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welcome letter

The start of a new month and two big improvements to Pride Magazines. First of all, we’ve launched a brand new sister magazine; Stamford Pride. The interest shown in Pride Magazines in the area has been unprecedented, and due to popular demand, we felt that warranted a more personal publication for Stamford readers and advertisers.

Our second big improvement, and something to look forward to next month, is the launch of Peterborough Pride. In this edition of Lincolnshire Pride, you can enjoy three delicious Easter bakes for you to

make at home by Katie Jones from ‘Did Someone Say Cake?,’ varying in difficulty. We’ve an interview with Boston beefeater Chris Clawson, who now resides in the Tower of London, and if you’re looking to dine out in Lincolnshire, our recommendation this month is the Queen’s Head in Kirkby la Thorpe. Our best wishes for a wonderful month,

Rob Davis,

Executive Editor


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discusses their life cycles and larvae.

BEEFEATER Boston’s beefeater Chris Clawson in the Tower of London.

SLEAFORD Panorama shots of Sleaford and the best places to visit in the town to the south of the county. FLORISTRY Shirley Dee decorates a

Georgian Vicarage with floral elegance.

FOOD & DRINK 52 58 65

EATING OUT We’re enjoying the Queen’s Head at Kirkby la Thorpe.

EASTER BAKES Katie Jones from Did

Someone Say Cake? creates an Easter cake, hot cross buns and a very chocolatey treat.

WINE Our best suggestions and pairings from Harish for April.


HOMES Lancewood in Leverington is on the market with Fine and Country.


RETRO INTERIORS Canovas’s latest


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RICHWOOD CABINETS One of the best cabinet makers in the area. collection is retrospectively rosy.

LUXURY PET PRODUCTS Luxury products for your cats and dogs.

GARDENS A tour of Grimsthorpe Castle’s gardens.


100 WEDDING Annie and James wed at 105

the family home in Lincolnshire.


for a gentleman from Aspinals of London.


FASHION Trends from Michaela Louisa. GENTLEMEN The most fitting products

LINCOLNSHIRE BEER A roundup of the local breweries in the county.

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THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN LINCOLNSHIRE READ LINCOLNSHIRE PRIDE Lincolnshire Pride magazine is delivered free of charge, via Royal Mail, to high value homes in the county. Our circulation is to properties in the top three council tax bands - homes which are predominantly worth over ÂŁ300,000. This guarantees the magazine has an affluent readership commensurate with our content. In addition the magazine is also sold in over 550 supermarkets and newsagents including Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, WHSmith Tesco, Asda, Co-Op and Morrisons.

Our in-house distribution team also works hard to handdeliver the magazine to selected hotels and restaurants, doctors, dentists, executive motor dealerships and golf clubs. This helps to ensure we have a continued presence, right across the county. The magazine also has more social media fans than any other Lincolnshire magazine, and we are available to read free of charge, online on your tablet, computer, laptop or mobile phone via our website and via the Readly and Issuu platforms. If your business would benefit from being showcased to the wealthiest people in Lincolnshire, please call our friendly sales team on 01529 469977.


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Managing Director: Julian Wilkinson. Production Director: Ian Bagley. Advertising Director: Zoie Wilkinson. Sales Director: Emily Brown. Executive Editor: Rob Davis. Features Editor: Tilly Wilkinson. Customer Care Manager: Mandy Bray. Distribution: Joe Proctor. Office Manager: Sue Bannister. Account Manager: Lauren Chambers. Sales Executives: Hannah Boyle, Charlotte Aiken, Tamer Hodgson, Yvette Coates, Carissa Clay, Hayley Scott, Cassy Ayton and Grace Walker.

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A New Magazine for Stamford...

WE’VE LAUNCHED THE STAMFORD EDITION OF THE AREA’S FINEST MAGAZINE STAMFORD It’s an exciting month for the Pride Magazines team as we launch not just one, but two new magazines! This month we’re launching Stamford Pride, the third edition of the area’s finest county magazines, following our launch of our Lincolnshire and Rutland editions in 2002 and 2012 respectively. “There has always been some confusion about why, historically, we’ve included Stamford in our Rutland, rather than our Lincolnshire edition,” says Executive Editor Rob Davis. “It’s because Stamford is geographically more closely aligned with Rutland.” “However, with the launch of our Stamford title, we’ll be able to give the town its own recognition. Initially, we’ll bring our readers news from

Stamford and Rutland in our new edition, gradually introducing more tailored material over the next year.” “Next month we’ll launch our fourth magazine, Peterborough


Pride, and will bring to the city a fresh new magazine which, we’re confident will soon become the finest magazine in the city, so we’re thrilled about the launch of our new titles!” WOOLSTHORPE It was thanks to the South Kesteven District Council’s dog warden service that Jodie was reunited with Chance, her Rottweiler/Mastiff cross after last seeing each other in 2016. Jodie was staying with family in Leicester, originally from Essex, when Chance went missing. Despite social media campaigns and rewards being offered, even after involving the RSPCA and plastering posters everywhere, there was no sign of Chance. However, last month Chance was found tied to a post in

n To advertise your business in any of our four magazines, or if you’ve a feature idea or forthcoming event, call our friendly team on 01529 469977 or email Woolsthorpe in Belvoir and after the missing pet networks went into overdrive, a delighted Jodie was informed. Any doubts were removed when Chance remembered all the tricks Jodie had taught him, and a few days later she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy Archie. There’s no knowing where Chance was in the two years he was missing, but Jodie is just ecstatic that she’s been reunited with him and said the 346 mile drive whilst heavily pregnant was worth it to complete here family. She advises anyone with a lost pet to never lose hope. 9

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Snowdrop Festival


Pride Magazine’s magnificent man... (and his flying machine!) PRIDE It’s up, up and away this

In addition to the festival, there was a short service of evening praise and the refreshments were available during the opening hours. All the proceeds of the Flower Festival Weekend went to the church funds. n To discover flower festivals and open garden events in and around Lincolnshire, visit, where local people open their garden to raise money for charity.

UKbride Announces Winner



BOSTON UKbride, the number one wedding website, announced the winner of its annual £25,000 Win a Wedding Competition on Valentine’s Day. Nikki Chadwick from Pontefract in West Yorkshire received the call, engaged to Kieran Rose. They’ll tie the knot in July 2019. “I just cannot believe I’ve won, it means the absolute world to me!” says Nikki. “It was my daughter’s birthday on Valentine’s Day too and we’d booked a week off work to spend some time together as a family so we’re celebrating in style!” n Join UKbride to be entered into 2019’s Win a Wedding Competition. Visit for more info.

Pen Street...

LOUTH St Peter’s Church in Gayton le Wold near Louth recently hosted a Flower Festival Weekend and the event turned out to be great success. It was a great opportunity for visitors to experience the abundance of snowdrops in and around the church. The church was open on Saturday and Sunday and refreshments were provided.

month as Pride Magazine’s editor Rob Davis achieves his PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operations) for his new toy. Generously gifted to him over the festive season by our publisher Julian Wilkinson, it’s a DJI Mavic Pro aircraft, which can take aerial photographs and videos for our magazines. Both Rob and Julian love their gadgets and now, over the coming months, we’ll be able to show you the area from a completely new perspective; 400ft in your air! We’re still not sure about how well he carries off the high-vis look, though... n

BOSTON’S RECENT PRIDE awards have revealed the best street in Boston. Pen Street in the centre of the town has scooped the award and its shop owners are celebrating. That includes Ruth Quinnell of Ruthie Qs lingerie shop, Gill Burns of Cherry Tree Shoes, Jason Brackenbury of Isaacs Furniture Store, and Philip Scarborough of Philip George Hair. n




DIANA’S SISTER AT CRASH MEMORIAL OPENING Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Princess Diana’s sister, resident of Lincolnshire and former High Sheriff of Lincolnshire, is going to open the new Lincolnshire Road Victims Memorial at Westgate Woods, Wyberton, on Saturday 21st April. She’s going to cut the ribbon on the £45,000 memorial. The opening conducted by Lady Sarah McCorquodale will mark the end of a two-year project to create a permanent site where people can remember those killed and seriously injured in road accidents across the county. Organiser Anne Bourne who lost her daughter in a crash on the county’s roads is delighted she’ll be attending. “I wanted someone to open the project who would have a bit of empathy with what we’re doing.”

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A 5 bedroom family house set well back from the road within a secluded garden in the rural village of Stubton with far reaching views. 4




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The Smooting, Tealby Located in the highly desirable village of Tealby, this character cottage has been fully renovated to a high specification and boasts a mixture of modern and traditional styles whilst offering views across open countryside. Tealby is positioned on the edge of the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds. Viewing of the property is highly recommended with accommodation briefly comprising; Lounge, Kitchen Diner, Cloakroom, Three Bedrooms and Family Bathroom. Outside the garden is primarily laid to lawn with a brick built store and off road parking. EPC Rating: D. Guide Price: £325,000

Glenwood Grove This well proportioned family home has been recently extended to include a one bed annexe that is entirely self contained with a kitchen, lounge, bedroom, bathroom and downstairs wc, but could be connected to the main house if required. The main house briefly comprises of an entrance hall, kitchen, living room, dining room, conservatory, three bedrooms and a bathroom. There is also a substantial garden, primarily laid to lawn to the rear of the property and ample hard standing for several cars at the front of the property. EPC Rating: D. Guide Price: £275,000

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To view photographs from The Event visit

Beaumond House’s Winter Ball at

Newark Showground

The 2018 Winter Ball for Beaumond House took place at the Lady Eastwood Events Centre at Newark Showground recently. The ball was themed around Winter Wonderland with a light up dance floor, frosted and glittering trees and centrepieces,

and some very cheeky-looking decorative penguins too. In addition to a very well-dressed venue (and guests), Beaumond House organised for gourmet food to be served, plenty of live music and entertainment too.

Beaumond House Community Hospice is a charity committed to providing supportive palliative care to patients with life limiting or terminal illnesses since 1987. n For more info please call 01636 610556 or visit

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This month sees the first sightings of dragonflies & damselflies in the local area. 2017 saw record sightings according to the British Dragonfly Society, so we sought to find out more about these enigmatic creatures from local expert Richard Chadd... There are about 44-56 species of dragonflies and damselflies in the UK, and about 60 butterfly species. But whilst you’re able to name a few of the most common species of butterfly red admiral, or cabbage white, we imagine you’d struggle to name even the most common dragonfly found in our area.

With their bright colours, thin body and wide-span gossamer-thin wings, they skittishly dart from place to place, typically around watercourses in the area, often overlooked against more commonly considered species like bees and butterflies. Their uniqueness, however, has not been overlooked by The Environment Agency’s Richard Chadd, Senior Environmental Monitoring Officer for analysis and reporting in the Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire area.

Richard has been with the Environment Agency for nearly 30 years. The naturalist hosts various dragonfly workshops in summer including a talk last July regarding dragonfly larvae.

From April, we should see dragonflies and damselflies - belonging to the insect group Odonata - on warm days right up to October.

Main Image: The Banded Demoiselle is a damselfly that when in flight, flutters, butterfly-like and the male often perform a fluttering display flight in front of females to impress them. They’re one of two damselflies with coloured wings.

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“Dragonflies are usually, though not always, larger or bulkier in size,” says Richard...

>> “Dragonflies are typically - though not always - larger or bulkier in size and that also applies to larvae,” says Richard. “Their eyes meet in the middle, unlike damselflies whose eyes are arranged on the side of their heads, like a hammerhead shark.” “A damselfly’s wings come to rest over its thorax, unlike a dragonfly, whose wings are equal in size, whose wings are held open.” Life as a Dragonfly

The adult dragonfly returns to the water to lay eggs, and can lay up to 300 eggs at a time. These eggs can be flicked onto the surface of the water or they can be implanted into cuts the insects make in plant material.

Gestation can be as little as two weeks or over winter, depending on species, and the proto-larvae bounce into the water as water-breathing creatures.

“Dragonflies and damselflies, being invertebrates with exoskeletons ‘moult’ anywhere from eight-18 times in their lives, reaching different instars or life stages.” >>

Right: Black Darter dragonfly, a rare species in the area.


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Local Events Introduction to Dragonflies and Damselflies

Monday 7th May, 10am Have you ever wondered how to tell dragonflies and damselflies apart? Or did you know that some dragonflies migrate to the UK? Meet local experts and find out all about these amazing creatures and even get up close to their formidable larvae to find out how they change into the beautiful adult dragonflies that we see (held monthly). n

Spring Bank Holiday Walk

Monday 28th May, 2pm Join members of the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Area Group on a stroll around the Bradley and Dixon woods. n

National Moth Night

Saturday 16th June, 7pm As part of National moth night and to celebrate the Big Wild Weekend, the Wildlife Trust will be looking at pyralid moths. Moth traps will be operated during the evening. n

Guided Walk

Friday 22nd June, 6pm A guided tour of Goslings Corner Wood near Louth. This is an excellent oak/lime wood with a rich flora and hopefully a few dragonflies. n

Whisby Wildlife Walk

Sunday 19th August, 10.30am Discover the wildlife of Whisby Nature Park on a walk with the warden. Join a guided walk with a warden looking for all sorts of wildlife, not just birds. The walk will last around two hours with the theme dictated by the conditions on the day. n Call the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust to book any of the events on 01507 526667 or visit to see what else there is to do.


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DRAGONFLIES: Common Questions... Q. Where can I find dragonflies? A. Both dragonflies and damselflies live near water, so start at a local pond or a watercourse.

Q. Do dragonflies bite or sting? A. The creatures are voracious predators of other insects such as greenfly, but to humans they’re harmless, using their oviposter for laying eggs, not for stinging. Some larger species can try to bite, but they’ll fail to break the skin of a human. They have no venom, however.

Q. How long do they live? One day? A. It’s a common misconception that dragonflies only live for a single day. In fact, a dragonfly’s life cycle from egg to adult death is usually six months. Some larger species, however, can live up to seven years. Small damselflies live for just two weeks in their flying stage whilst larger ones can live four months as adults.

Q. How large do dragonflies grow? A. Typically a UK dragonfly will reach about 85mm in length and will have a wing span of about 120mm.

Q. What’s the lifecycle of a dragonfly? A. Dragonflies begin as eggs, usually laid under water. As larvae - a stage which lasts a few weeks - they’re water-dwelling but spend only their adult lives as flyers. Q. What to dragonflies eat? A. Mainly midges, mosquitoes and also butterflies and moths... occasional spiders!

