating kneecap following complications during birth. With just three working legs, she was off balance and was prone to skidding. her condition also made it hard to lay on cold, hard flooring. Floors for Paws has helped to provide a safer, more hard-wearing floor for her. n Call 01205 761779 or visit for your free flooring sample pack.


DAN RENDALL Dan rendall is a fully qualified piano tuner and technician, offering a friendly, reliable, professional service in Lincolnshire. he uses traditional methods and tools to tune pianos by ear and has expertise in all aspects of piano repair, regulation and restoration including French polishing. Change in weather is often met with different reactions

from pianos, from going out of tune to sticky keys and rattles in the action. Whatever your situation, Dan can attend to it promptly offering excellent services to a high standard. n If you do need a professional to tune, repair, regulate or restore your piano, contact Dan on 07985 767585 or book your piano tuning appointment online at

Lincolnshire tree Services


Celebrations at the Boston guildhall..

BOSTON Boston Guildhall is a Grade I listed medieval building and can be the setting for your wedding ceremony, licensed for weddings and offering an historic backdrop which cannot be matched; it is a truly unique venue. The medieval Beadsman’s Lane leads you and your guests into the building and towards a majestic staircase upstairs to the wonderful Banqueting Hall with its vaulted ceiling and stained glass window or, should you wish, the Council Chamber with its Georgian styled decor. It can accommodate both small and large wedding parties and welcome enquiries and viewings and the opportunity to discuss your day further with you. Also able to accommodate a drink or buffet reception following on from your wedding ceremony should you wish to continue your celebrations with Boston Guildhall.

n To discuss your day and the venue for your consideration further please email or call 01205 365954.

WOLDS Lincolnshire tree Services is a professional tree surgery company based in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds. they are experienced in high quality, sensitive domestic and commercial tree surgery. they are Council approved Contractors, qualified utility arborists, site clearance specialists who offer high quality tree services by skilled NPtC qualified tree surgeons covered by £10 million public liability. also holding Professional tree Inspection, Visual tree assessment and tree risk assessment qualifications, they are able to offer a friendly service for all your tree needs. n


Dan rendall...

A WELL-KNOWN hotel could soon be demolished if plans go ahead for a major new development. the grange and Links hotel in Sandilands has been running as a hotel for more than 100 years. If plans are approved, the hotel could be built, housing nine holiday apartments, 20 rooms with balconies, a café bistro, lounge bar, spa and a swimming pool.

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LINCOLN FIRM MAKES MEDALS FOR LONDON MARATHON a Lincoln company celebrating three decades in business has just won gold becoming the official medal supplier to the 2018 Virgin money London marathon. running Imp, which supplies medals, trophies, banners and race numbers to events across the world, has supplied 45,000 medals to the famous London marathon. Chris Illsey and Caroline Birkin set up the company in 1988. Chris has actually run the London marathon five times and has an impressive personal best of two hours, 38 minutes and 42 seconds “as a previous London marathon runner myself I understand the importance of that medal at the end of such an iconic event to commend your hard work and achievement,” says Chris in a recent interview.


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Supporting Local

gOLF taLeNt


Lincolnshire is widely regarded for its golfing provisions. It’s the home of english golf, with the National golf Centre based in Woodhall Spa, and there are over 50 different courses across the county. Jordan Wrisdale has used it to his advantage, and out of the 60,000,000 golfers across the world, Jordan is currently ranked 1,457, and 2nd in the whole of Lincolnshire.

he has represented england for the sport, appears on Sky Sports regularly, competes across the globe and he anticipates that he will be playing in the British Open at Carnoustie later this year.

he has the support from world-renowned coach Phil kenyon, and his equipment is sponsored by brands Ping, titleist and Footjoy. “I’ve been playing golf since I was 10, and I’ve always known that I would follow it as a career,” says Jordan. “I’m really passionate about it.”

While Jordan has the talent, potential and the passion, he’s currently lacking in local support. It’s an expensive pastime and an even more expensive career. he’s searching for businessmen and women in the local area to support him Main: Jordan Wrisdale playing at Boston Golf Club at Cowbridge, Boston. Call 01205 350589 or visit the website to book.


on his journey, so he can reach the likes of Dustin Johnson, Justing thomas, Jordan Spieth and rory mcIlroy. “my main goal is to get the green jacket at the masters, and to be competing with some of the best in the world.”

Jordan is the youngest ever Lincolnshire amateur Champion, winning at the age of 15.

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he won the english Champion of Champions hosted at Woodhall Spa, and is currently playing the european Challenge tour and the euro Pro tour which is based in the uk.