Q. What’s the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly? A. Damselflies have four wings, all equal in size and shape. They hold their wings close their bodies. Dragonflies, meanwhile, have hind wings that are shorter and broader than their fore wings, and eyes which are larger, usually meeting in the middle. n

Above: The Lincolnshire Wolds is one of the most biodiverse habitats in the area, but keeping areas of wildflower meadows available will ensure you can observe dragonflies and damselflies as they predate creatures like bees, butterflies and smaller flying insects such as midges and aphids.


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>> “The creatures are among the oldest in the insect world, about 325m years old, but they’re siginificantly smaller than they were thousands of years ago, when ancient species had a wing span of up to 70cm.” The creatures exists in larvae form for anything from a couple of months to five years, and eventually climb onto a stone or plant stem to metaphorpose into airbreathing creatures. “It’s believed that they wait for a succession of three mild nights before the complex emergence, here the head ‘pops out’ of the insects’ thorax and the legs infold from the abdomen, drying out for half an hour.” A sort of haemolytic reaction pumps up the insects’ abdomen, and they take their first breath of oxygen, spending their remaining life - typically two years, as winged insects.

Observing Dragonflies

“Dragonflies and damselflies usually predate on small flying insects - aphids and midges - but can eat bees and butterflies, too. Because of that, the waterside isn’t the only place to observe dragonflies if you’re to the south of Lincolnshire.”

“Top spots for spotting dragonflies includes Whisby Nature Park near Lincoln, Far Ings National Nature Reserve a little further north in Barton upon Humber. Willow Tree Fen and Baston Fen are also great locations for dragonfly spotting.”

“The creatures are voracious predators of other insects such as greenfly, but to humans they’re harmless, using their oviposter for laying eggs, not for stinging. Some larger species can try to bite, but they’ll fail to break the skin of a human. They have no venom, however...”

Look for Males

“Typically ornithology and odonatism can be pursued at different times of the year and fit together quite well. I usually advise those just starting out spotting dragonflies to look for males, as the appearance and colourforms of females and adolescent males can vary enormously.”

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>> “A pair of binoculars will help, and if you’re trying to capture images of them, a good close-up (macro) lens is essential. These can be quire expensive, though.”

In Your Own Garden

The British Dragonfly Society offers extensive advice on creating a dragonfly-friendly environment in your own garden with the creation of a suitable pond and wetland environment. The society advises that dragonflies and damselflies need fresh water, whether standing or flowing, aquatic plants to oxygenate the water and emergent plant life for perching, roosting and egg laying.

Alternatively, creating a pollinator-friendly areas in your garden - wildflower meadows with long grasses - will attract beess & butterflies and by extension, dragonflies too. The Stuff of Legends

Quite why dragonflies are known as such has never been conclusively explained. What is known, though is that dragonflies are abundantly mentioned in folklore. The earliest example of this is Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum, published in 1626. A rather more contemporary volume by Jill Lucas called Spinning Jenny and Devil’s Darning Needle explores the reasons behind just a few of the dragonfly species’ more colourful nicknames, and the worldwide superstitions and cultural associations they’ve acquired over the centuries. n Above: When mating they adopt a ‘heart’ position. Roundel: Dragonflies’ eyes are close together whereas damselflies are on the sides of their heads. Centre: A dam in Louth, where you should find an abundance of dragonflies.


Running water and overgrown remains of a lock gate on the Louth Navigation created from the River Lud...

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Six Dragonfly Species to Look Out For...

Words: Richard Chadd.

Emperor Dragonfly: Occasionally appears in May, but more commonly seen from June to August. It’s the area’s bulkiest dragonfly, measuring up to 80mm.Most commonly seen in large vegetation-rich ponds and lakes, males jave a blue abdomen, whilst females are slightly greener in colour. n

Hairy Dragonfly: In Britain, this was a rare insect until recently but it has now expanded its range significantly. It’s distribution in 1983 was centred on the south coast, especially in Sussex and Kent. You can now find the hairy dragonfly in Lincolnshire too; our county represents its northern limit. n

White-Legged Damselfly: This is a new resident to the county only recently turning up in Lincolnshire and slowly spreading in the north east. Males are pale blue while females develop to be pale green. They’re characterised by feather-like white legs with a black stripe, especially in prominent males. n

Large Red Damselfly: Visible from March to September, the UK’s most common species of damselfly has a red abdomen and black thorax with red shoulder stripes whilst females can be slightly more colourful with some yellow strakes. Up to 40mm in length and found in wetland habitats. n

Banded Demoiselle: Another species that is increasingly being found in the area is the Banded Demoiselle, one of only two species of damselfly to have obviously coloured iridescent brown/green wings. Horn-like antennae and long, thin legs distinguish the Demoiselle from other species. n

Black Darter: Usually seen from June to October, the males have extensively black colourings, whilst females and immature males have a yellow abdomen. These can only be found in the Humberland Peatlands but they’re slowly spreading to other areas on Lincolnshire. n


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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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The Boston


The British Beefeaters are a symbol of our country, recognised worldwide for their striking uniforms and important role held in the Tower of London. Chris Clawson is the newest member to join the Yeoman Warders, and he originates from Boston in Lincolnshire... Our country prides itself on sticking to traditions. Well known uniforms such as the Bearskin Hats of the Palace Guards, the white frills and feathers of the High Sheriffs and the red collars of the Yeoman Warders have become symbols of Britain, and of our capital city.

However, this month a Lincolnshire man dons the red and black stripes of the Yeoman Warder as Chris Clawson from Boston joins the guards at the Tower of London.

In order to qualify as a Yeoman Warder any candidate must be a former Warrant Officer or Senior Non Commissioned Officer having served the minimum 22 years in the Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines, Royal Navy and they must hold both the Long Service and Good Conduct medal.

Chris Clawson joins the Tower of London as a Yeoman Warder with flying colours following more than 30 years of distinguished service in the Royal Air Force. 30

Words: Tilly Wilkinson.

WHY ARE THEY CALLED BEEFEATERS? Beefeaters is a nickname for the official title of a Yeoman Warder. There are various stories about where it derives from, but these are the most common. Firstly, it’s thought to come from the French word ‘buffetier’ (French guards who guarded the King’s food). However, Beefeater is more likely to have come from a time when the Yeomen Warders at the Tower were paid part of their salary with chunks of beef. This took place right up until the 1800s.

Main Image: Chris Clawson, a fellow Bostonian and the latest member of the Yeoman Warders, more commonly known as the Beefeaters.

The Yeoman Warders are descended from the ancient band of warders who guarded the gates and royal prisoners, early in the Tower’s history.

Modern Beefeaters are still extraordinary members of the Queen’s Bodyguard. They are all former warrant officers from Her Majesty’s Forces with an honourable service record of at least 22 years. Today they combine their traditional ceremonial role with a love of history to make the past come to life for visitors, and this is the role Chris Clawson will have in the Tower of London.

Chris is undergoing training over the next few months. By the end of this period, Chris will learn word-for-word The Story - the script of the famous Yeoman Warder Tour before being allowed to lead a tour himself. He will also become familiar with each of the 21 separate duties that the Yeoman Warders conduct each and every day.

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The historic duties of the Yeoman Warders have primarily been the guarding of the Tower of London and all things within it: they can thus trace their ancestry, at least indirectly, to the garrisons who have manned the Tower of London since the reign of William the Conqueror. Most famously they have been responsible for the supervision and care of various State Prisoners. This includes the likes of Anne Boleyn who was unfortunately twice a resident in the Tower and one of Henry VIII’s wives who lost her head.

Anne’s ghost supposedly haunts the chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, where she is buried, and has been said to walk around the White Tower carrying her head under her arm.

Guy Fawkes, Lady Jane Grey, Rudolf Hess and Sir Walter Raleigh were other famous figures who unfortunately found themselves in the care of the Yeoman Warders.

Other reported ghosts include Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey, Margaret Pole, and the Princes in the Tower. It is said that one Yeoman Warder died of fright after seeing one.

“I am incredibly proud to be the first recorded Bostonian to become a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London...” In recognition of the Tower of London’s modern role as one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, nowadays Yeoman Warders spend much of their time dealing with visiting members of the public. They lead highly successful and entertaining tours of the Tower, present lectures and are on hand to give directions, answer historical questions or have their photographs taken. Yeoman Warders also attend the Coronation of the Sovereign, lying-in-state, the Lord Mayor’s Show and other state and charity functions. It’s primarily ceremonial.

The Body of Yeoman Warders: 13th Century to Today...

1485: The Yeoman of the Guard formed. 1509: The Tower Warders are given the rank of King’s Yeoman. 1547: The Yeoman Warders of the Tower are given equal rank with the Yeoman of the Guard. Since this date, Yeoman Warders have been sworn in at St. James’ Palace. 1962: Yeoman Warders appointed as Special Constables by Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley with the

added responsibility of Constables within a five mile radius of the Tower.

1989: Historic Royal Palaces Agency made. 1990: Special Constable appointments discontinued.

1998: Historic Royal Palaces Charitable Trust formed. Yeoman Warders no longer Civil Servants. 2006: The first female Yeoman Warder is appointed.


Yeoman Warder Chris Clawson was raised in Boston, Lincolnshire and currently lives in Keynsham, Somerset. Before joining the Tower of London, Chris was a Flight Sergeant based at MoD Abbey Wood. He has also served with the Royal Air Force in Iraq, Norther Ireland and Oman. Outside work, Chris is a camper van enthusiast and rugby fanatic, having represented the RAF Rugby Union team at veteran’s level. “I am incredibly proud to be the first recorded Bostonian to become a Yeoman Warder and I can’t wait to get to grips with this unique job,” says Chris in a recent interview.

“It is incredibly surreal to say I now live at the Tower of London; you are just immersed in the history and grandeur of it all. Throughout my life I have always set goals and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.” There are currently 37 Yeoman Warders at the Tower including the Chief Yeoman Warder and Yeoman Gaoler.

Among the current Yeoman Warders are members of several Army regiments or corps, the Royal Air Force, Royal Marines and the Royal Navy. In fact the full and proper title is Yeoman Warder of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London, and Members of the Sovereign’s Body Guard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary (although Yeoman Warder will do!). There are two uniforms for the Body. The Ceremonial Uniform is worn for State Occasions; for example, when the monarch visits the Tower or for any state occasion that the Body attends. It is predominantly scarlet and gold with red stockings, white ruff and black shoes. For everyday wear, the Yeoman Warders wear a blue undress uniform, of different weights for summer and winter; this is the uniform that visitors will see in use day-to-day at the Tower.

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Ceremony of the Keys...

At exactly 9.52 pm, the Chief Yeoman Warder, dressed in Tudor watchcoat and bonnet, and carrying a candle lantern, leaves the Byward Tower and falls in with the Escort to the Keys, a military escort made up of armed members of the Tower of London Guard. The Warder passes his lantern to a soldier, and marches with his escort to the outer gate. The sentries on duty salute the Queen’s Keys as they pass. The Warder first locks the outer gate and then the gates of the Middle and Byward Towers. The Warder and escort march down Water Lane, until they reach the Bloody Tower archway where a sentry challenges the party to identify themselves...

Sentry: Halt! Who comes there? Chief Warder: The keys. Sentry: Whose keys? Chief Warder: Queen Elizabeth’s keys. Sentry: Pass Queen Elizabeth’s Keys. All’s well. The Warder and escort march down to the foot of Broadwalk Steps where the Tower Guard is drawn up to meet them. The party halts, and the officer in charge gives the command to present arms. The Chief Warder steps forward. Chief Warder: God preserve Queen Elizabeth. Guard: Amen!

Straight after the Guard says Amen, the clock of the Waterloo Barracks strikes 10pm and the Last Post is sounded, marking the end of the ceremony.


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their salary as rent. Some of the lodgings date back to the 13th century.

Under the command of the Resident Governor and officers, and with a Chaplain and Doctor, the Yeoman Warders and their families form the community of the Tower of London, continuing a tradition dating back more than nine centuries. The Tower of London has become established as one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. It has been a tourist attraction since at least the Elizabethan period, when it was one of the sights of London that foreign visitors wrote about.

Its most popular attractions were the Royal Menagerie and displays of armour. The Crown Jewels also garner much interest, and have been on public display since 1669.

The Tower steadily gained popularity with tourists through the 19th century, despite the opposition of the Duke of Wellington to visitors. Numbers became so high that by 1851 a purpose-built ticket office was


“At least six ravens are kept at the tower at all times; there is a belief that if they are absent, the kingdom will fall...” erected. By the end of the century, over 500,000 were visiting the castle every year.

Although only one bomb fell on the Tower of London in the First World War (it landed harmlessly in the moat), the Second World War left a greater mark.

On 23rd September 1940, during the Blitz, high-explosive bombs damaged the castle, destroying several buildings and narrowly missing the White Tower. After the war, the damage was repaired and the Tower of London was reopened to the public.

In 1974, there was a bomb explosion in the Mortar Room in the White Tower, leaving one person dead and 35 injured. Although the position of Constable of the Tower remains the highest position held at the Tower, the responsibility of day-to-day administration is delegated to the Resident Governor.

At least six ravens are kept at the Tower at all times, in accordance with the belief that if they are absent, the kingdom will fall. They are under the care of the Yeomen Ravenmaster. The earliest known reference to a Tower raven is a picture from 1883.

It’s popularity hasn’t fallen. Just over 2.7 million people visited the Tower of London in 2016. We’re very excited to see a man from our county in this popular landmark of Britain, and we hope he enjoys the high life living there! n For more info on the Tower of London and the Yeoman Warders, please visit or call 0203166 6340.

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Sleaford in


Sleaford’s 18,000-strong population has made it the largest settlement in North Kesteven. It’s an ancient town with a rich history, evident in its construction, and was owned by the Carre family in the 16th century for over 100 years... Words: Tilly Wilkinson. Photos: Rob Davis.

How a town grows and changes over hundreds of centuries continues to fascinate me and Sleaford is the perfect example.

The first settlement in Sleaford formed in the Iron Age where a prehistoric track crossed the River Slea.


It was a tribal centre for the Corieltauvi in the first centuries BC and AD. Evidence of Roman and Anglo-Saxon settlements has been uncovered; the town had a court and market. Sleaford Castle was constructed in the 12th century for the Bishops of Lincoln, who owned

the manor. Granted the right to hold a market in the mid-12th century, Sleaford developed into a market town and became locally important in the wool trade. From the 16th century, the town’s landowners were the Carre family, who operated tight control over the town, and it grew little in the early modern period.

The manor passed from the Carre family to the Hervey family by the marriage of Isabella Carre to John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, in 1688. The town’s common land and fields were legally enclosed by 1794, which gave ownership mostly to the Hervey family; this coincided with making the Slea into a canal, and heralded the first steps towards modern industry.

The Sleaford Navigation brought economic growth until it was superseded by the railways in the mid-1850s. In the 20th century, the sale of farmland around Sleaford led to the development of large housing estates.

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Millers, Café Bar & Brasserie

For daytime, evening dining, Sunday lunch or a relaxed brunch, Millers in Sleaford is the place to go. Its infamous ‘Millers Burger’ is one you have to try. n 01529 414888,

The Bustard Inn, Rauceby

The subsequent availability of affordable housing combined with the town’s educational facilities and low crime rates made it an attractive destination for home-buyers.

Just outside Sleaford, you’ll find the Bustard Inn in South Rauceby. The Grade II listed pub restaurant has been beautifully restored to a traditional country inn. n 01529 488250,

In 2010, recorded crime levels were amongst the lowest in the country and, for the year ending June 2014, the crime rate in the North Kesteven district is the lowest in Lincolnshire at 24.38 crimes per thousand residents As a result, the town’s population underwent the fastest growth of any town in the county in the 1990s.

Sleaford was primarily an agricultural town until the 20th century, supporting a cattle market. The arrival of the railway made the town favourable for malting. You can see the Bass Maltings still standing in Sleaford although derelict and fallen into disuse.

Top: An aerial view of Sleaford, home to over 18,000 residents!

Above/Right: St Denys’ Church in the centre of the town.

They were a large group of eight malt houses originally owned by the Bass Brewery.

Regeneration of the town centre most recently has led to the redevelopment of the old industrial areas.

That primarily includes the construction of the National Centre for Craft & Design on an old wharf.

The National Centre for Craft & Design opened as The Hub in 2003 with support from a Single Regeneration Budget grant.

El Toro, Spanish Tapas

El Toro is a relatively new place to dine in Sleaford offering Spanish tapas, paella and other dishes on its menu and a variety of unique cocktails from its cocktail bar. n 01529 300000,

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Sleaford was once home to Jennifer Saunders, esteemed actress, and Bernie Taupin, who was once Elton John’s personal songwriter... It attracts 90,000 visitors on average each year and houses various exhibitions of applied and contemporary art.

Although it remained largely undamaged in both the First and the Second World War, Sleaford has close links with the Royal Air Force due to its proximity to several RAF bases in Lincolnshire. That includes RAF Cranwell and RAF Waddington. A few medieval buildings remain standing in the town. St Denys’ Church and St Botolph’s in Quarrington date to the 12th and 13th centuries respectively, while Sleaford’s halftimbered vicarage is 15th century.

St Denys’ Church’s stone broach spire is one of the oldest in England. Cogglesford Mill is the only remaining watermill in town and is a testament to the strong economic importance of the River Slea from the Saxon period onwards.

In terms of notable people from the small town, the actress and comedian Jennifer Saunders, famous for starring in films like Absolutely Fabulous and voiceovers in Shrek and Sing was born in Sleaford.

Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s songwriter, was also born and grew up in the town. Eric Thompson, famed for narrating The Magic Roundabout television series, was born in a house on Jermyn Street. In sport, the professional footballer Mark Wallington who played for Leicester City, Derby County and Lincoln City, grew up in Sleaford and, after retiring, taught Physical Education at St George’s Academy. n For more information on the town of Sleaford, visit

WHAT’S ON IN SLEAFORD National Mills Weekend

Sunday 13th May Free Entry.

Celebrate National Mills Weekend at Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford as the mill rumbles into action, grinding its own stoneground flour. The award-winning Watermill has a low breast shot water wheel and two sets of millstones. The stone ground flour is sold in the mill shop 01529 308207, East Road NG34 7EQ.

Top, Above/Right: The river that runs through Sleaford. Right: The National Centre for Craft and Design. Column: Cogglesford Watermill in winter. Top: Aerial shot of Sleaford.


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HOME Flowers in the

As the trend for having floral displays in the home is becoming increasingly popular, we recruited Shirley from S&A Floral Design to show us how it’s done. Her floral courses ensure you have the skills to create them too... Grand bouquets and displays of fresh flowers and foliage is often associated with grand hotels or stately homes. It was certainly a thing of the past in times when a house was serviced by maids and butlers.

Words & Photos: Tilly Wilkinson.

“I had my own cutting garden and I was often asked by friends and family to arrange flowers for events or weddings.” “After my injury, I decided to carry on my hobby as a career and just haven’t been able to put the secateurs down since! I’ve been so busy and I absolutely love what I do now.”

However, it’s coming to the forefront of floristry once more, with more affluent homes receiving fresh flowers from their local florists weekly or fortnightly.

Shirley works from her flower styling studio in Timberland a village not far from Woodhall Spa. She work alongside her husband and small team of florists.

Shirley Dee from S&A Floral Design near Lincoln confirmed our suspicions when we paid a visit to her home, workshop and a local Georgian vicarage where one of her recent installations of weekly floristry is displayed.

“I organise the designing and styling of flowers for your special event or bespoke flower class and will personally ensure that you have the most gorgeous flowers and styling to ensure that you have the most amazing day. I am passionate about the details and the ‘bigger picture.’”

Shirley started her business in 2011 supplying locals with beautiful floral displays, but she has been arranging flowers for the past 35 years, starting as a hobby. “I used to be a sports therapist,” says Shirley, “but after suffering a shoulder injury, I realised I couldn’t carry on doing that job anymore.”

Main Image: Shirley in her floristry workshop in Timberland, arranging a flower display for someone’s dining room table. Above in an entrance hall display.

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“I find that fresh flowers bring a house to life, with a fresh scent in your home constantly...” time, when I am not working on flower classes and events.” “I just love flowers, whether it is sowing, picking or styling and I have a real passion for anything that has fragrance, which is why we love to use seasonal herbs, flowers and fragrant foliage when possible.”

“My flower style is elegant and natural, the way Mother Nature intended, and I love all the seasons with the ever changing colours and textures that they bring.”

Shirley’s main market is weddings, but she hosts floristry courses, her most recent being a hand-tied bouquet course, and she does weekly deliveries too. “It started as something that was popular at Christmas to get a florist to decorate the house, then it gradually extended to family gatherings, events and celebrations. Now, I have some clients that would like floral arrangements delivered weekly.” “What is so great about having fresh flowers delivered regularly, is you have a fresh scent in your house constantly, and they really do bring a house alive.” Shirley can provide you with displays in your home regularly or you can attend one of her floral arrangement courses to discover how to create something in your own home.

She even does bespoke courses which involves her coming out to your home to see what kind of display would best suit your home and teach you on arranging flowers in accordance with that. “My favourite flowers have got to be roses, particularly very fragrant ones. We have some beautiful David Austin flowers in our cutting garden.”

“I also like cottage garden flowers; there’s something nostalgic and romantic about them. British flowers are always favoured in my displays and I try to use flowers grown in the UK as much as I possibly can.” 42

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Opposite Page: Shirley can decorate your dining table for special events or show you how. Left: Shirley touching up an entrance hall display. Above: She works with a vast selection of flowers and can create meadow scenes above fireplaces or down the centre of dining tables. Entrance flowers too can make a strong first impression.

Flower of the Month... A rather unusual flower, the ranunculus features proudly in Shirley’s creations and is the perfect flower for spring.

If you cut flowers for indoor use, please make room in your garden for ranunculus. Incredible colors, straight stems, long vase life and copious blooms will be yours.

and your neighbour will be asking for your gardening secret. Ranunculus produce rose-clustered, bright flower heads. A bed of Ranunculus will give you a long, rich profusion of densely packed colour. The flower heads can appear to float on their own as the stems are thin and long.

In return, these lacy-leafed plants will ask for sunshine and very light watering.

The name ranunculus is possibly a Latin translation for ‘little frog,’ possibly because ranunculus grow in cool and moist conditions, companions for frogs. The foliage is also delicate and abundant.

Your borders and beds will look great, your office desk will sport fresh flowers for pennies

Buttercups, spearworts and water crowfoots also belong to the ranunculus genus. n


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Easter Flower Arranging Come along to S&A Floral Design’s Easter Flower Arranging Class on 11th April. In this class, you will create a spring inspired linear arrangement. Shirley will show you how to arrange a mini garden design to take home and adorn your home or as a gift for a loved one. You will work with a vast array of fragrant foliage and beautiful seasonal flowers, as well as moss, toadstools, eggs etc. You’ll receive all flowers, foliage, tools, as well as refreshments and Easter treats throughout the class. n For more information visit or call 01526 378186. Tickets are £39, and are 10am - 1pm or 7pm - 10pm on 11th April.


Other than flowers from her own cutting garden, Shirley uses the Real Flower Co., a high end flower business, to create her beautiful bouquets.

Shirley feels she can fit any budget when it comes to decorating the home with floral displays. You can have as small or as grand a display as you like, as often as you like. The service is entirely bespoke.

“Spring is a time for renewal, and the perfect time to start bringing flowers into the home. I’d recommend potted bulbs, ranunculus, irises, tulips, anemones and spring foliage.”

Shirley also likes to create ‘meadows’ which are becoming increasingly popular for home displays and weddings and it’s clear to see why. This involves Shirley displaying the flowers as a sort of 2D meadow down the centre of a table or above a fireplace.

The display ensures it’s short enough to see over the top of it and narrow enough to fit down the centre of a table. It truly looks like a wildflower meadow, and Shirley’s attention to detail and keen eye ensures the flowers are fresh and displayed appropriately. “It’s about making a home special, especially if guests are visiting. It’s about creating that ‘wow’ factor and putting in that attention the detail like napkins and fine china and beautiful glassware. Vases are important too.”

If your budget can’t stretch to grand displays every week like a hotel’s entrance, Shirley recommends using her services for times like Christmas, dinner parties and special celebrations.

Flowers will add the finishing touch to decorations, and will ensure the event is a memorable one. n

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What’s On... LINCOLN






Easter Day is the most important day of the Church’s year, as they celebrate that Jesus is alive. Jesus died for us, rose from death and lives forever. God’s life has overcome death completely and forever. Lincoln Cathedral celebrates with incense, white and gold robes and wonderful music. Feel free to join them!

Gostinitsa is a rapturous and passionate new circus experience that unites the Moscow State Circus with the glorious Golden Age of Hollywood. The astonishing artistes featured in this show at the Lincolnshire Showground have spent their lives training for this world-beating, magnificent performance, which promises to be truly breath taking. Award winning Clowns, the Chervotkins Duo, will guide you through the Hotel of Curiosities. You will experience unicycling, foot juggling, trapeze, high wire and the bellboys with a skipping act.

n Call 01522 561600 or visit for more information. GRANTHAM



n Call 01522 522900 or visit the venue’s website to buy tickets and find out more about the show

Opening of the International Bomber Command Centre




OPENING OF BOMBER COMMAND CENTRE The official opening of the International Bomber Command Centre visitor centre, including the UK’s tallest war memorial, will open on 13th April.

With state-of-the-art technology throughout and interactive displays, it’s entertaining and thoroughly educational for people who would like to know more about Bomber Command and the men and women who gave their lives to World War II. n Please call 01778 421420 or visit for more information on the International Bomber Command Centre on the outskirts of Lincoln.


Don’t be late for a very important date! Join Oldrids for an afternoon filled with marvellous magic, great games and entertainment in our Mad Hatter themed wacky restaurant. Enjoy the EAT ME and DRINK ME’s before starting your adventure in search for one of the hidden chocolate eggs. This is designed for 5-12 year olds. We have limited tickets available, so move fast!

n £8.99/child and £5.99/adults, 2:30pm – 4:30pm, Downtown Garden Centre, Gonerby Junction, A1, Grantham NG32 2AB. STAMFORD



Join leading hypnotist Robert Temple on a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud and hysterical ride to the centre of your imagination in Stamford. This is your chance to become the star of this unforgettable show or just enjoy watching others in a state of hypnosis.

n Please call 01780 766455 or visit

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Bring the grandchildren along to join in at the Great Big Easter Egg Hunt at Tattershall Farm Park at 11am and 1pm. Let the kids join the Easter bunny for fun and games. n Call 01526 344502, BOSTON





Having sold more than seven million albums worldwide, Russell Watson is firmly established as the UK’s best-selling classical crossover artist of all time. To date, his illustrious career has included performances for Her Majesty The Queen, The Pope and two US Presidents. Following a series of sell-out

performances in 2015-16, ‘The People’s Tenor’ returns to the stage with his brand-new show Canzoni d’Amore. Captivating to watch and enchanting to listen to, Russell Watson continues to wow audiences with his enigmatic and entertaining live performances.

n Please visit the website or call 0844 854 2776. You’ll find Baths Hall on Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe DN15 7RG.


Enjoy a stellar performance from Boston Sinfonia at St Mary’s Church in Frampton. The show will be at 7.30pm. For more info, turn the page! n SCUNTHORPE



Celebrating the great music of The Electric Light Orchestra, a band that between 1972 and 1986 achieved more combined UK and US Top 40 hits than any other band on the planet! LINCOLN



Visit the Lincolnshire Showground for a fun-packed extravaganza all about food, farming and the countryside during the Easter holidays. For one Sunday per year the Lincolnshire Showground is transformed into an exciting hub for children and families to learn to make, bake, explore and experience all things connected to food, farming and the countryside in Lincolnshire. There are seven different zones for children to explore

n Visit or call 0844 854 2776. SLEAFORD


NCCD EXHIBITION This spring, the National Centre for Craft & Design and artsNK celebrate the 250th anniversary of Circus in Britain with a new show ‘CIRCUS: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture.’ Within one ‘Big Top’ style experience, see an exhibition, performers in residence and ‘have a go’ at aerial techniques for the first time at the NCCD. n TATTERSHALL

SAT 14th - 15th APRIL


Alternatively, enjoy free pony rides from 10.30am - 2.30pm on 14th April and a Birds of Prey encounter on 15th April! n Call 01526 344502,

including meeting both large and small farmyard animals, learning how to make sausages, bread and cheese with local suppliers, getting hands-on with creative activities, and even having a ride around the Showground on the big tractor and trailer. Plus, there will be a farmer’s market for the grown-ups to get their hands on their favourite local treats, and an exciting line-up planned in the Countryside Ring.

n For more information, call the Showground on 01522 522900 or visit Find the Lincs Showground at Grange-de-lings, Lincoln LN2 2NA.