Jordan has put together some of his top tips for hobbyists and aspiring golfers in Lincolnshire just for our readers.

“Improving golf is largely down to posture,” says Jordan. “to lower your ballflight into the wind, you want your ball positioned more towards your back foot, with your weight going forward. maintain your weight there through the swing.” “Power comes from the body not the arms. you’ll begin to get the ball in the air consistently when you focus on this.”

Get in Touch Today

“If you find yourself stuck in a bunker, the ball position wants to be on your front heel, with your front foot If you want to support Jordan turned out to 45 degrees. through his golfing career, For a low-running bunker email shot, strike two balls behind or call him today on the ball, and for a high soft07799 358203. landing bunker shot, strike one ball behind the ball. But whatever you do, don’t hit the ball - strike the sand.” n For more information call 07799 358203.

Supporting Local Talent: What Jordan Can Offer Your Business...

Corporate Days: Jordan would be more than happy to make personal appearances at a corporate day you may wish to host for your team and for your clients. He can give his top golfing hints and tips on the day for any aspiring golfers and take you round a course of your choosing.

Great PR: Supporting local talent is great PR for your business that can reach press. Currently ranked 2nd in Lincolnshire, and with your support you can get him to number one. Not only is it good PR, but you’re supporting a local Lincolnshire golfer becoming one of the best in the world!


Branding: Most importantly, Jordan makes regular TV, print and online appearances. This year, he appears on Sky Sports average viewing figures over 400,000. If you sponsor him, your logo will make regular appearances, getting your name out there, and showing your support.

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Così Bello - It’s so beautiful!

Is there any motoring marque as evocative as Ferrari? Sleek, sexy and as glamorous as a supercar can possibly be; and now there’s a new Ferrari, the Portofino, that has a dash of added practicality, too.

‘Ne'er cast a clout till May be out,’ as farmers say in our part of the world. In other words, summer shmummer, the weather could still be miserable until the end of may, so don’t cast aside your cloak (or your Barbour jacket) just yet. With the imminent arrival of June, though, we can afford to indulge ourselves in rather more optimistic visions of a long hot summer. and so, you’ll be looking not just to cast off clout, but to cast off the roof of your car, too. enter the Ferrari Portofino. Perfect for our rutted roads and tight back lanes, perfect for farmers. Well, maybe not. after all, it isn’t as practical as an Isuzu pick-up, but it’s certainly sexier than the latter (and the average farmer, for that matter!). In fairness, four seats (just), a 292 litre boot and a hard top - rather than a fabric one - all make the odd concession to

Ferrari Portofino 3.9V8, on sale now


practicality and to our unpredictable climate. a slight dash of practicality aside, the Portofino is still a Ferrari, which means it’s beautiful, it’s bold, and boy... is it quick!

the car is named after one of the ‘most charming villages on the Italian riviera,’ according to the hyperbolic press release,

which also drops into the conversation nuggets like ‘e-Diff3,’ ‘variable displacement,’ ‘multi-spark functionality,’ and ‘high-tumble intake manifolds,’ which our local farmers would probably recognise as ‘discursive land fertiliser.’ meh. Whatever; it’s pretty and its fast. essentially, the Portofino is the ‘entry level’ Ferrari, but with a 3.8 litre turbocharged V8 engine, the prancing horse will gallop to 199mph, and reach 60mph in about 3.5 seconds. an F1-sourced dual-clutch seven speed automatic gearbox makes the Portofino’s 760nm of torque frighteningly accessible, whilst rear wheel drive enables the car’s haunches to shoulder all of the power. the sound is pretty scary, and works via a new electronically-controlled by-pass valve

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Modern Classics for Summer Style...

the car is named after one of the ‘most charming villages on the Italian riviera,’ according to its hyperbolic press release... in the exhaust in conjunction with the car’s Ignition, Comfort and Sports settings; the latter opening the valves fully to really wake up the neighbours on Sunday morning.