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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 Castles Cafe & Gift Shop

Special events every month...



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


FREE RAFFLE fabulous PRIZES - Including a free reception*, Champagne, Makeups, Hair T&Cs apply

TOFT COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL & GOLF CLUB, Toft, Bourne, Lincs PE10 0JT 01778 590614 |

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First there was LINCOLNSHIRE

PRIDE. Then, there was RUTLAND PRIDE. Above, Left to Right: Sales Executive Hannah is holding our Lincolnshire edition, which launched in 2002. Advertising Director Zoie has our Rutland Edition which launched in 2012. Tamer holds our Stamford edition which is in shops now, and Charlotte presents our new Peterborough edition, which we will launch next month.

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Now, there’s STAMFORD

PRIDE... and PETERBOROUGH PRIDE will be launched next month!

To advertise your business in any of our four editions, call our friendly and professional team on 01529 469977 or call


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The Queen’s Head at KIRKBY LA THORPE

A fresh start, with fresh produce and a new chef at Kirkby la Thorpe’s Queen’s Head. It’s one of our favourite quality pub restaurants, and a fresh infusion of talent will increase its appeal even further this summer! Her majesty is a national institution, but in Lincolnshire, we’ve a very noble institution of our own, a pub restaurant that has, for years, remained one of the county’s most popular, most consistent and most well-regarded dining options for those who know and love food.

Words: Rob Davis. Images: Tilly Wilkinson.

Love at First Sight: “I’m local to the area and worked at RAF Cranwell and at Grantham’s Angel & Royal before joining The Bustard at South Rauceby, and serving as a relief chef at Sleaford’s Millers.”

The Queen’s Head at Kirkby la Thorpe is situated equidistant from Boston, Lincoln, Grantham, Newark and Bourne, and just a stone’s throw from Heckington and Sleaford.

It’s well-positioned, despite its proximity to the hardly romantic thoroughfare of the A17, and is a former coaching inn, dating back to when the latter was a little dirt track road connecting Sleaford and Boston.

Around 20 years ago it was purchased by restauranteurs John and Paul Clark, who extended it several times and created new bar areas a conservatory and a new entrance, providing the place we know and love today.


meet the CHEF

Very sadly, the pub restaurant lost Paul in 2016 following a short illness, and with a book of condolence in the restaurant, customers expressed their sadness at the loss of him at front of house. After a short time away from the restaurant, John is back in the kitchen and this season, he’ll be joined by new chef Chris Spencer. Chris joins the team from South Rauceby’s Bustard Inn, and Sleaford’s Millers, and together with Neil Kent, the three will begin revising the restaurant’s menus to freshen up The Queen’s Head’s provision of à la carte dining for spring 2018. “We’re not completely changing our approach to dining, but with so many >>

Food Wisdom: “I joined the Queen’s Head in March because I like the idea of working for a team which values good, fresh ingredients and ideas!”

Food Heaven: “I think it’s important to put seasonality and quality on a menu, so anything that’s in season and good quality!” Food Hell: “Dishes that are too fussy!”

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>> regular customers it’s nice to offer something a little different and provide some fresh options.”

“We’re keeping the most popular dishes, some of which it’s more than our life’s worth to take off the menu, but these will be supplemented by some newer, slightly lighter and more modern dishes.”

Our photos show the dishes which will appear on the restaurant’s summer à la carte menus. The menu is served seven days a week during both lunchtime and evening service, with further Suppertime Specials throughout the week.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS Lunchtime: 12 noon - 3.00pm.

Evening: 6.00pm - 11.00pm Early Bird promotion from 6.00pm - 7.00pm. Sunday: 12 noon - 10.30pm.


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Pan seared king scallops served with apple cider and butternut purée.

Chargrilled asparagus with parmesan shavings, panchetta crumb, lime and balsamic dressing.

Main Courses

Trio of spring lamb, pan fried lamb chop, braised shoulder of lamb fritter, mini roasted lamb chump served with swede puree, potato croquette, and red wine reduction £21.95.

These include concessionary dining for ‘Early Bird’ diners, plus a Steak Supper promotion on Thursday evenings, Fish Supper on Friday and Sunday Supper as a treat to round-off a weekend of hard work in the garden. Each promotion offers two courses and a glass of wine for just £15.95.

The Queen’s Head’s menus provide a choice of 11 starters, 12 main courses, four grill options and 10 desserts plus a cheese option. There’s also a selection of specials on the blackboards, adjacent to a whole host of awards including Lincolnshire Pride’s Restaurant of the Year title. Surrounded by fields, it’s little surprise that John and the team are keen to espouse the virtues of a wealth of local suppliers. These include fish landed at Grimsby and delivered daily by M&J Seafood, as well as Boston’s foremost supplier of shellfish, Gerald Fletcher.

Meanwhile, meat arrives at the restaurant courtesy of Mel Ward of Ruskington, local Grasmere Farm and Peterborough Game too.

Naturally for a restaurant keen to imbue each dish with quality ingredients and chefcraft, all bread, desserts and sauces are homemade by John and the team. The chefs acquiesce only to the expertise of Robin Dennett of Spilsby, and his selection of ice creams and sorbets, the quality of which, to be fair, any chef would struggle to match.

This year has seen a subtle makeover of the dining room with new curtains and soft furnishings in February, plus a makeover of the conservatory last June. Meanwhile, with Chris joining the team and a couple of new apprentices due to start, too, an old favourite is gearing up to improve its dining experience even further as Pride goes to press.

This month then, we’re keen to encourage all of our readers to revisit The Queen’s Head. With fresh dishes on the menu and a keeness to impart Lincolnshire provenance into its dishes, the team is keener than ever to provide compelling dining that’s a right royal celebration of quality dining.

Pan roasted fillet of beef with Pommes Anna, parsnips, asparagus, parsnip purée and a red wine reduction. Roasted and sundried tomato risotto topped with basil crumb and balsamic dressing.


Raspberry and Champagne possett with all butter shortbread. This dessert arrives with a champagne shot too, £7.95.

Swan meringue with Chantilly cream, raspberry compote set on a lake of raspberry sauce, £7.95. NB: Featured dishes are subject to change. n The Queen’s Head, Kirkby La Thorpe, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 9NU. Tel: 01529 305743, or visit 55

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG at The Queen’s Head Our spring menus are now available and with the best ingredients, a cosy dining room and lots of choice, we’re the ideal venue for a wonderful meal using Lincolnshire fresh produce... Located on the A17, Kirkby La Thorpe, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 9NU

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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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KATIE Easter Bakes with

Another season and another excuse for cake... This month, we’ve asked Katie Jones, owner of ‘Did Someone Say Cake?’ to create three stunning Easter bakes with recipes you can recreate at home. From cake to salted caramel sauce, these recipes won’t disappoint... We sit down at the start of each month to plan the next edition of Pride and put together our ideas. I would be lying if I said that the selection of this feature wasn’t at all influenced by our own gluttony and greed.

Words & Photos: Tilly Wilkinson.

“Leave on a rack to cool. I tend to pop the sponges in the fridge because they are easier to level and the buttercream will firm up on them straight away, making it easier to smooth and level using a palette knife.”

Katie Jones, owner of cake company ‘Did Someone Say Cake?’ from Boston produced three fabulous Easter bakes for us recently, varying in difficulty, for you to follow along at home. If you have an Easter party or birthday to celebrate, this Easter chocolate cake is a great choice but Katie also made hot cross buns for us and a more technical chocolate egg filled with salted caramel sauce and served with shortbread for dipping.

If you want to create the chocolate cake to the left, you’ll need the following ingredients; 15oz self raising flour, 9oz drinking chocolate, 3oz cocoa powder, 18oz caster sugar, 18oz soft butter, nine large eggs and 9tbsps milk. “First of all, make the chocolate cake,” says Katie. “Mix everything together and divide

between the three greased and lined cake tins and bake at 170ºC for roughly 30-40 mins. You can divide the recipe for a smaller cake, and bake for less time in a smaller tin.”

“Now onto the chocolate buttercream. Melt 125g butter in a saucepan and add 200g cocoa powder. Cream together 250g soft butter and 500g icing sugar.”

“For a more technical recipe, follow Katie’s chocolate egg with salted caramel sauce and shortbread for dipping...”

“Add the butter and cocoa mix into the sugar and butter mix. This is better as a creamy, fluffy consistency so if the melted butter and cocoa is too warm and makes the buttercream very runny then just pop it in the fridge to firm up a bit, then whisk again to make fluffy.” If you want to make the chocolate ganache drip you see on Katie’s cake, you’ll need 100g 70% chocolate, 4 tbsps golden syrup and 75g butter.

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Melt the ingredients together in a bowl over a bain-marie and ensure the ganache is runny enough to drip. You can spoon the ganache over the edge of the cake but you will get a neater drip using a piping bag with a small hole cut out. Now the final element of the cake, the chocolate Easter nests which younger family members will be able to lend a hand with. You’ll need 200g chocolate, 85g shredded wheat and one to two bags of chocolate mini eggs. Melt the chocolate over a bain-marie. Once melted add the crushed shredded wheat and mix thoroughly.

Grab a bundle roughly the size of the nest you want to create and shape it into a nest on some greaseproof paper on top of a tray, making a groove in the middle and then add your mini eggs. Pop the tray of nests in the fridge for the chocolate to set. Decorate the top of the cake with the nests and scatter a few more mini eggs for effect, and there you have it; your Easter celebration cake! This is Katie’s second year in business with ‘Did Someone Say Cake?’ and she feels she’s gained a wealth of knowledge and experience from her time in business.

“I now know which shows are the best to go to for my money, and I know what people’s buying habits are and how they’re changing when it comes to cake. I’m doing more wedding cakes now, and more relaxed rustic cake. People seem to be steering away from the traditional white-iced cake, and more for something that looks tasty and full of chocolate!” Her second Easter bake was the beautiful chocolate eggs you can see to the right. If you’re feeling adventurous this Easter and want to get sticky, we recommend making Katie’s chocolate eggs with salted caramel and shortbread dippers.

You’ll need an Easter egg mould and a steel bowl for tempering the chocolate. You’ll also need a food thermometer and 300g of 70% chocolate for the eggs.

Did Someone Say CAKE?!

What you get when you buy Katie’s cake is 100% homemade, handcrafted quality artisan cakes, made using only real, quality ingredients, all made by Katie. She makes absolutely everything, including the caramel. She even hand-tempers the chocolate, which generously tops all of Katie’s cakes. She has developed and perfected every single recipe for each product and doesn’t put it on sale until she is completely satisfied that it’s amazing.

That is what makes them excellent value for money; every slice of packs a huge punch and the quality speaks for itself. This is why it’s important to support small businesses and artisan producers because they are passionate about giving their customers a mind blowing experience and they work their socks off to do so.


“Prepare a Bain-Marie and put the steel bowl on top with 200g of the chocolate to melt, keeping the other 100g separate. This is the seed, which will align the sugars in the melted chocolate and help it to temper properly and help avoid blooming, which is when the sugars crystallise, making the chocolate dull and pale.” “Heat the 200g to between 55-58ºC. It’s better to keep the heat relatively low so you can monitor the chocolate’s temperature to avoid over-heating.”

“Once you’ve reached this temperature pour 100g of this melted chocolate into a separate bowl and keep somewhere warm. Add the unmelted 100g (the seed) to the melted chocolate in the steel bowl and mix well until melted.” “You may need to return the bowl to a very low heat over the Bain-Marie just to help it melt fully. This then needs to cool down to between 27-29ºC. I do this in the fridge rightly or wrongly, but it only needs roughly five minutes so keep a close eye.” “Once you’ve reached this temperature, add the 100g in the separate bowl that you were keeping warm or resting over the gentle steam of the Bain-Marie without the heat on, to the cooled chocolate in the steel bowl and mix thoroughly so it is an even temperature.”

“This is now tempered and ready to pour into the egg moulds. The chocolate will be Above: Katie icing her delicious Easter celebration cake, perfect for family bakes.

Right: If you’re looking for something more technical try ‘dippy eggs’ with a sweet-toothed twist...

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of quite a thick consistency and will set quickly so it’s easy to start with thin layers and gradually thicken the layers to make the eggs as consistent in thickness as possible. Pop them in the fridge to set.” “Once set remove from the moulds and melt a little chocolate to glue the two halves together and return to fridge to set. Then slice the top off ready to receive the caramel!” “This caramel is for dipping so we need to make it quite runny, so don’t overboil it.”

Use 200g caster sugar, 130g butter, 200g double cream and 1tsp salt. “Melt the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat. I stir continuously to avoid overboiling in certain spots in the pan, which creates sugar lumps, but just keep stirring until the heat dissolves them.”

As soon as all the lumps have dissolved immediately add the butter to stop the sugar from cooking any more and stir until melted. This will bubble and spit and is ferociously hot so be aware of your hands.”

“Once melted add the cream. Again, it will steam violently and bubble up in the pan. As soon as the cream is dissolved take the pan off the heat and add the salt, then mix thoroughly. Let this cool right down to room temperature before adding to the chocolate, or it will just melt the chocolate. It will be easier to pour the caramel into the eggs using a piping bag with a small hole.” For the shortbread soldiers, you need 190g soft butter, 85g caster sugar, 270g plain flour and 1tsp salt. Beat the butter and sugar. Add the flour and salt and mix until fully combined. Give the shortbread a little knead, then whilst kneading add 100g broken chocolate. Flatten out to 1cm thickness and slice and transfer to a tray lined with parchment paper. “Pre-heat the oven to 190ºC and pop the shortbread in the fridge for 5-10 minutes. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.”


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Toasted with Butter: This is the most traditional way of eating hot cross buns, and allows you to eat them at any time of day; steaming hot with melting butter spread across them!

Brie, Grapes and Honey:

Katie likes her hot cross buns served with a healthy portion of brie, sliced grapes and a drizzle of honey.


The Perfect Hot Cross Buns... Heat the milk in a saucepan to just above body temperature, then take off the heat and add the butter to melt in.

If you want to enjoy your hot cross buns in the morning, use them as baps, fry or grill some bacon and enjoy a sweet touch to your bacon sandwich.

In a mixing bowl add the flour, salt, sugar, cinnamon and yeast. Add the warmed milk with butter and the egg and mix. Once this is combined, but still sticky, tip this onto a floured work surface and knead by hand until it becomes smooth and springy. Oil a bowl and leave it to rest, covering with cling film, until it’s doubled in size.

Nutella and Strawberries:

For a sweet dessert, slice your hot cross buns in half and serve with a large dollop of Nutella or chocolate spread and sliced strawberries or other berries.

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Ingredients: 300ml milk 50g butter 1tsp salt 75g caster sugar 1tbsp sunflower oil 7g sachet fast-action yeast 1 egg 75g mixed dried fruit 1tsp ground cinnamon

Make a hole in the middle and pour in the dried fruit, then fold over the dough to trap them. Then tip this onto a floured surface and knead again. Leave in an oil bowl, covered in cling film again to double in size.

Grease your loaf tin. Knock the dough back again and divide into small balls. Arrange side by side into your loaf tin.

Mix into a paste 3tbsps plain flour, 1tbsp caster sugar and 2tbsps water. Pipe this into crosses over the balls. Bake at 220ÂşC for 20 minutes. Heat in a saucepan 2-3tbsp of apricot jam and brush over the loaf whilst warm to create the glaze. n

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Masons Arms Hotel 150 years

This iconic building now houses a boutique hotel with ten wellappointed en-suite bedrooms, a restaurant, lounge bar, ballroom and library which offer a timeless escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The restaurant serves both traditional and modern British cuisine in stylish and inviting surroundings. The Habits lounge bar is possibly one of the most elegant spaces in Louth where guests can choose

of history

from a selection of specialist gins and whisky’s as well as signature cocktails, champagne, premium spirits and local beers. The Masons Arms Ballrooms is a spectacular and historic space perfect for any celebration or gathering. The grand entrance offers a wide, sweeping stair case overlooked by an extravagant chandelier. A top class hotel for the discerning. Supplying your every need.

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Lincolnshire TeaTM is a special blend of high grown tea from East Africa and the fertile oodplains of the Brahmaputra in Assam. Carefully selected quality teas, blended and taste tested in the traditional way, to achieve a brilliant colour and exceptional avour even when brewed with the hardest water.

Where is it available? Please see our website: Telephone: 01522 681838


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Rhubarb Gin -

Wine of the Month

Made Locally with Love!

Local gin producers Warner Edwards were the very first artisan gin producer to create rhubarb gin.

Cuvee 13, Sauska, Hungary / £17.75 / 13.5% ABV / Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

The company began in Harrington in 2012 and has been thriving on the gin renaissance ever since. Last year the company’s output increased by 350% and the company now turns over £7m producing 470,000 bottles each year.

“Sauska’s Cuvee 13 is a bright, fresh, harmonious blend offering cherry and raspberry fruit, a peppery lift, and a flavoursome medium-bodied palate.”

Perfect for late spring and early summer, the distillery’s rhubarb gin is made from a strain of fruit that was originally grown in the kitchen garden of Queen Victoria’s Buckingham Palace. £38/70cl, 40%vol.


1. Prunotto’s Barbera d’Asti is fragrant on the nose with hints of plum and cherry. On the palate it is well structured and soft, showing the typical red fruit and bright character of the Barbera variety. £14.49 / 75cl / 13.5% ABV. 2. A seamless blend that offers ripe stone fruit, melon and the herbal quality of the Hárslevelü grape. Complex and distinctive, yet mouth-wateringly crisp and refreshing, this is a great example of new-wave Hungarian white wine. £15.95 / 75cl / 13% ABV.

3. Elegant traditional-method rosé, showing the delicious red berry fruit of cool-climate Pinot Noir. Red fruit complex with white fruit and pineapple, and very slight yeasty notes. £16.95 / 75cl / 12.5% ABV.

“A light blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Lively purple-red with raspberry and red currant aromas.”

“Delicate and fragrant, the wine has a significant concentration of tart and sour cherries. A clean and subtle wine for the everyday table.” n

Bourbon Whisky

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon Whisky from the US

“Spicy, rich, mellow, fruity, hints of sweet oak & caramel. Creamy and mellow on the palate with ripened red berries, rich, spicy, well-balanced, moderately sweet.” “The finis is soft, smooth and pleasantly long.” “In 1884, Paul Jones Jr, moved his thriving business to Louisville where he opened an office in Whiskey Row.” “Four years later, he trademarked the name Four Roses, claiming production and sales back to the 1860s.”

n Our featured wines are available from Lincolnshire’s best independent wine merchants, prices RRP and may vary from those stated.


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Offering Georgian geniality, Lancewood is a warm beautiful family home with grounds to match. The owners have done a great job of restoring the home’s traditional style... Words: Words: Tilly Tilly Wilkinson. Wilkinson.


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Georgian geniality. The perfect way to describe Lancewood. The gorgeous Georgian manor house is set in wooded parkland in Leverington, just south of the county border. It’s completely hidden from nearby roads with mature trees and benefits from well designed and beautiful gardens.

It’s a Grade II listed building and the current vendors spent several months carrying out refurbishments, including replacing windows, repairing shutters, and putting in new limestone and oak flooring. It’s definitely been cared for and reloved. All of their work has been done in keeping with listed building rules and with the style of the house.They have also exposed two hidden fireplaces and carried out repairs to cornices and coving.

From the entrance hall is the dining room and the drawing room. Both of these spectacular rooms are characterised by the high ceilings of the Georgian period and tall sash windows allowing light to flood in.

Each room has a feature working fireplace which brings warmth and cosiness on cold winter nights.

Right: The family room features a fireplace and doors that open up onto the courtyard.


Far Right: The garden to the rear of the property has a circular lawn and a fountain alongside the coach house.

Above: One of the seven bedrooms to Lancewood.

Right: The bespoke fitted kitchen features an Aga oven which ensures the room is kept cosy at all times.

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This elegant property also boasts its own cellar for storing wine and the seven bedrooms are spread across the two upper floors. There are three bathrooms, which includes an en suite to the main bathroom. Another stunning room is the kitchen with an extensive range of cabinets at both base and wall levels, set off by a central island.

All units have black granite work surfaces and the focal point of this room is a recess, which holds the Aga with a heavy exposed beam above.

Within this room there is space for an eight seater table, ideal for day to day use and with glass panelled French doors with windows either side opening up onto a beautiful terrace, which is a relaxing place to sit. 69

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“Alongside the main kitchen is a utility room which is fitted as a second kitchen with its own oven, hob and Belfast sink with chrome swan neck mixer tap...” You see a delightful water feature, a circular lawned area and a stunning terrace, which captures the sun. You also catch a glimpse of the coach house from the kitchen. This room is really shown off by the recessed lighting and three heavy ceiling beams, which run through. Just off the kitchen is the rear entrance lobby with a door leading out to the side and to the other side of the kitchen is an open plan utility area which houses more of the matching cabinets, a double Belfast sink with a chrome swan neck mixer tap.

The utility is also fully equipped as a second kitchen, coming with its own oven and hob.

Also off the kitchen is the family room featuring a French style fireplace with black granite hearth. Again large glass doors can

be pulled back to access one of several terraced areas around the property. The west wall of the old coach house, which currently is used for storage, runs alongside this terrace. The coach house is made of brick and tile and has great potential for conversion into an annexe, subject to planning permission.

To the front of the property is a terraced area and a rockery border with a rose bed. An arched timber door then leads to the side of the property, which leads into a little haven with colourful flowerbeds. There’s a circular water feature with a fountain and a further one to the rear too in Main: The drawing room is a very large room that features an equally large working fireplace. It also features bay windows.


Left: The coach house could be converted subject to planning permission into an annexe, but makes a good storage space or feature.

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addition to lawned areas with dwarf hedge borders. You can tell that great care and thought has been taken in creating this garden. It’s a beautiful and traditional home and garden which has been cared for by its current owners, maintaining its Georgian appearance inside and out, and yet suited to 2018’s styles and tastes. We think the next owners will enjoy the space this home has to offer above all with seven bedrooms, and thanks to its Georgian heritage, its high ceilings, not to mention the unconverted coach house too. That’s not to say that there is so much more Lancewood will offer you. n


LEVERINGTON Location: 20 miles from Spalding, eight miles from Long Sutton. Style: A Georgian property kept to its traditional style. Bedrooms: Seven bedrooms. Three bathrooms including an en suite to the main bedroom. Receptions: Four, currently arranged as reception room, drawing room, family room and kitchen diner. Other Features: Remote controlled entrance gates, coach house and fountain feature. Estate Agent: Fine & Country, 01553 769100, Guide Price: £750,000.

Find Out More: Lancewood is currently on the market with estate agents Fine & Country. Call 01553 769100 to speak to the estate agents or visit the website for more information. Alternatively, visit the estate agents in the office at Kings Lynn, PE30 5BY.


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An Investment in

QUALITY If you’re seeking a new kitchen, Alex Richardson of Richwood Cabinet Makers can create anything you wish, with a truly bespoke approach and a dedication to design flair... Words & Images: Tilly Wilkinson.

Working with his father in bespoke cabinetry from the age of 15, Alex Richardson has lived and breathed his work. He took over the company, Richwood Cabinet Makers, and commissioned his very own kitchen in 2016 after gaining two years of experience with Vale Garden Houses and working in some of the homes of the rich and famous.

After returning to Richwood Cabinet Makers, the business has gone from strength to strength. We spoke to a recent client Tracy Winfield about her experiences with the company. “I first approached Alex after I’d seen examples of his work he’d created at the age of just 16,” says Tracy. “He was with me through every step of the design process and really bent over backwards to ensure I had what I wanted.” Left: Alex Richardson from Richwood Cabinet Makers based in Byard’s Leap near Cranwell. Main: Tracy Winfield’s beautiful kitchen created and fitted by Alex at Richwood Cabinet Makers. He’s even made the solid oak kitchen table too.


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“I’m known for being quite fussy but Alex was still able to fulfil my every wish and meet any of the requirements I had without hesitation!”

“I am absolutely thrilled with the end result and everyone who enters my kitchen remarks on how beautiful it is. I’ll be using Alex for several other renovations in my home including a dining table, wine room with built in wine cooler and boot room, and I would recommend him to anyone looking to update their home with a kitchen renovation.”

Alex can make anything bespoke from an entire kitchen to a one-off furniture piece. He can create bookcases and offices, tables and even coat racks. He also works across the country with a big kitchen project in Chester currently underway.

“With the experience of working under my father who has been creating bespoke cabinetry all of his life, and the experience of working in a bigger corporation under Vale Garden Houses, I felt I had the sufficient amount of practice required to start my own business,” says Alex. “I’ve been running the business for just over a year now, and I’ve been amazed by the level of interest I’ve received through word of mouth. It’s fantastic to have so many happy clients and customer service is of the utmost importance to me.”

It’s clear to see why business has been going so well for him and his talent is evident in his work. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alex and bring Richwood into the heart of your home. n 76


CABINET MAKERS Location: Byard’s Leap, Cranwell NG34 8EY, although Richwood covers the UK. Services: Bespoke fitted furniture from entire kitchens to office spaces or even one-off furniture items. Experience: Alex has worked for Vale Garden Houses and trained in cabinet making under his father, taking over the business around a year ago. Contact: Call Alex on 07534 808903 to see what he can do for your home or alternatively, go to Alex’s Facebook page @richwoodcm and give him a follow to ensure you’re kept up to date on his latest works.

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Retrospectively Rosy

BURNT SIERRA AND DUSTY PINK TONES, VELVETS AND VINTAGE PATTERNS HAVE MADE MANUEL CANOVAS’S NEW COLLECTION RATHER RETRO AND IT EXUBERATES CLASS AND QUALITY; SOMETHING WE’VE COME TO EXPECT WITH THE CANOVAS... Fabric companies Colefax & Fowler, Jane Churchill and Manuel Canovas are all part of the same group, but the latter is unmistakably Parisian in style. Each new collection from Manuel Canovas is inspired by the spirit of the art de vivre associated with 18th century France yet re-interpreted to contemporary taste.

In this beautiful shot to the left, Canovas’s shades of Safran, Rose Ancien, Mandarine, Framboise and Anis for the curtains all play a part. If you’re interested in the velvety fabric you can purchase from Canovas, it’s Rivoli while to curtains are Renoir.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more striking pattern, there’s Derain used right on the two orange chairs. The sofas again is in Rivoli and the curtains are in the company’s Vogue pattern and Rose Buvard shade.

Throughout the collection, there are more classic contemporary fabrics with little to no pattern like Brissac, or if you’re looking for a bold pattern, there is Aurimont, Fontenay, Bellecombe and, one of our favourites, Proust.

Main: The soft pink cushions and chairs are in Rose Ancien and the sofa is in Framboise. Right: Derain in orange for the two chairs and Rivoli for the sofa in Mandarine. The curtains are Vogue in Rose Buvard.

Rivoli, with its velvety textures, certainly seems to be the featured fabric of the new collection, offsetting the striking patterns Canovas has used in other aspects.

If you’re looking to update your interiors with high quality and classy colours and styles, keeping things modern and yet a subtle hint of retro style, we recommend browsing the brand’s new 2018 collection. >>

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Above: Morny footstall. Curtains in the pattern Morisot, and chair and cushions in Rivoli. We love the ‘Rose Ancien’ colour of the chair.


Left: The folding screen is in Proust in the Emeraude shade. Chairs are all Rivoli. Above: The patterns on the pillows includes Brissac, Montfleury, Severac, Sevigne and Aurimont. Right: Foot stool in Vadim, chairs and sofa pillows in Rivoli. Sofa in Bellevue. Curtains in Morny.

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LYNX AC A New Home for

Business is booming for Paul Green and Rob Pygott at Lynx AC and this is more than evident in 2018 as they move to new premises. Lincoln Enterprise Park is to be the new home for the air conditioning company, and Paul and Rob believe they’ve found the perfect place to grow their business... Words: Kate Strawson.

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“Lynx AC is seeing an increase in the number of homeowners looking to take advantage of the energy savings air conditioning can provide. With today’s modern systems, air conditioning is much more affordable than you might think...”