In the cabin it’s all a bit masculine; fighter jet-inspired controls, a massive rev counter, at least three digital screens and a steering wheel littered with everything from a starter button to the car’s traction control sensitivity switch. It may be a bit brutish in its overall appearance, but it’s modern enough in terms of ergonomics and functionality, with a responsive 10” touchscreen, whilst 18-way electrically adjustable seats ensure comfort beyond the car’s remit. Whilst the back seats will remain the preserve of dinky children, they’re at least a welcome dash of usability. the Portofino is no day-to-day car, but it’s as practical, as fast and as comfortable as any supercar is going to get. Best of all, it sports that all important prancing horse badge that signifies Ferrari’s legendary heritage. n

Eagle E-Type, £650,000: Achingly beautiful, British firm Eagle’s recreation of the legendary Jaguar E-Type is a classic car with technology and engineering 50 years on. Hand-built in no fewer than 6,000 man hours, they’re as rare as hens’ teeth, but use the mechanicals of a modern 4.7-litre powerplant. It looks amazing, it’s mechanically reliable and it’s swathed in beautifully hewn materials like aluminium and leather, with a stunning polished wood steering wheel. n

Morgan Aero 8 GT, £107,500: Achieving 170mph on a track and a 4.5 second dash to 60mph, Morgan’s Aero GT is the modern looking motor from a firm traditionally associated with designs that still evoke the 1930s. It’s a last hurrah for the GT before retirement, and each Aero GT exhibits an unconventionally aggressive appearance thanks to all new hand-worked body panels, these include wing top louvres and an aerodynamic enhancing rear diffuser – all of which have been tested extensively to reduce drag and increase downforce. n

FERRARI PORTOFINO Price: £166,180, available now. Engine: 3.9V8, 760nm/591hp. Drivetrain: Seven speed auto gearbox, rear wheel drive. Performance: 0-60mph 3.5 seconds; 199mph top speed. Economy: 26.4mpg combined. Equipment: electric roof, 18-way electric heated seats, touchscreen with sat nav. n

David Brown Speedback Silverstone Edition, £620,000: David Brown specialises in creating hand-built retro motor cars like his new Speedback GT Silverstone edition. With Jaguar mechanicals, it has a 5.0V8 engine, reaches 60mph in four seconds and will achieve 155mph on a track. Its gorgeous brogue leather and macassar wood veneers are absolutely sublime; this is bespoke, hand-made motoring at its finest with the reliability of modern technology underneath. n

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Jaguar I-Pace Duckworth Introduces the Revolutionary

Hear that? Probably not, because Jaguar’s all-new I-Pace didn’t come roaring into the showroom like other big cats in the brand’s portfolio, but rather purring in, in comparative silence. that’s because the vehicle is the first car by the brand designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle. there are no combustion engines or hybrid systems, just

a hushed sense of refinement and plenty of space inside owing to the absense of bulky conventional mechanics. Duckworth Jaguar Land rover, based in market rasen and kirton is one of just four dealers who had an exclusive pre-launch vehicle in the showroom for potential purchasers. n See

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FROM shepherd’s hut to luxury holiday home – how one Lincolnshire farm was helped by Wilkin Chapman solicitors.

SEEKING professional advice to ensure a business idea comes to fruition is the advice from one Lincolnshire farmer, who has ventured into the tourism industry. When a former shepherd’s cottage became vacant on land farmed by the Wallis family, the idea was born to transform it into high-quality holiday accommodation. Nestled in a beautiful corner of the Lincolnshire Wolds at Biscathorpe, the family farm extends to 1,200 acres across – with a further three farms managed on behalf of others.

The previously redundant cottage is found in one of the prettiest locations – in front of a Grade II listed Anglican Church and on The Viking Way, with two fords nearby. The transformation of the building was a family affair, with all involved in ensuring the project’s success, supported by professionals from the county. “As the plan progressed into a reality, the advice and help from Wilkin

Turning business into a pleasure...

Chapman solicitors was first class,” said Kevin Wallis.

“When we first started, there was so much that was new to us from the planning and building regulations to the issues surrounding changing the use of what was a tied cottage,” he explained. “We are farmers, and this is not something we had dealt with before, so the help of professionals was invaluable,” added Kevin, whose first point of contact for advice was Wilkin Chapman Partner and Head of Tourism and Leisure, Flora Bennett.

The Wallis family has been supported by Wilkin Chapman for many years – Kevin’s grandfather was a client of Falkner and Co Solicitors in Louth, which became Wilkin Chapman in 1981.

“The depth of expertise and dedicated skills within the firm means there is always someone you can go to who has the specialist knowledge we need and that has helped tremendously,” he said.

The family is now looking forward to even more growth within Lincolnshire’s tourism industry – something they have witnessed in the last few years. “We have been open four years now and it seems to be getting busier all the

time, with people deciding to have their vacations in this country which is certainly a good thing for the whole of Lincolnshire, not just for those in tourism, but for the region as a whole,” added Mr Wallis. For information on how Wilkin Chapman can help you, contact Flora Bennett on 01507 606161, or email or visit

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Lincolnshire Pride June 2018  

For more information call 01529 469977.

Lincolnshire Pride June 2018  

For more information call 01529 469977.