From a one-man-band to the county’s leading commercial and domestic air conditioning contractor, Lynx AC has gone from strength to strength and shows no sign of slowing down.

“The park is a vibrant hub of activity with a strong sense of community. Paul and Rob at Lynx AC share our commitment to maintaining high standards of professionalism and productivity and we are delighted to welcome them on board,” says Nicholas.

Directors Paul Green, who set up the business in Bassingham in 1985, and Rob Pygott, who joined the company in 2004, have some exciting plans in hand, including a move to larger premises on the Lincoln Enterprise Park.

“We’ve leased two adjacent units totalling 5,000 sq ft of office and storage space, which is five times bigger than our current premises in Bassingham,” says Paul, “and will enable us to continue to expand and create more jobs.”

They’ve also recently acquired APV Products, which produces bespoke ductwork fittings for the air conditioning and ventilation industry, which has created several new jobs.

“I’ve been to see a lot of other business parks and this one is by far the best in terms of location on the A46 with great links to the A1. It’s also clean, tidy, secure and well managed.”

Lynx AC is also a Business Solutions Partner of Mitsubishi Electric and a Daikin D1 Approved Installer, which means they can offer seven-year parts and labour warranties with their installations. Speaking about the success of the business, Paul said they’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the county’s largest employers.

“We’ve built the company from the ground up and established a reputation for providing a professional, high-quality service which has helped us develop an impressive local and national client base,” says Paul.

“In addition to installing air conditioning systems in businesses and homes, our clients benefit from a comprehensive after-sales care and maintenance service to help minimise the risk of potentially costly breakdowns, reduce running costs and increase the longevity of the equipment.”

“Most of our clients have come to us via word of mouth so, up to now, the company has largely grown organically, although we also get invited to tender for work. However, we’re now at a stage where we’re moving

into much larger premises and are ready to take the business to the next level.”

“Acquiring APV Products will add another string to our bow and strengthen our position in the marketplace as the go-to company for both commercial, industrial and domestic air conditioning and ventilation.” Paul and Rob are hoping to move into their premises on the A46 between Lincoln and Newark in July once building work on phase five of the Lincoln Enterprise Park is complete. Nicholas Falkinder, Managing Director of LEP Developments, said he’s delighted to be working with such a long-standing Lincolnshire firm. “One of the key aims of LEP Developments is to support and encourage economic growth in the area,” explained Nicholas.

Although air conditioning in the UK has traditionally only been associated with the commercial market, Lynx AC is seeing an increase in the number of homeowners looking to take advantage of the energy savings air conditioning can provide in terms of heating and cooling. “With today’s modern, sleek and energy efficient systems, air conditioning is much more affordable than you might think,” says Paul.

“So, whether you want to be able to control the temperature in your workplace or the rooms in your home, such as a south facing bedroom or conservatory, all year round, one of the Lynx AC team will be happy to talk you through the options available.” n Lynx Air conditioning is based in Bassingham, Lincoln, soon to be based at the Lincoln Enterprise Park on the A46. Managed by Paul Green and Rob Pygott, the company has installed AC systems for private customers and firms since 1985. Call 01522 788799 or visit the website for more information.


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A Home for Pets...



The dog carrier is made from soft suede leather. It’s concept is a fashion statement that doubles up as a practical carrier for your dog. It’s the ultimate tote for the little dog, £310.

n Floors for Paws offers the UK’s leading pet resistant flooring. The plank flooring is the most scratch resistant flooring on the market. Combined with stain resistance and anti-slip properties you

can rest assured you have chosen the best flooring for you and your pet. Better yet, all flooring comes with a 25 year guarantee! n 01205 761779,

n If your dog loves to rip through toys, you’ll appreciate the Sherpa dog bone toy from £13. There’s also the hardier Luvio and Scala bones or the Palla dog toy. They’ll all be a challenge for your pooch!

n If you’re more feline than canine, go for the Nido cat basket, £133. 90

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If you want a sofa bed for your dog, there’s Luna at £266. For your feline friend, this piece of cat furniture, the Albergo, is £443 and makes a great interiors statement.


Indulge your four-legged friend with the instantly iconic Covo dog lounge. Designed exclusively for MiaCara by architect and interior designer Uta Cossman, the Covo bed offers the ultimate in style and comfort for your dog, £443.

When your furry friend isn’t sleeping or playing, he probably wants to get his claws into everything he can. Cat scratching furniture is essential for those who wish to save their sofa from destruction, and now finally there’s a stylish cat scratching post you want in your home, £443. n Featured furniture items are available from MiaCara. Please visit the website to purchase any of the items here and to view other alternatives to make your home stylish and pet friendly. 91

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Dog Bowls

MiaCara has several dog bowl ranges that will suit your home. Our favourite from the is the dogBar which raises the dog bowls slightly. These are £105 but you could also opt for the Tondo dog bowls, £45.

n If you’re looking for cat and dog hair resistant fabrics, go for patterns and avoid tweedy textures. Patterns are good at hiding hairs but tweed ensures pet hair sticks to cushions and chairs.

If you do really struggle, consider synthetic fibres. Cats don’t like to scratch this either. Finally, leather is the best fabric; resistant to odour, cat hairs and cats don’t like to scratch it.

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The Grass Beneath our Feet

Alison Pratt, Communications Manager for NFU East Midlands, discusses the importance of the various species of grass for farming...

We’ve just collected our lawnmower from the firm in the next village who’ve given it its annual service, so it must be spring and time to start thinking about mowing the lawn. But grass isn’t just for gardens; it is the world’s most important crop. For cattle and sheep, the good quality grass growing in our fields and meadows provides the majority of feed for the animals we rear and ultimately eat. And a grass field is an important habitat for wildlife, too - from the smallest microbe to our local populations of deer or hares.

In the days before the advent of tractors, grass was also the fuel that kept farming operations going. Horses and oxen were the only way to plough and harrow, then transport produce from the fields to the barn and from the farm to market.

At university we had to complete a project in first year to find, press and label as many grasses as we could. So off I went with my grass identification book (written by Charles Edward Hubbard; I still have it somewhere) and found about thirty different grasses on the farm at home.

Gorgeous names like Festuca rubra (red fescue), Dactylis glomerata (cocksfoot), Holcus lanatus (Yorkshire fog) and Deschampsia cespitosa (tufted hair-grass). Oh, happy days…! 94

Before mechanisation the oldest meadows were sown by hand. The farmer would have a bag of seed slung across his body and would walk up and down the field.

He would rhythmically and methodically throw the grass seed onto the prepared ground and then employ a small boy to frighten away the pigeons that would descend to eat the seed.


Arable Sector: Spring sowing and planting, orchards blossom and bees pollinate and cabbage and cauliflower can be harvested. The first silage is also cut in March-April. Livestock Sector: Housed ewes, beef cattle and dairy cows will be put out to grass and lambing will slowly be finishing for sheep farmers across Lincolnshire.

Today, our pastures are not made up of just one grass species - they’re a specialist mixture grown to meet the farmer’s needs; whether that’s grazing for sheep or cattle or to make hay and silage in the spring and summer. Today’s modern mixes usually contain a high proportion of ryegrass, a fast growing, high yielding plant that can be both grazed and cut, sometimes with the addition of clover as its root nodules bring a boost of nitrogen to soil. These fields are usually called ‘leys’ and are part of the farm’s crop rotation, lasting one, two or perhaps five years. For the traditional and more environmental meadow, the mix would include permanent grasses such as red and meadow fescues, meadow grasses, timothy and crested dogstail (I love that name!).

It would be a good, long-lasting and palatable blend for livestock with an added benefit to the insect population of wild flowers.

So next time you’re out for a walk in the countryside, have a look at what you’re walking on. It’s a marvellous mixture of species and it’s probably not been put there by accident; someone will have taken time and trouble to sow it and will be giving it the care and attention it deserves as the world’s most important crop.

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Grimsthorpe CASTLE

This month sees the first day of a whole summer calendar of garden events taking place at Grimsthorpe Castle. The Vanbrugh-styled country estate near Bourne is home to Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, the Baroness Willoughby de Eresby... Words: Rob Davis.

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Over the next month or so, in addition to its drifts of spring bulbs and borders, Grimsthorpe will also open a new area to the public; its Edwardian walled garden...

>> It’s 800 years old, carries a Grade I listing and it’s surrounded by over 3,000 acres of gardens and pasture, plus a further 10,500 acres of farmland. The estate as a whole comprises no fewer than 200 properties and 20 farms, and is home to many hundreds of people. Yet Grimsthorpe remains a most understated country property, at least compared to say, Burghley, with its equestrian links or Belton and Gunby, with their National Trust affiliation. To miss out on Grimsthorpe, though, is to miss out on - to coin that most overused of clichés - a hidden gem. The gardens extend to about five or ten acres, and are tended by Jim Handley and his three members of staff. The estate’s head gardener for five years works alongside estate manager Ray Biggs and Lady Jane HeathcoteDrummond-Willoughby, the 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby.

With over 20,000 now visiting Grimsthorpe Castle each year, everyone at the castle is committed to ensuring their visitors are not only entertained - with cycling and walking routes for instance - but also able to enjoy beautifully tended grounds, with immaculate lawns that reflect Capability Brown’s vision when he redesigned them in 1771.

Historically the family only spent summer in the Castle, but now its incumbents are here all year round, and with unprecedented visitor numbers, Jim and his team have been working hard to introduce new spring borders, bulb areas with narcissus, tulips and wallflowers.

Grimsthorpe is a compelling place to visit in March and April, with the estate’s first opening on 29th March plus NGS days on 8th April and 6th June. The estate’s gardens will also open over Easter and until the end of May, on Thursdays and Sundays too, with Sunday to Thursday opening from June onwards.

Over the next month or so, as well as its drifts of spring bulbs and spring borders, Grimsthorpe will also open a new area of the garden, its Edwardian walled garden, previously rented out as a market garden. It’s in the process of being transformed with renovated glasshouses, and an orchard featuring heritage varieties 98

of apples from Lincolnshire. It will also be used to house a collection of memorial art.

The estate’s topiary collection is already looking superb, and over the next couple of months, when the estate’s rose parterres are in full bloom, the grounds’ wildflower meadow will provide the contrast between formal areas of the garden and more relaxed areas for nature - and families to enjoy.

Speaking of which, walking and cycling routes plus an adventure playground ensure there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy a whole day on the estate. And, on 15th July, a Garden Day will include pop-up restaurants with food sourced from the kitchen garden, a Chelsea-style show garden designed by the area’s Peter Eustance and with displays by groups like beekeepers, plus face-painting and entertainment for children. An estate for all seasons with stunning gardens at its heart, Grimsthorpe is one of the area’s most understated properties, and from Spring into high summer, there’s plenty of interest for anyone from families to the keenest gardener. n

Above: Grimsthorpe is home to neat topiary and formal borders as well as more relaxed pickeries and walled gardens.

Right: The Castle was built in 1156 on the grounds of a Cistercian abbey. It was redesigned by Vanbrugh in 1715 with grounds landscaped by Capability Brown in 1771. Since 1516 it has been the family seat of the de Eresby family.

Find Out More: Grimsthorpe Castle is located three miles from Bourne; PE10 0LY. Call 01778 591205 or visit

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A Peak Proposal

After Annie said ‘yes’ to James at the top of Mount Halfdome, the two began planning their beautiful boho, festival-style wedding at Annie’s family farm in Lincolnshire, and the ceremony finished with a bang... Images: Blue Lily Weddings, 07894 451259,

Annie and James Dalrymple have travelled the world together and have seen some truly incredible views, although it was at the top of Mount HalfDome in the Yosemite National Park in California that James found the perfect place to propose.

“We were travelling around California in a campervan and James had managed to get a permit to climb Mount HalfDome,” says Annie. “We set off with all the provisions for three days, and the view from the top was just perfect. I remember thinking right before he got down on one knee that if James was planning to propose, this would be the ideal place to do it!” “He proposed right at the start of our trip to California so we enjoyed the next three weeks dreaming about the day.”

Annie and James decided to start planning soon after the proposal, and they agreed that it would be perfect at Annie’s family farm. However, the two live in London - James works in in his family’s business, and Annie is a documentary film maker for the BBC so planning was a little tricky.

“My family has holiday cottages on the farm, so we decided to book out of peak season in September. We also wanted an outdoor wedding which was a little risky at that time of year. I booked some suppliers from around Lincolnshire and others in London. It involved lots of trips there and back!”

Annie and James were adamant there wouldn’t be anyone there that they had to introduce

The Wedding of


to one another, so they only invited close friends and family. As James is from London, a lot of his friends and family were able to stay in the holiday cottages.

“As I have quite a boho style, I wanted a boho style wedding dress,” says Annie. “I went to Jdezire in Lincoln with a couple of local friends, tried on a dress, and luckily I have very honest friends! It looked a little too much like I was going to a festival rather than my wedding, so I went for a more classy traditional style and loved the dress.” “For bridesmaid dresses, I wanted each bridesmaid to have their own style so chose comfortable multiway dresses in two shades to suit the style of the wedding.”

“Working in the media, I knew the style of photography I wanted for my wedding and after a recommendation from a friend, Marek from Blue Lily Weddings couldn’t have been more perfect.”

“Both James and I wanted the wedding to be really relaxed and have a festival vibe so we were lucky so many of our great friends and family were there to help set up the cocktail tent, coffee bar, fire pits stages and other areas of the ceremony.”

On the day, the couple had their fingers crossed that it wouldn’t rain although the forecasts weren’t promising. “I was nervous leading up to the big day about the weather; we had a backup plan but it wasn’t as good as what we had planned.” 101

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“James had planned an incredible fireworks display and I wasn’t expecting it all! It was amazing...” “There was rain when we woke up and a small thunderstorm but luckily it cleared by the time I was walking down the aisle and we had a day full of sun!”

“The speeches were funny and we danced into the tent to our favourite songs which everyone liked. Our coffee man had a ‘pimp your coffee’ bar to add liqueur. All the beef for the day was supplied by my dad as he’s a beef farmer. We also gave the guests a tractor ride from the church to the farm!”

“At the end of the night, James had planned an incredible surprise fireworks display and I wasn’t expecting it at all. A very special moment and perfect end to the day.”

Unfortunately, soon after the wedding, Annie had to go to Canada to film a Natural History documentary so the honeymoon was put on hold. However, the two have just come back from a trip of a lifetime; backpacking around Colombia and the Galapagos Islands. 102

Images: Marek at Blue Lily Weddings, White City, London. Call 07894 451259 or visit for more info.

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The surgery-free ‘facelift’ - an anti-ageing technique which takes years off your face

Introducing Julie Smith - Lincolnshire’s new ‘Eva Fraser Facial Fitness’ Practitioner... Use facial exercises to work muscles and tighten your skin, at a fraction of the cost of a facelift. A former client of Eva’s, Julie is now one of just 16 Eva Fraser practitioners in the world. Learn the techniques once, use them for the rest of your life - no drugs, no pain, no surgery. Pioneered by Eva Fraser, pictured here, who was born in 1928.

Call 07796 000001 or see FOR A FREE, NO OBLIGATION CHAT ABOUT HOW EVA’S METHODS CAN TAKE YEARS OFF YOUR FACE I cover the whole of Lincolnshire and courses can take place at my studio near Boston or in the comfort of your own home. Bookings must be made at least a week prior to your appointment.


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When it comes to finding a great day dress for everyday, holidays and cruises, Michaela Louisa ticks all the boxes. The brand focuses on combining wearability with great style and quality. This month, we take a look at their more nautical-inspired items... Words: Tilly Wilkinson.

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Michaela Louisa is our featured fashion brand this month, and from their latest collection, it’s their nautical inspired items we favour most. If you’re going on a cruise or on holiday this year, you can’t go wrong with these effortless dresses from fitted to shift styles and long to short lengths. Our featured frocks and dresses from the rest of the collections are available at Cindy’s of Sutton Bridge. n

First Page: Navy cape in style 8629 and ivory trousers in style 8654, £call. Opposite: Empire style 8615 for more formal occasions and style 8626 shift dress, £225. Above: This is style 8643 from the brand with a floral pattern and capped sleeves, £119. Top/Right: Face a Face and Etnia Barcelona frames from O’Briens Opticians, 01652 653595, Centre/Right: Shift dress in style 8626, £225. Right: Style 8610 A-Line maxi dress with off the shoulder sleeves and supportive straps, £call. Left: This dress is perfect for a day ashore in a Mediterranean town or Caribbean village, £call. If you want to find more about the featured dresses and styles in this feature, please call Cindy’s on 01406 350961 or visit Alternatively, visit in store at 108 Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge, Spalding PE12 9SA.


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FOOD FOR THOUGHT FOR STEAK LOVERS Replace your missing teeth and love eating again with dental implants from the Dental Health Centre in Grantham. “The way Colin carries out implant treatment is as good as it gets!” says one happy patient... “I had partial dentures but I didn’t get on with them at all. My teeth were dreadful due in the main to a childhood of neglect. I had a mixture of gold and porcelain crowns but they had become wobbly and sticky making it difficult to eat. I didn’t want to live the final third of my life living on soup.

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

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

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


Colin Sutton BDS

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Don’t let your legacy stop you enjoying life, says Graeme Hills, Director & Head of Legal Practice at Lincolnshire’s Duncan & Toplis

As your children grow up, fly the nest and start families of their own, it’s natural you’ll want to help them in every way you can, and you’ll want to keep helping them after you’re gone. The money that you’ve accrued over your lifetime could make an enormous difference to someone’s life, but it’s easy to lose sight of just how much your money would be worth to your children.

As head of probate at Duncan & Toplis, I regularly help people make plans for their legacy and when I sit down with a client for our first meeting, a surprising number of people express their desire to save the absolute maximum that they can for their descendants. There’s nothing wrong with this; in many ways it’s a wonderful gesture of love and generosity, but sometimes these clients put their desire to leave a large legacy over their own happiness and wellbeing, and that’s something I try to discourage.

After all, locking too much of your money away will only upset you and your children who’ll want you to live life to the full.

While it’s normal for a person to spend less as they get older, you don’t have to scrimp and save in order to leave a generous legacy.

lose most of your savings. With the help of a professional accountant however, you’ll find that it’s actually very easy to plan and protect a life-changing legacy. It’s true that the likes of inheritance tax, care home fees and funeral costs will reduce the sum that you can leave behind, but there are several simple, ethical steps you can take to protect your money.

“Locking too much of your money away will only upset you and your children who’ll want you to live life to the full...” A few thousand pounds can be transformative; it can be enough to help a young family buy their first home or it can put a grandchild through university, and that’s easy to forget.

Not to mention that giving gifts away during your lifetime means you can watch your children enjoy some of their inheritance.

Inheritance and tax regulations are complex and constantly changing, and if you’re attempting to plan this yourself, it can seem like a minefield in which you’ll inevitably

With our probate team and in-house solicitor, we can find the right solution for you. Whether it’s by planning gifts and donations to reduce your taxable assets, or setting up trusts or a family investment company, we can do the hard work so that you can enjoy life.

Not every client is alike, and sometimes family relationships can be damaged by inheritance planning that doesn’t meet a person’s needs. This is why inheritance plans have to be right for you, and you alone. There’s no need for making unnecessary sacrifices, there’s no need to stress about taxes, planning for an inheritance is easy if you have the right help. n Duncan & Toplis provides provide accountancy, audit, tax and related services to businesses with offices in Grantham, Boston, Lincoln, Louth, Sleaford, Spalding, Stamford and Newark. For more information call 01205 346 066 or see


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Lincolnshire Coastline Investment SKEGNESS A 57-mile stretch of coastal pathway to Skegness will be revamped to make it more accessible for walkers. The route which starts in Sutton Bridge and leads to Skegness, would see a number of improvements made by Natural England. When approved, this route will become part of the England Coast Path which is the 2,700-mile long distance walking route and England’s newest National Trail currently being developed around the entire English coast. Proposals include part of The Wash, the biggest bay in England, where 12 miles of new public access could be created. The big skies of Lincolnshire provide the perfect canopy for a wonderfully diverse coastline,” says Eddy Poll, executive member for commercial and environmental

management at Lincolnshire County Council. “The thriving holiday resorts with their bustling beaches contrast with the near silence of miles of beautiful sand and wildlife

Schools Come Together for a Musical Workshop...


rich saltmarsh. There is something here for everyone.” “The mental and physical health benefits of exercise and being in the open air are well documented, so it is really

important that we engage with and promote the England Coast Path, to ensure as many people as possible enjoy it.” n For more info, visit government/natural-england.

WORKSOP Hosted at senior independent school Worksop College, over 250 children from local primary schools came together last week for a musical workshop delivered by internationally-acclaimed vocal group VOCE8.

School in Worksop, St Hugh’s Catholic Primary in Lincoln and Sparken Hill Academy in Worksop. Taking a break from their European tour, the acapella vocal group were back at Worksop College on Monday 23rd January, to deliver the schools workshop. The children were divided into groups and put through their paces, enjoying a number of choral exercises. At the end of the day, family and friends were invited to a concert in the Worksop College chapel. n Visit or call 01777 703138 for more information.

Schools attending were John Blow Primary School in Collingham, Worksop Priory C of E Primary in Worksop, Bracken Lane Primary Academy in Retford, St Anne’s C of E Primary in Worksop, The Primary School of St Mary & St Martin in Blythe, Birklands Primary School in Mansfield, Redlands Primary 112


WOODHALL SPA St Hugh’s Preparatory School in Woodhall Spa has announced that from September 2018 it will stop Saturday school for its Years 5 to 8. This follows requests from both current and prospective parents. Many parents find that the

weekends are the only time they can have proper quality time to spend with their children. By making this change, St Hugh’s believes this will give the right balance to be achieved between the needs of the family and the opportunity to pursue external opportunities.

Duncan & Toplis has appointed new HR Director HEIDI THOMPSON HEADS UP HR IN ACCOUNTANCY FIRM...

Let’s Play given free service from Andy Brown...

LINCOLN Lincoln-based heating contractor and Viessmann boiler installer, Andy Brown, has come to the rescue of Let’s Play, a charity providing after-school and holiday activities for over 100 disabled children, alongside seven other heating engineers. The generous act was part of ‘Heat for Good’ – an initiative administered by German heating systems manufacturer, Viessmann, on behalf of heating industry suppliers and installers, that donates equipment and fits it for free. In addition to a Viessmann Vitodens 200-W boiler, Andy helped to install radiators from QRL Radiator Group, LPG gas cylinders from Calor and over £1,500 worth of additional parts from industry suppliers.

GRANTHAM The Lincolnshire accountancy firm Duncan & Toplis has appointed a new HR director to head up HR services across its entire group of companies. Heidi Thompson joined the firm this month, bringing with her more than 20 years’ experience running HR departments across the UK. Having previously consulted for businesses across the private and public sector, in her new role she’ll be working to continue Duncan & Toplis’ recent growth, further cementing its reputation as Lincolnshire’s leading people management and employment law specialists.


School Updates...

SCAMAN’S EGG is investing £80,000. The award-winning egg business in Lincolnshire is set to add a giant new grading and packaging machine to its production. The new contraption is more efficient and will speed up the process as part of a £80,000 project. It will also create two new jobs in addition to making the operation much smoother and improve the business. n

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UNIQUE AUCTIONS Lincoln based auction house, Unique Auctions, are delighted to be working with Lincolnshire based charity LIVES in launching a new project to help raise much needed funds for the charity. Unique Auctions will be selling donations at auction with profits going directly to the LIVES charity. “LIVES does amazing work throughout the county and has been responsible for many people being alive today that might not if they had not arrived in time,” says Darryl Kirk of Unique Auctions. “They have come to prominence this year by being featured in BBC Lincolnshire’s Save a Life Campaign.” “We are thrilled to be able to work with them in selling items at auction. Although based in Lincoln we sell throughout the world and we hope to raise the much needed funds.” n For info about Unique Auctions, call 01522 690444.


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Manicure Set

Small Mount Street Bag

Finished in black English bridle leather and cobalt suede £85.

Suitable for 13” laptop, tablet, iPhone etc., shown here in tan croc, £650.

Leather Billfold Wallet Shown here in smooth cognac and espresso suede £95.

Sumptuous accessories for men crafted in fine leather and silver by Aspinal of London

Leather Gloves

Large Mount Street Bag

Shown in brown nappa, with 100% cashmere lining £95.


Suitable for 15” laptop etc., shown in deep shine black croc £650.

Hobnail Cufflinks

In sterling silver, with optional personalisation £130.

Hip Flask

Hunter 6oz hip flask in Amazon brown croc £55.

Stud Box

In Amazon brown croc deep shine with optional personalisation £75.

For local stockists or to shop online, call 01428 648180 or see


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BREWERIES Lincolnshire’s Beers &

You’d expect maybe one or two...but Lincolnshire is actually home to at least eight breweries! Alongside the infamous Batemans Brewery, producing 7,500,000 pints a year, there are plenty of microbreweries producing a large selection of high quality ales... Words: Tilly Wilkinson.

The craft brewing movement began in the 1970s, and it saw hundreds of independent, small and traditional breweries opening across the country. Naturally, Lincolnshire being a ‘foodie’ county jumped on the trend and a number of microbreweries popped up everywhere from Lincoln to Louth. Now there are over eight breweries in the area, all with different qualities, flavours, and brewing techniques.

The concept of a craft brewery, and why they came about, primarily revolves around quality. Unlike the large-scale corporate breweries, these companies pride themselves on being able to focus on their product and not suffering from economies of scale.

The Breweries of


Oldershaw Brewery, Grantham Ferry Ales Brewery, Lincoln Pheasantry Brewery, Newark

Eight Sail Brewery, Heckington The Fuddy Duck Brewery, Boston Lincolnshire Brewing Co.

All Saints Brewery, Stamford


Batemans Brewery, Skegness If you’re from Lincolnshire, you’ll know about the ‘Good Honest Ales’ Batemans produces and their quality. The brewery has been around for over 140 years producing 7,500,000 pints each year. They also have nearly 70 pubs in their estate. Batemans ale is one of our best exports as a county and has managed to establish itself as a 21st century brewery without ever sacrificing the tradition and provenance of its quality during its growth. There’s even a Batemans Visitors’ Centre that’s definitely worth the trip in Wainfleet. They run tours regularly and the centre is open on various days throughout summer (01754 880317,

Ferry Ales Brewery, Lincoln Ferry Ales Brewery was founded in 2016 by John and Mike, two professionals who have spent the last 10 years commuting daily for work on planes, trains and automobiles to London, across the UK and the globe. They met on their daily commute and planned to start their own microbrewery. 117

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“EIGHT SAIL BREWERY NEXT TO HECKINGTON MILL MEANS THE GRAIN IS GROWN LOCALLY, MALTED LOCALLY AND MILLED NEXT DOOR MAKING THE BEER ‘FROM FIELD TO FLAGON...’” They worked hard to fund a five barrel brewery which brews up to 5,000 litres of beer per week. Ferry Ales beers are handcrafted and brewed using traditional methods and ingredients such as Maris Otter pale malt, malted barley, rye, wheat, hops, water and yeast.

Ferry Ales are themed around Lincolnshire and include Just Jane Bitter, 49 Squadron Best Bitter, Golden Fleece Blonde, Lincoln Lager and Witham Shade Pale Ale alongside many others (07500 775899, Oldershaw Brewery, Grantham Oldershaw in Grantham is run by Kathy & Tim Britton and has a core range of five beers. The two also create special one-off brews and seasonal brews. Their darks include Grantham Dark, Grantham Stout and Miss Red. Amber to chestnut ales includes Newton’s Drop, golden beers includes Alchemy and Great Expectations and their award winning blonde beers includes Regal Blonde, Blonde Volupta and Mosaic Blonde (07908 417201,

Eight Sail Brewery, Heckington The award-winning Eight Sail Brewery nestles in the shadow of Heckington Windmill, Britain’s only eight sailed windmill, from which the brewery takes its name. Established in 2010 by proprietor Tony Pygott, the five barrel brewery produced its first beer in June of that year and has steadily grown in reputation.

The partnership with the adjacent windmill makes the brewery unique. With grain grown locally, malted locally and milled next door, Eight Sail Brewery beers are truly ‘from field to flagon.’

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Porter and John Barleycorn. They have a range of seasonal and special beers too (01529 469308, Pheasantry Brewery, Newark In 2012, Mark and Mary Easterbrook converted original farm buildings on their farm into a modern microbrewery. The brewery’s name is derived from the cottage next to the brewery which was a Pheasantry used for breeding and rearing game birds.

Pheasantry beers are brewed using traditional methods, from malted barley, hops, water and yeast. The farm sale details from 1943 show that the field down from the restaurant was called the Hopyard, and there are hops growing wild in the hedges there today. Malting barley is grown on the farm today, and new hops have been planted purely for

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Beer Production Process... The creation of beer is quite a tricky process which is one of the reasons why we’re so proud to have so many producers in Lincolnshire...

Ingredients: beer is made from four basic ingredients; barley, water, hops and yeast. The basic idea is to extract the sugars from grains so that the yeast can turn it into alcohol and CO2, creating beer.

“PHEASANTRY BEERS ARE BREWED USING TRADITIONAL METHODS, FROM MALTED BARLEY, HOPS, WATER AND YEAST. MALTING BARLEY IS GROWN ON THE COMPANY’S FARM...” demonstration purposes, so that visitors can see the brewing process from beginning to end, and taste the finished product too.

Their most well known beer is their Best Bitter, but Pheasantry also produce a Pale Ale, a Black Pheasant and a Ringneck Amber Ale alongside others. There’s a Christmas brew too (01777 872728,

Lincolnshire Brewing Co., Langworth A Lincolnshire born business, the Lincolnshire Brewing Company pride themselves on maintaining Lincolnshire heritage in their business. Lincolnshire Brewing Company was formed out of a longstanding relationship that the owners have with beer running licensed venues, mobile bars and events for years.

Their first beer was named after the beloved pet Rottweiler, Guinness. The friendliest Rotty Top: The award-winning Eight Sail Brewery.

Top/Left: The Best Bitter from Pheasantry brewery.

Left: The visitors’ centre at Batemans Brewery.

Right: The Lincolnshire beers from Ferry Ales.

Malting: The process starts with grains (usually barley). The grains are harvested and processed through heating, drying out and cracking. The main goal of malting is to isolate the enzymes needed for brewing so that it’s ready for the next step.

Mashing: The grains are steeped in hot water for about an hour. This activates enzymes in the grains that cause it to break down and release its sugars. Drain the water from the mash which is now full of sugar. This sticky, sweet liquid is called wort. It’s basically unmade beer. Boiling: The wort is boiled for an hour while hops and other spices are added several times.

in the world you can see her on Brewing Company bottles that are her namesake. Now they make beer, it’s a running joke the owners named her Guinness all those years ago.

All ales are available in cask or bottled form and can be purchased directly from the or through various wholesalers.

Bottled ale is also available to the general public from Lincolnshire Brewing Company’s shop in Lincoln. The company is also often found at various local fairs, shows and markets (0845 094 5784 or 07833 454196 or visit

Fermentation: Once the hour long boil is over the wort is cooled, strained and filtered. It’s put in a fermenting vessel and yeast is added to it. At this point the brewing is complete and the fermentation begins. Basically the yeast eats up all the sugar in the wort and spits out CO2 and alcohol as waste products

Bottling and Aging: You’ve now got beer, which is carbonated and bottled. After allowing it to age for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months you can drink the beer!


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The Fuddy Duck Brewery, Boston The Fuddy Duck Brewery was born out the need for quality beers, with bold and exciting flavours. A break from the normal main stream ales that are mass produced.

Main: Batemans Brewery.

The microbrewery is situated in Kirton just outside Boston. They produce around 1,200 litres a beer a week. Fuddy Duck Brewery may be small but they don’t compromise on the quality of their products. Comparatively speaking, they are tiny. This however gives them a competitive edge in that they can do things that are simply not economic for a large brewer to undertake.

There is small range of craft beers available from Pale ale to dark robust porters and stouts. The Fuddy Duck Brewery aims to make every batch of beer more exciting than the first, using quality malts and hops from local suppliers. The water used is filtered before they add this to the small microbrewery. The beers are conditioned for at least four weeks.

Ancient Ale

Beer is one of the world’s oldest prepared beverages. There is evidence to show the drink possibly dates back to the early Neolithic or 9500BC.

Their beers include Fuddies Pale Ale, Bahama Blonde Ale, and the Dabbling Duck Porter (07881 818875,

Facts and Figures: Beer in Numbers...

82% of beer sold in Britain is brewed in the UK as well.

1,000,000,000 meals are sold in pubs every year.

729 pubs across the UK are called the Red Lion; it’s the most popular pub name.

1188AD is the year the first ever tax on beer was introduced.

4,000 beer brands are available in the UK and there are over 2,000 breweries.

£120,000,000 raised for charity by local pubs every year.

1698 was the year Britain’s oldest operating brewery was founded.

13,000,000 tourists roughly visit pubs in the UK every year. 49,500 is the number of pubs you can find in the UK.


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Stamford Pride & Peterborough Pride: Introducing our TWO NEW Magazines! This month we’re introducing our third publication in the Pride Magazines family.

From this month, Stamford Pride will give your area’s historic Georgian town the recognition it deserves with its own dedicated title. Next month, we’ll also be launching Peterborough Pride, which we’re confident will soon become the city’s finest magazine!

To advertise in any of our four magazines, call our friendly team now on 01529 469977


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Jaguar & Land Rover

Duckworth, the showroom for Jaguar and Land Rover in Boston, opened their incredible multi-million flagship showroom in Kirton in 2017. A year on and they’re still progressing. This month, we discover what’s new for the brands... Words: Tilly Wilkinson.

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Duckworth’s incredible showroom is still brand new and yet the company is continuously showcasing new products to evolve and grow.

Having previously just featured the brand’s Land Rover range, the Jaguar range has been in Boston for a year now since the opening of the new showroom. If you haven’t already been for a test drive, it’s well recommended if you’re considering a Jaguar. Duckworth host events throughout the year, and most recently a test-driving event for Jaguar.

Jaguar also has some brand new motors to look forward to driving. There’s the E-Pace and the XF Sportbrake now available to drive at Duckworth and I-Pace Electric coming soon so watch this space. The I-Pace has most recently been voted the most anticipated new car of 2018. The all-electric performance SUV has won the

“If you haven’t already been to test drive a Jaguar, we recommend the new E-Pace and XF Sportbrake...”

What Car? 2018 Reader Award, from a shortlist of 12 cars due to go on sale this year. The Jaguar F-Pace has also recently secured a five star safety rating too.

What’s more, Duckworth offer a 24 hour Test drive for the XE & XF. You’ll be amazed at the technology you’ll find in these models. Duckworth’s other brand is of course Land Rover. The new motors that you can test drive today at the showroom includes the Range Rover Velar and All New Discovery. There’s also a 24-hour test drive service available on the Discovery Sport and the Evoque.

Land Rover celebrates its 70th birthday this year so expect a calendar of events at the Duckworth showroom and across the UK. This has already been marked with the relaunch of the Land Rover Series 1.


DUCKWORTH 1950s: James Duckworth, an engineer from Sheffield, moved to the area in 1952. 1960s: James and his son Martin opened a garage and engineering business. 1970s: Land Rover dominated the workload of the garage due to the agricultural customer base. 1980s: The official Land Rover franchise was obtained. 2000s: Martin’s son Ben joined the business in 2002 after gaining education and experience at the Land Rover factory. Present: In 2007, Ben took over the business, expanded, and over 100 members of staff now work for Duckworth.

The selection of cars available at Duckworth will continue to expand as these superb car manufacturers get better and better. But what separates Duckworth apart from the rest is its immaculate facilities and superb customer service from the family run firm. n For more information on Jaguar Land Rover call 01205 722110 or visit


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SPICE THE 4X4 WITH EXTRA It may be named after the uncomfortably hot-tasting pepper, but Porsche’s new iteration of the Cayenne specialises in comfort and practicality, as well as best-in-class handling and speed...

Porsche Cayenne Turbo 5.0V8, on sale April 2018


Back in 2002, the motoring world gave a loud collective guffaw, as sports car manufacturer Porsche announced it would break from tradition and release a large 4x4.

They’re not laughing now. The firm is selling 20,000 Cayennes a year. It’s regarded as one of the most desirable road-biased SUVs and it pulled off a PR coup and set a Guinness World Record by towing a 285 tonne Airbus A380 42 metres to prove its muscle. It has also spawned a smaller model, the Macan.

The new model is available in three iterations; a 3.0V6 turbo, a 3.0V6 twin-turbo S model and a twin turbo 4.0 V8 model too.

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No new Cayennes are yet in the UK but from the technical data we’ve been provided with, we’d opt for the base model Cayenne, whose performance figures yield more than enough power for most motorists, returning 30mpg combined.

The Turbo model predictably provides masses more torque, but arguably its power is overkill in most driving situations and its economy figure of 23mpg is more likely to irritate day-to-day over any performance gains. Having said that, it’s the Turbo model which features in our images, and mercifully it’s subtly styled, despite its power; free of spoiler and bling. With no UK models for test drive yet we haven’t tried the new model on UK roads, 126

The Turbo model, predictably, provides masses more torque, but arguably its power is overkill in most driving situations... but the model’s superlative handling on-road is unlikely to suffer in a new generation.

Boot space has increased, and an optional anti-roll bar set up is likely to give ‘enthusiastic’ drivers a greater margin of error when dealing with body roll.

What hasn’t changed, though, is the need to dive into the options list. Part leather seats, power adjustable seats, navigation and park assist are standard, but you’ll be charged extra for a reversing camera, heated seats

or full leather. Turbo models are more generously equipped but nudge the model nearer to a six figure price list.

Cayenne is a style statement, and a sports SUV with great handling. It’s a performance vehicle first, and a luxury car second, albeit one that’s smarter, posher and more refined than ever before. If you’re venturing off-road, the Range Rover Sport is still a better bet, but if you’re after a dynamic drive, the new Cayenne should definitely be on your shortlist of potential vehicles. n

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All Wheel Drive, All About Performance...

Words: Rob Davis.

Range Rover Sport SVR 5.0V8 Supercharged petrol, drivetrain, all wheel drive and auto gearbox with Terrain Response. Seats seven, adaptive cruise, 360° parking assistance. 176mph top speed, 0-60mph 4.3 secs. Economy 22.1mpg. £99,680.

Audi SQ7 Vorsprung 4.0TDi diesel drivetrain with eight speed automatic gearbox and all wheel drive. Seats seven with adaptive cruise, 360° camera, and leather. 155mph top speed, 0-60mph 4.9 secs. Economy 37.2mpg. £89,345.

BMW X6 xDrive50i M Sport Edition 4.4 V8 petrol, all wheel drive and eight speed auto gearbox. Seats five, all round parking sensors, leather seats and sat nav. 155mph top speed, 0-60mph 4.8 secs. Economy 29.1mpg. £74,930.

Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S 4Matic 5.5V8 petrol drivetrain with seven speed automatic gearbox and all wheel drive. Seats five, with panoramic roof, parking pilot, massage climate seats. 175mph top speed, 0-60mph 4.2 secs. Eco 23.9mpg. £101,885.

Maserati Levante S GranSport 3.0V6 petrol drivetrain, with all wheel drive and eight speed auto gearbox. Seats five full leather parking sensors and sat nav. 164mph top speed, 0-60mph 5.2 secs. Economy 25.9mpg. £77,675.

Bentley Bentayga V8 4.0V8 twin turbo petrol with eight speed automatic gearbox and all wheel drive. Seats five 20” wheels, panoramic roof, and air suspension. 180mph top speed, 0-60mph 4.4 secs. Economy 24.8mpg. £136,200 (est).

PORSCHE CAYENNE TURBO 5.0V8 Price: £99,291; deliveries Apr ‘18. Engine: 5.0V8, 770nm/550hp. Drivetrain: Eight speed auto gearbox, four wheel drive. Performance: 0-60mph 4.1 seconds; 177mph top speed. Economy: 23.7mpg combined. Equipment: BOSE stereo, electric heated leather seats, sat nav.


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NEWS In Brief


ELECTRIC TAXIS BEGIN TAKING FARES IN LONDON It’s a sign of the times, as the first electric taxis have begun operating in London. The cabs have been made by the London Electric Vehicle Co and have a range of 400 miles including 80 miles on pure electric power. The new taxis will be making their way into other UK cities too, after proving their worth in the capital, and have six passenger seats, plus on-board Wi-Fi. n BEST SELLING CARS

BEST SELLING CARS OF 2017 ANNOUNCED Over 2.54m cars were sold in 2017, and the 10 best selling models have been announced by the SMMT as:

1. Ford Fiesta 94,533 (pictured). 2. Volkswagen Golf 74,605. 3. Ford Focus 69,903. 4. Nissan Qashqai 64,216. 5. Vauxhall Corsa 52,722. 6. Vauxhall Astra 49,370. 7. Volkswagen Polo 47,855. 8. MINI hatchback 47,669. 9. Mercedes C-Class 45,912. 10. Mercedes A-Class 43,717. n


Sitting comfortably?


Flagship two-door coupé Range Rover debuts... LAND ROVER Land Rover will release a four seater ultraluxurious coupé version of its flagship 4x4 the Range Rover at the Geneva Motor Show. The car will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the company, and will offer the car in a lavish £200,000+ SVAutobiography version to compete with Rolls Royce’s forthcoming Cullinan SUV. n

ROLLS ROYCE A panel of judges from What Car? magazine has named the Rolls-Royce Ghost the best super-luxury car in the world in its most prestigious class: luxury cars over £100,000. In awarding Ghost Extended Wheelbase the honour, judges celebrated the motor car’s peerless duality, which combines vibrant driving dynamics with a near-

silent and truly cocooning passenger suite. “If money is no object, then treat yourself to the Ghost’s almost ethereal quietness, storming V12 engine and seats which are the most comfortable you’re likely to find in any car.” The Rolls Royce Ghost EWB has a hand-build 6.6V12 engine and retails for £254,424. n

The Anticipated I-Pace


JAGUAR The Jaguar I-Pace all-electric performance SUV is the most anticipated new car of 2018, says the firm. I-Pace combines a supercar silhouette with sports car performance and five-seater versatility. Jaguar’s designers and engineers have used the new electric vehicle architecture to tear up the rule book on usability. I-Pace occupies less road space than conventional mid-size SUVs, yet offers more room for passengers and luggage than models in the segment above. Prices are expected to start from around £28,500. n On sale late March 2018.

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Lincolnshire Pride April 2018  
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